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Beloved Chef Naomi Pomeroy Drowns in Tubing Accident

The 49-year-old helped make Portland, Oregon, a culinary destination

(Newser) - James Beard award-winning chef Naomi Pomeroy put Portland on the culinary map—and now the city and foodie world beyond is mourning the 49-year-old, who died in a river accident on Saturday. The New York Times reports that Pomeroy, husband Kyle Linden Webster, and a friend were floating down the...

Cops Make $200K Lego Bust at Oregon Toy Store

Owner accused of 'knowingly' buying stolen Lego sets from thieves who took them from other stores

(Newser) - Police in Oregon say they've recovered at least $200,000 in stolen Lego pieces—after thieves lifted them from local retailers and sold them for "a fraction" of their price tag to another store owner who "knowingly" scooped them up despite being aware of their origins, reports...

Nurse Accused of Replacing Patients' Fentanyl With Water

44 Oregon patients allegedly harmed, 16 of whom died

(Newser) - An Oregon nurse is accused of replacing the fentanyl that had been prescribed to patients with non-sterile tap water, which was delivered to them via intravenous drips. Of the 44 patients authorities say were harmed by Dani Marie Schofield's alleged actions, 16 died—most while still hospitalized, but some...

This Is Not How You Want Your Theme Park Visit to Go

Dozens were stuck upside down on AtmosFEAR ride at Oaks Park in Oregon

(Newser) - Emergency crews in Oregon rescued 28 people Friday after they were stuck for about a half-hour dangling upside down high on a ride at a century-old amusement park. Portland Fire and Rescue said on the social platform X that firefighters worked with engineers at Oaks Park to manually lower the...

Dad Gets Prison for Drugging Girls at Sleepover

Michael Meyden said he just wanted them to go to sleep

(Newser) - A father annoyed that his 12-year-old daughter and her friends wouldn't go to sleep during a sleepover decided to force them to sleep by drugging them with benzodiazepine. For that, Michael Meyden of Lake Oswego, Oregon, has been sentenced to prison. The 57-year-old apologized during his sentencing hearing Monday...

FDA Warns of Poisoning From Shellfish in 2 States
FDA Issues Shellfish Warning

FDA Issues Shellfish Warning

Toxins have sickened at least 31 people in Oregon alone

(Newser) - The Food and Drug Administration says consumers should avoid eating shellfish from Oregon and Washington state, as they may be contaminated with toxins that cause paralytic shellfish poisoning. At least 31 people have been sickened in Oregon so far, according to state health officials. Here's the situation, per the...

Dog Travels 4 Miles Back to Camp, Gets Help for Owner

Man had crashed into a remote ravine in Oregon

(Newser) - A dog has helped his owner get rescued after a car crash in a steep ravine in mountainous northeastern Oregon, authorities said. A man was driving with his four dogs on a remote US Forest Service road on June 2 when he crashed into a ravine below, the Baker County...

What the Heck Has Washed Ashore in Oregon?

Rare 7-foot hoodwinker sunfish may remain on beach in Gearhart for weeks, per local aquarium

(Newser) - A massive rare fish thought to only live in temperate waters in the Southern Hemisphere has washed up on Oregon's northern coast, drawing crowds of curious onlookers intrigued by the unusual sight. The 7.3-foot hoodwinker sunfish first appeared on the beach in Gearhart on Monday, the Seaside Aquarium...

Ham Radio Operator Leaks Far-Right Group's Oregon Plans

Ammon Bundy-affiliated group aims to dominate county GOP apparatus

(Newser) - A far-right anti-government group appears to be making inroads into the Republican Party at the grassroots level. The Guardian reports that at least 66 members of People's Rights Oregon 5, a subgroup of the People's Rights Network founded by anti-government militant Ammon Bundy in 2020, ran for positions...

Biden, Trump Score Wins in Kentucky
Fani Willis Wins
Her Georgia Primary

Fani Willis Wins Her Georgia Primary

District attorney has brought high-profile case against Donald Trump

(Newser) - Voters in two more states went to the polls for presidential primaries Tuesday, long after President Biden and Donald Trump clinched their nominations. The AP called Kentucky and Oregon for Biden and Trump soon after polls closed in each state. According to DecisionDeskHQ , with around 98% of results in, Biden...

Woman, 22, Falls to Her Death in Columbia River Gorge

And a climber was also found dead on Denali in Alaska

(Newser) - A young woman died after falling off a cliff while hiking in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge, officials said Monday. Elisha Angelic Macias, 22, was hiking with friends Sunday near Horsetail Falls, about 35 miles east of Portland. After separating from the group and going off trail, she fell an...

Cops: Man Used Bleach to Kill 18K Juvenile Salmon

'In my 25 years as a game warden, this is one of the most senseless acts I have seen'

(Newser) - In Oregon, the maximum penalty for illegally killing a Chinook salmon is $750, meaning a 20-year-old man accused of killing almost 18,000 of them could be on the hook for more than $13 million. Joshua Heckathorn allegedly poured bleach into one of four tanks at the Gardiner, Reedsport, and...

Rural Oregon Town Becomes Face of Homelessness

Case involving homeless camps in Grants Pass is going to the Supreme Court

(Newser) - A pickleball game in the leafy Oregon community was suddenly interrupted one rainy weekend morning by the arrival of an ambulance. After paramedics rushed through the park toward a tent, one of dozens illegally erected by the town's hundreds of homeless people, play resumed as though nothing had happened....

Someone Has Finally Won That Huge Powerball Jackpot
Winner of
$1.3B Jackpot
Comes Forward

Winner of $1.3B Jackpot Comes Forward

But officials say it will take weeks to verify Oregon win

(Newser) - A person with a ticket matching all six Powerball numbers in Saturday's $1.3 billion jackpot came forward Monday to claim the prize from last weekend's drawing, but the winner won't be announced for at least a couple more weeks until their ticket is verified and arrangements...

This Creek Was Just Inundated With 77K Uninvited Fish

Salmon being transported to river in Oregon ended up in a different waterway entirely after truck crash

(Newser) - A truck carrying more than 100,000 young chinook salmon was bound for Oregon's Imnaha River, to help populate a waterway where they're considered a threatened species. But tens of thousands of them ended up in a creek near their former fish hatchery home instead, after the vehicle...

Oregon Moves Away From Decriminalizing Drugs
Oregon Recriminalizes
Drug Possession

Oregon Recriminalizes Drug Possession

Governor signs legislation backtracking on state's experiment

(Newser) - Gov. Tina Kotek has signed into law a bill to recriminalize possession of small amounts of drugs, ending Oregon's first-in-the-nation experiment with decriminalization that was hobbled by implementation issues. In a signing letter, the Democratic governor said the law's success will depend on "deep coordination" among courts,...

Runaway Saw Blade Narrowly Misses Oregon Man

It slammed into front of store moments after he entered

(Newser) - It's a narrow escape many commentators have likened to scenes from the Final Destination movies. Surveillance video shows a runaway saw blade slamming into the front of a convenience store in Eugene, Oregon, moments after Shane Reimche entered the building. The blade can be seen spinning through the parking...

Church Sues After City Restricts Free Meal Service
Church Told to Limit
Free Meals Wins Lawsuit

Church Told to Limit Free Meals Wins Lawsuit

Federal judge said feeding the hungry is a 'religious exercise'

(Newser) - A church in Brookings, Oregon has won a federal lawsuit it filed in 2022 over a city ordinance that said it could only give homeless people free meals two days per week. Judge Mark Clarke described the soup kitchen at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church as a "religious exercise....

He Spit Out His Gum and Was Found Guilty of Murder

Robert Plympton convicted in 1980 killing of Barbara Mae Tucker in Oregon

(Newser) - Barbara Mae Tucker was a 19-year-old student at Oregon's Mt. Hood Community College when she was kidnapped, sexually assaulted, and beaten to death a stone's throw from campus, just beyond a school parking lot. It was the evening of Jan. 15, 1980. As it turns out, her killer...

The Plane Landed. Then Workers Saw the Missing Panel

It's the latest in a string of incidents involving Boeing aircraft, this time in Oregon

(Newser) - A post-flight inspection revealed a missing panel on an older Boeing 737-800 that had just arrived at its destination in southern Oregon on Friday after flying from San Francisco, officials said, the latest in a series of recent incidents involving aircraft manufactured by the company. United Flight 433 left San...

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