Regional News Archives for 2014-11

Two Found Dead In Sherwood Home

(Sherwood, OR) -- Police are investigating the deaths of a man and his girlfriend at a home in Sherwood as a murder-suicide. A SWAT team was dispatched yesterday morning to the home on Southwest Cereghino Lane, where the man had reportedly holed up inside after a woman had been shot. That woman fled the home after suffering a non-life-threatening wound, and went to a neighbor's to call 911. The SWAT team entered the home about five hours after being dispatched, and found the man and his girlfriend dead of gunshot wounds.

WA Murder Suspect Apprehended In Portland

(Portland, OR) -- A months-long manhunt for a suspect in a Washington murder is now in custody. Raphael Smith, who's accused in the robbery and murder of 41-year-old Kevin Young, was arrested Wednesday by U.S. marshals in Portland. Authorities believe Smith shot Young to death in August at a Tacoma motel. The U.S. Marshals Service says Smith had assumed the identity of a man from the Dominican Republic while in Portland.

Landslide Causes Closure Of Multnomah Falls Trail

(Hood River, OR) -- Officials aren't sure when a portion of the trail system at Multnomah Falls will reopen. The U.S. Forest Service says a landslide along Larch Mountain trail Number 441 has prompted its closure from the Benson Bridge to the Number 400 trail junction. A Forest Service spokesperson says people can still hike up to the Benson Bridge and get a great view of the falls.

Police ID Bus Accident Victim

(Happy Valley, OR)  --  The driver of a TriMet bus that ran over and killed a 60-year-old man near Clackamas Town Center is on leave while police investigate.  Oregon State Police say Elias French fell under the back wheels of the bus as it was pulling away from a stop at 82nd Avenue and Causey Way Wednesday evening.  The driver, 46-year-old Jason Wilhelm, will also undergo mental-health counseling.

Medically Endangered Woman Reported Missing

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Vancouver police are looking for a missing woman who's reported to be medically endangered.  Authorities say 74-year-old Sandra Wright was last seen around 5:30 yesterday evening, but she failed to return to a scheduled location to pick up some personal items.  Police say Wright has medical problems and has limited mobility on foot.  She's described as white, average height, weighing 81 pounds, last seen wearing black pants, maroon shirt and a white colored coat, and believed to be driving a white 2007 Toyota Prius with Washington plate 628 YVL.

Gas Price Average Dips Below $3

(Portland, OR)  --  The average price of regular gas in Portland is finally below the three-dollar mark.  Triple-A reports the average of just under three bucks a gallon is a half-cent below yesterday's average.  It's also three cents cheaper than a week ago.  The national average for regular is about two-79 a gallon.

Pedestrian Killed By TriMet Bus

(Clackamas County, OR)  --  Police are investigating after a 60-year-old man was run over and killed by a TriMet bus in Clackamas County.  Authorities say the man died shortly before six o'clock last night at the intersection of 82nd Avenue and Causey Avenue.  Witnesses told Oregon State Police that the man approached the bus with his bicycle at a bus stop.  He then reportedly began hitting the side of the bus, and when it pulled away, the man fell and was run over.

Dead Crows Found At Portland Parks

(Portland, OR)  --  Officials are trying to determine what caused the deaths of several dozen crows along the Willamette River waterfront and at some Portland parks.  Police say several crows were seen having seizures and flopping on the ground at Waterfront Park.  Other crows were found dead at the Lovejoy Fountain and around Chapman and Lownsdale Square parks.  Parks officials say it's possible the birds ingested some kind of toxin.

Tobacco Stolen From Wilsonville Stores

(Wilsonville, OR)  --  Two men who stole about 14-hundred dollars' worth of tobacco products from two convenience stores in Wilsonville are being sought.  Police say the men entered the stores Monday morning after each location received a large shipment of tobacco.  The men reportedly waited for employees to be distracted and stole the cigarettes and other products before fleeing.  Police say one of the suspects is black, in his 40s or 50s, five-feet-ten and 300 pounds, while the other is either white or Hispanic, in his 40s, about five-feet-eight and 250 pounds.

Man Shot Dead By Police At Vancouver Apartment Complex

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police say a man who was shot to death by officers outside a Vancouver apartment complex was holding a gun that turned out to be an airsoft AR-15 replica.  Police were dispatched Tuesday night to the Alder Creek Apartments at Northeast 49th Street and 118th Court, after a report of an argument, a fire at one of the units, and a man with a gun.  Authorities say officers confronted the man in the parking lot, and shot him to death when he pointed the gun at a woman nearby.  The fire, which is believed to have been set by the man, led to several units being damaged.

Smaller Group Holds Ferguson Protest In Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  One arrest is being reported, following a demonstration in Portland against the Ferguson grand jury decision.  The protesters gathered around three p.m. yesterday at the Portland Justice Center, and began marching through downtown at 5:30 p.m.  One person, who police say was a heckler and not a protester, was arrested.  KGW-TV reports police blocked off the on-ramp to I-405 at Burnside Street and Southwest 14th Avenue to keep protesters from walking onto the highway.

Woman Goes Into Labor On I-84

(Portland, OR)  --  State transportation officials say a woman traveling on I-84 in Portland was alone in her car when she went into labor yesterday.  The woman pulled over and called 911, believing she wouldn't make it to a hospital.  Traffic was stalled in the westbound lanes of the highway near Southeast Grand Avenue, as the woman was loaded onto an ambulance and taken to Providence Medical Center.  I-84 was clear by around 4:45 yesterday evening.

Ferguson Protesters Block Traffic In Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a protest in Portland over the Ferguson grand jury decision resulted in traffic obstruction and arrests.  Authorities say the protest began peacefully yesterday afternoon at the Police Bureau's Central Precinct at Southwest Third and Madison, and the crowd began marching around downtown Portland at five p.m.  Police say some rocks were thrown during the march and a driver was assaulted.  Traffic was halted after marchers streamed onto I-5 and I-84, even though police in riot gear tried to block access.

Teen Sentenced For Sexual Assault, Attempted Rape

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland teenager is headed to prison after he pleaded guilty to charges of sexual assault.  Eighteen-year-old Justin Dejohn Hubbard has been sentenced to 28 years for trying to rape a Northeast Portland woman and for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old who was walking to school.  Hubbard entered the guilty plea Monday to multiple counts.

More Details About Police-involved Shooting In Beaverton

(Beaverton, OR)  --  The Beaverton Police Department says eight rounds were fired from AR-15 rifles by officers in last week's shooting that killed 29-year-old Chelsea Fresh.  Officials say the officers opened fire last Thursday after Fresh came out of her home and pointed a .22 rifle at them.  The police department reported yesterday that the rifle wasn't loaded.  The department says officers were dispatched to the home on Southwest Conestoga Drive after Fresh's boyfriend reported she was suicidal and had knives and rifles in the house.

Man, Wife Shot In Oregon City

(Oregon City, OR)  --  Police say the shooting of a man and his wife in Oregon City was the result of domestic violence.  Both are in the intensive-care units at the hospitals where they were taken, following yesterday's shootings at a home in the 15-thousand block of Swan Avenue.  Authorities say the 38-year-old man and the 32-year-old woman each had a gunshot wound when they were found in a driveway around noon yesterday.  Their names haven't been released.

Man Rescued From Willamette River

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is being treated at a Portland hospital after he nearly drowned in the Willamette River.  Portland fire crews responded to a call about a man who was struggling to keep his head above water near the Morrison Bridge around 8:20 last night.  After rescue crews pulled the man out, he was taken to Oregon Health & Science University Hospital.  Portland Fire & Rescue officials say it's not clear how the man ended up in the river.

Fuel Prices Fall Slightly

(Portland, OR)  --  Gasoline prices ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday are slightly lower.  Triple-A reports the Portland-area average for a gallon of regular is just over three-01, which is two cents below the average of a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-81 a gallon.

Portland Protest Peaceful Following Ferguson Decision

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a protest that was staged in Portland, following a grand jury decision to not issue an indictment against a Ferguson, Missouri police officer, went peacefully.  A small group gathered last night outside the Justice Center in downtown Portland, but no violence took place.  The scene was different in Seattle, where protesters threw rocks and bottles at police and streamed onto Interstate 5 last night.  The highway was cleared and reopened about a half-hour later.

Arrest Made After Police Horses Released

(Portland, OR)  --  An arrest was made after several Portland Police horses were released from their stables.  Authorities say the animals were let loose last night from stables on Northwest Naito Parkway, after a 24-year-old man broke into the barn.  Five horses that got out of the building were later safely located.  The suspect is expected to face burglary charges.

Man Gets Life Sentence For Murder Of Wife

(Portland, OR)  --  A man who was charged with murdering his estranged wife in Gresham is to spend life in prison with the possibility of parole.  Joshua Cavett pleaded guilty to murder in the death of Jessie Doyle Cavett, who was found shot to death in her apartment in October 2013.  Police say Joshua Cavett abducted the couple's then-two-year-old daughter following the shooting, but she was later found unharmed.  Cavett, who's 37, will be eligible for parole after 28 years.

Recount Likely For GMO-labeling Measure

(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon's Measure 92 is likely headed for a recount.  The final vote tally shows the GMO-labeling measure failed by 809 votes, which means it will be subject to an automatic recount.  Secretary of State Kate Brown says she'll make an official determination next week on whether a recount will be required.  Under Measure 92, prominent labeling would be required for food containing genetically-modified ingredients.

Woman Attacked By Two Men In SE Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking for two men who attacked a woman in Southeast Portland.  The woman reported the attack after it happened early Saturday morning, saying the men grabbed her by the arms and dragged her to a side street.  The woman told investigators she was able to fight her way out of the men's grasp and run away, then hid in some bushes until after they left the area.  Police are describing the suspects as Hispanic men in their 20s, about six feet tall with medium builds, both wearing dark clothing.

Teens Accused Of Burglarizing Wilsonville School

(Wilsonville, OR)  --  Four teenagers are in trouble with the law, after being accused of burglarizing Boones Ferry Primary School in Wilsonville.  Sheriff's deputies told KATU-TV they found and apprehended four teenage suspects who were seen running from the school around 6:30 yesterday evening.  Authorities say the teens had stolen various items, which were recovered during the arrests.  Deputies say one of the teens entered the school through the roof and then let the other teens into the building.

Portland Woman Seriously Injured In Crash

(Pendleton, OR)  --  Two Portland-area women are being treated for injuries, following a crash in Pendleton.  Authorities say Shelley Whittaker of Portland was driving along I-84 Saturday night when she crashed into the back of a large vehicle.  Whittaker and her passenger, Tuesday Hailey of Hillsboro, were able to get out of the vehicle before it caught fire.  Police say Whittaker is listed in serious condition, and Hailey sustained less serious injuries.

Gas Prices Fall

(Portland, OR)  --  Prices at the gas pump are still falling slowly.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular fell about a half-cent overnight, to just over three-02 a gallon.  Regular gas sold for an average of three-25 a gallon at this time last month.

Two Injured In Hash-Oil Blast At Gas Station

(Tigard, OR)  --  Two men are being treated for burns following a hash-oil explosion in a gas station restroom in Tigard.  Police say the men were trying to extract hash oil from marijuana in a bathroom at the 76 station on Southwest Greenburg Road.  The explosion caused "significant" damage to the restroom.  Police say 18-year-old Dennis Tapia and 23-year-old Jose Rios, both of Tigard, suffered severe burns.

Woman Arrested Following Hit-And-Run

(Portland, OR)  --  A woman who's accused of hitting a man with her vehicle in Southeast Portland and driving away is now in custody.  Police say 27-year-old Ariel Neuman ran into 21-year-old Jordan Jackson yesterday morning with her Volkswagen Beetle, in the area of Southeast 30th and Steele.  Police say Jackson was found lying in the street, but is expected to survive his injuries.  Neuman was booked for third-degree assault, felony hit-and-run, DUII, and reckless driving.

Stabbing Suspect In Custody

(McMinnville, OR)  --  A Coos Bay man is in custody after being accused of stabbing another man in McMinnville.  Police say Stephen Brandon Garr stabbed Jaime Alfredo Jimenez of McMinnville during a fight early yesterday morning near the intersection of Northeast 3rd Street and Evans.  Jiminez was stabbed repeatedly, but police say he's expected to survive.  Garr is being held in the Yamhill County Jail.

Measure 92 Likely To Be Recounted

(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon's GMO-labeling measure is likely headed for a recount.  Measure 92, which would require labeling for foods with genetically-modified ingredients, has such a small gap between "yes" and "no" votes that a recount may be needed.  The latest vote tally shows the measure failing by just under 15-hundred votes, which is within the three-thousand-vote threshold that triggers an automatic recount.  The deadline to finish counting votes for the November 4th election is Monday at five p.m.

Woman Killed In Officer-involved Shooting

(Beaverton, OR)  --  Beaverton police say a woman who was killed in an officer-involved shooting was suicidal.  Officers responded yesterday to a report of a suicidal woman who had access to guns and knives at a home on Conestoga Drive.  Officials say the woman came in and out of the house with a rifle several times, and was shot when she pointed the gun at police.  The woman's name hasn't been released.

Food-cart Worker Accused Of Dealing Heroin

(Portland, OR)  --  A food-cart worker, who's accused of dealing heroin behind the business, is in custody.  Portland police say 40-year-old Christopher Bartz was arrested Tuesday near the Satay Indonesian food cart at Southwest 9th and Alder.  Authorities say a confidential informant told police that Bartz dealt heroin directly behind the business.  Bartz is to make his next court appearance on November 28th.

Memorial Service Scheduled For Longtime Beaverton City Councilmember

(Beaverton, OR)  --  A memorial service will be held Sunday for former longtime Beaverton City Councilmember Cathy Stanton.  Stanton died last Sunday at the age of 65 of complications caused by a stroke.  She served on the Council for 19 years before stepping down in 2012, and was a volunteer for the Beaverton City Library.  The memorial service will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Beaverton Christian Church on Southwest Allen Boulevard.

Father Of Girl Sought By Police Turns Himself In

(Ashland, OR)  --  Police say a man who authorities believe took his daughter in violation of a custody agreement has turned himself in.  Officials say seven-year-old Reagan Bute is safe after her father surrendered yesterday to police in the Jackson County community of Ashland.  Investigators began looking for the girl after Paul Bute was reported to have taken her out of her McMinnville school early on Wednesday.  Police say the father had lost custody of his daughter in court.

Former Miss Teen Oregon Facing Drug Charges

(Keizer, OR)  --  A former Miss Teen Oregon is facing drug-related charges.  Twenty-three-year-old Jamie France was one of three people arrested after police received a tip about drugs being sold out of a house in Keizer.  France was named Miss Teen Oregon-World in 2009.  She was booked on charges of possessing meth, heroin, and Suboxone.  Also facing charges are Erin Wells and Jarrod Wells, who are both 37.

Multnomah County Residents Warned Of Phone Scam

(Portland, OR)  --  Multnomah County residents are being warned of a phone scam in which the caller claims to be with the sheriff's office.  Deputies say the caller demands payment for an outstanding arrest warrant and tells the intended victim to purchase a Green Dot, MoneyPak, or Vanilla Network reloadable card to make the payment.  Authorities say none of those who reported the scam lost any money.  The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says it would never call anyone to ask for a payment over the phone for warrants or traffic fines.

Missing Man Found Dead

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating the death of a Portland man who had been reported missing.  The body of 70-year-old John Lloyd Scott, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, was found yesterday morning near Johnson Creek in Southeast Portland.  Scott was dropped off Monday afternoon by family members at a MAX platform, where he was to catch a train to Clackamas Town Center, but called family late that night to say he was lost "near the bike trail."  A search-and-rescue dog found Scott's body.

Portland Man Faces Sex-crimes Charges

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man is under indictment after being accused of sex crimes involving a minor.  The indictment was handed up against Terrence Patrick Bean, a Portland real-estate developer who helped found a national gay-rights organization.  Bean's attorney, Kristen Winemiller, claims that Bean was a target of an extortion ring "led by several men known to law enforcement."  The Portland police sex crimes unit is leading the investigation.

PSU: Oregon's Population Rising

(Portland, OR)  --  A new report from Portland State University says in-migration is boosting Oregon's population.  PSU's Population Research Center says the number of Oregon residents grew by one-point-one percent from last year, to more than three-point-nine-million.  The report says 74 percent of the increase is because of migration, while the remainder is accounted for by the number of births minus the number of deaths.

Police Say Young Girl "Illegally" In Father's Custody

(McMinnville, OR)  --  McMinnville police are looking for a seven-year-old girl who's reported to be illegally in the custody of her father.  Authorities say Reagan Bute was last seen with her father, Robert Paul Bute, when he took her out of school at 11:15 yesterday morning.  Police describe Reagan Bute as standing three-feet-six and having brown hair and blue eyes, while 38-year-old Robert Paul Bute is described as being five-feet-eight with brown hair and brown eyes.  Officials say Robert Bute recently lost custody of his daughter in court.

Plea Deal For Man Accused Of Killing Estranged Wife

(Portland, OR)  --  A man accused of killing his estranged wife will avoid trial after agreeing to a plea deal.  Multnomah County prosecutors say Joshua Cavett will plead guilty to shooting 27-year-old Jessie Cavett to death in October 2013.  Joshua Cavett will spend life in prison, but it's not certain yet whether the possibility of parole will be included.  The court hearing is scheduled for Monday.

Ferguson Says He'll Sue Feds Over Hanford

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson says he's informed the federal government that he plans to sue them over safety violations at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.  Ferguson's intentions are being made known following reports released in October, which say the U.S. Department of Energy isn't properly equipped to make sure workers aren't becoming ill from harmful vapors.  Hanford is considered the nation's most polluted nuclear site.  The state of Washington is currently trying to develop a legally enforceable plan to protect workers from the vapors.

Audit: Portland Data Security Out Of Compliance With Standard

(Portland, OR)  --   A new audit report says the City of Portland hasn't been compliant with the industry standard on data security for debit- and credit-card payments.  The audit says the city has been non-compliant for five years, which could put consumers' sensitive information at risk of being stolen.  The audit cites city services that are paid for with a debit and credit, card including taxes, license fees, inspection and permit fees, parks and recreation programs, water and sewer bills, parking garages, and parking meters.  City officials say steps will be taken to meet the Payment Card Industry compliance standards.

Sellwood Bridge Closed For Three Days

(Portland, OR)  --  Beginning at five o'clock this morning, Portland's Sellwood Bridge will be closed for three days as crews continue construction on the new bridge.  The closure will allow the contractor to divert traffic onto the new east approach from Southeast Tacoma Street.  Officials say the bridge should reopen no later than midnight Friday.

Sex Offender Arrested Following Incident At PSU

(Portland, OR)  --  A convicted sex offender is behind bars after being accused of exposing himself near a female student at Portland State University.  Police say 33-year-old James Ray McNeil is also accused of entering a room at the Estate Hotel on Couch Street, stripping naked, and lying next to a woman who was sleeping.  McNeil was arrested Monday at Lincoln Hall on the Portland State campus.  He's been booked on charges including public indecency and first-degree sex abuse.

Lawmakers To Be Asked To Allow Local Pot Taxes

(Salem, OR)  --  The League of Oregon Cities says it plans to ask the state Legislature next year to allow city governments to implement local taxes on marijuana.  "The Oregonian" reports at least 70 cities, including Portland and its suburbs, want to be allowed to pass their own taxes on pot.  The recreational use of marijuana was approved by Oregon voters in the November 5th election, but Measure 91 prohibits local taxes.  Sponsors of the measure say local taxes could drive up the cost of legal marijuana to the point of encouraging pot users to continue buying on the black market.

Accused Package Thief Arrested

(Portland, OR)  --  A man accused of stealing packages from porches in Northwest Portland is facing charges.  Police say 39-year-old Aaron James Barnett is suspected of stealing the packages as he walked around the area earlier this month.  Authorities are encouraging people who shop online to consider different options for delivery of their goods, including having them brought to a workplace or other secure location.  Police say a spike in the number of package thefts is often seen at this time of year.

Police Investigate Alleged Sex Recordings By Grant HS Students

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say the bureau's Sex Crimes Unit is investigating reports of sex videos recorded by Grant High School students of fellow students.  Authorities say the recordings were reported to have been made on and off campus.  KOIN-TV reports students are being suspended and could face expulsion.  Police are calling it a child-porn investigation because of the ages of those involved.

Police Search For Missing 15-year-old

(Salem, OR)  --  Salem police are looking for a missing 15-year-old girl who may need medical attention.  Authorities say Bethany Desanto ran away from her foster home on September 19th.  Police say Desanto often wears a long, purple wig, and has been known to hang around transient camps near Portland Road and Hyacinth Street Northeast in Salem.  Bethany is described as white, five-feet-six, weighing 232 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.

Eight People Displaced By Condo Fire

(Beaverton, OR)  --  Eight people are looking for new living quarters after a fire ripped through a condominium building in Beaverton.  Fire officials say six condos were damaged in the Sunday night fire.  Everyone in the building was able to safely get out, but firefighters spent the overnight hours putting out hot spots.  Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the two-alarm blaze.

Missing Alzheimer's Patient Being Sought

(Portland, OR)  --  An elderly Southeast Portland man who suffers from Alzheimer's disease is reported to be missing.  Seventy-year-old John Lloyd Scott was last seen around one o'clock yesterday afternoon when relatives dropped him off at the Holgate MAX platform.  Scott was on his way to Clackamas Town Center, but called family around eleven o'clock last night to tell them he had gotten lost "near the bike trail."  Scott is described as white, five-feet-seven, with a thin build and gray hair, last seen wearing a blue windbreaker with white stripes on the sleeves, black pants, and a hat.

Armed Man Surrenders After Five-hour Standoff

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is undergoing a mental evaluation after engaging in a five-hour standoff with Portland police.  Authorities say the man was suicidal and was armed with knives when officers found him standing on a vehicle yesterday morning on Southeast 81st Avenue.  Officers responded to the scene after a report of a man trying to break into a home nearby.  Officials say the 53-year-old man surrendered shortly after noon, having suffered minor, self-inflicted cuts.

Man Suspected Of Cold-case Murder Of Portland Woman

(Portland, OR)  --  A man accused of murdering a Portland woman 26 years ago is awaiting extradition to Oregon.  Police say Walter Wayne Howard has been arrested in San Diego for the murder of 25-year-old Renee Harvey, who was found dead in her home on Southeast 27th Avenue in January 1988.  The case is being heard by a Multnomah County grand jury.

Five Cars Crushed By Tree In Tigard Neighborhood

(Tigard, OR)  --  Police are reporting no injuries after a large tree fell on and crushed five cars in a Tigard neighborhood.  Officials say high winds caused the oak tree to topple early yesterday morning onto the vehicles, which were parked at homes on Pine Street.  Crews needed about eight hours to clear the street.  Washington County crews have had to deal this week with a number of other fallen-tree-related incidents caused by weather.

Good Samaritan Finds Missing Salem K-9

(Salem, OR)  --  A member of the Salem Police Department's K-9 crew is safe.  Rex, a police narcotics-detection German Shepherd, was found yesterday afternoon after he escaped earlier in the day from his handler's residence.  A Good Samaritan found Rex on Titan Drive Northwest in Salem and contacted the police department.

Elementary Principal On Leave Amid Domestic Violence Case

(Portland, OR)  --  The principal of a Portland elementary school is on paid leave, pending the investigation of a domestic violence case.  KATU-TV reports Kelly Elementary School principal Marti Diaz was arrested on October 30th on charges of fourth-degree assault and domestic violence.  Portland police say Diaz was booked into the Clackamas County Jail following the arrest.  The case remains under investigation, but the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office has declined to pursue charges.

Outages Still Affecting Hundreds

(Portland, OR)  --  Electricity is still out for hundreds of customers south of Portland.  Portland General Electric officials say more than 800 customers remain without power after wintry conditions and high winds swept through the area over the past couple of days, resulting in downed trees and power lines.  PGE says the remaining outages are affecting customers south of McMinnville and in the Salem area.

Hit-and-run Driver Sought After Cyclist Hit

(Tigard, OR)  --  Police are looking for a hit-and-run driver after a bicyclist was hit in Tigard.  The cyclist, 37-year-old Brian Bledsoe, is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries after he was hit yesterday while riding in the area of Southwest 115th and Southwest North Dakota Street.  Police say the driver of the Dodge pickup truck got out and went over to where Bledsoe was lying, then got back in the truck and drove off.  The pickup is described as full-size and either dark blue or black, while the driver is described as a white male in his 20s or 30s with a slender build.

Hundreds Without Power In Portland Area

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland General Electric reports hundreds remain without electricity because of high winds that downed trees and power lines.  The outages are affecting customers in Multnomah, Clackamas, and Multnomah counties.  Clark Public Utilities crews are also working to restore power throughout the Vancouver area.

Man Pinned In Home Office By Fallen Tree

(Oregon City, OR)  --  An Oregon City man is hospitalized after being pinned to his desk by a fallen tree.  Officials say the man was in his home office off Highway 213 yesterday when a fir tree crashed into the house and pinned the man.  Firefighters were able to free him and have him airlifted to a hospital.  There's no word on his condition.

House Democrats Retain Kotek, Hoyle

(Salem, OR)  --  The top leadership in the Oregon House of Representatives will remain intact.  Tina Kotek of Portland will stay on as House speaker, and Val Hoyle of Eugene will continue as majority leader.  The new House speaker pro tem is Beaverton Representative Tobias Read.  Kotek, who was elected to the House in 2006, has been speaker since after the 2012 elections.

Suspect Arrested After Salem Man Found Dead

(Salem, OR)  --  A suspect is in custody after a Salem man was found dead.  Police say 22-year-old Beau W. Smith is accused of killing 66-year-old Michael Hampshire, whose body was found around three a.m. yesterday, lying near the intersection of D Street Northeast and Winter Street Northeast.  Smith is identified as a Willamette University student who plays on the football team.  Police say Smith phoned police before Hampshire was found and told them he had been in a fight. 

Uber Sets Up Shop In Portland Suburbs

(Beaverton, OR)  --  The ride-share service known as Uber will do business in the Portland suburbs.  The company announced yesterday that it has made deals with the cities of Beaverton, Hillsboro, Gresham, and Tigard.  Uber, who's been prohibited from operating in Portland, does business with customers via a smartphone app.  Customers will be able to get rides into Portland, but won't be allowed to be picked up there.

Missing Woman With Dementia Found Safe

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say a missing woman with severe dementia has been found safe.  Seventy-five-year-old Margaret Richardson left her home in the Sunnyside neighborhood yesterday morning and was seen walking in the area of Southeast 33rd Avenue and Belmont about two in the afternoon.  She was reported not to have brought her purse or any money.  She was located later in the afternoon and was reported to be fine.

Multnomah DA: No More Prosecution Of Minor Pot Cases

(Portland, OR)  --  The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office says it will no longer prosecute marijuana cases whose offenses will be considered legal as of July 1st of next year.  Oregonians voted last week to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for adults 21 and older.  The D.A.'s Office says it will drop charges related to conduct that will be legal in July 2015, because a majority of Multnomah County voters support the legalization of marijuana in certain amounts.

Portland Police Investigate Murder-suicide

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say a man shot and killed himself after he earlier killed his ex-wife.  Authorities say 46-year-old Nicolette Naomi Elias was found dead yesterday morning at a home on Southwest Brugger Street after officers responded to reports of shots being fired.  Police say 47-year-old Ian Martin Elias was later found at his home on Northeast 25th Avenue.  Officials say the man left his ex-wife's home with his two young daughters, but both girls were found safe with their stepmother.

Man Accused Of Molesting Girl At Daycare

(Gresham, OR)  --  A Gresham man is in police custody, after he was accused of sexually molesting a young girl at his mother's daycare facility.  Police say physicians at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center examined the three-year-old girl on October 23rd and determined she had been sexually abused.  Twenty-one-year-old Damon Hoyer is facing a number of charges, including first-degree criminal mistreatment.  Investigators say Hoyer has been linked to the crime through DNA.

Street Maintenance Fee Plan Unveiled

(Portland, OR)  --  A plan for a street maintenance fee in Portland calls for charging residents according to their incomes.  Under the plan, proposed by Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick, the fees would range from five dollars to ten dollars per month.  Fees charged to businesses would depend on how many people the business employs.  A public hearing on the proposal will be held on November 20th.

Longview Man Shoots Self In Courthouse Parking Lot

(Longview, WA)  --  A Longview man is being treated for serious injuries after he shot himself while in a courthouse parking lot, following a hung jury at his trial.  Cowlitz County sheriff's deputies say 72-year-old Cleon Moen grabbed a shotgun out of his vehicle and shot himself in the head yesterday, after a mistrial was declared in the case of misdemeanor assault-domestic violence against him.  Authorities say a note was found in which Moen wrote of having marital problems and intending to shoot himself.

Couple Found Guilty In 12-year-old Daughter's Death

(Albany, OR)  --  An Albany couple is awaiting sentencing after being found guilty of manslaughter in the death of their daughter.  A jury returned yesterday with the verdict against Wenona and Travis Rossiter, who had relied on prayer to treat their dying daughter rather than medical help.  Syble Rossiter died in February 2013 after being denied medication for her diabetes.  Sentencing is scheduled for next month.

Teen Hikers Rescued On Mount Hood

(Clackamas County, OR)  --  Two teenage hikers are said to be doing fine after being rescued on Mount Hood.  The search for the Tigard-area teens began late Saturday night after they got separated while hiking to the Snow Dragon Ice Caves on the Sandy Glacier.  Multiple agencies participated in the search, and the first teen was found and rescued early yesterday morning and was treated for mild exposure.  The second teen was later located on the Top Spur trail.

Car Crashes Into Business, ATM Stolen

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police are looking for suspects, after a car crashed into a Walgreens pharmacy and an ATM was stolen.  Authorities say an SUV slammed into the pharmacy on 39th and Southeast Holgate Boulevard around 4:30 yesterday morning, after which two people got out of the vehicle and stole the ATM inside.  Police say the vehicle is described as a dark-colored, smaller SUV with a spare tire on the back.

Lift-span Malfunction Caused Hawthorne Bridge Closure

(Portland, OR)  --  The Hawthorne Bridge is working properly again after a lift-span malfunction forced its closure for several hours.  Officials say the lift-span got stuck around 10:40 yesterday morning.  The bridge was shut down while crews made mechanical repairs.  The bridge was opened again to traffic by about two p.m.

Woman Accused Of Crashing Car Into Cornelius City Hall

(Cornelius, OR)  --  A woman is facing multiple charges after being accused of crashing a car into Cornelius City Hall.  Police say 21-year-old Jennifer Martinez-Juarez was intoxicated when she drove across the lawn of City Hall early Saturday morning and slammed into the building.  Authorities say the suspect then drove on, but was stopped by police several blocks down the road.  Officials say Martinez-Juarez had been a primary aggressor in a domestic harassment incident against her boyfriend before leaving a local bar.

Two Killed In Crash Near Woodburn

(Woodburn, OR)  --  Two people are dead, following a head-on collision near Woodburn.  Police say 45-year-old Leora Casey of Sherwood and 19-year-old Kyle Sanders of Gresham were killed near the intersection of French Prairie Road and Lebrun Road around seven a.m. yesterday.  Investigators say Casey was trying to pass another vehicle when she crashed into Sanders's car

Squatters Evicted From Otherwise Vacant Home

(Portland, OR)  --  After about a year of squatting in a vacant home in Northeast Portland, a group of eight illegal residents is gone.  Police who arrived at the residence yesterday told KOIN-TV the house was in the worst shape they'd ever seen.  The boarded-up home, which has no electricity or water, was occupied by the squatters for months until the city was able to issue an eviction order.  The city has been unable to contact the owner of the home, who is reportedly in default on the loan.

Murder Suspect Returned To Washington

(Port Orchard, WA)  --  A man accused of killing his girlfriend and posting graphic photos of the body online is back in Washington.  Thirty-three-year-old David Kalac is accused of murdering 30-year-old Amber Coplin at her home earlier this week.  Kalac was arrested Wednesday in Wilsonville following a manhunt, and has been extradited to Kitsap County.  An autopsy revealed Coplin died of strangulation and blunt-force trauma.

Man Gets 90 Days For Crashing Into Teen

(Oregon City, OR)  --  A man who crashed into a teen pedestrian in Clackamas County will spend 90 days in jail, after pleading guilty to DUII and third-degree assault.  Corey Michael Brownlee entered the plea yesterday as part of a deal with prosecutors.  The May 13th crash on Southeast River Road seriously injured 15-year-old Kameron Howell-Meeker, who has undergone several surgeries and faces a year of rehabilitation.  Brownlee will also be on probation for five years.

Police Chase Ends With Arrest

(Wilsonville, OR)  --  A man accused of threatening a woman with a machete is in custody, following a high-speed police chase.  Authorities say after the threat near Wilsonville City Hall was reported, police spotted the suspect's vehicle and began pursuit.  Officials say the man was chased along I-5, and was eventually cornered after he left his vehicle and jumped into a creek behind a Sherwood apartment complex.  Police say 30-year-old Donovan Moon had stolen the vehicle from a rental agency, and had two Molotov cocktails in the car.

Murder Suspect Arrested In Wilsonville

(Wilsonville, OR)  --  A man accused of killing his girlfriend in Port Orchard, Washington is now behind bars in Portland.  Authorities say 33-year-old David Kalac murdered Amber Coplin and anonymously posted graphic photos of her body on the Internet.  Police say Kalac became the subject of a manhunt after Coplin's car was found abandoned in Portland.  Officials say Kalac was arrested yesterday after he approached a Wilsonville police officer and said there was a warrant out for his arrest.

Body Of Missing Person Found In Tillamook County

(Tillamook County, OR)  --  Sheriff's deputies are investigating, after the body of a person who had been reported missing was found in Tillamook County.  The man had been missing since Tuesday night off a hiking trail in the Cascade Head area.  His name hasn't been released.  Sheriff Andy Long says there's no evidence of foul play.

New Charges Filed Against Murder Suspect

(Portland, OR)  --  A man who's accused of committing a murder near Portland City Hall is facing new charges.  A grand jury has issued an indictment against 20-year-old Andrew William Metzler, charging him with first-degree assault, third-degree assault, and unlawful use of a weapon, in addition to the murder charge.  Eighteen-year-old Wesley Lawrence Curtis is also accused of being involved in the murder of 43-year-old Marc Sundlin, who was found stabbed to death across the street from City Hall on October 20th.  Metzler is scheduled for arraignment later this morning.

Teenage Girl Accused Of Armed Robberies

(Portland, OR)  --  A 17-year-old girl is in custody after she was accused of robbing two North Portland convenience stores at gunpoint.  Police say Stevonna Slater is suspected of robbing a Shell station and a Plaid Pantry within ten minutes of each other on August 9th.  Authorities say Slater was identified through an anonymous tip.

Part Of Highway 224 Closed By Landslide

(Estacada, OR)  --  Part of Highway 224 east of Estacada is closed because of a landslide.  State transportation officials say the stretch of 224 between mileposts 31 and 37 is closed until further notice.  That area of the highway recently reopened following the Pit 36 wildfire, and officials say the landslide occurred in the same area.  ODOT says hillsides along Highway 224 are being monitored because of the continuing potential for landslides.

Oregon Driver's License Measure Fails

(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon voters are rejecting a measure that would allow people who can't prove their legal status in the United States to get four-year driver's cards.  Incomplete returns show the tally at 68 percent against and 32 percent in favor of Measure 88.  Supporters of the measure say it would make the streets safer by forcing people to learn driving rules and regulations and buy auto insurance.  Law-enforcement officials are among those who oppose the measure, saying it would reward illegal behavior.

Court: Man Admitted Smoking Pot Before Hitting Pedestrians

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Prosecutors say a man who crashed into a group of pedestrians and killed a seven-year-old girl admitted to smoking pot two hours beforehand.  Duane Abbott appeared yesterday in a Vancouver courtroom to hear the charges against him.  Abbott is accused of hitting a group of trick-or-treaters on Halloween night, resulting in the death of seven-year-old Cadence Boyer.  "The Oregonian" reports Cadence's mother is listed in good condition and a six-year-old girl has been released from the hospital, but a second woman is listed in critical condition.

Measure To Legalize Recreational Pot Leads In Oregon

(Salem, OR)  --  A measure that would legalize recreational use of marijuana in Oregon is on its way to passage.  In unofficial returns, Measure 91 leads by a margin of 54 percent to 46 percent.  The measure would allow possession, manufacture, and sale of marijuana among adults 21 and older, subject to state licensing, regulation, and taxation.  Only two years ago, a similar measure was rejected by Oregon voters.

Kitzhaber Leading In Re-election Bid

(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon's Democratic incumbent Governor John Kitzhaber appears headed for a fourth term in office.  Kitzhaber is leading GOP challenger Dennis Richardson by a margin of 49 percent to 46 percent.  The governor is projected as the winner, despite being embroiled in controversy surrounding his fiancee, Cynthia Hayes, in the weeks leading up to the election.  Richardson has yet to concede the race, saying the margin is too slim.

Woman Charged With Manslaughter, Murder In Son's Death

(Newport, OR)  --  A woman who's accused of throwing her autistic six-year-old son off the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport is facing manslaughter and murder charges.  London McCabe's body was pulled from the water late Monday night.  His mother, Jillian McCabe, is scheduled to appear in court again next week, and her bail is set at 750-thousand dollars.  Police say McCabe told them she threw the boy off the bridge.

Merkley Cruises To Re-election

(Salem, OR)  --  Jeff Merkley will remain Oregon's junior U.S. senator for another six years.  The Democratic incumbent has easily defeated Republican challenger Monica Wehby, 55 percent to 38 percent.  Wehby, who's a pediatric neurosurgeon, was unable to overcome some controversial issues, including allegations of stalking that were lodged by an ex-boyfriend.  This will be Merkley's second term in the Senate.

Ex-aide To Kitzhaber Says Questions About Hayes Got Her Fired

(Salem, OR)  --  A former aide to Governor John Kitzhaber says she was fired after raising questions about work in the governor's office being done by first lady Cylvia Hayes.  "The Oregonian" reports that Nkenge [[ nuh-KEN-gay ]] Harmon Johnson said she was dismissed after Hayes, who was her boss, became upset with her in July over a comment about Hayes's plans for a meeting with an Oregon business.  Johnson claims that she was told to resign because the governor had said the first lady felt Johnson couldn't be trusted.  A spokeswoman for Kitzhaber says Johnson "was let go because of job performance issues."

Man Booked Following Death Of Seven-year-old

(Vancouver, WA)  --  A man who's accused of crashing into a group of trick-or-treaters on Halloween night and killing a seven-year-old girl is behind bars.  Police say 47-year-old Duane Abbott jumped a curb and hit the group of four while they were on a sidewalk at the intersection of Northeast 112th and 39th in Vancouver.  Seven-year-old Cadence Boyer died Sunday after being taken off life-support.  Cadence's mother, Annie Arnold, remains hospitalized, 30-year-old Chelina Alsteen is said to be in a coma, and a six-year-old girl is listed in critical condition.

Woman Tells Police She Hurled Son Off Bridge

(Newport, OR)  --  Newport police say they've recovered the body of a young boy hurled from a bridge by his own mother.  Authorities got a 911 call yesterday from the mother, 34-year-old Jillian McCabe, saying she threw the six-year-old off the Yaquina Bay Bridge into the frigid waters 100 feet below.  The body was recovered by a Coast Guard crew around eleven o'clock last night.  Police say McCabe is facing several charges.

Three Pre-school Children Sickened By E. Coli In West Linn

(West Linn, OR)  --  Clackamas County health officials say three pre-school children in West Linn have been sickened by E. coli.  The health department says all children at Heart Centered Montessori School will be tested to determine whether anyone else is infected with E. coli but not yet showing symptoms.  Officials say two children were hospitalized in September and October after becoming sick with a potentially deadly strain of E. coli, and a third child tested positive for the bacteria.  The health department says it hasn't found the source of the E. coli.


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