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(Portland, OR)  -- Two fires in Northeast Portland are being called suspicious. That's according to fire investigators who say it's due to the timing and locations of the fires yesterday morning. The first fire was around 2:30 in the morning at an abandoned car wash on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Upon arrival, investigators say firefighters found tents and other camping supplies on fire. About two hours later, firefighters were called to a dumpster fire, just two blocks away from the car wash fire. That fire spread to a neighboring home, which was badly damaged. Anyone with any information is asked to call the PFR tip line at 503-823-INFO.



(Portland, Ore)  -- Police need the public's help in a fatal shooting in Northeast Portland earlier this week. Police say 20-year-old Gabriel Rivera was found shot to death at the intersection of North Columbia and Bank Street on Wednesday morning. This marks the 48th homicide in Portland this year. Anyone with any information is asked to call Portland Police.



(Marion County, OR)  -- Two people of a small plane are safe after the aircraft had to make an emergency landing in a field north of Keizer.  Authorities say the aircraft was occupied by a pilot and flight instructor when it encountered engine failure yesterday morning. The pilot managed to land the plane safely in a field off of Windsor Island Road.



(Portland, OR)  -- Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is joining other western state mayors to call on Congress to act on COVID-19 legislation. In an open letter, the mayors say residents and small businesses in their cities need funding after being hard hit by the pandemic. The mayors are pushing for funding in three areas they're calling critical. Those are residents facing food insecurity and housing instability, assistances to small businesses and organizations, and assistance for local governments.



(Beaverton, OR)  -- A popular holiday attraction in Beaverton is about to light up. Tonight will kick off the Winter Lights display. The attraction will feature light displays in five locations across Beaverton, each inspired by the most wonderful time of the year.  The Winter Lights will be held nightly through January third.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Multnomah County has 292 more confirmed and presumptive cases of the coronavirus. That's according to the latest information from health officials. Meanwhile, Washington County is reporting 245 more cases. Statewide, there are over 11-hundred new cases reported, with 21 more deaths.



(Portland, OR)  --  Multnomah County is leading the state with the most new and presumptive coronavirus cases. That's according to the latest information from health officials, who report 282 more cases in the county. Washington County comes in second with 184 more cases. Statewide, one-thousand-244 new and presumptive cases have been reported. Meanwhile, hospitalizations have dropped. There are currently 549 COVID-19-related hospitalizations in the state. That's 28 fewer than the day before.



(Portland, OR)  -- The homeless will have easier access to the new homeless shelter in Portland. TriMet has donated an older bus to the newly opened Bybee Lakes Hope Center. Currently, there aren't many transit options for the guests to get to the center. Leaders at the center say the bus will provide transportation for the guests. Besides providing shelter for the homeless, the center also offers a job training program, mental health counseling, and rehabilitation.



(Salem, OR)  -- A sex offender serving time in a state penitentiary in Salem has died just months before his possible release. Authorities say 73-year-old Michael Murray died yesterday morning at the Oregon State Penitentiary. Murray was eligible for parole in April. He began serving his sentence in 2013 for a sodomy conviction. There's no word on what caused Murray's death.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police need the public's help with their investigation into the vandalism in Southeast Portland on Thanksgiving Day. Three suspects were arrested in connection with the vandalism on Thursday morning along Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard, but police believe more people were involved. Anyone with any information is asked to call Portland Police.



(Salem, OR)  --  Police have released the name of the driver involved in the crash that killed Salem community leader Selma Pierce. The driver has been identified as 58-year-old David Holmes of Salem. Police say Pierce was walking with a family member on Tuesday along Doaks Ferry Road near Hidden Valley Drive in Salem when she stepped in the road and was hit by a passing vehicle.  According to investigators, Holmes stayed at the scene and has been cooperating with the investigation. No arrests or citations have been issued with this accident.



(Portland, OR)  --  An effort is underway to rebuild downtown Portland. The initiative is organized by a group of businesses called Rose City Downtown Collective. It's asking for the public to come out and support local businesses, organizations, and nonprofits to help rebuild the local economy. The downtown area has been hit hard by the coronavirus restrictions and months of protests.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a man who was shot and killed in northeast Portland.  The Portland Police Bureau says 35-year-old Alexander Phillips was killed in the shooting early Monday morning near Northeast 122nd Avenue and Davis Street.  Police are investigating his death as a homicide.  No word on whether police have identified any suspects.



(Portland, OR)  --  A suspect is officially facing charges for the murder of a well-known Portland business owner.  A Multnomah County grand jury has indicted Allen Coe in the murder of Matthew Choi.  Court records say Coe broke into Choi's apartment in late October and stabbed him before turning on Choi's girlfriend.  Police say Choi died protecting his girlfriend from Coe, who fled shortly after the attack.  Choi was the owner of Choi's Kimchi and was a well-known fixture in the Portland Farmers Market community.  Coe is charged with murder, attempted murder, burglary and identity theft.



(Dallas, OR)  --  A doctor from Dallas is making headlines after saying he refuses to wear a mask while caring for his patients.  Video surfaced of Dr. Steven LaTulippe giving a speech at a "Stop the Steal" election rally in Salem in November.  LaTulippe said in the speech that he and his staff have "not once" worn a mask at South View Medical Arts.  Currently, there is a state government order that requires health care providers to wear face coverings.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland's oldest drag club Darcelle XV is being added to the National Register of Historic Places.  The designation was approved by the National Park Service.  It's the first LGBTQ-plus historic site designated in Oregon and one of only eleven sites nationally that have been selected for their significance to LGBTQ Americans.  Darcelle's was opened by Walter Cole in 1967 and pre-dates the famous Stonewall uprising that is often regarded as the start of the LGBTQ rights movement.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Multnomah County will be giving grants to restaurants and food carts to help them survive the restrictions from COVID-19.  They're currently limited to take out only.  Starting Thursday, they'll be able to have outdoor dining.  The county expects to receive seven-and-a-half-million dollars from the state.  The grants will be prioritized to small businesses owned by women, Black, Indigenous, People of Color and Tribal-owned businesses.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon is recording another record-breaking single-day death toll from the coronavirus pandemic.  The Oregon Health Authority reported 24 new deaths from COVID-19 yesterday, setting a new record for the number of deaths in a single day.  Oregon has now seen a total of 936 deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.  Officials also reported one-thousand-233 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday.



(Salem, OR)  --  A well-known community leader is dead following a car crash in Salem.  The Salem Police Department says 66-year-old Selma Pierce was killed in the crash last night.  The retired dentist was married to 2016 gubernatorial candidate Bud Pierce, who confirmed her death on Facebook last night.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland-area Walmart is expected to reopen today after closing its doors due to an outbreak of coronavirus.  Multnomah County health officials say there have been at least ten cases of COVID-19 linked to the Walmart at Eastport Plaza.  The store closed for a deep cleaning on Monday.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Clackamas County Winter Fair is underway.  The festival features a drive-thru light show with a corresponding holiday radio station participants can tune into.  The fair runs through December 31st at the fairgrounds in Canby.



(Oregon City, OR)  --  Clackamas County Elections has officially certified the results of the recall of Oregon City Mayor Dan Holladay and it becomes effective immediately.  Oregon City Commission President Rachel Lyles Smith will assume duties and responsibilities of the Mayor.  A special election for the Mayor's position is expected to be held March 9th.  Holladay was recalled following a series of controversial decisions.



(Gresham, OR)  --  Gresham's mayoral race is headed for a recount.  The Multnomah County Elections Office says Eddy Morales is trailing Travis Stovall by just 13 votes.  That margin is narrow enough to trigger an automatic recount.



(Sheridan, OR)  --  One person is dead and two others are injured following a crash on Highway 18 near Sheridan.  Oregon State Police say 26-year-old Clayton Gruber was driving east on the highway yesterday morning when he lost control of his car and crossed into oncoming traffic, hitting two other vehicles.  One of the other drivers was killed in the crash while his passenger was hospitalized for injuries.  Gruber was also hospitalized.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon's tally of coronavirus cases is now past the 75-thousand mark.  The Oregon Health Authority reported one-thousand-314 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday.  That raises the state's total number of cases so far to 75-thousand-431.  Health officials also reported seven new deaths, raising Oregon's death toll from the pandemic to 912.


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