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Dec 11,2007
Missing snowmobilers located, arrested in Elk Lake break-in
by Cheryl McDermott

In a surprising turn of events, a Bend man who asked for help in finding his friend who was missing after falling off a snowmobile the two had been riding Monday night was ultimately arrested and charged with DUII and trespassing after allegedly breaking into a resort lodge and cabin. His friend was also arrested, deputies reported.
James C. Adams - DCJ photo 
Deschutes County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched about 7:40 p.m., December 10, to a report made by resort personnel.  James C. Adams, 24, of Bend, said that he couldn’t find his friend, 27-year old Monmouth resident Benjamin R. Stange, who had apparently fallen off the back of the snowmobile in the Elk Lake Resort area.
According to a news release prepared by Sheriff’s Sgt. Ronny Dozier and Deputy Jim Whitcomb, county Search and Rescue (SAR) team members were called to assist in the search, and to shuttle deputies to the resort area by snowmobile.
The resort, located southwest of Bend, is snowbound in winter months and accessible only by cross-country skiis, snowmobiles, or snow-cat shuttle.
When deputies and SAR arrived, Adams was also nowhere to be found, but was located about four hours later by his snowmobile which was resting against a tree, deputies said.
Stange was found inside a resort cabin after allegedly breaking in, and Adams allegedly broke into the lodge and another cabin, the news release stated.
Both men were arrested, Dozier and Whitcomb said.
Adams was charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants, recklessly endangering another, and two counts of second-degree criminal trespass. He was lodged in the Deschutes County Jail.
Stange was cited for two counts of second-degree criminal trespass and released.
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  • I find it difficult to have any sympathy for these guys considering that the empoyees cabin is always occupied and easay to locate on the property. I can understand breaking into one building to survive, but why would someone have to break into both a cabin and the lodge? Fireman, cop, doctor, lawyer, whatever....these guys were up to no good and got caught. Simple as that.
  • (Posted on February 24, 2009, 8:47 pm JT)

  • About five years ago my son was up a paulina lake in the snow with friends and had broke in lodge to survive .Same thing they did everything to string my son up.He got in alot of trouble over all that.Crminal trespass is really over the top .
  • (Posted on December 27, 2007, 12:34 pm april mcdaniel)

  • It seems as though James was trespassing only in order to call 911 for his missing friend. Guilty of DUI on a snow mobile... probably. Guilty of 2nd degree criminal trespass... now that's a stretch. I would hope my buddies would do whatever possible to find me if I were lost in the snow!
  • (Posted on December 15, 2007, 10:33 pm Teak Davis)

  • You forgot to mention that James is a Bend Firefighter or at least he was.
  • (Posted on December 12, 2007, 10:35 pm BENDEHO)

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