Two men face multiple charges for a New Year’s Eve celebration that went too far — as in a bullet in the neighbor’s microwave.
The Odell shooting was the one incident the stood out on what Hood River law enforcement officials said was an otherwise quiet New Year’s Eve in the county.
Hood River Police responded to a New Year’s Day incident that started as a hit-and-run after a woman was injured in an Oak Street crosswalk, and on Dec. 29 officers made an arrest on the freeway, seizing marijuana and hashish and arresting an Idaho man.
No one was injured in the Odell shooting on Kusisto Road. Arrested were homeowner Tyson Hazlett, 31, and William Broderick, Jr., 22, on the charges of Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Reckless Endangering, and Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree
“They were celebrating, and the celebration got out of hand,” Sheriff Matt English said.
Deputies and an Oregon State Trooper responded after midnight to two reports of multiple gunshots heard in the Wy’east Road area, near Wy’east Middle School and the Hood River County Fairgrounds.
One bullet entered the home of Cord Adams on Kusisto Road and lodged in the microwave oven. Four people were in the room at the time, according to English.
“Based on the investigation, the deputies were able to determine that the shots were allegedly fired from Mr. Hazlett’s home,” in the 3000 block of Kusisto, English said.
English said alcohol was involved, but both men complied with officers. They were arrested and taken to NORCOR in The Dalles. Both are scheduled to appear in Hood River Circuit Court on Jan. 12.
English said New Year’s Eve was “uneventful overall. I think the fact that it was on a weeknight and it was pretty darned cold were mitigating factors,” English said.
Extra deputies were out on DUII patrol but made no arrests nor issued citations.
The same was the case in the City of Hood River, according to Sgt. Don Cheli. A 31-year-old Hood River man was cited for DUII on the evening of Jan. 1, but that was the sole citation, Cheli said.
“It was a little slow, which was good,”’ he said. The Jan. 1 arrest stemmed from a citizen reporting seeing an apparently impaired man getting into his vehicle downtown on Columbia. Officer Sal Rivera stopped and arrested the man in the 1300 block of Cascade.
“We had extra cars out for DUII saturation, and we made a lot of car stops but no arrests,” Cheli said.
The New Year’s Day accident happened at about 7 p.m. at Oak and Second streets.
According to witnesses, Maureen Vargas, 56, and her husband, Orlando, were crossing the street and were reported to be inside the crosswalk when a 76-year-old Mosier man allegedly struck Maureen Vargas and continued without stopping, after turning right from Oak onto Second.
Orlando Vargas was able to move out of the way without being hit, but his wife fell to the ground and suffered a broken wrist and strained back, according to Cheli. Orlando Vargas chased the vehicle on foot and threw a soda bottle, striking it. The driver then stopped and Vargas confronted the man, who was later cited for Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver.
Maureen Vargas was treated and released at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, and the case got somewhat confusing when officers contacted her there, according to Cheli.
“Upon being released Vargas was unsure if the truck had actually made contact with her or if she had sustained the injuries from jumping out of the way,” Cheli said. “She said the whole incident happened very quickly.”
Cheli said, “at this point, all we have to go by is the statements of several witnesses, who were certain that the vehicle had struck her, but the victim said she is unsure if that was what happened.” The case is under review by the Hood River County District Attorney’s office.
On Dec. 29, at 9:47 p.m., Hood River Police stopped a vehicle on Interstate 84 near milepost 66, for improper lane change violation.
Officers contacted the drive, Kenneth Sitz, 54, from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and detected an odor of marijuana from inside the vehicle. According to Cheili, Sitz admitted to having a small amount of marijuana inside his vehicle. He consented to a search, and more than eight pounds of marijuana and just under a quarter-pound of hashish were allegedly recovered, according to Cheli. Sitz was lodged at NORCOR on charges of Possession and Delivery of Marijuana and Possession, Delivery and Manufacturing of Hashish.