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(Salem, OR)  --  A three-year-old child is among those injured following a crash in Salem Wednesday night.  Police say the child was standing with another pedestrian on the corner of Silverton Road and Lansing Avenue when a Honda Prelude crashed into a Ford Focus, sending both cars crashing into them.  Both drivers and the two pedestrians were admitted to a hospital for injuries, but they're all expected to be OK.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a suspect in connection to last week's homicide near North Plains.  Police arrested 40-year-old Christopher Jay Stephens yesterday during a traffic stop in Tualatin.  Police say Stephens and 38-year-old Chad Brandon Pitcher were involved in the shooting death of Michael Arch at a home near Dairy Creek Road last Tuesday.  Police say Pitcher is still at large and should be considered armed and dangerous.
 



(Louisville, KY)  --  Things may be getting worse for embattled Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino.  Multiple reports say he is the unidentified coach in a criminal complaint who played a role in providing money to a recruit.  CBS News initially reported Pitino is "Coach-2" in the complaint released earlier this week by the Justice Department.  "Coach-2" is referenced nine times in the document, including when a former agent is quoted as saying he had spoken with "Coach-2" about getting additional money for "Player-10's" family.  Adidas executive Jim Gatto is accused of conspiring to funnel 100-thousand-dollars from Adidas to the family of recruit Brian Bowen in exchange for his commitment to Louisville.  U-of-L has a 160-million-dollar shoe and apparel contract with Adidas.



(Seattle, WA)  --  Marine wildlife officials are searching for a sea lion with fishing gear stuck to her mouth.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says crews searched for the animal yesterday after someone reported seeing her near Bainbridge Island.  The agency is asking anyone who spots the sea lion to call the NOAA hotline.



(Clackamas County, OR)  --  The search continues today for two missing mushroom pickers who disappeared in separate incidents.  Crews are searching for a missing woman who disappeared while picking mushrooms in the Mount Hood National Forest.  The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says the woman was reported missing early yesterday morning.  Police are also searching for a missing man who failed to return home Monday after picking mushrooms in the Tillamook State Forest.
 



(Beaverton, OR)  --  Reports indicate that Nike is now a part of the FBI's sports corruption probe.  ESPN cites unnamed sources who say that the firm's Elite Youth Basketball League was served with a subpoena.  The grassroots league is reportedly not named in the indictments, but a former employee who once ran it is a defendant.  Merl Code left Nike to work at Adidas three years ago.  He and Jim Gatto are at the center of the investigation that's poking around at what prosecutors call the "dark underbelly" of big-time college athletics.



(Washington, DC)  --  Oregon's unusual jury system may be tested in the U.S. Supreme Court.  Only Oregon and Louisiana allow a defendant to be convicted on a 10-2 jury vote.  There's a petition before the high court to examine that.  Justices ordered eleven cases today that could be argued next year.  The case directed at Louisiana's law was not one of them, but more cases are expected to ordered on Monday.  Critics of the jury system say it deprives defendants of equal protection under the law.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police are searching for at least four women in connection two public transit assaults.  Police say four women attacked a stranger at Gateway Transit Center earlier this month and tried to take her cell phone.  A similar assault was reported near the East 148th Avenue Transit Station the next morning, with a woman punching a stranger in the face.  Police have released images of three of the suspects caught on surveillance camera.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Fall is expected to begin in earnest today after yesterday's unseasonably warm weather.  Today's high temperature is expected to top out at 68, with rain and drizzle in the forecast.  Accuweather.com reports Portland reached a high of 86 degrees yesterday.



(Portland, OR)  --  One person is injured after being struck by a car in North Portland.  Police say the victim was either walking or riding a bicycle on North Lombard Street between Commercial and Vancouver avenues last night when a car crashed into them.  There's no word yet on what caused the crash.



(Hood River, OR)  --  The Kayak Shed on Hood River's Oak Street is a total loss following a structure fire there.  The "Hood River News" reports the business caught fire last night.  A building next door also suffered damage in the fire.  Authorities say no injuries have been reported.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A Hillsboro man is facing first degree animal cruelty charges for the death of his neighbor's cat.  Police arrested 37-year-old Michael Scott Klein Tuesday afternoon.  Klein is accused of killing his neighbor's cat during the night while having a mental health crisis.  The neighbor told police that Klein's dog was also dead.  An investigation is ongoing.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Washington County can't blame an inmate for killing his ex.  A judge yesterday denied an attempt by county lawyers to show that negligence in a 30-million-dollar wrongful death suit was on the part of the killer.  The judge ruled that the jury should "compare the fault of all responsible parties," including the county that gave him a work pass.  Eric Petersen was found guilty of beating and stabbing his former girlfriend to death while he was on leave from a prison.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges after allegedly leading police on a wild chase through a southeast Portland neighborhood.  Police say officers tried to pull the man over after he was seen swerving on Southeast Powell and then near Kellogg Middle School.  Police say the driver took off when officers tried to pull him over, leading to a pursuit that involved two failed pit maneuvers.  The man eventually crashed at 66th and Raymond.  Police believe drugs or alcohol may have been a factor.



(Washington, DC)  --  Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden is among those slamming the new Republican tax proposal.  Wyden calls it a heaping pile of tax cuts for the fortunate few.  He accused Republicans of playing a shell game with middle class families.
 



(Salem, OR)  --  Five people are injured following a two-car crash in Salem.  Police say officers responded to the crash at Silverton Road Northeast and Lansing Avenue Northeast last night.  Five people were hospitalized but are expected to survive their injuries.  There's no word yet on what caused the crash.



(Undated)  --  The city of Portland is the best drinking destination in the country.  So says "Money" magazine's new travel edition, which says it evaluated over two-thousand data points from more than 60 popular destinations with a high proportion bars, breweries, distilleries and wineries.  Portland came in first, followed by Denver, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Albuquerque, Sedona, Arizona and Seattle.



(Gresham, OR)  --  The city of Gresham is taking a stand against hate.  The city is placing stickers on all its vehicles saying "Hate is not a Gresham value."  Mayor Shane Bemis proposed the idea during a city council meeting last month.  Citizens can grab a sticker for their vehicles, as well.  The City Hall front desk is handing them out for free.
 



(Beaverton, OR)  --  A man is facing hit-and-run charges following a crash in Beaverton.  Police arrested 39-year-old Ignacio Cazarez Miranda last night.  Police say he struck another vehicle at Southwest Scholls Ferry Road and 135th Avenue and then ran away from the scene.  Police caught up with him about an hour later.  No injuries were reported.



(Aloha, OR)  --  Sentencing is scheduled next week for a man convicted of murder in Aloha.  A Washington County jury delivered a guilty verdict for Roger Gastelum-Medina following a five-day trial.  Gastelum-Medina is convicted of shooting and killing Yusuf Sharif at an Aloha park in 2016.  Sentencing is set for next Friday.
 



(Snoqualmie Pass, WA)  --  One woman could be facing charges after her quick thinking helped her save a child's life.  Tequila Isaacson tells KATU she was driving home to Idaho from Washington recently when she came across a burning truck with a child caught inside at Snoqualmie Pass.  Isaacson says she ran to a nearby coffee shop and broke a glass window to grab their fire extinguisher to douse the flames and save the child.  A Washington State Trooper who responded to the scene told Isaacson he would have to charge her with burglary unless she paid for the fire extinguisher immediately.  No charges have been filed yet, and Washington State Patrol says it's looking into the incident.



(Eugene, OR)  --  A Eugene man is dead after allegedly pointing a rifle at police officers.  Authorities say the suspect had threatened to kill a woman and her child early yesterday morning, and later aimed the gun at cops.  When the man refused to comply with commands, the officers reportedly fired on him.  He was taken to a hospital, where he died.  The officers were not hurt, but a Eugene police spokeswoman says they are on administrative leave, a standard practice in police shootings.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking for a suspect in connection to the shooting death of a man near North Plains.  Police say 38-year-old Chad Brandon Pitcher shot and killed Michael Arch last Tuesday at a house near Dairy Creek Road.  Police say Pitcher should be considered armed and dangerous.  Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact police.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is underway at Roosevelt High School after a student found a KKK sticker in a boy's bathroom.  KATU reports the sticker showed a person wearing a white sheet with the text "The KKK Wants You."  Roosevelt's principal called the incident appalling and offensive, saying the hateful image has no place in any school.  Officials are looking through surveillance camera footage to see if they can catch the culprit.



(Undated)  --  A new poll is showing strong support for legalized nationwide sports betting, something Oregon already enjoys.  A University of Massachusetts Lowell-"Washington Post" poll released today indicates a majority of Americans support making gambling on professional sports legal in all states.  The results differ greatly from 20 years ago, when 56 percent of those surveyed by Gallup-CNN and "USA Today" opposed legalizing sports betting.  The latest poll shows 55 percent of those surveyed support making gambling on professional sports legal in every state while 33 percent are opposed.  Sports betting is only legal now in Oregon, Nevada, Delaware and Montana.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Multnomah County Health Department Director is stepping down amid allegations of racism.  Joanne Fuller retired yesterday, weeks after instructing a black manager to step down, prompting her call for a racism investigation.  In an email to staff, Fuller said she had been thinking about retiring for some time, and decided that this was the time.  The county recently reached a settlement with Tricia Tillman, who claimed Fuller had pushed her out of her job without rhyme or reason.  The settlement came in exchange for Tillman agreeing not to sue the county.



(Mosier, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect accused of opening fire on a group of swimmers and kayakers in the Columbia River.  Police say the group was triathlon training between Mosier and Hood River near Eighteen Mile Island Sunday morning when someone started shooting at them.  One of the kayakers tells KATU she heard about 20 bullets hit the water.  No one was injured.  Police say it's not yet clear whether the shots were intentional or just the result of irresponsible shooting.
 



(Salem, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown is running for re-election.  Brown's campaign office made the announcement yesterday that she will seek another term next year.  The governor has pinned her campaign hopes on a staunch resistance to President Trump's policies.  She was especially vocal about the decision to end the federal program that protected immigrants brought to this country illegally as children.  Her statement yesterday emphasized that she wants to "ensure that everyone has the chance to live a good life" in Oregon.
 



(Hood River, OR)  --  A team of specialists is in Hood River studying damage caused by the Eagle Creek Wildfire.  Roughly 50 biologists, hydrologists, soil scientists, engineers and archaeologists with the Burned Area Emergency Response team arrived in the area yesterday.  The group has the job of developing short-term and long-term restoration plans for the area.  The Eagle Creek fire has burned nearly 50-thousand acres since it started earlier this month and is now 46-percent contained.



(Canby, OR)  --  Police are urging extreme caution in Clackamas County after someone shot at a driver, missing their head by inches.  Police say a man was driving near the Intersection of the Canby-Marquam Highway and South Barnards Road early yesterday when his passenger-side window exploded.  Police later found a bullet hole in the driver's side sun visor.  Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact police.
 



(Seattle, WA)  --  A young resident orca whale is dead from apparent malnutrition.  The Center for Whale Research says the two-year-old orca named Sonic was travelling with his mother and an adult male near British Columbia when it passed away.  Sonic is the third of six whales born in his pod to die.  The Center for Whale Research says shortages of Chinook salmon caused by man-made damming is placing significant strain on resident whales in the Pacific Northwest.
 



(Washington, DC)  --  Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is blasting the Republican-led Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill.  At a hearing to discuss the bill, Democrat Wyden urged the Senate Finance Committee not to be fooled by "the hocus pocus" Republicans were presenting.  He claimed the GOP bill would gut funding promised to states by the Affordable Care Act, forcing governors and state lawmakers to make "Hunger Games decisions" about which vulnerable people would receive access to healthcare, and which would not.  Wyden said the "iron-clad loophole-free guaranteed protection" under the Affordable Care Act for those with pre-existing conditions would be gone if the bill passed.  He said the bill re-opens the door to annual and lifetime limits on healthcare.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Half a dozen David Douglas School District schools are receiving top honors for student health.  Two middle schools and four elementary schools have been named to a short list of The Healthiest Schools In America.  The schools are Ron Russell and Floyd Light Middle Schools, and West Powellhurst, Menlo Park, Lincoln Park and Earl Boyles Elementary Schools.  Thirteen schools total in Oregon made it to the list.  The annual list is compiled by the Alliance For A Healthier Generation.
 



(Harney County, OR)  --  Oregon State Police are searching for a suspect in an elk poaching case.  Police say someone illegally killed a bull elk in Harney County and left its carcass to rot.  Someone found the animal near Buffalo Reservoir Saturday.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.  A five-thousand-dollar reward is being offered for information leading to a conviction.
 



(Oakridge, OR)  --  The search continues for a missing La Pine man.  A search over the weekend for 61-year-old Gary Humbard included the use of drones and K-9 units, but it failed to turn up any leads.  Humbard has been missing since early this month.  Search crews recently discovered his empty SUV at Davis Lake and believe he parked the car there before setting off on foot on September 2nd.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A 37-year-old man is dead after being struck by a car in Hillsboro.  Police say Patrick Beneman was walking in traffic near Southwest Tualatin Valley Highway and Northwest 334th Avenue Friday night when a car ran into him.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.



(Troutdale, OR)  --  Eastbound Interstate 84 is open to traffic again after being closed for almost a month due to the Eagle Creek Fire.  The Oregon Department of Transportation reopened the highway Saturday afternoon.  Authorities have also reopened SR 14 just north of the Columbia River Gorge in Washington.



(Woodland, OR)  --  A manhunt is under way in southern Washington for a suspect accused of domestic violence and dangerous weapon charges.  Police in Woodland are looking for 28-year-old Kyle Runyon.  He was last seen yesterday morning in the 2300 block of Lewis River Road.  Police in Clark County also suspect Runyon of being involved in a boat theft at a home on the Lewis River.
 



(Gresham, OR)  --  A 21-year-old Portland man is facing charges in connection to the death of his girlfriend's baby boy.  Police arrested Shalondre Adams late last week.  Police say officers responded to a home in the 400 block of Southeast 169th Avenue Thursday on reports on an unresponsive 13-month-old boy.  Authorities say the boy died from a traumatic brain injury.



(Gresham, OR)  --  A new program in Gresham is helping get free reading material into the hands of kids.  The program "Gresham Reads" launched last Thursday.  Under the program, businesses can volunteer to provide space for bookshelves, which the city then fills up with children's books.  Mayor Shane Bemis helped kick off the program's launch last Thursday with a storytime at Sugar Cubed Cakes.



(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon's Secretary of State says Russia tried to hack the state's election system last year.  Dennis Richardson says the efforts failed because of security measures installed in Oregon's electoral computer network.  A press release from Chief Information Security Officer Lisa Vasa got more specific.  She writes that her office blocks some 14-million attempts at hacking every day.  She says most of the futile attempts come from inside the U.S., but some come from Russia and other countries.  Richardson said Friday that Homeland Security has confirmed his June claim that Russian hackers tried to get into Oregon's election computers.
 



(Newberg, OR)  --  One person is injured after crashing their power glider into a fence in a residential area of Newberg.  Police say the pilot crashed Saturday around two p.m.  The pilot suffered minor injuries, and no other injuries were reported.  There's no word yet on what caused the crash.



(Portland, OR)  --  Hundreds of Timbers supporters joined NFL players yesterday in taking a knee during the national anthem.  Organizers with the Timbers Army published a post on Facebook urging fans to take a knee or participate in whatever manner makes sense for them during the national anthem for yesterday's Timbers game at Providence Park.  Several NFL players abstained from the national anthem during yesterday's football games after President Trump insisted Friday that players who take a knee during the anthem should be fired.



CELILO VILLAGE, OR -- State Police arrested two people this week, after receiving several complaints of illegal gillnetting on the Columbia River at the Deschutes River Sanctuary. 

 

Troopers conducted a nighttime patrol and found a boat operating without required lighting in the sanctuary. They had deployed an 1100-foot gillnet; state law limits gillnets to 800 feet, and no gillnetting is allowed in the sanctuary. Investigators also found 85 Chinook Salmon and one Steelhead, worth over $3,500.

 

There were two adults and a child aboard the boat; 26-year-old Lane Meanus and 24-year-old Ashley Leslie, both of Celilo Village, were arrested for multiple crimes.  



(Gresham, OR)  --  Two people are critically injured and two others have minor injuries following a two-car crash in Gresham.  Police say one car crashed into another vehicle after running a stop sign in the 3700 block of West Powell Boulevard last night.  The crash shut down a portion of Powell Boulevard for hours last night.



(Portland, OR)  --  The city of Portland, Oregon says Uber used software to evade 16 government officials trying to regulate the service.  City officials say an investigation found that Uber used a software tool called Greyball that blocked regulators from booking rides.  Uber began using Greyball in December 2014, when it didn't have permits in Portland, and stopped using it when it got city approval in April 2015.  An Uber spokesman said the company is pleased that the investigation is over.  A city official said Portland will make sure that no attempts to evade regulators will be allowed in the future.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police say one person was hospitalized after being shot in Vancouver, Washington.  Officers reported to the 1900 block of Todd Road yesterday afternoon after receiving reports of a shooting and found one man with a gunshot wound.  One suspect was taken into custody.  Police say it appears the victim and suspect knew each other.
 



(Easton, PA)  --  Crayola is unveiling the winning name for a new crayon color inspired by a pigment discovered at Oregon State University.  The company yesterday announced Bluetiful beat four other finalists in an online contest that began with more than 90-thousand submissions.  Bluetiful replaces a shade of yellow called Dandelion that the company retired earlier this year.  Oregon State University scientists discovered a pigment YinMn that inspired the new blue hue.  The company claims the new crayon will be available for the holidays.
 



(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon's Secretary of State says the 2020 primary election needs to come earlier in the year.  Dennis Richardson wrote Wednesday to Governor Kate Brown and legislative leaders, maintaining that an earlier presidential primary would give Oregon more clout.  He figures that by mid-May, voters are swept up in what he calls the "math and momentum" of already decided races in other states.  He noted that California and Washington are thinking about moving their primaries to March, and that Oregon should also make the move.  It could create a possible western bloc and help elevate Oregon in the national political scene.



(Troutdale, CA)  --  Crews continue to battle the Eagle Creek Fire. The blaze in the Columbia River Gorge has blackened more than 41,000 acres in the past 12 days and stands at 28% containment, as of Friday morning.  Authorities expect the huge fire to keep growing at a slow, steady rate. 

Thursday, aircraft dropped nearly 100,000 gallons of water on the fire. Friday, resources will focus on the northeast corner of the fire to help protect the communities, infrastructure, and other values at risk there as burnout operations continue from Cascade Locks east to Mitchell Point. If conditions permit, helicopters may be used to assist with burnout operations west of Wyeth to bring fire down to the powerline corridor in a controlled manner. Crews will also be reinforcing line from Mitchell Point south to Wahtum Lake. 

Forecasters say rain is coming, and firefighters say it can't come soon enough.



(Portland, OR)  --  Bicyclists are worried they're being targeted after two tripwires were discovered in Northeast Portland.  Police say they responded to a report of a tripwire on Northeast Irving Street near 16th Avenue Monday morning.  Yesterday, a cyclist discovered another tripwire on a trail at Gateway Green Park.  It's not clear if the incidents are connected.  Portland Parks and Recreation spokesman Mark Ross tells KATU staff searched Gateway Green Park for additional traps yesterday but didn't find any.



(Portland, OR)  --  The westbound lanes of Interstate-84 between Troutdale and Hood River are reopened to traffic.  Officials reopened the lanes last night but say the eastbound lanes remain closed in that area.  Officials closed the freeway due to safety concerns caused by the Eagle Creek Fire.  Crews have cleared away at least two-thousand unstable trees along the freeway to prevent them from falling on motorists.
 



(Washington, DC)  --  Oregon's senior Senator is calling for a fix on how wildfires are fought.  Democratic Senator Ron Wyden pleaded on the Senate floor yesterday for large wildfires to be treated as natural disasters.  Wyden says it makes no sense to shift funding from fire prevention to fire suppression in order to pay for fighting big blazes.  The Forest Service calls the practice "fire borrowing," and critics say it only leads to bigger fires in the future.  Wyden pushed a bill four years ago that would fund wildfire battles from a disaster relief fund.  It failed back then, but the language is now included in current flood insurance legislation.  Wyden recently visited four major wildfire sites in Oregon.



(Cascade Locks, OR)  --  New evacuation orders are in effect after the Eagle Creek Fire spread into new territory yesterday.  Officials issued level three evacuations to residents along the I-84 corridor from Exit 47 to Exit 56 after the fire spread into the Camp Creek drainage area.  Meanwhile, officials have lowered the evacuation level to two in Cascade Locks.  The fire is now 17-percent contained at more than 37-thousand-500 acres.



(Gresham, OR)  --  Police are searching for a missing man who suffers from Alzheimer's.  Police say 74-year-old Wilber Pervis was last seen in Gresham around 8 o'clock last night.  He's said to be wearing a Hawaiian shirt with gray shorts.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.
 



(Vancouver, WA)  --  One person is injured after a passenger train crashed into a semi-truck in Vancouver.  Authorities say the semi-truck driver was passing over the tracks when his truck got stuck.  He tried to call the railroad emergency line but then saw an approaching Amtrak Cascades train and immediately fled the vehicle.  One train crewmember suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  A 92-year-old woman is dead following a car crash in the parking lot of an assisted living facility.  Police say the woman was in the passenger seat of a car being driven by a 94-year-old woman when the crash occurred.  Police say the driver was trying to park when she lost control of her car, causing it to roll onto its top.  The driver and a person sitting in one of the parked cars were injured.  Police are calling it a tragic accident.
 



(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon's Department of Human Services has a new Child Welfare Director.  The agency announced yesterday that Marilyn Jones brings 20 years of experience to the post.  She has most recently worked in Baker City, where she ran child welfare and food stamp programs.  Jones does more than shuffle paper.  She and her husband have reportedly brought eleven foster children into their home.  They adopted two girls who were not able to be reunited with their relatives.



(Portland, OR)  --  City officials say they plan to convert Duckworth Memorial Dock into a swimming hole.  Officials say they want to turn the dock into a multi-use platform as part of its push to get more people to visit the waterfront.  The dock currently only serves motorized boats.  The dock is currently under grant terms restricting pedestrian use until the year 2021, but officials say they're hoping to reach an early end to that agreement.



(Portland, OR)  --  Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith is throwing her hat into Portland's race for City Commissioner.  Smith says she plans to officially enter the race in January.  Current City Commissioner Dan Saltzman announced Tuesday that he will retire when his term ends next year.
 



(Skamania County, WA)  --  The Archer Mountain Fire in southern Washington is now 100-percent contained.  Fire officials declared the fire contained yesterday morning and lifted all evacuation notices.  The fire has burned 260 acres.  It started September 5th after the Eagle Creek Fire jumped the Columbia River into Washington from Oregon.
 



(Gresham, OR)  --  Police are calling off the search for a missing man who suffers from Alzheimer's after he was found safe and sound.  Police say 74-year-old Wilber Pervis was found early this morning and is now reunited with his family.  Police were searching for him after he went missing in Gresham around 8 o'clock last night.


 



(Beaverton, OR)  --  A man is hospitalized after being pulled from a burning car on Highway 26.  Police say the man was driving the wrong way near Southwest Cedar Hills Boulevard early this morning when he crashed.  A Washington County deputy pulled the man from his car as it burst into flames.  He was cited for DUII, reckless endangering and reckless driving.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a group of burglars who broke into three homes in Northeast Portland.  Police say the suspects entered the homes through unlocked windows or doors early yesterday and stole several items including a car and cell phone.  No injuries were reported in any of the burglaries.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  The U.S. Forest Service says it could be months before many popular hiking trails reopen in the Columbia River Gorge.  The Forest Service says response teams will begin hiking the trails in the coming weeks to assess the damage from the Eagle Creek Fire.  The Forest Service will then create a restoration plan based on the findings of scientists and engineers, who will be studying the ecosystem along with damage to trail infrastructure and hillsides in the area.



(Troutdale, OR)  --  Firefighters are slowly making progress against the Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge.  Fire officials say the blaze is now eleven-percent contained.  That's up from seven-percent earlier this week.  Forecasters say a cool and possibly wet weather front could provide more favorable conditions for battling the blaze for the rest of this week.  The wildfire has now burned more than 35-thousand-500 acres.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  The Columbia Gorge Express bus is ending its season early due to the Eagle Creek wildfire.  Operators of the service shut it down last weekend.  The service had been scheduled to run through September 24th.



(Aloha, OR)  --  A man is facing several charges after allegedly sending his girlfriend romantic selfies from a stolen phone.  Police say 34-year-old Eric Fleury also stole some flowers from a roadside memorial, and was holding them in the photographs he sent his girlfriend yesterday.  Officers arrested Fleury yesterday in Aloha after tracking the stolen phone to his location.  The phone's owner discovered the photos on his phone after police recovered it.  Police say Fleury also logged onto his Facebook account on the phone and sent his girlfriend messages admitting he was running from police.



(Seattle, WA)  --  Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is resigning amid accusations of sex abuse.  The Democrat's resignation comes after a fifth man, his cousin, accused him of molesting him decades ago.  Murray released a statement yesterday denying the allegations but acknowledging that it's best for the city if he steps aside.  Murray was previously accused of sexual abuse by four other men, including an Oregon man who says Murray raped him for five years while he was living in the Oregon foster care system.



(Ontario, OR)  --  A man from Utah is accused of starting wildfires in Oregon.  State police say that includes a blaze in the Deschutes National Forest last month that prompted evacuations at Lava River Cave and Lava Lands Visitor Center.  Christopher Wilson of Salt Lake City was indicted last week by a grand jury in Deschutes County on three counts of arson and reckless endangerment.  Investigators are looking into whether he may have been responsible for any other wildfires.



(Portland, OR)  --  Southwest Portland has a new track and playing field.  Community leaders gathered last night for a dedication ceremony for the new track and field at Duniway Park. The field features all-weather synthetic turf that won't turn soggy in the rain.  The field was fully funded by the company Under Armour.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is under way into racist graffiti at a Northeast Portland mosque.  Authorities say someone spray painted the word "ISIS" on a wall of the Abu-Baker Islamic Center over the weekend.  Police believe the vandalism happened sometime between Friday and Saturday.



(Skamania County, WA)  --  The Archer Mountain Fire burning in southern Washington could be 100-percent contained by the end of the day.  Fire officials say they expect to have the fire completely contained by this afternoon.  The fire was at 40-percent containment yesterday morning.  The fire started a week ago after the Eagle Creek Fire jumped the Columbia River near Cascade Locks.
 



(Troutdale, OR)  --  Firefighters continue their battle today against the Eagle Creek Wildfire in the Columbia River Gorge.  Authorities say the 34-thousand-acre fire is now seven-percent contained.  Fire officials say crews are currently focusing their efforts on protecting the Interstate 84 corridor from the flames.  Crews are also using helicopter water drops to keep the fire from spreading past Herman Creek into the town of Cascade Locks.



(Bay City, OR)  --  The Coast Guard is ending its search for a Canadian man missing off the coast of Oregon.  Authorities say they think the 51-year-old man may have fallen from a cliff Sunday in Oswald West State Park.  The Coast Guard shut down their search efforts Sunday night after locating one shoe and a backpack that belonged to the man.  Coast Guard officials say the search could continue if more information becomes available.



(Tualatin, OR)  --  An investigation is under way after a semi truck caught fire along Interstate 5 near Tualatin.  Police say the semi truck caught fire yesterday afternoon south of the I-205 junction in the Norwood area.  The driver was able to make it out of the truck before it went up in flames.  Investigators are looking into what caused the fire.



(Gresham, OR)  --  Authorities say no one was injured when a mobile home caught fire in Gresham.  Firefighters responded to the blaze at 21026 Southeast Start Street just after midnight.  There's no word yet on what caused the fire.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland residents are giving their blood in honor of those lost in the nine-eleven terrorist attacks.  Portland Fire and Rescue held a blood drive yesterday in memory of the attacks.  The drive will benefit the American Red Cross.



(Boring, OR)  --  Authorities are investigating the discovery of a car submerged in the Clackamas River.  A kayaker called authorities last night after finding the car under water at the boat ramp at Barton Park.  A search of the vehicle didn't turn up any bodies.  It's not yet clear how long the car has been there.



(Chelan County, WA)  --  A sheriff's office in Washington is apologizing for posting a meme to Facebook showing protesters being hit by a car.  The post published yesterday by the Chelan County Sheriff's Office shows stick figures being run down by a car with the text "All Lives Splatter."  The sheriff's office says an employee posted the image to the Chelan County Emergency Management Facebook page by accident.  Sheriff Brian Burnett issued a news release yesterday saying his staff feels terrible about the incident, calling the post inappropriate and hurtful.  The incident comes just one day after police detained and then released a man for speeding aggressively through a crowd of anti-hate counter-protesters at a Patriot Prayer rally in Vancouver.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they arrested seven people during yesterday's anti-hate rallies in downtown Portland.  Police say two officers were injured when demonstrators threw objects and smoke bombs at them.  One officer was hit in the face with a projectile, while the other was hit by a slingshot.  Officials say that at one point, anti-hate demonstrators got into a shouting match with members of the right-wing "Patriot Prayer" group, before the Patriot Prayer demonstration moved to another location.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  The driver of a large truck won't be facing charges after speeding past counter-protesters twice at a Patriot Prayer rally in Vancouver, Washington.  Police detained and then released the man after he sped past the group of counter-protesters a second time during yesterday's rally.  Video captured by KGW shows the man speeding backwards beside the counter-protesters in a large truck with several American flags attached to it and then leaving before speeding past them again about five minutes later.  Witnesses tell KGW another truck pulled up beside counter-protesters and sprayed them with pepper spray.  The Patriot Prayer group had originally scheduled the rally to take place in Portland but moved it to Vancouver at the last minute.
 



(Troutdale, OR)  --  Transportation officials say the Interstate 84 will remain closed for at least another week while crews clean up damage from the Eagle Creek Fire.  Officials say they're still clearing fallen trees and rocks from the roadways.  They're also working on making sure bridges, tunnels and hillsides are safe in the area.  Meanwhile, the Coast Guard has reopened the Columbia River to all traffic after the fire prompted them to enact a safety zone last week.



(Cornelius, OR)  --  A Hillsboro woman is facing charges for allegedly leaving her two young children alone at a park to go get a tattoo.  Police say 28-year-old Ana Lara left her three-year-old and eight-year-old kids alone at Harleman Park in Cornelius Saturday.  A family member called police after finding the kids at the park.  Police arrested Lara when she returned to the park to collect her children.
 



(Corbett, OR)  --  Classes are back in session today in the Corbett School District, a week after the Eagle Creek Fire forced the schools to close.  School district officials say they'll be in constant contact with police and fire officials today and that they'll have school bus drivers on-call just in case evacuations become necessary.  Schools in the district have been closed since last Tuesday.



(Des Moines, IA)  --  The presidential rumor mill is swirling yet again after an appearance by Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley in Idaho.  Merkley was one of the speakers at the Progress Iowa Corn Feed in Des Moines yesterday.  He talked about fighting poverty and profiling, among other things.  South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg also spoke and talked about Democrats focusing on other offices not named the presidency.



(Skamania County, WA)  --  The Archer Mountain Fire burning in Skamania County, Washington is now 30-percent contained.  Fire officials say crews doubled their containment of the fire over the weekend thanks in part to cooler weather and a spot of rain.  The 253-acre fire ignited a week ago when the Eagle Creek Fire jumped the Columbia River from Oregon.  Officials say more than one-hundred firefighters are still battling the blaze.



(Depoe Bay, OR)  --  Two men are dead after their boat capsized off of Depoe Bay.  The Coast Guard says an 81-year-old man and a 75-year-old man were both killed Friday after their boat capsized near the harbor.  Family members say the two had gone to the coast for a day of fishing.



(Gresham, OR)  --  A man is hospitalized following a rollover crash in Gresham.  Police say the man was driving westbound on Southeast Foster Road near the Henne Road intersection when he lost control and veered off the road, causing his car to roll onto its top.  A woman in the car walked away with minor injuries.  Police believe speed played a role in the crash.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is underway into a shooting and car crash that left a man dead.  Police say officers were called to the area of Northwest 6th Avenue and Everett Street last night on reports of shots fired followed by a car crash.  Officers arriving on the scene found a man inside one of the crashed cars suffering from traumatic injuries.  He was later pronounced dead.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Washington County Museum is returning to its old home in Portland.  Museum officials are set to shut down the museum located in the Hillsboro Civic Center on Sunday.  The museum will reopen at Portland Community College's Rock Creek campus.  The museum has been housed in Hillsboro since 2012.



(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities say the Eagle Creek Wildfire is now the number one fire priority in the U.S.  The Oregon Fire Marshal's office says the fire is now five-percent contained and has burned more than 33-thousand-800 acres.  More than 900 firefighters from around the country are in the Columbia River Gorge fighting the fire.  The blaze has destroyed three homes and several outbuildings.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland is one of several cities making a bid to host Amazon's second headquarters.  Portland spokesman Shawn Uhlman tells KING 5 the city plans to do everything in its collective power to present a strong case to Amazon.  The company announced yesterday it plans to open a second headquarters in North America, employing up to 50-thousand workers.  Amazon is accepting proposals from interested cities.



(Portland, OR)  --  President Trump is tapping an Oregon prosecutor for a seat on a federal bench.  Trump has nominated Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan W. Bounds to serve on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.  If he's confirmed by the U.S. Senate, the 44-year-old will replace Circuit Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain, who is stepping back from a full caseload.  Bounds graduated from Stanford University and Yale Law School, and has been with the U.S. attorney's office in Portland for seven years.  He was one of 16 people to receive judicial nominations yesterday from Trump.



(Gresham, OR)  --  Authorities are investigating after someone stole two firefighting vehicles from crews battling wildfires in the Columbia River Gorge.  Police say someone stole a pickup and a Jeep from the Cowlitz County Fire District Five fire station in Kalama, Washington, yesterday.  Crews from the station were out fighting the Archer Mountain fire at the time.  A resident called 911 after finding the pickup truck in front of her home.  Police are still searching for the second vehicle.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a masked man accused of robbing a bank in Northeast Portland.  Police say the man entered the Umpqua Bank branch on Northeast Weidler Street yesterday morning and demanded money.  Surveillance footage shows a five-foot-ten white man wearing a mask and sunglasses.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Three people are behind bars after allegedly robbing a Verizon Wireless store.  Police say the trio entered a store at 3004 Northeast Broadway in Northeast Portland yesterday morning wearing masks.  At least one of the suspects was allegedly armed.  Police say the three made off with a large quantity of merchandise.  Police arrested them after spotting them in a Northeast Portland neighborhood following the robbery.



(Cascade Locks, OR)  --  Firefighters continue their battle this morning to gain control of the explosive Eagle Creek Fire.  Fire officials say the wildfire now stands at more than 32-thousand acres after merging with the Indian Creek Fire earlier this week.  As of 5:00 yesterday evening, the fire was still at zero-percent containment.
 



(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon is one of 15 states and the District of Columbia that are suing President Trump.  The lawsuit announced yesterday stems from Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.  Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum had warned of the impending legal action yesterday at a rally in Portland.  DACA allowed those who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children to work and go to school without fear of deportation.
 



(Warrenton, OR)  --  A portion of the Columbia River remains closed as firefighters continue to battle the Eagle Creek Fire.  The Coast Guard established a safety zone Tuesday from mile marker 126 to 146 east of Portland.  Coast Guard crews are evaluating vessel transit requests for that area on a case-by-case basis.  The Coast Guard says crews will remain in the area to continue to assess conditions on the river.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing a five-thousand-dollar fine for jumping into the Willamette River from a tour boat.  The Coast Guard issued the fine Tuesday for the incident on August 13th.  Authorities say the man removed his shoes and then swan dived over the railing of the tour boat into the water.  Federal law prohibits the act of intentionally jumping overboard from a passenger vessel because it interferes with the safe operation of the vessel.



(Cascade Locks, OR)  --  Investigators are seeking photos and video of a 15-year-old boy accused of starting the Eagle Creek Fire.  The Oregon State Police published a post to Facebook Tuesday asking for witnesses or anyone with information on the case to come forward.  The 15-year-old boy is accused of tossing a firework off of Eagle Creek Trail Saturday, igniting the now-32-thousand-acre wildfire that's forced hundreds to evacuate.  One witness told police the boy was with a group of young people and that at least one of them was filming the incident.
 



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Nike is laying off hundreds of workers in Oregon.  The company says it will be letting go of 745 employees in the state.  The staffing reductions will hit Nike's Hillsboro headquarters particularly hard, with more than half of the planned pink slips going out there.  Company execs are saying the downsizing is coming as part of a more streamlined approach to their business model.



(Portland, OR)  --  Trains are back on track in the Columbia River Gorge.  Union Pacific spokesman Justin Jacobs tells KATU the rails reopened Tuesday morning after the Eagle Creek Fire forced their closure earlier.  Jacobs says the fire did destroy some of the railroad's ties and that the trains are taking it slow for now.



(Warrenton, OR)  --  The Coast Guard says it rescued two people from a sinking boat at the entrance of the Columbia River.  Authorities say the two men called for help yesterday after their pleasure boat struck an unknown object and started taking on water.  Coast Guard crews tried to tow the boat to shore but were unable to save it as it started sinking.  The two men were dropped off at Hammond Marina with no reported injuries.
 



(Warrenton, OR)  --  A missing hiker is doing all right after being rescued by the Coast Guard.  Authorities say the 29-year-old Chicago man was hiking in Ecola State Park near Tillamook Head yesterday with his girlfriend when the two got separated.  The man's girlfriend called for help, and a Coast Guard helicopter found him at the base of a cliff he'd been trying to climb.  He was hospitalized for exhaustion and minor injuries.



(Portland, OR)  --  Hundreds of people are out of their homes after the Eagle Creek Fire exploded amid high winds last night.  Fire officials issued level-three evacuation notices yesterday to several communities including Warrendale, Dodson, Bridal Veil and East Corbett.  Officials say the fire had grown from 32-hundred acres to 48-hundred acres as of late last night.  Firefighters were working overnight to protect the state's iconic Multnomah Falls from the blaze.  Officials were expecting the flames to reach the falls' ridges by midnight last night.



(Portland, OR)  --  An air quality alert is in effect for the Portland area due to smoke from the Eagle Creek Fire.  Health officials say the alert will remain in effect until at least tonight.  The Environmental Protection Agency says Portland's air-quality index has been at 152 since early this morning.  That's considered in the unhealthy range.



(Cascade Locks, OR)  --  Classes are cancelled at some schools today due to the explosive Eagle Creek Fire.  The Cascade Locks Elementary School in the Hood River County School District will remain closed due to evacuations in the area.  Officials say other schools in the district will remain open with students being kept inside for P.E. and recess.  The Corbett School District is also cancelling classes for today.



(Portland, OR)  --  Some workers at Burgerville in Portland are demanding more money for working holidays.  Employees went on strike for Labor Day yesterday.  The Burgerville Workers Union says the company doesn't give holiday pay to its workers even though it stays open on several holidays.
 



(Clackamas, OR)  --  A man is facing charges after allegedly crashing a stolen car.  Police say officers tried to pull over 35-year-old Ryan Douglas Vanhorn on Southeast Sunnyside Road near the Clackamas Town Center yesterday morning for driving a stolen vehicle.  Vanhorn allegedly fled from the officers and then crashed on Highway 212 near Southeast McKinley Avenue.  Police arrested him at the site of the crash.



(Florence, OR)  --  The Ducks will practice today in Florence at Siuslaw Middle School instead of in Eugene.  With Eugene air quality listed as hazardous with four wildfires larger than 20-thousand acres in the state, Oregon opted to move the practice about an hour away to the coast.  The Ducks will host Nebraska on Saturday.  Oregon routed Southern Utah 77-21 in its season opener.



(Troutdale, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing after someone spray-painted a racist message on the side of a school in Troutdale.  The graffiti was discovered over the weekend at Sweetbriar Elementary School.  Neighbors waking up Sunday morning gathered to cover up the graffiti with some grey paint.  Police say it's unclear if the case is connected to a similar case in March, when anti-Muslim graffiti was written on the walls of a Troutdale home.



(Curry County, OR)  --  Authorities are issuing more evacuations for homes threatened by the Chetco Bar Fire.  The Curry County Sheriff's Office issued level three evacuation notices last night to all areas along Carpenterville Road north of Cape Ferrelo to Bosley Butte Road.  The fire has burned more than 142-thousand acres as of yesterday afternoon and is ten-percent contained



(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are facing charges after allegedly running from police while carrying a two-year-old child.  Police detained the two suspects yesterday following a brief pursuit.  Police say the suspects stole two leaf blowers from a Fred Meyer store and then fled from responding officers in their car, with the passenger holding onto the child.  Police say one of the suspects swallowed some narcotics before officers got to him.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Public Schools is letting students out early today due to excessive heat.  District officials say classes will end two hours early.  Forecasters say temperatures could reach into the triple digits today.  After-school activities are also canceled.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect who vandalized dozens of cars in Northwest Portland.  Police say the suspect smashed windows and threw eggs at more than 40 cars overnight Wednesday.  Police say it appears the suspect used a BB gun to shoot out the car windows.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  Police in Beaverton are looking for a hit-and-run suspect who injured a bicyclist.  Authorities say the bicyclist was riding near Southwest Erickson and Fifth yesterday when the car crashed into the person and fled the scene.  The bicyclist suffered a leg injury.  Anyone with information on the suspect is urged to contact police.
 



(Vancouver, WA)  --  No injuries are being reported after a car crashed into a school bus in Vancouver, Washington.  Authorities say a driver crashed into the back of the bus yesterday afternoon and became stuck beneath the bus.  Officials say there were children on board the bus at the time of the crash, but none of them were hurt.



(Brookings, OR)  --  Dry, gusty winds are whipping Oregon's largest wildfire into an even bigger disaster.  The Chetco Bar Fire near Brookings has burned up more than 100-thousand acres of land and firefighters fear it could get much worse.  Authorities say the weather is ripe for "extreme fire behavior" and will likely stay that way through the Labor Day weekend.  Firefighters say the low humidity is a real problem when combined with the winds, which can carry burning embers nearly a mile away.  The Oregon State Fire Marshal is keeping an eye on the communities of Winchuck and Pistol River, where the winds are pushing the flames.



(Portland, OR)  --  The seventh annual Arab Festival is happening tomorrow at Oaks Amusement Park.  Attendees can enjoy authentic Middle Eastern cuisine, music, dance and poetry.  There will also be an Arab bazaar for shopping.  The free festival runs from 11 a.m to 7 p.m.


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