February 26, 2017
11:04 AM

Pacific Northwest News

Newport resident killed in Highway 101 crash
February 25, 2017, 9:11 AM AM
By The Oregon Herald staff


On Saturday February 25, 2017 at about 7:40 a.m., OSP Troopers responded to a single motor vehicle crash on Highway 101 near milepost 136 (approximately four miles south of Newport). The involved vehicle, a green 2002 Ford Explorer, was northbound when the driver likely lost control due to icy conditions. The vehicle slid sideways across the highway and traveled over an embankment, coming to rest on its top in a small creek.

The driver, identified as 40 year old Newport resident, Edgar Mendez Romero, died at the scene as a result of the crash. He was wearing a safety belt when the crash occurred.

OSP was assisted by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Newport Fire and Rescue, Depoe Bay Fire and Rescue, and ODOT. In addition to troopers from the Newport Area Command, members of the Oregon State Police Mobile Response Team (MRT) who have been working in the area due to the Newport Seafood and Wine Festival were called out and responded to assist with this crash and numerous other ice related crashes that occurred around the same time.

Several Arrests During Unpermitted Street March on Monday in Downtown Portland
February 26, 2017, 12:11 AM AM
By The Oregon Herald staff


PORTLAND, Oregon - On Monday February 20, 2017, the Portland Police Bureau responded to and assisted with two "Not My Presidents Day" protest events.

The first event, starting at approximately 11:00 a.m., occurred in the area of Southwest 3rd Avenue and Madison Street, across from the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building. The event organizers did not obtain any permit for a road closure or street use and several participants stood in the street and blocked traffic. Officers on bicycles and on foot attempted to maintain order but required assistance from Rapid Response Team (RRT) officers.

After lawful instructions were given by police to clear the roadway, officers did make several arrests in the area, as well as subsequent areas of Downtown Portland after an unpermitted street march involved dozens of people. During the march, officers had limited deployments of pepper spray and less-than-lethal munitions in response to actions of some protesters.

A total of 13 people were arrested in connection with the first event, seven adults and six juveniles. All 13 people received a traffic citation for violation of Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 811.535 (Failing to Obey a Police Officer). All adults also received additional criminal criminal citations and booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

Arrested at Southwest 3rd Avenue and Madison Street:

66-year-old Margaret Ann Zebroski was arrested for Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

42-year-old Heather Grace White was arrested for Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree. 31-year-old David Johnathan Carlson was arrested for Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

38-year-old Charles Ernest Stubbs was arrested for Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

37-year-old John Doe (booked as Quanice Hayes) was arrested for Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Resist Arrest and Furnishing False Information to Police.

Two 16-year-old females and a 17-year-old female received traffic citations.

Arrested at Southwest 6th Avenue and Salmon Street:

34-year-old Lucy Elizabeth Smith was arrested for Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

33-year-old Rebecca Smith-White was arrested for Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

14, 16 and 17 year old males received traffic citations.

A second event started at 12:00 p.m. at Director Park, located at 815 Southwest Park Street. The event organizers obtained a permit to have a street march and were escorted on a route through Southwest Downtown Portland, returning to Director Park at approximately 1:00 p.m. There were no arrests or problems reported during this second event.

Protests generally do not require any permit from the City of Portland; however, any event held in the street and/or sidewalk, such as runs, walks, marches, parades or bicycle races must have a permit granted by the City of Portland. Additionally, event organizers are encouraged to work with the City of Portland to ensure a safe event for participants and non-participants.

Man Arrested for Alledged Sex Abuse
February 3, 2017, 6:41 PM
By The Oregon Herald staff


SALEM, Oregon - Detectives with the Marion County Sheriff's Office arrested Rohan Cordy, age 28, of Polk County for the crimes of Sodomy 1, Rape 1, Unlawful Sexual Penetration 1, Sexual Abuse III, Supplying Alcohol to a Minor and Using a Child in Display of Sexually Explicit Content. Cordy is accused of sexually assaulting a teenage minor at a YMCA summer camp in Marion County. The suspect worked at the camp as councilor located at Silver Falls State Park between the months of June and August of 2016.

In addition to his work with the YMCA, Cordy is a 2nd grade teacher at Holley Elementary School in Sweet Home. Currently the Sheriff's Office has no information to support that there are any additional victims outside of the YMCA camp.

The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information regarding Cordy to call Detective Matt Hagan at 503-316-6605. Cordy is set to appear at the Marion County Circuit Court annex at 3 p.m. today.

Police Investigate Bank Robbery in Southeast Portland
February 1, 2017, 6:28 PM AM
By The Oregon Herald staff


PORTLAND, OREGON - The KeyBank branch located at 4131 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard was robbed on Wednesday February.

Employees told police the suspect entered the bank, presented a note demanding money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left the bank without incident.

The suspect is described as a white male in his late 30s to early 40s, between 5'8" and 5'11" tall, with some facial hair, wearing small round sunglasses, an unknown color beanie, denim jacket, and unknown colored pants (photo attached).

Officers checking the neighborhood did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Robbery detectives at 503-823-0405, or the Portland Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation at 503-224-4181.

Dayton Woman Killed Hiway 18 Crash, 19 year-old woman critical
January 31, 2017, 4:58 AM AM
By The Oregon Herald staff


DAYTON, OREGON - On January 29, at about 8 AM, a woman was killed after a 19-year-old woman crossed the line and hit her vehicle head-on.

A 2005 Jeep Liberty, driven by 19 year old MADELYN A WEST of Beaverton was traveling east on State Route 18. Police say they believe WEST's vehicle crossed into the west bound lane and collided head on with a 2000 GMC Envoy operated by 68 year old BERTHA A MARTINEZ of Dayton.

The crash took the life of MARTINEZ who died at the scene. WEST was transported to Oregon Health Science University with critical injuries.

Two Suspects arrested in Stolen Car
January 30, 2017, 4:35 AM
By The Oregon Herald staff


BEAVERTON, Oregon - On Sunday, January 29, 2017, at 8:11 am, Sheriff's deputies arrested two suspects in a stolen car after a pursuit in Beaverton. They are still looking for one suspect who got away. The suspects stole the car from an occupied house in Seaside sometime yesterday.

Sheriff's deputies were alerted by the Seaside Police Department that suspects in a Seaside burglary were trying to use a stolen credit card at the Chevron station in North Plains (10025 NW Glencoe Road). Deputies were informed the suspects were driving a stolen 2015 white Subaru Outback. The vehicle and the credit card were stolen sometime yesterday from a residential burglary in the City of Seaside.

A deputy responding to the Chevron spotted the stolen car traveling east on Highway 26 at about NW 185th Avenue. The deputy followed the car and waited for backup units to assist with a traffic stop. Deputies and officers from the Beaverton Police Department attempted a traffic stop at SW Cedar Hills Blvd. and SW Park Way. The stolen vehicle, with three people inside, failed to stop and led the deputies on a pursuit south on Cedar Hills Boulevard. The suspects continued onto SW Walker Road and ran a red light. Deputies decided to terminate the pursuit because the suspects were driving recklessly and they did not want to endanger the public.

Several minutes after the pursuit was terminated, calls started to come into 911 regarding a suspicious vehicle in the area of NW 174th Terrace and NW Bernard Place. Neighbors reported that the stolen vehicle was abandoned in the street and the three suspects ran in different directions. Sheriff's deputies and officers from Beaverton and Hillsboro Police Departments surrounded the area and brought a K9 unit in from the Beaverton Police.

Within an hour two suspects were arrested. Twenty-year-old Autumn Brelin of Seaside was arrested nearby. She was spotted walking down the street by a Sheriff's deputy. The second suspect, 22-year-old Cyrus Grabenhorst of Seaside, was tracked down by the Beaverton police K9, "Ike". A third suspect, 30-year-old Jacob Terrill of Seaside, is still at large and investigators are asking the public's help in finding him.

The three suspects took photos of themselves in the stolen car with a stolen camera that was recovered from the car. The male suspect wearing a hat in the picture, seated in the driver seat, is Jacob Terrill. If you have any information regarding any of these suspects please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-629-0111.

Ms. Brelin and Mr. Grabenhorst were both booked into the Washington County Jail on multiple charges.

Please contact the Seaside Police Department for information regarding the burglary and theft of the car.

Registered Offender Photographing Children
January 28, 2017, 9:58 PM
By The Oregon Herald staff


GRESHAM, Oregon -- Officers responded to Gresham's Goodwill store, 413 NE Burnside Rd., yesterday morning after a mother confronted an older man about photographing her young children while they shopped. The woman believed she witnessed the man using a cell phone to take pictures of her kids. In the course of confronting him, the woman saw pictures of her children on his phone. When she demanded the pictures be deleted, the man fled the store and drove away prior to police being called.

With help from the mother and store surveillance footage, police have identified the man as Gresham resident, Gerald Lee Beagle. A search of Oregon's state sex offender registry identifies Beagle, 67, as a "Level 3 Offender;" the highest level offender designation within the state.

According to the registry website, Beagle had multiple sexual offense convictions between 1989 and 2008. His registration is current and his conditions stipulate he "may not knowingly communicate in any manner with a person under 18 years of age with the intent to commit a crime or for the purpose of arousing or satisfying the sexual desires of this individual or another person" and "may not knowingly enter or remain in or upon premises where persons under 18 years of age regularly congregate (schools, child care centers, playgrounds, other places intended for use primarily by persons under 18 years of age and places where persons under 18 years of age gather for regularly scheduled educational and recreational programs)."

Gresham investigators consulted with the Oregon State Police, Portland Police's Sex Offender Registration Detail, the Multnomah County Parole and Probation Office, and the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office regarding this incident. While the case remains under investigation and his behavior is very concerning, Beagle does not appear to have broken any laws nor violate conditions of his registration solely by photographing children in public; specifically in a store that does not fit the designation of a place where children "regularly congregate."

The Gresham Police Department supports the mother's attentiveness to her surroundings, for appropriately confronting someone she perceived as a danger to her children, and for alerting law enforcement while not unjustifiably engaging in a more aggressive response.

The public is encouraged to call police whenever concerned about the wellbeing of children. Likewise, police refer to admonishment posted on Oregon's sex offender inquiry website, which states: "The release of this information to the public is meant to assure public protection, not to punish an offender or harass an offender's family. Anyone who uses this information to commit a criminal act against another person is subject to criminal prosecution and civil action."

Anyone with information about Beagle as it pertains to this case, or similar incidents, is asked to call the Gresham Police tip line 503.618.2719.

Major 2-car crash on Hwy 223E on East Ellendale Rd at Rickreall Rd.
January 25, 2017, 6:58 AM
By The Oregon Herald staff


POLK COUNTY, Oregon — On January 24th, 2017 just before 11 am Polk County Deputies responded to a motor vehicle crash on Hwy 223E (East Ellendale Rd) at Rickreall Rd. It was reported that there were two vehicles involved, including a travel trailer and that it was blocking all lanes of traffic.

Multiple 911 callers indicated there were injuries and extensive damage to both involved vehicles. Once deputies arrived on scene, they reported that the involved vehicles had caught fire, but fortunately, everyone was out of the vehicles before they were engulfed in flames. The truck that was pulling the travel trailer was 59 year old Frank Lund, of Alberta Canada. He was driving a Chevrolet 2500 pickup east on Ellendale Rd headed out of Dallas. Mr. Lund had a GPS unit inside the cab of his pickup that had an integrated forward facing dash camera that caught the crash on video. Mr. Lund provided the video to the Sheriff's Office.

The other driver, 27 year old Justin Yarbrough of Eugene was driving a white GMV Envoy. Mr. Yarbrough was heading west bound on Rickreall when he failed to stop at the stop sign prior to entering east Ellendale Rd, which is clearly visible on the video. Just prior to Mr. Yarbrough's vehicle catching fire, he was pulled to safety through the passenger side of his vehicle by citizens who had stopped to help after the crash occurred. The highway was closed for about 2 hours. ODOT responded to the scene to help divert traffic away from the scene. Mr. Yarbrough was transported by ambulance to the Salem Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He has also been cited to appear for failing to obey a traffic control device and careless driving.

Mr. Lund provided the Sheriff's Office with the video footage in hopes that people would slow down and be more aware while they are driving.

Anyone seeing Bazzani should immediately call 9-1-1 so officers can check her welfare. Anyone with non-emergency information should contact Detective Heidi Helwig at 503-823-0797

Missing 62-Year-Old Woman
January 22, 2017, 7:58 AM
By The Oregon Herald staff
PORTLAND, Oregon — The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help to locate a 62-year-old woman missing since January 19, 2017. Liz Bazzani is described as 5'4" tall, 110 pounds, white hair, and green eyes. She was last seen wearing green Ugg-style boots, flowing light-colored pajama pants, and a blue sweater. Bazzani is familiar with TriMet but left all personal affects at her residence in Northeast Portland.

Bazzani's family is concerned for her welfare as she is normally in regular contact with them. She was reported missing after she did not show up for work in the Pearl District on Thursday morning. There are no indications that her disappearance involves foul play.

Anyone seeing Bazzani should immediately call 9-1-1 so officers can check her welfare. Anyone with non-emergency information should contact Detective Heidi Helwig at 503-823-0797

Coos Bay Woman Killed In Highway 101 Crash
January 21, 2017, 7:13 AM
By The Oregon Herald staff


COOS BAY, Oregon — On Friday, January 20,at about 6PM, State Police received a report of a two vehicle collision on Highway 101 just south of Coos Bay. Emergency personnel crews arrived on scene and found an adult female deceased.

Police say a 1996 Honda Accord attempted to cross Highway 101 from Millington Frontage Rd near milepost 241. The Honda was struck by a 1992 Chevrolet pickup that had been traveling southbound on Highway 101. The driver of the Honda, Kelly J SMITH, a 55 year old female from Coos Bay, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Chevrolet, Ronald L RANDOLPH, a 57 year old male from Myrtle Point, was taken to Bay Area Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

McMinnville Man arrested for stabbing near Burger King
January 19, 2017, 8:30 AM
By The Oregon Herald staff

MCMINNVILLE, Oregon — On January 18th at about 6:00 pm, McMinnville Officers were dispatched to Burger King parking lot at 2250 N 99W on a reported stabbing. Upon arrival, police and EMS personnel assisted the 30 year old white male victim, a McMinnville resident, who had received a 3 inch knife wound across the front of his neck. He was treated at Willamette Valley Medical Center and later released.

The suspect had left the scene before police arrived. McMinnville police officers and Yamhill County Sheriff's deputies searched the area. Based on a citizen report, YCSO deputies later located and arrested the suspect who was at the OSU Extension Office at 2050 NE Lafayette Avenue. He was taken into custody peacefully. A knife suspected of being used in the assault was also recovered.

The suspect, Marvin Leroy Smith, age 59, of McMinnville, was lodged in YCCF pending arraignment in Circuit Court for Assault 2 and Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Security Release Amount totaling $157,500.00.

Anyone with questions or further information is asked to call the McMinnville Police Department Tip Line at 503-434-2337


Eugene Man And Son Swept To Sea
January 16, 2017, 4:30 PM
By The Oregon Herald staff

EUGENE, Oregon — The search for the missing persons has lasted throughout the night and this morning by the US Coast Guard. The adult male or his three year old son ave not yet been located.

The adult male has been identified as 31 year old Jayson Dean THOMAS, of Elmira, Oregon.

OSP does not usually release the names of juveniles unless there is consent by the family or if the juvenile is a public safety threat. More information will be released when it becomes available.

End Update

Previous Release:

On January 15, 2016 at about 1PM, emergency personnel responded to the report of an adult male and a toddler swept out to sea on the beach near Floras Lake in Curry County. Preliminary information revealed a family from the Eugene area was on the beach when a 31 year old male and his 3 year old son were swept out to sea by a wave. This area of the beach has a steep angle to the water and the seas were rough at the time of the incident.

The US Coast Guard began a search by air with two helicopters and 47 foot MLB (motor life boat). OSP Troopers and other first responders began scouring the beach using ATVs. The search from the shore lasted until about 6PM. The US Coast Guard will be searching into the night by the air and by ground. The name of the missing persons will be withheld until tomorrow to allow family notifications.

OSP was assisted by the US Coast Guard, Curry County Sheriff's Office, Sixes River Fire, and Port Orford Fire. More information will be released tomorrow as it becomes available.


Armed Man Shot By Police At Applebee's Restaurant In Salem
January 14, 2017, 8:20 AM
By The Oregon Herald staff

SALEM, Oregon — A Salem Police officer was involved in an on-duty shooting at about 7:25 pm on Friday evening, January 13, 2017.

Corporal Jake Pratt was responding to a report of a wanted person and made contact with a subject on the east side of the Applebee's Restaurant at 2625 Liberty St NE. Preliminary information indicates the suspect was armed with a knife and a confrontation ensued with Cpl Pratt. Cpl Pratt fired his handgun and struck the suspect. A knife was recovered at the scene.

The suspect, who is not being identified at this time pending notification of his family, was transported to Salem Health. His current condition is unknown. Cpl Pratt was not injured in the incident and will be placed on administrative leave as common procedure following an incident of this nature.

The Salem Police Department has requested the Oregon State Police investigate this incident, and the investigation will continue in conjunction with the Marion County District Attorney's Office as is standard procedure for incidents of this nature.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888.


McMinnville Police seeking help identifying Taco Bell Robbery Suspect.
January 13, 2017, 8:05 AM
By The Oregon Herald staff

MCMINNVILLE, Oregon — On January 7th, 2017 at about 10:30 PM, a male suspect entered the Taco Bell restaurant located at 915 NE Hwy 99W in McMinnville and demanded money. The suspect kept his hand in the front tunnel pocket of his sweatshirt the entire time and did not mention or display a weapon.

The suspect ran out of the restaurant without obtaining any money. The suspect was described as a male subject with light colored skin, based on the exposed skin on his neck. He was described as being anywhere from about 5'-6" to 6'-0" tall and weighing approximately 200 pounds. He was wearing a dark colored pullover sweatshirt with a front tunnel pocket, lighter colored jeans and tan / light brown work boots.

He covered his entire face during the incident with a black knit type beanie or stocking cap that had what reportedly looked like purposely cut eye holes. After fleeing the restaurant, the suspect ran to a waiting car. The suspect vehicle was a dark colored, possibly greenish or teal, 2-door passenger car with distinct LED-type bluish-tint headlights and dark wheels.

Anyone with information on this incident is requested to call the McMinnville Police Tip Line at 503-434-2337.


Chase Bank in McMinnville Robbed
January 10, 2017, 6:15 PM
By The Oregon Herald staff

MCMINNVILLE, Oregon — A man wearing an FBI hat robbed a McMinnville bank Monday afternoon at Chase Bank at 1675 NE 99W, McMinnville Oregon.

According to the initial information obtained, a white male adult about 6 feet tall and wearing jeans and a black coat with a hoodie and a cap had given a note to a teller demanding money. The male was described as in his 50's or 60's with an unshaven appearance. No weapon was displayed. Once the money was provided, the male left the bank through the South doors along 99W. He left with an undisclosed amount of currency.

McMinnville Police Department is currently investigating with assistance from Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, and other local departments. Officers are looking for a vehicle of interest, a black 2 door sedan, possibly a Hyundai Veloster, with the last three numbers being 743. Anyone with information on this incident is requested to contact McMinnville Police Department tip line at 503-434-2337.




Fatal Crash on Hwy 97 near LaPine
January 9, 2017, 5:01 PM
By The Oregon Herald staff

LAPINE, Oregon — On January 8, 2017 at about 2:45PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a multiple vehicle crash on Highway 97 near milepost 161. Emergency personnel arrived on scene to find three involved vehicles and one male driver deceased at the scene.

Preliminary investigation revealed a red 2015 Peterbilt semi-truck and trailer had been traveling northbound on Highway 97 when it lost control on the icy roadway and collided with two southbound vehicles. The first vehicle was a maroon 2004 Toyota Tacoma pick-up and the second vehicle was a white Nissan Xterra, all three involved vehicles came to rest on the southbound shoulder of the roadway. The driver of the Nissan, Derek TEDROW, age 40, from LaPine, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The driver of the Toyota, Samuel COLEE, age 33, from Eugene was treated and released at the scene for minor injuries. The driver of the Peterbilt, Arthur RAMBO, age 29, from Sacramento California, and his passenger Goodwin EZE, age 43, from Rancho Cucamonga, California we not injured. Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, LaPine Fire & Rescue, and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) assisted OSP at the scene. Highway 97 was closed for four hours before one traffic lane was opened up for purposes of the crash investigation.

Anyone who witnessed or has new information about this crash is requested to call or text Senior Trooper Jason Hansen at 541-410-3793.


Man struck by MAX train in SE Portland
January 8, 2017, 6:40 AM
By The Oregon Herald staff

PORTLAND, Oregon — A pedestrian was struck by a MAX train near 143rd Avenue and East Burnside Saturday night at about 10 PM. He was taken to the hospital and is listed in serious condition.

The man was struck at an area between stations. The closest station is located at Southeast 148th Avenue. Because of the collision, the MAX Blue Line was disrupted.

Shuttle buses served stops between the Gateway Transit and Civic Drive.


Big Jim's Corner Market in Estacada Robbed at Gunpoint
January 7, 2017, 5:35 PM
By The Oregon Herald staff
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SANDY, Oregon — On January 1st about 7 AM, an unknown male entered Big Jim's Corner Market in Estacada at 580 N Broadway St and robbed the clerk at gunpoint. The clerk was not injured. The man took off with cash and a large amount of cigarettes.

 

The suspect is described as a white, male adult, in his 30's, and approximately 5'6" tall. He was wearing a black jacket, blue gloves, black ski mask covering his face, and blue jeans.

 

The gun was described as a small caliber black revolver. Attached are two photos of the suspect.

 

Any information call the Sandy Police Department tip-line at 503-489-2195 and reference case number 17-0038.

52-Year-Old Woman Found Deceased in Downtown Portland Parking Garage
January 7, 2017, 5:31 PM
By The Oregon Herald staff
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PORTLAND, Oregon — On Saturday January 7, 2017, at 2:05 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the Smart Park parking garage, located at 730 Southwest 10th Avenue, on the report of a woman in her 50's who had been removing her clothing and appeared to be struggling in the cold weather.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and determined that the woman was deceased. She has tentatively been identified as a 52-year-old woman who resides in Downtown Portland. Based on observations at the scene by officers and paramedics, it appeared that woman may have died of exposure due to cold temperatures.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy and ultimately determine the cause of death. If you see someone outside, unsheltered whose life appears to be in danger or is in an apparent medical crisis, call 9-1-1. Otherwise, if you see someone about whom you are concerned, such as not being dressed for the weather conditions, call police non-emergency 503-823-3333 and request a welfare check for that person. To assist someone in locating shelter and transportation to shelter, please call 211. As freezing temperatures continue, Portland Police officers will be actively looking for and checking on vulnerable people and facilitating transportation to warming shelters as needed.

Warming centers are open in Portland and Gresham with capacity during day and night. Call 211 in Multnomah County at any hour for the latest information about open shelters. Calls are answered in over 150 languages. You can also visit 211's website at http://www.211info.org for updated information and sign up for emails or texts about updated warming center locations. Severe weather centers will accommodate individuals and couples, pets and belongings, and do not require identification or any other documentation. Families with children seeking shelter should also call 211 and will be directed to a shelter that can accommodate children. People seeking to get warm, especially during daytime hours, are encouraged to utilize public buildings that are open to the public, including, for example, libraries and community centers.

 


Extreme weather warning for this weekend in the Gorge
January 6, 2017, 2:21 AM
By The Oregon Herald staff
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PORTLAND, Oregon —  Hood River Sheriff's Office of Emergency Management warns citizens, businesses and travelers through the Gorge and across Hood River valley that National Weather Service (NWS) forecasts significant snow, ice and freezing rain event Saturday and Sunday.

Key weather warning indicators: Continued extremely cold temps for the next four days Potential for significant, high-impact snow and freezing rain event Saturday and Sunday -- hardest hit areas in the state are the Gorge and Hood River Valley, according to NWS Portland office Potential for Heavy Snow in the Central Gorge and Hood River Valley In the Gorge, NWS anticipates 3-16 inches of snow, depending on storm severity -- and up to 1 inch of ice here Precipitation begins Saturday morning in southern Oregon, spreading northward through the day to the Gorge Potential for long-duration freezing rain event, especially north Valleys and Western Gorge Increasing east winds at the surface through the Gorge and down the Willamette Valley will keep temps bitterly cold and escalate wind chill Heavy snow, followed by freezing rain could severely impact travel this weekend and cause secondary problems like falling trees, power outages and freezing water pipes - as well as health safety hazards.

This forecast causes significant concern that our Gorge transportation network and travel to and from other parts of the state will be directly affected. Please plan accordingly - limit travel, plan for emergencies, keep an emergency kit in the car and at home, monitor your water pipes, outdoor activities and animals, and keep an eye on utilities for possible power loss and for falling trees. Please share this information to your neighbors, co-workers, family and travelers. Please stay home if you can - stay safe and warm!

This information is based upon a NWS forecast and actual conditions may vary.


Man caught on camera outside home as family slept
January 4, 2017, 4:11 AM
By The Oregon Herald staff

SALEM, Oregon — A surveillance video revealed that an unknown man was stalking outside a family residence as they slept inside their home.

The home was burglarized in a month ago. Then the family reported a machete on their kitchen counter. Salem police say they don't know if the burglary and the video are linked to the same person.

"We're considering him to be a subject in a suspicious circumstances situation," Lt. Dave Okada, spokesman for the Salem Police Department, told KATU. "Locating him and further investigation will help us go from there."

Okada stopped short of calling the man a suspect. Resident Chad Clevenger said he is trying to keep everybody's heads on straight at home is difficult.

The man in the video did not get into the home.


Cottage Grove Woman Killed In I5 Crash
January 3, 2017, 7:31 PM
By The Oregon Herald staff

On January 3, 2017 at about 1PM, a semi versus a passenger vehicle crashed on Interstate 5 just south of Cottage Grove.

Emergency crews found the adult female driver of the passenger vehicle was deceased. Police believe that a 2002 Chrysler sedan was traveling southbound on I5 when it came to a stop in the slow lane (two southbound lanes) for an unknown reason.

A southbound 2006 Freightliner box truck was unable to avoid colliding with the stopped Chrysler, rear-ending it. Following the collision, the Chrysler came to rest off of the highway. The driver, Janine B COOK, age 57, of Cottage Grove, was pronounced deceased at the scene. It took fire personnel an extended amount of time to remove her from the vehicle due to the extensive damage.

The driver of the Freightliner, Nytasha VATLAND, age 26, of Roseburg, was not injured. Interstate 5 southbound was reduced to one lane for approximately two hours while the crash was investigated. OSP was assisted by the Cottage Grove Police Department, South Lane County Fire and Rescue and the Oregon Department of Transportation.


Man Arrested For Stealing Package Off Front Porch
January 3, 2017, 2:44 AM
By The Oregon Herald staff



ALOHA, Oregon - On New Years Day, at 2:16 a.m., a package was stolen off the porch of a home in the Aloha area. The package is part of the Sheriff's Office "bait package" program and was equipped with a tracking device that was activated when the suspect disturbed the package

Within about three minutes, Sheriff's Deputies were able to electronically track the package to Jean Des Camps, 19, from Portland. Mr. Des Camps was found walking a few blocks from the package theft location.
Jean Michael Des Camps was arrested for Second Degree Theft and lodged in the Washington County Jail held on $2500 bail.


Two Women Killed After Falling From Interstate 5 Bridge
January 2, 2017, 2:44 PM
By The Oregon Herald staff

MYRTLE CREEK, Oregon - On January 2, at about 2:30AM, a single vehicle crash occurred on Interstate 5 north of Myrtle Creek in Douglas County. Upon arriving on scene, emergency personnel could not locate the driver or occupants. Two adult females were soon after located deceased on the river bank below the bridge where the crash had occurred.

Preliminary information revealed a 2002 Kia sport utility was traveling southbound on Interstate5 when the driver lost control and crashed on the bridge crossing the South Umpqua River near milepost 112. At some point after the crash the driver and her passenger exited the vehicle and called 911 to report the incident.

It is unknown at what point the following event occurred, but both occupants crossed over the bridge railing falling to the riverbank below. Both adult females were pronounced deceased by medical personnel upon their arrival. Troopers obtained a measurement of approximately 80 feet from the bridge deck to the river bank below.

The victim's names will be released once the families have been notified and appropriate time has passed for them to notify other friends and family.

OSP was assisted by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Myrtle Creek Police, Myrtle Creek Fire, Dillard Fire, Tri-City Swift Water Rescue and the Oregon Department of Transportation. This is incident is not being investigated as a traffic crash fatality but a death investigation. More information will be released as it becomes available.


Students present the history of Nintendo
January 2, 2017, 2:27 PM
By The Oregon Herald staff

WOODLAND, Washington - Monday, January 2, Eighth graders at Woodland Middle School learn how to research effectively and develop public speaking skills by selecting exciting topics to present to their class with Colleen Scott's Inquiry Project assignment. Students choose topics of their own development ranging from the history of Nintendo and YouTube to the creation and development of submarines.

"Inquiry is the process of asking questions and problem-solving which involves searching for answers that are significant to the learner and finding ways to examine and research those questions," said Scott. "This project requires students to take even more ownership of their learning as much of the project is self-directed."

Scott takes her class to the library for an entire week where students use books, magazines, journals, scholarly articles, and the Internet to research their topic and develop their presentations. Students choose how they want to demonstrate their learning to the class by creating scrapbooks, dioramas, and other objects. This year, students created models of the solar system, trivia games, waterfalls, and a variety of other engaging displays. Judeah Sanders, an eighth grader, created a trivia game to present the history of Nintendo, the video game maker famous for the Super Mario Bros. series which started business as a card game manufacturer decades ago. "Nintendo's entry into the video game industry was complicated because of a huge crash in video games during the 1980s," explained Sanders to the class. "In order to make their first game system appeal to the American audience, they had to call it the 'Nintendo Entertainment System' because American consumers didn't want to buy video games at the time." Scott started using the project with her classes after seeing another teacher use the idea. "Students loved the project so much the first year that I expanded on it for the second year," said Scott.

"We wanted to have student buy-in so the projects would hold more meaning to each individual student by having them pick the topics themselves." By giving students the opportunity to own their learning by making the project self-directed, Scott finds that this kind of project permits students to learn at their own pace. Students also learn the importance of time management as the project takes several weeks to complete. "Every student learns differently, and projects like this one lend themselves to students who might not necessarily be academic but still have a love for hands-on learning," she said.

Over the years, Scott has seen a variety of projects with her favorite being the history of Willy Wonka candy when the student created a colorful candy jar filled with all kinds of candy. "The project was colorful, fun, and educational," said Scott. Scott has taught for 31 years all at Woodland Middle School. "My favorite part of teaching is having an impact on students and seeing them as 'whole' people," she said. "I see my students as unique individuals whose potential may have not been tapped, yet -- I love my job because of the kids I work with every day!"


Record Cold Front For The New Year
January 1, 2017, 4:18 PM
By The Oregon Herald staff

PORTLAND, Oregon - Extremely cold arctic air for the Pacific Northwest for the new year with below-freezing temperatures. The next system expected to push the cold air out is in the forecast for next weekend. There’s a chance of freezing rain during the switch to slightly warmer temperatures.

"Sometimes the transition back to rain can include snow and freezing rain, like what we've seen so far this season," said KATU meteorologist Rhonda Shelby.

Low temperatures in the mid-teens Monday, with a high of 32. It should hover around the 20s Tuesday. There is still a 20 percent chance of snow in the greater Portland Metro Area Monday, according to the National Weather Service. It could snow as much as two inches, with more snow expected east of I-5.


Man Killed In Early Morning Crash On Highway 50 In Klamath County
January 1, 2017, 2:37 PM
By The Oregon Herald staff

On New Years Day, at about 9 AM, a 31 year-old man was killed in a single vehicle crash on Highway 50, just southeast of Malin. A 2006 Jeep Wrangler was southbound on Morelock Road when it failed to stop at a stop sign with the intersection of Highway 50.

The Jeep crossed Highway 50 and rolled into an empty irrigation ditch, coming to rest on its roof. The driver, Alejandro ZAMORA LAGUNAS, of Malin, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

It is believed the crash occurred between 3am and 9am based on a text message he sent and time of discovery. Contributing factors leading to the fatality are believed to be failure to use safety belt and consumption of alcohol.


Fire damages home in McMinnville
January 1, 2017, 1:37 AM
By The Oregon Herald staff

MCMINNVILLE, Oregon - A residential home was mostly destroyed by fire at 1206 NE Galloway at 1252 today. Responding units arrived to find a RV fully involved in fire next to the home.

Flames impinging on to the home at that address. Residents from the home had self evacuated upon the Fire Departments arrival. The occupant of the RV was not at home at the time the fire started. Initial fire attack was successful at keeping the fire from spreading to the adjacent homes.

Shortly after the arrival of the first arriving fire units, the fire was contained to the RV. McMinnville Fire Department responded with 5 apparatus and 22 personnel to the scene. Damage to the home was limited to melted siding and some damage to the exterior window frames. The RV is a total loss. Estimated damages in excess of $20,000. Cause of the fire is still under investigation. The last operations units were cleared at 1431.


Female Body Recovered From Willamette Slough
December 31, 2016, 2:32 PM
By The Oregon Herald staff

SALEM, Oregon - On Saturday, at about 12:30 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol deputies responded to a report a resident at the Rocky Pointe Marina had seen a body in the water of the Willamette Slough, near their home. MCSO River Patrol units arrived in the area a short time later and recovered the body of a deceased adult female from the water. Detectives will conduct a death investigation and the body will be turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office. No further details are available at this time, pending identification and family notifications.


Man Arrested After Threatening People With A Knife
December 30, 2016, 9:32 PM
By The Oregon Herald staff

PORTLAND, Oregon - On Thursday December 29, 2016, at 7:29 PM., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a man smoking an unknown substance, threatening persons with a knife, breaking items and throwing objects while atop the fifteenth floor balcony of Departure located at 525 Southwest Morrison Street. Multiple officers arrived on scene and implemented a plan to ensure the safety of guests at Departure, The Nines Hotel, community members on the roadways and sidewalks surrounding the building, the subject who was in crisis, and responding officers. As officers arrived on scene they learned the man had thrown bricks and other items from the fifteenth floor balcony to the sidewalk and roadway below. Additionally, witnesses informed officers the man had threatened several employees at Departure prior to officers arriving. Officers requested The Nines Hotel and Macy's Department Store ensure their guests did not exit onto sidewalks where debris was being thrown.

The roadways and sidewalks from Southwest Morrison Street to Southwest Alder Street on SW 6th Avenue and from Southwest 5th Avenue to Southwest 6th Avenue on Southwest Alder Street were closed to pedestrian, vehicle and TriMet traffic. Officers, including two Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team (ECIT) officers, multiple sergeants and a lieutenant, responded to the location and began talking with the 57-year-old man who was in crisis. The man initially did not communicate with officers and moved from a fifteenth floor balcony to a roof structure on the fourteenth floor. Once the man was on the fourteenth floor roof structure officers continued to attempt to engage the man; however, he would not cooperate.

The man attempted to break a window with a hard object and gain entry into an occupied hotel room at the Nines Hotel. Officers had started to assist persons on the fourteenth floor from their rooms and to a safe location, but, this room was still occupied. Concerned the man would break the window and enter a room occupied by multiple persons, officers deployed pepper spray. The pepper spray was effective in deterring the man from breaking the window. The man stopped his attempt to enter the room and officers continued to try and communicate with the man. Officers continued to create dialogue with the man. Eventually the man agreed to come inside a fourteenth floor room where he was taken into custody. Initially the suspect was uncooperative and would not provide his name. He was later identified as 57-year-old Matthew Lee Owen.

Once taken into custody he was evaluated by medical personnel. Owen was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Trespass in the Second Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, and Harassment. He initially provided a fictitious name upon being lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center. Owen was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail under the name "David Owen." Officers have since confirmed his name to be Matthew Lee Owen. Additionally, officers requested Multnomah County Jail Mental Health evaluate Owen prior to his release from the jail.


Inmate Dies At Oregon State Penitentiary
December 30, 2016, 9:32 PM
By Oregon Herald Staff
SALEM, Oregon - Deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Office located a "rolling stolen" vehicle today. After brief vehicle and foot pursuits, one suspect was arrested and the stolen vehicle was recovered. No one was injured.

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died unexpectedly Friday of apparent natural causes at Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation. At approximately 12:00 a.m., Friday, December 30, 2016, John Ackroyd, 67, was found unresponsive in his cell, where he was the sole occupant. Medical staff began life-saving efforts to no avail.

He was pronounced deceased at 12:23 a.m. No other details are available at this time. Ackroyd entered Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) custody on January 11, 1994 on two counts of aggravated murder and three counts of murder out of Jefferson County. He was sentenced to life in prison. Next of kin has been notified. No other details are available at this time. OSP is Oregon's only maximum-security prison, located in Salem, and houses over 2,000 male inmates. OSP is surrounded by a 25-foot-high wall with 10 towers.

The facility has multiple special housing units including death row, disciplinary segregation, behavioral health, intermediate care housing, and an infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care. OSP participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including the furniture factory, laundry, metal shop, and contact center. It provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, work-based education, inmate work crews, and pre-release services. OSP was established in 1866 and, until 1959, was Oregon's only prison.


Deputies Locate Stolen Vehicle
December 30, 2016, 11:32 AM
By Oregon State Media Inc
BEAVERTON, Oregon - Deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Office located a "rolling stolen" vehicle today. After brief vehicle and foot pursuits, one suspect was arrested and the stolen vehicle was recovered. No one was injured.

At 3:35pm on Thursday, a deputy from the Washington County Sheriff's Office assigned to the Interagency Gang Enforcement Team was conducting an investigation in the community of Aloha when he saw a suspicious vehicle drive past him. When he checked the car's license plate information against a database of stolen vehicles, he learned that the car had reported stolen earlier that day to the Hillsboro Police Department.

The deputy followed the car until other deputies were in a position to assist him. When the deputy activated emergency lights and siren in an attempt to stop the car, the driver sped up in an attempt to elude. After a short pursuit on residential streets, the suspect turned onto SW 199th Court, a dead end. The suspect crashed into some shrubbery and fled on foot. Deputies pursued the driver and captured him in the back yard of a nearby house. No one was injured.

Matthew Nuno, 26, of Hillsboro, was arrested and lodged in the Washington County Jail for Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, Attempting to Elude Police Officer, Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.