Statesman Journal from Salem, Oregon on July 23, 2005 · Page 1
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r Video game pulled from some shelves 0 vnimmn eh r ant m i Pitcher Brian Anderson Sports, ID j U y hUH HbAU Uh ULLL Life. IE Business, 1 B Saturday July 23, 2005 50 CENTS 1 Tl TSTTT 4 JUL JLL1L ILL SERVING SALEM, KEtZER JJ km THE MID-VALLEY Fire crews race to snuff out sparks 1i Pl T "Y'T'Tm 1 vivSA vL vii XL JJLCSAL 0 1 Ufn ' fj OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY I Special to the Statesman Journal Molalla unit firefighters responded quickly to this site of a lightning strike about 2 a.m. Friday outside Molalla. On stormy nights, state foresters keep watch in rural areas By Beth Casper Statesman Journal Thunder and lightning strikes overnight did more than keep local residents awake. They also prompted forester Ken Cushman and his firefight-ing crews to drive to mountain- tops and viewpoints Friday in search of lightning-sparked fires. After the storm, they acted quickly to put out small fires before the temperatures rose and the sunlight spread embers and flames across dried grasses. That's not the romantic vision of hot-shot crews jumping into wilderness forest fires, but it's what firefighters spend most of their summer doing. For good reason. Fire updates Daily fire updates are posted on the Oregon Department of Forestry Web site at www.oregon.govodf For information on all wildfires in Oregon and Washington, go to Wildland firefighters stomp out most fires long before they turn into anything big long before the public hears about it, homes are threatened or recreation areas turn black. The weather has been on the firefighters' side so far, but rapid response is another reason for the low number of large fires, officials said. So far this year, 231 fires have burned 418 acres of state-protected land. Aggressive initial fire-suppression efforts kept most of them so small only local residents were aware of See Fires, 2 A Keizer water test discovers bacteria City says residents are in no danger; the well is offline By Crystal Bolner Statesman Journal KEIZER City officials notified Keizer residents this week of bacteria in their drinking water but cautioned that it poses no public-health threat. There is no need for people to boil their water, city offi cials said in a letter mailed to residents. Sampling of city water in June showed the presence of coliform bacteria, which is naturally occurring and isn't harmful in and of itself, but usually acts as a warning that other more hazardous bacteria may be present, said Bill Lawyer, the city's public works superintendent. There were no signs of more harmful bacteria, such as fecal coliform or E. coli, Lawyer said. "It's not an emergency," he said. "If there was a threat to the health of the public, we would have notified residents immediately" Of 55 water samples taken to test the water for bacteria in June, eight came back positive, Lawyer said. The federal drinking water standard allows for no more than two water samples per month to bacteria Coliform bacteria generally are not harmful, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Their presence in drinking water indicates that the water maybe contaminated with germs that can cause disease. See Keizer Water, 2 A ? i: U 1 1 it i J II I h IS 1 ft I H I m mi,,.,tm alUmH 8t iff t are realized by young cadets in the Civil Air Patrol camp in Monmouth i 1,1 Timi mi r v 1 1 1"" it "'"' i " ' t' 1 i i 1 r. . i "njf" ' T 1 "'J'.1'."'. "i 1 -"' i - - ' , ,1. ' -t ill--':' I f if if' --. p rir.1M rini lum:Ssu!TS'f'- iimfialli Mil ,1.. Tin mi ml TIMOTHY J. GONZALEZ I Statesman Journal Cadet Thomas Repta, 15, of Gold Hill climbs into the cockpit of a Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182R on Monday at the Independence Airport. The aircraft was piloted by Lt. PaulBridgehouse. Cadets are taking part in the Eagle Talon Oregon Wing Encampment. Ml By Dan de Carbonel Statesman Journal ' ONMOUTH With dreams of careers in the wild blue yonder, about 50 young aviation enthusiasts are spending the week in Monmouth getting a taste of life in the Air Force. They are in their fatigues and up at 0500 hours doing physical training and spending their days learning about the Air Force and proper radio procedures and visiting Portland's Air National Guard base. Best of all, they are getting some "yoke time" in the Oregon skies. The Oregon Civil Air Patrol Cadet Encampment is the first camp of its kind in the state in five years. Cadets from throughout the west are trying out See Cadets, 2A : T The propeller of a Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182R spins before taking two cadets and a pilot on a flight to Tillamook on Monday. The cadets are learning about life in the Air Force. Cadet program For information about the Civil Air Patrol and the cadet program, go to For information on the local squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, contact Jared Hageman at or (503) 363-2471. Meetings are at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Marion County Fire District No. 1, 300 Cordon Road NE, Salem. .Police .kill mail inU.K, e JULY 7 ATTACKS: Seattle man who has Oregon ties questioned, Page 8A. TERRORISM: Series of deadly blasts strike, Egypt, Page 71 Police say shooting is linked to investigation of terrorist attacks By Paisley Dodds The Associated Press LONDON Undercover police shot and killed a man Friday in front of stunned subway passengers and arrested another while snipers and bomb squads fanned out in a dramatic hunt for the culprits behind London's latest terrorist attacks. Using closed-circuit television images, officials released photos of four suspects in the attempted bombings including a man running through a station in a dark shirt with "NEW YORK" on the front and appealed for help in identifying and finding them. It was unclear whether the man police killed or the man they arrested was among the four photographed suspects, who fled three subway stations and a double-decker bus Thursday. Heavily armed officers patrolled the British capital with clear instructions to stop suicide bombers if necessary, with a shot to the head. The shooting took place about 10 a.m. when commuters spotted a man, who witnesses said appeared to be a South Asian, wearing a padded coat in the Stockwell subway station in south London. Police chased him into a subway car, pinned him to the ground and shot him in the head and torso, an eyewitness said. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Ian Blair said the shooting was "directly linked" to the investigation. "The man who was shot was under police observation because he had emerged from a house that was itself under observation because it was linked to the investigation of yesterday's incidents," police said in a statement. "He was then followed by surveillance officers to the station. His clothing and his behavior at the station added to their suspicions." Old police medals find way to rightful owner Salem man who bought the prizes returns them to a retired N.Y. trooper By Capi Lynn Statesman Journal The small cardboard box contained five gold medals, two bronze and a silver, the riches of an accomplished competitor. Each dangled from a crisp red, white and blue ribbon. They didn't have much value, considering that they weren't made of pre cious metals, such as the kind draped around the necks of real Olympic athletes. But to the person who had won them at the New York State and International Police Olympics about 25 years ago they had to be priceless. That's why West Salem resident David Box set out to find their rightful owner. After spending several hours on the Internet, making a few phone calls and sending a letter, he found Tom Matec-ki, the man whose shooting skills helped him earn those medals. "He seemed real puzzled," Box said, "and real pleased." Neither has a clue how the medals Lost and found Eight Police Olympics medals won about 25 years ago are being returned to a retired New York State Police trooper thanks to David Box of West Salem, who bought them at a gun show. The retired trooper, Tom Matecki, didn't know they were missing until Box contacted him. wound up in Oregon. Box bought them three or four years ago at a gun show in Portland. Matecki assumed that they were stored among other keepsakes in his son's attic in western New York. "How far away Holy Smokes! could they have gotten?" Matecki said from his apartment in Falconer, N.Y. Box shipped the medals to Matecki this week, and the 69-year-old retired New York State Police trooper sounded eager to get them back. "I'll probably tear up," Matecki said with a chuckle. "I'm going to be very happy to see them again." He won the medals in 1979, 1980 and 1981 in the pistol combat events, out-shooting fellow officers from New York and around the world. Pistol combat originally was developed as a training tool for police ..... -4 See Medals, 3 A KOHBl R. BLAIR I Statesman Journal David Box of West Salem bought these medals at a gun show a few years ago. Since then, he has found their rightful owner in New York. The Police Olympics medals are from the early 1980s. Inside Editorials 6C Nation 6A Bridge 8F Field Report ...6D Obituaries 4C Classified 1F Horoscope 6E Quick Read 2A Comics 7E Lottery.... 2C TV 3E Crossword...3,6E Movies....'. 3E World 7A Low clouds early, then mostly sunny and breezy this afternoon. Becoming mostly sunny Sunday. Complete report on 6B TL 02" 50' Subscriber services: (503)399-6622 Classified ads: (503)399-6789 Visit us Would you like to attend a news meeting? They are from 3 to 3:45 p.m. weekdays. Call (503) 399-6773 to arrange your visit. II! I II II I! I IPI II III l0901"0740111 A Gannett newspaper 2005 Printed on recycled paper. 4 Vol. 153, No. 118

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