3rd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 11/01/2012 10:55 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – No name appears on the Lane County ballot for Circuit Court Position 7. Voters have to write in their choice. The Register-Guard reports incumbent Judge Jay McAlpin was appointed earlier this year but failed to file paperwork in time for his name to appear on the ballot. Three challengers are hoping Lane County voters write in their name.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – Lane County Sheriff Tom Turner says the U.S. Marshals Service has not been using as much space in the jail as expected – about 40 to 50 inmates a month instead of 70. He told county commissioners yesterday that means jail revenue will fall at least $750,000 short this year. In response Turner is reducing the capacity of the jail by 35 beds and cutting the jobs of six deputies as of Dec. 1.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A 72-year-old Oregon coin dealer who once had a radio show promoting gold and silver investments has been sentenced to more than four years in prison and ordered to pay $4 million in restitution. Lawrence Heim pleaded guilty in May to wire fraud. Federal prosecutors said Heim fell behind in coin purchases in 2009 and started operating his like a Ponzi scheme – using money from newer customers to pay off older investors.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Police rescued a hungry and thirsty 2-year-old boy from an east Portland house where a woman’s body was found yesterday. The Oregon state medical examiner says that 40-year-old Micaela Quinn died of natural causes. Police say the child appeared to be in good health but was taken to a hospital as a precaution. Authorities will try to find his relatives.


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