- - Monday, October 29, 2012

PORTLAND — More than 50 searchers Monday converged on the foothills south of Portland looking for two teenagers who failed to return from a day hike and were missing after two nights of wet, windy weather.

Deputy Nate Thompson of the Clackamas County sheriff’s office said the two are Boy Scouts experienced in the outdoors, but authorities don’t know what kind of gear they took with them.

The teens — Bradley Nelson, 16, and Jackson Chandler, 17 — left West Linn in suburban Portland on Saturday afternoon intending to hike and return to their car by dark, Deputy Thompson said.

Their parents called for help when the boys didn’t return on time. Searchers Sunday found the car the teens drove five miles east of the Table Rock Wilderness area.

HAWAII

Maui beaches closed after shark attack

WAILUKU — A 51-year-old woman from California was attacked over the weekend by a shark off Makena Landing Beach Park on Maui.

Maui News reported that the beaches near the park were closed Saturday afternoon after the shark attacked the woman when she was about 20 yards from shore. The shark was estimated to be from 10 to 12 feet long.

Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga says the woman suffered puncture wounds to her right inner thigh and lacerations to the front and back of her right hand from pushing the shark away.

She was in stable condition at a hospital.

OKLAHOMA

Former church worker pleads guilty to rape

TULSA — A former employee of a Tulsa megachurch accused of raping a 13-year-old girl pleaded guilty Monday to six sex-crime charges.

Chris Denman, 20, faces up to life in prison after entering the plea. He is due in court Dec. 12 for sentencing.

Denman was accused in August of raping the girl on the campus of Victory Christian Center, a megachurch that has 17,000 members. Denman was also charged with molesting a 15-year-old girl and making a lewd proposal to a 12-year-old girl.

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