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Fatal Crash on Hwy 126E - Lane County - 02/28/20

On Thursday, February 27, 2020 at approximately 3:36 P.M. Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to  a two vehicle crash on Hwy 126E near milepost 13.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by Kurt Rauch (65) of Springfield, was traveling eastbound on Hwy 126E and lost control while attempting to stop for traffic in front of him. Rauch left his lane of travel, crossed into the westbound lane, and collided with a Ford F350 PU operated by David Doerr (50) from Bend.

Rauch sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Doerr was not injured in the crash.

Hwy 126E was closed for three hours following the crash.

OSP was assisted by ODOT, McKenzie Fire and Rescue, and Northwest Hazmat.

Oregon State Police Investigating Officer Involved Shooting near Umapine - Umatilla County - 02/25/20

On Monday, February 24, 2020 at approximately 11:44 P.M., Umatilla County Dispatch received a 911 call in regards to shots being fired in the Umapine area. 

A Umatilla County Sheriff's Deputy and Milton Freewater Police Department Officer responded to the area and were confronted by an armed individual outside the residence. Responding officers used force during the confrontation. 

The suspect was transported to the hospital for injuries sustained during the event.

In accordance with Senate Bill 111 the two involved officers have been placed on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation.

The investigation is being led by the Oregon State Police with the assistance of the Pendleton Police Department. The Umatilla County District Attorney's Office is overseeing the investigation and will release additional details as appropriate.

No further information is available for release at this time.

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Fatal Crash on Interstate 5 - Jackson County (Photo) - 02/23/20

On Sunday, February 23, 2020 at about 10:39 A.M., Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Interstate 5 southbound near mile post 23.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a white 1996 Chevrolet SUV,  Craig McRae (70) of Vacaville, CA. was southbound on Interstate 5 when for unknown reasons went off the roadway, rolled over, and landed in a nearby field off the shoulder off the freeway.

McRae sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Interstate 5 was reduced to one lane for approximately 2.5 hours following the crash.

OSP was assisted by Talent PD, Jackson County Fire, Mercy Flights, and ODOT.

 

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Fatal Crash on Hwy 30 - Clatsop County (Photo) - 02/22/20

On Saturday, February 22, 2020 at approximately 6:30 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 30 near milepost 82.  

Preliminary investigation reveals that a gold Buick Regal, operated by Myranda Schultz (20) of Astoria, had stopped at the Knappa intersection to proceed across Hwy 30 onto Hillcrest Loop.  Schultz pulled into the path of an eastbound black Ford Mustang, operated by Cameron Rowles (72) of Warrenton, and was struck on the passenger side.

Enrique Sutphin (24) of Astoria was a passenger in the Regal and sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Schultz and Rowles sustained minor injuries and were not transported to the hospital.

OSP was assisted Knappa Fire Department, Medix, and ODOT

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UPDATE #2 - Oregon State Police Investigating Officer Involved Shooting in Silverton - Marion County - 02/20/20

Correction - Years of service were switched and are now correct.

The names of the Silverton Police Department officers are being released:

  • Officer Jonathan Lamoreaux (38) - 6 years with Silverton Police Department.
  • Officer Tim Hein (31) - 9 years with Silverton Police Department. 

No more information is available to be released at this time.

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The Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation into the OIS in Silverton.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that William Bluestone was in possession of a handgun at the time of the shooting.

The Silverton Officer was wearing a body worn camera and the incident was recorded.  It is unable to be released at this time as this is an open/active investigation.

The Oregon State Police and Marion County DA’s office understands the public’s desire to know immediate information when an officer is involved in a deadly use of force.  However in an effort to complete a fair and thorough investigation information needs to be withheld until after a Grand Jury can be convened to hear the facts of the case, as is Marion County District Attorneys standard practice.

No more information is available to be released at this time.

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On February 14, 2020 at approximately 12:40 P.M., Silverton Police Department personnel responded to a reported domestic violence disturbance at 911 Reserve St. Apt.#3, in Silverton.

Shortly after arriving, officers located the involved man, William Bluestone (21) of Bend/Silverton, concealed in the bedroom of the apartment. Bluestone told officers he was armed with a handgun and barricaded himself.

Officers attempted to negotiate his surrender for more than an hour when shots were fired. Bluestone was pronounced deceased by medical personnel who arrived shortly thereafter.

This investigation is being led by the Oregon State Police with the assistance of the Salem Police Department, Marion County Sheriff's Office and Keizer Police Department. The Marion County District Attorney’s Office is overseeing the investigation and will release additional details when appropriate.

The involved officer was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation as per protocol.

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Fatal Crash on Hwy 101 - Curry County (Photo) - 02/17/20

On Monday, February 17, 2020 at approximately 3:00 P.M., Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle crash on Hwy 101 near milepost 323.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a red Ford Ranger pickup, operated by Jerry Vanhoosen (70) of Kerman, CA. had been northbound on Hwy 101 when it left the roadway, impacted a tree, and came to rest in a ravine.  

Vanhoosen was pronounced deceased. 

Vanhoosen had been reported missing to the Brookings Police Department on February 11 and it is believed the last known contact with Vanhoosen was on February 8.

Brookings Police Department had been actively looking for Vanhoosen with assistance from the Curry County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue.

 

Oregon State Police is requesting the public's assistance in the unlawful taking of a bighorn sheep ram in Wallowa County - 02/14/20

Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Troopers are asking for the public’s assistance in locating and apprehending the person(s) responsible for shooting a bighorn sheep ram in Wallowa County near the town of Troy sometime during the week of January 27.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the ram was shot on the Wenaha Wildlife Area along the road leading to the feed sight.  The ram was fitted with a telemetry collar and an ear tag.  The collar and severed ear were the only items left at the scene.

Anyone who may have information that will help identify the suspect(s), is asked to call the Turn In Poachers (TIP) line at (800) 452-7888, *OSP(677) or Sergeant Chris Hawkins (541) 963-7575 ext. 4670.

** Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators** 

** 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 TIP program 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, Rocky Mountain Goat and Moose 
* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope 
* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf 
* $300 Habitat Destruction 
* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl 
* $100 Furbearers 

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish 

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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Fatal Crash on Hwy 30 - Clatsop County (Photo) - 02/06/20

On Thursday, February 6, 2020 at approximately 11:18 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 30 near milepost 92.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Buick LeSabre, operated by Emilee Mabey (24) of Ocean Park, WA. was westbound on Hwy 30 when for unknown reasons crossed the centerline and into the path of a eastbound Commercial Motor Vehicle operated by Ronald Sutter (53) of Portland.

Mabey sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Sutter was not injured.

OSP was assisted by ODOT and John Day/Knappa Fire Department.

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Fatal Crash on Interstate 84 - Gilliam County (Photo) - 02/05/20

On Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at approximately 9:20 P.M., Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 149. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Ford Contour, operated by Robert Cleveland (70) of Rice, WA.  was traveling eastbound on I-84 and for an unknown reason left the roadway onto the right shoulder and rolled.

Cleveland sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by ODOT, Morrow County Sheriff's Office and Gilliam County Sheriff's Office.

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Fatal Crash on Interstate 5 - Marion County (Photo) - 02/01/20

On Saturday, February 1, 2020 at approximately 8:00 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Interstate 5 northbound near milepost 251.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Chevrolet Silverado pickup, operated by Eduardo Mendoza (29) of Salem, was traveling northbound on I5 when for unknown reasons the Silverado left the travel lane and struck a Chevrolet S-10 pickup, operated by David Thaler (67) of Lebanon, that was travelling slowly on the shoulder.  The impact sent both vehicles off the roadway and onto the grass shoulder. 

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

Mendoza was not injured.  

One lane of I5 northbound was closed for approximately six hours. 

OSP was assisted by Salem Fire Department, ODOT and Falck Ambulance Service. 

    

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