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OUT OF THE VAULT: Money tiff creates literal rift

Published on October 28, 2017 3:00AM


A man angry about money he felt he was owed in October of 1984 made his point in a rather destructive way.

Calvin Sullivan, a 37-year-old Spokane resident, and Helen Blanchard of Pendleton argued over money on Oct. 29, 1984. According to Lt. Ed Taber of the Pendleton Police Department, Sullivan paid Blanchard some money earlier in the day but returned in the evening asking for the money back. Blanchard called police after she refused to return the money, and Sullivan refused to leave the premises. She reported that a man was trying to enter her home at 8 S.W. Goodwin Ave., and then the police dispatcher heard a loud crash. The line went dead.

When Blanchard refused to return his money, Sullivan had jumped into his Chevy Blazer, revved the engine and drove onto the front porch, crashing into the front door. He then backed up and took another run at it, breaking through the front wall of the house.

No one was injured, but parts of the front wall collapsed. Sullivan’s Blazer received minor dings. He drove away and was picked up by police later in the evening as he drove through downtown Pendleton.

Sullivan was charged with first-degree criminal mischief, driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless endangerment.

Renee Struthers is the Community Records Editor for the East Oregonian. See the complete collection of Out of the Vault columns at eovault.blogspot.com



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