Around the State

Bus stabbing sentence— A 20-year-old Oregon City man who stabbed three people and bit another on a TriMet transit bus in October 2012 has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. Austin Vanhagen pleaded no contest on Tuesday to multiple assault counts in Clackamas County Circuit Court. The judge then imposed sentence. Vanhagen apologized to the victims. Police said the young man was yelling racial slurs on a bus on Oct. 2, 2012, which led to a confrontation. Vanhagen stabbed three people, including the bus driver, Leonard James. He also bit another person. The stabbing victims were hospitalized with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

‘Bait bike’ — Police are using a “bait bike” to catch bicycle thieves in Ashland. Police have placed an electronic tracking device on the bicycle that alerts officers when it’s been taken. Police have arrested or cited five men for theft since Oct. 5, when they started the sting. Several other times they recovered the bike, without finding the thief. Each time, the same bait goes back into a public rack in a continuing effort to reduce bike thefts in the area.

Free Salem parking — The Salem City Council voted Monday to ban parking meters downtown and eliminate time limits. The council approved an initiative brought by the group Stop Parking Meters in Downtown Salem, which gathered 6,000 signatures from city residents and 3,000 from non-residents. Employees of downtown businesses are still prohibited from parking on the street, but that will mostly be left up to businesses to enforce.

— From wire reports