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THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2015
142nd YEAR, No. 237
By JEFF BARNARD
silencers, government hunters have
started shooting seabirds on an un-
inhabited island at the mouth of the
Columbia River, to reduce their con-
sumption of juvenile salmon migrat-
ing to the ocean.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engi-
neers acknowledged Wednesday that
wildlife control personnel from the
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plan to cut by more than half the
numbers of double-crested cormo-
rants nesting on East Sand Island
between Oregon and Washington,
where they eat millions of juvenile
salmon migrating to the ocean. The
island is the biggest double-crest-
ed cormorant nesting site in North
America, and some of the salmon are
Bob Winters, program manager
for the corps, said a team of three
to four wildlife control personnel
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Bill extending rape
statute of limitation
moves to state Senate
By PETER WONG
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ry Committee Wednesday approved
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limitation on rape to 12 years.
House Bill 2317, which has al-
ready cleared the House, moves to
the full Senate without change, de-
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limitations should be set even longer.
Advocates had urged the commit-
tee to extend the deadline for prose-
cutions to 20 years.
“It took me years not only to dis-
close everything Pastor Mike did to
me, but to even realize just how bad-
ly the abuse affected my life,” said
of Mike Sperou, who was convicted
April 30 in Multnomah County Cir-
See BILL, Page 10A
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The Daily Astorian
Recent kidnap case illustrates pitfalls for young people
By KYLE SPURR
The Daily Astorian
ending sexually explicit text messages, known
as sexting, can be regrettable enough, but local
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cases are turning criminal.
The most common cases are children —
high-schoolers down to even elementary school
kids — communicating with people they do not
know or children sending pictures to friends, who
then spread them around to others.
Clatsop County Deputy District Attorney Dawn
more of these cases becoming criminal by one per-
son extorting the other or asking to meet, which has
led to rape and sodomy charges.
prevalent this is,” Buzzard said.
Sexting cases often begin through the slew of
social media applications such as Instagram, Snap-
chat, Kik, Facebook, Tinder, Grindr and Tumblr.
From there, Buzzard said, the person seeking the
sexually explicit messages asks multiple people in
hopes of connecting with a few.
Once in conversation, Buzzard said, the person
insecurity to their advantage. The suspect reassures
the person they are attractive or says whatever im-
perfection they have is actually a turn on.
Sometimes the suspect threatens to harm them-
yourself vulnerable,” Buzzard said.
Local law enforcement officials are
encouraging parents and guardians to
learn more about keeping their children
The following are helpful links by the
Oregon Department of Justice, FBI and
For parents or guardians who are unfa-
miliar or intimidated by technology, a sim-
ple way to learn more is to search online
for anything to do with online safety.
disciplinary Child Abuse Crime Team. During the
monthly meetings, sexting is frequently brought up.
Schools have revisited and updated their policies
for cellphone use, as a way to avoid distractions in
class, but also as a way to help deter sexting.
Buzzard said representatives from the schools
talk at the multidisciplinary team meetings about
how sexting has become an issue.
“They genuinely care about these kids and ask
Tips for parents
The responsibility for keeping children out of
situations that can escalate into criminal cases falls
on the parents or guardians, according to law en-
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children do not need privacy online.
larly result in more serious sex abuse charges.
Humphrey said simple tips for parents and
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know what applications are out there. If a parent or
number of suspects is likely still more than 100.
guardian does not know the technology, have their
child show them, Humphrey said.
The dangers of communicating online with an
Parents and guardians need to ask, “Does it
unknown person came to light earlier this month, make sense?” who their child is communicating
when a 14-year-old California girl thought she was with on their phones or other online devices, which
messaging an 18-year-old boy on Instagram, only can include an Xbox, Wii, e-reader or tablets.
Everett, Wash., who later allegedly kidnapped and ple how to raise their kids, but kids who have priva-
cy online are probably comprising their own priva-
The suspect, Russell Wayne Deviney, was cy online,” Humphrey said.
caught outside Cannon Beach after dropping the
Brown said the modern dangers of sexting and
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became upset with her mother and shared her feel- lescents different from any other generation. Chat-
ings with Deviney, who was posing as a teenager. ting online with an unknown person or sending a
Oregon state laws have evolved in recent years He suggested they go on a one-day vacation, and sexually explicit message can be just as risky as
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cases. The state has added new charges such as on- to meet him.
line sexual corruption and luring a minor.
Deputy District Attorney Ron Brown said the
Brown said children, in any generation, rarely
According to the Clatsop County District Attor- girl and her mother seemed to have a good relation- think about the consequences. If a child had to walk
around and hand people copies of their sexually ex-
“It was a situation where you sort of expect the plicit pictures, that would likely change their per-
corruption and 43 charges of use of a child in a sex- mother to be right on top of it, but in this day and spective, Brown said.
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per month as part of the Clatsop County Multi- plications,” Brown said.
Ketcham earns a new Ford with good grades, deeds
By EDWARD STRATTON
The Daily Astorian
Astoria High School senior Nick
Ketcham raised his GPA to 4.0 last
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centive, Ketcham was also trans-
lating his good grades into the tick-
ets that helped him win a new car
In a packed auditorium at his
high school, with contestants from
Astoria, Warrenton and Knappa,
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home a 2015 Ford Fiesta from Dane
Gouge, owner of Astoria Ford, in the
second-annual Driven to Succeed
The competition challenges stu-
dents to be involved during and after
school in exchange for the hope of a
Ketcham, who lives in Knappa,
said the car will help connect him
with friends in Astoria without ask-
He hopes to earn his associate
transfer degree in one year at the
college, taking 18 credits a term and
applying the college credits he earned
in high school. Ketcham said he even-
tually wants to attend Oregon State
University to study marine biology.
“I did multiple things to get tick-
ets,” Ketcham said of the contest.
He said he improved his GPA to
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and had perfect attendance for four
EDWARD STRATTON — The Daily Astorian
See KETCHAM, Page 10A
Dane Gouge, left, of Astoria Ford handed Nick Ketcham the keys Wednesday to the
2015 Ford Fiesta he won through the second-annual Driven to Succeed contest.