Albany Democrat-Herald from Albany, Oregon on April 16, 1994 · 5
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OREGONNORTHWEST ALBANY (OR ) Df.MOCRAT.HCRAlD. SATURDAY APRU06 1934 A5 irest brings fesSifltgs of ireSeav, Larry Gibson's neighbors, friends had suspicions BY JEFF BARNARD AtmoatMt Wnf GLE.VDALE AP) - Three years ago, when deputy sheriff Lar ry Gibson told his neighbors in this little one. mill town that his 2 year old son was missing, they turned out by the hundreds to search the timbered hills Now that Gibson ha been arrest el on charges he murdered the boy nd hid the body, there is a mixture of relief and betrayal in the hearts of people who suspected for a long time that something Just wasn't right "With all the people that searched for him, they'd better keep him locked up," Dominic Pnelipp said Friday while stopping in at a video store on the main street through this town of 800 people located 3 miles off Interstate 5 between Hose burg and Grants Pass Gibson's arrest lays to rest reports that Tommy was abducted by strangers who drove up his remote driveway and stole him from the front yard of the mobile home where he lived, said Kim Wilborn, owner of The Video Zone "I feel relief," she said "Some people questioned him from the beginning and some people still believe in him." said Jim Don-ner, shop foreman at the AAM Transport trucking company. ' They didn't really so much care (whether Gibson was guilty) as they wanted an answer " For many people, the arrest con firms the feeling that something wasn't right about the way Gibson was taking it all, sitting in his mobile home drinking coffee while his neighbors searched the woods and creek bottoms. "But everybody kept their mouth shut and tried to find the boy," said Prielipp, who lived down the road Mill's future still unknown HEPPNER AP) - One of the investors who bought a timl)er mill that is the main business in this small Eastern Oregon town is sink ing to allay residents' fears that the facility will be permanently shut down. "I think the people of Heppner will be happily surprised," Ed King said Friday after the Eugene investment group bought the Kinzua Corp fa cility and 180,000 acres of timber land "We're trying to come up with something that we think will work for everybody " The profitable mill, which employs 140 people, was closed at the end of work Thursday Residents of this Cockatoo leads owner to his death HERMISTON iAPV - A cagey cockatoo named Oscar led its owner on a daylong chase along the I'matillj River and over a 40 finit cliff to his death Anthony W Piper, 31, of Ilermis ton died about 4:30 p m Thursday when he apparently lost his footing while reaching for the bird with a nylon fishing net He plunged to the riser bank be low. apparently striking hi head on a rock when he landed, I'rrutilla County sheriffs Deputy Tom Wa lerlami said Piper had silent much of the day chasing his fugitive white crested cockatoo, which escaped from a Dathroom Counter Tops Four stock Wilsonart Colors to choose from 19" or 22" deep with 4" backsplash 31" $34.50 "3r $38.50 49" $45.00 61" $60.00 (sin ry mckjJoJ) Kitchen Counter Top Blanks Four stock WilsonarT Colors to choose from 25" Deep 4" Backsplash Beveled Edge oak front S9u,n. 8', 10', 12 Lengths Coastal Ccantcr Tops Ix 967-9142 ,'v . J " t lift - ; ft . ; 1 MISSINC yd - ' """ -"'iL.. Larry Gibson during from Gibson and is training to be come an emergency medical tcchni clan . Gibson, 33. was arrested Thursday at his grandmother's house in Townsena, Mont , where he has been selling insurance while trying to start a new life since leaving Oregon in 1992 He waived extradition and is ex pected to be in Koseburg as early as Slonday to face indictments on charges of murder ami murder by anuse 1,400 town fear the investment group. Pioneer Resources L L C , will sell off Kinzua 's assets King, one of four investors in the group, said his "personal preference" is to keep the mill running, but no decision, has been reached He said the investors would meet with mill managers next week ami settle on a plan within several weeks The workers are nervous "We're just-waiting." said George Waterland, president of the Interna tional Woodworkers of America Lo cal 3 312. which represents most of the sawmill's employees. "All our workers have been told is, Pioneer Resources might operate the mill " broken cage The couple were in the process of moving into a new house wh-n the bird made his break lie was on one ude of the rter while his girlfriend searched the other She was watching Piper's at tempt to capture his jut through binoculars when she heard him scream ami saw him fall, deputies said Sunday, April 24, from 12:15 to 3:00 PM You're invited to a party celebrating our 5th birthday. We will Ix; serving refreshments, giving tours and enjoying the wonderful music of the Coyle Family Singers. A special dinner is also planned for 12:15 PM, the cost is $3.00 per person. Please join us for j 1929 Grand Prairie Road SH, Albany, Oregon 97321 V$ i H the search in 1991. The arrest came a few months af ter Gibson and his wife had a heat ed argument and he blamed her for the boy's disappearance, saying she hadn't watched him closely enough, said Charles Lee. an attorney who represented Gibson before he moved to Montana Judy Gibson packed the kids in a car ami drove to Oregon, ami is liv ing at a secret location. Assistant District Attorney Theodore D Zac her acknowledged he had spoken to Mrs Gibson, but r - . ' f t Two sessions of ovof 10OQ rttjrns - Outstanding ponod or.tato 4 antique furniture Fine collector's items Art Several recent decorator pieces. HIGHUGHTS INCLUDE: Comtfyto AntKjuo A Doctxaiuf Gljdio - S--vw.il ono of a tmx) living texjm, d'iwng rojrn, tio.Jnj'vn sets with ail acco'.vxius 6 pece g M leaf salon sol Bnt(y Iron! do'. 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Karen, now 7. saying that she saw her father hit Tommv and put him in a black plastic garbage bag Iee said that account differed sharply from the girl's statements several months after the disappearance, when she was 4. that she saw strangers drive off with Tommy When his son disappeared, Gibson was a familiar face in Glendale as the resident deputy for southern Douglas County, in the heart of Ore gon's timber country He lived outside Glendale in the part of the Cow Creek Valley known as Azalea with his wife and two chil dren Gibson told authorities that he went out jogging as usual on the morning of Mann 18. l"Wl When he left. Tommy was playing in the front yard His wife came out a lit tie Liter ami the lny was gone As surmng he had followed his father, she waited for them to return When Gibson came back without the boy, they said they searched the area, and later called for help Mel v in Wilborn joined the searchers who went to the top of the mountain and trudged though the mud and snow in hopes of finding a sign of the bov "If your child was missing, would you go to work?" Wilborn said "He was getting ready to go to work " Sandra Standard posted pictures of Tommy in the area ami mailed others to relatives "I hoped he was alive," she said "I had a feeling something happened " "0 J(Ml Far West branches sold to 6 other banks PORTLAND AP) - Six financial institutions have purchased the failed Far West Federal Savings Bank under a plan approved by the Resolution Trust Corp. The purchasers will assume in sured deposits totaling about $721 9 million, ami services to Far West s former customers will continue xin interrupted, the RTC said Friday. The RTC. created by Congress to take over insolvent savings ami loan institutions, has managed Portland based Far West since 1991 The final cost to RTC for the takeover is estimated at $38? 4 mil lion, Jane Jankowski, a spokeswoman, said Far West had about $. 7 billion in assets and liabilities when acquired by RTC in June 1991. Jankowski said Key Bank of Oregon bought 21 of Far West's 40 branches, including the main office. Insured deposits of the 21 branches total ubout $418 3 Second arrest made in shooting GRESHAM (AP) - The cousin of the alleged triggerman in the ex ecution style slayings of three women at a Leathers Oil Co station in January is under arrest on charges of felony murder and rob liery. i -i c.::i . . )C. NEC PI 20 Motorola P 1 - - v :;: 1 D 1Lj -' l J M n n k. 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West One Bank of Oregon bought 10 branches with deposits totaling $179 million. The subsidiary of West "One" Bancorp of Boise,-Idaho,- paid-RTC $11 2 million. Washington Mutual Federal Savings Hank, "based in Seattle, acquired three branches with deposits of $42 6 million Washington .Mutual paid RTC $2 2 million Three branches w ith dejosiU of ' $54 2 million went to Sterling Savings Association of Spokane, Wash., which paid RTC $3 million First Interstate Bank of Oregon purchased two branches with $15 3 million in dewsits, paying the RTC $925,000. Bank of the" Cascades of Bend bought one branch w ith $12 5 million in dexisits, paying $325,125 to the RTC. Lawrence Benjamin Scherf, 20, is a cousin of Tyrom Walter Thies, 21, who remains at large, Sgt David Urw tck sajd Friday. Lerwick said he could not explain Scherf s role in the Jan I? robbery. v " va $49.97 hone $19.97 CELLULAR 4,-1. I ., K. .i 1 MEMBERSHIP DISCOUNT S TOM!

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