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>>Career Criminal Arrested Following Chase

(Aloha, OR)  --  The Washington County Sheriff's Office says a career criminal is in custody following a chase that ended with a crash.  Deputies say they acted on a tip from a friend of the suspect, Zachery Mayes, who reportedly was planning to commit a crime and was carrying a stolen rifle.  Authorities say Mayes took off after being spotted in his vehicle last night by deputies and crashed the vehicle into a concrete planter in front of a home on Southwest Farmington Road.  Officials say Mayes has an arrest record in Washington County dating back to 2001.

>>Man Accused Of Stabbing Woman In Southeast Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man is facing an attempted-murder charge after being accused of stabbing a woman.  Police allege that 48-year-old Acension [[ ah-SEN-see-OWN ]] Rosales stabbed the 41-year-old woman at a mobile home park on Southeast 142nd at Division Street Tuesday morning.  Officials say the woman is being treated for life-threatening injuries.  Rosales also faces charges of assault and domestic violence.

>>Portland Family Welcomes First Baby Born In 2014

(Portland, OR)  --  Mother and child are doing fine after the birth of Portland's first baby of 2014.  Naythyn Lee Villegas [[ vee-AY-gus ]] was born at Providence Portland Medical Center at nine minutes past midnight on New Year's Day, weighing in at seven pounds, six ounces.  Naythyn's mom, Emilie Stochosky, had to suddenly cancel her pedicure appointment after going into labor Tuesday afternoon.   

>>WA Audit Recommends Smoother Permitting Process

(Olympia, WA)  --  A new report released by the Washington State Auditor's Office says state agencies can do a better job of smoothing out the process of issuing business permits.  The audit contends that agencies should provide more information and assistance to businesses as they apply to obtain various permits.  The auditor's report also says agencies need to let business owners know up front how long it will take to obtain a particular permit and to eliminate bureaucratic red tape that slows the processing of paperwork.  At least one state lawmaker plans to draft legislation to carry out the findings of the audit.

>>Gasoline Prices Up

(Portland, OR)  --  Triple-A is reporting higher fuel prices in the Portland area.  The average for a gallon of regular is just above three-33, more than four cents higher than a week ago.  It's also seven cents above the average at this time last month.

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