The public safety log in the East Oregonian details the daily public service of law enforcement in Eastern Oregon. Here are some of the most interesting entries of 2013:
A suspicious man at The Salvation Army Thrift Store, 1805 S.W. Court Ave., Pendleton, prompted the store manager to call police at 4:41 p.m. She told police the man came to the store at about 1 p.m. and spent as long as 30 minutes in one dressing room. Officers arrived and talked to the man, who was wearing women's clothing under his clothes. The manager did not pursue charges, but she trespassed the man from the store.
A Pendleton woman at 11:34 a.m. told police she returned a 3-year-old boy to his home in the 300 block of Northwest Ellis Avenue. She said the boy came to her residence about a block away on Fourth Street and said he was lost. An officer responded to the boys home and found the mother had taken appropriate actions to ensure the child was safe, but then found he made his escape through a pet door. The mother said she would try and secure that as well.
Two men chased a female turkey and tried to kill it with a big rock near the closed Oasis restaurant, 85698 Highway 339, Milton-Freewater, a man told the Umatilla County Sheriffs Office at 9:22 a.m. He said the turkey chasers look Hispanic, and the older one threw rocks at the turkey and chased it through a field. The caller said he just wanted to report this incident to police.
A man mistook cleaning fluid for Gatorade and drank it at Northeast Fourth Street and East Elm Avenue, Hermiston, a caller reported at 1:40 p.m. The man foamed at the mouth, the caller said, then seemed to be better and sought medical attention on his own.
A Hermiston-area man reported he was the victim of a swindler. He told the Umatilla County Sheriffs Office at 9:36 a.m. he hired a handyman out of The Nickel want-ads publication to rebuild his deck. The handyman cashed a $6,000 check, so the caller confronted the man, who gave back $3,000 and said he had blown the other $3,000. The caller asked to speak to a deputy.
A Hermiston area man at 10:44 a.m. reported his neighbors have been whipping his chickens when he is gone in the 32200 block of Diagonal Road, Hermiston. He also said they pulled out all of the plants in his wife's vegetable garden. He asked for a Umatilla County sheriffs deputy to talk to them at their home.
Randal Duane Kalal, 53, of Pendleton, faces drunken driving charges and more after crashing a 1992 red Chevrolet pickup at about 11:30 p.m. on Highway 395 outside Pendleton.
Oregon State Police received a report of a pickup with a flat tire heading northbound on the highway near milepost 11B. The vehicle then left the road and caught fire on the east side of the highway, according to state police.
Trooper Brandi Zeckman arrested Kalal for driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless driving. She added third-degree criminal mischief to the case when Kalal intentionally urinated in the back seat of the patrol car, according to state police information.
Kalal also refused to take sobriety or intoxication level tests. Pendleton police also assisted at the scene of the crash.
A Hermiston woman at 9:15 a.m. told police her ex-husband came to her home on East Main Street and took her birth control pills that cost $300 and her $200 wedding dress.
A woman at 10:59 a.m. reported suspicious happenings in Irrigon to the Morrow County Sheriffs Office. She said a black Ford Taurus with a male driver and female passenger pulled into the parking lot of the Bank of Eastern Oregon, 230 S.E. First St., and the female got out, walked across First Street and urinated in a parking lot. Then a black Chevrolet Trailblazer pulled into the banks parking lot, and the female gave money to someone in the Blazer, who gave her something in return. She returned to the Taurus and both vehicles left.
A tall tale led to the arrest of a driver who fled a crash scene shortly after midnight on Highway 11, Oregon State Police reported.
A 61-year-old man from College Place, Wash., collided his vehicle into the rear of another car at about 12:05 a.m. on the state route near Milton-Freewater. The second driver, Dawnelle Smith, 45, of Walla Walla, fled the scene. She then told Walla Walla police her vehicle was stolen and she was kidnapped.
Walla Walla police arrested Smith for filing a false police report.
A Milton-Freewater man sought help from the Umatilla County Sheriffs Office to get compensation for a book he felt sentimental about. He told dispatchers at 5:20 p.m. another man borrowed and destroyed his Zombie survival guide book, and the book-ruiner would not pay up. The caller said he bought the book for $15 but wanted $20 because of what it meant to him.
An employee of the Hermiston Safeway, 990 S. Highway 395, Hermiston, told police at 1:57 p.m. someone stole beer and then passed out in the bushes in front of the store.