1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Portland emergency officials say preliminary tests on white powder envelopes found at Portland International Airport and a downtown Hilton Hotel indicate both were harmless. Last night’s white powder scares were the second and third in Portland in 24 hours after a mailroom at the Lloyd Center Mall was briefly evacuated Tuesday. A fourth incident was reported April 26 at the federal courthouse. In each case the powder was harmless. The source of all four is under investigation.

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) – A Douglas County sheriff’s spokesman says a 26-year-old man has died in an accident at a logging site about 16 miles east of Sutherlin in southern Oregon. Sheriff’s spokesman Dwes Hutson said Keone Peiper of Sutherlin was hit in the head by a log while attaching cables to downed logs to winch them up to a loading area on private timberland outside Sutherlin. Fire department medics found Peiper dead at the scene. The accident happened on property owned by Weyerhaeuser.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – A Lane County man has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison for his role in a marijuana distribution ring. U.S. District Judge Michael Hogan also ordered 52-year-old Steven Jay Veit to three years’ supervised release, and the Elmira man has agreed to pay back $330,000 from his criminal proceeds. He pleaded guilty last fall to charges of manufacturing marijuana and possession with intent to deliver. Authorities say the group was producing pot to be sold in California.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – The estate of a Puyallup (pew-AL’-up), Wash., soldier has sued the federal government, contending the 32-year-old Afghan war veteran should not have been given a three-day pass by the Roseburg, Ore., Veterans Administration Medical Center. Jeffrey Jared Waggoner died in Roseburg in 2008. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court contends that Waggoner’s score on an assessment of psychological, social and occupational fitness indicated that he needed inpatient care.


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