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Officer involved Shooting Investigation -- Oakridge (Lane County) -- Name Released of Deceased - 10/18/19

The deceased male suspect involved in the officer involved shooting is identified as follows:

Marcus Phillip HARTSFIELD, age 27, from Oakridge.

The location of the incident was in the 76000 block of Rainbow Road, Oakridge. 

This is still an on-going investigation.  Further information and releases will be put out by the Lane County District Attorney's Office. 

No further information available for release. 

Previous Release-

On Thursday October 17, 2019 at about 7:39pm, Oregon State Police and the Lane County Sheriff’s Office responded to an emergency request for assistance from an officer with the Oakridge Police Department who responded to a domestic disturbance.  The Oakridge officer reported shots were fired and was requesting emergency assistance.  Troopers and Deputies arrived on scene and preliminary investigation revealed the suspect in the domestic disturbance was deceased after being shot by the officer.  The officer was not injured. 

The Lane County Inter-Agency Deadly Force Investigation Team (IDFIT) was activated and detectives with the Oregon State Police, Lane County Sheriff’s Office, Eugene Police Department, Springfield Police Department, Cottage Grove Police Department, and the Florence Police Department responded to conduct the investigation. 

Additional assistance was provided at the scene by Oakridge Fire, Lane County Medical Examiner’s Office, and the Lane County District Attorney’s Office. 

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available. 

No further information available for release. 

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Facebook: @ospsocial

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Critical Injury Crash I-5 near Gervais -- Marion County (Drivers Identified) (Photo) - 10/16/19

The drivers have been idetified as follows:

Chevy Tahoe - J Ivan AGUILAR-DIMAS, age 33, from California

Pertbuilt Truck and Semi-Trailer - Carl BIBOW, age 57, from Riddle

Photograph provided by OSP.

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Facebook: @ospsocial

Previous Release:

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into this morning’s critical injury two vehicle crash on I-5 near Gervais. 

On October 16, 2019 at 4:15 AM, OSP troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on I-5 northbound near milepost 267. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Chevy Tahoe, occupied by an adult male, was parked on the shoulder of I-5.  A Peterbuilt Truck and Semi-Trailer was northbound and for unknown reasons left the roadway and went onto the shoulder where it crashed into the parked Chevy Tahoe. 

The occupant of the Chevrolet Tahoe was transported to Salem Hospital by air ambulance with critical injuries.  The operator of the Peterbuilt Truck and Semi-Trailer received minor injuries.   

Names of those involved are being withheld pending notifications to family members. 

This is an active investigation and more information will be released when available.

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Facebook: @ospsocial

 

 

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Serious Injury Commercial Motor Vehicle Crash I-5 near Woodburn-- Marion County (Photo) - 10/15/19

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Tuesday afternoon’s crash involving two Commercial Motor Vehicles on I-5 near Woodburn. 

On Tuesday October 15, 2019 at about 3:57 PM, OSP troopers and emergency personnel responded to a serious injury crash involving two Commercial Motor Vehicles on I-5 southbound at about milepost 273.   

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Volvo Truck and Semi-trailer, operated by Gagandeep SINGH, age 24, from California, was southbound on I-5 and pulled to the shoulder due to smoke coming from under the truck.  Gagandeep SINGH and his passenger, Baljit SINGH, age 38, from California, exited the truck and discovered that it was on fire. 

A Freightliner Truck and Semi-trailer, operated by Rex HOLLOPETER, age 51, from Salem, was southbound in the far right lane when it sideswiped the Volvo Truck and Semi-Trailer.  The Freightliner Truck and Semi-trailer caught fire and came to rest blocking all southbound lanes of the freeway.  Both Commercial Motor Vehicles ultimately burned after the crash. 

HOLLOPETER was transported by air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland for serious injuries.  Both Gagandeep SINGH and Baljit SINGH were outside of their truck and were uninjured. 

Southbound lanes of I-5 are expected to be closed indefinitely until ODOT personnel can assess the damage to the roadway.  

OSP was assisted by Woodburn Fire and Medics, Aurora Fire Department, Hubbard Fire Department, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Salem Police Department, Woodburn Police Department and ODOT. 

Photographs provided by OSP.

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ### 
Twitter: @ORStatePolice 
Facebook: @ospsocial

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Arrest made in Connection with Two Vehicle Fatal Crash on Highway 99 from September 27, 2019 -- Josephine County - 10/15/19

On October 13, 2019 at 9:43 PM, Freddie TILLETT, age 46, from Grants Pass, was arrested for Manslaughter I and Driving under the Influence of Intoxicants.  TILLETT was arrested in the Springfield area and lodged at the Lane County Jail.  This arrest is in connection with the September 27, 2019 Fatal Crash on Highway 99 in Josephine County. 

Previous Release:

On Friday, September 27, 2019 at about 7:16 P.M. Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle head on crash on Hwy 99 near mile post 3.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a gray 2003 Audi, operated by Freddie Tillett (46) of Grants Pass, was traveling southbound on Hwy 99. Tillett was reported to be driving recklessly, crossed into oncoming traffic, and collided head on with a northbound 2013 Nissan sedan operated by Brenda Reinert (39) of Grants Pass.

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

Tillett was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

OSP was assisted by Rural Metro and American Medical Response (AMR).

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Facebook: @ospsocial

 

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OSP Fish & Wildlife is looking for information on an Unlawful Taking of a Buck Deer- Deschutes County (Photo) - 10/14/19

The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help for information regarding the unlawful take of a buck deer north of Sisters.  A 4x4 buck deer was found shot with a rifle and left to waste near the intersection of Camp Polk Rd and Wilt Rd.  Investigators believe the deer was shot sometime around September 5th during the buck deer archery season.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact OSP Trooper Aaron Roth or through the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP (mobile).

** Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators** 

The TIP program offers preference point rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of big game mammals.

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

Or the Oregon Hunters Association TIP reward fund also offers 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.

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 

How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity: 

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP(677)

TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM)

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ### 
Twitter: @ORStatePolice 
Facebook: @ospsocial

 

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Fatal Crash Highway 18 near Sheridan -- Yamhill County (Photo) - 10/14/19

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday evening’s two vehicle fatal crash in Highway 18 near Sheridan. 

On Sunday October 13, 2019 at about 10:15 PM, OSP troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle head-on crash on Highway 18 near milepost 35. 

Preliminary investigation indicates that a Chevrolet pickup, operated by Mark DALY, age 60, from Portland, was eastbound on Highway 18 when for unknown reasons it crossed the center line.  After crossing the center line, the Chevrolet pickup hit a westbound Ford F150 pickup, operated by Shawn SMITH, age 42, from Sheridan. 

Both drivers were pronounced deceased at the scene. There were no passengers in either vehicle.

Highway 18 was closed for about four (4) hours following the crash.

OSP was assisted by Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, ODOT and Sheridan Fire Department.

Photograph provided by OSP. 

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ### 
Twitter: @ORStatePolice 
Facebook: @ospsocial

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Fatal Crash I-84 & US 395 Interchange -- Umatilla County - 10/13/19

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Saturday afternoon’s fatal crash that occurred at the I-84 and US 395 Interchange in Umatilla County. 

On Saturday October 12, 2019, at approximately 2:18 PM, OSP troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on US 395 and I-84.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Dodge pickup, operated by Lynn Dale HIATT (M), age 73, from Pasco Washington, had been traveling westbound on I-84 and had taken the 188 exit when for unknown reasons failed to negotiate the turn onto US 395 northbound.  The pickup traveled across onto the southbound lanes of US 395 impacting with the left rear side of a semi-trailer.  The truck tractor/semi-trailer, operated by Andrei CEBAN, age 30, from Vancouver WA, was in process of getting onto the I-84 on-ramp heading westbound. 

HIATT was pronounced deceased at the scene.  HIATT was accompanied by his wife, Remedios HIATT (F), age 76, and Lucia CASEY (F), age 54, both from Pasco Wa.   Remedios HIATT and Lucia CASEY were transported to the Good Shepherd Medical Center by ground ambulance. 

CEBAN was not injured in the crash. 

The I-84 westbound off ramp, westbound on ramp and US 395 MP 12 was closed for approximately 2 hours during the investigation.

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

No photographs for release. 

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ### 
Twitter: @ORStatePolice 
Facebook: @ospsocial

UPDATE - St. Helens Investigation - 10/10/19

The deceased is being idenitifed as Michael Thomas Veatch (32) of Washington.

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On Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at approximately 5:26 A.M. the St. Helens Police Department responded to a shooting incident at the St. Helens Chevron located at 115 N. Columbia River Highway (Hwy 30).  

St. Helens Officers responded and located the vehicle suspected of being involved in the shooting incident.  When officers attempted to contact the operator of the vehicle it fled on Hwy 30 towards Deer Island and officers pursued.  The suspect vehicle became disabled on Hwy 30 near milepost 35 and the suspect fled on foot.  An officer from the St. Helens PD used force resulting in the suspects death. As per policy this officer has been placed on administrative leave.

Detectives are investigating the report of shots being fired from the suspect vehicle prior to and during this pursuit.

This was a very dynamic situation with several incident scenes, numerous witnesses, and a large volume evidence.  In an effort to maintain the integrity of the investigation information is being withheld until OSP can ensure that witnesses have been interviewed, next of kin notification made and outstanding victims identified and questioned.

OSP continues to ask any one that may have witnessed any part of this incident to contact the Oregon State Police at *OSP or 503-375-3555.

 

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Two vehicle fatal crash on I-5 offramp at Delaney Rd. intersection - Marion County (Photo) - 10/10/19

On Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at approximately 4:50 P.M. Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to the I-5 southbound offramp at Delaney Rd. for a two vehicle crash. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Dodge Intrepid, operated by Anthony Fisher (56) of Turner, was southbound on the I-5 offramp and failed to stop at the intersection with Delaney Rd.  The Dodge was struck by a westbound tow truck operated by Christopher Helige (37) of Aumsville. 

Fisher was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Helige was transported to the hospital for injuries.  

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

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Updated: OSP Fish & Wildlife is looking for information on poached buck deer- Douglas County (Photo) - 10/07/19

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On October 6, 2019, Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Troopers responded to a report of buck deer being dumped on  I-5 MP 112 northbound off ramp at the old rest area site just north of Myrtle Creek.  Troopers located 1-skinned whole buck and the hides & heads of two other bucks.  There was 1 three point buck and 2 forked horn bucks.  The bucks were either killed late Friday, October 4 or Saturday, October 5. 

Anyone with information about these animals, please contact the Oregon State Police at *OSP (*677) on your mobile reference Trooper Baimbridge

** Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators** 

The TIP program offers preference point rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of big game mammals.

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

Or the Oregon Hunters Association TIP reward fund also offers 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.

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 

How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity: 

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP(677)

TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM)

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Single Vehicle Fatal Crash on Hwy 99 - Jackson County (Photo) - 10/05/19

On Saturday, October 5, 2019 at approximately 5:47 A.M. Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Hwy 99 milepost 10.5 near Phoenix, OR.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2002 Mazda, operated by Dakota Arthur (23) of Medford, was northbound at a high rate of speed when it slid sideways into a power pole.

Arthur sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

The passenger, Danielle Ramirez (24) of Medford, was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries.

OSP was assisted by Phoenix Police Department, Talent Police Department, Medford Fire Department, and ODOT.

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UPDATE - Suspect Arrested - Oregon State Police requesting public's assistance with hit and run crash on Hwy 99E - Marion County (Photo) - 10/04/19

The Oregon State Police has arrested Angel Andres-Mercado (47) for Failing to Perform Duties of a Driver / Felony (Hit and Run).  He has been lodged at the Marion County Jail.  Additional charges are still being investigated and will be referred to the Marion County DA's Office.

OSP would like to thank the public and media for their assistance.

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On Thursday, October 3, 2019 at approximately 11:05 P.M. Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Hwy 99E and Waconda Rd NE.  

Preliminary investigation revealed that a silver 2007 Nissan Murano was traveling southbound on Hwy 99E when it veered from the southbound lane and struck a 2009 Kia Sportage, operated by Rodion E. Ovchinnikov (86) of Woodburn, that was stopped for a stop sign on Waconda Rd NE at Hwy 99E.

The operator of the Nissan Murano fled the scene on foot and was possibly picked up by another vehicle.  

Ovchinnikov was transported to the Salem Hospital with serious injuries and later to OHSU in Portland.

Anyone with information regarding the operator of the Nissan Murano is requested to contact the Oregon State Police at *OSP or 1-800-442-2068 and refer to case # SP19-355565

OSP was assisted by ODOT and Woodburn Fire.  

  

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UPDATE #2 (new photo)- Oregon State Police Investigating Assault near Wilderville - Josephine County (Photo) - 10/04/19

The Oregon State Police is attempting to identify and locate the pictured individual as a possible suspect to a shooting and stabbing that occurred on Monday September 30, 2019, on Wilderville Lane.  According to the victims the individual is approximately 18 years old, goes by the name “KYLE” and has a possible last name of “HARDING” or “HANDING”.  KYLE is described as approximately 5’9’’, short hair, medium build and baby faced.  He has a strong Chicago accent, slumps at his shoulders and isn’t very talkative.

The firearm was left on scene but the knife used in the attack was not located.  It is described as an automatic switchblade with a camouflage handle.  He should be considered armed and dangerous.  KYLE was not known to drive and is not associated with any vehicles.

If you are to come into contact with KYLE call the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center (541) 776-6111 and refer to case #19-352116.

 

 

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Please see attached Person of Interest Bulletin

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Oregon State Police is continuing their investigation into an assault that occurred at approximately 8:40 P.M. on Monday, September 30, 2019.

Two people were assaulted, one male was flown to OHSU with serious injuries and a female was transported by ground to an area hospital with serious injuries.

There is currently no suspect in custody, however OSP does not feel there is an ongoing threat to the general public as the suspect was known to the victims.

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Two vehicle fatal crash on Hwy 20 - Deschutes County (Photo) - 10/02/19

On Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at approximately 6:45 A.M. Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 20 near milepost 35. 

The investigation revealed that a gray 2016 Toyota Tundra, operated by Esmeralda Martinez (35) of Albany, was traveling eastbound when for unknown reasons lost control and collided with a westbound Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV). 

Esmeralda Martinez was pronounced deceased at the scene and a male passenger, identified as Carlos Callejas-Martinez (34) of Albany, was treated for non life threatening injuries. 

The westbound red 2019 International Knight Transportation CMV was operated by Jay Azzano (29) of Las Vegas, NV.  Azzano was transported to a Bend area hospital via air ambulance with serious injuries. 

OSP was assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and ODOT.   

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Body of missing Clackamas man located in the ocean - Lincoln County - 10/01/19

On Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at approximately 10:30 A.M. Oregon State Police Troopers responded to the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Station Yaquina Bay on a report they had located a deceased person in the Pacific Ocean. 

The deceased individual is Hoang Minh Tran (58) of Clackamas. 

Family had reported Tran overdue from a sailing trip aboard the vessel "Kiwanda" on the evening of Saturday, September 28, 2019. 

Tran was found wearing a floatation device.

 

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NEWPORT, Ore. — The Coast Guard suspended its search for a man early Monday morning after more than 11 hours of combined searches in the vicinity of Whale Cove near Depoe Bay. 

Coast Guard Sector North Bend coordinated eight combined searches, which were conducted by an MH-65 Dolphin aircrew from Air Facility Newport, a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Depoe Bay and Lincoln County Rescue. All searches resulted in negative results.

Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector North Bend received a report at 11:42 a.m. Sunday from a source on land who sighted vessel debris in the vicinity of Whale Cove, approximately one-mile south of Depoe Bay.

A 47-foot MLB crew and a Dolphin helicopter crew launched and arrived on scene to commence searching at 12:10 p.m.

At 12:47 p.m. Lincoln County Rescue and a Station Depoe Bay ground party arrived at Whale Cove and launched a drone to survey from above.

The  reported floating debris field was located by responders, and the debris found was confirmed to be from the overdue sailing vessel Kiwanda. 

The Kiwanda was last sighted by a bar tower watchstander at Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay at approximately 7 p.m. Saturday in the vicinity of Cape Foulweather, with a northerly heading. 

Coast Guard crew members recovered several items from the area including: wood, a life jacket, part of a marine sanitation device, and a strobe light with the name of the vessel written on it. 

 

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CORRECTION - OSP assisting with Arson investigation in Bandon (Photo) - 09/30/19

This event occured on Saturday, September 28, 2019 - not August 

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On Saturday, September 28, 2019, at approximately  8 P.M. emergency personnel from the Bandon Police Department and Bandon Fire department were dispatched to a structure fire at Harbor Lights Middle School. 

Due to the suspicious nature of the fire detectives from the Oregon State Police Arson Unit were requested to assist with the investigation.

A joint investigation was conducted involving the Oregon State Police and the State Fire Marshal’s Office, Bandon Police Department, and Bandon Fire Department.  Members of the Harbor Lights Middle School cooperated with and assisted in the investigation.  

The investigation revealed that two fires were intentionally set at the school on the evening of September 28.  

Only one fire caused severe damage to the school but didn’t prohibit the school from continuing the following week.  The majority of the structural damage was in the boys locker room and damaged all of the football equipment.

A juvenile male, who attended the school, was identified and admitted to setting these fires.  The school was notified of the investigations results and is planning to take appropriate administrative actions.   The investigation will also be sent to the Coos County District Attorney’s Office for potential criminal charges.

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Happy Valley Woman charged with Unlawful Selling/Distribution of Shark Fins (Photo) - 09/30/19

On September 13, 2019 members of the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division with assistance from Agents of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration completed an investigation into the unlawful selling of shark fins.

Agnes Yu (52) of Happy Valley, OR.  was issued a citation to appear into the Multnomah County Circuit Court on the charge of Unlawful Selling/Distribution of Shark Fin, which is a Class A Misdemeanor.

The investigation revealed YU unlawfully sold dried shark fin out of Wing Ming Herbs located at 2738 SE 82nd Ave. in Portland, OR..

The 2011 Oregon Legislature passed HB 2838 which prohibited the possession, selling, offering for sale, trading, or distributing shark fins.

It is estimated upwards of 100 million sharks are killed globally each year for their fins.

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Oregon State Police Continuing Investigation Into in Custody Death in Salem - 09/30/19

Oregon State Police investigators are continuing an investigation into the in-custody death of a man in Salem on Saturday, September 28, 2019 and are asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who may have been in contact with the man prior to please contact them.

The deceased man, identified as Allen James Pitts (49) recently of Salem, was contacted by Salem Police Department officers at the request of Best Little Roadhouse management to remove Pitts from the restaurant for disruptive behavior. Officers contacted Pitts in the dining area of the restaurant and a fight ensued. Pitts was taken into custody and officers immediately requested medical personnel respond to assess Pitts for a medical emergency. Pitts died after being transported by medics to Salem Hospital later.

OSP Investigators are asking anyone who may have been at the restaurant and not been contacted previously by police or anyone who may have obtained video footage of the incident or who may have been with Pitts prior to this incident to contact Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at *OSP or 1800-442-2068 and request Detective Ted Moisan

 

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On September 28, 2019, at approximately 9:40 p.m. Salem Police officers were called to Best Little Roadhouse in south Salem for a man causing a disturbance and trespassing. The man was located and began to resist officers when they attempted to take him into custody for trespass. Eventually, the man was taken into custody, but continued to struggle with officers. Once the man was under control, officers called for medics as they believed he was in medical distress.     

Medics arrived and transported the man to Salem Health for further treatment. He was later pronounced deceased at the hospital by medical personnel. The man’s identity and cause of death is still being determined.

The Salem Police Department is treating this incident as an in-custody death. As per the Department’s policy for in-custody deaths, an outside agency, the Oregon State Police, is conducting the follow-up investigation. Also, per Department policy, involved officers have been placed on Administrative Leave while the investigation is being conducted.

No officers sustained serious injuries during the incident.

All future information will be released by the Oregon State Police.  

 

Single Vehicle Fatal Crash on Hwy 214 - Marion County - 09/30/19

On Saturday, September 28, 2019 at approximately 8:00 P.M.Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 214 near milepost 37.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a gold 1996 Chevrolet Blazer was traveling northbound on Hwy 214 near Forest Ridge Rd. when for an unknown reason the Chevrolet drove off the roadway and rolled.

The 16 year old female operator from Hubbard sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The 16 year old female passenger from Salem was transported to Silverton Hospital with minor injuries.

Speed and failing to wear a seatbelt are being investigated as possible contributing factors.

OSP was assisted by Silverton Police Department, Silverton Fire Department, Hubbard Police Department, and ODOT

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Two vehicle fatal crash on Hwy 99 - Josephine County (Photo) - 09/28/19

On Friday, September 27, 2019 at about 7:16 P.M. Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle head on crash on Hwy 99 near mile post 3.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a gray 2003 Audi, operated by Freddie Tillett (46) of Grants Pass, was traveling southbound on Hwy 99. Tillett was reported to be driving recklessly, crossed into oncoming traffic, and collided head on with a northbound 2013 Nissan sedan operated by Brenda Reinert (39) of Grants Pass.

Reinert was transported to the hospital were she was pronounced deceased.

Tillett was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

OSP was assisted by Rural Metro and American Medical Response (AMR).

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UPDATE - Single vehicle fatal crash on Rockydale Rd. - Josephine County (Photo) - 09/27/19

The operator of the Subaru was Benjamin Upshaw (30) from Corpus Christi, TX. 

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On Friday, September 27, 2019 at approximately 1:31 A.M. Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Rockydale Rd. at the intersection with Waldo Rd. in Josephine County.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2016 Subaru was eastbound on Rockydale Rd. when it crossed over Waldo Rd and collided with an embankment   A passerby removed the driver and passenger from the vehicle prior to it becoming fully engulfed.

The operator sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

The passenger, Jameson Eckert (31) of Cave Junction, was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass with serious injuries.

The identity of the driver will be released after next of kin has been notified

OSP was assisted by Illinois Valley Fire, AMR Ambulance, and Oregon Department of Forestry.

Fatal Crash Interstate 5 near Myrtle Creek -- Douglas County - 09/27/19

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into this morning’s fatal vehicle versus pedestrian crash on Interstate 5 near Myrtle Creek. 

On September 27, 2019 at about 6:10 AM, OSP troopers and emergency personnel responded to a Toyota Prius that was stopped for unknown reasons in the northbound left lane of Interstate 5 near milepost 112.  Upon arrival of an OSP trooper and emergency personnel, the operator of the Toyota Prius, Balras Singh DHILLON (Male), age 35, from Lincoln, CA drove away northbound. 

DHILLON drove the Toyota Prius about a mile before crashing into the northbound center median guardrail and coming to rest on the outside shoulder of the freeway.  After the crash, DHILLON exited his vehicle and for unknown reasons walked across the northbound lanes of traffic and down the center median.  DHILLON continued walking towards the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 and walked into the side of a southbound Jeep Cherokee, operated by Britany GARATE, age 29, from Roseburg.  DHILLON was hit by multiple other vehicles in both southbound lanes and was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

The southbound lanes of Interstate 5 were closed for over three hours during the investigation into the incident.  Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) was able to set up a detour for southbound traffic. 

OSP was assisted at the scene by Myrtle Creek Police Department, Myrtle Creek Fire Department, Bay Cities Ambulance, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Winston Police Department and ODOT. 

OSP troopers are continuing the investigation and are requesting anyone that believes they may have been involved or witnessed the incident to call investigators at *OSP or (800) 442-2068 and reference case number SP19-347178. 

No further information is available for release. 

No photographs for release. 

Single Vehicle Fatal Crash on I-84 - Umatilla County - 09/27/19

On Friday, September 27, 2019 at approximately 2:35 A.M. Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near mile post 212.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Green Ford Escape, operated by Brad Ashworth (50) of Salt Lake City, UT. was westbound when it left the roadway and rolled. 

Ashworth sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

The passenger, Carrie McCarthy (32) of Judith Gap, MT. was flown by Life Flight to the hospital with serious injuries. 

Oregon State Police was assisted by Pendleton Police Department, Pendleton Fire and EMS, and ODOT.

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Single vehicle fatal crash on Hwy 7 - Baker County (Photo) - 09/26/19

On Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at approximately 3:30 P.M. Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 7 near mile post 44.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Toyota SR5, operated by Evan Simonski-Davis (25) of Baker City, was southbound on Hwy 7 when it left the roadway, struck a rock, and then rolled into a canal.

Simonski-Davis sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. 

Speed and failing to use seat belt are being investigated as possible contributing factors.

OSP was assisted by Baker City Fire Department, Baker County Sheriff's Office, and ODOT

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UPDATE from crash on March 21, 2019 - Two vehicle fatal crash on Hwy 97 near Redmond - Deschutes County (Photo) - 09/25/19

After months of investigation into the fatal traffic crash that occurred on March 21, 2019, which resulted in the death of Sara Edwards, the facts were presented to the Grand Jury in Deschutes County on August  23, 2019. The Grand Jury handed down an indictment on charges of Criminally Negligent Homicide and Manslaughter in the Second Degree against Devin Lee Cooper (42).

On September 12, 2019, detectives from the Oregon State Police contacted Cooper at his residence in La Grande. Cooper was cooperative, taken into custody, and lodged at the Union County Jail.

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On Thursday, March 21, 2019 at approximately 6:46 A.M. Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Hwy 97 near milepost 125, just south of Redmond in Deschutes County.

Preliminary investigation determined that a silver Honda Pilot, operated by Sara Edwards (19) of Redmond, was traveling southbound on Hwy 97 when she attempted to avoid a vehicle that was entering Hwy 97 from the Desert Terrace Mobile Estates.  Edwards lost control of her vehicle and slid into the northbound lanes and collided with a Mack Concrete Pumping Truck, operated by Michael Cucera IV (36) from Redmond.

Edwards sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Cucera sustained minor injuries.

Oregon State Police is requesting anyone that witnessed the crash or has any information to please contact the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center at 1-800-442-0776 or *OSP.

OSP was assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Redmond Police Department, Bend Police Department, Redmond Fire Department, Bend Fire Department, and ODOT.

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Two vehicle fatal crash on Hwy 58 at the I-5 interchange - Lane County (Photo) - 09/24/19

On Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at approximately 3:44 P.M. Oregon State Police troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a two vehicle collision on Hwy 58 at the Interstate 5 interchange in Goshen. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a gray 1988 Jeep Cherokee, operated by a 17 year old male from Creswell, was traveling eastbound on Hwy 58 and turned in front of a CMV to access the on-ramp for I-5 northbound.  The Jeep was struck on the passenger side. 

The passenger, Aidan O’Grady (18) of Eugene, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

The driver of the Jeep was transported to the hospital by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. 

The driver of the CMV, Gokhan Yurtsever (34) of Chicago, Illinois, was not injured in the collision.

OSP was assisted by ODOT and Pleasant Hill – Goshen Fire and Rescue.

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OSP seeking public assistance in unlawful takeing of Elk- Wasco County (Photo) - 09/23/19

On September 19, 2019, OSP F&W Troopers out of The Dalles were notified of an Elk unlawfully taken on the White River Wildlife Area near Tygh Valley/Wamic, Oregon.  OSP is investigating the incident and would like to question the person(s) associated with the following vehicle(s):  (Attached Image) Late-model Toyota Tacoma pickup with soft bed-topper canopy, roof-mounted tent, and receiver hitch motorcycle rack with late model KTM 450 xc or similar dirt bike and grey Chevy or GMC pickup with matching canopy. 

Any information regarding people associated with these vehicles should be reported to OSP Dispatch by calling *OSP (*677) or emailing Senior Trooper Gunderson at aig.Gunderson@osp.oregon.gov">Craig.Gunderson@osp.oregon.gov.

** Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators** 

The TIP program offers preference point rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of big game mammals.

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

Or the Oregon Hunters Association TIP reward fund also offers 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, and Furbearers. Cash rewards can also be awarded for the unlawful take of Game Fish and Shellfish and for Habitat Destruction.

CASH REWARDS:

$1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat & Moose

$500 Elk, Deer & Antelope

$300 Bear, Cougar & Wolf

$300 Habitat Destruction

$200 Illegally obtaining Oregon hunting or angling license or tags

$200 Unlawful Lending/Borrowing Big Game Tag(s)

$100 Game Fish & Shellfish

$100 Upland Birds & Waterfowl or Furbearers


How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity: 

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP(677)
TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM)

 

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Two vehicle fatal crash on Hwy 101 - Tillamook County (Photo) - 09/21/19

On Friday, September 20, 2019 at approximately 9:16 P.M. Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 101 near mile post 62.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 1992 Chevrolet C1500, operated by Randall Sisson (57) of Bay City, was southbound when it crossed into the northbound lane and collided with a 2017 Ford U Haul truck operated by Darryl Borg (66) of Nehalem. 

Sisson sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Borg and his passenger Steven Borg (40) of Nehalem were not injured.

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

 

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Two vehicle fatal crash on US 97 - Deschutes County (Photo) - 09/19/19

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On Thursday, September 19, 2019 at approximately 10:00 A.M.Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a motor vehicle collision on US 97 near milepost 169.

Preliminary investigation reveals that a Chevrolet Silverado Pickup, operated by Steven Hanner (35) of Lapine, was eastbound on Jackpine Loop Road.  Hanner failed to stop at the stop sign entering US 97 and turned into the path of a Commercial Motor Vehicle operated by Jeff Every (40) of Terrebonne.

Hanner sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Every was not injured in the crash.

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

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Two people die in two vehicle crash on Hwy 20 - Malheur County (Photo) - 09/19/19

On Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at approximately 12:06 P.M. Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle vehicle crash on Hwy 20 near mile post 219.  

Preliminary Investigation reveals that a 2006 Gulfstream Motorhome towing a Suzuki Samurai, operated by Richard Kozol (78) of Medford, was eastbound on Hwy 20 when for unknown reasons crossed into the westbound lanes on on a curve. He collided with a westbound 2011 Ford F-250 towing a 30 ft travel trailer operated by John Haynes (72) of Palo Cedro, CA.   

Kozol and Haynes sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased.

The passenger in the Gulfstream, Barbara Kozol (73) of Medford, OR, was transported to St. Alphonsus in Boise.

The passenger in the Ford F-250, Debra Townsend (67) of Palo Cedro, CA, was transported to St. Alphonsus in Ontario.

The eastbound lane of Hwy 20 was closed for approximately 4 hours.

OSP was assisted by the Malheur County Sheriff's Office, Vale Fire and Ambulance, Treasure Valley Paramedics, Ontario Fire Department, and ODOT