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Regional News Archives for 2018-12

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Police will no longer be charging crime victims for police reports.  Mayor Ted Wheeler made the announcement Friday ahead of an interview with The Oregonian on the matter.  He says he was surprised the Police Bureau didn't already have a plan to eliminate the fees.  The newspaper's investigation shows that people were paying up to 30 dollars upfront for police reports, but waiting an average of 133 days to receive them.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police have identified the suspect who was shot at the Fred Meyer Starbucks on Friday.  Thirty-four-year-old Ryan Beisley is a federal fugitive wanted for escape who reportedly took out a gun before officers fired at him once inside the Starbucks and once outside.  He was taken to the hospital and released Saturday.  The four officers involved have been placed on administrative leave as the investigation into the incident continues.

(Portland, OR)  --  Three people are facing charges in connection to a drug raid.  Twenty-year-old Mya Walker, 23-year-old Blake Bennett, and 27-year-old Blake Price are facing charges for allegedly dealing cocaine and meth.  City Police say a raid of a home in the 800 block of East Walnut Street led to the arrests.  All three are being held on forty thousand dollar bonds.

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Bureau of Transportation reports a profit from the pilot program for electric scooters.  Financial records show the e-scooter program added over 188 thousand dollars to city coffers.  That money came in from the application fees, permits, use fees, and penalties associated with the Bird, Lime, and Skip scooters.  During the four-month trial period the city did spend a little over 86 thousand dollars on administration, enforcement, and evaluation fees for the program.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland restaurants could be fined for serving plastic straws in 2019.  The new ordinance approved by the Portland City Council last week goes into effect in July.  Restaurant employees are also instructed to ask customers if they want disposable silverware before putting it in a to-go bag.  A first offense warrants a written warning, with a 100 dollar fine for the second violation within a year, 200 for the third, and five-hundred dollars for any after the first three.

(Portland, OR)  --  An annual Radio Cab turkey drive is in danger of not meeting their goal.  Each year the company collects twenty dollar donations to feed a family of five as part of their Turkey Project.  They're currently 150 turkey dinners short of the 500 they hope to have.  If they're unable to get enough donations by their Friday deadline, they say they'll have to turn families away.

(Portland, OR)  --  Interstate 84 is open this morning after all eastbound lanes shut down due to a rollover crash last night.  It happened over Northeast 122nd Avenue just after 10:30 p.m.  Police say up to six cars were involved.  Initial reports indicate there were not any life-threatening injuries.

(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Transportation Commission has sent a new tolling plan to Federal Highway officials for approval.  Under the plan, tolls would be placed on a seven-mile stretch of Interstate 5 and on the Abernethy Bridge on I-205.  Despite the proposal moving forward Thursday, it could be years before the tolling is put in place.

(Portland, OR)  --  The Planning and Sustainability Commission will be hearing an economic report on a rezoning plan at their meeting this week.  The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will brief the group on Tuesday.  Their report says twice as many homes will be built in Portland over the next two decades under the proposed rezoning.  The Johnson Economics prepared report says new homes would be less expensive to rent because they'd be smaller with mostly multi-family units.

(Portland, OR)  --  Two city commissioners are questioning zoning changes that would go along with the Portland Diamond Project.  Terminal 2 in Northwest Portland could be the possible future site for a baseball stadium.  But Commissioner Amanda Fritz says the zoning wouldn't allow for affordable housing.  That may cause conflict with the plans released in April which specify an affordable housing project could be built near the new stadium.

(Salem, OR)  --  Portland developers want to build a 43 million dollar hotel in downtown Salem.  The city's urban development director says the proposal is for a 123-room hotel with a lobby bar and a rooftop bar.  The hotel would aim to serve legislators and business officials needing a room.

(Beaverton, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a motorcyclist who was killed in a crash in southwest Beaverton.  Police say 44-year-old Michael Campero Jr. was riding a motorcycle south on Southwest Murray Boulevard at Hart Road Wednesday morning when another driver struck him while making a left-hand turn.  Campero was pronounced dead at the scene.

(McMinnville, OR)  --  A Yamhill County woman is expected to plead guilty to DUII in connection with her daughter's death.  OregonLive reports that investigators believe the 27-year-old fell out of the car in August while her mom was behind the wheel.  After she and her daughter went to a wedding, Jennifer Weathers called authorities with a story claiming the younger woman had gotten mad and left the vehicle.  Weathers' lawyer says she'll admit to driving drunk at her next court appearance in February.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of stealing fish and equipment from a state-owned fish trap in Clackamas County.  State troopers say the man was caught on surveillance camera stealing the equipment and some salmon from the Bull Run River Fish Trap near Dodge Park in the Sandy area.  Authorities are offering a cash reward for information leading to an arrest.

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland native is facing a possible 30 years behind bars after being found guilty of sexually exploiting children in his care.  A federal jury convicted 44-year-old Andrew Kowalczyk this week of repeatedly sexually abusing and exploiting three young girls.  Court documents show he was babysitting the girls when the abuse took place.  Police arrested him in Washington state in 2008 after finding hard drives full of child pornography inside his car during a traffic stop.

(Portland, OR)  --  A group of men dubbed the "tracksuit bandits" are facing years behind bars in connection to a series of robberies across the county.  Kobe Cordray, Lamarr Luster Jr. and Angelo Luster have all been sentenced to prison time for the robberies that took place between December of 2017 and last January.  The district attorney's office says all three pleaded either guilty or no contest to the charges.  Cordray was sentenced yesterday to 16 years in prison.  Luster Jr. was sentenced to 14 years earlier this week, and Luster was sentenced to eight years last month.

(Portland, OR)  --  An Oregon man is finding himself with some major cash after winning a second lottery jackpot while waiting for his first one.  Sam Hawley arrived at an Oregon lottery office too early to claim a prize of just over 17-hundred dollars.  So, he went to a nearby store to kill time and purchased another Keno 8-Spot ticket using the same numbers.  Then, while he was claiming the 17-hundred dollar prize, he realized he had won 118-thousand from the ticket he just bought.

(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon State Police are praising one of their K-9 units for helping take more than 120 pounds of meth off the streets.  Police say K-9 Nero helped out with the bust November 21st during a traffic stop on I-5 near Eugene.  The trooper conducting the traffic stop says he applied the dog's drug-sniffing talents to the car after he became suspicious of criminal activity.  K-9 Nero found 124 pounds of meth concealed in several bags in the vehicle's trunk.

(Lake Oswego, OR)  --  Lake Osewgo is banning single-use plastic bags.  The City Council voted this week to approve the ban citywide, although there are a lot of exemptions.  The Oregonian reports that the ban won't apply to meat, produce and bulk item bags.  Also excluded are pharmacist prescription bags, dry cleaning bags, ziplocs, garbage bags, bags for dog poop and plastic bags for prepared liquid take-out items.

(Portland, OR)  --  Intel says it's narrowing its focus in its investigation into a possible toxic exposure incident at their Hillsboro Ronler Acres campus.  The company says it's looking at its manufacturing support building but that there's no evidence of hazardous material release so far.  KATU reports firefighters treated 22 people at the campus Monday morning for irritation of the respiratory system.  Six people were taken to a hospital.  It was the second time in a week that emergency crews had to respond to the facility for employee complaints of respiratory trouble.  Eleven people were hospitalized late last week with difficulty breathing.

(Portland, OR)  --  City Council is giving the Portland Police Bureau approval to hire a dozen public safety support specialists to help alleviate its staffing crisis.  Council members voted to approve the funding yesterday.  The agreement allows the bureau to hire 12 specialists to help out with non-emergency calls and other duties.  The specialists will only be armed with pepper spray and would not be authorized to enforce criminal laws or detain suspects.

(Portland, OR)  --  Transportation officials say a broken carabiner is to blame for an incident in which a woman was hit in the head by a metal panel that fell from the Portland Aerial Tram.  The Portland Bureau of Transportation says the Aerial Tram experienced a failure Tuesday with a backup safety device meant to prevent panels from falling off the tram.  The bureau says one of the carabiners holding the panel to the roof of the north cabin broke, though it's not yet clear how.  Police say the woman was walking along Darlene Hooley Pedestrian Bridge in southwest Portland Tuesday when the thin panel fell, striking her.  She was treated at the scene.

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland couple is suing Walmart, claiming that the retailer's pharmacy killed their dog.  The Oregonian reports that Elise and Nick Carter's suit alleges the pharmacy at the Wood Village Walmart Supercenter sold them the wrong drug.  The pet had diabetes, and their vet prescribed Novalin N, but the pharmacy sold them the over-the-counter Novalin R instead.  The drug reportedly didn't work as the prescribed one should have and Bailey passed away.  They're seeking compensation for the dog's care, their travel expenses and the cost of a new dog.

(Portland, OR)  --  Things are getting back to normal at Portland International Airport today after a water main break there yesterday.  Airport officials say a construction crew broke a water main in the airport's south parking lot yesterday, stopping all water service at the airport for hours.  Service was restored around 6:00 p.m.

(Portland, OR)  --  A woman is hospitalized with minor injuries after being hit by a police car in Lake Oswego.  Police say the 68-year-old woman was walking at A Avenue and 4th Street Tuesday when an officer crashed into her while responding to a call.  Police say the officer's car had its lights and sirens on when the crash happened.  The woman was walking legally inside a crosswalk when she was struck.

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police are searching for a suspect or suspects responsible for stealing hundreds of bicycles intended for needy children.  The Vancouver Police Department says the thieves stole 200 bikes from a local charity known as Waste Connections Tuesday morning.  The bikes were among 700 donated bikes that were being stored in a trailer behind the Walmart on 192nd and Mill Plain.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon's kicker rebate to taxpayers may be on borrowed time.  The rebate kicks in when tax receipts are better than forecasters figured.  OregonLive reports that business leaders meeting in Portland this week said a poll shows 60-percent support for putting the money into a rainy day fund for public schools.  It's not clear where Governor Kate Brown stands on that issue.

(Portland, OR)  --  City Council is set to vote today on whether to allow the Portland Police Bureau to hire a dozen public safety support specialists to help alleviate its staffing crisis.  The agreement would allow the bureau to hire 12 specialists to help out with non-emergency calls and other duties.  The specialists would only be armed with pepper spray and would not be authorized to enforce criminal laws or detain suspects.

(Portland, OR)  --  Things are getting back to normal at a Hillsboro school today after police burst into a classroom with weapons drawn.  The Hillsboro Police Department says officers entered a classroom with guns raised at Liberty High School Monday on reports that a student inside had a firearm.  KATU reports there was an argument between two students that involved one of the students claiming to have a gun.  A student reportedly texted their parent, who called police.

(Chico, CA)  --  A Portland brewery is among hundreds across the nation concocting a special IPA to help victims of the Camp Fire.  Jake Nielson from Widmer Brothers Brewery in Portland says the industry will rally behind those who lost everything in the blaze.  Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico came up with the recipe for the Resilience IPA.  They sent it out asking breweries to give 100-percent of the proceeds to Camp Fire victims, and soon, over one-thousand companies responded wanting to help out.  Participating breweries can be found on Sierra Nevada's website.

(Yacolt, WA)  --  Trial is being pushed into February for a woman accused of pushing a friend off a bridge in southwestern Washington.  The teenaged victim was injured when Taylor Smith allegedly shoved her into the water at Moulton Falls Regional Park.  Cellphone video of the incident went viral and launched the case into national attention.  Smith is facing a charge of reckless endangerment.

(Portland, OR)  --  A woman is recovering from minor injuries after being hit in the head by a metal panel that fell from the Portland Aerial Tram.  Police say the woman was walking along Darlene Hooley Pedestrian Bridge in southwest Portland yesterday when the thin panel fell, striking her.  She was treated at the scene.  The Portland Bureau of Transportation says it's investigating.

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland State University student who spent months in a coma after being found unconscious near some train tracks under suspicious circumstances says he didn't attempt suicide.  Aaron Salazar spoke out late last month in a video posted to his family's Facebook page.  Salazar says he still has no memory of what happened but that he would never try to take his own life.  Salazar was travelling to Colorado aboard an Amtrak train from Portland last May when he was found unconscious along the tracks in California.  Amtrak claimed that he jumped off the train, but Salazar says that's not true.  KATU reports Salazar's family believes he was beaten and then pushed off the train for being gay.

(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon is getting a nearly 690-thousand-dollar grant to help minorities get their college degrees.  OregonLive reports that the Lumina Foundation provided the money yesterday to help increase graduation rates among African-Americans, Latinos and Native Americans.  The state will use the funds to find adults who have dropped out of college and urge them to enroll again. 

(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are reported following a shooting near Holladay Park in northeast Portland.  Police responded to the area of Northeast 11th Avenue and Holladay Street near the Lloyd Center Max station last night on reports of shots fired.  Responding officers found evidence of gunfire but no victims.

(Portland, OR)  --  Sentencing is scheduled early next year for a 58-year-old man who strangled a woman to death inside his van over the summer.  Terry Hickman pleaded guilty yesterday to first-degree manslaughter and second-degree attempted assault for the death of 29-year-old Dallas Boyd in July.  Court documents show he strangled her to death following an argument inside his van.  Hickman is facing 17 years in prison.

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Nearly two-dozen people are recovering after another possible toxic exposure incident at Intel's Hillsboro Ronler Acres campus.  KATU reports firefighters treated 22 people at the campus yesterday morning for irritation of the respiratory system.  Six people were taken to a hospital.  A hazmat unit responded to the scene, but it's not yet clear what caused the respiratory irritation.  It's the second time in a week that emergency crews had to respond to the facility for employee complaints of respiratory trouble.  Eleven people were hospitalized last Friday with difficulty breathing.  Oregon's Occupational Safety and Health is investigating.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect in connection to a shooting outside the Lloyd Center in northeast Portland.  Police say a 33-year-old man was taken to the hospital after being shot near the mall's parking garage on Northeast Halsey Sunday night.  The victim is expected to survive.

(Portland, OR)  --  A surfer who was pulled from the waves at Devil's Punchbowl State Park over the weekend has died.  The Coast Guard says 30-year-old Corvallis doctor Toren Stearns died in a hospital.  The agency received a call for help Saturday afternoon after the man became separated from his surfboard and began to struggle under the heavy waves.  Crews say he was unconscious when they pulled him to shore.

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is underway into an early morning shooting near Mt. Tabor Park.  Portland Police say one man was seriously injured in the shooting around 3:00 this morning at Southeast 58th Avenue and Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard.  Police are still searching for a suspect.

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police in Vancouver say they've arrested an admitted gang member in connection to a convenience store robbery.  Vancouver Police say they arrested 24-year-old Zachary Flores on charges of robbery and assault.  He's accused of robbing the Minit Mart Quick Stop on Kauffman Avenue at gunpoint.

(Vancouver, WA)  --  The Clark County Sheriff's Office is releasing the identity of a deputy who shot a suspect to death last week in Vancouver.  The office says Deputy Tom Maxfield opened fire on 33-year-old David Villagran of Kelso, Washington last Wednesday.  Villagran allegedly rammed a stolen pickup truck into the deputy's patrol car before Maxfield opened fire, killing him.

(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon liquor drinkers may be paying more for their sips if Governor Kate Brown gets her way.  In her 26-point-three-billion-dollar budget proposal released last week, Brown mentions raising the liquor tax by five-percent beginning in June.  The move is expected to add 21-million dollars to the state's revenue.  The conservative Tax Foundation says Oregon already has the second-highest taxation on liquor in the nation, with Washington claiming the top spot.

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is underway into a pair of shootings at a shopping center in Gresham.  Police say someone opened fire at an AT&T store off Northwest Division from inside a car early yesterday morning.  Investigators believe the same suspect then opened fire at a nearby Panera Bread restaurant.  No injuries were reported.  Police are still searching for a suspect.

(Portland, OR)  --  Protesters are calling on the Oregon Zoo to release its remaining elephants to a sanctuary following the death of its youngest elephant, Lily.  Protesters gathered for a rally and vigil Saturday night at the Oregon Zoo entrance.  The protesters say they're upset over what they see as a lack of care for elephants at the zoo.  They're also asking the zoo to end the practice of breeding in captivity.  Six-year-old Lily died suddenly from a virus late last week.

(Salem, OR)  --  Flags are flying at half-staff in Oregon in honor of the late former President George H.W. Bush.  Governor Kate Brown ordered all state flags to be flown at half-staff for 30 days over the weekend.  Bush died Friday night at the age of 94.  He served as Vice President under Ronald Reagan for two terms and was elected as the country's President in 1988. 

(Undated)  --  Marriott is facing two new lawsuits including one in Oregon after it announcing that hackers stole personal and financial details of millions of customers.  A Portland businessman and a Salem attorney filed a class-action lawsuit Friday.  The suit came hours after the hotel chain said that the hack affected guests at the chain's Starwood-branded hotels over the past four years, including Aloft, Westin and Sheraton.  A second lawsuit has been filed in Maryland. The Oregon lawsuit is seeking 12-and-a-half billion dollars, around 25-dollars for each of the 500-million users involved in the breach.

(Portland, OR)  --  One man is hospitalized after being hit by a car in Beaverton.  Police say the man was walking along Southwest Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway Friday night when a car struck him.  The man was taken to a hospital.  Police say the driver stayed at the scene.

(Portland, OR)  --  A family is displaced following a house fire in southeast Portland.  Firefighters responded to the home on Southeast 64th Avenue early Saturday morning for a fire in the home's basement.  No injuries were reported.  The American Red Cross is providing assistance to the family of two adults and three children.

(Portland, OR)  --  A surfer is recovering after being pulled from the waves at Devil's Punchbowl State Park over the weekend.  The Coast Guard says they received a call for help Saturday afternoon after the man became separated from his surfboard and began to struggle under the heavy waves.  Crews say he was unconscious when they pulled him to shore.  He remains hospitalized in Newport.

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Two Vancouver men are facing charges after allegedly stealing several thousand blasting caps from an explosives storage site in Cowlitz County.  Police arrested 21-year-old Nathaniel Willard and 21-year-old Austin Mowe for the incident last Wednesday.  Police say the two broke into the Dyno Nobel Company facility to steal the caps.  Police arrested them after setting up an undercover sting to purchase the caps.


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