'Super Tuesday' Settlements Easing Court Caseloads

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Wed, December 25 2013 at 2:24 PM, Updated: Wed, December 25 2013 at 2:31 PM

Efforts to reduce court caseloads in Klamath County through weekly settlement hearings known to many as 'Super Tuesdays' appear to be paying off.

Klamath County began holding the settlement hearings back in September.

The most recent was held on Christmas Eve.

Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge says the effort to reduce court caseloads is paying off...

"Over the last 90 days we've dug out of 2 years worth of backlog that we were accumulating."

Of the 2,730 cases that have been on the settlement day dockets over the past 16 weeks, 1,140 have been resolved.

"So it's really made a huge difference in the number of caseload."  Notes D.A. Patridge.  "We're taking these cases to trial, too - so we're sending a serious message and changing the culture here in Klamath County."

Judges agreed to try the settlement hearings at the request of defense, and prosecuting attorneys.

It's hoped that reducing the number of mandatory appearances will also save taxpayers money.


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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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