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Robbery charges dismissed in hair theft

Robbery charges against a Mill City woman have been dismissed after new evidence came to light.

On Dec. 6, two counts of second-degree robbery against Sarah Martha Moore, 39, were dismissed in Marion County Circuit Court.

Prosecutors filed a motion that day to dismiss the case “in the interest of justice…owing to newly-discovered evidence.” The new evidence itself was not detailed.

Moore was otherwise scheduled for trial Dec. 11 and faced at least 70 months in prison.

She was arrested in September for a robbery allegedly occurring March 18, 2022, at a hair salon in Salem where $635 in hair extensions were stolen at gunpoint. 

Alleged accomplice Andre Dreams, 42, of Salem, remains at large on this case as well as a pending Marion County case for alleged fentanyl sales.

Moore attorney Jacob Reynolds had challenged the strength of the robbery allegations, claiming the alleged victim was unable to identify either Moore or Dreams as suspects. 

He also said a search of an apartment Moore and Dreams shared in Salem was conducted without a warrant and without permission of the property owner or tenants.

In an unrelated burglary case from 2019, Moore admitted to a probation violation and on Dec. 11 was sentenced to 80 days in jail, with credit for time served. Her probation was also extended to June of 2025, during which time she must undergo mental health and substance abuse treatment and may not commit new criminal violations.

Trial set for prison slip-and-fall case

A jury trial has been set for this spring in a personal injury lawsuit by a Mill City man against the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC).

A four-day trial is scheduled to begin May 14, 2024, in Marion County Circuit Court in the case of Frederick Fredette vs DOC, Santiam Correctional Institution. All discovery and pre-trial motions are due March 29, 2024.

Fredette filed suit March 28 seeking $750,000, claiming he suffered significant injuries after slipping and falling in a restroom at the prison in August of 2021. He is seeking $250,000 in medical costs including surgeries to his knee and hip and $500,000 in noneconomic damages, in addition to reasonable attorneys’ fees.

Defendants have denied wrongdoing and claim Fredette is not entitled to damages after allegedly failing to follow procedures defined in the Oregon Tort Claims Act. They also claim the fall was allegedly the result of Fredette’s own negligence.

At the time of the incident, Fredette was serving a 70-month sentence after pleading guilty in 2016 to second-degree robbery for a mugging the year before.

New charge filed against serial offender

A Scio man with a long history of drug offenses is facing a new charge after he allegedly played a role in fencing jewelry last year.

Travis Tobias Miller, 36, is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 20 in Linn County Circuit Court on one count of first-degree theft, which carries a maximum of five years in prison.

According to charging documents, in December of 2022 Miller was allegedly party to an attempt to sell jewelry stolen from Albany Antique Mall and was allegedly aware of the theft.

When the offense occurred, Miller was awaiting trial on charges related to distributing methamphetamine and fentanyl in December of 2021. He pleaded guilty May 5 to attempted unlawful delivery of controlled substances and was sentenced to three years of probation and 10 days in jail.

Prior convictions include narcotics delivery and felon in possession of a firearm in 2018. 

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