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1996: A former county building inspector found guilty of third-degree theft

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - September 26, 1926: Ochoco Highway near summit east of Prineville on the road to Wheeler County.

95 years ago

September 30, 1926

Although nearly all of the fire guards stationed in various parts of the Ochoco National Forest have been taken away, the primary lookouts will be kept on duty until a heavy rain falls over the forest to produce sufficient moisture to be an effective guard against fire, says W. A. Donnelly, fire dispatcher. Donnelly said Monday that no fires have been reported for the past two weeks.

Primary lookouts are on duty at Snow Mountain, Mount Pisgah and Spanish Peak. Lookouts are stationed as a matter of fire protection.

75 years ago

October 3, 1946

The body of Mrs. James E. Adamson, Jr., was found shortly before noon today, hanging in the garage at the Adamson home on West Third Street. The discovery was made by Mr. Adamson, and Mrs. Adamson was dead when he found her.

In the absence of Coroner William F. Walker, who is out of the city, Justice of the Peace Percy R. Smith is conducting an inquiry into Mrs. Adamson's death. Evidence indicated that she committed suicide, Mr. Smith said. District Attorney Lake M. Bechtel was expected to return today from a hunting trip and a decision will be made. Then as to whether an inquest will be held. Mr. Adamson said he knows of why Mrs. Adamson no reason should take her own life.

50 years ago

September 30, 1971 Steven P. Hamerski, 18, Elms Motel, was hospitalized for 12 hours Tuesday following a one-car accident at 3:10 that morning.

Hamerski was a passenger in a car driven by Kathleen S. Williams, 18, P.O. Box 524, Prineville. The car was registered to Miss Williams' parents, Robert and Rae Williams.

Apparently, the car was headed north on McKay Road about three and one-half miles north of the city when Miss Williams lost control, causing the car to skid broadside across the road and into a ditch, crossing it and rolling over several times into a pasture owned by Lloyd Duncan.

Hamerski was thrown from the car, but his left leg was pinned, holding him there for about an hour while Miss Williams went for help.

The car received extensive damage and was towed away. Miss Williams was not cited by state troopers who investigated the early morning crash.

25 years ago

October 1, 1996

A jury found former Crook County building inspector guilty of third-degree theft late last week.

Following an investigation by deputies of the Crook County Sheriff's Dept., charges were brought against Ron Oliver Church. Church, 54, had originally faced one count each of second-degree and

Third-degree theft. Church had been accused of stealing a dozen laminated beams from a local man.

Allegedly, Church told the owner of the beams that they would be used in another project at the fairgrounds. According to testimony and evidence, the building official took the beams and used them in a building at this home.

Before sending the case to the six-person jury, prosecutors asked the court to amend the charges. District Court Judge Gary Thompson granted the motion and reduced the charges to one count of third-degree theft and a count of Official Misconduct in the first degree.

After hearing both sides, the jury deliberated for about 90 minutes and returned a guilty verdict on the theft charges and not guilty on the misconduct.

Sentencing has been set for Oct. 25 on the single charge. Presently, Church is employed as a building. inspector in the Portland area.


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