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Regional News Archives for 2017-12

(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 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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