Arrests and citations in the Blue Mountain Eagle are taken from the logs of area law-enforcement agencies. Every effort is made to report the court disposition of all arrests listed.


Justice Court

CANYON CITY – The Grant County Justice Court reported the following fines and judgments:

• Exceeding maximum truck length: Bernard Goodwin, Huntington Beach, Calif., fined $110.

• Failure to obey a traffic control device: Serena Dancer, John Day, fined $230.

• Violation of the basic rule: Matthew Smith, Burns, 72/55 zone, fined $190; Charity Robey, Burns, 70/55 zone, fined $190; Raymond Sharp, Cottage Grove, 62/45 zone, fined $190; and Benjemen Hitson, Redmond, 76/55 zone, fined $230.

• Violation of the speed law: Elizabeth Hysell, Oakdale, 68/20 zone, fined $555.

Circuit Court

CANYON CITY – The Grant County Circuit Court reported the following fines and judgments:

• Douglas Wayne Emmel, 39, was convicted of driving under the influence of intoxicants, sentenced to bench probation for 18 months, 80 hours of community service, and fined $1,428. His driver’s license was suspended for one year. He was acquitted of one count of recklessly endangering another person. 

• Jennifer Lin Cook, 35, was convicted of one count of harassment, sentenced to jail for 48 hours, bench probation for 12 months, and fined $268. She was also ordered to have no contact with the victim. Two counts for fourth-degree assault and second-degree criminal trespassing were dismissed. 

Oregon State Police

• At about 8:25 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, Oregon State Police investigated a full deer carcass that had been dumped on Highway 26 near Dog Creek Road. 

• At about 12:20 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, OSP stopped a vehicle on Highway 395 near the Umatilla-Grant county line, for not having a front license plate. The driver, James John Helstowski, 30, of Union, was cited and released for possession of two ounces of marijuana.

• Troopers responded to a commercial truck crash at the junction of Highways 26 and 7, about 3:20 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21. The truck and trailers, southbound on Highway 7, skidded through the stop sign and intersection, coming to a rest on the eastbound shoulder of Highway 26. The driver, Oliver E. Peterson, 49, of Prineville, was cited for failure to obey a traffic control device. 

• At about 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, troopers did a welfare check on a transient on Highway 395 near the Long Creek Summit; the man had been camped farther south, just out of Mt. Vernon, a few days before. Don Dedeaux, 60, of Kettle Falls, Wash., was cited in lieu of custody for offensive littering. 

• Troopers investigated a two-vehicle crash on Highway 26, near Golf Club Road, at about 3:20 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22. A westbound Pontiac Grand Am, stopped to make a left turn onto Golf Club Road, was hit from behind by a Jeep Wagoneer. The Jeep’s driver, Adam Gibson, 23, Mt. Vernon, was cited for careless driving (accident involved) and released. He was taken to Blue Mountain Hospital for treatment. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office and John Day Police Department assisted. 


John Day dispatch worked 169 calls during the week of Oct. 18-24, 2010. Along with the various traffic warnings, trespassing, injured animals, noise complaints and juvenile complaints, these calls included:

• John Day Police:

Oct. 18: Arrested a John Day man for driving while suspended.

Oct. 19: Report of cows on Highway 26 at Pine Creek Road.

Oct. 24: Called for patrons refusing to leave a W. Main Street business.

• Grant County Sheriff’s Office:

Oct. 21: Broken window reported at the Mt. Vernon Community Center.

Oct. 22: Cited a Prineville man for speeding; cited a John Day woman for speeding.

Oct. 23: Cited a John Day man for driving without insurance.

• John Day ambulance: 

Oct. 18: 76-year-old woman who fell and possibly injured her hip.

Oct. 19: Dispatched for a small boy with difficulty breathing, possibly an allergic reaction.

Oct. 21: Responded for a 93-year-old woman.

Oct. 25: 90-year-old woman who had fallen. 

• Prairie City ambulance:

Oct. 21: 87-year-old woman with heart problems.

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