Tip helps police catch hit-and-run suspect

DOWNTOWN —An anonymous tip helped Portland police arrest a Lake Oswego woman suspected of a hit and run incident in which a bicyclist was badly SUBMITTED PHOTO: PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU - Miriam Clinton.

Miriam Ann Clinton, 29, turned herself into the central precinct of the Portland Police Bureau on Thursday afternoon. She was booked into jail on two counts of felony hit and run. Clinton will be arraigned in Multnomah County Court on Friday.

The charges were the result of a hit-and-run crash on Aug. 16 at 12:50 a.m. in which bicycle rider Henry Schmidt, 20, was knocked to the side of the road on Southwest Barbur Boulevard near the Capitol Highway ramp in Multnomah. Schmidt suffered severe injuries in the crash, but they were not life-threatening.

Schmidt did not know what happened to him and was unable to provide any information to officers.

An anonymous caller told Crime Stoppers of Oregon about the crash. It helped investigators track down the suspect vehicle, a black 2011 Subaru Legacy, at a body shop in Wilsonville. Further investigation during the next few days led to finding the identity of the driver.

Fatal traffic crash

MULTNOMAH — On Aug. 9 at 4:20 p.m., Portland Police Bureau Central Precinct officers responded to a three-vehicle crash on southbound Interstate 5 near milepost 296, the Southwest Barbur Boulevard exit. A Ford F-150 pickup, driven by Ronald David Witt, had rear-ended a small Chevrolet coupe. This vehicle then rear-ended an Audi that was in front of the second vehicle.

For investigative reasons, southbound I-5 was shut down at the peak of the evening commute Aug. 9. The Major Crash Team was called out to conduct the investigation.

Witt was charged with driving while revoked and lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center. He was released on his own recognizance Aug. 10.

86-year-old missing woman found safe

SOUTHWEST HILLS — On Aug. 5, a missing, endangered 86-year-old woman was found safe and transported to a Portland hospital as a precaution.

Rita Lewin was located by an alert neighbor several blocks from her home.

Police thanked the public for assisting with the search.

The Portland Police Bureau Missing Persons Unit had asked for the public's help in locating her.

Lewin had last been seen on Aug. 4 at about 8:30 p.m. at her residence in the 1900 block of Southwest Vista Avenue. Lewin's family had told police that she has dementia and is almost nonverbal with people.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team responded to assist with the search.

Hayhurst homicide victim honored as investigation continues

DOWNTOWN — On July 31 at 4:30 p.m., the third annual Nancy Bergeson Ardent Advocate Lecture Series occurred in SUBMITTED PHOTO: PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU - Nancy Bergeson.

Sponsored by Pacific Northwest Law, the Federal Bar Association, Federal Public Defender, the U.S. District Court Attorney Admission Fund and the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the Ardent Advocate Lecture Series is named for Nancy Bergeson, who was the victim of a homicide in Southwest Portland's Hayhurst neighborhood four years ago.

On November 24, 2009, at about 3 p.m., Portland police officers were called to the 4100 block of Southwest Hamilton Street. Upon arrival, the officers found Bergeson deceased in her home. The officers notified the Oregon State Medical Examiner and a representative responded to the scene.

The medical examiner at the scene initially believed that Bergeson died as a result of natural causes. Bergeson was removed from her home and was transported to the medical examiner's office. While performing the autopsy on Bergeson, the medical examiner determined that Bergeson actually died as a result of homicidal violence. Investigators were able to determine that there were signs that Bergeson fought back against her attacker.

The Portland Police Bureau Cold Case Homicide Unit is now helping with this investigation. The Cold Case Unit investigators and personnel represent additional resources to assist in following up on and developing investigative leads.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information reported to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and you can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at, text 274-637 and in the body of the message put the keyword 823HELP, followed by your tip, or call 503-823-4357 and leave your tip information.

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