Police: Man admitted killing cancer-stricken wife — Authorities say a man admitted to killing his wife in a note to his two sons, saying she was suffering from terminal cancer. Michael D. Winchester, 52, of Lake Oswego, is suspected of killing Heidi A. Winchester, 50, on Jan 30. Their 18-year-old son initially told dispatchers that his father had strangled the woman. But when police entered the home, they said they found the woman with cuts to her neck. Court documents say Winchester told an officer he killed his wife and that she had cancer. The couple had just returned home from a doctor’s appointment when the attack occurred. Winchester was being held without bail Wednesday in Clackamas County Jail.
School enrollment stalls after years of growth — Enrollment in Oregon schools barely budged from last school year to this one, marking a notable stagnation after years of steady growth earlier in the decade, the state reported Thursday. Enrollment reached 582,000, it said. The state’s largest districts experienced a mixed bag of stagnation and loss. The four biggest — Portland, Salem, Beaverton and Hillsboro — held steady, but Eugene, Tigard-Tualatin, Reynolds and David Douglas saw declines of 150 to 400 students. The Oregon Department of Education reported the enrollment figures Thursday.
Salem officer arrested on suspicion of meth possession — A Salem police officer was arrested Wednesday in the Portland area, police say. Seth T. Thayres is accused of two counts of first-degree theft, a felony, and misdemeanor unlawful possession of methamphetamine, according to court records. He was one of two men arrested as part of an investigation into two burglaries, Portland police said. Detectives were following up Wednesday on a pair of burglaries in which more than $30,000 worth of property was taken and determined two people — Thayres and 35-year-old James Cardenas — had sold stolen property related to one of the heists. The duo was arrested. Thayres was on administrative leave, “awaiting the outcome of a fitness for duty evaluation,” when he was arrested, according to Salem police. The agency said he was put on leave in October. Salem police hired Thayres, 31, in 2014. He was off-duty when he was arrested. Cardenas is accused of first-degree theft, first-degree aggravated theft, second-degree burglary and unlawful possession of methamphetamine, court records show.