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Two heroin dealers linked to overdose death of Salem man sentenced to federal prison

Two of four defendants accused of distributing heroin that resulted in the 2014 heroin overdose death of a Salem man have been sentenced in federal court.

Jose Recio-Ayon, 25, was sent to federal prison for 10 years for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin and possession of cocaine...

Inda-Lopez played a smaller role in the drug-trafficking chain, described as a "runner,'' who distributed the drugs on that one occasion after having only arrived in the United States from Mexico two weeks earlier, according to court statements.

The cases stemmed from...

Two arrested in Medford slaying
Mail Tribune

Medford police on Wednesday arrested both the suspected shooter in a downtown Medford homicide and the man they believe egged him on.

Shane Anthony "Scarface" Zornes, 25, of Spokane, who is suspected of fatally shooting 27-year-old Isaac Deleon early Sunday morning on Bartlett Street, was arrested by Medford police detectives and other law enforcement in the small town of Rosalia, Wash., near Spokane.

Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said two Medford detectives, Whitman County sheriff's deputies and Spokane police officers surrounded the home of an associate of Zornes...

Jury finds Medford man guilty of murdering former girlfriend
Mail Tribune

A jury has found butcher Jose Valencia-Gaona, 47, guilty of murder for stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death at her apartment on Table Rock Road in Medford.

The trial that began on Dec. 7 and ended Tuesday was Valencia-Gaona's third trial for the Sept. 1, 2013, murder.

His first trial was declared a mistrial after court officials accidentally gave jurors a list of witnesses who would testify. His second trial also ended in a mistrial after a witness identified Valencia-Gaona to the jury after being instructed not to do so.

This time, the jury found Valencia-Gaona, now...

Umatilla man sentenced to life for triple murder
Tri-County Herald

The tension was thick inside a Benton County courtroom Monday as Francisco Resendez Miranda prepared to speak before being sentenced to life in prison for the execution-style killings of three Pasco people.

The Umatilla man, speaking through an interpreter, was critical of the evidence prosecutors presented at trial and the witnesses who testified against him.

During his brief statement, Resendez Miranda, 24, didn’t admit to the grisly slayings or apologize to the victims’ family members who were seated nearby.

Instead, he told the court the mandatory life sentence...

Drug dealer sentenced to 13 years in prison
Statesman Journal

A man who was deported to Mexico last year after being convicted of multiple crimes is back in an Oregon prison.

Gustavo Isabel Vega, 23, was sentenced to 13 years in prison after being convicted of attempting to commit murder, delivering heroin and attempting to flee from a police officer.

Vega was admitted into Coffee Creek Correctional Facility on Tuesday. A representative from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was not able to answer questions Thursday about the possibility of Vega's being deported again.

Vega, whose last known address is in Boring, was...

Convicted heroin dealer, deported once, busted again across the street from Milwaukie school

A convicted heroin dealer deported earlier is facing additional charges and deportation after he was arrested during a drug deal Monday across the street from a private school in Milwaukie.

The drug deal did not involve anyone from the school...

Rafael Rivera-Rodriguez, 35, of Portland was arrested by members of the Clackamas County Interagency Task Force after an investigation in cooperation with the Milwaukie Police Department. During the bust, police seized about three ounces of heroin, with a street value of $7,500.

Rivera-Rodriguez subsequently was arraigned in...

Canada's fugitive turns up in Oregon prison, now faces extradition as suspected child rapist

Canadian authorities sent out a fugitive alert last year in the hunt for a man suspected of raping a teenage girl in Alberta – apparently unaware that he was already behind bars in a federal prison in Oregon...

Raed Arook's travels in and out of custody – including three illegal entries into the U.S. – is documented in U.S. court papers...

Canadian authorities now want to get the 39-year-old Arook back into custody on their side of the border, and U.S. officials want to comply under a long-standing extradition treaty between the two North American neighbors.

But Arook...

Police chiefs, sheriffs blast ICE over policy they say frees violent illegal immigrants
FOX News

A California toddler fighting for her life Thursday after a brutal beating at the hands of an illegal immigrant with a long criminal record is the latest case to rile California sheriffs and police against a U.S. immigration policy they say is forcing them to release dangerous criminals out on the street.

Francisco Javier Chavez, the live-in boyfriend of the unidentified two-year-old's mother, is out on bail after being charged in the late July attack, which left the San Luis Obispo County girl with two broken arms, a broken femur, a compressed spine, a urinary tract infection and...

Burglar found in vacant home arrested by SWAT team, police say

A 45-year-old man remains held at the Washington County Jail on first degree burglary charges after a standoff with Beaverton police Thursday afternoon.

Authorities received a call just before noon...

Police say Wilfredo Peraza-Domenech was the only person inside the [vacant] home when officers arrived. Peraza-Domenech was taken into custody at 4:23 p.m.

NOTE: Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) Hold.

Portland labor activist Francisco Aguirre-Velasquez wants U.S. immigration charge dismissed

Portland labor activist Juan Francisco Aguirre-Velasquez asked a federal judge Monday to dismiss charges that he illegally re-entered the United States after he was convicted of drug delivery charges and deported in 1999.

Aguirre-Velasquez, who twice escaped the brutal regime of his native El Salvador, claimed in court papers that the immigration judge who handled his 1999 deportation proceedings violated his due process by failing to correctly explain the range of options available to him.

"Only because (Immigration Judge Michael) Bennett incorrectly informed Mr. Aguirre-...