By Paul Daquilante • Staff Writer • 

McMinnville police make multiple drug arrests

Matthew Burford
Matthew Burford
John Donnahoo
John Donnahoo
Shane Hayes
Shane Hayes
Amanda McKesson
Amanda McKesson
Jeremy Tarozzi
Jeremy Tarozzi

When police served a search warrant about 8:45 p.m. Monday at a McMinnville apartment, Amanda McKesson, 31, and her 1-year-old daughter were present.

During a search of the unit, officers located a quantity of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and cash.

McKesson was charged with one count each of endangering the welfare of a minor and possession of a controlled substance/meth. The state Department of Human Services took custody of the child.

During the search, Matthew Dean Burford, 28, of McMinnville arrived at the residence. He was in possession of meth  and charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance.

McKesson was booked into the Yamhill County Jail on 12,500 bail and Burford on $7,500, but both are out of custody, pending their next court appearances, according to jail records.

Three other individuals were arrested over the weekend as a result of drug-related activity.

"A vehicle stop involved several baggies of methamphetamine being tossed out of a vehicle in a residential neighborhood," said Capt. Dennis Marks of the McMinnville police.

"The potential that this could have harmed curious children is significant," he said. "Thanks to the help of local residents, we believe we have recovered the drugs and removed the hazard."

Marks urged parents to make a point of warning their children to be cautious of abandoned drugs, which often resemble bags of candy, in addition to drug paraphernalia - needles and other sharp objects. All of these items are often discarded in the open.

About 3 p.m. Saturday, officers were dispatched to a possible domestic disturbance in a vehicle in the area of North Highway 99W and Baker Creek Road. The vehicle, occupied by two adults and a child, was located and stopped

Passenger Jeremy Brandon Tarozzi, 31, of McMinnville, was charged with one count each of endangering the welfare of a minor and possession of a controlled substance/meth. He was in possession of a quantity of meth and nine ounces of marijuana.

He was in violation of his post-prison supervision and prohibited from being within 150 feet of the female driver of the vehicle. He is lodged without bail.

About 10:15 p.m. Sunday, officers made a traffic stop on Northwest Fenton and Second streets after a vehicle was obsereved committing several traffic violations.

The driver, John Billy Donnahoo, 40, of McMinnville, was charged with one count each of delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance/meth. He was also in volation of his post-prison supervision. He is lodged without bail.

Drug dog Rubi and his handler, McMinnville officer Matt Peters, resonded to the scene. One-half ounce of methamphetamine, cash, drug records and handgun ammunition were located either in the vehicle or on Donnahoo.

Passenger Shane Michael Hayes, 43, of McMinnville, was charged with one count each of felon in possession of a weapon/electric stun device and possession of less than one ounce of marijuana. He was also in violation of his probation. He is lodged without bail.

"The search warrant served at the apartment (where McKesson and her daughter were living) was based on information gathered by officers from the vehicle stop in which Donnahoo and Hayes were arrested," Marks said.

The fact that children were in the presence of some of the suspects was of great concern to police, according to Marks.

"It's frustrating," he said. "It's going to be a struggle for some of these kids not follow in their parent's footsteps. Sometimes it's heartbreaking. The hazards these people put kids through is hard to imagine."

Anyone with information about the suspects and/or incidents is asked to call McMinnville police at 503-434-7307.






What a bunch of blank-faced, vacuous dummies. These idiots will be in the revolving door to prison their whole miserable lives.
How many votes for Amanda being named "Mother of the Year?"

Don Dix


Would that contest be in a particular cell block, or the entire facility?

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