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Public safety log for Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018

Poachers get on video, Hermiston police catch a wanted trio, and car parts impaled a man

Published on February 16, 2018 3:06PM

Last changed on February 16, 2018 5:03PM


1:14 a.m. - Hermiston police responded to the 500 block of West Hermiston Avenue for an assault.

7:22 a.m. - Pendleton police took a report of a burglary at Pendleton Square Apartments, 200 S.W. 28th Drive.

7:58 a.m. - Poachers shot and killed a doe mule deer on private property on Shaw Road, Umatilla. The landowner reported they tried to hide the deer in a ditch, drove off, returned a short time later and dragged the carcass to the middle of the road.

The landowner confronted the poachers and used his cellphone to video them. They left, and left the deer in the road.

The suspects were gone by the time Oregon State Police arrived, but the investigation is underway.

12:18 p.m. - A caller reported someone tried to use her bank card at the Pilot Travel Center, 2115 S. Highway 395, Stanfield, and she was concerned there could be a card scammer device at the gas pumps there.

2:16 p.m. - Pendleton police received a report of theft at the Lifeways day treatment center, 25 S.E. Byers Ave.

2:28 p.m. - Stanfield police received a report of a burglary at The Vintage Shop at Echo Station, 211 W. Main St., Echo.

3:15 p.m. - The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office took a report of theft at Athena Elementary School, 375 S. Fifth St., Athena.

4:53 p.m. - Emergency callers in Pendleton reported a bicyclist rode in and out of traffic and shouted at people at Southwest Frazer Avenue and First Street.

4:56 p.m. - Stanfield police took a report of vandalism to the front door of the Buttercreek Coffee House, 201 W. Main St., Echo.

5:15 p.m. - Dogs attacked a man on West Duane Avenue, Hermiston. He declined emergency medics, even though he said the bites left puncture marks on both legs. Police took a report.

6:21 p.m. - Staff at the Packard Tavern, 118 S.E. Court Ave., Pendleton, reported a man spit on one employee and left in a car. The guy was gone before police arrived.

9:42 p.m. - Pendleton police assisted a woman at the Denny’s restaurant, 610 Tutuilla Creek Road, because her boyfriend abandoned her.

10:35 p.m. - A 911 caller reported four people in a fight at the Motel 6, 620 S.W. Tutuilla Road, Pendleton.


1:48 a.m. - Car parts impaled a man.

Emergency department staff at St. Anthony Hospital, Pendleton, told police a patient and the driver reported their vehicle hit a red tarp on the road, and the tarp went through the transmission. They heard a boom and the transmission blew into the passenger side of the cab, lodging a piece of the transmission into the man’s left thigh and left hand.



•Tip leads to hat trick of arrests

Hermiston police acted on information from a Umatilla County sheriff’s deputy and responded to the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 145 N. First St., where guests in one room paid for fewer people than were actually staying.

Officers contacted one person in the main room, according to Hermiston police, and two more who were hiding in the bathroom. Troy Rutherford, 31, Olivia Erevia, 28, and Sarah Bennett, 29, all of Hermiston, had eight warrants between them, and officers arrested and booked them into the Umatilla County Jail, Pendleton.

•Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office arrested Richard Dean Holmes, 25, of Hermiston, on a felony warrant and for felony hit and run and misdemeanor charges of vandalism.

•Pendleton police arrested Tana Nicole Halligan, 22, of Pendleton, for felony hit and run, failure to display a license, reckless driving and interfering with a peace officer.

•The Morrow County Sheriff’s Office arrested Solon Ephriam True, 40, no address provided, for first-degree animal neglect, resisting arrest and possession of methamphetamine.


•Milton-Freewater police arrested Thomas Wayne Boffing, 57, of Milton-Freewater, for probation violation and possession of methamphetamine and oxycodone.


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