Pocket dial drug bust — Police in Molalla say a dispatcher received a cell phone call and overheard a drug deal taking place. A phone in a woman’s pocket inadvertently dialed 911 early Tuesday and dispatchers heard a conversation with a man about drugs. KGW reports police tracked the GPS signal to a car in an alley about a block away. An officer who arrived at the scene could be heard over the phone by dispatchers. The officer found methamphetamine and arrested a 25-year-old man on multiple drug charges. The 25-year-old woman was cited for possessing marijuana and hung up her phone.
Dog neglect pleas — Two women accused of animal neglect in the housing of nearly 150 dogs found malnourished, filthy or sick at a warehouse in Brooks have pleaded not guilty to 20 counts of animal neglect. The Statesman Journal said 21-year-old Merissa Noonan and 19-year-old Amanda Oakley entered their pleas Thursday in Marion County Circuit Court in Salem. The two were arrested in January by sheriff’s officers after the dogs were seized from Willamette Animal Rescue. Prosecutors say the defendants had administrative roles in the rescue group.
Alleged bias attack — A man out walking his pink poodle in the Portland suburb of Hillsboro says a stranger pulled into a nearby parking lot, got out and hit him. The victim says his attacker then grabbed a pipe or wrench and hit him again on the back of the head. The attacker reportedly shouted a gay slur. KGW-TV reports that Hillsboro police are calling the Friday afternoon attack a “bias crime." Police spokesman Mike Rouches says the stranger was driving a late 90s Land Rover. The unidentified victim refused medical attention. Police are looking for a man in his 30s with a thin build, wearing a baseball hat and a khaki vest.
— From wire reports