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Public safety log for Friday, July 6, 2018

So many arrests and fireworks complaints you might think Wednesday was Fourth of July

Published on July 5, 2018 4:39PM


11:52 a.m. - Morrow County Sheriff’s Office received a report of possible dog abuse at a home on West Seventh Road, Irrigon.

6:02 p.m. - The Morrow County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint about more than 50 sheep loose in an alfalfa field on West Fourth Road but without an address. Still, a deputy responded and someone was repairing the fence to keep in the sheep and get them back where they belong.

Sort of reminds you of that joke, where the herder said his sheep are loose and asked a guy to help round them up. The guy asked how many sheep, the herder replies about 55.

The guys pops back with, “OK then, 60.”

7:38 p.m. - A 911 caller reported a structure fire on East Jefferson Street, Athena.

7:56 p.m. - A caller on Southeast Utah Avenue, Irrigon, reported people were setting off fireworks on Eighth Street and the “parachute is in the tree.” We don’t know what that means, either, but a Morrow County sheriff’s deputy responded while residents set off fireworks all over town.

The sheriff’s office received several more complaints about fireworks, including another at this Irrigon location and one at 10:34 p.m. at Northwest Gale and Church streets, Heppner, for people shooting bottle rockets into the trees and power lines by the city park.

9:01 p.m. - Brush caught on fire near a residence on Cliff Street, Umatilla.

9:11 p.m. - The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office began receiving complaints about fireworks. The reports spanned more than two hours and came in from sites in or near Adams, Hermiston and more.

11:11 p.m. - Umatilla police received the first of six complaints about fireworks. The calls came in from various sites and all in less than an hour.


•Morrow County Sheriff’s Office arrested Nicholas Lee Fisher, 35, of Irrigon, for harassment and domestic violence assault.

•Hermiston police arrested Travis Arlen Landon, 25, of Hermiston, for possession of heroin and on a warrant.

•Umatilla Tribal Police arrested Justin Robert Burke, 21, no address available, for dangerous drugs, criminal activity in drugs, driving under the influence of intoxicants (controlled substance), open container and refusal to take a breath test for blood-alcohol level.

•Hermiston police arrested Jeova Gerardo Guzman, 28, of Hermiston, for first-degree burglary, second-degree criminal mischief and violating a restraining order. State court records show Guzman has been the defendant of more than a dozen criminal prosecutions.

•Stanfield police arrested Casey Jean Hinkley, 45, no address available, for DUII and reckless endangering.

•An Oregon State Police trooper checking angling licenses at about 7:20 p.m. at Hat Rock State Park, Hermiston, caught two men without licenses. One man was on post-prison supervision, according to state police, and the other had felony warrants for his arrest.

That man, David Robert LaSalle, 39, of Pendleton, took off running. State police reported the trooper still cited him and J.C. Samuel Thompson, 32, of Hermiston, for fishing without a license. LaSalle also received a citation for misdemeanor fleeing. The state police will forward the criminal charges against LaSalle to the Umatilla County District Attorney’s Office.

•Hermiston police arrested William Eugene Stolz, 44, of Hermiston, for domestic violence charges of second-degree kidnapping, strangulation, fourth-degree assault and harassment. Stolz has criminal cases dating back to at least 2000, according to state court records, and has local cases pending for first-degree theft and failure to appear.


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