Hermiston Police Department

  • Agency: Hermiston Police Department
  • Address: 330 South First Street, Hermiston, 97838 OR
  • Chief: Daniel J Coulombe (Chief of Police)
Phone: (541) 567-5519
Fax: (541) 567-8469
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Hermiston Police Department is located at 330 South First Street, Hermiston, 97838 OR. The Chief of Police of the department is Daniel J Coulombe. The Hermiston Police Department phone number is (541) 567-5519.

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Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a police officer? It can be an interesting study. Did you know the Hermiston Police Department has a civilian ride-a-long program? We do. It is a simple process, click the link below and then click on the link for ride-a-long waiver. There is a fillable form you can complete and turn it into the police department. perhaps you have a friend that is an officer. You can even request to ride with a certain officer or you can just have an officer assigned. We will conduct a simple check for any criminal history and if it is not significant, we can set you up to go on a ride-a-long. There is a set of rules on the waiver you can review for yourself but I’ll paste them here. https://www.hermiston.or.us/police/forms THE RULES 1. No person shall be allowed to ride without having submitted a signed ride-a-long request and waiver form. Refusal to complete this form, or false statements of any nature on same, will disqualify that person from participation in the program. The request to ride form must be turned in to the Police Department (1) week prior to the first requested date of participation. At the Operations Captain discretion, exceptions may be make or special situations requiring shorter notice, as long as the other procedures are followed. Special situations may include out of state visitors or criminal justice personnel. 2. Civilian ride-a-longs will be allowed to ride no more than once every six months, without prior approval of the Operations Captain (Once every three months for immediate family members). 3. Participants must obey the orders and instructions given by the officer to whom they are assigned. 4. Participants must not leave the patrol vehicle unless instructed to do so by the officer. 5. When the patrol unit is assigned to a dangerous call, the rider may be dropped off at a safe location and he/she must remain there until the officer or another police unit returns to pick him/her up. 6. The rider will provide his/her own transportation to and from the Police Department. 7. Persons with extensive criminal backgrounds will not be allowed to ride with an officer. Background checks will be conducted on ALL applicants. 8. Ride-a-long tours usually last four (4) hours; however, either the officer or the rider may terminate the tour at any time. The on-duty supervisor will be advised of early termination. 9. Applicants will be notified by the Police Department after filing the written application request form. At that time, the ride will be scheduled and/or confirmed or denied. 10. The applicant’s participation is a privilege and not a right. The basic premise of the ride-a-long program is to establish rapport with the police and learn about the functions of law enforcement. 11. Participants shall not converse with any prisoners, suspects, victims, or witnesses nor shall they participate in any police activity unless directly requested by officers. 12. All participants must agree not to discuss names of persons involved in police cases or incidents. The observer will be considered a confidant of the Police Department and it is essential that all matters pertaining to evidence or statements gathered in investigations be held confidential. 13. Tape recorders and cameras will not be permitted while participating in the program, unless express permission is granted by the Chief of Police. 14. No firearms or any other type of weapon may be carried during the ride-a-long. 15. The participant’s attire must be neat, clean and conservative. The observer shall not wear any type of clothing, jacket, or baseball cap that might suggest affiliation with a law enforcement entity or gang membership. 16. By signing the waiver form on the reverse side of this page, the ride-along participant agrees to the rules and regulations listed above. If you have an interest in riding with one of our officers, we would love to have you. We are proud of what we do and how we serve our community. It would be our pleasure to have you along as a guest. Posted by Captain Travis Eynon

Dogs, the police and code enforcement Recently there was a post on another local social media page about a little girl who was attacked by a dog. This post has generated a great deal of commentary. There may be a little bit of mis-information out there on this topic so I will try and address some facts about Hermiston, our dog ordinances and how we enforce them. Code Enforcement is currently a part time position and is a non-sworn position. This means our Code Enforcement Official is not a sworn police officer. Rather, the position is a sworn clerk of the court so he does have the authority to issue citations. This has caused a little confusion because our current code enforcement official is a retired officer of the Hermiston Police Department. The code enforcement function is actually not part of the police department. Code enforcement actually currently is part of the City of Hermiston Parks Department. Code Enforcement focuses on many livability issues such as vegetation overgrowth, abandoned vehicles, parking issues, noise and odor complaints and the like. Also, while code enforcement is largely complaint driven, there is quite a bit of proactive work going on in this department. Typically, dog complaints are handled by officers from the police department. If a neighbor’s dog is barking incessantly, or; if you, another person or animal are chased or bitten by a dog, or a neighbor does not restrict their dogs to their yard/property you would call the police department and a sworn police officer will handle that call. In 2017 the Hermiston Police Department responded to 512 total calls involving dogs. Most of these calls involve typical issues such as a dog at large or abandoned, barking dogs, concern from a passerby about a dogs care, dogs left in cars etc.. However, not all issues are handled with warnings etc.. We did issue citations for offenses involving dogs 44 times in 2017. Here is some information for all to be aware of: It is unlawful to allow your dog to roam off your premises. The dog should be on a leash if off your property this includes walking them in parks. It is not good enough to have them within voice command if they are off your property. All dogs in the city of Hermiston have to have proof of current rabies vaccinations. All Dogs should be licensed You can obtain a license at Humane Society (Pet Rescue). No dog should be a public nuisance. A dog is a public nuisance if it: (1) Bites or attempts to bite a person; (2) Chases vehicles or persons; (3) Attacks other dogs; (4) Damages or destroys property of persons other than the owner of the dog; (5) Scatters refuse; (6) Habitually trespasses on private property of persons other than the owner of the dog; (7) Disturbs any person by frequent or prolonged noises; or (8) Is a female in heat and at large. I hope this information is helpful. I have included a link to the City of Hermiston Code of Ordinances on-line for you to reference. This is a searchable data base so you should be able to look up most city codes. http://www.codepublishing.com/OR/Hermiston/ Posted By: Captain Travis Eynon

One of our favorite community partners is the Guardian Care Center in Pendleton. This is a non-profit organization that advocates for abused children. They help our communities in so many ways including forensic interviewing of children who have disclosed abuse. They also provide some parts of the forensic medical examinations. They provide us with a neutral setting in which to conduct many of the important aspects of a child abuse investigation. This at least mitigates some of the fear and trauma associated with these investigations. There is no better purpose in this world than to serve our children. We think the world of the organization and of the people that make it all run. As stated, they are a non-profit organization and the “Golfing Fore Kids” Charity Golf tournament is one of their big fundraisers. If you are not a golfer, there are other ways to contribute to this tournament. Please join us as we support this awesome community partner. Posted by Captain Travis Eynon

In sad news across the State, On Friday, March 2nd, Officer Malcus Williams collapsed while serving his community on a call for service. He suffered a major medical event and despite immediate efforts from fellow officers, EMS and hospital staff he passed away as a result of this event. The Hermiston Police Department sends our heartfelt condolences to the family of Officer Williams and of course to his extended family at the Ashland Police Department as well as the entire community. It is clear he was very well respected and loved by the entire community. Posted By: Captain Travis Eynon

REGARDING SCHOOL THREATS: An active shooter, particularly in our schools, is the worst nightmare of every member of the Hermiston Police Department. Not only have we taken an oath to protect this community, we’re parents just like you, and we also have children that attend our schools. That makes us twice as responsible. Regarding the situation yesterday, there were never any threats of violence. It’s not that there was a threat made that wasn’t credible, it’s that there was no threat at all. Ever play the telephone game when you were in school? I’m talking about the one where everybody sits in a circle. One person whispers a message to the person beside them and that message gets relayed around the circle. By the time the message gets back to the beginning, it’s usually completely different than it was when it started. That’s what happened here, with the added elements of an extremely emotional issue and social media. We contacted the involved student and their family, figured out what happened, and even searched their house. They share our concerns about school safety and were exceedingly cooperative with our investigation. There was no threat made, no crime committed, and therefore no moral justification or legal authority for us to take further action against the student. Are we worried about violence in our schools today? Yes, absolutely we are, but no more worried than we were yesterday, or last year, or five years ago. We’ve been training and planning for a school shooter for years. Every single officer on patrol carries a rifle, extra body armor capable of stopping rifle fire, a ballistic helmet, extra ammunition, and medical equipment. We carry tools to force entry in case we’re locked out, like what happened to the officers at Virginia Tech. Ballistic shields are readily available. You’ll find few departments across the nation that give every officer on the street this level of equipment. Let me assure you, if the worst happens here our officers are trained, equipped, ready, and willing to go in and stop the violence as fast as we possibly can. We couldn’t live with ourselves if we didn’t, and we won’t tolerate or employ any officer who doesn’t feel the same. We’re lucky to have the level of training that we do in this state, and we’ve seen it work at places like Reynolds High School, Clackamas Town Center, and Umpqua Community College. We’ve been working with our community partners for years now to plan a coordinated response. This includes regional law enforcement, Hermiston School District 8R, and Umatilla County Fire District #1, among others. We have two police officers solely dedicated to the school campuses. We’ve worked with the schools over the years on security plans, and we’ve tested those plans. Our officers have taken it upon themselves to walk through the schools for no other reason than being familiar with the campus, the layout, and the tactical challenges presented by the buildings. This is not a plan that sits on a shelf to be dusted off if the worst happens, it’s constantly evolving and being reviewed. In addition to all this, we’ve been teaching Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) for some time now and have presented this to nearly 2,000 people, including all the staff at the Hermiston School District. CRASE teaches participants to avoid a situation if they can, deny a shooter access if they can’t avoid the situation, and to defend themselves if avoidance and denial have failed. In summary, school safety is not a situation that we take lightly. We’ve spent a great deal of time planning and preparing, so that we’re ready for the worst. When I look out my office window, where I’m sitting right now, I see the Hermiston High School. Inside that building, at this very minute, are my family members, my friends who work there, the children of other police officers, and many of your children. I’m not willing to take a chance with their safety, and neither is anybody else at the Hermiston Police Department. The stakes are just too high. Posted by Lieutenant Studebaker

UPDATED 3/2/2018 REGARDING SCHOOL THREATS: An active shooter, particularly in our schools, is the worst nightmare of every member of the Hermiston Police Department. Not only have we taken an oath to protect this community, we’re parents just like you, and we also have children that attend our schools. That makes us twice as responsible. Regarding the situation yesterday, there were never any threats of violence. It’s not that there was a threat made that wasn’t credible, it’s that there was no threat at all. Ever play the telephone game when you were in school? I’m talking about the one where everybody sits in a circle. One person whispers a message to the person beside them and that message gets relayed around the circle. By the time the message gets back to the beginning, it’s usually completely different than it was when it started. That’s what happened here, with the added elements of an extremely emotional issue and social media. We contacted the involved student and their family, figured out what happened, and even searched their house. They share our concerns about school safety and were exceedingly cooperative with our investigation. There was no threat made, no crime committed, and therefore no moral justification or legal authority for us to take further action against the student. Are we worried about violence in our schools today? Yes, absolutely we are, but no more worried than we were yesterday, or last year, or five years ago. We’ve been training and planning for a school shooter for years. Every single officer on patrol carries a rifle, extra body armor capable of stopping rifle fire, a ballistic helmet, extra ammunition, and medical equipment. We carry tools to force entry in case we’re locked out, like what happened to the officers at Virginia Tech. Ballistic shields are readily available. You’ll find few departments across the nation that equip every officer on the street with this level of equipment. Let me assure you, if the worst happens here our officers are trained, equipped, ready, and willing to go in and stop the violence as fast as we possibly can. We couldn’t live with ourselves if we didn’t, and we won’t tolerate or employ any officer who doesn’t feel the same. We’re lucky to have the level of training that we do in this state, and we’ve seen it work at places like Reynolds High School, Clackamas Town Center, and Umpqua Community College. We’ve been working with our community partners for years now to plan a coordinated response. This includes regional law enforcement, Hermiston School District 8R, and Umatilla County Fire District #1, among others. We have two police officers solely dedicated to the school campuses. We’ve worked with the schools over the years on security plans, and we’ve tested those plans. Our officers have taken it upon themselves to walk through the schools for no other reason than being familiar with the campus, the layout, and the tactical challenges presented by the buildings. This is not a plan that sits on a shelf to be dusted off if the worst happens, it’s constantly evolving and being reviewed. In addition to all this, we’ve been teaching Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) for some time now and have presented this to nearly 2,000 people, including all the staff at the Hermiston School District. CRASE teaches participants to avoid a situation if they can, deny a shooter access if they can’t avoid the situation, and to defend themselves if avoidance and denial have failed. In summary, school safety is not a situation that we take lightly. We’ve spent a great deal of time planning and preparing, so that we’re ready for the worst. When I look out my office window, where I’m sitting right now, I see the Hermiston High School. Inside that building, at this very minute, are my family members, my friends who work there, the children of other police officers, and many of your children. I’m not willing to take a chance with their safety, and neither is anybody else at the Hermiston Police Department. The stakes are just too high. Posted by Lieutenant Studebaker PREVIOUS POSTS FROM 03/01/2018: UPDATED INFORMATION: FALSE SCHOOL THREAT RUMORS-PLEASE SHARE To clarify, there was never a threat made against the High School, or any other school in Hermiston School District 8R. There were rumors of a threat based on a misinterpreted joke between students. The matter was investigated, and it was determined to be not credible. PREVIOUSLY RELEASED INFORMATION: In conjunction with the Hermiston School District, we’ve investigated the rumors circulating about a threat to the high school tomorrow. We’ve determined this is NOT credible. There is no known threat to local schools. The rumor seems to stem from a misinterpreted joke between students. The involved student and their family have fully cooperated with this investigation, and even voluntarily allowed us to conduct searches of premises under their control. Again, there are no known threats to our schools, and no need for an increased security posture. INITIAL INFORMATION: We’re aware of a rumor indicating a threat at local schools tomorrow. We’ve thoroughly investigated this matter, and there is NO credible threat. More information will be released shortly.

Landlords and property managers, did you know the Hermiston Police Department maintains a database of who owns residential rental property in the city? If we have your contact information we'll let you know when we've been called to your property. Examples of incidents we'll report include noise complaints, damage to property, disturbances, arrests, etc. If the circumstances allow, we'll even contact you for a key before we force entry. Contact our records division for more information. They can be reached at 541-567-5519 or records@hermiston.or.us

Locally, a few people have been receiving calls from scammers claiming to represent the IRS. Remember the IRS does not call you and demand immediate payment or require you to pay taxes in a certain way, like with a prepaid debit card. They also won't ask for your debit or credit card information over the phone. Finally, the IRS won't call and threaten to send us out out to arrest you. Here's some information from the IRS on this topic. It's a couple years old but the information is still relevant. Have a great Wednesday, Hermiston. Be nice to each other and don't mess with people or their things. https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-urges-public-to-stay-alert-for-scam-phone-calls

While we normally do not disclose details about domestic abuse situations, we have seen an upward trend in our aggravated assault numbers over the last couple years. This is something very concerning to our department and while we cannot have an officer everywhere at once to stop these types of things from happening, we can take the next step in continuing to be transparent to our citizens by raising our concerns. In 2017 we experienced 36 incidents of aggravated assault in Hermiston. For a town our size that number is still low relatively speaking, but just one act of domestic abuse is one act too many. Of the 36 incidents reported to us, suspects ranged in age from 17 years old to 48 years old with 10% of the suspects being female and 90% male. Victims ranged from 6 years old to 64 years old and with 51% being female and 49% male. Also, a staggering 58% of the incidents we experienced were domestic related and in 57% of those, strangulation of some kind was present. There is some good news in the statistics specific to our department, such as our officers made arrests 86% of the time. The national average for aggravated assaults based on most current FBI data shows only 54% of the time an arrest is/was made. Yesterday our officers responded to a very unfortunate domestic that first took place in/around the area of SE 4th Street near Safeway. Officers located and after a struggle, took Jon-Christian Stubblefield, 39 years of age of the 600 block of E Ross Ave, Hermiston, into custody for violently assaulting his 38 year old girlfriend. The ongoing assault took place over a span of ground in and around the Town House Villa Apartments. A 68 year old female and 61 year old male tried to intervene and stop the assault but were also subjected to attack by Stubblefield. Stubblefield was processed at the Hermiston Police Department and lodged at the county jail for Kidnapping in the First Degree, Assault in the Fourth Degree (3 counts), and Coercion. The Oregon State Police assisted our department in responding to this situation. “The increase in aggravated assault cases appears to be a series of unrelated, isolated incidents. The unfortunate case yesterday seems to support this hypothesis. That being said, we constantly review these cases to see what, if anything, can be done to prevent these crimes. As always, we encourage our citizens to call when they see something that does not look right. In yesterday’s case the reports we received, and the fast response by police, likely prevented the situation from escalating further.” Chief Jason Edmiston

Dear Mr. Corey Timothy Gray, This morning, at about 9:45 a.m., our day shift officers were involved in a pursuit with the motorcycle in the attached photo. The officer tried stopping the motorcycle because the registration expired in 2016. When he turned on his lights, a pursuit began that went out into the county and all over the south side of town. Ultimately, the motorcycle was ditched in the 1300 block of SE 9th Street. The operator of the motorcycle fled on foot and was not located. The motorcycle was impounded. We were assisted during the incident by the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, the Stanfield Police Department, and the Oregon State Police. We suspect you were the operator of that motorcycle for the following reasons: 1. Your identification was found in a wallet on the motorcycle, along with a small amount of what we suspect to be controlled substance. 2. The motorcycle was ditched near the home of somebody we believe to be one of your associates. 3. At various points the chase passed marked police vehicles, unmarked police vehicles, and off duty police officers who were not involved in the chase. Some of these encounters were at slow enough speeds for the officers to get a good look at the motorcyclist. The cyclist's helmet did not cover his whole face, and we feel he bore a striking resemblance to you. Weird, huh? There are various other leads we're pursuing in this investigation. We can go into more detail about that when you come in to the police station. I'm choosing not to address them in this little note because we don't yet know what, if anything, will come of those leads. I've attached your photo to this post so there's no doubt who I'm trying to reach. Our records indicate that prior to this incident, you allegedly failed to check in with your probation officer. We are happy to help you with that issue as well. Please give us a call or stop by the police department at your earliest convenience. Any of our officers would be happy to assist you. Sincerely, Lieutenant Randy Studebaker

UPDATE: Lucia Madrigal was taken into custody the afternoon of 02/24/2018 by the Morrow County Sheriff's Office. She will be lodged in the Umatilla County Jail on allegations of Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle and First Degree Criminal Mischief. We are still trying to locate Nathan Olney. We believe that he is armed, and we are asking the public to call 911 or 541-567-5519 if they have information about his location. The injured officer says he’s feeling fine and intends to come back to work soon. He’s asked us to pass along his gratitude for your support and concern. We’ve been assisted throughout this investigation by the Stanfield Police Department, the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, and the Oregon State Police. As always, we appreciate the support and assistance of our partner agencies. OFFICER INJURED WHILE ATTEMPTING AN ARREST-SUSPECTS AT LARGE Hermiston Police are asking for your help locating Nathan Olney, age 36, of Hermiston, and Lucia Madrigal, age 30, of Boardman. On 02/24/2018, at about 3 a.m., Hermiston Police stopped a 2014 Toyota Camry for a minor traffic violation, near the intersection of NE 3rd Street and E Gladys Avenue. Upon reviewing the documents provided by the alleged driver, Nathan Olney, the officer learned the car had switched license plates. Suspecting the vehicle was stolen, he called for backup and a second officer arrived. The officers were attempting to detain Olney and his alleged passenger, Lucia Madrigal, when the vehicle sped away. The backup officer became entangled on the passenger side of the suspect vehicle. He was dragged for approximately 30 yards before being thrown free. The first officer stayed to help his partner, instead of chasing the suspects, and the suspects were able to escape. The backup officer was taken to Good Shepherd Health Care System by paramedics from Umatilla County Fire District #1. He was treated and released after receiving 15 to 20 stitches and having glass removed from his skin. Officers found the vehicle, abandoned, a short while later. They searched the car and found it contained stolen tools and electronics from a burglary that occurred outside the City of Hermiston. Officers also developed information that Olney may be armed with a handgun. Anybody with information about this case, or the location of these individuals, is asked to call 911, or the Hermiston Police non-emergency number, which is 541-567-5519. “Every day, police officers make decisions in situations that are tense, uncertain, and rapidly evolving. We never know what will happen when we make a traffic stop. The officer is incredibly lucky that his injuries aren’t worse, and we wish him a speedy recovery. While he’s focused on healing, we’re focused on getting these people into custody. Please call us if you have information.” Lieutenant Randy Studebaker

http://www.eastoregonian.com/eo/local-news/20180222/hermiston-police-make-five-arrests-in-busy-afternoon

Preparation, not paranoia, is our attitude toward an active shooter event. It's our worst fear and we hope it never happens here. If it does our officers are trained, equipped, and ready to stop the shooter immediately, regardless of the personal risk. You expect that of us, but did you know the Hermiston Police Department has been offering Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training since 2016? Our valuable partnership with Hermiston School District 8R has allowed us to present this to all the staff at local schools, as well as dozens of other businesses, churches, and government organizations throughout Eastern Oregon. We’ve even been asked by one organization to present this training to their employees throughout the state. CRASE training is based on the concepts of avoid, deny, and defend. The training teaches that situational awareness is the critical component to your survival. If you can avoid a situation, avoid it. If you can’t avoid it, deny the shooter access, and if you are forced to defend, defend! For more information, or to schedule a presentation for your organization, contact Officer Tim Miears at 541-667-5112.

You may have seen this display in front of the Hermiston High School. The car was driven by Chief Jason Edmiston's 19 year old niece, Alexxyss, when she was killed in a two vehicle, distracted driving crash outside of Pilot Rock, Oregon. A short video about the crash and Chief Edmiston's story can be found at the link below. Distracted driving kills thousands of people a year. PLEASE, don’t text and drive. The life you save could be yours. Thanks to Hermiston School District 8R and the Oregon State Police for helping us raise awareness of this important issue. https://www.hermiston.or.us/police/public-service-announcements

Yesterday we recovered some property stolen long ago, and returned it to the rightful owner. Many people who report their property stolen don’t have the serial number. The serial number is the first thing officers look for when recovering property, and the way it gets entered in to the national computer. An easy way to keep track of serial numbers is to keep a running list and add new items when you make a purchase. Email that list to yourself at a web based email address, so you can access it later if your computer is stolen or stops working.

Questions about this incident should be directed to the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office. This occurred outside our service area and we only responded to assist. On that note, I'd like to point out that we lend a hand every day to our partner law enforcement agencies. Sometimes, like this case, our assistance is responding to a request for backup. Other times we assist with information sharing, investigations, major events that exceed the resources of the responsible agency, serving search warrants, etc. We do so while ensuring the needs of our citizens are still being met. Every single day, we receive the same type of assistance in return. We couldn't do our job effectively without their cooperation. We also have detectives assigned to both the Umatilla-Morrow County Major Crimes Team and the BENT drug task force. Both of those teams operate throughout the region. Law enforcement shouldn't operate in a vacuum. The same people who commit crimes in Hermiston also commit crimes in surrounding jurisdictions. Helping our partner agencies is an effective use of our limited resources and, ultimately, keeps Hermiston a safe community. Lieutenant Randy Studebaker http://www.mycolumbiabasin.com/2018/02/20/buck-naked-burglar-is-jailed/

***Motor Vehicle Crash (S. HWY 395)*** This afternoon at approximately 2pm, members of the Hermiston Police Department and Umatilla County Fire District #1 (assisted by Umatilla County Sheriff’s Deputies and Oregon Department of Transportation personnel), responded to a motor vehicle collision in the area of S. Hwy 395 near E. View Drive. Upon arriving, it was learned a 1996 Chevrolet pickup (driven by James Zimmerman-68, of Hermiston), was traveling northbound on Hwy 395, when it drifted into the oncoming (southbound) lanes of travel and struck a 2018 Peterbilt commercial vehicle (tractor/trailer combination), driven by Ronald Grey-58, of Coeur d’Alene, ID. As a result of the collision, the driver’s side fuel tank of the commercial vehicle was ruptured and spilled a large amount of diesel fuel onto the roadway. Umatilla County Fire District #1 Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) personnel arrived on scene for containment and clean-up of the fuel spill. Grey was uninjured from the crash, and Zimmerman was transported (via ambulance) to the Good Shepherd Medical Center for reported minor injuries. There were no signs of impairment from any of the parties involved, and is not believed to be a causing factor in this case. -Posted by Captain Scott Clark

***Motorcycle collision results in serious injury for rider*** On February 18th, 2018 at approximately 11:30am, members of the Hermiston Police Department, Umatilla County Fire District #1, and Oregon State Police responded to a report of a motorcycle collision in the area of W. Harper Road, near N. 1st Street (Hwy 395). Upon arriving at the scene, officers found one rider (Daisy Burton-50, of Hermiston), had sustained serious injuries as a result of the collision. Burton was taken to Good Shepherd Medical Center, before ultimately being transported (via aircraft) to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. According to witness statements, Burton was part of a group of riders who were traveling eastbound on W. Harper Road, when her motorcycle (reported to have been traveling at a higher rate of speed than the other riders), struck the back of another motorcycle, and she was thrown onto the roadway. The other rider involved was not injured, however a passenger from that motorcycle had complaints of pain and was transported by family members to Good Shepherd Medical Center. -Posted by Captain Scott Clark

Know what's awesome? Not having your stuff stolen, that's what. Night shift knocked on some doors last night to let folks know their garage doors were open. Open garage doors are an invitation for thieves. Most garages are crammed full of expensive stuff and thieves can get in and out undetected, since the garage is usually away from the living areas of your home. Make sure you keep them shut when you're not around. Have a great Monday, Hermiston. Be nice and don't mess with people or their things. Posted by Lieutenant Studebaker

***Next!…Next!…Next!*** The temporary holding cell within the Hermiston Police Department saw quite a bit of use by Late Shift officers last night. Throughout the 48 separate incidents assigned to Late Shift officers, 7 people were contacted at different times throughout the night and arrested on 14 combined warrants. These contacts ranged from late afternoon to early morning hours, so just know (even though you might not always see them, or you may be sleeping), our people are always out there taking care of business. I hope everyone has a happy Friday and a safe weekend. -Posted by Captain Scott Clark

***Reported Highland Hills area prowler*** There was a Facebook post a couple of days ago (on a different page), which has caused some panic and fear amongst residents and workers in and around the Highland Hills Elementary School neighborhoods, regarding a possible prowler who has been seen riding a bicycle in that area. I do not believe this was the intent of the posting party, but instead an unfortunate result. The police department has been notified about this subject, has checked the area, and will continue to check the area with directed patrol efforts. The male was described as wearing dark clothing with a colored bandana over his face, and riding a dark colored bicycle through the neighborhood. The subject was possibly seen to have taken a bag of cans from a property in the area as well. This is a good reminder for everyone to make sure to secure any property you don’t want someone else to have (or have access to), as theft is most often a crime of opportunity, where items are readily or easily available for the taking. We encourage any of you (our community partners) to immediately report anything that appears suspicious, so our officers can quickly look into the matter and have a better chance of stopping an in-progress crime or keep one from happening altogether. As always, use 911 for any emergencies; or call our office (M-F, 8a-5p) at 541-567-5519. After 5pm, please call the Umatilla County Dispatch Center at 541-966-3651, and an HPD officer will be assigned to the incident. -Posted by Captain Scott Clark

***Contact leads to hat-trick of arrests*** Acting on information obtained by a Umatilla County Sheriff’s Deputy, HPD officers responded to one of our local overnight lodging locations, where they learned the number of subjects staying inside one of the rooms, was alleged to be exceeding the amount paid for. Officers were able to contact three subjects, (one inside the main room area, and two others hiding in the bathroom). Troy Rutherford-31, Olivia Erevia-28, and Sarah Bennett-29 (all of Hermiston), were found to have outstanding warrants for their arrests. Eight warrants were confirmed between the three subjects, who were all taken into custody and later lodged at the Umatilla County Jail. -Posted by Captain Scott Clark

***REMINDER*** With the roadway construction along NW and SW 11th Street (HWY 207), slated to begin sometime very soon, we are reminding motorists there will be some traffic delays along that route. We apologize now for any issues this may cause you in your day-to-day travel routines, and suggest looking at alternate ways of getting to your daily destinations. For those of you who do find yourselves caught-up in the fray of traffic congestion, please remember the hard-working women and men involved with that project are there to help improve traffic safety for that area, so please be patient with them and drive with caution. Also, the Hermiston Police Department will have dedicated patrols assigned to this work zone (thanks to ODOT grant funding), who will be strictly enforcing any traffic violations which may put these workers or others in danger. Please…. (don’t speed, stay hands-free, don’t drive distracted, and keep aware of your surroundings). We appreciate all of our community partners in making sure this project is safe and successful. -Posted by Captain Scott Clark

***FYI*** As some of you may or may not know, the Hermiston Police Department has a prescription drug drop box in the main lobby of our building. Any member of the public can bring medications which need to be disposed of, to ensure it is properly destroyed and won’t fall into the wrong hands. We do ask that No Needles, Liquids, or Glass products be placed into the drop box. Hermiston Sanitary Disposal can be contacted regarding needle destruction at 541-567-9350. Anyone wanting to bring in large quantities of items, please contact our Evidence Custodian Officer Tim Miears to make arrangements prior to bringing them down; he can be reached directly at 541-667-5112. Anyone with other questions can call our office at 541-567-5519. -Posted by Captain Scott Clark

While on the topic of Hit and Run offenses, I would like to also take this opportunity to remind drivers of their obligations whenever a domestic animal is struck. This sort of thing happens all the time, and can be a very traumatic or upsetting time for individuals and families, when dealing with the injury or loss of a family pet. This was the case for my family this morning, and I know there will be three devastated little girls who my wife and I will have to console immensely when they get home from school today. I realize the majority of these are unavoidable by the driver, as animals will suddenly and wrongfully run out into the roadway in front of traffic, and a driver doesn’t have time to safely react to it. However, as a driver in Oregon (just like other collisions), there are certain things that shall be done when this happens; which is outlined below in Oregon Revised Statute. ORS 811.710-Failure to perform the duties of a driver when an animal is injured. (1) A person commits the offense of failure to perform the duties of a driver when an animal is injured if the person knowingly strikes and injures a domestic animal and the person does not do all of the following: a) Stop at once. b) Make a reasonable effort to determine the nature of the animal’s injuries. c) Give reasonable attention to the animal. d) Immediately report the injury to the animal’s owner. e) If unable to contact the owner of the animal, notify a police officer. (2) The requirements under this section for a driver to stop and attend an injured animal depend on the traffic hazards then existing. (3) The offense described in this section, failure to perform the duties of a driver when an animal is injured, is a Class B traffic violation. Please remember, these things are not only required to do by law, it is also the courteous and humane thing to do; especially where an animal may be suffering, in need of medical care, or lying deceased in front of a family’s home. -Posted by Captain Scott Clark