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McMinnville Man arrested for stabbing near Burger King (Photo) - 01/18/17

On January 18th at about 6:00 pm, McMinnville Officers were dispatched to Burger King parking lot at 2250 N 99W on a reported stabbing. Upon arrival, police and EMS personnel assisted the 30 year old white male victim, a McMinnville resident, who had received a 3 inch knife wound across the front of his neck. He was treated at Willamette Valley Medical Center and later released.

The suspect had left the scene before police arrived. McMinnville police officers and Yamhill County Sheriff's deputies searched the area. Based on a citizen report, YCSO deputies later located and arrested the suspect who was at the OSU Extension Office at 2050 NE Lafayette Avenue. He was taken into custody peacefully. A knife suspected of being used in the assault was also recovered.

The suspect, Marvin Leroy Smith, age 59, of McMinnville, was lodged in YCCF pending arraignment in Circuit Court for Assault 2 and Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Security Release Amount totaling $157,500.00.

Anyone with questions or further information is asked to call the McMinnville Police Department Tip Line at 503-434-2337

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McMinnville Police seeking help identifying Taco Bell Robbery Suspect (Photo) - 01/13/17

On January 7th, 2017 at about 10:30 PM, a male suspect entered the Taco Bell restaurant located at 915 NE Hwy 99W in McMinnville and demanded money. The suspect kept his hand in the front tunnel pocket of his sweatshirt the entire time and did not mention or display a weapon. The suspect ran out of the restaurant without obtaining any money.

The suspect was described as a male subject with light colored skin, based on the exposed skin on his neck. He was described as being anywhere from about 5'-6" to 6'-0" tall and weighing approximately 200 pounds. He was wearing a dark colored pullover sweatshirt with a front tunnel pocket, lighter colored jeans and tan / light brown work boots. He covered his entire face during the incident with a black knit type beanie or stocking cap that had what reportedly looked like purposely cut eye holes.

After fleeing the restaurant, the suspect ran to a waiting car. The suspect vehicle was a dark colored, possibly greenish or teal, 2-door passenger car with distinct LED-type bluish-tint headlights and dark wheels.

Anyone with information on this incident is requested to call the McMinnville Police Tip Line at 503-434-2337.

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Robbery at Chase Bank in McMinnville (Photo) - 01/10/17

UPDATE: The listed vehicle of interest below is no longer of value in this investigation and can be disregarded.

Earlier Press Release:

On January 10th, 2017 at about 1:14 pm, McMinnville Police received to a reported robbery that had just occurred at Chase Bank at 1675 NE 99W, McMinnville Oregon.

According to the initial information obtained, a white male adult about 6 feet tall and wearing jeans and a black coat with a hoodie and a cap had given a note to a teller demanding money. The male was described as in his 50's or 60's with an unshaven appearance. No weapon was displayed. Once the money was provided, the male left the bank through the South doors along 99W. He left with an undisclosed amount of currency.

McMinnville Police Department is currently investigating with assistance from Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, and other local departments. Officers are looking for a vehicle of interest, a black 2 door sedan, possibly a Hyundai Veloster, with the last three numbers being 743.

Anyone with information on this incident is requested to contact McMinnville Police Department tip line at 503-434-2337.

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California woman arrested following vehicle pursuit (Photo) - 12/21/16

On December 20, 2016 at about 6:34 pm YCOM received information from the Oregon State Police dispatch center in Salem regarding a reckless drive vehicle that was approaching McMinnville on Highway 18. The vehicle was described as a white Chevrolet 4-door passenger car that was reportedly driving erratically, swerving all over the road and running other vehicles off of the roadway.

McMinnville Officers were able to locate the vehicle at about 6:37 pm on NE Lafayette Avenue as YCOM was receiving more calls from concerned citizens about the driver's actions. Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, but the driver failed to yield and ultimately led the officers on a high speed pursuit. The pursuit travelled westbound on NE 19th Street from NE Lafayette Avenue, northbound onto North Highway 99W, northwest onto NW Baker Creek Road, west on NW Baker Creek Road to Pheasant Hill Road, north onto NW Orchard View Road and north onto NW High Heaven Road. The vehicle ultimately came to a stop when it was blocked in by a closed gate on NW High Heaven Road at NW Kane Creek Road and the pursuing officers.

During the pursuit, the driver reached speeds of 80 miles per hour on NW Baker Creek Road and was periodically driving in the on-coming lane. Officers continually were weighing the apprehension of the driver versus the potential danger presented to the general public, prior to being able to bring the pursuit to an end.

The driver and sole occupant, identified as Foster, Katherine Kelly (37) of Long Beach, California, was taken into custody without incident and lodged at the Yamhill County Correctional Facility and scheduled to appear for arraignment in Yamhill County Circuit Court on the following charges:
* Attempt to Elude-Felony SRA $7,500
* Reckless Driving SRA $5,000
* Reckless Endangering SRA $5,000

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