Sheriff’s deputy shot, suspect injured and in custody
(Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com)
HAPPY VALLEY, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a Clackamas County Sheriff’s deputy was shot in the leg and a suspect was injured and arrested about 13 miles from Portland.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports an altercation occurred Tuesday in Happy Valley after the deputy responded to a report of a pedestrian hit by a vehicle.
Sheriff’s office spokesman Sgt. Brian Jensen says shots were fired between the deputy and pedestrian Steven Wilson in the incident that that the deputy was struck in the leg.
Wilson, of Portland, was also injured, Jensen says, but it wasn’t immediately known what his injuries were.
Jensen, who did not name the deputy, says the deputy’s injuries are not life-threatening and he is in stable condition.
The deputy will be placed on administrative leave while officials investigate.
DRUG TRAFFICKING RING
Authorities arrest 10 in drug trafficking investigation
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say 10 people have been arrested around Seattle and in Oregon after a two-year investigation of drug trafficking.
Justice Department U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes said in a news release Tuesday that a Drug Enforcement Administration-led task force conducted raids at 14 places in King and Pierce counties in Washington and at locations in Springfield, Oregon.
Members of the group arrested Tuesday allegedly transported drugs and money in hidden compartments of vehicles. Authorities searched a landscaping business, an auto wrecking yard, a motorsports/boat business and a pawn shop.
Hayes says over the course of the investigation law enforcement has seized over $350,000 in cash, more than 30 pounds of methamphetamine, cocaine and firearms.
The defendants, ranging in age from 21 to 51, were scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Tacoma this week.
Police arrest man for vandalism during anti-Trump riot
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland police have arrested a 20-year-old man in connection with vandalism during a protest against President-elect Donald Trump over the weekend.
Portland Police said in a news release they arrested Mateen Abdul Shaheed on Tuesday at a residence about 30 miles southeast of Portland in Estacada.
Police say Shaheed was involved in numerous acts of vandalism during a protest turned riot, including damaging vehicles at Toyota dealership.
Police say Shaheed was booked into Multnomah County Jail on six counts of criminal mischief.
The arrest comes after police and prosecutors put photos of violent protesters online and asked the public to help identify them.
RANCHING STANDOFF-BUNDY BROTHERS
Bundy brothers back in custody in Nevada for Feb. 6 trial
PAHRUMP, Nev. (AP) — Ammon Bundy and his brother, Ryan, are back in federal custody in Nevada ahead of a February trial on charges stemming from a 2014 standoff with federal agents outside their father’s ranch near Bunkerville.
Ammon Bundy’s attorney, Daniel Hill, confirmed Tuesday that the sons of Cliven Bundy were transferred Monday from a federal detention center in Seattle to the Nevada Southern Detention Center in Pahrump, about 60 miles west of Las Vegas.
Cliven Bundy also is being held there.
The brothers were acquitted of federal conspiracy charges in federal court in Portland, Oregon, on Nov. 2 after a five-week trial related to an armed takeover at a national wildlife refuge.
Their trial in federal court in Las Vegas is scheduled to begin Feb. 6. They face 16 felony counts, including assault on a federal officer, extortion and obstruction of justice.
Groups, BNSF Railway reach agreement in coal dust lawsuit
SEATTLE (AP) — A tentative agreement has been reached between BNSF Railway and seven environmental groups that sued alleging coal spilled from trains pollutes waterways in Washington state.
Under the agreement announced Tuesday by both sides, BNSF agreed to conduct a two-year study on physical covers for coal and petroleum coke railcars. It also agreed to pay $1 million in environmental projects and clean up hotspots near waterways in Washington state.
Charlie Tebbutt, lead attorney for the plaintiffs, says the agreement puts BNSF on “a pathway to solving the problem and stopping the pollution.”
BNSF denied any violations of the Clean Water Act and said in a statement Tuesday that the settlement reflects its long-term efforts to address coal dust.
The groups sued BNSF in 2013, arguing that it violated federal environmental law by allowing its trains to discharge coal and other pollutants into state rivers and waterways without a permit.
The agreement came on the sixth day of trial in federal court in Seattle.
GOVERNOR-UNITE AGAINST HATE
Gov. calls on Oregonians to unite against hate
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has released a statement calling for state residents to unite against hate, saying she will uphold laws that protect Oregonian’s human and civil rights.
Brown said in a video Monday evening that she’s heard and understands feelings of uncertainty expressed by people “in light of recent events.”
She says she refuses to let hate and discrimination divide the state and its people.
Brown said in the video, “We are at our best when we are focused on what we share in common, rather than what divides us.”
She also calls for Oregonians to join her to work together to build equitable communities.
Brown’s words come after days of protests in Portland and around the state against the election of Donald Trump to the White House. Since then, reports of racist incidents are emerging from the nation’s schools and universities.
Portland mayor criticizes protests, encourages other steps
(Information from: KOPB-FM, http://news.opb.org)
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The mayor of Portland, Oregon, is criticizing the destructive protests that have swept the city after the election of Donald Trump. He is encouraging the protesters to instead get involved with local groups to promote change.
Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that some of the anti-Trump protests have turned violent, causing more than $1 million in property damage and the arrests of more than 100 people. One protester was also non-fatally shot.
Mayor Charlie Hales said Monday that protests aren’t a productive way to create change. He says demonstrations can be peaceful but believes those in Portland are being used as cover for “outrageous, bad, criminal behavior.”
Hales says the city will not crack down on all protesters but will continue to arrest people who break the law.
UNIVERSITY OF OREGON-ENROLLMENT
University of Oregon enrollment drops for fourth year
(Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com)
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Enrollment at the University of Oregon fell 2 percent this year, marking four years of declining enrollment for the school.
The Register-Guard reports that a total of 23,634 students enrolled at the university this year, down 2 percent from fall 2105 and 4 percent from the record high in fall 2012.
Overall, the student population at the university has been falling or flat for a half-dozen years after UO officials quickly increased the student population in a major growth spurt.
Though overall enrollment is falling, the number of out-of-state graduate students has been growing, with 11 percent more undergraduates coming from outside Oregon this year compared to 2002. The number of in-state graduate students has dropped 25 percent since peak enrollment in 2002.
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