Police News

Car Thief Captured After Pursuit

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On the 26th of July 2013, at approximately 6:55 AM, members of the Hermiston Police Department attempted to stop a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed near the 100 block of NE 8th Place.  After a very short pursuit (approximately 3 blocks), an unoccupied vehicle was found and a search on foot ensued.

Officers located Jeremiah Ayers 23 years of age of 150 NE 8th Place, Hermiston, a short distance away.  Ayers who is well known to agencies in Umatilla County, was taken to the Hermiston Police Department and processed. 

Hermiston Police News: Street Crime Unit Remained Busy Over Weekend

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The dedicated two-officer street crime unit remained busy this past weekend.  On Saturday the 15th of June, a second person was arrested for their involvement in graffiti that was discovered on the 11th of June in the area of NW 3rd Street in Hermiston.

Tarzziccio “Dimitri” Mexicano 18 years of age of 1030 SW 11th Street #7 Hermiston, was taken into custody and processed at the Hermiston Police Department for Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree and Unlawful Application of Graffiti before being lodged at the Umatilla County Jail in Pendleton.

Later in the evening, officers contacted (4) individuals inside a vehicle in the vicinity of the Hermiston Conference Center.  Officers observed the individuals utilizing a glass bong to smoke marijuana.  Officers contacted Joel De Jesus Llamas 18 years of age of Boardman, OR along with (3) other males all from Boardman, ages 14, 15, and 16.

Llamas, was charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, Unlawful Possession of Less than an Ounce of Marijuana within 1000 feet of a school, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  The 14 year old was charged with Carrying a Concealed Weapon (knife) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia while both the 15 and 16 year olds were charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  The juveniles were released to their respective parent(s).   

“We are in a position where it is extremely important for us to send the message if you want to come to Hermiston and engage in illegal activity, you should expect interaction with our officers.  I believe this is what our citizens have tasked us to do," reports Chief of Police Jason Edmiston.

Hermiston Police News: Two Officer Unit arrests Vandal.

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On the 12th of June 2013, the Hermiston Police Department implemented a two officer unit with the goal of aggressively being proactive to criminal elements in Hermiston versus the traditional model of responding to calls for service.  This unit will have the ability and range to work independently within Hermiston yet in concert with agencies in our area (when not in Hermiston).

Hermiston Police News: Busted Burglar

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On the 27th of May 2013, at approximately 5:45 PM, officers of the Hermiston Police Department responded to the parking lot of the Foxwood Apartments (1070 W. Orchard Ave) on a report of an unknown male trying to get into vehicles.  Observant patrons at The Last Chance Tavern called after watching a male go from car to car checking door locks.

Officers arrived and found Derick L. Martinez 29 years of age of 1500 W. Mead Ave, Yakima, Washington, inside a 2000 Acura not belonging to him.  Martinez was in the process of removing the stereo from the vehicle.

Hermiston Police News: Burgler Nabbed.

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At approximately 3:25 AM, on the 25th of May 2013, the Hermiston Police Department responded to Rocky Heights Elementary School (650 W. Standard Ave) on a report of an interior alarm going off.  With the assistance of the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office, Hermiston Police Sergeant Kelly Parsons (and a county deputy) meticulously searched the building after finding an open window.

Hermiston Police News: Conterfeiters Arrested

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On the 23rd of May 2013, members of the Hermiston Police Department executed a search warrant at 1150 South Highway 395 #D49, Hermiston, as a result of a forgery investigation initiated earlier in the month (May 8th).

Briannna Marie Rocha 19 years of age of 1150 South Highway 395 #D49, Hermiston and Alexandrea Maria Rogers 22 years of age of 363 East Highland Avenue, Hermiston were both arrested and charged for their involvement in/with the production and passing of counterfeit payroll checks in the Hermiston area.

Hermiston Police News: Burglar Arrested

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The swing and late shift for the Hermiston Police Department were extremely busy during the night of May 1st and early morning hours of May 2nd making multiple arrests and clearing several criminal cases.

Hermiston Police News: Boardman Man Wanted by HPD (Update: Suspect in Custody)

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UPDATE: May 3, 2013

On the 3rd of May 2013, with the assistance fo the Boardman Police Department, Tellez was taken into custody.  He was charged with Menacing, Criminal Trespass II, and Disorderly Conduct II before being lodged at the Umatilla County Jail.  [View Notice from HPD - PDF]

Hermiston Police News: Fleeing subject tosses shotgun

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On the 27th of April 2013, at approximately 11:20 AM, Hermiston Police Department motor officer Victor Gutierrez observed two males crossing (walking) Highway 395 with little disregard for traffic as designated crosswalks were not utilized in two separate locations.  Officer Gutierrez contacted the duo and advised them of the enforceable violation.

Hermiston Police Department - Search Warrant leads to discovery of drugs, arrests made.

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On the 15th of April 2013, at approximately 5:30 PM, officers of the Hermiston Police Department attempted to locate Tarra K. Johnson, 24 years of age of Hermiston, at the Sunset Motel located at 425 North 1st Street.  Johnson had a warrant for her arrest.  Johnson was located in room #36 and during the initial contact officers could smell a very strong odor of marijuana coming from the room which also had (4) small children and (2) male adults inside.

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