Child porn convict escapes, leaving monitor — Hours after he was convicted in federal court in Portland of possessing child pornography, former Beaverton teacher Logan Storm left his electronic monitoring bracelet in a Troutdale park and disappeared. An assistant U.S. attorney had argued Tuesday that Storm was a flight risk, but Judge Ancer Haggerty sided with defense lawyers and released him. Storm faces more than seven years in prison at sentencing scheduled for April 8. The Oregonian reports the U.S. Marshals Service issued a wanted poster Wednesday for Storm. The case against him began in July 2010 when his girlfriend reported finding images on his computer of children being sexually abused. Storm fled the country but returned in February 2011 voluntarily.
Truck factory to lay off 250 — A union official says Daimler Trucks North America plans to lay off 250 workers at its Portland factory in February. Joe Kear is business representative with the International Association of Machinists District W24 Lodge in Portland. He told The Oregonian managers have notified the 250 workers that their last day will be Feb. 15. Daimler says it’s announcing layoffs Thursday for its operations in North America. The truck maker has about 1,000 workers at the Swan Island factory and another 1,800 at Daimler’s Portland headquarters. Daimler makes Freightliner and Western Star trucks.
Man who put dog in oven sentenced — A 20-year-old Oregon man who pleaded guilty to putting his grandmother’s small Chihuahua-mix dog in a 350-degree oven because it nipped him has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and five years of probation. Kevin Dean Parrish of Lyons, southeast of Salem, pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated animal abuse, a felony, and misdemeanor animal abuse. With credit for time served, the Mason County sheriff’s office says Parrish is due to be released Feb. 16. Judge Aubrey Broyles also placed restrictions on Parrish owning or being in contact with animals during his probation. A sheriff’s spokesman said he had no update on the 9-pound dog named Kudo, which suffered cuts, bruises, three burned legs and singed hair on Jan. 18 but was expected to survive. Parrish told deputies he pulled the dog out of the oven after several minutes when he heard his brother approach.
Burglar entering through roof — A rooftop burglar has hit three businesses this month in Springfield. Targets have been a mini-mart, sports bar and bowling alley. An employee of Timber Bowl arrived at work Monday and found a hole in the ceiling. The cash register was damaged and lottery tickets stolen. Police Sgt. John Umenhover told The Register-Guard rooftop burglaries are rare because of the amount of work involved. Police are advising business owners to secure cash overnight until the rooftop burglar is caught.
Man convicted of stabbing neighbor — A 42-year-old Grants Pass man has been convicted of manslaughter for stabbing his neighbor in a street fight. A jury returned the verdict Thursday in Grants Pass against Kiley Hudson in the July, 2011, slaying of his neighbor, 60-year-old Gary Salomon. The Grants Pass Daily Courier reports the jury’s decision came after it indicated it could not reach a verdict on a charge of murder. Hudson testified the fight started after Salomon trespassed and refused to leave. Hudson claimed he stabbed Salomon in self-defense after Salomon had him on the ground and was choking him from behind. But a state medical examiner said he doubted Hudson could have inflicted the wounds from that position. The first-degree manslaughter conviction carries a mandatory sentence of 10 years in prison.
— From wire reports