Oregon News

Oregon tornado confirmed — A National Weather Service spokeswoman says a modest tornado did indeed touch down near the tiny Oregon town of Birkenfeld in the North Oregon Coast Range. The Tuesday-afternoon tornado was classified as an EF-0, which means it had wind speeds between 65 and 85 mph. The twister caused a small amount of damage to a home and snapped a tree. According to The Oregonian, NWS spokeswoman Liana Ramirez says investigators based their determination on photos provided by a resident and a rotational signature on Doppler radar. Unlike its response to the EF-1 tornado that smashed through several buildings June 13 in McMinnville, the Weather Service decided not to send a storm survey team to Birkenfeld.

Third fire in month hits Cave Junction — Illinois Valley firefighters have turned out for another fire in Cave Junction. The Grants Pass Daily Courier reports the fire broke out Wednesday morning at Merryweather Print & Design in a strip mall. There was no immediate word on damage or the cause. Authorities say they believe two other fires in the last month had human causes, but no suspects have been identified. Fire destroyed the post office in the town of about 1,900 on May 30 and a warehouse four miles south of town on June 19.

Man found shot in Klamath County — A man was found shot dead in his home in a rural subdivision near the Klamath County town of Chiloquin. Despite a call to 911 reporting a suicide Monday night, authorities say they are investigating the death of 32-year-old David Joseph Kelly Costa as a homicide. The Herald and News reports this is the second shooting death in Klamath County in the past two weeks. Another man was shot in a parking lot in Klamath Falls.

Ex-teacher pleads guilty — A former Beaverton teacher who was convicted of possessing child pornography and then skipped out on sentencing is due for another court date in September to hear how long he’ll serve. The Oregonian reports 37-year-old Logan Storm pleaded guilty Wednesday to failing to appear at sentencing on Jan. 30. The day before that, he had been found guilty. U.S. District Judge Ancer Haggerty allowed him to remain out of custody. Prosecutors say Storm cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet and fled, eventually surfacing in Mexico. He was returned to Oregon in April. Prosecutors say he faces at least seven years in prison for the pornography charge. They want up to five years more for failing to appear. Storm’s lawyer argues for an addition of no more than a year.

Suspect dies in custody of Roseburg police — The Douglas County sheriff’s office says a man who was arrested by Roseburg police suffered a medical emergency and died after officers used pepper spray and a Taser. An autopsy is scheduled this week to determine the cause of death for 56-year-old Gregory Allen Price of Sublimity. He had been jailed Friday by deputies who responded to a report of a disturbance between Price and his wife at Diamond Lake Resort. He was arrested on suspicion of driving his car through pedestrian areas between cabins. After he was released the next day, police say he started jumping on moving vehicles outside the Douglas County Courthouse. The Oregonian reports police used the stun gun and pepper spray after Price ignored their commands.

‘TriMet Barber’ sentenced — A man who was nicknamed the TriMet Barber in 2009 after he was arrested for cutting a woman’s hair on a bus was sentenced Tuesday in Portland to two years in prison for lewd acts on buses. The 26-year-old Jared Weston Walter pleaded guilty to sexual abuse and public indecency for two incidents in May, shortly after he was paroled in the hair-cutting incident. The Oregonian reports Walter said in court he wants to get help to deal with his obsession. Walter grew up in Houston, and the judge said he might be allowed to return to Texas for probation after his prison term.

— From wire reports