McMinnville Police Dept.
Back to School Safety - 08/28/14
The McMinnville Police Department encourages local driver's to use caution and exercise patience as the McMinnville School District begins the 2014-2015 school year on September 02, 2014. The initial days of school require extra caution and patience as parents and students are getting back into the routine of the school year. In addition, the first days of school create delays and confusion as students may be attending school for the first time or attending new schools as they progress through the school system.
All drivers and pedestrians share responsibility for making our roadways safe though our awareness, demeanor, and choices. We encourage each and every user, whether drivers, or pedestrians, to be alert and make safe decisions while using our shared roadways.
School Zones: As the school year starts, please take time to make note of designated school zones in your travels that will be active each school day between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Drivers and pedestrians also need to be aware of and follow the direction of school crossing guards.
Parents, please take a couple extra minutes with your children to make sure theyunderstand the importance of crossing in designated crosswalks and taking a few extra seconds to thoroughly scan the roadway for traffic. Also, please remind/ensure that kids wear higher visibility clothing on darker, cloudy days.
School Buses and Bus Stops: Never pass a school bus with flashing red light. Bus stop injuries happen every year in Oregon. We also want to remind drivers to be cautious of kids congregating at neighborhood bus stops. The kids are often in darker clothing and sometimes forget to stay off the roadway. We have been fortunate that we have not had kids struck or injured around a bus or bus stop in many years and we appreciate the caution and awareness of local drivers and pedestrians.
The McMinnville Police Department is attempting to ensure school zone safety for our kids by public education through local media and social media. We will also be increasing traffic observation and enforcement activity around schools to improve awareness and safety.
Jerry Rosenstiel - Regional Con-Man Arrested in Washtington County (Photo)
Update (8/26/14) -
Jerry Rosenstiel was taken into custody this afternoon by the Washington County Sheriff's Office with assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service. The McMinnville Police Department would like to thank both agencies for their assistance and for the public's assistance in providing tips and information as to his whereabouts.
Updated - Added Date of Birth
The McMinnville Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in locating a fugitive from justice, Jerry Dewayne Rosenstiel. Jerry Rosenstiel failed to appear in Yamhill County Circuit Court for multiple criminal charges and his bail is set at $500,000. His date of birth is March 19th 1960. He is approximately 5'10" and 176 pounds with blond/gray hair and blue eyes and his last known address was in the Aloha area of Washington County. While Jerry Rosenstiel is not known to be armed and dangerous, he may approach members of the public for financial assistance and other resources under various pretenses.
If you see Jerry Rosenstiel, please contact your local law enforcement agency immediately. If you have less immediate leads or information please call your local law enforcement and also call Detective Bill Christensen at 503-435-3495. Thank you for your assistance.
Helmet protects biker in auto/bike crash on Highway 18 (Photo)
On August 4th 2014 at about 4:35 pm, McMinnville police and medics responded to an auto versus bicycle collision on Hwy 18 near Cumulus Avenue.
Based on evidence and witness statements, bicyclist James Klein of McMinnville was Westbound on Hwy 18 riding along the shoulder approaching Cumulus, wearing high visibility clothing. As the right turn lane opened up for the intersection, Mr. Klein legally stayed next to the right lane of the highway, not moving over to the right turn lane. Driver Sharon Fullmer of Sheridan, was operating a silver 2001 Acura and changed lanes from the center to the outside edge of Hwy 18. She then drifted over the line between her lane and the right turn lane and struck the rear of Mr. Klein's bicycle.
The impact severely damaged the rear of the bicycle and sent Mr. Klein airborne for approximately 80 feet before he impacted the ground on the shoulder of the highway and slid/rolled until coming to a rest. His bicycle continued past this point and came to a rest near the intersection with Cumulus Avenue.
Ms Fullmer stated to the officers that she had gotten drowsy due to the heat while driving and was not aware of Mr. Klein until the impact.
Mr. Klein was transported by medics to Willamette Valley Medical Center. Mr. Klein suffered abrasions and contusions which required some stitches. Based upon initial medical evaluation, it does not appear that he suffered any fractures or head injuries. The investigating officer credited his survival and limited injury based upon the specific collision forces and the fact that he was wearing a properly fitting helmet.
The investigation is continuing and anyone with witness information is asked to contact Officer Steve Macartney at 503-434-7307.
This incident serves as a reminder to bicyclists that helmets are a life saving and important safety tool for any time you are bicycling on a roadway. It also serves as a reminder to drivers that driving drowsy can have significant consequences for you and for the other vehicles and persons that you share the roadway with.