Rest Stop Graffiti Leads to 111 Misdemeanor Charges

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Fri, February 8 2013 at 4:21 PM, Updated: Fri, February 8 2013 at 4:33 PM

One hundred and eleven misdemeanor charges...that's what a Klamath Falls man faces for a lengthy history of advertising for sexual favors at the Midland Rest Area.

The Midland Rest Area south of Klamath Falls provides a good first impression to many visitors...and police say it has also provided a canvas for 39 year old Christopher Jon Kaeding to write obscene messages.

"The graffiti was actually personal, and pretty vulgar, and obscene."  Said Senior Trooper Ryan Niehus of the Oregon State Police.  "It was actually difficult to have kids come in here."

Trooper Niehus says Kaeding also left his mark in an outbuilding at the Miller Island Wildlife Area.

Niehus adds that two year long investigation ended Thursday morning with Kaeding's arrest...

"Well, I actually used the number that he was utilizing and providing for people to call him, to get ahold of him, and have him come meet me - and was able to take him into custoday at that point."

Kaeding's multiple counts of criminal mischief, criminal trespass, and offensive littering filled over 8 pages of this morning's jail log.

State Police hope that doing away with at least some of the graffiti will help to create a more favorable first impression for visitors.

Police say Kaeding was trespassed from the Midland Rest Area 7 years ago for similar offenses.

Kaeding's bail has been set at just under 200 thousand dollars.

About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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