1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 12/02/2015 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Authorities have recovered the body of a climber who died after falling into a crevasse on Mount Jefferson in Oregon. A combat medic with the National Guard and a climber with the Corvallis Mountain Rescue Team assisted a helicopter in recovering the body of Tommy Fountain. The 32-year-old Fountain fell Sunday while climbing with his wife at an elevation of 8,800 feet. Severe weather prevented the recovery of the body.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A retired Army officer who worked in the ROTC office at the University of Portland has filed a lawsuit claiming his co-workers discriminated against him because of disabilities he suffered in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Oregonian reports that 51-year-old Jarrell “J.D.” Southall has filed a civil complaint accusing his former employer, government contractor Prairie Quest Consulting, of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. Southall claims that while working his co-workers bullied him.

ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) – An inmate at the Snake River Correctional Institution has been sentenced to life in prison for killing a cellmate in 2013. The Argus Observer newspaper reports 29-year-old Thomas Riffenburg pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced last week. He is ineligible for parole. Riffenburg had been serving time for robbery and attempted assault.

HERMISTON, Ore. (AP) – Police arrested a Hermiston man accused of putting a fake bomb in a garbage can. The East Oregonian reports police were dispatched after a garbage man found a cardboard box with the words “this is a bomb” written on it. A bomb squad discovered a beer bottle inside the box. Police charged 23-year-old David Ponce with disorderly conduct and possession of a hoax destructive device.


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