1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 01/07/2013 04:04 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


SAN DIEGO (AP) – Police in Oregon have arrested a 32-year-old man suspected of shooting a woman in the head and leaving her to die on a street in San Diego County. The Los Angeles Times reports Casey Tschida was taken into custody Saturday at his mother’s home in Happy Valley, near Portland. San Diego homicide investigators are arranging for him to be returned to Southern California. Authorities say 30-year-old Jennifer Krajnak was shot in the head while walking home from a bar.

TUALATIN, Ore. (AP) – Authorities say gun sales are up in Oregon following the Clackamas Town Center shooting and the Connecticut school massacre. KATU-TV reports that according to Oregon State Police, the number of background checks performed on potential gun owners from Dec. 14 through Jan. 3 more than doubled from the same period a year ago, to more than 32,000. Many of those new gun owners are signing up for safety classes. Ryan Tuttle, owner of Threat Dynamics in Tualatin tells the station that so many people called after the mass shootings that he doubled the number of safety classes at his business.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Two hikers are safe after losing the Columbia Gorge trail they were hiking on and being stranded into the night. Thirty-six-year-old Elizabeth Flanagan and 44-year-old Sue Giordano from Portland were hiking above the snow line at Nesmith Point when they realized they couldn’t find the trail and their footprints had been covered with snow. They were dressed for the conditions and had food and water with them. Multnomah County Search and Rescue teams set out Saturday evening and reached them just after midnight. They completed their descent just before 4 a.m. yesterday. Neither was injured.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – An Oregon newspaper is reporting that a retired Portland city administrator made more than $22,000 a month last fall after being awarded no-bid contracts with the city and school district. Officials say no one else offered Yvonne Deckard’s expertise. The Oregonian says the contracts didn’t violate any policies. The 58-year-old Deckard was earning the equivalent of $86 hourly when she retired in April as human resources director.


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