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Hwy 99W closed in Amity for several hours for police investigation - 07/30/14
Over the last week, McMinnville Police Department detectives have been assisting Amity Police Department on an investigation involving multiple threats and assaults against a family living along Hwy 99W in Amity. Today around 1:00 pm, an officer received a message from a third party that another incident had occurred at the residence in Amity and that a suspect may have been seriously injured in today's incident. Amity PD, McMinnville PD, and Yamhill County Sheriff's Office responded and initiated an investigation of this incident. Those agencies were assisted by Oregon State Police, and Yamhill County District Attorney's Office and Crime Victims Assistance Office.

Based on the statements from the residents, the suspect approached a family member and attempted to grab them. A struggle ensued and the male suspect was injured and ran off. He got into a vehicle with two other occupants and drove away from the scene Northbound on Hwy 99W.

Investigating officers are looking for a Hispanic male in his twenties, clean shaven, slender, about 5' 05", and with a dragon tattoo on his left forearm along with some oriental letters or writing. The male should have a significant injury to his lower left abdomen. The male fled the scene in a 1990's red/maroon SUV (possibly a Chevy Blazer or similar body design) with a male driver and a white female passenger.

This series of incidents appear to be targeted to a specific family and is not a likely threat to the rest of the community.

Highway 99W was closed during the investigation and is now open.

Anyone with information regarding this incident or related incidents is asked to call Detective Hugo Cerda at 503-435-5615 or Chief Dan Brown at 503-835-8606.
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McMinnville Search Warrant leads to 3 drug arrests and recovery of a stolen firearm (Photo) - 07/14/14
On July 12th, 2014 at about 5:00 am, McMinnville Officers and Yamhill County Sheriff's Office deputies served a search warrant for narcotics at 2400 SE Stratus Avenue #88. The basis of the warrant was information provided by citizens that had noted apparent drug activity occurring at that residence or with the resident, Daniel Joseph Martin.

During the search warrant, officers located quantities of heroin and methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. They also recovered a stolen firearm.

Daniel Joseph Martin DOB 08/11/1981, of McMinnville was arrested and lodged in YCCF pending arraignment in Circuit Court for the following charges:

Possession of a Controlled Substance - Heroin SRA $10,000
Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine SRA $ 6,250
Frequenting a place where Drugs are used SRA $ 6,250

Kenneth L. James DOB 01/14/1971, of McMinnville was arrested and lodged in YCCF pending arraignment in Circuit Court for the following charges:

Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine SRA $ 6,250
Frequenting a place where Drugs are used SRA $ 6,250

Aften Valene Gunn DOB 06/11/1981, of McMinnville was arrested and lodged in YCCF pending arraignment in Circuit Court for the following charges:

Possession of a Controlled Substance - Heroin SRA $10,000
Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine SRA $ 6,250
Frequenting a place where Drugs are used SRA $ 6,250

Kenneth James and Aften Gunn were also arrested for arrest warrants in other criminal cases.

The case is ongoing and further charges and arrests are anticipated. Anyone with information specific to this case is asked to contact Sergeant Rhonda Sandoval at 503-434-7307.