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The Today File

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September 8, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Swimming now barred where Oregon family drowned

The Associated Press

Update at 10:35 a.m.: PORTLAND — The area of an Oregon lake where four members of a family drowned last month has been closed to swimming for the rest of the year.

Washington County sheriff’s deputies put crime-scene tape along that dangerous spot of Henry Hagg Lake on Monday, and temporary signs are being posted by the Parks Department.

The action comes shortly after Michael Medill of Gaston was given a $5,000 ticket for ignoring orders not to bolt warning signs into posts and trees.

Medill said residents have been lobbying for signs warning of a sharp drop-off in the lake since 2012 when eight children nearly drowned.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Bob Ray says the actions taking place Monday were already in the works before Medill took matters into his own hands.

Original post: PORTLAND  — A man was given a $5,000 ticket for posting warning signs for swimmers at Henry Hagg Lake where four members of a family drowned last month.

Michael Medill told The Oregonian he was ready to get arrested Saturday but he was released with a citation from Washington County deputies for criminal mischief.

The eight signs bolted to posts and trees were removed Sunday at the lake west of Portland.

The 66-year-old Gaston man says Forest Grove residents have been lobbying for signs warning of a sharp drop-off in the lake since 2012 when eight children nearly drowned.

Medill’s signs included illustrations and warning in English and Spanish.

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