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SHOOTING INVESTIGATION WEST OF SISTERS

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  Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office On January 17, 2021 at approximately 3:40 p.m., the Deschutes County Sheriff’s office received a report of a vehicle being shot at a long-term camp in the area of USFS road 1510 near the 450 spur, approximately 5 miles west of Sisters.  A green mid 1990’s Chevrolet Tahoe had been shot multiple times by an unknown subject near the camp. This vehicle was in very close proximity to a tent that was being used for housing. The occupants of the camp called 911 and deputies responded to the area and were assisted by a US Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer.  Additionally, a USFS Law Enforcement K-9 responded to search the area extensively, however no suspects were located. In the last week, deputies have conducted multiple interviews and have searched the area for additional evidence. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging the public to contact the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office at 541-693-6911, if they have any further information on t

FATAL MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT

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  Josephine Co. Sheriff's Office On Saturday, January 23, 2021 at approximately 7:53 am, Deputies from the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the 3500 block of Demaray Drive for a motor vehicle accident involving a 10-yard dump truck and a 50cc scooter.  Oregon State Police also responded and assisted with the investigation.  Upon investigation, Deputies determined that 72 year old Kenneth Law was operating a 50cc scooter, which attempted to cross Demaray Drive in front of the dump truck.  Despite efforts of emergency medical personnel, Law was pronounced deceased at the scene.  It is believed Law was crossing the roadway in dense fog to reach a nearby convenience store.  The operator of the dump truck has been cooperative with investigators and criminal charges are not expected in this case.   

NORTHEAST SALEM SHOOTING UNDER INVESTIGATION

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  Salem Police Dept. Salem, Ore.  — On Sunday, January 24, 2021 at approximately 10:45 a.m. Salem Police officers responded to the area of Williams AV NE and Carlton WY NE on multiple calls of gunshots. According to witnesses, the occupants of three vehicles had shot at each other before leaving the area. Some of the suspects were also seen running from one of the vehicles. Currently, there are no reported injuries. This is an ongoing investigation and no further information is available. Detective Lieutenant Michael Bennett said about the incident, “We know these events are traumatic and can disrupt an entire neighborhood. We want residents to know we are working very hard to identify those involved and to bring a sense of safety back to the neighborhood. We want to thank the neighbors for their assistance as detectives continue to work through the investigation.” Anyone with information or video from home surveillance cameras is asked to call the Salem Police Tips Line at 503-588-847

BODY RECOVERED FROM WILLAMETTE RIVER

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  Salem Police Dept. Salem, Ore. — On Saturday, January 23, 2021 at approximately 4:30 p.m. the Salem Police and Fire Departments received a call of a body found in the water near the west bank of Wallace Marine Park. A passerby noticed the body. When officers arrived, they located the body entangled in brush and partially submerged. The area had recently been covered by high water. The Polk County Medical-Legal Death Examiner responded to the scene. Based on the initial investigation no foul play appears to be involved and the cause of death is presumed to be water related. The deceased has been identified as Kristopher Allen Rice, age 28 of Salem.

FATAL CRASH ON HWY 101 - TILLAMOOK COUNTY

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  Oregon State Police On Saturday, January 23, 2021 at approximately 1:01 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle collision on Hwy 101 near mile post 53. Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford Clubwagon van, operated by Robert Muzzy (69) of Nehalem, was southbound and went into the northbound lane colliding with a Nissan Rogue operated by Leeanna Sutton (63) of Rockaway Beach.   Muzzy and Sutton both sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased. OSP was assisted by the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Rockaway Beach Fire Department, Rockaway Beach Police Department and ODOT.

Attempted Robbery and Robbery at two locations in Bend, Suspect arrested

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  Bend Police Dept. On Saturday, January 23, 2021 about 3:17 PM an employee at Cash Connection located at 1031 NE 5th Street in Bend, called 9-1-1 to report a suspicious male had just attempted to rob the store.  The caller told police that a suspicious male entered the store, approached the cashier and asked for money from the register.  The male left the store without any money.  The cashier provided police with a partial license plate and a full description of the suspect and vehicle (a silver Dodge van).  Based on information obtained during the investigation officers identified Levi Church as a person of interest.  No weapons were displayed or seen during this incident.   On Saturday, January 23, 2021 about 4:23 PM a male clerk from the Expressway Market & Gas Station located at 1450 SE Reed Market Road in Bend called 9-1-1 to report a robbery had just occurred at the store.  The clerk reported a male, who he knew as Levi Church, had just robbed them and left the store with an

MAN ARRESTED FOR MURDERING HIS STEPFATHER

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  Washington Co. Sheriff's Office On Friday, January 22, 2021, at 12:49 a.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a welfare check in the 16100 block of NW Canterwood Way in Bethany. A woman called 911 to report a man at the home had been killed by a family member. Deputies arrived and found 91-year-old Gilbert Gutjahr injured inside the home. They immediately began life-saving efforts, but Mr. Gutjahr was pronounced dead at the scene. Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit responded and identified 31-year-old Jacob Nebeker of Wilsonville as the suspect. Mr. Nebeker, who is Mr. Gutjahr’s stepson, was arrested at the scene and lodged into jail for one count of murder in the second degree. He is being held without bail. The Oregon State Crime Lab helped process evidence at the scene. No additional information is being released at this time. If you have information about Mr. Nebeker, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 503-846-2700.

DESMOND GARCIA ARRESTED FOR STABBING IN MYRTLE CREEK

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Myrtle Creek Police Dept On January 22, 2021 at about 11:38 AM, Desmond Garcia contacted authorities through family members and said he wanted to turn himself in.  Myrtle Creek police contacted Garcia in Canyonville, where he was taken into custody without incident.   Garcia was transported to the Douglas County Jail, where he was lodged on charges of Assault in the Second Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Menacing.   The Myrtle Creek Police would like to thank the citizens who called in tips during this investigation.  This investigation is ongoing and no further information will be released at this point.

HUMAN REMAINS FOUND IN YAMHILL COUNTY IDENTIFIED AS CALIFORNIA WOMAN

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  Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office On January 18th, shortly before 9:00 a.m., a Yamhill County citizen located a suspicious object near the entrance to Stuart Grenfell Park, which is located at the intersection of Highway 18 and Harmony Road in rural Sheridan. The property owner promptly called law enforcement. Yamhill County Deputies arrived on scene and began an investigation, eventually requesting response from the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit (SIU).  SIU members identified the contents as human remains. The remains were removed from the scene and transported to the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office. On January 19th the remains were confirmed to be that of an adult female. The female was later identified as 31-yr old Mariah Diane Lindgren. The last known address for Lindgren is Humbolt County, California. Lindgren was known to have been in the Grand Ronde and Willamina areas for the past few weeks. Anyone who may have had contact with Lindgren or

DRUG ARREST

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  Douglas Interagency Narcotics Team (DINT) On Thursday, January 21st, detectives with the Douglas Interagency Narcotics Team arrested 38 year old Steven Randles of Roseburg.   DINT, with the assistance of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling on I-5 at milepost 155, near Curtin, Oregon.  A search revealed approximately 9 grams of suspected methamphetamine and 12 grams of suspected heroin.  Randles was lodged at the Douglas County Jail on charges of Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine and Unlawul Posession of Heroin.