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Crater Lake National Park seeks help with recent damage

(Information from: Herald and News, )

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — Authorities at Crater Lake National Park say someone driving off road damaged plants and other resources, and they’re asking for the public’s help in finding who is responsible.

The Herald and News reports park rangers believe the incident happened late Nov. 23 or early Nov. 24.

According to a park Facebook post, driving off roadways and damaging resources is a federal crime punishable by up to $5,000 and/or six months imprisonment for each offense.

The park says there is a short window during summer months in which plants in the park get sunlight to grow. The rest of the year they can be buried in deep snow.

The park says staff spends time each year fixing areas damaged by visitors not staying on roads or trails.



3 dead, others injured following crash outside Salem

(Information from: KOIN-TV, )

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say three people died and others were injured in a two-vehicle accident near Salem.

KOIN-TV reports the Marion County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash involving a van and pickup truck, which happened Friday evening.

Mark Bjorklund, battalion chief with Marion County Fire District 1, says three of the 13 people in the van died. Nine others were injured, and another person refused medical attention.

The lone occupant of the truck was taken to a hospital for evaluation.



Deputy-involved shooting under investigation

(Information from: The Bulletin, )

BEND, Ore. (AP) — An investigation is underway into a traffic stop that ended with a Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office deputy shooting a man near a shopping center northeast of Bend.

The Bulletin reports the man shot is expected to survive, and the deputy was not injured. Neither of their names has been released following the Friday evening incident.

Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel says officers received a report of a car stolen from a Bend homeless shelter. Hummel says the shooting occurred after the officers stopped the vehicle.

He would not say if the man shot was inside the vehicle. He says there were multiple shots fired and he wasn’t sure if those shots were fired by one deputy or several.



Eugene police officer shoots, kills man who fought with him

(Information from: The Register-Guard, )

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a Eugene police officer shot and killed a man who fought with him.

The Register-Guard reports that it happened at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday. Police spokeswoman Melinda McLaughlin says the officer called for emergency cover before shooting.

The officer was treated for his injuries at a hospital and released.

The Lane County Interagency Deadly Force Investigation Team is investigating.



Parent of student hurt in tunnel sues Salem, school district

(Information from: Statesman Journal, )

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The parent of a student injured as a sixth-grader while using an underground tunnel between a middle school and high school in Salem is suing the city of Salem and the school district for $235,000.

The Statesman Journal reports the lawsuit filed this week accuses the city of allowing the tunnel to become dangerous and Salem-Keizer Public Schools of failing to properly supervise and warn students of possible hazards.

The tunnel was constructed underneath the railroad tracks in 1939 and previously allowed students to easily travel from Parrish Middle School to North Salem High School.

Access to the tunnel was blocked Friday with a locked gate. School officials did not respond to questions Friday.

The suit says the boy fell in the tunnel, breaking his wrist.



Magnitude 4.5 earthquake shakes southern Oregon coast

PORT ORFORD, Ore. (AP) — A small earthquake hit Port Orford on the southern Oregon coast, shaking the small community.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the 4.5-magnitude earthquake struck at about 5:45 p.m. Friday, with its epicenter about two miles inland.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that differs from earthquakes in October that struck far off the Oregon coast.

No damage was reported from the most recent earthquake.


Police: Man fatally shot during argument, suspect arrested

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — Police say one person was fatally shot and a suspect has been arrested in the coastal town of Newport.

Newport police say officers were called to a home Wednesday for a man that had been shot.

Police say officers found 59-year-old Tony Larsen dead from an apparent gunshot wound.

Officers arrested 65-year-old Steven DeMauro, who lived at the residence and had remained at the scene. Police say investigation shows DeMauro shot Larsen during an argument.

Police say DeMauro was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on investigation of murder. It wasn’t immediately known if he has a lawyer.

A major crimes team is investigating.


Washington plans to spray for gypsy moths

(Information from: Capital Press, )

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Two small areas of northwest Washington likely will be sprayed with an insecticide to stop an outbreak of gypsy moths, including a type native to Asia never before detected in the U.S.

The Capital Press reports the Washington State Department of Agriculture said it tentatively plans to release Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki over a small city on Puget Sound called Woodway, and an Everett neighborhood called Boulevard Bluffs.

Officials say a Hokkaido gypsy moth trapped in Woodway this summer was the first Hokkaido moth caught in the U.S.

Three hybrid Asian gypsy moths were caught in Boulevard Bluffs.

Gypsy moths native to Asia are more mobile than European varieties and are considered more of a danger to spread.

Before finalizing plans to spray next spring, the department will conduct environmental reviews and consult agencies including the USDA.

Washington has sprayed for gypsy moths most years since 1979.


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