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Public safety log for Friday, Aug. 17, 2018

Illegal activity on United States Forest Service lands, men pull into Butte Park for a daily dose of pot, and a motor home catches fire on Cabbage Hill.

Published on August 16, 2018 4:22PM


6:55 a.m. - Damage to a mailbox and vehicle was reported by a resident of the 300 block of Northwest Fifth Avenue, Milton-Freewater

8:48 a.m. - The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office took a burglary report at Step Ahead Learning School, 1256 N. Columbia St., Milton-Freewater.

9:06 a.m. - Oregon State Police informed the United States Forest Service about illegal activity on Forest Service land in Morrow County. One complaint involved the construction of a bathroom near Forest Service Road 53-5322 and the second was for an illegal dump site off F.S. Road 53 near Kelly Prairie.

9:44 a.m. - A caller on East Main Street, Heppner, told police someone may have put Super Glue in his door locks.

10:43 a.m. - A resident of Southeast Utah Avenue, Irrigon, reported her bank account is a thousand dollars overdrawn after someone took money from it. She asked to file an identity theft and fraud report with the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office.

11:26 a.m. - A daily camp operator at Butte Park, Hermiston, told police a silver Dodge Charger with five to six men inside comes everyday. They roll down the windows and smoke marijuana. She said they are white and have beards. The caller said this concerned her because children are nearby.

12:08 a.m. - A Hermiston resident asked to speak to police about someone harassing her nephews.

12:16 p.m. - The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an assault at the Long Branch Cafe & Saloon, 201 E. Main St., Weston.

2:56 p.m. - An employee at a business on North First Street, Hermiston, admitted to stealing from the business.

4:06 p.m. - A motor home caught fire heading up Cabbage Hill on Interstate 84 east of Pendleton. The 72-year-old driver reported the vehicle experienced mechanical issues during the climb, and when he pulled over and got out near milepost 220, he saw black smoke.

The driver disconnected the passenger vehicle and got away from the motor home. Flames soon erupted and fully engulfed the vehicle. The Pendleton Fire Department extinguished the blaze, and a tow company hauled off the wreck.

8:27 p.m. - A caller reported people in a black coupe sedan and a white pickup were stealing railroad ties at L & W Land and Rieth Road. The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office responded but did not find anything suspicious.


12:47 a.m. - The Umatilla police and Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office took a report for shots fired on Bridge Road, Hermiston.

6:39 a.m. - The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office was called to a vehicle vs. power pole accident on Agnew and Westland roads, Hermiston.



•Boardman police arrested Abel Raul Rodriguez, 29, address not provided, for felony driving while suspended/revoked.


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