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Oregon State Police Investigating Construction Flagger that was Struck - Clackamas County - 01/13/21

On Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at approximately 10:45 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle incident on Hwy 26 near milepost 32.

Preliminary investigation revealed that Portland General Electric (PGE) employees were repairing damaged power lines on the north side of Hwy 26.  A PGE truck, operated by Joshua Rinard (41) of Sandy, was being repositioned when it backed into, Brenda Stader (50) of Portland, who was working as a flagger to assist with traffic control. 

PGE was utilizing flaggers contracted through Northwest Traffic Control.

Stader sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by the Sandy Fire Department and ODOT

The Oregon State Police to Utilize Oregon National Guard at State Capitol - 01/13/21

Oregon State Police Superintendent Terri Davie requested and was granted the activation of members of the Oregon National Guard to assist with potential upcoming civil unrest/protests by Governor Kate Brown.

“The Oregon State Police will continue to take a neutral role in ensuring Oregonians exercise their First Amendment rights,” said Oregon State Police Superintendent Davie. “For the past seven months, your Troopers have responded throughout Oregon to various protests, unlawful assemblies and riots.  Our goals have always been to protect people, protect people’s rights and to protect property. The recent events at our Nation's Capitol building and at our own statehouse illustrate the need for law enforcement to be prepared and appropriately staffed for any large gatherings,” Davie added.

The Oregon Army National Guard will be deployed as necessary and their deployment locations will not be made public. OSP and the ONG routinely work and train together in response to Oregon’s challenges, including civil unrest, human remain recovery in the recent wildfire response and safeguarding our communities in times of crisis.

“With the Oregon National Guard supplementing OSP ranks, we will be ready to ensure peaceful events and handle emergency situations,” said Oregon State Police Captain Timothy Fox.

Oregon State Police will continue to work with our local, state and federal partners in planning for potential events at the Oregon State Capitol or any other jurisdiction in Oregon. OSP will continue to leverage their strong partnerships with local and federal law enforcement, in efforts to provide safety to legislators and employees conducting the people’s business in the Capitol.

The Oregon State Police does not discuss the specifics of potential threats or tactical plans made unless it is determined there is a public safety need.

 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 26 - Clatsop County - 01/12/21

On Monday, January 11, 2021 at approximately 3:40 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 26 near milepost 7.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford Explorer, operated by Lonnie Meade (65) of Seaside, was eastbound and  stopped to turn left into a driveway when it was struck from behind by a Peterbuilt semi truck operated by Alejandro Flores (43) of Tigard. 

Meade sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. 

Flores was not injured.

Hwy 26 was closed for 4 hours.

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

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UPDATE - Death Investigation - Lincoln County (Photo) - 01/11/21

As part of the ongoing investigation into the discovery of a female child’s remains at the Van Duzer Rest Area in Lincoln County, the Oregon State Police (OSP) continues to solicit the public’s assistance in identifying the child and the circumstances around her death.  To date, we have received over 150 tips from citizens in the United States and Canada.  We are deeply appreciative of the public’s input so far, and continue to accept information which may lead to the identification of the child.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office has estimated the child's age to be 6.5 to 10 years old.  She is approximately 3’10” to 4’6” tall, and has long hair that is dark brown or black.  Her race or ethnic origin has yet to be determined, but DNA analysis is not complete.  A sketch completed by the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office at our request has also been released. 

OSP, in partnership with the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), and numerous state and local agencies across the United States, are using a variety of means to include or exclude known missing persons who match the general description and/or sketch previously released.  This may include, but is not limited to, dental records, age, descriptors, and confirmed sightings via verifiable sources, and/or recent contacts with family or friends that demonstrate they were alive after the remains of the unidentified female were discovered in Lincoln County. 

OSP will not comment on the individual methods used to exclude each child.

In an effort to refocus the public’s attention and reduce duplicative tips, OSP is now prepared to publicly exclude the following reported missing children from our investigation:

  • Dulce Alavez, age 6, from Bridgeton, NJ
  • Addyson Gibson, age 12, from Portland, OR
  • Noelle Johnson, age 7, from Portland, OR
  • Niayah Bylenga (AKA Niayah Crawford), age 7, from Pendleton, OR or Ritzville, WA
  • Tarie Price, age 8, from Gretna, NE
  • Breasia Terrell, age 10, from Davenport, IA

OSP reminds the public that while these children have been excluded from our investigation, they are all still reported missing and we ask the public to continue to be vigilant for these children and all other missing persons reported across the nation. 

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The Oregon State Police is releasing the attached approximation sketch of the child that was found in Lincoln County on December 10, 2020.

Sketch was provided with assistance of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

If you have any information that might help investigators in identifying this child, please call 800-442-0776 or *OSP (*677).

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Oregon State Police Detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the remains of an individual discovered in rural Lincoln County.  

On December 10, 2020, Investigators were summoned to the H.B. Van Duzer Forest State Scenic Corridor for a death investigation. At this location, investigators found the remains of a female child. 

The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office estimate the deceased’s age to be 6.5 to 10 years old.  She is approximately 3’10” to 4’6” tall, and had long hair that is dark brown or black.  Her race or ethnic origin has yet to be determined, but DNA analysis is not complete. 

Due to the condition of the remains she had likely been deceased at least 30 days before she was discovered. 

If you have any information that might help investigators in identifying this child, please call 800-442-0776 or *OSP (*677).

No information regarding the cause or manner of death is available for release at this time. 

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On Thursday, December 10, 2020 Oregon State Police Major Crimes Detectives responded to the H.B. Van Duzer Forest State Scenic Corridor for a death investigation.

The area is a heavily wooded state park in Lincoln County, Oregon.

Due to the terrain OSP Detectives were assisted by Lincoln County SAR members.

At this time the deceased has yet to be positively identified. No further information regarding this individual is available for release until identity is established and next of kin can be notified.

An investigation into the circumstances of this incident is active and ongoing. No further details are available for release at this time.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 213 - Clackamas County - 01/09/21

On Saturday, January 9, 2021 at approximately 8:15 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle crash on Hwy 213 near S. Union Hall Rd.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Toyota Tacoma, operated by Elina Inget (66) of Eagle Point, was northbound when it lost control on the icy road and collided with a southbound Freightliner box truck operated by Colby Ransier (33) of Silverton. 

Inget sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. 

Ransier was transported to a local hospital for injuries.

Hwy 213 southbound was closed for approximately four hours.

OSP was assisted by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Molalla Fire Department and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 101 - Curry County - 01/08/21

On Thursday, January 7, 2021 at approximately 5:30 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle that struck a pedestrian on Hwy 101 near milepost 358. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Dodge car, operated by Kristen Batey (44) of Brookings, was northbound when it struck Makenzie Long (28) of Brookings who was in the the northbound lane of Hwy 101.

Long was transported to the hospital where she was pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by Harbor Fire Department, Cal-Ore Ambulance, Brookings Police Department, Curry County Sheriff's Office and ODOT.

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David Bowles
UPDATE - OSP seeking public assistance in locating a person of interest-Morrow County (Photo) - 01/08/21

On Thursday, January 7, 2021 at approximately 7:54 P.M., David Bowles voluntarily turned himself into the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office for outstanding felony warrants for manslaughter and felon in possession of a firearm.

Bowles has been wanted in connection to a homicide investigation that occurred December 15, 2020. 

Oregon State Police took Bowles into custody for the outstanding felony warrants and transported him to the Umatilla County Jail.

Bowles was lodged at Umatilla County Jail for the two felony warrants out of Morrow County Circuit Court

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The Oregon State Police has been asked by the Morrow County Sheriff’s Officer to take over a shooting investigation that occurred on December 15, 2020 in Heppner, Oregon- Morrow County.

The Morrow County Communications Center received reports of shots fired shortly before 9:30 P.M. on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. When Morrow County Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrive on scene, they found a 42-year-old female with a gunshot wound.  She was transported to area hospital before being life flighted to OHSU in critical condition.

OSP is currently looking for David Bowles as a person of interest in this case. His location is unknown.  He was last seen driving a brown Chevy Impala with an Oregon License Plate URG552.  David is a 5’6 about 180 lbs. white male age 43 with graying hair and blue eyes.  Please consider him armed and dangerous.  If you know of his location, do not confront him  call 911 or OSP Dispatch 800-442-2068 reference OSP case # SP200348879.

Attached Media Files: David Bowles , David Bowles
Oregon State Police to secure the Oregon State Capitol- Marion County - 01/06/21

Oregon State Police have heard rumors that armed groups were considering taking over and/or occupy the State Capitols.

Oregon State Police fully support peoples first amendment rights of freedom of speech and to gather peacefully.  OSP will not tolerate criminal activities and you will be arrested if you engage in any of these acts. 

The security of the capitol is our priority, if you are considering any unlawful activities at the Oregon State Capitol or surrounding areas, please reconsider.  The safety of our community members, Capitol occupants, and police officers is paramount.

If you are aware of anyone that intends to engage in these criminal acts, please report them to your local law enforcement or to the Oregon State Police immediately. 

Update- Events at Oregon State Capitol on January 6, 2021 - 01/06/21

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On January 6, 2021 at approximately 6:00 P.M., Troopers contacted, Cody Melby (39), attempting to access several doors at the Oregon State Capitol.  He was contacted and arrested for Trespassing while in possession of a firearm. 

Cody Melby was lodged at the Marion County Jail.

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On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, Oregon State Police, Salem Police Department, and Marion County Sheriff's Office personnel were monitoring a protest that was occurring at the Oregon State Capitol. 

At approximately 2:00 P.M., a group of counter protesters arrived at the Capitol and a fight broke out between the opposing sides.  Law Enforcement members quickly separated the two groups and worked to keep the two groups separate for the remainder of the day.

David Willis (43)  of Lincoln City, was arrested and charged with harassment and disorderly conduct.  The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible after consultation with the Marion County District Attorney.

 

Fatal Crash on Interstate 5 - Marion County - 01/06/21

On Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at approximately 4:13 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a motor vehicle crash on Interstate 5 at the northbound Market St. Interchange.  

Preliminary investigation revealed that a female pedestrian was in the off-ramp lane of traffic when she was struck by a Honda Civic, operated by Nicholas Kreitzer (46) of Salem, that was exiting the freeway. 

Kreitzer stopped and cooperated with the investigation. 

The female pedestrian was pronounced deceased.  

Name will be released when available.

OSP was assisted by the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Salem Fire Department, and ODOT.

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Oregon State Police Request Assistance in Identifying Person from December 21, 2020 Rally at Capitol - 01/05/21

The Oregon State Police is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the person involved in the unlawful use of a weapon at the Oregon State Capitol. 

On December 21, 2020, at approximately 10:22 A.M., an unidentified person threw a device, similar to a tear gas canister, into a crowd of police officers and citizens at the Capitol building.  The device emitted smoke and a gas irritant. 

Investigators located video footage of the individual and captured the attached still photos of the suspect immediately after the canister was thrown. 

The person appears to be a white male, with brown hair and a short stocky/heavy build.   

If anyone recognizes this individual or has information related to this event, please call the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at 1-800-442-0776 or *OSP.

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Oregon State Police Request Public's Assistance with Thefts from State Parks - Lincoln County (Photo) - 01/04/21

On December 30, 2020 the Oregon State Police received reports of thefts at Fogarty Creek State Park , Otter Crest Scenic Viewpoint, Boiler Bay Scenic Viewpoint, and the Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area . 

Oregon State Park Rangers had discovered the thefts of interpretive sign displays (photographs attached).  The approximately 2’ x 3” signs and their metal bases were removed from the parks.  

The thefts are believed to have occurred between December 24, 2020 and December 30, 2020. 

The Oregon State Police is investigating the thefts and requests anyone with information to contact the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center 1-800-442-0776 and leave information for Detective Brian Eskridge.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 26 - Wasco County - 01/03/21

On Sunday, January 3, 2021 at approximately 11:50 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a three vehicle crash on Hwy 26 near milepost 77.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Dodge Ram 1500, operated by Ryan Ranson (33) of Lake Stevens, WA., was eastbound when it sideswiped a westbound Toyota Highlander, operated by Michael Becker (45) of Beaverton, and then collided with a westbound Ford F-350 pickup operated by Michael Nehring (33) of La Center, WA.

Ranson sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Becker and his three passengers were not injured.

Nehring and his four passengers were not injured.

Hwy 26 was closed for approximately five and a half hours for the investigation.

OSP was assisted by ODOT, Warm Springs Fire and Rescue, and the Warm Springs Police Department.

Fatal Crash on Interstate 84 - Umatilla County - 01/01/21

On Thursday, December 31, 2020 at approximately 10:27 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to single vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 238.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Freightliner CMV, operated by Chauncey  Rife (41) of Midvale, Utah, was eastbound when it left the roadway.  

Investigators believe Rife possibly had a medical event before the crash. 

Rife was pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by the the Umatilla Tribal Fire Department and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 18 - Lincoln County - 01/01/21

On Thursday December 31, 2020 at approximately 2:41 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle collision on Hwy 18 near milepost 10. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Honda Pilot, operated by Julien Doudna (35) of Mill City, was crossing Hwy 18 from the North Van Duzer rest area to the South Van Duzer rest area and collided with a Toyota Land cruiser, operated by Scott Brady (49) of Salem, which was eastbound on Hwy 18.

Honda Pilot passenger Brandy Doudna (44) of Mill City sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Julien Doudna along with three juveniles were transported to Salem Hospital.  Another juvenile passenger was transported by Lifeflight to Legacy Emmanuel Hospital in Portland.

Brady and two passengers were not transported. A juvenile passenger was transported to North Lincoln Hospital. 

Oregon State Police was assisted by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, ODOT Incident Response, North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, Pacific West Ambulance, and medical units from West Valley Fire and Rescue. 

Oregon State Police Encourages People to Protest Lawfully, Peacefully, and Respectfully - Marion County - 12/30/20

The Oregon State Police is aware of several protests that are planned in the Salem area on Friday, January 1, 2021.

The protests are planned to happen at the Oregon State Capitol, Bush Pasture Park, and Mahonia Hall. These protests could also affect streets in the areas of these locations.  

OSP encourages people to exercise their first amendment right, but please do so lawfully, peacefully, and respectfully.

OSP and Salem Police Department will have personnel assigned to monitor these protests.  If criminal behavior is observed and the situation allows you will be cited or arrested.  If an arrest or citation is not able to be immediately made, police will be investigating criminal behavior. If you feel you are the victim of a crime please ensure that you report that to the police. 

OSP has set the following operational goals:      

  • Ensure a safe, non-violent environment for rally participants.
  • Ensure a safe, non-violent environment for citizens of Salem and for those passing through the area.  
  • Minimize traffic flow issues and disruptions.   
  • Deter or prevent criminal acts and take enforcement action as necessary.
  • Protection of property from damage and unauthorized access.

Salem Police Department's Community Message is attached.

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UPDATE - OSP responds to activities at the Oregon State Capitol- Marion County (Photo) - 12/28/20

On Sunday, December 27, 2020 at approximately 4:15 P.M., Jeremy Roberts turned himself in to the Oregon State Police. 

He was lodged at the Marion County Jail on the following charges:

  • Criminal Mischief
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Assault
  • Harassment
  • Probation Violation Warrant

 

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On Monday, December 21, 2020 at approximately 8:30 A.M., a group of people attempted to enter and protest inside the Oregon State Capitol.  The Oregon State Capitol is closed due to COVID precautions.  The Oregon State Capitol had set up televisions outside of the building for people to monitor the proceedings inside.  Oregon State Police Troopers had checked and secured the doors to the Capitol.  A door on the Northwest corner of the building was opened by a person exiting the building.  Several protesters entered the vestibule area.  There they were contacted by Troopers and asked to leave.  As Troopers attempted to keep them from entering the main area of the Capitol, the altercation became physical (pushing).  A protester sprayed some kind of chemical irritant (mace /OC / bear spray) into the vestibule.  Troopers used inert Pepper Balls to keep the crowd back (essentially a paint ball filled with an inert powder) and Salem Police were able to keep the crowd contained in the vestibule. 

OSP Troopers and Salem Police gave everyone in the vestibule several warnings to leave or they would be arrested for trespassing.  At approximately 10:30 A.M., a protester again sprayed a chemical irritant at police.  Police arrested Ryan Lyles (41) for felon in possession of body armor and unlawful use of mace.  Protesters also deployed a device, which emitted smoke during the engagement.

Two people remained in the vestibule and were arrested, Ronald Vanvlack (75) and Jerry Dyerson (53) and charged with Criminal Trespass and Disorderly Conduct.

At approximately 1:30 P.M., the crowd again attempted to gain entry through a door on the west side of the Capitol.  The window to the door was broken, but the building was not accessed.  Police arrested Jeremiah Pruitt (35) for Criminal Mischief and Disorderly Conduct. 

Jeremy Roberts (40) was also identified as a person that attempted to gain access through the west door and an attack on two reporters.  Troopers are attempting to locate him at this time and he is not currently in custody.

All arrested were lodged at the Marion County Jail and charges will be referred to the Marion County District Attorney’s Office for consideration.

The 3rd Special Session of the 80th legislative assembly was able to continue and conduct legislative business throughout the day.

 

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On December 21, 2020 at 1:30 P.M. a subject attempted to gain entry on the west side of the Oregon State Capitol building by breaking a widow of one of the doors.  He was taken into custody.  

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On December 21, 2020, while dealing with individuals that had gained entry into the Oregon State Capitol, OSP Troopers where sprayed with some kind of chemical agent on 2 different occasions.

At 8:30 A.M., when protesters entered that capitol building, at least one of the protesters used chemical agents on the police.  That person is still outstanding.  OSP used inert pepper ball, while dealing with these protestors. 

At 10:30 A.M., when there were enough resources available between OSP & Salem Police Department, they started to push the crowd out of the building, when another individual used bear spray against police officers.  That person, who has been identified as Ryan Lyles (41) (see photo), has been taken into custody.  He is being lodged at Marion County Jail on multiple charges including trespassing and assaulting a police officer.

OSP has not deployed any CS gas.

The Oregon State Police encourage people to exercise their first amendment rights, but it must be lawfully.  Please, discontinue the acts of vandalism or destruction of property.  If you commit a crime you will be subject to arrest.

Due to the overwhelming number of media requests, we will not be responding to individual requests at this time.

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On December 21, 2020 around 8:30 A.M.  during the third special session protesters where able to gain access to the Oregon State Capitol.  The Oregon State Capitol is closed due to Covid-19 restrictions.  Oregon State Police and Salem Police were able to get everyone out of the building.  Two individuals refused to leave the building and where taken into custody

The Oregon State Police encourage people to exercise their first amendment rights, but it must be lawfully.  Please, discontinue the acts of vandalism or destruction of property.  If you commit a crime you will be subject to arrest.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 395B - Umatilla County - 12/27/20

On Friday, December 25, 2020 at approximately 3:06 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 395B near MP 53.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford Ranger pickup, operated by James Stroud (83) of Ukiah,  was northbound when it traveled off the roadway and rolled.

Stroud and his passenger, Linda Stroud (79) of Ukiah, both sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by the Ukiah Quick Response Medics, Umatilla County Sheriff's Office and ODOT.  

Fatal Crash on Hwy 97 - Deschutes County - 12/24/20

On Thursday, December 24, 2020 at approximately 9:00 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle collision on Hwy 97 near milepost 119. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Subaru Legacy, operated by Kyle Willet (19) of Terrebonne,  was southbound when it crossed into the northbound lanes and collided with a Chevy 3500 pickup operated by Thomas Kasch (79) of Culver.

Willet sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Kasch was transported via air ambulance to a Bend area hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, ODOT, and Redmond Fire and Rescue.

OSP is removing explosive hazard in Scappoose, Oregon- Columbia County - 12/20/20

Update- On December 18, 2020, an OSP from the St. Helens worksite stopped a vehicle operated by Richard Gundy-Hampton in the 33000 block of Sequoia St. in Scappoose, Oregon.  The stop occurred next to the residence where Gundy-Hampton lived.  Gundy-Hampton was a subject of interest in a domestic violence incident that occurred in Clackamas County. 

During the contact with Gundy-Hampton, Troopers discovered evidence of methamphetamine possession, weapons possession and that he had been potentially manufacturing a destructive/explosive device.  Detectives from OSP Criminal Investigative Division responded to the scene and obtained a search warrant for the residence and vehicle. 

Soon after beginning their search, Investigators located suspicious items in the garage indicating that Gundy-Hampton had been manufacturing highly explosive materials inside the garage of the residence.  The search of the scene stopped and explosive experts from Oregon State Police, the FBI, Portland Police Bureau and Gresham Police Department responded to the scene to assist.  Explosive experts and investigators continued their investigation Saturday and Sunday, identifying 6 items containing explosives, which were disposed of on scene.  Numerous other items were also transported from the scene by the OSP Explosives Unit for later disposal off site.  The safe disposal of the items discovered in the residence required approximately 10 neighboring residents to be evacuated from their homes during the day Saturday and Sunday. In addition to the explosives, Investigators seized a large number of firearms, illegal firearms parts and illegal drugs from the scene.

Gundy-Hampton was lodged December 18, 2020, at the Columbia County Jail. Gundy-Hampton is currently being held at the Columbia County Jail on $5,000,000 bail. 

As of this release all the residents displaced by the investigative activities and explosives disposal have been allowed to return to their homes.  The investigation into this incident is ongoing. 

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Update- OSP, Portland Police Bureau and the FBI's exsplosive techician teams are back on seen at the residence in Scappoose, Oregon today, December 20, 2020.  The teams are continuing the investigation and might need to do more controlled disposals.  The neighboring homes have been evacuated.

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Update-  OSP explosive technicians along with teams from the Portland Police Bureau and the FBI have successfully disposed of 4 devices during the execution of the search warrant at the residence.   Neighbors are being notified that they may return to their homes.  This investigation of this incident is on going and no further information will be released at this time.

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On December 18, 2020, OSP served a search warrant at a residence in the 33000 block of Sequoia St., Scappoose, Oregon.  During the execution of the search warrant, Investigators encountered a substance that could present an explosive hazard.  Investigators secured the scene and left to return in daylight hours with explosive experts. 

This morning December 19, 2020, explosive experts returned to the home residence to start the mitigation of the hazard.  The houses immediately neighboring the residence have been evacuated until the hazard has been removed.  They will be contacted by OSP, when they are able to return to their homes.

Attached Media Files: Gundy-Hampton
James Nichol
James Nichol
OSP apprehends man wanted for attempted murder out of South Carolina (Photo) - 12/18/20

OSP Detective, assigned to the FBI Joint Task Force was contacted by Horry County Police Department, South Carolina to assist in locating and apprehending a man wanted for attempted murder of his mother and stealing her car.  The suspect identified as James Shawn Nichol, (48) is from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Horry County PD in conjunction with the U.S. Marshals Service believed the subject may be traveling through Oregon.  

On December 17, 2020, at approximately 5:50 P.M., Sgt. Aydelotte and Sr. Troopers Hagendorn and Macy located the suspect in the stolen car at the Baker Valley Rest Area located on the westbound side of I-84 near milepost 295.  The initiated a high risk stop and the suspect was taken into custody without incident.  The suspect is lodged in Baker County jail on attempted murder warrant.  The stolen vehicle was towed from the scene to be held for the owner.

Horry County Police Department, who contact OSP for help, was extremely impressed with how quickly OSP worked to get the mission done.

This is a great example of interagency partnerships and how Law Enforcement across the states work together to get criminals off the streets.

 

Attached Media Files: James Nichol