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The following are press releases sent out by the City of Woodburn on various police and other City-related news. For more information, contact Jason Horton at 503-982-5256 or

Woodburn Estates Raises $1,500 for WPD

The Woodburn Estates & Golf Pancake Breakfast on April 25 raised $1,500 for the Woodburn Police Department. The WPD will use the money raised for a portable police/traffic trailer.

Total cost for the trailer is $11,000, which will be shared between police and public works departments.

Woodburn Police Chief Jim Ferraris said the need for the trailer came about from citizen complaints.

New WPD App Helps Nab Most Wanted Suspect

Last week the Woodburn Police Department launched its mobile app, which is available on Apple, Android and Windows platforms. A week later it has already help catch one of Woodburn’s most wanted.

On Monday, May 2 a Woodburn police officer was showing the new app to a community member. As the officer was explaining the app the resident identified one of Woodburn’s most wanted, Wilfrido Manriguez-Dominguez and said he frequents the Woodburn 7-Eleven.

City-Owned Vacant Houses to be Demolished

On Monday, April 25 the Urban Renewal Agency authorized the demolition and removal of vacant City-owned houses located at 137 and 175 S. First Street.

The first step will be to conduct an environmental assessment and abate any asbestos or led paint contamination that may exist on the premises. That is expected to happen in the next couple weeks.

City Sells Association Building

The City of Woodburn has sold the Association Building, located at 347 N. Front St., to a pair of Portland businessmen who hope to turn the building into an Artisan-like marketplace.

Hythum Ismail and Robby Truong, two Portland police officers and business entrepreneurs, purchased the building for $400,000.

Woodburn Police Department releases free mobile app to connect with members of community

The Woodburn Police Department has released a free mobile app to connect with members of the Woodburn community through their smartphones.

The new app allows the WPD to quickly disseminate emergency alerts, post news about missing persons, traffic delays, arrests or threats and much more. In the event of an emergency, app users receive instant notification via their mobile devices.

April is Childhood Abuse Awareness Month

April is Childhood Abuse Prevention and Woodburn Mayor Kathy Figley read a Proclamation at the March 28 City Council meeting. You can view it here.

Woodburn Police Chief Jim Ferraris, who sits on the board of directors at Liberty House, a Childhood Abuse Assessment Center, has a message for the public here.

Library Atrium Named in Honor of Former Mayor Nancy Kirksey

Woodburn Mayor Kathy Figley honored former Mayor Nancy Kirksey at Monday's Woodburn City Council meeting by naming the Atrium in Woodburn Public Library in her honor. Kirksey, who was lured to the meeting under false pretenses only to be surprised by the honor, was genuinely appreciative of the honor.

"I had no idea and I am truly honored," Kirksey said.

WPD Searching for Missing Teen

The Woodburn Police Department is asking the public's help in finding 17-year-old Edwin Ordex-Casas. Edwin left Woodburn High School yesterday, March 3, and has not been seen since. According to family, Edwin has been upset recently.
Edwin is described as 5-feet-9, 125 pounds, brown hair, brown eyes last, seen wearing black pants, a black adidas jacket, white adidas shoes, carrying an orange and black backpack. 

City Looking for Community Participation

Got trees? The City is getting ready to celebrate Arbor Day on Saturday, April 9 and we would love to see your photos of you and your family with your favorite tree (or trees) in Woodburn!

Snap your photo and post it to the City's Facebook page and tell us what you love about your favorite tree.

We may select your tree to be featured in an upcoming E-blast!

WPD Participates in Polar Plunge

Woodburn Police Officers and family members jumped into the 40-degree Columbia River and were honored to do so for the Special Olympics Oregon. The Polar Plunge took place Feb. 27 at Broughton Beach in Portland and hundreds of law enforcement officers from across Oregon participated in this year’s event, raising money for the Special Olympics.


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