(Portland, OR) -- The Oregon Health Authority reports eleven new COVID-19 deaths in the state and 302 new cases. A total of 214 people are currently hospitalized with coronavirus. Since the pandemic began, there have been 21-thousand-774 cases and 368 deaths.
(Corvallis, OR) -- A 57-year-old man is facing charges after allegedly strangling a woman to death inside a Corvallis hotel room. Police have arrested George Spencer for the death of 41-year-old Gina Vargas yesterday. Spencer allegedly told police he had been using methamphetamine when he became paranoid and began choking Vargas until she lost consciousness.
(Portland, OR) -- The former CEO of a Lake Oswego investment company has been indicted for fraud and money laundering. Sixty-one-year-old Robert Jesenik and three other former company executives face several charges, including conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud and money laundering. Aequitas Management operated from 2014 through 2016.
(Portland, OR) -- Oregon Governor Kate Brown is being sued by three Christian schools that want to reopen this fall. OregonLive reports the schools dispute the governor's executive order that prohibits faith-based gatherings of more than 25 people because of the coronavirus pandemic. They say universities can open if they comply with physical distancing, mask-wearing and other safety measures. The schools are Horizon Christian School, McMinnville Christian Academy and Life Christian School.
(Portland, OR) -- A former Portland nurse is being sentenced to federal prison for conspiring to possess heroin with the intent to distribute. Sixty-year-old Rene Nunn of Vancouver, Washington was sentenced to eight months in prison yesterday. Nunn was a registered nurse at Adventist Medical Center in Portland when she and co-conspirator 62-year-old Darlene Sturdevant drove into Portland with 87 grams of heroin in Nunn's purse. Police say the pair had driven from Vancouver to Portland with the intent of distributing the heroin. Sturdevant was sentenced to 14 years in prison earlier this year.
(Corvallis, OR) -- More than 90-percent of courses at Oregon State University in Corvallis will be online this fall. At the OSU campus in Bend, half of the classes will be in-person, but nearly all of the courses will also have online options. The University of Oregon is planning to have students in classrooms while aggressively testing students for COVID-19. Classrooms will have fewer students, and they'll be required to wear masks. Oregon does have a plan for remote learning if it's needed.
(Klamath Falls, OR) -- A Klamath Falls man is accused of cashing a relative's Social Security checks for 40 years after she died. The Social Security Administration began to investigate when they found a 114-year-old woman living in Oregon. She would have been the second oldest person in the U.S. collecting Social Security. They determined the woman died in New York in 1971. Her checks were being sent to a post office box in Klamath Falls and were being deposited by 76-year-old George Doumar. Over 40 years he cashed 458-thousand dollars worth of checks.
(Cannon Beach, OR) -- A motorcyclist is dead following a crash on Highway 101 about two miles south of Cannon Beach. The crash happened yesterday morning. Oregon State Police say 70-year-old Van Nordquist was driving his Harley Davidson southbound when he lost control in a curve and crashed into a semi. Nordquist died at the scene. The driver of the semi wasn't hurt.
(Portland, OR) -- Oregon has 227 new COVID-19 cases and one new death. The Oregon Health Authority announced the death of an 88-year-old man in Multnomah County yesterday. He had underlying medical conditions. Multnomah County had the most new cases with 45 followed by Washington County with 37 and Marion County with 27. There have been 21-thousand-488 cases and 357 deaths since the pandemic began.
(Camas, WA) -- One person is dead following a crash near Camas. Camas Police say two vehicles hit nearly head-on Sunday afternoon near Northwest Lake Road and Northwest Lacamas Lane. Police say 43-year-old Jeffrey Baker of Vancouver crossed the center line and hit the other vehicle. Baker died at the scene.
(Parkdale, OR) -- The Oregon Department of Forestry says the Fir Mountain Fire east of Parkdale was human caused. It burned more than 300 acres and has cost over three-million dollars to fight. They expect containment this week. The Oregon Department of Forestry is asking for tips to identify the person responsible for starting the fire.
(Portland, OR) -- Oaks Park is asking Governor Kate Brown for special permission to reopen even though Multnomah County is still in Phase One. The Portland Business Journal reports the amusement park would limit capacity to 250 people for the park and 100 people at the roller skating rink. Amusement parks aren't allowed to open until Phase Two. The Governor's office says Brown has not given exceptions to individual businesses. The park's owner says if they aren't allowed to reopen it'll put the future of the park in jeopardy.
(Portland, OR) -- ACLU executive director Anthony Romero is calling for the Department of Homeland Security to be dismantled in response to their actions in Portland. Anthony Romero made his case in an op-ed in USA Today, arguing that DHS has too much power. Romero says what happened with federal officers during protests in Portland has only proven that point. The plan would have DHS broken up into multiple federal agencies. Romero argues that would increase oversight and accountability.
(Portland, OR) -- President Trump is demanding that local officials call in the National Guard to police ongoing protests in Portland he says are "out of control." Trump took to Twitter yesterday saying Mayor Ted Wheeler and Governor Kate Brown "are putting people's lives at risk." He added that they "will be held responsible." Trump stated that the Guard is ready to act immediately to secure the Courthouse. Trump continues to clash with Portland officials amid their response to over two straight months of protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
(Portland, OR) -- Precision Castparts is announcing plans to cut ten-thousand jobs. The Portland based company is owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway. The aerospace company says it took a hit to profits because of the pandemic. About ten-percent of the company's 30-thousand employees work in Oregon.
(Sweet Home, OR) -- Police are releasing the identity of a body found in a remote area along the Calapooia River southeast of Sweet Home. The Linn County Sheriff's Office says the remains are those of Mark Hardin, who was reported missing in 2011. The sheriff's office conducted extensive searches, including along the upper Calapooia River. No evidence of foul play was found during the investigation or the discovery of his remains.
(Portland, OR) -- The Oregon Health Authority has lifted the recreational use health advisory for Odell Lake in Klamath County. Water monitoring shows the level of harmful algae toxins in the lake are below recreational guidelines. Recreational visitors are being advised to avoid areas of the lake where there are large algae blooms.
(Woodburn, OR) -- A man is facing charges in connection to a shooting in Woodburn. Police say 23-year-old Eric Gonzalez Hernandez shot and injured a person in the 500-block of Leasure Street Saturday night. The victim was airlifted to a hospital. Police arrested Gonzalez Hernandez on several charges including attempted murder.
(Portland, OR) -- The Portland Police Bureau says a riot was declared again last night during protests against police brutality and systemic racism. Police declared a riot around 10 p.m., shortly after about 200 protesters marched from Kenton Park to the Portland Police Association building on North Lombard Street. Police say protesters were throwing objects at officers and setting off fireworks. Police in riot gear drove the protesters back. It was the 74th night of protests in Portland since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
(Portland, OR) -- Health officials are confirming one new coronavirus death in Oregon along with more than 200 new cases. The Oregon Health Authority reported the death of a 72-year-old Multnomah County man from COVID-19 yesterday. His death raises Oregon's death toll from the pandemic to 356. Officials also reported 263 new cases, raising the state's total number of cases so far to 21-thousand-272.
(Portland, OR) -- The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit Boathouse is being renamed for a retired sergeant injured in the line of duty. The sheriff's office held a ceremony late last week to re-dedicate the boathouse in honor of Sergeant Damon Coates. Coates was shot in the face in 2003 while responding to a call from parents reporting erratic behavior by their 15-year-old son. The shooting permanently disabled Coates, causing a debilitating brain injury.
(Portland, OR) -- Oregon's eviction moratorium ends October 1st. Renters will have until March of 2021 to repay any back rent they accrued during the pandemic as long as they start paying rent in October. Since the unemployment rate remains high, governments in the Portland area are making 29-million dollars available for rent assistance. Residents can call 211 for more information.
(Portland, OR) -- One person is facing charges in connection to a burglary and shooting in North Portland. Police arrested 27-year-old Brooklyn Collins on charges of first-degree burglary and interfering with a police officer for the incident in the 84-hundred block of North Seward Avenue on Saturday. Police say shots were fired during the burglary, but no injuries were reported.
(Portland, OR) -- Hundreds of people gathered at Waterfront Park over the weekend for a worship service and rally organized by Christian singer Sean Fuecht. The event titled "Let Us Worship" featured performances from Fuecht, who spoke out against officials for placing restrictions on church services to fight the spread of the deadly coronavirus pandemic. Most people at the event did not wear masks or socially distance themselves from others. Organizers say they plan to gather at the park every night for at least a month.
(Portland, OR) -- Two men are facing charges in connection to a carjacking at Cathedral Park. Police say the suspects stole a woman's car Saturday night on North Pittsburg Avenue. Police tracked down the stolen car later that night and arrested 19-year-old Faysal Osman and 19-year-old Rico Cabrera on charges of first-degree robbery.