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Man taken to jail after incident on bridge
A Newport man faces possible criminal charges after he threatened to jump off Newport's Yaquina Bay Bridge and held a knife to his throat Friday afternoon.
Donald D. Winslow, 41, was standing outside the bridge's railing when Newport police arrived just after 2 p.m.
Winslow was "un cooperative" when police tried to negotiate with him and repeatedly climbed back and forth over the bridge railing as police talked with him, police said.
Eventually, police distracted Winslow while he was inside the railing and rushed him. Winslow struggled to get away, according to police, and an officer sustained a minor hand injury. The officer's injury was not caused by Winslow's knife, police said.
Winslow was taken to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport for evaluation, before being booked into jail.
According to Lincoln County's jail records, Winslow was released last week after serving 26 days for parole violations and possession of methamphetamine.
The incident caused the closure of the Highway 101 bridge in both directions for about 35 minutes.
Sheriff's office continues crackdown
The Lane County sheriff's crackdown on drunken drivers will continue through New Year's Day, the sheriff's office announced Friday.
With funding from the state Department of Transportation, sheriff's deputies will work overtime patrols to focus on drunken, drugged and aggressive driving as part of a national effort that began Dec. 12.
The sheriff's office asked people to drive safely and sober and to use designated drivers, taxis or other public transportation.
Festival queen survives health scare
The queen of Medford's Pear Blossom Festival is counting her blessings after emergency heart surgery.
Shawntell Michalke suffers from a rare disease that leaves the walls of her blood vessels dangerously thin.
She was walking across campus at Southern Oregon University in Ashland last month when she collapsed, unable to speak or breathe.
A scan of her chest showed that her aorta had split, so surgeons put it back together in a six-hour surgery.
Michalke says she is getting ready to take the final exams she missed, and still hopes to become a nurse.
She says her experience will give her the compassion and understanding she will need to be a good nurse.
- Register-Guard and news service reports