Category Archives: Pacific Northwest Regional News

Small Plane (Cessna 172) Slides Off Runway At Sunriver

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At approximately 12:45 this afternoon Sunriver Fire and Rescue and Sunriver Police responded to an aircraft accident at the Sunriver Airport. A Cesena 172 (single prop) plane with two on board slid into a snow bank while landing and came to rest on its roof. There were no injuries and extent of damage to plane is undetermined at this time. There was a minor fuel leak which was contained by SRFD Firefighters. The FAA has been contacted and will determine next steps. No specific cause of the accident has been determined. The airport is currently closed for other flight traffic.

Photo Credit: Sunriver Fire & Rescue

 

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HIGH WINDS FORCE CLEAN-UP CREWS OUT OF HIGH CASCADES AREA

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UNION CREEK –  High winds pushed crews out of the High Cascades closure area this afternoon.

Due to the hazard to public and crew safety, the Oregon 62 closure is back to Prospect from Union Creek. These winds have halted progress for the day due to hazard trees. Crews will re-evaluate in the morning. But with another foot of snow in the forecast tonight and tomorrow, clean-up work will be evaluated day by day.

Current High Cascade closures:

  • Highway 138 closed from Toketee to U.S. 97
  • Oregon 62/230 closed at Prospect

OREGON STATE POLICE INVESTIGATING THREE PEOPLE BEING SWEPT INTO THE OCEAN – CLATSOP COUNTY

Update: 1-12-20 at 8:57AM

The adult male and father of the two children is being identified as Jeremy Stiles (47) from Portland.

The officer that entered the ocean is from the Manzanita Police Department and is requesting no media interviews at this time.

On Saturday, January 11, 2020, at approximately 12:38 P.M., Emergency Services responded to the Falcon Cove area, near the county line of Clatsop County and Tillamook County, for three people that had been swept into the ocean.

Preliminary investigation revealed a adult male was holding two children, a 7 year old female and a 4 year old male, on the shore and they were all swept into the ocean by a wave.

A police officer arrived to find an adult male struggling to get out of the ocean and a juvenile female further out in the ocean.  The officer went into the ocean and was able to get the juvenile female and bring her to shore.  She was transported by Medix Ambulance to Providence Seaside Hospital (PSH).  The adult male was also taken by ambulance to PSH. 

The 4 year old male has not yet been located.  The United States Coast Guard sent helicopters to aid in the search but the search had to be suspended at sunset. 

The juvenile female was pronounced deceased at PSH. 

Cannon Beach Fire Department, Cannon Beach Police Department and Manzanita Police Department all assisted on scene. 

Name of the adult male will be released on January 12, 2020.

Oregon DOJ and DHS to release new data on human trafficking across Oregon

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(Portland, Ore.) – The State of Oregon identified 746 victims of human trafficking across Oregon in a 12-month period between October 2018 and October 2019. The new data was collected by the Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS).

In commemoration of Human Trafficking Awareness Day, on Friday, Jan. 10, 2019 Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and Rebecca Jones Gaston, director of the DHS Child Welfare Program, will honor the efforts of Oregonians who work to prevent human trafficking, including an award honoring an inter-agency team which stopped a trafficking ring in Lane County. The awards ceremony which is open to the media, will also help raise awareness about Oregon’s current intervention efforts and recognize the work of Oregonians who are taking a trauma informed and victim-centered approach to trafficking intervention.

“Human trafficking and the exploitation of minors, sadly, affects every corner of Oregon. The individuals and community members we are honoring on Human Trafficking Awareness Day represent the courage, trust, and strong inter-agency partnerships necessary to help keep our most vulnerable Oregonians, especially children, safe from traffickers,” said Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum

“DHS is proud to recognize the efforts of our Lane County and Clackamas Child Welfare awardees for their teamwork and collaboration,” said Jones Gaston. “Preventing human trafficking is not just one organization’s goal, it takes everyone to work together to make a difference in this issue, which is why the teamwork and passion exhibited by these awardees is so critical.”

Awards will be presented on Friday, Jan. 10 at the Oregon DOJ office at 100 SW Market Street in Portland, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Media is welcome to attend.

Team Award: Lane County Team

Lane County Child Welfare Office: Susan Lopez, Tanya Huff, Melissa Erickson, Kyle Belknap, Bridget Byfield, Chuck Nyby, Melissa McCormack.

Federal Bureau of Investigation –Special Agent Isabel Scharn, Special Agent Damara Schlitz, SOS Joseph Peoples, Victim Specialist Florence Mackey.

Lane County Department of Youth Services Probation Officer Jordan Sies, DelBrico Kriner and MH specialist Martin Starr.

Eugene Police Department – Detective Curtis Newell, Detective Jed McGuire.

Albany Police Department- Officer Gabe Flores, Albany Police Department

Above & Beyond Award:

Advocate: Tanel Tucker, Safety Compass

District Attorney: Mike Botthof, Multnomah County District Attorney

Law Enforcement: Officer Heather Hisel, Milwaukie Police Department

DHS: Kelly Walsh, Clackamas Child Welfare Office

Other: Tom Perez, EPIK

Counter-drug operations garner multi-million dollar seizures of illicit drugs in Siskiyou County

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Sheriff Gives Annual Drug Enforcement Summary to Board of Supervisors

“Counter-drug operations garner multi-million dollar seizures of illicit drugs in county”

On Tuesday, January 7, 2020, Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey provided a 2019 annual drug enforcement update to the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors. The totals Read more

Oregon and Washington BLM Firefighters Deployed to Australia

The BLM in Oregon/Washington announced today that it has deployed four firefighters to assist Australia with the prolific wildfires spread throughout the country. These firefighters include staff from the BLM Vale, Prineville, and Burns Districts that have accompanied 13 other interagency Pacific Northwest firefighters also assisting Australia.

The BLM firefighters from Oregon/Washington being deployed to Australia include expertise in air tactical support, wildland fire incident management, and firefighter crew leadership.

Fires that started to burn in August have continued uninterrupted with large areas of both New South Wales and Queensland burned, multiple property losses, and, sadly, fatalities. Fire conditions continue to challenge in New South Wales and Queensland, while new fires are causing concern further south in Victoria. Fire conditions in Australia are extreme due to an extended drought, hot temperatures, and relative humidity in the single digits.

The last fire assistance between the two countries was in August 2018 when 138 Australian and New Zealand wildfire management personnel were sent to the U.S. for almost 30 days to assist with wildfire suppression efforts in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. The Australian and New Zealand personnel filled critical needs during the peak of the western fire season for mid-level fireline management, heavy equipment, helicopter operations, and structure protection.

The National Multi-Agency Coordinating Group is working with the National Interagency Coordination Center to mobilize resources and distribute the request across interagency partners. The last time the U.S sent firefighters to Australia was in 2010.

In the Pacific Northwest, the fire program is managed cooperatively between the two agencies and in close collaboration with the Pacific Northwest Wildfire Coordinating Group, an interagency group including the five federal wildland fire agencies, two state forestry agencies, and two state fire marshal associations. The interagency jurisdiction covers both Oregon and Washington and includes nine BLM districts, 19 National Forests, and the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area. By working cooperatively, the agencies administer fire, fuels and aviation programs in a manner that eliminates duplication, increases program efficiency, and capitalizes on the expertise of each agency’s personnel.

Additional information about wildland firefighting in the Pacific Northwest is available online at:

www.blm.gov/programs/public-safety-and-fire/fire-and-aviation/regional-info/oregon-washington

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Up To $50,000 Reward Offered In Unsolved Siskiyou County Homicide Case

Sheriff’s Office Seeks Public Support to Solve Murder Case

Up To $50,000.00 Reward Offered

Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) detectives continue to probe the homicide involving a former Santa Cruz County resident, Mr. Spencer Richard Hodgson, found deceased in the Klamath River area of Siskiyou County. A “Secret Witness” reward, coupled with a donation, has been combined in the case, which means up to $50,000.00 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s) responsible for the murder of the victim in this case. Mr. Hodgson’s body was found in a ravine on April 8, 2019 in vicinity of Yreka Walker Road in the Klamath River area. On Monday, April 8, 2019 at about 9:06 a.m., a Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) deputy responded to the location after receiving a report of a possible dead body. Klamath River is a small, rural community located about 27.6 miles northwest of Yreka astride SR 96, near the Klamath River. Siskiyou County is the northern-most central county in California and is contiguous to the Oregon border. The responding SCSO deputy arrived at the scene and confirmed the body was that of a deceased male adult. SCSO’s Major Crimes Unit (MCU) was summoned and responded to the scene. An extensive crime scene investigation was conducted by detectives and MCU’s forensic technician. The victim was identified as a local man, Mr. Hodgson, 31, most recently a residence in the Klamath River area. Spencer previously had long-term ties in the Santa Cruz, California area.

An autopsy was conducted on April 10 and the forensic pathologist and detectives confirmed the cause of death as gunshot wounds and the manner of death as homicide.

SCSO investigators were able to recover the victim’s missing pick-up truck, with the assistance of the California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) Northern Division Air Operations Unit. A CHP-piloted aircraft with the MCU’s detective sergeant as a passenger-observer, found the missing pick-up after an aerial search was conducted in the area. A dog owned by the victim was also found alive and well and was given to family members. The pick-up vehicle is considered a source of potential evidence for investigators and its recovery has led to additional leads. Detectives have interviewed a number of associates of the victim and family members. Search warrants were obtained and some potential evidence was recovered and the case is still on-going but leads have dissipated over time. The reward has been offered to motivate anyone out there with information about the case to contact SCSO investigators. Virtually any information could be important to the case. Forensic analysis of evidence found at the scene and in the pick-up owned by Mr. Hodgson is underway and may yield additional information critical in the case.

Assistance and support has been requested from Sheriff Jim Hart of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office and his staff, which is assisting with the dissemination of the reward and information about the case in Mr. Hodgson’s previous home county. Although Mr. Hodgson has most recently resided in the Klamath River area of Siskiyou County, the investigation has revealed there are links between Spencer and other people, including friends and associates in the Santa Cruz County area.

According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “There is a good chance someone in Siskiyou County knows something about Mr. Hodgson’s case. We have disseminated a news release in the Santa Cruz County area as well, in the hopes of obtaining additional investigative leads in this case. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Siskiyou County, Oregon, and Santa Cruz County news outlets for helping us with this important case. Any information about Spencer’s activities prior to the April 8, 2019 incident, even of a minor nature, and any other leads about this homicide could be pivotal in this case. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact a SCSO detective at (530) 842-8318 and refer to SCSO Case Number 1-19-0547.”

Highway 97 Fatal Crash In Deschutes County

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On TuesdayDecember 31, 2019 Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a three vehicle crash on Hwy 97 at the intersection of Hwy 370 (O’Neil Hwy).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Chevrolet Suburban pulling a trailer, operated by Jose Parada-Rodriguez (70) of Terrebonne, was attempting to cross Hwy 97 and pulled out in front of a northbound Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by Charles Smith (63) of Terrebonne, and a BMW X5, operated by Delita Cordes (62) of Madras.

Smith was transported to the hospital by air ambulance where he was pronounced deceased.

Parada-Rodriguez and Cordes were not injured.

OSP was assisted by the Redmond Police Department and ODOT.

Body Found Along Railroad Tracks In Siskiyou County Said To Be Train Passenger

Photo Credit – SCSO

This is an update to our original post here.

Sheriff’s Office Update on Suspicious Death Investigation

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) is continuing its investigation into the suspicious death of a man located on December 26 after deputies received a call at 9:10 a.m., reporting a possible dead body lying near railroad tracks about .3 mile east of the Read more

Information About Oregon’s New Single Use Checkout Bag Ban Starting In 2020

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Starting on Jan. 1, 2020, Oregon retail stores and restaurants can no longer provide single-use checkout bags.
They also must, in most instances, charge at least five cents for paper bags (with 40% or more post-consumer recycled content), reusable plastic bags (4 mils thick) and reusable fabric bags although restaurants may still provide paper bags at no cost.

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Oregon Bottle Bill Changes, Additions Coming in 2020

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Soon That Bottle of Kefir or Milk-Based Smoothie Will Be Redeemable

Starting in the New Year, Oregonians will have a slightly expanded menu of redeemable product types eligible for redemption. The seven-member panel of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission approved updates to the Bottle Bill through a technical rules package Thursday. The approved changes represent a combination of updates made during the legislative session and as well as from Commission action. Read more

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