1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 02/13/2013 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


ST. HELENS, Ore. (AP) – A man charged with killing a mental health worker in May has pleaded guilty except for insanity and is expected to be sent to the Oregon State Hospital. Thirty-one-year-old Brent Redd stabbed Jennifer Warren when she delivered medicine to his apartment in St. Helens last May. He cried throughout yesterday’s 20-minute hearing. Warren’s mother, Theresa Armstrong, told Redd there is a hole in her heart. The terms of the sentence allow Redd to be kept in the hospital for life.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A man convicted three times of prostitution-related crimes has been sentenced in Portland to life in prison without parole. Prosecutors say the youngest of the women Gregory Hightower Sr. exploited in a current round of charges was 16. Prosecutors say several came forward to help make a case against him. KOIN-TV reports Hightower was convicted in 1988 in King County, Wash., of promoting prostitution and a decade later in Multnomah County of compelling prostitution. Most recently, a Multnomah County jury convicted him in December of prostitution and sex abuse charges. An appeal is planned.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A bank robber who wounded a guard and led an escape from a Portland jail more than 30 years ago is getting his first parole board hearing. Now 69, Stephen Kessler says he’s a different person from the man who shot a guard in the head and stayed on the run for nearly a month before he was captured in Missouri and sentenced to 90 years in prison. His state parole board hearing is scheduled for today. The judge who sentenced Kessler has written a letter supporting his release.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Humane Society says 70 dogs rescued from a Brooks warehouse will be available for adoption today. Society spokesman David Lytle tells The Oregonian the plan had been to offer 45 dogs for adoption initially. But he says more dogs than expected were returned to the society from foster homes. The animals will be available at the society’s Portland facility. The dogs are among 166 recovered from a warehouse in Brooks, a car and from private homes in January as part of one of the biggest animal neglect cases in recent history. Three people have been charged in the case.


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