1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 08/27/2013 03:59 AM

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – Curry County commissioners are again asking voters approve a tax increase to keep sheriff’s patrols on the road and the jail open. County Commission Chairman David Brock Smith said yesterday he hopes two things that have happened since a tax hike was voted down last May will make a difference come November. The county is asking for less money this time. And a new law allows the governor to declare an emergency in counties where citizens refuse to pay for minimum public services.

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – A Southern Oregon man charged with firing his assault rifle while using it as a crutch, killing a little girl, was back in court yesterday. But The Daily Courier reports that the attorney for Jon A. Meyer Jr. asked for a delay at the hearing in Grants Pass. Defense lawyer Gary Berlant said he has not received all the police reports from the shooting that killed 5-year-old Alysa Bobbitt of Shady Cove. The next hearing will be Sept. 30.

OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) – Police in Oregon City say they’ve made an arrest in the death of a man fatally stabbed at his home Sunday. Sgt. Patrick Lynch said 34-year-old Tony Lopez Lozano was arrested last night for investigation of murder in the death of 42-year-old Brian Romo. Lozano is expected to make a court appearance today.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The father of an Arizona teenager whose body has been found near his abandoned SUV in southern Oregon says his son was “a young man who had a broken heart.” In a telephone interview last night, David Croom said his 18-year-old son, Johnathan, was grieving the end of a recent relationship and “headed out to try to find himself.” Authorities say the death is being investigated as a suicide but provided no additional information.


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