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William Abbe
William Abbe
Animal Abuse update (Darnell) (Photo) - 07/20/17

On 07/19/2017 at approximately 10:00pm, William Abbe was arrested for attempted Animal Abuse II/Carrying a Concealed Weapon/Felon in Possession/Violation of Release Agreement. The arrest took place at 1075 SE Baseline St in Hillsboro.


William Abbe is the owner of Darnell.

The Hillsboro Police Department would like to thank our witness and all those community members who assisted in identifying Abbe.

Darnell is doing fine and, is still in protective custody.

Attached Media Files: William Abbe
Darnell at the Vet office
Darnell at the Vet office
Animal Abuse (Photo) - 07/18/17

On 07/17/2017, the Hillsboro Police Department took a report of an animal abuse call. The call was generated by a witness, Sunshine Widmer. The incident took place at 275 SE. Baseline Street. Fortunately Ms. Widmer took video of the incident. Based on the video, we were able to identify the suspect.

Today (07/18/2017) at 6:00 pm, HPD took the Dog (Darnell) to a local Veterinarian to be examined. Darnell will be placed into protective custody until this case is resolved.

This case is still under investigation. We will release the name of the owner once the investigation is complete.

Attached Media Files: Darnell at the Vet office
Industrial accident - 07/12/17

It seems that we were given a incorrect phone number for Intel's media line. The correct number is 503-613-2559.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Industrial Accident - 07/12/17

Today, 7/12/17, at approximately 2:35 p.m., the Hillsboro Police and Fire Department responded to an industrial accident at the Ronler Acres Intel Corporation site in Hillsboro.

Jay Elwell, 50 years of age, died while performing routine maintenance on a vertical industrial storage carousel. Mr. Elwell worked for a sub-contracting agency - Raymond Handling Concepts Corporation.

Our initial investigation indicates that this accident is not criminal in nature and has been turned over to OSHA.

For any additional inquires please call Intel's media phone line at 503-906-0436

Update: officer involved shooting - 07/06/17

The officer identified in the Hillsboro Aero Academy helicopter shooting incident is Melvin "Vin" Ambrose. Officer Ambrose is a 27 year veteran of the Hillsboro Police Department. Officer Ambrose spent 13 years as a K9 handler and currently serves as a Police Training Officer (The Police Training Officer program [PTO] is a post-academy hands-on training program created from the educational approach known as problem-based learning). Officer Ambrose has received numerous awards and citations, to include the life safety award in 2007.

On July 3 at approximately 11:36 AM, officers were initially dispatched to a report of an active shooter at the Hillsboro airport.

The suspect, Holden Gorka was attempting to steal a helicopter from Hillsboro Aero Air Academy, which is located on the grounds of the Hillsboro Airport. It was reported that the suspect had jumped a fence into the secure flight line area, brandished a pistol, and ordered the two occupants, a male and a female, out of the helicopter. During the course of this exchange, the suspect fired a shot from his pistol. Neither the male nor the female were injured. Gorka then entered the helicopter. Several employees from Hillsboro Aero Air held the Gorka at gunpoint with their personally owned weapons while he was in the helicopter.

The first HPD officer arrived at the location at about 11:39 AM. After observing the Officer, Gorka exited the helicopter and immediately fled from the area. The suspect climbed back over the fence and ran southbound across NE Cornell Road and into a field adjacent to the east side of the Comfort Inn property in the 3500 block of NE Cornell Rd. Officer Ambrose confronted Gorka at this point and engaged him. Gorka was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Once the Washington County Major Crimes Team has completed their investigation, it will be then forwarded to the Washington County District Attorney for review.

Officer Ambrose is on paid administrative leave and not available for interviews at this time.

The investigation is still on going and there is no additional information at this time.

Holden Gorka
Holden Gorka
Update: officer involved shooting (Photo) - 07/05/17

Attached is a photo of Holden Gorka.

Attached Media Files: Holden Gorka
Holden Gorka
Holden Gorka
Update: officer involved shooting (Photo) - 07/05/17

Attached is a photo of Holden Gorka.

Attached Media Files: Holden Gorka
Officer involved shooting - 07/05/17

Update: Hillsboro officer involved shooting/ attempted theft of a helicopter

The suspect in this case has been identified as Holden Austin Gorka (25 years of age). Gorka does not have a current residence.

An autopsy was performed on Tuesday, July 4th. The toxicology report will take 60-90 days. At this point in the investigation, there does not seem to be any history of mental health issues or substance abuse (this may change as the investigation progresses).

Also at this point in the investigation there seems to be no connection between Gorka and the Hillsboro Aero Academy.

The Hillsboro Police Department will release the name of the involved officer tomorrow, July 6th.

Officer involved shooting near Hillsboro Airport - 07/03/17

On July 3, 2017 at about 11:36 AM, Hillsboro Police Department officers were dispatched to a report of a male suspect attempting to steal a helicopter from Hillsboro Aero Air, located on the grounds of the Hillsboro Airport at 3565 NE Cornell Rd., Hillsboro, Oregon. It was reported that the suspect had jumped a fence into the secure flight line area, brandished a pistol, and ordered the two occupants, a male and a female, out of the helicopter. During the course of this exchange, the suspect fired a shot from his pistol, but neither the male nor the female was injured. The suspect then entered the helicopter as employees from Hillsboro Aero Air with personally owned pistols held the suspect at gunpoint in the helicopter.

The first HPD officer arrived at the location at about 11:39 AM, and the suspect immediately fled from the officer southbound. The suspect climbed over a fence and ran southbound across NE Cornell Rd. into a field adjacent to the east side of the Comfort Inn property in the 3500 block of NE Cornell Rd. Another HPD officer confronted the suspect at that point, and the officer fired his weapon at the suspect. The suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The identity of the suspect and the officer are not being released at this time. The officer has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure following any officer involved shooting.

The Washington County Major Crimes Team has assumed the lead investigative role in this case. No further updates will be available this evening. The next update to the case will be available on Wednesday, July 5.

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shots fired (Photo) - 07/03/17

On July 2nd at approximately 2321 hours the Hillsboro police Department responded to a shots fire call in the area of SE Roundelay.

The initial investigation reveals that our victim, a white male adult, arranges to meet a prostitute thru Back Page. He is to meet her at 1220 SE Rondelay. (We will release the victim's name when it is safe to do so)

When he enters the residence he is confronted by a group of people and is handcuffed with zip-ties. During this initial encounter, some of his personal property is taken.

The victim managers to getaway. During his escape out of the residence, he is followed by a Hispanic male adult, approximately mid 20's to early 30's in age, 6'1", slim built, tattoos on both arms, short black hair. This person is chasing the victim with a rifle. Approximately six shots were fired, none of which hit the victim.

Prior to HPD's arrival, a group of young adults are seen leaving the residence and getting into a blue sedan.

If you information to assist in solving this incident, please contact the Hillsboro Police Department: 501-681-6175

Attached Media Files: IMG_20170703_082204626.jpg
4th of July DUI patrols - 06/26/17

This year, families and friends will head out to picnics and parties on Tuesday, July 4, to celebrate our Nation's independence. As a member of the "The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign", the Hillsboro Police Department will be providing extra patrols to look for impaired drivers.

The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign project is funded through ODOT's Transportation Safety Division, in coordination with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Day.

The Hillsboro Police Department wants to remind you that any time you drive under the influence, you put everyone in danger, including yourself. Don't be a 2017 statistic.

This Fourth of July, the Hillsboro Police Department is asking the community to make a plan before heading out to the holiday festivities. Every year, First Responders see the devastating consequences of those who choose to drive under the influence of intoxicants. In some years, our very own community is affected by these drivers. There are so many other options available to get you home safely. Not using these resources is reckless and irresponsible.

As a driver, it's up to you to be responsible when you consume alcohol or other intoxicating substances. Please, please--always designate a sober driver, even if you think you'll only have one drink. Driving under the influence is never a good idea, and it endangers you and everyone around you.

NHTSA data shows that young drivers (18 to 34 years old) are especially at risk of driving drunk. In fact, 46 percent of the drivers 18 to 34 years old who were killed in crashes over the July Fourth period in 2015 were driving drunk (BAC of .08 or higher). Motorcycle operators are also overrepresented with the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired drivers in fatal crashes. In 2015, more than a third (36%) of motorcycle operators in fatal crashes had BACs of .08 or higher.

Drunk drivers are also more common at night. Over the July Fourth holiday period in 2015, nearly half (44%) of the drivers in nighttime (6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) fatal crashes were alcohol-impaired, compared to 19 percent of drivers in fatal crashes during the day.