Hermiston Police News: Diligent police work leads to Arlington teen detainment

Release Date: 

Officers of the Hermiston Police Department worked relentlessly in identifying a 17 year old Arlington, Oregon male as the person responsible for a recent rash of vandalism via graffiti.  Officer Mike Ellwood and Training Officer Doug Gill responded to the 200 block of W. Hermiston Avenue on March 24th around 11AM and noted similar markings in at least three locations.  During a canvass of the neighborhood, the officers contacted a group of individuals at 220 NW 3rd Street.

Diligent follow-up on the part of the officers led to the 17 year old later being identified as the subject responsible for the (3) incidents in Hermiston, well over a dozen incidents in Boardman, and numerous incidents in Arlington.

Hermiston Detective Randy Studebaker (formerly of the Gilliam County Sheriff’s Office) worked with entities in Morrow and Gilliam Counties on what had been discovered.  Studebaker interviewed the rather uncooperative mother of the 17 year old in Arlington and issued Rhonda Sommerville, 45 years of age, of 475 Shane Drive #75, a citation for Failure To Supervise consistent with our zero tolerance stance on graffiti in Hermiston.

The 17 year old was located on March 26th by Morrow County deputies and subsequently lodged in The Dalles at the juvenile detention facility.  Detective Studebaker traveled to The Dalles today and issued citations after interviewing the youth.

“The initial investigative efforts made on the part of Officers Ellwood and Gill was nothing shy of exceptional for what some may deem a mundane matter.  The subsequent follow up and interagency cooperation led by Detective Studebaker, triggered a chain of events where this troubled teen was located and lodged", reports Chief Jason Edmiston

Accessibility Statement - The City of Hermiston is committed to making its electronic and information technologies accessible to individuals with disabilities. We are currently in the process of upgrading our web site to ensure we meet or exceed the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C’s) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA and the Web Accessibility Initiative Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite (WAI-ARIA) 1.0 for web content.

For more information on how to report an issue related to the accessibility or how to file a formal Section 504 or ADA (Title II) complaint about the accessibility of any content on our website, please see our full Accessibility Statement.

Anti-Discrimination Policy - It is a policy of the City of Hermiston that there will be no discrimination or harassment on the grounds of race, color, sex, marital status, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or disability in any educational programs, activities or employment. For more information, visit the Anti-Discrimination Policy page.