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l, .,,, &apos;r - January 25, 2012 L]fl LI lll!iJLiL! l iJ  RI, i|91 !Lll I I]]'d',)l !II i LII ,] J!IL]U!L II!l[ :1t r! Jllt'll!t i.I Iff il !et?!!', 1II ll)llllW! t!lliKII II _ VOUR CO.MtdUNITV i Circuit Court rOund-up: Ex-teacher pleads guilty to sex counts Page 7 Former Sweet Home teacher Michael Joseph Morrell pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree sexual abuse in a deal with prose- cutor George Eder on Jan. 17. One charge of third-degree sexual abuse will be dismissed. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 15. The state will recommend 36 months of supervised probation with 60 days in jail. Sweet Home police arrested Morrell on Sept. 7 following an investigation that began on Aug. 24 after school officials learned of allegations of sexual contact be- tween Morrell and a female juve- nile. School officials reported it to the police. Morrell had been the chaper- one for a group of approximately / 12 Sweet Home students at a scho- i . . lastic competition in Portland. A 17-year-old female student from Lebanon also  attended with the group and spent three nights in a Portland motel. During that time, the Lebanon juvenile allegedly shared the motel room and bed with Morrell for two nights, said Police Chief Bob Bur- ford. Following that, he allegedly had sexual contact with the juve- nile four times. As part of the agreement, Mor- rell, who was born in 1982, had to admit sexual contact with the vic- tim on four separate occasions. Morrell was the business teacher at Sweet Home High School. The district terminated his employment in October follow- ing an investigation by the district. He is under investigation by the Teachers Standards and Practices Commission. Morrell's case was one' of sev- eral, involving people wilh local ties, that have been resolve d in re- cent weeks. The others are i Mark D. Newens, 23, pleaded no contest to first-degree assault, a class A felony, on Jan. 11. He was sentenced to 90 months in prison and 36 months of post- prison supervision and fined $142. The charge stemmed from the Nov. 29 stabbing of Donald Ames St. After the stabbing, Ames stumbled into Chewy's Sports Pub, 1200 12th Ave., seeking help. Of- ricers searched the area, located and arrested Newens at Tamarack Street. Ames underwent surgery and has recovered from the stabbing. Josh Lee Shaddon 33, a for- mer Sweet Home and Crawfords- ville resident, has been committed to the Oregon State Hospital and life under the jurisdiction of the Psychiatric Review Board for mur- dering his mother, Gerlene Thorne, on Oct. 23, 2009 inBrownsville: He also pleaded guilty in Linn County Circuit Court to attempted first-degree assault against his stepfather, Mike Thorne, over an incident in September 2009 where Shaddon had pointed a firearm at Thorne. The guilty plea was based on an agreement between the dis- trict attorney's office and Shad- don. In exchange for a guilty plea, a charge of attempted murder was dismissed. He was sentenced to 16 months in prison with time served. In the murder case, a doc- tor testified that Shaddon suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, a psychotic disorder and meth psy- chosis. The verdict and sentence were rendered in open court by Judge Tom McHill, who signed the ver- dict on Dec. 20. Blake Leas Donalson pleaded guilty in Linn County Circuit Court to two counts of harassment, a class A misdemeanor, on Dec. i Cougar From page 1 Jewell-Caulkins was on a route to pick up a special-needs student Thursday morning, Jan. 19, and was descending down Fern Ridge from the crest of the hill when the cougar ran in front of her in the darkness. The collision came on the short fiat section before the road drops down to the highway, she said. "There was nothing I could do," she said. "I hit it hard." After being struck, the cou- gar ran into a some briars border- ing a field next to the road, she said. Hawthorne aide Kathy Hughes was accompanying Jew- ell-Caulkins, but no one else was in the vehicle. This was the second encoun- ter with a cougar in, literally, two months as bus driver Ginger Al- len spotted one on Nov. 15 while delivering children to their homes in the Whiskey Butte area. Jewell-Caulkins, who also serves as secretary for the school district Transportation Depart- ment, said she has been driv- ing the Suburban route since last spring. She said she's seen cougars in her neighborhood in the Airport Road area, but never while driving for the district, al- though she's since learned that three cougars are believed to be in the Fern Ridge area. "This one was immense," she said. "It was a big full-grown adult. I'd say it had to be a male. I could see the whole thing over the hood of the Suburban." Later inspection revealed that a turn signal light was broken, but Jewell-Caulkins said they found one cougar hair in the grille. She said she called the Or- egon Department of Fish and Wildlife after she got back to the Transportation Office and later showed biologist Nancy Taylor where the collision had occurred, so an ODFW tracker could at- tempt to find the animal. "It was still dark," Jewell- Caulkins said. "I wasn't getting out to check, believe me." ODF biologist Karen Hans said Friday that Taylor and others searched for three hours but were unable to locate the cougar. I* Need Business Cards? We can design your card for you! Call for pricing! 367-2135 m Town From page 6 Information and representa- tives will be available from 20 pub- lic and private four-year colleges from throughout the state Information will also be avail- able on the Ford Family Founda- tion Scholarship. For more information, contact Nancy Morrill at (541) 917-4816. Meals on Wheels weekly menu Meals on Wheels. also known as Your Table or Ours. offers lunch at the Sweet Home Community Center to seniors over 60 at noon on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. The Senior Center serves a separate lunch on Wednesdays. First-time diners are invited to come in and have a free lunch to give it a try. Suggested donation is $3.50. All meals are served with milk. cof- fee or tea upon request and diabeti desserts are available on request. The lunch menu on Friday, Jan. 27. is beef patty with gravy or baked ham with mustard sauce. Colcannon potatoes, green peas and carrots, wheat bread, and chocolate cake with chocolate icing. The menu for Monday, Jan. 30. is turkey divan bake or Bavar- ian stew, cut green beans, pickled beets, potato wheat roll and mixed fruit cup. The menu for Tuesday, Jan. 31, is turkey loaf or beef patty with gra- vy, whipped potatoes, country trio vegetables, wheat bread and fresh banana. For more information, call (541) 367-8843. 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