1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Police say a 62-year-old fugitive from Indiana died from a gunshot wound to the head following a confrontation with authorities in a sparsely populated area of Oregon. Police declined to identify the man until his relatives have been notified and an autopsy is completed. But FBI spokeswoman Wendy Osborne said a fingerprint comparison was in the works to determine if he is Phillip Ferguson. The stockbroker and financial consultant had been missing for more than a decade.

HAPPY VALLEY, Ore. (AP) – A Clackamas County sheriff’s officer says an autistic boy attacked a 68-year-old school bus driver, biting and scratching the woman until a passing motorist rushed to help her. Sgt. Adam Phillips said Alice Scoggin was “bleeding badly” after the attack yesterday and appeared to have been bitten on her hands, arms and possibly her face. She was reported in good condition at a hospital. The officer says the unidentified boy, aged 10 to 12, was taken into protective custody.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A lawsuit filed in federal court alleges that logging in three Oregon state forests in the Coast Range is harming a protected bird, the marbled murrelet. The suit by three conservation groups asks a judge to halt the logging, including planned sales in the Tillamook, Clatsop and Elliott state forests. Filing the action are Cascadia Wildlands, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Audubon Society of Portland. The federal Endangered Species Act lists the birds as threatened.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Portland police say a caller who alerted them to a 3-foot-long brown and tan snake on a downtown street reported that the snake “looked scared.” When they responded yesterday, officers and a passer-by were able to corral the snake in a plastic tub. Police say they don’t know where the snake came from but added it was “clearly not native to downtown Portland.” They turned it over to Multnomah County Animal Control.


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