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Tuesday November 19, 2013 - Times viewed: 7698
SALEM, Oregon — Officials plan to kill a seagull that has been making a pest of itself at an office building in Salem. The segull constantly tears at the welcome mat, pecks at the front door window, and lands on parked cars. Terri Frohnmayer, one of the owners of the First Commercial Real Estate Services building, believes the bird may have been injured or have brain damage because it keeps returning after being chased away. Dave Williams with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services Department says a worker will capture and euthanize the gull. ...
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Tuesday November 19, 2013 - Times viewed: 7648
PORTLAND, Oregon — An Oregon milk producer has sued to overturn the state's ban on advertising raw, unpasteurized milk for sale at the farm. The suit was filed on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland and says the ban violates the free speech rights of Christine Anderson of McMinnville, owner of the Cast Iron Farm. Oregon prohibits retail sales of raw cow milk but allows on-farm sales if the farmer has fewer than three cows. Farmers are prohibited from advertising the milk online, in fliers, via email or on signs. The suit says the ban makes it difficult for Anderson and other farmers to sell their products and prevents consumers from getting truthful information about the milk. ...
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Tuesday November 19, 2013 - Times viewed: 7596
ASTORIA, Oregon — The arrest of two Californians last week has revealed an extensive credit and gift card scam. Astoria police have accused the two of manufacturing fraudulent gift cards, using a machine to put numbers on them and an algorithm to figure out which numbers computer systems would accept, the Daily Astorian (http://bit.ly/1hUQqdi) reported. The case involves several cities in Oregon and California. Police say they got a tip from a suspicious store owner and arrested 34-year-old Bradley Stay of Fresno and 34-year-old Cherice Leona McMillian of Clovis in a Seaside motel shortly after the two returned from an outlet mall with thousands of dollars in merchandise. Police estimated the two made at least $10,000 in purchases in the Astoria area. Store owner Cindy Denny told KGW-TV (http://bit.ly/19DMJhW) she was suspicious when the couple entered her shop and purchased an $800 laptop computer. "Something just didn't sit right," said Denny. "They had a stack of seven or eight prepaid debit cards. People just don't do business like that." Each card had about $150 on it. But Denny said the ID matched, and the transactions went through. Stay was using a fake ...
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Tuesday November 19, 2013 - Times viewed: 7719
Authorities have identified the remains of a suspected eighth victim of serial killer Dayton Leroy Rogers. Dayton Leroy Rogers (born September 30, 1953), dubbed the "Molalla Forest Murderer," was convicted in seven murders, and currently resides at the Oregon State Penitentiary. He was convicted in 1988 for the 1987 murder of his final victim, Jennifer Lisa Smith, in a Clackamas County parking lot. He was also convicted in 1989 for the murders of Lisa Marie Mock, 23; Maureen Ann Hodges, 26; Christine Lotus Adams, 35; Cynthia Devore, 20; Nondace Cervantes, 26; and Riatha Gyles, 16. These victims' bodies were found at a Molalla dump site in 1987; a seventh body found at the site was unidentified until now. Through analysis of DNA samples, the seventh body found at the Molalla dump site -- and the eighth victim of Dayton Leroy Rogers -- was recently identified as Tawnia Jarie Johnson. She was 18 years old at the time of her death. Tawnia Jarie Johnson's family asks for privacy at this time, and does NOT want to be contacted by the media. As this is an open case no further information is available at this time. ADDITIONAL TIPS SOUGHT This is an ongoing inves ...
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Tuesday November 19, 2013 - Times viewed: 7739
PORTLAND, Oregon - Antibiotics are prescribed less often in Oregon than in other states, but their unnecessary use continues, and that can lead to more cases of potentially deadly drug resistance, state public health officials say. The Oregon Health Authority's Alliance Working for Antibiotic Resistance Education (AWARE) program has observed less resistance in bacteria most responsible for serious respiratory infections, such as pneumococcus, thanks to Oregon's low antibiotic prescribing rates, says Ann Thomas, M.D., a public health physician in OHA's Public Health Division and AWARE's medical director. But figures from Oregon's medical and pharmacy claims database show that broad-spectrum antibiotics - drugs that can be used to treat a wide variety of different bacterial infections - were used on 55 percent of upper respiratory infections in 2011, and were used in a majority of cases of bronchitis and the common cold, which rarely require treatment. As part of its ongoing effort to urge consumers to help reduce inappropriate use of antibiotics, AWARE, funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is taking part in "Get Smart About Antibiotics Week" Nov ...
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Tuesday November 19, 2013 - Times viewed: 7597
The man killed in this morning's crash has been identified as 55 y/o John David Hacker of Forest Grove. The driver of the vehicle is 68 y/o Donald Watts of Aloha. It does not appear alcohol, drugs or speed were a factor in this crash, which is still under investigation. ************************************************* At 6:08am this date, police and fire personnel responded to the 3900 block of Pacific Avenue, also known as Tualatin Valley Highway, on a report of crash between an SUV and a subject in a wheelchair. Medical personnel pronounced the man in the wheelchair, a 55 year old Forest Grove resident, deceased at the scene. The man was struck while attempting to cross Pacific Avenue from the south side of the highway to the north side. This was not in a marked crosswalk or pedestrian crossing area. A witness at the scene reported that the man had made it across the E/B lanes but was struck by a W/B sport utility vehicle in the left W/B lane. It was still dark at the time of the crash and the victim reportedly was wearing dark clothing and difficult to see according to a witness who observed the incident. The driver of the SUV remained on scene and is coop ...
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Tuesday November 19, 2013 - Times viewed: 7546
WOODBURN -- On Nov. 1 at 5 p.m. the WPD received a call of an armed robbery at Crossroads Deli Market, located at 303 N. Pacific Highway. The suspect was armed with a stainless semi-automatic handgun and entered the store and took money out of the register. He exited the store and was last seen driving west on Young Street. The suspect is described as a white adult male, last seen wearing blue jeans, a blue jacket, a dark-colored stocking cap and a black and white bandanna around his face. The vehicle was described as a red Jeep Wrangler with a faded brown top, spare tire with a faded brown cover on the back and chrome after-market wheels. There are no pictures of the suspect at this time. The WPD is asking anyone with information regarding the suspect's identification to contact the police department at 503-982-2345. ...
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Tuesday November 19, 2013 - Times viewed: 7636
PORTLAND, Oregon - PF&R crews were dispatched to the scene of a vehicle accident on southbound I-5 near the Taylor's Ferry exit at 9:12pm. The original caller, who was driving on I-5 at the time, reported seeing a pick-up truck "embedded" in a light pole. When fire crews arrived they reported finding a full size pick-up truck had impacted a steel freeway sign; there was significant damage to the vehicle and one individual was trapped. PF&R crews (assisted by TVF&R crews which borders this area) began the complicated "extrication" (removal of trapped patient) which involved using several cutting devices and hydraulic spreading tools in order to create an opening in the twisted vehicle metal large enough to free the adult male in his mid 50's. PF&R's Heavy Rescue Squad was dispatched to the scene to provided additional equipment for the complicated extrication. After approximately 90min of work by the rescue crews, the patient was removed and immediately transported to OHSU conscious with serious injuries. There was only one patient involved in this accident. Portland Police are leading the crash investigation. Unknown if drugs, alcohol or excessive speed were involved in this ...
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Tuesday November 19, 2013 - Times viewed: 7585
PORTLAND, Oregon — Some Portland light rail riders found themselves on shuttle buses after a westbound train's rear set of wheels lifted off the track as the train left a northeast Portland station. The train remained upright in Monday's mishap and no one was hurt. TriMet transit agency spokeswoman Mary Fetsch said the second wheel set of the train lifted off the track at 2:45 p.m. Monday. Transit crews finally managed to get the wheels back on the rails by about 9:15 p.m. The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/qcjKfa ) that the transit agency deployed 29 shuttle buses at the height of the disruption. TriMet says a faulty track brake bracket caused the problem. ...
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Tuesday November 19, 2013 - Times viewed: 7535
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Sometimes the right tool for the job — is not a bike lock. Eugene resident Ross Daniels lost his pickup truck to thieves last Thursday night, only to have it recovered by police on Friday — and stolen again on Sunday. The Register-Guard reports (http://is.gd/jvOi6v ) that after the truck was recovered, Daniels decided to get a locking device that immobilizes the steering wheel. He wanted to wait until Monday to buy one at a discount from Eugene police, so he decided to temporarily secure his truck with a bike cable and lock stretched from the seat frame to the steering wheel. By Sunday evening the truck had disappeared again. Says Daniels, "Now I've lost my bike cable too." Eugene police crime prevention program manager Debbie Janecek says Daniels shouldn't abandon hope. She says a high percentage of cars stolen in Eugene are found eventually. ...
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Monday November 18, 2013 - Times viewed: 7561
PORTLAND, Oregon — With all the problems facing the rollout of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, nowhere is the situation worse or more surprising than in Oregon, a progressive state that has enthusiastically embraced the federal law but has so far failed to enroll a single person in coverage through the state's insurance exchange. Despite grand ambitions, an early start, millions of dollars from the federal government and a tech-savvy population, Oregon's online enrollment system still isn't ready more than a month after it was supposed to go live. The state has resorted to hiring or reassigning 400 people to process insurance applications by hand. "We're all surprised and frustrated that we're in the position that we're in now," said Jesse O'Brien, a health care advocate at the Oregon State Public Interest Research Group, which lobbied for the exchange. The state has received about 18,000 paper applications, at 19 pages each, and is scrambling to manually file and clear them. State officials have not been able to say when they expect the online system to launch, nor have they established a deadline to submit paper applications in order for coverage to begin ...
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Monday November 18, 2013 - Times viewed: 7603
COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — Fire officials say a small airplane with two people aboard crashed just south of Winchester Bay in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. There was no immediate word on what caused the plane to go down Sunday afternoon. Winchester Bay Fire and Rescue Capt. Chris Anderson says the two people were airlifted, most likely to Bay Area Hospital. Anderson didn't have information on injuries. The Coos Bay World reports (http://bit.ly/1f6kLUd ) that emergency crews formed a staging area at the dunes day-use area near Winchester Bay. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane is home-built plane and the FAA certified it airworthy in June 1989. Emergency personnel included Hauser, Lakeside and Winchester Bay fire crews, sheriff's deputies from Coos and Douglas counties and Lower Umpqua Emergency Medical Services. ...
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Monday November 18, 2013 - Times viewed: 7510
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The committee drafting Oregon's rules for medical marijuana dispensaries is meeting Monday in Salem to discuss whether local governments can just say no. The committee is considering the opinion from the Oregon Legislative Counsel that says regulating the dispensaries is the job of the state, not cities. Some cities, such as Medford and Tualatin, have already effectively banned dispensaries. Also on the committee agenda is a review of the rules, which sets fees of $4,000 for applications and renewals for owners. ...
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Sunday November 17, 2013 - Times viewed: 7558
SALEM, Oregon — The Oregon Court of Appeals has rejected a constitutional challenge to Oregon's Right to Farm law, but parties to the case say the question isn't resolved. The Capital Press agricultural publication reports (http://bit.ly/1igweQJ) the Right to Farm law protects farmers from lawsuits over common industry practices. The case arose from Lane County, where some residents said their neighbor's pesticides and chemicals drifted onto their properties. They brought a case against the state, saying the Right to Farm provision violates a state constitutional guarantee that someone who is done harm can seek a remedy under the law. The Court of Appeals ruled on narrower grounds. It said the connection between a ruling the law is unconstitutional and relief for the plaintiffs was too speculative for it to decide the constitutional question. ...
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Sunday November 17, 2013 - Times viewed: 7653
Oregon League of Minority Voters (OLMV) presented its Civil Rights Champion Awards at its fourth annual State of Civil Rights Forum on Oct. 30, at Warner Pacific College in Portland. More information about OLMV is online at www.oregonlmv.org. ...
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Sunday November 17, 2013 - Times viewed: 7644
A state task force coordinating Oregon’s response to Japanese tsunami debris likely will disband next year if no significant events happen over the winter. “From what I’m seeing, we have great systems in place,” Gabriela Goldfarb, the governor’s natural resources advisor, said at a meeting Thursday of the Governor’s Japanese Tsunami Debris Task Force. “I think we need to be able keep those at the ready and able to mobilize but it’s such a big investment of time for everyone to be here,” Goldfarb said. Thousands of tons of debris washed into the Pacific Ocean when a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami struck Japan in March 2011. One of the largest pieces of debris, a 55-foot-long concrete dock, arrived on Agate Beach in Newport on June 5, 2012. The Governor’s Task Force on Japanese Tsunami Marine Debris was formed three weeks later to formulate a plan to deal with the debris coming ashore in Oregon. That plan was completed in December 2012. Since then, few large items have come ashore in Oregon. The state has helped coordinate regular beach cleanups, and established phone and email reporting systems. Now, between 10 percent and 20 percent of deb ...
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Sunday November 17, 2013 - Times viewed: 7600
LONGVIEW, Wash. – All it took was one week. A happy, healthy little girl went into the hospital, and never came out. Olivia Marie Smith’s parents, Dawn Nelson and Eric Smith, said they had never heard of bacterial meningitis until their daughter was diagnosed last week. Olivia died last Sunday night. Bacterial meningitis can cause serious complications, such as brain damage, hearing loss, or learning disabilities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Olivia was ten months old and perfectly healthy, her parents said. “Monday, that night, she had a fever, was achy” said Nelson. “I thought maybe she’s teething.” By Wednesday, Olivia's parents thought she was improving. “She was getting better,” said Smith. “It just all spiraled down.” “My baby was gone,” Nelson said. “(She was) just, like, spaced.” Olivia was having seizures. Her parents rushed her to the emergency room. “I remember I was off in the corner looking at all this going on,” said Nelson. “She’s lying there, throwing up. Breathing tubes, testing. Everyone’s telling me she’s OK.” Then Olivia stopped breathing. An ambulance took her to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital ...
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Sunday November 17, 2013 - Times viewed: 7575
PORTLAND, Oregon — Oregon immigrants who appeared in court and successfully sought the right to stay in the United States faced one of the longest delays in the nation to have their cases resolved, data from a statistical research group at Syracuse University show. That's despite a small reduction in the state's immigration court backlog in the past two years. According to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Oregon came in second after Nebraska in the average length of wait time before a case was decided. Immigrants in Oregon had to wait 1,178 days on average — or more than three years — to get their cases resolved in court, based on data in October of this year. That's nearly double the 656-day average wait just five years ago. Nationally, the average wait for a case to be resolved was 898 days as of October 2013, compared to 657 days five years ago, according to TRAC. Other states with very high wait times included Illinois, Pennsylvania, and California. The wait times only include cases of immigrants who were granted relief from deportation. They may include refugees, people who applied for asylum, those who overstayed their visas, border crossers, ...
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Saturday November 16, 2013 - Times viewed: 7575
EUGENE, Oregon — Students in the Eugene and Bethel school districts will have the entire week of Thanksgiving off this year because of unpaid furlough days the districts agreed to with the teachers' union earlier this year. Since 2004, students in the Eugene district have had, on average, 3.8 no-school days in November. This year's six no-school days — which doesn't count some days that some schools cancel classes to make time for parent-teacher conferences — is the most no-school days in November in the past decade. "Between conferences and holidays, and then having furlough days, they're not in school much," said Tara Sloan of her two sons who attend Edgewood Elementary School and Spencer Butte Middle School, respectively. Her sons each had two days off for parent-teacher conference days this month, on top of the six district-wide no-school days, she said. The Eugene district's 165-day school year is its shortest one yet, and its nine furlough days for teachers are nearly twice as many as last year. The furlough days are part of the district's way of creating a balanced budget. For her part, Sloan isn't necessarily complaining. Scheduling three of nine furlough day ...
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Saturday November 16, 2013 - Times viewed: 7853
PENDLETON, Oregon — 34-year-old Justin Bedard of Pilot Rock has pleaded guilty to raping a 13-year-old girl last year. Bedard will spend more than six years behind bars after accepting a plea deal Friday. Bedard's father told the judge his son should not receive such a harsh sentence. He said another man threatened to kill Bedard and his family if he did not rape the teen. The man accused by the father is scheduled to go on trial in December. A 32-year-old woman is also accused of violating the girl. ...
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Saturday November 16, 2013 - Times viewed: 7696
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A Lane County judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a former deputy Eugene police auditor who claimed she was fired for being a whistle-blower. Dawn Reynolds' original federal whistle-blower lawsuit sought $550,000 in damages. U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken dismissed the federal claims in that suit in 2011 and sent the state claims to Lane County Circuit Court for further action. Judge Charles Carlson heard arguments last week and decided this week to dismiss the remaining claims. At issue was whether Reynolds was fired in 2010 for reporting two alleged instances of misconduct, one an off-the-record report of police misconduct she passed on to police auditor Mark Gissiner and the other the shredding of documents by staff at Gissiner's direction. Carlson found that nothing clearly connected Reynolds' firing to the delivery of the misconduct report to Gissiner. Moreover, Reynolds took down the report of police misconduct in an off-the-record manner, and "one cannot base a whistle-blower claim on one's own alleged misconduct," Carlson wrote. Carlson said there was no evidence the shredding was covered up or done in secret, and said it appeared to be ...
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Saturday November 16, 2013 - Times viewed: 7784
MEDFORD, Oregon — Gynecologist Dr. Daniel Laury, who removed a patient's healthy ovary and left a piece of plastic in her body after a 2007 robotic surgery has been ordered to pay more than $100,000. U.S. District Court jurors convicted Laury of medical malpractice on Thursday after hearing two days of testimony from the plaintiffs and seven physicians. The lawsuit filed by the woman and her husband sought nearly $1 million in damages. The jury of four women and three men awarded more than $10,500 in medical expenses and $100,000 as compensation for physical pain and mental anguish. Laury's attorney, Thomas Armosino Jr., did not immediately respond to a message left by The Associated Press seeking comment. A number listed for Laury was disconnected. Laury used a da Vinci robotic device that malfunctioned during Michelle Elsey's Sept. 28, 2007, surgery at Providence Medford Medical Center in Medford, according to hospital records. Providence was not a party in the suit. Foreign objects were revealed in Elsey's body during a CT scan in Bozeman, Mont., more than three years after the robotic surgery. A laparoscopy sheath and extraneous coils used as birth-control device ...
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Saturday November 16, 2013 - Times viewed: 7634
**UPDATE**
Lake Oswego Police have continued to investigate the serious crash that occurred last night on Kerr Parkway at Lower McNary Parkway and can now clarify some of the preliminary information that was released last night. The vehicle that was on the wrong side of the road at the time of the crash was a Jeep, and it contained three teen-aged females. All three of them were transported to area hospitals with serious injuries. The vehicle that was on the correct side of the road was a Mercedes, and it contained a father, his son and his son's friend. The son's friend was transported to an area hospital where he was treated and later released. On Friday, November 15, 2013, at about 9:45 pm, one teenager was injured and three more were seriously injured in a two vehicle traffic crash on Kerr Parkway at Lower McNary Parkway. ...
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Saturday November 16, 2013 - Times viewed: 7594
BEND, Oregon — When Rebecca Skloot first called Henrietta Lacks' daughter Deborah, they talked briefly, and then Deborah hung up the phone on her and didn't speak to her again for more than a year. That phone call was just one hurdle Skloot faced in her decade of researching and writing about Lacks, whose cells were taken for scientific research without her knowledge in the 1950s and continue to be used today. On Thursday, Skloot told an audience of hundreds at Bend High about her journey to write the story, the ethical issues she discovered along the way and what has happened since her New York Times bestselling book was published four years ago. Skloot spoke about how, as a teen, she failed out of Lincoln High School in Portland and ended up taking classes at Metropolitan Learning Center, an alternative school. That led her, at 16, to a biology class at Portland Community College where she was first introduced — albeit very generally — to HeLa cells. The cells, and the story behind them, stuck with Skloot, in part because her father had contracted viral encephalitis and was enrolled in a drug study at Oregon Health & Sciences University. She drove her father to the ho ...
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Saturday November 16, 2013 - Times viewed: 7666
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A judge has denied bail to a Southern Oregon man who claimed self-defense in shooting his neighbor in a long-running feud. Josephine County Circuit Judge Pat Wolke (WOL-kee) told Donald L. Easley on Friday that he saw no evidence to support his claim he was justified in shooting 59-year-old Laron Estes. The 64-year-old Easley has been held on a murder charge since the Sept. 7 shooting in the community of Kerby. Barbara Hicks, Estes' longtime partner, testified that Estes was trying to fix some plastic sheeting they had put along a fence to block a security light on Easley's property, when Easley came out of his house. She said Estes was unarmed and tried to leave, but stumbled and Easley shot him with a pistol poking through the fence. ...
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Saturday November 16, 2013 - Times viewed: 7626
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — City Manager Lance Colley plans to tell the Roseburg City Council next week that area homeless shelters have beds available for those who need them. The Roseburg News-Review reports (http://is.gd/zymHVh ) that Colley will present findings Monday that he compiled after being told by council to meet with an Occupy Roseburg member who wants the city to designate a place where the homeless can camp legally. Colley says nearly half of the 78 beds available at the Roseburg Rescue Mission for men are empty each night, while to up to 30 of the 50 beds at the Samaritan Inn for women go unused. Jeri Benedetto of Occupy Roseburg says private groups restrict who can stay and have aspects, like religion, that deter some people from staying. She wants the city to designate a campsite that's within walking distance of services and has portable restrooms. ...
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Friday November 15, 2013 - Times viewed: 7986
PORTLAND – Miriam Ann Clinton who drove away in from an accident last August on Barbur Boulevard, was sentenced to 3 years, 4 months in prison today in a Multnomah County Court. Clinton hit 20-year-old Henry Schmidt from behind as he walked his bike down Barbur Boulevard near Capitol Highway last August. 29-year-old Miriam Clinton admitted she left the scene of an accident that resulted in serious injury. She also pleaded guilty to assault, DUII, and hit-and-run in October after turning herself in to police in August. Henry Schmidt, a student at Lewis & Clark College, had several broken bones and was sent to the trauma center at Oregon Health & Science University. He also received fractures in his spine, and laceration to his spleen. "It was shocking to see him for the first time," his mother, Kathi Sweet said at Friday's hearing. "You chose to drive despite having a suspended license and being drunk," Sweet said in court to Clinton. "You chose to cover your tracks, and you got caught doing so." The prosecutor said that Clinton declined to have friends drive her home the night of the hit-and-run. "I take full responsibility for this terrible tragedy. This is b ...
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Friday November 15, 2013 - Times viewed: 7662
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Police in Southern Oregon are looking for a man they say attacked his brother with a samurai sword. State police say 23-year-old Preston James Sweaney got into an argument with his brother in a motor home in Grants Pass and cut him on the arm and side with the sword. Twenty-one-year-old Nathaniel Sweaney was taken to a local hospital. A cousin who tried to intervene was cut on the hand. State police say Preston Sweaney fled wearing jeans and no shirt. He is described as white, 5-foot-9, with a Mohawk haircut, hazel eyes, a scar on his chin, and tattoos on his chest, shoulders and calf. He is also wanted on other outstanding warrants. ...
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Friday November 15, 2013 - Times viewed: 7614
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The state of Oregon is investigating complaints that an herbicide sprayed from a helicopter on commercial timberlands in Curry County drifted over people's homes and made some of them and their animals sick. Oregon Department of Agriculture pesticide program manager Dale Mitchell says Crook Timberlands LLC had property north of Gold Beach sprayed Oct. 16 with glyphosate, the active ingredient in common household weed killers. He says the investigation was launched after 15 people lodged complaints. One of them was Beau Hanson, a 26-year-old meat cutter. He saw a helicopter flying back and forth a half mile away while he was outside cutting firewood. His 8-month-old daughter was with him. Hanson says he smelled something sweet and tangy, and started having an asthma attack. He took his daughter in the house and closed the doors and windows. His daughter's hands and eyes swelled up. "The asthma didn't go away for the next week," Hanson said. "Two days later I had a severe headache, trouble breathing. I missed work because of it. I'm still having breathing problems." Crook Timberlands did not return telephone calls for comment. The Departm ...
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Friday November 15, 2013 - Times viewed: 7695
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Court of Appeals affirmed the governor's right to enter into tribal gambling compacts. A group of property owners from the coastal city of Florence filed a lawsuit a decade ago claiming the Oregon Constitution prohibits casinos and the governor lacked the authority to sign a compact that allowed the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians to build its Three Rivers Casino & Hotel. The Appeals Court opinion issued Thursday was written by Judge Lynn Nakamoto. It supports a lower-court decision that the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act allows tribal casinos in states that permit other entities to operate games of chance — the Oregon Lottery, for example. She also wrote that the Legislature authorized the governor to enter into agreements that ensure Oregon does not infringe on tribal rights. Kristian Roggendorf, an attorney for the property owners, said he planned to talk to his clients about filing a petition for review with the Oregon Supreme Court. "It's far from over," he said Friday. If his clients ultimately win, Roggendorf said, gambling at the already opened casino would have to stop until the Inte ...
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