Date: 07/26/2013 10:38 AM
Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press
MILL CITY, Ore. (AP) – Friends and family of a soldier wounded in Afghanistan held a candlelight vigil last night on the Santiam High School football field. Nick Welch was a 2005 graduate of the Mill City school and a football player. The Statesman Journal reports he was critically wounded Tuesday when a suicide bomber rode up to his unit on a donkey and detonated a bomb. Three other soldiers from his unit were killed in the attack. Welch is in a hospital in Germany.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A Washington County Jail deputy who failed to check on suicidal inmates has lost his state certification. The Board on Public Safety Standards and Training yesterday revoked David Buchanan’s certificate. The sheriff’s office told The Oregonian no inmates harmed themselves under Buchanan’s watch. An investigation found he failed to pat down and search inmates and to search cells. He resigned in December.
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) – The Clatsop County board passed a resolution urging the Oregon Department of Forestry to preserve a 152-foot tall Western red cedar as a state treasure. The tree is estimated to be more than 800 years old. It grows on a 286-acre parcel of state land near Cannon Beach.
ALBANY, Ore. (AP) – City officials have an idea of what may be contributing to an increase in reports of rats in a northwest Albany neighborhood. KOIN reports the city has funded efforts to reduce the population of feral cats. The rats may be an unexpected consequence.
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