1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 12/17/2012 04:00 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A man waving a sword delayed firefighters who arrived at burning home in North Portland. KATU-TV reports that the firefighters had to wait for police to detain the man Saturday evening. He was also holding a shield. Portland police say firefighters encountered the 69-year-old man on the front porch. Officers tried to talk to the man, but he kept swinging the sword and yelling incoherently.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Oregon State Police say two residents of Vancouver, Wash., were killed in a car wreck after they tried to pass another vehicle in a no-passing zone on a snow-covered road. Richard Bruce Fraker was driving on Highway 97 north of Redmond on Saturday when he tried to make the pass. Fraker lost control, struck the other car and both vehicles careered off the highway. Fraker’s pickup rolled onto its top. The 68-year-old Fraker was killed, as was one of his passengers, 47-year-old Terry Anne Clampitt. Another passenger was hospitalized.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Oregon gun-control advocates have gained supporters among Oregon state lawmakers after calling for ban on semi-automatic weapons on the same day as the Connecticut school massacre. The Oregonian reports that members of a gun-control group began planning for the effort following the shootings at Clackamas Town Center, where a gunman killed two people Tuesday and then himself.

RENO, Nev. (AP) – The Federal Aviation Administration says authorities are investigating the crash of an Oregon-bound small plane in eastern Nevada. FAA spokesman Ian Gregor says the single-engine Piper PA31 aircraft crashed at about 10 a.m. Saturday, 19 miles southeast of Ely, Nevada. It was on its way from Mesa, Ariz., to the Portland-Troutdale Airport in Oregon. Gregor tells KTVN-TV that investigators believe at least two people were on board.


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