Two Parkdale meth dealers sentenced

Two methamphetamine dealers from Parkdale were recently sentenced for selling drugs to undercover police last summer.

"Meth is poison, pure and simple, and anybody caught dealing that stuff shouldn't expect much in the way of leniency when they're prosecuted," said Hood River District Attorney John Sewell.

On Monday, Randy A. Brown, 40, of Clear Creek Road pled guilty in Hood River Circuit Court to delivery of a controlled substance. He admitted to selling $250 -- about one-quarter ounce -- of meth to a member of the Mid-Columbia Interagency Narcotics Taskforce (MINT) last June at a Belmont Street residence.

John Sewell said because that crime took place within 1,000 feet of the Horizon Christian School, it carried a stiffer penalty under Oregon law.

Brown was ordered to serve 15 days in jail, followed by 36 months of probation and 240 hours of community service. He was directed to pay $1,900 in court fines and fees and $450 restitution to MINT. In addition, Brown was directed to seek a drug and alcohol evaluation within 45 days and enter any recommended treatment program within 30 days of that assessment.

On Jan. 9 Patrick M. Walker, 43, of Trout Creek Ridge Road admitted to scoring $200 at a Cooper Spur Road residence last June through a drug sale to a MINT member.

He was sentenced to 36 months probation and 160 hours of community service. Walker was also ordered to pay $280 to MINT and an additional $1,100 in court fines and fees. He was directed to seek a drug and alcohol evaluation within 45 days and the appropriate treatment within 30 days after that appraisal.

"The people in this community who traffic in meth will continue to be top priority for the MINT team," said Sewell.

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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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