Oregon Dept. of Corrections

Four years ago we brought you a story about five juvenile killers in Oregon. They received harsher sentences than some adult murderers because of what the state has called a “legal glitch.” Wednesday four of the so-called “Oregon Five” went before the state parole board.

Wounded Canadian Border Guard Identified

Oct 17, 2012
Washington State Dept. of Transportation

Police in Canada have identified the guard shot at the Peace Arch border crossing north of Blaine, Wash. She is in stable condition as the investigation into the shooting continues.

The question of whether a smelter in British Columbia can be held liable in Washington state for cross border pollution is now in the hands of a federal judge. Lawyers argued the case in Yakima Wednesday. At issue is refining waste dumped in the Columbia River just north of the border in Canada, which then washed downstream. Correspondent Tom Banse reports from Yakima.

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Wednesday, a federal judge in Yakima will consider a long-running case about cross border pollution in the Columbia River. The Colville Tribes and the state of Washington are trying to force cleanup of heavy metals dumped in the river for nearly a hundred years by a Canadian smelter.

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The Washington State Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the state's toxic cleanup tax. A ruling issued Thursday turns aside a challenge from gas station owners.

The U.S. Justice Department will intervene in a timesheet fraud case at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The case began in 2009 as a whistleblower complaint against Hanford contractor CH2M Hill. Since then, eight former workers have pleaded guilty to falsifying their time cards.

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The Washington Supreme Court Thursday weighed in on long-running case that has implications for labor shortages at Northwest farms and orchards. The high court unanimously upheld a costly damage award against a farm labor contractor that brought in guest workers from Thailand.

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The Washington Department of Corrections will pay $12.5 million to the families of three of the four Lakewood police officers killed by parolee Maurice Clemmons. The settlement announced Friday comes nearly three years after the Thanksgiving weekend shooting at a coffee shop.

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Washington Fish and Wildlife police have raided more than a dozen locations around the state. The one day blitz on suspected poachers and traffickers follows a two year undercover investigation.

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A federal ruling out Tuesday will prevent further prosecution, for now, against an Idaho woman charged with having an illegal abortion. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals also questioned the constitutionality of the anti-abortion law Jennie Linn McCormack was charged with violating.

Kitzhaber To Appeal Execution Reprieve Decision

Sep 11, 2012
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The case of an Oregon death row inmate seeking his own execution is headed for a higher court. Gov.John Kitzhaber said Tuesday he plans to ask an appeals court to overturn a decision that cleared the way for the state’s first execution since 1997.

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The former dean of the University of Oregon School of Music was killed Friday along with her boyfriend. Lane County Sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 call at their home south of Eugene and found Anne Dhu McLucas and James Gillette.

Barry Massey was one of the youngest juvenile killers in the country to be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Now, in a rare move, the Washington inmate has withdrawn his plea for clemency.

Prosecutors in Georgia say a group of current and former U.S. soldiers plotted to blow up a dam in Washington and poison the state’s apple crop. The allegations were revealed Monday as one of the group’s members pled guilty to manslaughter in a Georgia courtroom.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Thirteen Washington prison inmates who opted to be deported, instead of serving out their sentences, have been re-arrested back in the United States. All but one returned from Mexico. The inmates were part of an early deportation program begun last year to reduce prison costs.

Sudan Sunrise

A Springfield, Ore., man who was imprisoned in Sudan has been released, and is trying to get home to his pregnant wife.

Judge: Vatican Did Not 'Employ' Abusive Priest

Aug 20, 2012
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Attorneys for an Oregon victim of clergy sex abuse say they will appeal a new decision that frees the Vatican from a lawsuit. That ruling came down Monday in federal district court in Portland. The 10-year-old lawsuit aims to link the Holy See in Rome to abuse by American priests.

Oregon State Police

The federal government will take the lead in prosecuting an Oregon couple accused in a killing spree that stretched down the U.S. west coast last fall. The U.S. Attorney's office in Portland announced indictments Friday against David "Joey" Pederson and Holly Grigsby.

Sudan Sunrise

A Springfield man who was arrested in Sudan last month has been re-arrested on unknown charges. His pregnant wife is concerned for his safety.

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A Vancouver, Wash., man has been arrested for allegedly threatening a state Senate candidate. The Clark County sheriff's office took Gary Owen into custody Thursday on charges of sending two threatening emails to Eileen Qutub , a Republican. She described the letters as "vile" and "sexually perverted" and said that Owen threatened to shoot her in the head.

The deadly shootings of Sikhs in Wisconsin over the weekend are resonating among temples in the Northwest, too.

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The family of Susan Powell plans to sue the state of Washington for negligence. They blame state workers for the fact that Josh Powell was able to kill himself and his two sons in Pierce County last February.

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A new report on a high profile Pierce County, Wash., murder-suicide concludes that cops and social workers should communicate better. Washington state's social service agency says the child fatality review, released Thursday, supports its belief that no one could have anticipated Josh Powell would kill his two young sons and himself.

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The Oregon State Police broke ground on a memorial Wednesday to honor fallen Oregon state troopers. A crowd of dignitaries listened somberly as the officers’ names were read aloud.

Former Purdy Inmate Sues Washington DOC

Jul 31, 2012

An inmate now on work release from the Washington Corrections Center for Women is suing the state Department of Corrections. The suit alleges, among other things, that the DOC didn’t do enough to protect Wendy Hynd from retaliation after she reported an alleged sexual assault by a corrections officer.

Anonymous Commenter Reveals Identity

Jul 24, 2012
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A lawsuit in north Idaho over anonymous comments posted in an online forum attracted national attention. Now, the commenter at the center of that dispute has unmasked herself. As correspondent Jessica Robinson reports, the case reveals a rift within the north Idaho Republican Party.

Oregon Department of Corrections

Late last year, Gov. John Kitzhaber issued a moratorium that put on hold the execution of twice-convicted murderer Gary Haugen. Now the death row inmate is asking a judge to overrule that reprieve. Haugen appeared in a Marion County courtroom Tuesday.

Theaters React To Colorado Shooting

Jul 20, 2012

In the wake of the movie theater shooting in Colorado, theater owners have to consider something many have given little thought to in the past. Security. One big company, AMC Theaters, said Friday it will ban costumes and masks from its 300-plus movie houses. And the National Association of Theater Owners says it’s reviewing all security procedures.

Oregon State Police

The Washington and Oregon state capitols have been the scenes of two bizarre incidents in recent days. Both involved apparently mentally unstable men. One had a gallon of gasoline, the other wielded a samurai sword.

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Not as many people are dying from prescription drug overdoses in Washington, but heroin abuse appears to be spiking higher. Those figures come from an annual report on drug abuse in the state. Researchers studied death reports, police reports, help-line phone calls and treatment records. And the picture this year shows heroin is making a comeback. Use of the drug peaked in the 90s, but since then it's been mostly confined to aging drug-addicts.