KLAMATH FALLS

3 hurt in family dispute; hatchet may be weapon

Authorities in Klamath County say at least three people were injured in an attack that may have been carried out with a hatchet.

According to 911 dispatchers, the incident happened Thursday in the gated community of Falcon Heights. They received reports of a woman struck in the back of the head with a hatchet. As police arrived, two other people had injuries requiring trips to the hospital and a suspect was detained.

Sheriff’s Lt. Randall Swan wouldn’t confirm that a hatchet was the weapon. He told the Herald and News the incident was a family dispute that turned violent.

District Attorney Eve Costello says more details will be released soon.

PORTLAND

The future of e-scooter companies still unclear

Although dockless electric scooter companies will be allowed start business in Portland during a four-month trial later this summer, transportation officials say their future in the city is still up in the air.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports other large cities such as San Francisco, Washington D.C., Seattle and Austin, Texas, have had issues with dockless e-scooter rental companies. Customers can rent a scooter through their smartphone for a fee and drop it off anywhere in the city.

Transportation department spokesman Dylan Rivera said Thursday that Portland has decided to approach the business model cautiously instead of welcoming the companies. He says they don’t want to see dozens of scooters dumped on city sidewalks.

LA PINE

Mom cited after toddler overdoses on pot candy

A mother in La Pine has been cited for child neglect after her 2-year-old son ate homemade marijuana-infused candy police say she left unattended.

Multiple news outlets report 27-year-old Katelynn Joy on Wednesday allegedly discovered a partially eaten candy while at home but waited several hours before calling authorities.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office says the symptoms of the apparent THC overdose worsened during that time.

The sheriff’s office says deputies and paramedics responded to the home and found the child in apparent distress. The sheriff’s office says the overdose seemed life threatening by the time he was taken to a Bend hospital.

Authorities say he since has been released from the hospital and is under Department of Human Services supervision. Joy was also cited for endangering the welfare of a minor.

PORTLAND

Court upholds $409M debit card verdict against BP

The Oregon Court of Appeals has upheld a $409 million jury verdict against BP, the oil and gas-producing giant, for misleading gas station customers by tacking on a 35-cent debit card fee to their purchases without proper notice.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that the court Thursday upheld a Multnomah County Circuit Court ruling from 2014. The Circuit Court ruled that BP must pay the money to more than 2 million individual customers who bought gas in Oregon from ARCO and am/pm stations using their debit cards over nearly three years from 2011 to 2013.

The Appeals Court said the stations were independently operated, but beholden to follow rules handed down by BP.

Attorneys for BP have said the fee was clearly advertised and that the company wasn’t misleading customers.

GRESHAM

De Beers to open synthetic-diamond plant

The De Beers Group has announced plans to manufacture synthetic diamonds at a factory in Gresham, Oregon.

The British diamond giant said in a news release Tuesday it will spend $94 million on the production facility over the next four years. Once fully operational, the plant will be able to annually produce 500,000 rough carats of lab-grown diamonds.

The diamonds will be marketed under the name Lightbox. They will retail from $200 for a quarter-carat stone to $800 for a one-carat stone — much less than traditional diamonds.

CEO Bruce Cleaver described the product as “affordable fashion jewelry that may not be forever, but is perfect for right now.”

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the plant will be in the Gresham Vista Business Park, and eventually employ about 60 workers.

PORTLAND

Luxury hotel planned at site of food cart pod

A developer plans to replace a pod of Portland food carts with a luxury hotel.

Walter Bowen, the chief executive of BPM Real Estate Group, says in an email to The Oregonian/OregonLive that his company is in talks with several five-star hotel brands.

Plans call for 225 hotel rooms on nine floors, plus office space and condominiums.

At 424 feet tall, the tower would be Portland’s fifth-tallest building.

The Associated Press

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