Sheriff's Office News 


Detectives have a term they use for unsolved murder cases that have been thoroughly investigated.  They call them Cold Cases because all leads have been exhausted and a suspect has not been arrested.  There is no statute of limitations for murder.  Some of our Cold Cases are 30 or more years old; others are more recent, but our violent crimes detectives never stop working them.


Some can be solved with DNA evidence, but detectives also rely on witness testimony and other types of evidence that might still exist today.  That's why we work to keep our Cold Cases alive in people's minds. 


Nearly every Cold Case featured in this newsletter has generated tips and helpful information from you, our readers.  What do you remember?  What clues might be revealed in your family stories, journals or photos?  Who might be willing to share details today that they once held as sacred secrets?  The fact is that time changes relationships and people once scared or silenced often become more willing to share what they know.


Avery Roy Shipman

Featured Cold Case Review

Avery Roy Shipman lived in Hillsboro at the time of his death, but he was laid to rest in the St. Francis Catholic Cemetery in Roy, a community southeast of Banks, Oregon.

On May 10, 1970, Avery Roy Shipman was driving in Aloha with his wife and mother in the car just before dusk.  He was eastbound on Highway 8 when a brown 1964 Chevrolet station wagon cut them off on the road and would not let them pass.


The Chevy driver eventually pulled his vehicle over to the fog line and Mr. Shipman pulled over in front of him.  Shipman got out to talk to the suspect.  As he walked to the rear of his vehicle, the station wagon driver suddenly accelerated from a stop and struck Shipman.  The vehicle left traveling east (toward Beaverton) with two occupants inside.


While detectives were at the scene, a witness approached.  Charles Cromwell said he was in the car when the suspect ran over Mr. Shipman.  Cromwell said he had hitched a ride from Hillsboro with the suspect.  He did not know the driver's name, but he witnessed everything.

Continue reading the Avery Shipman story.   


More cold case profiles.


Dispatchers Test Walking Work Stations

The Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency dispatches all 911 calls for police, fire and medical emergencies in our county.  

Their work is usually behind the scenes, but recently they have been in the news for testing walking work stations equipped with treadmills. 

Employees say the treadmills reduce stress and improve their concentration.

These are not the average gym treadmills.  They are specially designed and their impact is being tracked as part of an OHSU study.

Dispatchers trod along at 2 mph, but they can stop anytime, like when a hot call comes in.  To see the walking workers in action, watch the KGW-TV news story, 911 Dispatchers Test Working on Treadmills.



Drug Recognition Experts at Your Sheriff's Office

Deputy Josh Wilson


Your Sheriff's Office deploys six patrol deputies who are certified Drug Recognition Experts ("DRE" for short). Their specialty is identifying the signs of driver impairment and determining if drugs or a medical condition are the cause.


Deputy Josh Wilson has been a certified DRE for eight years and a DRE instructor for five.  He uses his skills on people he arrests, and assists other deputies or police officers on DUII investigations that have a possible link to drug use.


Following an intensive evaluation in a controlled environment (not roadside), a DRE often confirms the use of drugs and then identifies the category of drug involved.  However, sometimes their work identifies other types of impairment.  


Sometimes, use of a new medication that has not fully adjusted or a diabetic episode are the cause.  Deputy Wilson recalls a case where he determined that an undiagnosed head injury was to blame and the driver then sought medical attention.  The decision to charge a person with DUII in such incidents is based on all the facts of each case. 


These situations show the importance of having experts available at the time of arrest, especially since it takes weeks to get the results of toxicology tests.


DREs most often learn that cannabis (marijuana) or central nervous system depressants, such as anxiety and sleeping medications, are to blame. The other huge concern is prescription pain medications, such as Vicodin or Hydrocodone.  Drivers are responsible for knowing the impacts of medications they take. 




Two Minutes with Sheriff Garrett 


This article is the second in a series of two-minute summaries of my legislative priorities this season.
~ Sheriff Pat Garrett



Beginning July 1, Measure 91 will legalize the possession, cultivation, and private (recreational) use of marijuana by adults age 21 and older.  Many of you are asking how legalizing marijuana will impact the average resident of Washington County. 


The initiative designates the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) as the state agency that will implement the terms, taxes, licenses and regulations for recreational marijuana and for businesses that will produce, process, wholesale, and sell marijuana for adult use.


My legislative priorities for marijuana are 1) to mitigate impaired driving, and 2) to prevent access to marijuana by children.  

 have tasked my Investigations Commander Shawn Fischer and Traffic Safety Unit Sergeant Tim Tannenbaum to work to provide information and assistance to legislators and the OLCC rule-making working group to support those priorities. The OLCC Recommendations for Marijuana were published this week.


We are all mindful of the significant legal, administrative, social and educational challenges in Colorado and Washington where recreational use of marijuana is now legal.  We also take into account that Washington County and many of its cities are implementing their own time, place and manner rules.  All of these factors means predicting final legislation is nearly impossible at this early stage, but we are anticipating shifts in demand for police services.


For instance, we know we will need more certified Drug Recognition Experts on the road, as occurred in Colorado and Washington.  Current DRE classes are small, so we will be looking to increase our state-wide ability to certify more deputies and police officers, which will require more funding.


Did You Forget Where You Put Your Gun?

The kind people in our Concealed Handgun License Unit have asked us to send a reminder to our license holders.

Several recent incidents show people are not paying attention to where their guns are stored. 

Example #1:  A CHL holder was pulled aside by the security screening station at the Clackamas County Courthouse.  He had a handgun tucked inside a brief case in an interior pocket.  The man was extremely apologetic and admitted he forgot he had his firearm in his briefcase, which he carries daily.

Example #2:  A CHL holder was traveling through the Portland Airport with his firearm stowed in his backpack.  As he entered the security check point, he was pulled aside.  He had forgotten his gun was in the backpack he carries daily.

Example #3:  A CHL holder left her firearm in a vehicle.  The car was stolen and the loaded firearm was then in the hands of a criminal.

Knowing the location of your gun and keeping it secure at all times is not just a liability issue.  You also risk being charged with a crime and having your license to carry concealed revoked. 

Where Not To Carry Your Firearm
Quick Refresher for Those Who Carry Concealed

Oregon law provides very few limits on where a person with a Concealed Handgun License (CHL) can carry a firearm, and federal laws contain a few more prohibitions.  

Even if you have a Concealed Handgun License, you cannot carry a firearm on any of the following properties:


- Federal buildings

- Court facilities

- Indian lands unless by tribal permission; this may also apply to certain casinos on Indian lands

- Secure areas of airports

- Social Security offices

- Posted private property where the owner prohibits firearms

For more information, read ORS 166.370.

Disabled Parking - All Placards Are Not Created Equal

The vehicle in this photo has a Disabled Parking placard hanging from its rear view mirror.  So what's the issue?
These spaces are restricted specifically to people with Wheelchair User Placards under ORS 811.613.  The fine for misuse is $160.

If you know someone who is incorrectly using their placard, please let them know what the law says.  Let's save these spaces for the people who need them most! 

Do You Know About Robo-Tripping?

Deputies responded to a welfare check on two teens in Aloha this month.  The female appeared intoxicated and could not stand or communicate very well on her own, so she was taken by ambulance to a local hospital.  She admitted to having mixed "Triple C" with alcohol.

Triple C's, or "Cordies," are slang for over-the-counter Coricidin HBP Cough & Cold.  This medicine contains dextromethorphan (DXM) which, in high doses, causes hallucinations and a sense of dissociation similar to PCP.


DXM is legal.  In recommended doses, it effectively treats cold and allergy symptoms.  In excess, it can cause irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, seizures, body temperature spikes, brain damage, and possibly death.  If mixed with alcohol, the effects are less predictable.


You may want to take a look at your medicine cabinet and pay attention to the use of these medications by youth in your household.  Triple C is available in several different forms and doses.


Another term you may hear is "robo-tripping".  This is the same issue based on Robitussin, which also contains DXM. 


Working Fast and Furious Pays Off


Friday, March 6, 11:06 p.m.

A noise complaint leads to discovery of MIP (minor in possession) drinking party.


Saturday, March 7, 3:10 a.m.

A deputy conducts a traffic stop for no license plates.  The driver's hands were bleeding and numerous sets of tagged car keys are in the vehicle.


Saturday, March 7, 3:41 a.m. 

A car dealership reports a burglary and several stolen vehicles.  The driver (stopped at 3:10 a.m.) is arrested for Burglary and Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle (the stolen SUV).


Saturday, March 7, 3:51 a.m.

A gas station alarm is activated.  Deputies find a broken window and cigarettes and tobacco-related items scattered on the store floor.  Surveillance video showed a young man inside the store who then left in a white SUV.


Saturday, March 7, 4:34 a.m.

Beaverton PD locates the white SUV at a convenience store.  The occupant was drunk and had several packs of cigarettes.  He admitted to breaking into the car dealership and stealing the keys.  He was arrested for UUMV, Burglary, Criminal Mischief, and Theft.


What did all these incidents have in common?  The suspects were both at the MIP party! Good communication led to a quick resolution of several crimes and recovery of the vehicles and keys.


Check out the press release here.


NOTICE - Change in Jail Social Visits
March 16-27, 2015

Beginning Monday, March 16, and ending Friday, March 27, there will be 
no day time Social Visiting allowed with inmates due to construction in our lobby.

Evening visits will begin at 7:30 pm as usual.

The Professional Visiting schedule will remain unchanged for attorneys, legal assistants, investigators, etc.

Community News


Car Clouts in Bethany

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In the first weeks of March, several Bethany residents have reported items stolen from vehicles along NW Avondale, NW Paddington, NW Ramona, and NW Deerfield.  So far, the pattern is that ALL the vehicles were unlocked.  Everyone, 
please lock your vehicles and store valuables out of site!


Wrong-Way Driver Hits Barrier on Highway 217 -- Cedar 


On March 5, a deputy observed a vehicle going 88 mph on Highway 26 westbound, and attempted to stop the driver when he exited to Cedar Hills.  The suspect did not stop and went speeding down Cedar Hills to Barnes Road, and then drove 
southbound in the northbound lanes of Highway 217.

The deputy terminated the pursuit due to dangerous circumstances.  A short time later, a citizen reported a DUII driver had hit the barrier on Highway 217 and was running on foot in a neighborhood in the Imperial Drive and Burback area, possibly with a gun.

A K-9 search located the suspect who was taken into custody.  He is charged with Felony Attempt to Elude a Police Officer, Burglary, Possession of Meth, Reckless Driving, and Trespass.  A gun was later recovered off of Highway 26 by the Cedar Hills Boulevard exit, which likely belonged to a passenger who has not been located.



Disaster Preparedness . . . in Tiny Bites, Part 3

Designed for procrastinators, these tiny bites make preparing for an emergency simple!

Step 3 - Keep a bag of personal safety items under your bed.

Most injuries after natural disasters are cuts to hands and feet.

Today, put an old pair of sturdy shoes and work gloves under each person's bed.  

Extra credit: Add a flashlight with extra batteries and a whistle!

Where Have Deputies Been Working?  
Find Out Through Crime Reports Online


This link to Crime Reports automatically opens with a view of all 
requests for police service (except traffic) in unincorporated Washington County during the last 30 days.
  • Click on this link.
  • Enter your address to view your area.
  • If you live in Banks, Cornelius or Gaston, type your city in this format: "Cornelius, OR".
  • Click on map markers to view call details.
  • Use the Advanced Search to change time periods, add traffic data, etc.


Keep in mind, these are requests for police service, not confirmed crimes.

Visit the Sheriff's Community Calendar for seasonal celebrations, FREE Training, and safety events.


Dumb Crook 

Some inmates go to great lengths to smuggle contraband into jails.  While jail deputies do all they can to prevent it, people have some really creative hiding places.


This month's dumb crook award goes to an inmate who

successfully got drugs into jail - but that's not the dumb part. She mailed her drugs from jail to herself so she would have some handy when she was released!


Inmates know all personal mail is screened before sending, and of course a lumpy envelope made it easy to detect. 

This Month's "Most Wanted"  
The following people are wanted for committing crimes.  Do not approach them.

If you see them or have information to share with law enforcement, please call the Sheriff's 24-Hour Records Office at (503) 846-2700 or non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111.

For more details on the crimes they committed or their physical description, click on any photo to visit:


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