Brown to enter plea

Dusty Brown of Gaston is scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, to enter a negotiated plea, following an earlier not-guilty plea to five counts of rape in the third degree, one count of sodomy in the third degree, one count of sex abuse in the third degree, one count of online sexual corruption of a child in the third degree, and five counts of online sexual corruption of a child in the second degree. Brown had been scheduled for a trial in May but his defense attorney, Jennifer Robins, had been working with Deputy District Attorney Paul Maloney to reach a plea agreement instead.

Horse sex-abuse suspected

A man suspected of sexually abusing a horse was arrested Wednesday, April 10, at his Manning home.

According to Washington County Sheriff's Detectives, 47-year-old Tony Hall-Rivas trespassed into a barn and began sexually abusing the gelding (castrated male) horse as far back as September, 2012, with the frequency of abuse increasing as months passed. Several times he was spooked away by the horse's owner, reports said.

As detectives investigated the suspected abuse, they found various items of evidence at the barn and along the suspect's "escape path," including a hat that on April 9 produced a DNA match with Hall-Rivas.

Hall-Rivas has been charged with five counts of second-degree burglary and eight counts of sexual abuse of an animal. He was taken to the Washington County Jail on $20,000 bail, but has since been released. His preliminary hearing was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, April 16.

Gaston man hurt in crash

A two-car-crash south of Gaston on Highway 47 Sunday morning sent two people to the hospital, including Gary Clark, a 62-year-old Gaston man.

At about 11:30 a.m. April 14, near milepost 28, Clark was heading north on 47 in his pickup when a vehicle in front of him stopped to turn left onto Goodin Creek Road. Clark braked hard and lost control of his pickup, which traveled into the southbound lane in front of a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta, driven by 42-year-old Shelia White-Clark of McMinnville. Unable to avoid Clark, shse crashed into the passenger side of the pickup.

Clark’s injuries were serious and he was flown to Oregon Health & Science University. White-Clarke’s injuries were not life threatening, but she was also taken to OHSU.

Charges are pending toward Clark. Oregon State Police continue to investigate and believe alcohol may have been involved.

Dogs die in fire

Flames engulfed an 1,800-square-foot house in the 25000 block of Northwest Dixie Mountain Road near North Plains Sunday afternoon, killing several dogs.

The house was in a remote area with no hydrants. Firefighters from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, Washington County Fire District 2, Banks Fire Department, Hillsboro Fire and Rescue and Scappoose Fire District had to bring water to the scene.

The residents were not home at the time and the cause of the fire is still unknown.

Dangerous road sparks lumber mishap

Two stacks of lumber fell off a Freightliner truck heading east on Highway 6 early Monday around 3:45 a.m. The logs fell into the westbound lane where an oncoming vehicle struck them. Its driver reported only minor injuries.

The accident occurred at a curve near milepost 34 on one of the most dangerous stretches of road in Oregon, according to Oregon Department of Transportation.

According to reports, the Freightliner's driver traveled five miles before he realized part of his load was missing and pulled over.

Highway 26 crash claims life

A single-car crash last Tuesday killed a 59-year-old Beaverton woman and seriously injured her husband.

A Buick Century driven by Stephen Dougherty, 71, was heading east on highway 26 near milepost 34 on April 9. At 2:12 p.m., for an unknown reason, the car traveled across the westbound lane and off the shoulder, where it struck several trees.

The driver was flown to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. The passenger, Erna Dougherty, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Both people were wearing seatbelts.

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