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Meth possession, pickup theft and high-speed chase were on the docket last week.

Redmond man pleads not guilty to meth possession

A Redmond man pleaded not guilty to unlawful possession of methamphetamine, a felony, in Jefferson County Circuit Court on Feb. 6. Police say he had a total of 16.7 grams of the drug.

On Dec. 28, Indian Head Casino security called Warm Springs Police after Joshua Daniel Laforest, 43, dropped "a plastic baggie with a white crystalline substance inside," according to a probable cause affidavit police filed with the court. The police officer recognized the substance as methamphetamine, and security pointed out Laforest to him.

The officer read Laforest his rights, and he "admitted he had possession of the baggie ... and said he found it outside the casino on the ground when he parked," the affidavit said. The officer checked surveillance video and didn't see Laforest bend over or pick anything up.

Police asked to search Laforest's vehicle, and he consented, the affidavit said. "I found a white crystalline substance in two baggies in the center console of the (vehicle), and I found more white crystal substance in containers in a black backpack near the passenger seat," the affidavit said.

Police say the substance tested positive for methamphetamine, and all the baggies together measured 16.7 grams.

He was released after paying $1,500 in security on Dec. 28.

Bend man pleads guilty in Culver pickup theft

Gary Ryan Bolin, 32, of Bend, pleaded guilty to first- and third-degree theft in Jefferson County Circuit Court on Tuesday, Feb. 4.

On Aug. 31, a Jefferson County Sheriff's deputy went to Culver Dollar General after a report of a stolen vehicle.

A customer there had gone into the store for about five minutes and came out to find his red Ford 150 pickup gone, according to a probable cause affidavit filed by the deputy. The man had left the truck running and unlocked.

The deputy checked video footage and then searched the area but could not find the truck.

On Sept. 2, an Oregon State Police trooper told dispatch that the truck had been stopped and recovered in Terrebonne.

Bolin, the driver, told a Deschutes County Sheriff's deputy that he bought the vehicle and didn't know it was stolen, the affidavit said. State Police arrested him. When Bolin talked with the Jefferson County deputy, he changed his story. He said a man named Jerry, who had offered him methamphetamine and cash for tools he was trying to sell, repossessed the truck, saying it belonged to him, according to the affidavit.

Deschutes County deputies cited Bolin for heroin they found in the truck with him, and the Jefferson County deputy arrested him for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle and theft by receiving.

But when he got to the jail, Bolin "did not awake or respond to my commands to get out," the affidavit said. "Gary then whispered and mumbled that he was very hot. Gary then went to step out of the vehicle and fell on me, then to the ground as I tried to catch him."

A jail nurse recommended Bolin be taken to St. Charles Madras, where he was admitted. The deputy cited and released him. About two hours later, the deputy went back to the hospital to return Bolin's sunglasses, but he was gone. "A nurse told me that Gary left the hospital perfectly fine approximately five to 10 minutes after I issued him the citation," the affidavit said.

The deputy followed up with other businesses, checking their security video, and found that the same day the truck was stolen, Bolin stole two phone charger cords and a stick of deodorant at one store. Not long after, he tried to charge his phone at another store but was told to leave.

"After reviewing the video footage, I confirmed that Gary was the one that stole the vehicle and that he acted alone on this day," the affidavit said.

A plea agreement led to two dismissed charges — unauthorized use of a vehicle and unlawful entry into a motor vehicle — provided he resolved his Deschutes County cases, which he did.

He was ordered to serve 20 days in jail with credit for time served, and that sentence was concurrent with his Deschutes County cases, as well as two years of supervised probation. He was also ordered to pay restitution to the man he stole the truck from and the store he stole from.

Driver sentenced in high-speed chase

Anthony Manuel Hernandez Sr., 38, of Madras, pleaded no contest to fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer in Jefferson County Circuit Court Feb. 5. A second count of the same charge, as well as one of reckless driving, were dismissed.

On Jan. 9, Hernandez led Madras police and Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies on a high-speed chase from South Adams Drive south on Highway 97.

Hernandez was sentenced to 30 days in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility and 18 months of supervised probation. His driver's license was suspended for a year.

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