Wednesday, January 23, 2002
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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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