Prison loses rifle, skips required inventories
Saturday, January 14, 2012
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A state-owned rifle has disappeared from an Oregon prison and may have been missing for months as corrections officials skipped three required monthly inventories.
The .223-caliber Ruger Mini-14 was last checked out from Coffee Creek Correctional Facility for training on July 18. Department of Corrections spokeswoman Jennifer Black tells The Oregonian (http://bit.ly/xvdcta) that incomplete paperwork suggests it may have been checked back in to the Wilsonville prison, but officials believe it wasn't.
Black says the weapon may have been inadvertently left at a Wilsonville gun range, but it hasn't been found there.
Required inventories were not conducted in August, September or October, and the rifle's disappearance wasn't discovered until an inventory done Nov. 11.
Officials say there is no immediate threat to prison security and inmates did not have access to the gun.
Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com