Ultra-liberal Portland moves to reign in protesters

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — In Oregon’s ultra-liberal city of Portland, protests are a way of life.

But the new mayor is taking on the sacrosanct.

The City Council approved an emergency ordinance Wednesday that would allow the city to eject disruptive protesters and ban them from council chambers for up to 60 days in some cases.

The commissioners voted unanimously after months of raucous protests that they say have shut down meetings, disrupted business and prevented others from testifying.

The ordinance is being called unconstitutional by the American Civil Liberties Union and by protesters, who tried to shout down the commissioners as they voted.

Mayor Ted Wheeler says the provision allowing people to be banned from the council chambers won’t be used until a federal court rules on its constitutionality.

Transgender birth records bill passes Oregon House

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A proposal that would privatize the process for transgender individuals to make changes to their birth certificates cleared the Oregon House on Wednesday in a 37-23 vote.

Under House Bill 2673, transgenders with Oregon birth certificates would be able to update their names and genders through a private process under the Oregon Health Authority, circumventing public paper trials and involvement of the courts. The bill now heads to the Senate.

Proponents say nine in 10 transgender Oregonians do not have vital records that accurately reflect their names and genders, which can hamper their abilities to get health care, housing or a job. It’s also seen as a way for Oregon to protect against discrimination as protections for transgender youth were recently revoked at the federal level.

Gun dealer indicted on federal firearms charges

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A 67-year-old gun store owner north of Eugene has been indicted on federal firearms charges for allegedly selling guns to someone he knew was a convicted felon.

The U.S. Justice Department said in a news release Wednesday that Nicholas Russell of Albany was indicted Wednesday on charges that he sold high-caliber firearms, including a handgun and two rifles, to the convicted person between Nov. 19, 2016 and Jan. 25, 2017.

Russell is the owner and operator of Albany Guns, Coins and Jewelry.

Reached at the store Wednesday, Russell told The Associated Press he was aware of an investigation but not the indictment and couldn’t immediately comment.

Gun dealer indicted on federal firearms charges

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A 67-year-old gun store owner north of Eugene has been indicted on federal firearms charges for allegedly selling guns to someone he knew was a convicted felon.

The U.S. Justice Department said in a news release Wednesday that Nicholas Russell of Albany was indicted Wednesday on charges that he sold high-caliber firearms, including a handgun and two rifles, to the convicted person between Nov. 19, 2016 and Jan. 25, 2017.

Russell is the owner and operator of Albany Guns, Coins and Jewelry.

Reached at the store Wednesday, Russell told The Associated Press he was aware of an investigation but not the indictment and couldn’t immediately comment.

Lawyer for Oregon standoff leader sees charges dismissed

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed criminal charges against the lawyer for the leader of the armed occupation at an Oregon wildlife refuge.

U.S. marshals tackled Marcus Mumford and zapped him with a stun gun as he argued with a judge last fall over releasing his client, Ammon Bundy, shortly after his acquittal in the standoff.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour on Wednesday carried out a request from prosecutors. Acting U.S. Attorney John Harrington declined to explain why they wanted to dismiss the case now.

Mumford had been charged with failing to comply with official signs that prohibit the disruption of federal officers’ work and failing to comply with a federal officer’s direction to stop resisting.

His lawyer said the marshals engaged in “outrageous” misconduct.

Day care owner charged with leaving infants to go tanning

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Police say a 31-year-old Bend woman has been accused of leaving seven children at her home day care while she went tanning.

The Bulletin reports January Neatherlin was booked into jail Wednesday on child neglect, reckless endangerment, theft and criminal mistreatment charges.

Bend Police Lt. Jason Maniscalco says Neatherlin police received a tip that led them to set up surveillance outside the home and say officers watched as parents dropped off children.

Hours later police say they saw Neatherlin drive away and say she was found at a tanning salon.

Out of fear for the children’s safety, police say officers entered the home and found seven unattended children ranging in age from 6 months to 4 years inside.

Detectives called the parents, who took their children to a hospital for evaluation as a precaution.

US Attorney’s Office launches investigation of hospital unit

SEATTLE (AP) — Officials say the U.S. Attorney’s Office has launched an investigation of a neurosurgery unit at a Seattle hospital.

The Seattle Times reports Swedish Health’s interim CEO, Dr. Guy Hudson, wrote in a memo to staff members Wednesday that the U.S. Attorney’s Office is now among the agencies examining practices at the facility.

Hudson says in the memo that they will cooperate fully as with all regulatory reviews.

A Swedish spokeswoman said she didn’t immediately know whether the federal inquiry was criminal or civil in nature. The Attorney’s Office in Seattle didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

The latest move comes after a Seattle Times investigation revealed patient safety concerns inside Swedish’s neurosurgery institute.

In the fallout from the Times investigation, Swedish CEO Tony Armada resigned, as did the Swedish Neuroscience Institute’s top surgeon, Dr. Johnny Delashaw.