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Polk County Sheriff Makes Additional Reductions - 03/25/14
Polk County Sheriff Bob Wolfe announced additional reductions in patrol hours from 20 hours a day to 10 hours a day due to budget and staffing reductions. "My overtime budget is less than 6% for the remainder of this budget cycle which ends in June and I have received notification from another deputy who has accepted a conditional job offer making this the fourth deputy to leave in the last two months" stated Sheriff Bob Wolfe.

The sheriff's office has not had 24 hour a day coverage since March of 2013. In November of 2013 a county public safety levy to restore patrol coverage, enhance staffing of the district attorney, juvenile and community corrections failed. Sheriff Bob Wolfe stated, "Failure of the public safety levy set into motion the departure of employees from my agency who are seeking employment with other agencies who have stable financial outlooks"

Due to additional departure of employees from the sheriff's office beginning March 29, 2014 the patrol division will be reduced to 10 hours of patrol a day, seven days a week. Sheriff Bob Wolfe stated, "This is extremely difficult and makes the third time since late February I have had to make shift adjustments. I have to make cuts so as to not overspend my budget" The 10 hours of patrol each day will reduce overtime cost through the redirection of scheduling and allow more coverage within the 10 hours each day than what we are currently doing with two 10 hours shifts.

The Polk County Budget Committee meets next week to work on the 2014-2015 budget which begins on July 1, 2014. Sheriff Bob Wolfe stated, "This will be another tough budget session with no bright outlook for next year. I know additional cuts will happen and this is why employees are still out looking for other work"
Eric Brown
Eric Brown
POINT arrests 6 people in Polk County (Photo) - 03/21/14
Members of the Polk County Inter-agency Narcotics Team (POINT) served two search warrants and arrested six people on March 21st, 2014. The POINT team consists of a detective from the Monmouth Police Department, a detective from the Oregon State Police and a sergeant from the Polk County Sheriff's Office. The Oregon State Police and the Polk County Special Response Team also assisted POINT throughout the operation.

The first search warrant was served at 455 S. 11th St in Independence. The second search warrant was served at 335 Ecols St North in Monmouth.

The warrant services were in response to investigations into complaints of drug activity during the past several months. During the investigations the POINT team was able to determine that drugs were being sold out of both residences and at various locations in the Monmouth and Independence areas.
***Update***

Garcia photo added.


During the warrant service in Independence detectives seized a small amount of methamphetamine, $400 in cash, drug use paraphernalia, scales and packaging material. Three people were arrested from this residence, 52 year old Cary Rotan, 56 year old Patricia Holliday and 47 year old Bobbie Lilly, all of Independence.

During the warrant service in Monmouth detectives seized a small amount of methamphetamine, a small amount marijuana, drug use paraphernalia and scales. Two people were arrested from this residence, 33 year old Eric Brown and 30 year old Shavon Brown, both of Monmouth. Also at this residence was a 5 year old child who was taken into protective custody by the Department of Human Services.

Also found inside the Ecols St residence were various items that had been reported stolen from burglaries and thefts in Monmouth area. The Monmouth Police Department is continuing their investigation into those crimes.

Another person was arrested at 1455 Edgewater St in West Salem in connection with this cases. 31 year old Efrain Garcia of Salem was found to be in possession of 16 grams of methamphetamine and over $800 in cash.

Arrested: Cary Rotan

Charges:

#1. Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine - 3 counts
#2. Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine - 3 counts

Bail has been set at $165,000


Arrested: Bobbie Lilly

Charges:

#1. Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine - 3 counts
#2. Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine - 3 Counts

Bail has been set at $165,000.


Arrested: Eric Brown

Charges:

#1. Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine - 3 counts
#2. Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine - 3 counts
#3. Unlawful Manufacturing of Methamphetamine - 3 counts

Bail has been set at $245,000.


Arrested: Shavon Brown

Charges:

#1. Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine - 2 counts
#2. Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine - 2 counts
#3. Unlawful Manufacturing of Methamphetamine - 2 counts

Bail has been set at $190,000.


Arrested: Patricia Holliday

Charge:

Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine


Arrested: Efrain Garcia

Charge:

#1. Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine (substantial quantity)
#2. Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine.

Bail has been set at $515,000.
Attached Media Files: Eric Brown , Lilly , Shavon Brown , Rotan , Garcia