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Tip leads police to man accused in shooting

PORTLAND - Police say it was a tip that led them to a 20-year-old man accused of shooting a woman in a van on a Portland freeway.

Michael Speck, 20, was accused of assault and arms charges. He fired a 9 mm pistol Friday from among brush and trees on a bluff near Interstate 205 on Portland's east side, police said.

Police said the tip from a woman who said she knew too much to keep quiet led them to the spot, where they found a casing.

The bullet came through an open window and broke the collarbone of the victim, a passenger. Police said she has returned to her home in the Willamette Valley. Her name has not been released.

Oregon firefighters still battling eight blazes

PORTLAND - Firefighters in Oregon battled eight major blazes through the Labor Day weekend and faced unfavorable weather, thinning ranks and the prospect of dealing with campfires left untended from the summer's last big celebration.

The hot, dry weather is expected to continue for a couple of weeks, said Jeree Mills, spokeswoman for the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center, an umbrella regional firefighting agency.

That means storm patterns that bring hundreds of lightning strikes to start new fires and difficulty in fighting established fires.

``We're not seeing any end in sight,'' she said.

One military outfit has been withdrawn from the region, and students who make summer jobs of fighting fires are beginning to drift back to college.

None of the major fires burning in Oregon posed significant threats to structures or humans.

In the Cascade Range, firefighters said, the Puzzle Fire hadn't made further advances toward the town of Marion Forks in eastern Linn County.

- From news service reports
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