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A Madras man pleads not guilty to heroin possession, and Madras Police catch a man wanted for bank robbery.

JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Brett Yahtin

Madras man pleads not guilty to heroin possession

Brett Runningbear Yahtin, 30, of Madras, pleaded not guilty to heroin possession and giving false information to a peace officer on Thursday, June 11, in Jefferson County Circuit Court.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed by an Oregon State Police trooper, Yahtin and another man were "still fishing," using bait on the Deschutes River near Mecca Flats. Using bait in the river is against the law.

The trooper first asked Yahtin if he had an angling license or ID, and Yahit said he didn't.

There was a backpack at the other man's feet, and Yahtin said it belonged to him.

"When I asked Yahtin if there were controlled substances in the backpack, he stated there was 'dark' in the bag. I confirmed with Yahtin that he meant heroin, and he confirmed," the trooper wrote.

The officer asked to search the bag, and Yahtin said he wanted to show the trooper the heroin. The trooper said Yahtin showed him a container with 3 grams of heroin and a piece of foil with heroin residue.

At first, Yahtin gave the trooper a false name and birth date but ultimately told the truth, the trooper wrote.

As of Monday, June 15, Yahtin was being held in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility on $25,000 security.

JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Alexander Stewart

Madras police arrest man accused of bank robbery, burglaries in Maupin

Alexander Samuel Stewart, a 29-year-old homeless man, pleaded not guilty to fleeing police and reckless driving Thursday, June 11, in Jefferson County Circuit Court.

A week earlier, Madras Police received notice of a stolen Ford crew cab pickup speeding south on Highway 97 toward Madras.

Dispatch said the driver was a suspect in several break-ins in Maupin and had a stolen .25-caliber Smith and Wesson handgun and ammunition, according to a probable cause affidavit filed by a Madras Police officer.

He saw a pickup turn onto Jefferson Street near Safeway and speed up to 60 miles per hour, heading toward Highway 26.

Police stopped Stewart, the affidavit said, and as a Jefferson County Sheriff's deputy was grabbing his rifle, Stewart stood up with his hands in the air, the affidavit said.

The officer later learned that Steward had several warrants for his arrest, including one for bank robbery.

As of Monday, June 15, Stewart was being held in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility without bail.


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