West Nile cases — There’s been a small outbreak of West Nile virus infections east of the Cascades this year. West Nile is a virus carried by mosquitoes. This year, there were five cases in humans in Deschutes, Harney and Malheur counties. There were also four cases in horses and about 80 mosquitoes found carrying the disease. Most people infected with West Nile don’t feel sick. But 1 in 5 develop a fever and one in every 150 suffer a serious, sometimes fatal, illness. People can reduce their risk of catching the virus by using insect repellent and wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants.
Prison for importing fentanyl from China — An Oregon man has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison for importing fentanyl from China. John William Schantz, 28, was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Portland. Schantz pleaded guilty to one count of importing a controlled substance. Authorities say the Portland resident planned to use the fentanyl to make and sell counterfeit prescription pills. Prosecutors sought a 10-year prison sentence.
Shooting in Goodwill — Authorities shot and killed a suspect inside a West Salem Goodwill during a Polk County sheriff’s narcotics investigation Wednesday afternoon. A Goodwill spokeswoman says the store appeared to have 25-30 customers and two dozen employees inside. Shopper Alicia Pedroza, of Salem, said a “guy ran in” and it looked like a few officers tackled him to the floor. The Salem Police Department is leading the investigation.
DEA raids pharmacy — The Drug Enforcement Administration raided a Portland pharmacy, Kaiser Permanente Interstate Medical Office, on Wednesday as part of a federal probe based in Los Angeles. Agents executed an administrative inspection warrant to collect records to determine if prescription drugs are being diverted for illegal purposes.