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Amity family threats in July lead to a False Report Arrest for complainant. - 10/08/14
Update to press release from July 31, 2014:

Investigators with the McMinnville Police Department, with extensive assistance from other law enforcement agencies in Oregon and Washington, determined that reported threats and assaults against a specific family in Amity in July were unfounded.

Officers from multiple agencies responded to a residence in the 100 block of Trade Street on July 30, 2014. They initially were given information that an adult Hispanic male initiated a confrontation with Maria Del Pilar Torres-Rodriguez in the front yard of her residence. It was reported by Maria that they struggled briefly until she used a firearm to inflict a serious injury to the male's lower left abdomen and the male fled in a vehicle. This crime scene investigation required that Hwy 99W be closed through a portion of the City of Amity for approximately four hours.

This incident was reported as a continuation of threats against and assaults upon the same adult female over several weeks prior to that date. The female and her spouse reported these incidents on separate occasions to officers with the Amity Police Department, Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, and McMinnville Police Department. There was a specific phone number which was used by the "suspect" to communicate threats to the Hispanic female and other members of her family. These threats stopped after the July 30 incident.

The "suspect" was tentatively identified by the adult female and her spouse as a resident in Yakima, Washington. The reported suspect in Yakima, Washington, fully cooperated with investigators and was determined to be uninvolved in these incidents.

Investigators eventually learned the "suspect" phone number was being used by Maria Del Pilar Torres-Rodriguez. Investigators found no independent corroboration for any of the reported assaults. On October 7, 2014, investigators arrested Maria.

Maria Del Pilar Torres-Rodriguez, 44 years old, was charged with Initiating a False Report (x3) and she was lodged at the Yamhill County Jail pending arraignment. Her bail was set at $15,000.

The McMinnville Police Department would like to thank the following agencies for their assistance in this investigation by providing personnel and significant time towards this investigation:
- Amity Police Department
- Beaverton Police Department
- Newberg Police Department
- Oregon State Police
- Oregon Department of Justice
- Portland Police Bureau
- Washington County Sheriff's Office
- Yakima Washington Police Department
- Yamhill County District Attorney's Office
- Yamhill County Interagency Narcotics Team
- Yamhill County Sheriff's Office

The Police Department is preparing a request for restitution through the District Attorney's Office for costs incurred during the investigation of these false reports.
Vehicle vs Bicyclist crash at 2nd and Fleishauer on 10-7-14 - 10/08/14
On October 07, 2014 at approximately 03:11 p.m., McMinnville Police and Fire Department personnel responded to a reported Auto versus Bicyclist collision on NW 2nd Street near SW Fleishauer Lane in McMinnville. This collision occurred in the school zone near Duniway Middle School and Newby Elementary School.

The bicyclist a 12 year old Duniway Middle School student, was struck by a 2007 Chevrolet pick-up operated by James Tippens, a 62 year old McMinnville resident. Based upon initial investigation, it appears that the bicyclist unexpectedly entered the path of the pick-up as it was exiting a parking lot and entering NW 2nd Street. The bicyclist was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.

The 12 year old male was transported via ambulance to Willamette Valley Medical Center for initial evaluation and treatment. He is listed in stable condition at Willamette Valley Medical Center.

No citations were issued at the scene. The incident remains under investigation by the McMinnville Police Department. If you should have any information in relation to the incident, contact Officer Steve Macartney at (503)434-7307.
McMinnville Police make several drug arrests over weekend (Photo) - 10/07/14
Over the weekend our officers have made the arrests and drug seizures listed below. These incidents are noteworthy because children were present in the same location as these drug activities.

One of these vehicle stops also involved several baggies of methamphetamine being tossed out of a vehicle in a residential neighborhood. The potential that this could have harmed curious children is significant. Thanks to the help of local residents, we believe we have recovered the drugs and removed the hazard. This is a good reminder for parents to warn children to be cautious of abandoned drugs (which can look like small baggies of sugar or candy) or drug paraphernalia (needles and other sharp objects).

Hwy 99W near Baker Creek Road:
On 10/04/14 at approx 2:55 p.m. McMinnville Police Units were dispatched to a possible domestic disturbance in a vehicle. While en-route to the disturbance an officer located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop on it on North Hwy 99W near Baker Creek Road. The vehicle was occupied by two adults and a young child. The passenger in the vehicle, Jeremy Tarozzi, was taken into custody for an outstanding felony warrant for parole violation. Further investigation by officers located 9 ounces of marijuana and a quantity of methamphetamine in the vehicle. It was also learned that there was a valid restraining order prohibiting Tarozzi from being within 150 feet of the female driver of the vehicle.

Jeremy Tarozzi DOB 06/21/1983, of Carlton was lodged in the Yamhill County Jail pending arraignment on the following charges:
* Parole Violation (Warrant)
* Unlawful Possession of Marijuana
* Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine
* Restraining Order Violation
* Endangering the Welfare of a Minor
His total Security Release Amount (SRA) was $60,000.00

NW 2nd Street and Fenton:
On 10/05/14 at approx 1015 p.m. a McMinnville Officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on NW 2nd Street and Fenton after the vehicle was observed making several traffic violations. The driver of the vehicle was identified as John Billy Donnahoo who was operating the vehicle on a suspended license. Narcotics Detection K-9 Rubi and her handler Officer Peters responded to the scene to assist. Half an ounce of methamphetamine, cash, drug records and handgun ammunition were located in the vehicle or in the driver's possession. The passenger in the vehicle was identified as Shane Hayes who is currently on probation through Yamhill County. Also located in the vehicle was an electrical stun device, commonly referred to as a taser that belonged to Hayes.

John Billy Donnahoo DOB 01/18/1974, of McMinnville was lodged in the Yamhill County Jail pending arraignment on the following charges:
* Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine (commercial drug offense)
* Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine
* Probation Violation
His total SRA was $500,000.00 for the controlled substance charges and no bail on the probation violation.

Shane Michael Hayes DOB 12/11/1970, of McMinnville was lodged in the Yamhill County Jail pending arraignment on the following charges:
* Probation Violation
* Felon in Possession of a Weapon (for the electrical stun device)
His SRA was $5,000.00 for the weapons charge and no bail on the probation violation.

1765 Tamarack Street, Apartment #4:
On 10/06/14 at approx 8:45 p.m. McMinnville Officers served a narcotics search warrant at 1765 Tamarack Street, Apartment #4. The warrant was served based on information gathered by officers from the vehicle stop in which John Billy Donnahoo and Shane Hayes were arrested.
The female renter of the apartment, Amanda Sauceda (AKA Mckesson) and her 1 year old daughter were the only occupants of the apartment when the search warrant was served. During a search of the residence, officers located a quantity of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and cash. While police officers were on scene Matthew Burford arrived at the residence and was found to be in possession of methamphetamine. DHS-Child Protective Services was contacted and responded to the scene and took Sauceda's 1 year old daughter into protective custody.

Amanda Sauceda DOB 03/30/1983, of McMinnville was lodged in the Yamhill County Jail pending arraignment on the following charges:
* Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine
* Endangering the Welfare of a Minor
Her SRA was $12,500.

Matthew Buford DOB 02/23/1985, of McMinnville was lodged in the Yamhill County Jail pending arraignment on the following charges:
* Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine
His SRA was $7,500.00

Anyone with questions or further information about these arrested individuals or these incidents is asked to call McMinnville Police Department at 503-434-7307.
Attached Media Files: Burford , Sauceda , Hayes , Donnahoo , Tarozzi