Wednesday, January 23, 2008
On Jan. 13 at approximately 8 p.m. a young couple visiting the Women's Forum State Park located on E. Columbia River Highway in Corbett, were robbed at gun point.
The couple was forced to drive the suspect around the Corbett area until the suspect got out of the victims' vehicle about two miles up on Larch Mountain Road.
The suspect then got into another vehicle, which had been following the victim's vehicle since leaving the Women's Forum. That vehicle is described as a mid 1990's, forest green four door sedan possibly a Ford Taurus. There is no driver description for the suspect vehicle at this time.
The armed suspect demanded valuables after entering the victims' vehicle and displaying a handgun. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies checked the area for the suspect vehicle and suspect but he remains at large.
The armed suspect is a male who spoke English with an accent described as Hispanic. The suspect had a stocky build, possibly 220 to 240 pounds, about 5'9" to 5'11" and was wearing all black clothing with either a hooded sweat shirt or ski mask covering his face.
This is the second armed robbery for this area since November. The first armed robbery took place on Nov. 3, 2007, when two local college students were visiting Crown Point (Vista House) late into the evening hours.
Investigators do not believe the two robberies are related, however, the MCSO would like to stress that the public be aware of their surroundings when visiting State Parks or other recreational locations in the Gorge, especially after hours.
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information please contact the tip-line at (503) 261-2847
A 68-year old man from Bonnie Lake is being charged in an alcohol-related crash early Thursday morning after he was driving the wrong way on Interstate 84 near Mosier and collided head-on with a commercial truck.
On Jan. 17, 2008 at approximately 2:15 a.m. a 1989 Cadillac Eldorado driven by Norman Keenan, 68, from Bonnie Lake, was driving eastbound on I-84 in the westbound lanes of travel near milepost 71. A 2007 Volvo commercial truck towing two trailers, operated by David Schnieder, 46, from St. Helens, Ore., was westbound in the inside lane of travel passing another vehicle when it met the Cadillac traveling the wrong way. Both vehicles hit head-on and came to a rest blocking the freeway.
Keenan received non-life threatening injuries in the crash and was transported to Hood River Providence Hospital for treatment.
Schnieder was not injured.
I-84 westbound was closed for approximately two hours while the crash was investigated and the roadway cleared.
Oregon State Police troopers from The Dalles Area Command office investigating the crash believe alcohol was a factor. Due to his treatment for injuries, Keenan was cited to appear for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII). He was also cited to appear in Linn County on an outstanding warrant charging failure to appear on a previous DUII charge.
The Wasco County Sheriff's Office, The Dalles Police Department and ODOT assisted in the crash investigation.