Wednesday, November 21, 2001
Three separate individuals spent Veterans Day behind bars after being arrested for drug and alcohol-related crimes.
"It was a busy weekend for law enforcement and now we'll be busy prosecuting this latest influx of cases," said Hood River District Attorney John Sewell, after the Nov. 16 arraignments on all three cases.
Clifton L. Adams, 41, of Hood River was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and for being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm.
He had already served jail time in both 1980 and 1990 for convictions involving the sale and/or use of illegal drugs. Adams is being held in NORCOR until a $1,000 bail has been posted or release conditions have been set in his next court appearance on Nov. 21.
He was arrested on Nov. 1 after being pulled over in the Heights for making an unsignalled turn. At that time, Sewell said police learned that Adams'license had been revoked. A subsequent search of his vehicle netted drug paraphenalia, a .45 caliber handgun and a .22 caliber rifle.
* Justin R. Drew, 19, of Cascade Locks, will also appear in court on Nov. 21 after being charged on Tuesday with second degree Assault, a violation of his probation conditions on a prior drug charge.
He was arrested at a Hammond Street residence on Nov. 13 after allegedly striking a Carson, Wash., man with a metal post used to hold a newspaper box. Sewell said the altercation apparently was waged over a female acquaintance and Drew was intoxicated at the time of his arrest, another probation violation. He was lodged in NORCOR pending payment of a $5,000 bail.
* Patrick C. Ellis, 32, of Hood River, was charged with Recklessly Endangerment and DUII while allegedly running errands with his seven-year-old daughter.
He was pulled over at the base of Country Club Road on Nov. 11 for rolling through a stop sign. At that time, police discovered that Ellis was not carrying insurance and was allegedly intoxicated. He later registered .19 on the intoxilyzer at NORCOR, more than double the legal alcohol limit, according to the report. Although he has since been released, Ellis will make his next court appearance on Dec. 17.
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The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge