1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 01/25/2013 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


WALDPORT, Ore. (AP) – A small cluster of modest earthquakes has been recorded off the central Oregon coast with the largest a magnitude 3.4. A handful of people reported feeling the 3.4 quake that hit shortly before 8:00 last night. Geophysicist Randy Baldwin of the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo., says small quakes in that area would not be expected to cause any damage on land. The quakes were centered about 30 miles west of Waldport.

COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) – A North Bend resident pulled out his .45-caliber handgun to detain a homeless man who allegedly “sucker punched” another transient outside the Fred Meyer store in Coos Bay. Jeffory Snyder told The World newspaper he grabbed 53-year-old Donald Johnson’s shirt when the man tried to get away after Wednesday’s attack. When the homeless man started to come toward him, Snyder took out the gun and pointed it at the suspect’s nose. Police Capt. Chris Chapanar says there was mild confusion when officers arrived and saw Snyder pointing the gun at the unarmed Johnson, who was arrested for assault.

BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) – A Washington County sheriff’s spokesman says a 69-year-old man who walked away from an adult care home in the Cedar Hills community near Beaverton has been found dead. Sgt. David Thompson said the body of Brant Koller was found yesterday afternoon in the backyard of a home. The cause of death was not immediately determined but Thompson says the death did not appear suspicious. Searchers had been looking for Koller since he walked away on Tuesday.

BURNS, Ore. (AP) – Oregon State Police say troopers who stopped three Utah residents traveling together in central Oregon found 69 pounds of marijuana valued at $170,000. Lt. Gregg Hastings says troopers stopped two vehicles Wednesday that were traveling together on U.S. Highway 20 about 25 miles east of Burns. A Francis, Utah, woman was driving one and her son was driving another, accompanied by a passenger. Authorities say 47-year-old Sandra Tapp, 24-year-old Colby Ray Tapp and 25-year-old Tyson Peterson were arrested.


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