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Crash sends patrol car

careening into truck

SPRINGFIELD - A Springfield police officer was evaluated at a hospital Thursday after a car struck his patrol car and pushed it into a logging truck.

Officer Darin Vetter was not injured, but his patrol car was most likely totaled, Sgt. Mike McCarthy said. Vetter was examined at McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center.

The officer was driving south on 52nd Street near Highway 126 when he was struck by an eastbound vehicle. The patrol car spun out and hit a logging truck. No one else had any obvious injuries, McCarthy said.

Man denies charges

of rape, sodomy

A Eugene man was charged Thursday with raping and sodomizing a woman in his River Road apartment.

Tucker Marvin Mollers, 22, pleaded not guilty to the Measure 11 charges in Lane County Circuit Court. He was arrested Dec. 14, the night a woman told Eugene police that he raped her and forced her to perform oral sex on another man. The second man has not been charged.

The woman said she was socializing with the men when the attack occurred, according to court documents. She said she was allowed to get dressed and leave afterward. She called police, who questioned the men and arrested Mollers. He is being held in the Lane County Jail on $750,000 security.

Bank robber who fled

to school gets 6 1/2 years

A bank robber who tried to hide from police inside Guy Lee Elementary School in Springfield was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in federal prison Thursday.

David Dexter Sechler, 40, pleaded guilty in July to a count of bank robbery. U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken imposed the sentence.

On June 2, Sechler passed a note demanding money to a clerk at Bank of America, 1891 Pioneer Parkway East. He left the bank with $2,520, took a taxi to Guy Lee Elementary and ran inside when police approached.

Sechler ran through the school, slamming doors behind him to slow his pursuers. He was taken into custody in a bathroom off a faculty lounge. He was not armed. The incident prompted the evacuation of students participating in after-school activities.

Sechler had been released from prison a week before the robbery after doing time for assaulting two Springfield police officers. He also has committed crimes in Maryland, Delaware, Washington, D.C., and Florida.


Police identify woman

who died in van crash

COTTAGE GROVE - Police identified a woman killed when her minivan crashed into a tree as Linda Faye Cochran, 42, of Cottage Grove.

Cochran's Plymouth Voyager left Row River Road east of the city and struck the tree at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. She was the only occupant.

Police believe Cochran intentionally drove into the tree. Investigators found no skid marks or indications of mechanical failure.
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Title Annotation:General News; METRO
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jan 7, 2005
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