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(Portland, OR)  --  A man accused of killing another man in Portland is out of jail after the murder charge against him was dismissed.  The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office filed a motion saying it could not proceed with the case it had filed against Leo Lee Burns.  Burns was accused in the stabbing death of Gerardo Granados-Marin in October 2015.  Authorities say the investigation remains open and active.

(Portland, OR)  --  Uroboros Glass Company says it's going to close its location in Northeast Portland after more than 43 years in business.  The glassmaker says its business model and location have lost viability for the long term.  DEQ found elevated levels of heavy metals in air-quality tests near Portland glassmaking facilities earlier this year.  Uroboros says it will shut down early in 2017.

(Seattle, WA)  --  Amazon.com is now among an elite list of companies worth at least 400-billion-dollars.  The tech giant reached a market value of more than 401-billion at the close of trading yesterday after seeing its stock rise to nearly 829-dollars per share.  The "Seattle Times" reports Amazon still trails Apple, Alphabet and Microsoft in market value, but has moved ahead of Facebook, Exxon Mobil and Berkshire Hathaway.  The milestone comes after several analysts predicted strong growth for Amazon.

(Undated)  --  Oregon is listed among the most competitive states when it comes to business tax climate.  That's according to the non-profit Tax Foundation's State Business Tax Climate Index, which is based on an analysis of each state's tax code using variables in corporate, individual income, sales, property, and unemployment insurance taxes.  Oregon is ranked tenth in the nation for business tax climate.  The five most competitive states are Wyoming, South Dakota, Alaska, Florida and Nevada.  Washington is ranked 17th.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say there have been reports of a Peeping Tom around houses in Southeast Portland.  KOIN-TV reports it's been contacted by two women who live in the Lents area, saying a man has been scaling fences, creeping around their houses, and looking into their bedrooms on a number of occasions.  Police say the reports filed by the women indicate the same man is responsible for each incident.

(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities say the search for a Portland man who's been missing since Saturday has been suspended.  Officials say 68-year-old Thomas Branch McAdams, who recently displayed signs of memory loss, vanished after going into the Columbia Gorge around Horsetail Falls.  Officials say his vehicle was found Sunday near Horsetail Falls.  Through yesterday, searchers had covered about 200 miles of trails in the search for McAdams.

(Seattle, WA)  --  The so-called "Barefoot Bandit" is out of prison and into a work-release program.  Twenty-five-year-old Colton Harris Moore engaged in a crime spree that made national headlines while he was a teenager.  Washington Department of Corrections officials say Moore was put in the Reynolds Work Release program in Seattle yesterday.  Moore, who was sentenced in 2012 to seven years in prison, is expected to work for his attorney, John Henry Browne.

(Undated)  --  In observance of National Coffee Day, a new report from consumer website WalletHub.com places Portland and Seattle at the top of its list of Best Cities for Coffee Lovers.  WalletHub's rankings are based on data that range from "number of coffee shops, coffee houses and cafés per capita" and "average price of a coffee pack" to "Google search average for the word 'coffee.'"  Portland and Seattle are ranked one and two, respectively, followed by Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, and Orlando.  San Francisco, New Orleans, Madison, Wisconsin, Cincinnati, and Scottsdale, Arizona round out the top ten.

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing a federal firearms-related charge, after being accused of carrying a rifle in a controlled area near the courthouse in downtown Portland.  Court documents show Department of Homeland Security officers arrested Matthew Thomas Mglej on September 15th as he approached the Hatfield Courthouse with the rifle.  Records filed in federal court show Mglej was indicted on September 20th by a federal grand jury on a charge of possession of a firearm in a federal facility.  Mglej could face up to two years in prison if convicted.

(Portland, OR)  --  Organizers of a Black Lives Matter group are upset with Mayor Charlie Hales, saying he didn't mention he was moving a promised meeting with them to a location other than Portland City Hall.  The protesters marched to City Hall yesterday afternoon, but the building was locked, and Don't Shoot PDX organizers say they were told the meeting was moved to a North Portland church.  The protesters then held a news conference outside City Hall, saying they planned to camp out outside the building all night unless the mayor came to speak with them.  Hales did arrive at City Hall around seven o'clock last night and addressed protesters' concerns with police behavior.

(Auburn, WA)  --  Drivers who've tried to get away with illegally using an HOV lane with inanimate objects in the passenger's seat now include someone who drove with a cardboard cutout of Donald Trump.  The Washington State Patrol says a driver with a cutout of the presidential candidate's face was pulled over and cited yesterday on State Route 167 in Auburn.  Trooper Greg Ulrich tells SeattlePI.com he and the driver had a chuckle over the Trump face and Ulrich remarked that the cutout was "awesome."  He then wrote the driver a ticket for a 136-dollars.

(Undated)  --  Portland is ranked 71st in the U.S. in WalletHub's study of the best cities for the disabled.  The consumer website says it examined 150 of the nation's biggest cities across 25 key metrics to develop its rankings, including number of physicians per capita, rate of employed people with disabilities, and park accessibility.  Portland scored just under 48 points in all, with a rank of 19th in the "quality of life" category and 124th in the category of health care.  Vancouver is 93rd overall, while Overland Park, Kansas is ranked as WalletHub's Best City for the Disabled.

(Boring, OR)  --  A driver won't face charges after he struck and killed a woman in Boring with his work truck last March.  Clackamas County prosecutors say 53-year-old Brian Schaffer was driving his truck home from a job site when he hit and killed Katherine Rusk on 282nd Avenue near Halsey Road.  Schaffer left the scene, but officials say he later contacted authorities after seeing a news story on the crash and told investigators he thought he had hit a deer, but turned around and looked for the animal and didn't see anything in the heavy rainstorm.  The DA declined to press charges after investigators verified Schaffer's alibi.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Public Schools Chief Operating Officer Tony Magliano is stepping down.  Magliano, who was put on paid administrative leave June 2nd in the midst of controversy surrounding revelations of elevated levels of lead in school water, says his resignation will be effective October 3rd.  He's led the PPS Facilities and Maintenance Department since March 2014.  Chief Financial Officer Carole Smith and Environmental Health and Safety Officer Andy Fridley recently resigned from Portland Public Schools.

(Seattle, WA)  --  Dozens of people are having to make other living arrangements after a large fire damaged an apartment complex in West Seattle.  The fire was reported yesterday afternoon at the Lam Bow Apartments.  More than one-hundred firefighters were involved in extinguishing the blaze, but no injuries were reported.  Officials say at least 40 people were being assisted by the Red Cross in finding shelter.

(Undated)  --  Oregon ranks in the nation's top ten when it comes to energy efficiency, according to a scorecard issued by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.  The non-profit says it develops the rankings based on studies of each state's energy-efficiency policies and procedures, including financial incentives for energy-efficient businesses.  Oregon is ranked seventh overall, and scores a total of 35 out of a possible 50 points.  Washington is ranked eighth with 34-point-five points, while California and Massachusetts are in a tie for first place with 45 points each.

(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon State Sheriffs' Association is reversing its position on the severity of punishment for people caught with a "user amount" of drugs.  The association is now saying those offenders should be charged with misdemeanors and receive treatment.  The organization says felonies associated with those low-level offenses result in unintended and collateral consequences, including barriers to housing and employment and a "disparate impact on minority communities."  The sheriffs say they want to work with lawmakers and prosecutors to develop a more "thoughtful approach" to drug possession when it's the only crime committed.

(Canby, OR)  --  Clackamas County sheriff's deputies say a woman who was a passenger in a county van died in a two-vehicle accident near Canby.  Authorities say the woman was a county Health, Housing, and Human Services client.  She died yesterday morning at the scene of the crash, located at South Central Point and New Era roads.  The drivers of both vehicles suffered non-life-threatening injuries.  

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland city officials say Pioneer Courthouse Square is a well-visited area, and it shows.  That's why it will soon be receiving a makeover with a price tag of ten-million dollars.  Officials tell KGW-TV most of the work will focus on lifting the bricks in the square and rebuilding the waterproof membrane underneath.  Work is slated to begin in January and is expected to be completed in June.

(Seattle, WA)  --  Mayor Ed Murray wants to spend another 12-million dollars to combat homelessness in Seattle.  The mayor says despite the fact that spending on the crisis has risen 40 percent since he took office, the city must do better when so many lives are at stake.  Murray says he wants to focus more on people being placed in permanent housing and funding the conversion of an existing shelter into a 24-hour homeless help center.  The mayor's proposed budget also includes improving Seattle's 911 system and funding a new downtown streetcar line.

(St. Helens, OR)  --  A wanted felon is being sought as a person of interest in the death of a St. Helens woman.  Authorities say 28-year-old Jesse Allen Lane currently has an active warrant from the State Parole Board.  The body of 24-year-old Apache Rose Hightower was found on September 20th alongside a rural Columbia County road.  Officials ruled her death was a result of homicidal violence.

(Salem, OR)  --  A man who's accused of shooting another man to death in Salem is in custody.  Police say 18-year-old Isaiah R. Garcia of Salem was arrested yesterday in connection with the death of 25-year-old Leonardo Martinez-Hernandez, who died in a hospital hours after the Sunday shooting.  Garcia is expected to appear in court today.

(Burlington, WA)  --  Court documents say a 20-year-old who's accused of gunning down five people at a mall in Burlington, Washington has admitted killing the victims.  Arcan Cetin also is reported to have attempted suicide last November and was diagnosed at age 18 with post-traumatic stress disorder.  The documents say he also has a criminal history, having been charged with counts that included assault, driving under the influence, and malicious mischief.  Cetin is facing five counts of first-degree murder in the Friday shooting at the Cascade Mall in Burlington.

(Undated)  --  A new WalletHub survey of the "Best States for Teachers" places Oregon among the worst.  Data used in the survey included median starting salary, pupil-teacher ratio, and school safety.  Oregon is ranked 48th overall on the WalletHub list, coming in at 41st in the category of Job Opportunity and Competition, and 46th for Academic & Work Environment.  New Jersey is ranked the Best State for Teachers, with Washington state ranked 38th overall.

(Salem, OR)  --  Authorities are looking for a suspect in the deadly shooting of a man in Salem.  Marion County sheriff's deputies say the victim died after being wounded yesterday in a parking lot on 47th Avenue Northeast.  The shooter is described as a Hispanic man who was seen driving a dark or light blue 1980s Toyota pickup truck.  Anyone with information is asked to call 503-588-5094.

(Seattle, WA)  --  King County health officials say the outbreak of Legionnaires' disease at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle appears now to be contained.  Four people at the facility were sickened, including two who died.  UW Medicine officials began more than a week ago taking steps to prevent the spread of the disease, including installing filters and flushing water systems in the hospital's Cascade Tower, which is believed to be the source of the outbreak.

(Portland, OR)  --  A man who was president of Portland State University for a decade is dead at age 69.  Daniel O. Bernstine served in that capacity from 1997 until 2007, and is credited with overseeing 114-million dollars in donations during his tenure at PSU.  Bernstine is reported to have died last week.  Funeral arrangements are pending.

(Gresham, OR)  --  Gresham police say they're investigating the death of a woman whose body was found near Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center.  Authorities say the body was found yesterday in an area of bushes, and the woman's death is considered suspicious.  Her identity hasn't been released.

(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline is up only slightly in the Portland area over the past few days.  Triple-A reports the average for a gallon of regular is two-53, up about a half-cent per gallon from this time last week.  The national average for regular is two-21 a gallon.

(Forest Grove, OR)  --  Ten people are having to stay elsewhere after a triplex was damaged in a fire in Forest Grove.  Forest Grove Fire & Rescue got the report around 1:45 yesterday morning and responded to the 19-hundred block of Douglas Street.  Firefighters put out the flames quickly and monitored hot spots.  Investigators say the blaze was caused by an electrical failure inside a wall in one of the units.  No injuries were reported.

(Oak Harbor, WA)  --  The man who's accused of gunning down five people in Burlington, Washington is slated to make his first court appearance today.  Twenty-year-old Arcan Cetin [[ AR-zhahn shuh-TEEN ]] is charged with five counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of four females and one male at the Cascade Mall Macy's Friday.  Cetin was arrested near his apartment in Oak Harbor, less than 24 hours after the shootings.  Police say they haven't yet determined a motive.

(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities are searching for a Portland man who vanished Saturday.  Officials say 68-year-old Thomas Branch McAdams's car was found yesterday at Horsetail Falls in the Columbia Gorge.  It's not known whether McAdams, who recently showed signs of memory loss, went on a hike, as he left his regular hiking gear at home.  McAdams is described as white, five-feet-eleven, 165 pounds, with gray hair and green eyes.  Anyone with information is asked to call 503-823-3333.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say an officer shot and killed a pit bull that was involved in a fight with two other dogs in the Multnomah Village area.  Officers were dispatched yesterday to the Village Coffee Company on Southwest Capitol Highway in response to a report of the fight between one leashed dog and two unleashed canines.  Police say one of the dogs, a seven-year-old pit bull named Piper, refused to calm down and was shot to death.  The case is being turned over the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office.

(Mount Vernon, WA)  --  An attorney representing the Mount Vernon, Washington School District is advising officials to allow the Satanic Temple of Seattle to begin an after-school program at one of the district's elementary schools.  The lawyer, Duncan Fobes, says if the district were to deny the application, it could set off costly litigation.  Fobes tells the "Skagit Valley Herald" the district was one of nine throughout the country to receive such applications.  A Satanic Temple spokesman says its curriculum doesn't worship a deity but focuses on teaching children logic, self-empowerment, and reasoning.

(Los Angeles, CA)  --  Oregon is ranked in the top half of states with the most cost-effective and best-performing highways.  The annual highway report released by the Reason Foundation ranks Oregon's roads at number 23.  The report tracks the performance of state-owned highways based on several indicators, including highway spending, traffic congestion, bridge and pavement conditions, and the number of deaths on the roads.  According to the Reason Foundation, South Carolina, South Dakota, Kansas, and Nebraska are ranked one through five, while Washington is among the worst at number 43.

(Portland, OR)  --  Officials say an 85-year-old man who was seriously injured in a crash on Highway 99W has died.  Authorities say Richard Mitchell of Newberg was a passenger in a Prius that was hit by a pickup truck that veered Wednesday into oncoming traffic on Highway 99W in Portland.  The driver of the Prius, 84-year-old Velda Mitchell, is still in the hospital.  The driver of the pickup suffered minor injuries.

(Portland, OR)  --  Sentencing is slated for October 3rd for a man who's been convicted of severely assaulting his three-month-old son.  A Multnomah County jury found 29-year-old Awes Sheikhuna guilty of assaulting the baby in the summer of 2015.  Doctors said the boy suffered critical brain injuries and will be permanently disabled.  Sheikhuna is also facing charges in a pending case, in which he's accused of three counts of encouraging child sexual abuse.

(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities are searching for an 86-year-old man who was last seen at a Portland gym.  Officials say Duane Irving Anderson was last seen Wednesday morning, leaving the Lloyd Athletic Club on Northeast Halsey Street.  The Tillamook County Sheriff's Office says they found Anderson's Toyota Prius yesterday on the Oregon coast.  Coast Guard personnel are searching the coastline.

(Portland, OR)  --  The U.S. Census Bureau says the Portland-area poverty rate fell considerably last year.  Bureau figures show about 26-thousand area residents rose above the poverty line, including the families of 12-thousand children.  The agency says the Portland-area poverty rate was 12-point-two percent last year, compared to 13-point-six percent in 2014.

(Washington, DC)  --  Washington's junior U.S. senator is pushing legislation that would ban the use of automated online ticket scalpers.  Senator Maria Cantwell says the measure targets so-called ticket bots that scalp tickets to popular events at an average markup of 49 percent.  A spokesman for Cantwell tells the "Seattle Times" the senator is concerned about making sure consumers have fair access to tickets and don't become victims of price gouging.

(Chicago, IL)  --  Boeing and Airbus will be allowed to sell airliners to Iran for the first time in decades.  Boeing has been given the go-ahead by the federal government to sell more than 100 aircraft to Iran, and Airbus will be able to sell 17 planes.  CNN reports the Treasury Department's decision means Boeing will be allowed to deliver 80 jetliners that Iran agreed to buy in June.  The license also lets Boeing help Iran Air find 29 aircraft from leasing companies.

(Portland, OR)  --  A new statewide opinion poll shows slightly more than half of Oregonians questioned favor eliminating a ban on rent control.  The DHM Research survey shows 52 percent of participants support getting rid of the ban.  The "Portland Tribune" reports most of those favoring repeal are located in the Portland area.  State House Speaker Tina Kotek had said she'll ask the lawmakers next year to repeal that statewide ban on rent control.

(Portland, OR)  --  Sheriff's deputies say a rollover crash in Washington County was caused by a spider dropping from the rear-view mirror.  Authorities say the wreck happened yesterday on Northwest Thompson Road.  Deputies say fortunately, the driver came out unscathed.  No word on the spider.

(Coeur d'Alene, ID)  --  Bail is set at a quarter-million dollars for Jason Obermiller, who's accused in the death of a two-year-old child in Spokane.  Obermiller made his initial court appearance yesterday in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho after he was captured in Kootenai County Tuesday.  Obermiller is accused of killing Adalynn Hoyt on September 13th at a home on Spokane's South Hill.  The Medical Examiner says the toddler was beaten or kicked so hard she bled to death internally.

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A five-year-old girl is in critical condition, after being hit by a car while in a crosswalk in Hillsboro.  Police say a woman and her two children were hit while crossing Southeast Johnson Street near Southeast 75th Avenue yesterday morning.  The younger sibling was in a stroller, but suffered only minor injuries along with her mother.  Police say the driver remained at the scene and cooperated with officers.

(Columbia Co., OR)  --  Authorities are identifying a woman whose body was found in the Columbia River as a Portland resident.  Sheriff's deputies say the body of 24-year-old Apache Rose Hightower was found Tuesday afternoon down an embankment off Pittsburg Road.  The Columbia County Sheriff's Office says Hightower's case is being investigated as a homicide.  Deputies say Hightower was identified through fingerprint records.

(Portland, OR)  --  A certified nursing assistant who was accused last week of raping an elderly patient at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center is now believed to have assaulted six other victims.  Police say 34-year-old Adeladilew Mekonen is slated to appear in court today to face multiple charges.  Police say Mekonen was arrested last week for reportedly raping an 87-year-old woman, and investigators say the other six alleged victims range in age from 27 to 94.

(Seattle, WA)  --  Republican candidate for governor Bill Bryant cites problems with Washington's largest psychiatric hospital as evidence of the "growing incompetence" in Democratic incumbent Governor Jay Inslee's administration.  Bryant illustrated his point at a news conference by displaying 25-thousand keys on a table, the number of master keys that were found to be missing from Western State Hospital according to an audit of the state-owned facility.  A spokesman for Inslee tells the "Seattle Times" the attack by Bryant is a desperate stunt from a "faltering campaign" that hasn't gained traction with voters.

(Beaverton, OR)  --  Washington County Public Health officials say a person at Sunset High School in Beaverton has been diagnosed with tuberculosis.  It's not been revealed whether the patient is a student or a school employee.  WCPH Deputy Health Officer Jennifer Vines told parents that the situation is not a medical emergency and there's not a TB outbreak in the Sunset High community.  Health officials tell KOIN-TV it's not believed the patient caught tuberculosis at the school.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating the shooting death of an 18-year-old man near Cesar Chavez School in North Portland.  Witnesses reported hearing a gunshot around 8:30 last night in the area of North Willis Boulevard and Hereford Avenue.  The victim's body was found at the scene.  Police say it doesn't appear the shooting was connected with the school.

(Undated)  --  Portland is ranked on a list of "Most Fun Cities in America."  Personal-finance website WalletHub.com has released its top 150 such cities, and Portland is in 12th place, the only Oregon city on the list.  Vancouver is one of four Washington cities included, coming in at 102nd place.  WalletHub's top five "Most Fun Cities in America" are Las Vegas, Orlando, Miami, New Orleans, and Salt Lake City.

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges after being accused of offering an undercover cop drugs in exchange for sex.  Portland Police say the arrest of Justin Michael Fincannon was a result of an undercover operation targeting online prostitution.  Prosecutors say Fincannon had arranged via text messages to meet the officer in a motel room where he agreed to exchange drugs for sexual acts.  Fincannon has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges.

(Salem, OR)  --  Salem police are looking for a suspect in a deadly shooting.  Authorities say the body of 20-year-old Lucia Pamatz was found around 1:45 yesterday afternoon at the Brookside Manor Apartments on Hyde Court Southeast.  Police have identified the suspect as 22-year-old Cristian J. Acosta.  He's believed to be driving a silver, 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer with a black hood and an Oregon Crater Lake license plate, CA61820.

(Undated)  --  Beaverton is among Money magazine's "Best Places to Live in 2016."  The publication has released its list of the 50 best places to live in America, analyzing factors such as taxes, education, and health care.  Beaverton is ranked ninth, with Money citing the city's diverse population of people born outside the U.S. and its sharp rise in home values.  Sammamish, Washington is in 14th place, and Columbia, Maryland is at the top.

(Portland, OR)  --  All passengers and crew are safe after a United Airlines 737 had to make an emergency landing at Portland International Airport.  Airport officials say the plane hit a bird and smoke filled the cockpit as a result, making the unscheduled landing necessary.  United Flight 766, which took off from San Francisco, landed safely at PDX.

(Seattle, WA)  --  Employees in Microsoft's Seattle-area offices were among the roughly 520 workers laid off by the software giant last week.  A company spokeswoman tells "The Seattle Times" the cuts are the latest round of the more than 28-hundred layoffs Microsoft announced would happen during its current fiscal year.  More than 200 of the cuts took place in London, while most of the remainder were located in the Seattle area.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a man who was armed with a chainsaw and a knife when he held up a Plaid Pantry store in Southeast Portland.  Authorities say 34-year-old Jonathan Lee Lathrop entered the store on Southeast Woodstock Boulevard last night and attempted to rob it, but officers arrived shortly afterward and apprehended him.  KOIN-TV reported there was a car on fire next door to the store, but it hasn't been determined whether there was a connection to the holdup.

(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities say a 17-year-old has been arrested after he was reported to have swung a samurai sword at another person outside a Cedar Mill apartment complex.  Washington County sheriff's deputies say they arrived last night to find the teen suspect bumping chests with another person in the parking lot of the Cornell Woods Apartments.  The teen was arrested on charges of menacing and unlawful use of a weapon.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say they have one suspect in custody, after an attempted robbery at a marijuana shop.  Authorities say the four armed suspects entered Green Buds Dispensary on Northeast Sandy Boulevard around 8:40 last night and told the employees to lie on the floor.  Officers were able to apprehend one suspect, but the other three fled the scene.  Police say no shots were fired during the incident.

(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline is still on the rise in the Portland area.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for a gallon of regular is two-53, up four cents a gallon from a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-21 a gallon.

(Lakewood, WA)  --  A man who was considered to be among Washington's "Most Wanted" fugitives is in a hospital after being shot and wounded by Lakewood police officers.  Investigators say officers entered the apartment and were shot at by the suspect, who was hiding there with his girlfriend.  A SWAT team was called in, and negotiations continued for four hours before the suspect fired twice and came out of the apartment and threatened the officers.  The officers then shot the suspect, who was taken by ambulance to the hospital.

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man is awaiting his next court appearance, after being accused of trying to kill his former girlfriend.  Authorities say 19-year-old McKeever Thompson the Third fired a gun at a car that was carrying his ex-girlfriend, Alexia Campbell, and her friend, Valeria Chavez in Southeast Portland last Wednesday.  Thompson has been charged with multiple counts of attempted murder and with participating in a drive-by shooting.  He's next slated to appear in court on September 26th.

(Spokane, WA)  --  Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich is threatening to withdraw his endorsement for Republican candidates for office unless they publicly disavow a GOP lawmaker.  The "Spokesman-Review" reports Knezovich is upset with Spokane Valley Representative Matt Shea, saying he has attempted to connect the sheriff's office with a triple homicide.  In a podcast he released last week, Shea claimed that the gun used to kill the suspect's estranged wife's mother, stepfather, and brother can be traced back to Spokane County Deputy Travis Pendell.  Knezovich says Shea's claim is untrue and that the murder weapon hasn't even been located.

(Seattle, WA)  --  The family of a six-year-old girl who was kidnapped two years ago in Seattle by a high-risk sex offender will receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in a settlement with the state.  The attorney for Robert and Vernee Fletcher tells KING-5 the Department of Corrections has agreed to pay the family 750-thousand dollars.  Attorney Julie Kays filed a lawsuit, saying the DOC should have known that Jesse Brisbin routinely violated his parole but was never punished for it.  The department says it won't comment on the case until the settlement is approved by the court.

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing federal charges, after bringing a rifle into the U.S. Courthouse in downtown Portland.  The Department of Homeland Security says 27-year-old Matthew Mglej brought a rifle concealed in a towel into the controlled area around the courthouse yesterday evening.  Mglej was arrested after the towel slipped off the rifle and DHS agents saw it.  KOIN-TV reports Mglej was previously arrested for indecent exposure outside the same courthouse for playing a violin while naked, but the charge was dropped.

(Seattle, WA)  --  The estate of a man who died when he got caught in an escalator in downtown Seattle in 2013 has reached a million-dollar settlement with the city.  Maurecio Bell was strangled in April 2013 when his shirt got caught at the base of the escalator inside the University Station bus terminal.  Surveillance video shows Bell getting snagged in the escalator and struggling to get free before he stops moving.  Police say a Good Samaritan tried to pull him from the still-moving escalator, but was unable to.

(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Zoo is inviting you to come welcome Nora.  Nora is a ten-month-old polar bear cub who was born at the Columbus Zoo last November.  Oregon Zoo officials say the cub will move to the zoo's polar bear habitat after 30 days in quarantine.  Visitors will be able to see Nora in her permanent environment, starting in mid-October.

(Spokane, WA)  --  Authorities continue to look for a man who's accused of killing a two-year-old girl in Spokane.  Investigators say 32-year-old Jason J. Obermiller either kicked or punched Adalynn Hoyt and caused her to bleed to death internally.  Officials say the suspect has been on the run since before the toddler was discovered Monday not to be breathing at her home.  Deputies say the girl's mother left her four children in Obermiller's care while she left to go out drinking.

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Washington County authorities say a Certified Nursing Assistant from Providence St. Vincent Medical Center is accused of sexually assaulting two patients.  Sheriff's deputies say 34-year-old Adeladilew Mekonen was arrested after two victims, ages 87 and 94, lodged complaints with the hospital.  Officials say Mekonen worked at the hospital from May until he was arrested, but is no longer employed there.  His bail is set at a quarter-million dollars.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating, after a man pepper-sprayed three children who were inside a car in Northeast Portland.  The kids, aged seven, eleven, and 13, told officers a man on a bicycle rode by their car on Northeast 9th Avenue and sprayed the substance in their faces while yelling a racial slur.  The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic man in his mid-20s, five-feet-nine, and weighing 160 pounds.  A police Bias Crimes detective is investigating the attack as a possible hate crime against African Americans.

(Portland, OR)  --  The mother of a student at Portland's Whitman Elementary School could file suit against Portland Public Schools over the alleged sexual abuse of the student.  Former para-educator Brent Christy-Hamilton was arrested on the charges in July.  The complaint filed with PPS claims the seven-year-old girl was sexually abused, assaulted, battered, and falsely imprisoned on two separate occasions during November 2015 by Christy-Hamilton.  He's facing two counts of sexual abuse in the first degree.

(Undated)  --  A 24-7 Wall Street study ranks Washington among the nation's ten richest states.  Washington's median income is ranked tenth, at just above 64-thousand dollars, and its unemployment rate in 2015 was five-point-seven percent.  The 24-7 Wall Street study notes that Washington's relatively high educational attainment rate is one reason for the higher incomes.  Oregon is ranked 26th in the study, with a median income of more than 54-thousand dollars and a jobless rate last year of five-point-seven percent.

(Portland, OR)  --  A man who was convicted of killing a bicyclist in a crash is scheduled to spend more than six years behind bars.  Prosecutors say 27-year-old Kenneth Britt Smith was high on medical marijuana when he hit and killed the cyclist last December in Northeast Portland before leaving the scene.  The crash killed 38-year-old Martin Greenough.  Smith pleaded guilty yesterday to second-degree manslaughter and will be formally sentenced later this month.

(Estacada, OR)  --  A man who's accused in the shooting death of a Portland man in Estacada is being sought by authorities.  Sheriff's deputies say 47-year-old Richard Allen Hess of Sandy is facing a murder charge in the deadly shooting of 39-year-old Dominick James Perry of Portland on Saturday.  Investigators say Hess's pickup truck was found abandoned just east of Estacada yesterday.  Anyone with information on the case is asked to call 503-723-4949.

(Portland, OR)  --  A woman is being hospitalized after she was hit by a MAX train in East Portland.  Authorities say it appears the woman deliberately stepped into the path of the train yesterday afternoon.  Police say it happened near 143rd Avenue and East Burnside.  There's no word on the woman's condition.


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  • 27th Street Bear Creek Road and Forum Dr. down to a single lane 6a – 10p Signal light at 27th and Forum will be disabled and only right turns off 27th will be allowed.


  • Road closures along Roosevelt Ave >< Silver Lake Blvd -Chamberlain St. 7a-5p (9/6-11/20)


  • Lane closures and detours Mt. WA Dr at Shevlin Park Road North to Regency (7/11-11/30)
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