New charges for Lawson after threats with shotgun

October 28, 2016 GMT

A Klamath Falls man arraigned Monday for threatening a man with a rifle and knife was back in court Thursday after allegedly threatening two victims with a stolen shotgun.

Sean Paul Lawson, 47, appeared in court on new charges of first-degree burglary, first-degree theft, menacing and unlawful use of a weapon for an incident occurring Wednesday on the 1900 block of North Eldorado Avenue.

According to charging documents, Lawson allegedly entered a home unlawfully and stole a 12-gauge shotgun, then used it to threaten the owner and another occupant, placing the victims in fear for their lives. Lawson also allegedly sent threatening text messages to the owner of the shotgun.

He appeared on his new charges Thursday and was ordered held on $25,000 bail. Attorney Marcus Costello was appointed to represent Lawson and his next scheduled court date is Nov. 3 before Judge Roxanne Osborne.

If found guilty of his new charges, Lawson faces up to 35 years in prison.

The new allegations allegedly occurred while Lawson was released on charges related to threats made against a male victim Dec. 3, 2015. Lawson allegedly threatened the man with a rifle and knife and was released Tuesday on charges of menacing and unlawful use of a weapon. Lawson is facing an additional 10 years in prison on these charges and his previous release may be revoked in light of his new arrest.

Meth dealer gets 30 months

The second in a pair of methamphetamine dealers arrested in June has accepted a plea deal and been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison.

Ernesto Garcia-Gonzalez, 34, pleaded guilty Oct. 21 to delivery of methamphetamine and was sentenced to 30 months in prison 36 months of post-prison supervision. A charge of possession of methamphetamine was dismissed as part of the plea.

He was otherwise scheduled for trial Oct. 20 and faced up to 25 years in prison.

Charges of methamphetamine possession and evidence tampering in a separate case against Garcia-Gonzalez were also dismissed as part of the plea.

Garcia-Gonzalez was arrested June 30 along with Carlos Pena Jr., 29, during an investigation by the Basin Interagency Narcotic Enforcement Team. Both were accused of playing a distribution role in the local drug market and large quantities of methamphetamine were recovered during their arrests.

Pena accepted a plea deal Aug. 22 to delivery of methamphetamine and was sentenced to two years in prison and three years of post-prison supervision.

Skaggs wanted after FTA

A Klamath Falls man arrested last month for allegedly attacking a man with a baseball bat is wanted after he failed to appear in court.

Phillip Jerome Skaggs, 32, was scheduled for arraignment Wednesday but did not show up in court and Judge Marci Adkisson issued a warrant for Skaggs’ arrest.

Skaggs was previously arrested Sept. 26 for an attack on the 2200 block of Patterson Street. The victim told police Skaggs struck him in the ribs with a bat then used the same weapon to break out the windows in the victim’s vehicle.

Skaggs was released Oct. 5 after prosecutors failed to secure an indictment, though a grand jury later returned an indictment Oct. 20 charging Skaggs with second-degree assault and second-degree criminal mischief. If found guilty, Skaggs faces between 70 months and 10 years in prison.

Those with information about Skaggs’ location are encouraged to not approach the suspect but rather to call 911 or local law enforcement.

District 1 hiring battalion chief

Klamath County Fire District 1 has announced an opening for a battalion chief to help lead the district’s three 48-hour shifts.

Announced Tuesday, the district is looking for qualified applicants to fill what Fire Chief John Spradley has called “one of the most challenging positions in our department.”

“It is truly the bridge between the line personnel and us administrators,” said Spradley.

Applications are available online at www.kcfd1.com and are due by the end of business on Dec. 2. Military veterans and their spouses may be eligible for preferential hiring and details are available in the application packet.

For questions, call District 1 at 541-885-2056.