Power back on at UO — Internet service at the University of Oregon was up and running Tuesday, and the showers had hot water, a day after a series of explosions knocked out power to as many as 18 campus buildings. Crews worked through the night to restore power to about 3,000 students living on campus, said university spokeswoman Julie Brown. After the explosions, blamed on an overheated electric line, students used flashlights to negotiate darkened stairwells and hiked around campus to find buildings where they could get their electronic gear charged. The explosions began with five in a cluster at about 10 a.m. Monday, followed by more blasts over a half an hour that sent smoke spurting from the underground utility system. Four buildings were getting power from large generators Tuesday rather than the campus system, Brown said. The cause of the overheating isn’t yet known, Brown said.
Road rager gets 14 months in prison — A soldier accused of beating a 75-year-old driver in a road rage clash in Portland was sentenced Monday to 14 months in prison. Aaron Scott Altabef, 36, pleaded guilty last month to attempted assault as part of a plea agreement. He’s a member of the Oregon Army National Guard who served in Afghanistan in 2011. Last May, Altabef was involved in a confrontation with Randall McMichael, 75, of Wilsonville, in traffic. The Oregonian reported that Altabef pulled the older man from his car and punched him several times, breaking his jaw and two ribs.Altabef’s lawyer, David McDonald, said his client was stressed and readjusting from his time in Afghanistan.
Trial starts in fatal heroin case — A federal court trial began Tuesday in Portland for a man accused of providing heroin that killed a Milwaukie High School student. The 17-year-old, Toviy Sinyayev, was found by his mother last April in a coma. Aleksey Alexandrovich Dzyuba, 42, of Milwaukie, is charged with distributing heroin resulting in death. The charge is known as the Len Bias Law, after a University of Maryland basketball player who died in 1986 of a cocaine overdose. The Oregonian reported that Dzyuba is the first person in Oregon indicted on the charge to go to trial rather than cut a deal with prosecutors.
Eugene police arrest 2, cite 18 — Eugene police say they cited 18 people and arrested two others for trespassing during a Monday night demonstration by homeless activists at a downtown courthouse plaza. Police say organizers with a group called SLEEPS discussed their plans at Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza, including the intention of some to be arrested after it closed at 11 p.m. A total of about 100 people took part in the demonstration but most left by the deadline.
Beaverton man reunited with cat — For nearly six months, Patrick Gillett, of Beaverton, searched for his 9-year-old white cat, Niko. He says a neighbor saw someone steal Niko last July. Gillett called police, posted fliers and checked a Washington County small animal shelter website daily. He thought his cat had a microchip, but that was not the case. He found Niko’s collar in a nearby parking lot. Finally, last Saturday, Gillett and his girlfriend decided to go to the Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter and adopt a new kitten. They brought Niko’s medical records and a photo. Gillett had been at the shelter about 20 minutes when a couple entered, carrying a cardboard box. Inside was Niko, scared but alive. Shelter manager Deb Wood told The Oregonian that the shelter takes in about 4,200 animals a year and reunites some 1,200 of them with their owners. She hasn’t seen another case quite like this one.
Man pleads to manslaughter in club shooting — A 33-year-old man accused of killing a man helping security guards at a downtown Portland bar has reached a plea deal and faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years on a manslaughter conviction. The Oregonian reported that Kevin Charles Moffett had faced a life sentence if convicted of murder in the death of Ruben Mata, but he pleaded no contest Tuesday to manslaughter. Mata was helping friends working security at Club 915 at New Year’s in 2011. Police say guards were taking Moffett and others out of the club when one pushed Moffett to the ground. Moffett reportedly pulled a gun and shot Mata in the chest. Police had complained of problems at the club. Six days after the killing, state regulators pulled its license and it closed.
Clackamas GOP official says he’ll seek state chair — County Republican Chairman John Lee Jr. says he’ll run for chairman of the state Republican Party. Lee announced his bid Tuesday, touting his success in helping elect conservative candidates to local offices in Clackamas County and winning on several local ballot measures. He says he would honor the GOP’s ideological diversity and create a more inclusive brand for the state Republican Party. Two-time congressional candidate Art Robinson, of Cave Junction, announced a run for chairman last month. Current chairman Allen Alley isn’t seeking another term. Republican activists will select new statewide leaders at a meeting in Salem on Feb. 2. — From wire reports