3rd AP Northwest News Minute

Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) – A 31-year-old man is facing charges for having a sexual relationship in Sweet Home with a 17-year-old girl he met online. Police arrested Rowan Thomson-Sapstead on Friday on charges that include sexual corruption of a minor. The Register-Guard reports he’s an Australian who had been living in Canada when he traveled to Oregon in December to meet the girl.

COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) – Residents near Lighthouse Beach in Coos Bay woke up yesterday to find that six large sections of a broken dock had washed ashore overnight. The largest is about 15 feet long, and they include sections of wood, cement and plastic foam, which is littering the beach. It’s not tsunami debris from Japan. The World reports the debris is what remains of a dock that floated out to sea last week from a nearby harbor.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Oregon’s flu season has arrived early, with at least seven deaths including a 5-year-old boy. Portland-area hospitals reported 179 flu-related flu patients admitted from the start of the season. Dr. Ann Thomas of the Oregon Public Health Division says 84 percent of those requiring hospitalization in the Portland area were younger than 65, and that’s unusual.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Authorities say an off-duty Portland police officer accused of vandalizing a neighbor’s vehicle was arrested on New Year’s Eve. The Oregonian reports that Homero Reynaga was arrested by police in the Portland suburb of Tualatin. The newspaper says the officer is on probation for a 2012 drunken driving conviction.


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