Ore. students get day off; bus tires slashed

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LOWELL, Ore. (AP) -- A hard-working tire slasher managed to flatten tires on all six of the Lowell, Ore., school district's buses, guaranteeing a day off for the roughly 300 students.

However, school Superintendent Aaron Brown is on the case, the tires are being replaced -- and Brown says students will have to make up Tuesday's missed day in June at the end of the school year.

Brown reported the vandalism to Lane County sheriff's officers but sheriff's Capt. Byron Trapp tells The Register-Guard (http://is.gd/fytZI1) that his office lacks the staff to immediately respond to most property crimes.

So Brown is doing some sleuthing himself. He says he assumes students are to blame and he plans to interview a number of them. In his words, "It's a small town; people talk."

The repair bill is expected to total about $10,000, which Brown says is covered by district insurance. Lowell is southeast of Eugene.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com