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Stolen Honda found in garage
Stolen Honda found in garage
Happy Valley Police arrest two following burglary at vacant home containing stolen car; additional tips sought (Photo) - 03/03/15
Please reference CCSO Case # 15-6127

On Monday, March 2, 2015, Happy Valley Police arrested two suspects accused of burglarizing a vacant home in Happy Valley.

At approximately 7:18 a.m. on March 2, a vigilant neighbor called 911 to report a possible burglary in progress. A suspect red Ford Explorer had pulled into the garage of the vacant home in Happy Valley.

A few minutes later, Chief Shane Strangfield of the Happy Valley Police arrived and staged in the area.

A minute later, a suspect vehicle -- matching the caller description and reportedly lacking a front license plate -- drove past Chief Strangfield. He began to follow in his vehicle.

"The suspect vehicle immediately began to drive erratically in the road," wrote Chief Strangfield in his incident report, "pulling right into driveways, like it was going to stop, then would quickly jerk back left into the roadway and continue to drive north.... In my experience ... this behavior typically indicates a person is looking for a place to park the vehicle and flee on foot."

The suspect vehicle came to a stop in the middle of the roadway. When backup from the Happy Valley Police Department and Clackamas County Sheriff's Office arrived, two suspects were taken into custody.

Subsequent searches of the vehicle and suspects revealed a child's safety seat, a glass pipe, a pocket knife, a black bag containing multiple bolt-cutters and a crowbar, ID not belonging to either suspect, equipment used to monitor police broadcasts, and a stolen bin full of tools.

A search of the vacant address revealed a damaged lock-box, a spray-paint smell and strange painting on the garage-door windows. A stolen Honda was found parked in the vacant home's garage. Its owner has been contacted.

The 911 caller had told dispatchers about past problems with possible squatting at the vacant home. The notification by the vigilant neighbor, to police dispatch, was key to the apprehension of these two suspects.

The suspect driver -- Jay Brian Laneville, 34, of SE Portland -- initially told deputies the vacant home once belonged to his mother (it doesn't; the home is vacant, and an unrelated man appears on tax records for the home, and had given no one permission to be inside). At one point Laneville also reportedly told deputies that he and the suspect passenger -- Shana Brannen, 33, of SE Portland -- had previously parked at the address and engaged in sexual relations for thrills.

Suspects Jay Brian Laneville and Shana Brannen were arrested and booked in the Clackamas County Jail. Full arrest info:

SUSPECT 1:
Jay Brian Laneville
Full booking info: http://web3.clackamas.us/roster/inmates/inmate.jsp?id=2015006127
Charges: Burglary I, Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle
Total bail: $80,000

SUSPECT 2
Shana Brannen
Full booking info: http://web3.clackamas.us/roster/inmates/inmate.jsp?id=2015006138
Charges: Burglary I, Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle
Total bail: $80,000

Photos of the suspects, vehicle and inside of the vacant home are attached to this release.

Happy Valley PD is withholding the address of the vacant home to discourage further criminal activity in the area.

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

ADDITIONAL TIPS SOUGHT

Anyone with additional information on the activities of suspects is urged 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 CCSO Case # 15-6127.

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Missing 7 Year Old Boy in Clackamas - 03/01/15
On March 1, 2015 at approximately 3:20 PM, Clackamas County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the Town Center Heights (11545 SE Stevens Rd, Happy Valley) due to a report of a missing 7 year old boy. The Deputies learned the boy, Hunter Leiby, walked away from his babysitter's apartment.

Hunter was described to be about about 4 feet tall, 50 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes. Hunter was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a school name printed on it, black pants, and navy blue high-top shoes. He was possibly carrying a brown restaurant bag and a black pull-string backpack.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Deputies and personnel assigned to the Search and Rescue (SAR) team were in the area looking for Hunter. At approximately 4:30 PM, an alert family member located Hunter at a nearby school. Hunter was safe, uninjured, and escorted back to be reunited with his mother.

The family's prompt report, accurate description, and citizen assistance all helped locate Hunter quickly.
Booking photo: Zachary Michael Hughes
Booking photo: Zachary Michael Hughes
UPDATED: Deputies make arrest in Jan. 22 shooting at SE 20th and Park; arraignment today at 3 p.m. (Photo) - 02/26/15
Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case # 15-1989

UPDATE (Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015) -- ARREST MADE IN JAN. 22 SHOOTING; ARRAIGNMENT SET FOR TODAY

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office has made an arrest in the Jan. 22 shooting of Scott L. Firkus. The shooting happened at the intersection of SE 20th and Park in unincorporated Clackamas County.

On Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, deputies arrested Zachary Michael Hughes on charges that include Attempted Murder and Assault in the First Degree, and transported him to the Clackamas County Jail.

Zachary Hughes' complete booking info is here:
http://web3.clackamas.us/roster/inmates/inmate.jsp?id=2015001989

Bail is set at $295,000. A booking photo is attached.

Until yesterday, Hughes was in custody at Washington County Jail, where he was being held on a probation violation. He is now lodged at Clackamas County Jail.

Zachary Hughes will be arraigned at 3 p.m. today (Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015) at the Clackamas County Courthouse in Oregon City.

Previous releases in this case are reproduced below.

[END UPDATE]
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EARLIER: Jan. 23, 2015, 10:27 a.m.

Detectives continue to investigate the shooting at SE 20th and Park while crime scene investigators evaluate evidence collected. Detectives are not releasing any additional details at this time about the crime.

The victim is identified as Scott L. Firkus, age 44, transient.

The victim remains in intensive care.

The victim's family does not want any media contact.

Detectives continue to ask that anyone with information contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential Tip Line -- by telephone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online e-mail form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO case # 15-1989.
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EARLIER: Jan. 22, 2015, 9:27 a.m.

At approximately 1:15 a.m. on Thursday, January 22, 2015, deputies responded to a reported shooting at the intersection of SE 20th and Park in unincorporated Clackamas County.

Callers to 911 had reported hearing multiple gunshots in the area. The callers then went outside and found a male victim with multiple gunshot wounds lying in the roadway on SE 20th at Park.

Deputies arrived. The victim was transported to the hospital by AMR, where he is currently listed in serious condition.

Deputies searched the immediate area. At this writing the suspect in this shooting is outstanding. Clackamas County Sheriff's Office detectives are currently canvassing the area.

More details will be released as the investigation continues.

TIPS SOUGHT

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is seeking tips and information regarding this shooting.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential Tip Line -- by telephone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online e-mail form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO case # 15-1989.
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News-release archive

Contact Info:
Sergeant Nathan Thompson
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
Saturn.jpeg
Saturn.jpeg
Multiple injury crash on S Redland Rd near S Lyons Rd (Photo) - 02/22/15
UPDATE:

The female driver of the Saturn who died in the crash has been identified as Madison Kealoha West, 18 years old of Oregon City.

The male driver of the Hummer has been identified as Steven Mark Naylor, 58 years old of Oregon City. The 7 year old juvenile is still listed in critical condition, due to his age his name will not be released.

At approximately 6:08pm Friday, February 20, 2015 Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Deputies responded to an injury traffic crash on S Redland Rd near S Lyons Rd in Clackamas County.

Initial reports were two vehicles crashed head-on and there were multiple injuries.

An 18 year old female from Oregon City was extracted from one of the vehicles, a Saturn coupe, and transported to the Hospital. She later died at the hospital.

The second vehicle, a Hummer H3, had two occupants. The male driver, 58 years old of Oregon City, was transported to the hospital and then released. A 7 year old male juvenile was the passenger and was taken by Lifeflight to the hospital and is still listed critical condition. The male juvenile was reportedly unrestrained in the vehicle.

The Clackamas County Criminal Reconstruction and Forensic Team (CRAFT) assisted with the crash investigation. Initial investigations show the Saturn veered into the oncoming lane.

The names of those involved will not be released until Monday pending notifications.
Attached Media Files: Saturn.jpeg , H3.jpeg
Suspect truck (original Dec. 2014 photo)
Suspect truck (original Dec. 2014 photo)
UPDATE w/ COLLAGE: New suspect sketch, improved description, photo of suspect truck in string of indecent-exposure incidents; tips sought (Photo) - 02/17/15
[UPDATE: Attached collage of suspect sketch and suspect truck photos.]

Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #15-4282

Investigators have a new suspect sketch and a much better photo of the suspect truck in a string of indecent-exposure incidents in Boring/Eagle Creek area. Tips are sought.

All incidents follow a similar pattern: A white male in a black pickup drives past women who are walking on the roadway or working in their yards. The male suspect stops, gets out of his pickup naked, and starts masturbating. Each time the suspect leaves before the victim can get close to him.

Investigators have received a total of 14 reports of indecent-exposure incidents believed to involve this suspect -- 11 in Clackamas County, 3 in Multnomah County.

IMPROVED VEHICLE PHOTO/DESCRIPTION:
- Black small pickup. Based on the attached new photo of the suspect vehicle, authorities believe this vehicle is likely a black 2001-04 Chevy S10 crew cab, possibly with a ZR2 package.
- An extra cab has been described.
- In the pickup's back window, in the lower left corner, there is a white round sticker.
- This TYPE of vehicle is pictured at the link below, but is NOT definitively identified as the suspect vehicle:
http://my-chevrolet.com/uploads/gallery_p/71_1364549612/chevy_s10.JPG

NEW SUSPECT SKETCH/DESCRIPTION:
- White male
- Short to mid-length red hair. This detail differs from the December 2014 description of the suspect, but authorities believe the same suspect is involved in the more recent case(s). It is possible the "red hair" is a wig.
- Has been described in some cases as only wearing a camouflage baseball cap that has been described as an "Army hat."
- Light complexion
- Thin with a muscular build
- A suspect sketch is attached.

TIPS STILL SOUGHT

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is still seeking tips and information regarding this string of crimes.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential Tip Line -- by telephone at 503-723-4949, or by using the online e-mail form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #15-4282.

The previous Dec. 10, 2014 news release on this incident is reproduced below.
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EARLIER (Dec. 10, 2014, 1:57 p.m.): Sheriff's Office seeks tips in string of indecent-exposure incidents in Boring/Eagle Creek area

Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Cases #14-33513 and 14-32273.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is seeking tips from the public in a string of indecent-exposure incidents reported in and around the City of Boring and Eagle Creek.

As of this writing (Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014), there have been four reported indecent-exposure incidents -- all occurring between the week before Thanksgiving and Dec. 9, 2014 and all following a similar pattern:

A white male in a black pickup drives past women who are walking on the roadway or working in their yards, stops, gets out of his pickup naked, and starts masturbating. Each time the suspect leaves before the victim can get close to him.

Detectives with the Sheriff's Office now have a good suspect and vehicle description -- and are asking for the public's help as they track down the alleged serial flasher.

SUSPECT DESCRIPTION:
- White male in his early to mid 20s
- Thin with a muscular build
- Short brown hair.
- Usually only wearing a camouflage baseball cap that has been described as an "Army hat."
- He has also been described as having a light complexion and sharp facial features.

VEHICLE DESCRIPTION:
- Black small pickup.
- An extra cab has been described.
- In the pickup's back window, in the lower left corner, there is a white round sticker.

A photo of the suspect vehicle is attached.

TIPS SOUGHT

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is seeking tips and information regarding this string of crimes.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential Tip Line -- by telephone at 503-723-4949, or by using the online e-mail form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Cases #14-33513 and 14-32273.
Crash scene 3
Crash scene 3
UPDATED w/ PHOTOS, CAR INFO, NAMES OF DECEASED, DRIVER: Passenger dies, driver transported to the hospital in late night roll over crash (Photo) - 02/17/15
UPDATE (Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2:45 p.m.): CAR INFO, PHOTOS

Photos from the crash scene are attached.

The vehicle involved in the fatal crash is a 2002 Maserati M128.
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EARLIER (Tuesday, Feb. 17, 12:27 p.m.): NAMES RELEASED; INVESTIGATION CONTINUES

Please reference CCSO Case Number # 15-4575.

The driver of the vehicle that crashed early Monday morning has been identified as Cory Ryan Leonard, 35, of Clackamas.

The passenger who died in the crash is identified as Walter Lawrence Cuenca, 58, of Antioch, California.

The investigation is ongoing, and findings will be forwarded to the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office.

[END UPDATE]
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EARLIER (Feb. 16, 2015, 9:02 a.m.)

At 12:03 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, a caller reported finding a car upside-down on SE Jennings Rd. near SE Jade Ct., which is just east of SE Oatfield Rd. in Clackamas County. Deputies arrived at the crash minutes later and found two people trapped inside the vehicle.

Clackamas Fire arrived and extracted the driver from the vehicle. The passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was transported to a local hospital.

Deputies investigating the crash learned alcohol and speed were contributing factors in the crash. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Clackamas County Detectives and the Criminal Reconstruction and Forensic Team (CRAFT) responded and are assisting in the investigation.

The names of those involved are not being released at this time pending family notifications.

TIPS SOUGHT

Anyone with information on this crash is urged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential Tip Line -- by telephone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online e-mail form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case Number # 15-4575.
Attached Media Files: Crash scene 3 , Crash scene 2 , Crash scene 1
Subject identified from Colton officer-involved shooting - 02/16/15
Update 2/16/15 10:00 a.m.

Subject who died in officer involved shooting identified as Bruce Lee Steward, 34 years old of Colton.

Investigators learned the original 911 call that came in with a male saying someone had been stabbed and the suspect was armed with a gun came from Bruce Lee Steward's cell phone. The male caller also gave the physical address of the residence involved in the incident before hanging up.

No other detail can be released at this time.


###End Update###


At 10:31 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, a male called 911 from a residence in the 29000 block of S. Wall St. in Colton. The male caller told dispatchers that someone had been stabbed at the residence and the suspect was armed with a gun and then hung up the phone.

Deputies responded to the residence. They were reportedly confronted by a male holding a hatchet.

The male continued to advance towards the Deputies as they gave commands to drop the hatchet. Deputies then fired their weapons, hitting the male who died at the scene.

Deputies did not find any victim of a stabbing at the residence, as had originally been reported to 911.

The Clackamas County Interagency Major Crime Team, Clackamas County District Attorney's Office, and Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Detectives are currently at the scene investigating.

The deputies involved in the shooting are now on paid administrative leave -- which is standard practice following an officer-involved shooting.

The names of the involved deputies are not being released at this time.

The identity of the male who died is not being released at this time.

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Sheriff Roberts  on-hand in April 2008 when more than 30 soldiers with the Oregon Army National Guard 41 Special Troops Battalion trained with seven members of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office SWAT team at Camp Withycombe
Sheriff Roberts on-hand in April 2008 when more than 30 soldiers with the Oregon Army National Guard 41 Special Troops Battalion trained with seven members of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office SWAT team at Camp Withycombe
Sheriff Roberts joins Salem testimony today in support of HB 2763, the 'Veterans' Pay Bill' (Photo) - 02/10/15
Today (February 10, 2015) at 1 p.m., Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts will travel to Salem to testify before the Oregon State Legislature's House Committee on Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness.

Sheriff Roberts will join others testifying in favor of House Bill 2763, the "Veterans' Pay Bill."

HB 2763 -- introduced by Rep. Shemia Fagan (D-Clackamas) -- would permit public agencies at the state and local level to supplement the military pay received by employees who serve in the National Guard or Reserves while on active duty.

Under current law, public employers are prohibited from making up pay lost during a deployment because the employee's military salary is less than that of their civilian job -- creating an added hardship for citizen-soldiers and their families while they are deployed.

HB 2763 does not require public employers to supplement the pay of military employees; it only gives them the option to do so -- a benefit already provided by many leading private-sector employers.

Passage of the bill is part of a larger effort within the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to provide comprehensive support for employees serving in the National Guard or Reserves. This support includes the Military Employee Support Program (MESP), launched in July 2014 and detailed in this press release:

http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/pressreleases/2014-11-05-CCSOPR-DeployedVetDriveAnnounce.html

Testifying along with Sheriff Roberts today will be Rep. Fagan, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Deputy Marc Griffith (who was deployed overseas as a member of the National Guard), Army reservist Dan Hitchcock, and representatives from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Three Rivers Post (#1324) and the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office MESP.

More info on the 2015 Oregon House Committee on Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness:
http://www.oregon.gov/odva/Pages/VetsLeg.aspx

More info on House Bill 2763, the "Veterans' Pay Bill": https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Measures/Overview/HB2763

A copy of HB 2763 is also attached as a PDF.

PHOTOS ATTACHED:

RobertsFaganDeployedDrive.jpg
Sheriff Roberts and Rep. Shemia Fagan (D-Clackamas) were among those packaging 83 boxes of donated items for deployed members of the Guard and Reserve on Nov. 14, 2014.

SheriffWithNationalGuard1.jpg and SheriffWithNationalGuard2.jpg
Sheriff Roberts on-hand in April 2008 when more than 30 soldiers with the Oregon Army National Guard 41 Special Troops Battalion trained with seven members of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office SWAT team at Camp Withycombe.

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Dive Team responding to scene
Dive Team responding to scene
UPDATED w/ NAME OF DECEASED: Sheriff's Office, Clackamas Fire recover body from Mt. Scott Creek (Photo) - 02/05/15
UPDATE (Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015): Body identified; Medical Examiner results still pending

Oregon State Police forensic scientists have identified the man found deceased on Feb. 2 in Mt. Scott Creek as Gary Norman Myers, age 61.

Family notifications have been completed.

Mr. Myers was last known to be living in the Clackamas area.

The Medical Examiner's Office is still awaiting further results.

[END UPDATE]

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EARLIER (Feb. 2, 2015)

[12:16 p.m. UPDATE: Additional photos from the recovery scene attached.]

At 8:50 a.m. on Monday, February 2, 2015, Clackamas County 911 received a call of a body floating face-down in Mt. Scott Creek, near the 7200 block of SE Harmony Rd.

Personnel from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and Clackamas Fire District #1 responded to the scene. They located the body of an adult male, who was deceased.

The body was caught up in some debris in the middle of the creek. The water was 3-4 feet deep near the area of the body.

Members of the Clackamas County Dive Rescue Team recovered the body from the water. The body was turned over to the Clackamas County Medical Examiner's Office.

Investigators are currently working on trying to identify the male and determine how he died.

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