The reason for this website, originally was to find the person who murdered Dave Lewis. Overtime it morphed into it's own public information outlet. A clearinghouse of facts, information, truth, public awareness. In any unsolved murder case it is easy to become consumed with the people whom we believe may be responsible or at the very least know information that could solve or help solve this case. And in some cases, such as this one, the police Sheriff, Michael Scott Winters, responsible for investigating the murder, failed to perform his duties and allowed a murderer to walk free in the community.
However, many brave and noble individuals have dedicated time, energy, hard work and talent to solving Dave's case. We thank them sincerely. Also to others, who have given their lives in the line of duty; to protect the sanctity & preciousness of human life.
Jackson County Deputy Medical Examiner Timothy Pike
JACKSON COUNTY DEPUTY MEDICAL EXAMINER, TIM PIKE and JIM TATTERSAL
Detective Tim Pike was responsible for sending Dave's remains to Texas for idenitification. He followed his remains to Texas in his heart. He was considerate of the Lewis family and was extremely professional in the long and difficult 8 months it took to positively identify Dave Lewis. His body was kept in the Central Point State Police morgue for 8 long months.
Detective James Tattersal was one of the Lewis family's first points of contact. He made the courteous effort to communicate via phone for return telephone calls. He was understanding of the Lewis' request and need to contact his boss and went the extra mile to make sure there was clear and efficient communication. Detective Tattersal met with several members of the Lewis family when he explained the difficult circumstances to distraught family members of David Lewis. Detective Tattersal showed stability, compassion and professionalism during the initially severe moments of a family experiencing and expressing deep sorrow and horror at the incomprehensible murder arson and burning of a loved one.
Any information, tips, leads, facts or ideas should be directed to: 541-774-6813
Mr. Pike and Mr. Tattersal also worked on a case involving a 2 year child's body that was found in the Keene Creek lake. They worked tirelessly to identify this young child and made sure this lost little boy was buried with the respect and dignity he didn't receive in his short life. Below is a link to the story of this lost child that was not forgotten.
DEAD INDIAN ROAD, ASHLAND OREGON, THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 4, 2008
~ THE MOUNTAIN AND HYATT LAKE CHANGED FOREVER ~
Jackson County Under-sheriff Rod Countryman, Detective Eric Fox and Medical Examiner Tim Pike; investigate a fatal fire off Dead Indian Memorial Road Thursday 9-4-08. The cabin was the second of two that burned in separate fires early that morning on the mountain road.
Detective Eric Fox was originally assigned as Lead Investigator and may be contacted: 541-774-6813
Two Special Cold-Case investigators are now reviewing the case:
Woody Pollock Internal Investigations & retired FBI Shawna Carroll: 541-770-8939. Both cold case investigators have since retired. Det. Fogarty passed of cancer, a few years after Dave's murder.
Sargeant Detective Eric Fox remains the key point of contact.
Any law enforcement in any state or country can take information. Any tip-line, hot-line or Crime Stoppers, anywhere can take information.
Dave's anonymous tipline: 541-774-6813
Lt. Rich Fogarty
Detective Fogarty has dedicated his entire life and career to true-law enforcement and serving the public safety & good. He has over-seen the Dave Lewis murder investigation and helped to advise. He has always been willing to meet with or speak with the Lewis family, has been factual and forthright, however, he does have a shortage of kleenex in his office. Detective Fogarty is a credit to the Jackson County Sheriff's department. He is a leader in his field. Dave's family thanks him for his years of dedication, expertise, and intelligence. Rich recently passed of cancer. RIP.
Link to obituary:
Headquarters Fire Station #5 in Talent- Phoenix, Oregon
Emigrant Lake fire fighters and ODF
THANK YOU TO ALL THE HEROES OF DAVE LEWIS
" I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there's purpose and worth to each and every life.
Those who say we are in a time when there are no heroes, they just don't know..."
Saint Michael the Archangel
Defend Us in Battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; And do you, O Prince of the heavenly host, By the Power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who wander the earth seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
The Raccolta 447 ; An indulgence of 3 years. A plenary indulgence once a month on the usual conditions, if this prayer is repeated daily.
~THE WORK OF GOD ~
Awesome individual who rode into the corruption and cleaned it up nicely.
Forever in gratitude:
Sheriff Corey Falls. FBI Grad. A cut way above. Thank you Sir.
Thank You. Thank You. Thank You. And Your Team.
Detective Fox- far right
Investigators and families who have gone before us & lead the way thru sorrow...
We deeply appreciate your concern for Dave's case and supporting our efforts ~
special thanks to C. S. ~~ Kindness comes from a place in the heart.
Dave flew the flag out in the yard - - - until the day that he died.
Thanks to all who seek justice
-- In a May 26, 2008 file photo Frank Buckles receives an American flag during Memorial Day activities …
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – He didn't seek the spotlight, but when Frank Buckles outlived every other American who'd served in World War I, he became what his biographer called "the humble patriot" and final torchbearer for the memory of that fading conflict.
Buckles enlisted in World War I at 16 after lying about his age. He died Sunday on his farm in Charles Town, nearly a month after his 110th birthday. He had devoted the last years of his life to campaigning for greater recognition for his former comrades, prodding politicians to support a national memorial in Washington and working with friend and family spokesman David DeJonge on a biography.
"We were always asking ourselves: How can we represent this story to the world?" DeJonge said Monday. "How can we make sure World War I isn't forgotten."
Buckles asked his daughter, Susannah Flanagan, about progress toward a national memorial every week, sometimes daily.
"He was sad it's not completed," DeJonge said. "It's a simple straightforward thing to do, to honor Americans."
When asked in February 2008 how it felt to be the last survivor, Buckles said simply, "I realized that somebody had to be, and it was me."
Oregon State Police (OSP) Superintendent Chris Brown announced today that eleven OSP recruit troopers will mark the end of nearly 26 weeks of training this Friday when they graduate from the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem with family, friends and OSP representatives in attendance following the conclusion of over six months of living at the DPSST facility while undergoing intensive training.in Salem. The nine men and two women are graduating March 11, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the
"These men and women have come from varied backgrounds, committing themselves to the challenges and responsibilities they will face in the future as OSP troopers to protect the people, property, and natural resources of our state," said Brown.
Gerald E. "Gerry" Randles, former longtime resident of the Rogue Valley, died on Friday March 11, 2011, in Eugene, Ore., of complications from Parkinson's disease. He was born on January 8, 1931, in Ashland, Ore., the third son of Merritt and Nellie (Perry) Randles. Gerry attended Ashland schools, graduating from Ashland High School in 1948. He also attended Oregon Technical Institute, graduating in 1957, with a degree in gunsmithing.
After two years in the Army, Gerry returned to Ashland, and joined the Ashland Police Department. He worked there for ten years, before joining the Jackson County Sheriff's Office. In his 24 years with Jackson County, Gerry held many positions from patrolman to jail sergeant, detective sergeant, and undersheriff.
The last several years of his career, were spent as a child and elder abuse investigator, and a member of the Interagency Homicide Investigation Team.
After retirement in 1988, Gerry and his wife moved to Scottsburg, Ore., where he continued his lifelong love of hunting, and took up fly-fishing and tying flies. In 1999, the Randles moved back to Medford, Ore., and then to Eugene, Ore., in 2003, to be near their daughter.
Gerry is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former Zelma Stone; son, David, of Medford, Ore.; daughters, Laura (Chuck), of New Jersey, and Anne (Richie), of Eugene, Ore; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
At Gerry's request, no services will be held. If you would like to share a memory or thought, you may read and upload items at www.gerryrandles.blogspot.com. If you prefer email, a temporary account has been set up at email@example.com. Messages may be mailed to: P.O. Box 8170, Medford, OR 97501.
R.I.P. SIR ~ THANK YOU FOR YOUR MANY YEARS OF SERVICE.
MAY THE FISH BE FOREVER JUMPING FOR YOU ~
Fact Sheet on fallen Eugene
* Hired as a Eugene Police Officer in March 1998.
* Eugene Police Department Rapid Deployment Unit in 2003.
* Earned Advanced Certificate as a Certified Police Officer in 2004.
* Was awarded Eugene Police Department Employee of the Month in May 2004 for having the highest activity level of any EPD patrol officer, based on the number of investigations, arrests, traffic citations and field interviews officers complete.
* Special Operations, Traffic Enforcement Unit, since 2005.
* Long time member of the Eugene Police Department Crisis Negotiation Team.
* Was again awarded Eugene Police Department Employee of the Month in June 2008.
* Crisis Intervention Team since 2008. He is credited with saving many lives.
* Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Psychology.
* Previously worked in youth social services, was a radio disc jockey, and worked as a recreation activity leader.
* More than 85 commendations during his 12-year career at the Eugene Police Department. Those commendations repeatedly cited Chris' exemplary professional demeanor and positive interactions with the public he served, even in the most stressful circumstances
THANK YOU FOR YEARS OF HONOR, VALOUR AND SERVICE.
FOREVER IN OUR PRAYERS. CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY.
~ NO GREATER SACRIFICE ~ TRUE HEROES WHO PROTECT OTHERS ~
RIDE FOREVER AND R.I.P. IN THE ARMS OF THE ANGELS ~
SPACE SHUTTLE ENDEAVOUR LANDS FOR THE LAST TIME... R.I.P. BOB LEW ~
THE BRAVE , THE STRONG , THE TRUE...
The crash in the Shasta-Trinity one month earlier was not an accident.
It was a preventable tragedy. The families want JUSTICE. We condone their efforts ~
Seek Justice; Because the Victims Can Not ~
August 9, 2008
REDDING, CALIF. -- — " Witnesses to the deadliest helicopter crash in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest said the aircraft appeared to be struggling from the moment it took off with 13 occupants aboard, a federal official said Friday.
"The liftoff was slower than normal," said Kitty Higgins, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board. "The forward motion of the helicopter was slower than normal. The nose of the helicopter struck a tree, and there were several rotor strikes of trees that followed."
The Sikorsky S-61 rose only about 45 or 50 feet, Higgins said at a media briefing here three days after the accident, which killed nine. The helicopter ended up on its left side about 150 yards from the remote takeoff site and "quickly filled with very dense, thick black smoke."
Three of those aboard were able to flee the helicopter, and a fourth was dragged from the wreckage before it burst into flames. Photos of the site show not much more than a blackened outline of the craft with a portion of the tail remaining."
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The Oregonian - 08/21/2008
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USA Today - 08/07/2008
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LA Times - 8/8/2008
History Of The Maltese Cross
The Badge of a Fire Fighter is the Maltese Cross. The Maltese Cross is a symbol of protection and a badge of honor. Its story is hundreds of years old.
When a courageous band of crusaders known as The Knights of St. John fought the Saracens for possession of the holy land, they encountered a new weapon unknown to European warriors. It was a simple, but horrible device of war. It brought excruciating pain and agonizing death upon the brave fighters for the cross.
As the crusaders advanced on the walls of the city, they were struck by glass bombs containing naphtha. When they became saturated with the highly flammable liquid, the Saracens would hurl a flaming torch into their midst. Hundreds of the knights were burned alive; others risked their lives to save their brothers-in-arms from dying painful, fiery deaths.
Thus, these men became our first Fire Fighters and the first of a long list of courageous men. Their heroic efforts were recognized by fellow crusaders who awarded each hero a badge of honor - a cross similar to the one fire fighters wear today. Since the Knights of St. John lived for close to four centuries on a little island in the Mediterranean Sea named Malta, the cross came to be known as the Maltese Cross.The Maltese Cross is our symbol of protection. It means that the Fire Fighter who wears this cross is willing to lay down his life for you just as the crusaders sacrificed their lives for their fellow man so many years ago. The Maltese Cross is a Fire Fighter's badge of honor, signifying that he works in courage - a ladder's rung away from death
* Blue Mountain Enforcement Narcotics Team
* Pendleton Police Department
* Umatilla Police Department
* Hermiston Police Department
* Umatilla County Sheriff's Office
* Morrow County Sheriff's Office
* Union County Sheriff's Office
* Milton-Freewater Police Department
* Umatilla Tribal Police Department
* Oregon State Police Drug Enforcement Section, Criminal Investigation Division, Patrol Services Division, Fish & Wildlife Division, SWAT, and Evidence Technician
* Tri-Cities Metro
* High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Interdiction Team
* Drug Enforcement Administration
* US Marshals
* Immigration & Customs Enforcement
* Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE)
* Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET)
* Union/Wallowa Drug Task Force
* Baker County Narcotics Enforcement Team
* Umatilla County District Attorney's Office
* US Attorney's Office, Oregon and Eastern District of Washington
* Oregon Department of Justice
* Department of Human Services
First on the scene of Dave's heinous murder and burning. Thank you for bravery.
On February 8, 2012 at approximately 3:00 p.m., Sergeant Randall and Senior Trooper Frerichs found a 37-year old hypothermic man in a wooded area north of Highway 138E in northeast Douglas County. Two days prior, the man fled on foot from a non-injury traffic crash and wearing only a fleece jacket, shorts, and sandals. After responding to the initial crash, Sergeant Randall, Senior Trooper Frerichs and another trooper followed tracks in foot-deep snow about a mile but discontinued due to darkness.
Convinced the man was still in the wilderness area and concerned for his physical well-being, Sergeant Randall and Senior Trooper Frerichs returned the morning of February 8th and started searching again. After nearly six hours of searching on foot and snowmobiles, they found the man lying on the ground covered with tree branches and provided him with food and water before transporting him back to the highway. They met an ambulance and the man was transported to a Roseburg-area hospital for medical treatment.
"Due to their stamina, courage, and unwillingness to let this situation fall through the cracks, Sergeant Randall and Senior Trooper Frerichs saved this man's life," said Lieutenant Doug Ladd, OSP Roseburg Area Commander. "The compassion they showed to this military veteran who was suffering from a mental condition was a true sign of their professionalism and concern for his welfare."
Two members of the Oregon State Police (OSP) SWAT team were honored Friday night by the Oregon Peace Officers Association (OPOA) with special awards recognizing their efforts in May 2012 to save a female held hostage at a remote southern Oregon cabin.
The OPOA held its annual Awards Banquet November 16, 2012 at Spirit Mountain Casino and announced the presentation of special awards to several individuals. Two of the awards, the OPOA "Life Saving Award" and the OPOA "Medal of Valor", were presented to OSP Senior Trooper Dave Kammerman and Senior Trooper Casey Codding, respectively. The OPOA "Life Saving Award" may be presented to individuals who, while serving in an official capacity with their law enforcement agency, perform an active, distinct and successful lifesaving of another human being. The OPOA "Medal of Valor" may be awarded to individuals who, while serving in an official capacity with their law enforcement agency, distinguish themselves by reacting to a situation in a positive and professional manner, thereby reducing the risk of loss of life or injury to citizens.
On May 1, 2012, the OSP SWAT team responded to the Crescent Lake area for a reported hostage incident at a remote cabin. A male subject had taken his estranged girlfriend hostage from Umatilla County and drove her to the remote cabin where they were holed up for several days. After OSP SWAT arrived, Senior Trooper Kammerman negotiated with the suspect for several hours until he agreed to exit the cabin. When the suspect came outside, he held the female hostage in front of him and stopped in the entry way holding what appeared to be a weapon to her back. As the hostage pleaded with the suspect to let her go, Senior Trooper Codding fired one round from a rifle that knocked the suspect to the ground, allowing the hostage to flee and the suspect to be taken into custody.
"If both troopers hadn't been able to remain calm and respond as they did, this situation could have had a much different and tragic result," said OSP Lieutenant Tim Fox, OSP SWAT commander at the time of this incident
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-On July 4, 2012, Newport Police Department (NPD) received a report of a suicidal man who told a friend that he wanted to commit suicide by jumping off the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport. After an attempt to locate was broadcast to local agencies, NPD spotted the man's vehicle and attempted to stop it. The man attempted to elude the NPD officers in heavy holiday traffic causing officers to terminate and back off. Other area agencies saw the vehicle in Waldport where the man turned his vehicle around and proceeded northbound back toward Newport.
Trooper Kowing monitored radio traffic and positioned his patrol vehicle near the Yaquina Bay Bridge in a visible spot to discourage the man from accessing the bridge. After the man passed by, Trooper Kowing got behind the vehicle and followed it across the bridge until the man suddenly slammed on his brakes causing the OSP patrol vehicle to rear-end his vehicle. The man then got out and ran toward the bridge railing with Trooper Kowing running behind him. As the man reached the railing and began to step over the edge, Trooper Kowing grabbed his waist and pulled him back onto the pavement before he fell over a hundred feet down below. The man fought with Trooper Kowing before he was restrained with the help of NPD officers preventing him from jumping to his death.
"Trooper Kowing's decisiveness and quick actions saved this man from certain death if he had jumped from the bridge," said OSP Sergeant Cari Boyd from the Newport Area Command office.
Trooper Kowing, age 25, has worked for OSP for 4 years.
During the early morning hours of December 10, 2011, Trooper Koehler responded to a Coos County residence to back up a deputy on a domestic assault in progress call in which a male suspect was attempting to get access to firearms from a home safe and threatened to shoot responding officers. When the trooper and deputy arrived at the home they saw the male suspect assaulting a female inside. Upon entering the home to stop the assault, the male suspect became involved in an intense, lengthy fight with the deputy and trooper before the suspect finally was subdued and taken into custody.
Trooper Koehler, the deputy and suspect were all treated at a local hospital for injuries sustained during the altercation. The suspect was later lodged in jail on multiple charges including Assaulting a Public Safety Officer.
"Trooper Koehler's actions that night prevented further injury to the suspect's spouse, and also prevented the suspect from seriously injuring either officer. He showed a tremendous amount of courage and resolve during this intense incident," said OSP Major Mike Bloom.
Trooper Koehler, age 32, has worked for OSP for 4 years. At the time of this incident he was assigned at the Coos Bay Area Command office and is now working at the OSP La Pine work site.
What did the old cowboy say & do when a woman who had been hit by her husband came to his home ???
Eventually - -
He went over to the perp & punched-him-out.
" How do you like it and see how it feels."
Justice for all & thank you Sirs !!! Cops & Cowboys & Indians - - both.
TRUE & GOOD JUSTICE COMES !
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Because the majority of people are kind and loving and good
The Statue of the Virgin Mary survived... Keep the faith, hope and love.
News Release from: Oregon State Police
OSP SADDENED BY DEATH OF OSP GOLD BEACH SERGEANT
Posted: January 9th, 2013 9:51 AM
Oregon State Police (OSP) Superintendent Richard Evans notified department employees that an OSP sergeant and long-time Gold Beach resident died Saturday night at his home.
According to Curry County District Attorney Everett Dial, on January 5, 2013 at approximately 11:00 p.m., Curry County 9-1-1 received a phone call reporting a shooting at a Gold Beach residence on 11th Street. Gold Beach police responded and confirmed there was a body of a deceased man inside the residence. The man's wife went to a neighborhood friend's home who reported the incident.
Working in conjunction with the District Attorney's Office, the incident is being jointly investigated by Gold Beach Police Department and Curry County Sheriff's Office with the help of OSP and State Medical Examiner's Office. An autopsy conducted Tuesday confirmed the cause of death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The deceased person was identified as Scott Punch, age 45, who has been employed with OSP for 19 years and was assigned for the duration of his career at the Gold Beach work site. In 2004, Punch was promoted to Sergeant and served as the work site supervisor for six troopers. He is survived by his wife, teenage son and daughter.
"We mourn his passing and search for answers in wake of this tragic incident," said Evans.
Evans thanks all of the law enforcement officers, troopers, dispatchers and command staff that contributed during the multi-agency wide response following the reported incident. The Department's Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) was deployed to the area to provide support and help with notifications during this difficult time.
No other information expected for release regarding this tragedy unless approved by District Attorney Dial.
Local authorities are calling one of the largest police operations in the history of Klamath County. So far, the raid — dubbed “Operation Trojan Horse” — has led to 39 arrests and the seizure of more than four pounds of methamphetamine and 50 guns
Local authorities are calling one of the largest police operations in the history of Klamath County.
So far, the raid — dubbed “Operation Trojan Horse” — has led to 39 arrests and the seizure of more than four pounds of methamphetamine and 50 guns
Sheriff Skrah could not estimate the value of the methamphetamine seized, but said that the drug was between 92 and 98 percent pure, which means that street dealers could cut it with other substances — allowing them to stretch one pound to several pounds.
“We don’t need this trash in our community,” Skrah said. “I hope these people never see daylight again.”Patridge said that sentences for those arraigned could range from probation to 18 years in prison, depending on their crimes, criminal background and level of cooperation with the investigation.
Joining the sheriff’s office and the Klamath Falls Police Department in the raid were agents from U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Oregon State Police, Homeland Security Investigations and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.Other agencies participating included the Medford Police Department, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement team from Bend, Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement and the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement team from Grants Pass.
There is no greater honor or love; than one who lays down his life for another
June 21, 2013 – The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) today announced the tragic loss of Special Agent James “Terry” Watson, who was murdered in what appears to have been a robbery attempt last night in Bogota, Colombia. At the time of his death, Special Agent Watson was assigned to the DEA Cartagena, Colombia office and was on temporary duty in Bogota. Colombian and U.S. authorities are currently investigating. No further details are available at this time.
“We are all saddened by this devastating loss of a member of the DEA family,” said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. “Terry was a brave and talented DEA Special Agent who served our agency for 13 years. These are the worst days for anyone in law enforcement and we grieve Terry’s loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with Terry’s wife and family, and we will forever carry his memory in our hearts.”
In addition to serving in Colombia, Special Agent Watson has served in Honolulu, Hawaii and San Juan, Puerto Rico. He also served on three deployments to Afghanistan conducting dangerous counter-narcotics missions as a member of DEA’s FAST program. Prior to his DEA service, Special Agent Watson worked for the U.S. Marshals Service and served in the United States Army.
Rest in Peace. RIP ~ You served well. God Bless you. God Bless the USA
JUNE 25 - (Washington, D.C.) -- 2013
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s statement regarding the arrest of four individuals in connection with the murder of Special Agent Terry Watson in Bogota, Colombia:
“The Drug Enforcement Administration is grateful for the outstanding work of the Colombian National Police,
the Special Investigative Unit and the Attorney General’s Office that led to the swift arrest of these suspects,”
said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart.
“We will never forget Special Agent Watson and his sacrifice, as well as all those who have given their lives for the rule of law.
We salute the brave and expeditious work of Colombian law enforcement and we look forward to justice being served.”
Oregon State Police (OSP) Superintendent Richard Evans announced several reassignments of personnel that will be effective October 1, 2014, for the following positions:
Public Information Officer
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings, OSP Public Information Officer (PIO), is retiring effective December 1, 2014, following a 36-year OSP career. Hastings has served as the Department's PIO from 1996 - 2001 and 2004 - 2014.
The PIO position will be filled by Lieutenant Joshua Brooks who will be assigned at OSP General Headquarters in Salem. Brooks, age 35, has worked for OSP for nearly 13 years and most recently was assigned as the Area Commander at the OSP Salem office. Since joining OSP in December 2001, Brooks has worked in assignments within the Patrol, Fish & Wildlife, and Criminal Investigations divisions, and the Office of Professional Standards. His OSP office assignments included John Day, Florence, Springfield, and Salem.
(More information will be shared with media regarding the PIO transition and contact information in the near future)
Salem Area Command Office
Tim Fox is promoted to Lieutenant at the Salem Area Command office following Lieutenant Brooks' reassignment to the Public Information Officer position. Fox, age 41, has worked for OSP for 19 years and previously was the Salem office's area commander from 2009 - 2013. Since joining OSP in October 1995, he has worked Patrol Services Division assignments in Coos Bay, Salem, Oregon State University, and Albany offices. He also served as the Department's SWAT commander for 7 years, and most recently worked in the Gaming Division in Salem.
Portland Area Command Office
Andrew McCool, age 43, is promoted to Lieutenant and takes over as the Portland Area Commander following the reassignment of Lieutenant Jon Harrington to oversee OSP Criminal Investigations Division detectives for the Department's northwest region. McCool is promoted to Lieutenant from his patrol sergeant position at the Portland Area Command office. Since joining OSP in August 1999 assigned at the Heppner work site, he has worked in Patrol and Criminal Investigations Division assignments at Bend, Government Camp and Portland.
Northwest Region Headquarters - Criminal Investigations Division (CID)
Lieutenant Jon Harrington is reassigned to oversee the Northwest Region Criminal Investigations Division (CID) detectives following the reassignment of Lieutenant Steve Duvall to the Capitol Mall office. Harrington, age 42, joined OSP in 2008 following a twelve year career with Lake Oswego Police Department where he worked as a patrol officer, detective, and as a member of the Regional Organized Crimes Narcotics Task Force. After lateral entry to OSP at the Portland Area Command office, he worked as a patrol trooper for 3 months before being reassigned as a Major Crimes Section detective. In October 2009, he was promoted to Sergeant and supervised OSP Major Crimes Section detectives in seven counties. In July 2014, he was promoted to lieutenant at the Portland Area Command office.
Capitol Mall Area Command Office
Lieutenant Steve Duvall is reassigned from the Northwest Region Headquarters to oversee OSP operations for the Capitol Mall office, replacing Lieutenant Terri Davie who is transferred to the Gaming Division at General Headquarters. Duvall, age 49, joined OSP in 1995 and has been assigned in Salem-area assignments in the Criminal Investigations Division and Office of Professional Standards.
McMinnville Area Command Office
Lieutenant Douglas Shugart takes over as the McMinnville Area Commander following the promotion of Eric Davenport to Captain in the Department's Office of Professional Standards. Shugart, age 43, is reassigned as the McMinnville Area Commander from his previous position in the Fish & Wildlife Division where he oversaw the division's operations for the northwest region. Shugart is returning to the McMinnville office where he started his career in 1998 as a patrol trooper. Since joining OSP, he has worked in Patrol and Fish & Wildlife division assignments at the McMinnville, Salem, and Capitol Mall offices.
Bob Sergi had the integrity, intelligence, drive and devotion to step-to-the-plate 2014 ~ and run for Sheriff of Jackson County. The current corrupt Sheriff (GMO) needed to be unseated & we are all in Mr. Sergi's debt, for his valiant efforts. The bad Sheriff was voted out and Bob had a lot to do with that !
Truly a winner. Thank God & Bless You & Yours ~
Candidate, Jackson County Sheriff
Bob Sergi began his law enforcement career in 1979 in Long Beach, Calif. His family relocated to the Rogue Valley in 1989 and he joined the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, spending one year in the Patrol Division. Sergi then served 20 years in the Medford Police Department, rejoining the Sheriff’s Office in early 2010 as Jail Commander.
In his 34 years of service, Sergi has held many progressively more responsible positions, including SWAT Team Member, Leader and Commander; Field Training Officer; and Patrol Sergeant and Commander.
As a trainer, Sergi excelled as the Defensive Tactics Program Manager. This involved the use of physical control and defensive tactics techniques, less-lethal options, and building search techniques. His approach was to continually improve the tactics and tools available to protect on-duty officers and all those around them from injury. Many of the tools Sergi was instrumental in deploying dramatically reduced injuries to officers, suspects and bystanders.
Sergi believes the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office needs new and stronger leadership to guide it in a better direction. “As a law enforcement agency, we’ve lost sight of our primary function and Jackson County citizens deserve better. The Sheriff’s Office has many talented professionals who simply aren’t being used to their highest level of experience and expertise.”
Sergi earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Northwest Christian College and Management Certificates in both Criminal and Corrections from the Oregon Department of Public Safety and Standards of Training. He is a graduate of the Oregon State Sheriffs Association Command College.
Bob and Theresa Sergi live in the Central Point area and are very active in their community. They have two sons: Clint, an Oregon State University grad pursuing an advanced degree in biology; and Cole, a sophomore studying mechanical engineering at OSU.
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Thanks to all who seek JUSTICE & continued JUSTICE for Mr. Hull
Thank God for this ruling !!! What isn't covered here is that Trevor Walraven consistently denied the killing, until he realized it would help him with his early release & he admitted the truth, on the stand, under cross-examination. His brother, equally evil, does not qualify because of this age at the time in 1998.
This was a brutal, vile, heinous killing that these two young men committed. They went on a free-wheeling driving-spree in the car which they stole, after ruthlessly killing Mr. Hull. They then continued to lie & deny. Both Walraven brothers deserve to serve their full sentences; the intent of the " second look law," is not for cases such as this heinous murder.
Published January 30, 2015
" KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Former Klamath District Attorney Ed Caleb passed away Thursday evening. His widow, Kelly Caleb, said there will be no services according to his wishes.
“My husband was a man of honor and integrity, with a great sense of community,” Kelly Caleb said in an email statement. “He loved Klamath Falls very much and this was home for him. He took great pride in his family and did all he could to provide for and protect us at any cost. He is the great love of my life and although gone from this earth, he will go on forever in the hearts of those who knew him best. I believe that he is in that great park in the sky, walking with his two best friends Hooty and Moose.”
Brazen 1975 killing took place at proposed site
SALEM — Sue Tichenor's family moved frequently during her childhood because her father worked for the Oregon State Police. No matter what city they lived in or what school she attended, she could always count on coming home to a house full of uniformed officers.
Her father was Holly Holcomb, the first superintendent to rise from the ranks.
"One thing about my dad and his job is that he loved the men working under him," Tichenor said. "They were like members of our family.
"I loved to be able to sneak in and hear some of the stories, but I was usually ushered out of the room."
Those are the memories of his career that she clings to, not the way it was cut short 40 years ago.
Holcomb, shot and killed Nov. 25, 1975, by a disgruntled former state trooper, is one of 33 Oregon State Police officers lost in the line of duty, more than any other law enforcement agency in the state.
A Fallen Trooper Memorial for the 32 men and one woman will be installed next spring in front of the Public Safety Building, where the state police has its General Headquarters offices. The site was chosen despite the fact that those headquarters will be relocated to South Salem sometime in 2016.
"This is where they took their oath of office," said Art Bobrowitz, a retired state police officer and member of the committee that has helped raise $200,000 for the memorial.
The site is within feet of where arguably the most brazen killing in Oregon State Police history took place.
Holcomb was on his way to work on that morning four decades ago. He had hitched a ride with deputy superintendent and close friend Byron Hazelton, and they had just parked in front of the Public Service Building. That was back when East and West Summer streets were where the walkways of the Capitol Mall are today, and before the underground parking structures were built.
Holcomb and Hazelton were approached by Robert Wampler, who was fired by Oregon State Police in 1958 for insubordination and conduct unbecoming the agency. According to witness accounts published in local newspapers, Holcomb and Wampler shook hands and began talking while Hazelton continued toward the building.
The two men knew each other well. Holcomb, who became superintendent in 1966, helped bring disciplinary charges against Wampler back when he was a lieutenant in Milwaukie. Wampler fought the charges and his dismissal all the way to the Oregon Supreme Court. Their conversation that day, fueled by a 17-year grudge, eventually turned deadly. Wampler shot Holcomb twice in the chest and abdomen with a .38-caliber pistol.
"Holcomb must have said something that set him off, and I don't think we'll ever know," said Roger Rasmussen, a volunteer who has done research on the 33 fallen and teaches a two-hour history lesson to OSP recruiting classes.
Tichenor was living at Fort Hood, Texas, with her family at that time. Her husband, Cal, whose father also served for Oregon State Police, was stationed in the Army there. They had three young daughters.
Her sister called to break the news about the shooting. While Tichenor was packing to come home, she received a second phone call. Her father had died during surgery at Salem Hospital, less than two hours after being shot. One of the bullets had pierced his aorta.
The shooting shocked the community, particularly those who worked in and around the Capitol.
"These things always happen in New York or Chicago," one state employee was quoted as saying. "Not in Salem, on your doorstep."
"How many other people with grudges will take it from here?" asked another employee. "And to think it happened practically under the state police window."
Wampler was arrested within minutes of the shooting. He was charged with murder and pleaded "innocent by reason of mental defect." Family members were not allowed in the courtroom during the three-week trial, Tichenor said. A jury unanimously rejected the insanity defense and convicted Wampler. He was sentenced to life in prison but released in November 1983, after serving less than eight years.
"That has always been hard to know," said Tichenor, who lives in McMinnville. "As the years have gone by, I don't dwell on it as much as when I was younger. I've let that go."
The Fallen Trooper Memorial, with a wall made of Oregon basalt, will be erected near that tree in the grassy area south of the building entrance. The planning committee discussed putting it on the grounds of the future headquarters, but felt it was important that the memorial be accessible and visible to the public.
"We want it to be an education piece about the sacrifices these troopers made for the citizens of Oregon," said state police Sgt. Cari Boyd, president of the memorial committee. "Being in front of the Capitol ... it will not be forgotten."
Roughly 200 search-and-rescue volunteers discovered new skills and new tools Saturday in the back country south of Ashland.
With cables draped over a cliff near Howard Prairie Lake, teams of eight rope rescue volunteers from Southern Oregon and northern California learned to use Jackson County's all-titanium rescue litter with an Arizona Vortex, a tripod-shaped piece of equipment used to precisely guide the rope.
Jackson County Search and Rescue Manager Chris Duran said the litter, which weighs only 16 pounds, is an expensive piece of equipment that not all search and rescue agencies in the California Oregon Regional Search and Rescue network have, and the exercise is an opportunity to get familiar with it. Before the litter began its ascent to the top of the cliff, Mark Unger used a video feed from a flying drone to check on the rescuer at the bottom and the person inside the litter.
The rope exercise, taught by an instructor from Bend-based Crackerjack First Response Specialists, was one of many classes available at the annual CORSAR Summer Exercise, which had exercises for 4-wheeler search-and-rescue teams, paramedics, canine and horse-mounted teams. Participants represented eight counties, including Jackson, Josephine, Douglas, Klamath, Curry and Coos counties in Oregon and Siskiyou and Del Norte counties in California.
The event was an opportunity for vendors to introduce new technology to rescuers for consideration. In an exercise where rescuers needed to extract a sunken boat from Hyatt Lake, San Jose-based Deep Ocean Engineering demonstrated its Phantom T5 underwater drone. John Bergman and Raul Pena, vice presidents of Deep Ocean, showcased the capabilities of the drone, which is designed for waters that may be treacherous or difficult to see through for human divers. the drone can mark areas of interest and can run autonomously so searchers can focus on the camera feed.
"They don't have to find the boat by Braille," Bergman said.
The volunteers hoped to lift the boat, which was free of fuel and chemicals, out of the water. Technical dive instructor Tim Erwin of Klamath Falls-based Underwater Technologies encouraged the dive volunteers to practice slowly because the exercise was a recovery rather than a rescue. The diver's safety is a higher priority in recovery operations, Erwin said.
CORSAR was born out of tragedy a decade ago, after San Francisco TV personality and technology reporter James Kim died in December 2006, when he left his stranded car to seek help for his family after they took a wrong turn onto an unpaved BLM logging road in Josephine County.
Others at the event have experienced similar tragedy. Kirsten Becker demonstrated the proprietary belt and training of her large Newfoundland dog, Lou, for Portland-based nonprofit Autism Anchor Dogs. The dog is trained to lie down when a child tethered to him begins to wander too far away from the child's parents.
The idea's inspiration came when she lost her 8-year-old son, Sam, who was on the autism spectrum, after he went missing near Crater Lake in 2006. He was never found.
She said her son had only wandered off a handful of times.
"It doesn't have to be very many times, it just has to be dangerous," Becker said.
Also at the event was search-and-rescue volunteer Alan Foster, who worked as a special agent for the National Park Service when Sam went missing. Foster has since retired, but volunteers with Jackson County Search and Rescue.
Foster and Becker delivered an emotional presentation Saturday about the different perspectives in a missing persons search. As a parent, Becker said she was very grateful for the search-and-rescue community.
"Even finding a body is better than not knowing," Becker said.
" Earth Has No Sorrow Which Heaven Can Not Heal "
April 15, 1947 - October 26, 2016
Donna Marlyn Allen, 69, of Ashland, Ore. passed away Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center after a six month battle with brain cancer.
Donna was born April 15, 1947 in Prairie Grove, Ark. to Vernon and Bernice (Keck) Allen. For over 20 years she was a caseworker with Adult and Family Services. She loved to read murder mysteries and to write as well. She was passionate about helping find online missing persons.
Donna is survived by her sister, Verna (David) Hayes; brother, Larry Allen; daughter, Gina Lindow and partner, Russ Rodriguez; son, Jeff Lindow and partner, John Bartow; daughter, Christy Lindow; grandchildren, Jared Lindow, Kiera Lindow, and Briana (Chris) Boyer; great-grandchildren, Amelia, Olivia and Aerin Boyer; and best friends, Carol Draime (55 years) and Shirley Rice (35 years). She was preceded in death by her parents, Vernon and Bernice Allen.
A memorial service for Donna will be held at noon Saturday, November 5, 2016 at Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home, 1811 Ashland Street, Ashland, Ore. followed by a celebration of life at the home of her son, Jeff and his partner, John, 1982 Pioneer Road, Talent, Ore. 97540.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to any of your local food banks.
Arrangements by Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home, Ashland, Ore.
Good afternoon, everyone. To the pastor and members of the Buford Church of God – the spiritual home of the Carothers family; to the President and staff of the Greater Atlanta Christian Academy – the educational home of the Carothers family, who have come together and given us this beautiful service in this special place; Deputy Attorney General [Sally] Yates; Director [David] Harlow; distinguished guests; family and friends; and, most importantly, Terry, Michael, Matthew, Paul, Jessica, and Connor:
I bring you condolences from the entire Department of Justice family, of which Patrick Carothers was a beloved member. And I also bring you condolences from the President and First Lady of the United States, which I will share with you now.
We gather here today with bruised spirits and broken hearts. Whether we knew Patrick Carothers as a colleague, a friend, a father – even if we did not have the privilege of knowing him personally – we feel his loss deeply. And we feel his presence still. I did not have the privilege of meeting Deputy Commander Carothers, but after meeting with his teammates and family today, I feel as if I knew him.
I see him in the heartfelt regard and honor and loyalty of his colleagues; I see him not just in the faces but the faith, the fortitude, and the light in the children he was raising and the family he loved so much. And we all see him in the respect and regard and love of the people whose lives he touched, so many of whom are here today to honor him.
For he was the kind of person we hope our children will grow up to become. He was a person of integrity, who loved his family, strengthened his community, and served his country. He was a person of strength, possessed of quiet courage and deep compassion. And he was a person of action, who chose a career in law enforcement in order to protect the vulnerable and help those who cannot help themselves.
Deputy Commander Carothers represented the very best that our country has to offer. That someone like him should be taken from us in such a senseless way shocks our conscience. It chills our hearts. And it can shake our faith.
I do not claim to have any answers for why this horrible deed happened. Nor do I pretend that our pain can be erased with a few words; true comfort comes only through time and the grace of God. But I do know that Deputy Commander Carothers did not die in vain. For he served the cause of justice. Where justice is present, we glimpse a gentler and more peaceful world, one where every person lives in safety and dignity. Justice challenges us to do our part to bring that world into being. It challenges us to close the gap between the world as it is and the world as it should be. It calls each of us to devote our lives to something larger than ourselves.
Patrick Carothers accepted that challenge. For 26 years, he answered that call. He pledged his energy, his talent – and, if necessary, his life – to the safety and well-being of the American people. Taking that pledge made him a U.S. Marshal – a proud member of the nation’s oldest law enforcement agency. Keeping that pledge until his last breath made him a hero. He can stand before his maker and echo Paul’s words to Timothy: “I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.”
To Deputy Commander Carothers’ fellow Marshals: I want you to know that as your Attorney General, there is nothing more difficult than burying a member of our department – our family. The dangers that you and your fellow law enforcement officers face; the sacrifices that you make; the hazards that you accept: these are never far from my mind and I want you to know how humbled I am by your valor and dedication.
To Deputy Commander Carothers’s relatives and loved ones: my heart aches for you. I can only imagine the depth of your sorrow and the intensity of your pain. Terry, you were clearly Patrick’s light and his strength. And the children that you raised together are a testament to the bond you shared. I especially want to say to Michael, Matthew, Paul, Jessica, and Connor that your father lives on in you. You have clearly inherited his spirit, his strength and his compassion, and he will continue to shape and improve our world through your lives. Please know that the entire Department of Justice family grieves with you and is here for you. In the days ahead, we will strive to honor his legacy not only with our words, but with our deeds; not only by remembering his name, but by continuing his work – his work for a stronger, a safer and a more just United States.
May God bless the memory of Deputy Commander Patrick Carothers, and may He grant him eternal rest and peace.
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Keith Heck & fellow fellow Commissioner who almost hit a cop car, drunk leaving a strip club while staying in Eugene, on taxpayer money, fellow Simon Hare
Commissioner Walker the hemp growing Commissioner ~
He said it the way it was, and it was the way he said.
Just like Dave Lewis. R.I.P.
God Love em for Speaking the Truth & Facts:
DELPHI, Ind. -- While the families of two murdered Delphi teens have been devastated by their deaths, the case is also tough for the officers working tirelessly to bring them closure.
“People that look like me and dress like me are expected to almost look beyond that. People think that’s just part of what I do,” said State Police Superintendent Doug Carter. “I disagree with that.”
Abigail Williams, 13, and Liberty German, 14, went hiking on February 13, near the Monon High Bridge. A search team found their bodies the next day.
More than a week later police are still searching for their killer.Carter said cases like this play on the emotions of everyone involved, especially the ones who have been closest to the crime
“I’ll never be able to unsee what I saw that day,” said Carter.
Police released new details on Wednesday along with a short audio clip they say was recorded by Liberty the day she died.
They are asking anyone who recognizes the voice in that clip or who thinks they might have a clue, no matter how small, to contact them.
Carter said he believes that Liberty’s recordings will help them solve this case.
"One day I'm going to thank her," said Carter. "We wouldn't be here today without that photograph."
He is also determined to find the girls’ killer.
“I want to meet with their parents and tell them: Guess what? We did it,” said Carter. “I feel so strongly about this. I can’t imagine ending my life and not finding the guy who did this.”
Listen to the audio by clicking "play" below.
If you recognize the voice, please call the Delphi tip line at 844-459-5786 or email Abbyandlibbytip@cacoshrf.com.