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  1. Former Oregon State Police Evidence Technician Arrested in Klamath County

    On June 23, 2017, Oregon State Police troopers and detectives arrested former Oregon State Police Evidence Technician Mark Matlick, age 57 of Klamath Falls. Matlick was employed with the Oregon State Police from 2007 through 2015 at the Klamath Falls Area Command.

    In October of 2016, command staff from the Klamath Falls Oregon State Police Area Command became aware evidence had been unlawfully removed from the evidence lockers located in Klamath Falls and Lakeview. A lengthy investigation was conducted by Oregon State Police detectives, OSP support staff, and investigators from the Oregon Department of Justice. The investigation was conducted in consultation with Klamath County and Lake County District Attorney's Offices.

    The investigation regarding the Klamath Falls evidence locker revealed the following: between the dates of November 13, 2007, and June 30, 2015, Mark Matlick, while acting in the capacity of the evidence technician for the Oregon State Police stole over $10,000 of money from the OSP evidence locker. Additionally, Matlick forged written instruments and tampered with the OSP evidence database (public records) to facilitate his thefts.

    Matlick was lodged on the following charges in Klamath County: One count of Aggravated Theft, 29 counts of Computer Crime, 19 counts of Tampering with Public Records, two counts of Forgery in the Second Degree, 19 counts of Official Misconduct in the First Degree, one count of Theft in the First Degree and four counts of Theft in Second Degree.

    The investigation in Lake County is on-going.

    In the last couple of years, the Oregon State Police have made efforts to improve the integrity and security of evidence maintained under the control of the Oregon State Police Evidence Program. In regards to currency, OSP no longer holds any more than $100.00 in evidence at any given point in time. When the total combined amount of currency rises above $100.00, the currency is secured in a bank account. Additionally, annual inventories are conducted in all evidence lockers which is a practice consistent with the national standard and the destruction policy has been improved with additional layers of oversight.

    Questions should be directed to the Klamath County District Attorney, Eve Costello.

  2. ***Update - Names Released*** Fatal single vehicle crash on Highway 26 takes the life of one and starts large grass fire. (Madras - Prineville) (Photo)

    The deceased driver of the Chevy Suburban was identified as 68 year old Dallas Oregon resident Michael Dennis Roach. The female passenger was identified as Tara Rae Redfern. Redfern was treated for non-lifethreatening injuries. There is no update to the condition of the involved children.

    **End Release**

    ***Previous Release***Just prior to 5 p.m. Oregon State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 26 near milepost 11. (Between Madras and Prineville) The initial investigation revealed a single motor vehicle was traveling westbound and for unknown reasons, traveled off the roadway and struck a tree on the south ditch easement. An eastbound motorist arrived immediately after the crash and discovered three minor children in the vehicle along with a male driver and female passenger. The motorist was able to extricate the children and female passenger. The vehicle caught fire and was fully engulfed prior to the Jefferson County Fire District's arrival. The unidentified male driver died at the scene as a result of injuries. The female passenger was transported via air ambulance to a Bend area hospital for unknown injuries. The three children were transported via ground ambulance to a Madras hospital for minor injuries.

    The Bureau of Land Management has eight fire crews at the scene and is currently working to contain the grass fire. The fire is not expected to exceed the four acre fire boundary established.

    Further information will be released as it becomes available. OSP was assisted on-scene by Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County Fire District, Jefferson County EMS, Oregon Department of Transportation and the Jefferson County Medical Examiner.
  3. Fatal head-on crash on Highway 97 north of Redmond takes the life of a Gaston resident. (Photo)

    Just after 1:30 pm, Troopers from the Bend Area Command responded to a report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 97 near Northwest Galloway Avenue. (North of Redmond) The preliminary investigation revealed that a light blue 2008 Honda Pilot SUV, operated by 26 year old Madras resident, Amber Paplia, was traveling northbound on Highway 97. A red 2015 Toyota Camry was traveling southbound at this location and had four occupants. The driver was identified as 78 year old Gaston resident, Dennis French. The other occupants in the Toyota were identified as 76 year old Gaston resident, Marjorie French, 49 year old Diane Acevedo and 11 year old minor child, both from San Bruno California.

    The Honda SUV driven by Paplia crossed over into the oncoming southbound lanes and French, driving the Toyota, was unable to avoid impact resulting in a head-on crash. Marjorie French, the front passenger of the Toyota, was pronounced deceased at the scene as a result of the crash. Dennis French and Paplia were both transported to the Redmond area hospital for serious injuries and both Acevedo and her minor child were transported to a Bend area hospital for non-lifethreatening injuries. Fatigue is believed to be a contributing factor in the crash.

    OSP was assisted on scene by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, the Redmond Police Department, Redmond Fire and Rescue, the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Deschutes County Medical Examiner.
  4. Serious Injury Crash in Tillamook County Hwy 6- Assistance Request (Photo)

    On 6-20-17 at approximately 2:47 PM, OSP, Tillamook County Sheriff's Deputies and Tillamook City Officers responded to a three vehicle, serious injury crash on SR 6 MP 11.

    According to Trooper John King, two vehicles were eastbound, a green, 1995, GMC van, driven by Kyle Turner (29) of Portland, and occupied by Holly Beck (26) of Portland. Driving behind the van was gray, 2013, Dodge Dart, driven by a juvenile, and occupied by Todd Eaton (39) of Hillsboro. Driving westbound was a white, 1994, Ford F150 driven by Jarrett Owens (27) of Tillamook.

    The F150 drove into the ditch on the westbound shoulder, then drove into the eastbound lane where it struck the GMC van head on. The Dart attempted an avoiding maneuver, but was sideswiped as the F150 spun.

    Owens and Turner were both initially transported by ambulance and then by air ambulanced to the hospital.

    Beck was transported by ambulance to the hospital and released later that evening.

    The juvenile and Eaton were uninjured.

    OSP is leading the investigation, assisted by Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Tillamook Police Department, ODOT, and Tillamook Fire Department.

    The investigation is ongoing. Multiple witnesses observed the F150 driving poorly prior to the crash. It is believed there are other witnesses who observed the F150 prior to the crash who did not remain on scene. Police are requesting anyone who witnessed the crash or vehicles driving prior to the crash to contact the Oregon State Police -- Tillamook Worksite at 503-842-2899.
  5. ***Update* #2 Second Arrest** Arrest Made - Man Injured on Interstate 5 - Jackson County


    On February 23rd, 2017 the members of the Oregon State Police Major Crimes Section Central Point, were called out to investigate an assault of a victim identified as, Christopher Applegate (44). Applegate was located by local law enforcement and found to have been stabbed and shot somewhere along Interstate 5 in the Central Point, OR area. Applegate was transported and treated for his injuries sustained during the attack.

    The subsequent investigation led to the arrest of Aaron D Eaton (40) on 6/2/2017.

    The follow up investigation has also led to the arrest of Steven A Martin, age 27, of Medford on 6/20/17.

    Both Eaton and Martin were indicted by a Jackson County grand jury for; Attempted Murder, Assault in the 1st Degree, Assault in the 2nd Degree, Kidnapping II, Robbery II, Unlawful Possession of a firearm (felon), Unlawful use of a Weapon and Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

    Both Eaton and Martin are lodged in the Jackson County Jail.

    **** End****


    On June 2, 2017, Aaron Dale EATON, age 40, of Phoenix, was arrested and lodged at the Jackson County Jail on the following charges:

    Attempted Murder, Kidnapping 2, Robbery I, Assault 1, Assault 2, Unlawful use of a Weapon, Felon in possession of a firearm, Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

    ***End of Update***

    Previously Released:

    The victim of the assault has been identified as 43 year old CHRISTOPHER APPLEGATE from the Central Point area and remains in the hospital. No further information is available at this time.

    The investigative team is still attempting to locate the person(s) of interest from yesterday. If anyone has any information they are asked to call the Oregon State Police dispatch center at 541-664-4600.

    ***End of Update***

    Previously Released:

    In the early morning hours on February 23, 2017, the Oregon State Police responded to a call of a male on Interstate 5 near milepost 34 in Jackson County. The subject was eventually located, had injuries and was transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center for treatment. There are additional law enforcement personnel in the area of Gold Hill attempting to locate possible suspect(s).

    If anyone has any information regarding this incident they are asked to call the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center at 541-664-4600.