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Massive Illegal Marijuana Grow Operation Shut Down in North Plains (Photo) - 10/07/21

On Wednesday, September 22, 2021, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Negotiations Team, assisted by the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team, executed a search warrant at 13275 NW Jackson School Road in North Plains. The search warrant was the result of an ongoing investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Westside Interagency Narcotics (WIN) team.

The property is a 29-acre lot with a 6,000 sq ft house, a 5,000 sq ft barn, and a 13,000 sq ft horse arena, all converted to facilitate the illegal marijuana grow operation. 

Investigators located and seized over 800 pounds of dried marijuana, 5,719 marijuana plants, an estimated $500,000 in grow equipment, and $22,000 in U.S. currency.

The estimated street value of drugs removed from distribution was over $6.5 million.

See video here: https://youtu.be/7zoDc6mYx9s

All details of this investigation have been forwarded to the Washington County District Attorney’s Office.

WIN is a multi-agency team and includes members from the following agencies: Beaverton Police Department, Hillsboro Police Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon National Guard, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

Washington County is a designated High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) county. The Oregon-Idaho HIDTA Program assists the WIN team and all its participating agencies.

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Man Charged in Woman's Murder Lodged in Jail (Photo) - 10/05/21

On September 11, 2021, Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies serving the City of Cornelius responded to a domestic disturbance call near the intersection of North Davis Street and North 14th Avenue in Cornelius. Officers from the Forest Grove Police Department also responded. Upon arrival, deputies discovered a woman, identified as Sonia Bahena, had been fatally stabbed. A man, identified as Jose Rodolpho Torres-Amaro was also found to have life-threatening wounds. Both were found outside the residence.

Detectives with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit and members of the Washington County Major Crimes Team responded to investigate. At the time of the incident, there was no danger to the public.

On October 4, 2021, Torres-Amaro was discharged from a local hospital and lodged in the Washington County Jail on charges of murder in the second degree for stabbing Sonia Bahena.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Forest Grove Police Department for their assistance as well as members of the Oregon State Police Forensic Science Unit.

At this time, the family does not wish to have any contact with members of the media.

Members of the Violent Crimes Unit are called upon to investigate serious violent crimes such as homicides, suspicious deaths, adult sexual assaults, kidnappings, robberies, extortion, serious assaults, elder abuse, and missing persons.

The Washington County Major Crimes Team is made up of detectives from law enforcement agencies throughout the county and is coordinated by the Washington County District Attorney's Office. The team responds to major crimes that occur in Washington County.

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Update: Detectives Release Additional Details in Deadly Road Rage Incident - 10/04/21

Following the Grand Jury’s decision on October 4, 2021, the Washington County Major Crimes Team is releasing additional details related to this investigation. The Sheriff’s Office recognizes that any loss of life due to gun violence is a traumatic event in our community and that this is a difficult situation for all those involved. We send our deepest condolences to the family and community who are left to heal from this tragic loss of life. For more information on the Grand Jury’s decision, click here: bit.ly/3ixt2WY

It is also important to recognize that the Sheriff’s Office has had discussions with Black community leaders concerning the racial context of this case. The deceased is Black, and the other person involved is White. The Sheriff’s Office and Major Crimes Team detectives approached this investigation very conscious of this factor, given the unacceptable racial inequities experienced by Black community members in the justice system throughout our national history.

“Major Crimes Team detectives are the most skilled investigators across all agencies in the county and they conducted this investigation with the upmost diligence and thoroughness. They worked at the direction of the District Attorney’s Office to gather all available evidence in an objective manner so that the grand jury could make a charging decision that is just and fair given the objective evidence,” said Sheriff Pat Garrett.

On September 3, 2021, multiple people called 911 from the area of SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway and SW 103rd Avenue to report a shooting. One of those callers was 28-year-old Kai Stevenson of Beaverton. Stevenson told dispatchers that a man, later identified as 51-year-old Mark Stadamire of Salem, had followed him to that location where they both pulled over. Stevenson told dispatchers that there had been a road rage incident. He said Stadamire threatened him with a bat and a gun and he shot Stadamire.

Beaverton police officers were on scene in less than two minutes after the first 911 call. While one team of officers began life-saving efforts with Stadamire, another team detained Stevenson. Paramedics were also on scene within minutes and took over medical care for Stadamire. Despite their efforts, Stadamire died at the scene.

Detectives from the Major Crimes Team responded to lead the investigation and interviewed two witnesses to the shooting. One witness reported seeing both drivers get out of their vehicles and start yelling at each other. That witness could hear the men yelling at each other about the road rage issues but was too far away to see who said what. She also saw Stadamire push Stevenson immediately before hearing five gunshots.

The second witness also heard two men yelling at each other outside their vehicles. That witness also reported the men were yelling at each other and in a physical confrontation involving pushing and punching. He heard Stadamire threaten to shoot Stevenson in the head and saw Stadamire reach for his hip, as though he was about to pull out a gun.  The witness took cover and  then heard five gunshots.

Detectives interviewed Stevenson multiple times, including on the night of the shooting. Throughout the investigation, Stevenson has fully cooperated with detectives. Stevenson said the road rage began on Interstate 5 near Interstate 205 when he used the center lane to pass Stadamire who was in the left lane. Stadamire then followed Stevenson up Interstate 5 to Highway 217, where they both exited at SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway and went eastbound. Stevenson turned off on SW 103rd Avenue, which was less than a quarter mile from his destination. Stadamire followed him onto the side street, so Stevenson pulled over, not wanting to lead Stadamire to where he was headed.

Stevenson said both got out of their vehicles and saw Stadamire was armed with a bat. Stevenson then drew his handgun which resulted in Stadamire drawing his own gun. Stevenson told detectives they yelled at each other and at one point, Stadamire took his gun and put it under Stevenson’s chin, with the barrel touching his throat and pointed up toward Stevenson’s head.

Stevenson said Stadamire backed off but then came back toward him and shoved him in the chest with the gun. Stevenson said he then fired his gun at Stadamire because he believed his life was in danger. 

Detectives also looked for additional witnesses to the shooting or road rage but found none.

At this time, the investigation into the shooting that led to Stadamire’s death has been concluded. If additional information comes to light in the future, detectives from the Major Crimes Team and the District Attorney's Office will evaluate the new evidence and determine if a grand jury should be presented with the new information.

 

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Update – Detectives Seek Witnesses in Road Rage Shooting Investigation

September 7, 2021

Detectives want to hear from any community members who may have witnessed the driving of two vehicles before the fatal shooting on Friday, September 3, 2021.

The two vehicles involved are a red 2013 Toyota Corolla and a royal blue 2016 Ford F150 with royal blue rims.

Detectives believed the road rage incident started just after 6:30 p.m. on northbound Interstate 5 near Interstate 205 and continued onto northbound Hwy 217. The two vehicles then exited onto SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, drove east, and came to a stop on SW 103rd Avenue, just north of SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, where the shooting occurred. 

If a community member witnessed erratic driving by either of the vehicles or other concerning behavior by either driver, detectives ask that they call (503) 846-2700 to speak with an investigator.


Man Killed in Road Rage Shooting

September 4, 2021

On Friday, September 3, 2021, at 6:59 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies and Beaverton Police officers responded to a shooting on SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway and SW 103rd Avenue near Beaverton.

The initial investigation revealed that two adult men were involved in a road rage incident that spilled over to the side of the road. Both men got out of their vehicles armed with handguns. Multiple shots were fired and one man died at the scene. He has been identified as Mark E. Stadamire, 51, of Salem. The other man remained on scene and was cooperative with the investigation. No deputies or officers fired their weapons during this incident. The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made. There is no threat to the public.

Attached Media Files: PDF Version
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Reckless Driver Shoots BB Gun at Another Vehicle During a Confrontation (Photo) - 10/01/21

On Thursday, September 30, 2021, at 5:23 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a disturbance near SW 124th Avenue and SW Fairfield Street. The location is part of the Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District (ESPD). Multiple community members called to report a road rage incident between the driver of a white Subaru Outback and the occupants of a Dodge Caravan. 

Witnesses told deputies that the driver of the Subaru, 31-year-old Anthony Allen of Portland, got out of his vehicle during the altercation and began yelling at the occupants of the Dodge Caravan. Shortly after, Allen reached back into his Subaru, pulled out a BB gun, fired several shots at the Dodge Caravan, then drove away. No one was injured from the shots fired from the BB gun.

Afterward, Allen drove away in his Subaru at a high rate of speed. 911 dispatch (Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency) began receiving numerous calls about the Subaru driving erratically in the area, including through Commonwealth Lake Park. One community member caught the Subaru on their vehicle's dash camera driving through stopped traffic and running a red light. 

A Beaverton Police officer was able to locate the Subaru near SW Cedars Hills Blvd. and SW Walker Road. The Beaverton officer stopped the Subaru and was able to detain Allen with assistance from deputies.

Allen was later transported to the Washington County Jail, where he was lodged on several charges, including:

  • Reckless driving
  • Menacing
  • Recklessly endangering another person
  • Driving under the influence of intoxicants
  • Criminal mischief in the second degree
  • Criminal driving while suspended
  • Disorderly conduct in the second degree
  • Three outstanding warrants

The Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District (ESPD) provides law enforcement services for more than 237,000 residents in the urban areas outside of cities in Washington County, including Bethany, Cedar Mill, Cedar Hills, Aloha, Reedville, Garden Home, Metzger, Rock Creek, Raleigh Hills, Bull Mountain, Bonny Slope, West Slope, Oak Hills, and more. Voters first approved the ESPD in 1987 and all local option levies since then.

Attached Media Files: Media Release PDF , Booking Photo
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Three Men Arrested in Undercover Child Predator Sting (Photo) - 09/28/21

On Thursday, September 23, 2021, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office conducted a child predator sting where investigators posed on a variety of social media platforms as juvenile boys and girls. The men contacted undercover deputies online and were arrested after arriving at a location where they believed they would be meeting a child in person for sex.

During this sting, multiple people immediately ended their conversations once they learned the person they were talking with was identifying as a child. 

The Sheriff’s Office regularly conducts undercover operations targeting child predators. Parents are encouraged to help their children be safe online and to be aware of the websites and mobile applications their kids are using. The Sheriff’s Office also provides online safety education for parents and community organizations

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Lake Oswego Police Department for their assistance with the sting.

All of the following men were arrested for the felony crimes of luring a minor and online sexual corruption of a child in the first degree:

  • Robert Lee-Olsen, 38, of Beaverton
  • Andrew Arstill, 32, of Aloha
  • Gregory Parker, 35, of Portland

Attached Media Files: PDF Media Release , Social Media Graphic
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The Sheriff's Office's Invites Community Members To Provide Feedback on the Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District (ESPD) (Photo) - 09/20/21

In partnership with the Washington County Board of Commissioners and the Office of Equity Inclusion and Community Engagement, the Sheriff's Office invites community members who live or work in the Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District (ESPD) to provide feedback on public safety services. ESPD community members can participate in a digital survey in addition to attending an upcoming virtual listening session. Sheriff Pat Garrett and Undersheriff John Koch will present an overview of the services provided within the ESPD and details on the upcoming 2022 levy. During these listening sessions, ESPD community members are invited to share their opinions on public safety within ESPD.

After both listening sessions are held, the Sheriff's Office will provide the community a summary of each listening session. Additionally, results from the digital survey will be made public after the survey closes.

Listening session dates:

Monday, September 27, 2021, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (registration link)

Saturday, October 2, 2021, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (registration link)

The ESPD provides law enforcement services for more than 237,000 community members in the urban areas outside of cities in Washington County, including Bethany, Cedar Mill, Cedar Hills, Aloha, Reedville, Garden Home, Metzger, Rock Creek, Raleigh Hills, Bull Mountain, Bonny Slope, West Slope, Oak Hills, and more. Voters first approved the ESPD in 1987 and all local option levies since then.

The ESPD continues an enhanced level of law enforcement services in the district, even with projected population growth. The ESPD provides funding for the immediate response and investigation of major crimes occurring within the ESPD, including homicide, assault, burglary, and domestic violence. Additionally, ESPD helps fund advanced training in crisis intervention and de-escalation strategies for deputies to use when working with individuals experiencing an emotional or mental health crisis.

Community members can check if they reside or if their place of business is located within ESPD at Who Patrols My Neighborhood

If you would like to send questions to be answered in to be answered during the listening session, please send them to licAffairs@co.washington.or.us">PublicAffairs@co.washington.or.us. For more information, please go to the ESPD homepage.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

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