Officer takes plea deal in shootout — An off-duty Hillsboro police officer who exchanged gunfire with officers during a domestic dispute in Forest Grove reportedly has pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated attempted murder. A plea deal could send Timothy Cannon to prison for 10 years. The 46-year-old resigned from the Hillsboro department after the shooting in January in which dozens of shots were fired as officers responded to a 911 call from his wife, who said she had been threatened. Cannon surrendered. His wife and 6-year-old daughter were unharmed. Cannon and another officer suffered minor injuries.
Rail trail proposal — A proposal to develop an 85-mile trail along an old railroad bed in northwestern Oregon is gaining steam in Salem. The old Pacific Railway and Navigation Company line linking the towns of Banks and Tillamook was devastated in a 2007 flood and never reopened. A few years later, state officials began looking to convert it into a trail for hikers, bikers, horseback riders and the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad. The House approved a bill Wednesday directing state agencies to work with local governments and other partners to develop a plan for constructing the trail, which would run along the railway line. It also authorizes fundraising efforts and establishes a fund to pay for the plan’s development and implementation. The bill goes next to the Senate.
Man sentenced for killing half brother — An Oregon judge has sentenced a Lane County man to 10 years in prison for killing his half brother last fall. Judge Martin Stone sentenced Ladd Robson on Tuesday for first-degree manslaughter under the terms of a plea agreement. Robson had been charged with murder in the Nov. 20 death of Lance Lucero at a home owned by Robson’s parents in the southern Oregon community of Myrtle Point. Police and firefighters say they found Lucero lying on the floor with severe head and facial injuries when they responded to a 911 call about an injured man. He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at a hospital. Neighbors told police they had heard the brothers fighting inside the house that morning.
Coach in court on sex charges — The West Salem High School girls basketball coach accused of sexually abusing a player was in Polk County Circuit Court Tuesday to hear that he now faces additional sex abuse charges. The lawyer for 30-year-old Emrance Berger said he would hold off entering a plea. He’s next due in court on March 17. Berger was arrested Feb. 11 after a girl reported him to her parents. He remains free on bail. Berger reportedly has been put on unpaid leave by the Salem-Keizer School District. He also works with the Department of Human Services and has been put on paid leave by the agency.
Missing Gresham man found — Authorities say a 76-year-old Gresham man missing for two weeks has been found in Seattle. Police in Gresham said it’s not known what he’s been doing, but one witness said he appeared to have been in Seattle for several days, looking for a home to rent. Police had said the man, Gary Gochnour, may suffer from dementia. He was seen leaving Gresham driving a U-Haul truck on Feb. 27 and said to have been moving to live with his sister.