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Tue. 10/23/18
UPDATE - Fatal crash Hwy 38 - Douglas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/23/18 1:22 PM

The 2012 Kenworth truck was operated by Charles Stephens (59) from Eugene.

Traffic is being controlled by flaggers as the spill is cleaned.

Oregon State Police and emergency personnel are on scene of a commercial motor vehicle crash on Hwy 38 mile post 21, near Scottsburg in Douglas County.

Preliminary investigation revealed that at approximately 9:45 PM. a 2012 Kenworth truck towing double fuel tanks was westbound on Hwy 38 when it struck a large black cow standing in the roadway.  Vehicle lost control and traveled off the roadway and struck a power pole.  

The operator of the truck sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The cow is deceased.

The commercial motor vehicle was carrying 7500 gallons of gasoline and 2500 gallons of diesel fuel.  An unknown amount of each substance has leaked out of the tanks.  Hazmat/cleanup crews are on scene assessing the amount of the leak and the environmental impact.

Hwy 38 will be closed throughout the morning and possibly the afternoon while the spill is cleaned and contained. 

OSP is being assisted by Scottsburg Fire and Rescue, Elkton Fire and Rescue, Reedsport Fire and Rescue, Roseburg Hazmat, North Douglas County Fire, Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Lower Umpqua Ambulance, Douglas Electric Cooperative, and ODOT


Attached Media Files: 2018-10/1002/119009/output.jpg

Columbia River sanctuary patrols lead to multiple citations and arrests
Oregon State Police - 10/23/18 12:12 PM

As a result of numerous complaints of illegal gillnetting on the Columbia River at the Deschutes River Sanctuary, Oregon State Police in conjunction with Columbia River Inter Tribal Fisheries Enforcement (CRITFE) and Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife Police conducted nighttime boat patrols to address the illegal gillnetting complaints. The operations were conducted on September 12, 13, 19 & 20, 2018.

As a result of the saturation patrols at least one commercial fishing boat was contacted inside the sanctuary on every night of the four day saturation.  During the four day enforcement patrols, numerous contacts were made with the majority of the commercial fisherman being legal and happy to see enforcement.

18-commercial boats were contacted

46-commercial fisherman contacted

3-Commercial boats were located actively gillnetting within the Deschutes River sanctuary

1-Commercial boat was located actively gillnetting within the John Day Dam sanctuary.

5-criminal citations for Fishing Closed Waters; Columbia River Mouth of Deschutes River Sanctuary

2-criminal citations for Fishing Closed Waters; Columbia River Lower John Day Dam Sanctuary

2-warrant arrests, with one of the warrants for; Fail to appear on a Commercial Fishing violation from last year

1-arrest for False Information to police officer

1-arrest for Commercial Fishing without tribal/treaty rights.

5-citations for operating vessels without required navigational lights  

8-warnings for No Tribal Identification on Person while exercising commercial fishing treaty rights

2-Illegal gillnets were seized as evidence

Oregon State Police also assisted with safely towing a commercial fishing boat back to the dock after it became disabled.

This was a great effort put forth by the three agencies to help address ongoing issues on the Columbia River.

Fish and Wildlife preservation is crucial to the sustainment and healthy population management efforts to the entire Pacific Northwest. The Oregon State Police, Columbia River Inter Tribal Fisheries Enforcement and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police encourage anyone witnessing or with knowledge of fish and wildlife violations to report it.

Oregon State Police Tip Line: 1-800-452-7888 or OSP(677)

Columbia River Intertribal Fisheries Enforcement: 1-541-386-6363

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police: 1-877-933-9847

Death Investigation - Josephine County
Oregon State Police - 10/23/18 11:12 AM

Oregon State Police is investigating a death near the Selma area in Josephine County.

No further information is available for release at this time.

PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement Commits $176k to Six Regional Nonprofits
PacificSource Health Plans - 10/23/18 11:05 AM

(BOISE, Idaho) Oct. 23, 2018 The PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement recently committed $176,682 in grant funding to support six nonprofit organizations based in Idaho and Oregon. The funding will span from one to three years for the following nonprofits:


  • Children’s Home Society of Idaho-Three-year grant of $50,000 to deliver behavioral and mental health services to underserved children.
  • The Friendship Clinic, Inc.-One year grant of $10,000 to increase capacity and support general operating expenses.


  • Adelante Mujeres-Two-year grant totaling $40,000 to improve culturally specific health outcomes for low-income Latinos.  
  • Meals on Wheels People-One year grant of $5000 to help address the problem of malnutrition among vulnerable seniors in the downtown core area of Portland, Oregon.
  • Daisy C.H.A.I.N.-One year grant of $21,682 to increase equitable access to preventative, high-quality pre/postnatal support and education programs.
  • Catholic Charities- One year grant of $50,000 for comprehensive family support services.


Additionally, the PacficSource Foundation endorsed the expenditure of $525,000 for five years of unrestricted funding to three donated-care clinics through its Healthcare Access Partners (HcAP) program, yielding a total of nine clinics funded to date. These clinics offer vital services to the communities they serve and the HcAP program provides opportunities for collaboration, shared learning and technical assistance.


About PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement 

Founded in 1992, the PacficSource Foundation for Health Improvement is an expression of our commitment to our communities. Its mission is to improve community health through the touchstones of better health, better care, and lower healthcare costs. The Foundation’s grants and partnerships focus on improving access to health care for vulnerable populations and promoting health excellence via innovative care and community health and wellness programs. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2yK92qF

About PacificSource Health Plans 

PacificSource Health Plans is an independent, regional, not-for-profit community health plan serving the Northwest. Founded in 1933, PacificSource is based in Springfield with local offices throughout Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. The PacificSource family of companies employs 1,000 people, serves more than 300,000 individuals, and has 3,900 employer clients throughout the Northwest. For more information visit PacificSource.com.



Mon. 10/22/18
The Oregon Department of Corrections reports two in-custody deaths (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 10/22/18 9:37 AM
Toma Amendolara
Toma Amendolara

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Dion Chamblin died on October 20, 2018. He was incarcerated at Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) and passed away at a local hospital. Chamblin entered DOC custody on November 6, 2017 from Columbia County and his earliest release date was October 8, 2019. He was 77 years old.

Toma Amendolara died on October 19, 2018. He was incarcerated at TRCI and passed away in the institution’s hospice program. Amendolara entered DOC custody on October 27, 2015 from Clackamas County. His earliest release date was January 13, 2040. He was 72 years old. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified and the Medical Examiner will determine cause of death. Next of kin have been notified for both men.

DOC takes all in-custody deaths seriously. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of 14,800 men and women who are incarcerated in the 14 institutions across the state.

TRCI is a multi-custody facility in Umatilla that houses more than 1,800 men.  It delivers a range of correctional services and programs including education, work opportunities, and cognitive programming.  The minimum facility opened in 1998 and the medium facility opened in 2000.

Attached Media Files: Toma Amendolara , Dion Chamblin

Sun. 10/21/18
Fatal vehicle crash on Hwy 42 - Coos County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/21/18 10:09 AM

On Saturday, October 20, 2018 at approximately 4:00 PM. Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 42 near milepost 33 in Coos County.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 1998 Toyota Tacoma, operated by Thomas Wagner (28) from Coquille,  was westbound on Hwy 42 when it crossed into the eastbound lanes and struck a 2004 Chevy 2500 (pulling an ATV trailer), operated by Dwayne Stockton (44) from Roseburg.  

Wagner, who was not wearing his safety belt,  sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Passengers in the Toyota Tacoma, Katelyn Wiley (26) from Broadbent and Blaine Monson(23) from Myrtle Point were both transported with injuries. Neither were wearing safety belts.

Speed and alcohol use by Wagner are being investigating as probable causes of the crash. 

Stockton was transported to the hospital with injuries.  His passengers Douglas Grinstead (43) from Roseburg, Justin Grinstead (19) from Roseburg, and a juvenile male were all treated at the scene for injuries.

Oregon State Police were assisted by Coos County Sheriff's Office, Myrtle Point Police, Bandon Police, Bridge Fire, Myrtle Point EMS, Coquille Ambulance, Coos Sumner Fire, and ODOT.

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Sat. 10/20/18
Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash on US 26 near SE Canyon Valley Road -- Clackamas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/20/18 6:51 PM
Photo 3
Photo 3

On October 20, 2018 at approximately 3:40pm, the Oregon State Police responded to a fatal motor vehicle crash on US Highway 26 near the intersection of SE Canyon Valley Road, within Clackamas County.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a maroon 2000 Toyota Tundra pickup, operated by Donald J. EDWARDS, age 77 of Estacada, was traveling eastbound on US 26 just west of milepost 26.5, in Sandy. While executing a left onto SE Canyon Valley Road, the operator of the Toyota turned directly in the path of a black 2017 Honda VT1 motorcycle, operated by Nicholas C. IRWIN, age 24 of Rhododendron, which was traveling westbound. The Honda motorcycle rider was unable to avoid the collision and collided into the side Toyota.

IRWIN sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash after lifesaving measures were made by medical personnel. Both occupants were utilizing safe devices at the time of the collision.

Next of kin notification has been made.

Oregon State Police was assisted by Clackamas County SO, Sandy Fire Department, Oregon Department of Transportation, and All Ways Towing Co.

Attached Media Files: Photo 3 , Photo 2 , Photo 1

Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Fatal Crash on Oregon Route 86 - Baker County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/20/18 3:03 PM

On Friday, October 19, 2018, at about 5:12 p.m., a fatal crash occurred on Oregon Route 86, milepost 2.5, near Baker City.  The location was just east of Interstate 84, milepost 302 interchange. 

Preliminary information revealed that Dennis Tim CHENEY, age 59, of Walla Walla, WA, had parked his 1998 Dodge Pickup and large flatbed trailer on the westbound shoulder facing Interstate 84 and was outside his vehicle checking the air pressure in his vehicle trailer tires. A 2016 Jeep SUV, operated by Adrienne Marie LARSEN, age 32, of Boise, ID, was traveling westbound on Oregon Route 86 when her vehicle crossed the right fog line and struck CHENEY. 

CHENEY sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  LARSEN was not injured and was taken into custody.  She was lodged at the Baker County Jail for DUII, Manslaughter 1 and 2, Criminally Negligent Homicide, Reckless Endangerment, and additional charges may be considered. 

Oregon Route 86 was closed for approximately 4 hours.

Oregon State Police was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Baker County Sheriff’s Office, Baker City Fire Department, Baker Rural Fire Protection District, Baker City Ambulance, and the Baker County District Attorney's Office.

Attached Media Files: 2018-10/1002/118957/20181019-174523.jpg

Thu. 10/18/18
Northwest Credit Unions Raise Over $628K for Children's Hospitals During Tacoma Convention (Photo)
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 10/18/18 4:33 PM
Auction photo
Auction photo

                    Eight Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in the Northwest will benefit.

 TACOMA, Wash.  — Hundreds of credit union leaders raised $628,226.49, for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) hospitals during a gala auction Oct. 17. The credit union community is gathered in Tacoma for the Northwest Credit Union Association’s (NWCUA) MAXX Convention in Tacoma this week. The grand total was announced during the closing session of MAXX today.

While exploring technology and other innovative services to offer to their 6.5 million consumer members in Idaho, Washington, and Oregon, the credit union community at MAXX Convention also focused on its community impact “DNA.” As not-for-profit cooperatives, credit unions are founded on a “people helping people” philosophy, and giving back is an important principle for them as financial institutions. The gala auction in Tacoma is such an example.

The curtains parted and Cass Huff – the 2018 Miracle Child for the “New York, New York” auction -- came to the microphone and belted out an inspired version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. That set the stage for the event to build on the legacy Northwest credit unions started in 1986, when they founded the now-national “Credit Unions for Kids” charity.

Cass is one of just 150 people in the world with Conradi-Hunermann Syndrome, a severe form of scoliosis. Despite 42 surgeries, being blind in one eye, and being deaf in one ear, Cass aspires to star on Broadway. Her rendition of another song, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, was set to touching photos of babies and children whose lives have been saved at CMN hospitals.

Attendees bid aggressively on silent auction items such as jewelry and wine flights. They engaged in friendly bidding wars over luxury golf outings and hot air balloon rides during the live auction, to set an NWCUA auction record.

“We are moved and humbled by the generosity of our colleagues in the Credit Union Movement,” said Troy Stang, Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) President and CEO. “The journey credit unions started here in the Northwest 32 years ago has made so many miracles possible for the kids and their families.”

All funds raised last night will stay in the Northwest, directly benefitting the CMN hospitals in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, and Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital in Utah.

“Thanks to the generosity of all of our sponsors, donors, and bidders, Credit Unions for Kids will again make miracles happen,” said Holly Miller, NWCUA Project Manager and Auction Coordinator. “The funds raised at auction will support research, treatments at the CMN hospitals, and will provide comfort to the families of hospitalized children. Does it really get any better than that?”


The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association representing over 180 credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, and their 6.5 million consumer members. Northwest Credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives, owned by their members. Credit unions help members achieve their financial goals.  All earnings in excess of operating expenses and required reserves are returned to members in the form of lower loan rates, fewer fees and higher interest paid on savings. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org.  

Attached Media Files: News Release , Auction photo , Auction photo , Auction photo

Wed. 10/17/18
Multi vehicle crash on Hwy 35 - Hood River County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/17/18 4:50 PM

Oregon State Police, Hood River County Sheriff's Office, ODOT and emergency personnel are on the scene of a multi vehicle motor vehicle crash on Hwy 35 at Central Vale rd.

One person has been transported to the hospital in Hood River.

Hwy 35 is closed in both directions.  Traffic is being diverted off of Central Vale road.


Attached Media Files: 2018-10/1002/118880/Hwy_35-2.jpg , 2018-10/1002/118880/Hwy_35-1.jpg , 2018-10/1002/118880/Hwy_35_-3.jpg

BPA selects new executive vice president of Environment, Fish and Wildlife (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 10/17/18 12:09 PM
Scott Armentrout
Scott Armentrout

Portland, Ore. – The Bonneville Power Administration has chosen Scott Armentrout to be its executive vice president of Environment, Fish and Wildlife. Armentrout begins his new position at BPA’s Portland headquarters Oct. 29.

“Scott has extensive experience in program management, fish and wildlife biology, restoration programs and teamwork with 30 years of experience working for the U.S. Forest Service,” said BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer. “His skills and background make him ideal to lead BPA’s Environment, Fish and Wildlife organization. Scott grew up in the Pacific Northwest, so he’s also looking forward to returning home.”

In his new position, Armentrout will serve as top policy-maker and strategist, ensuring environmental compliance while addressing fish and wildlife issues integral to BPA’s business responsibilities and its commitment to stewardship of the region’s environmental resources.

Armentrout will also oversee BPA’s Fish and Wildlife program, one of the largest fish and wildlife mitigation efforts in the world. The program is implemented to mitigate for the inundation, construction and operation of dams in the Columbia and Snake river basins.

“I am excited to be part of BPA’s efforts to protect and enhance the environment and the region’s fish and wildlife,” says Armentrout. “I’m looking forward to tackling the many complex issues and working with BPA’s partners to find creative solutions for a better Pacific Northwest.”

Armentrout comes to BPA from the U.S. Forest Service in Montrose, Colorado, where he’s served as forest supervisor over the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests that comprise 2.9 million acres and together make up the largest national forest in the Rocky Mountain Region.

He replaces Lorri Bodi, who retired in July 2018.

About BPA

The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 Northwest electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 261 substations to 475 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region’s high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and carbon-free electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov


Attached Media Files: Scott Armentrout

Coffee Creek Correctional Facility reports in-custody death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 10/17/18 8:50 AM
Sally Ann Bicandi
Sally Ann Bicandi

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Sally Ann Bicandi, died on the evening of October 16, 2018. She was incarcerated at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) and passed away in the hospital. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified and the Medical Examiner will determine cause of death.

Bicandi entered DOC custody on May 31, 2018, from Washington County.  Her earliest release date was November 7, 2019. She was 54 years old.

DOC takes all in-custody deaths seriously. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of 14,800 men and women who are incarcerated in the 14 institutions across the state.

CCCF is a multi-custody facility in Wilsonville that houses more than 1,200 women. It provides intake and evaluation of all female and male inmates committed to state custody. CCCF delivers a range of correctional services and programs including alcohol and drug treatment, education, work opportunities, cognitive programming, and pre-release services. The minimum facility opened in 2001 and the medium facility opened in 2002. CCCF is Oregon’s only women’s prison.

Attached Media Files: Sally Ann Bicandi

Time to ShakeOut Oregon! (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 10/17/18 8:48 AM

In partnership with the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management and Rigler Elementary School in Portland, the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is inviting media to observe Rigler students drop, cover, and hold on during the nation’s largest earthquake drill, “The Great ShakeOut” scheduled Thursday, Oct. 18 at 10:18 a.m.

As of today, nearly 560,000 are registered in Oregon for the Great Oregon ShakeOut!

OEM would also like to encourage the public and media outside Portland to participate on ShakeOut day! If you have questions about how to observe or participate in your area please contact lic.info@state.or.us">public.info@state.or.us.

“Earthquakes are one of the natural hazards we face in Oregon and “The Great ShakeOut is a safe and fun way to practice what to do when seismic activity occurs,” says Althea Rizzo, geologic hazards awareness program coordinator at Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management.

If you would like to observe please arrive at 9:30 a.m. at Rigler elementary school, 5401 NE Prescott St, Portland, OR 97218.

This year’s Great ShakeOut is happening as the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) along with a coalition of state and university partners are developing and testing the ShakeAlert, an earthquake early warning (EEW) system that detects significant earthquakes so quickly that alerts can reach many people before shaking occurs.

"ShakeAlert is a critical investment in reducing risk for our nation’s future," said USGS Director, Jim Reilly. "Our country’s first public earthquake early warning system will allow citizens, institutions, and managers of essential infrastructure to take timely actions that will save lives and property."   

Learn more about ShakeAlert by visiting the USGS website that offers ShakeAlert science, multimedia, news and more. 

Attached Media Files: 2018-10/3986/118851/Facebook_ShakeOut_JoinUs_1200x900.png , 2018-10/3986/118851/130424-FS713-25.jpg

Tue. 10/16/18
UPDATE -----Semi Truck loaded with cattle crashes on I-84 - Union County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/16/18 7:21 PM

Investigation revealed that a 2012 Peterbilt semi truck, being operated by Shannon Dwinell (46) of Great Bend, KS, was westbound on I-84 when for unknown reasons left the roadway, struck the guardrail, and overturned.  

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

The stock trailer was loaded with 28 cattle, 5 died as a result of the crash.


Oregon State Police and emergency personnel are on scene of a single vehicle semi truck crash on I-84 near milepost 284 westbound.  

A commercial motor vehicle hauling cattle has struck a guardrail and flipped over on Interstate 84 - 2 miles west of North Powder.  

The operator sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Several cattle escaped and are loose on the freeway, unfortunately several cattle also died in the crash.

Investigation is continuing no more information to be released at this time.


Attached Media Files: 2018-10/1002/118829/IMG_3389.jpg , 2018-10/1002/118829/IMG_3387.jpg , 2018-10/1002/118829/IMG_3383.jpg