Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – An outside review of seven shootings by Portland police officers found the biggest problem was a breakdown in communications. The Oregonian reports consultants recommend changes to address communication gaps, excessive delays in getting medical care to wounded suspects, the failure of AR-15 rifle operators to monitor radio talk and long waits to interview involved officers.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – Law officers are looking for the hit-run driver who struck and killed a man walking near Lane Community College last night. State police say the 18-year-old was struck from behind by a pickup truck that didn’t stop. The Eugene-area resident died this morning at a hospital. Witnesses say the pickup was a dark possibly late 1990s to early 2000 Chevy extended cab pickup. It is believed the truck body is raised or lifted about 6 inches.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) – The Marion County sheriff’s office is lifting a hiring freeze and plans to add 12 new deputies. A spokesman tells the Statesman Journal it looks like an improving economy will allow the department to fill positions that have been left vacant.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon State Fair is changing some of its competitions this year, and it probably means fewer blue ribbons will be awarded. The fair says last year hundreds of cooking, crafts, farm and garden categories had only one entrant. This year, similar categories with fewer than five contestants might be combined or entrants may be invited to show their work without competing.
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