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SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Gov. John Kitzhaber’s administration has
implemented a hiring freeze and other cost-cutting measures. The
governor ordered the freeze yesterday at the request of legislative
budget leaders. A memo to agency heads says positions “essential
to the state’s business” will be filled. But new classes of state
troopers will be cancelled, and any new hire will have to be
approved by a committee.
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) – A judge has entered not guilty pleas for a
Medford man charged with murdering his wife and four young children
last summer and setting fire to their house. Jordan Criado appeared
by video from jail Tuesday in Jackson County Circuit Court in
Medford. The 51-year-old Criado is accused of stabbing his wife,
30-year-old Tabasha Paige-Criado, and two of the children, and
setting multiple fires in their Medford home in July.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Police say a man was helping a family move
to from Canby to Salem when he came into contact with a pipe bomb
in the family’s driveway that exploded and killed him. The Canby
Police Department described the pipe bomb as being similar in
appearance to a tool box. Canby Police Chief Bret Smith says
31-year-old Ivan Rodriguez knew the family and was lending a hand
when they were moving on Sunday night.
HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) – A 50-year-old Oregon man who marched over
to a neighbor’s house and started choking him for trimming trees
that provided shade to both properties has been sentenced to six
months in jail. Robert Maurice Bosket of Aloha was arrested Aug.
16. The neighbor said Bosket pushed his way into the home, choked
him and used gay slurs. Bosket pleaded guilty in Circuit Court to
first-degree burglary and strangulation.
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