3rd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 06/19/2013 10:49 AM

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OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) – Police and Clackamas County sheriff’s detectives say two men stole 17 pallets of watermelon – about 5 tons – from WinCo stores in Beaverton and Tigard early on June 7. The watermelons had been left outside for sale. The Oregonian reports surveillance video helped investigators identify two suspects – William Traverso of Canby and Brad Taylor of Molalla. Deputies arrested Traverso yesterday and they’re looking for Taylor. Police believe the pair sold most of the melons to small markets to support a methamphetamine addiction.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Mortuary and Cemetery Board is investigating cemeteries managed by the Metro Portland regional government. They’re looking into the resale of hundreds of unoccupied grave sites and the excavation of human remains later found in a field in east Multnomah County. Metro operates 14 pioneer cemeteries. It has acknowledged that nearly 700 unoccupied graves were resold to modern buyers in violation of state law.

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) – A Los Angeles man has pleaded no contest to attempted murder and assault charges for a shootout last August that wounded two officers in Albany. The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports Demecio Junior Cardenas also pleaded guilty to gun and car theft charges. He will be sentenced July 10. Both officers are still recovering. Records show Cardenas has served three stints in the California prison system since 2003.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Portland Fire and Rescue says a semi-truck fell 65 feet from an overpass at the Interstate 84 to Interstate 5 interchange in Portland. It took firefighters about half an hour this morning to remove the driver from the heavily damaged cab. He was taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland with life threatening traumatic injuries.


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