Two semi truck drivers were involved in a two-vehicle accident on State Route 14 at milepost 133 in Roosevelt. The accident occurred on Sept. 4, 2007, at 2 p.m.
According to the report, the two semis were westbound on SR 14. A 2003 Peterbilt truck and trailer driven by Kary L. Washington, 38, Forest Park, Ga., slowed to make a left turn to the Riverview Mini Mart. A 2001 Kenworth and trailer driven by Amrik S. Badwal, 42, Sacramento, Calif., passed the first semi on the left, causing the collision. Both vehicles left the roadway to the south, coming to rest on a dirt shoulder. The eastbound lanes were partially blocked for one hour.
Both drivers suffered lacerations and were transported by ambulance to Mid Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles.
Badwal was cited with negligent driving.
Two people were injured in a two-vehicle accident on SR 141 at milepost 12, 12 miles north of White Salmon. The accident occurred on Sept. 9, 2007, at 4:20 p.m.
According to the report, Jeffrey A. Perkins, 32, BZ Corners, was driving his 2000 Chevy van northbound on SR 141, making a left turn onto Heath Street. A 1993 Chevy driven by Michael R. Hulme, 35, Hood River, Ore., failed to yield, striking Perkins' vehilce in the rear. Both vehicles came to rest in the southbound lanes.
Perkins suffered non-life threating injuries and was transported to Providence Hood River by ambulance. Hulme was not injured but a passenger in his vehicle -- Stephanie L. McNabb, 37, White Salmon, suffered non-life threatening injures and was also transported to Providence Hood River by ambulance.
Hulme was charged with DUI, possession of marijuana and driving without a license.
At approximately 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007, Skamania County deputies and search and rescue volunteers located the body of John Frueh, 33, an active duty Air Force Captain, near Badger Peak in northeast Skamania County.
Acting upon information from Portland Police, deputies located Frueh's rental vehicle at approximately noon on Sept. 8. Searchers utilized search dogs to locate his body near the vehicle.
Location was Forest Road 2816, just east of Mosquito Meadows, northwest of Badger Peak in Skamania County, within the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
Next of kin has been notified by the United States Air Force.
The investigation into Captain Frueh's death is continuing in cooperation with the United States Air Force and Portland Police.
One person died and a second received minor injuries early Saturday morning in a single vehicle fatal traffic crash in the 3600 block of Dethman Ridge Road south of Hood River.
On Sept. 8, 2007, at approximately 1:28 a.m. a 2000 GMC pickup driven by Andrew Stewart Pearce, 28, Hood River, was westbound on Dethman Ridge Road when it veered off the right shoulder, over-corrected and came back onto the highway. The pickup rolled and came to rest in a driveway on the north shoulder.
Pearce was not using safety restraints, was ejected and died from his injuries.
Passenger Isaac Smith, 20, Hood River, received minor injuries and was treated and released from Hood River hospital.
Oregon State Police troopers from The Dalles Area Command office are completing the investigation. Alcohol is a possible factor in this crash. Hood River County Sheriff's Office assisted.
A traffic stop by an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper east of The Dalles Friday afternoon led to the arrest of Eugene, Ore., and Kallispell, Mont., men on marijuana charges and the seizure of over $6,000 cash.
On Sept. 7, 2007, at approximately 5 p.m. an OSP trooper stopped a 2000 Nissan Maxima with two occupants eastbound on I-84 near milepost 96 for going 80 mph in a 65 mph zone.
After releasing the vehicle, the trooper learned the driver, David Michael Ellig, 21, Eugene, was wanted on an outstanding warrant out of Umatilla County for failure to appear in the second degree (original charges included DUII and unlawful possession of marijuana).
The trooper located the car two miles later, made a second stop and took Ellig into custody on the warrant. During this contact the trooper received consent to search the car and contents by Ellig and passenger, Chase P. Mullee, 22, from Kallispell. This search led to the discovery of approximately two pounds of marijuana and $6,375 cash.
Mullee was also taken into custody following the marijuana discovery.
Both were lodged in the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility (NORCOR) in The Dalles for unlawful possession and distribution of a controlled substance -- marijuana. Ellig was also lodged and held on the Umatilla County warrant.
A Friday evening traffic stop during Oregon State Police (OSP) Labor Day Holiday weekend enhanced patrol efforts on Interstate 84 east of The Dalles led to the arrest of a Hood River man after cocaine and methamphetamine were found in his vehicle.
On Aug. 31, 2007, at approximately 8 p.m. an OSP senior trooper from The Dalles Area Command office stopped a 1992 Jeep Cherokee eastbound on I-84 near milepost 92 for a speeding violation.
Upon contacting the driver, Francisco Javier Agredano Oleda, 19, Hood River, the trooper subsequently obtained consent to search the vehicle. Concealed under the dash behind the glove box was a plastic wrapped package containing approximately six ounces of methamphetamine and one ounce of cocaine.
Agredano Ojeda was arrested for possession and delivery of methamphetamine (two counts) and possession and delivery of cocaine (two counts). He was lodged at the Northern Regional Correctional Facility in The Dalles.
In addition to the illegal drugs, the vehicle and approximately $1,500 cash was seized. Troopers believe the drugs were enroute to central Washington.