SHC 12-31-14

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014 A2 suicidal statements by a fellow student seriously. School ofcials maintained Taylor’s suspension from school resulted from misbehavior on his part and had nothing to do with the bullying incidents. #3 – Columbia County Jail inmate sent to hospital after punching through glass window Gregory Hering made headlines in February after his violent outburst at Columbia County Jail landed him in the emergency room. Hering, 43, of Portland, was being arraigned on a St. Helens Municipal Court warrant for fail - ing to appear on a “resisting arrest” charge. Sheriff Jeff Dickerson said Hering was in a room set up for the court within the county jail when he struck the window between him and the court verier with his arm, breaking the window and bloodying his arm. He proceeded to break up a table inside the room where he was conned and left blood throughout the room, on the walls and on the oor. “Mr. Hering is known to us and can be violent at times,” Dickerson said. “I’m glad we had him contained during this outburst, though I’m sure he frightened the court verier with this violent outburst.” Hering was also being held for a parole violation with a total bail amount set at $62,500. “Citizens need to know that our jail is designed to handle people who come to us with all kinds of issues, including violent ones like this,” the sheriff said. “I worry about the safety of our law enforcement ofcers and the citizens they are sworn to serve, if we end up losing this facility and have no place within the county to take people like this.” The fate of the county jail was also a popular topic in 2014. With not enough money in the cof - fers to keep the facility running, the county proposed a three-year levy to fund jail operations. In May, voters narrowly approved the levy, which will impose a county-wide, 58-cent tax per $1,000 of landowner’s assessed property value. #4 – Two St. Helens women killed in car crash Two St. Helens women died in a collision near Albany, Nov. 28. Elizabeth M. Maye, 45, and Amanda J. Maye-Strawn, 42, were killed when their car was struck from behind and then head-on on Highway 20. About 6:29 p.m., OSP troopers were dispatched to a three-vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 2, east of Albany in Linn County. Investigators said a silver, 2013 Nissan Versa driven by Elizabeth Maye was eastbound on Highway 20 and either stopped or was stopping to make a left-hand turn across westbound trafc. The Nissan was rear-ended by a white, 1998 Dodge pickup, driven by Isaiah Z. Kaneaster, 18, of Scio, which was also eastbound. The Nissan then was struck head-on by a black, 2003 Honda Odyssey, which was westbound. Both Maye and Maye-Strawn in the Nissan were pronounced deceased at the scene. Grief poured out on Facebook the next day as friends and community members heard the news. “Elizabeth is an amazing woman. I can’t believe she is gone,” Maye’s friend, Heather Ebert, said. Ebert’s sentiment reected the feelings of many community members who were stricken by the news. “The scope of lives they touched is awe-inspiring,” remembers Tiffany Smith, who employed the two in her catering business at the Dockside. Elizabeth Bolton, known to her close friends and family as Bizzy, graduated from St. Hel - ens High School in 1987. She attended beauty school and became a hairdresser at a local salon. Amanda Maye graduated from St. Helens High School in 1990 and became a dental receptionist. Kaneaster and a passenger in the Dodge truck were not injured. Three passengers of the Honda Odyssey were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital and the driver was not injured. Troopers believe all occupants of all vehicles were wearing safety belts. #5 – Body found in Walgreens dumpster Just after 8 a.m. on Jan. 13, ofcers from the St. Helens Police Department were dispatched to a report of a body in the dumpster behind the Walgreens Pharmacy at 175 S. Columbia River Hwy. Upon their arrival ofcers discovered a deceased adult male trapped under the dumpster lid. Through their investigation, ofcers determined that the man somehow became trapped under the heavy steel lid and suffocated. The man was identied as Ryan Donald Neveau, a 26-year-old St. Helens resident. While the investigation left questions regarding Neveau’s intentions, the investigators said they were not suspicious about the manner in which Neveau died. Neveau was an athlete for St. Helens and Scappoose teams during his adolescence. He worked at Woods Logging in Longview for a couple years and was at one time co-owner of Staypuff Organics, a Columbia County marijuana dispensary. He left behind a young daughter. #6 – Feds raid St. Helens business A St. Helens company closed up shop early Nov. 14 after it became the center of an investiga - tion conducted by the Internal Revenue Service. The lights were off and the parking lot was empty at Heller Enterprises, at 504 Milton Way in St. Helens, after the federal government reportedly raided the building. According to Wayne Mackeson, a criminal defense attorney representing the company’s owner, Rob Heller, a search warrant was executed to obtain “records regarding federal excise tax on the manufacture of ammunition.” Heller was reportedly on a hunting trip at the time. Mackeson said his client operates two businesses at the property — Heller Enterprises and Tactical Ammunition. He said the business next door, Black Hole Weaponry, was not included the search warrant. The attorney stated that records and computer servers were taken from the building as part of the search warrant. The servers were returned to Heller on Nov. 17, and the company returned to business as usual. While Mackeson felt the warrant was not necessary, he said he and his client would comply with a subpoena that required them to provide additional records by Dec. 9. IRS Public information ofcer Ryan Thompson could not provide any additional information on the incident but conrmed, “Criminal Investigation was there in ofcial capacity.” The IRS website states, “Criminal Investigation (CI) serves the American public by investigat - ing potential criminal violations of the Internal Revenue Code and related nancial crimes…” CI investigations fall into one of four categories: legal source tax crimes, illegal source tax crimes, narcotics-related nancial crimes and counterterrorism nancing. According to the companies’ websites, Heller Enterprises stocks, designs and manufactures bearings, while Tactical Ammunition manufactures ammunition. #7 – Three arrested in check fraud case Stolen account numbers, blank check stock and a home computer were all the tools needed to pull off a check-cashing scheme that resulted in the loss of several thousand dollars to local busi - nesses. On March 12, St. Helens Police arrested Norman Hoag, 29, of St. Helens, after he was identi - ed as the suspect in a counterfeit check case. Hoag was suspected of cashing phony checks at the St. Helens IGA Market using account numbers from local businesses including Pacic Stainless, Anderson’s Western Safety Supply and K&C Landscaping. Hoag was lodged in the Columbia County Jail on nine counts of identity theft, rst-degree theft and rst-degree forgery. His bail was set at $171,250. Additional and similar counterfeit checks began to show up at the St. Helens Wal-Mart and Safeway stores, as well as several locations in the Portland area. The day after Hoag’s arrest, police ofcers and detectives served a search warrant at 1925 First Street in Columbia City after an additional investigation identied two other suspects who were also alleged to be involved in the printing and cashing of these fraudulent checks. At the residence, they contacted two additional suspects who were identied as Robert Dwayne Owens, 29, and Carley Ann Munderloh, 33. Ofcers collected several pieces of evidence that related to the case and suggested that the counterfeit checks were printed at place at the resi - dence. Owens and Munderloh were arrested and lodged in the Columbia County Jail and charged with seven counts of rst-degree forgery. Owens was also charged with unlawful possession of meth - amphetamine. His bail was set at $120,000. Bail for Munderloh was set at $105,000. At the time the story was originally printed, St. Helens Police Chief Terry Moss estimated the loss to local businesses at approximately $4,200. #8 – Local pastor arrested on felony warrant In April, parishioners at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Scappoose became concerned when their pastor, Fr. Michael Patrick, failed to return to the church after a two-week trip of the country. Needless to say, church members were in disbelief when they discovered that their pastor was arrested on a felony warrant resulting from an incident in which he allegedly tried to lure a minor into his vehicle. At gthe time, Kim Kapp, of Vancouver Police Department, conrmed, “Last month patrol received a call that a juvenile had a male that was following her and offering her a ride. She called her parents and called the police. We took the information, developed suspect information on Mr. Patrick and then sent it to the Juvenile Justice Center that investigates child related cases. Infor - mation the female provided and the other witnesses provided developed probable cause to arrest him for one count of luring. They served a search warrant on Mr. Patrick’s residence shortly after incident, a warrant was issued and he was arrested in California.” Los Angeles Police took Patrick, 57, into custody on April 2 at 7:30 a.m. He was charged with a felony and booked into Los Angeles County Men’s Central Jail and later transferred to the Pitchess Detention Center South Facility. One parishioner described the news as “sickening.” “But more so even than that,” she said, “what really caused me to levitate is that Catholic priests are supposed to remain close to their ock and he had an apartment in Vancouver! Was the parish paying for the rent there? If so, that is immoral. He has a rectory right next door to the church, and it’s a lovely one. … This is his ock and he’s not a very good shepherd.” #9 – WWII series flms in St. Helens Canvas tents and antique military trucks caught the eyes of passersby on Old Portland Road in St. Helens over the summer, where a local man directed and produced “Combat Report,” a WWII action drama series to be aired on a digital cable network. A story conceived by Thad Smith of Scappoose, “Combat Report” follows an elite team of GIs as they ght their way across France in pursuit of a ruthless enemy. Smith said his concept was inspired by his father’s war stories, “Combat!,” “Rat Patrol” and “Band of Brothers.” For the TV series, Smith wanted to use an ensemble cast, so he assembled a ctitious team of soldiers based off of stories from real WWII veterans. Smith explained, “I like the idea — especially after seeing Band of Brothers — of doing a ensemble cast about a group of GIs that were really pre-special forces. They were just ordinary guys asked to do extraordinary things; they went on to become the special forces guys, the guys we know today as Navy SEALS and things like that…” The primary roles were lled by four actors from Los Angeles who have appeared in a variety of other television shows, such as “Grimm,” “Leverage,” and “CSI:NY.” The rest of the platoon was cast with regional actors and local extras. Portions of “Combat Report” were also lmed in Portland and the Mosier Twin Tunnels. Originally from Hillsboro, Smith started out producing music and music videos. He was then picked up by a commercial production company and later started One-Eighty Films. He has lived in Scappoose since 2003. He and his brother, Craig, lmed their 2010 WWII drama, “Everyman’s War,” in Columbia County, as well. #10 – Big box liquidator opens in St. Helens When you wander through a big box retailer in Portland or Longview, do you ever wonder what happens all the leftover merchandise that doesn’t sell? Turns out, some of it comes to St. Helens. A new store opened this year on Highway 30, aptly named Route 30 Liquidators. It’s an outlet for overstock, out-of-season and return merchandise from one of the major retailers in the Pacic Northwest. All the merchandise is new, or refurbished right at the store, before it goes on the sales oor. Josh Weaver co-owns the store with his mother, Kristine Weaver. Kristine started the store after visiting a similar one in Clackamas County. It’s the rst store she has owned and the rst business she has ever run. Josh ran a property management and inspection business. “It was many sleepless nights,” she says. Kristine, who lives in Canby, said she began looking for a location suitable for a store like this. “I did the research and there is nothing like this here,” she says. She chose St. Helens for the busi - ness opportunity and hopes to move here eventually. The bins contain nearly everything you’d nd in a major retailer, clothing, shoes, appliances, watches, food, cases of bottled water and Carhartt jackets. All must be sorted, tested, inspected and, if necessary, refurbished prior to sale. Most of the inventory is marked down at least 25 percent from the big box price. Most is brand name. Route 30 Liquidators opened for business on Feb. 28. On April 7, CNBC, the cable TV business channel, ran a feature on the trend of people creating jobs for themselves by opening local businesses. The Weaver family might be as good an example as you could nd. Top Ten: Our readers’ choices for the top stories of 2014! From PAGE A1 #2 #5 #9