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(Burns, OR)  --  Former Portland Police Chief Lawrence O'Dea is under indictment after being accused of shooting his friend during a hunting trip in April.  The indictment accuses O'Dea of failing to use ordinary care when he shot and wounded Robert Dempsey with a bullet from a firearm.  O'Dea retired as police chief during the investigation into the shooting.  Investigators say the incident happened while the former chief was hunting in Harney County with six friends on April 21st.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a teenager who fired a gun aboard a MAX train in Portland.  Authorities say the teen fired the weapon around 8:34 last night on the train at the 102nd Avenue Transit Station on East Burnside Street.  Police say a Good Samaritan detained the teenager until officers arrived.

(Undated)  --  A new study by financial news-and-opinion website 24-7 Wall Street ranks Oregon among the states that are most economically favorable to women.  Oregon comes in at fourth in the nation, with 24-7 Wall Street noting that women earn nearly 81 percent of the wages earned by men, which is 20th highest in the nation.  Oregon is 17th highest in the percentage of management jobs held by women.  Washington is ranked ninth overall for economic favorability to women.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a man who's accused of robbing a Southwest Portland hotel is in a hospital after he was shot by officers during a chase.  Authorities say the man fired at pursuing officers yesterday as he was driving a van with a woman and three children in the vehicle.  Officials say after hitting several vehicles during the pursuit, the man stopped the van on Southwest Boones Ferry Road and Jean Way in Lake Oswego and fled on foot before being shot by police.  KOIN-TV reports the woman in the van was taken into custody for questioning following the pursuit.  There's no word whether the children are hers or how they're connected to the man.

(Seattle, WA)  --  The second Old Spaghetti Factory restaurant to open nationwide will soon be history.  Seattle's location on Elliott Avenue is slated to shut down in December after 46 years in business.  The restaurant has posted on its website that December 23rd will be its final day of operation, after which the site will be taken over by developers.  The Old Spaghetti Factory opened in Seattle in 1970, the year after the restaurant chain opened its original location in Portland.

(Bethany, OR)  --  Washington County sheriff's deputies say they've arrested a man who was intoxicated when he crashed into a house in Bethany.  Authorities say 35-year-old James Mauro was unable to make a turn and slammed into the home near Northwest Holcomb Drive and Millstone Way last night.  Deputies say Mauro was uninjured and no one inside the house was hurt.  He's being held in the Washington County Jail.

(Seattle, WA)  --  The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is donating 210-million-dollars to the University of Washington for a new building to house operations for the university's Population Health Initiative.  The initiative, announced during the spring, is described as an "incredibly audacious" effort to improve the health of all people of the world.  The "Seattle Times" reports the donation by the Gates Foundation is the largest single donation the UW has ever received.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police continue to investigate the death of a Lake Oswego woman and a man's suicide in Portland.  Authorities say 36-year-old Mitra Mehrabadi was found shot to death Sunday night in an office at the Liberty Centre in Northeast Portland.  Police say 51-year-old Jimmy Alan Morgan apparently shot himself to death inside a vehicle parked about a mile away.  Investigators say both were co-workers at Liberty Mutual Insurance.

(Spokane, WA)  --  The Spokane County Sheriff's Office says a six-year-old child who was the subject of an AMBER Alert in Washington is now safe.  Authorities say Danika Packard was found yesterday, walking with her mother, 35-year-old Tracy Packard, after the alert had been issued.  Deputies say the woman had picked her daughter up from school yesterday and reportedly told school staff she was taking the girl out of class early to "go be with the Lord."  Authorities say Danika was safely returned to her father and her mother is undergoing evaluation.

(Portland, OR)  --  School officials at Portland's Roosevelt High say hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage was caused at the school by vandals.  The school's principal tells KOIN-TV a new building that just opened on the campus was flooded by the culprits during a basketball tournament that was being held on October 15th.  He says video cameras recorded the people breaking into a second-floor science classroom and turning on an emergency eye-wash shower, which caused the flooding.  Officials say repairs and cleanup will take weeks.

(Portland, OR)  --  Family and friends of a Portland woman who disappeared while hiking in the Columbia Gorge say they'll continue the search for her.  Officials announced yesterday they were suspending efforts to find 21-year-old Anna Schmidt, who had not been seen since October 16th.  About 150 miles of trails had been covered in the search, which included the deployment of drones.  Friends and family members said yesterday they'll continue to search for Schmidt and hope to enlist some volunteers to help.

(Undated)  --  Portland is ranked in the top tier in a survey of the best cities for Halloween.  WalletHub reviewed the 100 biggest cities in the U.S., and Portland is in 41st place.  The city ranks high for "trick-or-treater friendliness" but ranks low for "Halloween parties and activities."  Portland gets a high score for Halloween weather.  Santa Ana, California is ranked first in the WalletHub "Best Cities for Halloween" survey, while Seattle ranks 63rd.

(Gresham, OR)  --  A Gresham man is facing multiple charges, after being accused of neglecting dozens of birds kept in cages that had not been cleaned or maintained for a considerable length of time.  Police tell "The Oregonian" that 57-year-old Rick Dwight Richards allowed the roughly 245 birds to wallow in feces and food waste.  The Oregon Humane Society says the birds included finches, parakeets, songbirds, and exotic birds like African grey parrots.  Richards is scheduled to be arraigned next month.

(Portland, OR)  --  The stars of the IFC TV series "Portlandia" are among the celebrities asking voters to approve Oregon Ballot Measure 99.  Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein have released a video endorsement for the measure, which would create an "outdoor education fund" to encourage kids to put down their smart-phones and get more in touch with nature.  Fox-12 reports Portland Timbers mascot Timber Joey is also supporting Measure 99.

(Olympia, WA)  --  A new statewide poll on the Washington governor's race shows Democratic incumbent Jay Inslee continues to have a healthy lead over his Republican challenger.  The Elway Poll shows Inslee is preferred by 51 percent of those questioned, while Bill Bryant is preferred by 39 percent.  Ten percent say they're undecided.  Each candidate has gained three percentage points compared to a similar poll taken in August.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say there may be a connection between the shooting death of a Lake Oswego woman and a man's suicide.  Thirty-six-year-old Mitra Mehrabadi was found dead in the Liberty Centre on Northeast Holladay Street in Portland around 7:40 Saturday night.  Earlier in the day, police say they heard a gunshot from inside a vehicle parked on Northeast 19th Avenue, and found 51-year-old Jimmy Alan Morgan dead.  Investigators say Morgan and Mehrabadi were co-workers at Liberty Mutual Insurance in the Liberty Centre.

(Undated)  --  Amanda Knox says condemnation doesn't stop for people who are cleared after being wrongfully convicted of serious crimes.  The Seattle woman was convicted, then cleared twice by Italian courts of the 2007 murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher.  Knox writes, in a long op-ed in today's "USA Today," that she's still the target of an endless stream of social media insults and threats.  Knox says she did not get her old life back when she returned home last year after being fully acquitted by Italy's highest court.  She writes that no one who is exonerated ever gets their old life back.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are crediting neighbors for detaining a hit-and-run suspect following two crashes in Northeast Portland.  Authorities say the suspect tried to flee on foot Saturday after he crashed into a minivan after running a red light at the intersection of Northeast 148th Avenue and Halsey Street, then drove on and crashed into a telephone pole on Northeast 160th Avenue.  Police say several witnesses detained 42-year-old Matthew Washington and held him down until officers arrived.  Washington was arrested on multiple charges, including DUII.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland-area fuel prices are higher, according to the latest Triple-A survey.  The average for a gallon of regular is two-55, which is about two-and-a-half cents above the average of a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-22 a gallon.

(Multnomah Co., OR)  --  Officials say they've suspended their search for a Portland woman who vanished while on a hiking trip in the Columbia River Gorge.  Twenty-one-year-old Anna Schmidt was last seen October 16th by her roommate and was reported missing Wednesday.  Search-and-rescue teams covered more than 150 miles of trail in the Gorge, and drones were deployed to aid in the search.  The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says efforts to find Schmidt will resume once crews establish credible leads.

(Klamath, OR)  --  A Georgia man is in the Klamath County Jail after being accused of trying to leave Oregon with nearly 300 pounds of marijuana.  Oregon State Police say 25-year-old Kim Mason was pulled over Saturday morning in a U-Haul truck along Highway 140E near Klamath Falls.  Troopers say a search revealed 296 pounds of cannabis was being carried inside newly-purchased furniture that had been loaded in the truck.  KOIN-TV reports Mason told troopers he was traveling from Ashland to Salt Lake City.

(Undated)  --  A new report by financial-news and opinion website 24/7 Wall Street ranks Oregon among the states with the best roads in the nation.  The survey, which cites data from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, says Oregon places at number 36 overall on the list, with the 15th-lowest percentage of public roads in poor condition.  However, 23 percent of Oregon's bridges are in the "deficient" category.  The 24/7 Wall Street report lists Rhode Island as the state with the worst roads, while Washington is ranked seventh-worst.

(SeaTac, WA)  --  Officials at Sea-Tac International Airport say a battery connected to a charger for a vape pen caused a man's bag to catch fire, leading to a flight being delayed.  The airport says the incident happened yesterday morning, as baggage handlers loaded luggage onto the plane, which was about to leave Sea-Tac for Houston.  Firefighters put out the blaze, and the owner of the bag was escorted from the plane to I.D. the bag.  Vape pens are prohibited by the FAA from being carried in checked baggage.

(Portland, OR)  --  The cleanup continues for businesses in the popular shopping district rocked by Wednesday's gas explosion.  At least ten businesses have been forced to shut down temporarily during the cleanup.  Authorities haven't yet said how many businesses sustained damage when a natural gas pipeline exploded at the corner of Northwest 23rd Avenue and Glisan Street.

(Gresham, OR)  --  Police in Gresham are looking for a man who robbed an eleven-year-old boy with a knife.  It happened yesterday afternoon as the boy was walking in front of a Safeway store in the 47-hundred block of Southwest 11th Street.  Authorities say the boy wasn't injured in the robbery.  They're now looking for a man in his 30s who had on a dark hoodie and blue jeans.

(Undated)  --  Women are getting their fair shake in Oregon in comparison to other states.  Financial site 24/7 Wall Street has ranked Oregon the fourth-best state for gender equality based on factors such as the economy, leadership and health.  Oregon has the ninth-highest percentage of legislative seats held by women and is one of the friendliest states with laws geared toward mothers.  Rhode Island was ranked the best state for women, while Mississippi was deemed worst.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard is officially launching his professional music career.  Lillard's debut album under his Dame D.O.L.L.A moniker, was released last night, just days before the start of the NBA regular season.  "The Letter O" is being sold on iTunes, Apple Music and Spotify.  Lil Wayne is among the guest artists on the album.

(Portland, OR)  --  Disney on Ice is presenting Worlds of Enchantment in Portland through Sunday.  The Moda Center is hosting multiple daily performances.  Tickets are still available at ticketmaster.com.

(Clackamas County, OR)  --  Authorities are looking for a man accused of stabbing a Clackamas County man to death.  Matthew Nelson Timmons, of Milwaukie, was found dead inside a home near Rex Putnam High School in Portland Tuesday night.  Police have declared 51-year-old Dean Boettcher, Timmons's roommate, as the primary suspect and consider him armed and dangerous.  He may be driving a 2010 cream-colored Mini Cooper with the license place 399-JHL.

(Tualatin, OR)  --  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, is looking into the subcontractor who caused Wednesday's gas explosion.  KATU-TV reports that the subcontractor has been cited by OSHA six times over the last five years, with some violations considered serious.  The Loy Clark Pipeline Company, out of Tualatin, said yesterday that all proper protocols were followed prior to digging.  Eight people were injured in two simultaneous explosions after the subcontractor struck a gas pipeline at a building in the Northwest 23rd Street shopping district.

(Portland, OR)  --  The jury will continue to deliberate today in the federal conspiracy trial against one of the sons of rancher Cliven Bundy.  Ammon Bundy and six co-defendants are charged in the 41-day takeover of an Oregon national wildlife refuge.  Prosecutors called the occupation "retaliation" for sending two ranchers back to prison.  Defense attorneys argued it was a peaceful demonstration meant to get the attention of government officials who ignored their grievances.

(Aloha, OR)  --  Police are asking for the public's help in locating an elderly Washington County man.  Sixty-six-year-old Dane Davis, of Aloha, was reported missing by his caretaker yesterday afternoon after he hadn't been seen or heard from in three days.  Davis has dementia and may not be able to take care of himself.  He is described as black with salt and pepper facial hair and is five-foot-six with a heavy build.  He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland is one of the nation's best cities for business and careers.  That's according to "Forbes" magazine, which ranked the city fifth out of 200 large metro areas in the U.S.  The rankings are based on factors such as job growth, costs, and quality of life.  For the second year in a row, Denver placed first, followed by Provo, Utah, Raleigh, North Carolina, and Seattle.

(Portland, OR)  --  Firefighters and police officers are among those who were hurt in a natural gas explosion in Portland.  The firefighters were investigating a gas leak yesterday morning when the blast happened.  "FOX 12" says it also destroyed three buildings -- Portland Bagelworks, Art Works Rebels Tattoo Shop and Dosha Salon and Spa.  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is investigating.

(Portland, OR)  --  Bernie Sanders is announcing his support for Oregon's 'Yes on 97' campaign.  The measure would hike taxes on large corporations, and the money raised would go toward schools, senior services and health care.  The Vermont Senator made the endorsement in a campaign video yesterday, saying "it's time for large, profitable corporations start paying their fair share of taxes."

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland fire lieutenant is being praised for his swift action to save several people during an explosion that rocked a north-west neighborhood.  Chief Mike Meyers says Lieutenant Peter St. John single-handedly ran into a building and pulled the fire alarms, warning people to quickly get out.  St. John was one of eight people hurt during the explosion that destroyed three businesses.   It happened when a construction worker hit a gas line.  No one was killed.

(Gresham, OR)  --  Gresham police are looking for a missing teenage girl who's in need of medication.  Sixteen-year-old Erica Paasch ran away from her home on Northwest Flanders Street on Tuesday.  Police say she was last seen yesterday morning in Hillsboro.  They say she has a medical condition that requires daily care.  Paasch is described as five-foot-seven, 160 pounds with faded red hair and brown eyes.  Anyone with information is urged to call police.

(Portland, OR)  --  A new crosswalk and median island are going in at the intersection where a Portland teenager was killed.  City transportation officials plan to make the improvements at Southeast Hawthorne and 43rd Avenue.  That's where 15-year-old Fallon Smart was hit and killed back in August.  The Bureau of Transportation did not say when the project would be completed.

(Portland, OR)  --  The American Red Cross is using Beth Israel as an emergency reception center for people displaced by the natural gas explosion in the Northwest Portland shopping district.  The synagogue on Northwest 19th Avenue and Flanders Street is offering water and coffee.  The Red Cross is teaming up with Northwest Natural to help people who are displaced by the explosion.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland voters are getting their final look at presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump now that the two have finished their three debates.  RealClear Politics says Clinton enters the final stretch of the election with nearly a double-digit lead in Oregon.  Mail-in ballots are already going out to Oregon voters, who now have a couple of weeks to decide before Election Day, November 8th.

(Undated)  --  Oregon is just average when it comes to energy efficiency in a comparison with other states.  In honor of National Energy Awareness Month, financial site WalletHub is ranking Oregon 25th in the nation for energy efficiency.  The study looked at the efficiency of car-energy and home-energy consumption in the continental U.S.

(Portland, OR)  --  Disney on Ice is presenting Worlds of Enchantment in Portland through Sunday.  The Moda Center is hosting multiple daily performances.  Tickets are still available at Ticketmaster.com.

(Portland, OR)  --  A new crosswalk and median island is coming to the intersection where a Portland girl was hit and killed in August.  Officials with the Portland Bureau of Transportation are soon beginning work at Southeast Hawthorne and 43rd Avenue to make it safer for pedestrians.  Fifteen-year-old Fallon Smart was struck and killed there in August.

(Portland, OR)  --  Former Oregon Court of Appeals judge Edward H. Warren has died.  His wife, Jeanne Warren, said the longtime judge died Friday of congestive heart failure.  He was 80.

(Las Vegas, NV)  --  Hillary Clinton is still holding a solid lead in Oregon heading into tonight's third and final debate in Las Vegas.  The Democratic nominee is up by more than nine points in the RealClear Politics poll average.  Polls released this week have Clinton up over Republican challenger Donald Trump by seven and ten points in Oregon.

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland school is taking administrative action following reports of teacher misconduct.  Police were called out to North Portland's Astor School yesterday, where they say the teacher's behavior could be considered criminal.  However, the teacher was not arrested and the Youth Services Division and Child Abuse Team are now investigating.

(Sandy, OR)  --  A Sandy man is facing charges of drunken driving and disorderly conduct.  It happened after a video uploaded to YouTube allegedly showed Philip M. Ramirez weaving between lanes in his station wagon.  He is also accused of taking a break to urinate on the side of the road.

(Tigard, OR)  --  A woman is suing a Palm Beach Tan in Tigard after thinking the windows were fitted with one-way glass.  Renee Baker says she was fully nude in her private tanning room and believed no one in the parking lot would be able to see in.  She was later informed by staff that people could see her.  Baker is seeking 325-thousand dollars, claiming the salon was negligent in not properly informing customers about the transparent glass windows.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland is in the top 20 when it comes to the most rat-infested cities.  Orkin ranked the city 20th out of 50 major cities and took into account both residential and commercial rodent treatments.  Chicago ranked number one, followed by New York and Washington, D.C.  The pest control company says fall is the beginning of rodent season, as rats will try to find a warm place to hide from the cold.

(Seattle, WA)  --  Weather forecasters are carefully amending their previous predictions surrounding "El Nino".  Initially, they predicted the return of colder ocean currents this winter, making snow once again likely in the Pacific Northwest.  The National Climate Prediction Center now thinks there is a 55-percent chance the area will instead be affected by a "La Nina", which tends to mean warmer weather.

(Undated)  --  Many Oregonians might be illegally surfing the web while tending to flowers.  That's according to new data released by national real estate company Estately.  Using Google Autocomplete and Google Trends, they were able to tell the most popular searches from each state over the last five years.  The top searches for Oregon were "how to hack Wi-Fi" and "how to make floral arrangements."

(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon still isn't making the grade when it comes to high school graduation rates.  New U.S. Department of Education figures show Oregon is third-worst in the nation for the class of 2015.  That's one spot worse than the previous ranking.  The new figures show 74-percent of Oregon students in the class of 2015 graduated.

(Undated)  --  New rankings show Oregon is among the states with the most consistent voting turnout.  Website 24/7 Wall Street says Oregon is sixth in the nation for the highest voter turnout over the last four presidential election cycles.  The site says more than 69-percent of eligible voters in Oregon have turned out to the polls in those elections.  Minnesota has the nation's highest voting rate, while Hawaii is home to the lowest rate of voters.

(Eugene, OR)  --  Phil and Penny Knight are donating a half-a-billion dollars to a new science complex at the University of Oregon.  School officials are expected to announce the large gift from the prominent alum this morning.  The new complex is expected to have a big impact in the science community.

(Undated)  --  Financial site WalletHub says Oregon voters aren't among the most powerful to impact next month's presidential election.  The site ranked Oregon 36th in the nation according to a Presidential Election Voter Power Score it developed.  It combines each state's probability of going red or blue with its population.  The study found Arizona voters have the most power in the November 8th presidential election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, while California is the least powerful.

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is dead after crashing into a telephone pole in southeast Portland yesterday morning. Police say the man was traveling eastbound on Holgate Boulevard and 118th Avenue at a high speed when he left his lane.  He then struck an SUV, which caused his car to spin and crash into the pole and a large boulder.

(Gresham, OR)  --  One photo featuring some Gresham-area teenagers is going viral.  It was taken in the boys' locker room at Centennial High School, and six student athletes are seen sporting t-shirts that read "Wild Feminist."  The shirts were originally printed by Portland company Wildfang.  The boys say they wanted to wear the shirts as a way to highlight women's rights and gender equality.

(Sandy, OR)  --  A Sandy man is finding himself on thin ice after attempting a business transaction via Craigslist.  Officials say Jason Owen contacted the seller of a snowmobile and offered him one pound of pot in exchange for the vehicle.  Unfortunately for him, the seller was an Oregon state trooper.  Owen has been cited for adult possession of marijuana, adult delivery of marijuana, and driving with a suspended license.

(Portland, OR)  --  A Spanish restaurant recognized in a Michelin guide is coming to Portland.  Restaurante Can Font is located near Barcelona, Spain, but Eater-dot-com is reporting that a second restaurant will open in the Pearl District early next year.  According to one of the owners, Can Font Portland will continue to serve the traditional Catalan cuisine it's famous for and will use locally sourced products.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland will soon be feeling the Bern again.  Senator Bernie Sanders will be stopping by the Powell's bookstore on Burnside on December 1st to promote his new book titled "Our Revolution," which comes out next month.  The stop at Powell's will be for photo ops only, and the purchase of the book is required in order to attend.

(Portland, OR)  --  Storm preparations are showing they worked as officials reported no road closures or traffic disruptions over the weekend.  The city has received reports of dozens of trees and debris blown down as of yesterday.  Portland Parks and Recreation Department officials are working on cleaning up a small landslide in Sellwood Park.

(Portland, OR)  --  Saturday's windstorm is blamed for leaving tens of thousands without power for parts of the weekend.  Portland General Electric says about 40-thousand customers were affected with four-thousand still without power into yesterday.  The outages affected Banks to the north down to Salem to the south.

(Portland, OR)  --  A stabbing suspect is wanted in Northeast Portland.  Authorities say an unidentified person was stabbed in the upper chest.  It happened last night near Northeast Broadway and Eleventh Avenue.  Police haven't yet released details on the suspect.

(Manzanita, OR)  --  Volunteers are still helping to clean up damage in Manzanita from last week's tornado.  Work was made tougher with the second storm that blew through Friday and Saturday.  Authorities say 128 houses were damaged in the storm, but fortunately nobody was injured.

(Portland, OR)  --  No-cause evictions against renters in Portland can't be altered without a state law change.  That's according to a new analysis by the Oregon Legislative Counsel.  Portland Mayor-elect Ted Wheeler and House Speaker Tina Kotek are in favor of halting the evictions.  But the analysis says state law allows a landlord to end month-to-month leases without a reason, as long as the landlord gives notice.

(Portland, OR)  --  One-hundred years of Planned Parenthood isn't going unnoticed in Portland.  The Morrison Bridge turned pink for an hour last night in honor of the group's 100th birthday.  Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette has been here for 53 of those years.  Planned Parenthood plans to celebrate its be centennial across the country all year long.

(Yacolt, WA)  --  Authorities are investigating the shooting of a 13-year-old in Yacolt, Washington, but they haven't released the boy's condition.  It appears the shooting was accidental, but details aren't yet available.  The boy's parents were apparently upstairs at the time of the shooting.

(Portland, OR)  --  Safety concerns have led to the closure of all grass Portland Parks and Recreation sports fields through the weekend, as bad weather continues.  Officials say the closure affects grass fields at PP&R sites, as well as events permitted by the department at Portland Public Schools facilities.  However, all fields with synthetic turf will remain open.  The Parks and Recreation Department says the wet conditions present safety hazards, and use of the grass fields could impede efforts to maintain and care for them.

(Seattle, WA)  --  Amazon.com says it will hire about 120-thousand people for seasonal positions nationwide in the coming weeks.  The online retail giant says it will fill positions at fulfillment centers and customer-service sites.  Amazon officials say more than 14-thousand seasonal employees were promoted to full-time jobs after last year's holiday season.  Mike Roth, who's Amazon's Vice President of Global Customer Fulfillment, says they expect to increase that number this year.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police are looking for a man who's wanted in connection with a sexual assault and robbery at a lingerie modeling shop.  Authorities say 31-year-old James Ellis is suspected of having assaulted a female employee during an armed robbery Monday at Pussycats on Northeast 82nd Avenue.  Police say Ellis, who's considered armed and dangerous, is a Pacific Islander, standing five-feet-eight and weighing 165 pounds.  Anyone with information is asked to call 911.

(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities say the first of two forecast storm systems caused damage as it moved through the Portland area.  KATU-TV reports a tree took down a power line and one fell on TriMet's MAX Blue Line near the Quatama Park-and-ride in Hillsboro.  A power outage prompted crews to evacuate a train at the 185th and Baseline Park-and-ride and passengers boarded a shuttle bus.  The second storm system is expected to bring higher winds to the region tomorrow.

(Spokane, WA)  --  A Spokane woman says she lost a few teeth and suffered other injuries when an e-cigarette exploded in her mouth.  The 45-year-old woman was one of four people across Washington to file lawsuits yesterday against makers of e-cigarettes.  The lawsuits claim the plaintiffs suffered severe injuries when the lithium-ion batteries powering the e-cigarettes exploded.  The other three plaintiffs are from Kelso, Vancouver, and Seattle.

(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead following a hit-and-run crash in Southeast Portland.  Police say after the wreck happened around nine o'clock last night at the intersection of Southeast Division Street and 139th Avenue, the driver and two passengers in one of the vehicles fled the scene on foot.  The driver of the other car died at a hospital.  Police say the people who left the scene have been described as African-American males.

(St. Helens, OR)  --  Three people are under indictment in connection with the murder of Apache Hightower, a Portland mother of three.  Jesse Allen Lane was extradited back to Oregon after being arrested earlier this month in Santa Barbara, California.  Authorities say Lane and Charles Vernon are accused of strangling Hightower last month after she was abducted and beaten because they wanted to prevent her from being a witness in a criminal case.  Twenty-year-old Stephanie Toney is accused of collaborating with Vernon and Lane to hide evidence and avoid arrest.

(Tacoma, WA)  --  Democratic incumbent Governor Jay Inslee is scheduled to meet with Republican challenger Bill Bryant for a dinner forum less than a week before the November 8th election.  The event is slated for 6 p.m. on November 2nd at the Wheelock Student Center at the University of Puget Sound.  Ballots will be mailed out across the state starting October 21st.   


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