Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press
SALEM, Ore. (AP) – A man protesting logging in Oregon state forests climbed up a flagpole yesterday at the Capitol in Salem, and came down 90 minutes later to go to jail. The Cascadia Forest Defenders says it’s protesting the logging as a way to fund public schools. State Police said 23-year-old Perry Graham of Eugene was booked on charges of disorderly conduct, trespassing, and criminal mischief.
MILWAUKIE, Ore. (AP) – Authorities say an 89-year-old driver crashed his car into a Milwaukie apartment living room, pushing a 97-year-old man in a recliner across the room. Clackamas County deputies say the older man complained of minor pain. Police said driver Owen Gotchall said he had been trying to park but hit the gas pedal instead of the brake. He was unhurt and remorseful about the crash. Officers asked for a driver re-evaluation.
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) – A 12-pound dachshund severely mauled by a pit bull in Roseburg has died. A veterinarian tells the News-Review he first thought the 4-year-old dog named Itty Bitty had a reasonable chance of surviving bite wounds to the chest and front right leg but died Wednesday night. A friend of the smaller dog’s owner killed the pit bull with a knife to free the dachshund during Tuesday’s attack in a park.
‘TOUTLE, Wash. (AP) – Visitors to Mount St. Helens will be able to drive close to the volcano this weekend with tomorrow’s opening of Spirit Lake Highway. It was closed by snow in January. The highway takes visitors to the Johnston Ridge Observatory where they can look into the crater. It reopens for the season on Sunday.
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