Portland, Beaverton Schools Closed Due To Snow(Portland, OR) -- Portland Public Schools are closed today due to snow. District officials say all Portland school buildings will be closed today, and child care and after-school activities are cancelled as well. The Beaverton School District has also cancelled classes for the day.
(Portland, OR) -- A Coast Guard civilian employee is under investigation on allegations of rape just north of Portland. Police arrested 56-year-old Jonathan Sall of Poulsbo Saturday on charges of second-degree rape. The rape is alleged to have happened in Clark County while Sall was working for the Coast Guard Investigative Service as the special agent in charge of the Northwest region. He's being held on 20-thousand dollars bail.
(Salem, OR) -- Court documents are shedding new light on the deadly shooting of a teenage boy in Salem. Prosecutors say 36-year-old Pedro Segura shot and killed 17-year-old Alfredo "Junior" Hernandez last month during an argument over graffiti between two gangs. Police arrested Segura February 8th for the shooting on January 22nd at the Columbia Village apartments on Fisher Road Northeast.
(Portland, OR) -- An investigation is ongoing into a fire at a North Portland auto body shop. Firefighters responded to the shop on North Rosa Parks Way last night. Fire officials say all workers were able to get out safely.
(Portland, OR) -- An Oregon Department of Transportation worker is hurt following a series of crashes on Highway 26. Police say the worker was injured after someone crashed their car into their incident response truck. Police say snow and icy conditions led to multiple crashes last night just west of the Vista Ridge Tunnel near Washington Park. Westbound lanes were blocked after a TriMet bus crashed, while a two-car crash shut down all but one of the eastbound lanes.
(Portland, OR) -- A TriMet bus driver is facing charges for allegedly drinking on the job. Gresham police arrested 55-year-old Lamont Biggs just after midnight yesterday on DUII charges. Police say an officer pulled Biggs over after seeing him speeding in his number 20 TriMet bus on Southeast Stark Street. Only one passenger was on the bus at the time of the arrest.
(Portland, OR) -- City officials are reminding drivers not to abandon their cars in the snow. The city issued a warning yesterday, saying drivers who leave their cars on the side of the road could be ticketed or towed. City officials say doing so can block the passage of snow plows and emergency responders.
(Portland, OR) -- TriMet is cancelling a few bus lines today following last night's snowfall. TriMet says they're cancelling lines 18, 63 and 156 due to unsafe road conditions. TriMet says more cancellations could follow depending on the weather.
(Portland, OR) -- A former Astoria High School wrestling coach is facing nearly a decade behind bars for sexual abuse. A judge sentenced 42-year-old Gary Salvador Medina yesterday to 106 months in prison for first-degree unlawful sexual penetration, sex abuse one and rape three. Medina was found guilty of having sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl and a 17-year-old girl in 2005. One of the victims was a student at Astoria High School.
(Salem, OR) -- A Salem man is facing a murder charge in the shooting death of a high school student. The "Statesman Journal" reports that Pedro Segura was indicted last week by a Marion County grand jury. The McKay High School student was shot in the head late last month. Segura is being held on 500-thousand-dollars bail.
(Hillsboro, OR) -- An investigation is ongoing into a house fire in Hillsboro. Firefighters responded to the home on Southeast Ariel Street last night. Investigators say the blaze started in the gazebo and spread to the house.
(Portland, OR) -- An investigation is ongoing into a barn fire in Buxton. Firefighters responded to the barn on Northwest John Lee Road in the rural community Sunday. Fire officials say it took about four hours to contain the fire. No injuries were reported.
(Kalama, WA) -- A Kalama, Washington, man is facing charges after allegedly assaulting two workers at his home and then trying to lock them in a crawlspace. Police arrested 23-year-old Shane Lewellen last week on charges of harassment, assault and unlawful imprisonment. Police say two contracting workers were inside the crawlspace looking at the foundation of Lewellen's home when he assaulted the woman and pushed them both farther into the crawlspace. Lewellen allegedly then tried to close the door on them while threatening to kill them, but they pushed their way through and escaped. Arriving officers found a knife in Lewellen's possession.
(Portland, OR) -- Governor Kate Brown is looking to a Portland non-profit in her efforts to revamp the state's education programs. Brown met with the non-profit alternative school Portland Youth Builders yesterday. Brown praised the school, saying she'd like to see similar programs across the state that better prepare students to join the work force.
(Portland, OR) -- Hundreds of people in Tualatin are calling for changes in the nation's gun laws. The group gathered yesterday on the Tualatin High School football field for a vigil honoring the victims of last week's deadly school shooting in Florida. Tigard High School senior and student body vice president Sierra Kruse spoke at the event about growing up in a nation reckoning with school shootings. Kruse says she was born in 1999, which was the year of the Columbine shooting, and that she's never known a world without school shootings.
(Portland, OR) -- A man who drove his car into a Safeway in Junction City is being retested for his driver's license. Officer Tim Garrity tells KATU they've sent a request to the Department of Motor Vehicles to have the 88-year-old man retested to ensure he's safe to drive. Police say the man crashed through the grocery store's floral department and rolled through to the produce section on Sunday after his foot slipped off the brake.
(Portland, OR) -- An investigation is ongoing into a shooting that injured a teenage girl in Southeast Portland. The shooting happened early yesterday morning in the area of Southeast 36th Avenue and Van Water Street. A 16-year-old girl was taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds and is expected to survive. Police are still searching for a suspect.
(Portland, OR) -- No injuries are being reported in a shooting that put Legacy Emanuel Medical Center on partial lockdown. The shooting happened yesterday afternoon in a parking lot near the hospital on North Gantenbein Avenue. Police say the suspect fled the scene after the shooting. An investigation is ongoing.
(Portland, OR) -- No serious injuries are being reported after a driver crashed into a Washington County Sheriff's patrol vehicle. Police say the deputy was responding to a snow-related crash near Hillsboro yesterday when the driver lost traction on the icy road and slammed into his car. Police are reminding drivers to use caution and slow down during snowy and icy conditions.
(Washington, DC) -- Senator Ron Wyden is among a group of Democrats calling the Republican tax reform bill a "GOP tax scam." Wyden and two other senators took turns slamming the bill in their weekly address. They say corporations are using their new tax savings on 120-billion-dollars in stock buybacks that only benefit corporate executives and shareholders. Wyden points out that employee pay boosts, meanwhile, have added up to only about five-billion-dollars.
(Portland, OR) -- The search continues for a suspect in a hit-and-run crash that killed a man in Gresham. Police say 60-year-old Dennis Yamnitsky was crossing Northeast Burnside near Northeast Division late last month when a driver struck. He later died from his injuries in a hospital. Police say the driver fled the scene in a silver or champagne colored sedan.
(Portland, OR) -- A group of Portland residents are calling for stricter gun control laws. The small group gathered Saturday to protest outside the Portland Expo Center. The rally coincided with a gun show being held at the center.
(Beaverton, OR) -- A woman is facing DUII charges after allegedly crashing into a fire hydrant in Beaverton. Police say Victoria Jones had a blood alcohol level of more than twice the legal limit when she crashed Saturday near 153rd Avenue and Oak Hills Drive. The crash broke the fire hydrant, causing a geyser of water to burst from it. Police arrested the woman.
(Salem, OR) -- State Republicans are considering a controversial former lawmaker to replace former Senator Jeff Kruse following his resignation amid allegations of sexual harassment. "The Oregonian" reports that Douglas County Commissioner Tim Freeman is being vetted for the job. Freeman has had his share of controversy stemming from a visit to a topless bar six years ago, when he was serving in the Oregon House.
(Portland, OR) -- No injuries are being reported after a house fire damaged two homes in Sheridan. Firefighters responded to the homes on Northwest Monroe along the Yamhill River last night. The Red Cross is providing aid to the displaced families.
(Portland, OR) -- One man is facing burglary charges after being found inside a stranger's home in southwest Portland. Police say the homeowner called 9-1-1 yesterday afternoon after coming home and discovering the house had been ransacked. Arriving officers searched the house and discovered 33-year-old Robert Gangewer still inside. Police arrested him on a charge of burglary in the first degree.
(Corvallis, OR) -- An Oregon State University student charged with hate crimes is being allowed back on campus. The "Gazette-Times" reports that a Benton County judge cleared the way this week for Andrew Oswalt to return. The judge says he has to follow the terms set by the college. The 27-year-old is a graduate student who was accused of putting racist stickers on the cars of people who belong to the anti-racist group, Showing Up for Racial Justice.
(Portland, OR) -- Two brothers are facing charges in connection to a stabbing that put two schools on lockdown yesterday morning. Police arrested Jacob Rose and Nicholas Rose yesterday in Beaverton following a robbery and stabbing at a home near the Aloha Station Tavern. The victim is expected to survive. Police placed International School of Beaverton and Faith Bible School into lockdown until about 8:30 a.m. while searching for the suspects.
(Portland, OR) -- One person is dead following a house fire in North Portland. Firefighters responded to the home on North Wabash Avenue just before midnight last night. One person still inside the blazing home was pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation is ongoing.
(Portland, OR) -- A controversial former Google engineer who was fired following his release of a sexist memo is scheduled to appear in Portland tomorrow. James Damore will be speaking at Portland State University. He was invited by the student group "Freethinkers." Damore made headlines last year after writing a ten-page memo to Google staff in which he claimed that women are biologically ill-equipped to handle certain roles in the workplace. He has since filed a class-action lawsuit against Google after they fired him for the memo.
(Portland, OR) -- A group of Gresham high schoolers are holding a fundraiser tonight to support the Columbia River Gorge restoration effort. KATU reports students at Gresham High School decided they wanted to help out after seeing video footage of last year's devastating Eagle Creek fire. Students tonight will be auctioning off local art and collecting donations at the boys' basketball game.
(Portland, OR) -- A Multnomah County Sheriff's Office corrections counselor is facing charges for identity theft and official misconduct. Sheriff's officials say Bryce Merrill was booked in the department of corrections Tuesday. He's accused of forging internal documents at the Sheriff's Office. Merrill is on unpaid administrative pending an investigation.
(Portland, OR) -- Some Meals on Wheels recipients got a sweet treat for Valentine's Day, courtesy of some local Girl Scouts. The scouts spent some time Tuesday loading up a truck with more than eight-thousand boxes of Girl Scout cookies. The boxes were donated by community members as part of the Scouts' "Gift of Caring" program.
(Portland, OR) -- The newly restored Oregon State Constitution is now on display in the state Capitol. The Secretary of State Archives division put the document on display yesterday in honor of Oregon's 159th anniversary of statehood. The document is being displayed at the Capitol Galleria in a brand new climate-controlled case. It's on display through Saturday, when a birthday celebration for the state will be held, with State Archives staff on hand to discuss the document's history and importance.
(Portland, OR) -- A man is in police custody following an hours-long standoff in Northeast Portland. The Portland Police Bureau says their gang enforcement team was attempting to arrest the man last night when he entered a home in the Vernon neighborhood and refused to come out. Police finally arrested the suspect after more than three hours.
(Portland, OR) -- Police are releasing the identity of the man killed after falling from Mount Hood Tuesday. Police say 35-year-old Miha Sumi of Portland died after falling at least 700 feet. Friends tell KATU Sumi was no stranger to climbing and had summited Mount Hood before. Sumi was climbing with a group in the Hogsback area when he fell.
(Iowa City, IA) -- Portland's own "Portugal. The Man" is said to be doing OK after receiving a fiery welcome to Iowa City. The Iowa City Fire Department says the band's tour bus caught fire outside the venue before their show Tuesday night. Fire officials say no injuries were reported and no one was on the bus at the time of the fire. The Daily Iowan reports the fire was caused by a problem in the vehicle's air conditioning system. The band went on with the show at the Iowa Memorial Union and went on to play in Columbia, Missouri last night.
(Portland, OR) -- Two people are injured following a two-car crash in Northeast Portland. Police say the crash happened yesterday afternoon at Northeast 157th Avenue and Halsey Street. Two people were hospitalized. Police say a third person fled the scene on foot following the crash.
(Portland, OR) -- A man is facing charges for allegedly stealing shoes from the same store two days in a row. Police have arrested 37-year-old Dominic Lamania for the thefts early this month at the Wilco Farm Store in Cornelius. Police say Lamania entered the store February 2nd and tried on a pair of Danner boots worth more than 200 dollars and then walked out wearing them. He then allegedly returned to the store the next day and stole a second pair.
(Portland, OR) -- Police are searching for two men accused of trying to lure a teenage girl into their van and then attempting to kidnap her. It happened early yesterday morning in Aloha. Reann Tomlinson tells KATU her 17-year-old daughter was walking home after hanging out with friends when a white van approached her near the Albertsons on Southwest Farmington Road. Police say two men inside the van followed the girl while trying to lure her with cigarettes and marijuana. One of the men then opened the van's side door and tried to grab the girl, but she screamed and ran home. Police believe the men may have been involved in similar incidents in Tigard.
(Portland, OR) -- One climber is dead after falling at least 700 feet on Mount Hood. Clackamas County Sheriff spokesman Brian Jensen says two others were also pulled from the mountain. One of the two men had minor injuries like bruises and cuts, while the other one is simply exhausted from the ordeal. A woman who was also with them had to be taken down by a sled because she was unable to walk or even move.
(Portland, OR) -- Police say they've arrested a Sandy man in connection to a decades-old sex abuse case. Police arrested 43-year-old Jeshua Drake this week. He was indicted two weeks ago on three counts of first-degree sexual abuse for incidents that occurred between 1991 and 1993 at the Sandy congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. Police believe he could have additional victims. They're asking anyone with information to contact them.
(Portland, OR) -- Charges are being upgraded for a man accused in a Vancouver convenience store stabbing following the death of his alleged victim. Charson Lotius is now facing murder charges for allegedly stabbing Lukas Pison in the head and killing him early Sunday at the AM/PM on Northeast Andresen Road. Pison died from his injuries in a hospital Monday.
(Portland, OR) -- A man is facing more than four decades behind bars for the stabbing death of his girlfriend's three-year-old son. A judge has sentenced Ricardo Gutierrez to 45 years in prison for the death of Jose "Pepe" Castillo-Cisneros in May of 2016. Gutierrez told police he got angry after the boy started crying but that he doesn't remember attacking him, saying he suffers from rage blackouts.
(Portland, OR) -- Clackamas County has a new shelter for survivors of domestic violence. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held yesterday for The Village in Oregon City. The shelter has room to house 15 families at a time.
(Portland, OR) -- A 14-year-old boy is injured after being hit by a car on his way to school in Vancouver. Police say Gabriel Carpenter was in a marked crosswalk near Alki Middle and Chinook Elementary schools Monday morning when a driver struck him. The driver was not speeding but tells police the sun got in his eyes. Carpenter was taken to a hospital and is now recovering at home.
(Portland, OR) -- Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a one-thousand-dollar reward for information about a Woodburn mother who's been missing since July. Police say 26-year-old Cynthia Martinez was last seen July 16th leaving Tequila Nights Bar and Grill in Keizer with two men. Investigators have named Jaime Alvarez Olivera as a person of interest and are currently seeking him for questioning.
(Portland, OR) -- Police are releasing the identity of a man shot and killed in Southeast Portland. Police say 38-year-old Richard Hanley was shot to death Sunday afternoon on Southeast 7th Avenue. Investigators are questioning 48-year-old Joseph Vinci in connection to the shooting.
(Portland, OR) -- A 17-year-old boy is facing charges in connection to the shooting of another teenager in the Bethany neighborhood. Police arrested Jeffrey Terrell of Springfield yesterday on charges of attempted murder and first-degree assault. He's accused of shooting a 16-year-old boy inside a Bethany home last week. The victim is recovering from his injuries.
(Portland, OR) -- Four people are injured following a two-car crash in Hillsboro. Police say the crash happened last night when a westbound car on TV Highway struck a northbound car as it turned onto Cornelius Pass. Four people were hospitalized, including one person who was entered as a trauma patient.
(Salem, OR) -- A reformed former gang member who's now working as a mentor is getting a clean slate. Governor Kate Brown granted clemency yesterday to 44-year-old Dondrae Fair of Portland, who served five years for armed robbery. He's now a mentor who aims to help the city's gangsters turn over a new leaf, like he did. It was only the third time Brown has given a pardon since she's been in office.
(Portland, OR) -- Police are searching for a missing elderly man with dementia. Family members say 73-year-old Richard Daniel Espalin disappeared after driving off in his truck yesterday. Police say he's driving a blue 2008 Chevy Silverado with a matching canopy.
(Portland, OR) -- An arson investigation is under way into a fire at a vacant house in Longview, Washington. Firefighters responded to the house on Baltimore Street early Saturday morning to find flames reaching from the first floor to the roof. Investigators say the house had been vacant for about a year. No injuries were reported.
(Portland, OR) -- A search is under way for a missing woman who suffers from a traumatic brain injury. Police say 20-year-old Mickell Josephine Schlosser was reported missing around 9:00 last night by the Salvation Army on Southeast 82nd Avenue in Happy Valley. Schlosser lives in a foster home. Investigators say she could be using MAX and TriMet to get around.
(Portland, OR) -- Police are searching for a man accused of robbing a bank in Albany. Police say the man entered the Willamette Community Bank on Southeast Lyons Street yesterday morning with a gun and demanded money. Anyone with information is urged to contact police.
(Portland, OR) -- One person is dead and another is injured following a two-car crash in southeast Portland. The crash happened just after midnight yesterday at Southeast 122nd Avenue and Stark Street. Police believe one driver was intoxicated when they ran a red light and crashed into another driver. The driver who ran the light was killed in the crash, and the other driver was hospitalized for injuries.
(Seneca, OR) -- Golfers at a soon-to-be-open Oregon resort won't just have to depend on any old kid to caddie. The Retreat and Links at Silvies Valley Ranch in Senaca is training goats to work as caddies for the golfers. Set to open later this year, the resort says the goats will have special backpacks to haul around clubs, balls and beverages.
(Seattle, WA) -- Police say five people were arrested Saturday after confrontations at a GOP and Patriot Prayer rally at the University of Washington. The university College Republicans group invited the Vancouver-based organization Patriot Prayer for the on-campus rally. Counter-protesters showed up in greater numbers and things turned ugly despite police efforts to keep the groups separated. A federal judge had blocked the school from charging the College Republicans a 17-thousand dollar security fee, ruling it amounted to a violation of free speech.
(Portland, OR) -- Two people are facing charges following an armed robbery at a Northeast Portland bar. Police say the suspects entered the Rounders Bar and Lotto on Northeast Halsey street Saturday night with guns and demanded money. Police arrested the two following a brief car chase.
(Portland, OR) -- No serious injuries are being reported on the scene of an early morning apartment fire in Vancouver. Firefighters responded to the apartment on Northeast 72nd Avenue just before 2:00 this morning. An investigation into what caused the fire is ongoing.
(Beaverton, OR) -- Police say no one was injured when a driver crashed into a police cruiser in Beaverton. Officials say the officer was driving south on Hall Boulevard near Allen Boulevard yesterday afternoon when another driver crashed into them at the intersection. Police say the patrol car had its lights and siren on at the time of the crash.
(Portland, OR) -- An investigation is ongoing into a stabbing at a convenience store in Vancouver. Police responded to the AM/PM on Northeast Andresen Road early yesterday on reports of a fight. Police say officers arrived to find several people still fighting. One man was taken to a hospital with life-threatening stab wounds. Police say a K-9 unit tracked down the stabbing suspect 24-year-old Charson Lotius in some bushes nearby. He was arrested on charges of first-degree attempted murder and second-degree assault.
(Portland, OR) -- Three people are dead and about half a dozen more are injured following two separate wrong-way crashes on SR-14. Police say the first crash happened early yesterday near Columbia House Boulevard when driver Aaron Dohman crashed head-on into another driver identified as Edgar Acosta at a high rate of speed. Dohman and Acosta were both killed in the crash, along with Dohman's passenger Michelle Henriksbo. Police responded to a second wrong-way crash in the same area of Columbia House Boulevard less than an hour later. Police say five people were injured in that crash.
(Portland, OR) -- An investigation is ongoing into a stabbing at a MAX station. It happened yesterday afternoon at the Providence Park Transit station platform on Southwest Morrison Street. Police say one man was taken to a hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries. Police are still searching for a suspect.
(Seattle, WA) -- A former Alaska Airlines captain is pleading guilty to flying while drunk. The U.S. Attorney's Office says David Hans Arnston is pleading guilty as part of a plea bargain. The Attorney's Office says Arnston was given a breathalyzer test in June of 2014 after being chosen for a random screening and the results showed an alcohol level higher than what's allowed for airline pilots. Arnston had just completed a flight from San Diego to Portland followed by a Portland to Orange County flight when he was tested.
(Portland, OR) -- Police are searching for a missing teenage girl they think might be traveling with an older man. Police say 16-year-old Bailey Scott from Quilcene, Washington, disappeared from her aunt's home Saturday night. Scott's aunt says she left a note saying she'd be back the next day. Family members believe she may be traveling to Salem with an older man she met online.
(Portland, OR) -- The Beaverton Police Department is launching an investigation into whether one of its officers engaged in racial profiling. Department officials announced the news yesterday, citing department policy to investigate all allegations of misconduct. Police were searching for an African-American robbery suspect last Thursday when they stopped and questioned Reginald Liggins at the Beaverton Transit Center. Police say Liggins was wearing a beanie similar to the one seen on the suspect.
(Portland, OR) -- State leaders are calling on Senator Jeff Kruse to resign amid allegations of sexual misconduct. This, after an independent investigator released a report yesterday finding Kruse engaged in a pattern of sexual harassment against two female state senators. The report also found that Kruse escalated the sexual harassment after being warned to stop. Governor Kate Brown and House Speaker Tina Kotek called on Kruse to step down yesterday.
(Seattle, WA) -- A recall is in effect for several pork products in Washington and Oregon. Canadian company Olymel says the products weren't inspected properly before they were shipped to the U.S. The recall affects raw, intact pork products packaged between January 22nd and February 5th. The USDA says no illnesses have been reported.
(Portland, OR) -- Police are searching for a man accused of robbing a bank in St. Johns. Police responded to the KeyBank branch on Lombard Street yesterday. Witnesses tell police the man entered the bank and demanded money before fleeing with an unknown amount of cash. He's described as a white man in his 30s with a slim build.
(Portland, OR) -- An investigation is ongoing into a bank robbery in southeast Portland. Police say a man entered the US Bank branch on Southeast Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard yesterday and handed a teller a note demanding money. He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. He's described as a man in his 50s.
(Portland, OR) -- One person is facing charges in connection to a stabbing that injured one man near the Greyhound Bus Depot. Police arrested 33-year-old Robert A. Bencomo for the stabbing yesterday morning in the area of Northwest 4th Avenue and Hoyt Street. Police say the victim was taken to a hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries. An investigation is ongoing.
(Portland, OR) -- Police are searching for a man accused of entering another man's home and shooting him, leaving him critically injured. Police say the man called 9-1-1 last night after the suspect entered his home on Northwest Rondos Drive and shot him. The victim is expected to survive. It's not yet clear whether the suspect broke into the home or was invited inside.
(Portland, OR) -- An investigation is under way into an early morning crash that killed a motorcyclist. Police say the motorcyclist collided with two cars around 3:00 this morning near the area of Southeast 141st Avenue and Powell Boulevard. The crash prompted police to shut down Powell Boulevard from 138th to 144th avenues. Police say the other drivers are cooperating with investigators.
(Portland, OR) -- Two people are injured following a two-car crash on North Lombard Street. Police say the two cars crashed yesterday morning at North Columbia Boulevard. Both drivers were taken to hospitals with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.