Remains ID’d as man who vanished 9 years ago — The Oregon state medical examiner’s office determined that remains found near a recreation area in the Blue Mountains of northeast Oregon are those of a 19-year-old man who vanished nine years ago. The medical examiner confirmed through dental records that the remains are those of Bryon Fusselman of Milton-Freewater. The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that due to the condition of the remains, it may never know an exact cause of death. KNDU-TV reported that a Jeep Cherokee belonging to Fusselman was found in the parking lot of Harris Park southeast of Milton-Freewater in November 2005, and the area was searched. Authorities said at the time the teen wasn’t dressed for the freezing temperatures.
Highway worker killed — The Oregon Transportation Department said a 54-year-old highway worker was killed in a workplace accident in northeast Oregon. The department said 29-year highway department veteran Donald Kendall died Tuesday during a chip-seal paving operation. That work was being done along state Highway 320 south of Interstate 84 near the town of Echo. Transportation spokesman Dave Thompson said no details were available. Oregon State Police are investigating. Thompson said Kendall was a maintenance crew member who had operated snowplows and graders and helped stranded citizens.
Man hit, killed by train — Police said a man was hit and killed Tuesday night in Albany by a southbound Amtrak passenger train. The Albany Democrat-Herald reported that police Lt. Marv Hammersley said a caller reported the collision at about 7:30 p.m. It happened at the railroad crossing at Madison Street Southeast near Sixth Avenue. The man’s name was not immediately released. The newspaper said it was at least the third railroad-related death in the Albany area this year.
2 bodies discovered in Creswell fire debris — Authorities said two bodies were found in the rubble from a fire that burned a two-story home in Creswell. Sgt. Carrie Carver of the Lane County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Tuesday that the medical examiner’s office is trying to identify the bodies. The home was on a working farm, and Carver said last week’s blaze left a lot of debris to be sifted through. The sheriff’s office previously said it was trying to find two men who lived in the home: 65-year-old Dennis Michael Kelley and 69-year-old Carl Robb McFarland.
Chinook season closing Sunday on 3 rivers — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is closing spring chinook fisheries on the Imnaha, Wallowa and Snake rivers, effective Sunday. ODFW fish biologist Jeff Yanke said water temperatures have been rising and most spring chinook have moved upstream of the fishery area to the spawning grounds. The closure on the Snake is concurrent with fishery closures ordered by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.