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Four lost hikers found in gorge

TROUTDALE, Ore. (AP) — Four lost hikers were safely escorted down a trail late Thursday night to Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge.

The Multnomah County sheriff’s office says the Portland-area woman in their 20s were unhurt and in good spirits.

They were hiking from Wahkeena Falls to Multnomah Falls Thursday when they walked down a trail that ended in a washout. They turned around but couldn’t make it out before darkness fell. They didn’t have a flashlight, so they called for help.

Bend officer caught in scandal

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Bend Police Chief Jeff Sale says he’s embarrassed by a sex scandal in the department

He told KTVZ the department is reviewing policies to make sure it doesn’t happen again, then moving on.

The officer who was the department’s spokesman, Lt. Chris Carney, was accused of having sex with three city employees and a member of the media. Investigative documents say some encounters occurred when Carney was on duty and at the office or in a police vehicle.

Carney was placed on paid leave on Oct. 31 and resigned while facing termination.

The district attorney’s office is reviewing the case.WA man sues over freezing death

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — A man who is suing a Washington state dementia-care home over the freezing death of his wife has asked the court to expedite testimony.

Donald Sheldon turns 90 next month and says he may not live to see the trial. He and Norma Sheldon were married for 69 years. He says in court records many of his friends died shortly after losing spouses.

The 88-year-old woman died of hypothermia in an enclosed courtyard at the Canterbury Gardens Alzheimer’s Care Center on Dec. 28. The temperature was 28 degrees.

The Daily News reports (http://is.gd/W9dTNT) the state found violations at the home that included doors without alarms.

Canterbury officials have said they are sorry for the tragedy and are working with the Department of Social and Health Services to address concerns.

WA ‘Prepper’ pleads in gun case

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state man who was shown firing guns on the National Geographic TV show “Doomsday Preppers” has pleaded not guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm.

Tyler Smith of Buckley was arrested Wednesday by Pierce County sheriff’s deputies who said the reality TV episode showed him breaking the law that bans felons from having guns.

Smith pleaded guilty in 2009 to theft and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.

Smith entered his not guilty plea on Thursday in Tacoma. He had told detectives the footage must have been filmed before a 2009 felony conviction.

The News Tribune reports (http://is.gd/1oBsrB ) the episode was filmed last March and shown in November. Doomsday Preppers chronicles Americans who are preparing for apocalyptic conditions.

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