1st AP Oregon News Minute

Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Oregon’s problem-plagued health insurance exchange says it has enrolled about 20,000 people in private coverage, far below original projections. The new numbers were released by Cover Oregon yesterday, the day after the deadline to enroll for January coverage. The low enrollment numbers are largely due to the online enrollment system failing to go live.

SEASIDE, Ore. (AP) – A waitress at the Twisted Fish restaurant in Seaside, Ore., got an unusual tip – an envelope full of methamphetamine. The Daily Astorian newspaper reports the waitress contacted police Friday after a couple included the envelope while paying for their drinks. The responding officer identified the substance, and arrested 40-year-old Ryan Bensen of Beaverton and 37-year-old Erica Manley of Cascade Locks.

LINCOLN CITY, Ore. (AP) – Oregon State Police say a man’s body has washed ashore in the Gleneden Beach area of the Oregon coast. State police and Depoe Bay Fire District employees responded yesterday morning after a citizen spotted the body. Lt. Gregg Hastings says the body carried no identification.

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) – The ringleader of a mail theft, identity theft and bank fraud scheme that had more than 800 victims in southern Oregon has been sentenced to 13 years and five months in federal prison. Assistant U.S. Attorney Byron Chatfield said after yesterday’s sentencing in Medford that Robert Powelson and his co-conspirators stole thousands of pieces of mail from homes and businesses. Two other defendants are to be sentenced within a few weeks.


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