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(Portland, OR)  --  Multnomah County Commissioners are again talking about whether the Portland Police Bureau should be merged with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.  The idea would be to use the money savings to fund social services.  There would be extensive issues to be worked out, including who leads the new agency.  The Police Chief is appointed by the Portland Police Commissioner, while the Sheriff is elected.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Police are asking for help finding a man who's been missing for nearly two weeks and may be in danger.  Police say 31-year-old Chase Stevens was last seen Sunday, October 11th when he left his house in Northeast Portland.  He was last known to be traveling through Banks near Highway 26.  Stevens might be armed with a gun, but police say he's not a threat to the public.  He was driving a gray 2013 Ford Escape SUV with an Oregon license of 506 GCU.



(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead following a crash on I-5.  The Portland Police Bureau says a motorist was killed in the crash near Rosa Parks Way last night.  Further details were not immediately available.



(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are confirming nearly a dozen new coronavirus deaths in Oregon along with nearly 400 new cases.  The Oregon Health Authority confirmed eleven new deaths and 373 new cases yesterday.  The state has now seen a total of 40-thousand-810 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began along with 646 deaths.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  In-N-Out is considering a new location in Beaverton.  The burger chain previously announced it's working on a site in Tualatin near Bridgeport Village.  The Oregonian reports they've talked with Washington County Land Use planners about a site on Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway just east of Highway 217.  They have not made a final decision on the site.  The closest In-N-Out to the Portland area is in Keizer where the wait in the drive thru line is often longer than an hour.



(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are reported following an apartment fire in Gresham.  Firefighters responded to a two-story apartment complex on Southeast Powell near 174th Street on Wednesday night.  Fire officials say all residents were able to safely escape the blaze.  It's not yet clear what caused the fire.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting that injured two people in north Portland.  The Portland Police Bureau says the shooting happened around 9:20 last night in the 73-hundred block of North St. Louis Avenue.  Both victims were hospitalized.  It's not yet clear whether police have identified a suspect.



(Portland, OR)  --  A 28-year-old man is facing several charges including manslaughter and DUII following a wrong-way crash that killed a person in Portland.  Police believe 28-year-old Brian Paul Gardner was intoxicated when he drove his car the wrong way on I-84 near the Halsey-Gateway exit yesterday.  Police say he was going around a curve when he crashed into another vehicle head-on.  The other driver was pronounced dead at the scene.  Gardner was hospitalized for minor injuries before being arrested.



(Salem, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown is considering whether to ease rules on schools to allow in-person learning.  The Healthy Schools Reopening Council is reviewing whether the limits for COVID-19 and safety protocols are too strict.  Currently, rates of COVID-19 are too high for most counties to have in-person learning.  The council says virus levels need to be reduced and schools need to have plans to keep students from spreading the virus.  The governor will use the recommendations in making a final decision about when schools can reopen.



(Gresham, OR)  --  Gresham Police say they've arrested two more juveniles in connection to the deadly assault of 53-year-old Tod Barker last month in Gresham.  Barker was attacked September 27th on Northeast Roberts Avenue about a block from East Powell Boulevard, and he died from his injuries on October 9th.  Police had previously arrested a 16-year-old suspect, and now a 15-year-old and an 11-year-old are also in custody.  The 15- and 16-year-olds are in juvenile custody, while the 11-year-old has been released to his family.  Police say no additional arrests are expected.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Police Association now has a new president.  Union members have voted in Brian Hunzeker [[ HUN'-sek-er ]] to replace outgoing president Daryl Turner, whose term ends next month.  Turner has served as president for a decade.  He's been outspoken in his criticism of how the city has handled protests.  He has said restrictions on the use of tear gas and failed leadership have hampered police ability to curtail what he calls violence at protests.



(Portland, OR)  --  A demonstrator in Portland who's facing state charges is now also facing federal charges.  A federal grand jury in Portland indicted 32-year-old Adrian De Los Rios yesterday on a charge of civil disorder in connection to a demonstration outside of the Portland Police Bureau's East Precinct in August.  Local prosecutors charged him earlier this month with attempted arson, unlawful use of a weapon, riot and attempted assault of a public safety officer.  He's pleading not guilty.  His trial is set for December.



(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are reporting a slight decline in new COVID-19 cases in Oregon.  The Oregon Health Authority says the number of new cases declined four-percent over the last week.  The rate of positive tests in the state is now six-point-five-percent.  Officials want that number to be below five-percent.  Yesterday, the Oregon Health Authority confirmed 331 new cases of COVID-19 and two new deaths, raising the state's death toll from the pandemic to 635.  Oregon has now seen a total of 40-thousand-443 cases since the pandemic began.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Police say they've made an arrest in connection to a kidnapping in Aloha [[ uh-LOW'-uh ]].  The Washington County Sheriff's Office says police have arrested 31-year-old Nicolas San Nicolas on charges including robbery and kidnapping.  He's accused of kidnapping his victim at gunpoint at the Forest Ridge Apartments on August 27th.  He then allegedly threw the victim out of a truck, injuring him.  An investigation is ongoing.



(Washington, D.C.)  --  Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley is sponsoring a bill that would end the sale of gas-powered vehicles in the U.S. by 2035.  Several states including Oregon and California have their own goals.  This would put the U.S. on a path to increase production of electric and hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles.  By 2025, half of vehicles would have to be electric.  Then, every year that's increased by five-percent until 100-percent is reached by 2035.



(Oregon City, OR)  --  Election officials are reminding voters in Oregon City they have two election ballots to submit next month.  One is for the General Election on November 3rd, and the other is for the recall of Mayor Dan Holladay, which is due November 10th.  The Clackamas County Elections Office wants voters to know they can't combine the ballots, and they need to be returned in their specific envelopes.  Holladay faces a recall over several issues including comments he made concerning Black Lives Matter.



(Salem, OR)  --  Authorities are searching for the second inmate to walk away from the Marion County Transition Center this week.  Police say 34-year-old Arlo Silbernagel walked away from the facility yesterday.  He was in custody for a Parole Violation.  On Tuesday, Anthony Bodda walked away from the facility.  Inmates stay there when they're also allowed to work their jobs or perform community service.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Multnomah County judge is shutting down a request to reduce bail for a Proud Boys member facing a dozen charges including assault in Portland.  A judge denied the request from 50-year-old Alan Swinney during a hearing on Monday.  Police say Swinney fired a paintball gun and used mace on people during a protest August 15th.  Swinney is also accused of attacking counter-protesters during a pro-Trump rally and aiming a real gun into the crowd with his finger on the trigger on August 22nd.  Swinney is also facing a one-point-two-million-dollar civil suit in connection to the incidents.  Prosecutors argued Swinney poses a safety risk to the community and should remain in custody until trial.



(Cannon Beach, OR)  --  A woman is lucky to be alive after crashing her car 300 feet down an embankment off Highway 101 near Cannon Beach.  Oregon State Police say the crash happened early Monday morning.  Firefighters used a rope-rescue system to pull the woman up the hillside.  She was hospitalized with minor injuries.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Health Authority has submitted its COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan to the federal government.  The plan includes a public review of the process to make sure communities of color that have been disproportionately affected in the past get access to the vaccine.  Priorities will be to have people critical to the pandemic response and those who are at highest risk of the virus vaccinated first.



(Portland, OR)  --  Northwest Natural customers will see prices go up November 1st.  The Oregon Public Utility Commission has voted to approve the increase.  While natural gas prices are down, Oregon's new Corporate Activity Tax plus a move of Northwest Natural's operations center will cause overall prices to rise.  The average residential customer will see their bill go up about two dollars a month.  Commercial customers' bills will increase nine dollars a month.



(Portland, OR)  --  Businesses in downtown Portland are starting to board up their windows in advance of the General Election on November 3rd.  Authorities say demonstrations are expected.  In 2016, election night protests caused several million dollars in damage.  Portland Police and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office are also working on plans for election night and the days following the election.



(Salem, OR)  --  The Marion County Sheriff's Office is trying to find an inmate who walked away from the county's Transition Center on Monday night.  Police say 21-year-old Anthony Bodda was in custody serving a 90-day jail sentence for Reckless Endangerment and Possession of Burglary Tools.  He was last known to live in the Stayton area.  The Transition Center is a minimum-security facility where residents live while they work at their jobs or performing community service.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating three separate stabbings across the Portland area.  The Portland Police Bureau says all three incidents happened Monday night.  The first one happened at the Gateway MAX station, where a group of four boys allegedly tried to steal a homeless woman's purse and then stabbed her husband after he tried to stop them.  A few hours later, a homeless man walked into a hospital after being stabbed five times near his camp in the Lents neighborhood.  The third stabbing involved a man who was hit by a hatchet, also in the Lents neighborhood.  Police are still searching for suspects.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon's tally of coronavirus cases is now past the 40-thousand mark.  The Oregon Health Authority reported 346 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, raising the state's total number of cases so far to 40-thousand-136.  The agency also confirmed six new deaths from coronavirus, raising the state's death toll to 633.  Multnomah County had the most new cases with 101.


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