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Yamhill County Sheriff's Office Obtains Grant to Supplement Traffic Safety (Photo) - 07/13/17

Sheriff Svenson is pleased to announce that the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office has been awarded a grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation to combat fatal and serious injury crashes in the county. The Yamhill County Traffic Safety Deputy grant will fund a 1.0 FTE Traffic Safety Enforcement Deputy for 16 months (June 1, 2017 -- September 30, 2018), as well as select targeted overtime opportunities for focused enforcement. This pilot project will add to the existing countermeasures (DUII, Seat Belt, Rural Speed, etc.) currently being utilized by the YCSO to provide dedicated services and outreach specific to traffic safety.

In addition to the 3.5% population increase between April 2010 and July 2015, the county has seen a steady increase of total employment, growing 2.3% between 2013 and 2014, and continues to see expansion of current employers and an influx of new employers. The viticulture industry continues to grow, bringing both employees and tourists to the region, and Yamhill County's location that includes a nearby popular casino and a major thoroughfare to the Oregon Coast equates to more people traveling county roadways. For the past four years, in the area of speed alone, Yamhill County has ranked in the top four counties in the entire state for serious injury and fatal crashes. In 2015, Yamhill County ranked ninth overall for fatal crashes in the state and the third highest number of fatal and serious injury crashes on county roadways of any county in Oregon.

The pilot project will focus on public education and enforcement of traffic laws in order to enhance public safety of the citizens and visitors that travel Yamhill County roadways. If the countermeasure is as successful as expected in reducing fatal and serious injury crashes on county roadways, it is Sheriff Svenson's intention to use the positive impact of this ODOT-funded position to request a permanent allocation in the Office's discretionary fund from the Board of Commissioners. The data captured during this grant-funded period and the positive outcome we expect it to have on our ranking, equating to fewer serious and fatal crashes, will be significant evidence in support of permanent funding for this undertaking.

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Increased Holiday Patrols in Yamhill County - 06/29/17

The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office will increase patrols over the weekend before the 4th of July in an effort to minimize and reduce the negative impact of impaired drivers on law abiding motorists. These extra patrols will take place between July 1st and July 4th. The extra patrols are paid for through a High Visibility Enforcement Grant provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation.

If you plan to host a party or attend a party where alcohol or marijuana is being served you can take some precautions beforehand to avoid what could be a deadly end to the night.

* If you host a party and provide alcohol or marijuana, make sure to also include food and non-alcoholic beverages. Monitor your guest's consumption and take the keys from a guest who has had too much.
* Use public transportation or a taxi;
* Ask a friend who has not been consuming for a ride home;
* Promote the use of designated drivers and stop impaired family or friends from driving;
* Always wear your seatbelt.
If you see a suspected impaired driver please call 9-1-1 and report them. Some signs to look for are:
* Swerving or weaving in and out of a lane;
* Stopping abruptly at traffic signs or signals;
* Making unusually wide turns;
* Driving over curbs;
* Driving with headlights off at night.

Body of Missing Boy Recovered in Willamette, South of Dayton - 06/28/17

Today, at approximately 4:45 p.m. the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office received a report that a citizen had spotted what appeared to be a body in the Willamette River, approximately 6 miles south of the City of Dayton. The citizen was on the bank of the river and the body was visible from shore.

YCSO Marine Patrol Deputies launched a patrol boat from the Wheatland Ferry area and proceeded upriver where they were able to locate and recover the body of a young boy.

Based on the location, time frame, and physical descriptors of the deceased boy, deputies believed him to be 11 year old Nehemiah Wilson. Wilson had disappeared while playing in the river at Wallace Marine Park in Salem on June 23rd.

Wilson's family was, coincidently, already at the Wheatland Ferry area searching for him with personal watercraft and canoes when the call came in to Yamhill County dispatchers. They were advised of the recovery mission shortly after deputies arrived at Wheatland.

At about 7:00 p.m. deputies recovered the boy's body and returned to the Wheatland Ferry boat launch area. The body was positively identified as Nehemiah Wilson by family members.

"The Polk County Sheriff's Office and the Salem Police did an extensive search at the time of disappearance." said Yamhill County Operations Captain Chris Ray. "These operations are very difficult, especially in powerful, high volume rivers such as the Willamette. Our hearts go out to Nehemiah's family as they work through this loss."