1996: 12-year-olds go on a crime spree
95 years ago
June 10, 1926
Frank Le Forgey, who was last seen in Prineville, Monday, when he started fourth W. C. McNely road camp on Mill creek, had not reached the camp late Tuesday night and no word has reached his relatives in this City who are alarmed over his disappearance. He is a brother of Mrs. William Prine of this city. The local forestry office has no trace of him.
75 years ago
June 13, 1946
Plans for drilling a well to supply water for Prineville's three cemeteries, grouped on the hill just north of town, were announced this week by the water improvement committee representing the three groups now cooperating in cemetery improvement plans.
The services of a well driller have been secured and drilling operations will probably be started before the end of this week. It is hoped the artesian water can be tapped at about 260-265 feet and cost an estimated $1,300 to put down the well and pipe the water to where it can be used, and the interest in beautifying the cemeteries has been so great that the group is confident that enough money can be raised for the purpose.
50 years ago
June 10, 1971More than 3,600 capsules and tablets of dangerous drugs were taken from Welker's Pharmacy during the night of June 2. The drugs are valued at $238.
The burglary was discovered by Sharon Cox about 7:30 a.m. June 3.
At least two persons entered the Prineville Medical Clinic after breaking out the glass in a window in Dr. Thomas Matheson's office and unlocking it. They entered the offices of several doctors, but nothing was disturbed. They then entered the pharmacy, took the drugs and left by the same window. Police found many pills scattered on the street outside the clinic.
25 years ago
June 11, 1996
Crook County Sheriff's deputies were not sure what they had, when two 12-year-old juveniles called, wanting to give up. "Around midnight Wednesday," Undersheriff Clyde McClain said, "the police dispatch got a call from the Quail Valley Ranch, south of town, reporting someone had stolen a 4-Wheeler. Our deputies responded and as they got near the ranch, they found the ATV running down the road without anybody on board."
Thursday morning, the two youths called the Sheriff's office to surrender. Clearing things up turned out to be more than simply taking the ATV. The two boys admitted to trying to take a truck when they couldn't get the truck started, they next tried to steal a tractor. Unsuccessful at that, they finally got the ATV running and took it. When they saw the sheriff's car coming, they simply bailed off and hid.
During discussions Thursday, one of the boys admitted to taking part in the recent break-in at the Christian Church on Combs Flat Road. "We had been working on the burglary," McLain said, "and had a few things to go on. Evidence indicated the thieves drank a soda and, turning on the Xerox machine, proceeded to make copies of their face."
After admitting to the church break-in, the boys talked about shoplifting candy bars from Payless Store before bicycling out toward the Quail Valley Ranch. The boys have been charged with two felony counts and at least four misdemeanors.
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