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Intermittent 911 Problems - 05/23/17

At this time Century Link is working on an intermittent 911 problem in the Grand Ronde area. If you are unable to get through to 911 on your land line, hang up and try dialing again using your cell phone. If you are still unable to get through, remember an alternate number for an emergency that is answered 24 / 7 is 503-434-6500 for Police, Fire and Medical needs.

Yamhill County Crash Results in Fatality - 05/12/17

On Thursday, May 11th at approximately 11:40 p.m., Yamhill County Sheriff's Deputies and rescue personnel responded to a motor vehicle crash on Westside Road near NW Bride Lane in rural McMinnville. The crash was determined to be a head on collision between a 2007 Honda Pilot and a 2008 International utility truck belonging to Portland General Electric.

The driver of the Honda, 56 year old Amity resident Thomas Alan Tasker was pronounced deceased on scene. The initial indication is the death is directly related to injuries sustained in the crash.

The driver of the International utility truck was identified as Mackenzie Richard Grenz, 28 years of age from Hillsboro. He and his passenger, 28 year old Miguel Mena-Encarnacion of Milwaukie, were transported to the hospital by vehicle with non-life threatening injuries.

Due to the nature of the crash, the Yamhill County Multi Agency Traffic Team (MATT) was activated to assist in the investigation.

Initial investigation and witness statements indicate the Honda being driven by Tasker crossed the center line of the roadway prior to the collision. It was also determined that a short time before the crash, a citizen had called dispatch to report Tasker's vehicle as a reckless driver.

The case remains open and under investigation. Anyone having witness information on this case is encouraged to contact Deputy Will Lavish at lavishw@co.yamhill.or.us or at 503-434-7506.

Safety Belt Enforcement Blitz - 05/08/17

Sheriff Tim Svenson of the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office announced today that his office will join with other law enforcement agencies state wide May 15th, 2017 through May 28th, 2017 to encourage the use of safety belts and child restraints as the simplest and most effective way to prevent crash related injuries and fatalities.

* Oregon law requires all occupants to use safety restraints or a child safety system appropriate for their size. Law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon will be working overtime to focus on proper safety belt use including child seat use, during a nationwide traffic enforcement "blitz" occurring day and night from Monday, May 15 through Sunday, May 28.
* With onset of warmer weather, officers will also be checking compliance with laws prohibiting transportation of a minor in an open pickup truck bed.
* This enhanced enforcement is made possible through grant funding of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and administered by Oregon Department of Transportation.
* Roadside observations of belt use among Oregon travelers in 2016 revealed 96% of travelers use safety belts. But despite this high use rate among the general population, Oregon crash data for 2015 shows lack of belt use in 27% of daytime and 50% of night time crash. ODOT estimates that at least half of those who died unbelted or 67 persons could have been saved if everyone used safety belts on every trip.
* Safety belts, used correctly, can reduce the risk of major crash injury or death by up to sixty-five percent. Belts are even more effective when used in combination with airbag systems and other not-so-obvious occupant protection features designed into today's vehicles.
* Child seats may increase crash survival by 71% for infants under one year old and by up to 59% for toddlers aged one to four. Booster seats may reduce the chance of nonfatal injury among four to eight year olds by 45% compared to safety belts used alone.
* Children under one year or weighing less than twenty pounds must ride in a rear-facing child seat. A child over forty pounds must use either a child seat or booster until they reach age eight or 4' 9" tall and the adult belt fits them correctly. If you are unsure whether your child is ready to transition to an adult belt system, use the easy five-step test here: http://www.carseat.org/Boosters/630.htm
* For help installing child car seats, consult the seat manufacturer's instructions, your vehicle owner's manual, or visit a local child seat fitting station listed at: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm or at http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources/

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3rd Annual Clean Up the Mountain Event To Be Held on June 10th (Photo) - 05/04/17

The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management and SOLVE (Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism) invite the public to come help clean up public lands at the 3nd Annual Bald Mountain Forest Clean-up event on Saturday, June 10th, 2017. We ask you to meet at the Sheridan Peak kiosk on Bald Mountain Road at 8:30 a.m., to pick up trash large and small. We will be serving BBQ Hot Dogs, chips and water for all volunteers beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Volunteers should wear a long sleeve shirt, long pants, work gloves and sturdy shoes or work boots. Bring rain gear, just in case! Come get your hands dirty, meet some wonderful people and help keep our forests clean!

Since 2015, volunteers have removed over 15 tons of garbage and over 100 tires from the forest. Although a large amount of garbage has been removed over the last two years, dump sites in the forest continue to be a major issue. Please join us for this year's event!

Unsightly garbage is harmful to plants and animals. It can pollute water sources and promote the growth of noxious weeds. Dumping on private forest lands has resulted in many land owners closing their lands to public access. Make a difference and join us on June 10!

Please remember to report illegal dumping! It can help make a difference.


For more information about SOLVE and to register for this awesome event:

http://solveoregon.org/get-involved/events/bald-mountain-cleanup


For more information about the BLM: http://www.blm.gov

For more information about Yamhill County Sheriff's Office: https://www.facebook.com/Yamhill-County-Sheriffs-Office-1552551878359614/

http://www.co.yamhill.or.us/sheriff

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Yamhill County Search of Yamhill River Continues With Weather/Water Limitations - 05/01/17

The search for 25 year old Sheridan resident Bryan Disabatino continues on the Yamhill River in and around the City of Sheridan. Disabatino fell into the river from a bridge in town early Saturday morning.

Today, the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office will perform searches by helicopter, and at various river access points. Based on the weather forecast, murky water, and seasonal high water flows, watercraft is not a viable option at this time.

The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office and the family of Mr. Disabatino are discouraging friends and citizens from attempting to perform their own searches by watercraft. The current flow of water on the Yamhill River from Sheridan to McMinnville is currently listed at 2346 cubic feet per second and expected to increase with expected rain in coastal mountains.

To date, Yamhill County Search and Rescue has performed as thorough a search as possible based on the terrain and weather conditions. Search and Rescue will continue to monitor the weather and water levels in order to determine the next phase of the search. They have been assisted by the Sheridan Fire Department and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue.