June 27, 2013
Captain Jeff Samuels
Fish & Wildlife Division
Front Row (Left to Right): Tpr. Kevin Ferguson, Tpr. Mark Schoenborn and Sgt. Chris Allori
Back Row (Left to Right): Tpr. Caleb Borchers, Tpr. Michael Reel and Tpr. Chris Boeholt
The Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish and Wildlife Division recognized the impressive work of troopers assigned to the Portland Team when Captain Jeff Samuels announced Wednesday they were the recipients of the Division's “Team of the Year” award for 2012 during a presentation at the Portland office. This is the seventh presentation of the award since the Division implemented a new program celebrating and recognizing the outstanding teamwork by OSP Fish and Wildlife troopers in protecting Oregon's natural resources.
Led by Sergeant Chris Allori, the six-member Portland Team is comprised of one sergeant and five troopers assigned to the OSP office in Portland.
Team members are:
* Sergeant Chris Allori
* Trooper Mike Reel
* Trooper Caleb Borchers
* Trooper Kevin Ferguson
* Trooper Mark Schoenborn
* Trooper Chris Boeholt
"This team works extremely well together covering a multitude of diverse fish and wildlife issues in both metropolitan and rural environments. I am very impressed at their level of teamwork, service to the public, and protection of natural resources” said Captain Samuels.
In 2012, OSP Portland Team members distinguished themselves by their exceptional performance conducting complex criminal fish and wildlife cases. Dedicated to their public service through outstanding teamwork, the team's members possess a depth of knowledge; with a combined 45 years of OSP law enforcement experience.
The OSP Portland Team directs its efforts to the enforcement of Fish and Wildlife regulations in the area surrounding the state’s largest metropolitan area and its relation to both the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. This team patrols all or portions of Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties to include the Mount Hood wilderness area. Responsible for ensuring compliance with natural resource regulations, this team protects a multitude of species including salmonids, sturgeon and other fish species, big game and waterfowl. The team also addresses Marine Board issues in local water bodies and rivers by enforcing boating safety laws, to name but a few of their responsibilities.
During 2012, the Portland Team had several notable cases relating to both natural resource protection and general law. A few of the year's highlights involving the Portland Team were:
Tpr. Reel received an anonymous tip regarding a hunter who shot a 6 x 7 bull elk prior to the opening of the Cascade bull elk season. Tpr. Reel and Tpr. Schoenborn contacted the hunter at his Estacada residence. During the interview he admitted to shooting a 6 x 7 bull in October, eight days before the season opened. The subject is also a convicted felon, prohibited from possessing a firearm. The troopers charged him with Felon in Possession of a Firearm x 3 and Unlawful Possession of a Bull Elk and seized a 6 x 7 European mount, three rifles, and about 100 pounds of elk meat.
Tpr. Borchers, Tpr. Boeholt, Tpr. Reel, and Tpr. Schoenborn worked a night foot patrol on Swan Island along the Willamette River and located three anglers at about 8:00 p.m. Tpr. Borchers approached and observed one subject attempt to hide a 43-inch sturgeon in the bushes and five rods with lines in the water. When contacted, the subsequent investigation revealed they were using barbed hooks and there was a second sturgeon in one of the subject's vehicles. The troopers issued all three subjects multiple criminal citations, including Unlawful Possession of Sturgeon, Angling Prohibited Hours, Angling Prohibited Method—Barbed Hooks, and Angling with More than One Rod and seized all five rods and two sturgeon.
Operation Leviathan was a detail that the Portland Office worked to address issues with the Lower Willamette River sturgeon season. The season, which was only open for two days for sturgeon retention, attracted several thousand anglers. The following statistics were generated from this detail: 42 angling citations issued, 68 angling warnings issued, 1 felony warrant arrest and 2 PCS-LTO citations issued. Additionally, 1,154 angler checks were performed and 9 illegal sturgeon were seized.
In January, Sr. Tpr. Reel and Tprs. Boeholt, Borchers and Schoenborn conducted a four person foot patrol at night on Swan Island along the Willamette River in Portland. The officers located three people illegally angling for sturgeon. They also observed one of the anglers hide an illegal sturgeon. The group was contacted and issued citations for Unlawful Possess of Sturgeon, Angling Prohibited Hours, Angling Prohibited Method (barbed hooks) and Angling with More than One Line. Two sturgeon and five fishing poles were seized.
In May, Tpr. Reel and Tpr. Ferguson stopped a vehicle for Speeding on Hwy 224 in Milwaukie. Upon contact with the driver, Ferguson noticed indicators of drug impairment. The driver consented to and failed SFSTs, and the troopers arrested the subject for DUII. A search of the vehicle incident to the arrest revealed evidence of possession and distribution of heroin and methamphetamine and seizure of multiple cell phones and cash. After completing an evaluation, the troopers lodged the subject in jail for Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance (UDCS)—Heroin, UDCS—Methamphetamine, UPCS—Heroin, UPCS—Methamphetamine, and DUII—Controlled Substance. Tpr. Schoenborn and Tpr. Borchers assisted with the custody of the suspect and vehicle search.
In October, Tpr. Schoenborn received a call from a property owner who found the remains of an elk on private property. Tpr. Schoenborn, Sr. Tpr. Reel and Tpr. Borchers responded and located the remains. Subsequent investigation led to the identification of a suspect. Tpr. Schoenborn and Tpr. Borchers interviewed the suspect who admitted to killing the elk and that he did not have permission to hunt on the private property. The hunter was issued a criminal citation for Hunting Enclosed Land of Another and Criminal Trespass. Approximately 150 pounds of processed elk meat was seized.
On December 10th, 2012; within minutes of the first 911 call, four members from the Portland Team responded to the active shooter incident at the Clackamas Town Center. Among the first officers on scene, two of the responding Portland F&W troopers entered the mall searching for the shooter and the other two F&W troopers were detailed to securing the outside perimeter.
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