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Public safety log for Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018

Law enforcement is kept busy with vehicle crashes, traffic hazards, fights, New Year’s celebratory gunshots and a possible wolf sighting.

Published on January 2, 2018 2:28PM


5:32 a.m. - An anonymous caller complained to the Umatilla County Sheriff’s office that Christmas lights on a home on First Street and Highway 11 in Athena blinded him.

9:05 a.m. - A vehicle break-in was reported on Northwest Ninth Street, Pendleton.

9:50 a.m. - A 27-year-old Portland man driving a delivery truck merged onto Interstate 82 too fast at the Lamb Road onramp and rolled his vehicle onto its side. A passenger sustained cuts to his arm.

11:42 a.m. - The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home on Cooney Lane in Hermiston for a reported assault.

12:06 p.m. - A resident of Kiwi Court, Umatilla, requested a woman be removed from his home because she assaulted him the previous night. A Umatilla police officer responded.

12:26 p.m. - Stanfield police received a report of a vehicle break-in on Tawny Court in Stanfield. Another car prowl was reported at 1:30 p.m. on East Furnish Avenue.

1:13 p.m. - An explosion and smoke was reported at a rental property on Northwest Fifth Street, Pendleton.

4:36 p.m. - A woman driving near Sunquist and Winesap roads, Milton-Freewater, hit a power line, causing sparks and a fire. She requested the Milton-Freewater Fire Department respond, and stated she was freeing herself from the downed line. Power lines also were down at 6:58 p.m. at Allen and Woodrow streets in Milton-Freewater.

4:47 p.m. - The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office was called by the neighborhood watch at Wells on Highway 332 for a report of tree branches in the roadway. Another neighborhood watch group at Brownie on Grant Road reported a large tree limb in the road at 5:37 p.m., and said it was too heavy for them to pull it off the road.

5:43 p.m. - Hermiston police investigated a reported burglary at a residence on Northeast Willow Court.

5:49 p.m. - A stranded motorist at Griggs Road and Bork Lane near Milton-Freewater was blocking traffic. Another traffic hazard was reported at 6:08 p.m. at Bingham and Iskuulpa Creek roads near Adams, and Umatilla County sheriff’s deputies also cleared a road hazard at 7:11 p.m. at Triangle and Appleton roads near Milton-Freewater.

11:16 p.m. - Umatilla police responded to a report of shots fired near Reagan Street. Officers were unable to locate a shooter.


12:34 a.m. - Another report of shots fired in Umatilla, this time at McNary Dam on Devore Road, brought Umatilla police to the scene.

12:43 a.m. - Oregon State Police responded to a semi crash on eastbound Interstate 84 near milepost 150. The semi lost control on icy roads and his second trailer rolled onto both eastbound lanes, blocking traffic for 2 ½ hours. A second crash at 1:08 a.m. sent a victim to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston with injuries after the vehicle lost control and rolled several times on eastbound I-84 near milepost 154.

2:11 a.m. - Pendleton police were called to the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce, 501 S. Main Street, on a report of a man screaming for help but were unable to locate him. A minute later a fight was reported at Virgil’s at Cimmiyotti’s, 137 S. Main St., but again police were unable to locate a problem.

6:19 a.m. - A 52-year-old man driving westbound on I-84 near Umatilla lost traction on the icy road and rolled his vehicle twice in the median. He suffered only small cuts and was transported to Pilot Travel Center near Hermiston by Oregon State Police.

6:39 a.m. - A vehicle slid off the road on eastbound I-84 near milepost 174, and a second vehicle pulled off the roadway to assist. A third vehicle lost control on the icy road and struck the other two vehicles. No one was injured, but all three vehicles were towed from the scene. At 7:13 a.m. another vehicle attempting to change lanes in the same vicinity lost control and rolled into the median, stopping on its top. The driver was uninjured.

7:41 a.m. - A semi traveling too fast for icy road conditions on westbound Highway 730 near milepost 186 lost control, jackknifed his trailer and rotated 180 degrees, coming to rest off the shoulder. Both fuel tanks were ruptured, spilling fuel onto the roadway.

7:51 a.m. - The Pendleton Warming Station, 715 S.E. Court Ave., reported a theft.

8:22 a.m. - A pickup pulling a car on westbound I-84 near milepost 190 lost traction and struck a motorhome also pulling a car. The pickup slid off the road and rolled once in the median. No one was injured.

12:24 p.m. - Hermiston police were called to a West Laird Avenue on a report of shots fired, but were unable to locate a shooter.

12:25 p.m. - The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office investigated a reported burglary at a residence on Highway 11, Milton-Freewater.

2:00 p.m. - A 150-pound black wolf was reportedly sighted on South Highway 395 near Pilot Rock. A Umatilla County sheriff’s deputy investigated.

1:44 p.m. - A caller on Northwest Eighth Street, Pendleton, reported a man was run over by an “unmanned vehicle.” A Pendleton ambulance responded.

5:44 p.m. - Pendleton police took a theft report from a resident of Mountain View Apartments, 2410 N.W. Carden Ave.


12:41 a.m. - Oregon State Police contacted a 24-year-old Hermiston man near I-82 and Highway 730, Umatilla, who reported his car was shot at in Washington state and the shooters were following him into Oregon. While the trooper was talking to the caller, a vehicle containing four suspects in the shooting drove by, and the men were detained without incident. Deputies from Benton County, Washington, took over the case.

1:42 a.m. - Hermiston police responded to a fight on Northwest 12th Place.

4:56 p.m. - A Pendleton resident on Southeast Ninth Street reported their vehicle stolen.

7:57 p.m. - A Hermiston man was arrested after his mother called to report he had beat up her girlfriend.

8:14 p.m. - Pendleton police received a report of shots fired on Southwest Perkins Avenue. No shooter was found.

8:56 p.m. - The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a possible explosion at Diamond Eye Performance, 107 W. Main St., Athena.

9:46 p.m. - A fight at a residence on Gander Way Lane, Hermiston, was broken up by Umatilla County sheriff’s deputies.

9:56 p.m. - A resident of South Broad Street, Weston, reported hearing gunshots.

11:55 p.m. - Power lines were reported down on Locust Road near Milton-Freewater.


12:04 a.m. - A fight on Diagonal Boulevard in Hermiston drew officers from Hermiston and Stanfield police and the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office to the scene.

12:13 a.m. - Two reports of shots fired in Irrigon, one at Estate Loop and Columbia Lane and the second on Southeast Third Street at 12:19 a.m., were reported to the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office. No shooters were found.

12:47 a.m. - Umatilla County sheriff’s deputies were called to a reported fight at Lorena’s Tienda, 330 S.W. 11th St., Hermiston, but the fight had broken up by the time deputies arrived.

8:05 a.m. - A resident of Southshore Drive, Umatilla, reported a stolen vehicle.

9:02 a.m. - A vehicle was broken into via a smashed window on Kangaroo Court Lane in Irrigon. A report was taken by a Morrow County sheriff’s deputy.

11:43 a.m. - A burglary was reported at Floyd’s Truck Ranch, 74141 Barnhart Road, Pendleton.

1:02 p.m. - A woman was assaulted at a home on Southeast 11th Street, Irrigon. A Morrow County sheriff’s deputy took a report, and the woman was transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston by the Irrigon ambulance.

2:14 p.m. - A caller reported a broken side window and a door that appeared to have been kicked in at a residence in the 300 block of North Main Street, Milton-Freewater.

7:07 p.m. - A two-vehicle accident on eastbound I-84 near Boardman scattered debris all over the road. The Morrow County Sheriff’s Office, Boardman fire and ambulance crews and Oregon State Police responded. No injuries requiring hospitalization were reported.

8:18 p.m. - A 19-year-old Washington man driving eastbound entered westbound I-84. When he realized he was traveling the wrong way, he attempted to exit the freeway at the I-82/I-84 interchange near Hermiston but lost control of his vehicle and slid into several road signs before coming to a stop. He was not injured.

10:56 p.m. - A resident of South Glendening, Stanfield, reported a 17-foot Tracker fishing boat on a trailer was just stolen out of his driveway by someone driving a red truck. The caller said the thief was heading toward Pilot Rock.

11:13 p.m. - A man was given a courtesy ride to Boardman after he was discovered by a woman laying on the side of Highway 74 near Heppner wrapped in a blanket with reflective tape on his back.



•Pendleton police arrested Douglas Dean Halbert, 33, address not provided, for fourth-degree aggravated assault (domestic violence).

•Oregon State Police cited a 17-year-old Hermiston male juvenile for driving under the influence of intoxicants. He was released into his mother’s custody.


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