Apparent murder-suicide — Officers discovered the bodies of a 50-year-old woman and a 51-year-old man inside a southern Oregon home Tuesday in what authorities believe was a murder-suicide. Medford police Lt. Justin Ivens said officers responded to the home Tuesday to check on Charmaine Crunk after she failed to make it to work as a tax preparer. He said arriving officers looked through a window and saw one person down. Officers had to force their way into the home and found Crunk’s body and the body of Eric Hilsenberg inside, Ivens said. He said both appeared to have died from gunshot wounds. Detectives believe Hilsenberg killed Crunk and then himself. The official cause and manner of the deaths will be released after autopsies are completed.
Missing kayaker — Authorities have called off the search for a man who was last seen fishing for crab from a kayak near the mouth of the Seaside Estuary. City of Seaside spokeswoman Esther Moberg said the Coast Guard called off the search Tuesday afternoon, citing “survivability factors” including the fact that Matthew Manley was reportedly not wearing a life jacket. The Seaside Police Department began searching for the 42-year-old Tualatin man on New Year’s Day.
Abandoned shopping carts — Store owners in Medford have a new incentive to retrieve abandoned shopping carts. The City Council in December agreed to issue $50 fines to owners who don’t retrieve carts within seven days after they are reported abandoned. Carts now must include a phone number for someone to call after finding one. The city took action because shopping carts are increasingly turning up in parks and other public places. Parks and Recreation workers collect dozens of shopping carts each week and spend a lot of time trying to get them back to their rightful stores. Before passing the ordinance, the city contacted more than 50 markets and other businesses that use shopping carts. Most opposed the fine, but supported the idea of a centralized location where carts could be picked up.
Transmission line — A proposed electrical transmission line in northwestern Oregon has run into opposition from landowners in its path. The 8.6-mile line would cross farmland and forestland in Tillamook County, drawing criticism from those who worry about impediments to agriculture and logging. The Tillamook Public Utility District says the line is needed to improve the reliability of the electrical grid. But Oregon Coast Alliance executive director Cameron La Follette said landowners are concerned about the health impacts to themselves and their livestock from being exposed to electromagnetic emissions.