Wednesday, July 2, 2014
A Hood River man arrested in December of last year on over a dozen counts of first-degree sexual abuse has had his plea date pushed back for a second time.
Kenneth Gordon Lolley, 73, is facing 14 counts of first-degree sexual abuse after allegedly touching the private parts of three girls, ages 8, 10, and 11, on multiple occasions in 2013. He is the former owner of KV Pottery on Tucker Road in Hood River, where he taught pottery classes to children and adults before the business closed after his arrest.
Lolley was originally scheduled to enter a plea in April, but his attorney, Brian Starns, of Hood River law firm Morris, Smith, Starns, Raschio & Sullivan, asked Judge John A. Olson, who presided over the case, to push back the plea date. Starns told Olson that “our investigations are continuing and we need some additional time,” and also noted that he did “not believe we will be in a position to be ready rather quickly.”
The plea date was rescheduled for June 30, but has been pushed back again, this time to Monday, August 25 at 9:30 a.m. Starns’ office was contacted on Monday to see why the date was pushed back, but his office did not respond as of press time. Olson’s office was also contacted Monday, and a member of his staff reported the plea date was pushed back because Starns requested additional time to prepare the case.
When Lolley was arrested back in December 2013, he was originally held at the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility in The Dalles on $300,000 bail, but Starns was able to get the bail reduced to $40,000 in February despite the objections of Deputy District Attorney Carrie Rasmussen, who is prosecuting the case. Rasmussen noted at the time that Lolley had a 1989 conviction for public indecency after exposing his genitals to two young girls as they walked to school in front of his home in Hood River. Families of the alleged new victims also made impassioned requests to the court to keep Lolley in jail.
Hood River County Circuit Court Judge Paul Crowley ultimately decided to grant the bail reduction and the next day, Lolley made bail. He has since been confined to his home at 1640 16th St. in Hood River, along with an electronic monitoring device, per court order.
If convicted, Lolley could face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine with a minimum sentence of 75 months in jail for the first-degree sexual abuse charges, which are class B felonies.
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge