Klamath Falls, Ore. – Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah was in court Thursday.
He’s accused of violating the conditions of a release agreement.
Skrah was indicted just over a year ago on 9 misdemeanor charges.
As part of his release agreement, the Sheriff agreed not to go on patrol, or take part in any traffic stops or criminal investigations.
The State says Skrah violated those conditions a dozen times – playing 911 tapes of Skrah on air.
Skrah’s defense attorney argues the exact nature of Skrah’s business can’t be determined from the radio traffic.
If found guilty, Skrah could have his officer’s license revoked, or face other fines or sanctions.
The contempt hearing is scheduled to continue Friday.
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.