The World from Coos Bay, Oregon on May 24, 1991 · 8
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Page 8 THE WORLD, Coos Bay. Ore, Friday, May 24, 1991 Teen-agers arrested Affidavit hints at accidental death following Wild Chase shots fired at cat may have hit son writes investiqator SWEET HOME (AP) Five runaway teen-agers in a truck reported stolen in Colorado led state police on a 70-mile chase at speeds up to 105 mph through the Willamette Valley. The chase began about 7:30 a.m. Thursday at a rest area on Interstate 5 south of Harrisburg, state police Lt Chuck Hayes said. The chase ended 55 minutes later on Oregon Highway 20 near Sweet Home, when the tuck stopped and the teen-agers fled on foot. Police quickly rounded up two 14-year-old girls, a 17-year-old boy and two 15-year-old boys. All had been reported as runaways in Longmont, Colo., on Sunday. The Blazer was stolen there the same day. An Oregon state trooper first spotted the 1985 Chevrolet Blazer at the rest stop, noting it matched the description of one that had filled up with gas in Cottage Grove and left without paying. When six people came out of the restrooms, got into the Blazer and began to drive away, the trooper put on his overhead lights and tried to stop them. The vehicle sped away, headed north and quickly reached 100 mph. The teen-agers were referred to Linn County juvenile authorities. All five were accused of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. The driver also was charged with attempting to elude police and reckless driving. The sixth person in the Blazer was a 19-year-old hitchhiker who had been picked up at the Oregon border. He was taken to Lebanon Community Hospital for treatment of back and neck injuries. ROSEBURG (AP) A 2-year-old boy who disappeared without a trace from his front yard last March probably was killed accidentally when his father shot at a neighbor's cat, state police said in an affidavit. Tommy Gibson had disappeared from the front yard of his home in the rural community of Azalea on him March 18. His father, Douglas County deputy Larry Gibson, said he had gone jogging about 10 minutes earlier. State police Sgt. Thomas E. Benz wrote in the affidavit that he asked Gibson on May 2 whether he could have accidentally shot his son while firing at the cat. "It could have happened that way. And it's possible. It's the only thing that makes sense," Gibson was quoted as saying. Gibson's statement was made hypotheucally. He denied shooting his son or knowing anything about his disappearance, his lawyer, Charles Lee, said Thursday. No arrests have been made. However, the affidavit said: "The likelihood of Tommy Gibson being alive and meeting any fate other than death at the hands of Larry Gibson is extremely small." The affidavit was filed in Douglas County Circuit Court as state police requested a warrant to search Gibson's house in the rural community of Azalea. The house was searched Wednesday. Investigators seized a bloody deer bag, a number of guns, telephone records and a spent .45 caliber shell found in a dresser underneath a child's pair of underwear, according to the state police property report. State police focused on Gibson after a neighbor, Jennifer Cline, told them she heard a gunshot about the time Tommy was last seen, the affidavit said. She later found the cat shot dead. Investigators found inconsistencies between statements by Gibson and his wife, Judy, and his half-brother, Michael, the document added. For example, Gibson told one investigator he picked up the brass shell ejected by his pistol when he shot the cat, but he told another he couldn't find it. While Larry Gibson passed a lie detector test given in March, results indicated both he and his wife knew more than they let on, the affidavit said. Benz wrote that he believed Mrs. Gibson suspected her husband and had altered her statements as a result. "The following affidavit will show that there is probable cause to believe that Larry Gibson is responsible for the gunshot death, unspecified criminal homicide, and subsequent disappearance of Tommy Gibson," Benz wrote. "This affidavit will show that the only logical and probable way the body of Tommy Gibson could have been removed from the scene by any of the occupants of the residence at the time of the shooting was in the trunk of the patrol vehicle of Larry Gibson after Gibson reported the child missing, or to have been carried from the scene by Larry Gibson during the time Larry Gibson purports to have been jogging for 44 or 45 minutes." Gibson denied moving the boy's body, COOS HEAD BUILDERS SUPPLY 672 Shtrman Ave. U. OOI JSU f T , , . NORTH BENO. JHU VOJOil) OREGON 97459 MASONS DECORATING CENTER Specializing Im AUfOMQTIVIi ft HUUIC PAINlfc 0 WAU. ft FLUOM COVCKINM 6 AiO. INTLMIUM Ol COM MUM 9 MtAPMIU ft iMAOt Larry and Darlene Kelley OWN E RS P 0. Bo 578 (503) 3964511 P JurWji i ?nd S! 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