‘Cantankerous’ Sandy Ridge Trail couple arrested

David and Pamela Gathwright threatened trail user at gunpoint

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The couple who allegedly threatened users of the Sandy Ridge trail network (and their dogs) with mace, stun-gun use and in one instance a firearm, have been arrested.

David Gathwright, 60, is charged with unlawful use of a weapon, menacing and pointing a firearm at another, with bail set at $50,000. Pamela Gathwright, 57, is charged with attempted harassment and attempted animal abuse, with bail set at $25,000.

Deputy District Attorney Bill Golden said the couple were arrested July 1.

Cyclist Chris Hess said he was held at gunpoint by the Gathwrights on the trail last May. The couple became hostile to Hess, his wife, daughter and dog, he said.

He said Pamela Gathwright was attempting to shock his dog by sparking a stun gun. Complaints grew on the trail’s Facebook page, something that frustrated police because people would post their run-ins with the Gathwrights on the social media page, rather than file them with the police.

Kevin Nickel and his dog were threatened with Mace by the couple.

A sign reading “It is unlawful to engage in threatening behavior” is posted on the trail, and advises users to keep their dogs on leash.

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