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Deputy Michael Zaugg's K-9 partner Chase

Join the Fun This Saturday!

Come cheer for your favorite police K-9 teams as they compete in area searches for suspects, an agility course, suspect apprehension, vehicle extractions, and more.  

This free family event is Saturday, June 4, at the Hillsboro Stadium. The kids safety fair begins at 10 am, and the K-9 competition runs from 11 am to 2 pm.

Last year, Sheriff's K-9 Chase took the Top Dog award. Deputy Michael Zaugg will return with Chase this year to defend that coveted title!

We'll see you this Saturday - come early to get a good seat!

Please do not bring family pets to this event.  

Top Honors for DUII Enforcement in 2015!

While you're at Hillsboro Stadium for the K-9 Trials, take a look around you. The stadium has a capacity of about 7,600 seats, plus 3,000 more temporary seats for special events. That's 10,600 seats.

In the last 10 years, deputies have arrested 11,001 DUII drivers. That's an average of 1,100 impaired drivers per year, not including arrests by other agencies in our county. 

DUII enforcement saves lives. That's why we are honored to be named the 2015 DUII Enforcement County Agency of the Year by the Oregon DUII Multi-Disciplinary Training Task Force. 

Please drive sober and save lives!

The above images are from DUII crashes in Washington County. Each vehicle reflects what can happen when someone decides to drive impaired. Please drive sober and always report DUII drivers by calling 9-1-1.
Detective John Shipley
Honorable Service

Champions for Children Award - Detective John Shipley
Detective John Shipley is recognized by his peers, supervisors, partner agencies, and the Washington County District Attorney's Office as a dedicated expert in the field of child abuse investigation. On April 21, 2016, the Randy Nunnenkamp Champions for Children Award was presented to Detective Shipley.  The award recognizes committed individuals who dedicate themselves to the protection of children. We congratulate and thank you, John, for giving 13 of your 23 years of service as a child abuse investigator.  Read more.

Mental Health Response Team Presents in Chicago
Left to right:  MHRT members Sergeant Ron Medlock, Clinician ViviAnne DeTorres, and Deputy Tyler Whitely in Chicago
Team members from your Sheriff's Mental Health Response Team (MHRT) were asked to present their unique dual response model at the annual Crisis Intervention Teams International (CIT) conference in Chicago. Members of this association represent the best in worldwide crisis response methodology and implementation.

MHRT pairs a deputy with a clinician in a patrol car. The team responds to active crisis events anywhere in the county. Several large city police departments and crisis teams recognize the value of this type of response and have reached out to your Sheriff's Office to learn more about developing similar teams in their jurisdictions.

Lifesaving Awards - Deputy Garrick Garland and Clinician Lisa Bevans
Photo courtesy of Pamplin Media
MHRT members Deputy Garrick Garland (left) and Clinician Lisa Bevans (right) 
On October 30, 2015, Deputy Garland, a Mental Health Response Team deputy, and Clinician Lisa Bevans, responded to the report of a 79-year-old woman who had no vital signs. When they arrived, the unresponsive woman was sitting in a wheelchair in the driveway of her home. They quickly moved the woman and began first aid. 

Clinician Bevans administered chest compressions while Deputy Garland provided rescue breaths to the woman. They continued until emergency responders from TVF&R arrived and took over emergency medical care. Thankfully, the woman regained a pulse on her way to the hospital. We thank Deputy Garland and Clinician Bevans for their fast teamwork to save this woman's life.

Left to right:  Deputies Ken Kaiser, Andrew Schmitke, and Kaylee Trudel
Lifesaving Awards - Deputies Ken Kaiser, Andrew Schmitke, and Kaylee Trudel
On January 15, 2016, Jail Deputy Kaiser discovered a male inmate, in the maximum security housing unit, had many scabs and cuts to his arms that he admittedly did to himself. Deputy Kaiser called for additional staff to assist with moving the inmate to the medical unit for treatment and suicide watch.

As deputies began to put handcuffs on the inmate through the cuff port on the door, they learned the inmate somehow cut his own arms again and large amounts of blood were pouring from his wounds. The inmate became uncooperative and had a history of assault. After regaining control of the inmate, Deputy Schmitke immediately put his hands on the wounds and began applying pressure, while Deputies Kaiser and Trudel applied a tourniquet to the inmate's arm to stop the bleeding. 

The inmate was transported to a hospital where a doctor said the tourniquet likely saved his life. The inmate returned to jail after treatment. We thank these deputies for their fast action to save this inmate's life, despite the many challenges in this incident.

An off-duty Sheriff's deputy was near the Aloha Market Centre parking lot when he was able to broadcast a shooting incident as it unfolded. The deputy got a description of the suspect's getaway vehicle, and he rendered aid to the victim as other deputies and Hillsboro Police arrived on scene. The investigation is ongoing.

Family members of a Gaston man reported they dropped him off to fish at the Tualatin River, and when they returned to pick him up, he was missing. The man was recovering from a recent surgery. After an extensive search in a rural area, the man was found with a injured leg, which caused him to spend the night in the woods. He was checked by Gaston Fire and released in otherwise good health.

Deputies arrived to a home in Cedar Hills where the victim of a stabbing was taken to an area hospital. The suspect, who was a family member of the victim, fled the scene on foot before deputies arrived. The female victim was pronounced deceased at the hospital, and the female suspect was later captured and lodged in jail for Murder.

Two men were drinking alcohol and involved in an altercation in front of their duplex in Cornelius. One of the men retreated to his home, grabbed a gun, and came back to threaten the neighbor. The gun was fired in an unknown direction. No one was injured, and no property damage has been reported at this time. The armed man was lodged in jail with multiple charges.

Deputies responded to North 7th Avenue in Cornelius to an armed robbery and quickly located the first suspect. After an hour of negotiating, the second suspect surrendered. Both men were lodged in the jail on multiple charges.

A Beaverton man crashed into a parked car on SW Bayberry Drive in Aloha. The man was driving impaired and transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The man was cited for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants.

Deputies responded to a crashed, overturned vehicle off NW West Union Road near NW 203rd Place. TVF&R assisted with freeing the passenger, who was taken to a local hospital. The driver had minor injuries. Investigators believe both alcohol and speed were factors in the crash. The investigation is ongoing at this time.

Wanted Juvenile Stuck in a Tree - Aloha
05-03-16 - Early in the morning, several deputies assisted Lake Oswego Police, who had probable cause to arrest two male subjects with felony warrants at an Aloha home. One of the men, a juvenile, bolted from the house on foot. As deputies set containment in the surrounding area and initiated a K-9 dog track, the fleeing juvenile was eventually found in a tree. He climbed so high, fire fighters had to assist him with getting back down! Lake Oswego Police took him to Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center. The other man has yet to be located, and this case is still under investigation.

Pursuit from Oak Hills to Bethany
05-19-16 - On NW Cornell Road, a deputy witnessed a vehicle quickly accelerate and pull into the center median, passing another vehicle. The deputy pursued the speeding car, but the suspect would not pull over. The suspect led the deputy to NW Springville Road, reaching speeds of 90 mph, and the suspect finally stopped at an apartment complex. The suspect, who had been driving drunk, cooperated with police, and no one involved sustained injuries. He was arrested and lodged in the jail for Eluding a Police Officer (Felony), Reckless Driving, Driving While Suspended, and Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. He also received a speeding ticket.

Drunk Driver Crash - Buxton
05-21-16 - A woman was traveling westbound on Highway 26 when a vehicle, traveling eastbound, crossed the center line and sideswiped her car. The suspect vehicle continued straight into the tree line, hitting multiple trees before coming to a stop on its side. The female suspect had to be extricated from the vehicle by fire and medical response crews, and was taken by Life Flight to an area hospital. An empty wine bottle was found at the scene of the crash. At the hospital, the suspect's blood screen showed she was at 0.15% blood alcohol content at the time of her admittance - nearly twice the legal limit. She admitted to "passing out" just prior to crashing and could not recall the event. She is expected to recover from her injuries. She was cited for DUII, Reckless Driving, and Criminal Mischief II.

West End Burglaries - South of Forest Grove
05-23-16 - During the night, multiple residents had power tools, chain saws, and bicycles stolen from their detached garages and barns. It appeared the suspect used a pry bar to open doors. There are no suspect leads at this time. If you have information to share, please report it to non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111.

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How to Avoid a Traffic Ticket
When is a U-Turn Legal?  

Motorists often ask when and where it is legal to make a U-turn. The answer depends on whether you are in a city or unincorporated area.

Drivers can make a U-turn:
  • In a city at non-signaled intersections if you can see traffic in each direction for at least 500 feet
  • On rural roads away from signaled intersections if you can see traffic in each direction for 1,000 feet
  • Wherever signage allows U-turns
To maximize safety, be sure to gradually slow down and signal the U-turn several seconds in advance. Avoid U-turns where there are curves or hills in the road that limit visibility, even for a moment.
Drone Etiquette Worth Sharing!

Pause Your Play!
Stay Alert. Stay Alive.

It seems more and more often that people are crossing streets in front of moving vehicles, while looking down at their cell phones.

TriMet is asking people to "Hold That Thought," and encouraging everyone to pause their electronic devices to take a moment to become fully aware of their surroundings. 

A YouTube video was posted by TriMet to show how dangerous a lack of awareness can be.

Your Sheriff's Office dedicates three deputies and a sergeant to patrol the TriMet mass transit stations throughout the tri-county area. The TriMet team encourages you to
stay alert and stay alive!
Where Have Deputies Been Working?

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: "Banks, OR"

-  Click on map markers to view call details
-  Use the Advanced Search to change time periods,
   add traffic data, etc.

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Keep in mind, these are requests for police services, not confirmed crimes.
Believe it or Not!
Johnny Appleseed in Jail 

Performing "rounds" in the jail, deputies find that some inmates can be quite creative. A deputy noticed something unusual on top of a light fixture. There were two small planters with apple seeds sprouting out of toilet paper, water, and a little dirt. The apple seeds took root!

The inmate said he planned on putting them in the recreation yard when they got a little bigger.  Very creative, just not allowed under jail rules.  

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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