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(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into racist graffiti at Portland Community College's North Portland campus.  Police say eight people were caught on surveillance camera last Saturday night posting stickers reading "It's okay to be white" along with swastikas and neo-Nazi messaging.  The group was seen leaving the campus in a green SUV and a green sedan.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.



(Portland, OR)  --  Three people are injured following a rollover crash on Highway 217.  Police say three cars collided near the 72nd Avenue exit in Tigard last night, causing one car to flip onto its top.  An investigation into the crash is ongoing.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police in California say they've arrested an Oregon woman accused of hitting and killing a pedestrian along Highway 99 West.  Police arrested Michelle McMillan last month and extradited her to Oregon yesterday.  She's accused of hitting and killing 36-year-old Nathaniel Franciosi in July.



(Salem, OR)  --  A pair of Gresham bakers will have to pay for refusing to serve a lesbian couple.  The Oregon Court of Appeals upheld a decision to have Melissa and Aaron Klein pay a lesbian couple 135-thousand dollars for refusing to bake them a cake.  A judge ruled that Sweetcakes by Melissa violated a law that prohibits businesses from discriminating based on sexual orientation.  The Kleins argued four years ago that baking a gay wedding cake went against their Christian beliefs.  They closed their business last year.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for suspects in connection to a string of tire slashings in downtown Beaverton.  Police say the suspect or suspects slashed the tires of nine or ten cars on Bonnie Brae Street near Menlo Drive last night.  Investigators think the culprit walked down the street slashing tires at random.



(Portland, OR)  --  One man is dead following a crash in Lincoln City.  Police say Edward Bolton Junior died from his injuries this week following last Friday's rollover crash on Northeast East Devils Lake Road.  Police say the car rolled over and became submerged in water, and police had to extricate Bolton Junior and his passenger, who was also injured.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking for a car theft suspect after he allegedly escaped police earlier this week.  Police say officers tried to pull over 22-year-old Joshua Taylor Hayward last Wednesday after spotting him in a stolen car.  Police say Hayward's girlfriend was driving a separate car, which she crashed into the patrol car to let her boyfriend get away.  Police later arrested her but are still searching for Hayward.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a missing man from Raleigh Hills.  Police say 76-year-old Ira Bob Alperin was last seen last night near the Lloyd Center shopping mall.  Family members are worried because he's recently started experiencing mild cognitive impairment.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking for a man accused of robbing a Pizza Hut at gunpoint.  The robbery happened last night near 102nd and Halsey Street.  Police say a man in his 50s entered the restaurant and pulled out a gun before demanding cash and leaving.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.
 



(Vancouver, WA)  --  A 20-year-old man is behind bars in connection to the shooting of a teenage girl in Vancouver.  Police arrested Andrew Adams-Mott on I-5 in Vancouver yesterday.  He's accused of shooting a 17-year-old girl December 10th.  She survived the shooting.



(Portland, OR)  --  One man is dead following a deputy-involved shooting in Clackamas County.  Police say deputies were trying to pull over 44-year-old Nathaniel Fritz Macalevy on Tuesday morning on a restraining order violation call when he sped off, leading police on a chase that ended at his home near Highway 212 and Southeast Church Road.  Macalevy then allegedly exited his car wearing a vest and helmet and opened fire on the deputies, who fired back, killing him.  Police say Macalevy had shown up at a woman's house with multiple weapons the night before.



(Portland, OR)  --  Two children are hospitalized following a crash in north Clark County.  Police say five people were travelling in a car on Northeast Lucia Falls Road yesterday evening when the driver veered off the road.  One child was critically injured, while another was seriously injured.  They're both expected to recover.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into the robbery of a convenience store in Newport.  Police say a man entered the US Market at 910 North Coast Highway last Friday with a knife and demanded money from the cash register before fleeing on foot.  He's described as having dark hair with a goatee, mustache and eyeglasses.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking for a man accused of grabbing someone's cash right out of the ATM.  It happened yesterday morning at the Bank of America on Southwest 3rd Street.  The victim tells police the man came up behind them and grabbed their money as it was being dispensed.  The victim fought back, but the suspect was able to wrestle the money away from them and flee.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  An investigation is underway into the death of a missing Vancouver man after his body was found in some bushes.  Police say a search crew found the body of James Rennells yesterday morning.  Rennells had disappeared Friday night after leaving his boss' house.  Police found Rennells' car at Leverich Park last weekend and say it was trashed with items that didn't belong to him.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting that injured a man in North Portland.  Police responded to the area of North Russet Street and Peninsular Avenue early yesterday morning on reports of a gunshot victim.  Arriving officers found a 43-year-old man with a gunshot wound.  He was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  Police are still searching for a suspect.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Lake Oswego mother and her 12-year-old daughter are dead following a crash on Christmas Day.  Police say Deirdre Lynne Mackey and her daughter were driving on Highway 26 in Wasco County Monday when their car slid into oncoming traffic and struck another vehicle head-on.  Mackey and her daughter were pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver of the other vehicle and his passenger both suffered non-life-threatening injuries.



(Brush Prairie, WA)  --  Police are searching for a pair of burglars accused of setting a house on fire after stealing thousands of dollars worth of computers and electronics.  The burglary and fire happened Christmas Eve at a house on Northeast 119th Street.  A family of six who lived at the house tells KATU they returned home from Christmas Eve church service to find their home on fire and their stuff stolen.  Fire officials say the burglars took a gas can from the home's shed to start the fire.  The family will be displaced for at least six months while repairs are made.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Molalla woman is displaced after her home was destroyed in a fire on Christmas Eve.  Starla Seidel tells KATU she came home Sunday morning after spending the night with a friend to find her home burning.  Seidel says at least two of her pets were killed in the fire.  Fire officials say it took six hours to extinguish the flames.



(Portland, OR)  --  One person is facing charges in connection to a stabbing on a MAX train.  It happened last night on a northbound Green Line train near the Southeast Division Street Transit Station.  Police arrested the suspect on a TriMet bus after witnesses called 9-1-1.  The victim suffered minor injuries.



(Portland, OR)  --  A missing Gresham man is back home after being found safe.  Police say Michael Hernandez was found in Portland yesterday morning.  He'd been reported missing Monday after walking away from his group home in the 900 block of Northeast 165th Avenue.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking for a pair of suspects who led them on a car chase through downtown Albany.  Police say they tried to pull over a black VW Jetta GT Monday night, but the driver sped off.  Police say the car had a temporary tag in the rear window and a University of Oregon sticker on the right bumper.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are injured following a crash on Highway 213 near Molalla.  The crash happened last night near South Mount Hope Road.  Police say a 26-year-old woman was driving south when her car crossed into oncoming traffic and struck another vehicle.  Both drivers are expected to survive their injuries.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a man in connection to a Christmas Day carjacking.  Police responded to Southeast Washington Street Monday afternoon.  The victim tells police the suspect stole their car and insinuated that he had a weapon.  Police arrested the suspect in the 9600 block of Southeast Division Street.



(Seattle, WA)  --  Black ice and freezing rain are expected to create hazardous driving conditions on the roads today.  The National Weather Service said yesterday that freezing overnight temperatures were expected to refreeze melted snow on the roadways, leading to black ice and slippery conditions this morning.  Freezing rain is also expected to turn into snow sometime this evening.  Authorities are urging drivers to use caution on the roads.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Two brothers are lucky to be alive after their service dog woke one of them up while their home was burning around them.  Firefighters responded to the house at Brookwood and Drake in Hillsboro yesterday morning after someone saw the flames and called 9-1-1.  Fire officials say one of the residents was awakened by his dog and escaped the house through a window.  He was able to alert his sleeping brother from outside the home, and he escaped safely.  Fire officials say the house didn't have any working smoke alarms.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A Salem man is facing charges in connection to nearly two-dozen burglaries.  Police arrested 26-year-old Roberto Branden Baney-Mateos Sunday.  Investigators say he's burglarized 22 businesses in the area since November 20th.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police in Vancouver are searching for a missing 41-year-old man.  Police say James Rennels was last seen at work in Vancouver on Friday.  He's described as six feet tall and 200 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.  Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact police.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect accused of burglarizing a Liberty Coin and Currency store.  The burglary happened early yesterday morning at the store on Southwest Canyon Road.  Police say the suspect broke a window to get into the store and then smashed open several display cases, stealing multiple items.



(Ariel, WA)  --  An investigation is under way into a deadly crash in Ariel, just north of Vancouver.  Police say the victim crashed yesterday afternoon on SR 503 at milepost 44.  At least one person was killed.  It's not yet clear how the crash happened.



(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities say a water main break forced them to shut down a portion of Southeast 82nd Avenue yesterday.  The Portland Water Bureau says an eight-inch pipe from 1912 broke Sunday night.  Two homes and four businesses were affected.  Crews shut down Southeast 82nd Avenue from Ogden to Cooper Streets because of the break.



(Gresham, OR)  --  A Gresham man is behind bars for allegedly sexually abusing two teenage girls. Twenty-three-year-old Travis Dick was arrested yesterday on suspicion of more than 30 counts, including rape, sex abuse and more. He is expected to be arraigned today.  Police say Dick contacted the victims, ages 13 and 15, and then used social media to lure them into an inappropriate relationship.



(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon's second-largest Medicaid carrier has agreed to a contract extension. FamilyCare was expected to shut down by the end of this year, but will now operate until January 31st.  This gives more time for over 110-thousand clients to transfer to another health carrier.  FamilyCare failed to agree on a contract with the state for 2018.



(Portland, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown is calling on Congress to issue a long-term reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program.  Brown issued a statement yesterday telling lawmakers to "get it done," citing bipartisan support for the CHIP program.  Congress voted yesterday to approve nearly three-billion-dollars to keep the CHIP program up and running through March of 2018.  The money is part of a short-term spending bill to keep the federal government open.  Congress failed to re-authorize funding for the program in September.



(Idanha, OR)  --  Highway 22 in Linn County is back open following a deadly crash.  The state Department of Transportation lifted the closures last night in Santiam Canyon nearly a week after the collision on December 15th.  A tanker lost control in icy conditions, and the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.  More than eleven-thousand gallons of fuel spilled onto the highway, which was closed from Milepost 55 to where the 22 and 20 intersect.



(Eugene, OR)  --  The NCAA claims Oregon's athletic department has committed several infractions.  The NCAA alleges that Oregon football, men's and women's basketball and track and field programs have made several major violations.  The university has admitted to some of the findings, but are challenging others.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Transportation officials are shutting down the high-speed train route at the center of a deadly crash Monday until an automatic braking system becomes operational.  The Washington Department of Transportation announced yesterday that Amtrak trains will no longer run on the Point Defiance Bypass route until "positive train control" technology is implemented.  The technology involves sensors placed along the tracks that can communicate with hardware outfitted on the trains.  The Amtrak 501 train from Seattle to Portland was travelling 50 miles per hour over the speed limit when it derailed and crashed onto I-5 Monday, killing three people and injuring dozens others.



(Portland, OR)  --  Amtrak is facing a lawsuit from half a dozen people injured in the deadly train derailment on a high-speed route from Seattle to Portland Monday.  KOMO News reports the Chicago-based Clifford Law Offices is representing six victims who are planning to sue to pay for their injuries.  The law firm says it's launching its own investigation into how the derailment happened.  Three people were killed and dozens injured when the Amtrak 501 train derailed and spilled onto I-5 Monday.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is under way into the discovery of two bodies inside a Vancouver apartment.  The Clark County Sheriff's Office says police found two people dead at Bridge Creek Apartments on Northeast 15th Avenue last night after receiving a tip that a wanted suspect might be at the location.  Police say there's no danger to the public at large.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting near a shopping center in Beaverton.  Police say a worker inside a law office at Southwest Millikan Way and Murray Road called 9-1-1 last night after hearing multiple gunshots.  Arriving officers found shell casings, but police are still searching for a suspect.  No injuries have been reported.



(Portland, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown is calling on Congress to issue a longterm reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program.  Brown issued a statement yesterday telling lawmakers to "get it done," citing bipartisan support for the CHIP program.  Congress voted yesterday to approve nearly three billion dollars to keep the CHIP program up and running through March of 2018.  The money is part of a short-term spending bill to keep the federal government open.  Congress failed to re-authorize funding for the program in September.



(Portland, OR)  --  One person is behind bars in connection to a shooting that injured one person in northeast Portland.  Police say the victim was shot yesterday near a house at Northeast 118th Avenue and Holladay Street.  Investigators say the shooting happened during a disturbance between multiple people.  Police arrested one person and seized a shotgun believed to be used in the shooting.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a delivery driver after catching him with more than 30-thousand dollars worth of stolen packages.  Police arrested 33-year-old Heriberto Villarino-Zamora yesterday morning after a search of his home turned up hundreds of stolen packages, along with nearly five-thousand dollars in cash.  Investigators believe Villarino-Zamora stole the packages while working as a private courier for a national retailer.



(Seattle, WA)  --  One man is facing charges after allegedly pulling a gun on a Good Samaritan trying to bring food to first responders at the scene of Monday's Amtrak derailment.  Police say the victim was stuck in backed-up traffic caused by the derailment when he tried to merge into another lane, where a car was being driven by suspect Jeffrey Dickerson.  The merge attempt allegedly prompted Dickerson to point a gun at the victim and make a threat.  A DuPont police officer tracked down the suspect and arrested him.  He faces trial in March.



(Seattle, WA)  --  Authorities are releasing the identity of the third person killed in Monday's Amtrak train derailment.  The Pierce County Medical Examiner says 40-year-old Auburn resident Benjamin Gran was on-board the Portland-bound Amtrak train when it derailed and crashed down onto the southbound lanes of I-5 below.  Gran's mother Linda Daniels tells the Seattle Times that Gran was a passionate fan of trains.  Daniels called her son "awesomely autistic" and "an Amtrak fan to the max."  Thirty-five-year-old Zack Willhoite and 61-year-old Jim Hamre also died in the crash.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect accused of burglarizing a restaurant in Salem.  It happened yesterday morning at BlondZee's Guest House on Portland Road Northeast.  Police say a man entered the restaurant's office while employees weren't looking and stole money from the safe.  The restaurant is offering a reward for information on the suspect.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A 16-year-old boy on his way to Oregon City to visit family before Christmas is among those injured in Monday's deadly Amtrak train derailment.  KATU reports Timmy Brodigen remains hospitalized with a brain bleed and compressed vertebrae.  Family members say doctors told them Timmy appears to be one of the most severely injured victims from the derailment.  His family has set up a Go Fund Me account to help pay his medical bills.



(Portland, OR)  --  One person is critically injured after being struck by a car in Clark County.  Police say the pedestrian was crossing the street yesterday afternoon at Northeast 100th Avenue and Covington Road in Five Corners when a driver crashed into them.  The victim was hospitalized with critical injuries.  An investigation is ongoing.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of robbing a bar at knifepoint.  It happened Saturday at the Jungle Room at East Baseline Street in Cornelius.  Police say the man walked behind the bar with a knife and demanded cash from the register.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.



(Portland, OR)  --  A local hospital system is sending thousands of new socks to the homeless in Portland.  The Legacy Health System says they've collected and donated 30-thousand pairs of socks to the Portland Rescue Mission.  Two-dozen Portland-area non-profits will work to distribute the socks throughout the community.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a crash at the home of a Portland Trail Blazer.  Police responded to the home of Evan Turner in Portland yesterday morning on reports of a semi-truck in Turner's swimming pool.  Investigators say the driver of the semi-truck was turning a curve on Southwest Upper Hall Street when they veered off the roadway and into Turner's pool.  There's no word on the driver's current condition, though police say emergency personnel needed to extricate him from the vehicle.
 



(DuPont, WA)  --  A group of Boy Scouts is helping community members honor the victims of Monday's deadly Amtrak train derailment.  The local Cub and Boy Scouts of Pack and Troop 472 led a candlelight vigil last night in front of DuPont City Hall in honor of those affected by crash.  Mayor Mike Courts and Police Chief Larry Holt were among those in attendance.  Three people were killed and dozens were injured when a Portland-bound Amtrak train derailed onto I-5.



(Portland, OR)  --  An Astoria man is among dozens of people injured in Monday morning's Amtrak train derailment in Washington State.  KATU reports Del DeSart was on-board the Portland-bound Amtrak Cascades train 501 when it derailed and spilled onto the freeway below, killing three people.  DeSart says he hit his head during the crash and was knocked out.  He woke up underneath the wreckage of train car parts.  DeSart remains hospitalized but is expected to be released sometime later this week.



(DuPont, WA)  --  The National Transportation Safety Board is making progress in its investigation into Monday's deadly Amtrak train derailment between Tacoma and Olympia.  Investigator Bella Dinh-Zarr said they hope event data recorders on the train will help them determine why it was going 80-miles-per-hour in a 30-mile-per-hour curve where it flew off the tracks.  Investigators have obtained the recorders from the rear locomotive and the lead locomotive.  A preliminary review shows that the train's emergency brake was automatically activated, meaning the crew did not engage it.  Investigators are also in the process of setting up interviews with crew members in hopes they can shed light on the events leading up to the crash.



(Seattle, WA)  --  A Washington mayor's grim warning about the new high-speed rail service involved in Monday's Amtrak crash is getting renewed attention.  Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson issued his warning two weeks ago at a city council meeting, where transportation officials were providing an update on the Point Defiance Rail Bypass.  Anderson said it was inevitable that someone would get killed on the route if WSDOT failed to put in additional safety enhancements.  Anderson told the WSDOT representatives to come back to him when that crash occurred and justify to him why they didn't include the safety enhancements.  The Amtrak Cascades train 501 was on its inaugural run of the Point Defiance Rail Bypass from Seattle to Portland when it derailed and spilled onto southbound I-5, killing three people and injuring more than 70 others.
 



(Tacoma, WA)  --  Amtrak's president says the company will follow through on any recommended changes following the investigation into Monday's deadly derailment in Washington State.  President Richard Anderson said the company needs to continue to improve its culture of safety.  He said it's not acceptable that the company is involved in accidents like this one.  Anderson wouldn't speculate whether implementing speed controls called Positive Train Control would have prevented the accident.  He wanted to leave that determination up to investigators.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland-based doctor is speaking out about his experience providing first aid to the victims of Monday's deadly Amtrak train derailment.  Dr. Nathan Selden with OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital tells KOMO News he was heading to Seattle with his son when the train derailed, sending several cars tumbling onto southbound I-5.  Selden immediately jumped into action, administering first aid to wounded passengers for two hours.  Selden called the crash catastrophic, saying it was the worst emergency he'd ever seen.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of robbing a US Bank branch.  Police say the man entered the bank at 12203 Northeast Glisan Street yesterday afternoon and demanded money.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for two women accused of stealing some pricey headphones in Tualatin.  Police say the pair stole five pairs of Bose QC35 wireless headphones from a store earlier this month.  The total worth of the stolen merchandise is 17-hundred-and-50 dollars.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.
 



(Rainier, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a fire that destroyed a rental home in Rainier.  Columbia River Fire and Rescue crews responded to the home on Hammond Road just before noon yesterday.  The property owner says no one was inside the home when the blaze broke out.  Investigators are still trying to determine how the fire started.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Bloodworks Northwest is requesting blood donations to replenish their supply following yesterday's deadly Amtrak train derailment.  The organization says it provided more than 150 units of blood to hospitals treating dozens of injured passengers yesterday.  At least three people were killed and dozens were injured when an Amtrak train derailed and crashed onto southbound I-5 in Washington state yesterday morning.  To find a blood donation center, go to www.bloodworksnw.org.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Alaska Airlines is offering lower fares today on flights between Portland and Seattle following yesterday's deadly Amtrak train derailment in Washington state.  The airline says they're lowering fares to 99 dollars each way to aid travelers who would normally take the train.  The lower fares were offered yesterday, as well.  At least three people were killed and about 72 people were injured when an Amtrak Cascades train derailed and spilled onto southbound I-5 during rush hour traffic yesterday morning.



(Seattle, WA)  --  The National Transportation Safety Board is continuing to investigate an Amtrak train derailment that killed at least three people and injured dozens in Washington state.  Investigators say the Portland-bound Amtrak Cascades train 501 was going 80 miles per hour in a 30-mile-per-hour zone when it derailed and spilled onto I-5 South near DuPont during rush hour traffic yesterday morning.  Preliminary investigations show the fatalities were restricted to passengers on board the train, though several drivers were injured when the train cars crashed onto the freeway.  At least 72 people were taken to hospitals.



(Portland, OR)  --  Some Oregon firefighters helping out with the Thomas Fire in Southern California could be back home in time for Christmas.  The Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office announced that news Sunday.  The office says crews plan to begin demobilizing mid-week as firefighters continue to gain ground on the fire.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing DUII charges after allegedly crashing his car into a house in Beaverton.  Police say the man crashed into the side of a home just after midnight this morning.  No one was at home at the time of the crash, and no injuries have been reported.



(Portland, OR)  --  One person is injured following a shooting in northeast Portland.  Police responded to the intersection of Northeast Sandy and Fremont Street yesterday evening on reports of gunfire.  Responding officers found one person suffering from a gunshot wound and took them to a hospital.  Police are still searching for a suspect.



(Portland, OR)  --  Amtrak officials are asking passengers to practice patience amid expected delays due to yesterday's deadly train derailment in Washington state.  Amtrak says passengers in Portland can expect delays and more train crowding over the next few days.  Dozens of passengers at Union Station faced delays, reroutes and cancellations yesterday after the Amtrak Cascades train 501 derailed between Tacoma and Olympia on its way to Portland.  The train was on its inaugural run of a new, faster route from Seattle to Portland when it crashed.



(Portland, OR)  --  Trial is set to begin in June of 2019 for a man accused of stabbing two people to death on a Portland commuter train.  Jeremy Christian is due to go before a jury more than two years after the alleged attack on a MAX train this year.  Prosecutors told the judge Friday that they could be ready to go in October of next year, but defense lawyers wanted a later date.  The deadly stabbing happened after Christian was confronted about anti-Muslim comments he allegedly made to two teenage girls on board the train.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a wanted man accused of stabbing his father to death.  Police arrested 30-year-old Tyler Nees yesterday near Northwest 23rd Avenue and Lovejoy after receiving an anonymous tip from the public.  Nees is accused of stabbing his 64-year-old father Brian Nees near Southeast 72nd and Woodstock Street December 2nd.



(Monmouth, IL)  --  An Oregon pilot is facing charges following a drug bust at a western Illinois airport.  Authorities say Sean Billingsley was caught unloading a shipment of marijuana at the municipal airport this week.  He was taken into custody after police found 200 pounds of pot, a gun and nearly three-thousand-dollars in cash on the plane.  Billingsley is being held in Warren County on a 250-thousand-dollar bond.  
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A police officer is hospitalized with serious injuries after being hit by a suspected DUII driver.  Tigard police say Officer Matt Barbee was off-duty yesterday morning when the driver crashed into him on the side of Highway 26.  Barbee had pulled over to check one of his tires when the crash happened.  The other driver suffered minor injuries.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland police officer is stepping down after pleading guilty to official misconduct.  Christian Robert Berge pleaded guilty yesterday.  Prosecutors say the 46-year-old unlawfully and knowingly performed an act with the intent to obtain a benefit between August of 2015 and last May.  There's no word on what that benefit was.  The ten-year Portland Police Department veteran was sentenced to 18 months probation and 120 hours of community service.  An internal review is ongoing.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of trying to attack someone with a metal pole after being confronted about trying to steal packages from a home.  It happened Wednesday in the 36-hundred block of Southeast Lincoln Street.  Police say the man was in the process of stealing packages from a front porch when a homeowner confronted him.  The suspect allegedly responded by trying to hit the victim with a hooked metal pole.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.



(Portland, OR)  --  Firefighters are mopping up after a massive fire at a shop in Salem.  Fire crews responded to the building on 63rd Avenue Northeast just after midnight this morning.  No injuries have been reported.  An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Washington County Sheriff's Office jail worker is facing charges for allegedly sexually harassing a co-worker.  Police arrested 45-year-old Kevin J. Kearns of Cornelius yesterday on charges of third-degree sexual abuse and harassment.  He's accused of making sexual comments toward and groping a co-worker while both employees were on-duty.  He was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation last week.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking for an alleged bank robber they're calling the "Palpatine bandit."  Police say the older man wearing a black hood entered a Northeast Portland bank yesterday and demanded money.  Police dubbed him the "Palpatine bandit" because of his resemblance to Emperor Sheev Palpatine, AKA Darth Sidious, from Star Wars.
 



(Scott Mills, OR)  --  A small earthquake is reminding people that the "Big One" is yet to come.  A four-point-zero magnitude earthquake struck yesterday around 5:30 p.m. near the town of Scotts Mills.  The U.S. Geological Survey reports it hit a depth of about 10 miles.  Experts say the event is a reminder that a monster nine-point-zero quake is still on the horizon.  No damage or injuries were reported from yesterday's tremor.



(Eugene, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown is calling on Congress to re-fund the Children's Health Insurance Program.  Governor Brown made the demands while visiting a children's hospital in Eugene yesterday.  Congress stopped funding for CHIP back in September.  The program provides health care coverage to lower-income families which includes 120-thousand in Oregon.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland police officer is on the other side of the law facing misconduct charges.  The Multnomah County district attorney filed the charges alleging Officer Robert Berge "unlawfully performed an act with the intent to obtain a benefit."  It's unclear what that benefit was.  The Portland Police Department has not released a statement.  Officer Berge remains on duty.



(Sauvie Island, OR)  --  A man is behind bars facing attempted murder charges for allegedly shooting a man on Sauvie Island.  A witness says the victim banged on his door begging for help Tuesday night, saying he was beaten and shot.  He reportedly told the homeowner he was taken to Sauvie Island from Portland to be killed.  Police arrested 28-year-old Brett Andre and booked him into the Multnomah County Jail.



(Portland, OR)  --  The man behind bars for impersonating a military member and theft is facing new charges.  Authorities say Michele Bocci is facing new charges of defrauding a woman out of more than 30-thousand-dollars last summer.  Bocci was indicted last week on three counts of theft by deception.  He was already in jail for an incident last year where he claimed to be a decorated U.S. Marine in order to receive donations.
 



(Seaside, OR)  --  A mother and son are thankful to be alive after escaping their burning home.  Firefighters were called to the Seaside house yesterday afternoon on Avenue S.  The two-story structure was covered in flames when they arrived.  The homeowner says she tried to put the flames out herself but had to run when the fire grew.  The cause of it is still under investigation.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  Police in Beaverton are searching for an armed suspect.  The Beaverton Police Department's Twitter account tweeted just after midnight that the suspect may be in the area of Southwest Walker and Highway 217.  According to a later tweet, police did not locate the suspect and continue to investigate the situation.  No other details have been given.



(Multnomah Co., OR)  --  A Multnomah County Circuit Court judge is sentencing a man and woman to double digit prison terms for sexually abusing a teenage girl.  David Hyliard began abusing the girl when she was 12 and continued doing so for several years.  Investigators say Chelsea Lovell abused the girl when the girl was 14.  The couple recorded the abuse on video.  Hyliard received a 20-year prison sentence in September and Lovell was sentenced to 14 years behind bars on Wednesday.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  A Beaverton Chamber of Commerce Board member is stepping down amid claims of sexual harassment.  According to the "Portland Tribune," Jerry Jones Junior is accused of harassment and unwanted sexual contact by an employee of his former company.  The accuser is also a volunteer at the Chamber.  The woman says the abuse spanned four years and included Jones threatening to fire her if she continued to date her boyfriend, who she eventually married.



(Portland, OR)  --  At least one person is hurt after a car crashed into a utility pole in Aloha.  Washington County deputies say two cars were involved in the crash near 198th and TV Highway Wednesday night.  The pole was knocked over and wires were in the roadway.  The sheriff's office says at least one person was injured in the accident.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland City Council is giving the green light to a plan to build a glass pavilion on what is now a public walkway.  The three-story pavilion will serve as a new museum entrance and connect the museum's two buildings in the South Park Blocks.  There are plans to raise the 50-million dollars needed for the project through donations.
 



(Vancouver, WA)  --  A Vancouver woman says a rock that served as a memorial to a friend who died from cancer has been stolen from her front yard.  Teresa Marble tells KATU that the rock disappeared shortly after Thanksgiving but she didn't want to bother police by reporting it stolen.  She is now calling on whoever took the rock from her home near 99th Street and Northwest Lakeshore Drive to return it.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting that injured one person on Sauvie Island.  The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says one person was taken to a hospital after being shot just before 7:00 last night.  The victim is listed in stable condition.  Police say they don't believe there's any danger to the public.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking for a suspect or group of suspects responsible for throwing rocks and pumpkins at passing cars on I-5.  Police say someone has been tossing the objects from a walkway near the I-205 interchange.  At least ten cars have been damaged.  Police say the incidents have been happening since September, and the most recent incident happened yesterday.



(Portland, OR)  --  New details are coming to light in the strange case of a man who allegedly tried to stab someone with a pair of scissors downtown.  Police say 43-year-old Brent Shannon Thicksten told officers that his wife Taylor Swift told him to kill the man.  When asked where his wife was, Thicksten allegedly told officers, "We are one."  Police arrested Thicksten Sunday morning for the incident at Northwest 3rd Avenue and Burnside street.  His victim suffered a cut to the back and did not require hospitalization.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Sutherlin man is facing charges for the sexual abuse of two teenage girls, one of whom has developmental disabilities.  Police arrested 38-year-old Rusty Hendrickson Saturday on three counts each of second- and third-degree sex abuse.  Investigators say the parents of one of the girls contacted police after finding troubling conversations on their daughter's phone.  Police believe Hendrickson may have had other victims.



(Portland, OR)  --  Fire officials say a faulty bathroom exhaust fan is to blame for a two-alarm fire that damaged a marijuana grow business in southeast Portland.  Firefighters responded to the warehouse in the 6100 block of Southeast 111th Avenue last night.  Fire officials say the blaze caused about 60-thousand dollars in damages.  No injuries were reported.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of robbing a Domino's Pizza at gunpoint.  The robbery happened last night at the restaurant at 453 Northeast 70th Avenue.  Police say the suspect showed a worker there a handgun and demanded money before fleeing on foot.  It's not yet clear if the robbery is connected to a similar armed robbery at a Papa John's Pizza on Rosa Park Way on Monday.  Police say the suspects in both robberies have similar descriptions.



(Portland, OR)  --  Two men are facing charges after allegedly being caught with child porn at an Amtrak station in Portland.  Police have arrested Fong Lee and his cousin Ying Moua after allegedly finding the porn in their luggage last week.  Police say the pair consented to a search of their bags, which turned up 70-thousand dollars in cash and several data storage devices that contained one-thousand images and video files of children.  Lee allegedly told police he was bringing the cash to California to buy marijuana.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland state official is criticizing a recent request from Governor Kate Brown.  Brown asked in an email to state employees that they send in their stories of innovation by the state.  The most critical response came from Kim Sordyl, a non-voting member of the state Board of Education.  She reportedly chastised Brown for having public employees "working on the campaign during work hours."  "The Oregonian" reports that Sordyl is a Democrat who campaigned for Republican Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, who appointed Sordyl to the education board.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a teenager in connection to a shooting that damaged a home in northeast Portland.  Police arrested the 16-year-old boy yesterday during a traffic stop in the parking lot of the Clackamas Square Shopping Center.  He's accused of shooting a home and several cars in the 11600 block of northeast Knott Street last week.  No one was injured.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of robbing a pizza restaurant at gunpoint.  Authorities say the man entered the Papa Murphy's at 2004 North Rosa Park Way last night with a gun and demanded money.  He fled on foot.  He's described as a thin man in his 50s with grey hair.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into the cause of a fire that damaged a trailer in Hillsboro.  Firefighters responded to the single-wide trailer at 633 Southeast Maple Avenue last night.  Fire officials say a smoke alarm alerted the residents to the fire, and they were able to get out safely.  One of the residents suffered minor burns to his hand after he tried to extinguish the flames on his own.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  An Oregon woman is facing a felony threat charge after allegedly shouting death threats on a flight from Portland to Sacramento.  Southwest Airlines says 24-year-old Sandy native Valerie Curbelo became belligerent Saturday after being caught trying to smoke in the airplane bathroom.  After being ordered back to her seat, the airline says Curbelo started shouting death threats at flight attendants and passengers.  Police arrested her upon the plane's landing.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  An arson investigation is underway into a fire in a Bethany neighborhood that's still under construction.  The fire ignited just after midnight yesterday morning near Northwest 169th Avenue and Catalpa Street, at a house being built by home builder Noyes Development.  It's the fourth time in as many months that someone has set fire to a house being built by Noyes.  Police believe a serial arsonist could be targeting the developer.



(Washington, DC)  --  Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley are among a small group of Democratic senators calling for President Trump to resign over allegations of sexual misconduct.  Leading the group is Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, who tells CNN she's heard these women's testimony and that many of them are heartbreaking.  They are joined by Senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Cory Booker of New Jersey.  The calls come after several of President Trump's accusers hosted a press conference in New York, calling for a congressional investigation into his alleged misconduct.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Hillary Clinton is in Portland today to speak about her new book.  The former presidential candidate, Secretary of State and First Lady of the United States will be at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall to promote her memoir "What Happened."  The conservative group Patriot Prayer is planning to protest before the event, and counter-protesters are expected to show up in response.



(Portland, OR)  --  Former Portland Mayor Vera Katz has died.  KATU reports Katz died December 11th from kidney failure.  She was 84-years-old.  The German-born and Brooklyn-raised Katz was elected three times to serve as Portland's mayor for a total of 12 years.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A former substitute teacher with the Reynolds School District is charged with sexual abuse for the assault of a nine-year-old girl.  Court documents show 53-year-old Dale Buckendahl pleaded not guilty in court yesterday to two counts of sexual abuse in the first degree.  Prosecutors say he groomed and eventually sexually assaulted a nine-year-old girl from 2007 to 2008 at Alder Elementary School.  It's not the first time Buckendahl has faced allegations of inappropriate behavior in the classroom.  The state Teacher Standards and Practices Commission suspended Buckendahl in 2003 for inappropriate contact with students and for trying to view porn on his classroom computer.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking for suspects in connection to the burglary of a Boy Scout Troop's Christmas tree lot.  Scoutmaster Mikael Benson tells KATU someone broke into his Sellwood tree lot yesterday and stole two-thousand dollars worth of items.  Benson says the tree lot was their only fundraiser for the year to raise money for Boy Scout summer camp.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've made an arrest in connection to an assault involving a crossbow early last month.  Police arrested 24-year-old Cecilia Bruinsma yesterday for the incident at Sellwood Riverfront Park November 5th.  Police responded to the park on reports that a woman had been shot with a crossbow.  The victim survived the attack.  Investigators believe Bruinsma shot the woman following a verbal dispute.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  New Seasons Market is being accused of retaliation and union-busting.  A group of workers involved in a unionization effort said in a group letter yesterday that they've been retaliated against as a result of the effort.  "The Oregonian" reports that New Seasons denies the workers' claims.  The letter was sent to B Lab, the Pennsylvania nonprofit that gave the grocery its certification of "rigorous standards of social and environmental performance."



(Portland, OR)  --  One person is injured following a fire at a downtown apartment building.  Firefighters responded to the Park Plaza Apartments in the 19-hundred block of Southwest Park Avenue yesterday morning.  Fire officials say the blaze started on the 11th floor and was caused by improperly discarded smoking materials.  One person was hospitalized.  Officials say the damage was mostly restricted to the room in which it started.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Molalla man is dead following a two-car crash near Wallowa Lake.  Police say 63-year-old Michael Paul Sprissler was driving on Highway 351 yesterday when he crashed into a pickup truck.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  The other driver was not injured.  Investigators believe icy roads and speed may have contributed to the crash.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are reminding residents it's not too late to get that flu shot.  Oregon Health Authority says the number of flu cases in the state is starting to rise.  A deputy health officer for Multnomah County tells KATU that it's a good idea to get a flu shot now before flu season really picks up.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking for a group of suspects accused of living it up at a limo business before making off with an employee's pickup truck.  Police say the group broke into JML Limousine on Southwest 117th and 37th in Beaverton Sunday night.  Surveillance footage shows the suspects searching through limos before finding a cooler full of beer, which they proceeded to pop open.  Police say the suspects then poured the beer into champagne glasses and enjoyed the brews inside a limo before stealing a truck and leaving.  The truck's owner says he had his golf clubs and a Rolex inside the truck.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are reported following a house fire that destroyed a garage.  Firefighters responded to the home in Eagle Creek yesterday.  Fire officials say the homeowner got out safely thanks to his neighbor, who saw the fire and alerted the homeowner.



(Portland, OR)  --  A group is working to legalize magic mushrooms in Oregon.  The Oregon Psilocybin Society says it's searching for voters to weigh in on its measure, which would legalize shrooms for medicinal use.  Society leaders say the drug would be highly regulated under the measure, and the mushrooms would only be available for specific conditions for patients age 21 and older.  The society says it's hoping to get the measure on the ballot by 2020.
 



(Seattle, WA)  --  Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden are among dozens of lawmakers calling on Senator Al Franken to resign.  The Minnesota Democrat is facing numerous allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior.  Franken has apologized for the encounters.  Franken is expected to make an announcement today regarding his future in the Senate.  The 66-year-old has represented Minnesota in the Senate since 2009.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Two men are facing prison time for a smash-and-grab at a jewelry store at Washington Square Mall.  A judge has sentenced Brandon Sullivan to 34 months in prison and Darereon Newton to 15 months in prison.  Prosecutors say the two are among four suspects who smashed glass cases at Ben Bridge Jewelers in late August and stole 400-thousand dollars worth of watches and jewelry.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland police officer is injured following a struggle with a domestic violence suspect.  Police responded to the Portland Value Inn on Northeast 82nd Avenue last night on reports of a man threatening someone with a knife.  Police say the suspect, 23-year-old Justin L. Fowler, kicked and injured one of the officers as they tried to take him into custody.  Police say the officer was taken to a hospital but was not seriously injured.
 



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A Hillsboro mom is gaining national attention for her stinky revenge on a package thief.  Angie Boliek says somebody had already stolen packages for her husband and their young son off the front porch.  So she took some of her son's dirty diapers and boxed them up along with a note saying "Enjoy this, you thief!"  She says she put it out on Sunday and it was stolen on Monday.  Boliek says the police thought her payback was "hilarious."



(Eugene, OR)  --  Video of Krist Novoselic joining his remaining Nirvana bandmates onstage in Oregon is now online.  Novoselic hopped on stage during the Foo Fighters show in Eugene Tuesday and helped the band do their song "Big Me."  The footage is available for viewing on YouTube.



(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are being reported following a vehicle fire in north Portland.  Firefighters responded to the 800 block of North Lombard Street Tuesday morning on reports of a fire.  An investigation is ongoing.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a stabbing that left two people injured in southwest Portland.  Police responded to a parking lot near Southwest Barbur Boulevard and Southwest Capitol Highway just after midnight yesterday to find a man with stab wounds.  Police found a second man with stab wounds at a home on Southwest Pasadena Street at Southwest 49th Avenue.  Both men are expected to survive.  Police believe the men were stabbed at Holly Farm Park.



(Chicago, IL)  --  Mayor Ted Wheeler is joining dozens of mayors around the world in signing an international climate charter.  Wheeler confirmed on Twitter yesterday he's signed the Chicago Climate Charter.  Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, were the first to sign the Chicago Climate Charter yesterday.  The move comes after President Trump walked away from the Paris Climate Accord earlier this year.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  Nike is releasing its first sports hijab for Muslim women athletes.  The new Nike Pro Hijab went on sale over the weekend, and is intended to suit the needs of female Muslim athletes who want to wear a headscarf during training and competitions.  The product was initially released in stores in the Middle East last winter and can now be purchased globally.  Ibtihaj [[ IB-tea-hoj ]] Muhammad, who stars in the product's ad campaign, said it is "a reminder to us Muslim women that we can achieve anything in the world."



(Seattle, WA)  --  The ongoing housing crisis in Portland and along the West Coast is contributing to a rise in the U.S. homeless population.  A new federal study finds America's homeless population is up this year for the first time since the Great Recession.  The study out this week shows more than 553-thousand people were homeless on a single night this year.  That's seven-tenths of a percent more than last year.  Researchers say the housing crisis on the West Coast is driving up the numbers.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested two teenagers in connection to a string of TriMet thefts and robberies.  Police arrested 15-year-old Michael Perkins and 17-year-old Markel Jones late last week.  Police believe the teens stole unsecured items from passengers on TriMet trains over the course of three months.  They're also accused of robbing a man of his backpack and then beating him.



(Portland, OR)  --  Multnomah County is sending a strike team to southern California to help firefighters battle wildfires there.  Portland Fire & Rescue says the county is sending in two Gresham fire engines and three Portland fire engines.  The strike team will meet with other Oregon firefighters sent to help out.  Hundreds of homes have been burned and thousands of people have been displaced after the wildfires broke out earlier this week.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a man who was allegedly spotted with an axe near two schools in South Eugene.  Police responded to the area of East 25th Avenue yesterday morning after receiving reports of an armed subject.  Both South Eugene High School and Roosevelt Middle School were placed on lockdown while police looked for the man.  He's being held on a non-criminal hold.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting in southeast Portland.  Police responded to Southeast Duke Street and Southeast 91st Avenue in the Lents Neighborhood just before midnight Monday on reports of shots fired.  Arriving officers found a home had been hit with bullets.  No injuries were reported.  Police are still searching for a suspect.



(Portland, OR)  --  It appears Oregon residents enjoy the sweet combination of peanut butter and chocolate for the holidays.  A new report from CandyStore.com says Oregon's favorite Christmas candy is Reese's Minis, followed by candy canes and snickers.  New Jersey and South Dakota join Oregon in their preference for Reese's.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've made an arrest in connection to a shooting outside a strip club last week.  Police arrested Daniel Frank for the shooting Wednesday night at Mystic Gentlemen's Club.  He's facing charges of unlawful use of a weapon and menacing.  No injuries were reported.



(Portland, OR)  --  An alleged drunk driver is critically injured after crashing his car into a family-owned preschool in Eugene.  Police say 22-year-old Timothy Stocker was intoxicated and speeding on the wrong side of the road when he crashed into the Far Horizons Montessori School on Hilyard Street Sunday night.  He was taken to a hospital and has been charged with DUII.  No other injuries were reported.



(Portland, OR)  --  A firefighter is facing charges for allegedly sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl.  Police arrested Carlos Garcia Monday on charges of second- and third-degree sexual abuse.  Investigators say his victim was participating in the Junior Fire Program at Monroe Rural Fire Protection at the time of the abuse.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are offering a 25-hundred-dollar reward for information leading to the arrest of a man accused of stabbing his father to death.  Police say 30-year-old Tyler Nees stabbed 60-year-old Brian Nees early Saturday morning in southeast Portland.  Police found Brian Nees with multiple stab wounds outside Mount Scott Pub, where he was reportedly trying to get help for his injuries.  He was pronounced dead hours later at a hospital.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges after allegedly stabbing his brother on Goat Mountain.  Police say the stabbing happened Saturday night on U.S. Forest Service land off Highway 211 near Estacada.  Police arrested the suspect after he allegedly crashed his car while driving under the influence.  His brother was taken to a hospital.



(Portland, OR)  --  Three people are injured following a two-car crash in east Portland.  Police say the crash happened just after midnight Sunday on East Burnside near Laurelhurst Place.  An investigation is ongoing into what caused the crash.  Police believe one of the drivers may have been intoxicated.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Convicted triple-murderer and white supremacist Brent Luyster is seeking a retrial.  A sentencing hearing in Vancouver yesterday was delayed to allow Luyster to file a motion for a retrial.  Luyster was convicted last month on three counts of aggravated murder, one count of attempted murder and two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon.  The jury found him guilty of shooting three of his friends to death and shooting another woman in the face.  That woman survived her injuries.



(Portland, OR)  --  One man is dead after the car he was riding in crashed down an embankment and into a tree.  Police say 44-year-old Shad Alexander died following the crash on Southwest Boones Ferry Road near Alfred Street.  Investigators say fog and wet weather conditions likely contributed to the crash.  The driver was not injured.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a man accused of shooting at a couple at a MAX train stop in Gresham.  Police arrested Dawud Bryant Friday on charges of attempted murder and second-degree assault for the incident earlier that day at the MAX platform at Northeast 172nd Avenue.  Police say Bryant initiated an argument with the couple there in which he pulled out a gun and opened fire at close range after hitting the man in the head with the firearm.  Police say the bullet narrowly missed the man's head and traveled through his girlfriend's clothing before hitting a brick wall.



(Portland, OR)  --  Three people are facing charges after they allegedly robbed a public storage facility.  Police arrested Jody Wafer, Trent Knight and Brittany Kizzee yesterday morning at the Portland International Airport.  Police say at least two of the suspects went to the Public Storage on Southeast 82nd Avenue Saturday morning, where they allegedly held a man at gunpoint and stole the keys to his unit.



(Portland, OR)  --  One man is lucky to be alive after accidentally driving his car into the Willamette River.  Police say the driver was at the Buena Vista Ferry Saturday night when he got turned around and drove into the water.  He was not injured in the incident.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  An investigation is under way into a shooting that injured one man in Vancouver.  Police responded to a home in the area of Northeast 132nd Place in the North Image Neighborhood last night to find a man suffering from gunshot wounds.  Police are still searching for a suspect.  Investigators believe the shooting may have been gang-related.



(Sandy, OR)  --  One of the nation's last Blockbuster Video stores located in Sandy is closing its doors.  The store along the Mount Hood Highway announced on Facebook yesterday that they're closing before the end of the year.  The store is one of only ten Blockbuster Video stores still open in the U.S. There is one Blockbuster in Redmond and one in Bend.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Turner man is charged with murder for the shooting death of his wife at their home earlier this fall.  Clayton Stanfill was arraigned yesterday on a grand jury indictment.  The 53-year-old Stanfill is accused of shooting his wife Judy Stanfill at their home in the 5000 block of Ash Street on October 15th.  Police found her body after Clayton showed up at a fire station seeking medical aid for a gunshot wound.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Eagle Creek Fire is now 100-percent contained.  The Incident Information System posted that the fire was completely contained as of noon yesterday.  Officials say that doesn't mean the fire is completely extinguished but that it's no longer expected to grow beyond its current perimeter.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a teenager accused of assaulting a woman during her run through a southeast Portland neighborhood.  Police say the woman was out running Monday night when the teen ran up behind her and slapped her on the behind.  Police say the teen hit her so hard that it left a welt.  The woman says the boy was about 15-years-old and is five-feet-ten-inches with a husky build and shaggy brown hair.  The teen reportedly got out of a white van just before the attack.



(Portland, OR)  --  Two Seattle residents are facing charges after being arrested for drug possession in Oregon.  Police arrested Adam Smith and Bonita Alvarado Monday just north of the Oregon-California border.  Police say they found two pounds of cocaine and more than six pounds of heroin in their car during a traffic stop.  The two were reportedly driving back to Washington from Los Angeles.



(Troutdale, OR)  --  The Eagle Creek Fire is finally 100-percent contained.  Authorities say there are still some areas burning in the Columbia River Gorge, but they feel that the flames won't spread.  The nearly 49-thousand-acre blaze started in September and had been listed at half containment since last month.



(Washington, DC)  --  Attorney General Jeff Sessions is renewing concerns of a federal crackdown on recreational marijuana.  During a news conference yesterday, Sessions called marijuana use "detrimental" and said the Justice Department is working toward a "rational policy" to enforce federal laws against it.  His comments come just over a month before California joins six other states and the District of Columbia in allowing commercial sales of recreational marijuana, which is already a multi-billion-dollar industry.  California officials tell the "Sacramento Bee" they consider any federal action "hypothetical" and say they're too busy preparing for state-level legalization to worry about it.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a suspicious death in Linn County.  Police say someone called 9-1-1 Wednesday afternoon after finding a man's body in a vehicle on a logging road off Brush Creek Road.  Police are identifying the man as 37-year-old Joseph Baker of Salem.  Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of death.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man is going behind bars for crushing stolen cars and selling the scrap metal.  Tony Schneider Junior was sentenced today to two months in jail and five years of probation for running the scheme with his father, who is still awaiting his punishment.  Prosecutors say plea deals netted Schneider far less than the 20-year maximum for a racketeering charge.  The pair will also have to pay their victims nearly a half-million dollars for the cost of the stolen vehicles.



(Portland, OR)  --  Some new affordable housing options are set to come to the downtown Portland area.  The City Council approved yesterday putting six-million dollars into a 12-story complex in the Lloyd District.  The 74-million-dollar tower project will be spearheaded by Home Forward, a local housing authority.  The 240 new units are expected to become available in 2019.
 


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