Around the state


Published Jun 17, 2014 at 12:01AM / Updated Jun 17, 2014 at 01:18AM

Standoff in Brookings — The state police SWAT team was called in to arrest a man in a sexual assault case in Brookings after he barricaded himself in the back room of a house along U.S. Highway 101, claiming he had a gun and a hostage. Curry County Sheriff John Bishop says when officers stormed the house before dawn Sunday, they found Lorenzo Ignacio King had stabbed himself in the thighs in an attempt to bleed to death. Police found a handgun, but no hostage. A Coast Guard helicopter flew King to the hospital in Coos Bay. Following treatment, he was taken to jail. King, 42, is from California but had been working in Alaska. He was held on $1 million bail after arraignment Monday on assault and sodomy charges.

Pants burst into flame — Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue spokesman Stefan Myers says the 911 call was simple: A lighter had exploded in a man’s pocket. A fire crew found a man with thigh and groin burns believed to have been caused by a cigarette lighter in his front pants pocket, though the cause of the burns is still under investigation. Along with the lighter, the man, in his 30s but unidentified by authorities, had batteries in his pocket. No one else was involved. The man was taken from Beaverton to a Portland hospital late Monday afternoon with second- and third-degree burns.

Sewage in the Willamette — Portland authorities say brief, heavy rain caused the city’s sewer system to send raw sewage into the Willamette River. National Weather Service hydrologist Andy Bryant says as much as a third of an inch fell about 4 p.m. Monday. That flooded the city’s combined sewage and rainwater system, discharging untreated water into the river for about 12 minutes. The city warned residents to stay out of that area of the river for 48 hours. The discharge is the eighth since the city finished the $1.4 billion Big Pipe project in 2011. Before that massive underground tunnel project was completed, the city averaged 50 overflows each year.

Plane crash — Authorities say a 69-year-old man from Florence and his 15-year-old grandson from Washington state were aboard a small plane that crashed into the Pacific Ocean. The body of the grandfather, Richard Munger, was recovered Sunday. Authorities said Monday they hadn’t found the teenager, identified as Benjamin Dressler. The Lane County Sheriff’s Office said the single-engine Grumman American AA5 took off Sunday morning from Florence and crashed about 500 yards offshore. Federal authorities are investigating.

I-5 pedestrian death — State police say a man who stepped in front of a truck on Interstate 5 in Roseburg had a history of mental illness and may have done it on purpose. Troopers say 50-year-old Charles Earwood was pronounced dead at the scene Saturday afternoon. The driver of the truck was not injured.

I-84 death arrest — Oregon State Police have arrested a 31-year old Hermiston woman on a manslaughter warrant in a fatal, wrong-way freeway crash on Interstate 84 that killed a 66-year-old man in March. Alicia Breckheimer was arrested Monday and booked into the Umatilla County jail in Pendleton.