Women voters choose leader




Meeting at state convention in Troutdale on May 18 through 20, members of the League of Women Voters of Oregon elected as their new state president Marge Easley of Wilsonville. As a member of the Clackamas County LWV and on the League's state board, Easley has been a passionate advocate for preservation of Oregon's natural resources.




Delegates to the LWVOR convention also voted to undertake a new comprehensive study of Oregon's water resources. The need for a new look at the quantity of available water in Oregon, as well as its quality, was strongly advocated by delegates from Oregon's coastal areas as well as residents of Willamette Valley cities.




A prevailing view was that water is going to become "the oil of the future;" that it is a finite resource that is critical to human survival and Oregonians need to be much better informed in order to better control water use and treatment.




The LWV is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. More information can be found on its Web site, .




Spanking charges against teen reduced




McMINNVILLE, Ore. &

The Yamhill County Juvenile Department has downgraded the charges against two Patton School Middle School boys accused of spanking girls at their school.




Ryan Cornelison and Cory Mashburn, both 13, were each charged with felonies and misdemeanors. After completing further investigation, the charges were reduced to misdemeanors.




Their trial is scheduled for June 11. Officials said the boys could be sentenced to detention, probation is the most likely sentence if they are found guilty.




Five girls are named as victims. The boys are accused of offensive sexual touching and suggestive dancing that they say mimic something they saw on television. They are also accused of refusing to stop the behavior when the girls, and later, school officials, told them to.




The case has proven controversial, and has been widely covered. The boys' parents have accused the school district of overreacting, and of failing to notify them of the boys' behavior early on.




Some schools in Oregon and Vancouver, Wash., have banned the dance move, which mimics sexual activity.




The boys are out on conditional release while waiting for trial.




Man shoots wife, dog then self




LA PINE, Ore. &

A Klamath County man shot his wife and dog, then killed himself earlier this week, authorities said Friday.




An autopsy and investigation showed Robert Warnke Sr. 73, and his wife, Sue Ann Glaspey-Warnke, 51, died in a murder-suicide, according to the Oregon State Police.




Authorities said they responded to the couples home about outside of La Pine after a neighbor heard a gunshot and found the man dead in the driveway. Next to him was a shotgun.




Inside the single-wide manufactured home, police found his wife and the dog dead from gunshot wounds.




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