Three people were arrested and another was temporarily detained Wednesday morning, as Blue Mountain Enforcement Narcotics Team seized illicit narcotics and firearms from a Hermiston home.
According to a Hermiston Police Department press release, the home, at 1100 W. Sunland Ave., has been an ongoing nuisance, and the tenants have caused livability issues for neighbors.
Those arrested were:
• Suzun Ka Patterson, for felony charges of unlawful possession of methamphetamine and unlawful delivery of methamphetamine, and a misdemeanor charge of frequenting a place where controlled substances are used.
• Tausha Lynn Patterson, for unlawful possession of methamphetamine, frequenting a place where controlled substances are used, and felon in possession of a weapon.
• Gene Ray Ball, for felony charges of unlawful possession of methamphetamine and parole violation, and a misdemeanor charge of felon in possession of a weapon.
According to the press release, two small children were also at the scene, and were taken into protective custody and removed by Child Protective Services. The police department will also recommend additional charges of alleged child neglect in the first degree to the Umatilla County District Attorney’s office.
Capt. Scott Clark said in the release that he had attended the last of many eviction hearings for the occupants of the property, and the property is now owned by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Hermiston Police Chief Jason Edmiston explained in an email to the why the house was owned by the VA. He said on March 17, 2016, a woman was stabbed in the neck at that house, and police arrested Richard David Taylor, who was incarcerated at Two Rivers Correctional Institution. Edmiston said Taylor was a veteran, and the house was financed through the VA.
“Our problem has been trying to get someone to claim ownership so we can get people out of the house that have been squatting for the last 1.5 years,” he wrote. “We sent detectives to Two Rivers and Mr. Taylor advised he had no interest in the house since he was incarcerated.”