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Coquille woman allegedly stabbed boyfriend in the neck

COQUILLE — A 60-year-old Coquille woman was charged with multiple counts of assault after allegedly stabbing a man in the neck in her trailer on Oct. 17.

Debbie Elaine Leon is charged with assault in the first and second degree, unlawful use of a weapon, menacing and recklessly endangering another person.

A Coos County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to the Little Valley Trailer Park after a report of a dispute.

The deputy spoke to Leon, who said her live-in boyfriend stabbed her in the hand with a paring knife as she reached for the phone.

The boyfriend had a different account of events.

He said he had been sleeping when Leon came into the room and accused him of cheating with her sister.

Then, according to the boyfriend, Leon jumped on him and stabbed him multiple times in the neck and arm.

He called for help and was able to flee the trailer, according to court documents.

Coos County Sheriff’s Office deputies spoke with neighbors who said they heard the victim say, “Debbie get off me”, many times.

Officers found large amounts of blood on the bed and were able to locate the 8-inch skinning knife Leon used after she admitted where she stashed it.

The victim was transported to Riverbend Hospital in Eugene due to the location of the injury on his neck.

Leon has been charged with crimes in the past including assault in the fourth degree, theft in the second degree, harassment and criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree.

The assault charge stems from a March 17 incident in which Leon beat a man with a stick or bat until he was bleeding heavily from his face and had a swollen, black eye.

Leon’s plea hearing is set for Nov. 16.


Education
David Bridgham receives Dedicated Service Award

COOS BAY — Southwestern Oregon Community College School Board member David Bridgham was the recipient of the Dedicated Service Award for his 20 years of elected community college board service.

"I’m honored to have served the Southwestern district through these years and look forward to continued opportunities for student success," said Bridgham.

David served as president of the state board of the Oregon Community College Association in 2004, a 35 member board representing all 17 community colleges in Oregon. He was the recipient of the Howard Cherry Award in 2009 for his statewide leadership, dedication to student success, and civic engagement.