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DA: Officer justified in fatal ramming of man with car

(Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, )

ST. HELENS, Ore. (AP) — The Columbia County district attorney says a St. Helens police officer was justified in using his patrol car to ram and kill a man who shot at a gas station, tried to carjack two people and sprayed bullets at motorists. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports District Attorney Jeff Auxier said he has closed criminal investigation into the Oct. 9 police confrontation with Michael Veatch of Longview, Washington.


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.

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