Two Klamath Falls men were arrested on cocaine possession and distribution charges Wednesday after law enforcement found four grams of cocaine, $1,000 cash and a stolen gun at their residence.
George Torres, 18, and Rigo Junior Torres, 23, were charged with manufacture and delivery of cocaine within 1000 feet of a school, delivery of cocaine, manufacture of cocaine, unlawful possession of cocaine and first-degree theft after officers served a warrant on their 3500 block Summers Lane residence.
Rigo Torres was additionally charged with felon in possession of a firearm.
George Torres admitted to handling the stolen firearm, court records show, and Rigo Torres admitted possession of cocaine, handguns and some cocaine sales.
In addition to the drugs, money and gun, law enforcement seized a digital scale and baggies.
Both men are scheduled for hearings on Nov. 8 in front of Judge Roxanne Osborne.
Knife threat conviction
A Klamath Falls man was convicted Monday for separate instances of threatening his girlfriend with a knife and aggressively eluding police officers in June and July.
Erik Mitchell Warren, 27, was convicted of unlawful use of a weapon, fourth-degree assault, attempt to commit a class C felony and fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer.
Warren was arrested in June for eluding law enforcement in Veterans Memorial Park when they contacted him on information that he solicited strangers to buy drugs for him.
He drove into oncoming traffic and attempted to strike a patrol vehicle, court records show.
In July, Warren held a knife to his girlfriend’s throat, then pushed her to the ground, kicked her chest and punched her face.
Warren was sentenced to 36 months supervised probation. Under the terms of his probation, Warren must complete any recommended drug and alcohol treatment as well as a mental health counseling treatment program. He also must stay away from places where drugs are bought or sold and not possess any weapons, ammunition or dangerous animals.
His charges of harassment, menacing, resisting arrest, second-degree disorderly conduct, recklessly endangering another person, reckless driving and two counts of interfering with a peace officer were dismissed.
Baseball bat assault conviction
A Klamath Falls man was convicted Monday of third-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon for a September incident where he broke into a home and assaulted a man with a baseball bat.
Christopher Johns, 46, was arrested along with Patrick Cunningham, 35, for kicking in the door of the residence, then injuring the victim’s wrist and elbow with the bat.
Johns was sentenced to 36 months probation. Under the terms of his probation, he must serve community service in lieu of a $1,000 fine and have no contact with the victim or their residence.
John’s charges of first-degree burglary and menacing were dismissed.
Cunningham has not been convicted, but he pleaded not guilty to the same charges as Johns. Cunningham’s next hearing will be Oct. 15 in front of Judge Roxanne Osborne.
Criminal mistreatment conviction
A La Pine woman was convicted of first-degree criminal mistreatment Wednesday for a March 2017 incident when she and a Klamath Falls man attacked her 13-year-old son.
Court records show Natalie Anna Hobgood, 41, kicked and punched the victim. Jacob Mendoza- Fernandez, 36, strangled the victim with a belt.
The victim said he was choked for up to 90 seconds and began to see black, court records show. He said that when he tried to call 911 for help, Hobgood took the phone from him.
Hobgood was sentenced to 36 months supervised probation and 30 days in jail. Under the conditions of her probation, Hobgood must refrain from all drugs and alcohol and have no contact with Mendoza-Fernandez.
She was also ordered to pay $504.36 in restitution which she may satisfy with extra community service work instead.
Mendoza-Fernandez was convicted on strangulation in May 2017 and sentenced to 36 months probation and 30 days in jail. He has a warrant out for his arrest for probation violation.
Invasion of privacy charge dropped
A Klamath Falls man accused of secretly recording an underage girl in a bathroom had his second-degree invasion of personal privacy charge dismissed Wednesday.
Mark Timothy Murphy, 49, was arrested in April 2017 for the incident when authorities received information that Murphy had the video on his phone.
The video allegedly depicted the victim who was known to Murphy undressing in a bathroom.
Judge Roxanne Osborne dismissed the charge because the state was not able to prove the accusation beyond a reasonable doubt.