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Public safety log for Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017

Weston had a cougar sighting in town, state police identified a homeless teen, and police caught a local teen with a sketchy boyfriend

Published on October 16, 2017 4:22PM

Last changed on October 16, 2017 4:43PM


8:43 a.m. - Hermiston police received a report of solicitors without a permit who were painting curbs in the area of River Hill Drive and Southwest 17th Street. Police did not find the suspects.

12:59 p.m. - A Morrow County sheriff’s deputy took care of a horse on Northwest Riverside Avenue, Heppner. The animal was off its owner’s property and in another yard, so the deputy coaxed the horse back to its proper location and even put up the fence.

3:56 p.m. - A caller on Diablo Court, Umatilla, told police people were posting notices on doors.

4:06 p.m. - Milton-Freewater residents on the 700 block of Northeast Sixth Court reported the thefts. The first caller said someone took cans and two bicycles, and about four hours later, a second caller reported the theft of property.

6:17 p.m. - A 911 caller reported on Northwest Spruce Street, Hermiston, reported a male and female physically fighting.

6:23 p.m. - A 911 caller reported a fire near the power pole at the intersection of Highway 730 and Highway 37.

7:08 p.m. - The Morrow County Sheriff’s Office received a request to check on an older neighbor who lives alone on North First Street, Irrigon. The caller said she tried contacting the neighbor all day but there was no response. The sheriff’s office was not able to find the person in question.

9:07 p.m. - A Weston caller reported a cougar just walked over his back porch and crossed South Water Street to the vacant lot with a lot of trees.

10:09 p.m. - Hermiston police received a 911 report from the 100 block of East Main Street for a male who hit a female and bloodied her face and eye.

11:20 p.m. - A caller told Umatilla police he lost a money bag with cash and business checks at the intersection of Highway 730 and Highway 395. Police did not find the bag.


11:35 a.m. - A caller reported the theft of a vehicle from Tom’s Country Chrysler Jeep Dodge, 81143 N. U.S. Highway 395, Hermiston.

1:49 p.m. - Umatilla police received an emergency report of a vehicle theft at Fifth Street and Switzler Avenue.

2:44 p.m. - Six goats wandered into a yard on West Fourth Road, Irrigon, the property owner reported, and she did not know who they belonged to, but she closed the gate so they would not be on the road.

7:43 p.m. - Hermiston police responded to a disturbance on the 1300 block of North First Street.

7:49 p.m. - A caller reported a fire at Battle Mountain State Park off Highway 395 near Ukiah.

11 p.m. - A caller reported a bigger, “highly intoxicated” man urinated in the street in front of Bucknum’s. 152 N. Main St., Heppner. A Morrow County sheriff’s deputy found the man sleeping in his vehicle and took no action.


4:32 a.m. - A woman on No Name Lane, Umatilla, called 911 and said she was robbed and needed help.

1:34 p.m. - The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a burglary on Oregon Trail Road, Echo.

3:50 p.m. - Law enforcement in Arlington asked the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office for help spotting a man who exposed himself indecently. The sheriff’s office reported no luck in finding the suspect.

6:53 p.m. - The Morrow County Sheriff’s Office responded to a dispute and fight between neighbors at Green Acres RV Park, 80542 Paterson Ferry Road, Irrigon. The deputy talked to all parties and found their stories were inconsistent.

Seven minutes later, a caller on Northeast Second Street, Irrigon, reported she and her boyfriend were fighting and he shoved her. The deputy talked to both parties and separated them.

8:55 p.m. - A man reported the theft of a tire from his vehicle while at Center Market, 530 N. Main St., Stanfield.



•Hermiston police arrested Jordan Delano Crandall, 26, of 80973 Alpine Drive, Hermiston, for possession of methamphetamine and on warrants for failure to appear, contempt of court and felony probation violations.

•Hermiston police arrested Adrian Torres Nava, 18, of 1070 W. Orchard Ave., Apt. C8, Hermiston, for strangulation, harassment, second-degree criminal mischief (vandalism) and violating a restraining order, all misdemeanors. Umatilla County Circuit Court records show four other criminal cases pending for theft and burglary.

•Umatilla tribal police arrested Timothy Golden McMurphy, 31, of Pendleton, for possession of methamphetamine and felony probation and parole violations.


•Oregon State Police trooper Tyler Steele at 12:51 a.m. contacted a teenage boy on the westbound side of Interstate 84, according to state police, and found he was in possession of more than an ounce of marijuana.

The teen lied about his age, but Umatilla County dispatch helped the trooper identity the boy was 17 and from North Carolina. State police also reported he was homeless and had no family in Oregon.

Steele seized the boy’s marijuana and tobacco, took him to the state police office in Pendleton and contacted the Oregon Department of Human Services. A social worker arrived and took the boy into custody, and state police cited him for giving false information to police, minor in possession of tobacco and possession of more than an ounce of usable marijuana by a person younger than 21.

•Law enforcement in Morrow County at 4:02 a.m. received a report of a drunk male on a woman’s front porch at Wilson Road Mobile Home Park, 600 Wilson Road S.W., Boardman. The Morrow County Sheriff’s Office cited a juvenile for minor in possession of alcohol and marijuana.

•Boardman police arrested Mario Morales Jr., 34, of Boardman, for possession of methamphetamine.

•Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office arrested Raymond Blair Tyrrell, 53, of Milton-Freewater, for menacing, harassment, and the domestic violence charge of fourth-degree assault.

•Oregon State Police at about 7:55 p.m. tried to stop a white Chevrolet Suburban on Highway 37 for a lighting violation, but the driver kept going a short distance before pulling over near Northwest Carden Avenue, Pendleton.

Another officer arrived, and the police detained the driver, a 17-year-old local girl, and the passenger, Jason Michael Francisco Garza, 27, of Irrigon. The girl said Garza was her boyfriend and told her to keep driving because he had warrants, according to state police, and the girl allowed officers to search the vehicle.

State police reported trooper Wesley Linhart found a methamphetamine pipe and a few grams of meth, and Garza later said those were his. Police also found he had two felony and two misdemeanor warrants.

Linhart arrested Garza and booked him into the Umatilla County Jail, Pendleton, on the warrants and for methamphetamine possession. The trooper cited the girl for felony attempt to elude and driving without a license and released her to her parents. Police also allowed a friend to take the dog she had.

State police also reported the license plates on the Suburban belonged to another vehicle, so the trooper took the plates for evidence.


•Boardman police arrested and released Acedo Ruben Alvarez, no age or address provided, for driving under the influence of intoxicants.

•Hermiston police arrested Kelsea Kathryn Marie Rodriguez, 27, of 1735 N.E. Second St., Hermiston, for the domestic violence charge of felony fourth-degree assault.

•Hermiston police arrested Javier Roque, 28, of 30570 Highway 730, Apt. 23, Umatilla, for first-degree burglary, menacing, harassment and third-degree mischief (vandalism).


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