The police blotter relates to the public record of incidents as reported by law enforcement agencies. All individuals arrested or charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Information printed is preliminary and subject to change.
Columbia County Sheriff’s Office
• Christian Scott Bernsten was arrested and arraigned on a probation violation.
• Anthony James Pastorino was arrested on a felony charge as a fugitive from another state and transported to another facility.
• Justin Scott Finell was arrested and sentenced on a felony assault charge in the 4th degree.
• Tanya Rae Murdock was arrested and sentenced on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.
• Ryan Michael Kennedy was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants.
• Angela Marie Nunes was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct in the 2nd degree.
Rainier Police Department
• An officer responded to a single vehicle non-injury accident. The driver admitted they were a little tired and drifted off the highway and into the ditch.
• A caller was concerned about a male that was reported as ‘passed out’ . The man was patiently waiting for the bus.
• A male driver was reported as swerving in and out of their lane on Rockcrest Street. The incident happened 20 minutes prior to the call and the driver was long gone.
• An officer noticed a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot. The lights were on inside the vehicle but there was no visible movement from within. The officer went to check the vehicle and found an occupant. The occupant was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant and the canine passenger was released to a friend.
• A young driver was parking at a local business, mistook the gas pedal for the brake and ran their vehicle into the side of a building. There were no injuries to the driver, but the building suffered minor damage. The parties exchanged information without incident.
• An officer responded to a false residential alarm.
• A caller reported a rogue raccoon that was roaming the neighborhood during daylight hours. Animal control was notified.
• A suspicious vehicle in a parking lot checked out okay.
• A man was reportedly standing along Highway 30 and it appeared to the caller that he needed to be checked on. Police responded and the man checked ok.
• A woman called to report her wallet as lost or stolen. The wallet was located a short time later at a local business and returned to the owner.
• Someone called in an animal complaint where a dog was tied up in a yard with no water. The owner just had him there while some yard work was being done.
• Someone reported a deer limping through the neighborhood in the 900 block of West B St. Officers were unable to locate the animal.
• A caller reported a suspicious person in the neighbor’s yard. Police checked the area and were unable to locate the suspicious person.
• An officer assisted a disabled motorist.
• A juvenile was reported as a runaway. They returned home the following day.
• A citizen was upset as their neighbors have been feeding the local wildlife and a group of squirrels took up residency. The rambunctious rodents have been reported as chewing up cords and causing damage to vehicles. The citizen was referred to contact a game trooper.
• Police responded to a burglary alarm at a residence. Officer found the electric company was doing some underground work and the alarm was activated when the power was cut off.
• Police responded to a possible theft in progress at a local business. When they arrived, the person had already left and the employee was unable to tell if she actually took anything.
• Police responded to a gas station where a man was reportedly having a panic attack because he needed gas and had forgotten his wallet at home, which was further away than what he had gas to get to. An officer paid for some fuel so the man could get to his destination.
• An officer responded to a rear-end motor vehicle crash on the highway. One party reported some pain but denied being transported by medics.
• Two teenagers were reportedly riding their bikes on the lawn at a church. The trespassing teens vacated the property before officers arrived.
• A woman was asked to leave a local business, but before leaving she cussed at the employee and threatened to get them fired. It was not known if she was under the influence of drugs or alcohol as officers were not able to locate her.
• A man sleeping near the gazebo in the park garnered the attention of an officer. When contacted, an officer recognized the man and confirmed he had two outstanding warrants. The man was taken into custody and lodged at the jail.
• An unknown woman had reportedly screamed at a mother to make their child be quiet. The unknown woman then left the location honking her horn and speeding out of the parking lot. The unknown woman’s identity is still a mystery as officers were unable to locate her.