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  1. OSP Seeking Public Assistance in Identifying Suspect(s) throwing Objects at Vehicles on I-5 near the I-205 NB Interchange (Photo)

    Since early September, OSP has responded to ten (10) separate reports of a variety of objects being thrown at passing motorists by unidentified individual(s) from a walkway adjacent to I-205. The area in questions is the Exit 289 I-5 SB which curves, goes underneath I-5, and becomes I-205 NB. The exit ramp is adjacent to a footpath that travels behind the Martinazzi Village apartments in Tualatin. There are multiple paths connecting to it which gives access to I-205 and I-5.

    The items being thrown have ranged from apples, rocks, branches, logs and pumpkins. The descriptions of the individual(s) responsible have ranged from early teens to early twenties in age with a variety of different clothing descriptions. The items being thrown have hit passing vehicles causing damage, most recently as of today, with a large rock hitting the windshield of a motorist. To date, none of the victims have been injured and these incidents have not caused any crashes. On several of the incidents the suspect(s) were seen fleeing the area into nearby trees and/or up a hillside and out of sight.

    Anyone with knowledge of these suspect(s) is encouraged to call the Oregon State Police NCC dispatch center at (503)375-3555 or (800)452-7888.
  2. Two women lose their lives in a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 38 east of Reedsport (Photo)

    **Updated Information**

    As this investigation continues to develop, investigators learned the the information regarding the direction of travel for both vehicles was erroneous. It has been determined that the white 2009 Kia Rio was in fact traveling eastbound and the white Jeep had been westbound at the time of the crash. The previous press release has been updated to reflect this new information.

    The investigation is continuing and future press releases will be coordinated with the Douglas County District Attorney's Office.

    **End of Update**


    On Monday December 11, 2017 at approximately 7:26 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on State Route 38 near milepost 12.

    The investigation revealed that a westbound white 2015 Jeep Cherokee crossed the centerline and crashed into an eastbound white 2009 Kia Rio operated by Lisa OSWILL, age 48, of Tigard head-on. The passenger in the Kia was identified as Carly Renee WILLIAMS-OSWILL, age 21, from Wedderburn, Oregon. Both were pronounced deceased at the scene. The two occupants of the Jeep were identified as Lacy Little Deer SANTOS, age 37 who was the driver and Kylee Louise SANTOS, age 15 both from Scottsburg, Oregon. Lacy SANTOS was transported by ground ambulance to a hospital in Eugene for serious, but non-life threatening injuries. Kylee SANTOS was transported by ground ambulance to a hospital in Reedsport also for serious, but non-life threatening injuries. All occupants from both vehicles were properly utilizing their safety restraints and both vehicles' airbags deployed.

    Speed and icy roads are being considered factors in this crash. SR 38 was closed for approximately three hours following the crash. OSP was assisted by Douglas County Sheriff's Dept., Scottsburg Fire and Medical, Reedsport Fire Dept. and ODOT.
  3. OSP Search warrant reveals clandestine drug lab north of Madras. (Jefferson County) (Photo)

    On the afternoon of Monday December 11th, 2017, Troopers with the Oregon State Police executed a search warrant at a residence on Northwest Columbia Drive, located north of Madras in Jefferson County. OSP had conducted an initial investigation of property crime and obtained a search warrant to seize evidence at the residence of 28 year old Madras resident, Joshua Joseph. The search warrant was executed and in addition to the expected evidence, Troopers discovered a clandestine drug lab along with other drug related evidence. The Oregon State Police Drug Enforcement Section responded to process the illegal drug lab and all discovered hazardous materials were properly collected.

    Joshua Joseph was taken into custody without incident and he was lodged at the Jefferson County Jail on the following charges:

    Forgery in the 1st Degree
    Possession of a Forged Instrument in the 1st Degree
    Theft by Deception
    Possession of a Stolen Vehicle
    Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle

    Additional drug related charges are anticipated following a referral to the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office. The Oregon State Police were assisted by the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team (CODE), the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County District Attorney's Office and the Jefferson County Fire District.
  4. Two-Vehicle Crash Claims the Life of a Grants Pass Woman on New Hope Road - Josephine County (Photo)

    On December 9, 2017, at about 2:25 a.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on New Hope Road in Josephine County.

    Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2001 Subaru Legacy, operated by Stuart Douglas HAMILTON, age 21, of Grants Pass, was traveling southbound in the 2000 block of New Hope Road when his vehicle crossed into the oncoming lane of travel. The Subaru collided nearly head-on with a 2000 Honda Civic, operated by Chrystal Starr BERKO, age 41, of Grants Pass.

    Both vehicles came to rest in the roadway blocking both lanes of travel. BERKO was pronounced deceased at the scene by medical personnel. HAMILTON extricated himself and denied medical attention.

    HAMILTON showed signs of impairment and a DUII investigation was conducted. HAMILTON was subsequently taken into custody and ultimately lodged at the Josephine County Correctional Facility on following charges:

    Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII)
    Reckless Driving
    Manslaughter II

    New Hope Road was closed for about three hours while Troopers investigated the crash scene. OSP was assisted by the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, Josephine County American Medical Response (AMR), and Josephine County Rural Metro Fire Department.
  5. Elgin Man Sentenced for Illegally Taking Two Bull Elk - Union County (Photo)

    In November of 2016, an Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Trooper responded to a location near Elgin, Oregon where two large bull elk were shot and completely left to waste. At the time, OSP was not able to develop any suspects and therefor, put forward a public request for information relating to the unlawful taking of the two bull elk. Through the assistance of the Oregon Hunter's Association Turn-In-Poacher (TIP) program, as well as the public information request, three suspects were identified and following the investigation, were charged with multiple wildlife offenses.

    One of the individuals, Nathan William Crouch (27) of Elgin, was recently sentenced for his involvement with these crimes after admitting that he was the one that shot both elk. On November 27th, 2017, Crouch plead guilty to four misdemeanor offenses and Union County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Powers sentenced Crouch with the following: 60 days in jail, an 8 year hunting license suspension as well as other stipulations, and $17,500 in restitution, $16,000 of which will go to the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife.

    In an Elkhorn Media Group article, Union County Senior Deputy District Attorney, Christopher L. Storz commented that "The defendants in this case just left these animals to rot. They took nothing and by the time they were found, no meat was salvageable. Cases like this one emphasize the need for felonies in the Oregon Game Code, something that currently just isn't provided for under Oregon law".

    Under current Oregon law, wildlife offenses such as this can only be charged as a class A misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of one year in jail and fines not to exceed $6,250.

    According to Lieutenant Tim Schwartz of the Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division; "Unfortunately, we see cases like this every year throughout the state and many times there is little evidence available at the scene to identify the suspect(s). In this specific case, the public's involvement was paramount and is an excellent example of the community and law enforcement, coming together to apprehend the individuals responsible". Captain Jeff Samuels, who is the Division Director for the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division, expressed thanks to the Trooper, public and the Union County District Attorney's Office for making sure this case was followed through.

    The Oregon State Police would like to remind the public that any time they see or have information related to unlawful hunting activity or anything suspicious, they call the TIP line (1-800-452-7888). The TIP number, which routes callers directly to OSP dispatch centers, can also be located on the reverse side of Oregon hunting and angling licensing documents.

    The Oregon Hunters Association offers rewards to persons, through their TIP fund, for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) for illegal possession, killing, or taking of bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, elk, deer, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, furbearers and/or upland game birds and water fowl. TIP rewards can also be paid for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of game fish, and/or shell fish, and for the destruction of habitat.

    In addition rewards may be paid for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) who have illegally obtained Oregon hunting/angling license or tags. People who "work" the system and falsely apply for resident license or tags are not legally hunting or angling and are considered poachers.

    Rewards:
    Bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose $1,000
    Elk, deer, antelope $500
    Bear, cougar, wolf $300
    Habitat destruction $300
    Illegally obtaining Oregon hunting or angling license or tags $200
    Game fish, shell fish $100
    Upland birds, waterfowl $100
    Furbearers $100

    How to report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity:

    T.I.P. Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 (24/7)

    T.I.P. E-mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)