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Wapato Official Accused of Youth League Embezzlement

A jail sergeant for the city of Wapato is accused of embezzling more than $5,000 from the Wapato Youth Athletics League in 2011 when he served as the league’s director. KAPP reports Sgt. Bruce Benscoter appeared in a Yakima County Superior Court on theft charges.

Spokane Tribe Plans New Casino near Airway Heights

A report commissioned by the Spokane Tribe says its proposed casino in Airway Heights would not affect flight operations at Fairchild Air Force Base. Tribal Chairman Rudy Peone says the casino would meet both Air Force and FAA regulations. KREM reports he tribe’s economic project still needs state and federal approval.

Oregon Teen Driver Impaled on Fence Improving In Hospital

A teen driver who was impaled in a crash with a fence in Salem is improving. Authorities feared the 16-year-old had life threatening injuries yesterday when he was hit in the upper chest by a piece of the fence railing. KATU reports he was taken to Salem Hospital where he’s listed in fair condition. Three other teens in the car suffered minor injuries. Police believe they were hill hopping — speeding to get a roller-coaster effect on hills — when the driver lost control and took out about 300 feet of cyclone fencing.

Portland Mayor Wants to De-Certify Police Union

New Portland Mayor Charlie Hales wants to decertify the union that represents police commanders. He says they are managers and it doesn’t make sense for them to be in a union. The Oregonian reports the city attorney’s office has filed a petition asking the state Employment Relations Board to clarify the public employee status of the union members. The Portland Police Commanding Officers Association represents 51 commanders, captains and lieutenants.

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