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New York State Fugitive Arrested at Wheeler County-area Ranch
November 19, 2012

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

Photograph link valid 30 days - Source: Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

Oregon State Police (OSP) and Wheeler County Sheriff's Office arrested a wanted fugitive Sunday morning who had warrants out of New York State and three Oregon counties after receiving information he was staying at a ranch along the John Day River south of Fossil in central Oregon.
According to Senior Trooper Scott Vaughn, OSP was contacted by a detective from Cortland County Sheriff's Department in New York advising a wanted fugitive with warrants out of New York State for Burglary and Grand Larceny was staying at a ranch near Twickenham in Wheeler County. Working with the Wheeler County Sheriff's Office, OSP confirmed the fugitive named HARLEY MICHAEL SMITH, age 28, was at that location. In addition to being wanted as a fugitive from justice, SMITH was also wanted on misdemeanor warrants out of 3 Oregon counties.
On November 18, 2012 at approximately 10:30 a.m., OSP troopers and Wheeler County deputies went to the ranch and took SMITH into custody without incident. SMITH was transported to the Deschutes County Jail where he was lodged on the following charges:
* Fugitive From Justice (Cortland County, New York warrants for Burglary and Grand Larceny)
* Larceny / Theft (Deschutes County, Oregon)
* Fail to Appear - DUII (Washington County, Oregon)
* Driving While Suspended (Multnomah County, Oregon)