California man arrested for marijuana grow in Bly

November 25, 2016 GMT

A California man is facing local charges after allegedly operating an illegal marijuana grow in Klamath County earlier this year.

Travis John Russell, 33, of Eureka, Calif., was arrested Tuesday on an outstanding warrant while hitchhiking from California to Oregon.

He was indicted Nov. 7 for an unlicensed marijuana grow discovered Sept. 2 on land owned by the U.S. Forest Service in the Bly area. Prosecutors said, in the process of cultivating the illicit cannabis, Russell was allegedly stealing 600 gallons of water per day from the Forest Service.

Russell appeared in court Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to unlawful manufacture of marijuana and second-degree theft. Attorney Stephen Hedlund was appointed to represent Russell and his next scheduled court date is Nov. 29 before Judge Roxanne Osborne.

Russell was ordered held on $10,000 bail and, if found guilty, faces up to five years in prison.

Russell recently pleaded guilty to a menacing charge after threatening a man at the site of the alleged marijuana grow. Court records said Russell threatened the victim with a BB gun while a second suspect made threats with a chainsaw. Russell pleaded guilty Oct. 5 and was fined $500.

75 months for sex abuse

A Klamath Falls man arrested in September after breaking into a woman’s home and assaulting her has been found guilty of sexual abuse and been sentenced to more than six years in prison.

Robert Cody Summers, 33, was convicted Nov. 18 of first-degree sexual abuse, second-degree burglary and second-degree trespassing and sentenced to 75 months in prison and 10 years of post-prison supervision minus time served.

Summers waived his right to a jury trial and received a bench trial Nov. 16 before Judge Marci Adkisson.

Summers was arrested Sept. 24, after an attack the day before on the 1600 block of Owens Street, in Klamath Falls. The victim, 45, said Summers entered her house after jumping over a locked gate then grabbed her from behind and groped her. After the victim broke free Summers fled the scene and was later contacted by police.

In a letter to the court dated Nov. 2, Summers admitted to meeting with the victim earlier that day and sharing intravenous methamphetamine. Summers denied breaking into her house or assaulting her and accused the victim of lying about the incident.

Under the terms of sentencing Summers is not eligible for early release or alternative incarceration and must register as a sex offender.

Probation for assault of deputy

A Klamath Falls man who attacked a sheriff’s deputy during a call about an assault in September has pleaded guilty and been sentenced a year of probation.

Travis Lean MacFarlane, 35, pleaded guilty Monday to attempted assault of a public safety officer and was sentenced to 15 days in jail and 12 months of probation. A charge of second-degree disorderly conduct was dismissed as part of the plea.

MacFarlane was otherwise scheduled for trial Tuesday for assault of a public safety officer and faced up to five years in prison.

He was arrested Sept. 24 by Klamath County sheriff’s deputies responding to reports of an assault on the 1700 block of Fargo Street. The arriving deputy said MacFarlane was seen walking away from a man who appeared to have just been struck in the face. MacFarlane aggressively approached the deputy and disregarded commands to stand down.

After a Taser was deployed MacFarlane continued to resist and, while being taken into custody, kicked the deputy in the neck.

Under the terms of his probation, MacFarlane must complete substance abuse treatment and anger management programs.

18 months probation for ID theft

A Klamath Falls woman has been sentenced to probation after admitting her role in an ID theft conspiracy from last year.

Tina Maria Pickering, 23, pleaded guilty Monday to ID theft and was sentenced to 10 days in jail and 18 months of probation. Charges of second-degree forgery, second-degree possession of forgery instruments and conspiracy to commit a class C felony were dismissed as part of the plea.

Pickering was not scheduled for trial at the and otherwise faced up to five years in prison on her highest charge.

She was arrested Feb. 4 for stealing and attempting to cash a personal check April 27, 2015, while allegedly working Lisa Kay Kosten, 53, Feather Lynn Moore, 36, and Orda Loree Moore, 89.

Charges against Orda Moore were dismissed Aug. 5 while Kosten is scheduled to stand trial Dec. 7. Feather Moore was scheduled for trial Nov. 16 but failed to appear and is wanted on this case as well as on a separate charge of possession of heroin from April.

Kosten is additionally waiting trail in two separate cases from November, 2015, and April involving forgery, theft and negotiating a bad check and faces five years in prison on her highest charge.