1971: Beef thieves butcher another local calf
95 years ago
October 14, 1926
Elmer Williams of the biological survey and field assistant to Stanley Jewett, leader of predatory animal control in Oregon, Portland, was in town last week looking up trappers for the eradication of coyotes this fall in this territory. Ed McFarland and Harry Severance were employed by Williams, in the Beaver creek country.
Meanwhile, Roy Fugate of Portland, who is with the biological survey in charge of a crew of men stationed at Derr ranger station in the Ochoco National Forest, arrived in Prineville on Wednesday of last week. These men are on a gopher poisoning campaign over a limited area to determine the extent of their efforts. Results of will determine the poisoning of gophers in other portions of the forest.
75 years ago
October 17, 1946
City court business slacked off considerably during the past week, but traffic law violators and "D and D" cases came in often enough to keep City Recorder Marvin Smith from being bored with his job.
On October 10, last Thursday, three men came into court to face charges of being drunk and disorderly. Two of them, H. M. Jones and L. B. Layman, served out fines of $13.50 in jail and the third, W. C. England, paid a fine of $27.50 as a second offender within a week. The same day, John H. Thomas forfeited $15 bail on speeding charges.
October 11 saw William Fox fined $13.50 on charges of being drunk and disorderly.
On October 15, Kenneth Brookshire paid a $13.50 fine for speeding. On October 16, Charles Winters, another repeater, was fined $27.50 on charges of being drunk and disorderly.
The usual run of minor traffic cases, most of them for overtime parking, constituted the rest of the court's activities during the week, the city recorder reported.
50 years ago
October 14, 1971Beef thieves butchered another calf in Crook County this week. The remains of a carcass were discovered by Gail Demaris on his ranch 10 miles north of Prineville on McKay Road.
Demaris said that the calf was butchered in a pasture about a half-mile north of his house about a week ago. He discovered the loss of the 400-pound Hereford Monday. He valued the calf at about $160.
The calf was gutted about 80 yards from the road, drug to the fence, and loaded on a pickup or small truck.
"This is one reason more and more ranchers are closing their lands to hunters," Demaris pointed out.
A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible by the Crook County Stockgrowers Association in conjunction with the Oregon Cattleman's Association.
25 years ago
October 10, 1996
With the arrest of three Redmond men, one of the main sources of illegal drugs to the Prineville area has been put out of business.
The investigation focused into high level methamphetamine trafficking in the Prineville and Jefferson County areas. As a result of the arrests and subsequent search of their residence on NE Walnut Avenue, Redmond, various items were seized. These include about five pounds of a substance that is believed to be methamphetamine and cash estimated to be the tens of thousands of dollars. Also seized were two vehicles and an amount of gold jewelry.
Original information into the investigation came out of Prineville, so the department's drug enforcement officer, Eric Bush, became the case officer. Working with the D.E.A., Bush and other officers took the three into custody.
The arrests were the result of a 10-month long investigation by Prineville Police Dept. and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Along with the D.E.A. officers, members of the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team, which is made up of officers from agencies throughout central Oregon, were also involved in the arrests and search.
Soules said the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible.
The three were charged Tuesday evening on various federal narcotics law violations and lodged in the Deschutes County Jail.
All three were placed on a federal hold with no bail. Soules said that with the federal drug officials being involved, it could mean some very heavy prison time for the three accused men.
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