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Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley proposes wilderness protections

May. 25, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley is taking another swing at adding wilderness protections to a large mountain above the Painted Hills near Mitchell in Eastern Oregon. The Statesman Journal reports the bill, introduced last week, would establish 58,000 acres of wilderness on Sutton Mountain...

Salvation Army donation trucks hit by vandalism

May. 25, 2019 1:37 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The manager of a Eugene Salvation Army store says the vandalism of two of their trucks that pick up donations couldn't have happened at a worse time. The Register Guard reports that Joey Versaw said Friday that the store is already hurting for donations and the broken windows, dented...

Suspect who police say shot his roommate identified

May. 25, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — A man who police say shot and wounded his roommate on Friday in Oregon City before barricading himself in an apartment has been identified. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that officials on Saturday identified the suspect as 31-year-old Daniel Wiese. Around 3:30 p.m. Friday, the...

Man pleads guilty to manslaughter in 2015 Portland killing

May. 25, 2019 10:46 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man who fatally shot a teen outside a Portland apartment complex has pleaded guilty to manslaughter. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Deandrea Sanders also pleaded guilty to aggravated murder in the July 12, 2015 death of 19-year-old Anthony Jackson. Sanders is scheduled to be...

Oregon man arrested after disappearance of mother, young son

May. 24, 2019 9:52 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Police in Oregon arrested a man Friday on suspicion of murder and kidnapping following the disappearance of a woman and their 3-year-old son. A search was continuing for the mother and son, but police had little hope they were alive. Karissa Fretwell, 25, of Salem and her son William...

Eastern Oregon buildings destroyed in blaze, man arrested

May. 24, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a man has been arrested on investigation of arson after historic buildings in the eastern Oregon town of Huntington were destroyed. KBOI-TV reports the Baker County Sheriff's Office sent deputies to a disturbance at about 10:45 p.m. Thursday after someone told police...

Governor gets juvenile justice reform package

May. 24, 2019 7:14 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon narrowly approved expansive changes to the way it sentences juvenile offenders in what's a reversal of tough-on-crime policy passed by voters a quarter of a century ago. House lawmakers just barely pushed the measure late Thursday night through the chamber and onto the governor's...

Judge tells attacker to study Sikhs as part of sentence

May. 24, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A judge on Friday ordered an Oregon man to learn about the Sikh religion and submit a report to the court as part of his sentence for an attack on a Sikh shopkeeper in Salem, a civil rights group said. Andrew Ramsey pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of intimidation and assault in the...

Man convicted of 2013 slaying sentenced to life in prison

May. 24, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man convicted in a slaying six years ago has been sentenced to life in prison. Washington County District Attorney Eugene A. Vittone formally announced the sentencing Thursday. A jury had decided in March against imposing the death penalty on 24-year-old Brandon...

Blazers coach Stotts signs extension through 2021-22 season

May. 24, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers have formally announced that coach Terry Stotts signed a contract extension through the 2021-22 season. The extension was first revealed the day after the Trail Blazers were eliminated from the postseason by the Golden State Warriors, but terms were not...