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1946: Crook County man recovering in hospital after suffering gunshot wound

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - November 18, 1971: Lain R. Smith, 72, 492 W. Fifth St., died Tuesday night at a Eugene hospital as a result of a collision with this log truck on Combs Flat Road earlier in the day. Earl C. Young, 44, 448 N. Main, driver of the log truck remained in Pioneer Memorial Hospital Wednesday with a broken wrist. The collision occurred in front of the Harold Zeek residence, just south of the sharp curve on Combs Flat Road at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday when Smith pulled out of the driveway into the path of the oncoming log truck. Smith suffered a broken neck and was immediately transferred to Sacred Heart Hospital in Eugene.

95 years ago

November 11, 1926

Returning home from the football game here evening, the car containing Keyes Butler. George Donnelly, James Humphrey, M. Keyes, and William Keyes, turned over on the Ochoco Highway when it turned out to avoid a collision with a car on the wrong side of the road on a turn just east of the G. M. Cornett place. Seriously injured were Keyes Butler, a shell-shocked World War veteran who has been in the employ of R. N. Donnelly. All members of the party are residents of the Richmond vicinity.

Butler was brought to the W. A. Donnelly home in Prineville and Dr. J. H. Rosenberg was summoned. At first, he was unconscious from a blow on the head when he fell through the door of the car, but he recovered Monday and it was not until yesterday that his condition was considered serious.

Two years of service in the trench mortar service in France with the Virginia troops had left his nerves in poor shape to withstand such a shock. While his condition is serious, hopes are entertained for his prompt recovery.

75 years ago

November 21, 1946

Bob Johnson, taken to Prineville General hospital early Monday suffering from a gunshot wound, was reported "improving" today. Police reported he shot himself through the chest with an army carbine about 1:30 a. m. Monday, after first telephoning a doctor. The shooting took place at the Prineville Lockers & Distributors plant on West Third Street, where the young man had been employed for a short time, and police and the doc tor arrived about the same time, shortly after the shooting.

No charges have been filed in connection with the affair, City Marshal Ernest McKenzie reported today.

50 years ago

November 18, 1971 Four teenage youths were taken into custody shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday after they were caught in the act of burglarizing Joe's East Side Market, Ochoco Highway.

Dan Puckett, 115 Willowdale, spotted the boys, ages 15 and 16, entering the store by breaking a plywood panel which replaced a window. Police were on the scene within three minutes.

Nello Giovanini, owner of the store, said that he had driven past just a moment before and was about a block away when he saw a police car pull up in front of the grocery. He turned around and went back to ask the officer what was wrong. When told, Giovanini opened the front door for police who discovered three boys still inside, stacking up between ten and 15 cases of beer and wine to be removed. Some beer had already been loaded into a car where the fourth youth was apprehended.

"I thought I was burglar proof," Giovanini stated, "but I guess I'm not."

The boys were remanded to juvenile court.

25 years ago

October 29, 1996

When the State Department of Correction's Siting Authority visited Mitchell last week to hear what the residents had to say about having a minimum security work camp in their community, they were pleasantly surprised.

Apparently, in other communities, not everyone attending public hearings on the subject are happy to see the Oregon Department of Corrections group.

Wheeler County Sheriff Craig Ward said, from his viewpoint, the Mitchell people acted, in his words, "Very genteel, very democratic. There were people on both sides of the issue, but they all acted with respect."

Members of the siting authority are looking for a place to build one of two prison work camps. Mitchell is on the short list of possible locations.


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