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Police Activity in SW McMinnville on January 7th - 01/08/22

On 01/07/22 at approximately 1530 hours, the McMinnville Police Department received a report of a drug violation involving a 45-year-old male from McMinnville.  Family members reported that the male was suspected to be in possession of, and under the influence of, controlled substances and recently experiencing significant mental health issued related to his drug use. He was also reported to have recently expressed suicidal ideations and made threats of harm towards family members.


Over the course of the investigation, officers were able to determine that the male was the suspect in a burglary of a McMinnville residence that had just occurred, where multiple firearms were stolen.  


Further investigation indicated that the male was last known to be located at a residence of a family member in the SW area of McMinnville and was likely armed with one or more of the stolen firearms. Officers responded to the area and were able to confirm that he was the only occupant in the residence.


Officers established probable cause for the arrest of the male Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Theft I and Burglary I. Due to the arrest situation and out of concern for his threats of self-harm and the safety of other family members, officers attempted to establish communication with the male by phone and verbally from outside the residence.    


Following several unsuccessful attempts to establish communication with the male, a single gunshot was heard from inside the residence. 


Neighbors in the area were asked to shelter in place via Everbridge.


Additional law enforcement resources were established and with the assistance of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Negotiation Team (TNT) and other law enforcement personnel, officers were able to make entry into the residence.  Upon entry officers discovered that the male was deceased inside the residence from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  The suspects name is being withheld pending complete notification of the family.


The McMinnville Police Department would like to thank Washington County Sherriff’s office, The Yamhill County Sheriffs’ Office, and the Yamhill County Emergency Management Office for their assistance.


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McMinnville Man Charged After Robbery and Pursuit - 12/27/21



On 12/26/2021 at 9:55 pm, an employee of Sunny’s Shell gas station, located at 1048 NE Hwy 99W, McMinnville, reported that a customer had just had their vehicle stolen from the parking lot.  With the assistance of a witness, the stolen silver 2007 Lexus RX350 was soon located driving south on Adams Street near 15th Street.  A McMinnville Officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver refused to pull over and a low speed pursuit ensued.  Due to the snow covered streets, the pursuit never exceeded the speed limit and ended when the suspect slowly lost control of the stolen Lexus at the intersection of Baker Street and 2nd Street, striking a street lamp pole.  The suspect fled on foot but was taken into custody less than a block away.  The suspect is identified as 29 year old Adam Lee Chervin of McMinnville.


The owner of the stolen Lexus, a 33 year old resident of Portland, soon contacted officers at the stop location and provided additional information about the incident.  He had driven to McMinnville after contacting Chervin on Facebook Marketplace regarding a cell phone Chervin was advertising for sale.   He met Chervin in the parking lot of Sunny’s Shell, and soon agreed to buy Chervin’s phone for $300.  When the victim removed the $300 from his pocket, Chervin physically assaulted him, taking the cash and the keys to the victim’s vehicle, fleeing in the victim’s Lexus.  The victim suffered minor injuries during the assault.   


Chervin was lodged at the Yamhill County Correctional Facility on the following charges related to this incident:


Robbery in the 3rd Degree                          C Felony

Assault in the 4th Degree                            A Misdemeanor

Theft in the 2nd Degree                               A Misdemeanor

Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle                  C Felony

Unlawful Entry into a Vehicle                    A Misdemeanor

Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle                    C Felony

Attempt to Elude on Foot                          A Misdemeanor

Reckless Driving                                           A Misdemeanor

Hit and Run Property Damage                  A Misdemeanor

Criminal Mischief in the 2nd Degree         A Misdemeanor 


McMinnville Officers were already attempting to locate Chervin regarding another incident on 12/18/2021, which occurred at the McMinnville Plaid Pantry.   During that incident, Chervin was in an altercation with his wife and an adult male victim.  Chervin physically assaulted the male victim in that incident prior to stealing his vehicle from the parking lot of the Plaid Pantry.  The male victim was thrown to the ground by the moving vehicle driven by Chervin, and Chervin struck an unoccupied parked vehicle in the parking lot as he fled.  That stolen vehicle was recovered later that day by the Salem Police Department. Criminal charges from the Plaid Pantry incident are anticipated to be filed against Chervin on 12/27/2021.