Around the state

Salem shooting — A Salem man was shot during a robbery attempt. The Marion County sheriff’s department says deputies were able to interview the victim Monday on his way to the hospital. The wound was described as serious, but no other information was immediately available about the man’s condition. The sheriff’s department says the man was wounded about 8 a.m. during a struggle near his home. Officers said they are searching for two suspects who wore stocking caps and fled in a red pickup truck with a black canopy.

Sex abuse case — Albany police say they have arrested a man accused of sexually abusing a young person at a martial arts business he ran for more than a decade. A police statement Monday said 57-year-old James Butler, of Sweet Home, was arrested on Friday. The statement said the business specialized in teaching martial arts to children from the mid- to late 1980s to 2000, and detectives believe there could be more victims. The police said the victim, now an adult, disclosed the abuse to a family member and then to authorities in December.

Corvallis attacks — Police suspect the same man is responsible for attacks on two women at Corvallis. In the latest assault, on Saturday night, a man in a black ski mask tackled a woman from behind and struck her several times. He ran off when she put up a fight. The attack was less than a mile from a similar attack on Jan. 16 on the Oregon State University campus. She was struck from behind by a man who attempted to remove her clothing. He ran off after she kicked him in the face. The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports students have been notified of the attacks and police are urging people not to walk alone and to report any suspicious people. Oregon State Police are helping with the investigation.

Puppy killed — Wilsonville police say a man who told them he’d been drinking and taking prescription medication has called them to confess to killing a puppy hours after buying it for $300 from a pet store. The police identified the man Monday as 28-year-old Kevin Lee Slabaugh. He’s accused of aggravated animal abuse. The police said he called 911 Sunday to report killing the puppy the night before. Officers said he led them to the body and showed them the kitchen knife he had used, but couldn’t offer an explanation for his actions.

Marijuana legalization — Congressman Earl Blumenauer says he expects Oregon voters will legalize marijuana within the next decade. He told a town hall meeting Sunday in Portland that legalization is gaining momentum after the approval by voters in November in Colorado and Washington.

— From wire reports

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