Gang member pardoned — Gov. Kate Brown has granted a pardon to a 44-year-old former gang member who turned his life around. Dondrae “Choo” Fair pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery and other crimes after committing a carjacking at age 19. He returned to gang life after prison and was shot in the chest while leaving a funeral in 2000. That proved a turning point. Fair stopped his gang activity and later became a mentor, using his experience to educate young people and encourage them not to repeat his mistakes. Brown said in a statement Monday that Fair’s clemency application generated broad support from the community, including from the victims of his crime, the officer who arrested him and Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill.
No smoke alarms — Two people died in a fire at a Coos Bay home without smoke alarms. The fire was reported 1:30 a.m. Monday. The Coos County Medical Examiner did not release the names of the victims. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Pet store bill — A bill under consideration in the Legislature would prohibit Oregon pet stores from selling dogs purchased from breeders. The bill would require dogs come from an animal shelter or rescue. Violators could be fined up to $500 for offering nonrescue dogs. The bill is aimed at puppy mills. California passed a similar bill that takes effect next year. Under federal law, pet stores must buy from registered breeders, which are regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Rescue dogs, meanwhile, don’t come with health histories or warranties.