Arrests and citations in the Blue Mountain Eagle are taken from the logs of law enforcement agencies. Every effort is made to report the court disposition of arrest cases.
Grant County Circuit Court
Christopher Joseph Ortega was found guilty of delivery of methamphetamine, menacing and resisting arrest and was sentenced to 150 days in jail, and fined $550.
Oregon State Police
Arrested Ryan David Hall, 39, for driving under the influence of intoxicants, tampering with evidence and refusing a breath test Aug. 20.
Responded to a single-vehicle crash on Highway 26 and issued a juvenile female a citation for failure to drive within lane Aug. 23. Counts of possession of methamphetamine, attempt to commit a class B felony, recklessly endangering another person, harassment, driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless driving were dismissed.
Thomas E. Pfeifer was found guilty of falsifying drug test results and was sentenced to 24 months probation, 30 hours community service and 20 days in jail, and fined $100. He was also found guilty of manufacture of methamphetamine and sentenced to 24 months probation, 60 hours community service and 20 days in jail. Charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of oxycodon were dismissed.
JT Lee Knutson was found guilty of unauthorized use of a vehicle, possession of methamphetamine and attempting to elude police officers and was sentenced to 30 days in jail, 54 months probation and 160 hours of community service, and fined $20,658. Charges of criminal mischief, attempting to elude a police officer and reckless driving were dismissed. He was also found guilty of first-degree failure to appear and sentenced to 24 months probation and 20 days in jail, and fined $200.
Grant County Sheriff
The Grant County Sheriff’s Office reported the following for the week of Aug. 18-23:
• Concealed handgun licenses: 2
• Average inmates: 17
• Bookings: 14
• Releases: 14
• Arrests: 3
• Citations: 25
• Fingerprints: 1
• Civil papers: 5
• Warrants processed: 5
• Asst./welfare check: 14
• Search and Rescue: 1
Cited Spencer Leifheit, 41, Mt. Vernon, for disorderly conduct Aug. 21.
Arrested Alexander Rickmond, 28, Los Angeles, for driving under the influence and failure to signal turn Aug. 21.
The Grant County Justice Court reported the following fines and judgments:
Driving while suspended: Talia Christine Maloy, 41, Prairie City, April 14, fined $435.
Driving uninsured: Tami Dawn Stringam, 45, Ontario, July 3, fined $130.
Failure to drive within lane: David Lee Palmer, 58, Baker City, July 28, fined $220.
John Day dispatch worked 224 calls during the week of Aug. 21-27. Along with the various traffic warnings, trespassing, injured animals, noise complaints and juvenile complaints, these calls included:
• John Day Police Department
Aug. 21: Received a report of a hit and run that happened between four and five days before near Chester’s Thriftway.
Aug. 22: Took a report of second-degree theft at the fairgrounds.
Aug. 23: Responded with Oregon State Police to a report of trespassing at a vacant house on Canyon Boulevard. Ministerial aid was given to a family that ran out of fuel in John Day.
• Grant County Sheriff’s Office
Aug. 21: Responded to a report of trespassing on Highway 395 north. Responded to a report of trespassing on Keeney Road.
Aug. 22: Received a report of lost puppies near Forest Service Road 31. Dispatched to a report of a missing juvenile at the site of the Rainbow Gathering.
Aug. 24: Responded to a homicide on Dog Creek Road with Oregon State Police, John Day Police and the John Day ambulance.
Aug. 26: Responded to a grass fire on the hill behind Juniper Ridge Acute Care Center with the John Day Fire Department, Canyon City Fire Department, Oregon Department of Forestry and John Day Police Department.
Aug. 27: Advised of someone speeding through livestock on Schoolhouse Lane.
• John Day ambulance
Aug. 23: Responded to a single-vehicle crash near the Carter Ranch with Oregon State Police, Grant County Sheriff’s Office and John Day police.
• United States Forest Service
Aug. 21: Dispatch called AAA for a vehicle with a hole in its oil pan. Received a report of fuel leaking from a vehicle on the highway near Mt. Vernon.
Aug. 23: Received a report of a forest fire on Vester Creek Road.
Aug. 27: Grant County Sheriff’s Office and Seneca Fire Department were advised on a fire on County Road 16.
• Dayville Fire Department
Aug. 25: Responded for a report of a fire on West Franklin Avenue.