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Health Advisory Issued For Cannon Beach Water Contact

Health advisory issued June 18 for water contact at Cannon Beach

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) issued a public health advisory today for higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Cannon Beach, located in Clatsop County.

Water samples indicate higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria, which can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. People should avoid direct contact with the water in this area until the advisory is lifted. This applies especially to children and the elderly, who may be more vulnerable to waterborne bacteria.

Increased pathogen and fecal bacteria levels in ocean waters can come from both shore and inland sources such as stormwater runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems, and animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife.

While this advisory is in effect at Cannon Beach, visitors should avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water, and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean. Even if there is no advisory in effect, officials recommend avoiding swimming in the ocean within 48 hours after a rainstorm.

Although state officials advise against water contact, they continue to encourage other recreational activities (flying kites, picnicking, playing on the beach, walking, etc.) on this beach because they pose no health risk even during an advisory. Neighboring beaches are not affected by this advisory.

The status of water contact advisories at beaches is subject to change. For the most recent information on advisories, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at http://www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0482, or 877-290-6767 (toll-free).

Since 2003 state officials have used a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state organizations participating in this program are the OHA, Department of Environmental Quality, and Parks and Recreation Department.

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Josephine County Airports to host Grants Pass Airport Day

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Once again, it is time for the Grants Pass Airport Day open house for the public! This free, fun, family-oriented event will take place at the Grants Pass Airport, 1441 Brookside Blvd., next to the Merlin Armory, June 15 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Featured events include a pancake breakfast presented by the Experimental Aircraft Association. Throughout the day, the public will be able to wander among an array of classic and home-built aircraft and talk with pilots and builders.

Admission is free, and breakfast, lunch and desserts will be available for purchase.

Come enjoy free parking at the National Guard Armory on Brookside Boulevard, with free shuttle-buses running continuously to and from Airport Central.

Pacific Aviation will be offering Photo Flights all day long – a great gift and the best way to see your community!

All will enjoy learning about the medevac operations centered at the airport. There will be low-level flybys of iconic aircraft and aerobatic flight by the Rogue Valley Flyers R/C club. At mid-morning the skies will fill with ultralights. There will be classic cars on display for all to see, and the West Coast Ravens will be demonstrating formation flying.

Again this year, Airport Day offers special focus on students and parents who are beginning to consider future career directions. Aviation businesses are expecting many job vacancies over the next decade as military veterans begin to retire from the industry. The opportunities for young people will abound.

One Dead And One Missing In Lost Creek Lake Boating Incident

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One Confirmed Death And One Still Missing In Lost Creek Lake Boating Accident 

TRAIL, Ore. – One man died, and another man is missing and presumed dead, following a boating incident on Lost Creek Lake on Sunday night.  Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) marine patrol deputies and search and rescue (SAR) personnel are continuing the search for the missing man Monday morning.

On June 9, 2019, at 7:53 p.m., dispatch received a 911 call from a woman at Lost Creek Lake reporting two men had drowned.  Jackson County Sheriff’s Office marine patrol deputies, along with personnel from Fire District #4 and Mercy Flights, responded to the lake.  Several citizens also assisted on the water and on land.

Deputies located the first victim, Irving Fuentes, 25, unresponsive in the water.  A Fire District #4 rescue boat transported him to a waiting Mercy Flights ambulance at the Stewart State Park boat ramp.  He was transported to Providence Medford Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.  An investigator with the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office responded to the hospital.

Marine patrol deputies continued the search for the second victim, Juan Carlos Fuentes, 29, but were hampered by darkness.  Resources are returning to the lake Monday morning to continue the search and recovery effort.

Deputies say the two men, both of White City, were brothers and were boating with family members.  Neither man was wearing a life jacket.  The circumstances of the incident remain under investigation.

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Motorcyclist Avoids Serious Injury After Crash With Sheriff Deputy Near Molalla (Video)

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A motorcycle rider who was reported to be riding aggressively nearly impacted a Sheriff Patrol Car from Clackamas County. The rider fell off the bike before it impacted the patrol car.

UPDATE: Missing Medford Mother, children found safe

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Update 6/5/19 at 10:50 a.m. (updated to correct typo on day):

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) search and rescue (SAR) officials are releasing additional details about the family missing Tuesday night in the forest southeast of Ruch.

According to JCSO Sergeant Shawn Richards, Cameron Cutler and her three children left home on the morning of June 4, 2019, to go hiking in the Tunnel Ridge Trail area.  Cutler used Apple Maps to navigate to the destination from Talent.  The suggested route included unpaved and unmaintained forest roads in the Anderson Creek area.

After driving several miles, Cutler decided to go back.  The vehicle became wedged between a tree and a ditch when she tried to turn around at a spur road (GPS coordinates for the location are as follows: 42.154328, -122.839782).  There is no cell phone coverage in the area, so Cutler was unable to call for help.  Cutler spent the rest of the day entertaining her children with short walks in the area, but stayed near the vehicle to await rescuers.

Cutler’s husband called for help at 6:12 p.m.  Deputies and SAR personnel responded to assist.  Approximately 150 citizen volunteers arrived in the area to help with the search.

A team of SAR volunteers located the family and their vehicle at approximately 12:55 a.m. on Wednesday, June 5.  They transported the Cutlers to the SAR command post in Ruch to reunite with family and friends.  Nobody was injured.

Sergeant Richards says Cutler did some things right:  she was prepared with clothing, food, and water; she kept everyone in one location instead of wandering off; she worked to keep her children in good spirits.

But, he says there are lessons to be learned from this incident.  Sergeant Richards reminds people of the following safety tips for travelers:

  • Stick to familiar routes
  • Let someone know where you’re going and the route you will take
  • Don’t rely on electronic navigation devices or apps; carry paper maps
  • Ensure you carry enough food and water for 48 hours
  • Carry warm clothing and blankets in your vehicle

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Update 6/5/19: As of 1:00 am Wednesday, June 5, 2019, all four were located safe. Thank you to everyone who helped with the search and shared information.

Original release:

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) search and rescue (SAR) personnel are searching for a Medford woman and her three children.  The four were reported missing Tuesday evening after not returning home from a planned hike.

On June 4, 2019, at 6:12 p.m., dispatch received a call from the woman’s husband.  Cameron Cutler, 35, and three of her children – 5-year-old twins (boy and girl), and a 4-year-old boy, reportedly left home that morning to go hiking on the Tunnel Ridge Trail.  They had not returned home.

Cutler was reportedly driving a silver Honda Odyssey minivan with Oregon license plate 752 JUY.  The vehicle has not yet been located.

SAR teams are checking trailheads in the Applegate and Ruch areas where the family may have been hiking.  Dozens of citizens also turned out to assist.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Cameron Cutler and her children is asked to call dispatch at (541) 776-7206.  Refer to case #19-11153.

Paragliding Crash Results in Death near Cape Lookout State Park

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On Sunday June 2, 2019 at approximately 5:00 PM, Oregon State Police was notified of a water rescue in the Pacific Ocean near Cape Lookout State Park.

The preliminary investigation revealed Gary B Mudrow, 44, from Beaverton, Oregon had been paragliding from the Cape Lookout State Park. Witnesses (and Mudrow’s friend) indicated when Mudrow took off he appeared to be too low and tried to radio Mudrow. The witness observed Mudrow’s paraglide crash into the ocean. Mudrow was seen attempting to use the paraglide as a floatation device. The witness landed on the beach but could no longer see Mudrow.

Netarts Oceanside Fire District and the US Coast Guard were called to assist with the water rescue. Mudrow was located and brought to shore by Netarts Oceanside Fire. Mudrow was not breathing and unconscious.  CPR was started and Mudrow was transported to the local hospital where he was pronounced deceased at approximately 7:00PM.

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Two Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adults in custody died recently On Hospice Care

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Two Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adults in custody died recently. Both were incarcerated at the Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP) in Salem and passed away in the infirmary while on hospice care. As with all in-custody deaths, Oregon State Police have been notified. Read more

Fake Fishing Licenses Being Sold Online

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BBB, OR Fish & Wildlife Warn of Phony Fishing, Hunting Licenses

Online Scam Hooks Consumers With False Advertising 

For Oregon consumers looking to hunt and/or fish this season, be careful when purchasing licenses as Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific has learned of an ongoing online scam pushing out phony licenses.

Oregon Department Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) contacted BBB NW+P to share that its employees have been made aware of at least two people who recently purchased items from the website www.fishinglicense.org after searching online for an Oregon fishing license. BBB has also confirmed two Oregonians filed a complaint and Scam Tracker report against fishinglicense.org just within the last month.

This is not the first time BBB has alerted consumers to this website, but concerningly, the page is still up and running. ODFW and other state fish and wildlife agencies have been hearing about customers mistakenly buying items from this website since 2017.

“While it’s not a widespread problem, it’s unfortunate that even one person would be misled when trying to buy an Oregon fishing license,” said Linda Lytle, ODFW License Services Manager. “This is not the first time we have heard about this and it isn’t just happening in Oregon.”

Fishinglicense.org, which claims to operate out of Coeur d’Alene, ID, has no office. The company operates under the umbrella organization, “Orange Grove LLC”, which claims to help consumers with a variety of services including travel planning, registrations and drivers’ licenses

Within the last year, there have been 20 complaints regarding the company mostly related to false adverting and fraudulent sales. There have also been numerous negative reviews left on the company’s BBB profile, which has garnered an F-rating. It appears representatives for fishinglicense.org have been responding to some of the recent complaints, though BBB cannot confirm at this time whether any refunds have been issued.

BBB cautions consumers not to use any websites associated with Orange Grove LLC, including fishinglicense.org or driverslicenseonline.org. This issue has been brought to the attention of the Federal Trade Commission.

Oregon fishing or hunting licenses can be purchased via the ODFW landing page. Consumers can also purchase a license at one of the sale agents listed on the site. On the website, Oregonians will be guided to the proper licensing processes and procedures for fishing, crabbing, bird hunting and big-game hunting.

For consumers who have purchased a fake license somewhere else, head to the ODFW website for help. For hunters, please note the deadline to apply for a valid license is June 1.

For ODFW, combating this issue is imperative to protect consumers from losing money and to prevent them from going out with improper licenses, which can lead to further problems.

“We would just like consumers to be aware of this issue and not get tricked into buying something when what they really want is an Oregon fishing, hunting or shellfish license,” said Lytle.

BBB NW+P offers the following tips for consumers to protect themselves from online scams:

  • Check a site’s security settings. If the site is secure, its URL should start with “https://” and include a lock icon on the purchase or shopping cart page
  • Shop with a credit card. In case of a fraudulent transaction, a credit card provides additional protections; it’s easier to dispute charges. Debit cards, prepaid cards or gift cards don’t have the same protections as a credit card.
  • Think before your click. Be especially cautious about email solicitations and online ads on social media sites that bring you to a website. Many sketchy retailers can easily “spoof” an existing website to appear legitimate, when really, it’s a fake page all together.

Portland Man Pleads Guilty to Production of Child Pornography. Used musical.ly, a social media application known as TikTok

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PORTLAND, Ore.—Juan Carlos Ramon, 33, of Portland, pleaded guilty today to two counts of production of child pornography after sexually exploiting two minor victims, aged six and eight, using musical.ly, a social media application now known as TikTok.

This case underscores the need to monitor the activity of children online and in smartphone apps.

 

According to court documents, on or about June 28, 2017, Ramon began communicating with two minors using the musical.ly app. He used the screen name “@lexithetiger” and pretended to be a minor female. Ramon encouraged his victims to play a “Simon Says” type game where he would send sexually explicit photos of a minor female and ask his victims to take and send him photos imitating the positions and acts depicted. The minor victims agreed and sent Ramon a series of progressively more explicit self-produced images. A relative of the two victims later discovered the communications and reported it to law enforcement.

Each count of production of child pornography carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison with a 15-year mandatory minimum, a $250,000 fine, a $5,000 special assessment and a life term of supervised release with a five-year mandatory minimum. Ramon will be sentenced on September 5, 2019 before U.S. District Court Judge Robert E. Jones.

As part of the plea agreement, Ramon has agreed to pay restitution to his victims identified by the government prior to sentencing and as ordered by the court.

This case was investigated by FBI Portland’s Child Exploitation Task Force (CETF) and is being prosecuted by Natalie Wight, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

The FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force (CETF) conducts sexual exploitation investigations – many of them undercover – in coordination with other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. The Portland FBI’s CETF consists of agents and task force officers from the Beaverton Police Department, Portland Police Bureau, Tigard Police Department, Hillsboro Police Department, and the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. The FBI’s CETF is committed to locating and arresting those who prey on children as well as recovering underage victims of sex trafficking and child exploitation.

Anyone who has information about the physical or online exploitation of children are encouraged to call the FBI at (503) 224-4181 or submit a tip online at www.fbi.gov/tips.

Hornbrook Man Arrested for Arson

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Hornbrook Man Arrested for Arson

On May 21, 2019, CAL FIRE law enforcement arrested a male from Hornbrook on arson charges. The fire occurred earlier this month, per CAL FIRE and Siskiyou County District Attorney Office, a warrant was issued for Travis John Churchill, 43, from Hornbrook. Churchill was booked into the Siskiyou County Jail for arson.

CAL FIRE law enforcement officers work diligently to investigate all fires and prosecute those suspected of starting fires. As fire danger remains high across California, wildfires will continue to pose a major threat to life, property and our state’s natural resources.

CAL FIRE urges the public to be vigilant in their preparedness and awareness of suspicious activity. Any questions regarding this arrest should be directed to the Siskiyou County District Attorney’s Office. For more information on how you can be prepared for a Wildfire, visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org or www.fire.ca.gov

Oregon State Police Trooper Nicolas Cederberg receives the National Public Safety Medal of Valor

 

Today, Oregon State Police Trooper Nic Cederberg received the National Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor presented by the President of the United States. This is the highest national award for valor a public safety officer can receive.

Nic was awarded this honor for his bravery shown on December 25, 2016, Christmas Day. Trooper Cederberg, on patrol alone and without cover, attempted to arrest a craven and desperate murder suspect. The suspect engaged Nic in a close quarters gun battle, with our OSP family member sustaining a dozen gunshot wounds and left clinging to life. That Christmas morning, Nic provided us all with the greatest gift imaginable, his determination and will to survive in the face of impossible odds.

Nic, who was a US Army veteran and who was a seven year veteran of the Oregon State Police at the time, has not yet been able to return to work due to the injuries sustained. Nic initially spent 48 long days in the hospital and continues to fight for a full recovery.

“The greatest gift the Oregon State Police has received is Nic’s pure determination to survive. Trooper Cederberg typifies the grit and perseverance of an OSP Trooper, humbly serving with distinction in the face of difficult circumstances. Nic, we love you and honor your service. All of Oregon celebrates your award of the Medal of Valor and the personal story it symbolizes.”- Superintendent Travis Hampton

“I am proud to have our Oregon State Police represented at the White House today by Trooper Cederberg. On Christmas Day 2016, he showed enormous courage in the most difficult of circumstances, and exemplified the kind of service and bravery the Medal of Valor represents. His life and community will be forever impacted by that night, and his experience is part of why I feel strongly that we need more troopers on Oregon’s highways. I wish Nic the best on his continued recovery and congratulate him for this distinguished recognition.” Governor Kate Brown

Every day, public safety officers risk their lives to protect America’s citizens and communities. To honor that commitment, Congress passed The Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Act of 2001 (https://www.bja.gov/programs/medalofvalor/valor.html), which created the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor, the highest national award for valor by a public safety officer. The medal is awarded annually to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect human life

 

 

 

DUII Driver Crashes Into OSP Patrol Car Medford

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DUII driver arrested after crashing into the back of an OSP Patrol car.

On May 18, 2019, at approximately 2:20 am, Sgt. Broome had stopped for a disabled motorist parked in the lane of travel around on Crater Lake Avenue in Medford. As he concluded assisting the motorist he sat down in the driver’s seat, when his patrol vehicle was rear-ended by an SUV.

The female driver of the SUV was the sole occupant of the vehicle. She was arrested for DUII amongst additional charges. The Medford Police Department is investigating the crash and is the primary agency handling the criminal investigation.

The female driver was uninjured. Sgt. Broome went to the hospital for evaluation and treatment.

OSP was assisted by Medford Police and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

CELEBRATE STATE PARKS DAY JUNE 1 WITH FREE CAMPING, PARKING AND SPECIAL EVENTS

Saturday June 1 is State Parks Day and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) invites Oregonians outdoors for a day of free camping, free parking and special events at Oregon’s state parks.

Several state parks are holding free events that day, and camping is free at all tent, RV and individual horse campsites. Day-use parking will be free June 1 and 2 at the 25 parks that charge a day-use fee.

“State Parks Day is our way each year of thanking Oregonians for their commitment to our state parks,” said Lisa Sumption, OPRD director. “We invite people to discover a new park or revisit an old favorite.”

State Parks Day is organized by OPRD and has been held annually since 1997.

Oregon Lottery returns as an event sponsor this year and they’re providing support for events at six state parks: Champoeg State Heritage Area, Fort Stevens State Park, Tumalo State Park, The Cove Palisades State Park, Wallowa Lake State Park and Silver Falls State Park.

Oregon Lottery is also sponsoring a new addition to State Parks Day: commemorative State Parks Day pins. The limited-edition pins will be available for free at more than two dozen state parks on June 1. See the full list of parks distributing the pins at the end of this release. Note: parks have a limited supply of pins and they will be given away first come, first served.

In total, 11 state parks will host free events June 1:

Willamette Valley

  • Champoeg State Heritage Area
  • Fort Yamhill State Heritage Area
  • Silver Falls State Park

Coast

  • Fort Stevens State Park
  • Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint

Cascade Range and Central Oregon

  • The Cove Palisades State Park
  • Prineville Reservoir State Park
  • Tumalo State Park

Portland Metro Area

  • Tryon Creek State Natural Area

Southern and Eastern Oregon

  • Collier Memorial State Park
  • Wallowa Lake State Park

Events include disc golf, living history, outdoor concerts, ranger-led programs and more. Full details about events at each park are on the official State Parks Day webpage.

To guarantee a campsite for State Parks Day, reserve online at oregonstateparks.org or call (800) 452-5687 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. While campsite rental is free, an $8 non-refundable transaction fee is required at the time of the reservation. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance of your stay. Approximately half of state park campgrounds accept reservations.

List of state parks giving away State Parks Day pins on June 1

Coast

  • Bullards Beach State Park
  • Cape Arago State Park
  • Cape Lookout State Park
  • Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint
  • Crissey Field State Recreation Site
  • Fort Stevens State Park
  • Humbug Mountain State Park
  • Shore Acres State Park
  • Sunset Bay State Park
  • William M. Tugman State Park

Columbia River Gorge

  • Ainsworth State Park
  • Guy W. Talbot State Park

Willamette Valley

  • Champoeg State Heritage Area
  • Dexter State Recreation Area
  • Elijah Bristow State Park
  • Fort Yamhill State Heritage Area
  • Silver Falls State Park
  • Thompson’s Mills State Heritage Area

Cascade Range and Central Oregon

  • LaPine State Park
  • Prineville Reservoir State Park
  • The Cove Palisades State Park
  • Tumalo State Park

Southern and Eastern Oregon

  • Clyde Holliday State Park
  • Cottonwood Canyon State Park
  • Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area
  • Farewell Bend State Recreation Area
  • Hat Rock State Park
  • Lake Owyhee State Park
  • Minam State Recreation Area
  • Sumpter Valley Dredge State Heritage Site
  • Wallowa Lake State Park

 

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