New Parking Ordinance in Effect – Yeah!

bus with expired tagsUntil now, citizens have been frustrated by legal restrictions that prevented deputies from resolving many irritating parking problems. Here are some of your favorites:

  • Junkers and Vehicles with expired tags parked on the street
  • Motor homes, RV's, boats, travel trailers stored indefinitely on the street
  • People living in vehicles on the street
  • Vehicles parked and blocking mailboxes

This large box van creates a safety hazard for those backing out of driveways.Thanks to teamwork by employees from the Sheriff's Office, County Counsel, Land Use &Transportation, and the Board of Commissioners, we have a new ordinance to help in the unincorporated areas of the county that lie within the Metro Urban Growth Boundary. The changes went into effect October 21, 2010.

Once a notice is posted on the vehicle, there is no chalking of tires or "shell games" necessary. Vehicles will be subject to immediate towing, even if they are tagged and the owner moves the vehicle to a new location that violates the same ordinance. Read the new ordinance.

If you have any questions, feel free to email our Civil Unit Supervisor, Tim Leader, or call him at (503) 846-2520. To report a parking problem, please contact non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111.

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Recent Headlines
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Burglary and Crash Suspects Both In Custody
On New Year's Day at 2:10 am, Deputies responded to a burglary call in the 8400 block of Canyon Drive. While deputies were investigating the burglary, a vehicle crash was reported in the area. Deputies who responded to the crash found a 1998 Toyota 4-Runner perched on its front end and leaning against a house. Inside was one of the items from the burglary. The passenger was arrested, but the driver fled the scene. Desmond Chand, 26, was wanted and turned himself in at the Sheriff's Office on January 3. He is charged with Burglary, Theft, Criminal Mischief and Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver.

Burglary and Crash Suspects Both In Custody
On New Year's Day at 2:10 am, Deputies responded to a burglary call in the 8400 block of Canyon Drive. While deputies were investigating the burglary, a vehicle crash was reported in the area. Deputies who responded to the crash found a 1998 Toyota 4-Runner perched on its front end and leaning against a house. Inside was one of the items from the burglary. The passenger was arrested, but the driver fled the scene. Desmond Chand, 26, was wanted and turned himself in at the Sheriff's Office on January 3. He is charged with Burglary, Theft, Criminal Mischief and Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver.

Car Clouts Solved in Cedar Mill
A Cedar Mill homeowner awoke on December 18 to the sound of breaking glass. Looking outside, she saw someone breaking into her car. She yelled at them to leave and called 911 with his description. Deputies arrived and Deputy Cuthbertson and his K9 Zurg immediately tracked to the suspect, who was taken into custody. The suspect consented to a search of his apartment where deputies found a wide array of stolen property, heroin, and the suspect's girlfriend who was in on the thefts and drugs. She was also arrested. In addition to the many deputies who worked the case, our Crime Scene Technician painstakingly processed the crimes scenes - the apartment and all the vehicles involved. These arrests are good news for at least 15 people who have been identified as victims of related car clouts. This citizen did exactly the right thing -- great team work by all involved!

Stealing Dog Food . . . Really?
Recently, an elderly citizen discovered that someone was messing around on his porch at night. While nothing appeared to be stolen, he kept finding small things moved around. For instance, his boots were often filled with dog food in the morning. To be on the safe side, he reported the issue, probably thinking it was kids playing a prank.  A detective reviewed surveillance camera footage to
buddy_bear_donationsto positively identify the suspect. Attached is a photo showing him hauling the loot; it's a little difficult to see because it is nighttime footage . . . view photo.

Students Donate Buddy Bears!
On December 14, Deputy Hammer and volunteer Susan Gould visited Aloha-Huber Middle School in Aloha where they received a donation of about 110 stuffed teddy bears and friends from the student body. This was a school project to help the community and show pride in the school.

The Sheriff's Buddy Bear program collects stuffed animals for deputies to give to children during emergency calls. Research shows that holding a cuddly toy can help children cope with trauma. Thank you students of Aloha-Huber Middle School!

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Drug Trends You Need to Know About
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The Oregon Narcotics Enforcement Agency presented information to our state Sheriffs last month to garner support for changes in drug laws. The data offered about drug trends will cause you to sit up straight and pay attention. Here are just two trends you need to know:

  • Teens are Abusing Prescription Drugs in Record Numbers
  • "Meph" is a New Legal Drug (a form of Ecstasy)
Please take time to view and reflect on the excerpts from the ONEA presentation. Feel free to request the full presentation or to ask questions.

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Compliance Checks on Registered Sex Offenders

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As Deputies conduct compliance checks, Registered Sex Offenders are often arrested for moving without advising the state of their new address or for not updating their registration annually. The very purpose of registration is to ensure accountability, so you can imagine our disappointment when a loophole in the law results in their release from jail without consequence. For example, offenders can list any address on their registration; the state has to operate on the honor system because no proof of address is required.

Also, offenders can register as "transient" and describe their dwelling as under a specific bridge or in a park. Others list an address that does not exist, or register to an address where they have never resided. We do more than check a name on a mailbox to verify addresses. Imagine a family's surprise when we knock on the door to verify a registered sex offender's residence -- only to learn the offender who has their same last name has never lived there and is not even known to them.

There are other weaknesses in current laws regarding Registered Sex Offenders, and that is why Sheriff Gordon and other Oregon sheriffs will be working with legislators again this session to propose improvements in these laws.

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New County Commissioners Sworn in This Week
 
malinow_terry The successful working relationship between the County Board of Commissioners and your Sheriff benefits you directly. As officials each elected by a vote of the people, we have a long standing tradition of working well together to solve community issues that affect livability and public safety.

We congratulate appointed Chairman Andy Duyck, and welcome new Commissioners Greg Malinowski (District 2) and Bob Terry (District 4). We look forward to continuing the great work of building the communities of Washington County together!


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Thank You for the Donation!
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Your Sheriff's Office Explorers are the primary Search and Rescue team for Washington County. Starting as young as 14 and up to 21 years old, they volunteer to climb, dig, and search in the most challenging conditions.

Explorers are extensively trained and on call to search for missing people or to find evidence at large crime scenes. They represent some of the best of the next generation, and they are volunteers.

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On December 14, our Explorers were honored to receive a $1,000 donation from the Oregon International Airshow and Standard TV & Appliance! These funds will support eligible young men and women who might not otherwise be able to become Explorers. They will also supplement funding for survival equipment and training events. This year, the Oregon Airshow and its many sponsors bestowed over $73,000 to more than 30 charities and non-profit organizations in our community! We thank them for their generous support of our Explorer Post!

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Dumb Crook

A jail inmate recently mailed this postcard to himself so he could remember why he didn't want to come back. Where he refers to pink, we are pretty sure he means our designer inmate underwear. (While we chuckle about the postcard content, we still applaud any efforts an inmate makes to avoid returning to jail. Who knows, maybe this small gesture will hang on his refrigerator as incentive to do better.) 

 

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This Month's "Most Wanted"

 
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Paul Duncan
is a 46-year-old white male, 5' 9'' tall, 150 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes. He is wanted for violating his probation on charges of Failure to Report as a Sex Offender. Mr. Duncan is from Tigard.
 
Michelle Parsons is no longer wanted by this agency.
Michelle Parsons
is a 43-year-old female, 5' 11'' tall, 175 pounds, with brown hair and eyes. She is wanted for violating her probation on charges of Burglary I. Ms. Parsons is from Beaverton.

Do not approach these individuals. If you see them or have information, call the Sheriff's Office Records Unit at (503) 846-2700, or non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111.

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