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In brief: Coffee shop worker shoots, kills robber

From Wire Reports

EUGENE, Ore. – An Oregon coffee shop employee shot a robber who died at the scene, according to police.

Two people tried to rob the Dutch Bros. Coffee drive-through at about 9 p.m. Wednesday.

A struggle apparently began after the robber forced his way inside the kiosk, Eugene police Lt. Doug Mozan told the Oregonian. The accomplice fled after the shooting.

Police identified the dead man as 27-year-old Sirus Combs, of Eugene.

The name of the shop employee has not been released.

Inmates missing from prison camp

SHERIDAN, Ore. – Authorities are looking for four inmates who are missing from the Federal Prison Camp in Sheridan, Ore.

The U.S. Justice Department said the four couldn’t be found during a headcount at the minimum security work camp early Thursday. The four are identified as 34-year-old Abel Mendoza, 37-year-old Rick Mendoza, 35-year-old Isidro Rivera and 42-year-old Jose Cisneros.

All four are serving terms for drug-related offenses.

Road salt creates bighorn hazard

ANACONDA, Mont. – State officials say bighorn sheep have returned to a stretch of Highway 1 about six miles west of Anaconda where eight of the animals were killed earlier this year after being hit by a motorist.

Officials are urging drivers to use caution in the area where road salt, which is used to melt hazardous winter ice, attracts bighorns.

Joe Kambic of the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks said the bighorns arrived at the road after a recent string of snowstorms.

Anaconda Roads Department Supervisor Larry Sturm said crews will use sand without a salt mix in the area.

Jon Swartz of the Montana Department of Transportation said the agency has also purchased salt-free sand.

Swartz said removing the attractant might lead to fewer sheep on the highway.

He said drivers should obey electronic signs suggesting lower speeds when the bighorns are on the road.