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Regional News Archives for 2018-04


(Salem, OR)  --  An investigation is underway into the shooting of a woman who was sitting in her car in the Salem area.  Police say the woman was shot last night while sitting in her car on Vineyard Avenue Northeast.  She was taken to a hospital for her injuries.  Police haven't made any arrests just yet.
 



(Gresham, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect in connection to a drive-by shooting that injured two in Gresham.  Police say 32-year-old Portland resident John Summers and 47-year-old Gresham resident Mary Whitemore were shot Saturday at Burnside and 199th Avenue.  Both victims were taken to a hospital and have since been released.  The suspect was seen driving a dark-colored sedan.



(Portland, OR)  --  An inmate is back in custody after allegedly escaping from his work crew over the weekend.  Police say Joshua Sean Purdue walked away from his work detail at a March of Dimes event downtown Saturday afternoon.  Police found him yesterday morning at Northeast 60th Avenue and Prescott Street and arrested him.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is under way into an early morning shooting that injured one person in northeast Portland.  Police responded to the parking lot of El Burrito Loco on Northeast 82nd Avenue early this morning on reports of gunfire.  One person was taken to a hospital with a gunshot wound.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man is facing charges in connection to an alleged Lego theft ring.  Portland police have arrested 40-year-old Raji Afife Azar for the 50-thousand-dollar illicit Lego operation.  They say Azar solicited theft of the popular building toys on websites like Craigslist and OfferUp.  Azar allegedly would buy Legos and other items stolen from Fred Meyer stores, then sell them online.  Police say they worked with investigators from the Fred Meyer Organized Retail Theft Unit to arrest Azar late last week after he got what he thought were stolen Legos from undercover officers.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Two men are facing charges after police allegedly caught them in a stolen car.  Police arrested Christoper Cummings and Joseph Haynes early Saturday in northeast Portland.  Police say the men ran from officers after being pulled over for the stolen car near Northeast Halsey and 72nd Avenue.  Police used a K-9 unit to track the two men down.  Police say they also found two replica firearms inside the stolen vehicle.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are being reported after a sailboat caught fire over the weekend.  Firefighters responded to the Eastbank Esplanade last night to extinguish the blaze.  Coast Guard crews and Multnomah County Sheriff's deputies assisted with the fire.  An investigation into what caused the fire is ongoing.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police in Clackamas County are searching for a man accused of using a stolen credit card at a Home Depot store in Oregon City.  Police say the man is caught on surveillance camera using the stolen card to buy tools from the store on Washington Street on March 31st.  He's described as a large white man and was seen wearing a black and gray plaid button-up shirt.
 



(Washington, DC)  --  Representative Greg Walden says he has serious questions about EPA administrator Scott Pruitt's management of the agency.  During a House hearing yesterday, the Oregon Republican said he's concerned that the good progress being made on policy in the EPA is being undercut by allegations about Pruitt's misuse of agency resources.  Walden added that members on both sides of the aisle have serious questions, and they expect these questions to be answered fully and truthfully.  Pruitt insisted at the hearing that he has nothing to hide, but he's recently come under fire for having a 43-thousand-dollar soundproof phone booth installed in his office.  Pruitt is also catching heat over questionable housing arrangements and the expenditure of tens of thousands of dollars of taxpayer money on first class air travel.



(Portland, OR)  --  Two men are seriously injured following a small plane crash near Hillsboro.  Police say the 73-year-old and 88-year-old men were flying a single-engine Yakovlev Yak-52 to the Hillsboro Airport yesterday afternoon when the plane began experiencing engine trouble.  The plane crashed down in a filbert orchard at Duyck Family Farms Produce, and both men were rushed to a hospital in serious condition.  Police say no one on the ground was injured.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a hit-and-run suspect who was killed in a head-on crash on Interstate 84.  Police say 59-year-old Christopher Gene Cannard struck a Ford Mustang last week on Thursday night and then fled the scene.  Officers tried to pull him over on Northeast 99th Avenue a short while later, leading to a chase in which Cannard drove into oncoming traffic on I-84 and crashed head-on into a Toyota Prius.  Cannard was pronounced dead at the scene.  The other two drivers suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
 



(Salem, OR)  --  A Portland City Hall insider will be advising the governor on transportation issues.  "OregonLive" reports that Brendan Finn was hired Wednesday by Governor Kate Brown as a policy director.  He's been Commissioner Dan Saltzman's chief of staff for thirteen years and will start his new job on May 29th.  Saltzman oversees the Portland Bureau of Transportation, and he is not running for a sixth term.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police are calling off the search for a missing 18-year-old man with autism after he was found safe.  Police say they found Armando Urgate early this morning and returned him safely to his home.  He'd gone missing last night after walking away from his home in east Vancouver's Fisher's Landing area.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A family dog is being treated for smoke inhalation after being rescued from a house fire.  Firefighters responded to the home on North Pittsburgh Avenue last night for a fire started by some food that was left on a hot stove.  A dog inside the home suffered from smoke inhalation and was taken to Dove Lewis for treatment.  No other injuries were reported.



(Portland, OR)  --  An unlicensed daycare is being shut down following its fourth violation plus unexplained bruises on a child being cared for there.  A spokeswoman for Oregon's Office of Child Care tells KATU News that daycare owner Jana Orr posed a serious danger to public health or safety and took in more kids than she was allowed to without a license.  Authorities say she ran the unlicensed daycare out of her apartment off Southwest Ash Avenue in Tigard.  The OCC has removed Orr from its central background registry and banned her from providing licensed or unlicensed child care as of last Friday.



(Portland, OR)  --  Critics say many problems still persist within the Oregon Department of Human Services.  They point to the recently deceased Hart family as a prime example, saying the children were being neglected and abused.  Jen and Sarah Hart, along with their four adopted children, died when their SUV plunged off a California cliff last month. Their two other children remain missing.  Earlier this week, DHS released a report from 2013 that reflected similar claims from Washington State that the Harts were withholding food from their children as a form of punishment.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  A mental health crisis situation has ended in gunfire.  It happened yesterday morning in the Beaverton-Aloha area.  The Crisis Negotiation Unit was called out to attempt to end the situation peacefully, but then the man began firing a gun at law enforcement.  The man received medical attention from police on the scene before being taken to the hospital.  There is no word on his condition.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland State University board of trustees has voted to increase tuition.  In an 8-to-5 vote yesterday, the board agreed to raise tuition by just under four-percent beginning next fall.  The tuition increase is ultimately less than the five-percent previously proposed by the board, which had led to student protests and threats of strike.



(Gresham, OR)  --  A firefighter is recovering from heat exhaustion after firefighters battled a tough fire at a two-story home. The fire broke out yesterday evening at a home in the 35-thousand-200 block of Southeast Dodge Park in Gresham. Crews believe no one was in the home. One fire fighter was taken to the hospital after passing out from heat exhaustion. No other injuries were reported.



(Portland, OR)  --  Dozens of local restaurants are inviting residents to go out and eat for a good cause today.  All day long, participating eateries will be donating between 20- and 35-percent of their profits from each meal as part of the 2018 Dining Out for Life event.  Proceeds will go to the Partnership Project and the Ecumenical Ministries of Portland HIV Day Center.



(Washington County, OR)  --  Washington County deputies are searching for suspects in multiple thefts. Two suspects were caught on a carwash surveillance camera in a stolen minivan Credit cards left inside were used at several Portland businesses. Authorities say the men also broke into cars in Aloha, stealing credit cards, jewelry, and a gun. The suspects were last seen driving a blue 2005 Toyota Sienna.
 



(Brookings, OR)  --  A Coos Bay man is safe after being rescued from the Pacific Ocean when his boat capsized near Brookings. The Army Corps of Engineers employee and another man were on the survey vessel when it overturned late yesterday morning near the entrance to the Chetco River. One man was able to swim to shore, but the other was trapped in the cabin for almost an hour. Both men were reunited. Their names haven't been released.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  A man in a mental health crisis is wounded after a shootout with Beaverton police.  Authorities first responded yesterday morning on reports of a man in a mental health crisis near the intersection of Farmington Road and 148th Avenue. Police tried to negotiate the situation peacefully, but the man shot at officers and they returned fire, wounding him. Police started medical treatment at the scene, then the man was taken to the hospital. No word on his current condition.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is under arrest, accused of stabbing a man in Southeast Portland. The stabbing happened in the 600 block of Southeast Grand Avenue early yesterday morning. The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening wounds. Officers detained a suspect. Investigators say the two men were arguing over using the can recycling machine outside the Jackson's Shell Gas Station before the stabbing.



(Banks, OR)  --  A logger is injured after a log fell on top of him in Banks. The accident happened along Highway 47 at Sub Stewart State Park yesterday afternoon. The man in his 20s was hospitalized and is reported in stable condition.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland tech firm is selling for one-point-two-billion dollars in cash.  "The Oregonian" reports that it's the biggest tech deal ever for the city.  A Silicon Valley company, Trimble, bought Viewpoint Construction Software yesterday for the record amount.  A spokesman for Viewpoint says they'll still be based in Portland and continue to "hire aggressively."



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police say they're questioning several people in connection to a shooting near the Vancouver mall.  Police responded to the area around 4 o'clock yesterday on reports of shots fired.  No injuries have been reported.  An investigation is ongoing.



(Portland, OR)  --  An Oregon State University student is hospitalized after jumping from his fifth-floor dorm room during an incident of what authorities are calling "significant emotional distress."  School authorities evacuated the fifth floor of Hawley Hall last night while specialized officers with Oregon State Police tried to communicate with the student.  School officials say the student pulled the fire alarm before starting a fire in his room and then jumping from his window.  Authorities say there's no indication that he had a weapon, but that he did make some generalized threats.
 



(Gresham, OR)  --  Sentencing is set for June for a Portland man accused of attacking and sexually assaulting a woman inside a Sikh temple.  Thirty-seven-year-old Timothy Walter Schmidt pleaded no contest to charges of attempted assault and attempted sexual abuse in court yesterday.  Court documents say he entered the Sikh temple after asking to use their restroom last March and then attacked a 26-year-old woman inside.  Police say he was armed with a knife and was threatening others in the temple.  Sentencing is scheduled for June 7th.



(Salem, OR)  --  The Oregon State Bar is getting blowback for coming out against white nationalist violence.  "OregonLive" reports that the organization included in a recent bulletin to members two documents that are drawing fire.  One, signed by board officials, denounces a "current climate of violence" that threatens the rule of law.  The second statement, from groups supporting the bar's document, blames President Trump for catering to the white nationalist movement.  A bar spokeswoman says six lawyers have requested a refund of their annual dues so far, and one partial refund has been approved.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland State University board of trustees is set to vote on a new tuition increase today.  The board previously proposed hiking tuition by five-percent, which led to student protests and threats of strike.  The board will still be raising tuition but says it won't be as high as five-percent.  School leaders say the tuition hike is necessary due to rising costs and underfunding from the state.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is spending ten years in prison for setting another man on fire inside a Happy Valley diner.  A judge sentenced 25-year-old DeShaun James Swanger yesterday after he pleaded guilty in court Monday.  Police say Swanger entered the Denny's restaurant across from the Clackamas Town Center last April and poured gasoline on a 69-year-old man he didn't know and then tossed a burning object at him.  The victim survived, and he tells KATU he thinks Swanger deserves a stiffer sentence than he's getting.



(Portland, OR)  --  Dozens of local restaurants are inviting diners to go out and eat for a good cause tomorrow.  Participating restaurants will be donating some of their proceeds for the day to charity for the 2018 Dining Out for Life event.  Restaurants will be donating between 20- and 35-percent of their profits from each meal to Partnership Project and the Ecumenical Ministries of Portland.



(Portland, OR)  --  One man is dead after being pulled from a duplex fire.  Firefighters responded to the duplex on Southeast Bush Street last night.  Crews rescued the man from the burning structure and rushed him to a hospital, but he didn't survive.  An investigation is ongoing into what caused the blaze.
 



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Four teens are out of a hospital after overdosing on marijuana and Xanax.  Clark County deputies said yesterday the kids are lucky they didn't die after Friday's potentially lethal drug cocktail.  At least three of the teens were students at Vancouver's Heritage High School.  The investigation into the incident continues.



(Portland, OR)  --  Employees at a southeast Portland Burgerville restaurant are joining a union.  Workers voted to unionize Sunday and Monday by secret ballot at the restaurant located on 92nd Avenue.  The National Labor Relations Board oversaw the voting process.  The move makes them the first officially recognized fast-food workers union in the country.



(Salem, OR)  --  A young child is safely back home after being found wandering the streets of Salem by himself.  Police say they found the three or four-year-old boy around 10:30 last night in the area of Lancaster and Auburn.  The boy reportedly told deputies that he was on his way to the toy store.  He added that his dad was home sleeping and his mom was at work.  Police located his parents and are now looking into what happened.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  One man is hospitalized following a shooting in North Portland.  Police say the 30-year-old man flagged down first responders near the Plaid Pantry at Going Street and North Interstate Avenue last night.  It's not clear what led to the shooting, and police say the victim isn't cooperating with their investigation.  Police were still trying to find the crime scene as of late last night.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is under way into a fire that burned a barn full of antique cars.  Firefighters responded to the barn on a property east of Salem last night.  Extra crews were also called in from Salem and Aumsville.  An investigation into what caused the fire is ongoing.



(Undated)  --  The FCC is changing the rules on net neutrality, but it could be awhile before anyone notices, if they ever do.  The new rules that took effect yesterday allow Internet providers to block or slow content, or charge content providers more for so-called "fast lanes."  The FCC announced plans to change the rules last year and that set off dozens of lawsuits.  Twenty-three state attorneys general are suing, along with a raft of tech companies.  Oregon and Washington have already passed laws protecting net neutrality and more than a dozen other states are working on similar laws.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man accused of setting another man on fire inside a Happy Valley diner is pleading guilty and will spend at least ten years behind bars.  Twenty-five-year-old DeShaun James Swanger entered the plea in court yesterday for the incident inside the Denny's restaurant across from the Clackamas Town Center last April.  Police say Swanger entered the diner and poured gasoline on a 69-year-old man he didn't know and then tossed a burning object at him.  The victim survived, and he tells KATU he thinks Swanger deserves a stiffer sentence than he's getting.  Sentencing is scheduled for today, and the District Attorney's Office says Swanger will be sentenced to at least ten years with no early release, followed by three years of supervision.



(Portland, OR)  --  Students in Portland are among thousands across the country planning to walk out of class today to call for better gun control laws.  Students at more than a dozen Portland-area schools will walk out of their classrooms today for the national Gun Control Walkout.  The walkouts are taking place on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting that left 15 people dead in Colorado.  Wilson High School, Cleveland High School and Franklin High School are among those participating.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a man in connection to the murder of a Forest Grove woman last month.  Police arrested 38-year-old Kamen Baer yesterday at a home on Southeast 26th Avenue in Hillsboro.  He's accused of killing 54-year-old Cynthia Lou Belton, who was found dead inside her home at College Place Apartments March 19th.



(Portland, OR)  --  Today is the last day to tour the USS Portland before it officially joins the Navy's active fleet.  The Navy is leading tours of the ship at Portland Marine Terminal 2 between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.  The ship is scheduled to be commissioned in a ceremony on Saturday.



(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead and another is injured following a two-car crash on I-84.  Police say the crash happened just before midnight last night near 82nd Avenue.  The crash forced police to shut down the eastbound lanes for five hours.



(Portland, OR)  --  A motorcyclist is dead following a crash on Marine Drive.  Police say the man was riding near Bridgetown Apartments near 6th Drive last night when he crashed.  He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.  It's not yet clear how the man crashed.  An investigation is ongoing.
 



(Undated)  --  Call it the Cannabis Christmas.  Or the Pot Smoker's Holiday.  But stoners around the world simply refer to April 20th as "4/20" and a celebration of the cannabis culture.  Urban legends abound about the origin of this pot-a-palooza.  But it's often attributed to the Waldos, a group of high school students in California that set out in 1971 to find a rumored pot patch planted by Coast Guardsmen on Point Reyes.  They reportedly met after school at 4:20 p.m. to search and get high, but never found the patch.



(Undated)  --  Portland is being called the second most "hipster" city in the world.  That's according to a new survey from MoveHub.  The company looked at five data points to compile the list, including vegan eateries, coffee shops, tattoo studios, vintage boutiques and record stores per 100-thousand residents.  Brighton and Hove in the UK was ranked number one, followed by Portland in the number-two spot and Salt Lake City in third.  Seattle was ranked fourth.



(Portland, OR)  --  Employees at a Portland-area Burgerville restaurant are set to begin voting on whether to unionize this weekend.  Workers at the location on 92nd and Powell are scheduled to vote on unionizing Sunday and Monday.  Meanwhile, a second Portland-area Burgerville restaurant is now also working to start a union.  Workers at the Gladstone Burgerville location have filed for a union election with the National Labor Relations Board.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A wanted felon is behind bars following an hours-long standoff in Northeast Portland.  Police arrested 27-year-old Gabriel Sandoval yesterday on warrants tied to hit-and-run injury, interfering with police, felon in possession of a firearm, second-degree burglary and robbery.  Police were serving a welfare check at a home on Northeast 55th Avenue yesterday when the saw Sandoval run from the house.  Police say Sandoval ran to an apartment on Northeast Killingsworth, where he holed himself up for five hours before police were able to arrest him.



(Portland, OR)  --  Tomorrow is the last day to tour the USS Portland before it officially joins the Navy's active fleet.  The Navy is leading tours of the ship at Portland Marine Terminal 2 between 2 and 4 p.m.  The ship is scheduled to be commissioned in a ceremony on Saturday.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland has a new grocery store that may reignite concerns over gentrification.  "OregonLive" reports that Natural Grocers opened today on a site once proposed for a Trader Joe's location.  That chain pulled out after an African American group complained that the city did nothing to prevent black and low-income residents from being forced out of the area.  City leaders defended the move as an effort to serve a "food desert" that had too few grocery options.  Natural Grocers has reportedly promised to hire workers that reflect the diversity of the neighborhood.



(Portland, OR)  --  Trash pickup rates are going up.  Portland City Council members voted yesterday to increase rates for residential garbage, recycling and compost services.  The move is aimed at mitigating higher costs associated with sorting recyclables after China tightened its regulations on what can be imported.  The new rates take effect May 1st.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Texas man is facing charges for allegedly luring a teenage girl in Washington County.  Police say Jacob Andrew Menchaca was arrested Tuesday in Multnomah County and indicted on three counts of using a child in display of sexually explicit conduct and four counts of luring a minor.  Police say Menchaca exchanged sexually exploitative material with the Beaverton teen after meeting online in February of 2017.  It's not yet clear why Menchaca was in Oregon.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges for allegedly starting a fire at a house in Southeast Portland.  Police arrested the man yesterday afternoon at a house on Gladstone Street.  Seven people inside the home escaped to safety with no injuries.  Police aren't yet revealing who started the fire and how, but a tenant tells KATU the fire was started by his landlord on a freezer unit.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is under way into an early morning fire at a shop in Southeast Portland.  Firefighters responded to the shop fire in a 30-by-30-foot outbuilding on Southeast 109th Avenue around 4 a.m.  Some ammunition was found inside the building.  No injuries were reported.
 



(Portland, oR)  --  A second Portland-area Burgerville restaurant is working to start a union.  Workers at the Gladstone Burgerville location have filed for a union election with the National Labor Relations Board.  Meanwhile, workers at the location on 92nd and Powell are scheduled to vote on unionizing Sunday and Monday.



(Portland, OR)  --  Several Portlanders are voicing concern over the city budget.  Dozens of residents turned out to a city budget meeting at Roosevelt High School last night to sound off on the budget.  Some residents expressed concern over potential loss in funding for preschools and community centers.  Mayor Ted Wheeler says the city needs to slash its budget next year by five-percent due to rising costs.  City council members will vote on the budget in June.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of robbing a convenience store in Southeast Portland.  Police say the man entered the Plaid Pantry store on Southeast 82nd Avenue last night and implied that he had a gun.  He reportedly left the store with a carton of cigarettes.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland appears to be one step closer to getting a Major League Baseball team.  The Portland Diamond Project says it's made formal offers on two pieces of land in central Portland.  The first location is near the Moda center at Portland Public Schools headquarters.  The second is at an industrial manufacturing company.  The group headed by former Nike executive Craig Cheek says its proposed stadium would seat 32-thousand people and would bring in ten-billion-dollars over 30 years.
 



(Mendocino, CA)  --  A sixth Hart family member is confirmed dead after their SUV plunged off a Northern California cliff.  Mendocino County authorities have announced that a body found in the surf ten days ago near the crash site is that of twelve-year-old Sierra Hart.  Two of her siblings are still missing and presumed dead.  Investigators believe that Jennifer Hart intentionally drove off a cliff last month with a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit.  Others in the vehicle may have been drugged with a Benadryl-type medicine.  Sierra's autopsy and toxicology reports are pending.  The Washington family left its Woodland home in a hurry and drove through Oregon on its way to the rocky California coastline.



(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are hospitalized following a crash near Tualatin.  Police say the victims were driving on Stafford Road yesterday afternoon when they crashed, flipping the car and trapping the driver.  The driver was extricated and rushed to a hospital with critical injuries.  A second person in the same car was also hospitalized.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing more than seven years behind bars for violently stomping on a homeless woman's face while she played guitar downtown.  The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office says Matthew Owen was sentenced yesterday to 88 months in prison for the attack in September.  Police say the victim was playing guitar on Southwest 4th and Washington Street when she made a mistake, prompting Owen to curse at her.  The woman implied she disapproved of his language, leading Owen to shove her to the ground and stomp on her face several times.  The woman suffered broken facial bones as well as damaged teeth and a detached lower lip.



(Woodburn, OR)  --  The Wooden Shoe Tulip farm is extending its annual festival.  The farm says it's extending its tulip festival through May 6th.  That's one week longer than originally scheduled.  The farm says the tulips are expected to be in peak bloom through the next two weeks at least.  They add that things got off to a slow start this year due to cold, wet weather.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a man injured in an attack with a nail gun.  Police say 24-year-old Wood Village resident Andres C. Marcelo is continuing to recover in a hospital, where he's listed in stable condition.  Police say Marcelo's coworker Jesus Ascencio Molina attacked him with the nail gun Friday morning at a house under construction on Southeast Tranquil Street.



(Portland, OR)  --  A former Oregon City teaching assistant is facing nearly three decades behind bars for producing child pornography.  A judge sentenced 41-year-old James Ian McGlothlin yesterday to 28 years at federal prison as well as a lifetime of supervised release.  Court documents say McGlothlin was arrested in February of 2016 after a search of his home turned up thousands of files containing child pornography.  McGlothlin worked as an adaptive PE instructional assistant for the Oregon School District since 2005.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting that injured a teenage boy near a middle school in Salem.  Police responded to the area on Lancaster Drive Southeast yesterday morning on reports of shots fired.  Arriving officers found the teen with a gunshot wound and rushed him to a hospital.  He's expected to survive.  Police are still looking for suspects but say they don't believe the shooting happened at the same spot where they found the boy.
 



(Mt. Hood, OR)  --  Cold weather and precipitation are leading to perfectly powdered slopes at Mt. Hood.  The cold, wet weather of winter and spring has blessed the Cascades with a snow cover of unusually good quality.  Operators at Mt. Hood Meadows says they got more than a hundred inches of snow in late February and they're expecting more today.  Cross-country skiers at Timberline were cheering more than ten inches of new snowfall over the weekend.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man accused of crashing his car into a bicyclist and killing him is pleading guilty to criminally negligent homicide.  Alex Jacoby changed his plea to guilty late last week.  He's previously pleaded not guilty last June.  Police say he was speeding when he struck and killed 21-year-old Robert Esparza on Northeast Glisan in 2016.  Sentencing is set for later this month.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A six-week-old infant is hospitalized after being struck by a falling TV.  Police say the baby was asleep on the carpet at a home on Melinda Street in Beaverton when the unsecured TV fell on top of him.  Police say the TV was sitting on top of a changing table when it fell.  The baby is expected to survive.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police in Clark County are searching for a man and woman accused of shoplifting a saw from a Vancouver Lowes store.  Police say the pair entered the Lowes on Northeast 117th Avenue last Thursday.  Police say the man picked up a new saw at the store and then took it to the cashier, claiming he'd already purchased it and needed to return it.  The cashier refused, allegedly prompting the man and his partner to just steal the saw.  Anyone with information is urged to call police.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges after allegedly stabbing a woman inside his car in Northwest Portland.  Police say an officer was in the area on a separate call when he heard the woman screaming for help.  He called for backup and pulled the car over, prompting the woman to exit the vehicle and tell officer's she'd been stabbed.  The driver exited the vehicle and surrendered without incident.  Police say the two were arguing when the stabbing occurred.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identities of two men killed in a shooting near a bar in Salem.  Police say 24-year-old Tobias Helm-Reese and 21-year-old Tyler Longacre were killed early Saturday morning in the shooting near Bar Fly's on Lancaster Drive Northeast.  A third man was injured in the shooting and is hospitalized in stable condition.  An investigation is ongoing.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is under way into a three-alarm fire at a barn in Salem.  Firefighters responded to the barn at Ward Drive Northeast and Fisher Road Northeast early yesterday morning for a house fire.  Fire officials say the fire spread to a nearby barn within about 20 minutes, prompting a response from eight fire engines and 33 firefighters.  No injuries have been reported.



(Portland, OR)  --  Dozens of Portlanders are protesting the Trump Administration's missile strikes on Syria.  About 50 people gathered at Terry Schrunk Plaza Saturday to call for an end to the violence.  The rally was organized by a group called Peace and Justice Works.



(Portland, OR)  --  The family of a man shot and killed by police inside a Portland homeless shelter is lawyering up.  KATU-2 reports federal civil rights attorney Andrew Stroth is now representing the family of 48-year-old John Elifritz.  His team at the Chicago-based Action Injury Law Group reportedly specializes in issues of police shootings, brutality and excessive force.  Police shot and killed Elifritz inside Cityteam Ministries Portland Shelter on Southeast Grand Avenue April 7th after he allegedly failed to drop a knife police say he was holding.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a three-alarm fire that burned a barn in Salem was intentionally set.  Firefighters responded to the area of Ward Drive Northeast and Fisher Road Northeast early yesterday morning for a house fire.  When firefighters arrived, they found a second, separate fire at a nearby barn, prompting a response from eight fire engines and 33 firefighters.  No injuries have been reported.  Police say transients have been known to squat in the barn.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Vancouver man is fighting for his life after being struck by a car.  Police say the man was walking in traffic near the Fred Meyer on Northeast Highway 99 last night when a car crashed into him.  He was rushed to a hospital with life-threatening injures.  Police say the driver stayed at the scene for questioning.



(Seattle, WA)  --  New details are coming to light regarding allegations of abuse in the Hart family, whose vehicle crashed off a California cliff and into the ocean late last month.  KATU-TV reports that an intake report from Washington state's Child Protective Services details claims from the family's neighbors that two of the children asked them for help several times in the days leading up to the crash.  The documents filed March 23rd state that 15-year-old Devonte Hart asked his neighbor in Woodland for food multiple times a day for about a week in mid-March.  Devonte allegedly told the neighbor that his parents punished him and his siblings by denying them food for entire days at a time.  And last year, 16-year-old Hannah Hart allegedly jumped from her second-story window and ran to her neighbors' home, claiming that both her moms were racist and were abusing her and whipping her with belts.  The teen was also reportedly missing her two front teeth.



(Undated)  --  A major spring storm is heading east after moving through Oregon and the rest of the West Coast.  Heavy snow fell yesterday from Washington down to the Sierra Nevada mountains in California.  As the storm moves east, dozens of states are under winter storm watches going into this weekend.

 



(Washington, DC)  --  Fees at Crater Lake National Park are going up slightly.  The National Park Service said Thursday it plans to raise entrance fees to national parks by around five-dollars next year, with some parks seeing an additional increase in 2020.  The plan applies only to the 117 national parks that charge fees.  The National Park Service had originally called for more than doubling fees during peak season at 17 popular parks, but it backed down on that plan due to negative public response.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland tops Seattle as one of the best places to live in the country.  That's according to U.S. News and World Report, which is out with its 2018 Top 25 Best Places to Live in the USA.  Portland jumped 26 spots from last year to sixth place, due in part to a strong job market and consistent population growth.  Seattle dropped four spots to number ten on the list.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is underway into a possible gang-related shooting in Aloha.  Police responded to a home on Southwest Farmington Road just after midnight on reports of gunfire.  Police say two suspects approached the house and shot at it several times before fleeing on foot.  Nearly a dozen people were inside at the time, but police say no one was injured.  Police are still searching for the suspects.



(Washington, DC)  --  A bill supported by two Oregon lawmakers to legalize the growth of hemp in the U.S. is moving forward.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, along with Democratic Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley of Oregon, introduced the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 on Thursday.  It would legalize and clearly define hemp as an agricultural commodity.  It would also remove hemp from the list of controlled substances.



(Portland, OR)  --  A state committee is still without a consensus on tolls for Portland's Interstate 5 and Interstate 205.  The 25-member panel met Wednesday for the fourth of six scheduled meetings.  The group was created last year to figure out if and how tolling on the highways should be done in order to reduce congestion.  "OregonLive" reports that five proposals are being kicked around, but no agreement has been reached on what to do.  The committee is expected to make its recommendations to the Oregon Transportation Commission in the summer.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man accused of intimidating a Muslim couple in Portland is set to be sentenced for a hate crime next month.  Frederick Sorrell pleaded "no contest" in court yesterday and is facing a maximum of 364 days behind bars.  Police arrested Sorrell in July after he verbally threatened Jaminah Shannon and Alekzandr Wray, implying he had a gun and telling them to go back to their country.  Sorrell tells KATU News he acted out of fear, saying he'd seen hijabis before but had never seen a woman in a burka.  Shannon was actually wearing a niqab, which is similar to a burka but doesn't cover the eyes.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Republican Representative Greg Walden of Oregon is expressing concerns over Facebook's handling of user data.  During a second day of testimony yesterday at the U.S. Capitol, Walden told Zuckerberg that while Facebook has grown, he worries that it hasn't matured.  Walden also said that the American people are concerned with how Facebook protects and profits from its users' data.  He also expressed curiosity on whether Facebook is keeping its end of the agreement with its users.



(Mendocino County, CA)  --  The California Highway Patrol says an SUV submerged in a Mendocino County river matches a vehicle belonging to a missing family.  The Thottapilly family was traveling from Portland to San Jose when a concerned relative told police they hadn't shown up on Sunday as expected.  Witnesses reported seeing a vehicle going over an embankment off Highway 101 near Dora Creek and the wreckage matched the description of the Thottapilly family vehicle.  Rescue crews are now searching the creek for any sign of the family.



(Portland, OR)  --  New details are coming to light about the alleged link between a man shot and killed by Portland police and a white supremacy group.  "The Oregonian" reports that John Elifritz was quoted in a 2007 "Portland Monthly" article about European Kindred.  The Southern Poverty Law Center estimates the gang's membership at 300 in Oregon prisons and another hundred or so on the streets.  Elifritz was shot to death by Portland police officers Saturday inside Cityteam Ministries Portland Shelter.  They believed him to be a suspect in a carjacking earlier in the day and opened fire when he refused orders to drop his knife.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland student is competing in the World Sneaker Championships with a Selena inspired design.  Luis Pizana, who attends a footwear academy in Portland, says he was inspired by the late Tejano superstar and wanted to honor her.  The sneaker is purple and white with a flap that is removable, like the jackets the singer would remove during a live performance.  Pizana is competing against 63 other people and the winner will have their design produced and sold at Foot Lockers around the world.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland Public Schools teacher who was placed on leave for leading an unauthorized walkout is back in the classroom.  School district officials say that Ockley Green Middle School social studies teacher Chris Riser returned to school on Monday.  He was placed on leave March 23rd for an unofficial walkout in which he and some of his students participated in a "die-in" in the middle of an intersection.  Students and parents rallied around the popular teacher, creating an online petition for his reinstatement that garnered more than four-thousand signatures.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Sandy woman is facing charges for allegedly stealing a car and then leading police on a pursuit.  Police arrested 28-year-old Danielle Hague for the incident last night in Washington County.  Police say they approached the woman outside the Fred Meyer near 158th and Walker Road after spotting her near a stolen car.  Police say she allegedly got into the car and backed into the deputy's car before taking off.  Police arrested her after she crashed into a tree following a PIT maneuver at Southwest Murray Boulevard and Southwest Butner Road.



(Indio, CA)  --  An Oregon music festival is filing a lawsuit against Coachella.  Soul'd Out Productions reportedly filed the lawsuit on Monday.  The organization claims Coachella's radius clause is illegal, according to "Law360."  The clause places a limit on where artists can play before and after an event.  It accuses Coachella of requiring acts to sign the clause, which bars artists from playing within a five-state radius of Indio, California, from December through May.  It apparently tried to book several acts that are scheduled to perform at Coachella, but they declined because of the radius clause.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identities of the seven officers and one deputy who shot and killed a man inside a homeless shelter in Southeast Portland.  The Portland Police Bureau identifies them as Officers Richard Bailey, Justin Damerville, Kameron Fender, Alexandru Martiniuc, Bradley Nutting, Chad Phifer and Andrew Polas, along with Deputy Aaron Sieczkowski.  The officers are all from the Portland Police Bureau, while the deputy is with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.  Police say they shot and killed John Elifritz, AKA "John-John," Saturday night inside Cityteam Ministries Portland Shelter on Grand Avenue.  Police say the officers believed Elifritz to be a suspect in a carjacking earlier in the day and he refused orders to drop his knife.



(Portland, OR)  --  New details are coming to light regarding a crash that killed a teenager on Southeast Foster Road.  Police say the driver involved in the crash had a blood-alcohol content of point-one-two-six-percent.  Police say 16-year-old James Carrol Freeman was a passenger in the car when it crashed into an embankment Monday morning.  Freeman became pinned underneath the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver suffered non-life-threatening injuries.



(Portland, OR)  --  School district officials are warning parents about a man who approached a young girl in the Woodstock neighborhood.  Officials with Portland Public Schools say the Woodstock Elementary School student was approached in the area of Southeast 48th Avenue and Ramona Street on Sunday afternoon.  Officials say the man drove up to the girl in a white or silver van and asked her to grab a newspaper for him.  He then allegedly took off when a resident stepped out of their home.  He's described as tan with a medium build and salt-and-pepper hair.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into an auto-pedestrian crash that injured one person in the Keizer area.  Police say the pedestrian was taken to a hospital last night after being struck by a car near River Road North and Sam Orcutt.  The driver did remain at the scene for police questioning.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Columbia Sportswear's CEO is putting his money where the homeless are.  Tim Boyle has announced that he'll kick in one-and-a-half-million-dollars to get a homeless shelter going in downtown Portland.  "The Oregonian" reports that it's being called a "navigation center," where people will get a bed and a bath in addition to healthcare and social services.  Boyle's donation to Oregon Harbor of Hope has the blessing of Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, who says it's the kind of "community-based solution" he's been looking for.
 



(Spokane, WA)  --  An Oregon man accused of kidnapping a woman and then raping and torturing her is pleading not guilty.  Forty-year-old Roger Heuberger entered the plea in court yesterday.  He's accused of holding a woman against her will at a motel in Spokane, Washington late last month.  Police say he tied her to a chair and injected her with heroin before forcing her to watch snuff films and then cutting her arm several times and raping her.  Heuberger is alleged to belong to the Eugene-based outlaw motorcycle gang Free Souls Motorcycle Club.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Public School system is rejecting a request to allow autistic students to bring a personal therapist to class with them.  The school board last night rejected an appeal of their decision not to grant the request.  Parents of autistic students in the district say the therapy known as Applied Behavior Analysis provides their kids with the framework they require in order to learn.



(Seattle, WA)  --  Beaverton-based Nike is being dealt a blow by Oregon's neighbors to the north.  The University of Washington is ending their two-decade-long partnership with Nike in favor of Adidas.  The Huskies have agreed to a 119-million-dollar apparel deal with Adidas.  The "Seattle Times" reports the ten-year deal is among the top-ten most lucrative apparel deals in college athletics.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Police Bureau is holding off on identifying the officers who shot and killed a man inside a homeless shelter in Southeast Portland.  The Bureau cites department policy, saying the officers have been receiving threats from the public.  Police say officers shot and killed John Elifritz, AKA "John-John," Saturday night inside Cityteam Ministries Portland Shelter on Grand Avenue.  Police say the officers believed Elifritz to be a suspect in a carjacking earlier in the day and that he refused orders to drop his knife.



(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are being reported following a large house fire in Bethany.  Firefighters responded to the home on Northwest Bernietta Court yesterday morning.  Fire officials say the blaze started due to an improper storage of
oil-soaked rags.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting that injured a man in north Portland.  Police say the victim walked into a hospital Sunday night with serious but not life-threatening gunshot wounds.  Investigators believe he was shot near the 63-hundred block of North Marine Drive.  Police are still searching for a suspect.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police believe alcohol may have been to blame for a head-on crash that killed a 19-year-old man from Milwaukie.  Police say Jesus M. Ramirez-Cortes was driving west on Highway 26 near milepost 13 this past Sunday when he crossed into oncoming traffic.  His car crashed head-on with a driver from Vancouver.  Ramirez-Cortes was pronounced dead at the scene.  The other driver was uninjured.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect accused of assaulting a man after demanding a cigarette from him.  Police arrested 28-year-old Donminique Holliday on Sunday morning for the incident under the west side of the Burnside Bridge.  He's charged with robbery and assault.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead and another is injured following a crash in Southeast Portland.  Police say a man was driving on Southeast Foster Road yesterday morning when he crashed into an embankment.  One man in the car was injured and sought help from nearby police.  Another man was pinned underneath the car.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.



(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are behind bars in connection to an early morning shooting.  Police responded to the area of Southeast 78th Avenue and Southeast Flavel Street just before 1:00 this morning on reports of shots fired.  Police arrested two suspects who matched witness descriptions.  One of the suspects allegedly had a nine-millimeter gun in his waistband.
 



(Santa Clarita, CA)  --  Police are searching for a California family that disappeared on a road trip departing from Portland.  The Thottappilly family was traveling from Portland to San Jose, California, but lost contact with relatives last Thursday.  A Facebook posting says the family of four was last known to be near Redwood National Park and it was traveling in a red Honda Pilot.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A 20-year-old man is facing charges after allegedly being caught in a stolen car with multiple weapons and body armor.  Police arrested Dylan L. Young yesterday morning after trying to pull him over on Northeast 110th Avenue.  Police say Young eventually stopped on Northeast 109th Avenue at Wygant Street and fled on foot.  Police used a K-9 unit to track him down and arrest him.  A search of the car allegedly turned up a revolver, knives, body armor, handcuffs, ammo and possible stolen mail.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into the deadly police shooting of a homeless man inside a shelter in Southeast Portland.  Police say officers shot and killed the man last night inside Cityteam Ministries Portland Shelter on Grand Avenue.  A family spokesperson identifies the victim as John Elifritz, AKA "John-John."  Police say the officers believed Elifritz to be a suspect in a carjacking earlier in the day and that he refused orders to drop his knife.



(Portland, OR)  --  An autopsy is scheduled tomorrow for a body believed to be that of one of the three missing Hart children.  Police in Northern California say some tourists found the body Saturday afternoon floating in the surf near Juan Creek in Mendocino County.  Police say the body appears to be that of a black female.  Search crews are still looking for three children who are missing after Jennifer and Sarah Hart crashed their car off a cliff along the coast two weeks ago, killing themselves and at least three of their children.  Police believe all six of their children were in the car at the time of the crash.



(Portland, OR)  --  A veteran is facing possible charges after allegedly threatening his neighbor with a gun.  It happened last night at an apartment on Northeast 89th Avenue near Fremont Street.  Police asked residents to shelter in place as they searched for and arrested the man.  The suspect's landlord says he's a veteran who suffers from PTSD.  Police say he will undergo a mental health evaluation.



(Portland, OR)  --  Environmental officials are advising residents to avoid a portion of the Willamette River after a sewer system overflow.  The Bureau of Environmental Services says recent rains caused the city's combined sewer system to start overflowing into the river yesterday morning.  Authorities say people should avoid the river downstream of the Ross Island Bridge at least two days after the overflow ends.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is under way into the discovery of a body in the Willamette River.  Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol says the body was found Saturday afternoon near the Burnside Bridge.  Police are working to identify the victim.



(Portland, OR)  --  A grand jury is charging a 42-year-old man with kidnapping and attempted rape, among other charges.  This, after he allegedly tried to sexually assault a worker at a cellphone store last fall.  Police say Randy Wayne Bunch entered the store on North Tomahawk Island Drive in October and claimed to have a gun.  He then allegedly ordered a woman into a back room and told her to take off her clothes.  Police say he then told her it was a prank and apologized before leaving.  Police say he grabbed a two-thousand-dollar tablet on his way out the door.



(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are being reported following an apartment fire in Southeast Portland.  Firefighters responded to the apartment on Southeast Ankeny Street Saturday.  Fire officials say the blaze appears to have started in a basement dryer and then spread all the way to the attic.  Authorities say everyone escaped safely.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a second suspect in connection to the shooting death of a 30-year-old man downtown.  Police arrested 18-year-old Avarihae K. Collins during a traffic stop.  He's accused along with 24-year-old Aaron D. Birt of shooting and killing Ellante Davone Williams at Southwest 4th Avenue and Stark Street in late January.  Police arrested Birt the night of the shooting.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Parents of students at a Portland Catholic school are just finding out about sex abuse allegations.  Administrators at St. Mary's Academy told parents Wednesday that an English teacher had her license revoked by the state in January.  The action followed her resignation last year amid an investigation into alleged sexual abuse of a student nearly ten years ago.  The "Portland Tribune" reports that Francesca Cronan allegedly had inappropriate contact with a teenage girl in 2008.  Ariana Garay recently came forward with the allegation, which Cronan denies.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland State University is hiking its tuition.  School officials held a public forum last night announcing it's raising its tuition by five-percent.  School officials say the hike is necessary due to declining state funding and rising costs.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a pair of car prowling suspects.  Police say a man and a woman stole a Portland visitor's passport along with their laptop, credit card, car keys and business papers.  Police say the theft happened in the Albina/Fremont area.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is under way into a shooting that injured a man in Molalla.  Police say the man was shot yesterday afternoon at a home on rural property.  The victim was airlifted to a hospital.  Police are still searching for the suspect, who they believe knew the victim.



(Undated)  --  The Pineapple Express is on its way to the West Coast.  The atmospheric river of Pacific moisture is expected to bring heavy rain to the coast this weekend, with the threat of flooding and record warm temperatures.  Forecasters say flooding is a concern in parts of northern California, and mudslides are possible in areas burned by recent wildfires.



(Portland, OR)  --  A 28-year-old man is facing nearly two decades in prison for the rapes and kidnappings of two ex-girlfriends.  A judge sentenced Justin Hatchell yesterday to nearly 18 years in prison with no chance of early release for at least 14 years.  Hatchell was convicted of kidnapping, beating, raping and then holding hostage two of his former girlfriends in July 2016 and in March 2017.



(Portland, OR)  --  The state of Oregon is getting 600-thousand dollars to aid in the battle against the opioid epidemic.  The state Department of Justice says the funds are coming from a two-point-four-million-dollar settlement with the medical device company Medtronic.  The settlement was over the company's illegal promotion of bone graft technology.  The state DOJ says it's the second time they've used settlement funds in the fight against opioid addiction.



(Portland, OR)  --  County leaders are working to fix a computer formula that nearly released a murder suspect from the Multnomah County Jail.  Willamette Week reports the jail nearly released 19-year-old Jamaine Oliver a couple weeks ago until a sheriff intervened.  The mistake was due to an error in the algorithm that identifies potential candidates for early release to prevent overcrowding once the county jails reach 95-percent capacity.  Multnomah County Sheriff's officials say the algorithm mistakenly identified Oliver as a candidate.



(Mendocino County, CA)  --  Police are expanding their search for the three missing Hart children in Mendocino County, California.  Search crews were dispatched yesterday morning to scan 30 miles of shoreline from the crash site to the Fort Bragg area.  Police say searchers found a cellphone near the crash site, but it's not yet clear if the phone belonged to any of the Harts.  The search is set to resume after today's bad weather lifts.  Jennifer and Sarah Hart, along with their three other children, were found dead after their SUV plunged off a California cliff last week.  The family lived in Washington state.



(Lebanon, OR)  --  An Albany man is facing charges for allegedly assaulting five people with a propane torch.  It happened just before midnight Tuesday at a home in Lebanon.  Police say 22-year-old Nathan Clark used the metal propane tank portion of the torch to assault the group.  Police say the victims suffered minor injuries but didn't require hospitalization.  Police have arrested Clark.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is under way into the death of a missing woman in Dallas.  Police say search crews found the body of 53-year-old Leisa Ann Blackburn Stewart yesterday morning in Tillamook County.  She'd been reported missing Tuesday morning.
 



(Gladstone, OR)  --  One man is hospitalized after being attacked with a machete near Gladstone.  Police responded to a home at Rose Street and Jennings Avenue yesterday on reports of a shooting there.  Arriving officers found a man suffering from machete wounds.  Police arrested the suspect a couple blocks away from the scene.  It's not yet clear whether any shots were fired.



(Spokane, WA)  --  An alleged member of a Eugene-based motorcycle gang is facing charges for the rape and kidnapping of a Spokane, Washington woman.  Police have arrested 40-year-old Roger Heuberger on charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, unlawful imprisonment and third-degree rape.  Police say he held a woman against her will at a hotel late last month following a night of drug-fueled partying.  Police say he tied the woman to a chair and forced her to watch snuff films before raping her.  Heuberger is believed to be a member of the Free Souls motorcycle club.



(Portland, OR)  --  Employees of a Portland Burgerville restaurant are one step closer to unionizing.  Burgerville officials informed the National Labor Relations Board yesterday that it doesn't plan to challenge a vote to unionize by workers at the Southeast 92nd and Powell location.  Workers at the restaurant are asking for pay raises.  The company says it will begin bargaining in good faith if workers vote to unionize.
 



(Vancouver, WA)  --  An investigation is under way into a blaze that left a family of 14 homeless in Vancouver, Washington.  They say the family of two adults and 12 children evacuated the home after the blaze sparked on Northeast Laurin Road at around 2:00 yesterday morning.  No injuries were reported.  The home had working smoke detectors.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of robbing a store at knifepoint in Southeast Portland.  Police say the man entered Metro PCS on Southeast Division Street last night with a twelve-inch knife and demanded money.  No injuries were reported.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is hospitalized and facing charges after allegedly crashing a stolen car into a house in Northeast Portland.  Police responded to a house on Northeast 68th Avenue Tuesday afternoon on reports of a crash.  Witnesses told police that three men ran from the car following the crash, leaving the injured driver behind.  Doctors say he's expected to survive.  Police later learned the vehicle was reported as stolen.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is charged with attempted murder in connection to a shooting on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard last month.  Twenty-five-year-old Ervan Herring was indicted by a grand jury yesterday on charges of attempted murder and attempted first-degree assault.  Police say Herring and another person exchanged gunfire from inside separate cars in a parking lot March 12th.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a reckless driver who allegedly led officers on a chase from Vancouver to Portland.  It all started yesterday afternoon in Vancouver when officers tried to pull the driver over for reckless driving near St. Johns and East Fourth Plain Boulevards.  Police say the suspect continued driving, and a PIT maneuver near Jantzen Beach failed to stop the suspect.  Police believe the suspect is in the Portland area.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of trying to rob a coffee stand in Southeast Portland.  Police say the masked man walked up to the drive-thru window of the Dutch Bros. near 26th Avenue and SE Holgate Boulevard last night and demanded money.  He then allegedly ran off without getting any cash.  Police describe the suspect as six feet tall with grey hair.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland non-profit wants to turn the never-opened Wapto jail into a homeless shelter.  The group Oregon Harbor of Hope is offering seven-million-dollars to buy the jail.  Oregon Harbor of Hope was organized by developer Homer Williams.  The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners is currently discussing selling the building to developer Marty Kehoe.  One commissioner voted against the sale to Kehoe on Monday, arguing the jail should be used for the homeless.



(Portland, OR)  --  A student-organized town hall addressing gun violence is scheduled tonight at Portland State University.  The high school students who organized the event are calling it #EnoughIsEnough.  The students plan to address lawmakers and ask hard-hitting questions about gun control laws.  The free event is open to the public.  It's scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. in the Smith Memorial Student Union.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A 44-year-old man is facing more than a decade behind bars after pleading guilty to the sexual abuse of a child.  The District Attorney's Office says Ricardo Guzman Bolanos pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree sexual abuse and no contest to one count of attempted first-degree sodomy.  Police say he abused an eight-year-old girl for two years beginning in 2013.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man accused of breaking into a Cornelius home and sexually assaulting a sleeping woman is pleading guilty to some charges.  Edgar Agustin Perez pleaded guilty late last week to two counts of second-degree sexual abuse and two counts of first-degree burglary.  He pleaded not guilty to first-degree sodomy, first-degree unlawful sexual penetration and first-degree sexual abuse.  He's accused of breaking into a home on North Clark Street in January and sexually assaulting a woman who was sleeping in bed beside her fiance.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland-based coffee company is closing its doors after more than a century in the business.  A spokesperson with Boyd Coffee Company says the company is shutting down after being sold to Farmer Bros. Coffee Company in Texas last year.  The spokesperson says Farmer Bros. hired on about ten-percent of the 230 people employed by Boyd Coffee.  The rest of the employees are now facing layoffs.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A portion of Southwest Stark Street could soon be renamed after gay activist Harvey Milk.  A panel of historians appointed by City Commissioner Dan Saltzman held a meeting yesterday to discuss renaming 13 blocks of the street after Milk.  Milk was the nation's first openly gay elected official after joining the San Francisco City Council in 1978.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Bail is set at a-quarter-million-dollars for a Portland teen accused of assault and robbery.  Fifteen-year-old Jacarri Gavros is accused of robbing and assaulting employees at two Portland eateries.  Police say Gavros stole ice cream from Peterson's Market on Southwest Yamhill Street on his birthday in January and assaulted a store clerk who chased after him.  A few weeks later, he allegedly stole a tip jar from the "Stretch the Noodle" food cart on Southwest Washington Street.  When the owner and his wife confronted him, he allegedly hit both of them in the face.



(Marion County, OR)  --  A couple teenagers are doing okay after getting stuck in the snow in the Cascades.  Police say the two teenage girls from Washington state were driving through the Cascades for a snowboarding trip when their car got stuck in nearly a foot of snow near Detroit.  A Marion County Search and Rescue crew found them and towed them to safety.  No injuries were reported.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Public Schools District is warning students and parents about an anti-Muslim flier circulating in its schools.  The district issued a statement yesterday about a flier originating in the United Kingdom that advertises today, April 3rd, as "Punish a Muslim Day."  District officials say they're looking into how the fliers were distributed.  They added there's no direct threat to their schools, but security staff has been alerted.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Students and parents at Portland's Ockley Green Middle School continue to demand the reinstatement of a teacher who's been placed on leave.  The district hasn't said why social studies teacher Chris Riser was placed on leave.  Students and parents held a rally outside the school yesterday morning to show support for his return.  Some students believe he's being disciplined for marching with students during a protest last February.



(Mendocino, CA)  --  Police in Northern California say it appears that a crash that killed at least five former Portland-area family members last week was intentional.  Search crews have recovered the bodies of parents Jennifer and Sarah Hart and three of their adopted children after their SUV drove off a cliff in Mendocino County on March 26th.  Three other children are still missing and California Highway Patrol says they could have been swept away by the ocean.  Police still don't know which parent was driving at the time of the incident.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  A man is facing assault charges after allegedly punching a grocery store cashier in the face.  Police arrested 44-year-old Hathasone Pathammavong yesterday afternoon at the Fred Meyer store on Walker Road in Beaverton.  Witnesses say the cashier was helping other customers when Pathammavong punched her.  Police say witnesses held the suspect until officers arrived to arrest him.  There's no word yet on what prompted the assault.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a possible gang-related shooting at a bar in Southeast Portland.  Police responded to the Speakeasy Lounge at 162nd and Stark early Saturday morning on reports of a man shooting his gun at a car.  Arriving officers found evidence of gunfire at the scene but are still searching for the suspect.  No injuries were reported.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Three people are safe after being rescued from their sinking boat on the Columbia River.  Coast Guard officials say a man and two women called for help Saturday night after their boat started taking on water near the Port of Vancouver.  Coast Guard crews pulled the group to safety, but the man reportedly jumped back in to try and save his sinking boat and had to be rescued a second time.  The Coast Guard says crews will salvage the sunken vessel in the near future.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is hospitalized in critical condition after being struck in an auto-pedestrian crash.  Police say 23-year-old Blaine Livingston was walking on Southwest Canyon Road Saturday night when a car came around a corner and hit him.  Police say the driver stayed at the scene and was not cited.  It's not yet clear why Livingston was walking in the middle of the road.



(Portland, OR)  --  A kayaker is doing all right after being rescued from Tillamook Bay.  Coast Guard officials say the kayaker was setting crab pots at the bay Saturday when his boat capsized.  Crews rescued the man.  The Coast Guard is reminding boaters that the water is still cold in spite of recent sunny skies and warming temperatures.



(Portland, OR)  --  Fire officials say no one was injured in an early-morning blaze that burned a dumpster in Northeast Portland.  Firefighters responded to the dumpster fire on Northeast Columbia Boulevard around 3:30 this morning.  Fire officials say crews were able to prevent the flames from spreading to a nearby vacant building.  An investigation into what caused the fire is underway.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of stealing a gallon jar of marijuana from a pot shop in Beaverton.  It happened Saturday at the Growing Releaf medical and recreational pot shop on Southwest 109th Avenue.  Police say 23-year-old Devonte Gregory Stewart from Portland grabbed the jar and ran out of the store to a get-away car being driven by a female suspect.  One employee suffered minor injuries after allegedly being shoved to the ground while chasing after Stewart.


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