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Public safety log for Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018

Published on February 7, 2018 2:10PM


1:11 a.m. - An Oregon State Police trooper tagged an abandoned Olds Cutlass on eastbound Interstate 84, milepost 234, on Sunday evening and the vehicle’s owner, a Spokane Valley resident, called to request an additional day to pick up the vehicle. OSP was dispatched Tuesday to an abandoned vehicle and learned it was the same vehicle. ODOT had reported seeing another vehicle parked in front of the Cutlass, but the lead vehicle quickly left as they pulled in to assist, leaving tools and trash behind. The Cutlass was cleaned out, the rear plate was removed and a large amount of fuel was leaking out of the gas tank of the abandoned car. When contacted, the owner confirmed she had been the one working on the car, and that she had been trying to siphon fuel from one car to the other, spilling some. On investigation, ODOT found the fuel lines had been cut and spilled fuel was heading for a storm drain. The car was towed as a hazard.

3:03 a.m. - A driver on eastbound I-84 near milepost 241 hit an animal with enough force to deploy the vehicle’s airbags. No injuries were reported.

5:56 a.m. - A woman was involved in a car accident at A.C. Houghton Elementary School, 1105 N.E. Main Ave., Irrigon, and transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston by the Boardman ambulance after complaining of neck and head injuries.

7:14 a.m. - The Morrow County Sheriff’s Office was called to Ione Community School, 445 Spring St., to speak with a juvenile after a report of witness tampering.

10:02 a.m. - A man waited in the turn lane at the intersection of South Highway 395 and East Hurlburt Avenue in Hermiston for 20 minutes but the light wouldn’t allow him to turn, he complained to the Hermiston Police Department.

10:28 a.m. - A resident of Green Acres RV Park, 80542 Paterson Ferry Road, Irrigon, reported her vehicle was stolen sometime the previous night and she heard it had been involved in an accident. A Morrow County sheriff’s deputy spoke to both parties.

1:19 p.m. - An employer on North First Street, Hermiston, asked police to check on an employee she had laid off because the former employee talked about harming herself.

3:29 p.m. - Stanfield police investigated a fraud report at a business on South Main Street.

6:00 p.m. - A resident of Southeast Utah Avenue, Irrigon, requested extra sheriff patrols in her neighborhood after her vehicles were broken into the previous night and a stereo stolen from one of them. A second Irrigon caller, on Locust Road, also requested extra patrols after his dog was possibly poisoned.

7:10 p.m. - Pendleton police and fire departments were called to a report of smoke coming from the roof of All Gussied Up, 28 S.W. Court Ave.

7:21 p.m. - A prowler was reported to Hermiston police by a resident of West Hermiston Avenue.



•The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office arrested Gary Zachary Smith, 27, of Hermiston, for hindering prosecution, tampering with physical evidence and interfering with a peace officer.

•Hermiston police arrested David Daniel Diaz, 20, of Hermiston, on domestic violence charges of aggravated fourth-degree assault and strangulation, second-degree theft and two felony probation/parole violations.


•Stacia Elaine Simmons, 30, of Walla Walla, was arrested by the Umatilla Couny Sheriff’s Office for felony driving under the influence of intoxicants and misdemeanor charges of possession of heroin and methamphetamine.


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