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(Portland, OR)  --  Bail will remain at a quarter-million dollars for a man who's facing charges following a crash that killed a cyclist on Portland's St. Johns Bridge.  A judge has denied a request by 42-year-old Joel Aaron Schrantz to lower his bail to 20-thousand dollars.  Schrantz has pleaded not guilty to a charge of second-degree manslaughter in the October 29th death of cyclist Mitchell York.  Police said Schrantz was knowingly driving with bald tires when his vehicle hit York.

(Undated)  --  A new report ranks Washington state's charter school system as being among the best in the nation.  The National Association of Charter School Authorizers says Washington "is a national model for how to get charter school policies right."  The report takes a number of factors into account, including standards for authorizing new schools, evaluations, sanctions, and performance reports.  The report ranks Washington's charter school system in a tie for first place with Indiana and Nevada.  Oregon was ranked 39th on the list.

(Corvallis, OR)  --  Police are investigating a deadly, weather-related crash near Corvallis.  Authorities say a 40-year-old woman lost control of her vehicle on icy pavement on Highway 99W and hit an oncoming pickup truck yesterday morning.  Police say Laura Leong died after hitting the truck and driving into a ditch.  The driver of the pickup wasn't injured.  The highway was shut down for about two hours following the wreck.

(Portland, OR)  --  The city of Portland will be taxing publicly-traded companies that pay their CEOs considerably more than they pay the average worker.  The Portland City Council approved the first-of-its-kind plan on a 3-1 vote.  The tax applies to companies whose chief executive officers make at least 100 times more than the average salary of a worker.  Outgoing Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick, who proposed the plan, says he wanted to make a statement on salary disparity between chief executives and rank-and-file workers.

(Olympia, WA)  --  The chair of the Washington State Republican Party says she's being considered for a position in the Trump administration.  Susan Hutchison tells the "News Tribune" that it's too early in discussions at this time to reveal the nature of the role.  Hutchinson has been head of the Washington State Republican Party since 2013.  She previously had a long career in television news, including a 20-year stint at KIRO-TV in Seattle.

(Olympia, WA)  --  The state of Washington is suing Monsanto Corporation, claiming the company sold PCBs even though it knew the chemicals were toxic.  Governor Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced the lawsuit yesterday, saying PCBs are responsible for massive contamination across the state.  PCBs, produced only by Monsanto, were used for years to insulate and cool electrical equipment.  KING-5 reports Washington is seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages from the agrochemical giant in order to pay for past and future cleanups and to prevent further contamination.

(Portland, OR)  --  Gas prices are seeing a slight rise in the Portland area, according to the latest Triple-A survey.  The average for a gallon of regular is two-44, a penny higher than a week ago.  But it's still far below the average at this time last month, which was two-52 a gallon.

(Moses Lake, WA)  --  A Grant County, Washington meter reader is being hospitalized, after being gored by a bull while on the job near Moses Lake.  Officials say the 54-year-old woman was reading a meter for the county Public Utility District on Road 1.6 Northeast Wednesday when she was attacked by two bulls.  Sheriff's deputies say a witness arrived at the scene and shot and wounded the bulls, which have since been euthanized.  The woman was treated at a hospital for a severe leg injury.

(Tillamook, OR)  --  Oregon State Police are investigating a crash that injured eight people, four of them critically, near Tillamook.  Troopers say yesterday's wreck involved two vans on Highway 6 just east of Tillamook.  Police believe icy conditions led to the crash.

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Latino residents are asking that Hillsboro declare sanctuary-city status.  Hispanics crowded into Hillsboro City Hall last night to ask city leaders not to cooperate with President-elect Donald Trump's stated plans to deport millions of undocumented immigrants.  Mayor Jerry Willey says all residents have sanctuary in Hillsboro, no matter their country of origin.  KATU-TV reports nearly 20 percent of the city's population is Hispanic.

(Spokane, WA)  --  Two state lawmakers are looking to split Washington into two states.  Representatives Matt Shea and Bob McCaslin, who are Spokane-area Republicans, will propose a measure that would begin the process of creating the new state of Liberty, east of the Cascade Mountains.  They say the differences in culture and lifestyles between East and West make the split practical.  Gonzaga Political Science Professor Michael Treleaven tells KXLY-TV such an arrangement would be unrealistic because it would take years to make it happen and would create problems that would be difficult to solve.

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  An arrest warrant is out for a Hillsboro man who's the first to be convicted under Oregon's "revenge porn" law.  Authorities say Benjamin Barber was found guilty last week of unlawful dissemination of an intimate image.  Prosecutors say Barber illegally distributed sexually explicit videos of an ex-girlfriend without her consent, but didn't show up at the county jail when scheduled to begin his six-month sentence.  The Washington County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information on Barber's location to call 911.  

(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities are investigating an officer-involved shooting that left a man dead in Portland.  Investigators say the 52-year-old man died yesterday morning outside a duplex at Southeast 148th Avenue and East Burnside Street in the Portland's Glenfair neighborhood.  Officials say one of the police officers responding to a disturbance call shot the man after he stepped out of an apartment and fired at the officers, but missed.  The officer has been placed on paid administrative leave.

(Olympia, WA)  --  All U.S. and Washington state flags are being ordered by Governor Jay Inslee to be lowered to half-staff Friday in honor of a fallen Tacoma police officer.  Seventeen-year veteran Officer Reginald "Jake" Gutierrez was killed in the line of duty on November 30th while responding to a domestic-disturbance call.  A memorial to honor Guiterrez will be held Friday at one p.m. at the Tacoma Dome, and will be open to the public.

(Gresham, OR)  --  A man who's accused of sexually assaulting a young woman as she was walking to work in Gresham is in police custody.  Authorities say 25-year-old Orion Storm Mears is suspected of approaching the 19-year-old woman on Southeast Powell Valley Road last week, forcing her off the sidewalk, and assaulting her.  Mears was arrested yesterday in Portland and has been booked on multiple charges.  Police say tips from the public led them to the suspect.

(Portland, OR)  --  Most of the public drinking fountains, known as Benson Bubblers, are being shut down by the Portland Water Bureau during the current cold spell.  Officials tell KOIN-TV that the city experiences about 200 water-main breaks each year, and frozen bubblers can make sidewalks dangerous for pedestrians.  A few of the fountains will remain in operation, including one at 5th Avenue and West Burnside, one on the waterfront near the west end of the Steel Bridge, and another under the Burnside Bridge.  The Water Bureau will turn the bubblers back on after the cold spell passes.

(Kelso, WA)  --  Three Vancouver men are being ordered to pay the state of Washington more than two-million dollars in firefighting costs after they admitted responsibility for a 110-acre wildfire near Woodland.  Monday, a Cowlitz County Superior Court judge ordered Nathan Taylor, his brother Adrian Taylor, and Michael Estrada Cardenas to pay two-point-three million dollars to the state Department of Natural Resources.  The trio told authorities they started a small fire during target practice in the Lewis River Valley forest in June 2015, and that there may have been an "ember or two" remaining after they thought the fire had been put out.  Two of the men have also been sentenced to community service and the third will be sentenced later this month.

(Gresham, OR)  --  Gresham police say they've arrested a student at Sam Barlow High School after the youth was accused of being on the school's roof with guns and ammunition.  Authorities say the arrest took place Saturday, after multiple students reported seeing a suspicious person on the roof of the school during its annual winter formal dance.  Police say the student told officers he was on the roof in a "security capacity" to ensure the safety of students at Sam Barlow's  "Snowball Dance."  KOIN-TV reports the student is facing multiple weapons-possession charges.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Fire investigators say a gas explosion that damaged a building on Northwest 23rd Avenue and injured eight people has been ruled an accident.  The blast happened on October 19th at a bagel shop, and officials say it was caused by an excavator that struck a steel gas line.  Firefighters and police officers were among those hurt in the explosion, but none of the injuries was life-threatening.

(Yuba Co., CA)  --  The stepmother of missing Portland boy Kyron Horman is facing a gun-theft charge in California.  Authorities say Terri Horman, who is reported to be the last person to see Kyron before he vanished in June 2010, is accused of stealing the gun from a home safe belonging to her roommate in Marysville, California.  Terri Horman is scheduled to appear in court in Yuba County on December 16th on a misdemeanor charge of grand theft-firearm.

(Ephrata, WA)  --  Authorities say a Grant County, Washington girl who disappeared in May has been found safe, and the woman accused of kidnapping her is in custody.  Sheriff's deputies say the woman, 57-year-old Shirley Jackson, has been arrested in California on a charge of first-degree kidnapping.  Officials say the girl, six-year-old Angel Jackson, who's not related to the suspect, is safe and in good health.  Sheriff's deputies say the girl had been under Shirley Jackson's care for a period of time after the child's mother gave her up for adoption, but custody was given to someone else in May.

(Portland, OR)  --  The conviction of a man who was found guilty of trying to set off a bomb at a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in downtown Portland will remain in place.  A panel of three federal appellate court judges has upheld the conviction of Mohamed Mohamud, who tried to detonate what turned out to be a fake bomb at Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square in November 2010.  One of the judges wrote that while the government's conduct in the case was aggressive at times, it fell short of a due-process violation.  Mohamud was convicted of trying to use a weapon of mass destruction and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

(New York, NY)  --  Washington Huskies standout quarterback Jake Browning isn't one of the five players invited to attend the upcoming Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York.  The finalists are Lamar Jackson of Louisville, Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma, Michigan's Jabrill Peppers, Deshaun Watson of Clemson, and Oklahoma's Dede [[ dee dee ]] Westbrook.  Browning, who's led the Huskies to a spot in the College Football Playoff final four, set a school record this season for touchdown passes with 42, but completed only nine of 24 passes for 118 yards against Colorado in the PAC-12 Championship game.  Steve Emtman [[ EM-mit-mun ]], who finished fourth in the balloting in 1991, is still the only player in Washington history to be invited to the Heisman ceremony.

(Olympia, WA)  --  A Republican state lawmaker wants the Legislature to have sole authority when it comes to setting funding for public schools in Washington.  Spokane Senator Mike Baumgartner has pre-filed a joint resolution, proposing an amendment to the state Constitution that would remove the Washington State Supreme Court from the process.  Baumgartner says while he expects difficulty in getting both the House and Senate to provide a two-thirds majority to get the amendment before voters, he tells the "Spokesman-Review" the amendment could start the negotiations over policy and spending on K-through-12 schools.

(Beaverton, OR)  --  Beaverton police say they arrested three people, following a report that someone inside their vehicle flashed a pellet gun at another driver.  Authorities say the two passengers were cooperative, but the driver was reluctant to get out of the suspect vehicle after it was pulled over last night along Southwest Farmington Road.  KATU-TV reports police conducted a search of the vehicle.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Former state senator and candidate for governor Dino Rossi is filling a vacancy in the Senate, which resulted from the October death of 45th District Senator Andy Hill.  The King County Council voted yesterday to choose Rossi, who served in the state Senate from 1997 through 2003.  Rossi, who's a Republican, ran twice for governor of Washington, losing both times to Christine Gregoire, and made an unsuccessful bid for U.S. Senate in 2010.  Rossi will serve in the state Senate until the end of 2017.

(Seaside, OR)  --  Oregon State Police are investigating a crash that killed two Cornelius women near Seaside.  Troopers say 21-year-old Anali Aguilar Goana and 24-year-old Marilyn Manriquez Gutierrez died Saturday night in the crash.  Police say the SUV in which the women were riding crossed the center line along U.S. Highway 26 and crashed into an oncoming pickup truck.  The two people in the pickup were injured and are expected to survive.

(Portland, OR)  --  A man with special needs, needs his bicycle, and Washington County sheriff's deputies are trying to find the person who stole it.  Authorities are reviewing surveillance video to try to identify the culprit, who stole Jason Eland's red Trek bicycle from outside the Raleigh Hills Fred Meyer store Friday afternoon.  Authorities say the suspect is described as a white male with short hair, who was wearing a dark coat and a blue backpack at the time of the theft.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-629-0111.

(Mt. Rainier Nat'l Park, WA)  --  Fishers are making a return to the Washington wilderness by being re-introduced to the Cascade Mountains.  The "Seattle Times" reports ten fishers were released Friday into Mount Rainier National Park.  The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says fishers were driven to extinction in the Evergreen state by the mid-1900s by hunters who sought the animals for their pelts.  The department says the ten fishers were held in captivity for several weeks before being vaccinated and treated for health issues, then underwent inspections before being released into the wild.

(Portland, OR)  --  Gasoline prices in Portland are still seeing a steady drop.  Triple-A's latest survey shows the average for regular is two-43 a gallon, down two cents from the average of a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-18 a gallon.

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Vancouver police say they've arrested a man who's accused of impersonating an officer and trying to kidnap a woman.  Authorities say 46-year-old Shannon Stover is facing multiple charges, including kidnapping and rape.  Detectives say Shannon, who was dressed as an officer, reportedly handcuffed the victim on November 27th and put her into his car, but she was later able to escape.  Investigators tell KATU-TV they're working to determine whether there are additional victims.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a crash involving a drunk driver was partially responsible for causing a power outage that affected nearly two-thousand customers in Clackamas and Multnomah counties.  Authorities say the impaired driver sheared off a power pole at Southeast 82nd Avenue and Southeast Madison Street early yesterday morning.  Another driver reportedly crashed into a power pole at Northeast 102nd Avenue and Northeast Tillamook Street, but left the scene before officers arrived.  Portland General Electric crews worked throughout the day to get power restored.

(Woodburn, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested two people wanted on various charges, following a short standoff at a house in Woodburn.  Authorities say 32-year-old Michael Pearce and 30-year-old Katrica Graham were high on meth and acting erratically as officers were dispatched to the property on Willow Avenue in Woodburn yesterday afternoon.  Police say after a short negotiation with the pair, Graham was arrested on a warrant for arson out of Douglas County, and Pearce was booked for second-degree assault out of Marion County.

(Granger, WA)  --  The Washington State Patrol is investigating, after a five-year-old boy was struck and killed while in the parking lot of a convenience store in Yakima County.  Troopers say it happened around 4:50 p.m. Saturday in the 13-hundred block of Bailey Avenue in the town of Granger.  Police say the boy ran from behind a parked vehicle and was struck by a pickup truck.  The child's name hasn't been released.

(Gresham, OR)  --  Police say a Portland man who was hit while walking in Gresham has died.  Twenty-four-year-old Landon Sanchez was on East Powell Boulevard around 2:50 Monday morning when he was struck by a car driven by Brandon Manley of Portland.  Police believe Sanchez was illegally positioned in the roadway.  Manley continues to cooperate with investigators.

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A former prison guard at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville is headed to jail.  Brian Balzer has been sentenced to 60 days behind bars for having sex with an inmate at the women's prison in 2012.  "The Oregonian" reports Balzer has also been ordered to complete sex-offender and mental-health treatment and have no contact with the now-former inmate.  Balzer was found guilty in early October of first-degree custodial sexual misconduct.

(Portland, OR)  --  Bernie Sanders lost in his bid for the presidency, but can still draw big crowds.  The Vermont senator drew about 600 people yesterday to Powell's City of Books in Portland, as he continues a tour to promote his new book, "Our Revolution."  The event sold out in October.  Sanders won the Oregon presidential primary in May, but lost the Democratic nomination to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A 31-year-old man is the first person to be tried, convicted, and sentenced under Oregon's new "revenge-porn" law.  Benjamin J. Barber was sentenced yesterday to six months in jail and five years of probation, after being convicted on multiple counts of illegal dissemination of an unlawful image.  Authorities say after Barber's relationship ended, he posted pornographic videos of himself and his ex-girlfriend without permission.

(Pasco, WA)  --  Police say an argument about President-elect Donald Trump led to a stabbing that left a man wounded at a Pasco, Washington bar.  Authorities say the argument included a racial slur made by 29-year-old Raymond Williams to 40-year-old Alvaro Campos-Hernandez.  Police tell the "Tri-City Herald" both men were armed with knives, but Campos-Hernandez stabbed Williams, who suffered a one-inch wound to his windpipe.  Campos-Hernandez was arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault.

(Seattle, WA)  --  The chief executive officer of the world's largest coffee business will soon step aside.  Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz says he'll hand the reins over in April to current chief operating officer Kevin Johnson.  Schultz says he'll become the company's executive chairman, focusing on innovation, Starbucks' premium offerings and social impact.  Schultz, who's 63-years-old, says he's been planning the move for the past year.

(Washington, DC)  --  Republican Congressman Greg Walden of Oregon will serve as the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee when the new Congress convenes in January.  "The Oregonian" reports the appointment will give Walden oversight over federal departments in charge of consumer protections, food and drug safety, public health, environmental quality, energy policy and others.  Walden will also play a major role in the debate over the Affordable Care Act, which President-elect Donald Trump and congressional Republicans say they want to repeal and replace.

(Longview, WA)  --  Officials say a three-year-old girl who was injured by a falling tree limb in Longview, Washington had died.  The Longview "Daily News" reports Emily Scarborough died in a Portland hospital of injuries she suffered while visiting her grandparents' home on November 22nd.  The toddler was hit by the falling limb as it was being pruned.  She died the following day.

(Tacoma, WA)  --  Support continues to flow for the Tacoma Police Department after one of its officers was killed in the line of duty.  Officer Reginald "Jake" Gutierrez died at a hospital Wednesday night after he was shot several times while responding to a domestic-disturbance call at a home on East 52nd Street.  An ensuing standoff that lasted for hours ended around 3:30 yesterday morning when the suspect, 38-year-old Bruce Randall Johnson, was shot to death by a SWAT officer.  Two children who were in the house, ages six and eight, were not injured, but police say Johnson had used them as human shields during the standoff.  

(Tacoma, WA)  --  Police say a standoff with a man who's believed to have shot a Tacoma police officer to death is over.  Authorities say the suspect was shot and killed by police during the standoff around 3:30 this morning.  Investigators day the officer died around nine o'clock last night at a hospital.  The 17-year veteran of the Tacoma Police Department was shot several times while responding to a domestic-disturbance call in the 400 block of East 52nd Street.  The name of the officer and the name of the suspect haven't yet been released.

(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are under indictment in connection with a murder in Portland.  Michael Hoven was shot to death in late September at a residence in the 17-hundred block of Southeast 162nd Avenue.  The indictment names Felauai Satele and Jessica Lynne Hutchinson, who are facing charges that include felony murder and robbery.  Police say Hoven's death remains under investigation.

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police say a suspect is on the loose, following a shooting that left two people wounded outside a Vancouver bar.  The shooting happened around four o'clock this morning outside the QuarterDeck Bar on East Fourth Plain Boulevard.  One victim is expected to survive, but detectives say the other victim has "significant" injuries.  There's no word on a description of the suspect.

(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead, following a two-vehicle crash on Swan Island.  Police say two cars were traveling side-by-side along North Basin Avenue early yesterday morning when one of them swerved to avoid an oncoming semi, but the other vehicle collided with the rig.  The 47-year-old driver of the car was killed, but the truck driver wasn't injured.  Police say wet roads and excessive speed led to the crash.

(Gresham, OR)  --  Gresham police say one person was hospitalized after a tow truck crashed into a MAX platform.  Authorities say the driver of the tow truck ran a red light and was hit from the side by a car on Southeast 197th at Burnside yesterday afternoon.  The truck then crashed into the platform and came to rest on its side.  The driver was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

(Portland, OR)  --  Mayor Charlie Hales is calling for a use-of-force investigation of an incident involving a Portland police officer at an anti-Trump demonstration.  KATU-TV reports a video taken during the march shows the officer using a pressure point to subdue an already-handcuffed protester, 24-year-old Kathryn Stevens, during the protest.  Stevens was detained after she attempted to stop police from arresting Portland's Resistance leader, Gregory McKelvey.  Hales says he's asked the Independent Police Review to investigate the use of force.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Another Democratic elector in Washington state is joining a small group of electors nationwide who are seeking to prevent Donald Trump from becoming president.  Nineteen-year-old Levi Guerra, a Democratic elector from the town of Warden, Washington, says she and two other Democratic electors in the state will try to convince Republican electors in Washington to not vote for Trump but to cast ballots instead for a moderate Republican.  Electors in each state will cast their ballots on December 19th, in the final official phase of the 2016 presidential election.

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Police Bureau says overtime pay for officers on duty during post-election protests in the city amounts to just under 600-thousand dollars.  Following the November 8th presidential election, demonstrators marched for a number of consecutive nights, with marchers blocking bridges and highways.  Police say protesters rioted two nights after the election, with projectiles being thrown at police.  The Police Bureau has also released multiple images of protesters who are wanted in connection to destruction of property.

(Seattle, WA)  --  A new report from Chase-Shiller shows Seattle now leads the nation when it comes to growth in home prices.  The data show Seattle's home prices rose an average of eleven percent from September 2015 to September of this year, while Portland saw a ten-point-nine-percent increase during the same period, good for second place.  The rest of the Top Five, Denver, Dallas, and Tampa, saw single-digit growth during the past year.  The "Seattle Times" reports Seattle's home prices are rising twice as fast as the rest of the country.

(Happy Valley, OR)  --  Authorities say they've arrested two women who fled deputies and crashed their vehicle in Happy Valley.  Officials say the women were being pursued last night because they were suspected of shoplifting at Clackamas Town Center.  The suspects' vehicle landed upside down after traveling through two front yards.  A witness told KATU-TV it appeared one of the women had a broken arm after the crash.

(Milwaukie, OR)  --  A Milwaukie company is being fined 72-hundred dollars, after the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality found that air-quality regulations were violated.  DEQ says Blount Incorporated was found to be exceeding its permit's limits for emitting chromium into the air.  Blount runs a chainsaw parts manufacturing plant on Southeast International Way in Milwaukie.  The company says it doesn't intend to appeal the penalty.

(Eugene, OR)  --  The University of Oregon is making "a change in leadership" for its football program.  Mark Helfrich is out as head coach of the Ducks after four seasons.  Oregon athletics director Rob Mullens says a search firm will be retained to look for a new head coach beyond Oregon's current staff.  Helfrich's record this season was 4-and-8, only two seasons after the Ducks won a school-record 13 games and appeared in the first College Football Playoff National Championship.

(Portland, OR)  --  An Oregon man says he's "stoked" after receiving a brain implant that's intended to improve quality of life for patients who suffer from Parkinson's disease and similar conditions.  KOIN-TV reports 68-year-old William Cronenwett had the device implanted at the Portland VA Medical Center on October 31st and is one of the few patients in the country to have such a device implanted.  Physicians say the "directional deep-brain stimulation device" can improve motor skills by treating symptoms such as essential tremor and dystonia.  Doctors will turn on the device later today and Cronenwett says he's looking forward to it.

(Spokane, WA)  --  Health officials say a Spokane County boy under the age of ten is the ninth child in Washington to be diagnosed with a polio-like illness known as acute flaccid myelitis [[ MY-uh-LIGHT-iss ]].  The illness affects the nervous system, and symptoms generally include sudden weakness in one or more limbs, along with loss of muscle tone and decreased or absent reflexes.  The eight other children in Washington diagnosed with AFM range in age from three to 14 and are from King, Pierce, Franklin and Whatcom counties.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials say there's no specific treatment for AFM.  There have been more than 50 cases of it in 24 states this year.

(Spokane, WA)  --  Longtime Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers will serve as vice-chair of President-elect Donald Trump's transition team.  The Spokane Republican was named to the position yesterday.  She was recently elected to her sixth term representing Washington state's Fifth Congressional District and is the highest-ranking Republican woman in Congress.

(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon Lottery officials say a Salem couple won the Megabucks jackpot by choosing all the right numbers in Saturday's drawing.  Actually, Angela and Brian Feiring bought a quick-pick ticket that enabled them to win the six-point-eight-million-dollar jackpot.  After taxes, the couple will net two-point-two-million after choosing the lump-sum cash option.

(Clackamas Co., OR)  --  Authorities say they've arrested a Milwaukie man who shot a woman to death and tried to shoot his ex-wife at a home in Clackamas County.  Sheriff's deputies say Gregory Siegberg was arrested Sunday night after being accused of killing 53-year-old Melissa Vargas at the house in the area of Southeast River Road and Southeast Torbank Road.  Siegberg is also accused of attempting to kill his former wife, Debra Kusch-Siegberg, who told deputies she was able to get out of the house and run to the home of a neighbor who called 911.  Gregory Siegberg, who was arrested in Ridgefield, Washington, was booked into the Clark County Jail on a DUII charge, and will soon be taken to Clackamas County, where he's expected to face charges of murder and attempted aggravated murder.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington Governor Jay Inslee says the state will likely appeal a ruling by the World Trade Organization that the Legislature approved a tax break to Boeing that amounts to an unfair trade practice.  The break grants a reduction in the business and occupation tax Boeing would pay on money from the 777X if the company builds the plane's high-tech composite wing in Washington.  According to the "Spokesman-Review," the WTO has ruled the tax break puts foreign competitors at a disadvantage if they wanted to build the wings elsewhere and sell them to Boeing.  Inslee, who called the emergency legislative session in 2013 to pass a series of Boeing tax breaks, says it was, and is, the right thing to do for the state's economic future.

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police are looking for a man who attempted to kidnap a woman while posing as a Vancouver police officer.  The woman told investigators that a white man in his 30s with a clean-shaven face pulled her over Sunday night while driving a car that had flashing lights in the area of Maxon Road and Southeast 19th in Vancouver.  Investigators say the suspect, who was dressed as a police officer, pulled the woman out of her car and handcuffed her, then put her in his car, but she managed to get away after she realized the man was impersonating a cop.  Vancouver P.D. is asking anyone with information to call the Vancouver Police Tip Line at 360-487-7399.

(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline continues to decline in the Portland area.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for a gallon of regular is two-45, down four-and-a-half cents a gallon since a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-14 a gallon.

(Boston, MA)  --  Three Washington cities are being considered by a startup aerospace company to locate a facility to manufacture a supersonic jet.  The "Spokesman-Review" reports Spike Aerospace of Boston, Massachusetts is designing the jet, which would carry 18 passengers and would cruise at Mach one-point-six, or about 12-hundred miles per hour.  A trip from New York to Los Angeles would be completed in just over three hours.  Spike's chief executive officer said at a recent aerospace conference in Lynnwood that Washington is one of the top contenders for the manufacturing plant, with Spokane, Moses Lake, and Everett being considered for location of the facility.

(Tualatin, OR)  --  A 16-year-old boy is facing charges after being accused of robbing a woman at knifepoint in Tualatin.  Police say the robbery happened Sunday night between Cabela's and the Heron's Landing Apartments on Southwest Boones Ferry Road.  A Washington County Sheriff's K-9 helped track down the boy and he was arrested.  KOIN-TV reports the woman suffered minor scratches to her back.

(Undated)  --  A new report by 24/7 Wall Street ranks Oregon 26th in the nation for the average amount of student debt for college graduates.  Data from the Student Loan Report shows the average college or university graduate in Oregon has an average debt load of more than 16-thousand-dollars, which is about 500-dollars less than the average debt per student across the U.S.  The report notes the cost of in-state tuition at public colleges and universities in Oregon has increased by nearly 14-percent over the past five years, outpacing the nationwide average increase of nine-point-four-percent.

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Hillsboro police are looking for a driver who left a 75-year-old pedestrian seriously injured following a hit-and-run crash.  Officials say the woman was walking along Minter Bridge Road near River Road late Sunday afternoon when she was struck by a pickup truck.  The woman was taken to a hospital and is listed in serious condition.  Police say the late-'90s Ford F-150 pickup has red-and-white or red-and-silver two-tone paint with a red canopy, and likely has a broken front turn signal from the crash.

(Spokane Valley, WA)  --  Spokane County sheriff's deputies say an 85-year-old man is believed to have sexually abused children since the 1950s.  Authorities say Marvin E. Petersen was taken into custody last week after a number of alleged victims, including family members and neighbors, were interviewed by investigators.  The Spokane County Sheriff's Office tells the "Spokesman-Review" the alleged victims were between four and 13 years of age when they were abused.  Bail for Petersen is set at 100-thousand-dollars, and charges against him include first-degree child rape, child molestation and unlawful imprisonment.

(Portland, OR)  --  A group of protesters in Portland speak their minds to a Black Friday shopping audience.  Hundreds of people associated with the Don't Shoot Portland and Black Lives Matter activist groups were on hand Friday south of Jamison Square in the Pearl District.  The peaceful protest sought to bring attention to allegations of systemic racism in Portland law enforcement.

(Portland, OR)  --  Investigators are looking into several weekend shooting incidents.  Two suspects are in custody after shots were fired early yesterday morning during a party at a home on Southwest Hamilton Street.  One person was hit by gunfire and is recovering in the hospital.  Later, officers responded to several calls by residents reporting shots fired yesterday afternoon near Northeast 83rd and Glisan.   No one was hurt in the afternoon incident.  Police are looking for a teenage suspect in that case.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Police are looking for a missing elderly man.  Stanley Rosenblum was last seen early Saturday morning on Southwest 11th Avenue.  The police bulletin says the 78-year-old is medically fragile and does not know his way around the city.  Anyone with information on Mr. Rosenblum's whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Heidi Helwig with the Portland Police Bureau.

(Portland, OR)  --  The city's fall season leaf pick up service is headed for northwest Portland.  The bureau of transportation says that today's pick up neighborhood is between Lovejoy and Wilson Streets from Northwest 16th to 23rd Avenue.  The city reminds folks that any vehicle will be towed if it is still parked within the designated pick up area on pick up day.  The schedule for other neighborhood pick-ups through December can be found with an online search for 'Leaf Day pick-ups' at PortlandOregon.Org.

(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are dead from injuries they suffered in separate weekend roadway accidents.  Sara Brown died Saturday afternoon when the car in which she was riding made a turn at an intersection on Highway 99W and was broad-sided by another car.  Later the same evening, William Isakson died when his car veered into the opposite lane on Route 212, colliding with an oncoming car.  Responders say there were two others injured in the crashes.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland International Airport officials are reporting normal holiday traffic from this year's Thanksgiving weekend.  The airport remained busier than normal, but air travel nationwide went as smooth as expected as travelers made their ways home from the long holiday weekend.  The Federal Aviation Administration reported delays of no more than 15 minutes at most U.S. airports yesterday.

(Portland, OR)  --  Parts of southwest Oregon are under a winter storm warning until four o'clock this afternoon.  Wasco and Jefferson counties are affected by the storm that could bring up to 15 inches of snow to parts of the Cascades.  The weather slowed travel for many Portland residents returning from the long Thanksgiving weekend.


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