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Inmates indicted in alleged deputy assault in Salem

(Information from: Statesman Journal,

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say two Salem jail inmates have been indicted on attempted murder, strangulation and other charges in an incident in which a deputy sheriff was assaulted.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that 46-year-old Bradley Monical and 40-year-old Brian Eller were indicted Tuesday.

The charges stem from a November 2016 incident in which authorities say the two men attacked Marion County Deputy Sheriff Stacy Headrick.

KATU-TV reports that Headrick, a 14-year veteran with Marion County Sheriff’s Office, was on an hourly check in the jail in the early morning hours when the incident occurred.

Headrick was treated at a Salem hospital. No information was given about the extent of his injuries.

Monical and Eller have been transferred to another jail.



Oregon woman arrested after boy found tied up in garbage bag

(Information from: The Register-Guard,

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A western Oregon woman has been arrested after police say they found a 5-year-old boy beaten and tied up inside a garbage bag in her Springfield home.

The Register-Guard reported Thursday that the 45-year-old woman faces charges of criminal mistreatment, assault and reckless endangering.

Police say a relative discovered the boy in the woman’s home Tuesday and took him out of the garbage bag. He was found with several injuries.

A medic examined the boy and he did not require medical treatment.

He is now in the care of the relative who found him.

Police say The boy’s mother had left the boy in the suspect’s care after being sent to prison in August for theft. She’s eligible for release next year.



Man convicted of murder, rape in 1976 denied parole

(Information from: The Daily Astorian,

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — The state parole board has delayed the potential release of a man convicted in 1976 of murder and kidnapping who went on to rape a Portland woman after being released in 1986.

The Daily Astorian reported Thursday that the parole board determined George Nulph suffers from a severe emotional disturbance and is a danger to the community. His eligibility for parole was deferred for two years at a January hearing.

Nulph was found guilty of abducting and killing Frances Christians in Cannon Beach in 1976. He was sentenced to life in prison but under a new sentencing system he was released 10 years later.

Nulph was sent back to prison shortly after his release for rape.

Attorney Michael DeMuniz represented Nulph before the parole board and declined to comment.



Oregon deputy charged with harassment has court hearing

(Information from: The Bulletin,

BEND, Ore. (AP) — A central Oregon deputy charged with harassment after he was accused of grabbing a woman’s arm after a fender-bender crash has had his first court hearing.

The Bend Bulletin reports that Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Bradley Wright was not in court for the Thursday hearing. Attorney Erick Ward made an appearance on his behalf and says he’s been in discussion the district attorney’s office regarding a resolution to the case.

Prosecutors say Wright was off-duty when the crash occurred Dec. 24 outside a Bend Fred Meyer.

When the drivers left their vehicles to assess the damage, Wright allegedly caused bruising by aggressively grabbing the 67-year-old woman’s arm.

Sheriff Shane Nelson says an internal investigation into the incident is ongoing. Wright remains on paid administrative leave.



Arizona lawmakers again push for split of 9th Circuit Court

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican members of Arizona’s congressional delegation are again trying to split up the federal appeals court whose nine-state territory includes Arizona.

A bill introduced Thursday by Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake would put Arizona in a new 12th Circuit with Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada and Washington while leaving California, Hawaii and Oregon plus Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands in the 9th Circuit.

A House version previously introduced by Reps. Andy Biggs and four other Arizona Republican representatives would leave Washington in the 9th Circuit.

Flake says the 9th Circuit is “oversized and overworked” with 20 percent of the nation’s population, while Biggs says a split would protect Arizona from “the burdensome and undue influence” of the 9th Circuit.

Previous proposals to divide the 9th Circuit have failed.


Attorney: Iranian infant needs visa waiver for heart surgery

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The family of a 4-month-old Iranian girl is hoping for a waiver to President Donald Trump’s immigration ban so their daughter can have critical heart surgery in Portland.

Amber Murray, a Washington, D.C.-based immigration attorney, told The Associated Press on Thursday she’s filing an application for a visa waiver immediately.

The child’s uncle and grandparents are U.S. citizens living in Oregon. Murray says the baby and her mother flew to Dubai to get tourist visas and then planned to make an appointment at Oregon Health & Science University.

But they were turned away in Dubai and have now returned to Iran.

The child’s story is gaining attention after Gov. Kate Brown mentioned it in remarks opposing Trump’s immigration order.

Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeffrey Merkley also are helping.


Red, blue states split over Trump’s ‘sanctuary city’ order

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s promised crackdown on “sanctuary cities” has triggered divergent actions from blue and red states: Some are moving to follow his order and others are breaking with the U.S. government to protect immigrants in the country illegally.

Trump’s recent executive orders threatening to withhold federal funding from communities with sanctuary policies and calling for a border wall have revealed the deep national divide on immigration.

California is pushing for a statewide sanctuary that would prohibit law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities. A fellow U.S.-Mexico border state, Texas, is seeking to withhold funding from cities with the policies.

Cities have mostly taken up sanctuary laws. But liberal states would not be the first to block police from enforcing federal immigration law. Oregon pioneered a statewide sanctuary with a 1987 law.


Ore. governor urges legal action against Trump directive

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown is asking Oregon’s attorney general to bring legal action against the federal government over President Trump’s executive order on immigration.

Brown on Thursday also announced a broadening of a 1987 statute that prohibits Oregon law-enforcement agencies from arresting people solely because they are living in the state illegally. She said that all state agencies, and not just law enforcement, must follow the rule.

Brown also said state agencies are required not to discriminate on the basis of immigration status.


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