2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 10/12/2012 09:29 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


SEATTLE (AP) – With the Northwest braced for the first significant rain of the fall, highway officials in Washington and Oregon are pleading for driving caution – and common sense. The Oregon Department of Transportation warns that oil and grease on the highway come to the surface with the first rains, potentially making roads slick.

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) – Investigators say a Corvallis couple was distracted by taking cell phone photos when their van hit and killed a motorcyclist on Highway 99W near Monroe. Benton County deputies say Veronica Avila Diaz was driving and her husband Jose Antonio Cejas-Gutierrez was taking pictures when their van swerved into the oncoming lane. The crash on Sept. 30 killed Kenneth Carroll of Monroe. The Oregonian says the driver faces a manslaughter charge and her husband is charged with interfering with police and hindering prosecution.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Police say a man struck by a vehicle late last night in Portland is suffering from life threatening injuries. Police say the driver remained at the scene in the Madison South neighborhood as investigators responded.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – If you’re missing an alligator head, you might check the loot that Marion County sheriff’s officers seized when they broke up a burglary ring. KATU-TV reports that the sheriff’s office had a public viewing of seized items Wednesday in hopes of finding the owners. Besides the gator head, detectives found power tools, laptops, flatbed trailers, fishing poles and more.


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