Police reports and scam alert
- Woodburn Independent - News
EDITORS NOTE: The Woodburn Independent publishes the names of people arrested based on information from city and county police logs. Times listed represent the time the crimes were reported to police. The newspaper does not normally publish the names of individuals younger than 18. Arrested suspects are innocent until proven guilty. Police logs are public record.
Note: DUII stands for driving under the influence of intoxicants.
On Nov. 17 at 8:30 p.m.: In the 1000 block of Park Avenue, Galis Forrest Ascencio Drew, 21, of Woodburn, was arrested and charged with attempting to elude police – foot, attempting to elude police – vehicle, DCS marijuana 1000 feet of a school, disorderly conduct II, driving under the influence of intoxicants, PCS marijuana 1000 feet of a school, reckless driving and tampering with physical evidence.
On Nov. 24 at 1:59 p.m.: In the 1600 block of Mount Hood Avenue, Michael G. Tangvald, 46, of Woodburn, was arrested and charged with failure to appear – bench warrant and theft 2 – shoplifting.
On Nov. 24 at 4:59 p.m.: In the 3000 block of Stacy Allison Way, Paul Edward Fleming, 43, of Woodburn, was arrested and charged with theft 3 – shoplifting.
On Nov. 24 at 7:01 p.m.: In the 1500 block of Mount Hood Avenue, Richard Scott Hess, 24, of Woodburn, was arrested and charged with failure to appear – bench warrant.
On Nov. 24 at 8:15 p.m.: At the intersection of Sixth and Harrison streets, Moises Sanchez Martinez, 26, of Salem, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants, giving false information to police officer and possession of fictitious identification.
On Nov. 26 at 11:23 a.m.: In the 800 block of Hardcastle Avenue, Eduardo Urenda-Garibay, 28, of Woodburn, was arrested and charged with failure to appear – bench warrant.
On Nov. 26 at 1:13 p.m.: In the 800 block of Lincoln Street, Heidi Church, 47, was arrested and charged with failure to appear – bench warrant.
On Nov. 26 at 4:15 p.m.: In the 1400 block of Audrey Way, Jack Ivanov, 31, of Woodburn, was arrested and charged with violation of parole.
On Dec. 1 at 2:31 p.m.: On Railroad Avenue, Rachel Hammer, 33, of Mount Angel, was arrested and charged on a Marion County warrant.
There have been several reports of a new scamming method in the area. Scammers are using a method involving the Green Dot MoneyPak Cards, which are legitimate products, but are being used to aid the scammers is obtaining money from unknowing victims.
Green Dot MoneyPak Cards are pre-paid cards, purchased with cash. There is a number on the back of the card that can be used to drain the money on the card immediately. They seem to be more convenient than money wires and are basically untraceable.
Scammers are calling citizens, saying they are from utility companies and that the citizen owes money to the utility company. Citizens are told that if they do not pay the money immediately, their service will be shut off. The scammers are able to mask the real telephone number they are calling from, with the number of the utility service they are claiming to represent. The scammer with give instructions on how to pay with the MoneyPak, then they will call back and get the numbers from the back and the money is instantly gone.
Utility companies will not be calling with a shut-off notice without first notifying you by mail. If you do receive a call like this, and you are not sure if it is legitimate (which, the Woodburn Police Department assures you, is not), hang up and call the utility company using the number from your bill. They will likely have no idea about the call.
The utility companies will never demand that you purchase a MoneyPak to pay your bill, so this is a good indicator that the call is fraud. Do not fall for this scam call your utility service and verify that your service is not at risk of getting shut off. Have a safe and happy holiday!