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Hometown Newspaper of Lyle Dirksen Serving the Sweet Home community since 1929 Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Vol. 83, No. 44 75 Cents. Fleeing suspect, who rammed a variety of vehicles during pursuit, arraigned on numerous charges By Sean C. Morgan and Scott Swanson Of The New Era The suspect who led police in a 45-minute pursuit that ended in a residential area in Sweet Home Wednesday evening, Oct. 24, has been arraigned on a laundry list of charges after allegedly ram- ming his truck into three police cars and a privately owned car. Joseph Arthur Williams, a 34-year-old Sweet Home-area transient, was arrested at the scene on three counts of assault- ing a police of- ricer, attempting to elude police, ..... reckless driving, Williams criminal mischief and failure to perform the duties of a driver involved in a crash. At an arraignment Friday, he was further charged with three counts of second-degree assault, A deputy checks a damaged Linn County Crown Victoria patrol car, driven by where Joe Williams 'pickup crashed into it on Fourth Avenue. an additional charge of first- on Oct. 24, a caller reported to degree criminal mischief, five the Linn County Sheriff's of- counts of recklessly endangering fice that he saw a male subject another person and attempting to near a 1978 Chevrolet pickup elude police on foot. spotlighting deer in the area of Securitywas set at 25700 Old Holley Road, Sweet $250,000. Home. The caller reported that At approximately 8:54 p.m. he warned the male subject not Photo by Sean C. Morgan county Sgt. Shawn Fielders, to shoot the deer. The suspect then allegedly asked the caller if he should shoot him instead. Sheriff's Deputy Corey Putney arrived in the area a short time later and recognized Williams, See Pursuit, page 5 Le; gue's plan would boost city revenue By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The League of Oregon Cities is proposing two measures that will improve funding for city govern- ments by allowing local voters to pass local option levies that exceed property tax limitations and reset- ting assessed property values at the time of sale. The Sweet Home City Council, during its regular meeting on Oct. 23, viewed a video created by the LOC to explain the two concepts and the problems that it is intended to resolve. "Oregon cities are struggling," said Chris Fick of the LOC. "Over the last five years cities have seen revenues decline and rainy day funds plummet. Cities are also understandably pessimistic about being able to meet their financial needs. "In this last fiscal year, one in six cities actually saw property tax revenues, the largest source of rev- enue for most cities and supposed to be the most stable, actually de- cline." According to the LOC, reve- nues have declined nearly 4 percent See League, page 7 Stock remembered as warm, loving'angel' Josai program gets green light from reds The U,S. Immigration and Customs En-. forcement's Student and Exchange Visitor Program, better known as SEVIS, has ap- proved Sweet Home High School's certifica- tion to host foreign exchange students. The school's 30-year student exchange with Josai University High School in Tokyo, Japan, was interrupted this year after paper- work necessary to renew SHHS's certifica- See Josai, page 6 By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era James "Skip" Stock and his brother Ted performed many funerals together, but Skip al- ways made sure they were not morose affairs. "He allowed crying, but he demanded laughter, so this is a celebration of life," Ted told hundreds of friends and family members who joined the Stock family at Northwest Christian University in the Morse Event Cen- ter in Eugene Sunday afternoon, Oct. 28, to re- member Skip, who died Oct. 20 at age 67. "Skip loved people," Ted said. "If he was sitting next to you, by now he would know your life story. You'd tell him things you'd never tell your wife, but he would come home and tell me." Across the street from the Morse Center is what used to be the university's administra- tion building, Ted said. A fire escape ran up the side. As a student at Northwest Christian, Skip would climb that fire escape around midnight At the top, he would find his favorite profes- sor, Song Rhee, and they would "change the word," chatting for hours. Rhee later became academic dean emeritus. "About 10 years ago, Skip and I held hands, and we gave each other a big hug," Rhee said Sunday. "After coming home that night, I wrote him a letter. It is my personal tribute to Skip." James, Joel and Matthew Stock perform service for their father, Skip Stock. Photo by "I Can Only Imagine" during the Sean C. Morgan celebration of life "I used to think angels were beautiful maidens flying around in white pajamas until I met you," the letter said. "They rescue those in trouble, comfort those in sorrow, encourage those in despair, visit the sick and dying, de- fend the weak and the forgotten and love those who feel alone and rejected. "You have been an angel here on earth," Rhee said. "With an angelic touch, you have blessed so many. You have learned well in the halls of learning on this campus." Skip learned the Gospel and lived it in his See Stock, page 3 8