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Regional News Archives for 2018-11


(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is underway into a shooting in northwest Portland.  Police say a man was shot and injured last night near the Belvedere apartments on Northwest 20th Avenue.  The victim is expected to survive.  No word yet on whether police have identified a suspect.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A 21-year-old man is dead after crashing his car into a tree in Lake Oswego.  Police say Zachary Heitman-Allen was driving on Westview Drive at Park Avenue early Wednesday morning when he crashed.  Responding officers found him trapped inside his vehicle.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.



(Portland, OR)  --  An announcement is expected today on a possible stadium site for a Major League Baseball team in Portland.  The Portland Diamond Project has been looking for potential sites as it tries to bring Major League Baseball to the Rose City.  KATU reports the Port of Portland's Terminal 2 is the last remaining discussed option after deals fell away for other sites. 



(Portland, OR)  --  The Environmental Protection Agency is facing a lawsuit for failing to protect Oregon's environment.  The Oregonian reports that the Center for Biological Diversity filed papers in Portland alleging that the agency didn't put enough emphasis on the effect of fossil fuels on Oregon's ocean waters.  The suit contends that the use of fossil fuels has made the sea more acidic, which has killed off shellfish.  An attorney for the group says the Trump administration ignores the threat posed to the environment by fossil fuels.
 



(Vancouver, WA)  --  A man wanted on assault and harassment charges is in police custody following a SWAT standoff at a hotel in Vancouver.  The Clark County Sheriff's Office says deputies responded to the Salmon Creek-area Quality Inn yesterday morning seeking 28-year-old Mark Savelle on charges of first-degree assault and felony harassment out of Tacoma, Washington.  Police say Savelle shot himself in the leg and then barricaded himself inside a hotel room.  Police eventually managed to take him into custody and took him to a hospital for treatment.



(Washington, DC)  --  A Clark County man is among three U.S. soldiers killed by an explosive device on Tuesday in Afghanistan.  The Pentagon is identifying the soldiers as Army Sergeant Eric Michael Emond of Brush Prairie, Washington, Army Captain Andrew Patrick Ross of Virginia, and Air Force Staff Sergeant Dylan J. Elchin of Pennsylvania.  The Taliban has claimed credit for the attack that also injured three other service members and a contractor.  Thirteen Americans have died in Afghanistan this year, twelve of them in combat.
 



(Undated)  --  Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy is a supporter of President Trump -- but not where building a border wall is concerned.  Bundy, who along with his sons became heroes to some for their armed standoffs with the federal government, told The Guardian yesterday that the wall isn't likely to do any good.  Bundy said we should be able to get along with our neighbors and that migrants, like those massed in Mexico on the southern border, should be given the chance to apply for asylum.  Bundy's son, Ammon, who was a leader of a 2016 standoff at an Oregon wildlife refuge, posted a video on Facebook arguing the migrants aren't terrorists and are fleeing horrible conditions.
 



(Corvallis, OR)  --  Trial proceedings are underway in the hate crime case against an Oregon State University student.  Andrew Oswalt is accused of plastering the cars of social justice activists with racist bumper stickers.  The Oregonian reports that Oswalt has white nationalist ties and a pattern of racist activities.  Prosecutors say it's the first bias crime to go before a Benton County jury in nearly a decade.  Reports of hate crimes are on the rise both nationwide and in Oregon.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland Police officer and Clackamas County sheriff's deputy are escaping charges in connection to the shooting injury of a man in southeast Portland.  A Grand Jury has determined the two should not face criminal charges for the shooting of 20-year-old Jason Hansen October 19th.  Police opened fire on him after he allegedly shot at them following a police chase.  He survived with injuries and was booked into jail after being treated at a hospital.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland pharmacist is facing dozens of charges after allegedly hiding a camera inside an employee bathroom at the Kaiser Permanente facility.  Police arrested 34-year-old Johnny Tuck Chee Chan Monday.  He's been indicted on 71 charges.  Police began investigating last November after an employee reported finding a hidden camera in a bathroom at the facility.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've made an arrest in connection to a shooting in the Woodburn area.  Police arrested 24-year-old Norberto Josue Martinez yesterday in Medford.  He's accused of shooting and injuring a 19-year-old in the 1300 block of West Hayes Street.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland may be paying for a study of ferries between Oregon and Washington.  Mayor Ted Wheeler's chief of staff made the announcement today as backers of the so-called Frog Ferry appealed for support.   Susan Bladholm of the group Friends of the Frog Ferry told The Oregonian that if studies don't show it's a feasible idea, it'll be dropped. 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for the owner of a stolen trailer loaded with steel pipes.  The Portland Police Bureau says they recently recovered the stolen 20-foot dual-axel trailer.  It's loaded with stainless welded steel pipe measuring 20 feet by ten inches in diameter.



(The Dalles, OR)  --  A village at The Dalles for tribal members will see construction begin again.  The Trump administration will allow the work to resume after money for the project was found in the budget.  The Oregonian reports that construction stopped more than a year ago when funding dried up.  The village is a promise made eight decades ago to members of the Warm Springs, Yakama, Umatilla and Nez Perce tribes.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A driver is being cited for crashing into a school bus in Wilsonville.  Police say the school bus was loaded with students yesterday afternoon when another vehicle crashed into it at Southwest Canyon Creek Road and Southwest Boeckman Road.  Police say the other driver ran a stop sign.  No injuries were reported.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've made an arrest in connection to a series of assaults with a metal object over the weekend.  Portland Police arrested 37-year-old Justin Venable near Southeast 34th Avenue and Belmont Street last night after receiving a tip from the public.  Venable is accused of approaching people in southeast Portland Saturday night through Monday morning and jabbing them with an unidentified thin metal object.  None of the victims required hospitalization.  Police are investigating the incidents as harassment.



(Portland, OR)  --  JetBlue is looking into the circumstances surrounding the emergency landing of one of its flights at Portland International Airport.  Authorities say the New York-bound flight returned to the airport shortly after takeoff last night due to a possible problem with one of the plane's tires.  The plane landed safely just before midnight.  JetBlue says it's investigating.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland motorists could face a 200-dollar fine if their cars block leaf collectors.  The city announced yesterday that people have until 6:00 tomorrow morning to move their street-parked vehicles in the Rose City. Alameda and Pearl District areas.  OregonLive reports that the 201-dollar towing charge gets worse by the day, as 27 bucks is added for each day the vehicle is impounded.
 



(Washington, DC)  --  The official Christmas Tree is now at the U.S. Capitol after traveling across the country from Oregon.  Nikki Swanson with the U.S. Forest Service says the tree is an 80-foot-tall Noble fir from the Willamette National Forest.  The tree traveled nearly three-thousand miles in a three-week journey to make its way to the Capitol.  A different national forest is picked each year to provide the Capitol Christmas tree. 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a woman found dead inside a Beaverton home earlier this month.  Police say 29-year-old Amy Low was found dead November 17th inside a home on Southwest Allen Boulevard.  Police say a man who rents the home with a roommate reported hearing a "blood-curdling scream" before the woman went missing earlier that day.  It's not yet clear how the woman was killed.



(Portland, OR)  --  A group of apartment tenants in southeast Portland are threatening to withhold their rent until management completes repairs to the complex.  About 100 tenants at Wimbledon Square apartments visited their apartment's management yesterday with a list of demands.  The tenants say their units are full of mold and that their water gets shut off with little or no warning.
 



(Bend, OR)  --  A new report shows people are coming to Oregon to take advantage of the state's less-restrictive abortion laws.  The Oregonian reports on federal figures that show about eleven-percent of abortions in Oregon were for people from out-of-state.  The number is much lower in Idaho, where the Guttmacher Institute says restrictions make it hard for women to access that sort of care.  Oregon is one of a handful of states that allow nurse practitioners to perform abortions, which they've been doing for about 12 years.



(Salem, OR)  --  The city of Salem is banning plastic bags.  Salem City Council members voted last night to approve the ban.  Customers who want their purchases bagged will still be allowed to pay extra for paper bags.  Large retailers have until April to comply with the ban, while smaller retailers have until September.  Salem joins Portland, McMinnville and Corvallis in banning plastic bags.



(Portland, OR)  --  Disease outbreak, drought and increasing wildfires are among the effects of climate change currently taking a toll on the Pacific Northwest.  That's according to a new one-thousand-plus-page federal climate assessment released late last week.  The report produced by the U.S. Global Change Research Program details stark projections of the effects of global warming in the Northwest, including drastically decreased salmon runs due to warming stream waters.  The report says salmon will lose about 22-percent of their habitat by the end of the century if emissions are left unchecked.  The report says climate change has possibly already caused an increase in the cases of Lyme disease in the Pacific Northwest as well as cases of West Nile, E. coli and salmonella.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is in police custody following a domestic violence call that prompted evacuations in a Southeast Portland neighborhood.  Police responded to a home at Southeast 118th Avenue and Raymond Street last night on reports of domestic violence.  The victim told responding officers that the suspect had hit him repeatedly with the butt of a rifle.  The suspect then allegedly stepped out of the home and fired a gun.  Police were ultimately able to get the man into custody and take him to a local hospital for evaluation.  He was scheduled to be booked into the Multnomah County Jail after being released from the hospital.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges in connection to a string of broken windows downtown.  Police responded to the area of Southwest 5th Avenue and Southwest Taylor Street early Saturday morning on reports of a man breaking windows at nearby businesses.  Police arrested 43-year-old Gustave G. Page on seven counts of first-degree criminal mischief.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing several charges after allegedly leading police on a lengthy chase in a stolen car.  Police say they began pursuing 35-year-old Matthew W. Golding around 11:00 Saturday night after seeing him speeding on Southeast Division Street near Southeast 139th Avenue.  Officers discovered he was driving a stolen car after running its plates.  Police set up a spike strip near Southeast 102nd Avenue and Stark Street and successfully punctured the suspect's tires.  The suspect then allegedly fled on foot, but police used a K9 team to track him down several blocks away.
 



(New Delhi)  --  The body of an American missionary killed by an isolated tribe still hasn't been recovered.  John Chau, from Washington state, was reportedly attempting to convert the Sentinelese people to Christianity before his death earlier this month.  The Sentinelese live on a tiny, remote island in the Bay of Bengal.  Journal entries obtained by the Washington Post show the 26-year-old adventurer was attacked by tribesmen the day before he was killed.  Chau noted that his Bible was pierced by an arrow.  He apparently tried to get on shore but was killed by a flurry of arrows.  Over the weekend, Indian authorities gave up on an effort to recover his body when stared down by members of the tribe.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is hospitalized with critical injuries after being struck in a hit-and-run crash in downtown Hillsboro.  Police say the pedestrian was hit last night in the 500 block of Southeast 32nd Avenue.  The driver allegedly took off after the crash.  Anyone with information on the driver is urged to contact police.



(Portland, OR)  --  A woman is facing charges after police say they found weapons and meth inside her car during a traffic stop in Aloha.  Police say they pulled over 22-year-old Kathelina Test Saturday night after watching her leave what they called a "known drug house."  Police say they found large quantities of methamphetamine in her vehicle along with a handgun and restricted weapons including a throwing star.  Police also arrested three passengers in the car on drug charges.



(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are injured following a crash near Gresham.  Police say the two-car crash happened Friday night at Southeast Lusted Road and Altman Road.  Two people were hospitalized.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking into the deaths of nearly two dozen birds that dropped from the sky in Hillsboro.  Oregon State Police says blackbirds, starlings and a bald eagle are among the 20 birds found dead Monday in a field along West Union Road.  Police are performing tests on the carcasses to determine what killed them.  Investigators believe the birds may have been poisoned, either intentionally or accidentally.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is underway into a deadly shooting that put a school on lockdown in Hillsboro.  Police responded to the 1100 block of Northeast Grant Avenue off Cornell Road yesterday afternoon on reports of gunfire.  Responding officers found one man shot to death inside his home.  The nearby Poynter Middle School was briefly put into lockout over the incident.  Police are still working to identify the victim.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon's legislative leaders are being required to comply with sexual harassment subpoenas.  A Multnomah County judge ruled Monday that the subpoenas issued by the state Bureau of Labor were reasonable and lawful.  Lawyers for Senate President Peter Courtney and House Speaker Tina Kotek had argued that the information requested would harm the privacy of complainers.  The lawyer for the labor agency says all info will be kept confidential under a protective order. 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of vandalizing an ATM in Oregon City.  Police say the man smashed a screen on the ATM at the Bank of America on Molalla Avenue Friday.  He's described as a white man with a trimmed beard and a tattoo of the word "first" in cursive on his left hand.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect in connection to a burglary at a Portland restaurant.  Police say the suspect broke into the tapas restaurant Sante Bar on Northwest Park and Fourth early Saturday by throwing a brick through the window.  The suspect then allegedly ransacked the place, stealing cash and liquor to the tune of 20-thousand dollars.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man is pleading guilty in connection to the kidnapping and death of his wife.  Twenty-nine-year-old Robert Lee West pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and kidnapping for the death of 26-year-old Lila Streeter.  Police found her body inside a bedroom in a unit at the Alderwood Court Apartments last year following an hours-long standoff with West.  Police say she died from blunt force trauma.  Sentencing is set for early next year.



(Salem, OR)  --  Three Democrats will head up Oregon's Ways and Means Committee next year.  The Oregonian reports that the Senate has appointed co-chairs Betsy Johnson of Scappoose and Elizabeth Steiner Hayward of Beaverton.  State Representative Dan Rayfield of Corvallis will chair for the House.  Ways and Means will be tasked with writing Oregon's budget in 2019. 



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland nonprofit is getting five-million dollars from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.  The nonproft housing group JOIN is among two-dozen nonprofits getting funding from the online retail giant's leader.  Bezos and his wife MacKenzie say they're donating 100-million dollars in total.  JOIN helps fight homelessness by helping families with job assistance, education and child care.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges after allegedly assaulting a woman and then setting her apartment on fire.  Police arrested 29-year-old Richard Parrish yesterday for the incident last week.  Police say Parrish set fire to the victim's home at Westridge Meadows apartments on Northwest Chemeketa Lane Wednesday, just two days after assaulting her.  The woman and her mother were both hospitalized for smoke inhalation.



(Portland, OR)  --  The investigation continues into the discovery of a body inside a Beaverton home.  Police say they found the body Saturday night after reporting to a home in the 12100 block of Allen Boulevard for what they called suspicious circumstances.  Forensic detectives remained on the scene for hours over the weekend.  An autopsy was conducted yesterday, and police say they may release information from that report today.  Police have released few details so far, saying it's an active investigation.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland homes are among the most overvalued in the nation.  A study by the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank shows that homes in Oregon's biggest city are the fifth most overpriced, above what the report calls the norm.  Los Angeles tops the list, with Miami, San Francisco and Anaheim rounding out the top five.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is underway into the discovery of a dead body on the Burnside Bridge.  Police responded to the midspan of the bridge just after midnight on reports of an injured person.  Responding officers found a man lying dead on the sidewalk.  Police say it appears he was shot to death.



(Washington, DC)  --  The FBI is now classifying the far-right Proud Boys as an extremist group.  A report produced by Washington state law enforcement says the group is now designated with ties to white nationalism.  The report says the FBI is warning law enforcement that the Proud Boys are actively recruiting in the Pacific Northwest.  The group, largely defined by misogyny and racism, is known for inciting violence at political rallies.  The group's leader, Gavin McInnes, insists the Proud Boys aren't white nationalist or alt-right, but the Southern Poverty Law Center has them listed as a hate group.  The Proud Boys make regular appearances at Portland right-wing rallies.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges in connection to the death of a man at a Southeast Portland apartment complex.  Police arrested 38-year-old Nathan Moore yesterday for the incident at Court Louise Apartments.  Police responded to the area on reports of possible gunfire.  Responding officers say the victim died at a nearby hospital.  An autopsy is scheduled for today.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are calling the death of a woman whose body was found under the Morrison Bridge suspicious.  Police say the woman was found dead near a homeless camp on Southwest 1st Avenue last night.  Police found multiple shell casings around the woman and determined that she had suffered a head wound, but it's not yet clear how she died.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  An appeals court is allowing an Oregon journalist to sue Baker City's ex-police chief.  The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that Brian Addison showed enough evidence to justify a retaliation suit.  The Oregonian reports that Addison claims he was retaliated against by former chief Wyn Lohner following a 2008 editorial in the Record-Courier which was critical of the department.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is hospitalized after being stabbed while volunteering at a church in northeast Portland.  Police say the man was stabbed yesterday at The Well Community Church near Schuyler Street and Northeast 1st Avenue.  He was rushed to a hospital and is expected to survive.  Police are still searching for the suspect.  The motive for the stabbing remains unclear.



(Undated)  --  Nearly 100-thousand-pounds of ground beef is being recalled because of possible E. coli contamination.  The USDA says the recall affects bulk ground beef sold by Utah-based Swift Beef in Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada and Utah.  There have been no confirmed reports of illness from anyone eating the beef. 



(Portland, OR)  --  Half a dozen firefighting strike teams are headed home to Oregon after helping battle the devastating Camp Fire in California.  The Oregon State Fire Marshal announced yesterday that six strike teams are coming home in time for Thanksgiving.  Officials say the blaze is about 65-percent contained.  A total of 15 Oregon strike teams have deployed to California to help out.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating what they call "suspicious circumstances" at a home in Beaverton.  Forensic detectives were on the scene all day yesterday at the home in the 12100 block of Allen Boulevard.  Witnesses tell KATU-2 the investigators are looking into the disappearance of a woman.  Police aren't releasing further details at this time.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect in connection to a stabbing in Old Town/Chinatown.  Police say a man was stabbed and seriously wounded Saturday night near Northwest Hoyt Street and Broadway.  The man is expected to survive.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested one suspect and are searching for two more in connection to an armed carjacking in northeast Portland that left a man hospitalized.  Police say three people approached the victim at his motor home on Northeast Beech Street Saturday night and pistol-whipped him before sealing several items, including his SUV.  Police arrested 39-year-old Shirene Singh after spotting the stolen SUV moments later.  Police are still searching for two other suspects.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say they made half a dozen arrests at a rally organized by an offshoot of the alt-right group Patriot Prayer over the weekend.  Police say the rally called "Him Too" at Terry Schrunk Plaza Saturday was mostly peaceful but that some confrontations took place between attendees and counter-protesters after the speeches ended.  Police arrested six people on charges that included interfering with a peace officer, harassment and disorderly conduct.



(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead and five others are injured following a head-on crash involving two vehicles near Cornelius.  Police say a Dodge Challenger was travelling west at Tualatin Valley Highway and Northwest 341st Avenue Saturday night when the driver crossed into oncoming traffic and struck a Honda Accord.  Police say a 25-year-old passenger in the Honda named Al Islam was killed in the crash.  Five others remained hospitalized as of last night.  An investigation into the crash is ongoing. 



(Portland, OR)  --  A woman is dead after being hit by two hit-and-run drivers near the Portland-Gresham border.  Police say the woman was walking near Northeast 162nd Avenue and Halsey Street last night when two cars crashed into her and continued on their way.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.  Police are still searching for the drivers.



(Portland, OR)  --  City Council is rejecting Mayor Ted Wheeler's plan for new restrictions on protests.  The Oregonian reports that the council members voted yesterday against allowing Wheeler to give himself more powers under certain circumstances.  The measure would have allowed Wheeler to step in if demonstrators had a history of violence or if public safety was warranted.  Wheeler proposed the restrictions following a series of violent protests in the city involving right-wing groups.



(Tigard, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a man who was shot to death while trying to enter a home in Tigard.  Police say the homeowner shot and killed 41-year-old Jose Luis Gonzalez Jr. yesterday morning at the Summer Creek Townhouses on Southwest Sage Terrace.  It's not yet clear why Gonzalez Jr. was allegedly trying to enter the home, but police say the homeowner was acquainted with him.  An investigation is ongoing.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are hospitalized following a crash in Gresham.  Police say the crash happened last night near Powell and Birdsale when a vehicle t-boned an SUV that was turning in front of it.  Both drivers suffered serious injuries.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating a homicide near a saloon on Southeast Stark Street.  The Portland Police Bureau says officers responded to the Dream On Saloon just before 2:00 this morning on reports of shots fired.  Responding officers found a man dead on the sidewalk.  Police are still searching for suspects.



(Portland, OR)  --  Hate crimes appear to be on the rise in Oregon.  The FBI released data earlier this week showing hate crimes rose 40-percent last year in the state.  Nationwide, hate crimes were up 17-percent.  The Oregon Coalition Against Hate Crime tells KATU-2 they witnessed a spike in hate crimes reported to police departments immediately following the 2016 presidential election.



(North Bend, OR)  --  A Coos County man is accused of shooting his estranged wife to death after she filed for divorce.  Authorities say the gunfire happened Tuesday in North Bend.  Police say 54-year-old Glen Mason allegedly pulled the trigger.  He's also facing charges in the shooting of the woman's daughter, who is hospitalized in stable condition.  Witnesses say they heard shots, saw Mason leaving and tried to stop him, but he reportedly shot at them, too.



(Portland, OR)  --  A registered sex offender is facing new charges after allegedly sending explicit texts to a teenage girl.  James Scott was arraigned in Multnomah County court last week.  He's accused of sending nude photos of himself to a 15-year-old girl back in August.  His previous convictions stemmed from the 80s.



(Salem, OR)  --  The City of Salem is banning plastic bags.  Salem City Council members approved an ordinance last night banning grocery stores from using plastic bags for bagging purchases.  The ordinance also requires stores to charge five cents per paper bag.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of robbing a credit union in northwest Portland.  Police say the man entered the Selco Credit Union on Northwest Thurman Street yesterday morning and handed a teller a note demanding money.  He's described as a white man about 40 to 50-years-old standing about five-foot-eight-inches tall with brown hair.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are saying the shooting of a man on Hayden Island resulted from a drug deal gone bad.  OregonLive reports that 34-year-old Christopher Irvin tried to rob a couple of heroin last month in a motel parking lot as a woman shot one of them.  Irvin pleaded not guilty yesterday to counts of robbery, having a stolen car and unauthorized vehicle use.



(Portland, OR)  --  Two men are facing charges following a disturbance involving a gun at a bar in southeast Portland.  Police arrested 34-year-old Elijah Warren and 33-year-old Marcus Bell early Sunday morning at the Century Bar on Southeast Sandy Boulevard.  Police say the two threatened security staff with a gun after being told to leave the bar.  No injuries were reported.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is fighting for his life after being hit by a car while fixing his own broken-down vehicle on the side of Highway 47.  Police say the man was working on his car last night when a passing car struck him.  He was airlifted to a Portland hospital trauma center.  The other driver was cited for careless driving.



(Portland, OR)  --  A woman is dead after being struck by a car in northeast Portland.  Police say the woman was walking near Northeast Airport Way and 138th Avenue last night when a car crashed into her.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.  Police say the driver stayed at the scene and is cooperating with investigators.



(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon's hazelnut harvest isn't all it was cracked up to be.  Growers had expected a bumper crop this year, but it's shaking out differently.  The Capital Press reports on industry numbers that show a 48-thousand-ton harvest is shaping up, missing predictions by some four-thousand tons.  A Newburg packer says it's not clear why the harvest fell short, but he suspects it may be due to underperformance of a new nut variety. 



(Tigard, OR)  --  The Tigard City Council is giving its approval to the Southwest Expansion of MAX.  Council members voted four-to-one last night to pass the plan, which now moves on to Metro for a vote.  The plan would connect Tigard to downtown Portland via MAX lines.  Metro is set to vote on the plan tomorrow.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  A woman is facing charges after allegedly reaching into a man's car and cutting him across the neck.  Police say the man was sitting in his car outside the Willow Creek apartments in Vancouver Sunday afternoon when the woman reached through his open window with a butcher knife and cut him on the neck.  Police say the man was able to wrestle the knife away from the woman.  Police responded to the scene and arrested 49-year-old Ester Mitchell.  The victim reportedly suffered minor injuries.



(Portland, OR)  --  Lime is recalling some of its electric scooters over concerns that they can break in half.  The Washington Post reports the recall affects Lime scooters made by the company Okai.  It's not yet clear what specific cities are affected by the recall.



(Portland, OR)  --  One person is hospitalized after being struck by a car in Cornelius.  Police say the victim was walking to work yesterday morning when the car hit them near Adair street and 13th Avenue.  The victim was taken to a hospital.  No word yet on what caused the crash.



(Portland, OR)  --  One person is hospitalized after driving through a brick wall at a Costco store in Hillsboro.  Police say crews had to extricate the driver from their pickup truck after yesterday's crash.  An investigation is ongoing into what caused the crash.



(Salem, OR)  --  One in three Oregon daycares are delinquent in reporting lead testing on their drinking water.  The Oregonian reports that the centers were required by law to report on lead testing by the end of September.  However, more than 12-hundred have yet to do so.  About one-and-a-half-percent of those that did report the findings discovered lead above state standards.  No amount of lead exposure is considered safe, and it's especially dangerous for kids under the age of six.



(Portland, OR)  --  Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a reward for information on an unsolved homicide from three years ago.  Police say 19-year-old Dalton Marshall from Vancouver was shot and killed on November 12th in 2015.  Police found his body near North Bruce Avenue and Hudson Street and are still searching for a suspect.  A cash reward of up to 25-hundred dollars is being offered for information leading to an arrest.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  An animal shelter in Vancouver is looking for homes for nearly a dozen kittens rescued from a hoarding situation.  Workers at the non-profit Furry Friends Washington say they rescued ten kittens from a home in the Cowlitz area.  The kittens will start welcoming interested visitors next Tuesday, and they'll be ready to go to a forever home in December.



(Keizer, OR)  --  The Keizer Fire Department is celebrating the recent election.  The Statesman-Journal reports that voters overwhelmingly renewed a five-year operating levy last week which accounts for about a quarter of the department's budget.  The vote allows firefighters to keep a dozen people on staff for a second medic unit.  Calls have been peaking at the fire department, and about 80-percent of the requests are for emergency medical services.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges after allegedly assaulting a police officer and a woman with a pipe in southeast Portland.  Police say officers responded to the 4100 block of Southeast Ivon Street Saturday night on reports of a man throwing objects at passing cars.  A responding officer approached 36-year-old Tsegay Abraha, who allegedly struck the officer in the head with a pipe.  The officer was reportedly able to detain the suspect until other officers arrived.  Earlier that night, Abraha is accused of striking a woman in the arm with the pipe as she walked into her home. 
 



(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are being reported after two mariners ran aground in Yaquina Bay.  The Coast Guard says the two called for help yesterday afternoon after their 14-foot recreational vessel ran aground on some mud flats in the bay.  The Coast Guard sent out an aircrew, which hoisted the individuals to safety.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland City Council members are considering a new regulation on plastic straws and utensils.  Council members are set to discuss Wednesday an ordinance that would ban restaurants from handing out plastic straws and utensils unless the customer asks for them.  The restaurants would also be allowed to ask the customer if they want a straw or plastic utensils.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges in connection to an assault that left a man seriously injured along the Portland waterfront.  Police say 38-year-old Jon Moudy assaulted a man yesterday afternoon near the grounds of Portland's Saturday Market.  Responding officers reportedly arrived to find a group of good Samaritans helping the victim, who was rushed to a hospital with significant injuries.



(Portland, OR)  --  Free admission is being offered at all national parks and the Oregon Zoo today in honor of Veterans Day.  Today is the last of four free days at U.S. national parks this year.  The Oregon Zoo is offering free admission all day to the families of service members who are deployed.



(Portland, OR)  --  A convicted felon is facing new charges after allegedly being caught in a stolen car.  The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says deputies pulled over 33-year-old Jesse Calhoun in Troutdale yesterday afternoon.  A search of the car allegedly turned up six grams of meth along with a sawed-off shotgun and 500 rounds of ammunition.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Hundreds of people are saying goodbye to a 5-year-old Vancouver girl allegedly murdered by her mother's boyfriend.  Hundreds gathered yesterday for a funeral procession and memorial service for Hartley Anderson.  Ryan Burge was watching Anderson a little more than a week ago when she suffered the severe head trauma injury that killed her.  Burge is charged with first-degree murder.



(Camas, WA)  --  A 51-year-old man is dead after crashing his bicycle into a house in Camas, Washington.  Police say Michael Myers died in the crash last Thursday on Northwest Sierra Drive.  Police believe Myers was riding down a steep road with several turns when he crashed into the side of a house.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man suspected of killing his wife and dumping her body in a field near St. Paul is dead.  Police say deputies found the body of Lemarr Carver yesterday inside a home in Hillsboro.  Police were serving a search warrant at the home in connection to the death of 47-year-old Tricia Carver, whose body was found in a field Monday.  Police say Lemarr appears to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.



(Portland, OR)  --  One person is hospitalized with serious injuries after being hit by a car in Gresham.  Police say the pedestrian was crossing East Burnside near Southeast 53rd Avenue last night when the car struck them.  Officers say the pedestrian was not using a crosswalk.  The driver reportedly stayed at the scene.



(Washington, DC)  --  Pot stocks are soaring sky high after the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  Shares of Canadian marijuana company Tilray went up 30-percent after news that Sessions was out.  Other publicly traded pot companies such as Canopy Growth and Aurora Cannabis also had their stocks lifted more than eight percent.  Sessions had promised to roll back Obama-era policies that allowed states to set their own rules on weed.  Marijuana companies were also enjoying a boost because Michigan voters approved a measure legalizing recreational pot.



(Baton Rouge, LA)  --  Oregon is now the only state to allow split-verdict jury decisions.  The Oregonian reports that voters in Louisiana approved a constitutional amendment that ends non-unanimous convictions.  Oregon juries can convict a defendant on a 10-to-2 vote, although murder convictions require full agreement.



(Portland, OR)  --  A bank robbery suspect is behind bars after police say his escape route led him right by a police station.  Police arrested 68-year-old Richard Gorton yesterday for the robbery at a U.S. Bank branch in Longview, Washington.  Police say officers were radioing in a description of the suspect when officers saw a man matching the description walking in front of the police station a block east of the bank.



(Portland, OR)  --  Several cats are lucky to be alive after being rescued from a house fire in southeast Portland.  Firefighters say no one was home except for the feline residents when the fire broke out yesterday afternoon at a home near Southeast 97th and Knight Street.  Three of the cats had to be resuscitated.  An investigation into the fire is ongoing.



(Salem, OR)  --  A measure aimed at giving gun lovers more rights is now law in eight Oregon counties.  OregonLive reports that the local measure was pushed to victory by militia groups.  The measure gives people who live in approving counties the right to own semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines, regardless of state or federal law.  Partial returns show that it passed in Baker, Columbia, Douglas, Klamath, Lake, Linn, Umatilla and Union counties.  It failed in Jackson and Lincoln counties.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police are searching for a missing and endangered 16-year-old girl.  Police say Johna Dugan of Camas, Washington was last seen just after midnight early yesterday morning at her home.  She's described as five-foot-three and 120 pounds with long blond hair.



(Salem, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown is the winner in the race to keep her seat.  Early ballot returns show the Democrat leading with 50-percent of the vote, compared to challenger Knute Buehler's 44-percent support.  The Republican Buehler conceded the race less than an hour after ballot returns started coming in.  The two candidates funneled millions into their advertising campaigns in what was the most expensive governor's race in state history.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon appears set to remain a sanctuary state.  Early ballot returns show voters rejecting Measure 105 with 63-percent of the vote.  Thirty-seven-percent voted in favor of the measure, which would have repealed Oregon's status as a sanctuary state.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon residents appear to be rejecting a ban on grocery taxes.  Early ballot returns this morning showed Measure 103 failing with only 43-percent of the vote.  The measure would have banned any future taxes on soda and groceries.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a California man who shot himself to death in Portland.  Authorities identified the 36-year-old from Modesto yesterday as Damon Davis.  He was wanted on a number of weapons and drug-related charges.  ATF agents were trying to arrest him over the weekend when he killed himself.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon voters appear to be rejecting a measure to ban state funding for abortions.  Early results show Measure 106 failing with only 36-percent of the vote.  Sixty-four-percent voted against the measure, which would have put a state constitutional ban on the use of public funds to pay for abortions.



(Portland, OR)  --  Democrat Suzanne Bonamici is holding onto her seat in Oregon's 1st Congressional District. Bonamici leading with 63-percent of the vote as of early this morning.  Republican challenger John Verbeek was in second place with 33-percent.  Libertarian challenger Drew Layda gathered four-percent.



(Klamath Falls, OR)  --  An employee at Crater Lake National Park is suing the Parks Service over his treatment at work.  OregonLive reports that Jamie Summers filed papers in Portland claiming that his co-workers have used slurs referencing his Native American heritage and his bosses did nothing about it.  Summers seeks two-million dollars in the defamation lawsuit.



(Portland, OR)  --  Voters appear to be saying yes to a measure allowing local governments to use bond money for affordable housing projects.  Early ballot returns this morning show Measure 102 passing with 56-percent of the vote.  The measure would amend the state constitution to allow local governments to use affordable housing bond revenue toward public-private development partnerships.



(Portland, OR)  --  It's election day.  Today is the last day to cast a ballot for the 2018 midterm elections.  It's too late to mail your ballot, but you can still drop them off at hundreds of locations around the state.  Check the Oregon Secretary of State website to find the location nearest you.  Voting is set to close at 8 p.m.



(Salem, OR)  --  At least 40-percent of Oregon's registered voters' ballots are now in the hands of election officials.  That's about eight-percent higher than had been expected to turn in their early voting ballots by mail or in person.  The Oregonian reports that Democrats held a slight edge yesterday in turnout rates.  The large participation echoes a nationwide surge in at least 28 states.  Bloomberg News reports the high turnout indicates new voters are being drawn into the midterm elections.



(Portland, OR)  --  A local Muslim civil rights group is the target of an alleged threat made on a social media page for the Patriot Prayer group.  The Oregon chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations says the threatening comment was posted Saturday afternoon on the Facebook page for the Vancouver-based alt-right group.  The comment suggested burning down all of the council's offices.  The Oregon chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations recently asked the crowdfunding website Giving Fuel to remove the Patriot Prayer's fundraising page due to rhetoric they said fueled Islamophobia.  Giving Fuel took the page down on Friday, saying the group's actions fell outside their terms of use.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a fire that destroyed a motor home in Vancouver.  Firefighters responded to the 84-hundred block of Northeast 8th Avenue early yesterday morning to find the Winnebago fully involved in flames.  Fire officials think the motor home was abandoned when the fire broke out.  No injuries were reported.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police are searching for a missing 12-year-old Vancouver girl.  Police say Miriam Marie Smith disappeared from her home Monday afternoon.  She's believed to be wearing dark red Vans sneakers with a hooded sweatshirt and jeans.



(Portland, OR)  --  A suspicious death investigation is underway into the discovery of a woman's body in a field near St. Paul.  The Marion County Sheriff's Office says someone found the body yesterday morning in a field near Vachter Road Northeast and River Road Northeast.  The sheriff's office has ruled the death suspicious.  It's not yet clear how the woman died.



(Cougar, WA)  --  The search is over for the body of an Oregon hiker missing for three weeks near Mount St. Helens.  Authorities say 18-year-old Kelso resident Garrett Canada was reported missing in mid-October.  His body was found over the weekend east of the town of Cougar by a group of camping Girl Scouts.  OregonLive reports that he fell into water near a Lava Canyon waterfall while he was hiking.



(Portland, OR)  --  Several companies are offering deals and discounts to help Portlanders get to the polls today.  Rideshare companies Uber and Lyft are both handing out discounts to customers who use their services to travel to the polls or ballot drop-off locations.  Bikeshare companies Biketown and Lime are both offering free rides on their bikes or e-scooters.  Biketown users who enter the code BIKE2VOTE will receive a free day pass, while Lime users can use the code LIME2VOTE18 to get a free 30-minute ride to and from polling locations.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  A man is facing a murder charge in connection to the death of his girlfriend's five-year-old daughter.  Police arrested 37-year-old Ryan Burge Friday after the girl died from severe head trauma while being treated at a Portland hospital.  Police say Burge was babysitting the girl when she suffered the injury.  Burge tells investigators she injured herself while throwing a tantrum.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into the discovery of a missing Salem woman's body in the Santiam State Forest.  Police found the body of 35-year-old Amber Jayne Eldridge yesterday in steep terrain about 700 feet from her vehicle.  Deputies had found Eldridge's one-year-old granddaughter safe inside that vehicle on Saturday morning.  Investigators say Eldridge messaged a loved one Friday night saying she had driven to an area off Sawtell Road to get away for a bit and that her granddaughter was with her.  Police say they don't suspect foul play in the death.



(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are being reported following a shooting at a home in North Portland.  Police say someone opened fire on a home on North Fessenden Street early yesterday morning with people inside.  It's not yet clear what led to the shooting.  Police are still searching for the suspect.



(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead and several others are injured following a crash on Highway 212 in Damascus.  Police say the crash happened yesterday morning near the Highway 224 interchange.  Several people had to be extricated from one of the vehicles involved.  One person was pronounced dead at the scene.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing DUII charges after allegedly crashing his SUV into three parked vehicles and a tree.  Police say it happened early yesterday morning in the Garden Home community.  Police say 39-year-old Noe Garnica was driving on Southwest Alden Street when he lost control and struck two cars parked in a driveway.  He then allegedly backed up and hit another car before crashing into a tree and coming to a stop.  Investigators say he was under the influence of both alcohol and drugs.



(Portland, OR)  --  One woman is dead after being hit by a car on Highway 22 in west Salem.  Police say the woman was in the westbound lanes near the Edgewater Street exit Saturday night when the car struck her.  The driver reportedly stayed at the scene and cooperated with investigators.  Police have not yet released the victim's identity.



(Portland, OR)  --  Five people are injured following a two-car crash in Gresham.  The crash happened early Saturday morning near Southeast Chase and 282nd Avenue when a Cadillac SUV collided with a sedan.  Five people were taken to a hospital, where doctors say they're expected to be OK.  Investigators say alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking into a pair of shootings in Southeast Portland overnight Friday.  The Portland Police Bureau says the first shooting happened around 9:40 p.m. near Southeast 139th Avenue and Mill Street.  Residents there say they heard gunshots followed by the sound of a car speeding off.  The second shooting happened around 2:30 a.m. on Southeast 88th Avenue during a large fight between two groups of people.  No injuries were reported in either of the shootings.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland psychiatric facility may get to keep its federal funding despite cited infractions.  The Oregonian reports that investigators found that Unity Center for Behavioral Health allowed patients to hurt themselves, sexually assault each other and escape.  The Oregon Health Authority has found that Unity's problems are being fixed and it recommends that its Medicare and Medicaid payments not be shut off.  The federal government still has to agree to the recommendation.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police in Washington County are warning the public after some Halloween candy tested positive for methamphetamine.  The Washington County Sheriff's Office says some parents called 9-1-1 after eating some Sour Patch Kids that their children received while trick-or-treating Wednesday night.  The parents were taken to a hospital, and the candy tested positive for meth.  The parents told police the candy appeared to be properly sealed before they opened it.  Police say the family went trick-or-treating in Aloha in the area of Southwest Jay Street.



(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are being reported after a Hood River County sheriff's deputy opened fire on a motorist who allegedly tried to hit him with his car.  Oregon State Police say the deputy was at the Mitchell Point trailhead in the Columbia River Gorge Monday afternoon when he saw the suspect's stopped car and went to check on him.  That's when police say the driver drove at him, prompting the deputy to open fire.  The driver crashed into the deputy's patrol car and then fell down an embankment.  The deputy arrested him.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking to question two men who were allegedly involved in a brawl during the most recent Patriot Prayer rally in Portland.  Police say the brawl happened at the march and rally October 13th after Patriot Prayer members and counter-protesters got into a confrontation.  Police released photos of the two men yesterday and ask anyone with information to contact them.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing nearly two decades behind bars for killing a man and injuring a woman in downtown Portland.  A judge sentenced 50-year-old Thomas Dorris yesterday to 17 years in prison followed by three years of post-prison supervision.  He's accused of shooting and killing Chester Eugene Newborn and shooting a woman in the leg, injuring her, in 2016.



(Portland, OR)  --  A 24-year-old man is facing charges after allegedly burglarizing a construction site in Lake Oswego.  Police arrested Rosendo Sanchez-Martinez early yesterday morning after he allegedly tripped an alarm at "The Springs at Lake Oswego" on Kruse Way Place.  Police say officers found him hiding under a bus, where he had allegedly hidden a pistol.  Police say a second suspect at the scene got away.  Investigators believe the two were after copper wiring.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a missing Washington County woman.  The Washington County Sheriff's Office says 36-year-old Roxanne Slayton went missing about a month ago.  Family members say she suffers from medical issues and may not have access to her critical medications.  She's described as five-foot-six and 180 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  Oregon's two largest corporate employers are calling for transgender equality.  OregonLive reports that Nike and Intel joined dozens of other companies yesterday in opposing President Trump's proposed redefinition of gender.  A federal memo stating that gender is defined by biology caused an outcry in the LGBTQ community.  Its adoption could mean legal protections may be lost.  The move continues a socially active stance from Nike and Intel, whose Oregon headquarters are in Beaverton and Hillsboro, respectively.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a Portland man who was hit by an alleged DUII driver has died.  The Portland Police Bureau says 64-year-old Darnell Jolly died Sunday at the hospital where he was being treated.  He was injured Friday night after 64-year-old William Leptich crashed into him at Southeast Stark Street and 146th Avenue.  Police believe Leptich was intoxicated at the time of the crash.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges after allegedly driving into a crowd of protesters in southwest Portland.  The demonstrators were protesting the Grand Jury ruling that found officers were justified in shooting and killing 27-year-old Patrick Kimmons yesterday when the incident happened.  Police say 55-year-old Mark Dickerson drove his pickup truck into the crowd of protesters, striking at least one person.  That person did not require hospitalization.  Dickerson is facing charges of fourth-degree assault as well as reckless endangerment and reckless driving.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a missing and endangered Washington County man.  Police say 60-year-old John Jackson went missing around midnight yesterday after walking away from an adult care facility.  Police say Jackson suffers from medical conditions including schizophrenia and that he doesn't have his medications with him.



(Salem, OR)  --  Snow tire season begins today.  Oregon motorists can legally start using studded tires on their vehicles beginning today.  The Oregon Department of Transportation says the season stretches to March 31st, but they hope alternatives are available.  Studded tires reportedly cause a lot of damage to the state's roadways, to the tune of eight-and-a-half-million dollars.  Other types of traction tires or chains are recommended for travel to icy areas.



(Portland, OR)  --  Three members of the McMinnville High School boys' soccer team are facing charges in connection to an alleged hazing incident.  Police arrested the students on charges of harassment in lieu of custody following an extensive investigation.  Police say the teens were involved in a hazing incident involving other members of the soccer program on September 7th.



(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are facing charges following a stabbing in the Old Town/Chinatown district.  Police responded to the area of Northwest Naito Parkway and West Burnside Street yesterday afternoon on reports of a disturbance.  Responding officers found a man suffering from a stab wound.  Officers tracked down Robert Fogelman and Nenita Gatlin in the area and arrested them.  Police say the victim is expected to survive.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a Central Point couple who have been missing nearly a month.  Police say 30-year-old Christopher Dean Vestal and 29-year-old Mary Lou Rowden were last seen October 6th in Medford.  Family members reported them missing October 24th.  Police say the couple were planning a three-day camping trip when they disappeared.



(Undated)  --  Oregon residents have it pretty good when it comes to paying the utility bills.  Relocation company Move.org ranks Oregon with the seventh-lowest cost for utilities in the nation.  The Oregonian reports that it's due largely to inexpensive electricity and natural gas, but the state's high-priced internet isn't so bad that it offsets those bargains.


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