Officer Involved Shooting in Josephine County

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On May 29, 2015 at approximately 10:27 p.m., two Oregon State Police Troopers responded to a 911 call at an address in rural Josephine County near Wilderville on the report of a domestic disturbance.

OSP Seeks Help After Fatal Hit & Run


COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. – A man was found dead in the middle of the road Saturday night after an apparent hit and run, East of Cottage Grove. Oregon State Police is reaching out to the public, hoping someone can help them figure out who was driving when the pedestrian was hit. Police say someone found … Continue reading »

Death Investigation – Pacific Ocean off Newport


Yaquina Bay OR – Oregon State Police and the Lincoln County Medical Examiner are continuing the investigation to confirm the cause of death of a 70-year old Charleston man Sunday while he was on a fishing trip in the Pacific Ocean. Initial investigation indicates he may have died from natural causes. On August 31, 2014 at 7:47 a.m., two OSP troopers were dispatched to the Yaquina Bay Coast Guard (USCG) Station in Newport to meet USCG personnel while a boat was returning from the Pacific Ocean with a deceased adult male. At approximately 12:31Read More
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Bus Driver Cited for Fatal Crash


On Tuesday August 19, 2014, the Portland Police Bureau Traffic Investigations Unit issued two citations to a driver involved in a June 2014 fatal crash in Old Town. The driver, 68-year-old Charles Atarashi Start, was issued citations for the following violations: * Oregon Revised Statute 811.028 – Failure to Stop and Remain Stopped for Pedestrian * Oregon Revised Statute 811.135 – Careless Driving (Accident/Death to a Vulnerable Road User) This investigation started on June 8, 2014, at 3:53 p.m., when Central Precinct officers received a report of a crash involving a pedestrian and a busRead More
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Suspected Gang Related Shooting Death


Portland OR – On Sunday August 17, 2014, at 5:00 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the Eastwood Village Apartments, located at 15139 Southeast Powell Boulevard, on the report of a shooting. Officers arrived in the area and learned from witnesses that the shots seemed to be focused on one of the apartments. Officers located a female adult deceased inside an apartment. Witnesses have told police that the suspects were several African American males with handguns. Preliminary information from witnesses indicates that the shooting is gang-related. Homicide Detectives and Criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division are respondingRead More
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Accidental Death Near Crescent Lake


NEAR CRESCENT LAKE, Ore. — The Oregon State Police (OSP) is completing an investigation into the accidental death of a 72-year old Crescent Lake-area man Thursday evening while trying to cut down a tree on his property. An investigation by OSP troopers and the Chemult Rural Fire Protection District indicated that Eugene Frank Andrews, 72, … Continue reading »

Synthetic drug, spice, suspected in Albany man’s death


A 32-year-old Albany man died unexpectedly Wednesday after exhibiting bizarre behavior that authorities believe might have been linked to use of a synthetic drug commonly known as spice.
Corvallis medics were called to Marys River Lumber in Philomath at 3:33 p.m. Thursday after a mill worker, Alan Eugene Garner, began running around, acting strangely.
His colleagues thought he might have been suffering from heatstroke or a medical condition, said Sgt. Randy Hiner of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.
“He was trying to throw punches at people ... who were trying to assist him, get him in the shade and give him water,” Hiner said, adding that it appeared Garner did not know what he was doing.
Deputies detained Garner so that medics could begin treating him and load him up for transport to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center.
“His condition just seemed to deteriorate as time went on,” Hiner said. “His eyes were open, he was awake, but he was not coherent at that time.”
Garner died sometime in the night, Hiner said.
Hiner said that evidence suggests that Garner might have used the synthetic “spice” drug, but he declined to elaborate. The cause of death is still under investigation.
Hiner said Garner was hired through a temp agency and was from Umatilla. He recently moved to Albany, but Hiner said he didn’t when.
Spice is a synthetic drug that is known to have similar effects as marijuana, but its use has been linked to deaths in the country.
“We haven’t dealt with very many cases involving it,” Hiner said. “It’s out on the streets, for sure, but to my knowledge there haven’t been any deaths in Benton County by it.”

Taylor Sentencing Phase


EUGENE, Ore. — The sentencing phase of David Ray Taylor’s murder trial began Tuesday. A jury found Taylor guilty last week on three counts of aggravated murder in the killing of Celestino Gutierrez. He was found not guilty on the fourth aggravated murder charge and instead guilty of a lesser charge of intentional murder. Taylor … Continue reading »

Drug-Related Deaths Up 33% in Lane Co.


EUGENE, Ore. — Drug-related deaths were up 33% in Lane County last year, compared to the year before. The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office found Lane County saw one of the most notable increases with 20 deaths last year, five more than the year before. Thirteen of the 20 deaths were meth related, nine blamed … Continue reading »

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