Oregon Notes (July 4)

Oregon Notes (July 4)


Police arrest man 
in connection with 
girlfriend's death

PORTLAND — Police in Portland have arrested a man in connection with the shooting death of a 48-year-old woman.

Emergency workers found Cory Jonell Lumber, also known as Cory Jonell Ruth, dead inside a Mill Park neighborhood apartment Saturday evening. The woman's boyfriend, 37-year-old Spencer Thomas Johnson, was arrested later that night and booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

Police say Johnson has been charged with murder and unlawful use of a weapon and he is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday. It was not immediately clear if Johnson had an attorney.

The medical examiner says Lumber died of a single gunshot wound.

Outdoor school 
proposal gains enough
signatures for ballot

BEND — A campaign to permanently fund outdoor school in Oregon has gathered 130,000 signatures.

The Bulletin of Bend reports that the Save the Outdoor School for all campaign began in January with a goal of collecting 120,000 signatures to exceed the 87,213 signatures needed to qualify for a ballot spot. If the measure makes the November ballot, it will ask voters to approve permanent funding so that fifth and sixth graders can attend outdoor school.

The campaign proposes suing lottery proceeds to fund the program.

Outdoor school is a program for fifth and sixth graders to learn science and outdoor recreation.

UMATILLA, Oregon (AP) — The Oregon State Police are investigating after a 29-year-old inmate at Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla died unexpectedly on Saturday.

The Oregon Department of Corrections announced Sunday that Rigoberto Corono-Avila was transported off-site for medical care Saturday afternoon. He was pronounced dead a few hours later.

Corono-Avila was serving time on felony assault and sex abuse charges, and his earliest release date was just six months away. The Department of Corrections did not release any details about the circumstances surrounding Corono-Avila's death. The Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is investigating the death, as it does with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons.

Two Rivers Correctional Institution house about 1,800 male inmates. The prison has had several unexpected inmate deaths in recent months, with Corono-Avila's death marking at least the seventh death since December.

Woman drowns
in Sprague River

KLAMATH FALLS — Oregon State Police are investigating after a woman drowned in the Sprague River near the Robert Draw Reservoir dam.

The Herald and News in Klamath Falls reports that the woman, described as in her late 30s or early 40s, was swimming with friends on Saturday when she began drowning and her companions called 911.

Chiloquin Fire and Rescue chief Mike Cook says emergency workers attempted to resuscitate her for 20 minutes but were unsuccessful. The woman's name has not been released.

Cook says recreationists should remember to use caution, especially when on slippery rocks and that people should not go swimming alone. He says it doesn't appear that intoxicants played a role in the drowning.

Associated Press


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