A woman in Josephine County Oregon called 911 last year because her violent ex-boyfriend was attempting to break into her home. But the cash-strapped sheriff’s department had laid off 23 of 29 officers, so no one was available to respond. The woman’s ex, Michael Bellah, succeeded in breaking in, then raped and choked her.
A few days ago, voters rejected a tax increase that would have paid for more law enforcement officers.
Here’s a story with photos of the perp, who was arrested and charged with kidnapping, assault and sex abuse: