A decomposing 40-foot sperm whale carcass washed up near Chetco Point in Brookings. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department says the carcass is too far gone to haul off, and the beach sand is too shallow to bury it, so it will be left to rot. Department spokesman Chris Havel says it came in on the tide early Thursday. People who go to look at the whale are advised to approach from upwind.
A Crook County Grand Jury on Thursday indicted a Prineville man who allegedly sexually abused several teenage males on 30 charges including sodomy, sex abuse and encouraging child sex abuse. Leo Carl Novak, 63, originally faced two counts of third-degree sex abuse and two counts of third-degree sodomy for alleged incidents involving two Crook County brothers, according to Ron Brown, the county's chief deputy district… ... more