Sheriff: 3 Guatemalan Christmas tree workers killed in crash
SALEM, Oregon (AP) — Police in Oregon have identified three people killed in a motor vehicle crash as Guatemalans who worked on a Christmas tree farm. Oregon is the nation’s top Christmas tree producer. Like much of agriculture in the state, the industry depends on immigrant labor.
Judge overturns manslaughter conviction, faults state police
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A judge in Oregon has ruled that the Oregon State Police prosecutors in a trial in 2011 failed to reveal DNA evidence that would have exonerated a man charged with killing his girlfriend, and has overturned the conviction. Nicholas McGuffin always maintained his innocence in the death of Leah Freeman, who was 15 when she disappeared from her hometown of Coquille, Oregon, in 2000.
Man who made thousands of vulgar calls to women gets prison
(Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, )
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 50-year-old Oregon man who for years made thousands of anonymous vulgar phone calls to seven women in Pennsylvania has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports each victim received over 200 calls from Bob Ugwa in a two-year period; one woman received 1,162 calls from him at all hours. In June, Ugwa pleaded guilty to one count of cyberstalking and six counts of telephonic harassment.
Boy arrested after fatal shooting of man in Forks
FORKS, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a 19-year-old man was killed in a shooting in Forks, Washington, and a boy has been arrested. KOMO reports police were called just after 5:30 a.m. Sunday. They arrived to find a 19-year-old man dead at the scene from gunshot wounds. A boy described as a “juvenile male” was held at the scene by witnesses and arrested as the suspected shooter when deputies arrived.
Marion County rejects hemp drying facility application
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Marion County has rejected an application for a $15.5 million hemp drying and oil-processing facility proposed for a 37-acre farm in Turner, Oregon. The Statesman-Journal reports that Jupiter Pharma, an Illinois company registered in Delaware, had asked the county for a conditional-use permit to build the factory on property zoned for exclusive farm use.
US proposes tariffs on up to $2.4 billion in French imports
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is proposing tariffs on up to $2.4 billion worth of French imports _ from Roquefort cheese to handbags. It’s in retaliation for a new French tax on American tech giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative says that France’s digital services tax discriminates against U.S. companies and says the tariffs could reach 100%.
CRATER LAKE-PARK DAMAGE
Crater Lake National Park seeks help with recent damage
(Information from: Herald and News, )
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — Authorities at Crater Lake National Park say someone driving off road damaged plants and other resources, and they’re asking for the public’s help in finding who is responsible. The Herald and News reports park rangers believe the incident happened late Nov. 23 or early Nov. 24.
FATAL VEHICLE CRASH
3 dead, others injured following crash outside Salem
(Information from: KOIN-TV, )
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say three people died and others were injured in a two-vehicle accident near Salem. KOIN-TV reports the crash involving a van and pickup truck happened Friday evening and is under investigation. A fire official says three of the 13 people in the van died. Nine others were injured, and another person refused medical attention. The lone occupant of the truck was taken to a hospital for evaluation.