REDMOND

Emergency center kitchen had rodent droppings

Central Oregon authorities say rodent droppings on food packaging are among the violations found at a regional emergency center set up during the solar eclipse in August.

The Bulletin reports in a story on Friday that Deschutes County Health Services inspectors found 14 violations at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center kitchen serving about 175 emergency responders.

Authorities stationed police and firefighters from Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties at the site from Aug. 16 through Aug. 23 to deal with a large number of visitors drawn to the region for the solar eclipse.

Other violations found during an Aug. 16 inspection include cooked food placed near raw meat and out-of-date supplies.

PORTLAND

Caretaker facing murder charge in arson case dies

An unlicensed live-in caretaker facing murder and arson charges in the death of an elderly Beaverton woman who was set on fire while lying in her bed has died.

Washington County jail staff confirmed Friday that 64-year-old Celia Schwab died Sept. 12 at the Oregon State Hospital in Salem.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports jail officials, county prosecutor and Schwab’s attorney all said they didn’t know how Schwab died.

Schwab and neighbor Maria Meisner were arrested in December in the attack on 74-year-old Kathryn Breen.

Breen died of second- and third-degree burns the next month. Schwab lived with Breen. Schwab was also accused of assault and criminal mistreatment.

Schwab was ordered to the state hospital in May after a judge determined that Schwab couldn’t assist in her own defense.

Meisner has pleaded not guilty to similar charges in the Breen case.

Man shot in freeway encounter with Eastern Oregon deputy

PORTLAND, Ore. — Authorities say shots were fired and a man was wounded when a sheriff’s deputy in Eastern Oregon stopped to help a disabled vehicle on Interstate 84.

Oregon State Police say the incident happened shortly before 2 a.m. Friday near the Boardman exit. The agency says the Morrow County deputy who stopped to help the westbound vehicle was met by a 26-year-old man with a firearm. Police identified the man Friday night as Efren Hurtado Jr. of Boardman.

Shots were fired, and Hurtado Jr. was taken to a hospital with an apparent gunshot wound. Police say his injuries as of Friday night were not considered life threatening and that he was in stable condition.

The deputy was not hurt.

The Oregon State Police and Morrow County District Attorney’s Office are leading the investigation.

Associated Press

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