1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 05/23/2014 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – Investigators say a 19-year-old tanker truck driver who died last year at a Southern Oregon wildfire had limited driving experience, his rig was too heavy with water, and its brakes were inadequate. The Grants Pass Daily Courier reports the truck got out of control, hit an embankment and rolled, killing Jesse Trader.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Court of Appeals has ruled that police and sex-abuse counselors did not improperly manipulate a jury’s determination of the credibility of two victims of child sex abuse. Santos Cuevas was convicted of a host of sex-abuse charges in Eastern Oregon’s Malheur County. He appealed his conviction in January. Cuevas’ conviction stands, as does his almost 45-year sentence.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – A Marion County jury has once again voted to execute 54-year-old Robert Langley for a killing a quarter century ago. It’s the fifth time he’s faced a death sentence. In 1989, Langley was convicted of two separate killings. Prosecutors said he buried one victim in a backyard hole, another in a cactus garden. Oregon’s last execution was in 1997.

COQUILLE, Ore. (AP) – The Coos County sheriff’s office says a pair of birdwatchers spent the night in a swamp, one of them barefoot, after they got lost. The sheriff’s office says the two called saying they’d gone out in the morning to look for eagles, and after hiking more than 12 hours they couldn’t find their way out of thick brush. A deputy in a boat reached the two early in the morning.


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