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Oregon man drowns in southwestern Washington river

PORTLAND (AP) — Authorities say a 24-year-old Oregon man drowned while swimming in the Lewis River in northern Clark County in Washington.

Authorities on Saturday identified him as Allums Robinson of Klamath Falls.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office says Robinson was with another swimmer near Cedar Creek Friday when he had trouble staying above water.

The sheriff’s office says he was found later by divers in water that was about 15 feet deep. The other swimmer made it back to shore.

The sheriff’s office says the two were part of a group who went to the area together.

The man’s cause of death appears to be accidental, the sheriff’s office said, and the cold water is suspected to be a contributing factor.

Driver fleeing Portland police dies in wrong-way I-84 crash

PORTLAND (AP) — Portland police say a driver fleeing from the scene of a crash was killed when he or she drove the wrong on Interstate 84 and collided with another car.

Sgt. Chris Burley said the incident began Thursday just before midnight with a two-car crash in outer northeast Portland. One driver suffered minor injuries and the other drove away from the scene in a Toyota Celica.

An officer later tried to stop a Celica that matched the description of the hit-and-run vehicle. But the driver headed to the freeway, going west in the eastbound lanes until it struck a Toyota Prius.

The hit-and-run driver died at the scene. The Prius driver was taken to a hospital by ambulance and is expected to survive.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

Murder charges dismissed against 2 teens in Gresham killing

PORTLAND (AP) — A judge has dismissed murder charges against two teenagers who were among a group of four accused of killing a man outside a Gresham school last June.

Prosecutors had said the teens were part of a group that robbed and killed a 24-year-old man who had marijuana. The boy and girl had been about to enter their senior year in high school at the time of the killing.

Defense attorney Erik Eklund represents the boy who was charged. He tells The Oregonian/OregonLive that the state didn’t have evidence prove a murder case against his client, and the teen passed a polygraph test.

Murder charges are pending against 20-year-old Austin Brown and 22-year-old Andrew McMahon.

They have pleaded not guilty and their trial is scheduled for January.

Transient accused of killing Forest Grove, Oregon, woman

FOREST GROVE (AP) — Forest Grove police have made an arrest in the death of a 54-year-old woman.

The agency said Thursday night that 38-year-old Kamen Baer was booked into the Washington County Jail on a murder charge.

Officers found the body of Cynthia Lou Belton in her apartment March 19. The officers had been called to conduct a welfare check. Neighbors said last month that Belton was generous, had a dog named Scooter and volunteered to help the homeless.

Forest Grove police haven’t said if she knew Baer — described by police as a transient. Court records show he was sentenced to in 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to sex abuse charges in 2014.

It’s unknown if Baer has a lawyer to speak on his behalf.

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