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Burglars strike campus during fall break

Linfield College Public Safety (CPS), in conjunction with the McMinnville Police Department, is investigating a burglary that occurred in Melrose Hall on Thanksgiving.

Two laptops were stolen from administrative offices on the first floor after some windows were forced open and one was broken to gain access, said Rebecca Wale, director of CPS, in an email.

The burglary occurred sometime between 5:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. and was later discovered by an employee who works in Melrose. The building had previously been secured by CPS and remained closed because of the holiday, Wale said.

CPS notified the campus about the incident Nov. 23. At that time, there were no suspects. According to Wale, the investigation is ongoing.

In addition, CPS discovered a window had also been forced open in Pioneer Hall, but no theft occurred, Wale said.

As a precaution, faculty and staff are encouraged to secure their computers and can request security devices from ITS to lock them to their desks, according to the CPS notification.

Students are also encouraged “to make sure that they secure windows when they leave a room and never prop open doors. Also, it is important to report lost student ID cards. CPS can shutoff access, immediately, and then students can come pick up a replacement card at their convenience,” Wale said in an email.

CPS asks if anyone has information about these crimes to contact its office at 503-883-7233.

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Student faces multiple counts of sex crime charges

After appearing at a preliminary hearing March 22 in Washington County Circuit Court on a charge of first-degree sexual abuse, sophomore Kyle McLennan was arraigned after pleading not guilty on a secret indictment and is now facing 25 counts of various sex crime charges.

The latest charges allege that he had a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl about three years ago and a 15-year-old girl about two years ago, according to court documents.

The charges include three counts of first-degree rape, three counts of second-degree rape, six counts of first-degree sexual abuse, two counts of second-degree sexual abuse, three counts of first-degree sexual penetration, three counts of second-degree penetration and five counts of third-degree sodomy.

Court documents reveal that between May 1, 2009 and Sept. 1, 2009, McLennan engaged in sexual intercourse and sexual contact by means of forcible compulsion with the 13-year-old victim.

Documents also show that between June 23, 2010 and June 22, 2011, McLennan engaged in deviate sexual intercourse and sexual intercourse with the 15-year-old victim. In addition, he engaged in deviate sexual intercourse with the same girl between June 23, 2011 and Oct. 11, 2011.

Both girls came forward before the court as witnesses. However, The Linfield Review does not publish the names of minors who are alleged victims in sexual crimes.

As part of McLennan’s security release agreement, he is not allowed to have any direct or indirect contact with the victims or minors.

Court documents show that McLennan is not to go within 100 yards of the victims’ residence, work, vehicle or person.

McLennan’s next trial is set for 9 a.m. June 6 in Washington County Circuit Court.

First-degree rape, second-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree sexual penetration and second-degree sexual penetration are all Measure 11 crimes, which carry a mandatory minimum sentence of more than six years in prison.

McLennan’s attorney, Robin Runstein of Kell, Alterman & Runstein, declined to comment about the case on McLennan’s behalf.

McLennan was arrested Feb. 10 at his off-campus residence by Hillsboro detectives on accusations that he engaged in a sexual relationship with a minor in 2008, according to Lt. Mike Rouches, a Hillsboro police spokesman.

McLennan, a business management major and defensive line football player, “was suspended from the football team, pending the outcome of his case,” Mardi Mileham, director of communications said in a prior interview.

“The college’s athletic policy calls for a student to be immediately suspended from any athletic team upon an arrest. He was notified of his suspension,” Mileham said.

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Students face criminal mischief charges


Three Linfield students allegedly graffitied the back of Little Caesars on April 3. AutoZone, Ruby Tuesday and Sears were spray painted also by the students. Sophomore Tyler Gerlach and juniors Jared Klahn and Ryan Reed were arrested for the vandalism April 3. Photo courtesy of Kurtis Williams

Three Linfield students appeared in court April 5 on criminal mischief charges.


Sophomore Tyler Gerlach and juniors Jared Klahn and Ryan Reed were arrested just after 2 a.m. April 3 for spray painting at least four local businesses’ signs around the city and McMinnville High School.

According to a McMinnville Police Department press release, a citizen called in at 2:20 a.m. April 3, and seeing the defendants spray painting in the vicinity of McMinnville High School.

The investigation revealed that establishments such as Little Caesars, AutoZone, Ruby Tuesday and Sears and utility poles and boxes belonging to McMinnville Water and Light were marked as well.

Each student was charged with two counts of first-degree criminal mischief, class C felonies; and five counts of second-degree criminal mischief, class A misdemeanors. The three bailed out after paying 10 percent of their $35,000 bail.

At the arraignment hearing, Reed stood before Judge John Collins first. Collins set a preliminary hearing for Reed scheduled for April 26 at 1:45 p.m.

Following Reed, Klahn stood before the judge alongside attorney Michael Finch. Finch argued that Klahn should be conditionally released and have his $3,500 security bond refunded minus court fees.

The three are not permitted to contact each other per the conditions of their bail. However, as Finch argued, Klahn and Gerlach have a class together and a project to finish that requires them to collaborate. The state did not object to Gerlach and Klahn meeting for the project and class purposes.

Klahn is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing April 26 at 1:45 p.m.

Gerlach told the judge he was in the process of retaining counsel for the coming proceedings. Judge Collins also offered Gerlach and the already departed Reed their security payments back.

Reed, Gerlach and Klahn cannot legally comment on their cases.

Officer Aaron Smith of the McMinnville Police Department said the students are suspects in connection with similar graffiti designs in the area.

“[The other cases] were known to us because of the unique style of graffiti,” Smith said. “There’s a possibility that there are more cases that could be charged to those individuals. Maybe there were some other people involved. We’re still investigating some of those leads.”

Smith estimated that the damage may be around $1,000 but that the amount could change as the investigation yields more graffiti damage.

“It’s taken three hours to clean it,” Ruby Tuesday General Manager Pam Almedia said. “It took two hours to paint over. I don’t know what it said, but I just thought it wasn’t very nice to do.”

Ruby Tuesday is footing the bill for the graffiti removal from its own budget and is seeking restitution in the matter. Little Caesars had the damage power washed off the evening of April 4.

Anyone with information on these cases should contact Sgt. Tim Symons or Smith at 503-434-7307.

According to the March 26 story in the News-Register, this isn’t the first incident of its sort in McMinnville. During the first 23 days of March, there were 28 reports of graffiti vandalism.

Kurtis Williams/For the Review
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Hewitt intruder causes alarm

Updated: April 9, 2010

An unidentified man trailed a student into Hewitt Hall on April 4, throwing the residents into confusion.

The man, according to a Linfield College Community Public Safety & Security press release, was not a Linfield student. It is unknown why he was in Hewitt, but witnesses said he was banging on doors and trying to get into the study room at the end of the second-floor hallway.

Freshman Carley Lukes, a Hewitt resident, learned about the intruder when she returned from brunch at Dillin Hall. She discovered her hallmates in an uproar.

“They were freaking out,” she said. “They said a creepy guy with no shoes on was in the hall.”

Lukes said she went to the kitchen to warn her friends of the stranger, convincing one of them, freshman Amy Bumatai, to lock the door to her room on the third floor.

Bumatai said she left her keys inside the room, which forced her to retrieve them before she could lock the door. When she opened her door, she said she found the man sitting in her chair.

“I screamed really loud, and we went downstairs and called campo,” she said.

Bumatai said the man was unresponsive.

“I kicked in my door, like usual, and he didn’t even flinch,” she said. “He just sat there, staring at the wall. He didn’t even look at me.”

Robert Cepeda, director of LCCPS, released an incident notification the day of the intrusion.

He warned that students should be more alert to people “tailgating” — following students into buildings, a common practice among students at Linfield after they unlock the door with their ID cards.

Cepeda said that it’s common for students to allow “tailgaters” inside.

“You don’t even think about it when people follow you in,” freshman Amy Bassett said.

Freshman Alayna Marten said that the man told police that Anthony Hopkins let him in.

Bassett said that the man was laughing when he was taken away in an ambulance.

“It looked like he was on something,” Marten said.

The man was seen earlier April 4.

Freshman Nic Miles, sports reporter for the Review, said he saw him tailgate into Mahaffey Hall sometime in the

“He followed [a student] after she opened the door,” he said. “I saw him standing in the lounge. I went to my room to grab something,  and he disappeared.”

Miles said he did not know if the man actually left the building during the short time he was away from the lounge.

Sophomore Blair Schuar said he saw him outside Mahaffey and said he though it was odd though he took no action.

Schuar described him as “shifty” and said he did not look like a Linfield student.

The incident was resolved when LCCPS called the McMinnville police.

Joshua Ensler
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Former student placed on probation for package hoax


Despite the arduous circumstances surrounding Melissa Davaz’ sentencing, Davaz preservers outside of Linfield, performing in Jack Ruby Presents’ first concert in three months on March 6 at the Ike Box in Salem, Ore. -Kelley Hungerford/Managing editor

Melissa Davaz was recommended to spend three days in Yamhill County jail, placed on 24-month probation and given 240 hours of community service to complete for planting eight suspicious packages across Linfield. Her restitution is $9,000.
Davaz pleaded guilty to three counts of possession of a hoax destructive device and two counts of disorderly conduct March 11. She received a conditional discharge for four of the five counts.
Her punishment for the standalone charge includes jail time and restitution payment, while the remaining counts
collectively require 24-month probation, which is referred to as bench probation.
In court, defense attorney Elana Flynn described Davaz as a person of excellence. Flynn explained to the judge that she received more than 50 character affidavits — more than she has gotten in any other case.
Davaz openly accepted responsibility for her actions. She said she failed to think about the fear that she could inspire and that she did not realize that the entire campus would have been shut down. With her were apology letters addressed to the Linfield students and faculty, the McMinnville Police Department and the McMinnville community jointly; she also had a letter directed toward the police specifically and another for the college. She read her letters in court, extending an apology in each.
Given that placing garbage-filled boxes covered in duct and Scotch® tape across campus was out of character for her, the judge asked Davaz what her thoughts were Dec. 6 when she committed the act. She stated that she continues to ask herself what had to have been inside her head.
Flynn said that she was convinced of Davaz’s remorsefulness.
Flynn explained that her client had already raised $1,000 to put toward her restitution and that Davaz is employed.
The judge admitted that although he did not sense her seriousness upon the opening of the hearing, after seeing the effort she had already made and listening to her letters, he was positive that she had grasped the severity of her actions.
Davaz was given one year to complete her community service.
Dean of Students Dave Hansen, Associate Dean of Students, Director of Residence Life Jeff
Mackay and Director of Campus Public Safety Robert Cepeda sat in the first row behind the prosecution. None of the men chose to speak when the judge gave the opportunity.
Davaz and college officials will discuss disciplinary matters at an undisclosed date. Flynn said that the letter to the college was tendered that day.
Davaz’s general letter of apology has been submitted to the press.
Davas was scheduled to graduate from Linfield after she completed the 2010 Spring Semester. Whether she will is to be determined.

Septembre Russell
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