1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 08/01/2014 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) – Fire officials say a fast-moving fire in southwest Oregon has grown substantially and has spread across the border into California. Authorities in Jackson County told Oregon residents in a community near Ashland to leave their homes immediately. The Department of Forestry says the Oregon Gulch fire had scorched about 5,300 acres, or about 8 square miles, in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument by last night.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Portland police are investigating a homicide after they discovered a body in a home where a man was stabbed. Officers surrounded the home after learning that the stabbing suspect was in the house. The suspect later surrendered to police. The man who was stabbed was in critical condition last night at a Portland hospital.

COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) – The Coos County major crimes team is investigating the death of an 18-year-old man who jumped off a bridge as a sheriff’s deputy was attempting to arrest him. Officials say it’s not known whether Leon Williams Jr., of North Bend, was trying to escape the deputy or committing suicide. Williams hit a temporary construction bridge about 90 feet below.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – A 31-year-old guide accused of illegally capturing and maiming mountain lions and bobcats to make hunting the cats easier for clients has pleaded guilty to a felony conspiracy charge. Federal prosecutors say Nicholaus Rodgers, of Shady Cove, and his co-defendant, 55-year-old outfitter Christopher Loncarich, of Mack, Colorado, trapped the cats near the Colorado-Utah border from 2007 to 2009 and released them when clients were nearby.


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