Welcome to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Community Patrol program website. We are based out of Corbett, Oregon (just east of Portland), in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. The MCSO Community Patrol also has a contingent of volunteers within the City of Fairview. Our band of volunteers are trained citizen-volunteers that act as extra "eyes and ears" for our deputies. The volunteers patrol with a partner to help reduce crime; particularly vehicle break-ins or Gorge area parking lots like Multnomah Falls, along with various parks within the city of Fairview. They patrol the Corbett Schools to keep our kids safe. They also assist at numerous community events and are trained to assist police and fire personnel in the event of a disaster or other large-scale emergency. Members have all been vetted via an application process and background check. Monthly trainings insure that our volunteers are professional and proficient. If you're interested in joining, please contact Deputy Kaiser (see contact info below or on the "About" page) and you can do a ride-along or a training session with the members.
This website is updated approximately 2-3 times per month or as needed.
This website is updated approximately 2-3 times per month or as needed.
WE NEED YOU-- TO JOIN THE MCSO COMMUNITY PATROL
MCSO Community Patrol is seeking new members. If you like the beauty of the Columbia River Gorge and if you have the desire to keep the community safe, the C.P. might be the right fit for you! MCSO Community Patrol members are diverse in how they'd like to serve their community. Some have an interest in neighborhood watch-style patrols or assisting during community events. Others wish to focus on disaster preparedness and community resilience. Whatever your desire, the VIPS can find a spot for you. Free monthly trainings are offered each month on topics such as: 1st Aid, Disaster Response, Leadership, Traffic Crash Scene Management, Active Threats, Confrontational Simulation and more. If you're interested, you're welcome to attend a monthly training session. The MCSO Community Patrol has expanded into the City of Fairview to assist with motorized patrols in the city parks. Contact Deputy Joe Kaiser for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or Corbett office 503-695-3211.
Citizens Patrol is now Community Patrol.
Deputy Joe "Rocky" Graziano, the Corbett Community Resource Officer, is retiring after 27 years of service. His last day will be 9/16/20. The selection process has not yet begun for his replacement.
Due to the 60+ days of nightly riots in downtown, MCSO deputies have had to work numerous extra overtime shifts to help staff positions at the Justice Center and normal patrol shifts. The Corbett Community Resource Officer (Dep. Graziano) and the West Side Community Resource Officer (Dep. McGarry) will be transferred to Patrol on 8/3/20. They'll tentatively return to their normal assignments around Labor Day. Corbett citizens are asked to call the either 911 or the non-emergency# (503-823-3333) for law enforcement issues.
This morning around 10:30 AM, deputies were dispatched to assist the State Police in pursuit of a homicide suspect on I84. The suspect "carjacked" a citizen on the freeway and shots were fired. The suspect was taken into custody just east of the Sandy River.
1) A resident at the 28200 block of E. Columbia River Hwy. (near Tippy Canoe) reported that last night a man was seen via a Ring camera performing a lewd act in the back of the homeowner's parked pickup truck.
2) A resident reported that a man was seen this morning around 5:30 AM at the bottom of Corbett Hill Rd, near Rasmussen with a white Pontiac 2-door with Idaho plates. The man, a white male in his 30s with black hair and a black beard, was beating down blackberry bushes with a stick at the bottom or a resident's driveway. The man left prior to a deputy's arrival.
3) Residents are asked to be aware that parked trailers or campers can easily be stolen. Two black hydraulic "dump trailers" were stolen this past week in Wood Village from job sites. One of the trailers was filled discarded construction junk and the entire load was dumped at Kerlake and Sweetbriar Rd.. At least one of the trailers had a cheap tongue lock, however it was likely removed with bolt cutters. Be aware that bolt cutters can be purchased cheaply and can defeat nearly any common padlock. Furthermore, other locks can be defeated with cheaply purchased battery operated metal grinders. For this reason, owners should take extra precautions that include:
1) having several locking mechanisms such as wheel locks, tongue locks, chained to a sturdy fixed object, "keyed" lug nuts etc..
2) motion sensors, lights and camera pointed at "target rich" locations on your property.
3) be sure to documents VIN, plate and also store photos of expensive items in case they're stolen.
April 2020 Corbett Crime Log link.
More suspicious vehicles reportedly "lurking" around the Corbett area:
1) A citizen on Deverell Rd. reported that he contacted a young woman in her 20s, driving a nice, dark green VW Jetta 4-door (the older "boxy" style). Her story seemed suspicious and she eventually drove away.
2) A deputy contacted a man in a gold, 4x4 Dodge 4-door pickup with a louder diesel engine. The man was stopped in the middle of the road at Curtis and E. Columbia River Hwy. during the early morning hours. He, too, was behaving suspiciously and evasive with his responses to the deputy.
3) A deputy reports receiving information about a newer silver Dodge Charger around the 1 mile marker or Larch Mt. Rd.. Citizens advised this vehicle is associated with multiple shots fired calls, likely from a high powered rifle. The vehicle has no plates but it does have a temporary tag in the rear window, A1197784, however this tag is "unable to locate" with DMV.
Several suspicious vehicles and activities have been reported in the past couple of weeks in the Corbett area.
1) A postal employee reported a suspicious red Toyota Celica 2-door with Washinton plates around 8:30 AM on SE Evans Rd.. A deputy contacted a male and female. It was determined the couple did not reside in the area. It was later reported that the female was seen walking out of a driveway. The female's probation officer was notified.
2) A resident reported seeing someone in a black minivan with dark, tinted windows, opening the resident's mailbox along Littlepage Rd. on a Saturday afternoon.
3) Fuel and keys were taken from parked Asplundh Tree Service vehicles at the Corbett Fire Station overnight. School staff in the metro area have also reported fuel thefts from parked school busses.
4) A maroon Surburban 4-door with a red trailer hitch was seen towing a stolen camper. This vehicle is associated with a man that had a warrant and ran from a deputy near the Menucha Retreat Center several months ago. The man and vehicle were located last week along the Sandy River. Unfortunately, deputies could not arrest the man because the camper's title/proof of ownership was lacking from the victim.
5) A man in a white pickup truck was seen on video in the Dodson/Warrendale area as he defecated on a person's lawn and attempted to open the door of the homeowner's parked camper. That man has been identified and his probation office has been notified.
Due to tax returns and unemployment checks in the mail, residents with mailboxes are encouraged to pick up their mail immediately whenever possible.
It always helps to be observant of your neighbors! Last week a resident near Ogden Rd. reported that he had noticed that an elderly neighbor's car had not moved for over a week. A deputy conducted a "welfare check" on the elderly man and found that the man's car had broken down. The man had no friends or family and he had not eat for five days nor had water for three days. It's likely the man would have passed away within a couple of days. The Corbett Fire chief graciously took the elderly man to lunch and then allowed the man to stay in the chief's guest room at home for several days. After numerous phone calls, the Chief was able to get the man admitted to a nursing home.
We had some mail thefts on Larch Mt. last week and strangely, a bag-full of the mail was found, dumped, in Fairview. The recovered mail was returned to the Corbett Post Office for distribution.
Deputy Joe "Rocky" Graziano was given boxes of N95 "duck face" masks that expired in 2018. Although they're not approved for wear by front-line medical staff, they are approved for others to wear. Rocky has started distributing masks to various entities in Corbett. If you're in need of masks, contact Rocky (contact info is above).
Info from ODOT regarding closure of the E. Columbia River Hwy:
CORBETT -- An additional seven miles of the Historic Columbia River Highway will close during the day starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday to ensure the health and safety of State Parks staff and the general public.
Last week, ODOT closed the Historic Highway from Angel’s Rest to Ainsworth, a seven mile section of road, around the clock. All of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail has been closed since last month.
On Wednesday, the road will close every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Larch Mountain Road to Angel’s Rest, an additional seven miles.
ODOT made the decision in consultation with the U.S. Forest Service and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, who want to remind everyone that Vista House, Multnomah, Horsetail, Shepperd’s Dell, Wahkeena and Latourell falls and other recreation destinations in these corridors remain closed twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
“Given what’s been happening in this corridor despite the Governor’s Executive Order, this day-time closure has become necessary to protect Forest Service, Sheriff’s office and State Parks staffs and for protecting the public,” said Rian Windsheimer, ODOT’s regional manager for the Portland area. “Please follow the Governor’s guidance and stay home, save lives.”
Crews along the road see more than 200 vehicles an hour with many visitors violating barricades, some throwing closure signs off the road and many trespassing into closed parks and trails. In addition, official crews in the area – including the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, ODOT the Forest Service and State Parks – report contacting visitors about once every four minutes while trying to maintain the closure of recreational facilities.
The new closure points will be staffed by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Access for local residents and emergency services will be maintained.
Click HERE for the Sheriff's monthly Youtube video.
Click HERE for the 4/1/20 COVID-19 Situational Report from Emergency Management and the Health Dept..
Click HERE for a recent COVID-19 Resources Guide.
Two days ago a citizen reported a suspicious vehicle "prowling" around SE Louden Rd.. About an hour later a deputy spotted the occupied vehicle in Springdale. The deputy also had reason to believe that the driver had a warrant. The deputy contacted the driver who resisted arrest.
Citizens are encouraged to report suspicious activities immediately via 911 or the non-emergency#- 503-823-3333.
Click HERE for a "What's Open and What's Closed" guide.
Click HERE for a Youtube message from Sheriff Reese.
Click HERE for an Enforcement FAQs guide.
Click HERE for yesterday's COVID-19 Situational Report from Emergency Management and the Health Dept..
Multnomah County Emergency Management and the Health Department have been emailing daily situational reports regarding the COVID-19 virus.
Click HERE for yesterday's update.
Click HERE for a COVID-19 Resource Guide.
Click HERE to review a "Special Order" from Sheriff Reese.
Due to the Pandemic, all Oregon State Parks will close today at dusk. Campers in campgrounds must leave by 1 PM.
The Sheriff's Office is preparing and adapting continuously to the Pandemic. All indoor Patrol Unit "roll calls" for deputies have been suspended so that deputies can maintain "social distancing". Deputies are encouraged to handle calls by phone whenever possible. All School Resource Officers have been reassigned to other units such as Patrol or the Civil Unit. Detectives that normally work in "plain clothes" are preparing their uniforms to potentially fill Patrol deputy positions should deputies become sick or quarantined. We have seen other departments lose a significant portion of their staff due to quarantine requirements.
This is a difficult and anxious time for everyone. At this time, the Sheriff's Office has not been advised of any "shelter in place" requirements. We do ask that you assist your elderly family members, friends and neighbors, or those with other health concerns by allowing them to self-isolate. If you know of someone that's in need of assistance with grocery shopping or other needs, feel free to call 211, the Corbett Grange Hall (503-695-6674) or Deputy Graziano (see contact info above). If you have a safety concern about another person and are unable to contact that person yourself, you can call the 24-hour non-emergency number (503-823-3333) and deputies can conduct a "welfare check".
One of our Citizen Patrol members itemized the following ways to stay informed below:
- Sign up for Multnomah County Alerts at https://www.publicalerts.org/
- The latest about COVID-19 from Multnomah County: https://multco.us/novel-coronavirus-covid-19
- Sign up for an email about the latest about COVID-19 from the State of Oregon: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/ORDHS/subscriber/new?topic_id=ORDHS_816
- A good place to provide and get info from/to citizens: https://nextdoor.com/
- Helpful Telephone numbers:
- Multnomah County Non-Emergency Number: 503.823.3333
- State of Oregon Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline: 1.855.503.7233
- Multnomah County Adult Protective Services: 503.988.4450
The COVID-19 virus is of continuing concern to the community. Please click the link below on 2/6/20 for updates from the Multnomah County Health Department. This will be our main discussin topic at our COVID-19 (Corona Virus)/Emergency Preparedness community forum at the Corbett Grange Hall on Monday 3/9, 6-8 PM. The public is welcome to attend.
Click HERE for Sheriff Reese's monthly You Tube address.
Click HERE for the February 2020 Crime Log.
For information about Multnomah County's response to the Corona Virus (COVID-19), please click HERE.
1st Responders, Citizen Patrol members and the public are always encouraged to have a supply of food, water (or water filtration methods), toiletries and medicine for all family members. This is always good practice to prepare in advance for any emergency or disaster. If anyone has questions or about how to prioritize with limited resources, feel free to contact Deputy Graziano (contact info is above).
The public is invited to a free earthquake and disaster preparation/response discussion offered by a speaker from Multnomah County Emergency Management on Monday 3/9, 6- 8 PM at the Corbett Grange Hall.
A citizen reported that a small farm animal was killed this past weekend on private property. The property is adjacent to E. Columbia River Hwy. in an area that is accessible and in view of the public. After inspecting remains left at the scene, it appears possible that the animal may have been killed by a human rather than killed by a coyote, bear or cougar. Although not definitive, please be sure to report any similar suspicious circumstances.
The county Code Enforcement Officer picked up 11 more bags of human feces in the lanes of Bell Rd. during the early morning hours on 12/31/19. This has been an ongoing problem in the community.
The Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) is recruiting new members. They'll have some upcoming training sessions. The TIP volunteers are called by law enforcement, fire, medical and hospital personnel to respond to scenes of sudden or unexpected death (natural, homicide, suicide, accidental, infant), industrial accidents, sexual assaults, violent crimes and other traumatic incidents to provide immediate emotional and practical support to families, friends, witnesses and victims. TIP is seeking teen and adult volunteers. If you're interested in joining:
Click HERE if you're adult applicant.
Click HERE if you're a teen applicant.
This morning, deputies attempted to pull over a stolen silver Subaru on Woodard Rd.. The vehicle would not yield and deputies were able to "spike" and flatten some of the tires. The suspect continued to elude deputies but the vehicle was eventually found at a residence on Woodard Rd.. Deputies eventually determined that two wanted subjects were hiding inside a camper trailer and they refused to exit despite repeated commands. Numerous deputies and SWAT personnel arrived. Deputies made a forced entry into the camper and the subjects were both arrested without any further incidents. The subjects, a male and a female, were interviewed and then transported to jail.
Just a reminder to please drive safely and slow down. Earlier this morning there was a fatal rollover crash on I84 near Wood Village. Also, in the past week, two PGE utility poles have been hit and replaced due to extensive damage.
Since November 2018, the Corbett area has randomly experienced the dumping of numerous plastic grocery bags in the roadways. These bags contain human feces, kitty litter and paper products. The bags are typically dumped during the night and struck by passing motorists. County Roads will no longer pick up these bags. ODOT is still picking up the bags if they're deposited along the Old Hwy. (since it's a state roadway). The county Code Enforcement Officer, Dave Thomson picked up six (pre-struck) bags strewn along the east end of Bell Road this past Thursday morning.
Click HERE for the October Corbett Crime Log.
Click HERE for the September Corbett Crime Log.
If you're interested in possibly joining the Citizen Patrol program, you're welcome to attend one of our 2-hour monthly trainings to see if this is something you might find enjoyable. You may also do a "ride along" with a Citizen Patrol crew. Please contact Deputy Kaiser (see above) for arrangements.
The local bear population is active this time of year in Corbett. Citizens have phoned-in regarding bear sightings. In one case, a mischievous bear stole an entire bag of garbage out of a garbage can on Corbett Hill Rd.. The entire bag has not been located. Click HERE to see a photo of one of the bears seen on a trail camera.
Bears can be very crafty and resourceful at getting food, especially this time of year before their hibernation season. Home owners are advised to put out garbage as late as possible to avoid a late night visit from a bear. In 2010, a bear on Brower Road literally peeled the siding off a house before it was shot and killed by a citizen. Click HERE for a photo of the house damage.
Earlier this week a man broke into the Corbett Country Market and stole various items. This same man was also seen on surveillance video around the same time-frame when a window at the Glenn Irvin Market was broken-out. One of our Corrections Deputies was able to identify the suspect as someone that had previously been booked in the jail. The suspect's photos was shown on the local news. This morning, a good citizen recognized the man in North Portland and called police. Portland Officers arrived and arrested the suspect. The suspect is believed to be involved in even more serious crimes in the Portland area.
Click HERE for an article about this story in the Gresham Outlook.
Be aware of online "phishing" emails that ask you for information. Phishing is similar to "fishing" in that the fraudster casts the bait, hoping that an unwitting person will see something alluring and then "bite". The bait can be different for different people. Even in my own personal case of operating this Citizen Patrol website, I've received legitimate looking (but fake) emails advising that I'm late on the payments and/or I need to click on their links to continue service. Some can look very authentic (remember...this is "bait" and it's meant to look real). You'll never be contacted online or by phone with someone from the IRS or Social Security Office etc.. If the fraudster insists that he or she is from your bank, then hang up and call your bank directly; don't use the phone number they provide. It may be even better to visit your bank in person. Sometimes fraudsters will use names of legitimate employees at your institutions.
If you're directed to click an online link---DON'T. Instead, go directly to your account and login. In my case with the website scam, I found that the account and all payments were current.
Also, phone numbers can be "spoofed" so that the caller can appear to be anyone. There are numerous free "spoofing" apps on smart phones that anyone can use. Even a kid can spoof a friend to show that his "mom" is calling. So be very cautious about sharing personal information. Here's the email that was sent to a Corbett woman (I've deleted her name for privacy purposes):
From: FlashAlert <email@example.com>
Date: September 4, 2019 at 2:35:46 PM PDT
To: Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Confirm your FlashAlert account by Sept. 30
You are subscribed to FlashAlert Messenger email messages (such as snow closures or other news) from Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office. Please read on to continue using this free service.
You must confirm your account each fall to keep it alive. Please go to https://www.flashalert.net/login.html?link=1&EmailAddressemail@example.com , enter your password, then click to log out. To keep the lists clean, accounts that have not been confirmed will be deleted on Sept. 30.
If you don't like clicking on links, you can go to FlashAlert.net and click on "Manage Your Messenger Subscription."
on behalf of Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office
Confidentiality: This e-mail transmission may contain confidential and/or privileged information. The information contained herein is intended for the addressee only. If you are not the addressee, please do not review, disclose, copy or distribute this transmission. If you have received this transmission in error, please contact the sender immediately.
There were numerous mail thefts this past week that occurred on Northway, Gordon Creek Rd and Bull Run Rd. (in Clackamas County). Although mailboxes are convenient, they aren't secure. Even the locked heavy-duty mailboxes can be forcibly opened. If you have mail with sensitive information, it's best to drop it off directly as the Post Office. If you have mail delivered, it's best to retrieve it as quickly as possible or even have a trusted home-bound neighbor gather the mail soon-after it arrives. Mail and package thieves have been known to follow mail and delivery trucks a short distance away, only to steal the items after they're delivered.
If you're a mail theft victim. you're advised to follow the steps listed on this Federal Trade Commission wesbsite: https://www.identitytheft.gov/Steps
Click HERE for a link to a an email from County Emergency Management regarding this week's heat advisory.
The Corbett/ East County area has had a handful of more serious police calls during the past few weeks. Last night a man crashed a vehicle through the iron rod fence across from the Riverview Restaurant, located on the west end of the Stark Street Bridge. The man appeared to be high on drugs and fought with deputies during his arrest.
Last week during the night, in a very remote area off Toll Rd., a man with a gun was confronted by a homeowner. Deputies were called to the scene and confronted the 280 lbs man who appeared high on "bath salts". The man resisted arrest but was taken into custody without further incident.
A woman from Portland reported that a man kidnapped her, in her own vehicle, and drover her to Corbett Hill Rd.. The man allegedly raped the woman and the suspect was later arrested.
A sergeant responded to an area off I84 near the Troutdale exit regarding a motorcyclist that eluded police from Hood River. The suspect ambushed the sergeant, striking him in the forehead with a helmet. Another deputy arrived, and tased the suspect, whom was taken into custody. The suspect was found to be in possession of a loaded gun and had multiple warrants. The sergeant was treated and released from the hospital.
Deputies responded to an apartment off Corbeth Lane due to reports of a woman screaming. When deputies arrived, a male suspect pointed a gun at the deputies. After it was determined that neither the woman nor others were in imminent danger from the suspect, deputies disengaged from the suspect. Detectives later located and arrested the man without incident.
Corbett area roadways continue to be the occasional recipient of dumped bags of human waste in the roadways. The plastic bags are knotted shut and deposited in lanes of traffic. The bags were first noticed around November 2018. Weeks have gone by without a single bag being dumped, while at other times, several bags are found in the area. About half of the bags are struck by cars which becomes quite a mess for ODOT or County Roads workers. Along with human waste, the bags usually contain kitty litter, toilet paper and/or baby wipes. It's common for small, portable camping style toilets to recommend the use of kitty litter. If you have any information that could lead to the arrest of the person(s) dumping these bags, please contact Deputy Joe Graziano (contact info above).
Please click HERE for the July 2019 crime log.
Multiple cougar sightings have occurred around the Springdale Job Corps and Wand Road this past month. Click HERE for a link from the Oregon Dept of Fish and Wildlife regarding living with cougars.
Summer is one of the busier months for the Citizen Patrol volunteers. Members typically assist for the "Puppies and Ponies" event at the Sandy River Delta, Corbett 4th of July, the Wood Village National Night Out (on 7/19), the Troutdale Summer Fest (on 7/20) the Fairview National Night Out (on 8/6) and occasional events at the state parks. Additionally, they routinely patrol gorge area parking lots and trail heads, assisting tourists while looking for signs of suspicious activity.
Click HERE for the June 2019 Corbett Crime Log
The Corbett area has had several recent issues pertaining to homelessness and persons with mental health issues. This morning a witness reported seeing a woman in the Sandy River, apparently putting an object in the water. The woman claimed it was her deceased child. After an intensive search for the woman, with over a dozen police and fire personnel with divers, it was determined that the woman was having a mental health crisis and there was no deceased child in the water.
Last week, two subjects were placed on "mental holds" in one day and a third was placed on a mental hold the following day. In one incident, a man on Larch Mt. was knocking on doors and claiming that someone had a gun. It was later found that the man and his friend had been dropped off to camp and the man's friend did have a gun. The troubled man was placed on a mental hold. Persons taken on mental holds are taken to a local hospital. If the person is deemed as no longer being a danger to themselves or others, the person is released.
The Citizen Patrol is gearing up for numerous summer community events. If you're interested in possibly joining the Citizen Patrol (CP), please contact Deputy Graziano (contact info is above). You're welcome to attend a monthly training or to go on a ride-along.
Sheriff Reese has a new video message. Deputy Graziano's Corbett Community Resource Officer position is highlighted in this month's video. Click HERE for the YouTube link.
Click HERE for the latest Corbett Crime Log.
Multnomah County and the Sheriff's Office will continue to face budget issues in the future. Click HERE for a link to Commissioner Kafoury's message about this issue.
Deputy Joe "Rocky" Graziano, the Corbett Community Resource Officer, is no longer on the proposed budget cut list for the county. The Corbett citizens were very supportive of this position. Deputy Graziano is glad to be staying and he hopes to continue in this position for another four years, until his retirement in 2023. Of course in the line of law enforcement, retirement is never a "given", but that is his hope. He was extremely appreciative to witness the outpouring of community support. Rocky will also retain oversight of the Citizen Patrol volunteer program. Rocky is excited to begin working on various projects that have been on hold due to the uncertainty of his position.
Joshua Applestill has been missing for nearly 3-weeks. He was last seen on Larch Mt.. If you have any information about Josh, please call the non-emergency#, 503-823-3333. Here's a KATU news link: https://katu.com/news/local/family-searches-for-corbett-man-missing-nearly-two-weeks
As mentioned on 11/20/18, numerous bags of human waste have been discarded along the Old Hwy, Curtis and Corbett Hill Rd.. In the past, it appeared that the bags may have contained diapers, however, recently, the bags contained human waste, tissues and sometimes, kitty litter. When bags are "double bagged" with kitty litter, it's usually consistent with the use of small, portable camp toilets. This morning, waste and tissues were strewn along E. Columbia River Hwy. at Crestview for approximately 50 yards. If you seen any suspicious activity regarding this, please call the non-emergency#, 503-823-3333.
After the incident last week with the man mentioned below, several Corbett residents were concerned that only some people received phone calls or alerts about the dangerous wanted subject in the area and others did not. There were similar concerns regarding why some citizens were or were not informed during the Eagle Creek Fire. There are several ways to stay informed. It's apparently a complex system, but Dep. Graziano is working with county Emergency Management to compile the information in an understandable format. For now, it's best to sign up with #1 and #4 below.
1) One of the best ways to get info is by signing up with the "Public Alerts" system at www.publicalerts.org. These alerts are sent directly from the government entities you choose. This system is what most people refer to as "Reverse 911" when it comes to police and fire calls. Local government agencies can send out notices to landline phones only UNLESS the citizen has opted-in to provide their cell phone number. These alerts are sent out in a "geographic radius" and not to individualized residences . The alert system only allows for "pre-canned" messages and NOT messages that are highly specific to the actual incident. For example, if an armed and dangerous person is running through the area, you may get an alert that says to remain inside. You will NOT get an alert that describes the wanted person or the nature of the crime.
2) You can also sign up for alerts from local news organizations at "Flash Alert" at www.flashalert.net.
3) Another system is the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA)/ Integrated Public Alert Warning System (IPAWS). Click HERE for an information video. This is a federal system (through FEMA) but it's generally not used for localized events or unfolding crime situations. These alerts are ONLY sent to wireless phones. Be aware that if your phone lacks a signal or is in sleep mode, you may receive delayed alerts when your phone does reacquire a signal. The alert is sent to a geographic area and NOT to a phone at a specified address. For example, if you're from Oregon but driving through Kansas, your phone can potentially be alerted about a looming tornado in Kansas. However, using the same example, if you're in Kansas and a tsunami alert goes out along the Oregon coast, you will NOT get that alert despite being an Oregon resident. See the entry below on 9/17/18 for further information. Click HERE for a graphic about IPAWS
4) The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Twitter and Facebook pages.
5) Although very rare, you may also receive a phone call directly from a live police officer for certain situations. For example, if a police agency is involved in a hostage situation or other grave situation, officers will do their best to obtain a phone number for your address via numerous means to alert you to shelter in place, evacuate etc.. Since this is a very tedious method, it's only used in smaller, isolated situations.
The suspect listed below was captured this morning at 8:30 AM, thanks to the tip for a local Corbett woman. Thank you Deb! The man was arrested near Lewis and Clark Park. He was very dirty and tired. He even offered to smile for a photo.
This afternoon, Corbett Fire organized an anti-drinking and driving presentation for Corbett H.S. seniors. It was similar to a live theatrical performance with role players and personnel from the Corbett Fire Department, the Sheriff's Office, the Citizen Patrol and the Medical Examiner's Office. The scene involved two wrecked cars, injured victims and a reenactment of the response at a deadly crash scene.
This morning a man assaulted a Corbett woman in her own home. At this time, it does not appear that the suspect knew the woman. Deputies, K9 officers and a SWAT team searched the area throughout the day but were unable to locate the suspect. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous. Please click HERE for an info flyer.
The Multnomah County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) forwarded informational handouts so that citizens can sign up for an Integrated Public Alerts (IPAWS) warning system to cell phones. Despite what the attached info sheet say, it looks like they'll be doing a nationwide on 10/3/18. The following is from OEM:
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will now conduct the planned nationwide test of theEmergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on October 3, 2018. The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 p.m. EDT, and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.October 3 was the previously scheduled back-up date for the test, which was originally set up for this Thursday, September 20. A backup date is always planned in case of widespread severe weather or other significant events on the primary test date. FEMA and the nation’s emergency management community are currently actively involved in various response efforts to severe weather, including Hurricane Florence.For further information on the test, go to:
A citizen on NE Corbett Hill Road reported that naked man was knocking on his door at 3AM. The main claimed he had been beaten up and dropped off in the area. Deputies located the man nearby and found that he had rummaged through another neighbors property, where the man found a blanket and sandals. The man (not from the Corbett area) claimed that he had been beaten by known persons, however he refused to give the investigating deputy further details. The man was arrested on a warrant. The man had also failed to report to his probation officer for his ankle monitoring bracelet. In a separate incident, a woman was taken into custody after she was found walking along SE Gordon Creek Rd. at night and behaving oddly. It was likely related to a DUII crash in the area.
This is a week of suspicious vehicles in the Corbett area! In addition to the vehicles listed below, a resident reports that a white vehicle, possibly a Subaru wagon drove down her driveway on Louden Rd.. The vehicle was pulling an empty trailer. It departed after being seen by the homeowner.
A residence was burglarized at the 43000 block of E. Columbia River Hwy.. When the homeowner returned home, she saw an African-American man, associated with a gray, 1999 Lexus SUV (plate 539HPY). The man told the owner that he was looking for gas. After he departed, the homeowner realized that the house door had been kicked in and numerous items were stolen. A deputy found that the SUV was listed as stolen.
In another incident, a homeowner at the 36000 block of SE Gordon Creek Rd. reported that a suspicious man in a nice, white Corvette (plate 474JJL) drove onto the remote property. The man, a white male with grayish hair and a muscular build, apparently told the neighbor a story, yet when he was confronted by owner, the man told a different story. A deputy is still attempting to contact the vehicle's owner.
In a 3rd incident, a black Sedan (plate 347EYS), was parked in front of a house at the 32000 block of E. Columbia River Hwy. The occupant was taking photos of the house.. The homeowner reports that this car in the past, in this area. When the homeowner exited the house to contact the driver, the vehicle sped off quickly.
If you see any of these suspicious vehicles, please do not contact the occupant(s). Instead, call either 911 or the non-emergency number (503-823-3333) at your discretion.
Yesterday afternoon a deputy got into a short pursuit with a young man in a stolen car along I84. The suspect took the Corbett exit and proceeded uphill. He then turned onto Reed Rd. and "bailed" out of the car. Deputies converged on the area and found the suspect walking along the railroad track, along I84, about 30 minutes later. The man was arrested and taken to jail.
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Click HERE for a slideshow that discusses the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire damage and its hazard impact to our area.
For updates about the Eagle Creek fire with road and trail closure updates, please click HERE