Oregon News from the AP

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Salem police say a tractor-trailer rig driver
who pulled into the parking lot of a small mall to ask directions
was struck and killed when his truck began rolling forward. Lt. Jim
Anglemier said the truck began rolling Wednesday while the driver
was inside a business asking for assistance. It first hit a parked
car. The driver raced outside in an apparent effort to get the
truck stopped but he was run over. No one else was hurt. Police
identified the driver late yesterday as 54-year-old Dean Leslie
Pollard of Portland.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – A Eugene woman who left her 2-year-old
daughter in a hot car has been sentenced to a month in jail and
three years’ probation. KVAL reports the sentence for 26-year-old
Amanda Nichols was part of a plea deal with prosecutors. The girl
was treated at a hospital and released to her father after she was
found alone in the car while her mother was shopping Aug. 1. The
outdoor air temperature was about 83 degrees.

GASTON, Ore. (AP) – Three firefighters were injured at a
two-alarm fire Tuesday night at the Stimson Lumber mill in Gaston.
The Gaston Rural Fire District said they were taken to hospitals
and released early yesterday. They were injured in an explosion
that occurred more than two hours after the initial call to a fire
in the powerhouse at the mill. The cause has not yet been

SWEET HOME, Ore. (AP) – Wildlife agents have tracked and killed
a cougar believed responsible for killing six sheep belonging to a
family in Sweet Home, northeast of Eugene. U.S. Agriculture
Department wildlife specialists used hounds yesterday to track and
tree a 2-year-old, 110-pound cougar. A USDA wildlife biologist
tells KEZI it was necessary to kill the big cat because predators
that start attacking livestock will continue.

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Police and Marion County sheriff’s deputies
responded to a report of a shooting in Salem last night and found a
man’s body in a ditch. Police say the man appears to be about 20
years old and is believed to have been shot.

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) – A man is recovering from a gunshot wound
suffered yesterday afternoon at an Ashland convenience store, and a
suspect and his wife from California were arrested on Interstate 5.
Jackson County deputies say the motive for the shooting is unclear.
Multiple shots were fired as the couple drove away from the gas
station. One shot hit 48-year-old Douglas George Shelton. He was
taken to a hospital in fair condition. Law officers say the couple
were in a truck hauling a stolen trailer when they were arrested
two hours later on I-5

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) – The Port of Newport and National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration will dedicate the new $38 million
NOAA facility on Saturday with Oregon political leaders on hand to
celebrate. Newport beat Seattle two years ago to win the Marine
Operations Center for the fleet of research ships that had been
based in Seattle’s Lake Union for nearly 50 years.

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