Sheriff's Office News
November Issue
Thank You From All of Us!

To all our Washington County residents, 

From our deputies, detectives, technical experts, support staff and managers, we humbly thank you for your support in passing the Countywide Public Safety Levy this month!  

We know you have a choice, and we are thankful to be able to continue serving you at full strength, along with the District Attorney's Office, Community Corrections, Juvenile Department, and our other justice partners.

Thank you for your continued support of the Washington County Sheriff's Office!

Do You Have One Warm Coat to Spare? 

Brrrrrr . . . as the temperatures drop and the windy weather returns, many people in our community will need coats to keep warm. Do you have one warm coat to spare?

Between now and November 30, we ask you to search your closets and donate clean, gently used coats and jackets of all sizes at any of the following locations:

Any day, 8:00 am to 9:30 pm
Sheriff's Office Headquarters, Hillsboro

Monday - Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Sheriff's East Precinct, Beaverton

Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Cornelius Police Department, Cornelius
Public Services Building, Hillsboro
Land Use and Transportation, Hillsboro 

Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Banks City Hall, Banks

The coats will be distributed by Family Resource Centers within Washington County. Thank you for spreading the warmth by supporting the One Warm Coat project!  Details and locations.
Sheriff's Explorers Help Locate Missing Elderly Man

A 74-year-old man from McMinnville, David Hostetler, had been missing since October 16. Mr. Hostetler is a Navy veteran and retired Yamhill County Sheriff's Office deputy. On October 21, our Search and Rescue team, along with 17 Explorers, began searching for Mr. Hostetler in the forest southeast of Tillamook near Beaver, Oregon.

During the search, Explorers noticed a credit card and knife on the mud-covered ground under vegetation, just off an old logging road. This trail was the only access point to where Mr. Hostetler's car had been left and was a well-traveled path that was used during the long search. Searchers realized this likely meant he was nearby. They found him just about 50 meters down a steep embankment, alive. He had tumbled down the hillside and came to a stop when he became pinned under a fallen log. In less than 40 minutes, our Explorers had extracted Mr. Hostetler from the ravine and transported him to a nearby landing zone, where a helicopter took him to a hospital. 

We could not be more proud of our young Explorers, who answered the call for this search and used their training to save this man's life. The search involved outstanding teamwork among the Washington, Tillamook and Yamhill County Sheriff's Offices, the U.S. Forest Service, and Mountain Wave Search and Rescue.

Disclosing Your Concealed Weapon During a Traffic Stop

Disclosing your concealed weapon may not be necessary or required during a traffic stop, however, some people get nervous and prefer to have a plan in mind on how best to communicate with police.

Here are two simple ways to let deputies know without reaching toward your firearm:  

When the deputy approaches your vehicle, simply introduce yourself and tell them you are a concealed handgun license holder and that you have your weapon with you.  


Another idea is to present your concealed carry license along with your identification.

Just remember it is unlikely a deputy would ever ask you to display or handle your weapon during a traffic stop.

You Might Be Surprised What Youth Will Fall For Online
Don't let your child get "Catfished"

Our youth are constantly connected to technology and social media. Whether it is a smart phone, tablet, or laptop, they can communicate online in the blink of an eye.

Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram are just a few well-known social media apps. On Facebook, anyone who is added as a contact is considered a "friend." Does your child really know who they are "friending?"

Predators take advantage of social media by disguising themselves with a fake online profile. By acting a certain age or gender, they can easily lure a child or teen into communicating with them. After just a few messages, they can often convince youth to share personal information, or even meet in person, making them vulnerable victims. The slang term for this is "catfishing."

Our best advice is for parents to befriend their children on the apps they use so they can better monitor their use.

It's not uncommon for kids to have multiple Facebook accounts, too, so parents need to be proactive about keeping up with them. 
If you don't think it can happen to your child, our detectives suggest you watch this video. Using hidden cameras, it reveals a few examples of "catfishing" and how dangerous it can be.

We are not trying to scare you, but rather encourage you to communicate with the youth in your life about the potential risks of trusting someone they have never met. Work with them to determine what is and is not safe information to share. If they want to meet a new friend, agree on a plan that will ensure their safety.

The best time to have these conversations is BEFORE your kids create a social media account (which is earlier and earlier now). Let's work together to keep kids safe online!
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Free Community Thanksgiving Meals and More . . . 

Dinner in Cornelius on Saturday, November 21
Your Sheriff's Office and Centro Cultural of Washington County are joining several community partners in offering a free, hot meal for members of our community who are in need. Dinner will be served Saturday, November 21, from 4 - 8 pm, at Cornelius Grade School. All ages are welcome.

This event is made possible by donations from area churches, local businesses, and the generosity of local citizens.  Printable flyer in English/Spanish.

Help Someone Find Holiday or Meal Assistance
To help someone in need find holiday assistance programs, home-delivered meals, or shelters, consider visiting 211info or simply dial 211, toll free, from anywhere in the county.

Access the County's Severe Weather Shelter List for Homeless Persons
Washington County regularly updates a list of Severe Weather Shelters and Warming Centers available for homeless people in Washington County. With temperatures dropping to the 30s some nights, helping people find shelters near them will be important.
Community News

Gunshot Victim?  Cedar Mill
On November 1, at about 9 pm, deputies responded to a man with a gunshot wound to his foot at a local hospital. After investigating, deputies determined he was intoxicated while handling a loaded firearm. The man was criminally cited in lieu of arrest for the charge of Recklessly Endangering. He literally shot himself in the foot.

Report Domestic Violence
Never hesitate to report domestic violence by calling non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111, or 911 if someone's life is in danger.  

Learn more about the Sheriff's Domestic Violence Resource Team.  
Stabbing Victim at Hillsboro Hospital
On November 1, at 5 pm, a deputy responded to the report of a stabbing victim at a local hospital. The male victim explained that he had fallen off his tractor and impaled himself on an unknown object. Hillsboro Police assisted with interviewing the man's wife. 

She admitted to stabbing her husband in the back to defend herself while he was attacking her. No arrests have been made as the investigation continues.

Assault and Attempted Kidnapping in Aloha
A woman was leaving the gym at her apartment complex the night of November 3. A man grabbed her around her neck and tried to drag her into the gym's bathroom, but the woman was able to fight the man off of her without sustaining any injuries. The man took off running in an unknown direction. The woman described the man as a light-skinned Hispanic adult with a slender build at about 5'7" to 5'10" tall. He was wearing a black zip-up hoodie, purple basketball shorts, and black shoes. An incident similar to this occurred at another area apartment complex days earlier, with similar suspect information. If you have information about this suspect, please call non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111.

Sheriff's Office Media Releases

Other News
11/02/15 - Elder Abuse Will Rise as Population Ages, Portland Tribune
11/06/15 - Suicidal Woman Kills Self, Wounds Deputy,

Road News
Studded Tires Legal in Oregon from November 1 - March 31
ODOT encourages motorists to use studded tires only when necessary.

Traveling for Thanksgiving?
Check out this easy-to-read Oregon Winter Driving Guide, which provides tips on how to drive safely during winter road conditions.

Get the latest road news for Washington County

Attend a Free Women's Self-Defense Class
Power Curve Registration Opens December 12

This free two-day course is designed to empower women with tools to maintain personal safety and to successfully confront and survive potentially dangerous situations.

This class is extremely popular and fills up fast! The next classes are January 12 and January 14, both 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm.

Visit the Power Curve web page and sign-up when registration opens on December 12.

Tip a Cop Event Gives Big This Year
Supporting Special Olympics of Oregon

On Saturday, October 24, your Sheriff's Office teamed up with Red Robin in Tanasbourne to host the annual "Tip a Cop" event.

Deputies got to act as honorary servers and help collect tips for a worthy cause. One hundred percent of the tip proceeds go towards Special Olympics of Oregon.

We want to thank Red Robin for teaming up with us, year after year, in giving back to the community. We also give BIG THANKS to all the restaurant patrons who graciously donated their money towards this great fundraiser. Because of your generosity, we were able to raise nearly $2,800!

We hope to see you again next year!
Safety Academy for Adults with Developmental Disabilities 

On October 26, the Westside Crime Prevention Coalition, a partnership between your Sheriff's Office and the police departments of Beaverton, Hillsboro, and Tigard, proudly graduated 15 participants from the Safety Academy.

Representatives from the participating police agencies Beaverton_ Hillsboro_ and Tigard_ as well as Sheriff Garrett_ proudly pose with a graduate of the Safety Academy.
The Safety Academy is a free and unique awareness and personal safety program designed for adults with developmental disabilities in Washington County.

The goal of the Safety Academy is to help participants better navigate through their day-to-day activities while being better prepared to face challenges present in an urban environment.

Congratulations, graduates!

Hey Everyone - Lights on, Please!

With darker days and foggy mornings, many drivers are forgetting to turn on their headlights.

Most people remember lights help them see the road in the dark, but headlights also make your vehicle highly visible to others.

Please turn them on whenever visibility is limited, and check to confirm all your lights are working.

Where Have Deputies Been Working?

Crime Reports icon
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.

Believe it or Not!

When a man came to visit his friend in jail, the jail staff could not let him visit because he was a convicted felon on parole. Determined to visit his friend one way or another, he told the deputy he was turning himself in on an arrest warrant, so we would have to put him in jail with his friend. Unfortunately, there was no warrant for his arrest.

Next, the man pulled out a knife to force the deputy to arrest him as a felon in possession of a weapon. Unfortunately, the blade on his knife was too small to be considered a weapon under Oregon Law. So, he still couldn't hang out with his buddy.

A few days later, the man beat the system by getting arrested for violating the terms of his parole. Well, almost. He was lodged in a different housing unit than his friend, and we did not arrange any play dates.
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:

Sheriff's 24-Hour Criminal Records Office at (503) 846-2700, or 
Non-Emergency Dispatch at (503) 629-0111

Wanted flyers are online - click on a photo or visit:
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