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(Salem, OR)  --  Evacuation levels are being lowered in Marion County.  Officials lowered evacuations levels from Level 3 to Level 2 yesterday for Detroit, Idanha and North Fork Road.  The areas are only open to residents and Highway 22 remains closed to through traffic.  A pilot car will take residents into the areas on a set schedule as tree removal continues on Highway 22.



(Portland, OR)  --  Three people are being charged in connection with protests in downtown Portland Wednesday night.  Police say 23-year-old Joseph Sipe is charged with riot and unlawful possession of a destruction device.  Twenty-one-year-old Cyan Bass is charged with arson for allegedly spraying an accelerant on plywood covering the doors at Central Precinct and setting it on fire.  And 19-year-old Calvin Jackson is charged with criminal mischief for throwing rocks that shattered a window above the entrance to the Police Bureau's Central Precinct.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Police officers are cancelling vacations in advance of dueling demonstrations planned for tomorrow.  The far-right group The Proud Boys are planning a rally in Delta Park, and counter-protesters are planning a simultaneous demonstration in Peninsula Park.  Police Chief Chuck Lovell says they will try to keep the groups separated so they can demonstrate peacefully.



(Salem, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a man who was killed in a shooting at Hoover School Park in Salem.  Police say 18-year-old Andrew Rosas of Salem was killed in the shooting Wednesday.  An 18-year-old woman was also shot and is hospitalized in stable condition.  No word yet on what led to the shooting or whether police have identified a suspect.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners is extending the moratorium on evictions for renters through the end of the year.  The extension is aimed at helping people who lost their jobs due to COVID-19 layoffs.  Starting on January 8th, renters will have six months to pay any back rent.  Critics are concerned it's just delaying the inevitable and there will be a flood of evictions when people can't repay their back rent.



(Happy Valley, WA)  --  Police in Happy Valley are searching for suspects accused of stealing several priceless possessions from an elderly man as he prepared to evacuate his wildfire-threatened home.  Police say thieves stole several items from the 90-year-old victim's vehicle after he loaded his belongings into his car to prepare to evacuate.  The items stolen include wedding rings belonging to him and his late wife, a coin collection and jewelry.  Police say the theft happened sometime between September 14th and 18th.  Anyone with information is urged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.



(Hood River, OR)  --  Recent rains have reduced fire danger in the Columbia River Gorge.  The Forest Service says it's reopening several parks and other areas that had been closed due to fire risk.  Several sites including Eagle Creek and Herman Creek that were closed due to previous fire damage will remain closed.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into the discovery of a pipe bomb in southeast Portland.  The Explosive Disposal Unit responded to Southeast 43rd and Woodstock yesterday morning to safely remove the device.  Arson investigators are asking anyone with information about the device to contact Crime Stoppers.



(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are confirming two new coronavirus deaths in Oregon along with nearly 400 new cases.  The Oregon Health Authority reported 382 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday.  Health officials say positive tests have increased 17-percent over the last week to a rate of six-point-two-percent.  Oregon has now seen a total of 539 COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began and 31-thousand-865 confirmed cases.



(Portland, OR)  --  The winner of a raffle to name the Oregon Zoo's new baby red panda will be announced today.  The Oregon Zoo Foundation will announce the winner during its online fundraiser.  The free fundraiser is scheduled for 5 p.m.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Parks Bureau is denying a permit to far-right organizers planning a rally at Delta Park on Saturday.  The Parks Bureau says the permit was denied because of the expected crowd size, which would violate the Governor's limits for COVID-19.  Organizers estimate several thousand people will attend the rally.  Counter protesters plan to gather at Peninsula Park at the same time.  They didn't apply for a permit.



(Portland, OR)  --  Demonstrators in Portland are expressing anger over a grand jury decision not to charge police officers with the deadly shooting of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky.  Hundreds of demonstrators gathered last night in front of the downtown Justice Center and near the Portland Police Bureau's Central precinct.  Portland police and federal officers broke up the gatherings and declared a riot.  Police say a handful of protesters were targeting the precinct with rocks and fire.  The protests follow word from Kentucky's Attorney General that the only charge being filed in the police raid that killed Taylor is for wanton endangerment of Taylor's neighbors.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a man who was stabbed to death during a domestic violence incident in North Portland.  Police say 45-year-old James Anderson of Portland was stabbed to death Monday morning.  Police have arrested 31-year-old Jonathon Creswell on a charge of murder in the second degree.  No word yet on exactly what led to the stabbing.



(Milwaukee, OR)  --  Police in Milwaukee are trying to identify a vehicle that was involved in a hit and run with a teenage cyclist.  Police say a white SUV crashed into a 14-year-old cyclist Tuesday afternoon at Southeast Oak and Marketplace and then kept going.  The cyclist wasn't injured.  Police say an elderly man was driving, and an elderly woman was in the passenger seat.



(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are reporting half a dozen new coronavirus deaths in Oregon along with 193 new confirmed cases.  The Oregon Health Authority reported the new numbers yesterday, raising the state's death toll from the pandemic to 538.  Oregon has now seen a total of 31-thousand-503  confirmed cases.  Lane County had the most new cases yesterday with 36, followed by Multnomah, Malheur and Jackson counties.



(Detroit, OR)  --  Transportation officials say Highway 22 will remain closed indefinitely from Gates Hill Road to the Santiam Junction due to damage from the Beachie Creek Fire.  The Oregon Department of Transportation says the blaze damaged tens of thousands of trees that need to be removed to make the highway safe.  Guardrails and road signs were also burned and need to be replaced.  Once the trees are removed, pilot cars will be used to guide traffic through repairs that are still being made.
 



(Estacada, OR)  --  Clackamas County is lowering evacuation levels for more areas.  Estacada  [[ ESS'-tuh-KAY'-duh ]] has returned to "Normal" status.  The areas near the Dowty Fire and Unger Fire have returned to Level 2.  Areas near the Riverside Fire remain at Level 3, and the Mt. Hood National Forest remains closed.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A registered sex offender from Colville, Washington is facing charges after allegedly driving to Oregon to meet a child for sex.  The Washington County Sheriff's office says that 48-year-old Allen Williams chatted online with a child he believed was a 15-year-old girl for nearly two years.  Instead, it was an undercover detective from the Violent Crimes Unit.  Police arrested him in Washington County on charges of Online Sexual Corruption of a Child and Luring a Minor.  Williams has been a registered sex offender since 2002.



(Midway, OR)  --  Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue crews continue to patrol the area burned by the Chehalem   Mountain-Bald Peak fire to monitor remaining hot spots.  Fire officials are asking residents who see unattended burning to call 911.  In the next week, crews will start removing hazardous trees from the area.  Level 2 evacuation warnings remain in place for homes near the fire zone.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested four people in connection with a series of marijuana shop burglaries.  Police responded to alarms at various dispensaries on Northeast Broadway, MLK and Sandy Boulevard early yesterday morning.  A witness called 9-1-1 and gave police a description of the suspect vehicle, allowing officers to track down the car at Southeast 92nd and Powell.  Officers arrested one adult and three juveniles inside the vehicle.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they're searching for a suspect accused of throwing a Molotov cocktail during Monday night's anti-racism protest.  The Portland Police Bureau says the suspect threw the Molotov cocktail outside of the Penumbra Kelly Building on East Burnside.  Investigators say the flame on the wick went out before the device could do any damage.  Police are asking for tips to identify who threw it.



(Portland, OR)  --  One man is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries following a shooting in North Portland.  Police responded to reports of a shooting on North Schmeer Road yesterday afternoon.  Responding officers found one victim suffering from gunshot injuries and transported him to a hospital.  No word yet on whether police have identified a suspect.



(Ontario, OR)  --  Health officials are confirming the coronavirus-related death of an inmate at the Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario.  The Oregon Health Authority says the inmate died Monday.  Officials say the man was between 80 and 85 years old and died at a local hospital.  This is the seventh inmate with COVID-19 to die in Oregon. 



(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are confirming three new coronavirus deaths in Oregon along with 328 new cases.  The Oregon Health Authority reported the new numbers yesterday.  Multnomah County had the most new cases with 60 followed by Washington and Marion counties.  There have now been a total of 532 deaths in Oregon and 31-thousand-313 confirmed cases since the pandemic began.



(Portland, OR)   --  A man who pleaded guilty in Multnomah County Court to child sex abuse has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.  A judge sentenced 34-year-old Stacy Curtiss yesterday.  Court documents say he admitted to sexually abusing a child who was younger than 12-years-old.  Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney BJ Park, who prosecuted the case, said it's heart wrenching to recount the abuse and trauma that Curtiss inflicted on a child leading to lifelong trauma.


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