A Carson man died in a two-vehicle accident on Oct. 3, 2008. The accident occurred at approximately 5:42 p.m. on State Route 14 at milepost 50, 5.2 miles east of Stevenson.
According to the report, a 2003 Dodge Neon driven by Harley E. Hand, 75, Carson, was westbound on SR 14. A 2008 Jeep Cherokee driven by Christopher T. Wootten, 33, Cincinnati, Ohio, was traveling eastbound on SR 14. Hand's vehicle crossed the centerline into the eastbound lanes. Wooten swerved his vehicle to the right, attempted to avoid Hand's vehicle and collided with the guardrail. The two vehicles collided in the eastbound lanes/shoulder. Hand's vehicle came to rest facing northeast on the centerline. Wooten's vehilce went off the north side of the road and came to rest in the grassy median.
Hand was pronounced dead at the scene.
Neither Wootten nor Joanna L. Wootten of Cincinnati, a passenger in the Cherokee, were injured in the accident.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
In last week's police report, it stated that Jason R. Randles, 31, Wasougal was cited for DUI following a three-vehicle accident on SR 14 in North Bonneville.
The report should have stated that Shirley M. Morford, 62, Vancouver, was cited for the DUI.
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers arrested two men from the Portland and Vancouver areas on numerous charges related to thefts from vehicles parked at trailheads in the Columbia River Gorge.
The ongoing investigation in conjunction with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) has developed leads in several of their cases and linked one suspect to a related surveillance photograph.
On Sept. 25, 2008, at approximately 7:45 a.m. OSP troopers and Hood River County Sheriff's Office deputies were conducting an interagency enhanced patrol effort along I-84.
OSP Senior Trooper Thad Routson stopped a vehicle operated by Lashawn Calumpit, 30, Portland, for a traffic violation near Cascade Locks. During the stop, trooper Routson arrested Calumpit for providing false information to a police officer.
A search of the vehicle revealed several credit cards that did not belong to Calumpit. While trooper Routson continued his investigation, other troopers checked trailheads in the area and located a vehicle that had recently been broken into at Ainsworth State Park.
The owners of the car, who were unaware that their car had been broken into, were contacted in the campground and confirmed the items found in Calumpit's vehicle belonged to them.
Calumpit and a passenger identified as Kevin Jackson, 23, Vancouver, were taken into custody and lodged at the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility (NORCOR) in The Dalles.
Calumpit was lodged for furnishing false information to a police officer, theft by possession in the second degree, identity theft, possession of methamphetamine, and probation violation.
Jackson was lodged for furnishing false information to a police officer, theft by possession in the second degree, identity theft, and fugitive from justice related to a Clark County warrant.
On Sept. 26, trooper Routson saw a MCSO news release requesting help to identify a suspect in the theft from a motor vehicle in the Columbia River Gorge on Sept. 15 in which several credit cards and a wedding ring were stolen.
The news release provided a surveillance photograph of the suspect using a stolen credit card at a store in The Dalles.
Trooper Routson noticed that the appearance of the suspect in the photograph was similar to Calumpit and contacted MCSO, who were able to provide additional information on their theft investigation that linked items found in Calumpit's vehicle to three more thefts in Multnomah County.
MCSO is continuing the investigation into the additional theft cases.