3rd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 08/10/2012 10:38 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


SALEM, Ore. (AP) – A Salem man has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for ramming his vehicle into a car and trailer that had blocked him into a driveway. Willie Ray Williams pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of assault and unlawful use of a weapon. The Statesman Journal reports he also pushed the trailer into the patrol car of a sheriff’s deputy who responded.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Vandals broke into a Portland park shed then opened the hatch on the Mt. Tabor water reservoir and dropped in a sealed bottle of hydrochloric acid as well as traffic cones and a hose. The Oregonian reports the Water Bureau didn’t reveal the vandalism last May because the public was no health danger. Officials say the staff quickly isolated the reservoir and drained and cleaned it. The water tested fine, and the reservoir was put back in service.

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.

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.


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