New lawmaker — Oregon’s newest state lawmaker has taken office. Rep. Barbara Smith Warner, D-Portland, took the oath of office on Wednesday. She replaces Michael Dembrow, who moved up to the Senate after Jackie Dingfelder resigned to work for the Portland mayor’s office. The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners unanimously backed Smith Warner late last year. Smith Warner told commissioners she’s a field representative for U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden. Commissioners in Multnomah and Clackamas counties have not yet selected a replacement for Rep. Chris Garrett of Lake Oswego, who resigned when he was appointed to the Court of Appeals.
Prison superintendent reassigned — An Oregon prison superintendent put on leave during an investigation has been demoted and reassigned. Rick Coursey is reportedly leaving the state’s Pendleton prison for what was described as a job working on special projects at the Snake River prison in Ontario. The announcement came in an agency email from Corrections Department Director Colette Peters. The department official who oversees Eastern Oregon prisons, Steve Franke, put Coursey on paid leave Nov. 13. Department officials said the investigation was a personnel matter that didn’t involve misconduct. Assistant Superintendent Bridgette Amsberry remains in charge of the Pendleton prison, the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution.
One man, two suspected DUIIs — A 62-year-old Astoria man was arrested twice in less than three hours on suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants. Donald Grady Carter was arrested by Oregon State Police at 7:09 p.m. Thursday. Troopers were responding to a report of a possibly intoxicated driver and stopped the man in a red Dodge Caravan. Carter was said to have a blood alcohol content of .17 percent, police reported. He was reportedly also in possession of an open container of alcohol and lacked a driver’s license. Carter was taken to the Clatsop County Jail, where he was cited and released. Two and a half hours later, however, Carter was back on the road, this time with Barbara Ann Carter, 72, in the passenger’s seat. The two were reportedly stopped by a trooper, and Donald Carter was arrested again, and said to be under the influence of intoxicants, with a reported .14 percent blood alcohol content. .
Pantsless man — Oregon State Police say a man rammed a Creswell school bus to force it to stop on Interstate 5 in Lane County then took off his pants and tried to board. There were no children on the bus at the time Tuesday afternoon, and the bus driver kept the door closed. As troopers and deputies arrived the man reportedly got back in his car and tried to drive away. It had two flat tires and crashed into a pond. Troopers arrested the 38-year-old Bothell, Wash., man and jailed him on suspicion of drunken driving, hit-and-run and being felon in possession of a firearm.
Gang task force raids — Officers from a Portland regional gang task force raided several sites before dawn Wednesday and served warrants. Sgt. Pete Simpson, a Portland police spokesman, said that details about the raids will be released by the U.S. attorney’s office. The raids were carried out by the Metro Gang Task Force, which has members from police departments in the region and federal law enforcement agencies.