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(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of an 85-year-old woman killed by a hit-and-run driver in southwest Portland.  Police say Ortrud Vatheuer was struck and killed Tuesday at Southwest 45th Avenue and Carson Street.  Police are still looking for the suspect driver.  The suspect was said to be driving a red or burgundy older model van.

(Salem, OR)  --  More than 350-thousand Oregonians may have had their private health information compromised following a data breach in the Department of Health Services.  DHS officials say the breach occurred in January after nine employees opened a phishing email and clicked on a link that compromised their email system.  Information at risk includes client names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers and data protected under HIPPA.  An outside agency is now performing a forensic review, and will contact anyone whose information was exposed. 

(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are behind bars following a bank robbery and a shootout with police in Tillamook County.  Oregon State Police say the man and woman robbed the US Bank in Cloverdale yesterday morning and fled the scene in a vehicle.  Police pursued them down a Forest Service road off Sandlake Road, where the suspects allegedly struck a patrol vehicle and then opened fire on officers, who returned fire.  Both suspects were taken to a hospital for evaluation.  It's not yet clear if anyone was struck in the gunfire.

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges after allegedly sexually assaulting a six-year-old boy at Pioneer Place Mall.  Portland police arrested 30-year-old Dontai Howe yesterday for the incident inside a bathroom at the mall on Sunday.  Police say Howe admitted to sexually assaulting the boy.  He's facing charges of first-degree sodomy and first-degree sex abuse.

(Portland, OR)  --  Construction is underway on a new footbridge connecting Wildwood Trail across West Burnside Street.  Crews broke ground yesterday on the bridge to be named Barbara Walker Crossing.  The bridge will allow runners and walkers to cross Burnside Street safely.  The bridge is expected to be completed in September.

(Portland, OR)  --  A 31-year-old man is facing dozens of charges after allegedly impregnating a female relative who's younger than 15-years-old.  Cruz Palacios-Romero was indicted on 81 charges yesterday.  The charges include 40 counts of first degree rape, 39 counts of incest and two counts of third-degree sexual abuse.  He's currently being held on more than ten-million dollars bail.

(Salem, OR)  --  Authorities in Salem are on the lookout for a female inmate who walked away from a transition center Wednesday.  Marion County Sheriff's deputies say 31-year-old Tristen Devore was scheduled for release today after serving a sentence for theft, burglary and fraudulent use of a credit card.  She is described as white, five-foot-six, weighing 160 pounds with long dark hair and blue eyes.

(Kelso, WA)  --  Police in southwestern Washington say they've arrested a 17-year-old after he allegedly brought a loaded handgun to school.  The Kelso Police Department says staff members at Kelso High School found the gun inside the student's backpack yesterday morning.  Police say they don't believe there's any further threat to students or staff.

(Portland, OR)  --  Three people are facing charges after allegedly robbing a Verizon store in West Linn.  Police say the suspects robbed the store on Willamette Drive Monday night and then fled the scene in a car.  Responding officers tracked them down in Lake Oswego and arrested them.

(Longview, WA)  --  Roughly 100 people are out of their homes in southwestern Washington as firefighters battle a fast-moving brush fire.  The Washington State Fire Marshal's Office says the North Maple Fire near Kelso spread to over 40 acres last night.  Authorities have evacuated between 90 to 100 homes and have issued an emergency burn ban for Cowlitz County.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a man accused of a carjacking at a Burgerville drive-thru in southeast Portland.  Police say 25-year-old Robin Sanford Bay approached the victim's car in the drive-thru at the restaurant on Southeast 12th Avenue at Hawthorne Street Tuesday morning.  He then allegedly brandished a bottle and threatened to hurt the driver if he didn't give up his vehicle.  Police tracked Bay down in the stolen vehicle a short while later and arrested him.

(Portland, OR)  --  Closing arguments continue today in the sexual assault case against two former Portland civic leaders.  Prosecutors wrapped up their closing arguments yesterday against Aubré Dickson and Charles McGee.  They're accused of raping a woman in 2012.  Dickson is the former chair of Oregon's Housing Stability Council, and McGee served as CEO of Black Parent Initiative.  The defense will continue their closing arguments today.

(Salem, OR)  --  The Oregon Health Authority has confirmed a second case of measles in Salem.  OHA officials say the patient is linked to a contagious traveler who visited the area from Illinois last month, and is unrelated to the recent outbreak in Washington.  OHA has not provided any details about the patient, other than the person does not attend Salem-Keizer Public School.  Marion County health officials are now working to find anyone else who may have been exposed to the virus by this latest patient.

(Portland, OR)  --  The new Multnomah County Health Department headquarters is now open in Portland.  County officials opened the Gladys McCoy Health Department headquarters across from Union Station at Northwest 6th Avenue and Hoyt Street yesterday morning.  The building is replacing the health department's old headquarters downtown.  The new facility took eight years to build.

(Longview, WA)  --  A homicide investigation is underway in southwest Washington's Cowlitz County after a man was found shot in the head in his own home.  Police say 47-year-old Travis Seiber was found shot to death Monday night in his home on SR-506 north of Ryderwood.  Anyone with information on the case is urged to contact police.

(Ashland, OR)  --  Hundreds of people without natural gas in Ashland may have to wait until Friday to have their service returned.  Officials for Avista Utilities say workers have to manually relight meters for nearly 48-hundred customers who lost gas service Tuesday evening.  The utility provider has linked the outage to a problem that occurred while crews were performing a routine check within a pipeline. 

(Portland, OR)  --  A woman is facing three years' probation after accidentally firing a handgun inside a Portland school.  KATU reports Antoinette Riley was sentenced yesterday after pleading guilty to two counts of reckless endangering of another person.  Court records say Riley was in the cafeteria at Jason Lee Elementary School to pick up her child last October when a gun inside her purse went off.

(Portland, OR)  --  A man accused of running down a black teen in 2016 is guilty of murder.  In court yesterday, a jury also found 40-year-old Russell Courtier guilty of second-degree intimidation, which is a hate crime, and on a hit-and-run charge.  Courtier was fighting with 19-year-old Larnell Bruce outside a 7-Eleven in Gresham in August 2016.  Prosecutors said during trial that Courtier ran down Bruce with his car after losing the fight.  They added that it was racially motivated because Courtier was a member of a white supremacist group.  Courtier's girlfriend, 37-year-old Colleen Hunt, pled guilty to manslaughter as prosecutors say she could be heard egging Courtier on during the fight.

(Longview, WA)  --  A firefighter is hospitalized following a three-alarm brush fire that forced evacuations and left dozens of people without power in southwestern Washington.  Cowlitz County Fire District says one firefighter was hospitalized for heat-related illness while battling the blaze that scorched six acres yesterday near Longview.  Deputies evacuated dozens of residents, and 40 people were left without power.  An investigation is ongoing into what sparked the blaze.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a motorcyclist killed in a crash in Gresham.  Police say 19-year-old Daniel Hopic was riding his motorcycle north on Hogan Drive Saturday night when he collided with a southbound vehicle that was making a left turn.  Hopic was pronounced dead at the scene.

(Seattle, WA)  --  Health officials are confirming a new case of the measles in southwestern Washington.  Clark County Public Health says they confirmed a new case this week, bringing the regional outbreak total to 78 cases.  Meanwhile, health officials in Marion County have confirmed a second case of measles in their area.  Officials say those two cases are not connected to the Clark County outbreak. 

(Portland, OR)  --  State officials are looking into what tools and resources can be used to fight wildfires in the state.  Governor Kate Brown's Wildfire Response Council met Monday to start the discussions.  Brown is looking for more people, tools and technology.  According to the state fire marshal, the state spent more than 31-million-dollars last year on combating wildfires.

(Portland, OR)  --  Former First Lady Michelle Obama was in Portland yesterday.  Thousands of people showed up at the Moda Center yesterday to hear Obama speak about her new book "Becoming."  The former First Lady later made a surprise appearance at a bookstore in northeast Portland, where she held a meet-and-greet with attendees.

(Portland, OR)  --  A Roseburg man is behind bars following a two-week standoff at his home with his three-year-old daughter.  Police arrested 42-year-old Stephen Adam Cain Monday on charges of custodial interference and obstructing governmental administration.  The county's circuit court mandated Cain turn over his three-year-old daughter to law enforcement on March 4th.  But Cain refused, ultimately barricading himself inside his home and making threatening statements against officials.  After negotiating over the last two weeks, Cain agreed to surrender and release his daughter Monday evening.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of snatching purses from people inside hospitals in the Portland and Vancouver areas.  The Portland Police Bureau released a surveillance image of the suspect yesterday.  Police say they have evidence he's used credit cards inside the stolen purses to make purchases at stores in Portland, Happy Valley, Tigard and The Dalles.


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