This installment of First Responders: A Peek at the Past Week is a combined, two-week overview. The following information has been compiled from various sources including social media accounts of the agencies and organizations described and Wash Co Scanner. It’s not a complete listing of all incident reports out of Hillsboro and its environs. Rather, it’s a selective review. Further, the article doesn’t represent original reporting by The Herald. The information sources are considered credible but the newspaper has no firsthand substantiation of the reports.
Before we begin, though, why does The Herald run this series? Certainly not for novelty- and spectacle-seeking purposes or ignoble, base entertainment. Rather, we feel a populace best understands and appreciates its emergency responders when it has knowledge of the breadth, depth, and variety of incident responses, functions, and services routinely provided by these teams and individuals who don’t typically “toot their own horn.”
November 7 – November 20, 2021
Nov. 8 (p.m.) Officers of the Hillsboro Police Department and Tri-Met Police responded to a call of a male exposing himself on a MAX train in the vicinity of the Quatama station. The subject male was arrested by HPD officers assigned to the Tri-Met division. Following the arrest, it was discovered that, just minutes before the exposure incident, the same person broke into an area residence and stole more than one item. The subject male was lodged in the Washington County Jail on multiple charges.
Nov. 9 (a.m.) From a Wash Co Scanner report: Life Flight responded to a call of an individual suffering a fall in the vicinity of SE 76th Avenue and SE Kinnaman Road.
Nov. 9 (a.m.) From a Wash Co Scanner report: The occupant of a stolen vehicle fled after being pulled over by a law enforcement officer in the general area of NW 185th Avenue and NE Holly Street (nearest cross street). Containment was set up but it’s unreported whether there was an apprehension.
Nov. 11 (a.m.) From a Wash Co Scanner report: Law enforcement officers responded to a call of a hit and run vehicle collision in the 31900-block of NW Hornecker Road. The driver who fled did so on foot. Containment was set up in the general area and K9 tracking was deployed. It’s unreported whether there was an apprehension.
Nov. 11 (a.m.) Hillsboro Police responded to a call of packages being stolen from porches in the vicinity of SE Butternut Creek Parkway and SE 81st Avenue. Coordinated involvement of multiple patrol officers resulted in the suspects’ vehicle being located and stopped. Inside the vehicle, a number of stolen items, including packages and mail, were found. Two individuals were arrested and lodged at the Washington County Jail on various charges.
Nov. 13 (p.m.) Washington County Sheriff’s deputies, other first responders, and utility crews responded to a vehicle crashed into a power pole at SW 198th Avenue and SW Rock Road. Approximately 3,300 Portland General Electric customers lost power due to the incident.
Nov. 14 (p.m.) Washington County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a residence in the Bethany area due to a report of a goat on the home’s roof. Gus the goat belongs to a neighbor who subsequently lured him down with french fries. Gus stars in the image featured with this article (photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office).
Nov. 16 (p.m.) Cornelius Fire Department responded to two vehicle crash incidents within 30 minutes of each other. One incident, resulting in a minor injury, was on NW Cornelius-Schefflin Road near Verboort. The other was on NW Susbauer Road near NW Long Road.
Nov. 16 (p.m.) From a Wash Co Scanner report (exact incident location unknown): “Caller is driving an Amazon truck and got it stuck in a yard. The homeowner came out and started hitting the van with a hammer and now filming with a phone. [Washington County Sheriff’s] Deputies out with both parties now, both calm and cooperative.”
Nov. 17 (p.m.) Hillsboro Police, Hillsboro Fire & Rescue, and Emergency Medical Services responded to a vehicle crash on SE River Road near SE 24th Avenue. One vehicle occupant had to be extricated. A total of three individuals were transported to local hospitals. The thoroughfare was briefly closed to traffic between SE 24th Avenue and SE Rood Bridge Road.
Nov. 17 (p.m.) From a Wash Co Scanner report: “Stabbing. Multiple stab wounds. Patient transported to hospital. General area of NE Lincoln Street and NE Cornell Road. Officers on scene investigating.”
Nov. 18 (a.m.) Hillsboro Police, Hillsboro Fire & Rescue, and Emergency Medical Services responded to a two-vehicle crash at NE Cornell Road and NE Cornelius Pass Road. The intersection was blocked in all directions.
Nov. 19 (p.m.) A report retweeted by Wash Co Scanner: “I work at Aloha Safeway and we had a minivan run over our bottle return machines today.”
Nov. 20 (a.m.) From a Wash Co Scanner report (exact incident location unknown): “Husband was cutting down tree, chainsaw stuck in base, tree leaning over/towards house. Tree is a couple feet wide, three stories high. Three men holding onto tree right now to keep it from falling.”