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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Portland police say the final tally of arrests from May Day protests is three dozen, including one juvenile. Several skirmishes broke out Tuesday as protesters marched through downtown. Charges included assaulting or interfering with officers, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and criminal mischief.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A Portland man who took off his clothes last month to protest airport security measures is insisting on a trial. In court yesterday, 49-year-old John Brennan turned down the option of treating the misdemeanor charge of public indecency like a citation, likely resulting in community service and a letter of apology. His lawyer called that “the easy way out.” Instead, The Oregonian reports Brennan is likely to be tried next month if the district attorney’s office presses forward.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – A Salem woman who hit and killed two teenagers with her SUV while driving under the influence of prescription drugs has been sentenced to 25 years in prison. The Statesmen Journal reports that 31-year-old Sophia Downing was sentenced yesterday after a jury last month found her guilty of manslaughter. Prosecutors said Downing was under the influence of drugs including a muscle relaxant and insomnia medication. The defense said the drugs were prescribed and didn’t contribute to the crash. The 2010 crash killed 18-year-old Brittney Green and 16-year-old Francisco Cervantes and injured Jorge Echeverria.

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – The sheriff of Josephine County has some straight talk for voters: No new taxes means he will be the only county lawman left available around the clock. Sheriff Gil Gilbertson told about 50 voters assembled at the fairgrounds yesterday that if a law enforcement levy on the May 15 ballot goes down, he won’t have much left to fight crime. Josephine County is the only one of several rural counties in Oregon giving voters a chance to raise taxes to cover federal timber subsidy losses.


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