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Son of slain mother arrested by deputies

BROWNSVILLE - A 31-year-old Brownsville man was arrested Friday afternoon and charged in the killing of his mother, 48-year-old Gerlene A. Thorne, according to the Linn County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies received a call at 2:56 p.m. Friday reporting that a woman at 35288 Blakely Ave., in Brownville had been shot by her son and that he fled in a Chevrolet Tahoe with three children, the sheriff's office said.

Deputies and Oregon State Police troopers stopped the vehicle just north of the city limits, where they arrested Josh Lee Shaddon. The children were unharmed and were returned to their mother, according to a press release. No information was made available about who the mother was, or the relationship between the children and suspect.

Police said Thorne lived at the Blakely Avenue address with her husband and son, Shaddon. Shaddon is lodged in the Linn County Jail and police said they are continuing the investigation. Police said they do not expect to make other arrests in the case.

Police seek man who robbed Umpqua Bank

SPRINGFIELD - Police are trying to identify a man who robbed an Umpqua Bank branch Friday afternoon. Springfield police officers went to the bank at 1377 Mohawk Blvd. at 3:01 p.m. after receiving a report of a robbery there.

Witnesses said the robber walked into the bank and presented a teller with a threatening note demanding cash, police said.

The man left the bank on foot after taking an undisclosed amount of cash. He was last seen headed east through the parking lot, police said.

Officers could not locate the man during a search of the area.

Police ask anyone with information about the robbery to call 726-3714.

Mussel harvesting closed along coast

Elevated levels of paralytic shellfish toxins has forced the closure of the entire Oregon Coast to mussel harvesting, according to the state Department of Agriculture and the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

On Friday, the agencies announced recreational mussel harvesting is not allowed from the mouth of the Columbia River to the California border. The north and central coast had previously been closed to mussel harvesting.

Eating contaminated shellfish can cause illness, paralysis or death, the release said. Paralytic shellfish toxins cannot be destroyed by cooking.

The Department of Agriculture said it will continue to test for shellfish toxins weekly and will reopen an area after two consecutive tests in the safe range.

Scallops are not affected by this closure when only the adductor muscle is eaten, but the release said to avoid eating whole recreationally harvested scallops. Crab, oysters and razor clams are safe to eat, the release said.

For information, call (800) 448-2474; the Food Safety Division at (503) 986-4720; or visit

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Date:Oct 24, 2009
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