Bill would address records requests — Government bodies could be fined $200 if they don’t comply with public records requests in a timely manner under a bill moving forward in the Oregon Legislature. House Bill 2353 does not require a penalty, but leaves it to the discretion of the Attorney General, a district attorney or a judge. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the measure 5-0 on Tuesday, sending it to a vote of the full Senate. The bill passed the House 56-0 in April.
Fire closes Walmart — Fire crews closed the Walmart superstore in Lebanon after responding to a fire inside the store. The Lebanon Fire District says the fire started Tuesday afternoon in an aisle where pool-cleaning chemicals were stored, creating toxic smoke. The smoke was thick enough that crews had to use a thermal imaging camera to find the fire. Crews said the store’s sprinkler system prevented the fire from spreading too far, and they were able to put it out. Several nearby businesses had to be evacuated. There were no reported injuries.
Couple charged with food stamp fraud — A Portland wife and husband have been accused of stealing more than $100,000 from the state of Oregon in food stamp benefits and public assistance funds. The Multnomah County District Attorney on Monday indicted Rebecca Riker and Dave Riker on nearly 40 charges. Both were charged with seven counts of unlawfully using a food stamp benefit or food commodity, 11 counts of unlawfully obtaining public assistance, five counts of theft, five counts of aggravated theft and seven counts of unsworn falsification. Dave Riker was charged with two additional counts of unlawfully using food stamp benefits.