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Man injured when bus hits car on I-5

CRESWELL - A Creswell man was taken to a hospital Tuesday morning after his car was struck from behind by a Lane Transit District bus while both vehicles were traveling north on Interstate 5 near Creswell.

State police officials said the LTD bus had 27 passengers in it when it rear-ended a Honda Civic driven by Eulisescq Mojica Ocampo, 29.

Mojica Ocampo was wearing a seat belt and received injuries that were not life-threatening. He was taken by ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield for treatment, police said.

No one in the bus was injured, police said.

The bus driver is identified as 53-year-old Junction City resident Richard Aukerman.

State police are continuing an investigation into the wreck.


Climber killed on Rainier identified

LONGMIRE, Wash. - A Mount Rainier National Park spokeswoman has identified a climber killed Tuesday when he fell more than 100 feet into a crevasse on the Washington peak.

Four climbing rangers flown by helicopter to the summit of the 14,410-foot mountain descended to the crevasse at about 13,000 feet and retrieved the body of 33-year-old Tucker Taffe, park spokeswoman Patti Wold said. She described Taffe in a statement as an experienced skier originally from New York. His hometown was not immediately available.

Wold said the rangers prepared his body for airlift off the mountain.

Taffe was with three other skiers in an independent climbing party when he skied into a crevasse on the upper Nisqually Glacier.

Coast Guard takes part in fire training

NORTH BEND - The Coast Guard joined several federal and state agencies for a fire response training exercise near the Coos Forest.

Members of Coast Guard air stations in North Bend and Astoria joined the Oregon Army National Guard, Civil Air Patrol, California- Oregon Regional Search and Rescue, North Bend Fire Department and Coos Forest Protection for the exercise on Tuesday.

The training scenario is a massive forest fire which involves more than 20 firefighters trapped within the Coos Forest.

Storm drain cover theft arrest made

PORTLAND - Police investigating reports of dozens of missing storm drain covers in northeast Portland have arrested a 38-year-old man.

Tracy Todd Weaver was arrested Tuesday for investigation of first-degree theft, theft by deception and attempted theft by selling, The Oregonian reported.

Officers made the arrest after getting a call from a metals business that had just been visited by a man offering to sell as many as 25 metal grates - at six for $100.

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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:May 11, 2011
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