March 30, 2015
Incident: Motor Vehicle Crash
Location: 27684 Hunter Creek Road
Agencies Involved: Curry
County Sheriff’s Office, Gold Beach Police Department, and Gold Beach Fire.
Juvenile Male 17 years old
Charges: Driving While Under the
Influence of an Intoxicant and Assault
On March 29, 2015 at approximately
2000 hours, the Gold Beach Police Department and Curry County Sheriff’s Office,
along with Gold Beach Fire Department responded to 27684 Hunters Creek Road for
a reported motor vehicle crash. The
initial reports indicated the vehicle, a 1994 Ford Ranger pickup, had driven
off the road way at his location, possibly rolled and trapped the occupants of
Gold Beach Fire Department had to
extricate the occupants of the pickup in order provide them with proper medical
care. Gold Beach Police initially arrived on scene and determined there were
four occupants, all juveniles, one of them being the driver a 17 male, who was
believed to be intoxicated.
Shortly after removing the
occupants of the vehicle, three of the four were transported to Curry General
Hospital for treatment on injuries they sustained as a result of the
crash. One of the juvenile passengers
was later flown by Cal-Ore Life Flight to Eugene for specialized medical
A Curry County Sheriff’s Deputy
arrived on scene and began the initial crash investigation. During the investigation, it was determined
the driver was intoxicated, which was the determining factor for the crash.
The Sheriff’s Deputy arrested the
17 year old male driver for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Based on the high level of the driver’s blood
alcohol content, the Sheriff’s Deputy could not lodge the driver at Juvenile
Detention. The driver was then issued a
citation and released to his parents.
At this time there is no other
information with regard to the status of the other passengers. This investigation is continuing and
additional charges are likely to be filed against the driver as a result of the
crash and injuries sustained by his passengers.
Contact: Lt. Espinoza
From: Sheriff John Ward
Re: Capsized boat at mouth of Rogue River claims one life.
On 03-28-15 at 7:38am, the Curry County Sheriff’s Office received two
911 calls from witnesses to a boating accident at the mouth of the Rogue
River. The callers reported that about an eighteen foot boat with at
least two subjects had capsized near the north jetty as it was
attempting to cross the bar outwards. Sheriff Deputies, Ted Heath,
Walter Scherbarth and Terry Brown were at the boat barn at the Gold
Beach airport when the call came in and quickly hooked up to the marine
boat and responded. A Gold Beach Police Officer responded to the jetty
and relayed information regarding the location of the boat and
conditions of the water. The bar was breaking half way across from the
south side and there were six to ten foot swells on the north side.
Deputies Heath, Scherbarth and Brown located the overturned boat about
three hundred yards off shore of the north jetty in about twelve to
fourteen foot swells. Near the boat they located the two occupants of
the boat and one was holding onto a seat cushion and the other was face
down in the water and unresponsive. Deputies pulled the unresponsive
person onto their boat and then threw a lifeline to the other. Deputies
were able to get the second person on board who was alert but very
hypothermic and then transported them both back to the boat ramp where
Cal Or Ambulance meet them. CPR was started on the unresponsive boat
operator, fifty six year old Thomas Whiting of Cottage Grove, Oregon
while the passenger thirty six year old Charlie Johnson also of Cottage
Grove were transported to Curry General Hospital. The Gold Beach Fire
Department had arrived and assisted the Medical crews with CPR for just
over an hour until Whiting was pronounced deceased. Johnson who is the
nephew of Whiting was admitted to the hospital for hyperthermia. There
was also a female yellow lab on board but it has not been located.
Curry County dispatch contacted the Cottage Grove Police Department and
requested a death notification to be given to the family of Whiting.
The District Attorney was notified of the death and Redwood Memorial
from Brookings responded to Curry General for Whiting.
very proud of my Dispatch Deputies who coordinated the rescue efforts by
getting the information and relaying it so quickly. I am also so very
proud of my Deputies who risked their lives this morning without
hesitation. They without a doubt saved the life of Charlie Johnson and
they did all they could to help save the life of Thomas Whiting.
Date: Friday, March 27, 2015
From: Lt. Michael Espinoza
Incident: Search Warrant
Location: 98080 Rivendell Way Harbor, Or.
Agencies Involved: Curry County Sheriff’s Office, Brookings Police Department, and Oregon State Police
Steinke, Susan 32 years old
Charges: Frequenting a place where controlled substances are used.
Oliver, Shayann 27 years old
Charges: Possession of a controlled substance Heroin
Tranchina, Nuria 36 years old
Charges: Possession of a controlled substance (Meth), Delivery of a
controlled substance (Meth/Marijuana), and Manufacture of a controlled
Haussler, Gerald 51 years old
Charges: Probation Violation and Possession of a controlled substance Methamphetamine
On March 27, 2015 at approximately 0830 hours, a Curry County Sheriff’s
Detective initiated an investigation into suspicious activities related
to possible drug activity taking place at 98080 Rivendell Way in
Harbor. While trying to make contact with the occupants of this
residence, Nuria Tranchina, drove up to the residence and was contacted
by both the Sheriff’s Detective and Oregon State Police Trooper, who
just arrived to assist. During the initial contact with Tranchina, he
was found to be in possession of a controlled substance, a
methamphetamine pipe with residue. Tranchina was immediately taken into
custody after he made an attempt to destroy evidence by breaking a
methamphetamine pipe found in his possession during a search of his
Due to the suspicious activities of the occupants of this
residence and contact with Tranchina, the Sheriff’s Office Detective
applied for and was granted a search warrant for this residence and for
all persons and vehicles present.
During the execution of the
search warrant 10 grams of methamphetamine, scales, drug records, a
large sum of cash, pre-packaged marijuana for sale, packaging materials,
and marijuana seeds were found inside a back pack located in the
vehicle belonging to Tranchina. Oliver was found to have in her
possession items related to the ingestion of heroin. Oliver had to be
transported from the scene to Curry General Hospital for issues related
to the ingestion of a controlled substance and the potential she was
attempting to destroy evidence.
Steinke was cited and released
from the scene for frequenting a known place where controlled substances
are used/sold. Haussler was placed into custody for a Probation
Violation based on his involvement with known drug users and possession
This investigation is continuing based on
evidence gathered at the scene and statements made by those contacted.
Additional charges are possible as this investigation continues.
Contact: Lt. Espinoza
From: Sheriff John Ward
On 03-25-15 at about 9:49pm, the Curry County Sheriff’s Office received
a 911 call from a resident on Oceanview Drive near Toner Lane in
Harbor, reporting a vehicle crashed into a power pole and the driver
fled on foot. Sheriff Deputies responded from the Gold Beach area and
the Harbor Fire Department was called to the scene. As deputies were
responding, they were notified that the Fire Chief, Harbor 21 had
followed the driver as the driver ran south on Oceanview Drive and then
left the roadway and ran through a field. A deputy arrived on scene and
searched the area where the driver was last seen running. About thirty
minutes later, the deputy located the driver hiding behind some
buildings and took him into custody without incident. The driver was
identified as twenty four year old Jedidiah Warren of Brookings.
Warren had been driving south on Oceanview Drive near Toner and lost
control of his vehicle, crossing over the north bound lane and struck a
power pole. The impact severely damaged the power pole and Coos Curry
Electric was called to respond. Warren was arrested and charged with
DUII, Reckless Driving, Hit and Run-Property Damage. Warren was
transported and lodged in the Curry County Jail.
Warren was arraigned on the charges by the District Attorney’s Office
and then released by citation to appear in court at a later date.
Date: March 19, 2015
Regarding: Curry County Sheriff’s Office Spring High Visibility
Traffic Enforcement Grant
Agencies: Curry County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Sheriff’s
Association (OSSA), Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), and National
Highway Transportation Administration (NHTSA).
The Curry County Sheriff’s Office will be
conducting High Visibility Traffic Enforcement from March 20, 2015 through
April 30, 2015. The purpose of the High
Visibility Traffic Enforcement program is to utilize grant funds provided by
NHTSA, ODOT, and OSSA to increase our patrols and proactively reduce; the
likelihood of driving while impaired and to actively reduce and investigate
those who will operate motor vehicles in reckless or careless manner during
periods of increased traffic in Curry County. Based on the ability to use this grant, the
Curry County Sheriff’s Office can provide enhanced safety on the rural roadways
throughout Curry County. Especially, over
the spring break holiday, and during the month of April when we anticipate
increased traffic from visitors. In
addition to the spring break holiday, the month of April is recognized
nationally as “Alcohol Awareness” month.
We encourage those traveling through the
area during this time period or anytime; to drink responsibility, use
designated drivers if you consume alcoholic beverages, and to drive in a safe
manner when traffic numbers on our roadways have increased. The Curry County Sheriff’s Office will provide
updates on the results of the High Visibility Traffic Enforcement program. This will include updates on enforcement actions
to include traffic offenses investigated, arrests made, and future dates for
increased patrols in Curry County.
The High Visibility Traffic Enforcement program
is our effort to proactively reduce the number of traffic related incidents to
include crashes and crimes during high volume traffic periods.
Prepared by: Lieutenant Michael Espinoza