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(Salem, OR)  --  Two big Lottery jackpots are up for grabs.  Tonight's Powerball drawing is for a grand prize of 120-million dollars, with a cash option of more than 77-million.  Friday night's Mega Millions drawing will be for a 188-million-dollar jackpot.



(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington Governor Jay Inslee plans to propose legislation that would require all non-Washington residents to pay a sales tax.  Under the proposal, anyone from outside Washington who pays sales tax of more than 25 dollars per year can apply to get a full refund, but any unclaimed money would remain with the State of Washington beginning in fiscal year 2016.  Economic and business consultant William Conerly told KOIN-TV that Inslee is counting on the fact that most Oregonians and others from out of state won't go to the trouble of filling out forms to get that money back.



(Salem, OR)  --  Legal consumption and cultivation of marijuana will be among the laws that will take effect in Oregon in 2015.  The legal pot law will kick in July 1st,  allowing a household to have up to eight ounces of marijuana and to cultivate up to four plants.  However, the legal sale of marijuana won't be allowed until early 2016.  Starting tomorrow, Oregon residents who were convicted of minor marijuana offenses in other states will be able to obtain concealed-carry permits.>>WA Governor Wants Out-of-staters To Pay Sales Tax 



(Florence, OR)  --  Police say a man whose body was found on Baker Beach in Lane County was that of a Washington resident who had been missing.  The body of 27-year-old Bryan McKinney of Wenatchee was found Saturday morning.  Oregon State Police say the body had been in the ocean and washed ashore.  McKinney was reported missing in Wenatchee on December 16th.



(Salem, OR)  --  The Mega Millions jackpot is living up to its name.  Tonight's drawing will be for a grand prize of 172-million dollars.  Lottery officials say the cash option will be more than 108-million.  The last Mega Millions jackpot winner was on November 4th, when the grand prize reached 326-million dollars. 



(Tigard, OR)  --  A damage assessment is taking place in Tigard, where high winds downed trees in the area yesterday.  Four vehicles were crushed by toppling trees and a house gutter was damaged.  Sunshine is forecast for the region for most of this week, but a high wind advisory remains in effect today until six p.m.>>Police ID Body Found In Lane County 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a brother and sister from Northeast Portland who had been reported missing are now safe at home.  Authorities say 12-year-old Alexander Westenberg and his ten-year-old sister, Daria, snuck out of their home yesterday around one p.m.  Family members told police the children were not likely dressed for cold weather.  The kids were found safe late yesterday in the area of Southeast 68th Avenue and Division Street.>>High Winds Cause Damage In Tigard 



(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington's Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program for low-income children appears to be leading to higher test scores in elementary school.  That's according to a study conducted by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy.  The report says higher test scores in math and reading result during elementary school for low-income kids who participate in the early-childhood education program, compared to kids from similar backgrounds who didn't participate.  Children are eligible for the program if their family income is at or below 110 percent of the federal poverty level.



(Rockcreek, OR)  --  Fire officials say a mistake made while mounting a television caused a fire at a home in Washington County.  Authorities say the owner of a home on Northwest Adrian Street in Rockcreek was mounting a TV onto a wall yesterday evening when he accidentally drilled into an electrical panel behind the wall.  Officials say the drill bit hit the breaker, which shorted and sparked the blaze.  A family of six was displaced from the home, but no injuries were reported.



(Tillamook, OR)  --  Authorities are investigating a head-on crash in Tillamook County that sent three people to the hospital.  Officials say the wreck happened Saturday night along Oregon 6 when a car tried to pass in a no-passing zone and slammed into an oncoming vehicle.  The collision injured three people, one of them seriously.  Thirty-four-year-old Amber Maerz [[ mairs ]] of Newberg, who complained of chest pain but declined treatment, was cited for reckless driving.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are still looking for a suspect in the murder of a woman at a Northeast Portland hotel.  Twenty-four-year-old Ashley Renee Benson of Vancouver was found dead in a stairwell Friday morning at the DoubleTree Hotel.  Portland police also say Benson was a victim of sex trafficking.  Anyone with information helpful to investigators is asked to call the Portland Police Bureau.>>Crash Injures Three In Tillamook 



(Undated)  --  A former Portland veterinarian is a free woman after being released from a southeast Asian prison.  Stacey Addison was backpacking around the world when she was arrested in East Timor in September.  A person she was sharing a cab was caught with methamphetamine.  Everyone in the cab was arrested, which left Addison in custody.  The U.S. Embassy assisted in getting her released.  She has yet to return to America.



(Astoria, OR)  --  Astoria police are investigating what they call a "suspicious" death of an elderly man.  The man was found dead early Christmas morning at his home.  Police have yet to release his identity.  One person was home when the man died.  Police say that the person is cooperative, but has not given many details surrounding the man's death.  The case is still under investigation.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police are calling a Christmas shooting in Southeast Portland possibly gang-related.  No injuries were reported after gunfire broke out in the 23-hundred block of Southeast 89th Avenue.  Police are still looking for a gray sedan that had three or four people in it.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  One Beaverton family is dealing with the loss of their home on Christmas, after a fire ripped through it.  Two adult children and their parents escaped the home yesterday, but one of them was hospitalized with serious injuries.  Fire officials say the fire started in a garage that was converted into a bedroom at the home in the 17-thousand block of Southwest Meadowbrook Way.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland lawyer is a national hero after an act of kindness.  Colin Murphy, a civil attorney, gave a Portland man nine-hundred-83 dollars to keep him from becoming a felon.  Murphy didn't know the man, but overheard the details of his case while waiting in a courtroom.  Castor Conley had pled guilty to a felony for selling a stolen truck.  The district attorney offered a plea deal dropping the charge to a misdemeanor if Conley paid restitution.  When Conley showed up to court without the money, Murphy stepped up and offered to pay.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Christmas Grinch has struck in Portland.  Someone stole an inflatable, eight-foot Grinch from the front yard of the Wallace's home on North Depauw Street.  The Grinch is an iconic Dr. Seuss character who stole presents the night of Christmas, but later returned them all.  The Wallace family is hopeful the real live Grinch will return their Christmas decoration.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police are charging a woman with burglary after she was caught allegedly robbing a fire-damaged home and stealing clothes from a laundry room in another incident.  Twenty-five-year-old Debbie Ann Stevenson is known as the "bashful burglar" because of how she allegedly hides her face from security cameras.  She will now have a Christmas holiday to remember after she was stopped by officers on Friday for robbing a home in the 79-hundred block of North Clarendon Avenue in early December.  During the police stop, authorities found the stolen clothes from the laundry room of a nearby apartment complex.



(Portland, OR)  --  "The Interview" is coming to several Oregon theaters after all.  The controversial movie will open tomorrow as planned at Living Room Theaters and The Hollywood Theatre in Portland, among them.  The Seth Rogen-James Franco assassination comedy was originally scrapped from tomorrow's nationwide opening because of its relation to the hacking scandal at Sony Pictures.  Cinetopia in Vancouver plans to show the film, while the Fox Theatre in Dallas has the movie on its schedule for the first week of January.>>"Bashful Burglar" Arrested For Home Robbery, Stealing Clothes



(Portland, OR)  --  In case you haven't noticed, there is only one shopping day left until Christmas, and that's today.  Most Portland stores are open today, but some are closing early for Christmas Eve, so you may want to check ahead.  Walmart locations across Portland close tonight at 8 o'clock as Christmas is the only day of the year the big box giant shuts down.>>Portland Theaters To Show Controversial "The Interview" Film 



(Camas, OR)  --  Police in Camas have arrested two suspected car burglars right in the middle of the act.  Joshua L. Huggins and Destiny L. Ortiz were arrested yesterday when they were caught allegedly breaking into a vehicle.  Police ultimately found hundreds of stolen items from cars and other things purchased with stolen credit cards.



(Portland, OR)  --  A naked man who allegedly grabbed a Taser from a Portland police officer in a park is facing charges of assaulting an officer, indecent exposure and theft.  Lunarness Mendoza was arrested yesterday after the bizarre scene just after noon near Northeast 13th Avenue and Multnomah Street.  Mendoza was found in Holladay Park, where the officer who found him described him to dispatchers as, quote, "pretty darn nude.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police officers are joining the national mourning for three officers who were killed on duty over the weekend.  Acting Police Chief Donna Henderson says officers can voluntarily wear a black band to remember the two New York officers who were shot to death on Saturday and a Florida officer who was shot and killed Sunday.  A spokesman for Portland police says those officers who were killed, quote, "paid the ultimate price.



(Aloha, OR)  --  Washington County deputies take a suspected package thief into custody.  Deputies say a neighbor saw 22-year-old Brandon Vogel take a package off someone's porch.  A witness followed Vogel to his home in Aloha where police found more stolen property, including sports equipment and other toys.  Deputies were able to get the items to their rightful owners by using the shipping labels on the boxes.  Vogel is facing one count each of second and third degree theft.>>Suspected Package Thief Arrested



(Gresham, OR)  --  Police have a man in custody after a stabbing at a Gresham MAX station.  Fifty-year-old Wayne Roberts is charged with assault after police say he stabbed 27-year-old Christopher Schneider multiple times.  Schneider remains hospitalized in critical condition.  Police aren't saying what led up to the stabbing, just that they were called to reports of a fight.  If you have any information, you're asked to call Gresham police. >>Suspected Package Thief Arrested 



(Seaside, OR)  --  Seaside police aren't saying much about the death of a child but they are considering it suspicious.  Authorities have not released the sex or age of the child but say there is no risk to the community.  Police found the child after receiving a 911 call early Saturday morning.  The results of an autopsy are expected to be released today.  No one has been arrested in the case.  Other children in the home where the child lived are all in protective custody. >>Rock Slide Cleared Off Highway 



(Seattle, WA)  --  Seattle-based attorneys are involved in the fallout from a data breach that recently hit Sony Pictures in Hollywood.  The firm Keller Rohrback has filed a federal lawsuit against the movie studio, claiming Sony is liable for the data breach that resulted in the personal information of thousands of employees and their families being posted on the Internet.  Law firm partner Gretchen Cappio told KIRO-TV that Sony was aware its computer security system was vulnerable because of a previous data breach.  U.S. officials say North Korea is behind the latest data breach. 



(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington's unemployment rate is slightly higher.  The state Employment Security Department says the jobless rate in November was six-point-two percent, up from six percent in October.  The increase happened despite an estimated 68-hundred new jobs being created from October to November.  Officials say there was an increase in the number of new job seekers entering into the labor market's civilian workforce



(Jefferson, OR)  --  Marion County authorities have a man in custody after his father died in a fire in the community of Jefferson.  Thirty-six-year-old John Duran is facing charges of second-degree manslaughter, reckless burning, and recklessly endangering another, in the death of 81-year-old Candido Duran.  The fire was reported around three a.m. yesterday at a duplex on Jefferson Highway 99E.  Authorities say John Duran escaped the fire, as did three other people in the adjacent apartment.



(Longview, WA)  --  A woman is slated to spend nine years behind bars for a wrong-way crash that killed a man in Longview.  Nichole McCaslin pleaded guilty last week to multiple charges, in the death of 47-year-old Brett Dawdy in the February collision involving four vehicles on Tennant Way.  Two other people were seriously injured and five more sustained less serious injuries.  Prosecutors say McCaslin told a paramedic she had two beers at a Longview bar before the crash. >>Man Accused In Father's Death In Duplex Fire 



 
(Salem, OR)  --  The Mega Millions grand prize is rolling over, after none of the tickets sold for last night's drawing matched all the numbers pulled.  The jackpot for the drawing tomorrow night will be 125-million dollars, with a cash option of more than 80-million.  That's far below the largest-ever Mega Millions jackpot, which reached 656-million dollars in March 2012. 


(Bellevue, WA)  --  Washington Governor Jay Inslee says he wants to generate 12-billion dollars in revenue to fund state transportation projects.  The governor says some of that revenue would come from implementing a 400-million-dollar-a-year "carbon pollution charge" on industrial polluters.  He says the 12-billion-dollar package would also be funded through bonds, tolls, and other fees.  Inslee is introducing portions of his proposed two-year budget this week before he submits the entire package to lawmakers tomorrow.



(Longview, WA)  --  A man accused of being a "serial peeper" is slated to spend three-and-a-half years behind bars.  Twenty-eight-year-old Dosson Robert McGee pleaded guilty in October to two counts of voyeurism, and received his sentence yesterday.  Prosecutors say McGee watched a teenaged girl through her bedroom window.  McGee was previously convicted of voyeurism in 2008 and of a sexual act involving a sleeping girl in 2007. >>Inslee Proposing "Carbon Pollution Charge" 



(Forest Grove, OR)  --  A man is facing charges after being accused of assaulting his girlfriend's three-year-old son.  Forest Grove police say the toddler is listed in serious condition after being found unconscious at a local residence Monday.  Authorities say 30-year-old Wesley Allen Steagall already had a warrant out for his arrest when he was taken into custody.  The boy's injuries are considered potentially life-threatening.



(Salem, OR)  --  The Mega Millions jackpot is well above the 100-million-dollar mark.  Tonight's drawing is for a grand prize of 113-million dollars, or a cash option of more than 71-million.  There hasn't been a Mega Millions jackpot winner since November 4th.
 


(Seattle, WA)  --  Washington Governor Jay Inslee is introducing parts of his agenda for the 2015-17 budget, and it includes teacher pay raises and reducing class sizes in grades K-through-three.  Under Inslee's proposal, early-childhood education and K-12 funding would be increased by more than two-billion dollars.  The governor also proposes freezing in-state tuition for two more years at Washington's four-year and community and technical colleges.>>Mega Millions Drawing For $113 Million 
 


(Portland, OR)  --  An 82-year-old Milwaukee man is being sought by police after being reported missing.  Authorities say John Joseph McKeon, who suffers from dementia, hasn't been seen since he left a US Bank branch on Southeast 47th Avenue in Portland around 9:30 a.m. yesterday.  Police say McKeon failed to pick up his wife from a doctor's appointment at ten a.m. as scheduled.  Officials say McKeon, who's described as white, six-feet-one, and weighing 210 pounds, was driving a gray 2010 Hyundai Elantra with Oregon plates 058-FNC. >>Inslee Wants Teacher Raises, Smaller K-3 Class Sizes 



Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating after a man was found dead in a home in Northeast Portland.  Authorities say the death of the 41-year-old man is considered suspicious.  The body was found yesterday in the house in the 900 block of 122nd Avenue.  The man's name hasn't been released. >>Police: Missing Milwaukee Man Has Dementia 



(Seattle, WA)  --  San Francisco is out of playoff contention after its 17-7 loss at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks.  Marshawn Lynch scored one touchdown and Russell Wilson passed for another to help the Seahawks earn their second victory of the season over the 49ers.  Lynch gained 91 yards on 21 carries.  The Seahawks are only one game back of the division-leading Cardinals, and the two teams will play in Arizona next Sunday night. 
 


(Portland, OR)  --  Prices at the gas pump in the Portland area continue to decline.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular is just below two-80 a gallon, down nearly 13 cents from a week ago.  The national average for regular is about two-55 a gallon.  



(Vancouver, WA)  --  A man is facing charges for trying to evade Vancouver police following a traffic stop.  Authorities say the man, who was driving a stolen car, fled after an officer tried to pull him over along Northeast 72nd Avenue around 10:05 yesterday morning.  Police say the driver struck a turning vehicle and crashed into two unoccupied, parked cars.  Officials say 20-year-old Joshua Roland fled on foot to a nearby apartment complex, but was tracked down and arrested at a nearby apartment complex. >>Gasoline Prices Slide 
 


(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say a protester was at fault when he was injured by a passing driver while blocking the roadway during a demonstration Saturday afternoon.  Authorities say 19-year-old Julian Rist and about 30 other people were blocking traffic in the area of West Burnside and 10th Avenue Saturday afternoon, when Rist was hit and slightly injured by a passing vehicle.  The driver called 911 after hitting Rist.  Police issued Rist a citation.>Man Arrested After Crashing Into Three Vehicles 



(Olympia, WA)  --  Shellfish harvested over a period of about three weeks from a portion of Hammersley Inlet in Mason County, Washington are being recalled.  The Washington State Department of Health closed shellfish harvesting in the area after at least a dozen people who ate raw oysters last month had symptoms often linked to norovirus.  The recall covers all shellfish harvested in the affected area from November 10th to December 5th and sent to Oregon, California, and ten other states.  Officials say a leaking septic system is believed to have been the source of the contamination. 
 


(Jackson County, OR)  --  Authorities say a man who was hiking to Arizona is a casualty of intense wind storms that swept through the Northwest yesterday.  Officials say 40-year-old Phillip Crosby died in southern Oregon, shortly after the tree fell on his tent around 5:30 yesterday morning.  Crosby and his 18-year-old son were camped about a mile from Mount Ashland, just north of the California line. 
 high winds caused the tree to fall.


(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say a teenager was killed after a tree fell on the car he was in, which caused the car to swerve and slam into another tree.  Authorities say the boy died following the crash yesterday evening near the intersection of Southwest Terwilliger Boulevard and Castleridge Lane.  A woman who was in the car was taken to a hospital, where she's being treated for life-threatening injuries



(Portland, OR)  --  Power outages caused by high winds that swept through the Northwest last night are still affecting thousands of customers in the Portland metro area.  Most of the outages are in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Clark, and Marion counties.  The outages were reported after winds of 60 miles an hour and more swept through the Portland and Vancouver areas.  Portland General Electric, Clark Public Utilities, and Pacific Power crews are continuing to work on getting electricity restored throughout the region. 



(Milwaukie, OR)  --  Sheriff's deputies continue to investigate what's believed to have been a murder-suicide near Milwaukie.  Twenty-eight-year-old Tyson Stockton and his wife, 29-year-old Whichelle Stockton, were found dead Monday evening at a home on Southeast Lake Road.  Detectives believe Tyson Stockton killed his wife and then himself.  Anyone with information helpful to the investigation is asked to call the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office tip line at 503-723-4949.



(Portland, OR)  --  Mayor Charlie Hales is asking the Portland City Council to approve the bidding process on body cameras for the Portland Police Bureau.  Hales says he wants officers outfitted with the cameras by next fall.  A spokesman for the Police Bureau tells KATU-TV that Chief Mike Reese would like to have all 600 officers wear the cameras, but it's not known yet how much the bureau would receive in federal money for the program.



(Portland, OR)  --  A city audit says figures released regarding ridership aboard Portland streetcars were overstated by about 19 percent.  The audit says the report, issued by Portland Streetcar Incorporated, also contained a false claim that nearly every vehicle arrived on time.  "The Oregonian" reports that according to the audit, ridership from July 2013 through June 2014 was more than one-million passengers less than the five-point-six-million riders originally reported.



(Boring, OR)  --  Clackamas County sheriff's deputies are looking for a man who's believed to have exposed himself to multiple victims.  Authorities say the suspect drove by women who were out for walks or working in their yards, and got out of his pickup truck naked.  Officials say four such incidents were reported in unincorporated areas of the county between November 17th and December 9th.  The man is described as white, in his early- to mid-20s, with a thin, muscular build, short, brown hair, and sharp facial features.



(Portland, OR)  --  It looks like the last-ditch effort to reverse Measure 92 has failed.  A Multnomah County judge has denied a request for a temporary restraining order on the state's recount from last month's election.  The measure that would have required the labeling of genetically modified foods failed by a little more than 800 votes.  Supporters of the measure had filed a lawsuit on Monday to fight for 46-hundred ballots to be counted that they say were unfairly rejected from the November 4th election. 
 


(Newport, OR)  --  Prosecutors are accusing the woman who threw her son off the Yaquina Bay Bridge last month of planning the murder.  Jillian McCabe searched Google for the terms "guilty but insane" and "not guilty by reason of insanity" just prior to killing her six-year-old son, London, when she dropped him off the bridge.  A mental health evaluation for McCabe is set for later this month. 


(Portland, OR)  --  Joggers and trail walkers near Hoyt Arboretum are on extra alert after a woman reportedly was grabbed by a man there.  Park rangers did not report finding a suspect on the trail after the report, however, but others using the trail spread the word to be extra careful. 


(Oregon City, OR)  --  The search is on for a missing Milwaukie man who has not returned from a weekend camping trip on Mount Hood.  Thirty-one-year-old Gerren Kirk told his family he would be home on Saturday but did not tell them his exact destination.  Family members became worried on Sunday when he didn't come home, and they alerted authorities. 
 


(Beaverton, OR)  --  A predatory sex offender in Beaverton is in police custody today on a parole warrant.  Beaverton police arrested Shawn John Cutler after he didn't return to the Washington County Corrections Center in Hillsboro.  He was found walking in the road at Northwest Bethany Boulevard and U.S. 26. 


(Salem, OR)  --  The leader of the Oregon Senate's GOP caucus is keeping his spot for the upcoming session.  Ted Ferrioli of John Day was chosen to retain his position Monday by his Republican colleagues.  Republicans lost two seats in the November elections, dropping from 14 to 12 seats in the 30-member Senate.  Ferrioli has been in the position for ten years. 


(Salem, OR)  --  The state land board is looking to sell Elliott State Forest.  Officials said Tuesday they want to sell the forest to another government agency or public-private partnership.  Selling the forest would end the state's arrangement to log it to generate money for public schools.  The state has come under fire from environmental groups who want the forest managed for conservation and recreation. 
 


(Portland, OR)  --  A recent lawsuit claims Portland's street fee plan wouldn't properly tax some businesses.  The lawsuit was filed Tuesday by a neighborhood group hoping to obtain city records. The group says the records would show that the proposal wouldn't adequately tax transportation companies in the state.  The lawsuit claims almost 100-million dollars in taxes over six years are at stake.


(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland proposal would limit or eliminate new street fees paid by small businesses.  The city council will review on Wednesday the latest iteration of the Portland Street Fund.  Recent changes to the proposal would allow businesses with revenues under 50-thousand dollars to pay only 36-dollars per year.  The changes would reduce annual revenue for transportation projects by about two-million dollars.' 


(Undated)  --  Transportation officials aren't ready to provide a cost estimate to reopen Highway 224 after a fire closed sections of it last month.  The Portland Tribune is reporting that tree removal will begin this week but it's unknown how much the effort will cost.  The 36 Pit Fire, which burned for more than a month this fall, caused the highway to close between mileposts 31 and 38. Geologists are continuing to assess the area for rock fall risk. 
 


(Wilsonville, OR)  --  The owner of a Wilsonville bakery says a credit company doctored parts of a contract she signed.  She told KGW News that a salesman from Securus Payments got her to sign a contract for a high-tech cash register system, then never fulfilled his end of the bargain.  She's getting billed for 48 months for the machine and says that a copy she requested of the contract had white-out on it and words that weren't in her handwriting.  Securus Payments has an "F" rating with the Better Business Bureau. 


(Portland, OR)  --  Protestors are having mixed feelings after meeting with the mayor about police brutality.  Mayor Charlie Hales met with members of the Don't Shoot Portland organization on Tuesday to discuss recent demonstrations.  Some protestors told KGW News that they were pleased with the discussion, while others felt the meeting wasn't helpful.  The mayor's office said he plans to meet with leaders of the group once a month. 
 


(Lane County, OR)  --  A Lane County man will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing his girlfriend.  A judge sentenced the man to life in prison on Tuesday after a jury found him guilty.  Hikers found the body of his girlfriend in Umpqua National Forest in July.  The man was found guilty of murder, abuse of a corpse and second-degree assault. 


(Portland, OR)  --  Protestors are planning to meet with the mayor to discuss recent demonstrations downtown.  Members of the group Don't Shoot Portland will meet Tuesday with Mayor Charlie Hales to talk about protests related to the shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.  About 125 people are expected to attend.  City officials are set to meet Wednesday to discuss plans to equip Portland officers with body cameras.
 



(Vancouver, WA)  --  A man is facing vehicular homicide charges after hitting and killing a recently identified woman in Vancouver.  Police said 57-year-old Anita Walters was struck and killed Monday morning.  Witnesses said the driver hit a car on Interstate 205 before exiting and striking Walters.  The driver didn't stop immediately after hitting Walters but crashed his car nearby before being arrested.



(Salem, OR)  --  Lawmakers want to help homeowners replace old, dirty wood stoves to reduce pollution.  Legislation introduced Monday could lead to incentives for homeowners to switch to new, cleaner wood stoves.  The state currently requires homeowners only replace old stoves when selling a property.  Studies show that wood smoke can cause health problems and is a major source of pollution.



(Portland, OR)  --  Plans are being pushed back for a new transit line from Portland to Tualatin.  A committee voted Monday to push back the plans by a year-and-a-half to allow for further study.  The decision comes after voters passed initiatives banning such projects without a public vote.  The committee's next meeting is set for February.



(Seattle, WA)  --  A Seattle woman can't believe that the officer who punched her while she was handcuffed won't be facing charges.  The woman told King 5 News that she thinks the officer should be fired for breaking her eye socket and causing a concussion.  Police investigated and found that the officer violated policy, but the prosecutor's office declined to file charges.  Police say the woman was drunk and kicked the officer while he was arresting her.



(Salem, OR)  --  Salem police are investigating pictures reportedly showing an officer sleeping in a patrol car.  A department spokesman told KATU News that the officer has not been removed from active duty.  The photographer said he was getting coffee when he noticed the officer.  Police have not revealed the officer's identity.



(Columbia County, OR)  --  Two Columbia County cattle operators will pay more than 100-thousand dollars in fines for neglect.  The men were sentenced Thursday to five years probation for the neglect of 170 cattle that were found severely malnourished and mistreated.  The men have also been banned from owning livestock.



(Portland, OR)  --  Goodbye, Oracle America. Hello, Kentucky.  The State of Oregon is getting rid of its Medicaid enrollment program in favor of a successful system built by Kentucky.  State officials told lawmakers about the change yesterday after the state wasted 240-million-dollars in federal funds to obtain and build the Oracle system.  Kentucky has been running one of the nation's most successful state exchanges.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Yes on Measure 92 campaign isn't giving up hope on changing the outcome of last month's election.  Backers filed a lawsuit yesterday, claiming 46-hundred ballots of disenfranchised voters were not counted.  That's crucial since the measure requiring labeling of genetically altered foods failed by only 812 votes.  The narrow margin has already triggered a recount.



(McMinnville, OR)  --  Yamhill County's District Attorney's Office is ruling last month's deadly stabbing of a Linfield College student at a 7-Eleven a random attack.  Authorities have also cleared officers in the deadly shooting of the assailant minutes after the attack.  Parker Moore was stabbed in the November 15th attack.  Officers then shot and killed Joventino Bermudez-Arenas.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Investigators are still looking for the hit-and-run driver who caused the big weekend crash on Interstate 205 that seriously injured one driver and caused a backup for hours.  Authorities are looking for a white pickup that was driving erratically before causing a crash that has left one man with life-threatening injuries.  It happened Sunday morning just north of the Glenn L. Jackson Memorial Bridge.



(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities are blaming a hash oil explosion for burning a man in Southeast Portland yesterday morning.  The man was hospitalized after the explosion caused some structure damage to his apartment on Southeast Powell Boulevard.  Firefighters checked the building to make sure it was safe for other tenants.
 



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Portland commuters headed into Vancouver on Interstate 205 are hoping for better luck today after a crash shut the highway down for hours yesterday morning.  A Good Samaritan was seriously injured while helping another victim of a hit-and-run just north of the Glenn L. Jackson Memorial Bridge.  The resulting mess tied up traffic for nearly five hours.  The initial hit-and-run also sparked an hours-long search for a white Ford pickup truck.



(Veneta, OR)  --  Law enforcement officials in central Oregon are combing the state looking for a woman who has been missing for a week and may be in need of medical attention.  Authorities are looking for 31-year-old Jennifer Louise Castro.  She was last seen last week in Lane County, about two hours south of Portland.  Authorities say Castro has long black hair and is five-feet-ten and about 120 pounds.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police are identifying the motorcycle rider who died in a crash over the weekend.  Peter Todd Davies was killed and his passenger was injured when they crashed on Interstate 84 early Saturday morning.  Passenger Jessica Dunn was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.  The crash happened as the pair was headed eastbound at the exit to southbound Interstate 205.



(Portland, OR)  --  A family is counting their blessings after none of them was seriously injured when their SUV rolled over on Interstate 205.  Portland police said a local man helped pull three children from the vehicle Sunday after it swerved into the median near Southeast Foster Road.  Two of the children and their mother, the driver, were bleeding from the head after the collision and were transported for medical examination.



(Gresham, OR)  --  Police are investigating after thieves broke into an ATM at a Greshham Walgreens.  Police said the suspects used a pickup truck Sunday morning to smash their way through the glass front doors of the store.  Police arrived to find 20-dollar bills scattered on the ground and the thieves already gone.  Investigators said it's unknown how much money was stolen.



(Portland, OR)  --  A person driving over a fire hose didn't stop crews from battling a blaze at a Portland house.  Fire officials were able to extinguish the Saturday fire, but they're reminding drivers not to run over fire hoses for safety reasons.  The hoses can be damaged or even rupture, leaving firefighters in a potentially life-threatening situation.  No one was injured in the fire.



(Portland, OR)  --  Two men are facing robbery charges after allegedly stealing a man's phone but returning his empty wallet.  Police said the victim was walking home from a transit center when the suspects told him to hand over his wallet.  After see it was empty, the suspects allegedly gave it back and one pointed a gun at the victim, demanding his phone.  The suspects have pleaded not guilty to second-degree robbery charges.



(Seattle, WA)  --  Health officials are giving the all-clear after an Ebola scare in Seattle.  Authorities say a King County man who returned from a trip from Mali was declared free of the potentially deadly virus.  The 52-year-old man was sent home yesterday after spending Saturday night in isolation.



(Portland, OR)  --  A charity is making sure the pets of local homeless people stay warm this winter.  The Portland Animal Welfare Team, or PAWTeam, has organized a drive to collect coats for dogs.  People can donate new or used coats for dogs of all sizes.  Veterinarians are also donating their time and services as part of the event.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  A Beaverton man is in custody in connection with a hit-and-run that left an 82-year-old man seriously injured.  Police say Walter Wiese was picking up his mail Tuesday across the street from his home on Southwest Beef Bend Road, when he was hit by a Mazda 3 that immediately fled the scene.  Police say an anonymous tip led to the arrest last night of 42-year-old Joe Louis Davis.  Davis was booked into the Washington County Jail on a charge of failure to perform the duties of a driver.



(Clackamas County, OR)  --  A man who's accused of pulling off a series of bank robberies is in custody.  Police say Narong Duangchathom of Portland was arrested following a holdup at a Chase bank in the Fred Meyer store at Southeast 82nd Avenue and Otty Road.  Authorities say the suspect is linked to three other bank robberies dating back to November 20th.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Following a vote by the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners, the minimum wage for county employees will reach 15 dollars an hour within three years.  The agreement, which is part of a collective-bargaining deal with the union representing county employees, makes Multnomah County the first county and the largest public employer in the state to adopt a 15-dollar minimum wage.  Under the agreement, employees making the county's minimum wage of eleven-99 will get retroactive raises to 13 dollars an hour this year, 14 dollars in fiscal 2016, and 15 dollars per hour the following year.



(Portland, OR)  --  Fuel prices in the Portland area continue to fall.  Triple-A reports the average for a gallon of regular fell a penny-and-a-half overnight, to just over two-95.  That's about a nickel below the average of a week ago.  The national average for regular is about two-71 a gallon.



(Portland, OR)  --  The family of a two-year-old is suing Washington Square Mall in Tigard after the child's fingers were severed in an escalator.  The lawsuit is seeking one-point-two-million dollars in damages.  The suit claims the mall's owner and the company servicing the escalator failed to properly maintain and operate it.  The toddler was injured during the incident on August 20th.



(Happy Valley, OR)  --  Happy Valley could lose its police department.  Voters have narrowly defeated a tax measure that would have guaranteed funding for the town's police force for five years.  Under the measure, a property tax of a dollar-65 per one-thousand dollars of assessed value would have been implemented to fund police services provided on a contract basis by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.  Officials say they'll likely have a similar measure on the ballot in May.



(Keiser, OR)  --  A single mother of three is one-million dollars richer.  Karen Crider, who's a waitress from Salem, received a call last Friday from Old Navy, who told her she won the company's Overnight Millionaire Sweepstakes after being one of the first 100 people in line the day before.  Crider received a big check representing the prize yesterday at the Keizer Old Navy.  She says she plans to buy a new house to get her family out of the small duplex where they live.



(Goldendale, WA)  --  Klickitat County officials say a man and his two children were found dead following a house fire in Goldendale.  The coroner's office says 34-year-old Thomas G. Blakely, seven-year-old Kyra Blakely, and five-year-old Thomas Evan Blakely died in the blaze, which was reported at 2:30 yesterday morning at the home on North Mill Street.  The children's mother wasn't home at the time.  Investigators say it appears the fire was caused by faulty electrical wiring.



(Portland, OR)  --  The decline in gasoline prices continues steadily in the Portland area.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is just under two-97 a gallon, a penny below yesterday's average.  The national average for regular is about two-73 a gallon.



(Salem, OR)  --  The recount is underway for Oregon's Measure 92.  The measure would require labeling of all food made with genetically-altered ingredients.  After the initial vote count ended, the measure was defeated by less than a thousand votes, triggering an automatic recount under state law.  The recount deadline is December 12th.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  An Oregon group is asking Fred Meyer to ban customers from openly carrying guns in its stores.  The group, called "Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America," delivered a petition yesterday to Fred Meyer headquarters in Portland.  The group says it delivered about 18-thousand signatures collected from people in states where Fred Meyer has locations.  Group representatives told "The Oregonian" that its goals include raising public awareness about what it calls "lax gun laws" and to change gun policies at businesses that families patronize.



(Olympia, WA)  --  State officials say about six-thousand Washingtonians who renewed their health coverage through the state's Healthplanfinder website have been told that their plans for next year have been cancelled.  Health Benefit Exchange CEO Richard Onizuka told KING-5 that it's possible that the system integrator, Deloitte, ran an automated enrollment cancellation process in error.  Onizuka says the state is working now to get those accounts back on line.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police continue to investigate a crash that killed a 40-year-old pedestrian on I-205 in Portland.  Authorities say Ritchie Dodge was hit while he tried to cross the southbound lanes of the freeway in the area of the Killingsworth-Sandy-Columbia off-ramp around 6:30 p.m. Monday.  Portland police say Dodge was seen earlier in the northbound lanes of I-205 and may have been panhandling.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man who trained with the Tuskegee Airmen in World War Two is dead at age 94.  Carl Diez [[ dies ]] was a lifelong Portland resident, who graduated from Franklin High School and the University of Portland.  He went through training to fly with the famous African-American fighter pilots, but was unable to participate in the European Theater of operations because of a depth-perception problem.  Services for Deiz will be held Friday at noon at St. Philip the Deacon Episcopal Church at 120 Northeast Knott.



(Portland, OR)  --  Efforts to determine what caused the deaths of dozens of crows in Portland is drawing national interest.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is looking to determine what caused the crows to die last week in Portland parks.  An Audubon Society preliminary examination shows the crows had corn in their systems.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will try to find out whether the corn was poisoned.



(Portland, OR)  --  Prices at the gas pump are still dropping in the Portland area.  Triple-A's latest survey shows the average for regular is just under two-98 a gallon, down more than a half-cent from yesterday.  It's also about four cents below the average of a week ago.  The national average for regular is about two-75 a gallon.





(Boring, OR)  --  A man suspected of murdering a Clackamas County weighmaster is in custody in Los Angeles.  Authorities say Dirck Morgan White was critically wounded Sunday night when Los Angeles police returned fire after he shot at them.  White is accused of shooting Grady Waxenfelter to death along Highway 224 in Boring on February 6th and then fleeing the scene.  He's currently under police guard while being treated.



(Eugene, OR)  --  A strike may be possible at the University of Oregon in Eugene.  Parties on both sides say mediation has failed to render a solution between the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation and the university.  The union says the main point of contention in the negotiations is paid medical and parental leave for graduate student employees.  Interim President Scott Coltrane says he expects grad student employees to begin striking today.



(Troutdale, OR)  --  Troutdale police say they've arrested a man who shot a gun into the air after threatening to shoot his girlfriend.  Officers were dispatched early yesterday morning after reports of a gun being shot outside a house in the area of 23rd Street and Southeast Lewellyn Avenue.  Police say there were no reports of property damage, but the shooter and another person were taken into custody.  The accused shooter is facing multiple charges.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating a crash that killed a pedestrian on I-205 in Portland.  All southbound lanes on the highway were closed yesterday after a man was killed near the Killingswoth Street off-ramp.  Authorities say the man died after being hit in the southbound lanes, possibly after panhandling in the northbound lanes.  All lanes of I-205 were reopened by around 8:40 p.m.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  Police say two Beaverton High School students are suspected of posting threats online via social media.  KPTV reports that police patrols are being stepped up at the school, but authorities say it's not likely that any students will face threats if they attend classes today.  The threats reportedly contained messages to people to bring guns to the school and to "shoot anyone else they hate."  Police say the suspects could be facing first-degree disorderly conduct charges.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Prices at the gas pump are still on the decline in the Portland area.  The average for regular is just over two-98 a gallon, down a penny from yesterday's average.  It's also three cents below the average at this time last week.



(Portland, OR)  --  Hundreds of people are protesting the Ferguson case in Portland.  The Reverend Jesse Jackson spoke to a crowd that grew to more than a thousand people Saturday night near the Justice Center.  They were demonstrating against the grand jury's decision one week ago not to charge a white police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black teen.  A stand-off between police and protestors happened near Pioneer Courthouse Square later in the night, and ten people were arrested.



(Portland, OR)  --  Three people are recovering from stab wounds after a large fight broke out in Portland.  The incident happened early yesterday morning outside a home near Northeast 126th and Clackamas Street.  According to police, two of the victims were expected to survive, but the third one suffered more serious injuries.  They're looking for the suspect, who's described as a white or Hispanic male in his 20s.
 



(Salem, OR)  --  A North Salem high school teacher is accused of sending lewd text messages to a minor.  Twenty-five-year-old Ivan Hallstead was arrested Friday for allegedly texting the child and trying to lure them for sex.  He's a part-time percussion instructor in the Salem Keizer School District and also teaches private lessons at Guitar World in Keizer.  An investigation is ongoing.
 



(Newport, OR)  --  A fishing crew is lucky to be alive after the Coast Guard rescued them when their boat sank off the Oregon coast.  Five people aboard the Blazer sent a mayday call around 4:30 a.m. Saturday to inform the Coast Guard their boat was taking on water west of Siletz Bay.  The crew then put on cold water immersion suits and climbed onto a life raft.  Three people were rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter and the other two by a Coast Guard boat.  Three of the crew had minor injuries.



(Portland, OR)  --  The white Portland police sergeant caught on camera embracing a black Ferguson protestor is speaking out about the heartfelt hug that's been shared around the world.  Sergeant Bret Barnum tells KGW-TV he couldn't pass up the kid who had a sign around his neck that read "free hugs."  He says 12-year-old Devonte Hart was frightened by the protestors and police, but he reassured the boy that something good would come out of the situation.  The snapshot of the pair's tearful hug has spread faster than any other picture taken in the aftermath of last week's grand jury decision.
 



(Clackamas, OR)  --  Clackamas police are looking into a shooting at the Town Center Mall.  They say a man was shot and several vehicles were bullet sprayed in the parking lot of Dave and Busters yesterday morning.  Police say the victim was released from the hospital and is not cooperating with the investigation.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A family of three is temporarily homeless after a fire that tore through their Hillsboro home.  Firefighters say it started in the garage and then spread yesterday afternoon.  They say most of the family's furniture is salvageable.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A man suspected of DUI is accused of trashing a business.  Police say Adrian Johnson crashed his car through the front doors of a business on Northeast Sand and 33rd at around 2:30 Saturday morning.  Nobody was reported hurt.



(Portland, OR)  --  The holiday season is officially underway in Portland.  Thousands of Portlanders braved the weather Friday night to watch the lighting of the tree at Pioneer Courthouse Square.  The 75-foot tree has more than 14-thousand LED lights.



(Albany, OR)  --  Oregon State Police are still investigating a crash on Highway 20 near Albany where two people died.  They say 45-year-old Elizabeth Maye either stopped or was stopping to try to turn across traffic when she was rear-ended Friday night.  Her vehicle was then struck head-on by a Honda Odyssey.  Elizabeth Maye and her passenger Amanda Maye-Strawn died at the scene.



(Portland, OR)  --  A few protesters face charges from violence that erupted after a rally attended by Reverend Jesse Jackson.  Some took to the streets after Jackson's speech.  Police say they arrested some in the group who laid down in the street and refused orders to clear.  Seven were booked into jail on disorderly conduct charges.


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