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Trespassing charged in burglary investigation

A Woodburn man has been charged with trespassing after being arrested in connection with multiple alleged home break-ins in the Detroit area.

Kalenik Molodin, 24, was arrested the evening of May 15 by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office after being seen near Detroit RV Park.

MCSO said Molodin was “suspected of committing several burglaries in the area.” He was booked into the Marion County Jail on charges of first-degree burglary, attempted first-degree burglary, second-degree trespassing and second-degree criminal mischief.

On May 16 prosecutors filed lesser charges of first-degree trespassing and attempted first-degree trespassing, which carry up to a year in jail. Molodin was to return to court May 30.

New sex offense allegations

A Mill City man previously convicted for the sexual assault of a child is facing a new allegation of abusing a minor.

Jason Matthew Martin, 42, was arrested May 14 by the Linn County Sheriff’s Office for allegedly molesting a girl younger than 14 years old in March. As of press time he remained in the Linn County Jail on $50,000 bail.

Martin was charged in Linn County Circuit Court with first-degree sexual abuse, which carries a minimum of 75 months in prison. 

On May 15 prosecutors filed notice of their intent to seek an enhanced sentence as the victim was “particularly vulnerable” and because Martin was convicted of a similar offense in 2012.

That year Martin pleaded no contest to attempted first-degree rape of a girl younger than 12 years old occurring between 2007 and 2009. Prosecutors similarly described this victim as “vulnerable” and said the assault caused harm “significantly greater” than normal.

Martin served two years in prison and was paroled June 18, 2014, and at the time of his recent arrest was still under post-prison supervision.

Mechanic trial scheduled

A lawsuit against a Lyons mechanic accused of dishonest work is headed to trial as the defendant also awaits the outcome of an unrelated criminal case.

Godofredo “Lee” Quiroz and Canyon Auto Service were unable to reach an agreement May 20 during a mediation session with plaintiffs Rachel Francois and John Cripe. The matter is now set for trial July 16 in Linn County Small Claims Court.

Francois and Cripe sued for $10,000 March 2 claiming Quiroz botched an engine rebuild last year and failed on multiple occasions to correct his work. 

On Feb. 4 the shop allegedly refused to turn over the vehicle unless plaintiffs signed a legal liability waiver. The vehicle was returned, allegedly without the engine, after police intervened.

Quiroz does not face charges for this incident. In a separate matter he has been charged with aggravated first-degree theft and second-degree forgery in Linn County Circuit Court. He allegedly billed for services performed on a vehicle that was not been in his possession.

Theft,  failure to appear

A Scio man is facing charges after allegedly stealing a TV from the Albany Costco and failing to attend court.

Christopher David Valentine, 40, was charged May 10 in Linn County Circuit Court with first-degree theft for allegedly stealing a TV April 9 worth more than $1,000. 

Vantine was scheduled for arraignment May 22 and allegedly failed to appear. An arrest warrant was issued that day and an additional charge of first-degree failure to appear was added May 28. 

Both charges are class C felonies punishable by up to five years in prison and a $125,000 fine.

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