Climber who fell 1,000 feet to death is named

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Fallen climber — Rescuers released the name of a climber from New Jersey who fell about 1,000 feet from the top of Oregon’s tallest peak. The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office says 57-year-old Robert Cormier of Jersey City, New Jersey, died Tuesday. Sheriff’s Office spokesman Pete Hughes said Cormier ascended Mount Hood’s south side with two others, one of whom suffered a leg cramp. Cormier continued alone and appeared to reach the summit before he fell near Eliot Glacier at the volcanic peak 50 miles east of Portland. A helicopter photographed him, but crews saw no signs of life. Hughes says rescuers will wait until next week to recover Cormier’s body.

Albany killing — Albany police say a 36-year-old Albany woman has been shot to death in her apartment and they’re appealing to the public for information about her. Police said they got a call about 2 a.m. Tuesday from the woman’s 8-year-old child saying that she was bleeding. The Albany Democrat-Herald reports that when officers arrived, they found Angela Esther Stephenson dead of a gunshot wound. Capt. Eric Carter says the child was awakened by a noise and called police. Carter says there’s no indication of suicide, and officers are hoping acquaintances and neighbors can help them determine whether she was killed by a stranger or someone she knew.

Winery fire — Damage from a two-alarm fire at the Scott Paul Winery in Carlton, which is located in Yamhill County, is estimated at more than $300,000. KPTV reports the Sunday night fire damaged the fermentation room but did not reach wine barrels at the opposite end of the building.