Regional News Archives for 2015-06

Historic Stadium Destroyed By Fire

(Eugene, OR)  --  Civic Stadium in Eugene is considered a total loss, after a fire ripped through the historic structure.  The stadium was built in 1938 as a WPA project during the great depression, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.  About 38 fire units were involved in battling the two-alarm blaze yesterday evening.  No injuries were reported, and investigators are trying to determine how the fire started.

Man Shot By Police At Portland WinCo

(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities say a man was shot and killed by police officers outside the WinCo Foods in Northeast Portland.  The shooting happened late Sunday night, when Allen Bellew was wounded after reportedly pointing a pistol at the officers.  Medics who arrived at the scene minutes later pronounced Bellew dead.  Police say the gun Bellew pointed at the officers turned out to be a starter pistol.    

Portland Man Dies At Festival In Gorge

(George, WA)  --  An autopsy is to be performed today on the body of 22-year-old Beau Brooks of Portland, who died during the Paradiso music festival at the Gorge Amphitheater.  Authorities say Brooks was found unresponsive several hours after he got separated from his group at the festival.  One person died at the Paradiso festival in 2013 after overdosing on the drug known as Molly.

Suspect In Custody Following Deadly Stabbing

(Portland, OR)  --  A suspect is in police custody, following a deadly stabbing at an apartment complex in East Portland.  A man in his 50s is accused of stabbing a man in his 20s to death yesterday at the Seven Gables Apartments on Southeast 122nd Avenue.  "The Oregonian" reports the suspect was known to police and was taken to a hospital for treatment of heat-related issues.  No names have been released.

Hales Names New Chief Of Staff

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Mayor Charlie Hales has a new chief of staff.  Josh Alpert is replacing Gail Shibley, who is moving on to a position with the Oregon Youth Authority.  Alpert was brought in by Hales after the 2012 election to advise the then-mayor-elect on policy.  Alpert served as interim chief of staff when Shibley was out of town.

WA Wildfire Ten-percent Contained

(Wenatchee, WA)  --  Officials report the Sleepy Hollow wildfire in Wenatchee, Washington is ten-percent contained, but not before destroying two-dozen homes.  A cardboard recycling facility and two other businesses in downtown Wenatchee were also destroyed.  More than 100 structures are under threat after the wildfire scorched about three-thousand acres.  There have been no injuries reported, but hundreds of residents in the area are being urged to evacuate.

Portland-area Gas Prices Steady

(Portland, OR)  --  Prices at the gas pump are holding steady in the Portland area.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is virtually unchanged from yesterday, at about three-14 a gallon.  That's about a penny-and-a-half higher than a week ago and a dime a gallon above the average at this point last month.

Three Critical Following Molalla Crash

(Molalla, OR)  --  Three people are in critical condition, after a car plunged over an embankment by the Molalla River.  Clackamas County sheriff's deputies say it appears alcohol was a factor in the crash, which happened late yesterday afternoon.  Authorities say the car dropped about 40 feet to the riverbed after traveling along South Molalla Forest Road.  Deputies say the three young men who were injured are from Newberg.

Tigard Man Dies While Fishing

(Newport, OR)  --  A 64-year-old Tigard man is dead, after going on a fishing trip near Newport.  Oregon State Police say Richard Enderle [[ EN-der-lee ]] was fishing for halibut about 24 miles out to sea when he apparently had a medical episode around ten o'clock yesterday morning.  His companions aboard the boat called for help, and Enderle was taken to the Yaquina Bay Coast Guard Station, where he was pronounced dead.

Motorcyclist Killed In Tigard Crash

(Tigard, OR)  --  A motorcyclist is dead, following a crash on Highway 99 in Tigard.  The wreck happened around 3:30 p.m. yesterday at the intersection with Walnut Street.  A stretch of Highway 99 was restricted to one open lane in each direction as the on-scene investigation was conducted.  The name of the motorcyclist hasn't been released.

Nine Killed Aboard Sightseeing Plane In Alaska

(Ketchikan, AK)  --  Officials say all nine people aboard a sightseeing plane died when the aircraft crashed yesterday afternoon in southeast Alaska.  Authorities say the eight passengers aboard the plane had sailed on a cruise ship that departed Seattle earlier this month.  Officials with Seattle-based Holland America say the crash happened about 20 miles northeast of Ketchikan.  The eight passengers had sailed on the Westerdam, which left Seattle on June 20th.

Gas Prices Slightly Higher

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland-area fuel prices are up slightly.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is about three-13 a gallon, a half-cent higher than yesterday.  The national average for regular is two-78 a gallon.

Man Accused Of Beheading Mother's Cat

(Salem, OR)  --  A Salem man is facing charges after being accused of beheading his mother's cat.  Sheriff's deputies say Rudi Espinoza told them he decapitated the animal because it was "evil and nosy."  The dead cat was found yesterday in a house on Shawnee Lane Southeast in Salem.  Bail for Espinosa is set at 100-thousand dollars.

Teenage Boy Drowns In Sandy River

(Gresham, OR)  --  Multnomah County sheriff's deputies are investigating, after a 13-year-old boy drowned in the Sandy River.  Officials say Aaron Peters of Port Angeles, Washington was pulled from the river at Oxbow Regional Park in Gresham yesterday.  Authorities say Peters was swimming with a Native American leadership group around 3:30 yesterday afternoon when he disappeared under the surface.  He was pulled out about 20 minutes later and was taken to Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Hillsboro Man Dies In Crash

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A Hillsboro man is dead after losing control of his pickup truck.  Authorities say 52-year-old Patrick Michael Conley crashed into an oak tree yesterday morning, after traveling along Northwest Jackson School Road at about 60 miles per hour.  Washington County sheriff's deputies say Conley was alone in the pickup at the time of the crash.

Gasoline Prices Steady

(Portland, OR)  --  Triple-A reports gasoline prices in the Portland area are flat from yesterday.  The average is three-13 for a gallon of regular, which is a nickel a gallon above the average of a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-78 a gallon.

Salem Fire Displaces 25 People

(Salem, OR)  --  Twenty-five tenants are looking for other living quarters, after a fire ripped through an apartment building in Salem.  The three-alarm blaze broke out around 5:20 yesterday afternoon at the complex on Northeast Satter Drive.  Officials say the fire damaged or destroyed eight units, but no one was injured.  Investigators are trying to determine what started the fire.

Officials ID Teen Who Drowned At Salmon Falls

(Salem, OR)  --  Police say a teenager who drowned in the Santiam River was a recent graduate of West Salem High School.  Authorities say 17-year-old Blayk Wallace was pulled from the water Monday after disappearing beneath the surface while swimming with friends at Salmon Falls Park.  Witnesses began CPR, but Wallace died later at a hospital.

Car Slams Into Tigard Post Office

(Tigard, OR)  --  A 76-year-old woman is being hospitalized, after being hit by a car that crashed into the Tigard Post Office.  The wreck happened yesterday afternoon at the Postal Service office on Southwest Main Street.  Police say a 76-year-old woman who was in the post office suffered injuries not considered life-threatening.  Authorities say the 64-year-old driver won't be charged.

Firefighter Injured In Oregon City

(Oregon City, OR)  --  A firefighter is being treated for a head injury he suffered while battling a house fire in Oregon City.  The occupant of the home was able to get out safely after the blaze started yesterday afternoon in the 16-thousand-300 block of Oak Valley Drive.  Officials say a large piece of sheetrock fell and hit the firefighter during the operation.  The cause of the fire hasn't been determined.

Audit: Portland Needs Greater Oversight On Purchases

(Portland, OR)  --  The City of Portland needs to exercise greater oversight when it comes to paying for goods and services.  That's according to a new report from City Auditor Mary Hull Caballero.  Director of Audit Services Drummond Kahn told KOIN-TV the city isn't measuring the overall level of competition, even though the city provides an environment for open competition.  The report also says there's evidence of minority and gender disparity in city contracting.

Police: Babysitter Accused Of Raping Child

(Portland, OR)  --  Bail is set at two-point-75-million dollars for a man who's accused of sexually assaulting a nine-year-old girl.  Police say 48-year-old Robert Lee Hill was babysitting the victim for a family he knows in Southeast Portland.  Hill is facing multiple charges, including two counts of first-degree rape.  Multnomah County prosecutors are also accusing Hill of trying to get his wife to provide false testimony.

Gas Prices Move Up

(Portland, OR)  --  Prices at the gas pump are still increasing in the Portland area.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is a penny higher than yesterday, at three-13 a gallon.  It's also seven cents above the average at this time last week.

Inslee Wants "Kennewick Man" Remains Returned To Tribes

(Olympia, WA)  --  Governor Jay Inslee wants human remains known as Kennewick Man transferred to Washington's Native American tribes.  DNA evidence recently linked the 85-hundred-year-old remains, which were discovered in Kennewick in 1996, to Washington tribes.  The governor has asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to return the remains to the tribes for suitable reburial.  Inslee says it's time to respect the tribes' repeated requests for repatriation.

Trial Starts For Man Accused Of Killing Brother

(Portland, OR)  --  Trial is underway for a man accused of shooting his brother to death in Portland.  Mickey Omega Rolin was arrested following the Christmas Eve 2013 shooting death of Terry Lee Rolin.  Police say it appears the shooting stemmed from a fight between the two men.  Mickey Rolin has a criminal history that includes nine felony convictions.

Police ID Woman Killed In Crash

(Woodburn, OR)  --  Marion County sheriff's deputies believe alcohol was a factor in a crash that killed a 27-year-old woman.  She's been identified as Sabrina Guerra of Salem, who died Friday after being ejected from an SUV.  The driver, Wesley Thomas Hastings, lost control of the vehicle on a rural road near Woodburn.  Hastings is facing charges that include second-degree manslaughter and DUII.

Seventeen-year-old Drowns In Santiam Tributary

(Salem, OR)  --  Marion County sheriff's deputies say a 17-year-old boy drowned in a tributary of the Santiam River.  Authorities say the teen went under water and didn't resurface while swimming around 2:40 yesterday afternoon at Salmon Falls Park east of Salem.  The boy was pulled from the water by witnesses, who began CPR.  He was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Man Accused Of Raping Woman He Met Online

(Portland, OR)  --  A man who's accused of raping and kidnapping a woman he met online is behind bars.  Police say 22-two-year-old Jameson K. Hedges of Portland lured the woman to his apartment last month after making her think she was going on a job interview.  Authorities say Hedges sexually assaulted the victim until she was able to escape.  Hedges is facing multiple charges, including rape, kidnapping, robbery, and fourth-degree assault.

Pedestrian Injured In Northeast Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  A woman is being treated for a head injury after she was hit by a car in Northeast Portland.  Police say the woman may have been looking down at her cell phone while crossing near the intersection of Northeast 24th Avenue and Glisan yesterday afternoon.  She was hit by a driver who was making a turn as she walked well outside the nearest marked crosswalk.  She's expected to recover from her injuries.

Gas Prices Rise

(Portland, OR)  --  Prices at the gas pump are slightly higher.  Triple-A reports the Portland-area average for regular rose a fraction of a cent from yesterday, to just over three-12 a gallon.  That's seven cents higher than the average of a week ago.

Brush Fire Was Human-caused

(Portland, OR)  --  Officials say a brush fire that broke out on Sauvie Island was human-caused.  The Sauvie Island Fire Department says wind carried debris from a campfire on a nearby beach, sparking the blaze Saturday.  A Portland Fire Department boat assisted in extinguishing the fire.  No injuries or structure damage were reported.

Man's Death Investigated As Homicide

(Milwaukie, OR)  --  Sheriff's deputies say the death of a man whose body was found in a house in Milwaukie is being investigated as a homicide.  Clackamas County authorities say the body of 25-year-old Alexander Lee Mosbey was found around 9:45 p.m. Saturday at the home in the 14-thousand block of Briggs Street.  KATU-TV reports Mosbey had been arrested days before, and also had a felony charge that dated back to 2013.  No suspects have been identified in Mosbey's Death.

Fuel Prices Higher

(Portland, OR)  --  Triple-A reports higher fuel prices in the Portland area.  The average for regular gas is about three-12 a gallon, which is seven-and-a-half cents a gallon above the average of a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-79 a gallon.

Portland Hospital Placed On Lockdown

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say a bomb threat prompted last night's lockdown of Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.  The lockdown went into effect shortly after eleven o'clock, following a report of a mentally-ill man making threats about having a bomb.  "The Oregonian" reports the number of police units on the scene had dwindled by around midnight.  Portland Police Bureau Sergeant Greg Stewart said there appeared to be no bomb, but officers were working to ensure that everyone was safe.

Three Dead, Three Injured In Skamania County Crash

(Skamania, WA)  --  Police say three people died and three are injured, as a result of a head-on crash on S-R 14 in Skamania County.  Washington state troopers say a pickup truck crossed the center line Saturday night and slammed into an oncoming minivan.  Police say both drivers and a seven-year-old boy in the minivan died at the scene.  A woman and two other children are being hospitalized in Portland.  One of the kids is listed in critical condition.

Man Accused Of Threatening Workers With Bowie Knife

(Cornelius, OR)  --  Bail is set at a quarter-million dollars for a man who's accused of threatening workers at an equipment yard with a 12-inch knife.  Washington County sheriff's deputies say workers who arrived Saturday morning at the Frontier Communication equipment yard in Cornelius saw a number of the equipment trucks had been opened and items from them stockpiled in several locations.  Officials say the suspect was seen hiding on the property and pulled out the Bowie knife when confronted.  Deputies later arrested the man in a wooded area by a nearby Fred Meyer.

Portland AME Church Honors Charleston Shooting Victims

(Portland, OR)  --  The Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Portland is among many churches across Oregon and Washington to honor the victims of a mass shooting at a South Carolina church last week.  Members of the Bethel congregation wore black ribbons at yesterday's service in memory of the nine victims at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.  A candle was lit at Bethel for each victim, and one each was lit for peace and justice.

Baby Falls Four Stories, Critically Injured

(Portland, OR)  --  A one-year-old child is listed in critical condition after falling from a fourth-floor window.  Portland Fire & Rescue officials say the baby fell yesterday afternoon at a home in the 36-hundred block of Southeast 28th Avenue.  She's being treated at Oregon Health & Science University.

Motorcyclist Injured In Portland Race

(Portland, OR)  --  A motorcyclist competing at the Portland International Raceway is being treated for critical injuries following a crash.  Officials say the man was participating in Thursday Night Motorcross last night, when he was thrown off his motorbike and into a pole.  He's in critical condition at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.  A woman who was a spectator at the event was hit during the crash, but is listed in stable condition.

Dolezal Removed From Volunteer Police Panel

(Spokane, WA)  --  Former Spokane NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal, who resigned Monday during a racial-identity scandal, is no longer a member of the city's Police Ombudsman Commission.  The Spokane City Council voted to remove Dolezal from the panel, following an internal investigation into misconduct that targeted her and two other volunteer commissioners.  One of those investigated, Kevin Berkompas has resigned from the commission, and the third, Adrian Dominguez, will be given a chance to respond to the investigation's findings.  The "Spokesman-Review" reports Dolezal never responded to letters from Spokane Mayor David Condon asking her to resign.

Kids Rescued From Cowlitz River, One Critical

(Castle Rock, WA)  --  A five-year-old boy is listed in critical condition, after he and an eleven-year-old girl were pulled from the Cowlitz River.  Officials say both kids were floating on an inner tube in the river yesterday when they fell off and struggled to stay afloat.  The girl was rescued after grabbing onto a stump, and the boy was pulled from the river after he had drifted about a half-mile downstream.  The boy's condition is listed as critical, but the girl is expected to be okay.

Police Investigate Report Of Gunshots Near Lloyd Center

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police are investigating, following reports of shots fired near Lloyd Center.  Witnesses reported hearing several gunshots and seeing a group of men running south on Northeast 12th Avenue from Lloyd Boulevard.  Investigators say they've found evidence of gunfire, but haven't come across any victims.  Anyone with information helpful to the investigation is being asked to call the police non-emergency line, at 503-823-3333.

Man Charged In Deadly Crash In Happy Valley

(Happy Valley, OR)  --  A Happy Valley man is facing multiple charges, following a deadly crash at a stop light.  Police say a car driven by Alexander Delucia crashed into six cars at the light yesterday after exiting I-205 at Southeast Sunnyside Road.  A person inside one of the cars that was hit, Sheilah Krause, was injured and later died at a hospital.  Delucia is facing charges that include manslaughter, felony DUII, reckless endangering, and reckless driving.

Gas Prices Move Up

(Portland, OR)  --  Triple-A reports higher prices at the gas pump in the Portland area.  The average for regular is up two cents from yesterday, now standing at three-10 a gallon.  That's nearly eight cents a gallon above the average of a week ago.

Proposed Impeachment Resolution Likely To Fizzle

(Salem, OR)  --  A proposed resolution to ask Oregon voters to give the Legislature impeachment powers is likely to die in committee.  "The Oregonian" reports the resolution was drafted in response to the influence-peddling investigation that forced the resignation of Governor John Kitzhaber.  A spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader Diane Rosenbaum of Portland says there are no plans to schedule the bill.  Oregon is the only state in the union that has no process for impeaching and ousting its governor or other statewide elected officials.

Two Injured In Crash

(Eagle Creek, OR)  --  Two people are being hospitalized after a crash in Clackamas County.  Authorities say the wreck happened around three p.m. yesterday on Highway 224 near Eagle Creek.  A car went out of control and rolled into a ditch, trapping a man inside the vehicle.  The man was airlifted to a hospital after being extricated from the car.  A woman was also injured.

Man Seriously Injured In Industrial Accident

(Longview, WA)  --  A 70-year-old man is being treated for serious injuries after a concrete wall collapsed on top of him at a bark company in Longview.  The man, who's reported to be a company executive, had to undergo surgery.  Officials say workers were stacking three-thousand-pound barrier blocks on uneven ground, when the sand beneath the blocks gave way and caused them to fall on the victim's legs.

Portland Council Approves "Vision Zero" Initiative

(Portland, OR)  --  A resolution adopted by the Portland City Council aims to reduce the number of traffic-related deaths in the city.  The council has approved the "Vision Zero" resolution, which calls on Portland to adopt a goal of zero traffic fatalities by 2025.  Twenty-eight people died in traffic crashes in Portland in 2014, and ten have died so far this year.  A 150-thousand-dollar grant will be provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation to help develop the plan.

Deadly House Fire Investigated

(Portland, OR)  --  The investigation continues into a house fire that left a woman dead in Southeast Portland.  The blaze was reported around 11:15 Tuesday night at a house in the 99-hundred block of Southeast Division.  A man was rushed to a hospital after suffering smoke inhalation.  No names have been released so far.

Gas Prices Jump

(Portland, OR)  --  Drivers in the Portland area are paying more today for gasoline.  Triple-A's latest survey shows a gallon of regular averaging three-oh-eight a gallon, two cents higher than yesterday.  It's also about six-and-a-half cents a gallon above the average of a week ago.

Sex Offender With Violent History Being Sought

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police are looking for a sex offender who's described as having a history of violent behavior.  Authorities say 56-year-old Dennis John Davis, who's wanted for a parole violation, removed his electronic monitoring device after he was released from prison Friday.  Davis is described as white, five-feet-nine, 197 pounds, with gray hair and blue eyes, and police say he may have shaved his head.  Anyone seeing Davis is asked to call 911.

Journey Drummer Arrested In Salem

(Salem, OR)  --  Deen Castronovo, drummer for the rock group Journey, is facing a domestic dispute-related charge in Salem.  Authorities say police were called to Castronovo's home Sunday morning and he refused to come out, but he surrendered after officers entered the house.  Officials say Castronovo is accused of threatening to seriously injure the victim.  Castronovo made a ten-thousand-dollar donation earlier this year to South Albany High School after the school's band room was destroyed by an arsonist.

One Clark County Inmate Found After Two Escape

(Hockinson, OR)  --  Authorities say one of two Clark County inmates who slipped away from a work crew in Hockinson is back in custody.  Police are still on the lookout for 44-year-old Randall Jacob Marlow, who fled the work crew with 33-year-old Donald William McLain yesterday.  McLain was found and apprehended last night.  Marlow is described as five-feet-nine, 147 pounds, with blue eyes, brown hair, and numerous tattoos on his arms.

Dolezal Expresses Doubt About Parents

(New York, NY)  --  Former Spokane NAACP president Rachel Dolezal says she's not sure her white parents are her real parents.  In an appearance on NBC's "Today" show, Dolezal said she hasn't had a DNA test and says there's no biological proof that Larry and Ruthanne Dolezal are her father and mother.  Her parents have said that Rachel is white and has been passing herself off as black for years.  Rachel Dolezal resigned Monday as NAACP chapter president in the midst of controversy over her racial identity.

Hales Chief Of Staff Leaving For State Job

(Portland, OR)  --  The chief of staff for Mayor Charlie Hales is moving on to another government position.  Gail Shibley will take a position with the Oregon Youth Authority as the assistant director for business services.  Shibley, who's a former state lawmaker, is expected to begin her new job by mid-July.

Hales To Meet With Pope At Vatican

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Mayor Charlie Hales is scheduled to meet with Pope Francis in July.  The "Portland Tribune" reports Hales is one of 16 mayors from around the world invited to meet with the pontiff.  The mayor's office says Hales is slated to discuss climate change and human trafficking as part of a global conference in Vatican City.  The conference is scheduled for July 21st.

Police Looking For Man Accused Of Lewd Behavior At Park

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police are looking for a man accused of lewd behavior at Washington Park.  The Police Bureau has posted photos of the man believed to be involved in multiple cases of lewd behavior, vandalism, and "offensive littering" at various locations throughout the park.  Authorities say the man hasn't threatened or approached anyone in the park and appears to be alone during his acts of lewdness.

Gas Prices Higher

(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline is rising in the Portland area.  Triple-A reports the average for a gallon of regular is about three-oh-six, a penny higher than yesterday's average.  It's also more than four cents a gallon above the average of a week ago.

Police ID Victims In Burnside Bridge Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police are still investigating a crash that killed one pedestrian and injured another on the Burnside Bridge.  Authorities say 36-year-old George Ben Carlson of Northeast Portland died after being hit by a vehicle that drove up onto a sidewalk on the bridge Sunday afternoon.  Thirty-five-year-old Bridget Larrabee suffered serious injuries that aren't considered life-threatening.  The driver, 59-year-old Douglas Walker of Beaverton, cooperated with the police investigation.

Fire Damages SE Portland Apartment Building

(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are being reported, following a fire that damaged an apartment building in Southeast Portland.  Investigators say the blaze started around three p.m. yesterday in the balcony of a second-floor unit and spread into the attic of the building in the 14-thousand block of Southeast Stark Street.  Three units sustained significant damage, and three adults and a child have been displaced.

Swimmer In Critical Condition After Rescue

(Clackamas, OR)  --  A man in his 20s is listed in critical condition, after he and another swimmer were rescued yesterday from the Clackamas River at Riverside Park.  Authorities say neither swimmer was wearing a life jacket, and were pulled from the water after bystanders saw them struggling yesterday afternoon.  The second swimmer, who's in his teens, is listed in satisfactory condition.

Kotek To Offer Minimum-wage Legislation

(Salem, OR)  --  House Speaker Tina Kotek says she's moving forward with a plan to raise Oregon's minimum wage to 13 dollars an hour over the next three years.  That's nearly four dollars more than the current minimum wage of nine-25 an hour.  Kotek's bill would also repeal a state law that pre-empts local minimum-wage increases.  The minimum-wage hike, if passed, will begin January 1st with an eleven-dollar minimum, rise to 12 dollars in 2017, and to 13 dollars in 2018.

Intel To Lay off Employees

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Intel Corporation is reportedly about to undergo a round of layoffs.  "The Oregonian" reports the company is planning to lay off some employees this week, after reporting lower-than expected sales of personal computers.  Intel reportedly intends to reduce costs by about 300-million dollars.  The company says employees who are laid off will receive at least two months of their base salary and four months of healthcare.

Gresham Man Pleads Not Guilty To Murdering Wife

(Portland, OR)  --  A Gresham man who's under indictment for the murder of his wife says he's not guilty.  Gerardo Gomez-Ventura entered the plea yesterday in Multnomah County Circuit Court in the June 6th death of Maria Del Carmen Gomez.  Police say the woman was shot to death at the couple's home.  They had been married for 26 years.

Fuel Prices Up

(Portland, OR)  --  Fuel prices are rising in the Portland area.  The latest Triple-A survey shows a gallon of regular is averaging three-oh-five, nearly a penny higher than yesterday.  The national average for regular is about two-80 a gallon.

One Pedestrian Killed, One Injured In Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  One pedestrian is dead and a second is seriously injured, following a crash on the Burnside Bridge.  Police say a vehicle drove up on the south sidewalk and hit a man and a woman who were walking around two p.m. yesterday.  The man later died at a hospital, but the woman's injuries don't appear to be life-threatening.  The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with police.

Accused Thief Arrested On Stolen Bike

(Portland, OR)  --  A man accused of leaving a Portland Target store on a stolen bicycle is now in custody.  Police say Lance Brady Gonzales left the Mall 205 Target store on the bike around 3:15 yesterday morning.  Investigators say Gonzalez left the bike in the area of Southeast 92nd Avenue and Mill Street and fled on foot, but he was apprehended after a police K-9 caught up with him.

Food-stamp Fraud Sting Nets 31 Arrests

(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities say 31 arrests have been made as a result of a sting operation targeting food-stamp fraud in the Portland metro area.  Investigators say the owner of Metzger Mart in Beaverton was exchanging SNAP benefits for cash, giving customers 50 cents on the dollar.  Police say those arrested are accused of unlawfully using supplemental nutrition assistance.  More arrests are possible.

One Killed In Canby Crash

(Canby, OR)  --  Clackamas County sheriff's deputies are investigating a late-night crash that killed one person in Canby.  Officials say the wreck happened around eleven o'clock last night in the ten-thousand-600 block of South Bremer Road.  Deputies haven't released any information on the person who was killed.

Portland Diver's Body Recovered In Washington

(Tacoma, WA)  --  Officials say the body of a scuba diver from Portland, who vanished last week in Washington's Commencement Bay, has been recovered.  The body of 50-year-old Candace Sneed was pulled from the bay after being spotted Saturday by a recreational diver.  Sneed, who had received her scuba certification more than two weeks ago, disappeared while diving Wednesday in the bay at Tacoma.  A search began immediately, but was called off by the Coast Guard Thursday after crews couldn't find any signs of her.

Gasoline Prices Slightly Higher

(Portland, OR)  --  Drivers in the Portland area are paying slightly more for gasoline.  Triple-A reports the average for regular moved up a half-cent from yesterday, to about three-04 a gallon.  That's two-and-a-half cents higher than the average of a week ago.

Teen Seriously Injured After Being Hit By SUV

(Salem, OR)  --  A 16-year-old boy is in the hospital after he was hit by an SUV while riding his skateboard.  Salem police say Joseph Viellette was skateboarding Saturday night along Pringle Road Southeast, when he ran a red light at Madrona Avenue Southeast.  A vehicle heading through the intersection hit Viellette, causing life-threatening injuries.  The driver, 66-year-old Dennis Johnson, cooperated with the investigation.

Police Investigating North Portland Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating a shooting in North Portland.  Investigators say they found evidence of gunfire following reports of a shooting late last night in the 29-hundred block of North Willamette Boulevard.  However, police haven't yet found victims or property damage.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Police Bureau's non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

Judge Injured During Courtroom Fight

(Vancouver, WA)  --  A Clark County Superior Court judge is recovering from a bite he sustained during a scuffle in a Vancouver courtroom.  Officials say 49-year-old Roberto Diaz, who was charged with child molestation, attempted to punch the prosecutor during yesterday's hearing.  Sheriff's deputies intervened, and Judge Daniel Stahnke [[ STON-kee ]] was bitten when he got involved in the fracas.  Diaz is now facing assault charges in addition to the molestation charges.

Oregon, Washington Ranked Among Best States For Teen Drivers

(Undated)  --  Oregon and Washington are ranked among the best states for teenage drivers.  That's according to a new analysis of the teen driving environment in all 50 states.  Oregon is ranked second overall and Washington is ranked eleventh, with both states scoring near the top for driving-related laws.  Oregon is 23rd and Washington is 31st for "Economic Environment," which includes the cost of speeding tickets, red-light tickets, and the insurance premium increase after adding a teen to a parent's auto policy.

Fuel Prices Move Up

(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline is slightly higher in the Portland area.  The latest survey by Triple-A shows the average for regular is just under three-oh-three a gallon, up about a half-cent from yesterday.  A gallon of regular in the Portland area averaged about three-90 a gallon at this time last year.

Bill Would Have Tax Collectors Back Off Poor, Disabled

(Salem, OR)  --  A bill that would put new controls on how state tax collectors deal with low-income residents is moving through the Oregon Legislature.  The House Revenue Committee has approved a measure that would direct the Revenue Department to suspend collection of taxes owed by poor and disabled residents.  A Department of Revenue spokeswoman told "The Oregonian" that the agency has been criticized for being too aggressive with its tactics.  Under the measure, collection of unpaid taxes would be suspended if it's determined the taxpayer's income doesn't exceed 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines.

Clark County Man Reported Missing

(Clark County, WA)  --  A 64-year-old Clark County man with a brain injury is missing.  Sheriff's deputies say Stephen J. Franklin is able to communicate normally despite the injury, but may have problems with long-term memory.  Franklin is described as white, five-feet-eight, average build, blue eyes, with short, gray hair and a mostly-gray mustache.  Deputies say Franklin was last seen wearing khaki shorts and a light blue or gray t-shirt, and is believed to be driving a red 2014 Toyota RAV-4 with Washington license ARF8263.

Motorcyclist Seriously Injured In Crash

(Beaverton, OR)  --  A motorcyclist from Portland is listed in serious condition, after he caught fire during a crash near Beaverton.  Police say 23-year-old Sean Henderson was involved in a collision with a car around six p.m. yesterday on the Southwest Berverton Hillside Highway in Raleigh Hills.  Bystanders were able to pull Henderson away from the damaged vehicles and douse the flames on his clothes.  The driver of the car wasn't injured.

Reward Offered For Info On Wounded Kitten

(Portland, OR)  --  A five-thousand-dollar reward is being offered for information on a kitten that had been shot and left in a Portland dumpster.


Picture courtesy of Oregon Humane Society


Officials say the wounded 12-week-old kitten was found in the container near an apartment building in the 22-hundred block of Southeast 96th Street on May 28th.  The animal will undergo surgery to have the bullet or pellet that lodged in her head removed.  The Oregon Humane Society is offering the reward, and is asking anyone with information on the case to call 503-285-7722, extension 214.

Bill Designed To Protect Personal Info Of K-12 Students

(Salem, OR)  --  A bill that's intended to protect personal information of K-through-12 students shared online is awaiting Governor Kate Brown's signature.  The Oregon Student Information Protection Act would prohibit operators of textbook websites and online services such as Google for Education from selling students' information or using it for targeted advertising.  The bill was requested by Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.

Police: Teen Girl Attacked In Hillsdale

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police are investigating after a 14-year-old girl reported being attacked while walking her dog in the Hillsdale neighborhood.  Authorities say the attack took place yesterday morning at the disc golf course near the Greater Portland Bible Church.  The teen told police she was pushed to the ground and held down by the attacker, but the man fled after her dog bit him.  Police say the teen described the suspect as a white male in his 40s, wearing saggy blue jeans and a long sleeve shirt, and that he had the aroma of marijuana.

Biggs Junction Fire Contained

(Biggs Junction, OR)  --  A fire that destroyed a home and several apartments in the Columbia River Gorge is now fully contained.  Officials say a smoldering cigarette butt left at an abandoned apartment appears to have been the cause of the Biggs Junction fire, which broke out around one p.m. yesterday.  Sherman County officials say the fire burned three miles east toward Rufus before being contained.  No injuries have been reported.

Bill Allowing Self-serve Gas Awaits Final Approval

(Salem, OR)  --  A bill that would allow self-service pumping at gas stations continues to advance in the Oregon Legislature.  The measure, which would allow self-service only in rural areas and only at night, has been approved by the Senate.  The bill will now head back to the House for concurrence on Senate changes.  Oregon and New Jersey are the only states that don't allow drivers to fill their gas tanks themselves.

Portland-area Gas Prices Flat

(Portland, OR)  --  Gas prices are about the same as yesterday in the Portland area.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is about three-oh-two a gallon, which is a penny-and-a-half below the average of a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-76 a gallon.

Police Investigating Three Deaths As Double Murder-Suicide

(Rainier, OR)  --  Rainier police are now investigating the deaths of a man, his wife, and their young son as a double murder-suicide.  The Columbia County Medical Examiner's Office says 44-year-old Laury Abbott and six-year-old Danny Abbott, Jr. died of stab wounds.  Officials believe 48-year-old Danny Abbott, Sr. killed his wife and son before dying of self-inflicted wounds.  All three were found dead Sunday night at their home on Fern Hill Loop in Rainier.

Officials: Man Found Dead In Tigard Committed Suicide

(Tigard, OR)  --  The state medical examiner's office says a man who was found dead outside a home in Tigard died of self-inflicted gunshot wound.  Officials say Seth Cramer Truby shot himself in the chest and was found near a home in the 89-hundred block of Southwest Hamlet Street Sunday night.  Police say earlier that day, 26-year-old William Nelson Schultz, Jr. suffered a gunshot wound to the leg at the same home.  Schultz was arrested after treatment on an unrelated parole violation warrant, but no arrests have been made in connection with him being shot.

One Found Dead Following Fire

(Johnson City, OR)  --  One person is dead, following a fire that ripped through a mobile home in Clackamas County.  Firefighters arrived last night at the home in a Johnson City trailer park to find it engulfed in flames.  After the fire was put out, a body was found inside the home.  The name of that person hasn't been released.

Swimmer Drowns In Clackamas River

(Gladstone, OR)  --  Police say a 22-year-old Portland man drowned while swimming in the Clackamas River.  Authorities say the man was crossing the river with his cousin yesterday when he began to struggle and disappeared underwater.  The cousin tried unsuccessfully to reach the man, and rescue crews were able to pull the man from the water 15 minutes later.  The man, whose name hasn't been released, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Senate Committee Approves Damascus Disincorporation Legislation

(Salem, OR)  --  Bills aimed at allowing for a vote on the proposed disincorporation of Damascus are advancing in the Oregon Legislature.  The "Portland Tribune" reports the Senate Rules Committee approved three measures, one of which sets May 17th, 2016 for a special election to allow voters to decide whether to disincorporate.  Another bill would allow a landowner to withdraw a tract if the city council decides there's no undue burden to the city.  The third measure would distribute the remaining assets of the city if voters decide to disincorporate.

Suspect Sought In ATM Fraud

(Albany, OR)  --  Albany police are looking for a suspect after he was seen placing a skimming device on an ATM at a local credit union.  Authorities say the male suspect was caught on camera on May 29th, placing the device on an ATM at Central Willamette Credit Union on Waverly Drive Southeast in Albany.  Police say the device was in place throughout the day and was removed by the same suspect that night.  Officials say there were 20-thousand-dollars in unauthorized transactions, made primarily in the Portland area.

Man Rescued After Boat Flips

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is being hospitalized after he was rescued from the Willamette River.  Coast Guard officials say a motorboat flipped yesterday, causing the man to fall into the river at Portland.  A Good Samaritan swam out and pulled the man into another person's boat.  The man was reportedly drifting in and out of consciousness as he was taken to a hospital.

Gas Prices Slightly Higher

(Portland, OR)  --  Triple-A is reporting slightly higher gas prices in the Portland area.  The current average rose a fraction of a penny from yesterday and stands at three-dollars two-cents a gallon.  The national average for regular is two-dollars 75-cents a gallon.

Police Investigating Death In Tigard

(Tigard, OR)  --  Police are investigating after the body of a man was found outside a home in Tigard.  An autopsy is being conducted on the man, whose name hasn't been released.  Police say the body was found near a home in the 87-hundred block of Southwest Hamlet Street in Tigard around eight p.m. Sunday, the same location where another man was shot in the leg the same day.  The man was booked on a parole violation after being treated at a hospital.  Authorities are releasing few details on the investigation.

Bill To Extend Records Transparency To Legislature Fizzles

(Salem, OR)  --  A bill that would have extended transparency to the state legislative process appears to be dead for the current session.  Its sponsor, GOP Representative Julie Parrish of West Linn, says the measure has little chance of moving forward.  The bill would also have imposed deadlines and fee limits on government responses to records requests.  House Democratic leader, Representative Val Hoyle, told the "Portland Tribune" that Parrish's bill stalled because of opposition from city and county governments, who complained that deadlines and changes to fees in the bill would have been too costly.

Triple Homicide Investigated In Rainier

(Rainier, OR)  --  Rainier police are investigating a triple homicide.  Authorities say a man, his wife, and their young son were found dead late Sunday night inside a house on Fern Hill Loop.  The dead have been identified as 48-year-old Danny M. Abbott, 44-year-old Laury J. Abbott and their son, six-year-old Danny Abbott, Jr.  Autopsies are being conducted.

School Custodian Facing Sex Charges

(Albany, OR)  --  A custodian at an Albany elementary school is facing sex-related charges.  Authorities have accused 32-year-old Justin Mathews Docken, a custodian at Oak Grove Elementary School, of touching a 12-year-old girl inappropriately.  Docken is charged with three counts of first degree sex abuse.  Benton County sheriff's deputies say the incidents happened about a year ago.

Albany Arson Suspect Pleads Guilty

(Albany, OR)  --  A man who was accused of setting a fire that destroyed a good portion of South Albany High School is awaiting sentencing, after pleading guilty to arson.  Zach Burghart was already on probation for a fire he set when living on a farm in rural Linn County last fall, and is facing a tougher sentence as a result.  Burghart also pleaded guilty to a hit and run charge for crashing into a camper while fleeing after setting the fire in April to South Albany High.  He's scheduled for sentencing Thursday.

Concealed-Carry Reciprocity Bill To Be Considered

(Salem, OR)  --  The state Senate is to consider a bill that would allow people with concealed carry permits outside of Oregon to legally have the same right in Oregon as long as their state meets or exceeds Oregon's guidelines.  KOIN-TV reports the House-passed bill is likely to go to the Senate floor for a vote this week.  Supporters say if Oregon allows other states' drivers licenses to be valid, gun permits should be, as well.  Opponents say the language of the bill may not be stringent enough.

Gas Prices Steady

(Portland, OR)  --  Gasoline prices aren't moving much lately in the Portland area.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular is steady from yesterday at three-dollars two-cents a gallon.  The national average for regular is about two-dollars 75-cents a gallon.

Portland Council To Consider Pay Raises For Officials

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland City Council is scheduled this Wednesday to consider a proposal to give a two-point-one-percent pay increase to elected city officials and city employees.  The proposed increase would include the salaries of the mayor, city commissioners, and the city auditor, and take effect July 1st.  The Bureau of Human Resources says city employees represented by seven unions will receive similar raises starting July 1st.  The "Portland Tribune" reports the Portland Police Commanding Officers Association and AFSCME Housing are still bargaining over their increases.

Gresham Man Accused Of Killing Wife

(Gresham, OR)  --  Gresham police have a man in custody after he was accused of shooting his wife to death.  Investigators say 44-year-old Gerardo Gomez Ventura is facing a murder charge in the death of his 43-year-old wife, who was found shot at a home on Southeast 205th Drive Friday night.  Ventura was arrested at the scene after officers responded to a report of the shooting.

Juvenile Shot At Portland McDonald's

(Portland, OR)  --  A juvenile is being hospitalized after reportedly shooting himself at a McDonald's in Southeast Portland.  The shooting happened around seven p.m. yesterday at the restaurant in the 91-hundred block of Southeast Powell Boulevard.  It was revealed after the investigation began that the wound was self-inflicted.  The victim is being treated for a leg injury that's not life-threatening.

Man Killed In Officer-involved Shooting

(Woodland, WA)  --  Woodland police are scheduled to release more information later today on a deadly officer-involved shooting.  Officials say a police officer dispatched to the scene ended up fatally wounding a 58-year-old man who was armed.  The shooting took place around two o'clock yesterday morning in the 700 block of 3rd Street in Woodland.

Teen Dies In Lewis River

(Woodland, WA)  --  An autopsy is scheduled for a 17-year-old boy, who died while trying to swim across the Lewis River near Woodland.  Cowlitz County officials say the teen was swimming with friends when he began struggling and complained of being cold around two p.m. yesterday.  The boy disappeared beneath the surface shortly afterward, and hours passed before search crews were able to find his body.  His name hasn't been released.

Portland-area Fuel Prices Slip

(Portland, OR)  --  Drivers in the Portland area are paying slightly less at the gas pump.  Triple-A reports the average for a gallon of regular has dropped a penny during the past week, to three-oh-two.  The nationwide average for regular is two-75 a gallon.

Man With Health Issues Missing

(Eugene, OR)  --  Police are looking for a Eugene man with health issues who's been reported missing.  Authorities say 61-year-old Daniel Francis Higgins was last seen around two a.m. yesterday and may not have his medication with him.  Police say Higgins' green, 1998-to-2001-model Mercedes ML 320 SUV and his wallet are also missing.  Higgins is described as being five-feet-nine, weighing 250 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes.  Anyone with information on his location is asked to call Eugene Police at 541-682-5111.

Authorities ID Woman Killed In Fire

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Authorities continue to investigate a house fire that killed two people in Hillsboro.  One of the victims of the blaze has been identified as 84-year-old Theresa Shaner, who died of smoke inhalation.  A man also died in the fire, but his name hasn't been released.  The blaze was reported around seven a.m. Wednesday at the house on North Donelson Road in Hillsboro.

Climber Dies In Fall On Mount Hood

(Mt. Hood, OR)  --  A man who fell about 400 feet to his death while climbing Mount Hood with his grandson is identified as an Idaho resident.  Clackamas County sheriff's deputies say 66-year-old Ward Maxfield of Paul, Idaho fell yesterday morning from Hot Rocks, just below the Hogsback area.  Members of the climbing party performed CPR on Maxfield, but he died by the time paramedics arrived.  Maxfield was described as an experienced hiker who was in good physical condition.

Man Charged In Death Of Baby Daughter

(Polk County, OR)  --  A man is under indictment for the death of his two-month-old daughter.  Thirty-six-year-old Kyle Parkin is facing charges of second-degree manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.  Police say officers arrived at Parkin's Polk County home in February and found the infant unconscious and not breathing.  She was pronounced dead at the scene, but no information on the cause of death has been released.

Bill Would Double Time Limit For Prosecuting Rape Cases

(Salem, OR)  --  A measure that would double the time limit in which officials can prosecute rape cases is headed to the governor's desk.  The Oregon State Senate gave the bill final legislative approval yesterday.  Under the bill, the statute of limitations for rape cases would be extended from six to 12 years.  Supporters of the bill say they'll push for a further extension during the 2016 legislative session.

Fuel Prices Down

(Portland, OR)  --  Gasoline prices are slipping in the Portland area.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular fell a half-cent from yesterday, to just under three-03 a gallon.  Regular gas sold in the Portland area for an average of two-96 a gallon at this point in May.

Pedestrian Hit By Car, Critically Injured

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is being treated for critical injuries after being hit by a car in Northeast Portland.  Police say the pedestrian was crossing at the intersection of Northeast 60th Avenue and Wasco Street around 5:30 p.m. yesterday evening when he was hit.  The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation.

Two Found Dead Following House Fire

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Hillsboro Fire officials say the bodies of two people were found inside a house that burned early yesterday morning.  Investigators are trying to determine what caused the blaze, which broke out around 7:00 a.m. yesterday at the home on Northeast Donelson Road.  Officials say the bodies of a man and a woman were found in the kitchen.

Kitzhaber Email "Leaker" Won't Face Criminal Charges

(Salem, OR)  --  Marion County authorities say the man who leaked former Governor John Kitzhaber's emails to the media won't face criminal charges.  Michael Rodgers, who's a state technology manager, anonymously leaked six-thousand of the then-governor's emails to "Willamette Week" in February.  The Marion County and Yamhill County district attorney's offices say while Rodgers violated the law, the totality of the circumstances in the case has led to the conclusion that justice would not be served by charging Rogers.  After the release of the emails, Kitzhaber resigned in the midst of an investigation of alleged influence-peddling.

Two More Quakes Off Oregon Coast

(Vancouver, WA)  --  The U.S. Geological Survey says two more small earthquakes have been recorded off the Oregon coast.  Officials say the quakes, a magnitude four-point-oh and a three-point-one, happened yesterday afternoon about four minutes apart in the same general area where a series of seven temblors registered earlier this week.  The strongest of those quakes was a five-point-nine.

Portland-area Fuel Prices Change Little

(Portland, OR)  --  Gasoline prices are leveling off in the Portland area.  Triple-A reports the current average for regular is about three-03 a gallon, a fraction of a cent lower than yesterday.  A month ago, regular gas sold in the Portland area for an average of two-94 a gallon.

Suspects Sought Following Home Invasion

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking for two suspects, following a home invasion in Southeast Portland.  Authorities say the men forced their way into a house on Southeast Mill Street yesterday afternoon and assaulted the homeowner.  The victim, who suffered serious injuries, told police the men rummaged through the house before fleeing.  Investigators say the suspects have been described as a white man and a black man, each 25 to 30 years old and wearing a black hoodie.

Man Accused Of Threatening Restaurant Employees

(Milwaukie, OR)  --  A man who's accused of threatening restaurant employees with a crowbar and a bomb is behind bars.  Clackamas County sheriff's deputies say 55-year-old Carl Ray Bates entered Chang's Mongolian Grill on Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard a few minutes before nine o'clock last night.  Authorities say Bates threatened to assault employees with the crow bar and set off a bomb if they didn't meet his demand for money.  Minutes later, restaurant employees tackled Bates and held him until deputies arrived.  A device with wires coming out of it was found at the scene, and a bomb squad safely detonated it.

Hales Urges More Caution While Driving

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Mayor Charlie Hales is calling on drivers to be more cautious.  The mayor made the remarks yesterday during a transportation safety meeting at City Hall.  He called on drivers to look around, slow down, pay attention, get rid of the telephone, use common sense, and follow the law.  Hales said he's disturbed by the number of car-bike crashes in recent weeks that have resulted in injury and death.

Man Charged With Animal Abuse

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing criminal charges after being accused of beating a Chihuahua.  Portland police say John Isaac Pettay is charged with aggravated animal abuse after he was accused of repeatedly punching the dog, which belongs to Pettay's ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend.  The dog was taken to a vet for treatment, but was later released.

Body Of Man Missing Since December Found

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say the body of a man who had been missing since December has been found.  Officials say the remains of 83-year-old Jerry Kent Boyer were located yesterday in the backyard of a home on the 48-hundred block of Northeast 15th Avenue.  Police say contractors who were clearing the yard found the body in overgrown grass.  An autopsy is scheduled for today.

Amazon: Seattle, Portland Top Well-read City List

(Seattle, WA)  --  The annual "Most Well-Read Cities in America" survey is out from  Seattle holds the top spot, followed by Portland, Las Vegas, Tucson, and Washington, DC.  Amazon compiles data containing the purchases of books, Kindle books, magazines, and newspapers from April 2014 to April of this year.  The rankings are calculated on a per-capita basis in cities with more than 500-thousand residents.

Police: Worker Killed By Intoxicated Driver

(Salem, OR)  --  Police say a man who was driving while impaired is responsible for a crash that killed a highway worker in Salem.  Authorities say 55-year-old William Hatch the third died yesterday morning when he was hit by a car driven by 20-year-old Roberto Lopez-Dejesus.  Police say Hatch was hit while working on Mission Street near I-5.  Lopez-Dejesus is facing charges that include first-degree manslaughter, reckless driving, reckless endangerment of a highway worker and DUII.

Portland-area Gas Prices Flat

(Portland, OR)  --  Gas prices in the Portland area remain steady from yesterday. shows the average for regular is just under three-dollars four-cents a gallon, which is little changed from a week ago.  The national average for regular is about two-dollars 77-cents a gallon.

Six-hour Standoff Ends With Arrest

(Beaverton, OR)  --  No injuries are being reported, following a six-hour standoff in Beaverton.  Authorities say the suspect, 27-year-old Aaron Scott Barnes, pulled out a knife after deputies arrived at a Scholls Ferry Road apartment at two p.m. yesterday.  A tactical and crisis team was sent to the scene, and a flash-bang device was eventually sent into the apartment, allowing deputies to move in and arrest Barnes.  Officials say Barnes was wanted on a felony warrant for a parole violation.

Scientists: Seven Quakes Recorded Off Oregon Coast

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Scientists say seven earthquakes were recorded yesterday, about 300 miles off the coast of Oregon.  The strongest was a five-point-nine-magnitude temblor that registered at 1:13 p.m.  The initial quake was a five-point-eight, which happened around midnight yesterday morning, followed in the subsequent hours by a four-point-three, a five-point-oh, and a four-point-four.  A three-point-nine-magnitude quake was recorded at 7:50 last night, followed at 8:11 p.m. by a four-point-two.  The U.S. Geological Survey says none of the quakes was strong enough to trigger a tsunami.

Man Charged With Attempted Murder In Gresham Shooting

(Gresham, OR)  --  A man is facing charges of attempted murder, following a shootout in Gresham.   Police say 23-year-old Joseph Jiminez was arrested following the shooting Sunday, which happened between two vehicles in the area of 172nd Avenue and East Burnside.  Two people who were wounded later walked into a hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  The shooting remains under investigation.

Sick Leave Bill Awaiting Committee Action

(Salem, OR)  --  A bill that would require that employees in Oregon be provided with paid sick leave is awaiting action in committee.  The "Portland Tribune" reports a joint budget subcommittee held a hearing on the latest version of the measure yesterday.  The panel is waiting to receive cost estimates from school districts, community colleges, and state universities before taking a vote on the measure.   

Police: Sleeping Driver Caused Crash That Injured Three

(Molalla, OR)  --  Three people are injured, following a crash north of Molalla.  Oregon State Police say Jason Shaw fell asleep at the wheel as he traveled south on Highway 213 yesterday and crossed the center line, slamming into an oncoming vehicle.  Shaw is being treated for potentially life-threatening injuries.  Two other people sustained minor injuries.

Gas Prices Slightly Higher

(Portland, OR)  --  Fuel prices in the Portland area are slightly higher.  Triple-A's latest survey shows the average for regular rose about a half-cent from yesterday, and now stands at just over three-dollars three-cents a gallon.  The national average for regular is two-dollars 75-cents a gallon.

Teen Dies After Being Pulled From Detroit Lake

(Detroit, OR)  --  Police say an 18-year-old, who was taken to a hospital after being pulled from the Detroit Lake reservoir, has died.  Authorities say Cody Ellingsworth was swimming with friends when he vanished around three p.m. Saturday.  Ellingsworth was quickly located and pulled from the reservoir, then airlifted to the hospital where he died yesterday.  Officials say the reservoir is currently well below normal levels, meaning river currents that would typically run 40 to 50 feet below the surface are now just under the surface.

Police: Gun Violence In Portland More Frequent

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Police Bureau says gang-related gun violence is on the rise.  Authorities say 25 gang-related shootings have taken place in the city during the month of May alone.  The latest shooting happened around eight o'clock last night in the area of Southeast Market and 183rd Avenue, but police say there were no reports of injuries.  The three suspects involved in that shooting had fled by the time officers arrived.

Man Wanted For Assaulting, Abducting Girlfriend

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police are searching for a man who's accused of assaulting and abducting his girlfriend.  Thirty-two-year-old David Santiago Pompa is described as a Hispanic man, five-feet-four, 130 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.  Police say Pompa, who's also known as Santiago Jose Pompa and James Joseph Sebastian, may be driving a dark green, 1997 Acura TL 4-door.  Officials say his girlfriend is now safe and being treated for injuries that aren't life-threatening.

Man, Teenage Son Injured In Drive-by Shooting

(Salem, OR)  --  Salem police are investigating a drive-by shooting that wounded a man and his 14-year-old son.  The shooting happened a few minutes after midnight yesterday morning on Kale Street Northeast in Salem.  Both Arturo Chacon and his son, Arturo, Jr., are expected to recover from their wounds.  No suspects have been identified.

Police Find Body Of Man Missing Since February

(Eugene, OR)  --  Eugene police say they've found the body of a 24-year-old man who had been missing since February.  Noah Dewitt was a graduate of Portland's Grant High School and the University of Oregon.  Police say his body was found at the bottom of a concrete underground well at a sewage pumping station on East Briarcliff Lane in Eugene.  Dewitt vanished on February 15th after leaving a friend's home.

Portland-area Gas Prices Down

(Portland, OR)  --  Triple-A is reporting a slight drop in Portland-area gas prices.  The current average for regular is three-oh-three a gallon, a half-cent lower than yesterday and a penny below the average of a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-75 a gallon.


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