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1947: Officials issue warning to locals of danger of possession of war trophies brought back home from battle

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - November 25, 1947:  Jim Moore and his cougar hunting dogs, Little Red and Duke, are pictured here after their successful chase in the Green Ridge country, which bagged a big she cougar and two of her kittens. Jim says he was just as tired as he looks in this picture.

110 years ago

November 21, 1912

There is one exhibit in the Land Products B Show where the coffee bean can be found as it grows. Amazing as it may seem, that exhibit is from Crook County, the semi-arid realm where there are cold nights the year through and where dry-farming methods are necessary. The coffee has been grown on a mere bush, which the expert manager of the exhibit, Jack Summers, has nursed to maturity, just to show what he can do.

The exhibit suggests anything but a tropical jungle, where coffee in its natural state thrives. If ever an exhibit was arranged to make the Western plains man homesick, it is this. After looking at it for a moment, you can smell the sagebrush smoke of the Indian teepee, hear the buckaroos riding through the grease-wood as they attend the fall rodeo and see steers fattening on the whitened bunch grass of the rolling hills. If ever a setting was designed that would suggest the opposite of a coffee plantation, it is that whiff from what world has regarded the "Eastern Oregon Desert."

75 years ago

November 20, 1947

A warning to those who own war trophies that they may be handling death - dealing souvenirs brought home from battle - a fields was issued this week by a local committee, including Chief of Police T. E. Fitzgerald, Sheriff Ralph L. Jordan, District Attorney Lake M. Bechtell, Commander Eddie Face of the V.- F. W., Commander Ralph J. Brown of the American Legion post and Ted Adamson, fire chief. Some types of war trophies, including automatic guns, rifles and shotguns with barrels less than 1812 inches long, 410 shotgun pistols, Mausers and Lugers with shoulder stocks and pistols with barrels over 82 inches long must be registered with federal authorities. Some types of weapons may not be possessed legally, and some that are legal to own may be very dangerous around the house, the committee pointed out.

Anyone who has a war trophy that may be dangerous is asked to contact a member of the committee, to avoid possible death or injury.

50 years ago

November 20, 1972

Richard Larkin, 26, of Prineville, was found guilty of manslaughter Thursday at the close of a circuit court trial in the Crook County Courthouse.

Judge John M. Copenhaver delivered the guilty verdict shortly before noon Thursday, immediately following summation arguments by District Attorney Phil Roberts and Defense Attorney James Bodie, whose associate attorney, James Minturn, also participated in the defense's summation.

Judge Copenhaver said he "rejected the claim of self-defense" on the part of Larkin in the Sept. 9 shooting death of Ernest Reams, 68, of Post. He said that in the court's view, anyone who pointed a loaded 30-06 rifle at another person was "reckless in the highest degree" and that he did not believe that Larkin's conduct had been "reasonable."

The judge ordered the defendant remanded to the custody of the sheriff pending receipt of a pre-sentence report. This will probably take several weeks. Meanwhile, Larkin, who had been free on $5,000 bail, will be held in the city jail.

25 years ago

November 20, 1997

Some of the parents attending an informational meeting last week wanted to know why an identified predator was allowed to live within blocks of a local school. Other asked how to identify sex offenders so they can protect their children.

The meeting, held at the high school, was called by county probation officer Darin Pace. His subject was sex offenders.

Pace, who is a sex offender specialist, was part of the panel discussing sex offenders. Also on hand was Juvenile Director Debbie Patterson, Sheriff Rodd Clark and Police Chief Jim Soules.

Clark said the meeting was necessary because of the recent release of convicted sex offender, Geneo Brown. Pace said currently, Crook County has two parole officers that are responsible for supervising approximately 130 people. One frightening fact, Pace said, is there are actually 31 sex offenders in the area and 10 of those are predatory sex offenders.


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