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Cave Junction man arrested on drug, weapon charges

A 25-year-old Cave Junction man was arrested on drug and weapon charges early Thursday after police searched his home.

Oregon State Police Sgt. Jim Johnson said OSP SWAT served a search warrant at 5:30 a.m. Thursday at a house in the 1700 block of Dick George Road, where Devin Carrier lived. During the search police found a half-ounce of methamphetamine, 10 pounds of marijuana, six marijuana plants and two guns, one of which was an AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle, an OSP news release said.

Carrier was arrested on charges of unlawful possession, distribution and manufacture of methamphetamine, unlawful possession and manufacture of marijuana and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

An interagency team of detectives from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, OSP, Josephine County District Attorney's Office and Josephine County Community Corrections carried out the arrest.

State: No drugs linked to outbreak sent to Oregon

PORTLAND — The Oregon Health Authority says none of the steroids linked to an outbreak of fungal meningitis were shipped to the state, and there have been no reported cases of the disease in Oregon.

Health officials said Tuesday that they've urged 11 Oregon clinics that received other products from the New England Compounding Center to immediately remove them from their shelves as a precaution. The Massachusetts specialty pharmacy has recalled all of its products following the outbreak that has sickened 119 people and killed 11.

The state also has notified emergency rooms, hospitals and laboratories to be on the lookout for cases of the rare disease. The outbreak has been tied to steroid shots for back pain.

Five hospitalized after multi-vehicle crash

KLAMATH FALLS — Oregon State Police say five people were sent to a hospital after a three-vehicle crash on U.S. 97 near Klamath Falls in Southern Oregon.

The Oregonian reports that police say a Chevrolet Trailblazer drifted from the northbound lanes to the southbound lanes Tuesday and sideswiped a commercial truck, then continued southbound until it collided head-on with a pickup truck.

The injured were taken to a Klamath Falls hospital.

They included the Trailblazer driver, 63-year-old Eunice Bell of Wenatchee, Wash., who had minor injuries. Passenger 32-year-old Katrina Lynch of Malaga, Wash., had serious injuries and a 5-year-old boy in the SUV had minor injuries.

The pickup driver, 79-year-old James Herndon of Bullhead City, Ariz., had minor injuries and his passenger, 70-year-old Mary Herndon, had serious injuries.

The truck driver was unhurt.

The crash is under investigation.

Man found dead on Florence beach had heart disease

FLORENCE — The Lane County medical examiner says a man found dead on an Oregon coastal beach north of Florence died of coronary artery disease.

The Register-Guard reports the man has been identified as 57-year-old Allyn Ernest Bradford of Lowell.

Oregon State police said Tuesday the autopsy found no evidence that Bradford was the victim of any crime.

People walking on the beach near Washburn State Park found the body last Thursday.

Investigators determined the man had been camping alone at the state park. They found no evidence that he had been in the water.

From wire and staff reports

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