We have not offered any
updates to two stories of interest regarding recently deceased AFSCME members
because, quite frankly, there is nothing new to report. But we do continue to
monitor both situations.
The Clackamas County
Sheriff's Office and other police authorities continue to search for 41-year-old
Dirck Morgan White. White is the prime suspect in the Feb. 6 shooting death of
Clackamas County assistant weighmaster Grady Waxenfelter, a Local 350 member.
At one point authorities questioned relatives and acquaintances in Montana.
There was also a report that White was in the area of the Ankeny Hill Wildlife
Refuge near Jefferson between Feb. 21 and Feb. 24. Nothing came of either
incident, and White is still at large.
White is from Edgefield,
Wash., and has a long criminal record in the Seattle-Tacoma area. He's used a
string of aliases, including Dirck C. White, Dirck M. White, Louis Cruz, Luis
Cruz, Mario Cruz, PeeWee, Mario Pouce, Dirk White and Dirk C. White.
White was last seen driving
a silver Mercedes 320 with Washington license plate ANB7070. The car has not
been recovered either. White is considered armed and dangerous, and should
anyone see him or his car, call 9-1-1. The Clackamas County Sheriff's
non-emergency tip line is (503) 723-4949.
You can still make a
donation to the family. Donations to the fund can be made as follows: AFSCME
Waxenfelter Memorial Fund, c/o Sterling Bank, 25529 SW Glen Dr., Wilsonville,
OR 97070. You can also make a
donation at any Sterling Bank branch; the account number is 9944634964.
Ricky Flores of Caldwell,
Idaho, has been missing and presumed drowned since a Snake River boating
accident on March 21. Flores was a Corrections Officer at Snake River
Correctional Institution in Ontario, and a local union officer for Local 3940.
Recovery efforts to locate his remains were unsuccessful, and for now the
search has been called off.
The 42-year-old Flores was
riding in a 24-foot jet boat with Charles Gissel of Ontario and Eric Meyehoffer
of Payette, Idaho when the accident occurred. Gissel and Meyerhoffer are
co-workers at SRCI. They were able to get to shore after the boat capsized in
the Wild Sheep Rapids, about 8 miles north of Hells Canyon. Neither Flores'
remains or the boat have been recovered, according to the Wallowa County Sheriff's
"We've heard from local
authorities that both the river's turbidity and water temperature are likely
keeping the remains along the bottom," said Oregon AFSCME Corrections
Coordinator Tim Woolery. "Apparently there's not much they can do now until the
river settles down and warms up."
Flores has worked as a CO at
the prison since 1998. Donations to the family can be made at any branch of
U.S. Bank to the Ricky M. Flores Benefit Donation Account. Council 75 has sent
a $1,000 donation, and other local unions are participating as well.
UPDATE: There will be a memorial service for Flores on
April 11 at 4 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Caldwell, Idaho (1015 N Kimball Ave.).
The Flores family has invited all to attend. Immediately following the service there
will be food and a Celebration of Life to honor Flores' memory.
The DOC has authorized staff
to wear their Class-A uniforms to the service and says that black bands are
approved for wearing between April 7-11.