Court Roundup for Sept. 7-11
Chase leads to charges for Madras woman
Marjorie Jackie Smith, 24, of Madras, pleaded not guilty to one felony and one misdemeanor count of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, as well as one count of reckless driving in Jefferson County Circuit Court Thursday, Sept. 10.
Smith was arrested after a Madras Police officer saw her maroon Subaru sedan driving more than 80 miles per hour on Highway 361 near Southwest G Street, a 45 mph zone, according to a probable cause affidavit filed by police.
The officer turned on his siren and pursued the Subaru through Metolius and into Culver, reaching 110 miles per hour. He stopped chasing the car on Southwest Iris Lane as the car approached Highway 97.
"During the chase, I observed the vehicle to leave its lane of travel several times and nearly crash on several occasions," the officer wrote.
An Oregon State Police trooper then followed witness directions and tracked the vehicle through the Crooked River National Grasslands and found it headed toward Terrebonne.
The Madras officer heard on the OSP radio that OSP had the female driver and male passenger in custody.
The Madras officer went to the scene and identified the driver as Smith. She had a "large amount of white crystalline substance concealed in her bra. When asked, Ms. Smith told me the substance was methamphetamine," the officer wrote.
The OSP trooper said Smith tried to run when he told her to stop, but he eventually caught and detained her, the affidavit said.
As of Sunday, Sept. 13, Smith was being held in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility on $25,000 security.
Warm Springs man pleads not guilty to sexual abuse
Michael Eduardo Cuevas, 20, of Warm Springs, pleaded not guilty to first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree attempted unlawful sexual penetration, second-degree sexual abuse, first-degree attempted sexual abuse, and third-degree sexual abuse in Jefferson County Circuit Court Thursday, Sept. 10.
Details are being withheld to protect the alleged victim.
As of Sunday, Sept. 13, he was being held in the Jefferson County Correctional on $75,000 security.
Two fail to appear in stolen scooter case
Marissa Rose Kalama, 41, of Warm Springs, and Leo Joseph John, 24, of Toppenish, Washington, failed to appear at their arraignments Tuesday, Sept. 8, in Jefferson County Circuit Court.
Both were cited Aug. 19 on suspicion of first-degree theft, unauthorized use of a vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle in Madras.
The information document filed with the court accuses Kalama of stealing a mobility scooter worth at least $1,000.
Woods pleads not guilty to meth delivery
On Thursday, Sept. 10, Michael Frank Woods, 53, of Kelso, Washington, pleaded not guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit unlawful delivery of a substantial quantity of methamphetamine for consideration, as well as one count each of unlawful delivery of a substantial quantity of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a substantial quantity of methamphetamine.
Woods is accused of working with Casey Richardson to deliver more than 100 grams of the drug. At the time of his arrest, he had more than $300 in cash. He also had metal knuckles and materials used for packaging controlled substances, according to the indictment brought against him.
As of Sunday, Sept. 13, Woods was being held in the Jefferson County Correctional on $100,000 security.
Madras woman pleads not guilty to racketeering
Kathy Jo Smith, 46, of Madras, pleaded not guilty to two charges of racketeering Thursday, Sept. 10, in Jefferson County Circuit Court.
Smith is accused of participating with at least 13 people in an enterprise to deliver methamphetamine between January and July.
As of Sunday, Sept. 13, she was being held in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility on $100,000 security.
Madras man pleads not guilty to leading police on chase
Michael Paul Cantrell, 27, of Madras, pleaded not guilty to fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, unlawful possession of methamphetamine, reckless driving and two counts of recklessly endangering another person Wednesday, Sept. 9, in Jefferson County Circuit Court.
At 12:53 a.m., a Madras Police officer was heading west on D Street approaching Fifth Street. He saw a vehicle approaching D Street from the opposite direction. The officer saw that the driver was Cantrell, he wrote in a probable cause affidavit.
"I thought Mr. Cantrell most likely did not have a driver's license," the officer wrote. He also saw that Cantrell had a broken taillight.
The officer drove to C Street toward Seventh to see if he could find the vehicle, which was "an older Ford Explorer."
"I saw the vehicle turn onto Seventh Street and was now about two blocks ahead of me," the officer wrote. "I turned southbound on Seventh Street to try to locate the vehicle, but it was traveling away from me at a high rate of speed. I sped up to approximately 50 to 60 miles per hour to catch the vehicle."
The Explorer then turned onto Buff Street heading west and then sped through a church parking lot.
The officer turned on his emergency vehicle lights, and the Explorer sped up, the officer wrote, going 40 to 50 miles per hour on Commerce Street, then turning onto H Street.
The officer then turned on his siren and told dispatch he was trying to stop the vehicle that was trying to elude him.
The Explorer turned onto Duke Street, slid around the corner of the gravel roadway and nearly crashed before continuing south, the officer wrote. It then turned east onto Gard Street and didn't slow down on the gravel road.
"As the roadway narrowed to one lane near 10th Street, the vehicle came to an abrupt stop at the stop sign," the officer continued. "I thought the occupants inside would run from the vehicle, but they did not. I exited my patrol vehicle and advised dispatch I had three subjects at gunpoint, and to advise a supervisor of the vehicle pursuit."
The office ordered the driver to shut off the vehicle and for all three of the occupants to raise their hands, which they did.
Once a Jefferson County Sheriff's deputy arrived to assist, Cantrell was taken into custody.
"When asked, Mr. Cantrell said he ran because he had warrants," the officer wrote. He then read Cantrell his rights.
"I asked Mr. Cantrell why he ran from me. Mr. Cantrell said he 'screwed up and missed court,'" the officer wrote. "Mr. Cantrell said he thought he had a warrant for his arrest. Mr. Cantrell told me he has been using drugs lately and said he has used methamphetamine recently."
Cantrell gave the officer a glass vial and said it had methamphetamine residue in it, the officer wrote.
Cantrell said the two women in the car had nothing to do with what happened. "I asked Mr. Cantrell what made him decide to stop. Mr. Cantrell said he could not do it anymore and said it was 'so stupid,'" the officer wrote.
Cantrell told the officer his passengers told him to stop, and he said he was sorry.
Cantrell had two outstanding felony warrants and only had a learner's permit to drive. The officer said he was unable to confirm a licensed driver in the vehicle, making the permit invalid.
One of the passengers also said Cantrell said he fled because he had an outstanding warrant, and she said she was scared, according to the affidavit.
As of Sunday, Sept. 13, he was being held on security that ranged from $15,000 to $25,000.
Madras man allegedly tells corrections officers he has meth
Austin Jeffrey Lytle, 27, of Madras, pleaded not guilty to unlawful possession of methamphetamine Wednesday, Sept. 9, in Jefferson County Circuit Court.
The charge rose to the level of a felony because of three prior convictions: in 2018 in Jefferson County, and in 2019 in Klamath and Crook counties.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed by a Madras Police officer, on Aug. 28, a store reported that Lytle had come in, taken some items and put them in a bag. The store employee took the bag.
On Sept. 2, the officer saw Lytle walking west on C Street at about 2:25 p.m.
He read Lytle his rights and then asked about the theft.
"Mr. Lytle stated he was having 'a bad day' and his mother had recently died, and it was her birthday. Mr. Lytle said he made a mistake and took a couple of things," the officer wrote.
The officer told Lytle it appeared he intended to steal because he had a list.
Lytle also had an outstanding warrant out of Jefferson County.
The officer took him to the Jefferson County Correctional Facility, where he told staff he had methamphetamine in his backpack, and the officer saw drug paraphernalia including a pipe, some plastic baggies and hypodermic needles, the officer wrote.
The officer took the baggies, which had a white, crystalline substance; they weighed a total of 1.4 grams.
As of Sunday, Sept. 13, Lytle was being held in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility on $15,000 security.
Madras man to serve 90 days for repeat DUII
Carlton George Ferrara, 47, of Madras, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of intoxicants on Friday, Sept. 11, in Jefferson County Circuit Court.
A count of reckless driving was dismissed under a plea agreement.
The DUII charge was a felony because of prior convictions — in 2009 in Rhode Island and in 2015 in Jefferson County.
Ferrara was arrested April 21.
He was sentenced to 90 days in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility and two years of supervised probation.
Man sentenced to nine days in domestic violence case
Julio Cohetzaltitla, 29, of Metolius, pleaded no contest to tampering with a witness and menacing constituting domestic violence Friday, Sept. 11, in Jefferson County Circuit Court.
Charges of coercion and harassment were dismissed according to a plea agreement.
He was sentenced to nine days in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility and three years of supervised probation. He was ordered to pay a $200 fine.
Details of the case are being withheld to protect the victim.
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