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Roseburg killer's mother says he had Asperger's syndrome

By Gosia Wozniacka and Brian Melley

Associated Press

PORTLAND — The deadly shooting last week at an Oregon community college has an eerie parallel with the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 20 pupils and six adult staff members in 2012.

Like Adam Lanza, the gunman in the Connecticut massacre, Christopher Harper-Mercer was living a mostly solitary life with a mom who shared his fascination with firearms.

Both stories illustrate the struggles parents face caring for a deeply troubled child, struggles that can inadvertently lead to a volatile outcome made easier by ready access to weaponry.

Two Baker men charged with poaching deer

Two Baker City men have been charged with illegally killing multiple buck deer, and wasting the meat, after a 10-month investigation by Oregon State Police fish and wildlife troopers in Baker City.

Dustin Reid Hellbusch, 18, is charged with 10 counts of taking/possessing a buck deer, eight counts of waste of a big game animal, and one count of tampering with evidence.

Taylor Michael Morris, 18, is charged with eight counts of taking/possessing a buck deer, seven counts of waste of a big game animal, and one count of tampering with evidence.

Police expect to arrest more suspects in the case, which started in November 2014 after a report to the state’s “Turn In a Poacher” (TIP) program.

OSP is asking the public for more information about this case. People can call Sr. Trooper McNeil at 541-523-5867, extension 4171, or call the TIP hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Haggen wants to auction stores on Nov. 9

The Haggen grocery chain has asked a bankruptcy court to approve the company’s plan to try to sell some of its stores, including the one in Baker City, by auction on Nov. 9.

Bids would be due on Nov. 2, and a court hearing to consider the auction results would take place Nov. 24, according to the schedule Haggen has proposed.

Water supply holds up

Baker City’s drought-depleted water supply is keeping up with demand.

The 11 streams and springs in the city’s watershed in the Elkhorn Mountains west of town are producing about 2 million gallons per day (MGD), Public Works Director Michelle Owen said.

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