Northwest briefs

Oregon senator reports threats over gun control

PORTLAND — State Sen. Ginny Burdick says she canceled a town hall meeting on gun control at Portland State University because her office has received thousands of hostile or threatening emails about anti-gun legislation.

She told KATU she did not want to have the town hall crashed by disruptive and rude gun extremists.

Burdick initially said there was a scheduling conflict. She said the real reason for the cancellation was threats.

The Portland Democrat says she will schedule other town hall meetings.


Telemarketers top list of Ore. consumer complaints

PORTLAND — The Oregon Department of Justice released its annual top-10 list of consumer complaints and, for the second-consecutive year, more people griped about telemarketers than any other industry.

The department said Wednesday it got 1,828 written complaints about telemarketers last year, with most saying they were contacted despite being on the Federal Do Not Call list.

Debt collectors surged into second spot on the list. Complaints against the industry increased 42 percent over the year before, when they ranked sixth.

The increase is largely because of complaints filed by former customers of Hollywood Video, the defunct video rental chain. Consumers complained they were contacted by collectors claiming they owed money for overdue rentals.


Fax problems hit Oregon Revenue Department

PORTLAND — The state Department of Revenue is having problems with its fax machines and taxpayers who recently used the service must resend their information.

The agency says it got nearly 650 fax submissions that were incomplete because of service problems. The taxpayers successfully transmitted their faxes, but the Revenue Department received distorted and partial images.

Taxpayers who sent a fax to the Electronic Funds Transfer Unit using 503-947-2016 between Friday afternoon and Monday evening must resend their fax using that number or the alternate number 503-345-2353.

Anyone who sent a fax to the Suspense Unit between Friday afternoon and Tuesday morning must resend the fax to 503-945-8584.


Skier OK after spending night in Umpqua forest snow cave

ROSEBURG — A cross-country skier missing in the Umpqua National Forest has been found alive and unhurt.

Douglas County sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Zielinski says friends of Adam Drummer reported him missing Tuesday night after he failed to show at their cabin.

Zielinski says members of the Search and Rescue Snow Cat Team found Drummer at about 9 a.m. Wednesday. The 32-year-old Bend resident told searchers he survived the night by building a snow cave and a small fire.


String of 7 suspicious fires in Bend keeps crews busy

BEND — A string of seven suspicious fires early Wednesday in Bend damaged a historic church and kept fire crews so busy that additional firefighters were called in from across Central Oregon. No one was injured.

Police Lt. Chris Carney tells KTVZ-TV that the seven fires in a three- to four-block area hit Trinity Episcopal Church, an adjacent building, two detached garages, two vehicles and damaged a woodpile.

Carney says it's too early to know the cause.


Coos County man, 20, pleads guilty to sex abuse

COQUILLE — A Coos County man who had sex with people younger than 18 has been sentenced to four months in jail after pleading guilty to third-degree sexual abuse and third-degree sodomy.

As part of a plea deal, 20-year-old Levi Lamontagne of North Bend must register as a sex offender and complete a sex offender treatment program. He also was sentenced to five years' probation and must stay away from social-networking sites.

Compiled from wire reports


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