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Audit: ODF stretched too thin

BEND (AP) — The time, effort and money spent fighting wildfires has strained workers and harmed other programs at the Oregon Department of Forestry, according to an Oregon state audit.

MINT arrests 5 in August

The Mid-Columbia Interagency Narcotics Task Force has executed 12 search warrants in publicized cases during 2016 that involved drug trafficking, a number that officials say is on par with last year.

For the record, from Aug. 24

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Aug. 24, 2016

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Fire burns truck on Sevenmile Hill Road

A pickup truck hauling a load of hay caught fire as it approached the summit of Seven Mile Hill Road from the east Tuesday afternoon. The fire was reported at 3:30 p.m., and spread to the load of hay and into nearby grass bordering. Twenty acres were burned, and the road was closed for several hours before the fire was extinguished and crews wrapped up around 8 p.m. Crews responding included Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue, Dallesport Fire Department, U.S. Forest Service, Oregon Department of Forestry and Mosier Fire Department. Scenic Area fire crews were also dispatched.

For the record from Aug. 23

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Aug. 23, 2016.

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Five hurt by colt mishap

SEATTLE (AP) — The owner of a spooked horse that bolted through a crowd at a Washington fair, injuring five people, says a nearby forklift scared her colt.

Police watch for seatbelts

Seatbelt use has climbed nationwide over the years, and Oregon has the country’s third highest usage rate, but locally, the stats have slipped a bit. A seatbelt “blitz” over the next two weeks hopes to rectify that. The blitz, which the Oregon State Police will conduct Aug. 22 to Sept. 4, is paid for by a federal grant that pays overtime for law enforcement officers to focus solely on seatbelt use.

Moro citizens nab suspect

The Sherman County Sheriff’s Office got some help from the public last Thursday in chasing down a suspect, who ended up pinned beneath a cyclone fence after getting tackled by two citizens.

For the record from Aug. 19

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Aug. 19, 2016.

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Crews respond to crash Friday morning

UPDATED A two-vehicle crash occurred Friday morning at about 6:30 a.m. on Interstate 84 eastbound around milepost 86.

For the record from Aug. 16

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Aug. 18, 2016.

DUII rolls through TD

After nearly being hit head-on Wednesday afternoon, an off-duty firefighter followed a driver for about 12 blocks around downtown, watching her hit one parked vehicle before boxing her in and taking her keys from her.

For the record from Aug. 16

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Aug. 16, 2016.

Crash claims one in Mosier

A Troutdale woman was killed Sunday night near Mosier in what the Wasco County sheriff said was the worst crash he’s ever seen. Passenger Tanisha Crowel, 26, was dead at the scene and the driver, her husband, Cameron Crowel, 27, was lifeflighted to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland.

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Woman injured in early morning fire

A woman was injured and a house trailer was destroyed in an early Monday morning fire on West Eighth Street. According to Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue Chief Bob Palmer, firefighters were dispatched to battle a blaze at 2525 W. Eighth St., Unit #34, at 3:56 a.m. Monday.

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