Around the State


Pitbull death — A Baker County grand jury didn’t indict Mary Lane, a Baker City woman who owns the pit bull that killed 5-year-old Jordan Michael Ryan last month. District Attorney Matt Shirtcliff announced the grand jury’s decision Thursday. The grand jury “reviewed the case and has determined that there is insufficient evidence to support criminal charges” against Lane, according to a press release from Shirtcliff’s office. No one saw the attack start, but another child reportedly found Jordan being mauled by the dog. Baker City Police investigated the background of the dog and did not find evidence that it had acted aggressively toward people. The dog was euthanized on Sept. 30.

UO building fire — Fire officials in Eugene said students were briefly evacuated from Lawrence Hall on the University of Oregon campus after an ember caused a fire in the building’s exterior duct work system. Fire Capt. Ray Smith said that the Wednesday fire apparently started with a student using a router to cut a piece of wood in a woodshop. Smith said a dust collection system might have sucked up a spark or ember that then floated onto exterior heating and ventilation duct work. The fire was quickly controlled, he said. Lawrence Hall is home to the university’s architecture and arts schools. No damage estimate was immediately available.

Bomb case — A judge has tossed out evidence prosecutors hoped to use against a Glide man accused of bringing an explosive device onto the campus of the VA Medical Center last August in Roseburg. The Douglas County Circuit Court judge said the homemade explosive was found in an illegal search of a backpack. 20-year-old Joseph Eugene Campos was released from jail Tuesday, but charges of manufacturing and possessing a destructive device were not dismissed. Prosecutors are re-evaluating the case and another hearing is set for next month. Campos told the Veterans Affairs police officer who conducted the search that he had made the explosive for the Fourth of July and forgot it was in his backpack.

Job offer — Two top Bonneville Power administrators who were suspended this summer amid an investigation into hiring practices at the agency have been offered positions within the U.S. Department of Energy. BPA Administrator Bill Drummond and Chief Operating Officer Anita Decker have reportedly been offered positions in Washington, D.C. Drummond had been administrator for only about half a year when the hiring violations came under scrutiny, and Decker was on loan to another agency during at least part of the period when Bonneville had been criticized for the suspicion of improper hiring practices involving veterans. The BPA markets power from 31 federal dams and manages much of the region’s power grid.

Confession — A Clackamas County Circuit Court judge ruled on Wednesday that almost everything a 17-year-old told police in confession regarding his grandmother can be used as evidence at trial. Andrew Arjune Tiyler Johnson has been charged as an adult in the death of his grandmother and is scheduled for trial on Dec. 2. His lawyers reportedly plan an insanity defense.

— From wire reports