UO rape allegation — U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden is pushing the University of Oregon for more information on how it handled a rape allegation made against a basketball player last year. The Democratic senator from Oregon sent a letter to the university’s president last week, saying he was troubled by the questions raised in an article published in Sports Illustrated last month. The article casts doubt on if the university properly followed its policies on student sexual misconduct when the allegation surfaced in the fall of 2016. “If these reports are accurate, they raise major questions about the university’s commitment to creating and maintaining a safe campus environment,” Wyden wrote. Criminal charges were never filed against the player, who has since transferred from the university. The player has said the encounter that occurred in Wyoming was consensual. While the player was under investigation in Wyoming, he continued to play basketball. University officials said the information campus police and the university’s Title IX coordinator received was not enough to trigger some of the protocols for sexual misconduct cases.
Guilty plea in opportunistic robbery — The homeless man accused of stealing a wedding ring off the finger of a man who died in a knife attack aboard a Portland light-rail train has pleaded guilty. Court records show George Tschaggeny, 51, pleaded guilty Monday to theft, identity theft and tampering with physical evidence. Sentencing has been scheduled for Nov. 14. Police say Tschaggeny was wearing Ricky Best’s ring when officers arrested him. Investigators say he also stole Best’s wallet and used his credit card. Best was one of three men who were stabbed May 26 after confronting a passenger who went into a racist rant. Best died on the train and another victim died at a hospital. The other man survived.
Parrot’s cry for help — A UPS deliveryman in Oregon who heard a woman’s screams for help had his wife call 911, but when a deputy showed up it turned out the screamer was a parrot, not a woman. When Clackamas County Sheriff’s Deputy Hayden Sanders showed up, all he found was Diego the Parrot. The green-and-yellow bird was in good health and no humans were involved.