Around the state

Published Jan 2, 2013 at 04:00AM

Missing couple found — A 76-year-old Springfield man who had been missing since Friday has been found. A Lane County sheriff's search team found the man lying in a roadside ditch on Monday afternoon. He was suffering from moderate hypothermia. The Register Guard reports Leslie McAdams was found a few hours after his wife was found by a Weyerhaeuser employee in the same general area. The couple's pickup truck was also found in the area. Leslie and Juanita McAdams were taken by ambulances to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield for treatment. The couple appeared to be disoriented and could not explain why they had driven to the area.

Man who left gun in theater charged — A man has been arraigned on one charge of recklessly endangering another person after leaving a loaded gun at a Tillamook movie theater. The Oregonian reports 61-year-old Gary Warren Quackenbush appeared in Tillamook County Circuit Court on Monday to hear the misdemeanor charge. He then asked for a court-appointed attorney, which Judge Jonathan Hill denied after determining that he didn't qualify for one. Quackenbush went to a screening of “The Hobbit” at the Coliseum Theatre with his wife and a 1941 model Beretta. The gun slipped out of his holster. Two seventh-graders on a school field trip on Dec. 19 discovered the gun when one of them pushed the seat down and it fell out.

Watershed projects planned — Two watershed projects are set to begin in Albany: native planting in the flood plain this winter and dam removal in the spring. The Democrat-Herald reports the dam removal from Cox Creek will improve fish habitat. Fish in Cox Creek include Chinook salmon, winter steelhead, lamprey and others. Cox Creek and the Willamette River meet in that area and officials say the dam removal will help the fish take refuge from the strong winter flows of the Willamette. Although there will be an initial release of water as the pool behind the dam is drained, the flow in Cox Creek shouldn't be appreciably higher once the dam is gone.

Car hits, kills woman taking out trash — Authorities say a Cottage Grove-area woman taking her garbage out was hit by a car and killed. The Register-Guard says Oregon State Police Lt. Rob Edwards identified the woman killed Monday afternoon as 60-year-old Ramona Berg. Edwards says a southbound vehicle crossed the center line of London Road and hit Berg as she stood near her driveway on the shoulder of the road. The officer says the vehicle then drove through a ditch and a neighbor's yard before returning to the road and driving off. State police say they later found the driver, interviewed and released her. Her car was seized for investigation.

— From wire reports

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