Regional News Archives for 2016-04

Sanders, Kasich Make Campaign Stops In Oregon

(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon presidential primary will be held on May 17th, and two presidential candidates made campaign stops in the state yesterday in hopes of adding to their delegate totals.  Republican John Kasich, who's trailing in the delegate count by a considerable margin, held a town hall gathering yesterday in Portland's Pearl District.  Democrat Bernie Sanders, who has laid off hundreds of his campaign staffers this week, held a rally yesterday in Eugene.  Seventy-four Democratic delegates and 28 Republican delegates are at stake in the May primary in Oregon.

Police Investigating Shots Fired

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police are investigating reports of shots fired in the Cully neighborhood.  Officers went to Northeast 60th Avenue between Simpson and Killingsworth around 9:10 last night.  Officials say evidence of gunfire was found in the area, but no victims or suspects have been located.

Seattle Man Accused Of Threatening Rep. Jim McDermott

(Seattle, WA)  --  A Seattle man is facing felony charges, after being accused of threatening to cut out Congressman Jim McDermott's tongue.  Prosecutors say Jasper K. Bell, a Bernie Sanders supporter, made the threat because he was upset that McDermott was supporting Hillary Clinton for president.  Authorities say Bell allegedly made threatening calls to McDermott before arriving at his Seattle office on April 22nd.  King County prosecutors say McDermott cancelled a public appearance due to the threats.

WSDOT: Viaduct Won't Reopen Until Safe

(Seattle, WA)  --  The Alaskan Way Viaduct on Highway 99 in Seattle is now closed, but it could remain closed longer than the scheduled two weeks.  Washington State Department of Transportation officials say the viaduct won't reopen until it's deemed safe for public travel.  Officials say the top of the tunneling machine named Bertha will be only fifteen feet below the foundation of the viaduct, so the job will begin slowly.  Engineers will constantly monitor for any new cracks that appear on the surface of the viaduct, and crews will perform a full inspection to determine if the structure is safe after the drilling is finished.

Gas Prices Rising

(Portland, OR)  --  Gas prices in the Portland area are still on the way up.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the current average for regular is two-27 a gallon, nearly two cents above yesterday's average.  It's also about seven cents above the average of a week ago.

Nine-year-old Boy Hit By Car In Gresham

(Gresham, OR)  --  Gresham police say a nine-year-old boy was seriously injured when he was hit by a car as he was riding a bicycle.  Authorities say the crash happened around 6:45 yesterday evening on Northeast Cleveland Avenue and Northeast Burnside Road.  The driver of the vehicle cooperated with police.  The boy is being hospitalized, but there's no word on his condition.

Police: Traffic Stop Leads To Major Drug Bust

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a traffic stop in Washington County led to the discovery of one-point-five-million dollars' worth of cocaine.  Authorities say the stop was made Wednesday in the area of Southeast 170th Avenue and Merlo Road, where a K-9 unit found an ounce of cocaine in the vehicle.  Afterward, a search warrant was executed at a home in Washington County, where 14 kilos of cocaine were found, along with about 150-thousand dollars in cash.  Two people are in custody on charges of delivery and possession of cocaine.

80-year-old Washington Woman Kills Home Intruder

(Sultan, WA)  --  Authorities say a man who broke into a home in Washington was shot and killed by an 80-year-old woman after he stabbed her husband.  The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office says the woman found the intruder last night at her home, standing over her 75-year-old husband with a large knife.  Deputies say she retrieved a gun from her closet and shot the intruder to death.  The woman's husband is listed in serious but stable condition.

Mega Millions Drawing For $118-million Jackpot

(Salem, OR)  --  A jackpot of more than 100-million dollars is the big prize in tonight's Mega Millions drawing.  The drawing will be for an estimated jackpot of 118-million dollars, with a cash option of more than 75-million.  Tomorrow night, the Powerball drawing will be for an estimated jackpot of 314-million dollars.

Police ID Three Involved In Deadly Beaverton Crash

(Beaverton, OR)  --  Police continue to investigate a crash that left one person dead and injured three others in Beaverton.  Authorities say 50-year-old Armando Gallegos was driving his pickup truck the wrong way while intoxicated on Highway 26 near Murray Boulevard around one o'clock yesterday morning when he crashed into an oncoming car carrying three people from Sherwood.  A passenger in the car, 21-year-old Brandon Wendell, was killed, and the three others involved in the crash were taken to hospitals.  Police say the driver of the car, 20-year-old Taylor Melger, was also intoxicated.

Kelley Returns To Auditor's Office

(Tumwater, WA)  --  Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley is back at work, following the end of his federal theft and tax-evasion trial earlier this week.  Kelley was acquitted on one count and the jury was split on the remaining 14 counts.  He took a leave of absence pending the trial, and resumed work yesterday at his office in Tumwater, according the "Seattle Times."  Kelley, who reportedly intends to finish out his current term in office, has said he won't run for re-election.

Powerball Jackpot Jumps Beyond $300 Million

(Salem, OR)  --  The jackpot in the Powerball game is growing by leaps and bounds.  Last night's drawing was devoid of grand-prize winners, so the drawing Saturday night will be for an estimated jackpot of 314-million dollars.  The cash option will be nearly 205-million.

Fairview Officer, Suspect Shot In Gresham

(Gresham, OR)  --  Authorities say a Fairview police officer who was shot last night in Gresham is expected to survive.  Officials say the officer and his partner, both assigned to the East Metro Gang Enforcement Team, were the first officers to respond to a report of a crash in the area of Southeast 188th and East Burnside.  Police say the driver fled the vehicle and was later tracked to an apartment on Northeast Couch.  The police officer was shot shortly afterward, as was the suspect.  Both are expected to survive their wounds.

Man Accused Of Shooting, Paralyzing Man In SE Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  Police have a man in custody, after he was accused of shooting and paralyzing another man last month in Southeast Portland.  Muhammad Bilal Rahman has been indicted on three felony counts, after being accused of shooting Kevin Hays on March 31st.  The charges include first-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, and felon in possession of a firearm.  Hays told police he's paralyzed from the waist down and has had his colon removed.

Portland-area Gas Prices Up

(Portland, OR)  --  Gas prices are higher today in the Portland area.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular is two-26 a gallon, up about two cents from yesterday.  It's also more than six cents a gallon above the average of a week ago.

Plane Hits Bird, Forced To Return To Sea-Tac

(SeaTac, WA)  --  Officials at Sea-Tac International Airport say an American Airlines plane was forced to return to the airport after hitting a bird.  The impact left a dent yesterday afternoon in the nose of the Dallas-bound Airbus A321, measuring two feet across.  The plane landed at Sea-Tac after staying up for a while to burn fuel.  The 150 passengers later boarded another plane to finish their flight.

Wrong-Way Crash Kills One, Injures Two

(Beaverton, OR)  --  Authorities say one person is dead and two are injured following a crash involving a wrong-way driver early this morning in Beaverton.  KOIN-TV reports the head-on wreck happened on Highway 26 near Murray Boulevard.  The two people who survived the crash are being treated for serious injuries.  No names have been released.

Brown Fires Oregon Lottery Director

(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon Lottery Director Jack Roberts is out of a job.  Governor Kate Brown fired Roberts yesterday and announced the appointment of Barry Pack as the interim director.  Brown's spokeswoman, Kristen Grainger, told "The Oregonian" that unspecified management problems led to the dismissal of Roberts.  Roberts, a Republican, headed the Lottery since 2013, and made runs in the past for governor and the Oregon Supreme Court.

Inslee Exec Order Intended To Reduce Recidivism

(Seattle, WA)  --  An executive order signed by Washington Governor Jay Inslee is designed to reduce recidivism among former prisoners who re-enter society.  The governor says the order will better support the successful transition of people leaving prison and returning to their communities.  Inslee says state agencies will be directed to reduce recidivism and increase public safety with stronger transition programs so more people can build lives based on jobs rather than on crime.  The governor's office says about 17-thousand people are incarcerated in Washington state prisons and about 95-percent will return to their communities.

Gas Prices Higher In Portland Area

(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline is climbing in the Portland area.  Triple-A's latest survey shows the average for regular is two-24 a gallon, a penny-and-a-half above yesterday's average.  It's also about four-cents a gallon higher than the average of a week ago.

Intel To Lay Off 784 In Oregon

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Intel Corporation says it will lay off 784 employees this week at its campuses in Hillsboro and Aloha.  The layoffs, which will be completed by Friday, are part of a restructuring effort by the technology giant that includes laying off 12-thousand employees companywide.  The 784 employees are four percent of Intel's Oregon workforce.  The "Oregonian" reports the company has told state officials that laid-off employees will be paid through the end of May and receive at least six additional weeks of salary and three months of health insurance.

Officials ID Deputy Who Shot Man In Cornelius

(Cornelius, OR)  --  Authorities say the Washington County sheriff's deputy who shot a man in Cornelius has been identified as seven-year department veteran Wes Johnson.  Officials say Johnson fired his weapon during a disturbance call on the night of April 7th, leaving 54-year-old Greg Howard Moore wounded.  Authorities aren't saying whether Moore was armed during the confrontation.  Johnson has been assigned to desk duty.

Mega Millions Jackpot Grows

(Salem, OR)  --  After no tickets for last night's Mega Millions drawing yielded a grand-prize winner, tonight's Powerball Drawing will be for an estimated jackpot of 282-million dollars.  The cash option will be nearly 184-million.  The top prize in the Mega Millions drawing Friday night will be an estimated 118-million dollars.

Kelley Acquitted On One Count, Jury Deadlocks On Other Charges

(Tacoma, WA)  --  U.S. Attorney Annette Hayes says her office hasn't yet decided on whether to retry Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley for theft and tax evasion.  Kelley was acquitted yesterday of one charge of lying to the Internal Revenue Service, and the federal jury deadlocked on the remaining 14 felony counts.  Kelley's attorney, Angelo Calfo, says the case should never have been brought to trial and says he's confident the prosecution will dismiss the remaining charges.    

Police ID Drivers Involved In Deadly SE Portland Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are still investigating a crash that killed one man and injured another in Southeast Portland.  Authorities say 18-year-old Sean Kyler Olsen crossed the center line on Southeast Foster Road near 134th Avenue Sunday morning, and hit an oncoming vehicle.  Police say 47-year-old John Wesley Ritter died at the scene.  Olsen suffered non-life-threatening injuries.  There's no word on whether drugs or alcohol were a factor.

Victims Of Deadly Plane Crash Identified

(Woodland, WA)  --  Officials are still investigating the crash of a small plane that killed one person and injured two in Southwestern Washington.  Authorities say 56-year-old Marc Messina of Renton died in the crash, which happened last Thursday at the airport in Woodland.  The pilot, 52-year-old Angus Walker of Woodinville, and 36-year-old Jacob Kuper of Enumclaw, were seriously injured.  The crash remains under investigation.

Bumbershoot Lineup Announced

(Seattle, WA)  --  Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Death Cab for Cutie are among the musical acts announced for this year's Bumbershoot festival in Seattle during Labor Day weekend.  Billy Idol is also on the schedule, along with Kygo, Tame Impala, Halsey, Third Eye Blind, and dozens of others.  The festival will take place on September 2nd, 3rd, and 4th at the Seattle Center.  More information is available online at

Portland-area Fuel Prices Higher

(Portland, OR)  --  Gasoline prices are higher in the Portland area.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular is two-22 a gallon, a penny above yesterday's average.  It's also about two-and-a-half cents higher than a week ago.

Off-Duty Portland Cop Arrested On DUII Charge

(Happy Valley, OR)  --  An off-duty Portland police officer is accused of driving drunk and crashing a city-issued car.  Clackamas County sheriff's deputies say officer Daniel Chastain was off duty, but was driving a city vehicle in Happy Valley while he was on call.  Officials aren't saying when or where the crash took place.  Chastain is facing charges including DUII, reckless driving, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.

Jury Still Out In Troy Kelley Trial

(Tacoma, WA)  --  A federal jury will resume deliberations today in the trial of Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley.  "The News Tribune" reports the jury asked U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton yesterday what it should do if it's split on one of the counts against Kelley.  Kelley is facing a total of 15 felony charges, including theft, money-laundering and tax evasion.  Today will mark the fourth day of jury deliberations.

Today Is Deadline To Register To Vote In May Primary Election

(Salem, OR)  --  The deadline to register to vote in the May primary elections in Oregon is today.  Voters also have until the end of today to change political party affiliation for the elections.  Unaffiliated voters won't be allowed to vote in Democratic or Republican primary races for president, governor or any other partisan office.  Those who wish to register or update their registration can log on to

Mega Millions Drawing For $108 Million Jackpot

(Salem, OR)  --  Another big lottery jackpot is at stake tonight.  The Mega Millions drawing will be for an estimated top prize of 108-million-dollars.  The cash option will be more than 69-million.

Police: Burglar Hits Occupied Home In Happy Valley

(Happy Valley, OR)  --  Clackamas County sheriff's deputies are looking for a woman who entered an occupied home in Happy Valley and stole hundreds of dollars.  Authorities say the homeowner's son was in the house at the time, listening to music with headphones on, and wasn't aware of the incident.  Deputies say surveillance video captured the woman walking into the Southeast Mia Garden Drive house yesterday through an unlocked door.  They're hoping to use the images to ID the suspect.

Deputies Investigate Murder-suicide In Graham, WA

(Graham, WA)  --  Pierce County sheriff's deputies are investigating what's being called a murder-suicide in Graham, Washington.  Authorities say 36-year-old Kerry Anderson shot and killed his wife, 32-year-old Jessica Anderson, Saturday morning, then shot himself.  Kerry Anderson, who was a member of the military, died yesterday at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Tacoma.  Deputies say the couple's three children, ages five, four, and six months, were all at home at the time of the shooting but were uninjured.

Interstate 5 Pothole In WA Repaired

(Marysville, WA)  --  Washington state transportation officials say a large pothole that caused traffic tie-ups on Interstate 5 near Marysville has been repaired.  The pothole, which measured 12-feet-by-three-feet and was seven-inches deep, was temporarily filled in yesterday after having northbound traffic backed up for several hours.  Officials say a more permanent fix will happen soon.

Portland-area Gas Prices Rise

(Portland, OR)  --  Drivers in the Portland area are paying slightly more for gasoline.  Triple-A reports the average for a gallon of regular is two-21, a penny higher than yesterday's average.  The national average for regular is two-14 a gallon.

Head-on Crash Kills Two On Oregon Coast

(Cannon Beach, OR)  --  Police continue to investigate a crash that killed two people on Highway 101 near Cannon Beach.  Oregon State Police say a southbound Hyundai SUV crossed the center line around 3:15 Saturday afternoon and slammed into a northbound Chevrolet Tahoe.  The people in the Hyundai, Gregory Heron, and his passenger, Martha Heron, both of Manzanita, died in the wreck.  Two people in the Chevy were injured, but are expected to recover.

One Killed, One Injured In SE Portland Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead and another is in a hospital, following a two-vehicle crash in Portland's Pleasant Valley neighborhood.  Police say the wreck happened around four o'clock yesterday morning in the area of Southeast 133rd and Foster.  Authorities say one driver was pronounced dead at the scene, and the other is expected to survive.  No names have been released.

Benton County Man Bitten By Rabid Bat

(Corvallis, OR)  --  Officials say a Benton County man is receiving treatment, after being bitten by a bat with rabies.  The county health department says the man realized he'd been bitten by a bat after waking up last Wednesday morning.  The man and his wife captured the bat and brought it to the Benton County Environmental Health Division, which had it tested and confirmed as the first rabies case of the year in Oregon.

Powerball Jackpot Rises

(Salem, OR)  --  The jackpot remains untouched in the Powerball game, following the weekend drawing.  The top prize will rise to an estimated 282-million dollars for the drawing Wednesday night.  The cash option will be nearly 184-million.  The Mega Millions jackpot for tomorrow night's drawing is estimated at 108-million dollars.

Five Injured In SE Portland Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  Five people are injured, following a crash early this morning in Southeast Portland.  Police say at least one person is being treated for life-threatening injuries.  Police told KOIN-TV the wreck happened at Southeast 92nd and Southeast Holgate, when a speeding car ran a red light at the intersection and crashed into two other vehicles.  Several TriMet bus routes may be delayed as a result of the crash.

Man Seriously Injured In Stabbing

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating a stabbing that left a man seriously wounded in Portland's Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood.  Authorities say the stabbing happened around 9:30 last night in the 17-hundred block of Southeast Tenino Street.  No names have been released, and there's no word on an arrest.

Gas Prices Slip

(Portland, OR)  --  Gasoline prices in the Portland area are slightly lower.  The latest survey by Triple-A shows the average for regular is two-19 a gallon, about a half-cent below yesterday's average.  The national average for regular is two-eleven a gallon.

Western State Hospital Escapee To Remain In Federal Custody

(Spokane, WA)  --  Murder suspect Anthony Garver, who was recently apprehended in Spokane after escaping from a psychiatric hospital in Western Washington, will be held in federal custody.  A U.S. District judge says there's concern over security at Western State Hospital, which warrants Garver being held in a federal lockup for evaluation.  Garver and fellow patient Mark Alexander Adams escaped from the hospital earlier this month, which prompted Governor Jay Inslee to fire the hospital CEO and hire an interim replacement.  There's no word yet on where Garver will be taken for evaluation.

NBA Commish "May" Consider Expansion After CBA Finalized

(New York, NY)  --  NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says the league "may" consider expansion after a new collective bargaining agreement with players is finalized.  However, Silver told reporters that the presence of an area in Kansas City and a "shovel-ready" arena project in Seattle won't speed up a decision on whether to expand.  The Seattle City Council is slated to vote on May 2nd on whether to give final approval to vacating part of Occidental Avenue for a new sports arena in Seattle's Sodo district.

Crash Of Small Plane Kills One, Injures Two

(Woodland, WA)  --  One person is dead and two are injured, after a small plane crashed at the Woodland Airport.  Authorities say the single-engine Mooney slid off the runway and hit an embankment.  One of the three people aboard the plane died, and the other two were taken to a hospital.  There's no word on their conditions.

One Of Two Girls Injured In Crash Still Critical

(Gresham, OR)  --  Authorities say one of two 13-year-old girls who were injured in a crash in Gresham remains in critical condition.  The second girl has been discharged.  Police say a flower delivery van hit the teens Wednesday afternoon as they walked through the intersection of Northeast Kane Drive and Southeast 1st Street.  Officials say the driver ran a red light.  The driver, 44-year-old Deann Marie Lepoidevin, remained at the scene and cooperated with police.

Bail Set For Man Accused In Shooting At Drive-thru

(Portland, OR)  --  Bail is set at one-point-eight-million dollars for a man who's suspected in a shooting at a drive-thru at a fast-food restaurant.  Nineteen-year-old Lofton Thomas Lane was indicted on multiple counts in connection with the shooting at a Northeast Portland McDonald's earlier this month.  A man and a woman suffered non-life-threatening wounds.  Police previously arrested 19-year-old Anthony Gray, who's also been indicted on multiple counts.

Carnation Killer Gets 6 Life Terms Without Parole

(Seattle, WA)  --  Michele Anderson, who, along with her then-boyfriend, killed six of her family members in Carnation, Washington on Christmas Eve 2007, is slated to spend the rest of her life behind bars.  Anderson was sentenced yesterday to six consecutive life terms without parole.  Her ex-boyfriend, Joseph McEnroe, was previously sentenced to life without chance of release.  Anderson's mother, Judy, and father, Wayne, were gunned down, along with Anderson's brother, Scott; his wife, Erica; and the couple's two young children, Olivia and Nathan.

Portland, Hales Sued Over Policy On Homeless

(Portland, OR)  --  Mayor Charlie Hales and the city of Portland are being sued over the city's policy on homeless camping.  The plaintiffs include such groups as the Portland Business Alliance, the Building Owners and Managers Association of Oregon, the Central Eastside Industrial Council, Overlook Neighborhood Association, and the Pearl District Neighborhood Association.  The coalition says the mayor's policy on homeless camping is unlawful and unenforceable because it violates state law limiting the number of camps in a city and it didn't receive approval from the Portland City Council.

Two Young Children Fall From 3rd-story Window

(Happy Valley, OR)  --  Clackamas County sheriff's deputies say two children, ages two and five, fell from a third-floor window at an apartment complex near Happy Valley.  Officials say the kids fell yesterday afternoon and hit a second-story deck at the building on Southeast Causey Circle.  The five-year-old boy suffered minor injuries, and the two-year-old girl is listed in stable condition at Oregon Health & Science University.

Microsoft To Stop Production Of Xbox 360 Consoles

(Redmond, WA)  --  Microsoft's Xbox 360 game console will soon become a thing of the past.  Xbox chief Phil Spencer says the console has had an amazing run since its 2005 debut, but says the realities of a more-than-decade-old product are beginning to creep up.  Spencer says Microsoft will continue to sell existing hardware inventory, as well as games for the device.  The "Seattle Times" reports the company is shifting its focus to the Xbox One and will attempt to better link its group of console gamers with those who play on personal computers.

Two Teens Injured, One Critically, After Being Hit By Van

(Gresham, OR)  --  Two 13-year-old girls are injured, one critically, after they were hit by a van in Gresham.  It happened around four o'clock yesterday afternoon at the intersection of Northeast Kane Drive and 1st Street.  Police say it appears the girls had the right-of-way in a marked crosswalk.  The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with police.

Fuel Prices Steady

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland-area gasoline prices are unchanged from yesterday.  Triple-A reports the average for a gallon of regular is two-20, more than two cents above the average at this time last week.  The national average for regular is about two-eleven a gallon.

Report: It Costs $60K To Live Comfortably In Portland

(Undated)  --  A new report from a personal-finance website says it costs at least 60-thousand-dollars to live comfortably each year in Portland. says that's seven-thousand-dollars above the median annual household income in Portland.  The formula used to figure the cost of living is based on a budget of 50-percent of earnings on necessary expenses, 30-percent on discretionary expenses and 20-percent on savings.  The report says it costs more than 87-thousand-dollars a year to live comfortably in New York City, and nearly 73-thousand a year to cover necessities, expenses and savings in Seattle.

Powerball Jackpot Still Growing

(Salem, OR)  --  The cash is piling up in the Powerball jackpot.  Last night's drawing didn't yield any top-prize winners, so the Saturday night drawing will be for an estimated jackpot of 251-million-dollars.  The cash option will be nearly 167-million.

Kelley Trial Jury To Begin Deliberations

(Tacoma, WA)  --  A federal jury will start deliberating today in the trial of Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley, who's charged with 15 felony counts.  The prosecution is accusing Kelley of stealing money while he ran a real-estate services business and trying to shield that money from the IRS.  The jury heard closing arguments yesterday, following about six weeks of testimony.

PSU Football Player Accused Of Impersonating Cop

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland State University football player is in trouble with the law, after being accused of posing as a police officer.  Authorities say 20-year-old Troy Matthew Bacon is suspected of pulling a woman over in Tigard on March 22nd.  Bacon wasn't arrested at that time, but was indicted yesterday by a grand jury on one count of criminal impersonation.  Bacon is a sophomore who joined the Portland State team as an offensive lineman this year.

Driver Injured In Crash Involving School Bus

(Oregon City, OR)  --  Police say a woman was injured when she crashed into a passing school bus at an Oregon City intersection.  Authorities say the woman ran a stop sign around four o'clock yesterday afternoon at Washington and 12th streets.  The driver and her daughter were sent to the hospital, but both are expected to be fine.  There were about 40 kids on the bus, but no one aboard was hurt.

Brothers Accused Of Murdering WA Couple May Be Headed For Mexico

(Arlington, WA)  --  Investigators say two brothers who are accused of murdering an Arlington, Washington couple may be headed for Mexico.  John and Tony Reed are each wanted for first-degree murder in the presumed deaths of Patrick Shunn and Monique Patenaude.  Officials say the suspects are believed to be in a gold, 2002 Acura 32T with Arizona plate BNN-9968.  The bodies of Shunn and Patenaude haven't been found.

Inslee Signs Bill To Regulate Vaping In Washington

(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill that regulates vaping and vaping products in Washington is now law, after getting Governor Jay Inslee's signature.  The measure will create a set of policies for businesses selling e-cigarettes and other vaping products, including a requirement for retailers to purchase licenses through the state's Liquor and Cannabis Board.  The licensing will provide money to enforce the requirement that no one under age 18 buy vaping products.  Also, the products will now require labels that warn users of their health effects.

Portland-area Gas Prices Flat

(Portland, OR)  --  Fuel prices are steady in the Portland area from yesterday.  Triple-A reports the current average of two-20 a gallon for regular is about a penny higher than at this time last week.  It's more than a nickel a gallon above the average of a month ago.

Intel To Lay Off 12,000 Worldwide

(Santa Clara, CA)  --  A decline in the personal computer market is the primary driving force behind Intel's planned layoff of 12-thousand employees worldwide.  The restructuring means the technology company will shed eleven percent of its global workforce.  "The Oregonian" reports Intel is Oregon's largest private employer, with more than 19-thousand people working at the company's Washington County campuses.  Intel laid off ten-thousand employees during a restructuring in 2006.

73-year-old Man Killed In Salem Crash

(Salem, OR)  --  One driver is dead and another is seriously injured, following a two-vehicle crash in Salem.  Police say the head-on collision happened around 8:35 yesterday morning in the 64-hundred block of Sunnyside Road Southeast.  Seventy-three-year-old Michael Tuel died later at a hospital.  The second driver is in serious condition.

Inslee Vetoes Major Parts Of Bill To Reform Psychiatric Hospital

(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill aiming to accomplish reforms at Washington's largest psychiatric hospital looks different than when it was recently passed by the Legislature.  Governor Jay Inslee has vetoed several sections of the measure, including a provision to allow psychiatric nurses with advanced degrees to fill open psychiatrist positions at Western State Hospital in Lakewood.  "The Olympian" reports the governor also vetoed a section that would have used financial incentives to attempt to decrease the use of state-run psychiatric facilities.  Inslee says he wants a review of the hospitals' structure and financing by an outside consultant before deciding on those issues.

Powerball Drawing For $227 Million Jackpot

(Salem, OR)  --  A hefty jackpot is up for grabs in tonight's Powerball drawing.  The grand prize will be an estimated 227-million dollars.  The cash option will be nearly 151-million.  The last jackpot winner bought a ticket worth more than 291-million dollars for the March 2nd drawing.

Author Of Article On Impending Northwest Earthquake Wins Pulitzer

(New York, NY)  --  The author of an article on an impending mega-earthquake in the Northwest is the winner of a Pulitzer Prize.  The winners were announced yesterday, and Kathryn Schulz won a feature writing prize for "The Really Big One," which appeared in The New Yorker last summer.  The article claims that a mega-quake in the Cascadia subduction zone will cause the worst natural disaster in North American history.

Gas Leak Repairs To Continue Today

(Portland, OR)  --  Repairs on a natural gas leak along Southeast 82nd Avenue will continue today.  Workers are scheduled to return to complete repairs after this morning's commute.  Officials say at least one lane will be open in both directions all day, between Taylor and Morrison streets.

Missing Linfield College Student Sighted

(McMinnville, OR)  --  McMinnville police are saying a missing Linfield College student has been spotted.  Owen Woods was reportedly seen early yesterday in the Depoe Bay area of Lincoln County.  The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and Linfield College Public Safety are also working on the investigation.

Conviction Of Ex-Bookkeeper Overturned

(Salem, OR)  --  The Oregon Court of Appeals is overturning the conviction of a former Milwaukie bookkeeper.  Kristina Kaino-Smith was found guilty of stealing nearly a quarter-million dollars from her employer.  But the Appeals Court announced last week that she should get a new trial, because recorded statements from her husband were, quote, "inadmissible hearsay."

Portland Named Most Vegan-Friendly City

(Portland, OR)  --  Sir Paul McCartney and PETA are honoring Portland as the Most Vegan-Friendly City of 2016.  McCartney joined forces with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to make the announcement during his concert at Portland's Moda Center on Friday.  Other top vegan-friendly cities include Los Angeles, New York, Detroit and Nashville.

Teen Who Stabbed Man To Death Won't Be Charged

(Keizer, OR)  --  A teen who stabbed a man to death in a Keizer home last weekend won't be charged.  Prosecutors announced yesterday that the boy wouldn't be facing any charges in the Friday death of Jeffery Holly.  Prosecutors declined to say why they wouldn't be charging him but did say Holly had previously been violent.  The teen was released from a juvenile center yesterday and will receiving counseling.

Jail Inmate On The Run On Columbia County

(St. Helens, OR)  --  Authorities in Columbia County are looking for a jail inmate who ran from the facility.  Investigators say Everett Stougard, Junior got out through some chain link fencing while he was working outside yesterday afternoon.  Stougard had only been serving a two-and-a-half month sentence for methamphetamine possession and was going to be released in late May.  Stougard is described as a white male, standing about five-foot-seven and weighing 225 pounds.

Nurse Accused Of Sexual Abuse Allowed Back On Job

(Beaverton, OR)  --  Investigators say a Beaverton nurse that had been accused of sexually abusing a patient was allowed back on the job.  A female patient first accused Alex Woolner of inappropriate contact in late January.  Woolner's employer, Kaiser Permanente, conducted an investigation and allowed Woolner to work again after they say they couldn't confirm anything had happened.  Police say Woolner then abused another woman twice on two separate dates in February.  Investigators say they identified three other potential victims as well.  A grand jury charged Woolner with sex abuse, criminal mistreatment and other counts last week.

Capsized Boat Kills One, Passenger Saved

(Lincoln City, OR)  --  One person is dead and another is rescued from a boat that capsized in Lincoln City.  Investigators say James Thompson died when the small boat he was in with his neighbor, Elaine Harskjold, overturned at the mouth of the Salmon River.  Authorities took Thompson to the hospital after the accident yesterday but he died.  Harskjold was rescued by a helicopter from a nearby cliff.

Warm Weather To Continue Today

(Portland, OR)  --  More records could fall today as warm weather sticks around in Portland.  The Rose City shattered their previous record of 80 degrees for April 18th yesterday, hitting 87 degrees for a high.  The National Weather Service expects temperatures to get into the mid-to-upper 80s again today.  Temperatures should gradually cool into the weekend with the chance of showers returning to the forecast.

Armed Robbery Suspect Tackled By Bar Customers

(Portland, OR)  --  A man who tried to rob a southeast Portland bar didn't get too far thanks to the people enjoying a cold one inside.  Police say Deshantin Motley held up Mount Scott Pub at gunpoint on Sunday and as he left with some money, several people inside piled on top of him.  They held him there until police arrived and arrested Motley on attempted murder, robbery and two other gun charges.  He remains behind bars.  No one inside the bar was hurt.

No Arrests Following Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police continue to investigate a shooting outside the Jantzen Beach Safeway.  Authorities say a 20-year-old man was seriously wounded in the shooting that happened around 9:20 Saturday night.  The victim, whose name hasn't been released, is expected to recover.  Police haven't released any information on a suspect.

Teen Arrested Following Deadly Stabbing In Keizer

(Keizer, OR)  --  Police have a 16-year-old in custody, following a deadly stabbing in Keizer.  Authorities say 45-year-old Jeffrey Randall Holly of Monmouth was killed Friday at a residence in the 38-hundred block of Brooks Avenue Northeast in Keizer.  The suspect has been identified as Elliot Ford, who's being held at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Facility.

WA Capitol Campus To Be Home To 30K Bees

(Olympia, WA)  --  Thousands of bees will have a new home this week in Olympia.  In a joint effort with the Department of Enterprise Services, the Olympia Beekeepers Association has set up two hives on the grounds outside the governor's mansion for about 30-thousand honeybees.  Officials say the bees are to help boost public awareness of the decline in bee populations across the country, and help pollinate Food Bank vegetable gardens on the capitol campus.  The "Spokesman-Review" reports the association will eventually install "bee condos" for several species of mason bees, which experts say are even better pollinators than honeybees.

Portland-area Gas Prices Up

(Portland, OR)  --  Gas prices continue to slowly rise in the Portland area.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular is two-20 a gallon, up two cents from a week ago.  It's about six cents a gallon above the average at this time last month.

Clippers Defeat Blazers In First-round Opener

(Los Angeles, CA)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers hope to rebound Wednesday night from their 115-95 opening-game loss to the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.  Chris Paul had 28 points and Blake Griffin added 19 for the Clippers.  Damian Lillard tallied 21 points and had eight assists for the Blazers.  Tip-off in Los Angeles is set for Wednesday night at 7:30.

Funeral For Murdered Portland Native Set Fort Saturday

(Beaverton, OR)  --  A funeral mass is scheduled for Saturday in Beaverton for Haruka Weiser, a Portland native who was killed earlier this month on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin.  Hundreds of people gathered yesterday at Beaverton's Arts & Communication Magnet Academy to remember Weiser, who was on a dance scholarship at Texas.  Police have arrested 17-year-old Meechaiel Criner, who's been charged in Weiser's death.  The funeral will be held at nine o'clock Saturday morning at Holy Trinity Church on Southwest Walker Road in Beaverton.

Brothers Wanted In Murder Of Missing WA Couple

(Arlington, WA)  --  Snohomish County authorities are looking for two brothers who are wanted in connection with the deaths of an Arlington, Washington couple.  The bodies of Patrick Shunn and his wife, Monique Patenaude have not been found, but deputies say evidence found in their wrecked and abandoned vehicles indicate they were murdered.  John and Tony Reed, who sheriff's deputies say are convicted felons who are armed and dangerous, are wanted for the murders.  Authorities say the brothers may be in a 2007 Volkswagen with Washington license plate AXH5106.

No Injuries In Hillsboro Apartment Building Fire

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Officials say there were no injuries resulting from a fire at an apartment building in Hillsboro.  About a dozen people fled the Aloha Park Apartments on Southwest 185th Avenue around 2:45 yesterday afternoon.  Investigators believe the blaze started with cigarettes that had been discarded near the building's stairwell.  Several people were checked for smoke inhalation, but refused treatment.

Powerball Top Prize Soars

(Salem, OR)  --  Another few million dollars are being added to the Powerball jackpot.  The weekend drawing yielded no top-prize winners, so the jackpot will rise to an estimated 227-million dollars for the Wednesday night drawing.  The cash option will be nearly 151-million.

Portland-based Guardsmen Back From Middle East

(Portland, OR)  --  Nearly 40 Air National Guardsmen are back from a tour of duty in the Middle East.  The members of the 142nd Security Forces Squadron arrived in Portland yesterday to a hero's welcome.  The troops supported the Air Force's Central Command region during the six-month stint, providing base security operations, logistics and training support.

Shooting Threat Investigated At Gresham High School

(Gresham, OR)  --  Authorities say they're investigating a threat of a shooting at Gresham High School.  Officials say a student reported a message scrawled in a boy's bathroom, mentioning a planned shooting on April 15th.  Police say interviews with students have led investigators to believe the threat isn't credible.

Missing Washington Couple's Vehicles Found

(Darrington, WA)  --  Crews will try later today to reach two vehicles belonging to an Arlington, Washington couple who have been reported missing.  Snohomish County sheriff's deputies say the vehicles were found Thursday in a wooded area near Oso and appeared to have gone over an embankment.  The cars belong to 45-year-old Patrick Shunn and his wife, 46-year-old Monique Patenaude, who haven't been seen since Monday.  The sheriff's office says the vehicles were spotted yesterday by the department's search-and-rescue helicopter.

Portland-area Gas Prices Slightly Higher

Portland, OR)  --  Drivers in the Portland area are paying slightly more today for gasoline.  Triple-A's latest survey shows the average for regular is two-20 a gallon, a half-cent higher than yesterday.  It's also two cents above the average at this time last week.

Suspect Arrested In Connection With Death Of Dog

(Portland, OR)  --  A man accused of a car theft that resulted in the death of the car owner's dog is in police custody.  Authorities say 34-year-old Francisco Vincent Gonzales was arrested yesterday evening at a motel on North Interstate Avenue.  Portland police say Gonzales is facing multiple charges, including unlawful use of a motor vehicle and aggravated animal abuse.  Officials say the dog, named Kona, was found dead in the car, which had been abandoned near Kelly Elementary School Tuesday afternoon.

Police: Death Of PSU Player May Have Been Result Of Overdose

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say the death of Portland State University football player Kyle Smith may have been the result of a drug overdose.  The body of the offensive lineman was found Wednesday night in a downtown apartment.  Smith was the second Vikings football player to have died within three months.  Starting linebacker A.J. Schlatter died in January of complications from tonsil surgery.

The Who Reschedules Seattle Show For May 15th

(Seattle, WA)  --  Seattle will be part of The Who's 50th anniversary tour after all.  The legendary rock band was slated to play in Seattle on September 27th of last year, but the show was cancelled while lead singer Roger Daltrey recovered from viral meningitis.  It was announced yesterday the concert has been rescheduled for May 15th at Key Arena, with tickets sold for the September concert to be honored.  The Who will also play in Portland on May 17th.

Escaped Shutter Creek Inmate Back In Custody

(North Bend, OR)  --  An inmate who escaped from the Shutter Creek Correctional Institution is back in custody.  KOIN-TV reports Justin Alley was reported missing around 7:20 last night, but was captured later.  He was incarcerated at Shutter Creek for first-degree burglary.

Man Accused Of Bringing Weapons On Sandy HS Campus

(Sandy, OR)  --  A 20-year-old man is accused of bringing a gun and three knives to Sandy High School.  Police say Brandon Anthony Teal was found to be in possession of the handgun and the knives after he arrived with his 18-year-old brother to inquire about enrolling at the school.  Officials say classes had already let out for the day when the incident took place yesterday.  Bail has been set at 75-hundred dollars for Teal, who's being held for unlawful possession of a firearm.

Police: LaGrande HS Students Planned "Columbine" Attack

(LaGrande, OR)  --  Two students at LaGrande High School are accused of planning a "Columbine-style" attack at the school.  Police say they received information the students were talking about targeting students, staff, and law-enforcement on the campus.  Authorities say the two juveniles are facing charges of conspiracy to commit murder.  There was stepped-up police presence on the campus yesterday.

East Portland Bridge To Close For 3 Years

(Portland, OR)  --  Officials say a bridge in East Portland that sustained damage during a December storm will have to be closed for more than three years.  Transportation officials say the Southeast 122nd Avenue bridge over Johnson Creek will be closed to car traffic, but will be open to motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians until it's torn down to make way for a new span in 2019.  Officials say high water from Johnson Creek washed away earth that supported the bridge, and loosened one of the bridge's support footings.

Car Crashes Into Home, Driver Flees

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking for the driver of a car that slammed into a house in North Portland.  Authorities say the car traveled at high speed along Columbia Boulevard, hurdled some shrubbery, and crashed into the home on Clarendon last night.  No one inside the house was injured.  There's no word on whether Portland police have identified the driver.

Fuel Prices Higher In Portland Area

(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline is moving up in the Portland area.  Triple-A's latest survey shows the average for a gallon of regular is two-19, a penny higher than yesterday.  The national average for regular is two-10 a gallon.

Man Suspected Of Killing WA Woman Charged With Murder

(Seattle, WA)  --  A man who's accused of killing and dismembering a Renton, Washington mother of three is facing a charge of first-degree murder.  King County prosecutors say 37-year-old John Charlton killed 40-year-old Ingrid Lyne and disposed of some of her remains in a recycling bin in Seattle's Central District.  Charlton is also charged with theft after he was accused of using Lyne's vehicle to drive to Seattle.  He's scheduled to be arraigned on April 27th.

Prosecution Rests Case Against WA State Auditor

(Tacoma, WA)  --  Closing arguments in the federal trial of Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley could be delivered next week.  The prosecution has rested its case, in which Kelley is accused of stealing more than one-million dollars in fees he was supposed to refund to clients of his real-estate service business before he became state auditor.  Prosecutors say Kelley moved the money to various accounts in an effort to hide it, but the defense argues the money was Kelley's to keep.

Powerball Jackpot Surpasses $200 Million

(Salem, OR)  --  The money keeps piling up in the Powerball jackpot.  There were no grand-prize winners in last night's drawing, so the jackpot will move up to an estimated 205-million dollars for the drawing Saturday night.  The cash option will be more than 136-million.

Mortgage Consultant Accused Of Pocketing Funds

(Salem, OR)  --  Salem police say a local mortgage consultant is facing charges, after being accused of  pocketing his clients' monthly mortgage statements for himself and accessing their financial information.  Authorities say 48-year-old Oscar Tejada [[ tuh-HOD-uh ]]-Sandoval was arrested as a result of an investigation that followed reports by several victims, banks, and the Oregon Division of Financial Regulations.  Tejada-Sandoval is charged with theft, identity theft, and forgery.

New Chief Appointed For Clark County F&R

(Portland, OR)  --  The next Clark County Fire & Rescue chief will be a 28-year Portland Fire veteran.  John Nohr will take over as Clark County chief on May 1st, after serving as chief of the emergency operations division for Portland Fire & Rescue.  Nohr will replace Dennis Mason, who was fired last year by the Clark County Fire & Rescue Board of Commissioners.

Wambach Pleads Guilty To DUII

(Portland, OR)  --  Soccer star Abby Wambach is hoping to avoid jail time after pleading guilty to a charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants.  Officials say if Wambach completes a diversion program, her offense will be formally dismissed.  Multnomah County prosecutors say Wambach also must pay 490 dollars in court fees, undergo a drug and alcohol assessment, complete any recommended treatment, and attend a victim panel.  Police say after Wambach was pulled over for a traffic stop in Southwest Portland earlier this month, her blood-alcohol level registered point-13, well above the legal limit of point-oh-eight.

Bail Set For Man Accused Of Murdering WA Woman

(Seattle, WA)  --  Bail is set at two-million dollars for a man who's accused of murdering a Renton, Washington mother of three.  Prosecutors say 37-year-old John Robert Charlton is suspected of second-degree murder in the death and dismemberment of 40-year-old Ingrid Lyne, whose remains were found in a recycling bin in Seattle's Central District.  Detectives say Lyne was likely killed in her Renton home and her body was driven to Seattle.  Investigators believe Lyne attended a Mariners game in Seattle last Friday night with Charlton before she was killed.

Gresham Man Accused Of Attempted Murder

(Gresham, OR)  --  A Gresham man is in custody, in connection with a shooting last month in Northeast Portland.  Authorities say 18-year-old Carlos Calderon [[ CALL-der-own ]] is accused of shooting the victim on March 9th in a parking lot on Northeast Oregon Street.  Police say the injuries were serious but not life-threatening.  Calderon is facing a charge of attempted murder.

Gasoline Prices Rise

(Portland, OR)  --  Gasoline prices are higher in the Portland metro.  Triple-A reports the average for a gallon of regular is two-18, a half-cent higher than yesterday.  The national average for regular is two-oh-eight a gallon.

Man Shot Near Clackamas Motel

(Clackamas, OR)  --  A man is in a hospital, after being shot and wounded in the parking lot of a Motel 6 in Clackamas.  Sheriff's deputies say the shooting happened around 10:30 last night at the motel on Southeast 97th Avenue.  The man's injuries aren't believed to be life-threatening.  There's no word on whether a suspect has been identified.

Inslee Fires Head Of Western State Hospital

(Olympia, WA)  --  The CEO of Washington's largest mental hospital is out of a job.  Governor Jay Inslee says he fired Ron Adler as chief of Western State Hospital after the recent escape of two dangerous inmates.  Inslee says Adler will be replaced by Cheryl Strange, who had previously overseen the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.  Murder suspect Anthony Garver and fellow patient Mark Alexander Adams escaped last week from the hospital, but were later captured.

Powerball Drawing For $184 Million Jackpot

(Salem, OR)  --  Tonight's Powerball drawing is for a grand prize of 184-million dollars.  The cash option will be more than 122-million.  There hasn't been a jackpot winner in the Powerball since March 2nd.

Mayor Refuses To Travel To Mississippi

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Mayor Charlie Hales is refusing to travel to Mississippi because of its new anti-gay law.  That's forcing the Navy to change plans on where to christen a new ship named after the Rose City.  It had been set for next month at the shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi.  Hales objects to the new law that allows businesses in Mississippi to refuse services to same-sex couples.

Estacada Man Killed In Motorcycle Crash

(Clackamas County, OR)  --  An Estacada man is dead, following a motorcycle crash in Clackamas County.  Sheriff's deputies say the body of 39-year-old Floyd L. Miles was found yesterday morning in the 16-thousand block of Springwater Road.  Investigators are trying to find out what caused the crash.

Deputies Search For Missing Washington County Man

(Washington County, OR)  --  Washington County sheriff's deputies are looking for a man who's believed to be in danger because of health issues.  Authorities are looking for 71-year-old Hugh Colver, who's known as "Joseph."  Colver hasn't been seen since around three o'clock yesterday afternoon in the Raleigh Hills community.  He's described as white, five-feet-ten, 155 pounds, balding with gray hair and a beard, green eyes, and was last seen wearing blue jeans and a sweatshirt.

Mental-hospital Escapee Appears In Court

(Spokane, WA)  --  A man who escaped from Washington's largest mental hospital and was later arrested in Spokane will remain in custody in that city.  A federal judge has decided that Anthony Garver will remain jailed in Spokane until his mental competence can be established.  Garver escaped last week from Western State Hospital in Lakewood and was apprehended later in the week in Spokane.  He was placed in the mental hospital after previously being found incompetent in State Court to stand trial for the murder of a Lake Stevens woman in 2013.

Fuel Prices Rise Slightly

(Portland, OR)  --  Triple-A reports a slight rise in Portland-area gas prices.  The current average for regular is two-18 a gallon, about a half-cent above yesterday's average.  The national average for regular is two-06 a gallon.

Woman Killed In Motorcycle Crash

(Beaverton, OR)  --  Authorities are investigating, after a woman was killed in a motorcycle crash in Washington County.  Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue officials say the man who drove the motorcycle over-corrected as he crossed a bridge on Highway 219 and Highway 210 last night, causing his female passenger to be thrown.  The woman died at the scene and the man suffered serious injuries.  No names have been released.

Sex Offender Accused Of Kidnapping, Rape

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say they've arrested a sex offender who's accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman in the city's Portsmouth neighborhood.  Authorities say 48-year-old Robert Shelby, who failed to register as a sex offender, is facing multiple charges after being accused of forcing his way into the victim's home in late March, holding a garden trowel to her ribs, and assaulting her.  Shelby is slated for his next court appearance on April 19th.

Remains Believed To Be Those Of Missing WA Woman

(Seattle, WA)  --  Seattle police believe body parts that were found in a recycling bin at a home in the city's Central District are those of a missing Renton woman.  Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole says 37-year-old John Robert Charlton was arrested yesterday in connection with the death of 40-year-old Ingrid Lyne.  Lyne had disappeared after attending a Mariners game with a date Friday night at Safeco Field.  The King County Medical Examiner's Office is working to confirm the identity of the remains, which were found in the recycling bin Saturday.

WalletHub: Oregon Ranks 31st For Total Tax Burden

(Undated)  --  With federal income tax returns due to be filed at the end of this week, a new WalletHub survey ranks Oregon 31st in the nation in total tax burden for its residents.  The report says Oregonians have a total tax burden of eight-point-45 percent, based on percentages of property-tax burden and total receipts and gross sales-tax burden.  Washington is tied with Oregon for 31st, while New York is ranked first in total tax burden.

Two People, Dog Rescued From Burning SUV

(Banks, OR)  --  Two people and a dog are recovering after being rescued from a burning SUV.  Authorities say four Good Samaritans and an off-duty Washington County sheriff's deputy stopped and pulled the occupants out of the vehicle as it burned on Highway 26 Saturday night.  Officials say 18-year-old Jordan Moore was driving west on the highway near the community of Banks when his Jeep Cherokee left the road and went airborne over a large drainage ditch, then caught fire on impact.  He was taken to a hospital, as was a woman who was also in the Jeep.  The dog wasn't hurt.

Teen Crash Victim Remains In Coma

(Portland, OR)  --  A 17-year-old from Tillamook remains in a coma, following a crash on March 30th.  Police say Mckenzie Whitaker was a passenger in a car that crashed into a telephone pole in Tillamook.  The Tillamook High School student is being treated in a Portland hospital for broken bones and brain trauma.

Human Remains Found In Central District Recycling Bin

(Seattle, WA)  --  Police continue to investigate, after several human body parts were found in a home recycling bin in Seattle's Central District.  Investigators say the body parts had been placed in the bin sometime late Friday or on Saturday.  The remains, which include a foot, were described as "fresh" when they were found in the bin in the area of 21st Avenue and Pine Street.  The King County Medical Examiner's Office is trying to identify the remains.

Semi Carrying Tons Of Bananas Overturns On I-5

(Bow, WA)  --  Traffic is moving again on Interstate 5 in Skagit County, Washington after a semi carrying 22 tons of bananas overturned and spilled its cargo.  The southbound lanes near the community of Bow were blocked off for about two-and-a-half hours as a result of the accident, which happened around 1:20 yesterday afternoon.  No one was injured.  The Washington State Patrol says removal of the semi was difficult because it was wedged between two guardrails.    

Portland-area Gas Prices Steady

(Portland, OR)  --  Gas prices in the Portland area are unchanged from yesterday.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is two-17 a gallon, which is about the same as a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-04 a gallon.

Eight-year-old Child Hit By Car, Injured

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police are investigating a crash that left an eight-year-old girl injured.  KATU-TV reports the child was hit by a car around five o'clock yesterday afternoon in the 42-hundred block of Southeast 138th Avenue.  There's no word on the extent of the child's injuries.

Popular Playground Structure In Troutdale Destroyed By Fire

(Troutdale, OR)  --  Authorities believe a fire that destroyed a popular playground structure in Troutdale was deliberately set.  The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says the blaze was reported at Imagination Station on Cherry Park Road around 4:14 Saturday morning.  No other structures were damaged.  Troutdale Mayor Doug Daoust told KGW-TV the playground was built in 1994 and financed with donations from thousands of community members.

WA Mental Hospital Stepping Up Security

(Lakewood, WA)  --  Officials at Washington's largest mental hospital say they're taking measures to shore up security, after recent escapes by two dangerous patients and "unauthorized leaves" taken by two other patients.  Anthony Garver, who's accused of torturing and murdering a Lake Stevens woman, was found by a Spokane County K-9 unit and apprehended Friday night after escaping from Western State Hospital in Lakewood Wednesday.  His roommate, Mark Alexander Adams, also escaped, but was caught in Des Moines the following day.  One of the other patients who left the hospital without authorization is still on the loose.

Powerball Jackpot Rises Again

(Salem, OR)  --  The top prize in the Powerball game is still climbing.  The jackpot remained untouched over the weekend, so the grand prize will move up to an estimated 184-million dollars for the Wednesday night drawing.  The cash option will be more than 122-million.

Forest Grove Teenager Killed In Crash

(Gaston, OR)  --  Authorities are investigating a crash that killed a 14-year-old girl in Washington County.  Oregon State Police say 18-year-old Stephanie Cadd of Hillsboro swerved to avoid a car that was driving in her lane on Oregon 47 and was t-boned by a vehicle in the oncoming lane.  The 14-year-old, who was a passenger in Cadd's vehicle, died at the scene.  Cadd was critically injured, and Jill Yoder of Hillsboro, the driver of the other vehicle involved in the crash, suffered serious injuries.

"Barefoot Bandit" Set For July Release From Prison

(Aberdeen, WA)  --  The so-called "Barefoot Bandit" is scheduled to be released from a federal prison this summer.  Twenty-five-year-old Colton Harris-Moore is serving federal and state sentences for a series of crimes that included stealing and flying five small airplanes.  Harris-Moore is slated to be assigned in July to a halfway house in Seattle and begin work-release.  Harris-Moore is concerned that he won't be able to be with his mother after his release, as she's suffering from cancer and other illnesses.

Portland Ranked Among Most "Future-ready" Cities

(Undated)  --  Computer manufacturer Dell ranks Portland among the most "future-ready" cities in the world.  Dell's Future-Ready Economy Model lists Portland 15th among metropolitan areas with economies that are prepared to take advantage of new technological challenges.  The Dell study measured whether people had the necessary skills to drive social and economic change, whether the infrastructure was sufficient to support progress, and whether innovation and growth could be sustained by the economy.  San Jose, California tops the list, followed by San Francisco, Singapore, London, and Washington, DC, with Seattle ranked 13th.

Teacher Union To Join Challenge To New WA Charter-school Law

(Seattle, WA)  --  The Washington Education Association board of directors says it will join a legal challenge to the state's new charter-school law.  The Legislature recently passed a measure to use lottery revenue to fund charter schools, in response to a state Supreme Court ruling that said using general-fund money for charter schools is unconstitutional.  The WEA says the new law still doesn't meet the state's standards for funding, accountability, or public education.  Other plaintiffs involved in the court challenge include the Washington Federation of State Employees, the United Food and Commercial Workers, and the American Federation of Teachers.

Suspect Sought In Murder Of Portland Teen In Texas

(Austin, TX)  --  A reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the murder of a Portland woman in Austin, Texas.  Authorities say 18-year-old Haruka Weiser was a freshman studying dance at the University of Texas.  Her body was found Tuesday in a creek on the Austin campus.  Police say surveillance video recorded images of a suspect, but no arrest has been made.

Portland-area Gas Prices Steady

(Portland, OR)  --  Gas prices are level from yesterday in the Portland area.  Triple-A's latest survey shows the average for regular is two-17 a gallon, which is about the same as the average at this time last week.  The national average for regular is two-04 a gallon.

Oregon Ranked 18th For Death Row Inmates

(Undated)  --  A new study shows Oregon is ranked 18th for the most death-row inmates among the 31 states that have the death penalty.  Politics website InsideGov says 34 inmates still await their fates on death row in Oregon, while the state has executed two people since 1976.  Oregon and Washington are among four states with a governor-imposed moratorium on capital punishment.  The state with the highest number of death-row inmates is California, with 743, while Washington is ranked 25th with nine on death row.

Boat Sales Rising Across Washington State

(Seattle, WA)  --  Sales of new boats are hot in Washington.  The Northwest Marine Trade Association says new boat sales in the state rose more than 33-percent during the first quarter of this year, with sales up 53-percent in March alone.  Association president George Harris told KOMO-TV the industry has seen steady growth over the past several years and reflects consumer confidence.  State records show the most popular boats sold in Washington measure 26 feet or less.

No Injuries In Fire At Homeless Camp

(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are being reported following a fire at a homeless encampment in southeast Portland.  Authorities say the fire was reported around 2:30 yesterday afternoon at the camp, near the Hawthorne Bridge on Southeast Water Avenue and Main Street.  Portland Fire and Rescue says small propane tanks exploded during the fire, which destroyed several tents.

Tigard Woman Charged In Fatal Crash

(Tigard, OR)  --  A Tigard woman is facing a charge of manslaughter in connection with a deadly crash in Southeast Portland.  Authorities say 21-year-old Shannon Leigh O'Brien is believed to have been intoxicated when she drove the wrong way on Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard and crashed into a vehicle driven by Michael Jose on March 28th.  Jose died last Sunday of his injuries.  Police say O'Brien's blood-alcohol level following the crash was point-246, three times the legal limit.

Accused Wildlife Refuge Occupier From Montana Arrested In Washington

(Vancouver, WA)  --  A man who authorities say was one of the occupiers of an Oregon wildlife refuge is in custody.  Authorities in Vancouver, Washington, arrested Jake Ryan yesterday on accusations he dug a latrine right in the middle of a Native American archaeological site.  Numerous accused occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge remain behind bars on various federal charges.

Area Gas Prices Lower

(Portland, OR)  --  The cost of filling your gas tank in the Portland area is slightly lower.  Triple-A's latest survey shows the average for regular is two-18 a gallon, a half-cent lower than yesterday.  It's still about a penny a gallon above the average of a week ago.

Two Patients Escape From WA Mental Hospital

(Lakewood, WA)  --  Authorities are searching for two men who escaped from Western State Hospital in Lakewood, Washington.  Officials say Mark Alexander Adams and Anthony Garver are believed to have left the mental hospital between six o'clock and 7:30 last night.  Adams is 59-years-old, six-feet tall, weighing 210-pounds, with long, blond hair, and was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and gray shorts.  Garver is 28-years-old, stands five-feet-eight, weighs 250-pounds, with curly brown hair and a beard, and was last seen wearing a brown sweatshirt and orange flip flops.  Police are warning that both men are considered dangerous, and anyone who sees them is asked to call 911 immediately.

Murder Suspect Takes Plea Deal

(Portland, OR)  --  A man who was accused of murder in Gresham is awaiting sentencing, after changing his plea just days before his trial.  Thirty-year-old Wallace Theodore Simpson pleaded no contest yesterday to first-degree manslaughter in the death of 27-year-old Kevin Vernado last August.  Two other people were wounded, and Simpson also pleaded no contest to charges of assault and attempted murder.  Sentencing is scheduled for April 13th.

Brown Appoints New Interim DEQ Director

(Salem, OR)  --  The state Department of Environmental Quality will have a new interim director.  Governor Kate Brown has appointed Pete Shepherd, who served as Deputy Attorney General for the Oregon Department of Justice.  He'll temporarily replace former DEQ director Dick Pederson, who resigned in March for health reasons.  Brown says Shepherd's appointment is part of the new Clean Air Oregon program, which aims to provide greater government accountability and encourage the DEQ to work with companies on ways to prevent pollution.

Oregon Tax Freedom Day April 24th

(Undated)  --  The Tax Foundation says Oregon will reach its Tax Freedom Day near the end of this month.  It's a symbolic milestone based on everybody paying their total tax burden up front.  In this exercise, Oregon taxpayers will meet this obligation on April 24th, or 114 days into the year excluding Leap Day.  That's the same day the country as a whole will achieve its Tax Freedom Day.

Powerball Jackpot Goes Untouched

(Salem, OR)  --  The Powerball jackpot continues to grow.  No tickets for last night's drawing matched all the right numbers, so the grand prize for Saturday night's drawing will be an estimated 168-million dollars.  The cash option will be more than 110-million.

260 PeaceHealth Patients Warned Of Possible Exposure To HIV, Hepatitis

(Longview, WA)  --  PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center in Longview is warning 260 patients of possible exposure to HIV and Hepatitis B and C.  Officials say the patients, who were fitted for sleep apnea devices, might have been exposed to the viruses.  "The Oregonian" reports the hospital discovered gaps in its sterilization documentation in late February, and staffers might not have followed all proper cleaning procedures.  PeaceHealth St. John says ten of those patients have been tested so far, and all results were negative.

Youth Basketball Coach Accused Of Sexual Abuse

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A youth basketball coach from Hillsboro is accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl.  Authorities say 42-year-old Stevens Hyppolite is charged with abusing the girl between 2011 and 2014 when she was between 14 and 17 years old.  Police say the victim was a member of an AAU basketball team Hyppolite was coaching.  Investigators say they're trying to determine whether there are more victims.

Gas Prices Rise

(Portland, OR)  --  Drivers in the Portland area are paying a little more today for gasoline.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for a gallon of regular is two-18, a half-cent above yesterday's average.  It's a penny higher than the average of a week ago.

Lake Oswego Softball Team Files Title IX Lawsuit

(Lake Oswego, OR)  --  The Lake Oswego High School softball team is suing the school district for gender discrimination.  The Title Nine lawsuit claims that the team hasn't been given the same benefits and treatment received by baseball players.  The lawsuit contends the softball team was told it won't receive additional benefits unless the team "wins a state championship."  The school district says some facility improvements have already been made at Lake Oswego High, and it expects additional planning, coordination, and equipment to be in place within the next several weeks.

No Official Travel To Mississippi For WA State Employees

(Olympia, WA)  --  Most Washington state employees are being instructed not to conduct any official travel to the state of Mississippi.  Governor Jay Inslee announced the travel ban yesterday in response to Mississippi's new law that allows business owners to refuse service to gay, lesbian, and transgender customers for religious reasons.  The governor says the ban will be in effect as long as Mississippi's law exists "in its current form."  Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced a similar travel ban for city employees.

Two Teens Accused Of Vandalizing Hillsboro Churches

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Hillsboro police say two boys, ages 15 and 16, are accused of vandalizing three local churches.  Authorities say the first incident happened on March 25th at the City Gate Church.  The other two happened this past weekend at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Hillsboro Presbyterian Church.  Investigators say the break-ins were not hate crimes.  The two suspects are facing multiple accusations of criminal mischief and felony second-degree burglary.

Powerball Drawing For $148 Million Jackpot

(Salem, OR)  --  A jackpot of nearly 150-million dollars will be up for grabs in tonight's Powerball drawing.  The grand prize will be an estimated 148-million, with a cash option of nearly 98-million dollars.  The last jackpot winner matched all the right numbers in the March 2nd drawing for a top prize of 291-million dollars.

Hillsboro Church Hit By Vandalism

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Hillsboro police say vandalism at a church early yesterday morning may be connected to a vandalism case at another church a few blocks away.  Authorities say the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Northeast 32nd Avenue was ransacked yesterday, with damage estimated at up to 30-thousand dollars.  Police say a lesser amount of damage was perpetrated last week at the nearby Hillsboro Presbyterian Church.  There's no word yet on whether the cases are related.

Man Accused Of Shooting At Mason County Deputy Arrested In Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  A man who's accused of shooting at a Mason County, Washington sheriff's deputy during a chase is now behind bars, after being arrested in Portland.  Authorities say 27-year-old Joshua Baker was taken into custody yesterday after a brief foot pursuit.  Officials say the pursuit of Baker began after he sped off while a deputy tried to pull him over on State Route 3 in Mason County on March 31st.  Authorities say Baker shot at the deputy while being chased at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour.  The deputy wasn't injured.

Police ID Man Found Dead In Willamette River

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a man whose body was found in the Willamette River last week was a Portland resident.  Authorities say 36-year-old Genaro Reed Keehn died of drowning and blunt-force trauma.  The manner of death hasn't been determined.  Authorities recovered Keehn's body from the river near the St. Johns Bridge early Thursday evening.

Gas Prices Way Down From 2015

(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline in the Portland area is down considerably from this time last year.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the current average for regular is unchanged from yesterday, at two-18 a gallon.  At this point in 2015, a gallon of regular sold for an average of two-71.

Two Shot At NE Portland McDonald's

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say three people have been detained, after two others were wounded in a shooting at a McDonald's in the Hazelwood neighborhood.  Authorities say the victims were shot around 5:20 yesterday afternoon at the restaurant on Northeast 103rd Avenue.  Witnesses told police several people ran up on a vehicle and began firing on it in the middle of the busy drive-thru line.  Police say one suspect was arrested and two other people are being questioned.

Man Who Died At High Rocks Park Identified

(Gladstone, OR)  --  Authorities say a Portland man who drowned at High Rocks Park was floating in the water when he suddenly lost his grip on a log he was holding onto.  Officials say 21-year-old Jeffrey Flesher was carried away Sunday afternoon by the swift current of the river, the temperature of which is believed to have been around 50 degrees at the time.  His body was recovered by Clackamas County divers more than an hour-and-a-half later.

Inslee Appoints Thornquist To Lead Office Of Aerospace

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington's state Office of Aerospace has a new leader.  Governor Jay Inslee has appointed John Thornquist to head the office, saying he'll serve as the primary point man for North American and international aerospace companies looking to expand their presence in Washington.  Thornquist previously served as managing director and CEO of engineering and manufacturing consulting firm Carbon Aerospace in Everett, Washington.

Portland Ranked 43rd Among Cities With Most Efficient Public Spending

(Undated)  --  A new WalletHub analysis of the efficiency of spending taxpayer dollars ranks Portland 43rd in the nation.  WalletHub ranked 78 cities on how efficiently they spend public money in certain key categories.  Portland was ranked 34th in education spending, 44th in law-enforcement, and 25th in parks and recreation.  Seattle was ranked 62nd overall.  New Orleans was ranked first, followed by Miami, Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Houston.

Three Injured In House Fire

(Portland, OR)  --  Investigators are trying to determine what caused a fire that injured three people at a house in Southeast Portland.  The blaze was reported late last night at a house in the 17-hundred block of Southeast 138th Avenue.  Authorities say one of those inside the house suffered serious burns, and two others suffered less severe injuries.

Police ID Teen Hit In Crosswalk

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are still investigating, after a 13-year-old boy was hit by a vehicle in Southeast Portland.  Authorities say Mauricio Valdez was struck while in a crosswalk Saturday at the intersection of Southeast 142nd and Division.  The teen is expected to be released from the hospital today, after suffering a bruised shoulder and a severe concussion.  Police say the driver was cited for failing to stop at a crosswalk.

Law Creates WA Task Force On Police Use Of Force

(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill that's been signed into law will create a task force responsible for recommending ways to reduce violence between police and citizens in Washington.  The task force will include legislators, representatives of law-enforcement agencies, and members of advocacy groups for minorities and people with disabilities.  A co-founder of the Black Alliance of Thurston County, which was formed after the shooting of two young black men in Olympia last year, says Governor Inslee's signature on the measure is a historic first step toward reducing use of force by police.

Bat-killing Disease Reaches Washington

(Lynnwood, WA)  --  A dead bat examined by a Lynnwood veterinarian is the first known case in Washington of white-nose syndrome.  The fungal infection, which isn't harmful to humans or other animals, can be devastating to bat populations.  Veterinarian John Huckabee told the Everett "Herald" he sent the bat to the U.S. Geological Survey's National Wildlife Health Center, which confirmed the presence of white-nose syndrome.  Huckabee says anyone who finds a sick or dead bat is asked to call the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife's Wildlife Health Hotline at 800-606-8768.

Portland Man Dies At High Rocks Park

(Gladstone, OR)  --  Authorities are investigating the death of a Portland man at a park in Gladstone.  The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded around 4:15 yesterday afternoon to a report of a man under water at High Rocks Park.  Following a search, the body of the 21-year-old man was found around six o'clock.  His name hasn't been released.

Washington Distracted-driving Emphasis Patrol Underway

(Olympia, WA)  --  The Washington State Patrol is engaged in a statewide emphasis patrol that's targeting distracted drivers through April 14th.  The agency says troopers pulled over more than 18-thousand people in 2015 for talking on cell phones and more than four-thousand for texting while driving.  Doctor Beth Ebel, with Harborview Medical Center's Injury Prevention and Resource Center, told the Everett "Herald" studies show that texting while driving increases crash risk by 23 times.  She says that's equivalent to a blood-alcohol level of point-19, which is more than twice the legal limit in Washington.

New Law Legalizes Livestock Rescue During Wildfires

(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill that will allow Washington cattlemen to legally rescue their livestock from wildfires is now law.  Under the measure signed by Governor Jay Inslee, fire crews will be required to allow ranchers into wildfire areas to round up cattle and livestock as long as it doesn't interfere with firefighting operations.  Moses Lake Representative Tom Dent says he sponsored the bill to prevent livestock owners from sneaking around roadblocks or getting into conflicts with firefighters.

Powerball Jackpot Grows To $148 Million

(Salem, OR)  --  The Powerball jackpot is rolling over again.  There were no grand-prize winners in the weekend drawing, so the jackpot will be an estimated 148-million dollars for the drawing Wednesday night.  The cash option will be nearly 98-million.

Teen Charged With Attempted Murder After Two Stabbed

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A 15-year-old boy is facing an attempted-murder charge, after two other teens were stabbed at a home in Hillsboro.  Police say each of the victims was stabbed at least twice yesterday on the doorstep of the suspect's home on Southeast 54th Avenue in Hillsboro.  The 15-year-old has been booked into the Long Detention Facility in Portland.

Crash Kills Man In Scappoose

(Scappoose, OR)  --  Washington County authorities are investigating a crash that left a man dead in Scappoose.  Sheriff's deputies say the crash happened around 4:15 yesterday afternoon at Southwest River Road near Southwest Rosedale Road.  The driver slammed into a power pole and was pronounced dead at the scene.  His name hasn't been released.

Officials: WA Flu Season Hasn't Peaked

(Olympia, WA)  --  Health officials say the flu season in Washington does not appear to have peaked.  The state Department of Health says 37 people across Washington have died this season of influenza, with the youngest being a 12-year-old in Kitsap County.  The department says the flu vaccine administered for the current season is more effective than the last one.  Physicians say it's not too late to get inoculated.

Gas Prices Slightly Higher

(Portland, OR)  --  Drivers in the Portland area are paying slightly more for gasoline.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular is two-18 a gallon, a half-cent higher than yesterday's average.  The national average for regular is two-oh-six a gallon.

Suspect In Custody Following Washougal Shooting

(Washougal, WA)  --  Police have a suspect in custody following a shooting that left a man seriously wounded in Washougal.  Authorities say the shooting happened around ten o'clock last night as two men were fighting in the area of 27th and E streets.  The man who was shot was taken to a hospital, but there's no word on his condition.  No names have been released.

Body Pulled From Willamette River Near St. Johns Bridge

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is underway after the body of an adult was pulled from the Willamette River near the St. Johns Bridge.  Multnomah County deputies say the body was spotted around seven o'clock yesterday evening about 30 feet from the bridge's easternmost pier.  An autopsy will be conducted.

Bill Would Require E-Cig Labels To Contain Warnings

(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill that would make Washington the first state in the U.S. to require warning labels on e-cigarettes and other vaping products is awaiting Governor Inslee's signature.  The measure would also require those who sell vaping supplies to be licensed by the state.  Lawmakers recently passed the measure, saying the regulations are intended to prevent minors from using the products.

Stickers Indicate Where Pharmacists Prescribe Birth Control

(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee will create signs or stickers to place in the windows of pharmacies that are able to provide birth control without a doctor visit.  Health officials say about 40 pharmacists throughout Washington can now prescribe contraceptives through collaborative drug therapy agreements.  Supporters of the measure say the stickers and signs are intended to help reduce the likelihood of unintended pregnancies.


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