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Fugitive killed in Oregon kept notes on girls
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police detectives in Portland, Ore., say a man fatally shot by an officer last month had been stalking young women in a van containing ropes, zip ties and pornographic magazines featuring teenage girls.

Grand jury transcripts released Monday say Kelly Swoboda wrote notes to himself about 17 women. He rated the women and marked whether they were alone.

Police confronted the 49-year-old Swoboda near a high school last month after getting reports of a suspicious van following students. He died in an exchange of gunfire.

Swoboda already was wanted by police because he was the suspect in a January kidnapping at a tanning salon near Portland.

Among Swoboda's notes were ones about a brunette near the Oregon Episcopal School tennis courts and a ballerina spotted outside a Eugene dance studio.

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Ghanaian company says it used plane seen in Iran
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — A mining company in Ghana says it has been using the plane registered to a U.S. bank that became the subject of international intrigue after it was spotted in Iran.

Engineers & Planners said in a statement that the plane took Ghanaian businessmen to Iran.

The New York Times published a story last week revealing the presence of the plane at Tehran's Mehrabad Airport.

Aviation records show the plane is registered to the Bank of Utah through an arrangement in which the bank serves as a trustee for aircraft owners. The bank also confirmed Tuesday that Engineers & Planners is using the plane.

With some exceptions, federal regulations generally prohibit economic activity between the U.S. and Iran. Engineers & Planners says the trip did not violate any international aviation laws.

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Court upholds traffic stop based on anonymous tip
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says an anonymous tip can be sufficient to justify a decision by police to pull a car over on suspicion of reckless or drunken driving.

The justices voted 5-4 Tuesday to uphold a traffic stop in northern California in which officers subsequently found marijuana in the vehicle.

 The officers themselves did not see any evidence of reckless driving.

Justice Clarence Thomas said the tip phoned in to 911 that a Ford pickup truck had run the caller off the road was sufficiently reliable to allow for the traffic stop without violating the driver's constitutional rights.

Justice Antonin Scalia wrote the dissent in which he called Thomas' opinion "a freedom-destroying cocktail."

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

30-day sentence in Sherwood teacher sex case
HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — A woman who had sex with her Sherwood High School student was sentenced to 30 days in custody.

Denise Keesee pleaded guilty to sexually abusing the 16-year-old and cried through her sentencing hearing Monday in Washington County Circuit Court.

The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/1regwJx ) she asked the judge not to jail her because she said the loss of her teaching career and the embarrassment and shame she's suffered were punishment enough.

Keesee said she has already completed hundreds of hours of therapy.

The Washington County sheriff's office investigated the case because Keesee is married to a Sherwood police officer who was the school resource officer. He was placed on leave while Oregon State Police investigated accusations that he harassed the teen who accused his wife.

The officer was not charged.


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Information from: The Oregonian

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

S. Ore. ranchers kill 500-lb black bear
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — Ranchers in south-central Oregon have legally killed a nearly 500-pound black bear after one of their heifers was killed by a bear and the giant animal was found in the family's cattle herd.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Craig Foster says Marie Leehmann went beyond legal requirements by obtaining a kill permit before a family member shot the bear.

The Herald and News reports that field biologists say the male bear weighed 490 pounds, stood 6-foot-5 and was 13 to 15 years old. Foster said the largest bear he had previously seen weighed 345 pounds.

The kill permit was issued after it was determined that one of the Leehmanns' yearling heifers had been killed by a bear. Two days later, on April 4, Leehmann was checking the cows when a bear ran out of the herd. Her son, Ryon, shot the bear within a quarter-mile of their home.

Foster says ranchers are legally allowed to kill bears that attack cattle.

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Information from: Herald and News
Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. 

FBI investigates suspected serial child molester
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The FBI is asking for help to identify at least 90 victims of a suspected serial child predator who worked in American schools worldwide for four decades.

The suspect, 64-year-old William James Vahey, killed himself in Luverne, Minn., on March 21.FBI agents in Houston filed for a warrant March 19 to search a computer thumb drive that belonged to Vahey, a U.S. citizen. An employee of an American school in Nicaragua where Vahey had recently taught ninth-grade world history and geography gave the drive to the agency.

Special Agent Shauna Dunlap says the thumb drive contains pornographic images of at least 90 boys, aged 12-14, who agents suspect were Vahey's students starting in 2008.The FBI says Vahey told a Nicaragua school administrator that he drugged his victims.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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