Witnesses help police find and arrest man for hit and run in Clackamas

Avatar by on May 3rd, 2010 at 8:06 pm

Blake Sharkey Steve; arrested for hit
and run and vehicular assault.
(Photo: Clackamas Co. Sheriff’s Office)

Given our recent discussion of police responses to vehicular assault, I thought this story from Clackamas (about 11 miles SE of downtown Portland) that just came over the wire was interesting.

According to the Oregon State Police, at just before 2:00 today a man named Blake Sharkey Steve, 20, was talking on his cell phone while driving his GMC Suburban when he pulled out of a gas station and struck 20-year old Bonnie Ingersoll as she rode her bicycle on SE 82nd just north of Highway 224. Steve then fled the scene.

Thankfully, several witnesses saw the collision and stuck around to tell Oregon State Police troopers what had happened. One astute bystander got Steve’s license plate and vehicle description and police were able to trace it to his residence and make the arrest.[Read more…]

Clackamas River bike/ped bridge re-opens tomorrow after two year closure

Avatar by on November 26th, 2008 at 12:08 pm

View of the new construction
as of 11/21/08.
(Photo: Clackamas County)

After an arson fire burned through several key support columns in August of 2006, the 82nd Drive/Park Place bike/ped bridge (map) over the Clackamas River (between Gladstone and Oregon City) is slated to officially re-open tomorrow.

In a newsletter from Clackamas County’s Water Environment Services division, county Board Chair Lynn Peterson said, “We know the public is eager for this work to be completed…and the public can once again enjoy this important pedestrian and bicycle access across the river.”

More info at