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(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Mayor Charlie Hales is implementing a suspension of all city-funded travel to Indiana.  Hales made the announcement yesterday in response to a new Indiana law that's intended to protect businesses who practice their religious beliefs, but is being slammed by critics as an excuse to discriminate against gays and lesbians.  The Portland City Council is slated to take up the issue tomorrow.  Washington Governor Inslee has issued a ban on state-funded travel to Indiana.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  One of the most popular animals at the Oregon Zoo is dead after being euthanized.  The Indian elephant named Rama was put to sleep after veterinarians determined that pain and mobility problems related to a 25-year-old leg injury were too much for him to bear any longer.  Zoo officials say Rama was diagnosed in 2013 with tuberculosis, but the disease wasn't a factor leading up to his being put down.



(Gresham, OR)  --  Police continue to search for a Gresham woman who's been missing since March 24th.  Authorities say that's when 74-year-old Diane Holcom was last seen at her home, and family members fear she's become lost and is having a difficult time finding her way back home.  Holcom is described as white, five-feet-ten, weighing 130 pounds, with blonde hair.  Anyone knowing Diane Holcom's whereabouts is asked to call 503-823-3333.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say they've arrested a man who was armed with knives and in mental crisis outside Lloyd Center mall.  Police Bureau Sergeant Pete Simpson told "The Oregonian" the man called 911 and threatened to hurt police, and claimed to have a gun.  After speaking with police negotiators for about two hours, the man surrendered and was taken to a hospital.  Simpson says the man will be undergoing a mental evaluation.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Sheriff's deputies say an inmate has committed suicide at the Clark County Jail.  Officials say the inmate was found in his cell, unresponsive, around 5:05 p.m. yesterday.  Medical staff attempted to revive the man, but he was pronounced dead about 20 minutes later.  The Regional Major Crimes Team is investigating.



(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon lawmakers are considering a measure that would ban powdered alcohol in the state.  The alcoholic drink mix, known as Palcohol, is already banned in five other states.  Supporters of the bill say the substance would lead to increases in alcohol abuse, especially among kids.  Lawmakers in Washington are considering a similar bill.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  TriMet officials say five new buses are in service in the Portland area.  The new vehicles are replacing five of the oldest buses in the TriMet fleet, as part of the transit agency's accelerated bus-replacement program.  The "Portland Tribune" reports TriMet's budget for next year is calling for the purchase of 77 more new buses, which would give the transit service 326 newer buses on the road.
 



(Jefferson, OR)  --  A Linn County man accused of shooting at his former girlfriend is in custody.  Marion County sheriff's deputies say 35-year-old Evan Anderson went to his ex-girlfriend's home in Jefferson yesterday morning and kicked the door in, then fired shots at the woman.  No injuries were reported.  Authorities say they're processing evidence at related crime scenes from Jefferson to Millersburg.



(Milwaukie, OR)  --  Officials say the same home in Milwaukie was damaged by fire on two consecutive days.  The second fire, which broke out early yesterday morning, required 22 firefighters to extinguish.  Investigators are trying to determine how the house, located in the 45-hundred block of Southeast Harrison, caught fire.  No injuries were reported in either blaze.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges after jumping into the Willamette River to escape police.  Authorities say the man was spotted yesterday morning, apparently trying to steal wire from an electrical box on Southeast Water Avenue near the Tillikum Crossing bridge.  Police say the man was told he was under arrest, then he ran toward the river and jumped in.  The man was later apprehended when found hiding in bushes along the bank of the river, and was taken to a hospital to ensure he wasn't hypothermic.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland City Council is slated this week to consider an ordinance dealing with expansion of affordable housing in the city.  The measure would commit the city of Portland to buying an additional one-acre parcel in the North Macadam area for affordable housing within the next eight years.  The "Portland Tribune" reports the proposal appears to be part of a deal between Commissioner Nick Fish and Mayor Charlie Hales to reconfigure several of Portland's urban renewal areas.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A man who's accused of hitting a woman who was flagging traffic in a Southeast Portland construction zone is free after pleading not guilty.  Authorities believe 48-year-old Patrick Miller was huffing laughing gas before he hit Margot Davis as she stood on a sidewalk near the intersection of Southeast Division and 68th Avenue Wednesday.  Davis is listed in critical condition.  Miller was released from custody yesterday because he doesn't have a significant criminal record.



(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon's director of legal marijuana programs is out of a job.  "The Oregonian" reports the state Liquor Control Board has dismissed Tom Burns, who was on the job for three months.  He was responsible for the implementation of the state's medical marijuana dispensary program, and had been working to move Oregon toward establishing a market for legalized recreational marijuana.  There's been no official word on the reason for Burns being ousted.
 



(Clackamas, OR)  --  A suspect in a number of indecent-exposure crimes in Clackamas County is in custody.  Authorities say Michael Gordon Dick may be connected to various indecent-exposure reports, most recently in Gresham.  Clackamas County sheriff's deputies say most of those incidents were reported between Thanksgiving Day and December 9th of last year.  Dick, who's a registered sex offender, is facing three counts of public indecency.



(Salem, OR)  --  A Keizer teenager is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to shooting his mother to death and wounding his father.  Eighteen-year-old Brett Pearson entered guilty pleas yesterday to charges of aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder, and conspiracy to commit aggravated murder.  Michelle Pearson died in the March 2014 shooting, and Bill Pearson was seriously wounded but survived.  Brett Pearson is scheduled to be sentenced in August, and a second suspect in the case, Robert Miller, is slated to go on trial later this year.



(Portland, OR)  --  The mayor's office is considering establishing a homeless camp on Portland's east side.  A spokesperson for Mayor Charlie Hales says the camp would ideally be patterned after the Right to Dream Too facility.  Officials told KGW-TV that a number of possible locations are being looked at.  The mayor's office says the location that's chosen must be accessible to mass transit, have access to service providers, and must be accepted by residents in the area.



(Aloha, OR)  --  Sheriff's deputies say a woman who was found dead in Aloha was a local businesswoman who had been reported missing.  Authorities say 44-year-old Tamara Springer was found Tuesday, lying near a water tower on Southwest Kemmer Road.  The medical examiner says Springer likely died of either an alcohol overdose or hypothermia.  She had reportedly suffered from depression and alcoholism.



(Portland, OR)  --  Drivers in Portland continue to pay less for gasoline.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is about two-77 a gallon, which is a penny-and-a-half lower than yesterday's average.  It's also about seven cents a gallon cheaper than a week ago.
 



(Salem, OR)  --  A bill that would require many employers in Oregon to provide paid sick days for workers is advancing.  The Senate Workforce Committee has narrowly approved the measure, which will head next to the Joint Ways and Means Committee.  Under the bill, employers would be required to provide their workers with up to five days of paid sick time each year.  The bill would apply only to employers with six or more employees.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A woman who was flagging traffic in a construction zone in Southeast Portland is in critical condition after being hit by a car.  Police say Margot Davis was standing on a sidewalk in the area of Southeast Division Street and 68th Avenue when she was hit yesterday afternoon.  Authorities say the 49-year-old driver of the car had been inhaling nitrous oxide prior to the crash and has been arrested.  His name hasn't been released.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police have a man in custody after he was accused of trying to kidnap a two-year-old boy.  The suspect is identified as Matthew Lee Edwards, who police say tried to abduct the toddler Tuesday in the area of Northwest 23rd Avenue and Lovejoy Street.  Authorities say the boy was walking with his mother when the suspect walked up and pushed the mother to the ground, then tried to grab the boy.  The child was unhurt.  Matthews was booked for first-degree attempted kidnapping.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man who was accused of murdering his wife two years ago is out of custody.  A jury voted to acquit Lloyd Allen Erp on a murder charge in the death of Lori Lynn Erp in March 2013.  The defense argued that the husband and wife signed suicide notes before Erp shot his wife and then himself.  After the verdict was reached yesterday, Erp was released.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is being treated at a hospital after being shot near Portland's King School Park.  Police say the man was wounded around 8:35 last night while in the vicinity of Northeast Grand Avenue and Alberta Street.  His injury is not considered life-threatening.  Police believe the shooter left the scene in a vehicle.



(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline in the Portland area is still heading down.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is about two-78 a gallon, down a penny from yesterday.  It's also six-and-a-half cents below the average of a week ago.



(Rhododendron, OR)  --  Officials say an explosion that killed a Portland man on U.S. Highway 26 in Clackamas County was a suicide.  Sheriff's deputies say 24-year-old Jeffrey Roger Williams caused the Thursday morning blast with a mixture used to make targets explode during shooting practice.  Forest Service officials say the explosion created a hole about eleven feet wide about 25 feet from the edge of the highway.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say an inmate who died in the Multnomah County Jail was a 25-year-old woman.  Authorities say Latina Brogdon was found unresponsive around 1:30 p.m. Saturday during a routine check.  CPR was attempted, but Brogdon died at the scene.  There's no word on cause of death.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland entrepreneur Steven Smith, who co-founded Tazo Tea and other enterprises, is dead at age 65.  Smith began the tea company in 1994 and grew it into a multi-million-dollar creator of specialty blends.  The company was sold in 1999 to Starbucks for eight-point-one-million-dollars.  Smith died yesterday afternoon in Portland.  Services are slated to be held on March 31st at the Sentinel hotel on Southwest 11th Avenue.



(Eugene, OR)  --  A Portland teenager who admitted to raping a woman outside Autzen Stadium is scheduled to spend 14 years behind bars.  Seventeen-year-old Jamie Tinoco pleaded guilty in Lane County Circuit Court to charges of rape, sexual abuse, assault, and kidnapping.  Tinoco was arrested last September after he attacked the woman while on a supervised group outing to an Oregon football game.  The youths were under the supervision of counselors with the Washington County Juvenile Department.



(Woodburn, OR)  --  Police in Woodburn say four men attacked and sexually assaulted a woman who was delivering newspapers.  The attack took place around 3:10 yesterday morning on Gatch Street, resulting in minor injuries to the victim.  The woman reported the men were Hispanic, in their late teens and early 20s, and dressed in dark clothing.  Woodburn police are asking anyone with information helpful to the investigation to call 503-982-2345.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  A man is in police custody after being accused of blowing marijuana smoke into the mouth of his infant child.  Officials say 22-year-old Christopher Kling was arrested Sunday night at the Beaverton home of his estranged wife.  Officers who responded to a report of a domestic dispute say they were shown a video of Kling blowing the smoke into the baby's mouth.  Kling is facing charges that include endangering the welfare of a minor and applying a controlled substance to another person.



(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities say a burglary suspect was shot and killed after he threatened to stab a police officer.  Portland police say when officers arrived at a home on Southeast Sherman Street around 5:30 yesterday evening, the homeowner had the suspect restrained.  Officials say the suspect broke free and came close to stabbing an officer, at which time he was shot twice by one of the officers.  The suspect's name hasn't been released.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating after a storage shed at Portland's Grant High School was vandalized.  Authorities say someone spray-painted a swastika and a racial epithet on the shed, sometime before seven a.m. yesterday.  Police officers who responded to a call about a break-in at the school spotted the vandalism.  Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Police Bureau's Youth Services Division at 503-823-4849.
 



(Seattle, WA)  --  Baristas at your neighborhood Starbucks won't be writing the hashtag message "Race Together" on your cup of latte anymore.  Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz says he didn't expect universal praise for the initiative, which has drawn widespread criticism.  However, Schultz says Starbucks will move forward with a number of planned Race Together activities in the coming weeks and months.  He says they include opening more stores in urban communities, and plans to hire thousands of "opportunity youth" over the next three years.



(Portland, OR)  --  Prices at the gas pump in the Portland area are still on the decline.  Triple-A's latest survey shows the average for a gallon of regular at two-81 a gallon, down seven cents from a week ago.  It's still about 35 cents a gallon higher than the average at this point in February.
 



UPDATE: SUBJECT WHO ATTACKED OFFICERS WITH KNIFE KILLED IN OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: March 23rd, 2015 10:38 AM

On Sunday, March 22, 2015, at 5:26 p.m., two East Precinct officers, a 9-year veteran and a 6-year-veteran, responded to a 9-1-1 call regarding a burglary in process in the area of S.E. 130th Avenue and S.E. Sherman Street. Officers arrived at 5:31 p.m. and found the caller attempting to restrain the subject.

As the officers approached the subject, he advanced toward them with a double-bladed knife, 10 inches in length, in a weaving, figure eight motion. The subject got very close to one of the officers, a 6-year veteran, who fired two rounds, striking the suspect. The subject remained on his feet and the other officer, a 9-year veteran, re-holstered his weapon and deployed a Taser. The subject then dropped to the ground and an ambulance immediately responded and transported him to a local hospital where he later died. The subject is a 36-year-old white male.

Detectives have learned the incident began as a neighborhood dispute over the weekend between the occupants of two residences.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner is conducting an autopsy today and will notify the subject's next of kin. The subject is from out of state; detectives are still determining information regarding his criminal history and what his involvement was with the residents of both houses involved.

The identity of the officers will be released later this afternoon. They will remain on paid administrative leave, per Bureau policy, until the completion of the Grand Jury.

Following the Grand Jury, the Bureau will release additional information as is standard practice. Additionally, as part of the use of force review process, the Bureau will conduct an internal review of the entire incident and the case will go before the Police Review Board (PRB), which is comprised of community members, PPB members and representatives from the Independent Police Review Division.

Detectives are still actively interviewing those involved and are asking that anyone with information about this incident contact Detective Kristina Coffey at 503-823-0696 or Detective Mark Sponhauer 503-823-0416. 


(Turner, OR)  --  Sheriff's deputies are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found inside a running car in Marion County.  Authorities say the woman was found yesterday morning in the driver's seat of the car, which was parked on the side of Hunsaker Road Southeast at Duckflat Road.  There's no word on how the woman died.  Her name hasn't been released.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A man who was held for 905 days as a material witness in a Hillsboro murder trial is now out of jail.  Benito Vasquez-Hernandez, who was released yesterday, testified in the trial of his son, Eloy Vasquez-Santiago.  The defendant is accused of killing his mother, 55-year-old Maria Bolanos-Rivera, in 2012.  Oregon judges have the authority to keep material witnesses in custody until the day they testify with no limit on the length of stay.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  A man who's accused of attacking and seriously injuring his estranged wife is the subject of a manhunt.  Police say 45-year-old Alejandro Cazarez-Lopez of Hillsboro hit his wife with a hard object on the head and body.  Police say the attack took place around six a.m. yesterday in a parking lot on Southwest Gingham Lane in Beaverton.  Cazarez-Lopez is reported to have left the scene in a red Ford F-150 pickup truck with Oregon license 724BCD.



(Wood Village, OR)  --  Two people are in custody in connection with a stabbing in Wood Village.  Multnomah County sheriff's deputies responded Wednesday night to a report of two people being attacked while walking in the area of Northeast Park Lane and Wood Village Boulevard.  Authorities say one of the victims was stabbed and the other beaten with a baseball bat, but the injuries weren't life-threatening.  Deputies have arrested 26-year-old Brandy Howe and 23-year-old Eduardo Espinoza Hernandez, and say two other possible suspects are still at large.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities are looking for a fugitive involved in the shooting of a Portland police officer last year.  A nationwide warrant has been issued for 26-year-old Jemaell Diamond Riley, who officials say cut off his ankle monitoring bracelet.  Riley was one of three suspects arrested after the shooting of Officer Jeff Dorn and his K-9 last April.  Police believe he's accompanied by 20-year-old Carli Marshall.
 



(Gresham, OR)  --  Police say a woman who crashed into three pedestrians in front of a Gresham school was recording video with her phone at the time.  Twenty-three-year-old Elizabeth Rachel Dove is facing multiple charges, including assault, reckless endangerment, and reckless driving.  The crash, which took place near Centennial High School in Gresham, sent three students to the hospital.  There were no serious injuries.



(Portland, OR)  --  Triple-A's latest survey shows gas prices are still falling in the Portland area.  The average for a gallon of regular is about two-85, down a penny from yesterday.  It's also six cents a gallon below the average of a week ago.



(Portland, OR)  --  Three people are facing charges following a heroin bust in Northeast Portland.  Police say undercover officers made the arrest yesterday after witnessing a drug deal outside a tire shop in the area of Northeast 82nd and Prescott.  Authorities say the officers seized more than a pound of brown Mexican tar heroin and 15-thousand dollars in cash.  The suspects are identified as 27-year-old Sergio Alvarez Eligio, 47-year-old Albert Champagne, and 40-year-old Frederick Deiner.



(Sherwood, OR)  --  Sherwood police say the death of a ten-year-old Middleton Elementary School student was a suicide.  Investigators are trying to determine why the fifth-grader hanged himself Sunday evening.  He was rushed to a hospital, where he later died.  Officials have made counselors available at the school.



(Portland, OR)  --  Incumbent Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick will have a challenger in next year's election.  Nick Caleb says he'll try to unseat Novick, who told the "Portland Tribune" last week he plans to run for re-election.  Caleb lost to Commissioner Dan Saltzman in the primary election last May.  Novick is serving his first term on the Council.



(Cedar Mill, OR)  --  A 16-year-old Washington County boy is being sought after he was reported missing.  Sheriff's deputies say Alexander Selchow [[ SELL-ko ]] was last seen yesterday afternoon in the Cedar Mill area.  Alexander is said to have the aptitude of a ten-year-old, and is reportedly familiar with public transportation.  He was last known to be wearing a black sweatshirt and dark pants.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man who pleaded guilty to committing rape and robbery in a Portland neighborhood is scheduled to spend more than two decades in prison.  Nineteen-year-old Alex Francisco-Sebastion was charged for a sexual assault in Portland's Overlook neighborhood last August.  He was also accused of robbing a victim near the Failing Street pedestrian bridge four days later.  He entered the guilty pleas yesterday, and was sentenced to 22 years behind bars.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Police Bureau wants to know what you think about officers wearing body cameras.  The bureau is developing a plan and a budget to outfit its officers with the cameras, which officials say would make officers more accountable and help build trust between police and the community.  If the cameras are approved, the Police Bureau probably wouldn't put them into operation until next year.  You can express your thoughts on body cams by logging on to the Police Bureau page on the PortlandOregon.gov website.



(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline in the Portland area continues to decline.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular is about two-86 a gallon, a penny-and-a-half below yesterday's average.  It's also a nickel a gallon cheaper than a week ago.



(Salem, OR)  --  U.S. Attorney for Oregon Amanda Marshall, who's currently on a leave of absence, is reportedly accused of stalking a fellow federal prosecutor who was under 24-hour-a-day armed protective guard.  "Willamette Week" quotes unnamed sources as saying Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Kerin filed a hostile-workplace-environment complaint against Marshall after he received unwanted text and email messages from her and was being followed by her after working hours.  Kerin was under guard because of a bounty on his life placed by Mexican drug dealers.  Marshall recently told "The Oregonian" she was taking a leave of absence because of health issues.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man is a million dollars richer, before taxes.  Bill Delmatoff, who's a special education para-educator at da Vinci Arts Middle School, says he's usually a Mega Millions player but decided to buy a Powerball ticket on a whim.  Delmatoff's ticket matched the first five numbers pulled in Saturday's drawing, good for a prize of one-million dollars.  Lottery officials say Delmatoff plans to donate some of his winnings to charities that assist parents with foster children.



(Salem, OR)  --  A bill that automatically registers people to vote in Oregon based on driver records is now law.  Governor Kate Brown has signed the bill, saying it will make voting more secure, cost effective, and convenient.  Officials estimate that voter rolls in Oregon will rise by 300-thousand to 400-thousand under the new law.



(Portland, OR)  --  Gasoline prices are slowly heading down.  Triple-A's latest survey shows the Portland-area average for regular is about two-87 a gallon, a penny a gallon cheaper than yesterday.  It's also more than four cents below the average of a week ago.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Cleanup is underway after high winds and heavy rain caused damage in the Portland area.  A tree fell on a vehicle on Market Street in Southwest Portland and firefighters had to extricate the driver, who was trapped inside.  She's expected to be fine.  In downtown Portland, scaffolding that had been set up outside a building at the corner of Southwest 4th Avenue and Washington Street collapsed and fell to the ground, but no one was injured.



(Portland, OR)  --  A 16-year-old boy is awaiting his first court appearance, following his arrest in connection with a shooting outside the East Portland Police Precinct.  Authorities say Dontae Eugene Mathis, Jr. is accused of shooting at another teen following a party shortly before midnight Saturday.  Officials say a gun believed to have been used in the shooting was recovered.  No one was injured.



(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline is slowly dropping in the Portland area.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is about two-88 a gallon, which is down three-cents from a week ago.  The national average for regular is about two-42 a gallon.
 



(Aloha, OR)  --  A man is injured, following a shooting during a domestic dispute in Aloha.  Washington County sheriff's deputies say Travis Harrison was shot in the abdomen during an argument with Richard Zillmer at Zillmer's home on Southwest Jaylee Street yesterday afternoon.  Officials say the argument was over Zillmer's wife, who lives with Harrison.  Harrison's injuries are described as minor.



(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities say three inmates overdosed on painkillers at the Multnomah County Jail after a woman smuggled the drugs into the lockup.  Officials say Channing Lacey hid fentanyl inside her body.  Police say Lacey's boyfriend was being held in the jail after he was arrested in January for selling fentanyl, which is 80 times as potent as morphine.  Deputies told KATU-TV that Lacey was arrested with as much as 35-thousand dollars worth of fentanyl on her.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland General Electric reports thousands of customers remain without power, following yesterday's damaging wind and rain.  As of five o'clock this morning, nearly four-thousand were without electricity in Clackamas County, and nearly 29-hundred were without power in Multnomah County.  PGE says more than a thousand customers have power out in Marion County.  There are still a few without power in Washington and Yamhill counties.



(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon's top federal prosecutor is taking an indefinite leave of absence.  U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall told "The Oregonian" she's unable to serve at this time because of health issues she's had for months.  Marshall was confirmed as U.S. attorney by the U.S. Senate in 2011 after she was nominated by President Obama.  First Assistant U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams is taking over for Marshall on an interim basis.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland City Council will vote soon on whether to approve a plan by Mayor Charlie Hales to reorganize the city's urban renewal districts.  The proposal would direct more property tax revenue to schools and local governments and would allow more money to be spent on newer redevelopment projects in the South Waterfront and inner eastside.  Hales calls the plan "the first comprehensive reform of urban renewal in the history of urban renewal."  The Council is slated to vote on the entire package on March 25th.



(Washington, DC)  --  The Internal Revenue Service is ready to hand out money to Oregon and Washington residents who failed to file tax returns for 2011.  The IRS says more than 17-thousand taxpayers in Oregon and 28-thousand in Washington are entitled to refunds.  The median payout in Oregon is 598 dollars, while the median in Washington is 750 dollars.  However, you must file a 2011 return on or before April 15th to collect.



(Portland, OR)  --  An app is now available to make it easier to park at Portland's Washington Park and the Oregon Zoo.  The free app, which is available for iPhone and Android devices, allows people to pay to park without having to stand in line at a pay station.  Additional time can be added with the app, and users will be able to receive text alerts when the paid parking expires.  A video tutorial for the app is available on the OregonLive website.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Triple-A reports gasoline prices are down in the Portland area.  The average for regular fell by a penny from yesterday, to two-90 a gallon.  That's a penny-and-a-half below the average of a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-44 a gallon.
 



(Salem, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown says she wants to see changes in Oregon's policies on government ethics and access to records.  Brown is proposing a package of legislation, including a measure to require the state Audits Division to examine how state agencies process and produce public records.  Another bill would specifically identify the First Spouse as a public official and require that person to file a Statement of Economic Interest.  A third bill would remove a requirement that investigation of an ethics complaint cease when a criminal investigation begins.



(Tigard, OR)  --  A woman accused of driving in the wrong direction during a police chase is behind bars.  Authorities say 48-year-old Melissa Wilson was followed by Tigard police officers yesterday after they received a report that the car she was driving was suspicious.  Police tried to stop the suspect, but she continued on and led the officers through Southwest Portland and into Beaverton.  KOIN-TV reports Wilson was intercepted by Beaverton police while traveling the wrong way on the off-ramp from Highway 217.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  Police are investigating a crash in Beaverton that sent a man to the hospital.  Authorities say the two-vehicle wreck happened yesterday on Southwest Canyon Road near Southwest 106th.  One of the drivers was taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries.  No names have been released.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Two teenagers are in trouble with the law after being accused of throwing rocks off a railroad overpass in Portland.  Authorities say the windshield and hood of a Portland Fire & Rescue Chief Officer's vehicle were damaged while he was driving to work yesterday.  Another vehicle was also hit by rocks, but no injuries were reported in either incident.  The teens are being charged with criminal mischief and reckless endangerment.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland-area fuel prices are running flat.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular at just under two-91 a gallon.  That's two cents a gallon higher than the average of a week ago.  The national average for regular is about two-45 a gallon.



(Salem, OR)  --  A bill that's intended to have drivers in Portland slow down is set for a hearing before a legislative panel.  The measure would allow the city to set up traffic cameras and radar along so-called "high-crash" corridors and send tickets to speeders.  Lawmakers pushing the bill say the Portland roadways being considered for the traffic cameras account for more than 50-percent of pedestrian fatalities.  The measure is waiting to be heard by the House Committee On Transportation and Economic Development.



(Portland, OR)  --  Officials say a seven-year-old girl who was critically injured in a multi-vehicle crash on I-5 in Portland has died.  Arianna Lundin was a passenger in one of the vehicles involved in the Saturday afternoon wreck, which sent nine people to hospitals.  Arianna died Monday night, and 24-year-old Kari Bonds is listed in serious condition.  All others who were injured were treated and released.



(Eugene, OR)  --  Plans for a memorial are pending for a man who served as a state attorney general and a president of the University of Oregon.  Dave Frohnmayer died Monday in Eugene at age 74.  Family members told the "Portland Tribune" that Frohnmayer battled prostate cancer for more than five years.  Governor Kate Brown characterized Frohnmayer as "brilliant" and a public servant with a deep love for Oregon.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  A worker at a dog daycare center in Tigard is facing a charge of animal abuse.  Police say Daniel Bulzacchelli is accused of picking up his year-old blue heeler by the neck Monday and tossing it about 15 feet at a skatepark on Walker Road in Beaverton.  A witness called 911, and Bulzacchelli was arrested.  The dog has been placed with the Washington County Animal Shelter.



(Portland, OR)  --  The rise in gasoline prices is taking a pause in the Portland area.  Triple-A's latest survey shows the average for a gallon of regular is about two-91, a half-cent lower than yesterday.  It's still nearly three cents a gallon above the average of a week ago.
 



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Vancouver police are looking for a suspect who's considered armed and dangerous.  Authorities say Juventino Valencia-Mendoza is accused of firing several shots from inside the car he was driving toward a pickup truck in the area of Northeast 18th and Andresen Road, around two o'clock Friday afternoon.  The shooting prompted a lockdown at Fort Vancouver High School.  Valencia-Mendoza is a 45-year-old Hispanic man, described as standing five-feet-six, weighing 160 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.



(Gresham, OR)  --  A 15-year-old boy is facing charges, following a shooting outside a Gresham strip club.  Authorities say Ze'andre Davis-Gray will be charged as an adult on one count of attempted murder.  The victim was shot Sunday night outside the club in the area of 175th Avenue and Southeast Stark Street.  He's expected to survive.



(Portland, OR)  --  The rise in gasoline prices is slowing in the Portland area.  Triple-A reports the average for regular went up a fraction of a cent overnight, to about two-91 a gallon.  That's about seven cents a gallon higher than a week ago.



(West Linn, OR)  --  Two people are being hospitalized, after a car backed into a restaurant in West Linn.  Police say the woman driving the car apparently suffered a medical emergency before she crashed her SUV into the Oodles of Noodles restaurant on Willamette Drive yesterday afternoon.  The woman is listed in critical condition as a result of the medical emergency.  A woman who was inside the restaurant at the time of the crash is being treated for minor injuries.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man who's accused of copying original artwork and selling it as the genuine item is facing federal charges.  Lawrence Ulvi is accused of having 150 paintings suspected to be forgeries in his apartment in Northwest Portland.  FBI agents arrested Ulvi yesterday, saying he told potential buyers the forgeries were real Mark Tobey originals.  The FBI says it may find additional evidence as the investigation continues.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Mayor Charlie Hales will try to win another term in office.  Hales told the "Portland Tribune" the city is headed into an unprecedented period of change, and he believes he's the right person for the job.  The mayor says he's made progress in repairing relations between the Police Bureau and the community and reducing the government's waste of taxpayer dollars.  Hales says he's raised about 35-thousand dollars for his campaign over the past two months.



(Toutle, WA)  --  A teenage boy is dead and his friend is injured, after their motorcycles crashed on a motocross track in Cowlitz County.  Authorities say 17-year-old Dylan Bunnell of Mulino, Oregon died when his motorcycle slammed into a water truck yesterday at the Riverdale Raceway east of Toutle, Washington.  His friend, 14-year-old Anthony Hamilton, Jr. of Dundee, Oregon, also crashed into the truck and is being hospitalized.  The driver of the truck wasn't injured.



(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities say a suspect has turned himself in after saying he accidentally shot his friend to death inside a car in North Portland.  The victim was killed early yesterday morning near Arbor Lodge Park in the area of North Greely and Dekum.  Police say 21-year-old Isaiah Horatio Hayes turned himself in to police shortly before five a.m. yesterday.  The victim's name hasn't been released.
 



(Government Camp, OR)  --  Police say a woman was killed after she lost control of her motorcycle along U.S. Highway 26.  Authorities say 34-year-old Angela DeCorte of Gresham was westbound near Government Camp early yesterday morning, when the motorcycle skidded across the traffic lanes and slammed into a guard rail.  DeCorte was pronounced dead at the scene.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police continue to investigate a multi-car crash that sent nine people to hospitals.  Seven-year-old Arianna Lundin of Cathlamet, Washington, is still listed in critical condition, while the other eight are being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.  The five-vehicle crash on northbound I-5 in Portland happened around 3:30 Saturday afternoon.  Northbound lanes were closed for several hours and one southbound lane was briefly shut down as the on-scene investigation took place.



(Gresham, OR)  --  A man is being hospitalized after being shot in the torso near a strip club in Gresham.  Authorities say the shot went off around 8:40 last night in the area of Southeast Stark Street and Southeast 175th Avenue.  The 20-year-old victim was taken to a hospital.  His name hasn't been released.



(Salem, OR)  --  Daylight Saving Time is now in effect, and not everybody is happy with it.  An Oregon state senator is pushing a ballot measure asking voters to decide on whether to get rid of Daylight Saving Time.  If the measure passes, Standard Time would be the rule in Oregon year 'round, starting in 2021.  Senate Bill 99, sponsored by Senator Kim Thatcher, is slated for a hearing tomorrow by the Rules Committee.



(Portland, OR)  --  Triple-A reports gas prices have moved up in the past week.  The average for regular in the Portland area is two-91 a gallon, nearly eleven cents higher than the average of a week ago.  The national average for regular is about two-45 a gallon.



(Beaverton, WA)  --  Police are investigating a crash that killed one person in Beaverton.  Officials say the wreck took place around 11:30 a.m. yesterday on Southwest Murray Boulevard near Weir Road.  A Dodge Neon flipped and landed upside down after it crashed into two other vehicles that were stopped at a red light.  The driver of the Neon died, but there was no report of anyone else being injured.



(Yamhill County, OR)  --  A McMinnville man is dead, following a head-on crash in Yamhill County.  Oregon State Police say a northbound SUV on Oregon 99W crossed into the southbound lane and slammed into a dump truck around 10 a.m. yesterday.  The driver of the SUV, Matthew B. Childress, died at the scene, and his passenger was seriously injured.  The driver of the dump truck was not hurt.
 



(Albany, OR)  --  A man is in custody after he was accused of beating and sexually assaulting an Albany woman while imprisoning her in her own home.  Authorities say 37-year-old Craig Lazon tied up the victim on February 24th and sexually assaulted her, beat her, and choked her with a phone cord.  Police say Lazon forced the victim into his vehicle on March 2nd and told her he was going to kill her and dispose of her body, but she managed to escape.  Bail for Lazon is set at a half-million dollars.



(Salem, OR)  --  A close ally of former Governor John Kitzhaber is out of a job.  Oregon chief administrative officer Michael Jordan submitted his resignation yesterday to Governor Kate Brown, less than two weeks after his old boss stepped down.  Jordan has been considered a key figure in the influence-peddling scandal involving Kitzhaber and his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes.  The state's chief financial officer, George Naughton, has been appointed as Jordan's interim replacement.



(Salem, OR)  --  The so-called "New Motor Voter Bill" is on its way to Governor Kate Brown's desk.  The measure, which could add another 300-thousand people to Oregon's voter rolls, received final legislative passage yesterday.  The law would use driver's license data from as far back as 2013 to sign up people to vote if they haven't registered already.  Those who opposed the bill said using driver's license information to register people to vote could open the door to identity theft and concerns regarding privacy.



(Portland, OR)  --  Triple-A is reporting another rise in Portland-area gasoline prices.  The average for regular moved up about two cents from yesterday, to two-91 a gallon.  That's about 35 cents a gallon above the average of a week ago.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland veterinarian, who was imprisoned and stranded for months in East Timor, is now back home.  Stacey Addison arrived last night at Portland International Airport, with her mother there to greet her.  Addison was imprisoned for about two months without being charged and was stranded for several months afterward because her passport had been seized.  She had been on an around-the-world trip since January 2013 before she was arrested.



(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum says she'll run for re-election in 2016.  Rosenblum's office recently launched an investigation into allegations of influence-peddling by now-former Governor John Kitzhaber and his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes.  Rosenblum later deferred to federal investigators in the case.  She'll be seeking her second term in office next year.



(Portland, OR)  --  A group of East Portland residents is petitioning to secede from the rest of Portland.  The East Portland de-Annexation Movement says it doesn't feel like it's getting the services that reflect the tax dollars they spend for them.  The petition needs 31-thousand signatures in order to have an option placed on the ballot in November 2016.  East Portland covers about one-fifth the area of the entire city of Portland.



(Salem, OR)  --  The measure that would extend Oregon's clean-fuels program is on its way to the governor's desk.  The House gave the measure final legislative approval yesterday, but not before hours of debate between Democrats and Republicans.  The final vote was 31 for, 29 against.



(Portland, OR)  --  Prices at the gas pump are still getting higher.  Triple-A reports the average for regular in the Portland area is about two-90 a gallon, up nearly two cents from yesterday.  It's also more than 33 cents a gallon above the average of a week ago.



(Salem, OR)  --  State officials say Oregon's jobless rate fell in January to six-point-three percent, compared to six-point-seven percent in December.  The current unemployment rate is Oregon's lowest in more than six years.  The state Employment Department says Oregon gained 76-hundred non-farm jobs in January.  The state's rate of job growth was three-point-three percent over the past year.



(Salem, OR)  --  A man who was an assistant girls basketball coach in the Salem Keizer Educational Foundation basketball league is accused of sexual assault.  Salem police say 39-year-old Arthur Nigel Chavez is facing multiple charges after being accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with a juvenile female.  Chavez was arrested in November, but police are continuing the investigation.



(Salem, OR)  --  A bill that supporters say is aimed at curbing school absenteeism in Oregon is awaiting action in committee.  The measure would gradually change state school funding to a formula based on how many students come to school rather than how many are enrolled.  Opponents of the measure say schools in poor communities would he hurt because low-income students are likely to miss more school.  The House Education Committee is considering the bill.



(Fairview, OR)  --  A Portland-area playground is ranked among the best in the nation.  A new report by the Early Childhood Education Zone shows the 101-acre Blue Lake Regional Park in Fairview is ranked 26th among the nation's 50 top playgrounds.  The survey touts the park, located near the south shore of the Columbia River, for its combination of fun activities for kids and ample space to roam and enjoy the peace and quiet.  The top playground in the survey is Zachary's Playground in St. Peters, Missouri.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland and Multnomah County councils are considering the adoption of a policy to oppose oil and coal exports through the area.  A draft revision of the joint Climate Action Plan is intended to make it difficult for permits or facilities to be obtained for any oil or coal export projects.  Officials say the policy is being considered for purposes of protecting residents' safety and the environment.  The proposal is slated for a vote by the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission on April 7th.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating a shooting that killed a man in Northeast Portland.  Authorities say the shooter fled the scene after 29-year-old Marquis Delon Chaney was killed in the area of North Blandena and Commercial Avenue around 2:30 yesterday afternoon.  Police say Chaney was inside a car, which hit a van after the shots was fired.  Investigators say it's not known whether Chaney was the intended victim.



(Salem, OR)  --  An elderly man from Salem is being sought after he was reported missing.  Police say 80-year-old Edward Bakke [[ BOCK-ee ]] was last seen around 5:30 p.m. yesterday, leaving his home in the area of Northeast March Avenue and Hawthorne Avenue.  He walked to a Target store about a half-mile away and hasn't been heard from since.  Bakke is described as white, six feet tall, 155 pounds, with white hair down to his neck, unshaven, and last seen wearing khaki pants, a dark blue puffy jacket, and a black beanie cap with an eagle on the front.



(Gladstone, OR)  --  Gladstone Police Chief Jim Pryde is stepping down earlier than planned, in what's being called a "mutual decision" between him and the city.  Pryde was set to retire in July, but he told "The Oregonian" that the city made him an offer he "couldn't refuse," which includes a severance package.  Gladstone City Administrator Peter Boyce says Pryde's departure will enable the city to get an early start on the transition.  Sergeant Lee Jundt will be interim chief through the end of March, and Lieutenant Jeff Bailey will take over April 1st and remain in place until the city hires a permanent chief.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland veterinarian who was imprisoned in East Timor for months is on her way back to the U.S.  Doctor Stacey Addison was taking a cab in September from Indonesia to East Timor when she was arrested while riding with a passenger who had drugs.  She was imprisoned until being released on Christmas, then was stranded in East Timor because her passport was confiscated.  Oregon senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley lobbied on Addison's behalf, and former East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta negotiated for her release.



(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities are working to identify a man whose body was found along the east bank of the Willamette River.  Sheriff's deputies say the body was found yesterday afternoon by a fisherman near North Port Center Way, north of the Fremont Bridge.  An autopsy has been scheduled.



(Happy Valley, OR)  --  A seven-year-old boy who had been reported missing is safe at home.  Clackamas County sheriff's deputies say the boy walked away from his baby-sitter's apartment in Happy Valley around 3:30 yesterday afternoon.  Deputies conducted a search and found the child, unharmed, at a nearby school.



(Portland, OR)  --  An autopsy is scheduled for a man who was shot to death in Northeast Portland.  Police say 20-year-old Esteban "Steve" Del Cid was shot early Saturday morning near Northeast Rodney Avenue and Cook Street.  The victim died yesterday at a hospital.  Police are hoping to find witnesses to the shooting.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Hillsboro police are investigating the death of a pedestrian on the Tualatin Valley Highway.  Authorities say the 51-year-old man was crossing the highway early yesterday morning near Southwest Cornelius Pass Road when he was struck by a sedan.  The "Portland Tribune" reports the 29-year-old driver, Beatriz Rivera of Issaquah, Washington, was arrested on an unrelated misdemeanor warrant for violation of probation.  The pedestrian's name hasn't been released.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is in custody after being accused of burglarizing the Multnomah County Courthouse.  KOIN-TV reports 27-year-old Michael Longinos Hernandez is also accused of pulling fire alarms inside police headquarters late last night.  Authorities say Hernandez used a metal grate to break open one of the courthouse's glass doors near Southwest 5th and Southwest Salmon, and is suspected of activating a fire alarm at the Portland Police Bureau Central Precinct before breaking into the courthouse.  Hernandez is scheduled for arraignment later today.


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