Oregon GOP figure dumps Sondland campaign contributions
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A leading Republican in Oregon has decided to dump campaign contributions from Gordon Sondland after sexual misconduct allegations against the Portland businessman-turned-diplomat surfaced last week. Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union who is embroiled in the impeachment probe against President Donald Trump, has called the claims of unwanted touching and kissing “untrue.”
Man’s cat found after 2 months at Oregon rest area
(Information from: East Oregonian, )
PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — A man has been reunited with his cat more than two months after she slipped out of his car at an eastern Oregon rest area. The East Oregonian reports Antonio Martinez stopped at the Deadman Pass rest area east of Pendleton during his move from Texas to Beaverton. He says that’s when his tabby cat Korra slipped out. Last week, a motorist headed home to Aberdeen, Washington, stopped at the rest area and spotted Korra. Robert Holt says he used a ham sandwich to lure the feline into his car.
More severe vaping-related illness cases confirmed in Oregon
(Information from: KATU-TV, )
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Health officials have confirmed three more Oregon cases of severe lung illness linked to vaping, bringing the statewide total to 20 cases with two resulting in death. KATU-TV reports some of those who were hospitalized vaped cannabis or nicotine only, while others used a combination of both.
Man pleads not guilty to Portland arson fires
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man has pleaded not guilty to multiple arson charges stemming from fires authorities say caused devastating damage in Portland, Oregon. KOIN reports that Allen Singerhouse’s attorney pleaded not guilty Tuesday on his behalf. It is alleged that the 39-year-old Singerhouse started two fires in a Portland residential neighborhood in August that destroyed two commercial buildings, five homes and about 50 cars in a parking lot.
Female trainee sues trucking company, alleging abuse
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A woman training to be a cross-country cargo trucker claims in a lawsuit that her supervisor held her hostage in the cab of the truck, sexually harassed her and molested her for nearly a month, with the most egregious allegations occurring in Oregon in November 2018. The woman filed a civil rights lawsuit Monday against the trucking company, New Prime Inc., and the driver, seeking more than $11 million in economic, compensatory and punitive damages. The company’s attorney declined to comment.
Town to use cameras, citizens to police streets at night
(Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, )
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A small southern Oregon town plans to enhance its diminished police presence by installing eight security cameras that a group of vigilant volunteers will monitor. City Recorder Rebecca Patton told The Oregonian/OregonLive Monday that Cave Junction’s mayor and City Council recently approved the public safety proposal and are awaiting final authorization from Josephine County, which would provide the bulk of the project’s funding.
Drunk driver who killed woman, 4 children, gets 34 years
(Information from: Statesman Journal, )
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A man convicted of driving drunk and causing the crash that killed five family members near Salem was sentenced to 34 years in prison. The Statesman Journal reports Favian Garcia of Gervais was sentenced Monday. He was arrested Oct. 8, 2017, after he crashed a Land Rover head-on into a Buick Century driven by 25-year-old Lisette Medrano-Perez on Highway 99E in Salem.
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.