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(Portland, OR)  --  A home is destroyed and two others are damaged following an explosion in North Portland.  The explosion happened at 6432 North Kerby Avenue yesterday afternoon, seriously injuring one person who was hospitalized.  A firefighter also suffered minor injuries.  Witnesses described the explosion as feeling like an earthquake as it shook the entire neighborhood block.  The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.

(Newport, OR)  --  A man is dead following a car crash on Highway 20 yesterday morning.  Andrew Beauchamp reportedly went off the road's shoulder hitting a guardrail and was thrown from his pickup truck near Pioneer Trail.  Investigators say they do not believe he was wearing a seatbelt and may have been speeding prior to the crash.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

(Portland, OR)  --  A man who assaulted a woman yesterday evening is behind bars following a police pursuit through Northeast Portland.  Police say the man, who was armed with a knife, assaulted the woman in the basement of a parking garage near the 2100 block of Northeast Halsey Street and ran from police when they arrived.  Police chased him through a Northeast Portland neighborhood and arrested him in an apartment.  Both the victim and the suspect were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

(Portland, OR)  --  A dog that was doused with gasoline and set on fire earlier this year is getting a new home.  The Oregon Humane Society says "Amber" was severely burned after being set on fire by her previous owner in California.  Amber was recently adopted by a man named Michael who says he lost his own dog in October.  He said he had no interest in getting a new dog until he saw Amber's story on the news.

(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead after being hit by a truck on Interstate 205 at Foster Road yesterday morning.  A delivery truck reportedly hit a person on the freeway around 3 a.m. yesterday morning.  The pedestrian was dead when police and medical responders arrived.  The driver is said to be cooperating with police.  The accident caused a three hour closure for southbound lanes.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are on the lookout for a man accused of sexually assaulting a 65-year-old woman inside her home.  Police say the woman called 9-1-1 yesterday morning saying the man had broken into her home in the 1700 block of Northeast Irving Street and assaulted her before stealing her car.  Police say they later recovered the car near Southeast 99th Avenue and Stark Street.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

(Portland, OR)  --  Mayor Ted Wheeler is walking back plans to allow public vetting of the finalists for Portland Police Chief.  Wheeler revealed only two of the four finalists yesterday, saying the other two finalists had requested confidentiality.  Wheeler's spokesperson Michael Cox says the move was prompted by feedback from some candidates who said they would only apply for the job if their candidacy was kept secret.  Wheeler had previously planned to release the names of all final candidates for public vetting.  Wheeler is expected to select the new police chief early next month.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police are warning residents about a new technique being used by bicycle thieves.  Police say thieves are modifying serial numbers on stolen bikes in order to thwart efforts to recover them.  Police say they recovered one stolen bike with all of the ones in the serial number altered to look like sevens.  Police are encouraging people to know their bike's serial number and to register their bikes with Portland police online.

(Salem, OR)  --  Two people are facing charges following a police chase involving a stolen car in Salem.  Police arrested 32-year-old Donna Dubbe and 18-year-old Reynaldo Rosales yesterday following a lengthy pursuit.  Police say Dubbe was driving a stolen 1991 Honda Accord near Lancaster Mall with Rosales in the passenger seat when officers attempted to pull her over.  Dubbe then allegedly drove down a pedestrian path and crashed into a patrol vehicle before officers took her into custody near Capitol Street NE and D Street.  No serious injuries have been reported.

(Portland, OR)  --  OMSI is delivering an encore eruption for what might be the world's biggest baking soda and vinegar volcano.  Officials with the museum say they plan to feature the eruption again tomorrow at its After Dark event.  About three-thousand people including experts from Guinness World Records turned out Sunday to watch the 34-foot volcano spew baking soda and vinegar about six to eight feet into the air.  Guinness World Records officials are now working to determine whether the eruption beat the previous world record of a four-foot eruption from a 28-foot volcano.

(Portland, OR)  --  A dedication ceremony is scheduled Saturday for five new veteran gravestones at Milwaukie Pioneer Cemetery.  Cemetery volunteers worked with the American Legion and U.S. Veteran's Administration to obtain the new gravestones.  The gravestones will honor veterans Harry N. Bowler, Walter M. Courter, James Bethel Kelly, Howard W. Wagner and Hector Batchelder Campbell.  The ceremony is set to get underway at 10 a.m.

(Portland, OR)  --  The Morrison Bridge is currently closed to all traffic for up to two weeks.  The closure is due to work on the bridge's lift span deck.  The bridge could reopen earlier than August 4th if work is completed ahead of schedule.  More work is also expected to be done in September and the project will be completed in October.

(Portland, OR)  --  The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is asking for help in finding a missing teen who was last seen in Portland.  Authorities say Angelic Davis was last seen in Portland Thursday and believe she may be traveling to Las Vegas with a man.  Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts are asked to call Portland police.

(Portland, OR)  --  The iconic Paul Bunyan statue in the historic Kenton neighborhood is set to get some upgrades.  KGW reports that a fundraising effort by the Kenton Neighborhood Association has pulled in nearly 55-thousand dollars to save the statue.  Improvements include thoroughly washing the statue, repairing cracks and damage and repainting it.  The restored statue will be unveiled September 9th at the Tall Paul Fest.  The statue was built by the Kenton Business Association in 1959 and is the only Portland roadside attraction on the national historic registry.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they are looking for a Gresham man with dementia who went missing Saturday.  They say 62-year-old Vernon Sellars was last seen around 7:20 a.m. and was wearing a baseball cap, green jacket and khaki pants.  Police describe Sellars as a white male who is five-feet-nine-inches tall and is 195-pounds.  Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call police.

(Salem, OR)  --  A 25-year-old man is dead after he was killed by a private security guard in Salem.  KGW reports that the shooting happened Saturday morning in the 3100 block of Ryan Drive Southeast.  Police say they found Jose Francisco Moreno dead in a parking lot, and the security guard was on the scene.  Police say the security guard is employed with Homefront Security and was interviewed by police.  No other details about what led to the shooting have been released.

(Springfield, OR)  --  A woman is under arrest for allegedly leaving her two kids in a hot vehicle at a store in Springfield.  Around 3:30 yesterday afternoon, cops came out to a Walmart parking lot to see a seven-year-old and a five-year-old unattended in a parked vehicle in 89-degree heat.  Store surveillance footage showed a total of 25-minutes had elapsed before Nikia Angelique Modrell came back to the car.  Modrell was thrown in the Springfield Municipal Jail after being charged with two counts of second-degree child neglect and reckless endangering.

(Sandy, OR)  --  Four people are injured after a plane crash at Sandy's McKinnon Airpark.  The plane went down around 12:30 yesterday afternoon.  Two of the four crash victims were taken to a trauma center and are expected to survive their injuries.  A witness says a plane veered off to the side and one of its wings hit the ground.

(Portland, OR)  --  Fire investigators are looking into the cause of an apartment fire in northeast Portland that left one dead.  Crews were called out just before 3:30 Sunday morning to the blaze on Northeast Glisan near Interstate 205.  The Red Cross was called out to help at least ten-adults and 15-children displaced by the fire.  There's no word yet on what caused the blaze, and it's unclear if the apartment had smoke detectors.

(Tillamook, OR)  --  Police are investigating a homicide that took place in Tillamook over the weekend.  Officials haven't released information on whether there is a suspect in this case, but the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office confirms there was a homicide on Sunday.  The murder took place in a house near the intersection of First Street and Cedar Avenue.

(Portland, OR)  --  People in a southeast Portland neighborhood are rallying against "zombie homes."  Some houses that have sat empty for years have attracted squatters, drug activity, prostitution and piles of garbage.  Bureau officials say they're working to get the authority to demolish some of these homes.  A code hearing is scheduled for one of the homes in August.

(Milton-Freewater, OR)  --  The trial for the man accused of burning a body in Umatill County will take place next month.  Conor Michael Dayton was arrested earlier this month near Broadway and Depot Street and was charged with abuse of a corpse.  Dayton told police he started a fire that burned the victim, Marcos Jesus Gutierrez-Rodriguez, but medical examiner's have yet to say how he died.  Dayton says he found the victim dead and started the fire to hide his drug use.  Guiterrez-Rodriguez is said to have had high levels of methamphetamine in his system.  The investigation is ongoing and Dayton's trial is set for August 29th.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police in Camas are searching for two burglary suspects.  Police say a man and a woman broke into a home on July 4th in the 1000 block of Northwest 35th Avenue and stole credit cards.  The credit cards were used at a Fisher's Landing Fred Meyer in Vancouver.  Police have not obtained surveillance images of the suspects and released them yesterday.  They are asking anyone who can identify the suspects to contact police.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police and the Portland Bureau of Transportation are working to reduce traffic deaths.  Police and volunteers were out on Division Street to stop people for any violation they see.  It was a response to the high number of traffic fatalities in Portland which totaled ten in the last month.  The patrol last night was part of the Vision Zero program, which aims to bridge the gap between police and pedestrians to enforce safety on the road.

(Portland, OR)  --  Crews checking a small plane last week say they came across an unusual safety hazard.  They say they found an own in the wheel well of a small PenAir plane last week.  The owl caused a 25-minute delay of takeoff.  Crews were able to get the owl out and safely release it.  The plane was apparently stored in an old hanger that has lots of owls around it.

(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials say they have seen a spike of heroin overdoses in downtown Portland.  The increase started Wednesday and led into Thursday but no deaths have been reported.  The overdoses are reportedly in the single digits and officials are working to get more Nalozone, a drug used to reverse an overdose, to local syringe exchange sites.  No other information has been released.

(Beaverton, OR)  --  Police in Beaverton say they are in a standoff with a man who threatened to set a home on fire last night.  Crisis Negotiation and SWAT teams from the Washington County Sheriff's Office responded to a home near Southwest Butner Road and Aragon Street after the mans wife called 911 and reported the threats.  The woman was able to get out of the house but her husband is still inside.  There have yet to be any reports of fire.

(Portland, OR)  --  Residents from the Lents neighborhood will hold a protest in front of a burned down abandoned home.  The protest is meant to call attention to the problems abandoned properties, or "zombie homes," are causing throughout the city.  The home sits across the street from the west side of Lents Park and has been abandoned for more than two years.  Neighbors complain that the home has become a magnet for crime.  The rally begins at 1 p.m.

(Portland, OR)  --  Small airports are expecting record traffic for the upcoming solar eclipse.  KGW reports that Madras Airport in Central Oregon says it has already taken reservations for 300 planes and August 21st, the day of the eclipse, is sold out for landings.  The Federal Aviation Administration says that Bend and Madras airports are bringing in private companies to run air traffic control around the eclipse.  Millions of travelers are expected to come into Oregon in August for the eclipse.

(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is looking to set a new Guinness World Record.  The museum wants the title for the world's largest baking soda and vinegar volcano.  The OMSI is working on a 34-feet tall volcano that is set to erupt at 3:00 p.m. Sunday.  The current record is 28 feet.

(Agness, OR)  --  The U.S. Coast Guard says it rescued a missing hiker in Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest yesterday.  The 40-year-old woman was hiking Game Lake Trail Wednesday when she got lost and became dehydrated.  Curr County sheriff's deputies found her Thursday morning and notified the Coast Guard.  She was found in stable condition.

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  New details are being released about a deadly shootout that left an Oregon State Trooper dead.  A letter from the Washington County District Attorney's Office revealed Trooper Nic Cederberg was shot 12 times in 50-seconds during a shootout last year on Christmas night.  The document also concluded Cederberg, along with five other officers, was completely justified in using deadly force against homicide suspect James Tylka. 


Cederberg was seriously injured during the gun fight with Tylka, after responding to reports that Tylka killed his estranged wife.



Updated to reflect that Cederberg was not fatally wounded as stated in previous reports based on incorrect information provided to KBND News. 

(Gresham, OR)  --  A couple is missing their car after it was stolen from the Mount Hood Medical Center while they were having their third child.  Dalan Askew says his 1990 Subaru Legacy was stolen Tuesday morning while his wife gave birth to their daughter, Penelope Jade.  The car is the family's only way to get around and they are asking the thief to do the right thing and return the car.  A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for a new car and baby items.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland is planning to spend nearly five-million dollars this fiscal year to help clean up a superfund site.  The Portland Tribune reports that the funds would go to the Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup and mitigation project.  The funding would also kick off a public engagement process and help partner with other governments on baseline sampling in the harbor and evaluate high-priority restoration sites.  It is still not clear how much the city will ultimately pay for the project, but the EPA estimates cleanup costs to be over just one-billion dollars.  Those costs will be paid by over 150 responsible parties who have contributed to polluting the site.

(Portland, OR)  --  Teens from around the country are lending a helping hand in Portland.  Dozens from Washington, Idaho, Missouri and Oklahoma are helping to renovate established homeless camps in the city.  KGW reports the trip organized by Portland's Agape Church of Christ.  Yesterday, a group of 15 teenagers helped scrape old paint off the community center at Northeast Portland's Dignity Village.  It's an annual event, and this year the focus is on Portland's housing crisis.  The group hopes to have finished projects at numerous camps by next week, including repainting the exterior of Dignity Village's community center and replacing its roof.

(Marion County, OR)  --  Deputies in Marion County are looking for a shooting suspect who was reportedly riding a beach cruiser.  The suspect shot a man yesterday in the 4800 block of Lancaster Drive Northeast.  Police say the man has non-life threatening injuries.  The suspect is said to be in his twenties and was wearing a gray hoodie sweatshirt at the time.  Police are asking anyone with details to contact them.

(Portland, OR)  --  A GoFundMe account has been created for a man who was injured by a drunk driver at a Portland car was last weekend.  The crash happened last week at a car wash on Northeast MLK Jr. Boulevard near Morgan Street.  The victim was hit while washing his car and suffered serious injuries.  His friends helped set up the account to pay for medical expenses while he's out of work and in the hospital.  Police cited 40-year-old Melody Bates for driving under the influence of intoxicants.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a suspected DUII driver caused a rollover crash in Southeast Portland yesterday.  Police say the driver ran a red light causing the crash at the intersection of Southeast 82nd Avenue and Washington Street.  The car that was hit by the suspected DUII driver rolled over on its roof.  The suspect suffered non-life threatening injuries.  No other injuries were reported.

(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Humane Society is looking for a man who was caught on camera abusing his dog.  It happened near a food cart on Southeast 27th Avenue and Southeast Belmont street Saturday.  The video shows the man lifting a small dog off the ground by its leash and chocking it.  The suspect was reportedly yelling at the dog as well.  Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

(Portland, OR)  --  The law banning new fossil fuel projects in Portland is being called unconstitutional.  The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals overturned the ordinance that was passed in December yesterday.  The ban prohibited projects such as new oil and coal terminals in an effort to curb health and environmental impacts of fossil fuels.  The Portland Business Alliance, the Western States Petroleum Association and the Columbia Pacific Building Trades Council requested to appeal to get rid of the ban.

(Portland, OR)  --  A dog that was stolen from outside a Portland grocery store is back with its family.  "June" was taken from the front of New Seasons Market near Northeast Broadway Street and 33rd Avenue and was brought onto a MAX train.  That's when June reportedly slipped out of her collar and escaped the thief.  A woman called police when she noticed the dog alone at the train station, and police were able to track down the owners with the dog's microchip.

(Marion County, OR)  --  An Oregon man is accused of violating a restraining order 216 times.  Police arrested 48-year-old Odilon Jimenez-Ramos Monday.  A Marion County woman filed a restraining order against Ramos after she said he threatened to take her son to Mexico and shoot her family.  He allegedly sent 211 text messages and called her at least five times, violating the order.

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland man accused of killing two men and injuring another on a TriMet MAX train appeared in court yesterday morning.  Jeremy Christian has been charged with fatally stabbing two men on a MAX train in May.  Christian said while leaving the courtroom yesterday, quote, "Remember, there are no heroes in this case."  Prosecutors say Christian shouted anti-Muslim slurs at two African-American women, prompting the confrontation between him and his victims.

(Portland, OR)  --  Teen pregnancy prevention programs in Oregon are taking a huge financial hit due to a cut to federal grants by the Trump administration.  The grant provides funds to provide sex education to about 12-thousand kids in Multnomah County, as well as provide training and coaching for teachers to effectively teach sex-ed.  The Director of Youth Sexual Health Equity Program and STD HIV says Multnomah County will lose over one-million in funding every year, and about 200-million dollars for similar programs nationwide have been cut.

(Portland, OR)   --  A motorcyclist is seriously injured after he crashed into a school bus on North Lagoon Avenue near North Basin Street yesterday morning.  The rider's name has not been released and police say his injuries are life-threatening.  No one on the school bus was injured and no students were on the bus at the time.  Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

(Keizer, OR)  --  Keizer police are continuing their search for a woman who has been missing since Saturday night.  Police are trying to find Cynthia Martinez-Perez.  Witnesses say she was last seen at the Tequila Nights bar on the 3300 block of River Road North Saturday night.  She is described as a Hispanic woman who is five-feet-three-inches tall, 145 pounds and has long black hair and multiple tattoos.  Police are asking anyone with information to contact them.

(Portland, OR)  --  The best way to treat the parasite cryptosporidium in Portland's water is still up in the air.  The Portland Tribune reports the Portland Utility Board met at City Hall yesterday to discuss a recommendation to Portland City council and how to treat the problem, but was unable to come to an agreement.  A few options are in the running, one includes killing the parasite with an ultraviolet light and costs 105-million dollars.  Another would be to build a filtration plant that would cost between 350 and 500-million.  The board will meet again next Tuesday.

(Portland, OR)  --  Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue says about 200 gallons of chemicals spilled at a shopping center yesterday.  It happened at Peterkort Towne Square on Barnes Road and Cedar Hills Boulevard.  Fire officials say 200 gallons of a 500-gallon barrel of Ultramine, a chemical used on aluminum to decrease corrosion, spilled into a storm drain.  The barrel was being delivered to the UPS store when it tipped over.  HazMat crews responded and evacuated a small area.  A private contractor is set to flush the storm drain system.

(Beaverton, OR)  --  Beaverton police are investigating after finding human remains in a fire pit at a woman's home yesterday.  Police say they were asked to check in on 57-year-old Katherine F. McDowell on Monday and when asked about her whereabouts, her 24-year-old son admitted to burning her body in the backyard fire pit.  Police checked the fire pit and believe the remains are McDowell's.  Matthew Gutierrez was arrested for abuse of a corpse.

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Police in Hillsboro are investigating a case of dog abuse at a gas station after video of the incident went viral.  The video shows a man swinging a dog by its leash and hitting it as it's on the ground.  It happened Monday afternoon at the Shell gas station on Southeast Baseline Street on Third Avenue.  The video was posted to Sunshine Alexandria's Facebook page.  She says she saw the man beating and yelling at his dog for not listening to him.  Police have identified the man and have taken the dog into protective custody.

(Scappoose, OR)  --  It looks like there will be some new employment opportunities in Scappoose.  A paper products facility just had its grand opening in the city yesterday.  Cascades Inc. says it will bring around 70 jobs to the new plant.  The plant converts material into tissue paper and paper towels.

(Portland, OR)  --  Drivers in Oregon are being warned about being out on the road during the upcoming solar eclipse.  The Oregon Department of Transportation says one-million people from out of state will be coming into Oregon to watch the August 21st eclipse.  ODOT is staffing up and warning drivers to be prepared to be stuck in their cars for hours during the eclipse.  ODOT is calling it the biggest traffic event in Oregon history.

(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon's employment department says the state is continuing to add jobs.  The state added 85-hundred jobs to nonfarm payroll employment last month, which is three times more than the number of jobs in May.  The unemployment rate increased from three-point-six to three-point-seven-percent.  That's still below the four-point-four national average.  The department says hospitality and leisure industries added the most jobs.

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Helvetia Road is closed between Northwest Grossen Drive and Northwest Dierdorff Drive after a dump truck carrying a tall load crashed into a railroad trestle.  Police say the closure will likely last several days and the railroad tracks are also closed.  The driver of the dump truck reportedly failed to lower the truck's dump bed before passing under the trestle.  The driver suffered minor injuries and was later cited for the incident.

(Portland, OR)  --  One of Portland's deadliest roads may get some improvements.  Multnomah County Drainage District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are reviewing permits to address safety issues along Northeast Marine Drive.  Crash data shows people involved in a crash on Marine Drive are eight times more likely to be killed than on an average street.  Proposed improvements include stop lights, safety cameras and rapid flashing beacons for pedestrian safety.

(Portland, OR)  --  A police K-9 is being credited for catching a burglary suspect in Northeast Portland yesterday evening.  A homeowner confronted a burglar after he forced a door open in the 1900 block of Northeast Klickitat Street.  The suspect ran, and neighbors called police.  A K-9 named Siggi arrived on the scene and led police to the suspect.  The suspect's identity has not been released.

(Portland, OR)  --  The Port of Portland is asking for a billion dollar upgrade to Portland International Airport to keep up with crowds and security.  The first step to kick-off the five-year renovation would be to get approval from the airlines that frequent the airport since they will ultimately pay for the project.  Port officials are working with the airlines before they vote on it in the fall.  The one-point-three billion dollar proposal would be the first major security upgrade since September 11th and would expand the airport's capacity.

(Keizer, OR)  --  Police are looking for a woman who has been missing since Saturday.  Family members of Cynthia Martinez-Perez say she was last seen leaving Tequila Nights Bar and Grill in Keizer late Saturday night.  Police are searching for Cynthia as well as any people she may have been with at the bar that night.  Police are asking anyone with information to contact them.

(West Linn, OR)  --  A West Linn police lieutenant is on paid administrative leave weeks after the police chief was put on leave.  Lieutenant Mike Stradley is under investigation for possibly violating city policy, although there has been very little comment on the details of the investigation.  It comes after his boss, Chief Terry Timeus, is under investigation for potentially violating city policy.  It is unclear if the two investigations are connected and police say the investigations are standard practice.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking for a man who hit a security guard with his truck yesterday morning.  It happened after the security guard confronted the man for allegedly stealing property in the 81-hundred block of North Commercial Avenue.  The suspect and security guard got into a physical fight, prompting the suspect to pull out a machete.  The suspect then got in his truck and crashed into the guard.  Police say the suspect is a black or Hispanic man driving a '90s Nissan pickup truck with damage to the front end and no rear license plate.  The security guard's injuries were not life-threatening.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police in Portland are searching for a suspect after a woman was stabbed last night.  KATU reports the incident happened in the area of Southeast 106th and Burnside around 10:30 p.m.  The victim was hospitalized and is expected to survive.  Police say the victim knows the suspect.

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man is facing numerous animal abuse charges after allegedly trying to poison his neighbor's dogs.  Prosecutors say Michael Lynch used several different poisons to try to poison the animals.  Lynch's neighbor, Richard Schmidtke, says two of his Brittany spaniels last summer ingested antifreeze that was put in a sausage and he later saw Lynch toss something into his yard.  Lynch pleaded not guilty on all charges yesterday.

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland woman is dead weeks after she was critically injured in a hit-and-run crash.  Erin Brenneman died over the weekend after dealing with various injuries including a brain injury.  The 26-year-old was taking a walk on her break from the bakery she worked at when a driver hit her in the crosswalk at Southeast 80th and Pine and didn't stop.  Police are still looking for a suspect in the June incident and believe the vehicle was a dark-colored, mid-1990s pickup truck.

(Portland, OR)  --  TriMet is officially taking Hop Fastpass.  Hop Fastpass is an electronic-fare card system that allows train riders to use one fare system throughout the Portland-Vancouver region.  It also provides benefits such as daily and monthly ride savings, and auto-loading and lost-card protection.  Planning for the electronic-fare system started in 2011, while construction work at MAX platforms laid groundwork for Hop starting in 2015.

(Portland, OR)  --  An alleged burglar is in custody after breaking into a home in southwest Portland.  The burglary took place at a home in the 7300 block of Southwest Brier Place yesterday afternoon.  The homeowner came home to find 50-year-old Kenneth Hurley rummaging through his things.  Hurley grabbed a knife prompting the homeowner to leave the house and call police.  Police, including a K9 unit, were able to arrive on the scene and locate and arrest Hurley in the woods.  He faces a number of burglary charges.

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man is behind bars after he made arrangements to meet and have sex with an undercover officer posing as a minor online.  KOIN reports 39-year-old Kevin M. Jones agreed to meet with the undercover officer in a parking garage in the Lloyd District for sex and was arrested.  He faces numerous sexual assault charges involving a minor.  Police say there could be other victims.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a man was seriously injured after he was hit by a car while he was washing his own vehicle.  The crash happened Saturday at the Splash-n-Dash Car Wash near Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Morgan Street.  The victim, 26-year-old Pedo Xiap Cotoc was taken to the hospital and his condition is unknown at this time.  The driver, 40-year-old Melody Bates, was also injured and faces DUII and reckless driving charges.

(Portland, OR)  --  One of the longest running comedy clubs in Portland is no more.  KGW reports that the last show at Harvey's Comedy Club in Portland's Old Town district took place on Saturday.  The comedy club has been in the area for more than 37 years and has changed names a few times.  Owner Barry Kolin says a recent heart attack played a role in his decision to close the doors, but hopes someone else will come along and reopen Harvey's.

(Warrenton, OR)  --  The U.S. Coast Guard says a sunken fishing boat is leaking fuel in the Columbia River.  The boat sank yesterday near the mouth of the river.  The boat was leaking diesel fuel and it is unknown just how much fuel is on board.  Crews in the marina used an oil containment boom around the boat.  No one was apparently on the boat when it sank.  The investigation is ongoing.

(Lyons, OR)  --  A four-year-old boy is now out of harm's way after being swept away by the North Fork Santiam River yesterday.  KATU reports that two men, Jason McDade and Christian Lozano, jumped in after the young boy after he ended up in the river.  They were able to get him out of the water and onto the beach.  One witness was able to successfully give the boy CPR after he was rescued from the water.  He was taken to the Santiam Hospital.

(Scappoose, OR)  --  A Portland man is dead after falling overboard while fishing in the Multnomah Channel.  The Columbia County Sheriff's department said 49-year-old Erik Peterson drowned yesterday morning.  Friends on the boat say Peterson was getting set up on the boat around four in the morning when they heard a splash after he went overboard.  They tried to get a flotation device to him but he disappeared under the water's surface.

(Clatskaine, OR)  --  Highway 47 remains closed in both directions four miles south of Clatskanie due to a wildfire.  The fire started yesterday morning.  KATU says the fire has reportedly burned about 30-acres on private land but not structures or homes are in danger.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.

(Baker City, OR)  --  Police say an Oregon boy is dead after he fell off a parade float on his seventh birthday.  KGW reports that Dylan Thomas was riding on the float Saturday as part of the Miner's Jubilee Parade in Baker City.  Thomas was reportedly hit by the rear wheels of a commercial vehicle.  Police say it appears to be an accident but are investigating the incident.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police in Portland say they have arrested an 18-year-old man on gun charges after he allegedly fired a pistol in a Northeast Portland neighborhood.  Police arrested Bennet P. Miller after reports of gunshots early yesterday morning near Northeast 93rd Avenue.  Police found a gun in the bed of a truck shortly after talking to Miller.  Miller was arrested and charged with discharging a firearm in the city.  No one was injured.

(Portland, OR)  --  Residents living in a Portland may get the chance to see the Northern lights early this morning.  The National Weather Service says a coronal mass ejection allowed people in the northwestern states to see the aurora last night and could be visible this morning.  The Northern Lights are the result of electrons colliding with the upper reaches of Earth's atmosphere.




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