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Fatal crash on Hwy 126E - Lane County - 04/22/19

On Sunday, April 21, 2019 at approximately 4:25 P.M. Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a vehicle crash on Highway 126E near milepost 37.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2017 Toyota Corolla, operated by Samuel Smith (26) of Eugene,  was traveling westbound on 126E near milepost 37.  A bicycle, operated by Michael Greenbaum (79) of Vida, was also westbound when for unknown reasons entered the lane of travel in front of the westbound Toyota.

Greenbaum sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.  

Highway 126E was closed for two hours following the crash. 

OSP was assisted by McKenzie Fire Rescue and ODOT.

 

 

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Lake County Sheriff's Office requesting assistance in locating missing/endangered person - Lake County (Photo) - 04/21/19

The Lake County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's assistance in locating Glenda Cormie (59) of Paisley, OR.

Cormie was last seen in Paisley, OR on Monday, April 15, 2019.  She is described as 5 foot 3 inches tall with short gray hair. 

If anyone has any information regarding the location of Cormie or has seen her since April 15, you are asked to contact the Lake County Sheriff's Office Dispatch at 541-947-2504 and reference case #19-0154

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Oregon State Police still requesting any information regarding March 21 fatal crash on Hwy 97 - Deschutes County - 04/21/19

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 -  refer to case #SP19-099917 .

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TWO VEHICLE FATAL CRASH ON HWY 97 NEAR REDMOND - DESCHUTES COUNTY


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: March 21st, 2019 4:13 PM

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.

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

Contact Info:
Captain Tim Fox
Public Information Officer
Oregon State Police

Media Email: OSPPIO@state.or.us


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Two vehicle fatal crash on Hwy 201 - Malheur County (Photo) - 04/18/19

On Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at approximately 6:19 P.M. Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle collision on Highway 201N near milepost 21.

Preliminary investigation reveals a Pontiac Sunfire, operated by Roberta Chandler (41) of Ontario, was southbound on Highway 201N when for unknown reasons drifted into the northbound lane and collided with a northbound Chevy Impala, operated by Sergio Sandoval (58) of Weiser, ID.

Chandler sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.  Her passenger, Tira Zacarias (29) of New Plymouth, ID, was transported by helicopter to a hospital in Boise, ID.

Sandoval and his passenger, Marina Navarette-Hernandez (57) of Weiser, ID. were transported by ground to the hospital.

OSP was assisted by Treasure Valley Paramedics, Ontario Fire and Rescue, and ODOT

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UPDATE -Washington County Deputy injured in car crash at the intersection of Glencoe Rd & Wren Rd - Washington County (Photo) - 04/17/19

Preliminary investigation revealed that Jordan Cutts (24) of Forest Grove was northbound on Glencoe Rd. operating a silver Mazda Protege. He crossed into the southbound lane to make a turn onto Wren Rd. and struck a Washington County Sheriff's car being operated by Deputy Frank Ward head on.

Both drivers were transported to Legacy Emmanuel Hospital with serious injuries. 

The intersection was closed for approximately 3.5 hours.

OSP was assisted by North Plains Police Department, Hillsboro Police Department, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, Washington County Sheriff's Office, Washington County Land Use and Transportation, and Oregon Department of Transportation

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Oregon State Police and emergency personnel are on scene of a two vehicle crash at the intersection of Glencoe Rd / Wren Rd in Washington County.

The crash occurred at approximately 3:00 PM.

Operators of both involved vehicles have been transported to area hospital with injuries.

Investigation is continuing.

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Driver dies after single vehicle semi truck crash on Interstate 82 - Umatilla County (Photo) - 04/13/19

On Friday, April 12, 2019, at approximately 9:40 P.M.. Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of single vehicle commercial motor vehicle collision on Interstate 82 near milepost 10.

The preliminary investigation revealed a commercial motor vehicle was eastbound on Interstate 82 when it left the roadway and overturned. 

The driver sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

The passenger was transported by Life Flight to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, WA.

Interstate 82 was closed for approximately 5 hours.

OSP was assisted by the Umatilla County Fire Department, Life Flight, Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, Morrow County Sheriff's Office, Stanfield Police Department, and ODOT.

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Pedestrian dies on Interstate 5 - Linn County - 04/12/19

On  Friday, April 12, 2019 at approximately 12:42 A.M. Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report or a motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian on Interstate 5 near milepost 235.

Preliminary investigation revealed a gray Mazda CX5, operated by Terry Rohse (72) of Tangent, was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 in the slow/right lane when he struck an adult male pedestrian who was in the center of the lane for unknown reasons.   

The adult male sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

I 5 southbound was closed for 90 minutes following the crash.

OSP was assisted by Albany PD, Albany Fire, and ODOT.

 

Pedestrian dies in crash on Interstate 5 - Linn County - 04/07/19

On Saturday, April 6, 2019 at approximately 11:45 PM Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a vehicle that had struck a pedestrian on Interstate 5 southbound near milepost 216.  

The investigation revealed a blue 2008 Mazda 3, operated by Brielle Doman (19) of Grants Pass, was stopped on the inside shoulder of I-5.  A gold 1999 Toyota Sienna, operated by Jackie Byers (31) of Springfield, was southbound passing the location when for an unknown reason Doman walked into the southbound lanes of I-5 and was hit.

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

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

  

Suspected Lake County Child Abusers arrested in Indiana - 04/05/19

In January 2019, Oregon State Police Detectives began an investigation into reported abuse of two young boys living in the town of New Pine Creek, Oregon, located in southern Lake County near the California border.

The boys were assessed at Klamath-Lake CARES (Child Abuse Response & Evaluation Services) where they disclosed extensive physical abuse and being forced to ingest marijuana.

The Lake County District Attorneys's Office brought the charges before a Grand Jury and warrants for the arrest of Shawn Michael Fortune (26) and Jamie Baust (31) of Lake County were issued for Causing another person to ingest a controlled substance, Criminal Mistreatment First Degree,  Assault Third Degree,  Assault Fourth Degree, and Unlawful Use of an Electrical Stun Gun, Tear Gas or Mace.

Fortune and Baust fled Lake County and the state of Oregon prior to being apprehended on the listed charges.  

OSP Detectives enlisted the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service – Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force.  The U.S Marshals Service located Fortune and Baust in South Bend, Indiana.

On April 4, 2019, the South Bend Indiana U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force located Fortune and Baust and took them into custody without incident. They will be held in Indiana until they can be extradited to Oregon.

Environmental investigation in North Plains - Washington County - 04/05/19

In 2017 the Oregon State Police and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality investigated a continual and unauthorized discharge of storm water into the East Fork of McKay Creek by a Northside Rock Products quarry in North Plains. As a result of the investigation the owner of Northside Rock Products was issued civil penalties and convicted of the crime of Water Pollution.

In early 2019 Oregon State Police received reports of a continued unauthorized discharge from the quarry beginning a second investigation.

On Thursday, April 4, 2019 Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Troopers served a search warrant on the quarry with the assistance of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI).

Northside Rock Products was issued a suspension order effectively ceasing the operation of the quarry by DOGAMI. The

Investigation is on-going.

UPDATE from January 2018 - Nevada man swept out to sea by wave - Curry County - 04/05/19

UPDATE: On January 31, 2018  human remains were found by a local citizen on the shore of the Pacific Ocean about 1.5 miles north of where Christopher M. Kareck was swept into the ocean at a beach known as China Beach. Oregon State Police responded, collected the remains, and submitted them to the University of North Texas for DNA.

On the date Kareck went missing (January 3, 2018)  Gold Beach Area Command Troopers had collected a toothbrush from Kareck’s belongings.  The toothbrush was submitted as a DNA standard to University of North Texas for comparison against the remains found on January 31, 2018.

On March 25, 2019 the University of North Texas issued a report confirming the remains found on January 31, 2018 were Kareck.

 

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***UPDATE*** NEVADA MAN SWEPT OUT TO SEA BY WAVE-CURRY COUNTY (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: January 4th, 2018 11:05 AM

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UPDATE:

The United States Coast Guard (USCG)suspended the search for KARECK last night at approximately 11:15 PM. The USCG resumed their search this morning in an effort to locate the missing Nevada man, but have not located him.

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On January 3, 2018, at approximately 10:35 AM, Oregon State Troopers from the Gold Beach Worksite and the U.S. Coast Guard responded to a report of a male subject who had been swept off some rocks by waves into the Pacific Ocean near Indian Sands Trail. The location is near the city of Brookings, Oregon, off of Highway 101 near Milepost 348 in Curry County.


The victim has been identified as 21-year old Christopher M. KARECK by a traveling companion. KARECK is from Sparks, Nevada. The search effort, which is still underway, is expected to continue until sunset or when conditions no longer safely allow.

Death Investigation - Jackson County - 04/05/19

On Thursday, April 4, 2019, the Medford Assault and Death Investigation Unit (MADIU) was contacted by the Phoenix Police Department after human remains were discovered at 510 Pine Street in Phoenix, Oregon.

Oregon State Police investigators were assigned to lead the death investigation and are being assisted by the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Medford Police Department, and the Oregon State Police Forensics Lab.

At this time, the human remains have not been identified and the investigation is ongoing.

MADIU consists of investigators from the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office, Medford Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Central Point Police Department, Ashland Police Department, and the Oregon State Police.

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UPDATE - Oregon State Police is requesting the public's assistance in locating suspect(s) in the unlawful killing of three elk - Yamhill County (Photo) - 03/29/19

Thanks to a tip from the public, Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Troopers cited three subjects for Unlawful Take/Possession of Antlerless Elk.  The elk meat was seized and donated to local charities.

Oregon State Police would like to thank the public and media for assistance in bringing this case to a resolution.

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Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Troopers are seeking the public’s help in identifying suspect(s) involved in the killing of 3 cow elk on Willamina Creek Rd, just past mile post 8 near the upper bridge.

Troopers found evidence of 3 elk that had been shot with high powered rifles on private timber property and pulled out to Willamina Creek Rd with ATV’s.  A tip later the next day led Troopers to three cow elk hides dumped on NW Fir Crest Rd just west of the town of Carlton.  Based on the evidence found at both sites, the elk were most likely killed between March 20, 2019 and March 23, 2019.

Please see the attached maps for precise location information of the kill sites and the dump site.  Anyone who may have information that will help identify suspect(s)s is asked to call the TIP line at 1-800-452-7888 or dial *OSP and refer information to Senior Trooper Boeholt or Trooper Tayler Jerome.  

Information leading to an arrest is eligible for either a cash reward or up to 6 Preference Points.  Oregon Hunter’s Association (OHA) has pledged an additional cash reward for a total cash reward option of $2500.

 

** 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, 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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Two vehicle fatal crash on Hwy 101 - Coos County (Photo) - 03/29/19

On Thursday, March 28, 2019 at approximately 11:20 AM Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Hwy 101 near milepost 230.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2007 Honda Accord, operated by Jessie Fisher (37) of Garabaldi, was southbound on Hwy 101 when she crossed the centerline and struck a 2006 Lincoln Mark LT PU, operated by Brandon Blair (40) of Spokane, WA.

Fisher was transported to Bay Area Hospital where she was pronounced deceased.

Blair was transported to Bay Area Hospital with injuries.

There were two dogs in Fisher's vehicle.  One was transported by a good samaritan to a local veterinary clinic.  The second dog was last seen running from the scene and has not been located.

Oregon State Police was assisted by the Coos County Sheriffs' Office, Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, Siuslaw Indian Tribe Police, Coos County Animal Control, Hauser Fire Department, North Bay Fire Department, Bay Cities Ambulance, and ODOT.

Pedestrian fatality on Hwy 126E - Lane County - 03/29/19

On Thursday, March 28, 2019 at approximately 11:45 PM Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to the report of a vehicle hitting a pedestrian on Hwy 126E ( McKenzie Hwy) near milepost 31.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 1995 Mitsubishi Montero, operated by Randall Norris (58) of Vida, was westbound on Hwy 126E when he struck a pedestrian, Michael Juden (28) of Vida, that was walking in the roadway.

Juden sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Norris is cooperating with the investigation.

OSP was assisted by Central Lane Fire Department and ODOT.

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Bend area resident dies as a result of a rollover crash east of Sisters. (Deschutes County) (Photo) - 03/29/19

On Thursday, March 28, 2019, at approximately 8:00 P.M. Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle rollover crash on Highway 20 near Fryrear Road, located between Sisters and Bend.  

Preliminary investigation revealed that a black 2001 Nissan Pathfinder, operated by 25 year old Bend resident Tyler Wright and sole occupant, was traveling eastbound on Highway 20 near Fryrear Road.  For unknown reasons, Wright crossed over the oncoming lane and impacted a power pole, coming to a rest on its top.  

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

Highway 20 was closed for approximately 5 hours.  Power and utilities continue to be out for the local residents of this area and efforts are being made to restore those services. 

Oregon State Police Troopers were assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Sisters Rural Fire, Bend Fire and Rescue and ODOT.