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Nov-26-2008 10:19printcomments

Lyons City Official Charged with Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor

Investigators say a party the woman held in August led to the rape of a 13-year old girl.

49-year old Mary Martha Mitchell
49-year old Mary Martha Mitchell
Photo: Linn County Sheriff

(LYONS, Ore.) - The Administrator for the City of Lyons has been arrested for furnishing alcohol to minors, in an incident that allegedly involved the forcible rape of a 13-year old girl.

Linn County's Sheriff Tim Mueller, says his deputies are investigating the incident involving 49-year old Mary Martha Mitchell.

"The sheriff’s office recently became aware of this upon receiving an anonymous letter from a concerned citizen. The letter stated in August of 2008, Mitchell held a party at her residence where she allowed several teenagers to drink alcohol and smoke marijuana," Mueller said.

It was further reported that several minors as young as 13 years of age were heavily intoxicated and that one 13-year-old female was forcibly raped while at the party. The letter indicated this was not the first time this type of party was allowed at the Mitchell home.

Mueller says deputies investigating the incident arrested Mitchell on November 24th 2008 for two counts of Providing Alcohol to Minors and lodged her in the Linn County Jail. Mitchell’s husband, 44-year old Daniel Lee Mitchell, was also charged with Providing Alcohol to Minors. He was cited to appear in Circuit Court.

Mueller says the investigation is continuing and if anyone has any further information about this incident they are encouraged to contact Detective Steve Looney at the Linn County Sheriff's Office at 541-967-3950.




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Unbelievable April 22, 2009 3:37 pm (Pacific time)

Wow, she only got 1 year unsupervised probabtion. She now needs to be investigated about her sneaky doings at City Hall in Lyons. Do ya think she's gonna have anymore parties???? They will probably now be at Sharlene Or Denise's as they all let their kids party hardy.


Not an Idiot March 10, 2009 9:43 am (Pacific time)

Well this last blog must be by her good friends sharlene or denise or the mayor himself. quit covering for the liar. maybe her oldest son did get out of prison, who cares. this was not all made up. just alot of covering up


Killing Time March 3, 2009 12:39 pm (Pacific time)

Let's just back up and clarify some facts, and before you make suppositions, these are FACTS from someone who knows them. 1.No rape ever took place. 2.No drugs were ever allowed or condoned. 3.Mitchell does not smoke pot nor does she do drugs. 4.There has been no administrative leave, paid or otherwise. 5.In my experience I have never seen Mitchell say or do anything that would lead me to believe that she thought she or any of her friends were "above the law". 6.She has not been convicted of anything. 7.City Council and the Mayor are not on trial here as there has been no criminal conviction. 8.It is obvious that some of these blogs are of a personal nature and that there are some who have a personal ax to grind with Mitchell that has nothing to do with her job or the issue at hand. 9.None of Mitchell's children are in jail and it's just malicious to make a comment like that. 10.There was no bail and there have been no finalized court proceedings. 11.Mitchell's have hidden NOTHING for Bender's, not that that has anything to do with this case. 12.For the person who stated that the Mitchell's and their children practice illegal acts in their home; obviously you have not been in their home or have been friends with them or you would know that wasn't true. 13.Mitchell's have NEVER thrown an alcohol and/or drug party at their home for ANY kids. 14. Mitchell has done an outstanding job managing the City of Lyons and again, has been convicted of nothing. It's a good thing the Salem witch trials have gone by the wayside. Some of you surely would have been there screaming "burn her at the stake."


Dissapointed February 10, 2009 10:36 pm (Pacific time)

I've seen nothing on either this site or the Albany Democrat Herald comments site, reguarding how the rape Victum and her family are doing. I want them to know people are outraged over our City councils treatment of our City recorder. This is an embarasment to every Lyons resident.


Jenna February 10, 2009 4:46 pm (Pacific time)

I dont know the outcome, but I sure know she has never been on paid leave because she's at the office working everyday. What a wonderful mayor you people in Lyons support. Whats really going on here???????


?? February 10, 2009 8:42 am (Pacific time)

Does anyone know the outcome of the Mithcell's? Yesterday was the 9th.


to any news? January 18, 2009 7:38 pm (Pacific time)

From "Stayton Mail" 1-14-09: Mary and Daniel Mitchell of Lyons appeared at an arraignment hearing on Jan. 7 in Albany. Mary Mitchell, the city manager of Lyons, was arrested Nov. 24 by Linn County Sheriff's deputies for reportedly furnishing alcohol to minors at a party and placed in Linn County Jail. Her husband, Daniel Mitchell, was charged with providing alcohol to minors and cited to appear in circuit court. Both Daniel and Mary Mitchell were charged Jan. 7 with a single count of furnishing alcohol to minors, Linn County Deputy District Attorney Michael Wynhausen said. The Mitchells will appear in Linn County court 8:30 a.m. Feb. 9 for a resolution conference. If the misdemeanor charge hasn't been resolved by Feb. 9, the parties involved will either enter the resolution or request a trial at that date, Wynhausen said.


any news? January 13, 2009 4:15 pm (Pacific time)

Well I'm saddened that we've heard no news reguarding this? I want to know when the trial is! Is she home with her children, or in jail? Surely the city council has insisted on a lie detector testby now rather than paying her administrative leave! Common salem news inform the public! Please!


Tickled December 30, 2008 8:16 am (Pacific time)

Denise is not in question here. This is about Mary Mitchell, our wounderful city manager who has no morals yet acts as though she is so much better than everyone else and has no problem saying it. The point is...this city rep hangs with less that savory people, practice illegal activities in her home and allows her children to do so. She associates with the Benders and has helped them hide assets in a criminal case. Doesn't that make her of criminal mind and show a lack of morals as well??? She would say thats what friends do for friends. What is she doing in the position she is in??? Maybe she can involve the city in some big scandal and make the news again.


?????? December 28, 2008 7:58 am (Pacific time)

Did Denise do something?


why December 27, 2008 11:26 pm (Pacific time)

why are you folks out to vilify these two ladies? Quonna is serving time (even though neither her or hub are really admitting quilt) Denise hasn't been found quilty yet. Let's give her at least the benefit of doubt!! (wonder how prison is during Christmas?)


Tickled December 22, 2008 10:56 am (Pacific time)

She was sited with 2 minor charges. She told someone it was just a mistake!!! No big deal. Yes, yer older son did time in prison. MOM OF THE YEAR!!!!! Lets just keep her on as our city manager why dont we!!! Its a known fact that they both smoke the wacky weed so why not the kids! I have to wonder just how close the Benders and the Mitchells are now after this party and the rape....hmmm...Al...why didn't you report it.


Justice December 18, 2008 5:31 pm (Pacific time)

If the Benders are involved with her. Its ok! Its the Bender way. Nothing is wrong. Just ask for forgivness.LOL wow thats a crock!! Als brothers are hiding things 2.


???Mary-juana??? December 16, 2008 4:01 pm (Pacific time)

So if I were falsely accused of this I would immeadiatly submit whatever blood or urine or hair samples to Sheriff Mueller to prove I don't partake in, nor do I condone the ues of illeagle substances! But I'd bet from what I know to be a fact, they wouldn't dare.I'd like to know when the trial is, how much was her bail? Does she still have acess to her children?(The 2 that aren't in jail) why aren't we hearing more about this in the news? Is it because lyons is so small or her Corruption is much bigger than we are aware? Hopefully the girl raped is receiving as much support as Mrs Mitchell is on her paid leave!


tickled December 12, 2008 8:41 pm (Pacific time)

Everyone makes mistakes. It's just this "pack" of friends seems to think they are above the law and can do as they please when and wherever they please. I know the mitchells have hidden the Benders 4-wheelers that Jeff King paid for. ""City manager helps aid felon....hmmmmm sounds like an accurate headline to me.


Molly December 11, 2008 8:55 am (Pacific time)

Aren't we all sinners? Haven't we all done something wrong. Wow!!! Your turn could be next.


Tickled December 7, 2008 5:04 pm (Pacific time)

Yes, Wow! One of Denise and Quonnas best friends. They are all corrupt and deserve everything they get. They always talk about how much better they are than everyone else...they must be "high".


Kharma November 30, 2008 11:40 pm (Pacific time)

This woman has been "above the law" and proud of it for years. She brags that she's the puppeteer pulling the strings of the city council and other "ignorant do gooders"of Lyons. This woman is smart, meniacal, and cunning. I'm sure she'll squirm out of this like all her other problems. She feels compelled to exact HER justice on others, even the innocent, to cover her own hinney,but God knows! and I'm looking forward to seeing you try to con him on judgement day.


Zander November 29, 2008 6:05 pm (Pacific time)

Put her in jail 4 life. She should be trid as though she had raped the girl.


miffed November 26, 2008 3:41 pm (Pacific time)

Wow, one of Quonna Benders best friends.

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