Handgun classes — The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office has taken greater control of its handgun safety class following an audit that recommended changes. The audit by a Clackamas County sheriff’s deputy concluded the licensing unit generally follows the law, but found fault with the handgun safety class. The deputy noted that students received certificates of completion before class, so they could have left without being trained. In response to the audit, the sheriff’s office opted to have a deputy from its training unit teach the Tuesday night class.
Drunken sailing — The captain of a 602-foot ship has pleaded guilty to operating a commercial vessel under the influence of alcohol. Valeriy Sharykin entered the plea Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland. Judge John Acosta sentenced the 62-year-old Russian citizen to two years of probation, a time in which he is barred from sailing in U.S. waters. Sharykin also agreed to pay a $1,000 fine to the court and another $1,000 to an alcohol treatment facility.
Gator in shed — Clackamas County sheriff’s deputies responding to a tip found an alligator that was being kept in a shed in a rural area south of Portland. Sgt. Robert Wurpes says that although the person who lived at the Mulino property had moved, a relative had been returning to care for the 4-foot-long alligator named Wally. The sergeant says the gator is healthy and estimated to be 12 to 14 years old. The problem: Wurpes says owning alligators is prohibited in Oregon without a special permit and no permit had been issued for Wally.
No Navy ships — No Blue Angels air show at Seattle’s annual summer Seafair celebration — and Navy ships won’t be visiting either Seafair or Portland’s Rose Festival. In a statement Tuesday, Navy officials cited budget shortfalls that are forcing the Navy to cut back on formal community outreach programs in 2013.
— From wire reports