1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 06/09/2014 04:00 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

BEND, Ore. (AP) – Firefighters battling two fast-moving wildfires northwest of Bend have built preliminary containment lines on two sides of the blaze. Crews hoped the containment lines would hold through hot and windy weather yesterday. Two blazes, first spotted Saturday afternoon, quickly grew to more than 6,000 acres. About 250 homes remain under an evacuation order, and authorities say another 2,000 are in an area considered threatened.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Portland police are searching for a missing woman whose disappearance they consider suspicious. Officers were first called to a Northeast Portland home Saturday morning for a welfare check, and found circumstances that prompted them to call in homicide detectives. The police presence grew throughout the day. Neighbors told the Oregonian that they heard loud noises, which a police spokesman said were sounds of officers firing tear gas into the home.

BOARDMAN, Ore. (AP) – Portland General Electric has started building a natural gas-fired power plant in Boardman. The plant is located next to a coal-fired power plant that is slated to close or be converted to a different fuel source by 2020. The East Oregonian reports that the natural gas plant is part of PGE’s 2009 integrated resource plan to meet increased energy demand over the next 20 years.

BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) – Washington County’s sheriff’s deputies arrested a 40-year-old man accused of assaulting a teenage girl. The sheriff’s office says the victim did not know the man, who was identified as Phillip Banuelos. He faces charges of assault, kidnapping, harassment, strangulation and sex abuse. Authorities say the incident occurred Saturday evening in the Cedar Hills area near Beaverton. The victim was treated at a hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening.


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