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publics assistance requesting in locating missing McMinnville man (Photo) - 09/17/14
On September 4th, 2014 the McMinnville Police Department received a welfare check request regarding a subject named Louis "Paul" Geary. Mr. Geary is a white male, 59 years old, about 5'-10" tall, and weighing about 110 to 120 pounds with a very thin build. He has light colored hair (gray/blond) and he typically wears eye glasses.

Since the initial request detectives have been searching for Mr. Geary without success. The last time Mr. Geary was seen was the night of August 26th, 2014, which is out of character for him. At this time there do not appear to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding his disappearance but there have been no sightings of Mr. Geary and he has not made contact with family or friends. Anyone with information regarding Mr. Geary is urged to contact the McMinnville Police Department at 503-434-6500 and ask to speak with a Detective, please reference case #14-4156.

If you happen to know where Mr. Geary currently is located or happen to see him please immediately call 911 and attempt to stay in visual contact with him while speaking with a dispatcher.

The following photographs were taken on August 25th and 26th, 2014.
McMinnville residents receiving "Microsoft" Repair scam calls - 09/16/14
The McMinnville Police Department has been receiving calls from victims concerning a computer virus scam. The situation is started by a cold call from someone purporting to be a representative of Microsoft and offers to help you with your computer problems. They may also inform you of a serious virus that has infected your computer and offer to help you solve this problem. They may identify themselves as a "Microsoft Tech Support"; "Microsoft Support"; "Windows Helpdesk"; Windows Service Center"; or similar. Local calls have involved exorbitant service bills and fraudulent use of the victim's banking information.

This type of scam has been around for several years and is currently involving callers form foreign countries which make tracking the cybercriminals difficult. They will use disposable phones, pay phones, or internet based phone services to contact you. The ultimate goal of the fraud varies upon whom is running it but they will try to get you to pay for an overpriced, and usually worthless, service under the guise of selling a solution to the victim's computer problem. They may also gain control of your computer and use it for illegitimate reasons. Often times the credit or debit card information is run through a foreign company further complicating who is perpetrating the crimes.

The cybercriminals can do the following:

* Trick you into installing malicious software that could capture sensitive data, such as online banking user names and passwords. They might also charge you to remove this software.
* Convince you to visit legitimate websites that will allow them to download software to control your computer remotely and adjust settings that will leave your computer vulnerable.
* Request credit card information so they can bill you for phony services.
* Direct you to fraudulent websites and ask you to enter credit card and other personal financial information.

Cybercriminals often use publicly available phone directories, so they might know your name and other personal information when they call you. They might even guess what operating system you're using. Once they've gained your trust, they might ask for your user name and password or ask you to go to a legitimate website to install software that will let them access your computer to "fix it". Once this happens, your computer and personal information are vulnerable.

Some ways you can protect yourself from telephone tech support scams include:

* Do not purchase any software or services.
* Ask if there is a fee or subscription associated with the service. If there is, hang up.
* Never give control of your computer to a third party unless you can confirm that it is a legitimate representative of a computer support team with whom you are already a customer.
* Treat all unsolicited phone calls with skepticism.
* Keep your credit card, checking account, or Social Security numbers to yourself. Don't give them to callers you don't know, even if they ask you to "confirm" this information. That's a trick.

If you think you may have downloaded malware from a phone tech scam, website, or allowed a cybercriminal to access your computer, take these steps:

* Change your computer's password, change the password on your main email account, and change the password for any financial accounts, especially your bank and credit card.
* Scan your computer with your virus detection software to determine if you have malware installed on your computer.
* Install current virus protection software from a trusted company whom you can verify their validity.

According to Microsoft's website, they do not make unsolicited phone calls to help you fix your computer. There are some instances where Microsoft will work with your internet provider and call you to fix a malware infected computer. These calls will be made by someone with whom you can verify you are already a customer. You will never receive a legitimate call from Microsoft or their partners to charge you for computer fixes.

If you believe you fell victim to one of these types of scams, you can contact the Federal Trade Commission online or at 1-888-382-1222. The FTC has resources and guidelines to assist with unwanted "Robocalls"; Identity Theft; National Do Not Call List; and additional information on scams. You may also report fraudulent activity to your local law enforcement agency, Better Business Bureau; major credit bureaus, and your banking institution.

Information resources obtained from Microsoft, FTC, and Snopes.com.
City of McMinnville is scheduling a Fall CERT class - 09/09/14
The City of McMinnville will be holding another Community Emergency Response Team training beginning October 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm. The class runs on Monday evenings through November 17, 2014 with a final exercise on Saturday December 6, 2014. Classes will be held at the McMinnville Fire Station 175 NE 1st St. The classes cover Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety, Disaster Medical, Light Search and Rescue, Disaster Psychology, Terrorism and CERT, and hands on practical practice on the Saturday. All classes must be attended in order to complete the training and be able to respond as a team member.
The purpose of CERT is to provide training to take care your own family and assist their neighborhood after that emergency or disaster occurs. Once a person has obtained the training, and there is enough people trained in a neighborhood, a team is put together to respond within the neighborhood. After the neighborhood has been taken care of team members can respond to a staging area to be deployed to another area of the city or county or to help in some other aspect of the disaster response.
The basic class series is free and all sessions must be attended to complete the class. An application is required prior to the classes starting. You can obtain the application by going to the City of McMinnville Emergency Management page at www.macpd.org or pick it up at the police or fire station. Complete the application and drop it off at the police department or you can email it to Doug Cummins at cummind@ci.mcminnville.or.us. Class size is limited to 25 people so apply quickly to get a spot in this important training. Any question can be directed to Doug Cummins by email or phone at 503-437-2341.
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Louis "Paul" Geary
Public's Help Requested in Locating Missing McMinnville Man (Photo) - 09/04/14
The McMinnville Police Department is asking for the public's help locating a missing McMinnville man who was last heard from around August 25th, 2014. We are attempting to find 59 year old Louis Paul Geary, who goes by "Paul". A photo of Geary is attached to this release. He hasn't been heard from since about 8/25/14, according to family and friends, which is out of character and concerning. His home on NE Macy Street near NE 5th Street was checked, and indications at the home lead us to believe he hasn't been there for some time. His vehicle was found abandoned in the area of NW 2nd Street and Hill Road in McMinnville, and statements from people in that area indicate it has been abandoned there for some time. If anyone believes they have seen Geary since approximately 8/25/14, we are asking them to contact us immediately with the details. If anyone knows the current whereabouts of Geary or if they see him, please don't contact him, call us and we will make contact with him. Emergency calls can be made to 911, and non-emergency calls during business hours can be made to the police department at (503)434-7307. The 24 hour non-emergency dispatch phone number is (503)434-6500. Please direct any inquiries or information regarding Geary to Sergeant Josh Sheets or Sergeant Scott Fessler.
Attached Media Files: Louis "Paul" Geary
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Semi and trailer
Vehicle vs. Bicyclist collision on NW Hill Road near NW Horizon Drive (Photo) - 09/03/14
Update: Corrected name of bicyclist. It is actually Richard Barrett, not Barnett.

On September 03, 2014 at approximately 09:30 a.m., McMinnville Police and Fire Department personnel responded to a reported Auto versus Bicyclist collision on NW Hill Road near NW Horizon Drive in McMinnville.

Bicyclist Richard Barrett, a 67 year old resident of Corvallis, Oregon, was riding a bicycle southbound on the west shoulder of NW Hill Road. Kasey Kauer, a 33 year old Amity resident, was also southbound on NW Hill Road operating a 1993 Freightliner tractor pulling a low-boy trailer with an agricultural spray rig secured to the deck. Based upon initial investigation, it appears that the trailered spray rig collided with Mr. Barrett as the tractor-trailer passed. Mr. Barrett was wearing a helmet which was split by the impact and likely significantly reduced the level of injuries he sustained.

Mr. Barrett received on scene care from McMinnville Fire Department EMS personnel. Mr. Barrett was transported via ambulance to Willamette Valley Medical Center for initial evaluation. After initial medical evaluation, Mr. Barrett was transferred to Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital via Life Flight Network helicopter. Mr. Barrett is currently listed in serious condition.

No citations were issued at the scene. The incident remains under investigation by the McMinnville Police Department. If you should have any information in relation to the incident, contact Officer Steve Macartney at (503)434-7307
Attached Media Files: Semi and trailer , Damaged bike helmet
Semi and trailer
Semi and trailer
Vehicle vs. Bicyclist collision on NW Hill Road near NW Horizon Drive (Photo) - 09/03/14
On September 03, 2014 at approximately 09:30 a.m., McMinnville Police and Fire Department personnel responded to a reported Auto versus Bicyclist collision on NW Hill Road near NW Horizon Drive in McMinnville.

Bicyclist Richard Barnett, a 67 year old resident of Corvallis, Oregon, was riding a bicycle southbound on the west shoulder of NW Hill Road. Kasey Kauer, a 33 year old Amity resident, was also southbound on NW Hill Road operating a 1993 Freightliner tractor pulling a low-boy trailer with an agricultural spray rig secured to the deck. Based upon initial investigation, it appears that the trailered spray rig collided with Mr. Barnett as the tractor-trailer passed. Mr. Barnett was wearing a helmet which was split by the impact and likely significantly reduced the level of injuries he sustained.

Mr. Barnett received on scene care from McMinnville Fire Department EMS personnel. Mr. Barnett was transported via ambulance to Willamette Valley Medical Center for initial evaluation. After initial medical evaluation, Mr. Barnett was transferred to Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital via Life Flight Network helicopter. Mr. Barnett is currently listed in serious condition.

No citations were issued at the scene. The incident remains under investigation by the McMinnville Police Department. If you should have any information in relation to the incident, contact Officer Steve Macartney at (503)434-7307
Attached Media Files: Semi and trailer , Damaged bike helmet