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.
St. Helens Police Department
Feb. 10 – At 7:25 a.m. Eulogio Vardecia-Romero, 48, of Portland, was arrested on active warrants following a traffic stop at Gable Road and McNulty Way in St. Helens.
Feb. 10 – Shoplifting at Wal-Mart led to the arrest of Nicholas Harris, 33, of St. Helens at 3:17 p.m. Harris was arrested for first-degree theft.
Feb. 11 – At 12:22 a.m. Todd Marchant, 52, of Grass Valley, Calif. was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol after he was stopped for a traffic violation at Chevron.
Feb. 11 – An outstanding warrant led to the arrest of Yvonne Wallin, 30, of St. Helens, in the 180 block of North 7th Street at 11:57 a.m.
Feb. 11 – At 1 p.m. a woman reported that a bicycle had been stolen from her residence in the 500 block of South 11th Street.
Feb. 12 – Officers responded to a single-vehicle traffic crash at 4 a.m. in the 53000 block of Columbia River Highway.
Feb. 12 – At 1:02 p.m. Michael Thompson, 41, of Scappoose, was arrested on outstanding warrants. During the arrest Thompson ran away from the police and resisted arrest resulting in the charges of escape and resisting arrest near the Columbia County courthouse.
Feb. 12 – Denise Marquis, 52, of Warren, was arrested at Safeway for second-degree theft and a misdemeanor warrant at 6:12 p.m.
Feb. 13 – An outstanding misdemeanor warrant led to the arrest of Michael Edmondson, 22, of St. Helens, at 4:43 p.m. in the 770 block of Port Avenue.
Feb. 14 – At 9:45 a.m. Donald Wilson, 33, of St. Helens, was arrested on an outstanding warrant at the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
Feb. 14 – Someone reported that morphine was stolen in the 180 block of North 2nd Street at 12:31 p.m.
Feb. 14 – At 12:53 p.m. Kenneth Edwards, 18, of St. Helens, was arrested on outstanding warrants in the 180 block of Wonderly Road.
Feb. 14 – Someone reported finding miscellaneous drug paraphernalia in the 2100 block of Oregon Street at 2:19 p.m.
Feb. 14 – At 5:50 p.m. Ian Rushing, 35, of St. Helens, was arrested for violation of his release agreement at the corner of South Vernonia Road and Little Street.
Feb. 14 – A man reported that an unknown suspect driving a tan truck struck him in his Jeep Patriot on Highway 30 in front of Skinny’s Texaco and then fled the scene at 6:07 p.m.
Feb. 15 – At 6:42 a.m. Joseph Gunn, 39, of St. Helens, was placed on a probation violation detainer in the 1600 block of Old Portland Road. Gunn was later charged with multiple drug charges.
Feb. 15 – A Huffy bicycle was found and seized as found property from Dons Rental at 7:03 p.m.
Feb. 15 – At 6:08 p.m. Stephanie Helms, 28, of St. Helens, was charged with third-degree theft and first-degree criminal trespass at Wal-Mart.
Feb. 15 – A victim reported at 8:35 p.m. that her boyfriend, Dustin Olson, 27, of Columbia City, had assaulted her at their apartment. Olson was arrested for strangulation, harassment and interfering with making a report.
Feb. 16 – A woman reported jewelry being stolen from her storage unit at Guardian Mini Storage at 6:14 p.m.
Feb. 16 – At 11:53 p.m. Katherine Anderson, 48, of St. Helens, was taken into custody for violating her probation following a domestic violence call in the 59000 block of Whitetail Avenue.
Feb. 17 – An unknown driver crashed a vehicle into the bridge near 1850 Old Portland Road at 9 a.m. The vehicle was blocking the entrance to a nearby business and was towed from the scene.
Feb. 17 – Jon Wilke, 57, of Willamina, was arrested at the corner of North Vernonia Road and Pittsburg Road for an outstanding warrant.
Feb. 17 – At 11:35 p.m. Eric Castro, 32, of Santa Maria, Calif., was arrested for driving under the influence of controlled substances near the 58000 block of Columbia River Highway.
Feb. 18 – A vehicle was reported stolen in the 300 block of North 16th Street.
Feb. 18 – At 1:20 p.m. Rose Wolff was cited following a traffic crash at Parkway Drive and Evergreen Loop.
Feb. 18 – An unidentified male walked out of Safeway with a cart full of groceries totaling $306.57 at 5:01 p.m.
Feb. 18 – At 11:55 p.m. Adam Wilburn, 36, of St. Helens, was arrested for probation violation in the 1600 block of Old Portland Road.
Feb. 19 – An active warrant led to the arrest of Geni Nichols, 51, of St. Helens, in the 370 block of Columbia Boulevard at 9:35 a.m.
Feb. 19 – At 11:06 p.m. an unknown male broke a vehicle window with an unknown object on White Way near Columbia Boulevard.
Feb. 20 – A traffic stop on Pittsburg Road near Jaden Drive led to the arrest of Bruce Johnson II, 41, of Rainier, at 1:50 a.m. Johnson was arrested for unlawful possession of methamphetamine.
Feb. 20 – A woman reported several items stolen from her fifth wheel in the 130 block of Little Street.
Feb. 21 – At 2:21 a.m. Andrew Stafford was arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants following a traffic stop on St. Helens Street near North 19th Street.
Feb. 21 – Joshua Stidham, 29, of St. Helens, was arrested at 10:02 a.m. after his probation officer near the intersection of Columbia Boulevard and Milton Way placed a detainer on him.
Feb. 22 – Shoplifting at Wal-Mart led to the arrest of Blake Lomax, 21, of St. Helens. Lomax was booked and released from the Columbia County Jail for third-degree theft.
Feb. 22 – At 5:12 a.m. Gustavo Francisco, 20, of St. Helens, was arrested on multiple criminal charges following a hit and run call at Wal-Mart. Francisco was arrested for failure to perform duties of a driver, driving under the influence of controlled substances and third-degree theft.
Feb. 22 – Laquint Ford, 34, of St. Helens, was arrested for second-degree and third-degree theft at St. Helens Municipal Court at 11:33 a.m.
Feb. 22 – At 8:26 p.m. Kurtis Hanson, 51, of Warren, was arrested for second-degree theft from Wal-Mart while he was at Lori’s.
Feb. 23 – Egor Vtorushin, 30, of Portland, was arrested in the Wal-Mart parking lot for second-degree theft, unlawful possession of heroin, unlawful possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a schedule three controlled substance. Alona Samorodska, 26, of Portland, was also arrested for possession of heroin and for second-degree theft.
Feb. 23 – At 8:47 p.m. a vehicle was reported stolen from the parking lot of Oregon Trail Lane.
Feb. 24 – Raymond Ozias, 43, of St. Helens, was cited and released at 2:26 a.m. for third-degree theft following a theft call at Wal-Mart.
Feb. 24 – Six outstanding felony warrants led to the arrest of Robert Hull, 37, of Vernonia, at 5:50 p.m. while he was on the sidewalk in front of the St. Helens Post Office.
Columbia County Sheriff’s Office
Feb. 19 – Harassment was reported in the 55000 block of Timber Road at 1:45 p.m.
Feb. 19 – A traffic stop on Sykes Road and McLaughlin Lane at 3:27 p.m. led to the arrest of Ronald Miller, 56, of St. Helens. Miller was arrested for unlawful possession of methamphetamine and a warrant.
Feb. 19 – A domestic in progress was reported at 6:10 p.m. in the 34000 block of Green Meadow Way. Another call was reported at 8:49 p.m. about the same.
Feb. 19 – At 6:44 p.m. fraud activity was reported in the 70000 block of Nicolai Cut-Off Road.
Feb. 20 – Hazard was reported on Rainier Hill at 9:13 a.m.
Feb. 20 - At 10:25 a.m. fraud activity was reported in the 33000 block of Juniper Way.
Feb. 20 – A traffic accident causing injuries was reported on Tide Creek Road and Butler Road at 11:15 a.m.
Feb. 20 – A domestic in progress was reported in the 800 block of E 2nd Street at 1:08 p.m.
Feb. 20 – At 2:42 p.m. trespass led to the arrest of Josh Wolford, 35, of St. Helens, in the 35000 block of E Division Road.
Feb. 20 – Fraud activity was reported in the 32000 block of Scappoose Vernonia Highway at 3:20 p.m.
Feb. 20 – At 7:24 p.m. theft was reported in the 74000 block of Doan Road.
Feb. 21 – A disturbance in progress was reported in the 70000 block of Columbia River Highway at 6:17 a.m.
Feb. 21 – Fraud activity was reported in the 32000 block of Brinn Road at 10:22 a.m.
Feb. 21 – At 2:52 p.m. harassment was reported in the 35000 block of E Division Road.
Feb. 21 – A disturbance in progress was reported at 5:37 p.m. in the 28000 block of Dike Road.
Feb. 21 – A traffic accident with unknown injuries was reported on Scappoose Vernonia Highway and Cater Road at 11:03 p.m.
Feb. 22 – Theft was reported in the 61000 block of Barger Road at 11:23 a.m.
Feb. 22 – At 3:56 p.m. a domestic in progress was reported in the 69000 block of Walker Road.
Feb. 23 – Fraud activity was reported in the 27000 block of Gibbs Road at 11:23 a.m. 10:02 a.m.
Feb. 23 – At 4:46 p.m. theft was reported on Meissner Road and Anliker Road.
Feb. 24 – A disturbance was reported in the 30000 block of Canaan Road at 9:51 a.m.
Feb. 25 – A minor in possession was reported at 8:52 p.m. in the 58000 block of Columbia River Highway.
Columbia River Fire & Rescue
Feb. 19 – At 8:11 a.m. a single car rollover was reported near the intersection of Gabe Road and Old Portland Road due to icy conditions. There were no injuries.
Feb. 19 - A single car crash 10:42 a.m. was reported in the 100 block of East 1 Street in Rainier. Firefighters evaluated a patient on scene but no transport to the hospital was needed.
Feb. 19 – At 10:56 a.m. Rainier firefighters responded to a report of a power line down in the 28000 block of Hirtzel Road near Rainier. Firefighters kept the public away from the line until the power company arrived to turn off the power and fix the line.
Feb. 21 - Firefighters responded to a single car crash at 7:16 p.m. in the 700 block of Columbia Boulevard in St. Helens. A single patient was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries. The road was closed for about an hour until the vehicle was removed and the roadway could be sanded.
Feb. 21 – At 11:12 p.m. a three-car crash was reported on Tide Creek Road near Butler Road near Goble. The roadway was extremely slick due to snow and ice causing the three-car crash. There were no injuries.
Feb. 21 - Rainier Firefighters assisted Clatskanie Fire at 6:23 p.m. with a structure fire in Clatskanie.
Feb. 21 – At 9:03 p.m. St. Helens firefighters assisted a resident with shutting the water off to a broken water pipe that was flooding their home in the 600 block of Old Portland Road in St. Helens.
Feb. 22 – Firefighters responded to a structure fire at 7:46 a.m. in the 100 block of North 6th Street in St. Helens. Columbia River PUD responded to turn off power to an arcing power line at the structure and St. Helens Police responded to close the roadway to traffic. It took firefighters about 60 minutes to control the fire. Initial damage estimates are approximately $70,000.
Feb. 22 – At 11:07 a.m. Rainier Firefighters assisted Clatskanie Fire with a structure fire near Clatskanie.
Feb. 22 - An engine was moved up from St. Helens to Rainier at 11:24 a.m. for coverage while other crews assisted Clatskanie with a fire.
Feb. 22 – At 4:16 p.m. a house fire was reported in the 900 block of West B Street in Rainier. The occupants of the residence came home and heard their smoke alarms sounding. When they opened the door smoke billowed out the door at them before they called 911. The fire was contained within 20 minutes. The home suffered heat and smoke damage throughout but most of their personal belongings were salvageable. One occupant was evaluated on scene for smoke inhalation but denied transport to the hospital.
Feb. 22 - Firefighters from CRF&R and Scapppoose Fire District battled snow and ice while responding to a pickup truck that had crashed into a tree on Cater Road between Bozer Road and Pebble Drive at 11:02 p.m. Firefighters worked for over an hour to free the driver, the only person in the vehicle, from the wreckage. The vehicle suffered significant damage in the crash pinning the driver inside. The patient was transported to an area trauma hospital with serious injuries. Crews were on scene until about 2 am when the roadway was reopened. Columbia County Sheriff Deputies, Vernonia Police and Columbia County Public Works also assisted at the scene.
Feb. 23 – At 5:39 a.m. firefighters responded to and extinguished a chimney fire in the area of Crescent Drive and Sunset Boulevard in St. Helens. The fire was confined to the chimney and no one was hurt. You can borrow chimney cleaning equipment from Columbia River Fire & Rescue to clean your chimney. Stop by the St. Helens or Rainier Station to check out equipment.
Feb. 23 - Rainier firefighters responded to a residence in the 800 block of West C Street at 1:23 p.m. after a package from Amazon was opened containing a white powder along with the package contents. Firefighters consulted an Oregon State Hazardous Materials Team for advice. The owner of the package did not have any signs or symptoms of exposure to a toxic material and was advised to contact Amazon for further instructions. The powder was determined to not be a threat.
Feb. 24 – At 7:56 p.m. a chimney fire was reported in the 58000 block of Firlok Park Street in St. Helens. The occupant noticed the chimney was very hot and went outside to find sparks coming from the chimney. Firefighters extinguished the fire in the chimney and inspected the home for fire extension but found none. The occupant was advised to have the chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional before using again.
Feb. 24 – At 10:51 p.m. a smell of smoke in a structure was reported in the 500 block of South Columbia River Highway. Staff had noticed the odor for the past hour but could not locate the source. Upon further investigation it was determined that a freshly applied carpet adhesive was emitting the odor. The occupants were advised to ventilate the building to eliminate the smell.
Feb. 25 - An engine from the St. Helens station assisted Scappoose Fire District with a structure fire in Scappoose at 5:16 p.m.
Scappoose Police Department
Feb. 19 - Following a traffic stop on Columbia River Highway near East Columbia Avenue police arrested Wendy Baltzell, 48, for driving under the influence and for failure to drive within lane. The vehicle Baltzell was driving was impounded and she was booked and lodged at the Columbia County Jail.
Feb. 23 - Police conducted a traffic stop on Columbia River Highway near East Columbia Avenue. Following an investigation police arrested Blake Lomax, 21, for furnishing alcohol to a minor. Also cited was Gustavo Francisco for minor in possession of alcohol.
Feb. 23 - Following a traffic stop on Columbia River Highway near Crown Zellerbach Road the vehicle Lorraine Smith, 54, was driving was impounded. Smith was charged with possession of methamphetamines and for carrying a concealed weapon. She was also cited for driving uninsured.
Feb. 24 - Police responded to the 33000 block of East Columbia Avenue for a fight in progress. Following an investigation police arrested Daysha Anderson, 40, and Bethany Schelb, 40, for disorderly conduct.
Scappoose Fire District
Feb. 25 – A furnace fire/fuel burner/boiler malfunction was reported at 5:15 p.m. at Scappoose Express Lube. The fire was extinguished.
Feb. 26 – A motor vehicle crash causing injuries was reported at 4:17 p.m. by milepost 23 on Highway 30. Two cars rear-ended in the west bound lanes. One patient was transported to an hospital.
Feb. 26 – A chimney fire was reported at 7:14 a.m. on Slavens Road. The fire was extinguished.
Rainier Police Department
Feb. 18 – A caller reported a group of juveniles that were huddled in a circle and appeared to be doing drugs.
Feb. 18 – An unknown person vandalized the bathrooms at the boat launch.
Feb. 19 – An officer responded to a report of a suspicious looking vehicle that had clothes hanging from it and a chair sitting on top of the car. Contact number for the registered owner could not be found and the vehicle was tagged for removal.
Feb. 19 – A caller reported a hit and run accident. The suspect vehicle was followed into Longview and the driver was taken into custody by Washington State Patrol on other charges. Joshua Neumiller, 24, of Kelso, was issued citations in an Oregon court for no valid operator’s license, driving uninsured and for failure to perform the duties of a driver.
Feb. 20 – Officers assisted with traffic control until ODOT could respond related to a jackknifed semi on Rainier Hill.
Feb. 21 – A caller was concerned about a man that didn’t seem ‘quite right’. An officer made contact with the man who was okay and needed a courtesy transport.
Feb. 21 – A disabled vehicle was reported in the triangle of the bridge. The couple had run out of gas and they had help on the way.
Feb. 21 – Large dogs were running loose in the city park. The owners were advised of the leash law.
Feb. 21 – Officers responded to a disturbance at a deli. The persons causing the fracas were trespassed from the establishment.
Feb. 23 – A business owner called to report an intoxicated subject that was causing problems at their establishment. The caller advised the subject left ten minutes before they called, and they were long gone before police arrived.
CCSO Clatskanie Station
Feb. 19 – Fraud activity was reported in the 40 block of Northwest 8th Street at 3:58 p.m.
Feb. 19 – A traffic stop on Highway 30 and Butcher Holler Road at 5:17 p.m. led to the arrest of Craig Dye, 57, of Clatskanie. Dye was arrest for driving under the influence of intoxicants and for an outstanding warrant.
Feb. 20 – A disturbance in progress was reported in the 400 block of Howard Drive at 6:38 p.m.
Feb. 21 – At 10:57 a.m. a domestic in progress was reported in the 500 block of Southwest Bel Air Drive.
Feb. 24 – Fraud activity was reported in the 500 block of Southwest Bel Air Drive at 11:11 a.m.
Feb. 24 – At 1:40 p.m. theft was reported in the 75000 block of Price Road.