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Fatal Motorcycle Crash near Hermiston

On Monday, July 8, 2019 at approximately 4:21 PM, Troopers from the Pendleton Area Command and emergency personnel responded to the report of a ,single fatal, multiple vehicle crash on SR-207 near MP 4.  

The preliminary investigation revealed a grey  2013 Dodge pickup, operated by David Wayne Morgan, age 75, of Hermiston, OR was traveling north bound on SR-207 when he made a left turn onto the premises of the Short Stop convenience store.   A red 1984 Yamaha XT2 motorcycle, operated by Nathaniel John Bloomer, age 56, of Hermiston, OR was traveling south bound on SR-207 and collided into the side of a 1987 Charm horse trailer being towed by Morgan.  Mr. Nathaniel John Bloomer suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at Good Shepherd Medical Center.

SR-207 was closed for approximately one hour following the crash.  OSP was assisted by ODOT, the Umatilla County Fire Distict #1 and the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office.

Alcohol is being investgated as a contributing factor of the crash.

No photos are available for this crash.


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Minor Injuries from Plane Crash near Newport (Photo)** Updated Release***

*** Update #2***

This is the complete release and no other releases are anticipated.


On July 8, 2019 at 5:10 PM, Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a plane crash, on the beach, north of the Jetty in Newport.

The preliminary investigation determined the plane was a Cessna 172 Skyhawk II and was flown by Dean Sawyer, age 66, from Newport. Sawyer had two passengers, on the four seater plane, and they were identified as Deborah Reasoner, age 61, from Molalla and a seven year old juvenile also from Molalla ( the relationship between the juvenile and Reasoner is unknown).

Sawyer departed from the Newport airport approximately 4:30 PM and flew around the Depoe Bay area. Near Newport, Sawyer started to notice there was a mechanical problem with the plane and attempted to return to the Newport airport. Sawyer realized the plane did not have enough altitude to fly to the airport so he planned for an emergency landing on the beach. Sawyer was able to land the plane on the beach just north of the Jetty.

All three occupants were transported to the Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport. Both Sawyer and the juvenile received minor injuries and were released from the hospital. Reasoner sustained serious injuries and was Lifeflighted to a Portland hospital.

Sawyer is the current Mayor of Newport and has had a pilot's license for 40 years. Sawyer has been flying, the plane that crash, for over 30 years.



***Update #1***

The location of the crash is on the North side of the Jetty in Newport near the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse.



On July 8, 2019 at 5:10 PM, Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a plane crash on the beach near South Beach State Park. The pilot and his two passengers were transported to the local hospital with minor injuries. 

The Oregon State Police is continuing with the investigation and more information will be released as soon as possible. 



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Two vehicle fatal crash on Hwy 207 – Wheeler County

On Thursday, July 4, 2019 at approximately 11:40 A.M. Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a motor vehicle crash on HWY 207 near milepost 19.

Preliminary investigation reveals that 2015 Ford F350 (pulling a trailer), operated by Yancey Fall (51) of Prineville, was northbound. A 2013 Kawasaki motorcycle, operated by Frank Lord Jr. (52) of Tigard, was southbound when he lost control, in a corner, and slid into the the Ford F350 and trailer.

Lord sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Oregon State Police was assisted by Emergency Medical Services from Fossil and Spray, the Wheeler County Sheriff's Office and ODOT.

Hwy 207 was closed for approximately 5 hours. 

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UPDATE #2- Oregon State Police looking for witnesses to fatal hit and run crash – Klamath County (Photo)

On Tuesday, July 2, 2019, a tip led Oregon State Police Troopers to a residence in Klamath Falls.  At the residence Troopers located a 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe that is believed to be the vehicle that struck and killed Mr. Rittenhouse on June 15, 2019. 

Troopers identified Alizabeth Witheril (20) of Klamath Falls as the driver of the vehicle that struck Mr. Rittenhouse.  She was arrested for Failure to Perform Duties of Driver to Injured Persons (Hit and Run) and Tampering with Physical Evidence. 

Blake Hooke (18) of Klamath Falls was arrested for Tampering with Physical Evidence.   

Oregon State Police thanks the public for their assistance in this investigation.


The Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation into the fatal hit and run crash which occurred on Saturday, June 15, 2019. OSP is providing the attached photo, of a piece of the suspect vehicle, in hopes that someone will recognize the piece or damage to the front bumper area of a vehicle they are familiar with.

Contact the Oregon State Police by dialing *OSP or  541-883-5711.


On Saturday, June 15, 2019, at approximately 3:47 AM, Klamath County 911 received a call of a man found in the middle of South 6th Street at the intersection with Gary Street.

Klamath County Fire District 1 responded to assist the man, who was later identified as Henry Rittenhouse, age 36, of Klamath Falls; however, he was pronounced deceased at the scene.

On scene investigation determined that Mr. Rittenhouse had been struck by a vehicle that left the scene.  The suspect vehicle is gray in color; however, there are no additional descriptors of the vehicle that struck Mr. Rittenhouse at this time.  

The Oregon State Police was assisted at the scene by the Klamath Falls Police Department, the Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath County Fire District 1, and ODOT.

Any one with information on this incident, or with information on the suspect vehicle, is asked to call Oregon State Police Dispatch at *OSP or  541-883-5711.

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UPDATE – Interagency Deadly Force Investigations Team to Investigate Incident Involving Pursuit of Suspect in Stolen Vehicle – Lane County

The Deputies involved in yesterdays incident are identified as:

Deputy Eric Churchill

Hired in 2002

currently assigned to the Police Services Division


Deputy Michael Hudson

Hired in 2003

Currently assigned to the Police Services Division


Further releases will come from the Lane County District Attorney's Office.


On Thursday, May 23, 2019 at approximately 9:45 am, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office attempted a traffic stop involving a stolen Ford F350 truck on Hwy 99 near Milliron. The driver of the vehicle increased speed and deputies pursued the driver southbound on Hwy 99, onto Greenhill Road, Clearlake, and Lawrence before the suspect fled on foot on Dalewood Drive. During the pursuit the suspect rammed occupied Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicles and deputies discharged their firearms.

No injuries have been reported.

The suspect, identified as 34 year old Keith Newsome, has been taken into custody.

The Interagency Deadly Force Investigations Team (IDFIT) has been assigned to investigate the incident.

Further information will be provided following the investigation when more facts are known.

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Fatal Crash Territorial Highway & High Pass Road near Junction City — Lane County (Photo)

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday morning’s two vehicle fatal crash on Territorial Highway and High Pass Road near Junction City. 

On May 17, 2019 at about 10:20 AM, OSP troopers and first responders were dispatched to a two vehicle fatal crash at the intersection of Territorial Highway and Highway Pass Road. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Chevy Cavalier, operated by Russell Lee NICKERSON, age 81, from Eugene was traveling westbound on High Pass Road when for unknown reasons he failed to stop at the intersection.  NICKERSON’s vehicle was struck by a  Ford Econoline Van, operated by Cary Allen RAMSAY (male), age 55, from Eugene. 

NICKERSON suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  RAMSAY was transported to Riverbend Hospital with serious injuries. 

Territorial Highway was closed for approximately four hours following the crash. 

OSP was assisted by Lane County Sheriff's Office, ODOT, Junction City Fire and Lane Fire Authority.

Photograph provided by OSP.

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Death Investigation — (On Behalf of Stayton Police Department) – Update

The following update is being released on behalf of the Stayton Police Department.

On Thursday May 9th at about 12pm Stayton Police responded to a residence in Stayton for a possible gun shot.  When they arrived, Officers found a 16-year-old male who had been shot with a handgun.  He was transported to Santiam Memorial Hospital where he died shortly after arriving.  An autopsy was conducted by the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office today and the death was ruled a suicide.

Stayton PD would like you to please keep the involved family in your thoughts and prayers during this time.

Previous Release:

The following information is being released on behalf of the Stayton Police Department. 

On May 9, 2019 at about 12:00 PM, Stayton Police Department responded to a residence in regards to a juvenile male being shot. 

Preliminary information indicates a juvenile male died from a gun-shot wound.  Stayton Police Department is leading the investigation.  Oregon State Police, Marion County Sherriff's Office, Salem Police Department Criminal Investigations Unit and Aumsville Police Department and  are assisting Stayton Police Department to determine the cause and circumstances. 

Media inquiries should be directed to the Stayton Police Department. Point of Contact is Chief of Police Rich Sebens at 503-932-1406. 

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