Regional News Archives for 2014-10

Person Being Monitored For Ebola In Oregon

(Portland, OR)  --  A person in Oregon is in a Portland hospital with Ebola-like symptoms.  A state Health Authority spokesperson says the patient is in isolation after registering a high temperature, adding it's not known if she actually has the deadly virus.  The woman was being monitored for Ebola after traveling to West Africa.  So far, no cases have been confirmed in the state.

Portlanders' Satisfaction With City Lowest In 20 Years

(Portland, OR)  --  A new city survey shows the lowest satisfaction rate with city government among Portland residents since 1994.  The annual report, issued by the Portland City Auditor, shows a 46-percent satisfaction rate with city services, including public safety, utilities, transportation, community development, and parks and recreation.  Last year, the satisfaction rate was 52 percent.  City Auditor Lavonne Griffin-Valade [[ vah-LODD ]] says the council and bureau managers are being encouraged to study the survey and consider where improvements in city services can be made.

Threat Made At Salem School

(Salem, OR)  --  A student at North Salem High School is being questioned by police after reportedly threatening to fire a gun at the school.  Salem-Keiser School District officials say the student made the threat several days ago, with the shooting being planned for today.  Officials say no one is in danger, but security at the school is being stepped up today as a precaution.

Tulalip Tribes Release Statement On Shooting

(Marysville, WA)  --  The Tulalip Tribes say they're grateful for the outpouring of support they've received from the community and around the world, following last week's deadly shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School.  In a statement released yesterday, the Tribes denounced what they call "the horrific actions" of Jaylen Fryberg, the 14-year-old tribe member who shot two students to death and wounded three others before killing himself.  The Tribes say schools in the Marysville district have received threats, with some directed at Native children.  The statement says the Tribes support their people who are suffering through times of loss, including the family of Jaylen Fryberg.

Missing Hikers Found On Larch Mountain

(Larch Mountain, OR)  --  Four hikers who disappeared on Larch Mountain yesterday are now safe.  Officials say the hikers, who include a young adult and three teenagers, weren't prepared for overnight conditions.  Officials say after the hikers were reported missing yesterday evening, crews stayed in touch with them after beginning the search around 8:45 last night.  The hikers, who were reached around 11 p.m., range in age from 14 to 24.

Clean-fuel Standard May Increase WA Gas Prices

(Olympia, WA)  --  A consulting firm hired by Governor Jay Inslee says gas prices may rise by two cents a gallon by 2020 and ten cents by 2026 if Washington state adopts a clean-fuels standard.  "The Olympian" reports California-based Life Cycle Associates assumes in its latest draft report that there will be a phase-in of blended fuels over a decade starting in 2017.  The governor says there will be a public process for any steps he takes toward adopting a standard by administrative rule.  The clean-fuels policy is among options being considered by Inslee as he tries to lower emissions to meet targets outlined in state law.

Man Killed In SE Portland Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a man who was killed in a crash in Southeast Portland was seen using inhalants prior to the wreck.  Thirty-year-old Leo Luke Limbrunner died in the crash, which was reported around 5:30 yesterday morning at the intersection of Southeast 151st and Main.  Police say the car slammed into a tree, killing Limbrunner and his dog.  Authorities say speed was likely a factor in the crash.

Reward Increased For Murder Suspect

(Boring, OR)  --  The reward is now 25-thousand dollars for information leading to the arrest of 42-year-old murder suspect Dirck White.  Police say White is considered the main suspect in the shooting death of 47-year-old Grady Waxenfelter, a Clackamas County weighmaster.  Authorities say Waxenfelter was killed last February in Boring after he stopped White's truck because it didn't have a license plate on the trailer.  White is described as Hispanic, five-feet-eight, 190 pounds, last known to be driving a 2004 Mercedes 320 four-door sedan with Washington plate ANB7070.

Seven-year-old Girl Hit By Car

(Portland, OR)  --  A seven-year-old girl is being hospitalized after being hit by a car in Northwest Portland.  The crash happened around four p.m. yesterday at Northwest 14th Avenue and Burnside Street.  The girl was taken to a hospital, and is expected to survive.  Police say the driver remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.

WA Company Satellite Aboard Ill-fated Rocket

(Redmond, WA)  --  A Redmond, Washington-based company that built a satellite that was aboard the Antares rocket that exploded during lift-off says there will be many more spacecraft to come.  The unmanned rocket blew up last night, six seconds after leaving the launch pad on the Virginia coast.  Eric Anderson, co-founder of Planetary Resources, told KOMO-TV that there's always risk involved with space travel, but his company will be building "tens of thousands of spacecraft" in the years to come.  The Planetary Resources satellite was going up for a test mission as the company looks to enter the field of mining asteroids.

Police ID Teen Killed By Train

(Albany, OR)  --  Police say a teenager who was killed by a train near Albany was on his way to get gas for his car at the time he was hit.  Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley says 19-year-old Luke James Warner was walking along the tracks around 11 o'clock Monday night when he was hit by a southbound Amtrak train.  Another teen who was with him, 18-year-old Bailey Anne Weinberg, was not injured.

Kitzhaber, Merkley Still Leading In Polls

(Portland, OR)  --  A new Elway poll shows Governor John Kitzhaber with a seven-point lead over his GOP challenger.  The survey, commissioned by KGW-TV and "The Oregonian," shows Kitzhaber with 45 percent of the vote, state Representative Dennis Richardson with 38 percent, and nine percent are undecided.  The same poll shows Democratic incumbent U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley leading his Republican challenger, Doctor Monica Wehby, by a margin of 49 percent to 30 percent.  A measure that would legalize recreational use of marijuana and the GMO labeling measure are both too close to call.

Third Suspect In Portland Murder Arrested

(Portland, OR)  --  A third suspect in the murder of a Portland chef is in custody.  Police say 20-year-old Andrew William Metzner is accused of stabbing Marc Sundin, who died on October 16th near City Hall.  Another suspect in Sundin's murder, 18-year-old Wesley Lawrence Curtis, was arrested on October 20th.  A third suspect was released without charges.

Man Gets 15 Years For Manslaughter

(Portland, OR)  --  A man who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of his domestic partner is headed to prison.  Salathiel Laroy Dale entered the plea earlier this month in the death of Duane Bailey, and was sentenced yesterday to 15 years with credit for time served.  Police say Bailey died at a hospital in July 2013, following a disturbance at a home on Northeast Going Street.  Dale avoided a murder trial by pleading guilty to the manslaughter charge.

Power Restored For Most Customers Following Storm

(Portland, OR)  --  Power is back online for most Portland General Electric customers who lost electricity during heavy winds that rolled through the Willamette Valley during the weekend.  Thousands were without power as a result of the Saturday storm that toppled trees and downed power lines.  Pacific Power also reported multiple outages, but most of those have also been corrected.

Officials: Woman Charged In Son's Death Has Criminal History

(Keizer, OR)  --  Authorities say a woman who was arrested after her four-year-old son died in a fire at a Keizer apartment was on probation at the time.  Niya  Sosa-Martinez is facing multiple charges, including manslaughter.  Prosecutors say Sosa-Martinez was under the influence of marijuana at the time of Friday's fire, in which the boy died of smoke inhalation.  Officials say Sosa-Martinez was on probation in connection with a previous conviction for second-degree child neglect in Woodburn more than two years ago.

Police: Shooter Invited Victims To Lunch

(Marysville, WA)  --  Sheriff's deputies say the teen who opened fire last Friday at a high school in Marysville, Washington arranged beforehand to have the victims meet him at lunch.  Investigators say 14-year-old Jaylen Fryberg texted his friends to meet him in the Marysville Pilchuck High School cafeteria.  Witnesses say the schoolmates were sitting at a table when Fryberg walked up and began shooting, killing one and seriously wounding four, before shooting himself to death.  One of the wounded died Sunday night at an Everett hospital.

Volunteers Sought To Test Mechanics For Proposed Road Tax

(Salem, OR)  --  The state transportation department is looking for volunteers to participate in a trial run for a proposed state pay-as-you-drive tax.  The ODOT says gas taxes haven't been sufficient to fund road projects because people are driving less and in more fuel-efficient vehicles.  Under the proposed tax, drivers would be charged one-point-five cents per mile, tracking distances with a GPS device, a daily diary, or a special odometer.  ODOT will set up a "road user charge" website in January that will allow residents to sign up for information on how to become a volunteer.

Man Accused Of Shooting 10-year-old Arrested

(Gresham, OR)  --  A man accused of firing a gun and wounding a ten-year-old girl who was in a Gresham apartment is in custody.  Police say the girl was playing in the apartment at the Raintree complex on October 18th when she was hit by a bullet.  Authorities say the child wasn't the intended target.  Twenty-year-old Ryan Scott Klavinger is facing a number of charges, including attempted aggravated murder and second-degree assault.

Two Arrested Following Armed Robbery At Restaurant

(Newberg, OR)  --  Two men accused of robbing a Newberg restaurant at knifepoint are in custody.  Police say 29-year-old Robert Thomas Jolliff of Newberg and 29-year-old Noah Daniel Phillips of Tillamook held up a Muchas Gracias restaurant on Portland Road in Newberg early yesterday morning.  Police tracked the suspects using witness descriptions, and say one of the men tossed away money stolen from the restaurant as officers were closing in.

Two Dead Following Separate Fires In Sweet Home

(Sweet Home, OR)  --  Two people are dead, following separate fires in Linn County.  One person's body was found in a burned-out house on Willow Street yesterday morning, and the other was found in a trailer at the Holiday Park mobile-home park.  The names of the victims haven't been released.  Damage to each home is estimated at 50-thousand dollars.

Mother Charged In Fire-Related Death Of Son

(Keizer, OR)  --  A Keizer mother is facing charges for the death of her four-year-old son in an apartment fire.  Police arrested 23-year-old Niya Breann on charges of second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, endangering the welfare of a minor and second-degree child neglect.  Police say Breann escaped without injury during a fire at her unit at the Susan Court Apartments off of Northeast Susan and Northeast Candlewood Drive, but she left her son inside.  She's expected in court today for arraignment.

Storm Leaves 60-Thousand Without Power In Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  The power should be back on for more than 60-thousand people in Portland following a powerful weekend storm.  The National Weather Service says wind gusts that could have been as strong as 60-miles-per-hour knocked down trees and caused plenty of damage.  There are no reports of any injuries so far.  PGE says it was the worst power outage in the area since the 2008 winter storm.

Bear Cub Moseys Around Drug Store In Oregon

(Ashland, OR)  --  A bear cub is back where he belongs after recently browsing the aisles of a drug store in Oregon.  "KOBI-TV" says the one-month-old animal also stopped at a local motel in Ashland before making his way across the street to the Rite Aid.  Police were eventually able to pick up the little guy with the help of a shopping basket, and now the cub is in the care of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Man Arrested For Allegedly Crashing Car Into Cop Cruiser

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing possible charges after allegedly slamming his car into a government vehicle.  Police arrested 28-year-old Troy Lynn Harrison yesterday for the crash near Southeast 82nd Avenue and Division Street.  Police say officers had tried to pull Harrison over for a traffic stop inside a parking lot when he sped off, hitting a second patrol car.  The sergeant inside the patrol car was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

Man Arrested For String Of Fires

(Scio, OR)  --  Police in Linn County say they've made an arrest in connection to a string of fires around Scio.  Police arrested 28-year-old Zachary Lee Burghart Saturday for a series of four fires set between October 14th and October 25th.  The latest blaze sparked Saturday at a hay barn at 37231 Jefferson-Scio Drive.

Search Under Way For Missing Hikers

(Multnomah County, OR)  --  A search is under way for a missing hiker in Multnomah County.  Authorities say 40-year-old Katherine Mckinnon was picking mushrooms with her boyfriend yesterday on Larch Mountain in the Columbia River Gorge when the couple became separated.  Mckinnon's boyfriend says she has minimal supplies and is inexperienced on the trail.  Meanwhile, authorities are also searching for a pair of lost hikers near Angel's Rest Trail near Bridal Veil.

Woman Survives Tree Falling On Car

(Champoeg State Park, OR)  --  A woman is lucky to be alive after a tree fell on her car.  Jodi Cullen says she was leaving an ultra-marathon at Champoeg State Park Saturday when the tree fell and crushed her car.  Cullen says the driver behind her stopped immediately to help her.

Man Accused Of Killing Aunt Arrested

(Portland, OR)  --  A man accused of murdering his aunt in Gresham is in police custody.  Officials say 36-year-old Teddy Stivahtis Jr. was arrested yesterday at the Fred Meyer in Portland's Burlingame neighborhood.  Stivahtis is accused of fatally stabbing his aunt, Deanna Stivahtis, on October 10th in Gresham.  He's also accused of robbing two Portland-area banks.

Beaverton Man Involved In Fatal Crash

(Cloverdale, OR)  --  A 70-year-old man is dead, following a crash on U.S. Highway 101 in Tillamook County.  Oregon State Police say a 21-year-old Beaverton man was driving on a suspended license yesterday when he crossed the center line in his pickup truck and slammed into a Ford sedan about three miles north of Cloverdale.  The driver of the Ford was pronounced dead at the scene.  Christopher Allen Fitch of Beaverton, who sustained minor injuries, is facing charges of reckless driving and violating probation.

Reward Offered For Information In Bomb Case

(Portland, OR)  --  Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to one-thousand dollars for information leading to an arrest in the case of a bomb found near a Portland park.  The explosive device had a tripwire attached, and was found on a trail near Forest Park last Saturday.  Police describe the device as an improvised firearm with a pipe loaded with a shotgun shell, connected to a tripwire across the trail.  The bomb, which was already inoperable, was safely removed by a bomb squad.

Tornado Causes Damage In Longview

(Longview, WA)  --  The National Weather Service says a small tornado ripped a six-block path through Cowlitz County.  The EF-1 twister, which touched down around one p.m. yesterday in Longview, uprooted trees and tore roofs off homes and businesses.  Officials say the tornado started at a Safeway on 15th Avenue and traveled along Vandercook Way.  No injuries were reported.

Richardson Asks Feds To Investigate Kitzhaber, Hayes

(Salem, OR)  --  GOP state Representative Dennis Richardson is asking a federal prosecutor to investigate allegations of bribery, money laundering, and conspiracy against Governor John Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes.  Richardson, who's challenging Kitzhaber in the governor's race, has requested an investigation into whether the governor and Hayes violated federal law and state ethics laws by using their positions for financial gain.  Richardson outlined the allegations in a letter to U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall.  A spokesperson for Kitzhaber's campaign says Richardson is engaging in "an obvious political stunt."

Crash Critically Injures Salem Teen

(Salem, OR)  --  A 16-year-old boy is being treated for critical injuries after being hit by a vehicle.  Marion County authorities say the teen was hit as he was jogging Wednesday evening on Swegle Road Northeast near Cordon Road Northeast in Salem.  Sheriff's deputies say the teen was wearing all black with no reflective gear as it rained heavily at the time of the crash.  The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation.

Woman Killed In I-5 Crash

(Albany, OR)  --  Oregon State Police are investigating a crash on I-5 that killed a woman near Albany.  Troopers say the woman crashed into a tractor-trailer rig after she left the northbound lanes and crossed into southbound traffic.  The truck crossed the median and slammed into a concrete barrier, and the driver sustained minor injuries.  The woman died at the scene.

Power Back For Aloha PGE Customers

(Aloha, OR)  --  Power is restored for about 24-hundred Portland General Electric customers in Aloha.  The area was hit by an outage around 4:10 yesterday afternoon.  PGE is investigating to determine if the outage was connected to downed power lines near Southwest Farmington Road and Kinnaman Road in Aloha.

One Killed In Crash On Highway 224

(Clackamas County, OR)  --  One person is dead, following a three-vehicle crash in Clackamas County.  Oregon State Police say the crash happened around three p.m. yesterday along state Highway 224 between Southeast 130th and 135th avenues.  That stretch of 224 was closed for several hours until the scene was cleared.  No names have been released.

Portland To Appeal Part Of Judge's Order On Police-reform Hearings

(Portland, OR)  --  The City of Portland will appeal part of a federal judge's order regarding hearings to track the progress of the city's police reforms.  "The Oregonian" reports the Portland City Council has approved a request by Mayor Charlie Hales to file the appeal.  Hales and city commissioners oppose the judge's order to continue oversight of a settlement agreement between the city and the U.S. Department of Justice on police-reform efforts.  Judge Michael H. Simon has already approved the agreement as "fair, reasonable, and adequate."

Sewer Overflow Caused By Heavy Rain

(Portland, OR)  --  Officials are urging people to avoid contact with the Willamette River, from south of the Sellwood Bridge to near Kelley Point Park.  The Bureau of Environmental Services says yesterday's heavy rainfall caused the city's sewer system to overflow into the river. The Bureau says the overflow is contaminated with untreated sewage.  People who do have contact with river water within 48 hours of issuance of the advisory are urged to wash their hands thoroughly.   

Poll Shows Gains For Richardson In Governor's Race

(Portland, OR)  --  A new SurveyUSA poll shows big gains for GOP candidate Dennis Richardson in the Oregon governor's race.  The poll, commissioned by KATU-TV, shows Democratic incumbent John Kitzhaber is preferred by 38 percent of those questioned, while 37 percent support Richardson.  But the survey also shows that 18 percent of those who were going to vote for Kitzhaber plan to switch their votes to Richardson.  Kitzhaber's fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, has been surrounded by controversy since she revealed she was paid five-thousand dollars to participate in a sham marriage in the 1990s to help an Ethiopian man gain citizenship.

WA Wildfire Victims Blame State For Property Damage

(Okanogan, WA)  --  Landowners in Okanogan County, Washington, who lost their homes during the Carlton Complex wildfire during the summer, are blaming firefighting crews for not doing enough to save the homes.  At a meeting of Okanogan County commissioners, residents blamed Washington State Department of Natural Resources personnel, saying their response to the fire was lax and led to the loss of dozens of homes.  DNR manager Loren Torgerson told Q-13 that conditions involved with what's called the largest wildfire in the state's history were "far and above" what had been seen before and that crews battled the fire courageously.  Last week, tort claims were filed against DNR on behalf of 65 landowners whose property was damaged by the wildfire.

Netflix Facility In Hillsboro To Close

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Netflix's DVD support call center in Hillsboro is planned for closure next June.  The company says the center's operations will be moved to California.  There are currently about 200 people working at the Hillsboro facility.  A Netflix official told KOIN-TV the company is centralizing its workforce as more customers use video streaming rather than DVDs.

Suspicious Death In Milwaukie Ruled Homicide

(Milwaukie, OR)  --  Milwaukie police are investigating the death of a 43-year-old man as a homicide.  Kenneth Scham [[ sham ]] died shortly after he was found lying in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Southeast 22nd Avenue late Monday night.  Police say an autopsy revealed that Scham died of "homicidal violence."  Investigators say they've identified a suspect but aren't releasing his name at this point.

Man Killed In Estacada Crash

(Estacada, OR)  --  Clackamas County sheriff's deputies are investigating a single-vehicle crash that killed a 21-year-old man.  Authorities say the vehicle went out of control on South Hayden Road in Estacada late Monday night and partially ejected the driver.  Deputies are trying to determine what caused the crash.  Officials haven't yet released the man's name.

Woman Killed In Tractor Crash In Linn County

(Lebanon, OR)  --  Linn County authorities say a woman died following a tractor crash.  Deputies say 47-year-old Doris Eileen Jennings and her husband were working yesterday afternoon to remove a tree on private property in Lebanon.  The tractor, which was chained to the tree, flipped over on top of Jennings when she applied more throttle to the engine.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Train Kills 13-year-old

(Gervais, OR)  --  A 13-year-old boy is dead after being hit by a train in Marion County.  Sheriff's deputies say the accident happened south of Gervais around 7:50 last night.  Officials say the teen was walking on the tracks when he was hit by the Amtrak train.  The boy's name hasn't been released.

Police: Man Stopped In Car Carrying 52 Pounds Of Pot

(Tualatin, OR)  --  A suspect is in custody, after allegedly being stopped in a rental car carrying 52 pounds of marijuana.  Oregon State Police say the Seattle man was pulled over yesterday morning on I-5 near Tualatin [[ too-AWL-uh-tin ]] for a traffic violation in a car with California plates.  Troopers say they found the pot, which has a street value of 130-thousand dollars, in the trunk of the car.  The 38-year-old man will likely face charges of unlawful possession and distribution of a controlled substance.

Inslee Says WA Will Need To Make "Hard Choices"

(Bremerton, WA)  --  Governor Jay Inslee says Washingtonians will need to make some "hard choices" if the state is to maintain its status as an exceptional place to live.  The governor made the remarks yesterday before members of the Bremerton Chamber of Commerce.  Inslee says Washington residents must be willing to invest in education and transportation, and be a leader in dealing with green energy and ocean acidification, if the state is to continue running well.  He told the "Kitsap Sun" he'd like to see lawmakers eliminate some tax loopholes as they try to fill the gap between what the state has and what it needs.

Vancouver Man Charged In Infant Son's Death

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Vancouver police are alleging that a man admitted abusing his infant son prior to the child's death.  Authorities say David Redmond reportedly told investigators he abused his son, Everett, every few days since he was born.  Officials say Redmond told police his son was "fussy," and that led to the child being thrown across a room and suffering a brain injury responsible for his death.  Redmond was arrested on October 16th and is charged with first-degree murder.

Missing Portland Man Found Safe

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a Portland man who had been reported missing is now safe.  Officials say 19-year-old Ian Biggs called police yesterday after he saw himself on a television news report.  Biggs had not been seen or heard from since October 11th, when he was dropped off at a MAX platform in Chinatown.

Fuel Prices Still Heading Down

(Portland, OR)  --  Gasoline prices in the Portland metro area are still on their way down.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular fell a penny-and-a-half overnight, to just under three-34 a gallon.  That's 14 cents a gallon below the average of a week ago.

"Suspicious" Death Investigated In Milwaukie

(Milwaukie, OR)  --  Milwaukie police are investigating what's being called a suspicious death.  Officials told KOIN-TV that a person was found around 10:44 last night, lying in the area of Southeast 22nd Avenue and Southeast Bluebird Street.  That person was later pronounced dead.  Police have not released the identity of the victim.

Police: Explosive Device Found Near Forest Park

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say an explosive device that contained a tripwire was found Saturday on a trail near Forest Park.  A bomb squad was dispatched that evening to "Firelane 3" on Northwest Thunder Crest Drive, where the device was found.  Portland Police Sergeant Pete Simpson told KGW-TV that the device was an improvised firearm with a pipe loaded with a shotgun shell.  The matter remains under investigation.

Two Portland Buildings Added To National Register

(Portland, OR)  --  Two downtown Portland buildings are now among those listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The original Heathman hotel at 723 Southwest Salmon was built in 1926, and is now known as the Park Tower.  The Lexington Apartments at 1125 Southwest 12th Avenue went up in 1910, and were originally known as the Hanthorn Apartments.  Both buildings are operated today as affordable housing by Cedar Sinai Park.

WA Police: Watch Out For Pot-infused Treats On Halloween

(Seattle, WA)  --  Police are warning parents of Halloween trick-or-treaters in Washington to watch out for marijuana-infused treats.  Since sales of recreational pot began in the state, cannabis-infused edibles have been popular.  Police say that if treats, especially cookies or other baked goods, aren't professionally packaged in a factory, that's reason to believe something might be wrong.  Authorities say they haven't received reports of kids accidentally getting pot-laced edibles in Washington, but they want parents to be prepared.

Suspect Arrested After Hitting Cars During Chase

(Wood Village, OR)  --  A man who allegedly crashed into two vehicles while speeding away from a police roadblock in a stolen vehicle is behind bars.  Multnomah County deputies say after the Chrysler was pulled over yesterday near 238th Avenue and Halsey Street in Wood Village, it sped off along Halsey.  Authorities say the Chrysler hit two vehicles on Fairview Avenue, injuring two people.  Deputies say 30-year-old Wayne Mauser of The Dalles was arrested after he crawled out of the Chysler and ran through a field in an effort to escape.

Spokane Considering Abandoned-home Registry

(Spokane, WA)  --  The Spokane City Council is considering an ordinance designed to prevent abandoned homes from collapsing into disrepair.  Officials say the ordinance would require banks or other responsible parties to register all abandoned homes within city limits and provide a local contact to monitor and respond to issues with the property.  The owners of the properties would be required to pay a 200-dollar fee annually, and failure to register would draw a civil fine of 500 dollars.  A Spokane City Council member told the "Spokesman-Review" the ordinance would hold banks and mortgage lenders accountable for properties they've foreclosed on, keeping them in good condition, and protecting property values.

Man's Body Found In Oswego Lake

(Lake Oswego, OR)  --  Police believe no foul play was involved in the death of a man whose body was found in Oswego Lake.  The body was found floating in the lake yesterday morning.  Investigators say the man may have been kayaking.  An autopsy is being conducted.

No Suspect Identified In Shooting Of Ten-year-old

(Gresham, OR)  --  Gresham police are hoping to identify a suspect, after a ten-year-old girl was shot in the leg at a local apartment complex.  Authorities say tenants at the Raintree Apartments on Southeast 187th Street reported a number of shots were fired around nine o'clock Saturday morning.  A bullet went through a wall and struck the girl in the leg.  The child is expected to be okay.

Teacher Accused Of Tearing Shirt Off Student

(Salem, OR)  --  A teacher at an alternative school in Salem is on paid administrative leave, pending the investigation of an incident in which she reportedly tore the shirt off one of her students.  Officials say Carrie Mann has been with the Salem-Keizer school district for the past 23 years.  A cell-phone video shows her taking the shirt off Sara Rue during a scuffle at the Roberts Alternative High School Annex last Thursday.  Rue says she was leaving the classroom because of the anxiety she was feeling while the teacher argued with another student.

Infant Dies After Being Alone In Car For Hours

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Hillsboro police are investigating the death of a six-month-old girl, who was left alone in a car parked on the Intel campus for about six hours.  Authorities say the baby died yesterday at Tuality Hospital.  Fire department officials say the child was unresponsive and undergoing CPR at the scene when firefighters and officers arrived.  Firefighters say the baby's father is an Intel employee.

Street Fee Vote Could Happen Before Thanksgiving

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland city official says the City Council's vote on whether to implement a controversial street fee may happen the day before Thanksgiving.  "The Oregonian" reports Portland Chief Administrative Officer Fred Miller told an advisory panel that the Council's first hearing on the proposal will likely be held on November 19th.  That would mean the Council couldn't vote on it any earlier than Wednesday, November 26th.  Officials say the proposed street fee, which would be applied in varying degrees to residents and businesses, would gross about 40-million dollars per year for street projects.

Victim Of Deadly Stabbing Identified

(Portland, OR)  --  Crime Stoppers is offering a one-thousand-dollar reward for information leading to an arrest, following a deadly stabbing in downtown Portland.  Police say 43-year-old March Stephen Sundin was found lying face-down early yesterday morning, across the street from City Hall near Terry Schrunk Plaza.  Investigators believe Sundin was stabbed several blocks from where he was found.  Detectives say they have no description of a suspect.

Man Who Raped, Killed Classmate Released From Prison Early

(Salem, OR)  --  A man who was 15-years-old when he raped and killed a high-school classmate in Beaverton is out of prison.  Conrad Engweiler was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole in 40 years for the murder of 16-year-old Erin Reynolds in 1990.  After a review of a psychosexual risk assessment, the state parole board decided last month that Engweiler should be released.  Engweiler's appearance before the parole board was a result of an Oregon Supreme Court ruling regarding time off for good behavior.

Body Found In WA Believed To Be That Of Missing Actress

(Auburn, WA)  --  Police believe a body that was found in a ravine in Auburn, Washington is that of actress Misty Upham.  Upham, who was a member of the Blackfeet tribe, was in the area to visit family before she went missing more than a week ago.  Auburn police say the body was found yesterday at the bottom of a 150-foot embankment near the White River.  Upham, who grew up in the Auburn area, appeared in films including "Django Unchained" and "August: Osage County."

Ethics Complaint Filed Against Kitzhaber, Hayes

(Salem, OR)  --  The Oregon Republican Party is alleging that Governor John Kitzhaber and his fiancee have violated state ethics laws.  KOIN-TV reports Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes, who's also an adviser to the governor, are accused of conflict-of-interest transactions, benefiting from public contracts, and using buildings for personal and financial gain.  Earlier this week, Kitzhaber asked the state ethics commission to issue a formal opinion on Hayes' work in the governor's office and on her contracts with three nonprofit organizations.  The governor is running for re-election against GOP challenger, state Representative Dennis Richardson.

Salem Hospital Patient Cleared Of Ebola Risk

(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon state health officials say a woman who was admitted to Salem Hospital has no risk of contracting Ebola, but is being kept in isolation as a precaution.  The woman was taken to the emergency room yesterday morning after displaying flu-like symptoms and expressing concerns about her recent trip to Africa.  Officials say, however, that the patient did not visit any of the countries battling outbreaks of Ebola.

Man Stabbed To Death In Downtown Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating a stabbing death in downtown Portland.  Authorities say the victim, who's believed to have been in his 30s or 40s, was found dead around 2:25 this morning at the corner of Southwest 4th Avenue and Madison Street.  Police closed off the streets around Terry Schrunk Plaza, Chapman, and Lownsdale squares during the on-scene investigation.  Anyone who has information on the stabbing is asked to call the Police Bureau at 503-823-3333.

No Charges To Be Filed After Boy Found

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Vancouver police say no charges will be filed against a man whose son was the subject of an AMBER Alert.  The boy, who was picked up from an elementary school in Vancouver Tuesday afternoon, was found early yesterday morning with his father in Hood River.  Authorities say the father won't be charged because he was listed in the school's records as a parent with no restrictions.

Gresham Murder Suspect Still At Large

(Gresham, OR)  --  The FBI is still on the lookout for a man who's accused of killing his aunt at her home in Gresham.  Authorities say Teddy Stivahtis Jr. is also a suspect in a bank robbery in Canby.  The victim, Deanna Stivahtis, was found stabbed to death last week.  The FBI is offering a ten-thousand-dollar reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

Woman Killed In Molalla-area Crash

(Molalla, OR)  --  Police are investigating a crash on Oregon Highway 211 that left a woman dead.  Oregon State Police say a westbound Ford Mustang crossed the center line just east of Molalla around 2:30 yesterday afternoon, and slammed into an oncoming Honda Accord.  A 64-year-old woman who drove the Honda died later at a hospital.  The woman's granddaughter and the driver of the Mustang suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Driscoll Resigns From Mars Hill Church

(Seattle, WA)  --  Embattled Mars Hill Church founder and pastor Mark Driscoll is stepping down.  The website for the Seattle-based mega-church says Driscoll submitted his resignation earlier this week, and it was accepted by the church's Board of Overseers.  Driscoll had been on a leave of absence for about two months, following accusations of bullying and conflict with fellow church administrators, as well as cutbacks and closures of some of its locations because of financial problems.  Mars Hill opened a church in Southeast Portland in 2011.

Nephew Identified As Suspect In Woman's Murder

(Gresham, OR)  --  Police are looking for a man who's accused of stabbing his aunt to death at her home in Gresham.  Authorities say 36-year-old Teddy Stivahtis Jr. is accused in the death of 70-year-old Deanna Stivahtis, whose body was found last Thursday in a mobile home on Northeast Division Street.  Police say Teddy Stivahtis was seen driving his aunt's van away from her home before her body was found.  The van, a 1989, dark-green Dodge Caravan, hasn't been located.

Missing 14-year-old Being Sought

(Salem, OR)  --  Salem police are looking for a 14-year-old girl who's been reported missing.  Chloe Olivia Nelson was discovered missing from her home in South Salem around six a.m. yesterday.  Nelson is described as being about five-feet-four, with a medium build, long brown hair, and possibly in possession of a green backpack.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Salem Police Department at 503-588-6123.

AMBER Alert Cancelled For Vancouver Boy

(Vancouver, WA)  --  An AMBER Alert issued for a nine-year-old Vancouver boy is no longer in effect.  "The Oregonian" reports Andrey Voronenko is said to be "safe and well" after he was found earlier this morning in Hood River.  The AMBER Alert was issued yesterday after police reported the boy was picked up at Mill Plain Elementary School by his father, Alexy Voronenko.  Authorities say the elder Voronenko has been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic.

Pedestrian Seriously Injured In Crash

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A pedestrian is seriously injured, after he was hit by a vehicle in Hillsboro.  Police say the crash happened shortly after nine o'clock last night in the area of Southeast Johnson Street and Southwest Cornelius Pass Road.  Authorities say the man was crossing Cornelius Pass Road and appeared to be intoxicated when he was hit.  The man's injuries are considered life-threatening.

Fuel Prices Still Falling

(Portland, OR)  --  Prices at the gas pump continue a steady decline in the Portland metro area.  The latest survey by Triple-A shows regular gas is averaging three-45 a gallon, more than two-and-a-half cents below yesterday's average.  It's also more than eleven cents cheaper than a week ago.  Regular gas is averaging about three-18 a gallon nationwide.

Hayes Admits Planning Illegal Pot Grow

(Portland, OR)  --  Governor John Kitzhaber's fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, is facing more controversy.  Hayes says she and a man bought 60 acres in Washington in 1997 with the intention of establishing a marijuana growing operation.  She says it happened several months after she married an Ethiopian man for the purpose of helping him gain U.S. citizenship.  Hayes says the marijuana grow in Okanogan never materialized and she was "never financially involved" with purchasing the land.

Kitzhaber Asks For Ethics Review For Hayes

(Salem, OR)  --  Governor Kitzhaber is asking the Oregon Government Ethics Commission to find out whether his fiancee used her role as first lady to benefit financially and violate state ethics rules.  An attorney for Kitzhaber wrote the commission, asking it to look into potential conflict-of-interest relative to contracts awarded to a consulting firm run by Cylvia Hayes.  KOIN-TV reports the ethics commission is being requested to determine whether the role of first lady should be deemed similar to that of a public official.

'Indigenous People's Day' Official In Seattle

(Seattle, WA)  --  It's now official; every second Monday in October will be observed as Indigenous People's Day in Seattle.  Seattle Mayor Ed Murray signed the resolution yesterday, changing Columbus Day in the city to Indigenous People's Day.  Supporters of the change say Christopher Columbus and his crew committed genocide after sailing to the New World and should not be celebrated.  Opponents, including Italian-Americans, say the change is an example of out-of-control political correctness.

Thousands Of PGE Customers Without Power

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland General Electric says more than eleven-thousand customers in Multnomah County are without power.  Another 18-hundred in Clackamas County are also experiencing outages.  PGE says equipment failure is the cause of some of the outages, and a tree on a power line is responsible for at least one outage.  Officials estimate power will be restored by seven a.m.

WorkSource Oregon Hit By Security Breach

(Salem, OR)  --  The Oregon Employment Department says more than 850-thousand job seekers who have registered with the WorkForce Oregon Management Information System may have been compromised by a security breach.  Officials say so far, there's no evidence that the information that may have been accessed has been used.  However, the department says it wants to make sure it contacts those who have registered with the system.  The Employment Department says it's working with police departments to find out whether any criminal activity has taken place.

Fuel Prices Lower In Portland Area

(Portland, OR)  --  Buying gasoline in the Portland area continues to get cheaper.  Triple-A reports the average for a gallon of regular fell about a penny overnight, to just under three-48.  That's more than ten cents a gallon below the average of a week ago.  The national average for regular is about three-19 a gallon.

Deadline To Register To Vote In November Election Is Today

(Salem, OR)  --  Today's the deadline to register to vote for those who wish to cast ballots in the November 4th election.  Oregon residents have the option of registering in person, through the mail, or online.  A valid driver's license, state ID card, or other proof of residence will be required.

Police Identify Man Killed By MAX Train

(Portland, OR)  --  Police continue to investigate after a pedestrian was hit and killed by a MAX train in East Portland.  Authorities say 71-year-old Joe Hill died after being hit Friday night at 160th Avenue and East Burnside Street.  Police say the train operator was not impaired at the time of the accident.

Police ID Woman Found Dead In Gresham

(Gresham, OR)  --  The death of a woman, whose body was found in her mobile home in Gresham, is being investigated as a homicide.  Police say 70-year-old Deanna Stivahtis was found dead Saturday afternoon as family members went to check on her at the trailer on Northeast Division Street.  Police say a green 1989 Dodge Caravan that belonged to Stivahtis, with Oregon plat WQS 804, is missing.  The vehicle is reported to have extensive damage on the passenger side, and anyone who spots it is being asked to immediately call 9-1-1.

Man Drowns At Kalama Marina

(Kalama, WA)  --  Police are investigating after a Longview man was found dead in the Kalama Marina.  Authorities say 61-year-old John Duchsherer had last been seen on a boat at the marina at 1:30 yesterday morning, after he and a friend arrived there from a night of drinking.  Police say Duchsherer's body was found yesterday afternoon by boaters after he apparently drowned.

Four Families Displaced By Hillsboro Fire

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Four families are looking for new places to stay, after a fire ripped through an apartment building in Hillsboro.  Investigators say a kitchen fire spread into the attic of the 12-unit complex on Southeast Oak Street around seven p.m. Saturday.  No one was injured in the blaze.  The Red Cross is assisting the displaced families.

Woman Involved In Portland Crash Dies

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say a woman who was injured when a drunk driver crashed a vehicle into a minivan has died.  Authorities say 45-year-old Jeanette Rene Fields died Wednesday of injuries she sustained in the crash, which happened last Sunday.  Officials say 34-year-old Joshua Eric Lindsay crashed the stolen vehicle he was driving into the minivan in the area of Northeast Prescott Street and 94th Avenue.  Fields was a passenger in the stolen car.  Lindsay is facing multiple charges

Kitzhaber's Fiancee Admits To Illegal Marriage

(Portland, OR)  --  The fiancee of Governor John Kitzhaber says she kept an illegal marriage secret from the governor until this week.  Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes told reporters yesterday she was paid five-thousand dollars to marry an Ethiopian man in order to help him secure residency in the U.S.  The marriage lasted from 1997 to 2002.  Hayes says she will accept the consequences for a serious mistake that Kitzhaber had no knowledge of.

WA Italian-American Group Objects To Creating Indigenous People's Day

(Seattle, WA)  --  An Italian-American group is objecting to the City of Seattle creating Indigenous People's Day to replace the local observance of Columbus Day.  Organizers with the activist group say a full-page newspaper ad will be taken out to protest disrespect and "excessive political correctness" on the part of city officials.  Supporters of the change say Christopher Columbus left a legacy of slavery and genocide at the expense of Native Americans.  Mayor Ed Murray is scheduled Monday to sign the resolution, which was approved earlier this week by the Seattle City Council.

Suspect At Large Following SE Portland Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect, following a shooting that left one person wounded in Southeast Portland.  Investigators say the shooting happened shortly before four p.m. yesterday in the area of Southeast Stephens Street and 165th.  Police say the victim was taken to a hospital in a private vehicle, and the injuries aren't considered life-threatening.

'Tanning Nanny' Sentenced For Leaving Kids In Car

(Portland, OR)  --  A nanny is scheduled to spend a year-and-a-half behind bars for leaving two young children in a van in 90-degree heat while she was tanning in a salon.  Kristin Marie Jones pleaded guilty yesterday to multiple charges, including criminal mistreatment and recklessly endangering.  Authorities say Jones left the three-year-old boy and two-month-old girl inside the vehicle in May of this year, during one of the hottest days of the spring.  Jones will also be on probation for five years.

UW Scientist: U.S. Gov't 'Underestimated' Ebola

(Seattle, WA)  --  A University of Washington researcher says the U.S. government underestimated the danger of the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa.  Microbiologist Michael Katze [[ KAT-zuh ]], who's studied Ebola for the past ten years, told KING-5 that the response by the CDC, the National Institute of Health, and the World Health Organization have been "inadequate."  An Ebola patient from Liberia, who was being treated in Dallas, died yesterday.  Officials say a Dallas County sheriff's deputy who entered the patient's apartment is undergoing testing for Ebola.

Man Accused Of Leaving Kids In Van While Getting Massage

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man is accused of leaving his two young children in a hot vehicle while he was getting a massage.  Thirty-five-year-old Khalid Albugami is facing charges of second-degree child neglect.  Police sat Albugami left the children, ages five and six, in his van yesterday afternoon while he was getting the message at Massage Envy in Sherwood.  Medics were dispatched to the scene after an employee called 9-1-1 when the children began honking the horn.

VP Biden To Visit Portland Today

(Washington, DC)  --  Vice President Joe Biden is slated to host a rally today in Portland for Senator Jeff Merkley.  The event is scheduled to start at one o'clock this afternoon at the Oregon Convention Center.  The rally is free and open to the public.  Tomorrow, Biden is scheduled to speak at Renton Technical College in Washington, then head to Seattle for a fundraiser for Senator Maria Cantwell.

Attempted Abduction In NE Portland Investigated

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating a report of an attempted kidnapping of a child in Northeast Portland.  Officials say the 13-year-old girl was walking yesterday morning from one bus stop to another in the area of Northeast 82nd Avenue and Prescott Street, when a man got out of his vehicle after shouting to the teen and grabbed her by the arm.  The teen was able to escape after kicking the man.  Police describe the man as white, in his 50s or 60s, about five-feet-eight and very thin, balding, with bushy, gray stubble on his face, and bad teeth.

No Truth To Ebola Rumors

(Portland, OR)  --  Rumors of an Ebola patient being treated in Portland are untrue.  KATU-TV reports it received rumors yesterday that an Ebola patient was being treated at Oregon Health and Science University.  The station says both the hospital and the Centers for Disease Control confirmed no one with Ebola is in Oregon.

North Portland Armed Robbery Investigated

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking for a suspect in an armed robbery in North Portland.  Investigators say a man and a woman were walking early yesterday morning in the area of North Mason Avenue and North Mississippi Street, when they were accosted by a man who displayed a gun and demanded all their belongings.  The man, who wore a bandanna over his face, is described as African-American, about six-feet-two, between 30 and 40 years old.  Anyone with information is asked to call Portland Police.

Police Find Wounded Man In SE Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  A man who was found suffering from a gunshot wound is expected to recover, but Portland police want to know where the shooting happened.  Officials say the man was "high on bath salts" when he was found early yesterday morning at a home on Southeast Gladstone Street.  Investigators believe the shooting happened elsewhere, and a suspect hasn't yet been identified.

Seattle Church Says Marijuana Store Too Close

(Seattle, WA)  --  The pastor of a Seattle church is calling for legislators to amend the law that legalizes the recreational use of marijuana in Washington.  Mount Calvary Christian Center Pastor Reggie Witherspoon led a group yesterday that protested outside Uncle Ike's in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, saying Seattle's second pot retailer is located too close to his church on 23rd Avenue.  The law currently mandates a one-thousand-foot buffer between marijuana retailers and schools, playgrounds, and federally subsidized housing, but doesn't include churches.  Witherspoon urged the protesters to meet again near the store during the coming week, and the owner of Uncle Ike's told says he welcomes the protests.

Portland Remembers Soul Music Diva

(Portland, OR)  --  Funeral services are pending for Portland soul and gospel singer Linda Hornbuckle, who died Saturday at age 59.  Hornbuckle, who began singing in her father's church at age six, had been battling kidney cancer for the past two years.  The "Portland Tribune" reports an October 14th Love for Linda concert, scheduled at the Crystal Ballroom to raise money to cover Hornbuckle's medical bills, will go on as planned, but will be a celebration of the singer's life.

Stabbing Suspect In Custody

(Portland, OR)  --  A man accused in a stabbing in Southeast Portland is scheduled to be arraigned today.  The suspect, 27-year-old Tiai Yalap, turned himself in to Portland police Saturday.  Yalap is facing a charge of first-degree assault in connection with the stabbing, which happened early Friday morning in the area of Southeast 99th Avenue and Stark Street.  The 35-year-old victim, whose name hasn't been released, is in serious condition.

Eugene Man Grows World's Largest Squash

(Gervais, OR)  --  The world record for the largest squash is now held by a man from Eugene.  Scott Holub's squash weighed in Saturday at 15-hundred-78 pounds at Bauman's Farm and Garden in Gervais, during the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off.  It beat the old record by about ten pounds.

Suspect Sought After Escaping Arrest

(Clark County, WA)  --  Police are looking for a man who escaped from a patrol car while still in handcuffs.  Authorities say 26-year-old Cameron Peterson was pulled yesterday over at a residence on Northeast Glory Trail in rural Clark County after it was found that he was riding a stolen motorcycle.  Deputies say Peterson, who bolted into a wooded area as he was being arrested, is described as a white man who's five-feet-eight, 170 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes, and was last seen wearing a red sleeveless shirt, blue jeans, and desert camo boots.  Authorities say Peterson is wanted for second-degree assault and kidnapping.

Portland, Seattle Law Firms Merge

(Portland, OR)  --  Two law firms, one from Portland and one from Seattle, are merging.  Portland's Miller Nash is uniting with Seattle's Graham & Dunn, to form the Miller Nash Graham & Dunn law firm. reports the combination will place 160 attorneys under one umbrella and form what's being described as a new Northwest powerhouse corporate law firm.  The merger was approved yesterday by equity partners of both firms, and will become effective January 1st.

Elderly Couple Injured In Crash Involving Train

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Two people are being treated for serious injuries after a train crashed into a car in Hillsboro.  The crash happened around 12:15 yesterday afternoon at a crossing at Southeast Tualatin Valley Highway and Southeast River Road.  An 82-year-old woman who was in the car is listed in critical condition, and her 85-year-old husband is in serious condition.  Hillsboro police tell KGW-TV the man, who was driving the car, apparently panicked and stopped the vehicle on the tracks as the train approached.

Police: Two Men Found 'Naked And Bloody' On Bridge

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police are investigating an attack on the Burnside Bridge, after finding two "naked and bloodied" men on the structure.  Authorities say the attack happened during a robbery shortly after two o'clock this morning.  Investigators say one of the victims was cut with a box cutter after the suspects demanded all their property, including their clothing.  KOIN-TV reports two people have been arrested, and the Burnside Bridge remains open for the morning commute.

Mohamud Gets 30-year Sentence

(Portland, OR)  --  A man accused of trying to detonate a bomb in downtown Portland is scheduled to spend more than 25 years in federal prison.  Twenty-three-year-old Mohamed Mohamud received a 30-year sentence yesterday, and will be under supervision for life after his release.  Mohamud was given credit for the four years he's been in custody since his arrest.  He tried to detonate a bomb, which turned out to be fake, during a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square in 2010.

Salem Teacher Accused Of Hit-and-run

(Salem, OR)  --  A teacher at West Salem High School is facing a charge of hit-and-run.  Police say 52-year-old Kimberly McConnell was at the wheel of a vehicle that hit an eight-year-old boy outside his home on Ptarmigan Street in Salem in mid-September.  Police haven't determined whether alcohol or speed were factors in the crash.  The boy was seriously injured but is reported to be recovering.

Inslee Calling For Safer Oil Transportation

(Seattle, WA)  --  Governor Jay Inslee is calling for measures to shore up safety in the transportation of oil through Washington.  The governor says action by both the state and federal governments will be necessary in order for Washington to be better prepared to handle an oil-train explosion or large-scale spills.  Inslee wants more railroad inspectors and replacement of aging oil-transport cars with newer and safer models within the next year.  He's also calling for a 30-mile-per-hour speed limit for trains using outdated cars that transport oil.

Oregon, Washington Given More Time To Repay Federal Highway Funds

(Salem, OR)  --  The federal government is giving Oregon and Washington more time to pay back more than 135-million dollars used to fund planning and engineering on the now-cancelled Columbia River Crossing project.  "The Oregonian" quotes federal officials as saying 81-million dollars of the Federal Highway Administration money was spent by Oregon, with the remainder spent by Washington.  Oregon decided to end the project last March, and the federal government is asking for the money back.  The feds are giving the two states an additional five years to begin repayment, meaning the first installments won't be due until 2019.

Man Shot To Death In Woodstock Neighborhood

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say robbery may have been the motive behind a shooting that left a man dead in the Woodstock neighborhood.  Thirty-year-old Michal Olson was walking along Southeast 52nd Avenue late Tuesday night when he was gunned down.  The shooter remains at large.  Police haven't released a description of the gunman.

Aloha Man Pleads Guilty To Roommate's Murder

(Aloha, OR)  --  An Aloha man is scheduled to be sentenced in January, after pleading guilty to murdering his roommate.  Thirty-two-year-old Christian Delaurentiis entered the plea Friday to a charge of aggravated murder in the stabbing death of 43-year-old Philip Lindemuth in May 2012.  Authorities say Lindemuth's body was dismembered and stored in a freezer in a garage at his home in Aloha.  Prosecutors say Delaurentiis killed Lindemuth after the victim threatened to expose Delaurentiis as a bank robber.

Police Investigate Deadly Shooting In SE Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating a deadly shooting in Southeast Portland.  Detectives say the shooting was reported a few minutes after 11:00 last night in the area of Southeast 52nd Avenue and Southeast Woodstock Boulevard.  A man was found dead, but his name hasn't yet been released.  There's no word on whether suspects have been identified.

PDX: Ready If Ebola Shows Up At Airport

(Portland, OR)  --  Officials at Portland International Airport say they have a plan in place, should a case of Ebola turn up at the facility.  Port of Portland Aviation Media Relations Manager Steve Johnson tells "KOIN-TV" that PDX has a Communicable Disease Response Plan designed to assist any passenger that's confirmed or is suspected to have a serious illness like Ebola.  The plan includes informing airport EMTs, who will respond when a passenger is reported to be ill.  The first confirmed case of Ebola in the U.S. has been confirmed in Texas.

Washington's Minimum Wage Rising To $9.47

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington's minimum wage will rise by 15 cents at the first of the year, to nine-dollars-47-cents an hour.  The state Department of Labor and Industries says the hike will affect about 67-thousand workers statewide and will keep Washington's minimum wage the highest in the nation.  Increases in Washington's hourly minimum wage are based on the rate of inflation.  Oregon's minimum wage is the nation's second-highest, and will also rise by 15 cents on January 1st, to nine-25 an hour.

Mohamud To Be Sentenced Today

(Portland, OR)  --  A man who was convicted of attempting to set off a bomb at a Christmas-tree lighting ceremony in downtown Portland is scheduled to be sentenced today.  Mohamed Mohamud was arrested in November 2010 after the bomb turned out to be a fake that had been planted by undercover FBI agents.  A federal jury found Mohamud guilty in January 2013 on one count of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.  Prosecutors are recommending a 40-year sentence, while the defense wants a sentence of no more than ten years for Mohamud.

Police: Driver Passed Out With Child In Back Seat

(Oregon City, OR)  --  A woman is in police custody after being found passed out behind the wheel of her minivan and having a suspected meth pipe in her lap.  Authorities say 30-year-old Stacey Lyn Tiel of Oregon City had her two-year-old daughter in the back seat of the idling vehicle when she was found by officers early yesterday.  Police say a baggie containing what's believed to be meth was also found in the minivan.  The toddler was taken into protective custody as Tiel was booked into the Clackamas County Jail.

Sex Offender Pleads No Contest In Sexual Assault

(Portland, OR)  --  A sex offender who pleaded no contest to a sexual assault near the Steel Bridge is headed to prison.  Forty-seven-year-old Clarence Williams entered the plea earlier this month to charges of first-degree sex abuse and attempted rape.  The attack took place on March 11th at the east end of the bridge.  Williams's criminal history includes convictions for third-degree rape and theft.

Lake Oswego Council Approves Tax On Medical, Recreational Pot

(Lake Oswego, OR)  --  The City of Lake Oswego will have a tax ready to impose on recreational pot, if its legalization is approved in November.  The City Council voted yesterday to impose the tax on both medical and recreational marijuana.  That's despite the fact that Measure 91, which would make recreational pot legal for those 21 and older, prohibits cities from passing their own taxes.  "The Oregonian" reports that city leaders are hoping the Oregon Legislature will consider amendments to the measure that would "grandfather" local marijuana taxes.


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