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OSP Troopers Receive Awards Recognizing 'Looking Beyond the Traffic Ticket' Efforts
10/21/2008
Steve D. Vitolo
Program Manager
ODOT Transportation Safety Division
Office: (503) 986-4446
 
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247
Pager: (503) 323-3195

Seven Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from Madras, Ontario, Roseburg, Salem, Central Point, Bend, and St. Helens, along with two drug detection canines, received Oregon Department of Transportation Safety Division's "Looking Beyond the Traffic Ticket" awards today during the Annual Safety Conference held in Canyonville. Troopers, deputies and officers were honored recognizing their commitment to traffic safety in Oregon.
 
OSP Superintendent Timothy McLain extended his congratulations to the troopers whose work reflects the commitment of all OSP troopers each day. "The excellent work by these troopers are examples of what we do each day to enhance public safety during the course of routine traffic enforcement by detecting and apprehending criminal offenders who use our state highway system," said McLain.
 
The following OSP troopers were honored in the "Routine Stop / Motorist Assist" category that recognizes officers who performed a routine traffic or motorist assist stop and developed probable cause that subsequently uncovered evidence of a more serious crime:
 
Senior Trooper Clint Prevett
* OSP Senior Trooper Clint Prevett (Madras) was recognized for a traffic stop during which a thorough investigation led to the driver being arrested for giving false information to police, a violation of a no contact order, and an outstanding warrant. Additional investigation led to the passenger being arrested for unlawful possession of methamphetamine. Both were also charged with Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the First Degree and Identity Theft involving multi-states and multiple victims.
 
 
Trooper Prevett, age 36, is a 10 1/2 year OSP veteran assigned to the Patrol Services Division at the Madras worksite. (Photo)
 
 
* OSP Trooper Javier Marquez Jr. (Ontario) was recognized for a traffic stop involving a Ford Explorer during which he learned the driver had a prior theft and drug felony criminal history. Noting the passenger's nervous nature, Trooper Marquez conducted further investigation and a search with the help of an Ontario officer and drug detection canine. The search revealed methamphetamine, marijuana and several stolen items including a USA passport, multiple state issued identifications, credit cards and checkbooks belonging to at least 9 different victims.
 
Trooper Marquez, age 36, is an 8- year OSP veteran assigned to the Patrol Services Division at the Ontario Area Command office. (No photo)
 
* OSP Trooper Jake Ledbetter (Roseburg) was recognized for a traffic stop and subsequent investigation that led to a search of the vehicle. Trooper Ledbetter recovered over $13,000 in currency, nearly 6000 counterfeit CD's, 300 counterfeit DVD's and other illegal items. The driver was arrested on multiple counts of Laundering a Monetary Instrument, Unlawful Labeling of a Sound Recording, Unlawful Labeling of a Video Recording, and Trademark Counterfeiting in the First Degree.
 
Trooper Ledbetter, age 25, is a 2-year OSP veteran assigned to the Patrol Services Division at the Roseburg Area Command office. (No photo)
 
Senior Trooper Terry Miller
* OSP Senior Trooper Terry Miller (Bend) was recognized for a traffic stop and subsequent investigation that led to the recovery of a stolen check and laptop taken during a Bend-area burglary six hours prior. Senior Trooper Miller arrested the three occupants on multiple charges including Burglar, Theft, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, and outstanding warrants. A fourth identified suspect was uncovered and a search warrant led to over 100 stolen items recovered from a residence.
 
Senior Trooper Miller, age 44, is an 18 1/2 year veteran assigned to the Patrol Services Division at the Bend Area Command office. (Photo)
 
Senior Trooper Justin Oxenrider
* Trooper Justin Oxenrider was on patrol looking for intoxicated drivers when he stopped to assist another officer during a traffic stop. While assisting, Trooper Oxenrider saw a bottle of alcohol and a bundle of currency estimated over $5000. While talking to the driver, the trooper learned he had been arrested in the past on drug and bank robbery charges. Trooper Oxenrider initiated a check to determine if there had been any recent bank robberies in the area. The driver was subsequently arrested for DUII. Trooper Oxenrider learned of a bank robbery an hour prior to the stop in the Washington County area. An air soft handgun found in the vehicle was linked to the robbery report and the driver was turned over to FBI agents who responded and positively identified the drive as the bank robbery suspect.
 
Senior Trooper Oxenrider, age 27, is a 2-year OSP veteran assigned to the Patrol Services Division at the St. Helens worksite.
 
Senior Trooper Greg Costanzo
* Senior Trooper Greg Costanzo (Central Point) and Senior Trooper Joseph Delgreco (Salem) was recognized with their two drug detection canines for their commitment in criminal apprehension. Between July 1, 2006 and August 1, 2007 their work led to the following accumulated seizure amounts:
 
• Nearly 200 pounds of Marijuana
• Over 180 pounds of Cocaine
• 34 pounds of Methamphetamine
• Over 2 1/2 pounds of Heroin
• 20,000 Vicodin tablets
• Over 4700 Ecstasy tablets
• More than $1 million in cash
 
Senior Trooper Costanzo, age 36, is a 10 1/2 year veteran assigned to the Patrol Services Division at the Central Point Area Command office. (Photo)
 
Senior Trooper Joseph Delgreco

Senior Trooper Delgreco, age 37, is a 9-year veteran assigned the Patrol Services Division at the Salem Area Command office. (Photo)
 
The ODOT annual award program recognizes Oregon Law Enforcement Officers for their active enforcement of traffic laws and a commitment to traffic safety. The award demonstrates a correlation between traffic enforcement and the detection and apprehension of criminal violators.
Photographs of some of the OSP troopers receiving awards will be available with this release in the OSP website news release section at http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/NEWSRL/news_releases.shtml.
 
Questions regarding the awards can be directed to Steve D. Vitolo, Program Manager - Traffic Law Enforcement and Judicial Programs, ODOT Transportation Safety Division, at (503) 986-4446.