Child abuser sentenced to 62 years

*Passenger dies in car-tree crash*Domestic fracas leads to arrest*Bicycle rider dies when hit by truck*Teens charged in church burglary*Easterly bribery trial under way*Car leaves roads, injuring pair

DALLAS -- A West Salem man will spend the next 62 years in prison for sexually abusing three children.

Greg Evensizer, 33, was sentenced by Polk County Circuit Court Judge William Horner on Monday on four counts of sex abuse in the first degree, and sodomy and unlawful penetration in the first degree.

Those charges were based on incidents that occurred between the fall of 2009 and fall of 2010. The children were all known to Evensizer and under the age of 12, said Jennifer Gaddis, chief deputy district attorney for Polk County.

Gaddis said the abuse took place in a home, though she would not specify if it was Evensizer's or somewhere else.

The sodomy and unlawful penetration charges were subject to Jessica's Law, mandated sentencing that requires that certain sexual offenses committed against children under the age of 12 receive a 300-month prison sentence, Gaddis said.

Passenger dies

in car-tree crash

WEST SALEM -- One man was killed, and two others injured, after a car crashed into a tree on Orchard Heights Road on Sunday, according to Salem Police.

The incident occurred at 1 a.m., as Oscar Ramos-Silva, 20, was driving a 2005 Scion at a high rate of speed and lost control of his car, police reported.

The eastbound vehicle crossed the left-turn and westbound lanes, left the roadway and hit a tree just east of the Doaks Ferry Road intersection.

Ramos-Silva's front passenger, Armando Hernandez-Garcia, 29, of Salem was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.

The rear passenger, a 16-year-old, fled the scene, but was later contacted by officers. His name was not included in a press release.

Ramos-Silva, who sustained minor injuries in the crash, had a blood-alcohol content of .08 percent, according to police.

He was transported to Polk County Jail and lodged on charges of manslaughter II, assault IV, reckless driving, two counts of reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.

An investigation is still ongoing.

Bicycle rider dies

when hit by truck

POLK COUNTY -- A Salem man died Friday morning when a pickup struck the bicycle he was riding.

According to a Polk County Sheriff's Office press release, at about 10:50 a.m. a Dodge Ram pickup was traveling west on Hopewell Road near Spring Valley Lane northeast of West Salem when it hit a bicyclist riding in the same direction.

The bicyclist, David Apperson, 57, of Salem, was thrown from his bike and died of injuries sustained from the accident.

The driver of the pickup, John Taylor, 26, of Salem remained on the scene until emergency crews arrived and has cooperated with the investigation.

No criminal charges have been filed at this time, according to the release.

Hopewell Road was closed for about four hours while the crash was investigated.

Domestic fracas

leads to arrest

WEST SALEM -- The drummer for the well-known rock band Journey was arrested and jailed briefly following a domestic altercation in West Salem on Jan. 20.

Deen Joseph Castronovo, 47, was taken into custody by Salem Police and lodged at Polk County Jail.

Deen Joseph Castronovo

Castronovo faces charges of recklessly endangering another person, interfering with making a police report, and criminal mischief in the second-degree -- all of which are class A misdemeanors. He was also charged with harassment.

No probable cause statement detailing the incident appears in Castronovo's case file.

Polk County District Attorney Stan Butterfield said the defendant lives in West Salem and that the dispute is "alleged to have occurred at his residence."

Castronovo posted bail -- which was set at $52,500 -- on Jan. 21. He was scheduled to have appeared in Polk County Circuit Court on Tuesday after press time.

Castronovo has been playing with Journey since 2001.

Teens charged in

church burglary

MONMOUTH -- Four local juveniles were arrested on Saturday for burglarizing and vandalizing Christ's Church on West Clay Street, according to Monmouth Police.

The pastor of the church reported the incident early Saturday morning; apparently, the youths had entered the church through a window sometime the night before, Sgt. Kim Dorn said.

The suspects stole speakers, sound equipment, a camera, food, blankets and other items, Dorn said.

They also spray painted rooms in the preschool side of the building and an office, and emptied a fire extinguisher.

Two of the juveniles were arrested Saturday evening following an investigation, and the others on Sunday, Dorn said.

The suspects included two 15-year old males and a 14-year old female, all from Independence. A 14-year-old female resident of rural Polk County was also arrested.

Each was charged with burglary II, theft II, criminal mischief I, criminal trespass II, and unlawfully applying


They were transported to and lodged at the Yamhill County Juvenile Detention facility.

Several of the stolen items were recovered from the youth, Dorn said.

Easterly bribery

trial to begin

DALLAS -- The trial of a West Salem man accused of attempting to bribe members of the Polk Soil and Water Conservation District board is slated to begin Tuesday.

E.M. Easterly is facing five counts of bribe giving for allegedly attempting to bribe five members of the Polk Soil and Water Conservation District Board: Chad Woods, Claude White, Frank Pender, David Simmons and Thomas Thomson.

Polk County District Attorney Stan Butterfield said a two-day trial will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday in courtroom No. 1 at the Polk County Courthouse.

The incident in question occurred at the board's March 9, 2011, meeting at which, according to minutes of the meeting, Easterly reportedly offered money in exchange for board members not approving the district's treasurer's report.

Easterly has called the incident simply "a stunt" and has questioned whether it equated to bribery.

Yamhill County District Attorney Special Prosecutor Brad Berry, the Yamhill County District Attorney, is trying the case on behalf of the Polk County District Attorney's Office.

Car leave road,

injuring pair

GRAND RONDE -- Two people were injured when the vehicle they were in left the road and drove down an embankment Friday on Highway 22 just north of Highway 18.

According to Oregon State Police Sgt. Brad Hessel, at about 11 a.m. a 2004 Jeep Liberty driven by Gertrude Dickey, 57, of Willamina, was heading east on the highway near milepost 24 when it left the roadway, drove down a 30-foot embankment, hit a tree, and landed in 3 feet of water on its wheels in Casper Creek.

A Polk County inmate work crew and its supervisors witnessed the crash and rushed down to help the Jeep's occupants, Dickey and her brother, Monty E. Dickey, 67, of Willamina, but were unable to remove them.

Members of the West Valley Fire Department soon arrived and were able to rescue the siblings and a Labrador that was riding in the vehicle. The dog was uninjured.

Gertrude Dickey was transported by ambulance to Willamette Valley Medical Center in McMinnville with minor injuries. Monty Dickey was taken to a landing site near Spirit Mountain Casino and then flown by helicopter to Salem Hospital with nonlife threatening injuries.

OSP troopers from the McMinnville Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the accident.

Polk County Sheriff's Office, Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, West Valley Fire Department and Oregon Department of Transportation assisted at the scene.

Highway 22 was closed for two hours during the rescue and investigation.


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