The story: Philomath High School's dance team hosted its fifth annual "Dancing with the Stars" competition Jan. 27. (“The Ripple Effect,” Jan. 31 edition, page A1). The team's theme this year revolves around love and kindness, called "The Ripple Effect."
The latest: Philomath High placed sixth out of 10 show teams Feb. 17 at the Parkrose High School competition in Portland. In a drill-down event, PHS coach Lori Haslam said Shayla Vick placed in the top 10 and Aubrey Casey was 11th out of about 150 girls.
"We performed our whole show this week and made huge improvements," Haslam said. "We still are building a few of our props, mainly working on a 25-foot tree."
Philomath will next compete March 3 at Thurston High in Springfield.
The story: Philomath Police and Benton County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Benjamin Ryan Adam, 28, an armed robbery suspect out of California, Jan. 15 ("Armed robbery suspect captured in Philomath," Jan. 31 edition, page A1). In addition to being wanted as a fugitive, Adam also faced various charges from the arrest in Philomath.
The latest: Adam waived extradition to California Feb. 14 and as of Sunday, remained in Benton County Jail awaiting a transfer to Sacramento. On other charges stemming from the Jan. 15 arrest, the court convicted Adam Feb. 14 on charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle, heroin possession and resisting arrest. Charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, fourth-degree assault and interfering with a peace, parole or probation officer were dismissed. Sentencing included jail time and driver's license suspension.
The story: Ricky Ray Ferguson, 54, of Toledo, was arrested and charged with several offenses, including first-degree manslaughter, following a hit-and-run crash on Main Street in east Philomath Jan. 13 that killed Robert J. Ozretich, 70, and seriously injured Allan E. Deutsch, 85. ("Manslaughter suspect enters not guilty plea," Jan. 24 edition, page A3).
The latest: Judge Matthew Donohue granted Feb. 20 a motion by the plaintiff, which is the state of Oregon, to postpone Ferguson's trial. It had been scheduled to begin March 9. A hearing has been scheduled for March 13.
— Philomath Express