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4/28/-20t2 N Small Town Papers- 2i 7 W Cota St Sheiion wa 98584 Hometown News 3aper of Harold Partridge Serving the Sweet Home community since 1929 I m I I Wednesday, February 22, 2012 Vol. 83, No. 8 I 75 Cents Two more arrested in burglary cases By Scan C. Morgan Of The New Era Sweet Home police recovered property Thursday morning, Feb. 16, that they believe was stolen from area homes in a recent series of residential burglaries beginning last month. They arrested two people in connection with the stolen property and a third on a drug charge. Police served the search war- rant at 1280 Nandina St., at 6:33 a.m. Arrested were Wayne Cole Howser, 36, and Todd Jeremy Clark, 36, for possession of methamphetamine and first-degree theft by receiving. Police also arrested Lacey Marie Ni- cole Davidson, 33, for possession of meth. All three were lodged at Linn County Jail. In addition to apparently sto- len property, police also seized what they described as sales quantities of meth. Among the stolen property were items allegedly stolen from Dan Dee Sales, said Police Chief Bob Bur- ford. Police executed the search war- rant on the basis of information they had received that there may have been items of interest from the bur- glaries around Sweet Home, said Community Services Officer Gina Riley. "There were items found in the residence that are probably asso- ciated with some of the burglaries." Police are now connecting the property to the owners, she said. A week earlier, police arrested Austin Richards, 18, at the scene of an apparent attempted burglary, charging him with two counts of See Arrests, page 8 Photo by Scott Swanson Police detective Cyndi Picardo, left, Community Services Officer Gina Riley, and other law enoforcement officials carry evidence from a house at the corner of 13th Avenue and Nandina Street Thursday after a search. Fast food drive-in McDonald's employees Trudy Pectol, left, and Jessica Smith survey the damage from a vehicle that crashed through a window Friday morning as David Worthen works behind the counter. Police and medics responded to McDonald's, 2000 Main St., at about 8:55 a.m. The vehicle was driven by Mabel Jeanette Medlock, 87. No citations were issued, and no injuries were reported. At right, Community Services Officer Gina Riley chats with a police officer at the scene of the crash. Photos by Scott Swanson New pipes paying off in reduced I&I By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Januarff's big rain storm brought good - albeit unscientific - news about Sweet Home's sewer system. During the storm, the city's Wastewa- ter Treatment Plant bypassed far less water than city officials would have expected. "Past experience would've told us with that particular rain event, we would've by- passed sooner during the rain storm," said Public Works Director Mike Adams. That See I&l, page 2 Council denies zoning change By Scan C. Morgan Of The New Era The Sweet Home City Council de- nied a request for a Comprehensive Plan amendment and rezone for Valley View Logging last week. Following a public hearing during its regular meeting on Feb. 14, the council voted 5-0 to deny the request. The request was to change the Com- prehensive Plan map for 1284 and 1288 46th Ave. from low-density residential to See Council, page 7 Cougar killings, sightings up, but how many are there? By Scott Swanson Of The New Era Are cougars more plentiful now than, say, 10 years ago? Depends on whom you talk to. Oregon state wildlife biologists say they don't believe there are more of the mountain lions in the Cascades and the Willamette Val- ley west of the mountains, and if counts of re- ported killings of cougars can be relied upon, they seem to support that analysis to a certain extent, although the cats' presence may be be- coming more evident. In the last month, a cougar has been hit by a school vehicle on Fern Ridge, two have been killed on Highway 228 in the Crawfordsville area and others have been reported, though not necessarily officially. Cougars have been blamed for multiple livestock killings in the area since last summer, including six American blackbelly sheep be- longing to a family on 50th Avenue, five goats on a ranch on Crescent Hill Drive, and others. Whether there is actually an increased number of cats in the state is up for argument, but the numbers of reported cats killed in Linn County have shot up by more than 100 percent in recent years, from an average of 13 betweeen 2006 and 2009, to 20 in 2010 and 23 in 2011. Probably even more telling, the number killed because they have been deemed a hazard to hu- mans has doubled in the last year from eight in 2010 to 17 in 2011, and quadrupled from 2009 (four). 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