Car crashes into Hagan Hamilton building (Photo)
On February 23, 2015 at about 10:00 pm McMinnville Officers responded to Hagan Hamilton Insurance, 448 SE Baker Street, regarding a single vehicle traffic crash reportedly into a building. Upon arrival it was determined that a 2015 Subaru WRX driven by Alberto Garcia, 23 years old of McMinnville, left the roadway and struck the south side of the building. Mr. Garcia and a male passenger of the vehicle were uninjured as a result of the crash.
During the investigation it was determined that the vehicle drove through the concrete barriers that were installed to protect the building, at a high rate of speed, after the driver was unable to negotiate a bend in the road. Both alcohol and speed were factors in the cause of the crash. The crash caused significant damage to the building and its offices.
Mr. Garcia was arrested for DUII, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering and Criminal Mischief I as a result of the crash (SRA - $25,000).
IRS Tax scams becoming very prolific
McMinnville Police Department is hearing from many citizens about receiving multiple scam calls about IRS debts, threats of arrest, etc related to the current tax season. Almost all of the current scams demand a wire transfer to a specific account or entity. This latest group has been noteworthy due to their distinctive foreign accent and their willingness to call repeatedly. To the best of our knowledge, all or most of these calls are coming from international sources, but the caller uses software programs to appear to be different numbers when they call, some foreign and some domestic. If you receive any of these scam calls, we recommend that you tell the caller not to call your number anymore and hang up as quickly as possible.
The IRS and Oregon Department of Revenue do not cold call when dealing with citizens. They will usually initiate communication through the mail and only call as a follow-up to that contact. We confirmed with the Oregon Department of Revenue that they will never demand a wire transfer.
The following websites and phone numbers are provided to citizens in order to track or report scam calls on the state and federal level.
Oregon Department of Justice
Fraud Reporting - 1-877-877-9392
(You can file a complaint under "Programs", click on the "Consumer Protection" tab. Click on the "Previous Alerts" tab to see recent complaints reported to the Oregon D.O.J. You can also sign up to the "Oregon Scam Alert" to receive email notifications of current scams)
Federal Bureau of Consumer Protection
(You can file a complaint and see what current scams are by clicking the "Scam Alerts" tab)
Internal Revenue Service
Phone scam Reporting - 1-800-359-3898
Fraud Reporting 1- 800-366-4484