Hermiston police arrest teen for rash of graffiti

HERMISTON POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE -- Officers of the Hermiston Police Department worked relentlessly in identifying a 17 year old Arlington, Oregon male as the person responsible for a recent rash of vandalism via graffiti. Officer Mike Ellwood and Training Officer Doug Gill responded to the 200 block of W. Hermiston Avenue on March 24th around 11AM and noted similar markings in at least three locations. During a canvass of the neighborhood, the officers contacted a group of individuals at 220 NW 3rd Street.

Diligent follow-up on the part of the officers led to the 17 year old later being identified as the subject responsible for the (3) incidents in Hermiston, well over a dozen incidents in Boardman, and numerous incidents in Arlington.

Hermiston Detective Randy Studebaker (formerly of the Gilliam County Sheriff's Office) worked with entities in Morrow and Gilliam Counties on what had been discovered. Studebaker interviewed the rather uncooperative mother of the 17 year old in Arlington and issued Rhonda Sommerville, 45 years of age, of 475 Shane Drive #75, a citation for Failure To Supervise consistent with our zero tolerance stance on graffiti in Hermiston.

The 17 year old was located on March 26th by Morrow County deputies and subsequently lodged in The Dalles at the juvenile detention facility. Detective Studebaker traveled to The Dalles today and issued citations after interviewing the youth.