1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 12/18/2012 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


TUALATIN, Ore. (AP) – Friends and relatives have remembered a man killed in last week’s Oregon mall shootings as a person who made friends easily – and kept them. The Oregonian reports a crowd filled the 2,500-seat sanctuary at the Rolling Hills Christian Church in the Portland suburb of Tualatin yesterday for Steve Forsyth’s service. He was one of two people fatally shot Dec. 11.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Justice and the city of Portland have filed a court-enforceable agreement to address claims that police too frequently use excessive force against the mentally ill. The city has agreed to revamp its policies on the use of force and stun guns. It’s also creating an intervention team to respond to calls that involve people with mental illness.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Authorities say four cellphone tower workers stranded by a storm on Oregon’s Steens Mountain have holed up in a concrete block building at about 9,000 feet, where they have food, water and heat. Harney County search and rescue coordinator Matt Fine says whiteout conditions foiled an effort to rescue them by snowmobile yesterday, so the workers faced a third night on the mountain. Fine says the weather is expected to improve today.

SEASIDE, Ore. (AP) – Officials at the Seaside Aquarium say strong winds pushed two sea turtles ashore along the north Oregon coast. Both are being treated for hypothermia and it’s unknown whether they’ll survive. Aquarium staffers say it’s remarkable if two sea turtles wash ashore in the area in a year, so two in one day is startling.


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