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Authorities: Salem man stabbed by girlfriend’s son

(Information from: Statesman Journal,

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Marion County authorities say they have arrested a 27-year-old man accused of stabbing and wounding his mother’s boyfriend.

The Statesman Journal reports that Roberto Chacon has been jailed on suspicion of assault, unlawful use of a weapon, burglary and drug possession.

Deputies say they responded early Sunday to reports that a man had been stabbed to find 39-year-old Juan Reyes, of Salem, injured. He suffered injuries to his chest and hand and is reported to be hospitalized in stable condition.

Deputies suspect Chacon went to his mother’s residence and stabbed Reyes with no provocation.



Oregon, Idaho residents brace for icy rain after snow

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Residents in Idaho and Oregon braced for treacherous roads and the possibility of nuisance flooding, with freezing rain hitting parts of the region.

After record snowfall earlier this week prompted government leaders to declare a state of emergency for the Boise, Idaho region, many stores were out of bottled water, snow shovels and sandbags. Fearing the rain could cause roughly 15 inches of accumulated snowfall to quickly melt, some law enforcement agencies in southwestern Idaho urged residents to dig out drainage pathways away from their home and uncover any nearby storm drains if possible.

Oregon travelers were also facing big problems, with most flights canceled at the Portland and Eugene airports and the Oregon Department of Transportation advising motorists to stay home if possible because of icy conditions.

In Portland, authorities said a woman died of suspected hypothermia in a downtown parking garage on Saturday.


Portland police identify man who was hit by MAX train

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland police say a 45-year-old man tripped and sat on the tracks of the MAX Light Rail for several minutes before he was hit by a MAX train Saturday night.

Police said Jason Robert Beveridge was hit about 10 p.m. Saturday, sustaining traumatic injuries. He was listed in critical condition at a Portland hospital.

Beverage wasn’t at a marked crossing. TriMet spokeswoman Mary Fetsch said he was crossing between stations.


The Latest: Missing Tennessee woman found in woods

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in east Tennessee say a woman has been found suffering from hypothermia a day after she was reported missing.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office says in a news release that 58-year-old Teresa Burton was taken to a hospital Sunday afternoon after a police dog located her in woods.

The statement says Burton was reported missing Saturday from her Knox County home.

The sheriff’s office then embarked on a search and stressed that it was important to find her quickly due to frigid weather and her need to take daily medication.



Company wants its hard-to-kill GMO grass deregulated

(Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive,

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal agriculture officials could decide this week to give up its oversight of a spreading grass that was engineered to resist an herbicide.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Scotts Miracle-Gro is no longer planning to commercialize the grass and wants federal agriculture officials to deregulated it.

Scotts partnered with Monsanto to engineer the hard-to-kill grass. Scotts was fined $500,000 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for letting it spread.

Federal officials also made the company responsible for controlling the grass.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife found the grass puts endangered plant and animal species at risk.

Research by Oregon State University and the Environmental Protection Agency determined the herbicide resistance could pass onto other grasses.

The presence of genetic modifications can also block some international sales.



The Latest: Police say winter weather may have killed woman

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The winter storm may have its first victim. Portland police released a statement Saturday saying a woman in her 50s is believed to have died of exposure due to cold temperatures.

She has tentatively been identified as a 52-year-old who resides in Downtown Portland. The Oregon State Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy and ultimately determine the cause of death.

One month after a rare winter storm brought Portland to a halt, snow fell once again in Oregon’s largest city on Saturday, and freezing rain was forecast for later on.

Snow and sleet made for treacherous roads in Oregon on Saturday, with the state police warning that they couldn’t keep up with all the crashes.


Blogger is asked to delete info on Oregon refuge informants

(Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive,

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal prosecutors want a judge to order a California man to remove all information from his website about confidential informants involved in the takeover of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon last winter.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that authorities say the information posted by 70-year-old Gary Hunt was turned over to defense attorneys in the case pursuant to a protective order that barred it from being shared with outside parties. Hunt has been involved in Operation Mutual Defense, a network of militias and supporters founded by Ryan Payne, one of the refuge occupation’s organizers.

Occupation leader Ammon Bundy and six others were acquitted of conspiracy and other charges after a five-week trial that ended Oct. 27; a trial for seven other defendants looms. Hunt argues that the court’s protective order doesn’t apply to him.



Trail Blazers-Pistons postponed because of winter storm

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers’ scheduled game Saturday night against the Detroit Pistons has been postponed until Sunday because of potential severe weather conditions.

The game Sunday at Moda Center is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. PST.

“The safety of our fans and players is always the highest priority, and this decision to delay our home game until Sunday was made with that in mind,” said Chris McGowan, the president and CEO of the Trail Blazers and Rose Quarter. “Input from the NBA, local government and public safety officials also played a role in our decision to postpone until Sunday.”

No. 5 Gonzaga’s men’s basketball game at Portland, and the Portland Winterhawks’ Western Hockey League game against the Everett Silvertips at Veterans Memorial Coliseum also were postponed. Those makeup dates have not been determined.


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