TILLAMOOK, OR- On Friday, September 20, 2019 at approximately 9:16 P.M. Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 101 near mile post 62.
Preliminary investigation revealed that a 1992 Chevrolet C1500, operated by Randall Sisson (57) of Bay City, was southbound when it crossed into the northbound lane and collided with a 2017 Ford U Haul truck operated by Darryl Borg (66) of Nehalem.
Sisson sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.
Borg and his passenger Steven Borg (40) of Nehalem were not injured.
OSP was assisted by the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Tillamook Police Department, Tillamook Fire Department, and ODOT.
BEAVER, OR - On Thursday, September 20, 2019, at approx. 6:47pm, Tillamook 911 was notified by a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) employee that they had located a crash site involving an overdue BLM worker off Nestucca River Road, about 13 miles east of Beaver.
Preliminary investigation revealed the BLM employee, later identified as Michael Steigh, age 64, of Willamina, who was driving a tractor with a brush cutter attachment, was about an hour and a half overdue which initiated a search by BLM personnel. They located Mr. Steigh in his tractor about 75-100’ down, off Nestucca River Road. They reported the driver was unresponsive but were also having difficulty making their way down the steep hill. Once fire personnel from Nestucca Fire arrived on scene and reached the crash site, they confirmed Mr. Steigh had sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by BLM, Nestucca Rural Fire Protection, Oregon State Police, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, and the Tillamook County Chaplains.
Photo provided by the Oregon State Police (OSP)
ROCKAWAY BEACH, OR - On Thursday September 5, 2019 at about 02:17 am, Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single fatality two-vehicle crash on US-101 at milepost 53 south of Rockaway Beach.
Preliminary investigation revealed a 2017 Ford Mustang, operated by Jason Ringhouse, age 45, of Rockaway Beach, was traveling northbound on US-101 when it crossed the center line into the southbound lane. The Mustang collided with a 2015 Ford F150, operated by James Udenby, age 62, of Nehalem. Ringhouse was transported to the local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. Family transported Udenby to the local hospital for evaluation.
US-101 southbound was closed for approximately 4 hours following the crash. Alcohol and seatbelt usage are being investigated as contributing factors by Ringhouse. Manzanita Police Department, Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Garibaldi Fire, Oregon Department of Transportation, and the Tillamook County District Attorney’s Office and Medical Examiner’s Office assisted OSP.
The following is a press release from the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office regarding an incident that occurred Friday afternoon in Cape Meares.
CAPE MEARES, OR -On August 16, 2019 around 12:02pm, the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, United States Coast Guard-Tillamook Bay, Tillamook Fire Department and Tillamook Ambulance personnel responded to the beach at Cape Meares on a report of a water rescue. Two children were reported to have been swept offshore and into deep water by strong rip currents occurring in the area. The children were subsequently pulled from the water by witnesses and pedestrians on the beach prior to the arrival of emergency personnel.
During the efforts to retrieve the children from the water, two adults, sustained serious injuries and were transported to Tillamook Regional Medical Center for further medical care. The names of the subjects involved are being withheld pending further investigation by the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office Marine Division.
“Rip currents represent a significant danger to those swimming and playing in the water on our beaches, it is very important to be aware of this danger as tragedy can strike quickly”, said Tillamook County Sheriff Jim Horton.
“If not for the heroic efforts of the witnesses on scene this could have been an enormous tragedy”, said Sheriff Horton.
The incident remains under investigation at this time.
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.
Photo courtesy of Oregon State Police.
The following is a press release from the Oregon State Police regard a crash that occurred Wednesday afternoon on Highway 6.
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Wednesday afternoon’s single vehicle fatal crash on Highway 6 near Tillamook.
On Wednesday June 19, 2019 at about 4:45 PM, OSP troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 6 near milepost 5.
Preliminary investigation revealed that a Mazda 3, operated by Randy DARNELL, age 61, from Bay City, was traveling westbound on Highway 6 and for unknown reasons went off the road. The Mazda 3 went down an embankment and struck a tree. DARNELL suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Traffic was impacted for about two (2) hours during the investigation.
OSP was assisted by ODOT, Tillamook Police Department and Tillamook Fire and Rescue.
The following is a press release from the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office regarding a crash that occurred early Monday morning.
On Monday, June 10, 2019, at approximately 3:20am, Tillamook 911 received a call about a single vehicle crash on Kilchis Forest Rd, MP 5-6.
Preliminary investigation revealed a pickup truck was traveling eastbound on the Forest Rd. and left the roadway for some undetermined reason, traveling over the embankment and tumbled down a deep gully, ejecting 3 males riding in the rear of the pickup truck. There was a male driver inside the truck along with 2 female passengers. Two patients had to be extricated from the vehicle and the others were either boarded or were assisted up to the road for transport.
Four patients were Life Flighted to Portland area hospitals and 2 were taken to Tillamook Adventists Hospital by ambulance. All patients were described to have serious injuries, and some were juveniles. There are no reported fatalities.
Assisting on this call were Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Tillamook Police Department, Bay City Fire, Netarts-Oceanside Fire, Nestucca Rural Fire, Tillamook Ambulance and Life Flight Helicopters.
The accident is still being actively investigated and there are no photographs at this time.
The following is a press release from the Oregon State Police regarding a paragliding accident that occurred on Sunday June 2nd.
TILLAMOOK COUNTY, OR - On Sunday June 2, 2019 at approximately 5:00 PM, Oregon State Police was notified of a water rescue in the Pacific Ocean near Cape Lookout State Park.
The preliminary investigation revealed Gary B Mudrow, 44, from Beaverton, Oregon had been paragliding from the Cape Lookout State Park. Witnesses (and Mudrow's friend) indicated when Mudrow took off he appeared to be too low and tried to radio Mudrow. The witness observed Mudrow’s paraglide crash into the ocean. Mudrow was seen attempting to use the paraglide as a floatation device. The witness landed on the beach but could no longer see Mudrow.
Netarts-Oceanside Fire District and the US Coast Guard were called to assist with the water rescue. Mudrow was located and brought to shore by Netarts-Oceanside Fire. Mudrow was unconscious and not breathing. CPR was started and Mudrow was transported to the local hospital where he was pronounced deceased at approximately 7:00PM.