1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 01/09/2013 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Transportation has revoked a Canadian company’s authority to provide passenger service in the U.S. following an Oregon bus crash that killed nine passengers and left 38 injured. The agency said in an order yesterday that Mi Joo Tour & Travel allowed its driver to remain behind the wheel after he had been on duty for 92 hours during an eight-day stretch – far more than the 70-hour federal limit. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said the government will move quickly to shut down bus companies that do not operate safely. The cause of the Dec. 30 crash is under investigation.

SCAPPOOSE, Ore. (AP) – Police in the small Oregon town of Scappoose say several buildings were evacuated after a man walked into the police station with an ice chest and said he believed there was a bomb inside that he had disarmed. KATU-TV reports the building containing the police station and City Hall was among those evacuated yesterday. Authorities also closed off several blocks to traffic. The man reportedly put the ice chest outside. KATU reports that the Oregon State Police bomb squad arrived and blew up the chest. No injuries were reported.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A Clackamas County sheriff’s spokesman says a Vancouver, Wash., man is scheduled for a mental evaluation after a high-speed vehicle chase through an area southeast of Portland. Sgt. Adam Phillips says deputies were checking out several reports of a man driving recklessly in a black Chevrolet Tahoe on Tuesday. Phillips says 44-year-old James Lee Givart was eventually arrested and taken to a hospital for a mental evaluation.

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) – Police who searched a Vancouver, Wash., home say they’ve recovered six suitcases and numerous other items believed stolen from Portland International Airport since last May. Port of Portland police and Vancouver police say they’ve identified a group of people believed responsible for 15 instances of baggage theft. The Columbian reports that police don’t believe the case is linked to an instance of baggage theft last weekend at the airport. Of four people detained during Tuesday’s search, two were released and two were arrested on unrelated warrants.


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