Around the state

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Published Aug 21, 2014 at 12:02AM

Search on for 2 campers — Tillamook County sheriff’s officers say searchers are looking for two missing campers. KATU-TV reports that authorities have been looking for a 35-year-old man and a 53-year-old man since midday Tuesday. They were reported missing from the Cedar Creek Campground off state Highway 6 east of Tillamook. The men reportedly left the campground in a 1998 green Ford Explorer and were supposed to return within several hours.

Dems back legal pot, food labels — The Democratic Party of Oregon is giving its formal blessing to legal marijuana. The party announced its positions Wednesday on all seven 2014 ballot measures. Chairman Frank Dixon says in a statement that a large majority of Democrats now support legalization, and Measure 91 takes “the right approach” to regulating the drug. Democrats also supported measures requiring labels for genetically modified foods and granting driving privileges to people who can’t prove they’re legally in the United States. Democrats came out against only one measure. It would replace the current Republican and Democratic primaries with a top-two system that advances the top vote-getters regardless of party. The party’s official positions are determined by about 300 party leaders.

Officer cleared of harassing teen — A Sherwood police officer is back at work after spending more than a year on administrative leave amid investigations into an accusation that he harassed and intimidated a teenager who accused his wife of sexual abuse. The department says Adam Keesee returned to duty Wednesday after an internal investigation found no wrongdoing. He had already been cleared of criminal misconduct, with a prosecutor saying Keesee acted unprofessionally in his interactions with the teen, but did not commit a crime. Keesee was the resource officer at the high school where his wife, Denise, was a teacher. She pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a different boy and was sentenced in April to 30 days in custody.

Hearings on beach smoking ban — The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is holding four public hearings over the next week on the proposal to restrict smoking on ocean beaches. The Daily Astorian reports the first is at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Seaside Public Library. Others are Thursday at the Central Lincoln PUD in Newport, Tuesday at the Coos Bay Public Library and Aug. 28 at the North Mall Office Building in Salem.

Unsafe horse arena — Dozens of teens expecting to compete at the 4-H Horse Fair at the Oregon State Fairgrounds left Salem disappointed Tuesday after events such as barrel racing were canceled because the arena is unsafe. The deputy director of Oregon State Parks, MG Devereux, told the Statesman Journal in Salem that crews worked all night Monday but they were unable to condition the packed dirt to give horses the needed traction for quick starts and stops. He says footing has been increasingly difficult to manage at the arena, which was built in 1919.

Jail worker accused of sex with inmate — A second woman who worked at the Washington County Jail in Hillsboro has been accused of having sex with the same inmate — a man held on charges that include failing to register as a sex offender. Thirty-two-year-old Brett Robinson was arrested Tuesday after a grand jury indicted her on charges of custodial sexual misconduct. About a month ago 38-year-old Jill Curry was arrested on similar charges. Both women worked as jail service technicians whose duties include booking and control room operations.