News from around the state
Grant helps restore bumblebees
GRANTS PASS — A conservation group dedicated to insects is working on turning around dangerous declines in bumblebees and other native pollinators with a federal grant to restore habitat around farmland. The Xerces Society, based in Portland, announced Wednesday it has received $458,000 from the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Part of it goes to developing a recipe of trees, shrubs and grasses that are good for beneficial insects. The rest goes to seeing how insects react to habitat restoration projects outside Davis, Calif.
Native pollinators like bumblebees are responsible for $3 billion worth of crops every year.
Chappelle packs Portland square
PORTLAND — Rumors of a surprise appearance by comedian Dave Chappelle turned out to be accurate.
Thousands of people filled Pioneer Courthouse Square late Tuesday and early Wednesday in hopes that what they learned via text, Twitter or Facebook was true. Chappelle, whose popularity soared after a well received sketch-comedy show on Comedy Central, arrived at about 1 a.m. The Oregonian reports that the free show never really got going because of technical problems, but the crowd still had fun.
Missing girl found in Kentucky
KLAMATH FALLS — Klamath County authorities say a missing 14-year-old girl has been found in Kentucky. Sheriff Tim Evinger says the girl is in good health, and deputies are working to reunite her with relatives. He says the girl was with 19-year-old Donald Fullerton, who is in custody on an unrelated rape charge. Evinger says it appears the pair left Oregon together, and it was not an abduction.
Faith-healing case nearly ready for jury
OREGON CITY — The case of an Oregon City couple whose church espouses faith healing soon will go to a jury to decide whether they are guilty of manslaughter and mistreatment in the death of their toddler. Closing arguments are expected to end Wednesday in the trial of Carl Brent and Raylene Worthington.
On Tuesday, lawyers gave clashing descriptions of Ava Worthington's 15 months. The prosecution says she suffered as a result of her parents' refusal to get her conventional medical treatment for a cyst on her neck. The prosecution says for months that impeded her breathing, eating and growth, leading to fatal pneumonia. The Worthingtons' lawyers say the girl was a lively child who was not seriously ill until a swift infection killed her in March 2008.
Man guilty of torturing woman
EUGENE — A Lane County jury has convicted a man who was on trial for torturing his pregnant partner. Kevin Shannon Jones will be sentenced Friday on 19 domestic violence charges. Prosecutors say jealousy drove Jones to, among other things, burn the Eugene woman with a lighter, beat her with a crescent wrench and put hot sauce in her eyes. Defense attorney Chris Hansen argued that the woman was injured by someone other than Jones.
Man to be sentenced for fencing
SALEM — Sentencing for a man convicted of running a large fencing operation is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. Ivan Cam was arrested in late 2007 after Salem police detectives went to his Gervais property and found more than 2,600 stolen items. A Marion County jury convicted the 43-year-old last month after hearing nine days of testimony. Judge Susan Tripp is scheduled to hand down the sentence, which could range from probation to 125 years in prison.
— The Associated Press