Video from previous "Shop With A Cop" events:
The Clackamas County Peace Officers' Benevolent Foundation co-hosts its 10th annual "Shop with a Cop" charitable event on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 at the Clackamas Wal-Mart (10000 SE 82nd Ave. Happy Valley, OR. 97086).
During "Shop with a Cop," local law-enforcement officers locate children whose low-income families have had some enforcement contact with police, present those children with $100 gift cards, and then shop with them at the Wal-Mart.
Wal-Mart wraps all the gifts for the kids, supplying gift-wrap, ribbon and tags. It's an opportunity for police and kids to get to know one another; any concerns the kids may have had about police are often changed for the better.
This year, the CCPOBF raised enough money to allow approximately 150 children from Clackamas County to participate in the event -- paired with law-enforcement personnel from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, Clackamas County Community Corrections, and the Molalla, Canby, West Linn, Milwaukie, Sandy, and Lake Oswego Police Departments.
Kids were selected by school counselors or school resource officers and came from Canby, Sandy, Milwaukie, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Wilsonville, Oregon City, Estacada, Gladstone, Molalla, Colton and the North Clackamas School District.
This year, children will once again receive $100 Wal-Mart gift certificates and will be "assigned" their very own law-enforcement officers to accompany them during their shopping sprees.
To learn more about "Shop with a Cop," or to donate to the event, visit http://ccpobf.org/christmas-shop-with-a-cop/
Photos from previous 'Shop With A Cop' events are attached to this release, and video from previous years are linked above.
ABOUT 'SHOP WITH A COP'
"Shop with a Cop" helps bridge relationships between children and the police. These children are specifically chosen because their families may have experienced prior law-enforcement activity with police -- creating a significant impact on the child. Witnessing the arrest of a loved one can cause many youngsters to harbor strong negative feelings towards law-enforcement. "Shop with a Cop" presents an opportunity to identify with those children and pair them together with a law-enforcement officer in a positive situation -- shopping for Christmas presents.
Once again, Wal-Mart has graciously donated funds to the event -- in addition to providing Wal-Mart staff and all necessary wrapping paper. Santa will also be there for a photo op.
Along with Wal-Mart's generosity, the event would not be possible without the Clackamas County Benevolent Foundation's support -- provided by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Canby Police Department, Molalla Police Department, West Linn Police Department, Lake Oswego Police Department and public generosity. All had a major hand in contributing financially and physically to this event.
All members of the community are more than welcome to participate in this event by donating -- each $100 donation allows another child to participate in "Shop with a Cop." Info on CCPOBF donations is here: http://ccpobf.org/make-a-donation/
If you prefer, for your convenience, your donations will be accepted at the event.
ABOUT THE CCPOBF
The Clackamas County Peace Officers Benevolent Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization that assists police officers and their families in Clackamas County when an officer is injured or killed. The Foundation also works closely with programs dedicated to helping at-risk children. To learn more about the CCPOBF, visit http://ccpobf.org/
Mall clothing theft leads to pursuit, crash, two arrests
Please reference CCSO Case #16-32720
At approximately 3:05 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the area of Clackamas Town Center (12000 SE 82nd Ave., in unincorporated Happy Valley) on a report of a theft from the Forever 21 store.
Two women -- later identified as Nina Jackson, 19, of Vancouver, and Chaniq Green, 20, of Vancouver -- had allegedly filled two bags full of clothing and then fled the store without paying.
A suspect vehicle description was provided by dispatchers to deputies as they responded to the call.
One of the responding deputies spotted the suspect vehicle driving northbound on SE Bob Schumacher. The deputy activated lights and attempted to pull over the vehicle. The suspect vehicle accelerated away from the deputy, fleeing the scene at a high rate of speed.
The deputy pursued, losing sight of the vehicle. He soon located the suspect vehicle -- flipped on its top in a driveway at 11030 SE 92nd Ct.
Ms. Jackson and Ms. Green had fled the crashed vehicle on foot, and were stopped and arrested while attempting to scale a fence of a nearby property.
Ms. Jackson and Ms. Green were transported to a local hospital for evaluation and then transported to Clackamas County Jail. Both Ms. Jackson and Ms. Green sustained minor injuries due to the crash.
Ms. Green (the suspect vehicle's driver) was charged with:
- Theft II
- Hit and Run -- Injury
- Attempt to Elude Peace Officer X2
- Reckless Driving
Chaniq Green's complete booking info is here: https://web3.clackamas.us/roster/inmates/inmate.jsp?id=2016032720 Her bail was set at $52,500.
Ms. Jackson was charged with:
- Theft II
- Interfering with a Peace Officer
The alleged stolen property was recovered in the vehicle and returned to Forever 21.
Crash-scene and booking photos are attached.
B-ROLL VIDEO for news outlets -- featuring sound-bite interviews and more (.m4v format):
A Clackamas County man who nearly died of a heroin overdose is speaking out from jail about the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Patrol deputy who saved his life.
Sheriff's Office Deputies Karen Moss and Steve Martin were out on patrol on Tuesday, Oct. 25 when they arrived at a home on River Road in Milwaukie and found Kaleb Johnson-Hawney lying on the floor of the garage, unresponsive.
He had overdosed on heroin.
"I injected it and felt fine for about five minutes, but then I started walking around and then next thing I know the cops and everyone was around," said Johnson-Hawney. "When I woke up my chest hurt really bad -- obviously from my heart going out and starting again."
Deputy Moss administered two doses of a drug called Narcan to Johnson-Hawney. Within minutes, he began breathing again.
Narcan quickly blocks the effects of opioids on the brain -- allowing a person suffering breathing problems due to an overdose to be revived. A person close to death is suddenly awake and breathing again.
"Deputy Karen Moss, thank you -- I could have died," said Johnson-Hawney.
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Patrol deputies began carrying Narcan kits earlier this year. Since then, Clackamas County deputies have saved three people overdosing on heroin. Deputy Moss says she is just thankful to have been there that day.
"In this job, we might save lives every day and never know it, you get a drunk driver off the road, drugs out of someone's pocket -- but to know you saved a life is amazing," said Deputy Moss.
Johnson-Hawney said he has been using heroin since he was 13 years old. Now 22, he hopes to finally get help for his addiction, and has this message for others who may be struggling with substance abuse.
"You should stop before it's too late -- you never know what can happen," said Johnson-Hawney.
Johnson-Hawney remains housed at the Clackamas County Jail on unrelated charges.
"He's a heroin user, and he's scared for when he gets out -- that if he has nowhere to go, he will relapse again," said Deputy Martin. "I just hope he seeks the help he needs."
"I just hope it is his rock bottom, and he stops digging and gets some help," said Deputy Moss.
Currently, 26 deputies carry Narcan kits in their patrol cars. All of the deputies have gone through special training to administer the life-saving medication.
BACKGROUND: To read an earlier (Aug. 3, 2016) press release on the Sheriff's Office's deployment of Narcan, click here:
VIDEO SOUND-BITES AVAILABLE
B-roll and soundbites from Deputy Moss, Deputy Martin, and Kaleb Johnson-Hawney -- are available to news outlets. You can download the video files (.m4v format) from this Dropbox link:
Interested in working at our Jail? The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is hosting a "Corrections Career Event" on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 from 1 - 4 p.m. at the Public Safety Training Center (12700 SE 82nd Avenue, Clackamas, OR 97015).
Discover what it takes to get hired at our Jail during this presentation and Q&A session:
- What's involved in a Jail career
- Collateral duties
- Our generous benefits package *
- How the Jail hiring process works
- Speak with Jail professionals
- Schedule NTN testing
* BENEFITS HIGHLIGHTS:
- Health insurance: High-quality health-care plans,
- 3 medical plan options, 2 dental plan options
- Retirement: Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP)
- Life insurance, survivors' benefits, disability insurance, Employee Assistance Program, Paid vacation and holidays, bereavement leave, monthly longevity bonuses, incentive pay for education, community service, DPSST Certification and firearms qualification, Deferred Compensation, Retiree Medical Trust Fund, long-term care insurance.
QUESTIONS? Contact Elisa Crebs at 503-785-5021 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We're hiring now! Click on "Careers" at www.clackamas.us/sheriff
[UPDATE: Age of Melissa Elaine Vargas corrected below. She was 53, not 51.]
Please reference CCSO Case # 16-32525
At approximately 7:30 p.m. on November 27, 2016, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a reported shooting at a residence at 13614 SE River Rd., outside of Milwaukie in unincorporated Clackamas County.
When deputies arrived, they found a deceased female -- identified as Melissa Elaine Vargas, 53, of Gaston -- with a gunshot wound to the back of the neck.
Deputies were able to speak with Debra S. Kusch-Siegberg, 61, of Milwaukie, who lived at the residence. She told them that her ex-husband -- Gregory R. Siegberg, 62, of Milwaukie, who also lived at the residence -- came downstairs and shot Ms. Vargas one time. He then reportedly shot multiple times at his ex-wife as she ran from the residence to a neighbor's house, where she called 911.
Mr. Siegberg fled the scene in his vehicle -- a 2015 Subaru -- before deputies arrived.
Sheriff's Office detectives, Oregon State Police Crime Lab and the Clackamas County Major Crimes Team responded to process the crime scene and conduct interviews.
A short time later, at approximately 8:40 p.m., Sheriff's Office investigators were notified by the Washington State Patrol (WSP) that Mr. Siegberg was in custody as a result of a traffic crash. WSP troopers had responded to a report of a car overturned on I-5 near Ridgefield, WA. They arrested Siegberg on a DUII charge and he was transported to a local hospital, where he was evaluated and then booked into Clark County Jail; he then reportedly told Washington troopers about the Milwaukie homicide.
Sheriff's Office detectives responded to Washington State -- where, with the help of the Washington State Patrol, they were able to confirm Mr. Siegberg's identity and interview him.
The deceased, Ms. Vargas, was an acquaintance of Mr. Siegberg and Ms. Kusch-Siegberg, but was not a relative.
Ms. Vargas' family has been notified of her death, and the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office has completed its autopsy.
Mr. Siegberg is currently in custody in Clark County Jail in Washington ( https://www.clark.wa.gov/sheriff/jail-roster ) on a temporary warrant for the murder of Ms. Vargas and the attempted aggravated murder of Ms. Kusch-Siegberg. Mr. Siegberg will make his first court appearance in Washington this afternoon (Monday, Nov. 28).
ADDITIONAL INFO SOUGHT
Anyone with information on Gregory R. Siegberg and/or the homicide investigation is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line. Tips can be sent 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 # 16-32525.
Please reference CCSO Case # 16-31438
UPDATE (Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, 5 p.m.) -- DEPUTY RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL; INVESTIGATION CONTINUES; TIPS SOUGHT
The deputy involved in yesterday's officer-involved shooting is Robert Cordova. Deputy Cordova is currently contracted to the Happy Valley Police. (Two Clackamas County cities -- Happy Valley and Wilsonville -- contract with the Sheriff's Office to provide municipal police services.) Cordova first became a Sheriff's Office Patrol deputy on July 18, 2015.
Deputy Cordova was released from the hospital yesterday. He is currently recovering at home, and remains on administrative leave while the incident is investigated -- standard procedure in this situation.
Sheriff's Office detectives continue to investigate the incident -- interviewing the involved deputy, witnesses, suspect Steven W. Wilson, and the citizens who came to Deputy Cordova's aid.
We also continue to seek tips from the public. Anyone with information on this incident is urged to call 503-723-4949 or use the online email form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case # 16-31438.
EARLIER (Tuesday, Nov. 15, 3:30 p.m.)
- The suspect has been identified as Steven W. Wilson, 40 years old, from Portland. The suspect is currently being treated at OHSU.
We continue to seek tips from the public. Anyone with information on Steven W. Wilson, the auto-pedestrian incident to which our deputy was responding, or the shooting itself are urged to call 503-723-4949 or use the online email form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case # 16-31438.
- Two citizens -- including the citizen on the ride-along -- assisted our deputy during the incident, which involved a struggle with the suspect.
- Clackamas Fire District #1 also responded to the scene.
- Sheriff's Office detectives continue to investigate.
EARLIER (Tuesday, Nov. 15, 1:40 p.m.) -- SUNNYSIDE ROAD RE-OPENED
Sunnyside Road has been re-opened following the investigation of this morning's officer-involved shooting.
EARLIER (Tuesday, Nov. 15, 11:55 a.m.) -- CLARIFICATION ON INVOLVED DEPUTY
The involved deputy is a Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputy contracted to the Happy Valley PD. Two Clackamas County cities -- Happy Valley and Wilsonville -- contract with the Sheriff's Office to provide municipal police services.
EARLIER (Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 9:19 a.m.)
At approximately 6:21 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, an officer-involved shooting (OIS) occurred in the area of SE 139th and Sunnyside.
The incident occurred during a response to a reported auto-pedestrian crash at SE 139th and Sunnyside. A civilian was travelling with the deputy on a ride-along.
The deputy was shot in the leg.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and other agencies responded to the scene.
The involved deputy was alert and talking to first responders at the scene. AMR transported him to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries; he is currently in stable condition.
The suspect was detained and transported to an area hospital with injuries. He is currently in unknown condition.
SE Sunnyside is currently closed at 139th while investigators process the scene. Citizens are advised to find alternate routes.
The media staging area is at Sunnyside Church at SE Sunnyside and 132nd.
The deputy will be placed on administrative while the incident is investigated -- standard procedure in this situation. The deputy's name will not be released at this time.
This release will be updated as more information becomes available.
A photo of first responders at the scene is attached.
ADDITIONAL INFO SOUGHT
Anyone with information on this incident -- or on the auto-pedestrian crash to which the deputy was responding -- is urged to contact the the Sheriff's Office Tip Line. Tips can be sent 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 # 16-31438.
November is Men's Health Awareness Month. People across the country are once again recognizing this important effort by growing out their facial hair, as part of the "No Shave November" campaign.
And the Sheriff's Office is once again joining the fight.
Normally, CCSO grooming standards don't allow deputies to wear beards. If you've seen our deputies out in the community this month, you may have noticed that's changed. As part of a coordinated effort to raise awareness about men's health issues -- including the kinds of cancer that only affect men -- Sheriff Craig Roberts has once again decided to temporarily relax CCSO's grooming standards in order to allow uniformed members of the Sheriff's Office to participate.
Want to contribute? The Sheriff's Office No-Shave November Team is online here:
In an Oct. 25 message to deputies and staff, Sheriff Roberts wrote that last year "CCSO teams raised $15,802 for the cause.... I'm challenging everyone in the Sheriff's Office to raise $16,000 this year. If that happens then everyone will get to keep their facial hair through the month of December. If that goal is not reached, then everyone has to shave their facial hair by December 1."
During November, participants are encouraged to donate money they'd usually spend on shaving to educate people about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle. Participants are also encouraged to get a cancer screening during the month of November.
Below is the Sheriff's Office TEMPORARY relaxed grooming policy for the month of November 2016. The policy is currently scheduled to return to its previous terms promptly on Dec. 1, 2016, unless deputies raise $16,000 or more.
NOVEMBER 2016 GROOMING STANDARDS
While we are adjusting our grooming standards for November only (listed below) -- allowing participating deputies to grow facial hair -- this needs to be done in a professional manner. Facial hair will need to be neatly trimmed and well-kept. As with the current grooming standards, Sheriff Roberts has final say.
Here is the Sheriff's Office temporary grooming policy for the month of November 2016. The policy will return to its previous terms promptly on Dec. 1, 2016.
Personnel may elect to have a beard or goatee. Beards and goatees will be neatly trimmed and at no time be longer than one inch when extended straight out from the skin surface.
A beard is defined as hair grown covering the face line in a continuous pattern from sideburns, along the cheek line, covering the chin and connecting with a mustache.
A goatee is hair that is grown in a continuous pattern including the chin and mustache but does not extend along the cheek line and does not connect to sideburns.
Please reference CCSO Case # 16-30591
Early Monday morning (Nov. 7, 2016), at approximately 2:30 a.m., a Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputy working in Damascus observed a white 2006 Chevy pickup being driven in a careless manner along SE Scooter Lane near SE Sunnyside Rd. in Damascus.
The deputy attempted to stop the truck shortly after the suspect driver pulled onto SE Young Ln from SE Sunnyside Rd.
The male driver -- later identified as Peter Georgiy Pukay, 23, of Damascus -- pulled to a stop, but then attempted a U-turn in an attempt to elude the deputy.
The suspect pickup then became stuck on the shoulder of the roadway. Mr. Pukay refused to comply with deputy commands -- and continued to rev his vehicle in an attempt to get un-stuck.
Other deputies arrived and placed spike strips around the path of the suspect vehicle in an attempt to disable it if it were to get un-stuck.
Mr. Pukay was then able to get the truck into four-wheel drive and un-stuck. Pukay drove the pickup through a neighboring yard, nearly hitting a house. The suspect vehicle continued to drive recklessly while deputies pursued.
Deputies attempted a pursuit intervention technique (PIT) maneuver, but it failed. The suspect vehicle spun, striking an oncoming vehicle, then continued without stopping. The driver of the struck vehicle was not injured, and the vehicle sustained minor damage.
The pursuit continued into Gresham, where the suspect drove his vehicle into the parking lot of a U.S. Post Office. Mr. Pukay's vehicle struck several postal vehicles, then drove through the closed gate.
As the suspect vehicle fled west on SE Powell Blvd with a flat front tire, an Oregon State Police trooper was able to successfully deploy spike strips to disable more tires on the vehicle.
Near SE 156th Ave. and SE Powell Blvd., the suspect vehicle left the roadway and collided with a power pole, shearing the pole in half. The suspect vehicle then continued into a yard of a nearby residence and crashed into a parked car.
After the crash, Mr. Pukay was reportedly still attempting to drive the vehicle, but due to extensive damage, the vehicle was immobilized.
Mr. Pukay sustained minor injuries, and was treated by Portland Fire at the scene. Peter Georgiy Pukay was then was taken into custody and transported to the Clackamas County Jail, where he was booked on the following charges:
Charge 1 -- ATTEMPT ELUDE POLICE OFFICER
Charge 2 -- RECKLESS DRIVING
Charge 3 -- RECKLESSLY ENDANGERING
Charge 4 -- CRIM MISCHIEF II
Charge 5 -- CRIM MISCHIEF II
Charge 6 -- CRIM MISCHIEF II
Charge 7 -- CRIM MISCHIEF II
Charge 8 -- CRIM MISCHIEF II
Charge 9 -- CRIM MISCHIEF II
Charge 10 -- CRIM MISCHIEF II
Charge 11 -- CRIM MISCHIEF II
Charge 12 -- HIT AND RUN-VEHICLE-PROPERTY
Charge 13 -- HIT AND RUN-VEHICLE-PROPERTY
Charge 14 -- HIT AND RUN-VEHICLE-PROPERTY
Charge 15 -- HIT AND RUN-VEHICLE-PROPERTY
Charge 16 -- HIT AND RUN-VEHICLE-PROPERTY
Charge 17 -- HIT AND RUN-VEHICLE-PROPERTY
Charge 18 -- HIT AND RUN-VEHICLE-PROPERTY
Charge 19 -- HIT AND RUN-VEHICLE-PROPERTY
Charge 20 -- ASSAULT II
Charge 21 -- PAROLE VIOLATION
Bail was set at $400,000. An Oct. 22 booking photo from a prior arrest is attached. His complete booking information is here: http://web3.clackamas.us/roster/inmates/inmate.jsp?id=2016030591
Peter Pukay had been released from Clackamas County Jail on Oct. 31 following an Oct. 22 arrest for a parole violation. He has an extensive criminal history that includes charges of Theft, Burglary, Hit and Run, Assault, ID Theft, and drug charges involving meth and heroin.
Detectives with the Clackamas County Major Crimes Team are conducting an investigation into the death of an inmate from the Clackamas County jail who passed away at a local area hospital. No foul play is suspected in the death.
The state medical examiner has conducted an autopsy, but their investigation is not yet complete, awaiting toxicology results. The name of the deceased is not being released at this time to allow for notification of next of kin.