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1994: Man convicted in drunk driving deaths of a woman and three children

Photo Credit: ARCHIVE PHOTO - This is current Estacada News route driver Kathy Guthu in 1964.


Two Estacada Union High School graduates, Deanna Ruth Tompkins and Kathleen Guthu, completed 10 weeks of basic training at Recruit Training Command (Women) United States Naval Training Center in Bainbridge, Md.

They were trained in naval orientation; naval history; citizenship and current events; naval ships; aircraft and armament; Navy jobs and training; self-improvement; first aid; physical training; military bearing; and drill.

After a 14-day leave, Tompkins was headed back to Bainbridge for machine accounting school.

Guthu, who now works as a route driver for the Estacada News, was headed for the U.S. Naval Traning Center in Lemoore, Calif., for general duty, administration.


WOW (Watch Our Waves) of Estacada and Portland Outboard Racing Association sponsored outboard races at Promontory Park reservoir.

Concessions from stands went to WOW in hopes of building a swimming pool in Estacada.


William Michael Patton, 31, of Portland was found guilty on a slew of criminal charges.

Patton had been driving home from a weekend trip to Bagby Hot Springs when he plowed into two women and three young children as they were walking to Estacada along Highway 224.

Ramona Golding, 36, and her 5-year-old daughter died, as did Kenny Meyer, 6, and his little brother, James, age 3.

The boys’ mother, Linda Sue Meyer, 30, was seriously injured in the crash.

Patton’s blood-alcohol level was .12, above the state limit of .08.

He was not injured.

The community was outraged by the tragedy, which prompted a highly-publicized march through town that included more than 2,000 Estacada students.

After one day of deliberations, a Clackamas County jury found Patton guilty on four counts of first-degree manslaughter, one count of second-degree assault, one count of third-degree assault and driving under the influence of intoxicants.

Patton was expected to be sentenced in October 1994.


Eight years after graduating from Estacada High School, Joanna Harbour returned to Estacada to open her law office.

Harbour graduated magna cum laude from Nazarene University for her bachelor’s degree and from Willamette University for her law degree.