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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Fire, police departments in Washington County discuss plans in place for coronavirus outbreak

In New York City, more than 1,000 police officers have tested positive for coronavirus. Are Oregon departments prepared for a similar situation? Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue just announced its first confirmed case in one of its firefighters. KATU News spoke with Chief Deric Weiss about the potential for an outbreak. "We’ve developed new plans to address 'what if multiple people test positive for COVID?' or multiple people developed signs and symptoms and so they are staying home as they should," Chief Weiss said. They may need to shuffle resources around or increase overtime, Chief Weiss says, but they could get help from other fire districts if they needed to. Eric Bunday, a spokesperson for Hillsboro Police, says they're paying close attention to what's happening around the country. In their case, if they had an outbreak, they could use school resource officers or investigators to make sure they could still respond to emergencies.
KATU 2 Portland

Event at arena outside Redmond tests stay-home order

Four days after Gov. Kate Brown urged Oregonians to stay home to “the maximum extent possible” to slow the COVID-19 pandemic, 44 rodeo competitors traveled with their horses to an arena outside Redmond for a barrel racing event called Corona Can 360. Organizer Austin Hogue said in planning the event, which was held Friday and Saturday, he sought to comply with Brown’s stay-home executive order and received guidance on social distancing from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office. But Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel said Monday the event clearly violates the spirit of the governor’s order, and the sheriff’s office should not have assisted Hogue. “He’s reckless, and he put our community at risk,” Hummel said of Hogue. “And I don’t know why anyone bent over backwards to help him.”
Portland Oregonian, Hillsboro Argus, Oregon Live.com

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Milwaukie police to deliver medicine during coronavirus crisis to seniors

Their job is to protect and to serve and that's exactly what police officers in Milwaukie are doing for some of the city's most vulnerable residents during the coronavirus pandemic. Starting Wednesday, a police officer showing up at the front door will be a welcome sight for many at-risk people in Milwaukie. The city has figured out a system where officers can pick up a prescription and deliver the medication to those who need it. It's a free service for those who are 60 and older and have pre-existing medical conditions. Those who are interested will need to reach out to the pharmacy and arrange for a police officer to pick up the medication and drop it off at their home.
KATU ABC 2 Portland

3 masked men rob Tigard home at gunpoint, get away in stolen car, police say

Three masked men robbed a Tigard home early Tuesday, confronting people inside at gunpoint and getting away in a stolen car. Tigard police said the men got into the home in the 11900 block of Southwest North Dakota Street through an unlocked door, and confronted the home’s occupants at gunpoint. The men stole things from the house, as well as one of the residents’ cars: a white 2014 Ford Fusion with Oregon license plates reading 314HWC. The men got away before police arrived. No one was hurt. Investigators don’t think there’s an apparent public threat. The case is under investigation. Detectives ask anyone who sees the stolen Ford to call 911 and refrain from approaching the car.
Portland Oregonian, Hillsboro Argus, Oregon Live.com

Medford Police Department warns against mass gatherings for feeding homeless

The Medford Police Department says it’s received several complaints about a public feeding for the homeless. It took place in Hawthorne Park over the weekend. The agency says any kind of group gathering is against the law, according to Governor Kate Brown’s current ‘shelter in place’ order. A violation of this order could result in a class C misdemeanor criminal charge. “It really places this vulnerable population at a high risk and it places our first responders, who, if these people were sick would have to respond to help them,” said Chief Scott Clauson, Medford Police Dept. Last week, Chief Clauson says the agency partnered with local non-profits and the county to give lunches to the homeless 7-days a week. That’s to ensure they’re not gathering in groups where the virus could easily spread.
KOBI-TV NBC 5 News Medford

Nighttime theft increases in Tillamook

The Tillamook Police Department (TPD) reports it is starting to see a higher than normal level of thefts occurring at night in the community. Even though the vast majority of the community are properly sheltering at home when not doing essential travel, there is still activity at night by persons who have a selfish purpose, Police Chief Terry Wright said. Tillamook is having thefts from vehicles, thefts of vehicles and thefts from private property. "We are all focusing on diligence in protecting our families and ourselves from the current emergency," Wright said. "We need to also be diligent in protecting property." Even with past releases and posting about guns left in vehicles, yet another gun theft from vehicle has been reported. Police say the vast majority of these guns are traded immediately for a very small amount of drugs.
Tillamook Headlight-Herald

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