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(Washougal, WA)  --  A man is facing a murder charge for allegedly stabbing his wife to death early Tuesday morning.  Robert Burdick's bail was set at two-million dollars at his first court appearance in Clark County Superior Court yesterday.  His wife Linda died following surgery for multiple stab wounds.  Burdick is due back in court next week.

(Portland, OR)  --  City Council members are giving approval to a comprehensive set of reforms aimed at improving access to rental housing.  Council members voted three-to-one yesterday to pass the Fair Access in Renting ordinance.  The ordinance is meant to reduce housing discrimination by changing the criteria used to screen potential tenants.  The ordinance also lowers the salary requirements for prospective renters while reducing renting barriers for people with low credit scores and felony convictions.

(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon wildlife officials say a black bear was put down because park-goers wouldn't stop taking selfies with him.  Portland biologists shot and killed the young animal when he was seen eating human snacks near a park entrance.  Local law enforcement said they feared he could become a danger to people by becoming comfortable with humans, caused by the selfies and those who fed him.  Wildlife experts say the incident shows why people should not feed bears or invade their habitats.

(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are injured following a crash on Highway 99E in Oregon City.  Police say the crash happened during evening commute last night, causing major backups.  Two people were taken to hospitals.  An investigation is ongoing into what caused the crash.

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a crash that seriously injured a bicyclist in Hillsboro.  Police say the crash happened last night at Northeast Cornell Road and 28th Avenue.  Police say the driver struck a 53-year-old bicyclist while turning onto Cornell and then left the scene.  The driver then returned to the scene and is cooperating with investigators.  The bicyclist was airlifted to a hospital with serious injuries.

(Yakima, WA)  --  A southwestern Washington mom is facing charges after police found her autistic son malnourished and living in filthy conditions.  KIMA-TV reports 40-year-old Christina Hoffarth in Yakima County called 9-1-1 to report that her son was throwing things around their trailer home.  She then allegedly told responding deputies that she couldn't deal with her son and left the scene.  Deputies entered the home to find a malnourished boy in unsuitable living conditions, including broken glass strewn across the floor and graffiti on the walls.  Police took the child into protective custody.  Hoffarth allegedly refused to return to the home and is now facing a charge of criminal mistreatment.

(Beaverton, OR)  --  One person is injured following a house fire in Beaverton.  Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue says crews responded to the house on Southwest 190th Court last night.  Firefighters found the injured man outside the home.  It's not yet clear how badly he was injured.  An investigation is ongoing into what caused the fire.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identities of two people killed in a rollover crash on northbound I-405 in Portland.  Police say 55-year-old Mark James Herr, of Hillsboro, and 54-year-old Tonya Lee Smith, of Buxton, were killed in the crash last Thursday night near the Highway 26 exit.  An investigation into the crash is ongoing.

(Washington, DC)  --  Senator Ron Wyden is among those questioning President Trump's policies on trade and tariffs on Capitol Hill.  In a Senate Finance Committee hearing yesterday, the Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member and Oregon Democrat disagreed with the President's assertion that "trade wars are good and they're easy to win."  Wyden explained China's market is now more closed off to American goods and American agriculture than before the trade war began.

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges in connection to nearly half a dozen shootings in the Portland area.  KATU-2 reports John Hardaway Jr. is appearing in court today on several charges including a dozen counts of attempted murder.  Police arrested him earlier this year for a string of five shootings from December 9th through January 23rd.

(Centralia, WA)  --  An investigation is ongoing into the officer-involved shooting death of an 18-year-old man in Centralia in southwestern Washington.  The Centralia Police Department says officers were responding to a burglary involving an armed suspect yesterday morning when an officer confronted and then shot the suspect.  Police have not yet released his identity.  The Region Three Officer Involved Shooting Team is investigating.

(Undated)  --  Senator Jeff Merkley is joining a bipartisan group of senators in demanding President Trump explain why he's sending more troops to the Middle East.  They're also warning him that Congress hasn't authorized military action against Iran.  The strong words are in a letter sent to the president by the Oregon Democrat along with Democrat Tim Kaine of Virginia, Republicans Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky and Independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont.  The senators wrote they're "concerned" that increasingly escalating actions by both sides will lead to what they call an unnecessary conflict between the U.S. and Iran.

(Portland, OR)  --  A 19-year-old man is charged with shooting two people to death in separate incidents in southeast Portland.  The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office says Michael Ramirez was indicted Monday on two counts of murder and two counts of unlawful use of a gun.  He's accused in the shooting deaths of 44-year-old Sergey Peshkov and 18-year-old Lorenzo Gordon in May.  Police say Peshkov was found dead in front of a home on Reedway Street the morning of May 24th.  Gordon was found dead on Southeast 162nd Avenue the following night.

(Cannon Beach, OR)  --  Beachgoers are being warned to avoid direct contact with ocean water at Cannon Beach.  Oregon health officials say elevated levels of fecal bacteria were found in the ocean.  People are urged to avoid the water until the advisory is lifted.

(Umatilla County, OR)  --  Police say they've recovered the bodies of two missing boaters in the Columbia River.  The Umatilla County Sheriff's Office says crews found the bodies of a man and a woman underwater last night near Bobby's Beach.  That's the area where 44-year-old Janice Arsenault and 20-year-old Trenton Williams went missing on Saturday.  Police say the two disappeared while riding on a dive step of the boat as the operator was driving to shore.  An investigation is ongoing.

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police are searching for a Vancouver teen who's been missing for nearly two weeks.  The Vancouver Police Department says 17-year-old Nikki Kuhnhausen was last seen leaving her home on June 5th.  Police say she's transgender and identifies as female.  She's described as five-foot-eight-inches tall with long black hair.

(Portland, OR)  --  A woman is clinging to life after falling 16 stories down a garbage chute in downtown Portland.  Rescue crews were called to a building on West Burnside near Providence Park yesterday morning on reports of an injured woman.  She was found in the garbage container and taken to OHSU with life-threatening injuries.  It's not yet clear what caused the woman to fall.

(Beaverton, OR)  --  A 95-year-old woman is lucky to be alive after being rescued from her burning home just minutes before it exploded.  KATU reports the woman was inside her trailer home in Beaverton yesterday afternoon when it caught fire.  The woman called 9-1-1 and then yelled out for assistance, prompting two of her neighbors to rush in to the home and carry her out.  The two men say some oxygen tanks inside the home exploded roughly a minute after they carried the woman to safety.  Fire officials say the woman suffered some burns but is otherwise doing all right.

(Gaston, OR)  --  A motorcyclist is recovering from injuries following a crash in Washington County.  The sheriff's office says the crash happened Saturday near Gaston when the driver of another vehicle crashed into the motorcyclist.  The victim was hospitalized with a serious leg injury.  Police cited the other vehicle's driver for failure to obey a traffic control device.

(Happy Valley, OR)  --  A woman is hospitalized after being stabbed at a home in Happy Valley.  Police responded to the home near 162nd and Misty Drive yesterday morning on reports that a man there had stabbed someone and himself.  The man then allegedly barricaded himself inside the home, prompting police to call in a SWAT team.  Both the woman and the suspect were hospitalized in serious condition. 

(Washington, DC)  --  The Supreme Court is tossing out lower court rulings in an Oregon same-sex cake dispute.  The high court ordered another round of hearings in state courts.  The case involves an Oregon bakery that refused to make a custom wedding cake for a same-sex couple.  The couple that runs the bakery cited religious concerns. The case is similar to a Colorado case that the high court ruled on last year.  A divided court issued a narrow ruling in favor of a baker who refused service to a same-sex couple on religious grounds.

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland teen is safe after going missing yesterday.  The Portland Police Bureau says they found 13-year-old Noah early this morning.  He was reported missing in northeast Portland last night.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are confirming they've discovered the bodies of a missing Salem woman and her 3-year-old son.  The Oregon State Medical Examiner says search crews found the bodies of 25-year-old Karissa Fretwell and her son Billy Fretwell Saturday in a remote wooded area of Yamhill County.  Police say Karissa died from a single gunshot wound to the head.  Investigators are still looking into how Billy died.  Police arrested Billy's biological father, 52-year-old Michael Wolfe, late last month.  Wolfe was indicted last week on charges of kidnapping and murdering the two.

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into reports of an attempted child abduction in Beaverton. The Washington County Sheriff's Office says a 4-year-old boy was on Southwest Blanton Street last night when two adult men allegedly tried to take him.  It's not yet clear how the child got away.  Police are still searching for the two suspects.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect accused of shooting a man in southeast Portland, leaving him critically injured.  Police say the suspect shot a man last night near Southeast 155th Avenue and Stark Street.  The victim was taken to a hospital in critical condition.


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  • Roundabout at intersection of NW Shevlin Park Road and NW Mt. Washington Drive for roundabout reconstruction, road closure with detours, 5/13/19 - 6/27/19.
  • Empire at Purcell CLOSED for RAB contruction through August.
  • RDM:SW 15th St from SW Indian Ave to SW Kalama Ave – Closed for construction thru August 15, 2019
  • Brosterhous Road between American Lane and Jacklight Lane for sewer main installation, southbound lane closures with detours, until 7/15/19.