Suspect in deputy shootings ID’d — A man suspected of shooting two Washington County sheriff’s deputies last week has been identified as a 56-year-old with a pair of unrelated warrants. Authorities said Dante James Halling, who was also shot, remained hospitalized Monday. He hasn’t yet been charged in the shooting, which happened Thursday. Deputies said his warrants, issued last December, stem from parole and probation violations. The shooting unfolded after authorities received a report from a resident that a stranger walked up to their rural property near the lake, stole two long guns from an outdoor storage area and headed toward the woods. Court records show Halling’s criminal record includes felon in possession of a firearm, escape, robbery, burglary and attempted assault convictions.
Crash with cow kills motorcyclist — A motorcyclist died after hitting a cow on a Southern Oregon highway early Monday, troopers say. The Oregon State Police said Stephen Coolidge, 57, of Jacksonville, hit the cow while traveling west on state Highway 238 in the Medford area. The cow was also killed, troopers said. The highway was closed for more than two hours. Authorities initially responded about 3:20 a.m.
Portland cracks down on street racing — After making five arrests over the weekend, the Portland Police Bureau says it is determined to send a message to the speed racing community. Officers made 26 traffic stops arrested five suspects for reckless driving, two of whom were also arrested for drunken driving. Police said they’ll be utilizing resources on the ground and in the air with the help of their Air Support Unit in order to limit these speed-racers.
Paramedics assaulted while helping woman — Authorities say two paramedics were assaulted early Monday while on a call helping a woman with a medical issue in Portland. One paramedic was pepper-sprayed by someone on a bike and the other was punched in the face. The bike rider left but authorities arrested the person who punched the medic.
Pressure cooker in parking garage — A pressure cooker left Monday in a downtown parking garage drew the attention of Eugene police bomb experts. They wanted to make sure the suspicious object wasn’t an explosive device, so they used an X-ray to reveal its contents. Officers at the scene said the large covered pot wasn’t a bomb and instead held rotten grits. Still, police want people to say something if they see something out of place like the pressure cooker, said Eugene Police spokeswoman Melinda McLaughlin. Other examples are unattended backpacks and suitcases. If people find such items they should call 911, she said. On July 12, the Eugene Police bomb squad inspected what turned out to be a rice cooker at a different spot. McLaughlin said there have been about 25 suspicious object reports in Eugene since the start of the year.