Oregon State Police Drug Enforcement Team shut down another illegal marijuana grow operation- Jackson County (Photo) – 06/09/22
On June 8, 2022, the Oregon State Police Southwest Region Drug Enforcement Section team served an illegal marijuana search warrant in the 13000 block of Hwy 62, Eagle Point, Jackson County. As a result, 5,038 illegal marijuana plants contained in eighteen greenhouses were seized. Five individuals were detained, identified, interviewed, and released.
The property had been leased for the sole purpose of illegal marijuana cultivation. Jackson County Code Enforcement also responded to the property for multiple code violations. A total of $58,000.00 dollars in fines were levied related to unapproved greenhouse structures, solid waste, and unpermitted electrical installations. The investigation is ongoing.
The OSP SWR DES team was assisted by the Illegal Marijuana Enforcement Team (IMET) of the Medford Police Department and Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, as well as Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
On June 5, 2022 at approximately 7:57 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a motorcycle crash on Hwy 82 near milepost 32.
Preliminary investigation revealed an eastbound black Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by Robert E. Scott (50) of Joseph, lost control and crash. The weather, which was rain and fog, is being investigated as contributing factors.
Scott was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries. A passenger, Linda S. Walker (52) of Joseph, was transported via Life Flight but had sustained fatal injuries and was later pronounced deceased.
Hwy 82 was affected for approximately two hours.
OSP was assisted by Union County Sheriff’s Office, Elgin Fire Department, La Grande Fire Department, Life Flight and ODOT.
On Saturday May 28th, 2022 at about 11:55AM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a fatal vehicle crash on Highway 26 near milepost 10.
Preliminary investigation revealed that a westbound black 2020 Tesla Model Y, operated by Fredrick Scheffler II (49) of Portland, lost control and crossed into the eastbound lane and collided with an eastbound grey Hyundai Tucson van, operated by Kyle Rieger (26) of Warrenton.
Scheffler II sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Rieger was transported by EMS in serious condition.
Hwy 26 was partially closed for 3.5 hours following the crash.
OSP was assisted by the Seaside Fire Department, Hamlet Fire Department and ODOT.
On Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at approximately 8:36 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 138E near milepost 78.
Preliminary investigation revealed that a westbound black Tesla Model S, operated by Howard Berry (67) of Milwaukie, was traveling at a high rate of speed when it left the roadway and struck a power pole. Speed and alcohol use are being investigated as contributing factors to the crash.
Berry and two of his passengers, Richard Edlund (67) of Milwaukie and John Ruppert (66) of Tigard, were all transported by air ambulance with injuries. A fourth passenger, Koelby Edlund (37) of Canby, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.
Hwy 138E was closed for approximately 30 minutes.
OSP was assisted by Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Diamond Lake Volunteers, Air Reach, Pacific Power, And ODOT.
On May 25, 2022, at approximately 08:00 AM, Deputies with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responded to an address on Weaver Road in Myrtle Creek to investigate a domestic violence complaint.
Upon arrival the suspect, Spencer Cassanova Heckathorne (60), had fled the scene. Probable cause was established to arrest Heckathorne for the crimes of Menacing and Recklessly Endangering. Shortly after 10:00 AM, DCSO Deputies and officers from the Myrtle Creek Police Department located Heckathorne on Weaver Road near his residence. Heckathorne rammed two deputies in their vehicles before crashing into a ditch. After exiting his vehicle Heckathorne remained uncooperative and engaged a uniformed Deputy. The Deputy fired his duty weapon and Heckathorne was struck one time. Deputies quickly began rendering aid to Heckathorne who was pronounced deceased at the scene.
OSP Major Crimes Detectives from the Springfield and Roseburg Area Commands responded to assist Douglas County Major Crimes Team and is leading the investigation into the Officer Involved Shooting Incident. The Douglas County Major Crimes team is comprised of members from the Roseburg Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office and the Oregon State Police.
Additional details regarding the investigation will be made available through the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office.
On May 23, 2022, at approximately 7:25 P.M., law enforcement received a call from an individual reporting a homicide. Oregon State Police Troopers along with Union County Sheriff Deputies responded to a residence in unincorporated Union County.
Upon arriving on the scene, law enforcement found an adult female deceased. A suspect was taken into custody without incident. The Union County Major Crime Team was activated with the OSP Criminal Division taking the lead role.
The investigation is on-going, and any further releases will be done through the Union County District Attorney’s Office.
Pathological Examination- OSP Fish & Wildlife Division is seeking public assistance in locating the person(s) responsible for shooting a wolf in the Sled Springs Wildlife Management Unit- Wallowa County (Photo) – 05/24/22
***Update on pathological examination.
The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division has closed its investigation into the death of OR 106.
On January 8th, 2022, Fish & Wildlife Division Troopers responded to the location of a deceased, collared wolf on Parsnip Creek Road, in Wallowa County, OR. Troopers located OR 106, a lone female wolf dispersed from the Chesnimnus Pack. Initial observations suggested the wolf died as the result of gunshot wounds.
Based upon these observations, OR 106 was transported to the United States Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) Forensic Lab in Ashland, OR. for pathological examination. According to the veterinary examination report, which was received in early March, OR 106 died as a result of blunt force trauma to the chest and pelvic area. The report indicated that the associated trauma was most consistent with a vehicle collision, though other wounds were suspicious of intraspecific fight wounds. A previous gunshot injury to the wolf’s left hind leg was also noted, and though not completely healed, it didn’t appear to be debilitating and was not associated with the cause of death.
The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division would like to thank the USFWS Forensics Lab for their diligent efforts with the pathological examination, and their continued support.
On January 8, 2022, at 10:36 A.M. a concerned citizen reported to the Oregon State Police and ODFW personnel of finding a collared deceased wolf on Parsnip Creek RD in Wallowa County, approximately 6 miles southeast of Wallowa, OR. OSP Troopers and ODFW personnel responded to the area and located a deceased collared wolf. The initial investigation revealed that the wolf likely died as a result of being shot. The wolf, OR 106, was a two-year-old collared female. OR 106 was a lone wolf that dispersed from the Chesnimnus Pack.
OSP is urging anyone with information regarding this case to call the Oregon State Police Tip-line at 1-800-452-7888, *OSP (*677), or email at TIP@state.or.us. Reference case # SP22006179.
***Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators***
The Oregon Hunters Association TIP reward offers preference points or 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, Furbearers, Game Fish and Shellfish. Cash rewards can also be awarded for turning in people who destroy habitat, illegally obtain licenses/tags, and for the unlawful lending/borrowing of big game tags.
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
* $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
On Monday, May 23, 2022 at about 10:29 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash at milepost 19 on Hwy 199 near Selma.
Preliminary investigation revealed a northbound white Volkswagen Bug, operated by Jesse Kozechen (29) of Brazil, swerved to avoid traffic that had slowed for a turning vehicle. The operator over-corrected and lost control, sliding into the southbound lane where it collided with a Ford Escape, operated by Eileen Huss (62) of Selma.
Kozechen sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Huss was transported with injuries. Huss’s two-year-old passenger was uninjured.
Hwy 199 was closed for two hours while the Oregon State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit investigated the scene.
OSP was assisted by AMR, Josephine County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois Valley Fire Department and ODOT.
On Sunday, May 22nd, 2022 at about 11:55 pm, Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a fatal single vehicle crash on Hwy 20 at milepost 11.
Preliminary investigation revealed a Peterbilt CMV towing an unloaded chip trailer with a single occupant, David Damon (67) of Shady Cove, was traveling eastbound and drove onto the shoulder before overcorrecting. The CMV crossed the center line and the westbound lane before striking several trees on the westbound shoulder.
Damon sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Hwy 20 was closed for approximately eight hours following the crash. Lane usage, seatbelt usage, and distracted driving are being investigated as contributing factors.
OSP was assisted by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Toledo Fire Department and the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office and ODOT.
On May 20, 2022 at 4:28 pm, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 219 at French Prairie Rd NE.
Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford Ranger pickup, operated by Harold Crane (79) of Aurora, was northbound on French Prairie Rd NE and failed to stop at a stop sign. The Ford Ranger pickup collided head-on with a Mack CMV, operated by Santana Tadlock (26) of Salem, which was southbound on Hwy 219.
Crane sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Tadlock was uninjured.
The roadway was closed for approximately 4 hours.
OSP was assisted by Marion County Sheriff’s Office, St. Paul Fire Department, Gervais Police Department and ODOT.
On Tuesday May 17, 2022 at approximately 11:00AM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Miami Foley Road near New Miami River Rd.
Preliminary investigation revealed that a southbound black Honda 500 motorcycle, operated by Adam Taylor (26) of Warrenton, on Miami Foley Road crossed into the northbound lane, colliding with a Ford F55, operated by Jose Hernandez (32) of Portland. Speed and motorcycle inexperience are being investigated as contributing factors to the collision.
Taylor sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Hernandez sustained minor injuries. A passenger in the Ford 55, Rosalio Herrera Morelos (54) of Vancouver, WA, was uninjured.
Miami Foley Road was closed for several hours following the crash.
OSP was assisted by the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Garibaldi Fire, Tillamook Ambulance, and Tillamook County Public Works.
On May 17, 2022 at approximately 4:24 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a motorcycle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 304.
Preliminary investigation revealed a westbound Harley-Davidson FLHTCUTG, operated by John Atwood (74) of Island City, exited at the 304 off-ramp, and for unknown reasons lost control, striking the guardrail.
Atwood sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.
Exit 304 was closed for approximately 3 hours.
OSP was assisted by Baker City Police Department and ODOT.
OSP’s Child Safety Day and Oregon’s missing children and adults recognition event- Marion County (Photo) – 05/18/22
Attention everyone who will be in or around Salem, Oregon on May 25, 2022, from 11:00 to 2:00. A small contingent of Oregon State Police staff and tribal representatives will be on hand at the Oregon State Capitol Park to shine a light on child safety and Oregon’s missing children and adults in recognition of National Missing Children’s Day.
OSP will have information on Oregon’s Missing Children, SafeOregon.com – Oregon’s statewide school safety tip line, as well representation from a Criminal Detective, the Warm Springs Tribal Police Chief, and our very own Forensic Anthropologist. OSP would love for you to stop by between 11:00 and 2:00 to talk to us about how to keep your children safe, pick up your free child identification kit, and how you too can get involved.
The National Missing Children’s Day (May 25) was proclaimed by former President Ronald Reagan in 1983, in memory of Etan Patz, a 6-year-old boy who disappeared from a New York City street corner on May 25, 1979.
Unfortunately, each year, the need to highlight this important day only grows. National Missing Children’s Day is dedicated to encouraging parents, guardians, caregivers, and others concerned with the well-being of children to make all children’s safety a priority. We also acknowledge those indigenous children and adults who are currently missing, in hopes of shining a brighter light onto the anguish all families endure when a loved one is unaccounted for or endangered.
The commemoration serves as a reminder to continue our efforts to reunite all missing children with their families and an occasion to honor those dedicated to the cause of resolving the unresolved.
Hope is why we are here.
For us, the blue flower, referred to as a Forget-Me-Not, is a symbol of our commitment and promise to keep searching.
*Update*-Investigators seeking witnesses to double fatal crash.
Investigators of a double fatal crash are seeking witnesses to the crash or of the suspect vehicle immediately preceding the collision. The suspect vehicle is a red Mazda 3. Witnesses or those who may have video around May 14th at 4:45 PM at the location of Hwy 20 and Liberty Road are encouraged to contact the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center at 800-442-0776 or *OSP (*677) from your mobile phone. Reference Case number SP22-113804.
On May 14, 2022 at approximately 4:45 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 20 near milepost 23.
Preliminary investigation revealed an eastbound red Mazda 3, operated by Robert Prettyman (33) of Brownsville, swerved across all lanes of traffic onto the westbound shoulder and then swerved back into the eastbound lanes. Upon reaching the eastbound lanes the vehicle collided head-on with a silver Nissan Versa, operated by Carl Curtis (79) of Huntington Beach, CA, that was attempting to avoid the Mazda.
Prettyman was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A four-year old child that was a passenger in Prettyman’s car was transported with critical injuries. Curtis and his passenger, Yvonne Levy (73) of Huntington Beach, CA, sustained fatal injuries and were both pronounced deceased.
Hwy 20 was closed for approximately 4 hours for OSP reconstructions to investigate. Impairment is being investigated as a contributing factor in the collision.
OSP was assisted by Sweet Home Fire, Linn County Sheriff’s Office and ODOT.
On May 15, 2022 at approximately 6:23 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a motorcycle crash on Hwy 39 at Hwy 50.
Preliminary investigation revealed a gray Kawasaki Concours, operated by Ralph Lagoy (47) of Tulelake, CA, was southbound on Hwy 39 and struck a stop sign controlling traffic on Hwy 50. After striking the sign, the motorcycle traveled off the roadway and into a nearby field.
Lagoy sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. It was determined the crash had occurred earlier in the day and due to the location was not easily observed.
OSP was assisted by Merrill Fire Department.
On May 15, 2022 at approximately 4:18 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 327.
Preliminary investigation revealed a westbound silver Chevrolet Impala, operated by Jerry Linear (63) of Seattle, WA, failed to negotiate a curve and as it exited the roadway, rolled onto its top.
Linear sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.
The shoulder of I-84 was closed for approximately 3 hours while the scene was investigated.
OSP was assisted by ODOT.
Update* Investigators seeking public assistance in identifying female driver who fled scene of serious injury crash-Klamath County (Photo) – 05/12/22
Update**Investigators seeking public assistance in identifying female driver who fled serious injury crash scene**
Investigators of a serious injury crash in Klamath County are requesting assistance in identifying the female driver of a red Honda CRV. Investigators have exhausted their leads and are turning to witnesses to assist in locating the female.
After the crash the driver was observed walking north, in the northbound lane. She walked past the line of traffic, which was stopped. She was described as 30-40 years old, 5’ 3”, slightly heavy build, light brown to dark brown wavy hair, wearing a light brown jacket with hood and shorts.
Anyone with any information that could assist investigators in identifying the female driver are asked to contact OSP’s Dispatch Center at 800-442-0776 or *OSP (*677) from your mobile phone. Reference Case number SP22-110362
On May 10, 2022, at approximately 10:16 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a multiple vehicle crash on Highway 97 near milepost 258.
Preliminary investigation revealed a red Honda CRV, operated by an unknown individual, lost control due to weather related conditions and struck a concrete barrier. After striking the barrier the vehicle was disabled in the southbound lane of travel. A southbound gold Honda Accord, operated by Gary Rugg (69) of Chiloquin Oregon, attempted to avoid the red Honda by swerving into the northbound lane. A northbound black Peterbilt, operated by Dallas Young (53) of Bredenbury, Saskatchewan, struck the gold Honda. A fourth vehicle, a red Ford truck, operated by Martin Toro (63) of Klamath Falls Oregon, was struck at some point during the second collision.
Rugg was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the red Honda fled the scene and has not been located.
OSP was assisted by Chiloquin Fire, and Klamath County Fire District #1, and ODOT.
On May 11, 2022, at approximately 3:48 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on Highway 97 near milepost 232.
Preliminary investigation revealed a silver Subaru WRX, operated by David Wright (57) of Oakland CA, was traveling south when it crossed the center yellow line into the northbound lane. A northbound gray Kenworth, operated by William Roger (64) of Klamath Falls OR, attempted to avoid the Subaru but the vehicles collided head-on in the middle of the highway. The roadway was icy at the time of the collision.
David Wright sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Both passengers of the Subaru, Matthew Wright (35) of Hayward, CA, and Rachel McIntosh (29) of Van Nuys, ,CA, were transported to an area hospital with serious injuries. William Roger had minor injuries.
OSP was assisted by Chiloquin Fire and Rescue, Chemult Fire, and ODOT.
On Tuesday May 10, 2022 at about 2:30pm, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Hwy 233 near mile post 7.
Preliminary investigation revealed that a southbound gray Ford Freestar van, operated by Kristina Swanson (60) of McMinnville, attempted to turn on Stringtown Road and collided head-on with a northbound black Nissan Sentra, operated by Kimberly Hafner (36) of Salem. Both vehicles came to an uncontrolled rest on Hwy 233 after the collision.
The passenger of the black Nissan Sentra, Debra Neal (59) of Salem, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.
Hwy 233 was shut down for approximately three hours while the Oregon State Police conducted the investigation.
OSP was assisted by the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, McMinnville Fire, Dayton Fire and ODOT.
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