This letter is in response to the recent articles covering the investigation of the possible shooting on Snyder Road on January 16.

It is troubling to learn that Umatilla County Sheriff Terry Rowan believes the incident, as it was reported that night, should not have reached “the level that it went to the Neighborhood Watch.” When that incident was reported to Neighborhood Watch members, there was no reason to believe it was a hoax.

Hindsight in this case should not change the decisions in the future to report possibly dangerous situations to the Neighborhood Watch members. As a member who lives a farm or two away from the incident area, I appreciated receiving the report. It put me on alert exactly as it should have done. Better to be safe than sorry.

Marcia Lorenzen


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