1972: “Semantic error” leads to rejection of charges of embezzlement against a local woman
Editor’s Note: Central Oregon archives missing Jan-Feb 7. 24 editions from 1927, so the 95 years ago part is not available.
75 years ago
January 2, 1947
The coldest winter weather greeted residents of Crook County this morning, with an official temperature reading of zero reported by Ms. Hattie Goodknight, a weather observer here. The previous season low was four above zero on the morning of December 30.
The cold weather of the past few days has been welcomed by the skaters, who found plenty of ice available in several areas of central Oregon during the Christmas and New Years holiday period. The pond in the Great Trench at the north end of Main Street, inundated by the newly organized Civic and Youth Coordinating Council, was frozen over last week, and skaters also found excellent ice at the Stewart Dam on the river. Going further, some skaters have reported good sport on Lake Houston and at Tumalo Reservoir east of Bend.
50 years ago
January 6, 1972 A semantic error led to the dismissal of the embezzlement charges against Mrs. Anna Marie Stockton last week.
District Attorney Phil Roberts said the word “bailee” was used instead of “agent” in the August 31 indictment against Ms Stockton. The case would not go to trial, Roberts said after discovering the error just before the trial which was set for Jan. 12.
Roberts said he would rewrite the indictment and submit it for Grand Jury reconsideration on January 25.
The indictment charged Ms Stockton “with unlawfully, willfully and criminally failing, neglecting and refusing to deliver, hold and account” $ 900 owned by Hot Coffee Investment, Inc., the parent company of Rustler’s Roost Restaurant , which Mrs Stockton managed. for two years before his dismissal last August.
25 years ago
January 7, 1997
Police Detective Tim Azbill’s investigation into the armed robbery in early December at a convenience store on Main Street is complete. The police officer reports that the evidence suggests the incident did not happen exactly as stated.
Azbill said Monday that following interviews the week following the incident, the police department was focusing its investigation on a theft case rather than an armed robbery.
It all started shortly before 6 p.m. on the evening of December 19, when the clerk working at the Denny’s Express / BP gas station on North Main Street called 911 to report it had been broken into. The police reacted quickly and began to search for suspects.
The victim of the theft reported that a man, identified only as a young adult of average height and wearing a hooded sweatshirt, confronted him at gas pumps. The thief, according to the victim, was wearing a mask and was armed with a large handgun, possibly a .45 caliber pistol. Showing the gun, the robber demanded all the money in the cash register.
The thief then told the clerk to lie down and he fled on foot. The clerk said when calling the police he saw the thief disappear near Barr’s Cafe.
Prineville Police, Crook County Sheriff’s Deputies, and an Oregon State Police Soldier responded and began to search the area.
Azbill said officers no longer viewed the incident as a robbery but investigated it as a theft. Theft, according to state law, is when a person is armed with a deadly weapon for committing theft. Theft, on the other hand, is the same without the dangerous or lethal weapon.
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