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(Clackamas County, OR)  --  Nearly two-dozen people are behind bars in Clackamas County following a nationwide crackdown on outstanding warrants for domestic violence.  Clackamas County Sheriff's Deputies say they arrested 20 people yesterday.  Deputy Ryan Castro tells KATU he considers it an important part of his job to bring some sense of security back to the victims of domestic violence by getting their abusers off the street.

(Portland, OR)  --  Multnomah County Sheriff's Deputies will be serving up burgers and fries Saturday for a cause.  The deputies are participating in Red Robin's 12th Annual Tip-A-Cop fundraiser to support Special Olympics programs.  The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at all Oregon Red Robin locations.

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police in Vancouver are searching for two runaway teens.  Police say 15-year-old Eliana Duff and 15-year-old Jesse Goodman ran away from their homes in Vancouver Wednesday.  Police believe they could be headed to Long Beach.  Anyone who knows the teens' whereabouts is urged to contact police.

(Vancouver, WA)  --  A Vancouver teenager accused of starting the Eagle Creek Fire with fireworks is being charged as a juvenile.  Oregon State Police announced that news yesterday.  The 15-year-old is accused of tossing fireworks into a wooded area from the Eagle Creek Trail in Cascade Locks, Oregon in early September.

(Bethany, OR)  --  Police in Washington County are warning residents about a string of break-ins in the Bethany neighborhood.  Authorities say the suspect or suspects are breaking into cars in the area and stealing garage door remotes.  From there, they enter the home and steal items.  Police are urging residents not to leave their remotes or any valuables in their cars.

(Portland, OR)  --  Officials are working to clean up a major storm water and sewage spill caused by yesterday's downpour.  Authorities say 23-thousand gallons spilled into the Willamette River at the Southeast Alder Pump Station at Alder Street and Water Avenue yesterday.  City officials say the pump station was already scheduled to be shut down for an upgrade later in the month.

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman.  Police arrested 23-year-old Dominique Gonzales yesterday in north Portland.  Police say the woman was walking home in the rain near Northeast 82nd Avenue and Broadway early yesterday when Gonzales offered her a ride in his car.  Police say the woman accepted his offer and that Gonzales sexually assaulted her and threatened her shortly after she got in.  He's facing charges of first-degree rape and kidnapping.

(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities are reminding boaters to properly dispose of their Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons.  The Coast Guard sent out a press release yesterday saying improper disposal of the beacons costs taxpayers thousands of dollars.  The Coast Guard says it also costs them valuable time, because they treat every distress signal they receive as a genuine cry for help.  The Coast Guard recommends removing the beacon's battery or rendering the unit inoperable by demolishing it before throwing it away.

(Salem, OR)  --  Police in Salem are searching for a suspect following a car theft and chase that put two schools on lockdown.  Police say Stephens Middle School and Yoshi Kai Elementary School were both briefly locked down yesterday afternoon as officers pursued the suspect through the area.  Police are still trying to locate the suspect.

(Grants Pass, OR)  --  Police in Grants Pass say they've arrested a student for allegedly threatening to shoot his classmates.  Police say the student was talking to several other students yesterday on the bus ride home from Grant High School when he threatened to bring a gun to school and shoot people.  Authorities say the bus driver overheard the conversation and called police.  Authorities cited the teen for disorderly conduct and released him to his parents.

(Portland, OR)  --  It looks like an iconic Portland video store may be able to keep its doors open after all.  KATU reports the Hollywood Theatre has raised more than 237-thousand dollars in a Kickstarter campaign to buy the store Movie Madness and keep it in business.  Hollywood Theatre has about 20 days left to raise the remaining 13-thousand dollars needed to buy the store.  The owner of Movie Madness is retiring but says he doesn't want the store to close.  The business has been open on Southeast Belmont Street for 26 years.

(Umatilla, OR)  --  Officials say an explosion caused a small earthquake in Umatilla yesterday.  The U.S. Geological Survey says the one-point-nine-magnitude quake happened around 1:20.  No damage has been reported.  An investigation is under way into what caused the explosion.  Emergency management officials are looking into whether it was caused by work at a nearby quarry.

(Portland, OR)  --  An open casting call for transgender actors is scheduled this weekend in Portland.  The Casting Society of America is holding open calls all over the world on Sunday for actors who are non-binary, genderqueer or gender non-conforming.  The organization says the open call is aimed at increasing representation for transgender actors.  Portland's event will happen at the Cast Iron Studios office on Southeast 3rd Avenue.

(Portland, OR)  --  The state of Oregon is getting an extension on complying with the federal Real ID program.  The federal government has granted the extension to Oregon, Washington and 15 other states, giving them until next October to comply.  That means Oregon residents will be able to use their driver's licenses to board airline flights for a little while longer.  The Real ID program passed after nine-eleven requires people to have federally approved IDs showing U.S. citizenship in order to board flights or enter government buildings.

(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities are saying no one was seriously injured in a fire that destroyed two food carts and ten nearby cars downtown.  Firefighters responded to the area of Southwest 1st Avenue and Columbia Boulevard yesterday afternoon.  Authorities say a worker at one of the carts was pouring diesel fuel into a generator when the wind picked up and blew some fuel onto a heat source nearby.  Lai Thai Food Cart and The Greek Gods Gyros were destroyed in the fire, along with ten cars and one tree.

(Tigard, OR)  --  A man is behind bars for allegedly stealing a cop car and trying to break into a Masonic Lodge in Tigard.  Police arrested 24-year-old Djordge Djuric yesterday afternoon at the Masonic Lodge at 13680 Southwest Pacific Highway.  Police say officers were responding to a fight at a nearby apartment when Djuric stole an officer's car and drove to the lodge, where officers allegedly found him smashing a window to try to get in.  He's facing charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, fourth-degree assault, criminal mischief and resisting arrest.

(Yacolt, WA)  --  A Clark County woman is facing arson charges for allegedly setting fire to her own home.  Police arrested 46-year-old Angie Ingram yesterday at her house in Yacolt.  Authorities say firefighters responded to the home around 5 p.m. to put out a fire in a detached shop on the property.  Ingram then allegedly came out of her home and asked if the firefighters were going to put out the fire inside her home as well.  A deputy peered through a window and saw a fire and smoke inside.  Authorities say Ingram admitted to starting the fires, but they're still trying to figure out why.

(Bingen, WA)  --  Nearly 300 people are looking for new jobs after a fire destroyed a fruit plant in the Columbia Gorge community of Bingen.  Authorities say the fire broke out around 5:45 yesterday morning at the Underwood Fruit and Warehouse Company.  The flames demolished three pear warehouses at the plant.  No injuries have been reported, but officials at the plant say they've been forced to lay off all 270 of their workers for the foreseeable future.

(Gresham, OR)  --  Fire officials say no one was injured when a house caught fire in northeast Portland.  Firefighters responded to the home near Northeast 156th Avenue and Couch Street yesterday afternoon after witnesses called 9-1-1 to report a column of black smoke rising from the area.  Fire officials say everyone was able to make it out of the home safely.

(Longview, WA)  --  A toddler boy is expected to be OK after being struck by his father's car in Longview, Washington.  Police say the boy was playing in his family's driveway with his mom when his dad pulled into the driveway and accidentally hit him.  The boy was airlifted to a hospital, where doctors say he's recovering.

(Salem, OR)  --  A man convicted of murdering another man following an argument at a bar is facing life in prison.  A Marion County judge sentenced 27-year-old Darnell Harris yesterday to life without the possibility of parole for 34 years.  Harris pleaded guilty last month to stabbing 32-year-old Andrew Ramos to death in November of last year.  Harris also pleaded guilty to tampering and soliciting murder for attempting to order a hit on a witness to the stabbing while behind bars.

(Portland, OR)  --  Rain is in the forecast today for Northwestern Oregon as a so-called atmospheric river rolls into the area.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says a relatively long, narrow region in the atmosphere is carrying water vapor into the region, leading to precipitation that's expected to grow heavier as the week progresses.  KATU reports the rain will likely last through the end of the week.

(Salem, OR)  --  An Oregon soldier injured in Afghanistan is back in the U.S. to receive treatment.  A GoFundMe page set up for 20-year-old Army soldier Christian Garcia says he's come out of preliminary surgery at Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland.  Garcia received shrapnel wounds last week in a rocket propelled grenade attack in Afghanistan.  His mother Tamarra Huerta of Salem tells KATU he's healing quickly and is expected to return to Afghanistan once he's recovered.

(Cascade Locks, OR)  --  Recent rainfall is raising concerns over landslides in areas burned by the Eagle Creek Fire.  The U.S. Forest Service says flooding and landslides are possible, especially in the areas of Eagle Creek, Tanner Creek, Moffett Creek, McCord Creek, Horsetail Creek and Oneonta Creek.  Residents in Cascade Locks held a community meeting yesterday to discuss the danger of landslides.  Another meeting is scheduled tonight at 6 o'clock at Hood River Middle School.

(Portland, OR)  --  Students at ACCESS Academy in northeast Portland are protesting the proposed closure of their school.  Students staged a walkout yesterday morning, asking officials to keep their school open.  The Portland Public Schools District is planning to shut down the academy to make room for new schools.  If that happens, students from ACCESS will be split up and assigned to eight different Portland schools.  District officials are expected to vote on the issue next week.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are seeking the public's help in their search for a missing paraplegic man.  Authorities say 38-year-old Brian Duncan was last seen Monday afternoon near the Steel Bridge at Duckworth Dock.  Duncan requires the use of a wheelchair to get around.  He's described as six-feet tall and 190 pounds with brown hair, blue eyes and facial hair.

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland pot shop is donating to the fight against breast cancer after finally finding an organization willing to accept their money.  Shango Premium Cannabis tells KATU they're donating to the Tigard-based charity Breast Friends.  The shop's owner says Susan G Komen refused to accept their donation and they were having trouble finding a charity to partner with until Breast Friends agreed to team up with them.  Breast Friends co-founder Sharon Henefin tells KATU that the pot shop's money is green, and they could use the money, adding that breast cancer doesn't discriminate.

(Sherwood, OR)  --  Police in Sherwood say there's no cause for concern after investigating a social media threat hinting at a possible school shooting.  Police say a 12-year-old boy with special needs posted the threatening message to Snapchat yesterday.  Authorities say they received several calls from concerned residents who saw the post.  Law enforcement officials say they spoke to the boy and his parents yesterday and determined that there's no threat to the public.

(Clackamas County, OR)  --  Two people are dead following a one-car crash in Clackamas County.  Police say the two were traveling in a car in the 8800 block of Monte Cristo Road yesterday when the driver crashed into a power pole.  Police say no one else was in the car at the time of the crash.  The crash temporarily knocked out power to the area.

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland girl is recovering from injuries after being hit by a car while trying to save a dog from being hit.  Police say the juvenile girl ran into the street at Northeast Sandy Boulevard and 138th Avenue yesterday morning to save a dog that had run into the road.  That's when a car crashed into her.  Police say she's expected to be OK, and the driver who hit her is cooperating with investigators.

(Portland, OR)  --  The ACLU says a 22-year-old college student from Spain who flew to Portland for a cultural experience was immediately sent to jail upon her arrival.  The organization says Christina Alonso was set to spend six weeks with a friend in Oregon this summer to work on her English and teach Spanish for an allowance of one-hundred dollars a week.  However, customs agents at Portland International Airport told her she had the wrong visa and sent her to Northern Oregon Regional Correction Facility.  Alonso spent 48 hours in the jail with general population inmates, where she says she was denied medical treatment and access to her belongings.  The ACLU says she was flown back to Spain after the 48 hours.

(White City, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a sky diver who was killed in a parachuting accident in White City.  The Jackson County Sheriff's Office says 74-year-old Jackson Kern of Central Point died Sunday afternoon after a malfunctioning toggle on his parachute prevented him from controlling his descent.  The pilot of the plane that Kern and other skydivers jumped from says the plane was at about 12-thousand feet when they took their dives.

(Turner, OR)  --  The investigation continues into a shooting that left a woman dead and her husband hospitalized in Turner.  Police say officers found 52-year-old Judy Stanfill dead from a gunshot wound in the couple's home near 3rd and Ash streets Sunday.  Judy's husband, 53-year-old Clayton Stanfill, was taken to a hospital after showing up at a nearby fire station with a gunshot wound.  Investigators say they're still trying to figure out what happened, but they don't believe any other suspects were involved in the shooting.

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Animal control officials in Clark County are looking for the owner of a missing pony.  Animal control manager Paul Scarpelli tells KATU some shoppers found the pony wandering around at the Ross store next to the Vancouver Mall yesterday.  Scarpelli says the grey pony is well cared for and friendly.  Anyone with information on who owns the pony is urged to contact animal control.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a teenage boy after he broke into an elementary school.  The incident happened early yesterday morning at Kelly Elementary School.  Police say officers were called to the school around 4 a.m. on reports of a burglary.  Police say the teen tried to flee from officers, but they caught up with him and arrested him.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say no one was injured when a gunman opened fire at a convenience store in Roseway.  Authorities say officers responded to the Plaid Pantry at 8110 Northeast Fremont Street last night on reports of gunfire.  Responding officers found bullet holes in the store building and in a nearby car.  Police say they suspect the shooting was gang-related.  An investigation is ongoing.

(Vancouver, WA)  --  A domestic-violence suspect is behind bars following an hours-long SWAT standoff in Vancouver.  Clark County Sheriff's officials say deputies responded to the 13-thousand block of Northeast 82nd Street on Sunday with an arrest warrant for 38-year-old Walter King.  Police say King refused to come out of the home but was eventually arrested after a SWAT team was called in.  King is accused of punching his girlfriend in the face and hitting her with a dowel rod in July.

(Turner, OR)  --  An investigation is underway into a shooting that killed a woman and injured a man inside their home in Turner.  Officers were called to the home at 3rd and Ash Streets yesterday evening after the man walked to a fire station for help.  The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.  Further details were not immediately available, but police say there's no immediate danger to the public.

(Portland, OR)  --  One person is recovering from minor injuries following a two-alarm fire at a historic building downtown.  Firefighters were called to the commercial building near Southwest 11th Avenue and Alder Street yesterday morning on reports of a fire on the roof.  Fire officials say some workers were installing roofing material and using a propane torch to dry out the roof deck when the flame ignited some solvent-based primer on the roof.  One worker suffered burns to his hands.  Officials have not yet released an estimate of the damage to the building.

(Kelso, WA)  --  An investigation is ongoing into the accidental shooting death of a 13-year-old southwestern Washington boy by his friend.  Police say 13-year-old Edgar Vazquez was killed Saturday afternoon when his 13-year-old friend picked up a shotgun, causing it to go off and hit Vazquez.  Vazquez was staying the night at the friend's house in Kelso when the incident happened.  Vazquez's friend told police he thought the gun was unloaded.  Police say they're still looking into whether any laws were broken but that they have no doubt that the incident was an accident.

(Portland, OR)  --  A new study from Portland State University shows motorists at that campus are less likely to stop for black pedestrians.  The study also shows motorists give black people less room to cross the street than white people.  Researchers involved in the study also found that black women get the same poor treatment that black men do.  The university's Transportation Research and Education Center spokeswoman says the behavior could mean more traffic-related deaths for minority pedestrians.

(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon is among nearly 20 states suing the Trump administration over the President's plans to cut subsidies that allow low-income people to pay for healthcare.  President Trump said he would dismantle Obamacare "step by step" after the Republican-controlled Congress failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.  Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has joined attorneys general from 17 other states and the District of Columbia in filing suit in federal court in California late last week.  The states are asking the court to force Trump to make the next payment to health insurance companies.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are warning the public about a new phone scam in which the suspect identifies himself as law enforcement.  The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says it's received multiple calls about a man calling people up and identifying himself as Lieutenant Brown.  The suspect then tells his victim that he has a warrant for their arrest and that they should wire him money immediately.  Anyone with any information about the calls is asked to contact police.

(White City, OR)  --  A sky diver is dead following a parachute failure in White City.  Police found the man's body in the 6800 block of Antioch Road yesterday afternoon.  Police say witnesses told them the man appeared to have lost control of his parachute as he approached the landing zone and was seen spiraling towards the ground.  Police say they'll release his identity sometime later today.

(Unalaska, AK)  --  An investigation is ongoing into the discovery of an Oregon man's body in Alaska.  Police say officers found Mitchell Bovard of Albany lying face-down in the road across from a NAPA Auto Parts store in Unalaska yesterday morning.  He was pronounced dead at a local clinic.  Police are looking into how he died.

(Portland, OR))  --  The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is holding a new hire and promotional ceremony this morning.  Sheriff Michael Reese will introduce the office's newest hires.  He's also scheduled to give recognition to a member of the agency who is returning to the force after a long-term military deployment.  The ceremony will get under way at 10 a.m.

(Portland, OR)  --  Firefighters are mopping up after an early morning house fire.  Authorities say fire crews responded to the 5000 block of Northeast Alberta Court just before 2:30 this morning to find a fully involved house fire.  The blaze caused a nearby power line to fall and a gas meter to rupture.  Fire crews called Northwest Natural to come cut the flow of gas to the house.  Authorities say the two people inside the home made it out safely.

(Portland, OR)  --  A motorcyclist is dead after crashing on I-405 overnight.  Police say the biker was riding northbound on I-405 late last night when he took the Highway 30 exit and lost control of his bike.  He crashed into the concrete barriers and light pole on the right side of the road.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

(Boring, OR)  --  Police are searching for three suspects accused of breaking into a marijuana growing facility.  Police say the trio used sledgehammers and power tools to cut through a barbed wire fence and smash through the walls of the facility near Boring.  The facility's landlord tells KATU the suspects caused about 50-thousand-dollars worth of damage to the facility buildings.  That's not including the money lost from the pot products that the suspects stole.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

(Aurora, OR)  --  The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning yesterday after a small twister touched down near the Aurora State Airport.  Authorities say the tornado flipped over two small planes when it hit land around 3:45 p.m.  The agency says the twister was an EFO, which is the weakest category of tornadoes.  No injuries were reported.

(Corvallis, OR)  --  A Corvallis man is dead after being hit by a car while walking.  Police say the 60-year-old man was walking along the fog line on Northeast Circle Boulevard at Belvue Street last night when a driver crashed into him.  Police say the man was wearing dark clothing and that the street was poorly lit.  No charges have been filed.

(Cannon Beach, OR)  --  Two women are safely back home after becoming stranded by the rising tide near Cannon Beach.  Coast Guard officials say an aircrew rescued the women last night from a rock at the Hug Point State Recreation Site.  The women called 9-1-1 after the rising tide left them stuck on the rock.  The Coast Guard is reminding people to be mindful of tidal conditions.

(Seattle, WA)  --  Amazon is gearing up to hire thousands of workers for the holiday season.  The online retail giant says it plans to hire more than 120-thousand people in more than 30 states, including Oregon.  The positions will be in fulfillment centers, sorting facilities and customer service sites.  Most of the jobs will be temporary, but Amazon says some seasonal workers could be offered permanent positions after the holidays.

(Corvallis, OR)  --  Former Oregon State University head football coach Gary Anderson will continue receiving a salary from the school through the end of the year.  The "Statesman Journal" reports that Anderson's termination package shows that he'll be paid a pro-rated portion of his two-point-65-million dollar salary.  Anderson was under contract through the year 2021 before he and the college mutually agreed to part ways this week.

(Seattle, WA)  --  The investigation continues into a network of alleged poachers in Southwest Washington.  Investigators with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife tell the Seattle Times they've never seen a poaching case as big, or as disturbing, as the one they're currently investigating.  Investigators believe a group of at least eight people illegally hunted and killed dozens of animals including bobcats, black bears and elk over a period of two years in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.  Investigators say GPS tags attached to photos and videos on the suspects' cellphones led them to several of their hunting spots, where they found animal carcasses that had been left to rot.  The investigation started last November after a motion-triggered police camera in Oregon caught two of the suspects spotlighting from a truck near The Dalles before getting out with rifles and head lamps.

(New York, NY)  --  A Pacific Northwest man is the winner of the nation's largest pumpkin competition.  Washington resident Joel Holland of Sumner has won the 44th World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in San Francisco.  Weighing in at over two-thousand pounds, the gigantic pumpkin will be displayed at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx.  Holland says warm daytime temperatures combined with lots of sunshine led to his pumpkin's epic growth.

(Troutdale, OR)  --  Police are reminding drivers to use caution during wet weather conditions following a deadly crash in Troutdale.  Police say a sedan was travelling northbound on 257th Street near Cherry Park Road when a southbound truck lost control and hit the sedan.  The driver of the sedan was killed in the crash.  The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is reminding drivers to travel at safe speeds and leave extra space between vehicles during rainy conditions.

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  One man is facing charges for allegedly setting off a small bomb during a traffic stop, injuring himself and a police officer.  Police say detectives were serving a search warrant at the home of 26-year-old Jason Schaefer on Rock Creek Circle in Hillsboro yesterday when Schaefer came home, saw the detectives and fled, leading to a police pursuit.  Police say Schaefer eventually stopped on Rock Creek Boulevard and set off a small explosive device in his car.  One detective was treated and released from a hospital, while Schaefer suffered more serious injuries.  Police say he'll be booked into jail after he's released from the hospital.

(Portland, OR)  --  The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is inviting the public to meet two of its newest leaders.  The office is holding a New Hire and Promotional Ceremony Monday morning to welcome new employees and celebrate some recent promotions.  The sheriff's office recently promoted Chief Deputy Nicole Morrisey-O'Donnell and Chief Deputy Derrick Peterson to lead up a reorganized Corrections Division.

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police in Vancouver are searching for a missing elderly man who suffers from memory loss.  Police say 71-year-old Samuel Adams was last seen yesterday afternoon going for a walk in the area around his home near Southeast 177th Avenue and 12th Street.  He's described as a black man standing six feet tall at 170 pounds and was last seen wearing a gray Oakland Raiders sweater and a burgundy baseball cap.  Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact police.

(Gresham, OR)  --  Police in Gresham are searching for a vehicle involved in a deadly crash with a cyclist.  Police arrested 23-year-old Kurtis Linn on DUII charges for the crash that killed a cyclist near Southeast Stark Street and 212th Avenue Sunday night.  Investigators say they're looking for a silver two-door sedan that was seen driving near the scene of the crash.  There's no word yet on how the sedan is connected to the crash.

(Portland, OR)  --  Environmental crews are mopping up after thousands of gallons of sewage spilled along Northeast Marine Drive.  The Portland Bureau of Environmental Services says a valve malfunction caused more than 18-thousand gallons of sewage to leak from an underground pipe located at 112th Avenue near the I-205 yesterday.  The agency says they were able to prevent the sewage from running into the Columbia River.  Officials say most of the sewage spilled into a ditch and that the Marine Drive bike path was not affected by the spill.

(Corvallis, OR)  --  Oregon State is looking at several candidates to replace head football coach Gary Anderson.  The college is reportedly considering Memphis's Mike Norvell along with several other candidates, including Colorado State's Mike Bobo, Wyoming's Craig Bohl and Navy's Ken Niumatalolo.  Meanwhile, the college says assistant coach Cory Hall will serve as interim head coach for the last six games of the year.

(Milwaukie, OR)  --  Police in Milwaukie are searching for a missing elderly man who suffers from short-term memory loss.  Police say 89-year-old James Arthur Windler failed to return home after dropping a friend off at Kaiser Sunnyside Hospital on Wednesday.  He was last seen driving a tan 2002 Buick Century with Oregon license plate YUP 208.

(Milwaukie, OR)  --  An American Medical Response crew from Clackamas County is arriving in California today to help those affected by wildfires.  KATU reports the crew hit the road last night and is expected to arrive this afternoon.  The crew includes 35 people, who will be arriving with 20 ambulances.  Fire officials in California say at least 23 people have died and thousands of people have been evacuated as wildfires rage through the state's wine country and other areas.

(Happy Valley, OR)  --  Police in Happy Valley are searching for two women who allegedly used stolen credit cards to make purchases.  Police say the women were caught on a surveillance camera trying to use the stolen cards.  Investigators say the cards were stolen over the summer in a series of thefts from cars parked at a Happy Valley park.  It's not yet clear whether the women were involved in those thefts.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

(Aurora, OR)  --  A Ugandan children's choir is performing at an Aurora golf club tonight to raise money for a new school in their country.  KATU reports the Imani Milele choir will perform Ugandan folk songs along with some well-known American classics at the Langdon Farms Golf Club.  The choir will perform from 6 to 9 p.m.

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Three people are behind bars in connection to a violent robbery in Vancouver.  Police arrested 19-year-old Ashley Griffin, 24-year-old Daniel Rodriguez and 35-year-old Matthew Smith Monday night.  Police say the three intentionally crashed their SUV into a woman's car as she was driving on Memorial Highway near Vancouver Lake Park Monday night and then tried to break her windows while yelling that they had a gun.  The woman says the suspects eventually were able to pull down her window and then pepper-spray her in the face before punching her several times and stealing her phone and wallet.  Police arrested them as they were leaving the scene.

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is under way into a reported shooting on Willbridge Avenue.  Police say officers responded to the 5600 block of Northwest Willbridge Avenue last night on reports that a man had fired a gun at a car and at a flagpole.  Witnesses describe the man as being in his 20s or 30s with short dark hair.

(Salem, OR)  --  Police are releasing details on the blood alcohol content of a man arrested for a crash that killed a Molalla mother and her four children.  Police say 27-year-old Favian Garcia had a blood alcohol content of nearly four times the legal limit when he crashed into Lisette Medrano-Perez's car at Highway 99E and Nevada Street Northeast Sunday.  Medrano-Perez and her four children were killed in the crash.  Garcia was hospitalized for minor injuries and was later arrested on five counts of manslaughter along with DUI and reckless driving.

(Beaverton, OR)  --  A motorcyclist is lucky to be alive after crashing into a deer.  Police say the biker struck a deer while travelling on Highway 26 at Southwest Cedar Hills Boulevard last night.  The biker suffered minor injuries.

(Wilsonville, OR)  --  Sentencing is scheduled for next month for a corrections officer who had sex with an inmate at the state's women's prison.  Edgar Mickles pleaded guilty late last week to four counts of custodial sexual misconduct.  The 51-year-old admitted to having sex with an inmate at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville two years ago.  Mickles could face up to five years behind bars.

(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities say a 58-year-old man who was hit by a car over the weekend has died.  Police say Charles Bergeron died Monday at a hospital.  Bergeron was crossing 82nd Avenue near Northeast 82nd Avenue and Jonesmore Street Saturday when a car struck him.  Police say the crash is still being investigated but that it doesn't appear that the driver was intoxicated.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking for a pedestrian accused of shooting at a car that crashed into him.  Police say the man was walking across Southwest 10th Avenue yesterday when a car struck him.  The man allegedly pulled out a gun and shot at the car before getting into a red four-door sedan and fleeing the area.  Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact police.

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police in Vancouver are cracking down on residents with out-of-state license plates.  The Vancouver Police Department has launched a new program they're calling "Live in State, Get Our Plates."  The program is especially aimed at residents who travel the short distance into Oregon to register their car without having to pay sales tax.  City officials say one in ten Vancouver residents have cars that are registered in another state.


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