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Man Arrested for Blowing Pot Smoke Into Baby's Mouth

Not the first time Oregon man did it: pal

(Newser) - "That was stupid of me" is what Christopher Robert Kling allegedly said to Beaverton, Ore., police as he allegedly wept during his arrest for allegedly committing what is not allegedly (but actually) an awful crime: blowing pot smoke into his own 1-year-old baby's mouth, KATU reports. The 22-year-old... More »

Oregon Sends 8K Mistaken Alerts to Crime Victims

Glitch informed them inmates had been released

(Newser) - A "major technical glitch" in Oregon's crime victim notification system triggered thousands of false notices yesterday evening about the release of inmates, including one on a notorious killer. KGW-TV reported that inmate Ward Weaver III was the subject of an erroneous alert. Corrections officials, however, confirmed that Weaver—... More »

Longest-Held Witness Finally Walks Free After 905 Days

With $5,982 for the trouble

(Newser) - After 905 days in jail, the country's supposed longest-held witness is a free man and has been given $5,982 from the state of Oregon for his trouble. Police escorted Benito Vasquez-Hernandez, the prosecution's star witness in the murder trial of his son, from Washington County Jail yesterday,... More »

Oregon Takes Bold Voter Registration Step

Anyone who has interacted with DMV since 2013 will be automatically registered

(Newser) - Seventeen years after Oregon decided to become the first state to hold all elections with mail-in ballots, it took another pioneering step yesterday to broaden participation by automatically registering people to vote. Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill that puts the burden of registration on the state instead of voters:... More »

Oregon Man Held 2 Years for Trial— as a Witness

Been locked up 900 days, without charges

(Newser) - A 59-year-old man in Oregon has been in jail for more than two years awaiting a murder trial that begins on Tuesday. Which might not be that unusual, except for one thing: "He's not the defendant," observes a headline about the case in the ABA Journal . No,... More »

Cops Sorry for Shooting Beloved Pony

30-year-old was stubborn, not injured, Oregon family says

(Newser) - A beloved elderly pony that escaped from his barn stall and went for a stroll one night was shot dead by police for no good reason, according to a furious family in Oregon. A neighbor called police after she found Gir, a 30-year-old American Miniature Horse, lying in her yard... More »

'Tantalizing' Ancient Tool Found at Oregon Dig

Scraper may be oldest human artifact in the West

(Newser) - A small stone tool unearthed in eastern Oregon appears to be so ancient that the history of humans in the area may have to be rewritten, archaeologists say. The agate scraper found at a rock shelter was below a 15,800-year-old layer of ash from Mount St. Helens, making it... More »

No Joke: New Signs at Park Warn of Angry Owls

Oregon takes Rachel Maddow's suggestion to heart

(Newser) - MSNBC host Rachel Maddow inspired Oregon's capital to post new warning signs in a park where four runners reported attacks from an angry owl likely defending its nest against perceived threats. One jogger, a surgeon, said the owl hit him twice in Bush's Pasture Park in Salem, and... More »

US About to Get First Bisexual Governor

Kate Brown to take over for John Kitzhaber in Oregon

(Newser) - When John Kitzhaber steps down as Oregon's governor on Wednesday, a little history will be made. He will be replaced by Secretary of State Kate Brown, who will become the nation's first openly bisexual governor, reports the Washington Post . Brown is married to Dan Little, but she began... More »

Oregon's Governor Resigns Amid Scandal

John Kitzhaber's fiancee is accused of shady financial dealings

(Newser) - Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber finally took the hint . He says he will resign amid allegations that his fiancee used her relationship with him to enrich herself—a stunning fall from grace for the state's longest-serving chief executive. The decision capped a wild week in which Kitzhaber seemed poised to... More »

Oregon Democrats to Gov: Resign Already

Plus Kitzhaber's would-be successor describes 'bizarre' meeting

(Newser) - With things looking worse for Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber by the minute, staff members appear to be dropping like flies. A source tells KATU that Kitzhaber's chief of staff, Mike Bonetto, and his legislative liaison, Dmitri Palmateer, will step down today. The Oregonian reports Kitzhaber himself planned to resign... More »

Parts of Wash., Ore. Covered in Mysterious Ash

Could be from a volcano thousands of miles away

(Newser) - Washington and Oregon residents have reported a mysterious ash covering parts of the region, describing it as "white stuff" and "milky rain," CNN reports. A statement from Walla Walla County Emergency Management yesterday said the ash is "more than likely from the Volcano Shiveluch," which... More »

Scandals Pile Up for Oregon's First Couple

The Oregonian calls on John Kitzhaber to resign

(Newser) - First, Oregon's first lady admitted to an "illegal" previous marriage , then to planning a marijuana grow operation and running a consulting business out of the governor's mansion. Now, Gov. John Kitzhaber's fiancee Cylvia Hayes faces claims that she was paid consulting fees to influence her future... More »

3 Friends Stumble Upon Shipwreck in Oregon Dunes

State is testing the wood to learn more about the ship

(Newser) - Three friends metal-detecting last fall in the dunes of Seaside, Ore., hit upon a not-very-metallic find: a large wooden vessel buried in the sand. Now Oregon state archaeologist Dennis Griffin says it is indeed a shipwreck, and that two wood samples taken from the boat's 21-foot keel are currently... More »

Oregon Man Falls 1K Feet to His Death

Dasan Marshall was climbing Mount Yukla in Alaska

(Newser) - Alaska State Troopers say an Oregon man died while climbing Mount Yukla. Troopers say Dasan Marshall of Portland, Oregon, was climbing with a friend yesterday when he fell about 1,000 feet. Because of the terrain in the Chugach Mountains about six miles from the Eagle River Nature Center, a... More »

Smashed by 2 Semis in Huge Pileup, Guy Gets a Miracle

Kaleb Whitby walks from 26-car pileup in Oregon with a pair of Band-Aids

(Newser) - Twenty-six vehicles piled up early yesterday amid a dangerous mix of black ice, wind, and fog on an Oregon highway—a dozen of those vehicles were semis, and two of them combined to make what the Oregonian is likening to a "panini" out of Kaleb Whitby's Chevy Silverado.... More »

At Least 3 Shot Outside High School

Police believe Portland attack may be gang-affiliated

(Newser) - A gunman opened fire today on several young people outside an alternative high school in Portland, Oregon, wounding four and fleeing on foot with two other people, police tell the AP . The victims are all students at Rosemary Anderson High School or in affiliated job programs: a 16-year-old girl in... More »

Marijuana Now Legal in 3 More Places

Minimum wage increases pass in 3 states

(Newser) - Marijuana legalization advocates are on a roll: Ballot measures loosening pot laws have passed in Alaska , Oregon, and Washington, DC. The DC law—which could still be blocked by Congress—will allow residents and visitors to grow and possess marijuana but not sell it, reports the Washington Post , while the... More »

Accused Killer Mom Wrote Son Was Stolen From Her

Relatives say Jillian McCabe had mental collapse

(Newser) - Jillian McCabe, the Oregon mother accused of throwing her autistic 6-year-old son London off a bridge , was devoted to the boy but went into a downward spiral after her husband developed multiple sclerosis and her father died, relatives tell NBC . She detailed her struggles and the ups and downs of... More »

Mom: I Threw My 6-Year-Old Son Off Bridge

Boy's body found last night in Oregon

(Newser) - A 6-year-old boy was found floating near a marina in Newport, Ore., just a short time after a woman made a 911 call saying she had thrown her son off the Yaquina Bay Bridge, the AP reports. Police have arrested 34-year-old Jillian McCabe and charged her with aggravated murder, murder,... More »

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