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*FC drug bust leads to four arrests*Dallas sign code discussions planned*Sheriff's office is seeking reserves*Independence takes next steps to hire chief

January 28, 2014

FC drug bust leads to four arrests

FALLS CITY — Four Falls City residents were arrested last week after police found evidence they were illegally trading drugs for Oregon Trail cards.

The investigation began with Polk County Sheriff's deputies arresting Randall Moore on possession of methamphetamine on Jan. 22. While booking him into the Polk County Jail, deputies found he was carrying five Oregon Trail cards (food stamps) that did not belong to him.

Investigators believe the owners of the cards had given them to Moore in exchange for drugs and cash.

On Friday, the sheriff's office searched Moore's home on Ellis Street in Falls City, and charged him with five counts of unlawful possession of a personal ID device, unlawful obtaining or disposing of supplemental nutrition assistance, possession of methamphetamine, possession of hydrocodone, possession of diazepam and possession of modafinil. He remains at the Polk County Jail on $140,000 bail.

During the search a second suspect, Shellie Utley, was arrested on identical drug charges and is in custody on $57,000 bail. Also arrested following the search warrant was William Moore, who was charged with interfering with police and tampering with evidence.

Alex Melcher of Falls City also was arrested on Thursday in connection with the case, on a charge of unlawful obtaining or disposing of assistance.

Dallas sign code discussion planned

DALLAS — An open house to review and address proposed changes to the city of Dallas Sign Code has been scheduled Feb. 5.

The event takes place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Dallas Civic Center, 945 SE Jefferson St.

The city of Dallas Planning Commission is proposing to revise the current Dallas Sign Code in 2014. Community Development Department staff will present an overview of the proposed changes to the current sign code, the process by which the code revision shall occur, hold a question-and-answer session, and conduct a brief survey to gauge public opinion regarding sign code regulations in the city.

For more information: 503-831-3571; online at

Sheriff's office is seeking reserves

DALLAS — The Polk County Sheriff's Office is currently accepting applications for reserve deputy sheriffs.

Applicants must be 21 years of age and will be required at a minimum to pass a written test, interviews, criminal background check, psychological evaluation, physical fitness test and drug screening.

Applications for the positions are available online at and select volunteer application. Deadline to apply is Feb. 28.

Completed applications should be dropped off or mailed to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, 850 Main St., Dallas, OR 97338.

For more information: Detective John Williams, 503-623-9251.

Independence takes next steps to hire chief

INDEPENDENCE — Independence received 23 applicants from individuals interested in becoming the city’s next chief of police.

The recruitment was conducted by the Council of Governments.

The next step is to narrow down the pool to a smaller group. City Manager David Clyne said he may help COG do that.

Interviews are expected in February, Clyne said. At this time, no public meet-and-greet is planned.

Vern Wells retires as police chief Friday after serving in Independence for 26 years.

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