Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Third person in two months dies at Washington County Jail

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office disclosed Thursday evening that a 51-year-old man had died Wednesday evening at the Washington County Jail. According to the sheriff’s office, the man, who was not named, died around 9:36 p.m. Wednesday, June 1 in the holding area at the jail, located in Hillsboro. He[Read More…]

Hit-and-run crash in Gales Creek leads to dozens of police vehicles near Highways 6 and 8 junction

Washington County’s Tactical Negotiations Team drives through Downtown Gales Creek on Thursday, October 28, 2021. Photo: Chas Hundley Read updated story here. Gales Creek is the site of a large police presence west of the junction of Highways 6 and 8, where dozens of law enforcement vehicles, including Washington County’s[Read More…]

Late night shooting results in highway closure between Banks and Gales Creek

Parson Road and Highway 6 on May 19, 2018. Photo: Chas Hundley A late night shooting in the Parson Road area near Highway 6 caused an extended highway closure as deputies with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office searched for the source of the shooting. According to WCSO spokesperson Sgt. Danny[Read More…]

Three schools in Forest Grove, Cornelius on lockout as deputies search for shooting suspect in south Cornelius area

The Forest Grove School District central office. Photo: Chas Hundley Update: Peraza-Domenech was arrested around 3:40 p.m. and lodged into the Washington County Jail on charges of attempted murder in the second degree, unlawful possession of a firearm, and unlawful use of a weapon. His bail was set at $250,000.[Read More…]

Sheriff’s office seeks public assistance in Saturday Cornelius shooting

Jordan Curry Brown mugshot from an April 2019 arrest. Photo: WCSO UPDATE: According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Brown turned himself in to deputies Sunday night. He was booked into the Washington County Jail on charges of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Attempted Assault in the First Degree,[Read More…]

One year after shooting, Wash. Co. Sheriff’s Officer Cpl. Braun shares recovery update

Joy Braun, Jeremy Braun, and Sheriff Pat Garrett. Photo: Chas Hundley//Gales Creek Journal HILLSBORO – One year ago today, law enforcement agencies descended on a home near Hagg Lake on reports of theft of a firearm.  In the ensuing gunfight, two Washington County Sheriff’s Officers were shot; Cpl. Jeremy Braun[Read More…]

Cpl. Jeremy Braun looks toward returning to work after being shot in line of duty

Joy Braun, Jeremy Braun, and Sheriff Pat Garrett. Photo: Chas Hundley//Gales Creek Journal HILLSBORO – “The valley of the shadow of death is very small, very narrow, and you have to go through it alone,” said Corporal Jeremy Braun of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.  After being shot at close[Read More…]

Public asked for help after woman goes missing near North Plains

Allyson Joy Watterson. Photo: WCSO NORTH PLAINS – The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is seeking public assistance in locating a 20-year-old woman last seen on Sunday, December 22 hiking with a man in a wooded area near North Plains. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has also deployed their Search and Rescue (SAR)[Read More…]


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