Parkdale man admits to `Silver Bullet' assault

Daniel J. Cochran, 34, of Parkdale was sentenced last week for hitting a Carson, Wash., man in the forehead with a "silver bullet."

Cochran admitted guilt in Hood River Circuit Court on Dec. 10 to throwing an unopened can of Coors Lite beer at Ryan G. Jennings. After being struck with the 12-ounce container, Jennings was forced to get stitches to repair the long deep wound at the bridge of his nose.

Although he will be allowed to spend Christmas with his family, Hood River District Attorney John Sewell said Cochran will start his 90-day jail term on Dec. 26 and be ineligible for work release. Until his report date, he has a 5 p.m. curfew unless he is in the presence of his parents.

Once Cochran is released, he will be on probation for 18 months and has been directed to pay up to $10,000 of restitution for Jennings' medical bills. In addition, he was ordered to pay $839 for kicking and denting Jennings' car.

Also at the Dec. 10 hearing, Cochran pled guilty to possession of a small amount of methamphetamine based on an unrelated Aug. 11 arrest for driving under the influence.

For that crime, he was ordered to enter a drug and alcohol treatment program. In addition, he was directed to have no contact with users and refrain from use of drugs/alcohol or entry into an alcohol outlet for a one year period. In exchange for his guilty plea, Sewell said the drug charge will be expunged from Cochran's record if he successfully meets these court-ordered conditions.

The assault with the beer can occurred in July when Cochran reportedly found his former live-in girlfriend with Jennings at Tollbridge Park. She had allegedly been staying in a trailer at that location after moving out of the residence she had shared with Cochran.

At the time of the incident, Jennings told deputies that he had been at the park to visit an "old friend" and had driven the woman to a nearby store for cigarettes. When the pair pulled back into the campground Cochran reportedly came out of the bushes near the trailer and began to kick Jennings' car.

At that point, Jennings said he got out of the vehicle to talk to Cochran and calm him down. However, when Cochran began to come around the car toward him in an aggressive manner, Jennings attempted to climb back inside. Before he could close the door, Jennings said Cochran reportedly threw the beer at him. Bleeding from the head wound, Jennings said he managed to get back inside the automobile and drive it to a nearby home, where he called for help.

According to police reports, when officers arrived at the park Cochran attempted to drive around their vehicles near the entrance and was forced to stop when he rammed into a picnic table.

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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge



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