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Single vehicle fatal crash on Lone Rock Rd. in Gilliam County (Photo)

On Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at approximately 8:07 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Lone Rock Road near mile post 13 in Gilliam County.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe, operated by Karen Buell (62) of Condon, was traveling eastbound on Lone Rock Road when, for unknown reasons, left the roadway and rolled down a steep embankment. 

Buell sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

OSP was assisted by the Gilliam County Sheriff's Office, South Gilliam County Fire, and Gilliam County Road Department.

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Oregon State Police requesting public’s assistance in waste of bull elk in Wheeler County (Photo)

The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help to identify the person(s) responsible for shooting and wasting a 4x5 bull elk in the Ochoco Unit southeast of Mitchell in Wheeler County.  The elk was located off of USFS Road 12 near USFS Road 42.   

The elk was discovered on October 1, 2018 and reported to OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers.  It was determined the elk had been killed 48 hours before discovery.  The animal had been shot, gutted, and then left to waste - no meat was taken.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact Trooper S. Vaughn through the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP (mobile).

** Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators** 

The TIP program offers preference point rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of big game mammals.

Preference Point Rewards:

* 5 Points-Mountain Sheep

* 5 Points-Mountain Goat

* 5 Points-Moose

* 5 Points-Wolf

* 4 Points-Elk

* 4 Points-Deer

* 4 Points-Antelope

* 4 Points-Bear

* 4 Points-Cougar

The TIP program also offers cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Mountain Sheep, Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, and Furbearers. Cash rewards can also be awarded for the unlawful take of Game Fish and Shellfish and for Habitat Destruction.

CASH REWARDS:
* $1,000 Mountain Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose 
* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope 
* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf 
* $300 Habitat Destruction 
* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl 
* $100 Furbearers 

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish 

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

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP(677)

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

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Car passing in no passing zone leads to fatal car crash in Jackson County (Photo)

On Thursday, October 4, 2018, at approximately 5:00pm, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Highway 140 near milepost 14.5 in Jackson County.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Dodge Neon, operated by Richard Cota (37) of Bonanza, was traveling eastbound, in the westbound lane, passing eastbound vehicles at a high rate of speed in a no-passing zone.  A Ford F-350 pickup operated by Frederick French (52) of Klamath Falls,was traveling westbound. French veered onto the westbound gravel shoulder of the highway in an attempt to avoid being crashed into by Cota. Cota also veered onto the westbound shoulder and crashed head-on into French. 

Cota sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Cota's passenger, Amanda Cota (33) of Bonanza, sustained  injuries and was transported by ground ambulance to Providence Medical Center. 

French sustained injuries and was transported by air ambulance to Rogue Regional Medical Center. 

Highway 140 was closed for approximately 1.5 hours following the crash with a detour through Lake Creek Loop.

OSP was assisted by Lake Creek Fire District, Mercy Flights, and ODOT

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UPDATE – OSP requesting public assistance in unlawful taking of Elk – Benton County (Photo)

Oregon State Police would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance.  Four persons of interest have been identified and the investigation is continuing. 

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The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help to identify the persons responsible for trespassing and the taking of a spike bull elk in Benton County.

On September 1, 2018 trail camera photographs were taken of four hunters who were trespassing near Ferguson Road, south of Monroe. They can be seen packing a spike bull elk.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact OSP Trooper Zac Cochran through the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or 503-509-2465

** Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators** 

Poaching wildlife and damaging habitats affects present and future generations of wildlife, impacts communities and the economy, and creates enforcement challenges. 

ODFW and OSP are now offering preference points as a reward option for information leading to the arrest or issuance of citation for the illegal take/possession or waste of big game mammals. 4 preference points will be offered for wildlife offenses regarding deer, elk, antelope, bear, and cougar. 5 preference points will be offered for wildlife offenses regarding moose, mountain sheep, and wolf.

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

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

* $1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose 

* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope 

* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf 

* $300 Habitat Destruction 

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish 

* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl 

* $100 Furbearers 

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

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 (24/7) 

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

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Double fatal crash on Hwy 97 in Klamath County (Photo)

On Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at approximately 2:15PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Highway 97 near milepost 188 in Klamath County.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Toyota Yaris, operated by Marcia Myers (56) of Bend, was traveling southbound on Highway 97 near milepost 188 when it pulled off the roadway onto the southbound shoulder.   Myers then attempted a u-turn in front of a  Freightliner semi-truck, operated by Reynaldo Torres (59) of Downey, CA. the Yaris was hit on the driver's side sending it off the northbound shoulder of the highway.

Myers and her passenger, Larry Myers (60) of Bend, both sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased at the scene.

Torres was not injured in the crash.

Highway 97 was closed for approximately 5 hours following the crash with a detour in place.

OSP was assisted by Crescent Fire and ODOT

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Passenger in stolen vehicle dies in crash – Jackson County (Photo)

On Thursday, September 27, 2018, at approximately 8:30 PM. Deputies from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office were responding to a restraining order violation in the White City area.

When deputies arrived in the area a citizen flagged them down to report a suspicious vehicle (Toyota Tundra) that had been following them.  Deputies located a 2013 Toyota Tundra and attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle. 

The operator, later identified as Christopher Giron (48) from Ashland, attempted to elude and drove southbound on Hwy 62 at a high rate of speed.  Giron attempted to turn eastbound onto Hwy 140 but failed to negotiate the corner.  Giron left the roadway at the southeast corner of the intersection, struck an electrical box that operates the traffic signal, and came to rest down an embankment. 

Giron and his passenger, Teddy Geaney (50) from Klamath Falls, were transported to the hospital.  Geaney sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased at the hospital.

The 2013 Toyota Tundra was reported stolen from southern Jackson County. 

Geaney was the suspect in the restraining order violation. 

Oregon State Police are investigating the crash and were assisted by the Jackson County District Attorney's Office and ODOT. 

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Two people die in crash on I-84 – Baker County

On Wednesday September 26, 2018 at approximately 10:10 AM. Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to the report of a commercial motor vehicle crash on Interstate 84 westbound near mile post 301.

Preliminary investigation reveals that 1993 GMC PU pulling a U-Haul trailer, operated by Eugene Rowley (65) of Goldendale, WA. was westbound and passed a 2013 Freightliner semi-truck, operated by Alexandr Ciubuc (58) of Tumwater, WA.  The GMC PU and the semi-truck collided, went through the median, and came to rest adjacent to the eastbound lanes.

Both eastbound and westbound fast lanes were closed for approximately 5 hours.

Eugene Rowley and his passenger Ellen Rowley (63) from Goldendale, WA. both sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased at the scene.

Ciubuc was transported to St. Alphonsus medical center in Baker City with non-life threatening injuries.

OSP was assisted by the Baker County Sheriff's Office, Baker Fire Department and ODOT.

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Motorcyclist dies in single vehicle crash – Lake County

On September 25, 2018 at approximately 1:00 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle motorcycle crash on SR 140E near milepost 39 in Lake County, east of Adel. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a black 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by Michael L. Paston (68) from Sterling, Colorado, was traveling eastbound on SR 140 when, for an unknown reason, the motorcycle drifted into the westbound ditch and rolled.  Paston sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene. 

SR 140E was closed for over an hour following the crash.  OSP was assisted by ODOT, Lake County Sheriff's Office, and Lakeview EMS.

 

 

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Motorcyclist dies in collision with tree Hwy 126E – Lane County

On Monday September 24, 2018, at approximately 7:06 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a motorcycle crashed into a tree.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a gray 1984 Honda motorcycle, operated by Roy K. Smith (64) of Eugene, was traveling westbound on Hwy 126E near Cedar Flat Rd. when for an unknown reason the motorcycle left the roadway and collided with a tree.

Smith sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene.

OSP was assisted by the Lane Co Sheriffs' Office, ODOT, and Eugene-Springfield Fire Department.

 

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