That’s no ball of twine

A woman working for HNS Incorporated at a gravel pit on Snow Road in Lexington called the Umatilla County Sheriff’s office at 10:30 a.m. saying someone stole 500 feet of wire from the company worth $1,875. It happened about two weeks ago and the woman just wanted to make a report.

No get out of jail free call

A Milton-Freewater man called the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office at 10:56 a.m. The man said someone had called him claiming to be his grandson. The “grandson” said he was in jail and needed $3,000 for bail. The man didn’t know who the “grandson” was but told the sheriff’s office because he was concerned it was a scam.

Graffiti sighted in Hermiston

A Hermiston man called at 7:24 a.m. reporting graffiti on a fence on Northeast Sixth Street.

Officers also noted and took reports ofgraffiti on Northeast Dakota Court and East Browning Avenue between 7:30 and 8:45 Monday morning.

Around 4 p.m. another man told Hermiston Police his van had been hit by graffiti.

Starting at the back end

Tom Denchel Ford Country called Hermiston Police at 11:22 a.m. saying someone had stolen a tailgate from a truck. Officers took a report of the theft.

Cattle crossing

Someone pulled a barrel of cow hides into the road at the corner of North First Street and West Hermiston Avenue in Hermiston around 1:11 p.m. The items were later removed.

That doesn’t belong to you

The Nickel in Hermiston called police at 2:45 p.m. saying a woman tried to steal can donations the business was collecting for one of its advertisements. The man who called Hermiston Police thought the woman might be under the influence.


Morrow County Sheriff deputies Monday arrested Valerie Jill Abel, 46, address not listed, for possession of methamphetamine, fourth-degree assault and multiple warrants. She is lodged in the Umatilla County Jail with a total bail amount of $23,500.

Hermiston Police Monday arrested Earnest Boyd Taylor, 48, of 1210 S.E. Fourth St., Hermiston for driving under the influence of intoxicants.

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