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Suspect vehicle in theft
Suspect vehicle in theft
Happy Valley seek tips in purse theft (Photo) - 08/23/16

Happy Valley Police are seeking the public's help in identifying a purse thief.

On Sunday August 21st, 2016 at about 4:30pm an unidentified male suspect stole a purse from an 89 year old victim, while she was at the Happy Valley Station Food Carts at 13551 SE 145th in Happy Valley, OR.

As pictured, the suspect is a white adult male between 30-50 years old, driving a Dodge Ram Truck with no front license plate and a handicap placard hanging from the rear view mirror.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact us using our Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp. Please reference case number 16-23030.

The victim in the case does not wish to be further contacted by the media.

Three Clackamas County cities -- Damascus, Happy Valley, and Wilsonville -- contract with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to provide municipal police services.

**Update** Shooting in Happy Valley - Victim Identified **Update** - 08/18/16

**UPDATE** 08-18-16 / 1145

The victim in this incident is identified as 18 year old Frank Nifon, of Happy Valley, OR. Mr. Nifon is being treated for his injuries at an area hospital, and is expected to survive.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact us using our Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp.


Sgt. Paul Coleman
Office of Public Information





UPDATE*

The shooting occurred in the Incorporated City of Happy Valley, Oregon.

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On August 17, 2016, at approximately 8:15pm Officers with the Happy Valley Police Department and Deputies with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to New Hope Church located at 11731 SE Stevens Rd., Happy Valley Oregon on a report of a shooting. It was reported that a male had been shot in the parking lot of the church.

Upon arrival, it was discovered that a single male adult had been shot multiple times by an unknown male. The victim was treated at the scene and then transported to an area hospital via AMR ambulance services. The victim's condition is unknown at this time.

A search was conducted but as of the writing of this press release, no suspect has been found. A possible suspect description is a white male wearing a red shirt and red hat last seen fleeing the area on foot. Investigators believe at this time that the shooting is an isolated incident. The investigation is continuing.

Three Clackamas County cities -- Damascus, Happy Valley, and Wilsonville -- contract with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to provide municipal police services.

Booking photo: Emely Mercedes Fernandez, 18
Booking photo: Emely Mercedes Fernandez, 18
Wilsonville PD deputies arrest magazine-selling suspect who confessed to two burglaries; tips sought (Photo) - 08/17/16

Please reference CCSO Case # 16-22502

At approximately 2:26 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16, deputies contracted to the Wilsonville Police Department responded to a daytime burglary in an occupied dwelling on Wimbledon Circle in Wilsonville.

A 12 year old boy was reportedly home alone when an unknown person entered the home.

Startled, the boy called his mother -- who called 911.

As deputies arrived to investigate, a neighbor observed the police activity -- and also noticed that a door-to-door solicitor, who had just been at his house, was now hiding behind a bush in his yard.

Seeing this as suspicious and possibly related, the neighbor immediately reported the hiding solicitor to deputies.

Deputies then searched for the subject -- and found her walking from the neighbor's house. Ultimately the solicitor confessed to the burglary. She reportedly told deputies she sells magazine subscriptions door-to-door and is part of a crew currently staying at a motel in Wilsonville.

The burglary suspect's name is Emely Mercedes Fernandez, 18. She is lodged at Clackamas County Jail on three counts of first-degree Burglary. Her complete booking info is here: http://web3.clackamas.us/roster/inmates/inmate.jsp?id=2016022502 Bail is set at $100,000. A booking photo is attached.

SECOND BURGLARY CONFESSION

Last night (Tuesday, Aug. 16) Wilsonville PD received another call from a resident stating they believed their house had also been burglarized during the day while her graveyard working son was home sleeping. This second burglarized home was in the same neighborhood, on Tournament Court -- a half-dozen or so houses away.

Deputy Woodward responded to the jail and interviewed suspect Emely Fernandez -- who reportedly confessed to this second burglary as well.

Suspect Emely Fernandez will be arraigned this afternoon in Clackamas County Circuit Court.

ADDITIONAL TIPS SOUGHT

Authorities would like to know about any additional related burglaries in the area. If you have any information, contact us using our Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp

Three Clackamas County cities -- Damascus, Happy Valley, and Wilsonville -- contract with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to provide municipal police services.

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Crash Scene
Crash Scene
Off-Duty CCSO Deputy Injured in Motorcycle Crash (Photo) - 08/16/16

Just after 5:15pm on August 16, deputies with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and Troopers with the Oregon State Police responded to the intersection of SE 82nd Ave. and SE Monterey Ave. in unincorporated Happy Valley. Callers were reporting that a Tri-Met bus and a motorcycle had collided in the intersection. Callers went on to state that the operator of the motorcycle appeared to have critical injuries.


Deputies and troopers quickly arrived on scene and determined that the male who had been driving the motorcycle was an off-duty Clackamas County Sheriff's Deputy. The deputy was off-duty and driving his personal motorcycle at the time of the crash.


The deputy was Lifeflighted from the scene to a local hospital where he is currently being treated for his injuries.


The driver of the bus is on scene and cooperating with the investigation.


The Oregon State Police are the lead investigators in this crash. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Criminal Reconstruction and Forensic Team (CRAFT) also responded to the scene and are aiding in the investigation-the cause of the crash is still under investigation



The Sheriff's Office thanks all the good samaritans who stopped to help deliver medical aid to our deputy. The Sheriff's Office would also like to thank Clackamas Fire District #1, American Medical Response, and Life Flight for their outstanding response to the crash scene.


All further questions should be directed to the Oregon State Police.

Attached Media Files: Crash Scene
News Release
News Release
11 Year Old Boy Drowns in Canby (Photo) - 08/14/16

Just after 5:00pm on August 14th, Deputies with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office received several calls in regards to a drowning at the Canby Community Park, located at 1348 S Berg Pkwy. in Canby. Callers were reporting that an 11 year old boy had been found underwater and was now unresponsive.

Deputies with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office as well as officers with the Canby Police Department quickly arrived on scene and located the boy. All efforts to revive the boy were made, but unfortunately he was declared dead on-scene by medical personnel.

At this point in time, it appears that the boy was playing in the water with his family nearby, when he disappeared. A few minutes later a family member located the boy submerged in the river. The boy reportedly did not know how to swim and he was not wearing a lifejacket at the time of the incident.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office would like to urge the public to please use the most extreme caution around waterways and to use personal floatation devices while in the water; lifejackets save lives.

The identity of the boy will not be released at this time out of respect to the family.

Attached Media Files: News Release
Shooting Bulletin - 08/11/16

CLackamas County Sheriff's Office Detectives are requesting assistance via the attached bulletin.

Attached Media Files: Detective Bulletin
Booking  photo: 29-year-old Jorge Keymolen Jr. of Woodburn
Booking photo: 29-year-old Jorge Keymolen Jr. of Woodburn
Man, 46, dies in hospital after assault outside Wilsonville saloon; suspect in custody on assault charges; DA considering additional charges; tips sought (Photo) - 08/11/16

Please reference CCSO Case # 2016-17304

In the early morning hours of Saturday, June 25, 2016, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies contracted to the Wilsonville Police Department responded to an assault outside Wanker's Corner Saloon and Café (8499 SW Main St., Wilsonville).

The victim of the assault -- Randy Pigeon, 46, of Wilsonville -- was transported to a local hospital with severe injuries.

In the ensuring investigation, probable cause was developed to arrest 29-year-old Jorge Keymolen Jr. of Woodburn. Keymolen has been in custody at the Clackamas County Jail since July 14, 2016. He was indicted by a Clackamas County Grand Jury on charges of Assault in the Second Degree and Assault in the Fourth Degree. His complete booking info is here: http://web3.clackamas.us/roster/inmates/inmate.jsp?id=2016017304 A booking photo is attached.

On Tuesday, August 8, 2016, victim Randy Pigeon passed away in the hospital.

The Clackamas County District Attorney's Office is now considering additional charges in the case.

Any questions regarding possible additional charges against Jorge Keymolen Jr. should be directed to the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office.

Questions regarding the results of the post mortem examination of Randy Pigeon should be referred to the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office.

ADDITIONAL INFO SOUGHT

This investigation is ongoing at this time. We are seeking additional tips from anyone who witnessed the incident or has additional information.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Eric Lee at 503-682-1012.

The public can also contact us using our confidential Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online e-mail form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case # 2016-17304.

Three Clackamas County cities -- Damascus, Happy Valley, and Wilsonville -- contract with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to provide municipal police services.

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Officer involved shooting **BREAKING** UPDATE UPDATE - 08/08/16

UPDATE

Media briefing at 9:00pm at Gladstone Police Department.

Media staging area is Clackamette Park, please avoid 99/Gloucester

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Gerald_L._Miller.jpg
One Man Dead in Morning Shooting, Suspect in Custody (Photo) **UPDATED WITH VICTIM ID** - 08/08/16

***UPDATE***

The victim of yesterday's homicide in Clackamas County has been identified as Ricky Pineda McKowen, 53 year old male from Milwaukie. The suspect, Gerald Lee Miller has been charged with Murder and Manslaughter in the First Degree.


**MEDIA ONLY- No current photo was found**

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UPDATE

Gerald Lee Miller's booking photo was attached to this update. The criminal charges were also corrected to list Murder and Manslaughter in the First Degree.

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On Sunday, August 7, 2016 at about 10:30 AM, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) Deputies responded to a report of a shooting at 13521 SE Oatfield Rd in unincorporated Milwaukie. The shooter, identified as Gerald Lee Miller (age 66), called 911 to report he shot his male tenant. Mr. Miller was cooperative with Deputies and was taken into custody. The victim, whose name is being withheld pending the appropriate notifications, was found dead inside the house shortly after Deputies arrived.

The Clackamas County Major Crimes Team (MCT) responded to the scene to assist in the investigation. Due to the facts learned during the investigation, Gerald Miller was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail and charged with Murder. Mr. Miller's charges will be referred to the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office.

The Clackamas County Medical Examiner's Office also assisted CCSO during the investigation.

TIPS SOUGHT:

Anyone with information concerning this crime is encouraged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online e-mail form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference Clackamas County Case #16-21550.

Attached Media Files: Gerald_L._Miller.jpg
County Commissioners, A Safe Place staff, and Sheriff Roberts
County Commissioners, A Safe Place staff, and Sheriff Roberts
UPDATE w/ MORE PHOTOS: A Safe Place Family Justice Center wins 'Best in Category' NACo award (Photo) - 08/04/16

[Additional photos of A Safe Place now attached.]

The National Association of Counties (NACo) recently presented Clackamas County with five Achievement Awards for implementing innovative county government programs.

Among the winners: A Safe Place Family Justice Center -- which provides wrap-around services for domestic-violence victims.

NACo named A Safe Place "Best in Category" for Criminal Justice and Public Safety.

A Safe Place Family Justice Center ( http://clackamas.us/asafeplace ) opened in December 2013. It's a partnership between public and nonprofit agencies co-located under one roof -- providing services to victims and their children fleeing domestic violence, sexual violence, elder abuse, and stalking. Services are free of charge and include safety planning, assistance with filing court protective orders, accessing emergency shelter, civil legal services, food resources, housing and counseling.

The Family Justice Center concept is simple but powerful: Bring together a wide range of domestic-violence services in a single location. During one visit, a client might have the opportunity to talk to a domestic-violence advocate, speak with a police officer, receive counseling and spiritual guidance, develop a safety plan, obtain medical care, get food and clothing, or find out about available shelters.

"By bringing together all of the resources in one location, we can make a real difference in their lives and help them break the cycle of dependency and violence," said Sheriff Craig Roberts.

A Safe Place is located at 256 Warner-Milne Rd. in Oregon City. Created with the help of the County Commissioners and Clackamas County's Department of Health, Housing, and Human Services, this Family Justice Center brings together organizations and agencies including Abuse Recovery Ministry and Services, Catholic Charities, the Clackamas County DA's Victim Assistance Program, Clackamas Women's Services, Los Niños Cuentan, Legal Aid Services of Oregon and other legal-service providers, the State Department of Human Services, and Family Stepping Stones.

To learn more about A Safe Place online, visit http://clackamas.us/asafeplace

Not only was A Safe Place Family Justice Center honored with a NACo Achievement Award, it was given the distinction of "Best in Category" out of all submissions related to criminal justice and public safety from counties across the U.S.

"It's a great honor to be recognized nationally for the collaborative work of providing critical services to survivors of domestic violence and their children," said Sheriff Roberts. "We could not do this important work without all of our partners at A Safe Place Family Justice Center, and the leadership of the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners."

Commissioners Paul Savas and Martha Schrader joined staff from A Safe Place Family Justice Center to accept the award during the NACo annual conference in Los Angeles on July 24.

Other NACo winners included The Leaders in Sustainability program, the Clackamas County Citizen Academy, the RiverHealth Stewardship Program, and Clackamas County's Planning and Zoning Division. To learn more about all the award-winners, click here for the county's press release: http://www.clackamas.us/pressreleases/pr20160727a.html

County commissioners also recognized staff who worked on these award-winning programs at their Aug. 4 business meeting. A photo is attached.

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Narcan5.jpg
Narcan5.jpg
Sheriff's Office saving overdose victims with new easy-to-administer spray version of Narcan (Photo) - 08/03/16

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Patrol deputies are saving lives -- and giving overdose victims a second chance -- with a new, easy-to-administer version of a drug that immediately halts the effects of dangerous opioids.

Patrol deputies are now carrying nasal-spray canisters of Narcan in their patrol vehicles. Narcan administers a dose of naloxone -- a drug that quickly blocks the effects of opioids (including heroin and various prescription pain pills) on the brain. A person suffering breathing problems due to an overdose of opioids can be revived with a prompt dose of Narcan, preventing brain damage or death due to loss of oxygen.

Sheriff's Office Lt. Rob Wurpes, an EMT-Basic, has experienced the loss of a family member to overdose. "Deputies being able to administer this life-saving medication -- it's powerful for victims and families," he said. "We hope it gives people a second chance to get treatment -- and get well."

Deputies and first responders trained in use of the new atomizer version of Narcan -- the drug can also be administered by pill or injection -- have recently saved lives in the field:

* On July 21, 2016, deputies responded to the Johnson Creek Boulevard Fred Meyer on a report of an unresponsive male. The subject was located face down and would not respond to stimuli; his breathing was weak and labored. Deputies used an atomizer with 2mg of Narcan and provided a half-dose in each nostril. The man awakened almost immediately and was transferred to medical first responders.

"The effect was nearly instantaneous," recalled Deputy John Gibson, who administered the life-saving dose. "About eight deputies are carrying it in the field right now" -- Gibson carries his dose in the search-and-rescue pack in his vehicle.

Photos of Deputy Gibson with the Narcan nasal-spray kit are attached to this release, as is a photo of the kit in his rescue pack.

* Just after midnight on Aug. 1, 2016, deputies responded to a report of an unresponsive male in a bathroom at a Pogy's Subs on McLoughlin Boulevard. The subject had overdosed and was completely unresponsive and was not breathing. Deputies administered sternum and chest compressions, after which the male began to experience labored breathing. After responding fire personnel administered Narcan, the subject regained normal breathing and consciousness before being transported to a hospital.

Field use of Narcan requires quick initial training for deputies by a physician. The product is safe and easy to use.

The Sheriff's Office decided to adopt Narcan for field use about 5 months ago after discussions with our medical director and partner EMS agencies about the life-saving difference this medical intervention can make.

To learn more about Narcan nasal spray visit http://www.narcannasalspray.com . To learn more about naloxone and its how it neutralizes the effects of opioids, visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naloxone

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY

Deputies involved in recent Clackamas County Narcan saves are available for media interviews. To set up an interview contact the Sheriff's Office PIO at SheriffPIO@clackamas.us

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Attached Media Files: Narcan5.jpg , Narcan4.jpg , Narcan3.jpg , Narcan2.jpg
Free women's protection classes offered Sunday, Aug. 14; register by Aug. 9 - 08/02/16

Clackamas County Community Corrections and the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will be offering two free public safety education classes for women age 14 and over on Sunday, Aug. 14.

The first class, "Personal Protection Strategies for Women," is a classroom presentation from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will discuss:

- Profiles of offenders
- Where you are most at risk
- Personal self-defense techniques
- Strategies for dating safety
- Personal defense devices and weapons of opportunity
- Safety considerations when home or out and about
- What to do if victimized

The second class, "Self-Defense Tactics for Women," is a physical hands-on class designed for women age 14 and over from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and will teach:

- Kicking techniques
- Striking techniques
- Escape techniques
- Defensive postures
- Assailant target areas

Registration for either class is required and closes Tuesday, Aug. 9. Class size is very limited. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Classes will be held in the Clackamas area. The location will be provided during registration.

To register for the event, or for media coverage inquiries, contact Community Corrections Supervisor Rex M. Mercer at rexmer@clackamas.us or 503-722-6017.

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Missing Subject
Missing Subject
UPDATE:Search and Rescue underway for missing endangered elderly male (Photo) - 07/31/16

UPDATE: 7-31-16 5:15PM

At about 3:22PM on 7-31-16, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office received a call from a male, who stated he was hearing another male yelling for help in the 15000 block of SE 82nd Dr. in Clackamas. The caller investigated the calls for help, and tracked the yelling to a patch of blackberry bushes. Although the caller could not see the male calling for help, he began speaking with him before calling 911.

Deputies responded to the scene, where the caller led them to the stuck individual. It was at this time that the responding deputies identified the stuck man as the missing subject, Terry Brenneke. The blackberry bushes were on a steep incline and were extremely thick, thus not allowing deputies to reach Mr. Brenneke. Deputies continued to speak with Mr. Brenneke until a crew from the Clackamas Fire District arrived on scene. Firefighters proceeded to cut a large hole in a chain-link fence, and used tools to cut through approximately ten feet of thick blackberry bushes.

Fire and medical personnel were able to remove Mr. Brenneke from the blackberries and began to render medical aid. Although being tired and thirsty, Mr. Brenneke appears to only have suffered minor cuts and bruises. Mr. Brenneke was transported to a local hospital as a precautionary measure.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the following crews for their help with locating Mr. Brenneke: Clackamas Fire District #1, American Medical Response, Pacific Northwest SAR, Mountain Wave SAR, Nor SAR K-9, the Washington County Sheriff's Office, and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. Additionally, CCSO would like to thank the good samaritan who called 911 and alerted first responders to Mr. Brenneke's whereabouts.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office reminds citizens to please call whenever they notice something out of the ordinary; it might just save a life.

-If the media would like to contact the gentleman who located Mr. Brenneke, they can contact the CCSO PIO email for further information-


-EARLIER RELEASE-

Clackamas County Sheriff's office is seeking the publics help in locating Terry Brenneke who is 67 year old white male, 5'11 tall, 145LBS. He has brown eyes and gray medium length hair. He has a black and gray tattoo of a skull on his right forearm that says "Michael." He was last seen wearing an unknown color t-shirt and shorts but is known to change his clothing throughout the day.

Terry was last seen on 07-30-16 at about 12:00pm at his home near SE Roots Road and SE Webster Road in unincorporated Milwaukie. Terry has previously had seizures and may be disoriented or confused. If you see him please call 911 or may have seen him please call the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office non-emergency number at 503-655-8211.

A photograph of Mr. Brenneke is attached

2016 Outstanding Task Force Award
2016 Outstanding Task Force Award
CCITF named '2016 Outstanding Task Force' (Photo) - 07/26/16

Clackamas County's drug task force just earned regional honors for a year of strong enforcement efforts.

The Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program and the Oregon Narcotics Enforcement Association (ONEA) just presented the Clackamas County Inter-agency Task Force (CCITF) with their "2016 Outstanding Task Force Award."

The award recognizes the CCITF's efforts from June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016. During that time period the CCITF:

- seized 22 pounds of heroin
- seized 68 pounds of methamphetamine
- seized 3.6 pounds of cocaine
- seized 30 firearms
- seized 4,105 prescription pills
- made 141 arrests
- served 55 search warrants
- and investigated 15 heroin-overdose deaths, some of which led to federal prosecution under Len Bias laws -- under which a drug overdose causing death or serious injury can lead to stiffer criminal penalties for all members of the drug-distribution chain that led to the overdose death.

The seizures were a result of many different types of investigations -- from street-level cases to problem area residences to federal cases -- all with the goal of disrupting/dismantling Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTOs).

A photo of the award is attached.

ABOUT THE CCITF

The Clackamas County Inter-agency Task Force (CCITF) is a coordinated group effort by state, local and federal law-enforcement officials to reduce illegal drugs and related crimes -- including child endangerment -- in Clackamas County.

The team comprises state, local, and federal partners including the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, FBI, Oregon State Police, Milwaukie PD, Oregon City PD, Gladstone PD, Canby PD, Clackamas County DA's Office and Clackamas County Community Corrections.

The United States Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) designated Clackamas County as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) in 2008. The CCITF is funded in part by Oregon's HIDTA program grants, which administered by ONDCP.

The CCITF's investigative focus is identified by Task Force member communities and tips from the public.

To learn more about the CCITF, including member agencies, or to send tips, visit http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/itf/

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Attached Media Files: 2016 Outstanding Task Force Award