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Kip Kinkel is in the news today- he's now 28 years old and is asking to go to the state's mental hospital - and wants to change his plea to guilty - but "insane". Kip Kinkel pleaded guilty in 1999 to killing his parents with a high powered rifle. He then shot 27 people at Thurston High School in Springfield, killing two of them.  He was sentenced to 111 years at the state prison. Now he’s 28 years old, he’s suing Gerald Long, interim head of the State Correctional Institution in Salem. He wants to change his plea from “guilty” to “guilty, but insane”. Kinkel’s attorney argues the 15-year old weren’t given a proper mental evaluation. At the time, Defense Attorney had argued Kinkel was following the commands of voices in his head. Kinkel says he’s not trying to escape responsibility for his crime, but would rather serve his sentence at the State Hospital, rather than the State Prison. The state is yet to respond to the lawsuit and no court date has been set.  Kinkel lost an attempt four years ago for a new trial seeking an insanity defense. A Marion County Judge denied the request, which was upheld by the Oregon Court of Appeals.

 

 

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King Solomon Lane closed between Ferguson Road and King David. (7/25)

 

Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

Oregon State University off-site improvements for intersection reconstruction, July 11 – August 3,    7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at intersection of Chandler Avenue and Yates Drive.

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 

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Murphy Road and Parrell Road closed with detours. (9/30)

 

Powell Butte Highway at Neff and Alfalfa Market Roads (8/31)

 
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