An Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division investigation into a complaint that 4-wheel drive vehicles trespassed and damaged a reforested meadow on private SDS Lumber Company property in Hood River County led to four Mosier-area men being cited for criminal trespass and mischief offenses.
On March 18, 2009 OSP senior trooper Joel McNerney received a report that several vehicles were stuck in a reforested meadow on SDS Lumber Company property off Huskey Hill Road causing approximately a thousand dollars in damage. Subsequent to an investigation by McNerney with the assistance of senior trooper Swede Pearson, four suspects were identified and interviewed. They were cited to appear in Hood River County Circuit Court on felony and misdemeanor charges.
The investigation alleges the incident began on the evening of March 17 when a white 1986 Toyota pickup and blue 1987 Ford Bronco became buried in the mud on private SDS Lumber Company property. The next day, four men returned to the area in a black 2001 Toyota Tundra pickup and tan Army National Guard Humvee. They drove these vehicles into the meadow where they also became stuck. They called a tow company to come out and remove the four stuck vehicles.
One of the men reportedly is an Army National Guard member and had checked the Humvee out for a road test but instead used it to come out to the meadow to try and help remove the stuck vehicles. It should also be noted that the blue Ford Bronco driven by a different person not involved in this incident got stuck in the middle of Hood River near Dee, on Feb. 1, 2009.
The following four men were each cited for criminal mischief in the first degree, a class C felony, and criminal trespass in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor: Jimmie Lee Champion, 20, Mosier; James Caleb Crismon, 26, Mosier; Jonathan M. Crismon, 26, Mosier; and Travis Wayne Millar, 27, Mosier
Criminal mischief in the first degree is punishable by a maximum fine of $125,000 and five years in prison.
Criminal trespass in the second degree is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum fine of $1,250 and 30 days in jail.
Two Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stops a week apart on Interstate 84 near The Dalles led mid-Columbia area drug detectives to numerous suspects and the seizure of methamphetamine and marijuana.
"These are great examples of how even one traffic stop can have far reaching effects and make a big impact on safety in our local community", said Lt. Patrick Ashmore, area commander at the OSP The Dalles office.
On March 11, 2009, OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command Office made a traffic stop on I-84 that led to the discovery of 1/4 ounce of methamphetamine destined for The Dalles.
Charges against the 44-year old driver from Dallesport are pending. Information developed during the stop was followed up on by detectives assigned to the Mid Columbia Interagency Narcotics Task Force (MINT) and resulted in seven additional drug arrests and another person taken into custody on an arrest warrant.
A second traffic stop one week later on March 18 by The Dalles-area troopers on I-84 led to the discovery of 1.5 ounces of methamphetamine destined for The Dalles.
The driver, Daniel O. Cusick, 35, Portland, was cited for driving while suspended, unlawful possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, and two other traffic violations.
Drug-related charges are pending following review by the Wasco County District Attorney's Office.
Information developed during the second traffic stop led MINT detectives to arrest Nannette Stephenson, 46, The Dalles, after she attempted to purchase methamphetamine. Stephenson was lodged in Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility (NORCOR).
The MINT team is comprised of members from the Oregon State Police, Sherman County Sheriff's Office, City of The Dalles Police Department, Hood River County Sheriff's Office and the Hood River City Police Department.
Anyone who has any additional information can reach the MINT team at (541) 296-1885.