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Oregon Public Safety
5:57 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Kitzhaber Moves Ahead With Look At Oregon's Public Safety System

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber hopes a newly revived public safety commission will lead to big changes in the state's criminal justice system. The Democrat issued an executive order Monday that brings back to life a blue ribbon panel created by his predecessor, Ted Kulongoski.

Oregon's prison population is expected to grow by another 2,000 by the end of the decade. Kitzhaber's public safety adviser, Steven Powers, says the governor thinks Oregon needs to take a close look at everything from mandatory sentences to drug rehabilitation programs.

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Murder Suspect To Be Retried
4:24 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Wash. Supreme Court Orders New Trial For Darold Stenson

Darold Stenson will remain in prison while awaiting his trial.
Washington Department of Corrections

The high court says that Darold Stenson’s rights were violated. In their ruling the justices say the state wrongfully suppressed photographs that raised questions about mishandling of evidence as well as an FBI file.

Sheryl Gordon McCloud is Stenson’s attorney.
“The photograph, which we didn’t discover until a few years ago shows the lead detective on the case with his bare ungloved hands holding those pants with those pockets turned out shortly before the gunshot residue test was taken. A picture is worth a thousand words cops carry gun, guns leave gunshot residue, he’s holding the pants with his ungloved hands."

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Bunker To Be Demolished
4:18 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Officials Prepare To Dismantle North Bend Bunker

Officials say a fortified  bunker built by a man suspected of killing his wife and teenage daughter will be destroyed. 

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Oregon Death Penalty
4:37 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Death Row Inmate Seeks To Overturn Execution Reprieve

Gary Haugen was set to die by lethal injection last December.
Photo credit: Oregon DOC Oregon Department of Corrections

An Oregon death row inmate will make an unusual argument in court Wednesday. Gary Haugen says Governor John Kitzhaber overstepped his authority by halting all executions in the state.

Two time convicted murderer Gary Haugen was set to die by lethal injection last December. But two weeks before the scheduled execution, Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber put Oregon's death penalty on hold. The governor wants lawmakers and the public to reexamine the state's capital punishment system.

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Evergreen Prof Flees
6:53 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Elusive Professor Sells Condo Before State Can Seize It For Ethics Fine

The job of recovering the largest ethics fine in Washington state history just got tougher. State officials have been unable to locate a former Evergreen State College professor who skipped out on his six-figure fine. Even though Jorge Gilbert's whereabouts are unknown, he managed to sell off his condominium in Olympia last week before the state could seize it.

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Ore./Wash. Prison Crowding
3:55 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Oregon, Washington Anticipate Higher Demand For Prison Beds

The Oregon Department of Corrections.
Photo credit: Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

SALEM, Ore. - Corrections officials in Olympia and Salem are bracing for an expected increase in prisoners. The Washington Department of Corrections is predicting a need for 900 more beds in the next four years. And a new report issued Friday confirms an earlier forecast that Oregon will need housing for 2,000 more inmates by the end of the decade.

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Idaho Bans Texting While Driving
2:57 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Idaho Lawmakers Say Don’t Text And Drive

Idaho has now joined the likes of Oregon and Washington in adopting a law banning texting while driving.
Photo credit: Wikimedia user Alton Wikimedia Commons

Since 2009, Idaho lawmakers have tried, and failed, to pass a bill to ban texting while driving. Until today. Senators passed a ban this morning and sent it to Governor Butch Otter. The version that passed was watered down from the original legislation proposed earlier this session. Senator Jim Hammond, (R-Coeur d'Alene,), the chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, explains.

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Parole For Teen-Murderers
4:38 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Convicted Teen Murderers Get Earlier Possible Parole

Conrad Engweiler addresses the Oregon Board of Parole during a hearing at the Oregon State Correctional Institution.
Image courtesy of pool video feed

SALEM, Ore. – Five Oregon murderers are getting a chance at an earlier parole date. They are inmates who are serving life sentences for crimes committed when they were teens. Two of the killers went before the Oregon Parole Board Tuesday. It’s the latest step in an ongoing controversy over how to treat these offenders.

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Idaho Texting Law
4:01 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Texting While Driving May Soon Be Banned In Idaho

Idaho may be close to banning texting while driving.
Wikimedia user: WhisperToMe Wikimedia Commons

Idaho lawmakers are one step closer to signing off on a bill that would ban texting while driving.

For years state lawmakers have tried to pass legislation that would make it illegal to text and drive. This year may be different because Tuesday the House agreed to a bill that would make texting while driving an infraction. Supporters say this would send a strong message to drivers, especially teenagers, that it's dangerous to text and drive.

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Grays Harbor Stabbing/Shooting
7:52 pm
Sun March 11, 2012

UPDATED: Grays Harbor County Courthouse Attack Leads to Lockdown and Manhunt

A Judge was stabbed in the neck and a Sheriff's Deputy was shot in the shoulder at the Grays Harbor County Courthouse in Montesano, Wash.
Photo credit: Joe Mabel Wikimedia Commons

UPDATE:  The suspect, Steven Daniel Kravetz, age 34, was arrested on Saturday afternoon in Olympia.  

UPDATE: Authorities now say Judge David Edwards and Deputy Polly Davins are in stable condition and expected to survive.

SEATTLE, Wash. -- The Grays Harbor County Courthouse in Montesano and nearby buildings are on lockdown following a shooting and stabbing this afternoon. Authorities are on a manhunt for the suspected attacker.

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