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December 20, 1995 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This is a town of grassy hills dotted with barns, a shopping mall where Sears is the big draw and a downtown, draped in winter frost and Christmas lights, five blocks long. No wonder legions of Californians have been driving in over the Siskiyous, plunking down their savings for a house or a small farm, and staying. Since Jerry Lausmann moved here in 1942--he's been mayor five terms, only one man ever tried to run against him--Medford has busted out from a town of 11,500 to more than 55,000.
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December 20, 1995 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This is a town of grassy hills dotted with barns, a shopping mall where Sears is the big draw and a downtown, draped in winter frost and Christmas lights, five blocks long. No wonder legions of Californians have been driving in over the Siskiyous, plunking down their savings for a house or a small farm, and staying. Since Jerry Lausmann moved here in 1942--he's been mayor five terms, only one man ever tried to run against him--Medford has busted out from a town of 11,500 to more than 55,000.
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December 13, 1995 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Investigators identified a suspect in the slaying of two lesbian activists who were found bound and shot in the back of their pickup last week. An aggravated-murder warrant was issued for Robert James Acremant, 27, who was being sought in California. A telephone tip put detectives on Acremant's trail in the San Joaquin Valley, said Medford, Ore., Police Chief Ray Shipley.
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December 18, 1995 | Associated Press
A man accused of killing two Oregon women says the slayings had nothing to do with his victims being lesbians, although he believed their lifestyle was "sick." "I don't care for lesbians. . . . I couldn't help but think that she's 54 years old and had been dating that woman for 12 years; isn't that sick?" Robert James Acremant, who has admitted killing the pair, said in Sunday's San Francisco Examiner.
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October 29, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A jury in Medford unanimously sentenced a 29-year-old failed businessman to die by injection for the killings of a lesbian couple in a botched robbery in December 1995. Robert Acremant was a former trucking company efficiency expert looking for money to win back a stripper who had spurned him. He pleaded guilty to killing Roxanne Ellis, 53, and Michelle Abdill, 42, whom he lured to an apartment where he tried to force them to write him $50,000 in checks from their property management business.
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January 5, 1996
Your article "Death in a Safe Place" (Dec. 20) implies that the murder of two lesbians in a small town, Medford, Ore., was directly related to "a growing intolerance toward homosexuality." If you want to do an article about these murders or on gay life in small towns, please do. However, do not use these murders as the basis for an attack on Medford. The arrested suspect for these murders was not part of the Medford community. He and his mother had just moved to the area three weeks prior to the murders.
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