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(Salem, OR)  --  A background-check bill relating to gun purchases is advancing in the Oregon Legislature, after it underwent changes by a House panel.  The House Judiciary Committee approved an amendment that would extend Oregon's three-day waiting period for gun sales to ten days.  Gun buyers would still be able to obtain a firearm if their background checks are delayed.  The bill is being sent to the full House for debate.

(Vancouver, WA)  --  A student at Columbia River High School in Vancouver is facing a felony assault charge, after being accused of hitting a classmate over the head with a metal club.  Sheriff's deputies say the suspect fled the scene yesterday, but was later found on the school grounds and arrested.  The victim was hospitalized for a non-life-threatening injury.  The suspect was booked into the Clark County Juvenile Detention facility.

(Seattle, WA)  --  All three brothers charged in the shooting that killed two people and wounded three others at a Seattle homeless camp say they're not guilty.  Seventeen-year-old James Taafulisia and 16-year-old Jerome Taafulisia, who are being charged as adults, entered their pleas yesterday.  Their 13-year-old brother, who's been charged as a juvenile, pleaded not guilty a week ago.  All three are facing murder, assault and weapons-related charges.

(Portland, OR)  --  Gas is slightly cheaper this weekend at stations around the Portland area.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for a gallon of regular is a dollar-95, a half-cent lower than yesterday.  It's also about six cents a gallon cheaper than the average of a week ago.

(Portland, OR)  --  The last of the anti-government protesters who occupied an Oregon wildlife refuge for more than a month are due in court today.  The four protesters surrendered to authorities yesterday, nearly six weeks after they moved into the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.  They'll be arraigned today before a federal judge in Portland.  Close to a dozen other protesters, including the leaders of the takeover, surrendered late last month.  One protester was killed.

(Salem, OR)  --  A measure that would increase the minimum wage in Oregon is moving through the Legislature.  Following hours of debate, the state Senate voted yesterday, 16-12, to advance the bill.  "The Oregonian" reports the six-year plan would raise the hourly minimum to 14-75 within Portland's Urban Growth Boundary, to 13-50 in middle-tier areas including Eugene and Bend, and 12-50 in more rural areas of the state.  The bill now moves to the House for consideration.

(Portland, OR)  --  All is reported to be well, after a nonstop Alaska Airlines flight from Hawaii to Portland was sent back to the islands.  Officials say Flight 862 was rerouted back to its origin point after a warning light came on in the cockpit about 90 minutes into yesterday's flight.  The light indicated there was a problem with a backup auxiliary power unit, so the pilot turned the plane around.  The jet landed safely in Honolulu around 4:30 local time yesterday.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington Governor Jay Inslee says despite the sudden departure of two state agency leaders, "good things are happening" as acting leadership is now in place.  Lynn Peterson was relieved of her duties as Transportation secretary after the state Senate declined last Friday to confirm her appointment, and Corrections Secretary Dan Pacholke resigned Saturday.  Peterson was criticized for problems including high tolls on Interstate 405, and Pacholke was under fire for the mistaken early release of thousands of Washington prison inmates.  Inslee says both agencies will soon be under permanent leadership.

(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill that would legalize hemp farming in Washington is headed to the full Senate.  Senate Bill 6206 would license hemp farmers, control the seed supply, and regulate cultivated plants to ensure low levels of THC, the psychoactive substance in marijuana.  The measure would also provide for a study by Washington State University to explore the commercial potential for hemp and whether it could spread diseases harmful to other crops.  The state Agriculture Department aims to have the program ready for the 2017 growing season, should the bill pass.

(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon Health Authority officials say the state's first travel-related Zika case of 2016 has been confirmed.  The agency says a woman contracted the virus outside the U.S. and is currently recovering in Oregon.  Officials say there's no danger to the public.  Three other Oregonians have contracted Zika since 2014, and all of them had traveled to Polynesia.

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police say a collision between a car and a school bus in Vancouver may have been caused by distracted driving.  The wreck happened around 8:40 yesterday morning on Northeast 54th Street near Minnehaha Elementary School.  Authorities say the car veered into the path of the oncoming bus, causing the crash that left a child with minor injuries and the driver of the car with non-life-threatening injuries.  Police say the driver of the car may have been distracted while using a cell phone.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Governor Jay Inslee says he's appointed an interim replacement for Washington State Department of Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson.  Roger Millar has been named acting WSDOT secretary after serving as Peterson's deputy secretary.  Peterson was ousted last Friday after three years on the job when the state Senate voted not to confirm her appointment.  The governor describes Millar as "an accomplished engineer and transportation leader."

(Portland, OR)  --  Gas prices are still dropping in the Portland area.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is a dollar-95 a gallon, down more than a penny from yesterday.  It's also seven-and-a-half cents below the average of a week ago.

(Undated)  --  Valentine's Day is Sunday and a nationwide survey by WalletHub shows Portland to be among the best cities in which to celebrate Valentine's Day.  The survey measures the largest cities considered to be the most romantic while being easy on our finances.  Key factors include restaurant-meal costs, florists per capita and access to Valentine's Day gifts.  Portland is ranked seventh in the U.S., with San Francisco ranked number one.  Scottsdale, Arizona, is ranked second, followed by Honolulu, Orlando and Seattle.

(Olympia, WA)  --  A policy that allows transgender people in Washington to use restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity will remain in place.  Yesterday, the state Senate narrowly rejected a bill that would have repealed the rule, which went into effect in late December.  Opponents of the rule say it needs to be repealed because it allows sexual predators to more easily gain access in restrooms and locker rooms.  Supporters of the rule say efforts to repeal it are driven by unfounded prejudice toward transgender people.

(Salem, OR)  --  The top prize is rising in the Powerball lottery.  There were no jackpot winners following last night's drawing, so the grand prize will be an estimated 176-million-dollars for the drawing Saturday night.  The cash option will be more than 114-million.

(Salem, OR)  --  A bill assigned to a state Senate committee addresses the statute of limitations related to sex crimes in Oregon.  Senate Bill 1553 would allow victims to press charges even if the statute has expired, provided there's new evidence, such as DNA or videos, to support their claims.  A lobbyist for the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association told KATU-TV the measure would put an unfair burden on the accused, because they might not have access years later to evidence that could prove their innocence.

(Undated)  --  More than a month after armed demonstrators began occupying an Oregon wildlife refuge, there's word that Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy could be on his way to the state.  A Nevada lawmaker tells Oregon Public Broadcasting that the controversial Bundy may go to demonstrate on behalf of his sons Ammon and Ryan as well as the remaining four occupants at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.  Police arrested the Bundy brothers along with other leaders of the occupation late last month.  Cliven Bundy made headlines in 2014 when he and armed protesters engaged in a standoff with federal agents over cattle grazing fees at his ranch outside Las Vegas.

(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill that would allow motorcyclists to move around stalled or slow-moving traffic on Washington roads is awaiting action in the state House.  The Senate passed the measure, under which motorcyclists would be allowed to pass through the use of shoulders and divided highways.  Supporters say the bill is intended to relieve and speed the flow of traffic.

(Spokane, WA)  --  A new 100-bed psychiatric hospital is to be built in Spokane, following approval by the Washington State Department of Health.  The "Spokesman-Review" reports the new facility is slated to open next year on the campus of Sacred Heart Medical Center, and will serve patients age five and older.  The health department recently gave approval for construction of a new 120-bed psychiatric hospital in Tacoma and a 72-bed facility in Vancouver, Washington, both of which will serve adult patients.

(Portland, OR)  --  It's costing less at the gas pump for drivers in the Portland area.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for a gallon of regular is a dollar-96 a gallon, a penny lower than yesterday.  It's also seven cents a gallon cheaper than the average of a week ago.

(Portland, OR)  --  School district officials say air-quality testing done at five southeast Portland schools last week revealed no detectable levels of arsenic or cadmium.  The tests were conducted by PBS Engineering and Environmental, a private company hired by the Portland Public Schools district.  The tests were done after the Department of Environmental Quality did air-quality tests that found elevated levels of cadmium and arsenic in southeast Portland.  Since the results of those tests were announced, two glass companies in southeast Portland have suspended use of the toxic metals.

(Beaverton, OR)  --  Police have a man in custody after he was accused of trying to grab two females in a Beaverton Park.  Authorities say 24-year-old Dakota Michael Vernon was detained Saturday by a witness until officers arrived after he reportedly ran up behind a young girl on a trail in Powerline Park and tried to grope her.  Police say Vernon was reported trying to grab another girl in the park earlier that day.  Investigators are trying to determine whether other girls were victimized by Vernon.

(Portland, OR)  --  Officials say two syringe drop boxes have been installed along the Portland waterfront in an effort to get dirty drug needles off the streets.  The effort, which is a partnership between the City of Portland and Multnomah County, is part of the "Healthy Streets" pilot program, which also includes community-awareness programs and outreach to drug users.  Fox-12 reports the drop boxes will be emptied twice a week by a biohazard contractor.

(Olympia, WA)  --  The Washington State Health Authority says it's dealing with a data breach of personal information belonging to tens of thousands of Apple Health Medicaid clients.  Officials say two employees at different agencies exchanged files that included Social Security numbers, dates of birth, Apple Health client ID numbers and private health information on about 91-thousand clients, in violation of federal regulations.  The Health Authority says while there's no indication that the client files went beyond the two individuals involved, exercise and diligence are being exercised to keep the data contained.

(Tigard, OR)  --  Police say a woman who was killed while walking across Highway 217 in Tigard was a resident of Lake Oswego.  Authorities say Vicky Stroh was crossing the highway early yesterday morning when she was hit by a southbound pickup truck.  Police say it appears Stroh didn't activate the pedestrian signal and was crossing while the driver of the pickup had a green light.  The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with officers.

(Sherwood, OR)  --  Sherwood residents are remembering a Seaside police officer who was killed in the line of duty.  Thirty-nine-year-old Sergeant Jason Goodding, who was shot to death Friday while serving a warrant, was an alumnus of Sherwood High School, where a gathering was held in his honor last night.  Goodding was described during the vigil as a leader in the classroom, on the basketball court, and the football field.  A public memorial service will be held at one o'clock Friday afternoon at the Seaside Convention Center.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington State Department of Corrections Secretary Dan Pacholke, who resigned abruptly over the weekend, says he may stay on the job temporarily.  KING-5 reports Pacholke told members of Governor Jay Inslee's staff yesterday he's willing to stay on while Inslee determines how Pacholke's successor will be chosen.  Meanwhile, Senate Republicans say they'll present initial findings Wednesday relating to their investigation of the early release of thousands of prisoners due to a computer problem.

(Portland, OR)  --  "The Boss" is coming to Portland.  Bruce Springsteen, along with his E Street Band, will make a stop at The Moda Center on March 22nd.  Portland is one of 14 additional U.S. stops tacked onto the band's current tour.  Tickets for Springsteen's show are set to go on sale February 12th at ten o'clock in the morning.

(Portland, OR)  --  Drivers in the Portland area continue to see lower gas prices.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is a dollar-97 a gallon, a penny lower than yesterday's average.  It's also nearly seven cents a gallon cheaper than a week ago.

(Portland, OR)  --  A second glass company is suspending use of cadmium, following a report of elevated levels of toxic-metal pollution in Southeast Portland.  The announcement by Uroboros Glass Studio comes days after Bullseye Glass made a similar announcement.  The actions were taken after a Department of Environmental Quality report of elevated levels of arsenic and cadmium in Southeast Portland, where the companies are located.  The Multnomah County Health Department will hold a forum tonight at Cleveland High School to discuss the findings.

(Portland, OR)  --  The Multnomah County Medical Examiner is investigating, after a body was recovered from the Willamette River.  Authorities say the body was discovered yesterday afternoon by two fishermen near Cathedral Park.  Deputies arrived at the scene around 4:15, and River Patrol units recovered the body.  There's no word on the age or gender.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington Governor Jay Inslee says Senate Republicans should be "ashamed" of ousting state Transportation Department Secretary Lynn Peterson.  Twenty-four Republicans and one Democrat voted Friday not to confirm Peterson's appointment to the position, which she had already held for three years.  Inslee called the vote a "scurrilous, underhanded, and dishonest" political move.  Republicans said they ousted Peterson to bring accountability to state government following ongoing problems with I-405 express toll lanes and the Highway 99 tunnel in Seattle.

(Salem, OR)  --  Police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in a home in Salem.  Investigators say the body of Maria Roldan-DeManzur was found Saturday afternoon in the house on Warbler Court Southeast in Salem.  Her son, 21-year-old Jose Manzur-Roldan, has been arrested as a suspect.  Police say two young children who were in the home have been placed with relatives.

(Aloha, OR)  --  No injuries are being reported, after a teenager who was practicing parking slammed into an apartment building in Aloha.  Washington County sheriff's deputies say the 16-year-old apparently accelerated instead of putting on the brake, and crashed into the building on Southwest Blanton Street yesterday morning.  Officials say the apartment sustained significant damage, but there was no one in it at the time.

(Yakima, WA)  --  Washington Governor Jay Inslee is slated to be in Yakima today, as he'll unveil signs for a massive transportation funding project.  The event, which will include local leaders, will celebrate the Connecting Washington transportation package at the Yakima Area Arboretum.  Inslee will unveil signs that display projects that are funded by the 16-year, 16-billion-dollar package.  It will include projects relating to highway improvements and maintenance, bike paths, walkways, transit, and ferries.

(Eugene, OR)  --  Eugene police say a body was found by a bicyclist in the Amazon Slough yesterday morning.  The body was found in the water near West 11th Avenue in Eugene.  There's no word on the identity of the body.  The cause of death hasn't been determined.

(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gas continues to drop in the Portland area.  Triple-A reports the average for a gallon of regular is a dollar-98, more than six cents below the average of a week ago.  The national average for regular is a dollar-74 a gallon.

(Tigard, OR)  --  A man accused of assaulting an Uber driver in Tigard is awaiting his next court appearance.  Police say 31-year-old Colin Michael Lyle assaulted the driver Saturday night and stole the driver's vehicle.  Authorities say Lyle was later charged with DUII and reckless driving after being pulled over near his Southwest Sattler Street home.  Officials say the Uber driver wasn't injured.

(Seaside, OR)  --  A public memorial service is scheduled this Friday for Seaside Police Sergeant Jason Goodding, who was shot and killed while serving a warrant Friday.  Goodding, who was a graduate of Sherwood High School, was remembered last night during a candlelight vigil at Broadway Field in Seaside.  Goodding was shot by Phillip Ferry, who police say had been sought on an arrest warrant.  Another officer shot Ferry, and both the suspect and Goodding died later. 

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington Governor Jay Inslee is slated to hold a news conference today, following the departure of two state-agency leaders.  On Friday, the state Senate voted to deny confirmation of state Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson, who had been on the job for three years.  Saturday, Corrections Secretary Dan Pacholke [[ pah-CHOL-kee ]] resigned in the middle of an investigation of his department over the mistaken early release of thousands of prison inmates.

(Portland, OR)  --  Multnomah County officials say about 95-hundred children in the county need to get up-to-date on their vaccinations by February 17th.  Four clinics will be held this month to help under- and uninsured families catch up on their kids' immunizations.  State law requires all kids attending school, pre-school, and child-care need to be vaccinated by the 17th.  Only kids with valid exemptions aren't required to be vaccinated.

(Salem, OR)  --  The Oregon Legislature will consider a measure intended to close a loophole for gun buyers.  The House bill would require that all potential buyers undergo a background check that doesn't have a time limit.  Current law says if a background check takes longer than three days, the buyer can get the gun, regardless of what's found in the background check.  The bill's sponsor, Representative Jennifer Williams, says most gun buyers pass a background check within minutes, and if it takes longer, it should raise a red flag.

(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline continues to get cheaper in the Portland area.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for a gallon of regular at two-oh-one, down more than a penny from yesterday.  It's also nearly six cents a gallon below the average at this time last week.

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is dead, following a head-on crash involving a TriMet bus in Portland.  Police say the wreck happened around 6:20 last night in the area of Southeast 104th Avenue and Mt. Scott Boulevard.  Authorities say a man traveling downhill veered over the center line and slammed into the oncoming bus.  He died later at a hospital.  The bus driver suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.

(Portland, OR)  --  An air-pollution report by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is prompting a glass company in Southeast Portland to suspend its use of arsenic and cadmium.  DEQ reported earlier this week that high levels of the metals were detected in air-quality testing in Southeast Portland.  The tests were performed in the area of Southeast 22nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard, near Bullseye Glass Company.  KPTV reports the company is working with an environmental consulting firm to help evaluate the data and conduct more testing and monitoring.

(Olympia, WA)  --  A House committee is considering a bill that would create a pilot program for legal marijuana delivery.  Under the measure, five licensed pot retailers would be able to deliver the product, but only in Seattle.  The bill is backed by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and City Attorney Pete Holmes.  It was heard yesterday by the House Committee on Commerce & Gaming.

(Olympia, WA)  --  A proposed clean-water rule released by the Washington Department of Ecology is similar to a policy Governor Jay Inslee outlined in October.  The "Spokesman-Review" reports the rule would update state standards for limits on pollution to ensure that the state's waters are safe enough for people and wildlife.  The new rule would include raising the estimated level of fish consumption used in pollution risk calculations from one serving a month to one serving a day.  The state is seeking public input on the draft rule through April 22nd.

(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is among the state agencies investigating levels of cadmium and arsenic in the air in Southeast Portland.  Officials are trying to determine the possible health risks associated with the presence of the pollutants.  The findings are from air-quality samples taken in the area of Southeast 22nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard.  The Oregon Health Authority says health effects related to arsenic and cadmium exposure depend on how much a person is exposed and for how long.

(Happy Valley, OR)  --  A man who was convicted of killing his girlfriend's mother and shooting his girlfriend will spend at least 40 years in prison.  Thirty-six-year-old Jason Hogan, Jr. was found guilty last month on multiple charges, including murder and attempted murder.  Hogan shot his girlfriend, Gina Perrone, and her mother, Norma Perrone, at the home the three shared in Happy Valley in 2012.  Hogan will be eligible for parole in 40 years.

(Vancouver, WA)  --  A suspect is in custody, following a home invasion in Vancouver that left a 72-year-old man injured.  Police say 18-year-old Irving Diaz Rodriguez of Vancouver is accused of breaking into the home and assaulting the elderly homeowner yesterday evening, then locking him out of the house.  Authorities say other members of the victim's family were in the house, but no one else was hurt.  Rodriguez is facing a charge of first-degree burglary.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington state lawmakers are seeking to tap into the state's "rainy-day" fund to mitigate the homeless situation.  A group of 21 Democratic state senators are supporting a proposal to use 300-million dollars from the Budget Stabilization fund for services to aid the homeless.  One of those senators, Sharon Nelson of Vashon Island, told KING-5 the homeless crisis is a statewide problem.  The legislators say they need nine more votes to garner the three-fifths majority needed to tap into the fund.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland-area gas prices continue to fall.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular is two-oh-two a gallon, a penny lower than yesterday.  It's also six cents cheaper than the average of a week ago.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a Portland man is accused of committing dozens of sex crimes against children, dating back nearly nine years.  Investigators say 23-year-old Jared Kelly White was 15 when he repeatedly abused an eight-year-old boy beginning in late 2007.  Police say White is facing a total of 54 counts after being accused of sexually abusing three children.  Authorities say White had several jobs where he had contact with kids.

(Undated)  --  Over a dozen people are being indicted in connection with the occupation of an Oregon wildlife refuge.  A federal grand jury brought the indictment against 16 people yesterday, and the official charges are expected to be made public soon.  Eleven people who occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, including leader Ammon Bundy, were arrested on charges of conspiracy to impede federal officers.  Authorities shot and killed one occupier during an arrest attempt.

(McMinnville, OR)  --  The principal of a middle school in McMinnville says the school received an anonymous phone call of a threatening nature.  Patton Middle School Principal Brian Crain told KATU-TV the call was traced back to an elementary school in Salem, but it's believed the call was a prank.  Brookwood Elementary School in Hillsboro was reported to have also received a threat, but it's not known whether it's connected to the McMinnville threat.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Another bill concerning gender-segregated facilities is being sent to the Washington State Senate Rules Committee.  The Senate Law and Justice Committee approved a measure yesterday that would repeal a state rule that allows transgender people to use bathrooms and locker rooms in public buildings according to their gender identity.  The bill would require that people in Washington use a private facility based on their biology.  A similar bill was passed last week by the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee.

(Burns, OR)  --  The family of the Oregon occupier killed by authorities is accusing the FBI and police of a cover-up.  LaVoy Finicum was shot and killed last week after police and the FBI moved to arrest the leaders of the group occupying an Oregon wildlife refuge.  A statement from his family called the shooting "completely unjustified" and says officials are trying to manipulate the media and Americans over what really happened.  The FBI released aerial video of the shooting that it says shows Finicum reaching for his pocket, where he was carrying a gun.

(Mount Hood, OR)  --  A hiker who had gotten lost on Mount Hood is said to be doing fine after being rescued.  Fifty-one-year-old Chris Houk of Seattle was rescued yesterday by the Mountain Wave Search and Rescue team and brought out at Timberline Lodge.  Houk says he lost his bearings Monday afternoon in white-out conditions while on the Pacific Crest Trail.  KGW-TV reports Houk was found by rescuers yesterday morning at the bottom of a canyon.

(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill being considered by a Washington Senate panel would outlaw abortions for parents who want to select the sex of their baby.  The "Spokesman-Review" quotes opponents of the bill, who told the committee that Senate Bill 6612 is a solution to a problem that doesn't exist in Washington and bolsters an ugly stereotype of Asian-Americans.  Supporters say the bill would allow Washington to say it doesn't allow sex discrimination anywhere.  The measure would create civil and criminal penalties for a physician who performs an abortion for someone who doesn't want a child of a particular sex.

(Portland, OR)  --  Prices at the gas pump are still dropping.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the Portland-area average for regular is two-oh-three a gallon, a half-cent below yesterday's average.  It's also seven cents a gallon lower than at this time last week.

(Washington, DC)  --  Ten Washington counties will receive federal assistance in connection with a December storm system that produced heavy rains, high winds, flooding, and landslides.  It was the second major disaster declaration request approved by President Obama in the last two months.  The declaration makes available FEMA's Public Assistance program for the ten counties, and provides grants for hazard mitigation efforts statewide.  Governor Jay Inslee says the storm resulted in damage in excess of 19-million dollars, including that caused by an EF-1 tornado in Clark County.

(Portland, OR)  --  A budget reduction of more than eight-million-dollars is being proposed for the Portland Police Bureau.  The plan by Police Chief Larry O'Dea and Mayor Charlie Hales calls for cutting 88 jobs, including positions in the Family Services, Youth Services, and Traffic divisions.  KOIN-TV reports the Domestic Violence Reduction Unit, the School Resource Officer program, and photo radar and red light camera enforcement would also be affected.

(Seattle, WA)  --  Three teenage brothers are being held without bail in connection with a shooting at a Seattle homeless camp.  The shooting killed two people and wounded three on January 26th at the camp known as "The Jungle."  The suspects, ages 17, 16, and 13, were arrested Monday for investigation of two counts of murder, three counts of assault, and firearms-related violations.  A decision will come soon on whether the 16- and 17-year-olds will be tried as adults.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Republican Representative Graham Hunt is no longer a member of the Washington State Legislature.  Hunt resigned yesterday in the midst of accusations he lied about his military service.  His Second Legislative District seat represents the Pierce County communities of Yelm, Orting, Roy, McKenna, Graham, and Eatonville.  Hunt says while he has nothing to hide, the recent speculation of impropriety has taken a toll on his family.

(Aloha, OR)  --  A man who threatened to shoot Aloha High School students and Washington County sheriff's deputies will be on probation for five years.  Michael F. O'Toole has pleaded no contest to two counts of unlawful use of a weapon.  Authorities say O'Toole called 911 on May 7th and threatened to shoot deputies, saying he was carrying a TEC-9 firearm and a thousand rounds of ammunition, and was at a 7-Eleven that evening and told people there he was going to Aloha High and "shoot up everyone at the stands."  O'Toole was later apprehended by a deputy.  He's also been ordered to receive mental-health treatment.

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Officials say a sex offender who was released from prison yesterday was arrested again hours later.  Authorities say Dustin Westling has more than 20 convictions on his record and was released yesterday after serving a stint for sex-related crimes.  Police say he was arrested in Hillsboro after failing to check into a transitional living community.

(Estacada, OR)  --  One person is dead following a fire at a home in Estacada [[ ESS-tah-KAY-dah ]].  The blaze was reported around eleven o'clock yesterday morning in the 34-thousand block of Southeast Coupland Road.  The person whose body was found hasn't been identified.  Investigators are trying to determine what caused the fire.

(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline is still falling in the Portland Metro.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular is two-04 a gallon, down about a half-cent from yesterday.  It's also nearly eight-cents a gallon below the average of a week ago.

(Seattle, WA)  --  Three teenagers are in custody in connection with the deadly shootings at a Seattle homeless camp known as "The Jungle."  Seattle police apprehended the suspects, ages 13, 16 and 17, yesterday.  The three are accused of killing two people and wounding three others at the homeless camp on the night of January 26th.  The suspects are being held at the Youth Service Center for investigation of homicide.

(Corvallis, OR)  --  Corvallis police say an Oregon State University student is accused of going on a half-hour crime spree.  Authorities say 20-year-old Trenton Huber was armed with a handgun and a knife during the Sunday night crime spree, for which he's facing about two-dozen charges.  Police say among other crimes, Huber attempted a carjacking, tried to steal a bicycle and assaulted its eleven-year-old rider, and abducted a young woman and forced her at gunpoint to drive him for two miles before letting her out and taking her vehicle.  Officials say officers arrested Huber after he entered an occupied home without permission in the area of 25th and Lincoln Avenue.

(Portland, OR)  --  A 45-year-old man is facing charges after being accused of breaking windows at Portland City Hall.  Police say Kevin Scott McQueen broke nine windows on the Southwest Fourth Avenue side of the building Sunday morning.  They say McQueen was detained by building security until police arrived.  There's no word on a motive for the vandalism.

(Oregon City, OR)  --  Authorities continue to investigate a deadly officer-involved shooting that followed a standoff at an apartment complex in Clackamas County.  Officials say 19-year-old Christopher Kalonji had threatened his family with a rifle last Thursday at the Holly Acres Apartments on Southeast Concord.  Deputies say Kalonji was shot as he brandished a rifle.  He died later at a hospital.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Legislation that's being considered in committee would give pay raises to Washington State Patrol troopers.  One bill would increase a trooper's pay by seven-and-a-half-percent over three years, and the other would make pay more competitive with other law enforcement agencies.  WSP officials have said the agency struggles to recruit troopers, and has lost many officers to other law enforcement agencies that offer higher pay.  Both bills are being considered by the Senate Committee on Transportation.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Lawmakers are hoping to ensure the safety of crumb-rubber playing surfaces throughout Washington.  Two bills that have been introduced would require installers of synthetic turf to prove its safety to the state Department of Ecology before it's put down.  There's concern among parents that the surfaces might pose a health risk to the children that use them.  The House version of the bill is awaiting action in the House Committee on Environment.


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