(Salem, OR) -- Oregon Republicans are launching a recall campaign against Governor Kate Brown. Chairman Bill Currier filed recall documents with the state Monday in hopes of removing Brown from office. Currier needs to collect more than 280-thousand signatures from "active registered voters" by 5:00 p.m. October 14th, according to the state's election director. The petition says "The People of Oregon deserve and expect a governor that honors the will of the voters and works for the good of all citizens, not just special interests and politically-motivated agendas."
(Vancouver, WA) -- Police are searching for a missing 12-year-old girl from Vancouver, Washington. The Vancouver Police Department says Fiona Belden was last seen between 9:00 and 10:00 yesterday morning near Northeast 31st Street and 146th Avenue. She's described as five-foot-seven-inches and 175 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes.
(Portland, OR) -- Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg [[ BOOT-edge-edge ]] is coming to Portland. The Willamette Week reports the South Bend, Indiana mayor will visit the City of Roses next Tuesday. Buttigieg is scheduled to attend a fundraiser being hosted by local real-estate developer Robert Ball at his home. Tickets start at 250 dollars.
(Portland, OR) -- The so-called "TriMet Barber" is facing a year behind bars after inappropriately touching women on trains. A judge sentenced Jared Walter yesterday to 364 days in jail followed by five years probation. Walter was convicted of two counts of interfering with public transportation. He's accused of inappropriately touching two women on MAX trains earlier this year. He's previously been accused of cutting women's hair on public transportation without their permission. He pleaded guilty in 2013 to putting his bodily fluids on multiple women on TriMet buses.
(Portland, OR) -- Oregon schools are now required to teach students about the Holocaust. Governor Kate Brown signed a bill into law requiring public schools to teach about genocide starting next year. She said "we must empower our children with knowledge so together we can stomp out the growing hate in our country." The bill was spurred by a 14-year-old girl after she became friends with a 92-year-old Holocaust survivor. Oregon is the 12th state to require Holocaust education.
(Portland, OR) -- Topless Taco and Booty Burrito festivals are coming to Portland this summer. Murderboat Productions is planning the two festivals to happen at the same time on August 17. One will support breast cancer research while the other supports prostate cancer research. People attending will have the option of being topless during the event. Murderboat is responsible for other events in Portland like "Party on a Plane in the Woods" and "A Huge Blanket Fort."
(Portland, OR) -- Police are calling off the search for a missing 12-year-old girl from Vancouver. The Vancouver Police Department says Michelle Wheeler was found safe late last night. She'd gone missing yesterday afternoon near Southeast 34th Street and 192nd Avenue.
(Portland, OR) -- Construction is underway on a new safety project for Northeast 102nd Avenue. KATU reports crews broke ground on phase one of the project earlier this week. Crews will be adding in bike lanes as well as a median turn lane and a pedestrian island. Crews will be working on the road over the next two weeks from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. City officials say they're optimistic that the project won't snarl traffic too badly.
(Seattle, WA) -- A Hall of Famer and former Hurricanes general manager will lead the new team in Seattle. Ron Francis will be announced this week as the first general manager of the incoming franchise. Francis was a two-time Stanley Cup winner as a player for the Penguins. Carolina failed to reach the playoffs during Francis' tenure.
(Portland, OR) -- An investigation is ongoing into a shooting at a park in north Portland. Police say the shooting happened at Dawson Park last night following a fight between two people. No injuries have been reported. Police are still searching for suspects.
(Washington, DC) -- Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is responding to President Trump's criticism of four Democratic congresswomen who are all women of color. Wyden tweeted yesterday saying Trump regularly takes the office of the presidency lower and lower, but even by his standards, "there has been nothing more demeaning or beneath the dignity of the office than his statements over the past few days." Trump tweeted Sunday saying Progressive Democrat Congresswomen who originally came from other countries are telling the people of the United States how the government should be run, adding, "why don't they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came." The President was apparently referring to Democratic representatives Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar.
(Portland, OR) -- Things are getting back to normal at City Hall following a bomb scare that forced evacuations. Police evacuated the building yesterday morning after receiving a report of a suspicious package there. A bomb squad determined the package was not dangerous, and police reopened the building around 1 p.m. It's the second time this month that City Hall has been evacuated due to a bomb scare. Someone called in a bomb threat for the building on July 2nd. An investigation is ongoing.
(Portland, OR) -- A 19-year-old man is facing multiple charges after allegedly crashing into a semi trailer and then fleeing the scene, leaving his injured passenger behind. Police Julio Bautista Montella was high on marijuana when he crashed into the semi trailer in Gresham earlier yesterday morning. He then allegedly fled the scene on foot, leaving a woman trapped inside the wrecked car. First responders extricated her from the vehicle and took her to a hospital with possible life-threatening injuries. Police arrested Montella for hit-and-run, DUII and several other charges.
(Vancouver, WA) -- A rare corpse flower is blooming for the first time at Washington State University Vancouver. University officials say the flower nicknamed Titan Van-Coug began to unfurl its leaves Monday evening. It's the flower's first bloom since being planted in 2002.
(Camas, WA) -- A man is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after his truck was hit by a train in Camas. It happened just before 6:30 yesterday morning near Southeast Whitney Street. The truck was heading southbound when it collided with a BNSF Railway train that was heading west. The 55-year-old driver was hospitalized with serious injuries. No one on the train was injured.
(Portland, OR) -- An investigation is ongoing into the death of a toddler who was hit by a truck in Otis. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says a man was backing a pickup truck out of a driveway Sunday night when he hit his 15-month-old child. The child was rushed to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital and was pronounced dead later that night. The driver is cooperating with police and is currently not facing criminal charges.
(Seattle, WA) -- Health officials say a nurse in Western Washington has been diagnosed with measles. Public Health - Seattle and King County says the Seattle Children's Hospital nurse contracted the highly contagious disease late last month while caring for an infected patient. Health officials say the nurse was potentially contagious while working at the hospital from July 8th through July 11th. She's the tenth person to contract measles in King County since May. Hospital staff say she was fully vaccinated.
(Portland, OR) -- The Portland Police Bureau says it won't be cooperating with ICE and other federal agencies in their efforts to round up undocumented immigrants. Police Chief Danielle Outlaw released a statement yesterday reminding residents that Oregon state law prohibits local law enforcement from using their staff or resources to detain undocumented immigrants. Outlaw says the bureau wants everyone in the community to feel safe and protected. She adds that it's more important now than ever to understand the uncertainty and fear faced by many in our immigrant communities. The statement came ahead of expected ICE raids scheduled for yesterday by the Trump administration in several major U.S. cities. The raids reportedly didn't end up happening.
(Gresham, OR) -- Police are searching for a missing Illinois teen who may be in the Gresham area. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says 17-year-old Levi Matsuda disappeared from his home in Illinois on June 17th. Police believe he may have recently traveled to either Gresham or Dutch Harbor, Alaska. He's described as five-foot-five-inches and 110 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.
(Selma, OR) -- The remains of missing actor Charles Levin may have been found in Oregon. The 70-year-old was reported missing from Grant Pass by his son last week. The city's department of public safety said that his car was located Saturday in a remote part of the state, with his dead dog inside. A human body was later found that's believed to be his. Levine's acting credits include Seinfeld, NYPD Blue, Hill Street Blues and Annie Hall.
(Vancouver, WA) -- One person is injured following a crash that brought down power lines and sent an SUV flying in Vancouver. Police say the two-car crash happened yesterday afternoon along Northwest Erwin O Rieger Memorial Highway near Lower River Road. First responders needed to extricate two people from the SUV. Police say passengers in the other vehicle were not injured. An investigation into what caused the crash is ongoing.
(Portland, OR) -- A teenage boy is facing charges in connection to an armed robbery at Harrison Park. Police arrested a 15-year-old boy on multiple charges for the robbery Saturday morning. Police say the victim was sitting in the park when the teen walked up and displayed a handgun before trying to take the victim's cellphone. He then allegedly fled the scene. No injuries were reported.
(Portland, OR) -- The search continues for an armed man accused of running away from police during a traffic stop in the Lents neighborhood. The incident Saturday night left the area near Lents Park on lockdown for five hours while police searched for the suspect. Police say the incident started when an officer pulled over a vehicle for a defective equipment traffic violation. A passenger inside the car allegedly fled the scene with a weapon. The driver stayed at the scene. No injuries were reported.
(Salem, OR) -- A woman is lucky to be alive after becoming trapped inside her burning home in Salem. Firefighters responded to an apartment complex on 14th Street Southeast early yesterday morning on reports of a fire. Crews found one woman trapped inside her burning unit and used a ladder to rescue her. The woman suffered some smoke inhalation but is expected to recover. An investigation into what caused the fire is ongoing.
(Portland, OR) -- A woman is being evaluated for mental health after allegedly locking herself inside the Steel Bridge control tower and throwing things onto the roadway below. Police say the woman was suffering from a mental health crisis Sunday morning when she climbed into the bridge tender shed and began tossing things inside the shed like oil cans onto the ground below her. Police responded with the bureau's Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team and spoke with the woman for two hours before she agreed to come down. She was taken to a hospital for evaluation.