As of Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Trooper uses Facebook in arrest
PORTLAND (AP) — Oregon State Police say a trooper checked Facebook to determine that a driver whose face didn’t match his license was really a fugitive wanted on felony warrants.
Lt. Gregg Hastings says an equipment violation prompted Trooper Travis Neubauer to stop a car Sunday on an Interstate 5 ramp in the Portland suburb of Lake Oswego. The adult male driver did not match the photo on his driver’s license and he wasn’t the car’s registered owner.
The driver said he was driving his fiancee’s car so the trooper checked her Facebook page on his mobile computer and learned she was dating a man named Kerry Prowse.
Hastings says Prowse was wanted on felony warrants alleging parole violation and being a felon in possession of a weapon. The spokesman says the driver eventually acknowledged he was Prowse. He was arrested.
House: Districts can leave ESDs
SALEM (AP) — The Oregon Legislature has voted to allow all school districts to withdraw from regional educational service districts.
The House passed the measure 57-1 on Monday, sending it to Gov. John Kitzhaber.
Education service districts provide centralized administrative, technical and special education services for multiple school districts. Lawmakers voted in 2011 to allow a limited group of school districts to leave their service district. This year’s measure would allow any district to do so.
Used car dealers get complaints
SALEM (AP) — Used-car dealers top the list of Oregon businesses receiving the most consumer complaints filed with the state.
The Oregon Department of Justice received 11,625 consumer complaints in 2012, according to the Statesman Journal.
Complaints about telemarketers accounted for the largest share, but only about one-third of those complaints were about Oregon-based businesses.
More than one-third of the used-car dealer complaints centered on failure to disclose previous damage. Consumers also complained about failure to provide a title and about cars that did not meet Department of Environmental Quality emission standards.
Girl saves family from house fire
OAK GROVE (AP) — A 7-year-old Oak Grove girl is credited with helping her family escape a house fire.
KATU says Alexus Osburn woke her family when their home filled with smoke at about 2 a.m. Saturday. There were no injuries and the family escaped, and so did their dog.
The girl says she woke up to use the bathroom and saw the smoke, then woke up her brother, father and his girlfriend. The girl’s father, Bill Osburn, called 911.
According to firefighters, the fire started in the dryer.
There were no working smoke alarms inside the home, and Bill Osburn says he turned them off because he was heating the home with a wood stove.
Damage from the blaze was estimated at $20,000.