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
Misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief and harassment against Jeramie M. Lambeth, 45, John Day, were dismissed Jan. 17 following a motion for a judgment of dismissal by Grant County Chief Deputy District Attorney Mara Houck. The charges involved a July 13 incident. Lambeth earlier was found guilty except for insanity Jan. 11 in Malheur County Circuit Court for misdemeanor charges of recklessly endangering another person and disorderly conduct following a July 24 incident in Ontario.
Mark Crawford, 38, Mt. Vernon, pleaded guilty Jan. 18 to knowingly hunting elk with a .22-caliber rifle and knowingly hunting elk without a valid tag, both misdemeanor wildlife violations, on March 18. He was sentenced to 24 months probation and 60 hours community service, and fined $300. His hunting license was revoked for three years.
Alexander C. Ringe, 28, Hermiston, pleaded guilty Jan. 18 to unauthorized use of a vehicle, a felony, committed Nov. 23. He was sentenced to six months in jail and one year of post-prison supervision.
Neal Allen Burch, 39, Prineville, was convicted Dec. 11 based on an Alford plea of felony second-degree sexual abuse committed Jan. 17, 2016, and felony second-degree sexual abuse constituting domestic violence committed Oct. 1, 2011. He was sentenced by Deschutes County Circuit Court Judge Michael C. Sullivan to 80 months in prison and 120 months of post-prison supervision. He was ordered to have no contact with the victims in the two cases or any minors, to register as a sex offender and undergo recommended treatment and not to frequent or visit places that exist primarily for the enjoyment of children.
Kent A. Vannorsdall, 25, Prineville, pleaded guilty to felony unauthorized use of a 1984 Chevrolet pickup truck April 5, 2016. He was sentenced to 20 days in jail and 24 months supervised probation and ordered to pay a $200 fine and $4,959 in restitution to the victim. His driver’s license was suspended for one year.
Grant County Sheriff
The Grant County Sheriff’s Office reported the following for the week of Jan. 18:
Concealed handgun licenses: 9
Average inmates: 12
Civil papers: 14
Warrants processed: 1
Asst./welfare check: 6
Search and rescue: 0
The Grant County Justice Court reported the following fines and judgments:
• Driving while suspended: James S. Byrd, 44, Albemarle, North Carolina, Dec. 31, fined $435; Melanie L. Camarena, 45, John Day, Nov. 21, fined $435; Travis A. Palmer, 27, Mt. Vernon, Nov. 26, fined $435.
• Driving uninsured: Melanie L. Camarena, 45, John Day, Nov. 21, fined $260; John E. Guthridge, 54, Burns, Dec. 18, fined $260.
• Violation of the basic rule: James. S. Byrd, 44, Albemarle, North Carolina, Dec. 31, 72/55 zone, fined $160; Rodney D. Tachenko, 62, Baker City, Dec. 9, 77/55 zone, fined $260; John E. Guthridge, 54, Burns, Dec. 16, 76/55 zone, fined $260; David K. Dethman, 56, Jan. 5, 75/55 zone, fined $165.
• Exceeding speed limit: Debra J. Bryant, 63, Bates, Jan. 8, 76/55 zone, fined $220.
• Failure to carry proof of financial responsibility requirements: John E. Guthridge, 54, Burns, Dec. 16, fined $260.
• Failure to properly use safety belt: Jessica J. Hunt, 23, John Day, Dec. 28, fined $75.
• Unlawful operation of vehicle: Kristin M. Nodine, 32, Mt. Vernon, Nov. 23, fined $220.
• Failure to drive within lane: James S. Byrd, 44, Albemarle, North Carolina, Dec. 31, fined $260.
Oregon State Police
Jan. 14: Responded with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to a home in John Day where a woman was warned for unlawfully possessing a screech owl found injured on the highway.
Jan. 17: Advised of a cow on Highway 26 near Fields Creek Road.
Jan. 18: James A. Ryan, 58, Baker City, was stopped on Highway 26 and arrested for failing to report a change of address as a sex offender.
Jan. 18: Report of a semi-truck hauling fuel jackknifing on Highway 26 near Dixie Summit.
Jan. 18: Advised with John Day police and Grant County Sheriff’s Office about a suspicious person and vehicle in Seneca.
Jan. 21: Responded to a motor vehicle accident on Highway 26 near Pine Creek Road. A westbound black BMW driven by Laura B. Wallenstein, 33, Prairie City, was traveling at high speed and struck a blue Ford Bronco. Both drivers were transported to the hospital. According to lab results, Wallenstein’s blood alcohol content was 0.438 percent, and she was cited for DUII alcohol, assault, reckless driving and failure to stay within the lane.
John Day dispatch worked 144 calls during the week of Jan 15-21. Along with the various traffic warnings, trespassing, injured animals, noise complaints and juvenile complaints, these calls included:
• John Day Police Department
Jan. 15: Responded for an unwanted subject on East Main Street in John Day.
Jan. 15: Dispatched to West Main Street in John Day for a harassment report.
Jan. 17: Responded to a hit-and-run report on Main Street in John Day.
Jan. 17: Report of an assault at a senior living facility in John Day.
Jan. 18: Cited a minor in possession of alcohol in John Day.
Jan. 18: Report of harassment in John Day.
Jan. 18: Toby Dreyer, 35, John Day, was cited for furnishing alcohol to minors on East Fifth Avenue in John Day.
Jan. 19: Report of ongoing trespassing at an unoccupied home on Northwest Bridge Street in John Day.
Jan. 19: Responded to a restaurant on Main Street in John Day for a theft of services report.
Jan. 20: Report of a disturbance on Violet Street in Mt. Vernon.
Jan. 20: James Haney, 38, Boise, Idaho, was cited for speeding 84/65 zone on Highway 26 near Indian Creek Road.
Jan. 20: James M. Hancock, 43, Canyon City, was cited for driving with a suspended license and no insurance on West Main Street in John Day.
Jan. 20: Responded to West Main Street in John Day for an unattended death.
Jan. 21: Dispatched to Highway 26 and Pine Creek Road for a vehicle accident.
• Grant County Sheriff’s Office
Jan. 15: Responded to Middle Fork Lane in Bates for a fraud report.
Jan. 15: Dispatched to the Mt. Vernon post office for a suspicious person.
Jan. 16: Responded to Little Indian Creek Road in John Day for an unattended death.
Jan. 16: Dispatched to Widows Creek Road in Mt. Vernon for a harassment report.
Jan. 17: Advised of a horse at large on Dog Creek Road in John Day.
Jan. 18: Responded to Main Street in John Day for a dispute report.
Jan. 19: Advised of a domestic dispute on Marysville Road.
Jan. 19: Responded with John Day police to West Main Street in John Day for a dispute.
Jan. 20: Received a report of identity theft.
Jan. 20: Dispatched to a convenience store in Mt. Vernon for a report of criminal mischief.
• John Day ambulance
Jan. 15: Responded to a senior living facility in Prairie City for an 80-year-old man.
Jan. 15: Dispatched to Little Canyon Mountain Trail for an elderly woman with possible pneumonia.
Jan. 15: Responded to a senior living facility in Prairie City for a 79-year-old man.
Jan. 16: Dispatched to a senior living facility in Prairie City for an 82-year-old man.
Jan. 16: Responded to a senior living facility in John Day for a woman with shortness of breath.
Jan. 17: Dispatched to a senior living facility in John Day for a woman with flu-like symptoms.
Jan. 18: Responded to a senior living facility in John Day for a 65-year-old woman.
Jan. 18: Dispatched with Monument fire and ambulance to Highway 402 for a man with diabetic issues.
Jan. 19: Responded to West Main Street in John Day for a 54-year-old woman.
Jan. 19: Dispatched with Long Creek ambulance to Long Creek School for a 14-year-old with a possible dislocated hip.
Jan. 21: Responded to Reynolds Road in Prairie City for a woman in labor.
Jan. 21: Dispatched to East Main Street in John Day for a 65-year-old male who had fallen.
Jan. 21: Responded to West Main Street in John Day for a 10-month-old infant who was choking.
Jan. 21: Dispatched to Southwest First Avenue in John Day for a 58-year-old woman.
• Mt. Vernon fire
Jan. 20: Responded to a flue fire on Highway 26.