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(Portland, OR)  --  Jurors in the trial against Jeremy Christian say he callously disregarded life when he stabbed three people on a MAX train in 2017, killing two of them.  The jury made that ruling yesterday after reaching a decision on six sentencing enhancement questions.  Jurors agreed that Christian demonstrated callous disregard for the value of human life and showed no remorse for his actions.  The jury convicted Christian last week on all 12 counts facing him, including first-degree murder, attempted murder and hate crimes.  Christian stabbed Taliesin Namkai-Meche Radio1379and Ricky Best to death and injured Micah Fletcher on a MAX train in 2017 after they stood up for two Muslim women whom Christian was verbally assaulting.  A judge could issue a sentence as soon as next month.



(Jefferson, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into the discovery of a man's body in the Willamette River in rural Polk County.  The Marion County Sheriff's Office says someone was boating on the river yesterday when they came across the partially decomposed body near the Buena Vista Ferry.  Search and rescue deputies recovered the body from the water.  An autopsy is scheduled for this morning.



(Portland, OR)  --  The so-called "TriMet Barber" is facing new charges again after being accused of inappropriately touching a hospital employee near Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.  The Portland Police Bureau says 33-year-old Jared Walter followed the woman around the hospital for about 15 minutes Wednesday night before reaching up her skirt to grab her buttocks.  Police arrested Walter, and a judge has ordered him held until his hearing on alleged probation violation.  Walter was dubbed the "TriMet" barber after being convicted of cutting women's hair on public transportation.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  Two people are injured following a two-alarm fire at an apartment complex in Beaverton.  Firefighters responded to the apartments off Southwest Lombard Avenue yesterday afternoon on reports of flames coming from a third-floor unit.  Two residents were taken to a hospital, and 30 others are displaced due to smoke and water damage.  It's not yet clear what sparked the fire.



(Longview, WA)  --  Some residents in Longview, Washington are being advised to stay inside following a two-alarm industrial fire.  Fire officials say the blaze broke out around 9 o'clock last night at J M Huber Corporation.  Officials say the fire is affecting air quality.  Residents within a two-mile radius of the fire are being asked to stay indoors and keep their windows closed.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland is being called one of the best places in the nation in which to start a small business.  A new study from Lending-Tree-dot-com ranks the Rose City fifth in the U.S. for metro areas where entrepreneurs might succeed with their small business.  Lending Tree analyzed several factors including the percentage of profitable businesses and the percentage of businesses five years old or younger.  Seattle came in first place, followed by Denver. 



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland city auditor's office is reporting procurement and ethics violations at the water bureau.  The office says an investigation found evidence of equipment purchases that violated city code and state law.  The office began its investigation after receiving a tip to its fraud hotline last March.  No disciplinary action has been taken.



(Newport, OR)  --  The search for a missing fisherman is ending in tragedy.  Police in Newport say they recovered the body of Norman Grant after another fisherman discovered it Wednesday at the Hallmark Fisheries dock.  Grant was reported missing after last being seen on February 8th.  He was a crew member of the fishing boat "Prolifik."



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say search and rescue crews have recovered the body of a man who fell while skiing on Mount Hood.  The Clackamas County Sheriff's office says Portland Mountain Rescue found the man alive just after noon yesterday at Illumination Saddle.  Crews immediately started rendering aid to the man, but he died on the mountain shortly after being found.  Investigators believe he was backcountry skiing in the area when he fell.  An investigation is ongoing, but foul play is not suspected at this time.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland woman is facing a bias crime charge for allegedly attacking a stranger for being white.  Police say 42-year-old Nimo Kalinle got off a bus stop in North Portland and began punching a woman waiting there with her husband and daughter.  When she asked why she was being hit, Kalinle reportedly said because "you're white and I hate white people."  The woman's husband managed to restrain the attacker until officers showed up.  Kalinle has been charged with counts of assault and bias crime, as well as criminal mischief and disorderly conduct for throwing rocks through bus shelters elsewhere.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a teenager has turned themselves in in connection to a vandalism incident during a protest in Portland.  The 15-year-old reportedly surrendered yesterday and was interviewed on charges of Abuse of a Memorial to the Dead and first-degree criminal mischief before being released to their parents.  Police say the teen spray painted a war memorial during a protest downtown on February 8th.  Police are still searching for three other suspects accused of throwing objects at officers and spraying others with pepper spray.



(Forest Grove, OR)  --  Police are searching for a hit-and-run suspect accused of breaking a telephone pole in Forest Grove.  Police say the driver crashed into the pole at Gales Creek Road and Spring Garden Way yesterday morning and then fled the scene.  An investigation is ongoing.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  One person is facing a DUI charge after allegedly driving around police barricades at the scene of a crash in Beaverton.  The Beaverton Police Department says officers were responding to the crash at Southwest Allen Boulevard at Southwest Erickson Road yesterday morning when a car pulled up and drove around the barricades to get through the scene.  Officers stopped the driver and arrested them for DUII after determining they were intoxicated.  Police say the other driver who was involved in the crash suffered minor injuries.



(Gresham, OR)  --  A man is facing 20 years behind bars for his role in the shooting of a nine-year-old boy and his mother in Gresham.  A judge sentenced 26-year-old Rashad Banks yesterday to 20 years in prison.  Court records say he was targeting a man inside the victims' apartment in 2017 when he opened fire, hitting the mother and child instead.  The shooting left the boy blind in one eye.  A judge previously sentenced 26-year-old Nakiem Brown to five years in prison for his role in the shooting.



(Portland, OR)  --  The search continues for a suspect accused of robbing a bar at gunpoint in southeast Portland.  Police say the masked suspect entered the Bear Paw Inn off Southeast Milwaukie Sunday night with a gun and demanded money.  No injuries were reported.  Police say it's the eleventh armed robbery at a bar in the Portland area since November.  It's not yet clear if the robberies are connected.



(Portland, OR)  --  Actor Jim Carrey is coming to Portland this spring.  KATU-2 reports the comedian will make a stop at Powell's Books before speaking at the Keller Auditorium on May 18th.  Carrey is promoting his new book "Memoirs and Misinformation."  Tickets go on sale March 3rd.



(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon Senate Republicans are staging a walkout to stop a vote on a cap-and-trade bill aimed at mitigating man-made climate change.  The Oregonian reports Republicans fled the state Capitol yesterday.  Without a quorum, the Senate can't meet.  Republicans want the bill sent to voters, but Governor Kate Brown says voters elected her and the Democrat super majorities in the House and Senate to make the bill a law.  Lawmakers have until March 8th to resolve the issue.



(Portland, OR)  --  Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson is asking a judge to change the venue of his riot trial to a location outside of Portland.  Gibson faces a riot charge in connection with a fight on May Day in Northeast Portland.  He and his attorneys say he can't get a fair trial in Portland.  They claim the media has made him look like a White Supremacist.  A previous motion to change venues was denied.  Gibson is one of five men who are charged with rioting for a clash outside the Cider Riot bar.  Two of those men were convicted last month.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting that injured one person in Old Town.  The Portland Police Bureau says a man was shot late last night in the area of Northwest 1st Avenue and Northwest Couch Street.  He was rushed to a hospital.  Police are still searching for a suspect.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A Mormon church bishop and driver's education teacher is facing half a year behind bars after pleading guilty to half a dozen counts of third-degree sex abuse.  A judge sentenced Paul Douglas Burdick Friday to six months in jail followed by five years of formal probation with sex offender treatment.  Court records show Burdick was working as a driving instructor through Portland Community College in 2016 when two teenage girls said he touched them inappropriately.  A third student came forward with similar allegations last year.  Investigators then reached out to additional former students and found more than a dozen students had similar allegations against him.



(Seaside, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a three-alarm fire that killed one person at a home in Seaside.  Firefighters responded to the home off South Columbia Street early yesterday morning to find the structure engulfed in flames.  Fire officials say crews later found the body of 69-year-old Stephen Scott Penwarden inside the burned home.  Investigators believe he was the only person inside the home at the time of the fire.  It's not yet clear what sparked the blaze.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon health officials are monitoring dozens of people for possible exposure to coronavirus.  The Oregon Health Authority says it's currently monitoring 76 people who were either exposed to someone with the virus or who recently traveled to China.  The agency has monitored a total of 254 people so far.  So far, Oregon has not had any confirmed cases of coronavirus.



(Salem, OR)  --  A Salem man is facing charges after allegedly using counterfeit money to buy Girl Scout cookies.  Police say 36-year-old Camden Ducharme gave the Girl Scouts a fake 20-dollar bill for cookies and then got real cash in change.  Police identified Ducharme from video surveillance.  He's charged with forgery and theft.



(Portland, OR)  --  Trial proceedings are underway for a man accused of illegal towing.  Police arrested Carlos Lopez-Torez in Portland last July.  He's accused of using a homemade tow truck to steal more than 300 vehicles in Portland and Vancouver.  Police say he would then take those vehicles to a scrap yard and sell them.



(Portland, OR)  --  One man is hospitalized after getting hit by a car while walking on West Burnside.  Police say the man was crossing West Burnside around 10:45 Saturday night when a vehicle struck him.  Police say the driver stayed at the scene and is cooperating with investigators.


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