Klamath Falls, Ore. – A tentative trial date has been set for two Klamath Falls women accused of torturing an elderly woman over a period of several months.
State Police in Klamath Falls says it’s one of the worst cases of elder abuse they’ve ever investigated.
Police say a 63 year old woman was tortured at a residence on Homedale Road over a period of more than six months.
Florence Raley and Melissa Shanholtzer were arrested in February of 2016, accused of physical and sexual abuse of an elderly relative.
Court documents allege the victim was tied to a chair, beaten, and sodomized.
The case came to light after the victim was treated at a Salem hospital for injuries including a broken arm, bruising, and detached retinas.
Raley and Shanholtzer have pleaded ‘not guilty’ to multiple charges including assault and criminal mistreatment.
A third suspect, Johnathon Martin, pleaded ‘guilty’ to a charge of third-degree assault, but has not yet been sentenced.
A tentative trial day of May 1st has been set for Raley and Shanholtzer, the trial is expected to last 3 days.
Police arrested fourth suspect John Adam Raley in March of 2016, however, Raley died in September of that year.
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.