Oregon mayor accused of soliciting sex with 14-year-old girl

(Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive,

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The 71-year-old mayor of a town in southern Oregon has been arrested and accused of setting up a meeting to have sex with a 14-year-old girl who was actually a police officer.

Court documents say Kenneth Barrett spent two weeks exchanging Facebook messages with an online decoy created to target adults soliciting sex with children.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Barrett began a two-year term as mayor of Winston in January.

Police say he was arrested when he showed up to a designated meeting spot in Myrtle Creek on Sunday.

A probable cause affidavit says Barrett mentions in online messages that he’s the mayor of Winston and acknowledges the person he thinks he’s talking with is 14.

Barrett faces charges of online sexual corruption and unlawful possession of a firearm.



Youth coach charged with sexual abuse

(Information from: KATU-TV,

LINCOLN CITY, Ore. (AP) — A youth coach in the coastal town of Lincoln City has been charged with more than two dozen sex crimes.

KATU-TV reports 22-year-old Tyler William Lopez was charged Monday with sex abuse crimes involving seven boys.

Lopez worked as a football coach at Taft High School in Lincoln County, and as a baseball coach at Lincoln City Youth League. Officials say he passed both background checks.

Lopez’s bail was set at $1.5 million and he remains in jail.

Lincoln City Police believe there may be more victims or witnesses and are hoping they’ll come forward to speak with investigators. Anyone with information is asked to call Lincoln City police at (541) 994-3636.



Bottle refund going to 10 cents in Oregon

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Starting on April 1, Oregonians will be able to double the money they get back for recycling their old plastic water bottles, soda cans and beer bottles at redemption sites throughout the state.

A measure which requires payment of the 10-cent refund for covered beverage containers beginning the first of the month, regardless of refund value indicated on the container, was overwhelmingly approved by the Oregon Senate on Monday and heads to Gov. Kate Brown for her signature.

The Oregon Legislature set a trigger for the deposit to increase to 10 cents if the recycling rate fell below 80 percent for two consecutive years. Last year state officials said that had happened and the increased bottle rate was set in motion.

Oregon was the first state to adopt a bottle refund bill back in 1971 as a way to encourage recycling. Ten other states have similar laws, but only Michigan currently offers a 10-cent refund.


This article has been corrected to show that the measure specifies that 10-cent refund applied to containers beginning April 1, regardless of what it says on the container, and that increased rate had been decided previously.


$100M health, education center planned for PSU campus

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The city of Portland and its three biggest colleges said Monday they are teaming up to build a $100 million education and health center.

The building would be constructed at what is currently a city-owned parking lot near Portland State University. Besides PSU, the other schools chipping in are Portland Community College and Oregon Health & Science University.

The 200,000-square-foot building will house the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, PSU’s Graduate School of Education and PCC’s dental programs.

It’s the first time the three colleges will be together in one building.

The building expected to open by September 2020 is still in the design phase. It’s projected to be at least seven stories tall.

PSU has asked the Oregon Legislature to approve $51 million in bonds for the project.


Man who fired gun during Super Bowl unfit to stand trial

(Information from: The Register-Guard,

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A man accused of firing a gunshot while watching New England’s come-from-behind victory in the Super Bowl has been deemed unfit to stand trial.

Court records show a judge ordered Donald Bolden transferred from the Lane County Jail to the Oregon State Hospital.

The Register-Guard reports the move came after a psychological evaluation, the results of which were sealed by the court.

Police said Bolden was having a one-sided argument with a man at the bar of a Eugene restaurant when he pulled out a gun and fired. The bullet struck the bar.

An off-duty police sergeant dining in the restaurant helped detain Bolden.

The 63-year-old Florence man is charged with disorderly conduct, unlawful use of a weapon, attempted assault with a firearm and recklessly endangering another person.



Fire damages $3.5 million home east of Sisters, Oregon

(Information from: KTVZ-TV,

SISTERS, Ore. (AP) — Fire heavily damaged a 17,000-square-foot, $3.5 million home in Central Oregon.

KTVZ reported late Sunday that everyone inside the two-story home east of Sisters escaped without injury.

Deschutes County sheriff’s Sgt. Nathan Garibay says 55 firefighters and 22 pieces of fire apparatus were called to the scene, including 10 water tenders.

Deschutes County property tax records indicate the large home was built in 1995.



Homeless man found dead in Portland tent

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police say a homeless man was found dead inside a tent along Interstate 84.

Portland police Sgt. Pete Simpson says officers discovered the man last week while conducting a welfare check. Officers opened the tent after getting no response and found the body of 32-year-old Christopher Martin.

Paramedics revived a small dog that was inside the tent and suffering from a medical problem.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner is awaiting toxicology results before determining the cause of death.

Officers checking the scene found a propane lantern burning inside the tent.

Simpson says there was no indication of a criminal act.

The death caps an especially harsh winter for Portland’s homeless population. Four people died of exposure and a stillborn infant was found with his homeless mother at a bus stop.


Oregon State tuition hike vote postponed due to protesters

(Information from: Gazette-Times,

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon State University Board of Trustees postponed a vote on a possible tuition increase after protesters interrupted its meeting.

The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports the board was expected to vote Friday on a proposal to increase tuition by 4 percent for resident undergraduates and 2 percent for nonresident undergraduates.

But that action never came. Instead, the board adjourned after the protesters marched into the meeting room, locked arms and began chanting demands.

An Oregon State Police trooper was eventually called in to monitor the situation but no arrests were made.

OSU spokesman Steve Clark says the university would soon announce a new meeting date.