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(Portland, OR)  --  Police are seeking the public's help in their search for a suspect accused of stabbing a man last September.  The Portland Police Bureau says they're seeking 52-year-old Ericka Ronnea Hill on a felony warrant for second-degree assault.  Police say she stabbed and injured a 30-year-old man with an accomplice, who has since been arrested.  Crime Stoppers is offering a 25-hundred-dollar reward for information leading to Hill's arrest.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a fire and hazmat situation at a commercial building in northeast Portland.  Firefighters responded to the facility on Northeast Mason Street at 150th Court last night.  Fire officials say the blaze started in an area that collects titanium shavings, prompting them to call in a hazmat crew.  No injuries are being reported.



(Seattle, WA)  --  A measles outbreak in Western Washington state continues to grow.  Health officials announced yesterday they've confirmed a seventh case of the disease in the Puget Sound area.  The latest patient is a King County woman in her 30s.  Officials believe she contracted the virus at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.



(Washington, DC)  --  Some Oregon lawmakers are taking a stand against recent abortion bans in other states.  On Capitol Hill yesterday, Democratic Senator Ron Wyden took to the Senate floor and called the bans in states like Alabama and Georgia, "an open, coordinated attack on Roe and a woman's right to choose the healthcare she needs."  Senator Wyden also called out President Trump saying his party "is insisting on government control of women's bodies."  He finished his speech by saying the government should not have control of women's bodies, "end of story."
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Investigators are declaring arson in connection to a house fire in north Portland.  Firefighters responded to the home on North Foss Court last week for the fire that started in an addition being built on the house.  Crews were reportedly able to knock out the flames before they spread to the main house.  Police are still searching for suspects.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is underway into the discovery of human remains near Blue Lake Park in northeast Portland.  Police say someone found the remains at Chinook Landing Monday night.  The Multnomah County Medical Examiner got to work on identifying the remains yesterday.



(Portland, OR)  --  The state senate is approving a bill aimed at limiting the number of death sentences in Oregon.  The senate voted 18-to-nine yesterday to pass SB 1013.  The bill would redefine aggravated murder to reclassify certain crimes as first-degree murder, a charge which is not eligible for the death penalty in Oregon.  The bill now moves on to the state House.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police are seeking the public's help in their search for two missing 12-year-old girls.  The Vancouver Police Department says Desiree Collazo-Romayor and Fiona Belden both went missing last night after leaving their separate homes around 8:00.  Police believe the girls are together.  Anyone with information on their whereabouts is urged to contact police.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Parkrose High School student accused of bringing a loaded shotgun to his campus and pointing it at a classroom full of his peers is pleading not guilty.  Court records show 19-year-old Angel Granado-Díaz pleaded not guilty to charges of reckless endangerment, possession of a firearm and carrying a firearm into a public building during his first court appearance yesterday, which was also his birthday.  Bail was set at 500-thousand dollars.  Witnesses say Díaz appeared in the doorway of a government class on Friday wearing a black trench coat and holding a shotgun.  A security guard tackled him to the ground before any shots were fired.  No injuries were reported.
 



(Eugene, OR)  --  Lightning is responsible for a tree that caught fire in Eugene over the weekend.  Video shows the 120-foot tree covered in flames after it was struck by lightening Saturday.  Eugene Springfield Fire says the strike sent branches and debris flying hundreds of yards away.  Some of it even fell onto a truck with people inside, though no one was hurt.  River Road was closed for a short time while crews removed the tree. 



(Forest Grove, OR)  --  An Oregon dad will serve 18 months of probation and 80 hours of community service after stealing his daughter's Girl Scout cookie money.  Court officials say 40-year-old Brian Couture of Forest Grove stole 700-dollars' worth of the girl's cookie proceeds and reported that someone had broken into the home and stolen it.  Police interrogated the man until he admitted to taking the money for an erotic massage.  Couture also has to pay restitution to the Girl Scout organization.



(Portland, OR)  --  A 69-year-old man is facing a decade behind bars after being found guilty of sexually abusing a child.  A judge sentenced Gregory Stockert to ten years in prison as well as more than 25-hundred dollars in restitution.  He will also be required to register as a sex offender.  Stockert was convicted last month of five counts of first-degree sexual abuse for the abuse of a child under the age of 14 over a period of five years ending in 2017.



(Portland, OR)  --  New details are coming to light regarding a shooting that injured five people at an all-ages warehouse party in southeast Portland.  KATU-2 reports the party Saturday night at the Audio Cinema Building on Southeast Madison Street was organized for teenagers by a company called Str8t [[ straight ]] Up Entertainment.  The Portland Police Bureau says all five people injured are expected to be OK.  A witness says he saw two men arguing outside the building before one of them fired two shots into a crowd of about 300 people inside.  At least five more shots were then heard from inside the building.  It's not yet clear what led to the shooting.  An investigation is ongoing.



(Portland, OR)  --  A motorcyclist is hospitalized with serious injuries following a crash in Gresham.  Police say the crash happened at Northeast 172nd Avenue and Northeast Glisan Street yesterday afternoon when the motorcyclist crashed into the back of a small sedan.  The motorcyclist was rushed to a hospital in a state of unconsciousness.  An investigation is ongoing.



(Medford, OR)  --  People living in Jackson and Josephine counties are being warned about a test alert going out tomorrow.  The local emergency management office will be testing its Citizen Alert notification system around 10:0 a.m.  The test is to make sure the system is working properly in the event of a real emergency.  All landlines are connected to the system, but if you want to get the alerts on your cellphone you must register at r-v-e-m.org.



(Portland, OR)  --  A former University of Oregon football player is being called a hero after wrestling a distraught student wearing a black trench coat and carrying a shotgun to the ground at Portland's Parkrose High School.  Keanon Lowe is the school's football and track coach and a former star player for the Ducks.  He also works as a security guard at the school.  The student was arrested and the school was put on lockdown and searched.  There were no injuries and police said there are no additional suspects.  Witnesses said the 18-year-old male suspect appeared in a doorway at the end of a government class on Friday.  He displayed the weapon, but did not fire.  Students in that class fled out the back door until Lowe, a former standout wide receiver, tackled him.



(Portland, OR)  --  Nearly half a dozen people are injured following a shooting at an all-ages warehouse party in southeast Portland.  Police say at least five people were hospitalized following the shooting early yesterday morning at the Audio Cinema Building on Southeast Madison Street near 2nd Avenue.  A witness tells KATU-2 he saw two men arguing outside the building before one of them fired two shots into a crowd of about 300 people inside.  At least five more shots were then heard from inside the building.  It's not yet clear what led to the shooting.  All five victims are expected to survive.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of the student accused of bringing a shotgun to Parkrose High School.  The Portland Police Bureau says they arrested 18-year-old Parkrose student Angel Granados Dias for the incident Friday.  Friends of Dias tell KATU-2 they're shaken by the incident, adding that Dias had been struggling with some depression and that he's "a decent guy deep down."  Witnesses say Dias appeared in the doorway of a government class on Friday wearing a black trench coat and holding a shotgun.  A security guard tackled him to the ground before any shots were fired.  No injuries were reported.



(Portland, OR)  --  Two Portland Police officers are recovering from injuries after being rear-ended in South Portland.  Police say the officers were standing in front of their parked patrol SUV on Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard near the Tacoma Street overpass early yesterday morning when a driver crashed into the back of the SUV.  Both officers as well as the driver were taken to a hospital for treatment.  All three are expected to survive their injuries.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police will be out in force starting today for the annual "Click It or Ticket" enforcement campaign.  The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says deputies will be focusing on enforcing seat belt use through June 2nd.  Citations for failing to properly use a seat belt start at 120 dollars in Oregon. 



(Salem, OR)  --  Police are seeking the public's help in their search for a Salem woman and her three-year-old son.  The Salem Police Department says 25-year-old Karissa Fretwell and her son Billy were last seen a week ago today.  Family members reported them missing on Friday.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  Beaverton-based Nike is changing up its policy when it comes to pregnancy for athletes.  The move comes after the company faced criticism for cutting compensation for some of its athletes on maternity leave.  It came to a head recently when Olympic runner Alysia Montaño was informed Nike would stop paying her while she took time to have a baby.  Nike says that moving forward, contracts with female athletes will be changed so that no one is penalized for pregnancy.
 



(Seattle, WA)  --  There are now six confirmed cases of measles in Western Washington.  The Washington State Department of Health says three of the patients are in King County.  Another two patients are in Pierce County, and Snohomish County has one confirmed case.  Health officials say all six patients spent time at Sea-Tac Airport.  The Health Department says it's also looking at another six possible cases.  An outbreak earlier this year in southwestern Washington's Clark County sickened four people in Multnomah County.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a driver accused of hitting a bicyclist with his Mercedes convertible and then leaving the scene after giving his victim "the finger" near Forest Grove.  The Washington County Sheriff's office says deputies arrested 55-year-old William Offinga yesterday after receiving several tips from the public.  Police say a bicyclist was on the shoulder of the road looking at a map near Northwest Hillside and Clapshaw Hill roads Saturday afternoon when Offinga crashed into him and then gave him the finger as he drove off.  The bicyclist survived with injuries.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a man accused of ramming several cars in southeast Portland before barricading himself inside a stranger's home.  Police say 33-year-old Tyler S. Hunt struck one of their cruisers and several other cars Wednesday afternoon before crashing into a fence at a Motel 6 near Southeast 31st Avenue and Powell Boulevard.  He then allegedly fled the scene on foot and broke into a nearby home.  Police say the homeowner was not at home during the break-in.  However, he reportedly returned to the house to give officers his key, allowing them to enter the home and arrest Hunt.



(Portland, OR)  --  Northeast Portland's Columbia River Brewing Company is shutting its doors.  The Oregonian reports the brewery closed up shop Wednesday after nearly nine years of operation in the former Laurelwood Pizza space on Northeast 40th Avenue.  It's not yet clear why the brewery is shutting down.  The brewery has won silver medals for its Stumbler's Stout at the World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Festival.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man remains behind bars without bail in connection to the injury shooting of a police officer during a traffic stop in Salem.  A judge set no bail yesterday for 38-year-old Jaime Jimenez.  He's facing charges of attempted murder, second-degree assault and felon in possession of a firearm.  Police say he shot an officer multiple times after being pulled over Tuesday night on Highland Avenue Northeast.  The officer was treated for multiple gunshot wounds and has since been released.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man is facing charges after allegedly trying to rob a gun shop in Donald.  Police arrested 47-year-old Thomas Fisher Wednesday for the incident at Rich's Gun Shop.  Fisher allegedly entered the shop and asked to see an AK-47.  When the employee handed it to him, he allegedly took off running.  Three employees say they found him outside trying to load a round of ammo into the gun.  The employees were able to hold him down until police arrived to arrest him.



(Eugene, OR)  --  A new law surrounding plastics at restaurants is going into effect.  The Eugene City Council approved the ordinance Wednesday.  Customers in the city will now be required to ask for items like plastic straws, forks, spoons and knives.  The council voted unanimously in favor of the ordinance saying it will reduce the amount of plastic waste but won't infringe on people's rights. 



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon State Parks is making some changes aimed at preventing future accidents at Cape Kiwanda.  State Parks says they plan to move a safety fence at the park closer to the ocean in hopes of preventing people from hopping the barrier to get a better view.  Officials say several people have hopped the fence and fallen to their death over the last decade.



(Portland, OR)  --  Sentencing is scheduled for August for a man convicted of detonating an explosive device during a traffic stop in Beaverton.  A jury convicted 27-year-old Jason Schaefer of two counts of assaulting a federal officer and other charges following a six-day trial.  Court records say Schaefer was under probation for a separate conviction in October of 2017 when he detonated an improvised explosive device inside his vehicle after an officer approached his window.  He's facing a possible sentence of life in prison.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police in Salem say they've made an arrest in connection to the injury shooting of a police officer during a traffic stop.  Police arrested a man yesterday morning following a SWAT standoff at an apartment building.  Police say the man shot an officer multiple times after being pulled over Tuesday night on Highland Avenue Northeast.  The officer was treated for multiple gunshot wounds and has since been released.



(Portland, OR)  --  A kitten is lucky to be alive after being rescued from a trash can.  A garbage collector near Portland saw the eight-week old kitten stuck inside the can and helped it out.  Washington County Sheriff's Deputy Brian Van Kleef said the kitten was covered in spray foam.  The cat was treated by a vet and is expected to make a full recovery.  They are asking for the public's help in identifying who covered the kitten in spray foam and put inside a trash can.



(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are reported following a house fire in north Portland.  Firefighters responded to the home on North Foss Court yesterday afternoon for the fire that started in an addition being built on the house.  Crews were reportedly able to knock out the flames before they spread to the main house.  An investigation is ongoing into what caused the fire.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges after allegedly ramming several cars in southeast Portland before barricading himself inside a stranger's home.  Police say the man struck one of their cruisers and several other cars yesterday afternoon before crashing into a fence at a Motel 6 near Southeast 31st Avenue and Powell Boulevard.  He then allegedly fled the scene on foot and broke into a nearby home.  Police say the homeowner was not at home during the break-in.  However, he reportedly returned to the house to give officers his key, allowing them to enter the home and arrest the suspect.



(Portland, OR)  --  The family of world surfing champion Sunny Garcia is trying to raise money to pay his medical bills.  The 49-year-old remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit of a Portland hospital weeks after he was found unconscious at home.  So far, the family has collected over 30-thousand-dollars on a goal of 150-thousand.  Garcia is known for his power surfing and holds the record for most Triple Crown of Surfing trophies with six.



(Seattle, WA)  --  Health officials are confirming a new outbreak of the measles in Western Washington.  The Washington State Department of Health says they've confirmed four new cases of the disease in people who recently visited Sea-Tac Airport.  Two of the patients are King County women.  A third patient is a high school student in Snohomish County and the fourth patient is a Pierce County man.  Officials say it's likely that more confirmed cases will pop up in the coming days.  An outbreak earlier this year in Washington's Clark County sickened at least four Multnomah County residents.



(Portland, OR)  --  A motorcyclist is dead following a crash in northeast Portland.  Police say the crash happened last night near Northeast 148th Avenue and Fremont Street.  Police say the other driver is cooperating with investigators.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a driver accused of hitting a bicyclist and then leaving the scene after giving his victim "the finger" near Forest Grove.  Police say the bicyclist suffered a leg injury in the crash Saturday afternoon near Northwest Hillside and Clapshaw Hill roads.  The victim tells police he was on the shoulder of the road looking at a map when the man crashed into him and then gave him the finger as he drove off.  The suspect is described as a white man in his 60s with a Tom Selleck-style mustache.  He was reportedly driving a newer champagne-colored Mercedes convertible.



(Portland, OR)  --  The search continues for a suspect accused of shooting and injuring a police officer during a traffic stop in Salem.  Police say the suspect shot the officer multiple times after being pulled over last night on Highland Avenue Northeast.  The officer was treated for multiple gunshot wounds and has since been released.  Police found the suspect's vehicle abandoned nearby.  An investigation is ongoing.



(Portland, OR)  --  There's a chance the Northern Lights will be visible over Oregon's skies today or tomorrow.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says due to plasma eruptions on the sun, the aurora might be visible across parts of Oregon, Montana, the Dakotas, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, northern Illinois, Michigan, northern New York State and much of New England.  If they are visible, NOAA forecasters say it will happen in the early morning hours before daybreak. 



(Salem, OR)  --  Kaylee's Law is scheduled to go before the state House today for a third reading.  The bill is named after the Kaylee Sawyer, the 23-year-old central Oregon resident who was killed by a community college security guard in 2016.  It would put stricter guidelines in place for college security officers, including more detailed background checks, and changes to uniforms and vehicles to show a clear distinction from traditional police officers.  The bill was approved by the Senate last month in a unanimous decision.  Governor Kate Brown has said she would sign it.



(Portland, OR)  --  Two women are safe after going missing while hiking near the Baker Beach Trail near Florence.  The U.S. Coast Guard says an aircrew located the women yesterday morning after they were reported missing overnight.  No injuries were reported.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A child is hospitalized after falling from a second-story window in Hillsboro.  Police say the child tumbled about ten feet to the ground yesterday at a home on Southeast Maple Street.  Fire officials are reminding parents to secure their windows around children.
 



(Newport, OR)  --  An Oregon State University student is learning his fate for kidnapping a woman at a Newport hotel last year.  A judge sentenced Cedar Haddad to nearly nine years in prison after he pleaded guilty to several charges including kidnapping.  According to court documents, Haddad kidnapped the woman using a gun from the Inn at Nye Beach.  He drove her around for several hours before letting her go in a southwest Newport neighborhood. 



(Portland, OR)  --  One person is hospitalized following a shooting in southeast Portland.  Police say the man was shot last night near Southeast 104th Avenue and Holgate Boulevard.  He was taken to a hospital in serious condition.  Police are still searching for a suspect.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are seeking the public's help in their search for a missing and endangered teenager.  The Beaverton Police Department says 14-year-old Timothy Wu left his home around 6:00 last night.  Police say they consider him endangered due to concerns about his mental health.  Police believe he might be in the south Beaverton area.



(Portland, OR)  --  First responders are warning residents to take caution in cold waters.  AMR lifeguard Leah Gordan tells KATU-2 that jumping into especially cold water could lead to cold shock, causing the body to freeze up.  That could lead to drowning risks.  Officials say that despite the warming weather and current hot streak, natural bodies of water in the area remain chilly.  The waters of the Clackamas River at High Rocks were running between 53 and 58 degrees Fahrenheit yesterday.



(Portland, OR)  --  A six-year-old child is hospitalized after falling from a second-story window in Wilsonville.  First responders say the boy fell seven-and-a-half feet into some bark dust yesterday at a home on Tami Loop.  He was rushed to a hospital with possible life-threatening injuries.



(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon is making progress in its disaster preparedness, but there's still work to be done.  According to a report from the Oregon Secretary of State's Office, the state has either resolved or started working on nine of the eleven issues an audit identified last year.  Recommendations were focused on improvements to planning and policies, as well as a boost in resources to the emergency management system.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police say they've arrested a man suspected of starting a 24-acre brush fire in southwestern Washington.  Police arrested 43-year-old Brian Smith earlier this week for the fire March 20th on a private timberland off North Maple Hill Road in Kelso.  Smith allegedly told officers that he was burning some paper when the flames grew out of control.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Democratic presidential candidate Jay Inslee will be in Vancouver today.  The Washington state governor will start his day at Vancouver City Hall, where he's expected to sign a bill banning personal and philosophical exemptions to the measles vaccine.  Next, he'll deliver remarks at the Children's Cultural Parade at 11 a.m.  Later, he's scheduled to visit a new Sikh temple in the city.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  One man is facing charges after allegedly stealing beer and a crowbar from a Walmart store in Gresham.  Police say Jose Luis Galindo grabbed multiple items inside the store Monday night and started tearing open the packaging.  When an employee approached him, he allegedly swung the crowbar at them and ran out of the store.  Police say they found him sitting outside the store with his stolen beer and arrested him.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've made an arrest in connection to the murder of a woman whose body was found inside a home in Beaverton late last year.  The Beaverton Police Department announced the arrest yesterday for the death of 29-year-old Amy Low in November.  Police say a man living in the home where Low's body was found reported hearing a "blood-curdling scream" before Low briefly went missing.  Police later found her body inside the home.  Police are expected to release more details on the arrest this morning.



(Seattle, WA)  --  Washington state Governor Jay Inslee is withdrawing his support for a pair of natural gas projects, including one in southwestern Washington.  Inslee announced his opposition yesterday to a project to turn fossil fuel into methanol in Kalama as well as a project to create a liquefied natural gas plant in Tacoma.  Inslee cited the accelerating threat of climate change in pulling his support for the projects.  Inslee says he initially thought the projects could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions but that he's no longer convinced the projects are sufficient to accomplish what's necessary to combat climate change.  Inslee notes that his opposition to the projects doesn't change the state's regulatory review process for them, which he says will remain objective. 



(Salem, OR)  --  A bill to provide an additional one-billion-dollars per year to help Oregon public school funding is being delayed.  A vote was expected in the Senate yesterday but was forced off the table when only one Republican senator showed up.  The 18 Democrats and one Republican, Senator Tim Knopp, were not enough to meet the quorum which requires at least 20 members to vote.  The delay happened on the same day thousands of educators in Oregon walked out for a Day of Action to call attention to public education funding.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are seeking the public's help in their search for a missing Sandy man who might be endangered.  The Sandy Police Department says 53-year-old David Burch was last seen leaving his home on Sunday.  Police believe he may be considering suicide based on conversations with his family members and friends.  Police think he might be traveling by rideshare or bus, or he might be hitchhiking.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Gresham man is behind bars, accused of sexually abusing a child.  Forest Grove police arrested 71-year-old Ronald Jordan yesterday at his home in Gresham on charges of first, second and third-degree sexual abuse.  Police began investigating him for child sex abuse in February and believe he may have had additional victims.  He's been known to reside in Washington, Clackamas and Yamhill counties.



(Seattle, WA)  --  Washington state Governor Jay Inslee is giving his approval to a package of bills aimed at protecting critically endangered orcas in the Salish Sea.  Inslee signed five bills into law yesterday securing new protections for the Southern Resident killer whale.  The bills focus on protecting the whales from marine traffic and noise while increasing the safety of oil transportation and increasing the Chinook salmon population, which serves as the whales' main food source.  Researchers say there are only 75 Southern Resident orcas left. 



(Salem, OR)  --  A bill aimed at protecting bicyclists riding on streets is on Governor Kate Brown's desk.  House Bill 2682 was passed by both the state House and Senate.  The bill makes clear what drivers and bicyclists' expectations are at an intersection.  The bill says a bike lane exists in an intersection if the lane is marked on both sides of the intersection in the same direction of travel.



(Portland, OR)  --  Two men are behind bars in connection to a shooting that killed two people and injured a third in Salem.  The Marion County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrested 23-year-old Keonte Caldwell and 26-year-old Curtis Welch yesterday in the Roseburg area.  Police say they shot and killed 35-year-old Bradley Kelley and 35-year-old Michael Buntjer late Monday night.  A third victim, 26-year-old Coral Olfert was hospitalized for gunshot wounds and is expected to survive.  Police say the suspects knew the victims.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Public Schools and other districts across Oregon are closing entirely or partly today as teachers plan a walk out.  Teachers unions are protesting over school funding.  Oregon schools have some of the highest class sizes and lowest graduation rates in the country.  The teachers say they're not calling for pay raises, but want to highlight the conditions inside the classrooms and how years of low funding from the government has impacted children's learning opportunities.  Some schools will remain open as teachers opt for sit-ins or after-school rallies.



(Portland, OR)  --  A motorcyclist is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries following a crash in Washington County.  Police say the motorcyclist collided with a vehicle yesterday at Southwest-Farmington Road and River Road.  It's not yet clear what led to the crash.  An investigation is ongoing.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  A teenager is facing a felony hit-and-run charge after allegedly striking a mother and her 18-month-old child in Vancouver.  Police say the 17-year-old girl was driving without a license yesterday when she hit the mother and child at McLoughlin Boulevard and Fort Vancouver.  The mother reportedly suffered a broken leg, and the child was hospitalized for observation.  Police found the teen and booked her into juvenile jail.



(Salem, OR)  --  Burn bans are taking effect this week in multiple counties as the warm, dry weather continues.  Burn bans go into effect today in Marion and Columbia counties.  Tomorrow, burn bans will take effect in Yamhill and Linn counties.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Two students are hospitalized following a school bus crash in Vancouver.  Clark County Fire District 13 says ten students were on the school bus yesterday morning on Northeast 241st Avenue when a pickup truck rear-ended the bus.  Two students were taken to a hospital as a precaution.  An investigation into the crash is ongoing.



(Coos County, OR)  --  Coos County K9 Officer Odin is healing from another encounter with a porcupine while on the chase for a suspect.  You'll remember Officer Odin made national headlines a few weeks ago after he was hit with dozens of quills from a porcupine while searching for a dangerous suspect.  It happened again on Saturday, but thankfully it was only four quills this time.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a man in connection to an hours-long standoff at an apartment complex in Aloha.  The Washington County Sheriff's Office says Miguel Estrada turned himself in on Monday following Sunday's standoff at the Patrician Apartments on Southwest Shaw Street.  Police surrounded the apartment and put the complex on lockdown after Estrada allegedly shot the tire of a parked SUV and then shut himself inside the home.  Officials say Estrada had already fled the apartment by the time they moved inside to arrest him.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  A toddler is hospitalized with serious injuries after falling out of a second-story window in Vancouver.  Police say the 23-month-old girl landed on a concrete sidewalk after falling yesterday at the One Lake Place Apartments on Northeast 121st Avenue.  A witness tells KATU the window did have a screen attached to it when the girl fell through it.  An investigation is ongoing.



(Salem, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into an apartment fire that injured seven people in northeast Salem.  Marion County fire crews were called to the Greenwood Park Apartments early yesterday morning for a large fire.  Crews rescued a 58-year-old woman from a burning unit and rushed her to a hospital, where she was listed in critical condition.  Three other residents and three deputies were taken to a hospital for smoke inhalation.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon residents will soon be able to get vaccinated during dental checkups.  Governor Kate Brown signed HB 2220 into law yesterday following its nearly unanimous passage in the state legislature.  The new law will allow Oregon dentists to administer any type of vaccination to patients, from annual flu shots to measles immunizations.  The Oregon Board of Dentistry will meet soon with the Oregon Dental Association to begin establishing protocols and training rules.



(Washougal, WA)  --  Police are suspending their search for a missing Portland man who was swept away by the current of the Washougal River in southwestern Washington.  The Clark County Sheriff's Office says Portland residents Stephen Barnaby and Emily McCauley were floating on separate inner tubes on the river Saturday when they fell into the water and got swept away by the fast-moving current.  Deputies were able to rescue McCauley, who was rushed to a hospital.  Barnaby remains missing.



(Eugene, OR)  --  Camping within city limits of Eugene is being banned along the Willamette River.  The Oregon Department of State Lands announced yesterday that beginning May 15th, no activity is permitted on the banks and islands of the river.  The restrictions are intended to protect wildlife, natural resources, property, and wildlife.  The move comes as a result of nearly a year of monitoring activity along the Willamette River.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man is facing four months behind bars after trying to have his wife deported.  A judge sentenced Antonio Burgos yesterday in federal prison.  Court records say Burgos was recorded telling an ICE agent that his wife was in the U.S. illegally from El Salvador.  He then offered the agent four-thousand dollars in exchange for deporting her and her child.  Burgos was facing a possible maximum sentence of 15 years.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is underway into a shooting that injured three people in Salem.  Police say the shooting happened late last night on Joshua Avenue Northeast.  It's not yet clear what led to the shooting.  Police are expected to release more details sometime this morning.



(Portland, OR)  --  Transportation officials are asking users of e-scooters in Portland to stop calling them with complaints.  The Portland Bureau of Transportation tells Willamette Week they're shifting the responsibility for responding to complaints to the e-scooter companies themselves.  New rules implemented as part of a year-long pilot program require the companies to maintain a 24-seven customer service line to handle complaints and other issues. 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a college student who was shot to death near the University of Oregon campus.  The Eugene Police Department says 21-year-old Lane Community College student Alex Oyombe Gradin was shot early Saturday at 13th and Kincaid.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  It's not yet clear what led to the shooting.  Police are still searching for a suspect.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for suspects in connection to a shooting in northeast Portland.  Police say someone fired off a gun near Northeast 162nd Avenue and Fremont Street Saturday afternoon.  Responding officers say they didn't find any victims.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting in the Old Town district.  Police responded to the area of Northwest 4th Avenue and Couch Street early Saturday morning on reports of gunfire.  No injuries were reported.  Police are still searching for suspects.



(Portland, OR)  --  A motorcyclist is hospitalized in critical condition following a crash in Battle Ground.  Police say the motorcyclist was riding south on Northeast 182nd Avenue Sunday night when an SUV cut them off by turning directly in front of the motorcycle.  The biker was reportedly unable to stop in time and crashed into the SUV.  Police say they have not charged the SUV driver.



(Portland, OR)  --  One man is facing possible charges following a fight involving a gun at the Cinco de Mayo festival in Waterfront Park.  Police say the man got into a fight with one or more persons near the festival's food court around 5 p.m. yesterday.  The man was reportedly armed with a handgun, but it's not yet clear whether he opened fire.  Police say there's no threat to the public.



(Springfield, OR)  --  Things are getting back to normal in Springfield after a rowdy protest between two opposing groups shut down a busy road for hours.  KATU-2 reports about 200 people spilled into the roadway of Harlow Bridge over I-5 yesterday after a rally organized by the group Oregon Women for Trump attracted counter-protesters.  Police say protesters were seen yelling and pushing each other, and one person was arrested for punching another person.  The clash shut Harlow Road down for roughly two and a half hours. 



(Washougal, WA)  --  A Portland man remains missing after getting swept away by the current of the Washougal River in southwestern Washington.  The Clark County Sheriff's Office says 30-year-old Stephen Barnaby and 28-year-old Emily McCauley of Portland were floating on separate inner tubes on the river Saturday when they fell into the water and got swept away by the fast-moving current.  Deputies were able to rescue McCauley, who was rushed to a hospital.  Police are still searching for Barnaby.



(Portland, OR)  --  One man is facing charges following a shooting at a bar in Boring.  Police arrested Gerald Newman for the shooting Friday night at The Not So Boring Bar and Grill on Wally Road.  Police say Newman and the victim were arguing when Newman allegedly shot him in the chest.  Newman is facing charges of assault and attempted murder.



(Portland, OR)  --  Former Portland Mayor Frank Ivancie has died.  A family member announced on Facebook yesterday that Ivancie died at his California home yesterday morning at the age of 94.  Ivancie served as Portland's mayor from 1980 to 1984.  Before that, he served on the city council for 14 years.



(Portland, OR)  --  AIDS is the most googled disease in Oregon.  A recent study by a life insurance company, TermLife2Go, broke down which diseases are searched online the most by all 50 states.  AIDS was number one in the Beaver State.  Nationwide, HPV was the most commonly searched disease.  Despite heart disease being the number one cause of death, only one state, Maine, had that on its list of most searched.



(Salem, OR)  --  President Trump is approving a disaster declaration for the state.  Trump declared that a major disaster exists in Oregon and ordered federal assistance to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in areas affected by winter storms, flooding, and mudslides.  Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jefferson, and Lane counties are all included in the declaration.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is underway into an incident in which several high school students were hospitalized after appearing to be under the influence of intoxicants.  Hillsboro School District officials emailed parents about the incident last night.  The email says four students at Hillsboro High School were taken to a hospital yesterday as a precautionary measure after allegedly showing signs of impairment.  Officials say it's not yet clear what sort of intoxicants the students allegedly ingested.



(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities say a propane barbecue is to blame for a fire that killed two people sleeping inside a van in north Portland.  Officials with Portland Fire and Rescue say the two victims had been using the propane barbecue to heat the vehicle while they slept inside of it near North Vancouver and Middlefield Road.  The van caught fire Monday morning, killing them both.  Residents nearby tell KATU the two victims had been living in the van for about two weeks.



(Portland, OR)  --  One person is injured following a possible road rage shooting in southeast Portland.  Police say a man was shot late last night in the 18-hundred-block of Southeast Umatilla Street.  The man was rushed to a hospital and is expected to survive.  An investigation is ongoing.



(Eugene, OR)  --  A University of Oregon fraternity is sending support to the University of North Carolina as students deal with this week's deadly shooting.  Members of the Oregon Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi spent the afternoon yesterday making "grounding kits" to send to UNC in Charlotte.  The kits contain sensory items like lavender to help distract trauma victims from things that might cause anxiety.  The fraternity says the kits were intended for U of O students, but after the shooting they made the decision to send them over to North Carolina. 



(Bandon, OR)  --  No injuries are reported after a commercial fishing boat caught fire near Bandon.  The Coast Guard says four people were onboard the Ann Kathleen when it caught fire yesterday.  All four people reportedly abandoned ship and were rescued by a passing boat.  The burning fishing boat later washed up on shore.  The Coast Guard says they're monitoring the situation for any environmental impacts.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a suspect who was shot and killed by police after allegedly stabbing four people in southeast Portland.  The Portland Police Bureau says 42-year-old Jeb Collin Brock was shot by officers early Monday.  Police say officers responded to a home on Southeast Center Street just after 4 a.m. to find Brock holding a woman at knifepoint.  Officers opened fire, and Brock was pronounced dead at the scene.  Police say the suspect had stabbed and seriously injured three men and a woman before officers shot him.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a large fight involving Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson in which a woman was allegedly knocked unconscious.  Police responded to the area of Northeast 8th Avenue and Couch Street around 7:30 last night for the fight involving about 60 people.  Cellphone video obtained by KATU shows Gibson and several other people sparring with members of another group wearing handkerchiefs over their mouths.  A woman is seen walking up to Gibson's group before apparently being struck off-camera and falling to the ground.  Police say they're reviewing footage to determine if charges should be filed.  The fight capped off a mostly peaceful day of May Day marches and demonstrations.



(Portland, OR)  --  Surf legend Sunny Garcia is being treated in intensive care at a Portland hospital.  TMZ reports the Hawaii native was rushed to a hospital after a suicide attempt.  The World Surf League tweeted a message confirming Garcia's hospitalization and offered prayers for him and his family.  The surf champion has been outspoken about his battle with depression.



(Missoula, MT)  --  A Portland man sentenced to 20 years in prison for leaving a baby half-buried in the woods in western Montana is now facing a federal gun charge.  Officers said 33-year-old Francis Crowley had a 12-gauge shotgun with him in July of 2018 when he was arrested for leaving the baby.  He was high on meth and bath salts and couldn't tell the officers where it was, but they found the child nine hours later.  Crowley's next court date is May 8th.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a suspect in connection to a stabbing in Old Town/Chinatown.  Police arrested 27-year-old Jeffery Larison for the stabbing Tuesday night on Northwest Couch Street.  The male victim was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive his injuries.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  A teenage boy is recovering after becoming stranded on a cliff about 35 feet from the ground in Vancouver.  The Vancouver Fire Department responded to the cliff on Southeast 192nd Avenue early this morning.  Crews used a rescue harness to bring the boy to safety.  It's not yet clear how the teen ended up stuck on the cliff, but authorities say he wasn't injured.



(Springfield, OR)  --  Boaters are being warned about the water flow at the McKenzie River.  The Lane County Sheriff Office says two trees are lying across the river about a mile upstream of Bellinger Landing and could create a problem with the river's flow.  The sheriff's office says drift boats are currently able to pass if they stay river right, however if the trees shift the area could become impassable.  The issues has been reported to the Oregon State Marine Board.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identities of two people killed in a small plane crash in southwestern Washington.  The Clark County Sheriff's Office says 73-year-old Milo Kays of Camas and 70-year-old Dennis Kozacek of Ridgefield were killed in the crash Monday near Daybreak Airfield.  The medical examiner says both men died from multiple blunt force injuries.  Kays was reportedly piloting the plane at the time of the crash.  The Federal Aviation Administration is still investigating.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Police Bureau is gearing up for today's May Day protests.  Multiple demonstrations are expected downtown as well as at Holladay Park and in the South Waterfront area.  The police bureau says they'll have a law enforcement presence on-hand near the demonstrations as needed.  Previous May Day protests in Portland have been marked by vandalism and clashes between opposing political groups.  In 2017, police arrested more than two-dozen people after protests erupted into a riot.



(Portland, OR)  --  One man is hospitalized following a stabbing downtown.  Police responded to the area of Northwest 2nd Avenue and Couch Street last night to find a man suffering from stab wounds.  Officers found the suspect near Southwest Park Avenue and Ankeny Street and arrested him.  An investigation is ongoing.



(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon's gas prices are the highest they've been in more than four years.  The national and Oregon averages are climbing one week after the U.S. State Department announced the end of waivers for countries to import oil from Iran.  According to Triple A, the Oregon average is at three dollars and 41 cents and is the most expensive since October of 2014.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police say they've made an arrest in connection to a 25-year-old cold-case murder in Vancouver.  Police arrested 57-year-old Richard Knapp of Fairview yesterday and booked him into the Clark County jail on a charge of first-degree murder.  Police say investigators used DNA evidence to tie Knapp to the murder of Audrey Hoellein.  She was found dead inside her Vancouver apartment in July of 1994.  Police believe she was raped before she was murdered.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Washington state's poet laureate Claudia Castro Luna is getting a 100-thousand-dollar fellowship to create a series of poetry events along the Columbia River.  Castro Luna is one of 13 poets laureate nationwide to receive the Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship.  The fellowship funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation promotes civic programs about poetry and its role in people's lives.  Castro Luna's project will feature a series of poetry writing workshops and readings along the Columbia River, from northeast Washington to the West Coast.



(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are injured following a crash in Silverton.  Police say the crash happened yesterday at Hazelgreen Road and Mt. Angel Highway.  The Silverton Fire District says several people were needed in order to extricate both victims from their vehicles.  The victims were rushed to Salem Hospital.  An investigation into the crash is ongoing.



(Portland, OR)  --  A wildfire burning in rural McMinnville is contained after scorching more than 20 acres.  Fire officials say crews were conducting a slash burn along High Heaven Road yesterday afternoon when the wind picked up and pushed the blaze out of control.  No injuries were reported.



(Cottage Grove, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into the discovery of human remains near Cottage Grove in Lane County.  Investigators say the bones were found on Friday on private properties of Shoreview Drive.  The bones appear to have been there for quite a while.  The medical examiner's office is working to identify the person.


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