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(Gresham, OR)  --  Gresham-Barlow School District officials say the subject matter of a student's T-shirt wasn't wrong, but the fact that there was a picture of a military rifle included with it was.  Alan Holmes, an eighth-grader at Dexter McCarthy Middle School in Gresham, says he wore the shirt because it symbolizes support for U.S. troops.  He says the principal of the school told him earlier this week the shirt didn't meet the school dress code, and he was told to change the shirt or go home.  The school district says "weapons on a shirt are not appropriate in a school setting."

(Mattawa, WA)  --  Six people are injured, two critically, following an explosion at the Priest Rapids Dam in Grant County, Washington.  Grant Public Utility District officials say the blast happened around 4:15 yesterday afternoon at the dam, located along the Columbia River.  Authorities say it may be several days before the cause of the explosion is determined.  Utility spokesman Thomas Stredwick told "The Oregonian" that there's no evidence of foul play or an act of terrorism.

(Portland, OR)  --  Gas prices are slightly lower in the Portland area heading into the weekend.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is just under two-40 a gallon, down a half-cent from yesterday.  It's also seven-cents a gallon below the average of a week ago.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say they've arrested a man who struck a pedestrian in a crosswalk, then drove away to drop off his girlfriend, who was riding with him.  Authorities say the crash happened Monday at the intersection of Northwest 15th Avenue and West Burnside Street, leaving the pedestrian with a broken neck and a bruised lung.  Police say Nam N. Vu told investigators he heard a thud, and planned to return to the scene after dropping off his girlfriend.  Vu is facing charges that include second-degree assault and reckless driving.

(Gladstone, OR)  --  Clackamas County sheriff's deputies have a man in custody, following pursuit of a stolen car in Gladstone.  Authorities say the chase ended when the suspect was caught by a K-9 hiding in bushes.  Deputies say 23-year-old Roshawn Garrett is charged with attempt to elude, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and possession of a stolen vehicle.  Officials say when Garrett was arrested, he wore a t-shirt that said "Warning, I Do Dumb Things."

(Seattle, WA)  --  A Seattle startup technology company hopes to soon outfit NFL players with a revolutionary helmet that puts more emphasis on safety.  The company, called Vicis, says the new helmet is designed to protect against skull fractures, as well as mitigate the forces involved in causing traumatic brain injuries.  The company, which currently operates out of a lab on the University of Washington campus, plans to begin marketing the helmet in spring 2016.  Vicis officials say the goal is to begin outfitting NFL players first, and later make the helmets available for all age groups.

(Portland, OR)  --  Three suspects in the murder of a therapist in California are in custody, after being apprehended in Portland.  The body of Steve Carter was found Monday on a hiking trail in the Loma Alta Open Space Preserve.  Authorities say the suspects, Sean Michael Angold, Morrison Haze Lampley, and Lila Scott Allgood, were found in Carter's car when they were arrested yesterday outside a community dining hall in Southeast Portland.  Officials say Lampley has a criminal record in Multnomah County.

(Portland, OR)  --  A Gresham woman who's accused of killing her 17-year-old son is considered unfit to assist in her own defense at trial.  A judge made that determination yesterday regarding 42-year-old Dianne Davidoff, who's facing a murder charge in the shooting death of Jacob Davidoff late last month.  Dianne Davidoff has been sent to the Oregon State Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.  A status check is scheduled for December 9th.

(Troutdale, OR)  --  Police say a school in Troutdale was placed on lockdown after a student reported finding a bullet in a classroom.  Officers were dispatched to conduct a search yesterday at Reynolds Learning Academy.  The building was later determined to be safe.  Police reported finding the bullet during the search.

(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Retail Cannabis Association is estimating the first week of legal recreational pot sales statewide has seen dispensaries collect eleven-million-dollars.   The organization says three-point-five-million in sales was tallied on October 1st alone.  The eleven-million is compared to the five-million in sales Colorado took in during its initial week of legal recreational marijuana sales.  Washington sold only two-million-dollars' worth of legal pot in its first month of state-licensed recreational sales.

(Bellingham, WA)  --  The troubled Haggen supermarket chain is looking to shrink its roster of stores even further.  "The Oregonian" reports three additional stores in Oregon and three in Washington are on the block, in addition to the 127 Haggen locations that are already up for sale or marked for closure.  The stores in Oregon are located in Eugene, Happy Valley and West Linn, and the Washington stores are in Burien, Federal Way and Puyallup.  The chain aims to reduce its inventory of stores to 31.

(Portland, OR)  --  If the downtown U.S. Post Office in Portland moves to Troutdale, Troutdale officials hope Portland will compensate for lost property taxes.  Discussions are underway between the city of Portland, the city of Troutdale, and the Port of Portland to move the downtown Portland Post Office to the Troutdale Reynolds Industrial Park.  Troutdale wants Portland to pay a replacement property-tax fee because the Postal Service, being a federal agency, wouldn't pay property taxes, unlike a private business.  Troutdale Mayor Doug Daoust told the "Portland Tribune" the issue is only in the discussion stage at this point.

(Portland, OR)  --  Triple-A's latest survey shows a further decline in gasoline prices in Portland.  The current average for regular is two-40 a gallon, more than a penny below yesterday's average.  It's also seven-and-a-half-cents a gallon lower than a week ago.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a man who was found lying in a North Portland street and later died was the victim of a homicide.  Authorities say Gerardo Granados-Marin was found Monday evening on North Columbia Court, bleeding.  He died after paramedics arrived at the scene.  Officials say Granados-Marin's death was caused by sharp-force injuries.  No arrests have been made.

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A 19-year-old who was convicted by a Washington County jury of killing his great-grandmother is headed to prison.  Joda Cain was sentenced yesterday to ten years behind bars for first-degree manslaughter in the bludgeoning death of Jacqueline Bell.  Authorities say Cain helped his cousin carry out the beating of the victim in October 2013.  Nineteen-year-old Micus Ward is awaiting trial for aggravated murder in the case.

(Happy Valley, OR)  --  Happy Valley police are looking for a suspect who was caught on video, stealing 80-thousand dollars' worth of medical supplies from a front porch.  Authorities say the surveillance video, recorded at a home in the ten-thousand block of Southeast Champagne Lane, captured clear images of the thief stealing the package Friday afternoon and tossing it into the back of a dark-colored hatchback.  Anyone with information helpful to the investigation is asked to call 503-723-4949.

(Olympia, WA)  --  The State Fire Marshal says Washington set a record this year by responding to 30 wildfires, well above the previous record of 17.  Officials say wildfires across the state scorched more than one-million acres.  The largest of those fires was the North Star fire in Okanogan [[ OH-kuh-NOG-un ]] County, which burned more than 218-thousand acres.  The Northwest Interagency Coordination Center says the fires destroyed a total of 307 primary residences and 21 commercial buildings.

(Gaston, OR)  --  Washington County sheriff's deputies are investigating, after a worker was killed by a train at Stinson Lumber near Gaston.  Authorities say 46-year-old Antonio Avalos was working in the railyard yesterday afternoon when he reportedly fell off a moving train.  Avalos died at the scene.  Officials say the train was moving at a low speed when the accident took place.

(Roseburg, OR)  --  Members of the community are pitching in to assist families of the victims of the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College.  A fund, set up by the Greater Douglas United Way, has raised more than 300-thousand dollars for the victims' families so far.  A number of individual GoFundMe accounts have also been established for the families.

(Gresham, OR)  --  A man who's accused of crashing his car into a pedestrian in Gresham and killing her is facing multiple charges.  Twenty-seven-year-old Jacob Walters appeared in court yesterday after being charged with second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, DUII, and reckless driving.  The Monday crash killed 46-year-old Elizabeth Irma Kemble, who police say was in a marked crosswalk when the crash happened at the intersection of Northeast 181st Avenue and East Burnside Street in Gresham.  Authorities believe Walters was smoking marijuana moments before the crash.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland-area gas prices continue to fall.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is two-41 a gallon, down two cents from yesterday.  It's also seven cents a gallon cheaper than the average of a week ago.

Portland, OR)  --  Portland Commissioner Steve Novick says he'd like to see a proposal for a ten-cents-a-gallon gasoline tax go before voters in May of next year.  Novick says the tax would generate 58-million-dollars in revenue for street and traffic safety projects before it sunsets in four years.  He says poll numbers show more than half the registered voters in Portland would support such a tax.  The City Council would have to decide no later than January on whether to place the item on the May ballot.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating the death of a man who was found lying in a street in a North Portland neighborhood.  Authorities say the man was found bleeding on North Columbia Court near Columbia Boulevard, around seven o'clock last night.  The man died shortly after paramedics arrived.  Police say the man's injuries were traumatic, but he didn't appear to have been shot.

(Portland, OR)  --  Three 18-year-olds are facing weapons charges after firearms were heard falling out of the teens' vehicle.  Portland police say officers patrolling the area heard the guns fall from the car and hit the sidewalk near Woodlawn Park Saturday.  Officers arrested Marshall C. Richmond Jr., Timothy W. Wilson, and Leontrell R. Mitchell on multiple charges.  Police say a total of three weapons fell out of the vehicle.

(Canby, OR)  --  Federal authorities say a homeowner shot and killed a cougar that was believed to be responsible for killing more than a dozen animals in the Canby area.  The USDA says the cougar probably lived in the area for awhile and became acclimated to being around livestock and humans.  Officials say the male cougar was three to four years old.  It's believed the big cat killed several sheep, llamas, and goats in the area.

(Portland, OR)  --  Prices at the gas pump are lower in the Portland area.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is two-43 a gallon, down more than a penny from yesterday.  It's also six-and-a-half cents a gallon cheaper than a week ago.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Flags at state government buildings throughout Washington are flying at half-staff to honor the victims of last week's shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg.  Governor Jay Inslee issued the order late Friday afternoon.  All flags at state buildings will fly at half-staff until the close of business tomorrow

(Undated)  --  Despite their 41-24 road win over Colorado, the Oregon Ducks are out of the Top 25 in the Amway Coaches' Poll.  PAC-12 rival Utah moved up five spots to reach seventh place in the weekly poll.  USC fell one spot to 17th, while Stanford moved up two to 18th.  UCLA dropped ten spots to 20th place, and Cal is up two notches to 22nd.

(Roseburg, OR)  --  One person who was wounded during the Umpqua Community College shooting last Thursday is still in critical condition.  The woman is being treated at a hospital in Springfield.  Officials say another woman is in serious condition at the same hospital, and a third is listed in fair condition.  "The Oregonian" reports a woman who was admitted to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg has been upgraded from serious to fair condition.

(Chehalis, WA)  --  A Lewis County, Washington woman who admitted to stealing thousands of lottery tickets from the Toledo convenience store where she worked won't serve a four-year sentence.  A Washington appellate court reversed the sentence imposed on Katrina Bowen, saying it was "unreasonable."  The Lewis County Prosecutor asked for a sentence of 24 months after Bowen pleaded guilty to first-degree theft, but Superior Court Judge Richard Brosey sentenced Bowen to 48 months.  A re-sentencing hearing will be held, but the date hasn't been set.

(Clackamas, OR)  --  A Beaverton man is dead, following a crash on Highway 213 in Clackamas.  Oregon State Police say Thomas McIntyre was thrown off his motorcycle around 7:35 yesterday morning and died at the scene.  Police say he apparently lost control at a curve near South Krope Road.  Troopers believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police haven't identified any suspects in connection with a deadly shooting outside a Southeast Portland strip club.  Authorities say 45-year-old Maurice Anthony Gatson was pronounced dead at the Pallas Club on Southeast Powell Boulevard, following the shooting around 12:45 Saturday morning.  The medical examiner says Gatson was shot multiple times.  Investigators say they have few leads and haven't established a motive for the shooting.

(Portland, OR)  --   The price of gasoline is still heading down in the Portland metro area.  Triple-A reports a gallon of regular averages just under two-45, a half-cent lower than yesterday's average.  It's also more than six cents cheaper than a week ago.

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — The latest on the deadly shooting at a community college in Oregon:

Chilling details are emerging about the horrific scene inside an Oregon community college classroom as gunman Christopher Sean Harper-Mercer shot and killed his victims.

The father of 18-year-old Lacey Scroggins — who survived physically unhurt — says his daughter heard the gunman tell one victim he would spare that person's life if the student begged then shot the begging victim anyway.

Lacey Scroggins' father, Pastor Randy Scroggins, told The Associated Press his daughter also told him about students being ordered to crawl to the middle of the room and the gunman shooting them.

Pastor Scroggins said his daughter survived because she was lying on the floor and partially covered by the body of a fellow student. Scroggins said the gunman thought his daughter was dead as well.

Lacey Scroggins told her father the gunman stepped over her and shot someone else.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A jury in Polk County has convicted a man of poisoning cats with antifreeze in West Salem.

The Salem Statesman Journal reports (http://stjr.nl/1M77VAn ) that Antonio Ramos-Perez was arrested in January after nine cats died.

Ramos-Perez was convicted of nine counts of animal abuse and was acquitted of nine counts of aggravated animal abuse.

He's scheduled to be sentenced later this month.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is channeling 1970s action star Charles Bronson in defending Second Amendment rights in the aftermath of the shooting at an Oregon community college that left nine dead.

Trump said in a rally in suburban Nashville on Saturday that he has a handgun carry permit in New York. He adds that any attacker will be "shocked" if he tries to assault the real estate mogul and that he will emulate Bronson in the vigilante film "Death Wish."

Trump says that the Oregon shootings could have been averted if instructors or students had been armed.

Trump's positions on gun control have evolved significantly over the years. He once backed an assault weapons ban and longer waiting periods for purchases.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police say two people were killed and another was injured in a shooting outside a bar on the city's east side late Friday.

East Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team officers from the Portland Police Department say the shooting happened at 11:09 p.m. outside the Hour Glass Pub on Northeast Glisan Street.

Police say in a statement that three victims of the shooting were taken to nearby hospitals, where two of them died. All of the victims are adult men.

Police say a suspect is in custody.

A sheriff's decision not to identify a man who killed nine people at a rural Oregon community college reflects a growing trend among law enforcement not to say the names of mass shooters.

Some police officials say immediately revealing the names glorifies those responsible for horrific crimes and encourages copycats. Some criminologists worry that withholding names will make it harder to access a mass killer's motivations.

Pete Blair of Texas State University's Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center says shooters inspire each other and police are right not to put them in the spotlight. He pointed to a recent study suggesting mass shootings that get widespread media attention are contagious.

But Kelly McBride, an expert in media ethics, said knowing the name is key to understanding the crime.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A mother accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter in a Cannon Beach hotel room will have a mental health evaluation as part of her ongoing court case.

The Daily Astorian reports (http://goo.gl/WlWouB ) a Clatsop County judge approved a request by the district attorney to have a mental health evaluation done on Jessica Smith. District Attorney Josh Marquis says the state needs more information about Smith's mental health to prepare for trial.

Smith has pleaded not guilty to murder in the July 31, 2014 drowning death of her younger daughter, and attempted murder in the slashing of her 13-year-old daughter. The surviving girl now lives with her father in Washington.

Smith's lawyers said in court earlier this year that she suffered a mental breakdown.

A trial is scheduled next June.

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — There was a moment of silence before the Oregon and Colorado game Saturday night at Folsom Field to pay tribute to those who died in the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.

The Oregon Ducks will wear a special emblem on their helmets this season to honor those who were slain. So will the Oregon State Beavers.

Nine people were killed by a gunman on the college campus in Southern Oregon, about 70 miles from Eugene. The worst mass shooting in Oregon history also injured several others at the community college. The gunman died following a shootout with police.

(Roseburg, OR)  --  Officials say two of the victims who were wounded in the shooting at Umpqua Community College are still critically injured.  Four people were taken to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, and one is in critical condition.  Three others were taken to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center in Springfield, and one is still listed as critical.

(Roseburg, OR)  --  Ten people are confirmed dead and at least seven others are wounded, following a shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.  Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin says those who died in yesterday morning's shooting include the gunman, who's been identified as 26-year-old Christopher Harper Mercer.  Hanlin says the shooter died in an exchange of gunfire with officers.  Oregon Governor Kate Brown has ordered all flags at public institutions in the state to be lowered to half-staff to honor the victims.

(Portland, OR)  --  Mayor Charlie Hales says the city of Portland stands in support of Roseburg and the victims of the shooting at Umpqua Community College.  A vigil was held last night in front of Portland City Hall, following yesterday's shooting that resulted in ten deaths at the college.  About 100 people gathered during last night's vigil to remember the victims, and members of the Oregon Symphony Orchestra were on hand to perform.

(Gresham, OR)  --  Three people are being treated for injuries following a high-speed crash in Gresham.  Police say the wreck happened around 4:07 yesterday morning at the intersection of 181st and Sandy.  Authorities say a white sedan crashed into a Pontiac at excessive speed.  There's no word on the conditions of the injured.

(Portland, OR)  --  A 13-year-old from Portland is being sought after being reported missing.  Police say William Richard-Ricke is a male who identifies as a female, and goes by the name "Jazz."  The teen was last seen around eight o'clock Wednesday night at Harry's Mother in Northeast Portland, and was to take a bus into Old Town.  Police say Richard-Ricke is five-feet-four, weighs 110 pounds, and was last seen wearing a black Beatles T-shirt, a black skirt over tan tights, and a white scarf with black dots.

(Portland, OR)  --  Federal authorities say they've arrested a man accused of using a baseball bat and a knife in a robbery in Southeast Portland.  Sixty-seven-year-old Henry Ross Pryor is charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, and second-degree assault.  Authorities say a woman was attacked at her home on Southeast 139th Avenue on June 19th.  Pryor is accused of hitting the woman several times with the bat and trying to stab her.

(Portland, OR)  --  A man who accidentally shot his friend to death is headed to prison.  Isaiah Horatio Hayes has been sentenced to five years behind bars for the shooting that killed Beketel Sleeper-Kincaid on March 8th.  Authorities say the nine-millimeter handgun went off when Sleeper-Kincaid passed the gun to Hayes as they were in a car traveling through North Portland.  Hayes pleaded guilty to charges of criminally-negligent homicide and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

(Portland, OR)  --  Gasoline prices in the Portland metro area are still dropping.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is just under two-47 a gallon, down a penny from yesterday's average.  It's also a nickel a gallon cheaper than a week ago.

(Gresham, OR)  --  Authorities are searching for a 33-year-old Portland man who's been reported missing in Gresham.  Officials say Trace Tipton was last seen on September 13th in his White Chevrolet minivan near the McDonald's on Northeast 82nd Avenue in Gresham.  Police say Tipton is reported to be a drug user who suffers from depression.  He's described as a white male, approximately six-feet-two, 220 pounds, with black hair, hazel eyes, and a large black beard.

(Vancouver, WA)  --  A former teacher at a Vancouver high school is headed to prison.  Stephanie McCrea, who taught at Evergreen High, has been sentenced to 60 months behind bars for raping a 15-year-old student.  Prosecutors say the relationship began in December of last year and continued even after the school removed McCrea from her teaching duties.  McCrea pleaded guilty during the summer to multiple charges.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police are looking for a missing 62-year-old man who has medical problems.  Authorities say Reginald Dean Lewis hasn't been seen since three o'clock yesterday afternoon after he went to the VA Hospital in Portland for an appointment.  Officials say Lewis's medical problems could be life-threatening if they aren't addressed.  Lewis is described as African-American, five-feet-seven, weighing 180 pounds, and was last seen wearing a dark-gray matching sweatsuit and may be wearing glasses.

(Olympia, WA)  --  A formal complaint is being lodged by the state of Washington against the Ride the Ducks tour firm in Seattle, after one of the company's amphibious vehicles was involved in a crash that killed five people and injured dozens of others.  The complaint has been filed by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, which says the vehicle was operated in an "unsafe manner."  Earlier this week, the commission suspended operation of all Ride the Ducks amphibious vehicles.   The "Seattle Times" reports the commission may allow some of the company's smaller Duck vehicles to return to service within a month, pending state inspections.

(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline continues to fall in the Portland area.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is two-48 a gallon, down nearly a penny from yesterday.  It's also more than a nickel a gallon cheaper than a week ago.

(Portland, OR)  --  A woman is being sought by police after the stabbing of another woman in Southeast Portland.  Authorities say the 50-year-old victim was seriously wounded Monday night in the 82-hundred block of Southeast 82nd Avenue.  The suspect, who's described as being 35 to 40 years old with long black hair, fled the scene.  Police say the suspect may have been accompanied by another woman walking a white boxer dog.

(Klamath Falls, OR)  --  A woman is facing a murder charge after the death of her boyfriend in Klamath Falls.  Police say Kim Johnson Noud told them Kenneth Wilkinson accidentally shot himself in the chest while playing with a handgun on September 27th.  Authorities say Wilkinson was actually shot in the back.  Noud is facing charges of murder and unlawful use of a weapon.

(Lake Oswego, OR)  --  A West Linn High School teacher is accused of sexually abusing two male students.  Police say 34-year-old Jonathan Michael Peachey, who teaches Spanish and English Language Development at the school, reportedly touched the boys inappropriately at a home in Lake Oswego.  The charges against Peachey include third-degree sex abuse, first-degree official misconduct, and furnishing alcohol to a minor.  He's scheduled to be arraigned this morning.

(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon legislators say the state gas tax will have to be raised in order for aging bridges to be fixed.  Lawmakers met yesterday in Salem to address the problem of bridges deteriorating across the state.  Senator Rod Monroe is among the lawmakers who told KOIN-TV that any funding package for bridge repair will require a gas-tax increase.  The state transportation department says 61 bridges in Oregon are classified as structurally deficient.

(Cornelius, OR)  --  Washington County authorities are looking for a Cornelius man who's been reported missing.  Sheriff's deputies say 25-year-old Matthew Pugh hasn't been seen since the morning of September 26th.  Officials say Pugh's abandoned car was found later that day with the engine running at a house on Southwest Plum Tree Court in Cornelius.  Pugh is described as white, five-feet-eight, 180 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.  Anyone with information is asked to call 503-846-2700.

(Portland, OR)  --  Early sales of legal marijuana are set to begin tomorrow at medical pot dispensaries across Oregon.  Growers say there will be a limited supply of marijuana at first because state permits to grow cannabis won't be distributed until January.  About 200 of Oregon's 345 medical marijuana shops have registered to sell recreational pot.

(Portland, OR)  --  Drivers in Portland continue to pay less at the gas pump.  The latest survey by Triple-A shows the average for a gallon of regular is two-48, down more than a penny from yesterday.  It's also about a nickel a gallon lower than a week ago.

(Portland, OR)  --  A suspect in a shooting that left a man dead in Southeast Portland is being sought.  Police say 30-year-old Ricky Dean Seaman is accused of shooting Tyler Jeffrey Woods to death Friday night.  Authorities say the shooting happened in the area of Southeast 132nd Avenue and Bush Street.  Seaman is described as white, five-feet-ten-inches tall, weighing 180 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair, as well as tattoos on his neck.  Anyone knowing his location is asked to call 503-823-4357.

(Portland, OR)  --  A man who's been wanted by Oregon authorities for 25 years is now in custody, after being arrested in Mexico.  Officials say Paul Jackson was apprehended yesterday by Mexican authorities and U.S. marshals.  Jackson was indicted on rape and kidnapping charges in June 1990, but fled before a trial could begin.  Deportation hearings are to begin soon for Jackson in Mexico.

(Olympia, WA)  --  A hearing is scheduled to take place this week concerning the state's emergency order to temporarily shut down operation of Ride the Ducks of Seattle.  The state Utilities and Transportation Commission issued the order yesterday, following a National Transportation Safety Board report on the Duck vehicle involved in last Thursday's deadly crash on Seattle's Aurora Bridge.  The report said the vehicle's front axle had not had a safety fix that was recommended in 2013 for owners of the World War Two-era amphibious vehicles.  The crash, which remains under investigation, killed five people and injured dozens of others.

(Portland, OR)  --  Bail is set at more than a quarter-million dollars for a man who's accused of seriously injuring a two-year-old child.  Paul Anthony Mendez is facing charges of first-degree assault and first-degree criminal mistreatment.  Police say Mendez is accused of causing serious physical injury to the son of his girlfriend.  He's scheduled for another court appearance on October 6th.

(Portland, OR)  --  A suspect in a deadly hit-and-run crash in Portland is behind bars.  Twenty-year-old Frederick James Ryerson, Jr. is facing charges in connection with the crash that killed 34-year-old Christopher Bryan Chandler.  Chandler died at a hospital following the Sunday morning crash in the Kern neighborhood.  Ryerson was arraigned yesterday.

(Portland, OR)  --  The city of Portland is no longer offering water customers the option of "auto pay."  The option allows customers to set up their credit cards to make an automatic payment every month.  Fred Miller, with the Portland Office of Management and Finance, told KATU-TV that credit card companies changed their security standards earlier this year, and it's been difficult for the city to comply with the new standards.  He says the city hopes to have auto pay operating again next year.

(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline is still on the decline in the Portland area.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is about two-50 a gallon, a penny below yesterday's average.  It's also six cents a gallon less than at this time last week.

(Kelso, WA)  --  Kelso teachers will be back on the job today, after their union agreed to end an eight-day strike.  Officials say both sides made compromises in arriving at the contract agreement yesterday.  Classes will start two hours late today to allow teachers and staff to prepare.  Contract talks centered on teacher pay and workload.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a man who drove a motorized wheelchair into traffic in Southeast Portland has died of his injuries.  Authorities say 39-year-old Ronald Shapland was hit by a pickup early Saturday morning on Southeast 82nd Avenue and Clinton Street.  Officials say Shapland may have been intoxicated.  The driver of the pickup, 68-year-old George Michael Bute, cooperated with police following the crash.

(Columbia County, OR)  --  One person is dead and two others are seriously injured, following a crash in Columbia County.  Sheriff's deputies say a car traveling south on Old Portland Road yesterday afternoon crossed the center line and hit an oncoming box truck.  The driver of the car died at the scene, and a passenger in the car was airlifted to a Portland hospital.  The driver of the truck was transported to a hospital by ambulance.

(Forest Grove, OR)  --  A 19-year-old man who's accused of setting fire to two houses in Forest Grove is facing charges.  Henry Louis Gulacy has been arrested in connection with the fires, one on August 28th at a home on Hawthorne Street with a family of five inside.  The second fire happened on September 17th at an unoccupied house on 9th Avenue.  Gulacy is charged with two counts of first-degree arson.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking for a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run crash that left a Portland man dead.  Thirty-four-year-old Christopher Brian Chandler was found lying in the area of Southeast 29th and Stark Street around two o'clock yesterday morning, and died later at a hospital.  Police say the suspect was driving a white, mid-2000s Honda Civic four-door, with the license plate number believed to be IVD-1036, but the state is unknown.  The car may have front-end damage and a broken windshield.

(Seattle, WA)  --  An investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board says the Ride the Ducks vehicle involved in Thursday's deadly crash with a charter bus had not received a recommended safety fix.  Investigator Earl Weener says the fix had been recommended in 2013 by the Atlanta company that refurbishes the World War Two-era amphibious vehicles.  The top executive with the Seattle Ride the Ducks company says the business is trying to determine whether it received notification of the recommendation when it was issued.  The death toll from the crash has risen to five, with a 20-year-old woman dying yesterday at a Seattle hospital.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland-area fuel prices are still falling.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is about two-51 a gallon, down six cents from a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-29 a gallon.

(Gresham, OR)  --  Gresham police are investigating a shooting that left one person dead.  Authorities say the shooting happened around 7:30 last night in the 28-hundred block of Southeast Rosefinch Drive in Gresham.  The victim was found dead at the scene.  Police say there are no outstanding suspects, but there's no word on whether an arrest has been made.


Traffic & Weather

  • Colorado Bridge will be closed for 6 weeks from October 5 until November 17.
  • Nightwork: Lane closure on the Parkway: Reed Market Road off-ramp.  7pm-6am starting October 12.
  • Lane closure on Parrell Road near Silver Sage 7am - 4pm through October 9.
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