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Charges Dropped Against Lena Hendry Human Rights Activist After Three Years

No Fire Zone director Callum Macrae described the charges against Lena as “a disgrace”.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Lena Hendry The acquittal of leading human rights defender Lena Hendry on charges of breaching Malaysia’s draconian censorship laws has been welcomed by film-makers, actors and artists around the world.

Ms Hendry was accused of screening the award-winning documentary No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka – a film about human rights abuses at the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war – to an invited audience in July 2013.

Read Full Article (Mar-04-2016 14:05)

Praise for Passage of Oregon Bill to Implement Comprehensive Rape Kit Reform

Oregon SB 1571 addresses the embarrassing backlog of untested rape kits.

(NEW YORK) - rape kit DNA evidence is an invaluable investigative tool. When tested, rape kit evidence can identify an unknown assailant, confirm the presence of a known suspect, affirm the survivor's account of the attack, connect the suspect to other crime scenes, and exonerate the wrongly convicted.

Yet too often the decision is made not to test these kits. Right now, there are hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits sitting in police and crime lab storage facilities across the country. We don’t yet know the extent of the backlog in Oregon. But we are soon to find out.

Read Full Article (Feb-29-2016 16:32)

Double Murder Suspect in Custody

The fatal shootings happened in Jefferson County Friday night.

(JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ore.) - Two people were killed by gunshot Friday night, February 26. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office received the report of a shooting at about 6:49 p.m. that had just occurred on Sand Ridge Road in Crooked River Ranch.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office along with the Oregon State Police responded to the scene and found two adults deceased inside the residence.

Read Full Article (Feb-23-2016 22:30)

FBI Ends Evidence Collection at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

It will likely take a number of months before the various forensic exams are complete.

(BURNS, Ore.) - Malheur sign FBI personnel completed the evidence collection process at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge today, turning control of the facility over to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Please note that the refuge is not yet open to the public (or to the media), and it will not be open until the U.S. Attorney's Office and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determine that it is appropriate to do so.

Read Full Article (Feb-16-2016 20:03)

Clatsop County Holds Press Conference in Relation to the Seaside Shooting

"...the evidence shows that Officer Davidson was legally and morally justified in using deadly force against Mr. Ferry. There will be no Grand Jury inquiry." -- DA Joshua Marquis

(SALEM, Ore.) - Clatsop County DA Joshua Marquis At about 9:20 p.m. on Friday night February 5 in downtown Seaside a wanted 17-time felon named Phillip Ferry was spotted by two uniformed Seaside Police officers. Both officers were familiar with Mr. Ferry and a check revealed an active felony warrant.

As officers tried to detain and arrest him, Ferry shot 39-year-old Seaside Police Sergeant Jason Goodding with a single shot from a semi-automatic pistol resulting in Sgt. Goodding's almost immediate death.

Read Full Article (Feb-12-2016 11:00)

Poacher(s) on Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Sought

Authorities are asking for the Public's Assistance with a Poaching Case in Harney County on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge‏.

(BURNS, Ore.) - poachers A large bodied mule deer buck was found deceased with the head removed near Frenchglen in Harney County on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The buck is believed to have been shot on or about November 20, 2015.

A reward is being offered by the Oregon Hunters Association through the Turn-in-Poachers (TIP) program for any information leading to an arrest and conviction...

Read Full Article (Feb-05-2016 13:41)

Release Outlines Response to Questions Regarding the Oregon Office of Sheriff

Oregon State Sheriffs' explain the methodology behind recent events.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Oregon Sheriff Buckle There is a process for changing the laws of our great nation and for amending our Constitution, and that process does not involve the armed takeover of government facilities and disruption of an entire community.

We fully support the expression of political opinions, and advocating for change within the legal system -- that is what sets our country apart from developing countries where the government is changed by an armed takeover.

Read Full Article (Jan-27-2016 20:30)

Malheur Standoff Statement by Greg Bretzing, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Portland

A press conference was held Wednesday morning. VIDEO follows text:

(BURNS, Ore.) - Greg Bretzing ...As outsiders to Oregon, they were given the opportunity to return to their homes and have their grievances heard through legal and appropriate means. They chose, instead, to threaten the very America they profess to love with violence, intimidation and criminal acts.

Yesterday, the FBI and our partners took the necessary actions to start bringing this situation to an end. We worked to ensure that we could do so in the safest way possible -- removing the threat of danger from innocent citizens.

Read Full Article (Jan-26-2016 21:44)

One Man Killed and Several Arrested by FBI near Burns, Oregon

Arrests Made in the Occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge: Joint Statement by the FBI and OSP

(BURNS, Ore.) - Finicum 55-year old Robert "LaVoy" Finicum, of Cane Beds, Arizona was fatally shot by in an event that closed down the highway for 40 miles. Authorities did not release Mr. Finicum’s identity; The Oregonian confirmed the information via family.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at approximately 4:30 p.m., Oregon State Police Troopers were involved in an officer-involved shooting during the arrest of several individuals associated with the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Read Full Article (Jan-22-2016 20:44)

The Cowliphate and Poisoned Kids: Twin Assaults on The Commons

What we do to the least of our own or any species impacts us all.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Harney County When I opened up Facebook today, ninety-percent on the items on my feed were equally divided between the Bundy Cowliphate here in Oregon and the poisoning of the water supply in Flint, my hometown.

Given my decades of Public Lands' Conservation activism, both topics are dear to me. Let's start with the first...

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