Around the State


Published Feb 16, 2013 at 04:00AM / Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 12:31AM

Alleged drunk driver is alleged bank robber — Oregon State Police say a man arrested on a drunken driving charge near Eugene turned out to be a suspect in a bank robbery about 11 hours earlier and nearly 500 miles to the south. The police said Friday that troopers found a large amount of marked cash when they stopped a 1993 pickup about 9 p.m. Wednesday and confirmed the next day it had been taken from a robbery at a Sacramento, Calif., bank. Police said the suspect, 57-year-old James Dear of Las Cruces, N.M., was arrested Thursday and held for extradition to California. Sacramento police say the robber told a teller at the First Northern Bank a bomb was in his backpack and fled on foot after the holdup.

Sick cop leaves gun at church — A law enforcement officer visiting a church in Lebanon got sick in the bathroom, put his gun on a shelf and didn’t retrieve it. The Rev. Frank Moloney of First Christian Church told the Albany Democrat-Herald that church members found the handgun the next morning, Sunday. For a time, Moloney says, they believed it belonged to a homeless man who slept in the parking lot and had used the bathroom Sunday morning. But during the Sunday service, church leaders spoke about finding a “very expensive item,” and the deputy claimed the handgun. The deputy wasn’t identified.

Expelled student’s family plans lawsuit — The family of a student expelled from a Salem high school for having a pocketknife has filed notice that it will sue the district. The Salem Statesman Journal reports the family of Robert Mann challenges the district’s right to expel a student for having a pocketknife when it’s legal to carry one outside the school. Mann was expelled from Sprague High School for the rest of the school year, but he can attend an alternative program.

— From wire reports