Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Wed, December 18 2013 at 5:24 PM, Updated: Wed, December 18 2013 at 5:43 PM
An early morning raid by a SWAT team in Klamath Falls leads to the seizure of drugs, guns, and suspected stolen property...and two people are in jail tonight following that raid.
Sharon Harkema didn't think she'd ever get her metal ship back after it was stolen...
"I thought it was gone. I kept praying that it wasn't tore up, or used for metal, or some dumb thing - at least they used it for art."
The ship was one of many items seized during a raid that too place shortly before 9:AM at a home near Shasta Way and Homedale Road.
Neighbor Kathy Cobb witnessed the officers arriving, and heard the sound of the 'flash bang' grenades...
"Just looked out the window, and all these cops showed up in my driveway, and in front of their house - and a couple big bangs."
Sergeant Ryan Huntsman of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office says the raid marked the end of a two month long investigation...
"This morning Klamath County Sheriff's Office served a search warrant for trafficking in stolen property, and narcotics violations at 5417 Shasta Way."
Police arrested Aaron Andrews on multiple charges.
Samantha Valentine was also arrested by Sheriff's deputies.
Detective Eric Shepherd of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office says a small amount of meth was seized during the raid...
"There was also a 357 revolver. It was a Taurus, and the serial number was removed."
Police are now processing suspected stolen property, which includes tools, jewelry, antique coins, a comic book collection, motor bikes, a military medal...and Sharon Harkema's metal ship, which is now sailing home...
"I just think the world of these guys."
Some of the stolen items have been linked to other crimes...and more arrests are possible.
Charges against Andrews and Valentine include first-degree theft, possession of a prohibited firearm, and possession of a controlled substance.
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.