This is a press release from the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office.
PACIFIC CITY, OR – On Saturday, February 17, 2018 at about 4:18 p.m., Tillamook 9-1-1 received a report of a surfer, later identified as Sunny Hatch, 22, from Portland, had become separated from his surfboard at Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City. The caller reported that a second surfer, identified as Noah Woodside, 26, also from Portland, was going into the water to attempt a rescue.
Shortly after the arrival of First Responders, the second surfer (Woodside) made it back to shore and reported that he was unable to reach his surfing partner. At the time of the rescue, surf conditions were heavy and there was strong outgoing tide. A United States Coast Guard helicopter was dispatched to conduct the rescue.
First Responders were able to observe Hatch using binoculars. They continued to monitor his location until he was no longer in view. At about 4:43pm he was located again about a quarter mile south of where he was last observed by rescuers. It appears that he had gotten into a south-bound current that allowed him to exit the water. Exhausted, Hatch was unable to exit the surf line under his own power. He was assisted from the water by Sergeant Greg Plummer of the Oregon State Police and a bystander.
Both surfers were treated and released by paramedics at the scene. Both were experienced surfers and were wearing full-thickness wetsuits, bootie, gloves and hoods.
The Tillamook County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Oregon State Police, Nestucca Fire & Rescue, Adventist Health – Tillamook ambulance and the United States Coast Guard.
SALEM, OR - With the potential for poor weather and hazardous road conditions in the next several days the Oregon State Police (OSP) would like to remind motorists of winter travel safety tips.
OSP recommends the following travel safety tips to help get you safely to your destination:
* Expect the unexpected. Be informed and prepared when traveling on any of our highways.
* When traveling anywhere, plan ahead and take known routes if possible. Our weather has been changing quickly and sometimes without warning. For road conditions in Oregon, call 5-1-1 or (800) 977-ODOT (6368). Outside Oregon, dial (503) 588-2941. Visiting TripCheck.com on the Internet provides information on road and weather conditions, incidents and traffic delays, and links to numerous cameras on many mountain passes and major routes.
* Take the time to keep up on current and future weather conditions in the area you are traveling, especially if going to or through higher elevations and mountain passes, areas where your vehicle needs to have appropriate traction tires or devices.
* If considering a remote route that you have never traveled on, don't hesitate to contact available road and weather condition phone numbers or Internet resources, or contact police or highway department officials.
* Prepare an emergency kit to place in your car for longer trips and keep track of how much fuel is in your tank, especially if traveling unfamiliar routes or into remote locations.
* Let friends and family know what routes you plan to take when on a trip, keeping them updated and letting them know if these plans change.
* Drive to the conditions. If it's icy or wet, increase your following distance and reduce your speed. Use your headlights to improve not only your visibility, but also so others can see your vehicle.
* In bad weather, don't use cruise control.
GARIBALDI, OR - A Thursday night crash sent two vehicles careening off the road with one of them landing in the Miami River . The two vehicle crash occurred around 7:20 Thursday evening on Miami River Road near mile post 4 prompting passerby's and first responders into action .
Personnel from Garibaldi Fire & Rescue, along with bystanders were able to rescue the driver from the vehicle in the river who was transport to Tillamook Regional Medical Center (TRMC) with non-life threatening injuries. At least one other person from the other vehicle involved was also transported to TRMC with non-life threatening injuries.
The identity of the people involved or the factors leading to the crash are not available at this time. If and or when more information regarding this incident becomes available we will be sure to put out an update.
Garibaldi Fire & Rescue was assisted on-scene by personnel from Tillamook Ambulance, Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police and Rockaway Beach Police Department along with numerous bystanders.
BRIGHTON, OR - Oregon State Police troopers are continuing to investigate Wednesday evening's fatal crash on Highway 101 near Brighton. The following is a press release from the Oregon State Police.
On February 14, 2018, at about 5:45 p.m., OSP troopers and first responders were dispatched to a two vehicle fatal crash on Highway 101 at milepost 46Z south of Wheeler. Preliminary investigation revealed that a black 2008 Nissan Altima, operated by Philip MEIER, age 29, from Tillamook, was southbound negotiating a leftward sweeping curve when it lost control. Witnesses said that the Nissan Altima was sideways in the northbound lane when a northbound grey 2018 GMC SUV, operated by Talbot BETHELL, age 75, from Netarts, collided with the Nissan Altima on the passenger side.
MEIER died from injuries sustained in the crash. BETHELL and his passenger, Anne BETHELL, age 75, from Netarts, were transported by ground ambulance to Tillamook Medical Center with unknown injuries.
Investigators are looking at speed and wet roadways as possible contributing factors in the crash.
Highway 101 was reduced to one lane through the area of the crash for about 4 to 5 hours. Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) assisted with traffic control. OSP was assisted by Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Tillamook Police Department, Tillamook Ambulance, Nahalem Bay Fire and Rescue and ODOT.
This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.
BRIGHTON, OR - At around 5:30 Wednesday evening Fire and EMS personnel along with local Law Enforcement were dispatched to multiple vehicle crash that left one person dead and sent at least one person to the hospital.
The crash which occurred at the notoriously sharp Fishery Point corner closed Highway 101 for more then two hours well members of the Oregon State Police Crash Reconstruction Team conducted their on scene investigation. A detour was in place during the closure using Miami River Road. At around 8:30 one lane of Highway 101 was open up with the conclusion of OSP's on scene investigation.
At this time the identity of the parties involved in the crash have not been released nor has the condition of the party transported to the hospital. An update will be posted when that information becomes available.
WARRENTON, OR - Officials have identified Spc. Devin James Kuhn as the soldier who killed last Wednesday night after accidentally being shot during training at Camp Rilea. After the training accident occurred Kuhn was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria where doctors pronounced him died. Kuhn's death is under investigation.
Kuhn was assigned to Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State. During Kuhn's time the Army, he was awarded and decorated with the National Defense Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, the Expert Infantryman's Badge, the Parachutist Badge and the Ranger Tab. He also served as an automatic rifleman in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel. Kuhn is survived by his wife and parents.
Camp Rilea is operated by the Oregon Military Department and is the primary training facility for the Oregon National Guard. Camp Rilea is also used for law enforcement and Federal Armed Forces training.
This is a press release from Seaside Fire & Rescue.
SEASIDE, OR - February 2, 2018 - A two-alarm blaze completely destroyed a Seaside home early this morning. The single-family home, located at 412 N. Holladay and owned by sole-occupant Robert Boucher, was completely engulfed in flames when Seaside Fire and Rescue arrived on scene shortly after 12:35 a.m. This was the second fire in less than 12 hours reported at the residence.
"This is a unique situation," stated Seaside Fire Marshal Chris Dugan. "The cause of the original fire was undetermined, but most likely appears to have started near an actively burning wood stove."
Approximately seven hours after crews had left the scene of the original fire, a 911 call from a neighboring residence reported heavy fire involvement at the same structure. Seaside Fire was dispatched and supported by automatic aid crews from Cannon Beach, Gearhart and Hamlet fire departments. The fire quickly grew to a second alarm where Warrenton assisted with suppression of the fire.
A multi-family dwelling north of the fire sustained an estimated $10,000 damage to the exterior and five families were evacuated. A single-family home to the south sustained approximately $30,000 damage to the exterior and that family was also evacuated. All parties asked to leave were able to return to their residences once the blaze was under control. No injuries were sustained by the public or those fighting the fire. The Boucher residence was reported to be uninsured.
Firefighters were hampered by an extremely large amount of burning contents in the original fire. Suppression efforts from the first fire damaged the structure significantly and left the home without some windows and holes in the roof. This, coupled with the current condition of the home - along with moderate winds overnight - contributed significantly to the rapid growth of this fire.
The origin of the second blaze is currently under investigation. However, if anyone has information they think may be helpful in determining a cause, please contact Chris Dugan with Seaside Fire and Rescue at (503) 738-5420, extension 102.
***ORIGINAL RELEASE BELOW***
February 1, 2018 - At approximately 2:24 p.m. on Thursday, February 1, Seaside Fire and Rescue responded to a structure fire at 412 N. Holladay in Seaside. The single-family structure had smoke billowing from the southwest portion of the home when crews arrived on scene.
The lone occupant, Robert Boucher, and his pet dog had left the house to run an errand shortly before the fire started. A short time later, a passing motorist noticed smoke coming from the home and called 911. A few homes and apartments in the immediate area were evacuated although none appear to have sustained damage. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation but it is not believed to be suspicious.
Seaside Fire and Rescue has been supported by crews from Cannon Beach Fire & Rescue and the Gearhart Volunteer Fire Department. Hamlet Fire District provided support for agency relief. Additional Clatsop County resources are also being utilized for coverage in the area.
This a press release from Clatsop County Sheriff's Office.
WARRENTON, OR - The Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office is investigating what appears to be an accidental shooting that occurred Wednesday 1/31/18 at approximately 6:30 pm at Camp Rilea.
Members of a regular US Army unit conducting training at Camp Rilea reported a gunshot discharge in the housing area. A soldier, whose identity is not being released at this time pending notification of next of kin, was declared deceased by doctors at the Emergency Room at Columbia Memorial Hospital, where the soldier had been transported.
Camp Rilea is the primary training facility for the Oregon National Guard. Both federal and state authorities share joint jurisdiction over the base and incidents that occur there.
Further information will be available from the U.S. Army Public Affairs.
SALEM, OR - The Oregon State Police is excited to launch *OSP (star OSP). This is a fast & easy way for you to contact the Oregon State Police's dispatch for a non-emergency from your mobile phone.
*OSP (*677) is a mobile phone direct call number established to provide the public with a quick, easy to remember number to use for non-emergency reporting of traffic safety, highway hazards & obstructions, minor crashes, and requests for assistance. *OSP is not an emergency number and 9-1-1 still remains the emergency number to call for an emergency. *OSP rings directly into the State Police Dispatch center and is answered by a live dispatcher 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Department in collaboration with Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Oregon's cell phone providers have secured this number to make it easier to contact the OSP for non-emergency police services and road hazards.
Currently, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular have worked with the Department to facilitate this service. It is the Departments goal that, as this program develops, other cell providers will partner with us in this venture to provide access to all cell phone users.
Now that the majority of motorists have cell phones, this easy to remember number will help ensure people have a way to report non-emergency issues directly to OSP. For members of the public who do not have cell phone service, or have providers that do not currently support this access number, they can still dial the Department's toll free phone number 800-452-7888.
*OSP was established as a way to better serve the public and ensure a fast and easy way to contact OSP for public safety services.