1st Oregon Sports Minute from the AP

Date: 12/03/2012 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A 32-year-old Newport woman who died in an October car crash was in the midst of a fight to put away a man accused of sexually attacking her. Now the family of April Loper fears that the criminal case against 51-year-old Thomas Acosta could be dismissed without Loper alive to testify. The Oregonian says Acosta’s trial was set to begin last week, with Acosta facing charges that include first-degree sodomy, first-degree unlawful sexual penetration and sexual abuse.

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) – Springfield police says a 25-year old man has been charged with first-degree assault after allegedly stabbing his brother outside an apartment complex Saturday night. Police say the family dispute began inside their apartment unit over finances, and progressed outside as Dominic R. Ramirez chased his brother, Daniel R. Ramirez, and mother, Deanna Ramirez, out of the residence with a knife. Police say 23-year-old Daniel Ramirez suffered several stab wounds.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Portland police say a drunken driver crashed his Hummer and disrupted passenger train service early yesterday. Police say 38-year-old Brian Edmund Anderson has been arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence. Authorities say his blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit. MAX service was restored on the Steel Bridge around 9 a.m.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Police officers in Portland are looking for the stolen head of a statue of Joseph. Police say someone took the heads of statues of baby Jesus and Joseph from the Grotto Catholic sanctuary in Portland. Police say a person staying at a Travel Lodge found the baby Jesus head in a trash bin behind the motel. The head of Joseph, however, has not been found. A $1,000 reward for information has been offered by Crime Stoppers.


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