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Thursday, June 20, 2019
THURSDAY, JUNE 20
9:46 a.m. — Hermiston police received a complaint about a dog
bitting a person in a parking lot.
10:41 a.m. — The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office took a bur-
glary report at MJ’s Labor Services, 81822 Highway 395, Hermiston.
11:08 a.m. — Stanfield police cracked down on a multitude
code violations, from noxious vegetation on a site on South Main
Street to junk around a house on South Earl Street to plants grow-
ing wild at East Furnish Avenue and South Dunne Street.
2:22 p.m. — A car hit a power poll on Baxter Road, Hermiston.
3:15 p.m. — A woman told Hermiston police she would like to
press charges against her husband for assaulting her Saturday.
4:53 p.m. — Two vehicles crashed head-on in a ditch on High-
way 11, but no one was injured.
Oregon State Police reported Beacher Noble, 49, Athena, fell
asleep while driving north in a Pontiac Grand Am near milepost
9 and drifted onto the northbound shoulder. The driver over-cor-
rected, and the Pontiac zoomed into the oncoming lane, where a
31-year-old woman from La Grande was heading south in a GMC
She drove the GMC to the shoulder to avoid a crash, but the
SUV went into the ditch, rolled onto the driver’s side, and the Pon-
tiac and GMC struck head-on.
The East Umatilla Rural Fire Protection District and Medic 400
ambulance responded. East Umatilla reported the crash trapped
one driver, who escaped on their own before emergency person-
The ambulance crew checked out both drivers and they were
uninjured. Emergency personnel closed the highway so tow rigs
could remove the vehicles. And state police gave a citation to
5:32 p.m. — Pendleton police responded to a report of a domes-
tic disturbance at Til Taylor Park, 700 S.E. Dorion Ave.
7:20 p.m. — Umatilla police removed hazardous debris from
the road at Sixth and F streets.
8:37 p.m. — Hermiston police received a report of possible
10:03 p.m. — Milton-Freewater man reported his vehicle struck
a power poll at the intersection of Lamb Street and County Road,
WEST EXTENSION IRRIGATION DISTRICT, 9 a.m., Irri-
gon Fire Department, 705 N.E. Main St., Irrigon. (Lisa Baum
HERMISTON IRRIGATION DISTRICT, 4 p.m., Hermiston Irri-
gation District office conference room, 366 E. Hurlburt Ave.,
ECHO CITY COUNCIL, 4 p.m., Old VFW Hall, 210 W. Bridge
St., Echo. (541-376-8411)
UMATILLA COUNTY SPECIAL LIBRARY DISTRICT,
5:15 p.m., Pendleton Center for the Arts boardroom, 214 N.
Main St., Pendleton. (Erin McCusker 541-276-6449)
Michael Curtis Newbold
•Hermiston police reported officers arrested Travis Andrew
Reed, 35, of Irrigon, after a struggle in which his pit bull dog bit
Police saw Reed a little after 11 p.m., according to Hermiston
police Lt. Randy Studebaker, while he was walking his dog on the
1700 block of North First Street. Reed saw the cops and took off
running into traffic, and witnesses told the officer Reed had been
hiding in the bushes outside of a business and would jump out to
scare customers. Police also found Reed had a felony arrest warrant
for violating his probation.
Police caught Reed a short distance away. Studebaker reported
Reed refused to stop for the officer, yelled profanities and asserted
there was no legal reason to detain him.
A backup officer arrived, and a struggle ensued when the cops
tried to handcuff Reed. Reed’s pit bull joined the fight, biting one
of the officers on the shin near the top of his boot.
“The officer showed tremendous restraint in that although he
was legally justified in shooting the animal, he was able to use his
TASER and stop the dog’s attack,” Studebaker stated.
Paramedics responded and found Reed was uninjured and
the officer “suffered only a superficial dog bite,” according to
The police arrested Reed, and booked him into the Umatilla
County Jail, Pendleton, for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest
and the warrant. Police took his dog to Pet Rescue, Hermiston,
NEWBERG t— Several local stu-
dents recently received diplomas from
George Fox University this spring.
Makayla Mangione of Boardman,
a master of arts in teaching; Emily
Stein of Milton-Freewater, a doctor
of physical therapy; and Tavin Head-
ings, a bachelor of arts in journalism,
and Alyssa Poffenroth, a master of
education in special education, both
In addition, those who received
dean’s list recognition — earning a
3.5 grade point average or above on
12 or more hours of graded work —
for the spring 2019 semester, were
announced. They include Marlina
Serratos, a junior elementary educa-
tion major from Irrigon; and Haley
Burchard, a senior Spanish and
mathematics major from Pendleton.
George Fox University is ranked
by Forbes among the top Christian
universities in the country. More than
4,000 students attend classes on the
university’s campus in Newberg and
at teaching centers in Portland, Salem
and Redmond. For more information,
Griswold graduate earns
University of Montana
MISSOULA, Montana — Han-
nah Christman of Helix is one of
32 top-tier incoming students who
will receive a Presidential Leader-
ship Scholarship to attend the Uni-
versity of Montana in Missoula. A
2019 graduate of Griswold High
School, Christman is the daughter of
Gary andAngela Christman.
TUESDAY, JUNE 25
UMATILLA-MORROW COUNTY HEAD START, 11:30 a.m.,
Head Start boardroom, 110 N.E. Fourth St., Hermiston. (Mon-
ina Ward 541-564-6878)
IONE SCHOOL DISTRICT, 3:30 p.m., Ione Commu-
nity School, 445 Spring St., Ione. 4:30 p.m. board meet-
ing, 5:30 p.m. budget committee meeting. (Kim Thul
UMATILLA PLANNING COMMISSION, 6:30 p.m., Umatilla
City Hall, 700 Sixth St., Umatilla. (Brandon Seitz 541-922-
3226 ext. 103)
MORROW COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION, 7 p.m., Port
of Morrow Riverfront Center, 2 Marine Drive, Boardman.
(Stephanie Loving 541-922-4624)
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26
MORROW COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS,
9 a.m., Bartholomew Government Building upper confer-
ence room, 110 N. Court St., Heppner. (Roberta Lutcher
HERMISTON LIBRARY BOARD, 4 p.m., Hermiston Public
Library, 235 E. Gladys Ave., Hermiston. (541-567-2882)
THURSDAY, JUNE 27
SALVATION ARMY ADVISORY BOARD, 12 p.m., Salvation
Army, 150 S.E. Emigrant Ave., Pendleton. (541-276-3369)
MILTON-FREEWATER LIBRARY BOARD, 4 p.m., Mil-
ton-Freewater Public Library, 8 S.W. Eighth Ave., Mil-
UMATILLA COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION, 6:30 p.m.,
Umatilla County Justice Center, 4700 N.W. Pioneer Place,
SPOKANE — Scott Zitterkopf
recently graduated magna cum laude
from Whitworth University.
A 2015 McLoughlin High School,
Zitterkopf received his bache-
lor’s degree in business administra-
tion with a focus on accounting and
finance at Whitworth.
In other Whitworth news, Tyler
Goodyear of Hermiston, Tucker
Koch of Helix and Reilly Pfundt of
Pendleton were recently recognized
for academic achievement. The three
local students were named to the uni-
versity’s Provost’s Honor Roll for the
2019 spring semester. They qualified
for the academic honor by maintain-
ing a grade point average of at least
3.75 during the semester.
Located in Spokane, Whitworth
is a private liberal arts univer-
sity affiliated with the Presbyterian
church. For more information, visit
By MARK THIESSEN
— Two Alaska teens hoping
to cash in on a $9 million offer
from a Mid-
on a popu-
lar trail out-
side Anchorage, shooting her
in the back of the head and
dumping her body in a river,
The millionaire’s only
demand for the payout was
either photos or video of
the slaying, according to
court documents laying out
first-degree murder and other
charges against six people in
the June 2 death of Cynthia
“This is a truly horrific
case that is not the norm for
our community,” Anchor-
age Police Chief Justin Doll
said at a news conference,
the Anchorage Daily News
Among those charged
is Darin Schilmiller, whom
authorities say presented
himself as the millionaire
Tyler from Kansas, using a
fake photograph. “He does
not look like the young man
he portrayed himself to look
like, he is not a millionaire
and he lives in Indiana,” court
Authorities say Schil-
miller, who has been arrested
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Michael Curtis Newbold, 16, of Weston, died Tuesday,
June 11, 2019. He was born March 29, 2003. A celebration
of life service will be held Sunday, June 23, 2019, at 2 p.m.
at Weston-McEwen High School. Private burial was held at
Weston Cemetery. Arrangements are with Burns Mortuary
of Pendleton. Sign the online guestbook at www.burnsmor-
No services scheduled
SATURDAY, JUNE 22
FERGUSON, DORIS — Celebration of life service
at 1 p.m. in the banquet room at The Pheasant, 149 E.
Main St., Hermiston.
MAEL, JAMES — Graveside service with military
honors at 11 a.m. at the Monument Cemetery. A cele-
bration of life remembrance gathering and potluck lun-
cheon will follow at the Monument Senior Center, 269
THAUT, LEO — Funeral service at 11 a.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 850 S.W.
11th St., Hermiston. Burial with military honors follows
at the Hermiston Cemetery.
SUNDAY, JUNE 23
FERGUSON, DORIS — Graveside service at 1 p.m.
at the Athena Cemetery.
NEWBOLD, MICHAEL — Celebration of life ser-
vice at 2 p.m. at Weston-McEwen High School, 540 E.
Main St., Athena.
WESTON, JANE — Memorial service at 1 p.m. in
the chapel at Burns Mortuary, 685 W. Hermiston Ave.,
Hermiston. Burial will follow at Desert Lawn Memorial
Cemetery, Irrigon. A celebration of life gathering will
follow the services at Stokes Landing Senior Center, 150
Columbia Lane, Irrigon.
MONDAY, JUNE 24
TUCKER, BETTY — Memorial service at 1 p.m. at
Crossroads Community Church, 350 N. Sherman Ave.,
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Alaska teens charged in
‘murder for millions’ slaying
The university’s Presidential Lead-
ership Scholars are chosen based on
leadership, service and academic
merit. The scholarships are renewable
for a total of four years. This year’s
incoming PLS cohort had an aver-
age GPA of 3.92 and an average ACT
score of 31.
In addition to joining UM’s David-
son Honors College, Christman plans
to major in neuroscience at UM. Her
family has strong ties to the medical
field — her grandmother was a nurse,
her mom is a nurse, and her aunt and
sister are both physical therapists.
Located in Montana’s second-larg-
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March 29, 2003 — June 11, 2019
MONDAY, JUNE 24
CASON’S PLACE CHILDREN AND FAMILY GRIEF RECOV-
ERY CENTER BOARD, 6 p.m., Cason’s Place, 1416 S.E. Court
Ave., Pendleton. All those interested in volunteering are
encouraged to attend. (Matt Terjeson 503-720-1620)
UMATILLA BASIN WATERSHED COUNCIL, 6 p.m., Eastern
Oregon Higher Education Center room 134, 975 S.E. Colum-
bia Drive, Hermiston. (Michael T. Ward 541-276-2190)
MILTON-FREEWATER CITY COUNCIL, 7 p.m., Milton-Free-
water Public Library Albee Room, 8 S.W. Eighth Ave., Mil-
HERMISTON CITY COUNCIL, 7 p.m., Hermiston City
Hall council chambers, 180 N.E. Second St., Hermiston.
IRRIGON COMMUNITY PARKS & RECREATION DIS-
TRICT, 7 p.m., Irrigon Fire Station, 705 N. Main St., Irrigon.
MORROW COUNTY HEALTH DISTRICT, 7 p.m., Pioneer
Memorial Hospital conference room, 564 E. Pioneer Drive,
Heppner. 6 p.m. provider dinner, 6:30 p.m. board meeting.
(Tonia Adams 541-676-2942)
STUDENT HONORS BRIEFLY
George Fox announces
in New Salisbury, Indiana,
and will be transferred to
Alaska next month, began
an online relationship with
Denali Brehmer of Anchor-
age, posing as Tyler. About
three weeks before Hoff-
man was killed, Brehmer and
Schilmiller began discuss-
ing a plan to rape and murder
someone in Alaska, accord-
ing to court documents.
“Schilmiller offered Breh-
mer nine or more million dol-
lars to carry out the murder
and to have photographs and/
or videos of the murder sent
to him,” the documents say.
“Brehmer agreed to commit
the murder for him.”
Brehmer then enlisted the
help of four friends, including
19-year-old Caleb Leyland,
16-year-old Kayden McIntosh
and two other unnamed juve-
niles, to plan and carry out the
murder at Schilmiller’s direc-
tion,” according to the doc-
uments. The group met to
decide how they would divvy
up the money.
McIntosh is being tried as
an adult in the case.
Hoffman was allegedly
best friends with Brehmer,
and she was chosen by the
group as the victim, the doc-
Brehmer and McIntosh
used Leyland’s pickup on June
2 to take Brehmer on a hike at
Thunderbird Falls, a popular
location about 20 miles north
of Anchorage. According to
court papers, the group went
off trail and followed a path to
the bank of the Eklutna River,
where Hoffman was bound,
shot and thrown into the river.
Officials said there was no
indication Hoffman was sex-
“Digital evidence and
statements show Brehmer
was communicating with
and sending videos and/or
photographs of the events
surrounding the incident to
Schilmiller at his directive
through the duration of the
event,” documents say.
Officials allege they
destroyed some of Hoffman’s
clothing, purse and cellphone,
and Brehmer texted Hoff-
man’s family to let them know
they dropped her off at Polar
Bear Park in Anchorage.
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