Showing posts from February, 2019

Oregon 138W (Elkton-Sutherlin Highway) is now open

ODOT: SW Oregon

Oregon 138W (Elkton-Sutherlin Highway) is now open. The highway had been closed since Monday, when a snowstorm knocked down power lines and trees along the roadway. Motorists should drive with caution as workers continue to clear trees and debris from the side of the road. Flaggers will provide traffic control as needed.

Impaired Driver Airlifted to Hospital After Crash Causes Vehicle Fire

Washington Co. Sheriff's Office
On Thursday, February 28, 2019, at 4:12 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies serving the City of Cornelius responded to an injury traffic crash at the intersection of South 12th Street and South Dogwood Street.

Community members had pulled an unconscious female from a red 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee prior to deputies arriving. When deputies arrived, the Jeep caught fire and deputies attempted to use fire extinguishers to control the flames. Cornelius Fire & Rescue, assisted by Forest Grove Fire & Rescue responded to treat the driver and extinguish the flames.
Based on witness accounts, deputies learned that Jeep was traveling southbound on South 12th Street when it struck a Toyota Camry at South Dogwood Street. The collision caused the Jeep to spin and strike a parked Chevrolet Silverado, and later catch fire.
The driver of the Jeep, 18-year-old Natalie Saiz-Amezquita of Cornelius, was transported by Metro West Ambulance to a nearby…

More Pacific Power crews move to hard-hit Roseburg as progress is made restoring customers in other counties

Pacific Power - 02/28/19

ROSEBURG, OREGON – Feb. 28, 2019 –Pacific Power crews continue to make steady progress in restoring power to customers in Lane, Josephine and Douglas Counties. Crews have worked around the clock to assess damage and make repairs since Sunday when the initial storm caused substantial damage and rendered critical roads impassable.
Pacific Power crews made substantial progress in restoring power to about 1,200 customers in Grants Pass, Lebanon and Cottage Grove since yesterday evening. In that same timeframe, approximately 3,000 customers were restored in the Roseburg area.
“The crews that are coming off of the work in Albany and adjacent districts will now head down to Roseburg to assist with the ongoing assessment and restoration work there,” said David Lucas, vice president of operations. “A lot of the work still left to do around Roseburg is in difficult terrain. Some of the damage is in remote areas where our crews are hiking in to make the assessments necess…

Media Advisory - Request for Broadcast as PSA

Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/28/19

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office and Douglas County Commissioners have received a lot of requests from people that want to help.  If you know of any elderly or vulnerable neighbors that might need assistance with food, water or heat, we encourage you to check on them, if you are able to safely do so and have suitable transportation.  If you are unable to reach them, or you discover they need additional assistance, please call the public assistance call center at (541) 464-6556 or (541) 464-6555. In an emergency call 911.

Winter Storm Evening Update 02/28/2019 - Joint Release with Douglas County Government

Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/28/19 

 - Douglas County continues to recover from the severe winter storm that has affected our area.  The following is an update to some of our critical services.

The Emergency Operations Center at the Sheriff’s Office continues to operate to help facilitate access to emergency services and provide the latest information updates. The Emergency Operations Center is comprised of representatives from various entities.

Power is being restored but outages remain, particularly in fringe locations.  There is no estimate on when power will be restored.  Pacific Power and Douglas Electric continue working around the clock to restore power.  Do not call 9-1-1 to determine when your power will be turned back on. The emergency dispatchers do not have access to this information. Contact your power company directly to determine an estimated time of restoration.

The following locations have shelters and warming centers available:
- American Red …

Man Sentenced to 100 Months in Prison for Sex Crimes Involving a Minor

Washington Co. District Attorney's Office - 02/28/19

HILLSBORO, Ore.- On February 27, 2019, Jeffery Wayne Tiemann was sentenced to 100 months in prison. Tiemann pleaded guilty to First Degree Sex Abuse, Second Degree Sodomy and Encouraging Child Sex Abuse in the Second Degree. The defendant was sentenced by Judge Charles Bailey. The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Allison Brown and investigated by Washington County Sheriff’s Office Detective Jessica Zieman.

The investigation began in February of 2018 after the 13-year-old victim met Tiemann through a social media app. They began communicating and the victim alerted Tiemann that she was underage. The two eventually met in person where Tiemann sexually abused the girl.

Later that day, the victim’s mother found the messages on her phone and called law enforcement. Tiemann admitted to using the app and communicating with the child but denied he knew her true age.

Police seized his phone. Investigators found images and …

Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency in Ten Counties Due to Severe Winter Storm Conditions


Salem, OR—Governor Brown today declared a state of emergency in ten Oregon counties due to severe winter storm conditions: Coos, Curry, Deschutes, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Linn, and Marion. This declaration comes at the request of local officials and is based on the recommendations of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM). 

"As our state and local authorities continue to work hard to clear roads, reconnect power, and ensure the safety of the community, this declaration will provide additional resources and the potential for federal highway system funds in the future," said Governor Brown. “I urge all Oregonians to follow the recommendations of local authorities, and avoid travel while ODOT crews work on the roads and restore core services." 

Governor Brown's declaration directs OEM to coordinate the deployment of the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Oregon State Police, and the Oregon National Guard to support l…

Public Assistance Call Center

Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/28/19

Some residents are still snowbound and have been without power for several days.  The Sheriff’s Office encourages residents who can safely check on a neighbor or friend, who may need basic supplies, to do so.  If you need to report an emergency, call 911. 
The Sheriff's Office has partnered with the Community Organization Active in Disasters (COAD) to set up a public assistance call center to help make contact with our vulnerable population that may be isolated and in need.  This center has been set up to help to do welfare checks and / or to see if anyone is in need of any basic supplies or help.
If you know of someone who may need to be checked on, and you are unable to do it yourself, please call one of the call center numbers below:
The call center will be operational from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m

DCSO Seeking Information on a Missing Sunriver Area Man

Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/27/19 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public assistance in locating 
36 year old Jeremy R. Taylor of Sunriver. He is described as 5’11”, 165 lbs, blonde hair and blue eyes.
Jeremy was last seen this past Sunday, February 24th, getting gas in Sunriver and driving the unknown year black Toyota 4Runner in the photos. He is known to usually wear black pants with a black jacket, but his clothing is unknown. Jeremy is not believed to have a cell phone with him.

He is known to frequent the forested area to the west of Sunriver where he enjoyed off-roading. However, it is unknown where he was going after getting gas in Sunriver on Sunday.

If anyone has any information on Jeremy’s whereabouts or had talked to him this past weekend and knew of his plans on Sunday, please call into non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911 and speak to a Deputy.

Watchman Rescued by US Coast Guard Helicopter

Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/27/19 

 - On Wednesday, February 27, 2019, in coordination with Douglas County Search and Rescue, the United States Coast Guard North Bend Station rescued a man who had been stranded in the snow for several days.
73 year-old Lloyd Cline, a watchman working as security watch for Double S Logging, became stranded in the Elk Creek area off Upper Smith River Road due to the snow.  Rescue efforts were attempted Monday and Tuesday, however hazards and severe weather hampered rescuers from reaching Mr. Cline. Air assets could not be utilized due to limited visibility and heavy snow falling.
Douglas County Search and Rescue notified the Oregon State Search and Rescue coordinator of the rescue mission.
On Wednesday, SAR ground search personnel were again attempting to make their way to Mr. Cline’s location. A brief break in the weather provided a window for a helicopter rescue attempt. 
The Oregon State SAR coordinator along with Oregon Office of Eme…

Two Seaside High School students arrested for possession of a firearm

City of Seaside - 02/27/19

Seaside, Ore. – February 27, 2019 – On February 27, 2019, Seaside Police arrested a male juvenile, 14, of Seaside for Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Theft I (firearm), Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Carrying a Concealed Weapon and Disorderly Conduct II.  A second male juvenile, 15, of Seaside was also arrested for Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Disorderly Conduct II.  The juveniles were both transported to the Seaside Police Department and both are being detained by the Clatsop County Juvenile Department. 
This investigation was initiated by a concerned Seaside High School student who witnessed a serious safety concern and reported to school staff.  The school administration contacted the police department immediately and the cooperation between school staff and law enforcement led to the arrests being made.  
This case remains under investigation and due to juveniles being involved more details of the case, including names, are not being released at this time.   T…

Newberg woman attempts to jump off bypass bridge

Newberg-Dundee Police Dept. - 02/27/19

This afternoon at approximately 3:25 a caller reported that a female was attempting to climb over the steel fencing connected to the flyover bridge that crosses Hwy 18 (Newberg-Dundee by-pass).  Officers responded to the scene to find the female all the way over attempting to jump off and into the traffic below.
NDPD Officers were able to grab the female and pin her to the fencing.  NDPD then called for TVF&R to bring a ladder truck onto the bypass so they could remove her from the bridge.  The woman was fighting with officers the entire time trying to get free and jump. Officers from NDPD were able to secure the woman to the ladder truck and safely remove her.  The woman was then taken to Providence Medical Center for a mental health evaluation.  There are no criminal charges at the time of this release.
The Newberg-Dundee Police Department was assisted by and thanks the following agencies: Yamhill County Sheriff’s OfficeOregon State PoliceODO…

ODOT UPDATE -- Oregon 38 now open from Reedsport to Elkton

ODOT: SW Oregon - 02/27/19

REEDSPORT -- Oregon 38 (Umpqua Highway) is now open from Reedsport to Elkton (milepost 0-36).
However, Oregon 38 is closed between Elkton and Drain (milepost 36-50), and Oregon 138W (Elkton to Sutherlin Highway) is closed to through traffic. Both closures are due to downed trees and powerlines (see photos). Workers are on site and making progress cutting and removing trees that are blocking the highway. Emergency service vehicles and local residents will be accommodated through the closure area. Motorists traveling from the Reedsport area to I-5 are advised to use alternate routes.
Elsewhere, U.S. 101 remains closed at milepost 344 (15 miles north of Brookings) due to a slide. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes. Tidewater Contractors of Brookings have been awarded a contract to re-open the highway and work is underway.

Former Lebanon Champion Mill Building Destroyed By Fire

Lebanon Fire District - 02/27/19

A two-alarm fire on Monday night destroyed an abandoned building at the former Champion Mill site at 3133 Burdell Boulevard, Lebanon. The fire was initially reported to Linn County dispatchers at 8:13 pm as a house fire on Porter Street, but fire units quickly realized this was not the case and upgraded to a second alarm prior to arriving on scene. The second alarm brought additional fire units from Albany, Sweet Home, Scio, and Brownsville to fight the fire and cover Lebanon’s response area during the incident.
The first arriving LFD Battalion Chief reported a large mill building with heavy fire involvement on the north end. The structure was approximately 51,000 square feet in size, and firefighter efforts were hampered by both snowy conditions and a limited water supply. The incident commander initiated a defensive operational mode of protecting a nearby exposure structure while attacking the fire from the exterior of the building.  The Incident Com…

Mill City Man Sentenced in Sex Offense Case

Linn County Sheriff's Office - 02/27/19

On December 13, 2018, Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon reported his Detectives arrested Eric Wayne Dille, 46 of Mill City, for one count of Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the First Degree and one count of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree. Eric Dille was arrested after video evidence implicated him in these crimes, which occurred several years prior. The victim in this case is an adult female, known by Eric Dille, and was incapacitated at the time the crimes occurred.

Today Linn County Undersheriff Paul Timm reports Dille appeared in Linn County Circuit Court for a plea and sentencing hearing.  Dille plead no contest to one count of Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the First Degree and was sentenced to 100 months of incarceration at the Oregon Department of Corrections. 

Video evidence leads investigators to believe there are other female victims. Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to contact Detective Mike Rossiter of the L…

Douglas County Commissioners Declare State of Emergency

Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/27/19
Joint Release with Douglas County Government

(Douglas County, OR) Severe weather conditions continue to spread across Douglas County.  The Douglas County Board of Commissioners declared a state of emergency for Douglas County today at the Board of Commissioners Business Meeting.  

The order was recorded and forwarded onto our Emergency Manager for processing, and submission to the State and Governor Brown’s office requesting an official emergency declaration for Douglas County. The order cited severe winter storms, heavy snowfall, widespread power outages and road closures from downed trees and power lines.

The Governor's emergency declaration will allow increased flexibility in how services are managed to ensure that resources reach our citizens and to continue make the safety of our citizens our top priority. The Governor’s emergency declaration will also authorize state agencies to expedite additional resources services management tools t…

FBI Releases New Photos in Marion County Bank Robbery

FBI - Oregon - 02/27/19

The FBI is releasing new photos of a car of interest in the recent bank robbery at the Umpqua Bank branch located at 113 S. Main Street in Jefferson, Oregon. On February 5, 2019, a man walked into the branch, approached the teller desk while displaying a weapon, and demanded cash from three tellers. The car of interest was seen before and after the robbery driving through downtown Jefferson and on Highway 99E. Investigators believe the car is a gray Mazda four-door with a spoiler on the back.

Witnesses describe the robber as a: White manHeight: 5'9" to 6'0" Weight: 160 to 200 pounds Clothing: The suspect was wearing a hooded black and light blue two-toned rain gear-type top with light-colored pants tucked into black rubber over-boots and a black full-face covering. The suspect wore a black ski glove on his left hand and carried a blue bag.Weapon: The suspect had a pistol that was covered in a plastic bag.  The wanted poster for this suspect can …

Death Investigation- Bend

Bend Police Dept. - 02/27/19

On February 26th, 2019, Bend Police Officers responded to an address on 1759 NE Larado Way for a reported dispute.  Officers contacted multiple people on scene who advised one of the involved persons had walked away toward their motorhome, which was parked in the east parking lot of St. Charles Medical Center.  Bend Police Officers located the motorhome in the St. Charles Medical Center Parking lot. They followed shoe tracks a short distance from the motorhome and located a deceased adult male on the ground.  The cause of death is under investigation.  The Bend Police Department Detective unit will be assisted by the Oregon State Police Crime Lab, Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office and Medical Examiner with this investigation. The identity of the deceased person is being withheld pending next of kin notification.   More information will be forthcoming.

Single vehicle fatal crash on Hwy 211 - Clackamas County

Oregon State Police - 02/27/19

On Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at approximately 3:53 P.M. Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Hwy 211 near milepost 19.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2017 Toyota Tacoma, operated by Jacob Slinkard (28) of Colton, was traveling northbound on Hwy 211 when for unknown reasons the Tacoma went off of the road and struck a tree.

Slinkard sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

Hwy 211 was closed for approximately four hours following the crash. OSP was assisted by the Molalla Police Department, Molalla Fire Department, Colton Fire Department, and ODOT.

Photos_ Clean-up in closed section of Oregon 138E between Glide and Diamond Lake

ODOT: SW Oregon - 02/26/19

ROSEBURG-  Oregon 138E is still closed east of Glide but ODOT and Pacific Power crews are working to reopen the highway from downed trees and powerlines.

Photos- U.S. 101 Slide at MP 344 -Hooskanadan Slide

ODOT: SW Oregon - 02/26/19

BROOKINGS -  The slide on U.S. 101 MP 344 - called the Hooskanadan Slide -- has moved about 10 feet both horizontally and vertically today. The goal, once it slows down, is to gravel a portion of the highway and get it open under 24/7 flagger control.
Nearby Carpenterville Highway (OR 255) is open to traffic, but it should NOT be considered for use as a viable detour for commercial truck traffic. Expect a checkpoint on either side of Carpenterville Highway tomorrow morning to turn away oversized commercial vehicles.

Pacific Power crews restored 14,500 customers from widespread snow-caused outages in Roseburg, southern Willamette Valley

Pacific Power - 02/26/19

Pacific Power crews restored 14,500 customers from widespread snow-caused outages in Roseburg, southern Willamette Valley 

150 crew members are at work in Douglas County focused on repairing lines in hard-hit county where more than 20,000 customers remain without power

ROSEBURG, OREGON –Working throughout the day, Pacific Power crews restored electrical service to nearly 14,500 customers in the Willamette Valley and Roseburg. On the afternoon of Feb. 25, more than 42,000 Pacific Power customers were without service due to a quick-hitting snowstorm that dropped more than a foot of heavy wet snow on the region.
“Our crews are making steady progress restoring customers despite being hindered by recent road closures and tough weather conditions,” said David Lucas, vice president of operations. “That said, we still have a lot of our customers, especially in Douglas County, who will be spending another night without power. We appreciate the patience we have seen from c…

Red Cross Shelter Opened in Winston, OR

American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/25/19 

The Red Cross has opened a shelter in Winston, Oregon for those affected by the recent winter weather.

The shelter is located at:
Foursquare Gospel Center
540 SE Main St.
Winston, OR 97496

Individuals and families affected by the recent storm and in need of shelter assistance are encouraged to simply show up at the shelter for help.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or find us on Facebook at, Twitter at @RedCrossCasc and find us on Instagram at @RedCrossCascades.

Winter Storm Update

Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/25/19 

The winter storm is continuing to impact Douglas County. Overnight temperatures are expected to drop into the low 30's to mid-20's, which may create additional hazards. 
Approximately 31,000 county residents remain without power. Residents should prepare for prolonged outages, which could last several days. Preparations should be made for those who have medical dependencies such as medications, oxygen or other specialized needs. Residents who are able are encouraged to provide assistance to their neighbors and vulnerable populations within their communities. 
Do not call 9-1-1 to determine when your power will be turned back on.
 The emergency dispatchers do not have access to this information. Contact your power company directly to determine an estimated time of restoration.  The following locations have shelters and warming centers available: An American Red Cross shelter has been opened at the Winston Foursquare…

Highway status as of 6 p.m.- final update until tomorrow morning

ODOT: SW OregonMon. 25th, 06:05 PM

This will be the final update until tomorrow morning. Monitor for changing conditions. 

I-5 is open again south of Cottage Grove after an extended closure but expect possible single lane traffic in some areas due to tree debris near the roadway. 

The following are still are in effect due to high water, saturated soils, snow-downed trees and power lines: 

U.S. 101 is closed at MP 343, 12 miles north of Brookings due to sunken grade- no detour. 

Oregon 42S between Coquille and Bandon open to single lane after a landslide (MP 9) 

Oregon 138 West between Sutherlin and Elkton (MP 11-24) 

Oregon 38 west of Elkton between MP 29-37 

Single lane traffic on U.S. 101 south of Bandon at Four Mile (MP 282) 

Oregon 138 East between MP 17 and 60 (just east of Glide to West Toketee) 

Expect delays due to small slides on Oregon 42 in Coos County 

Drivers should be prepared for winter driving and expect significant delays on southwest Oregon highways tonight and to…

Heavy snow causes widespread outages in Roseburg, southern Willamette Valley

Pacific Power - 02/25/19 

 – Approximately 42,000 Pacific Power customers from Corvallis to Roseburg are without power due to winter weather conditions. Additional resources and crews have been called in from outside the area to help with restoration. Given the extensive storm-related damage to power lines, the number of repairs that are necessary, and the fact that storm conditions persist, Pacific Power is working to provide estimated times for restoration, but customers currently without power should plan to remain so until at least Tuesday morning.
Communities experiencing significant outages as of 3:30 p.m.:
Cottage Grove: 4,994 customersLebanon: 3,706 customersJunction City: 1,037 customersRoseburg: 31,154 customers Crews have been working non-stop since the storm began early Sunday afternoon, assessing damage and making repairs. However heavy snow continued into Monday causing falling trees, road closures and damage to power lines. Crews are working as quickly and s…