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(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a man killed in an auto-pedestrian crash in southeast Portland.  Police say 40-year-old Enrico Reyes of Portland was struck and killed at Southeast Start Street and Southeast 146th Avenue Sunday night.  Investigators say Reyes was likely lying on the roadway before he was hit.  Police say the driver has been cooperating with investigators.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say two children who were hit by a car in Aloha are expected to be OK.  The kids were reportedly walking between cars near an intersection yesterday afternoon when a driver struck them.  The driver remained on the scene and is cooperating with police.



(Portland, OR)  --  The FBI is looking for an Oregon sex trafficking suspect they believe may be in Seattle.  Federal agents say 29-year-old Kamau Curnal is accused of sex trafficking a child and transporting another minor for the purpose of prostitution.  Curnal and a second suspect allegedly drove a juvenile from Portland to Seattle for sex trafficking.  Investigators say most of his alleged crimes were committed in Oregon, but they believe he's currently living in the Seattle area.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a missing 18-year-old Clark County woman.  Britney Goodwin has been missing for about two weeks.  Family members say they last spoke with her late last month, and friends say they haven't heard from her since early this month.  She's described as five feet six inches tall and 150 pounds with long, dark hair and glasses.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Jury deliberations enter day three today in the triple murder trial of Brent Luyster in Vancouver.  He's accused of shooting three people to death and seriously injuring a fourth person by shooting her in the face.  Luyster appeared in court yesterday with a freshly shaved head, revealing a Nazi "SS" tattoo on his scalp.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland area will have two new middle schools next year.  The Portland Public School Board says they plan to open the new schools for the 2018-2019 school year.  The board voted unanimously Tuesday to establish Roseway Heights and Harriet Tubman as middle schools.



(Portland, OR)  --  Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury is seeking re-election.  Kafoury announced in a statement yesterday that she's running for re-election because she believes there's more work to be done to make communities safer and more inclusive.  Kafoury has served as county chair since May 2014.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Zoo is offering free admission this Sunday.  Zoo director Dr. Don Moore tells KATU they like to periodically host a free zoo day as a thank you to the community.  Moore says they have a full day of activities planned, including a crocodile feeding, penguin feeding and elephant activities.  The zoo opens at 9:30 a.m. daily.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  The Liquor Control Commission is suspending a Clackamas marijuana processor.  The move comes after Richard Wilkinson was reportedly pulled over in Nebraska for a traffic stop.  Officers say they found 25 pounds of cannabis extract in the vehicle.  OLCC officials say Wilkinson's Rich Extracts had been under investigation even before the recent trouble with the law.



(Portland, OR)  --  Lawmakers continue to call for the resignation of state Senator Jeff Kruse amid harassment allegations.  The head of Oregon's Democratic Party added her voice yesterday in a statement in which she said, "enough is enough."  Party chairwoman Jeanne Atkins called the Roseburg Republican's behavior "egregious."  Kruse has been accused in recent weeks of sexually harassing women at the Capitol, including two senators.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating after someone spray-painted a high school shooting threat on multiple homes in Keizer.  Police say someone called 911 yesterday after finding graffiti on a garage door saying "school shooting today at McKay."  Police found similar messages spray-painted on three other homes and a fence.  McKay High School is in Salem.  Police are working with the school district to monitor the threat.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is underway into the death of an infant at a southwest Portland daycare center.  Police say the five-month-old child died Monday at the L'espoir Preschool of the Arts.  Investigators say there's no indication of foul play.



(Washington, DC)  --  Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is speaking out against Republican plans to repeal a key part of the Affordable Care Act in a big tax bill.  Opening a hearing yesterday, Utah Republican Orrin Hatch said the individual mandate is a tax that hurts working families.  Wyden said the Republican move will cause premiums to soar while putting millions of Americans at risk of losing health coverage.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Jury deliberations are underway in the triple-murder case against Brent Luyster in Vancouver.  Luyster is accused of murdering three people and shooting a fourth person in the face in July of 2016.  Prosecutors and defense attorneys presented their final arguments before releasing the case to the jury yesterday.  Deliberations are scheduled to continue at 9 a.m.



(Portland, OR)  --  Former Oregon Ducks football player Colt Lyerla is in trouble with the law.  Police arrested Lyerla yesterday after he failed to appear at a status check hearing earlier this month.  Lyerla has been arrested on several charges including forgery, burglary and heroin possession in recent years.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting in southeast Portland.  Police say the shooting happened last night in the 13200 block of Northeast Shaver Street.  No injuries were reported.



(Portland, OR)  --  The ACLU is suing the city of Portland over the police bureau's move to "kettle" dozens of protesters during a June demonstration.  The organization says police violated protesters rights by holding them inside a city block without food or bathrooms, refusing to let them leave for nearly an hour.  The demonstrators were counter-protesting at a Trump Free Speech Rally when police blocked them in.  The ACLU says police shot pepper bullets at protesters who tried to leave the blocked-in area.  Police also allegedly photographed each counter-protester and jotted down their identifying information before allowing them to leave the area.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  City officials are seeking public comment on upcoming improvements to Washington Park.  The 46-million-dollar project is expected to take more than 15 years to complete.  Planners want to create hubs at the park's popular Hoyt Arboretum, International Rose Text Garden and the Portland Japanese Garden.  Planners are also considering a new entryway from the Oregon Zoo Max stop.  Residents can chime in with their opinions via an online survey through the end of the month.



(Portland, OR)  --  The number of students in Oregon who are without a home is up more than five-percent.  A new count released yesterday shows more than 22-thousand of the state's K-12 students are homeless.  The Portland and Beaverton school districts record the most with more than 15-hundred homeless students in each.  Those tallies represent between three and four percent of the student body in the state's two largest districts.  Smaller school districts are showing an increase of up to 30-percent in the number of homeless students and their families.



(Portland, OR)  --  One man is facing charges after allegedly stabbing another man on a MAX train.  Police arrested 30-year-old James Luckey yesterday for the incident aboard a MAX train at the Denver Avenue Transit Station in the Kenton neighborhood.  Police say Luckey and a 19-year-old man were arguing when Luckey pulled out a knife and stabbed the man.  The victim is expected to survive.  The incident happened one day before trial starts for MAX murder suspect Jeremy Christian, who is accused of stabbing three people on a train earlier this year.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is in custody in connection to the shooting of a man found dead inside his car late last week.  Police arrested 21-year-old Jose Ricardo Barboza-Manzo this week for the shooting death of 37-year-old Kenny Kalugin in Salem.  Police say Barboza-Manzo had multiple outstanding warrants including felony attempt to elude.



(Portland, OR)  --  Trial gets underway today in the case against accused MAX murder suspect Jeremy Christian.  Christian is accused of stabbing three people on a MAX train in May after they tried to stop him from shouting racist sentiments at a pair of black women onboard.  Victims Taliesin Namkai Meche and Ricky Best died in the attack, while victim Micah Fletcher survived the stabbing.  Prosecutors released a memo yesterday arguing against setting bail for Christian.



(Oregon City, OR)  --  Fire officials say no one was injured when a house caught fire in Oregon City.  Firefighters were called to the house on Van Buren Street last night after the homeowners heard an explosion in their garage.  Firefighters arrived to find the garage engulfed in flames.  An investigation is ongoing into what caused the blaze.



(Woodburn, OR)  --  At least one person is injured following a ten-car pileup on I-5 that police say was prompted when a large band saw fell from a truck.  The crash happened last night in the southbound lanes near Woodburn.  The band saw reportedly fell from the bed of a pickup truck, crashing into vehicles and causing one car to roll several times.  Witnesses say the truck's driver got out and tried to retrieve the band saw but ran back to his truck and left the scene once drivers started colliding with the saw.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a woman killed in a fire at a homeless camp last week.  Police say 45-year-old Rachael Renee Edwards died last Wednesday after a fire broke out at the camp near the Abernethy Bridge in Oregon City.  Her death prompted Clackamas County officials to approve an emergency declaration to ensure the homeless have a warm place to sleep during the winter.  The county health and human services department is currently trying to find shelter for about one-thousand people.



(Portland, OR)  --  The tallest building in Portland is under new ownership.  Wells Fargo has sold its 40-story skyscraper at 13-hundred Southwest Fifth Avenue to an affiliate of the global private investment firm Starwood Capital Group.  Wells Fargo will continue to lease space in the building and the tower will keep its current name.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of robbing a bank in Vancouver.  Police say the man entered the Chase Bank at the Salmon Creek Fred Meyer yesterday afternoon and handed a teller a note demanding money.  He left with an undisclosed amount of cash.  Police say he didn't show any weapons during the robbery.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon's employment numbers are looking strong again after two down months.  The Oregon Employment Department reported yesterday that the state added eleven-thousand-600 net jobs last month.  That's the biggest monthly leap since February.  Also, September's job losses were about a third of what was expected.
 



(Seattle, WA)  --  Alaska Airlines is ending its service to Cuba amid new travel restrictions from the Trump administration.  The airline says it has applied to end its flights to the island nation on January 22nd.  The Trump administration finalized rules earlier this month largely restricting travel to Cuba to organized tour groups.  Alaska Airlines began offering flights to Cuba on January 5th.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland-based architecture firm is revealing its proposal to build the tallest building in the Pacific Northwest.  William/Kaven and Kaven + Company has released an image of their proposed skyscraper to house the U.S. Postal Service headquarters in Portland.  The proposed two-tower structure would rise up to 970 feet tall.



(Portland, OR)  --  A taekwondo instructor is pleading not guilty to more than a dozen charges of sexual abuse.  Fifty-one-year-old Shuddhodan Ranjit entered a not guilty plea in court yesterday.  He's accused of inappropriately touching three girls under the age of 14 for three years at his former studio US World Class Taekwondo West Slope.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police are calling off the search for a missing elderly Vancouver woman after she was found safe.  Police say they found 71-year-old Connie Kelley last night in Oregon.  She was reported missing November 8th after she disappeared from her Vancouver home.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Amazon is looking to hire more than a hundred people in Hillsboro.  The company is holding a hiring event today at the Holiday Inn on Northwest Alocklek Drive.  The positions are full-time, and Amazon will be hiring people on-the-spot at today's event.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are identifying a woman who was killed in an auto-pedestrian crash on I-5.  Police say 25-year-old Madison Ries died last Wednesday after a driver crashed into her near the Skidmore Street overpass.  The driver left the scene of the crash before police arrived.  An investigation is ongoing.



(Portland, OR)  --  A 33-year-old store manager is facing sexual abuse charges after allegedly asking an underage employee for nude photos.  Police arrested Joseph Quijada Sunday on charges of encouraging child sex abuse and luring a minor.  Police say Quijada asked for and received "intimate photos" from an underage girl who worked under him at the Beaverton K-Mart.  Quijada also allegedly used a company credit card to pay for a hotel room where he could meet up with the girl.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  One person is hospitalized following a house fire in Lebanon.  Firefighters responded to the home in the 1200 block of Cascade Drive yesterday afternoon.  Investigators say the fire started in the kitchen.  A full investigation is underway today.
 



(Salem, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of man found shot to death inside a car near downtown Salem.  Police say 37-year-old Kenny Kalugin of Gervais was found dead Friday morning on Liberty Street Northeast.  A homicide investigation is ongoing.
 



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police in Vancouver are looking for a man accused of slashing several car tires overnight Sunday.  Police say the suspect slashed a total of nine tires on Northwest 113th Street in the Felida neighborhood.  Surveillance footage from one of the cars shows a man wearing dark jeans and a grey hooded sweatshirt.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Tickets go on sale this week for what's sure to be the hottest show in town.  Tickets for "Hamilton" are scheduled to go on sale this Friday.  The hit musical about the life of American founding father Alexander Hamilton will be performed at the Keller Auditorium from March 20th through April 8th next year.  Ticket prices range from 80 to 175 dollars, with premium seats available for 500 dollars.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges for allegedly stabbing a Portland State University student in downtown Portland.  Police say the student and the suspect were arguing at the Cheerful Tortoise bar last night when the suspect pulled out a knife and stabbed the student.  He suffered minor injuries and is expected to recover.  Police tracked down and arrested the suspect shortly after the incident.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a man stabbed to death in southeast Portland.  Police say 30-year-old Portland resident Richard Whitemore was killed Tuesday night on Morrison Street at Water Avenue.  Police are still searching for a suspect.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A memorial service is scheduled this weekend for a Hillsboro firefighter who died during a recent hunting trip.  Ryan Grimaldi was killed a week ago today when a tree fell on top of him.  Services are set for Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Liberty High School gym.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon coast is once again open to recreational and commercial mussel harvesting.  The Oregon Department of Agriculture announced yesterday the entire Oregon coastline is now open again after a nearly month-long closure due to high levels of paralytic shellfish toxins.  Samples taken yesterday show the toxin levels have dropped below the alert level.



(Portland, OR)  --  A boil water notice is in effect for residents of a northwest Portland neighborhood.  The Tualatin Valley Water District says the notice is in effect for more than 200 homes near Northwest 119th and Northwest Kearney.  Officials say a water main break resulted in a loss of water pressure to those homes.  The district says it expects the notice to end around noon today.



(Portland, OR)  --  The ACLU of Oregon is among several groups asking the Portland City Council to stop cooperating with an FBI enforcement group.  The group is urging the council to withdraw from the Joint Terrorism Task Force.  It claims the task force wrongly uses local officers for surveillance and police operations in violation of state laws.  The council voted two years ago to dedicate two officers to the group.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say no one was injured in a shooting in a northwest Portland neighborhood.  Officers responded to the 88-hundred block of Northwest Hazeltine Street yesterday morning on reports of gunfire.  Police say they found evidence of the shooting, but they're still looking for a suspect.  An investigation is ongoing.



(Oregon City, OR)  --  An investigation is underway into a shooting in Clackamas County.  Police say a 33-year-old man was injured when a suspect shot him inside his car last night near Southeast Michael Drive and Fuller Road.  Police believe the suspect and victim know each other.  Police say there doesn't appear to be any danger to the public.



(Washington, DC)  --  Senator Ron Wyden is among Democrats blasting the new U.S. Senate Republican tax plan.  In a capitol briefing yesterday, Wyden said cash-rich corporations will see great benefits from Republican tax cuts.  Meanwhile, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer rejected Republican claims that their tax cuts will primarily benefit the middle class.  Schumer predicted that passage of tax cuts will be disastrous for Republicans in next year's midterm elections.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a Walmart in Woodburn was evacuated last night because of a bomb threat.  Police say they received two calls from someone saying there was a bomb inside the store on Stacy Allison Way.  Police searched the store and didn't find any suspicious devices.  The store was reopened just before 9 p.m.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect accused of shooting two dogs in Milwaukie.  Police say the suspect shot and killed a Chihuahua on Tuesday morning as the dog played in its family's backyard.  The suspect then shot the victim's neighbor's dog.  The second dog is expected to survive.  Police believe the suspect used a pellet gun in the attacks.



(Portland, OR)  --  A barred owl is recovering from injuries after it crashed into the glass wall of the Apple Store downtown.  The Audubon Society of Portland says the bird fell 20 feet after crashing into the clear glass.  Audubon Society officials say the bird didn't break any bones in the fall and they hope it will make a full recovery.  The owl is currently being cared for by Audubon Society staff members.



(Portland, OR)  --  A woman is facing 45 months behind bars after her lit cigarette caused a deadly Newport motel fire.  A judge sentenced Rebecca Sinclair yesterday after she pleaded guilty to nine charges.  The blaze killed four people in the coastal community a year ago and destroyed the motel.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a second suspect in connection to a homicide in North Plains.  Police arrested 38-year-old Chad Brandon Pitcher last night in Wilsonville.  Investigators believe he and 40-year-old Christopher Jay Stephens were involved in the shooting death of Michael Zven Arch in September.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a man shot to death near Portland State University.  Homicide investigators say 21-year-old Vancouver resident Diego Tejada-Manzo was found dead on Southwest Montgomery Street early Tuesday morning.  Investigators say he has no affiliation with the university.  Police are still searching for a suspect.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say two bodies found in Washington Park could be connected to the case of a missing 15-year-old Aloha girl.  A search-and-rescue K-9 unit discovered the bodies yesterday morning about 80 feet off the Wildwood Trail.  Police say they're not yet able to verify the identities as Annieka Vaughan and her alleged sexual abuser, 23-year-old Zachary Petersen.  Police found Petersen's pickup truck in the same area on Monday.  Vaughan ran away from home last month.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  The son of a man accused of murdering three people in Woodland, Washington, is expected to be back in court today after refusing to testify yesterday.  Brent Luyster's son is currently being held in contempt of court until he agrees to testify in the case.  KATU reports the boy threw back his chair and screamed at the judge before being led out of court yesterday.  The boy's mother says her son suffers from PTSD in connection to his father's alleged crime.  Luyster is accused of shooting Joseph LaMar, Zachary Thompson and Janell Knight in July of 2016.  A fourth victim survived the alleged attack with a gunshot wound to the face.



(Portland, OR)  --  Several people are displaced after a four-plex caught fire in Southeast Portland.  Firefighters responded to the area of Southeast 12th Avenue and Market Street last night.  Investigators determined the blaze was caused by a chimney flue failure.  The Red Cross is assisting those left without a home.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Bureau of Transportation says leaf pickup will begin this Saturday.  Crews will be sweeping the streets to pick up piles of fallen leaves.  Officials are asking residents to rake leaves about a foot away from the curb and to move any possible obstacles like basketball hoops out of the way.  Leaf pickup is set to run through December 20th.
 



(Oregon City, OR)  --  A California transient is facing life behind bars for murdering a Lake Oswego man with a machete.  A judge sentenced Erik Meiser yesterday to life in prison with the possibility for parole after 25 years.  Meiser was convicted last month of killing 52-year-old Frederick "Fritz" Hayes in 2012.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is being held on two-million dollars bond in connection to the violent rape of a woman in southeast Portland.  KATU reports Gary Wayne Streeter-Hillerich was arrested earlier this month on several charges.  He's accused of following a woman off a TriMet bus near Grant street and violently raping her before stealing her iPhone and fleeing.  Witnesses saw the woman lying on the ground and rushed to help her before calling 9-1-1.
 



(Vancouver, WA)  --  One person is injured following a shooting in Vancouver.  Police say officers responded to the 7800 block of Northeast 51st Street last night to find someone had been shot in the leg.  The victim was taken to a hospital.  Police are still searching for a suspect.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man who stole a doorbell surveillance camera from an apartment unit in southeast Portland.  Police say surveillance footage shows the thief prying the camera off the wall and making off with it.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland's Peacock Lane is now officially recognized as a historic site.  KATU reports the National Parks Service listed the Peacock Lane Historic District on its National Register of Historic Places late last week.  The street is known locally for its detailed Christmas light displays that have become a holiday tradition for many Portlanders.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges for allegedly stabbing two workers at a Portland non-profit.  Police arrested 22-year-old Ruben Eustaquio yesterday morning at Southwest Park Avenue and Main Street.  Police say he stabbed two men working at a non-profit for homeless youth called Outside In.  Both victims were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
 



(Cape Kiwanda, OR)  --  Sheriff's officials are warning residents about several large sharks that have been spotted near Cape Kiwanda.  The Tillamook County Sheriff's Office published a post on Facebook yesterday urging caution to anyone visiting the area.  The sightings reportedly started last Thursday.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  The city of Vancouver is making history with its first female mayor.  Early ballot returns show Anne McEnerny-Ogle as the winner of the mayoral race with more than two-thirds of the vote.  McEnerny-Ogle was up against write-in candidate Jonathan Sauerwein.
 



(Salem, OR)  --  A woman and her two children are hospitalized following a crash in Salem.  Police say the woman was driving at Lancaster Drive Northeast and Winema Drive Northeast yesterday afternoon when she crashed into the side of a city bus.  None of the bus passengers were injured.  The woman and her two kids suffered minor injuries.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A woman is facing six months behind bars for abusing the corpse of a missing Portland man.  A judge sentenced Jessica Lynne Atkinson to six months in prison and five years probation.  Atkinson pleaded guilty this week to abusing the corpse of 30-year-old Daniel Cohen, along with tampering with physical evidence and unauthorized use of a vehicle.  Trial is expected to start next year for the man charged in Cohen's death.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  One woman is hospitalized after being shot in the neck with an arrow at a Portland dog park.  Police say the woman was at Sellwood Dog Park in southeast Portland Sunday morning when she received the arrow to the neck.  Investigators say they're not sure whether the incident was an archery accident or if the woman was specifically targeted.  An investigation is ongoing.



(Portland, OR)  --  The man accused of following women into elevators and threatening to sexually assault them is pleading not guilty.  Jeffrey Lane entered the plea during an arraignment hearing yesterday.  Lane is charged with kidnapping, attempted sexual assault and attempted sodomy for allegedly following two separate women inside downtown parking garages.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  An investigation is underway into the discovery of a man's body inside a gas station ice machine.  Police say an employee at the Vancouver gas station found the 66-year-old man's body inside a broken outside freezer unit Sunday night.  An autopsy has been scheduled.  Investigators don't suspect foul play.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  A group of protesters is calling for stricter gun control following Sunday's deadly shooting inside a Texas church.  Protesters with Cease Fire Oregon and Moms Demand Action gathered last night to remember the victims of the shooting.  The group is calling for a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines as well as stricter standards for purchasing guns.  More than two dozen people died Sunday when a gunman entered a small church in Sutherland Springs, Texas and started shooting.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing deportation after pleading guilty to throwing semen on women inside grocery stores.  Manuel Banuelos-Alcala pleaded guilty late last month to two counts of third-degree sexual abuse.  Police arrested him in May for throwing semen on an unsuspecting woman inside the Safeway store on Southwest Barbur Boulevard.
 



(Forest Grove, OR)  --  A woman is behind bars after allegedly ramming several patrol cars and injuring a deputy during an early morning pursuit.  Police arrested 48-year-old Crystal Dale Elliott around 4:00 o'clock this morning.  A female driver called 9-1-1 from the seven-thousand block of Highway 47 saying Elliott was chasing her and trying to ram into her car.  Officers tried to stop Elliott, leading to a brief pursuit in which she allegedly rammed three patrol cars.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is under way into a deadly shooting at Portland State University.  Officers responded to the 900 block of Southwest Montgomery Street just after midnight on reports of shots fired.  Police say officers arrived to find a body lying on the ground.  Officials are not yet releasing identifying information about the victim.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland teenager is making headlines for hosting a speaker on sexual consent for her 14th birthday party.  Irie Page tells KATU she's hired speaker Mike Domitrz to deliver a speech about consent for her birthday on Friday.  Page started a GoFundMe campaign to pay the 65-hundred-dollar speaking fee.  Page says her birthday party is open to the public.  It takes place Friday at 7 p.m. at Portland State University's Lincoln Hall in Room 175.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland-based company is facing a lawsuit from a Washington state family injured in an amusement ride mishap.  Shawn Swartwood and her partner Crystal Groth have filed a lawsuit against ride operator Funtastic.  The couple and their seven-year-old son were all injured when the Ferris wheel gondola they were in tipped over in Port Townsend in May, sending all three plummeting 15 feet to a metal platform below.



(Kelso, WA)  --  The Pacific Northwest-based uncle of the man accused of opening fire on a church congregation in Texas is speaking out.  Dave Ivey spoke yesterday with the hosts of Northwest Digital News in Kelso, Washington.  Ivey says his nephew Devin Patrick Kelley posted on Facebook hours before Sunday's attack, saying that he wasn't thinking correctly and his head hurt.  Ivey says he responded to Kelley asking if he was OK and suggested he have a shot of whiskey and remember that life is good.  Ivey says his nephew "acted as a coward" and that he's sorry for the innocent lives lost.
 



(Aloha, OR)  --  Police are searching for a missing 15-year-old girl who they believe might be with her alleged sexual abuser.  Investigators say Annieka Vaughan ran away from her Aloha home Monday.  Police say 23-year-old Zachary Petersen of Pasco, Washington disappeared the same day.  Petersen is being investigated by Benton County sheriff's deputies for the alleged sexual abuse of Vaughan in late September.  Anyone with information on their whereabouts is urged to contact police.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is under way into the discovery of a man's body in the Willamette River.  Police officers responded to the scene near the Fremont Bridge yesterday morning after someone reported seeing the body.  An autopsy has been scheduled, and the Portland Police Bureau is conducting a death investigation.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's feedback on its policies and procedures.  The Sheriff's Office is holding a community stakeholder review period for three new policy drafts.  The office is looking for feedback on its code of ethics, use of social media and authorized use of county resources.  The review period is open to the public for the next 30 days.



(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are being reported following a shooting in southeast Portland.  Police say officers responded to the 12000 block of Southeast Bush Street last night on reports of gunfire.  Witnesses say they saw a white SUV leaving the scene just after the shooting.  Police have no suspects.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking for a hit and run suspect who injured a pedestrian.  Police say the suspect struck a pedestrian yesterday afternoon at Northeast 148th Avenue and Couch.  The victim suffered minor injuries.  Police say the suspect was driving a grey Toyota sedan with front end damage that's smoking and leaking fluids.



(Woodburn, OR)  --  An investigation is under way into the deadly officer-involved shooting of a family dog.  Police in Woodburn say an officer shot the dog yesterday after she escaped from her yard and tried to bite several people, including children walking home from school.  Police say the officer opened fire as the dog charged at some children and other officers.  The dog's owner tells KATU she was forced to put the dog to sleep due to the extent of the gunshot wound.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland's Legacy Emanuel Hospital is facing a nearly 300-thousand-dollar fine for violating meal and rest break policies.  The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries says the hospital has committed more than 44-hundred meal and rest period violations.  The hospital withdrew their request for a contested case hearing on the issue last month.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police are searching for a suspect who stole the headstone of a victim in a triple murder.  KATU reports someone stole the headstone of Joseph LaMar.  LaMar was one of three people allegedly shot and killed by suspect Brent Luster, who is currently on trial for the crime.  Family members are asking anyone who may have taken the handmade headstone to return it.



(McMinnville, OR)  --  One man is facing charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman recovering from surgery in a hospital.  Police arrested 34-year-old Omar Fierro for the incident at the Willamette Valley Medical Center in early August.  Police say Fierro was visiting the woman when he shoved her into a chair and tried to kiss her.  He then allegedly bit her to stop her from fighting back before sexually assaulting her with his hand.  Police say Fierro knew the woman as a coworker and a friend.



(Corvallis, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect accused of trying to steal archery equipment from a Monroe man's cars.  Police say the suspect or suspects tried to steal compound bows and other equipment from a resident's vehicles on Old River Road in the early hours of October 16th.  The resident says one suspect pointed a gun at him when he stepped out to confront the would-be thieves.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a man in connection to a stabbing in southeast Portland.  Police arrested 44-year-old Chad Robinson last night in the 3300 block of Southeast 122nd Avenue.  Robinson allegedly stabbed another man while the two were arguing.  The victim was hospitalized for non-life threatening injuries.



(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are facing multiple charges after police allegedly found stolen credit cards and a mobile meth lab in their car during a robbery call.  Officers responded to a home in Beaverton last night on reports of two burglary suspects inside.  Police arrested 31-year-old Lynsey Picket and 30-year-old Cody Benton following a brief pursuit.  Police believe the couple may have broken into the home to set up their lab and produce meth.  Police are now working to notify the credit card theft victims.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges after allegedly firing a gun during an argument with a woman.  Police say officers responded to the Modera Goose Hollow Apartments on Jefferson Street last night on reports of shots fired.  Officers arrested Jeremy Saunders after discovering he'd allegedly fired a shotgun from a second-story balcony while fighting with a woman there.  He's facing charges of menacing, unlawful use of a weapon and reckless endangering, among other charges.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is under way after a Beaverton girl found a small blade in her Halloween candy.  Tiffany Beehler tells KATU her 13-year-old daughter found the blade inside a Twix candy bar.  Beehler says they went to about 60 homes that night and they're not sure which home the candy bar came from.  Police say they're investigating.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a missing Washington state man who was last seen in Portland.  Police say Michael Furness was last seen around noon on Halloween in the 600 block of Southeast 190th Avenue.  Family members say he's diabetic and he doesn't have his medicine with him.



(Estacada, OR)  --  Police are calling off the search for a missing hiker after he was found safe.  Searchers found Nick Benim yesterday and transported him to a hospital for observation.  Benim was reported missing Monday morning after he became separated from his hunting group in the Hideaway Lake area in Clackamas County.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for two people accused of stealing money from the U.S. Forest Service fee collection sites.  Oregon State Police say the suspects have been stealing from sites in the Mount Hood National Forest for a couple years.  Surveillance photos show a man and a woman at the scene of the crime, along with a white pickup truck.



(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are being reported following an early morning fire at an auto parts store.  Firefighters responded to the Economy Auto Parts on Northeast 47th Street just after midnight on reports of smoke coming from the building.  Investigators say the store suffered some damage.  An investigation is ongoing into what caused the fire.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police are looking for a missing teenager who suffers from autism.  Kaleb Guenther reportedly ran away from his home in Vancouver on Saturday.  Police believe he may be in the Portland area.  He's described as six-foot-two-inches and 175 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.  Family members say he was last seen wearing an orange jersey.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Police Bureau is reportedly creating a new position under Chief Danielle Outlaw.  KATU reports city council members have voted to create a Deputy Chief position.  The council is expected to discuss funding for the position next week.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a man found dead at a southeast Portland park.  Police say 40-year-old Boyd Littell likely died after falling off of his bicycle.  Witnesses called 9-1-1 Tuesday morning after finding his body at Colonel Summers Park.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a hit and run suspect who injured a pedestrian in southeast Portland.  Police say the suspect crashed into the victim near Southeast 82nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard Monday afternoon.  The victim is hospitalized and is expected to survive.  The suspect was said to be driving a late 90s gold Chrysler coupe.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking for a man accused of following women into elevators and threatening sexual assault.  The man has allegedly followed at least two women into elevators downtown, first in the 500 block of Southwest 5th Avenue and then in the Smart Park on 10th Avenue and Southwest Morrison Street.  The first woman was able to force him out of the elevator after he threatened her, and the second woman says he let her go when another person saw what was happening.  He's described as six-foot-two-inches and 250 pounds with a muscular build and prominent chiseled jawline.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are identifying a bank robbery suspect injured in an officer-involved shooting last week as a Tacoma, Washington resident.  Police say 25-year-old Chase Peeples remains hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.  Peeples is accused of robbing two banks on North Lombard Street last Wednesday.  Police say officers shot him after he started reaching into his pocket while ignoring commands in a nearby neighborhood.



(Woodburn, OR)  --  The search continues for a missing man after police found his car in Salem.  Pedro "Pete" Munoz Morales was last seen October 13th at the Market Street Fred Meyer in Salem.  Police say investigators found his red Chevy Sonic hatchback at the Salem Rite Aid at 435 Liberty Street Northeast.  Investigators say it appears the car had been parked there since October 16th.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing DUI and criminal mischief charges after crashing his car into a power pole and building in southeast Portland.  Police say 40-year-old Jerome Bond crashed at Southeast 82nd Avenue and Southeast Flavel Street early yesterday morning.  Witnesses say it appeared Bond attempted to drive away from the scene, but his car was stuck on a fence.  No serious injuries were reported.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into the discovery of a man's body at Colonel Summers Park.  Portland police say officers responded to the park near Southeast Belmont Street and Southeast 20th Avenue yesterday morning on reports of an unresponsive man.  The man was declared dead at the scene.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are seeking the public's help in their search for a man who jumped off a bridge into the Willamette River.  Police say the man jumped from the Broadway Bridge in late August and hasn't been seen since.  Search crews haven't been able to find a body.  Police have released an image from a surveillance camera showing a man with white hair and a short beard wearing blue jeans and a white t-shirt.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.



(Gold Beach, OR)  --  An investigation is underway into an officer-involved shooting in Curry County.  Police say an officer was pursuing a reported stolen car in Gold Beach Sunday when he opened fire on the car.  Police say suspect Brian Widby got away, and officers aren't yet sure whether he was injured in the shooting.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say no one was injured when a car crashed into an apartment yesterday morning while two children were inside.  Police say the driver accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake pedal, sending her car crashing into the sliding glass door of the home at 22727 Northeast Halsey Street in Fairview.  A 9-year-old and 12-year-old were reportedly both in their bedrooms and were unharmed.  The driver was cited for driving without a license and careless driving.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland is preparing for the winter season.  KATU reports the city of Portland has purchased 300 tons of salt to use on icy streets this winter.  The city has also added six snow plows to its fleet.  The preparations come after last year's unprecedented severe winter that led to multiple traffic problems.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police in Vancouver are looking for the owner of an old photo album.  Police say officers found a suitcase in some bushes late last week with a photo album inside.  The album features photos that appear to have been taken between the 1940s and 1970s.  Police say names written on some of the photos include Pitts, Peterson and Rabenstein.  Anyone with information on the album's owners is urged to contact police.


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