Hermiston Police Arrest Two as Part of New Trespass Enforcement Program
HERMISTON, Ore. - Hermiston Police say their Trespass Enforcement Program is already showing success.
On Thursday night, officers arrested two people for trespassing at the Agape House on Harper Road.
Police say they found local Hermiston transient 27-year-old Stacey E. Kirby and Irrigon resident 49-year-old Orin A. Whitbeck rummaging through containers behind the building.
Police arrested Kirby on charges of Unlawful Possession of Meth and Criminal Trespassing in the Second Degree. Officers arrested Whitbeck for the same charges, but booked him into the Umatilla County Jail on a warrant out of Benton County in Washington.
The Agape House is one of five businesses partnering with police on the new Trespass Enforcement Program, which officers launched last week.
Police say this incident is an example that highlights the benefits of the program, which allows officers to take people into custody for being on commercial property after normal business hours.