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Page 8 PUBLIC SArETV VC'l JD ('_g M MI JNITV :h  r - January 4, 2012 Jan. 2 4:56 a.m. Caller reported someone threw a rock through the window at Dutch Bros. and took money; 604 Main St. Officer took report for second-degree burglary. Loss of $200. 7:18 a.m. Caller reported her ID was stolen either from vehicle or from bag where it had been placed. Officer responded, 1300 block of Sunset. The multicolored wallet contained ID and Social Security card but no cash or bank cards. 8:59 a.m. Caller reported theft, 3041 Main St., Hoy's. Officer took report for third-degree theft. Stolen computer speakers were valued at $9.99. Jan. 1 12:40 a.m. - Cller heard what sounded like a cannon going off in the street, causing her windows to rattle, 400 block of 10th. Officer checked area. Unknown what caused noise. 1:44 a.m. - Caller reported a male in white lifted pickup truck hit the side of his car causing a dent and then leaving westbound, 2405 Main St., Circle K. Report taken. 8:46 a.m. Elizabeth Lynn Brown, 30, arrested on Lebanon warrant for failure to comply on original charge of contempt of court and cited for driving while suspended, driving uninsured and failure to carry proof of insurance. Tina Jo Winkler, 42, arrested on Multnomah County warrant for probation violation on original charges of delivery of meth and possession of a controlled substance and on Oregon warrant for arole violation, absconding, 10th just south of Main. Brown cited and released. Winkler transported to Linn County Jail. 5:25 p.m. - Caller reported a minivan in the bark dust, 49th and Main, in the flower bed in front of the Wiley Creek Community sign. Officer responded to a single- vehicle crash with no injuries. He did not see any damage to the property. Vehicle was removed and on its way. Officer would advise business of driver's insurance information. 6:09 p.m. Caller reported hearing cannon-like sounds coming from the area, 4100 block of Osage. Officer checked area for approximately 20 minutes and did not see or hear anything. 9:17 p.m. - Caller reported hearing fireworks in the area. Second caller reported hearing three gunshots and saw a flashlight in the field that runs from Long to Main, 3100 block of Main. Officer responded, checked area on foot and did not see or hear anything. Dec. 31 10:32 a.m. - Eric Daniel Grimm, 39, arrested for se:ond- degree burglary, 1605 Fir St. Zited and released. Caller had reprted seeing a male carrying boxesfrom an empty house. 10:52 a.m. - Caller reported garbage can at Shell gas station was filled with garbage, 1306 Main St. Caller located pieces of rrrail in the garbage sacks. Report taken. Approximate value of garbage Information for the Public Safety report in The New Era is drawn. from local police and fire agencies. It is important to remember that the fact that we report that someone is arrested or cited for a crime does not mean they are guilty. Guilt is only determined through the courts. Addresses listed typically indicate the location of the incident or of the arrest, but sometimes may indicate the origin of the call. SHAF TREES FOR SCHOLARSHIPS Wishes to thank the following: Tree Sponsors/Designers Cascade Timber Consulting- Josh & Brandy Darwood, Amanda Chdsten, & Brenda Smothers Sweet Home Sanitation - Jami Snyder & Frankie Tagle The Weld Family - Usa & Scott Weld & Traci Roberts Timber Harvesting Inc - Wendi Melcher & Audrey Cota Ridgetree Logging - Butch & Cindy Watkins, Kara Endght & Carol Donnell Ridgeway Logging- Shauna Mclntyre & Patti Neiman PEO Chapter FA The South Santiam Sweet Potato Queens - Roxanne Smith & Rogene Stock Rice Logging- HeatherSwansan & Heidi Nichol Sweet Home High School Key Club - Deborah Handman and SHHS students Tish Tack and Greg Morse Steelhead Strength & Fitness -Dave & Vickie Bauer & Janie Tuller Wolthuis Family Dentistry - Ivan & Rebecca Wolthuis, Tammie McCorkhill & Dixie Oxender Janice Homer & Judy England Boys & Gids Club of the Greater Santiam Burke Logging- Aaron & Amy Burke Others' Millie Horton & Kitchen Staff Josh Rice Sweet Home High School Students The Point Restaurant The Skyline Inn Shad's Restaurant Betty Watkins Jennie Thorpe Kds' Kitchen Sweet Home Alumni Foundation Board of Directors Jeremy Powell - Auctioneer Sweet Home High School Custodians Rick Bumett & Harv Cadson Troy Scott & Grason Reynolds Nick Mclntyre Katie, Dan and Nate Virtue Thank yoto all who attended and/or helped to fund scholarships for Sweet Home graduating seniors! SHAF "Trees for Scholarships" Committee Coreen Melcher, Ben Dahleebarg, Steve Hanscam, Alice Bumett, Laud Cadson, Shauna Mclntym, Sharon Conner, Kim Wilson, Mary Sue Reynolds, Jann Homer, Peggy Emmert, & Deb Cooley. (For morn information about Sweet Home Alumni Foundation visit oar website at www.sweethome.k12.or.us/community/alumni.php) Photo by Scott Swanson Sweet Home medics and firefighters move Perry Crocker, 52, of Sweet Home to a waiting ambulance. Crocker sustained minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash just west of Sweet Home on Highway 20 Saturday. Emergency workers received the call at about 12:15 p.m. Ralph Showalter, 39, of Lebanon was cited for reckless driving. Crocker had two passengers, Joaneta Crocker and Lacey Crocker. According to the Linn County Sheriff's Office report on the crash, Showalter, driving a white GMC 3500, and Crocker, driving a 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser, were driving west out of Sweet Home. Showa[ter 's vehicle had been close to Crocker, but Crocker had no room to yield. Crocker tapped his brake, and Showalter allegedly passed in the center lane and then tapped his brake in front of Crocker, who was unable to stop his vehicle from colliding with Showalter's vehicle. service is $156. 12:30 p.m. - Caller reported finding an armful of mail belonging to different people lying at the edge of her lawn, 900 block of Alder. Officer responded. Unsure if it was an actual mail theft. There was a large stack of newspaper with one piece of mail with a name. The mail has been seized and returned to owner. 12:48 p.m. - Caller reported theft of two iPods from her friend's unlocked car during the night, 900 block of First. Report taken. Approximate Value of iPods was $438. 1:24 p.m.  Caller reported someone went through his vehicle during the night. Nothing was taken. Report taken. See Safety page 11 Silent Auction Donors Advanced Family Eye Care AmVets Auxiliary Post 13 Anita Hutuhins & Daughters Bert & Jan Wdght Cedar Shack Chinook Winds Casino AI Grove and the SHHS Metal Shop Students Deb Cooley Doable D Karaoke Dr. Richard Schirmer, DDS Duane Davis Farmers Insurance ~ Karyn Hartsook Greg & Debbie Ego Glenda Melson Jennie Thorpe Kathy Horn Larry & Candy Johnson Laud Cadson Marks Ridge Winery Mona & Bob Waibel Oregon Jamboree Pam Dean Pat Stineff Risa & Michael DeMasi Sam Eicher & Janice Homer, Volbeda Family Farm, EJcher Feedlot Santam 4-Wheel Drive Association Sara Windom of Salon W Sarah Fountain Shellye Tack Dustin Nichol and the SHHS Wood Shop Students Sweet Home Safeway Stephen Young Suzan Bechtel Sweet Home American Legion Auxilliary Sweet Home Bunch ~ Calligraphers Sweet Home Funeral Chapel Sweet Home High School Student Body Sweet Home Alumni Foandation Board of Directors Ted & Peggy Hufford Terry McCallister Trecking Vicki Cadsan Arnold Wayne Dahlenburg Willamette Valley Vineyards I! Police From page 1 department already had to reduce one officer for budgetary reasons in November. Officer Randy Gill re- signed then. The sworn police officers, the include a police chief, two sergeants and two detectives. One detective, Jason Ogden, has been moved to patrol for now, said Chief Bob Burford, bringing the total number of patrol officers to seven. One of the sergeants will pull a full patrol shift to help cover the gap. "We are really going to be strug- gling, losing three officers all at one time," Burford said. "On top of al- ready cutting back, it's going to be a challenge." The 10-man patrol roster al- lowed the department to ensure two officers on during every shift, Bur- ford said. Two of them acted primar- ily as traffic officers. The i-affic of- ricers could fill in when other patrol officers were on vacation, at court or sick, maintaining two-man shifts. In a perfect world, Burford said, with no officers out on vacation, sick leave, court or parental leave, the de- partment would have two officers on at all times. The department already is working on filling the three vacan- cies, Burford said. "As soon as we learned we were likely going to be having these resignations, we started a recruitment process." The department held an assess- ment center and physical ability test- ing session in efirly December, he said. Officials are working on the background investigation phase of the hiring process. "I would be surprised if we find three suitable applicants out of this first process, but we're hopeful," Burford said. New officers are ready to work solo after roughly nine months fol- lowing hiring, Burford said. "It's a long, arduous process. It's costly to train new officers." The resignations follow extend- ed contract negotiations between the Sweet Home Police Department Emergency Services Union and the city, which ended late October with an agreement to provide a 3-percent raise for police and dispatch employ- ees for the 2010-11 fiscal year, no in- crease in 2011-12 and a 3-percent in- crease to salaries in 2012-13. - well below what the union had requested. The union had sought a 3-per- cent raise in 2010-11 and 5-percent raises in 2011-12 and 2012-13. The union also sought eight hours of compensatory time each month for police officers to offset what it be- lieves are extra hours worked each month by officers under a 12-hour shift cycle. The resignations have allowed the department to maintain its dis- patch center at full staffing levels. The department had planned to lay off a part-time dispatcher, but for the time being will keep the position filled, Burford said. The department is seeing enough savings from the resignations to fund the position. It's too soon to tell when or if the position will need to be cut, Bur- ford said. "I believe .we'll be able to leep dispatch intact through the remainder of this fiscal year (which ends June 30)." Burford will remain in his posi- tion in 2012. He retired officially at the end of 2010 and then returned under special contract, as authorized by state law for police chiefs, for 2011. "Craig Martin (city manager) has asked me to stay a while longer," Burford said. Martin said the chief can pro- vide assistance in working the streets and he would like Burford to assist in looking at long-term stable fund- ing options. "Obviously, with the loss of three officers recently, I certainly want to retain stable leadership," Martin said. "First and foremost is to retain as many of qualified and competent people as we can," Martin said. Because the city has been facing revenue shortfalls, prompting budget cuts, officials are searching for ways to improve the department's fund- ing, which currently comes through a local option levy, which must be renewed by voters periodically. This funding mechanism is more suscepti- ble to compression, reduced revenue caused by property tax limitations, than permanent property tax rates. With the chief working under contract, the city no longer needs to pay retirement benefits, Martin said. "It's not costing us anymore, and it's probably showing, depending on circumstances, slight savings."