1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 09/03/2014 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

BEND, Ore. (AP) – Oregon’s tough wildfire season has pushed spending to the point the state Department of Forest is tapping its special insurance policy for the second year in a row. The Bulletin reports that state wildfire costs exceeded the $20 million deductible last July, and spending is now two-thirds of the way through the $25 million Lloyd’s of London insurance policy. Wildfires have already burned three times the 10-year average in Oregon.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon parole board has decided to release next month a 40-year-old man who was convicted at age 15 of raping and murdering a high school classmate in the Portland suburb of Beaverton. Conrad Engweiler has served more than 24 years for the aggravated murder of 16-year-old Erin Tonna Reynolds. At a hearing in May, Engweiler told the board that his prison time has taught him remorse, empathy and compassion.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A drunken man who yelled “White Power!” at a stranger, then dragged the man into a Portland street and beat him, has been sentenced to five years in prison. The Oregonian reports that 37-year-old Frederick Miller III was sentenced yesterday. In a plea bargain, Miller pleaded no contest to second- and fourth-degree assault.

BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) – Fire officials say an early morning fire destroyed two units of a four-unit apartment building in the Portland suburb of Beaverton and damaged two others. A Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue spokeswoman says the cause of the fire is under investigation.


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