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Oregon State Police SW Drug Enforcement Team make illegal marijuana bust- Jackson County (Photo) - 08/12/22

On August 11, 2022, the Oregon State Police Southwest Region Drug Enforcement team, assisted by the Interagency Marijuana Enforcement Team (IMET) of the Medford Police Department and Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, served three related illegal marijuana search warrants in Jackson County.  The investigation was the result of evidence obtained that marijuana was being illegally exported from Oregon on the black market.  After the operation was concluded, a total of 11,416 illegal marijuana plants and approximately 500-pounds of processed marijuana which was packaged for export, were seized.

The first location was in the 1200 block of Yankee Creek Rd. Eagle Point, was a large illegal marijuana cultivation farm where 5,024 illegal marijuana plants contained in twenty-six large greenhouses, in addition to the approximately 500-pounds of processed marijuana, were seized and destroyed. 

Simultaneously, two additional search warrants were served in the 100 block of Trout Way, Medford, on two industrial warehouses which contained sophisticated, illegal indoor hydroponic marijuana growing operations. A total of 6,392 illegal marijuana plants were seized and destroyed.

The investigation is ongoing and no further information is available at this time.

Fatal Crash Highway 95 -- Malheur County - 08/12/22

On Wednesday August 10, 2022, at about 3:45 PM, Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on Highway 95 near milepost 59.   

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Mitsubishi SUV, operated by, Derric Williams, age 27, from Fort McDermitt NV, was southbound and for unknown reasons crossed into the on-coming lane.  The Mitsubishi SUV crashed into a northbound Peterbilt Semi-truck, operated by Danell Vincent-Moore, age 58, from Lincoln Park, Michigan.   

Williams was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency personnel.  Vincent-Moore was un-injured in the crash. 

Four passengers in the Mitsubishi SUV, two adults and two children, sustained undisclosed injuries and were transported via air ambulance to hospitals in Boice, ID. 

Highway 95 was closed for about five (5) hours. 

OSP Troopers are continuing the investigation into the cause(s) of the crash. 

OSP was assisted by ODOT, Treasure Valley Ambulance, Jordan Valley Ambulance, and a BLM Fire Crew.   

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Fatal Crash Highway 293 -- Wasco County - 08/11/22

On August 10, 2022, at about 6:30 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 293 near milepost 8. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Chevrolet Cobalt, operated by an unknown adult male, was southbound and for unknown reasons left the roadway going down an embankment where it crashed into a tree.  The final resting spot of the crash was on private property.  The unknown adult male and an unknown adult female passenger were declared deceased at the scene by emergency personnel. 

The crash was reported to emergency personnel by a landowner who found the vehicle on his property.  It is unknown when the crash happened.  It was learned that the involved vehicle had been reported stolen earlier in the day from Fossil. 

Troopers are attempting to identify both occupants.

OSP was assisted by Shaniko Fire, Jefferson County Fire, ODOT and several landowners. 

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Fatal Crash US 199 -- Josephine County - 08/11/22

On Wednesday August 10, 2022, at about 4:55 PM, Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on US 199 near milepost 6. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a southbound Ford 550 pickup operated by, Robert Clair, age 31, from Grants Pass, crossed the center line of the highway and struck a northbound Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by, Johnny Porter, age 45, from Cave Junction.  Porter was ejected from the motorcycle and was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency personnel. Clair was not injured in the crash. 

US 199 was closed for about one hour. 

OSP was assisted Josephine County Sheriff’s Office, ODOT, AMR, Rural Metro Fire and Grants Pass Fire.

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OSP Fish & Wildlife seeking public assistance in identifying the person(s) responsible for killing an antelope- Baker County (Photo) - 08/09/22

**UPDATE**

After receiving information from the public, F&W Troopers were able to determine this was a legal harvest and the meat was removed from the carcass in accordance with the wildlife laws.  The buck antelope was harvested utilizing a Special Qualified Disabled Veteran Tag. Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division personnel are no longer seeking the public’s assistance regarding this matter. 

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Previous Release:

On August 5, 2022, OSP Fish & Wildlife Troopers received information from a citizen who found an antelope carcass on BLM property between Mother Lode Road and Skinner Lane in Keating, OR.

OSP Fish & Wildlife Troopers responded to the scene and found the butchered carcass of an antelope with the head removed. Troopers determined the antelope was likely killed sometime during the first week of August.  In addition to the unlawful take, Troopers also determined meat was left to waste. 

The first controlled antelope season in this area, the 462 Pine Cr-Keating hunt is August 13-21, 2022. 

The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for public assistance in identifying the person(s) responsible for killing the antelope in the Keating Wildlife Management Unit. Anyone with information about this case is urged to call the Oregon State Police via the Tip-line at 1-800-452-7888, *OSP (*677), or email TIP@osp.oregon.gov  Please, reference case number SP22203156. 

***Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators***

The Turn in Poachers (TIP) program offers preference points or cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation, to a suspect, for the unlawful killing of wildlife, and or waste of big game. 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. Learn more: https://www.oregon.gov/osp/programs/fw/Pages/tip.aspx

 

PREFERENCE POINT REWARDS:

* 5 Points-Mountain 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

 

 Oregon Hunters Association (OHA) Cash Rewards:

* $1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat, and Moose

* $500 Elk, Deer, and Antelope

* $300 Bear, Cougar, and Wolf

* $300 Habitat Destruction

* $200 - Illegally obtaining Oregon hunting or angling license or tags

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

* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl

* $100 Game Birds or Furbearers

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish

 

Oregon Wildlife Coalition (OWC) Cash Rewards:

Birds

$500 Hawk, Falcon, Eagle, Owl, Osprey

All other protected avian species: see category below for listed species 

Mammals

$500 Cougar, Bobcat, Beaver (public lands only), Black bears, Bighorn Sheep, Marten, Fisher, Sierra Nevada Red Fox

Species listed as “threatened" or “endangered" under state or federal Endangered Species Act (excludes fish) 

$1,000 (e.g. wolf, wolverine, kit fox, red tree vole, Canada lynx, sea otter, Columbian white-tailed deer, California brown pelican, western snowy plover, California least tern, northern spotted owl, marbled murrelet, short-tailed albatross, streaked horned lark, yellow-billed cuckoo, leatherback sea turtle, olive ridley sea turtle, Oregon spotted frog, green sea turtle, loggerhead sea turtle)

 

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OSP Fish and Wildlife Seeking Public Assistance in Identifying Person(s) responsible for killing a Wolf -- Baker County (Photo) - 08/09/22

The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is seeking the public’s assistance in locating the person(s) responsible for shooting and killing a wolf in the Pine Creek Wildlife Management Unit. 

On August 5, 2022, Fish and Wildlife Troopers received information from ODFW that a collared wolf, OR112, may be deceased at a location just off of Forest Service RD 66, between Twin Lakes and Fish Lake. This location is approximately 7 miles north of Halfway, OR. 

Fish & Wildlife Troopers and ODFW personnel responded to the area and located a deceased wolf over the embankment of the 66 RD.  The wolf had injuries consistent with having been shot by a firearm.  The wolf, known as OR112 was a two year old gray-collared female that was part of the Keating Pack.  Troopers believe the wolf was shot and killed on the morning of August 4, 2022.

The Oregon Wildlife Coalition and conservation partners are offering to pay an $11,500 reward that leads OSP F&W Troopers to an arrest and/or citation stemming from this incident.     

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact OSP through the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP (*677), or email TIP@osp.oregon.gov Reference case number SP22201971. 

** Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators** 

The Turn in Poachers (TIP) program offers preference points or cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation, to a suspect, for the unlawful killing of wildlife, and or waste of big game. 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. Learn more: https://www.oregon.gov/osp/programs/fw/Pages/tip.aspx

 PREFERENCE POINT REWARDS:

* 5 Points-Mountain 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

 Oregon Hunters Association (OHA) Cash Rewards:

* $1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat, and Moose

* $500 Elk, Deer, and Antelope

* $300 Bear, Cougar, and Wolf

* $300 Habitat Destruction

* $200 - Illegally obtaining Oregon hunting or angling license or tags

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

* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl

* $100 Game Birds or Furbearers

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish

Oregon Wildlife Coalition (OWC) Cash Rewards:

Birds

$500 Hawk, Falcon, Eagle, Owl, Osprey

All other protected avian species: see category below for listed species 

Mammals

$500 Cougar, Bobcat, Beaver (public lands only), Black bears, Bighorn Sheep, Marten, Fisher, Sierra Nevada Red Fox

Species listed as “threatened" or “endangered" under state or federal Endangered Species Act (excludes fish) 

$1,000 (e.g. wolf, wolverine, kit fox, red tree vole, Canada lynx, sea otter, Columbian white-tailed deer, California brown pelican, western snowy plover, California least tern, northern spotted owl, marbled murrelet, short-tailed albatross, streaked horned lark, yellow-billed cuckoo, leatherback sea turtle, olive ridley sea turtle, Oregon spotted frog, green sea turtle, loggerhead sea turtle) 

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Fatal Crash Highway 138W -- Douglas County - 08/09/22

On Monday August 8, 2022, at about 2:30 PM, Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 138W near milepost 17A.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Honda Civic operated by, a female juvenile, age 17, from Oakland, was eastbound and failed to negotiate a curve.  The Honda Civic left the roadway and crashed into a tree. 

The female juvenile operator was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency personnel. 

OSP was assisted by Sutherlin Police Department, Kellogg Fire Department, Umpqua Valley Ambulance, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Medical Examiner and ODOT. 

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Fatal Crash US 101 -- Curry County - 08/04/22

On Thursday August 4, 2022, at about 5:30 AM, Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian crash on US 101 near milepost 358.   

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Mazda CX9, operated by Benjamin Broderick, age 60, from Harbor, was northbound and crashed into an adult female pedestrian walking in the travel lane.  The pedestrian was wearing dark colored clothing at the time. 

The pedestrian was transported to a local hospital where she later died from her injuries.   The name of the pedestrian is being withheld pending next of kin notification to family. 

Broderick was uninjured and cooperated with investigators at the scene. 

OSP was assisted by ODOT, Harbor Fire Department and Cal Ore Life Flight.

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Fatal Crash US 730 -- Umatilla County - 08/04/22

On Wednesday August 3, 2022, at about 12:00 PM, Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on US 730 near milepost 182.   

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Saturn SUV, operated by Scott McBride, age 59, from Hermiston, was westbound when for unknown reasons crossed into the on-coming lane crashing into an eastbound Peterbilt Semi-truck, operated by Luis Sandoval, age 42, from Grand View, Washington. 

McBride was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency personnel.  Sandoval was un-injured in the crash. 

US 730 was closed for about seven (7) hours. 

OSP was assisted by Umatilla Fire District 1, Umatilla Police Department and ODOT.   

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Successful outcome to an OSP Fish & Wildlife Snake River Guide Case- Wallowa County (Photo) - 08/03/22

In August 2019, Oregon State Police Troopers and United States Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agents served search warrants in two Oregon counties and conducted simultaneous interviews in Oregon, Ohio, and Michigan. The warrants were served on David H Ravia, 69, from Dayton, Oregon, and Caleb L Richmond, 48, from McMinnville, Oregon. The warrants and interviews stemmed from a two-year investigation into ten years of alleged unlawful guiding activities taking place in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area within Wallowa County, Oregon.

On September 1, 2020, the Wallowa County Circuit Court issued search warrants for the arrest of the two individuals. On November 6, 2020, David H. Ravia was cited to appear, in lieu of custody, for eight counts of Outfitting/Guiding Without a License. On November 24, 2020, Caleb L. Richmond was cited to appear, in lieu of custody, for 12 counts of Outfitting/Guiding Without a License.  

On June 16, 2021, Caleb Richmond pled guilty to five counts of Fail to Register as an Outfitter/Guide. He was fined $350, ordered to pay $1000 restitution to the US Fish and Wildlife Service; serve twenty-four months bench probation, which includes a prohibition on hunting, guiding, and possession of firearms; serve eighty hours of community service; issue a letter of apology to all hunters and guides. 

On April 6, 2022, David Ravia pled guilty to three counts of Fail to Register as an Outfitter/Guide. He was ordered to pay $1000 to the US Fish and Wildlife Service; serve twenty-four months bench probation, which includes a prohibition on hunting and guiding; serve eighty hours of community service; issue a letter of apology to all hunters and guides; and forfeit all evidence seized to the State, which includes pack bags, chainsaw, saddle, elk calls, and six mules.  

To report any illegal guiding activity, contact the Oregon State Police Hotline: Dial 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP (*677) from a mobile phone; email: TIP@osp.oregon.gov​ or file a complaint electronically  https://www.oregon.gov/osmb/Pages/Guide-Complaint.aspx  

The Oregon Outfitter Guide Association in a partnership with the Oregon State Marine Board, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Oregon State Police are now offering rewards for the issuance of a citation or arrest for:

· Unlawful Take/Possession related to an Outfitter Guide- $200.00

· Illegally Obtaining Oregon Hunting or Angling License or Tags- $200.00

· Illegally offering to act as Outfitter Guide- $200.00 

The Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB) oversees the program for all Guides and Charters in Oregon. The Oregon State Marine Board registers those individuals who provide outdoor recreational activities for compensation on land or water they do not own or control. These individuals, called Outfitter Guides, are required to provide the state with proof they are adequately insured and bonded, have basic First Aid and CPR skills, carry the required minimum safety equipment, and if using a motorized boat, carry either a US Coast Guard license or OSMB Motorized Passenger Boat Operator’s Certification, depending upon the waterbody. Outfitter Guides also agree to conduct themselves according to a set of Ethical and Professional Standards and are held responsible for them as well.​ To learn more about Guides & Charters in Oregon visit https://www.oregon.gov/osmb/Pages/Guides-Charters.aspx 

 

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Oregon State Police SW Region Drug Enforcement Team Makes Illegal Marijuana Bust- Josephine County (Photo) - 08/03/22

On August 2, 2022, the Oregon State Police Southwest Region Drug Enforcement team served an illegal marijuana search warrant in the 1500 block of Lone Mountain Road, O’Brien, Josephine County.  

As a result, 1,773 illegal marijuana plants in seven large greenhouses and approximately 1,000 pounds of processed marijuana bud packaged for sale on the black market were located, seized, and destroyed.  A semi-automatic firearm was also seized while one adult male was detained, identified, and interviewed.

Additionally, the property is subject to multiple code violations through Josephine County Code Enforcement for solid waste, unpermitted structures (greenhouses), and unpermitted electrical installations (significant fire hazard).  Josephine County will move forward with enforcement action against the property owner which could result in the property's closure for one calendar year (illegal drug cultivation) and possible civil forfeiture.

The investigation is ongoing and no further information is available at this time. 

 

Fatal Crash Interstate 5 -- Linn County - 08/03/22

On Tuesday August 2, 2022, at about 1:15 PM, Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a rollover crash on Interstate 5 north of Albany. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a white box truck operated by, Jay Ward, age 46, from Salem, was northbound near milepost 236 when for unknown reasons left the roadway onto the median shoulder.   After going on the median shoulder, the truck rolled multiple times before coming to rest. 

Jay Ward was pronounced deceased at the scene.  A passenger identified as Davis Ward, age 20, from Salem, was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.   

OSP was assisted by Albany Fire Department and ODOT.

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Fatal Motorcycle Crash Highway 223 -- Polk County - 07/31/22

On Sunday July 31, 2022, at about 12:00 PM, Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to motorcycle crash on Highway 223 near Pedee. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Honda Goldwing motorcycle operated by, Benjamin Gifford, age 72, from Stayton, was northbound near milepost 17 negotiating a curve and left the roadway for unknown reasons. Gifford was ejected from the motorcycle. 

Gifford was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency personnel. 

Highway 223 was closed for 3 ½ hours. 

OSP was assisted by ODOT, Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Polk County Fire.  

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Fatal Crash Highway 126W -- Lane County - 07/30/22

On Thursday July 28, 2022, at about 3:55 PM, Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on Highway 126W near Mapleton.   

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Dodge Ram pickup, operated by Roger Montgomery, age 63, from Veneta, was westbound on Highway 126W making a left turn into the gas station in Mapleton. A Ford Focus, operated by Timothy Cooper, age 24, from Tidewater, was also westbound and rear-ended the Dodge Ram pickup. 

Cooper was transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend and died on July 30, 2022, from his injuries.  Two additional occupants in the Ford Focus suffered minor injuries. 

Montgomery was treated and released for minor injuries at the scene. 

Highway 126W was reduced to a single lane for about six hours. 

OSP was assisted by Western Lane Ambulance, Siuslaw Valley Fire Department and ODOT. 

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Fatal Crash with Wrong Way Driver -- Umatilla County - 07/30/22

On Friday July 29, 2022, at about 8:05 PM, Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 216. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Dodge 3500 pickup operated by Gabriel Madrid Velasquez, age 55, from Kennewick, Washington, was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes and collided head on with a Ford Fiesta, operated by Kari Ann Lindeman, age 49, from La Grande. 

Lindeman was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency personnel.  Velasquez suffered serious injuries and was flown via life flight to St. Mary’s Hospital in Walla Walla. 

The westbound lanes were closed for about six hours during the investigation.   

OSP was assisted by Umatilla Tribal Fire Department, Umatilla Tribal Police Department and ODOT.

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Fatal Crash State Route 140- Klamath County - 07/29/22

On Friday, July 29, 2022, at approximately 2:13 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a pedestrian struck on State Route 140 near milepost 49.

A Ford F-150 was traveling eastbound on State Route 140 when it struck a tow truck operator, who was outside of his tow truck retrieving a vehicle from the side of the highway. The tow truck operator, identified as Spencer Hughes (32) of Klamath Falls, was transported by ambulance but died en route.

The investigation is ongoing.

OSP was assisted on scene by Rocky Point Fire.

Updated- Date of Birth -Fatal Pedestrian vs. Vehicle Crash Interstate 5- Linn County - 07/29/22

On Friday, July 29, 2022, at approximately 12:02 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 5 near milepost 229. 

A pedestrian entered the lane of travel on Interstate-5 and was struck by a Toyota van operated by Poblano Lopez (39) of Lynnwood, WA. on I5 southbound near milepost 229.

The pedestrian, identified as Charles Dwayne Hatfield (45) of Salem, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The operator of the van remained on the scene and cooperated with the investigation. The investigation is ongoing.

OSP was assisted by ODOT, Linn County Sheriff's Office, Salem Police Department, and Tangent Fire Department.

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Multi-agency pursuit ends in suspect arrest- Columbia County (Photo) - 07/28/22

On July 28, 2022, at approximately 11:42 AM, Troopers from the Oregon State Police St. Helens worksite responded to the report of a reckless driver on Highway 30 milepost 28. It was reported that the offending driver was “all over the road” in a silver passenger car. The reporting party provided a description of the offending vehicle, which was later identified as a silver 2003 Buick Regal 4-dr. Troopers located the suspected vehicle but quickly lost sight of it within the City of St. Helens. A short time later, the suspected vehicle was relocated by Troopers and observed to have dangerous driving behavior. Troopers initiated a traffic stop on the silver Buick near the McDonalds in St. Helens. The silver Buick fled, and a pursuit ensued eastbound toward Scappoose. The suspect fled to approximately milepost 26.5 and then turned westbound back to St. Helens. The suspect then fled westbound through St. Helens, Columbia City, and finally into Rainier. The driver, who was the sole occupant, was observed driving dangerously and intentionally over-taking vehicles head-on, drove at varying speeds, and was unable to drive within his own lane. 

The suspect drove so dangerously that Troopers discontinued pursuing. The police later located the suspected vehicle in Rainier. When the suspect vehicle was located it was parked and unoccupied. 

A containment perimeter was established, and a coordinated search ensued. Meanwhile, information was collected from agency partners regarding the suspected driver’s identity.

At about 5:20 PM, the suspect was located within the containment area near Grocery Outlet in Rainier. The suspect's identity was confirmed as Davis Jeffery Hartman (38) of Tacoma, WA., and he was taken into custody without incident. 

OSP is asking for anyone that witnessed the incident and/or was endangered by the suspect's behavior to call Oregon State Police Dispatch at 800-442-0776 and reference case # SP22193475.

OSP was assisted by St. Helens Police Department, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Rainier Police Department, and the Washington State Patrol. 

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OSP Southwest Region Drug Enforcement Team Makes Illegal Marijuana Bust-Josephine County (Photo) - 07/28/22

On Wednesday, July 27, 2022, the Oregon State Police’s Southwest Region Drug Enforcement Section team served an illegal marijuana search warrant in the 1600 block of Southside Rd. Grants Pass, Josephine County.  

As a result, 3,114 illegal marijuana plants contained in five large greenhouses were located, seized, and ultimately destroyed.  Three individuals were detained at the scene; one adult male and two juveniles, all of whom have permanent addresses in New York.  Also seized during the investigation was one semi-automatic firearm with no serial number.

Additionally, the property is subject to multiple code violations through Josephine County Code Enforcement for human waste, unpermitted structures (greenhouses), and dangerous excavation.  Josephine County will move forward with enforcement action against the property owner which could result in the property's closure for one calendar year (illegal drug cultivation) and possible civil forfeiture.

The investigation is ongoing and no further information is available at this time. 

Crash on Interstate 5 that ended as a fatality -- Douglas County - 07/27/22

On July 26, 2022, at approximately 3:26 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 5 near milepost 155.  Preliminary investigation revealed a southbound silver Toyota 4-Runner, operated by Loyd Price (78) of Roseburg, left the roadway, struck a guardrail, traveled down an embankment, and rolled. The 4-Runner came to rest on the railroad tracks. 

Loyd Price was initially alert when medics arrived but suffered a medical event shortly after the crash and was pronounced deceased. His passenger, Deborah Price (73) of Roseburg suffered injuries and was transported to an area hospital. 

OSP was assisted by North Douglas Fire, Oregon Department of Transportation, Douglas County Medical Examiner’s Office, and South Lane County Fire.

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With temperatures on the rise, OSP wants to make sure you know if it is safe to go into the water (Photo) - 07/26/22

Oregon State Police is part of the Columbia Gorge Safe Kids Coalition, which is part of the greater Safe Kids Oregon organization. They have developed a universal sign which aims to prevent drowning in natural water. The sign, which is available for use throughout Oregon, warns visitors of places they should keep clear of when looking to cool off. The message reads, in both English and Spanish, “Dangerous Area - Do Not Swim”, and depicts a red circle backlash symbol over the icon of a swimmer. Betsy Hartner, the State Coordinator of Safe Kids Oregon, conducted research to ensure the sign adheres to national and international standards. 

The first of these signs was placed in cooperation with Oregon State Parks near the Deschutes River & White River Falls along the White River. The signs were posted within days of yet another near drowning near the falls, where thankfully a man was rescued and revived using CPR. “Although another tragedy was avoided, we are hoping these signs will make a difference and keep people from getting into these situations in the first place”, said Senior Trooper Holloran of the Oregon State Police. 

There are plenty of places to swim safely in Oregon, and there are life jacket loaner stations available throughout the state which can be found online on the Oregon State Marine Board's Life Jacket Loaner Station Map: https://www.oregon.gov/osmb/boater-info/Pages/Life-Jacket-Loaner-Stations.aspx. Life jackets are always recommended for children, teens, and adults while swimming in natural water and for all persons when boating. 

The summer heat is upon us, so please be mindful of designated swimming areas and never leave children unattended. Here’s to a safe summer on Oregon waterways!

The template for the sign is available for any organization or group that would like to warn the public of unsafe areas in natural water. To receive the template free of cost, email your request to safekidscg@gmail.com.

The Columbia Gorge Safe Kids Coalition is made up of multiple partners such as the Oregon State Police, the Washington State Police, the Oregon Department of Human Service, Next Door Inc., Wasco/Sherman Public Health Department, Providence Hood River, Good Shepard Hermiston, and Mid-Columbia Medical Center, to name a few. To find out more about Safe Kids Oregon, visit http://www.safekidsoregon.org/

In this photo, Oregon State Park Ranger Nate Brophy installing one of the signs.

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Fatal Crash on Hwy 260-Josephine County - 07/25/22

On Sunday, July 24, 2022 at approximately 10:01 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 260 near milepost 15. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a westbound black Harley Davidson Sportster motorcycle, operated by Aaron Cizek (37) of Wilderville, left the roadway while negotiating a corner, striking a tree. 

Cizek sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. 

Hwy 260 was reduced to one lane for approximately 2 hours. 

OSP was assisted by Rural Metro Fire and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 30-Multnomah County - 07/25/22

On Saturday, July 23, 2022 at approximately 12:57 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a multi-vehicle motor vehicle crash on Hwy 30 near milepost 12. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a westbound gray GMC Sierra, operated by Kody Hansen (24) of Warren, was traveling at a high rate of speed when it left the roadway striking a parked black Audi AA8 occupied by Dale Herren (45) and Jennifer Herren (43) of St. Helens. The GMC then struck two more unoccupied vehicles, a power pole, went over an embankment and struck the front porch of a residence. 

Kody Hansen and Dale Herren sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased. Jennifer Herren was transported to a local hospital with injuries. 

Hwy 30 was closed for approximately 5 hours.

OSP was assisted by Portland Police Bureau, Scappoose Police Department and ODOT. 

Update- Third Suspect apprehended and Oregon State Police continuing investigating into burglary - Union County - 07/19/22

On July 19, 2022, at 8:38 a.m., a Deputy with the Union County Sheriff’s Office contacted an individual sitting along Highway 82 outside of Elgin, Oregon. The individual was later confirmed to be the outstanding suspect from Sunday’s pursuit and Officer Involved Shooting incident and was taken into custody by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Oregon State Police. 

The below-mentioned suspect was taken to the Union County Jail and lodged on the following charges:

Demus Montez (36) of Hermiston, Oregon

  • Attempted Murder
  • Attempted Robbery 1
  • Elude On Foot
  • Unlawful Use of a Weapon
  • Felon in Possession (Firearm)
  • Criminal Mischief 1
  • Reckless Endangering

Law enforcement would like to thank the public for their assistance in the investigation. 

This is an active investigation by the La Grande Police Department, the Union County Sheriff’s Office, and the Oregon State Police.  Once the investigation is complete it will be turned over to the Union County District Attorney’s Office for review and any further releases.  

Anyone with further information on this investigation is asked to call the Oregon State Police Dispatch at 1-800-452-7888, *OSP (*677). Reference case number SP22181738.

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On July 17, 2022, at 12:43 p.m., Union County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a business, Bullseye Muzzleloaders and More, located in Island City, Oregon for the report of a business burglary. Law enforcement later cleared the scene. At approximately 2:27 p.m. Law enforcement was summoned to the same business as the reporting party was describing three people wearing gloves and masks approaching the business.  

While law enforcement was responding to the scene, it was learned that an employee of the business confronted the suspects. During this confrontation, shots were fired. The vehicle fled the scene and sheriff’s deputies immediately located and started pursuing the vehicle. During the course of the pursuit, occupants in the suspect vehicle fired rounds at the pursuing law enforcement vehicles, which ultimately disabled one patrol vehicle. An Oregon State Police Trooper was set up for a spike strip deployment and upon learning of the active shooting situation, he engaged the suspects and suspect vehicle by discharging his duty weapon as they came by his location. The vehicle continued and Troopers were able to successfully spike the vehicle, which ultimately came to a stop on Indian Creek Road near Rinehart Lane. The three suspects fled from the vehicle into the dense brush and vegetation. As a result, additional law enforcement was called to the scene and a perimeter was set up. 

The Northeast Oregon Regional SWAT Team and the Oregon State Police SWAT Team responded to the area and ultimately located and arrested two suspects in the late evening hours.  

The third suspect was not located and is still outstanding as of this release. The Union County Sheriff’s Office, the La Grande Police Department, and the Oregon State Police are continuing their investigation into the initial burglary as well as the Officer Involved Shooting and more charges and arrests are anticipated.  

The suspects were taken to the Union County Jail by Deputies and lodged on the following charges:

Ashtin Clay Romine (26) of Clarkston, Wa.

  • Assault I
  • Reckless Driving
  • Fleeing or Attempting to Elude

Jessica Lyn Spalinger (31) of Walla Walla, Wa

  • Assault I
  • Reckless Driving
  • Fleeing or Attempting to Elude

The La Grande Police Department at the request of the Oregon State Police, and in compliance with the Union County Deadly Force Plan will be conducting the Officer Involved Shooting Investigation. The Oregon State Trooper involved in the shooting was placed on administrative leave per department policy pending the outcome of the investigation.

Law enforcement was assisted on the scene by members of the La Grande Fire Department, Imbler Quick Response, and the Union County Office of Emergency Management.

This is an active investigation by all departments involved. Once the investigation is complete, it will be turned over to the Union County District Attorney’s Office for any future release of information.   

Anyone with information on this investigation is asked to call the Oregon State Police Dispatch at 1-800-452-7888, *OSP (*677). Reference case number SP22181738.

Suspect Vehicle 2-Polk
Suspect Vehicle 2-Polk
Update-OSP Investigating Homicide & Requesting Public Assistance- Polk County (Photo) - 07/19/22

Investigators are updating the description of the suspect vehicle as well as releasing a third photo. The vehicle is believed to be a BMW 3 Series with a body style similar to a 2006.

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We are releasing the name of the victims in this case.  The deceased male victim was identified as Dennis Gerard Anderson (45).  The passenger in his car was identified as Brandy Dawn Goldsbury (46).

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On July 13, 2022, at approximately 9:00 P.M. OSP responded to Hwy 18 milepost 15 in Polk County to a report of a shooting.  

Preliminary investigation revealed the shooting was the result of a suspected road rage incident, in which the victim pulled over and stopped to let the suspect vehicle pass.  The suspect vehicle stopped next to the victim, the victim got out of his car, and multiple shots were fired from the suspect vehicle.  The shots are reported to be fired by the passenger of the suspect vehicle.   The suspect vehicle then left the scene.  


The victim was declared dead at the scene.  A passenger in the car was not injured.  The passenger described the suspect vehicle and the passenger of the suspect vehicle.   The description of the car is a black car with a round emblem on the hood.  The description of the passenger in the suspect car was a younger male, less than 25 years old, medium complexion, and small in stature with short dark hair.

Officers from multiple agencies responded to the area but were unable to locate the suspect's vehicle. One individual matching the description was detained, interviewed, and eventually released.  

OSP Detectives are urging anyone with information about this case to call the Oregon State Police Dispatch at 1-800-452-7888, *OSP (*677). Reference case number SP22177525.

This is an ongoing investigation.

OSP Detectives are being assisted by Detectives from the Polk County Major Crimes Team.

Oregon State Police is requesting public assistance in a Hit and Run- Josephine County - 07/18/22

On July 18, 2022, the Oregon State Police responded to a report of a hit and run crash involving a bicyclist that occurred on U.S. Highway 199-mile post 27, just south of Kerby, Oregon.  The crash occurred sometime between the late evening hours of July 17, or the early morning hours of July 18. The victim was discovered in a ditch by another person at which time emergency services were notified and responded.  The victim suffered severe injuries and was transported to an area hospital. 

The driver of the suspect vehicle did not stop after the crash and continued traveling north on Hwy 199. 

An investigation into the crash is underway. Troopers did locate potential evidence related to another vehicle at the scene that will be analyzed to determine the vehicle's make, model, year, and potential involvement in the crash.

If anyone has any information regarding the crash, the suspect vehicle involved in it, or any other information relevant to the investigation they are asked to call the Oregon State Police Dispatch at 1-800-452-7888, *OSP (*677). Reference case number SP22-182296.

CMV crash 3 Linn County
CMV crash 3 Linn County
Commercial Motor Vehicle Crash Highway 20- Linn County (Photo) - 07/18/22

On Friday, July 15, 2022, at approximately 5:59 p.m., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single-vehicle crash on Highway 20 milepost 33 near Sweet Home.

A Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) was west on Highway 20 when it left the roadway, crashing down a steep embankment on the north side of the road coming to rest near the Santiam River. 

The driver, Timothy Wade Shockey (41) of Sweet Home, was rescued and transported by ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries.  His juvenile passenger was seriously injured in the crash and transported by life flight to a Portland hospital. 

The driver of the CMV displayed signs of impairment.  OSP is continuing the investigation.

The vehicle was recovered the next day, July 16, 2022.

OSP was assisted on the scene by the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Sweet Home Fire, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Fatal crash on Highway 293- Wasco County - 07/18/22

On Thursday, July 14, 2022, at approximately 10:41 p.m., Oregon State Police Troopers received a report of an overdue motorist who failed to come home the previous night.  OSP began searching for the driver.  The car was located off highway 293 in a marsh area concealed by tall weeds.  The driver, identified as Nilton Vilchez Cardenas (35) of Antelope, was found deceased in the vehicle.  

Witnesses reported the driver passed them on the highway at a high rate of speed on Thursday morning around 3:00 a.m. It appears the driver left the roadway shortly after passing the witness and rolled several times before coming to rest.

OSP was assisted by the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Fatal crash Hwy 226- Linn County - 07/17/22

On Saturday, JuLt 16, 2022, at approximately 6:22 p.m., Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single-vehicle crash on Hwy 226 near milepost 21. 

A grey Infiniti was traveling southbound when it drove off onto the right shoulder for unknown reasons. The driver, Oksana Titarenko (24) of Keizer, overcorrected and went across the northbound lane and onto the northbound shoulder before it rolled at least twice. A passenger, Mikhail Ermolenko (30) of Salem, was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

Titarenko was transported to a local area hospital for precaution and was found to be under the influence of alcohol. Titarenko was subsequently arrested and transported to the Linn County Jail, where she was lodged.

OSP was assisted by Lyons Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

 

Fatal Crash Hwy 97- Klamath County - 07/17/22

On July 16, 2022, at approximately 4:12 p.m., Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a multi-vehicle crash on Hwy 97 near milepost 230. 

A Suburban was traveling south on Hwy 97 when the vehicle in front of them rapidly decelerated.  The driver of the Suburban, Andrew Castricone (58) from San Carlos, CA, swerved into the northbound lanes striking an FJ Cruiser head-on.  The FJ Cruiser, driven by Ramsey Mohammed Mahmoud Shanbaky (43) from San Mateo, Ca. hit the vehicle behind it, a Subaru, driven by Kevin Richard Smith (34) from Medford.  Another vehicle, a Lexus, driven by Robert Brian Anderson (63) from Chico, Ca., sustained damage from the crash debris. 

The driver, Andrew Castricone, and one of the passengers, Nicole Lindeman (20) from San Carlos, Ca, of the Suburban were pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the FJ Cruiser, Ramsey Mohammed Mahmoud Shanbaky, was also pronounced deceased at the scene. 

All other occupants of the Suburban and FJ Cruiser were transported to an area hospital with serious injuries as well as the driver of the Subaru. 

The crash blocked Hwy 97 for approximately 3 hours. 

OSP was assisted by Chiloquin Fire and Rescue, Chemult Rural Fire, and the Oregon Department of Forestry.