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1972: Police investigate the theft of several firearms from the local Vets Club within the last month

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - September 9, 1972:  The quiet beauty that is Smith Rock State Park was a popular spot with tourists and picnickers over the weekend as the last days of summer vacation draw to a close. The huge rock, flanked on three sides by the meandering Crooked River has drawn increased numbers of visitors each summer and the grounds have been improved for day visitors and picnickers. The vista of Smith Rock, however, remains one of the most striking in Central Oregon.110 years ago

September 7, 1912

Out of 125 cases, which are on the supreme court docket, which has just been completed by Arthur S. Benson, 73 of the cases are appealed from Multnomah County. Marion County comes next on the docket, with 10 appeals, Douglas, Lane, Klamath and Washington counties have five appeals each; Coos has four, Hood River, Tillamook and Polk counties, three apiece; Linn, Clackamas, Clatsop and Yamhill counties, two each and Josephine County, one.

The first case on the docket has been hanging fire before the supreme court for 13 years. This is the case of the Larch Mountain Investment company vs. Bridal Veil Lumber Company. The transcript was filed Nov. 1, 1899. The briefs have been in for years, but from time to time, the case has been continued.

75 years ago

September 11, 1947

A warning that trucks over 18 feet long may not be parked on Prineville business streets where angle parking is the rules was issued at the City Council meeting Tuesday night. Police Chief T. E. Fitzgerald told the council he has been having trouble convincing truck drivers there is such a rule here.

Another traffic rule Chief Fitzgerald asked to have drawn to the attention of the public is the one that forbids the driving of cleated tractors over improved streets, except on designated routes under special permit. Since the streets have been oiled, tractors moving around town have caused considerable damage, Chief Fitzgerald said. The drivers seem willing to cooperate but did not know Prineville has a rule against such travel.

Mayor R. P. McRae reported to the council that the state highway department has made a survey of a proposed log truck route through Prineville, taking off from the Ochoco Highway near the railway crossing east of town and reaching the old Lamonta Road near the City of Prineville Depot. Whether or not this route can be opened depends on how much money is available from highway department special funds established by the 1947 Legislature, Mr. Mc Rae said. Meanwhile, the highway department has agreed to Third Street.

50 years ago

September 7, 1972 Police are investigating the theft of four Springfield 30-06 rifles from the Vets Club here. The rifles were reported missing on Saturday by William Denison. They were taken sometime within the last month.

Dennis Grant, of 528 SE Fourth St., has reported that an Adams eight-track stereo and five tapes have been stolen from his car while it was parked at his residence.

In another local theft, George Rogers, of Ochoco Feed and Seed, reported to police Saturday that a number of metal fence posts valued at $1.07 each had been stolen from the feed company.

25 years ago

September 11, 1997

The Prineville woman injured in a car/log truck accident a week ago is improving, and the investigation being conducted by Oregon State Troopers continues.

Brandy Nicole Zack was transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend following the accident, which occurred on Highway 26, east of town. Zack was believed to be driving eastbound and ended up rammed under a fully loaded log truck. Local police responded to the scene and once Zack was airlifted to St. Charles, the investigation began.

According to Capt.Tim Pinkston of the Prineville Police Department, a re-creation of the accident has been conducted by the Oregon State Troopers team of experts. Information has been collected, but a full official report is not expected to be released for another week to 10 days.

Meanwhile, the 19-year-old woman has undergone several surgeries. Directly after the accident, officials at St. Charles reported she also had chest injuries and "many, many bone fractions." Her condition was listed as critical for more than a week.

Monday, those officials said her condition had been upgraded to serious.


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