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(Yamhill Co., OR)  --  Authorities say they've recovered the body of a man who's believed to have accidentally fallen off a bridge into the Yamhill River on April 29th.  The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office says the body of 25-year-old Bryan Disabatino of Sheridan was found more than five miles from the bridge where he was last seen.  The recovery took place after a group of kayakers searching the river spotted Disabatino's body yesterday.



(Gresham, OR)  --  Online retail giant Amazon.com says it plans to create more than one-thousand full-time jobs at a planned distribution center in Troutdale.  The company plans to build an 855-thousand-square-foot "robotics fulfillment center" on 74 acres in the Troutdale Reynolds Industrial Park.  The project is expected to cost more than 178-million dollars.  Amazon will receive a five-year tax break worth approximately nine-point-six-million dollars in exchange for its investment in new machinery and infrastructure.



(Olympia, WA)  --  A member of the Washington State Legislature is resigning to focus on her candidacy in the Seattle mayor's race.  Democratic Representative Jessyn Farrell will be able to raise money for the campaign after her resignation, as lawmakers are prohibited from collecting campaign contributions while the legislature is in session.  Farrell was elected in 2012 to represent the 46th District in northeast Seattle.  She announced on May 12th she was running for Seattle mayor after incumbent Ed Murray announced he was ending his bid for re-election.
 



(Seattle, WA)  --  Research conducted at the University of Washington shows delivering packages with drones can help reduce carbon emissions, compared to delivery by truck.  The analysis compares carbon-dioxide emissions and vehicle miles traveled from drone and truck deliveries in nearly a dozen different, real-life scenarios in Los Angeles.  The research shows the benefits of drone delivery are most evident when small packages, such as a bottle of medicine or a child's bathing suit, are delivered.  It also helps when the drone doesn't have to travel far to its destination.



(Portland, OR)  --  Jeremy Joseph Christian, who's accused of stabbing two men to death aboard a MAX train in Portland and seriously injuring a third, remains behind bars without bail.  Christian made his initial court appearance yesterday after last Friday's attack, shouting phrases like "free speech or die" and "death to the enemies of America."  Before heading back to his cell, Christian shouted, "You call it terrorism.  I call it patriotism."  He's charged with aggravated murder, attempted murder, second-degree intimidation, and felon in possession of a restricted weapon.  Christian's next court appearance is scheduled for June 7th.



(St. Helens, OR)  --  St. Helens police continue to look for a 13-year-old boy who's disappeared, and the boy's father and the father's girlfriend have been arrested.  River Casino Elder was reported missing on May 24th by his grandmother, who was recently awarded custody of the boy after he was removed from his father's custody.  Police believe 45-year-old Marvin Elder and his 34-year-old girlfriend, Tiffany Kelly, know where the boy is but are withholding the information.  The two were charged with interfering with a police officer.



(Portland, OR)  --  TriMet says it's upgrading transit security in response to the MAX train attacks that left two men dead and another injured.  The agency says it will temporarily add up to 15 contract security officers in the coming days.  TriMet also intends to speed up the permanent hires of transit police that were included in the newly adopted budget for fiscal year 2018.  TriMet currently has 61 Transit Police officers and 15 contracted security guards.



(Renton, WA)  --  Former Washington Governor Mike Lowry is being remembered as a proud liberal who was outgoing and quick to display generosity.  Lowry died at the age of 78 on May 1st and yesterday's memorial service in Renton was attended by hundreds.  Those on hand to pay tribute included Governor Jay Inslee and former governors Chris Gregoire, Gary Locke, Dan Evans and John Spellman.  Lowry spent a decade in Congress before serving as governor from 1993 to 1997.



(Portland, OR)  --  A two-alarm fire that damaged a home near Portland's Rocky Butte area is being investigated.  The blaze was reported around 3:50 this morning in the 29-hundred block of Northeast Rocky Butte Road.  Fire crews had a tough time battling the fire because of a steep slope that limited access.  Both residents inside the home made it out safely, and there were no injuries.



(Boring, OR)  --  Two men are behind bars, following a botched attempt at a bank robbery in Boring.  Clackamas County authorities say deputies responding to an alarm yesterday morning at the Clackamas County Bank on Southeast Hwy 212 found a man sitting outside in a parked car, and he began honking the horn when the deputies drove up.  Investigators say a second man ran out of the bank, the glass door of which was broken wide open, and was arrested him after deputies told him to stop.  The deputies found the suspects used a reciprocating saw to try to get the money from an ATM, but were unsuccessful.  Robert Leslie Eichler and Chad Christian Harwood of Portland are each facing burglary charges.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Police Bureau's Mounted Patrol Unit is about to be disbanded.  The unit will no longer be part of the city's operating budget, and will be discontinued as of July 1st.  Opponents of the move say the Mounted Patrol provides officers an ideal environment in which to interact with the community.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler says he's urging the federal government to immediately revoke the permit for an "alt-right" Trump Free Speech Rally at Terry Shrunk Plaza on June 4th, and to not issue a permit for another event on June 10th.  Wheeler says he's concerned that participants were coming to Portland to "peddle a message of hatred and bigotry."  In response to the mayor, the ACLU of Oregon says the "government cannot revoke or deny a permit based on the viewpoint of demonstrators."  Event organizer Joey Gibson says his rally won't involve any kind of hate speech, and has nothing to do with Jeremy Christian, the man accused of being responsible for Friday's stabbing on a Portland MAX train.



(Portland, OR)  --  Arraignment is scheduled this afternoon for the suspect in the deadly attack on a MAX train in Portland.  Authorities say 35-year-old Jeremy Joseph Christian is facing two counts of aggravated murder, two counts of second-degree intimidation, and being a felon in possession of a restricted weapon.  Police say Christian is accused of slashing three Good Samaritans who tried to intervene as Christian verbally assaulted a teenage girl wearing a hijab and her friend on the MAX train.  Fifty-three-year-old Army veteran Rick Best and 23-year-old Reed College graduate Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche were killed, and 21-year-old Micah David-Cole Fletcher is recovering in a hospital.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say the subject of a ten-hour manhunt in Northeast Portland Sunday was armed with a BB gun.  Authorities say 51-year-old Michael Ervin Grubbe was booked on three outstanding misdemeanor trespassing warrants late Sunday night, but has since been released.  The pursuit of Grubbe began Sunday morning when officers responded to East Burnside and Cesar Chavez for a report of a man walking around with a gun.  He was finally detained around 5 p.m. Sunday.



(Richland, WA)  --  This year's Pacific Northwest sweet cherry crop has a chance at setting a record.  The current forecast is for 22-point-seven-million, 20-pound boxes, but some growers are saying the haul could easily surpass the 23-point-two-million-box record set in 2014.  The 2016 crop came in at just under 21-million boxes.  Producers say the first cherries of the season will likely be picked in early June.



(St. Helens, OR)  --  Police in St. Helens are looking for a 13-year-old boy who's been reported missing.  Authorities say River Casino Elder may have run away from home.  Investigators tell KATU-TV the boy may be in the Rainier or Clatskanie areas with a small, white dog.  Anyone who knows the whereabouts of River Casino Elder is asked to call police at 503-397-1521.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland State University and the University of Oregon are getting tuition increases after all.  Resubmitted requests for tuition hikes by the two schools have been approved by the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission.  Portland State will receive a tuition increase of eight-point-37 percent for the 2017-18 academic year, and the University of Oregon will see an increase of eleven-point-48 percent.  The commission voted to approve the increases after receiving assurances that the universities would lower tuition if Oregon lawmakers increase state investment in higher education.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Gasoline prices in the Portland area are slightly lower with the arrival of the Memorial Day weekend.  The latest Triple-A survey of area gas stations shows the average for regular is two-76 a gallon, a half-cent below the average of a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-37 a gallon.
 



(George, WA)  --  Grant County, Washington authorities say three people were killed and eight others were injured in a crash just south of the community of George.  Sheriff's deputies say an SUV carrying one person collided with a van around 4:30 yesterday morning near the intersection of Adams Road South and Frenchman Hills Road Southwest.  One of the eight who were injured was airlifted to a Wenatchee hospital.  No names have been released.



(Woodburn, OR)  --  A 38-year-old psychiatric patient who left his residential facility in Woodburn without authorization is being sought.  The Psychiatric Security Review Board says Patrick Justin Austin left the facility last night with help from his fiancee.  The pair may be traveling in a gold, late-model RAV4 crossover vehicle.  Austin is described as white, five-foot-ten, 200 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.  He's currently psychiatrically stable, but could become dangerous if he consumes drugs or alcohol, or doesn't take his medications.  Anyone who sees Austin is asked to call police.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A man who's accused of throwing bodily fluid on women in Portland-area grocery stores is behind bars.  Police say 47-year-old Manual Banuelos-Alcala of Beaverton reportedly followed unsuspecting women in each of the four stores, threw the substance at them and walked away.  Investigators say Banuelos-Alcala was spotted yesterday by officers in the parking lot of the Safeway on Southwest Barbur Boulevard and was arrested without incident.  He's facing charges of third-degree sex abuse.



(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill that was passed by Washington state lawmakers earlier this year aims to make people better "digital citizens."  The bill's sponsor, Senator Marko Liias  of Edmonds, says the measure focuses on teaching kids what constitutes appropriate and responsible use of technology.  The legislation, which is considered to be among the first of its kind in the U.S., was spearheaded by retired teacher and media literacy educator Claire Beach, who says the new law allows conversations appropriate to age and appropriate for grade to begin in the classroom.  Beach tells KING-5 that kids need to know what and what not to post on social media as well as how to protect themselves online.



(Undated)  --  Portland is one of the best cities for those seeking summer jobs.  That's according to finance and lifestyle website WalletHub.com, which ranks Portland number six among the 150 cities surveyed.  The Rose City ranks high in the categories of "Social Environment & Affordability" and "Youth Job Market."  Vancouver also made the "Best Places for Summer Jobs" list at number 83.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland's River View Cemetery is saying "no" to bicycle riders this Memorial Day weekend.  Director David Noble tells KGW-TV that signs have been installed near the cemetery entrances and exits to warn cyclists not to cut through between Friday morning and Monday night.  Noble says there have been a number of complaints about cyclists speeding through the cemetery, cutting off cars, and yelling and swearing at visitors.  He says Memorial Day is the busiest weekend of the year for the cemetery.
 



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police are investigating a shooting that left a man wounded in his Vancouver home.  The shooting was reported around 9:30 last night at the house in the 15-thousand-300 block of Northeast 20th Street near Evergreen High School.  Investigators say a dark SUV was seen leaving the area.  The victim was shot twice in the leg but is expected to survive.
 



(Undated)  --  The latest ParkScore Index ranks Portland fifth in the country in relation to its park system.  According to the index, compiled by the Trust for Public Land, Portland earns four-and-a-half "park benches" on a scale of zero to five.  ParkScores are based on factors that include park access, park size, and facilities.  Minneapolis ranks first, followed by St. Paul, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.  Seattle is ranked 11th.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  No injuries are being reported following an early morning fire that broke out in a large shop in Vancouver.  Firefighters were on the scene around 3:15 this morning on Northeast 112th Avenue and Fourth Plain Boulevard, where flames were shooting up through the roof of the building.  Investigators will try to determine what caused the blaze.



(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities say a woman who died Monday night in a boat crash on the Columbia River was a Wilsonville resident.  Multnomah County sheriff's deputies say 46-year-old Heidi Knight was a passenger in a boat driven by Steven Schalk of Milwaukie, who hit a pylon supporting the Glenn L. Jackson Memorial Bridge Monday night.  Knight died at a Vancouver hospital.  Schalk was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.



(Happy Valley, OR)  --  The man who's accused of hitting three construction-zone workers in Happy Valley and killing one is charged with manslaughter.  Fifty-one-year-old Fedsot Tsopko is also facing a DUII charge in the Tuesday crash that killed 48-year-old Pablo Dominguez-Amezcua  of Portland.  The wreck happened on Southeast 122nd Avenue between Sunnyside Road and Mountain Gate Road.  Two other workers were hospitalized, and both are recovering from non-life-threatening injuries.
 



(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington's superintendent of public instruction is proposing lengthening school days and extending the academic year in the future for students in K-through-8.  Superintendent Chris Reykdal [[ RIKE-doll ]] is proposing major changes in the educational experience for Washington public-school students, to be implemented in phases between this year and 2023 at a cost of four-billion dollars.  Reykdal wants the state to define basic education and decide how to fund teachers, phase out the standardized-test requirement for graduation, and require the teaching of dual languages starting in kindergarten.  The proposed extension of school days and the academic year for K-through-8 would start in 2021.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland city leaders say water from the Bull Run reservoirs will have to undergo treatment, in light of sample-testing earlier this year that showed the presence of the parasite Cryptosporidium [[ KRIP-toh-spor-ID-ee-um ]].  Before the testing took place, Bull Run water had been considered one of the cleanest drinking-water supplies in the country.  The water is treated with chlorine but isn't filtered, and it will likely cost tens of millions of dollars to treat it.  Portland Commissioner Nick Fish tells KGW-TV the contamination likely came from animals that defecated near the edge of the water and it was pushed into the reservoir by the heavy winter rains.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say they've arrested a man accused of stealing a car and leading officers on a chase.  Authorities say Anthony Michael Huff was spotted yesterday evening in a stolen vehicle and was pursued for a short distance, but he was later arrested after a search of the area of Southeast 162nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard.  Police say Huff is expected to be charged with hit-and-run and assault.



(Gladstone, OR)  --  Officials say crews have suspended their search for a swimmer who disappeared after he jumped into the water at High Rocks Park in Gladstone.  Authorities say the man jumped in from the rocks around 7:20 last night, came up momentarily, then went back under and never resurfaced.  Around 9 p.m., the search was suspended by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Water Rescue Team because of the strong current.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police are looking for a 74-year-old man with dementia who's vanished.  Authorities say Jodie Leon Harris was reported to have left the Oregon Health Clinic in the Gateway district around 1:30 yesterday afternoon.  Police say Harris, who doesn't know the Portland area, was last seen walking toward the Fred Meyer store on Northeast 102nd Avenue without a cell phone or identification.  Harris is described as black, five-foot-seven, 190 pounds.  Anyone with information on his location is asked to call 911.  
 



(Gresham, OR)  --  Police are investigating a shooting that left a nine-year-old boy and his 29-year-old mother critically wounded in Gresham.  Authorities say Cherie Thompson and the boy were found in their Northeast 183rd Street apartment with gunshot wounds around 4:30 yesterday morning, and were taken to a hospital.  Police believe it was a targeted shooting, but no suspects have been identified.



(Portland, OR)  --  Crews continue to work on restoring electricity to a section of downtown Portland after an outage hit the area last night.  Pacific Power officials say the outage spanned roughly from Burnside Street to Southwest Jefferson Street and from Southwest Broadway to Interstate 405 at its peak.  About two-thousand customers remain without power this morning and officials say residents should be prepared to be without electricity until as late at 5:30 this afternoon.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  The Washington County Sheriff's Office is keeping a close eye on a sinkhole that's appeared in a Beaverton neighborhood.  The opening was reported yesterday on Southwest 123rd Avenue at Southwest Denfield Street.  Deputies say on the surface, the sinkhole is about the size of a manhole, but below, it's actually about six-feet wide and three to six-feet deep.  Crews blocked off the area surrounding the sinkhole and tell Fox-12 it will be repaired at a later date.



(Corvallis, OR)  --  Corvallis police have a man in custody after he was accused of breaking into a house and stabbing several people, causing three of them serious injuries.  Authorities say the suspect poured gas on the Northwest 27th Street house early yesterday morning in the back yard and unsuccessfully tried to set it afire, then broke into the home and slashed four people with a knife.  Police say the suspect then ran from the house, but was found by officers near the Benton County Senior Center and apprehended.  The man's name hasn't been released.
 



(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill signed into law by Washington Governor Jay Inslee directs state agencies to conduct an elk-management pilot project to reduce highway collisions involving elk.  Moses Lake Representative Tom Dent, who sponsored the measure, says it was developed in response to the growing problem of the Colockum [[ CLOCK-um ]] elk herd in Kittitas County and the safety hazards that go with it.  Under the new law, the pilot project would include limited hunting of the Colockum herd, establishment of a permitting mechanism to allow a person to feed elk by permit only, and use of managed livestock grazing to draw elk away from roads and private property.
 



(Elkhorn, OR)  --  Authorities say a 25-year-old man is presumed drowned after he disappeared at the Three Pools swimming area in Marion County.  Sheriff's deputies say the man was swimming in the North Fork of the Santiam River with friends when he vanished around four o'clock yesterday afternoon.  Search crews will continue to look for the man's body later today.  His name hasn't been made public.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Authorities say a woman is dead after the boat in which she was riding crashed into the Glenn Jackson Bridge.  The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says the 18-to-20-foot boat was going about 45 miles an hour on the Columbia River when it hit a pylon on the north side of the bridge.  The woman, who was one of two people aboard the boat, died later at a hospital.  A man who was in the boat with the woman is expected to be fine.



(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill introduced in the Washington State Legislature seeks to outlaw the wearing of masks in public.  The measure, sponsored by Senator Jim Honeyford of Sunnyside, claims that recent demonstrations with masked protesters have become "a threat to public safety."  Honeyford says "common-sense legislation" is needed to distinguish between masks used for reasonable purposes and those used to hide someone's identity or commit crime.  The measure would not apply to children under 16.



(Undated)  --  An analysis by financial-assistance website 24/7 Wall Street shows Oregon is among the top half of states with the highest percentages of government employees.  Last year, more than 300-thousand people in Oregon worked in federal, state, or local government jobs.  That's nearly 17 percent of the state's workforce.  In 2006, the same percentage of Oregon workers had government jobs.



(Portland, OR)  --  Officials say ten people, including three children, have been displaced by a fire at an apartment building in Southeast Portland.  The blaze was reported around 2:30 this morning at the Hamilton Park apartments on Southeast 122nd Avenue.  Portland Fire & Rescue officials say the fire started in a second-floor apartment and spread to a second unit.  The Red Cross is assisting those having to find other places to sleep.  No injuries have been reported.



(Port Townsend, WA)  --  Inspectors continue to examine a Ferris wheel, following an accident that caused two women and a seven-year-old child to fall 15 feet to a metal platform below.  It happened Thursday night at the Rhododendron Festival in Port Townsend, Washington.  One of the women suffered critical injuries, but is now listed in satisfactory condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.  KING-TV reports every ride at the festival was inspected Friday and deemed safe, except for the Ferris wheel, which remained closed as the investigation continued.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've made an arrest after responding to a report of shots fired in North Portland.  KATU-TV reports officers found a white car riddled with bullets parked on Northwest 9th Avenue last night.  The arrest was made outside the Pearl Court Apartments in connection to the shooting, but there's no word on the charges.  No injuries were reported as a result of the gunfire.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they have a suspect in custody, following reports of a car-to-car shooting in North Portland.  Authorities say it took place around 9:25 last night near North Broadway and Flint Avenue.  Police say a suspect was later apprehended in the area of Northwest 9th Avenue and Irving Street.  There are no reports of any injuries following the shooting.



(Wood Village, OR)  --  One person is dead and two others are injured, after a two-vehicle crash in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 in Wood Village.  Multnomah County sheriff's deputies say a vehicle crashed at high speed into a second vehicle that was stopped in the middle southbound lane around seven p.m. yesterday.  One person was killed at the scene, and two others were taken to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.  The East Multnomah County Vehicular Crimes Team is investigating the crash.



(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline is little changed over the past few days in the Portland area.  Triple-A's latest survey of area gas stations shows the average for regular is two-76, a fraction of a penny below the average of a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-36 a gallon.



(Forest Grove, OR)  --  Police are investigating a report that a woman was grabbed as she was jogging along a path in Forest Grove.  Authorities say the assault happened shortly before one o'clock yesterday afternoon in the area of Highway 47 and Maple Street.  Police say the man turned and ran after the attack, and the woman chased him until he entered a backyard in the 15-hundred block of Maple Place.  The suspect is described as a white male, five-feet-five, 18-to-20 years old, with light brown hair in a "bowl cut," last seen wearing a white or gray tank top or muscle shirt and dark-colored shorts.



(Burnsville, MN)  --  The husband of a Portland woman who suffered serious injuries when a tree fell on her at a pizza restaurant in Minnesota is trying to get her home.  The tree fell while the couple was eating dinner on the patio of the pizzeria on May 6th, leaving the woman with a punctured lung and multiple broken ribs.  Dan Scott tells KATU-TV he's unable to get his wife, Mickie, a medical transport to a long-term facility in Portland because of a lack of money.  Scott has launched a GoFundMe account with the goal of raising 35-thousand dollars, and the account has accumulated more than six-thousand dollars so far.



(Undated)  --  Chris Cornell's funeral is being held in Los Angeles Friday.  CNN is reporting that the musician's body was flown from Michigan to Los Angeles yesterday and will be buried at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.  The family reportedly may have a public memorial for fans at some point, but is now just coping with the loss.  Cornell hanged himself in a Detroit hotel after a Soundgarden show Wednesday night.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Clark County authorities say a jail inmate who was shot while being treated at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver has died.  Sheriff's deputies say the 66-year-old inmate was taken to the hospital after complaining of a medical issue Wednesday morning and corrections officers were assigned to watch him.  Authorities say the inmate "took action" during treatment yesterday morning that resulted in being shot and wounded by deputies.  Officials say the inmate died after being taken into surgery.
 



(Beaverton, OR)  --  One person is dead following an early morning shooting at an adult nightclub in Beaverton.  Authorities say the shooting happened outside Xpose in the ten-thousand-100 block of Southwest Canyon Road around 1:30 this morning.  Washington County sheriff's deputies say the victim died later at a hospital.  KOIN-TV reports several people have been detained, but no arrests have been confirmed.



(Portland, OR)  --  Fuel prices are steady in the Portland area heading into the weekend.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is two-77 a gallon, unchanged from a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-35 a gallon.



(Seattle, WA)  --  Crab-boat captain Sig Hansen, star of reality TV show "The Deadliest Catch," is in trouble with the law after being accused of an altercation with an Uber driver in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood.  Police say Hansen was arrested yesterday at his home after the Uber driver told investigators Hansen became belligerent after he learned he couldn't pay cash for his family's ride home.  Authorities tell the "Seattle Times" Hansen was accused of spitting on the Uber driver and kicking and denting the driver's car.  Hansen released a statement yesterday, saying he "made a boneheaded move" for which he accepts responsibility and apologizes "first and foremost" to the Uber driver.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  The principal of Portland's Access Academy abruptly resigned last Friday after the district reportedly began investigating allegations he'd forged teacher evaluations.  "The Oregonian" quotes David Wood as saying he "felt pressure" that resulted in his cutting corners and not doing what he was supposed to do.  Wood, who began his tenure as principal of Access Academy in 2014, tells the newspaper he believes he forged only one signature but submitted multiple teacher evaluations without actually having done them.  Access Academy, which serves gifted students in grades one through eight, is currently housed at Rose City Park School in Northeast Portland.  Wood says he ran short on time and submitted the evaluations to meet the deadline.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man who's accused of stabbing another man to death during a fight in Southeast Portland is in police custody.  Investigators say 38-year-old Michael Allen Shipley is suspected of killing 53-year-old Brian Bruns Tuesday night at an apartment building on Southeast 99th Avenue.  Police say Shipley was arrested yesterday on two outstanding warrants and a murder charge.  He's set to be arraigned today.



(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill that's aimed at tightening inspection and review of behavioral health and recovery agencies contracted by the state of Washington now has the governor's signature.  The measure stemmed from a KING-TV investigation of the Washington Department of Social and Health Services Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, which is responsible for inspecting 570 state-licensed drug-treatment and alcohol-treatment facilities in Washington.  The report revealed the agency failed to pursue alleged violations for fear of attracting lawsuits and reached questionable settlements with troubled treatment centers.  The new law prohibits DBHR from reducing violations or reaching settlements for the purpose of avoiding lawsuits.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  A woman is being hospitalized after a single-vehicle crash in Beaverton.  Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue officials say the crash happened around 8:40 last night in the area of Southwest Murray Boulevard and Allen Road when the car hit a utility pole.  The woman was extricated from the vehicle and taken to Oregon Health & Science University, where she's being treated for serious but non-life-threatening injuries.



(Seattle, WA)  --  Tributes continue to flow following the death of rocker Chris Cornell.  The Seattle native committed suicide following a performance with Soundgarden Wednesday night at Detroit's Fox Theatre.  Last night at Safeco Field, the Seattle Mariners honored Cornell's memory with a pregame moment of silence and samples of his music throughout the Mariners-White Sox game.  Songs by Soundgarden were played, along with music by Cornell's later bands, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  Two men may be facing charges, after a  hash-oil operation at a Beaverton apartment exploded.  Police say two children were among those inside the house in the 63-hundred block of Southwest Lombard when the blast took place late last night.  Authorities believe the explosion came from the kitchen, where they found evidence of hash-oil manufacturing.  Police say 43-year-old Christopher Gibbons was hospitalized after the blast and 30-year-old Troix Chandler was taken to the Washington County Jail.  Officials say both will likely face charges.



(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon lawmakers are considering legislation that would create standards for ethnic studies in classrooms across the state.  The bill would emphasize ethnic and social minorities, and would affect students from kindergarten through 12th grade.  HB 2845 is currently assigned to the Joint Committee on Ways and Means.



(Detroit, MI)  --  Detroit police say the sudden death of rocker Chris Cornell is being investigated as a "possible suicide."  The Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman was found unresponsive late last night in his hotel room.  Investigators say while there is a possibility Cornell took his own life, they're "waiting on the medical examiner to determine the cause and manner of death."  Cornell's representative says the 52-year-old singer's death was "shocking and unexpected."  Cornell, a native of Seattle, died after a concert last night with Soundgarden at Detroit's Fox Theatre.



(Olympia, WA)  --  A measure signed into law by the governor covers a number of changes to Washington's marijuana industry, including how the product is advertised.  The new law prohibits marijuana stores from putting up billboards that appear to be targeting minors.  Stores aren't allowed to use toys, cartoon characters or other youth-appealing images.  Local governments have the option of putting further restrictions on marijuana billboards.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police continue to investigate after a 53-year-old man was stabbed and killed in Southeast Portland.  Authorities say Brian Elliott Bruns was found Tuesday night, lying on a second-floor landing of an apartment building in the 44-hundred block of Southeast 99th Avenue.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  Police say they're following up on several leads but haven't made an arrest.



(Washington Co., OR)  --  A teenager is in intensive care after a suspected drunk driver hit the car she was traveling in with her father and sister on Tuesday night.  The 16-year-old's brother told KATU-TV that his sister is suffering from serious injuries, including broken bones in her arms and legs.  The other sister who was in the car suffered minor injuries and has been released from the hospital.  Their father remains hospitalized.  The driver of the other vehicle that hit the family head-on wasn't hurt badly in the accident, and has been cited for driving under the influence and will likely face more charges.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Police Association is clashing with Mayor Ted Wheeler over the language in a job posting on the city website.  The posting is for the next chief of the Portland Police Bureau and includes a statement that Portland has "a history of legally sanctioned systemic racism."  Wheeler says the posting is accurate, while the police union says the post makes it sound like the bureau is racist.  Wheeler is conducting a national search for a new chief, though he's invited current Chief Mike Marshman to apply.



(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington state politicians will be seeing more in their paychecks.  The Washington Citizens' Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials has approved pay increases for lawmakers, statewide elected officials, and judges.  Legislators will get a two-percent raise this year and another two percent in 2018, even though they haven't completed an operating budget on time in the past eight years.  The governor and attorney general will each get a two-percent pay bump, judges will get a four-percent increase over two years, and two-percent raises will be received by the lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state auditor, insurance commissioner, and superintendent of public instruction.
 



(Washington, DC)  --  A group of Democratic U.S. senators is requesting an investigation into U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and Washington Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell say they aim to find out whether Sessions violated his promise to recuse himself from the investigation into Russia's alleged interference with the 2016 presidential election.  The eleven senators are asking Inspector General Michael Horowitz to investigate after Sessions recommended that President Donald Trump fire FBI Director James Comey on May 9th.  The senators' letter to Horowitz says it appears Sessions' role in the firing of Comey directly violated his recusal.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Initial returns show a wide margin of approval for the 790-million-dollar Portland Public Schools construction bond.  The tally shows 63-percent of voters favored the bond and 37-percent casting "no" votes.  PPS officials say the bond will provide millions of dollars to fund much-needed repairs and improvements to aging schools, and to help mitigate ongoing problems with lead content in school-building water supplies.  Three new members were elected to the school board including Rita Moore in zone 4, Scott Bailey in zone 5 and Julia Brim-Edwards in zone 6.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say one man is dead following a fight in Southeast Portland.  Authorities say it happened around 8:30 last night at an apartment building in the 44-hundred block of Southeast 99th Avenue.  Police haven't released the name of the victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene after being found with traumatic injuries.  There's no word on whether police have arrested a suspect, but investigators believe the victim and suspect knew each other.



(Undated)  --  Oregon is listed in the top half of states in regard to adult obesity.  An analysis by financial-assistance website 24/7 Wall Street shows Oregon has a 30-percent adult obesity rate, which ranks 23rd.  The state has the second-lowest rate of adults who don't exercise, just under 19-percent.  Oregon's rate of deaths before the age of 75 is 316 per 100-thousand, which is 16th lowest.



(Olympia, WA)  --  A measure to prohibit holding hand-held devices while driving is now law in Washington.  Governor Jay Inslee moved the effective date from 2019 to mid-July of this year, saying the bill is too important to wait for the provisions to become law.  Current state law only prohibits texting or holding a phone to the ear while driving.  The law won't apply to a driver who's using a personal electronic device to contact emergency services.



(Portland, OR)  --  The man who was stabbed last weekend in Portland's Old Town neighborhood is dead.  Jacob Shroyer was stabbed on May 8th at an apartment building in the 300 block of Northwest 4th Avenue.  He died at the hospital and the autopsy is scheduled to happen today.  Michael Lee Williams has already been arrested in connection with the stabbing, but now it's believed that more charges will be filed against him.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating a shooting that left a woman wounded in Northeast Portland.  Authorities say the woman was walking to her car in the area of Northeast 33rd Avenue and Killingsworth Street around 10:30 last night when she was shot in the leg.  Investigators aren't sure whether the woman was the intended target.  Police say a black sedan was seen speeding away from the scene.



(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill signed by Governor Jay Inslee stiffens punishment for a driver who's arrested for DUI in Washington for the fourth time in ten years.  The measure makes that fourth driving-under-the-influence offense a felony, instead of the fifth DUI as dictated by current law.  The bill won unanimous support in the state Senate and was approved by a wide margin in the House.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Four people are hurt following a crash in Hillsboro.  The head-on crash happened last night near Southwest Farmington Road and Southwest River Road.  One person had to be airlifted to the hospital, and three others were taken to the hospital by ambulance.



(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill signed into law by Governor Inslee will require health-insurance plans to cover 12-month supplies of contraceptives, rather than just a month or three months at a time.  Everett Representative June Robinson, who sponsored the bill, tells the "News Tribune" the goal is to ensure women don't need to squeeze in trips to the pharmacy every month or every three months just to make sure they won't get pregnant.  Under the new law, insurers will be required to cover 12-month birth-control refills and allow women to pick them up at their prescribing doctor's office when possible, rather than an off-site pharmacy.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  Authorities are trying to capture a thief who uses guest passes to gain access to locker rooms and steal car keys and other items from lockers.  Beaverton police say the woman will then track down the vehicles matching the keys she stole and will take more items from inside the cars.  Police tell KATU-TV the woman has specifically targeted the 24 Hour Fitness and LA Fitness locations in the Beaverton area, but is also a suspect in a number of other cases around the Portland Metro.



(Lake Oswego, OR)  --  A man accused of pepper-spraying a Lake Oswego police officer is behind bars.  Authorities say 46-year-old Bill Paul Anderson reached out and sprayed the officer after being pulled over early yesterday morning in the area of Carman Drive and Fieldstone.  Police say Anderson drove off but was later found hiding in a shed, following a short pursuit.  Officials say Anderson, who was wanted on outstanding warrants, has been booked on multiple charges.



(Olympia, WA)  --  A recently-passed bill that's now law will allow the Washington Department of Natural Resources to donate older fire engines to rural fire districts, vehicles that it otherwise would have to sell at auction.  Previous policy mandates that DNR can donate equipment and vehicles to local fire districts, but only if the value is under 500-dollars.  Supporters of the new law say it will enable less-wealthy communities that rely mainly on volunteer fire crews to access equipment needed to ramp up their initial fire response.



(Olympia, WA)  --  Governor Jay Inslee is leading a contingent of Washington state government and business officials on a trade mission in Mexico this week.  The delegation includes representatives from the state departments of Commerce and Agriculture, Seattle-area business interests, and Washington produce and dairy farmers.  Officials say the trade mission, which will include visits to Guadalajara and Mexico City, will provide insight on how Washington state products are promoted and sold in the country.



(Estacada, OR)  --  A Colton man who's accused of severing his mother's head and bringing it to an Estacada grocery store where an employee was stabbed is behind bars.  Clackamas County sheriff's deputies say 36-year-old Joshua Lee Webb killed his 59-year-old mother, Tina Marie Webb, before entering the Harvest Market Thriftway at South Broadway in Estacada on Sunday and critically wounding the employee.  The employee, identified as 66-year-old Michael Wagner, is expected to recover.  Webb is slated to appear in court this afternoon.  
 



(Portland, OR)  --  With a 790-million-dollar school bond on the ballot, voter turnout for tomorrow's election is below 20-percent.  County elections director Tim Scott tells KATU-TV that, as of the end of business yesterday, turnout had reached about 18-percent.  However, Scott expects more ballots to be returned today, which he says could boost that number to as much as 30-percent.  He says this is a typical "off-year" election, in which there are no major local, state or national political races on the ballot.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A 24-year-old woman who was described as a "veteran racer" is dead following a crash during an event at Portland International Raceway.  Oregon Motorcycle Road Racing Association officials say Kelly Johnson was racing Sunday in the Ultra-Lightweight Superbike when she crashed.  Association president Chris Page tells KOIN-TV Johnson and five other riders were coming through the last turn when Johnson hit a wall on the outside of the track.  Page describes Johnson, who was from Sauvie Island, as a highly skilled rider with eight years of amateur road-racing experience.



(Seattle, WA)  --  A survey conducted in collaboration among multiple state agencies shows the number of Washington teens who have considered suicide is on the rise.  The 2016 Washington state Healthy Youth Survey shows there's been a six-percent increase over the past decade of eighth and tenth-grade students who have considered suicide, and an eight-percent increase among 12th-graders.  The survey shows girls were more likely to contemplate and attempt suicide than boys.  The Healthy Youth Survey is taken among sixth, eighth, tenth and 12th-grade students every two years, although sixth-graders aren't asked questions about suicidal feelings and actions.



(Estacada, OR)  --  Authorities say a man who's accused of stabbing a person in an Estacada grocery store is believed to be connected to a woman's death in Colton.  Clackamas County sheriff's deputies say a man was seen entering the Harvest Market Thriftway around 2:15 yesterday afternoon, covered in blood and holding a knife and what looked like a human head.  Investigators say the suspect stabbed and critically wounded a store employee, but other employees were able to tackle the suspect and detain him until authorities arrived.  Deputies say a woman was found dead minutes later at a home in the 25-thousand block of Elwood Drive in Colton, and it's believed both incidents are connected.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police say one man was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Vancouver.  The Washington State Patrol says the man was traveling east on State Route 14 when his pickup truck hit a guardrail and went down an embankment near Interstate 205.  Troopers say 45-year-old Eric Kent of Vancouver died at the scene.



(Bridal Veil, OR)  --  A 19-year-old woman who got lost while hiking in the Columbia River Gorge is now reported to be safe.  The hiker was with a group of friends on the Angel's Rest Trailhead when she got separated at around 11 o'clock Saturday night.  She remained in contact with friends until her cell-phone battery died, and she was reported missing around 8:30 yesterday morning.  A man who was hiking in the area found the woman and walked her back to the trailhead, and search-and-rescue crews met her at that point.  
 



(Hazel Dell, WA)  --  Authorities say they've arrested a man suspected of a stabbing at a bar in the Hazel Dell area.  Clark County sheriff's deputies say the stabbing happened early Saturday morning, with the victim suffering multiple wounds.  Investigators used information from several witnesses to arrest 26-year-old Daniel Perez Rodriguez.  He's been booked for first-degree assault.



(Portland, OR)  --  Investigators are trying to find out what caused a two-alarm fire that destroyed a warehouse in North Portland.  Fire crews were dispatched around ten o'clock last night and arrived to find the North River Road building engulfed in flames.  No injuries have been reported.  Interstate 405 was shut down between I-5 and US Highway 30, but reopened by around 4:30 this morning.



(Seattle, WA)  --  The wife of Washington Congressman Dan Newhouse is dead at age 62.  Carol Newhouse died Friday at a hospital in Seattle after a battle with cancer.  Dan Newhouse, who represents Washington's 4th Congressional District, said earlier this month that he missed the House vote on repeal of the Affordable Care Act in order to be with his wife at the hospital.  Carol and Dan Newhouse would have celebrated their 35th anniversary today.



(Deming, WA)  --  A man and his baby daughter are dead, following a three-vehicle crash on Mount Baker Highway in Whatcom County, Washington.  The Washington State Patrol says the wreck happened around 10:30 yesterday morning on S-R 542 at Mosquito Lake Road.  WSP Sergeant Mark Francis says an elderly man driving a Chevy Suburban crossed the center line, side-swiped a woman, and then crashed head-on into a man and his infant child.  Police say 25-year-old Phillip Moyer and his five-month-old daughter, Penelope, died at the scene.  The man in the Suburban and the woman he sideswiped are each being treated for serious injuries.



(Portland, OR)  --  Gasoline prices are flat in the Portland area.  The latest Triple-A survey of area gas stations shows the average for regular is two-77 a gallon, about the same as a week ago.  The national average for a gallon of regular is two-34.



(Olympia, WA)  --  Governor Jay Inslee is hoping a bill he's just signed into law will get Washington and Oregon lawmakers working together on how to replace the Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River.  While the southwest Washington contingent was happy to get the bill passed, its Oregon counterparts have been less than enthusiastic.  Many Oregon legislators are saying they still have a bitter taste from the failed Columbia River Crossing project.  The bill calls for creating a legislative action committee with Oregon and creates a regional bridge authority to consider the possibility of new bridges rather than just a replacement for the 100-year-old I-5 bridge.



(Fairview, OR)  --  Police are investigating after a man's body was found near railroad tracks in Fairview.  The Multnomah County Sheriff's office says the body was found in the area of Northeast 223rd Avenue and Sandy Boulevard.  Detectives say the death is being investigated as a homicide.  The man's name hasn't been released.



(Portland, OR)  --  A 29-year-old man is behind bars, after he was accused of breaking into someone's house and locking himself in the bathroom.  Portland police were called yesterday evening to the home in the four-thousand block of Northeast Wistaria Drive.  The residents told officers they didn't know the man and believed he got in the house through an open garage door.  Aaron Lavell Reed-Jones was booked into the Multnomah County Jail after he was persuaded to come out of the bathroom.



(Woodburn, OR)  --  Woodburn police say they have a clear image on surveillance video of a man who's accused of exposing himself to girls at a local laundromat.  Authorities say the incidents happened on May 8th at the laundromat in the eleven-hundred block of North Pacific Highway.  Investigators say the man was caught on tape exposing himself.  Anyone with helpful information is asked to call Woodburn police at 503-982-2345.



(Salem, OR)  --  Students at Portland State University and the University of Oregon won't be paying higher tuition in the next academic year.  The Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission voted against PSU's request for an eight-percent tuition hike.  The University of Oregon had requested an eleven-point-five-percent increase, but that was also rejected.  The commission voted in favor of tuition increases at Southern Oregon University, Western Oregon University and Oregon Tech.



(Seattle, WA)  --  A former U.S. attorney is the latest candidate to enter the Seattle mayor's race.  Jenny Durkan served as U.S. attorney for the Western District of Washington after being appointed in 2009 by President Obama.  Durkan's announcement came days after incumbent Mayor Ed Murray said he won't seek re-election.  Durkan built a reputation as a U.S. attorney for being tough on cyber crime.
 



(Polk Co., OR)  --  Authorities are looking for a woman who's wanted on drug-trafficking charges in Polk and Marion Counties.  A Polk County Interagency Narcotics Team investigation led to the March arrest of Levi McCleskey, who investigators say was found with 22-point-five grams of heroin, danabol steroids, and what police said was a significant amount of cash and gold.  Detectives are now looking for Samantha Gaines in connection with the case.  Police say Gaines is considered dangerous and is carrying either a .45-caliber or nine-millimeter pistol.  Anyone with helpful information is asked to call 503-623-9251.



(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline is flat in the Portland area as Mother's Day gets closer.  The latest Triple-A survey of area gas stations shows the average for regular is two-76 a gallon, only a fraction of a penny lower than a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-34 a gallon.



(Olympia, WA)  --  Property owners are happy with a new Washington law that makes it easier to have squatters removed.  It gives law enforcement authority to boot squatters off a property without having to go through a long eviction process.  The squatter can be removed after the property owner files a declaration of trespassing.  The law is set to take effect on July 21st.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man who's accused of cutting women's hair aboard TriMet buses is now behind bars.  Police say 30-year-old Jared Weston Walter, who's been dubbed the "TriMet Barber," was taken into custody last night on Southeast 89th Avenue after several people chased him.  Walter is facing charges of harassment and interfering with public transportation.  Police say Walter was convicted of several similar crimes in the past.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating a deadly officer-involved shooting on or near MAX tracks in Southeast Portland.  Authorities say it happened shortly after seven o'clock last night near the intersection of Southeast 92nd and Flavel Street, following a report of a disturbance caused by a young man.  Officials say a Transit police officer fired the shot that killed the man, and has been placed on administrative leave.  No one else was injured.



(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill that's intended to crack down on attempts to illegally purchase guns in Washington is now law.  Governor Jay Inslee says the legislation will help keep guns out of the hands of those who are not eligible to have them, and keep the public and law enforcement officers safe.  The bill requires gun dealers to notify the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs within five days of denying a gun purchase.  The Washington State Patrol will then put the information into an electronic database that's accessible to law enforcement agencies.



(Gresham, OR)  --  Gresham police are asking for help to find a 50-year-old woman who hasn't been heard from by her family or friends for the last two weeks.  Investigators say Elissa Twombly, also known as "Lisa," is described as white, five-feet-seven, 150 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.  Twombly's family says it's unusual to not hear from her this long.  Anyone who knows Lisa Twombly's location is asked to call 503-618-2233.



(Salem, OR)  --  A 22-year-old man is dead following a crash on Interstate 5 in Salem.  Oregon State Police say Brandon Lin of Portland was a passenger in a car that went out of control and crashed into a tow truck Tuesday.  Troopers say both vehicles were traveling in the northbound lanes of I-5.  Lin, who was a student at Western Oregon University, died later at a hospital during surgery.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating a stabbing that left a man critically wounded in Portland's Old Town neighborhood.  The stabbing happened late Monday night at the Pacific Tower Apartments on Northwest 4th Avenue.  Authorities say 37-year-old Jacob Pedro Shroyer had been stabbed multiple times and was rushed to a hospital.  Police say it was a random attack.  The suspect is described as a black man with a large build.



(Undated)  --  An analysis by financial-assistance website 24/7 Wall Street shows Oregon is among the states where wildfires caused the most damage over the past few years.  From 2007 through 2016, about seven-point-eight-percent of Oregon sustained wildfire damage, amounting to more than four-million acres.  Oregon recorded the ninth-highest number of planned burns during the period, covering nearly a-million acres.  The state had more than twelve-hundred reported wildfires in 2016.



(Richland, WA)  --  Officials say approximately 50 truckloads of soil will be used to plug the 400-square-foot hole that resulted from the collapse of a waste-storage tunnel at the Hanford nuclear site in Washington.  The tunnel stores rail cars containing contaminated equipment and radioactive material, but there have been no reports of radiation leakage.  Governor Jay Inslee says Washington's state Department of Ecology will issue an enforcement action to the U.S. Department of Energy in response to the Tuesday incident.  It calls for the federal agency and its contractor to determine the cause of the breach, assess future risks, and provide an evaluation and draft plans for corrective actions.



(Portland, OR)  --  A plan to expand Portland's Providence Park by four-thousand seats will move forward after a vote by the Portland City Council.  The Council passed a resolution that waives the ticket taxes on each of those seats.  The Portland Timbers say the privately funded, 50-million-dollar expansion project would include a 93-foot-tall covered structure on the stadium's east side.  The expansion is designed by Portland-based architecture firm Allied Works.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police have two suspects in custody after a manhunt in a Southeast Portland neighborhood last night.  Officers approached two or three people who were suspected to have ties to gangs in Laurelhurst Park.  The suspects fled the scene and officers pursued them on foot.  Residents were warned to stay inside during the pursuit of the alleged gang members because they were believed to be armed.  Police say that one of the two suspects who was taken into custody had a gun and they believe there were more suspects who got away.  Investigators are hoping witnesses will come forward.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland voters will decide next week on whether to approve the 790-million-dollar bond for Portland Public Schools.  If it passes, funds from the bond will be used to renovate Benson and Madison high schools, and to fully rebuild Kellogg Middle School and Lincoln High School.  PPS officials say the district also plans to use money from the bond for upgrades at Cleveland, Jefferson and Wilson high schools.  Various other improvements and upgrades are also included.



(Seattle, WA)  --  Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is no longer a candidate for re-election.  Murray withdrew from the race yesterday, a month after a lawsuit was filed against him for alleged child sexual abuse in the 1980s.  Several other men have made similar accusations, all of which Murray has denied.  Murray says the allegations are politically-motivated.  The mayor says he'll serve until his term expires at the end of the year.



(Portland, OR)  --  Bike shop owners in Portland could face big losses if lawmakers approve a proposal to place a five-percent tax on the purchase of new adult bicycles.  The five-million-dollar plan was proposed on Monday to fund roads, bridges, and bike projects.  The owner of Crank in Southeast Portland told KATU-TV that bike shops would take the biggest hit from the tax because they would need to absorb it to keep prices competitive.  Some cyclists argue it's unfair to tax bicycle riders when they probably also own cars and already pay taxes for road repairs, while others say they should pay their fair share.  It's not clear where the extra funding would actually go.



(Hanford, WA)  --  Operators at the Hanford nuclear reservation in Washington are working to fix a huge hole in the roof of a tunnel that contains rail cars full of radioactive equipment.  Thousands of Hanford workers filed out of the facility yesterday after the hole was discovered next to a closed area known as the PUREX plant, but there were no reports of radiation being released.  Hanford site officials tell the "Spokesman-Review" it's not clear how the hole, estimated at 400 square feet, will be covered.  Spokesman Destry Henderson says officials are exploring the possibility of placing a barrier between the contaminated equipment inside and the outside air without causing the hole to grow larger.
 



(Troutdale, OR)  --   A driver is being cited after he crashed into a wedding venue.  It happened yesterday at the Troutdale House in Troutdale.  The driver and his passenger both had to be taken to the hospital.  No one inside the venue was hurt, but a sign and at least two cars in the parking lot were damaged.



(Gresham, OR)  --  Gresham police are warning residents about a man posing as a utility worker in an effort to enter people's homes.  Authorities say the incidents have happened in locations that include the intersection of Northwest Division Street and Mawrcrest Drive, and an apartment complex in the 27-hundred block of West Powell Boulevard.  Police say a man, wearing no uniform or badge, knocked on doors claiming to work for a utility company and asked if he could come in and check the residents' services.  Officials say none of the residents let the man into their homes.  
 



(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill that would make it easier in Washington to prosecute people who solicit sex online is awaiting Governor Inslee's signature.  The measure, which was approved without opposition by lawmakers, changes state law to say defendants have committed the misdemeanor crime of patronizing a prostitute in the place where they made contact and where the contact was received.  Supporters tell the "News Tribune" the growing prevalence of the internet and social media makes it necessary to extend protection of children to online crimes.



(Keizer, OR)  --  A home near two Marion County schools is considered unsafe to enter after officers searched it during the arrest of a drug dealer.  The Salem Street Crimes Unit and Keizer police were tipped off that drugs were being sold in the home and the occupants could be armed.  When they arrived at the home with a warrant, there were six people inside.  Officers arrested one man who they say is responsible for the home and accused of dealing illegal drugs out of the home.  Investigators found hundreds of pills, heroin, meth, crack cocaine and marijuana.  They also had a bomb squad assure a possible explosive device was rendered safe.  The suspect is in jail for several drug charges.



(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities continue to investigate the death of a Seattle man who was climbing Mount Hood.  Clackamas County sheriff's deputies say 32-year-old John Thorton Jenkins was seriously injured Sunday after falling about 600 feet in the Hogsback area of the mountain.  Jenkins died later at a Portland hospital.



(Portland, OR)  --  After closing its flagship store in downtown Portland, Macy's has decided to withdraw sponsorship of the city's annual day-after-Thanksgiving parade.  Macy's started sponsoring the parade in 2006.  The store also transferred historic Santaland display items like the monorail, animatronic elves and an eight-foot snowman to the Oregon Historical Society.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating two separate stabbings in Old Town.  The first happened just before 10:30 last night at the Pacific Tower Apartments on Northwest 4th Avenue.  The second happened just a few minutes later on Northwest Naito Parkway.  Anyone with information on either stabbing is asked to call the Portland Police Bureau.



(Olympia, WA)  --  Changes to Washington laws regarding alcoholic beverages include a measure that will allow nonprofits to auction wine in order to raise money.  Those organizations can now get a special license from the Liquor and Cannabis Board to auction wine.  They can even allow tastings at the auction as long as the tastings are for wine that's going to be sold.  The bill has been signed into law by Governor Inslee.



(Seattle, WA)  --  Multiple media outlets are reporting that incumbent Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will likely announce he's withdrawing his bid for re-election.  That announcement could come as early as today.  Four men claim they were paid for sex as teenagers by Murray, allegations the mayor denies.  One of the accusers, 46-year-old Delvonn Heckard of Kent, has a lawsuit pending against Murray.  The mayor is scheduled to hold a news conference at 10:30 this morning.



(Salem, OR)  --  A House-passed bill intended to protect renters in Oregon is being considered in a Senate committee.  The measure would effectively end no-cause evictions state-wide, and remove the state's ban on rent control.  Should the bill pass, it would allow municipalities and local governments to enact caps on rent increases.  Opponents say the bill is a bad deal for property owners and would make housing more expensive.  The bill must get approval from the full Senate before it reaches the governor's desk.



(Olympia, WA)  --  A Washington state senator from Lynnwood is working on a way to force President Donald Trump to release his tax returns.  Senator Marko Liias says he's looking to find out whether Trump's name can be kept off the ballot in Washington state if he continues to withhold his returns.  Liias says he's contacted state Attorney General Bob Ferguson to find out whether failure to release the returns can keep Trump off the ballot in the state of Washington, or give the state authority to withhold its 12 electoral votes.



(Tigard, OR)  --  A school bus driver for the Tigard-Tualatin School District is under indictment after being accused of sexually abusing a special-needs student.  Authorities say 60-year-old Mario Mendez Ruiz of Hillsboro committed the abuse in late March after dropping off all other children from the bus.  Ruiz is facing charges of second-degree kidnapping, third-degree sexual abuse and first-degree criminal mistreatment.  Investigators say Ruiz gave the girl money and instructed her not to tell anyone.



(Portland, WA)  --  The lone finalist for the Portland Public Schools superintendent's job is no longer under consideration.  Officials say Doctor Donyall Dickey has withdrawn his candidacy and officials say it was a mutual decision.  Dickey had expressed interest in exploring other interests while serving as superintendent, but PPS Board chair Tom Koehler says the board made it clear it wanted a superintendent who would be with Portland Public Schools 100-percent.  Bob McKean will continue as interim superintendent.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating an early-morning armed robbery in Northeast Portland.  Authorities say a man and a woman were sitting in a car on Northeast 11th Avenue and Sumner Street around 2:36 this morning when they were approached by two men, one of them with a gun, who robbed the victims of various items.  Police say as the robbers walked away, the gun was pointed at the vehicle and fired, but no one was injured.  Investigators say the suspects are described as two young black men.



(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee will allow students in Washington to take sunscreen to school.  Under the measure, younger students will be able to enlist the help of school staff to apply the sunscreen to help prevent sunburn and perhaps skin cancer.  Previously, students were restricted from bringing sunscreen to campus because it's regulated by the FDA.  The law takes effect immediately.



(Portland, OR)  --  Gas prices in the Portland area are lower ahead of the weekend.  Triple-A reports the average for a gallon of regular is two-78, about two cents below the average at this time last week.  A year ago, a gallon of regular in the Portland area sold for an average of two-36 a gallon.



(Olympia, WA)  --  One of the bills passed by Washington lawmakers during the regular session is designed to prepare college freshmen for dealing with and getting a handle on personal finances.  Governor Inslee has signed the measure, which requires that students take seminars that provide information about financial aid, scholarships, work-study and loan options, as well as an overview of the costs of paying for the loans.  Inslee wants the legislature to find a way to provide enough money for all incoming freshmen to take the seminars, rather than only those receiving the State Need Grant.



(West Linn, OR)  --  A 90-year-old man is being hospitalized for critical injuries, after a large tree fell on top of him at an adult-care center in West Linn.  Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue says the man was standing outside the facility in the 20-thousand block of Willamette Drive yesterday when the 20-plus-foot tree toppled over.  Officials say the reason the tree fell was age-related, rather than weather-related.



(Portland, OR)  --  The conviction of the driver who struck and killed two Forest Grove girls in a leaf pile is being overturned.  The children were playing in a leaf pile in the street in October of 2013 when they were hit by Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros, who told police she didn't stop because she hadn't realized she had hit anything.  Yesterday, the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled that Garcia-Cisneros had no reason to know the girls were in the leaf pile.  The court also ruled that she had no reason to return to the scene.  Washington County prosecutor Bracken McKey says the case can't be re-prosecuted because the court ruled the driver's "conduct was not criminal."



(Portland, OR)  --  Another rioter is facing charges in connection to the violence that broke out at Monday's May Day march.  Yesterday, Portland police arrested Damion Feller.  He's accused of throwing burning road flares into a Target store and a police cruiser.  Feller is now facing arson charges.



(Washington, DC)  --  The latest figures from the National Transportation Safety Board say the number of aviation accidents in Washington state is declining.  The NTSB says Washington had 47 fatal and non-fatal accidents in 2014, 36 in 2015 and 33 in 2016.  The agency says including the crash of a small plane in Mukilteo this week, Washington has had seven reported airplane accidents so far in 2017.  But officials note that more than six months remain until the end of the year.



(Portland, OR)  --  A woman claims she's found more evidence in a sexual abuse case.  Daniel Gonzalez was accused of sexually abusing the woman's daughter, as well as taking up-skirt videos at Legacy Emanuel Hospital where he worked in 2015 and 2016.  Gonzales was arrested back in February in connection the case, but the district attorney's office decided against filing charges.  Now the woman says she found a flash drive that allegedly belonged to Gonzalez, who used to rent a home from the woman.  The flash drive reportedly contained inappropriate videos and pictures that she says Gonzalez took at his former workplace.



(Lake Oswego, OR)  --  Police are looking for an eight-year-old Lake Oswego boy who's reported to have vanished late last night.  Authorities say Ricky Gonzalez was last seen around ten o'clock last night in the area of Camen and Daniel Way.  Ricky is described as being four-foot and 55 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.  He was last seen wearing a gray Seattle Seahawks shirt, faded black jeans and green high-top shoes.  He was riding a white, black and blue BMX-style bike with blue lettering.  Anyone who knows the location of Ricky Gonzalez is asked to call 911.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Fire and Rescue says no one was injured as a result of the collapse of part of the facade of a building on Southeast Division at Southeast 48th.  Officials say a parapet from the building came tumbling down to the sidewalk yesterday, causing 100 to 200 bricks to fall.  The building houses a tattoo shop and several other businesses.  Structural engineers are trying to figure out what caused the collapse. 



(Compton, CA)  --  Former Portland Trail Blazer Brandon Roy continues to recover in Seattle from gunshot wounds he suffered Saturday while standing near his grandmother's home near Los Angeles.  Police say Roy was one of four people who were shot "for no apparent reason."  Authorities are searching for the shooter or shooters.  Roy, who coaches boys' basketball at Seattle's Nathan Hale High School, played for Portland for five seasons of his six-year NBA career.



(Olympia, WA)  --  Kate Brown of Oregon and Jay Inslee of Washington are among twelve governors who are urging the Trump administration to continue involvement of the U.S. in the international Paris Climate Agreement.  In a letter sent to the president, the governors say climate change is already affecting their states and the nation in damaging ways and an international response at all levels of government is essential to avoiding its worst impacts.  Brown and Inslee say they and their fellow governors are hoping the president will decide that the U.S. will continue to be a world leader in the 21st century.



(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington Governor Jay Inslee says he hopes Oregon will eventually get behind a project to replace the Interstate 5 bridge across the Columbia River.  Washington lawmakers recently approved a measure to address the chronically-congested crossing but many Oregon legislators say the project isn't a priority for them at this point.  The governor tells the editorial board at "The Columbian" he wants to avoid a repeat of the past when Washington walked away from the Columbia River Crossing project in 2013 after years of planning.  Inslee says he favors replacement of the current I-5 crossing, rather than construction of a new bridge.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man who hit and killed a pedestrian will never legally drive again.  Clifford Perry, Jr. was arrested in September of 2016 for the drunk driving crash in Southeast Portland.  He pleaded guilty last month.  Yesterday, he was sentenced to spend four years in prison and his driving privileges were revoked for the rest of his life.



(Portland, OR)  --  A group of people are being cited for the riot that broke out at Portland's May Day March.  Portland Police arrested 25 protesters on various charges.  Yesterday, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler condemned the protesters' actions, saying "In Portland we respect peaceful protest, but we do not and cannot support acts of violence and vandalism.  That's not political speech. That's crime."



(Portland, OR)  --  A man who's accused of strangling his girlfriend at a Portland Motel 6 is under indictment.  Authorities say 31-year-old Joshua Scott Carlson is facing a murder charge in the death of 42-year-old Valerie Johnson, whose body was found with a black belt wrapped around her neck.  Police say Carlson is also accused of stealing a car and eluding an officer during a brief chase.  He's being held in the Multnomah County Jail.



(Gresham, OR)  --  Sheriff's deputies say they've arrested a man who crashed his car into a house and then asked the people inside if he could hide from police there.  Multnomah County authorities say the crash happened around 6:30 yesterday evening at the home in the 84-hundred block of Southeast 172nd Avenue in Gresham.  Deputies arrived and were told the suspect was hiding in the garage.  Deputies booked 27-year-old Vincente L. Burciago of Portland on multiple charges.



(Salem, OR)  --  The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians say they plan to build a casino in North Salem.  The announcement comes less than two weeks after the Cowlitz Tribe opened a casino in La Center.  Tribal officials say the new casino is estimated to bring more than 185-million-dollars in gross revenue and 15-hundred full-time jobs the first year of operation after its projected 2021 opening.  The Confederated Tribes of Siletz says the casino will be built on reservation property off Interstate 5 at exit 258.



(Seattle, WA)  --  Former NBA player and ex-University of Washington star Brandon Roy is reported to be recovering in Seattle after being shot in the leg in California.  "USA Today" reports Roy was shot in a random attack as he stood outside his grandmother's house near Los Angeles over the weekend.  Roy, who's 32-years-old, played six years in the NBA, five of them with Portland.  He currently coaches boys' basketball at Seattle's Nathan Hale High School.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say one of their motorcycle officers was taken to a hospital following a crash involving a suspected impaired driver.  Authorities say the officer was stopped in the left turn lane of Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard near Holgate shortly before nine o'clock last night when a car hit the motorcycle from behind.  Police say the officer's injuries aren't serious.  The driver of the other vehicle, who remained at the scene, was arrested for suspicion of DUII.  
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities say a body they recovered from the Clackamas River is that of an Estacada man who had been missing since March 12th.  Officials say the body of 18-year-old Brandon Powell was spotted in the river on April 28th.  Powell's family told police he left home on March 12th after smoking a highly concentrated marijuana extract.  Police say there's no indication of foul play associated with Powell's death.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland's overall budget, as proposed by Mayor Ted Wheeler, is 400-million dollars more than that of last year.  The four-point-seven-billion-dollar spending plan includes a general-fund budget of 622-million dollars.  Under the plan, the mayor wants to eliminate the mounted patrol and the Portland Fire & Rescue Dive Team.  Wheeler also wants to delay the issuance of body cameras to police officers until a policy is developed for it.  Wheeler also wants to use 50-million dollars this year to launch the Build Portland program, a 20-year program to upgrade the city's roads, parks, and other infrastructure.



(Keizer, OR)  --  An employee with a tree-service company is in custody, after being accused of trying to throw his co-worker into a wood-chipper.  Authorities say 26-year-old Scott Edward Iverson of Stayton tried at least twice to push the 22-year-old victim into the machine Thursday.  Another employee then intervened and pulled Iverson off the other man.  Police say they arrested Iverson Friday on assault charges.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman is facing multiple charges after he was detained by two men on an East Burnside MAX platform.  Officers arrived Sunday night and arrested the suspect, 29-year-old Sean Leon Lacy, Jr.  Police say Lacey had broken into a nearby home and sexually assaulted the victim.  Lacy was booked on a number of charges, including first-degree kidnapping, first-degree rape, and first-degree burglary.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Clark County sheriff's deputies continue to investigate the death of a man whose body was found last week in a shed.  Authorities say 35-year-old Raymond Brandon was found in the shed on 172nd Avenue Thursday evening.  Deputies say Brandon died after being shot in the chest.  The case is being investigated as a homicide.



(Spokane, WA)  --  A nine-year-old boy is being detained on felony charges after being accused of assault with a deadly weapon.  Police say the boy walked by the victim's Spokane apartment Friday night and started yelling at her and using racial slurs.  Authorities say the boy displayed a box cutter and was walking toward the woman when the victim's nephew intervened and took the box cutter from the boy.  Police say the charge of assault with a deadly weapon is the boy's third felony.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say more than two-dozen arrests were made after May Day demonstrations in Portland turned violent.  KOIN-TV reports anarchists allegedly hijacked the event and began throwing items at police, vandalizing local businesses, and starting fires in the streets.  Officers declared the protests had become a riot and arrested 22 adults and three juveniles.  Police issued orders to disperse and cancelled the event's permit.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  The swollen Willamette River is full of debris, causing flooding.  The river is flowing over roads in the Willamette Mission State Park in Gervais.  Melting mountain snow is adding to the problem.  The debris is also causing serious hazards for boaters.  Roads in the parks are expected to open by Thursday.



(Salem, OR)  --  May Day is known as International Workers Day and is often a day of protest.  Hundreds came out yesterday for a May Day rally in Salem in support of immigrants' rights.  Governor Kate Brown spoke to the crowd offering her support.  The march was peaceful, in contrast to a violent protest in Portland where marchers threw bottles and other items at police.



(Renton, WA)  --  A man called a "vociferous, table-pounding liberal" is dead at age 78.  Former Washington Governor Mike Lowry died yesterday of complications from a stroke.  Lowry served as governor from 1993 to 1997, after representing Washington's 7th District in Congress for a decade.  Governor Jay Inslee says Lowry "served with compassion and humility" and cared deeply about the people of Washington.



(Gresham, OR)  --  Gresham police are trying to identify the driver who critically injured a 16-year-old girl in a hit-and-run crash.  Aleyda Perez was walking home from a friend's house late Friday night and was hit while crossing at the intersection of 199th and Southeast Stark Street in Gresham.  Police say Perez was in a marked, lighted crosswalk at the time.  There's no information on the vehicle's description.  Anyone with helpful information is asked to call 503-618-2719.



(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill requiring that edible marijuana products sold in licensed stores in Washington be inspected like other processed food for sale in the state will become law on July 1st.  The Washington State Agriculture Department will have authority over marijuana-infused edibles just like other items covered by the Food Processing Act.  The "Spokesman-Review" reports businesses that make edibles will have to get an endorsement from the department after passing an inspection when they renew their processor license with the state Liquor and Cannabis Board.
 



(Beaverton, OR)  --  Police say a Portland woman who was hit by a MAX train in Beaverton is being treated for injuries that aren't life-threatening.  Authorities say the 21-year-old suffered facial injuries after she ran across the tracks at the Elmonica MAX station Saturday evening.  Officials say the railroad arms were down and working when the woman was hit.  Beaverton police tell "The Oregonian" the train was moving slowly because it was pulling into the station.



(Portland, OR)  --  Triple-A reports a slight drop in Portland-area fuel prices.  The average for a gallon of regular is two-78, about a penny below the average of a week ago.  At this time last month, the average was two-72 a gallon.



(Spokane, WA)  --  A woman who's believed to have been involved in a hit-and-run crash that severed a motorcyclist's leg in Spokane is in custody.  Police say a tip led to the arrest Friday of 33-year-old Leslie Hester of Spokane, who's charged with felony hit and run.  Authorities tell the "Spokesman-Review" evidence on Hester's GMC Yukon SUV fit with evidence from the scene of the April 23rd accident and accounts from witnesses.  Officials say a local dentist and former Boy Scout who happened upon the scene shortly after the crash bound the bleeding leg with a tourniquet of two belts, an action that the victim, Daniel Inwood, says saved his life.



(Portland, OR)  --  Transportation officials are warning about disruptions in MAX service over the next three weeks as work continues on improving track and intersections.  Upgrades on the track on Southwest Morrison and Yamhill at 11th Avenue will include removal of wooden ties, replacing track, and installing new switch machines and cables for the signal system.  Officials say the improvements will help keep the MAX system moving and create a smoother ride for trains and streetcars.  Shuttle buses will be operating on several streets downtown to provide alternate service for MAX and Portland Streetcar riders.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland is only one of a number of cities across the U.S. in which May Day rallies and marches are slated to promote workers' rights.  The event organized for today by the Portland May Day Coalition is being called "Rise Up, Resist and Unite," and is scheduled to begin with a rally at Shemanski Park at two o'clock and a march through downtown starting at three.  Portland Fire & Rescue officials tell Fox-12 medics will be embedded with crowd-control personnel from the Police Bureau, but will wear uniforms that are markedly different from their law-enforcement counterparts.  May Day organizers say they'll have their own street medics and "peacekeepers" on hand to de-escalate any tense situations.



(Olympia, WA)  --  The governor, state lawmakers, and other elected officials in Washington are in line for pay raises.  The Washington Citizens' Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials is proposing pay hikes that range from four percent over the next two years for the governor and state legislators, to eight percent over two years for the superintendent of public instruction.  Commission Executive Director Teri Wright tells KING-5 the raises were proposed after comparing Washington's salaries for elected officials to similar positions across the country.  The panel will vote on May 17th whether to approve the proposed salary hikes.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A woman is being treated for life-threatening injuries, after being hit by a car at a Northeast Portland intersection.  Police say it happened around ten o'clock last night on Northeast Killingsworth near Northeast 75th Avenue.  The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation.  No names have been released.


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