Oregon State Police Continues Investigation into Saturday morning's Reckless Driving Investigation in Coos Bay - 08/23/15
On August 22, 2015, at approximately 07:13 a.m. the Coos Bay Police Department dispatch center received a 911 call pertaining to a reckless driver within the Empire District of the City of Coos Bay. An Oregon State Police Senior Trooper overheard the criminal call and responded to assist. The Trooper located the suspect vehicle unoccupied and parked on N. Morrison Street in the City of Coos Bay. The Trooper attempted to contact the registered owner of the vehicle at an adjacent residence to further the investigation into the Reckless Driving complaint.
The Trooper attempted contact at the residence and was unable to contact the registered owner of the vehicle in question. The Trooper walked away from the residence and was conducting further follow up investigation and documenting suspect vehicle descriptions and identifiers as the vehicle was parked on the side of N. Morrison Street.
As the Trooper was conducting the follow up investigation, an adult male identified as Michael SCOTT, age 25, from North Bend, came out of the residence from which the Trooper had previously attempted to contact the registered owner. SCOTT approached the suspect vehicle and the Trooper with a digital recording device in hand. SCOTT proceeded to climb up onto the hood of the car and then sit on the roof of the car with his legs positioned over the windshield, facing the Trooper who was positioned near the front of the suspect vehicle.
The Trooper disengaged contact with SCOTT and walked back towards his patrol vehicle and ultimately re-entered the patrol vehicle. SCOTT dismounted from the suspect vehicle and followed the Trooper. SCOTT continued to advance towards the police vehicle, walking in front of it, on the passenger side, across the rear and then advancing towards the driver side. The Trooper exited his vehicle as SCOTT was approaching him from the rear. The Trooper was attempting to stop SCOTT from further interfering with his investigation of the original Reckless Driving Complaint.
Coos Bay Police Department responded and arrived to assist with the investigation and further continuing the investigation into the Reckless Driving Complaint.
The Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation into the incident with SCOTT and will be referring the completed criminal report to the Coos County District Attorney's Office for consideration of the charges of: Interfering with a Police Officer and Disorderly Conduct II. Other criminal charges may be considered upon the review of the Coos County District Attorney.
Fatal Crash in Malheur County Takes Life of Washington Man (Photo) - 08/22/15
On August 20, 2015 at about 10:38 a.m. OSP Troopers and emergency crews responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 357 (Ontario).
According to Lieutenant Mark Duncan, a 2010 Dodge Sprinter 2500 van operated by Mark M. VORONKOVICH, age 23, of Auburn, WA, was traveling westbound on I-84 near milepost 357 and approaching the rear of a 1999 Freightliner Conventional Truck and semi-trailer combination that was operated by John D. MINDY, age 58, of Tremont, PA. MINDY was traveling down Three Mile Hill with his hazard lights activated at approximately 20 MPH, in the slow lane, when VORONKOVICH's vehicle crashed into the back of the commercial combination.
Emergency crews arrived on scene and declared VORONKOVICH deceased and was later extricated from the vehicle. MINDY was not injured. Preliminary investigation indicates that distracted driving does appear to be a potential cause for the crash.
OSP was assisted by the Huntington Fire and Ambulance, Treasure Valley Paramedics, Ontario Fire and Rescue, and the Oregon Department of Transportation. I-84 was closed for approximately 20 minutes and the investigation is ongoing and more information will be released when it is available.
Deschutes County Deputy District Attorney Receives Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year Award (Photo) - 08/21/15
On August 20, 2015, Deschutes County Deputy District Attorney Andrew "Drew" Moore was honored with the "2014 Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year Award" at the Oregon District Attorneys Association summer conference held in Bend. The award was presented by members of the Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish and Wildlife Division and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) representative Chip Dale, who is the Klamath and Malheur Watershed Manager.
The award recognized Deputy District Attorney Moore for his support, hard work, dedication, efforts in enforcing fish and wildlife laws and commitment to the preservation of Oregon's natural resources through prosecution of those who violate the fish and wildlife laws.
The Central Oregon OSP Fish & Wildlife Team nominated Mr. Moore for this year's award, for distinguishing himself time and again in prosecuting violators of Oregon's fish and wildlife and natural resource laws in the Central Oregon area.
The Central Oregon OSP Fish & Wildlife Team said that "Drew Moore has proven himself and we consider him a valuable part of our team. Drew is always available to the team day or night; whether it's a phone call to answer questions, give guidance or to meet personally to review cases. He takes a vested interest in the effort the team makes in investigating wildlife cases and works diligently to achieve positive case resolutions, supporting our efforts."
The Oregon Sportsmen's Coalition, which consists of volunteer outdoor enthusiast organizations opposed to the unlawful and unethical taking of wildlife (to include the Oregon Hunters Association), sponsored the award with the OSP Fish and Wildlife Division and the ODFW. This is the eighth annual presentation of the Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year Award.
Photo Attached (pictured left to right:Senior Trooper Scott Vaughn, ODFW Chip Dale, Senior Trooper Travis Ring, DDA Drew Moore, Lieutenant Carl Rhodes, Sergeant Lowell Lea).
Lane County Man Loses Life In Crash East Of Springfield - 08/20/15
On August 20, 2015 at about 2PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a vehicle into a tree on HWY 126 near milepost 18 (east of Springfield).
According to Sergeant Alan Gilbert, a 2000 Chevrolet pickup was traveling eastbound on Highway 126 when it drifted off the roadway, struck a tree, and caught fire. Passing motorists pulled the operator, Robert O LOGAN, age 83, of Leaburg, from the vehicle.
LOGAN was transported to Sacred Heart Riverbend where he was pronounced deceased. Highway 126 was closed for approximately four hours with traffic detoured onto Holden Creek Road. There were two other non-injury crashes in the area due to the heavy traffic caused by the crash. OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, McKenzie Fire and Springfield/Eugene Fire and Rescue.
The investigation is continuing and more information will be released when it is available.
Two Vehicle Crash Near Ontario Injures Three - Malheur County (Photo) - 08/20/15
On August 19, 2015 at about 10:15PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Railroad Avenue and Highway 201 (two miles south of Ontario).
According to Sergeant Kurt Marvin, a 1996 Honda Civic operated by Joseph RUSH, age 23, of Payette, ID, was traveling eastbound on Railroad Ave when he failed to stop at a stop sign. RUSH's vehicle collided with a 2000 Buick Sedan which was traveling northbound on HWY 201. The operator of the Buick, Irl WIDMER, age 52, of Nyssa, attempted to avoid the collision but was unsuccessful.
The vehicles collided and RUSH's vehicle continued on to strike a steel power pole. WIDMER's vehicle came to rest on the roadway. RUSH was taken by air ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise for serious injuries. His passenger, Danielle FLEDERBACH, age 19, of Vale, was taken by ground ambulance to an Ontario Hospital but later taken by air ambulance to Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland for serious injuries. WIDMER was taken to an Ontario Hospital for minor injuries.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation. More information will be released when it is available. OSP was assisted by the Malheur County Sheriff's Office and Ontario Fire and Rescue.
OSP Patrol Vehicle Struck While At Scene Of Crash - Wasco County (Photo) - 08/20/15
On Tuesday, August 18th at approximately 8:06PM, Troopers from The Dalles Area Command were at the scene of a crash that had occurred on I-84 near milepost 78.5 eastbound (just west of The Dalles).
OSP 2015 Dodge Charger was stopped in the fast lane with his emergency lights activated, preventing traffic from hitting the large pieces of concrete in the roadway. MCMILLEN struck the rear of the patrol car at approximately 65 mph, causing significant damage to both vehicles. MCMILLEN was using his safety restraints and was transported to a local hospital for evaluation for minor injuries. MCMILLEN indicated he was not paying attention to the road ahead of him because he was looking at the crash scene on the eastbound side of the interstate. MCMILLEN was issued citations for careless driving and failing to maintain a safe distance from an emergency vehicle.
The Oregon State Police was assisted at the scene by the Wasco County Sheriff's Office, Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Redmond Man Loses Life In Single Vehicle Crash - Jefferson County (Photo) - 08/19/15
OSP Fish and Wildlife Division Seeking Public's Assistance in Poaching Case-Fall Creek (Lane County) - Update (Photo) - 08/17/15
The Oregon State Police would like to thank the public for the assistance with the investigation of the buck deer killed near Lowell and reported on last week. A suspect has been identified and charges have been filed.
The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division in Springfield is asking for the public's help locating the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing and waste of a deer in Lane County.
During the first week of August, a landowner in the Fall Creek Area southeast of Springfield reported finding a dead deer on his property. An Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Trooper from the Springfield Area Command responded to the location and found a large four point black tailed buck deer with a gunshot wound in the chest.
The Oregon State Police is seeking the public's help and requesting anyone who may have information regarding this incident to contact Senior Trooper Martin Maher at 541-726-2536 extension 424, or call the TIP Hotline at 1-800-452-788 or TIP E-Mail TIP@state.or.us. A $250 reward may be issued for information resulting in an arrest/conviction of person(s) for the illegal killing, taking, and/or waste of this deer. TIPs can remain anonymous.
Single vehicle fatal crash on US Highway 26 near milepost 152 in Grant County - Update (Photo) - 08/17/15
Update: Name Release
Leonard John RADINOVICH, 18, from John Day, died in a single vehicle crash on highway 26 near milepost (MP) 152 in Grant County.
On Sunday, August 16, 2015, at approximately 5:12 AM, a silver, Toyota 4-Runner, was traveling eastbound on highway 26 near MP 152 when RADINOVICH lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle veered off the highway, rolled, and came to rest in a near-by field.
RADINOVICH was not restrained by a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash. The passenger, a 15 year old juvenile, was properly restrained and not injured.
Alcohol is being investigated as the contributing factor of the crash. Trooper Weaver is the lead investigator.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Grant County Sheriff's Office, John Day Police Department, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Four persons critically injured in roll-over crash in Grants Pass (Photo) - 08/16/15
Five juvenile passengers injured when driver struck a tree. Three of the juveniles,along with the driver, were critically injured.
Three (3) of the juvenile passengers were transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center (RRMC) in Medford, Oregon, with critical injuries. The driver, WHITE, was transported to Three Rivers Community Hospital in Grants Pass, Oregon, with critical injuries. The remaining two (2) juvenile passengers were transported to TRCH as well. All passengers are from the Grants Pass area. It is unknown if seat-belts were in use at the time of the crash.
The investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing. The Oregon State Police were assisted by, Josephine County Sheriff's Office, Rural Metro Fire, American Medical Response, Grants Pass Fire, Rogue River Fire, Mercy Flights and the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety-chaplain service.
Alcohol and Marijuana use are being investigated as a contributing factors for a single vehicle fatal crash on SR Hwy 18 near Willamina. (Photo) - 08/16/15
One person is deceased and two other injured in crash on SR Hwy 18 near milepost (MP) 28.
On Saturday August 16, 2015 at approximately 7:57 AM, a white Chevrolet Malibu, was traveling eastbound on SR Hwy 18 near MP 28 when the vehicle veered off the road and struck a tree.
The operator of the vehicle, identified as Mr. Jose Bermudez Gutierrez (age 30) from Portland,was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. The right rear passenger, identified as Mr. Brian Quintana (age 22) from Portland, was transported to OHSU with critical injuries. The right front passenger, identified as Mr. Juan Bermudez Gutierrez (age 21) from Portland, was pronounced deceased at the scene. It was determined Mr. Jose Bermudez Gutierrez and Mr. Juan Bermudez Gutierrez were brothers.
Alcohol and Marijuana use are being investigated as contributing factors of the crash. Trooper Ely is the lead investigator.
OSP was assisted by West Valley Fire, Polk County District Attorney's Office, Polk County Medical Examiner, and Oregon Department of Transportation.
Oregon State Police looking for witnesses of a roll-over crash I-5 MP 16.5 near Ashland- Update (Photo) - 08/16/15
Mother cited and released for DUII and Assault resulting from a roll-over crash on I-5 where her children were injured.
On Saturday, August 15th, 2015, at approximately 6:44 PM, a blue, 2004 Honda CRV with California license 6KFX971, was traveling northbound on Interstate-5 near milepost 16 when the operator, Michele A. Roux-Mantoan (age 34), from Carmichael, California, lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle crossed the center-median as it rolled several times and landed on its wheels, coming to rest on and blocking the southbound A-lane of travel.
All four (4) occupants; the operator and three (3) juvenile passengers (ages 10, 5, and 1), were transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center (RRMC) in Medford, Oregon, by ambulance. The operator was wearing her seatbelt and suffered an injury to her left-hand.
Both the ten and five year old children sustained serious injuries and were transported to RRMC. The five year old was later transported to OHSU. The one year old was properly secured in a rear-facing child seat and did not received any serious injuries from the crash.
At this time alcohol is being investigated as a cause of the crash. The operator was cited and released for DUII, Assault II and two (2) counts of Assault III.
Three juvenile children were injured in a rollover crash on I-5 near MP 16.5 (in between the Ashland exits). OSP asking witnesses to call the Southern Command Center (541) 664-4600.
On August 15 at 6:44 PM OSP Troopers responded to a single vehicle roll-over crash. The northbound 2004 blue Honda CRV crossed the median, rolled over, and came to rest in the southbound lane of I-5. The Honda had a California license plate of 6KFX971.
OSP is asking for anyone who witnessed events leading up to or witnessed the crash to call the Southern Command Center at (541) 664-4600.
Pedestrian dies when attempting to cross I-84 (Photo) - 08/14/15
A pedestrian died when she attempted to cross eastbound lanes of I-84 near The Dalles.
According to Sergeant Raiser, on August 14, 2015 at 3:05 PM OSP Troopers responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian crash on I-84 near MP 85. Upon arrival, Trooper Holloran discovered Ms. Eunice Spino (age 47), from The Dalles, was struck by a vehicle and died at the scene.
The eastbound vehicle was a 2011 Honda Civic driven by Ms. Lynoure Won (age 56) from John Day. Ms. Won is cooperating with the investigation. The investigation is still continuing but early indications suggest alcohol use, from Ms. Spino, was a contributing factor to the crash.
I-84 was completely closed for approximately one hour and traffic was diverted through the City of The Dalles. One lane was open for the rest of the investigation.
OSP was assisted by The Dalles PD, the Wasco County Sheriff's Office, ODOT, and the Wasco County District Attorney's Office.