Oregon Marine Board Denies Petition To Remove Towed Watersports On The Willamette River In The Newberg Pool.

The Oregon State Marine Board held a virtual work session on July 22 and their quarterly Board meeting on July 23, live streamed from the agency’s Salem office.   At the meeting, the Board considered a petition which proposed the removal of towed watersports zones in the Newberg Pool on the Willamette River to allow all water activities and require wake surfing to occur in the middle of the river in an upstream direction only. The Board had previously denied a petition with the same language at their May meeting, citing conflict with a rulemaking process already open in the same area.

The Board denied the petition again at the July 23 meeting, citing the recent adoption of new rules for the area which went into effect July 1, 2020. The Board wants to gauge the effectiveness of education and increased awareness around compliance with these rules. The Board also gave the agency Director the authority to deny petitions related to the Newberg Pool on the Willamette River in the immediate future,with the condition that the Director inform the Board of any rejected petitions in the quarterly Board report.

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.


Drowning Victim Recovered From Willamette River Near Newberg.

Press release from from Newbergd FD:

At approximately 6:00 p.m. this evening, callers phoned 911 to report an 18 year old male had disappeared while swimming in the Willamette River near Roger’s Landing in Newberg. Callers advised the male was not wearing a personal flotation device.

TVF&R’s Water Rescue Team quickly responded from the Newberg fire station and began searching the water by boat, utilizing thermal-imaging technology and rescue swimmers.

The search was eventually modified to a recovery mission with the assistance of the Lake Oswego Fire Department Dive Rescue Team.

At around 8:45 p.m. the swimmer was located deceased, in about 20 feet of water, a short distance downstream from Roger’s Landing.  He was identified as Wesley J. Warmoth, 18, of Newberg.

“Our hearts go out to the family of this young man.” said Sheriff Tim Svenson. “This is a tragic situation that unfortunately plays out all too often in Oregon rivers and lakes. We will keep this family in our thoughts.”

In addition to TVF&R’s Water Rescue Team and the Lake Oswego Fire Department Dive Rescue Team, assistance was provided by the Newberg Police Department and the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol.

ODOT Issues Traffic Advisory For Newberg-Dundee Bypass.

Marion, Polk, Linn, and Yamhill Counties state highway construction update: July 11-18

OR 18:

Wilsonville Road Realignment (Newberg-Dundee Bypass Phase 1W)

Project Description: This project will realign Wilsonville Road so that it connects to OR 219 about 750 feet south of Wynooski Road. Work includes building a two-lane roadway, installing drainage facilities, removing traffic separators on Springbrook Road and other related work.

Traffic Impacts:  Motorists should expect a new traffic pattern. Wilsonville Rd now connects to OR219 south of Wynooski Rd and will no longer be directly accessible from Springbrook Rd. Message boards are installed along Wilsonville Rd, Springbrook Rd, and OR219 to help navigate the change.

There will be intermittent flagger controlled lane closures on Wilsonville Road Monday through Friday 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

When we are working on OR 219, expect delays Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., and Sunday night through Friday morning between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. The work will require flagger controlled lane closures.

Project Website: https://www.oregon.gov/odot/projects/pages/project-details.aspx?project=19803

Car Thieves Crash Into Each Other During Brief Pursuit In Newberg July 5.

Bad day for car thieves in Newberg….

Newberg-Dundee PD Press Release:

On the morning of July 5, 2020, Newberg-Dundee Police officers responded to a report of a suspect that had just stolen a victim’s Toyota Land Cruiser.  Officers located the stolen vehicle moments later as it drove through town.  The suspect attempted to elude police through downtown Newberg and crashed the Land Cruiser into an occupied Buick Regal near E. Franklin & College St.  Officers took the suspect into custody from the Land Cruiser, but then learned the Buick Regal was also stolen from a completely unrelated crime that had been reported about three weeks prior.  The driver of the stolen Buick was found to be under the influence of intoxicants and arrested as well.

The suspect driving the stolen Land Cruiser, Randy Lee Cooper (27 years old), of Portland, was arrested for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Attempting to Elude Police, Assault-3, Reckless Driving and other related crimes.


The suspect driving the stolen Buick, Kristin Nicole Begue (25 years), of Newberg, was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.



Night Paving Work – Hwy 219 At Willamette River Bridge, St. Paul. Expect Delays.

An overnight paving project has begun on Hwy 219 between St. Paul and Newberg.  Crews are paving the Willamette River bridge and approaches. Traffic is one lane only and being controlled by flaggers and a pilot car.  Lots of heavy equipment on the project with dump trucks coming and going.

Expect delays of 5 to 15 minutes and congested traffic.

Online Open House Set For Wilsonville Road Realignment Project Near Newberg

From ODOT today :

NEWBERG—Construction has begun on the Newberg-Dundee Bypass Phase 1W Wilsonville Road Realignment Project in south Newberg. The Oregon Department of Transportation has set up an online open house for those who want to learn more about the project and the construction impacts at http://openhouse.oregondot.org/or-18-newberg-dundee-bypass-phase-1w.

Phase 1 of the Bypass was opened in January 2018 and Phase 2 is currently in design. This project continues Phase 1 work with the realignment of Wilsonville Road to connect to OR 219 about 750 feet south of Wynooski Road. This work is needed to prepare for the future construction of the Phase 2 intersection with OR 219.

There shouldn’t be significant construction impacts because most of the work will be done off of mainline OR 219. The project will rebuild NE Adolf Road to a two-lane roadway and will be renamed NE Wilsonville Road. Also included in the project will be the removal of the medium barrier at the Springbrook Road and NE Wilsonville Road intersection to allow for left turns.

The Wilsonville Road Realignment Project will be completed this summer. The interested public is urged to visit the online open house to learn more about the project.


Newberg-Dundee PD Announces Operations Plan During COVID-19 Emergency.

Press release from Newberg-Dundee Police Department this afternoon:

The Newberg-Dundee Police Department (NDPD) will be implementing temporary changes in protocol as we serve the public due to the COVID-19 virus situation.  These changes are being implemented to protect our staff and the communities we serve.

Beginning today, Friday March 13th, the entrance to the NDPD Public Safety Building will be staffed but closed to the public. The non-emergency phone number to the 911 Center is 503-538-8321.

Police Officers are being instructed to answer calls for service via telephone when possible but will continue to respond in person to emergency situations and those wishing personal contact. During personal contacts we are encouraging social distancing guidelines be followed. Community members may also ask for a mail out police report.

We will continue to work with public health officials to monitor the situation and will adjust protocol as needed.