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A Goldendale-based state trooper suffered minor injuries when he was involved in a three-vehicle accident on Dec. 11, 2011 at approximately 10 a.m. The accident occurred on State Route 14 at milepost 91, 15 miles southwest of Goldendale.

According to the report, two state troopers and their vehicles were on the scene of a prior collision on SR 14, with their patrol vehicles parked on the north shoulder. A 1970 Chevy pickup driven by Jeremy D. Quantrell, 26, was westbound on SR 14 when Quantrell lost control on the icy road. His vehicle struck the left side of both patrol vehicles. One of the troopers was in his vehicle at the time of the accident. He was later treated and released for minor injuries.

Quantrell was not injured.



Kevin Hardcastle, 34, of 241 NE Scenic St., was arrested by local police on Dec. 1, after allegedly stealing his mother's, Gail Hardcastle's, checkbook, and forging checks to businesses in Hood River. Hardcastle also allegedly wrote a $50 check to Thriftway in White Salmon on Oct. 12. Hardcastle's mother reported this to police on Nov. 29 and claimed that her son had allegedly done this in the past and she had warned him she would press charges if he did so again. She claimed that her son has allegedly stolen checks and items around her house to support a methamphetamine habit. Hardcastle has prior convictions for theft, burglary, and aggravated burglary. Officers requested charges of forgery, identity theft in the second degree, theft in the second degree, and posession of stolen property in the second degree. Hardcastle was held in the Klickitat County jail in Goldendale until Dec. 5, when he was released on his own recognizance.



An Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper's traffic stop last week in The Dalles-area led to the arrest of four men after the discovery of over 12 pounds of marijuana inside their vehicle.

The OSP Drug Enforcement Section has been continuing the investigation.

On Dec. 6, 2011, at approximately 11:07 p.m. an OSP trooper stopped a 1996 Jeep Cherokee displaying Oregon license plates with four occupants eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 87 for a traffic violation.

The vehicle's driver was identified as Eduardo Munoz Garcia, 32, from Hermiston.

Subsequent investigation led to the discovery of over 12 pounds of marijuana concealed in large garbage bags inside the vehicle. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $30,000.

The vehicle's occupants were taken into custody without incident and lodged in the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility (NORCOR) in The Dalles. The four men are still in custody and identified as: Eduardo Munoz Garcia -- unlawful possession and distribution of a controlled substance, marijuana; Eric Sanchez Martinez, 27, from Seattle, -- fugitive from justice (Washington State warrant charging fail to appear, dangerous drugs, unlawful possession and distribution of a controlled substance, marijuana, and furnishing false information to a police officer; Efrein Estrada Morales, 19, from Boardman -- unlawful possession and distribution of a controlled substance, marijuana; and Onofre Ibarra Estrade, 23, from Irrigon, Ore. -- unlawful possession and distribution of a controlled substance, marijuana.


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