Two-alarm fire damages old Albany church: fire officials

ALBANY — A two-alarm fire early Monday damaged the century-old Willamette Community Church in Albany.

The fire was reported after 2 a.m. by the assistant pastor who responded to a security alarm and smelled smoke.

The Albany Fire Department says the fire started in the basement and went to two alarms because it spread into the walls, floors and ceilings.

A sprinkler system in the basement limited the damage. Firefighters had to tear open floors and ceilings to extinguish hidden flames.

BEND — A bicycle rider was carrying an extra pair of shoes on his handle bars but one came lose and fell into the front wheel bringing the bike to an instant halt. The 67-year-old rider was thrown over the handle bars and seriously injured.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office says it happened Saturday near the entrance of Tumalo State Park during the same time as the Cascade Cycling Classic, but the injured rider was not a contestant in the event. He was taken to a Bend hospital.

PORTLAND — A spokesman for Multnomah County says board Chairman Jeff Cogen is returning to work Monday.

Spokesman David Austin told The Oregonian Cogan would return to work at noon but would not answer questions. He's been off work since Tuesday when he admitted having an inappropriate affair with a county Health Department employee.

Cogen has denied helping Sonia Manhas win a promotion last year to the job of director of policy and planning. The job opening and her projects were mentioned in nearly 700 pages of email released Friday that went through his government computer.

TOLLGATE — Search crews are looking for a 51-year-old man whose canoe tipped into Jubilee Lake in the Umatilla National Forest.

Union County sheriff's Sgt. Bill Miller says the man was canoeing Sunday with a family friend at the popular recreation site north of Tollgate.

The East Oregonian reports he was identified as Jeffery Anspach, but no address was available.

COOS BAY — The World newspaper of Coos Bay has named a former Associated Press newsman as top editor.

The Lee Enterprises paper said Monday that Larry Campbell would become executive editor Tuesday.

Publisher Jeff Precourt said Campbell's work in Alaska stood out because topics such as the environment and native populations are similar to those on Oregon's coast.

Campbell graduated from the University of Oregon and began his journalism career in 1982 with the Anchorage Daily News. He was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for a 10-week series on alcoholism and addiction in Alaska Native communities.

He's held editor positions at The Peninsula Clarion and First Alaskans Magazine.

Compiled from wire reports

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