Two arrests in Harbor murder

February 16, 2003 11:00 pm

A Brookings teen-ager and a Crescent City man have been charged with killing a Harbor woman found dead in her Oceanview Drive home early Wednesday morning.

Alisha Dawn Myers, 18, of Brookings, has been charged with the murder of Evelyn Harris Tickner, 87, a retired school teacher.

Meyers also has been charged with burglary in the first degree and car theft.

Also charged with the murder is Crescent City resident Jessie Earl Blagg, 22, who was arrested Thursday evening.

At the request of Curry County authorities, Del Norte County Sheriff's deputies arrested Blagg without incident at 7:25 p.m. at Crasher's Trailer Park in Crescent City.

Blagg is being extradited to Curry County jail where Myers has been since 11:50 a.m. Wednesday.

Myers was arraigned Friday morning, when Judge Richard K. Mickelson set her preliminary hearing for 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21.

After listening to Mickelson advise her of her rights, Myers said she had no questions and asked to have an attorney appointed to her.

Myers has been charged with two counts of murder, one for purposely causing a death and another for doing it while committing another crime.

The charges carry a mandatory sentence of life in prison without eligibility for parole for 25 years.

Curry County District Attorney Charlie Steak declined to say

how Tickner was killed and would not give many details of the investigation, saying he is restricted by Oregon state law from doing so.

He said an autopsy performed in Central Point on Feb. 13 confirmed Tickner was murdered.

However, Curry County Commissioner Marlyn Schaefer said Thursday when deputies briefed her about the crime, they indicated Tickner was bludgeoned to death.

Tickner's body was found by neighbors who noticed her garage door open and her Honda Accord gone, said Curry County Sheriff's Lt. Allen Boice on Friday.

The neighbors found Tickner's front door open, spotted her laying on the floor and immediately called an ambulance, said Boice.

When Cal-Ore Life Flight paramedics arrived they realized Tickner had been murdered and called Boice at home.

Boice dispatched Deputy Walter Scherbarth and Det. Dave Gardiner to secure the crime scene.

At about the same time Josephine County deputies, checking out a complaint of noise coming from a Wolf Creek gravel pit, pulled an Accord over after the driver made an illegal turn.

Myers, who was in the car with Joshua Gillespie, 19, also of Brookings, at first told the deputies she was named Christina Davis.

Discovering the car was registered to Tickner, the deputies arrested the couple after contacting Curry County authorities and learning the car belonged to a murder victim.

The couple were booked into the Josephine County jail on charges of car theft and giving false information to a police officer.

Both were transported to Curry County and booked into the county jail Wednesday morning. Gillespie was initially charged with car theft, but that charge has been dropped and he has been released. Steak said it is possible that Gillespie may be charged at a later date.

The case is being investigated by the Curry County Sheriff's Office with assistance from the Brookings and Gold Beach police departments, and Oregon State Police.

Myers and Gillespie were among four people caught with stolen property Jan. 21 in a Crescent City motel by Del Norte County Sheriff's Det. Jerry Harwood.

That arrest resulted in Del Norte County charges against Myers and Gillespie for receiving stolen property.

Two Brookings juveniles, including Gillespie's younger brother, were charged with burglaries in Curry County in connection with the same arrest.