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  1. Young Columbia Gorge resident loses her life in early morning crash on I-84. (Wasco County) (Photo)

    On October 22, 2017 just before 6:00 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers from The Dalles Area Command were dispatched to a single vehicle crash occurring westbound on I-84 near milepost 76, just west of the Rowena Exit.

    The preliminary investigation revealed that a white 2011 Kia Rio sedan was traveling westbound at this location and for unknown reasons, left the roadway into the ditch, and collided into a tree. The driver and sole occupant of the Kia, identified as 18 year old The Dalles resident Aileen Pineda-Garcia, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Investigators concluded that both speed and weather were likely a contributing factor in the crash. Pineda-Garcia was confirmed to have been wearing her safety belt at the time of the crash.

    Oregon State Police was assisted at the scene by Mid-Columbia Fire Department and ODOT. The crash did not inhibit traffic flow and there were no road closures as a result.
  2. John Day resident arrested for attempted murder. (Grant County) (Photo)

    On the afternoon of October 20th, 2017, 32 year old John Day resident Kevin J. RAPP was arrested for the shooting of Kyler Weisenback and lodged at the Grant County Jail for the charges of Attempted Murder, Assault in the 1st Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and two outstanding warrants.

    During the early morning hours of October 16, 2017, 27 year old Eugene resident Kyler Weisenback was awoken while camping and shot twice with a small caliber firearm. Weisenback was camping at the Dixie Creek Campground near the Dixie Summit, located east of Prairie City, Oregon. Weisenback was first flown to a Bend area hospital and subsequently transferred to a Portland area hospital for treatment.

    The investigation is active and further information will be released as it becomes available.
  3. ***Missing Gold Beach Resident Located*** Active search in progress for Gold Beach resident lost at sea. - (Curry County)

    On October 20, 2017, the missing Gold Beach resident, Karen Marie Dunlap was located in Curry County. Citizens in the area called authorities after locating a body in the Rogue River. This was near the area of the sand spit she was last seen. The Curry County Sheriff's office responded and retrieved the body of a female, who was later identified as 57 year old, Karen Dunlap.

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    On Thursday, October 19, 2017, at approximately 6:15PM, 57 year old Gold Beach resident Karen Marie Dunlap was on the ocean shore at the South Jetty of the Rogue River when she went missing in the Pacific Ocean. It is believed she was swept out to sea by a large wave. The US Coast Guard, Oregon State Police, Gold Beach PD and Curry County Sheriff Office initiated an active search of the area. Due to hazardous search conditions, the US Coast Guard has terminated the search at approximately 10:00AM on October 20th.

    Current sea and weather conditions make the ocean shores very hazardous. A surf advisory is in effect through 11:00PM Friday October 20,2017.
  4. *** Update - Person Of Interest Identified*** OSP Seeking Public's Assistance In Hit And Run Crash - Clackamas County (Photo)

    OSP has identified a 20 year old male, last known address Saint Helens (OR), as the person of interest in this case. He is currently in an area hospital being treated for injuries consistent with an automobile crash. We will not be releasing his name at this time as it could jeopardize the integrity of the case.

    OSP is still seeking witnesses to the crash or any information regarding the Ford Explorer. More information will be released when it is appropriate.

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    On October 18, 2017 at about 5:30AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of two vehicle crash on Highway 212 west of Damascus near SE Wyeast Avenue.

    Preliminary investigation revealed a 1999 Ford Explorer was traveling eastbound when it crossed the centerline and collided head-on with a 2000 Toyota Camry. The driver of the Toyota, Ana WAKEFIELD, age 20, of Damascus, was critically injured and taken to Oregon Health Sciences University. Following the crash, the driver of the Ford fled the scene. He was described by witnesses as a white male in his twenties, slim build and dark hair.

    A Washington County Sheriff's Office K9 responded and deployed to assist with the search. After a lengthy search the driver was not located. The Ford had switched plates and it is believed it had recently been on an used car lot. Attached is a photo of a dealer sticker.

    Anyone who has information about this crash or who the driver may be is urged to call OSP at 503-375-3555. OSP was assisted by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Hillsboro Police, Clackamas Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation. No further information at this time.

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    Previous Release:
    On October 18, 2017 at about 5:30AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of two vehicle crash on Highway 212 west of Damascus near SE Wyeast Avenue.

    Preliminary investigation revealed a 1999 Ford Explorer was traveling eastbound when it crossed the centerline and collided head-on with a 2000 Toyota Camry. The driver of the Toyota, a 20 year old female, was critically injured and taken to an area hospital. Following the crash, the driver of the Ford fled the scene. He was described by witnesses as a white male in his twenties, slim build and dark hair.

    A Washington County Sheriff's Office responded and deployed a K9 to assist with the search. After a lengthy search the driver was not located. Anyone who has information about this crash or who the driver may be is urged to call OSP at 503-375-3555. Highway 212 is closed but expected to open around 9AM. ODOT has an established detour in place.

    More information will be provided when it becomes available.
  5. Hood River District Attorney's Eagle Creek Fire Press Release (Photo)

    On behalf of the Hood River County River District Attorney's Office:

    "When the Eagle Creek fire erupted a criminal investigation was immediately begun by the Oregon State Police. US Forest Service investigators have been assisting the State Police in this ongoing investigation. As a result of the investigation legal proceedings have been commenced in the Hood River County Circuit Court. A fifteen year old boy recently appeared and was arraigned on a Juvenile Court Petition.

    Allegations in the Petition include acts of Reckless Burning, Depositing Burning Materials on Forest Lands, Unlawful Possession of Fireworks, Criminal Mischief and Recklessly Endangering Other Persons. The charging petition was filed by the Hood River County Juvenile Department at the direction of the Hood River County District Attorney John Sewell. The Hood River County District Attorney's office has been acting in cooperation with the Multnomah County District Attorney's office. Although extensive damage caused by the wildfire occurred in both Hood River and Multnomah Counties, Oregon's juvenile code dictates that legal proceedings be commenced in the county where the illegal act originally occurred, which is Hood River County.

    The District Attorney's office, the Oregon State Police and the Hood River County Juvenile Department will have no further comment until the case has been resolved."