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.

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McMinnville Nursery Defrauded Of $4.4 Million. Suspect Arrested.

Press Release from YCSO:

On February 24, 2020 Oregon Pride Nursery, which is located in rural McMinnville, filed a criminal report with the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office involving suspected fraud.  The business located some suspicious transactions and performed an extensive audit of their books, finding suspicious transactions dating back to 2013.

Over the course of several months, Oregon Pride Nursery worked with an accounting firm and Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office Detective Jacob Herr, identifying that from 2013 until 2019 approximately $4.4 million dollars had been embezzled by a former employee, identified as 61 year-old Jeanna Lee Buxton, who currently resides in La Pine, OR.

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The case was presented to a Yamhill County Grand Jury who returned an indictment charging 21 counts of Aggravated Theft in the 1st Degree.  A warrant was issued for the arrest of Jeanna Lee Buxton with a bail amount of $200,000.

On July 20, members of the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Response Team (CRT) contacted Jeanna Lee Buxton at her residence and took her into custody on the outstanding warrant.  She was lodged into the Deschutes County Correctional Facility in Bend.

The Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Oregon Pride Nursery for their extensive cooperation in this complex investigation, and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in the arrest.

 

Area Firefighters Battling 3-Alarm Barn Fire Between Mt. Angel and Silverton.

Firefighters from Drakes Crossing, Hubbard, Marion County, Molalla, Monitor, Mount Angel, Silverton, and Woodburn Fire Departments are on the scene of a large barn fire with structure collapse off Ettlin Road between Mount Angel and Silverton.  The blaze has spread to surrounding vegetation and trees.

Watch out for emergency vehicles in the area.

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.

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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.

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Woodburn Police Seek Tips In Business Burglary. Can You ID the Thief?

Press release from WPD:

Friday, May 29, 2020 – Woodburn, OR – On Saturday, May 23 at approximately 11:00 p.m., a male subject threw a rock through the glass doors at Long Brothers Building Supply located at 195 Birds Eye Avenue in Woodburn. The suspect entered the location, went directly to the Benchmade knife display case on the front counter and then exited the store with the case of knives. The suspect appears to be a tall and slender male and was wearing a black jacket and tan pants and had their face covered with a light-colored cloth. The suspect left in a light-colored Dodge Durango, 1997-2009 style, with aftermarket chrome rims, no front license plate and has a long tow-hitch attached to the rear of the vehicle.

If you have any information about this subject or vehicle, please contact the Woodburn Police Department at 503-982-2345, referencing WPD Case #20-5225.

Surveillance Video Links

Clip 1 (Break in occurs at 0:09): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ujCVKi2YvSFJyiR6ZlR_dzAffS2kMgTV/view?usp=sharing

Clip 2 (Break in occurs at 1:02): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FSNdwyOVLgbyvwycmpo52zPojqk6GtDM/view?usp=sharing 

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WOODBURN POLICE ARREST TWO STOLEN VEHICLE SUSPECTS IN TWO Days.

Press Release from Woodburn PD:

SUSPECT 1

Friday, April 10,  – Woodburn, OR – On April 9, 2020, Woodburn Police Department (WPD) Officers  observed a driver in a stolen Ford F-250 driving erratically and at a high rate of speed through residential areas of Woodburn. Prior to officers attempting to stop the vehicle, the driver fled at a high rate of speed in the 300 block of S. Front Street  at approximately 08:30 a.m.

The stolen vehicle was located and abandoned a few minutes later at the intersection of Brown Street and Tulip Avenue.  Bystanders and witnesses reported seeing the driver flee on foot, running eastbound towards a greenway area near Hermanson Street and Deer Run Road.  Bystanders and witnesses also reported seeing  the suspect taking off layers of  clothing.

A short while later  WPD Officers located the suspect, identified as Jorge Maldonado (Age 30), near Hawley Street and Wilson Street. When Maldonado refused to obey police commands and resisted officer’s attempts to place him into handcuffs, a Conducted Energy Weapon was deployed. The Conducted Energy Weapon had little effect and Maldonado attempted to remove the  probes.  Officers were able to handcuff Maldonado as he continued to resist arrest.

Prior to this incident, Maldonado had caution coded warrants for his arrest and  fought with officers in two separate incidents in 2019.

Maldonado was arrested on charges of Reckless Driving, Criminal Mischief I, Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle, Attempt to Elude, Resisting Arrest as well as bench warrants for Interfering with a Peace Officer x 2, Assaulting a Public Safety Officer, Resisting Arrest and Criminal Mischief II. He was transported and lodged at the Marion County Jail.

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SUSPECT 2

Friday, April 10,  – Woodburn, OR  – On April 10, 2020 at approximately 11:00 a.m., WPD Officers attempted to contact Rene Ortega (Age 27) while he was walking on foot at the 600 block of Young Street in Woodburn. WPD had probable cause to arrest Ortega for several charges related to previous stolen vehicles cases. Ortega attempted to flee on foot when contacted by police and was arrested without further incident after a brief foot pursuit at the rear of a nearby apartment complex.

Ortega had been suspected in a recent rash of stolen vehicle reports in the Woodburn and surrounding areas. Ortega was arrested on the following charges: Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle x 7, Attempt to Elude x 2, Reckless Driving, Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Theft I, Escape III and a Probation Violation warrant. Ortega was transported and lodged at the Marion County Jail.

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Silverton PD, Gervais PD and Hubbard PD, were contacted involving their respective cases and Ortega was also arrested with related stolen vehicle crimes from their jurisdictions. Please contact their respective agencies for details of their charges and cases.

These cases are not related.

Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies Arrest Two For Theft of Holiday Greens

Press Release From Marion County Sheriff –
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As the holiday season is quickly approaching our Forest Patrol deputies will see an increase in people heading into the Willamette National Forest looking for the perfect tree. Forest Patrol Deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office will be in the area working with law enforcement from the U.S. Forest Service to not only keep people safe, but to be on the lookout for those involved in the theft of Special Forest Products.

Recently, on November 19th, Forest Patrol Deputies stopped two Washington County men in a vehicle which was carrying approximately 3800 lbs of fir boughs on Highway 22 near Stayton. During the traffic stop deputies learned the fir boughs had been unlawfully taken from the Willamette National Forest and were intended to be used commercially for creating holiday decorations. Jose Lucas Lucas, 42, and Juan Lucas Perez, 31, were both charged with the Unlawful Cutting and Transport of Special Forest Products and seized the boughs.

The illegal harvest and sales of Special Forest Products in Oregon is a continuing concern as we work to preserve the natural beauty of our outdoor recreational areas. A few examples of Special Forest Products include; Christmas trees and boughs, cones, bear grass, salal and firewood. Illegally harvested forest products are commonly used commercially in the creation of decorations, floral displays or shipped overseas. Thefts of these products are not just limited to U.S. Forest Service land, but also directly impact lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Department of Forestry and private timber lands.

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Our Forest Patrol Deputies want to encourage members of our community to do their part to protect our outdoor spaces by reporting suspected theft of Special Forest Products. For more information about Special Forest Products and permit requirements please visit:

U.S. Forest Service – www.fs.usda.gov/main/willamette/passes-permits/forestproducts
Bureau of Land Management – https://www.blm.gov/programs/natural-resources/forests-and-woodlands/forest-product-permits
Oregon Department of Forestry – https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Working/Pages/SpecialForestProducts.aspx