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Tuesday, April 4, 2017
PUBLIC SAFETY LOG
2:16 p.m. - A Boardman man on Paul Smith Road
complained about two ducks on the neighbor’s property, but
they have never crossed over on his property. He said he did
not want to do anything about the ducks at this time.
5:06 p.m. - A man driving his hybrid vehicle on Interstate
82 near Powerline Road and a passenger were able to
escape safely after the battery pack of the car caught
fire. A Umatilla police officer smothered the fire with an
6:47 p.m. - A burglary was reported by a resident of South
Water Street, Weston. A Umatilla County sheriff’s deputy
2:40 a.m. - The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office assisted
with a stranded motorist on Forest Service 52 and 5209
roads near Ukiah.
4:19 a.m. - The Morrow County Sheriff’s Office took a
report of a suspect who broke into a house on South First
Street, Irrigon, then fled.
5:09 a.m. - Another caller asked for assistance for clients
stuck in the snow, this time on Forest Service 52 Road
and Soap Hill Road near Ukiah. Umatilla County sheriff’s
deputies were unable to find the stranded motorists.
9:35 a.m. - Bordertown Feed & Supply, 84575 Highway
11, Milton-Freewater, reported theft. The Umatilla County
Sheriff’s Department took a report.
10:17 a.m. - A man told the Morrow County Sheriff’s
Office he was concerned for the welfare of a pony at Root
and Wilson lanes, Boardman. The equine’s hooves were 4
or 5 inches too long, the caller said, and are starting to curl
under. A deputy did not find any horses in the area.
10:27 a.m. - A man reported his son’s red and white
Honda CRF-50 dirt bike with training wheels was stolen from
their home on Southwest 12th Street, Hermiston.
12:54 p.m. - Two adults riding four-wheelers up and down
Southeast Elm Street, Pilot Rock, with no helmets were
warned by Pilot Rock police.
1:03 p.m. - Umatilla police investigated a reported
burglary at Umatilla Self Storage, 2541 E. Highway 730.
1:39 p.m. - The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office received
a report of a vehicle stolen from Diagonal Road, Hermiston.
4:50 p.m. - A resident of Northwest 11th Street and
Umatilla River Road, Hermiston, reported a car prowl.
6:29 p.m. - Theft was reported at Umatilla Marina Park on
6:56 p.m. - A Morrow County sheriff’s deputy responded
to an Irrigon home on a report of a man threatening and
pushing his sister-in-law.
7:59 p.m. - A Umatilla County sheriff’s deputy investigated
a reported theft from a residence on South Ott Road,
10:26 p.m. - A Heppner man on Northeast Riverside
Avenue complained about a dog barking in his front yard.
Dispatch noted the caller was upset, yelled on the phone and
threatened several times to possibly hurt the dog.
Darryl Stephen ‘Steve’ McGee
March 6, 1941-March 29, 2017
Darryl Stephen “Steve”
McGee passed away peace-
fully in his home surrounded
by family on March 29, 2017,
in Pendleton, Oregon, at the
age of 76.
Steve is survived by his
wife of 47 years of marriage,
Joanne McGee of
sons Troy McGee,
and Rob McGee;
McGee and Nixie
Krusee; 14 grand-
children, and one
Steve is preceded in
death by his mother
Gertrude McGee, McGee
McGee and sister Marylou
Steve was born on March
6, 1941, in Pendleton,
Oregon. He graduated from
Pendleton High School in
1959. After moving to the
Portland area, Steve began a
lifetime career in drag racing
along with opening his own
auto electric shop in Lake
Oswego, Oregon. For more
than 62 years Steve built his
life around his passion of drag
•Pendleton police arrested Shawn Michael Warwick,
38, of Richland, Washington, for fourth-degree assault,
menacing and strangulation, all crimes of domestic violence.
•Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office arrested Marcos Aparicio
Rodriguez, 29, address not provided, for possession of
•Oregon State Police arrested Terry Diaz, 27, of 122 S.E.
Third Ave., Milton-Freewater, for driving while suspended
or revoked. Diaz was out of jail on a conditional release
stemming from his arrest March 16 for felony attempting to
elude police and driving while suspended or revoked. During
intake at the Umatilla County Jail, officers found a bag of
white powder hidden in Diaz’s sock, which tested positive
after a presumptive test for methamphetamine; Diaz’s
charges were amended to include a possession charge for
5.5 grams of meth.
•Oregon State Police arrested Robert Koonrad, 37,
of Montesanto, Wash., for driving under the influence of
•Pendleton police arrested Kurtis Kol Knowles, 19, of
Pendleton, for possession of methamphetamine.
•Oregon State Police arrested Lynne Thorburn Guiffre,
65, of Hideout, Utah, after stopping her for a speeding viola-
tion (105 in a 70 mph zone) on Interstate 84 near Umatilla.
The officer detected an odor of alcohol, and Guiffre failed
field sobriety tests. She was lodged at the Umatilla County
Jail on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and
•Umatilla Tribal police arrested Lavella Ruth Thompson,
23, address not provided, for dangerous drugs and on a
felony failure to appear warrant.
•Blatazar Manuel Mendiola, 36, of Hermiston was
arrested by Hermiston police on charges of felony fourth-de-
gree assault and misdemeanor menacing and harassment
charges after he pulled a gun on another man during a
Former high school students
honor teachers with EOU award
Three local educators
were honored with the
according to a March 24
announcement from the
Eighteen teachers from
Idaho, Nevada, Oregon
and Washington were
selected by first-year EOU
students who made the
dean’s list during the fall
term. The award is meant
to recognize “outstanding
high school teachers who
encourage and repre-
sent the importance of
higher education to their
The recipients from
Eastern Oregon included:
School Spanish teacher
Kathryn Youngman, who
was nominated by Eleanor
• Heppner High School
math teacher Troy Morgan,
who was nominated by
• Ione Community
School math and science
teacher Dale Holland, who
was nominated by Jason
racing and building custom
In 1999, Steve and his wife
moved back to Pendleton,
Oregon, and became owners
of the famous Rainbow Café
while Steve continued his
labor of love for classic custom
cars. In 2017, Steve
was inducted into
the NHRA Hall
of Fame, Western
Division — a true
pioneer in drag
be held from 10
a.m. to 4 p.m.on
Friday, April 21,
2017, at Pendleton
The funeral service
is Saturday, April 22 at 10:00
a.m. at the funeral home, with
interment at Olney Cemetery.
A reception will follow at
the Rainbow Cafe. All are
welcome to attend and cele-
brate Steve’s life.
Flowers and condolences
may be sent to The Rainbow
Café, 209 S. Main St., Pend-
leton, OR 97801.
Online condolences may
be shared with the family at
TUESDAY, APRIL 4-WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5
No services scheduled
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TUESDAY, APRIL 4
PENDLETON SCHOOL DIS-
TRICT WORK SESSION, 3 p.m.,
Pendleton School District office,
107 N.W. 10th St., Pendleton.
WESTON LIBRARY BOARD,
5:30 p.m., Weston Public Library,
108 E. Main St., Weston. (541-
IRRIGON PLANNING COM-
MISSION, 6 p.m., Irrigon City
Hall, 500 N.E. Main St., Irrigon.
FIRE DEPARTMENT, 6 p.m.,
Meacham Fire Department, Mea-
STANFIELD CITY COUNCIL,
7 p.m., Stanfield City Hall council
chambers, 160 S. Main St., Stan-
UMATILLA CITY COUNCIL,
7 p.m., Umatilla City Hall council
chambers, 700 Sixth St., Umatilla.
PILOT ROCK CITY COUN-
CIL, 7 p.m., Pilot Rock City Hall
council chambers, 143 W. Main
St., Pilot Rock. (541-443-2811)
BOARDMAN CITY COUN-
CIL, 7 p.m., Boardman City Hall,
200 City Center Circle, Board-
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5
MORROW COUNTY BOARD
OF COMMISSIONERS, 9 a.m.,
Bartholomew Government Build-
ing upper conference room, 110
N. Court St., Heppner. (541-676-
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS,
9 a.m., Umatilla County Court-
house room 130, 216 S.E. Fourth
St., Pendleton. (Doug Olsen 541-
HERMISTON AIRPORT AD-
VISORY COMMITTEE, 4 p.m.,
Hermiston Airport lounge, 1600
Airport Way, Hermiston. (541-567-
BLUE MOUNTAIN BOARD
OF EDUCATION, 6 p.m., Blue
Mountain Community College Pi-
oneer Hall boardroom, 2411 N.W.
Carden Ave., Pendleton. (Shan-
non Franklin 541-278-5951)
CONDON CITY COUNCIL,
7 p.m., Condon City Hall, 128 S.
Main St., Condon. (541-384-2711)
UMATILLA RURAL FIRE
PROTECTION DISTRICT, 7 p.m.,
Umatilla Fire Department, 305
Willamette St., Umatilla. (541-
THURSDAY, APRIL 6
ASSOCIATION, 7-8:15 a.m.,
Pendleton City Hall communi-
ty room, 500 S.W. Dorion Ave.,
ADAMS PLANNING COM-
MISSION, 6:30 p.m., Adams City
Hall, 190 N. Main St., Adams.
COMMISSION, 7 p.m., Pendleton
City Hall council chambers, 501
S.W. Emigrant Ave., Pendleton.
FRIDAY, APRIL 7
No meetings scheduled
2:09 a.m. - A resident of Eighth Street, Umatilla, reported
someone knocking on her windows. Umatilla police were
unable to find a prowler.
3:20 a.m. - A resident of Southeast Utah Avenue,
Irrigon, called the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office to report a
neighbor across the street was getting beat up.
9:17 a.m. - Stanfield police were called when a field
tractor hit numerous parked cars in front of the H&P Cafe,
231 W. Main St., Echo.
10:39 a.m. - Morrow County cited a man for maintaining a
dog as a public nuisance after his neighbor on Oregon Lane,
Irrigon, complained her dog was attacked by his dog and she
had to take her animal to the vet.
10:51 a.m. - A home on Brace Road, Irrigon, was burglar-
ized while the owner was lodged in the Umatilla County Jail.
12:02 p.m. - A young man on East Dogwood Avenue,
Hermiston, called Hermiston police after his dad head-butted
his brother and threatened his mom.
1:32 p.m. - A small barbecue, camp chair and shop vac
were reported stolen from a residence on Knapp Street,
2:05 p.m. - Milton-Freewater police were notified that
glass was broken out of a bus shelter in the 300 block of
North Columbia Street.
2:06 p.m. - A 25-foot travel trailer was reported stolen
from a residence on Northwest Seventh Street, Hermiston.
11:27 p.m. - Umatilla County sheriff’s deputies were
called to break up a fight at Midway Tavern, 1750 N. First St.,
Man pleads guilty in
Pendleton armed robbery
PENDLETON — Dennis Lee
Burgess, 31, of Pendleton, pleaded
guilty to his role in an armed robbery in
Burgess faced 13 counts stemming
from the Nov. 2 hold-up at Indian
Hills Chevron, 309 S.E. Nye Ave.,
Pendleton. He took a deal and on
March 3 pleaded guilty in Umatilla
County Circuit Court to two counts of
attempted first-degree robbery. Circuit
Judge Christopher Brauer sentenced
him to seven years, six months in state
Pendleton police arrested Burgess
and Peggy Turk, 31, of Adams, on the
night of the crime following a 9-1-1
call that a suspect armed with a rifle
threatened an employee of the gas
station and robbed the place.
Turk has pleaded not guilty to
charges of first-degree robbery, second-
degree theft, menacing and conspiracy
to commit second-degree theft. She has
a pretrial conference May 24 in circuit
court in Pendleton. She remains free on
Man pleads guilty to
attempted rape, sodomy
HERMISTON — The 21-year-old
man Hermiston police arrested in 2016
for sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend
now is doing prison time.
Antonio Rodriguez faced charges of
first-degree burglary, first-degree sexual
abuse, first-degree attempted rape, all
felonies, and misdemeanor charges of
fourth-degree assault, menacing and
strangulation stemming from his July
25 sexual attack on the mother of his
child. Police arrested him soon after.
Umatilla County Circuit Court
records show Rodriguez in February
took a deal and pleaded guilty to
attempted first-degree rape and
attempted first-degree sodomy. The
crime also was one of domestic
Circuit Judge Daniel Hill of
Hermiston sentenced Rodriguez to 35
months in state prison for each crime.
Rodriguez also received 10 years of
Rodriguez now resides at Eastern
Oregon Correctional Institution. His
earliest release date, according to the
state’s offender website, is March 24,
Hermiston sex offender
faces new charges
PENDLETON — The Umatilla
County District Attorney’s Office is
bringing a new case against convicted
sex offender Robert Wayne Price of
Circuit court records show a
Umatilla County grand jury in early
February indicted Price, 50, on two
counts of first-degree sexual abuse of
a girl younger than 14. The indictment
alleges Price molested the child in
January and June of 2011.
Price had an arraignment Monday
in Hermiston to face the new charges.
According to court records, he appeared
via video from the Snake River
Correctional Institution, Ontario.
That’s where Price is serving a
five-year sentence after pleading guilty
in December 2015 to three counts of
attempted second-degree sexual abuse.
Violent confrontation in
Hermiston sends man to
prison for two years
HERMISTON — Orlando Garcilazo
Madrigal will serve two years in prison
for using a gun to threaten a man last
year in Hermiston.
Madrigal, 31, of Irrigon, faced 14
counts stemming from a June 8, 2016
confrontation in which he pointed a
pistol at a man’s head at Southgate
Village Apartments, 1105 S. First
St., Hermiston, and tried to pull his
ex-girlfriend from a vehicle.
Court records show Madrigal took
a deal on March 16 and pleaded guilty
to unlawful use of a weapon and
attempted first-degree burglary, both
Circuit Judge Christopher Brauer
sentenced Madrigal to 13 months on
the weapons charge and 11 more for
the attempted burglary. The sentencing
was part the deal Madrigal made with
the Umatilla County District Attorney’s
Office. He also will serve two years of
He now is at the Oregon Department
of Corrections’ Coffee Creek Intake
Madrigal in 2014 pleaded guilty
to second-degree disorderly conduct,
a misdemeanor, in exchange for the
state dismissing multiple charges
of menacing and unlawful use of a
weapon against another. He also is
the brother of Alonso Madrigal, 23,
who was shot and killed March 4 in
Hermiston. That case remains an active
Judge to examine
victim’s records in
Hermiston rape case
HERMISTON — Circuit Judge Dan
Hill will review sensitive files in the
case of Hermiston rape defendant Jose
Marvin Antonio Perdomo Funez.
Defense attorney L. Kent Fisher of
Pendleton filed a motion in early March
to have a judge conduct an “in camera,”
or “private,” inspection of social
services, mental health, medical, and
education records related to the alleged
victim in the case.
According to the filing, the Umatilla
County District Attorney’s Office joins
in the request for the review.
Hill approved the request Thursday.
The court schedule shows the records
are due to the judge on April 13.
The state accused Funez, 30, of
committing first-degree rape and
first-degree sexual against one woman
on Aug. 5, 2016. He has pleaded not
guilty to charges and has been free
on recognizance since December,
according to court records. His next
court appearance takes place May 1.
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