Wednesday, November 9, 2005
October 5, 2005
Hood River County deputies spent a wet Friday afternoon hiding behind trees and bushes along Thomsen Road to await the arrival of a suspected drug dealer.
The brown of their uniforms blended with the bark of the trees that shielded them.
None of the law enforcement officials appeared to notice the rain drops that trickled through the green and russet canopy above their heads.
Their total concentration was on the driveway in front of them where the vehicle of a “client” was expected at any time.
“Let’s do this. Let’s get moving – this guy is on our list and we want him,” had been the rallying cry of an undercover officer just minutes earlier.
He had just fielded a request for a drug buy over a cell phone that belonged to one of two newly-arrested men.
The deputies and members of the Mid-Columbia Interagency Narcotics Task Force (MINT) felt, in spite of the inclement weather, it might be their lucky day.
They could end up transporting three suspects to jail instead of the father and son who sat handcuffed and silent in nearby patrol cars.
“We mean business and we hope that drug dealers in this area are getting the message,” said Patrol Capt. Jim Tomsen.
The hopes of the team were somewhat dashed when the targeted individual called to say that his car had broken down and he could not travel to their location. But, all things considered, it had been a good day for MINT in spite of the dismal fall weather.
“These arrests are the result of a five-month investigation,” said a MINT spokesperson while he packaged marijuana, methamphetamine and cocaine.
A search of the mid-valley farm worker cabin occupied by Ascencio Solis Gordian, 56, had reportedly netted the small cache of drugs.
After obtaining a search warrant about 1 p.m. on Oct. 1, MINT members had scoured the two-room unit that Gordian and his wife had been living in for less than two weeks.
They allegedly discovered the illicit substances under the couple’s bed and in a dresser drawer. Officers had also reportedly found a small amount of meth in Gordian’s clothing at the time of his arrest.
His son, Rosario Gordian Cruz, had watched without emotion as MINT then prepared to arrest his friend from Hood River. He would unexpectedly be celebrating his 30th birthday behind bars on the following day. According to MINT members, the younger man had allegedly arranged several drug sales to an undercover officer.
Tomsen said citizens also have a role to play in the fight to stop drug use and sales in Hood River County. He asked anyone with information about these illegal activities to make a confidential call to the MINT tipline at 387-7034.
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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