3 rescued after crab boat runs aground — The Coast Guard says a crab boat has run aground near Coos Bay, and three fishermen have been rescued. The Coast Guard said a helicopter hoisted the three to safety early Wednesday from the vessel about 400 yards off Cape Arago. Rocks thwarted crews that responded by boat. The 39-foot vessel named the Robert Henry was reported to have about 4,000 pounds of catch and 400 gallons of fuel on board.The Coast Guard says investigators from Astoria will assess the potential for pollution and work with the owner to develop a salvage plan.
Man who jumped to his death identified — Authorities have identified a man they say was apparently high on illegal mushrooms when he jumped to his death from the 11th story of a Portland apartment building. Nicholas Ian Sylvester, 21, was identified by the Oregon State Medical Examiner as the man who jumped without warning at about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. Sylvester had apparently told friends at a party earlier that he had consumed the mushrooms. Illegal mushrooms often cause hallucinations.
Officials discuss what to do with washed-up dock — Agencies dealing with a dock that washed ashore near Forks met Wednesday to plan their next move. The dock washed ashore on a wilderness beach last month and is thought to be debris that drifted across the Pacific from the March 2011 tsunami in Japan. The dock has some markings in Japanese, but they are not conclusive. A spokeswoman for the state marine debris task force, Virginia Painter of the Parks Department, says officials are planning to return to the dock to deal with what might be invasive marine life and to start looking at ways to remove the debris from the wilderness beach.
New Year’s brawl leaves man injured — Washington County authorities say a New Year’s Day fight left a 36-year-old man with cuts on his face and hands, and they’re looking for a second man who drove away in a pickup truck. The Sheriff’s Department says Brian O’Neel of Forest Grove was cut seriously, but his injuries were not life-threatening. The sheriff’s department says he was involved in a fight with Delaney Van Loo of Gales Creek at an apartment in Gaston.
Robin most-sighted bird in Ashland area — For the third year in a row, the robin was the most-seen bird in an annual count by birdwatchers around Ashland. More than 6,700 robins were spotted in an area with a 15-mile diameter during the Christmas Bird Count. Second was the dark-eyed junco with more than 1,800 and third was the golden-crowned sparrow with more than 700. The Medford Mail Tribune reported three dozen birdwatchers in nine groups tallied a total of more than 16,000 birds in 119 species. The count is sponsored by the National Audubon Society. Results from 2,200 counts around the country are compiled at Cornell University. Organizer John Bullock said the number of starlings around Ashland has declined — from more than 2,500 in 2011 to less than 600 in the latest count.
Officials look into Salem strip mall blaze — The Salem Fire Department says heavy equipment removed portions of a collapsed roof Wednesday to help investigators find the cause of a New Year’s Eve fire that damaged five businesses in a strip mall. The three-alarm fire burned into Tuesday morning at Academy Square, with flames shooting through the roof in places. The department says the fire damaged a tax accountant’s office, meat market, nail shop, game shop and paint store.
New Year’s DUI enforcement nets 39 arrests — Oregon State Troopers stepped up enforcement efforts this New Year’s Eve. Troopers say that effort resulted in 39 arrests for driving under the influence between Dec. 31 and 6 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Twenty-six of those arrests were after midnight. Troopers say since the New Year’s holiday enforcement effort began at 6 p.m. Friday, 73 arrests were made for driving under the influence. That compares with 53 arrests during the same period last year. — From wire reports