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(Eugene, OR)  --  The Eugene-Springfield area is jumping 57 spots on the list of most polluted areas in the country.  The 2019 State of the Air report by the American Lung Association puts Eugene-Springfield at number 38 for annual particle pollution.  It ranked 98th last year.  The report attributes the spike to events like wildfires and wood burning for heat during winter months. 

(Portland, OR)  --  A 29-year-old Multnomah County woman is facing nearly a decade behind bars after sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy with autism.  A judge sentenced Abigail Kim yesterday to eight years in prison.  Prosecutors say she repeatedly raped and sexually abused the boy while working as a specialist for children with autism.

(St. John, WA)  --  The man at the center of an AMBER Alert in Washington and Oregon is dead following a SWAT standoff at a home in eastern Washington state.  Police say SWAT team members entered the home in St. John yesterday evening to find Justin Robertson dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.  Police issued an AMBER Alert yesterday morning after Robertson allegedly broke into the home of his estranged wife and stabbed her several times before abducting their five-year-old son.  Negotiators were able to convince him to release his son before they entered.  Robertson's estranged wife is expected to recover from her injuries.

(Vancouver, WA)  --  A memorial service is scheduled today for a sheriff's deputy killed in the line of duty in southwestern Washington.  The service for Cowlitz County Sheriff's Deputy Justin DeRosier will take place at the University of Portland's Chiles Center at 1 p.m.  A live video streaming of the memorial is scheduled for the same time at Longview's Newlife Church.  DeRosier was shot and killed April 13th  while checking on a disabled motorhome blocking a road near Kelso.  Suspected shooter Brian Butts was shot and killed by Kelso police officers the following night after he allegedly flashed a gun at them while they were trying to arrest him.  Two brothers, Matthew and Michael Veatch, also face charges in the case.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are seeking the public's help in their search for a man accused of inappropriately touching women at a Barnes & Noble store.  The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office has released surveillance footage of the suspect and are asking anyone who recognizes him to contact them.  Police say the man was caught on camera touching multiple women at the store at Clackamas Town Center on April 13th.

(Portland, OR)  --  A woman is facing charges after allegedly shooting another woman during an argument at a bar in Tigard.  Police say two couples were fighting at the bar at Southwest 130th Avenue and Southwest Scholls Ferry Road early this morning.  As both couples were leaving the bar, police say one of the women leaned out of her car with a gun and shot the other woman inside her car.  Police tracked the woman down and arrested her and are still searching for the man she was with.  The victim is expected to survive.

(Salem, OR)  --  Flags are flying at half-staff today at all Oregon public institutions to honor a fallen southwestern Washington deputy.  Governor Kate Brown made the announcement yesterday, calling the death of Cowlitz County Deputy Justin DeRosier "a senseless loss."  DeRosier died earlier this month after being shot while responding to a call.  His memorial service is scheduled for this afternoon at the University of Portland's Chiles Center.

(Portland, OR)  --  A federal judge in Portland is granting a preliminary injunction against the Trump Administration's "gag rule" that prevents doctors from referring low-income patients to an abortion provider.  President Trump made changes to the federal Title X Family Planning program that are scheduled to go into effect on May 3rd.  U.S. District Judge Michael McShane called the changes a ham-fisted approach to public health policy after more than three hours of hearing arguments.  The judge added he is reluctant to set national health care policy and plans to describe the scope of his injunction in a formal written opinion to be released later.

(Portland, OR)  --  A 34-year-old man is facing more than three decades behind bars after sexually abusing a young child.  The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office says a judge sentenced David Revette to 34 years in prison.  He was convicted of two counts of first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of first-degree sodomy for years of abuse that started when the victim was just six- or seven-years-old. 

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a Portland man in connection to a homicide in Jefferson County.  Sheriff's deputies arrested 39-year-old Derek Johnson for the death of 55-year-old Robin Stender, whose body was found at a home on Twin Creeks Lane Saturday night.  Police say the victim appears to have died from asphyxiation and blunt force trauma.

(Portland, OR)  --  A Gresham woman and her mother are safe after snow left them stranded during a hike near Mount Hood.  Police say 27-year-old Lauren Zanko and her mother, Tracy, spent Sunday night in their car after getting stuck in the Lost Lake Wilderness.  Clackamas County sheriff's deputies found the two women yesterday morning along the Lolo Pass near the Pacific Crest Trail.

(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are injured following a head-on crash near Hillsboro.  The Washington County Sheriff's Office says the crash happened yesterday morning at Glencoe and Wren Roads.  Two people were taken to a hospital for treatment.  An investigation is ongoing.

(Salem, OR)  --  The State House Of Representatives are set to consider a ban on health care discrimination.  The bill was passed by the Senate on Thursday with a vote of 25 to 4.  S-B 250 prohibits health benefit plans from discriminating on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other factors.  The bill also requires most health benefit plans to cover chemical dependency coverage.

(Vancouver, WA)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a house fire in west Vancouver.  Firefighters responded to the home on West 33rd Street late Sunday night.  Two people inside the house were able to escape without injuries.  It's not yet clear how the fire started.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are asking for help in their search for a suspect who stabbed an 18-year-old woman in northeast Portland.  The Portland Police Bureau has released surveillance footage of the attack March 10th on Northeast 78th Avenue.  The footage shows the suspect following the woman past several houses before attacking her.  Police say the attack was random and that the victim and suspect do not appear to know each other.  The victim is continuing to recover after being released from a hospital.

(Salem, OR)  --  The Oregon State Marine Board is set to begin its annual marine law enforcement training next week.  It starts Monday and will go until May 10 on Lake Billy Chinook in Jefferson County.  New or seasonal marine law enforcement officers will go through intensive training, especially those new to boating laws, boat handling and water safety fundamentals.

(Portland, OR)  --  Four teenagers are hospitalized following a head-on crash near Beaverton.  Police responded to the two-vehicle crash just after midnight yesterday near the intersection of Southwest Tile Flat and Grabhorn roads.  Police say one of the drivers was heading west on Tile Flat Road when they lost control going around a curve and veered into oncoming traffic, hitting the other vehicle head-on.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a lit cigarette was to blame for a house fire that killed one person in southeast Portland.  Firefighters responded to the home on Southeast Taggart Street early Saturday morning to find flames shooting from the home's windows.  Crews found one man deceased inside the home.  No other injuries were reported.

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges after allegedly waving around a realistic-looking airsoft pistol in southwest Portland.  Police say someone called 9-1-1 Saturday afternoon to report a man holding a black handgun near Southwest Barbur Boulevard and Southwest 30th Avenue.  Responding officers arrested 20-year-old Dennis Robert Spence without incident on a charge of second-degree disorderly conduct. 

(Jefferson, OR)  --  An investigation is underway into the discovery of a woman's body inside a home in rural Marion County.  Police responded to the home on Twin Creeks Lane Southeast Saturday night on reports of a fight.  Responding officers arrived to find a 55-year-old woman dead inside the home.  An autopsy has been scheduled.

(Vancouver, WA)  --  A man is facing charges after allegedly holding a bus driver hostage in southwestern Washington and demanding that she drive him to Portland.  Police say the C-TRAN Route 72 bus was running through Vancouver Friday when the male passenger told the driver he had a gun pointed at her head.  Police say he was the only passenger on board the bus at the time of the incident.  The driver reportedly hit an emergency alarm and notified police, who set up some spike strips on Interstate 205, successfully stopping the bus.  No injuries were reported.

(Portland, OR)  --  A woman and her eight-year-old child are hospitalized with critical injuries following a crash near La Center.  The Clark County Sheriff's Office says the 36-year-old woman was driving west on Northeast Lockwood Creek Road with her four children Saturday morning when her vehicle left the roadway and crashed into a tree.  The woman and her eight-year-old were both rushed to Portland-area hospitals.  The other three children were not injured.

(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead and two others are injured following a high-speed crash involving a stolen vehicle and an Uber driver.  The crash happened late Saturday night on the I-84 overpass at Northeast 102nd Avenue.  The Portland Police Bureau says the driver of a stolen pickup truck was going more than 100 miles per hour when it veered into oncoming traffic and struck an Uber vehicle head-on.  The passenger of the Uber vehicle was killed.  Both drivers were injured.  An investigation is ongoing.

(New York, NY)  --  Final goodbyes are being said today to the Fordham University student from Portland who died in a tragic fall at the school's clock tower.  Twenty-two-year-old Sydney Monfries was killed on April 14th, just weeks from graduation with a journalism degree, after plunging through a hole in a stairway landing.  A private viewing will be held at 10:00 this morning at Mount Neboh Baptist Church in Harlem, followed by a public service at Noon and burial.  A memorial service for Monfries will be held this coming Saturday in her hometown of Portland.

(Beaverton, OR)  --  A high school health teacher in Washington County is accused of sending sexually explicit messages to a minor.  The Washington County Sheriff's Office says 30-year-old Aloha High School teacher and wrestling coach Timothy Yee is facing charges of luring a minor and using a child in display of sexually explicit conduct.  Police say Yee exchanged explicit messages, photos and videos with an underage student.


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