Showing posts from May, 2020

Update: Information About Additional Arrests from May 30 Riot

Portland Police Bureau

PPB Officers arrested three additional subjects related to the rioting in Downtown Portland in the morning of May 30, 2020. The subjects arrested include:

Richard Cavanaugh-18 Years-old-Burglary II and Riot
Kiara Burns-31 years-old-Burglary II and Riot
Ada McGraw-32 years-old-Theft I, Burglary II, Riot, and Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine)

PPB Investigators are actively investigating crimes that were committed. Anyone with information about individuals who committed criminal activity at any event is asked to share that information with the Portland Police Bureau. Information can be sent via email to

For persons requiring anonymity, information may be submitted to Crime Stoppers of Oregon. Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 cash for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

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Off duty corrections deputy arrested for domestic violence

Bend Police Dept.

On May 30 around 8:30 pm, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a domestic dispute where an adult male had assaulted his teenage step-son during a family dispute. The adult male was identified as Deschutes County Corrections Deputy Blair Belding.  The dispute occurred at a Bend address, but the address is in response area of the of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office. This is the reason for the call going to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office originally.
Deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office contacted Bend Police and asked that they conduct the investigation. Officers with the Bend Police Department were assisted by officers with the Redmond Police Department during the investigation.  Belding was contacted and cooperated with officers throughout the investigation.
During the investigation, it was determined that in the evening hours of May 30th (around 7pm), an argument occurred between family members at Belding’s residence. Bel…

Marine Incident/Recovery of deceased person

Josephine Co. Sheriff's Office

On Friday, May 29, 2020, at 4:00 PM the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a deceased person floating in the Rogue River.  Rafters reported observing a deceased person floating near Schroeder Park, downstream from Grants Pass.  
Deputies responded to the area and located a deceased male subject floating in the river.  The deceased was recovered and removed from the water.  This case will be referred to Oregon State Deputy Medical Examiner, Dr. James N. Olson.

There are no further details to release at this time as identification and next of kin notification has not been made.

Missing child alert -- Missing foster child is believed to be in danger

Oregon Department of Human Services

(Salem, Ore.) – Mataya Gearhart, age 16, is a foster child who went missing from Portland, Ore. on the night of Monday, May 26. She is believed to be in critical danger and may be held against her will.
The Oregon Department of Human Services asks the public to help in the effort to find her and to contact 911 or local law enforcement if they believe they see her. She is believed to be in Seaside, Oregon with an adult male named "Torry Stewart." She may also be in southern Oregon or northern California.  
Name: Mataya Gearhart
Date of birth: Nov. 7, 2003
Height: 5’06
Weight: 180 pounds

Portland Police Bureau Case #20-172655

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children # 1391926 Mataya Gearhart was last seen Monday, May 26 in Portland, Ore., and was first identified as missing the morning of Tuesday, May 27. 
Anyone who suspects they have information about Mataya Gearhart’s location should call 911 or local law enforcement.
Report chi…

Searchers Looking for Overdue Bicyclist

Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office

DIAMOND LAKE, Ore. - Search and Rescue crews are actively searching for an overdue bicyclist who was traveling from Lake in the Woods to Diamond Lake. 
On Monday, May 25, 2020, 65 year-old Jared Leroy Johnson was dropped off at Lake in the Woods intending to ride his bicycle approximately 50 miles to Diamond Lake on forest roads. Johnson was due to arrive at his destination Thursday evening, but never arrived. 
Shortly before 2:00 pm on Friday, the Sheriff's Office was notified and Search and Rescue crews were dispatched to search the area. 
Johnson is described as 5'10'', 170 lbs with gray hair and blue eyes. He is associated with a bicycle equipped with a bike trailer. He left with survival gear and food/water.
Anyone who has seen Johnson or a bicycle equipped with a trailer in the Umpqua National Forest area is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471 referencing case #20-2364.

**Update** Fatal Helicopter Crash

Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office

UPDATED RELEASE ROSEBURG, Ore. - The Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office has presumptively identified the pilot from Thursday's aircraft accident as 77-year-old Lee Pauling of Olympia, Washington. Pauling was operating a maroon Cavalon gyroplane when the aircraft crashed around 2:13 pm on private property Thursday in the 2300-block of Glengary Loop Road in Roseburg.

Pauling was declared deceased at the scene. He was the only occupant on board at the time of the incident.
The Sheriff's Office is working with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on the investigation. No further information is expected to be released. 
Next of kin has been notified.

Shots Fired during dispute north of La Pine

Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office
On May 28, 2020 at approximately 9:03 p.m., Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a dispute involving multiple shots being fired in the Jacinto Rd/ Solar Rd area just south of Spring River Rd.  Residents in the area called Deschutes County 911 dispatch to report hearing gunshots proceeded by a loud verbal dispute between a male and female.
Sheriff’s Office Deputies along with Bend Police Department, and Oregon State Police Troopers arrived in the area soon afterwards including on-duty swat personnel. Armored vehicles from the Sheriff’s Office and Bend Police Department responded due to the serious nature of the call and concerns that someone may have been injured by the approximately 10 shots that were reported to have been fired during the dispute.
After officers arrived on scene, Deschutes County 911 dispatch continued to receive reports of a physical and verbal dispute occurring near the shots fired location. Law Enforcement on scen…

Deputies pursue and apprehend Waldport kidnapping suspect

Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office

On May 16th, 2020, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a disturbance outside a business in the 300 block of Hemlock Street in Waldport.  A witness reported the two people involved entered a single vehicle and left at a high rate of speed after driving over the curb and landscaping.  Deputies were familiar with the vehicle the witness described and attempted to contact the owner at his residence, however he fled from the location just prior to deputies arriving. 
The other person involved in the disturbance emerged from the residence and began describing what took place.  An investigation revealed 48-year-old Waldport resident Richard D. Leach had forced an unwilling victim into a vehicle at gunpoint. Leach then drove the victim to several places around the Waldport area before stopping at a location where the victim was able to escape.  Leach physically assaulted the victim multiple times during the encounter.
A firearm was recovered du…

Salem Man Walks Away from Sheriff's Office Transition Center

Marion Co. Sheriff's Office

On May 28th, 2020, approximately 11:40 pm, Jose Daniel Martinez-Flores, 26, walked away from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Transition Center. 

Martinez-Flores is a Hispanic male, approximately 5’6”, 150 lbs, and has black hair with brown eyes.  He was last known to reside in the Salem area.
Martinez-Flores was serving a sentence for a probation revocation related to a prior menacing charge.  Martinez-Flores is currently on parole for Burglary 1.  He was scheduled for release on 2/9/2021.
Staffed around the clock, the Transition Center provides an intermediate sanction between Jail and Probation. Unlike the Jail, the Transition Center provides minimum-security supervision. Residents are expected to work, either at their own jobs, or by performing community services.
If you see, or know the location of, Jose Daniel Martinez-Flores, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 503-588-5032 or submit a tip at

Stabbing Suspect has Been Located

Lane Co. Sheriff's Office

Update 5/29/2020  2:07 p.m.:
Gregory Cross, a suspect in the fatal stabbing outside of Florence, was just located by an Oregon State Police Trooper.  We appreciate everyone keeping their eyes out for him!  This case is still being actively investigated.  More information will be released as it becomes available.
Original News Release sent 5/29/2020 at 10:30 a.m.
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance locating the suspect in a stabbing south of Florence that was reported on 5/29/2020 shortly before 1:00 a.m.  The victim was transported to the hospital but did not survive the incident.  Deputies are working to identify next of kin before publicly identifying the victim.
The suspect, identified as 32 year old Gregory Domonic Cross of Florence, fled the area.  Deputies searched for Cross for multiple hours with the assistance of the Florence Police Department, the Oregon State Police, the Eugene Police Department, Douglas County Sh…

Search and Rescue Mission Underway

Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office

 - Deputies and Search & Rescue crews are searching for a reported vehicle crash which was relayed via CB radio this morning. 
At 9:14 am, the 911 center received a report from an individual who overheard a distress call on CB radio channel 17 from a male who stated he and his wife had been involved in a vehicle crash on Thunder Mountain and were in need of medical help. The caller told dispatchers he was near Tyee when he received the call. There was no further information to assist responders. 
Deputies and Search & Rescue Crews are searching Thunder Mountain area southeast of Glide for signs of a vehicle crash and have yet to locate anything. There are no other known locations within Douglas County referred to as Thunder Mountain. 
Anyone who overheard the radio traffic or has concerns about missing or overdue individuals is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471.
The Sheriff's Office is being assist…


Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office

ROSEBURG, Ore. - Deputies are investigating a fatal aircraft accident which occurred on Thursday afternoon. 
Around 2:13 pm, 9-1-1 dispatchers received reports of a small aircraft which crashed near the 2300-block of Glengary Loop Road. 
Deputies along with the Winston Police Department, Douglas County Fire District #2 responded and located a downed burning helicopter on private property. It was determined that at least one individual died in the crash. 
The Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have been notified and are working with the Sheriff's Office. 
No additional details are available at this time.  


Oregon State Police

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Wednesday afternoon’s single vehicle fatal crash on Highway 138E near the Tokatee Falls area. 
On May27, 2020 at about 3:55 PM, OSP troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 138E near milepost 54. 
Preliminary investigation revealed that a Ford F250 pickup, operated by Owen BYERS, age 62, from both Lakeview and Coquille, was eastbound on Highway 138E and for unknown reasons crossed into the westbound lane and off onto the shoulder where it collided with guardrail.  The pickup continued on the westbound shoulder and rolled down a dirt embankment coming to rest on its side. 
Byers was pronounced deceased at the scene. 
Byers was wearing seatbelt at the time of the crash. 
OSP was assisted at the scene by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon Department of Transportation and Kokua Towing. 


Douglas Interagency Narcotics Team (DINT)

In the late evening hours of Wednesday, May 27th, 2020, DINT executed a search warrant on an apartment in the 100 block of SE Gregory Street in Winston.  DINT had generated information indicating drug possession and sales at the residence.  Detectives found only a small amount of both methamphetamine and heroin, but also found a large amount of cash, drug scales, drug packaging materials, and drug paraphernalia.  
28 year old Brandi Baker, of Winston, was arrested for several warrants for her arrest.  She had a local warrant for Contempt of Court, A state parole board warrant for Parole Violation, as well as warrants from both Lane County, and Marion County.  
Additionally Baker is being charged with Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine and Unlawful Possession of Heroin based on items found during the search of her residence.
32 year old Michael Baker-Guererro, of Roseburg, was arrested on several outstanding warrants for his arrest.  Those …

Child Pornography Investigation Leads to Arrest of Eagle Crest Man

Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office

In December of 2019, detectives with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation after receiving a tip from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) regarding the uploading of images of child pornography from a residence in Deschutes County.  

Detectives were able to determine through their investigation the images were uploaded at the residence belonging to Darwin Born in the 1000 block of Golden Pheasant Dr. in Eagle Crest. 

In February, 2020 detectives served a search warrant at Born’s residence and seized multiple electronic devices. Born and other occupants of the residence were also interviewed at that time. The electronic devices were later analyzed and numerous photographs of child sex abuse were discovered on a computer belonging to Born. 

On May 27, 2020 Born was interviewed again and ultimately lodged in the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Jail for the above mentioned charges. 

The Internet Crimes Against Ch…

Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash

Josephine Co. Sheriff's Office

On Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at approximately 8:13PM, Deputies responded to a two-vehicle accident in the 2600 block of Fish Hatchery Road along with fire and medical personnel.  Upon arrival, the vehicles involved in the crash were found to be a 2002 Mercury Sable and a 2012 Volkswagen Jetta. 
After an investigation into the crash it was determined that the Mercury Sable operated by Amanda McFarland left the paved roadway and onto the gravel shoulder.  The vehicle then spun into the opposite lane of travel where the Volkswagen Jetta impacted the passenger side of the Mercury Sable. 

Amanda McFarland’s two-year-old son was in the rear passenger seat of the Mercury Sable.  McFarland and her son were both transported to Three Rivers Hospital via ambulance.  At 10:40PM, McFarland’s son was pronounced deceased as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.  The driver of the Volkswagen Jetta was treated and released from Three Rivers Hospital with no significa…

Vehicle Pulled From Willamette River With Human Remains Inside

Milwaukie Police Dept.
On 5/26/20, around 4:40 p.m., Adventures With Purpose was shooting a YouTube video at the Jefferson Street Boat Ramp in Milwaukie. They were filming a dive team recovering a car from the Willamette River. The car was approximately 400-yards off shore in about 85-feet of water. Once the vehicle was recovered, they discovered human remains in the vehicle and immediately notified police.

The Clackamas County Medical Examiner came to the scene and took control of the remains. Any identification of the remains will be made at a later date/time by the Medical Examiner.

The vehicle is associated with a Portland Police missing person case from 2008, where the person was listed as missing and suicidal.

This is an on-going investigation and no further information is being released at this time.

MIPD Case #20-3578


Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office

SUTHERLIN, Ore. - A Roseburg woman was arrested for arson on Monday and lodged in the Douglas County Jail. 
Deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 400-block of North Side Road around 12:40pm on May 26, 2020 for a report of a fire. When deputies arrived, a female was observed running from the residence with a lighter in her hand. 
Deputies chased her down on foot where a struggle ensued near the burning residence. During the struggle, the female, 37-year-old Diane Elaine Morey, struck a deputy. She was eventually taken into custody and transported to Mercy Medical Center for evaluation before being lodged in the jail. 
Morey was lodged on charges of Arson I, Resisting Arrest and Harassment. 
The Sheriff's Office was assisted by Oregon State Police Arson Investigators, Sutherlin Police Department and the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office.

Sutherlin Fire Department, Oakland Fire Department and Fair Oaks Fire Departments also responded. 


Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office

On the morning of May 23, 2020 the Bend Police Department was advised of a possible missing person from an address in the City of Bend.  During their investigation, Bend Police Officers determined the missing, Tavion Linett was last seen with friends in the Millican Valley (east of Bend).  He left them around 10 PM on May 22, 2020 to return home.  In the morning, it was determined Linett had not gone to work and did not appear to have made it home.
Bend Police Officers went to the area of Hwy 20 and FS Road 23 (Spencer Wells Road) to begin searching for Linett.  A Deschutes County Search and Rescue Deputy also responded to begin an initial search and investigation.  At approximately 9:30 AM, a family friend located Linett on FS Road 23 just south of Hwy 20.  Bend Police Officers and the Deputy responded to the scene along with Bend Fire and Rescue. 
It was determined that Linett left his party along FS Road 23 to head home.  After traveling a short dist…

Falling Tree Kills Boater at Detroit Lake

Marion Co. Sheriff's Office

At approximately 3:40 pm on May 24th, 2020, Marine Patrol deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a boating accident in the Box Canyon area of Detroit Lake.  The caller reported two pontoon style boats were near the shoreline tethered together, when the top of a large tree fell, striking both boats.  The caller said at least one person was severely injured and was taken by boat to Mongold State Park for help.
Deputies and emergency personnel arrived at the Mongold boat ramp a short time later where CPR was being administered to the victim.  Life Flight was called to transport the patient.  Tragically, the victim did not survive the accident and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  No other injuries were reported.
The victim, a 13-year-old female from Utah, was at the lake with family when the accident occurred.  No additional information about the victim will be released at this time.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office was a…

Fatal RV Fire In Green

Douglas Co. Fire Dist. No.2

At 12:26 p.m. Friday afternoon Douglas County Fire District No.2 and Winston-Dillard Fire District was dispatched to a reported structure fire on Grange Road in the Green district. Both departments arrived on scene at the same time due to their close proximity and found an older motorhome with the front half fully involved with fire. Crews were able to knock down the fire with an initial attack using a single hose line preventing spread to other nearby trailers.

 Reporting party was unsure if the owner was home at the time of the fire and after a search by firefighters a victim was located deceased inside the RV. The fire investigation performed by the
Oregon State Fire Marshal’s office determined the fire to be accidental.

DCFD2 and WDFD responded to this incident with 2 fire engines and 1 command unit with a total of 8 personnel. Crews were assisted by DCSO, Winston PD and the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Photo by Sabrina Allgood

Shooting Investigation - Josephine County

Oregon State Police 
On Thursday May 21, 2020 at approximately 10:00 A.M., Oregon State Police  and Josephine County Sheriff's Office responded to the 900 block of Caves Highway for report of a deceased male.

Responding officers located Devin Tandy (43) deceased from a gunshot.
Tandy's vehicle was not at the residence and investigators requested an attempt to locate (ATL) on the vehicle by all law enforcement.

California Highway Patrol and Del Norte County Sheriff's office located the vehicle and detained the driver - Deymon Edwards (22).

OSP detectives responded to the Del Norte County Sheriff's office and interviewed Edwards.

Edwards was lodged in the Del Norte County jail on Murder I, Burglary I, Robbery I, Unlawful Use of a Vehicle and Theft I.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 99 - Lane County

Oregon State Police 

On Thursday, May 21, 2020 at approximately 2:10 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel  responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 99 near milepost 5, Creswell, OR.
Preliminary investigation revealed a Honda Accord, operated by John Farrell (42) of Cottage Grove, was northbound on Hwy 99 when it left the roadway and damaged approximately 100 feet of a wood fence.  
Farrell was transported to River Bend Hospital. A passenger in the Honda, Elizabeth Slagley (31) from Cottage Grove, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.
OSP was assisted by Lane County Sheriff’s Office and ODOT.

Fatal Traffic Collision

Roseburg Police Dept.

At approximately 1241 hours on Wednesday, May 20th, 2020 the Roseburg Police and Fire Departments responded to a two vehicle collision on Highway 138 East at Pomona Drive.  It was reported that a Buick Century facing northbound on Pomona, pulled in front of a Chevrolet El Camino that was driving eastbound on Highway 138.  The El Camino struck the Buick on the driver side, causing the El Camino to spin and the Buick to careen into a nearby embankment by Les Schwab, on the south side of Highway 138 adjacent to Pomona.

The driver of the Buick, 76 year old Carol Mohr of Roseburg, was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Next of kin for Mohr have been contacted.  The driver of the El Camino, 86 year old Lowell Fisher of Roseburg, was transported to Mercy Hospital via ambulance for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  There were no other people involved in the collision.

The Oregon State Police are assisting the Roseburg Police Department with a reconstruction of …

Police Seek Help Locating Missing Man

Gresham Police Dept

Gresham, Ore. – Gresham Police is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing 80-year-old man with dementia.  Jack Patterson was last seen tonight around 8:00 p.m. near the 18700 block of SE Richey Rd.  He is described as a white male, approximately 5-feet-5-inches tall, 150 pounds, with blue eyes and brown and grey balding hair.   He was last seen wearing a blue long sleeve shirt, baggy blue jeans, and an old pair of dress shoes.  Patterson is driving a white 2004 Buick LaSabre with Oregon license plate CL86433.
Anyone who knows of Patterson’s whereabouts is asked to call 911.

Austin Michael House Enters Guilty Pleas for Sex Crimes Involving Minors

Washington Co. District Attorney's Office

HILLSBORO, Ore.- On May 7, 2020, Austin Michael House pleaded guilty to four counts of attempted using a child in display of sexually explicit conduct and first-degree encouraging child sexual abuse. Senior Deputy District Attorney Andy Pulver prosecuted the case before Judge Ted Sims.
In October of 2017, the defendant, aged 26 at the time, was caught engaging in sexually explicit conduct online with a 15-year-old girl living outside of Oregon. The victim’s grandmother searched the defendant’s social media accounts and determined he lived in Beaverton, Oregon. She then immediately contacted the Washington County Sheriff’s Office which launched an investigation into the incident.
Detectives obtained search warrants for Mr. House’s home and multiple electronic devices. They found evidence of similar crimes involving three additional minors, all living outside Oregon. Investigators also found multiple images and videos depicting children enga…