1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 03/14/2014 04:00 AM

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A Portland police spokesman says a Multnomah County grand jury has indicted a 28-year-old man in the death earlier this month of a 2-year-old boy. Sgt. Pete Simpson says the grand jury indicted Joshua Howard yesterday on murder, murder by abuse and criminal mistreatment counts. The child died March 6 at a Portland hospital. He had been found critically injured two days earlier at a motel.

BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) – Oregon State Police say they found 59 fake credit cards when they stopped a Las Vegas man accused of speeding on Interstate 84 near Baker City. The Oregonian reports that police say Isney Echavarria-Perez was stopped Wednesday and booked into jail for investigation of aggravated identity theft, five counts of identity theft and five counts of criminal possession of a forged Instrument. Investigators found the credit cards had the magnetic strip on the back of the card re-coded with stolen account information from victims.

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – A second GPS-collared wolf from Oregon has been killed by a hunter in Idaho. Idaho Fish and Game spokesman Mike Demick confirmed yesterday the 2-year-old female known as OR-17 was shot March 2, about a week after leaving Oregon. He says the wolf was shot legally by a coyote hunter about 70 miles south of Lewiston.

The wolf was a member of the Imnaha pack, the first to breed in Oregon from wolves that migrated from Idaho after their reintroduction in the 1990s. Another from the pack was shot in Idaho in 2012.

Rob Klavins of Oregon Wild says the killing underscores how states differ in their approach to wolves. Another migrating wolf, OR-7, has become an international celebrity after trekking more than 1,000 miles across Oregon and Northern California.

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) – Jackson County officials estimate that a local measure to ban genetically modified crops would cost more than $200,000 a year to enforce. The Medford Mail Tribune says the estimate comes from County Administrator Danny Jordan. His report also said the measure could bar medical marijuana crops grown from seed treated to increase its DNA and yield and could bar strains of lawn grass that are genetically modified.


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