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Fugitive caught at mobile home park
A Pennsylvania fugitive described by federal authorities as being a "sexually violent predator" was arrested this week in Eugene.
Guy Haughwout, 46, was taken into custody late Tuesday night at a mobile home park in southeast Eugene, U.S. Marshals Service officials said.
A warrant for Haughwout's arrest was issued after he failed to appear in court last month on charges that he had failed to provide authorities with a current address and vehicle registration information, according to the Times Leader newspaper of Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Haughwaut served prison time for sexually assaulting two young girls, according to the newspaper.
U.S. marshals worked with Lane County sheriff's deputies to track down and arrest Haughwout, who is being held in the Lane County Jail pending extradition proceedings.
School district apologizes to parents
The Salem-Keizer School District has rushed to soothe parents at one Salem elementary school who received a letter warning that children not picked up promptly might be turned over to the state.
A school district spokesman confirmed that the letter about the upcoming school year was sent recently to Swegle Elementary School parents. However, district spokesman Jay Remy said it was sent in error because the school's principal had not reviewed it. Remy described the letter as neither accurate nor courteous and said an apology would follow.
The third paragraph begins: "Children must be picked up on time. If they are not picked up on time we will call DHS and you will then have to pick them up at court the next day." DHS is the state Department of Human Services.
One parent posted the letter on Facebook. Parents were sent a phone message apology.
House Democrats pick majority leader
Democrats in the Oregon House of Representatives have elected a new majority leader.
Lawmakers on Thursday selected Rep. Jennifer Williamson of southwest Portland for the No. 2 position in the House after Speaker Tina Kotek, also a Portland Democrat.
Williamson is a lawyer in her second term in the Legislature.
She replaces Rep. Val Hoyle of Eugene, who gave up the job while she explores a run for secretary of state.
House Republicans this week re-elected Rep. Mike McLane of Powell Butte as the GOP leader.
- Register-Guard and news service reports