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December 18, 2015 - Press Release (PDF version)


Last night, December 17th at approximately 7:05pm, a robbery occurred at the Hickory Farms store in Ontario, Oregon.

A male subject entered the store and demanded cash. No weapon was displayed. No one was injured during the robbery. The suspect fled the store on foot and is believed to have left the area in a vehicle.

The suspect is described as a white male, believed to be approximately 30 years of age, approximately 5'10" to 6'00" and weighing approximately 160 pounds. The suspect was wearing black gloves, tan work boots, and a stocking cap with a small bill on it. Suspect is believed to have been wearing a black wig.

Officers are continuing to investigate this case and check surveillance video of businesses in the area.
Anyone with information should contact the Ontario Police Department through dispatch at 541-473-5125.

Lt. Steve Mallea

Steve Mallea
541-889-5312 ext 2303


November 24, 2015 - Press Release (PDF version)



The father to the child found earlier today arrived at the Ontario Police Department this
morning at about 9:30am to report his two year-old daughter missing from home.

Follow-up into this matter led Ontario Police to the home of the victim, which is within
the apartment complex of 986 NW 4th Avenue in Ontario. This complex also borders the 900 block of Fortner Street.

The mother to the child, 26 year-old Maria Perez, was located within the home and was arrested for an outstanding misdemeanor theft warrant issued out of Malheur County Circuit Court. Mrs. Perez has been lodged in the Malheur County Jail.

A one year-old female sibling to the victim was also taken into protective custody by the Department of Human Services. Court hearings are pending for extended protective custody.

Our investigation into the matter continues and will ultimately be turned over to the Malheur County District Attorney’s Office for review of any potential criminal offenses. Names of the two children and father will not be released at this time due to the pending investigation.

It is not uncommon for children to be found wandering for various reasons, but this event is uncommon and very concerning due to the time of night, the cold temperatures outside and the extended length of time it took to discover the child missing.

Parents are reminded to inspect doors for security measures to assure young children cannot leave their homes undetected and unattended. Any type of locking device out of reach can be sufficient.

Chief Mark Alexander

Mark Alexander
Chief of Police
541-889-5312 ext 2303



September 28, 2015 - Press Release (PDF version)


Former Teacher Arrested for Sex Crimes

On September 23, 2015, the Ontario Police Department began an investigation into an
inappropriate relationship between a former Ontario High School teacher and student.

The investigation led to the arrest of 40 year-old Michael Povoski, of Ontario on
September 25th at about 3:00 p.m.  Mr. Povoski was lodged in the Malheur County Jail for Custodial Interference, Sexual Misconduct, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor and Sex Abuse in the Third Degree. The investigation into this matter remains open.
The female victim in this case is fragile and the exposure of any events and this arrest are not going to be beneficial to her current well-being. I therefore would decline in releasing any further details of the case and would refer you to the Malheur County District Attorney's Office. Any additional information released should come in coordination of the Victim Services division of the DA's office.
I feel the School District, Police Department, DA's Office and Victim Services made a very judicious and coordinated effort in investigating this case, making sure student safety was paramount.
  Chief Mark Alexander
  Mark Alexander
  Chief of Police
  541-889-5312 ext 2303