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
Noah P. Fulfer, 23, Redmond, pleaded guilty April 12 to driving under the influence of intoxicants on Feb. 16. The court will withhold entry of a judgment of conviction pending completion of a one-year diversion. He was ordered to pay a $490 fee and install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he drives. One count of careless driving and one count of violating the open container law were dismissed.
A felony charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle on Feb. 26 against Tylor J. Gifford, 23, John Day, was dismissed without prejudice March 26, pending further investigation.
Gregg E. Devore, 36, Prairie City, pleaded guilty April 12 to second-degree failure to appear on Nov. 30. He was sentenced to 15 days in jail and fined $100. In a separate case, charges of menacing, fourth-degree assault and harassment, all misdemeanors, were dismissed April 12 per stipulated plea negotiations in two other cases.
Grant County Sheriff
The Grant County Sheriff’s Office reported the following for the week of April 19:
Concealed handgun licenses: 11
Average inmates: 20
Civil papers: 15
Warrants processed: 4
Asst./welfare check: 0
Search and rescue: 1
April 13: Joseph Mecham, 27, Prairie City, was cited for accumulation of garbage and vehicles.
April 17: Devan Haynes, 25, Pendleton, was cited for operating without required lighting and refusing to test for intoxication.
The Grant County Justice Court reported the following fines and judgments:
• Driving uninsured: Tanaya S. Robinson, 37, John Day, March 11, fined $265.
• Driving with a suspended license: Alan W. Wolfe, 30, Canyon City, March 4, fined $440; Tanaya S. Robinson, 37, John Day, March 11, fined $440.
• Violation of speed limit: Logan Z. Jacobson, 45, Prairie City, April 6, 38/20 zone, fined $165.
• Failure to drive within lane: William L. Nolt, 64, Mabton, Washington, March 29, fined $225.
• Exceeding speed limit: Sarah A. Alvarez, 26, Grants Pass, March 31, 47/30 zone, fined $165; Geoffrey G. Gerdes, 23, Prineville, April 11, 42/25 zone, fined $165; Michael S. Gillen, 35, Spray, March 31, 48/30 zone, fined $165; Katelyn A. Moore, 30, Jordan Valley, March 15, 40/25 zone, fined $165; Eric D. Behrendt, 33, Tacoma, Washington, March 14, 84/65 zone, fined $265.
• Violation of basic rule: Leah M. Ruconich, 22, Beaverton, March 30, 76/55 zone, fined $265; Sherry S. Brooke, 51, Bend, March 31, 81/55 zone, fined $265.
• Failure to carry valid registration card: Tanaya S. Robinson, 37, John Day, March 11, fined $115.
• Unlawful or unsignaled turn: Alan W. Wolfe, 30, Canyon City, March 4, fined $115.
• Open container of alcohol: Justin A. Bishop, 45, Canyon City, March 23, fined $265.
• No operator’s license: David R. White, 55, Nampa, Idaho, March 30, fined $135.
• William M. Choate, 87, John Day, pleaded guilty to third degree theft. He was sentenced to 10 days house arrest, 12 months probation and $200 in fines and fees.
Oregon State Police
April 8: Following a traffic stop on Highway 26 in Dayville, the male driver who was on probation consented to a search of his vehicle. A set of digital scales and marijuana edibles were found. Olle L. Starnes, 47, John Day, was arrested and charged with a probation violation.
April 8: A female driver parked at Boot Hill Cemetery in Canyon City appeared to be impaired by alcohol. She refused standardized field sobriety testing and was arrested. Her blood alcohol content was later determined to be 0.30 percent. Laura M. Brunton, 56, Mt. Vernon, was charged with DUII alcohol.
April 9: Following a traffic stop on Highway 26 near Pine Creek Road, a passenger, Colt J. Martin, 19, Prairie City, was arrested and charged with a probation violation warrant from Wheeler County.
April 12: Troopers and Grant County Sheriff’s Office deputies were unable to locate a gold SUV with a possible intoxicated driver on Highway 26 near Prairie City. A sheriff’s deputy who pursued the vehicle checked its speed at 107 mph.
April 12: Dennis B. Asher, 50, John Day, was arrested on Washington Street in Canyon City and charged with failing to register as a sex offender after changing his address.
April 15: Responded to a single-vehicle noninjury crash on Highway 26 near the truck scales east of Laycock Creek. The westbound driver reportedly had fallen asleep. Daniel J. Curtis, 24, Bend, was cited for careless driving.
April 15: Ricky B. Gordon, 55, Canyon City, was arrested and charged with DUII alcohol following a traffic stop at Third Street and North Canyon Boulevard in John Day. He also was charged with operating his Jeep Grand Cherokee without proper fenders.
April 17: An SUV stopped for multiple traffic violations on Highway 26 east of Dayville was found to be transporting a significant quantity of marijuana to several dispensaries. The driver reportedly lacked proper documentation to transport the marijuana. Casey D. Branham, 39, was cited and released for driving with a suspended license. Additional charges are possible pending further investigation.
April 18: Responded to a John Day store after a man’s attempt to purchase a firearm was denied. A background check indicated criminal history from when the man was in the Army. John S. Melland, 47, John Day, was arrested and charged with false swearing.
April 18: Received a report of sexual abuse involving a 9-year-old girl in the Long Creek area.
April 19: Referred a report of possible child abuse to John Day police.
John Day dispatch worked 135 calls during the week of April 16-22, including:
• John Day Police Department
April 17: Benjamin L. Keith, 37, Prairie City, was cited on Highway 26 near Prairie City for driving with a suspended license.
April 18: Responded to a harassment report on Northwest First Street in John Day.
April 18: Report of someone tampering with mailboxes in John Day.
April 18: Warned children on West 12th Street in Prairie City about playing with a phone and calling 911.
April 18: Report of suspicious circumstances at an apartment complex on Main Street in John Day.
April 19: Responded to a daycare on South Canyon Boulevard in John Day for a loud noise complaint.
April 19: Report of a noninury vehicle crash on South Canyon Boulevard in John Day.
April 19: Eric Borley, 54, Redmond, was arrested on West Main Street in John Day and charged with failing to register as a sex offender.
April 22: Responded to Depot Park in Prairie City for a caller who felt threatened by a family member.
• Grant County Sheriff’s Office
April 17: Report of a suspicious vehicle on South Washington Street in Canyon City.
April 17: Responded with John Day police to a report of a suspicious vehicle in Mt. Vernon.
April 17: Dispatched for two women whose vehicle got stuck in a snowdrift on Forest Road 73 north of Granite. Searchers came across the women as they were walking out.
April 18: Report of a juvenile assault at Humbolt Elementary School.
April 19: Report of shots fired into a field with livestock on Forest Road 13 near Granite.
April 19: Responded with John Day police and Oregon State Police to East Riverside Street in Mt. Vernon for a domestic menacing call.
April 20: Report of fraud from Corral Gulch Road in Canyon City.
April 20: Responded to a complaint of wild horses mingling with domestic horses on Izee Paulina Lane in Canyon City.
April 20: Dispatched to Highway 395 north of Mt. Vernon for a suspicious vehicle.
April 20: Responded to a harassment report on Ingle Street in Mt. Vernon.
April 21: Catherine L. Morris, 38, Irrigon, was arrested on South Humbolt Street in Canyon City and charged on a Grant County warrant.
April 22: Responded to a dispute at a store in Dayville.
April 22: Dispatched to Patterson Drive in Canyon City for a report of someone rolling rocks down a hillside and hitting a home.
• John Day ambulance
April 16: Responded with Monument fire and ambulance to Highway 19 in Monument for a 16-month-old child.
April 17: Dispatched to Southwest Violet Street in Mt. Vernon for a 66-year-old man.
April 20: Responded to Southwest First Avenue in John Day for a 61-year-old woman.
April 22: Dispatched with Monument fire and ambulance to Highway 19 near Monument for a 46-year-old woman.
• Dayville fire
April 22: Responded to East Franklin Avenue in Dayville for a grass fire.