1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 02/15/2013 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) – A Portland police officer has been sentenced to 15 days on a work crew for threatening his estranged wife’s boyfriend with a gun. In a plea deal, 40-year-old James Botaitis of Yacolt, Wash., pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to gross misdemeanor harassment and possession of a deadly weapon. The officer and his wife have divorced since the October 2011 incident. Portland Police say an internal investigation will determine whether Botaitis can return to duty.

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) – A man convicted of sexual abuse even though the victim died in a car crash before trial has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison. Thomas Acosta was convicted Feb. 8 in Lincoln County Circuit Court in Newport of sodomy, sexual abuse and assault. He was sentenced yesterday to 100 months in prison on the sodomy and sexual abuse convictions and 12 months in jail for assault. April Loper said Acosta raped her in December 2011. She died in a crash in October.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Prosecutors say the death of an 11-year-old girl who fell from a Portland party bus in September was an accident, and the driver won’t face criminal charges. The Oregonian reports the Multnomah County district attorney’s office released the findings yesterday. It said driver Martin Brouwer Jr. was obeying the law as he turned the bus. Police say Angie Hernandez was sitting atop a backrest, leaned against the window and fell out. The rear wheels rolled over her.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A Portland march to protest violence against women drew about 300 demonstrators yesterday. The Oregonian reports that marchers who joined in a movement called One Billion Rising carried hand-made signs that read “Fight like a girl” and “I should not have to be afraid.” Organizers said they chose not to get a permit as an act of civil disobedience. Organizer Gina Ronning said their intent was not to disrespect police. A handful of officers walked alongside the marchers.


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