1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 03/21/2013 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A 28-year-old man who demanded a stranger’s headphones at a Portland light rail station, then fired three rounds from a handgun, has been sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison. The Oregonian says one of Blake Humphers’ bullets hit him in the leg. No one else was hurt in the Sept. 13 incident that was caught on TriMet video. Humphers recently pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery and unlawful use of a weapon, and pleaded no contest to attempted murder with a firearm.

ALOHA, Ore. (AP) – A newspaper delivery man responded to a mother’s pleas and rescued a 3-year-old boy from a car that quickly burst into flames. Washington County, Ore., sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Bob Ray says the pregnant mother suffered minor injuries early yesterday when her car left a road in the Portland suburb of Aloha, hit a large tree and soon caught fire. The young boy was unhurt. Ray says Isidro Franco-Garcia saw Lezel Ames outside the car, calling for him to save her son – who was still strapped in a car seat. It was Franco-Garcia’s first day delivering papers for The Oregonian. He got the boy out just in time.

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – Two large dogs that had been condemned to death for helping to kill four alpacas will be allowed to live in new homes outside Oregon. The Grants Pass Daily Courier reports that Josephine County commissioners voted Wednesday to spare the two Anatolian shepherds after supporters raised $4,000 to ship them to new homes in California and Washington. Grants Pass businessman Carl Raskin helped raise the money and urged commissioners to spare the dogs.

HERMISTON, Ore. (AP) – A northeastern Oregon school district says an extra-curricular “zombie survival skills” class at a middle school is no more. It has been replaced by a reading class. The Hermiston School District announced the change yesterday for Armand Larive Middle School. The East Oregonian reports Superintendent Fred Maiocco says he was unaware of the zombie class until he read a newspaper article about its popularity. Maiocco says he “couldn’t believe that would actually be a class.”


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