Police dog stuck by porcupine during pursuit — A police dog that stumbled on a porcupine while tracking a suspect was stuck with over 200 porcupine quills. The K-9, Odin, of the Coos County Sheriff’s Office was rushed to an animal hospital Saturday. The dog was sedated and treated for more than two hours. Several of the quills went inside Odin’s mouth, deputies said, and two hit near his left eye. “The vet said this was the worst case they’d ever seen,” Odin’s handler Sgt. Adam Slater said. Odin was called to help track a suspect with several felony warrants. The suspect had fled after being spotted by a deputy in the Barview area along the central Oregon coast. Police are still seeking the suspect.
Senate passes bill making DNA testing accessible — There have been almost 500 exonerations nationally based on DNA evidence of people wrongfully convicted of crimes, but none in Oregon, where the majority of post-conviction motions for DNA testing are denied by Oregon courts. On Tuesday, the state Senate took a step toward lowering the barriers after it unanimously passed a bill that modifies procedures by which person convicted of a felony initiates proceedings to obtain DNA testing. The Oregon Innocence Project, which championed the bill, thanked senators for making post-conviction DNA testing more accessible for the wrongfully convicted. The bill now goes to the House.