Byline: The Register-Guard
Sutherlin to register abandoned homes
SUTHERLIN - Property owners in Sutherlin who have empty homes will have to register those properties with police in an effort to curb crime.
The Sutherlin City Council this week approved an ordinance requiring the registering at the suggestion of Police Chief Kirk Sanfilippo, the News-Review reported.
Sanfilippo said his department has been fielding complaints against abandoned properties for several years, but officers often have a hard time tracking down who is responsible for the vacant homes. Often the owners have relinquished the property after foreclosure.
GOP senator seeks to outlaw protests
OLYMPIA - A Republican state senator who campaigned for President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday he plans to propose a bill for the upcoming legislative session that would take a firm stand against what he calls "illegal protests."
Sen. Doug Ericksen of Ferndale said his bill would create a new crime of "economic terrorism" and would allow felony prosecution of people involved in protests that block transportation and commerce, damage property, threaten jobs and put public safety at risk.
"I respect the right to protest, but when it endangers people's lives and property, it goes too far," Ericksen said. "Fear, intimidation and vandalism are not a legitimate form of political expression. Those who employ it must be called to account."
Parents, 2 of 4 kids reported missing
MONTESANO, Wash. - Sheriff's deputies in Grays Harbor and Mason counties spent Wednesday driving remote logging roads as they searched for a missing couple and two of their four children.
Jason and Melissa McAlister and two of their children, ages 8 months and 2 years, appear to have left Tuesday while their older two children were at school, said Steve Shumate, chief criminal deputy with the Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Office.
"We just don't know where they could have gone," Shumate said.
The McAlisters were believed to be in a gold 2008 Chevrolet Uplander van.
They were reported missing Tuesday evening after no one showed up to meet the school bus bringing home the older children, ages 5 and 7, Shumate said.
The driver took the children back to the school bus garage and school officials called an emergency contact for the children, who picked them up.
I-405 toll revenue up 300% than expected
SEATTLE - Tolls on Interstate 405 have collected 300 percent more than was predicted a year ago.
The Washington Department of Transportation reported gross toll revenue on the interstate was $17.5 million. Initial projections were $5.5 million.
In all, drivers took 10.1 million tolled trips and another 4.4 million free trips as carpoolers in the first year.
- News service reports