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C ottage G rove
Dylan Graves makes quarterback after
putting in the work. B1
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Crime in Cottage Grove
By the numbers
Unauthorized entry into vehicle: 20
Crimes against property:
Motor Vehicle Theft: 27
Statistics provided by the Cottage Grove Police
Department and refl ect a time period between Sept. 1,
2016 and Sept. 30, 2017
No one died in Cottage Grove.
At least, no one was willfully murdered in the city during the last year. This, according to the
latest statistics provided by the Cottage Grove Police Department. While a non-existent murder
rate for the year is considered good news, it bucks the national trend. According to the FBI's yearly
Uniform Crime Report, 2016 saw a jump in violent crimes by 3.4 percent. In total, the report notes
that there were 1.2 million violent crimes reported around the country.
In Cottage Grove, property crimes reign as the most common offense. Of the $15.6 billion lost
by victims of property crimes in the U.S. in 2016, a glance at the Cottage Grove Police log will
show the city accounted for at least a fraction of that total. Burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft
accounted for a total of 316 crimes within the city in the last year. Nationally, burglary declined by
4.6 percent from 2015 and larceny saw a dip as well down by 1.5 percent. However, motor vehicle
theft rose nationally by 7.4 percent.
A recently organized Community Observation Team will be on the look-out to help law enforce-
ment curb property crime in Cottage Grove. In speaking with the group, Cottage Grove Police
Chief Scott Shepherd said the department often takes calls other departments would turn away,
including $5 crimes.
And the winner is...
PHOTO BY AARON AMES/COTTAGE GROVE SENTINEL
Yoncalla's elementary school is getting a seismic upgrade thanks to a grant
from the state of Oregon.
By Caitlyn May
Mike Caven, owner of Sanity Chocolate, took home fi rst place in the Cottage Grove Business Challenge on October 25. He beat out 24
other applicants for the chance at a three-way split of $10,000. See page A10 for complete story.
Football in profi le
hosts its annual gala. PAGE A3
Dylan Graves didn't start
out at quarterback. PAGE B1
Calendar ...................................... B11
Channel Guide ............................... B5
Classifieds ...................................... B7
Obituaries ...................................... A2
Opinion ......................................... A4
Sports ............................................ B1
Yoncalla's elementary school is ready for just about anything
now, including earthquakes.
Work is nearly completed on seismic upgrades on three buildings
at the elementary school funded by a state grant from the Oregon
Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program of $1.49 million.
"They're shoring up the walls and doing work in the ceiling. Most
of the work you can't see," said Superintendent Brian Berry.
Work started on the buildings in July.
The main building, gym and early learning center will receive
upgrades with the project expected to be completed by the end of
The district will continue seismic work next year when it tackles
the high school. $1.49 million has been designated for the gym and
$1.35 for the main building.
Debate over the high school's structure came earlier this year
when voters denied an $3.95 million bond measure to address the
aging high school. The measure would have raised taxed 83 cents
per every $1,000 of assessed value and repaired water lines and
improved heating and ventilation systems as well as the building's
The high school will still see improvements next year thanks to
the seismic grant money. Work on the building is expected to begin
As for the improvements to the elementary school, Berry said,
"We’re very excited, it’s helped our building, we’ve been working
on safety issues so this fi ts in to one of our priorities that the school
board has for the district. Safety is always a top priority and this fi ts
in with that."
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Crimes against persons:
Willful Murder: 0
Aggravated Assault: 16
Simple Assault: 38