Police arrest suspect in man’s stabbing death in Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a 38-year-old man in connection with the stabbing death of a Portland man Tuesday night.

Portland police said in a news release that the US Marshals Oregon Fugitive Task Force arrested Michael Shipley on two outstanding warrants and probable cause for murder in the death of Brian Bruns.

Homicide detectives booked him into Multnomah County Jail. He’ll be arraigned Friday.

Police say Bruns died at the scene of the incident on the 4400 block of Southeast 99th Avenue.

Oregon organic farm plans to control weed infestation

DUFUR, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon organic farm has submitted a weed management plan before the issues headed to county court.

The Capital Press reports the Wednesday plan by Azure Farms outlines action to control the noxious weeds neighboring farmers say are spreading to their ground. Oregon officials say Sherman County Court got 400,000 emails on the issue.

It had considered putting the farm on quarantine if it did not contain the weeds before Azure send its proposal. They were also planning spraying the weeds with herbicide and billing the farm for the work, if necessary.

County Commissioner Tom McCoy said in an email that Azure’s follow through has not been good.

The Oregon Wheat Growers League has called for a prompt and rigorous review of Azure’s plan.

Oregon woman apologizes for crash that killed daughter, 6

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A pregnant Oregon woman tearfully apologized before she was sentenced to more than six years in prison for a crash that killed her daughter.

Necia Marie Hanson of Gold Hill admitted Wednesday she drank a shot of alcohol before the April 2016 crash and failed to properly restrain the 6-year-old girl named Bella.

Hanson was speeding and had just passed another vehicle when she hit a semitrailer traveling in the opposite direction.

The Mail Tribune reports that Jackson County Judge Lorenzo Mejia last week found the 28-year-old woman guilty of manslaughter and assault.

Hanson, who is five months pregnant, will start her prison sentence immediately.

Hanson said she intends to give back to the community by speaking out about car seat safety. She said she has started a blog.

Oregon governor forgives boy for swiping hazelnut, pen

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The governor of Oregon has pardoned a fourth-grade boy who swiped a hazelnut and a pen during a recent tour of the state Capitol.

Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday tweeted out a photo of the boy’s apology letter along with the hashtag #cutestmailever and the caption, ‘I think we can forgive Samuel, don’t you think, Oregonians?’ The tweet immediately got many likes and retweets.

In the pencil-written letter, the boy, named Samuel, explains that he visited the Capitol Building on a classroom tour on April 19 and took the items.

Included with the letter were the pen and $1 to cover the cost of the stolen hazelnut.

In a return letter, Brown said she accepted his apology and forgave him on behalf of all Oregonians.

Alcohol might soon be banned at all Eugene city parks

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A Eugene proposal out for public review would no longer allow people at city parks or on city-owned open space to drink alcohol unless at a permitted gathering.

The Register-Guard reports residents have until Friday to comment on the proposed rules. Resident suggestions could be incorporated by officials when finalizing rules.

The city already bans drinking alcohol at more than 20 city parks, but the proposal would add at least 50 more parks and more than 5 ½ square miles (13 square kilometers) of open space.

The proposed rules also would end the longtime ban on commercial photography and filming at two of Eugene’s picturesque parks.

City parks spokeswoman Kelly Darnell says restricting alcohol use at all parks would simplify what has been a “complicated maze” of regulation.

Oregon day care closes after insecticide-spraying incident

COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon day care has shut down following an incident where children and staff members suffered injuries from insecticide being sprayed.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Coos Bay Children’s Academy shut down Monday. The incident happened May 5, and left at least six children and two staff members with inflamed eyes and breathing problems.

State regulators opened an inquiry into the incident, but had not sent anybody to Children’s Academy as of Tuesday. The owner voluntarily closed.

The academy had been cited for six state rule violations in less than a year. None of the violations prompted a fine from Oregon’s Office of Child Care.

Voters show up for school bonds, support gas pipeline

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Voters in Oregon approved two-thirds of the school bonds that were on ballots in communities statewide, as well as spending for public safety and libraries.

The measures approved Tuesday include a $790 million spending package in Portland that is the largest school bond in the state.

A total of 10 school bonds across Oregon, from Jefferson to Lake Oswego, passed while five failed.

In southwestern Oregon, Coos County voters rejected a ballot measure that would have blocked a $7.5 million natural gas export terminal and pipeline.

In nearby Josephine County — known for rejecting new taxes — voters surprised pundits by approving spending for libraries, public safety and renewing a tax for the animal shelter.

In Salem, a $61.8 million bond measure to build a new police facility also passed.