1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 08/21/2012 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Vatican has won a major victory in an Oregon federal courtroom, where a judge ruled the Holy See is not the employer of molester priests. The ruling yesterday by U.S. District Court Judge Michael Mosman ends a six-year question in the decade-old case and could shield the Vatican from possible monetary damages. The original lawsuit was filed in 2002 by a Seattle-area man who claimed the Rev. Andrew Ronan repeatedly molested him in the late 1960s. An appeal is planned.

WHITE CITY, Ore. (AP) – A homeowner in the southern Oregon community of White City fatally shot a man who authorities say ran up to his residence, claimed someone was chasing him and then tried to forcibly enter the home. A Jackson County sheriff’s spokeswoman says 49-year-old Mark Corsbie of Medford was killed yesterday. The homeowner wasn’t identified.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – An Oregon City man who falsely reported that a bottle of water had been tampered with has been sentenced to 18 months in prison. Prosecutors said yesterday that 35-year-old Curtis Alan Purdy filled a bottle of Crystal Geyer water with rubbing alcohol and watched his mother drink from it and become ill. Purdy requested compensation from Crystal Geyer and filed a report with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A man dubbed “The Bicycle Robber” has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison after pleading guilty to bank heists in Oregon and Washington. The authorities say 34-year-old Christopher Wattam of Seattle robbed three Washington banks – and successfully got away on a bicycle – before a customer at a Wells Fargo branch in Salem tackled him during a robbery attempt last year.


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