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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A southwest Missouri man is going to prison for slightly more than eight years for robbing a half-dozen banks in three states, including Oregon and Iowa.

The U.S. Attorney's office says 49-year-old Kenneth Dewain Parker, of Rockaway Beach, also must pay $22,000 in restitution under the sentence he received Monday.

Parker pleaded guilty to the holdups last year. The out-of-state cases had been transferred to Missouri.

Parker's robberies began July 30, 2010, in Eugene and ended about six weeks later with a holdup at a bank in Sedalia, Mo.

In between, he robbed banks in Salem and Portland; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Columbia, Mo.

The amount stolen in Iowa was not disclosed. Prosecutors said the other holdups netted amounts ranging from about $2,200 to $9,100.

PORTLAND — Police in Oregon say a Washington man wove through interstate traffic at 80 mph with phony police lights flashing.

In his passenger seat was his 12-year-old son.

Marion County deputies didn't recognize the 2009 Nissan Maxima as one of their own unmarked vehicles. And when the driver passed a marked police car, the lights went off.

James Winfrey a 27-year-old from Vancouver, Wash., told police he was only using the lights to help him catch up to friends.

Deputies say they found no evidence that Winfrey was attempting to pull over cars and falsely represent himself as a police officer. He was cited for disorderly conduct, reckless endangerment and traffic violations.

VANCOUVER, Wash. — A draft of an ecological plan that applies to West Coast fisheries has emphasized the need for management of so-called forage fish to improve salmon runs.

The Pacific Fishery Management Council will consider adopting the draft fishery ecosystem plan on April 9 in Portland.

The Columbian reports the goal is better fish runs on the Columbia River and other Northwest waterways.

Forage fish are the small schooling species such as sardines, saury and smelt that provide a crucial protein source for larger fish and other animals in the Pacific.

Some of those forage species largely are unmanaged, leaving them vulnerable to unregulated fishing.

The plan doesn't have direct regulatory authority, but the council is composed in part of federal and state wildlife officials from Oregon, California, Washington and Idaho.

ST. HELENS — A Washington state man charged with killing the Rainier police chief in 2011 has been transferred from jail to the Oregon state mental hospital in Salem.

Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson tells the Daily News of Longview that Daniel Butts was moved Monday.

On Feb. 27, Circuit Court Judge Ted Grove found the 23-year-old Kalama, Wash., man mentally impaired and unable to assist in his defense. The judge ordered Butts sent to the mental hospital to be treated and forcibly medicated until he is fit to return to Columbia County for trial.

Butts is charged with aggravated murder in the fatal shooting of Chief Ralph Painter on Jan. 5, 2011, after Painter responded to a report of a suspicious person at a car stereo shop.

Compiled from wire reports