8:30 a.m. - That darn cat.

The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office reported at the agency’s headquarters in Pendleton noticed a “little bundle huddled beneath a vehicle in our parking lot.” While rabbits hop around there on occasion, a kitten was an unusual site.

Staff “immediately deduced something was amiss,” according to the sheriff’s office, and applied rescue training to coax the cautious kitten to come in from the cold.

After some “oohing” and “ahhhing,” the sheriff’s office reported, deputies “started an investigation into the origin of our small visitor.”

The kitten hitched a ride with one of the sheriff’s civil deputies.

She visited a residence in Hermiston after work. The kitten crawled inside the engine compartment of the deputy’s vehicle, stayed there when she drove to her home in Hermiston, spent the night in the vehicle, and took the ride all the way to the sheriff’s office in Pendleton.

“That is a huge effort just to get a tour of the sheriff’s office,” the agency stated. Sterrin Holcomb, civil division lieutenant, said the cute ball of fur must have had quite the experience, but it was fine, and staff fed, watered and gave the little guy a warm place to sleep.

Holcomb also said the kitten is back home with its owner.

8:26 a.m. - Milton-Freewater police received a report that a vehicle during the night damaged a street sign at Northwest Fifth Avenue and Lamb Street.

10:22 a.m. - Pendleton police received a report of harassment from the Oregon Division of Child Support office, 800 S.E. Emigrant Ave., Suite 100.

11:16 a.m. - Umatilla police received a complaint about a dog at Chinook Court and John Day Street. The department also issued a citation around 3:40 p.m. for a dog complaint on Carolina Road, and at 3:48 p.m. a caller on K Street told police the neighbor’s dogs were in her yard.

12:54 p.m. - The Morrow County Sheriff’s Office responded to Northwest Morgan and West streets, Heppner, on a report of a deer in a fence. The sheriff’s office freed the deer.

4:58 p.m. - A caller reported a female was on the ground and crying in front of her car at Ranch & Home, 85342 Highway 11, Milton-Freewater.

7:49 p.m. - Pendleton police responded to a distraught man on the overpass at Southgate Drive and Interstate 84. Police detained the man, and he was taken to St. Anthony Hospital, Pendleton. Police shut down eastbound traffic on Interstate 84 and on Southgate while dealing wit the individual.

9:28 p.m. - Stanfield police received a report of a burglary from a site on South Main Street.


•Hermiston police arrested Kelly Renee Carroll, 33, of Hermiston, for possession of methamphetamine and for failure to appear and violating parole.


•Hermiston police arrested April Mae Bautista, 40, of Hermiston, for a probation violation and possession of methamphetamine.

•Pendleton police early Wednesday caught two people who were wanted on warrants from the west side of Oregon.

Loy Kinslow Minton, 34, of Coos Bay, failed to appear in Coos County Circuit Court on Sept. 20 to change his plea in a robbery and theft case, according to state court records. And Rachael Elizabeth Swigert, 31, of Myrtle Point, had multiple warrants out of Benton and Linn counties.

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