Straight Talk from the Deputy’s Desk: Marine Patrol Unit and Other Sheriff News

By Sheriff Office Staff20 Sheriff Boat

Warm weather means more time in the water. Our Marine Patrol Unit is dedicated to keep Washington County waterways safe and enjoyable for the community through education, environmental stewardship and proactive enforcement.

Beer, Boats, Buoys and BUIIs: Tips for Water Safety

This summer, remember that many of the same rules on the road apply to the water. Buoys are like traffic signals on the water. They mark the waterways and indicate navigation required to travel the lake safely. As you approach the white with orange cylinder buoys, please adjust your speed or direction accordingly.

Did you also know that you can be arrested Boating Under the Influence of Intoxicants (BUII)? Operating a boat while impaired is a serious safety concern with serious consequences. While it is permissible to consume alcohol on a boat, the operator of the boat must still maintain sobriety.

Does your life jacket fit correctly? Have any other boating or water safety questions? Flag down a member of our Marine Patrol out on Hagg Lake or visit

Hillsboro PD Earns “Top Dog” Honor at K9 Trials

Thank you to everyone for another successful K-9 Trials. Congrats to Hillsboro Police Department for taking home the Top Dog honor. Our Washington County Sheriff’s Office K-9s Tux and Chase finished in the top three. Great job everyone and thank you for a great event and fun competition.

Believe it or Not! Smile for a “Selfie”

Sheriff’s deputies were alerted by Seaside Police that three suspects in a Seaside burglary and car theft were trying to use a stolen credit card at a gas station in North Plains.

A deputy responded and spotted the stolen car traveling eastbound on Highway 26 near NW 185th Avenue. Assisted by Beaverton Police, deputies attempted a traffic stop on the car, but the suspects decided to lead police in a pursuit. Police stopped pursuing the vehicle for safety reasons.

A short time later, 911 calls from residents flooded in to report a group of suspicious people abandoning a vehicle on a residential street and running in different directions. Beaverton and Hillsboro Police assisted deputies with surrounding the area. A female, age 20, and a male, age 22, were detained.

How did police know they had the right suspects?  Inside the stolen car, deputies recovered a stolen camera with a photograph of all three suspects taking a “selfie” while driving the car.

The foolish felons were lodged in the jail on multiple charges, but the third suspect, seen in the photo wearing a black hat, is still wanted. If you have any information regarding this case, please call non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111

Deputies Lend 88-year old Man a Helping Hand

Last month, Deputy Vincent Parisella and Corporal Kip Branch came across an elderly man pushing a lawnmower towards home and stopped to offer him a helping hand. After learning of his plan to push the lawnmower over seven miles to his home, the deputies provided him a ride and even helped take care of the yard work.

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