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December 3, 2013 at 7:32 AM
WEST LINN, Ore. (AP) — Police say they have busted a pot ring linked to West Linn High School.
Investigators believe a 51-year-old man hired high school students to tend his marijuana growing operation and paid them in marijuana. They also say marijuana was sold at the school through a network of student dealers.
Police raided the home of the 51-year-old man on Nov. 19 and arrested two more men Nov. 25 in raids on their homes. Officers seized 10 pounds of marijuana and more than $18,000 in cash.
Police said in statement Monday that most of those identified in the investigation are current and former West Linn High School students.
West Linn is located due south of Portland and east of Tigard.
November 26, 2013 at 7:28 AM
LAKESIDE, Ore. (AP) — A 34-year-old Lakeside man who was looking for the boy who elbowed his 10-year-old son in a football game is accused of punching a 13-year-old in the head.
Coos County investigators arrested Mark Andrew Colton on Saturday on a charge of second-degree assault.
Tthe incident happened in October when Colton’s son was playing football in a Lakeside park, KVAL reports. He was elbowed in the face during a play and went home and told his dad.
Deputies say Colton went to the field and demanded to know who had hit his son. Deputies say the 13-year-old — who had not struck the boy — spoke up. They say Colton struck him in the temple, knocking him unconscious. He was treated at a hospital for a concussion.
November 7, 2013 at 8:49 AM
MILTON-FREEWATER, Ore. (AP) — Classes have been canceled for the rest of the week at a northeastern Oregon school after a custodian found a bullet hole in the front door — and the bullet was found lodged in a rear door down the hall.
No one was hurt.
Pleasant View Alternative School Principal Suzy Mayes says the shot must have been fired overnight Tuesday. The hole and bullet were found early Wednesday morning.
The East Oregonian reports that the school is working with the Umatilla County sheriff’s office, which is reviewing security camera footage.
The school’s students don’t have school on Fridays and Monday is a holiday.
Milton-Freewater is southeast of Walla Walla.
October 7, 2013 at 11:21 AM
The Associated Press
GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Authorities say 11 inmates rioted at a youth prison in Southern Oregon, taking over a portion of the Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility in Grants Pass for several hours.
Superintendent Ken Jerin told the Grants Pass Daily Courier (http://bit.ly/19vEFPS ) that one guard had to barricade himself in an office Sunday night until police and guards regained control. Two other guards backed out and locked down the quadrant.
Jerin says two SWAT teams and negotiators were called in, and the last youth gave up shortly after midnight. A day room was “trashed,” but no one was seriously injured.
During the incident, someone identifying himself as an inmate called The Grants Pass Daily Courier and said there was a riot.
Jerin said the cause of the riot was under investigation.
October 3, 2013 at 12:57 PM
The Associated Press
SALEM, Ore. — Over the course of nine years, somebody has stolen about $26,000 from the Oregon prison system — a quarter at a time. That’s about 104,000 quarters.
Visitors to the medium-security Oregon State Correctional Institution in Salem plunk the quarters into lockers before going through security.
No one can figure out what happened to the coins, and state corrections officials couldn’t explain why the thievery went undetected for so long, The Oregonian (http://bit.ly/1bvF3lM) reported Thursday.
Auditors discovered the theft this spring as they were looking into the multimillion dollar Inmate Welfare Fund made up of vending machine receipts, inmate fines and concession contracts. It’s used for such things as bus tickets for departing inmates and prison cable television.
Investigators initially suspected the theft was linked to another embezzlement case involving the fund that a grand jury is examining. But corrections officials say there’s a lack of evidence to link the two cases.
Prison Superintendent Rob Persson said the amount of money involved in the locker thefts was relatively small in comparison to the fund that processed about $30 million in those years.
“It was a couple hundred dollars here and there — not a big difference in the overall scheme of things,” he said.
Persson, who took over in August 2011, said there was no formal procedure for handling the coins, but a designated person at the prison was supposed to process the cash.
“There is no record of who was designated,” Persson said. He also said there was lax security involving the key to the coin boxes.
The coins were supposed to be removed monthly and turned in at Corrections Department headquarters a few miles away. From October 2002 until February 2011 the money apparently never made it there.
Persson said he’s instituted tighter controls on the coins.
October 3, 2013 at 12:45 PM
The Associated Press
OCEAN SHORES — A 40-foot sailboat that had to be abandoned in a helicopter rescue off Tillamook, Ore. during Saturday’s storm, has washed up at Ocean Shores, about 100 miles north.
KBKW reports police spotted the boat’s mast Wednesday and they recovered what they could during low tide, including the dinghy.
The boat is breaking up in the surf.
September 30, 2013 at 10:08 AM
The Associated Press
YAMHILL, Ore. — The Yamhill County sheriff’s office says a 52-year-old man fumbled a handgun when he pulled it from a holster, the weapon hit the floor, and a bullet traveled through his torso into his neck.
The sheriff’s office said in a statement that man was reported in good condition after surgery Sunday and is expected to recover.
He lives in the town Yamhill but was not identified.
The weapon was described as a .45-caliber black powder pistol.
The statement said the man was taking the weapon from a gun safe to show a friend when the accident happened.
August 21, 2013 at 9:24 AM
SHADY COVE, Ore. (AP) — Police say two teenage boys are the chainsaw-wielding vandals who damaged a Shady Cove park three weeks ago.
The boys, 14 and 15, allegedly used a chainsaw to cut down two trees, carve a 3-by-3-foot hole in the side of the park’s pump house, and cut two picnic benches in half, The Mail Tribune reports.
The teens were released to their parents and will appear in court on charges they vandalized Aunt Caroline’s Park.
Investigators did not provide a damage estimate.
July 31, 2013 at 9:03 AM
BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) — Police in Beaverton, Ore., say they used a stun gun seven times on an 18-year-old man accused of grabbing a sergeant’s gun inside City Hall and firing a shot, but eventually more officers were needed to subdue him.
Authorities say Jared Steven Leone of Seattle was high on drugs and hallucinating when he entered City Hall’s police records division and started running in circles Friday. Police say Leone told a clerk he had overdosed on mushrooms.
Detective Sgt. Jim Shumway said when officers approached Leone he “takes a swing” at one of them.
Surveillance video shows Leone initially struggling with three officers when he allegedly grabbed Sgt. Robert Davis’ gun and fired. No one was hit by the bullet, which hit a wall.
The video shows other officers arriving to try to subdue Leone. Ultimately, it took nine officers to restrain him. Davis suffered a shoulder injury.
KING-TV reports Leone broke a pair of metal handcuffs.
“During the struggle he was tased seven times, and it didn’t have any effect on him,” said Shumway, the Beaverton police spokesman.
Leone was arraigned Monday on charges including assaulting an officer and unlawful use of a weapon. It wasn’t immediately known if he had a lawyer.
“This could have been tragic, for sure,” said Shumway.
July 18, 2013 at 4:29 PM
PORTLAND — A family’s lawsuit says a 64-year-old Deschutes County, Ore., man died after he was stuck upside down for a “prolonged period” in an inversion therapy table marketed by a Puyallup company as a way to relieve back pain, improve joint health and build muscle tone.
The lawsuit says Gary Lee Price of Bend couldn’t get the device to return to the upright position and couldn’t remove himself from it, The Oregonian reported.
The Medical Examiner’s Office said he was asphyxiated and ruled the death an accident.
Medical experts say a prolonged period of hanging upside down can lead to severe injury or eventually death, The Oregonian reported.
The lawsuit filed last week in federal court in Eugene, Ore., seeks $1 million from STL International Inc. of Puyallup.
The company manufactures a variety of inversion therapy tables under the Teeter Hang Ups brand name. The company promotes the product on TV and online. (more…)
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