I-5 Shooting Between Woodburn and Brooks Today Sends 1 to Hospital; Witnesses Asked to Contact OSP.

Press release from OSP today:

Oregon State Police is currently investigating a shooting incident that occurred on Interstate 5 near Brooks.

This event occurred at approximately 11:50 A.M. southbound on Interstate 5 between Woodburn and Brooks.

OSP is asking anyone with any information or that might have a witnessed a road rage type incident between a Black Honda Accord and another vehicle to call Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at 1-800-442-2068 or *OSP.

One person was transported to the hospital with injuries.

Yamhill County Sheriff Will Conduct Enhanced Traffic Enforcement Over Labor Day Weekend.

YCSO press release today:

The Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office will increase patrols over the Labor Day Weekend in an effort to minimize and reduce the negative impact of impaired drivers on law abiding motorists. These extra patrols will take place September 4th to September 6th, 2020.

If you plan to host a party or attend a party where alcohol is being served you can take some precautions beforehand to avoid what could be a deadly end to the night.

* If you host a party and provide alcohol, make sure to also include food and non-alcoholic beverages. Monitor your guest’s alcohol consumption and take the keys from a guest who has had too much.
* Use public transportation or a taxi;
* Ask a friend who has not been drinking for a ride home;
* Promote the use of designated drivers and stop impaired family or friends from driving;
* Always wear your seatbelt.

If you see a suspected impaired driver please call 9-1-1 and report them. Some signs to look for are:
* Swerving or weaving in and out of a lane;
* Stopping abruptly at traffic signs or signals;
* Making unusually wide turns;
* Driving over curbs;
* Driving with headlights off at night.

North Fork Road Closed Due To Forest Fire.

Marion County Sheriff’s Office received information from the US Forest Service of a fire in the Opal Creek Wilderness area near Beachie Creek. The fire is burning approximately 10 acres. North Fork Road (FR2209) is closed at the forest boundary, including Three Pools and Opal Creek trail, all of FR2207 from North Fork to French Creek Road is closed. At this time the US Forest Service and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue are working together to facilitate evacuations of the aforementioned areas. These areas remain closed until further notice.


On Sunday, August 2, 2020 at 6:20 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a crash on Hwy 213 and SE Luther Rd.

Preliminary investigation revealed that an Easy Motion electric bicycle, operated by Nolan Heine (67) of Portland, was riding northbound and attempted to cross Hwy 213.   As Heine was attempting to cross the roadway, a witness believes he was struck by a white moped/motorcycle, who was also traveling northbound. The moped/motorcycle rider paused briefly before continuing northbound on Hwy 213.

The rider is described as a male wearing a black helmet and white t-shirt.

Heine was transported to Oregon Health Sciences University where he later succumbed to his injuries and died.

Oregon State Police is requesting any witnesses to the crash, have any information regarding the crash, or know the identity of the moped/motorcycle rider to contact the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at 1-800-442-2068 or *OSP and refer to case # SP20-217251.

Oregon State Police was assisted by Clackamas County Fire Department, AMR Ambulance and Oregon Department of Transportation.

Hit and Run

Woodburn Thug Arrested On Multiple Charges, Including Attempted Murder.

Press release from WPD:

Sunday August 9, 2020 – Wodburn, OR – On Saturday, August 8, at approximately 10:17 p.m. the Woodburn Police Department (WPD) responded to a shots fired call in the 500 block of Leasure St. WPD officers arrived and located a shooting victim who was transported to the hospital by Life Flight. The suspect, Eric Gonzalez Hernandez, 23, of Woodburn was taken into custody at approximately 11:00 p.m. and was lodged at the Marion County Correctional Facility on the following charges:

Attempted Murder

Assault I

Unlawful Use of a Weapon


The victim and suspect are known to each other and the incident does not appear to be gang related. The status of the victim is not available at this time. Anyone with additional information about the shooting is asked to call Detective Aaron DeVoe at 503-982-2345.


August 5, 2020 – Woodburn, OR – On Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at approximately 5:38 p.m., Woodburn Police responded to the 600 block of Carol Street in Woodburn in response to the report of a stabbing. Officers located a Hispanic male in his early 20’s, suffering from multiple stab wounds, who was taken to an area hospital for his injuries and later released. The suspect, who fled the scene prior to police arrival, was identified as Woodburn resident, Aldo Vasquez Lozano (age 21).

Vasquez Lozano is a Hispanic Male Adult, 5’6’’, 120 lbs with shaved black hair and brown eyes. He has three dots tattooed under his left eye, a tattoo across the top of his hairline above the forehead and “503” on his right arm. Investigators learned Vasquez Lozano and the victim knew one another.

Community members should not contact or approach Vasquez Lozano. Anyone who has information about this case or Vasquez Lozano’s whereabouts are asked to contact Detective Matt Stearns of the Woodburn Police Department at (503) 982-2345.

Overnight Standoff With Police Ends In Arrest Of Woodburn Man.

On August 3rd, 2020, at approximately 5:30 pm, deputies were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 8100 block of Highway 219 NE, just west of Woodburn.  When deputies arrived they spoke with a 20 year old female who said she had been assaulted by her boyfriend.  Medics were called to the scene and the female was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  The suspect had already left the area prior to the deputies arriving at the home.

Deputies returned to the home shortly before 11:30 pm after learning the male had returned.  As deputies prepared to make contact they were told the suspect was inside the residence with a gun, threatening to kill himself.  Deputies helped family members evacuate from the residence until the male could be taken into custody.  After attempts to get the male to come out of the house were unsuccessful, negotiators and SWAT were called to the scene.

While at the residence, deputies continued loud hailing for the male to come outside and SWAT team members delivered a throw phone into the residence in an attempt to get the male to talk with negotiators on scene.  After prolonged efforts to get the male to speak with negotiators and to surrender were unsuccessful, gas munitions were deployed into the residence shortly after 4:00 am.  The suspect came out of the residence a few minutes later and was safely taken into custody.

Raul Scotte Martinez, 19, of Woodburn was taken to Marion County Jail where he will be lodged for Strangulation, Assault IV, Coercion, Theft II, and Robbery III.

During this incident, Highway 219 was closed to traffic between Willow Avenue NE and Butteville Road NE for approximately 4 hours.  The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Woodburn Police Department, Woodburn Ambulance, and the Oregon Department of Transportation for their assistance during this incident.

Fatal Crash On River Road Claims One.

Press release from MCSO:

At 5:21 pm on July 28th, 2020, deputies were dispatched to a serious motor vehicle crash on River Road NE at the intersection of Clearlake Road NE, just north of Keizer.  When emergency responders arrived on scene, they discovered two vehicles were involved in the collision, a silver Ford Taurus and a green Ford F-150.  The driver of the Ford Taurus sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene, the two passengers from the car were taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  The driver of the Ford F-150 also sustained non-life threatening injuries and was also transported from the scene by ambulance.

Investigators from the Marion County Multi-Agency Crash Team were called to the scene.  During the investigation, deputies learned the Ford Taurus had been traveling eastbound on Clearlake Road NE prior to the crash.  The driver of the Ford Taurus is believed to have failed to stop at a stop sign prior to entering the intersection where it was struck by the Ford F-150 which was traveling southbound.

The driver of the Ford Taurus has been identified as, Jacqueline Cavero Chavarry, 39, of Sheridan.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office was assisted during this response by the Keizer Police Department, Marion County Fire District #1, Keizer Fire Department, Marion County Public Works, Marion County Medical Examiner’s Office, and the Marion County District Attorney’s Office.


Ex-Treasurer Of Newberg Animal Shelter Board Arrested For Embezzlement; Alleged Loss Approximately $86k.

Press release from YCSO today:

On July 21, 2020 Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office arrested Laura Marie Stone, 39, of Newberg after an extensive, six-month investigation into an ongoing theft scheme perpetrated by Stone while she was associated with the non-profit Newberg Animal Shelter in Newberg, OR.

The investigation alleges Stone, who was on the Newberg Animal Shelter Board and served as Treasurer from January of 2017 through December of 2019, disabled the shelter’s PayPal account and arranged for over $16,000 of donated funds to be directly transferred to her personal PayPal account.  Additional financial investigation revealed that Stone stole an additional $70,000 of cash donations and animal adoption fees from the shelter over that same time frame.

Special Investigations Unit Detective Will Lavish, the primary investigator in the case, obtained financial histories and information and developed the evidence needed for the arrest and presentation to the Grand Jury which resulted in a warrant being issued.  He worked closely with the Newberg Animal Shelter Board members who assisted openly with the investigation.

Stone was arrested and lodged into the Yamhill County Correctional Facility on 8 counts of Theft in the First Degree and Misapplication of Entrusted Property.  Her bail was set at $75,000.


McMinnville Nursery Defrauded Of $4.4 Million. Suspect Arrested.

Press Release from YCSO:

On February 24, 2020 Oregon Pride Nursery, which is located in rural McMinnville, filed a criminal report with the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office involving suspected fraud.  The business located some suspicious transactions and performed an extensive audit of their books, finding suspicious transactions dating back to 2013.

Over the course of several months, Oregon Pride Nursery worked with an accounting firm and Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office Detective Jacob Herr, identifying that from 2013 until 2019 approximately $4.4 million dollars had been embezzled by a former employee, identified as 61 year-old Jeanna Lee Buxton, who currently resides in La Pine, OR.


The case was presented to a Yamhill County Grand Jury who returned an indictment charging 21 counts of Aggravated Theft in the 1st Degree.  A warrant was issued for the arrest of Jeanna Lee Buxton with a bail amount of $200,000.

On July 20, members of the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Response Team (CRT) contacted Jeanna Lee Buxton at her residence and took her into custody on the outstanding warrant.  She was lodged into the Deschutes County Correctional Facility in Bend.

The Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Oregon Pride Nursery for their extensive cooperation in this complex investigation, and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in the arrest.