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Collage: Previous suspect sketch (with possible wig), suspect truck photos
Collage: Previous suspect sketch (with possible wig), suspect truck photos
Sheriff's Office makes public-indecency arrest; suspect is registered sex offender believed responsible for Boring/Eagle Creek indecent-exposure spree (Photo) - 03/26/15
Please reference CCSO Case # 15-8640

UPDATE (3/26/2015):

Last night (Wednesday, March 25, 2015) around 10 p.m., Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies -- working with Multnomah County, Damascus PD and Gresham PD personnel -- arrested a man in Gresham on public-indecency charges. Following a search warrant of the suspect's residence, investigators believe this is the man responsible for a string of indecent-exposure incidents in Boring/Eagle Creek area. Additional tips are sought.

The suspect is identified as Michael Gordon Dick, 53, of Gresham. He is a registered sex offender. A booking photo is attached.

Authorities received calls on Tuesday (March 24) and Wednesday (March 25) about a naked male walking around masturbating in the Tickle Creek and Kelso Road area. Both incidents occurred at the same address, and the M.O. was similar to the series of Boring/Eagle Creek indecent-exposure incidents detailed in our Feb. 17, 2015 and Dec. 10 , 2014 news releases (reproduced below).

The March 24 and 25 incidents led investigators to get a search warrant for suspect Michael Dick's residence in Gresham. Mr. Dick was arrested and Sheriff's Office detectives -- assisted by Multnomah County, Damascus PD and Gresham PD personnel -- searched his house and vehicles.

Evidence found during the search warrant led investigators to believe that Michael Dick is the suspect allegedly responsible for the string of indecent-exposure incidents in the Boring/Eagle Creek area. (This includes Mr. Dick's 2004 Chevy S10, similar to the suspect vehicle described and photographed in those earlier crimes.) All those 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.

Michael Dick is currently charged with 3 counts of Public Indecency -- 2 from Tuesday and Wednesday (March 24-25) and one from last week. Michael Dick is a registered sex offender as a result of a December 2008 arrest in which he entered an elderly person's home in east Multnomah County fully nude and attempted to assault her. His sex-offender status means the March 24-25 charges have been increased to felonies.

His Clackamas County Jail booking info is here:

http://web3.clackamas.us/roster/inmates/inmate.jsp?id=2015008640

Investigators are currently looking at the other incidents that have occurred in the area and plan to book him on additional indecent-exposure charges from the earlier reported incidents.

ADDITIONAL TIPS SOUGHT

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

Anyone with information on Michael Gordon Dick or his activities 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 #15-8640.

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 (February 17th, 2015 3:20 PM) UPDATE W/ COLLAGE: NEW SUSPECT SKETCH, IMPROVED DESCRIPTION, PHOTO OF SUSPECT TRUCK IN STRING OF INDECENT-EXPOSURE INCIDENTS; TIPS SOUGHT

[UPDATE 2/17/2015: 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.
Hwy26Scene2.jpg
Hwy26Scene2.jpg
US Hwy. 26 closed in both directions at Road 34 in Rhododendron as police investigate explosion (Photo) - 03/19/15
Just before 6:30 a.m., dispatch took a report of an explosion in the Rhododendron area, around milepost 48.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies responded. Deputies checking the area in Rhododendron near Road 34 located a vehicle just after 7:30 a.m. -- and found evidence of a possible explosion nearby.

The Metropolitan Explosive Disposal Unit (EDU) ( http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/edu.html ) responded to the scene. The ensuing investigation led authorities to close U.S. Hwy. 26 in both directions at Road 34 in Rhododendron in the interest of public safety while authorities gather evidence.

Authorities remain on-site. More info will be release as the investigation continues.

US Highway 26 remains closed until further notice. Find alternate routes.

Photos from the scene are attached.

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Attached Media Files: Hwy26Scene2.jpg , Hwy26Scene1.JPG
Recovered Toyota pickup engine, frame, and running gear
Recovered Toyota pickup engine, frame, and running gear
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Happy Valley PD, Oregon City PD, Canby PD work together to recover massive haul of stolen items; tips sought (Photo) - 03/05/15
Please reference CCSO Case # 15-5825 & 15-3957, Canby PD 15-314, OCPD 15-41

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Happy Valley PD, Canby PD and Oregon City PD worked together to recover a massive haul of stolen items from a single Clackamas County residence.

The investigation started with a Sheriff's Office deputy who was looking into recent thefts from farms in the Aurora area.

The deputy learned of a suspect who stole a truck reportedly committed similar thefts in the Canby area. Canby Police informed him the stolen vehicle contained a GPS tracking device.

The GPS revealed the stolen vehicle had made several stops in unincorporated Clackamas County. Some of these locations had links with previous cases involving stolen property and other arrests.

Using this GPS tracking, Canby Police had located the stolen vehicle in the 19100 block of S, Creek Rd in Clackamas County. They arrested Chris Hamblen, 33 years old, of Oregon City, on charges of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.

Also according to the GPS tracking, one of the properties the stolen vehicle had stopped at was located the 19800 block of S. Polehn Rd. in Clackamas County, east of Oregon City in the Redland Area. One of the residents at this address is Jason Vaughn Strowbridge, 50 years old, of Oregon City. He had a felony warrant for his arrest for heroin possession.

Sheriff's Office deputies paid a visit to this address and did not locate Jason Strowbridge, but did talk with his mother. Deputies asked if Jason had brought home a pressure-washer recently. A pressure-washer was among the stolen items reported out of Canby.

Strowbridge's mother reportedly said he had. The pressure-washer was in her garage. She took deputies to the garage to show it to them.

The pressure-washer she showed them turned out to be stolen -- but it was not the pressure-washer stolen out of Canby. This pressure washer had been stolen during another theft -- this one reported to Oregon City Police.

This led to the recovery of a massive haul of stolen items.

Deputies then asked about a white trailer, hoping to find one stolen from Aurora. Strowbridge's mother pointed them toward a barn on her property.

Deputies found a trailer that believed might be one stolen from Fir Point Farms in Aurora. All the trailer's identifying numbers had been removed, as well as all of the decals. The deputies were able to find a partial number that matched a stolen trailer -- but not the one they expected. It turned out to be a trailer stolen out of Happy Valley, in a case being investigated by Happy Valley Police.

While recovering the trailer, deputies did not find items reportedly inside the trailer when it was stolen out of Happy Valley. But something else was inside: a custom 2015 Chevy ZL1 Camaro. Registered to a couple in a male who lived in Kaiser. Deputies learned the Camaro was not stolen but registered own might be related to drug activities in Kaiser.

This Camaro had not been in the trailer when it was stolen out of Happy Valley. Deputies learned a credit company had been attempting to locate the vehicle for repossession; over $66,000 was owed on the vehicle.

Deputies also located another heavy dump trailer -- also listed as stolen -- on the property. It had switched license plates.

Deputies also located a vehicle frame -- the remains of a stolen Toyota pickup that had been stripped. This vehicle was reported stolen out of southeastern Oregon.

On Wednesday, March 4, acting on leads, Sheriff's Office deputies and officers from the Oregon City and Happy Valley Police paid another visit to the S. Polehn Rd. address. This time, Jason Strowbridge was inside. He reportedly tried hiding in a closet, but was located by an Oregon City K-9 and taken into custody.

Strowbridge was booked on his felony warrant -- and will also be facing multiple theft and stolen vehicle charges. His complete booking info is here:

http://web3.clackamas.us/roster/inmates/inmate.jsp?id=2015006361

Following the arrest, deputies were given consent by the family to search the common areas of the property. They located stolen items from the Happy Valley trailer theft and several Oregon City thefts. Recovered stolen items include:

- A 20 foot cargo trailer
- A 16-foot dump trailer
- A Toyota pickup engine, frame, and running gear
- 5 chain saws
- 30 chain saw chains
- 2 leaf blowers
- 2 air compressors
- 2 concrete saws
- 2 gas trimmers

While they did not recover items stolen from Fir Point Farms, deputies hope this investigation will lead them to recovering more stolen items -- and help put a stop to the recent string of thefts in the area.

Booking photos of Hamblen and Stowbridge and photos of just some of the recovered items are attached to this release.

ADDITIONAL TIPS SOUGHT

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is looking for additional leads in this evolving case.

Anyone with information on this string of thefts, Jason Strowbridge's activities, Chris Hamblen's activities, and any related leads 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 # 15-5825

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Sheriff Roberts' Statement on Pony - 03/05/15
In response to multiple requests for statements, and in the interest of transparency, here is a PDF of the incident report on the Feb. 19, 2015 euthanasia of a pony in Clackamas County:

http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/documents/IncidentReport-15-4969-Release.pdf

We have redacted only the name of the reporting party and address/contact info for all involved citizen parties.

I grew up with horses and livestock in Clackamas County, and understand their profound value. We offer our sincere condolences to the Fitzgerald family. As detailed in the report, a judgment call was made in the field to humanely euthanize the animal; ultimately, other actions could and should have been taken. We made a mistake. We have approached the family about exploring ways to make this as right as we can. And we are examining our own procedures when dealing with this sort of situation in the future.

Craig Roberts
Clackamas County Sheriff

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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.