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Apartment tenant breaks up burglary

A would-be burglar's plans went awry early Friday when an apartment resident interrupted his work.

A tenant of a building in the 700 block of West 11th Avenue in Eugene confronted a man creeping around inside his home about 2:15 a.m., Eugene police said. Police believe the burglar had entered through an upstairs window.

The tenant chased the man out of the apartment and called police. Officers found the suspect about two blocks away and arrested him without a struggle, police said.

Jose Fidel Mendoza, 24, was being held in the Lane County Jail on a charge of first-degree burglary.


Transient sentenced for murder at park

COQUILLE - A 36-year-old transient pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced on Friday to life in prison for stabbing an Albany man to death at a campground last June.

Under the terms of a plea agreement, the district attorney's office dropped a charge of aggravated murder and Coos County Circuit Judge Richard Barron sentenced Darren Wayne Campbell to life imprisonment with confinement for at least 25 years before being considered for parole.

The killing took place at the Horsfall Beach Campground north of North Bend. The victim was 47-year-old Robert Craig of Albany. Campbell, a 36-year-old transient from California, apparently met Craig at the campground.

District Attorney Paul Burgett said the stabbing may have occurred because Campbell wanted Craig's camper truck.

A woman, Deborah Kay Scott, 48, of Versailles, Ind., was taken into custody with Campbell, but Burgett said she had nothing to do with the killing and cooperated with investigators.

Scott pleaded guilty to a charge last July of hindering prosecution and was sentenced to 90 days in jail and 36 months of probation.

Woman sentenced

for manslaughter

COQUILLE - A 19-year-old Coos Bay woman, Francis Adele Frost, pleaded guilty in Coos County Circuit Court on Thursday to a charge of first-degree manslaughter in the Nov. 18 stabbing death of a former boyfriend, Jeremiah Guernsey, 19, of Coos Bay.

As a result of a plea agreement, a murder charge against the woman was dismissed. Judge Richard Barron sentenced Frost to 120 months in prison, followed by three years of post-prison supervision.

R. Paul Frasier, deputy district attorney, said the 120-month sentence was mandated by the provisions of state Ballot Measure 11 and Frost will have no opportunity for early release.

Frost and Guernsey shared an apartment on the Cape Arago Highway, but Guernsey's brother, Chad Guernsey, told police his brother had kicked her out a few days before the stabbing.

The brother said the stabbing occurred during an early morning altercation when Frost returned to the apartment.
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:May 4, 2002
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