Regional News Archives for 2016-06

Man Charged Following Beating Of Toddler

(Vancouver, WA)  --  A man is behind bars after being accused of beating his two-year-old daughter at a Vancouver motel.  Police say Kyle Stephen Holder was seen beating and kicking the toddler Tuesday night at the Sunnyside Motel.  Police say another man at the motel grabbed a baseball bat and hit Holder in the head to stop the assault.  The toddler is listed in critical condition.

Six Displaced By House Fire In Newberg

(Newberg, OR)  --  Officials say six people were driven out of their home by a house fire in Newberg.  Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue says no one was injured in the blaze, which broke out around 2:30 this morning at the home on Northeast North Valley Road.  The house is reported to be a total loss.  The American Red Cross is assisting the six displaced residents.

Study: Washington Among Most Patriotic States

(Undated)  --  A new study places Washington among the nation's most patriotic states.  Consumer website examined about a dozen "key metrics" in formulating its rankings, including the rate of enlistment in the military, voting habits, and civil-education requirements.  Washington ranks ninth overall on the WalletHub list, coming in ninth for military engagement and 12th for civic engagement.  Oregon is ranked 22nd overall, while Virgina, Alaska, South Carolina, Colorado, and Georgia make up the top five.

Portland-area Fuel Prices Steady

(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline in the Portland area is flat, as the July Fourth holiday gets closer.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is two-51 a gallon, which is about the same as a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-29 a gallon.

Body Of 18-year-old Recovered From Clackamas River

(Estacada, OR)  --  Authorities say divers have recovered the body of an 18-year-old who went swimming in the Clackamas River at Milo McIver State Park.  The Estacada Fire Department says the teen was swimming with friends and tried to make it across the river around five o'clock yesterday afternoon, but was unsuccessful.  Officials say the teen wasn't wearing a life jacket.  The victim's name hasn't been released.

Teen Shot At Gateway Transit Station

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say a teenager was wounded in a shooting that happened during a fight at the Gateway Transit Station.  Authorities say the shooting took place around ten o'clock last night.  The teen is being treated at a hospital and is expected to survive.  Police are working to identify a suspect or suspects.

Powerball Jackpot Untouched

(Salem, OR)  --  There are no grand-prize winners from last night's Powerball drawing.  The jackpot will roll over to an estimated 243-million dollars for the drawing Saturday night.  The cash option will be nearly 166-million.  The Mega Millions jackpot will be an estimated 415-million dollars for tomorrow night's drawing.

Arrest Made In WA Triple Homicide

(Lacey, WA)  --  Thurston County, Washington authorities say they've made an arrest in connection with a triple homicide.  The sheriff's office says 24-year-old Dugan Lawton is believed to have shot two men and a woman to death at a travel trailer outside a Lacey-area home last week.  Another man was wounded.  Investigators say methamphetamine, heroin, guns, and several thousand dollars in cash were found in the trailer.  Bail for Lawton is set at five-million dollars.

Police Seek Driver In Deadly Salem Hit-and-run

(Salem, OR)  --  Police say a pedestrian was killed early this morning in a hit-and-run in Salem.  Authorities say the crash happened in the 16-hundred block of Liberty Street Southeast.  Drivers are being urged to avoid that area as the investigation is conducted.  No other details are available.

Suspect Arrested Following Beating Of Toddler

(Vancouver, WA)  --  A suspect is in custody after a toddler was seriously injured in a beating at a Vancouver motel.  KOIN-TV reports Clark County sheriff's deputies arrived last night at a room at the Sunnyside Motel on Northeast Highway 99 and found a male suspect, beating and kicking a two-year-old child.  Officials say deputies had to use a Taser to subdue the suspect.  The toddler is listed in critical condition at a Portland hospital.

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Appeal By WA Pharmacy

(Washington, DC)  --  The U.S. Supreme Court is declining to consider a challenge to Washington State rules regarding contraceptives.  The challenge was made by the owners of Ralph's Thriftway pharmacy in Olympia, who, for religious reasons, don't want to sell emergency contraceptives.  The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that Washington pharmacists can't cite religious objections and refuse to dispense emergency contraception.  In 2007, Washington's State Board of Pharmacy adopted the rule requiring pharmacists to dispense emergency contraceptives.

Portland-area Gas Prices Flat

(Portland, OR)  --  Prices at the gas pump are flat in the Portland area.  Triple-A's latest survey shows the average for regular is two-51 a gallon, which is about a penny above the average of a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-29 a gallon.

Woman Found Dead, Husband In Custody

(Vancouver, WA)  --  The Clark County Sheriff's Office has a man in custody after his wife was found dead at a home in Vancouver.  Deputies say the woman was found shot to death last night in a home in the 75-hundred block of Northeast 109th Avenue.  Authorities say the husband had fled the home but was apprehended about two blocks away and taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  No names have been released.

Marshman Makes Command Changes In Police Bureau

(Portland, OR)  --  With a new chief comes a new look for the Portland Police Bureau.  Mike Marshman, who was promoted from captain to police chief after Larry O'Dea resigned Monday, has made sweeping changes in command throughout the bureau.  The moves include reducing the number of assistant chiefs from four to three.  Marshman also named three new assistant chiefs and made their predecessors captains once again.

July 4 Is WA Voter Registration Deadline

(Olympia, WA)  --  Despite the holiday, July 4th will be the deadline to register to vote in Washington.  Monday will be the last day Washingtonians will be able to register to cast ballots in the August 2nd primary elections.  It will also be the deadline for those who are already registered to update their information.

Mega Millions Jackpot Soars Past $400 Million

(Salem, OR)  --  The jackpot in the Mega Millions game is still growing.  Last night's drawing didn't produce any grand-prize winners, so the jackpot will climb to an estimated 415-million dollars for the Friday night drawing.  The lump-sum cash option will be more than 286-million.

Police ID Intruder Shot To Death By Portland Homeowner

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police continue to investigate the shooting death of an intruder by a homeowner.  Authorities say 33-year-old Tara-Alexis Ford returned home early Sunday morning with her two children when she found the intruder, 59-year-old David Daniel McCrary of Gresham, in her daughter's bedroom.  McCrary died of a single gunshot wound.  Investigators will try to determine whether Ford acted in self-defense or if she'll face charges.

12-year-old Hit By Car, Seriously Injured

(Portland, OR)  --  A 12-year-old boy is being treated for serious injuries after he was hit by a car in Northeast Portland.  Police say the boy was hit as he ran into the street in the area of Northeast 122nd and Multnomah Street around 12:25 yesterday afternoon.  The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with police.  The boy is expected to survive.

Fuel Prices Rise In Portland Area

(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline in Portland is slightly higher.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is two-51 a gallon, up a half-cent from yesterday.  The national average for regular is two-30 a gallon.

Washington Must Fix Culverts That Block Salmon From Habitat

(Seattle, WA)  --  A federal appeals court says the state of Washington must fix culverts that block salmon from reaching their habitat.  The decision was handed down yesterday by a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, saying the culverts must be cleared of debris that blocks the salmon from passage to spawning grounds.  The decision was a victory for Native American tribes seeking to hold the state to the promise of treaties that give the tribes the right to fish on lands ceded to the federal government.  The cost of fixing the culverts will add up to hundreds of millions, but the state of Washington stands to receive federal funding for many of the repairs.

Three Dead, One Wounded Following Woodburn-area Shooting

(Woodburn, OR)  --  Three people are dead and one is critically wounded, following a shooting at a berry farm near Woodburn.  Authorities say the shooting was reported around 11:05 yesterday morning at the farm on Killiam Road Northeast.  The suspected shooter, 29-year-old Bonifacio Oseguera-Gonzalez, was later apprehended on Interstate 84 east of Portland.  The victims' names haven't been released.

Marshman Sworn In As Portland's New Police Chief

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Police Bureau Captain Michael Marshman is the city's new chief of police, after Mayor Charlie Hales announced the retirement of Chief Larry O'Dea [[ oh-DAY ]].  O'Dea was placed on administrative leave as he became the subject of investigations into the shooting of his friend on a hunting trip in April.  Hales says he's disappointed by what he calls a "trial by media" and is asking the public to reserve judgment until the Oregon State Police and the State Department of Justice complete their investigations.  Marshman took the oath of office yesterday.

WalletHub: Seattle, Portland Ranked Among Top Cities For July 4th

(Undated)  --  WalletHub's list of cities that are the best places for Fourth of July celebrations ranks Seattle in the top spot.  The consumer website compared the 100 largest U.S. cities, based on how well they balance holiday fun and what it costs.  Portland ranks fifth overall on the WalletHub list of Best Cities for 4th of July Celebrations.  The Rose City ranks only 63th in the category of "Entertainment & Food," but ranks in the top ten in the categories of "Attractions & Activities" and "Fourth of July Weather Forecast."

Mega Millions Drawing For $390 Million Jackpot

(Salem, OR)  --  The Mega Millions jackpot is nearing the 400-million-dollar mark.  Tonight's drawing will be for a grand prize of 390-million-dollars.  The lump-sum cash option will be 265-million.  The jackpot is the largest Mega Millions top prize since March 2014.

SUV Driver Seriously Injured In Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police are investigating a crash that left the driver of an SUV seriously injured.  Authorities say the wreck, which involved a tractor-trailer rig, happened yesterday afternoon at 122nd and Marine Drive.  The SUV driver was pulled out of the vehicle by firefighters and taken to a hospital with traumatic injuries.  The truck driver wasn't injured.

Officials ID Woman Killed In Clackamas County Shooting

(Milwaukie, OR)  --  Police continue to investigate a shooting that left a woman dead at an apartment complex near Milwaukie.  Authorities say 80-year-old Donna Doris McQueen died after being accidentally shot Friday night at the Clackamas County Trails Apartments on Southeast Cook Street.  Police arrested 21-year-old Noelle St. John, saying McQueen wasn't her intended target.  St. John is facing charges of manslaughter and unlawful use of a weapon.

Single-car Derailment Of Amtrak Train In Tukwila

(Tukwila, WA)  --  Officials say no one was injured when a single car of an Amtrak train, headed north from Portland, derailed in Tukwila, Washington.  Authorities say a single locomotive was leaning slightly after it left the tracks yesterday at a few minutes past noon.  All 12 cars it was pulling remained upright.  The approximately 236 passengers on the train were taken to King Street Station in Seattle by bus.

Woman Kills Home Intruder

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a Southeast Portland woman shot and killed an intruder she found in her child's bedroom.  Authorities say the 33-year-old woman returned home from work early yesterday morning and found the 59-year-old man.  Police say the woman used her own gun to shoot the intruder.  Neither one of her two children was injured.

Portland-area Gas Prices Slip

(Portland, OR)  --  Fuel prices in the Portland area are slightly cheaper today.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for a gallon of regular is two-51, down a half-cent from yesterday's average.  At this point in May, the Portland-area average for regular was two-45 a gallon.

Portland Police Chief To Retire

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Police Chief Larry O'Dea is expected to retire.  O'Dea is under investigation after it came to light that he shot a friend with a .22-caliber rifle during an April hunting trip.  Officials say O'Dea had initially said that the friend, Robert Dempsey, accidentally shot himself while trying to holster a pistol.  Dempsey wasn't seriously injured.  Mayor Charlie Hales is slated to hold a news conference later today.

Missing Portland Man Being Sought

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking for a 35-year-old Portland man who's reported missing.  Authorities say James Earl Smith hasn't been seen since Wednesday, and his wife reports he's missed several days of work.  Police say his car was found yesterday near Promontory Park outside Estacada.  Smith is described as white, six feet tall, 170 pounds with short, red hair and facial hair.  Anyone knowing his whereabouts is asked to call 911.

Inslee Seeking Oil-train Moratorium

(Olympia, WA)  --  Governor Jay Inslee is calling for a moratorium on oil trains traveling through Washington.  Inslee is asking for the moratorium in response to the oil-train derailment earlier this month in the Columbia River Gorge.  The governor says it's up to the Federal Rail Authority to revisit what can be done to stop Union Pacific's Bakken oil transport until necessary safety improvements are made.  Earlier this month, Governor Kate Brown of Oregon asked for a similar moratorium for her state.

Major Lottery Jackpots Continue To Roll Over

(Salem, OR)  --  The mountains of cash continue to grow for the Mega Millions and Powerball games.  The weekend drawings yielded no jackpot winners.  The Mega Millions drawing tomorrow night will be for an estimated grand prize of 390-million dollars.  The Wednesday night Powerball drawing will be for an estimated jackpot of 222-million.

Mega Millions Jackpot Exceeds $360 Million

(Salem, OR)  --  A huge jackpot is kicking up ticket sales for tonight's Mega Millions drawing. The grand prize will be an estimated 363-million dollars, with a cash option of more than 244-million.  Tomorrow night's Powerball drawing will be for an estimated top prize of 203-million dollars. 

Elderly Man Indicted In Deadly Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  A 90-year-old man is under indictment after being accused of causing a crash that left a woman dead in Portland.  A Multnomah County grand jury issued the indictment yesterday against Edmond Pomroy Balding, who's charged with criminal negligent homicide.  The March 18th crash killed pedestrian Ambert Michelle Lapine [[ lah-PINE ]], who was hit at the intersection of Northeast 117th Avenue and Glisan Street.  

Obama To Attend Fundraisers In Seattle

(Seattle, WA)  --  President Obama will be in Seattle later today for a fundraiser to support Governor Jay Inslee's re-election campaign.  The president will appear at the Washington State Convention Center for this evening's event.  Obama will later attend a fundraiser at an undisclosed private residence to benefit the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The president is scheduled to arrive late this afternoon at Sea-Tac Airport, and major congestion is expected as space is cleared for the motorcade.  

Suspect Captured In SE Portland After Fleeing US Marshals

(Portland, OR)  --  A man who was wanted for a robbery is in custody, after he fled from U.S. marshals and Portland police.  The Portland Police Bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team and Crisis Negotiation Team were dispatched yesterday to search for the man in an area of Southeast Portland.  Police say he was arrested after being found hiding in a yard at Southeast 118th and Schiller.

Six Arrested For Armed Home Invasion

(Milwaukie, OR)  --  Six men are facing charges in connection with an armed home invasion in Milwaukie.  Two of the suspects, Douglas Tyler Jorgenson Liones [[ lee-OWNS ]] and Trevontae Timothy Anderson, are charged with multiple counts regarding the Wednesday robbery at the Hamlin Manor Apartments on Southeast Harrison.  Police say two men were injured during the home invasion, and one remains in ICU at a Portland hospital. Authorities say the other four suspects participated in the robbery, and are due in court today. 

Intruder Shot By Homeowner Identified As Ex-NFL PLayer

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a man who's accused of breaking into a Southwest Portland home before being shot by the homeowner is identified as former NFL player Stanley Wilson the Second.  Authorities say the owner of the Southwest Humphrey Boulevard home shot Wilson in the abdomen, and officers arriving at the scene found the suspect, naked, in a backyard water feature.  Wilson is expected to survive.  He played cornerback at Stanford before being drafted in 2005 by the Detroit Lions, where he played for three seasons. 

Gas Prices See Slight Increase

(Portland, OR)  --  Gas prices are up slightly in the Portland area.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is two-51 a gallon, a half-cent above yesterday's average.  It's also six-and-a-half cents higher than the average at this time last month. 

Powerball Jackpot Surpasses $200 Million

(Salem, OR)  --  The jackpots in the two major lottery games continue to soar.  Last night's Powerball drawing didn't yield any grand-prize winners, so the jackpot will rise to an estimated 203-million dollars for the drawing Saturday night.  The top prize in the Friday night Mega Millions drawing is estimated at 363-million.


Washington A.G. Says Seattle Gun-sales Tax Legal

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson says Seattle's sales tax on guns and ammunition is legal.  Ferguson, who's a Democrat, issued an opinion saying the tax, which took effect on January 1st, complies with state law.  Ferguson filed a friend-of-the-court brief Monday with the state appeals court regarding the National Rifle Association's challenge to a King County Superior Court ruling.  The NRA claims the 25-dollar-per-gun tax charged to gun sellers and the two-to-five-cent tax per round of ammunition violate a state law that bans cities from regulating firearms. 


Oregon,Washington Home Prices Fastest-rising In Nation

(Undated)  --  Home prices across Washington state are rising faster than in any other state in the U.S.  That's according to data firm CoreLogic, who says the average home price in the state rose ten-point-six percent from April 2015 to April 2016.  Oregon is a close second, with a ten-point-three-percent increase during the same period.  Zillow lists Washington as the state with the third-highest average home price, at nearly 308-thousand dollars, while Oregon is in eighth place with a 276-thousand-dollar median price.  


Wanted Felon Arrested Following Standoff

(Vancouver, WA)  --  A wanted felon is in custody, following a standoff with a SWAT team in Vancouver.  Authorities say police arrived at an apartment building on Northeast 49th Street around 5:30 yesterday afternoon and tried to contact 40-year-old Ryan Boyce, but he reportedly refused to come out and threatened to shoot officers.  SWAT personnel were brought in, and the standoff continued until Boyce was taken into custody around 8:50 last night.  Boyce, who had several outstanding warrants, is also facing charges of felony harassment and malicious mischief. 

Burglary Suspect Shot By Homeowner

(Portland, OR)  --  A burglary suspect is expected to survive, after being shot by a homeowner in Southwest Portland.  Police say the man was shot in the abdomen as he tried to break into a house in the 49-hundred block of Southwest Humphrey Boulevard yesterday afternoon.  Authorities say officers found the suspect naked in a water feature in the back yard.  The man's injuries aren't considered life-threatening. 

Man Gets 18 Years For Assault On Infant Daughter

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A man who was convicted of assaulting his seven-month-old daughter is scheduled to spend 18 years in prison.  A Washington County judge handed down the sentence to 27-year-old Timothy Michael Gonzalez, whose daughter, Chloe Boulange [[ boo-LAHNZH ]], is unable to sit up on her own and must eat through a feeding tube.  Authorities say the attack took place in December 2014.  Gonzalez was found guilty last week of first-degree assault and criminal mistreatment.  

Council To Decide Whether To Put Proposed Pot Tax Before Voters

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland City Council is considering whether to ask voters to decide whether to approve a proposed three-percent tax on recreational marijuana.  Officials say the resulting revenue would go toward drug and alcohol treatment, public safety, and support for small businesses.  The current 25-percent state tax on recreational pot is to drop to 20 percent on January 1st, so if voters approve the city tax, the total tax would be 23 percent.  If the Council gives the okay, the measure will appear on this November's ballot. 


Mega Millions Jackpot Rolls Over Again

(Salem, OR)  --  The stakes are getting higher in the Mega Millions lottery game.  Last night's drawing produced no grand-prize winner, so the jackpot will roll over to 363-million-dollars for the Friday night drawing.  The Powerball drawing tonight will be for a top prize of 184-million-dollars.  


Flight Diverted After Man Allegedly Tries To Kiss Sleeping Teen

(SeaTac, WA)  --  Officials say an Alaska Airlines flight bound for Anchorage from Portland was diverted to Seattle when a man aboard the plane tried to kiss a sleeping teenage girl. An airport spokesman says Flight 137 was diverted to Sea-Tac International Airport at two p.m. yesterday.  The spokesman says a 23-year-old man from California is accused of trying to kiss a sleeping 16-year-old girl sitting next to him on the flight.  The man was arrested when the plane landed at Sea-Tac, and the plane continued on to Anchorage. 

PPS Superintendent Announces Retirement

(Portland, OR)  --  Carole Smith, superintendent of Portland Public Schools, says she'll retire at the end of the next school year.  Smith, who's been on the job for a decade, has been under fire since elevated levels of lead were found in water fountains at two of the district's schools.  She issued a public apology after admitting that PPS failed to follow Environmental Protection Agency protocols.  Protesters disrupted a meeting of the school board yesterday evening, demanding that Smith resign immediately or be fired. 


Train Stopped For Fuel Leak In Gorge

(Corbett, OR)  --  The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says a 92-car Union Pacific train was halted in the Columbia River Gorge when a diesel fuel leak was discovered.  The train was headed east from Portland yesterday and authorities believe the fuel leak was caused by a broken cap on a fuel filter.  Union Pacific officials say the diesel leak may have been between 200 and 300 gallons.  A Multnomah County HazMat crew assisted Corbett Fire in stopping the leak.  


Gas Prices Steady

(Portland, OR)  --  Drivers in the Portland area are paying the same today for gasoline as yesterday.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular is two-50 a gallon, which is a half-cent lower than at this time last week.  The national average for regular is about two-33 a gallon. 


Seattle Company Recalls Frozen Veggies For Listeria Risk

(Seattle, WA)  --  A Seattle company is issuing a recall of frozen green peas and frozen mixed vegetables because of the possibility of Listeria contamination.  National Frozen Foods sells the products under brands including Bountiful Harvest, First Street, Great Value, Live Smart, Market Pantry, and Sprouts Farmers Market in stores across the country.  The products were sold between September 2nd, 2015, and June 2nd, 2016.  National Frozen Foods officials say the recall was issued after internal tests revealed the presence of Listeria bacteria, but no illnesses have been reported so far. 


Man Killed In Drive-by Shooting In Aloha

(Aloha, OR)  --  The Washington County Sheriff's Office is investigating a drive-by shooting that left a man dead in Aloha [[ ah-LOW-uh ]].  Deputies say the man was shot around 8:50 yesterday morning as he walked along Southwest Blanton Street near 167th Avenue.  The victim died at the scene.  Witnesses told authorities they saw a dark-colored sedan heading east down Blanton after the shooting. 

Huge Jackpot At Stake In Mega Millions Drawing

(Salem, OR)  --  It's the largest Mega Millions jackpot since March 2014.  Tonight's drawing will be for an estimated top prize of 333-million dollars.  The lump-sum cash option will be 226-million. 

Gresham Man Accused Of Groping Girl On Plane To Remain In Custody

(Portland, OR)  --  A Gresham man who's accused of groping a 13-year-old girl aboard a flight bound for Portland is being ordered to undergo a drug-and-alcohol evaluation.  Otherwise, 26-year-old Chad Cameron Camp will remain in custody until his arraignment on July 15th.  Authorities say Camp molested the teen on an American Airlines flight from Dallas to Portland on June 15th.  Camp was arrested after the plane arrived at PDX. 


Police Look For Leads In Stabbing Death Of Gresham Woman

(Gresham, OR)  --  Police are seeking the public's help as they continue to investigate the deadly stabbing of a Gresham woman.  Authorities say 35-year-old Annastasia Diane Hester called 911 from her apartment on Southwest Eastman Parkway to report she'd been stabbed on the morning of June 10th.  Hester died later at a hospital.  Anyone with information helpful to the investigation is asked to call the Gresham police tip line at 503-618-2719. 


Gas Prices Change Little

(Portland, OR)  --  There's not much change in Portland-area fuel prices as summer arrives.  Triple-A reports the average for a gallon of regular is two-49, about a half-cent below the average of a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-33 a gallon. 


Two Arrested In Connection With Fatal Speed-race Crash

(McMinnville, OR)  --  Two suspects are facing charges in connection with a speed-racing crash that left one person dead on Highway 99W in McMinnville.  Police say 24-year-old Jeremy Hopper and 22-year-old Andrew Olson are each charged with first-degree manslaughter, first-degree assault, fourth-degree assault, and reckless driving.  The May 4th crash killed the driver of a car not involved in the race, 43-year-old Claudio Martinez Marquez [[ mar-KEZZ ]], while his passenger, 33-year-old Bonifacio [[ BONE-uh-FOSS-ee-oh ]] Martinez Garcia, suffered serious injuries. 

Major Lottery Jackpots Continue To Rise

(Salem, OR)  --  Both major lottery jackpots are growing larger after the weekend drawings.  Tomorrow night's Mega Millions drawing will be for an estimated jackpot of 333-million dollars.  The top prize in the Powerball drawing Wednesday night will be an estimated 184-million. 


Police: Specialized Van Stolen From Wheelchair-bound Woman

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man who reportedly stole a specialized van from a 51-year-old disabled woman in Southeast Portland.  Authorities say the vehicle was stolen yesterday afternoon in the 200 block of Southeast 160th Avenue.  It's described as a white, 2012 Honda Odyssey with a ramp and a sticker on the back that reads "Performance Mobility" in blue letters, and the license plate 580GWA.  Police say a possible suspect has been described as a tall, slim white male, about 35 to 40 years old, wearing a baseball cap. 

Thousands Turn Out For Portland Pride Parade

(Portland, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown is among those who attended the Portland Pride Parade and Festival yesterday.  Security was stepped up from previous years, and there was an increased presence of Portland police officers as well.  Many parade-goers held up signs in support of the victims of the recent mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.  Brown told KPTV there's a "need to work together to create communities of love and tolerance here in Oregon and around the country." 


One Killed, One Injured In Northwest Portland Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead and another is injured, following a shooting in Northwest Portland.  Police say the shooting happened in the area of Northwest 4th Avenue and Northwest Davis Street around 10:20 last night.  A man was killed and a woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries.  Authorities say a possible suspect has been detained. 


Portland-area Gas Prices Flat

(Portland, OR)  --  Triple-A is reporting no change from yesterday in Portland-area fuel prices.  The average for regular is two-50 a gallon, which is also the same as the average of a week ago.  Regular gas sold in the Portland area at this time last month for two-43 a gallon. 

Woman Arrested In Connection With Deadly Stabbing

(Portland, OR)  --  A suspect is in custody, following the stabbing death of a woman outside a Portland strip club.  Police say 29-year-old Shantina Turner was stabbed in the neck late Wednesday night at the Skinn Gentleman's Club in Portland's Cully neighborhood.  The suspect, Rinita Linelle Lowe, is behind bars on a murder charge.  Police say the victim and the suspect were involved in an argument at the club before the stabbing took place. 

Huge Jackpot Up For Grabs In Mega Millions Drawing

(Salem, OR)  --  Tonight's Mega Millions drawing is generating brisk ticket sales.  The jackpot will be an estimated 310-million dollars.  The lump-sum cash option will be 211-million.  Tomorrow night's Powerball drawing will be for an estimated top prize of 169-million dollars.  

Seattle Man Admits To Threatening Congressman

(Seattle, WA)  --  A Seattle man is awaiting sentencing, after pleading guilty to threatening Washington Congressman Jim McDermott.  Federal prosecutors say 27-year-old Jasper Kilmer Hillman Bell threatened to cut out McDermott's tongue for pledging support for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton rather than fellow Democrat Bernie Sanders.  Authorities say Bell made repeated calls to McDermott's office and was arrested when he went to the office and pounded on a locked door.  The U.S. Attorney's Office says it

Gresham Man Accused Of Groping Girl On Flight To PDX

(Portland, OR)  --  A Gresham man is facing charges, after being accused of groping a 13-year-old girl on board a flight to Portland International Airport.  Authorities say Chad Cameron Camp was on an American Airlines flight from Dallas to Portland Wednesday night when the incident took place.  Camp was arrested after the plane arrived at PDX.  He's been charged with a federal count of abusive sexual contact. 

Suspect Arrested In Connection With Explosion At Fred Meyer

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say they've arrested a suspect in connection with a small explosion at a Fred Meyer store.  Bail is set at 260-thousand dollars for Joshua Hines, who's homeless.  Police say a small explosive device went off inside the store on Southeast 82nd Avenue on May 21st, but no one was injured.  Hines is charged with first-degree arson and unlawful manufacturing and possession of a destructive device.

Police Looking For Smash-and-grab Thief

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking for a thief who was caught on camera breaking into a vehicle and stealing a backpack in Southeast Portland.  Authorities say the thief was on a bicycle and wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt when the crime was committed Monday night in the area of Southeast 6th and Yamhill.  The thief left behind hundreds of shards of broken glass after making off with the backpack.

Washington Boosting Inspections Of Railroad Tracks, Trains

(Seattle, WA)  --  Crews from Washington's Utilities and Transportation Commission and Federal Railroad Administration are taking a hard look at trains and BNSF Railway tracks on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge this week.  This follows last week's derailment of a loaded oil train and a resulting spill and fire on the Union Pacific Railroad on the Oregon side of the gorge.  KING TV says Washington is still short of railroad inspectors, but the legislature has authorized more.

WA State Revenue Forecast Brighter

(Olympia, WA)  --  State officials say the Washington state government is predicted to take in about 308-million dollars more during the current fiscal period than previously expected.  Economists say the revenue forecast is being upgraded because of higher-than-expected sales tax revenue and higher real-estate excise tax collections.  The forecast is also adding 127-million dollars for the 2017-19 budget period.

Fuel Prices Steady

(Portland, OR)  --  Gas prices in the Portland area are unchanged from yesterday.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is two-50 a gallon, about a penny above the average of a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-36 a gallon.

Woman Killed in Stabbing At Portland Strip Club

(Portland, OR)  --  A woman is dead, after being stabbed at a Portland strip club.  Authorities say the stabbing happened late last night at Club Skinn on Northeast 60th Avenue.  The woman died at the scene.  Police say they've detained a possible suspect.  No names have been released.

Washington Jobless Rate Remains Steady

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington's unemployment rate remains at a seasonally-adjusted five-point-eight percent for the sixth straight month.  The state Employment Security Department says that's despite the addition of 87-hundred jobs from April to May.  The department says the state has added more than 101-thousand jobs over the past year.  The greatest job growth in Washington last month took place in the professional & business services sector.

Motorcyclist Injured In SE Portland Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating a crash that left a motorcyclist lying unconscious in Southeast Portland.  Authorities say the wreck happened around 9:30 last night at the intersection of Southeast 45th Avenue and Belmont.  The motorcyclist, described as a man in his 30s, was taken to a hospital, but there's no word on his condition.  Police say the driver of the car involved in the crash remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation.

Powerball Jackpot Rises Again

(Salem, OR)  --  The Powerball game is getting more attention, after last night's drawing yielded no jackpot winners.  The grand prize will grow to an estimated 169-million dollars for the Saturday night drawing, with a cash option of 114-million.  The next Mega Millions drawing will be for an estimated top prize of 310-million dollars tomorrow night.

Teen Seriously Wounded In Stabbing At Gresham Park

(Gresham, OR)  --  Gresham police are looking for four suspects, following a stabbing that left a 17-year-old seriously wounded at Red Sunset Park.  Authorities say they believe yesterday's stabbing was related to a marijuana deal.  The victim, who was stabbed twice, is listed in critical condition, but is expected to survive.  Police say the suspects range in age from 15 to 17.

Average Home Price In Portland Surpasses $400K

(Portland, OR)  --  The average home price in the Portland area is now past the 400-thousand-dollar milestone.  The Regional Multiple Listing Service says the average rose in May to 402-thousand-500 dollars, which is a record.  Realty Trust Group broker Dustin Miller tells "The Oregonian" that low supply and high demand are driving the prices.  The average time it takes to sell all current homes on the market remains at the April level of one-point-four months.

Escaped Killer Arrested In South Dakota

(Yakima, WA)  --  A convicted killer who escaped from work-release in Yakima, Washington is in custody in South Dakota.  Twenty-five-year-old Jake Lee Eakin was 14-years-old in 2005 when he was convicted and sentenced for the murder of 13-year-old Craig Sorger of Ephrata two years before.  Eakin escaped from work-release Sunday.  He was arrested yesterday in Rapid City, and authorities are seeking to have him extradited back to Washington.

Gas Prices Slightly Lower

(Portland, OR)  --  Drivers in the Portland area are paying slightly less for gasoline.  The latest Triple-A survey shows a gallon of regular is averaging two-50, a fraction of a penny less than yesterday's average.  Regular gas averaged two-43 a gallon at this point in May.

Woman Sentenced To Probation For National Park Vandalism

(Fresno, CA)  --  A woman who vandalized seven national parks in 2014 will serve two years probation after pleading guilty to federal misdemeanor charges.  Casey Nocket damaged rock formations in Oregon, California, Utah, and Colorado by using markers and acrylic paints to create drawings that she then posted online.  Federal prosecutors say Nocket would be fined, would complete 200 hours of community service, and would be permanently banned from all federally-managed parks, forests, and recreation areas.  Nocket vandalized Crater Lake National Park in Oregon as part of her 26-day vandalism spree nearly two years ago.

Gresham Pedestrian Hit By Car Remains Critical

(Gresham, OR)  --  A Gresham man who was standing on a sidewalk when he was hit by an SUV remains in critical condition.  Police continue to investigate the crash, which happened Monday evening at the intersection of East Burnside Street and Southeast 172nd Avenue in Gresham.  Authorities say the driver of the SUV, 25-year-old Pedro Guzman-Ortega of Portland, wasn't driving under the influence at the time of the crash.  The pedestrian's name hasn't been released.

Inslee, Bryant To Debate In Spokane

(Spokane, WA)  --  Democratic incumbent Governor Jay Inslee and Republican challenger, Seattle Port Commissioner Bill Bryant, are set to debate following the August primary election.  The Association of Washington Business, which is co-sponsoring the debate, says it will be held in Spokane on August 17th.  A statewide Elway poll taken in April shows Inslee favored by 48 percent of voters, 36 percent supporting Bryant, and 16 percent undecided.

Mega Millions Top Prize Shoots Past $300 Million

(Salem, OR)  --  The potential winnings keep building in the Mega Millions lottery game.  The jackpot is rising to an estimated 310-million dollars for the Friday night drawing.  The cash option will be more than 211-million.  Tonight's Powerball drawing will be for an estimated top prize of 153-million dollars.

Missing Woman Needing Medical Attention Being Sought

(Clackamas County, OR)  --  Clackamas County sheriff's deputies are looking for a woman who's in urgent need of medical attention.  Authorities say 54-year-old Natalie Derr hasn't been seen since Sunday, when she left a Clackamas County care facility.  Deputies say she left without the medication she needs.  Authorities say Derr may be driving to the Oregon Coast in her red 2010 Toyota Prius with Oregon license plates 057ESW.  Anyone knowing her whereabouts is asked to call 911.

Bank-robbery Suspect In Vancouver Wounded By Police

(Vancouver, WA)  --  A bank-robbery suspect is hospitalized after being shot by a Clark County sheriff's deputy.  Authorities say the man is suspected of holding up a U.S. Bank in the 16-hundred block of Main Street in Vancouver yesterday afternoon.  Officials say the man was shot and wounded in the area of Northeast 219th Street and Northeast 10th Avenue in Battle Ground following a chase.  There's no word on his condition.

New Beaverton School District Superintendent Named

(Beaverton, OR)  --  The next Beaverton School District superintendent will be a former Oregon Superintendent of the Year.  Don Grotting received the honor in 2014 from the American Association of School Administrators, and has been chosen to lead the Beaverton district.  The Beaverton School Board voted unanimously last night to name Grotting to the post.  He has served over the past six years as the superintendent of the David Douglas School District in Portland.

Amazon Faces Possible Fine For Improper Shipment

(Seattle, WA)  -- is facing a possible fine for improper shipment of a package containing Liquid Fire drain cleaner.  Federal regulators say the product, which was improperly packaged and labeled, leaked on nine UPS employees during shipment from Louisville to Boulder, Colorado in October 2014.  The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing a 350-thousand-dollar fine.  Amazon says it takes the safety of its air-cargo delivery partners seriously and has developed sophisticated technologies to detect potential shipping hazards.

Gresham Man Critically Injured In Crash

(Gresham, OR)  --  Police are investigating a crash that critically injured a pedestrian while he was on a sidewalk in Gresham.  Authorities say the 36-year-old man was standing on the southwest corner of East Burnside and Southeast 172nd Avenue when he was hit by an SUV yesterday evening.  The man was rushed to a hospital, where he's listed in critical condition.  Police say the Portland man who drove the SUV cooperated with officers.

Gas Prices Steady

(Portland, OR)  --  Gasoline prices are little-changed from yesterday in the Portland metro.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular is two-50 a gallon, which is about a penny-and-a-half above the average of a week ago.  The national average for regular is about two-37 a gallon.

"No Tip" Policy Catching On At Portland Restaurants

(Portland, OR)  --  Tipping may eventually be a thing of the past at most Portland restaurants.  About a half-dozen restaurants in the city are so far adopting a "no-tip" policy, replacing tips with fixed gratuities charged to customers as part of the price of the meal.  Restaurant owners who are adopting the policy are affixing stickers at their establishments that indicate the eatery is a "no-tip zone."  Restaurant owners tell KOIN-TV the policy is, in part, a way to help them stay in business in response to a new minimum-wage hike. 

Court Approves "Non-Binary" Sexual Identity

(Portland, OR)  --  A person in Oregon is now legally "non-binary," rather than male or female.  In what legal experts believe is a first in the U.S., a judge in Portland approved the change for 52-year-old Jamie Shupe late last week.  Shupe is an Army veteran who retired in 2000.  Three years ago, Shupe began transitioning from man to woman but realized then that neither male nor female was a fit.  Shupe told reporters, "I consider myself a third sex."

WA Murderer Escapes Custody In Yakima

(Yakima, WA)  --  Authorities say a 25-year-old convicted murderer is on the loose after escaping from work-release in Yakima, Washington.  Officials say Jake Lee Eakin failed to return to the work-release center Sunday morning as scheduled.  Eakin was 12 years old when he was convicted as an adult and sentenced to 14 years in prison for the 2003 beating and stabbing death of 13-year-old special education student Craig Sorger.  Anyone with information about Eakin's whereabouts is asked to call Yakima police at 509-575-6200.

Mega Millions Jackpot Nearing $300 Million

(Salem, OR)  --  The Mega Millions jackpot is getting close to 300-million dollars.  Tonight's drawing will be for an estimated grand prize of 293-million.  The lump-sum cash option is more than 198-million dollars.

Wyden: Won't Allow Unsafe Track In Oregon

(Mosier, OR)  --  Oregon's senior U.S. senator says he won't allow Oregonians to be tied to unsafe railroad track.  Senator Ron Wyden made the remarks yesterday in Mosier, ten days after an oil train that was traveling through the community derailed, causing a spill and a fire that prompted evacuation of the area and compromised the city's sewer and water systems.  Investigators said faulty track was to blame for the derailment.  Wyden says Mosier has set the "gold standard" for resilience in the face of catastrophe.

All Suspects In Washington Man's Murder In Custody

(Parkland, WA)  --  All seven suspects in the murder of a Seattle-area man are in custody.  Pierce County sheriff's deputies say 16-year-old James Mapp turned himself in early Saturday morning.  Five teens and two adults are charged in connection with the death of 38-year-old Lorenzo Parks, who was shot to death during a robbery in Parkland on May 18th.

Portland Gas Prices Higher

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland area is seeing higher prices at the gas pump.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is two-50 a gallon, two cents above the average of a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-38 a gallon.

Vigils Held In Portland For Victims Of Orlando Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Mayor Charlie Hales says a rainbow flag is flying at City Hall to honor the victims of a shooting that killed 50 people and wounded more than 50 others at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.  Vigils were held for the victims last night at the Q Center in Northwest Portland and outside the Embers club on Northwest Broadway.  Another vigil was held later at Salmon Street Springs at Waterfront Park.  KOIN-TV quotes FBI Portland Division officials as saying that no credible threats have been made to LGBT communities in Oregon.

Inslee: People "Sickened And Shocked" By Act Of Hatred

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington Governor Jay Inslee says people are "sickened and shocked" by yesterday morning's shooting which killed at least 50 people and injured 53 others at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.  The governor, who attended Spokane's pride festival Saturday, said there was no doubt that yesterday was a "day of unimaginable sorrow" for the LGBT community following what he calls an "act of hatred."  Flags were lowered yesterday to half-staff across the state and the U.S. to honor the victims of the mass shooting.

Alleged Bike Thief Lassoed By "Lone Ranger"

(Eagle Point, OR)  --  A suspected bike thief is in an Oregon jail after being lassoed by the "Lone Ranger."  That's what witnesses are calling Robert Borba after he got on his horse, chased the suspect and lassoed him Friday morning.  Eagle Point police say Borba took action when folks outside of a Walmart started shouting that someone was trying to steal a mountain bike.  Police say after Borba snared the man and held him for police all he asked for was his rope back.

Benton County Commissioner Pleads Guilty To DUII Charge

(Corvallis, OR)  --  Benton County Commissioner Annabelle Jaramillo will be required to complete a diversion program, after pleading guilty to a drunk-driving charge.  Police say Jaramillio was pulled over at an intersection in Philomath on April 26th after returning home from a campaign fundraiser, and failed a field-sobriety test.  She entered the guilty plea Friday in Benton County.  Jaramillo, who's running for re-election, has also been ordered to pay a 490-dollar fine.

Mega Millions, Powerball Jackpots Soar

(Salem, OR)  --  The major lottery jackpots continue to rise.  The weekend drawings for the Powerball and Mega Millions games produced no grand-prize winners.  Tomorrow night's Mega Millions drawing will be for an estimated jackpot of 293-million dollars.  Wednesday night's Powerball drawing will be for an estimated top prize of 153-million.

Body Found Under Hawthorne Bridge

(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities are investigating the death of a man whose body was found in the Willamette River.  Police say the body was found under the Hawthorne Bridge yesterday morning.  The Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office is performing an autopsy.  The man's name hasn't been released.

Seattle Mayor Orders Creation Of One-stop Service Center For Homeless

(Seattle, WA)  --  Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is ordering the establishment of a one-stop service center for unsheltered homeless people.  The mayor's office says the intent is to provide the homeless with customized support so they can move from the street into permanent housing.  The center will be a dormitory-style facility that's modeled on San Francisco's Navigation Center.  It will provide people living outdoors with shower, bathroom, laundry and dining facilities, a place to store belongings, and round-the-clock case management.  Murray's office says funding will come from 600-thousand dollars secured by Seattle in the state Legislature earlier this year, and 600-thousand in matching funds from the city.

Gasoline Prices Up

(Portland, OR)  --  Drivers in the Portland area are paying more for gasoline.  Triple-A's latest survey shows the average for regular is two-50 a gallon, up a half-cent from yesterday.  It's also three-and-a-half cents above the average at this time last week.

DA: Gresham Officers Justified In Shooting Of Phelps

(Gresham, OR)  --  Officials say a Multnomah County grand jury has decided that Gresham police officers were justified in using deadly force against Bodi Phelps.  Authorities say Phelps, who was accused of assaulting his girlfriend on May 24th, was armed with two weapons when he was confronted that day by two officers.  The grand jury says the officers acted legally when they shot and killed Phelps.  KOIN-TV reports the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office is seeking a court order to have the grand jury proceedings transcribed and released to the public.

Tigard Police Investigating Vandalism

(Tigard, OR)  --  Police are investigating reports of vandalism involving at least eight homes and cars in a neighborhood in Tigard.  Authorities say the vandalism spree happened between 4:30 and 5:45 yesterday morning in the city's Castle Hill neighborhood, and at several homes in the surrounding area.  Police say obscene messages were spray-painted on garage doors and cars.  There's no word on the cost of the damage done.

Mega Millions Jackpot Estimated At $280 Million

(Salem, OR)  --  Tonight's Mega Millions drawing will be for a grand prize estimated at 280-million dollars.  The lump-sum cash option will be more than 186-million.  The last ticket to win a Mega Millions jackpot was bought in Seattle for the drawing on March 8th.  

Inslee Helps Gather Signatures For Minimum-wage Measure

(Seattle, WA)  --  Governor Jay Inslee is in favor of a ballot measure that would raise Washington's state minimum wage to 13-dollars-50-cents an hour by the year 2020.  The governor hit Seattle's Westlake Park yesterday to help gather signatures to get Initiative 1433 on the November statewide ballot.  The measure would also guarantee paid sick leave for workers.  Supporters must get more than 246-thousand valid signatures of registered voters submitted to the Secretary of State's Office by early July to qualify the measure for the ballot.

One Killed In Clark County Wreck

(Camas, WA)  --  One person is dead, following a crash at an intersection in Camas.  Police say the wreck happened around 5:35 yesterday afternoon at the intersection of Northeast 3rd Avenue and Northeast Hayes Street.  The crash killed William Jessett, who was a passenger in one of the vehicles.  No charges have been filed so far.

PPS Superintendent Reportedly Knew About Lead Testing In March

(Portland, OR)  --  Multiple reports say Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith was informed in March about lead testing in schools, despite saying she didn't know about the test results until late May.  KGW-TV reports Smith's chief of staff, Amanda Whalen, forwarded her boss emails that outlined the plan to test drinking fountains and sinks at Rose City Park Elementary School.  One email said the results should be available by the week of April 4th.  The school district has been a center of controversy since tests at Rose City Park and Creston schools showed high levels of lead at some sinks and water fountains.

Dorn: High Court Should Consider Closing K-12 Schools

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington's education chief Randy Dorn says the State Supreme Court should consider closing K-through-12 schools.  Dorn says the high court should not rule out closing schools as a way to get the Legislature to provide adequate funding for education.  Dorn, who isn't running for re-election as superintendent of public instruction, filed a court brief yesterday that says the state Supreme Court needs to get serious about enforcing its ruling that the state was in violation of its constitution in underfunding public schools.  Last August, the Supreme Court began fining the state 100-thousand-dollars a day for not making enough progress on a plan to fully fund public education.

Portland-area Gas Prices Flat

(Portland, OR)  --  Gasoline prices in the Portland area are unchanged from yesterday.  Triple-A reports the average for a gallon of regular is two-49, which is about three-and-a-half cents higher than at this time last week.  The national average for regular is two-36 a gallon.

Portland Man Dies In Yellowstone National Park

(Yellowstone National Park, WY)  --  Authorities say a Portland man is dead after he fell into a scalding hot spring in Yellowstone National Park.  Officials say 23-year-old Collin Nathaniel Scott walked about 225 yards off the boardwalk Tuesday at the Norris Geyser Basin, then slipped and fell into the hot spring.  An attempt was made to recover the body, but Scott's remains couldn't be found.  Park officials say the tragic death must remind all to follow the regulations and stay on boardwalks when visiting Yellowstone's geyser basins.

Akawana Fire Grows Beyond 2,000 Acres

(Sisters, OR)  --  Officials say a wildfire in Deschutes County has grown to more than two-thousand acres.  The Akawana Fire started Tuesday about 13 miles north of Sisters, between Camp Sherman and Lake Billy Chinook.  The Oregon Department of Forestry says winds with gusts to 30 miles per hour have fueled the spread of the fire.  About twelve-hundred homes are under threat.

Mom Charged With Murder In Death Of 15-Month-Old Son

(Seattle, WA)  --  A Spokane woman is facing a murder charge in the death of her 15-month-old son at a Redmond, Washington-area home.  Bail is set at one-million-dollars for Tami Christianson, who remains in the King County Jail.  She's accused of strangling the boy at her parents' home last Saturday.  Authorities say Christianson has a history of mental illness and had threatened to kill the baby when he was two-months-old.

Powerball Jackpot Rolls Over

(Salem, OR)  --  The jackpot in the Powerball lottery game will move up a notch this weekend.  Last night's drawing yielded no grand-prize winners, so the jackpot will rise to an estimated 141-million-dollars for Saturday night's drawing.  The cash option will be nearly 94-million.

Inslee Approves Spokane Tribe's Casino Project

(Spokane, WA)  --  The Spokane Tribe of Indians will be able to move forward with its plans to build a casino in Airway Heights, Washington, now that Governor Jay Inslee has given final approval.  The U.S. Interior Department determined last year that the casino is in the best interest of the tribe and would not be harmful to the community.  Inslee says evidence shows the project will be economically beneficial to the region.  Tribal leaders say the project will help them out now, but will also help future generations.

Body Found In Santiam River

(Salem, OR)  --  Authorities say the body of a man who drowned after he was caught in a whirlpool in the Santiam River was found yesterday.  Officials say a boater found the body of Warren Franklin Jr., who had been swimming just west of Interstate 5, near the Santiam rest area south of Salem on Friday.  Franklin's body was found about a half mile from where he was seen swimming.

Tests Negative For Lead Poisoning At 2nd Portland School Screening

(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials say none of the nearly 300 children tested for elevated lead in their systems came out positive during screening yesterday at Creston Elementary in southeast Portland.  A screening of 239 children Monday at Rose City Park School revealed two had elevated lead levels requiring further testing.  Students at both schools had been exposed to high levels of lead in drinking water during this school year, but Creston test results weren't released until well after they were recorded.  Portland Superintendent Carole Smith recently put two of the school district's top facilities and safety officials on paid leave, saying they bungled lead-testing results.

Tacoma To Close Unlicensed Pot Stores Starting July 1st

(Tacoma, WA)  --  Nearly 30 marijuana retailers in Tacoma could be shut down soon.  The "News Tribune" reports Tacoma tax and license compliance officers will inspect all known pot retailers in the city starting July 1st, and issue suspension letters to those operating without a state license.  There are reportedly about 28 marijuana stores in Tacoma that are unlicensed.  Those caught operating after receiving a suspension letter from the city could face a daily fine of 250-dollars.

Portland-Area Gas Prices Rise

(Portland, OR)  --  Gas prices continue to rise in the Portland metro.  Triple-A's latest survey shows the average for a gallon of regular is two-49, nearly a penny higher than yesterday.  It's also about four-cents a gallon above the average of a week ago.

Man Accused Of Walking In On Women In Bar Bathroom

(Gresham, OR)  --  A man is facing charges of invasion of privacy, after being accused of walking in on women in a unisex bathroom at a Gresham bar.  KATU-TV reports Matthew Dziewiontkowski is shown on a customer's cell-phone video, barging into the bathroom on the night of April 25th at 2nd Street Bar.  He's accused of following women into the bathroom more than a dozen times.  Dziewiontkowski is due for another court appearance on June 21st.

Homeless Man Accused Of Punching TriMet Driver

(Tualatin, OR)  --  Police say a homeless man is accused of punching a TriMet bus driver who refused to give him a free ride.  Authorities say 24-year-old Song Sushumna Landis punched the driver yesterday morning after being refused the free ride.  Police say the driver had asked Landis to leave a Tualatin bus shelter where he had been sleeping.  Landis is charged with third-degree assault and interfering with public transportation.

Proposed WA Ballot Measure Targets Tolls, Transit Taxes

(Olympia, WA)  --  A new proposed ballot measure from anti-tax activist Tim Eyman is making the rounds in Washington.  Initiative 869 would end tolls on I-405, repeal car-tab fees charged by cities to pay for local road projects, and eliminate weight fees charged by the state to help fund highway improvements.  Eyman has until December 31st to turn in more than 246-thousand signatures of registered voters in order for I-869 to appear on the November 2017 ballot.  The Everett "Herald" quotes critics of the proposal as saying the measure will meet staunch opposition if it goes on the ballot.

Mega Millions Jackpot Untouched

(Salem, OR)  --  More millions will be added to the next Mega Millions drawing.  There were no grand-prize winners last night, so the Friday night drawing will be for an estimated jackpot of 280-million dollars.  The top prize in tonight's Powerball drawing will be an estimated 123-million.

Escaped Clark County Inmate Arrested In Illinois

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Authorities say a Clark County Jail inmate who switched identities with a fellow inmate and escaped has been arrested in Illinois.  Officials say Michael Dionate Johnson made the switch and escaped on May 6th, when the fellow inmate was slated to be released.  Clark County deputies say the U.S. Marshals Service located and arrested Johnson after a multi-agency investigation.  Officials say Johnson also has an active warrant out of Multnomah County.

Washington Shellfish Week In Progress

(Olympia, WA)  --  Governor Jay Inslee is calling on Washingtonians to celebrate the state's shellfish industry.  Saturday was the official start of Washington Shellfish Week, and Inslee says shellfish are crucial to Washington's economy, culture, and environment.  The governor is also encouraging efforts to improve water quality throughout Washington, stressing its importance to family shellfish farms.  Washington Shellfish Week runs through June 11th.

Pedestrian Injured In Forest Grove

(Forest Grove, OR)  --  A man is being treated for serious injuries after being hit by a vehicle in Forest Grove.  Police say the pedestrian was crossing 19th Avenue near Birch Street when he was hit last night.  The man was airlifted to a hospital.  The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with officers.

Portland-area Gas Prices Up

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland-area fuel prices are still rising.  Triple-A reports the average for a gallon of regular is two-48, a half-cent above yesterday's average.  It's also three cents a gallon higher than at this time last week.

Babysitter Accused Of Abusing One-year-old

(Sherwood, OR)  --  A man who's accused of abusing a one-year-old child in his care is facing charges.  Twenty-seven-year-old Markell Hilaire is charged with third- and fourth-degree assault and criminal mistreatment in connection with the alleged abuse at a home in Sherwood in March.  Hilaire was arrested Friday and pleaded not guilty yesterday to the charges.  The arrest was made about two weeks after photos of the bruised child were posted on Facebook by the boy's father, who complained that police hadn't made an arrest because of lack of evidence the child was abused.

Brown, Lawmakers Call For Temporary Halt To Oil Trains

(Salem, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown and members of the Oregon congressional delegation are calling for a temporary halt to oil trains traveling through the Columbia River Gorge.  The call comes days after the derailment of an oil train and a subsequent fire that burned for hours in the community of Mosier.  Area homes were evacuated for several days and the town's water and sewer systems were affected.  Union Pacific spokesman Justin Jacobs says the railroad won't run crude oil through the Gorge "anytime soon."

Two-year-old Falls From Window In Sandy

(Sandy, OR)  --  A two-year-old boy is being treated at a Portland hospital after falling from a second-floor window in Sandy.  Clackamas Fire officials say the child fell yesterday out the window of a home on Goldenrain Street.  Authorities say the boy was conscious and alert, but there's no word on his condition.

Mega Millions Drawing For $260 Million Jackpot

(Salem, OR)  --  The jackpot is above a quarter-billion dollars for tonight's Mega Millions drawing.  The grand prize will be an estimated 260-million dollars.  The cash option will be more than 173-million.

Water At Arts Center Found To Have Lead

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Parks & Recreation officials say lead filters were installed on the drinking fountains at the Multnomah Arts Center last Tuesday, even though elevated levels of lead were found in the water there as far back as 2011.  PP&R spokesman Mark Ross told KGW-TV the reason for the delayed action is under review.  Ross says the fountains haven't yet been retested to make sure the remediation process is complete.

Overturned Tanker Truck Causes Spill On I-5

(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are being reported, after a tanker truck overturned on Interstate 5 in Portland.  It happened around three o'clock yesterday afternoon, and spilled about 15 gallons of an unknown liquid onto the pavement near Marine Drive.  Hazmat crews were dispatched to the scene.

Three Injured In Portland House Fire

(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities say three people were sent to the hospital as a result of a house fire in Northeast Portland.  One child was rescued from the living room of the home on Northeast Jarrett early yesterday morning by a neighbor, and another child was rescued from a bedroom by a firefighter.  Both children suffered burns and smoke inhalation.  The cause of the blaze hasn't been determined.

Fire Burns North Portland Warehouse

(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities say a two-alarm fire damaged a warehouse in North Portland.  A large, black column of smoke rose yesterday from the Cintas Uniform Services warehouse on North Ramsey Boulevard.  Portland Fire & Rescue tells KGW-TV a truck parked outside caught fire and it spread to the sides of the building.  There's no word on the extent of the damage.

Gas Prices Rise

(Portland, OR)  --  Gas prices are heading up in the Portland metro.  Triple-A's latest survey shows the average for regular is two-48 a gallon, nearly three cents higher than the average at this time last week.  The national average for regular is two-36 a gallon.

One Killed In Four-vehicle Wreck

(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead, following a four-vehicle crash on Interstate 5 in Portland.  Police say the wreck took place yesterday on southbound I-5 near Jantzen Beach.  One car caught fire and was engulfed by the time firefighters reached it.  The body of the driver was found inside, but that person's name hasn't been released.

Officials Suspect Track Failure As Cause Of Derailment

(Mosier, OR)  --  Union Pacific Railroad officials say they believe track failure led to a derailment that caused the oil spill and fire Friday near Mosier, Oregon.  Mosier Mayor Arlene Burns says the city council passed a resolution that calls for the railroad to halt train traffic until the derailed cars are removed and the investigation of the incident is completed.  A spokesman for Union Pacific says the track has been repaired and will undergo inspection and monitoring.

Major Jackpots Rise

(Salem, OR)  --  The major-lottery jackpots are still growing, following the weekend drawings.  The next Mega Millions drawing will be for an estimated grand prize of 260-million dollars tomorrow night.  The jackpot in the Powerball game Wednesday night will be an estimated 124-million.

NPR Photographer, Portland Native Killed In Afghanistan

(Washington, DC)  --  Family, friends, and colleagues are remembering a Portland native who died while on assignment in Afghanistan.  National Public Radio photographer and video editor David Gilkey died yesterday, along with translator Zabihulla Tamanna.  NPR says Gilkey and Tamanna were in an armored Humvee driven by a soldier of the Afghan National Army, and all were killed after the Humvee was hit by rocket-propelled grenades.  Gilkey attended Wilson High School and studied photojournalism at Oregon State University before becoming a newspaper photojournalist.  He won multiple awards during his career.

Health Department To Offer Free Lead Tests

(Portland, OR)  --  The Multnomah County Department of Health is going to offer free lead tests.  The move comes after high lead levels were recently found in water at a couple of Portland schools.  Students and faculty from Rose City Park can be tested Monday, while those at Creston can be tested Tuesday.

Former City Recorder Eyes City Commissioner Post

(Oregon City, OR)  --  A former city recorder for Oregon City is running for city commissioner.  Nancy Ide is looking to replace City Commissioner Rocky Smith, who can't run again because of term limits.  Ide retired back in January of last year after about ten years with the city.

Portland Parks And Rec Looks To Keep People Cool

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Parks and Recreation is trying to keep people cool.  It'll be turning on interactive fountains and splash pads at several parks for this weekend's expected heat wave.  The National Weather Service says tomorrow's high temperature could reach 99 degrees and Sunday could see 100 degrees.

Police Warn About Pot Edibles And Driving

(Clackamas County, OR)  --  Folks driving in the Clackamas County area are being warned about getting behind the wheel after eating marijuana products.  Sheriff's deputies are on additional DUII patrols through Sunday, also looking out for drivers who might have eaten food containing THC.  They say eating pot-laced items can be just as dangerous as smoking pot, although a high may take longer to achieve with the edibles.

Inmate Found Dead At Oregon State Penitentiary

(Salem, OR)  --  A 41-year-old inmate is dead, after his body was found in his cell at the Oregon State Penitentiary.  Anthony Powell had been incarcerated for nearly 20 years.  He was serving a life sentence for aggravated murder out of Multnomah County.  The unanticipated death is still under investigation.

Intel Chief Dropping Fundraiser For Donald Trump

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Intel's CEO is dropping plans to host a fundraiser for Donald Trump.  Brian Krzanich was reportedly facing a lot of heat for the now-cancelled fundraiser to be held at his home in Atherton, California.  The company had announced massive layoffs in April, including nearly 800 jobs in Hillsboro and Aloha.

Nike Seeks Restraining Order Against Olympic Hopeful

(Beaverton, OR)  --  Nike is seeking a restraining order against an Olympic running hopeful.  The sportswear giant asked a federal judge on Wednesday for a temporary restraining order to prevent Boris Berian from wearing New Balance clothing and footwear.  Nike claims Berian is in violation of an endorsement contract.  Berian said on Twitter that his Nike deal ended in December.

Lead Found In Schools' Drinking Water

(Portland, OR)  --  The Environmental Protection Agency confirms that nearly a dozen Oregon schools had high lead levels in drinking water over the past five years.  KATU-TV reports those schools have now fixed their lead problems.  State health officials said the main source of lead in drinking water originates with the plumbing in certain buildings, not the water pipes controlled by public utilities.

Seattle Mayor, Council Agree On Plan To Clean Up Homeless Camps

(Seattle, WA)  --  City leaders are in agreement on a plan to clean up homeless encampments in Seattle.  Mayor Ed Murray and the Seattle City Council call the plan a more compassionate approach than the mayor's initial plan to sweep the encampment known as "The Jungle."  The new plan, which is expected to be used to clean up all homeless camps in Seattle, includes providing trash bags and needle containers to campers, offering campers shelter and services from an established human services provider, and giving lawmakers notice before the mayor's office relocates a camper who refuses to leave.

PPS Report Levels Of Radon In School Buildings

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Public Schools officials say there are elevated levels of radon in six schools.  The school district says it received radon test results that showed elevated levels in some buildings, but there's no word on when the results came in.  The senior director of Facilities and Asset Management, David Hobbs, says the last time the district tested buildings for radon was in 2001.  Hobbs says a second round of testing will take place in the coming days.

SPD Non-Emergency Phone Line Redirected To Scam Number

(Seattle, WA)  --  The Seattle Police Department is investigating after calls to SPD's non-emergency line were diverted to a scammer.  The department says callers who dialed the number yesterday between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. likely heard a voice message from someone who posed as the U.S. Marshals Service with instructions to leave contact information.  The department says if those callers get a response regarding the message or receive a phone call from someone posing as law enforcement and asking for money or personal information, they should call 911 and report it.  Seattle PD says it never asks for payment of fines or fees or seeks personal information over the phone.

Gas Prices Unchanged

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland-area gas prices are steady from yesterday.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the current average for regular is two-46 a gallon, which is a half-cent above the average of a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-33 a gallon.

Elderly Man Killed By SUV In Hillsboro

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Police say an 81-year-old man died after being hit by an SUV at a Hillsboro intersection.  Authorities say the man was hit as he was crossing at Baseline Road and 9th Street yesterday afternoon, and died after being airlifted to a hospital.  The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.  No names have been released.

Parents Call For Resignation Of PPS Superintendent

(Portland, OR)  --  Angry parents of children attending Portland public schools are calling for the resignation of Superintendent Carole Smith.  School district officials met again last night with parents to answer questions about water-quality testing that found elevated levels of lead in drinking water at schools.  Smith says the district plans to post lead-testing results immediately on the PPS website and use lead filters that are better suited to keep drinking water within EPA guidelines.  Portland schools began using bottled water this week after elevated amounts of lead were found in the tap water at two schools.

Inslee Sets $12 Million Goal For Re-election Campaign

(Olympia, WA)  --  Incumbent Washington Governor Jay Inslee says he's looking to raise 12-million dollars for his re-election campaign.  Inslee, who's seeking his second term in office, has raised five-million so far.  A campaign official for Inslee's Republican challenger, former Seattle Port Commissioner Bill Bryant, tells the goal is for Bryant to raise three-million dollars for the August primary election and another seven-million for the general election in November.  Bryant has raised about one-point-six-million so far.

Powerball Jackpot Bumps Up

(Salem, OR)  --  The next Powerball jackpot will rise, after last night's drawing yielded no grand-prize winners.  The jackpot will be an estimated 110-million dollars for the drawing Saturday night.  Tomorrow night's Mega Millions drawing will be for a top prize of 251-million dollars.

School Teacher Accused Of Robbing Plaid Pantry

(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities say a licensed school teacher is accused of holding up a Plaid Pantry in northeast Portland.  Ian William Mandis of Portland is currently on leave from his temporary math teacher position with the Parkrose School District.  Mandis is facing a second-degree robbery charge after being accused of displaying a gun after entering the store on Northeast Glisan early Sunday morning and demanding cash.  Police say they seized a replica gun from Mandis' home.

Teen Cyclist Hit By Car, Seriously Injured

(Forest Grove, OR)  --  A 16-year-old girl is being treated for serious injuries after being hit by a car while riding her bicycle in Forest Grove.  Police say the girl was riding on the shoulder of Highway 47 against the flow of traffic when she was hit yesterday.  The driver remained at the scene.  The girl's name hasn't been released.

Seattle's "Man In Tree" Found Incompetent To Stand Trial

(Seattle, WA)  --  A man who stayed atop an 80-foot Sequoia tree outside the Macy's in downtown Seattle will remain under mental evaluation after being ruled incompetent to stand trial.  The "Seattle Times" reports 29-year-old Cody Lee Miller is facing charges of malicious mischief and assault after being accused of throwing green seed cones, branches and metal objects during a standoff with police and firefighters while perched in the tree in March.  Miller will undergo a 45-day competency-restoration period to see if he responds to medication.

Fuel Prices Slightly Higher

(Portland, OR)  --  Drivers in the Portland area are paying slightly more today for gasoline.  Triple-A reports the average for a gallon of regular is two-46, a half-cent higher than yesterday.  The national average for regular is about two-32 a gallon.

Portland Schools Receive Bottled Water Following Lead Readings

(Portland, OR)  --  Bottled water is now being made available at Portland public schools, after water-quality testing at two schools in March showed elevated levels of lead in 14 of 92 water sources.  School district officials say some of the lead levels recorded were two to three times higher than the district's maximum standard of 15 parts per billion.  District Superintendent Carole Smith says she'll ask for an outside investigator to review the district's handling of the situation.  Smith says students and staff at all district schools will drink bottled water for the rest of the school year, and says comprehensive lead tests will be conducted during the summer.

Kelley Facing New Federal Trial

(Tacoma, WA)  --  Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley is slated to go on trial for a second time.  The U.S. Attorney's Office announced the decision yesterday, following a hearing before a federal judge in Tacoma.  The "Seattle Times" reports Judge Ronald Leighton has set a new trial date for March 13th, 2017, on charges relating to possession of stolen property, false statements, tax violations, and money laundering.  Kelley was acquitted in April on one of the charges against him, and the jury was unable to reach a verdict on the counts for which Kelley will be re-tried.

Two Teens Accused Of Stealing TriMet Bus

(Portland, OR)  --  Two 15-year-old boys are facing charges, after being accused of stealing a TriMet bus in Southeast Portland.  Police say the teens broke into a secured lot at the Center Street Garage late Monday night while employees were on lunch break.  Authorities say the boys were arrested shortly after midnight Tuesday after driving the bus into Milwaukie.  Each of the suspects is facing multiple charges.

General Mills Flour Recall Tied To Flour Recall

(Olympia, WA)  --  State health officials say two cases of E. coli in Eastern Washington are tied to a recall by General Mills of about ten-million pounds of flour.  The Washington State Department of Health says one person in Grant County and one in Spokane County are among people in 20 states who became sickened with E. coli.  General Mills says half of those who became ill reported eating foods homemade with flour, with some of them possibly eating raw dough or batter.  The recall includes several varieties of Gold Medal, Wondra, and Signature Kitchens flour sold at Safeway, Albertsons and other stores across the country.

Mega Millions Jackpot Still Growing

(Salem, OR)  --  The jackpot will get bigger for the next Mega Millions lottery game.  Last night's drawing didn't produce any grand-prize winners, so the jackpot will rise to an estimated 251-million dollars for the drawing Friday night.  The Powerball drawing tonight will be for a top prize of 100-million.


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