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Fatal Crash on Interstate 84-Umatilla County - 09/17/21

On Thursday, September 16, 2021 at approximately 8:15 pm, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 193. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Volkswagen Jetta, operated by Jate Frost (20) of Randlett, UT, was traveling eastbound when it rear-ended a commercial motor vehicle, operated by Ediberto Ramirez Carrillo (31) of Hermiston.

Frost sustained serious injuries and was flown via Life Flight to Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, WA. The right front passenger in the Jetta, Richard Schleicher (24) of Stockton, OK, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. The rear seat passenger in the Jetta, Jesse Hopper (21) of Magnum, OK sustained serious injuries and was transported to OHSU in Portland.  Ramirez Carrillo was not injured. 

All three occupants of the Jetta were contestants at the Pendleton Roundup. The CMV was fully loaded with potatoes. 

OSP was assisted by Echo Fire Department, Umatilla County Fire District #1, Umatilla County Sheriff’s Department, Stanfield Police Department and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 26-Clatsop County - 09/17/21

On Friday September 17, 2021 at about 7:20 am, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 26 near milepost 11. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a black 1998 Ford Explorer, operated by Leah Brown(30) of Garibaldi, was travelling westbound on Hwy 26 when for unknown reasons the Explorer crossed the centerline and struck an eastbound 2016 Volvo, Albertson's Semi truck, operated by Joseph Danmyer (33) of Estacada. 

BROWN suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. DANMYER was not injured. 

Hwy 26 was closed for 4 hours following the crash.

 OSP was assisted by Hamlet Fire Department, Seaside Fire Department, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 7-Baker County - 09/14/21

On Monday, September 14, 2021 at approximately 3:50 PM, Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 7 near milepost 23. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a KTM 950, operated by Lawrence Drake (78) of Ashland, was southbound on Hwy 7 when it failed to negotiate a curve and left the roadway before crashing. 

Drake sustained fatal injures and was pronounced deceased. 

OSP was assisted by Baker Fire Department, Powder River Rural Fire Department, Life Flight and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 6-Washington County - 09/13/21

On Sunday, September 12, 2021 at approximately 5:15 PM, Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 6 near milepost 33.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford F150, operated by Gene Carlson (66) of Oregon City, was towing a 17-foot boat eastbound on Hwy 6. For unknown reason the Ford drifted off the highway and lost control, striking a guardrail and rolling. 

Carlson sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Hwy 6 was closed for approximately 2 hours. 

OSP was assisted by Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Banks Fire Department and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Interstate 5-Marion County - 09/13/21

On Friday, September 10, 2021 at approximately 12:18 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on southbound Interstate 5 near milepost 264.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Toyota Prius, operated by Julie Lafayette (57) of Gervais, was northbound in the southbound lanes and struck an Infiniti, operated by Mohamed Mustafa (24) of Wilsonville. 

Lafayette sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Mustafa was transported to a local hospital with critical injuries. 

Interstate 5 was closed for approximately 3.5 hours.

OSP was assisted by Marion County Fire and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 18-Yamhill County - 09/13/21

On Sunday, September 12, 2021 at approximately 11:00 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 18 near milepost 49, east of McMinnville. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Toyota Camry, operated by Jared Nissen (21) of Dayton, pulled out of a private driveway to head westbound and was struck in the driver side door by an eastbound Yamaha motorcycle, operated by Michael Abeyta (22) of Hillsboro. 

Abeyta sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Nissen sustained minor injuries. A passenger in the Toyota Camry, Samantha Maddox (21) of Amity was uninjured. 

Hwy 18 was closed for approximately 3.5 hours. The investigation into the crash is ongoing. 

OSP was assisted by Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, McMinnville and Dayton Fire and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 207-Morrow County - 09/13/21

On Sunday, September 12, 2021 at approximately 12:16 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a motorcycle crash on Hwy 207 near milepost 20C, south of Heppner. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Suzuki motorcycle, operated by Edmund LaPlante (70) of Oregon City, was southbound when it failed to negotiate a curve and left the roadway. 

LaPlante sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

The Oregon State Police were assisted at the scene by the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office, Morrow County Ambulance and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 30-Clatsop County - 09/10/21

On Friday, September 10th, 2021 at about 8:20am, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 30 near milepost 94. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Honda Civic passenger car, operated by Debra Livingston (67), of Astoria, was travelling eastbound on Hwy 30 when she lost control of her vehicle, went into the westbound lane, and struck a westbound Toyota Tacoma, operated by Robert Tikkala (57), of Astoria. 

Livingston suffered significant injuries and was transported Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria where she was pronounced deceased. Tikkala was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital with injuries.

Hwy 30 was closed for 2 hours following the crash. 

OSP was assisted by the Knappa Fire, Astoria Fire and ODOT. 

Poached Spike Elk Lincoln County
Poached Spike Elk Lincoln County
Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is requesting Public Assistance with a Poaching case of a Spike Elk in Lincoln County (Photo) - 09/10/21

The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is seeking the public's assistance to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful taking and wasting of spike elk in the Logsden area in Lincoln County. 

On August 16, 2021, the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division was notified of a deceased spike elk that had been shot with a firearm, gutted, and left to waste.  The initial investigation determined the animal had been shot sometime between August 12 and August 15.  The carcass was located on Fall Creek Road, northeast of the intersection of Fall Creek Road and Big Rock Creek Road, in a clear-cut area. 

This area is heavily traveled, and other hunters are believed to have been in the area during this time frame. If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact the OSP TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP (677) or TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us reference case # SP21233495.

** Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators** 

The Oregon Hunters Association TIP reward offers preference points or cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, Furbearers, Game Fish and Shellfish.  Cash rewards can also be awarded for turning in people who destroy habitat, illegally obtain licenses/tags, and for the unlawful lending/borrowing of big game tags.

Preference Point Rewards:

* 5 Points-Bighorn Sheep

* 5 Points-Rocky Mountain Goat

* 5 Points-Moose

* 5 Points-Wolf

* 4 Points-Elk

* 4 Points-Deer

* 4 Points-Antelope

* 4 Points-Bear

* 4 Points-Cougar

 

CASH REWARDS:

* $1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat and Moose 
* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope 
* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf 
* $300 Habitat Destruction

* $200 Illegally Obtaining License/Tag(s)

* $200 Unlawful Lend/Borrow Big Game Tags(s) 
* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl 
* $100 Furbearers 

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish 

 

 

Attached Media Files: Poached Spike Elk Lincoln County
Fire investigators seek information on human caused wildfires-Lake County - 09/10/21

Fire investigators in Lake County are seeking information on wildfire starts in the area.

The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), Oregon State Police (OSP), U.S. Forest Service and Lake County Sheriff’s Office are investigating wildfire causes, including the Cougar Peak Fire.

This fire season has seen an increase in human caused fire starts. To help with the investigations, the OSP has a phone line for area residents and visitors to call in with information that could help.

If you have information regarding a human-caused wildfire in Lake County, please call 1-800-442-0776 or *OSP and reference Trooper Mike Hansen and OSP Case Number SP21-257103.

Missing Person Investigation-Devils Churn-Lincoln County - 09/10/21

On Thursday, September 9, 2021 at approximately 2:00 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to for a subject who had fallen into the ocean at Devils Churn, a USFS Day Use Park, located near Hwy 101 near milepost 167.

Preliminary investigation revealed Steve Allen (67) of Walnut Creek, CA attempted to jump across Devils Churn and fell into the ocean. Fellow visitors attempted to rescue Allen but were unable to retrieve him from the water. Allen was last observed by rescue agencies unresponsive prior to losing sight of him. 

The United State Coast Guard and other responding agencies suspended their search at approximately 6:40 PM. Allen is presumed to be deceased.

OSP was assisted by Lincoln county Sheriff’s Office, Newport Fire Department, Yachats Fire and Rescue and the United States Coast Guard. 

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OSP Fish & Wildlife Troopers investigated poaching case and charged two suspects with the crimes- Douglas County (Photo) - 09/08/21

On August 30, 2021, OSP Fish & Wildlife Troopers from Roseburg began an investigation from information obtained from an area resident into the potential unlawful take of a trophy class bull elk in the Glendale in Douglas County.  By September 6, 2021, two suspects were identified, interviewed, and charged with the crimes.  

The main suspect, Jeremy Pritchard (39) of Dillard, confessed to shooting the bull elk with a rifle on August 30, 2021, during the general archery season in the Powers Hunt Unit.   Additionally, the suspect used his general archery season Tioga Hunt Unit archery tag to tag the bull a day later after taking it with his rifle.  The suspect was cited and released for Hunting a Game Mammal Prohibited Method, Hunting Game Mammal Prohibited Area, Criminal Trespass while in Possession of a Firearm, Fail to Immediately Validate a Big Game Tag, and Unlawful Possession of a Game Mammal.  The suspect’s accomplice, Dean Hickok (62) of Glendale in Douglas County, confessed to knowingly aiding the suspect in the processing and transporting of the illegally taken trophy bull elk.  He was cited and released for Aiding in a Game Violation.  

The elk antlers, game meat, and rifle were seized as evidence.

Don’t forget to contact your Oregon State Police F&W Troopers should you need assistance or should you observe any unlawful activity. The Oregon State Police “TIP” line is monitored twenty-four hours a day with reported F&W violation information forwarded directly to F&W Troopers via the Oregon State Police Dispatch Centers. We’re here to help and only a phone call away. Good luck on your hunts and we’ll see you in the field! 

Anyone with information regarding a Fish or Wildlife violation is urged to contact the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP (mobile). TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us 

 

** Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators**

The TIP program offers preference point or cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Mountain Sheep, Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, and Furbearers. Cash rewards can also be awarded for the unlawful take of Game Fish and Shellfish and for Habitat Destruction.

Preference Point Rewards:                                 

* 5 Points-Mountain Sheep                                

* 5 Points-Mountain Goat

* 5 Points-Moose

* 5 Points-Wolf

* 4 Points-Elk

* 4 Points-Deer

* 4 Points-Antelope

* 4 Points-Bear

* 4 Points-Cougar

 

Cash Rewards:

* $1,000 Mountain Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose

* $500 Elk, Deer, and Antelope

* $300 Bear, Cougar, and Wolf

* $300 Habitat Destruction

* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl

* $100 Furbearers

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish

Attached Media Files: 20210903_104843.jpg
Fatal Crash on Interstate 84-Baker County - 09/07/21

On Monday, September 6, 2021 at approximately 6:40 PM, Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a commercial motor vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 338. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a white Freightliner CMV, operated by Hassen Ibrahim (38) of Dublin, OH, was westbound when a set of dual tires detached from the flatbed trailer in tow. The dual tires bounced across the center concrete barrier and became airborne to a great height. The tires came down into the windshield and cab of an eastbound blue Freightliner CMV, operated by James Green (50) of Caldwell, ID. 

Ibrahim stopped, chained up the broken axle and left the scene. He was located by Troopers near Baker City. 

Green sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Ibrahim was not injured. A passenger in Ibrahim's CMV, Mohamed Kulale (61), was also uninjured. 

OSP was assisted by Baker County Sheriff’s Office, Huntington Fire Rescue and ODOT. 

Interstate 84 was closed for approximately 6 hours. 

**Investigating Troopers are requesting assistance-Any witnesses to the crash that were not interviewed are requested to contact *OSP and reference SP21-256040. Additionally, witnesses reported a male in a white CMV stopped and spoke with Ibrahim. Troopers would like to identify this subject and obtain a statement. **

Fatal Crash on Hwy 101-Lane County - 09/07/21

On Friday, September 3, 2021 at approximately 12:20 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a four-vehicle crash on Hwy 101 near milepost 182.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Dodge 1500 pickup, operated by Jessica Herselius (39) of Elmira, was northbound when it failed to yield for stopped traffic. A chain reaction crash occurred with the Dodge 1500 pickup rear-ending a Toyota Rav4, operated by Cynthia Bue (61) of Elmira. The Rav4 then struck the rear of a Mercedes Sprinter van, operated by Adam Woods (43) of Albany. The Mercedes Sprinter van struck a Volkswagen Jetta, operated by Marcia Yoder (75) of Hubbard. 

Bue was transported via air ambulance to Sacred heart Medical Center at RiverBend where she was pronounced deceased. Herselius was transported to Peace Harbor Medical Center with injuries. Woods and Yoder were not injured. 

Hwy 101 was closed for approximately 1.5 hours. 

OSP was assisted by Western Lane Ambulance and Siuslaw Valley Fire District.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 38-Douglas County - 09/06/21

On Friday, September 3, 2021 at approximately 8:43 PM, Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 38 near milepost 3. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Nissan Pathfinder, operated by Robyn Loonam (50) of Eugene, was eastbound when it lost control and crossed into the westbound lane and collided head-on with a Toyota 4-Runner, operated by Joely Jimenez (32) of Bronx, NY. The Nissan Pathfinder had been the subject of a driving complaint several minutes prior to the crash.

Loonam sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Jimenez was transported by air ambulance to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend. A passenger in the Toyota 4-Runner, Levi Rodriguez (46) of  Redway, CA was transported via ground ambulance to a local hospital with injuries. 

Hwy 38 was closed for approximately 2 hours.

OSP was assisted by Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Reedsport Police Department, Reedsport Fire Department, Lower Umpqua Ambulance, Southern Oregon Public Safety Chaplains and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash Interstate 5- Lane County - 09/05/21

On September 5, 2021, at approximately 8:15 A.M., a single-vehicle rollover crash occurred just south of the Coburg interchange on Interstate 5, southbound, near Milepost 199.

Initial investigation revealed a red Toyota Tacoma was traveling SB on Interstate 5 when the driver, Kristan Birni (26) of Portland, fell asleep and the Tacoma veered onto the shoulder of Interstate 5, striking a sign.  The Tacoma then rolled over a series of times before coming to rest in the southbound lane. The driver and front passenger, Patrick Dorme (33) of Portland,  were using safety belts and suffered serious injuries.  They were transported to River Bend Hospital by ambulance.  The rear seat passenger, Alexander Haluk (26) of Sherwood,  was not using a safety belt and was ejected from the vehicle.  The rear seat passenger was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The driver advised he fell asleep while driving. Toxicology at the hospital combined with in-person observations and statements determined impairment was not a contributing factor. 

OSP was assisted by Lane County Sheriff's Office, Coburg Fire, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 97-Deschutes County - 09/02/21

On Thursday, September 2, 2021 at approximately 1:05 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 97 at Vandervert Road. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a westbound Dodge Caravan, operated by Sherri Wood (46) of Lyons failed to stop when entering Hwy 97 from Vandervert Road. The Dodge Caravan struck the drivers side a northbound commercial motor vehicle operated by Abelardo Eleneshiguera (54) of Bakersfield, CA. The commercial motor vehicle caught fire and was fully engulfed and burned beyond recognition. 

A passenger in the Dodge Caravan, Robert Owens (56) of Seaside was pronounced deceased. Wood was transported via air ambulance to St. Charles with life threatening injuries. Eleneshiguera escaped the burning CMV and was uninjured. 

OSP was assisted by ODOT, Deschutes County SO, Bend, Lapine and Sun River Fire Rescue.

Fatal Crash on Interstate 5-Clackamas County - 08/27/21

On Thursday, August 26, 2021 at approximately 5:45 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a three vehicle crash on northbound Interstate 5 near milepost 282.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Kia Rio, operated by William H. Kavanaugh (65) of Aurora stopped for unknown reasons in the lane of travel. A Lexus passenger car operated by Antonia Mejia Romero (32) of Woodburn, struck the stopped Kia Rio. The Kia Rio was then pushed into a Chevrolet Colorado operated by Gregorio Rubio Villafuerte (43) of Aurora. 

Kavanaugh sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. 

OSP was assisted by the ODOT. 

 

**UPDATE** Death Investigation at Rooster Rock State Park - Multnomah County - 08/26/21

On August 13, 2021, The Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division and members of the Multnomah County Major Crime Team responded to Rooster Rock State Park to investigate human remains found at the park.  Investigators have identified the deceased as twenty-one year old Stephanie Celeste Jones of Portland.  Detectives are actively investigating the circumstances surrounding Jones’s death.  If anyone the community has information related to this investigation, please call the Oregon State Police at 1-800-442-0776 or *OSP.

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On Friday, August 13, 2021 emergency personnel responded to a deceased person located at Rooster Rock State Park.

Oregon State Police Detectives are leading the investigation.  No more information is expected to be released until early next week.

The Oregon State Police ready to provide Law Enforcement Services for the Oregon State Fair- Marion County - 08/26/21

It is fair time!

Did you know that the Oregon State Police provides law enforcement services for the Oregon State Fair during the 11-day event?

It is true. The Oregon State Police has a temporary command center at the fair, which includes a dispatch console. This command center gives OSP Troopers the ability to quickly facilitate remedies to a wide variety of incidents that can come up at the State Fair. The Oregon State Fair starts this Friday and runs through September 6, 2021.

An OSP Trooper will be stationed at each entrance greeting every visitor who comes to the fair. They also will be encouraging parents to utilize the “if lost” bracelets that the fair provides. Parents or guardians will be asked to write their cell phone number on the inside of a bright yellow “if lost” bracelet and place it on their child’s wrist. If the child is separated, Troopers can easily reunite the child by calling the cell phone. It is beneficial; to have a same-day photograph of your child should they become separated from adult supervision. A height display will be positioned at each pedestrian entrance, which provides the appropriate backdrop, if needed, for law enforcement. By taking these safety precautions, Troopers will have the needed information to quickly reunite families.

To ensure all fairgoers are safe, we ask attendees if they see something to say something. OSP Troopers are always looking for fair patrons to be vigilant with their surroundings. “We ask anyone who witnesses criminal or disruptive activities to quickly report those incidents by calling OSP at *OSP from a mobile or 503-375-3555,” encourages Lt. Zohner.

Hope to see you all at this year’s Oregon State Fair!

Reminder masks will be required to be worn by all guests ages 5 and up, exhibitors, employees, and volunteers while on the Oregon State Fairgrounds, in both indoor and outdoor locations.

 

Poached Buck near John Day
Poached Buck near John Day
Oregon State Police is Requesting Assistance with John Day Poaching Case of Mule Deer Buck - Grant County (Photo) - 08/26/21

The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is seeking the public's assistance to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful taking and wasting of mule deer buck in John Day.  

On August 8, 2021, the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division was notified of a deceased Mule Deer Buck within the city limits of John Day, in the vicinity of Canyon Creek and Canton Street, near Riverside Trailer Park.  Initial investigation revealed the buck had been shot with a firearm, on the night of August 7, or the early morning hours of August 8, 2021.    

If you have any information regarding this incident please contact Fish and Wildlife Trooper Pat McCosker through the OSP TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP (677) or TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM). 

** Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators** 

The Oregon Hunters Association TIP reward offers preference points or cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, Furbearers, Game Fish and Shellfish.  Cash rewards can also be awarded for turning in people who destroy habitat, illegally obtain licenses/tags, and for the unlawful lending/borrowing of big game tags.

Preference Point Rewards:

* 5 Points-Bighorn Sheep

* 5 Points-Rocky Mountain Goat

* 5 Points-Moose

* 5 Points-Wolf

* 4 Points-Elk

* 4 Points-Deer

* 4 Points-Antelope

* 4 Points-Bear

* 4 Points-Cougar

CASH REWARDS:

* $1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat and Moose 
* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope 
* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf 
* $300 Habitat Destruction

* $200 Illegally Obtaining License/Tag(s)

* $200 Unlawful Lend/Borrow Big Game Tags(s) 
* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl 
* $100 Furbearers 

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish 

 

Attached Media Files: Poached Buck near John Day
Fatal Crash on Interstate 5 - Jackson County - 08/24/21

On Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at approximately 5:35 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Interstate 5 near mile post 15.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Chevrolet Malibu, operated by Angela Chin-Hugh (59) of Kent, WA. was northbound in the southbound lanes when it collided with a southbound Kia Spectra operated by Cesar Beltran (25) of White City.

Chin-Hugh and Beltran sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Ashland Police Department, and ODOT.  

John Burright
John Burright
Update: Procession Announced for the Memorial Service for Oregon State Police Sergeant John Burright (Photo) - 08/23/21

An emergency vehicle procession in honor of Oregon State Police Sergeant John Burright is scheduled to begin Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at 10:20 a.m. The procession will be starting at the Linn County Fairgrounds, located at 3700 Knox Butte Rd E in Albany. Members of the public are not allowed to participate in the procession but are welcome to view the procession from sidewalks and overpasses along the route. 

The procession is expected to include a large number of public safety vehicles. The attached map is the exact route of the procession from the Linn County Fairgrounds past the Oregon State Police Albany Patrol Office, where Sgt. Burright spent most of his career. The procession then continues north on Interstate 5 to the Salem Armory for the memorial service.

During the procession, area travelers should be prepared for road closures, traffic congestion, and long delays along the route, especially on I-5 between Albany and Salem.

If you are planning on driving in these areas between the hours of 10:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m. we encourage you to take an alternative route or delay traveling until the events have ended.

Members of the public attending the memorial service at the Salem Armory are encouraged to carpool, walk, or ride a bicycle. Public parking is available but limited (please refer to the attached map). 

All media outlets must notify OSP if they plan to cover the service. If multiple media outlets wish to film the actual memorial service inside the armory auditorium, we ask those outlets to coordinate a pool camera. All media attending MUST be in place no later than 11:00 a.m. Any questions regarding the service should be directed to the Oregon State Police PIO email account at osppio@osp.oregon.gov.  Further directions to the media will be emailed out to those outlets that have responded to OSP on August 24, 2021.

If members of the public wish to donate to support the Burright family, they may do so through the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation. Donations may be made in person at any US Bank location or online through the “support us” tab on the Foundation’s website at www.oregonfallenbadge.com.  All donations collected by the Foundation during this time will be given to the Burright family.

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The Memorial Service for Oregon State Police Sergeant John Burright will be held on August 25, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. at the Salem Armory 2310 17th St. NE, Salem, Oregon 97303. The service is open to the public.  

Sergeant Burright passed away on May 4, 2021, after a nearly 20-year battle after a tragic traffic incident left him with debilitating and career-ending injuries. His injuries were suffered on September 4, 2001, when he was struck at the side of Interstate 5 while assisting a disabled motorist. The incident instantly claimed the lives of Sr. Trooper Maria Mignano and Albany Police Department Officer Jason Hoerauf.

An emergency vehicle procession from Albany to the Salem Armory will precede the service.

The family requests their privacy be respected and does not wish to provide statements to the media at this time.   

For planning purposes, we are inquiring of media outlets to notify us if they plan to cover the service. If multiple media outlets wish to report on the service, we ask those outlets to coordinate a pool camera.

Any questions regarding the service should be directed to the Oregon State Police PIO email account at osppio@osp.oregon.gov.

If members of the public wish to donate to support the Burright family, they may do so through the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation. Donations may be made in person at any US Bank location or online through the “support us” tab on the Foundation’s website at www.oregonfallenbadge.com. All donations collected by the Foundation during this time will be given to the Burright family.

Obituary for John Richard Burright - https://legcy.co/3xBOWwP