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Object at courthouse draws bomb squad

An object resembling a pipe bomb caused a scare Wednesday evening outside the Lane County Courthouse.

At about 5:30 p.m., a member of the courthouse maintenance crew reported to the sheriff's office that the object had been found on steps at the southwest corner of the building, Sgt. Art West said.

Deputies found a metal tube about 2 feet long, West said. It was crimped on one end and had a cap and duct tape on the other end. A metal wire was visible at one end.

The Eugene police bomb squad responded and determined the object was not an explosive.

"It definitely looked suspicious," said West, adding that the object was found "in an open area where a lot of people travel."

West said the sheriff's office hadn't determined who left the object. It wasn't clear whether someone had left the device as a hoax, he said.

Worker killed at Springfield plant

SPRINGFIELD - A Creswell man was found dead Wednesday afternoon by co-workers after an accident at McKenzie Forest Products.

Michael S. Dodson, 61, was killed at the company's Springfield plant while working on equipment, company vice president Steve Killgore said.

Killgore said a line carrying wood at the Springfield plywood operation wasn't working properly, so Dodson, the head line tender, had other workers move away from the equipment in order to take a closer look.

"He was performing his normal duties on the machinery," Killgore said.

No other employees were present during the accident, Killgore said. The company is working with Springfield police to determine specifically what caused Dodson's death.

Dodson had apparently worked for McKenzie Forest Products and its predecessor companies since he was 18, Killgore said.

Police arrest nine

on drug charges

COTTAGE GROVE - Police have arrested nine people this week and expect to arrest a few more on methamphetamine and marijuana charges after conducting an undercover investigation triggered by neighbors' complaints about drug dealing in parking lots around area bars.

A patrol officer on graveyard shift worked undercover at times over a four-month period to collect evidence for the arrests.

"They're street-level dealers," police Cpl. Dean Finnerty said. "It'll have an impact. Probably a month or two from now things will get back to normal. Narcotics is one of those things that needs long-term enforcement to have any lasting effect."

Charged with manufacturing, delivering and possessing drugs were: Darren Jones, 33; Mark David Childers, 40; Jerimiah Lee Treadwell, 23; Wyatt Israel Treadwell, 20, who also is charged with endangering the welfare of a minor; Shirden Glenn Woody, 45; and a 16-year-old male. Scott Lee Ferguson, 40, was charged with delivering and possessing drugs. Cynthia Anne Moore, 33, and Gabe W. Nellor, 39, were charged with delivering drugs.

Fall Creek salmon release unsuccessful

FALL CREEK - Nearly 80 chinook salmon released into Fall Creek earlier this week were found dead Wednesday in the Willamette River tributary, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reported.

The salmon were taken from below Fall Creek Dam and transported upstream Tuesday by tanker truck. During the operation, the tanker's release chute became clogged with fish, requiring manual assistance.

While the fish looked fine Tuesday when they entered the creek, Corps of Engineers fishery biologist Greg Taylor said a combination of circumstances most likely caused delayed deaths.

The clogged chute probably contributed to the salmon kill, Taylor said. Another factor was a warm water temperature of 66 degrees, he said.
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Date:Aug 29, 2002
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