Bridge on the move — Scores of onlookers spent a sunny, but cold Saturday watching the 87-year-old southeast Portland Sellwood Bridge move a few yards to aid the construction of its replacement. The bridge weighs almost 7 million pounds and is nearly 11,000 feet long. It will be moved about 66 feet on the west end and 33 feet on the east end onto temporary supports. Crews said everything remains on schedule for the bridge to reopen by Jan. 24. It will then be used until the new Sellwood Bridge opens, scheduled for mid-2015.
2 more arrests in dog-neglect case — Marion County authorities have arrested two more women in their investigation of animal neglect at a dog-rescue facility north of Salem. Sheriff’s spokesman Don Thomson said Saturday evening that Merissa Noonan contacted an attorney and surrendered at the county jail after seeing news reports that she was wanted. The arrest came less than 24 hours after a deputy negotiated the surrender of Amanda Oakley. Oakley was a board member and secretary of Willamette Valley Animal Rescue until she resigned Jan. 10, three days before investigators executed a search warrant of the facility for hard-to-place dogs and seized about 150 animals, Thomson said. Alicia Inglish, the rescue facility’s president, was arraigned Monday on 120 counts of animal neglect and one count of evidence tampering. Thomson said additional witnesses were being contacted and more arrests are possible.
Eugene nuisance home — Under a law aimed at cleaning up properties that have become havens for criminals, Eugene officials in a rare move are asking a court to order a man to vacate the house he owns and leave it empty for a year. A complaint and supporting documents filed in Lane County Circuit Court allege that the home in west Eugene has become a hangout for drug users. According to Eugene police, officers have made numerous arrests at or near the house and have gone there nearly 100 times in the last four years. Under a state nuisance abatement law, local governments can seek court orders closing residences or buildings that are being used for drug crimes, gambling or prostitution after notifying the owners of ongoing problems and giving them a chance to remedy them. If granted, such orders effectively require that the building be vacated and locked for a year.
Lehman Hot Springs sold — The troubled Lehman Hot Springs resort is back with the family that owned it for much of the previous century. Umatilla County records show Fee Stubblefield of McMinnville bought the 242-acre site near Ukiah last year for $1.25 million. His grandfather bought the property in 1925 and the family owned it on-and-off until 1988. The resort has been closed since mid-2009, when a judge ordered former owner John Patrick Lucas to cease operations because of unsafe sewage lagoons.
— From wire reports