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>>Trial Begins For Suspect In Aloha Murder

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Testimony is under way in the trial of Jeffrey Brian Johnson, who's accused of shooting his daughter's ex-boyfriend to death in front of an Aloha grocery store two years ago.  Twenty-two-year-old Ryan Lee Johnson, who wasn't related to the defendant, was gunned down in January 2012.  Washington County prosecutors are alleging that Jeffrey Johnson shot the victim as the relationship between the two became hostile.  The defendant is grandfather to the victim's son, who's now five years old.  

>>Suspect In Fatal Hit-and-run Takes Stand

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  The woman accused of killing two young girls in a hit-and-run in Forest Grove says she thought she hit a rock or a branch as she drove through a pile of leaves in which the girls were hidden.  Eighteen-year-old Cinthya Garcia Cisneros is on trial on a charge of failing to perform the duties of a driver to injured persons in the crash that killed eleven-year-old Abigail Robinson and her six-year-old stepsister, Anna Dieter-Eckerdt, in late October.  The defendant and her boyfriend, 18-year-old Mario Echeverria, were arrested.  Echeverria was later sentenced to 13 months for obstructing the investigation.

>>Woman Pleads Guilty To Raping 12-year-old Boy

(Salem, OR)  --  A Salem woman is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to raping a 12-year-old boy.  Thirty-five-year-old Sarah Beth Hopkins entered the plea to charges including first- and second-degree rape.  Hopkins admitted to having sex with the boy a number of times last summer.  Police began investigating after the boy's mother grew suspicious of her son's relationship with Hopkins.

>>One Injured When Car Plows Into Portland Store

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say no criminal charges are pending after a car plowed into a Plaid Pantry store in Portland.  One person inside suffered minor injuries when the car went completely into the store, located in the 64-hundred block of Southeast 82nd Avenue.  Police say the crash was accidental and no charges will be filed.

>>Inslee Calls For WA Minimum-wage Hike

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington Governor Jay Inslee is calling for lawmakers to increase Washington's minimum wage.  The governor says raising the minimum by a dollar-50 to two-50 an hour "is a step toward closing the widening income gap."  Washington's minimum wage currently stands at nine-32 per hour, the highest in the nation.  Inslee made the remarks during his State of the State Address.

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