Fishermen rescued — Rescue boats from the Umatilla County, sheriff’s office and a rural fire district responded to pluck two fishermen out of the Columbia River near Umatilla after their boat sank. The East Oregonian reports the fishermen were brothers who were both wearing life jackets. The men were rescued after they floated for about 15 minutes Thursday morning. The 20-foot boat sank underneath the Interstate 82 bridge while the men were pulling up anchor.
Fugitive due in court — A former Oregon teacher who fled after a federal jury found him guilty of possessing child pornography is back in Portland after being found in Mexico. The U.S. Marshals Oregon Fugitive Task Force says 37-year-old Logan Storm is scheduled to appear in federal court this afternoon. The former Beaverton math teacher vanished in January after cutting off his electronic monitoring bracelet. A judge had allowed Storm to remain out of jail until sentencing, despite a warning from prosecutors that he was a flight risk.
Dead officer lawsuit — The wife of a slain Eugene police officer has filed a $5.75 million lawsuit against the mentally ill woman accused of killing him. Officer Chris Kilcullen was fatally shot April 22, 2011, after pulling over a woman suspected of driving erratically. The Oregonian reports that the suit filed in Multnomah County faults 56-year-old Cheryl Kidd for buying a handgun while battling schizophrenia and for failing to take her prescription medicine. A Lane County judge found Kidd too mentally ill to stand trial on a charge of aggravated murder. She remains in the state mental hospital.
Klamath drought — Gov. John Kitzhaber has signed a drought declaration for Klamath County, where dry conditions a dozen years ago led to a farmers-versus-fish water war. The action follows a similar declaration from the county commissioners. The declarations start the process for aid to farmers and ranchers. In a statement Thursday, Kitzhaber said precipitation has been only moderately below average in the Klamath Basin, but because of warm temperatures it’s come mostly in rain instead of being stored in snow. The area faces what he called “serious and worsening challenges with water availability.”
Kitzhaber travel — Gov. John Kitzhaber and his companion will travel to the south Asian nation of Bhutan to participate in an economic development conference sponsored by the German government. Kitzhaber spokesman Tim Raphael says the governor and first lady Cylvia Hayes will leave today and return April 28. Raphael says the governor will discuss methods governments are using to measure growth and sustainability, and the links between education, health, rural development and economic development.
— From wire reports
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