Tag Archives: Karen Gunson

What happened to Robert Wickizer

Robert Wickizer, 70, was killed by police May 30, 2016, as they responded to a disturbance call in Tualatin. Officers said to be “involved” – one or more of whom shot Wickizer to death – were Tualatin officer Erich French, … Continue reading

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Eugene man killed in Salem police shooting

Statesman Journal, April 25, 2015 What might have been the routine arrest of a Eugene man wanted for failing to appear in court on drug charges turned into a deadly shootout with Salem police officers. Before Friday’s tense, hours-long standoff … Continue reading

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Oregon meth deaths at highest point since 2000

From Salem Statesman Journal, April 24, 2014 The Oregon State Medical Examiner has released 2013 statistics for drug-related deaths, finding that methamphetamine deaths are on the rise statewide. But other drugs, like heroin and cocaine, have declined. More than 200 … Continue reading

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After Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death, local police release heroin overdose statistics

The Oregonian, Feb. 4, 2013 Police released the latest heroin overdose statistics Tuesday after the weekend death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman put the problem back in the national spotlight. Hoffman was found dead Sunday in a New York apartment … Continue reading

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State officials quietly settled with Moises Perez’s family last May, agreeing to pay $1.4M

By Yuxing Zheng, The Oregonian, Sept. 11, 2013 State officials have agreed to a $1.4 million settlement with the family of a patient at the Oregon State Hospital who died in his room but wasn’t discovered for hours. Moises Perez, … Continue reading

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Prescription drug deaths fall in Oregon, but heroin deaths still rising

By Stuart Tomlinson, The Oregonian, June 4, 2013 Every year about this time, Dr. Karen Gunson, the Oregon state medical examiner, and her colleagues tally up drug-related deaths in the state. And each year, Gunson sees trends in the numbers. … Continue reading

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‘Alien Boy’ director on remembering James Chasse as ‘just a person’

By Brian Lindstrom, in the Portland Tribune, Feb. 21, 2013 As parents of a 7- and an 8-year-old, my wife Cheryl Strayed and I often discuss what we hope to impart to our children. At the top of that list … Continue reading

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Cheap, easy-to-get heroin leads to spike in Oregon overdose deaths

From the Oregonian, April 4, 2012 The warnings from law enforcement started early last year, said Dr. Karen Gunson, the state medical examiner: Police told her they were seeing a big increase in the amount of heroin entering the state. … Continue reading

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