Fatal Motorcycle Crash SR 206- Sherman County

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Fatal Motorcycle Crash SR 206- Sherman County05/06/21

On May 5, 2021, OSP and emergency personnel responded to a report of a motorcycle crash on SR 206 near MP 6 in Sherman County.  Investigation showed the motorcycle operator, identified as James Nordrum (51) out of Minnesota, was northbound when he failed to negotiate a curve and went off a small embankment.  Lifesaving efforts were attempted by bystanders and emergency personnel.  The operator was pronounced deceased at the scene.

OSP was assisted by Sherman County Sheriff’s Office,   North Sherman Fire & Rescue, Moro Fire & Rescue, Sherman County ambulance and  Life Flight.

Poached elk near Bend

Poached elk near Bend

$10,000 reward for information on three elk poached near Bend- Deschutes County05/06/21

May 5, 2021

BEND, Ore. — The Oregon Hunters Association (OHA) is offering $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest or citation in the case of three elk that were poached west of Bend on or about Oct. 28, 2020.

In early April, OHA Bend, Redmond, Capitol, Josephine, and Mid-Columbia chapters, along with several private donors, pooled resources to increase the reward amount to $6500.  Additional private donations and an infusion of $1,000 from the OHA State Board last week raised the total to $10,000. Several thousand dollars of the reward was donated to OHA by non-hunters who are equally enraged.

OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers located the cow elk carcass on Oct. 30 after a hunter scouting the Dry Canyon area east of Sisters reported it to the Turn In Poachers (TIP) Line. Troopers then discovered a large bull elk carcass nearby.  The bull elk’s head had been removed as a trophy. Although bull elk were in season at the time, it is a crime to leave carcasses to waste.

Two days later, on Nov. 1, a hunter reported the carcass of a one-year-old male spike elk about 40 yards from where the cow had been found. Based on decomposition, all three animals were shot at or near the same time, and certainly the same day according to OSP F&W Senior Trooper Creed Cummings, who processed the scene.

OHA Vice President Steve Hagan, who oversees the TIP rewards program for the organization, describes the case as upsetting.

“This case has generated outrage in Central Oregon,” he said. “This happened a while back, but we haven’t forgotten about it. Hopefully, this increased reward will help generate leads towards a resolution to this case.”

Oregon’s Stop Poaching campaign coordinator Yvonne Shaw agrees. “This is a blatant waste of Oregonians’ natural resources,” she said, “Not only have these animals been removed from legal hunting in season, but they have also been removed from chance encounters with hikers, photographers, and others who appreciate the opportunity to experience wildlife. Poachers take from all of us.”

All three elk were most likely shot on the opening day of the East Central Cascade elk season which ran Oct. 28 through Nov. 1, 2020. Instead of the cash reward, a caller to the TIP Line could opt for six hunter preference points if their report leads to a citation. OSP Troopers would like anyone in the area who heard shots at night or noticed anything unusual on the opening day of the season to call the TIP Line at 1-800-452-7888 or by cell *OSP (*677) or by email [email protected].

Stop Poaching Campaign
The Stop Poaching Campaign educates the public on how to recognize and report poaching. This campaign is a collaboration among hunters, conservationists, landowners, and recreationists. Our goal is to increase reporting of wildlife crimes through the TIP Line, increase detection by increasing the number of OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers and increase prosecution. The Oregon Hunters Association manages TIP Line reward funds. This campaign helps to protect and enhance Oregon’s fish and wildlife and their habitat for the enjoyment of present and future generations. Contact campaign coordinator Yvonne Shaw for more information. [email protected].

UPDATE – Homicide Investigation – Josephine County05/04/21

On March 24, 2021, investigators from the Josephine County Major Crime Team, which consists of the Oregon State Police, Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, Josephine County District Attorney’s Office, and the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office began a homicide investigation of Paul Folk and Daniel Hill. On May 3, 2021, at approximately 9:00 a.m., Michael Moehring was arrested in Linn County on a warrant related to the double homicide investigation. Law enforcement officers from the Eugene Police Department, The US Marshall’s Office, and the Oregon State Police SWAT contacted Moehring in a rest area and he was taken into custody without incident. The investigators from the Oregon State Police, Grants Pass Police Department, and the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office are appreciative of the great work everyone involved did to ensure the safe arrest of Moehring.

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On Thursday, April 1, 2021, at approximately 2:30 P.M., members of the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office arrested Harley Boitz (26) during a traffic stop on Laurel Rd. in Cave Junction. 

Boitz is being held in the Josephine County Jail on the charges of Murder, Arson, Abuse of a Corpse, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.

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On March 24, 2021, at approximately 12:50 P.M., law enforcement responded to a call regarding a vehicle on fire in Selma about 6 miles up McMullen Creek Road on forest management property.

Detectives responded to the scene and located two deceased persons in the burned vehicle. The incident is being treated as a homicide and is actively being investigated.

On March 29, 2021, investigators were able to identify the two persons in the vehicle as Daniel T. Hill (24) from Josephine County and Paul M. Folk (26) from Josephine County. Folk was previously reported as a missing person to the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety.

The Oregon State Police is leading the investigation and is being assisted by the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, the Josephine County District Attorney, and the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office.

Deer photo

Deer photo

Oregon State Police requesting the public’s assistance with unlawful taking of Buck Deer- Wasco County05/04/21

The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division is asking for the public’s assistance with identifying the person(s) responsible for the unlawful taking of a buck deer in the White River Unit.

On Saturday, May 1, 2021, a citizen reported finding a fresh deer carcass near Bonney Crossing just off US Forest Service road 2710 within the Mt. Hood National Forest near the town of Wamic. 

Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Troopers responded and found a freshly killed deer.

The large mature buck had been shot and left to waste.  Based on the condition of the carcass Troopers believe that the buck was killed on or about April 30 or May 1, 2021.

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

** Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators**

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

CASH REWARDS:

* $1,000 Mountain (Bighorn) Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat, and Moose 

* $500 Elk, Deer, and Antelope 

* $300 Bear, Cougar, and Wolf 

* $300 Habitat Destruction 

* $100 Game Birds

* $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: [email protected] (Monitored M-F 8A-5P)

Fatal Crash on Interstate 5- Jackson County05/03/21

On Monday, May 3, 2021, at approximately 2:53 A.M., Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a pedestrian lying in the median of Interstate 5 near Medford in Jackson County.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a pedestrian was in the middle of the roadway for unknown reasons and was struck by a passing semi-truck. The driver of the semi-truck was on scene and cooperative with the investigation. The pedestrian was pronounced deceased on scene by emergency personnel. His name will be released when appropriate. 

Interstate 5 was reduced to one lane for crash reconstruction. OSP was assisted on scene by Medford Fire, Mercy Flights, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Interstate 5 – Douglas County05/01/21

On Saturday, May 1, 2021 at approximately 3:30 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Interstate 5 northbound near milepost 160.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Dodge Pickup, operated by Matthew Wignall (60) unknown home address, left the roadway, traveled through the brush, and down an embankment.

Wignall sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

A Pitbull was injured and taken to Bailey’s Vet Clinic for treatment.

OSP was assisted by North Douglas Fire, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 26 – Wasco County04/23/21

On Thursday, April 22, 2021 at approximately 3:40 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 26 near milepost 73.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Chevy Trailblazer, Operated by Jaron Rust (29) of Terrebonne,  was eastbound when it crossed into the westbound lane and collided with a Volkswagen Golf operated by Alec Erickson (25) of Bend. 

Passenger in the Trailblazer, Katie Rust (29) of Terrebonne, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Jaron Rust and two juvenile passengers were transported to the hospital.

Erickson was transported to the hospital.  

OSP was assisted by the Warm Springs Tribal Police Department, Warm Springs EMS, and ODOT.

Fatigue is believed to be a contributing factor.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 20 – Malheur County04/23/21

On Friday, April 23. 2021 at approximately 3:40 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle crash on Hwy 20 near milepost 257.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Mercury Sable, operated by Jenifer Haueter (31) of Vale, was westbound and crossed into the eastbound lane and collided with a Chevrolet Avalanche operated by Marion Williams (54) of Vale.

Haueter sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Williams was transported by ground to Ontario and then by Life Flight to Boise.

OSP was assisted by Ontario Fire & Rescue and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 82 – Wallowa County04/21/21

On Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at approximately 3:59 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 82 near milepost 48.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford pickup, operated by Thomas Stumpf (74) of Netarts, was eastbound when it left the roadway and rolled.

Stumpf sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by the Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office, Wallowa EMS, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 20 – Linn County04/21/21

On Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at approximately 1:10 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle crash on Hwy 20 near milepost 17.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Dodge Journey, operated by Christopher Pritchard (32) of Sweet Home, was eastbound, crossed into the westbound lane, and collided with a Dodge Ram pickup towing a utility trailer operated by Jose Maciel-Gomez (22) of Albany.

Pritchard sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Maciel-Gomez and his passenger, Jose Maciel-Chavez (54) of Albany, were transported to the hospital.

OSP was assisted by the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Lebanon Fire Department and ODOT.

OSP is requesting anyone who witnessed the crash to call the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at 1-800-442-0776 or *OSP and refer to case # SP21-104208

Fatal Crash on Hwy 97 – Wasco County04/20/21

On Monday, April 19, 2021 at approximately 6:00 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle crash on Hwy 97 near milepost 52.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Honda Civic, operated by Jesus Lopez (39) of Pasco, WA., was northbound when it left the roadway and struck a tree. 

It is believed the crash happened sometime around 4:00 A.M., on April 19 but was not reported until 6:00 P.M.

Lopez sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 101 – Tillamook County04/18/21

On Saturday, April 17, 2021 at approximately 11:51 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a pedestrian that had been struck on Hwy 101 near mile post Z49.

Preliminary investigation revealed a pedestrian, Quinten Hoptowit (23) of Warm Springs, was laying in the roadway when he was struck by a northbound vehicle.  The vehicle described as a dark color crew cab pickup with a short box, open bed, and inoperative passenger side tail light – left the scene.

Hoptowit sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Rockaway Beach Fire Department, Rockaway Beach Police Department and ODOT.

If you have any information regarding this incident or the described vehicle OSP requests you call the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at 1-800-442-0776 or *OSP and leave information for Trooper Jace Huseby – case # SP21-100770.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 95 – Malheur County04/18/21

On Friday, April 16, 2021 at approximately 10:30 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle collision on Hwy 95 near milepost 98.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Subaru Tribeca, operated by Heidi Dunn (51) of Spokane Valley, Washington, was northbound passing in a no passing zone and collided with a southbound Toyota Tacoma operated by Hugh Moyes (19) of Battle Mountain, Nevada.

Moyes sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Dunn and a juvenile passenger were transported by air to a hospital.  Five other passengers were transported by ground to a hospital.    

OSP was assisted by Jordan Valley Ambulance, Humbolt County NV. EMS,  Life Flight, and ODOT.  

Injury Crash on Hwy 97 – Deschutes County04/17/21

On Friday, April 16, 2021 at approximately 11:00 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 97 near mile post 141.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Subaru Legacy, operated by Tomas Fraley (25) of Bend, was southbound and a collision occurred with an also southbound Jeep Grand Cherokee operated by Jamie Caron-Clarkson (45) of Bend. 

Fraley was transported to St. Charles in Bend.

Caron–Clarkson, along with passengers Deanna Black (58) of CA. and Brett Cold (43) of Meridian, ID., were transported to St. Charles in Bend.     

OSP has received information that a black pickup was in the area at the time of the crash, stopped at the crash scene, and left before emergency personnel arrived.  The black pickup continued south on Hwy 97.  OSP would like to talk to the occupants of this vehicle.

If you witnessed the crash or any of the events, involving a black pickup, prior to the crash you are asked to call the Oregon State Police at 1-800-442-0776 and leave information for Sergeant Caleb Ratliff reference case #SP21-099724.     

Fatal Crash on Hwy 99E – Marion County04/17/21

On Friday, April 16, 2021 at approximately 8:40 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 99E at the intersection of Quail St, approximately one mile south of Brooks.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford F150 pickup, operated by Lazaro Gutierrez-Velasco (46) of Salem, was southbound and turned left into the path of a Honda Civic causing a collision. 

Gutierrez-Velasco was transported to the Salem Hospital. 

The operator of the Honda sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.  The name will be released when appropriate. 

After being released from the Salem Hospital, Gutierrez-Velasco was transported to the Marion County Jail where he was lodged for DUII, Manslaughter, Assault, Reckless Endangering, Reckless Driving, and Criminal Mischief .

OSP was assisted by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Marion County Fire and ODOT.

Fatal Crash Hwy 199 – Josephine County04/13/21

On Monday, April 12, 2021 at approximately 6:50 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Highway 199 near mile post 25.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Dodge Durango, operated by Billy Thornhill (60) of Kerby, was entering Hwy 199 from a driveway and pulled in front of a Freightliner dump truck (towing a 33′ flatbed trailer), operated by Mark Tripp (51) of Grants Pass, was unable to stop and collided with the Durango. 

Thornhill sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Tripp was not injured. 

OSP was assisted by the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois Valley Fire District, and ODOT.

UPDATE – Fatal Crash on I-5 – Marion County04/10/21

The pedestrian is being identified as Michael Stacey (55) of Gervais.

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On Saturday, April 10, 2021 at approximately 1:45 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a collision involving a pedestrian on Interstate 5 near milepost 270. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Mazda M23,  operated by Cassidy Schmidt (19) of Albany, was southbound when it struck a pedestrian in the roadway. 

It is unknown at this time why the pedestrian was in the roadway. 

The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.  His name will be released when appropriate. 

OSP was assisted by the Woodburn Fire Department, Woodburn Ambulance and ODOT.  

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Oregon State Police is Asking for Public’s Assistance with Unlawful Killing of Tundra Swans – Harney County04/09/21

The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public’s help to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful taking of two Tundra Swans in Harney County. 

On April 1, 2021 a  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Officer discovered two deceased Tundra Swans off of Embree Bridge Road near Oil Well Road in the East Fork of the Silvies River.

The U.S. F&W Officer notified the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division which are now assisting in the investigation.

The U.S. F&W Officer determined the Tundra Swans had been shot with a small caliber bullet sometime between March 31 and April 1.  

If you have any information regarding this incident please contact the Turn In Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or 541-589-2547.

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

** 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-Bighorn Sheep

* 5 Points-Rocky Mountain Goat

* 5 Points-Moose

* 5 Points-Wolf

* 4 Points-Elk

* 4 Points-Deer

* 4 Points-Antelope

* 4 Points-Bear

* 4 Points-Cougar

Or the Oregon Hunters Association TIP reward fund also offers cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Bighorn Sheep, Rocky 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 (Bighorn) Sheep, Rocky 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: [email protected] (Monitored M-F 8:00AM – 5:00PM)

Source: Oregon State Police (FlashAlerts)

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