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Sat. 07/20/24
Update- Found Safe- Clark County Sheriff's Office Seeks Assistance Locating Missing Endangered Man (Photo)
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/20/24 8:49 PM
Larry Kuntz
Larry Kuntz

Update 7/20/24 8:45pm

Larry has been found safe and is being taken home now. Thank you to everyone! He was found by some nice folks and called in.

The Clark County Sheriff's Office is asking for assistance in locating a missing endangered man.

Larry Kuntz is an 81 year old white male last seen near his residence in the area of SE 1st Street and SE 165th Avenue in Vancouver WA. Larry was last seen wearing a blue baseball cap, a blue and khaki short sleeve shirt and khaki shorts.  

Larry has dementia and has not been seen for approximately 2 hours. 

If you locate / see Larry please call 911 immediately to report his location.

A photo of Larry is attached.

Attached Media Files: Larry Kuntz

Fatal Crash Involving Motorcyclist and Pickup
McMinnville Police Dept. - 07/20/24 7:00 PM

On 7/20/2024 at about 1:05 PM, Officers from the McMinnville Police Department and personnel from the McMinnville Fire District, responded to 911 calls reporting a serious injury motor vehicle crash involving a motorcyclist and a pickup truck. 

The initial investigation indicates that Cooper D. Erickson (21 years of age from McMinnville) was riding a 2000 Kawasaki ZX9 motorcycle northbound on SW Hill Road. The posted speed limit on SW Hill Road is 35 miles per hour. Witnesses reported that Erickson was travelling unsafely, at a high rate of speed. Erickson lost control of the motorcycle just south of the intersection of SW Redmond Hill Road. He was ejected from the motorcycle, and the helmet he was wearing came off his head.

Both Erickson and the motorcycle continued in an uncontrolled high-speed slide, upon the roadway and shoulder. After travelling approximately 250 feet, both Erickson and the motorcycle impacted the passenger side of a 2012 Ford F150 pickup that was making a left turn into a private driveway on the east side of SW Hill Road. The operator of the pickup, and his passenger, were not injured.

Erickson was transported from the crash location by McMinnville Fire District Ambulance to an awaiting Life Flight helicopter at the Willamette Valley Medical Center. Erickson was flown to the Trauma Center at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland. Sadly, Erickson succumbed to his injuries shortly after arriving at OHSU. His family has been notified and we extend our sincere condolences to the Erickson family.

The McMinnville Police Department was assisted by the Oregon State Police with on-scene crash reconstruction. No charges or citations are anticipated.


Bureau of Land Management issues emergency fire closure in Lane County
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 07/20/24 4:40 PM

Dorena, Ore. — The Bureau of Land Management Northwest Oregon District has temporarily closed BLM-managed public lands because of multiple fires in the area southeast of Cottage Grove, within the Sharps Creek and Clark Creek areas. The closure is for public and firefighter safety, and to allow fire suppression crews to continue to safely respond to the incident. 

The closure order closes the Sharps Creek Campground and encompasses BLM-managed public lands southeast of the town of Dorena, surrounding Sharps Creek Road (County Road 2460 / BLM Road No. 23-1-12) and Clark Creek Road (BLM Road No. 23-1-13). This includes BLM lands in Township 22S, Range 1W, and Township 23S, Range 1W, Sections 1-3, 11-14, 22-24, 26-27, 33-34. The closure also includes Sharps Creek Road and Clark Creek Road. Members of the public may not enter closed areas, and all uses—including hiking, mining, hunting and dispersed camping—are prohibited. Sharps Creek Road and Clark Creek Road remain open to residents within the closure area. For additional information and the closure map, visit https://www.blm.gov/orwafire. 

As it becomes safe to do so, firefighters will begin to assess the closure and their impacts in alignment with sound risk management practices. 

BLM Northwest Oregon District has additional fire closures and fire restriction information available on BLM.GOV 

Please call 911 to report any signs of new fires. 


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. 

Attached Media Files: 2024-07/5514/173959/Emergency_Closure_Order_Lane1_Clark900.7.20.24-508wmap.pdf

Speed Investigated as Factor in Fatal Motorcycle Crash (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 07/20/24 4:17 PM

RELEASE DATE:                    July 20, 2024
CONTACT PERSON:            On-duty PIO
CASE NUMBER:                      24-30128

Gresham, Ore.—A traffic crash involving a motorcycle and pickup resulted in a fatality. At approximately 10:00 a.m., Gresham police officers and medical personnel responded to a report of a traffic collision involving a motorcycle and pickup at SE 190 Dr. and SE Cheldelin Rd. The operator of the motorcycle died as a result of his injuries from the collision. The driver of the pickup stayed at the scene and cooperated with the investigation. 

The crash investigation has been assigned to an East Metro Vehicular Crimes Team (VCT). Speed of the motorcycle is a factor that will be analyzed during the investigation.

Anyone who witnessed the collision and has not already spoken with an officer is asked to call the Gresham Police Tip-Line at 503-618-2719.


Attached Media Files: 2024-07/1278/173958/24-30128.pdf , 2024-07/1278/173958/Media_Release.jpg

Barricaded Subject on NW Lance Way
Corvallis Police - 07/20/24 1:43 PM

7/20/2024 1:41 pm


Media Contact: 

Lt. Ben Harvey, Corvallis Police Department

(541) 766-6556 / cpdpio@corvallisoregon.gov

Barricaded Subject on NW Lance Way


On July 20, 2024, at approximately 7:53 am Corvallis Police Officers were dispatched to 2052 NW Lance Way for a report of an armed barricaded convicted felon in the garage who was making threatening statements related to a pending jail sentence. The family left the residence and called the police. 

Corvallis Police officers arrived and created a perimeter to contain the situation. The community was notified to avoid the area via Nixle and the community immediately proximate to the address was provided additional instruction via electronic notice.  

The Oregon State Police was notified, and their SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team responded to assist. Personnel from the Corvallis Police Department aided by Benton County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Police contacted residents in the homes adjacent to the subject property in person to conduct evacuations. 

Contact was made through an Oregon State Police negotiator, and at approximately 1:21 pm, 27- year-old Jacob W. Jaeger of Corvallis exited the residence and peacefully surrendered to law enforcement personnel on site. Jaeger, who was uninjured, was arrested on the following charges:


ORS 166.270 Felon in Possession of a Certain Weapons

ORS 166.220 Unlawful Use of a Weapon 

ORS 166.250 Unlawful Possession of a Firearm


Jaeger was transported to the Benton County Jail and Lodged. 

Corbett Fire Responds to Grass Fire at the Vista House this Morning (Photo)
Corbett Fire - 07/20/24 8:27 AM
picture rope work-firefighter
picture rope work-firefighter

Firefighters quickly douse fire in the Scenic Columbia River Gorge

Attached Media Files: pr document , picture rope work-firefighter

Missing Adult Located and Returned Home
Gresham Police Dept - 07/20/24 12:03 AM

RELEASE DATE:               July 20, 2024
CONTACT PERSON:         On-duty PIO
CASE NUMBER:                 24-30000

Gresham, Ore.— Missing 23-year-old, Brendan Bolsinger was located and returned home. Brendan left his home in the 1000 block of NE 193 Ave., shortly after 8:00 p.m. He was located in Wood Village and returned home. Gresham Police thanks everyone who shared Brendan’s photograph and helped find him so he could be safely returned home.



Attached Media Files: 2024-07/1278/173953/24-30000-Located.pdf

Fri. 07/19/24
Two Injured in Shooting at North Portland Park
Portland Police Bureau - 07/19/24 6:21 PM
Two people were injured in a shooting at a North Portland park.

On Friday, July 19, 2024, at approximately 4:05 p.m., officers responded to reports of a shooting at Dawson Park in North Portland. When officers arrived, they located one gunshot victim who was subsequently transported to the hospital. An additional gunshot victim went to the hospital on their own. Both are expected to survive. The suspect(s) had fled the scene before officers arrived.

The Portland Police Bureau’s Focused Intervention Team (FIT) and Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST) responded to the park to investigate. The initial investigation suggests that a vehicle pulled up to the park and at least one person inside fired in the direction of the park. Officers have located more than 70 shell casings at the scene.

“While I am disheartened to learn of the shooting at Dawson Park, I am relieved that the two individuals injured are expected to survive and this did not end with the loss of life,” Chief Bob Day said. “I want the community to know that the Portland Police Bureau takes a holistic approach to preventing gun violence. This work includes interdiction efforts by our Focused Intervention Team and Enhanced Community Safety Team. PPB also works closely with the District Attorney’s Office, Parole and Probation, Ceasefire, Office of Violence Prevention, and other community-based organizations and oversight groups that value the sanctity of life and are committed to tackling this senseless violence head on.”

Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 24-180382.


UPDATE #3: Suspect In Cully Neighborhood Shots Incident Booked into Jail (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/19/24 5:57 PM
The suspect who fired shots in the Cully Neighborhood is identified as David B. Peer III, 29, of Portland. He was interviewed by a Detective with the Portland Fire Investigations Unit before being booked into jail. He was entered into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Arson in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Discharging a Firearm in the City (city code), and Recklessly Endangering Another Person.

Officers seized two rifles, three handguns, and one airsoft rifle. The guns are shown in the attached photo. The black rifle at the top is the airsoft gun.

The Portland Fire Investigations Unit comprises fire investigators with Portland Fire & Rescue, who are sworn law enforcement officers, and a detective with the Portland Police Bureau. The collaboration leverages the specialized training and skills needed to investigate fires, including analysis equipment and accelerant detecting dogs.

Photo description:
Three rifles, three handguns, and a machete are displayed on a table


Original Messages Below

On Friday, July 19, 2024 at 9:36 a.m., Portland Police Officers assigned to North Precinct responded to a report of shots fired inside an apartment in the 4200 block of Northeast Cully Boulevard. When the arrived they learned that an adult male was alone in the apartment, had fired shots, and had access to multiple guns. Officers surrounded the apartment and began a dialogue with the man. He refused to come out of the apartment and began throwing objects out of windows, including household items and small furniture.

Officers also learned that the next door neighbor was nearly struck by a bullet that pierced the wall from the suspect unit. He was uninjured.

Officers began evacuating units immediately surrounding the location, and sent an alert to the larger neighborhood using the Public Alerts system advising them of the police activity and requesting people stay inside for their safety.

The Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) responded to the scene. As they were getting set up around the apartment, about 11:00 a.m., they reported hearing additional shots fired, saw the suspect through the window with guns in his hand, and saw what appeared to be multiple firearms being thrown out the window. In an ongoing effort to deescalate the situation, officers continued to use time as a tactic to lower the intensity of the situation, and engage in dialogue. The subject refused to come out, and was seen pointing the gun out the window.

At about 12:23 p.m., officers reported seeing fire from inside the unit. That increased the level of concern for safety of the subject involved, police officers, and the neighboring units (not all of which had been confirmed clear). The Critical Incident Commander ordered officers to deploy irritant gas and breach the apartment. The gas was effective and the subject came out and was quickly taken into custody. Portland Fire & Rescue responded to put out the fire.

The subject was transported to the hospital by ambulance for an evaluation. He is currently in police custody pending a criminal investigation. His identity will be released if he is charged with a crime.

The Portland Police Bureau is grateful for the assistance of Portland Fire & Rescue and members of the East County SWAT, who responded to help PPB.

Portland's community notification system is called PublicAlerts. Visit https://www.publicalerts.org to sign up. PublicAlerts sends information by text, email, and voice message about how to stay safe during an emergency.

Photo descriptions:
Front view of apartment with significant fire damage visible above the upper level windows, debris on the ground
Rifle on the ground surrounded by debris
Officers and Firefighters working in front of an apartment with broken windows and blackened sections from the fire
Pistols in a plastic bin inside police evidence bags


Original Messages Below

PPB's tactical teams are clearing the scene of a shots fired call in the Cully Neighborhood. The individual who fired shots is now in custody. More information will be released when appropriate.


Original Message Below

The Portland Police Bureau’s Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) are responding to reports of shots fired in the Cully Neighborhood.

On Friday, July 19, 2024, at approximately 9:40 a.m., PPB officers responded to reports of shots fired in the 4200 block of Northeast Cully Boulevard. When officers arrived, they determined an individual fired shots inside a residence. There are no reported injuries, but the person who fired the shots is refusing to come out of the residence and continues to fire shots. SERT and CNT are responding to the scene.

Several residences in the area have been evacuated as a precaution. Others nearby are being asked to remain indoors during this incident. Northeast Cully Boulevard is currently closed between Northeast Mason Street and Northeast Prescott Street.

A PIO is responding to the scene. More information will be released when appropriate.


Attached Media Files: Rifle , Damaged apartment , Investigation scene , Pistols in evidence bags , Guns seized

Police Seek Help Locating Missing Adult (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 07/19/24 5:52 PM

RELEASE DATE:               July. 19, 2024
CONTACT PERSON:         On-duty PIO
CASE NUMBER:                 24-30000

Gresham, Ore.—Gresham Police is asking for the public’s assistance with locating a missing 23-year-old male, Brendan Bolsinger. Brendan left his home in the 1000 block of NE 193 Ave., shortly after 1:30 p.m. Brendan’s family says he is on the autism spectrum and non-verbal. They are concerned for his welfare while he is unsupervised. Brendan is familiar with TriMet and has been known to wander around Gresham and Portland.

Brendan is described as a white male who is 6 feet tall and weighs 300 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing no shirt and bright orange basketball shorts.

Anyone who sees Brendan is asked to call 911.


Attached Media Files: 2024-07/1278/173948/24-30000.pdf , 2024-07/1278/173948/24-7-19-pic2.jpg , 2024-07/1278/173948/pic.jpg

Wildfire Prevention Campaign Launched in Clatsop County
Clatsop County - 07/19/24 3:41 PM

(Astoria, OR) - Clatsop County is launching a five-week wildfire prevention campaign and week one focuses on defensible space.  

With defensible space a buffer is created between your home or business and the grass, trees, shrubs or any wildland area that surrounds it.  

“Look at your plants, landscape arrangement, and outdoor furniture nearby and make sure they are giving embers or flames less options to latch onto and ignite,” said Emergency Management Director Justin Gibbs. “Taking that time now could help keep you and your loved one stay safe in the future."

The Oregon State Fire Marshal has several resources to help Oregonians create and maintain defensible space. These simple actions could make a difference when a wildfire occurs.   

Check out previous OSFM webinars. They are geared towards helping you be prepared for a wildfire. 


Attached Media Files: 2024-07/7074/173944/Clatsop_County_Launches_Wildfire_Prevention_Campaign_FINAL.pdf

OSFM sends firefighters and equipment to Durkee Fire in Baker County, more out-of-state resources arrive
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 07/19/24 3:35 PM

SALEM, Ore. – On Friday, the Oregon State Fire Marshal sent structural protection resources to the Durkee Fire in Baker County through Immediate Response. The fire was reported Wednesday night off Interstate 84 near the community of Durkee. It has grown substantially since it was first ignited, prompting new level 3 evacuation notices.  

As of this morning, the lightning-sparked fire was estimated to be 2,699 acres and zero percent contained. 

On Friday, the Boneyard Fire in Grant County was put under the conflagration declared for the nearby Lone Rock Fire and is being managed by the OSFM’s Red Incident Management Team. The OSFM sent structural task forces to protect homes near the town of Monument. That fire is extremely active and continues to pose a threat to nearby communities. The fire was reported to be 3,123 acres as of Friday mid-day. 

Wildfires continue to tax resources and conditions remain at critical levels without much relief in the forecast. The Oregon State Fire Marshal requested and received three strike teams from California.  

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) sent three strike teams with 15 fire engines and 80 firefighters. These added structural protection resources are assigned to the Falls Fire in Harney County. The firefighters and equipment are from local government fire agencies from Alameda, Calaveras, Kern, Merced, Nevada, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Francisco, and San Joaquin counties. This is made possible through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.

“Our partnerships with California and Washington are strong,” Oregon State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple said. “Over the years, we’ve worked side-by-side to provide aid in times of need. These partnerships are invaluable. I want to say thank you to both California and Washington. Oregon will have your back if you need support in the future.”  

Since July 9, the Emergency Conflagration Act was invoked for five fires, causing a significant strain on resources. The OSFM is working in lockstep with its wildland partners at the Oregon Department of Forestry, Bureau of Land Management, tribal partners, the U.S. Forest Service, and others.  

The Oregon fire service has been resolute over the past 10 days. They’ve supported 23 task forces consisting of 305 firefighters, 92 engines, and 23 water tenders to protect communities while still maintaining staffing and equipment levels in their home districts. 

"I want to assure Oregonians that we are doing everything we can to respond to this wildfire emergency,” Ruiz-Temple said. “We have been working around the clock to protect communities across the state impacted by these wildfires.” 

The OSFM is asking Oregonians and visitors to pay close attention to the critical fire danger and take steps to avoid sparking another fire. With another round of lightning and gusty winds expected in the coming week, it is more important than ever to take these precautions. 

Republic Services Submits Conditional Use Permit Application for Coffin Butte Landfill Expansion (Photo)
Benton Co. Government - 07/19/24 3:28 PM

Today, July 19, 2024, Republic Services has submitted a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) application to expand the Coffin Butte Landfill. The Benton County Community Development Department is currently reviewing the application for completeness.  A Completeness Check is a planning term referring to a quality measure where an application is reviewed to ensure all required and requested information is included, along with any necessary supporting documents.

The review process involves several steps. County staff have a statutory 30-day period to assess whether the application is complete. If the application is deemed complete, the review process will start, and the County will complete the process within 150 days. If the application is incomplete, the applicant will have 30 days to provide the additional information.  

Once the application is complete, the County will conduct public outreach to ensure community engagement and transparency throughout the review process.

For detailed information on the Conditional Use Permit process, please refer to the Land Use Application Process flow chart.

For additional details on solid waste management in Benton County, please refer to the Solid Waste Management FAQ.

Attached Media Files: 2024-07/4171/173940/BC_LUAppProcess-Quasi-judicial_final_06-25-24.png , 2024-07/4171/173940/benton-county-logo-horizontal-full-color-rgb.png

Sixth Measles Case Confirmed in Marion County (Photo)
Marion County - 07/19/24 3:13 PM

Salem, OR – Public Health officials have identified two additional confirmed cases of measles in Marion County since June 17, 2024. This brings the confirmed case count in Marion County up to six total. Both confirmed cases are Marion County residents, one case is a child and another is an adult. Both cases were diagnosed on July 19, 2024 and confirmed unvaccinated. Marion County officials are in the process of contacting those who may have been exposed. Currently, there are no known public exposures in Marion County, and there are currently no known connections between these cases and the four other recently confirmed measles cases in Marion County. To date, all cases in Marion County have been in separate households.

Measles is a highly contagious disease that spreads easily through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Signs of measles usually begin 7-21 days after exposure and include fever, rash, cough, and red, water eyes. Common complications include ear infections, lung infections and severe diarrhea. Swelling of the brain, though rare, is a much more serious complication.

Most people have received the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine as children, which provides low risk of getting measles. However, unvaccinated individuals are at much higher risk if exposed to the virus. 

The illness poses the highest risk to:

  • Unvaccinated pregnant people
  • Infants younger than one year old
  • People with weakened immune systems

Individuals are considered immune to measles if any of the following apply:

  • Born before 1957.
  • Have been diagnosed with measles at any point in their life.
  • A blood test proves that they are immune.
  • They have had two doses of measles vaccine.

If you think you have measles, or have been exposed to it, do not visit a medical office without calling ahead. This is to prevent the spreading of the virus to others. Call your provider or urgent care center to provide a plan for your visit. 

For more information about measles, visit: https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/DISEASESCONDITIONS/DISEASESAZ/Pages/measles.aspx.


Attached Media Files: 2024-07/6147/173943/infographic-measles-contagious.png

El grupo de trabajo de ingresos se acerca a la estrategia de financiamiento para servicios clave de la ciudad
City of Salem - 07/19/24 3:01 PM

En enero de 2024, 27 miembros de un Grupo de Trabajo designado por el Concejo Municipal comenzaron a discutir más de 40 opciones para recaudar los ingresos necesarios para financiar servicios que no tienen un flujo de ingresos dedicado. En su última reunión en junio de 2024, el Grupo de Trabajo acordó por unanimidad presentar ocho opciones al Concejo Municipal. Cuatro miembros del Grupo de Tareas; Becky Beaman, Russ Beaton, Scott Cantonwine y TJ Sullivan presentaron las recomendaciones al Concejo Municipal el lunes 15 de julio.

Al principio del proceso, el Grupo de Trabajo identificó consideraciones clave que utilizaron para evaluar las opciones de ingresos, entre ellas;

  • Equidad: se consideraron los impactos para los miembros de la comunidad de bajos ingresos,
  • Sostenibilidad: trabajar hacia una solución a largo plazo,
  • Secuenciación: considere opciones a corto plazo que podrían proporcionar un puente hacia soluciones a largo plazo.
  • Minimizar el impacto económico local: adoptar un enfoque reflexivo de las cargas impuestas a la comunidad empresarial,
  • Gestión financiera: compartir prácticas contables y auditorías, generar confianza y abordar el escepticismo, y
  • Aporte público y educación: involucrar a la comunidad, crear un proceso transparente e inclusivo.

Los miembros del Grupo de Trabajo se unieron en su compromiso de hacer lo que era correcto para la ciudad de Salem. El Grupo de Trabajo representó una amplia gama de perspectivas y opiniones sobre el enfoque correcto para abordar los desafíos de los ingresos. En última instancia, coincidieron en que sus recomendaciones representaban un menú sólido de opciones que le dan al Concejo Municipal una variedad de caminos a seguir. Dejaron claro que ahora depende del Concejo Municipal determinar lo que es políticamente factible y correcto para la ciudad de Salem.

La lista de opciones de ingresos del Grupo de Trabajo incluye (consulte el Informe completo  del Grupo de Trabajo para obtener más detalles):

Corto plazo (1-2 años):

  • Tarifas de licencia comercial
  • Aumento de la tarifa de franquicia
  • Aumento de la base congelada de renovación urbana

Mediano plazo (2-5 años):

  • Gravamen del impuesto sobre la propiedad de la opción local
  • Impuestos personales

A largo plazo:

  • Pago en lugar de impuestos
  • Acuerdos y entidades intergubernamentales
  • Reforma/reestructuración tributaria

El Concejo Municipal discutirá las recomendaciones del Grupo de Trabajo en una sesión de trabajo el lunes 19 de agosto a las 6 p.m. en las Cámaras del Concejo.

Estamos comprometidos a apoyar el liderazgo y la autoridad de los miembros actuales y futuros del Concejo Municipal y trabajaremos para garantizar que todos tengan información clara, consistente y precisa a medida que avanzamos en este proceso.


El problema presupuestario de la ciudad de Salem es el resultado de un desequilibrio estructural en el que nuestros gastos están creciendo más rápido que los ingresos. La Ciudad no tiene los ingresos para pagar los gastos en áreas de servicio clave.

Este problema de ingresos afecta al Fondo General: policía, bomberos, parques, bibliotecas, aplicación de códigos, tribunales y servicios para nuestras poblaciones más vulnerables, incluidos ancianos, jóvenes, miembros de la comunidad de bajos ingresos y personas sin hogar.

Nuestro fondo general tiene un desequilibrio sistémico porque nuestro sistema de impuestos a la propiedad está roto.  El impacto de las Medidas 5 y 50 de limitación fiscal, aprobadas por los votantes en la década de 1990, ha seguido aumentando con el tiempo. El impacto duradero de estas medidas es que limitaron el crecimiento del valor imponible de la propiedad y establecieron tasas impositivas permanentes que limitan la recaudación de ingresos.

La ciudad de Salem no puede aumentar los impuestos a la propiedad para mantener el ritmo del crecimiento de la población y los costos crecientes. Los impuestos a la propiedad representan el 50% de los ingresos del Fondo General de Salem.  Los impuestos sobre la propiedad recaudados solo pagan el 77% de los servicios de Policía y Bomberos. La mayor parte de los costos asociados con la policía, los bomberos, los parques, las bibliotecas y los servicios para nuestras poblaciones más vulnerables, incluidos los ancianos, los jóvenes, los miembros de la comunidad de bajos ingresos y sin refugio, se deben a la falta de personal.

Sin una fuente de ingresos que siga el ritmo de los costos crecientes, no podemos seguir prestando servicios al mismo nivel. De hecho, los niveles de servicio ya se han reducido en respuesta a las crecientes demandas y a los limitados ingresos. Al igual que todos nuestros presupuestos, cuando aumenta el costo de los alimentos y la gasolina, reducimos el gasto en otras áreas. 



Vancouver Police substitute PIO July 22
Vancouver Police Dept. - 07/19/24 2:21 PM

Vancouver, Wash. – Vancouver Police Public Affairs Manager Kim Kapp will be unavailable July 22. 

Acting Commander Kathy McNicholas will be covering PIO duties that day during office hours (8am-5pm) and can be reached at (360) 518-2123 or at kathy.mcnicholas@cityofvancouver.us.

As always for inquiries outside of the above listed date and hours, please call dispatch first on the media line and request a call back from on-duty personnel. 

Acting Commander McNicholas is the only PIO point of contact for the above-listed date. Please do not email or contact other personnel who have covered PIO duties in the past or who have been listed on a previous media release as a PIO.  



Officers Track Stolen Car, Seize Illegal Firearms (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/19/24 2:06 PM
Stolen Car Tracked - 3 Firearms Seized - 1 Arrested

On July 16, 2024, officers from the East Precinct Neighborhood Response Team were notified by LoJack of a stolen 2024 Volkswagen Tiguan that was being tracked in the Portland area. Lojack is a platform that allows law enforcement officers to directly track and locate vehicles equipped with its software. The vehicle was stolen in the early morning of July 16 from the owner's driveway in Wilsonville and reported to Wilsonville Police.

Officer utilized LoJack tracking capability and located the stolen vehicle parked at an apartment complex in north Portland. While enroute to recover the vehicle, officers were notified that multiple suspects entered the vehicle and drove off. Utilizing the tracking technology, officers were able to locate the vehicle being driven throughout the city. Eventually, Officers were able to locate it and safely deploy stop sticks and deflate the tires. Officers attempted to stop the stolen vehicle with lights and sirens; however, the vehicle did not stop and eluded police in southeast Portland.

East Precinct officers were able to locate the vehicle, which was abandoned near Glenwood Park in the 6500 Block of Southeast 88th Avenue. Officer quickly formed a perimeter and PPB's K9 units started a dog track. The driver was soon located by the K9 team in a residential yard a few blocks away from the vehicle. After the suspect was taken into custody, three firearms were recovered. One of the seized firearms was reported stolen. Members of PPB’s Focused Intervention Team were on scene and assisted further with the investigation.

The driver, Ahmed Kassim 23, was taken into custody charged with: Unauthorized Use Of Vehicle; Unlawful Entry Into Vehicle; Possession Of Stolen Vehicle; Reckless Endangering Another Person (two counts); Attempting To Elude Police Officer (While Driving Motor Vehicle); Attempting To Elude Police Officer (on foot); Unlawful Possession Of Firearms; and Unlawful Possession Loaded Firearm In Public. Ahmed also had three active warrants from Multnomah County for his arrest.

Gun violence frequently involves the use of stolen vehicles to conduct shootings, transport firearms, or carry out retaliatory attacks. This successful apprehension of a dangerous suspect highlights the importance of disrupting illegal activity and preventing further crimes, ultimately enhancing public safety for our community.

Photo description 1: 3 seized illegally possessed firearms
Photo description 2: recovered stolen VW Tiguan


Attached Media Files: 2024-07/3056/173938/3_seized_illegally_possessed_firearms.JPG , 2024-07/3056/173938/recovered_stolen_VW_Tiguan.JPG

Fatal Crash - Interstate 84 - Hood River County
Oregon State Police - 07/19/24 2:05 PM

Hood River County, Ore. 18 July 24- On Thursday, July 18, 2024, at 12:45 a.m., Oregon State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 84, near milepost 54, in Hood River County.

The preliminary investigation indicated a westbound Ford Econoline AMR Ambulance, operated by Amanda Hancock (42) of Benton City (WA), left the lane of travel and struck a Chevrolet Camaro, operated by Geraldean Edna Martin (55) of Portland, while it was disabled on the side of the roadway with a flat tire. The Chevrolet operator was outside of the vehicle at the time of the collision.

The operator of the Chevrolet (Martin) was declared deceased at the scene.

The operator of the Ford (Hancock) and passengers, Amy Ann Young (28) of Pasco (WA) and Jonathan David Farmer (23) of Pendleton, were not injured during the collision. Farmer was a patient in the ambulance at the time of the crash.

The highway was impacted for approximately four hours during the on-scene investigation. The cause of the crash is under investigation at this time and no further information is available for release.

OSP was assisted by the Hood River County Sheriff's Office and ODOT.


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Evergreen Virtual Academy Board of Directors
Evergreen Virtual Academy - 07/19/24 1:39 PM

Evergreen Virtual Academy - 07/23/24


EVERGREEN VIRTUAL ACADEMY NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS JULY 23, 2024, 6:30PMEvergreen Virtual Academy Board Members are Hereby notified that a Work Session of the Board Will be held via Zoom Webinar athttps://evergreenvirtual-org.zoom.us/j/86346138790
Or Telephone:
Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 9128 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 558 8656 or +1 301 715 8592

Attached Media Files: 2024-07/1814/173222/Regular_Session_Agenda_7-23-24.pdf

Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT) - Vancouver Police Department Officer Involved Shooting Investigation (Columbia Way), Release #7
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/19/24 1:37 PM

The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT), led by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, is continuing the investigation of the Vancouver Police Department’s (VPD) officer-involved shooting (OIS) that occurred on June 8th, 2024, on Columbia Way in Vancouver, WA.

Investigators are authoring reports to submit to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Per WAC 139-12-030, which governs independent investigations, additional updates will be provided weekly.

VA Portland Health Care System's Astoria Community-Based Outpatient Clinic to delay opening
VA Portland/Vancouver Health Care System - 07/19/24 11:54 AM

PORTLAND, Ore.–The VA Portland Health Care System’s planned grand opening of a community celebration for its new facility in Astoria, Oregon will be delayed until a future date.

The new Astoria Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC), located at 3196 Marine Drive, in Astoria, is undergoing further infrastructure upgrades, and contractor delays on its network systems have forced a postponement of their original planned grand opening in late July.

A new opening date will be publicly announced shortly.

The new facility will benefit Veterans in the area by providing them with easier access to healthcare services for their needs. By offering a convenient location for Veterans to receive medical care, the clinic helps improve their overall wellbeing and quality of life.

The clinic will provide outpatient services, including health and wellness visits. Nation-wide, the VA currently has over 800 Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC). VHA implemented these clinics to make access to health care easier.

The Astoria CBOC replaces the current VA clinic located at Camp Rilea in Warrenton. The need for a new clinic was prompted by an increasing demand for healthcare services among Veterans in the area, and the need to expand existing facilities to meet evolving healthcare needs. The new Astoria facility will ensure local Veterans living in the area will receive care in a timely manner.

The new facility is located near the Astoria Riverwalk (6.4 mile rail-trail), on the main thoroughfare through Astoria, a block from the trolley line & close to downtown. The location can provide convenient access for patients and staff for recreational activities and therapeutic benefits. The building has also incorporated Energy Star green technology into its design.

OHA climate report highlights opportunities to build resilience against wildfires, drought, extreme heat
Oregon Health Authority - 07/19/24 11:18 AM

Link to the report

July 19, 2024

Media contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@oha.oregon.gov

OHA climate report highlights opportunities to build resilience against wildfires, drought, extreme heat

PORTLAND, Ore.— Communities that have been systemically marginalized continue to bear the brunt of extreme climate effects such as wildfires, drought and heat waves, according to a new Oregon Health Authority (OHA) report. But opportunities abound for building resilience against future disasters.

Publication of the OHA Public Health Division’s annual Climate and Health in Oregon report for 2023 is a stark reminder that as extreme climate effects continue, Oregon must continue to prioritize climate resilience and green infrastructure in communities at greater risk of the health impacts of climate change.

The report says Oregon communities hit hardest by the 2020 wildfires and 2021 heat dome are still recovering. But the report also says local, Tribal and state agencies and community-based organizations are learning from the disasters and have “made investments in strategies to prepare for the uncertain future.”

“The Climate and Health in Oregon report reflects the fact that extreme climate effects are our past, present and future, and we need to accept this reality by better understanding these events and helping communities mitigate the health risks associated with them,” said Cara Biddlecom, OHA’s interim Public Health Division director. “We must support an equitable approach to climate resilience, with community expertise as our guide.”

The Climate and Health in Oregon report shows numerous examples of direct links between heat and wildfire events and heat-related and respiratory illnesses – using emergency department (ED), urgent care, hospitalization and death data, and temperature and air quality data:

  • The number of nights that are warmer than 65 degrees is increasing across Oregon. Warmer nights mean homes without air conditioning do not cool overnight, and people can’t get relief from high daytime temperatures, especially during consecutive days of high heat.
  • OHA is seeing health effects on days when the Heat Index – a measure of how hot it feels when relative humidity is factored in with the actual air temperature – is at or above 80 degrees. In 2023, people sought emergency or urgent care at higher-than-expected levels during high Heat Index days.
  • Although 2021 saw 109 heat-related deaths and 2022 had 22, the eight health-related deaths in 2023 were still more than the annual count of heat-related deaths in the decade before 2021, when the number of heat deaths did not exceed four per year. During 2021-2023, cardiovascular disease was a contributing cause of 25% of heat-related deaths, and people 50 and older accounted for 87% of heat deaths.
  • Levels of particulate matter, or PM2.5, from wildfire smoke are expected to double or triple by the end of the century. The increases in smoke are predicted to cause excess asthma-related ED visits and hospitalizations at a rate of 42 excess asthma events per 10,000 population in 2050. Smoke-related ED visits and hospitalizations for asthma are expected to add nearly $100 million to health care costs in Oregon by that decade.
  • American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander people in Oregon have rates of health care visits for air quality-related respiratory illness that are double or near-double the statewide rate of 22 per 1,000 residents.
  • Twelve counties – Crook, Deschutes, Douglas, Jackson, Jefferson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake, Lane, Linn, Marion and Umatilla – exceed the state average for both air quality days at or above moderate Air Quality Index, or AQI, and heat index above 80 degrees.
  • Nearly 40% of Oregonians (1.7 million) live in the 12 counties that experienced 14 or more days with heat at or above 80 degrees and compromised air quality occurring on the same day during May to September 2023. All these counties are home to Oregonians who report a higher chronic disease burden than the state average.
  • In September 2023, more than half of Oregon’s land area experienced severe drought (52%), while 30% experienced extreme drought.

But the report also points to signs of hope in the form of investments that local, Tribal and state government agencies and nonprofit organizations have made in recent years to help Oregon communities prepare for, better respond to, recover from, and build resilience against future disasters:

  • Oregon public health modernization investments prioritized by Governor’s budgets and legislative appropriations are helping OHA, all local public health authorities, 57 community-based organizations and the nine Federally Recognized Tribes of Oregon identify climate hazards and at-risk populations, and develop and implement protective strategies.
  • OHA’s Public Health Division in 2023 established indicators to measure the public health system’s progress in building community resilience to health effects of climate change, including reducing incidence of heat-related and respiratory illnesses.
  • Also in 2023, state and federal leaders increased investments to protect people in Oregon at highest risk of health effects from climate change-driven risks, to make homes more resilient to extreme weather, and to increase tree canopies statewide to reduce heat island effects.
  • The Oregon Legislature enacted Senate Bill 1536 in 2022, directing OHA to establish an air conditioner and air filter deployment program, which has since provided thousands of devices to low-income households.

The report also spotlights innovative local projects to bolster climate recovery and response, such as Jackson County’s Community Long-Term Recovery Group, which convenes multi-jurisdictional partners to plan post-disaster recovery and resilience operations; an Oregon Resilience Summit to help local agencies and nonprofits share knowledge, gather ideas and showcase local expertise in effective disaster response, recovery and prevention; and Portland Metro Region Heat Mapping Campaign to understand and reduce health impacts of extreme heat by tracking heat distribution patterns. More local projects are highlighted on this page.

“By building resilience to climate change in Oregon communities, we are making significant strides toward our goal of eliminating health inequities in the state by 2030,” Biddlecom said.

For more information, visit www.healthoregon.org/climate.

Thu. 07/18/24
A24-14423 Death Investigation - Toutle, WA
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/18/24 7:09 PM

JULY 18, 2024

At about 0333 hours of July 17, 2024, Cowlitz 911 received a report of a fire in the 700
block of Sightly Rd in Toutle, Washington.  Firefighters with Cowlitz County Fire
District 3 responded to the scene and found multiple vehicles on fire.  After firefighters
put out the fire, they discovered a deceased subject inside one of the vehicles.  The
Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office responded to conduct a death investigation with
assistance from the Cowlitz County Coroner’s Office and Cowlitz County District 2 Fire

Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office were able to determine that the occupied vehicle, a
truck, had been parked uphill from other vehicles.  The truck appeared to have rolled
downhill and then collided with other parked vehicles.  A fire is believed to have started
near the engine compartment, heavily damaging multiple vehicles.

Detectives have presumptively identified the deceased subject but are awaiting formal
identification protocol from the Coroner’s Office.  An autopsy has been conducted by the
Coroner’s Office.  The autopsy report and toxicology results are pending.

There are no further details available for release at this time.


Attached Media Files: Press Release

Benton County Sheriff's Office Seeks Assistance for Public Indecency Case (Photo)
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/18/24 4:43 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Benton County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) is seeking assistance with a public indecency case involving 49-year-old Stephen Michael Lea, of Junction City, OR. 

BCSO arrested Lea on June 26, 2024, after he made online arrangements to meet an undercover deputy to make a sexually explicit video in a Corvallis park near a playground.

Lea has been convicted of public indecency in the past and BCSO believes there may be similar cases that have gone unreported in Benton, Linn, and Lane Counties going back to 2021.

If you have information related to the investigation of public indecency, to include masturbation, nudity, and/or sexual activity in public by who you believe to be Lea, please email entonCoSheriff@bentoncountyor.gov">BentonCoSheriff@bentoncountyor.gov or call the BCSO tip line at 541-753-TIPS (8477) and reference case #202401630.


Attached Media Files: 2024-07/1505/173885/Lea.png

County council establishes Accessible Community Advisory Committee
Clark Co. WA Communications - 07/18/24 3:47 PM

Volunteers needed for committee that will advise on needs of persons with disabilities.

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Council this week approved an ordinance establishing the Clark County Accessible Community Advisory Committee or ACAC. The advisory committee will be tasked with advising policy makers on the needs of persons with disabilities both in general and in emergency planning. 

The council is seeking at least five volunteers to serve on the committee. The majority of members must be persons with disabilities living in both urban and rural areas in the county. The council is looking for individuals with a diverse range of disabilities who are knowledgeable in identifying and eliminating barriers encountered by persons with disabilities. Parents of children with disabilities and individuals who serve the disabled community also are encouraged to volunteer to serve on the ACAC. 

For the initial 2024 appointments, terms are staggered with two members appointed for four-year terms, two members for three-year terms, and the balance for two-year terms.

“There are many benefits in having a committee like this,” said Council Chair Gary Medvigy. “This will provide the county with a different perspective and help us in prioritizing our limited resources.”

Councilor Karen Bowerman worked closely with an organizing committee to help establish the ACAC after several individuals reached out to the council earlier this year asking for its creation. 

“It is my pleasure to have been supporting the formal development of this group,” said Bowerman. “Establishment of the ACAC is integral to bringing issues to the attention of policymakers for improvement of accessibility for disabled persons in our community.”

Lilly Longshore, a member of the organizing committee said, “The Clark County ACAC will give us the opportunity to obtain grant money to educate and do a variety of activities and projects that promote awareness of disability issues, resolve issues, and altogether can make our county healthier.”

The ACAC responsibilities include:

  • Advising policy makers on access to programs, services and activities, new construction or renovation projects, sidewalks, other pedestrian travel, and disability parking enforcement.
  • Applying for grants to fund projects that will improve awareness, acceptance, inclusion and access for people with disabilities.
  • Developing local initiatives and activities to promote greater awareness of disability issues and acceptance, involvement and access for persons with disabilities.

Anyone interested in volunteering to serve on the ACAC should submit a brief letter of interest and résumé to Michelle Pfenning, County Manager’s Office, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000 or email at michelle.pfenning@clark.wa.gov.

Application deadline is 5 pm Friday, Aug. 16, 2024.

Read the establishing ordinance and find more information on the ACAC on the county’s website at https://clark.wa.gov/councilors/clark-county-council-meetings under the July 16, 2024, public hearing. 

Ayude a celebrar a los voluntarios de la comunidad de Salem
City of Salem - 07/18/24 2:00 PM
  • Miles de voluntarios trabajan para hacer Salem  mejor cada año.
  • Presentar las nominaciones de reconocimiento a los voluntarios antes del 5 de agosto.

Salem, Ore. – ¿Conoce a un vecino o amigo/a que es voluntario y  tiene un impacto positivo en la comunidad? La ciudad de Salem está buscando nominaciones para premios de reconocimiento a voluntarios cuyos proyectos y acciones apoyen la misión, visión y valores de la ciudad de Salem. 

Los voluntarios hacen una contribución significativa para mejorar la comunidad de Salem. La Ciudad depende de las habilidades, la energía, el tiempo y el talento de los voluntarios que trabajan con personal de la ciudad y representantes electos en temas y proyectos que benefician a la comunidad.

Las nueve categorías de premios de la Ciudad honran una amplia gama de servicios, que incluyen, entre otros:

  • Alianzas entre empresas y gobiernos
  • Juventud
  • Servicio vecinal
  • Proyectos especiales
  • Trabajo en áreas específicas de servicio (educación, trabajo con personas sin refugio)
  • Servicio  prolongado

Ahora, más que nunca, la Ciudad quiere celebrar a nuestros miles de voluntarios comunitarios. Por favor, considere nominar a un voluntario o grupo de voluntarios sobresaliente para una de nuestras nueve categorías de premios.

La Celebración de Reconocimiento al Voluntario, que incluye una entrada con alfombra roja, está programada para el domingo 20 de octubre a las 2 p.m. en el Auditorio Loucks en la biblioteca de Salem

¡Nomina a un voluntario que lo merezca hoy! Envíe las nominaciones en línea antes del 5 de agosto.

Si desea presentar su nominación de otra manera, comuníquese con Daniel Balm en la Oficina del Administrador de la Ciudad, alm@cityofsalem.net">dbalm@cityofsalem.net o 503-588-6255.

Help Celebrate Salem's Community Volunteers
City of Salem - 07/18/24 2:00 PM
  • Thousands of volunteers work to make Salem better every year.
  • Submit volunteer recognition nominations by August 5.

Salem, Ore. – Do you know a neighbor or friend who volunteers and makes a positive impact on the community? The City of Salem is seeking nominations for volunteer recognition awards whose projects and actions support the mission, vision and values of the City of Salem. 

Volunteers make a significant contribution toward making the Salem community better. The City relies on the skills, energy, time and talent of volunteers who work with paid staff and elected representatives on issues and projects that benefit the community.

The City’s nine award categories honor a wide range of service including among others:

  • Business-government partnerships
  • Youth
  • Neighborhood service
  • Special projects
  • Work in specific areas of service (education, working with unsheltered people)
  • Longstanding service

Now, more than ever, the City wants to celebrate our thousands of community volunteers. Please consider nominating an outstanding volunteer or volunteer group for one of our nine award categories.

The Volunteer Recognition Celebration, including a red-carpet entrance, is set for Sunday, October 20, at 2 p.m. at Loucks Auditorium.

Nominate a deserving volunteer today! Please submit nominations online by August 5.

If you would like to submit your nomination in another way, contact Daniel Balm at the City Manager’s Office, alm@cityofsalem.net">dbalm@cityofsalem.net or 503-588-6255.

Stolen vehicle investigation leads to four arrests--UPDATE: Additional arrest, second motorcyclist now in custody (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 07/18/24 1:55 PM


Update 07/18/2024 | 1:55 p.m.

Stolen vehicle investigation leads to four arrests

Additional arrest, second motorcyclist now in custody

On July 17,  Felony Crimes Unit detectives arrested the second suspect in a shots-fired incident that occurred last week.

Brian Lee English, age 28 of Salem, was arrested for his involvement in a shooting incident on July 11. That day, while detectives were conducting a motorcycle theft investigation at a storage facility in the 1800 block of 22nd ST SE,  two motorcycle riders drove up near the business and one of the men fired a gun into the air in plain view of the officers.

The motorcyclists then fled the scene. One rider, Zayn Free Bristow, age 25 of Mill City, was apprehended after a p pursuit ensued when Bristow was located. Bristow was arrested; however, the second motorcyclist, English, escaped.

On Wednesday afternoon, detectives located English outside a residence in the 1500 block of B ST NE. English tried to flee but was apprehended a short time later with the assistance of a Marion County Sheriff’s Office K9 Team. A backpack was located near where English was hiding and was seized. A search warrant was obtained for the backpack, and a handgun was found inside. English is now lodged at the Marion County Jail on the following charges:

  • Unlawful use of a weapon, a firearm
  • Felon in possession of a firearm
  • Menacing
  • Reckless endangering

English will be arraigned today at 2:30 p.m. at the Marion County Criminal Court Annex.

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Originally published 07/11/2024 | 8:55 p.m.

Stolen vehicle investigation leads to four arrests

Salem, Ore. — The Felony Crime Unit investigators arrested several individuals today as part of two separate investigations involving stolen motorcycles.

The overall investigation led the detectives to a storage facility in the 1800 block of 22nd ST SE. Detectives located one of the stolen motorcycles and three suspects, two adults and a juvenile. They attempted to escape in a vehicle but were apprehended. The service of a search warrant for the involved vehicle and the storage unit resulted in the seizure of a short-barreled shotgun, a handgun, body armor, and several pieces of stolen mail. 

At approximately 10:20 a.m., while detectives were still at the scene, two motorcycle riders arrived in the area in plain sight of the officers. One of the riders fired multiple gunshots into the air, then the two fled at a high rate of speed. 

The suspects were spotted about 15 minutes later near State ST and Lancaster DR, and a pursuit was initiated with one of the suspects. The pursuit ended near Lancaster DR and Rickey ST SE when the fleeing suspect hit the curb and crashed the motorcycle. The suspect was quickly apprehended. The second suspect on a motorcycle was not apprehended.

Arrested at the investigation scene were Zakiry Davis, age 18 of Salem, and Natalie Genene Hefley, age 32 of Mill City. The pair were lodged at the Marion County Jail, each on motor vehicle theft charges. A 15-year-old boy involved in the incident was also detained and transported to the Marion County Juvenile Department.

Zayn Free Bristow, age 25 of Mill City, was also lodged at the Marion County Jail on the following charges:

  • Unlawful use of a motor vehicle, two counts
  • Possession of a stolen vehicle, two counts
  • Felon in possession of body armor
  • Elude
  • Reckless driving
  • Mail theft
  • Identity theft

Arraignment follows for Bristow on Friday, July 12, at 2:30 p.m. at the Marion County Criminal Court Annex.

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Assault Suspect Arrested out of Tualatin River (Photo)
Tualatin Police Dept. - 07/18/24 1:17 PM

On Thursday, July 18, 2024, at approximately 6:05am, Tualatin Police responded to a report of an assault taking place on the railroad tracks, near 19605 SW Boones Ferry Rd, in Tualatin. It was reported that an adult male was assaulting an adult female.

When officers arrived, they witnessed the suspect, identified as Troy Dwayne Tedtaotao, 33 years of age, of Tualatin, running from the scene. Officers chased after Mr. Tedtaotao as he led them towards the Tualatin River, near Tualatin Community Park. Mr. Tedtaotao proceeded to jump down an embankment and enter the river.

Tualatin Police, with the assistance of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO), Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO), Tigard Police Department, Washington County Tactical Negotiations Team (TNT), and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (TVFR) were able to coordinate efforts using boats, drones and police K9s to track and contain Mr. Tedtaotao until he was safely taken into custody.

Mr. Tedtaotao is charged with Second Degree Domestic Assault and is lodged at the Washington County Jail. 

There is no further information at this time.

Attached Media Files: 2024-07/858/173921/24-0014032.pdf , 2024-07/858/173921/IMG_2726.JPG , 2024-07/858/173921/IMG_2720.JPG

Investigation into Illicit Massage Businesses leads to Arrests
Newberg-Dundee Police Dept. - 07/18/24 12:04 PM

During the month of June 2024 Newberg-Dundee Police detectives learned through tips from community members that there were potentially two illicit businesses in the City of Newberg where sexual acts were being exchanged for money.  These two businesses are Amber Massage and Lavender Foot Spa.  Both businesses are located along Portland Road in the City of Newberg and at least one of the businesses advertise “Asian Massage” on the store front along the roadway.  

Detectives contacted members of the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists to report the potential illegal activity.  Investigators from this special division conducted their own undercover operations at both massage parlors and were propositioned in both businesses for sexual acts multiple times on multiple days, confirming the original reports from community members.  

On July 17th, Newberg detectives, along with detectives from the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office and McMinnville Police, executed search warrants on both businesses.  They were accompanied by the special investigators from the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists.  Both locations were found to be in possession of fraudulent massage licenses displayed inside the business.  Neither business was registered with the State of Oregon as a legitimate massage business.  In addition, three arrests were made for charges related to promoting prostitution and prostitution.  This investigation is ongoing and may lead to additional arrests as more suspects in this criminal enterprise are uncovered.  

It is important to note that many of the women involved in these illicit businesses are the victims of human trafficking.  During the service of these warrants, the Newberg-Dundee Police were accompanied by advocates from the Yamhill County Crime Victim Assistance office, to ensure that any potential victims were connected to services as soon as possible.  The CVA’s were able to offer potential victim’s medical treatment, housing, and other emergency services to assist with the complicated aspects of being a victim of human trafficking.  At least one person associated with the Lavender Foot Spa was transported to the hospital for medical care.

The Newberg-Dundee Police Department would like to thank the following agencies for their assistance in this operation, the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists, The McMinnville Police Department, the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, and the Yamhill County District Attorney’s Office.  Additionally, we would like to thank the FBI linguists stationed in Las Vegas who helped with translation during interviews.         




Recreational use advisory issued for Fairview Lake July 18
Oregon Health Authority - 07/18/24 11:30 AM

July 18, 2024

Media contact: Jonathan Modie, PHD.Communications@oha.oregon.gov

Recreational use advisory issued for Fairview Lake July 18

PORTLAND, Ore.—Oregon Health Authority (OHA) issued a recreational use health advisory today for Fairview Lake due to the presence of a cyanobacteria bloom. The lake is in Multnomah County.

People should avoid swimming and high-speed water activities, such as water skiing or power boating, in areas of the lake where blooms are present, as the major route of exposure is ingestion of water. Toxins are not absorbed through the skin. However, those with skin sensitivities may get a puffy red rash.

OHA encourages people to visit Fairview Lake and enjoy activities such as fishing, camping, hiking, biking, picnicking, bird watching, canoeing and kayaking. Boating is safe as long as speeds do not create excessive water spray. Sprays could lead to the risk of inhaling cyanotoxins.

Drinking water

Drinking water directly from areas of the lake affected by a bloom is especially dangerous. Toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating water with camping-style filters. Contact park management or the local health department with questions about water available at nearby day use areas.

Not all private treatment systems are effective at removing cyanotoxins. People who do not use a well or public water system and draw in-home water directly from an affected area are advised to use an alternative water source.

Children and pets

Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity. Dogs can get extremely ill and even die within minutes to hours of exposure to cyanotoxins by drinking the water, licking their fur or eating the toxins from floating mats or dried crust along the shore. This is regardless of a recreational use health advisory in place.

Dogs can become ill and die from water intoxication after drinking excessive amounts of water while swimming or fetching objects for long periods of time. Intoxication is a potentially fatal disturbance in brain function resulting from an imbalance of electrolytes in the body. Water intoxication and heat stroke can cause similar symptoms as exposure to cyanotoxins.


Exposure to cyanotoxins can be serious and cause a range of symptoms. Symptoms may be similar to food poisoning such as stomach cramping, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Symptoms may also be more serious, such as numbness, tingling, dizziness and shortness of breath. These symptoms may require medical attention.

Dogs can experience weakness, difficulty walking, seizures, lethargy, loss of appetite and more. If a dog exhibits symptoms, veterinary treatment should be sought as quickly as possible.


Fish caught from areas where cyanobacteria blooms are present may pose unknown health risks, so OHA recommends not eating fish from those areas. Those who decide to eat the fish should remove fat, skin and organs before cooking or freezing. Toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues. Fillets should also be rinsed with clean water.

For health information or to report an illness, contact OHA at 971-673-0482, or visit OHA’s Cyanobacteria (Harmful Algae) Blooms website.


PUC Seeking Public Comment on PGE's CPCN Application for Transmission Project
Oregon Public Utility Commission - 07/18/24 11:14 AM

Application approval impacts securing of land along proposed transmission line

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) is hosting two events to provide opportunities for the public to comment on Portland General Electric’s application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity (CPCN). PGE’s request is part of its proposed construction of a transmission line that would connect the Rosemont and Wilsonville substations known as the Rosemont-Wilsonville Line. 

PGE has asked the PUC to issue a CPCN for this project. If granted, PGE would use this certificate in court proceedings where it seeks to condemn an interest in land along the transmission line’s path. The certificate would demonstrate to the court that the transmission line is a public use and necessary for public convenience. View the proposed path for the transmission line below.


Ways to Comment

Interested individuals may participate in the multiple ways. Individuals may attend one of two live events listed below to provide verbal comments to the Commissioners and the Administrative Law Judge presiding over this case. Individuals may also submit written or verbal comments. 

Comment via Zoom or phone

When: Tuesday, July 23, 2024, from 6-7 p.m. PDT 
This meeting may go beyond the scheduled end time to allow more people to comment, so please log in before 7 p.m. PDT.

Access the Zoom link and phone-in details at: https://bit.ly/3Wd0xSq   

Comment in person - Tualatin, Oregon 

When: Tuesday, July 30, 2024, from 6-7 p.m. PDT
This meeting may go beyond the scheduled end time to allow more people to comment. The Commission will attempt to accommodate all individuals arriving before 7 p.m. PDT. This event will not be livestreamed.

Where: Century Hotel, 8185 SW Tualatin-Sherwood Road, Tualatin, OR 97062

Other ways to submit comments 

Please submit comments by August 28, 2024, to be reviewed and included in opening testimony. Comments will be accepted throughout the proceeding. Comments filed by November 4, 2024, will be included in testimony later in the case. Any later filed comments will be posted to the docket.

Stay Informed

To stay informed throughout this process, individuals may request to be added to the distribution list to receive publicly available documents. Submit requests by email to ings@puc.oregon.gov">puc.hearings@puc.oregon.gov or by calling 503-378-6678. Please specify docket PCN 6 in the request.

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The PUC regulates customer rates and services of the state’s investor-owned electric and natural gas utilities, including Portland General Electric, Idaho Power, Pacific Power, Avista, Cascade Natural, and NW Natural. The PUC also regulates landline telephone providers and select water companies. The PUC’s mission is to ensure Oregonians have access to safe, reliable, and fairly priced utility services that advance state policy and promote the public interest. We use an inclusive process to evaluate differing viewpoints and visions of the public interest and arrive at balanced, well-reasoned, independent decisions supported by fact and law. For more information about the PUC, visit oregon.gov/puc           

State Government Artificial Intelligence Advisory Council Will Meet
State of Oregon - 07/18/24 10:51 AM

Salem, Oregon - The State Government Artificial Intelligence Advisory Council will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 24, 2024. The meeting will take place remotely via the internet on Microsoft Teams and is open to the public. The agenda and handouts will be posted on the Council’s website.

  • What: Meeting of the State Government Artificial Intelligence Advisory Council  
  • When: Wednesday, July 24, 2024, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • Where: Join a Microsoft Teams Meeting by ID | Microsoft Teams 
  • Meeting ID:292 921 162 985 Passcode:njbMxw
  • Phone: +1 503-446-4951 Phone conference ID: 514 433 257#
  • Who: State Government Artificial Intelligence Advisory Council 

The State Government Artificial Intelligence Advisory Council is established by Governor Kotek’s Executive Order 23-26, Establishing a State Government Artificial Intelligence Advisory Council

The purpose of the Council is to recommend an action plan to guide awareness education, and usage of artificial intelligence in state government that aligns with the State’s policies, goals and values and supports public servants to deliver customer service more efficiently and effectively. The recommended action plan shall include concrete executive actions, policies, and investments needed to leverage artificial intelligence while honoring transparency, privacy, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Meetings of the State Government Artificial Intelligence Advisory Council are open to the public. 

Public comment may be made during the meeting. Sign-up for public comment is required as spots are limited. Sign-up closes Monday, July 22 at 1:00 p.m. Written comment will also be accepted. Written comment can be submitted by mail to the Council Support Office, 550 Airport Rd SE Suite C, Salem, OR 97301 or online via the office form.

Accommodations can be arranged for persons with disabilities, and alternate formats of printed material are available upon request. Please contact Enterprise Information Services at 503-378-3175 at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting to request accommodations. Closed captioning is included on the Microsoft Teams meeting.



Recreational use advisory issued for Turner Lake July 18
Oregon Health Authority - 07/18/24 10:41 AM

July 18, 2024

Media contact: Jonathan Modie, PHD.Communications@oha.oregon.gov

Recreational use advisory issued for Turner Lake July 18

PORTLAND, Ore.—Oregon Health Authority (OHA) issued a recreational use health advisory today for Turner Lake due to the presence of a cyanobacteria bloom. The lake is in Marion County.

People should avoid swimming and high-speed water activities, such as water skiing or power boating, in areas of the lake where blooms are present, as the major route of exposure is ingestion of water. Toxins are not absorbed through the skin. However, those with skin sensitivities may get a puffy red rash.

OHA encourages people to visit Turner Lake and enjoy activities such as fishing, camping, hiking, biking, picnicking, bird watching, canoeing and kayaking. Boating is safe as long as speeds do not create excessive water spray. Sprays could lead to the risk of inhaling cyanotoxins.

Drinking water

Drinking water directly from areas of the lake affected by a bloom is especially dangerous. Toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating water with camping-style filters. Contact campground management or the local health department with questions about water available at nearby campgrounds or day use areas.

Not all private treatment systems are effective at removing cyanotoxins. People who do not use a well or public water system and draw in-home water directly from an affected area are advised to use an alternative water source.

Children and pets

Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity. Dogs can get extremely ill and even die within minutes to hours of exposure to cyanotoxins by drinking the water, licking their fur or eating the toxins from floating mats or dried crust along the shore. This is regardless of a recreational use health advisory in place.

Dogs can become ill and die from water intoxication after drinking excessive amounts of water while swimming or fetching objects for long periods of time. Intoxication is a potentially fatal disturbance in brain function resulting from an imbalance of electrolytes in the body. Water intoxication and heat stroke can cause similar symptoms as exposure to cyanotoxins.


Exposure to cyanotoxins can be serious and cause a range of symptoms. Symptoms may be similar to food poisoning such as stomach cramping, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Symptoms may also be more serious, such as numbness, tingling, dizziness and shortness of breath. These symptoms may require medical attention.

Dogs can experience weakness, difficulty walking, seizures, lethargy, loss of appetite and more. If a dog exhibits symptoms, veterinary treatment should be sought as quickly as possible.


Fish caught from areas where cyanobacteria blooms are present may pose unknown health risks, so OHA recommends not eating fish from those areas. Those who decide to eat the fish should remove fat, skin and organs before cooking or freezing. Toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues. Fillets should also be rinsed with clean water.

For health information or to report an illness, contact OHA at 971-673-0482, or visit OHA’s Cyanobacteria (Harmful Algae) Blooms website.



Clark County Medical Examiner's Office - MEDIA RELEASE
Clark Co. WA Communications - 07/18/24 10:31 AM

The following information is in reference to a death investigated by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office. This investigation is related to a stabbing incident in Vancouver on July 7, 2024.


This individual died on 07/09/2024 in Vancouver, WA.

The name of the decedent: Kasiano, Starsky  Age: 45 years

The decedent was a resident of (city/state): unknown


The opinions listed on the death certificate are as follows:

Cause of death:  Sharp force injuries of the neck

Manner of death:  Suicide

How the injury occurred: Cut own neck with a knife

Place of injury: Outdoors – apartment common area


Reports and records of autopsies or postmortems shall be confidential as per RCW 68.50.105. No additional information is available for release from the Medical Examiner’s Office. Refer all other inquiries to Vancouver Police Department.

Media release issue date: 07/18/2024

City of Battle Ground Earns Clean Audit Reports
City of Battle Ground - 07/18/24 10:29 AM

The office of the Washington State Auditor (SAO) recently completed its financial, federal program, and accountability audits of the City of Battle Ground. The city received clean audit reports with no issues reported. 

The independent audits covered the city’s 2023 fiscal year ending December 31, 2023. The accountability audit examines and reports on how the city manages, uses, and safeguards public resources. The financial statement audit examines and reports on whether the city’s financial statements are accurate and complete and comply with provisions of laws, regulations, contracts and grant agreements. The federal single audit ensures the City is following federal regulations and grant agreements.

“We are proud to receive a clean audit report which validates our city’s ongoing commitment to operate with integrity, transparency, and efficiency,” said Interim City Manager Kris Swanson.  “This achievement reflects the dedication and hard work of our staff, management team, and City Council and our ongoing commitment to accountability and fiscal responsibility while serving our community with excellence.” 

The SAO’s audit reports for the City of Battle Ground as well as the city’s 2023 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, are available on the Financial Reports page of the city’s website.

Operation Ship Shape Enhanced Patrols, Round II (Photo)
Oregon State Marine Board - 07/18/24 10:00 AM
Expired motorboat registration stickers
Expired motorboat registration stickers

The Oregon State Marine Board, in partnership with 31 county sheriff’s offices and the Oregon State Police, will be looking for expired boat registrations and required equipment compliance on state waterways as part of a second round of “Operation Ship Shape.” 

“The agency leverages technology to improve boating safety as we can see boater compliance geospatially in real-time where our marine law enforcement partners are patrolling,” says Brian Paulsen, Boating Safety Program Manager for the Marine Board. “This data helps the agency work with our law enforcement partners for enhanced patrols in locations where there’s low compliance. Make sure you’ve renewed your registration and put the decals on your boat correctly, or you could face a $265 citation.” 

Any boat powered by a motor – electric, gas, diesel, and all sailboats 12 feet and longer must be currently registered when on the water, even when docked or moored. This includes any kayaks and drift boats with an electric motor. Paulsen added, “Each current boat registration brings in additional funding beyond the registration dollars which go back to boaters in the form of services such as life jacket loaner stations or boat ramp access improvements.” 

Paddlers with boats 10 feet and longer must carry a Waterway Access Permit. Three permit options are available: One week for $5, one calendar year for $17, and two calendar years for $30. Permit revenue goes into a dedicated fund for grants to eligible applicants to develop or improve nonmotorized access and on-water education programs specific to paddlers’ needs. 

Marine officers will also be looking for the required safety equipment. “Life jackets are the most important safety equipment boaters must carry, and there must be enough on board that properly fit every passenger,” Paulsen adds. “Looking at the boating fatalities so far this year, almost all the victims were not wearing a life jacket. Even though life jackets are required to be worn for kids 12 and younger, if everyone wore one, we’d see significantly fewer recreational boating deaths.” In 2023, 11 out of 13 victims were not wearing a life jacket. 

Boaters can renew their registration or purchase Waterway Access Permits through the agency’s Boat Oregon Store for the fastest service. After completing their online transaction, boaters with motorized boats can print off a temporary permit. Waterway Access Permits can be printed directly after purchase. Multiple purchases can be made under one online transaction. The agency’s online store has a $1.50 portal provider fee. If you need assistance online, please contact the Marine Board at ine.board@boat.oregon.gov">marine.board@boat.oregon.gov or call 503-378-8587. There's also an online help page acclimating new users to the store. 

For any titling and registration questions, visit Boat.Oregon.gov and click on the Title & Registration tab at the top of the page.

Attached Media Files: Expired motorboat registration stickers

County Climate Project Community Advisory Group to meet July 24
Clark Co. WA Communications - 07/18/24 10:00 AM

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Climate Project Community Advisory Group will meet at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, July 24. 

The Community Advisory Group (CAG) is made up of 20 county residents who were appointed by the county manager. The group is helping the county develop policy recommendations to implement new state climate change planning legislation for the Planning Commission and County Council to consider. The legislation emphasizes that planning and policy decisions related to climate change do not impact us all in the same way. The CAG is one of three advisory groups supporting the county’s Climate Project.

Community Advisory Group meetings are held at 5:30 pm the fourth Wednesday of the month. 

Meetings are in a hybrid format with both in-person and virtual participation options. Attend in Room 680 of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., or join virtually through information provided at: https://clark.wa.gov/community-planning/community-advisory-group.

The meeting is open to the public and includes a brief public comment period. A recording of the meeting will also be available for viewing afterwards.

To learn more about county climate planning, sign up for project updates, submit a comment, review meeting recordings, or learn about future community advisory group meetings, please visit the project website at https://clark.wa.gov/community-planning/climate-change-planning.

The county’s Climate Project is being funded by a state grant. The Washington Department of Commerce climate planning grant is supported with funding from Washington’s Climate Commitment Act (CCA). The CCA supports Washington’s climate action efforts by putting cap-and-invest dollars to work reducing climate pollution, creating jobs, and improving public health. Information about the CCA is available at www.climate.wa.gov.

Tip of the Week for the week of July 22, 2024 - Summer Scam Reminder (Photo)
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/18/24 10:00 AM


Summer can be a time for relaxation, adventure, reconnecting with loved ones, and time for taking those anticipated summer vacations. Even with the nice weather, scammers aren’t taking time off. This means you have to be aware and cautious throughout the year. Here are some common summer scams to watch for and tips on how to avoid them:

1. Law Enforcement Scams:

  • Scammers pose as law enforcement agencies and claim you missed jury duty, owe fees, or someone needs bail money. They urge you to pay the “fees” quickly to avoid serious consequences and accept bitcoin, gift cards, or other non-traditional payment forms.
  • Scammers pose as animal shelters or rescue organizations and claim they can reunite you with your lost pet for a large fee.
  • Prevent these by scams by
    • Verifying information is coming from an official source. When in doubt, hang up, look up the agency’s contact information and call or stop by their office to verify someone is trying to contact you. 
    • Save our contact information to quickly verify information is coming from the Sheriff’s Office:

2. Vacation Rental Scams:

3. Home Improvement Scams:

  • Contractors offer very low-cost services such as driveway repaving, house painting, etc.
  • Contractors claim repairs are urgently needed and encourage you to act quickly to avoid further damage or before prices increase.
  • They may take your money without completing the work, work without proper permits, or do low quality work.
  • Prevent this by avoiding unsolicited offers, getting multiple referrals or bids, and researching companies and contractors.

4. Employment Scams:

  • Scammers exploit job seekers by offering fake summer jobs.
  • Scammers post opportunities that promise high pay for minimal effort.
  • Prevent this by verifying job postings, researching organizations, and avoid sharing personal information until you have verified the company and posting is legitimate.

5.Travel Scams:

  • Beware of unsolicited travel deals or sweepstakes claiming you’ve won a free vacation.
  • Prevent this by verifying offers and information before sharing your personal information or payment.

6. Ticket and Event Scams:

  • Scammers sell counterfeit tickets to concerts, festivals, sporting events, and other activities.
  • Prevent this by purchasing tickets from authorized sellers and verifying websites or vendors before purchasing.

Staying informed, being cautious, and helping family and friends learn how to spot scams can help protect everyone throughout the year. 

For more information and tips visit our website at www.lincolncountysheriff.net and like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon. 



Attached Media Files: 2024-07/5490/173425/07.18.24_-_Summer_Scam_Reminder.docx , 2024-07/5490/173425/07.18.24_-_Summer_Scam_Reminder.pdf , 2024-07/5490/173425/Tip_of_the_Week_Images_-_Summer_Scam_Reminder.png

County to hold Aug. 1 open house on Northeast 182nd Avenue, Risto Road project
Clark Co. WA Communications - 07/18/24 9:58 AM

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Works will replace the stop-sign-controlled intersection at Northeast 182nd Avenue and Northeast Risto Road with a roundabout. Other improvements will include reducing the slope at Northeast 199th Street/Northeast Risto Road and Northeast 176th Avenue  resurfacing Northeast 199th Street/Northeast Risto Road from Northeast 167th Avenue to the Salmon Creek bridge at Northeast 182nd Avenue. These changes will increase the safety and reliability of travel along this route and reduce traffic congestion. 

Residents are invited to learn more about the project at an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1. At the open house, staff will share the draft concept during a presentation from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Before and after the presentation, residents are invited to review and discuss the plan with staff. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Residents can attend in person or online. The in-person open house will be in the Fire District 3 station, 17718 NE 159th St. The presentation portion of the open house will also be streamed online. A meeting link is available on the project webpage. While registration is not required to attend online, anyone can use the registration link on the webpage to receive an email with the meeting link 15 minutes prior to the open house.

Meeting interpretation, additional translation and other accommodations can be requested by contacting Scott Fakler, project manager, at scott.fakler@clark.wa.gov or 564.397.4648. 

More information about the project can be found on the project webpage at clark.wa.gov/public-works/northeast-182nd-avenue/northeast-risto-road.

For information about road and park projects, closures, opportunities for community input, and more, residents can follow Public Works on X (formerly known as Twitter), Facebook and Instagram and view information on Nextdoor. 

Go to clark.wa.gov/public-works/news to read this information in another language. Click the button in the top right of the page that says “Change language” next to a globe icon and choose your preferred language. 

Vaya a clark.wa.gov/public-works/news para leer esta información en español. Haga clic en el botón en la parte superior a la derecha de la página que dice "Change language " junto al icono de globo terráqueo y elija su idioma preferido.

Чтобы прочитать эту информацию на русском языке, зайдите на сайт clark.wa.gov/public-works/news. Нажмите на кнопку Change language (“Изменить язык”) в правом верхнем углу страницы рядом с символом земного шара и выберите свой язык.

Перейдіть на сторінку clark.wa.gov/public-works/news, щоб прочитати цю інформацію українською. Натисніть кнопку Change language (Змінити мову) зі значком глобуса у верхньому правому куті сторінки та виберіть потрібну мову.

Telecommunications Policy Committee Meeting Scheduled (08/07/2024)
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 07/18/24 9:58 AM




Notice of Regular Meeting

The Telecommunications Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting on August 7, 2024, at 9:00 a.m. in the Governor Victor G. Atiyeh Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. For further information, please contact Juan Lopez at (503) 551-3167.

Effective Jan. 1, 2024, the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training will be live streaming all public meetings via YouTube. Meetings will no longer be streamed on Facebook. To view the Telecommunications Policy Committee's live-stream and other recorded videos, please visit DPSST’s official YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/@DPSST.

Amended Agenda Items

1. Introductions

2. Approve May 1, 2024, Meeting Minutes

3. Administrative Closures Consent Agenda (The following items to be ratified by one vote)

     Presented by Melissa Lang-Bacho

     a. Tabetha Daugherty; DPSST No. 53558

     Basic Emergency Medical Dispatcher and Basic and Intermediate Telecommunicator Certifications

     b. Cassandra Griffith; DPSST No. 43266

     Basic Emergency Medical Dispatcher and Basic, Intermediate, Advanced and Supervisory Telecommunicator Certifications

4. Agency Updates

5. Next Telecommunications Policy Committee Meeting: November 6, 2024, at 9:00 a.m.


Administrative Announcement

This is a public meeting, subject to the public meeting law and it will be recorded. Deliberation of issues will only be conducted by Telecommunications Policy Committee members unless permitted by the Chair. Individuals who engage in disruptive behavior that impedes official business will be asked to stop being disruptive or leave the meeting. Additional measures may be taken to have disruptive individuals removed if their continued presence poses a safety risk to the other persons in the room or makes it impossible to continue the meeting.

UPDATE: Man Killed in Northeast Portland Shooting Identified (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/18/24 9:45 AM
The man killed in a shooting in the Rose City Park Neighborhood on July 14, 2024, has been identified as 30-year-old Aaron McInnis. His family has been notified of his death. They are requesting privacy at this time, but they did provide the attached photograph for public release.

The Medical Examiner determined McInnis died of homicide by gunshot wounds.

Anyone with information about the case, who has not spoken to investigators, is asked to contact Detective Shaye Samora at Shaye.Samora@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0768 or Detective Mike Schmerber at Michael.Schmerber@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0991 and reference case number 24-175937.

Photo description: Portrait of Aaron McInnis


###Original Messages Below###

There has been a change to the listed investigators for this incident. If anyone has information about this, they are asked to please contact Detective Shaye Samora at Shaye.Samora@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0768 or Detective Mike Schmerber at Michael.Schmerber@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0991. Please reference case number 24-175937.


###Original Message Below###

A man has been shot and killed in the Rose City Park neighborhood.

On Sunday, July 14, 2024, at 11:30 p.m., officers from the North Precinct, East Precinct, and the Focused Intervention Team responded to the intersection of Northeast 55th Avenue and Northeast Hassalo Street on reports of a shooting. Prior to officers arriving at the location, it was reported that a person was shot. When officers arrived at the location, they found a male victim who was suffering from life-threatening injuries. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he died.

No arrests have been made and no suspects have been detained.

Portland Police Bureau Homicide detectives are responding to the scene to investigate. If anyone has information about this incident, they are asked to please contact Detective Sean Macomber at Sean.Macomber@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0404 or Detective Tony Harris at Tony.Harris@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0441. Please reference case number 24-175937.

During the investigation, Northeast Hassalo Street will be closed between Northeast 55th Avenue and Northeast 57th Avenue. Additionally, Northeast 55th Avenue will be closed between Northeast Hassalo Street and Northeast Irving Street.

The identity of the victim will be released after the Medical Examiner has confirmed the cause of death and after family members have been notified. The PIO is not responding to the scene. More information will be released when appropriate.


Attached Media Files: 2024-07/3056/173786/Aaron_McInnis.jpg

Draft wildfire hazard maps posted for public comment
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/18/24 9:00 AM

SALEM, Ore. — Draft versions of the statewide wildfire hazard and wildland-urban interface maps are available to the public for review and comment starting today on Oregon State University’s Wildfire Risk Explorer website. 

The wildfire hazard map's purposes are to:

  • Educate Oregon residents and property owners about the level of hazard where they live.
  • Assist in prioritizing fire adaptation and mitigation resources for the most vulnerable locations.
  • Identify where defensible space standards and home hardening codes will apply.

A series of open houses about the state’s new community wildfire risk reduction programs were held from June 3 to July 1 throughout Oregon. It was an opportunity to learn about wildfire hazard assessments, new defensible space and home hardening programs and standards, insurance concerns, and statewide wildfire policy. 

"Defensible space around your home and property is just one of the ways Oregonians can be better prepared for wildfire," Oregon State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple said. "No matter where you live, the simple actions you take to limit where an ember can land and catch fire can make all the difference, saving your home and protecting your community."

“Home hardening standards are extremely important because they help reduce the risk of ignition to the most vulnerable parts of a home by the embers of a wildfire,” said Andrew Stolfi, director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services. “Once the map is finalized, we will then initiate rulemaking to adopt the home hardening standards, which will be followed by a six-month phase-in period for education and outreach. Importantly, the standards will not apply retroactively. They will be required only in new construction, major additions, and such things as replacing a roof or siding if the home is in both a high wildfire hazard zone and the wildland-urban interface.”

Representatives from OSU, ODF, Oregon State Fire Marshal, Department of Consumer and Business Services Building Codes Division and Division of Financial Regulation, and the Wildfire Programs Advisory Council addressed hours of questions at the events and engaged with over 500 community members. 

“The level of engagement at these community meetings was impressive. I attended them all and hundreds of Oregonians had their questions addressed about community wildfire risk reduction programs and how the map supports protecting Oregon’s communities at highest hazard of experiencing wildfire,” said Dave Hunnicutt, Chair of the Wildfire Programs Advisory Council.

At those meetings, early maps depicting wildfire hazard were available, but property tax lot level maps were not yet available. However, draft maps are now ready for Oregonians to see the hazard designation of their specific address, and whether they’re in the wildland-urban interface.

“The maps are still drafts,” said Andy McEvoy, wildfire research scientist at Oregon State University. “The maps won’t become final until we receive input from counties on potential local anomalies, administrative rules are adopted by the Board of Forestry, and we evaluate input from the public.”

The draft maps reflect revisions from the last two years based on input received in 2022 from county governments and the public. Updates include:

  • Adjustments for hay and pasturelands.
  • Adjustments for northwest Oregon forest fuels.
  • Changes based on draft rules to include irrigation of agricultural crops as a mitigating factor in wildfire hazard assessments. Final maps will reflect rules as adopted by the Board of Forestry.

“Work on the wildfire hazard map hasn’t ceased over the last two years,” said Kyle Williams, Deputy Director of Fire Operations at ODF. “ODF and our partners at OSU have worked diligently to evaluate and address concerns about the accuracy of the map. These drafts are still based on the core principles of wildfire science but have been pored through to address expressed concerns. With one more round of public input, we will be well situated to finalize a hazard map that will contribute to advancing wildfire protection in Oregon as the Legislature intended.”

Comments can be sent to dmap@odf.oregon.gov">hazardmap@odf.oregon.govFind more information on ODF’s wildfire hazard web page.

Revenue Task Force Moves Closer to Funding Strategy for Key City Services
City of Salem - 07/18/24 8:51 AM

In January 2024, 27 members of a City Council appointed Task Force began discussion of more than 40 options to raise the revenue necessary to fund services that do not have a dedicated revenue stream. At their final meeting in June 2024, the Task Force unanimously agreed to present eight options to City Council. Four members of the Task Force; Becky Beaman, Russ Beaton, Scott Cantonwine, and TJ Sullivan presented the recommendations to City Council Monday, July 15. 

Early in the process, the Taskforce identified key considerations that they used to evaluate revenue options including;

  • Equity – consider impacts to lower income community members,
  • Sustainability – work toward a long-term solution,
  • Sequencing – consider near term options that could provide a bridge to long term solutions,  
  • Minimizing Local Economic Impact – take a thoughtful approach to burdens placed on the business community,
  •  Financial Management – share accounting practices and audits, build trust and address skepticism, and
  • Public Input and Education– bring the community along, create a transparent and inclusive process.

The Task Force members were unified in their commitment to do what was right for the City of Salem. The Task Force represented a wide range of perspectives and opinions on the right approach to addressing the revenue challenges. Ultimately, they agreed that their recommendations represented a solid menu of options that give City Council a variety of paths to take forward. They were clear that it is now up to City Council to determine what is politically feasible and right for the City of Salem. 

The Task Force revenue options list includes (see full Task Force Report for details):

Near-term (1-2 years): 

  • business license fees
  • franchise fee increase
  • increase to urban renewal frozen base

Medium-term (2-5 years):

  • local option property tax levy
  • personal income tax


  • payment in lieu of taxes
  • intergovernmental agreements and entities
  • tax reform/restructuring

City Council will discuss the Task Force recommendations at a work session on Monday, August 19 at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers. 

We are committed to supporting the leadership and authority of the current and future City Council members and will work to ensure that everyone has clear, consistent and accurate information as we proceed through this process. 


The City of Salem budget problem is the result of a structural imbalance where our expenses are growing faster than revenues. The City does not have the revenue to pay for expenses in key service areas. 

This revenue problem impacts the General Fund –police, fire, parks, libraries, code enforcement, court, and services for our most vulnerable populations including elders, youth, low-income and homeless community members. 

Our general fund has a systemic imbalance because our property tax system is broken.  The impact of tax limitation Measures 5 and 50, approved by voters in the 1990s, has continued to increase over time. The enduring impact of these measures is that they limited the growth of the taxable value of property and set permanent tax rates that limit revenue collections.  

The City of Salem cannot increase property taxes to keep pace with population growth and escalating costs. Property taxes make up 50% of Salem’s General Fund revenues.  The property taxes collected only pay for 77 % of Police and Fire services. The greatest portion of costs associated with police, fire, parks, libraries, and services to our most vulnerable populations including elders, youth, low-income and unsheltered community members are due to staffing. 

Without a revenue source that keeps pace with escalating costs, we cannot continue to deliver services at the same level. In fact, service levels have already been reduced in response to growing demands and limited revenues. 

Northwest Association for Blind Athletes Kicks Off Camp Spark for Oregon's Blind and Visually Impaired Youth
Northwest Assn. for Blind Athletes - 07/18/24 6:28 AM


Billy Henry, Founder & CEO – henry@nwaba.org">bhenry@nwaba.org
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes
703 Broadway, Ste 600 • Vancouver, Washington 98660
Local Phone: 1-360-448.7254 Toll Free: 1-800-880-9837


Northwest Association for Blind Athletes Kicks Off Camp Spark for Blind and Visually Impaired Youth

Vancouver, Washington—July 18, 2024—The Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) is thrilled to announce the return of our Camp Spark program to Linfield University in McMinnville, Oregon. This summer camp session is dedicated to Oregon youth who are blind or visually impaired. Now in its ninth year, Camp Spark has seen remarkable growth, increasing from 18 campers in 2016 to 30 campers this year. The week-long camp is tailored to meet the unique needs of each camper, offering adapted sports and activities such as tandem biking, swimming, and goalball. Campers are paired with counselors to ensure they are actively learning and developing new skills. Camp Spark also emphasizes social interaction and community, providing campers with opportunities to engage with their peers in exciting and innovative ways in a residential camp setting. This session of Camp Spark ends on Friday, July 19, 2024.

Camp Spark is a comprehensive overnight sports camp for individuals ages 8 to 16, who are blind and visually impaired. This unique model uses sports, physical activity, and orientation and mobility as a catalyst to encourage leadership, independence, advocacy, and daily living skills that contribute to overall greater quality of life. The campers vary in socioeconomic status, ethnic background, and level of skills and abilities and NWABA offers camp free of charge to youth and their families. 

NWABA will host a total of five additional week-long summer and winter camp sessions in Oregon and Washington in 2024-2025, each with different eligibility requirements, such as age and residence, and will provide different sports opportunities based on the varying seasons.

"Our Board of Directors is extremely excited to offer these truly transformational programs to children and youth with visual impairments. Camp reaches far beyond participating in sports, and acts as a catalyst to help campers gain the confidence, self-esteem, friendships, and independence they need to achieve success in all areas of life.” said Founder, President & CEO, Billy Henry.

Camp Spark is partially funded by the generosity of our individual donors, foundations, state grants and corporate partners; however, additional support is critically needed to deliver a successful camp. Donations to support Camp Spark can be made online at www.nwaba.org/donate or by mailing a check to PO BOX 61489, Vancouver, WA, 98666. For more information on Northwest Association for Blind Athletes, please contact Billy Henry, CEO & Founder, henry@nwaba.org">bhenry@nwaba.org or 360.448.7254.

About NWABA: 
The mission of Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) is to provide life-changing opportunities through sports and physical activity to individuals who are blind and visually impaired. A group of students who were visually impaired formed the association in 2007 to ensure that people who are blind were participating in sports and physical activity. Today, NWABA is a rapidly expanding 501(c)(3) charitable organization that delivers more than 5,000 program and service interactions annually to children, youth, adults and military veterans with visual impairments tailored programming which improves self-confidence and self-esteem, promotes independence, creates an inclusive community of supporters, and builds the skills necessary to succeed in all areas of life including school and employment.

For information: http://www.nwaba.org or

Contact: Billy Henry, Founder & CEO, henry@nwaba.org">bhenry@nwaba.org 

Phone:  1-360-448-7254



Traffic #ALERT: 1 Deceased After Single Vehicle Crash I-5 at Hayden Island Exit
Portland Police Bureau - 07/18/24 1:29 AM
A man is deceased after a single vehicle crash on the exit from I-5 Northbound to Hayden Island.

On Thursday, July 18, 2024 at 12:21a.m., Portland Police officers assigned to North Precinct responded to a crash on I-5 Northbound at Exit 308 (Jantzen Beach). When they arrived they found a single vehicle crashed. The adult male occupant was deceased at the scene.

The Portland Police Traffic Division Major Crash Team is responding to the scene to investigate the crash. During the investigation, the ramp from northbound I-5 to Hayden Island (Exit 308) is closed, and the ramp from Hayden Island to northbound I-5 is closed. The lanes of the freeway are still open.

If anyone has information about the crash and has not already talked to police, please e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov attn: Traffic Investigations Unit and reference case number 24-178890.

The PIO is not responding to the scene. Additional information will be released as appropriate. This is the 36th traffic related fatality this year in Portland.

The Portland Police Traffic Division is committed to providing enforcement and raising awareness regarding traffic safety for vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Each year, traffic officers respond to preventable collisions. These collisions can deeply impact those involved, their families and loved ones. Traffic officers' number one priority is to address behaviors of all road users that might lead to a collision, including speed, impairment, distraction, and disobeying signals.

The Traffic Division works in partnership with the Bureau of Transportation on making streets safer for all users. You can help by doing your part to obey all traffic laws, whether you are in a vehicle, on foot, bike or scooter. To learn more, visit:

For more on the Traffic Division, visit:

To report a road or area that you believe should have additional traffic enforcement, call (503) 823-SAFE.


Wed. 07/17/24
Conflagration invoked for Umatilla County wildfires, OSFM mobilizing firefighters, incident management team
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 07/17/24 11:17 PM

SALEM, Ore. – On Wednesday night, Oregon Governor Tina Kotek invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act for a series of fires in Umatilla County near Pilot Rock. The OSFM is mobilizing its Green Incident Management Team and three structural task forces from Benton, Marion, and Polk counties. One of those task forces was sent earlier in the afternoon through Immediate Response along with a type 1 helicopter.  

Significant lightning storms moved through Umatilla County Wednesday afternoon and have kept local fire agencies busy responding to wildfires. Gusty winds and dry conditions caused some of these fires to grow exponentially and threaten life and property.  

“The conditions our firefighters are up against are extraordinarily challenging and we are working to provide the needed resources to protect our communities from many wildfires burning across the state,” Oregon State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple said. “I can’t stress enough the importance of preventing any new fires and being prepared in case you need to evacuate.” 

The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office has Level 3 (Go Now) evacuation notices in place. For the latest on evacuations, please follow the Umatilla County Sheriff on Facebook. Shelters are set up at the Pendleton Convention Center, 1601 Westgate in Pendleton, and Grant Union High School, 911 S Canyon Blvd in John Day.  

For information on being prepared for wildfire visit https://wildfire.oregon.gov/prepare 

The Emergency Conflagration Act allows the state fire marshal to mobilize state resources to protect life and property. Following ORS 476.510-476.610, Governor Kotek determined that threats to life, safety, and property exist because of the fire, and the threats exceed the capabilities of local firefighting personnel and equipment. 

PF&R responds to fire at metal recycling facility. (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 07/17/24 7:08 PM
Smoke from scrap metal fire.
Smoke from scrap metal fire.

PF&R responds to fire at metal recycling facility.

At just after 1 PM, Portland Fire & Rescue responded to a reported fire at Radius Recycling affiliated with Schnitzer Steel with reports of a fire in a scrap metal pile. This large mixed metal pile filled with smashed cars, appliances, and other large metal objects was scheduled to go through the industrial shredder located adjacent to this large pile. The fire was eventually raised to a 4th alarm assignment with engines, trucks, fireboats, and other personnel from all over the city to address the large fire. Four hours after the first alarm was sent, the command officer considered the situation under control and called for a recall of the incident with all companies assigned to continue working. There were no reported injuries to responders or plant personnel.

The location of this incident was a dense industrial area in N. Portland to the east of the Willamette River with the property being bordered on the west and north by waterways. The large pile was showing signs of significant fire upon arrival and the command officer directed crews to prepare for a “surround and drown” operation where crews attach to a fire hydrant and pump to a ladder truck with their aerial ladders extended so 1200 to 2000 gpm of water can flow from the tips of these elevated nozzles and apply a large volume of water on the fire. Yard hydrants not affiliated the main city grid provided ample volume and pressure of water for all in use. In addition to using fire hydrants located on the property, two different fire boats were captained to the location and acted as a pumping vessel by pulling water directly from the river and into large diameter hose to aid in the water supply needed to suppress the fire. 

Plant personnel assisted in reducing the size of the fuel pile by using large articulating claws to reach into the pile, pull out a full load and deposit it away from the burning material. To prevent fire spread, crews used handheld nozzles and directed the stream at each claw load to prevent this new material from igniting the ever-growing spoil piles as the material was being relocated. 

This type of a fire is heavy on the need for equipment and less intense on human operations and activity. The 4th alarm requested was to continue to have available tools and engines needed to access water and produce the pressures required to move the volume of water through all hose lines used to reduce the flames. Just before 5 PM, the command officers began to implement a plan to release companies who were not committed to performing work nor was their equipment involved in the transfer and application of water. With nearly 100 firefighters on scene, crews from across the city were strategically moved to best cover the city with companies traditionally operating out of Argay Heights in outer NE Portland relocated to the University Park Neighborhood. Additionally, there were stations on the periphery of the city staffed by members of our mutual aid partners from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue aiding in the coverage of the SW part of town. 

PF&R EOPS Division would like to recognize the work performed by the Emergency Vehicle Technicians and other PF&R Logistics Section personnel during this event. They responded to the scene to evaluate the working rigs to be certain the extended operation would be successful along with providing fuel for the apparatus in use and food for the personnel on scene. The EVT’s are an essential, and often invisible, portion of our success day in and day out. Portland Fire would like to also thank the crews that responded to the fire from Vancouver Fire to help us at the location for the first few hours. Lastly, with 3 different fire channels being used at one point in this fire, PF&R would like to acknowledge the assistance provided by the emergency dispatch center in this greater alarm fire. 

All water used in this incident was captured by the on-site water collection system which will capture the water, strain out the particulates, and run it through the onsite purification process reducing the concerns of contaminated run off entering the watershed. PF&R recommends that if you are within the downwind pathway of the smoke from this, and any other fire, that you close your windows and shelter in place to reduce the harmful effects of the smoke on your respiratory system.

The companies on scene 6 hours after this incident began are beginning to be replaced by fire watch crews as the command staff is putting plans in place to have enough equipment in operation on scene to continue to extinguish the fire while releasing as many members as possible back to their home stations. Fire watch crews are planned to be at the site until midnight and will continue until the fire is completely extinguished.


Attached Media Files: Smoke from scrap metal fire. , Firefighter working at the pump panel of a fire engine. , 2024-07/549/173895/IMG_1180_12.jpg , Smoke header visible from the responding fireboat with the St. Johns Bridge in the foreground. , Fire boat Williams in operation. , Fire Boat 21 on the Willamette. , Header , A hose stream focused on cooling any hot material being relocated. , An aerial master stream in use. , Many streams focused on the fire.

After 30 years, one of Oregon DOC's Most Wanted Fugitives has been arrested in the state of Georgia (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 07/17/24 5:15 PM
Steven Craig Johnson Left to right: Oregon Department of Corrections 1990s photo on wanted poster July 2024 Bibb County Sheriff's Office
Steven Craig Johnson Left to right: Oregon Department of Corrections 1990s photo on wanted poster July 2024 Bibb County Sheriff's Office

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody who fled from a work crew in 1994 is back in custody. Steven Craig Johnson fled from a work crew at the Mill Creek Correctional Facility (MCCF) in Salem on November 29, 1994. 

Johnson was arrested in Macon, Georgia by the U.S. Marshals Service, Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force (USMS SERFTF) on July 16, 2024. He was booked into the Bibb County Jail and is awaiting extradition back to Oregon. 

According to the USMS Steven Craig Johnson aka “William Cox,” 70, was taken into custody by the USMS SERFTF on July 16, 2024, at approximately 2:00 p.m. at an apartment complex located at 2087 Vineville Ave. in Macon. Johnson had been a resident there and living under the alias of William Cox since 2011. Johnson was wanted on an Oregon arrest warrant for escape. A copy of the USMS press release is attached. A copy of the DOC wanted poster is also attached.

MCCF was a minimum-security prison located five miles southeast of Salem on 2,089 acres. The facility was unfenced and housed approximately 290 adults in custody who were within four years of release. MCCF opened in 1929 as the Farm Annex of the Oregon State Penitentiary. The prison closed June 30, 2021, by order of Governor Kate Brown.

DOC is responsible for the care and custody of approximately 12,000 individuals who are incarcerated in 12 institutions across the state. 


Attached Media Files: 2024-07/1070/173892/Final_for_release_USMS_SERFTF_Steven_Craig_Johnson_arrest_7.17.24.pdf , 2024-07/1070/173892/johnson-most-wanted.pdf , Steven Craig Johnson Left to right: Oregon Department of Corrections 1990s photo on wanted poster July 2024 Bibb County Sheriff's Office