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Mar 13, 2013 at 6:41 AM PDT

ST. HELENS, Ore. (AP) — A Washington state man charged with killing the Rainier, Ore., police chief in 2011 has been transferred from jail to the Oregon state mental hospital in Salem.

Columbia County, Ore., Sheriff Jeff Dickerson...
Mar 12, 2013 at 12:53 PM PDT
A Washington state man charged with killing the Rainier, Ore., police chief in 2011 has been transferred from jail to the Oregon state mental hospital in Salem.
Feb 27, 2013 at 4:48 PM PDT
Accused cop-killer Daniel Butts is not mentally competent to go to trial, a judge decided on Wednesday. The decision delays proceedings against Butts, 23, indefinitely and sends him back to a state mental hospital until he is able to assist in his own defense.
Feb 20, 2013 at 5:24 PM PDT
Prosecutors wanted the judge to see Wednesday that Daniel Butts is ready for trial and that he’s very aware of what's going on.
Jan 10, 2013 at 12:00 AM PDT
It's been two years since Rainier police Chief Ralph Painter was killed in the line of duty and his family is still waiting for closure.
May 2, 2012 at 12:09 PM PDT

From the Oregon State Police:
Each year, Oregon law enforcement joins family, friends and community members gather in Salem to remember and honor the brave men and women who lost their lives in the line of duty. The 2012 Police Memorial...
Apr 5, 2012 at 5:00 PM PDT
Daniel Butts, the man accused of shooting and killing Rainier’s police chief, is heading back to the Oregon State Hospital. A judge determined that Butts needs further mental evaluation to see if he’s fit to stand trial.
Mar 22, 2012 at 2:28 PM PDT

HILLSBORO, Ore. -- Hillsboro firefighters gathered Wednesday evening at the Walters Cultural Arts Center to honor their own for service above and beyond the normal call of duty.

The Medal of Valor was presented to Hillsboro Fire and...
Feb 8, 2012 at 4:19 PM PDT
Daniel Butts is accused of shooting Ralph Painter after gaining control of Painter's gun during a struggle.
Feb 2, 2012 at 3:57 PM PDT
A Columbia County judge decided Thursday afternoon that a man accused of shooting and killing Rainier's police chief is fit to stand trial.
Jan 5, 2012 at 9:32 PM PDT
The beloved small-town police chief was gunned down a year ago. And on the anniversary of his murder, friends and family came together to honor him.
Jan 3, 2012 at 9:39 PM PDT
A Columbia County judge said he will wait two weeks before deciding whether the man accused of shooting and killing Rainier's police chief will go to trial or to the state mental hospital instead.
Dec 29, 2011 at 12:35 PM PDT
The year started with a police chief being shot and killed and ended with an unusually dry December. Take a look at back at the big local stories that made headlines in 2011.
Dec 28, 2011 at 10:17 AM PDT
The number of fatalities from departments across the country caused by firearms made 2011 one of the deadliest years in recent history for U.S. law enforcement.
Dec 22, 2011 at 4:45 PM PDT
The judge made no decision Thursday on whether the man charged with killing a beloved Oregon police chief is mentally fit for trial.