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  • Bank Of The West Robber Sentenced in the 2008 St. Helens Robbery
  • On October 27, 2010 Alexander Yracheta pled no contest in Columbia County Circuit Court to the Bank of the West Robbery nearly 3 years earlier. On November 24, 2010 Alexander Yracheta was sentenced in Columbia County Circuit Court to a prison term… View the full press release here.
  • Scams on the Rise This Holiday Season
  • “You’ve just won the lottery!” These words would appeal to anyone, but unfortunately they are being uttered by criminals trying to scam St. Helens residents out of their hard earned cash. The St. Helens Police Department has noticed a spike in the number… View the full press release here.
  • Brazen Burglaries Lead to Arrests
  • A brief, but incredibly daring crime spree led to the arrests of two suspects earlier this week. At 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning officers from the St. Helens Police Department responded to a report of a broken window the Rent-A-Center located at… View the full press release here.
  • Man Armed with Axe Leads Police to Standoff
  • On Saturday August 14, 2010 at about 10:10 p.m. officers responded to 1965 Old Portland Road on a report of a dispute between a woman and her thirty five year old son. According to the woman, her intoxicated son threatened her with an axe and was… View the full press release here.
  • Police Seek Help in Identifying Arson Suspect
  • The St. Helens Police Department is currently investigating as many as eight (8) suspicious fires that broke out overnight in the St. Helens area. The fires involve at least one residence, assorted vehicles, a boat and a church. All the fires discovered thus far… View the full press release here.
  • Indecent Exposure Suspect Arrested
  • After more than two weeks and numerous media generated tips, the St. Helens Police Department arrested Ian Thomas Rushing, on charges related to the January 14, 2010 allegations of public indecency and sexual abuse at the Cascade Cleaners… View the full press release here.
  • Police Seek Help in Identifying Suspect
  • The St. Helens Police Department is seeking assistance from the public in identifying a subject who has exposed himself on at least three separate occasions. Between January 11, 2010 and January 17, 2010 police responded to three separate reports of public… View the full press release here.
  • Prolific Graffiti Vandal Arrested
  • Over the past two months St. Helens residents have been annoyed by a series of graffiti “taggings” that have occurred across the city. But thanks to a timely 911 call early Saturday morning officers put an end to the mischief by arresting a twenty year old… View the full press release here.
  • Three Arrested in Organized Theft Case
  • On the afternoon of Friday January 15, 2010 security officials reported the theft of store keys from the Wal Mart store located at 2295 Gable Road. Wal Mart employees provided the responding officers with an excellent description of three suspects… View the full press release here.
  • Suspect Arrested in Bizarre West Street Grocery Burglary
  • Just after midnight on January 10, 2010 St. Helens police officers responded to a report that a man just drove a Chevrolet Suburban into the front of the West Street Grocery store. Witnesses continued to watch as the man forced his way into the store… View the full press release here.
  • Arrest Made in Bank Of The West Robbery
  • Nearly two years after a robbery at the St. Helens branch of the Bank of the West, an arrest has been made. On Tuesday November 10, 2009 St. Helens Police Detectives arrested Alexander Yracheta and charged him with Robbery in the Second Degree… View the full press release here.
  • Donut Day is December 19th!
  • The St. Helens Police Department will once again partner with the Columbia Pacific Food Bank for the 7th annual DONUT DAY event. The St. Helens Police Department and the Columbia Pacific Food Bank join together to exchange food for Krispy Kreme Donuts… View the full press release here.
  • St. Helens Police Introduce Newest Officer
  • The final step in a four month long hiring process was completed on Monday morning when a new police officer was sworn in. Surrounded by family, friends and co-workers Stephanie LaVallee was introduced as the newest member of the St. Helens Police… View the full press release here.
  • Metal Thieves Take Another Park Memorial
  • Metal thieves struck again earlier this week when another memorial was taken from McCormick Park in St. Helens. On Tuesday September 15, 2009 a city parks department employee discovered that the Blue Star Memorial was taken during the night. View the full press release here.
  • Citizens Academy Dates Announced
  • The St. Helens Police Department is currently accepting applications for its eleventh annual Citizens Police Academy. The Citizens Academy is an eight week program designed to give St. Helens area residents a first hand look at how their police… View the full press release here.
  • Arrests Made in 6th Street Explosive Incident
  • Two suspects in the April 30th bomb incident at the 6th Street Baseball Park were arrested late Wednesday night. Acting on a tip from the public, Officer Lisa Faulker sparked an investigation that led investigators to a travel trailer parked in front of 284 N. 6th… View the full press release here.
  • A Dispute Between Neighbors Leaves One Dead
  • A dispute between neighbors left one man dead following a shooting on Saturday night. At about 11:21 p.m. St. Helens Police Officers were dispatched to a report that Todd Edward Marchant, a forty three year old male who resides at 431 N. 2nd Street… View the full press release here.
  • Explosive Found in City Park
  • A homemade explosive was discovered in a city park late Thursday morning. At about 11:15 a.m. a parks department employee was spraying weeds at the 6th Street Little League Park when he discovered the device. View the full press release here.
  • Rash of Stolen Cars Reported in St. Helens
  • The St. Helens Police Department is investigating a series of stolen cars in the St. Helens area. Between February 25 and March 9, 2009 four cars were snatched from residential driveways. The common factor in each of these crimes is that all of the cars were… View the full press release here.
  • Police Seek Assistance in Hit and Run Investigation
  • The St. Helens Police Department is seeking assistance from the public in locating a hit and run suspect who caused several thousand dollars in damage to the Royal Quick Clean Laundry Mat late Monday night. According to witnesses a maroon sport utility… View the full press release here.
  • Five Time Liquor Store Burglar Arrested
  • In the early morning hours of December 2, 2008, the St. Helens Liquor Store at 410 Columbia Blvd was burglarized once again. This was the fifth time in recent weeks that someone smashed out the front window with a rock and stole alcohol and cigarettes. View the full press release here.
  • Source of Suspicious Device is Identified
  • A criminal investigation into the source of a suspicious device found in a local newspaper box was drawn to a close earlier today when the device was identified. On Monday October 20, 2008, a local contractor was performing some repairs to a tanning bed at… View the full press release here.
  • County Drug Court Coordinator Arrested on Drug Charges and Allegations of Misconduct
  • The Columbia County Criminal Justice Community turned against one of its own this morning when the Columbia County Drug Court Coordinator was arrested and lodged in the County Jail.  After an intense investigation Detectives with the Columbia Enforcement… View the full press release here.
  • High School Burglars Captured
  • An off-duty Oregon State Police Trooper unknowingly ran right into a burglary scene on Tuesday morning. While on an early morning jog at the St. Helens High School, the Trooper discovered four people in the act of breaking into, and stealing from the…  View the full press release here.
  • Columbia County Law Enforcement Tip Line Introduced
  • The Law Enforcement agencies within Columbia County, in cooperation with the Columbia 911 Communications District, have established a telephone “Tip Line” to assist the public in providing information to the police. View the full press release here.
  • CENT Makes Arrest in Drug Case
  • After taking nearly a pound of methamphetamine off of Columbia County streets a week earlier, investigators with the Columbia Enforcement Narcotics Team (CENT) were back at it on Monday. Diana Jo Greer, 48,  and William Edward Robinson, 51, were arrested… View the full press release here.
  • Composite Sketch of Rape Suspect Released
  • View photo here.The St. Helens Police Department is seeking assistance from the public in identifying a rape suspect. On Saturday, April 5, 2008 at about 1:30 a.m. a young woman was near the intersection of Oakridge Street and Helens Way when she was contacted by a man…  View the full press release here.
  • CERT Volunteers Recognized
  • The spirit of volunteerism, service to community and random acts of kindness were themes presented during a special awards ceremony for local volunteers.  On Saturday April 5, 2008 a recognition banquet was held for members of the St. Helens and… View the full press release here.
  • Mother Charged in Attempted Murder of Newborn
  • On February 21, 2008 at about 5:20 p.m. Jennifer St. John surrendered herself to the St. Helens Police Department. The charges stem from the Valentines Day discovery of her newborn baby in a toilet at the Meadow Park Care facility. View the full press release here.
  • Mother Under Investigation After Baby Found in Toilet
  • The Valentines Day birth of a baby girl in a bathroom toilet at the Meadow Park Care facility in St. Helens, Oregon turned into a criminal investigation as evidence suggested that the baby’s mother may have had other intentions for the child… View the full press release here.
  • Arrest Ends String of Commercial Burglaries
  • Over the past several months officers from the St. Helens Police Department have been investigating a series of burglaries in various commercial locations. Those crimes were scattered across the St. Helens area and date back to the summer of 2007. View the full press release here.
  • CENT Closes Out Year with High Profile Marijuana Busts
  • The Columbia Enforcement Narcotics Team (CENT) with the assistance from the St. Helens Police Department working off of tips from the public brought the year to a close with the arrest of six individuals linked to three high-level marijuana distribution… View the full press release here.
  • Citizens Academy Graduation
  • The St. Helens Police Department grew a bit stronger last Tuesday evening when it concluded its ninth annual Citizens Police Academy. Twenty four local residents committed themselves to the nine week program that was designed to give students a first hand… View the full press release here.
  • Drug Raid Leads to Three Arrests
  • During the afternoon hours of October 15, 2007 investigators with the Columbia Enforcement Narcotics Team (CENT) assisted by uniformed officers with the St. Helens Police Department raided a home at 474 S. 16th Street, St. Helens, Oregon. View the full press release here.
  • Man Charged With Sexual Abuse of Foster Child
  • On Tuesday October 2, 2007 an investigation by St. Helens Police Detectives uncovered the sexual abuse of a six year old girl. Richard Leroy Young, a sixty two year old St. Helens resident was arrested and charged with Sexual Abuse in the First Degree… View the full press release here.
  • Man Charged With Assaulting Child
  • A suspicious and serious leg injury to a five year old St. Helens boy led to a criminal investigation and the eventual arrest of his step-father. On Sunday September 16, 2007 emergency room staff at Good Samaritan Hospital reported that the young boy was… View the full press release here.
  • Nine Year Old Boy Save Dad and truck
  • As the semi truck traveled through St. Helens, the senior Mr. Lovo was struck by an unanticipated medical condition and lost consciousness and fell from the driver’s seat of the moving truck. The junior Mr. Lovo climbed in to the drivers seat and began steering… View the full press release here.
  • Residential Burglars Arrested
  • At 4:30 Friday morning, residents in the area of S. 12th Street and Old Portland Road were startled by the sounds of breaking glass. A critical 911 call led St. Helens Police Officers to the house at 377 S. 12th Street where they encountered two men carrying items… View the full press release here.
  • Burglars Caught in the Act
  • Being in the right place at the right time led St. Helens Police Officers to the arrests of five burglary suspects in two separate and unrelated crimes. Just after midnight on Friday June 1, 2007 three men were seen in the area of the Eisenschmidt Pool. View the full press release here.
  • Fatal Accident Investigation
  • The investigation into a fatal car accident last Friday morning led investigators to a substantial marijuana growing operation. Just before 2:00 a.m. on Friday April 6, 2007, twenty three year old Ryan Fahey was alone in his vehicle and traveling northbound… View the full press release here.
  • Burglary Suspect Arrested
  • When Kyle Moore picked his burglary victim last Friday morning he had no idea he was being watched. From the time he rode up to the house on his bicycle, knocked on the front door then disappeared into the backyard, a very alert neighbor was watching. View the full press release here.
  • Food Bank Burglary
  • When the Columbia Pacific Food Back opened for business last Friday morning, employees discovered that they were the victims of a burglary. Sometime during the night the building was forcibly entered, then petty cash, empty pop cans and their… View the full press release here.

  • Pursuit & Car Thefts
  • A rash of car thefts during the month of December came to a crashing conclusion after a man led local police officers on a high speed chase through the streets of St. Helens.  Early in the morning of December 28, 2006 an officer responded to a complaint… View the full press release here.

  • Sergeant Promoted
  • The St. Helens Police Department is very please to announce that Detective Joseph Hogue will be promoted to the rank of Sergeant effective January 1, 2007. Detective Hogue began his law enforcement career as a reserve officer with the St. Helens Police… View the full press release here.

  • Graffiti Artist Arrested
  • For nearly two months the City of St. Helens and several local businesses were subjected to repeated cases of vandalism.  That all came to an end last Thursday afternoon when three juvenile suspects were identified and are now facing felony charges. View the full press release here.

  • Donut Day
  • The St. Helens Police Department will officially began fund raising on November 1st, 2006 in preparation for the 4th annual “DONUT DAY” charity event. The St. Helens Police Department will once again partner with the Columbia Pacific Food Bank… View the full press release here.

  • Shooting Suspect Arreset
  • An intense investigation that started with a shooting near Sherlock’s Grocery culminated in the Friday afternoon arrest of Timothy Lee Deherrera Jr. Deherrera and Ty Patrick Paulsen had been the subjects of police interest since an early morning shooting…  View the full press release here.

  • Sherlock’s Shooting
  • The St. Helens Police Department is seeking assistance from the public in locating a shooting suspect. Timothy Lee Deherrera Jr. has been identified as one of two people involved in a shooting near Sherlocks Grocery on September 16, 2006. View the full press release here.

  • Police Department Arson
  • On August 18, 2006 a second suspect was arrested and charged with crimes related to his involvement in recent attempts to burn the St. Helens Police Department. Officers and detectives arrested a seventeen year old male after he admitted… View the full press release here.
  • S. 17th Street Shooting
  • Just after 10:00 p.m. on Sunday September 17, 2006 officers from the St. Helens Police Department responded to a report of a fight with at least one gunshot at 485 S. 17th Street. At least ten people were present when a fight broke out… View the full press release here.