Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office(SUNRIVER, Ore.) — An Oregon man whose car was stuck in the snow for five days survived on taco sauce packets until a snowmobile rider found him, authorities said.Jeremy Taylor, 36, filled up his black Toyota 4Runner with gas on Feb. 24 before driving with his dog, Allie, to a forested ridge, west of Sunriver, Oregon, where he would often enjoy off-roading. But, the SUV got stuck in snow on a Forest Service road, so they spent the night in the snowbound vehicle, according to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.Taylor awoke the next morning to even more snow on the ground and was unable to move his car. He tried to walk out with his dog but the snow was too deep so they returned to the vehicle.“Jeremy stayed warm over the next four days by periodically starting his vehicle and used a few taco sauce packets he had as food,” Sgt. William Bailey of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Saturday.A snowmobile rider came across the stranded SUV on Friday afternoon and contacted authorities. Rescuers located Taylor and his dog “in good condition, but hungry,” Bailey said.Taylor and his dog were transported to an intersection where he was reunited with family and friends.“The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank everyone who assisted with the search for Jeremy and his dog Allie,” Bailey said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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The Ministry of Justice today sets out in detail how the Jackson reforms will work when the majority come into force on 1 April. In a statutory instrument laid down in parliament, the department sets out the Civil Procedure (Amendment) Rules that will set out the future direction of civil justice. There are sections for costs management, costs capping, qualified one-way costs-shifting and damages-based agreements. There are few surprises in the amended rules, and as expected changes to conditional fee agreements do not apply to insolvency-related proceedings, publication and privacy proceedings or a mesothelioma claim. All parties excepts litigants in person must file and exchange budgets by a specific date and courts can control parties’ budgets if a costs management order has been made. Craig Budsworth, chair of the Motor Accident Solicitors Society, said it was noteworthy that the 10% rise in damages – promised as part of the Jackson changes – was not part of the rules. This would mean the judicial guidelines would have to be amended to ensure protection for accident victims. ‘We must be cautious now moving forward and not rush into more reform before these changes have had a chance to bed in. ‘It is important to ensure that the whole package of Jackson reforms is implemented and there is that vital balance between the claimant and defendant in the system.’ Read the full set of rules.
The government has proposed creating a single protection order applicable across the criminal, family and civil courts among measures unveiled today to support victims of domestic abuse, acknowledging that the current range of orders can confuse victims and practitioners.A Home Office and Ministry of Justice consultation, entitled Transforming the response to domestic abuse, states that domestic violence protection orders are specific to cases of domestic violence, but that other orders, including restraining, non-molestation and occupation orders, can be made in varying circumstances. These orders vary in terms of who can apply for them, the conditions attached and the consequences if they are breached. Different parties, including victims, agencies and the police, can apply for different orders.The government says the absence of a single order applicable across the criminal, family and civil courts ‘can lead to confusion for victims and practitioners in domestic abuse cases and problems with enforcement. Some police practitioners and organisations representing victims have also cited the absence of the potential for criminal sanction following breach as limiting the effectiveness of the existing domestic violence protection order’.Courts will be able to issue the new order during ongoing proceedings, on conviction or acquittal in criminal proceedings. Existing restraining, non-molestation and occupation orders will continue as they provide protection in other situations.The government also proposes to create a new statutory definition recognising abuse that happens in all types of relationships, include single incidents and behaviour patterns, including ‘economic abuse’.Today’s consultation paper states that convictions for crimes related to domestic abuse have risen by 61%, to 70,853, over the past decade. More than 300 charges have been made under the offence of controlling or cooercive behaviour in an intimate partner or family relationship, introduced under the Serious Crime Act 2015.In a joint foreword, justice secretary David Gauke and home secretary Amber Rudd say all forms of violence and abuse are unacceptable ‘but it is particularly shocking when it is carried out by those who are supposedly closest to the victims, and by those who profess to love the very people that they subject to terrible psychological, emotional and physical abuse’.Gauke and Rudd added that the response victims receive, and the action taken to punish and rehabilitate offenders, is not a ‘postcode lottery’.The consultation closes on 31 May.