1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 10/15/2012 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


REDMOND, Ore. (AP) – A high-speed chase of a stolen car ended with a search at a Redmond motel, but police managed to flush out the suspect. KTVZ-TV reports that officers were conducting a room-by-room search of the Best Western Plus Rama Inn when a flushing toilet helped give away the suspect’s location. The suspect had reportedly been driving a car stolen from California on Highway 97 at speeds topping 100 mph yesterday morning. The suspect’s identity and hometown weren’t released.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – A stretch of Highway 20 that was supposed to replace a deadly 10-mile section between Pioneer Mountain and Eddyville has turned into Oregon’s most expensive state highway project. The Register-Guard reports that construction on the 5.5-mile stretch through the crest of the Coast Range is now six years behind schedule with cost overruns of $170 million. Department of Transportation representatives and the project’s original contractor blame problems on unstable earth deep below the surface in some areas that was left by landslides that occurred thousands of years ago.

VERNONIA, Ore. (AP) – A 12-year-old boy is recovering from burns to his face and hands after carrying his grandmother to safety after an explosive fire at their home in Vernonia. The fire erupted Friday after a propane heater started leaking. Seth Cutright tells KATU-TV that he could smell the gas but didn’t know what it was just before his grandmother, Rose Cutright, lit a cigarette and ignited the blaze. The two are recovering at the Oregon Burn Center in Portland.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Clackamas County emergency responders say bystanders saved the life of a 60-year-old soccer player. The man collapsed while playing a game early yesterday afternoon. A doctor and off-duty paramedic used CPR and an Automatic External Defibrillator on the man, who was unconscious and not breathing. The Oregonian reports the bystanders delivered one life-saving shock to bring the patient back into a viable heart rhythm.


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