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(Portland, OR)  --  A new affordable housing building in Portland's Lloyd District is now open for business.  A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held yesterday for the Louisa Flowers Affordable Housing Building.  It's the largest affordable housing development to open in Multnomah County within the last 50 years.  The facility will provide 240 homes for low-income families and individuals.

(Portland, OR)  --  It's life in prison for an Aloha man convicted of raping and murdering a 15-year-old girl and then tossing her body into the Columbia River.  A judge sentenced Martin Allen Johnson to life in prison without the possibility of parole yesterday in a Washington County courtroom.  A jury convicted Johnson on eight counts of first-degree murder last week for drugging, raping and killing Heather Fraser in 1998.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland-based New Seasons Market is expanding its recall on ground beef due to E. coli.  The expanded recall applies to fresh ground beef containing five-percent, ten-percent and 20-percent fat content sold at all of its locations in Oregon, Washington state and California.  The affected meat has "Packed On" dates of October 19th through November 8th and "Sell By" dates of October 23rd through November 11th.  The Oregon Health Authority says four people have become ill with E. coli after consuming the beef.

(Salem, OR)  --  A Salem man is dead following a crash on Highway 20 in rural Oregon.  Police say 75-year-old Gerald Gates was driving a 1992 Chevrolet Corvette west on the highway near the Lake/Harney County line Wednesday afternoon when he veered off the roadway and crashed into a tree.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into the armed robbery of a grocery store in Tigard.  Police say a man entered the Tigard Fred Meyer near the store's garden center with a handgun Wednesday night and demanded money from an employee.  He then allegedly fled the scene on foot.  No injuries were reported.  The suspect is described as a white man standing about five-foot-four with a stocky build.

(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Court of Appeals is striking down the state's ban on flavored cannabis vaping products.  The Willamette Week reports the court issued the ruling yesterday.  The court struck down a similar ban on flavored nicotine vaping products last month.  The ruling was in response to a lawsuit from vape shop owners arguing their business was going up in smoke thanks to the ban.  Governor Kate Brown issued the temporary ban last month in response to a nationwide outbreak of vaping-related lung illnesses.

(Portland, OR)  --  A celebration of life is scheduled next month for the iconic, longtime leader of Portland-based Columbia Sportswear.  Gert Boyle died on November 3rd at the age of 95. Columbia Sportswear announced yesterday they're hosting a celebration of life on December 5th in Portland's Veterans Memorial Coliseum.  Boyle was the face of the company's memorable advertising campaign, "One Tough Mother," which is also the name of her 2005 autobiography.  She ran the company from 1970 to 1988 before handing the reins over to her son, Tim. 

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are seeking the public's help in their search for a southwest Washington state man who's been missing since October.  The Clark County Sheriff's Office says 40-year-old Ryan Berg was last seen October 24th in Brush Prairie, Washington.  Police believe he could be traveling to the southern Oregon coast.  He's described as six-foot-four-inches and 225 pounds with green eyes and a scar above his left eye.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland International Airport's Concourse A is closing for good today.  The concourse served passengers flying Alaska Air and Horizon, whose gates have been moved to Concourse C.  Alaska Air and Horizon will move to a remodeled Concourse B in 2021. 

(Brookings, OR)  --  The U.S. Coast Guard is suspending its search for a 59-year-old man whose boat was found unattended in the Chetco River in Brookings.  The Coast Guard says Dan VanCleave's wife reported him missing Tuesday night after he failed to return home before sunset.  Crews found VanCleave's truck and trailer at the Brookings Boat Basin and later found his boat with its engine idling just south of the Chetco River Jetty.  The Coast Guard says crews found VanCleave's cellphone and other personal items onboard the boat.  The Coast Guard announced they were suspending their search last night following 14 combined searches.

(Shady Cove, OR)  --  Police say they've made an arrest in connection to a missing woman whose remains were found inside a home in Douglas County.  Police say they've arrested 21-year-old Shane Ryan Michael Wayman for the death of his roommate, 20-year-old Destiny Anne Finch.  Police found her remains inside the home she shared with her fiance and two other men on Tuesday, one day after she was reported missing.  Police believe Wayman killed Finch following an argument on Monday.

(Beaverton, OR)  --  Beaverton-based Nike says it will no longer sell products directly to Amazon.  Nike says it plans to focus more on its own efforts to sell directly to customers.  Under a pilot program started in 2017, Nike sold a number of products directly to Amazon in exchange for stricter enforcement from the online retail giant against counterfeit products on the site.  The drawback for Nike was a loss of control over how its brand is represented on the site. 

(Beaverton, OR)  --  A woman is facing charges in connection to a deadly crash more than a year ago.  Police say they've arrested Rhonda Colleen Jean Messer on charges of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide, among other charges.  Police say she was intoxicated when she crashed into a vehicle on Highway 101 south of Depoe Bay in June of 2018.  The crash killed 36-year-old Gary Blaine Moore and 75-year-old Robert Franano.

(Gaston, OR)  --  A school bus driver is facing DUII charges after crashing with nearly a dozen students onboard.  The Washington County Sheriff's Office says 20-year-old Johnathan C. Gates was visibly impaired when deputies arrested him for the crash yesterday morning on Old Highway 47 near Seghers Road.  Police say none of the ten Forest Grove School District students onboard the bus at the time were injured.

(Keizer, OR)  --  In-N-Out Burger could open their new Keizer location within a month.  The burger chain announced yesterday they're hoping to open their location at the Keizer Station by the middle of December.  In-N-Out notes the date isn't set in stone just yet.  They plan to announce the official date within 48 hours of opening the restaurant.

(Forest Grove, OR)  --  A 79-year-old Cornelius man is dead after being hit by a car in Forest Grove.  Police say the man was walking along Northwest Martin Road yesterday morning when a driver crashed into him.  The man was airlifted to a hospital, where he died.  Police say the driver stayed at the scene and is cooperating with investigators.

(Portland, OR)  --  A wood burning advisory remains in effect this morning due to stagnant air conditions.  The Multnomah County Health Department issued the advisory yesterday.  It remains in effect until noon today.  Residents are asked to limit unnecessary burning activity until the advisory is lifted.

(Salem, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a woman killed in an auto-pedestrian crash in Salem.  Police say 60-year-old Josephine Watkins was walking across Portland Road in a marked crosswalk near the Wayside Terrace intersection Monday night when a driver struck her.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.  Police say the driver stayed at the crash site and is cooperating with investigators.  No citations have been issued at this point.

(Kelso, WA)  --  Police are searching for a gunman accused of shooting and seriously injuring a man in southwestern Washington state.  The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office says the shooting happened last night at a home in Kelso.  The victim was rushed to a hospital, where's he's being treated for life-threatening injuries.  Police say the suspect is described as a white man standing about five-foot-five with a medium build and frizzy gray hair and facial hair.

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing more than two-dozen charges in connection to a carjacking, kidnapping and shooting more than two months ago.  A Multnomah County grand jury indicted 22-year-old Carlos Batista yesterday on several charges including two counts of first-degree attempted murder with a firearm.  He's accused of stealing a man's car at gunpoint on August 27th and then tying him up and taking him to Mt. Tabor Park.  He then allegedly opened fire on two people in the park who approached the car after seeing the owner tied up.  Police say he fired at least eight shots, causing more than one-thousand dollars in property damage.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland is being called one of the nation's best cities for singles looking to mingle.  A new report from WalletHub ranks Rose City fifth in the U.S. for unmarried adults.  WalletHub compared more than 180 cities across the nation on 35 factors, including restaurant meal costs, beer and wine prices and movie ticket prices.  Atlanta, Georgia came in first place, followed by Denver, Colorado in second and San Francisco, California in third.

(Sandy, OR)  --  A popular roadside restaurant in Sandy is closing up shop after 40 years in business.  Calamity Jane's on Highway 26 shut its doors for good yesterday.  The restaurant owners posted a letter on Facebook saying they were forced to close due to the rising costs of labor and food.  They added that they're grateful to all of their loyal customers who visited them over the years.  Calamity Jane's opened in 1979.

(Portland, OR)  --  An Aloha man is dead following a head-on crash in rural Washington County.  Police say the man was driving along Roy Rogers Road near Southwest Elsner Road north of Sherwood overnight Monday when he crashed into a pickup truck head-on.  He was airlifted to a hospital, where he died from his injuries.  The driver of the pickup truck was also hospitalized and is expected to recover.

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a stabbing that left one person with serious injuries.  The Portland Police Bureau says officers responded to the Lents neighborhood Sunday night to find one victim suffering from serious stab wounds.  Police found suspect Reginald Walton nearby and arrested him on a charge of first-degree assault.

(Salem, OR)  --  One woman is dead following an auto-pedestrian crash in Salem.  Police say the woman was walking across Portland Road in a marked crosswalk near the Wayside Terrace intersection when a driver struck her.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.  Police say the driver stayed at the crash site and is cooperating with investigators.


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