Wednesday, April 3, 2002
A former Sergeant with the Oregon National Guard Armory and his wife were indicted last week by a Hood River grand jury for theft and drug charges.
The arrests of Brien E. Kelley, 34, and Shiloh M. Kelley, 30, followed a search of their London Drive home and outbuildings in Parkdale on March 13. During that action, police discovered more than $20,000 in field gear, gun parts and electronic equipment that was reportedly stolen from the Hood River base.
The couple is also being investigated for possible involvement in money missing from the Family of the Guard fund, according to Hood River County District Attorney John Sewell.
In addition to the cache of stolen goods, police also seized 14 marijuana plants, which led to additional charges against the Kelleys for possession and for having the illicit substance near their two children, ages 10 and 12.
Sewell said during questioning Brien Kelley revealed that some of the items within his possession had been given to an acquaintance. These goods were later recovered but, to date, that individual has not been charged in connection with the case.
Sewell said local detectives are working with National Guard officials to develop the case, which is also under investigation from the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearm (ATF) federal agency. According to Sewell, the Kelleys, who have no prior offenses, will most likely serve little or no jail time under Oregon sentencing guidelines.
However, Sewell said since Brian Kelley was a member of the military when the alleged crime occurred he could face a court martial and/or federal charges from the military and ATF.
Major Jeff Julum, National Guard public affairs officer, said "it's a possibility" that Brien could face additional charges from the military.
"If appropriate, military justice will be involved but we will let the criminal case go first," said Julum.
Brien became a suspect of trading equipment for drugs during an investigation into local drug activity by the Mid-Columbia Narcotics Task Force (MINT), according to Sewell. When the armory was notified by MINT officials of their suspicions, Julum said the commanding officer ordered a urinalysis of all personnel and Kelley resigned.
Both Brien and Shiloh Kelley will enter their formal plea at 2 p.m. on April 29. They have been released on their own recognizance until that court appearance.
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
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