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Three people received injuries in a three-vehicle accident on June 25, 2011, at approximately 1:52 p.m. The accident occurred on State Route 14 at milepost 46, one mile east of Stevenson.

According to the report, a 2005 Assembled motorcycle driven by Mark E. Russell, 51. Vancouver, and a 1984 Harley Davidson motorcycle, driven by Dannie Lee Huber, 59, Portland, Ore., were eastbound on SR 14, when they stopped for deer in the roadway. They were struck from behind by a 1929 Merz replica driven by Lloyd D. McCormack, Milwaukie, Ore.

McCormack was not injured in the accident. Russell suffered an injured finger but was not transported.

Huber suffered rib and back pain and was transported by aid to Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver.

The passenger on Huber's motorcycle -- Tina L. Mitchell, 45, Portland, suffered left leg pain and was also transported to SWWMC.

McCormack was cited with following too close.



Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the seizure of approximately 26 kilograms of cocaine (approximately 65 pounds) found during a Thursday night traffic stop on Highway 97 north of Moro in Sherman County. An Omak man was taken into custody during the stop and cocaine seizure.

According to OSP Lieutenant Pat Ashmore, on June 23, 2011, at approximately 10:56 p.m. an OSP trooper stopped a 2006 Dodge pickup displaying Washington license plates for a traffic violation on Highway 97 near milepost 11. The pickup's driver was identified as Jake Winfred Taylor, 31.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop with the assistance of an OSP drug detection canine led to the discovery of approximately 26 kilograms of cocaine inside luggage in the passenger compartment. Estimated value of the seized cocaine is $450,000.

Taylor was arrested without incident and lodged in the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facilities (NORCOR) in The Dalles for unlawful possession and distribution of a controlled substance - cocaine.

According to the Sherman County District Attorney's Office, Taylor was arraigned June 24 at 1 p.m. with bail set at $1 million.



Hood River fire crews responded to the scene of a fireworks caused fire on Industrial Loop on Friday, June 24, 2011.

This fire was caused by an illegal firework being thrown from a moving vehicle.

No other description is available.


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