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Inmate Given Certificate of Appreciation (Photo) - 09/12/17

McMinnville, OR -- Yamhill County Sheriff Svenson awarded Crystal Harmes a Certificate of Appreciation for her actions on Monday, September 11, 2017, in the Yamhill County Correctional Facility. Early Monday morning, a fellow inmate began choking on a piece of food. Harmes quickly jumped into action, asking the individual if she was choking and, once acknowledged, began performing the Heimlich maneuver. Jail medical staff and deputies, who were called via the intercom by another inmate, arrived to find Harmes' actions had safely dislodged the food and prevented the other individual from more serious injury. Sheriff Svenson thanked Ms. Harmes for her quick thinking saying, "We don't get the opportunity to provide certificates of appreciation in the facility often, but, after reviewing the video, I couldn't let this incident pass by. Harmes stepped up without hesitation and did the right thing. That needs to be recognized." Svenson also praised Harmes for what he noted was a "textbook Heimlich technique."

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I.C.E. Detainee Returned to Yamhill County to Face Local Sex Abuse Charges (Photo) - 08/30/17

On August 30, 2017 Jonathan Alcantara Romero, 26, of Dayton was arraigned in Yamhill County Circuit Court on charges of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree and Attempted Sexual Abuse in the First Degree. This concluded a 6 week investigation conducted by Detectives with the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office. Security has been set by the court at $150,000. The charges in this case, which are alleged to have occurred in or around August 2016, involve a victim under the age of 14.

YCSO Detectives had discovered Alcantara Romero was in custody with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) in Tacoma, Washington pending deportation. They then worked with I.C.E. to secure his transport to Yamhill County to be arraigned on his local charges, which were the result of a Grand Jury indictment.

Alcantara Romero will remain in concurrent custody with I.C.E. while at the Yamhill County Correctional Facility, and released to them once his local charges are adjudicated.

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