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Single vehicle fatal crash on Hwy 138 – Douglas County

On Thursday June 14, 2018 at approximately 12:00 PM Oregon State Police, Douglas County Sheriff's Office and other emergency personnel were dispatched to a vehicle in the North Umpqua River near Hwy 138 mile post 44.

Emergency responders located a 2005 Mercury Sable that had for unknown reasons left the roadway, struck a tree, and came to rest partially in the river.  The driver identified as Sandra Mincher, age 68 of Dillard, OR died at the scene as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.  The passenger, a juvenile male, also died at the scene as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

The Oregon State Police as well as numerous other emergency personnel had been searching for the two and the vehicle since they had been reported as overdue motorists on Wednesday June 13, 2018 at 9:00 PM.  They had been last seen leaving Klamath Falls on Wednesday June 13, 2018 at approximately 1:30 PM enroute to Dillard. 

It is believed that the crash occured sometime around 4:00 PM on Wednesday June 13, 2018. 

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Fatal crash Hwy 204 near Weston – Umatilla County

On Sunday, June 10, 2018, at approximately 2 AM, Oregon State Troopers from the Pendleton Area Command responded to a single vehicle collision on Hwy 204 near MP 4. 

The preliminary investigation revealed a Silver 1997 Pontiac Bonneville operated by Jose Osbaldo CORRALES (49) of Walla Walla, Washington WA., with passenger Nicholas Rethel BROWN (37) La Grande, OR, was traveling south bound on Hwy 204  when the driver lost control on a curve and left the roadway at a high rate of speed.   The vehicle rolled multiple times before it came to a stop on it's wheels. 

BROWN was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

CORRALES was extricated from the vehicle and Life Flighted to St. Mary's Hospital in Walla Walla, WA.  St. Mary's personnel were able to stabilize CORRALES and he was then transported by Life Flight to Harborview Medical Center, in Seattle, WA. 

A north bound lane of travel was closed for approximately 5 hours while the crash was investigated.

Oregon State Police was assisted by the East Umatilla County Rural Fire & Rescue, Medic 400, Pendleton Life Flight, Umatilla County Sheriff's Office and ODOT.  

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UPDATE —Two Oregon State Police Troopers Assaulted Investigating an assault in Columbia County

On June 10, 2018, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Department responded to an assault call. An attempt to locate was later put out for a black Toyota Camry.  At approximately 9:00 AM Oregon State Police Troopers located a vehicle that matched the ATL at the Road Runner gas station in Scappoose.  The person of interest in the assault, Orin GRAVES, age 43, from Warren was in the vehicle.  He was later arrested on outstanding warrants out of Clackamas County.  Columbia County is still investigating the original disturbance.

During the investigation the rear passenger, Christopher CORWIN, age 30, from Lebanon became combative and assaulted two troopers.  Corwin has a state wide felony warrant out of Linn County along with additional warrants.  Additional charges will include resisting arrest and assault on a public safety officer.

Surrounding agencies responded to assist as well as an off-duty Forest Grove officer who saw the altercation.  Suspect was taken into custody and had to be medically sedated because of believed drug use before being transported to the hospital with minor injuries. 

Both troopers received minor injuries and were transported to Emmanuel were they were treated and released. 


On June 10, 2018 Oregon State Troopers located a vehicle that  was believed to be involved in an assault that was being investigated by the Columbia County Sheriff's Department.

As they were investigating an altercation ensued and two Troopers are being seen at local hospitals for injuries.  The suspect had to be medically sedated before being transported for injuries.

No further information at this time. 

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Suspect in Custody- Tri-County Major Incident Team (Jefferson County) requesting assistance locating a suspect in Homicide (Photo)

Gavin Smith-Brown was taken into custody this mornning, June 7, 2018, by Washington County Law Enforcement.  Smith-Brown was not taken into custody as a result of a tip, however the Tri-County Major Incident Team would like to the thank the public for all the tips received.


Suspect may be in a 2013 Subaru Outback, Oregon License - 650 HGT, also black with black rims.


On June 3, 2018,  Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police along with members from the Tri County Major Crime Team responded to Crooked River Ranch on the report of homicide - (Correction no previous news releases - see information below)

During the course of the investigation a suspect has been identified as Gavin Smith-Brown, age 29, of Crooked River Ranch.  Law Enforcement has been unable to locate Smith Brown and are requesting any information from the public.  He has known ties to the Portland area and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Smith-Brown was last known to be driving a 2010 Subaru Outback with Oregon License 372 HFH - charcoal black with black toned rims.

If seen please do not attempt to contact -  Contact 911 or the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at 503-375-3555 and refer to case # SP18-203454



On  Sunday, June 3, 2018, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office responded to a welfare check in the 16000 block of SW Dove Road, Crooked River Ranch.  

During the course of the investigation, the home owner, 65 year old Gayla Smith was found deceased at the residence.  A suspect has been identified as Gavin Smith-Brown, age 29, of the same address on Crooked River Ranch.  Gavin is the son of Gayla and lived at the residence with his mother.  

The Tri County Major Incident Team was activated which consists of members of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Crook County Sheriff's Office, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Madras Police Department, Bend Police Department, Redmond Police Department, Warm Springs Police Department, Jefferson County District Attorney's office, Oregon State Police Forensics, and Oregon State Police Major Crimes Section.

If seen please do not attempt to contact -  Contact 911 or the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at 503-375-3555 and refer to case # SP18-203454

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Speed and Alcohol factors in serious injury crash on Hwy 99W near Amity (Photo)

On Sunday June 2, 2018 at about 3:10am a 1993 Nissan sedan, driven by Marquis Ortiz NAMYSLOWSKI, age 20, from McMinnville OR, was traveling northbound on Hwy 99W near milepost 48.5 when it left the roadway and rolled several times. 

The rear passenger, a juvenile male, was ejected from the vehicle and sustained critical injuries. He was transported by Life Flight to a Portland area hospital. 

The front passenger, Sebastian Michael OAK, age 19, from McMinnville, OR was treated at the scene and was not transported.

Namyslowski was transported to and lodged at the Polk County Jail for multiple charges including DUII, Reckless Driving, and Assault. 

The Oregon State Police was assisted by the Polk County Sheriff's Department, Amity Fire Department, and ODOT

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