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Mark Levin

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(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is underway into the discovery of a man's body inside an Old Town/Chinatown apartment.  Police say officers found the body yesterday afternoon at the Sally McCracken Apartments.  Police say officers were performing a parole check when they found the body.

(Portland, OR)  --  One person is injured after being shot inside an RV in southeast Portland.  Police say the shooting happened yesterday evening near Southeast 105th Avenue and Southeast Division Street.  The victim was hospitalized and is expected to survive.  Police are still searching for a suspect.

(Portland, OR)  --  Students at Portland State University are remembering a Navy veteran who was shot and killed by campus police.  Dozens of students ended their first day of the new semester yesterday with a candlelight vigil for Jason Washington outside the campus public safety office.  Earlier in the day, students held a march and rally calling on the school to disarm campus police officers.  Campus police shot and killed Washington in June while he was trying to break up a fight.  Police opened fire on him after he bent over to pick up a gun that had fallen out of his holster.  Washington reportedly had a concealed carry permit for the gun. 

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland tenant is getting 105-thousand dollars from her former landlord.  The Oregonian reports that Aleina Langford sued over deplorable conditions including rats, garbage and hypodermic needles.  The six-figure settlement means Langford's suit won't go to trial next week.  Her attorney said it was a rare win for a Portland tenant, who usually needs to show a physical injury to get that type of compensation.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a child rape suspect after he failed to show up for court.  Police say 47-year-old Margarito Sanchez-Vega is accused of raping and abusing a 10-year-old girl in 2009.  He's charged with first-degree rape, first-degree unlawful sexual penetration and first-degree sexual abuse.  Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact police.

(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are being reported following a wildfire that threatened some homes in North Portland.  Firefighters responded to the blaze at North Edgewater and Willamette Street near the North Willamette Bluff last night.  Fire officials say crews were able to extinguish the fire before it burned any homes or other structures.

(Beaverton, OR)  --  A Beaverton youth pastor is facing charges of luring a teen for sex through text messages.  Beaverton police say 30-year-old Ryan Mutchler is accused of trying to have sex with a 14-year-old girl he met at a church summer camp.  Mutchler was arrested earlier this month and posted ten-thousand dollars bail the same day.  He was a youth pastor at Lake Oswego's Mountain Park Church, where a senior pastor says he was fired the day after his arrest.

(Portland, OR)  --  Students at Portland State University are protesting armed campus officers as fall classes get underway today.  A group of students plan to hold a protest at noon to call for the school to disarm campus police officers.  The protest comes after campus police shot and killed Jason Washington in June while he was trying to break up a fight.  Police opened fire on him after he bent over to pick up a gun that had fallen out of his holster.  Washington reportedly had a concealed carry permit for the gun.

(Portland, OR)  --  Three people are facing charges after allegedly getting caught in a stolen car with multiple firearms.  Police say the Gang Enforcement Team arrested Armani Stewart and two boys Friday night after spotting them in the parked car at North Alberta Street and Commercial Avenue.  Police say they found two handguns inside the car and one gun on one of the suspects.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect in connection to a hit and run that left a pedestrian seriously injured in Gresham.  Police say a man was crossing the street near Start Street and Hogan Drive Friday night when a car crashed into him.  The car is described as a dark colored sedan.

(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are injured following a shootout at a motel party in southeast Portland.  Police say the shooting happened early Saturday morning at the Motel 6 on Southeast Powell Boulevard.  Police say it appears the shooting happened after a fight broke out at the party inside one of the motel's rooms.  Police are still searching for a suspect.

(Portland, OR)  --  The search continues today for a missing elderly woman from northeast Portland.  Police say 89-year-old Marcine Herinck was last seen Tuesday night at her home near Northeast Glisan and Northeast Halsey streets.  Marcine's adult son tells KATU-2 he visited her home Wednesday morning and found both the front door and the garage door open.  Marcine left behind her cell phone as well as her purse and keys.  Police say she suffers from slight dementia but lives on her own. 

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of robbing a Dotty's store in Gresham.  Police say the man entered the store on Northeast Division Street Saturday night and demanded money.  He's described as a man in his 20s wearing a blue windbreaker.

(Roseburg, OR)  --  No injuries are being reported following a small plane crash at the Roseburg Regional Airport.  Police say the crash happened Friday afternoon.  Investigators say speed appears to have been a factor in the crash.

(Portland, OR)  --  Hundreds of thousands of dollars are going to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's coffers following a walk to help find a cure for the disease.  Thousands of people gathered at the Portland International Raceway yesterday morning for the JDRF One Walk.  Participants raised more than 200-thousand dollars. 

(Portland, OR)  --  One person is injured following a stabbing in Old Town.  Police say it happened last night on Northwest Couch Street.  One man was reportedly taken to a hospital with serious injuries.  Police found the suspect near Northeast 3rd Avenue and arrested him.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland unicyclist and bagpiper the Unipiper is taking to social media after having a package stolen from his porch.  The street performer and internet celebrity posted a surveillance video on Twitter yesterday showing two suspects entering his porch and swiping the package in broad daylight.  He says the package contained 100 Unipiper t-shirts.  The performer mused over what the thieves plan to do with the shirts, adding, quote, "It's hard enough selling them myself!"

(Portland, OR)  --  Some Under Armour employees in Portland could be losing their jobs.  The sports apparel company reports that they'll be laying off 400 people, or about three-percent of its worldwide workforce.  Under Armour employs about a hundred people at its Portland design center, but it's unclear how many of them will be given pink slips.

(Seattle, WA)  --  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is confirming the death of southern resident orca J50.  NOAA spokesperson Michael Milstein tells KING 5 the young orca is "certainly dead by now" after falling off researchers' radar nearly two weeks ago.  Milstein says J50 was suffering from a condition called "peanut head," which is fatal for the majority of whales.  The Center for Whale Research declared J50 presumed dead last week, but NOAA continued to search for her until late last week.  J50's death brings the critically endangered southern resident orca population down to 74.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland will spend half a million dollars to help defend immigrants who are facing possible deportation.  Portland City Council members voted yesterday to approve the spending of 500-thousand dollars on the effort.  The funding will go to a Portland-based non-profit legal aid group that offers representation to those going through immigration hearings.  Portland City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly helped sponsor the legislation.

(Seattle, WA)  --  Several museums are offering free admission tomorrow in honor of the Smithsonian's "Museum Day."  The Portland Art Museum, the Portland Chinatown Museum, the Oregon Historical Society and the Architectural Heritage Center are among dozens of Portland museums in participating in the event.  To pick up a free ticket, go to the Smithsonian Magazine's website online at Smithsonian-Mag-dot-com.

(Portland, OR)  --  Another call is going out to use Portland's Wapato Jail as a homeless shelter.  The owner of the facility and a Multnomah County Commissioner held a news conference yesterday to promote the idea.  The Oregonian reports that owner Jordan Schnitzer and Loretta Smith said it's time to stop tossing the idea around "like a political football" and start helping those without a place to stay.  Smith said the old jail is "an opportunity, not an albatross" as she pitched the notion of housing as many as a thousand people there.

(Camas, WA)  --  Sunday is the final day to check out the Northwest Natural Parade of Homes in Camas, Washington.  The exhibit features a walk-through of ten million-dollar homes boasting the latest trends in construction, design and landscaping.  Tickets are ten dollars online and 12 dollars at the door.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searDelivery ching for a man accused of masquerading as a delivery man and approaching children in Gresham.  Local mom Alicia Brophy tells KATU-2 her 9-year-old daughter was playing with a few other kids outside on Southeast Woodland Drive Tuesday afternoon when a man wearing a uniform approached them in his van and asked what kind of toys they like to play with.  Brophy says the man's uniform and van both had the logo of a local grocery chain, but when she called the chain, they told her they don't have any delivery vans.

(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are being reported after a convenience store caught fire near the Oak Hills neighborhood in Washington County.  Firefighters responded to the 7-Eleven on 185th near Highway 26 just before 10:00 last night.  Investigators say the blaze appears to have started near a refrigeration unit.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a missing man who suffers from memory issues.  The Beaverton Police Department says 56-year-old Theodore Mears was last seen yesterday morning driving his 2002 grey Saturn with Oregon license plate YKH 208.  Police say he has tattoos on his upper arms.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

(Portland, OR)  --  A high-risk sex offender with a significant history of violence is back behind bars after escaping from supervision.  Police say they've tracked down and arrested 56-year-old Gregory Wayne Ferguson after he went missing yesterday.  Police say he was on post-prison supervision after serving time for Rape and Attempted Murder when he tampered with his GPS tracking unit yesterday and disappeared.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for two suspects in connection to a hit and run in North Portland.  Police say the suspects crashed into another driver near Northeast Lombard Street and North Williams Avenue Tuesday morning and then took off.  Two people were hospitalized for injuries.

(Portland, OR)  --  A convicted murderer is facing new charges after allegedly stabbing another man and then trying to explain away his bloody knife by saying he eats a lot of steak.  Police arrested Charles Jackson Monday for the stabbing near Northwest 14th and Glisan streets in the Pearl District.  Police say Jackson and the victim were arguing over a panhandling spot nearby when Jackson pulled out a knife and stabbed him.  Responding officers recovered the knife from Jackson, who denied stabbing anyone.  Police say they asked him why the knife was bloody, prompting him to allegedly respond that he "eats a lot of steak."

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a missing elderly woman.  Police say 89-year-old Marcine Herinck was last seen leaving her home on Northeast 150th Avenue early yesterday morning.  Police say she has some memory issues but lives independently.  Anyone with information is urged to contact authorities.

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges after allegedly stealing a kitten from a shelter and then selling it downtown.  Police say 25-year-old Luke Andrade was caught on camera walking into the Pixie Project adoption center on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard without a shirt on Monday evening.  Police say he then snatched the kitten and took off.  Police arrested him yesterday at Overlook Park but say it appears he had already sold the kitten to a man downtown.  Police say the kitten is black and has a microchip.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of trying to rob a bank in the Cottage Grove area.  Police say the man entered the Wells Fargo branch inside the Safeway on Main Street yesterday afternoon and demanded money.  He allegedly fled the scene empty-handed after the teller triggered an alarm.

(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon's public school teachers earn nine-percent less than they would in the private sector.  That's the takeaway of a study by the state Center for Public Policy.  The report shows that teacher salaries are actually 22-percent less than similar public workers, but their health and pension benefits make up the difference in the compensation gap.  The study's author points out that competitive salaries for teachers help attract and retain high-quality educators. 

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland is being called one of the top 10 "Most Fun" cities in the U.S.  That's according to a new study from WalletHub, which lists Portland as America's 9th most fun city.  WalletHub looked at more than 180 U.S. cities, analyzing factors like fitness clubs per capita, movie prices and open hours of breweries.  Las Vegas came in first place.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of hitting a jewelry shop worker over the head with a hammer while robbing the joint.  Police say the masked man walked into The Jewelry Buyer on Northeast Sandy Boulevard with a gun yesterday morning and demanded cash and jewelry.  He then allegedly took out a hammer and hit the employee over the head with it.  The employee reportedly did not need to be hospitalized.

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man is facing charges after allegedly dumping half of a mold-infested mobile home at an elementary school in Cornelius.  The Washington County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrested 35-year-old Derek Conley Monday night after receiving a tip from the public.  Police say the mobile home was dumped Saturday in the parking lot of Echo Shaw Elementary School.

(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are facing charges after allegedly trying to steal a car and some ammunition in Southeast Portland.  Police arrested Shelby Taylor and Michael Brown yesterday morning and are still looking for a third suspect.  Police say they broke into a property on Southeast Harold Street early yesterday morning and tried to steal a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air as well as hundreds of rounds of ammunition.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon voters who haven't been to the polls in awhile are being sought out on Facebook.  OregonLive reports that Secretary of State Dennis Richardson is using the social media platform to try to get lapsed voters to renew their registrations in time for the November election.  Richardson will be seen in a Facebook video through October 16th, which is the deadline to register.  He says maximizing voter participation is a priority for his office. 

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man is facing charges for the sexual assault of a woman in southeast Portland.  Police arrested Kevin Contreras-Mendoza late last week for the assault that happened along Southeast Division Street near Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard on the Fourth of July.  Police say the woman was walking home when Contreras-Mendoza grabbed onto her and began groping her.  Contreras-Mendoza fled after the woman screamed, catching the attention of two witnesses at a nearby gym.

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police say they've arrested a suspect in connection to a car theft in Vancouver.  Police arrested the suspect last night after a brief search at an apartment complex near Northeast Vancouver Mall Road and Andresen.  Police say the suspect was driving a stolen car when he fled from officers who tried to pull him over.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for two teens on possible bias crime charges after they allegedly assaulted an LGBTQ woman at Powell Park.  Police say the boys made derogatory comments to the woman about her sexual orientation before hitting her and then stabbing her with an ice pick.  The woman was treated for her injuries at a nearby convenience store and didn't need to be hospitalized.  Anyone with information on the teens' whereabouts is urged to contact police.

(Portland, OR)  --  A romance-suspense novelist accused of shooting her husband to death at the Oregon Culinary Institute in Portland is pleading not guilty.  The Oregonian reports that 68-year-old Nancy Brophy was arraigned yesterday.  Prosecutors say Brophy published an essay seven years ago entitled, "How To Murder Your Husband."  The Multnomah County District Attorney sought for the probable cause affidavit to be sealed, and the request was granted.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a missing 13-year-old boy they say ran away from school.  Police say Jakob Esperum ran away from the Alder Creek Middle School in Milwaukie yesterday afternoon.  He's described as five-foot-four-inches and 110 pounds with glasses and purple hair.  He was last seen wearing black pants and a brown zip-up hoodie.

(Portland, OR)  --  A routine investigation is under way into the death of an inmate at the Washington County Jail.  The Washington County Sheriff's Office says a 43-year-old male inmate was found dead in his cell Sunday morning.  Authorities say he died from natural causes.

(Portland, OR)  --  Hood River County's only Veteran's Service Office is being saved from closure.  The Hood River County Board of Commissioners voted yesterday to continue funding the office.  The board has agreed to contribute more than 31-thousand dollars to funding the office.  The office serves about 12-hundred veterans who would have had to travel to Portland or The Dalles to access services had the office been closed.

(Portland, OR)  --  A five-time bank robber is headed to federal prison for seven years.  Eric Smotherman was sentenced yesterday after knocking over four credit unions and a bank last year.  His lawyer says the crime spree sprang from his client's untreated bipolar disorder and a heroin addiction.  The judge recommended that Smotherman be placed in a California prison where he can be treated for his mental problem.

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is underway into an armed robbery at a gas station in southeast Portland.  Police say the suspect was armed with a gun when they entered the Shell Station on Southeast 17th Avenue last night and demanded money.  Witnesses tell police the suspect left in a waiting car.  No injuries were reported.

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Students in the Battle Ground school district are starting classes today following a weeks-long teachers' strike.  The Battle Ground Teachers Association says they reached a tentative agreement Saturday with Battle Ground Public Schools for a new contract for teachers.  The teachers voted by 99-percent to ratify the contract yesterday.  Battle Ground was the last district on strike in Southwest Washington before the agreement.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect after someone dumped half of a mold-infested mobile home at an elementary school in Cornelius.  The Washington County Sheriff's Office says the mobile home was dumped Saturday in the parking lot of Echo Shaw Elementary School.  Witnesses tell police the suspect towed it to the school in a white truck.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identities of three people who were killed in a crash on Highway 18 near the McMinnville airport.  Police say 19-year-old Joseph Hawkins, 59-year-old Mary Verdier and 60-year-old Susan Heffel were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.  Police say Hawkins was driving eastbound on Highway 18 Saturday when he crossed into oncoming traffic and crashed into a car carrying Verdier and Heffel.  The driver of that car, 70-year-old Roger Verdier, is hospitalized with serious injuries.

(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities are looking into reports of a cougar sighting in Hood River.  The Hood River Police Department says someone reported seeing the cougar yesterday morning on Wasco Loop near a Walmart store.  Police are asking residents to be on the lookout.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested two teens in connection to a shooting in Gresham.  Police arrested 18-year-olds Ny'Shaun Edwards and Niko Thomas for the shooting Thursday night at Northeast 188th Avenue and Glisan Street.  No injuries were reported, but three homes and a business were struck by the gunfire.

(Portland, OR)  --  The Columbia River is closed to salmon fishing.  The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife enacted the closure late last week due to salmon returns that are well below preseason predictions.  The department says only 105-thousand-795 adult Chinook passed through the Bonneville Dam as of last Monday.  That's only 75-percent of what the department was expecting.

(Portland, OR)  --  A motorcyclist is injured after crashing in Hillsboro.  Police say the crash happened Saturday morning on Southwest Hillsboro Highway after the motorcyclist lost control of his bike.  No other vehicles were involved in the crash.  It's not clear whether the motorcyclist needed to be hospitalized for his injuries.

(Portland, OR)  --  Two police officers are escaping criminal charges in connection to the shooting death of a man near Portland State University in June.  A Multnomah County grand jury decided yesterday not to indict PSU officers James Dewey and Shawn McKenzie, saying they were justified in the shooting.  The officers shot and killed Jason Washington June 29th after a gun fell out of his holster while he was trying to break up a fight.  Police say Washington had a concealed carry permit.

(Portland, OR)  --  New details are coming to light about a romance novelist accused of shooting her husband to death at the Oregon Culinary Institute in Portland.  The Oregonian reports 68-year-old Nancy Crampton Brophy wrote an online essay in 2011 titled How to Murder Your Husband.  Crampton Brophy mentions in the essay that she spends a lot of time thinking about murder and police procedure as part of her work as a romantic suspense writer.  Police arrested her last week for the murder of her 63-year-old husband Daniel Brophy, who worked as a chef and culinary instructor.

(Seattle, WA)  --  Southern resident orca J50 is now presumed to be dead.  The Center for Whale Research founding director Ken Balcomb declared J50 presumed dead yesterday afternoon after a search for her by boat and plane and from shore failed to turn up any sightings of her.  J50 was last seen September 7th and was not spotted among yesterday's superpod gathering of dozens of whales from J, K and L pods near Race Rocks.  Researchers say they plan to continue searching for her but that the prognosis is not good.  Balcomb says the loss highlights the fact that the southern resident killer whales are running out of reproductive capacity, and extinction of this population is looming.

(Corvallis, OR)  --  Oregon State University is out with some new research suggesting that kids who are gay, lesbian, or bisexual are at a higher risk of substance abuse.  OSU says that youth who are in that sexual minority have reported nearly three times more substance abuse than those who are heterosexual.  An assistant professor at the school says this may be because of stress from discrimination, violence and victimization.  She suggests health care providers begin doing substance abuse screenings on youth who define themselves as gay, lesbian, or bisexual.

(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are being reported following a shooting in southeast Portland.  Police responded to the area of Southeast 139th Avenue and Stark Street in the Hazelwood neighborhood last night on reports of shots fired.  Responding officers say they found evidence of gunfire but no victims.  A parked car suffered damage in the shooting.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they made three arrests during a protest in South Waterfront.  Police say they arrested and used pepper spray on two protesters who threw a water bottle at them.  Another person was arrested after police recognized him as a suspect in an assault from June.  OHSU's Center for Health and Healing and the Collaborative Life Sciences buildings were both put into lockdown during the protest.

(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are warning residents to avoid contact with the water in the Columbia Slough in North Portland.  OregonLive reports that stormwater and partially treated sewage overflowed Wednesday night for about 20 minutes.  The Portland Bureau of Environmental Services says it may be two days before the water is safe in the area of North Portland Road.  The overflow reportedly happened when an automatic gate didn't work properly.

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into an RV fire in Beaverton.  Firefighters responded to the 12000 block of Southwest Allen Boulevard last night.  Crews were able to prevent the flames from spreading to nearby homes.  No injuries have been reported.

(Vancouver, WA)  --  A Vancouver, Washington dad is facing charges after allegedly assaulting his 5-month-old son.  Police arrested 36-year-old Aaron Thornewood Tuesday on charges of second-degree domestic violence child assault.  He pleaded not guilty to the charge in court yesterday.  Authorities say his son needed brain surgery to stop the bleeding and to remove a blood clot.  Thornewood says his son received the injury from his two other sons while they were arguing over a toy.

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland high school is shutting down its field and other athletic facilities due to an antibiotic-resistant form of staph infection.  OregonLive reports that a student at Wilson High is infected with the disease known as MRSA, or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.  The district learned over the weekend of the infection and called for the affected areas to be disinfected.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a missing man who may be battling a mental health crisis.  Police say 35-year-old Nathan Haynes of Maine was last seen Monday night walking near Lolo Pass Road near Zigzag.  Police say he doesn't have his cell phone or any supplies.  Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact police.

(Corvallis, OR)  --  Some new research out of Oregon State University shows that requiring physical activity classes encourages inactive students to be more active.  OSU researchers studied over 950 students from two universities and asked them to fill out surveys about their physical activity.  Results showed that students who were forced to take physical activity classes felt less motivated to be active, but suggested those requirements were helping students who wouldn't normally be active get active.  The results also showed that students became more motivated as they got older.

(Portland, OR)  --  A hate crime investigation is underway in northeast Portland after someone etched a racial slur onto a woman's car.  Police say the woman's car was sitting in her driveway on Northeast Prescott Street yesterday when the vandal hit.  The car was also reportedly smeared with paint.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says it's tracking a cougar that killed a Gresham woman who was hiking near Mount Hood.  Department officials say they sent some of the cougar's DNA to a lab for testing yesterday.  They plan to use mules and dogs to try to track down the cougar and kill it.  Diana Bober was hiking along the Hunchback Trail near the Zigzag Ranger Station last week when the cougar attacked her.  It's the first fatal cougar attack on a human in the wild in Oregon's recorded history.

(Portland, OR)  --  The Department of Homeland Security is confirming Senator Jeff Merkley's accusation that President Trump siphoned money from FEMA to fund ICE arrests.  The Washington Post reports that Merkley made public a Homeland Security document Tuesday which details the reallocation of nearly ten-million dollars in public funds.  The money reportedly came from FEMA programs aimed at preparation, response and recovery associated with hurricanes.  A DHS tweet confirmed the reallocation but said it did not affect emergency response.

(Vancouver, WA)  --  A man is hospitalized with serious injuries after being hit by a car while walking in Vancouver.  Police say the man was walking near South Andresen Road and MacArthur Boulevard yesterday afternoon when he was struck.  Police say the driver stayed at the scene and did not appear to be impaired.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for two men accused of robbing a Burger King at gunpoint in southeast Portland.  Police say the men entered the restaurant on Southeast Division Street near 122nd Avenue last night with guns and demanded money.  They then allegedly fled on foot.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

(Portland, OR)  --  A huge factory in Northeast Portland is closing its doors and laying off all its employees.  Schmidt's Deodorant Company was sold last year to European company Unilever, forcing the closure of its factory.  All 57 employees at the factory will be laid off on October 31st.

(Portland, OR)  --  A Clark County Fire captain is facing charges after allegedly sexually assaulting a woman at the Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue facility in Sherwood.  Court records show 52-year-old Scott Taube was arraigned in court yesterday on charges of third-degree sexual abuse and harassment.  He's accused of inappropriately touching a woman during a training exercise at the Sherwood facility in May.

(Seattle, WA)  --  Researchers are considering a new rescue operation to help the ailing southern resident orca J50.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it's considering a couple different approaches, including undergoing a hands-on physical examination of the whale.  Another option includes capturing J50 and taking her to a different location for a short-term rehabilitation stint.  NOAA is holding two public meetings in Washington state this weekend to hear the public's views on what should be done to help the orca.  The first meeting is scheduled for Saturday evening at Friday Harbor High School, and a second meeting is set for Sunday afternoon at the University of Washington's Haggett Hall Cascade Room.

(Oregon City, OR)  --  The Oregon City School District is receiving over 30-thousand dollars to invest into its music programs.  The Oregon Schools Foundation awarded the school district with the grant as part of the Metro grant to buy and maintain band instruments.  The Oregon Schools Foundation says it hopes the community will be inspired to donate as well and keep the city's music program thriving.


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