1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 08/23/2012 04:00 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) – The Jackson County sheriff’s office says a county corrections litter crew found a large pipe bomb along Pioneer Road in Medford. Spokeswoman Andrea Carlson says an state police bomb squad and firefighters responded yesterday morning. The bomb was made inoperable, then taken into evidence. No one was hurt but Pioneer Road was closed for about two hours.

BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) – Police have arrested four people after receiving complaints that pit bulls were being struck with a hammer and a shovel at a Beaverton home. Police spokesman Mike Rowe says neighbors called yesterday to report the abuse. Rowe says three of the four suspects were also charged with disorderly conduct because they threatened the neighbors who told them to stop hurting the dogs. Ten pit bulls were seized from the home.

OAKRIDGE, Ore. (AP) – The agency that enforces federal air laws in Lane County has tried to persuade Oakridge residents to help clean their notoriously sooty winter air. Now it wants punishment. The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency has proposed that the city start fining residents who operate smoky woodstoves or fireplaces. The city approved an ordinance five years ago that allows it to levy such fines, but not one resident has been penalized since its passage.

UNITY, Ore. (AP) – Oregon State Police say a 35-year-old Bremerton man died when he crashed his motorcycle on a remote section of U.S. Highway 26 south of Unity in eastern Oregon. Lt. Gregg Hastings says Michael James Bartlett was riding with a group of other motorcyclists when he lost control on a curve and went off the road, causing his bike to tumble and eject him.


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