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1926: Man recovering from an accidental self-inflcted gunshot wound to his leg that occurred while sleeping

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - September 19, 1971:  City police officer Andrea Donham has been selected to complete training with her department's new police dog, Valco.95 years ago

September 23, 1926

John Ennis, employee of Tom Hamilton of Ashwood, is bedridden at the home hospital, recovering from a broken bone in his right leg, the result of a gunshot wound, inflicted Friday.

It all happened Friday, when Ennis, who was working about a sheep camp, started to roll his bedding, between which, at the head, he had laid a loaded Luger revolver, the whereabouts of which he had forgotten. In some manner the trigger was touched the bullet hitting his thigh. He was brought to Prineville, where he is receiving care.

75 years ago

Oct. 3, 1946

Safe robbers who were willing to brave tear gas and had a weakness for poker chips as well as money robbed Cecil's Pastime early Sunday morning, getting away with about $2,100 in currency and all the poker chips in the house.

The robbery was discovered Sunday morning when the members of the staff came to work. The place was reeking with tear gas and the safe, equipped with bank-type gas protection, was found in the back end of the building, the combination knocked off and the door standing open. Officers who investigated the robbery believe the job was done by "experts." Entering through 21 dark windows, the robbers rolled the safe into the card room at the rear of the building, knocked off the knob that works the combination, punched out the lock and got away with the money before the tear gas released when the door of the safe was broken – drove them out of the building. Meanwhile, drawers in the card tables had been broken open and all the poker chips were taken along by the robbers, who apparently went out the same way they came in.

Money in the cash registers was not disturbed, the robbers apparently concentrating on the safe. Nothing but currency was taken from the safe, checks and war bonds being left behind.

50 years ago

September 23, 1971 Richard J. Latimer, Beaverton, and Karre Klovstad, Shady Cove, appeared before Circuit Court Judge J. R. Campbell Monday morning and entered pleas of not guilty of charges of unlawful offer for sale of subdivided property. Campbell set Dec. 9 as the trial date for the two men.

The men allegedly sold land at Riverside Ranch subdivision southeast of Prineville without meeting requirements stated in Oregon law. The subdivision has failed to meet approval of the county planning commission and the county health department.

They were indicted by the grand jury on Aug. 31 and were arrested Sept. 7 at a county planning commission meeting.

25 years ago

September 24, 1996 A kindergarten student reported missing Wednesday after school was found safe about an hour later.

The boy, whom police asked to remain anonymous, was supposed to wait for his mother after kindergarten class ended about 3 p.m. at Cecil Sly Elementary School. But the boy mistakenly got on a school bus, causing his mother and school officials to launch a search and call police.

Prineville Police Chief Jim Soules said the search began immediately after the call. Two police officers on duty were assisted by two off-duty officers, two sheriff's deputies and two state troopers. They spread out, searching the city parks, the bike path and other areas around town.

As the search began, police called the school bus garage, suspecting the boy had mistakenly hopped on a bus instead of waiting for his mother to pick him up, Soules said.

These kinds of incidents happen every year, he said. "These children get mixed. They get confused and get on the wrong bus. When a little one is missing, that becomes a very high priority for the police."

The boy was found within an hour after he was report missing. He was riding a school bus on an out-of-town route, Soules said.

"It's a happy ending" he added.


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