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Bungled hemp deal leads to two Douglas County lawsuits

It started out as a straightforward hemp deal between two Douglas County businessmen.

Kurt Holm, a local contractor, would do some work for property owner and investor Dustin Jinks. In return, Jinks would pay Holm from the windfall proceeds — expected to exceed $500,000 — that would come from the sale of the hemp he intended to grow on his Camas Valley property.

But the deal soured, and things got so bad that the two men filed lawsuits against one another, with Holm accusing Jinks of stiffing him out of tens of thousands of dollars and Jinks alleging that Holm rammed him with his Jeep, causing debilitating injuries.

Both lawsuits were filed in Douglas County Circuit Court, and are working their way through the legal system. Holm is represented by Roseburg attorney Christopher Peterman. Jinks is represented by Roseburg attorney Randy Rubin.

Jinks is the owner of a company called HAD LLC, and owned Hemp Valley LLC before it was dissolved last year, according to state records. Holm owns Plan B Contracting LLC, those records show.

Holm filed the first lawsuit, in January 2020, in which he accused Jinks of breach of contract.

According to that complaint, Jinks approached Holm and asked him to buy certain items, deliver them to Jinks’ property in Camas Valley, and then use them to construct a 4,000 square-foot barn and fencing to be used for a large hemp farm.

Those items were a 275 horsepower green John Deere tractor with yellow wheels; fencing materials, including 25 rolls of 8-foot tall woven wire fence, about 2,000 10-foot tall steel posts, chain link fencing, fence clips, brace wire and more; and a complete prefab building kit for a 40-foot-by-100-foot barn delivered to the site.

In addition to delivering the items to the Camas Valley property, the agreement called for Holm to construct the fencing and barn. In return, Jinks would pay Holm a percentage of the profits received from the sale of hemp that would be grown on the property.

Holm bought the items and delivered them to the property. However, Jinks failed to pay Holm back for the items and refused to return them to Holm when asked to do so, the complaint said. In order to keep the items from Holm, Jinks moved them to an unknown location.

Jinks later used the fence materials to build a fence around his property, the complaint said.

Holm is seeking to have Jinks ordered to return the materials. He wants Jinks to pay him $70,000 plus 9% for his troubles, the complaint said.

A DUSTUPIn April 2020, Jinks filed a counterclaim in which he leveled his own accusations against Holm.

Jinks claimed that the delay in constructing the barn meant he was unable to dry seven acres of hemp, which cost him nearly $500,000 in lost profits. Jinks further alleged that Holm failed to check the operating fluid levels of a Caterpillar and a tractor, damaging both of them.

The counterclaim sought to have Holm’s complaint dismissed and order Holm to instead pay Jinks nearly $570,000 for the lost revenue and damage to the equipment.

While that court case was winding its way through the courts, Jinks filed his own separate complaint against Holm. That complaint, in which Jinks accuses Holm of causing personal injury, assault and battery, negligence and trespassing, was filed on Aug. 13, 2021.

The complaint centers around an incident that occurred in front of Jinks’ Camas Valley property on or around Aug. 15, 2019.

According to the complaint, Jinks was working on the security gate at the entrance of his property when Holm drove onto Jinks’ driveway in his Jeep Grand Cherokee, and stopped at the opening of the gate. Jinks was standing in the middle of the driveway and facing away from the Jeep When Holm drove forward and hit Jinks with the vehicle. Jinks turned around and told Holm to stop, but Holm drove the Jeep forward, hitting Jinks a second time. The impact flung Jinks forward about 2 feet, causing him to land on the hood of the Jeep, the complaint said.

The two impacts with the Jeep caused Jinks to suffer injuries to his neck, upper and lower back and hips, and he has had severe headaches, pain, numbness fatigue and tingling in his hands, legs and feet following the incident.

Those and other injuries from the incident cost Jinks about $20,000 in medical bills, the complaint said. The injuries have also caused Jinks “pain, suffering, emotional distress, loss of function, and interference with (his) lifestyle and enjoyment of activities, and will continue to do so in the future, all to his non-economic damages in the amount of $50,000,” the complaint said.

Holm has not yet filed an official response to the complaint, court records show.

The complaint filed by Holm was scheduled to go to trial in March 2021, but got postponed due to COVID-19. A second trial date, this one for October 2021, was also canceled. The case is now scheduled to go to trial before Douglas County Circuit Court Judge Kathleen Johnson and a 12-person jury next March.

The complaint filed by Jinks has not been assigned a trial date.

Phone calls and emails to the attorneys of Holm and Jinks were not returned.

Crisis Intervention Team plays key role in helping deescalate mental health emergencies

In 2018, Adapt — formerly known as Compass Behavioral Health — and the Roseburg Police Department teamed up to start the area’s first Crisis Intervention Team, a concept which teams area law enforcement with trained mental health counselors in the hopes of deescalating a mental health emergency.

The initial three-year grant, which was funded through the Federal Bureau of Justice, made it possible for two full-time mental health counselors to assist area law enforcement work with people going through a mental health crisis.

“Before 2018, the Basic Police Academy provided four hours of mental training to law enforcement,” said Roseburg police Sgt. Doug Walton, who helps coordinate the local crisis team. “Since then, that has increased to 32 hours with an additional annual requirement of three hours of crisis intervention training.”

That grant was renewed in Spring 2021 for another three years, allowing Adapt to expand its mental health responders to four two-person crisis response teams. Those teams are available seven days a week to respond to crises through Douglas County, Adapt crisis team spokesperson Cheryl McDonald said.

“Our mobile crisis team can provide community crisis response using a team of trained mental health providers, typically one crisis therapist and one crisis case manager,” McDonald said.

The concept of the team was born in 1987 after police in Memphis, Tennessee, shot and killed a man who reportedly approached them with a butcher knife. The police were called to check on a man who was reportedly stabbing himself with a butcher knife as well as threatening people around him.

In a 2017 report in the Memphis Commercial Appeal, it was unclear what happened after officers responded, but police ultimately shot and killed the man, identified as 27-year-old Joseph DeWayne Robinson.

That shooting ultimately led the Memphis Police Department to develop a Crisis Intervention Team, believed to be the first of its kind in the country. Through the team, police receive extensive training in dealing with mental health emergencies and are assisted on such calls by qualified mental health professionals.

Forty years later, that program had grown to more than 1,000 police agencies in the United States and had spread internationally as far as Thailand and Greenland.

The teams can be dispatched along with law enforcement — or on their own — to attempt to resolve nonviolent calls which may not necessarily require a law enforcement presence.

Calls the crisis teams typically are dispatched to include:

  • A person threatening suicide
  • Someone acting strangely or causing a disturbance
  • Family disputes which may require mediation or conflict resolution
  • Performing welfare checks
  • Distraught individuals creating a concern for the safety of themselves or others.

“A mobile crisis response allows us to provide front-line therapeutic support where and when it’s needed most, often allowing us to help resolve crisis in the individual’s home environment without having to use the hospital or jail to maintain safety,” McDonald said.

Recently, the Roseburg Police Department’s Hostage Negotiations Team had training. Members of that team also work in conjunction with the Crisis Intervention Team.

Adapt counselors are dispatched to calls much like law enforcement, police spokesperson Daniel Allen said.

“You might hear on a police scanner ‘Adapt 1,’ ‘Adapt 2,’ ‘Adapt 3’ ... they will get dispatched to meet with an officer,” Allen said. “It’s been a valuable resource countywide.

“Our department had a big involvement with getting the program off the ground and covered some of the initial cost that the first grant didn’t cover,” Allen said. “If we can help one person, we’re doing our job.

“Not everybody wants to talk to a police officer in a uniform. Sometimes we can’t talk soft enough. It helps when you have someone in plain clothes who can talk with them.”

“Each law enforcement agency in this county helps to support the Mobile Crisis Team and Adapt’s efforts to provide a better response to our citizens who need help, because we are not the solution,” Walton said. “But we are always willing to help.”

Highway 138 West reopened to one-lane after rock slide

Oregon Highway 138 West has reopened to one lane of traffic after a Friday slide dropped an estimated 7,000 cubic yards onto the roadway 11 miles south of Elkton.

The highway was reopened to one-way traffic at 8 a.m. Friday.

Oregon Department of Transportation spokesperson Dan Latham said that motorists on that stretch of the highway between Bullock Road and Yellow Creek recreational area should expect delays of up to 20 minutes as crews continue to remove remaining rock from the north shoulder of the highway.

The single-lane passage could last for a few days as contractors remove loose rocks on the slope near the original slide. Additional closures are anticipated in the future to repair damage to the highway surface caused by the slide.