Former teacher abused student

A former substitute teacher at an elementary school near Portland has been convicted of first-degree sexual abuse.

54-year-old Dale Buckendahl abused a third-grade student at Alder Elementary School in 2008 while working as a substitute teacher, according to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office.

The student years later reported to a school counselor that Buckendahl in 2008 put his hand up her skirt and touched her in a sexual manner.

Evidence presented at trial showed the offense occurred while the victim was seated at a table in a classroom with other students.

Buckendahl was indicted on two counts of first-degree sex abuse. In court on Friday, he was acquitted of one count.

His sentencing is set for early January.

Eugene police use packages as bait

First it was bait bikes. Now Eugene police property crimes detectives are using bait packages to catch mail thieves.

A 28-year-old man was arrested by Eugene police Thursday after allegedly stealing a package off someone’s front porch — a parcel that contained a tracking device placed there by police.

H. Taylor Quinn Praytor took one of several packages planted around the city containing a hidden tracking device inside, according to police spokeswoman Melinda McLaughlin. Property and financial crimes detectives worked with the U.S. Postal Service, which delivered the packages throughout the Eugene area. Praytor was arrested with one of the packages at 3 p.m. Thursday. He is charged with felony mail theft.

— From wire reports