1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 04/02/2013 03:59 AM

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MOUNT HOOD, Ore. (AP) – Authorities have identified a skier found dead in a creek on Mount Hood as a Las Vegas, Nev., man. The Clackamas County sheriff’s office said yesterday he was 23-year-old Russell Tiffany. Deputies say Tiffany was with a group of skiers drinking at a hut Saturday night, but he decided to head down the mountain alone. He got disoriented and called a friend. They made plans to meet up, but he didn’t show. The sheriff’s office says he was last seen by a group of campers who tried to direct him to their location, but he didn’t arrive. Searchers were notified Sunday morning; his body was found later that night.

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) – Police in Springfield confirm that a 12-year-old boy who was pulled from a swimming pool has died at a Portland hospital. The Register-Guard reports that police continue to investigate what caused the death. The boy was not publicly identified. The Willamalane Park and Recreation District operates the Splash! at Lively Park pool. It issued a condolence statement Monday but emphasized that the cause of death remains undetermined. The boy was pulled from the pool on Friday.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – A Catholic priest has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy he invited for a sleepover when he was pastor of a Woodburn church. The Rev. Angel Armando Perez was sentenced Monday to more than six years in prison after pleading guilty in Marion County Circuit Court to first-degree sexual abuse, DUI and furnishing liquor to a minor. The 47-year-old Perez is a former pastor at St. Luke Catholic Church. He was arrested last August. The child told police he woke up during a sleepover in Perez’s home to find the priest touching his genitals and apparently taking photographs with a cell phone.

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – The last partner has dropped out of a proposal to ship coal from Montana and Wyoming to Asia through the Port of Coos Bay in Oregon. The port issued a statement saying Metropolitan Stevedore Company of Wilmington, Calif., known as Metro Ports, did not renew the exclusive negotiating deal that expired Sunday. Two other partners dropped out earlier. Port CEO David Koch said the port is continuing to develop new shipping facilities, but didn’t say if that would include coal.


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