Oregon Lottery — Gov. John Kitzhaber has crossed party lines to ask former Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Roberts to run the Oregon Lottery. If confirmed by the state Senate, Roberts will replace Larry Niswender, who is set to retire on Nov. 30. Kitzhaber spokesman Tim Raphael confirmed the choice on Friday. The lottery annually tops $1 billion in sales, but has been criticized for not doing enough to help gambling addicts. Roberts was the state labor commissioner from 1995 until 2003. He said he is intrigued by the challenge of balancing the need for revenue with the issues of problem gambling.
Astoria landslide? — The latest map from the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries shows that more than half of the city of Astoria is vulnerable to landslides. Laser-mapping technology located 120 landslide areas within the city limits — and 83 have moved in the past 150 years. A risk analysis showed that about half the losses from a major earthquake would result from landslides. The maps and loss estimates can be used by city planners and emergency management officials to take precautions.
Skateboard attack — Portland police arrested a young man accused of attacking a 70-year-old store employee with a skateboard. Sgt. Pete Simpson said on Friday that 18-year-old Daniel Dorson was arrested in Humboldt County, Calif., and is awaiting extradition to Oregon. In July, police responding to an assault outside the Portland Outdoor Store and found 70-year-old Larry Allen with a head wound. Witnesses told police Allen was hosing off the sidewalk when he was attacked by kids. Dorson was reportedly adopted as a boy by his maternal grandmother, Cathy Dorson. She said he has lived in the Portland area for a decade and had been a constant problem. Cathy Dorson also said she is pleased with the teen’s arrest, because he’s off the streets and won’t hurt anyone.
Slaying suspect sought — Detectives are searching for a second suspect in the slaying of an Ashland man and say the suspect may be in the Portland area. Othon Robert Campos Jr. and Merlin Elmo Bound III, both of Medford, were indicted Thursday in Medford on murder, robbery, burglary and other charges. They are accused of breaking into the home of 62-year-old Frank Ronald Damiano, also known as Tony Della Pena, at a mobile home park to rob him. Jackson County District Attorney Beth Heckert said that Campos is accused of aggravated murder. That charge could carry the death penalty. Detectives said Campos frequents pawn shops and does not seem to have a car. Bound was arrested Tuesday.
Soldier’s remains — Hundreds of people, many with American flags in hand, greeted a motorcade on Thursday in Philomath as it escorted the remains of fallen soldier Cody James Patterson through his hometown. Patterson was an Army Ranger and 2007 Philomath High School graduate. He was killed on Oct. 6 during his second deployment to Afghanistan. A public memorial service is planned for Sunday. The motorcade passed under a giant American flag hung from a fire engine ladder over Main Street. Philomath schools let out early to allow students to watch the procession.
— From wire reports