3rd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 01/10/2013 10:41 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Portland Police Review Board recommended firing Capt. Todd Wyatt after finding him untruthful and questioning his integrity. Instead Chief Mike Reese decided to demote Wyatt to the rank of lieutenant for improperly touching women employees and flashing his badge and gun in an off-duty encounter with another driver. The director of the Independent Police Review Division, Mary-Beth Baptista tells The Oregonian, “This is not what police accountability looks like.”

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) – The Benton County sheriff’s office says an 89-year-old woman has been struck and killed while crossing a road to pick up mail from her mail box south of Corvallis. Hannelore Zimmerman was dead when emergency crews arrived at the accident site Tuesday. The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports Zimmerman was struck in front of her home on a rural road featuring multiple dips and no shoulder.

SILVERTON, Ore. (AP) – Christmas tree growers around Silverton have been burning excess trees this week, generating clouds of smoke and drawing complaints from some residents. The fire district is telling residents that the burning is permitted by state law because the growers are considered agricultural producers. Oregon is the nation’s biggest grower of Christmas trees with 65,000 acres of land in production.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – A University of Oregon administrator defended her decision to restructure the Office of Equity and Inclusion and demote three vice presidents. The head of the office, Yvette Alex-Assensoh, held her first public meeting Wednesday on campus and answered questions from about 50 students, alumni and university employees. Meetings are scheduled today and tomorrow.


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