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Report: Wolves continue comeback in Oregon after eradication

PORTLAND — Biologists in Oregon counted 124 wolves in their annual tally, an 11 percent increase over last year’s numbers, and hailed the results Thursday as evidence that wolves are regaining their foothold in the state after being wiped out by bounty hunters more than 70 years ago. Wolf advocates, …

Trial date set in climate case pitting youths against U.S. government

A group of youths are scheduled to go to trial against the federal government this fall in Eugene, a magistrate judge announced Thursday. Over the objections of government attorneys, U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin said a trial in the potential landmark climate case would begin Oct. 29. Attorneys in the …

Rare brown booby found on Oregon Coast

NEWPORT — Windstorms last weekend may have blown a tropical bird more than 1,000 miles to the Oregon Coast, where it was found near Newport. The weakened brown booby is being cared for at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, which plans to take the bird to a rescue group in southern …

Springfield police arrest 3, recover 13 pounds of methamphetamine

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield police interrupted a drug deal Tuesday night and recovered 13 pounds of methamphetamine. Richard Villa Gomez, 34, of Springfield, Gerardo Carlos, 32, of California, and Brandy Celeste Castle, 41, of California, were arrested by police while parked in a Jeep Commander in a parking lot of 58th …

Springfield man, 20, facing rape charge after incident Wednesday

SPRINGFIELD — A Springfield man is facing a Measure 11 charge of first-degree rape after an incident at an apartment complex on Gateway Street. Ryan Thomas Hammans, 20, was arrested Wednesday morning after police officers responded to an initial report of a domestic dispute at 5:42 a.m. Hammans also faces …

Creswell man, 66, dies in Coos River

A 66-year-old Creswell man died Wednesday after his truck drove into the Coos River east of Coos Bay. According to Oregon State Police, Kenneth Glen Nailon was driving a 2004 Ford pickup truck on Highway 241 at 10:35 a.m., when the truck left the road for an unknown reason. Police …

Puppy nearly dies after eating marijuana left in park

SEATTLE — A Washington woman is warning others after her puppy nearly died after eating marijuana in a public park. KOMO-TV reports Hannah Puzas, of Seattle, on Monday took her French Bulldog, Jacques, to the Woodland off-leash area near Green Lake. Puzas says all of sudden the puppy became lethargic …

Snohomish County drops plan for hydroelectric plant

EVERETT, Wash. — The Snohomish County PUD has abandoned efforts to harness power from Sunset Falls on the South Fork of the Skykomish River. The Everett Daily Herald reports the three-member PUD commission made its decision this week. PUD spokesman Neil Neroutsos says the PUD wants to put an emphasis …

Armed robber flees with Domino’s Pizza cash register

SPRINGFIELD — An armed robber took the cash register at the Domino’s Pizza on Mohawk Boulevard early Wednesday, Springfield police said. Three store employees were preparing to close the shop at about 1 a.m. when a man walked in, pointed a gun at them and demanded cash, police said. He …

Man, 33, arrested after allegedly firing pellet gun in downtown Eugene

A 33-year-old man was arrested in the Park Blocks of downtown Eugene on Wednesday morning after allegedly firing several shots from what appeared to be a handgun. The gun was determined to be a “realistic-looking” pellet gun, according to Eugene police, and had been fired several times. Immanuel Menelik Williams …

Springfield man stabbed by stranger who wanted to pet the man’s dog

SPRINGFIELD — A Springfield man says he was stabbed in the abdomen early Wednesday morning by a stranger who asked to pet the man’s dog. The victim, 28, told police he was in his front lawn on South 38th Street with his dog at 2 a.m., when the stranger wearing …

Man with ties to Eugene-Springfield arrested in FBI phone threat case

A transient with ties to the Eugene-Springfield area has been arrested in Northern California on a warrant charging him with making telephonic threats to FBI offices around the United States. California Highway Patrol officers on Tuesday took Shawn Frederick Weatherhead into custody after a traffic stop near the Mendocino County …

Police seeking driver after hit-and-run crash involving moped in West Eugene

Eugene police are looking for the driver of a light-colored pickup truck after a hit-and-run crash early Wednesday morning sent a 20-year-old moped rider to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The moped rider, a 20-year-old man, was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield around 3 a.m. …

Cannon Beach OKs pot shops to operate in mixed-use buildings

CANNON BEACH — The Cannon Beach City Council has reversed its decision to block marijuana retailers from operating in mixed-use buildings. The Daily Astorian reports the council reconsidered out of fear that landlords with mixed-use properties would evict residential tenants to allow marijuana retailers to rent their commercial spaces for …

North Bend School District cancels classes after threat found in girls bathroom

NORTH BEND — The North Bend School District in Coos County has closed all schools Wednesday after a threat was written on a bathroom wall at the middle school. According to North Bend Police Chief Robert Kappelman, the North Bend school resource officer was notified at 3:25 p.m. Tuesday afternoon …

House Speaker Paul Ryan won’t run for re-election

WASHINGTON — Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan will not run for re-election, his office announced Wednesday, injecting another layer of uncertainty as Republicans face worries over losing their majority in the fall. Ryan’s plans have been the source of much speculation and will set off a scramble among his lieutenants …

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