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I-84
I-84
Suspicious Death Investigation in Troutdale (Photo) - 11/21/17

On Friday November 17th at approximately 4pm, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office received a report about a deceased male near exit 17 on west bound I-84. The East County Major Crimes team responded with the Oregon State Police. There is an on-going death investigation with the State Medical Examiner. Investigators have not been able to rule out a vehicle hit and run as a cause of death.

The individual discovered has been identified as BRANDON LEE MILLER, 29 years old, formerly of California. At the time he was found, he was wearing blue jeans and a black, gray, and teal zip-up sweatshirt.

The East County Major Crimes Team is seeking information for this investigation. If you have information about Brandon Lee Miller, saw an individual matching his description, or information about suspicious circumstances near Exit 17 on I-84, please contact the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Tip Line: 503-988-0560.

No further information will be released at this time.

Attached Media Files: I-84 , MILLER
SOUTHWELL
SOUTHWELL
Commercial Burglary Arrest in Wood Village (Photo) - 11/21/17

On November 21, 2017 at approximately 3:00am Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to a report of a burglary alarm at Camping World, located at 24000 NE Sandy Blvd in Wood Village.

During their search of the large commercial property, deputies located and arrested CHAD SOUTHWELL, age 31. SOUTHWELL was lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center on multiple charges, including Burglary in the Second Degree.

MCSO Patrol Unit deputies were assisted by K9 teams from the Portland Police Bureau and the Hillsboro Police Department.

Attached Media Files: SOUTHWELL
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MCSO Announces New Public Information Officer (Photo) - 11/17/17

With the recent promotion of Chad Gaidos to Captain, he will assume new duties within the agency. Effective December 11th, 2017 Lieutenant Marc Shrake will become the PIO for the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

Lt. Shrake has 25 years of law enforcement experience in our community which will prove to be a valuable asset in this new assignment. Lt. Shrake was hired by Troutdale Police in 1991 after serving in the United States Navy. He began his supervisory role in law enforcement in 1998 when he was promoted to the rank of sergeant. After the merger of the Troutdale Police Department with MCSO, Shrake continued his path towards leadership when he promoted to lieutenant in January of this year.

As a long time Multnomah County resident, Lt. Shrake brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience both living and working in our community. His experience in operations and leadership in law enforcement has uniquely prepared him for the role of agency spokesperson.

During the transition period leading up to Lt. Shrake's appointment to PIO on December 11th, members of the media may still use the PIO Pager or pio@mcso.us to reach an on-call PIO.

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Attached Media Files: marc_shrake.jpg
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office reminds community of ongoing phone scams - 11/17/17

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) has continued to receive reports from members of our community being targeted by ongoing phone scams attempting to elicit money from victims.

Previously, MCSO has released information about these phone scams and the various tactics being used to victimize individuals. The scammer calls to explain that you have a warrant due to missed jury duty, or other unpaid fines, and need to wire money or send pre-paid gift cards immediately to resolve the issue.

These scammers identify themselves as a member of MCSO; most recently, the scammers have used names of current MCSO command-level staff members. The voicemail greeting on the call-back number provided also identifies the scammers as MCSO employees.

MCSO does not request payment of any fines via phone and will not initiate any request involving a wire-transfer or pre-paid card.

These scams are not only being targeted to individuals within our immediate community; they have reached statewide locations.

We urge the community to be aware of this ongoing scam. If you are contacted by a person claiming to be a member of MCSO and requesting payment in any capacity, DO NOT SEND MONEY or engage with this scam.

If you have been a victim of this scam, please file a police report by calling (503) 823-3333 and select the option for non-emergency police reporting in the jurisdiction that reflects your residence.

Do not fall victim to this recurring phone scam. Please help us spread the message and keep our community safe.

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MCSO Holds New Hire and Promotional Ceremony 11/06/17 - 11/05/17

On November 6, 2017 at 10:00 am, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will hold a new hire and promotional ceremony in the Board Room at the Multnomah Building, 501 SE Hawthorne.

During this ceremony, Sheriff Michael Reese will introduce new members of the agency, who will serve in a variety of different positions within the Sheriff's Office.

In addition, Sheriff Reese will be swearing in four new Corrections Sergeants, as well as Lieutenant Stephen Reardon, and Captains Stephen Pina, Denise Diamond and Chad Gaidos.

Media is welcome, and encouraged, to attend this event that will include comments from Sheriff Reese and introductions to all new staff and newly promoted members.

Change of Public Information Officer for MCSO - 11/03/17

On Monday, 11/06/2017, Lt. Chad Gaidos, the agencies current Public Information Officer (PIO), will be promoted to Captain and assume other duties within the Sheriff's Office. He will no longer be available for PIO response as of Friday, 11/03/2017.

While MCSO works through a process to identify the agencies next PIO, on-call PIO's and members of the Communications Unit will be available to handle any necessary media response from MCSO.

In the event a member of the media needs an immediate PIO response, they can access an on-call PIO using the PIO Pager number (503) 271-0226. For less urgent matters, an email can be sent to pio@mcso.us.

For response to public records requests, or administrative matters, an email can be sent to pio@mcso.us and a member of the Communications Unit will respond to your request as soon as they are able.

Policy Review
Policy Review
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office seeks public feedback about policy and procedure (Photo) - 11/02/17

Link to MCSO website updated: https://www.mcso.us/site/policy.php

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The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office recognizes and takes seriously its affirmative responsibility to engage community stakeholders about service delivery; one form of engagement the Office undertakes is to seek public feedback about proposed policy and procedure(s) through a Stakeholder Review period.

The Sheriff's Office is currently in the process of reviewing the following draft(s):
Policy XXX.XX, Code of Ethics
Policy XXX.XX, Authorized Use of County Resources
Policy XXX.XX, Use of Social Media

The Stakeholder Review period is open for all members of the public to submit comments or proposals relevant to the content of the draft, which will be posted for the next thirty (30) days. To comment, please go to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office website, accessible here: https://www.mcso.us/site/policy.php

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office thanks you in advance for taking the time to review its drafts and express your views; the Office will take individual comments into collective consideration as it finalizes a policy and procedure.

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Attached Media Files: Policy Review
MCSO River Patrol recovers body from Willamette River - 11/02/17

On Thursday, 11/02/2017, at approximately 10:00 a.m., Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol deputies and Portland Fire & Rescue personnel responded to a report of a body in the water of the Willamette River, near the Fremont Bridge. MCSO River Patrol units arrived in the area a short time later and recovered the body of a deceased adult male from the water.

Portland Police Bureau detectives have been notified and will be conducting a death investigation. The body will be turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office. No further details are available at this time, pending identification and family notifications.

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MCSO taking back unwanted prescription medication October 28 in Troutdale - 10/26/17

[TROUTDALE, OREGON] -- On Saturday, October 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 14th opportunity in seven years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Troutdale Police Community Center at 234 SW Kendall Court, Troutdale OR. (We cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April Americans turned in 450 tons (900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 13 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 8.1 million pounds--more than 4,050 tons--of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines--flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash--both pose potential safety and health hazards.

MCSO would like to remind the community that unwanted prescriptions and over-the-counter medications can be disposed of year-round at our facilities in Troutdale and Fairview. Detailed information on these locations and hours are available in the FAQ's on our website www.mcso.us.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 28 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website [https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html].

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