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FridaMa26, 2006 COMMUNXTIESOREGpN Statesman Journal 3C STAYTOH Friends, family hope to bring shooting victim home Ex-resident TyfTanie Loop is in a Montana hospital after being shot rT and Dan Lackner, have arranged a benefit pool tournament and auction. The benefit is set for 6 p.m. June 3 at Wells Landing Restaurant, 333 Second Stayton, to raise funds to help transport Loop home. Gerald and Dan are on the Wells Landing Pool Tournament team, so a pool tournament seemed a natural choice, Lackner-Sams said. Anyone interested in signing up for the tournament or donating items for the auction should contact Hall at (503) 932-7189.

"My phone is ringing all day and all night with people who know Tyffanie," Lackner-Sams said. "They are just shocked and want to find out how she is." law enforcement, and she is sure of one thing: Loop needs her family around her. Lackner-Sams and Loop's friends from the Stayton area are working to raise enough money to get her home as soon as the hospital indicates she can travel. Dainelle Sekiya of Salem, Loop's best friend for the past eight years, is eager to see Loop come home. "She needs to be around people who care about her," Sekiya said.

"Right now, no one in Montana can even visit her in the rehabilitation center in the hospital." Loop's son, Trystan, 2, is staying with his paternal grandmother, Teresa Gregory of Salem. Penny Hall of Stayton, a family friend who used to work with Lackner-Sams at the Santiam Depot, and Lackner-Sams' two brothers, Gerald head County Sheriff's Office. Lewis Graves was sharing the house with Loop and Schwindt in the Ferndale area, about 25 miles south of Kalispell. Graves made the 911 call, but he has said he was asleep at the time of the accident. He said the gunshot woke him and that he does not know what happened.

According to Loop's mother, Kathy Lackner-Sams of Stayton, Loop was shot in the head April 26 and transported to Kalispell Regional Medical Center, where X-rays found 150 bone fragments in her skull. She was not expected to survive and is severely disabled. Loop cannot recall the events leading to the injury. Lackner-Sams continues to get daily reports from the hospital and By Kathleen Ellyn Statesman Journal The incidents surrounding the shooting of former Stayton resident Tyffanie Loop, 23, are still under investigation. Her boyfriend, Donald Schwindt, whom Loop met in Stayton, was arrested after the shooting and is being held in the Kalispell, jail.

He is being held on charges of aggravated assault, fugitive from justice for a parole violation in Oregon and a prior driving under the influence charge, according to Detective Jeanne Landis of Flat Special to the Statesman Journal Tyffanie Loop in 2003 Kathleen Ellyn, (503) 769-6338 Oregon inmate named as suspect in girl's 1 994 death Convicted murderer already is serving three life sentences tigators were rushing to judgment. "It's easy for them to look toward someone like my client, with his other convictions," Shaw never gave up the search for whoever is responsible for Jenny's killing. We would have wanted to see this case solved sooner. But the effort they put in is very professional." Shaw, 38, was arrested in Oregon in August 1994 after he was found with a stolen car and two rifles taken from a San Ramon home three days after Jenny's murder. Alameda County authorities contacted authorities in Multnomah County after the arrest, and he's been the focus of their investigation ever since, Ahern said.

Alameda County prosecutors will review the evidence to determine whether to charge Shaw, Ahern said. John Lin found his daughter naked and stabbed repeatedly in a bathroom on the second floor of their home. Nothing was taken from the home, and authorities think the killer might have planned to sexually assault Jenny but was interrupted. 7 The Associated Press CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. -Authorities publicly identified a suspect for the first time in the 1994 stabbing death of a 14-year-old girl in her home.

The Alameda County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday that Sebastian Alexander Shaw, a convicted murderer serving three life sentences in Oregon, is the prime suspect in Jenny Lin's murder. "Shaw's been a person of interest in this case for a very long time," Alameda County Sheriff's Cmdr. Greg Ahern said. "Because of the convictions in Oregon and the trial, we didn't want to interfere with their investigation or interfere with the trial." Shaw was convicted of a Wolf said. "I've never seen any physical evidence to suggest he was involved in the (Jenny Lin) case." The announcement by authorities came nearly 12 years to the day that Lin was murdered May 27, 1994, in her Castro Valley home.

Jenny's parents, John and Mei-Lian Lin, hold a candlelight vigil for her each year on the Friday before Memorial Day and were pleased that a suspect was named. "Finally, after 12 years, there is some justice for Jenny," Mei-Lian Lin said. "There are all kinds of feelings going through our heads right now. We are actually grateful that the sheriff's department PAUL SAKUMA I The Associated Press Mei-Lian Lin (left) and John Lin listen during a news conference by the Alameda County Sheriffs Department as they announce a suspect in the 1994 stabbing death of their daughter, Jenny. The Alameda County Sheriff Department said that Sebastian Alexander Shaw, a convicted murderer serving three life sentences in Oregon, is the prime suspect in her murder.

their case. Shaw's attorney, Richard Wolf of Portland, told the San Francisco Chronicle that inves third killing earlier this month in Multnomah County, clearing the way for Alameda County investigators to proceed with STANFIELD Police capture beating suspect Man recognized after being arrested for shoplifting The Associated Press A man wanted in the brutal beating of a Gresham teenager was picked up for shoplifting at an Eastern Oregon truck stop, the authorities said. A Stanfield police officer arrested Joseph Worth, 49, at the Pilot Travel Center on Sunday. As Worth sat in the back of a patrol car, an Oregon State Police trooper at the scene thought he recognized the suspect's face from a wanted flier sent by the Gresham Police Department. Worth is accused of severely beating and attempting to rape a 17-year-old girl April 16 in a Gresham portable restroom.

A Multnomah County grand jury indicted him Tuesday on charges of sex abuse, attempted rape, assault and unlawful sexual penetration. Gresham police sent the wanted flier to police agencies around the state where railroad lines run. Worth, a transient, was known to travel by hitching rides on trains. The Hinkle railroad yard is a mile away from the Pilot Travel Center in Stanfield. Stanfield police Chief Bry-on Zumwalt said the backpack Worth was carrying contained nearly $1,500 in stolen electronic equipment from the Pilot Travel Center.

Gresham police had Worth transferred from Umatilla County to the Multnomah County jail Wednesday PORTLAND BEND State auditors identify concerns with in-home health-care program Affidavit says pair accused of fraud continued spending after indictment were paid $476,245 in 2004, but that it could not be determined how much of that amount was for services that were not rendered. The audit also found $104,348 in payments it said should not have been made, including cases in which in-home-care payments continued after the patient had been transferred elsewhere and cases in which the hours of in-home-care service were calculated incorrectly The in-home-care program is part of Medicaid, the joint federal-state health-insurance program for the poor. The audit said the state paid almost $98.9 million to about 17,000 in-home-care providers in 2004, the year that auditors examined. The agency has been struggling with budget problems. Earlier this year, the Legislature, meeting in special session, passed a measure to plug a $136.2 million shortfall in the state Department of Human Services' budget.

The Associated Press A new state audit has found that more than $100,000 was wrongly paid out by a division of the Department of Human Services that oversees in-home health-care providers. A Secretary of State's audit of the Seniors and People With Disabilities Division did not find extensive problems with the program, but the audit did cite several instances in which home-care providers were paid for services they apparently did not perform. Agency officials have said that they plan to fix the problem by making quarterly reports to identify providers with outside employment as well as to zero in on duplicate payments and overpayments. The auditors said they found 31 in-home care providers who did not meet the division's requirement that they be available 24 hours per day because they also had other jobs. The audit said the 31 providers supposed to be invested in real estate, Lorin said in the affidavit.

Federal investigators allege that PAC used money from new investors to pay promised annual returns of 10 percent or more owed to prior investors because the firm's real-estate gains could not cover those payments. Investors were given a choice of three funds in which to invest, but the FBI said none of the three exists. Instead, according to the affidavit, "All the investments were pooled into one account, which was essentially a checking account" that the Riches then used to pay personal expenses, including an $83,000 mortgage payment for the Riches' Bend-area home and more than $117,800 toward the couple's credit-card balances. A status hearing on the case is set for today in Eugene. ing more than $1,000 in a single transaction without court approval, after the couple said they could no longer pay for their attorneys.

The government froze their assets after PAC and the Riches were accused of selling $17 million worth of unregistered securities since 2002 to as many as 240 investors, many of whom live in Central Oregon. Mark Weintraub, a court-appointed attorney for Michael Rich, said his client is cooperating fully with the authorities to return as much money to investors as possible. The affidavit, filed by FBI agent Gary Lorin, detailed a number of expenditures by the Riches. Since the couple had few liquid assets when they started PAC, these expenses likely were taken out of PAC investors' money, which was The expenditures exceeded a limit put in place by a judge The Associated Press The now-jailed owners of a Bend-based real-estate investment firm continued to live the high life even after their December indictment on securities fraud, including losing $38,000 during three gambling trips to Las Vegas, according to a federal affidavit. The Bend Bulletin reported that Michael and Phyllis Rich, the onetime owners of PAC Equities, now in jail in Eugene, also were renting a home in a gated Palm Desert, community.

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