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(Portland, OR)  --  A 47-year-old man is facing charges after allegedly threatening to blow up an apartment building housing a large gay population.  Police arrested Scott Wayne Smith Monday for the incident at Hopewell Apartments in southwest Portland.  The apartment building houses people living with HIV and AIDS.  Police say a resident was sitting on the building's front steps with a friend when Smith walked up and asked for a cigarette.  When they said no, Smith allegedly got angry and began yelling homophobic slurs and saying he was going to kill them.  Residents say they've had similar problems with Smith in the past.



(Portland, OR)  --  A public statement is expected this morning from the family of a black man who was shot and killed by campus police at Portland State University.  The Portland NAACP issued a news release last night saying PSU has asked the family of Jason Washington to remove the memorial they put up in his honor.  Police shot and killed Washington in June while he was trying to break up a fight near the Cheerful Tortoise bar.  Witnesses say Washington was bending down to pick up a gun that fell out of his waist holster when police opened fire on him.  The Navy veteran had a license to carry a concealed handgun.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Discipline handed down to Portland firefighters may be erased from their personnel files.  The City Council adopted an ordinance yesterday that calls for the purges after a year for minor offenses, three years for more serious ones.  Fire Chief Mike Myers told The Oregonian that nearly every discipline results in a fight with the union, which he termed a waste of his time.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Department of Transportation is seeking federal approval to enact tolls on Interstate 5 and Interstate 205 at the Washington state border.  The Oregon Transportation Committee voted yesterday to approve a plan to seek approval for the pilot program.  The tolls would affect drivers on I-5 from Multnomah Boulevard north to Alberta Street and on I-205 at the George Abernethy Bridge.  Committee co-chair Sean O'Hollaren says they've heard from residents in Clark County, Washington who say they feel like they're being discriminated against, but that's not the case.  Meanwhile, Representative Jaimie Herrera Beutler of southwest Washington says she plans to bring legislation to Congress aimed at preventing a toll at the Washington-Oregon border without consent from both states' governors.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of sexually assaulting a woman in the Garden Home area.  The Washington County Sheriff's Office released a sketch of the suspect yesterday.  Police say the man sexually assaulted a 28-year-old woman July 19th in broad daylight as she was walking on the Fanno Creek Trail near the Garden Home Recreation Center.



(Portland, OR)  --  Multnomah County is launching an investigation into how complaints are reviewed from the Unity Center for Behavioral Health.  County Chair Deborah Kafoury and County COO Marissa Madrigal approved the investigation yesterday.  The move follows reports from a whistleblower who retired from his county position last month.  Greg Monaco says his reports about misconduct at the center fell on deaf ears.  Those reports included an incident in which a security guard allegedly placed a female patient in a chokehold as well as incidents in which staff members were injured.  The Oregon Health Authority issued a report last month saying they uncovered several issues that jeopardized patient safety at the center.



(Seattle, WA)  --  Rainier Brewing Company is releasing an IPA next week.  The brewery announced last week they plan to debut the Rainier PCT IPA Monday in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.  The new brew features Comet, El Dorado and Azacca hops and has a similar alcohol content to their signature Rainier at four-point-five-percent alcohol by volume.



(Seattle, WA)  --  A national environmental group is suing the Trump administration in an attempt to protect the southern resident orca population.  The National Marine Fisheries Service filed the lawsuit yesterday.  The lawsuit says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has failed to act on a petition from 2014 to expand habitat protections to the killer whales' wintertime foraging and migration areas.  Those areas include the coasts of Washington, Oregon and California.  The southern resident orca population is critically endangered.



(Portland, OR)  --  The man suspected of killing two people on a Portland commuter train is now in more trouble.  The Oregonian reports that Jeremy Christian is accused of assaulting a black inmate while behind bars.  He allegedly injured Aundre Mills last month inside the Multnomah County jail.  There were no details given about the alleged attack.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police say a gas leak forced evacuations in a Vancouver neighborhood last night after a man cut open a gas line in his yard.  Firefighters responded to the home on Norris Road around 7 p.m.  Fire officials say the man was trying to move a gas line in his front yard when he cut into the line, thinking it was inactive.  He later called 9-1-1 after realizing the line was live.
 



(Gresham, OR)  --  A Gresham man is recovering after falling 25 feet at Smith Rock.  Police say 32-year-old Aaron Clark was climbing in the area yesterday when he fell.  Redmond Fire and Rescue pulled him to safety using a rope system.  Police say it's unclear how Clark fell as he was wearing the correct gear and is familiar with the area.



(Silverton, OR)  --  Police in Silverton are warning residents after a bear was spotted in a neighborhood about a quarter mile from the Oregon Garden.  Police posted a warning on Facebook last night saying the bear was seen along Edgewood Drive.  Wildlife services have been contacted.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for two men accused of stealing drones from a store in Oregon City.  Police say the men entered the Wilco store on Molalla Avenue yesterday and walked out with four drones.  Police have released surveillance images of the men.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.



(Portland, OR)  --  A 46-year-old Portland woman is suing her doctor and pharmacist over her behavior.  Hilary Bishop claims the prescription drugs she was given caused her to lose control and rob a bookstore and a shoe store.  OregonLive reports that convicted felons rarely, if ever, sue medical providers over the crimes they have committed.  Bishop is currently doing three years at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville for the robberies.  In her lawsuit, Bishop claims the doctor and pharmacist gave her mind-altering drugs that put her into a "dissociative state."



(Corvallis, OR)  --  A prep cook and dishwasher is running for mayor in Corvallis.  The Gazette-Times reports that Riley Doraine of the Peacock Bar and Grille turned in the required signatures on Monday and they were certified Tuesday.  She joins Councilor Roen Hogg and community volunteer Dean Codo in trying to unseat incumbent Mayor Biff Traber in the November election.



(Portland, OR)  --  Wildfires burning across the region are creating hazy conditions over Portland.  Officials say air quality is currently in the unhealthy range.  Health officials are advising pregnant women, children, the elderly, people who have had strokes and people with heart or lung issues to stay inside and limit physical activity today.  Everyone else is advised to avoid prolonged or heavy exertion.  The smoke is coming from wildfires burning in Oregon as well as in British Columbia and California.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing nearly a year of home detention after leaving a fake bomb on a MAX train.  A judge sentenced Wilfredo Reyes to eight months of home detention along with three years of probation.  Authorities say Reyes styled a backpack to look like a bomb and then left it on a MAX train seat last summer.  He then called 9-1-1 to report that there was a bomb on the train.



(Canby, OR)  --  Franklin Graham is asking Oregonians to pray for their governor.  While preaching in Canby, Oregon last week, Graham told the crowd to pray for Governor Kate Brown, saying it would be great if she were saved.  Afterwards he prayed that the Democrat would come to know Jesus Christ as her Lord and savior.  When asked by reporters if she attends church or is affiliated with any religion Brown said she meditates and does yoga.  She later said she doesn't think of yoga as a religion and doesn't consider herself an agnostic.



(Portland, OR)  --  The city of Portland is seeking public input on its bicycle parking code.  The Portland Bureau of Transportation says they're looking to update the code for the first time in 20 years.  Residents have until October 1st to submit comments to city leaders.  Comments may be submitted through email at bicycle-code-update-at-Portland-Oregon-dot-gov.



(Portland, OR)  --  The GOP candidate for Oregon governor is outlining his plan to reduce homelessness.  Knute Buehler unveiled his seven-point proposal Monday in Portland.  The Bend state representative said he will lead with compassion and "tough love," forging a balance between generosity and safety.  His plan involves a "homelessness czar," changing legislation to allow Medicaid funds to be spent on physical and mental health services and ten-million dollars for four-thousand new shelter beds.



(Undated)  --  The CDC is keeping its eye on a measles outbreak that covers more than 20 states including Washington.  The health agency says 107 people have come down with measles.  The CDC says this year's total is likely to be higher than last year, when 118 cases were reported.  Measles spreads through the air when infected people cough or sneeze.



(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon's unemployment rate is breaking records again.  July numbers show another record low in joblessness, three-point-nine-percent.  OregonLive reports that it's the first time the number had dipped below four-percent since at least 1976, when modern record-keeping began.  State economists say Oregon's economy is growing faster than previously thought.



(St. Helens, OR)  --  An Oregon house featured in the teen vampire saga "Twilight" is up for sale.  KATU reports the home known as "Bella's house" in the film series is available for sale through Cascade Sotheby's.  The four-bedroom, two-bathroom house is located at 184 6th Street in St. Helens.  It's listed at 349-thousand-900 dollars.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  A man is being held on 20-thousand dollars bail on accusations that he assaulted his own three-month-old baby.  Thirty-five-year-old Ervin Ferma appeared in a Clark County courtroom yesterday on charges of first-degree child assault and first-degree domestic violence.  Police say Ferma's child was hospitalized last Monday for broken blood vessels and possible brain damage.  Ferma allegedly told police that he was tossing his baby up and catching him when his neck swung forward and that the child had also fallen out of his stroller a couple weeks earlier.  However, doctors tell police that neither of those activities would have caused the child's injuries.



(Portland, OR)  --  More than two-dozen people are facing citations following a police crackdown on speeding.  The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says police issued 27 citations and 14 warnings Saturday during a speed enforcement mission on Interstate 84.  Police stopped 37 vehicles in total during the four-hour mission.



(Portland, OR)  --  A 76-year-old woman is hospitalized after suffering from kidney failure while on board a cruise ship.  The Coast Guard says they received a call for help from the cruise ship Grand Princess about 50 miles southwest of Coos Bay yesterday.  Crews medevaced the woman to the Bay Area Hospital.



(Portland, OR)  --  A local faith group is calling for the release of more than 100 asylum-seeking refugees being held at the ICE facility in Sheridan.  Members of the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice are protesting today at the ICE office in southwest Portland.  It's the third time in three weeks that the group has held demonstrations at the office.  Police arrested a reverend and two other demonstrators during a similar protest at the office last week.



(Seattle, WA)  --  Whale researchers are playing the waiting game after attempting to feed live chinook salmon to a starving southern resident orca.  The Seattle Times reports federal scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration performed the feeding Sunday for the young orca named J50.  The scientists say the results of the feeding were inconclusive, and it's not clear whether J50 ate any of the fish.  The live fish were put into the water using a tube that exited below the water's surface just in front of J50.  Researchers say J50 and the rest of the J pod were seen heading toward Canadian waters yesterday, and scientists will try to take another look at her if and when she returns to Washington later this week.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for an arson suspect in connection to a fire that heavily damaged a playground at an Oregon City charter school.  Firefighters responded to the Alliance Charter Academy yesterday morning.  Investigators believe the blaze was intentionally set.  Officials say the fire caused more than 15-thousand dollars in damage.



(Seattle, WA)  --  The FBI is at SeaTac Airport today to interview Horizon Air employees about Friday's theft and subsequent crash of a Horizon airplane.  Coworkers of 29-year-old Richard Russell tell KING-5 the Horizon ground service agent seemed happy and normal in the days before he stole the plane.  Coworkers also say he seemed to like his job and that he never seemed disturbed or angry.  The former Oregon resident allegedly stole the empty Horizon Air Bombardier Q400 on Friday and performed tricks and maneuvers before crashing on a wooded island about an hour later.  Search crews found human remains with the wreckage of the plane.



(Portland, OR)  --  Firefighters are gaining ground on the Memaloose 2 Fire near Mosier in the Columbia River Gorge.  Fire officials say the blaze that started Friday night is now 65-percent contained after burning 167 acres.  All level two evacuations have been lowered to level one.



(Portland, OR)  --  An FBI agent is being cleared of charges he lied about his role in the shooting death of a militia leader in Oregon.  A federal jury in Portland Friday acquitted W. Joseph Astarita of making  false statements and obstruction of justice.  He was the only federal agent charged in connection with the killing of Robert LaVoy Finicum during the 41-day takeover at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016.  Astarita was accused of lying to authorities when he denied firing the shots that killed Finicum in a confrontation with agents.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges after a traffic stop allegedly turned up a kilo of cocaine and a loaded firearm.  Police arrested 26-year-old Teondre Bonner Friday night after pulling him over on Northeast 47th Avenue and Northeast Columbia Boulevard.  Police say a search of his car turned up one kilogram of cocaine along with a loaded handgun and two-thousand dollars in cash.



(Seattle, WA)  --  The southern resident orca Tahlequah appears to be coming out of her mourning following the death of her child.  The Center for Whale Research tells the Seattle Times Tahlequah has dropped the body of her dead calf after carrying it over a thousand miles for 17 days straight.  Researchers say they saw Tahlequah, also known as J35, swimming without the calf Saturday and that she looked vigorous and healthy.  Tahlequah made headlines around the world for her mourning process.  Researchers say it's not uncommon for many mammals to carry around their dead offspring as they grieve, but researchers believe the duration of Tahlequa's mourning process was unprecedented.  The southern resident orca population is critically endangered partially due to a dwindling supply of their primary food source, chinook salmon.



(Seattle, WA)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a bizarre passenger plane theft in Washington State.  The 76-seat Horizon Air plane was stolen by an employee Friday night.  Sitting in the cockpit, 29-year-old Richard Russell communicated with air traffic control and performed some stunts in the air before crashing on an island in the Puget Sound.  No one else was believed to be on board, but military jets were scrambled out of Portland to intercept him.  The FBI says it recovered the flight data recorder and parts of the cockpit voice recorder from the plane over the weekend, along with human remains believed to be that of Russell.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man accused of stealing an airplane and crashing it to his death in Washington state has ties to Oregon.  KATU reports 29-year-old airport worker Richard Russell once operated a bakery in North Bend with his wife.  Russell and his wife operated the Hannah Marie's Artisan Breads and Pastries for three years there before moving to Washington state.  The Seattle Times says Russell was a well-liked Christian youth leader who was described by friends and family as quiet, warm and compassionate.  Russell allegedly stole the empty Horizon Air Bombardier Q400 from Sea-Tac Airport on Friday, performing tricks and maneuvers before crashing on a wooded island about an hour later.



(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are dead following a small plane crash near the Baker City airport.  Police say the plane crashed near Lindley Road and Interstate 84 Saturday.  The two people on board were pronounced dead at the scene.  Police say the plane had departed from Caldwell, Idaho and they think it was on its way to Baker City when it crashed.  An investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.



(Cougar, WA)  --  Police are searching for a missing man near Mount St. Helens in southern Washington state.  The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office says 40-year-old Matthew Matheny of Ohio has been missing since Thursday morning, when he reportedly took off on a trip to Mount St. Helens.  A friend filed a missing persons report after he failed to return.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for seven suspects accused of breaking into a Portland pot dispensary and burglarizing the joint.  Police say the men entered La Mota near Northeast 99th Avenue and Northeast Sandy Boulevard Saturday night.  They allegedly stole products from the shelves and money from all the cash registers.  Police say the act was caught on surveillance camera.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.



(Portland, OR)  --  A woman is facing 18 years behind bars for strangling a Portland man to death.  Paris McConville pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and second-degree assault yesterday for the death of Ryan Thompson last year.  McConville turned herself in to police last August after telling officers she'd killed Thompson in self-defense following an argument at his apartment in Southwest Portland.



(Portland, OR)  --  One man is facing charges after allegedly hitting another man in the face with a pole during a protest outside City Hall.  Police arrested 33-year-old William B. Pierce yesterday.  Police say he struck the man following an argument over sidewalk accessibility in front of City Hall near the protest.  Pierce is facing a charge of second-degree assault.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Many Portlanders are reportedly referring to their city as Portlandia, according to the New York Times.  The Oregonian reports that the mention came in an article about the weekend protests, which also outlined the city's history.  TV's "Portlandia" may have prompted many in other areas of the country to refer to Portland with that nickname, but residents seem to differ.  Most of the responses to the Oregonian article left the impression that Portlandia is an Eastern myth, not embraced in the Pacific Northwest.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  A teenage girl is speaking out after being pushed off a bridge over Moulton Falls on the Lewis River in Yacolt, Washington.  Sixteen-year-old Jordan Holgerson tells KATU she was shocked when she saw video footage of her reported friend pushing her off the bridge, and that she could have died.  The footage shows the teen standing on the bridge's ledge Tuesday in her swimsuit and hesitating to jump off when the woman aggressively pushes her.  Holgerson suffered five broken ribs and a punctured lung.



(Portland, OR)  --  The annual Providence Bridge Pedal returns to Portland this weekend.  The biking and walking event is set for Sunday and will lead to several road closures.  The upper decks of the Marquam and Fremont bridges will be closed, along with the Steel Bridge, Hawthorne Bridge and Ross Island Bridge.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man is facing more than two-dozen child sex abuse charges along with a single charge for animal abuse.  An indictment filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court earlier this week shows 52-year-old Randy Shefstad is facing 30 charges of child sex abuse.  Police arrested him Wednesday.  Authorities say all of the victims ranged between the ages of ten and 12-years-old at the time of the abuse, and one of the victims was autistic.



(Seattle, WA)  --  Researchers say they have no plans to remove a now-rotting orca carcass from her mourning mother.  The Center for Whale Research confirms they spotted the orca J35, also known as Tahlequah, yesterday carrying her dead calf for the 17th straight day following his death just half an hour after being born late last month.  Researchers say removing the dead calf is not an option due to the tight bond between Tahlequah and her child, dead or alive.



(Seattle, WA)  --  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is making progress in their effort to provide aid to an ailing southern resident orca.  The NOAA says a response team reached the orca named J50 yesterday near San Juan Island and treated her with a long-acting broad-spectrum antibiotic.  The response team is still awaiting results of a health assessment for the whale.  The Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans confirmed yesterday that they're issuing permits to treat the whale in Canadian waters.  Similar permits have already been issued on the U.S. side.



(Yacolt, WA)  --  A teenage girl is hospitalized with several broken ribs after being pushed off a bridge over Moulton Falls on the Lewis River in Yacolt, Washington.  Police say the 16-year-old girl suffered five broken ribs and a lung injury after someone pushed her off the bridge in an incident caught on camera.  The footage shows the teen standing on the bridge's ledge in her swimsuit and hesitating to jump off when another girl pushes her.  The girl's mother tells KATU she hopes the other girl turns herself in to police.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Fox News conservative commentator isn't finding Portland very welcoming.  OregonLive reports that Tomi Lahren visited the city Tuesday and announced that she was eager to talk with people about what she called Portland's "issues with ICE and the rule of law."  She later posted a video showing herself using a steel straw and cracking wise about a homeless camp.  A few Twitter responses showed open arms for the blonde right-winger but most were not so kind.  One user tweeted a two-word response to Lahren, "We're closed."



(Portland, OR)  --  A 52-year-old man is hospitalized in Portland after jumping 60 feet from the top of a waterfall near Astoria.  The Coast Guard says crews rescued the man yesterday evening after he jumped from the top of Rock Creek Falls and landed in a gulch.  Coast Guard crews say the man reportedly had no feeling below his waist when they rescued him.  He's being treated at the Oregon Health & Science University Hospital trauma center.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges in connection to a crash that blocked I-5 south in Portland for at least an hour.  Police say 27-year-old Brian Yeaple surrendered to police last night for the crash that injured one person near North Lombard Street.  Police say Yeaple crashed into the person's car around 7:30 and then drove off.  He's facing charges of reckless driving.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland city audit shows that 80-percent of the city's Airbnb-style rentals operate outside the law.  OregonLive reports that auditors say city leaders don't have the data to effectively manage its own regulations.  There are regulations on the books aimed at keeping short-term rentals from becoming businesses instead of homes.  However, auditors say the city fails to make sure the rules are followed and rarely enforces them.  Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioner Chloe Eudaly responded to the report with a promise to do better at oversight and enforcement.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a brush fire in northeast Portland.  Firefighters responded to the blaze yesterday afternoon near the Interstate 84 interchange at I-205.  No word yet on how the fire started.  No injuries have been reported.



(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are facing charges after a protest at Portland City Hall turned violent.  Dozens of people gathered at the building yesterday morning to protest police brutality after multiple people were allegedly injured by police at a rally and counter-protest Saturday.  Three people were hospitalized, including one person who was reportedly told by medical staff that he would have been killed had he not been wearing a helmet.  Some of the protesters attended the morning city council meeting and began chanting "End police brutality!" about 45 minutes in.  Mayor Ted Wheeler responded by moving the meeting to a private room.  Two people were arrested for trespassing after allegedly refusing to leave.



(Seattle, WA)  --  Researchers continue to monitor a southern resident mother orca as she continues to cling to her dead child more than two weeks after its death.  The Seattle Times reports researchers spotted Orca J35, also known as Tahlequah, off the coast of the Olympic Peninsula yesterday.  She was carrying her dead calf for the 16th straight day since it died just after being born.  Meanwhile, researchers say they also spotted the starving three-and-a-half-year-old Orca J50 with Tahlequah's family yesterday.  NOAA has organized an unprecedented rescue plan to treat and possibly feed the young orca, but researchers had been searching for her since she disappeared for a few days last Friday.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw is defending police tactics that allegedly seriously injured three people during Saturday's alt-right rally and counter-protest.  Outlaw spoke at a news conference Monday saying officers were successful in preventing the rally from becoming as rowdy as it was expected to be because of the tactics they used.  Outlaw added that the Police Bureau would temporarily stop using flash-bang projectiles.  The Oregonian reports three people were hospitalized after being struck by crowd-control munitions fired by police at the rally.  One woman tells the Oregonian that a flash-bang grenade struck her friend in the back of his head and lodged itself into his helmet.  A nurse reportedly told the man that the blow would have killed him if he hadn't been wearing the helmet.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Vancouver-based Patriot Prayer Group leader Joey Gibson is facing a disappointing loss in his first run for Senate.  Early ballot returns from Washington state's primary elections show the alt-right leader in fourth place with only two-point-three-percent of the vote.  Incumbent Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell was leading with more than 573-thousand votes.  Former state Republican Party chair Susan Hutchison was in second place with more than 246-thousand votes.  The top two candidates with the most votes will advance to the general election in November.



(Portland, OR)  --  More than a dozen students are recovering after being attacked by a swarm of hornets in St. Helens.  Columbia Fire and Rescue says 16 students at Monkey Tree Day Care were stung several times yesterday during a field trip.  One teacher was stung as well.  Only two students managed to avoid being stung.  First responders say no one suffered an allergic reaction.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of stealing a woman's mobility scooter.  Police say the suspect stole the electric scooter from the Ace Tavern at 88th Avenue and Northeast Sandy Boulevard last week.  The victim tells KATU she suffers from lung disease and needs the scooter to get around.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.



(Portland, OR)  --  Two priests and a rabbi are facing charges after a protest at Portland's downtown ICE building.  The Oregonian reports that the trio of faith leaders were handcuffed and cited for obstruction yesterday morning when they blocked the driveway.  They were reportedly part of a larger group that gathered at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility to protest President Trump's immigration policies.



(Cannon Beach, OR)  --  Marine biologists are studying a squid that washed up on an Oregon beach.  The Oregonian reports that the ten-foot-long, 90-pound clubhook squid is a rarity in the Pacific Northwest.  It reportedly hit the shore late last month at Silver Point, just south of Cannon Beach.  Seaside Aquarium's manager said it was the first one he's ever seen.  It's not clear how the squid died, but marine experts say they often die after laying eggs.



(Salem, OR)  --  An overdue audit of Oregon's day care providers will include background checks.  Auditors told The Oregonian that they'll also be looking to identify barriers which hinder such checks.  The audit of the state's childcare system was past due last month and is now tentatively set for release next spring.  The audit was requested last year by Governor Kate Brown after gaps in the system, and the death of a child at a Portland facility, hit the news.



(Portland, OR)  --  One man is recovering after suffering from heat-related illness while hiking in Clackamas County.  Mountain Wave Search and Rescue says the man was hiking with another man and a dog at Ramona Falls in the Mount Hood National Forest when he fell ill.  Crews rescued the man and brought him to safety.



(Dufur, OR)  --  The South Valley Fire near Dufur is now 60-percent contained.  Authorities say the blaze in Wasco County has scorched more than 20-thousand acres since it broke out Wednesday.  An even bigger blaze northwest of Selma has burned through more than 28-thousand acres.  The Klondike Fire is only five-percent contained.  The Taylor Creek Fire is 38-percent surrounded after charring nearly 40-thousand acres west of Grants Pass.



(Portland, OR)  --  New details are coming to light regarding the resignation of the head of HR for Portland Public Schools.  The Oregonian reports Kylie Rogers was under investigation by the school district when she quit last month.  It's not known why she was being put under a microscope, nor is it known if the probe had anything to do with her resignation.  Rogers is reportedly keeping mum about it all.  PPS spokesman Harry Esteve is saying that Rogers left Oregon's biggest school district on her own, citing concerns about work load versus family duties.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges after allegedly carjacking two people and then hitting a pedestrian before crashing both stolen cars in southwest Portland.  Police say it all started around 5:00 last night when the suspect forced several people out of a car at knifepoint at Northwest Broadway and Glisan Street.  He allegedly struck a pedestrian while leaving the scene.  Police say the suspect crashed the stolen car in a rollover accident on I-5 before forcing his way into a different car and fleeing, ultimately crashing at Southwest 29th Avenue and Multnomah Street.  The suspect and the pedestrian were both hospitalized.



(Portland, OR)  --  New details are coming to light regarding a teenage girl who was hit by a MAX train in Beaverton.  Police say the 17-year-old girl was looking at her cell phone while walking along the platform at the Merlo/Southwest 158th Avenue station yesterday afternoon when she stepped in front of an oncoming train.  She was taken to a hospital, where doctors say she's expected to make a full recovery.



(Undated)  --  Neighborhoods around Portland are holding events for National Night Out tonight.  Dozens of parties are planned in the Portland area.  The annual event takes place the first Tuesday of each August and hopes to build stronger ties between police and the communities they serve.  National Night Out has been taking place for 35 years.  Many neighborhoods host block parties and cookouts and give police a chance to interact with the public in a non-official manner.



(Corvallis, OR)  --  Researchers at Oregon State University are trying to give robots a little more charisma.  Computer science assistant professor Heather Knight tells the Gazette-Times that her work is beginning to bear fruit.  She had her students program a robot recently to act out a scene with a woman involving an apple.  The robot claimed to be the "keeper of the apple," and told the woman she couldn't eat it because it was poisoned.  She ate it anyway, and the robot darkly joked that it was now the keeper of a dead body.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  The Interstate 84 West ramp to I-5 North is open to traffic once again.  The Oregon Department of Transportation says they reopened all westbound on-ramps late last night.  The ramp was scheduled to reopen yesterday after more than a week of repairs, but the reopening was delayed when workers discovered some broken metal rebar on the ramp.  Officials shut the ramp down July 26th for maintenance.



(Portland, OR)  --  Three people are injured following a two-car crash in Newberg.  Police say the crash happened last night near Northeast Chehalem Drive and Northeast North Valley Road.  One person was airlifted to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, while two others suffered less serious injuries.  An investigation into the crash is ongoing.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting that injured two men outside a 7-Eleven store in southeast Portland.  Police say two men opened fire on the victims early yesterday morning outside the store at 35-hundred Southeast 122nd Avenue.  Both victims are expected to survive.  The Gang Enforcement Team is investigating.



(Portland, OR)  --  A right-wing rally in Portland is over with no major violence reported.  The Patriot Prayer and Proud Boy groups encountered hundreds of counter-protesters Saturday at a park in downtown Portland.  Police fired flash bangs and detained multiple people after a group of protesters began hurling rocks and bottles at them.  At least three people were hurt, and four people were arrested.  After police told the crowd to disperse, the groups moved off with no further reports of violence.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police in Vancouver, Washington are searching for a man who went missing during a bike ride with his adult son.  Police say 66-year-old Robert Robinson became separated from his son Saturday night while the two were riding their bicycles on the I-5 freeway bridge to Vancouver.  Family members say Robinson suffers from a medical condition that causes problems with his thinking abilities and memory.  Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact police.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Police Bureau says it's investigating allegations that its officers injured people during Saturday's dueling protests downtown.  Bureau Chief Danielle Outlaw issued a statement yesterday saying they take issues surrounding the use of force seriously.  Outlaw added that they're investigating to see if force was used and, if so, if it was used within bureau policy and guidelines.  The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Oregon yesterday criticized the Bureau's response to the protest, calling their actions "completely unacceptable in a free society."  They added that the "repeated use of excessive force, and the targeting of demonstrators based on political beliefs are a danger to the First Amendment rights of all people."  The Patriot Prayer and Proud Boy groups encountered hundreds of counter-protesters at Saturday's unpermitted rally.


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