(Portland, OR) -- The Portland Bureau of Transportation is supporting a bill that would close loopholes that make it difficult to enforce distracted driving laws. In 2015, a court ruled that Oregon's distracted driving laws only apply to texting and talking on the phone. They don't apply to surfing the internet or social media on a cell phone while driving. The city's Bureau of Transportation has written the state legislature urging lawmakers to approve a House bill that would do away with this loophole.
(Multnomah Co., OR) -- A Portland jazz musician is being accused of sex abuse. Thara Memory is a Grammy Award winning musician who has been inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame. He was arraigned yesterday on multiple counts of sex abuse. He's accused of abusing multiple women over the past few years. Anyone with more information about the case is asked to call the Portland Police Bureau.
(Portland, OR) -- The city council is considering a proposal to lower the speed limit on Southeast Division Street. The speed limit on the street ranges from 35-to-40 miles-per-hour. The proposal suggests lowering the speed limit to 30-miles-per-hour between 82nd and 174th avenues. The city council is expected to examine the measure on Thursday.
(Clackamas Co., OR) -- A man is recovering after he was pulled out of the Clackamas River. The man was rescued by members of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office last night. It's believe he went in the water to get his boat after it drifted away from the shore.
(Portland, OR) -- Portland Commissioner Amanda Fritz is defending her decision to fly her staff to Arizona for diversity training. The cost of the trip is about 40-thousand dollars. In an email sent Saturday, Commissioner Fritz said that the trip will help her staff "work for a wider range of customers." She also says it was cheaper to go to diversity training in Arizona than it would have been to have the training in Portland.
(Portland, OR) -- Police are investigating after a man and a dog were found dead in a home in Northeast Portland. They were discovered yesterday afternoon in a home on the 83-hundred block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard. The cause of death hasn't been released, but police say the deaths are suspicious.
(Indianapolis, IN) -- Some football players from Oregon and Oregon State are hoping to make a good impression on scouts at the NFL Combine. The Combine starts today at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Three players from Oregon State and one player from Oregon were invited to participate in the event.
(Undated) -- A study says Oregon isn't the worst state for women. Financial and lifestyle website WalletHub recently released its "Best States for Women" list. Using factors such as economic well-being, health and safety, Oregon came in 17th place on the list. Minnesota came in first. Mississippi is considered to be the worst state for women.
(Vancouver, WA) -- A woman who's accused of killing a pedestrian in a hit-and-run in Vancouver is now in custody. Sheriff's deputies say 35-year-old Jessica Bankhead turned herself in yesterday morning, in connection with the Saturday night crash that killed 44-year-old Richard Waller, also of Vancouver. Authorities say Waller was hit in the 23-hundred block of Northeast Minnehaha Street. Investigators say alcohol is believed to have been a factor.
(Gresham, OR) -- The MAX stop at Gresham's City Hall is closed through April 1st as renovation moves into the heavy-construction phase. Officials tell KATU-TV that riders can use the nearby Gresham Central Station next to the Gresham Parking Garage or Civic Drive Station, which is one-third of a mile from City Hall. The City Hall station is expected to be reopened for use on Sunday, April 2nd, with the full renovation project to be finished by early summer.
(Olympia, WA) -- Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson says the state is preparing for "all possibilities" when it comes to defending its law legalizing recreational marijuana against the federal government. The White House announced last week the Department of Justice might take action against states that allow marijuana to be sold legally. Ferguson says he and Governor Jay Inslee wrote a letter last week to new U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, asking for a meeting concerning marijuana policy, but have yet to hear back.
(Los Angeles, CA) -- A Yakima, Washington native is among the earliest to pick up an Oscar in last night's Academy Awards presentation. Colleen Atwood was awarded an Oscar for her work in "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." It was the 12th Academy Award nomination for Atwood, who studied painting at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle in the early 1970s. She's also known for her work in movies including "The Silence of the Lambs," "Arrow," and "Big Fish."
(Fairview, OR) -- Authorities say there's been a rash of vehicle burglaries near an apartment complex in Fairview over the past week-and-a-half. One resident tells KATU-TV there have been at least eight break-ins at the complex during the period, and perhaps more. Fairview Interim Police Chief Harry Smith says smash-and-grab crimes like this are common, especially where someone leaves a car unattended for a long period of time. So far, police don't have any information on suspects.
(Olympia, WA) -- Consumers of beer produced by craft breweries could be paying less to imbibe, under legislation being considered by Washington state lawmakers. The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act would lower the federal excise tax on each barrel of craft brew, from seven dollars to three-50. Supporters of the measure say such a tax cut could keep Washington on good footing with Oregon and other states.
(Olympia, WA) -- Washington state lawmakers are being asked to provide more funding for childcare in the state. Childcare professionals say they're feeling the pinch with the increase in the state minimum wage. Childcare advocates are hoping the state will provide 80-million in additional state dollars for childcare services over the next two years. Supporters of the increased subsidy say the 80-million-dollars would help childcare facilities offset the costs of the rising minimum wage and build a sustainable industry.
(Portland, OR) -- Gasoline prices in the Portland area are higher. Triple-A reports the average for a gallon of regular is two-57, a penny-and-a-half above the average of a week ago. The national average for regular is two-29 a gallon.
(Washington, DC) -- The status of legal recreational marijuana in Oregon is facing a potential threat from the Trump administration. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer suggested the administration may crack down on states that have legalized the drug for non-medicinal purposes. Trump expressed support for medical marijuana while running for president but Spicer said yesterday that recreational weed is a different story. U.S. Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon expressed concern about Spicer's remarks yesterday, saying he'd fight hard against any federal government action.
(Seattle, WA) -- Oregon is joining the states of Washington and Minnesota in a lawsuit against President Trump's executive order on travel bans. The motion was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Seattle by Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum. Even though a federal court has put the original travel order on hold, White House officials said this week a new executive order on refugees and immigration will be released next week.
(Seattle, WA) -- New U.S. EPA director Scott Pruitt is facing his first lawsuit, and it's coming from caretakers of the Columbia River. The Columbia Riverkeeper group filed a suit in federal court in Seattle on Thursday demanding the EPA work to protect salmon from hot summertime temperatures in the Columbia and Snake Rivers. The suit alleges the EPA has ignored the high temperatures, which reportedly resulted in the deaths of nearly 250-thousand adult sockeye salmon because they were prevented from swimming upstream.
(Portland, OR) -- The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is still looking into claims made that deputies assisted Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents in efforts to deport illegal immigrants. The "Portland Tribune" reported yesterday it obtained several new emails that showed instances of deputies telling ICE agents where and when to find who they were searching for, in violation of the county's sanctuary policies. Sheriff Mike Reese says the internal affairs department will review the emails ahead of a potential investigation.
(Portland, OR) -- Portland's City Council is overturning the city's police bureau's decision to exonerate a police officer for using a Taser on a bicyclist six times in fifteen seconds in September 2014. City council members voted three-to-two on Wednesday to reverse the decision regarding Officer Bradley Nutting's actions against Matthew Klug of Portland. However, the council did not suggest Nutting receive any discipline. Portland's police chief concluded Klug acted in a threatening manner during a struggle with officers after an arrest that justified the Tasing.
(West Linn, OR) -- A Portland-area police officer who allegedly asked if a Black Lives Matter protest was a "day of target practice" on Facebook is out of a job. Officer Tom Newberry of the West Linn Police Department had been placed on paid administrative leave since last summer after the posts were reported. His firing was announced at a Wednesday city council meeting. Officials aren't saying why Newberry was fired, but note the investigation into whether he violated any department or city policies is no longer active.
(Salem, OR) -- Republican lawmakers in Oregon want late-term abortions to be illegal in the state. House Bill 3017 was introduced yesterday. It would prevent doctors in the state from performing an abortion for a fetus that's more than 20 weeks old, which is about halfway through a normal pregnancy. Current Oregon law does not have mandatory waiting periods or parental notification for abortions and is one of the few states to allow them to be publicly funded. The new bill, like several others that have been filed by GOP legislators this year, isn't expected to get past the Democratically-controlled Oregon legislature and governorship.
(Gresham, OR) -- Three men are under arrest following the "biggest drug bust in Multnomah County Sheriff's Office history." Lieutenant Chad Gaios says officers found 90-pounds of meth, two pounds of heroin and more while serving two search warrants Wednesday night. The drugs have a street value over two-million dollars. Officials said in a press conference Thursday that they believe the drugs were made in Mexico before being brought to Gresham and Portland.
(Portland, OR) -- A former NFL player who allegedly tried to break into a home before taking his clothes off is being held without bail in Portland. Stanley Wilson the Second was transferred to Multnomah County Jail Thursday after his third naked run-in with police. Officers say Wilson was acting erratically at a home in Woodburn, Oregon. He was reportedly naked in the backyard when authorities arrived.
(Lake Oswego, OR) -- A "March 4 Trump" rally is scheduled in Lake Oswego next week. Store owner Kevin Kerwin posted a sign for the event, which is set for March 4th. He said he has been met with lots of opposition. Kerwin says, quote, "They want me to get out of the state." The march will start at George Rodgers Park at noon.
(Sandy, OR) -- Police are investigating a string of robberies in Sandy. Officers say 18-cars were broken into and one of them was stolen Wednesday night. All of the break-ins happened in the city's east side within a half-mile of each other. Police say two guns and at least one credit card were taken from the cars. The stolen vehicle was found abandoned in Damascus.
(Portland, OR) -- Travelers at Portland International Airport have a new way to kill time. The brand-new Hollywood Theater opened Thursday evening in Terminal-C. The micro cinema plays short-films for free 24/7. Marketing official Alison Hallett says the theater will show "everything from animations to music videos to documentaries." It features Oregon artists, and everything is rated G.
(Vancouver, WA) -- Sheriff's deputies say they've found a car that's believed to have been involved in a hit-and-run crash that severely injured a Vancouver man. Authorities say 34-year-old Paul Adams was hit early Sunday morning while he walked along Northeast 54th Avenue. Clark County deputies say they located the vehicle yesterday morning in the Vancouver area. The driver is still being sought.
(Portland, OR) -- Numerous potholes are a by-product of the recent storms that swept through the Portland area, and transportation officials say they'll get a "patch-a-thon" underway today. Transportation commissioner Dan Saltzman will get the process started when he fills in a pothole this morning. Brady says the patch-a-thon will continue until the pothole backlog is cleared. PBOT says it fills more than eight-thousand potholes each year in Portland.
(Undated) -- A new 24/7 Wall Street study on the amount of sleep Americans manage each night shows Oregon ranks among the most sleep-deprived states. The research has Oregon coming in 39th in the amount of sleep received, with 32 percent of adults in the state getting less than seven hours of shuteye per night. The rate of adults in Oregon reporting frequent mental distress is the ninth-highest in the nation at 13-point-six percent. The 24/7 Wall Street study ranks Oregon with the 18th-highest poverty rate and the 19th-lowest number of adults with high blood pressure.
(Olympia, WA) -- Two different public-education-funding plans are now up for debate in the Washington State Legislature, one approved by House Democrats and one previously approved by Senate Republicans. Yesterday, the House passed legislation which includes increased spending on each student, more assistance for poor students, and higher salaries for beginning teachers. Republicans are criticizing the plan, saying it doesn't specify what taxes would be raised to pay for all of its features. Earlier this month, the Senate approved a plan that calls for replacing local school levies with a statewide uniform rate earmarked for schools.
(Washington Co., OR) -- The Washington County District Attorney's Office says a group of police officers was justified when they shot and killed a man who had killed his estranged wife and shot an Oregon state trooper. The officers fatally wounded 30-year-old James Tylka on Christmas night after he shot his wife to death. Trooper Nic Cederberg, who was pursuing the suspect, exchanged gunfire with Tylka and was wounded, and was shot again after Tylka took his service weapon. Cederberg survived, but Tylka was gunned down by the officers.
(Aloha, OR) -- Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a fire that damaged a home in Aloha. Firefighters say the blaze appeared to have started in either the garage or the attic of the house on Sandra Lane. Two people were evaluated for smoke inhalation and one of them suffered minor injuries.
(Lake Oswego, OR) -- Police are looking for thieves who drive around looking for unlocked vehicles to burglarize. Authorities say the perpetrators are seen traveling in a black Jeep Rubicon with the intention of stealing personal information. Police say the suspects are peeking into cars and stealing cell phones and wallets, then using that information to steal identities. Officers say locking your car is always a good idea, whether you have valuables in your car or not.
(Seattle, WA) -- A veteran Seattle police officer is in trouble with the law, after being accused of consuming drugs with a strip-club dancer and giving information on crime victims to a local TV station news anchor. The "Seattle Times" reports Robert Marlow was arrested last month as a result of an investigation by Seattle police and the FBI's Public Corruption Squad. Marlow, a 17-year veteran of Seattle PD, has pleaded not guilty to a felony count of violating the Uniform Controlled Substances Act and one misdemeanor count of second-degree computer trespass. Authorities say Marlow texted Q13 news anchor David Rose information on crime victims obtained from a restricted department computer database.
(Belfair, WA) -- There are no reports of injuries or damage, following a 4.2 magnitude earthquake on the Kitsap Peninsula. The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network says the temblor was recorded at 8:59 last night, about eleven miles west-northwest of Belfair. Shocks were felt as far away as Olympia. Officials say a magnitude 4.8 earthquake struck near Vancouver Island about an hour later.
(Beaverton, OR) -- Beaverton police say one of their officers shot and killed a man who was armed and "acting erratically" on the roof of a house. Police responded around 7:40 yesterday morning to a report of a man pointing a gun from the roof of the home on Southwest 170th Avenue. Two schools, Beaver Acres Elementary and Merlo Station High School, are located near the home. Authorities say the man, 51-year-old Douglas Michael Smith, was shot by the officer after police unsuccessfully tried to talk him down.
(Vancouver, WA) -- A man is being hospitalized after being struck by a hit-and-run vehicle and left with serious injuries in Vancouver. Sheriff's deputies say Paul Adams was found around two a.m. Monday, lying with multiple broken bones along Northeast 54th Avenue in Vancouver. Deputies believe the vehicle that hit Adams was a Nissan sedan, which likely has severe damage to its passenger side, especially the grille.
(Undated) -- Salem has a mid-tier ranking on a list of state capitals and how they fare as places to live. WalletHub ranks Salem 27th on its 2017 list of Best State Capitals in which to live. The financial-assistance website used 42 factors to rank each of the 50 cities, with metrics including cost of living and number of attractions. Salem scored high in "economic well-being" and "quality of education and health," but scored lower in "affordability" and "quality of life."
(Mosier, OR) -- Police say a traffic stop along Interstate 84 resulted the discovery of 13 pounds of methamphetamine in an SUV. Oregon State Police say the eastbound Ford was pulled over Monday in the Mosier area, and the two men inside consented to a search of the vehicle. Troopers say four large packages of suspected meth were discovered in a cardboard box. Facing charges are Edgar Vidal Nuno Naranjo and Oscar Arnulfo Fuller Leyva, both of Mexico.
(Olympia, WA) -- Some Washington lawmakers are supportive of giving the state's public education chief greater authority to direct education policy in the state. A bill that would reduce or eliminate the Board of Education's role in policy development has made it out of a House committee. The measure is backed by new Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdahl, who tells the "Everett Herald" if he's to be held accountable for the achievement of students and performance of schools, he needs to have the final say on many of the decisions that are now entrusted to the Board of Education.
(Salem, OR) -- Governor Kate Brown is among those who are backing a new gun-safety bill being considered in the Oregon Legislature. Testimony in support of Senate Bill 797 was provided before a legislative committee yesterday by Brown, along with Senate Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson, Senator Floyd Prozanski, and Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese. The measure includes provisions to ban abusive dating partners from having guns; disallow convicted stalkers from purchasing or possessing guns; and require law enforcement to be informed when a prohibited person tries to purchase a gun illegally and fails a background check.
(Portland, OR) -- Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler says "mistakes were made" Monday when police arrested 13 people during the "Not My President's Day" protest downtown. The mayor says he promises to work with Police Chief Mike Marshman to discuss how to best reduce tensions moving forward. Police officers say they arrested the marchers because they were blocking traffic, and some still refused to move despite being warned for 20 minutes to clear the street.
(Portland, OR) -- Portland police are looking for a suspect in an attempted armed robbery at a local Subway sandwich shop. The incident happened around 2:30 this morning at the location in the 57-hundred block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. Police say a man displaying a gun approached the counter and exchanged words with the cashier before fleeing.
(Olympia, WA) -- A bill that would improve coroner inquests in Washington is on its way to the full Senate. Senate Bill 5769 would establish new rules that include allowing county commissioners to overrule medical examiners who refuse to conduct inquests, and requiring special consideration for deaths that involve law enforcement personnel and jail inmates. The measure was inspired by a deadly shooting in Pasco, for which a coroner's inquest wasn't held until nearly two years later.
(Olympia, WA) -- Washington state transportation officials say they're no longer getting help from prison inmates to pick up trash along the state's highways. Officials tell KIRO-TV the partnership between the Department of Transportation and the Washington State Department of Corrections was put on hold last August because of concerns over how pending legislation in Olympia will impact liability. A bill to resolve the liability issue is currently before a legislative committee. The transportation department says Washington's growing population is contributing to the increased amount of litter on the highways.
(Damascus, OR) -- Clackamas County sheriff's deputies say speed was likely a factor in a crash that killed three people in Damascus. The wreck happened Saturday night in the 13-thousand-500 block of Southeast Wiese Road, killing all three in the vehicle. They included 21-year-old Drew Noble, 16-year-old Curtis Sowell, and 21-year-old Brenna Collacchi. They were pronounced dead at the scene.
(Salem, OR) -- Officials are hoping to use Portland's drawing power to attract the world's largest outdoor-gear show. The Outdoor Retailer trade show announced last week it's pulling out of Utah because of that state's stance on public lands. Travel Oregon spokesperson Linea Gagliano tells KGW-TV that Portland is the perfect spot for the Outdoor Retailer trade show because of the city's access to the outdoors, the number of outdoor stores located in the city, and the new hotel being built next to the convention center.
(Olympia, WA) -- A bill being considered by Washington state lawmakers would lower the state's legal blood-alcohol limit for driving a vehicle from point-08 to point-05. Representative and former state trooper John Lovick says he drafted the measure on recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board. The American Beverage Institute opposes the bill, contending only a small percentage of deadly car crashes are caused by drivers with a blood-alcohol level between point-05 and point-08. The bill is assigned to the House Transportation Committee.
(Olympia, WA) -- A bill that would allow marijuana to be delivered to your door is being considered in Washington state. Under HB 1712, licensed marijuana retailers would be allowed to fulfill orders by phone or online for users age 21 and older. Current state law allows marijuana purchases only at brick-and-mortar retailers. The bill's sponsor, Tacoma Representative David Sawyer, says increasing access to marijuana would undermine black-market distributors.
(Portland, OR) -- Portland police say more than a dozen arrests were made during the "Not My Presidents Day" protest. The demonstration began peacefully yesterday outside the Federal Building on Southwest 3rd Avenue, but escalated when some protesters began blocking traffic. Police say they arrested 13 protesters who ignored orders from bicycle officers to get on the sidewalk and clear the road for traffic. KATU-TV reports the remaining marchers joined a pre-planned, permitted demonstration that was led by the AFL-CIO and proceeded peacefully.
(Olympia, WA) -- Washington Governor Jay Inslee says if the Affordable Care Act were to be repealed, thousands of patients in the state could lose their health care treatment. The governor says 20-thousand Washingtonians have had their cancer treated because of the availability of Obamacare. Inslee says his administration "won't allow Washington and Congress and the president to take it away" from the 750-thousand residents who benefit from it.
(Portland, OR) -- Police are investigating a shooting that left a man dead in Southeast Portland. Authorities say a man in his 30s confronted the owner of an insurance business on Southeast 82nd Avenue yesterday afternoon. Police say the business owner came under attack by the man and fired his gun, fatally wounding the man. No names have been released. Police say the business owner cooperated with the investigation and surrendered his gun to officers.
(Olympia, WA) -- A Washington state lawmaker is seeking to have tiny homes become part of the mainstream. A bill, sponsored by Aberdeen Representative Brian Blake, would allow cities and counties to reduce minimum room size requirements so that builders can create much smaller single-family homes without violating building codes. Blake tells the "News Tribune" he sees value in the simplicity and affordability of tiny houses. The measure is currently going through the committee process.
(Portland, OR) -- Portland Fire & Rescue officials say they thought crews were pulling a body from under the Morrison Bridge yesterday morning, but the person turned out to be alive. A rescue boat brought the victim to a nearby dock, where an ambulance was on standby. There's no word on the victim's condition.
(Salem, OR) -- Organizers estimate hundreds of people gathered at the Capitol yesterday to show solidarity with immigrants. People holding signs braved the windy conditions in Salem in support of immigrants, and people took turns at the podium to recount their experiences as strangers to the U.S. Similar events were held in 20 cities across the country.
(Coulee City, WA) -- Grant County, Washington authorities say they've arrested a 17-year-old boy after his twin brother was stabbed to death in Coulee City. Deputies who were dispatched to the home early yesterday morning found the wounded victim and rushed him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His twin brother is being investigated for manslaughter and domestic-violence assault. An autopsy will be conducted.
(Olympia, WA) -- Thurston County, Washington sheriff's deputies are investigating, after arresting a woman who's accused of abusing and scalding her five-year-old niece. KOMO-TV reports deputies were sent to a hospital, where the child was being treated for bruises and significant burns. The aunt was booked into the Thurston County Jail for investigation of first-degree assault of a child. The child in now in protective custody.
(Portland, OR) -- The price of gasoline isn't changing much these days. The Portland-area average for regular on this Presidents Day is two-56 a gallon, a penny higher than a week ago. The national average for regular is two-28 a gallon.
(Portland, OR) -- Police say a two-year-old boy who had vanished but was later found behind a bush two blocks from his home in Northeast Portland is now in protective custody. Officials say it's likely the toddler, River, got out of the home sometime early Saturday morning through an unlocked door. Police officers and a K-9 unit spent several hours searching before finding the toddler, who was then taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries and exposure to the cold. A court hearing is slated for tomorrow on the case.
(Olympia, WA) -- Washington state lawmakers are introducing bipartisan legislation that would begin the process of replacing the Interstate 5 bridge between Vancouver and Portland. Democratic Representative Sharon Wylie of Vancouver and Republican Senator Liz Pike of Camas have filed their respective bills. They include a measure to facilitate "strong public participation" to identify the most affordable, efficient project that improves freight mobility and safety, relieves congestion, and meets the future needs of the region. Both bills are under committee review.
(Vernonia, OR) -- Authorities say a suspect is being sought after allegedly firing multiple shots from his pickup truck, leaving a man wounded in Vernonia. Columbia County sheriff's deputies have identified the suspect as Gregory Reynolds, who's accused of firing the shots Saturday afternoon in the 58-thousand block of Kirk Road. Forty-five-year-old Lewis Cochrane was wounded and is being hospitalized. Deputies describe Reynolds as white, six-feet-one, with brown hair and hazel eyes, last seen wearing dirty blue jeans and a dark-colored jacket, and is considered armed and dangerous.
(Olympia, WA) -- Imagine... a new specialty license plate on the horizon for Washington state. More than enough signatures have been gathered to create the John Lennon "Imagine" plate, which is intended to raise funding for the food-bank-supporting nonprofit Feeding Washington. The plates would feature the famous self-portrait of Lennon with the word "imagine" across the bottom. The Office of Financial Management tells "The Olympian" the plates would cost the state nearly 23-thousand dollars but would bring in more than 79-thousand dollars during the 2017-19 budget cycle.
(Portland, OR) -- Authorities say they made one arrest during a demonstration against Portland police officers who shot and killed a teenager last week. Protesters were chanting for justice following the death of 17-year-old Quanice Hayes. Hayes died after being shot on February 9th. Last night's rally and march started at Portland State University and proceeded through downtown Portland, and the arrest was made following a report of vandalism.
(Aurora, OR) -- Authorities say an 87-year-old man who had been reported missing for months was found dead yesterday. Investigators say the man's son, 59-year-old Edward Fitchett, told police his father had run off with a "mystery woman," but officers who executed a search warrant yesterday at the home of 87-year-old Henry Conley Fitchett, Jr. found the elder man's body in the home he shared with his son on Hubbard Cutoff Road Northeast in Marion County. Edward Fitchett is charged with first-degree theft, first-degree criminal mistreatment, first-degree identity theft, and abuse of a corpse.
(Olympia, WA) -- An income tax for Washington state is being discussed as a way to generate revenue for education, but a number of Republican lawmakers want to end that discussion. Several Republicans are supporting a proposed constitutional amendment that would prohibit a state income tax in Washington. A House resolution was approved for a committee hearing this week, and is a companion to a Republican-backed Senate resolution. A committee hearing will be held on the Senate resolution next week.
(Olympia, WA) -- A law-enforcement organization in Washington state says it's supporting proposed legislation that would change the state law protecting police who kill in the line of duty. The Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs says the bill is a good example of "middle-ground" legislation that also calls for money to train police officers in areas that include de-escalation. The bill would remove the "malice" element from the law, which prosecutors say gives officers immunity for acting recklessly or negligently as long as they lack evil intent. No other state has a "malice" clause in use-of-force laws.
(Aloha, OR) -- Police say a man who was the victim of a robbery was able to pull off a shoe of one of the suspects while being dragged about 100 yards by the getaway car. The knifepoint robbery happened on Southwest Donna Court in Aloha around 7:00 last night. Police say the victim was selling an iPhone through OfferUp when one of the two suspects who showed up for the supposed sale displayed a knife and took the device. Authorities say the suspects, described as two Hispanic men, were in a tan 2003-2004 BMW X5 with no license plates.
(Salem, OR) -- A bill in the Oregon Legislature would give schools the authority to expel students who are caught rioting. The measure by Republican State Senator Kim Thatcher would require community colleges and state universities in Oregon to expel students convicted of riot-related crimes. The Oregon ACLU says it's watching the bill closely, calling it inconsistent with Oregon values.
(Seattle, WA) -- A Washington florist who refused to provide arrangements for a same-sex wedding says she'll appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Washington State Supreme Court voted unanimously yesterday against Barronelle Stutzman, saying she violated the state's anti-discrimination law by refusing to provide flowers for the wedding. Stutzman had provided flowers for the couple before but told them her religious beliefs wouldn't allow her to service the wedding for the couple, Rob Ingersoll and Curt Freed.
(Portland, OR) -- Drivers in the Portland area are paying a little more at the gas pump. The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular is two-53 a gallon, a penny above the average at this time last week. The national average for a gallon of regular is two-29.
(Albany, OR) -- A Lebanon man is accused of murdering his estranged wife on Valentine's Day. The "Democrat-Herald" reports 33-year-old Jason Garlinghouse is charged with shooting Sparki Sue Garlinghouse multiple times. Police say it appears the couple were in the middle of a custody battle. John Garlinghouse is facing a murder charge.
(Salem, OR) -- Republican lawmakers are introducing legislation that would roll back Oregon's designation as a "sanctuary state." The bills also include one to make English the official language in Oregon. Another would require state agencies and contractors they hire to use the federal E-Verify system, to check on whether prospective laborers are legally allowed to work in the U.S. The legislation isn't being given much of a chance, with the House and Senate controlled by Democrats.
(Portland, OR) -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon wants the Portland Police Bureau to show restraint during protests. The ACLU wants police to de-escalate and resort to use of force only as a last resort. Portland Police Sergeant Pete Simpson says the Bureau welcomes suggestions from the ACLU. He says the goal is to protect the First Amendment rights of protesters while maintaining public safety.