Photo Courtesy of Oregon State Police - OSP Press Release.
BANKS, OR - On Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at approximately 8:00 P.M. Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle crash on Highway 6 near milepost 48.
Preliminary investigation revealed that a Ford Fiesta, operated by Talita Weltzien (19) of Hillsboro, was eastbound on Hwy 6 when it ran into the trailer attached to a Volvo Commercial Motor Vehicle, operated by Robert Grinstead (56) of Gresham, that was stopped in an active construction zone. After the initial collision the Fiesta entered the westbound lanes and was hit by a Ford Explorer, operated by Brian Reynolds (48) of Tillamook.
A passenger in the Fiesta, Elizabeth Shell (19) of Hillsboro, sustained fatal injuries was was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Weltzien was transported to Emanuel Hospital with minor injuries. After release from the hospital she was transported and lodged into the Washington County Jail on the following charges:
Manslaughter 2/ DUII / Reckless Driving / Reckless Endangering / Reckless Endangering of a Highway worker / Criminal Mischief 2.
All others involved received minor/no injuries.
Oregon State Police was assisted by the Washington County Sheriff's Office, Banks Fire Department, Metro West Ambulance, and ODOT.
Photo Courtesy of the Tillamook City Police
The following is a press release from the Tillamook City Police in regards to an incident that occurred on 3rd Street this morning.
TILLAMOOK, OR - On Thursday, July 11th, 2019 at approximately 7:50am, Tillamook Police Department Chief Terry Wright was on 3rd Street and observed the gate to Tillamook Mini Storage, 3316 3rd Street, open. Upon further investigation Chief Wright located an adult male, later identified as Jonathan D. Messare, in one of the open units.
Messare was building a barricaded area with metal and other items to protect himself. Messare was making statements indicating paranoia and was experiencing a mental health crisis. Messare experesed fear of law enforcement and others. Messare continued to refuse requests to come out so he could get help. Messare had at least one knife and openly waive around a hatchet.
Messare continued to fortify his position and make comments which would cause concern for others. Messare stated he had prior Special Forces military experience and was wearing a combat helmet at the time.
During this incident 3rd Street in this immediate area was closed to traffic for safety purposes. Residents in and around that area was told to shelter in place or leave the area.
At approximately 9:32am, after negotiations with Law Enforcement, the subject exited the unit and was taken into custody then transported to Tillamook Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Department where Tillamook Family Counseling Center assisted in his evaluation.
The case will be referred to the DA’s Office.
The Tillamook Police Department was assisted by the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, Tillamook Regional Medical Center Ambulance, Tillamook 911, Tillamook Family Counselling Center’s Crisis Response Team and the City of Tillamook Public Works.
Chief Wright would like to thank the community for their patience as we had to close 3rd Street for a period of time. In cases like this it is best to take as much time as possible so that no one is injured and a peaceful resolution occurs for everyone.
Please direct questions to Chief Terry Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published July 9, 2019 - Coastal Zephyr
BAY CITY, OR- At around 10am Tuesday, Fire crews from Bay City Fire, Tillamook Fire and Garibaldi Fire responded to a report of a house fire in the 7700 block of Warren Street in Bay City. When crews arrive they found the house fully involved.
Crews were able to get the fire under control in about 40 minutes. The occupants of the home were able to evacuate safely. The cause of the fire is not available at this time.
Fire crews were assisted on scene by personnal from Tillamook Ambulance, Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Bay City Public Works and Tillamook PUD. A Crew from Rockaway Beach Fire provided station coverage during the incident.