Crime

Oregon Inmate Rejects Reprieve
4:33 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Oregon Death Row Inmate Asks Judge To Overturn Governor's Reprieve

Gary Haugen has asked that the repreive Gov. Kitzhaber issued on Haugen's execution be overruled.
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.

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Colorado Shooting Reactions
5:48 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Theaters React To Colorado Shooting

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.

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Bizarre Incidents At State Capitols
4:33 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Bizarre Incidents At Wash. And Oregon State Capitols

The three-foot Samurai sword recovered from a man arrested near the Oregon Capitol building on Saturday.
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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Heroin Abuse In Washington
4:58 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Heroin Abuse Is Rising, Even As Prescription Drug Abuse Declines

Heroin abuse in Washington is rising.
richiec Wikimedia Commons

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.

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Washington Cold Case Suspect Found
4:03 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Chehalis Cold Case Suspect Awaits Extradition From Alaska

An Alaska man accused of murdering an elderly Chehalis couple in 1985 is awaiting extradition to Lewis County, Wash. Police say the arrest of Rick Riffe of King Salmon, Alaska, closes a cold case investigation that spans 26 years.

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Lane County Public Safety
5:26 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Public Safety In Lane County Will Get Worse

Lane County District Attorney Alex Gardner talks with reporters Friday.
Rachael McDonald KLCC

This week, the Lane County Sheriff released nearly 100 prisoners from jail, including three homicide suspects. Friday nearly 30 sheriff's employees were laid off. The District Attorney has to lay off at least 14 from his office. The county has a bare bones budget due to loss of timber funding and low property tax revenue.

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Oregon Jail Inmates Released
5:24 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Lane County Sheriff Watches Inmates Walk Out Jail Door

Inmates walk out of Lane County Jail Tuesday morning.
Rachael McDonald KLCC

Nearly 100 inmates of the Lane County Jail will be released this week. Not because they've served their time, but because the county can't afford to keep them. This after commissioners cut nearly $100 million from the general fund.

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Juvenile Offender's Clemency Plea
4:46 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Attorney: Court Ruling Should Bolster Barry Massey Clemency Petition

Marina owner Paul Wang was murdered by juveniles Barry Massey and Michael Harris In 1987.
the Wang family

Before Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire leaves office in January, she will decide whether to commute the life sentence of convicted killer Barry Massey. His attorneys hope this week’s Supreme Court ruling on life without parole for juveniles will bolster their case for clemency.

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Oregon Prison Lawsuit
4:14 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Lawsuit Alleges More Abuse Of Female Inmates

An aerial photo of Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, Oregon.
USGS

A new lawsuit alleges sexual abuse by workers at Oregon's only prison for women. It's the latest in a series of lawsuits brought by female inmates at the institution in Wilsonville.

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UW Arson Case Closed
5:07 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Feds Close Case On 2011 UW Horticulture Arson

The last person charged with the 2001 arson of a University of Washington building was sentenced today to four years in prison. Liz Jones has more.

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