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UPDATE -- OWL MISIDENTIFIED, INJURIES REQUIRE EUTHANASIA: Sheriff's Office recovers wounded owl (Photo) - 07/21/14
UPDATE (7/21, 1 p.m.) -- Via The Oregonian, unfortunate news about the owl we took to the vet this morning -- it was misidentified, and the bird's injuries require its humane euthanasia. Details here:

EARLIER (7/21. 11 a.m.):

At approximately 3:18 a.m. on Monday, July 21, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a wounded owl in the roadway at S. Barlow Road and Hwy. 211 in Hubbard.

According to a report from the responding deputy:

"Savana Biggart of Canby and Jessica Montgomery of Aurora were driving home from Silverton when they saw eyes in the roadway on Barlow Road. They turned around to see what is was -- and it was an owl that was unable to fly, because of what Savana and Jessica thought was a broken wing.

"They called the non-emergency number and I responded. With help from Savana and Jessica, I was able to get the owl into a container. I transported the injured owl to Northwest Veterinary Specialists (Pet Emergency) on 82nd Drive.

"Personnel on-site at NW Vet Specialists were able to stabilize the owl, and identified it as a Spotted Barn Owl, which is an endangered species. They advised me they were going to transport the Spotted Barn Owl to the Audubon Society ( ) in the morning for rehabilitation."

Attached are photos of the owl being treated at NW Vet Specialists ( ).

CCSO: Small plane crash outside Aurora, OR. (Photo) - 07/19/14
On July 19, 2014 at 10:48 am, a deputy from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to the report of a small plane crash near S. Meridian Rd. and S. Whiskey Hill Rd. near Hubbard, OR. The two occupants of the plane were reported to be out of the plane and walking around.

The plane was traveling from the Lenhardt Airpark in Hubbard, OR headed to the Mulino Airport in Mulino, OR. The pilot noticed his altitude was too low as he approached some trees but was unable to correct this in time. The wing of the plane struck a tree which caused the plane to go down.

The plane came down in a wooded area without causing serious injury to the passenger or the pilot. There were no structures or other property damage. No roadways were closed due to this crash.

The Aurora Fire Department and Woodburn Ambulance responded to the scene. The two occupants were transported to an area hospital for what appears to be minor injuries. The pilot was identified as Robert Teneyck, 81, of Woodburn, OR. The passenger was identified as Rosalie Carman, 70, of Portland, OR.

It's unknown if the passenger or the pilot are willing to speak with the media regarding this crash. The FAA is aware of the crash and will be investigating.
Sheriff's Office contacts juvenile wandering in road near Molalla; young man IDed, reunion with family in progress (Photo) - 07/17/14
At approximately 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 17, 2014, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to reports from passerby that a juvenile was wandering in the middle of the road on Hwy. 211 near Union Mills Rd. outside of Molalla.

Deputies contacted the juvenile. The young man was unable to communicate to deputies who he was or where he lived.

Deputies transported the juvenile to the Department of Human Services office in Oregon City. DHS employees recognized the juvenile, and at this writing are working to reunite him with his family.

The Sheriff's Office is pleased that the situation was quickly resolved, and will work with DHS and the juvenile's family to investigate the situation. The Sheriff's Office also thanks the public and media for helping spread the word on social media and news platforms as we worked to identify the young man.

Media contact info 6 year old nearly drowns in pool, saved by CPR - 07/15/14
For Media only rescuer Domiteala Galvez can be contacted for a statement at 971 258 5275
6 year old nearly drowns in pool, saved by CPR - 07/15/14
On July 15, 2014 just after 6pm Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, American Medical Response and Clackamas Fire were dispatched to a report of a six year old drowning victim at the Greenleaf Monterey Apartments located at 8640 SE Causey Ave in unincorporated Happy Valley, OR. The victim was described as unconscious, unresponsive and not breathing and that CPR was being performed by a bystander.

Upon arrival they found 6 year old conscious, alert and breathing in the apartment's recreation centers pool area. The bystander, Domiteala Galvez, had found the girl motionless at the bottom of the deep end of the pool. She removed her from the water and performed rescue breaths until she regained consciousness.

The juvenile was at the pool with her cousins and had been properly supervised. The juvenile was transported by ambulance to Emanuel. She is in good condition at this time.

Dpmiteala said she was trained in CPR and her training just took over.

The Sheriff's Office reminds everyone to keep a close eye on others around water and get trained in CPR it could save a life as it did in this incident.
UPDATE (JULY 15): Clackamas County SWAT Team involved in shooting - 07/15/14
UPDATE (July 15, 2014): Involved deputies' names released; statement from Clackamas Women's Services

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office can now name the deputies involved in the July 7, 2014 shooting incident in the 30000 block of S. Hwy 213, an unincorporated area of the county outside of Molalla.

Clackamas County deputies responded to the address on a report of domestic violence. The victim reported being threatened with a firearm and physically assaulted. Deputies interviewed the victim and determined that several domestic-violence crimes had occurred, including a felony assault. The suspect refused to exit his home or cooperate with deputies.

The SWAT team responded to the scene to assist in arresting the suspect. Just before 2 a.m. on July 7, the suspect initiated contact with SWAT team members located outside the home and was shot multiple times. The suspect was armed with multiple firearms.

Medical personnel with the SWAT team immediately rendered care to the suspect, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The involved deputies are:

Deputy Nicholas Adler
With Sheriff's Office 4 years
On SWAT team for 2 years

Sergeant Anthony Kollias
With Sheriff's Office 14 years
On SWAT team for 13 years

Detective Jeff Miller
With Sheriff's Office 15 years
On SWAT team for 9 years

Per standard policy in these incidents, these deputies have been placed on paid administrative leave while the Clackamas County Major Crimes Team investigates.

Clackamas Women's Services has also released a statement in the wake of the incident, which can be read here:



EARLIER: JULY 7, 2014, 5:07 a.m.

On 07-06-14 at 10:08 pm the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to a 911 call of a domestic disturbance in the 30000 block of S. Hwy 213, an unincorporated area of the county outside of Molalla, OR.

The reporting party indicated the disturbance had been physical, and included the threatened use of several firearms. The victim was able to flee the scene with the couple's children and meet with Deputies. Deputies interviewed the victim and determined several domestic violence crimes had occurred including a felony assault. Deputies negotiated with the male for hours, trying to get him to surrender.

The Clackamas County SWAT team was activated to assist in the apprehension of the suspect. SWAT members made contact with the subject just before 2:00 am and shots were fired moments after they arrived. Medical personnel, who were with the SWAT Team, immediately rendered care to the suspect but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The scene was made safe, and there is no further danger to the community. Additional details are not available at this time, as this is an ongoing criminal investigation.

Hwy 213 remains closed at this time from S Vick Rd north to S Barnards Rd.

The deceased has been identified as Shane Griffin, 36 years old, of Molalla.
UPDATE 2 w/ VICTIM NAME, CORRECTED AGE: Estacada man killed in tree-felling incident - 07/14/14

[Now with corrected age]

The Sheriff's Office can now release the name of the victim in the July 10 tree-felling accident.

Per the Medical Examiner's Office, the victim has been identified as Arthur Canada, 64, of Estacada.


Just after 1:00 pm Thursday July 10, 2014 a group of campers were out cutting fire wood in the Mount Hood National Forest on USFS RD 4630 about a mile from Lake Harriet. They were improperly felling large Douglas Fir tree that was dead and leaning over.

The tree was described as 130 to 150 feet in length. They used a chain saw to cut the tree and a chain attached to a truck that was then hooked to the tree. When the tree fell the top rotten section of the tree broke off and fell separately from the main tree hitting one of the men and seriously injuring him.

One of the men went to the Ripple Brook Ranger Station to call for help. Clackamas County received a 911 call at 1:30pm. Medical personnel responded to the scene and rendered first aid to the injured male.

The male in his 60's from Estacada Oregon was fatally injured when struck by the falling rotten tree top.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and the Clackamas County Medical Examiners Office responded to the scene and investigated the incident.

The name of the male is not being released at this time pending family notification. The others involved in the incident do not wish to be contacted.

Please refer to the Mount Hood National Forest website regarding proper wood cutting areas, rules, and techniques.
Sheriff's Office releases 2013 Crime Report, posts crime-stat archives to web - 07/10/14
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office has released its 2013 Crime Report -- compiling crime statistics from last year into a set of easy-to-read charts and infographics.

The 2013 report (attached as a PDF) includes stats on population, reports processed, all crimes reported, stolen and towed vehicles, jail bookings, SWAT calls, search-and-rescue calls, DUII arrests, and much more.

The 2013 report and reports from 2006-present can also be downloaded as free PDFs from this webpage:

Direct link to the 2013 Crime Report PDF:

Attached Media Files: 2013 Crime Report (PDF format)
Clackamas County Jail inmate commits suicide in cell - 07/07/14
A Clackamas County Jail inmate committed suicide in his cell on Friday, July 4.

The deceased is identified as Brandon Anthony Barker (DOB: 06/09/1986).

Barker was in the jail on charges of Assault IV, Strangulation, Interference with Making a Report, and Menacing.

Barker has been a Clackamas County Jail inmate 16 times (including this incarceration) starting in 2007. His charge history has included thefts, criminal mischief, parole violations, assaults, and DV-related charges including second-degree kidnapping (for which he received a 40-month sentence) and violation of restraining order.

Deputies found Barker with a noose made of a bed sheet around his neck. They attempted to revive him but were not successful.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Detectives and the Medical Examiner's Office responded to the scene and investigated the incident. Barker's death has been ruled a suicide.

Molalla Man shot in leg, Suspect arrested. - 06/29/14
On 06-28-14 at about 9:45 pm, Clackamas County Sheriff's deputies, with assistance from the Molalla Police Department, responded to a report of a shooting in the 800 block of W. Main st., an unincorporated area outside of Molalla, OR. Reports indicated a man had been shot in the leg with a shotgun.

Deputies arrived and located Daniel Nyberg, 44 of Molalla, OR, with non-life threatening injuries to his leg. Mr. Nyberg was treated on scene by Molalla Fire personnel, and transported to Willamette Falls Hospital.

Based on statements from Mr. Nyberg and other witnesses, the suspect was located at a nearby residence. Through interviewing those involved, Deputies located the shotgun believed to have been used in this incident, as well as a stolen rifle.

The suspect is identified as 43 year old Brian Alan Keslar, of Molalla, OR. He was arrested and lodged at the Clackamas County jail on charges of Assault II and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

Additionally, during the course of the investigation, deputies learned the shotgun had been removed from the crime scene by Tina Zimmerly, 43 of Molalla, OR. Tina Zimmerly was arrested and lodged at the Clackamas County Jail on charges of Theft I and Tampering with Evidence.

There is no additional information available at this time.
Deputies Respond to Eagle Creek Home Invasion - 06/27/14
On 6-27-14 at about 0207 hours deputies with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a home invasion robbery in the 22500 block of SE Van Curen Road in Eagle Creek. Five masked and gloved suspects entered the home and used flexible ties to restrain the homeowner and his family while they stole a number of expensive items including firearms and a significant amount of cash. The suspects appeared to be Latino with one speaking "broken English" according to the victim.

The victim reports that the suspects were in the house for a protracted period ransacking the home. Investigators believe there could be some connection between the suspects and the victim as they seemed aware that certain items would be in the home.
The suspects were seen driving away in a silver, four door sedan.

The homeowner sustained minor injuries during the burglary and was cared for by medical responders.

The Clackamas County Sheriff case number is 14-17302.

If you would like to provide information regarding this case or any criminal activity, you can call the Sheriff's Office Tip Line at (503) 723-4949 or you can fill out the e-mail form that can be found at

The homeowner is willing to speak with the media. Page for their phone number.
Sheriff's Office Marine Unit deputies reward kids -- with candy -- for practicing good life-jacket safety (Photo) - 06/25/14
SUBHEAD: The Sheriff's Office works with Plaid Pantry and the makers of Mike & Ike candy to reinforce a good safety habit.

For the public, summer means fun and sun. For the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit, it means ensuring our waterways are safe.

The Marine Unit just partnered with Plaid Pantry and Just Born Inc. to give kids a sweet reward for wearing their life-jackets.

As part of the "Life Jacket Voucher program," the Marine Unit is partnering with Plaid Pantry and Just Born Inc. to provide movie-sized boxes of Mike & Ike candy to children who wear their life-jackets. Marine Patrol deputies will give vouchers to children who are wearing their PFD's; the kids can redeem those vouchers for Mike & Ike at any Plaid Pantry store.

Sheriff's Office Marine deputies patrol all the waterways in Clackamas County -- including 50 miles of the Clackamas River and 30 miles of the Willamette. They also enforce boating laws including those related to personal flotation devices, or PFDs.

According to the Oregon State Marine Board:

* All boats must carry at least one U.S. Coast Guard-approved PFD for every person on board.
* All children ages 12 and under must wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life-jacket at all times while on boats that are underway or being towed.
* "Boats" means every description of watercraft including sailboats, canoes, kayaks and rafts.

"Our deputies come into contact with hundreds of families during the summer months and we find most children are wearing PFDs," said Sgt. Steve Thoroughman, who oversees the Sheriff's Office Marine Unit. "This year, we get to reward them for being safe."

"Just Born -- makers of Mike & Ike, Hot Tamales and other candy -- is a family-owned business that shares many of the same values as Plaid Pantry," said Plaid Pantry spokesperson Jonathan Polonsky. "When we asked them if they would help us support the Life Jacket Voucher program, they instantly agreed -- and worked with us to come up with a reward we could pass along to the kids to help promote water safety.

"We're particularly happy to support the Clackamas County Marine Unit's project because of the way it is going about rewarding kids for wearing their life-jackets.... The Marine Unit's strategy to reward kids for good behavior is a great way to reach out to kids in a very positive way."

The Life Jacket Voucher Program will run until September 2015, and is sponsored by the Clackamas County Safe Communities, Plaid Pantry and Just Born Inc. The hope is that the program will help reinforce a potentially life-saving habit for children.

Lt. Robert Wurpes of the Sheriff's Office says one of the most common excuses he hears about people not wearing personal floatation devices (PFDs) is, "I'm a good swimmer." "But even a good swimmer can be overcome -- quickly -- by injury, cold, exhaustion, and fear," he said. "The best practice is to wear it."

Plaid Pantry has a history in encouraging community safety. In 2011, CEO Chris Girard was recognized by the Board of County Commissioners for his leadership restricting youth access to alcohol and his work with Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

To learn more about the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit, visit . To learn more about Clackamas County Safe Communities, visit .