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Mar 18,2009
Statutory Changes will Improve Response to Child Abuse and Neglect SALEM, Ore. – The House voted Tuesday in favor of strengthening Karly’s Law, which improved child abuse investigations in Oregon.  Karly’s Law is named for Karly Sheehan, a 3 year old Corvallis girl who was murdered in June of 2005 following previous unsubstantiated allegations of child abuse.   Karly’s Law was named for Karly Sheehan, a 3-year-old Corvallis girl murdered in June, 2005.  “Karly’s murder was a ... [full story]
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Mar 17,2009
SALEM, Ore. – In a brief news release, Salem Police announced they now consider the investigation into the deaths of three persons found dead in a burning general contractor’s office Sunday evening to be a homicide investigation. Police have declined to identify the victims or their cause of death until autopsies are completed. Salem Firefighters responded to a fire alarm at ML Holmes General Contractor in an industrial building at 1375 Cross St. SE about ... [full story]
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Mar 17,2009
BEAVERTON, Ore. – Police say a frantic phone call from a daughter led to the discovery of her dead mother, allegedly beaten to death with a hammer early Sunday morning by her husband because she was planning to leave him.   Namegabe Kelekele Mushegero – WCJ photo  According to a news release issued by the Beaverton Police Department, police responded to the home of the victim, Nabintu Kalamba, 49, and the suspect, her husband, 51-year old Namegabe Mushegero, ... [full story]
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Mar 16,2009
SALEM, Ore. -- Ways and Means co-chairs Senator Margaret Carter and Representative Peter Buckley and Chief Justice Paul De Muniz announced Friday they had reached an agreement that will allow Oregon courtrooms to stay open for the remainder of this biennium. Rep. Peter Buckley and Senator Margaret Carter said over the past week negotiations between the Judicial Department and the Legislature on the need to cut days led to a solution that means the courts ... [full story]
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Mar 16,2009
PORTLAND, Ore. -- A second sea lion captured by wildlife officials near Oregon's Bonneville Dam will be put down, as the first one was, officials said. The Oregonian reported Friday that veterinarians decided to euthanize the mammal after they found a contagious viral infection that prevents it from being transferred to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. The viral infection appears to be the same as the one found in a sea lion killed by lethal ... [full story]
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Mar 11,2009
Bi-partisan Bill Would Take Away Medical Marijuana Cardholder’s Ability to Grow Their Own Pot; Would Cost $98 per ounce   SALEM, Ore. — A bi-partisan group of legislators have introduced legislation to improve the safety of patients participating in Oregon’s Medical Marijuana program. House Bill 3274 transfers more of the program’s responsibilities from patients and caregivers to the state, which would be solely charged with growing and dispensing the marijuana. “Oregonians have voted to authorize the use ... [full story]
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Mar 11,2009
SALEM, Ore. – A 41-year old Oregon woman pleaded guilty to elections fraud on Monday after she admitted to submitting 27 fraudulent signatures on three initiative petition sheets in 2005, officials reported. Secretary of State Kate Brown and Attorney General John Kroger announced the successful prosecution of Diana Clagett, a transient, who was placed on probation following her guilty plea. Clagett submitted signatures that either belonged to unregistered voters, or those whose signatures did not ... [full story]
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Mar 11,2009
SALEM, Ore. -- Attorney General John Kroger is warning consumers to avoid misleading and possibly illegal promotions for "free gas" and "free groceries." The promotions are designed to get consumers to buy products they might not otherwise purchase. They typically offer hundreds of dollars of free groceries or gas if you buy certain products and mail in your receipts. There's often a $5 registration fee. The scammer sometimes sends the first payment to encourage the ... [full story]
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Mar 11,2009
Other Victims Not-Yet-Identified Possible, Police Say McMINNVILLE, Ore. – A 50-year old McMinnville man was arrested Tuesday in connection with the alleged sexual abuse of his nine-year-old God-daughter after police seized video tapes, recording devices, computers, marijuana and drug-related items in a raid on the suspect's home.   Benjamin W. Sjobeck – YCCF photo  McMinnville Police Sgt. Matt Scales said in connection with the investigation of reported sex abuse, detectives assisted by the Yamhill County Interagency Narcotics ... [full story]
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Mar 11,2009
GLADSTONE, Ore. – A man with a history of damaging law enforcement vehicles and fighting with police was arrested moments after he was witnessed smashing the windows and emergency light assemblies of half of the local police department’s fleet, officials reported.    Half of the city’s fleet of police car were damaged – GPD photo Gladstone Police said fire department personnel called 911 after witnessing Sergei Alikandrovich Mazakov smash the cars with some type of metal object about 9 ... [full story]
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Mar 11,2009
ALOHA, Ore. -- A Tri-Met driver on bus route #52 was allegedly punched in the face by a rider Tuesday after the driver refused to open the door. The suspect became upset with the driver after he missed his stop, deputies reported. According to a news release prepared by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to SW 149th Avenue and SW Farmington Road in Aloha just before 5 p.m., March 10, in response to ... [full story]
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Mar 11,2009
TILLAMOOK COUNTY, Ore. -- The small, primitive campground at Oswald West State Park on the north Oregon coast was closed in June 2008. The closure was announced after a large, mature spruce tree fell around midnight in the middle of the campground. Even though the campground was full, no one was injured. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department closed the campground. Slightly more than 15,000 people a year normally camp in the 30-site campground. The ... [full story]
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Mar 11,2009
WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ore. – A 35-year old North Plains man who suspected his long-time friend of having an affair with his wife was arrested Monday for allegedly kidnapping him, threatening him with a large knife and realistic-looking pellet gun, and beating him causing multiple bone fractures in his face.   Knife, Jose “Juan” Neri-Bazan, pellet gun – WCSO photos  According to a news release issued by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Jose “Juan” Neri-Bazan was taken into ... [full story]
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