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(Portland, OR)  --  One man is hospitalized following an RV explosion in Southeast Portland.  Firefighters responded to the RV on Southeast Brooklyn Street yesterday evening.  Investigators believe the explosion was caused by a set of propane tanks inside the RV.  Fire officials say the man was badly burned but is expected to survive.  The RV was housing five people, all of whom are now displaced.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man accused of shooting a homeless man to death near Hawthorne Bridge is escaping charges.  Portland police announced yesterday that a grand jury has determined Joseph Vinci won't face criminal charges for the killing.  Authorities say there was likely a confrontation between the two men, but details have been hard to come by since the incident earlier this month.  The shooting was deemed justified by the grand jury.



(Portland, OR)  --  A 20-year-old man is facing a murder charge in connection to a deadly stabbing in Happy Valley.  Police arrested Robert Matthew Fountain on Monday night for the stabbing of 40-year-old Michael Lee Black at the Hawks Ridge Apartments near City Hall.  Police say Fountain was treated for minor injuries at a hospital before being booked into the Clackamas County Jail on one count of murder.  An investigation is ongoing.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Hillsboro man is facing more than a decade behind bars for pushing his girlfriend off a balcony.  A Washington County judge sentenced 27-year-old Jordan Adam Sutherland to just over eleven-and-a-half years in prison.  Police arrested Sutherland last September for the incident in August.  Sutherland's girlfriend suffered a fractured spine and a large cut to her head in the fall.  Sutherland claims he was trying to save the woman from killing herself.



(Portland, OR)  --  A 22-year-old man is facing charges in connection to threats of violence against Oregon State University.  Police arrested Christopher Adam Strahan yesterday outside a home in Corvallis.  He's accused of making several violent threats to the OSU community on Twitter.  Police say there's no threat to the public.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Montana man charged with conspiracy to impede federal employees in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation will spend another year in jail.  Ryan Payne was sentenced to three years in prison in a Portland courtroom yesterday but a judge gave him credit for the two years he has already served.  Federal prosecutors accused Payne of being one of the leaders of the occupation in early 2016.  Payne will also pay ten-thousand-dollars in restitution in the case.



(Portland, OR)  --  One person is injured following a crash with a TriMet bus in Beaverton.  Police say the bus collided with a box van last night near Lombard and Farmington Roads.  One person was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive.  An investigation into the crash is ongoing.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Tigard Police Department is praising a Good Samaritan who jumped in to help an officer who was struggling with a suspect.  Police say the officer was responding to reports of a man causing concern at the Tigard Public Library when the man started to fight with him.  That's when the citizen reportedly jumped in, helping the officer get control of the suspect and even injuring himself in the process.  The Tigard Police Department released a statement thanking the citizen, saying his action "exuded courage and genuine concern."



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is underway into a deadly stabbing in Happy Valley.  Police say a man was stabbed to death last night at the Hawks Ridge Apartments on Southeast 162nd Avenue near City Hall.  Police say there doesn't appear to be any danger to the public.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police are searching for suspects in connection to a string of tire slashings in the Vancouver area.  Police say they received dozens of reports Sunday of slashed tires.  The first report came from a witness who saw three men slashing tires in the parking lot of the Parkside Lofts early Sunday morning.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.



(Camas, WA)  --  A southern Washington teen is facing charges for allegedly making threats against his school.  Police arrested the 15-year-old Camas High School student Saturday on a charge of felony harassment.  Police say the teen made threats to other students on the social media platform Snapchat.  Students reported the threat on Friday.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Vancouver man is facing a charge of domestic violence felony harassment after allegedly threatening to stab his girlfriend to death.  Police arrested Veniamin Inokentyevich Zimin yesterday following a brief standoff at a home on Northeast 69th Street.  Police responded to the home after his girlfriend called 9-1-1 saying he was threatening to kill her and that she was hiding in a bedroom.



(Portland, OR)  --  One man is facing several charges after allegedly being caught prowling cars in Northwest Portland.  Police say they arrested 25-year-old Steven Jones yesterday after seeing him trying to open car doors near the intersection of Northwest 24th Avenue and Wilson Street.  Police say they also found a handgun in his pocket, along with a knife, some meth and more than a pound of marijuana.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  The leader of the controversial Washington-based conservative group Patriot Prayer is running for U.S. Senate.  Joey Gibson of Vancouver made the announcement Sunday in a live broadcast on Patriot Prayer's Facebook page.  Gibson says he'll be running to unseat Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell in the November election.



(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are being reported following a school bus crash in Vancouver.  Police say no students were on board yesterday when the bus hit a manhole and crashed into a curb near 88th Street and 94th Avenue.  An investigation is ongoing.



(Portland, OR)  --  The University of Oregon is temporarily banning student-teacher relationships.  KATU reports the school has approved a six-month policy forbidding unprofessional relationships between students and faculty.  University officials say the policy is aimed at preventing abuse of power and conflicts of interest.  The university says they're encouraging students and staff to come forward with their opinions on the policy during the six-month trial period.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A group of kayakers is recovering after falling into the Columbia River.  The Coast Guard says the four kayakers were paddling near Rooster Rock State Park yesterday when three of them fell into the water.  Rescue crews found and rescued the three just east of Sand Island.  One kayaker was taken to a hospital for hypothermia.  Authorities say all four of the kayakers were wearing dry suits.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A woman is injured after being hit by a hit-and-run driver in Vancouver.  Police say Amanda Yocham was in the crosswalk at Northeast 112th Avenue and 49th Street last week when a driver ran a red light and crashed into her.  The driver allegedly kept going after hitting Yocham, who suffered a broken arm in the crash.



(Portland, OR)  --  A suspected DUI driver is dead after crashing his car following a brief police chase.  Gladstone police reported to Meldrum Bar Park last night on reports of a man driving drunk and trying to pull other cars over.  Police say officers pulled the man over on McLoughlin Boulevard, prompting him to speed away, eventually crashing off River Road.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a fire that forced diners from a restaurant in Northeast Portland.  Firefighters responded to the Ox Restaurant on Northeast MLK Jr. Boulevard Saturday night.  Fire officials say the blaze appears to have started inside the restaurant's ventilation system.  No injuries were reported.



(Longview, WA)  --  A well-known lawyer from southern Washington is dead following what friends are calling a "freak accident" on the ski slopes.  Friends and family tell KATU Patrick Kubin of Longview died late last week in a skiing accident at Mount Hood Meadows.  Kubin was reportedly skiing with friends when he was thrown from his bindings and fell down a hole in the snow.  A memorial is scheduled for Saturday at the Montecello Hotel in Longview.



(Portland, OR)  --  The National Park Service is accepting public comment on a proposal to raise entrance fees at Crater Lake National Park.  Park officials want to raise the price of a single-vehicle seven-day pass from 15 dollars to 25 dollars.  The price of the park's annual pass would also rise, from 30 dollars to 50 dollars.  And motorcycles entrance fees would rise from ten dollars per person and per bike to 12 dollars per person and 20 dollars per bike.  Public comments are being accepted through March 25th.



(Portland, OR)  --  A United Airlines flight made an emergency landing in Portland over the weekend after popping a tire on takoff.  The Port of Portland says Flight 1551 from Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey landed at Portland International Airport around 10:30 last night.  Officials say emergency responders were standing by on the tarmac to assist with the landing if necessary.  No injuries were reported.  An investigation is ongoing.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are being reported after a deputy crashed into another car amid icy conditions in Deschutes County.  Police say the deputy was driving near Deschutes Market and Hamehook Roads Saturday when he tried and failed to stop at a stop sign on an icy road.  The deputy's car slid through the intersection and into another vehicle.



(Portland, OR)  --  Two men are facing charges in connection to an armed robbery at a bar in Northeast Portland.  Police arrested Sergio Nathaniel Hill and Eric Ramone Metcalfe on Wednesday night.  Police say Hill robbed Rounder's Bar on Northeast Halsey Street at gunpoint earlier that night and then escaped in a car being driven by Metcalfe.



(Undated)  --  Actor Ryan Reynolds is branching out into the liquor business with his purchase of a Portland-based gin company.  The "Deadpool" star made a humorous announcement via Twitter yesterday, saying "in the long and in no way disastrous marriage of showbiz and alcohol, so happy to announce I'm the proud owner of a gin company."  That gin company is Aviation Gin, which is based out of Portland.  The liquor company says Reynolds will play an active role in its day-to-day business.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man caught on camera slashing tires in Oak Grove.  Police say surveillance footage shows the man slashing tires on three cars at an Oak Grove home yesterday morning.  Resident Don Smith tells KATU it's not the first time someone has slashed his tires and that similar crimes at his home have been escalating for a couple of months.



(Portland, OR)  --  A delivery driver is dead after becoming pinned by her own car while applying salt to an icy road in Astoria.  Police say Debra Kay Burnett was trying to drive up a hill on 12th Street near Kensington yesterday morning, but the car was sliding due to ice.  When she got out of her car to salt the road, her car rolled on top of her and pinned her to the ground.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police in Gresham are hosting an Active Shooter Education and Response workshop tonight.  The Gresham Police Department says they want to show people how to prepare, prevent and react to an active shooter scenario.  The workshop is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. at the Grace Community Church on Southeast Hogan Road.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is under way into the disappearance of a 24-year-old Bend woman.  Police say Sara Gomez disappeared Tuesday.  Police have named her 31-year-old boyfriend Brian Penner as a suspect in her disappearance after searching his home yesterday.  Police say Gomez had an active restraining order out against Penner.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Corvallis teenager who reported receiving a threat on social media is now facing charges of fabricating that threat.  This, after police say they determined the 14-year-old girl sent out the threat herself.  Police arrested the girl yesterday after reporting to Linus Pauling Middle School to investigate the threat.  She's charged with initiating a false report and disorderly conduct.



(Copiague, NY)  --  If you've dreamed of seeing Portland native Tonya Harding reunite with Nancy Kerrigan, you can catch both names in Copiague, Long Island.  The rival figure skaters are joined in street signs at the corner of Harding and Kerrigan roads.  A local historian says it's a municipal coincidence of Olympic proportions.  Marcy Cascone says both streets were named in 1925, way before the 1994 knee-capping attack on Kerrigan.  Harding Road was likely named for President Warren G. Harding but Cascone isn't sure about Kerrigan Road.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for two men accused of robbing a market in Vancouver.  Police say the men entered the Bus Stop Market on Main Street with a weapon last night and demanded money.  The suspects then fled on foot.  No injuries were reported.



(Portland, OR)  --  No serious injuries are being reported after a chain-reaction crash sent a car flying into a Beaverton home's front porch.  Police say the crash happened yesterday morning after someone ran a red light near Baseline and 205th Avenue.  One driver suffered minor injuries.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland teenager is recovering from a severe concussion after a spontaneous snowball fight with strangers turned violent.  Police say 16-year-old Julian Calderon was walking near Northwest 23rd Avenue with a friend Tuesday when a family picked a snowball fight with them.  Calderon tells KATU the innocent fun turned scary when a man from the family picked him up and threw him on his head, knocking him out and causing him to suffer a seizure.  The family allegedly fled the scene.



(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon's high school students are lagging behind the national average in advanced placement tests.  The College Board announced yesterday that 18-percent of Oregon's 2017 graduates got a three or better on the five-point grading scale.  Nationally, the figure is 23-percent.  Most colleges reportedly give credits to students who get at least a three on the exams, including the University of Oregon and Oregon State University.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  The city of Portland is looking into legal action against opioid companies.  City councilors voted unanimously yesterday to allow the City Attorney to file a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors.  Mayor Ted Wheeler says the lawsuit could help Portland recoup some of the money lost in the ongoing fight against the opioid crisis.



(Portland, OR)  --  Several schools are closed for the third day today following more snowfall overnight.  More than a dozen school districts in Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington have cancelled classes for the day.  That includes the Colton School District, the Estacada School District, the Molalla River School District, the Reynolds School District and the North Clackamas School District.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Voodoo Doughnut is paying tribute to a well-known local musician.  The bakeshop has added punk legend Toody Cole to their stained glass window.  Cole is best-known for co-founding the punk group Dead Moon.



(Portland, OR)  --  Wells Fargo is increasing their reward for information on a bank robber dubbed the "Froggy Robber."  The bank announced yesterday they're now offering up to ten-thousand dollars for information that leads to a conviction.  Police say the suspect has robbed branches in Vancouver, Raleigh Hills and Wilsonville within the last couple months.  The Oregon FBI is calling him the "Froggy Robber" due to his penchant for leaping over the bank counter to grab cash.
 



Portland, Beaverton Schools Closed Due To Snow(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Public Schools are closed today due to snow.  District officials say all Portland school buildings will be closed today, and child care and after-school activities are cancelled as well.  The Beaverton School District has also cancelled classes for the day.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A Coast Guard civilian employee is under investigation on allegations of rape just north of Portland.  Police arrested 56-year-old Jonathan Sall of Poulsbo Saturday on charges of second-degree rape.  The rape is alleged to have happened in Clark County while Sall was working for the Coast Guard Investigative Service as the special agent in charge of the Northwest region.  He's being held on 20-thousand dollars bail.



(Salem, OR)  --  Court documents are shedding new light on the deadly shooting of a teenage boy in Salem.  Prosecutors say 36-year-old Pedro Segura shot and killed 17-year-old Alfredo "Junior" Hernandez last month during an argument over graffiti between two gangs.  Police arrested Segura February 8th for the shooting on January 22nd at the Columbia Village apartments on Fisher Road Northeast.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a fire at a North Portland auto body shop.  Firefighters responded to the shop on North Rosa Parks Way last night.  Fire officials say all workers were able to get out safely.



(Portland, OR)  --  An Oregon Department of Transportation worker is hurt following a series of crashes on Highway 26.  Police say the worker was injured after someone crashed their car into their incident response truck.  Police say snow and icy conditions led to multiple crashes last night just west of the Vista Ridge Tunnel near Washington Park.  Westbound lanes were blocked after a TriMet bus crashed, while a two-car crash shut down all but one of the eastbound lanes.



(Portland, OR)  --  A TriMet bus driver is facing charges for allegedly drinking on the job.  Gresham police arrested 55-year-old Lamont Biggs just after midnight yesterday on DUII charges.  Police say an officer pulled Biggs over after seeing him speeding in his number 20 TriMet bus on Southeast Stark Street.  Only one passenger was on the bus at the time of the arrest.



(Portland, OR)  --  City officials are reminding drivers not to abandon their cars in the snow.  The city issued a warning yesterday, saying drivers who leave their cars on the side of the road could be ticketed or towed.  City officials say doing so can block the passage of snow plows and emergency responders.



(Portland, OR)  --  TriMet is cancelling a few bus lines today following last night's snowfall.  TriMet says they're cancelling lines 18, 63 and 156 due to unsafe road conditions.  TriMet says more cancellations could follow depending on the weather.



(Portland, OR)  --  A former Astoria High School wrestling coach is facing nearly a decade behind bars for sexual abuse.  A judge sentenced 42-year-old Gary Salvador Medina yesterday to 106 months in prison for first-degree unlawful sexual penetration, sex abuse one and rape three.  Medina was found guilty of having sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl and a 17-year-old girl in 2005.  One of the victims was a student at Astoria High School.



(Salem, OR)  --  A Salem man is facing a murder charge in the shooting death of a high school student.  The "Statesman Journal" reports that Pedro Segura was indicted last week by a Marion County grand jury.  The McKay High School student was shot in the head late last month.  Segura is being held on 500-thousand-dollars bail.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a house fire in Hillsboro.  Firefighters responded to the home on Southeast Ariel Street last night.  Investigators say the blaze started in the gazebo and spread to the house.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a barn fire in Buxton.  Firefighters responded to the barn on Northwest John Lee Road in the rural community Sunday.  Fire officials say it took about four hours to contain the fire.  No injuries were reported.
 



(Kalama, WA)  --  A Kalama, Washington, man is facing charges after allegedly assaulting two workers at his home and then trying to lock them in a crawlspace.  Police arrested 23-year-old Shane Lewellen last week on charges of harassment, assault and unlawful imprisonment.  Police say two contracting workers were inside the crawlspace looking at the foundation of Lewellen's home when he assaulted the woman and pushed them both farther into the crawlspace.  Lewellen allegedly then tried to close the door on them while threatening to kill them, but they pushed their way through and escaped.  Arriving officers found a knife in Lewellen's possession.



(Portland, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown is looking to a Portland non-profit in her efforts to revamp the state's education programs.  Brown met with the non-profit alternative school Portland Youth Builders yesterday.  Brown praised the school, saying she'd like to see similar programs across the state that better prepare students to join the work force.



(Portland, OR)  --  Hundreds of people in Tualatin are calling for changes in the nation's gun laws.  The group gathered yesterday on the Tualatin High School football field for a vigil honoring the victims of last week's deadly school shooting in Florida.  Tigard High School senior and student body vice president Sierra Kruse spoke at the event about growing up in a nation reckoning with school shootings.  Kruse says she was born in 1999, which was the year of the Columbine shooting, and that she's never known a world without school shootings.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man who drove his car into a Safeway in Junction City is being retested for his driver's license.  Officer Tim Garrity tells KATU they've sent a request to the Department of Motor Vehicles to have the 88-year-old man retested to ensure he's safe to drive.  Police say the man crashed through the grocery store's floral department and rolled through to the produce section on Sunday after his foot slipped off the brake.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting that injured a teenage girl in Southeast Portland.  The shooting happened early yesterday morning in the area of Southeast 36th Avenue and Van Water Street.  A 16-year-old girl was taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds and is expected to survive.  Police are still searching for a suspect.



(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are being reported in a shooting that put Legacy Emanuel Medical Center on partial lockdown.  The shooting happened yesterday afternoon in a parking lot near the hospital on North Gantenbein Avenue.  Police say the suspect fled the scene after the shooting.  An investigation is ongoing.



(Portland, OR)  --  No serious injuries are being reported after a driver crashed into a Washington County Sheriff's patrol vehicle.  Police say the deputy was responding to a snow-related crash near Hillsboro yesterday when the driver lost traction on the icy road and slammed into his car.  Police are reminding drivers to use caution and slow down during snowy and icy conditions.



(Washington, DC)  --  Senator Ron Wyden is among a group of Democrats calling the Republican tax reform bill a "GOP tax scam."  Wyden and two other senators took turns slamming the bill in their weekly address.  They say corporations are using their new tax savings on 120-billion-dollars in stock buybacks that only benefit corporate executives and shareholders.  Wyden points out that employee pay boosts, meanwhile, have added up to only about five-billion-dollars.



(Portland, OR)  --  The search continues for a suspect in a hit-and-run crash that killed a man in Gresham.  Police say 60-year-old Dennis Yamnitsky was crossing Northeast Burnside near Northeast Division late last month when a driver struck.  He later died from his injuries in a hospital.  Police say the driver fled the scene in a silver or champagne colored sedan.



(Portland, OR)  --  A group of Portland residents are calling for stricter gun control laws.  The small group gathered Saturday to protest outside the Portland Expo Center.  The rally coincided with a gun show being held at the center.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  A woman is facing DUII charges after allegedly crashing into a fire hydrant in Beaverton.  Police say Victoria Jones had a blood alcohol level of more than twice the legal limit when she crashed Saturday near 153rd Avenue and Oak Hills Drive.  The crash broke the fire hydrant, causing a geyser of water to burst from it.  Police arrested the woman.



(Salem, OR)  --  State Republicans are considering a controversial former lawmaker to replace former Senator Jeff Kruse following his resignation amid allegations of sexual harassment.  "The Oregonian" reports that Douglas County Commissioner Tim Freeman is being vetted for the job.  Freeman has had his share of controversy stemming from a visit to a topless bar six years ago, when he was serving in the Oregon House.



(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are being reported after a house fire damaged two homes in Sheridan.  Firefighters responded to the homes on Northwest Monroe along the Yamhill River last night.  The Red Cross is providing aid to the displaced families.



(Portland, OR)  --  One man is facing burglary charges after being found inside a stranger's home in southwest Portland.  Police say the homeowner called 9-1-1 yesterday afternoon after coming home and discovering the house had been ransacked.  Arriving officers searched the house and discovered 33-year-old Robert Gangewer still inside.  Police arrested him on a charge of burglary in the first degree.



(Corvallis, OR)  --  An Oregon State University student charged with hate crimes is being allowed back on campus.  The "Gazette-Times" reports that a Benton County judge cleared the way this week for Andrew Oswalt to return.  The judge says he has to follow the terms set by the college.  The 27-year-old is a graduate student who was accused of putting racist stickers on the cars of people who belong to the anti-racist group, Showing Up for Racial Justice.



(Portland, OR)  --  Two brothers are facing charges in connection to a stabbing that put two schools on lockdown yesterday morning.  Police arrested Jacob Rose and Nicholas Rose yesterday in Beaverton following a robbery and stabbing at a home near the Aloha Station Tavern.  The victim is expected to survive.  Police placed International School of Beaverton and Faith Bible School into lockdown until about 8:30 a.m. while searching for the suspects.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead following a house fire in North Portland.  Firefighters responded to the home on North Wabash Avenue just before midnight last night.  One person still inside the blazing home was pronounced dead at the scene.  An investigation is ongoing.



(Portland, OR)  --  A controversial former Google engineer who was fired following his release of a sexist memo is scheduled to appear in Portland tomorrow.  James Damore will be speaking at Portland State University.  He was invited by the student group "Freethinkers."  Damore made headlines last year after writing a ten-page memo to Google staff in which he claimed that women are biologically ill-equipped to handle certain roles in the workplace.  He has since filed a class-action lawsuit against Google after they fired him for the memo.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A group of Gresham high schoolers are holding a fundraiser tonight to support the Columbia River Gorge restoration effort.  KATU reports students at Gresham High School decided they wanted to help out after seeing video footage of last year's devastating Eagle Creek fire.  Students tonight will be auctioning off local art and collecting donations at the boys' basketball game.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Multnomah County Sheriff's Office corrections counselor is facing charges for identity theft and official misconduct.  Sheriff's officials say Bryce Merrill was booked in the department of corrections Tuesday.  He's accused of forging internal documents at the Sheriff's Office.  Merrill is on unpaid administrative pending an investigation.



(Portland, OR)  --  Some Meals on Wheels recipients got a sweet treat for Valentine's Day, courtesy of some local Girl Scouts.  The scouts spent some time Tuesday loading up a truck with more than eight-thousand boxes of Girl Scout cookies.  The boxes were donated by community members as part of the Scouts' "Gift of Caring" program.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  The newly restored Oregon State Constitution is now on display in the state Capitol.  The Secretary of State Archives division put the document on display yesterday in honor of Oregon's 159th anniversary of statehood.  The document is being displayed at the Capitol Galleria in a brand new climate-controlled case.  It's on display through Saturday, when a birthday celebration for the state will be held, with State Archives staff on hand to discuss the document's history and importance.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is in police custody following an hours-long standoff in Northeast Portland.  The Portland Police Bureau says their gang enforcement team was attempting to arrest the man last night when he entered a home in the Vernon neighborhood and refused to come out.  Police finally arrested the suspect after more than three hours.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of the man killed after falling from Mount Hood Tuesday.  Police say 35-year-old Miha Sumi of Portland died after falling at least 700 feet.  Friends tell KATU Sumi was no stranger to climbing and had summited Mount Hood before.  Sumi was climbing with a group in the Hogsback area when he fell.



(Iowa City, IA)  --  Portland's own "Portugal. The Man" is said to be doing OK after receiving a fiery welcome to Iowa City.  The Iowa City Fire Department says the band's tour bus caught fire outside the venue before their show Tuesday night.  Fire officials say no injuries were reported and no one was on the bus at the time of the fire.  The Daily Iowan reports the fire was caused by a problem in the vehicle's air conditioning system.  The band went on with the show at the Iowa Memorial Union and went on to play in Columbia, Missouri last night.



(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are injured following a two-car crash in Northeast Portland.  Police say the crash happened yesterday afternoon at Northeast 157th Avenue and Halsey Street.  Two people were hospitalized.  Police say a third person fled the scene on foot following the crash.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges for allegedly stealing shoes from the same store two days in a row.  Police have arrested 37-year-old Dominic Lamania for the thefts early this month at the Wilco Farm Store in Cornelius.  Police say Lamania entered the store February 2nd and tried on a pair of Danner boots worth more than 200 dollars and then walked out wearing them.  He then allegedly returned to the store the next day and stole a second pair.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for two men accused of trying to lure a teenage girl into their van and then attempting to kidnap her.  It happened early yesterday morning in Aloha.  Reann Tomlinson tells KATU her 17-year-old daughter was walking home after hanging out with friends when a white van approached her near the Albertsons on Southwest Farmington Road.  Police say two men inside the van followed the girl while trying to lure her with cigarettes and marijuana.  One of the men then opened the van's side door and tried to grab the girl, but she screamed and ran home.  Police believe the men may have been involved in similar incidents in Tigard.



(Portland, OR)  --  One climber is dead after falling at least 700 feet on Mount Hood.  Clackamas County Sheriff spokesman Brian Jensen says two others were also pulled from the mountain.  One of the two men had minor injuries like bruises and cuts, while the other one is simply exhausted from the ordeal.  A woman who was also with them had to be taken down by a sled because she was unable to walk or even move.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a Sandy man in connection to a decades-old sex abuse case.  Police arrested 43-year-old Jeshua Drake this week.  He was indicted two weeks ago on three counts of first-degree sexual abuse for incidents that occurred between 1991 and 1993 at the Sandy congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.  Police believe he could have additional victims.  They're asking anyone with information to contact them.



(Portland, OR)  --  Charges are being upgraded for a man accused in a Vancouver convenience store stabbing following the death of his alleged victim.  Charson Lotius is now facing murder charges for allegedly stabbing Lukas Pison in the head and killing him early Sunday at the AM/PM on Northeast Andresen Road.  Pison died from his injuries in a hospital Monday.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing more than four decades behind bars for the stabbing death of his girlfriend's three-year-old son.  A judge has sentenced Ricardo Gutierrez to 45 years in prison for the death of Jose "Pepe" Castillo-Cisneros in May of 2016.  Gutierrez told police he got angry after the boy started crying but that he doesn't remember attacking him, saying he suffers from rage blackouts.



(Portland, OR)  --  Clackamas County has a new shelter for survivors of domestic violence.  A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held yesterday for The Village in Oregon City.  The shelter has room to house 15 families at a time.



(Portland, OR)  --  A 14-year-old boy is injured after being hit by a car on his way to school in Vancouver.  Police say Gabriel Carpenter was in a marked crosswalk near Alki Middle and Chinook Elementary schools Monday morning when a driver struck him.  The driver was not speeding but tells police the sun got in his eyes.  Carpenter was taken to a hospital and is now recovering at home.



(Portland, OR)  --  Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a one-thousand-dollar reward for information about a Woodburn mother who's been missing since July.  Police say 26-year-old Cynthia Martinez was last seen July 16th leaving Tequila Nights Bar and Grill in Keizer with two men.  Investigators have named Jaime Alvarez Olivera as a person of interest and are currently seeking him for questioning.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a man shot and killed in Southeast Portland.  Police say 38-year-old Richard Hanley was shot to death Sunday afternoon on Southeast 7th Avenue.  Investigators are questioning 48-year-old Joseph Vinci in connection to the shooting.



(Portland, OR)  --  A 17-year-old boy is facing charges in connection to the shooting of another teenager in the Bethany neighborhood.  Police arrested Jeffrey Terrell of Springfield yesterday on charges of attempted murder and first-degree assault.  He's accused of shooting a 16-year-old boy inside a Bethany home last week.  The victim is recovering from his injuries.



(Portland, OR)  --  Four people are injured following a two-car crash in Hillsboro.  Police say the crash happened last night when a westbound car on TV Highway struck a northbound car as it turned onto Cornelius Pass.  Four people were hospitalized, including one person who was entered as a trauma patient.



(Salem, OR)  --  A reformed former gang member who's now working as a mentor is getting a clean slate.  Governor Kate Brown granted clemency yesterday to 44-year-old Dondrae Fair of Portland, who served five years for armed robbery.  He's now a mentor who aims to help the city's gangsters turn over a new leaf, like he did.  It was only the third time Brown has given a pardon since she's been in office.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a missing elderly man with dementia.  Family members say 73-year-old Richard Daniel Espalin disappeared after driving off in his truck yesterday.  Police say he's driving a blue 2008 Chevy Silverado with a matching canopy.



(Portland, OR)  --  An arson investigation is under way into a fire at a vacant house in Longview, Washington.  Firefighters responded to the house on Baltimore Street early Saturday morning to find flames reaching from the first floor to the roof.  Investigators say the house had been vacant for about a year.  No injuries were reported.



(Portland, OR)  --  A search is under way for a missing woman who suffers from a traumatic brain injury.  Police say 20-year-old Mickell Josephine Schlosser was reported missing around 9:00 last night by the Salvation Army on Southeast 82nd Avenue in Happy Valley.  Schlosser lives in a foster home.  Investigators say she could be using MAX and TriMet to get around.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of robbing a bank in Albany.  Police say the man entered the Willamette Community Bank on Southeast Lyons Street yesterday morning with a gun and demanded money.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead and another is injured following a two-car crash in southeast Portland.  The crash happened just after midnight yesterday at Southeast 122nd Avenue and Stark Street.  Police believe one driver was intoxicated when they ran a red light and crashed into another driver.  The driver who ran the light was killed in the crash, and the other driver was hospitalized for injuries.



(Seneca, OR)  --  Golfers at a soon-to-be-open Oregon resort won't just have to depend on any old kid to caddie.  The Retreat and Links at Silvies Valley Ranch in Senaca is training goats to work as caddies for the golfers.  Set to open later this year, the resort says the goats will have special backpacks to haul around clubs, balls and beverages.



(Seattle, WA)  --  Police say five people were arrested Saturday after confrontations at a GOP and Patriot Prayer rally at the University of Washington.  The university College Republicans group invited the Vancouver-based organization Patriot Prayer for the on-campus rally.  Counter-protesters showed up in greater numbers and things turned ugly despite police efforts to keep the groups separated.  A federal judge had blocked the school from charging the College Republicans a 17-thousand dollar security fee, ruling it amounted to a violation of free speech.



(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are facing charges following an armed robbery at a Northeast Portland bar.  Police say the suspects entered the Rounders Bar and Lotto on Northeast Halsey street Saturday night with guns and demanded money.  Police arrested the two following a brief car chase.



(Portland, OR)  --  No serious injuries are being reported on the scene of an early morning apartment fire in Vancouver.  Firefighters responded to the apartment on Northeast 72nd Avenue just before 2:00 this morning.  An investigation into what caused the fire is ongoing.
 



(Beaverton, OR)  --  Police say no one was injured when a driver crashed into a police cruiser in Beaverton.  Officials say the officer was driving south on Hall Boulevard near Allen Boulevard yesterday afternoon when another driver crashed into them at the intersection.  Police say the patrol car had its lights and siren on at the time of the crash.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a stabbing at a convenience store in Vancouver.  Police responded to the AM/PM on Northeast Andresen Road early yesterday on reports of a fight.  Police say officers arrived to find several people still fighting.  One man was taken to a hospital with life-threatening stab wounds.  Police say a K-9 unit tracked down the stabbing suspect 24-year-old Charson Lotius in some bushes nearby.  He was arrested on charges of first-degree attempted murder and second-degree assault.



(Portland, OR)  --  Three people are dead and about half a dozen more are injured following two separate wrong-way crashes on SR-14.  Police say the first crash happened early yesterday near Columbia House Boulevard when driver Aaron Dohman crashed head-on into another driver identified as Edgar Acosta at a high rate of speed.  Dohman and Acosta were both killed in the crash, along with Dohman's passenger Michelle Henriksbo.  Police responded to a second wrong-way crash in the same area of Columbia House Boulevard less than an hour later.  Police say five people were injured in that crash.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a stabbing at a MAX station.  It happened yesterday afternoon at the Providence Park Transit station platform on Southwest Morrison Street.  Police say one man was taken to a hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.  Police are still searching for a suspect.



(Seattle, WA)  --  A former Alaska Airlines captain is pleading guilty to flying while drunk.  The U.S. Attorney's Office says David Hans Arnston is pleading guilty as part of a plea bargain.  The Attorney's Office says Arnston was given a breathalyzer test in June of 2014 after being chosen for a random screening and the results showed an alcohol level higher than what's allowed for airline pilots.  Arnston had just completed a flight from San Diego to Portland followed by a Portland to Orange County flight when he was tested.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a missing teenage girl they think might be traveling with an older man.  Police say 16-year-old Bailey Scott from Quilcene, Washington, disappeared from her aunt's home Saturday night.  Scott's aunt says she left a note saying she'd be back the next day.  Family members believe she may be traveling to Salem with an older man she met online.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  The Beaverton Police Department is launching an investigation into whether one of its officers engaged in racial profiling.  Department officials announced the news yesterday, citing department policy to investigate all allegations of misconduct.  Police were searching for an African-American robbery suspect last Thursday when they stopped and questioned Reginald Liggins at the Beaverton Transit Center.  Police say Liggins was wearing a beanie similar to the one seen on the suspect.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  State leaders are calling on Senator Jeff Kruse to resign amid allegations of sexual misconduct.  This, after an independent investigator released a report yesterday finding Kruse engaged in a pattern of sexual harassment against two female state senators.  The report also found that Kruse escalated the sexual harassment after being warned to stop.  Governor Kate Brown and House Speaker Tina Kotek called on Kruse to step down yesterday.



(Seattle, WA)  --  A recall is in effect for several pork products in Washington and Oregon.  Canadian company Olymel says the products weren't inspected properly before they were shipped to the U.S.  The recall affects raw, intact pork products packaged between January 22nd and February 5th.  The USDA says no illnesses have been reported.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of robbing a bank in St. Johns.  Police responded to the KeyBank branch on Lombard Street yesterday.  Witnesses tell police the man entered the bank and demanded money before fleeing with an unknown amount of cash.  He's described as a white man in his 30s with a slim build.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a bank robbery in southeast Portland.  Police say a man entered the US Bank branch on Southeast Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard yesterday and handed a teller a note demanding money.  He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.  He's described as a man in his 50s.



(Portland, OR)  --  One person is facing charges in connection to a stabbing that injured one man near the Greyhound Bus Depot.  Police arrested 33-year-old Robert A. Bencomo for the stabbing yesterday morning in the area of Northwest 4th Avenue and Hoyt Street.  Police say the victim was taken to a hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.  An investigation is ongoing.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of entering another man's home and shooting him, leaving him critically injured.  Police say the man called 9-1-1 last night after the suspect entered his home on Northwest Rondos Drive and shot him.  The victim is expected to survive.  It's not yet clear whether the suspect broke into the home or was invited inside.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is under way into an early morning crash that killed a motorcyclist.  Police say the motorcyclist collided with two cars around 3:00 this morning near the area of Southeast 141st Avenue and Powell Boulevard.  The crash prompted police to shut down Powell Boulevard from 138th to 144th avenues.  Police say the other drivers are cooperating with investigators.



(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are injured following a two-car crash on North Lombard Street.  Police say the two cars crashed yesterday morning at North Columbia Boulevard.  Both drivers were taken to hospitals with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into the discovery of a body in the Willamette River.  The Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office says it's still trying to identify the man, whose body was pulled from the river Friday.  Police say he appears to be a black man in his 30s or 40s, standing six-feet tall and weighing 186 pounds.  Police add he has several tattoos including a teddy bear on his right upper arm, a vampire tattoo on his left upper arm and two wing tattoos on his inner forearms.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police in Salem say they've arrested a teenage girl following a high-speed chase in a stolen car.  Marion County Sheriff's officials say officers tried to pull over the 17-year-old girl yesterday near Felina and Hawthorne after noticing she was driving a stolen vehicle.  The girl allegedly took off, eventually crashing into a telephone pole near Silverton Road Northeast.  Police arrested her.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of robbing a Walgreen's store at knifepoint.  Officials say the man entered the Walgreen's on 82nd Avenue last night with a knife and demanded money.  He's described as five-foot-seven with a medium build and is believed to be in his 20s or 30s.
 



(Vancouver, WA)  --  No injuries are being reported following a school bus crash in Vancouver.  Police say the bus from Hudson's Bay High School was transporting about a dozen students home yesterday afternoon when it crashed on Northwest Fruit Valley Road.  An investigation into the crash is ongoing.



(Portland, OR)  --  Three people are injured following an auto-pedestrian crash in north Portland.  Police say two cars collided at North Willamette Boulevard and North Portsmouth Avenue Friday night.  Three pedestrians were also struck in the crash.  At least one person was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting downtown.  Police responded to an area near Natio Parkway under the Burnside Bridge early Saturday on reports of gunfire.  Investigators say the shooting happened during a confrontation between several people and a security guard, who allegedly fired off several warning shots.  One person was injured.



(Portland, OR)  --  "Black Lives Matter at School" week begins today in Portland.  Teachers at schools across the city will be wearing Black Lives Matter shirts and teaching their students about black history and racial inequality.  Portland is one of several cities taking part in the initiative, with Seattle, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago also participating.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is underway into a string of tire slashings in the Lents neighborhood.  Police say someone slashed several car tires along Southeast 83rd and 84th streets over the weekend.  At least seven people filed complaints with police.  Police are still searching for a suspect or group of suspects.



(Portland, OR)  --  More than half a dozen people are injured following a two-car crash in Troutdale.  Police say the crash happened Saturday afternoon after one car crossed into oncoming traffic on Southeast Stark Street and crashed into another car.  Seven people were injured.  One victim was airlifted to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A Beaverton hiker is hospitalized after falling about 40 feet near Henline Falls east of Salem.  Police say 21-year-old Andrew Agnesse was hiking with friends Saturday when he fell.  Search and rescue crews had to hike into dark and difficult terrain find Agnesse.  Crews were able to find him and airlift him to a hospital about 17 hours after their search began.



(Portland, OR)  --  A longtime Portland resident is celebrating a milestone.  Ruth Mitchell turned 103-years-old yesterday.  Mitchell tells KATU she moved to Portland in the 1940s and even lived in the Rose Quarter before the coliseum was built.  Mitchell says she's still in great health.  She still has all her teeth, doesn't need glasses and even still drives a car.



(Portland, OR)  --  A bicyclist is suing the city of Portland for a crash that happened more than a year ago after the World Naked Bike Ride in Portland.  Charles Ziemer filed the 566-thousand-dollar lawsuit last week.  Ziemer says he was riding home from the 2016 bike ride when he crashed into a pair of concrete islands on Southeast Morrison Street, breaking his nose, arm, two fingers and some teeth.  Ziemer says the city should have installed lights or reflectors on the island to warn cyclists.



(Portland, OR)  --  Camas Paper Mill near Vancouver is laying off more than 300 people.  Georgia Pacific says the layoffs will happen in phases, with the first phase set for May 1st.  The move will leave less than 150 workers at the paper mill.



(Portland, OR)  --  A bicyclist is injured after being struck by a car in a hit and run.  It happened yesterday afternoon at Southeast 132nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard.  Police say the driver fled the scene.  The bicyclist is expected to recover.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is dead following a shooting in downtown Portland.  Police say 22-year-old Davonte Kerney was shot and killed last night near the North Park Blocks on Northwest 8th Avenue.  His death has been ruled a homicide.  Police are still searching for a suspect.



(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are facing charges in connection to an assault in Fairview.  Police responded to the Fairview Oaks Apartments just after midnight after someone called 9-1-1 saying they'd been attacked.  The victim told police the suspects fled on foot after the attack and at least one of them had a gun.  Police tracked the suspects down and arrested them nearby.



(Portland, OR)  --  Columbia Sportswear Chairperson Gert Boyle is being honored for her achievements in the world of sports.  The 93-year-old nicknamed "One Tough Mother" has been awarded the ISPO [[ ISS-po ]] Cup in Munich, Germany.  Boyle is the first non-athlete to receive the award.  Boyle fled Germany as a young girl to escape the Nazi regime.



(Portland, OR)  --  Two workers are injured after a driver crashed into a construction zone in Sherwood.  It happened yesterday morning at Southwest Elwert Road and Southwest Edy Road.  Police say the driver ignored a flagger and several road signs before entering the construction zone and hitting two workers.  Both victims are expected to recover.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man accused of murdering an Aloha woman is pleading not guilty.  Jeremiah Johnston entered a not guilty plea in court yesterday.  He's charged with murder and abuse of a corpse for the death of 28-year-old Sara Zghoul, whose body was found inside a car in Aloha last week.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead after being hit by a freight train in Canby.  Police say the man was walking at 99E and Ivy last night when a southbound Union Pacific train crashed into him.  An investigation is ongoing.



(Portland, OR)  --  One man is dead following a shooting in Northwest Portland.  Police say the shooting happened last night in the 200 block of Northwest 8th Avenue.  Responding officers found one gunshot victim and took him to a hospital, where he died.  Police are still searching for a suspect.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Audubon Society is investigating the deaths of more than a dozen crows they say "literally" dropped out of the sky.  Bob Sallinger with the Portland Audubon tells KATU the birds started dropping out of the sky and dying on the ground this week.  The first dead crows were discovered Tuesday near the intersection of Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Northeast Ainsworth Street.  About a dozen more have been found in neighboring areas since then.  The Portland Audubon says their deaths appear to be consistent with poisoning.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges of murder and corpse abuse for the death of an Aloha woman.  Authorities booked Jeremiah Johnston into the Washington County Jail yesterday on one count each of murder and abuse of a corpse.  Police arrested Johnston late last week for the death of 28-year-old Sara Zghoul, whose body was found inside a car in Aloha.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a missing Vancouver teen.  Police say 16-year-old Katie Moreno-Garcia disappeared yesterday after leaving her home in east Vancouver.  She was last seen in a white t-shirt with black jeans and a silver necklace featuring two rings.
 



(Washington, DC)  --  An Oregon Congressman says he's okay after the deadly train wreck in Virginia.  Representative Greg Walden tweeted after the accident that he and his staff were "fine."  There were about 40 GOP lawmakers on board the train, heading for a retreat in West Virginia, when it collided with a garbage truck.  Authorities say one person died in the crash and another is seriously injured.  No serious injuries were reported among members of Congress or their staffs.  President Trump was scheduled to visit the retreat tomorrow.



(Portland, OR)  --  Community members are banding together to help out a Tigard police officer injured in the line of duty.  Several hundred people gathered at Tapphoria last night for a fundraiser for Officer Matthew Barbee.  Barbee was badly injured last month when a suspected drunk driver crashed into his car on Highway 26.  Family members say he's currently recovering and facing months of rehabilitation.



(Portland, OR)  --  An Oregon State University student is facing felony hate crime charges.  This, after he allegedly left racist stickers and leaflets on cars belonging to members of the group Show Up to Racial Justice last year.  Andrew Oswalt was charged this week with two counts of intimidation in the first degree and two counts of criminal mischief in the third degree via secret indictment.  Oswalt identifies as a self-described member of the "alt-right."



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing several charges after allegedly using a forklift to steal an ATM.  Skyler J. Oberholtzer was indicted this week on four charges including theft and aggravated theft.  Police say he stole the ATM from the Wells Fargo on Northwest 29th Avenue January 15th.


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