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This page houses short newspaper items about criminal activity and legal issues associated with family members.  Rorick descendants and their spouses are indicated in bold.  Please use the search feature on your browser to locate individual names.  

Mrs. Thelma B. Brown, 41, of 808 Luck avenue was fined $10 and court costs Thursday in Municipal Court after she pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless operation.  Mrs. Brown was charged Wednesday after she parked her auto and opened her car door into the path of a car driven by Charles F. Hutchinson, 35, of 739 Homewood.  The accident occurred on Homewood avenue.  (Zanesville Times-Recorder, February 28, 1964)
DEAD IN WAGON BED.  Red Bluff, Sept. 28 -- David Bucklew, an old man who has lived in this county for thirty years past, was found lying dead in his wagonbed, after his runaway team was stopped near his place on Cottonwood Creek, twenty-five miles west of here, today.  A bullet hole was found in his head, the bullet having entered just over his left eye.  It is thought that he was killed by someone lying in ambush by the side of the road.  There is considerable mystery connected with his death.  (Los Angeles Times, September 29, 1902)

Red Bluff, Sept. 28. – David Bucklew was shot and fatally wounded at 10 o’clock this morning near Hunter School House, twenty-five miles west of Red Bluff by his neighbor, William Ham, who says he fired in self defense.  Bucklew was shot as he was riding in a wagon.  The team ran 200 yards with him and struck a tree near Ross Gossett’s house.  The pistol bullet entered his forehead and he lived two hours, not regaining consciousness.  His pistol and hat were found near where the shooting occurred.  Ham came to town and two hours later was arrested by Sheriff Bogard.  After a conference with his attorney he admitted firing the fatal shot.  There was an old grudge between the two men and Bucklew always carried a pistol.  Ham was armed when they met this morning and it is supposed that when Bucklew drew his pistol Ham was too quick for him.  Ham has made no statement of the details.  (San Francisco Call, September 29, 1902)

Otto Downard has started a suit in the district court against Jacob Rein and his wife, Sarah Rein, for the purpose of recovering $133.75.  Plaintiff claims that in January, 1905, he purchased of defendant lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 in block 18 of Hyde Park addition to Boise for $1400.  In the warranty deed he received, he says, no mention was made of any encumbrances against the property, but he later discovered a sewer assessment amounting to $104.65 remained unpaid.  A part of the property was sold, he says, to satisfy the city's lien and he was compelled to put up the $104.65 and the sum of $29.10 to recover possession.  Now he wants the persons who sold him the property to settle.  (Idaho Statesman, April 25, 1906)

CALDWELL -- Because he came to the conclusion two oor three days after making the deal that he had been defrauded when he paid $92.50 for a horse, Otto Downard of Middletown caused the arrest of Earl Kelly of this city.  Kelly made an appearance before Probate Judge Frank E. Meek Wednesday.  On hearing the facts in the case both Judge Meek and Prosecuting Attorney Alfred E. Stone were convinced that Downard wished his money back far more than he desired prosecution of the defendant, and dismissed the case.  (Idaho Statesman, March 8, 1917)

A young man named Seymour Glandon was arrested in Ashland Tuesday by Deputy Sheriff Logan on a warrant from Polk county, where he is wanted to answer on a charge of seduction.  (Portland Oregonian, October 7, 1886)

Oregon City, Nov. 2 (Special)  -- Cecil Hallinan of Portland, indicted some time ago for operating a slot machine in Clackamas county, will be tried on November 8, it was announced today by District Attorney Fred Miller.  (Portland Oregonian, November 3, 1935)
Sussex Courts open.  Continue but four days.  One trial of note was Jacob Kimble vs. James R. Inglis, for seduction of daughter.  Verdict $300.  (Newspaper Clippings from the Sussex Register.  1887-1899.  Newton, N.J.: The Register.  Originally published August 15, 1837)
Levi Lateer was arrested, to-day, on the charge of keeping a disorderly house in the North End.  He pleaded not guilty and demanded a jury trial, and gave bail for his appearance from trial on Friday.  (Middletown Daily Argus, August 31, 1896)

The case against of the people vs. Levi Lateer, charged with keeping a disorderly house at the North End, was called before the Recorder this morning.  The defendant was discharged, the complainant failing to put in an appearance.  (Middletown Daily Argus, September 22, 1896)
BURGLARIES IN DECKERTOWN: Burglars were at work in Deckertown, Wednesday night. They entered the residence of Mayor Margarum and ransacked the lower part of the house, but only got $6, which they took from Miss Mary Margarum's purse. (Middletown Daily Argus, March 23, 1894)

Clark L. Rorick, 34 years old, 1044 Winona avenue, was sentenced to 90 days in the Bridewell yesterday by Judge Joseph Graber on a charge of driving while intoxicated.  He was allowed ten days to appeal, and was released on cash bond.  He was arrested when his automobile crashed into a traffic signal post at Diversey parkway and Halsted street early yesterday. 

His woman companion, who gave her names as Mary Cruise, 29 years old, 3431 Elaine place, was fined $25.  When arrested the woman told the police that she was private secretary to Secretary of State William J. Stratton and threatened to “get their jobs.” 

Rorick admitted to reporters that his companion had never worked for the secretary of state.  Miss Rose M. Cruise, of 3423 Elaine place, who was employed in the office of the secretary of state while Louis L. Emmerson held the position, said she did not know the woman.  Miss Rose Cruise said she would ask Lincoln park police to make an investigation to clear her name. (Chicago Daily Tribune, November 17, 1932)

Miller, S.D., March 19. – The sheriff has brought in Willard Davis, charged with store breaking.  Dave and John Rorick have also been arrested.  It develops that an organized band has been operating here for some time.  (Aberdeen Daily News, April 19, 1894)

CHURCHGOERS LOSE COATS.  Thieves stole two coats from the fourth floor of a building at 918 S.W. Yamhill street while the owners were attending church services there, police said Sunday.  The thefts were reported by Charles E. Finegan, 1622 N.E. Halsey street, and Jay T. Rorick, 2646 N.W. Overton street.  (Portland Oregonian, December 2, 1957)
A case of almost inhuman cruelty came to light on Friday, when it became known that Luther Shockey, of 21 Bolin’s alley, East Newark, had left his family on Wednesday last, his wife being in a dying condition from tuberculosis.  Lying upon a cot in her humble home, with a small 6 year old child to care for, Mrs. Shockey’s life is being perceptibly shortened by the inhuman act of the being who posed as a husband and father.  Shockey has been employed for some time in the B&O yards here, but on Wednesday last, it is said he secured money from the company by false representations, and disappeared, and has not been seen since, although there is sufficient proof that he has met with no foul play, but has left his dying wife and little son.  Because of the condition of the family, having no means of support, the residents of this portion of the city are in a frenzied degree of excitement, and many forceful threats were heard against Shockey, who would probably not be treated with leniency should he be found by the neighbors.  (Newark Advocate, July 27, 1906)
ORDERED TO PENITENTIARY -- Realovis [sic] Walling, a young man of 20, who completely upset the town of Irrigon, in Morrow County, was ordered committed to the penitentiary for one year by Judge Frazer yesterday.  Walling was sentenced in November last on a larceny charge, and was paroled during good behavior.  He was given work at Irrigon, and he associated with a woman of bad repute, broke up the social dances, lodges and caused trouble generally. Walling was once a vaudeville performer, and considers himself a ladies' man.  When he was paroled he was instructed by Judge Frazer to live as near as possible a perfect life until the terms of his parole expired.  Judge Frazer yesterday investigated the case, and decided that the charges against Walling of misconduct were true.  (Portland Oregonian, March 21, 1906)