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1984: Mayor shrugs off threat by city crews

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Authorities raided a rural Estacada home and seized 70 pounds of marijuana from the residence. Six people in their 20s were arrested.


Following the City Council’s decision to demote and dock the pay of two of the public works department’s leaders, city crews threatened to quit en masse.

Mayor John Rowley was unmoved by the threat, telling the newspaper that employees could be “leased” from Clackamas County in such a situation, and he was sure that any openings in the department would draw numerous applicants.


A woman and three children were killed as they walked along the shoulder of Highway 224 when a suspected drunk driver ran into them.

Ramona Rae Golding, 36, her daughter Monica Golding, 5, neighbors Kenny Leo Meyer III, 6, and his brother James Allen Meyer, 3, were all killed. The boys’ mother, Linda Sue Meyer, also was hit by the car. She was taken by Life Flight to University Hospital in Portland with two broken legs.

They had been walking into town to return a videotape and pick up dinner.

Emergency responders from the Estacada Fire Department were deeply shaken by the grisly scene. Two men had to be sent home due to stress.

Medics and volunteers who responded to the scene were scheduled to be debriefed by mental health counselors.

The driver, William Michael Patton, 29, of Portland, was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Following the examination of a blood sample, he was arrested and charged with four counts of second-degree manslaughter and one count of third-degree assault.

He was arraigned in Clackamas County Court.

Patton was also held on allegations of violating his probation for an aggravated theft conviction.


Duus Road was the site of an ever-growing pile of illegally dumped trash.


As the city considered switching from its long-standing law enforcement contract with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Sandy Police Chief Kim Yamashita made a pitch to Estacada business leaders during a Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Around 40 people attended.

Estacada News Reporter Isabel Gautschi compiles this column.

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