Hermiston Police News: Hermiston PD Assists the ATF with Arrest

Release Date: 
06/19/2014

Members of the Hermiston Police Department assisted the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms with the arrest of Lerry D. Cogswell, 26 years of age, of Nampa, Idaho. HPD received information yesterday afternoon from the ATF that Cogswell had attempted to pawn a smoke grenade at a local business. The ATF was able to provide us information Cogswell may be operating a gold colored sedan with an Idaho plate in the front window.

On the 19th of June 2014, at approximately 12:15 AM, a traffic stop on a sedan matching the description given was conducted around N. 1st St (Hwy 395) and E. Cornell Pl. The driver was identified as Cogswell. A check on the license plates returned with no record found. A check of the vehicle identification number showed the car (a 2005 Hyundai Elantra) as stolen out of the Meridian, ID area.

Cogswell’s passenger Kayla M. Vierra 25 years also of Nampa, Idaho was detained at the request of her probation officer.

An inventory of the vehicle led to the discovery of a military issue smoke grenade.  The Oregon State Police bomb squad unit was contacted due to the live incendiary nature of the grenade.  After OSP secured the device, the vehicle was impounded.

Cogswell was lodged at the Umatilla County Jail on charges of Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Possession of Destructive Device, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, and Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants.

Vierra was lodged on charges of Possession of Stolen Vehicle and a warrant for Probation Violation.

“This was a great example of interaction and communication amongst different agencies. Once again the resources provided by the Oregon State Police are incredible" reports Chief Jason Edmiston.


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