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Media Opportunities: MCSO Participates in Community Summer Events - 07/19/18

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will participate in two local community summer events happening this weekend, July 20 and 21, 2018.

Wood Village Nite Out

Friday, July 20

5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Wood Village Baptist Church

23601 NE Arata Road


Coordinated by the City of Wood Village and hosted by the Wood Village Baptist Church, this annual summer event is the City’s largest neighborhood event! This year’s Nite Out will feature kid’s games and activities, great music and food, and exciting demonstrations by first responders. This event is a part of the National Nite Out Program that is supported by many of the businesses in the area. Wood Village Baptist Church provides over 100 volunteers for the estimated crowd of 2,500 visitors.


Due to construction on NE Arata Road and limited on-site parking, visitors are encouraged to use caution in the area and consider parking nearby and walking to the event.



Troutdale SummerFest

Saturday, July 21

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Glenn Otto Park

1102 E Historic Columbia River Hwy


Join in on the annual summer fun in Downtown Troutdale! The Historic Columbia River Highway will be closed off from Kibling to Glenn Otto Park and kids are invited to “Chalk It Up” on the streets in front of Mayor’s Square. At 11:00 a.m., the parade will march through town to Glenn Otto Park where the festivities will go on throughout the afternoon! Glenn Otto Park will have a variety of vendors, food, entertainment, music, and fun activities for the kids!


MCSO’s own K9 Ranger has been honored as the Canine Citizen of the Year! He and his partner, Deputy Weber, will proudly represent MCSO during the parade and throughout the day’s fun.


SummerFest is hosted by the West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce. This year, a portion of proceeds will benefit the Multnomah County Animal Shelter Services.


More information is available at

Both events are family friendly and open to all!

Media is invited to attend both events.

House Fire in Corbett results in death investigation - 07/12/18

On 07-10-18 at approximately 12:19 am, MCSO deputies responded to assist the Corbett Fire Department with a residential fire at 30245 E. Woodard Road near Troutdale.  Corbett Fire and the Oregon State Fire Marshall’s Office began a routine investigation to determine the cause of the fire.  During the course of their investigation human remains were discovered in the fire scene.  MCSO Detectives and the Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Office have responded to conduct a death investigation resulting from this recent discovery.

This is a complex and on-going investigation, therefore, no additional information will be released at this time.



MCSO to participate in Torch Run for Special Olympics: Thurs. July 12 (Photo) - 07/09/18

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO), joined with local law enforcement partners from the Portland area, will participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics raising money and awareness for Special Olympics Oregon (SOOR) on Thursday, July 12, 2018.

Law Enforcement Officers and SOOR athletes will be running through the streets of Portland carrying the torch with the Flame of Hope, which travels hundreds of miles throughout the state each year.

Our leg of the Torch Run begins at 10:00 a.m. at the Portland Police Bureau East Precinct, then heads east on Stark Street to 202nd Avenue, north to Glisan Street, then back west to 181st Street, ending at the Gresham Police Rockwood Public Safety Building. Please note there may be minimal impact to traffic along the route during this time.

Media and the public is invited to support law enforcement and athletes throughout the entire event; at the starting line (departing at 10:00 a.m.), cheering for athletes and officers along the route, and at the finish line (expect to arrive in Rockwood 11:15 a.m.) where a barbeque is hosted for the athletes and participants. The entire leg is 6.5 miles.



Special Olympics Oregon serves participants with intellectual disabilities, the largest disability population in the state, year-round through the organization's signature sports programs. Athletes gain self-confidence, social competency and other life skills. They develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run began in Wichita, Kansas, in 1981 when Police Chief Richard LaMunyon conceived the idea of the Torch Run as a way to involve local law enforcement with Special Olympics and local communities by running the torch in intra-state relays that converge at Summer Games. Now a global event, all 50 states and more than 30 foreign countries participate in Law Enforcement Torch Run. In Oregon, more than 1,500 law enforcement personnel from federal, military, state, county, and local agencies participate in the year-round Torch Run campaign.



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MCSO Deputies respond to mental health incident in Fairview - 07/08/18

On July 8, 2018 at 12:49pm Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to a report of an adult female with a gun in the backyard of a residence in the 20600 block of NE Sandview Drive in Fairview.

The homeowner called 911 after observing the unknown female “acting strangely” while holding a handgun to her chest.   MCSO deputies and Gresham Police Department officers responded and began talking to the suicidal woman, while evacuating nearby residences and closing NE Sandy Blvd between NE 205th Ave and NE Fairview Pkwy for the public’s safety.

Deputies quickly determined that the woman was suffering a severe mental health crisis, and refused to put down the firearm despite repeated requests from deputies.   Trained crisis negotiators from the East County Metro SWAT Team arrived and were able to establish a dialog and attempted to get her the help that she needed. 

Negotiators spent approximately three and a half hours talking to the distraught woman, and were prepared to talk with her for as long as was necessary to come to a safe resolution.  During the conversation the female, without notice, fired a single shot with the firearm.  Emergency medical personnel were brought in immediately, but despite their life saving efforts, the woman died at the scene.

This is an on-going investigation, in conjunction with the Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Office.  No further details are available at this time, and MCSO will not be releasing the name of the deceased woman out of respect for the privacy of her grieving family and friends.

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office would encourage anybody going through a mental health crisis to call the Mental Health Crisis Intervention Hotline at 503-988-4888 or 800-716-9769.  They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Residents that were affected by the situation are encouraged to contact the Trama Intervention Program (T.I.P.) Hotline at 503-823-3937.  If you have additional information, please contact our tip line at 503-988-0560.



Cancelled Avett Brothers concert - 07/08/18

On July 7th, 2018 an incident occurred during the Avett Brothers' concert at the McMenamins Edgefield property in Troutdale.  Ultimately the Avett Brothers decided to cancel their show, and have released a statement explaining their decision on their website.  Since the incident, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office has received numerous media inquiries into the specifics regarding the incident that led to the band's decision to cancel the concert.


At every Edgefield Summer Concert Series event,  a private security contractor operates the admissions area and provides patron security inside of the concert venue.  Members of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, under contract with McMenamins, provide law enforcement services in support of private security staff during these concerts.  As is standard practice at all Edgefield Summer Concert Series events, ticket holders are required to walk through a metal detector upon entering the concert venue. 


During the Avett Brothers' concert, MCSO staff were notified by the private security contractor that a patron had walked through the metal detector and activated the alarm during the admission process.  MCSO staff was informed by private security staff that the patron may have been carrying a concealed firearm, but no firearm was seen, and no overt threat was made by the patron towards security staff, other patrons, or the band.  The individual allegedly told private security staff that they were an "out of state law enforcement officer," and displayed some type of identification while making this statement. 


After the patron had walked through the metal detector, and before MCSO staff had been alerted of the incident, private security staff lost sight of the patron.  MCSO members were notified of the incident and began looking for the patron, along with the security staff.  After a search of several minutes, the patron was not able to be located. 


The Avett Brothers were notified of the event by McMenamins staff, and they chose to cancel their concert.  MCSO did not receive any credible information related to this incident that led our agency to believe that an imminent threat towards the safety of anyone in the venue, or on the Edgefield property, was in danger.  As a result, there is not a criminal investigation related to this incident.  If, at some point in the future, MCSO receives credible information that a violation of the law occurred as a result of this information, we will look into that allegation.


Any further inquiries into the decision to cancel the concert should be directed to the Avett Brothers or McMenamins staff.  


Operation Dry Water: Enhanced BUI Enforcement (Photo) - 06/29/18

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol will be participating in enhanced BUI enforcement this weekend.


Launched by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) in 2009, in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard, Operation Dry Water (ODW) is a national weekend of boating under the influence (BUI) awareness, education, and enforcement. ODW puts thousands of local, state and federal marine law enforcement officers on the water just before the Fourth of July to give BUI enforcement high visibility before a holiday known for drinking and boating.


In 2017, over 7,000 officers from 628 local, state, and federal agencies participated in the 72 hours of heightened BUI enforcement.  Over the three-day heightened awareness and enforcement weekend law enforcement officers contacted 243,853 boaters, made 518 BUI arrests, and issued 33,243 citations and warnings for safety violations.


Alcohol was the leading factor in 350 boating accidents in 2016.  83% of people who drowned in a recreational boating accident were not wearing a life jacket.


Avoid trouble while you are out on the water. Ensure that you:

  • Complete a boating safety course
  • Check your vessel before you hit the water
  • Have at least one USCG approved life jacket per person (recommended to have two extra on board)
  • Be aware and avoid distractions
  • Stay hydrated
  • Boat sober


Beginning on June 29th and running through July 1st, the MCSO River Patrol Unit will provide enhanced BUI units on local waterways as part of Operation Dry Water and in support of a safe Blues Festival and the Fourth of July holiday.


The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, the Oregon State Marine Board, the U.S. Coast Guard, and NASBLA, want to remind you to boat safe and boat sober.



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Multnomah County Sheriff's Office seeks public feedback about policy and procedure - 06/28/18

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):

  • XXX.XX – Auxiliary Aids and Services
  • XXX.XX – Contracts for Public Safety Services
  • Policy 020.00 – Temporary Orders


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:


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.

**Update** In-Custody Death at Multnomah County Detention Center (Photo) - 06/25/18


The adult in custody who experienced a medical emergency on June 18th has been identified as 50 year-old Michael Hart.

MCSO Detectives and the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office are continuing the investigation into Mr. Hart's death.  Additional information will be released as it becomes available.




On June 18, 2018, an adult in custody at the Multnomah County Detention Center experienced a medical emergency which resulted in an in-custody death.


At 11:34am, medical backup was called for an adult in custody experiencing a medical emergency. Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Corrections Health staff, American Medical Response, and Portland Fire & Rescue responded to render aid. During this medical emergency, the facility was placed on lockdown and booking was closed for a short period of time.


Despite life-saving efforts, the adult in custody was pronounced dead. MCSO Detectives and the Multnomah County Medical Examiner responded to the facility. Sheriff Reese and Chief Deputies Morrisey and Peterson also responded.


This is an active investigation and no further details are available. The deceased’s name will not be release at this time, pending family notification.


We appreciate the coordinated response between MCSO staff, first responders, and medical personnel.



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