Wednesday, January 8, 2014
A local man is behind bars after allegedly shooting and injuring a teenage woman at his residence Friday evening.
Joseph Gene Murray, 25, was arrested Friday by the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office after allegedly shooting Christina Edwards, 18, of Hood River, sometime before 7:30 p.m. at Murray’s residence located a few miles west of Hood River at 4876 Mitchell Point Drive.
HRCSO reported Edwards was transported to Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds to her arm and leg. Sheriff’s deputies arrested Murray at the hospital and transported him to the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility in The Dalles without incident.
Murray was arraigned before Judge John Olson in Hood River County Circuit Court Monday morning on charges of second-degree assault, third-degree assault, and unlawful possession of methamphetamine — all felonies. Olson advised that second-degree assault is a Measure 11 offense in Oregon that requires a mandatory minimum sentence of 70 months in prison if convicted.
The alleged shooting on Friday is not the first incident involving Murray and a firearm in Hood River. Last year, Murray pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm and received a year of probation for an incident where he allegedly shot and broke a picture window in the Cascade Avenue Subway sandwich shop on Aug. 5, 2013. A second-degree criminal mischief charge stemming from the broken window was dismissed, but Murray was ordered to pay $200 in restitution to the victim.
Olson noted if Murray were convicted for last week’s shooting, he would be violating the conditions of his probation and may be subject to an additional year in prison. Murray is currently being held at NORCOR on $5,000 cash bail.
HRCSO reported Monday evening that the office was still “continuing the investigation surrounding the circumstances of the shooting.”
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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