At approximately 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, 2017, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to a single-vehicle traffic crash near 34396 S. Kropf Rd. in Clackamas County.
Deputies were able to locate a single vehicle -- a 2007 Chevrolet four-door in a field at the reported crash scene.
Evidence showed that the vehicle had rolled several times and ejected its sole occupant.
The occupant -- identified as Timophey A. Kojin, 20, of Woodburn -- was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Deputies believe alcohol and speed may be contributing factors in the crash.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Crash and Reconstruction Forensic Team (CRAFT) responded to the scene.
The investigation is ongoing, and family notifications have been made.
On Thursday March 23rd at around 10:00 am employees at the Boulder Creek Apartments at 6600 SW Wilsonville Rd reported a man setting fire to a couch on the back porch of an apartment. The man ran off on foot and subsequent searches were not able to find him. The couch was extinguished with no further damage.
The man is described as a dark skinned male approximately 6 feet tall, late teens to early 20's with an "Afro" style haircut and some facial hair. He was wearing a black hoody and jeans.
The witness was able to provide a description and a composite sketch was completed. If anyone has any information about this crime please contact the Wilsonville Police Department at 503-682-1012. Please refer to CCSO Case number 17-7785.
The City of Wilsonville contracts with the Sheriff's Office to provide municipal police services.
High-definition B-roll video of K9 Spencer and handler Sgt. Don Boone (.mp4 format):
How much can you accomplish in 90 minutes?
On Sunday morning, March 19, 2017, our K9 Spencer had his own answer to that question: He captured three suspects inside an hour and a half -- a rare K9 hat-trick.
* It started at 10:20 a.m., when Spencer tracked down and captured a stolen-vehicle suspect -- Austin J. Kollas, a 21-year-old transient -- in the area of 12000 SE 82nd Ave. in Clackamas. After a short vehicle and then foot pursuit, Kollas was captured while trying to run from deputies near the Winco parking lot. Kollas' complete arrest info is here: https://web3.clackamas.us/roster/inmates/inmate.jsp?id=2017007295
* Then, at 11:35 a.m., Spencer located Timothy C. Elmore, a 41-year-old transient wanted on parole-violation charges who was hiding from Gladstone PD officers in the vicinity of 19575 River Rd. in Gladstone. Elmore thought he could hide in a trailer -- but Spencer found him. Elmore's complete arrest info is here: https://web3.clackamas.us/roster/inmates/inmate.jsp?id=2017007298
* Just nine minutes later, at 11:44 a.m., Spencer tracked down and captured Lonnette M. Denison, 36, of Oregon City, who had valid warrants for her arrest on charges ranging from Theft to Possession of a Controlled Substance -- Methamphetamine. She ran from an apartment in Gladstone and attempted to hide in a thick holly bush, but Spencer was able to locate her. Denison's complete arrest info is here: https://web3.clackamas.us/roster/inmates/inmate.jsp?id=2017007299
Spencer is a 9-year-old Dutch Shepherd who has been on the force for approximately 6 years, serving with his handler Sgt. Don Boone.
"It's a rare feat for a Sheriff's Office K9 to get that number of captures in such a short time frame," said Sgt. Boone. Boone should know -- he's been a K9 handler for approximately 20 years. "For Spencer and I, that was a new record -- three in 90 minutes."
High-definition video of Sgt. Boone and Spencer can be found at this Dropbox link:
Photos of K9 Spencer and the arrested suspects are attached.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is hosting another "Coffee with a Cop" session this Friday -- this time in Welches.
The public is invited to share thoughts and enjoy casual conversation with deputies serving in their community on Friday, March 24 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Dragonfly Cafe & Bakery (65000 E. Hwy. 26, Welches, OR 97067).
Map to location: https://goo.gl/maps/WmK7iXnkxmk
A flyer for the event is attached in JPEG and PDF formats.
During the month of March 2017 -- and especially on St. Patrick's Day weekend -- the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will be increasing patrols with an emphasis on reducing impaired-driver crashes.
The goal of these extra patrols is to have zero traffic fatalities during this year's holiday celebration.
The enforcement effort is a continuation of CCSO's participation in the national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. The effort helped contribute to the 50 people who were arrested on DUII charges by Clackamas County deputies in February 2017.
To learn more about the NHTSA's "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign, click here:
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), every day 28 people lose their lives in alcohol-related traffic crashes. This staggering statistic amounts to one alcohol-impaired traffic fatality every 53 minutes. This makes the chance of a person being involved in an alcohol-related crash 1 in 3 through a lifetime.
It is the goal of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to help avoid these completely preventable tragedies on St. Patrick's Day.
The men and women of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office would like to remind citizens across Oregon, that everyone can play a role in preventing impaired drivers. If you or those around you drink alcohol and/or consume other impairing substances, including marijuana, please make responsible transportation plans. If you witness impaired driving, don't hesitate to report it to your local authorities -- it may save a life.
Please enjoy your time with friends and family and have a happy and safe St. Patrick's Day.
UPDATE (Thursday, March 16, 1:21 p.m.) -- NEW INVESTIGATIVE TIMELINE, FURTHER DETAILS
The investigation into Tuesday's double homicide in Beavercreek continues. Detectives continue to interview witnesses and process evidence.
At this time we can release a basic narrative of the incident, constructed from multiple interviews and other sources:
At approximately 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 14, a vehicle dropped off Dustin Louis Childress and Thomas Lee Hegar Jr. near a property on the 19200 block of S. Upper Highland Rd. in Beavercreek.
This property -- the crime scene -- is a privately owned forested property with multiple outbuildings.
Childress and Hegar then reportedly tresspassed onto the property without authorization.
Approximately 15 minutes later, Mr. Childress called one of the two women in the vehicle to report they were being shot at -- and that Mr. Hegar had been shot and wounded -- while fleeing the scene.
Detectives would later determine they were allegedly shot at by Robert John Hilands, the owner of the property.
Approximately seven-and-a-half hours later, at 5:46 p.m., one of the two women called 911 to report suspicious circumstances.
Patrol deputies arrived and searched multiple properties in the area -- including Mr. Hilands' property with Hilands' consent.
During the search of Hilands' property, deputies found the bodies of Childress and Hegar concealed near the property's front gate, which is approximately 40 feet off S. Upper Highland Road.
Both Childress and Hegar had suffered gunshot wounds, as later confirmed by the Clackamas County Medical Examiner.
Robert John Hilands made contact with investigators. Hilands voluntarily agreed to an interview with detectives while investigators continued to process the crime scene.
Following an interview at Sheriff's Office headquarters, Hilands confessed to killing the two men. Hilands was taken into custody and transported to the Clackamas County Jail. He was booked on two counts of Aggravated Murder and two counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Hilands' complete booking info is here:
This investigation is ongoing. The Sheriff's Office can release no further information at this time.
EARLIER (March 15, 8:00 p.m.) -- VICTIM ID, ARREST MADE
Booking photo: Robert John Hilands, 33, of BeavercrekThe second victim has been identified as Thomas Lee Hegar Jr., 50, of Beavercreek.
It has been determined that Mr. Hegar and Mr. Childress both died of gunshot wounds.
The suspect has been identified as Robert John Hilands, 33, of Beavercreek. Mr. Hilands was taken into custody and transported to the Clackamas County Jail where he was booked on charges of Aggravated Murder (2 counts) and Unlawful Use of a Weapon (2 counts). His complete booking info is here:
Detectives continue to seek tips in this double homicide. Anyone with information is urged to contact us using 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 # 17-6892.
EARLIER (March 15, 2:45 p.m.):
Upper Highland Road will be opening for normal traffic momentarily. Drivers are urged to use caution, as road crews and investigators continue to work in the crime scene and surrounding area.
EARLIER (March 15, 11 a.m.)
Please reference CCSO Case # 17-6892
At approximately 5:46 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Patrol deputies responded to a report of suspicious circumstances around the 19200 block of S. Upper Highland Rd. in Beavercreek.
Responding deputies secured permission to search a property on the 19200 block of S. Beavercreek. During the search, a deputy located two male bodies near a property gate.
The Clackamas County Medical Examiner, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office detectives, and members of the Clackamas County Major Crimes Team are among the personnel responding to and securing the crime scene.
Detectives have identified one victim as Dustin Louis Childress, 40. Childress is a transient with a last known address in Molalla.
The Clackamas County Medical Examiner is conducting an autopsy on the second victim. This second victim will be identified following an autopsy and family notifications.
Cause of death for both victims is still under investigation, and the Sheriff's Office is not releasing further investigative details at this time.
Upper Highland Rd. is currently closed between Schuebel School Rd. and Ridge Rd.
Investigators are currently canvassing the area, interviewing neighbors, and searching the crime scene.
A media briefing is set for 11 a.m. Media staging area for the briefing is 21950 Beavercreek Rd.
Detectives are seeking tips in this double homicide. Anyone with information is urged to contact us using 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 # 17-6892.
Please reference CCSO Case # 17-6843
At approximately 10:35 a.m. on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office received a phone call from an official at Alder Creek Middle School in unincorporated Clackamas County.
The school official reported that one of the teachers was behaving strangely -- repeatedly traveling back and forth between the school and her vehicle in the parking lot.
The school official also reported seeing what was believed to be drug paraphernalia in the teacher's vehicle.
Clackamas County deputies responded and made contact with school officials, who pointed out Special Education teacher Brynne Marie Fletcher, 33, of Portland.
Deputies contacted Ms. Fletcher. After an investigation, Ms. Fletcher was arrested on the following charges:
- Possession of a Controlled Substance -- Heroin
- Possession of a Controlled Substance -- Methamphetamine
She was then transported to the Clackamas County Jail.
Her complete booking info is here:
North Clackamas School District officials indicate that Ms. Fletcher has been employed at the school since August 2014. Prior to this incident, Ms. Fletcher had turned in a letter indicating that she was resigning at the end of the 2016-17 school year.
The district will place Ms. Fletcher on administrative leave following this incident.
Attached is a booking photo of Ms. Fletcher, as well as photos of drugs found in her possession.
Video on K9 Max's career and retirement (from February 2016):
- YouTube: https://youtu.be/4gSU6HNonw8
- Dropbox (hi-def): https://www.dropbox.com/s/179vo26bu8pnpog/MAX%20K-9%20Deputy.m4v?dl=0
Our retired K9 deputy Max passed away on Saturday, March 11, after succumbing to complications from a long illness.
Max was a Belgian Malanois born on Jan. 28, 2006 in the Netherlands. He began his service with Clackamas County Sheriff's Office in 2009 and retired in November 2015 as a single-purpose patrol dog.
Max started his career working with Sgt. Jason Nall and then switched over to finish out his career with Deputy Erik McGlothin (who now works with K9 Grimm). During this time, Max helped capture multiple fleeing suspects while supporting our Patrol deputies and SWAT team.
Max was forced to retire due to the effects of cancer on his brain. The Sheriff's Office made a video celebrating Max's career in February 2016, which you can watch here:
Dropbox (high definition):
Since his retirement, Max had been relaxing in the Oregon City area with Deputy McGlothin and his family. Max's favorite thing to do with his spare time was chewing on his Kong toy while sunbathing.
Thanks to many donations through Friends of Clackamas County K9 ( https://www.clackamask9.org ), all of Max's medical expenses were 100% covered.
Friends of Clackamas County K9 announced Max's passing on their Facebook page here:
Photos of Max are attached.
If you would like to make a donation in K9 Max's honor, you can mail a check to:
Memo line: K9 Max
PO Box 678
Clackamas, OR 97015
On Sunday afternoon, March 5, 2017, Sarah Mitchell -- 24, of Oregon City -- gave birth to two girls. The second infant developed apparent breathing complications and died a few hours later.
Sarah Mitchell and her husband Travis Lee Mitchell, 21, are members of the Followers of Christ Church in Oregon City. Church members practice faith healing and reject medical care and medicine in favor of prayer and anointment with oil.
Sarah Mitchell is the sister of Shannon Hickman -- who (along with her husband Dale Hickman) was found guilty in Clackamas County Circuit Court in 2011 of second-degree manslaughter following the 2009 death of her infant son fewer than nine hours after delivery. Shannon and Dale Hickman are currently each serving out six-year prison sentences, to be followed by three years of post-prison supervision. Details on this previous case (and other cases involving members of the Followers of Christ) can be found in the Oregonian archives here: http://www.oregonlive.com/oregon-city/index.ssf/2011/10/dale_and_shannon_hickman_of_fo.html
Sarah Mitchell delivered the two infants in the home of her parents, Walter Matthew White and Karen White, in the 1400 block of S. Loder Rd. in Oregon City. Present for the birth were family members, fellow members of the Followers of Christ congregation, and three midwives.
After the second baby developed apparent breathing problems and died in the home following delivery, church elder Carl Hansen contacted the Clackamas County Medical Examiner.
No one present for the birth contacted 911.
The medical examiner responded to the scene and determined that the surviving infant needed medical attention. The medical examiner contacted law enforcement personnel -- who persuaded the family to seek professional medical care.
The Clackamas County Medical Examiner completed its autopsy of the infant on March 6th, 2017. Cause of death investigation is on-going and pending at this time.
The surviving baby is believed to be several weeks premature, and is currently in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Oregon Health & Science University.
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office detectives are currently investigating the infant's death -- collecting and processing evidence, reconstructing the timeline of events, and interviewing witnesses to the births as well as members of the family and Followers of Christ Church.
The Sheriff's Office cannot comment further on details of the investigation at this time. Detectives will deliver their case to the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office for consideration for prosecution.
Detectives are seeking additional tips in the case.
ADDITIONAL TIPS SOUGHT
Anyone with information on the March 5 death of the infant is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office 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 # 17-6024.
Suspect sketch released in Feb. 26 sexual assault of girl, 9; tips sought
Please reference CCSO Case # 17-5230
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Child Abuse Team is asking the public for tips following the Feb. 26 sexual assault of a 9-year-old at the Clackamas Trails Apartments, located at 10411 SE Cook Ct. in Unincorporated Milwaukie, Clackamas County. A suspect sketch is attached.
During the early morning hours of Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, an unknown assailant broke into an apartment in the apartment complex. Once inside, the suspect sexually abused the young victim as she was sleeping.
The victim woke up during the assault -- and was later able to provide a description of the suspect.
A forensic artist met with the child and produced the attached sketch of the assailant, described as follows:
- Possibly a Hispanic male
- Wearing a black sweater and a yellow, grey, and black beanie cap
Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office 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 # 17-5230
For more information on our Child Abuse Team, visit http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/cat.html
Just before 6pm on Monday, February 27, 2017 a 911 call came in regarding a male who was in the Clackamas River at Clackamette Park in Oregon City. Police, Fire and the Sheriff's Office responded to the scene. A witness told 911 operators a male jumped into the river to attempt to retrieve the boat that had floated loose from shore. While on the line with 911 they reported a second male had jumped in to assist as well. The first male was swimming towards the boat but appeared to be struggling in the water. The second male was able to make it to the boat and pull himself aboard. He grabbed the first male but was unable to pull him from the water.
When rescue boats arrived on scene the male in the boat was still holding onto the male in the water, at times his head was going below the surface. Rescue boat operators were able to grab a hold of the male in the water and pull him onto their boat. He was then driven back to the boat ramp and treated by AMR. This male was transported to the hospital in serious condition.
They then transported the other male to shore and he was treated at the scene by AMR and released with no injuries.
Both males are in their 60's and not local to the area. The male who was transported to the hospital is reported to be conscious and alert.
Clackamas County Water Rescue Consortium units that responded to the scene were from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, Clackamas Fire, Gladstone Fire, AMR, and Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. The Water Rescue Consortium recommends anyone around water to always wear a personal floatation device.