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Archive photo 2: river enforcement
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Marine Unit rescues two overcome by cold, fatigue while trying to swim across Willamette River; CCSO urges safety (Photo) - 06/28/16


CCSO urges cold-water caution, personal floatation devices

At around 1:38 p.m. on Monday, June 27, 2016, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a swimmer struggling in the water at Dahl Beach, in the Clackamas River at the mouth of the Willamette River in Gladstone.

The call soon became more complicated than that.

The 911 caller had told dispatch that a woman who was not wearing a life jacket was struggling to stay afloat. The woman had called back to her friends saying she couldn't move -- and she was reportedly going under the surface of the water.

Marine Unit Sgt. Thoroughman and Deputy Griffith quickly responded by boat to the location where the woman was last sighted.

They soon observed a woman who appeared to be struggling in the water, later identified as Angel Clyde, age 22. The deputies threw her a Type-4 throwable flotation device, grabbed her arm and led her to the back of the boat, pulling her onto the swim deck of the boat before placing her inside the passenger seating area.

Sgt. Thoroughman then maneuvered the boat and located a SECOND person in apparent distress -- later identified as a 16-year-old girl.

Sgt. Thoroughman maneuvered the boat to the second subject, who had made it to a rock near the shoreline.

Deputy Griffith grabbed her arms and asked her to climb on board the swim deck. The girl told deputies she was too weak to climb onboard -- so Deputy Griffith lifted her onboard by grabbing her wrists.

Once all parties were safely inside the boat's passenger seating area, Sgt. Thoroughman drove the boat across the river to awaiting medical personnel.

Deputies learned the two women had been attempting to swim across the river when the 16-year-old subject began struggling due to the effects of the cold water. The girl began to shout for help while having a hard time swimming; she finally made it to the rock -- but was then unable to stand or move due to cold and exhaustion once she reached it. Ms. Clyde was also reportedly getting tired by the time Marine deputies arrived on scene and retrieved her from the water.

Ms. Clyde was cold but otherwise uninjured. AMR checked the 16-year-old for injuries and contacted her parents in Seattle.

The Sheriff's Office wants to remind swimmers: The water is colder than you think. Underestimating river temperature has led to several tragic drownings on county waterways in recent years. Don't let poor judgment turn you into a sad statistic. Anyone swimming or boating in local waterways should always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device.

You can find additional water-safety tips here:


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UPDATED w/ NAMES: Deputies respond to deadly crash on S. Redland Rd. - 06/27/16

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UPDATE -- NAMES RELEASED: Monday, June 27, 2016, 1:12 p.m.

The Sheriff's Office can now reveal the names of those involved in Saturday's fatal two-car traffic crash:


- DRIVER: Dennis Raykin, age 22, of Happy Valley -- deceased

- FRONT PASSENGER: Demetrius Johnson, 21, of Oregon City -- deceased

- REAR PASSENGER (PASSENGER'S SIDE): Kayla Kuntz, 28, of Oregon City -- deceased

- REAR PASSENGER (DRIVER'S SIDE): Lydia Tobler-Davis, 21, of Milwaukie -- transported by Life Flight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with life-threatening injuries


- DRIVER: Kimberly Millican, 50, of Oregon City -- transported to OHSU with life-threatening injuries

Speed and alcohol are considered factors in the crash.


EARLIER: Saturday, June 25, 2016, 11:55 p.m.

At 2:38 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, 2016, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office received multiple 911 calls about a traffic crash near the intersection of S Redland Rd. and S Bradley Rd. in unincorporated Oregon City.

Callers reported that two vehicles had crashed head-on at a high rate of speed -- and that there were multiple patients who had sustained severe injuries.

A short time later, a Clackamas County Sheriff's Office sergeant arrived on-scene and began to render medical aid to the injured individuals.

Over the next several minutes, multiple Sheriff's Office deputies arrived at the scene and -- with the help of the Clackamas Fire District and American Medical Response -- triaged the patients.

Two of the involved individuals were pronounced dead at the scene, and an additional patient died while enroute to the hospital.

At this writing (June 25, 2016, 11:55 p.m.), two patients are currently at local hospitals, where they are being treated for serious injuries.

All of the individuals involved have been positively identified, but their identities are being withheld until all of family notifications have been completed.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Criminal Reconstruction and Forensic Team (CRAFT) and Sheriff's Office detectives also responded to the crash scene.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation -- but initial reports indicate that speed and alcohol may have been contributing factors.

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

The Sheriff's Office wants to remind the public to drive carefully and to make plans to stay the night or use a designated driver if you or a loved one consume any intoxicating substance.


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Crime Scene
Crime Scene
UPDATED:Detectives Investigating Suspicious Death in Milwaukie (Photo) - 06/26/16

Update: June 26, 2016

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is now able to confirm the identity of the deceased individual from the Clackamas Trails Apartment death investigation. She has been identified as Donna Doris McQueen, 80, of Milwaukie, OR. She died from a single gunshot wound.

Detectives working this case are no longer seeking tips from the public regarding the incident. At this time there is no further information available for release.

Earlier:6-26-16 2:00am

Detectives with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Homicide and Violent Crimes Unit have arrested Noelle St. John, a 21 year old female, in connection with the death investigation at the Clackamas Trails Apartments. Investigators are withholding the victim's name until after the autopsy has been completed, which is scheduled for midday on Sunday June 26, 2016.

The investigation has shown that the victim was the unintended target of Ms. St. John, who discharged a firearm in the apartment complex. Ms. St. John was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail on the charges of Manslaughter I and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.

EARLIER:6-25-16 6:24pm

Detectives with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and the Clackamas County Major Crimes Team are investigating a death at the Clackamas Trails Apartments, located at 10425 SE Cook Ct. in Milwaukie. Detectives are reaching out to the public, who might have information to provide. Detectives are specifically interested in information about a disturbance or fight from within the complex last night, 06-24-16.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

Attached Media Files: Crime Scene , News Release
Prison clothes found with Clark
Prison clothes found with Clark
Deer Ridge Correctional Institution Inmate Caught (Photo) - 06/24/16

On June 24, 2016, at approximately 1:35pm members of Clackamas County Interagency Task Force (CCITF), while investigating an anonymous tip near SE 99th and SE Stark Ave., Portland, at the Ramada Inn were able to locate Deer Ridge Correctional Institution escaped inmate Richard Clark, 29 years old. Mr. Clark was taken into custody without incident.

Nick A. Barger 47 year old
Nick A. Barger 47 year old
Sex Abuse Arrest (Photo) - 06/24/16

On 06/14/2016, Nick Allen Barger, 47 year old male from Milwaukie, was taken into custody by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Child Abuse Team Detectives and lodged into the Clackamas County Jail for multiple counts of Rape in the First Degree; Sodomy in the First Degree; Sexual Abuse in the First Degree; Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the First Degree; and Incest. The arrest stemmed from an investigation into Nick Barger sexually abusing his two minor biological daughters. The sexual abuse began when one of the victims was as young as age 5 and lasted until the victims were in their late teens, which occurred in Clackamas County as well as multiple other counties within Oregon. The known victims are now adults.
The criminal case was referred to the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office and on June 23 Barger was indicted on multiple criminal acts to include ballot measure 11 crimes of Rape I, Sodomy I and Unlawful Sexual Penetration.
Anyone with information about this case or any other potential victims should contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office tip line at (503)723-4949.

Attached Media Files: Nick A. Barger 47 year old
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office K9s Kilo, Spencer, Vito, Nero, Marco and Grimm have received body armor (Photo) - 06/16/16

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office K9s Kilo, Spencer, Vito, Nero, Marco and Grimm have received body armor. A photo of the dogs donning their vests is attached.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office K9s Kilo, Spencer, Vito, Nero, Marco and Grimm each received their bullet- and stab-protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.

The vests were sponsored by an anonymous sponsor and are embroidered with the sentiment "Proud to support one who serves and protects."


Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c(3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet- and stab-protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law-enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers.

Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1,800 protective vests, in 49 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over $1.6 million.

All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050. Each vest has a value between $1,795 -- $2,234, with a five-year warranty and an average weight of 4-5 lbs.

There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978.


Attached Media Files: K9sInVests.jpg
UPDATE: Plea, treatment deal reached in Jan. 18 SWAT standoff - 06/16/16


The Clackamas County District Attorney's Office has reached a plea agreement with Mukunda Moriary Moss in a Jan. 18 SWAT standoff in Wilsonville.

On Wednesday, June 15, 2016, Mr. Moss pled guilty to one count of Unlawful Use of a Weapon. He will receive 36 months of probation, 10 days in jail, and 200 hours of community service. He will also receive mandatory counseling and mental-health care.

Wilsonville PD wishes Mr. Moss success in his probation and treatment.

The original news release on the Jan. 18 incident follows.

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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EARLIER NEWS RELEASE (January 18, 2016, 5:13 p.m.) -- Armed barricaded man surrenders to SWAT following traffic stop, standoff

On Monday January 18, 2016 at 1:18 p.m. a Wilsonville Police officer attempted to stop a car for a speeding violation. The vehicle was traveling 46 mph in a residential 25 mph zone.

The speeding vehicle continued at a slow speed, making several turns, but did not yield to the police vehicle.

For about a quarter of a mile, the officer followed the vehicle with lights and siren. The vehicle then stopped in front of a residence on SW San Remo Ave in Wilsonville.

The driver got out of the vehicle and refused to comply with commands from the officer.

There were two passengers in the vehicle, both females -- one adult and one juvenile. The male yelled at the female juvenile to get in the house, which she did. The adult female left the scene. The male also entered the house.

As more units arrived, they surrounded the house and attempted to contact the male and have him come out.

The male appeared from a second-story window -- and had a handgun in his hand.

At this time, the officers called for more units to assist in securing the location and evacuating nearby residences. They made contact with the juvenile, who was in the house, and got her out safely. Authorities learned the male was the juvenile's father, and was in the house alone.

Clackamas County SWAT and Hostage Negotiation Team were called to assist.

As SWAT teams surrounded the residence, negotiators called into the residence. Negotiators talked the male into surrender peacefully. He walked out of his house and surrendered without any further confrontation. He was taken into custody at 3:45 p.m.

The male was identified as Mukunda Moriary Moss, 41 years old, of Wilsonville. He was transported to a local area hospital to be evaluated.

Mr. Moss will be charged with attempt to elude felony and misdemeanor, other charges may be added.

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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Happy Valley Police Investigate Report of Shooting at the Mount Talbert Nature Park - 06/14/16

On 06-14-16 at about 4:51 pm, the Happy Valley Police, with assistance from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, responded to a singular report of a shooting at the Mount Talbert Nature Park, 10945 SE Mather Rd., Clackamas, OR, which is within the incorporated boundaries of the city of Happy Valley.

The caller indicated he had been robbed of his wallet and keys, possibly at gun point, while walking in the park. The suspect was described as an unknown race male dressed in dark clothing. The suspect was reported to have fled back into the nature park.

Deputies arrived in the area quickly and located the reporting party, 24 year old Benjamin Graves of Portland, near an access trail to the nature park on SE Sunnyside Rd, near SE 117th Ave. He had an injury to his shoulder, and was quickly transported to the hospital.

Multiple police canine units along with over 20 deputies and detectives assisted in a search of the nature park are for the alleged suspect, locating no one fitting the description, and finding no physical evidence of the incident. A set of keys was located on the front seat of Mr. Graves' vehicle, which was located in the nature park parking lot about a mile away from the incident location.

At the hospital, Mr. Graves did not provide any additional detail about the set of keys found in his vehicle, or the suspect's description. Mr. Graves was treated for a minor penetrating injury to the front of his shoulder, from an indeterminate source.

While details are scarce, the Happy Valley Police Department is confident there is no ongoing threat to public safety.

Natalie E. Derr
Natalie E. Derr
Missing/Endangered Adult **URGENT** (Photo) - 06/14/16

Ms. Derr is believed to be in the Seaside or Coos Bay area of the Oregon Coast. Please call 911 if you see her or have information on her whereabouts.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is looking for public assistance in locating Natalie E. Derr, 54 year old Caucasian female. Ms. Derr was last seen leaving a care facility in Unincorporated Milwaukie, Clackamas County on June 12, 2016. Ms. Derr is in urgent need of medical attention and needs her medication, which she left behind. Ms. Derr is possibly headed to the Oregon Coast driving her 2010 red Toyota Prius, Oregon license plate 057ESW. If you see Ms. Derr or have information on her whereabouts, please call 911

Attached Media Files: Natalie E. Derr
CCSO: Update Two Climbers fall on Mt. Hood, rescue underway. - 06/09/16

At approximately 5:00 pm Patrick Lueb (49 year old from Arlington, VA) and Mark Gerschoffer (52 years old from El Cajon, CA) were returned to the parking lot of Timberline Lodge. Mr. Lueb had facial lacerations and injured ribs. Mr. Gerschoffer did not sustain any injuries. Both were transported to Mt. Hood Medical center for evaluation.


On Thursday June 9th 2016 at about 9:00 am the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office received a call from two climbers who had fallen on Mt. Hood and were injured. They were in the area of the south climbing chute at about 10500 feet, which is located above Hogsback when they fell. The climbers were conscious, breathing and talking to 911 operators.

A Reach and Treat team from AMR reached the climbers at approximately 1:30 pm and began the process of walking them back down. The climbers are coming down the mountain under their own power. Currently members of Portland Mountain Rescue are working their way up to the climbers to assist with bringing them back down to Timberline Lodge. Mountain Wave Communications has been on scene providing communications support.

Sheriff's Office warns: Don't drive impaired while consuming marijuana - 06/02/16

Today (June 2, 2016), marijuana will begin to be commercially sold in the State of Oregon. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office would like to remind people to use marijuana in a responsible manner. Additionally, operating a vehicle after consuming marijuana in any fashion is just as dangerous and illegal as driving while drunk.

Marijuana is a substance that can adversely impair a person's ability to safely drive a motor vehicle and can contribute to crashes, often resulting in serious injuries and even death. Marijuana can impair the user for a period of up to 24 hours -- so please plan ahead to have a sober driver or a place to stay the night.

During this upcoming weekend, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will be joining other law-enforcement agencies in providing enhanced patrols in order to ensure the continued safety of the citizens we serve. Between June 2 and June 5, deputies assigned to this DUII task force will have an emphasized focus on enforcing traffic safety laws, while also detecting and arresting impaired drivers.

The men and women with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office would like to ask the public that if you or a loved one consumes marijuana, or any other intoxicating substance, please use a designated driver. Likewise, if you notice dangerous driving behaviors, please call 911.

Our goal is to have zero traffic fatalities in Clackamas County, and we wish everyone a happy and safe weekend.