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Crash involved three cars on McKenzie Highway

SPRINGFIELD - Three people were taken to hospitals from a three-car collision on McKenzie Highway and Cedar Flat Road on Friday afternoon.

The accident occurred at 4:14 p.m. when a 2001 Kia Rio heading westbound on McKenzie Highway, also known as Highway 126, lost control and swerved into the eastbound lanes east of Springfield, Oregon State Police said.

The car hit an eastbound 1994 Ford Taurus, police said.

As the scene unfolded, a third car, a 2007 Volkswagen Rabbit couldn't slow down in time to avoid the accident. The Volkswagen rear-ended the other two.

The driver of the Rio was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend, while the driver and passenger in the Taurus were taken to McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center, all with non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the Volkswagen was not hurt, police said.


Sale of steroids brings jail sentence for man

OREGON CITY - A Clackamas County judge ordered a 30-day jail sentence for a man who admitted supplying steroids to a Canby police officer.

Judge Douglas Van Dyk also told Brian Jackson not to use or possess any steroids or human growth hormone, nor any alcohol or drugs and to pay a $107 fine.

Jackson, who shares the name but is not the former Knappa High and Oregon State basketball star, must also avoid contact with the accused officer, Jason Deason, who resigned from the force last summer during an FBI investigation.

Jackson's conviction is the first to result from the federal public corruption investigation into the Canby officer's steroid abuse. It follows the resignation last month of Canby Police Chief Greg Kroeplin, accused of failing to properly investigate his officer's drug use.

Jackson, 36, pleaded guilty to delivery of a controlled substance.

The officer - on duty and in uniform - was seen riding his police motorcycle to Oregon City and purchasing steroids from Jackson.

Man shot by trooper in northeast Oregon

WALLOWA - A trooper fatally shot a man in the northeast Oregon town of Wallow after the man pulled a handgun while being taken into custody, state police said.

Officers were responding to a report of acts of public indecency Thursday night, police said. They said the man was shot during a struggle. No further details were provided.

The name is being withheld pending notification of relatives.

The names of the officers involved have not been released.

Pest control manager arrested in death of wife

SEATTLE - A suburban Seattle pest control manager has been arrested in the poisoning of his wife with strychnine.

Bail was set at $5 million Thursday on 62-year-old Joseph A. Naimo. He was arrested Wednesday by Federal Way police for investigation in the death of his 53-year-old wife, Ann Marie Naimo. She died at their home on Nov. 28 after he called 911, saying she became unresponsive after drinking alcohol and vomiting.

Detectives wrote that they became suspicious after a pathologist in the King County medical examiner's office found strychnine in her system. The chemical is widely used in rodent poison.

Naimo is general manager of AAA Pest Control in Kent.

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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:May 23, 2009
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