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Tue. 03/20/18
Lewis & Clark Bridge (SR433) along Columbia River closed for suspicious item hanging off the bridge, Columbia County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/20/18 7:37 AM
Update - Additional charges added to OWEN

On March 19, 2018, at approximately 10:20 am, the Oregon State Police responded to the report of a suspicious item hanging from a rope on the Oregon side of the bridge near a bridge support above Dike Road. The items appeared to be two backpacks suspended by a rope that was tied off to the bridge railing. In the interest of public safety, the bridge was closed and remained closed for approximately four hours while the items were examined by the OSP Bomb Unit.

Additionally, the US Coast Guard restricted the Columbia River traffic during this time.
The OSP Bomb Unit deployed a remote robot, which was used to initially x-ray the bags. The contents of that examination were inconclusive. The Bomb Unit next utilized a high pressure water cannon mounted on the robot to safely reveal the contents of the bags. The bags were determined to contain non-hazardous items like clothing and miscellaneous personal property.

A suspect has been identified as 61 year old Samuel Abram OWEN, from Rainier. OWEN has been arrested for 1st Degree Disorderly Conduct, possession of a user quantity of methamphetamine, 2nd Degree Theft, 3rd Degree Criminal Mischief and Felon in possession of a restricted weapon and was lodged at the Columbia County Jail. This incident was the result of a dispute between OWEN and another individual and there is no risk to the public's safety.

OSP was assisted by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Rainer Police Department, Columbia County Fire & Rescue, Washington State Patrol and the US Coast Guard.

Attached Media Files: 2018-03/1002/112925/Contents.jpeg , 2018-03/1002/112925/Bridge.jpeg , 2018-03/1002/112925/OWEN.jpeg

Two-vehicle crash on Hwy 26 in Washington County results in fatality (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/20/18 7:32 AM
On Monday, March 19, 2018 at approximately 2:15PM, the Oregon State Police responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 26 west of Banks in Washington County. Preliminary investigation revealed a black 1998 VW Passat was traveling westbound on Hwy 26. The VW was slowing and coming to a stop in a painted median, preparing to turn left into a local business. The VW was operated by 55 year old Mitchel BRANING, from Banks. A silver 2002 BMW 3 series was also traveling westbound on Hwy 26 when it left its lane, crossing into the painted median where it rear-ended the VW. The BMW was operated by 86 year old George Henry FLEERLAGE, from Portland. BRANING and FLEERLAGE were the only occupants in their respective vehicles.

BRANING was transported by ground ambulance to Tuality Hillsboro Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. FLEERLAGE was pronounced deceased at the scene. A medical emergency and lack of safety restraint use is being considered as factors in this fatality.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by Banks Fire, Washington County SO and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Hwy 26 was restricted to one lane of travel for approximately four hours as this investigation was completed.

Attached Media Files: 2018-03/1002/112939/20180319_164819.jpg , 2018-03/1002/112939/20180319_164906.jpg

Sun. 03/18/18
**Update #3 Couple No Longer Considered Endangeed ** Public Assistance Needed in Locating Missing/Endangered (possibly suicidal) Oregon State University (OSU) Student and Her Boyfriend (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/18/18 8:53 PM
Update # 3 Couple No Longer Considered Endangered

On March 18, 2018 the Oregon State Police were notified by family that a Salt Lake City, Utah Greyhound employee made contact with both Wick and Eveler. They appeared to not be endangered and were on a bus to Boston.

Both families would like Wick and Eveler to know they are loved and want them to return home. They also want to thank the media for sharing the story and caring for the well-being of Wick and Eveler.

At this time, neither Wick or Eveler are considered endangered.


Update # 2

Oregon State Police continue to investigate the disappearance of Oregon State University student Kiara N. Wick, age 23, and her boyfriend, Jacob A. Eveler, 20.
OSP seeks public assistance with regard to information as to the couple's whereabouts.

On March 17, 2018, a complete review of video footage from Tebeau Hall was finished and it was determined Wick and Eveler were seen, on camera, leaving the residence hall at 9:42 a.m. on March 16, 2018.

It appeared Wick had dyed her hair black and Eveler had shaved his face (and possibly cut his hair). Both Wick and Eveler are seen with backpacks and Wick is carrying a large shopping bag and possibly a yellow folded (rectangular) tent. New photos have been attached to this update.

If anyone has any information please call (541)737-3010. Refer case# SP18-096835


Update on Tip Line
The tip line is (541)737-3010

On March 16, 2018, at approximately 6:45 p.m., Oregon State Police-University Area Command and Oregon State University's Department of Public Safety were notified of a female OSU student and her boyfriend who had been reported missing/endangered by their families. Family members reported the two individuals may be suicidal and the Oregon State Police is seeking public assistance with regard to any information as to the couple's location or their well being.

Kiara N. Wick (age 23 from Milwaukie, Oregon) and Jacob A. Eveler (age 20 from Philomath) were last seen around 2 a.m. on March 16, 2018, on OSU's Corvallis campus in Tebeau Hall (Wick's Residence). Around 3:00 p.m., a vehicle Eveler ,was believed to drive, was found at Eveler's parent's residence in Philomath.

Law enforcement officials have information the couple may be suicidal and are not suspecting foul-play in the pair's disappearance.

Wick is 5'8", 160 pounds with shoulder length (straight) brown hair and has gray/blue eyes. Wick's clothing is unknown at this time.

Eveler is 6'0", 170 pounds with shoulder length (curly) brown hair and has blue eyes. Eveler was last seen wearing a black "Rockstar" sweatshirt, grey Carhartt beanie, and unknown color of pants.

The couple has been known to a drive a second vehicle described as 4-door dark colored sedan in poor condition, but no other information is available about the vehicle. Their direction of travel is unknown but Wick has been known to like the beach and Eveler liked the Burnt Woods area.

If anyone has information regarding Wick or Eveler, please contact:
Department of Public Safety/Oregon State Police -University Area Command by calling:
Refer case# SP18-096835

Photos courtesy of facebook

Attached Media Files: 2018-03/1002/112878/wick.jpg , 2018-03/1002/112878/2000000000012197.jpeg , 2018-03/1002/112878/2000000000012193.jpeg , 2018-03/1002/112878/Tebeau_Stair_Main_2018-03-16_09_42_43_049.jpg , 2018-03/1002/112878/Missing_persons_exiting.jpg , 2018-03/1002/112878/Kiara_Update_(3).jpg

Fatal Crash on Highway 101 South of Yachats (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/18/18 7:26 PM
On Sunday March 18th, 2018 at about 1107 hours, Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a report of a multiple vehicle crash on Hwy 101 at milepost 174.

Preliminary investigation revealed a red 2002 Ford Ranger pickup was northbound on Hwy 101 at MP 174, operated by Jeremy Hackney, age 45, from Coos Bay OR. The Ranger, for an unknown reason, went into the southbound lane while navigating a right hand curve. The Ranger impacted the driver's side of a southbound white 2013 Dodge pickup with a camper. The Ranger then impacted the driver's side of a southbound 1998 white Ford Mini Van that was behind the Dodge pickup. The Ranger continued to the west side of Hwy and rolled onto driver's side. The driver of Ranger, Jeremy Hackney suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at scene. The passenger in the Ranger, Stephanie Hackney age 43 and wife of the deceased was transported to Florence Peace Health Hospital for serious/non-life threatening injuries. No other persons suffered injuries from the crash.

Hwy 101 was closed to one lane for approximately 5 hours following the scene for investigation. OSP was assisted by Siuslaw Fire and ODOT.

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.

Attached Media Files: 2018-03/1002/112899/yachats.JPG , 2018-03/1002/112899/yachat.2.jpg

Washington Man Killed in Car Crash near Bly, Oregon. (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/18/18 2:30 PM
On March 17, 2018 at approximately 6:30 p.m., Oregon State Police and emergency workers responded to a single vehicle fatal crash on State Highway 140E, mile post 53, near Bly, Oregon.

Based preliminary information, a 2005 Hyundai Elantra, driven by Timothy J. Morris (age 35 from Kennewick, Washington) was traveling eastbound on Highway 140E. Morris' vehicle left the roadway and rolled several times. The Elantra came to rest approximately 40 feet north of the westbound lane. Morris was pronounced deceased at the scene.

There was a 15 year-old female passenger who sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Alcohol and seatbelt usage is being investigated as a possible contributing factor of the crash. The Oregon State Police was assisted by Bly Fire Department. The highway was closed for approximately two hours while the crash was investigated.


Attached Media Files: 2018-03/1002/112896/bly.jpg

Sat. 03/17/18
Arizona Couple Killed in Crash Near Kent, Oregon (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/17/18 11:57 AM
On March 16, 2018, at approximately 2:18 p.m., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a three vehicle, double fatal, crash reported near milepost 45 on US-97 in Sherman County, Oregon.

Preliminary investigation revealed a black 2010 Mercedes station wagon, operated by Pete Masiel, age 58, from Maricopa, Arizona, was traveling southbound when he lost control on a slush covered roadway. Masiel's vehicle crossed into the northbound lanes where he sideswiped a blue 2016 Peterbilt commercial motor vehicle that was pulling a box trailer, operated by Cary William Pickner, age 51, from Eagle Creek, Oregon.

After sideswiping the commercial motor vehicle, Masiel was struck broadside by a northbound black 2008 Nissan pickup, operated by Anthony Guerrero De La Paz, age 25, from Moses Lake, Washington. Masiel and his right front passenger, identified as Debra Mary Grosbusch, age 50, also of Maricopa, Arizona, were pronounced deceased at the scene.

Pickner, De La Paz, and De La Paz's passenger, identified as Rachel Nicole Tapparo, age 20, from LA Verne, California, were transported via ground ambulance to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles, Oregon, where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Speed and road conditions are being considered as possible contributing factors of the crash. The Oregon State Police was assisted by North Sherman Fire, South Sherman Fire, Sherman County Ambulance, and Oregon Department of Transportation.


Attached Media Files: 2018-03/1002/112883/arizona.jpg

Double Fatal 35 Miles East of Seaside (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/17/18 9:08 AM
On March 16, 2018 at approximately 4:45p.m., the Oregon State Police responded to a double fatal crash on US Highway 26 near milepost 32 (Tillamook County).

The preliminary investigation indicates a 2002 Black Chevrolet Trailblazer, operated by Caitlyn Potter (age 18 from Portland), was eastbound on Hwy 26 and lost control, sliding sideways into the westbound lane. Initially the Trailblazer struck a westbound Toyota Tacoma (no injuries) and then struck a westbound 2017 GMC Acadia in a T-bone fashion.

The front passenger in the Trailblazer, Kendra Cornwell (age 19 from Gresham) was pronounced deceased at the scene. The front passenger in the GMC, Tom Bonneville (age 80 from Windom, Minnesota), was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The operator, Andrew Bonneville (age 47 from Newberg) and three additional passengers in the GMC were transported to Portland area hospitals. The additional passengers in the GMC were Julia Bonneville (age 77 from Windom, Minnesota) with serious conditions and was transported to Emmanuel via Lair ambulance. Two juvenile passengers (ages 8 and 12) with minor injuries were transported to Emmanuel Hospital. The juvenile passengers are the daughters of Andrew Bonneville. Tom and Julia are the parents of Andrew Bonneville.

Caitlyn Potter was transported to OHSU with critical injuries. Speed and seatbelt usage are being considered a possible contributing factors of the crash.

The driver of the Toyota Tacoma was identified as Daniel Fultz (age 35 from Portland) and his two adult passengers were not injured.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by Washington County Sheriff's Office, Banks Fire, Oregon Department of Transportation, Tillamook County Medical Examiner and District Attorney's Office. The highway was affected for five hours.


Attached Media Files: 2018-03/1002/112881/seaside.1.jpg

Fri. 03/16/18
Multi-Agency St. Patrick's Holiday Saturation Patrol in Portland Dedicated to Nick Portis
Oregon State Police - 03/16/18 12:26 PM

Contact: Cate Duke
cate.duke@madd.org, (541) 343-8115

Law Enforcement High Visibility Enforcement Saturation Patrol

WHAT: On Friday, March 16, 2018, Mothers Against Drunk Driving(R) (MADD) is partnering with state, county, and local law enforcement to hold a St. Patrick's holiday high visibility saturation patrol. This event is dedicated to Nick Portis, a 17 year old student from Milwaukie High School, who was killed in an impaired driving crash in 2013. Jeanette Robart, mother of Nick Portis, will be in attendance for a dedication ceremony to kick off the saturation patrol event.

WHEN: March 16, 2017 -- 6:00 -- 8:00 pm

WHERE: Portland City Police, SE Precinct, 4735 E. Burnside Rd., Portland, OR

WHO: Invitees to include executive law enforcement personnel from Portland Police Bureau, Multnomah County, Oregon State Police, Portland City Council members, Multnomah County Commissioners, Portland City Mayor, Rep. Barker, Rep. Olson, MADD representatives/volunteers, and Jeanette Robart (mother of impaired driving victim).

WHY: To raise public awareness about the importance of planning ahead, before drinking or using impairing substances, to ensure a safe drive home.

MADD wants you to think before you drink this St. Patrick's Day. Please plan ahead and use a non-drinking sober designated driver, Uber, taxi, or other form of ride sharing service to get home safely. Specially trained officers will be out looking for impaired drivers.

For those personally impacted by drunk driving, drugged driving and underage drinking consequences, MADD Victim Services are available at no charge, serving one person every fifteen minutes through local victim advocates and MADD's 24-Hour Victim Help Line, 1-877-MADD-HELP.

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Attached Media Files: 2018-03/1002/112853/3-16-18_HVE_Media_Release_Iwai_(002).docx

36 Pounds of Methamphetamine Seized During Traffic Stop East of Bend (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/16/18 11:23 AM
On Monday March 12, 2018 members of the Oregon State Police stopped a Mexican Plated 2018 Nissan Versa on US Highway 20 MP 18 east of Bend, Oregon. The vehicle was stopped for a speed violation. During the course of the traffic stop an OSP K-9 alerted and a search was conducted. The search resulted in the seizure of over 36 pounds of methamphetamine.

The driver,Michel Alberto Fuentes Burgos (age 28 from Sonora, Mexico) was arrested and lodged in the Deschutes County Jail on charges of the Unlawful Possession, Delivery and Manufacture of methamphetamine. Subsequent investigation shows that the vehicle was stolen in February of 2018 in Sonora Mexico and further charges will be forwarded to the DA for consideration.


Attached Media Files: 2018-03/1002/112844/bend.meth.jpg , 2018-03/1002/112844/bend.meth.2.jpg

Thu. 03/15/18
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department opens second comment period for new rule that will require a permit to restore, maintain or preserve abandoned cemeteries
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/15/18 3:43 PM
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is opening a second comment period on a proposed rule change that would establish a permit to restore, maintain or preserve an abandoned cemetery. The deadline for public comment on the amendments is March 30, 2018.

The department made modifications to the proposed rules since the first comment period in December 2017 and is required by law to solicit public comment again. Staff will consider responses from both comment periods in a final recommendation to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission for its April 2018 business meeting.

The proposed rules, developed in consultation with the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries, outline the process for entities to apply for permits and permit requirements. The amendments are a result of House Bill 2516, passed during the 2017 session.

The full text of the amendments to Oregon Administrative Rule 736-054-0040 to 736-054-0150 is available online at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/RULES/pages/index.aspx. Comments can be made directly on this webpage, through e-mail to OPRD.publiccomment@oregon.gov or in writing to OPRD, Attn.: Katie Gauthier, 725 Summer St. NE, Suite C, Salem OR 97301.

OPRD offers a grant program for protection, restoration and education of historic cemeteries. Information about the program is available at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/FINASST/Pages/grants.aspx#Historic_Cemeteries_Grant_Program

Keizer Officer Involved Shooting After Armed Robbery at Keizer Pizza Hut (Photo) **Update #1 Names Released**
Oregon State Police - 03/15/18 11:08 AM
Updated #1 Names Released

The deceased male has been identified as Ryan Chapman, age 26, from Salem, Marion County, Oregon.

The involved Officer is Keizer Police Officer Tyler Wampler. Officer Wampler has been employed with Keizer Police Department since January of 1992 and is currently assigned to the patrol division.

Pursuant to standard procedures and Senate Bill 111, Officer Wampler has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the completion of the investigation. Names of any additional officers present at the scene will not be released at this time.

No additional information will be released at this time.


On March 14, 2018 at approximately 6:00pm, Keizer Police Department responded to an in progress, armed robbery at the Pizza Hut at 4492 River Road, N in Keizer.

The suspect fled in a vehicle which patrol officers located and a pursuit ensued. The suspect crashed into another vehicle and then fled on the foot down Springtime Court, NE in Keizer. A confrontation occurred and a Keizer police officer discharged his firearm. The suspect is deceased. No officers were injured in the incident.

The suspect's name will not be released at this time pending next of kin notification. The Oregon State Police is the lead agency with assistance from surrounding agencies. The involved officer's name will not be released at this time.

Chemawa Road, NE is currently close between Tecumseh Street, NE and Kinglet Way, NE. The road will be closed for the next several hours as the Oregon State Police investigate this incident.

No further information is available for lease at this time. Information will be released by the Oregon State Police or the Marion County District Attorney's Office as it becomes available.


Attached Media Files: 2018-03/1002/112791/E1B47283-1D3B-4A84-8D04-9FE31E99272B.jpeg

Douglas County Men Plead Guilty to Wildlife Crimes - Douglas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/15/18 11:00 AM
Cody MILLER, Dylan MILLER, and Brian PHILPOTT, all from Glide, Oregon pled guilty or no contest to criminal charges filed in Douglas County Circuit Court for Hunting in Violation of Criminal Trespass and Unlawful Take/Possession of a Trophy Bull Elk; which was poached on September 4, 2017.

The investigation conducted by Roseburg Area Fish and Wildlife Troopers determined the three men had taken a co-workers "work only" authorized key without asking permission and entered Roseburg Forest Products (RFP) property through a locked gate; which was clearly posted "No Trespassing Area Closed to all Public Use" due to level four fire restrictions. All three men and two juveniles drove in approximately three miles behind the locked gate to hunt and retrieve the elk, knowing the property was closed to all public use.

On January 29, 2018, Cody MILLER, who shot and claimed the elk, entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to pay an $8100 share of the $15,000 trophy bull elk restitution, $500 TIP fund restitution, $552 meat processing fees, forfeit his bow, forfeit the elk, three year hunting license suspension, and either 10 days in jail or work crew in lieu of jail time.

On March 12, 2018, Dylan MILLER, who also shot the elk, entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to pay a $3450 share of the $15,000 trophy bull elk restitution, received a three year hunting license suspension, and either 10 days in jail or work crew in lieu of jail time.
On March 9, 2018, Brian PHILPOTT, who took part in the hunt, processing, and loading of the elk, entered a no contest plea and was sentenced to pay a $3450 share of the $15,000 trophy bull elk restitution, received a three year hunting license suspension, and either 10 days in jail or work crew in lieu of jail time.

The sentences will allow the men to assist Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) with local habitat restoration projects during the completion of their 10 days of assigned work crew if they so choose.

Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators
Poaching wildlife and damaging habitats affects present and future generations of wildlife, impacts communities and the economy, and creates enforcement challenges.

The Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) reward is paid for information leading to the arrest/conviction of person(s) for the illegal possession, killing, taking, and/or waste of deer, elk, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, furbearers and/or game birds.

TIP rewards can also be given for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and/or large numbers of any fish listed in Oregon statute as a game fish.

$1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose

$500 Elk, Deer and Antelope

$300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf

$300 Habitat Destruction

$100 Game Fish and Shellfish

$100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl

$100 Furbearers

How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity:

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 (24/7)

TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM) or (OSP)

Attached Media Files: 2018-03/1002/112802/2017090895175233.jpg