Oregon State Police detective's 'egregious misconduct' in Pedersen case triggers review of more cases

On October 15, 2014

Two months after a federal judge slammed Oregon State Police and Detective Dave Steele for "egregious misconduct" in investigating white supremacist killer David "Joey" Pedersen, the law enforcement agency has yet to say how it plans to respond. State police officials said they are "unable to communicate with the transparency necessary" about Senior U.S. District Judge Ancer Haggerty's censure because they need to finish their personnel investigation of SteeleRead more

Sherwood police: Dad left children in car to get a massage

On October 15, 2014

Police in Sherwood arrested a man accused of leaving his two young children unattended in a minivan while he got a massage. According to Sherwood police, the children, ages 5 and 6, were hot and sweaty when officers checked on them after getting a call from employees of Massage Envy.Read more

Law enforcement family stress: When counseling counts

On October 15, 2014

Police culture still struggles with acknowledging the serious effects that long-term exposure to traumatic events has on an officer's mental and physical health. These events can be harmful even for officers who have displayed resilience during their careers. Without agencies removing the stigma of officers coming forward who need professional mental healthcare, officers are left to deal with the effects of stress and depression on their own. This can easily transfer to the officers' fRead more

North Bend police celebrates kind-hearted behavior of officers on Facebook

On October 15, 2014

On Oct. 9, the chief of police of the North Bend Oregon Police Department shared a public letter on the department's Facebook page, celebrating the kind-hearted behavior of four of the department's officers. After receiving a handwritten note from one grateful resident who saw Sgt. Buddy Young stop to help an elderly man with his trash can, Chief of Police Robert F. Kappelman felt inclined to share details of a few other officers' inspirational actions.Read more

Trail heats up in 40-year-old Eugene cold case

On October 15, 2014

It's been 40 years and one month since Martha Marie Morrison went missing — and 40 years and two days since an unidentified female’s body was discovered near Vancouver, Washington. Cold case detectives, both in Oregon and in Washington state, are hoping to put together those two puzzle pieces and perhaps solve a mystery that has stumped investigators for four decades.Read more

Oregon's marijuana legalization ad campaign features 33-year police vet

On October 15, 2014

Marijuana legalization advocates in Oregon have launched a $2 million-plus ad campaign starring a 33-year police veteran. The new ad features Pete Tutmark, a former patrol sergeant and sheriff's deputy. Tutmark criticizes what he calls a "broken" system that diverts resources from important crime-solving to drug arrests and urges his fellow Oregonians to vote yes on measure 91 this fall, which would legalize and regulate recreational marijuana use.Read more

Technology may trump policy when it comes to police pursuits

On October 15, 2014

Despite well-intentioned policies intended to reduce the risk to public safety, police chases are still making headlines. In September, six people were killed in Houston after their vehicle was hit by a suspect fleeing police. A dog was recently injured by a van that was involved in a police chase in Los Angeles.Read more

Fired Springfield officer sues city

On October 15, 2014

A veteran Springfield police sergeant who lost his job earlier this year after an extended medical leave begun in the wake of work-related tumult has made good on his threat to file "whistleblower" litigation against the city that employed him for 29 years. John Umenhofer makes a series of allegations against former colleagues in the $1.85 million lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Eugene.Read more

Salem police searching for missing girl

On October 15, 2014

A 14-year-old girl has gone missing from her South Salem home, and Salem police are asking for the public's help in finding her. Chloe Nelson was determined missing from her home on Tuesday, Oct. 14. Police said they believe she left on her own but consider her disappearance unusual.Read more

New wax form of marijuana worries law enforcement

On October 15, 2014

A new drug is emerging in the metro and causing serious concern. The drug goes by the names wax, butter and honeycomb because its waxy texture makes it look like lip balm. While many adults may not have heard of it, there's a good chance their teens have. Drug agents call it the strongest form of marijuana and some users claim a single hit keeps users high all day.Read more

Portland's next police chief promises more community access, more diversity on force

On October 15, 2014

Larry O'Dea survived as an assistant chief and an executive assistant in the Portland Police Bureau's chief's office for seven years through three different police chiefs. That's no easy task. O'Dea will take over the 935-member force on Jan. 2 after Mike Reese retires. He said he's looking forward to a smooth transition and called the past hand-offs disruptive, leaving too much angst and uncertainty within the bureau and the community.Read more

New Jersey police explain robot technology used at standoffs, barricades

On October 15, 2014

The long arm of the law has been mechanized, and it carries a camera and speaker. Police-controlled robots might not be in every department's toolbox but can be called upon if the situation arises. "In the past, the only way of dealing with this was sending officers in," Gloucester Township Police Department Deputy Chief David Harkins said of standoffs, adding that the traditional approach could put police at risk.Read more