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(Portland, OR) -- Health officials say Oregon set a new record last week for coronavirus deaths. The Oregon Health Authority says 195 Oregonians died from the virus last week. Meanwhile, the agency says there has been a four-percent decline in new cases, and the percent of positive tests is down five-point-nine-percent.



(Portland, OR) -- Nearly a dozen more Oregonians are dead after contracting COVID-19. The Oregon Health Authority reported eleven new coronavirus deaths yesterday along with 849 new cases of COVID-19. Oregon has now seen a total of one-thousand-843 deaths and nearly 136-thousand cases since the pandemic began.



(Salem, OR) -- Health officials are confirming the coronavirus deaths of three more Oregon prison inmates. Authorities say two inmates from the Two Rivers Correctional Center in Umatilla and one inmate at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem have died from COVID-19. At least 36 Oregon inmates have now died with COVID-19 since the pandemic began.



(Portland, OR) -- New details are coming to light regarding a deadly crash in northwest Portland. Police say the driver who died in Wednesday's crash likely suffered a medical issue just before the collision. Police say the car hit a building near Northwest 25th and Nicolai Street. An investigation is ongoing.



(Salem, OR) -- Police in Salem have arrested a suspect in connection to the December 21st protest at the Oregon State Capitol. Police arrested 65-year-old Richard Braatz of Eugene yesterday in downtown Salem, where he was participating in a protest near the Marion County District Attorney's Office. He's being charged with attempted assault and riot.



(Portland, OR) -- Police say officers arrested 14 people Wednesday during demonstrations in downtown Portland. The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office says four people are being charged, and police are investigating the remaining ten cases to determine whether charges can be filed. The four people who are being prosecuted are facing charges of riot, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. More than 100 people took to the streets of downtown Portland Wednesday night to protest the inauguration of President Joe Biden. Police say the demonstrators smashed windows at the Democratic Party of Oregon's Portland headquarters and threw rocks and eggs at the ICE building.



(Springfield, OR) -- Police say they've arrested a man in connection a deadly crash in Springfield from back in December. Investigators say 57-year-old Kenneth McQuown was driving under the influence when he struck 40-year-old Nathan Nelson while he was crossing the street. Records show Nelson worked for ARC Lane County, which is a non-profit that helps people with disabilities. He was walking with a client at the time when he was hit. The client was not hurt. McQuown was arraigned last week.



(Salem, OR) -- Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is joining several senators in making an ethics complaint against Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Missouri Senator Josh Hawley in connection to the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th. The Senate Ethics Committee will determine whether Cruz and Hawley violated Senate ethics rules. The complaint asks the committee to determine whether Cruz and Hawley were working with the organizers of the rally.



(Beavercreek, OR)  --  No injuries are reported following a house fire in Beavercreek.  Firefighters responded to the home yesterday.  Fire officials say smoke alarms alerted the family to a fire burning in the attic.  One person tried to use a fire extinguisher to put out the flames, but the fire continued to burn.  Officials say everyone inside the home was able to safely escape.  An investigation is ongoing into what sparked the blaze



(Undated)  --  A prominent member of the Proud Boys who organized large rallies in Portland is facing charges in connection with the attack on the U.S. Capitol two weeks ago.  Federal agents caught Joe Biggs in Florida and took him into custody.  Prosecutors say the right-wing extremist was among the first people who rampaged through the Capitol Rotunda.  Biggs previously helped draw hundreds of right-wing activists to Portland in 2019.



(Portland, OR)  --  New details are coming to light regarding a weekend homicide in southeast Portland.  Police say 31-year-old Samuel Feltis was killed in a shooting Sunday night.  Police found his body on Southeast 90th Place about a block north of Powell Boulevard.  It's not yet clear what led to the shooting.  No suspect information has been released.



(Portland, OR)  --  Two-dozen more Oregonians are dead after contracting COVID-19.  The Oregon Health Authority reported 24 new deaths yesterday, raising the state's death toll from the pandemic to one-thousand-832.  Officials also confirmed 704 new cases of COVID-19 in Oregon.  The state has now seen more than 135-thousand cases.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Federal officers declared an unlawful assembly during protests outside the ICE facility in South Portland late last night.  The Portland Police Bureau says protesters threw eggs and rocks at the ICE building.  Federal officers deployed tear gas and other crowd control munitions.  The protest followed demonstrations at the Democratic Party of Oregon's Portland headquarters, where police arrested eight people for vandalism and various other charges.



(Portland, OR)  --  Nearly a dozen people are facing charges after dozens of demonstrators took to the streets of downtown Portland last night in protest against the inauguration of President Joe Biden.  KATU-2 reports about 150 protesters marched to the Democratic Party of Oregon's Portland headquarters, where they allegedly smashed windows, set fires and spray-painted anarchy signs.  Protesters said they were demonstrating against both Biden and law enforcement while supporting the rights of indigenous peoples.  Police arrested eight people on various charges.



(Hood River, OR)  --  Police in Hood River say they've arrested four people for fraud and mail theft.  Police say the investigation started with a traffic stop Saturday when the driver failed to produce any identification.  Officers learned the four people inside the car were staying at a local motel, and they searched the motel room to find thousands of pieces of stolen mail.  Police also found a printer they believe the suspects used to make fake driver licenses, social security cards and fraudulent checks.  



(Portland, OR) -- Oregon's unemployment numbers are up. The Oregon Employment Department says the state's unemployment rate increased from six-percent to six-point-four-percent last month. A total of 25-thousand-500 people lost their jobs in December.



(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are confirming five new coronavirus deaths in Oregon along with 637 new cases.  The Oregon Health Authority reported the new numbers yesterday.  There have now been a total of one-thousand-808 deaths and over 134-thousand cases of COVID-19 in Oregon since the pandemic began.  



(Portland, OR)  --  A new report finds federal agents used smoke grenades that contained toxic fumes during summer clashes with protesters in Portland.  Researchers from the Chemical Weapons Research Consortium analyzed the smoke grenades and pepper balls used in more than two-dozen confrontations.  The company that supplied the smoke grenades used an ingredient classified as a likely carcinogen by the EPA.  Researchers are petitioning the incoming Biden administration and other law enforcement groups to consider using different smoke munitions.



(Portland, OR)  --  The I-405 freeway in Portland will close this weekend for installation of the new Flanders Crossing bridge.  I-405 will close in both directions between the Fremont Bridge and Highway 26 at 10 p.m. Friday.  It's scheduled to reopen at 5 a.m. Monday.  The Flanders Crossing is a new pedestrian and bike bridge that will connect the Pearl District to Northwest Portland.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Clark County Public Health is taking requests for people in the Phase 1B Tier 1 of Washington state's vaccination plan who want to get the shot.  Folks can submit their name on the Clark County Public Health website.  Officials say right now, they don't have enough doses to vaccinate everyone in the county who is eligible, so they're taking requests in order to avoid long wait times.  Those currently eligible to get the vaccine are residents ages 65 and older and residents ages 50 and older who live in multi-generational households.



(Eugene, OR)  --  A former Eugene elementary school teacher is pleading guilty to sexually abusing a child.  Court records show 38-year-old William Hamman pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of sex trafficking of a child.  Hamman used social media to arrange meeting with the girl in 2018.  Police arrested him in 2019 and found video of one of the assaults on his phone.  Sentencing is set for March 1st.



(Gresham, OR)  --  Arraignment is scheduled today for a man and woman accused of starving their two young children in Gresham.  The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office says 33-year-old Mena Kamel and 28-year-old Marina Zaki starved and malnourished their kids between September of 2018 and June of last year.  Both children are under the age of six.  Police began investigating the parents in June after responding to their home when one of the children suffered a critical injury.  The parents are facing over a dozen charges for assault and criminal mistreatment.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are gearing up for possible protests and violence on Inauguration Day today.  The Portland Police Bureau says officers will be working to protect people's constitutional right to assembly and free speech while also maintaining peace, protecting life and preventing violence or property damage.  The bureau says that as of yesterday morning, it's not aware of any current active threats of violence.



(Portland, OR)  --  West Burnside is reopened following a week-long closure due to last week's mudslide.  The slide during last Tuesday's storm brought down 500 cubic yards of debris along with trees and power poles.  Crews hauled away a total of 42 dump truck loads, and then engineers used rocks to stabilize the hillside.  The Barbara Walker Crossing remains closed for repairs after being hit by a falling tree.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon is dealing with more than 600 new coronavirus cases.  The Oregon Health Authority confirmed 666 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday.  That raises the state's total number of infections so far to nearly 134-thousand.  Officials also reported three new deaths from COVID-19, raising Oregon's death toll to one-thousand-803.


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