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A Grants Pass bar has give up its liquor license and closed after a fatal stabbing.
The Bank reported earnings of $0.09 per share for the three months ending March 31, 2014, compared to $0.08 per share in 2013.
<![CDATA[GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- Hauling a truckload of logs to a Southern Oregon mill last fall, Chris Hill noticed a sheriff's deputy behind him and flashed his lights to warn a UPS driver coming the other way. The deputy pulled over Hill on U.S. Highway 140 in White City and handed him a $260 ticket for improperly using his headlights, saying another deputy had seen the flashing lights from behind the UPS truck and alerted him to stop the log truck because of the signaling. Outraged, Hill decided to fight the ticket, and on Wednesday, a Jackson County Justice Court judge dismissed the citation, finding that motorists flashing their headlights amounts to speech protected by the Oregon Constitution. Judge Joseph Carter determined the law covering the use of high beams was valid, but was unconstitutional as it was applied by the deputy. "The citation was clearly given to punish the Defendant for that expression," the judge wrote. "The government certainly can and should enforce the traffic laws for the safety of all drivers on the road. However, the government cannot enforce the traffic laws, or any other laws, to punish drivers for their expressive conduct." The Jackson County Sheriff's Office did not return a telephone call for comment. Hill, 38, of Klamath Falls, has been driving truck for 10 years, and was not interested in seeing his insurance rates go up for getting a ticket. He initially told the deputy that the UPS driver was his neighbor, and he was just saying hello. "My point to the cop was his partner didn't know why I was flashing my lights," Hill said. "He couldn't tell for sure what I was doing." By the time his case went to court last month, Hill had researched the law and found nothing that expressly prohibited the use of headlights to signal other drivers. He also recalled a TV news story about a federal judge in the Midwest barring police from handing out tickets to drivers who flashed their lights to warn others of a speed trap ahead. "I thought, 'Well, I'll throw that in there, too,'" he said. Acting as his own attorney in a hearing conducted by telephone, Hill said he acknowledged the UPS driver wasn't his neighbor, and he raised the free speech argument. "What I did wasn't illegal, whether it's freedom of speech or not," he told The Associated Press. Dave Fidanque, director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon, noted the Oregon Court of Appeals overturned a traffic law prohibiting horn honking for non-traffic purposes on similar grounds in the 1990s after a number of people got tickets for honking in support of U.S. troops during the first Gulf War. "If the motive of the sheriff's deputies was in fact not to make the roads safer, but to raise more revenue from traffic enforcement, that would be even more reason why it should be unconstitutional," Fidanque said. "If this is part of a pattern, then it probably would be worth us looking into it in more detail."
A stand of trees is shown in the Elliott State Forest north of Coos Bay, Ore. Since the forest turned from a revenue producer for the Oregon Common School fund to a liability due to environmental litigation, the Oregon Department of State Lands is considering selling all or part of the forest.
KENNETH D. TURKLE, age 42, from Lakeview, is wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant for 3 counts of Sex Abuse in the Third Degree and 3 counts of Contributing to the Sexual Delinquency of a Minor.
A former police lieutenant who led the Southern Oregon High-Tech Crimes Task Force has been charged with official misconduct and computer crime.
Authorities are continuing their investigation into a fatal crash triggered Tuesday afternoon when a driver lost control of her car and hit two more vehicles while turning off Interstate 5 in Roseburg.