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Prineville Police say six people have been arrested and charged with a number of crimes related to possessing methamphetamine and passing counterfeit $5 bills in Prineville. Chief Eric Bush says the counterfeit $5 first surfaced a in late May and then again last week. He says phony $5 bills are rare, because usually they make larger bills, like $20's. He says counterfeiters may be counting on the merchant to not report a crime involving smaller bills. “I strongly encourage any retailers who receive counterfeit currency to report that to police right away, regardless of the size of the denomination. $5 doesn't seem like a lot of money but when you look at the scale you can mass-produce those bills. You can have a pretty negative impact on the retail community; it costs a lot of people a lot of hard earned money, accepting those $5 and then being out that cash." Four of the people arrested are from Prineville and two are from Mead, Washington. The four Prineville residents are: Seth Jokinen, 30, Shannon Smith, 42, Rudy Nino Parras, 51, and Leanne Jean Thompson, 59. 

 

 

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Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 
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