Police and Fire


For the record from Aug. 3

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Aug. 3, 2016.

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Plane crash kills HR pilot

In what is believed to be the first fatality at the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport in Dallesport, longtime Hood River pilot Richard Sperling died Monday morning after his plane crashed on landing. The FAA responded to the crash from Hillsboro, and was on scene until about 9 p.m. Monday, said Rolf Anderson, an airport manager. Sperling was flying a Lancair 360, a type of home-built plane.

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Plane crashes at TD airport

Local pilot crashes, transported with injuries

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Aftermath: Mopping up the mess

Barbara Nearing’s house and everything in it burned to the ground July 13. But it is a testament to both a giving community and her deep faith that she asked a reporter writing about the fire to please “keep it positive.” As she told a harrowing story of losing everything, the word “blessed” kept coming up. There was Joyce Powell-Morin at Mid-Columbia Medical Center, where Nearing works, who took on the task of getting her a replacement birth certificate, which she needs to replace her driver’s license.

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Breaking free from cycle of crime

Wasco County Sheriff Lane Magill’s “community policing” policy is being incorporated into regional jail policies intended to lower the rate of recidivism and help people build meaningful lives.

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Bodies of two missing men found in Mt. Hood National Forest

The bodies of two men from Kentucky were found Thursday evening, July 23, off the Dog River Trail, south of Parkdale. Evidence suggests the pair died in a murder/suicide, according to information provided by the Hood River County Sheriff. The trail is accessed off the east side of Highway 35 in the Mount Hood National Forest.

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Officer recounts Dallas trip

Four city police officers came home last Saturday emotionally drained after attending funerals of killed Dallas police officers, only to wake up Sunday morning to news that three more officers were killed in Louisiana.

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Fire burns along Columbia River in Lyle

A wind-driven grass and brush fire in Lyle swept across the spit of land south of the railroad tracks and Highway 14 Thursday night, burning from the vicinity of Cove Road at the mouth of the Klickitat River east to the 10th Street tunnel. At least one camping trailer was destroyed in the fire, according to witnesses. Multiple agencies responded to the fire, which started in the late afternoon.

For the record from July 21

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from July 21, 2016

Woman harasses dispatch center

In a rarity, the Wasco County 911 Center called police to report its own dilemma: a woman who incessantly called the dispatch center, perhaps 50 times over two days, last week.

For the record, July 20

Police, fire and medical reports from July 20, 2016

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Band for vets gets underway

Chris Mumford held the first rehearsal Thursday for a new band being formed to raise money for veterans’ causes. He hopes to attract enough musicians in coming weeks to split the group between country and rock so they can cover a wider variety of venues.

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Two die in Dufur area crash

Two Dufur residents died in a single-vehicle rollover crash Sunday evening on Boyd Loop Road just outside Dufur, according to the Oregon State Police. Both the driver, Tamara Janine Kucher, 40, and Hunter William Reese Spears, 21, who was riding in the bed of the 1994 Chevrolet 1500 extended cab pickup, were ejected when the vehicle lost control on a turn and rolled down an embankment, said Sgt. Kaipo Raiser. Both died at the scene.

For the record from July 15

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from July 15, 2016.

For the record from July July 14

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from July 14, 2016.


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