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Seven Sentenced on Trespassing Charges Following OSP F&W Investigation
02/08/2010
Sergeant Mari Chambers
Fish & Wildlife Division
(503) 934-0322

Seven people found illegally operating their All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) on Longview Timber Company near Silverton during archery season in September 2009 have pled guilty in Marion County Justice Court.
 
In September 2009 an Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division trooper responded to complaints from archery hunters regarding a group of five people operating ATVs on Longview Timber property. The operation of ATVs on Longview Timber property is prohibited year round. The complainant confronted the riders and told them they were not allowed to ride their ATVs on the property. They ignored the warning and continued on their way until the trooper located the group approximately seven miles from the nearest locked gate passed by the riders where signs were posted outlining the restrictions. The group had driven around a locked gate and indicated that they didn't think it was a big deal because they were on gravel roads.
 
The following five defendants pled guilty to Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree:
JAMES CULVER, age 49, from Stayton
RICHARD FRERES, age 32, from Stayton
CHAD HAFNER, age 33, from Stayton
THEODORE HAFNER, age 56, from Stayton
JACOB TOEPFER, age 32, from Sublimity
 
Each defendant was ordered to pay:
  • $167.00 in court fees
  • $250.00 fine
  • $500.00 restitution to Longview Timber
 
Longview Timber Company representatives were at the court appearance and served the five defendants with notice that they are not allowed on Longview Timber Company property for five years.
 
Two other people were also convicted and sentenced related to a similar incident six days later after the trooper was patrolling the same area and heard ATVs approaching. The trooper waited, saw the two ATV's and contacted the riders who told the trooper that a contractor had opened the gate and let them onto the property. When contacted, the contractor had a totally different story which indicated he met the riders at the gate when he was leaving the property.  The contactor said he had told them that they were not allowed to ride their ATVs on the property. When the contractor opened the gate to leave, the two riders squeezed by him through the gate and continued on.
 
CHRIS SCHUMACHER, age 53, from Aumsville, and SHEILA ROGERS, age 46, from Silverton, pled guilty to Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree.  They were ordered to pay:
  • $167.00 in court fees
  • $250.00 fine
  • $500.00 restitution to Longview Timber
 
Both were also served notices at their court appearance by Longview Timber Company representatives that they are not allowed on Longview Timber Company property for lifetime.