(Portland, OR) -- An arraignment hearing is scheduled today for a former Multnomah County Health Department employee accused of sexually assaulting a child in Portland. Police arrested 64-year-old Sandy Ortiz earlier this month in San Diego, California on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse. Police say Ortiz assaulted a boy under the age of 14 for a year between 2000 and 2001 after meeting him at the Northeast Health Center on MLK Jr. Boulevard. Police believe Ortiz may have had additional victims.
(Gresham, OR) -- Police are searching for a suspect in connection to a stabbing in Gresham. Police say the victim showed up at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center with a stab wound yesterday afternoon. Police searched for the suspect at an apartment complex across Northeast Hogan Drive and at a supply yard at Coastal Farms and Ranch but were unable to find him.
(Portland, OR) -- Oregon "cop-watcher" Eli Richey is off the hook for videotaping Portland's police chief. Oregon Live reports Richey was arrested Tuesday afternoon for violating an order to stay away from Danielle Outlaw. He had shot video of her Sunday outside City Hall. He spent the night in jail, but the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office dropped the charge and he was released.
(Portland, OR) -- Police are releasing the identity of a woman who was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident on Highway 30 near Rainier. Police say 61-year-old Susan Klokeid of Victoria, B.C. was riding her Harley-Davidson near milepost 40 Wednesday afternoon when another driver rear-ended her. That driver has been identified as 31-year-old David Summers of Longview, Washington. No citations have been issued. Klokeid remains hospitalized.
(Portland, OR) -- A man is pleading guilty to manslaughter in connection to the death of a woman inside a Portland Motel 6 last year. Court documents show Joshua Carlson entered the guilty plea yesterday. He's accused in the strangulation death of 42-year-old Valerie Johnson.
(Portland, OR) -- One woman is hospitalized after her motorhome experienced a brake failure and flipped near Portland. Police say 32-year-old Angela Feemster crashed Wednesday night in Milwaukie. Feemster was rushed to a local hospital, where doctors say she is expected to survive.
(Portland, OR) -- Fire officials say a malfunctioning air conditioning unit is responsible for an early morning fire that damaged a home in northeast Portland. Firefighters responded to the blaze at an apartment on Northeast Broadway just before 2:00 this morning. No injuries were reported.
(Portland, OR) -- A pair of attorneys are suing the state bar, saying they shouldn't have to pay fees to practice law. The attorneys from West Linn and Klamath Falls filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Portland federal court. They claim the bar is violating their constitutional rights by demanding the payments. They're citing a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that says public employees cannot be required to pay union dues if they opt out of membership.
(Portland, OR) -- Bail is set at more than 200-thousand dollars for a Columbia County man facing dozens of charges for child rape and attempted murder. Police announced yesterday that 42-year-old Louis Sourjohn is facing 51 charges, including multiple counts of rape and sex abuse along with kidnapping, coercion, strangulation and attempted murder. Police say he groomed and assaulted four juveniles and two adults. Police arrested him in May on separate charges and say he happened to have evidence on him linking him to the crimes.
(Portland, OR) -- Two people are hospitalized following a wrong-way crash on Interstate 84. Police say a 97-year-old man was driving the wrong way down an eastbound off-ramp at Exit 104 yesterday afternoon when he crashed into a 22-year-old woman's car head-on. Both victims are expected to survive their injuries. Police cited the man for reckless driving and say the DMV will request that he retakes his driver's license test.
(Portland, OR) -- Two children are injured following a school bus crash in Cornelius. Police say a minivan collided with the bus near 11th Avenue and North Clark Street yesterday afternoon. Two children and the minivan's driver suffered minor injuries. Police issued the minivan driver a citation for failing to yield the right-of-way at a stop sign.
(Portland, OR) -- Oregon's Humane Society is under investigation as agents are accused of mishandling evidence. Oregon State Police have suspended the agency's law enforcement credentials in light of the allegations. The Oregonian reports that a number of animal abuse and neglect cases could be thrown out if the accusations are true. Details of the allegations were not immediately available, but a state police superintendent says it's "clear" that an investigation of the agents' actions is necessary.
(Rainier, OR) -- One person is seriously injured following a motorcycle crash near Rainier. Police say the two-vehicle crash happened yesterday afternoon on Highway 30 near Nikolai Road. An investigation into the crash is ongoing.
(Portland, OR) -- Three people are fighting for their lives following a house fire in Cedar Mill. Fire officials say a man and a woman and their 7-year-old daughter all suffered life-threatening injuries in the fire at their home on Northwest Lovejoy Court near Northwest 128th Avenue just after midnight today. An investigation is ongoing into the fire's cause.
(Salem, OR) -- Unsafe beach water could put a damper on Labor Day weekend. The Oregon Health Authority is warning people of elevated bacteria levels in the water at Cannon, Nye and Agate beaches. They say the likely cause is fecal matter. It's not clear if those advisories will be lifted before the holiday weekend, but people are advised not to have any contact with the water until it's deemed safe.
(Portland, OR) -- Dozens of unclaimed veterans' remains are now at rest following a ceremony near Portland. A graveside service with full military honors took place yesterday at Willamette National Cemetery for 28 unclaimed veterans' remains and nine spousal remains. The burial was made possible by the Missing in America Project, which works to locate, identify and bury the unclaimed remains of veterans.
(Portland, OR) -- One woman is dead following a three-car crash in northeast Portland. Police say the crash happened yesterday morning on Marine Drive near the Northeast 122nd Avenue intersection. Police say a semi-truck crashed into the woman's van while she was making a left turn, pushing her van into another vehicle. No other injuries were reported.
(Beaverton, OR) -- Beaverton-based Nike is kicking in 25-thousand dollars to Governor Kate Brown's re-election campaign. OregonLive reports that it's an unusually large political donation for the company, which usually limits contributions to one or two-thousand dollars. Nike co-founder Phil Knight gave an even bigger gift to Brown's opponent last year. His half-million-dollar contribution to Republican Knute Buehler's campaign was his largest ever.
(Vancouver, WA) -- A Vancouver, Washington man is facing charges after allegedly playing "chicken" with police. Police say Michael Benjamin was driving erratically when officers tried to pull him over Saturday in Clark County. Benjamin allegedly refused to pull over and instead accelerated directly toward their vehicle until the officers were forced to swerve off the road. Police say he then flipped officers "the bird" as he fled. Police eventually were able to stop him using a PIT maneuver.
(Portland, OR) -- A Portland man will be spending time behind bars after being convicted for a tenth time for felony public indecency. A judge yesterday sentenced Michael Dorgan to 55 months, or nearly five years in prison. He will also face five months of post-prison supervision and be required to register as a sex offender. This most recent conviction stems from an incident at Portland State University on July 8th, when a group of women reported he'd exposed himself to them and started touching himself inappropriately.
(Austin, TX) -- A Texas man is offering 3D gun blueprints for sale despite a federal court ruling. Cody Wilson said yesterday customers who order plans from his company online will receive the blueprints on USB drives in the mail. Monday's decision by a Seattle judge extended a ban on publishing the instructions online. According to Wilson, the mail is a secure form of communication that's not covered by the judge's order. Oregon is among more than a dozen states suing to keep Defense Distributed from distributing the plans to make plastic guns on a 3-D printer.
(Portland, OR) -- Oregon's only heart transplant program is suspended due to a shortage of doctors. Oregon Health and Science University announced yesterday that at least three cardiologists are gone or planning to leave. The facility will not take on any new transplant patients or accept any donor hearts for 14 days. An OHSU spokeswoman told the Oregonian that they have enough staff to follow up on recent transplant patients. She says the next couple of weeks will see an effort to recruit new specialists to run the program.
(Portland, OR) -- Police are searching for a hit-and-run driver who left one person injured. Police say the two-car crash happened last night on Highway 30 about eight miles south of Scappoose. One driver suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
(Portland, OR) -- A man is facing hate crime charges after allegedly shouting racial epithets at a woman while threatening her with a knife. The incident happened yesterday afternoon in the 1200 block of Southwest Columbia Street. Police arrested 33-year-old Joshua Castillo on charges of second-degree intimidation, menacing and second-degree trespassing.
(Seattle, WA) -- Blueprints for 3-D printed guns will stay under wraps for now. A federal judge in Seattle decided yesterday to extend a block on publishing the instructions online. Oregon is among more than a dozen states suing to keep a Texas-based company from distributing the directions that would allow people to make plastic guns on a 3-D printer. The states claim criminals would have easy access to 3-D printed guns and that such weapons would be untraceable. The company Defense Distributed says it has a First Amendment right to publish the instructions.
(Portland, OR) -- Hood to Coast is getting a new chairperson following accusations of sexism at this year's race. Hood to Coast announced last night that the daughter of race founder Bob Foote will be taking his place as chairwoman. Felicia Hubber also holds the position of race director. The move follows news that race organizers failed to acknowledge the top-finishing women's team during Saturday night's awards ceremony, even though they acknowledged the top finishing men's teams, high school teams and walking teams. Runner Emily Pritt says when she asked Foote why the women weren't recognized, he told her to, "Go talk to someone who cares."
(Portland, OR) -- Governor Kate Brown is opening the school year with a pep talk for students. Brown welcomed freshman students at Portland's Madison High yesterday and got a shouted promise that all 342 of them would graduate. The state's graduation rate has improved during Brown's term, but still lags behind most of the nation, with nearly 25-percent of Oregon students failing to get a diploma on time. The Oregonian reports that the governor promised to inject 300-million dollars into the state's high schools for career-technical courses, double the present level.
(Portland, OR) -- A woman is facing charges after allegedly trying to kidnap a 6-year-old girl in southeast Portland. Police say 25-year-old Stephanie Romero approached the girl while she was playing tag with friends at an apartment on Southeast 92nd Avenue Sunday evening. Romero allegedly told the girl she was her mother and then took her by the wrist, saying she was going to take her to a nearby bike trail. The girl reportedly escaped and ran back into her apartment, but Romero allegedly followed and told the girl's grandmother, "I wanna take her, I wanna save the kids." Police say the girl's mother arrived home shortly later and punched Romero, prompting her to flee with several items she'd picked up in the apartment. Police arrested her nearby a short time later.
(Undated) -- An Oregon-based company that makes vegetarian food products is suing to stop a Missouri law from going into effect today. The Hood River-based company Tofurky is suing so it can keep describing its products with terms that sound like meat. Tofurky's lawsuit says it should be able to sell its hot dogs and sausages, as long as the packing makes it clear the stuff is made from vegetables. The company and an advocacy group filed suit yesterday to block a Missouri law against calling products meat if they don't come from livestock or poultry.
(Portland, OR) -- A former school employee in Gresham is facing two years of probation after sending a sexually explicit text message to a student. Authorities say 32-year-old Kecia Weaver was sentenced yesterday for sending a sexually explicit picture of herself four years ago to a boy at Centennial High School. Investigators say she didn't have any physical contact with the boy and didn't target any other students. A spokeswoman for the Multnomah County D.A. says Weaver will be required to get counseling and treatment for her problems.
(Portland, OR) -- Oregon leaders and lawmakers are commenting on the passing of Senator John McCain of Arizona. Governor Kate Brown called McCain an American hero with an unflinching commitment to our country. Senator Ron Wyden took to Twitter, calling McCain "a lion of the U.S. Senate, a patriot and a true American hero." Senator Jeff Merkley says he was deeply saddened by McCain's death, adding that he led a courageous and remarkable life. Brown has ordered all flags to be flown at half-staff until sunset tonight. McCain passed away Saturday, just one day after his family announced he'd decided to discontinue treatment for brain cancer.
(Portland, OR) -- Police are searching for a man accused of robbing a Domino's Pizza in northeast Portland. Police say the man walked into the restaurant on Northeast Glisan near 70th Avenue Saturday night and told employees he had a weapon. He allegedly demanded cash and then fled on foot. Anyone with information is urged to contact police.
(Seattle, WA) -- A man accused of stealing a car in Seattle with a developmentally disabled man still inside of it is behind bars in Portland. Police say they arrested a 31-year-old suspect in Portland just after midnight Friday and recovered the stolen BMW. Authorities are now working to have the suspect extradited to Seattle. Police say a developmentally disabled man was sitting in the car parked near the Seattle Pinball Museum Friday evening when the suspect got into the car and took off with him. Police later located the victim in Seattle's Pioneer Square and say he was unharmed.
(Washington, DC) -- Representative Greg Walden is among House Republicans wanting to talk to the CEO of Twitter about concerns that social media companies are being biased against conservatives. The House Energy and Commerce Committee has scheduled Jack Dorsey to testify on September 5th. Walden serves as panel chairman and says he is looking forward to learning more about the company's content judgment calls. President Trump has been accusing social media platforms of trying to silence Republicans and conservatives.
(Portland, OR) -- A Portland Police officer and search and rescue volunteer is dead after suffering a heart attack on Mount Hood. Mountain Wave Search and Rescue says Grant Shirahama was hiking Mount Hood on Friday when he suffered a heart attack and died. Shirahama worked as a production assistant for KATU News and a cameraman for KGW before moving on to join the Portland Police Bureau as a Youth Services Division Student Resource Officer.
(Portland, OR) -- A woman is seriously injured following a DUII crash in southeast Portland. Police say the woman was driving along Southeast Division Street yesterday morning when 25-year-old Luis Enrique Guzman Espinoza crashed into her. Police say crews had to cut the door off the woman's car to get her out, and she's now fighting for her life in a hospital. Police have arrested Guzman Espinoza for DUII as well as assault, reckless driving and reckless endangerment.
(Seattle, WA) -- A federal judge in Seattle is expected to rule today on whether to block the release of blueprints for 3D-printed guns. U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik will decide whether to issue an injunction against Texas resident Cody Wilson, who wants to publish plans online for printing plastic guns. Lasnik issued a temporary restraining order last month blocking Wilson from publishing the plans. Oregon is among 19 states and the District of Columbia suing the Trump administration over its decision to drop the federal government's five-year litigation against Wilson, allowing him to disseminate the printing plans.
(Portland, OR) -- The 2018 Walk To End Alzheimer's - Portland is in the books. Hundreds of people gathered at the Rose Quarter yesterday morning to walk for the cure. Participants raised money for the Alzheimer's Association to promote research efforts as well as care and support for Alzheimer's patients.
(Portland, OR) -- Police are identifying a motorcyclist who was killed in a crash on Highway 30. Police say 44-year-old Hoa Nguyen-Phoc of Forest Grove was riding near the St. Johns Bridge last Wednesday when he crashed into a car. He was pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation is ongoing.
(Portland, OR) -- A Hillsboro man is lucky to be alive after being rescued from his burning home. Firefighters responded to the home on Wynnwood Drive last night on reports of a garage fire. Fire officials say crews found a man still asleep inside the home and had to knock on the door to wake him up. No injuries were reported. An investigation into the fire is ongoing.
(Portland, OR) -- Police in Hood River County are searching for a 22-year-old woman who's been missing for about a month. Police say Alicia Galvez was last seen near Tucker Road and Barrett Drive on July 24th. She was reported missing last Thursday. She's described as five feet tall with light brown hair and a slender build.
(Portland, OR) -- Four dogs are dead following a house fire in southeast Portland. Firefighters responded to the home on Southeast 33rd Avenue last night. Fire officials say the resident was not home when the fire broke out, and four dogs inside the home perished in the flames. Investigators are still looking into how the fire started.
(Portland, OR) -- Portland City Council is approving a plan to create a new zoning designation for manufactured home parks. City council members voted last night to approve the plan aimed at creating more affordable housing. The move places additional restrictions on developers that try to buy up mobile home parks to redevelop them into pricey homes and apartments.
(Portland, OR) -- Police are releasing the identity of a man who died after falling 25 feet near Bridal Veil Falls in the Columbia River Gorge. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says 64-year-old John Ferdinand Winther of New York was hiking with his wife and two adult children to celebrate his birthday Tuesday afternoon when he fell from a viewing platform near the upper trailhead. It's not yet clear how the man fell.
(McMinnville, OR) -- Police are searching for a missing 71-year-old woman who suffers from dementia. The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office says Mary Anne Richardson was last seen yesterday on 3rd Street in McMinnville. Richardson answers to the name Mac and was last seen wearing a light-colored sweatshirt with jeans and one black shoe and one white shoe.
(Vancouver, WA) -- Things are getting back to normal at a hospital in Vancouver, Washington today after a disturbance forced it into a modified lockdown. Police say PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center was put on lockdown last night due to a disturbance involving a person. Police have since arrested the person. Further details were not immediately available.
(Bandon, OR) -- There are no reports of damage or a tsunami warning after a powerful earthquake struck off the coast of Oregon early today. The U.S. Geological Survey says the 6.3-magnitude quake hit nearly 190 miles west of the town of Bandon, about four and-a-half hours southwest of Portland. The U.S.G.S. says it was recorded at a depth of about six miles.
(Portland, OR) -- A man is dead after falling 25 feet near Bridal Veil Falls in the Columbia River Gorge. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says the 64-year-old man was hiking with his wife and two adult children to celebrate his birthday yesterday afternoon when he fell from a viewing platform near the upper trailhead. It's not yet clear how the man fell. Authorities expect to release his identity sometime today.
(Seattle, WA) -- A ruling could come Monday in the legal battle over 3D-printed guns. U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik in Seattle is expected to decide whether to extend his order blocking a Texas company from publishing plans for the plastic guns. The judge called it a "tough issue" following a hearing yesterday. He also said he believes it should be resolved by Congress and the executive branch instead of the courts. Nineteen states including Oregon and the District of Columbia are suing over the federal government's decision to allow the distribution of 3D gun blueprints online.
(Portland, OR) -- A Republican lawmaker from Louisiana is calling for Ted Wheeler's job. Senator Bill Cassidy introduced a resolution yesterday calling for Portland's mayor to resign over his handling of recent demonstrations at the downtown ICE office. The resolution follows Monday's blast from President Trump that Wheeler's decision to not have the city's police force help customs agents was shameful. The Oregonian reports that Wheeler issued a statement yesterday, saying he wants a president he can be proud of. The mayor also denied that he kept police away from the demonstrations.
(Portland, OR) -- Health officials are confirming a second case of measles in the Portland area. The Oregon Health Authority says the patient was diagnosed Sunday, just nine days after the first Portland resident was diagnosed. Health officials say the second patient was at the Portland International Airport Friday morning and at Marco's Cafe and Espresso Bar on Southwest 35th Avenue on Saturday morning. Anyone who is unvaccinated and visited either of those two locations over the weekend is urged to monitor themselves for symptoms.
(Portland, OR) -- The Portland Police Bureau is launching a new database for tracking bias and hate crimes. The bureau says the database is open to the public and will be updated every three months. Authorities hope the new database will help increase transparency while encouraging the public to increase their reporting of such crimes. The database can be viewed on the Portland Police Bureau's website.
(Portland, OR) -- Police are looking for a man accused of trying to lure a ten-year-old girl into his SUV in Gresham. KATU reports the girl was walking her dog on Southeast Stark Street near 168th Avenue Sunday when the man drove up to her and made lewd comments. He then allegedly asked the girl to get into his vehicle. The girl ran home to safety and her mother called 9-1-1. Gresham police say they hope to contact the driver, but KATU reports an officer told them it's not a crime to make lewd comments to a child or to ask them to get into a vehicle.
(Portland, OR) -- A pair of Multnomah County health officials are on leave over the county's handling of health care complaints. OregonLive reports that David Hidalgo, director of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and quality manager Joan Rice are both on paid leave. The county's chief operating officer says the actions came as a result of a review over serious complaints about the Unity Center for Behavioral Health being ignored. The complaints include one from a woman whose claim of being sexually assaulted was brushed aside, then found to be true. Documents show that at least 19 complaints about Unity have come in since the facility opened last year.
(Portland, OR) -- One man is seriously injured following a shooting at a boat ramp in northeast Portland. Police say the shooting happened last night at the M. James Gleason Memorial Boat Ramp on Northeast Marine Drive. The victim was hospitalized in critical condition. Police are still searching for a suspect.
(Portland, OR) -- The search continues today for a 27-year-old woman last seen near Grand Island. Deputies say Meighan Cordie was last seen around 10:30 Saturday night when she was attending a wedding in the Grand Island area. Cordie allegedly walked away from the wedding after an argument, leaving her phone in the car she was riding in. She was last seen wearing a floral pantsuit.
(Portland, OR) -- An investigation is underway into a shooting that damaged a car in southwest Portland. Police responded to the area on Southwest Vesta Street last night after several people reported hearing gunshots. Police found a vehicle that had been struck by multiple gunshots. No injuries have been reported.
(Portland, OR) -- A man is facing charges after allegedly crashing into a pedestrian while street racing and then fleeing the scene. It happened Sunday night near Northeast 142nd and Airport Way in northeast Portland. Police say 22-year-old Vladyslav Momotok was performing dangerous driving maneuvers when he struck a man who was standing in a parking lot. He's facing charges of hit-and-run and reckless driving.
(Portland, OR) -- Police are searching for a suspect accused of stabbing a 68-year-old man in the chest in the Gresham area. Police say the victim confronted a group of men causing a disturbance on Northeast 23rd near Liberty Avenue last night when one of the men stabbed him. The suspect is described as being in his late teens or early 20s. The victim is hospitalized in stable condition.
(Undated) -- Oregon is among nearly two-dozen states asking a federal appeals court to reinstate net neutrality rules the FCC set aside earlier this year. The appeal filed late yesterday also asks the court to reject the Trump administration's efforts to block states from making their own rules to guarantee an open Internet. New York's attorney general led 22 states and Washington, DC in suing after the FCC voted to reverse rules barring Internet service providers from blocking or slowing traffic, or offering faster content delivery for a fee. In May, the Senate voted to keep the net neutrality rules, but the bill isn't likely to win approval in the House or be signed by President Trump.
(Vancouver, WA) -- Nearly a dozen people are displaced following a house fire in Vancouver, Washington. Firefighters responded to the home on Northeast 44th Street near St. Johns Road yesterday afternoon. Fire officials say only one person was home at the time of the fire, and crews were able to rescue a cat and a dog from the flames. No injuries were reported. Eight people are displaced.
(Salem, OR) -- Police are releasing the identities of two people killed in a motorcycle crash in Salem. Police say Logan and Jessica Wilson were hit by a suspected D-U-I-I driver who ran a red light in his truck Sunday morning. The two were taken to a hospital, where they were later pronounced dead. The driver of the truck was arrested on two counts of manslaughter.
(Portland, OR) -- An investigation is ongoing into an armed convenience store robbery in southeast Portland. Police say a man walked into the Lents Market on Southeast Harold Street with a gun Saturday night and demanded money. He also allegedly stole some merchandise on his way out the store. No injuries were reported.
(Portland, OR) -- Police are searching for three men accused of robbing a group of people at gunpoint. It happened Saturday night in a parking lot near Southeast 12th Avenue and Ash Street in southeast Portland. Police say at least one of the suspects was carrying a gun when they approached the group of victims and demanded their stuff. Anyone with information on the suspects is urged to contact police.
(Vancouver, WA) -- Prosecutors are charging a Washington woman who pushed her teenage friend off a 60-foot bridge with reckless endangerment. Charges were filed Friday against 18-year-old Taylor Smith, who could get up to a year in jail and a fine of five-thousand dollars. A viral video shows Smith pushing 16-year-old Jordan Holgerson off a bridge on the Lewis River earlier this month. Holgerson suffered six broken ribs, a punctured lung and air bubbles in her chest. Smith told police she pushed her friend because she was trying to help her overcome her fear, and didn't mean to hurt her.
(Vancouver, WA) -- Police are searching for a woman accused of robbing a mobile phone store at gunpoint in Vancouver, Washington. Police say the woman entered the Boost Mobile on Fourth Plain Boulevard Friday night with a gun and demanded cash. She fled the area on foot. She's described as a white woman in her 40s standing about five-foot-two.
(Portland, OR) -- An investigation is ongoing into a fire that destroyed three RVs in southeast Portland. Firefighters responded to the intersection of Southeast Schiller Street and 26th Avenue yesterday afternoon. Fire officials say multiple propane tanks exploded in the fire. Investigators are still looking into how the fire started.
(Seattle, WA) -- Three people are facing misdemeanor charges of assault from a "mostly peaceful" rally in Seattle. The Liberty or Death rally was planned outside City Hall Saturday afternoon by Vancouver-based alt-right group Patriot Prayer and the alt-right group Proud Boys, which has been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Police say the rally drew about 150 supporters. Several counter-protester groups showed up with the number of attendees tripling in size. Cops had to break up a "scuffle" which led to the arrests. Many of the right-wing protesters openly carried guns and wore tactical gear.
(Seattle, WA) -- Researchers are considering treatment options for an emaciated southern resident orca after lab results confirmed she has a parasite. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released the lab results Friday for the orca known as J50. NOAA says the results showed moderate levels of a parasite that generally doesn't cause problems for healthy adult whales. However, researches say the parasite can penetrate the stomach lining of emaciated animals and cause a bacterial infection that can infect the bloodstream and organs. Researchers are hoping to treat J50 with a de-wormer and an antibiotic.
(Portland, OR) -- Police are searching for a man accused of stabbing another man at a park between Beaverton and Tigard. Police say two men with skateboards were sitting on a bench along the Barrows Park trail Friday night when a man walked by with his dog. The two men reportedly made comments to the man with the dog, prompting an argument in which the man with the dog allegedly pulled out a knife and stabbed one of the skaters in the leg. The other skater allegedly struck back at the man's head with his skateboard.
(Portland, OR) -- A 47-year-old man is facing charges after allegedly threatening to blow up an apartment building housing a large gay population. Police arrested Scott Wayne Smith Monday for the incident at Hopewell Apartments in southwest Portland. The apartment building houses people living with HIV and AIDS. Police say a resident was sitting on the building's front steps with a friend when Smith walked up and asked for a cigarette. When they said no, Smith allegedly got angry and began yelling homophobic slurs and saying he was going to kill them. Residents say they've had similar problems with Smith in the past.
(Portland, OR) -- A public statement is expected this morning from the family of a black man who was shot and killed by campus police at Portland State University. The Portland NAACP issued a news release last night saying PSU has asked the family of Jason Washington to remove the memorial they put up in his honor. Police shot and killed Washington in June while he was trying to break up a fight near the Cheerful Tortoise bar. Witnesses say Washington was bending down to pick up a gun that fell out of his waist holster when police opened fire on him. The Navy veteran had a license to carry a concealed handgun.
(Portland, OR) -- Discipline handed down to Portland firefighters may be erased from their personnel files. The City Council adopted an ordinance yesterday that calls for the purges after a year for minor offenses, three years for more serious ones. Fire Chief Mike Myers told The Oregonian that nearly every discipline results in a fight with the union, which he termed a waste of his time.
(Portland, OR) -- The Oregon Department of Transportation is seeking federal approval to enact tolls on Interstate 5 and Interstate 205 at the Washington state border. The Oregon Transportation Committee voted yesterday to approve a plan to seek approval for the pilot program. The tolls would affect drivers on I-5 from Multnomah Boulevard north to Alberta Street and on I-205 at the George Abernethy Bridge. Committee co-chair Sean O'Hollaren says they've heard from residents in Clark County, Washington who say they feel like they're being discriminated against, but that's not the case. Meanwhile, Representative Jaimie Herrera Beutler of southwest Washington says she plans to bring legislation to Congress aimed at preventing a toll at the Washington-Oregon border without consent from both states' governors.
(Portland, OR) -- Police are searching for a man accused of sexually assaulting a woman in the Garden Home area. The Washington County Sheriff's Office released a sketch of the suspect yesterday. Police say the man sexually assaulted a 28-year-old woman July 19th in broad daylight as she was walking on the Fanno Creek Trail near the Garden Home Recreation Center.
(Portland, OR) -- Multnomah County is launching an investigation into how complaints are reviewed from the Unity Center for Behavioral Health. County Chair Deborah Kafoury and County COO Marissa Madrigal approved the investigation yesterday. The move follows reports from a whistleblower who retired from his county position last month. Greg Monaco says his reports about misconduct at the center fell on deaf ears. Those reports included an incident in which a security guard allegedly placed a female patient in a chokehold as well as incidents in which staff members were injured. The Oregon Health Authority issued a report last month saying they uncovered several issues that jeopardized patient safety at the center.
(Seattle, WA) -- Rainier Brewing Company is releasing an IPA next week. The brewery announced last week they plan to debut the Rainier PCT IPA Monday in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. The new brew features Comet, El Dorado and Azacca hops and has a similar alcohol content to their signature Rainier at four-point-five-percent alcohol by volume.
(Seattle, WA) -- A national environmental group is suing the Trump administration in an attempt to protect the southern resident orca population. The National Marine Fisheries Service filed the lawsuit yesterday. The lawsuit says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has failed to act on a petition from 2014 to expand habitat protections to the killer whales' wintertime foraging and migration areas. Those areas include the coasts of Washington, Oregon and California. The southern resident orca population is critically endangered.
(Portland, OR) -- The man suspected of killing two people on a Portland commuter train is now in more trouble. The Oregonian reports that Jeremy Christian is accused of assaulting a black inmate while behind bars. He allegedly injured Aundre Mills last month inside the Multnomah County jail. There were no details given about the alleged attack.
(Vancouver, WA) -- Police say a gas leak forced evacuations in a Vancouver neighborhood last night after a man cut open a gas line in his yard. Firefighters responded to the home on Norris Road around 7 p.m. Fire officials say the man was trying to move a gas line in his front yard when he cut into the line, thinking it was inactive. He later called 9-1-1 after realizing the line was live.
(Gresham, OR) -- A Gresham man is recovering after falling 25 feet at Smith Rock. Police say 32-year-old Aaron Clark was climbing in the area yesterday when he fell. Redmond Fire and Rescue pulled him to safety using a rope system. Police say it's unclear how Clark fell as he was wearing the correct gear and is familiar with the area.
(Silverton, OR) -- Police in Silverton are warning residents after a bear was spotted in a neighborhood about a quarter mile from the Oregon Garden. Police posted a warning on Facebook last night saying the bear was seen along Edgewood Drive. Wildlife services have been contacted.
(Portland, OR) -- Police are searching for two men accused of stealing drones from a store in Oregon City. Police say the men entered the Wilco store on Molalla Avenue yesterday and walked out with four drones. Police have released surveillance images of the men. Anyone with information is urged to contact police.
(Portland, OR) -- A 46-year-old Portland woman is suing her doctor and pharmacist over her behavior. Hilary Bishop claims the prescription drugs she was given caused her to lose control and rob a bookstore and a shoe store. OregonLive reports that convicted felons rarely, if ever, sue medical providers over the crimes they have committed. Bishop is currently doing three years at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville for the robberies. In her lawsuit, Bishop claims the doctor and pharmacist gave her mind-altering drugs that put her into a "dissociative state."
(Corvallis, OR) -- A prep cook and dishwasher is running for mayor in Corvallis. The Gazette-Times reports that Riley Doraine of the Peacock Bar and Grille turned in the required signatures on Monday and they were certified Tuesday. She joins Councilor Roen Hogg and community volunteer Dean Codo in trying to unseat incumbent Mayor Biff Traber in the November election.
(Portland, OR) -- Wildfires burning across the region are creating hazy conditions over Portland. Officials say air quality is currently in the unhealthy range. Health officials are advising pregnant women, children, the elderly, people who have had strokes and people with heart or lung issues to stay inside and limit physical activity today. Everyone else is advised to avoid prolonged or heavy exertion. The smoke is coming from wildfires burning in Oregon as well as in British Columbia and California.
(Portland, OR) -- A man is facing nearly a year of home detention after leaving a fake bomb on a MAX train. A judge sentenced Wilfredo Reyes to eight months of home detention along with three years of probation. Authorities say Reyes styled a backpack to look like a bomb and then left it on a MAX train seat last summer. He then called 9-1-1 to report that there was a bomb on the train.
(Canby, OR) -- Franklin Graham is asking Oregonians to pray for their governor. While preaching in Canby, Oregon last week, Graham told the crowd to pray for Governor Kate Brown, saying it would be great if she were saved. Afterwards he prayed that the Democrat would come to know Jesus Christ as her Lord and savior. When asked by reporters if she attends church or is affiliated with any religion Brown said she meditates and does yoga. She later said she doesn't think of yoga as a religion and doesn't consider herself an agnostic.
(Portland, OR) -- The city of Portland is seeking public input on its bicycle parking code. The Portland Bureau of Transportation says they're looking to update the code for the first time in 20 years. Residents have until October 1st to submit comments to city leaders. Comments may be submitted through email at bicycle-code-update-at-Portland-Oregon-dot-gov.
(Portland, OR) -- The GOP candidate for Oregon governor is outlining his plan to reduce homelessness. Knute Buehler unveiled his seven-point proposal Monday in Portland. The Bend state representative said he will lead with compassion and "tough love," forging a balance between generosity and safety. His plan involves a "homelessness czar," changing legislation to allow Medicaid funds to be spent on physical and mental health services and ten-million dollars for four-thousand new shelter beds.
(Undated) -- The CDC is keeping its eye on a measles outbreak that covers more than 20 states including Washington. The health agency says 107 people have come down with measles. The CDC says this year's total is likely to be higher than last year, when 118 cases were reported. Measles spreads through the air when infected people cough or sneeze.
(Salem, OR) -- Oregon's unemployment rate is breaking records again. July numbers show another record low in joblessness, three-point-nine-percent. OregonLive reports that it's the first time the number had dipped below four-percent since at least 1976, when modern record-keeping began. State economists say Oregon's economy is growing faster than previously thought.
(St. Helens, OR) -- An Oregon house featured in the teen vampire saga "Twilight" is up for sale. KATU reports the home known as "Bella's house" in the film series is available for sale through Cascade Sotheby's. The four-bedroom, two-bathroom house is located at 184 6th Street in St. Helens. It's listed at 349-thousand-900 dollars.
(Vancouver, WA) -- A man is being held on 20-thousand dollars bail on accusations that he assaulted his own three-month-old baby. Thirty-five-year-old Ervin Ferma appeared in a Clark County courtroom yesterday on charges of first-degree child assault and first-degree domestic violence. Police say Ferma's child was hospitalized last Monday for broken blood vessels and possible brain damage. Ferma allegedly told police that he was tossing his baby up and catching him when his neck swung forward and that the child had also fallen out of his stroller a couple weeks earlier. However, doctors tell police that neither of those activities would have caused the child's injuries.
(Portland, OR) -- More than two-dozen people are facing citations following a police crackdown on speeding. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says police issued 27 citations and 14 warnings Saturday during a speed enforcement mission on Interstate 84. Police stopped 37 vehicles in total during the four-hour mission.
(Portland, OR) -- A 76-year-old woman is hospitalized after suffering from kidney failure while on board a cruise ship. The Coast Guard says they received a call for help from the cruise ship Grand Princess about 50 miles southwest of Coos Bay yesterday. Crews medevaced the woman to the Bay Area Hospital.
(Portland, OR) -- A local faith group is calling for the release of more than 100 asylum-seeking refugees being held at the ICE facility in Sheridan. Members of the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice are protesting today at the ICE office in southwest Portland. It's the third time in three weeks that the group has held demonstrations at the office. Police arrested a reverend and two other demonstrators during a similar protest at the office last week.
(Seattle, WA) -- Whale researchers are playing the waiting game after attempting to feed live chinook salmon to a starving southern resident orca. The Seattle Times reports federal scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration performed the feeding Sunday for the young orca named J50. The scientists say the results of the feeding were inconclusive, and it's not clear whether J50 ate any of the fish. The live fish were put into the water using a tube that exited below the water's surface just in front of J50. Researchers say J50 and the rest of the J pod were seen heading toward Canadian waters yesterday, and scientists will try to take another look at her if and when she returns to Washington later this week.
(Portland, OR) -- Police are searching for an arson suspect in connection to a fire that heavily damaged a playground at an Oregon City charter school. Firefighters responded to the Alliance Charter Academy yesterday morning. Investigators believe the blaze was intentionally set. Officials say the fire caused more than 15-thousand dollars in damage.
(Seattle, WA) -- The FBI is at SeaTac Airport today to interview Horizon Air employees about Friday's theft and subsequent crash of a Horizon airplane. Coworkers of 29-year-old Richard Russell tell KING-5 the Horizon ground service agent seemed happy and normal in the days before he stole the plane. Coworkers also say he seemed to like his job and that he never seemed disturbed or angry. The former Oregon resident allegedly stole the empty Horizon Air Bombardier Q400 on Friday and performed tricks and maneuvers before crashing on a wooded island about an hour later. Search crews found human remains with the wreckage of the plane.
(Portland, OR) -- Firefighters are gaining ground on the Memaloose 2 Fire near Mosier in the Columbia River Gorge. Fire officials say the blaze that started Friday night is now 65-percent contained after burning 167 acres. All level two evacuations have been lowered to level one.
(Portland, OR) -- An FBI agent is being cleared of charges he lied about his role in the shooting death of a militia leader in Oregon. A federal jury in Portland Friday acquitted W. Joseph Astarita of making false statements and obstruction of justice. He was the only federal agent charged in connection with the killing of Robert LaVoy Finicum during the 41-day takeover at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016. Astarita was accused of lying to authorities when he denied firing the shots that killed Finicum in a confrontation with agents.
(Portland, OR) -- A man is facing charges after a traffic stop allegedly turned up a kilo of cocaine and a loaded firearm. Police arrested 26-year-old Teondre Bonner Friday night after pulling him over on Northeast 47th Avenue and Northeast Columbia Boulevard. Police say a search of his car turned up one kilogram of cocaine along with a loaded handgun and two-thousand dollars in cash.
(Seattle, WA) -- The southern resident orca Tahlequah appears to be coming out of her mourning following the death of her child. The Center for Whale Research tells the Seattle Times Tahlequah has dropped the body of her dead calf after carrying it over a thousand miles for 17 days straight. Researchers say they saw Tahlequah, also known as J35, swimming without the calf Saturday and that she looked vigorous and healthy. Tahlequah made headlines around the world for her mourning process. Researchers say it's not uncommon for many mammals to carry around their dead offspring as they grieve, but researchers believe the duration of Tahlequa's mourning process was unprecedented. The southern resident orca population is critically endangered partially due to a dwindling supply of their primary food source, chinook salmon.
(Seattle, WA) -- An investigation is ongoing into a bizarre passenger plane theft in Washington State. The 76-seat Horizon Air plane was stolen by an employee Friday night. Sitting in the cockpit, 29-year-old Richard Russell communicated with air traffic control and performed some stunts in the air before crashing on an island in the Puget Sound. No one else was believed to be on board, but military jets were scrambled out of Portland to intercept him. The FBI says it recovered the flight data recorder and parts of the cockpit voice recorder from the plane over the weekend, along with human remains believed to be that of Russell.
(Portland, OR) -- A man accused of stealing an airplane and crashing it to his death in Washington state has ties to Oregon. KATU reports 29-year-old airport worker Richard Russell once operated a bakery in North Bend with his wife. Russell and his wife operated the Hannah Marie's Artisan Breads and Pastries for three years there before moving to Washington state. The Seattle Times says Russell was a well-liked Christian youth leader who was described by friends and family as quiet, warm and compassionate. Russell allegedly stole the empty Horizon Air Bombardier Q400 from Sea-Tac Airport on Friday, performing tricks and maneuvers before crashing on a wooded island about an hour later.
(Portland, OR) -- Two people are dead following a small plane crash near the Baker City airport. Police say the plane crashed near Lindley Road and Interstate 84 Saturday. The two people on board were pronounced dead at the scene. Police say the plane had departed from Caldwell, Idaho and they think it was on its way to Baker City when it crashed. An investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.
(Cougar, WA) -- Police are searching for a missing man near Mount St. Helens in southern Washington state. The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office says 40-year-old Matthew Matheny of Ohio has been missing since Thursday morning, when he reportedly took off on a trip to Mount St. Helens. A friend filed a missing persons report after he failed to return.
(Portland, OR) -- Police are searching for seven suspects accused of breaking into a Portland pot dispensary and burglarizing the joint. Police say the men entered La Mota near Northeast 99th Avenue and Northeast Sandy Boulevard Saturday night. They allegedly stole products from the shelves and money from all the cash registers. Police say the act was caught on surveillance camera. Anyone with information is urged to contact police.
(Portland, OR) -- A woman is facing 18 years behind bars for strangling a Portland man to death. Paris McConville pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and second-degree assault yesterday for the death of Ryan Thompson last year. McConville turned herself in to police last August after telling officers she'd killed Thompson in self-defense following an argument at his apartment in Southwest Portland.
(Portland, OR) -- One man is facing charges after allegedly hitting another man in the face with a pole during a protest outside City Hall. Police arrested 33-year-old William B. Pierce yesterday. Police say he struck the man following an argument over sidewalk accessibility in front of City Hall near the protest. Pierce is facing a charge of second-degree assault.
(Portland, OR) -- Many Portlanders are reportedly referring to their city as Portlandia, according to the New York Times. The Oregonian reports that the mention came in an article about the weekend protests, which also outlined the city's history. TV's "Portlandia" may have prompted many in other areas of the country to refer to Portland with that nickname, but residents seem to differ. Most of the responses to the Oregonian article left the impression that Portlandia is an Eastern myth, not embraced in the Pacific Northwest.
(Vancouver, WA) -- A teenage girl is speaking out after being pushed off a bridge over Moulton Falls on the Lewis River in Yacolt, Washington. Sixteen-year-old Jordan Holgerson tells KATU she was shocked when she saw video footage of her reported friend pushing her off the bridge, and that she could have died. The footage shows the teen standing on the bridge's ledge Tuesday in her swimsuit and hesitating to jump off when the woman aggressively pushes her. Holgerson suffered five broken ribs and a punctured lung.
(Portland, OR) -- The annual Providence Bridge Pedal returns to Portland this weekend. The biking and walking event is set for Sunday and will lead to several road closures. The upper decks of the Marquam and Fremont bridges will be closed, along with the Steel Bridge, Hawthorne Bridge and Ross Island Bridge.
(Portland, OR) -- A Portland man is facing more than two-dozen child sex abuse charges along with a single charge for animal abuse. An indictment filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court earlier this week shows 52-year-old Randy Shefstad is facing 30 charges of child sex abuse. Police arrested him Wednesday. Authorities say all of the victims ranged between the ages of ten and 12-years-old at the time of the abuse, and one of the victims was autistic.
(Seattle, WA) -- Researchers say they have no plans to remove a now-rotting orca carcass from her mourning mother. The Center for Whale Research confirms they spotted the orca J35, also known as Tahlequah, yesterday carrying her dead calf for the 17th straight day following his death just half an hour after being born late last month. Researchers say removing the dead calf is not an option due to the tight bond between Tahlequah and her child, dead or alive.
(Seattle, WA) -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is making progress in their effort to provide aid to an ailing southern resident orca. The NOAA says a response team reached the orca named J50 yesterday near San Juan Island and treated her with a long-acting broad-spectrum antibiotic. The response team is still awaiting results of a health assessment for the whale. The Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans confirmed yesterday that they're issuing permits to treat the whale in Canadian waters. Similar permits have already been issued on the U.S. side.
(Yacolt, WA) -- A teenage girl is hospitalized with several broken ribs after being pushed off a bridge over Moulton Falls on the Lewis River in Yacolt, Washington. Police say the 16-year-old girl suffered five broken ribs and a lung injury after someone pushed her off the bridge in an incident caught on camera. The footage shows the teen standing on the bridge's ledge in her swimsuit and hesitating to jump off when another girl pushes her. The girl's mother tells KATU she hopes the other girl turns herself in to police.
(Portland, OR) -- A Fox News conservative commentator isn't finding Portland very welcoming. OregonLive reports that Tomi Lahren visited the city Tuesday and announced that she was eager to talk with people about what she called Portland's "issues with ICE and the rule of law." She later posted a video showing herself using a steel straw and cracking wise about a homeless camp. A few Twitter responses showed open arms for the blonde right-winger but most were not so kind. One user tweeted a two-word response to Lahren, "We're closed."
(Portland, OR) -- A 52-year-old man is hospitalized in Portland after jumping 60 feet from the top of a waterfall near Astoria. The Coast Guard says crews rescued the man yesterday evening after he jumped from the top of Rock Creek Falls and landed in a gulch. Coast Guard crews say the man reportedly had no feeling below his waist when they rescued him. He's being treated at the Oregon Health & Science University Hospital trauma center.
(Portland, OR) -- A man is facing charges in connection to a crash that blocked I-5 south in Portland for at least an hour. Police say 27-year-old Brian Yeaple surrendered to police last night for the crash that injured one person near North Lombard Street. Police say Yeaple crashed into the person's car around 7:30 and then drove off. He's facing charges of reckless driving.
(Portland, OR) -- A Portland city audit shows that 80-percent of the city's Airbnb-style rentals operate outside the law. OregonLive reports that auditors say city leaders don't have the data to effectively manage its own regulations. There are regulations on the books aimed at keeping short-term rentals from becoming businesses instead of homes. However, auditors say the city fails to make sure the rules are followed and rarely enforces them. Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioner Chloe Eudaly responded to the report with a promise to do better at oversight and enforcement.
(Portland, OR) -- An investigation is ongoing into a brush fire in northeast Portland. Firefighters responded to the blaze yesterday afternoon near the Interstate 84 interchange at I-205. No word yet on how the fire started. No injuries have been reported.
(Portland, OR) -- Two people are facing charges after a protest at Portland City Hall turned violent. Dozens of people gathered at the building yesterday morning to protest police brutality after multiple people were allegedly injured by police at a rally and counter-protest Saturday. Three people were hospitalized, including one person who was reportedly told by medical staff that he would have been killed had he not been wearing a helmet. Some of the protesters attended the morning city council meeting and began chanting "End police brutality!" about 45 minutes in. Mayor Ted Wheeler responded by moving the meeting to a private room. Two people were arrested for trespassing after allegedly refusing to leave.
(Seattle, WA) -- Researchers continue to monitor a southern resident mother orca as she continues to cling to her dead child more than two weeks after its death. The Seattle Times reports researchers spotted Orca J35, also known as Tahlequah, off the coast of the Olympic Peninsula yesterday. She was carrying her dead calf for the 16th straight day since it died just after being born. Meanwhile, researchers say they also spotted the starving three-and-a-half-year-old Orca J50 with Tahlequah's family yesterday. NOAA has organized an unprecedented rescue plan to treat and possibly feed the young orca, but researchers had been searching for her since she disappeared for a few days last Friday.
(Portland, OR) -- Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw is defending police tactics that allegedly seriously injured three people during Saturday's alt-right rally and counter-protest. Outlaw spoke at a news conference Monday saying officers were successful in preventing the rally from becoming as rowdy as it was expected to be because of the tactics they used. Outlaw added that the Police Bureau would temporarily stop using flash-bang projectiles. The Oregonian reports three people were hospitalized after being struck by crowd-control munitions fired by police at the rally. One woman tells the Oregonian that a flash-bang grenade struck her friend in the back of his head and lodged itself into his helmet. A nurse reportedly told the man that the blow would have killed him if he hadn't been wearing the helmet.
(Vancouver, WA) -- Vancouver-based Patriot Prayer Group leader Joey Gibson is facing a disappointing loss in his first run for Senate. Early ballot returns from Washington state's primary elections show the alt-right leader in fourth place with only two-point-three-percent of the vote. Incumbent Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell was leading with more than 573-thousand votes. Former state Republican Party chair Susan Hutchison was in second place with more than 246-thousand votes. The top two candidates with the most votes will advance to the general election in November.
(Portland, OR) -- More than a dozen students are recovering after being attacked by a swarm of hornets in St. Helens. Columbia Fire and Rescue says 16 students at Monkey Tree Day Care were stung several times yesterday during a field trip. One teacher was stung as well. Only two students managed to avoid being stung. First responders say no one suffered an allergic reaction.
(Portland, OR) -- Police are searching for a man accused of stealing a woman's mobility scooter. Police say the suspect stole the electric scooter from the Ace Tavern at 88th Avenue and Northeast Sandy Boulevard last week. The victim tells KATU she suffers from lung disease and needs the scooter to get around. Anyone with information is urged to contact police.
(Portland, OR) -- Two priests and a rabbi are facing charges after a protest at Portland's downtown ICE building. The Oregonian reports that the trio of faith leaders were handcuffed and cited for obstruction yesterday morning when they blocked the driveway. They were reportedly part of a larger group that gathered at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility to protest President Trump's immigration policies.
(Cannon Beach, OR) -- Marine biologists are studying a squid that washed up on an Oregon beach. The Oregonian reports that the ten-foot-long, 90-pound clubhook squid is a rarity in the Pacific Northwest. It reportedly hit the shore late last month at Silver Point, just south of Cannon Beach. Seaside Aquarium's manager said it was the first one he's ever seen. It's not clear how the squid died, but marine experts say they often die after laying eggs.
(Salem, OR) -- An overdue audit of Oregon's day care providers will include background checks. Auditors told The Oregonian that they'll also be looking to identify barriers which hinder such checks. The audit of the state's childcare system was past due last month and is now tentatively set for release next spring. The audit was requested last year by Governor Kate Brown after gaps in the system, and the death of a child at a Portland facility, hit the news.
(Portland, OR) -- One man is recovering after suffering from heat-related illness while hiking in Clackamas County. Mountain Wave Search and Rescue says the man was hiking with another man and a dog at Ramona Falls in the Mount Hood National Forest when he fell ill. Crews rescued the man and brought him to safety.
(Dufur, OR) -- The South Valley Fire near Dufur is now 60-percent contained. Authorities say the blaze in Wasco County has scorched more than 20-thousand acres since it broke out Wednesday. An even bigger blaze northwest of Selma has burned through more than 28-thousand acres. The Klondike Fire is only five-percent contained. The Taylor Creek Fire is 38-percent surrounded after charring nearly 40-thousand acres west of Grants Pass.
(Portland, OR) -- New details are coming to light regarding the resignation of the head of HR for Portland Public Schools. The Oregonian reports Kylie Rogers was under investigation by the school district when she quit last month. It's not known why she was being put under a microscope, nor is it known if the probe had anything to do with her resignation. Rogers is reportedly keeping mum about it all. PPS spokesman Harry Esteve is saying that Rogers left Oregon's biggest school district on her own, citing concerns about work load versus family duties.
(Portland, OR) -- A man is facing charges after allegedly carjacking two people and then hitting a pedestrian before crashing both stolen cars in southwest Portland. Police say it all started around 5:00 last night when the suspect forced several people out of a car at knifepoint at Northwest Broadway and Glisan Street. He allegedly struck a pedestrian while leaving the scene. Police say the suspect crashed the stolen car in a rollover accident on I-5 before forcing his way into a different car and fleeing, ultimately crashing at Southwest 29th Avenue and Multnomah Street. The suspect and the pedestrian were both hospitalized.
(Portland, OR) -- New details are coming to light regarding a teenage girl who was hit by a MAX train in Beaverton. Police say the 17-year-old girl was looking at her cell phone while walking along the platform at the Merlo/Southwest 158th Avenue station yesterday afternoon when she stepped in front of an oncoming train. She was taken to a hospital, where doctors say she's expected to make a full recovery.
(Undated) -- Neighborhoods around Portland are holding events for National Night Out tonight. Dozens of parties are planned in the Portland area. The annual event takes place the first Tuesday of each August and hopes to build stronger ties between police and the communities they serve. National Night Out has been taking place for 35 years. Many neighborhoods host block parties and cookouts and give police a chance to interact with the public in a non-official manner.
(Corvallis, OR) -- Researchers at Oregon State University are trying to give robots a little more charisma. Computer science assistant professor Heather Knight tells the Gazette-Times that her work is beginning to bear fruit. She had her students program a robot recently to act out a scene with a woman involving an apple. The robot claimed to be the "keeper of the apple," and told the woman she couldn't eat it because it was poisoned. She ate it anyway, and the robot darkly joked that it was now the keeper of a dead body.
(Portland, OR) -- The Interstate 84 West ramp to I-5 North is open to traffic once again. The Oregon Department of Transportation says they reopened all westbound on-ramps late last night. The ramp was scheduled to reopen yesterday after more than a week of repairs, but the reopening was delayed when workers discovered some broken metal rebar on the ramp. Officials shut the ramp down July 26th for maintenance.
(Portland, OR) -- Three people are injured following a two-car crash in Newberg. Police say the crash happened last night near Northeast Chehalem Drive and Northeast North Valley Road. One person was airlifted to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, while two others suffered less serious injuries. An investigation into the crash is ongoing.
(Portland, OR) -- An investigation is ongoing into a shooting that injured two men outside a 7-Eleven store in southeast Portland. Police say two men opened fire on the victims early yesterday morning outside the store at 35-hundred Southeast 122nd Avenue. Both victims are expected to survive. The Gang Enforcement Team is investigating.
(Portland, OR) -- A right-wing rally in Portland is over with no major violence reported. The Patriot Prayer and Proud Boy groups encountered hundreds of counter-protesters Saturday at a park in downtown Portland. Police fired flash bangs and detained multiple people after a group of protesters began hurling rocks and bottles at them. At least three people were hurt, and four people were arrested. After police told the crowd to disperse, the groups moved off with no further reports of violence.
(Vancouver, WA) -- Police in Vancouver, Washington are searching for a man who went missing during a bike ride with his adult son. Police say 66-year-old Robert Robinson became separated from his son Saturday night while the two were riding their bicycles on the I-5 freeway bridge to Vancouver. Family members say Robinson suffers from a medical condition that causes problems with his thinking abilities and memory. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact police.
(Portland, OR) -- The Portland Police Bureau says it's investigating allegations that its officers injured people during Saturday's dueling protests downtown. Bureau Chief Danielle Outlaw issued a statement yesterday saying they take issues surrounding the use of force seriously. Outlaw added that they're investigating to see if force was used and, if so, if it was used within bureau policy and guidelines. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Oregon yesterday criticized the Bureau's response to the protest, calling their actions "completely unacceptable in a free society." They added that the "repeated use of excessive force, and the targeting of demonstrators based on political beliefs are a danger to the First Amendment rights of all people." The Patriot Prayer and Proud Boy groups encountered hundreds of counter-protesters at Saturday's unpermitted rally.
(Portland, OR) -- One man is dead after crashing his car into a pole in southeast Portland. Police say the man crashed Saturday evening in the 11-thousand-700 block of Southeast Stark Street. Investigators believe the man may have died from a medical condition just before crashing into the pole. An autopsy has been scheduled.
(Portland, OR) -- An investigation is ongoing into a shooting in downtown Portland. Police say officers responded to the area of Southwest 2nd Avenue and Southwest Harvey Milk Street early yesterday morning on reports of gunfire. Responding officers found evidence of gunfire in a parking lot nearby. Police say one suspect was taken to a hospital.
(Portland, OR) -- Gateway Discovery Park is now open in northeast Portland. The park near the Gateway Shopping Center near 106th and Halsey opened Thursday, and a grand opening ceremony took place Saturday. The new park features picnic areas, a playground and a skate park.
(Vancouver, WA) -- Police are searching for a suspect accused of holding up a smoke shop in Vancouver, Washington and then stealing an SUV. Police say the masked man entered the House of Smoke near Northeast Fourth Plain and Andreesen Saturday morning and pointed a gun at an employee. He then allegedly stole several items before stealing a cream-colored SUV and escaping. Anyone with information is urged to contact police.
(Portland, OR) -- One person is hospitalized following a rollover crash in southwest Portland. Police say the crash happened yesterday afternoon near Southwest Oleson Road and 91st Avenue. Authorities say the victim had to be extricated from the rolled SUV. She was taken to a hospital in serious condition.
(Cornelius, OR) -- Washington County deputies are searching for a man who wore a pirate costume to pull a heist. Authorities say the so-called Masked Pirate burglar ripped off a safe containing four-thousand dollars last month from a Cornelius business. The suspect looked right at the security camera, as if to show off his costume, which was complete with an eye patch, a beard and a parrot.
(Portland, OR) -- Oregon state's attorney general is among a coalition of 20 attorneys general threatening to sue the Trump administration over its plan to weaken car pollution rules. The coalition led by New York's attorney general is calling the proposal "reckless and illegal" and saying it'll cause Americans to breathe dirtier air while paying higher prices at the gas pump. The new plan would freeze regulations requiring carmakers to build cleaner, more fuel-efficient models and would challenge the rights of states, like California, to set their own emission standards.
(Dufur, OR) -- A large wildfire in northern Oregon is forcing people to evacuate their homes. Oregon Governor Kate Brown invoked an emergency conflagration act in response to the fire dubbed the South Valley Fire. More than 170 homes are threatened leaving more than 500 people under evacuation orders in the city of Dufur, just east of Portland. The fire grew to 15-thousand acres since it sparked Wednesday afternoon. About 150 fire crews have joined in the battle with more expected to arrive throughout the day. As of Thursday morning it was five-percent contained. Investigators say it was caused by a human.
(Portland, OR) -- Wildlife officials are urging caution to pet owners after a coyote snatched and killed two chihuahuas at a Lake Oswego home. KATU reports the dogs were in their home's backyard yesterday morning when the coyote attacked. The incident was caught on surveillance camera. Oregon wildlife biologists say coyotes are a part of our natural ecosystem and that it's important to reduce food sources by securing garbage cans and compost and removing any outside pet food.
(Salem, OR) -- An Oregon tax on new car sales is being okayed by the state Supreme Court. OregonLive reports that the panel ruled today it's not unconstitutional to divert that money to things like rebates for electric vehicles. The tax is an important part of the transportation bill approved by the state legislature last year. That package was one of Governor Kate Brown's top priorities in the session, and she says the ruling is "great news" for Oregon.
(Portland, OR) -- Transportation officials are facing setbacks as they work to reopen the Historic Columbia River Highway following last year's devastating Eagle Creek Fire. The Oregon Department of Transportation says frequent rockslides caused by last year's fire have been spilling debris across hiking trails and into the road. The department was hoping to reopen a six-mile section of the highway this fall, but officials say the rockslides are hindering their efforts. The highway that runs through the scenic Columbia River Gorge has been closed since last September.
(Seattle, WA) -- The federal government is putting together an emergency response to help save an ailing four-year-old southern resident orca whale. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is putting together a plan that includes feeding the young whale named J50 live chinook salmon dosed with medicine. The starving whale has lost 20-percent of her body weight, and researchers believe she may be suffering from an infection as well. Meanwhile, researchers continue to monitor the mourning mother whale J35, also known as Tahlequah, who continued carrying her dead child on her head yesterday for a tenth straight day. Tahlequah has been clinging to the calf since it died July 24th, just half an hour after being born.
(Portland, OR) -- Police are searching for a man accused of robbing people at gunpoint outside of grocery stores in the Gresham area. Police say the suspect has pointed guns at at least two victims and demanded either money or their purse in the last week. The first incident happened last week at a grocery store along Southeast Burnside Street when the suspect allegedly demanded money from a man leaving the store. The second incident happened midday Monday at a store about two miles away, where the suspect demanded a purse from a woman, who refused. The suspect then allegedly fled. Anyone with information is urged to contact police.
(Portland, OR) -- A well-loved Portland restaurant is moving into a new location. The owner of Mother's Bistro and Bar announced yesterday the restaurant is moving down the street to a location inside the Embassy Suites downtown. Owner Lisa Schroeder says the move is necessary because they've outgrown their current location. The move is scheduled for November.
(Portland, OR) -- A Portland man who admitted to causing the death of his girlfriend's son is headed to prison. OregonLive reports that 22-year-old Taylor Kraig was sentenced Tuesday to ten years behind bars. He pleaded guilty last month to manslaughter following the toddler's death two years ago. The medical examiner initially labeled the cause of death as blunt force trauma to the head, but later revised it to "undetermined."
(Undated) -- A strange political campaign charge is apparently driving a huge jump in Internet searches for a certain hairy mythical creature with strong ties to the Pacific Northwest. The adult website Pornhub says Bigfoot searches are up eight-thousand percent since a congressional candidate accused her opponent of liking Bigfoot erotica. Virginia Democratic candidate Leslie Cockburn leveled that charge at Republican Denver Riggleman in a tweet Sunday. Cockburn tweeted that Riggleman has been, as she put it, exposed as a devotee of Bigfoot erotica. Riggleman says his opponent is getting the wrong idea from some jokes his friends posted on social media. One showed a sketch of Bigfoot with a Censored label over its private area.
(Portland, OR) -- A child sex abuse suspect is facing several new charges after three more victims have come forward. Police arrested 24-year-old Reachana Chan yesterday. A grand jury indicted him on 30 additional sex crime charges last month. He was originally arrested in March. He's being held on five-point-25-million dollars bail.
(Portland, OR) -- Police are searching for a man accused of breaking into a ten-year-old girl's room and sexually assaulting her before stabbing her in the neck. Police say the girl was sleeping in her bed at a home in Beaverton Sunday morning when the man climbed through her open first-floor window. He then allegedly tried to kiss the girl and put a knife to her throat and cut her. He's described as a white man in his late teens or early 20s with a slim build and dark buzzed hair. He was wearing a white tank top and black shorts at the time of the attack.
(Seattle, WA) -- A sea turtle is making its way back to sea following months of rehabilitation at the Seattle Aquarium. KING-5 reports the olive ridley sea turtle named Coral was returned to the ocean yesterday about ten miles off the coast of San Diego. The turtle spent three months being nursed back to health at the Seattle Aquarium after being found emaciated and suffering from hypothermia on an Oregon beach last October. Coral was then sent to SeaWorld for seven more months of rehabilitation.
(Portland, OR) -- People who live in a southeast Portland apartment complex are planning a rent strike. The residents of Holgate Manor say their rents are being raised despite reports of pests, mold and leaks that have gone unrepaired. Tenant Sara Brassfield told The Oregonian that they want to impress upon the landlord the cost of renting homes not fit to live in while raising the rent. They're getting support from state Representative Rob Nosse, who said today that the people are engaging in "a righteous struggle."
(Portland, OR) -- Mayor Ted Wheeler is blasting a letter from the union for Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees as "inaccurate and inflammatory." National ICE Council attorney Sean Riddell sent Wheeler a letter Monday threatening to sue the city over the weeks-long Occupy ICE protest at their facility in southwest Portland. Riddell claims the city created a policy of refusing police services to employees at the facility and that it put employees in danger by allowing the protesters to camp out in front of the facility. Wheeler responded with his own letter yesterday asking Riddell to provide evidence for his claim that police ignored calls for help from ICE employees. Wheeler added that he had instructed the Portland Police Bureau to respect the protesters' First Amendment right to free speech.
(Portland, OR) -- A woman is recovering from serious injuries after crashing her car into a utility pole in Washington County. Police say the woman crashed Sunday night in the 8700 block of Southwest Hillsboro Highway. She was airlifted to a hospital for treatment, and police say they later cited her for reckless driving.
(Portland, OR) -- The Milepost 90 Fire continues to grow in the Columbia River Gorge. The U.S. Forest Service says the blaze burning along Highway 14 has grown to eleven-thousand acres as of early this morning. The Klickitat County Sheriff's Office has responded by issuing additional evacuations in Wishram Heights and south of Centreville. Authorities say the fire started yesterday afternoon and is burning on Bureau of Indian Affairs and private land. Roughly 40 homes were threatened by the fire as of last night.
(Portland, OR) -- Home prices are rising in Portland, but not as quickly as in other cities. The S-and-P-Case-Shiller home price index puts Portland homes rising at a rate just below six-percent. Double-digit home price increases are reported in Seattle, Las Vegas and San Francisco. The national average is six-point-four-percent. Brokers tell The Oregonian that the slowdown, amid a growing inventory, may mean Portland's hot real estate market is beginning to normalize.
(Medford, OR) -- An Oregon congressional candidate is catching a lot of heat for calling the First Lady names on Twitter. Medford Independent Party candidate Mark Roberts went online to suggest that Melania Trump "works by the hour." He included the hashtags "think dirty" and "hoebag" in his tweet. The response was immediate. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy asked Twitter's CEO to ban Roberts from the platform, a request that was apparently denied. Neither the president nor his wife have reportedly responded to the tweet.
(Corbett, OR) -- A Corbett homeowner likely won't face charges for killing two cougars on his property. Multnomah County deputies say the man shot the big cats earlier this week when he discovered them trying to get into his chicken coop. Authorities say the unidentified man fired warning shots beforehand, which were reportedly ignored by the cougars. A spokeswoman with state fish and wildlife told The Oregonian that it's legal to kill cougars that are threatening property. Also, it's cougar hunting season, and the homeowner has a hunting tag for the animals.
(Portland, OR) -- A 45-year-old man is pleading not guilty to attempted murder in connection to the shooting of another man at a bar in North Portland. Court records show Alexander Walton entered the plea Monday for the shooting June 1st outside Darcy's Bar on North Lombard Street. Police arrested Walton in Sisters on July 17th. The alleged shooting victim was hospitalized and has recovered from his injuries.
(Seattle, WA) -- The website planning to post blueprints for 3D guns is blocking downloads after a federal judge issued an order temporarily halting their distribution. U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik ruled yesterday that publication of the plans could cause "irreparable harm." The decision blocks a settlement the Trump administration reached with a Texas company which planned to make the blueprints available for download. Oregon is among eight states and the District of Columbia to file suit against the Trump administration to block public access to the plans on Monday.