Youth prison riot— Damage is estimated at about $100,000 from rioting at the Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility. Superintendent Ken Jerin said computers and furniture were trashed. Jerin also said about nine students involved in the incident have been moved out. They might face charges of riot and criminal mischief. Rioters reportedly barricaded themselves in a day room on Oct. 6 at the Grants Pass prison. They surrendered after police SWAT teams arrived.
Ex-detective pleads guilty — An ex-Oregon State Police detective accused of having sex with a prostitute while on duty pleaded guilty on Monday to official misconduct and was sentenced to seven days in the Multnomah County Jail. 50-year-old Richard Narvaez worked for Oregon State Police for 23 years and resigned in September. He was assigned to the Tribal Gaming Section and was on duty, but not in uniform, last August when he was reportedly seen having sex with a woman in an empty lot in southeast Portland. The woman in the case was arrested on suspicion of prostitution and public indecency charges and for violating probation.
Ashland homicide arrest — A Medford man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of robbery and murder in the death of a man at his home in Ashland. 34-year-old Merlin Elmo Bound is held without bail in the death of 62-year-old Frank Ronald Damiano, also known as Tony Della Penna. Sheriff’s deputies said they were conducting a welfare check on Damiano’s home Thursday when they found his body.
Cattle settlement — A Klamath Falls rancher and the Union Pacific railroad have settled a legal battle over 24 cattle of an ancient breed that were hit by a train and killed. The terms were not disclosed on Tuesday; and the railroad didn’t admit any wrongdoing. When the suit was filed, 71-year-old rancher Bruce Topham valued the Salers herd at several hundred thousand dollars. Images of the breed have been discovered on cave walls in France dating back about 7,000 years. The cattle died in 2011 when they escaped a field. Topham said it was the railroad’s job to maintain fences along the track and received a settlement offer in September when a court date was set. A railroad statement acknowledged the settlement.
Train death — A sheriff’s officer says a 13-year-old Gervais boy has been struck and killed by an Amtrak train. Marion County sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Baldridge said Diego Rodriguez was killed on Tuesday evening as he walked with another boy along a double set of railroad tracks between Woodburn and Gervais. The other boy, 14, was not injured. Baldridge said deputies think the boys saw the train coming from the north, but didn’t clear the tracks completely, misjuding which trackthe train was on. The sheriff’s spokesman says an engineer on the train traveling from Seattle to Eugene saw a shadow on the tracks and began sounding the horn. When the engineer saw it was a person, he began emergency braking. The 14-car train carried 65 passengers. Baldridge said he did not know the train’s speed.
Homeless decision delayed — The Portland City Council has delayed for up to 60 days a decision on moving a homeless camp, so leaders of the Right 2 Dream Too camp can negotiate with developers, businesses and residents who are resisting their move to the Pearl District. Mayor Charlie Hales said there may be a better solution than just moving tents from one place to another. The Pearl District location is still on the table but the council may consider other options. Commissioner Amanda Fritz announced the move a month ago, hoping to end a lawsuit after the camp for about 70 people was labeled illegal at its Chinatown location.
— From wire reports