(Portland, OR) -- The Oregon Historical Society is reopening this month following a nearly four-month closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. The organization says they plan to reopen their museum on July 11th. Visitors and staff members will be asked ot wear a mask and maintain six feet of social distancing.
(Portland, OR) -- New details are coming to light regarding the murder-suicide shooting death of a woman inside a home in Southeast Portland. Police say 63-year-old Eric Ackerman shot and killed 69-year-old Eunice Castillo-Ross on June 21st before turning the gun on himself. Castillo-Ross died at the scene, while Ackerman died at a local hospital.
(Portland, OR) -- City Council is approving a one-year extension of the Portland police union contract. Councilmembers voted unanimously yesterday to extend the contract, postponing a two-point-nine-percent cost-of-living adjustment until July of next year. Mayor Ted Wheeler and city commissioners say the extension gives them time to organize city-hosted public bargaining sessions starting in July for the next contract, and gives labor negotiators more time to figure out what new accountability measures need to be added.
(Portland, OR) -- Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek is condemning the Portland Police Bureau for their use of force during Tuesday night's protest. The Portland Democrat called the use of tear gas "completely unacceptable" in a letter sent to Mayor Ted Wheeler yesterday. Kotek explains the accounts she has heard from neighbors and protesters differ from what PPB has said about potential risks to the public and to officers. Speaker Kotek also says she plans to discuss the response with both Wheeler and PPB Chief Chuck Lovell.
(Portland, OR) -- City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty is calling on the Portland Police Bureau to clarify exactly what constitutes an unlawful gathering. Hardesty published an open letter to Police Chief Chuck Lovell yesterday asking that question and demanding the bureau stop using tear gas and rubber bullets on protesters. Hardesty pointed out the irony that police are using violence against community members who are protesting police violence. The commissioner says she's grown increasingly alarmed over police conduct since the protests began a month ago. The letter comes after police declared an unlawful assembly and used tear gas against protesters Tuesday night despite a judge's order that officers stop using such measures except in cases of life-threatening situations.
(Portland, OR) -- A man is facing hate crime charges after allegedly punching a pregnant black woman in the stomach. Police arrested 26-year-old Nathaniel Mirelez on several charges including bias crime for the assault Tuesday night at a residential treatment facility in North Portland. Police say Mirelez had recently been kicked out of the facility and became violent, breaking a window and threatening staff members while throwing things. He allegedly punched one staff member in the face before turning on a pregnant resident who was trying to leave and punching her in the belly. Police say he used a racial slur just before the assault. The woman was hospitalized for treatment. No word yet on her baby's condition.
(Portland, OR) -- Oregon health officials are confirming a record-breaking single-day spike in coronavirus cases. The Oregon Health Authority reported 281 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, marking the largest one-day jump since the pandemic began. The new cases raise Oregon's total number of cases so far to eight-thousand-931. Officials say 75-percent of the state's most recent cases involve patients under the age of 50.
(Troutdale, OR) -- An investigation is ongoing into a shooting in Troutdale. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says deputies responded to the shooting last night off Southeast 302nd Avenue. No word yet on whether anyone was injured.
(Portland, OR) -- New details are coming to light regarding an explosion at a bus shelter in Southeast Portland over the weekend. The Portland Police Bureau says it doesn't appear there were any explosives inside the backpack that was left at the bus shelter off Southeast 122nd Avenue Sunday night. Police say someone set the backpack on fire, causing some items inside the pack to react with a blast. No injuries were reported. Police say they've arrested 43-year-old Russell Brunette on a count of disorderly conduct.
(Portland, OR) -- The Portland Police Bureau says officers used tear gas on protesters gathered in North Portland last night despite a judge's order for police to stop using the crowd-control method. The bureau says officers deployed CS gas near North Lombard and Albina Avenue after declaring the gathering a riot and ordering people to leave. Protesters had initially gathered at the Portland Police Association building before moving to Lombard and Albina, where they chanted "Black Lives Matter" while holding their hands up. A judge recently ordered the police bureau to stop using tear gas against protesters except in cases of life-threatening situations. It's not immediately clear exactly what prompted officers to use tear gas, but police claim there was "criminal activity" occurring.
(Portland, OR) -- A proposal to legalize psychedelic mushrooms in Oregon is a step closer to making its way onto the November ballot. Nearly 165-thousand people have signed Initiative Petition 34, a measure to allow people to use psilocybin in controlled doses and administered by state professionals. If elections officials can verify enough valid signatures, I-P 34 will be voted on this fall. Campaign leaders are confident but will know for sure by mid-July. Oakland and Denver have decriminalized the substance but Oregon would be the first state to legalize it.
(Portland, OR) -- Governor Kate Brown is extending Oregon's state of emergency over the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Brown announced yesterday she is extending the declaration for another 60 days. Brown also extended the state's residential and commercial eviction bans, saying people won't be kicked out until October. Renters will be allowed to repay back rent through March 31st of next year. Landlords also can not charge late fees.
(Portland, OR) -- No injuries are reported after a police officer fired his gun while responding to an incident in Southeast Portland's Sellwood neighborhood. Police say the officer was responding to reports of a trespasser inside a vacant home when he came across the suspect and opened fire. The suspect was not hit and was taken into custody. Police say the officer who opened fire has been with the Portland Police Bureau for seven years.
(Banning, OR) -- Three men are doing OK after their boat capsized outside the mouth of the Chetco River. The U.S. Coast Guard says the men were just outside the bar at the river's mouth Saturday morning when their boat became swamped by the wake of a passing vessel. The Coast Guard says good Samaritans responded and were able to pull one of the men from the water before a Coast Guard crew arrived and rescued the other two. No injuries were reported.
(Portland, OR) -- An investigation is ongoing into a death in Portland's Pearl District. Police responded to the 16-hundred block of Northwest 14th Avenue yesterday afternoon. Police say they're investigating the death as a homicide. Further details were not immediately available.
(Portland, OR) -- An investigation is ongoing into an explosion at a bus shelter in Southeast Portland. Police say someone left a backpack at the bus shelter off Southeast 122nd Avenue around 5:00 last night. The backpack then exploded a short time later. No injuries were reported. Police say they've arrested one suspect believed to be responsible.
(Portland, OR) -- Oregon has over 200 new coronavirus cases. The Oregon Health Authority reported 247 new cases yesterday, raising the state's total number of cases so far to eight-thousand-341. Multnomah County had the most new cases with 52, followed by Umatilla and Marion counties with 48 and 43 new cases, respectively. No new deaths were reported yesterday, leaving the state's death toll at 202.
(Portland, OR) -- A recall is in effect for chicken nuggets sold in Oregon. Pilgrim's Pride Corporation is recalling nearly 60-thousand pounds of chicken nuggets because of contamination of rubber. The four-pound plastic bag packages are frozen ready-to-eat produced on May 6th, 2020, with a best-by date of May 6th, 2021. The products were shipped to stores in Oregon, Arizona, Idaho and Texas.
(Clackamas, OR) -- One person is hospitalized after falling while climbing Mt. Hood. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says Von Donald Houvener was climbing with a partner Saturday morning when he fell about 300 feet down to the White River Canyon. Rescue crews used a snowcat to reach Houvener and then airlifted him to a hospital, where he was treated for serious injuries.
(Portland, OR) -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon is suing the Portland Police Bureau over its alleged attacks on journalists and legal observers covering protests against police brutality. The ACLU of Oregon announced the lawsuit yesterday. The lawsuit accuses the police bureau of targeting journalists and legal observers, citing reports from the Portland Tribune, the Oregonian and the Willamette Week. Several journalists have accused police of violently shoving them or hitting them with batons after they identified themselves as journalists covering the protests.
(Portland, OR) -- The mother of a black man who was shot to death by Portland police two years ago is calling for justice. Letha Winston led a march from Pioneer Courthouse Square to City Hall yesterday in honor of her son, 27-year-old Patrick Kimmons. Police shot Kimmons nine times in the back while responding to reports of a shooting at Southwest 4th Avenue and Harvey Milk Street in September of 2018. Winston says she plans to march every Thursday until she sees justice for her son and other black people killed by police in the U.S.
(Portland, OR) -- One man is injured following a drive-by shooting in North Portland. Police say the man was shot last night at North Alberta Street and Interstate Avenue. He was taken to a hospital. An investigation is ongoing.
(Beaverton, OR) -- Parents of students at a Beaverton elementary school are expressing outrage after the school removed several Black Lives Matter signs from the campus. Students at West Tualatin View Elementary held a Black Lives Matter march last Saturday with parents and ended their march by placing their signs up on the school's fence. By Monday, the signs had been taken down. The Beaverton School District says the school principal had custodians take the signs down due to a district policy banning signs, posters or banners on school grounds.
(Portland, OR) -- Downtown Portland's historic Glisan Building is going up for sale. The McAleese family says they're selling the building as they try to downsize their lifestyle. The McAleese family has owned the building since 1990. The two-story structure was built in 1889 and currently houses Kells Irish Pub, which is also owned by the McAleese family.
(Portland, OR) -- One man is injured following a shooting in Clackamas. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says the shooting happened last night at Riverside Park on the Clackamas River east of I-205. Police say two men were arguing when a friend of one of the men intervened and tried to break up the fight, prompting the suspect to shoot him in the leg. Police arrested 33-year-old Phillip Pierce Jr of Happy Valley on charges of assault and unlawful use of a weapon.