Officer Involved Shooting in Josephine County


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.

When the Troopers arrived at the location they made contact with a male subject later identified as Robert BOX, age 55. Shortly after making contact, the Troopers reported that shots had been fired and the subject was down.

BOX was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass for emergency medical treatment but was pronounced deceased a short time after arrival.

Pursuant to Senate Bill 111 – Use of Deadly Force investigations – a multi-agency investigation coordinated by the Josephine County District Attorney is ongoing. This includes agencies from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, Josephine County District Attorney’s Office, the OSP Criminal Investigations Division and the OSP Forensic Services Division are assisting.

More information will be released when it is available. Any media questions should be directed to the Josephine County District Attorney’s Office.

Complete Investigation Files on Brian Babb Shooting


The Lane County IDFIT review of the March 30, 2015 officer-involved-shooting of Brian Babb is complete. The investigation was led by detectives from the Oregon State Police. Below is all the information available, at this time, for this shooting. The redactions were made pursuant to Oregon Revised Statute 192.502(2), for personal privacy.

The audio file of Brian Babb’s therapist talking to 911 must be downloaded in order to be heard.

The investigation PDF file is 178 pages long, and does not require downloading to view.  Same applies to the one page press release PDF file.


9-1-1 CALL MARCH 30, 2015  (downloadable audio file)

Note: There are silences in the audio as redactions were made to overheard audio of the therapist (caller) while she was speaking with Mr. Brian Babb on another phone. The redactions were made pursuant to Oregon Revised Statute 192.502(2), for personal privacy.


DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S INVESTIGATION FILE RELEASED 5/1/15  (PDF file – complete investigation files)




OSP Seeks Help After Fatal Hit & Run

fatal hit & runCOTTAGE 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 the man’s body on the 35000 block of Shoreview Drive, near Dorena Lake. The report came in at about 10:40 p.m. Saturday.

When they arrived on scene, police determined the 39-year-old man had been hit by an unknown vehicle. Police say the driver fled the scene, leaving the victim in the middle of the road.

OSP says there are no current leads, and they’re not even sure what type of car hit the man. If you have any information that might help detectives, you’re asked to call Oregon State Police.

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 12:31 p.m., the fishing vessel “Carolyn Ruth” arrived at the station. 

Initial investigation indicates the boat’s captain and EUGENE ELMER COMPTON, age 70, from Charleston, left port on August 30 at approximately3:00 p.m. to go fishing about 25 miles off shore. Later that evening, COMPTON indicated he wasn’t feeling well and went to bed. According to the boat’s captain, COMPTON reportedly got up during the middle of the night and was found deceased later that morning after the captain awoke.

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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 bus at Northwest 6th Avenue and Glisan Street. 

The pedestrian killed, 18-year-old Monserrat Hernandez-Garcia of Vancouver, Washington, was killed after being struck by an AMTRAK charter bus, driven by Mr. Start. 

Investigators learned that the bus driver turned from Westbound Glisan Street to northbound 6th Avenue, where the crash occurred and Ms. Hernandez-Garcia was struck and killed.

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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 responding to begin a homicide investigation. The Gang Enforcement Team will assist Homicide detectives with this investigation. 

Anyone who witnessed the shooting or has information about the shooting is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at (503) 823-3333

No further information updates are expected until later Sunday morning. The Public Information Officer (PIO) is unavailable to respond to the scene but will be available later today for interviews. 

The Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team and Gun Task Force are continuing to actively investigate gang and gun crimes in the City of Portland. 

Anyone with information about gang and/or gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau’s Tactical Operations Division at (503) 823-4106

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to [email protected]gov

Gun crimes in progress should immediately be reported to 9-1-1. 

Anyone with second-hand information is asked to share it with police. Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared directly with investigators or anonymously through Crime Stoppers. 

Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime, and tipsters can remain anonymous. 

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call (503) 823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information. 

Visit to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid. 

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Accidental Death Near Crescent Lake

Police-LightsNEAR 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, was attempting to cut down a tree about 1 foot in diameter when it fell, striking him in the head. Andrews had tied a rope to the tree and was putting tension on it with an ATV. He was about twenty feet away from the tree’s base when it fell and struck him.

The time of death hasn’t been confirmed. His wife, who found him and reported the incident, had just returned to the property from out of town. Friends and neighbors contacted by OSP said they last saw him on Wednesday about noon.

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

David Ray TaylorEUGENE, 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 could receive the death penalty.

Drug-Related Deaths Up 33% in Lane Co.

drugsEUGENE, 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 on heroin, and two were a combination of drugs.

Doctors say these numbers are alarming, and they don’t show the number of people abusing prescription medications.

“Many of these deaths and these injuries are related to prescription drugs being diverted,” says Doctor Patrick Luedtke, the Chief Medical Officer for Community Health Clinics of Lane County. “Thirty years ago that was not as much of an issue in this country, even ten years ago, and now were have 60-70% of all overdose-deaths related to diverted, legal medications.”

Diversion means you took a prescription drug that wasn’t prescribed to you. He says it’s a big problem, and a major concern among doctors.