A man has pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree animal cruelty for using a bow and arrow to kill a goat last year.
The News Tribune reported 20-year-old Timothy Douglas Brown was sentenced Friday to 30 days in jail. Pierce County Superior Court Judge Susan Serko converted the 30 days to 240 hours of community service.
The dead goat was found tied to a tree in the Graham area Aug. 22. An animal welfare group investigated and recovered five arrows at the scene. An examination of the animal’s carcass found it bled to death after being hit by at least four arrows.
Two boys also have been charged in the case and are being prosecuted in juvenile court.
La Grande, Ore.
Comedian backs banned play
The show goes on this weekend in La Grande as the student cast puts on “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” a play by Steve Martin that was banned from the high school.
Performances are scheduled Saturday, Sunday and Monday at an Eastern Oregon University theater.
The school board voted to bar the play after parents objected to its content. After that, off-campus performances were scheduled, and Martin offered to finance them.
The 1993 play about the creative process imagines a meeting between Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein in a Paris bar as they are on the verge of achievements in painting and physics.
Meanwhile, the school board is reviewing a new process for selecting student plays.
Student convicted of rape
A Benton County jury has convicted an Oregon State University student, 20-year-old Gregory Sako, of rape and sexual abuse in connection with a fraternity party last Halloween.
His attorney suggested the 21-year-old woman lied about being raped out of embarrassment.
Sako will remain in custody until sentencing, which is set for Tuesday.
The Corvallis Gazette-Times said that under Measure 11 guidelines, he will likely be sentenced to eight years and four months in prison, with no early release and no credit for good behavior.
Ponzi scheme operator dead
A federal bankruptcy court trustee plans to keep searching for the assets of a Ponzi scheme operator even after the man was found dead in Washington state.
The body of James W. Lull, 60, was found near Yakima on Thursday – the day he was to be sentenced in Honolulu federal court – after he drove off a 200-foot cliff.
Michael A. Lilly is a former Hawaii state attorney general who represents Ronald K. Kotoshirodo, the trustee in Lull’s federal bankruptcy case.
He said the trustee will pursue leads that Lull, of Kirkland, Wash., allegedly hid assets that could be used to pay off those he scammed.
Lull admitted to defrauding as many as 50 people, nearly all of them from Kauai, out of more than $20 million by promising them they’d get their original investments back plus interest.
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