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UPDATE w/ CORRECTED VICTIM NAME: Woman arrested on Manslaughter, DUII charges following crash that killed two in burning vehicle (Photo) - 02/17/18

[Naylor C. Joles' name now correctly spelled below]

UPDATE (2/17/18, 6:20 p.m.) -- VICTIMS IDENTIFIED

The victims in the Feb. 15 fatal two-car collision on S. Barlow Rd. have been positively identified and family notifications have been completed. The two victims have been positively identified as:

- Naylor C. Joles, 65 years old, from Oregon City. Mr. Joles was the driver of one of the two vehicles.
- Robert Lough, 58 years old, from Mt. Angel. Mr. Lough was the passenger in Mr. Joles' vehicle.

[END UPDATE]
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EARLIER (Feb. 16, 2018) -- Woman arrested on Manslaughter, DUII charges following crash that killed two in burning vehicle

Please reference CCSO Case # 18-4606

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office arrested one woman on DUII and multiple Manslaughter charges following a fatal Feb. 15 two-car collision on S. Barlow Rd. that led to the deaths of a driver and passenger in a car that caught fire. At this writing authorities are still working to identify the victims.

At approximately 10:03 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, a Lexus G47 driven by suspect Vasilissa Kuzmin, 20, collided head-on with another vehicle on S. Barlow Rd. near the intersection of S. Barnards Rd. The victim vehicle caught fire. Bystanders tried to free the driver and passenger from the burning car, but were unsuccessful. Both occupants perished inside.

At approximately 10:15 p.m. deputies and Canby Fire personnel arrived at the crash scene and interviewed witnesses and Ms. Kuzmin. Kuzmin was transported by Canby Fire to Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) for treatment of injuries suffered during the collision.

During the treatment Vasilissa Kuzmin's blood was drawn and tested for alcohol content. OHSU staff reported Kuzmin had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.21%. A motorist will fail a DUII field test if their BAC reading is 0.08% or higher.

The Sheriff's Office Detectives and the Criminal Reconstruction and Forensic Team (CRAFT) (http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/craft.html ) responded to the crash scene and investigated the roadway evidence and suspect vehicle. Preliminary results from CRAFT suggest Kuzmin's vehicle was headed northbound on S. Barlow Rd., crossed the white fog line, and completely left the road onto the gravel and dirt shoulder. After traveling about 200 feet on the shoulder. The suspect vehicle then overcorrected back onto the roadway -- crossing back over the center line and striking the victim vehicle head-on. The victim vehicle caught fire and both occupants died in the fire.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office is currently working to identify the victims' remains. Once identified, the victim names will be released following family notifications.

Vasilissa Kuzmin, 20, was treated at OHSU and arrested. She is now in Clackamas County Jail, booked on charges that include Manslaughter II (multiple counts), Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and DUII -- Alcohol. Bail is set at $250,000. A booking photo is attached. Complete booking info can be found online at https://web3.clackamas.us/roster/#inmates

ADDITIONAL TIPS SOUGHT

The Sheriff's Office is seeking additional information in this case. Anyone with information on Vasilissa Kuzmin or her activities leading up to the Thursday, Feb. 15 crash is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at https://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case # 18-4606

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Attached Media Files: bookingphoto-VasilissaKuzmin.jpg
Booking photo: Dylan Young
Booking photo: Dylan Young
UPDATE -- VIDEO, NEW PIX, CORRECTION: Happy Valley PD makes arrest in rash of car clouts; tips sought (Photo) - 02/16/18

UPDATE (Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, 5:30 p.m.) -- VIDEO, NEW PIX, CORRECTION, NEW CHIEF ANDERSON STATEMENT

A few updates:

1. CORRECTION: References to an accomplice removed from release below. Authorities are not seeking to ID an accomplice at this time.

2. VIDEO OF SUSPECT VEHICLE: Video of the suspect vehicle that provided a major break in the case can now be downloaded from this Dropbox address:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ug62brzxq4y4hhg/18-004619-FootageOfSuspectCar.mov?dl=0

3. PHOTOS: Photos of some of the recovered stolen items -- and Happy Valley residents reclaiming them -- are now attached.

4. ADDITIONAL STATEMENT FROM CHIEF ANDERSON: Folks are already getting their stolen items back. One of them told us, "We're just a small family construction business. When our tools get stolen, that affects everything. It could mean our house if we can't work."
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EARLIER (Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, 3:17 p.m.) -- Happy Valley PD makes arrest in rash of car clouts; tips sought

Please reference CCSO Case # 18-004619

The Happy Valley Police arrested a suspect last night in a theft spree that had plagued Happy Valley in recent weeks.

Last night (Thursday, Feb. 16, 2018) at 1:41 a.m., deputies contracted to Happy Valley PD spotted a suspect vehicle in the recent rash of car clouts, car thefts, and item thefts -- a crime spree that had spiked in several Happy Valley neighborhoods in the last two weeks.

Deputies activated patrol lights and pulled over the suspect vehicle. Inside, deputies found driver Dylan Young, age 20, driving. Deputies also spotted several tools and duffel bags in the car, along with knives and drug paraphernalia. A drug dog, K9 Urban of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, alerted on the suspect vehicle.

Deputies then searched the car -- finding ID belonging to multiple Happy Valley residents, stolen tools, heroin, meth, an Airsoft replica gun, knives, 5 cell phones, and 6 garage door openers, among other items.

Young reportedly told deputies he'd been on a two-week meth binge and had been driving to Happy Valley several nights a week to look for items and vehicles to steal. He further told deputies he had been searching for unlocked cars, taking whatever he could, and entering garages opened using the various garage-door openers in his possession.

In the process of the search and resulting arrest, deputies learned information linking Young with known thefts in the area.

In the last two weeks, Happy Valley PD has responded to reports of four stolen cars and over 30 thefts.

Happy Valley authorities are currently going through theft reports over the last two weeks to connect recovered property with victim owners. Several victims have already been contacted

"We dedicated significant resources to these cases over the last couple weeks," said Happy Valley Police Chief Scott Anderson, who had written extensively about the case on the Happy Valley PD Facebook page. "This included crime analysis, detective work, stakeouts, and our patrol folks taking reports and chasing leads. One of the key pieces that helped us make the arrest was a canvas of one neighborhood in which we discovered video surveillance that revealed the suspect vehicle. This was a key break in the case."

Dylan Leif Young is currently lodged in Clackamas County Jail on charges including Burglary, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, and Possession of a Controlled Substance -- Heroin. Bail is set at $52,500. This investigation is ongoing, and there may be additional charges.

ADDITIONAL TIPS SOUGHT

The Sheriff's Office is seeking additional information in this case. Anyone with information on Dylan Young or his alleged crimes is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at https://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case # 18-004619.

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

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UPDATE -- SUBJECT FOUND: Sheriff's Office seeks help locating missing endangered Mickell Schlosser; call if seen (Photo) - 02/14/18

UPDATE (Wednesday, Feb. 14): Ms. Schlosser has been located and is safe. Thanks to all who helped in the search and sent tips.
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EARLIER (Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, 1:53 a.m.) -- CCSO seeks help locating missing endangered Mickell Schlosser; call if seen

Please reference CCSO Case # 18-004277

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is seeking assistance from the public in locating Mickell Josephine Schlosser, 20, of Milwaukie.

At 9 p.m. on February 12, deputies from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to the Salvation Army located at 10174 SE 82nd Ave Happy Valley on the report of a missing person.

Deputies learned Ms. Schlosser resides in a foster home and suffers from a traumatic brain injury. Schlosser was last seen at the Salvation Army.

Schlosser is familiar with MAX light-rail and TriMet and may likely try and use one or both for area transportation.

Search and Rescue Coordinators are currently working to locate Schlosser.

If you see or have contact with Schlosser, please contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office immediately at 503-655-8211 -- if it's an emergency situation, call or text 911.

Please see the above-linked bulletin and photos for additional information.
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Miha Sumi, 35, of Portland
Miha Sumi, 35, of Portland
Sheriff's Office leads rescue mission on Mt. Hood after fatal climber fall (Photo) - 02/14/18

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office led a search-and-rescue mission on Mt. Hood yesterday (Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018) involving multiple climbers in the Hogsback area of the mountain, at approximately 10,500 feet. One climber fell and is deceased. Additional climbers were contacted by rescue volunteers and escorted or transported down the mountain to Timberline Lodge.

At 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13, the Sheriff's Office received a report of a fallen climber on Mt. Hood. A member of a climbing party of four (referred to in this release as "Group 1") reportedly slipped on the ice, failed to self-arrest, and fell approximately 700 to 1,000 feet in the Hogsback area of Mt. Hood.

This fallen climber is identified as Miha Sumi, 35, of Portland. A provided photo of Mr. Sumi is attached.

One of the four climbers in that group -- Chatchay Thongthap, 36 -- called 911.

The Sheriff's Office activated a search-and-rescue operation. Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue (SAR) Coordinators deployed to Mt. Hood, setting up a command post at Timberline Lodge. Volunteer search groups were also activated; groups responding to the mountain included Portland Mountain Rescue (PMR), American Medical Response's Reach & Treat (RAT) Team, the 304th Air Rescue Squad, the Hood River Crag Rats, and Mountain Wave.

At approximately 10:34 a.m., Clackamas County Search & Rescue Coordinators contacted Oregon Emergency Management (OEM) to request a helicopter.

An independent solo climber unaffiliated with Group 1 reached fallen climber Miha Sumi. The solo climber began administering CPR. Mr. Sumi's injuries reportedly included bruising around the ears, significant bleeding, loss of sensation, and fading vital signs. Several other climbers in the area also responded to render aid. The climber was given CPR by climbers on-scene for approximately one-and-a-half hours.

While these climbers were administering aid, the Group 1 climbers were sheltering in place on Hogsback due to the treacherous conditions. The climbers reportedly had mid-level experience and were well-equipped with appropriate climbing gear, including ice-axes, crampons and safety gear that included helmets.

Dispatchers repeatedly lost communication with the Group 1 climbers, creating logistical challenges for SAR Coordinators.

Despite the clear skies, conditions at Mt. Hood were challenging due to falling rocks and ice. Additionally, NOAA was forecasting significant snowfall that night. Rescuers were racing against the clock.

Members of the RAT Team, PMR and the 304th Air Force Rescue Squadron began making their way up the mountain to the climbers. Snowcats transported rescuers up to the top of the Palmer lift for deployment and stood ready to transport recovered climbers back to Timberline Lodge.

An Oregon Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopter deployed from Salem to the mountain. The Blackhawk crew included a pilot, copilot, paramedic, and hoist operator. At approximately 1 p.m., the Blackhawk located the injured climber and climbers administering CPR.

A litter and Guard paramedic were lowered down. The paramedic loaded Mr. Sumi onto the litter.

The fallen climber was hoisted into the Blackhawk and transported by air to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. Despite the best efforts of climbers at the scene and the chopper medic, Miha Sumi was declared deceased upon arrival at the hospital. Authorities then began an effort to confirm Mr. Sumi's name and age, which were unconfirmed at the time, so they could begin family notifications.

In the afternoon, a U.S. Navy helicopter was dispatched from Naval Station Whidbey Island, arriving at Timberline at approximately 6:30 p.m. It remained at Timberline on standby through the end of the rescue operation.

At approximately 2:30 p.m., rescuers from AMR Reach & Treat reached the sheltered Group 1 climbers and provided SAR Coordinators with updates on the climbers' conditions.

An additional male climber who was not part of Group 1 -- Dan Parks -- had minor injuries from an unrelated fall, but was mobile.

Rescuers and climbers sheltered in place, as rescuers from PMR and the 304th began laying rope-lines that would allow the climbers to safely descend the mountain.

Climbers then began descending the mountain, but a complication arose: One of the Group 1 climbers -- Kimberly Anderson, 32, of Beaverton -- became unable to move.

The ambulatory climbers continued under escort to the snowcats and arrived at Timberline Lodge at approximately 6:40 p.m., where they began a debrief with SAR Coordinators. Meanwhile, rescuers secured Kimberly Anderson in a sled and began carefully transporting her down the mountain using rope systems.

The group helping Ms. Anderson arrived at the snowcats at the top of Palmer Lift approximately 30 minutes later, and were transported to Timberline Lodge.

This ended the field phase of the SAR operation -- beating the encroaching bad weather by hours.

STATEMENT FROM CLACKAMAS COUNTY SHERIFF CRAIG ROBERTS:

Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Miha Sumi. Thanks to all the search groups for their tremendous work on this complex search-and-rescue mission. Every SAR mission is a team effort requiring help and careful coordination from teams of dedicated first-response partners and volunteers.

CLIMBER NAMES:

GROUP 1 -- members of the party with the fallen climber

NOTE TO MEDIA: These climbers do not want to speak to media outlets at present, and are requesting privacy at this time.

- Miha Sumi, 35, of Portland -- fallen climber, airlifted off mountain
- Kimberly Anderson, 32, of Beaverton -- transported by sled down the mountain
- Chatchay Thongthap, 36
- Matt Zovrtink, age currently unknown

ADDITIONAL CLIMBER WITH MINOR INJURIES:
- Dan Parks

SEARCH PARTNERS

The Sheriff's Office was assisted in this operation by:
- Portland Mountain Rescue
- American Medical Response Reach & Treat Team
- 304th Air Rescue Squad
- Oregon Army National Guard
- Hood River Crag Rats
- Navy personnel at Naval Station Whidbey Island
- Oregon Emergency Management
- Mountain Wave

[END]

Attached Media Files: Miha Sumi, 35, of Portland
Booking photo: Gary Kamuela Kealoha
Booking photo: Gary Kamuela Kealoha
Following multi-agency investigation, Marshals nab suspect in multiple Clackamas County armed robberies (Photo) - 02/13/18

Please reference CCSO Case # 2018-000640 and OCPD Case #2018-000380

Several local agencies worked together to arrest a suspect in armed robberies in Happy Valley, Oregon City and Gladstone.

At about 2:15 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, an armed robbery was reported at Sports on Tap (16021 SE Happy Valley Town Center Dr., Happy Valley). The suspect presented a handgun, pointing it at the bartender. An undisclosed amount of money was taken.

Investigators identified the suspect as 26-year-old Gary Kamuela Kealoha.

On Jan. 30, 2018, another armed robbery occurred at 1321 Main Street in Oregon City. An undisclosed amount of money was taken, and the suspect was again identified as Gary Kealoha.

Investigators soon learned the Gladstone Police Department was working an Oct. 7, 2017 armed robbery in which Mr. Kealoha was the suspect.

An arrest warrant was written for Mr. Kealoha and signed by a Clackamas County Judge. The warrant information was given to the U.S. Marshals Service -- who contacted and arrested Mr. Kealoha on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.

This case was investigated by detectives from Happy Valley Police, Gladstone Police and the Oregon City Police Department.

Gary Kamuela Kealoha, 26, is currently lodged in Clackamas County Jail on an extensive list of charges that includes:

- Assault IV
- Harassment
- Theft III
- Robbery I (two counts)
- Theft I (two counts)
- Unlawful Use of a Weapon
- Probation Violation: Coercion
- Probation Violation: Assault IV

Bail is set at $285,000. A booking photo is attached. His complete booking info can be viewed at https://web3.clackamas.us/roster/#inmates

ADDITIONAL INFO SOUGHT:

Anyone with information on Gary Kealoha or his alleged crimes is urged to contact the the Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at https://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case # 2018-000640 or OCPD #18-000380

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

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Suspect sketch
Suspect sketch
Sheriff's Office releases video, suspect sketch in Jan. 16 Lighthouse Too armed robbery; tips sought (Photo) - 01/24/18

Please reference CCSO Case # 18-1578

Robbery surveillance video (.mp4 format):
https://www.dropbox.com/s/gk8bnqi21jc6dw1/CCSOCase18-1578-LighthouseTooRobbery.mp4?dl=0

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is seeking tips from the public in a brazen armed robbery of the Lighthouse Too deli on Jan. 16. Video surveillance and a suspect sketch are attached.

At 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, an unknown male suspect entered Lighthouse Too (16056 SE 82nd Dr., Clackamas). The suspect was wearing a blue jacket with a yellow stripe across the chest and the hood pulled up over a gray stocking hat.

As seen in the surveillance video, the suspect produces a snub-nosed pistol and demands cash from the counter. The cash is placed in a brightly colored bag and the suspect leaves the deli. The entire incident is over inside a minute-and-a-half.

The Sheriff's Office is still working to ID the suspect, who is described as follows:

- 38-45 years old
- 5'6" tall
- 160-180 lbs.
- Medium build, full face
- No facial hair
- Thick black eyebrows
- Wearing navy-blue jacket with yellow stripe across chest, gray stocking hat
- Carried colorful money bag
- Race unknown: "golden brown" complexion

The Sheriff Office Forensic Imaging Unit ( http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/forensicimagespecialist.html ) produced a suspect sketch from witness descriptions. The sketch is attached, as are still photos of the subject with the distinctive colorful money bag.

Surveillance video of the robbery is available at this Dropbox link, in .mp4 format:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/gk8bnqi21jc6dw1/CCSOCase18-1578-LighthouseTooRobbery.mp4?dl=0

TIPS SOUGHT

Anyone with information on this robbery or the suspect is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at https://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case # 18-1578.

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Front of building
Front of building
Vehicle crashes into Green Food Mart in Boring in failed ATM theft attempt; tips sought (Photo) *CORRECTION* - 01/22/18

CORRECTION:

The release should be corrected to read that the ATM inside the store was stolen.






Please reference CCSO Case # 18-2066

At approximately 3:05 a.m. on Monday, January 22, 2018, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a report that a vehicle had crashed into Green Food Mart (28190 SE Hwy. 212, Boring).

By the time deputies arrived, the vehicle was gone.

Deputies investigated, and determined that unknown person(s) had tried -- unsuccessfully -- to steal the ATM located inside the store.

Photos of the damaged storefront are attached

TIPS SOUGHT

The Sheriff's Office is seeking additional information in this case. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at https://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case # 18-2066.

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Attached Media Files: Front of building
Sheriff's Office arrests 41 during holiday DUII enforcement effort - 01/19/18

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office joined local and state police agencies to increase impaired-driving patrols as part of a national campaign, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over," funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The national enhanced-patrols campaign lasted from Dec. 13, 2017 through Jan. 2, 2018. Sheriff's Office deputies were assigned to special patrols with a sole focus on looking for impaired drivers -- with the hope of reducing the chances those impaired drivers would cause a traffic crash or fatality. This led to the arrest of 41 people in Clackamas County alone.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2014 there were 9,967 people killed in impaired driving crashes. This amounts to one alcohol-impaired traffic fatality every 53 minutes. This accounts for 31 percent of traffic fatalities in 2014 nationwide -- and is especially sad because this is a completely preventable tragedy.

Prior to beginning this enhanced-enforcement effort. we asked in a press release that people who drink and/or consume other impairing substances -- including marijuana -- make prior transportation plans. Thanks to those who accepted this responsibility, helping make 2017's holiday season a safe one for everyone who shares our roadways.

The Sheriff's Office encourages anyone who sees an impaired driver to call 911. Extra enforcement patrols will continue for the month of January.

DUII is a completely preventable crime. Impaired drivers are a risk to everyone, and drivers have a responsibility to not get behind the wheel after consuming any type of intoxicant.

Learn more about the NHTSA's "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign at https://one.nhtsa.gov/drivesober/index.html

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