Bank Robbery in North Plains
A Cooperative Law Enforcement Response

On June 6, 2007, at about 2:00 p.m., deputies responded to a robbery in progress at the West Coast Bank in North Plains. The suspect, a young white male, had already fled on foot. A state trooper, multiple sheriff's deputies, and sheriff's detectives arrived in the area and instigated a block search for the suspect.

A K-9 track was also initiated, however the track went cold and the suspect could not be located. Several residences were searched to ensure the suspect was not inside. Sheriff's Office crime scene specialists processed the scene and collected evidence. Because Bank Robbery is a federal crime, the North Plains Chief turned the investigation over to the FBI.

Citizens of Washington County are fortunate to live in a region where county, city, and state law enforcement routinely work together to maximize available resources. Our common focus is always on your safety.

(Vol_3 Issue_6-June, 2007)

Warm Weather Means More Bicyclists on the Road

On June 9, 2007, Washington County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a automobile versus bicycle crash near N.W. Long Road. This is in an unincorporated area just north of the city of Cornelius.

A group of five bicyclists were riding south on Cornelius-Schefflin Road and were preparing to turn east onto N.W. Long Road. As the second cyclist in the line signaled for the turn, a vehicle also traveling south on Cornelius-Schefflin began to pass the group of bicycles. The vehicle struck the signaling bicyclist while he was still in his lane of traffic. The bicyclist died at the scene.

As the weather warms up, many people choose bicycles as a speedy and convenient mode of transportation and exercise. Washington County's rural roads are a preferred for their beauty and accessibility. Bicyclists must do everything they can to make themselves as visible as possible and to mix safely with other users of the traffic system. Motorists need to be aware of the increased presence of bicyclists on the roadway, avoid distractions while driving, and practice patience on rural roads and in other areas of congestion. These tragic accidents can be avoided. Please slow down, be patient and attentive, and save lives.

vidicon NHTSA Bicycle Safety Tips For Adults

-- image from the Manual of Traffic Signs by Richard C. Moeur

(Vol_3 Issue_6-June, 2007)

What Does this Sign Mean?

Do you live or work in the Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District? One way to find out is to look around on your drive home for one of the road signs in your neighborhood. You may also see sheriff's patrol cars in these areas with special markings. So what does this mean exactly? Read on!

In Washington County it can be difficult to tell if you are inside the city limits or in an urban area. Sometimes this is because specific urban areas are becoming as densely populated with homes and businesses as many of the cities.

In fact, development is only allowed in specific urban areas that fall within the county's urban growth boundary. As our population grows, these areas become more densely populated, similar to a city. All areas outside of the city limits are served by sheriff's deputies.


In 1987, residents in the highly populated urban area realized that they needed more sheriff's patrol deputies per square mile than if they were living out in the rural (farming) areas. They voted to create the Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District (ESPD). Citizens who live in the ESPD pay to have increased patrol protection that more appropriately matches their population density.

Of course, you will also see other sheriff's deputies working throughout Washington County every day - both inside the cities and in rural areas. Many services such as special enforcement teams, the county jail, crime scene specialists, alarm permits, and concealed handgun license permits, to name a few, are provided to all county citizens.

An Example of Urban Area Confusion
Residents in the Rock Creek area, (north of Highway 26 and west of 185th Avenue) have a Portland mailing address because their mail is processed at a Portland Post Office. They often believe that if they dial 9-1-1, Portland Police will respond.

However, Rock Creek residents actually live in unincorporated Washington County and receive Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District services.

(Vol_3 Issue_6-June, 2007)

Recent Headlines
Working Hard Throughout Washington County

Road Rage Leads to Serious Injuries Near Banks
On June 3, 2007, a 16-year-old driver of a pickup truck became enraged while driving behind two motorcycles. The pickup driver eventually used his vehicle as a weapon against one of the motorcycles. The second motorcycle was carrying the driver and his 8-year-old stepdaughter. The pick-up driver went so far as to ram the back of one of the motorcycles — the driver was able to maintain control.

After stopping for a brief verbal altercation, the pickup driver sped onto a narrow rural road, lost control, and rolled his vehicle. The passenger of the pickup suffered traumatic injuries and was transported to the Emanuel Hospital Trauma Unit. The pickup driver was arrested on multiple charges and referred to the Washington County Juvenile Department.

Sex Offender Drives an Ice Cream Truck in Hillsboro
A deputy stopped an ice cream vending truck due to complaints regarding how loud the driver was playing the music. The deputy found that the driver is a registered sex offender. The sex offender driver had served his time and no longer had restrictions for which he could be arrested.

This is an instance of why it is to important for you to always make sure your children are supervised by a known and trusted adult, and why they should not have unsupervised contact with strangers. Details.

Concealed Handgun Arrest at Aloha High School


A 17-year-old who had been trespassed from Aloha High School for assaulting a vice principal last November, returned to the school. The Sheriff's School Resource Officer was alerted, stopped the suspect, and found that he was carrying a concealed handgun. He was arrested for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Criminal Trespass. He will likely also face charges for violating his probation. 


Gang Related Stabbing in Aloha
The Washington County Interagency Gang Enforcement Team constantly works to identify gang members and to track their activities. Their work paid off when they were able to identify and arrest four suspects for the stabbing of a 15-year-old on May 20, 2007, by rival gang members in Aloha. A fifth juvenile suspect was arrested on June 5.

Stop of Bicyclist Leads to Multiple Arrests in Beaverton
Around midnight on May 31, a deputy in Beaverton stopped a woman riding a bike in the dark without any bicycle lights. She also had a large suitcase tied to her back. She said she was going to help her boyfriend up the street. When they arrived at the business location, the woman's boyfriend abruptly ran back into the business.

The business owner gave consent for a search. Deputies located blank credit card slips, cash, a logbook of names associated with drug transactions, digital scales and plastic baggies. Six people were arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Manufacture of Methamphetamine, Menacing, Disorderly Conduct, and some had outstanding warrants.

(Vol_3 Issue_6-June, 2007)

Jury Duty Scam
callHere is how the scam works. You get a call from a person claiming to be from the courthouse. You are told that a warrant is being issued for your arrest for failure to report for jury duty. Of course you have not received a notice to report and you certainly do not want to be arrested.

You explain to the caller that there has been a mistake, and the caller is only too happy to help straighten this out for you. They just need you to verify personal information to match it to their juror information. They ask you for your date of birth, social security number, and maybe even credit card information — everything they need for identity theft. Don't fall for it!


Court staff will not call you for missing jury duty, and they certainly will never ask for personal information. NEVER give out personal information on the telephone to a person you do not personally know.

As a point of interest, Washington County courts work hard to make your jury duty term as painless as possible. The court web site provides a lot of information for potential jurors, and citizens can even respond to jury summonses online. Check it out!

(Vol_3 Issue_6-June, 2007)

A Good Recipe to Pass Along
Crook's Cooked Goose

1 Part Information from Citizens
1 Part Patrol
1 Part Enforcement Teams
1 Part Jail

Mix together with excellent communication, apprehend, and then place in jail until done.

Each day, deputies, detectives, and supervisors come to work and read the "Pass Along" information from people working on earlier shifts. The Pass Along stores information about criminal activities or suspects that are wanted.

For example, a day shift deputy enters information in the Pass Along about a crime and possible suspects during the shift. Deputies on the second shift can further investigate the situation or compare it to crimes that occur on their shift. At the end of the second shift, more information is entered into the Pass Along - perhaps a physical description and vehicle information.

This information is then available to deputies and detectives on the Westside Interagency Narcotics (WIN) team, the Fraud and Identity Theft Enforcement (FITE) team or even the Interagency Gang Enforcement Team (IGET). Jail staff may even be asked to search the inmate database for a mug shot if deputies believe the suspect has been to our jail before.

Following this recipe, your Sheriff's Office finds and arrests felons on a regular basis. We get them off the street as fast as possible to keep your community safe. Note, this recipe is often improved by adding more information from citizens, our unofficial partners in public safety.

(Vol_3 Issue_6-June, 2007)

Dumb Crook
Let's Try It Again!

This crook must have the genes and IQ of a slug. He breaks into a luxury car dealership, beats and ties up the security guard, and steals a bunch of computer equipment from an office. For his get away vehicle — no not one of the luxury cars — he takes a forklift. Did I mention he was wearing a day-glow jacket? He was very easy to find.

A few weeks later, while out on bail, the crook returns. He beat up the same security guard, stole the guard's personal car . . . and crashed it into a tree a few blocks away.

The judge gave him six and a half years to figure out why this was a bad idea both the first and second time!

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This Month's "Most Wanted"
Lynch - CapturedShannon Marie Lynch, also known as Shannon Marie Rogers is a 30-year-old female, 5'09 tall, 130 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes. She is wanted for a Probation Violation on Criminal Mistreatment I charges. She is from the Portland metro area.
s_ponceDavid Amaya-Ponce, also known as David Ponce, is a 24-year-old male, 5'09 tall, 190 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He is wanted for failing to appear for a pretrial hearing on charges of Possession of a Forged Instrument I, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Theft II. He is from the Sherwood area. Details
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.


Sheriff's Top 10 Wanted List

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Don’t Forget
Friendly Reminder
When you change Internet Service Providers, please let us know! We will need your old email address and your new one to update our records.

Link to Who patrols my area. Link to Grafitti Hurts page LInk to Can you ID me link to SO Facebook page
calea accreditationCALEA Accreditation

The Washington County Sheriff's Office is proud of its national accreditation as of July 1, 2004, by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The Sheriff's Office is re-assessed every three years by a new team of inspectors. Our most recent reaccreditation was effective July 1, 2007.

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