Ore. police seek paraglider pilot after city jump



ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Police in Oregon are seeking a former Utah gubernatorial candidate who has taken credit for paragliding off the 125-foot Astoria Column that is a landmark overlooking Astoria at the mouth of the Columbia River.

The Daily Astorian reports that 41-year-old Dell Schanze of Salt Lake City has posted video of the Saturday jump on YouTube.

But Astoria police say the jump is a misdemeanor that could carry up to a year in jail.

Schanze told the Daily Astorian on Monday that he did it to entertain a friend.

The Oregonian reports Schanze ran for governor of Utah as a Libertarian in 2010 and was known for an “over-the-top personal style.”

Brad Hill, the owner of Discover Paragliding in Warrenton, says the paragliding community supports safety.