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Geoffrey Germano
Geoffrey Germano
High School Teacher Arrested for Downloading Child Pornography (Photo) - 10/10/18

Beginning in April 2018, detectives with the Violent Crimes Unit of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into a child pornography case.  Detectives received information that 40-year-old Geoffrey Germano, of Hillsboro, had downloaded multiple files which were identified as child pornography.

Mr. Germano was employed by the Beaverton School District as a teacher at Aloha High School, but is not currently employed there and the charges are unrelated to his employment.  All further questions about his employment status should be directed to the Beaverton School District.

In May 2018, detectives executed a search warrant at Mr. Germano’s home in the 2000 block of SE 62nd Avenue in Hillsboro.  During the warrant, detectives found evidence that Mr. Germano had downloaded and possessed sexually explicit images and videos of children.

In October 2018, a grand jury indicted Mr. Germano on seven counts of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the First Degree.  Deputies assigned to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Apprehension Team arrested Mr. Germano without incident on October 10, 2018.  He was lodged in jail on the seven charges and his bail was set at $140,000.

The Sheriff’s Office conducts regular, proactive investigations to target people who possess, download, trade, or manufacture child pornography.

Attached Media Files: Media Release , Geoffrey Germano
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Update: Bicyclist Dies at Hospital After Traffic Crash Outside of Hillsboro (Photo) - 10/02/18

The bicyclist involved in last night’s traffic crash outside of Hillsboro was pronounced deceased at the hospital earlier this morning. He is being identified as 28-year-old Jim McGauvran of Cornelius, Oregon. His family has been notified.

Based on what has been learned thus far, investigators do not believe any crimes or traffic violations were committed by the driver of the involved vehicle.

The original media release is below.

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Bicyclist In Critical Condition After Traffic Crash Outside of Hillsboro

October 1, 2018 - On Monday, October 1, 2018, at 9:15 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Hillsboro Police Department officers responded to a traffic crash on Tualatin Valley Highway east of Southwest 331st Avenue outside of Hillsboro.

During the investigation, deputies learned that a dark gray 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee was driving eastbound on Tualatin Valley Highway when it struck a male riding a BMX bicycle in the middle of the roadway. Deputies believe the man was not wearing a helmet and his bicycle was not equipped with lights.

The 28-year-old bicyclist suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). He is listed in critical condition.

The male driver and female passenger in the Jeep, both 55-years-old, remained at the scene and are cooperating with the investigation. They were both uninjured.

Members of the inter-agency Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) are assisting with the investigation. Hillsboro Fire & Rescue, the Cornelius Fire Department, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), and Metro West Ambulance also assisted at the scene.

Tualatin Valley Highway was closed for about an hour and later partially opened while investigators collected evidence and documented the scene.

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release , Photo 1 , Photo 2
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Bicyclist In Critical Condition After Traffic Crash Outside of Hillsboro (Photo) - 10/01/18

On Monday, October 1, 2018, at 9:15 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Hillsboro Police Department officers responded to a traffic crash on Tualatin Valley Highway east of Southwest 331st Avenue outside of Hillsboro.

During the initial investigation, deputies learned that a dark gray 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee was driving eastbound on Tualatin Valley Highway when it struck a male riding a BMX bicycle in the middle of the roadway. Deputies believe the man was not wearing a helmet and his bicycle was not equipped with lights.

The 28-year-old bicyclist suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). He is listed in critical condition.

The male driver and female passenger in the Jeep, both 55-years-old, remained at the scene and are cooperating with the investigation. They were both uninjured.

Members of the inter-agency Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) are assisting with the investigation. Hillsboro Fire & Rescue, the Cornelius Fire Department, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), and Metro West Ambulance also assisted at the scene.

Tualatin Valley Highway was closed for about an hour and later partially opened while investigators collected evidence and documented the scene.

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release , Scene Photo
Update: Rock Creek Fatal Shooting Victim Identified - 09/30/18

The victim of this morning’s fatal shooting is being identified as 18-year-old Fermin Alonso-Alonso of North Plains, Oregon. His family has been notified.

Detectives continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident and are seeking information from anyone who attended the party or has information regarding the incident. Individuals with information are asked to call the sheriff’s office at (503) 846-2700.

The original media release is below.

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18-Year-Old Fatally Shot in Rock Creek, Suspect Sought

On Sunday, September 30, 2018, at 12:47 a.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to reports of gunfire at a residence in the 17700 block of Northwest Connett Meadow Court in the Rock Creek community. Initial reports were that someone had been shot during an altercation at a large party at the location.

Deputies arrived and rendered medical aid to an 18-year-old male suffering from life-threatening injuries. Investigators learned the suspect fled the scene in the moments after the shooting. Multiple deputies searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect.

The victim was transported to a local trauma hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

Detectives with the inter-agency Washington County Major Crimes Team are leading the investigation. Personnel with the Oregon State Police Forensic Services Division are assisting at the scene.

This investigation is in its early stages and no suspect information is available for release at this time. Investigators continue to interview witnesses and collect additional information.

Detectives would like to speak with anyone who attended the party or has information regarding the incident. Individuals with information are asked to call the sheriff’s office at (503) 846-2700.

Beaverton Police, Hillsboro Police, Oregon State Police, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, and Metro West Ambulance assisted during the incident.

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release
Update: Missing Woman Located, Transported to Hospital - 09/30/18

Earlier this evening, an alert community member located 76-year-old Linda Bell, the missing Aloha woman, near the intersection of Southwest 138th Avenue and Southwest Larch Place in Beaverton. She had fallen down alongside the road and was in need of medical attention. Her German Shepherd was by her side. The community member transported Ms. Bell to a nearby fire station. She was then taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

The sheriff’s office wishes to thank the media and public for their assistance. The original media release is below.

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Deputies Searching for Missing 76-Year-Old Aloha Woman

On Sunday, September 30, 2018, at 2:27 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report that an elderly woman had walked away from her residence in the 17700 block of Southwest Vincent Street in Aloha.

Concerned family members reported that 76-year-old Linda Bell left her home unexpectedly around 12:00 p.m. today and had not returned since. Her family told deputies they had been searching the neighborhood but had been unsuccessful in locating her.

Ms. Bell is diagnosed with dementia that can cause her to become easily confused, as well as other medical issues. Deputies believe she is traveling on foot with her five-year-old black and tan German Shepherd. Ms. Bell does not drive or possess a cell phone.

Ms. Bell is described as a white female, 5’2” tall, 130 pounds, with short gray hair. It is possible that she is wearing a baby blue knit sweater, khaki slacks, black slip-on shoes, and carrying a purple purse.

Deputies continue to search the area for her. Washington County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue has been activated and will be canvassing the surrounding neighborhood.

The sheriff’s office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Ms. Bell. Anyone who has information about her whereabouts is asked to call non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111.

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release
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Deputies Searching for Missing 76-Year-Old Aloha Woman (Photo) - 09/30/18

On Sunday, September 30, 2018, at 2:27 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report that an elderly woman had walked away from her residence in the 17700 block of Southwest Vincent Street in Aloha.

Concerned family members reported that 76-year-old Linda Bell left her home unexpectedly around 12:00 p.m. today and had not returned since. Her family told deputies they had been searching the neighborhood but had been unsuccessful in locating her.

Ms. Bell is diagnosed with dementia that can cause her to become easily confused, as well as other medical issues. Deputies believe she is traveling on foot with her five-year-old black and tan German Shepherd. Ms. Bell does not drive or possess a cell phone.

Ms. Bell is described as a white female, 5’2” tall, 130 pounds, with short gray hair. It is possible that she is wearing a baby blue knit sweater, khaki slacks, black slip-on shoes, and carrying a purple purse.

Deputies continue to search the area for her. Washington County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue has been activated and will be canvassing the surrounding neighborhood.

The sheriff’s office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Ms. Bell. Anyone who has information about her whereabouts is asked to call non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111.

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release , Photo
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18-Year-Old Fatally Shot in Rock Creek, Suspect Sought (Photo) - 09/30/18

On Sunday, September 30, 2018, at 12:47 a.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to reports of gunfire at a residence in the 17700 block of Northwest Connett Meadow Court in the Rock Creek community. Initial reports were that someone had been shot during an altercation at a large party at the location.

Deputies arrived and rendered medical aid to an 18-year-old male suffering from life-threatening injuries. Investigators learned the suspect fled the scene in the moments after the shooting. Multiple deputies searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect.

The victim was transported to a local trauma hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

Detectives with the inter-agency Washington County Major Crimes Team are leading the investigation. Personnel with the Oregon State Police Forensic Services Division are assisting at the scene.

This investigation is in its early stages and no suspect information is available for release at this time. Investigators continue to interview witnesses and collect additional information.

Detectives would like to speak with anyone who attended the party or has information regarding the incident. Individuals with information are asked to call the sheriff’s office at (503) 846-2700.

Beaverton Police, Hillsboro Police, Oregon State Police, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, and Metro West Ambulance assisted during the incident.

Interested media can download video from the scene at http://bit.ly/2DExXU4.

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release , Scene Photo