2 accused of theft from Mouseketeer found dead
MEDFORD (AP) — Two Southern Oregon women face felony charges in the theft of a car and jewelry that belonged to a former child actor found dead in April.
The Mail Tribune reports Wanda Garcia of and Lori Declusin each face a count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle accusing them of taking a 1990s Ford Escort station wagon that belonged to Dennis Day.
Day was a founding member of the Mickey Mouse Club for two seasons in the 1950s. He was found dead at his Phoenix, Oregon, home following a months-long missing person investigation.
The Jackson County District Attorney’s office says Garcia faces an additional theft charge accusing her of stealing and selling a brooch last July that belonged to Day — less than a week after he was last seen alive.
Both women have been arrested. It wasn’t known if they have lawyers.
Man arrested after McMinnville shooting death
MCMINNVILLE (AP) — A man has been arrested in connection to a shooting death in McMinnville, Ore., following a fast-moving investigation.
The arrest, made around 2 a.m. Saturday, followed the Friday night shooting of a 28 year-old man, according to The Oregonian/OregonLive .
Dustin Brown, 33, was taken into custody on a temporary felony warrant for homicide.
Police received a call around 5:30 p.m. Friday about a shooting on Grandhaven Street, and found a 28-year-old man who was shot in the abdomen.
The victim has not yet been identified by police. He was taken by ambulance to a helicopter, which was meant to take him to the hospital, but he died before reaching the helicopter.
A police press release said there is no continued threat to the public.
It was unclear Saturday whether the two men knew each other or what led to the shooting.
Judge to rule July 17 on blocking grazing permit renewal
PORTLAND(AP) — Three environmental groups have rejected a government offer to further limit but allow some grazing by Oregon ranchers who were convicted of intentionally setting fires on public land.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the Western Watersheds Project, the Center for Biological Diversity and Wildearth Guardians rejected the offer Friday.
They then requested that a judge ban Hammond Ranches Inc. from grazing cattle on two government allotments while they contest the ranchers’ 10-year grazing permit.
Wildlife, ecology and rangeland experts for both sides gave testimony about whether grazing would harm sage grouse and redband trout in the Steens Mountain area.
Harney County rancher Dwight Hammond Jr. and son Steven Hammond listened to the federal hearing in Portland but didn’t participate.
U.S. District Judge Michael H. Simon said he’ll rule by July 17 whether to grant a preliminary injunction and further halt Hammond livestock from grazing on the two allotments.