1st Oregon News from the AP

Date: 08/10/2012 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Randall Engels used a fake name to text his estranged wife and urge her to work things out at home in the weeks before he killed her and their two children on Independence Day in Dundee. The pair exchanged frequent text messages until July 3, when Amy made it clear that she wouldn’t return to her husband. Randall Engels murdered his family the following day and killed himself.

GRESHAM, Ore. (AP) – Gresham police say a man who rented the storage unit where a woman’s body was found last month has been arrested on a murder charge. Police said the manager of the storage business reported a foul odor coming from the unit and discovered the body of 18-year-old Anisa Marie Swearingen of Portland.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon House Republican leader who abruptly stepped down last month says he did so in part because of concerns that the public would find out that he and a handful of other GOP lawmakers had visited a topless bar. The Oregonian reports Rep. Kevin Cameron of Salem initially said he was giving up his role as the No. 2 Republican in the House due to personal reasons.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Police say they’re investigating a hate crime in North Portland, where somebody sprayed racist graffiti, death threats and swastikas on a historic lodge with black members. The Oregonian reports the Sons of Haiti Grand Lodge, Masonic building and a food cart lot are owned by John Bryant. He told the paper the lodge and his mother’s house are the last black-owned properties on the street.


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