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Public safety log for Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018

Car theft in Milton-Freewater, state police investigate a gun purchase, and a Milton-Freewater man faces charges for a gun theft

Published on August 22, 2018 1:56PM


6:48 a.m. - A Milton-Freewater man on the 900 block of Cowl Street reported the theft of his 2012 Chevrolet Traverse.

9:52 a.m. - Graffiti vandalism continues in Milton-Freewater. Police this time took a report for graffiti on a building at 210 S.W. Second Ave.

10:10 a.m. - A resident on the 1300 Southwest 13th Place, Hermiston, reported someone took her gas cans that had gas in them.

1:28 p.m. - A caller at Columbia Crest Apartments, 1500 Second St., Umatilla, reported youth were driving recklessly in the nearby marina parking lot.

6:02 p.m. - Oregon State Police responded to the Pendleton Bi-Mart store, 901 S.W. Emigrant Ave., after the state denied the sale of a firearm. The would-be buyer is on probation and left the store before police arrived. The investigation is pending contact with the person.

7:37 p.m. - Pendleton emergency services responded to South Main Street and Southwest Emigrant Avenue on a report of a vehicle hitting a male on a bicycle.

8:29 p.m. - Visitors to the Hermiston disc golf course at Northwest 11th Street and West Elm Avenue reported finding eight bicycles “stashed” throughout the course. Police did not find the bikes.

9:02 p.m. - A caller on Southwest Wyoming Avenue, Irrigon, reported hearing around 10 gunshots nearby and this is the third night she heard the shots. A Morrow County sheriff’s deputy determined the report was unfounded.

9:24 p.m. - Pendleton police responded to a report of drug activity at Stillman Park, 413 S.E. Byers Ave., but officers did not find the activity.


•Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office arrested Cody Lee Farrens, 27, of Milton-Freewater, for first-degree theft, second-degree burglary and menacing. The Umatilla County District Attorney’s Office charged Farrens on Wednesday morning with theft and burglary counts and felon in possession of a firearm.

The state in court documents accused Farrens of entering a home on the 84900 block of Grace Lane, Milton-Freewater, and stealing a Ruger .357 Magnum revolver. The court documents also state Farrens has a 2009 felony conviction in Walla Walla County for theft. Farrens’ next court date is Sept. 18.

•Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office arrested Trevor Eli Cooke, 35, of Hermiston, for felony fourth-degree assault.


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