1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 03/19/2013 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


SEATTLE (AP) – The man accused of strangling his grandparents in Renton, Wash., has been released from a Portland hospital and will be returned to Washington state to face prosecution. Michael Chadd Boysen was treated for self-inflicted cuts after his arrest March 12 at a Lincoln City, Ore., motel. KIRO-FM reports Boysen is being held in the Multnomah County (Ore.) Jail and has waived extradition. Authorities say he killed 82-year-old Robert R. Taylor and 80-year-old Norma J. Taylor after they picked him up from prison on March 8 and hosted a welcome home party for him. He’s expected in Shelton, Wash. by Friday.

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) – A Southern Oregon man is scheduled to change his not guilty pleas on charges that he killed his wife and four young children in 2011 and set fire to their house. District Attorney Beth Heckert said yesterday that a hearing is set for this afternoon. Jordan Adam Criado of Medford faces the death penalty if he goes to trial and is convicted of any of the 24 counts of aggravated murder against him. He’s also charged with murder, manslaughter and arson. It’s unclear how he’ll plead.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – Police in Eugene, Ore., say an SUV driver apparently fell asleep and then slammed into the corner of a north Eugene apartment building. Officer Dale Dawson says no one was inside the ground-floor apartment at River Park Estates on Monday morning but a neighbor says the crash felt like an earthquake. Police say 26-year-old Joseph Desseault of Eugene was taken to a hospital to be checked out. The Register-Guard reports that police gave Desseault a ticket for reckless driving.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Executives from renewable-energy companies are asking Oregon lawmakers to continue the state’s clean fuels program beyond its current expiration in 2015. Oil companies and large-volume fuel users say the state is moving too fast and risks raising fuel costs significantly. An Oregon Senate committee heard public testimony yesterday but took no action. Oregon was one of the first states to approve a low-carbon fuel standard in 2009, requiring fuel producers to reduce the carbon content of their fuel by 10 percent from their 2010 levels.


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