Skamania County Sheriff's Office is currently seeking assistance locating a woman from South Lake Tahoe, Calif., missing from the Rainbow Festival. The female subject, Marie C. Hanson, 54-years-old, was last seen on July 10, 2011, at the Gifford Pinchot National Forest attending the Rainbow Gathering.
It has been found that the persons traveling with her lost track of her at the festival, left without her, and her family has been unable to reach her. Deputies and detectives with the sheriff's office as well as USFS law enforcement officers have been in the area for several days contacting attendees, passing out flyers with her picture, and taking statements.
After several days speaking with Rainbow Gathering attendees, witnesses have stated they saw her possibly hitchhiking out of the area. She was witnessed leaving with an unknown older adult white male, gray hair, 6-1, thin build and goes by the name of "Owl." The unknown male subject is thought to be out of Key West, Fla., area.
The Skamania County Sheriff's Office has been working in conjunction with South Lake Tahoe Police Department and is asking anyone who has seen or has information of Marie Hanson's whereabouts to contact sheriff's office at 427-9490 or South Lake Tahoe Police at 530-510-6110.
Hanson's family has set up a website for information regarding their mother at http://mariehansonmissing.com.
A Wallowa, Ore., man suffered serious injury when he was involved in a motorcycle accident on State Route 97 near milepost 30, 16 miles north of Goldendale.
According to the report, Dwace A. Bryant, 68, Wallowa, was riding his 2001 Honda motorcycle northbound on SR 97 when he failed to negotiate a curve to the left. The motorcycle left the roadway. The rider was ejected from the motorcycle, landing on the shoulder three feet west of where the motorcycle came to rest, striking a tree.
Bryant suffered internal injuries, a broken back and multiple factures.
A commercial truck driver transporting approximately 40 tons of garbage received minor injuries Thursday morning after his truck and semi-trailer overturned on Highway 216 near Pine Grove. The westbound lane was blocked about five hours during scene clean up and debris removal.
On July 14, 2011, at approximately 7:30 a.m. a 1992 Peterbilt truck pulling a semi-trailer loaded with garbage was driven by James M. Puddy, 25, from Madras, Ore., eastbound on Highway 216 near milepost 4.
For an undetermined reason, the truck and trailer rolled onto its left side, sliding about 200 feet in the westbound lane before coming to a stop. A large amount of the garbage load spilled off the highway.
Puddy was using safety restraints and received very minor injuries.
OSP Trooper Mark Jubitz is continuing the investigation. ODOT assisted at the scene.
The driver of a car is facing multiple charges following a fiery traffic crash on Interstate 84 in the Multnomah Falls parking lot early Saturday morning.
The driver and passenger were both treated at a Legacy Emanuel Medical Center as Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from the Portland Area Command office continue the investigation.
According to OSP Trooper Kimberly Long, on July 16, 2011, at approximately 1 a.m. a 1991 Subaru Legacy driven by Rene Gonzalez Zavala, 30, from Compton, Calif., was eastbound on Interstate 84 at a high rate of speed. As the Subaru tried to exit into the Multnomah Falls parking lot Gonzalez Zavala lost control, crashing into road signs and then into the back of a parked semi-trailer. The car left over 900 feet of tire marks until it came to a stop.
Gonzalez Zavala and his unidentified passenger were both able to exit the car before it caught fire and was engulfed in flames. The car was totaled and the fire spread to area bushes and grass before it was extinguished by responder fire fighters.
Both men, who work at a Mosier-area ranch, were transported by ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center for treatment of serious, non-life threatening injuries.
Gonzalez Zavala was cited to appear in Multnomah County Circuit Court by OSP Trooper Jose Cortez on the following charges: driving under the influence of intoxicants; reckless driving, recklessly endangering another person; assault in the third degree; and criminal mischief in the second degree.
Beginning July 27 through July 30, 2011, Hood River County Sheriff's Office employees will be conducting free Child Safety & DNA Kit workshops at the Hood River County Fair. Every day of the fair between the hours of 2 and 5 p.m., there will be Sheriff's Office personnel on-hand to assist parents and children with completing free DNA kits.
The DNA Kit, which is kept at home, is a proactive way to protect our children. In the event that a child goes missing, being prepared is extremely important and helpful. Additionally, to aid in protecting your family from firearms related accidents, there will be free gun locks available to the public.
As always, employees from the sheriff's office will be on hand for the duration of the fair. Personnel will be available to answer questions or concerns regarding public safety. Deputies can be contacted at the HRSO trailer, located near the horse arena, or while patrolling around the fairgrounds.
The Hood River County Fair presents a great opportunity for the public to stop by and meet the professional, dedicated members of the sheriff's office staff. Additionally, it gives citizens a chance to learn about the programs the sheriff's office provides to help protect the community.
The Hood River Sheriff's Office reminds everyone to have a safe and fun week at the fair. We look forward to seeing you there.