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(Portland, OR)  --  Police are on the lookout for a suspect accused of shooting two teenagers at a house party in Southeast Portland.  Police say someone called 9-1-1 Saturday night to report gunfire at a large house party near Southeast 90th and Duke Street.  Officers arriving at the scene found a juvenile boy and a juvenile girl had both suffered gunshot wounds.  The juveniles are both expected to recover.  Investigators believe the incident was gang-related.



(Gresham, OR)  --  Four people are facing murder charges in connection to the shooting death of a 17-year-old in Gresham.  Police arrested three teenagers and a 20-year-old Saturday night for the death of Jose Ricardo Morales.  Police say the four were involved in the shooting that happened late Saturday at the intersection of Southeast 187th Avenue and Stark Street.



(Portland, OR)  --  One man is hospitalized after a car crashed into him while he was walking down a sidewalk.  Police say the man was walking near Fischer Road and Highway 99 Saturday evening when a collision sent one car crashing into him.  He was rushed to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.  There's no word yet on whether any charges have been filed.



(Portland, OR)  --  Search efforts are continuing in the nearly decade-old case of a missing Portland boy.  Crews searched an area in the West Hills near Northwest Springville Road and Skyline Boulevard yesterday for any signs of Kyron Horman.  Horman was seven-years-old when he disappeared after his stepmother dropped him off at a science fair in 2010.  The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office initiated a search in the West Hills area earlier this month.



(Forest Grove, OR)  --  Search and rescue crews are at Henry Hagg Lake in Forest Grove this morning after receiving reports of a possible drowning.  The Washington County Sheriff's Office says they received the call early this morning.  The marine patrol is on the scene combing the area for the victim.  Further details were not immediately available.



(Salem, OR)  --  The Oregon National Guard is being called out because of next month's total solar eclipse.  Oregon's governor has authorized the use of 150 soldiers and six helicopters to help out.  The state is expecting about one-million visitors to witness the eclipse on August 21st, and officials fear the huge influx of people will jam highways and stretch resources thin.  The eclipse also coincides with peak wildfire season in Oregon.  Troops will likely deploy along the centerline of the eclipse that includes the cities of Salem, Redmond and Baker City.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  An Excessive Heat Watch is in effect for much of the Pacific Northwest this week.  The National Weather Service says highs near the Portland Airport could reach up to 106 degrees.  Temperatures could also rise into the triple digits in Willamette Valley, Coast Range, Cascade Foothills, Cascades, Columbia River Gorge and Upper Hood River Valley.  Officials are reminding people to drink lots of water and stay in shady, cool areas when possible.
 



(King City, OR)  --  Investigators say alcohol was likely involved in a two-car crash that sent a pedestrian to the hospital.  Police believe 58-year-old Tigard resident Michelle McMillian was drinking Saturday night before she crashed into another vehicle on Highway 99 West near Fischer Road.  The collision sent the second vehicle crashing into 36-year-old Nathaniel Franciosi, who was walking on the sidewalk along Highway 99 West.  Franciosi was rushed to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  A mother and her young son remain hospitalized following an auto-pedestrian car crash in a grocery store parking lot.  Police say Melissa McAllister was walking to a Safeway in Vancouver with her two young sons when an employee arriving for work ran them over.  McAllister's husband Guy tells KATU-2 the car ran over Melissa's midsection and leg, and their four-year-old son may have suffered brain damage in the crash.  Guy says their 21-month-old son only suffered a concussion and was released from the hospital yesterday.
 



(Vancouver, WA)  --  A Vancouver Dutch Bros stand is donating money to a scholarship fund honoring a Vancouver teen who drowned this summer.  KATU-2 reports the Dutch Bros stand on Northeast Hazel Dell Avenue donated a portion of its sales from yesterday to the scholarship fund honoring 18-year-old Hunter Pearson.  Pearson drowned at Lackamas Lake in May.  He was set to attend Utah State University in the fall on a football scholarship.



(Gresham, OR)  --  Family and friends are remembering a 17-year-old who was shot and killed in Gresham over the weekend.  More than two-dozen people gathered yesterday with flowers and balloons on the sidewalk where Jose Ricardo Morales was shot to death.  Police arrested three teenagers and a 20-year-old Saturday night in connection to the shooting.  Morales was shot to death late Saturday at the intersection of Southeast 187th Avenue and Stark Street.



(Clark County, OR)  --  A Clark County Sheriff's Office corrections deputy is facing charges for sexual misconduct with a female inmate.  Police arrested Christopher North earlier this week after a female inmate said he engaged in a sexual act with her while she was waiting in a booking area earlier this month.  Court documents say the inmate's clothes have tested positive for North's bodily fluids and investigators are waiting for swab test results from the inmate and North.  He is facing charges of indecent liberties and custodial sexual misconduct in the second degree.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson says he's denying another request from the Trump administration for voter information.  Richardson says Vice Chairman Kris Kobach of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity sent the state a second letter asking for voter data yesterday.  However, Richardson says Kobach didn't include the five-hundred-dollar fee to pay for the data.  Richardson responded to Kobach's first letter seeking data by saying that anyone can obtain a list of state voters for a fee of five-hundred dollars.



(Portland, OR)  --  A dozen Portland schools are saying goodbye to free lunches.  Portland Public Schools says the 12 schools will no longer be providing free lunch to all students in the coming school year.  School district officials tell KATU the schools have fallen outside of requirements for federal funding of free meals due to rising incomes.  Roosevelt, Jefferson and Madison high schools are among schools affected.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man charged in connection to a deadly apartment fire last weekend is due in court today.  Police arrested 28-year-old Ryan Thomas Monaco yesterday on charges of arson and aggravated murder.  Police say Monaco started the fire that killed two people at Camp Manor Apartments at 9815 Northeast Glisan Street Sunday.



(Portland, OR)  --  A new city campaign aims to eliminate fire deaths in the city of Portland.  KATU reports the campaign is called Zero is Our Hero.  The Portland fire bureau will begin making house calls in October to make sure homes are fire-safe.  Four people have died in fires in Portland over the last four days.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Washington state officials say fire crews were working to contain two small brush fires in Vancouver yesterday.  Crews were battling the blazes on SR-14 at milepost 5.1 near Ellsworth Avenue yesterday.  The fires backed up traffic and briefly closed the westbound SR-14 off-ramp to Lieser Road.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  A boil water notice is in effect for some Tualatin Valley Water District customers.  It comes after a water main valve broke yesterday afternoon causing a loss of pressure to customers south of Farmington Road.  Water district officials are working to fix the problem and say the water will need to be tested to make sure it is free of harmful bacteria, a process that takes 24 hours.  They are encouraging people in the affected area to boil their water for at least a minute before using it until further notice.  More than 55-hundred customers are being affected by the break.



(Portland, OR)  --  Fire officials say a hash oil explosion caused the fire that killed two people and destroyed a home in North Portland Monday.  Portland Fire and Rescue said the explosion happened when a large concentration of butane ignited.  The butane was being used to produce butane hash oil.  The explosion killed 42-year-old Matthew McCrann and 68-year-old Richard Cisler.  A firefighter suffered minor injuries and two other homes were damaged.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police are looking for a thief who stole a car using a tow truck Monday night.  Home surveillance video in the area shows the tow truck hauling the car away from a home in the area of Northeast 122nd and Halsey Street.  Police say the car is a 2001 Pontiac Trans Am.  Police say it could be a "truck on the clock" that stole the car.



(Portland, OR)  --  Court documents show that the man accused of breaking into an elderly woman's home tied her up and threatened to kill her.  Sergio Jose Martinez is accused of breaking into a 65-year-old woman's home on Northeast Irving Monday and sexually and physically assaulting her.  Police say he tied her up with scarves and hit her several times.  Martinez has a lengthy criminal record and is also connected to an assault on a woman in a parking garage later that day.  He has been deported to Mexico more than 20 times.  He faces several sexual abuse and assault charges.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish is running for re-election.  Fish tells the Portland Tribune he has retained Hilltop Public Solutions to manage the campaign for 2018, though he hasn't started raising campaign funds yet.  Also running for Commissioner next year are affordable housing advocate Margot Black and environmental activist Julia DeGraw.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon lawmakers are speaking out against President Trump's Twitter announcement of a ban on transgenders in the military.  Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden as well as Representative Suzanne Bonamici have all released statements calling the ban discriminatory.  Merkley says that the military should accept the contributions of "all patriots who want to serve" the nation, adding that "discrimination doesn't make America safer."  Wyden says, quote, "I cannot imagine making national security policy by Tweet," adding that the ban is "clearly designed to discriminate rather than focus on those who can serve our country."  Bonamici is asking the Defense Department to continue accepting transgender enlistees, saying that Trump's decision "goes against the values that our military fights to protect."



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Two people are hurt following a three-vehicle crash that happened in Hillsboro.  The crash happened near the intersection of Germantown and Cornelius Pass road yesterday.  The crash involved two commercial trucks and one person had to be flown to the hospital.



(Portland, OR)  --  Hawaiian Airlines is resuming its nonstop flights to Maui from Portland.  The airline will resume the daily flights from Portland International Airport starting January 18th.  The move comes as Hawaiian Airlines works to expand its A321neo fleet to the West Coast.



(Portland, OR)  --  The historic Portland sign will soon be back at home over Broadway.  The newly renovated sign will return to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall over Southwest Broadway on July 31st.  A re-lighting ceremony is set for August 16th.  The sign's 500-thousand-dollar restoration includes a fresh coat of paint, UV coating, bright neon lettering and a new aluminum shell.  The sign has been in place over Portland since 1928.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland scientists are celebrating the first successful U.S. editing of genes on embryos.  The successful procedure at the Oregon Health and Science University was announced yesterday.  The procedure broke new ground both in the number of embryos used and by showing it's possible to safely and efficiently correct defective genes that cause inherited diseases.  Reports say the embryos were allowed to develop only a few days.  Some countries have banned gene editing out of concerns it could be used to create so-called designer babies.



(Portland, OR)  --  The victims of a home explosion in North Portland are being identified.  Police say 42-year-old Matthew McCrann and 68-year-old Richard Cisler died Monday afternoon following an explosion that destroyed a home and damaged two others.  Witnesses in the area say the explosion shook the neighborhood like an earthquake.  Authorities are still trying to determine what caused the explosion.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Two Portland men are facing charges related to trespassing and filming police.  KOIN reports that Robert Lee West and Eli Franklyn Richey are accused of showing up at the homes of members of the Portland police and the Multnomah County DA Rod Underhill.  Charges against the two are related to a string of incidents in which they filmed several homes of high-ranking police officers and published their license plates and home addresses on the internet.  Both men are scheduled to appear in court next month.



(Salem, OR)  --  A former Woodburn police officer will have to serve probation after he had sex with women several times while on duty.  Timothy Cobos pleaded guilty to official misconduct and is ordered to perform community service.  He has resigned from the police department and has agreed to give up his law enforcement certifications.  Cobos also admitted to having sex in his patrol car.  Police Chief Jim Ferraris said in court yesterday that Cobos, quote, "meets the definition of a corrupt cop."



(Portland, OR)  --  Mayor Ted Wheeler says Portland will remain a safe, welcoming city for all residents, regardless of immigration status.  Wheeler made the comment to KATU-2 yesterday following the U.S. Department of Justice's announcement of plans to crack down on sanctuary cities.  The Justice Department says it will no longer award grants to cities that fail to give ICE agents access to its jails.  Cities must also provide 48-hours notice before releasing an illegal immigrant from custody.  Portland Police Sergeant Pete Simpson tells KATU he doesn't believe the Portland Police Bureau receives any federal funding anyway.  A spokesman with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says their department is mostly funded by taxpayers and the general fund.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man believed to be involved in multiple violent attacks in Portland is behind bars.  Police arrested 31-year-old Sergio Jose Martinez Monday.  He is accused of several assaults, including an attack on a 65-year-old woman near the Kerns neighborhood.  Martinez allegedly broke into her home, physically and sexually assaulted her and stole her car.  He faces various assault and sexual abuse charges.



(North Plains, OR)  --  Two people are injured following a tandem bike crash in North Plains yesterday afternoon.  Police say at least one of the people had life-threatening injuries and had to be transported to the hospital by air.  The bike was coming down a hill and crashed.  No vehicles were involved.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are on the lookout for at least one man accused of vandalizing a pair of businesses along Southeast Division.  Officials say the suspect or suspects left graffiti on the LB Market and the Sessionable Taproom at Division and 36th over the weekend.  The Sessionable Taproom has been open for less than two months.  Surveillance cameras caught one of the suspects on tape.



(Portland, OR)  --  Multnomah County is struggling with overcrowding at their jail.  Authorities say the Multnomah County Jail has already reached 95-percent capacity four times this month and has remained at a steady 90-percent for the rest of the month.  The county is asking police to try to cite and release suspects rather than arrest them whenever possible to cut back on the overcrowding.  The county is also set to start reviewing inmate case histories to determine if any of their inmates can be set free.



(Seattle, WA)  --  A Pacific Northwest man who gained infamy as Hashtag-Man-In-Tree is in trouble with the law again.  A District Court judge in Seattle, Washington has issued a 10-thousand-dollar arrest warrant for 30-year-old Seattle resident Cody Lee Miller after he allegedly violated the terms set for him in Mental Health Court.  A mental health specialist with the court says Miller missed a case-management appointment last Monday and appears to have been off his medication for the last two weeks.  Miller earned Internet fame in March 2016 when he climbed an 80-foot tree outside of Macy's downtown Seattle store and pelted officers with green seed cones and branches before finally climbing down 25 hours later.



(Portland, OR)  --  A new report finds some Portland renters are getting a deal on their apartments this summer.  According to rental website Zumper, rent prices for one-bedroom apartments in Portland dipped slightly for the summer months.  The overall price of a one-bedroom has dropped over two percent to an average of 1360 dollars a month.  Two-bedroom apartment rental prices have stayed level at about 16-hundred.



(Portland, OR)  --  An iconic costume shop in Northeast Portland is shutting its doors after more than a century in business.  Helen's Pacific Costumers is set to close up shop for good at the end of next month.  The shop has been open for almost 128 years, but owner Pam Monette is set to retire soon and tells KATU she plans to sell the shop.



(Portland, OR)  --  A home is destroyed and two others are damaged following an explosion in North Portland.  The explosion happened at 6432 North Kerby Avenue yesterday afternoon, seriously injuring one person who was hospitalized.  A firefighter also suffered minor injuries.  Witnesses described the explosion as feeling like an earthquake as it shook the entire neighborhood block.  The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.



(Newport, OR)  --  A man is dead following a car crash on Highway 20 yesterday morning.  Andrew Beauchamp reportedly went off the road's shoulder hitting a guardrail and was thrown from his pickup truck near Pioneer Trail.  Investigators say they do not believe he was wearing a seatbelt and may have been speeding prior to the crash.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man who assaulted a woman yesterday evening is behind bars following a police pursuit through Northeast Portland.  Police say the man, who was armed with a knife, assaulted the woman in the basement of a parking garage near the 2100 block of Northeast Halsey Street and ran from police when they arrived.  Police chased him through a Northeast Portland neighborhood and arrested him in an apartment.  Both the victim and the suspect were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.



(Portland, OR)  --  A dog that was doused with gasoline and set on fire earlier this year is getting a new home.  The Oregon Humane Society says "Amber" was severely burned after being set on fire by her previous owner in California.  Amber was recently adopted by a man named Michael who says he lost his own dog in October.  He said he had no interest in getting a new dog until he saw Amber's story on the news.



(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead after being hit by a truck on Interstate 205 at Foster Road yesterday morning.  A delivery truck reportedly hit a person on the freeway around 3 a.m. yesterday morning.  The pedestrian was dead when police and medical responders arrived.  The driver is said to be cooperating with police.  The accident caused a three hour closure for southbound lanes.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are on the lookout for a man accused of sexually assaulting a 65-year-old woman inside her home.  Police say the woman called 9-1-1 yesterday morning saying the man had broken into her home in the 1700 block of Northeast Irving Street and assaulted her before stealing her car.  Police say they later recovered the car near Southeast 99th Avenue and Stark Street.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Mayor Ted Wheeler is walking back plans to allow public vetting of the finalists for Portland Police Chief.  Wheeler revealed only two of the four finalists yesterday, saying the other two finalists had requested confidentiality.  Wheeler's spokesperson Michael Cox says the move was prompted by feedback from some candidates who said they would only apply for the job if their candidacy was kept secret.  Wheeler had previously planned to release the names of all final candidates for public vetting.  Wheeler is expected to select the new police chief early next month.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police are warning residents about a new technique being used by bicycle thieves.  Police say thieves are modifying serial numbers on stolen bikes in order to thwart efforts to recover them.  Police say they recovered one stolen bike with all of the ones in the serial number altered to look like sevens.  Police are encouraging people to know their bike's serial number and to register their bikes with Portland police online.
 



(Salem, OR)  --  Two people are facing charges following a police chase involving a stolen car in Salem.  Police arrested 32-year-old Donna Dubbe and 18-year-old Reynaldo Rosales yesterday following a lengthy pursuit.  Police say Dubbe was driving a stolen 1991 Honda Accord near Lancaster Mall with Rosales in the passenger seat when officers attempted to pull her over.  Dubbe then allegedly drove down a pedestrian path and crashed into a patrol vehicle before officers took her into custody near Capitol Street NE and D Street.  No serious injuries have been reported.



(Portland, OR)  --  OMSI is delivering an encore eruption for what might be the world's biggest baking soda and vinegar volcano.  Officials with the museum say they plan to feature the eruption again tomorrow at its After Dark event.  About three-thousand people including experts from Guinness World Records turned out Sunday to watch the 34-foot volcano spew baking soda and vinegar about six to eight feet into the air.  Guinness World Records officials are now working to determine whether the eruption beat the previous world record of a four-foot eruption from a 28-foot volcano.



(Portland, OR)  --  A dedication ceremony is scheduled Saturday for five new veteran gravestones at Milwaukie Pioneer Cemetery.  Cemetery volunteers worked with the American Legion and U.S. Veteran's Administration to obtain the new gravestones.  The gravestones will honor veterans Harry N. Bowler, Walter M. Courter, James Bethel Kelly, Howard W. Wagner and Hector Batchelder Campbell.  The ceremony is set to get underway at 10 a.m.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Morrison Bridge is currently closed to all traffic for up to two weeks.  The closure is due to work on the bridge's lift span deck.  The bridge could reopen earlier than August 4th if work is completed ahead of schedule.  More work is also expected to be done in September and the project will be completed in October.



(Portland, OR)  --  The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is asking for help in finding a missing teen who was last seen in Portland.  Authorities say Angelic Davis was last seen in Portland Thursday and believe she may be traveling to Las Vegas with a man.  Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts are asked to call Portland police.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  The iconic Paul Bunyan statue in the historic Kenton neighborhood is set to get some upgrades.  KGW reports that a fundraising effort by the Kenton Neighborhood Association has pulled in nearly 55-thousand dollars to save the statue.  Improvements include thoroughly washing the statue, repairing cracks and damage and repainting it.  The restored statue will be unveiled September 9th at the Tall Paul Fest.  The statue was built by the Kenton Business Association in 1959 and is the only Portland roadside attraction on the national historic registry.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they are looking for a Gresham man with dementia who went missing Saturday.  They say 62-year-old Vernon Sellars was last seen around 7:20 a.m. and was wearing a baseball cap, green jacket and khaki pants.  Police describe Sellars as a white male who is five-feet-nine-inches tall and is 195-pounds.  Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call police.
 



(Salem, OR)  --  A 25-year-old man is dead after he was killed by a private security guard in Salem.  KGW reports that the shooting happened Saturday morning in the 3100 block of Ryan Drive Southeast.  Police say they found Jose Francisco Moreno dead in a parking lot, and the security guard was on the scene.  Police say the security guard is employed with Homefront Security and was interviewed by police.  No other details about what led to the shooting have been released.



(Springfield, OR)  --  A woman is under arrest for allegedly leaving her two kids in a hot vehicle at a store in Springfield.  Around 3:30 yesterday afternoon, cops came out to a Walmart parking lot to see a seven-year-old and a five-year-old unattended in a parked vehicle in 89-degree heat.  Store surveillance footage showed a total of 25-minutes had elapsed before Nikia Angelique Modrell came back to the car.  Modrell was thrown in the Springfield Municipal Jail after being charged with two counts of second-degree child neglect and reckless endangering.



(Sandy, OR)  --  Four people are injured after a plane crash at Sandy's McKinnon Airpark.  The plane went down around 12:30 yesterday afternoon.  Two of the four crash victims were taken to a trauma center and are expected to survive their injuries.  A witness says a plane veered off to the side and one of its wings hit the ground.



(Portland, OR)  --  Fire investigators are looking into the cause of an apartment fire in northeast Portland that left one dead.  Crews were called out just before 3:30 Sunday morning to the blaze on Northeast Glisan near Interstate 205.  The Red Cross was called out to help at least ten-adults and 15-children displaced by the fire.  There's no word yet on what caused the blaze, and it's unclear if the apartment had smoke detectors.



(Tillamook, OR)  --  Police are investigating a homicide that took place in Tillamook over the weekend.  Officials haven't released information on whether there is a suspect in this case, but the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office confirms there was a homicide on Sunday.  The murder took place in a house near the intersection of First Street and Cedar Avenue.



(Portland, OR)  --  People in a southeast Portland neighborhood are rallying against "zombie homes."  Some houses that have sat empty for years have attracted squatters, drug activity, prostitution and piles of garbage.  Bureau officials say they're working to get the authority to demolish some of these homes.  A code hearing is scheduled for one of the homes in August.
 



(Milton-Freewater, OR)  --  The trial for the man accused of burning a body in Umatill County will take place next month.  Conor Michael Dayton was arrested earlier this month near Broadway and Depot Street and was charged with abuse of a corpse.  Dayton told police he started a fire that burned the victim, Marcos Jesus Gutierrez-Rodriguez, but medical examiner's have yet to say how he died.  Dayton says he found the victim dead and started the fire to hide his drug use.  Guiterrez-Rodriguez is said to have had high levels of methamphetamine in his system.  The investigation is ongoing and Dayton's trial is set for August 29th.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police in Camas are searching for two burglary suspects.  Police say a man and a woman broke into a home on July 4th in the 1000 block of Northwest 35th Avenue and stole credit cards.  The credit cards were used at a Fisher's Landing Fred Meyer in Vancouver.  Police have not obtained surveillance images of the suspects and released them yesterday.  They are asking anyone who can identify the suspects to contact police.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police and the Portland Bureau of Transportation are working to reduce traffic deaths.  Police and volunteers were out on Division Street to stop people for any violation they see.  It was a response to the high number of traffic fatalities in Portland which totaled ten in the last month.  The patrol last night was part of the Vision Zero program, which aims to bridge the gap between police and pedestrians to enforce safety on the road.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Crews checking a small plane last week say they came across an unusual safety hazard.  They say they found an own in the wheel well of a small PenAir plane last week.  The owl caused a 25-minute delay of takeoff.  Crews were able to get the owl out and safely release it.  The plane was apparently stored in an old hanger that has lots of owls around it.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials say they have seen a spike of heroin overdoses in downtown Portland.  The increase started Wednesday and led into Thursday but no deaths have been reported.  The overdoses are reportedly in the single digits and officials are working to get more Nalozone, a drug used to reverse an overdose, to local syringe exchange sites.  No other information has been released.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  Police in Beaverton say they are in a standoff with a man who threatened to set a home on fire last night.  Crisis Negotiation and SWAT teams from the Washington County Sheriff's Office responded to a home near Southwest Butner Road and Aragon Street after the mans wife called 911 and reported the threats.  The woman was able to get out of the house but her husband is still inside.  There have yet to be any reports of fire.



(Portland, OR)  --  Residents from the Lents neighborhood will hold a protest in front of a burned down abandoned home.  The protest is meant to call attention to the problems abandoned properties, or "zombie homes," are causing throughout the city.  The home sits across the street from the west side of Lents Park and has been abandoned for more than two years.  Neighbors complain that the home has become a magnet for crime.  The rally begins at 1 p.m.



(Portland, OR)  --  Small airports are expecting record traffic for the upcoming solar eclipse.  KGW reports that Madras Airport in Central Oregon says it has already taken reservations for 300 planes and August 21st, the day of the eclipse, is sold out for landings.  The Federal Aviation Administration says that Bend and Madras airports are bringing in private companies to run air traffic control around the eclipse.  Millions of travelers are expected to come into Oregon in August for the eclipse.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is looking to set a new Guinness World Record.  The museum wants the title for the world's largest baking soda and vinegar volcano.  The OMSI is working on a 34-feet tall volcano that is set to erupt at 3:00 p.m. Sunday.  The current record is 28 feet.



(Agness, OR)  --  The U.S. Coast Guard says it rescued a missing hiker in Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest yesterday.  The 40-year-old woman was hiking Game Lake Trail Wednesday when she got lost and became dehydrated.  Curr County sheriff's deputies found her Thursday morning and notified the Coast Guard.  She was found in stable condition.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  New details are being released about a deadly shootout that left an Oregon State Trooper dead.  A letter from the Washington County District Attorney's Office revealed Trooper Nic Cederberg was shot 12 times in 50-seconds during a shootout last year on Christmas night.  The document also concluded Cederberg, along with five other officers, was completely justified in using deadly force against homicide suspect James Tylka. 

 

Cederberg was seriously injured during the gun fight with Tylka, after responding to reports that Tylka killed his estranged wife.

 

 

Updated to reflect that Cederberg was not fatally wounded as stated in previous reports based on incorrect information provided to KBND News. 



(Gresham, OR)  --  A couple is missing their car after it was stolen from the Mount Hood Medical Center while they were having their third child.  Dalan Askew says his 1990 Subaru Legacy was stolen Tuesday morning while his wife gave birth to their daughter, Penelope Jade.  The car is the family's only way to get around and they are asking the thief to do the right thing and return the car.  A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for a new car and baby items.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland is planning to spend nearly five-million dollars this fiscal year to help clean up a superfund site.  The Portland Tribune reports that the funds would go to the Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup and mitigation project.  The funding would also kick off a public engagement process and help partner with other governments on baseline sampling in the harbor and evaluate high-priority restoration sites.  It is still not clear how much the city will ultimately pay for the project, but the EPA estimates cleanup costs to be over just one-billion dollars.  Those costs will be paid by over 150 responsible parties who have contributed to polluting the site.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Teens from around the country are lending a helping hand in Portland.  Dozens from Washington, Idaho, Missouri and Oklahoma are helping to renovate established homeless camps in the city.  KGW reports the trip organized by Portland's Agape Church of Christ.  Yesterday, a group of 15 teenagers helped scrape old paint off the community center at Northeast Portland's Dignity Village.  It's an annual event, and this year the focus is on Portland's housing crisis.  The group hopes to have finished projects at numerous camps by next week, including repainting the exterior of Dignity Village's community center and replacing its roof.



(Marion County, OR)  --  Deputies in Marion County are looking for a shooting suspect who was reportedly riding a beach cruiser.  The suspect shot a man yesterday in the 4800 block of Lancaster Drive Northeast.  Police say the man has non-life threatening injuries.  The suspect is said to be in his twenties and was wearing a gray hoodie sweatshirt at the time.  Police are asking anyone with details to contact them.



(Portland, OR)  --  A GoFundMe account has been created for a man who was injured by a drunk driver at a Portland car was last weekend.  The crash happened last week at a car wash on Northeast MLK Jr. Boulevard near Morgan Street.  The victim was hit while washing his car and suffered serious injuries.  His friends helped set up the account to pay for medical expenses while he's out of work and in the hospital.  Police cited 40-year-old Melody Bates for driving under the influence of intoxicants.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a suspected DUII driver caused a rollover crash in Southeast Portland yesterday.  Police say the driver ran a red light causing the crash at the intersection of Southeast 82nd Avenue and Washington Street.  The car that was hit by the suspected DUII driver rolled over on its roof.  The suspect suffered non-life threatening injuries.  No other injuries were reported.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Humane Society is looking for a man who was caught on camera abusing his dog.  It happened near a food cart on Southeast 27th Avenue and Southeast Belmont street Saturday.  The video shows the man lifting a small dog off the ground by its leash and chocking it.  The suspect was reportedly yelling at the dog as well.  Anyone with information is asked to contact police.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  The law banning new fossil fuel projects in Portland is being called unconstitutional.  The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals overturned the ordinance that was passed in December yesterday.  The ban prohibited projects such as new oil and coal terminals in an effort to curb health and environmental impacts of fossil fuels.  The Portland Business Alliance, the Western States Petroleum Association and the Columbia Pacific Building Trades Council requested to appeal to get rid of the ban.



(Portland, OR)  --  A dog that was stolen from outside a Portland grocery store is back with its family.  "June" was taken from the front of New Seasons Market near Northeast Broadway Street and 33rd Avenue and was brought onto a MAX train.  That's when June reportedly slipped out of her collar and escaped the thief.  A woman called police when she noticed the dog alone at the train station, and police were able to track down the owners with the dog's microchip.
 



(Marion County, OR)  --  An Oregon man is accused of violating a restraining order 216 times.  Police arrested 48-year-old Odilon Jimenez-Ramos Monday.  A Marion County woman filed a restraining order against Ramos after she said he threatened to take her son to Mexico and shoot her family.  He allegedly sent 211 text messages and called her at least five times, violating the order.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland man accused of killing two men and injuring another on a TriMet MAX train appeared in court yesterday morning.  Jeremy Christian has been charged with fatally stabbing two men on a MAX train in May.  Christian said while leaving the courtroom yesterday, quote, "Remember, there are no heroes in this case."  Prosecutors say Christian shouted anti-Muslim slurs at two African-American women, prompting the confrontation between him and his victims.



(Portland, OR)  --  Teen pregnancy prevention programs in Oregon are taking a huge financial hit due to a cut to federal grants by the Trump administration.  The grant provides funds to provide sex education to about 12-thousand kids in Multnomah County, as well as provide training and coaching for teachers to effectively teach sex-ed.  The Director of Youth Sexual Health Equity Program and STD HIV says Multnomah County will lose over one-million in funding every year, and about 200-million dollars for similar programs nationwide have been cut.



(Portland, OR)   --  A motorcyclist is seriously injured after he crashed into a school bus on North Lagoon Avenue near North Basin Street yesterday morning.  The rider's name has not been released and police say his injuries are life-threatening.  No one on the school bus was injured and no students were on the bus at the time.  Police are investigating the cause of the crash.
 



(Keizer, OR)  --  Keizer police are continuing their search for a woman who has been missing since Saturday night.  Police are trying to find Cynthia Martinez-Perez.  Witnesses say she was last seen at the Tequila Nights bar on the 3300 block of River Road North Saturday night.  She is described as a Hispanic woman who is five-feet-three-inches tall, 145 pounds and has long black hair and multiple tattoos.  Police are asking anyone with information to contact them.



(Portland, OR)  --  The best way to treat the parasite cryptosporidium in Portland's water is still up in the air.  The Portland Tribune reports the Portland Utility Board met at City Hall yesterday to discuss a recommendation to Portland City council and how to treat the problem, but was unable to come to an agreement.  A few options are in the running, one includes killing the parasite with an ultraviolet light and costs 105-million dollars.  Another would be to build a filtration plant that would cost between 350 and 500-million.  The board will meet again next Tuesday.



(Portland, OR)  --  Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue says about 200 gallons of chemicals spilled at a shopping center yesterday.  It happened at Peterkort Towne Square on Barnes Road and Cedar Hills Boulevard.  Fire officials say 200 gallons of a 500-gallon barrel of Ultramine, a chemical used on aluminum to decrease corrosion, spilled into a storm drain.  The barrel was being delivered to the UPS store when it tipped over.  HazMat crews responded and evacuated a small area.  A private contractor is set to flush the storm drain system.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  Beaverton police are investigating after finding human remains in a fire pit at a woman's home yesterday.  Police say they were asked to check in on 57-year-old Katherine F. McDowell on Monday and when asked about her whereabouts, her 24-year-old son admitted to burning her body in the backyard fire pit.  Police checked the fire pit and believe the remains are McDowell's.  Matthew Gutierrez was arrested for abuse of a corpse.
 



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Police in Hillsboro are investigating a case of dog abuse at a gas station after video of the incident went viral.  The video shows a man swinging a dog by its leash and hitting it as it's on the ground.  It happened Monday afternoon at the Shell gas station on Southeast Baseline Street on Third Avenue.  The video was posted to Sunshine Alexandria's Facebook page.  She says she saw the man beating and yelling at his dog for not listening to him.  Police have identified the man and have taken the dog into protective custody.
 



(Scappoose, OR)  --  It looks like there will be some new employment opportunities in Scappoose.  A paper products facility just had its grand opening in the city yesterday.  Cascades Inc. says it will bring around 70 jobs to the new plant.  The plant converts material into tissue paper and paper towels.



(Portland, OR)  --  Drivers in Oregon are being warned about being out on the road during the upcoming solar eclipse.  The Oregon Department of Transportation says one-million people from out of state will be coming into Oregon to watch the August 21st eclipse.  ODOT is staffing up and warning drivers to be prepared to be stuck in their cars for hours during the eclipse.  ODOT is calling it the biggest traffic event in Oregon history.



(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon's employment department says the state is continuing to add jobs.  The state added 85-hundred jobs to nonfarm payroll employment last month, which is three times more than the number of jobs in May.  The unemployment rate increased from three-point-six to three-point-seven-percent.  That's still below the four-point-four national average.  The department says hospitality and leisure industries added the most jobs.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Helvetia Road is closed between Northwest Grossen Drive and Northwest Dierdorff Drive after a dump truck carrying a tall load crashed into a railroad trestle.  Police say the closure will likely last several days and the railroad tracks are also closed.  The driver of the dump truck reportedly failed to lower the truck's dump bed before passing under the trestle.  The driver suffered minor injuries and was later cited for the incident.



(Portland, OR)  --  One of Portland's deadliest roads may get some improvements.  Multnomah County Drainage District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are reviewing permits to address safety issues along Northeast Marine Drive.  Crash data shows people involved in a crash on Marine Drive are eight times more likely to be killed than on an average street.  Proposed improvements include stop lights, safety cameras and rapid flashing beacons for pedestrian safety.



(Portland, OR)  --  A police K-9 is being credited for catching a burglary suspect in Northeast Portland yesterday evening.  A homeowner confronted a burglar after he forced a door open in the 1900 block of Northeast Klickitat Street.  The suspect ran, and neighbors called police.  A K-9 named Siggi arrived on the scene and led police to the suspect.  The suspect's identity has not been released.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Port of Portland is asking for a billion dollar upgrade to Portland International Airport to keep up with crowds and security.  The first step to kick-off the five-year renovation would be to get approval from the airlines that frequent the airport since they will ultimately pay for the project.  Port officials are working with the airlines before they vote on it in the fall.  The one-point-three billion dollar proposal would be the first major security upgrade since September 11th and would expand the airport's capacity.
 



(Keizer, OR)  --  Police are looking for a woman who has been missing since Saturday.  Family members of Cynthia Martinez-Perez say she was last seen leaving Tequila Nights Bar and Grill in Keizer late Saturday night.  Police are searching for Cynthia as well as any people she may have been with at the bar that night.  Police are asking anyone with information to contact them.



(West Linn, OR)  --  A West Linn police lieutenant is on paid administrative leave weeks after the police chief was put on leave.  Lieutenant Mike Stradley is under investigation for possibly violating city policy, although there has been very little comment on the details of the investigation.  It comes after his boss, Chief Terry Timeus, is under investigation for potentially violating city policy.  It is unclear if the two investigations are connected and police say the investigations are standard practice.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking for a man who hit a security guard with his truck yesterday morning.  It happened after the security guard confronted the man for allegedly stealing property in the 81-hundred block of North Commercial Avenue.  The suspect and security guard got into a physical fight, prompting the suspect to pull out a machete.  The suspect then got in his truck and crashed into the guard.  Police say the suspect is a black or Hispanic man driving a '90s Nissan pickup truck with damage to the front end and no rear license plate.  The security guard's injuries were not life-threatening.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police in Portland are searching for a suspect after a woman was stabbed last night.  KATU reports the incident happened in the area of Southeast 106th and Burnside around 10:30 p.m.  The victim was hospitalized and is expected to survive.  Police say the victim knows the suspect.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man is facing numerous animal abuse charges after allegedly trying to poison his neighbor's dogs.  Prosecutors say Michael Lynch used several different poisons to try to poison the animals.  Lynch's neighbor, Richard Schmidtke, says two of his Brittany spaniels last summer ingested antifreeze that was put in a sausage and he later saw Lynch toss something into his yard.  Lynch pleaded not guilty on all charges yesterday.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland woman is dead weeks after she was critically injured in a hit-and-run crash.  Erin Brenneman died over the weekend after dealing with various injuries including a brain injury.  The 26-year-old was taking a walk on her break from the bakery she worked at when a driver hit her in the crosswalk at Southeast 80th and Pine and didn't stop.  Police are still looking for a suspect in the June incident and believe the vehicle was a dark-colored, mid-1990s pickup truck.



(Portland, OR)  --  TriMet is officially taking Hop Fastpass.  Hop Fastpass is an electronic-fare card system that allows train riders to use one fare system throughout the Portland-Vancouver region.  It also provides benefits such as daily and monthly ride savings, and auto-loading and lost-card protection.  Planning for the electronic-fare system started in 2011, while construction work at MAX platforms laid groundwork for Hop starting in 2015.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  An alleged burglar is in custody after breaking into a home in southwest Portland.  The burglary took place at a home in the 7300 block of Southwest Brier Place yesterday afternoon.  The homeowner came home to find 50-year-old Kenneth Hurley rummaging through his things.  Hurley grabbed a knife prompting the homeowner to leave the house and call police.  Police, including a K9 unit, were able to arrive on the scene and locate and arrest Hurley in the woods.  He faces a number of burglary charges.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man is behind bars after he made arrangements to meet and have sex with an undercover officer posing as a minor online.  KOIN reports 39-year-old Kevin M. Jones agreed to meet with the undercover officer in a parking garage in the Lloyd District for sex and was arrested.  He faces numerous sexual assault charges involving a minor.  Police say there could be other victims.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a man was seriously injured after he was hit by a car while he was washing his own vehicle.  The crash happened Saturday at the Splash-n-Dash Car Wash near Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Morgan Street.  The victim, 26-year-old Pedo Xiap Cotoc was taken to the hospital and his condition is unknown at this time.  The driver, 40-year-old Melody Bates, was also injured and faces DUII and reckless driving charges.



(Portland, OR)  --  One of the longest running comedy clubs in Portland is no more.  KGW reports that the last show at Harvey's Comedy Club in Portland's Old Town district took place on Saturday.  The comedy club has been in the area for more than 37 years and has changed names a few times.  Owner Barry Kolin says a recent heart attack played a role in his decision to close the doors, but hopes someone else will come along and reopen Harvey's.



(Warrenton, OR)  --  The U.S. Coast Guard says a sunken fishing boat is leaking fuel in the Columbia River.  The boat sank yesterday near the mouth of the river.  The boat was leaking diesel fuel and it is unknown just how much fuel is on board.  Crews in the marina used an oil containment boom around the boat.  No one was apparently on the boat when it sank.  The investigation is ongoing.



(Lyons, OR)  --  A four-year-old boy is now out of harm's way after being swept away by the North Fork Santiam River yesterday.  KATU reports that two men, Jason McDade and Christian Lozano, jumped in after the young boy after he ended up in the river.  They were able to get him out of the water and onto the beach.  One witness was able to successfully give the boy CPR after he was rescued from the water.  He was taken to the Santiam Hospital.



(Scappoose, OR)  --  A Portland man is dead after falling overboard while fishing in the Multnomah Channel.  The Columbia County Sheriff's department said 49-year-old Erik Peterson drowned yesterday morning.  Friends on the boat say Peterson was getting set up on the boat around four in the morning when they heard a splash after he went overboard.  They tried to get a flotation device to him but he disappeared under the water's surface.



(Clatskaine, OR)  --  Highway 47 remains closed in both directions four miles south of Clatskanie due to a wildfire.  The fire started yesterday morning.  KATU says the fire has reportedly burned about 30-acres on private land but not structures or homes are in danger.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.



(Baker City, OR)  --  Police say an Oregon boy is dead after he fell off a parade float on his seventh birthday.  KGW reports that Dylan Thomas was riding on the float Saturday as part of the Miner's Jubilee Parade in Baker City.  Thomas was reportedly hit by the rear wheels of a commercial vehicle.  Police say it appears to be an accident but are investigating the incident.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police in Portland say they have arrested an 18-year-old man on gun charges after he allegedly fired a pistol in a Northeast Portland neighborhood.  Police arrested Bennet P. Miller after reports of gunshots early yesterday morning near Northeast 93rd Avenue.  Police found a gun in the bed of a truck shortly after talking to Miller.  Miller was arrested and charged with discharging a firearm in the city.  No one was injured.



(Portland, OR)  --  Residents living in a Portland may get the chance to see the Northern lights early this morning.  The National Weather Service says a coronal mass ejection allowed people in the northwestern states to see the aurora last night and could be visible this morning.  The Northern Lights are the result of electrons colliding with the upper reaches of Earth's atmosphere.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Hillsboro police say the drivers of two cars were injured following a crash on Evergreen Road and Sewell yesterday.  KOIN 6 reports that authorities said both drivers were taken to the hospital.  There is no word yet on how serious their injuries are.



(Portland, OR)  --  Three people are injured following a massive apartment fire in Northeast Portland yesterday morning.  It happened at Northeast 57th Avenue and Gilsan Street before 7:00 a.m.  Fire officials say the three victims are being treated at the hospital and are expected to be ok.  Firefighters helped two of them escape with a ladder and the third jumped from a second-story window.  Fire officials say it was likely caused by an electrical issue.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  The woman found dead in the woods in Southwest Portland is being identified.  Police say it was the body of 21-year-old Samantha McAbee.  There are reportedly no signs of trauma.  Police are waiting on toxicology results before determining the cause of death.  McAbee was found Saturday near Southwest Barbur Boulevard and Capitol Highway.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Volunteers in Portland are helping a veteran get around easier.  More than a dozen people are helping to build a ramp on the Northeast Portland home of 89-year-old vet Bill Palmer.  Palmer says he has been confined to his house and front porch because he doesn't have functional stairs to his backyard.  Non-profit, "Catalyst NW" is building the ramp free of charge and Home Depot is donating the materials.



(Portland, OR)  --  An Oregon City man is behind bars after being convicted of sex crimes against a 13-year-old.  Michael Scott Morris was sentenced to 16-years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to rape and sexual abuse charges.  The charges come from an investigation from November of 2015.



(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead following a car crash east of the Broadway Bridge.  Police say the driver crashed into a utility pole near the intersection of North Broadway and North Benton Avenue yesterday afternoon.  The driver was pronounced dead at the scene and no other vehicles were involved.  Police say the victim was likely speeding.



(Banks, OR)  --  A Banks man is dead after falling out of a tree yesterday evening.  Police say 37-year-old Joseph Bradbury was climbing a large cedar near the 45-thousand-300 block of Northwest Sunset Highway before he fell to the ground.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  The accident is under investigation.



(Portland, OR)  --  Two men are in custody in connection with a southeast Portland bar robbery last week.  Police arrested 27-year-old Jesus Mezick, who was found in southern California on Sunday by U.S. marshals, and 33-year-old Jamaar A. Smith.  They're accused of robbing the 82nd Avenue Bar and Grill.  Police say the two suspects are not connected to the recent string of robberies in Portland.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland State University will be tracking the upcoming solar eclipse with balloons.  The university will launch four high-altitude balloons that have 360-degree video cameras and GPS during the eclipse.  The university says the balloons will allow people to watch a livestream online.  The moon's shadow will darken parts of Oregon on August 21st.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Bureau of Environmental Services is warning people to stay out of Woods Creek.  That's because nearly 90-thousand gallons of sewage from a manhole on southwest 69th Avenue was released into Woods Creek yesterday evening.  Crews are reportedly working to clean up the creek, which is a tributary for Fanno Creek.  People are being advised to stay away for at least 48 hours.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  A dangerous sex offender is now behind bars after cutting off his electronic monitoring device near Beaverton.  Police searched for 58-year-old Dennis John Davis yesterday after he ditched his GPS unit and failed to report to his parole officer.  Davis has a lengthy criminal record that includes several rape and sexual assault convictions.  The Multnomah County Department of Community Justice says Davis was arrested yesterday evening in Beaverton.



(Portland, OR)  --  A missing teen from Canada may be in the Portland area.  Officials are asking for the public's help in finding Mekayla Bali.  Bali went missing more than a year ago from her home in Canada.  The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says Bali may be in the Portland area.  She was first reported missing April of 2016.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  The legally blind Paralympian and sled-dog racer who aimed to unseat Oregon's only Republican member of Congress is out of the race.  Democrat Rachael Scdoris-Salerno announced Tuesday that she would not continue her campaign in Oregon's 2nd Congressional district.  She said she does not have the energy or the resources.  She was seeking to unseat incumbent Greg Walden,  who has been in Congress since 1998.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A worker doing maintenance at the Ronler Acres Intel site in Hillsboro is dead after a malfunction.  Jay Elwell was killed yesterday while working on a piece of machinery at Intel.  Police say there appears to be nothing criminal about the death of the 50-year-old and they are calling it an accident.  Intel says they are saddened by the accident and are working with authorities to investigate.



(Portland, OR)  --  President Trump's pick to head the U.S. Small Business Administration is coming to Portland.  Linda McMahon will be visiting Portland Tuesday to tour several local businesses.  It's part of a nationwide tour called "SBA Ignite," that is focused on small businesses.  McMahon and her husband  Vince founded World Wrestling Entertainment in 1979.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Solar panel maker, SolarWorld Americas Inc., says a cash infusion from creditors will allow it to keep its Hillsboro plant open.  The company was facing closure following the insolvency of German parent SolarWorld AG.  The plant cut back from 700 employees to about 300 in May.  It says it will continue operating with its current staff.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is in custody following a disturbance at a Northeast Portland home yesterday afternoon.  Police responded to a home on Northeast Portland Highway and 45th Avenue after a 911 caller reported hearing screams and a gunshot.  Police shut down the Northeast Portland Highway while police negotiated with a man inside to get him to surrender.  John J. Barry surrendered without incident and was taken to jail on a warrant for failure to appear in court for a DUII charge.  No one was hurt.



(Gresham, OR)  --  Police say a woman was run over in a hit-and-run at a Gresham gas station.  A woman was reportedly hit by a Jeep as it was leaving the Shell gas station at Southeast 181st Avenue and Start Street last night.  Police have not released any information about the suspect and the woman's injuries are not known.



(Milwaukie, OR)  --  Milwaukie police say three people were locked in a cooler during an armed robbery at a bar.  The robbery happened at Gilmore's Meadows on Johnson Creek Boulevard early yesterday morning.  Two men reportedly forced the bartender and two customers into a cooler and locked the door after taking money from the register and lottery machines.  Police say the robbers got away with nearly three-thousand dollars.  It is unclear if the incident is related to a recent string of bar robberies.
 



(Vale, OR)  --  An Oregon man will be sentenced next month in the 2012 rape of an elderly woman.  Jurors found 37-year-old Michael Souter guilty of sexual abuse, unlawful sexual penetration and attempted murder on Tuesday.  The woman, who was 78-years-old at the time, was attacked after someone knocked on her apartment door and offered to do yard work.  He then forced his way in her home and attacked her.  After years of investigation Souter was arrested last October.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Bureau of Environmental Services says a private pipe was the source of a 27-thousand-gallon sewage spill in Woods Creek.  The spill happened Sunday on the 6100 block of Southwest Canby Street.  City crews were able to stop the flow by diverting it to the city sewer system.  The private pipe was designed to only carry rainwater to the creek, but a sewage pipe was mistakenly connected to it.
 



(Aloha, OR)  --  The Washington County Sheriff's Office says an Aloha woman was found after she was missing since the Fourth of July.  Rebecca Buhrle was found by Portland police in downtown Portland near Northwest 4th Avenue and Glisan Street yesterday.  The 42-year-old was reported missing by her family.



(Portland, OR)  --  The City of Portland will vote on how to treat its drinking water for a potentially deadly parasite.  The Bull Run water source tested positive for cryptosporidium several times this spring and now the city has to come up with a solution by August 11th.  Two options are currently being considered, one is to build an ultraviolet plant at a cost of 105-million dollars, and the other is to build a new treatment facility that could cost up to 500-million dollars.  The City council will vote on how to deal with the parasite on August 2nd.



(Portland, OR)  --  A boater is facing manslaughter charges after a crash killed one of his passengers.  KOIN reports the crash happened in May along the Columbia River.  Steven Curtis Schalk and Heidi Knight were ejected from Schalk's boat after reportedly driving at a high-rate of speed.  Knight died in the crash.  Schalk entered a not guilty plea yesterday and is scheduled to be in court in August.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A six-year-old is dead after being hit by a truck Monday night on I-5.  The Albany boy was killed in a crash that involved a truck and two other cars about three miles south of Albany.  The boy was reported missing shortly before police got the call to respond to the accident.  The investigation is ongoing but police said there appears to be no wrongdoing.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland International Airport is ranked the best airport in the U.S.  That's according to "Travel + Leisure" who named PDX the top airport for the fifth consecutive year.  Factors considered in ranking the nation's top airports include accessibility, check-in, security, restaurants and design.  "Travel + Leisure" says more than 85-percent of flights arrived and departed within 15 minutes of their scheduled time at PDX.



(Wilsonville, OR)  --  Microsoft is closing its Wilsonville facility.  The plant on 95th Avenue will begin shutting down its operations in September.  There will be 61 people losing their job in early September and more positions are to be eliminated in November.  All the jobs at the plant will be gone by January 2018.



(Portland, OR)  --  Funds from the transportation bill passed by Oregon lawmakers will make upgrades to Powell Boulevard.  The area slated to be improved will run from 99th to near 174th.  The Portland Bureau of Transportation says the 110-million dollar project will make the street safer for cyclists and walkers.



(Gresham, OR)  --  Vandals are once again hitting Main City Park.  The park hosted a youth baseball tournament over the weekend, but as teams arrived they found pieces of the flag pole stolen, their tarps burnt and over half a foot of water in the equipment lockers.  Money was also stolen from the concession stand.  It's the second time in a month the park has been vandalized.
 



(Gresham, OR)  --  A Gresham woman is dead following a crash on Interstate 84.  Oregon State Police say Effie P. Burns lost control of her car yesterday while heading westbound.  She crashed into an embankment and was thrown from her car.  Police said there was a baby in the car who received minor injuries.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say three people were seriously injured in a crash on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard yesterday evening.  The crash happened at Southeast 22nd Avenue and Hawthorne and involved three vehicles.  Fire officials say they had to cut the roof off of one car to get to the person inside.  One person has potentially life-threatening injuries.



(Corbett, OR)  --  Firefighters are fighting a wildfire in the Columbia River Gorge.  Corbett firefighters were called to the fire last night between Oneonta Gorge and Oneonta Trail.  Crews said they are having trouble getting to the fire because of the difficult terrain.  Officials can't tell how large the fire is but it is estimated to be two acres in size.



(Milwaukie, OR)  --  The Clackamas Fire Department says a house fire destroyed more than a dozen cars at a car dealership next door.  Owners of Volstice Auto on Southeast McLoughin Boulevard say 13 cars were lost while 30 more were damaged yesterday.  Neighbors in the area say it was the third time a fire had to be put out on the property in the last year.  The fire is still under investigation.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  The first public hearing on spending up to 500-million to treat Portland's water for a parasite will take place today.  The Portland Utility Board will hold the hearing from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 in the Portland Building.  It's the first time residents will be able to speak on spending the money  on a parasite that has not yet proven to be a problem.  The Oregon Health Authority determined that the city must comply with federal requirements.  The city council will have to make a decision by August 11th, on whether to spend 105-million to treat the parasite by ultraviolet light, or up to 500-million on a treatment plant that would also control other contaminants.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man who was missing is now reportedly safe.  Police say 49-year-old Eric Todd McClelland has been missing since June.  "The Oregonian" reports that police put a call to help find McClelland three days ago after he did not have any contact with his family since June 22nd.  McClelland was reportedly in the Grants Pass area on a trip.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland woman is suing U.S. Secretary of Eduction Betsy DeVos.  "The Oregonian" reports Niesha Wright is suing DeVos for stalling on rules that target for-profit schools.  The suit comes after DeVos said she would delay the Obama administration's proposed rules governing the loan forgiveness program.  Wright was hoping to utilize the program following the more than 25-thousand dollars she owes in student loans from the former ITT Tech.  The forgiveness program is geared toward students who experienced predatory treatment from for-profit colleges.



(Portland, OR)  --  Gang violence is reportedly dropping in Portland.  The latest Gang Enforcement Team statistics show GET investigated 12 gang-related incidents in June, which is two less than the 14 investigated in May.  By the end of last month, the Portland Police Bureau had investigated 55 incidents last month, a significant drop from the 79 investigated at this time last year.



(Portland, OR)  --  The man accused of threatening a Muslim couple says he did it out of fear and ignorance.  Portland police say 49-year-old Frederick Nolan Sorrell was arrested Friday after he made verbal threats to the Muslim couple and pointed his hand at them like a gun in May.  Investigators arrested him after determining what he did could be considered a hate crime.  A judge ordered him to not have any contact with the victims.



(Portland, OR)  --  A casting company is looking for people to be in an HBO show set to be filmed in Portland later this month.  "KGW" reports the company is specifically looking for women who are experienced mountain bikers and people of Persian descent.  Those interested can apply at the Cast Iron Studios website.  The untitled drama will be shot in Portland July 17th through the 21st.



(Aloha, OR)  --  Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue currently has a burn ban in place for the areas it services.  That includes various counties including Aloha, Beaverton, Durham, King City and Newberg.  The ban outlaws all but small outdoor fires, which are those just three feet in diameter or less.  Crews say they expect other local state agencies to tighten burning restrictions soon too as warmer and dryer weather is on the way.



(Portland, OR)  --  Officials say an estimated 27-thousand gallons of sewage spilled into a tributary of Fanno Creek.  The spill reportedly came from an area just east of where Southeast Multnomah Boulevard meets Garden Home.  Workers put up signs in the area and warned people to avoid contact with Woods Creek because of the bacteria.  Crews have since diverted the sewage into another sewer line.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking for a juvenile who escaped from a detention facility.  They say a 16-year-old escaped from the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Facility Saturday.  The teen was booked last week on theft charges and does not have a previous criminal record.  Police say there is no threat to the community.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Rapper Jay-Z will be making his way to Portland this year.  He released North American tour dates yesterday coming off the heels of his recent "4:44" album release.  Jay is set to stop at Portland's Moda Center December 14th.  Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10:00 a.m.



(Portland, OR)  --  Two busy TriMet MAX stops are getting upgrades. The Washington Park Station will get a facelift with updated lighting and a colorful new mural.  The Gresham City Hall MAX Station is currently going through a complete renovation as well.  The station has new transit tracker monitors, better lighting and new warning strips on the platform edges.  Crews are expected to be working on various stops throughout Portland's light rail system through the fall.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating three armed robberies that took place at Portland bars this morning.  The first robbery happened at the Greely Avenue Bar & Grill just before one in the morning.  About an hour later, police received a call about a robbery at the Sandy Hut and then the third took place at The Hilt just before 2:30 a.m.  Police are looking into whether the three robberies are connected.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a woman was found dead in southwest Portland Saturday morning.  The woman was found in the woods near southwest Barbur Boulevard and Capitol Highway.  There were no signs of trauma found during the autopsy and The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office is waiting for toxicology to determine the cause of death.  The woman has not been identified.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say a man suspected of driving drunk crashed through the living room wall of a house in southeast Portland Saturday.  The crash happened around three in the morning on the corner of southeast 47th and east Burnside.  The driver, 19-year-old Devon Daniel Nipp, was arrested for DUI, reckless driving, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.  No one was injured in the accident
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating a drive-by shooting that happened in a southeast Portland neighborhood Saturday afternoon.  The shooting happened near the intersection of southeast Alder Street and 155th Avenue around 4:00 p.m.  Police say three men in a white SUV fired at three other men walking down Alder Street, but missed.  Concerned neighbors say there were children outside at the time and a daycare nearby.  No one was hurt.



(Portland, OR)  --  The man accused of threatening a Muslim in May is being charged with a hate crime.  Frederick Nolan Sorrell was arrested Friday on charges of second-degree intimidation and is set to be arraigned today.  Portland police say he threatened a Muslim using words and hand gestures during an incident in May.  No other details about the incident were released.



(Portland, OR)  --  It doesn't appear there are any new breakthroughs in the case of a child who went missing in Portland seven years ago.  Law enforcement officials conducted a search yesterday for clues in the disappearance of Kyron Horman.  Horman disappeared June 4th of 2010 and although the largest search and rescue operation in Oregon was conducted, tips continue to come in from all across the nation.  The search closed Northwest Springville Road from 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m between Northwest Skyline Boulevard and Northwest 128th Avenue.  No arrests have been made in the case.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Thousands of people have power now after an outage in east Portland that happened yesterday morning.  Pacific Power says up to 24-thousand customers lost power yesterday morning in the Hollywood and Parkrose neighborhoods.  They were able to restore all but around eight-thousand of those homes and businesses within the first ten minutes.  Crews managed to get service online by noon, but there were reportedly some isolated places without power.  A tree line might have caused the outage.



(Tigard, OR)  --  A man from Tigard who had been missing for a while is now safe.  Police say Mark Wickert was last seen around 2:00 Saturday afternoon near Barrows and Schools Ferry Road.  He may have been heading to Beaverton or Lake Oswego.  Tigard Police tweeted yesterday that he had been located and that he is safe.



(Portland, OR)  --  Surveillance camera footage is showing a man casually swiping packages left outside a home in northeast Portland.  About three weeks ago, a man stole several packages outside the home in the Sabin neighborhood.  The homeowner says he's never needed security cameras until petty crime such as this started taking over the neighborhood.  He says his son's bike has also been stolen by his garage, tools have been stolen from his front porch and his car window has also been smashed.



(Hagg Lake, OR)  --  Several boaters are safe after their vessel almost went down on Hagg Lake.  Around 6:00 last night, other boaters came to their rescue.  The Washington County Sheriff's Office says five people and three dogs were on board the 14-foot boat when it went down.  Deputies say the boat sank because there was too much weight on it and only one person was wearing a life jacket at the time.



(Sauvie Island, OR)  --  Berry farms in the Pacific Northwest are benefiting from sunny weather and are suffering from a harsh winter.  A handful of farmers in the region say their marionberry crops aren't as good as years past due to such a hard-hitting winter.  Other berries, such as blueberries and blackberries, are thriving because of recent warm weather.  A wet May had also impacted the strawberry crop and the season was shorter than normal.



(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon lawmakers are approving a bill that will take firearms away from people deemed a danger to themselves and others.  Senate Bill 719 allows a law-enforcement officer or a member of a person's family to petition a court for a one-year extreme risk protection order to prohibit them from possessing a deadly weapon.  Opponents argue it violates Second Amendment rights and attempts to forecast what crimes people will commit.  The bill is going to Governor Brown for her signature after passing in the House yesterday.



(Portland, OR)  --  A second alleged "porch pirate" is being charged with first-degree theft after turning herself in to Portland authorities.  The Washington County Sheriff's Office says Shawna Boyd contacted deputies last night and said she was involved in the theft of three-thousand dollars in packages.  Police had been asking for help from the public in finding the two suspects who allegedly stole items from an Aloha porch.  The investigation began on June 20th and Courtney Freymiller was arrested on an unrelated charge in Hillsboro three days later.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office is looking for a missing 91-year-old man.  Wilford Johnson's car was found empty near Mt. St. Helens on Friday.  Johnson was last seen Thursday morning and was reportedly at the Dollar Store in Longview mid-day.  Johnson is considered fit for his age, is five-foot-eleven-inches-tall and 180 pounds with blue eyes and balding gray hair.



(Dallas, OR)  --  Parents are being warned by Dallas police to talk to their kids about the dangers of airsoft guns.  Officers responded to a situation in which calls came in about a teenager walking down a street with a pistol in his hand.  What was most scary about the situation is that while the handgun turned out to be a fake, the encounter could have ended much worse.  When officers arrived, they thought the boy was holding a real weapon, and when he was turned over to his parents they promised to have the fake gun destroyed.



(Portland, OR)  --  The "TriMet Barber" is going to be in a Multnomah County prison for two years after being found guilty of misdemeanors.  Jared Walter is a registered sex offender and was on trial for cutting a woman's hair on a TriMet bus on May 1st.  He was found guilty of harassment and interfering with public transportation Wednesday.  Walter has a long criminal history involving similar acts, including climbing into a Texas woman's bed while she was sleeping and supergluing the hair of a woman and a girl in separate incidents in Tacoma and Texas.



(Portland, OR)  --  A U.S. marine is facing hate crime and assault charges after an incident at an Iraqi restaurant in Portland.  Iraq War veteran Damien Rodriguez was caught on camera at Dar Salam restaurant on Northeast Alberta Street in April allegedly yelling racial slurs at staff before picking up a chair and hitting a waiter with it.  Misdemeanor charges against him were dropped, but new charges have come to light as he was indicted this week on one count of assault, one count of disorderly conduct and two counts of intimidation in the second degree.



(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon is among the states suing the Education Department and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.  The suit came up after DeVos rescinded Obama-era rules aimed at protecting students from predatory colleges.  The complaint alleges the Education Department violated federal law by rescinding the rules that were finalized by the Obama administration in November.  The "borrower defense" rule allows student loan borrowers to apply for loan forgiveness if they were defrauded by for-profit schools.



(Portland, OR)  --  The city of Portland will soon have a new swimming beach.  Port's Beach marks the city's first designated swim area on the Willamette and will be open to the public on Wednesday.  The beach will feature hosts, picnic tables, and port-a-potties.  The pilot project that some hope will become permanent will feature a floating line in the area where it's safe to swim.



(Salem, OR)  --  People under the age of 21 won't be able to buy cigarettes in Oregon at the beginning of next year.  The Oregon House voted on a measure yesterday to make Oregon the third state in America, along with California and Hawaii, to raise the age for buying tobacco products.  The Senate passed the measure in March.  Governor Brown is expected to sign the bill.



(Mount Hood, OR)  --  Thousands of people hitting the trails around Oregon this summer are leaving behind some unpleasant souvenirs.  One hiker says he found about 30 bags of dog waste near the Mirror Lake trailhead west of Government Camp yesterday.  Doug Busak and a friend were taking part in a social media challenge get take trash off trails when they found the dog waste along with coffee cups, plastic bags and wrappers for snacks.  The Forest Service is reminding hikers and dog owners waste can be buried six-to-eight inches in the ground away from water sources.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  Two people and their dogs are displaced after yesterday's house fire in Beaverton.  The blaze was reported just after 5:00 yesterday evening near Murray Boulevard.  The fire took two hours to put out and two firefighters were left with minor injuries.  The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.



(Portland, OR)  --  A woman is under arrest after police say she stabbed a man in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square.  Police were called out just after 10:30 last night and found the suspect in a nearby hotel.  They took her into custody without incident and they say the man was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  Investigators are looking into what led up to the stabbing and what charges the woman may face.



(Salem, OR)  --  The Oregon House is approving a transportation bill with a bipartisan vote.  House Bill 2017 passed with three votes more than what is necessary for a three-fifths majority yesterday.  The bill is designed to target congestion, crumbling roads, public transportation and decaying bridges.  The bill now heads to the Oregon Senate and a reading of the proposed bill is scheduled for today.



(Damascus, OR)  --  A Clackamas County Sheriff's Office K-9 is reported to be "doing well" after being hit with a pipe.  Grimm was tracking down a suspect named Mario Reyes-Orozco on Tuesday on Southeast Sunnyside Road in Damascus.  Reyes-Orozco was allegedly threatening family members with an ax when Grimm and other officers showed up.  Grimm tried to take Reyes-Orozco down, but the suspect allegedly hit him repeatedly with a pipe before he was taken into custody.  Grimm is reported to have gone for a light hike with his handler as part of his recovery.



(Gearhart, OR)  --  Police in the coastal town of Gearhart say fireworks are to blame for a truck catching fire.  On Tuesday night, a fire that was caught on camera broke out in a truck after some fireworks had been lit in the area.  Police Chief Jerry Bowman has confirmed fireworks started the fire in the truck and adds the driver is from Puyallup, Washington.  The damage to the truck is reportedly so severe, police say they can't tell if the fireworks were illegal or legal.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Hillsboro police now have the identity of a man suspected of trying to steal a helicopter Monday.  Holden Gorka is the name of the man police say tried to hijack the helicopter and fired a gun at the Hillsboro Airport.  Investigators say Gorka threatened two people in the helicopter with a gun, but neither of them were hurt.  Police shot Gorka when they got to the scene.  An autopsy has been conducted on Gorka and a toxicology report could take up to 90-days, but initial findings haven't indicated Gorka has a history of mental health issues or substance abuse.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Vancouver Police say a man with dementia who had gone missing has been found safe.  Robert Robinson was reported missing yesterday afternoon.  He was last seen leaving his caregiver's home in west Vancouver.  He was reunited with his family after being found just before 7:00 last night.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A federal judge is recommending a Title IX lawsuit against the Lake Oswego School District be given class-action status.  In a written opinion, Magistrate Judge Stacie F. Beckerman agreed with the plaintiffs saying the district isn't providing girls the same resources to play baseball that it's providing boys.  She recommends the suit include all female students currently at the school and all future female students.  The district has until July 13th to file motions to object to this ruling.



(Portland, OR)  --  A former employee at a Home Depot in Portland says he was fired for doing the right thing.  Dillon Reagan says on the Friday before Mother's Day, he was working at the Home Depot at Mall 205 when he witnessed a woman screaming that someone was stealing her child.  Reagan followed the man off store property, which is against store rules, to keep a watchful eye on the child.  He says he was fired for breaking store rules, but Home Depot has since decided to offer Reagan his job back.  Reagan hasn't decided whether to accept the offer.



(Salem, OR)  --  A girl is dead after crossing a Salem street and being hit by a car.  Shatamera Pruden was hit by an FJ Cruiser on Commercial Street Southeast and Royvonne Avenue Southeast just before 6:00 Monday night.  She was later taken to a hospital where she died of injuries.  Friends released balloons at yesterday's memorial in Pruden's honor.  The driver involved cooperated with police and isn't facing any charges.



(Salem, OR)  --  A bill is on its way to Governor Brown's desk that would end 'lunch shaming' in Oregon's schools.  The Oregon State Senate approved HB 3453 Monday without opposition.  HB 3453 would prevent the practice of serving kids alternative meals or singling them out by giving them a wristband indicating they can't afford lunch, a practice known as 'lunch shaming.'  The bill also requires the USDA National School Lunch Program to provide lunch for kids regardless of their ability to pay.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A pedestrian is dead after being hit by a drunk driver in southeast Portland.  The victim was hit before 10:30 Monday night on Southeast 122nd Avenue and Woodward Place.  Investigators say the victim was with friends and exhibiting strange and paranoid behavior consistent with a mental health crisis or drug psychosis.  His friends tried to restrain him, but he broke free of them and ran into traffic where he was hit by Sebastian Oman, who was arrested on DUII charges.
 



(Boring, OR)  --  A dog is safe after firefighters rushed to a burning building in Boring.  Multiple agencies from Gresham, Sandy, Colton and Estacada fought the blaze yesterday on 302nd Lane for over an hour.  No human injuries were reported, but a dog inside the home was saved.  A pet resuscitation device was used to give the dog oxygen.



(Damascus, OR)  --  A man is under arrest after a standoff in Damascus in which he allegedly threatened his family with an ax.  The family of Mario Reyes-Orozco called police yesterday around 12:15 in the afternoon to report he was threatening members with an ax while on drugs.  Deputies moved into the house after getting the family to safety and tried to track Reyes-Orozco down with a K-9 named Grimm.  Police say Reyes-Orozco hit the dog with a pipe before the dog bit him and police could take him into custody.



(Portland, OR)  --  People are starting to notice a pattern of cat decapitations in a southeast Portland neighborhood.  A woman reports finding her cat decapitated just before 7:30 Saturday night.  A mailman has also reported a decapitated and gutted cat on Salmon Street.  Multnomah County Animal Control is opening an investigation while advising people to keep their cats indoors at all times.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police are investigating a report of shots fired near a grocery store.  The shots rang out just before 4:30 yesterday afternoon at an Albertsons on Northeast 58th Avenue and Prescott Street.  When officers from the North Precinct arrived, they learned there had been a fight in the parking lot that led to gunfire.  The Gang Enforcement Team is conducting an investigation.



(Portland, OR)  --  A bicyclist is suffering life-threatening injuries after being hit by a car in Portland.  The crash happened on Northeast Cully Boulevard and Killingsworth Street around 10:40 last night.  The intersection was closed for several hours.  The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with police.
 



(Skamania County, WA)  --  Search and rescues are on the rise with summer travelers coming to Oregon and Washington.  Since June 27th, there have been eleven search and rescue calls in Skamania County alone.  The Skamania County Sheriff's Office reports the calls have been made by people from places such as Beaverton, Vancouver and even as far away as Georgia.  County officials say they understand people enjoy hiking in the forest but in local hikes within the gorge, people should remember their limitations.
 


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