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(Portland, OR)  --  A Muslim inmate is suing Oregon for not providing him with meals that observe his faith.  A complaint was filed this week in an Oregon federal court by Rashid Kambarov, a legal resident from Turkey who's serving time for rape.  He claims his meals where he's doing time do not follow Islamic dietary law.  He says the state's failure in that area is a violation of the First and 14th Amendments and a law that bars lockups from disrupting inmates' religious practices.
 



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Washington state Governor Jay Inslee is shutting down a proposal to export oil overseas from Vancouver's shores.  Inslee rejected a proposed oil export terminal in Vancouver earlier this week, saying there are too many risks to the public and the Columbia River.  Opponents of the terminal were worried about spills, fires and explosions from oil trains and ships.  The Spokane City Council is also praising the decision because it would have meant five more oil trains a day through Spokane.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Coast Guard is making progress in its cleanup of an oil spill in the Columbia River in Astoria.  Crews yesterday removed a boiler oil tank from a dilapidated pier next to the Cannery Pier Hotel and Spa.  The leaking tank is believed to be left over from an old cannery operation.  The spill was first reported January 18th after hotel managers noticed an oily sheen on the water.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of robbing a bank in Northwest Portland.  Police say the man entered a Home Street Bank on Northwest 23rd Avenue yesterday evening and handed the teller a note demanding money.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of breaking into a home and sexually assaulting a woman while she slept.  The victim says she was sleeping in bed with her fiance last Tuesday at their home in Cornelius when she awoke to find a man touching her.  The woman says she woke her fiance, who chased after the suspect for several blocks until he got away.  Police have identified the suspect as 29-year-old Edgar Agustin Perez.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a fire that destroyed a mobile home in Estacada.  Firefighters responded to the blaze on Southeast Snuffin Road just after midnight this morning.  No injuries have been reported.  Investigators are still trying to determine how the fire started.



(Portland, OR)  --  An elementary school near Astoria remains closed today due to an outbreak of the flu.  Officials at Hilda Lahti Elementary School in Knappa cancelled classes yesterday and today for kindergartners through sixth-graders.  School officials say about 43-percent of their students have contracted the flu so far, as well as several teachers and staff members.  Superintendent Paulette Johnson tells the Daily Astorian that some classes Monday were down to just four healthy students.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a house fire in southeast Portland.  Firefighters responded to the home on Southeast Holgate around 9:00 last night to find heavy smoke and fire coming out the front of the home.  Firefighters say everyone made it out of the home safely, and no injuries have been reported.  Investigators are looking into how the fire started.
 



(Washington, DC)  --  Oregon skygazers are gearing up to watch the super blue blood moon and lunar eclipse.  NASA claims this rare celestial trifecta can best be seen in its totality from the Western U.S., especially in Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, and parts of Nevada.  On Wednesday this month's second full moon will appear 14-percent bigger and 30-percent brighter.  Only those viewing the total eclipse will see the reddish-orange hue of a blood moon.



(Portland, OR)  --  Cleanup is ongoing on an oil spill in the Columbia River in Astoria.  Crews and Coast Guard members on Monday gained access to the leaking tank believed to be left over from an old cannery operation on the pier near the Cannery Pier Hotel and Spa.  Coast Guard officials say crews found about two-thousand gallons of bunker sea oil inside the ten-thousand-gallon tank and began sucking the oil out.  The spill was first reported January 18th after hotel managers noticed an oily sheen on the water.



(Portland, OR)  --  An elementary school near Astoria is closed due to an outbreak of the flu.  Officials at Hilda Lahti Elementary School in Knappa have cancelled classes today and tomorrow for kindergartners through sixth-graders.  School officials say about 43-percent of their students have contracted the flu so far, as well as several teachers and staff members.  Superintendent Paulette Johnson tells the Daily Astorian that some classes yesterday were down to just four healthy students.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identities of the drivers involved in a deadly crash in Sandy.  Police say 71-year-old Edward K. Alstat was killed Friday morning in the crash on Highway 26.  Forty-nine-year-old Daniel A. McIntosh was driving the commercial truck that was involved in the crash.  Investigators believe Alstat suffered a medical emergency just before the crash happened.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing multiple charges after allegedly banging on a homeowner's door while holding a gun.  Police arrested 25-year-old Daniel Schniedewind at a home on Southeast 141st Avenue early yesterday morning.  Police say the homeowner called 9-1-1 instead of answering the door.  Arriving officers found a concealed, loaded firearm on Schniedewind and arrested him on charges of first-degree trespassing, possession of a loaded firearm and felon in possession of a firearm.  Investigators say they don't know Schniedewind was banging on the man's door.



(Portland, OR)  --  A longtime photofinishing business is among those destroyed in Sunday's four-alarm fire at the Macadam Center.  The shop Picture Perfect has been in service for more than three decades.  The owners tell KATU they plan to rebuild.  More than 100 firefighters responded to the Macadam Center on Southwest Macadam Avenue Sunday night after employees in a call center there noticed smoke coming from an elevator shaft.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is hospitalized after becoming trapped inside a trench at a construction site in Ridgefield, Washington.  Clark County firefighters responded to the trench at Kennedy Farms yesterday afternoon.  Authorities say the man was in the trench working on a sewer project when something fell down the hole and struck him in the head, injuring him.  Fire officials say it took nearly an hour to get the man out of the hole.  Firefighters said last night the man was in a lot of pain but conscious.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a man in connection to the death of an Aloha woman.  This, after a Beaverton family found the suspect hiding behind their apartment.  Police say Michael and Nancy Larsen called 9-1-1 from their apartment on Southwest Teal Boulevard Thursday night after their teenage daughter heard someone yelling for help from outside.  Nancy Larsen said the man kept yelling "I need help" and that he said "Thank you" after she told him she'd called 9-1-1.  Arriving officers arrested him for the death of Sara Zghoul, whose body was found earlier Thursday inside a car near the intersection of Southwest Sarala Street and Southwest Hargis Road.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking for a hit-and-run suspect accused of striking a pedestrian and a police car.  Police say 54-year-old Christopher Nichols was driving near East 13th and Daniels Streets in Vancouver Friday night when he crashed into a pedestrian and fled.  Nichols then allegedly backed into a police cruiser a short time later.  Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact police.



(Portland, OR)  --  One person is recovering after suffering a mental health crisis that forced police to shut down a portion of I-205.  Police responded to the northbound lanes at Glisan Street yesterday morning on reports of someone who appeared ready to jump from the overpass.  The Portland Police Department's Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team helped get the person down to safety.  Police reopened the northbound I-205 just after noon.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is under way into a four-alarm fire that destroyed several businesses in Southwest Portland.  More than 100 firefighters responded to the Macadam Center on Southwest Macadam Avenue last night after employees in a call center there noticed smoke coming from an elevator shaft.  There's no word yet on just how many businesses were destroyed.  Investigators are looking into how the fire started today.



(Pendleton, OR)  --  The family of a rancher killed in an Oregon standoff is suing the government for more than five-million dollars.  The wrongful death lawsuit filed in federal court yesterday claims LaVoy Finicum was shot "assassination style" by state police and/or the FBI as he tried to cross county lines.  The complaint filed on the second anniversary of his death names the United Sates, the FBI, Oregon State Police, the Bureau of Land Management and others.  Finicum, an Arizona rancher, served as a spokesman for a group that staged an armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in early 2016.



(Chatsworth, CA)  --  Shark attacks appear to be on the rise along the Pacific Coast.  The non-profit Shark Research Committee reports that there were nine unprovoked shark attacks last year, eight in California waters and one off of Washington State.  That's six times the 20th Century average of slightly more than one attack per year.  Researchers say it's possible the shark population has been growing as ocean waters warm.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  The Gorge Trail Recovery Team is looking for volunteers to help restore trails affected by the devastating Eagle Creek Fire.  The team is working with the U.S. Forest Service to clean up and restore several trails in the Columbia River Gorge, including Larch Mountain Junction, Devil's Rest Junction and Lemmon's Viewpoint.  The team is comprised of four organizations, including Trailkeepers of Oregon, Pacific Crest Trail Association, Friends of the Columbia Gorge and Washington Trails Association.  Those interested in volunteering can find more information on those organizations' websites.



(Portland, OR)  --  Three people are injured following a MAX train crash in Gresham.  Police say a driver crashed into the train last night at Stark and East Burnside after running a red light.  Three people inside the car were hospitalized and are expected to survive.



(Portland, OR)  --  State regulators are cracking down on marijuana retailers who sell their products to minors.  The Oregon Liquor Control Commission announced yesterday it's tripling the penalties for such sales from a ten-day license suspension or one-thousand-650-dollar fine to a 30-day suspension or four-thousand-950-dollar fine.  The temporary new rules go into effect today.  The move follows the commission's release of compliance reports two weeks ago showing that some recreational shops sold marijuana to people under 21-years-old.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a man accused of attacking another man with a machete-style blade.  Police say the victim was leaving union hall ILWU Local 8 at 2435 Northwest Front Avenue yesterday evening when the man attacked him with a Kukri.  A Kukri is a Nepalese blade similar to a machete.  The victim was taken to a hospital and police arrested the suspect at the union hall later that night.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges after allegedly robbing a market at gunpoint.  Police say the man entered the Stonewalls Market at 7449 Southeast 72nd Avenue yesterday evening and brandished a shotgun before demanding money.  The suspect allegedly fired one shot at a witness who followed him out the store, but no injuries were reported.  Police arrested the suspect a short time later.



(Olympia, WA)  --  The engineer on the Amtrak train that derailed in Washington last month is revealing what happened on the train.  The National Transportation Safety Board reported yesterday the engineer says he lost track of where he was.  It says he told it he missed seeing mile-marker and speed-limit signs that would have alerted him that he should begin braking in advance of a curve near Olympia.  Three people were killed and dozens were injured in the accident when the train hurtled into the curve at more than twice the speed limit.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing more than three years behind bars after drunkenly crashing his car into a group of people, injuring three.  A judge sentenced Henry Nikila to 40 months in prison and five years probation.  Nikila pleaded guilty to multiple charges including DUII and felony hit-and-run for the crash last April near 97th Avenue and East Burnside.  Police say the group had asked Nikila to slow down before he ran into them.



(Portland, OR)  --  One man is seriously injured after crashing his car after getting his foot stuck between the gas pedal and the brake.  Police say the man was driving in the 31900 block of Northwest Hornecker Road last night when he crashed into a guardrail.  Police say firefighters had to slice the roof off the car to extricate the driver.  No other injuries were reported.



(Portland, OR)  --  TriMet is bringing in extra security in an effort to tackle crime onboard its buses and trains.  Board members voted yesterday to move forward with a contract with private security firm Portland Patrol Incorporated.  TriMet spokeswoman Roberta Altstadt tells KATU they hope to bring in an additional 15 security officers by the end of the year and nearly 50 within three years.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested three suspects they're calling the "Track Suit Bandits" in connection to nearly a dozen Portland robberies.  Police arrested Lamarr Luster Jr., Kobe Cordray and a 17-year-old boy earlier this week for the robbery of a market in northeast Portland.  Police say they're accused of robbing nine businesses over the past several weeks.  A fourth suspect Antonio Montgomery was arrested earlier this month during a traffic stop.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of robbing a GameStop store at knifepoint.  Police say the man entered the GameStop at 4328 Southeast 82nd Avenue last night with a knife and demanded money.  He's described as five-foot-seven-inches tall with a medium build and is believed to be in his 30s or 40s.



(Portland, OR)  --  Beaverton High School is shutting down its gym following the discovery of dangerous cracks in the structure.  The school sent letters to parents yesterday saying crewmembers discovered the cracks while preparing for a major renovation project scheduled for this summer.  The school is now working to relocate and reschedule events that had been planned inside the gym until repairs can be made.



(Reston, VA)  --  Scientists say this week's earthquake in Alaska that put Western Oregon on tsunami watch caused ripples in the deep underground waters of Florida.  Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey found that when the magnitude 7.9 quake struck off Kodiak, Alaska on Tuesday morning, the water level at a well in Madison in North Florida rose two inches.  And the level at a well in Fort Lauderdale dropped an inch-and-a-half.  The USGS says both returned to normal in about an hour.



(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are facing charges in connection to the armed robbery of a Shari's Restaurant.  Police arrested Kimberlee Riedy and Christopher Briggs yesterday on charges of robbery one and robbery two.  Police say the pair entered a Shari's Restaurant in Troutdale early yesterday morning and flashed a handgun before demanding money.  No injuries were reported.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Association of Teachers and Portland Public Schools say they've reached a tentative deal on a three-year labor contract.  The two sides announced the news yesterday in a joint press release, saying the contract will create more resources for teachers and students.  Union members are scheduled to vote on the deal between January 30th and February 5th, with a school board vote to follow.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Department of Transportation is apologizing after issuing a false alert about a plane crash.  A spokesman for ODOT says they made a mistake when they put out an alert yesterday saying there was a plane crash on I-5 near the Marquam Bridge.  ODOT says the mistake was due to human error.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for two men accused of robbing a store at gunpoint.  Police say the two entered the Food King Market at 2909 Northeast Prescott Street Sunday and flashed a gun before demanding money.  Investigators say the suspects left empty-handed after the clerk ran from the store.  Police say both suspects were wearing masks.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Best-selling science-fiction author Ursula K. Le Guin is dead at the age of 88.  Le Guin passed away Monday at her Portland home.  She's best known for her Earthsea series and was a five-time winner of science-fiction's biggest literary prize, the Hugo Award.  Her books took on a wide variety of themes from feminism to class divides and race.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing several charges after allegedly stealing several items from the West Linn Historical Society.  Police say a firefighter called 9-1-1 yesterday morning after seeing 33-year-old Roger Shane Womack walk out of the historical society building wearing costume overalls and carrying several prop items.  Police say he also broke into four cars and stole a Mini Cooper before hitting up the historical society.  He's facing more than a dozen charges, including theft, burglary and possession of meth.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a missing Gresham woman.  Police say 27-year-old Ashley Woung was last seen in November.  Investigators believe she may have been travelling by TriMet when she disappeared.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking for a man accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of headphones.  Police say the man stole five-thousand dollars worth of Beats wireless headphones from about eight electronics stores in the Tualatin area.  He's described as a white man in his late teens or early 20s.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead following a shooting at a Salem apartment complex.  Police responded to the Columbia Village Apartments in the 3600 block of Fisher Road Northeast yesterday evening on reports of gunfire.  Witnesses say they heard three or four gunshots and someone screaming.  Police are expected to release further details sometime today.



(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are being reported following a three-alarm fire near the Nike campus in Beaverton.  Firefighters responded to a storage building near Southwest 150th and Southwest Walker Road yesterday afternoon.  An investigation is ongoing into what caused the fire.



(Portland, OR)  --  One man is hospitalized after being pulled unconscious from Tillamook Bay.  Police say the man was diving for clams yesterday when he started struggling to stay afloat and then went under.  Sheriff's deputies pulled him from the water and revived him.  An investigation is ongoing.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing more than eight decades behind bars for child sex abuse.  A Washington County judge has sentenced 49-year-old Kevin Wayne Randolph to 81 years in prison for the sexual abuse of two of his young family members more than five years ago.  Randolph was convicted in November.  The victims ranged in age from between six- and eleven-years-old and two- and three-years-old.



(Undated)  --  The tsunami watches and warnings for the West Coast are cancelled.  The National Weather Service has cancelled the warning it put out for Alaska and British Columbia after a magnitude 7.9 earthquake hit off the coast of Alaska overnight.  The watches put in place are also now cancelled.  They had covered Washington, Oregon, and California.  Although it's now cancelled, the National Weather Service says some coastal areas in those three states might see some small changes in sea level.



(Anchorage, AK)  --  An Oregon woman is facing more than a year behind bars for stealing hundreds of dollars from a Southeast Alaska Native tribal group.  A judge sentenced 64-year-old Delia Commander yesterday to 18 months in prison.  She's also being ordered to pay restitution of nearly 300-thousand dollars.  Commander pleaded guilty to embezzling that sum from the Skagway Tribal Group between 2010 and 2014.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland is being called one of the nation's top cities for hygge.  Hygge is a Danish word that describes qualities of coziness and conviviality, especially during moments of inclement weather.  Sperling's Best Places released its ranking of the country's top hygge cities last week, looking at factors like the number of cold days, the percentage of homes with a fireplace, the number of venues for drinking coffee, tea, beer and wine, and the number of people who enjoy hygge pastimes like reading, knitting and playing board games.  Seattle was ranked number one, followed by Portland and Minneapolis.  Salt Lake City and Denver round out the top five.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting that left one person critically injured downtown.  Police responded to the area of Southwest 4th Avenue and Stark Street yesterday evening on reports of a disturbance.  Arriving officers took one person to the hospital with gunshot wounds.  Witnesses say there was a car crash just before the shots rang out.



(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead following a two-car crash on Highway 22 near Santiam Pass in the Cascade Mountains.  The crash happened yesterday evening at milepost 76.  The highway was temporarily shut down while crews cleared the collision.  There's no word yet on how the crash happened, but a winter weather advisory was in effect for the area through 6 p.m. last night.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of robbing a bank in Northeast Portland.  Police say the man entered the U.S. Bank branch on Northeast Glisan Street yesterday afternoon and handed a teller a note demanding money.  No injuries were reported.  Witnesses say it's not clear whether or not the suspect had a weapon.



(Portland, OR)  --  One person is injured following a shooting in Wood Village.  Police say the shooting happened early yesterday morning at Northeast 238th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard.  One person was taken to a hospital with a gunshot wound.  Police are still searching for a suspect.
 



(Astoria, OR)  --  The Coast Guard is working to clean up a major oil spill on the Columbia River near Astoria.  Coast Guard officials say the spill sprang from a 20-foot-long tank underneath the Cannery Pier.  The tank has a maximum spill potential of 42-hundred gallons, and Coast Guard officials aren't yet sure how much oil has already spilled into the river.  Crews are currently working to minimize the environmental impacts.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is under way into an apparent suicide near Portland State University.  Police responded to the campus early this morning and closed off one block from Southwest Broadway to Southwest 6th Avenue and from Southwest Harrison Street to Southwest Hall Street.  The amount of police activity caused a brief disruption to some TriMet lines, but service was restored just before 4 a.m.



(Portland, OR)  --  The search continues for a missing Oregon National Guardsman.  Family members say Marty Nance has been missing since January 6th.  The 32-year reservist was reported missing after he failed to show up at the Portland Air Base for weekend duties, something family members say is uncharacteristic of him.  Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact police.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've made an arrest in connection to the September shooting death of a man in Southeast Portland.  Police arrested Lorenzo Jones Friday while conducting a traffic stop in Eugene.  Investigators believe Jones shot and killed Wilbert Butler at a party September 17th.  He's facing charges of murder and unlawful use of a weapon.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect in connection to a string of arsons in Astoria.  Police say the fires were set at houses in the area over the past several weeks.  The fires were allegedly set at night.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police in Columbia County say they've arrested a Kelso man accused of child rape and sexual abuse.  Police say Erick W. Itza-Briceno sexually abused three children.  The most recent abuse allegedly occurred two and a half years ago at a home on Fisher Lane in the St. Helens area.  Itza-Briceno is facing eight counts of first-degree rape and two counts of sexual abuse.



(Portland, OR)  --  A McMinnville woman is facing charges for the death of her seven-week-old infant daughter.  Police arrested Clely Flores-Ramirez yesterday on charges of first-degree manslaughter and first-degree criminal mistreatment.  Police say Flores-Ramirez's baby died of abusive head trauma.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting that injured a man in Gresham.  Police say the victim walked into a hospital last night with a gunshot wound to the shoulder.  The man told police he was shot at the corner of 182nd and Powell just before 9:30 p.m.  Police are still searching for the suspect.  Investigators don't believe the shooting was gang-related.



(Portland, OR)  --  Several marches are scheduled this weekend in Portland, but a single unified women's march won't be one of them.  Two Spirit Nation founder Candi Brings Plenty tells KATU the organizers of last year's Women's March have cancelled this year's march to give women of color a platform.  Two Spirit Nation is hosting the Indigenous Women's March at Terry Shrunk Plaza Sunday.  Meanwhile, a #MeToo March and Speakout is scheduled for Saturday at Pioneer Courthouse Square.  And the National March for Impeachment is scheduled for Saturday at Terry Shrunk Plaza.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A Columbia County man is facing several charges after allegedly strangling his infant son and forcing his wife's hand into hot frying oil.  Police arrested 34-year-old Jeremiah Crothers Wednesday morning in St. Helens for the attacks at his home in the 19000 block of Swedetown Road in Clatskanie.  Police say Crothers covered the nose and mouth of his seven-month-old son until his legs turned blue Tuesday.  Later that evening, he allegedly accused his wife of not seasoning the fried chicken they were having for dinner and then forced her hand into the hot boiling oil.  He's being held on more than 200-thousand dollars bail.



(Portland, OR)  --  New details are coming to light regarding a fatal deputy-involved shooting in a field in Sherwood.  The Washington County Sheriff's Department says 54-year-old Remi Sabbe was pointing a rifle at officers last Friday when they opened fire and killed him.  Officers were responding to reports of a man driving erratically at the time of the shooting.  The officers who shot Sabbe have been identified as Deputy Earl Brown and Corporal Cade Edwards.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland is out of the running for Amazon's second headquarters location.  Yesterday, Amazon announced a list of 20 cities competing for the headquarters, including Toronto, Canada. Los Angeles is the only West Coast city to make the list.  Nearly 240 cities submitted proposals.  Amazon expects to decide on the winning city this year.



(Portland, OR)  --  Drivers travelling through residential neighborhoods will soon have to slow down.  Portland city council members voted yesterday to lower the speed limit in residential areas from 25 miles per hour to 20 miles per hour.  Crews will begin replacing the speed signs next month.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect in connection to a string of car break-ins in Salem.  Police believe 34-year-old Christopher Smith was seen breaking into vehicles and stealing things in a South Salem neighborhood Sunday.  An ATV and trailer are among the items he's accused of stealing.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A convicted sex offender is facing new charges for allegedly talking to underage girls online.  Police arrested 42-year-old Benjamin Finnestad in Bend yesterday on two counts of luring a minor for sexual conduct and one count of failing to register as a sex offender.  Investigators say Finnestad tried to contact juveniles on social media sites.



(Portland, OR)  --  A portion of Eldorado Road is being shut down today as crews work to repair cracks in the road.  Clackamas County officials say the cracks created by an ancient landslide began to grow in size last weekend.  Crews will be shutting down the road at Highway 213 to fill the cracks.  Union Hall Road has been set up as a detour.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is under way into an early morning stabbing in Battle Ground.  Police responded to the 12-hundred block of North Parkway Avenue just after midnight today on reports of a victim suffering from stab wounds.  Police arrested one suspect.



(Portland, OR)  --  The search is over for a pair of puppies that were stolen and then abandoned in Cornelius.  Police say a couple alert citizens found the missing American bully dog pups yesterday and called police, who returned the dogs to their owner.  Washington County sheriff's deputies say an 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of taking the dogs earlier this week after they got out of a yard enclosure.  He said he let them go near the railroad tracks around North 26th Avenue and Fremont Street.
 



(Seattle, WA)  --  Oregon is getting another extension to comply with the federal REAL ID act.  The federal government is now giving both Oregon and Washington State until October 2020 to comply.  Both states have previously been given an extension until October of this year.  The move means residents can continue to use their state-issued ID cards for domestic air travel through October 2020.



(Portland, OR)  --  The so-called Republican "Prince of Darkness" is coming to Oregon.  Longtime GOP operative Roger Stone will speak at the Dorchester Conference in Salem in March.  The Dorchester Conference is a gathering of conservative leaders in Oregon.  Stone began his political career in former President Nixon's White House.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Klamath Falls man is pleading guilty to manslaughter for the shooting death of a man in 2016.  Daryl Dean Hatchard pleaded guilty late last week to first-degree manslaughter and unlawful use of a weapon for the death of 22-year-old Kameron Kevin Stewart.  Hatchard is accused of shooting Stewart with a handgun inside his home in the 3600 block of Cannon Avenue.  Hatchard was about ten days away from standing trial for the death when he pleaded guilty.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing more than half a dozen charges for allegedly attacking a woman outside a downtown yoga studio.  Jerry Dessources was indicted on seven charges yesterday.  He's accused of breaking into the Fuel Yoga studio at Southwest 2nd Avenue and Taylor Street January 4th and later attacking a woman outside the studio.  He's charged with attempted rape, strangulation, and kidnapping, among other charges.



(Portland, OR)  --  A new gay dance club is going up in the former Embers space.  Willamette Week reports the new owner TJ Bruce plans to open a new club called Badlands sometime this summer.  Embers was one of Portland's longest running gay bars until it closed unexpectedly last month.



(Portland, OR)  --  Hood River County is one step closer to issuing local ID cards.  The county board of commissioners is considering the move after hearing more about the proposed program last night.  The City of Hood River voted in favor of issuing the ID cards last week.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is behind bars following an hours-long standoff at an apartment complex in North Portland.  Police say the man barricaded himself inside the apartment in the 89-hundred block of North Columbia Boulevard yesterday after the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force came looking for him.  Police asked residents in the complex to shelter in place during the three-hour-long standoff.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a second suspect in connection to a Christmas Eve burglary and arson in Clark County.  Police arrested Daniel Cronin early this morning for the incident at a home in Hockinson.  Police say Cronin and Josh Roland broke into the home and stole thousands of dollars worth of electronics before setting the house on fire.  Police arrested Roland earlier this month.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A school teacher is facing charges for allegedly biting her young son on the arm.  Melissa Braun was arraigned late last week on charges of first-degree criminal mistreatment and fourth-degree assault.  Braun allegedly told police she bit the child because he was "not listening to her."  Police say someone called the Department of Human Services after seeing the bite marks and becoming concerned.



(Portland, OR)  --  "Star Trek: Discovery" appears to be a hit among Oregon residents.  New data from Netflix shows Oregonians are streaming the new sci-fi show more than any other show on Netflix.  HighSpeedInternet.com used Google Trends to put together a list of the most-streamed shows on Netflix in each state.  Last year's top show for Oregon was "Portlandia."



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking for two men in connection to the armed robbery of a convenience store in the Cully neighborhood.  Police say the men entered the Minit Man Market at 4339 Northeast Killingsworth Street last night and displayed a gun.  The two then demanded money and fled.  Anyone with information is urged to call police.



(Washington, DC)  --  Representative Earl Blumenauer is among a growing list of lawmakers planning to boycott President Trump's State of the Union address.  Blumenauer is joining Representatives John Lewis of Georgia, Frederica Wilson of Florida, Maxine Waters of California and Pramila Jayapal of Washington in skipping the January 30th speech.  Jayapal joined the boycott yesterday, citing "racism and hatred" coming out of the White House.  The boycott follows recently reported remarks by the President in which he allegedly used an expletive to describe Haiti and countries in Africa.
 



(Boston, MA)  --  An Alaska Airlines plane is damaged after it collided with a de-icing truck on its way from Boston to Portland.  The plane was preparing for flight at Logan International Airport in Boston last night when it hit the truck.  The plane returned to the boarding gate and passengers were booked onto other flights.  The plane sustained minor wing damage during the mishap.



(Boring, OR)  --  Hundreds of people were left without power last night after a car crashed into a power pole.  The crash happened off Kelso Road in Boring.  PGE says hundreds of customers were affected.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police in Beaverton are searching for a hit-and-run driver involved in a single-car crash.  Police say the driver crashed into a light pole last night at Southwest Murray Boulevard and Southwest Butner Road.  The driver then allegedly fled on foot.  No injuries were reported.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into the shooting death of a man in Newberg.  Police responded to the area of East Second and Main Streets Friday night on reports of gunfire and found 20-year-old Jack Alan Burnell dead from apparent gunshot wounds.  Burnell had reportedly just moved to Newberg from La Grande about a year ago.  Police are still searching for a suspect.



(Portland, OR)  --  Three people are injured after a crash that sent a semi truck flying into the Columbia River.  The crash happened yesterday just east of the Corbett View Point on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge.  Police say the semi truck driver was preparing to change lanes when she crashed into a parked Chevy Tahoe, sending her truck down an embankment into the river.  The truck driver and two people inside the Tahoe were all taken to a hospital for non-life threatening injuries.



(Portland, OR)  --  The City of Portland is considering whether to lower the speed limit on residential streets.  City Council members will look at a proposal this week lowering the speed limit from 25 miles per hour to 20 miles per hour.  The proposal is part of a campaign called Vision Zero, which aims to eliminate traffic-related deaths in Portland.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect accused of stabbing two teenage boys in Laurelhurst Park.  The man allegedly stabbed the teens on the patio of the bathrooms on the north side of the park Saturday night.  The teens are in serious condition but are expected to recover.  Police don't believe the stabbing was gang-related.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Hillsboro man is facing several charges after allegedly trying to stab multiple people at a bar in Aloha.  Police responded to Club Underground at 18641 Southwest TV Highway early yesterday morning on reports of a man swinging a knife at people.  Arriving officers found suspect Jonathan Lemarroy on the floor struggling with security staff.  Investigators say Lemarroy became agitated after another man accidentally bumped into him while entering the bathroom.



(Seattle, WA)  --  Amazon is expanding in Portland.  GeekWire reports the online retail giant's software company AWS Elemental is set to sign a lease taking over several floors of the Broadway Tower in downtown Portland.  Construction on the Broadway Tower is expected to be completed later this fall.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  The search continues for a National Guardsman reported missing in Southeast Portland.  Marty Nance has been missing since last January 6th, when he failed to show up for weekend duties at the Portland Air Base.  Family and friends say his disappearance is out of character.  An hours-long search of the Sellwood area yesterday failed to turn up any leads.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Springfield man is facing a murder charge in connection to a deadly shooting at an apartment.  Police say 23-year-old Jordan Ledbetter shot and killed a man inside the apartment on West Centennial Boulevard Saturday night.  Two other people were injured in the shooting.  An investigation is ongoing.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Gresham man is facing a manslaughter charge following a deadly crash in Clackamas County.  Police arrested 54-year-old Robert Walsh Saturday night for the death of a 71-year-old motorcyclist.  Police believe Walsh was intoxicated when he crashed into the motorcyclist on US 26 near milepost 47.  The motorcyclist's passenger was hospitalized for serious injuries.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting outside a bar at North Mississippi Avenue and North Shaver Street.  Police say someone called 9-1-1 early yesterday morning after hearing gunfire during an argument involving about 50 people.  Police say the fight broke out inside the 1905 Club at 830 North Shaver Street.  The group was reportedly escorted outside the bar, where the fight continued until police arrived.  No injuries were reported.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking into a deadly auto-pedestrian crash in Damascus.  Police say 28-year-old Jami Lee Dasher was walking in the eastbound lane of Highway 212 yesterday afternoon when a driver crashed into her.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police are searching for the owner of an urn containing cremated human remains after it turned up at a Vancouver Goodwill.  Vancouver police released a photo of the box, which bears the name "Michelle Miller."  Police think the urn and its contents were likely donated accidentally.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  No injuries are reported following a fire at a worksite in Vancouver.  Firefighters responded to the Pacific Rock Projects quarry last night.  Fire officials say the blaze damaged a mobile trailer that was serving as an office space at the site.  An investigation is ongoing into the cause of the fire.



(Portland, OR)  --  A two-year-old boy remains hospitalized after being mauled by a pit bull in Medford.  Jeremiah Frohlich underwent a 16-hours-long surgery this week to reattach parts of his scalp.  He also suffered a broken arm in the attack, which happened December 27th near his home.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a National Guardsman reported missing in Southeast Portland.  Marty Nance has been missing since last Saturday, when he failed to show up for weekend duties at the Portland Air Base.  Family and friends say they found his rental car in the Sellwood neighborhood with his cell phone still in it.  Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to call the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is fighting for his life after crashing his car on Interstate 84.  The crash happened early this morning near Exit 9.  Police say officers arrived to find community members performing CPR on the man.  He was taken to a hospital with serious life-threatening injuries.  An investigation into the crash is ongoing.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Former U.S. figure skating champion and Portland native Tonya Harding now says she knew her ex-husband was involved in the attack on skating rival Nancy Kerrigan.  In an interview that aired last night on ABC, Harding said shortly after the 1994 U.S. figure skating championships, which she won, she figured out that her ex-husband Jeff Gillooley and the others had likely been behind the attack.  She said she'd overhead Gillooley and a friend talking before the championships about taking someone out so Harding would be sure to make the Olympic team.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Sentencing is scheduled for next month for a former Astoria High School wrestling coach found guilty of sexual abuse.  A jury found 42-year-old Gary Salvador Medina guilty of first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree sexual penetration this week.  Prosecutors say he sexually abused two underage girls in 2005.



(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are confirming two children have died from the flu within the past month in Oregon.  The Oregon Health Authority tells KATU a child under five-years-old died from the flu within the last several weeks.  The second death was a child younger than ten-years-old.  Officials are urging people to take precautions and get a flu shot if you haven't already.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is underway into the death of an inmate at Oregon State Penitentiary.  Jail staff say 65-year-old John McCartney was found unresponsive inside his cell Tuesday morning.  Authorities say they believe he died of natural causes.  McCartney was serving time for four counts of first-degree sodomy in Washington County.  He was scheduled for potential release in early April.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A Milwaukie man is facing charges after allegedly leading police on a chase in a stolen car.  Police arrested Robert Joseph Young yesterday afternoon in Oregon City.  Police say the chase began when they tried to pull Young over for running a red light.  Young allegedly struck an Oregon City police car during the chase, but no injuries were reported.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Washington County school district is assuring the public that it's not replacing the American flag with LGBTQ pride flags in its classrooms.  Banks School District Superintendent Jeff Leo issued a news release earlier this week after rumors emerged concerning the rainbow flags some teachers have chosen to hang in their classrooms.  The rumors were prompted by a parent who appeared on a radio show and falsely claimed that an American flag had been replaced by a gay pride flag in a classroom.  Leo says some teachers hang the flags to show support for their LGBTQ students.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect in connection to the shooting death of a man in Southeast Portland.  Police say the suspect shot 33-year-old Kacey Adam Platt in late November.  Police found Platt inside a crashed SUV near the intersection of Southeast Stark Street and 157th Avenue.  Crime Stoppers is offering a 25-hundred-dollar reward for information leading to an arrest.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is under way after a two-year-old girl pricked her finger on a dirty needle on a MAX train.  Elizabeth and Brian Higby tell KATU-2 they were riding the MAX Green Line from Clackamas Town Center to Gateway Transit Center Tuesday when it happened.  Elizabeth says their daughter was sitting on her lap when she reached behind her and was pricked by an empty syringe tucked into a crevice between the seat and the shelf behind it.  Transit police are reviewing surveillance footage to find out who left the needle there.
 



(Salem, OR)  --  State lawmakers are focusing on combating climate change with the introduction of two new bills.  The "cap and invest" bills introduced yesterday aim to cut greenhouse gas emissions and require the biggest offenders to buy allowances for what they emit.  The funds raised would be earmarked for investment in areas hit hardest by global warming.  It's complicated legislation, and opponents say the short 2018 session doesn't allow time to fully examine how it works and its effects.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police are searching for a hit-and-run suspect accused of running over a Fred Meyer employee in Vancouver.  The crash happened last Friday at a Fred Meyer gas station on Northeast Highway 99.  Police say the suspect struck and ran over a woman and then drove off without checking on her.  The woman suffered minor injuries.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A teenage boy remains hospitalized in an intensive care unit after being pulled out of a burning apartment in Southeast Portland.  Family members tell KATU the 15-year-old is hooked up to a ventilator and that he didn't respond well to treatment overnight Monday.  Firefighters responded to the apartment building near Southeast 82nd Avenue and Main Street Monday night for a second-alarm fire.  Fire crews found the teen unconscious inside the building and carried him out.  An investigation is ongoing into the cause of the fire.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a man shot to death in a Northeast Portland park.  Police say 25-year-old Cody Oller of Portland was shot and killed Monday night.  Police found his body in Fernhill Park after being called to the area on reports of gunfire.  Police are still looking for a suspect.



(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are being reported after a car theft suspect allegedly shot at a deputy.  Police responded to the Shari's restaurant in the Oregon City Shopping Center last night after an officer found the stolen car there.  Arriving officers and deputies say the suspect got out of the car and ran, prompting a foot chase in which the suspect allegedly fired two shots.  One of the bullets hit a deputy patrol car.  Police have arrested the suspect.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Beaverton Naval recruiter is accused of sexually abusing an underage student.  Police arrested 27-year-old Sean William Kelly Monday on charges of luring a minor, second-degree sexual abuse, sexual delinquency of a minor and two counts of third-degree sexual abuse.  Police say Kelly met his victim while working at the North Clackamas School District as a Naval recruiter.  He's accused of abusing her in June.  Police believe there may be other victims.



(Monroe, LA)  --  A triple-murder suspect linked to the Mother's Day shooting of three people in Louisiana is behind bars in Portland.  Police arrested 33-year-old Deaundrey Cole in Portland over the weekend.  He was being sought on three counts of second-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Deborah Collins, Florica Green and Davis Jones on Mother's Day last May.  Authorities say the gunfire erupted after Jones allegedly stole drugs and money from Cole.



(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are warning the public about a case of whooping cough at a Gresham high school.  The Multnomah County Health Department says the case was reported last week at Sam Barlow High School.  Health officials say anyone experiencing a violent cough lasting more than a few days should get tested.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect accused of crashing into several police cars.  Police responded to a business in the 39-hundred block of Southeast Powell Boulevard yesterday on reports of two people passed out inside a car.  Arriving officers who approached the car say the driver woke up and immediately tried to drive away, crashing into multiple police vehicles.  No injuries were reported.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  A Vancouver woman is expressing gratitude for the return of a cancer memorial that was stolen from her front yard.  Teresa Marble of Vancouver tells KATU-2 an acquaintance found the colorfully painted rock about half a mile from her home and returned it to her on Monday.  Marble says the acquaintance found it sitting upside down at a construction site.  The memorial rock was stolen just before Thanksgiving.  Marble says she keeps the rock as a tribute to friends she has lost to cancer.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of robbing a convenience store at gunpoint.  Police say the man entered the Checkers Market at 9122 Southeast Flavel Street last night and flashed a gun before demanding money.  He then allegedly fired the gun and fled the scene.  No injuries were reported.



(Portland, OR)  --  A teenage boy is battling life-threatening injuries after being pulled out of a burning apartment in Southeast Portland.  Firefighters responded to the apartment building near Southeast 82nd Avenue and Main Street last night for a second-alarm fire.  Fire crews found a teenage boy unconscious inside the building and carried him out.  An investigation is ongoing into the cause of the fire.



(Portland, OR)  --  A homicide investigation is underway into the shooting death of a man in Fernhill Park.  Police responded to the park at 6010 Northeast 37th Avenue last night on reports of gunfire and found one man dead at the scene.  Police are still searching for suspects.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police in Gresham are searching for a teenage girl who has been missing for several days.  Police say 16-year-old Harmony Martz disappeared after running away from home last Friday.  She was last seen with a non-custodial parent in Gresham.  Police say she suffers from mental health issues and is currently without her necessary medications.



(Portland, OR)  --  Half a dozen people are behind bars in connection to what police are calling the most expensive burglary in Columbia County history.  Police arrested six people last week for the burglary last month in Rainier.  Police say the suspects stole between 25- and 35-thousand dollars worth of memorabilia and collectibles from a South Beach man's retirement home in Rainier.  Burglary victim Terry Wylie tells KATU he's been building the collection since he was eight-years-old.  Some of the stolen items included vintage records, comic books and Beatles collectibles.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking for suspects in connection with the theft of two large lion statues from a miniature golf course.  Police say someone entered Portland resident Donna Pluta's free house-side mini golf course over the weekend and swiped the golden figures.  Pluta tells KATU she and her husband set up the free golf course in their side yard a few years ago to provide entertainment for their neighbors.  Anyone with information on the lions' whereabouts is urged to contact police.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A celebrated Portland architect responsible for some of the city's most iconic buildings is dead.  Robert Frasca died last week after a battle with leukemia.  He was 84.  Frasca designed several Portland structures including the Portland International Airport, OMSI, the Tom McCall Waterfront Park and the Oregon Convention Center.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Vancouver's first-ever female mayor is stepping into office.  Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle starts her first full day in the position today after being sworn in last night.  McEnerny-Ogle previously served on the Vancouver City Council for five years.
 



(Salem, OR)  --  A couple of people are displaced following a grease fire at a home in Salem.  Firefighters responded to the apartment on Hollywood Drive Northeast Saturday night.  Investigators say the blaze started in the kitchen.  The American Red Cross is assisting the two residents displaced.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  One man is facing DUII charges after allegedly crashing into another vehicle and a tree.  Police say Jose Valdovinos was driving north on the Old Bend-Redmond Highway north of Bend Friday night when he crashed into another vehicle containing three people.  Police say his car then spun around and crashed into a tree off the roadway.  Valdovinos was hospitalized for serious injuries and was later arrested on several charges including DUII and Reckless Driving.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  A Washington State-based nonprofit is helping provide hot showers to the homeless.  The group Food and Friends set up some showers yesterday at Living Hope Church in Vancouver for its "Shower Outreach Program."  The event was the first of what the group hopes will be many shower outreaches throughout the area.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect accused of robbing a tavern at gunpoint.  Police responded to the Lucky House Lounge at 5905 Northeast Halsey Street Saturday afternoon on reports of an armed robbery.  Investigators say the suspect displayed a handgun and demanded money from patrons before fleeing the scene.  Police say he took a wallet from at least one of the patrons.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting in Gresham.  Police say one man was shot in the leg and arm Saturday afternoon at Southeast Yamhill and 192nd in Gresham.  Police are searching for three suspects.  Investigators say the suspects left the scene in a black sedan.



(Portland, OR)  --  Fire officials are crediting a building's sprinkler system with dousing a commercial fire in Southeast Portland.  Firefighters responded to the Precision Castparts building at Southeast Harney and Johnson Creek Boulevard yesterday morning.  Fire officials say the blaze was sparked by a broken steam pipe that created an electrical hazard.



(Portland, OR)  --  Transportation authorities are shutting down a portion of Southeast 20th Avenue for about a month starting today due to a sewer construction project.  Crews are closing down the avenue between East Burnside and Southeast Stark Street for up to 30 days.  No cars or bikes will be allowed on the road, but the sidewalk will remain open to pedestrians.



(Portland, OR)  --  Two teenagers are facing attempted murder charges for allegedly shooting another teen while stealing marijuana from him.  Police arrested the two 15-year-olds Saturday night on charges of attempted murder, first-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, burglary one and robbery one.  Police say the two entered the home of a 16-year-old and a 19-year-old Saturday and stole marijuana before shooting the 16-year-old.  The victim remains hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested one suspect and are still searching for a second in connection to an arson and burglary on Christmas Eve.  Police arrested one of the suspects early this morning at a hotel near Portland International Airport.  The two suspects are accused of breaking into a family's home on Northeast 119th Street in Bush Prairie, Washington Sunday and stealing several items before setting the home on fire.



(Portland, OR)  --  A wanted man is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound following an hours-long police standoff at a home in Keizer.  Police say the 65-year-old man was armed with a gun when he entered an apartment near River Road and Sandy Drive last night and refused to come out.  Police finally obtained a search warrant early this morning and entered the apartment to find the man dead.  Police say he had two felony caution warrants out for his arrest and had been convicted of murder in the past.



(Portland, OR)  --  Residents in some of the state's rural communities are being allowed to pump their own gas for the first time in 65 years.  A new law says people can fill their own tank in counties with fewer than 40-thousand residents.  Some Oregon residents posted on a TV station's Facebook page that they don't like the idea of pumping their own gas.  They said they don't want to smell like gas, they fear transients, or feel that it's best left to qualified people.
 



(Washington, DC)  --  The White House is being pressed about new moves against marijuana.  In a briefing yesterday, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said President Trump believes in enforcing the law.  Marijuana use is illegal under federal law.  The Justice Department will rescind a policy that eased enforcement of federal marijuana laws.  In 2016, Trump said the marijuana issue should be left up to individual states.



(Washington, DC)  --  Attorney General Jeff Sessions is defending new moves against marijuana.  The Justice Department will rescind a policy that eased enforcement of federal marijuana laws.  The Obama-era policy focused on states where marijuana has been legalized or decriminalized.  In a statement, Sessions said it is time to "return to the rule of law."  Marijuana use is illegal under federal law.  Sessions believes marijuana is a dangerous gateway drug.
 



(Los Angeles, CA)  --  Governor Kate Brown is blasting President Trump's extension of oil drilling.  Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke yesterday proposed five-year leases for exploration of off-shore oil reserves in many areas which have been closed to drilling since the mid-1980s.  Brown was quick to condemn the plan, issuing a joint statement with California Governor Jerry Brown and Washington Governor Jay Inslee.  The statement calls the idea a reckless threat to the coastal environment.



(Tigard, OR)  --  Police are looking for a man accused of trying to lure a child into his van.  Police say the child was walking home from Mary Woodward Elementary School in Tigard Wednesday when a stranger in a white van pulled up alongside.  The suspect allegedly offered the child toys and a ride home.  Police say the child was not harmed.



(Portland, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown says Oregon won't back down on legal marijuana following a federal move to ramp up enforcement against the drug.  Brown held a press conference yesterday to address the announcement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  Sessions announced yesterday that the Justice Department will rescind an Obama-era policy that eased enforcement of federal marijuana laws, known as the Cole Memorandum.  Brown says Oregon will continue to move forward with implementing the Cole Memorandum.  She adds that she has reached out to the state attorney general and that they are reviewing all legal options.



(Portland, OR)  --  One man is facing possible charges after allegedly threatening people with a screwdriver at a Portland apartment complex.  Police responded to the Pearl Court Apartments last night on reports of a man swinging the screwdriver around and threatening residents.  Arriving officers say the suspect took off when he saw them, prompting police to ask residents to shelter in place while they tracked him down.  Police arrested the man shortly after midnight.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say an armed man's outburst over a parking spot forced them to put a couple schools on lockdown.  Police responded to a parking lot across the street from Milwaukie High School and Milwaukie Elementary School yesterday on reports of a man with a gun yelling at people.  Arriving officers say they found 42-year-old Joshua Robert Pegg making personal threats toward people during a dispute over parking.  Police arrested him for disorderly conduct and menacing.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges for allegedly burglarizing a senior care center.  Police say 65-year-old Robert Bilbruck of Salem entered the Mount Angel Senior Center in November and stole cash and several items.  Bilbruck is already behind bars on separate charges for similar crimes in Marion County.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into the shooting death of an armed robbery suspect at a Southeast Portland U-Haul store.  Police say the suspect entered the U-Haul at 4831 Southeast Powell Boulevard last night with a gun and demanded money.  An employee at the store also had a gun and shot the suspect, killing him.  Police say no arrests have been made.



(Portland, OR)  --  Search crews are combing the Oregon coast for a Nevada man who was swept out to sea by a wave.  It happened yesterday morning near the Indian Sands Trail.  Police say 21-year-old Christopher Kareck disappeared after a so-called "sneaker wave" swept him off some rocks.  Crews spent the day searching for him yesterday and are expected to take up the search again today.



(Portland, OR)  --  A homeless advocate is suing a Portland city commissioner over comments made on her private Facebook page.  Mimi German has filed a lawsuit against Commissioner Chloe Eudaly to gain access to the posts, which reportedly mention German's testimonies at city council public hearings.  German says she heard about the posts but is unable to see them because she's not on Eudaly's friends list.  German previously made a public records requests to see the friends-only posts, but the request was denied.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating a deadly auto-pedestrian hit-and-run crash in Sandy.  Police responded to Highway 26 near Southeast Vista Loop Drive Tuesday night to find a man dead.  Investigators believe the man was walking in the westbound lanes of the highway when he was struck.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Two people are hospitalized following a shooting in Vancouver.  Police responded to the 10400 block of Southeast 10th Street last night on reports of gunfire.  Arriving officers found two people with gunshot injuries.  One of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries, while the other victim suffered more minor wounds.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect accused of stealing an ATM from a deli in Gresham.  Police say the suspect broke into Patti's Deli on Burnside Street yesterday morning and tied a rope around the ATM.  Surveillance footage shows him then tie the rope to the back of a pickup truck and speed away.  Anyone with information is urged to call police.



(Portland, OR)  --  The search continues for a missing man at Sunset Falls Campground.  Police say 27-year-old Vadim Mukhin was drinking with friends at the campground Saturday night when he left to go find cellphone service.  Mukhin's friends say he never came back.  Investigators haven't been able to find a trackable signal on his cell phone since Saturday.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police in Clark County are working to reunite two stolen headstones with their owners.  The Clark County Sheriff's Office says someone discovered the headstones face-down on the ground near a dumpster at the Jaxson Court Apartments at 10-16 Northeast 86th Street in Vancouver.  A witness tells police the headstones have been there for at least six years, but nobody ever flipped them over to see what they were.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Hillsboro woman is dead after a head-on crash.  Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue says Kimberly Clowdus was driving north on Southwest River Road near Farmington Road yesterday afternoon when she crossed the yellow line to try to pass a car.  Clowdus crashed head-on into an SUV headed southbound.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.  The other driver suffered minor injuries.



(Portland, OR)  --  A 19-year-old man is hospitalized after being rescued from Big Whale Cove near Depoe Bay.  The Coast Guard says firefighters called them to the area yesterday afternoon after the man started suffering seizures.  A Coast Guard crew was able to land a helicopter nearby thanks to the low tide and medevac the man.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking for two men accused of robbing a store at gunpoint.  It happened last night at the Roll Your Own store on Southeast Division Street in Southeast Portland.  Police say the men were armed with handguns when they entered the store and demanded money.  No injuries were reported.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  A Vancouver man is injured after being struck by a car while walking toward oncoming traffic on I-5.  Police say the 45-year-old man was walking north in one of the southbound lanes when a driver struck him.  He was taken to a hospital and is facing a charge of unlawful use of a limited access highway.



(Portland, OR)  --  Dozens of California-bound air travelers are delayed after a rat snuck onto an Alaska Airlines flight.  The airline reports Flight 915 from Portland to Oakland was about to take off yesterday morning when a passenger saw a rat scamper from a jetway into the cabin.  Crewmembers deplaned all passengers and rescheduled their flights.  Alaska Airlines says the plane is being inspected by an exterminator.



(Portland, OR)  --  No serious injuries are being reported following a house fire in Woodburn just minutes before the new year.  Fire officials say the blaze ignited just four minutes before midnight on New Year's Eve at a home inhabited by squatters.  Investigators say one squatter was inside the home at the time of the fire, but escaped with minor burns.  An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  An investigation is ongoing into the shooting death of a man in Vancouver.  Police responded to the corner of Northeast 28th Street and Northeast 126th Avenue Saturday morning on reports of several gunshots.  Arriving officers found one man dead.  Police are still searching for a suspect.



(Portland, OR)  --  One woman is facing DUII charges after allegedly crashing into and killing a bicyclist in Bend.  Police say 41-year-old Shantel Witt was driving on Dobbs Road Saturday when she missed a curve in the road and crashed into Marika Stone.  Stone was pronounced dead at the scene.



(Portland, OR)  --  Friends and family are remembering the life of an Oregon man killed in October's shooting massacre at a concert in Las Vegas.  A small crowd gathered yesterday near Depoe Bay to remember Cameron Robinson on what would have been his 29th birthday.  Robinson was at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas with his boyfriend when a gunman opened fire on the crowd from a hotel room.  More than 50 people were killed and hundreds were injured in the attack.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a missing eight-year-old boy and his sister.  The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says Elijah Leach and his adult sister were last seen Monday afternoon at the Gresham Winco.  Elijah was last seen wearing a red and black jacket with black and grey sweatpants, and police say he suffers from asthma.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Friends and family are remembering the life of a missing Vancouver man found dead near Leverich Park.  A candlelight vigil was held over the weekend for 41-year-old James Rennells.  A search crew found his body last Wednesday after he'd been missing for more than four days.  Rennells leaves behind two daughters.  An investigation is ongoing into how he died.
 



(Salem, OR)  --  A woman is facing felony charges in court this week after allegedly giving cocaine to her two-year-old son.  Police arrested Kalin Swartz December 20th on charges of third degree assault and causing another person to ingest a controlled substance.  The boy's paternal grandmother says she noticed the child acting lethargic after Swartz returned him to her after a visit in September.  The boy is currently in his father's custody.  Swartz is due back in court Thursday.



(Spokane, WA)  --  The family of a Spokane woman is suing Alaska Airlines for her death after she fell down an escalator at Portland International Airport.  The family of 75-year-old Bernice Kekona filed a wrongful death lawsuit in King County Superior Court last week.  The suit claims 75-year-old Kekona died last autumn from a leg wound sustained when she fell down an escalator in her wheelchair at the Portland airport.  The family says they had requested gate-to-gate service for Kekona because she was wheelchair-bound, but agents left her alone and confused.  The family is also suing Alaska Airlines contractor Huntleigh USA, which is tasked with helping assist passengers in transit from gate to gate.


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