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Candidate in primary

now endorsing Vogt

James Chaney, a candidate for Lane County Circuit Court judge in the May 16 primary, has endorsed Debra Vogt in the general election.

Vogt was the top vote-getter in the primary but failed to win 50 percent of the votes, so she is headed for a runoff in the November general election against the No. 2 vote-getter, Alan Leiman.

In the four-way primary, Vogt secured 47.25 percent, or 26,765 votes; Leiman secured 22.53 percent, or 12,763 votes; Beverly Anderson secured 16.88 percent, or 9,563 votes; and Chaney secured 13.34 percent, or 7,556 votes.

REGION

Inmate kills himself

at Coos County Jail

COOS BAY - A Coquille man killed himself in the Coos County Jail on Friday, Coos County sheriff's Sgt. Dave Hermann said.

Robert Lloyd Pope, 45, was arrested Wednesday by Coquille police on a series of domestic violence charges, including felony assault, harassment and strangulation, according to court records.

Jail staff members found him dead from asphyxiation in his cell about 4:25 p.m. Friday. Jail staff members and Coos County emergency services tried without success to revive Pope, Hermann said.

In accordance with state law, the suicide is under investigation by the Coos County Major Crimes Team and the Coos County Medical Examiner's Office.

NORTHWEST

Body found after truck plunges off bridge

PORTLAND - The body of a Canby man suspected of driving a pickup truck off one of the highest bridges in Portland has been found in the Willamette River.

The body of Jerry Tupper, 34, was recovered Saturday morning after joggers spotted it just downstream from the Marquam Bridge, which carries Interstate 5 across the Willamette.

The Multnomah County medical examiner's office will perform an autopsy and toxicology tests to determine the cause of death.

Police said Tupper drove his Ford F-350 truck off the top deck of the Marquam Bridge and plunged 165 feet into the river on May 12.

Measure 37 petitioner

sues over land rules

PORTLAND - The 93-year-old woman who helped pass the Measure 37 property compensation measure in 2004 has filed a $1.15 million lawsuit over a land use rule that prevents her from subdividing her property.

Chief petitioner Dorothy English was featured in advertising for Measure 37 and filed the first claim in Multnomah County after the successful initiative became law.

County officials have waived the land use rule that directly bans English from dividing her 20 wooded acres in the hills overlooking the city.

But English says a web of legal issues and remaining regulations prevents her from building homes on the property.

Two missing after 4 rafts capsize on Klickitat River

GLENWOOD, Wash. - Four rafts carrying 19 people capsized in a remote section of the Klickitat River in south-central Washington on Saturday afternoon, leaving two people unaccounted for and causing at least two injuries, the Klickitat County Sheriff's office said.

What caused the rafts to capsize east of this small town on the southeast corner of Mount Adams was unknown Saturday evening, although communications officer Pam Maurer said ``the Klickitat River is running really high and fast right now.''

The rescue operation in this rugged area 74 miles northeast of Portland involved numerous agencies.
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