Excerpts from the September 24, 2015 Sheriff’s Reports


Sept. 9: 6:30 pm: Sex, Indecent Exposure – Terwilliger Hot Springs. Incident happened 4 weeks ago. Complainant & friend observed a male subject masturbating across the river from them. When they went to leave they found a note on a Forest Service business card. Caller doesn’t know if subject works for the FS or just found a card & wrote on it.

HeadlinesBy Finn J.D. John

When the story first hit the newspapers, it all seemed very clear and simple:
An Albina man got drunk and beat up his wife. Her brother went looking for him to teach him a lesson, and brought along a friend who happened to be a police officer. The wifebeater, tracked down at a local saloon, came out shooting, and moments later the innocent, luckless policeman lay dying on the sidewalk as the wife-beating murderer fled into the night.
For newspaper readers on the morning of Dec. 19, 1907, it was like a Vaudeville stage tragedy come to life. There was a good guy – brave, valiant Joseph P. Sivener, on a mission to deliver a much-deserved thrashing to his no-good, wife-beating brother-in-law; a bad guy – Melville Bradley, the aforementioned brother-in-law, whose surly, shifty-eyed mugshot appeared next to the story in the paper; the fair damsel – poor, battered Mrs. Bradley; and an innocent victim: the poor policeman, who was just doing his job when sudden and undeserved death came and bore him away from his devastated wife and four tiny children.

Orlando MurrayBy Finn JD John

Early in November 1906, 21-year-old Orlando Murray went to pay a call on a 22-year-old acquaintance named Lincoln C. Whitney. The main subject of their conversation was to be Murray’s 16-year-old sister, Mary. Secondary topics for the two men’s tete-a-tete included wedding bells and a baby shower – not necessarily in that order – and, last but not least, a .38-caliber revolver.
The conversation did not go well.
Whitney had met Mary when she’d traveled from her Portland home to Hubbard, where Whitney lived, to work in the hop fields for a week. Whitney had, Orlando Murray said (and, later, testified), sweet-talked the cute young out-of-towner into bed with fair promises of marriage, then disappeared as thoroughly as he could. Meanwhile, several weeks after their brief liaison, Mary suddenly found herself in a very awkward position.

Excerpts from the September 3, 2015 Sheriff’s Reports


Aug. 19: 3:01 pm: Accident – 42000 block, Holden Creek Lane. Report of a red Town & Country mini van “teetering on an embankment, being held up by a tree.” Unknown how high the embankment is. A female is trapped. Medics are en route. 15:12: OSP & Fire are on the scene.

Excerpts from the August 27, 2015 Sheriff’s Reports

Aug. 13: 1:33 am: Suspicious Vehicle – 87000 block, Dowdy Lane. Involved is a late 90’s dark colored hatchback with no plate lights. Complainant passed the vehicle that followed him to his house & sat outside for 5 minutes, then left.

VehicleCAMP CREEK: On Monday night at 3:38 am, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a gunshot wound at the Riverview Market on Camp Creek Road in Springfield. Police said the victim was asleep in his vehicle outside the market when an unknown person reached through the open window of his car and discharged a firearm, that struck the victim. The man, unidentified by police at this time, was treated at the hospital and released.




LEABURG: In April of 2015, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received several anonymous tips regarding the location of some stolen property as well as people possibly associated with numerous thefts and burglaries. After several weeks of investigation, a large barn was located near the Leaburg Fish Hatchery containing a large amount of property.
After two separate property viewings, a significant amount of items were returned to their owners that had reported thefts and burglaries from the McKenzie River area.

Excerpts  From the January 1, 2015 Sheriff’s Reports


Dec. 19: 7:30 p.m. Burglary - 38100 block, Camp Creek Rd. All drawers & cupboards have been gone through. Value of jewelry was greater than $10,000. Complainant says there were news reports of a car in the canal. Caller believes the burglary was due to that.


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