Orofino residents face charges in Oregon

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June 18—A 42-year-old Orofino man faces multiple felony charges in Josephine County, Oregon, after he left with an ex-girlfriend a week ago.

Jeremy Russel Anderson is facing charges of theft, burglary, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, unlawful use and possession of a dangerous weapon, felon in possession of a weapon and be a fugitive from another state, according to Josephine County court records.

Orofino police began searching for Anderson and his girlfriend, Candi R. Chandler, 36, in early June after Chandler’s father reported his daughter missing since late May. Police had responded to a domestic violence complaint at Chandler’s residence on May 25. A felony warrant was issued for Anderson, who fled the house before officers arrived. The warrant charged him with domestic assault and being a repeat offender. It was also learned that Anderson was on probation for a prior crime.

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Chandler’s vehicle was later discovered in Clarkston and she was believed to have driven off with Anderson against her wishes, Orofino Police Chief Jeff Wilson said.

“When she went missing, we weren’t sure of the circumstances,” Wilson said Thursday. “We therefore considered her to be at risk and began to actively search for her whereabouts.”

Wilson said he learned from the Grants Pass, Oregon, police department that Anderson and Chandler had been arrested and in interviews there “Candi said she was with him of her own free will. … That was passed on to us through the sleuth and that’s when we shifted gears to not consider her a risk person.”

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Since the charges against the couple are in Oregon, court records were not immediately available to the Lewiston Tribune on Friday. Spokespersons for the Grants Pass Police Department were also unavailable Friday.

Wilson said Oregon police told him Anderson was involved in four carjackings and possibly one or more of them involved the use of a shotgun.

“He will have to solve those problems there,” Wilson said. “He faces very serious offenses in both places, really.”

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Anderson’s bail was set at $500,000 for Oregon misdemeanors and $75,000 for being a fugitive from another state.

Chandler is also accused of being a fugitive from another state. No bond has been set for her, according to prison records.

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