Gregory Hering, 43, of Portland, is en route to the emergency room after a violent outburst inside the Columbia County Jail this afternoon. Hering was being arraigned on a St. Helens Municipal court warrant for failing to appear on a “resisting arrest” charge.
According to Sheriff Jeff Dickerson, Hering was in a room set up for the court within the county jail, when he struck the window between him and the court verifier with his arm, breaking the window and bloodying his arm. He proceeded to break up a table inside the room where he was confined and left blood throughout the room, on the walls and on the floor.
“Mr. Hering is known to us and can be violent at times,” said Dickerson. “I’m glad we had him contained during this outburst, though I”m sure he frightened the court verifier with this violent outburst.”
Hering was also being held for a parole violation with a total bail amount set at $62,500.
“Citizens need to know that our jail is designed to handle people who come to us with all kinds of issues, including violent ones like this,” the sheriff said. “I worry about the safety of our law enforcement officers and the citizens they are sworn to serve, if we end up losing this facility and have no place within the county to take people like this.”