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Climbers feared missing on Hood


Two men failed to return from a climb on Mount Hood as planned, and a search for them might start today at daybreak, the authorities said.

The men, described as experienced climbers, were due off the mountain Monday afternoon and have not answered calls to a cell phone they are believed to have been carrying, said Detective Jim Strovink of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

Conditions on Mount Hood were described as blizzard-like late Monday and early today and the vehicle the men took to the mountain remained at Timberline Lodge.

Strovink said the men might have left the 11,239-foot mountain with other people, and it's too early to say they definitely got caught in the bad weather.

But search and rescue teams were preparing to look early today.

Many rescue efforts have taken place on the heavily climbed mountain over the years, including two high-profile searches last winter. Three out-of-state climbers died in December 2006 after getting caught in a blizzard. Two months later, three hikers and a dog named Velvet were saved after falling over an icy ledge.

More than 35 climbers have died on Mount Hood in the past 25 years.

Man sentenced for baby's death


Marion County Judge Thomas Hart asked relatives of Gabriel Alejandro Munoz for a photo of the infant. The judge got a wallet-sized picture, placed it in front of his name plaque and proceeded with sentencing the man responsible for Gabriel's death.

Though Salvador Barocio-Garibay didn't intend to kill the baby, he should have known better than to shake an infant, the judge said.

"The child paid with his life and you're going to pay with 10 years of your life," Hart said Monday.

Barocio-Garibay, 20, of Keizer was arrested two years ago after the 2-month-old died at Oregon Health Science University hospital in Portland.

Initially charged with murder, he pleaded no contest Jan. 4 to manslaughter. Barocio-Garibay told investigators he became frustrated with Gabriel's crying and shook him, Deputy District Attorney Courtland Geyer said.

Ten years in prison is the mandatory minimum sentence for first-degree manslaughter under Oregon law.

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Dying woman, 79, tries to see family and dies on way to Oregon


A 79-year-old woman dying of kidney disease didn't make it through the last leg of a cross-country journey to see family members a final time, and her body arrived in Oregon in the back of a recreational vehicle, police said.

The family drove from California to Arkansas and was headed back West to the home of relatives in Hillsboro, said Police Lt. Michael Rouches.

But the woman died early Saturday in Wyoming, family members told police.

She was from Oroville, Calif., and the woman's doctors told family members the frail grandmother might not survive the trip. But it was her final request to make the trip.

Family members called Hillsboro police Sunday to report the death.

Rouches said there was no suspicion of foul play, and no law was broken &

and therefore he would not identify the woman.

"People die every day," he said. "This could happen more frequently than we know."

California man arrested on Amtrak for trying to move Oxycontin


A California man was arrested in Salem for trying to transport Oxycontin on the train.

James T. Jones of Modesto was arrested today just before the train arrived in Salem. Police say he was using Amtrak to transport Oxycontin tablets from Modesto to Seattle, Wash.

He had more than 1,700 tablets of the drug, which can be sold for $22 to $60 each on the street.

The 29 year-old was transported to the Marion County Correctional Facility on charges of delivery and possession of the controlled substance.

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