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11 Tf- ra -August 15, 2012 VOUR COMMUNITV Page 1 1 Fire danger goes to high with t00otter temperatures By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Fire danger around Sweet Home officially reached medium at the beginning of the month and then moved to high over the weekend. "We hit it, and "we've been bumping against high, probably Saturday," said Craig Pettinger, Or- egon Department of Forestry Sweet Home Unit acting unit forester. "And it sounds like we're going to hit Level II (Industrial Precaution Level) on Monday." The fire danger level reached high once already, over Jamboree weekend when the temperatures reached above 100 degrees, Pet- tinger said, but it went down again until last weekend. The entire district was under regulated use beginning on Aug. 4, with a ban on campfires among other restrictions, Pettinger said. That includes everything except the Sweet Home Ranger District, which also is going to Level II In- dustrial Precaution. The Corps of Engineers and Linn County Sheriff's Office is busy enforcing camping restric- tions on the Quartzville Corridor, Pettinger said. Fires are allowed only in fire rings on the water side of the road. "It's supposed to be pretty warm," Pettinger said. "There is potential for a little more worri- some fire weather in the long-term forecast." The farther down the valley, the drier the grasses are, he said. Farmers have been burning their fields in north Linn County and Marion County. If they're burning, they're done; and it's dry, Pettinger said, and it's drying out around Sweet Home, So far this season, the Sweet Home Unit has had some 14 re- sponses to fires, Pettinger said. A large chunk of those were illegal campfires or party fires. Many of those were abandoned by the time fire officials responded. All of the fires have been stopped on the initial attack and none have been larger than a quar- ter acre, Pettinger said. Fires are popping up elsewhere in the state, including the Oakridge area, which is similar to the Sweet Home area. "We're starting to see requests for resources," Pettinger said. Claad Calderwood is working on the Buckhead Complex outside of Oakridge. Another firefighter is working as bulldozer boss on the same complex. With the fire danger increas- ing, "make sure you only have your campfire where its permitted," said Forest Protection Supervisor Neal Miller. The Sweet Home Unit has issued three or four warnings and no citations so far this year. "We try to give people the op- portunity to d the right things," Pettinger said. For more information, call the Sweet Home Unit at (541) 367- 6108. To report smoke, call the Sweet Home Unit or 9-1-1. Safety From page 10 for second-degree theft. Aug. 7 3:54 a.m. - Caller reported that someone was trying to steal her car from her driveway, 800 block of Poplar. As officers were approaching the residence, the brake lights came on. The vehicle started and engine revved. No one was in the vehicle. The vehicle continued revving as officers stood next to it. No remote Starting device was installed. Officers disabled the vehicle and took keys to the owner, recommending that she contact a mechanic. 12:10 p.m. - Adult male standing in front of location screaming, 1530 Main St., Santiam Drug. Officers contacted male and warned him for his behavior. He was leaving for Albany. 12:16 p.m. - Jacob Charles Riggs, 20, arrested for first-degree burglary and second-degree theft, 1950 Main St., Sweet Home Police Department. Transported to Linn County Jail. 12:39 p.m. - James Anthony Ashcraft, 50, cited for unnecessary noise, 1200 12th Ave. The citation was in followup to multiple alleged violations and complaints about the outdoor event at Chewy's Sports Pub and Grub during the Oregon Jamboree. 2:56 p.m. - Caller reported what sounded like firecrackers set off at Upper Sankey Park. Officer contacted a juvenile identified by others in the park. The juvenile denied involvement but was counseled on fireworks safety. 3:10 p.m. - Scott James Lutz, 41, turned himself in on Sweet Home warrant for failure to comply on original charge of misdemeanor driving while suspended, 1950 Main St., Sweet Home Police Department. Transported to Linn County Jail. 5 p.m. - Caller reported that a male subject just took off with the keys to the can and bottle machines, 1540 Main St., Safeway. Officer took report for third-degree theft and second-degree criminal mischief. Aug. 6 4:40 p.m. - Two-vehicle crash, 1540 Main St., Safeway. No injuries. No citations. Drivers were Beverly Ann Bruseau, 72, and Steven Kent Andrews, 60. 11:44 p.m. - Caller reported a gunshot from nearby, 1200 block of Third. Officer responded. Unable to locate anything suspicious. Aug. 4 8:26 p.m. - Caller reported finding two subjects under the porch doing inappropriate things, Rowell Hill Road. It was sexual misconduct involving very young children, too young to be held criminally liable for their actions. Linn County Sheriff's Office contacted the Department of Human Services, and a safety plan Photos by Sean C. Morgan Night Out in Sweet Home Residents of the Mimosa Circle Neighborhood Watch group visit with each other on Aug. 7 during the annual National Night Out event. Three Neighborhood Watch groups participated with block parties. Quittin' time Sweet Home Police Officer Rex Bostrom receives a shadow box filled with memorabilia from his tenure with the Police Department. Bostrom's last shift ended at 6 a.m. on Aug. 10. He worked for SHPD for a little more than 20 years. He began working here in December 1991 after working about 2 1/2 years in corrections at the Lane County Jail. Photo by Sean C. Morgan was put into place until it could be investigated further. Aug. 3 12:29 a.m.-Tony Harden cited for trespass, 27100 block of High Deck Road. Caller had reported a male on her property, which is clearly posted "Private Property. Do Not Enter." A Deputy located Harden later and cited him. 2:17 p.m. - Meagan J. Lawler, 21, cited for possession of meth, 44800 block of Quartzville:. Aug. 2 11:05 a.m. - Caller reported the theft of her son's wallet, 44900 block of Quartzville, Sunnyside Park. Report taken. Aug. 1 10:()5 p.m. - Caller reported three juveniles riding bikes about a mile off of Highway 228 with no lights and screaming at oncoming traffic, 38600. block Of Highway 228. Deputy responded. Unable to locate. REAL ESTATE Ames Creek REALTY Kitsey Trewin (541) 409-4962 I Angela Weld (541) 401-5612 Diann Rasmussen (541)619-6143 I Debbie Adams (541) 409-9132 Todd Branson (541) 409-1800 I Linda Renoud (5.41) 401-5770 Enjoy the wildlife anprigaRy ofis 6acrLe faErm on West Brush Creek Rd. Spacious 1856 SF 3 bedroom home with oversized rooms. Country kitchen, oak cabinets, laminate flooring and lots of decking. 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