Oregon news and NW sports from the AP

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – An apparent mixing error by a worker at

the downtown YWCA swimming pool created chlorine gas last night.

Portland Fire & Rescue spokesman Paul Corah says there were just

five people in the building at the time and all reported eye

irritation from the fumes. One was taken to a hospital for

evaluation. Corah says the worker reportedly mixed a gallon of

chlorine with six gallons of muriatic acid. Both chemicals are used

in pool maintenance.

BEND, Ore. (AP) – A van with a flat tire fell on an Oregon state

trooper, causing serious injuries. State Police say the officer

faces surgery but has been released from a Bend hospital in the

meantime. Authorities say 30-year-old Trooper Colin Tracy was

trying to get the spare tire from beneath the disabled van near

Sisters on Friday evening when the van slipped off a jack and fell

onto him. Lt. Gregg Hastings says van passenger Cristina Ortiz

lifted the back of the van as far as she could, allowing Tracy to

scoot out from underneath it.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Portland firefighters responding to a

report of a fall late last night found a 16-year-old boy

unconscious at the bottom of a cliff at Rocky Butte. Fire & Rescue

spokesman Paul Corah says the boy suffered life-threatening

injuries and was taken to a hospital. Corah says it appears the boy

accidentally fell more than 80 feet down the east side of Rocky

Butte in northeast Portland. He says it’s the third accident this

year involving a fall at Rocky Butte.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – Some business owners in downtown Eugene say

they’re losing customers because of the behavior of homeless people

outside a Eugene diner that offers free meals. Some are calling for

the eatery to move. But the operators of The Dining Room say it’s

staying put. Among the complaints are drunkenness, drug use, foul

language and public urination and sex. The diner is an 8-year-old

meal site run by FOOD for Lane County.

BEND, Ore. (AP) – An Oregon State Trooper faces surgery after

being injured while helping a motorist change a flat tire near

Sisters. Thirty-year-old Trooper Colin Tracy was injured when a van

slipped from a jack while Tracy was underneath Friday evening,

attempting to remove the spare tire. Tracy has been released from

the hospital, but needs surgery for his injuries.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – An Oregon woman says she’s not serious

about wanting to marry death row inmate Christian Longo. Keli

Cannon of Portland says she’s a friend of Longo, but says he signed

a form requesting permission to marriage to prove that the state

Department of Corrections routinely denies his requests. Longo was

convicted of killing his wife and three children.

THE DALLES, Ore. (AP) – The Wasco sheriff’s office says a rafter

who was lost in the upper Deschutes River is presumed to have

drowned. KGW reports five people were thrown into the water when

the raft overturned Friday in the White Horse Rapids near North

Junction. Four made it to shore, but the fifth was last seen

floating down the river without a life jacket.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – More than 1,000 people lined up yesterday to

apply for temporary jobs at the Oregon State Fair in Salem. The

Statesman Journal reports the Employment Department gave yellow

cards to the first 300 people in line, referring them to vendors.

The next 300 can return today to apply for other jobs at the fair.


EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – A man who says his wife jumped out of their

moving pickup truck is pleading not guilty to a drunken driving

charge in Lane County Circuit Court. Brenda Sue Shreeve was killed

in the incident in March on Highway 99 near Goshen. The Register

Guard reports 51-year-old Lloyd Allan Shreeve of Salem said he was

arguing with his wife at the time.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – An Oregon woman who decided to circumcise

her 3-month-old son at home after reading the Old Testament and

watching YouTube videos has been sentenced to five years’

probation. Keemonta Peterson pleaded guilty to first-degree

criminal mistreatment. The 30-year-old Portland woman must also

undergo mental health treatment.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – One of the seven women accusing an

anesthesiologist of sexual abuse has filed a civil lawsuit against

Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles. The woman’s lawyer tells

The Oregonian that she feels the hospital didn’t take her seriously

because she was under sedation when she reported the incident to

the surgeon.

PRINEVILLE, Ore. (AP) – The Central Oregon Community College

plans to open a new campus in Prineville next week, offering

services such as adult education and computer labs to Crook County

residents. The Bulletin of Bend reports that the 12,000-square-foot

Crook County Open Campus is one of the college’s construction

projects largely built by proceeds from a bond issue approved in


SEATTLE (AP) – Mike Carp and Casper Wells hit back-to-back home

runs in the eighth inning to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 6-5

comeback victory over the Toronto Blue Jays last night. Carp, who

also homered in the third inning, has a 15-game hitting and 17 RBIs

in August, most in baseball for the month. It was his first

two-home run game. Wells homered in his third consecutive game.

Brandon League, a former Blue Jay, earned his 30th save in 34


SEATTLE (AP) – Danny Hultzen, taken by the Seattle Mariners with

the No. 2 pick in the amateur draft, agreed Monday night to an $8.5

million, five-year contract. The deal includes a $6.35 million

signing bonus. Hultzen, a 6-foot-3 left-hander, was 12-3 with a

1.37 ERA in 18 starts for Virginia. In three seasons, he was 32-5

with a 2.08 ERA. Because Hultzen still had one more year of

eligibility at Virginia, the Mariners had until 9 p.m. to sign him.

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) – Beavers football coach Mike Riley says

four freshman Oregon State players will be suspended for one game

after they were charged with underage drinking over the weekend.

The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports the four are redshirt defensive

tackle Joe Lopez, safety Will Storey, redshirt tight end Connor

Hamlett, and redshirt tight end Tyler Perry. Riley says the players

will also face other discipline he didn’t describe.

BEREA, Ohio (AP) – The Cleveland Browns have been awarded

defensive back Brett Johnson off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks.

The club is thin in the secondary with rookie safety Eric Hagg

scheduled for knee surgery yesterday. Johnson was signed as an

undrafted free agent by Buffalo last season. He also spent time

with Philadelphia and St. Louis but was released before the start

of the regular season.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota Vikings’ Anthony

Herrera has been taken off the physically unable to perform list,

slightly ahead of schedule with rehab on his surgically repaired

left knee. The right guard took part in much of yesterday’s

practice. Coach Leslie Frazier says Herrera was back about a week

earlier than was expected and says he could play in Saturday’s

exhibition game at Seattle, depending on how things go this week.


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