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Tuesday December 6, 2011
Defense layers blames meth use in murder trial
ALBANY, Oregon - Lawyers for a Linn County man accused of murder are arguing that he stabbed his mother in the neck because years of methamphetamine use led to a psychotic break. Defense lawyers say there's no dispute about what happened on Oct. 23, 2009, only a question of the mental health of 33-year-old Josh Lee Shaddon. Shaddon is accused of killing 48-year-old Gerlene Thorne in their Br ...
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Tuesday December 6, 2011
EUGENE, Oregon - Students at the University of Oregon have voted against a new fee to renovate and expand the student union and recreation center. It would have been $100 per term. Student body President Ben Eckstein says more than 4,200 students voted last week, and 57 percent were against the Erb Memorial Union work, 52 percent against the recreation center work. Ekstein said students abso ...

Tuesday December 6, 2011
BEND, Oregon - Fourteen protesters have been cited for trespassing in the Medford and Bend offices of Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Walden. The protesters say they were inspired by the Occupy movement and called on Walden to hold town meetings to account for stands they said favor Wall Street. Six out of eight people who took over the conference room at Walden's Medford office were arrested shor ...

Monday December 5, 2011
Aging Oregon Zoo giraffe euthanized
PORTLAND, Oregon - Veterinarians at the Oregon Zoo euthanized an aging giraffe to end his suffering. Akeem was found lying still Saturday in the giraffe barn, and keepers could do nothing to help him. They believe he succumbed to old age. He was 25. In the wild giraffes live 15 to 20 years. Akeem means "great one" in Swahili. He stood 18 feet tall and weighed 2,200 pounds. Akeem sired ...
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Monday December 5, 2011
PORTLAND, Oregon - The family and friends of a slain Portland girl observed what would have been her 15th birthday Sunday at Rocky Butte. They left flowers, balloons and birthday cards for Yashanee Vaughn just a few hundred yards from where her body was found in July in a shallow grave. She had disappeared four months earlier. Her former boyfriend is charged with murder. ...

Monday December 5, 2011
PORTLAND, Oregon - Authorities say they have arrested a Portland teenager as they were warning protesters of the Occupy Portland movement about sleeping in a downtown park. Police and park officers were at Shemanski Park Monday morning and said they issued eight written warnings. The park in a downtown museum, theater and music district is open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. The police said 18-year-o ...

Sunday December 4, 2011
The parents of a man charged with killing a corrections officer in Umatilla County say they tried to help their son get his life on track but that he had recently been on a downward spiral. The parents described a troubled past of drug addiction and foster care for 22-year-old Joshua Weeks. Authorities say Weeks confessed to fatally stabbing Buddy Herron, a corrections officer and volunteer ...

Sunday December 4, 2011
EUGENE, Oregon - A price war at Eugene gas stations has brought the cost of fuel down as low as $3.09, about 45 cents below the statewide average. Drivers are flocking to the gas stations near Main and 42nd streets. While many people drove to the stations after learning that per-gallon prices had dropped to $3.09. Others came across the sales by accident. Workers at the Chevron station sa ...

Sunday December 4, 2011
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Richard Lariviere had captured the imagination of the University of Oregon community. The new president proposed to govern UO with an independent board and to build a sustainable financial plan. He found a way to raise pay for nearly a third of faculty and administrators. Fall enrollment hit 24,447 students, a record. Incoming freshman were the smartest ever. "We're on fir ...

Sunday December 4, 2011
Portland Police Seeking Public's Help Locating Endangered Missing Person
On November 30th, 2011, Portland Police Bureau officers responded to a request to check the welfare of 21-year-old Joshua Aguilar, whose recent behavior indicated he might pose a threat to his own safety. Officers were unable to locate Aguilar, however, family members reported having seen him, later that evening, outside a motel, near Southeast 183rd Avenue and Southeast Stark Street, in Gresham. ...
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Saturday December 3, 2011
Port Orford Man Cited by OSP in Douglas County Deer Poaching Case
A Port Orford man was cited last week by Oregon State Police (OSP) after he was spotted by an OSP Fish & Wildlife trooper hiking out of an area closed to deer hunting in southern Douglas County carrying freshly cut deer meat and a set of cut off 4-point buck deer antlers in a backpack. On November 28, 2011 at approximately 12:35 p.m. Senior Trooper Don Frerichs was patrolling in the Tiller are ...
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Saturday December 3, 2011
Oregon court demands Philip Morris pay $80 million
PORTLAND, Oregon - The Oregon Supreme Court ruled Friday that Giant tobacco company Philip Morris must pay Oregon 60 percent of a $80 million award in a long-running lawsuit which was filed by the family of a Portland smoker. The parent company, Altria Group Inc., said it will lower its full-year earnings expectations based on the costs tied to the payments for this and a separate case by a for ...
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Friday December 2, 2011
Police ask for help to find 13-year-old girl
HILLSBORO, Oregon - Washington County detectives are asking for help to locate 13-year-old Dalia Mauro-Contreras who left for Brown Middle School Monday November 28 and hasn't been seen since. The Eighth-grade girl was wearing a blue jacket, purple jeans and white shoes. She's 4 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 95 pounds. Police say they believe she has $50 and some extra clothing with her. Any ...
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Friday December 2, 2011
SALEM, Oregon - A suit in Marion County calls for Oregon's public ethics board to take back letters of reprimand issued in July against three state Treasury investment officers. The three argue they were following agency policies for reimbursement of travel expenses. Treasurer Ted Wheeler is changing those policies in the wake of reports by The Oregonian newspaper about the travel expenses o ...

Friday December 2, 2011
SALEM, Oregon - Occupy Salem has put down a fresh layer of bark dust and abandoned the state park at the Capitol where it has been spending its days for nearly two months. A spokesman for the state parks department said the site "was restored neat as a pin" and won't need repairs. Willson Park closes at 10 p.m., so at night the group packed up its tents and moved across the street to a churc ...

Friday December 2, 2011
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Multnomah County is changing the emergency dispatch policy for mentally ill people who call 911. Beginning next year such calls won't automatically bring a police officer to the door. After screening to make sure callers aren't an immediate threat to themselves or others, dispatchers will transfer the calls to the Multnomah County's Mental Health crisis line. The cha ...

Friday December 2, 2011
GRESHAM, Ore. (AP) — A Gresham family says it intends to sue a federal agency over the death of its pet dog last summer in a trap meant to kill nutria, a large wetland rodent. Doug and Denise McCurtain say the Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services recklessly set the trap in an area frequented by children and pets without adequate warnings. The McCurtain's 7-year-old collie, Maggie, d ...

Friday December 2, 2011
EUGENE, Oregon - Eugene traffic engineers activated the first traffic signal just for bicyclists on Thursday at an intersection near the University of Oregon campus. Many riders didn't seem to notice the signal or, if they did, they ignored it. The signal looks similar to a regular traffic box except the red, yellow and green circles are replaced with LCD lights designed to look like bikes. ...

Friday December 2, 2011
PORTLAND, Oregon - Occupy Portland is planning to camp in another downtown park this weekend, but organizers aren't saying which one. The group is telling supporters to bring tents and sleeping bags to a rally and march beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday at Salmon Springs Fountain. The group is saying it has learned about sustainability and security from the encampment at Chapman and Lownsdale par ...

Friday December 2, 2011
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State Police say they've arrested two Oregon State University students in connection with images of "Star Wars" storm troopers spray-painted on the Corvallis campus. Lt. Steve Mitchell said the two were arrested Thursday for investigation of criminal mischief. Mitchell says the graffiti images were painted this week on at least 15 locations including campus-area ...

Friday December 2, 2011
HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — A 19-year-old Oregon man has pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide in the shooting death of a friend. Cody James Ward received a four-year prison sentence Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court. County prosecutors say 15-year-old Trenton Lester died Sept. 17 at Ward's home because of Ward's fatal error. Deputy District Attorney Bracken McKey said the ...

Thursday December 1, 2011
There Are No More Fences Says Western Author
British writer Chris Scott Wilson who has five of his westerns released worldwide as eBooks by Boson of North Carolina is gratified to see they now have trailers to help promote them on YouTube. Chris admits he is pleased publishers can now generate video teasers just as Hollywood always has done for movies. "I find it tremendously exciting," he enthuses. "It's a new kind of marketing for books, a ...
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Thursday December 1, 2011
Investigation ends with 4 men arrested on drug related charges
SALEM, Oregon - After a 4-month drug investigation, 4 men are sheduled to appear in court today on charges of possessing and delivering methamphetamine. Police described the men as middle to upper level suppliers of methamphetamine in Marion County. The investigation revealed that the drugs they sold were imported from California. Search warrants were served at the residences of two of the sus ...
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Thursday December 1, 2011
UO faculty assembly cheers fired president
EUGENE, Oregon - Nearly 1,000 University of Oregon teachers, staff members and students cheered fired president Richard Lariviere Wednesday at a faculty meeting which opened with a standing ovation for Lariviere. The Higher Education Board dismissed him last week, effective Dec. 28, saying he hadn't been a team player and had flouted the board's policies by pushing for greater independence for ...
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Thursday December 1, 2011
PENDLETON, Oregon - A 22-year-old man has told a judge he understands the murder charge against him in the fatal stabbing of an Eastern Oregon corrections officer who stopped to help a stranded motorist. Joshua Charles Weeks of Portland appeared Wednesday by video monitor before Umatilla County Circuit Judge Lynn Hampton in Pendleton. The judge denied bail and set a Dec. 7 preliminary hearing. ...

Wednesday November 30, 2011
Oregon corrections officer slain helping motorist
PENDLETON, Oregon - A prison guard driving to work in Eastern Oregon has been killed after stopping to help a man stranded by a car crash. Authorities said Monday they have a suspect in jail. Police say that Buddy Ray Herron, 42, a guard at the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution, died at a hospital in Pendleton late Monday after calling 911 to report he had been stabbed and his pickup s ...
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Wednesday November 30, 2011
Wildlife managers try to lure terns to SE Oregon
BURNS, Oregon - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to spend nearly $4 million to build an island in Eastern Oregon in hopes of changing the diet of the Caspian Tern. The shorebirds eat too many young salmon in the Columbia River- a bad thing, because the salmon are in jeopardy. The government wants the terns to move southeast to eat carp - a good thing, because the carp are crowding birds o ...
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Wednesday November 30, 2011
HOOD RIVER, Oregon - A mother and her two adult children have been accused of shooting their father to death in 2003 in Hood River. The Hood River County sheriff's office says deputies made arrests Tuesday on 46-year-old Rosario Munoz De Garcia, 27-year-old Guadalupe Garcia and 24-year-old Jorge Garcia Munoz. They face murder and conspiracy charges in the death of Faustino Garcia Garcia. ...

Wednesday November 30, 2011
Occupy Eugene wants to use park indef
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The Occupy Eugene people living at a municipal park have asked the City Council to let them stay indefinitely, arguing that the encampment gives homeless people and street youth a safe, sober place to stay. The Eugene Register-Guard (http://bit.ly/umr7Mm ) reports the council may be split, with two previous supporters hesitant to allow the encampment to be permanent. The ...
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Wednesday November 30, 2011
Portland Police Gang Detectives Arrest Armed Robbery Suspect
PORTLAND, Oregon - On November 29, 2011, Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team detectives arrested 34-year-old Ervan Ronnell Herring was arrested in connection with a March 2011 home invasion robbery. On March 3, 2011 at approximately 12:22 p.m., Ervan Herring and 29-year-old Ricky Ricardo Branch Jr. went to a residence in the 15500 block of Southeast Lincoln Street armed with handguns ...
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