Malheur County Sheriff’s office says assault report was false

VALE – The Malheur County Sheriff’s Office confirmed earlier this month that the reported assault of an 8-year-old girl at a Girl Scout camp in June was unfounded. 

“It was basically a false report and our investigation is done,” said Undersheriff Travis Johnson.

Johnson said that “it is likely no charges will be filed for the false report.”

The reported assault was at a Girl Scout Horse Camp at the Vale rodeo grounds the weekend of June 7. Because the case involved juveniles, Johnson said he could provide few other details.

In a separate case, the sheriff’s office investigation into a series of burglaries late last year at The Mirage in Adrian is stalled.

“Basically, we ran out of leads,” said Johnson.

The Mirage was hit three times between Nov. 30 and Dec. 17. Thieves made off with nearly $20,000 in cash.

“At this point this case is still open but it isn’t actively being worked. We do have some evidence at the crime lab being checked out,” said Johnson.

Johnson said the two deputies and a sheriff’s detective worked on the case. 

In other crime news, a Las Vegas woman charged in the death of a Rocklin, Calif., man in 2018 pleaded guilty last month to criminally negligent homicide – a felony – and two misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree assault. 

Jaila Aguilera-Pinder, 20, was sentenced to five years in prison, said Dave Goldthorpe, Malheur County district attorney.

The Oregon State Police said Dunkelberger died Aug. 11 south of Jordan Valley when his Ford Escape was struck by a Ford Focus driven by Aguilera-Pinder. Two passengers riding with Dunkelburger, Anya Anderson, 27, of Rocklin and Dunkeburger’s minor daughter, were injured in the crash.  

Aguilera-Pinder and a passenger, Keilin Alfonso-Vaquero, 25, were also injured in the crash. 

Aguilera-Pinder was arrested and lodged in the Malheur County Jail in November. 

“I am glad for the victims’ family’s sake that justice was done and we were able to see someone held accountable for this very avoidable crash that shouldn’t have happened,” said Goldthorpe. 

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