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Page 8 PUBLIC SAFETY May 26 2 p.m. Keith Allen Smith. 49. arrested for attempting to elude a police officer in a vehicle, reckless driving, recklessly endangering another, resisting arrest, failure to carry and present a driver's license, felon in possession of a restricted weapon, possession of meth and a state warrant for parole violation and cited for driving while suspended, driving uninsured, failure to carry proof of insurance and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. Foster Mill. Paula Lynn Melbye, 41, arrested on Deschutes County warrant for violation of release agreement and Linn County warrant for failure to comply (owes five days in jail) and charged with possession of meth and possession of a schedule IIl controlled substance and cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. Both transported to Linn County Jail. While attempting a traffic stop, a vehicle had attempted to elude a police officer. May 25 10:20 a.m. - Caller reported catching a young male attempting to steal his fishing rod, 610 Main St., Dan Dee Sales. Fishing rod recovered. Officer took report for second-degree attempted theft. 11:12 a.m. - Daniel Oliver O'Neal, 18, arrested for second- degree criminal trespass, 1501 Main St., Speedee Mart. Cited and released. 11:53 a.m. - Caller reported that she was assaulted with couch pillows. Officer contacted caller. No injuries. Information noted. 1:25 p.m. - Caller reported theft of two chainsaws, 4500 block of Main. Report taken for second- degree burglary and first-degree theft of chainsaws valued at about $1,100. 2:12 p.m. - Joseph Clayton Pritchett, 50, arrested on Sweet Home warrant for failure to appear on original charge of interfering with a police officer and on six Linu County warrants, Lebanon. Transported to Linn County Jail. 5:03 p.m. - Todd Jeremy Clark, 36, arrested for second- degree theft. 1400 block of Nandina. While on patrol, officer located Clark with a cart allegedly full of groceries from Safeway. The value was $258.15. Manager took control of the property. Clark cited and released. 6:43 p.m. - Caller reported the theft of a package from her home. 1800 block of Kalmia. Officer took report for theft of $10 cord for a camera charger. 7:37 p.m. - Caller reported that someone had broken into her house and stole property, 2000 block of 18th. Officer responded and took report for theft of approximately $250 in stolen items. May 24 8:36 a.m. - Caller reported he has had fuel stolen from his truck three times in the past two weeks between midnight and 5:30 a.m., 1100 block of 28th. He would like officers to patrol the area more frequently. 8:57 a.m. - Caller reported theft of industrial batteries, 28800 block of Highway 20. Report taken. 10:55 a.m. - Rochelle Arquette Zamaconia, 20, turned herself in on Sweet Home warrant for failure to appear on original charge of second-degree criminal trespass, 1950 Main St. Cited and released. 11:50 a.m. - Caller reported theft of property over the past two months, including a tackle box, cribbage board, chainsaw and garden rakes, 1300 block of Clark Mill. 12:12 p.m. - Caller reported theft of. security camera from the Veteran's Club, 580 Main St. Report taken. Camera valued at about $100. 12:48 p.m. - Caller reported theft of battery from RV, 4100 block of Osage. Report taken. Battery valued at $85. 5:14 p.m. - Jesse Jacob Whitebird, 16, referred to Juvenile Department for minor in possession of tobacco, 18th and I_ng. May 23 8:36 a.m. - Caller reported that someone broke into the business during the night, 1244 Long St., Santiam Garden. Report taken for theft of $125 in items. 10:03 a.m. - Caller reported that children gather at her back Gatorade 32.oz. 2/$3.00 Pall Mall $3.99 Copenhagen $5.49 Grizzley $4.29 Longhorn Wintergreen Fine Cut $3.69 Copenhagen Wintergreen / XLCut $3.99 Marlboro L&M $3.99 Old Gold $4.29 Camel & Camel Blue Limited Time ()ffer-$4.29 BEER SPECIAL Budweiser/Bud Light 18 pit cans $15.49 + Depesit Milwaukee Best ice 30 pack $16.99 +Depusit Busch & Busch Light 18 pack cans $13.99 +Deposit Belling Rock 18 pk cans $11.99 + Depusit Laundromat! All New Washers & Dryers! Same Hours, Same Building t Jl CCM/IL JNITV fence to smoke pot and that they leave litter and tease her dog most mornings before school. 1000 block of 15th. Caller advised to talk to school personnel, and officers would patrol as time allows. 10:25 a.m. - Two-vehicle crash, 1530 Tamarack St.. Mountain Shadows Trailer Park. Drivers were Jeffrey Kirk Miller, 46. and Ronda Joan Hale, 56. Drivers exchanged information. No injuries. No citations. 11:31 a.m. - Caller reported theft of tools from trailer, 40400 block of Highway 228. Report taken. 12:09 p.m. - David Edward Steagall, 40, cited for no seatbelt, 1200 block Of 15th. 12:37 p.m. - Scarlett Sue Meredith, 47, cited for no seatbelt, 13th and Kalmia. 1:03 p.m. - Linda Lou Ivie, 61. cited for no seatbelt, Long and 15th. 4:34 p.m. - Samantha Lynn Bowen, 25, and Felicia Marie Dolin, 25, cited for failure to use seatbelt. Bowen also charged with endangering a child passenger, Elm near 1 lth. 6:31 p.m. - Caller reported theft of $100 in prescription medication from his residence during the night, 1200 block of 23rd. Report taken. 7:04 p.m. - Brian Lee Linsday, 24, arrested on Linn County supervisory warrant for failure to comply (owes two days in jail) and on Sweet Home warrant for failure to comply on original charge of second-degree disorderly conduct, 1337 Hawthorne St. Transported to Linn County Jail. May 22 10:57 a.m. - Rubin Lee Dimmick, 16, referred to Juvenile Department for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, 1641 Long St., Sweet Home High School. 2:31 p.m. - Caller reported an overdose at Sweet Home Junior High School, 880 22nd Avenue. Officer responded. Female juvenile transported to Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital by medics. 5:57 p.m. - Caller reported theft of son's bicycle, 2400 block of Long. Officer took report for theft of $77 bicycle. Officer located bicycle at Mr. Lucky's and returned it to owner at approximately 7:52 p.m. 8:08 p.m. - Cody Michael Lobdell, 16, referred to Juvenile Department for runaway, 953 23rd Ave. Transported to Linn-Benton Juvenile Detention Center. 8:34 p.m. - Bud Randolph Daniels, 22, cited for exhibition of speed, Highway 228 near the Church of the Nazarene. DCB Electric Dennis Barnhart 26 YEARS ELECTRICAL EXPERIENCE CCB* I94617 Bonded & Insured Cell: 541-4o9-8426 Home:541-367-73o2 dcbelectricdennis@aol.com h  ra - May 30, 2012 May 21 7:57 a.m. - Caller reported that someone stole her son's bicycle valued at approximately $100, 1800 block of Kalmia. Report taken. 9:13 a.m. - Caller reported that in the process of moving out. someone broke into the back door, 1000 block of 12th. Report taken for first-degree burglary and second-degree theft. Value estimated a! $500. 3:37 p.m. - India Spring Hathaway, 26, arrested for identity theft, computer crime, first-degree forgery and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana in connection to an identity theft reported on May 9. Cited and released. 7:36 p.m. - Makayla Marie Galster, 14, taken into custody for two counts of fourth-degree assault (domestic violence), 4801 48th Loop. Transported to Linn-Benton Juvenile Detention Center. May 20 4:52 p.m. - Caller reported that someone broke into his car. Old mill property off 3700 block of Green River. Officer took report. Total value of items and property damage was approximately $600. 6:53 p.m. - Caller reported the theft of a 50-foot roll of fencing and a barbecue. 1300 block of Poplar. Report taken for theft of $350 in items. 7:31 p.m. - Michael Evan Matthews, 27, arrested on Oregon warrant for parole violation, Clark Mill and Highway 20. Transported to Linn County Jail for transport to Lane County Jail. May 19 11:44 a.m. - Caller reported theft of garden item, 30500 block of Fairview. Report taken. May 18 3:33 p.m. - Caller reported theft of power tools from shed, 42400 block of North River. Report taken. / Raises From page 1 month, the council picked it up dur- ing its regular meeting on May 21. City Manager Craig Martin said the increase for non-represent- ed personnel would actually cost the city $17,794 in 2012-13. A Budget Committee member had estimated it at $26,000. "We've all incurred increases in our lives," said city employee Dian- na Huenergardt, who is among gen- eral employees who will receive the increase under contract and not sub- ject to the freeze proposal. "I don't think that just because we're paid by tax dollars we should be told we can't have an increase in our wages. "When you have to increase wages, you raise your prices." Businesses have to do those things to pay their employees, she said. She asked the councilors wheth- er they would be willing to give up their stipends, estimating they added up to about $6,300 per year. Former Mayor Dave Holly told the council that the problem with wages in the city was a resolution adopted in the late 1990s requiring that the city pay its supervisors at a set percentage above the represented employees. Budget Committee Chairman Chuck Bagley told the council that the city needs to take care of its lead people. The last thing the city and council want is for key employees to leave because they feel disrespected. he said. The supervisors and depart- ment heads know their departments intimately, and they can efficiently prioritize budget dollars to impact the public the least. Even hiring the best new personnel, there's still a learning curve on top of the cost of cashing out employees who might resign, resulting m significantly re- duced savings, he said. Tim Riley, a represented em- ployee, acknowledged that these are "trying times." but reminded the council that experienced employees have value. "Not just money - mandates and regulations cost a lot." he said. "I think sometimes we forget it's employees keeping the infrastruc- ture of the city operating. It's the managers of those employees that keep the money flowing so that can happen. We need to keep the city working." Police Chief Bob Burford warned, on behalf of his two ser- geants and administrative assistant, that higher wages elsewhere could cause employees to leave their jobs. The cost in his department would be $60,000 to $80,000 if one of them did leave. "I don't want us to be short- sighted," he said, although he hasn't had anyone tell him they were plan- ning to leave if there were a freeze. Burford is working under con- tract and is not affected by the pro- posed increase. McKee took issue with the idea that someone might leave over a few hundred dollars after looking at comparable salaries at other Linn County agencies. Burford said that"S448 a month is a big chunk of change. You 3can't just dismiss it. We're not going to be at the top, but I don't think you can sneeze at $448 per month." He said he would be remiss if he didn't tell the council that by sav- ing a few dollars now it may be risk- ing far more. McKee said that the cost of liv- ing would erase any raises the em- ployees might receive elsewhere, while driving to and from work daily would also exhaust the higher wages. - To drive to Albany and back 22 days per month, assuming 20 miles per gallon at $4.50 per gallon of fuel, would actually cost approxi- mately $297 per month. "When you live in a small com- munity, you make sacrifices," Mc- Kee said. "I'm not trying to say the work done here isn't valued." Angulo. a teacher, expressed sympathy with the city employees' situation, but she agreed with Mc- Kee. "More is expected out of me for less here than if I was in Salem." she said. "It's the same type of deal. I chose to stay here. I chose to live here." Fentiman said he was "'not in favor of freezing these wages." "We as a council passed those raises a year ago with full knowl- edge." The charity spending the Bud- get Committee and council approved last year was a small sum compared to the budget, he said. and he views this as a similarly small sum. Fen- See Raises, page 9