Local domestic violence sweep nets two suspects

Local law enforcement did their part during Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October by making two arrests of Hood River County men wanted on warrants for domestic violence crimes.

Chief Deputy Pete Hughes of Hood River County Sheriff’s Department said the arrests were made without incident by three deputies and two officers from parole and probation, which is administered by the Sheriff’s office.

Lyle Halvorsen of Parkdale and Roberto Flores of Odell were arrested on outstanding warrants for allegedly failing to comply with court-ordered conditions stemming from their domestic assault convictions.

Hughes said the deputies and officers attempted several other arrests but could not find the suspects at their most recent addresses.

“We were happy with our result, for a county our size,” Hughes said. Deputies also attempted to find one suspect on behalf of another Oregon county. This is still under investigation along with several of the county’s own cases, he said.

“We worked from a list of all the domestic violence warrants in the county, and targeted ones that were local,” Hughes said. He noted that many domestic violence warrant suspects have apparently moved to states without extradition agreements.

The effort was Hood River County’s second year participating in the Family Violence Apprehension Day, initiated by Clackamas County and now in its 12th year.

In 2014, nationally about 1,000 suspects were arrested and charged during Family Violence Apprehension Day, according to Hughes.

He said Family Violence crimes is a collective term for a wide range of crimes including assault, child abuse, sexual assault, elder abuse, non-payment, harassment, interference, and animal cruelty.

Helping Hands Against Violence holds its annual Gala and Auction Oct. 24 at Springhouse Winery starting at 6 p.m. The event is free.

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