Regional News Archives for 2016-10

Man In Wheelchair Dies Following Highway 99E Crash

(Milwaukie, OR)  --  Police say a man in a wheelchair died after being hit while crossing Highway 99E in Milwaukie.  Investigators day the 56-year-old man was hit around 8:15 Saturday night on the highway near Southeast Park Avenue.  Authorities say the driver of the pickup truck that hit the man wasn't injured.  Police tell "The Oregonian" the area where the pedestrian was crossing has poor lighting and isn't designated as a crosswalk.

Man Accused Of Robbing Motel, Shooting Cops In Jail

(Washington Co., OR)  --  A man who's accused of robbing a motel and shooting at police while being pursued is now behind bars.  Authorities say 37-year-old Josh Luther was released from a hospital yesterday and booked into the Washington County Jail.  Investigators say Luther's wife and three kids were with him as he fled the scene of the Tuesday robbery, led police on a chase through several cities, and shot at the officers.  Officials say Luther was shot and wounded by a Tigard police officer after he got out of the vehicle and tried to get away on foot.

Gas Prices Flat

(Portland, OR)  --  Triple-A's latest survey shows the price of gasoline has changed little in the Portland metro.  The average for a gallon of regular is two-55, about the same as the average of a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-21 a gallon.

Woman, 7-year-old Hospitalized Following Fire

(Newman Lake, WA)  --  A Spokane County woman and her seven-year-old son are being treated at a Seattle hospital, following a fire at their home in Newman Lake.  The blaze was reported early Saturday morning, and authorities say the mother was able to get two of her three kids out safely.  Officials say the woman suffered severe burns when she went back to retrieve her seven-year-old.  Both are being treated at Harborview Medical Center.

Deputies Search For Missing PSU Student

(Aloha, OR)  --  Washington County sheriff's deputies are searching for a 25-year-old woman who's reported to be missing.  Authorities say Emily Hooper never returned home from a class at Portland State University Thursday night, and didn't show up for work the following day.  Hooper is described as white, five-feet-seven, 135 pounds, with shaggy, brown hair and wearing a lip ring, a nose ring, stretched ears from gauges, a tree-branch tattoo on her forearm, and a cat tattoo on her calf.  Anyone with information on Emily Hooper is asked to call 503-629-0111.

Suspect In Bridge Death To Be Arraigned

(Portland, OR)  --  A man who's accused of hitting and killing a bicyclist on the St. Johns Bridge is scheduled to be arraigned today.  Police say 42-year-old Joel Schrantz struck and killed 55-year-old Mitchell York Saturday morning.  Investigators say Schrantz was aware of various problems with his SUV that made it unsafe to drive.  He's charged with criminal negligent homicide.

Free Admission At WA State Parks On Veterans Day

(Olympia, WA)  --  The final free day at Washington state parks this year is coming up.  Officials say all state parks will charge no admission on Veterans Day, which is Friday, November 11th.  All fees will be waived that day for day-use activities.  Special passes will still be required on other Washington state lands, including ones managed by the state Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Search For Boater In Willamette Suspended

(Milwaukie, OR)  --  The search for a boater who vanished in the Willamette River in Milwaukie is on hold for now.  Authorities say two men were in a canoe yesterday morning when the boat tipped over.  Only one of them made it back to shore.  The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says the search will resume after conditions in the river make it less dangerous for recovery crews.

Oregon City High School Students Walk Out

(Oregon City, OR)  --  Students at Oregon City High School are protesting against racism.  Students walked out of classes yesterday morning to protest a number of racially charged incidents that happened this week which have involved students at the school.  The first involved a post on Twitter that showed a group of people which included OCHS students holding a sign that had a racial slur and a picture of a KKK member.  The school and the district sent a letter home to parents in response the social media post.  Another recent incident involved one of the school's basketball players coming home to a racist note posted on her door.

Construction Crew Damages Gas Line

(Portland, OR)  --  A gas leak in northeast Portland is fixed.  Yesterday, a construction crew damaged a one-inch gas pipe on the 22-hundred block of Northeast Glisan.  Businesses in the surrounding area had to be evacuated while crews worked to fix the leak.  The evacuation ended around four o'clock yesterday afternoon.

Morrison Bridge Closing

(Portland, OR)  --  The Morrison Bridge is closing for repairs and an inspection.  The bridge will be closed on November 6th and will reopen the following day.  Multnomah County plans to begin a major repair project in April of 2017.  During that time, only one lane on the bridge will remain open in each direction.

Morrison Bridge To Close In April For Repairs

(Portland, OR)  --  The Morrison Bridge is set to close in April for extensive repairs.  Multnomah County has approved funding for the project after arriving at about three-million-dollars in settlements with companies that officials say are responsible for defective material used in bridge refurbishing five years ago.  County leaders tell KOIN-TV the structure remains safe, as repairs have been made lane by lane.  The bridge will be closed for a day on November 6th for further repairs and inspection.

Deputies Investigate Theft Of Diamonds Near Seattle

(SeaTac, WA)  --  King County investigators are looking for suspects in connection with the theft of about 400-thousand-dollars worth of diamonds in SeaTac, Washington.  Deputies say two diamond couriers, who were in the Seattle area from Hong Kong to sell the diamonds, were held up earlier this week by three masked men.  Officials say one of the suspects cut off the victims' vehicle along an Interstate 5 ramp while another pulled up behind the victims' car and hit it.  Deputies say the thieves broke out two windows in the victims' car, assaulted the driver and grabbed a backpack containing the diamonds.  Authorities say a third suspect kept a gun pointed at the victims as they were being robbed.

PSU Football Player Accused Of Robbing Stores

(Portland, OR)  --  A member of the Portland State University football team is accused of robbing three Portland convenience stores.  Authorities say 19-year-old Jonathan David Boland is suspected of holding up the stores earlier this month.  The Portland State athletics department says Boland has been suspended from all team activities while the legal process takes place.  Police tell Fox-12 there may be additional arrests in connection with the robberies.  

Gas Prices Flat

(Portland, OR)  --  Fuel prices are flat in the Portland area going into the weekend.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular is about two-55 a gallon, only a fraction of a penny above the average of a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-22 a gallon.

Three Injured In Two Separate Shootings

(Portland, OR)  --  Three people are injured following two separate shootings in Portland.  The first one happened around 9:40 last night in Holladay Park.  The second happened just a few minutes later near Northeast 21st Avenue and Weidler Street.  Police are not sure if the two shootings are related.  Anyone with any information about either shooting is asked to call the Portland Police Bureau.

Survey: Candy Corn Most Popular Halloween Candy

(Undated)  --   Candy corn is at the top of a list of the most popular Halloween candy in several states.  The website Influenster found candy corn is the favorite in five states:  Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming.  Candy corn got votes in every state.  The only other candies that got votes in all 50 states are Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Kit Kat, and Butterfinger.

Zillow: Portland-area Rise In Home Values Fastest In U.S.

(Portland, OR)  --  A new report says home values in Portland have risen at the fastest rate in the nation over the past year.  Online real-estate research firm Zillow says the average home in Portland increased in value by 14-point-six percent since September 2015.  That's compared to the nationwide average of five-point-five percent.  Zillow says the increases have been driven by higher demand and a shortage of homes for sale.

Body Of Missing Hiker Found In Gorge

(Skamania Co., WA)  --  Recovery efforts will begin later today, after the body of a Beaverton man was found in the Columbia River Gorge.  Officials say 31-year-old Melvin Burtch had not been seen since he left for the Table Mountain area on a day hike Tuesday.  Burtch's body was found around five o'clock yesterday evening, and authorities believe he fell about 700 feet to his death.  Crews will begin recovery of the body this morning.

Boeing Warns Of Possible Cut In 777 Production

(Everett, WA)  --  Boeing is warning that production of its 777 airliner could be cut in late 2017 to a lower level than previously announced.  The "Seattle Times" reports the output rate could be reduced to 42 jets per year from the current 100.  The aviation giant previously announced production of the 777 was likely to fall to 66 per year, or an average of five-point-five per month.  Boeing officials say the company still hopes to receive more 777 orders this year, which could result in maintaining that planned five-point-five-per-month rate.

New Bike Lanes Being Drawn In NE Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  Bicyclists will soon have a new avenue on which to travel in Northeast Portland.  A two-way bike lane is being laid out on the Northeast 21st Avenue bridge over Interstate 84.  A small bikes-only roundabout is included.  Portland Bureau of Transportation officials tell KATU-TV the 20-thousand-dollar project, which is expected to be completed in about two weeks, is intended to help riders traveling from Northeast to Southeast Portland.

Kitzhaber's Teenage Son Accused Of DUII

(Portland, OR)  --  The 19-year-old son of former Governor John Kitzhaber is facing charges in connection with a crash in Lincoln County.  Authorities say Logan Kitzhaber sideswiped a motor home in July on U.S. Highway 101 near Lincoln City.  Officials say the teen later admitted to drinking a beer prior to the crash.  Kitzhaber is free on bail after being charged with DUII, third-degree assault, fourth-degree assault, reckless driving, reckless endangering, and second-degree criminal mischief.

Oregon City HS Students Plan Walkout

(Oregon City, OR)  --  A walkout is being planned this morning by students at Oregon City High School.  Organizers say the walkout will be held in protest over several racially-driven incidents involving students at the school.  The incidents included a sign that appeared on a Twitter post, showing a racial slur and a drawing of what appeared to depict a member of the Ku Klux Klan.  KGW-TV reports members of the group Don't Shoot Portland plan to join this morning's protest.

Missing Car Returned To Owner With Note, Gas Money

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland woman says she was taken by surprise when her stolen car was returned to her home with an apology note and money for gas.  Erin Hatzi says her Subaru was stolen Tuesday from her home in the Woodstock neighborhood, but it was back in her driveway yesterday, containing the note and 30 dollars in cash.  She says the note offered an apology and said a friend was sent to pick up their red Subaru, but returned with Hatzi's vehicle instead.  KATU-TV reports police have confirmed that ignition keys are sometimes interchangeable among older-model Subarus.

Internet Hoax Overloads WA 911 System

(Lacey, WA)  --  An 18-year-old Washington man is facing charges, after being accused of involvement in an internet hoax that overloaded a 911 system in Thurston County.  Police in Lacey tell "The Olympian" the man was jailed on felony suspicion of electronic data service interference.  Investigators say the hoax resulted in Thurston Communications being flooded Tuesday night with non-emergency 911 calls.  Police say the 18-year-old confessed to receiving a link from a friend, testing it to see if it worked, then posting it on his Twitter page as a joke.

Ex-police Chief Indicted For Hunting-trip Shooting

(Burns, OR)  --  Former Portland Police Chief Lawrence O'Dea is under indictment after being accused of shooting his friend during a hunting trip in April.  The indictment accuses O'Dea of failing to use ordinary care when he shot and wounded Robert Dempsey with a bullet from a firearm.  O'Dea retired as police chief during the investigation into the shooting.  Investigators say the incident happened while the former chief was hunting in Harney County with six friends on April 21st.

Teen Accused Of Firing Gun Aboard MAX Train

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a teenager who fired a gun aboard a MAX train in Portland.  Authorities say the teen fired the weapon around 8:34 last night on the train at the 102nd Avenue Transit Station on East Burnside Street.  Police say a Good Samaritan detained the teenager until officers arrived.

Oregon Ranked Among States Most Economically Favorable To Women

(Undated)  --  A new study by financial news-and-opinion website 24-7 Wall Street ranks Oregon among the states that are most economically favorable to women.  Oregon comes in at fourth in the nation, with 24-7 Wall Street noting that women earn nearly 81 percent of the wages earned by men, which is 20th highest in the nation.  Oregon is 17th highest in the percentage of management jobs held by women.  Washington is ranked ninth overall for economic favorability to women.

Police: Robbery Suspect Shot After Firing At Officers

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a man who's accused of robbing a Southwest Portland hotel is in a hospital after he was shot by officers during a chase.  Authorities say the man fired at pursuing officers yesterday as he was driving a van with a woman and three children in the vehicle.  Officials say after hitting several vehicles during the pursuit, the man stopped the van on Southwest Boones Ferry Road and Jean Way in Lake Oswego and fled on foot before being shot by police.  KOIN-TV reports the woman in the van was taken into custody for questioning following the pursuit.  There's no word whether the children are hers or how they're connected to the man.

Seattle's Old Spaghetti Factory To Close

(Seattle, WA)  --  The second Old Spaghetti Factory restaurant to open nationwide will soon be history.  Seattle's location on Elliott Avenue is slated to shut down in December after 46 years in business.  The restaurant has posted on its website that December 23rd will be its final day of operation, after which the site will be taken over by developers.  The Old Spaghetti Factory opened in Seattle in 1970, the year after the restaurant chain opened its original location in Portland.

Man Facing DUII Charge After Crashing Into House

(Bethany, OR)  --  Washington County sheriff's deputies say they've arrested a man who was intoxicated when he crashed into a house in Bethany.  Authorities say 35-year-old James Mauro was unable to make a turn and slammed into the home near Northwest Holcomb Drive and Millstone Way last night.  Deputies say Mauro was uninjured and no one inside the house was hurt.  He's being held in the Washington County Jail.

UW Receiving $210M Donation From Gates Foundation

(Seattle, WA)  --  The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is donating 210-million-dollars to the University of Washington for a new building to house operations for the university's Population Health Initiative.  The initiative, announced during the spring, is described as an "incredibly audacious" effort to improve the health of all people of the world.  The "Seattle Times" reports the donation by the Gates Foundation is the largest single donation the UW has ever received.

Police Continue To Investigate Woman's Murder, Man's Suicide

(Portland, OR)  --  Police continue to investigate the death of a Lake Oswego woman and a man's suicide in Portland.  Authorities say 36-year-old Mitra Mehrabadi was found shot to death Sunday night in an office at the Liberty Centre in Northeast Portland.  Police say 51-year-old Jimmy Alan Morgan apparently shot himself to death inside a vehicle parked about a mile away.  Investigators say both were co-workers at Liberty Mutual Insurance.

Deputies: Child Safe Following AMBER Alert

(Spokane, WA)  --  The Spokane County Sheriff's Office says a six-year-old child who was the subject of an AMBER Alert in Washington is now safe.  Authorities say Danika Packard was found yesterday, walking with her mother, 35-year-old Tracy Packard, after the alert had been issued.  Deputies say the woman had picked her daughter up from school yesterday and reportedly told school staff she was taking the girl out of class early to "go be with the Lord."  Authorities say Danika was safely returned to her father and her mother is undergoing evaluation.

Vandals Cause Damage At Roosevelt High School

(Portland, OR)  --  School officials at Portland's Roosevelt High say hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage was caused at the school by vandals.  The school's principal tells KOIN-TV a new building that just opened on the campus was flooded by the culprits during a basketball tournament that was being held on October 15th.  He says video cameras recorded the people breaking into a second-floor science classroom and turning on an emergency eye-wash shower, which caused the flooding.  Officials say repairs and cleanup will take weeks.

Family, Friends To Continue Search For Missing Woman

(Portland, OR)  --  Family and friends of a Portland woman who disappeared while hiking in the Columbia Gorge say they'll continue the search for her.  Officials announced yesterday they were suspending efforts to find 21-year-old Anna Schmidt, who had not been seen since October 16th.  About 150 miles of trails had been covered in the search, which included the deployment of drones.  Friends and family members said yesterday they'll continue to search for Schmidt and hope to enlist some volunteers to help.

Best Cities For Halloween

(Undated)  --  Portland is ranked in the top tier in a survey of the best cities for Halloween.  WalletHub reviewed the 100 biggest cities in the U.S., and Portland is in 41st place.  The city ranks high for "trick-or-treater friendliness" but ranks low for "Halloween parties and activities."  Portland gets a high score for Halloween weather.  Santa Ana, California is ranked first in the WalletHub "Best Cities for Halloween" survey, while Seattle ranks 63rd.

Gresham Man Charged With Animal Neglect

(Gresham, OR)  --  A Gresham man is facing multiple charges, after being accused of neglecting dozens of birds kept in cages that had not been cleaned or maintained for a considerable length of time.  Police tell "The Oregonian" that 57-year-old Rick Dwight Richards allowed the roughly 245 birds to wallow in feces and food waste.  The Oregon Humane Society says the birds included finches, parakeets, songbirds, and exotic birds like African grey parrots.  Richards is scheduled to be arraigned next month.

"Portlandia" Stars Among Celebrities Pushing Measure 99

(Portland, OR)  --  The stars of the IFC TV series "Portlandia" are among the celebrities asking voters to approve Oregon Ballot Measure 99.  Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein have released a video endorsement for the measure, which would create an "outdoor education fund" to encourage kids to put down their smart-phones and get more in touch with nature.  Fox-12 reports Portland Timbers mascot Timber Joey is also supporting Measure 99.

Inslee Holds Commanding Lead In Elway Poll

(Olympia, WA)  --  A new statewide poll on the Washington governor's race shows Democratic incumbent Jay Inslee continues to have a healthy lead over his Republican challenger.  The Elway Poll shows Inslee is preferred by 51 percent of those questioned, while Bill Bryant is preferred by 39 percent.  Ten percent say they're undecided.  Each candidate has gained three percentage points compared to a similar poll taken in August.

Police: Possible Connection Between Woman's Death, Man's Suicide

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say there may be a connection between the shooting death of a Lake Oswego woman and a man's suicide.  Thirty-six-year-old Mitra Mehrabadi was found dead in the Liberty Centre on Northeast Holladay Street in Portland around 7:40 Saturday night.  Earlier in the day, police say they heard a gunshot from inside a vehicle parked on Northeast 19th Avenue, and found 51-year-old Jimmy Alan Morgan dead.  Investigators say Morgan and Mehrabadi were co-workers at Liberty Mutual Insurance in the Liberty Centre.

Amanda Knox: Condemnation Doesn't Stop When Found Innocent

(Undated)  --  Amanda Knox says condemnation doesn't stop for people who are cleared after being wrongfully convicted of serious crimes.  The Seattle woman was convicted, then cleared twice by Italian courts of the 2007 murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher.  Knox writes, in a long op-ed in today's "USA Today," that she's still the target of an endless stream of social media insults and threats.  Knox says she did not get her old life back when she returned home last year after being fully acquitted by Italy's highest court.  She writes that no one who is exonerated ever gets their old life back.

Neighbors Detain Hit-and-run Suspect

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are crediting neighbors for detaining a hit-and-run suspect following two crashes in Northeast Portland.  Authorities say the suspect tried to flee on foot Saturday after he crashed into a minivan after running a red light at the intersection of Northeast 148th Avenue and Halsey Street, then drove on and crashed into a telephone pole on Northeast 160th Avenue.  Police say several witnesses detained 42-year-old Matthew Washington and held him down until officers arrived.  Washington was arrested on multiple charges, including DUII.

Gas Prices Higher

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland-area fuel prices are higher, according to the latest Triple-A survey.  The average for a gallon of regular is two-55, which is about two-and-a-half cents above the average of a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-22 a gallon.

Search For Missing Portland Hiker Suspended

(Multnomah Co., OR)  --  Officials say they've suspended their search for a Portland woman who vanished while on a hiking trip in the Columbia River Gorge.  Twenty-one-year-old Anna Schmidt was last seen October 16th by her roommate and was reported missing Wednesday.  Search-and-rescue teams covered more than 150 miles of trail in the Gorge, and drones were deployed to aid in the search.  The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says efforts to find Schmidt will resume once crews establish credible leads.

Survey: Oregon Ranks Among States With Best Roads

(Undated)  --  A new report by financial-news and opinion website 24/7 Wall Street ranks Oregon among the states with the best roads in the nation.  The survey, which cites data from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, says Oregon places at number 36 overall on the list, with the 15th-lowest percentage of public roads in poor condition.  However, 23 percent of Oregon's bridges are in the "deficient" category.  The 24/7 Wall Street report lists Rhode Island as the state with the worst roads, while Washington is ranked seventh-worst.

Man Accused Of Carrying 300 Pounds Of Pot In U-Haul

(Klamath, OR)  --  A Georgia man is in the Klamath County Jail after being accused of trying to leave Oregon with nearly 300 pounds of marijuana.  Oregon State Police say 25-year-old Kim Mason was pulled over Saturday morning in a U-Haul truck along Highway 140E near Klamath Falls.  Troopers say a search revealed 296 pounds of cannabis was being carried inside newly-purchased furniture that had been loaded in the truck.  KOIN-TV reports Mason told troopers he was traveling from Ashland to Salt Lake City.

Bag Catches Fire At Sea-Tac Because Of Vape-pen Charger

(SeaTac, WA)  --  Officials at Sea-Tac International Airport say a battery connected to a charger for a vape pen caused a man's bag to catch fire, leading to a flight being delayed.  The airport says the incident happened yesterday morning, as baggage handlers loaded luggage onto the plane, which was about to leave Sea-Tac for Houston.  Firefighters put out the blaze, and the owner of the bag was escorted from the plane to I.D. the bag.  Vape pens are prohibited by the FAA from being carried in checked baggage.

Cleanup Continues In Portland Gas Explosion

(Portland, OR)  --  The cleanup continues for businesses in the popular shopping district rocked by Wednesday's gas explosion.  At least ten businesses have been forced to shut down temporarily during the cleanup.  Authorities haven't yet said how many businesses sustained damage when a natural gas pipeline exploded at the corner of Northwest 23rd Avenue and Glisan Street.

11-Year-Old Boy Robbed With Knife

(Gresham, OR)  --  Police in Gresham are looking for a man who robbed an eleven-year-old boy with a knife.  It happened yesterday afternoon as the boy was walking in front of a Safeway store in the 47-hundred block of Southwest 11th Street.  Authorities say the boy wasn't injured in the robbery.  They're now looking for a man in his 30s who had on a dark hoodie and blue jeans.

Oregon Ranked Fourth-Best State For Women

(Undated)  --  Women are getting their fair shake in Oregon in comparison to other states.  Financial site 24/7 Wall Street has ranked Oregon the fourth-best state for gender equality based on factors such as the economy, leadership and health.  Oregon has the ninth-highest percentage of legislative seats held by women and is one of the friendliest states with laws geared toward mothers.  Rhode Island was ranked the best state for women, while Mississippi was deemed worst.

Lillard Releases Debut Solo Album

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard is officially launching his professional music career.  Lillard's debut album under his Dame D.O.L.L.A moniker, was released last night, just days before the start of the NBA regular season.  "The Letter O" is being sold on iTunes, Apple Music and Spotify.  Lil Wayne is among the guest artists on the album.

Disney On Ice Ends This Weekend

(Portland, OR)  --  Disney on Ice is presenting Worlds of Enchantment in Portland through Sunday.  The Moda Center is hosting multiple daily performances.  Tickets are still available at

Man Stabbed To Death, Suspect On The Run

(Clackamas County, OR)  --  Authorities are looking for a man accused of stabbing a Clackamas County man to death.  Matthew Nelson Timmons, of Milwaukie, was found dead inside a home near Rex Putnam High School in Portland Tuesday night.  Police have declared 51-year-old Dean Boettcher, Timmons's roommate, as the primary suspect and consider him armed and dangerous.  He may be driving a 2010 cream-colored Mini Cooper with the license place 399-JHL.

OSHA Investigating Subcontractor In Portland Explosion

(Tualatin, OR)  --  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, is looking into the subcontractor who caused Wednesday's gas explosion.  KATU-TV reports that the subcontractor has been cited by OSHA six times over the last five years, with some violations considered serious.  The Loy Clark Pipeline Company, out of Tualatin, said yesterday that all proper protocols were followed prior to digging.  Eight people were injured in two simultaneous explosions after the subcontractor struck a gas pipeline at a building in the Northwest 23rd Street shopping district.

Deliberations Continue In Federal Trial Against Ammon Bundy

(Portland, OR)  --  The jury will continue to deliberate today in the federal conspiracy trial against one of the sons of rancher Cliven Bundy.  Ammon Bundy and six co-defendants are charged in the 41-day takeover of an Oregon national wildlife refuge.  Prosecutors called the occupation "retaliation" for sending two ranchers back to prison.  Defense attorneys argued it was a peaceful demonstration meant to get the attention of government officials who ignored their grievances.

Elderly Aloha Man Is Missing, Had Dementia

(Aloha, OR)  --  Police are asking for the public's help in locating an elderly Washington County man.  Sixty-six-year-old Dane Davis, of Aloha, was reported missing by his caretaker yesterday afternoon after he hadn't been seen or heard from in three days.  Davis has dementia and may not be able to take care of himself.  He is described as black with salt and pepper facial hair and is five-foot-six with a heavy build.  He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Portland Ranks High On Forbes List Of Best Cities For Careers And Business

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland is one of the nation's best cities for business and careers.  That's according to "Forbes" magazine, which ranked the city fifth out of 200 large metro areas in the U.S.  The rankings are based on factors such as job growth, costs, and quality of life.  For the second year in a row, Denver placed first, followed by Provo, Utah, Raleigh, North Carolina, and Seattle.

8 Injured, 3 Buildings Destroyed In Portland Gas Explosion

(Portland, OR)  --  Firefighters and police officers are among those who were hurt in a natural gas explosion in Portland.  The firefighters were investigating a gas leak yesterday morning when the blast happened.  "FOX 12" says it also destroyed three buildings -- Portland Bagelworks, Art Works Rebels Tattoo Shop and Dosha Salon and Spa.  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is investigating.

Senator Sanders Endorses 'Yes On 97' Campaign

(Portland, OR)  --  Bernie Sanders is announcing his support for Oregon's 'Yes on 97' campaign.  The measure would hike taxes on large corporations, and the money raised would go toward schools, senior services and health care.  The Vermont Senator made the endorsement in a campaign video yesterday, saying "it's time for large, profitable corporations start paying their fair share of taxes."

Lieutenant Praised For Saving Residents During Explosion

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland fire lieutenant is being praised for his swift action to save several people during an explosion that rocked a north-west neighborhood.  Chief Mike Meyers says Lieutenant Peter St. John single-handedly ran into a building and pulled the fire alarms, warning people to quickly get out.  St. John was one of eight people hurt during the explosion that destroyed three businesses.   It happened when a construction worker hit a gas line.  No one was killed.

Gresham Police Searching For Runaway

(Gresham, OR)  --  Gresham police are looking for a missing teenage girl who's in need of medication.  Sixteen-year-old Erica Paasch ran away from her home on Northwest Flanders Street on Tuesday.  Police say she was last seen yesterday morning in Hillsboro.  They say she has a medical condition that requires daily care.  Paasch is described as five-foot-seven, 160 pounds with faded red hair and brown eyes.  Anyone with information is urged to call police.

New Crosswalk To Be Installed Where Portland Teenager Was Killed

(Portland, OR)  --  A new crosswalk and median island are going in at the intersection where a Portland teenager was killed.  City transportation officials plan to make the improvements at Southeast Hawthorne and 43rd Avenue.  That's where 15-year-old Fallon Smart was hit and killed back in August.  The Bureau of Transportation did not say when the project would be completed.

Red Cross Helping Explosion Displacement

(Portland, OR)  --  The American Red Cross is using Beth Israel as an emergency reception center for people displaced by the natural gas explosion in the Northwest Portland shopping district.  The synagogue on Northwest 19th Avenue and Flanders Street is offering water and coffee.  The Red Cross is teaming up with Northwest Natural to help people who are displaced by the explosion.

Portland Voters Watch Final Presidential Debate

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland voters are getting their final look at presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump now that the two have finished their three debates.  RealClear Politics says Clinton enters the final stretch of the election with nearly a double-digit lead in Oregon.  Mail-in ballots are already going out to Oregon voters, who now have a couple of weeks to decide before Election Day, November 8th.

Study: Oregon Just Average For Energy Efficiency

(Undated)  --  Oregon is just average when it comes to energy efficiency in a comparison with other states.  In honor of National Energy Awareness Month, financial site WalletHub is ranking Oregon 25th in the nation for energy efficiency.  The study looked at the efficiency of car-energy and home-energy consumption in the continental U.S.

Disney On Ice In Portland This Week

(Portland, OR)  --  Disney on Ice is presenting Worlds of Enchantment in Portland through Sunday.  The Moda Center is hosting multiple daily performances.  Tickets are still available at

Changes Coming To Intersection Where Teen Died

(Portland, OR)  --  A new crosswalk and median island is coming to the intersection where a Portland girl was hit and killed in August.  Officials with the Portland Bureau of Transportation are soon beginning work at Southeast Hawthorne and 43rd Avenue to make it safer for pedestrians.  Fifteen-year-old Fallon Smart was struck and killed there in August.

Former Oregon Court Of Appeals Judge Warren Dies

(Portland, OR)  --  Former Oregon Court of Appeals judge Edward H. Warren has died.  His wife, Jeanne Warren, said the longtime judge died Friday of congestive heart failure.  He was 80.

Clinton Holds Solid Oregon Lead

(Las Vegas, NV)  --  Hillary Clinton is still holding a solid lead in Oregon heading into tonight's third and final debate in Las Vegas.  The Democratic nominee is up by more than nine points in the RealClear Politics poll average.  Polls released this week have Clinton up over Republican challenger Donald Trump by seven and ten points in Oregon.

North Portland Teacher Accused Of Misconduct

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland school is taking administrative action following reports of teacher misconduct.  Police were called out to North Portland's Astor School yesterday, where they say the teacher's behavior could be considered criminal.  However, the teacher was not arrested and the Youth Services Division and Child Abuse Team are now investigating.

Man Charged After YouTube Video Surfaces

(Sandy, OR)  --  A Sandy man is facing charges of drunken driving and disorderly conduct.  It happened after a video uploaded to YouTube allegedly showed Philip M. Ramirez weaving between lanes in his station wagon.  He is also accused of taking a break to urinate on the side of the road.

Woman Suing Tigard Tanning Salon

(Tigard, OR)  --  A woman is suing a Palm Beach Tan in Tigard after thinking the windows were fitted with one-way glass.  Renee Baker says she was fully nude in her private tanning room and believed no one in the parking lot would be able to see in.  She was later informed by staff that people could see her.  Baker is seeking 325-thousand dollars, claiming the salon was negligent in not properly informing customers about the transparent glass windows.

Report: Portland In Top 20 For Rats

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland is in the top 20 when it comes to the most rat-infested cities.  Orkin ranked the city 20th out of 50 major cities and took into account both residential and commercial rodent treatments.  Chicago ranked number one, followed by New York and Washington, D.C.  The pest control company says fall is the beginning of rodent season, as rats will try to find a warm place to hide from the cold.

Forecasters Carefully Rescind Pacific Northwest Snow Forecast

(Seattle, WA)  --  Weather forecasters are carefully amending their previous predictions surrounding "El Nino".  Initially, they predicted the return of colder ocean currents this winter, making snow once again likely in the Pacific Northwest.  The National Climate Prediction Center now thinks there is a 55-percent chance the area will instead be affected by a "La Nina", which tends to mean warmer weather.

Study: Oregonians Have Conflicting Google Searches

(Undated)  --  Many Oregonians might be illegally surfing the web while tending to flowers.  That's according to new data released by national real estate company Estately.  Using Google Autocomplete and Google Trends, they were able to tell the most popular searches from each state over the last five years.  The top searches for Oregon were "how to hack Wi-Fi" and "how to make floral arrangements."

Oregon Grad Rates Still Lagging

(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon still isn't making the grade when it comes to high school graduation rates.  New U.S. Department of Education figures show Oregon is third-worst in the nation for the class of 2015.  That's one spot worse than the previous ranking.  The new figures show 74-percent of Oregon students in the class of 2015 graduated.

Oregon 6th In Nation For Recent Voting Turnout

(Undated)  --  New rankings show Oregon is among the states with the most consistent voting turnout.  Website 24/7 Wall Street says Oregon is sixth in the nation for the highest voter turnout over the last four presidential election cycles.  The site says more than 69-percent of eligible voters in Oregon have turned out to the polls in those elections.  Minnesota has the nation's highest voting rate, while Hawaii is home to the lowest rate of voters.

Knights Donating $500-Million For Oregon's Science Center

(Eugene, OR)  --  Phil and Penny Knight are donating a half-a-billion dollars to a new science complex at the University of Oregon.  School officials are expected to announce the large gift from the prominent alum this morning.  The new complex is expected to have a big impact in the science community.

Oregon Among Least Powerful States For Presidential Voting

(Undated)  --  Financial site WalletHub says Oregon voters aren't among the most powerful to impact next month's presidential election.  The site ranked Oregon 36th in the nation according to a Presidential Election Voter Power Score it developed.  It combines each state's probability of going red or blue with its population.  The study found Arizona voters have the most power in the November 8th presidential election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, while California is the least powerful.

Man Dead After Crashing Into Pole

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is dead after crashing into a telephone pole in southeast Portland yesterday morning. Police say the man was traveling eastbound on Holgate Boulevard and 118th Avenue at a high speed when he left his lane.  He then struck an SUV, which caused his car to spin and crash into the pole and a large boulder.

High School Locker Room Photo Goes Viral

(Gresham, OR)  --  One photo featuring some Gresham-area teenagers is going viral.  It was taken in the boys' locker room at Centennial High School, and six student athletes are seen sporting t-shirts that read "Wild Feminist."  The shirts were originally printed by Portland company Wildfang.  The boys say they wanted to wear the shirts as a way to highlight women's rights and gender equality.

Man Caught Trying To Trade Pot For Snowmobile

(Sandy, OR)  --  A Sandy man is finding himself on thin ice after attempting a business transaction via Craigslist.  Officials say Jason Owen contacted the seller of a snowmobile and offered him one pound of pot in exchange for the vehicle.  Unfortunately for him, the seller was an Oregon state trooper.  Owen has been cited for adult possession of marijuana, adult delivery of marijuana, and driving with a suspended license.

Michelin-Recognized Restaurant To Open In Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  A Spanish restaurant recognized in a Michelin guide is coming to Portland.  Restaurante Can Font is located near Barcelona, Spain, but Eater-dot-com is reporting that a second restaurant will open in the Pearl District early next year.  According to one of the owners, Can Font Portland will continue to serve the traditional Catalan cuisine it's famous for and will use locally sourced products.

Bernie Sanders Coming To Portland Bookstore

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland will soon be feeling the Bern again.  Senator Bernie Sanders will be stopping by the Powell's bookstore on Burnside on December 1st to promote his new book titled "Our Revolution," which comes out next month.  The stop at Powell's will be for photo ops only, and the purchase of the book is required in order to attend.

Cleanup Continues After Storms

(Portland, OR)  --  Storm preparations are showing they worked as officials reported no road closures or traffic disruptions over the weekend.  The city has received reports of dozens of trees and debris blown down as of yesterday.  Portland Parks and Recreation Department officials are working on cleaning up a small landslide in Sellwood Park.

Wind Knocks Out Power For 40,000

(Portland, OR)  --  Saturday's windstorm is blamed for leaving tens of thousands without power for parts of the weekend.  Portland General Electric says about 40-thousand customers were affected with four-thousand still without power into yesterday.  The outages affected Banks to the north down to Salem to the south.

Northeast Portland Stabbing Suspect Wanted

(Portland, OR)  --  A stabbing suspect is wanted in Northeast Portland.  Authorities say an unidentified person was stabbed in the upper chest.  It happened last night near Northeast Broadway and Eleventh Avenue.  Police haven't yet released details on the suspect.

Volunteers Help Tornado Cleanup

(Manzanita, OR)  --  Volunteers are still helping to clean up damage in Manzanita from last week's tornado.  Work was made tougher with the second storm that blew through Friday and Saturday.  Authorities say 128 houses were damaged in the storm, but fortunately nobody was injured.

Portland Needs State To Change No-Cause Evictions Law

(Portland, OR)  --  No-cause evictions against renters in Portland can't be altered without a state law change.  That's according to a new analysis by the Oregon Legislative Counsel.  Portland Mayor-elect Ted Wheeler and House Speaker Tina Kotek are in favor of halting the evictions.  But the analysis says state law allows a landlord to end month-to-month leases without a reason, as long as the landlord gives notice.

Morrison Bridge Goes Pink For Planned Parenthood's 100th

(Portland, OR)  --  One-hundred years of Planned Parenthood isn't going unnoticed in Portland.  The Morrison Bridge turned pink for an hour last night in honor of the group's 100th birthday.  Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette has been here for 53 of those years.  Planned Parenthood plans to celebrate its be centennial across the country all year long.

13-Year-Old Accidentally Shot

(Yacolt, WA)  --  Authorities are investigating the shooting of a 13-year-old in Yacolt, Washington, but they haven't released the boy's condition.  It appears the shooting was accidental, but details aren't yet available.  The boy's parents were apparently upstairs at the time of the shooting.

Portland Parks & Rec Fields Closed Through Weekend

(Portland, OR)  --  Safety concerns have led to the closure of all grass Portland Parks and Recreation sports fields through the weekend, as bad weather continues.  Officials say the closure affects grass fields at PP&R sites, as well as events permitted by the department at Portland Public Schools facilities.  However, all fields with synthetic turf will remain open.  The Parks and Recreation Department says the wet conditions present safety hazards, and use of the grass fields could impede efforts to maintain and care for them.

Amazon To Hire 120K Seasonal Workers

(Seattle, WA)  -- says it will hire about 120-thousand people for seasonal positions nationwide in the coming weeks.  The online retail giant says it will fill positions at fulfillment centers and customer-service sites.  Amazon officials say more than 14-thousand seasonal employees were promoted to full-time jobs after last year's holiday season.  Mike Roth, who's Amazon's Vice President of Global Customer Fulfillment, says they expect to increase that number this year.

Man Wanted In Assault, Robbery At Lingerie Shop

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police are looking for a man who's wanted in connection with a sexual assault and robbery at a lingerie modeling shop.  Authorities say 31-year-old James Ellis is suspected of having assaulted a female employee during an armed robbery Monday at Pussycats on Northeast 82nd Avenue.  Police say Ellis, who's considered armed and dangerous, is a Pacific Islander, standing five-feet-eight and weighing 165 pounds.  Anyone with information is asked to call 911.

Storm System Causes Damage In Portland Area

(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities say the first of two forecast storm systems caused damage as it moved through the Portland area.  KATU-TV reports a tree took down a power line and one fell on TriMet's MAX Blue Line near the Quatama Park-and-ride in Hillsboro.  A power outage prompted crews to evacuate a train at the 185th and Baseline Park-and-ride and passengers boarded a shuttle bus.  The second storm system is expected to bring higher winds to the region tomorrow.

E-cigarette Explodes In Spokane Woman's Mouth

(Spokane, WA)  --  A Spokane woman says she lost a few teeth and suffered other injuries when an e-cigarette exploded in her mouth.  The 45-year-old woman was one of four people across Washington to file lawsuits yesterday against makers of e-cigarettes.  The lawsuits claim the plaintiffs suffered severe injuries when the lithium-ion batteries powering the e-cigarettes exploded.  The other three plaintiffs are from Kelso, Vancouver, and Seattle.

One Dead Following SE Portland Hit-And-Run

(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead following a hit-and-run crash in Southeast Portland.  Police say after the wreck happened around nine o'clock last night at the intersection of Southeast Division Street and 139th Avenue, the driver and two passengers in one of the vehicles fled the scene on foot.  The driver of the other car died at a hospital.  Police say the people who left the scene have been described as African-American males.

Three Indicted In Connection With Hightower Murder

(St. Helens, OR)  --  Three people are under indictment in connection with the murder of Apache Hightower, a Portland mother of three.  Jesse Allen Lane was extradited back to Oregon after being arrested earlier this month in Santa Barbara, California.  Authorities say Lane and Charles Vernon are accused of strangling Hightower last month after she was abducted and beaten because they wanted to prevent her from being a witness in a criminal case.  Twenty-year-old Stephanie Toney is accused of collaborating with Vernon and Lane to hide evidence and avoid arrest.

Inslee, Bryant To Meet For Dinner Forum November 2nd

(Tacoma, WA)  --  Democratic incumbent Governor Jay Inslee is scheduled to meet with Republican challenger Bill Bryant for a dinner forum less than a week before the November 8th election.  The event is slated for 6 p.m. on November 2nd at the Wheelock Student Center at the University of Puget Sound.  Ballots will be mailed out across the state starting October 21st.   

Portland Ranked Among Ten "Greenest" Cities In U.S.

(Undated)  --  Portland is ranked among the ten "greenest" cities in the nation, according to a new study.  The analysis shows Portland is ranked eighth, with San Francisco placing at the top of the list.  The report ranks Portland 20th in greenhouse gas emissions per capita, 16th in the percentage of green spaces; 13th in percentage of commuters who drive, and fourth in bike commuting.  Seattle is eleventh overall in the WalletHub rankings.

"Vehicle Of Interest" In Vancouver Woman's Murder Found

(Beaverton, OR)  --  Authorities say they've found a "vehicle of interest" in their investigation of the death of a Vancouver woman.  Thirty-seven-year-old Lilia Cosco-Ortiz was found dead in a blueberry field on October 4th after she failed to return from a drive to the coast. Yamhill County authorities found a white 2003 Toyota pickup unattended near 170th and Merlo Road in Beaverton on October 11th.  Officials say person of interest Victor Melcher Villalba, who was in a relationship with Cosco-Ortiz, was seen driving the vehicle but hasn't been found.

WA U.S. Senate Debate Set For This Weekend

(Spokane, WA)  --  Gonzaga University is getting ready to host the first of two scheduled U.S. Senate candidate debates between Democratic incumbent Patty Murray and Republican challenger Chris Vance.  Vance, a former state Republican Party chairman, is hoping to make a positive impact in the debate, as Murray has both experience and fundraising on her side.  The debate is set for seven o'clock this Saturday night.

Woman's Bones Found In Douglas County

(Gardiner, OR)  --  Officials say human bones that were found earlier this month in Douglas County were those of a woman.  Authorities say the remains were found on October 1st on a bank of the Umpqua River near Gardiner.  The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office says the woman was 30 to 45-years-old at the time she died, which was one to three years ago.  The office says it will likely take some time to identify the remains.

Ten Arrested Following Protest At City Hall

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say they arrested ten people as a result of a protest at City Hall.  Demonstrators clashed with officers after the Portland City Council voted to approve a new police union contract.  The trouble began when protesters refused to leave the building after it was closed to all non-employees at 12:30 yesterday afternoon.  Authorities say one officer suffered minor injuries after being assaulted.  Protesters had cleared out by around five p.m.

Boy Hit By Car, Suffers Broken Leg

(Sandy, OR)  --  Authorities say an eleven-year-old boy is suffering from a broken leg after being hit by a car in Sandy.  The boy was struck at the intersection of Meinig Avenue and Highway 211 yesterday evening.  Police say the boy was hit as he crossed the street where there was no crosswalk.  The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with officers.

Second Pussycats Lingerie Shop Robbed, Shot Fired

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say a second Pussycats lingerie shop has been robbed.  Officials say the holdup at the Southeast Foster Road store happened yesterday, two days after a Pussycats shop on Northeast 82nd Avenue was robbed.  Authorities say a shot was fired by the suspect before he fled, but no one was injured.  Police say an employee of the 82nd Avenue store was sexually assaulted during that robbery.

Alaska Airlines Passenger Kicked Off Flight

(SeaTac, WA)  --  Alaska Airlines officials say a passenger was booted off a flight about to take off from Seattle after he verbally harassed a female flight attendant.  A passenger on the flight posted a message on Facebook about the Sunday incident, saying the man called out "ooh, sexy" and "oh, baby" during the demonstration.  The man was then told by airline employees to collect his things and leave.  Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Ann Zaninovich says the passenger left the plane just before departure.

Miss Washington USA 2013 Claims Trump Groped Her

(Undated)  --  Days after the release of a video that contains lewd remarks about women made by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, a former Miss Washington USA is making national headlines with accusations that Trump inappropriately grabbed her at the time of the 2013 Miss USA pageant.  "Yahoo News" reports Cassandra Searles  posted Facebook messages in which she called Trump a "misogynist" and said he treated contestants "like cattle."  Trump owned the Miss Universe Organization from 1997 until 2015.  The director of the Washington state Trump campaign, state Senator Don Benton, tells KIRO-TV there will be no response to "every wild accusation from someone who may or may not have known Mr. Trump."

Portland Man Says He Punched Shark During Attack

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man continues to recover, after being bitten by a shark while surfing off Indian Beach at Ecola State Park.  Twenty-nine-year-old Joseph Tanner suffered serious wounds to his leg in the Monday attack, and used his knowledge as a registered nurse to direct onlookers in rendering aid.  Tanner's brother, Noah Beck, says Tanner punched the shark in the gills after the animal grabbed his leg, and forced the shark to let go.  Beaches remain open at Ecola State Park, but warning signs about the presence of sharks have been posted.

Protesters Camp Outside Portland City Hall

(Portland, OR)  --  Don't Shoot Portland protesters are camped out on the plaza outside City Hall.  The building was locked yesterday, well in advance of the protesters' arrival.  The group plans to attend today's meeting of the Portland City Council, which is scheduled to take up the contract that was recently ratified by the Portland Police Association.  Don't Shoot Portland members say the contract doesn't do enough to address the issue of police accountability, and wants a vote on it delayed until Mayor-elect Ted Wheeler takes office in January.

Corvallis Ranked As Oregon's Most Educated City

(Undated)  --  A new report by financial news-and-opinion website 24-7 Wall Street ranks Corvallis as Oregon's most educated city.  The study says 55 percent of all adults in Corvallis have at least a bachelor's degree, which is the highest share in Oregon and the third-highest in the U.S.  The study notes Corvallis is home to Oregon State University.  The city's median household income is nearly 53-thousand dollars.

Voter Registration In Washington Sets Records

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington state elections officials say voter registration numbers set single-day records for two straight days this week.  The Secretary of State's Office says more than 24-thousand people registered across Washington Sunday, and another 27-thousand signed up Monday, which was the deadline to register to vote online.  Officials say there are now four-point-two-million registered voters in Washington state.

Record Number Of Registered Voters In Oregon

(Salem, OR)  --  The number of registered voters in Oregon is at the two-point-five-million mark for the first time.  The Secretary of State's Office says the figure surpassed two-million-500-thousand by the end of September.  That's about 36-thousand above the tally at the end of August.  Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins predicts that a quarter-million new registrants will have signed up because of Oregon's new Motor Voter Act.

Portland Bakery Accused Of Racism

(Portland, OR)  --  A product offered by a Portland bakery is stirring controversy.  Anjelica Hayes, owner of Fat Cupcake, says she didn't intend to offend anyone when she included an Oreo cupcake she called "Mr. President."  Hayes tells Fox 12 she's from a biracial family and is upset that customers posting reviews on "Yelp" are accusing her of racism.  She says she would never support any form of racism and has changed the name of the cupcake to "The Professional."

Toddler Killed In Cottage Grove Crash

(Cottage Grove, OR)  --  Police say a four-year-old was killed and three other people were injured in a crash in Lane County.  Authorities say a 23-year-old Eugene woman drifted off the roadway while traveling east yesterday along Cottage Grove-Loraine Highway.  The SUV went down an embankment, causing minor injuries to the mother and two children.  The four-year-old child died at the scene.  Oregon State Police say all three children were properly restrained in the vehicle.

Audit: Data-gathering On Transportation Companies Must Be Improved

(Portland, OR)  --  A new audit says Portland's ability to monitor and verify data on taxi and ride-share companies must be improved.  Ride-share companies like Uber and Lyft were granted permission by the city of Portland in 2015 to begin offering their services, but the audit says the city is unable after a year to fully assess how transportation companies are serving the community.  According to KOIN-TV, the audit is recommending that the transportation bureau focus on gathering and reviewing data on such areas as unfulfilled rides, long wait times, and service for disabled passengers.

Police ID Victim Of Gresham Homicide

(Gresham, OR)  --  Police continue to investigate the homicide of a Portland man in Gresham.  Authorities say 19-year-old Otoniel Hernandez-Duarte was stabbed to death during an argument last Sunday morning during a house party on Northeast 183rd Avenue.  Nineteen-year-old Ariana Marlene Cortez was arrested in connection with the killing.  She's facing a murder charge and is being held without bail.

Names Could Change For 150 Hillsboro Streets

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  The Hillsboro City Council is considering a plan that could mean the names of about 150 city streets will change.  Officials say the goal is to make it easier for drivers to find their way around Hillsboro.  City leaders say if the plan is passed, addresses could begin to change as early as fall 2017, with the roll-out expected to continue through spring 2018.  A public hearing will be held on the issue Tuesday, October 18th, at the Hillsboro Civic Center.

Don't Shoot PDX Plans Protest Of Police Union Pact

(Portland, OR)  --  The activist group Don't Shoot Portland is planning a demonstration later today at City Hall to protest the police union contract.  KGW-TV reports the group intends to camp out there overnight until tomorrow's meeting of the Portland City Council.  Leaders of Don't Shoot Portland say the police union contract doesn't sufficiently address police accountability.  Last week's Council meeting on the contract was postponed after two protesters were arrested for disrupting proceedings.

Lingerie Shop Robbed, Employee Assaulted

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a suspect is on the loose after an armed robbery at a lingerie modeling shop in Portland.  Authorities say the man entered the Pussycats shop on Northeast 82nd Avenue early yesterday morning, displayed a gun and demanded money.  Police say he sexually assaulted a female employee before leaving the store.  Investigators say the robber is described as a tan man in his 20s, about five-feet-five. 

Fourth Archbishop Murphy Opponent Forfeits

(Everett, WA)  --  For the fourth time this football season, an opponent has refused to take the field against Archbishop Murphy High School of Everett, Washington.  Cedar Park Christian said yesterday it's forfeiting the Murphy game because the Everett school's players are too large and strong.  The Friday contest is scheduled to be Murphy's homecoming game.  Officials at Murphy say they'll continue homecoming festivities as scheduled, and will hold an alumni game Friday night.

Testimony Begins In Trial Of Accused SPU Campus Shooter

(Seattle, WA)  --  Testimony is underway in the trial of Aaron Ybarra, who's accused of killing one person and injuring two others in a shooting at Seattle Pacific University.  Ybarra has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the June 2014 shooting that killed student Paul Lee and wounded two other people.  Authorities say the shooting stopped after student Jon Meis pepper-sprayed and tackled Ybarra as he stopped to reload.  Ybarra's defense attorney says her client was brain-damaged and mentally ill at the time of the shooting.

Weyerhaeuser Operating Out Of New Seattle Headquarters

(Seattle, WA)  --  After decades of making its home in Federal Way, Weyerhaeuser [[ WARE-how-zer ]] is officially operating out of its new headquarters in Seattle.  The timber and forest products giant, founded in Longview in 1900, celebrated its grand opening yesterday at its new building in Pioneer Square.  Weyerhaeuser is touting the new headquarters as a sustainable building which incorporates a number of the company's own products.  The glass-fronted building is located on the east side of Occidental Park.

19-year-old Woman Accused Of Murder In Gresham

(Gresham, OR)  --  A 19-year-old woman is in custody in connection with a murder in Gresham.  Police accuse Ariana Marlene Cortez in the death of a man who was found early yesterday morning in the 12-hundred block of Northeast 183rd Avenue.  Authorities say the victim died shortly afterward.  Police say they'll release more details this afternoon.

Thousands Participate In Portland Marathon

(Portland, OR)  --  It's estimated that about ten-thousand runners participated in the 2016 Portland Marathon.  Matthew Palilla of Bend won the men's division with a time of two hours, 36 minutes, and 24 seconds.  Kate Landau of Tacoma wen the women's division, timing out at two hours, 38 minutes, and 45 seconds.  Runners endured wet conditions, as rain or mist fell for the duration of the race.

Former Spokane Bishop To Become Cardinal

(Chicago, IL)  --  Former Spokane Bishop Blase Cupich, who was named archbishop of Chicago two years ago, is being elevated by Pope Francis to the rank of Cardinal in the Catholic Church.  The "Spokesman-Review" reports Cupich was noted for restoring the church's troubled financial situation in Spokane following bankruptcy.  Cupich is to be officially installed as Cardinal on November 19th in Rome, and will have a vote in future papal elections.

Fuel Prices Slightly Lower

(Portland, OR)  --  Gasoline prices are seeing little change these days in the Portland area.  The latest survey by Triple-A shows the average for regular is two-52 a gallon, only a fraction of a cent lower than the average of a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-26 a gallon.

Police Investigate Violent Armed Robbery At Store

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say a man pistol-whipped an employee during a robbery at a Milwaukie Avenue store.  Authorities say it took place around 2:40 yesterday afternoon at Milwaukie Market in Southeast Portland.  The employee told officers he was ordered to lie on the floor by two men who entered the store yesterday, and one of them hit him in the face with a gun before they got away with money from the register.  Police say the employee's five-year-old daughter was also in the store, but was able to safely hide while the robbery took place.

No Tsunami Warning Following Quakes Off Oregon Coast

(Portland, OR)  --  U.S. Geological Survey officials say three earthquakes were recorded yesterday off the Oregon coast.  The agency says two of the quakes were magnitude 4.1, and the third was magnitude 4.8.  USGS says the first temblor was recorded at 7:18 a.m., the second hit at 11:51 a.m., and the final earthquake hit at 12:08 p.m.  None of the quakes triggered a tsunami warning.

Wrong-way Chase Involves Deputy Near Kelso

(Kelso, WA)  --  Authorities say two men are in custody, following a chase involving a sheriff's deputy and a stolen pickup truck.  Officials say a Cowlitz County deputy was in pursuit yesterday of the southbound pickup in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Kelso after the pickup's tires were blown out.  Deputies say the driver of the suspect vehicle tried to ram a sergeant's patrol car, but the sergeant was able to avoid the pickup but later was slightly injured in a subsequent crash when his airbag deployed.  Authorities say the driver and his passenger were arrested after deputies used a pit maneuver to stop the pickup, which had been stolen in the Seattle area.

Some Republicans Upset With Hutchison Over Trump Remarks

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington state Republican Party chair Susan Hutchison is facing criticism over her response to a tape containing controversial comments Donald Trump made about women in 2005.  Hutchison said Trump's comments can't be justified, but also said the billionaire businessman "was a Democrat" at the time he made them.  State party executive director Caleb Heimlich told "The Seattle Times" that Hutchison was only pointing out that Trump's comments were from another time in his life and that people change over time.  An RNC delegate from Gig Harbor, Eric Minor, says Hutchison should resign because she seems to be rationalizing Trump's remarks.

Two-alarm Fire Burning At Four-plex

(Portland, OR)  --  Fire officials say a two-alarm blaze is burning at a four-plex in Portland's Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood.  KOIN-TV reports the fire was reported around 4:15 this morning in the 56-hundred block of Southeast 123rd.  A second alarm was activated around 15 minutes later.  No injuries have been reported.

Warhol Exhibit To Open At Portland Art Museum

(Portland, OR)  --  An exhibit of works by the late Andy Warhol will open tomorrow at the Portland Art Museum.  Museum officials say the exhibit contains 250 Warhol prints and will be the "most comprehensive display of the Pop Art master's prints ever mounted."  The display will feature works including Warhol's iconic Campbell's Soup can and an image of Marilyn Monroe.  The exhibit, from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, will run through January 1st.

Candidates For Governor Debate In Eugene

(Eugene, OR)  --  Incumbent Governor Kate Brown says progress has been made during her time in office and she's not willing to go backward.  Brown made the remarks during last night's debate in Eugene with challengers Bud Pierce and Cliff Thomason.  Pierce, a Republican, says Oregon public schools slipped in the national rankings during Brown's stint as a state lawmaker.  Thomason, a member of the Independent Party of Oregon, touted his plan to allow high school students to get GED certificates after tenth grade.

Financial Education Soon To Be Offered In WA Schools

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington state public schools will soon be adding financial education across the state.  The "Seattle Times" reports the new curricula will include subjects that teach kids about insurance premiums, credit, debt, risk management, investing, and Roth IRAs.  State officials say it's likely the financial-education subjects will be included in math or social studies classes.  Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn says the Great Recession might not have affected Americans as severely if they had more knowledge about what banks did with home loans.

Shooting Reported At Roseland Theater

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police are investigating a report of a shooting at the Roseland Theater.  Rapper "The Game" was performing last night at the venue on Northeast 6th Avenue when the report came in around 10:30.  Authorities say no gunshot victims were located, but investigators found evidence of shots being fired at the theater.  The Portland Police Bureau's Gang Enforcement Team is conducting the investigation.

Portland Lyft Driver Banned For Carrying Stun Gun In Car

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland Lyft driver says she's been banned from driving for the ride-share company because she had a stun gun and used it to defend herself from a threatening passenger.  The woman tells KATU-TV she pulled out the Taser and told the man she would use it because he refused to get out of her vehicle after she repeatedly demanded he do so.  She says she reported the incident to Lyft, who told her she was banned because she violated the company's weapons policy.  She says she's hoping Lyft will re-evaluate the policy.

Oregon City Man Accused Of Sexually Abusing Minor

(Oregon City, OR)  --  Benton County authorities say an Oregon City man is accused of sexually abusing a minor in Corvallis.  Sheriff's deputies say 61-year-old Donald Grey is suspected of having a sexual relationship with a juvenile female during September.  Grey was arrested this week on multiple charges.  Investigators are trying to determine whether there are more victims in other areas.

Poll: Inslee Leads Bryant

(Seattle, WA)  --  A new Washington state opinion poll shows Democratic incumbent Jay Inslee with a 50-percent-to-40-percent lead over his Republican challenger, Bill Bryant.  The KOMO News-Strategies 360 poll was taken among 500 likely voters.  The survey shows Bryant has an uphill climb with about a month to go before the general election, as 62-percent of those questioned either had no opinion of him or didn't recognize his name.  According to the poll, 59 percent approve of the job Inslee is doing regarding the environment and the economy, but the approval rating drops when it comes to education funding and transportation.

Wyoming Man Held In Hazel Dell Shooting

(Hazel Dell, WA)  --  A Wyoming man is facing charges, after being accused of firing a gun inside a Walmart in Hazel Dell.  Police say Shaun Sprague was arrested by Clark County sheriff's deputies following the Wednesday morning shooting.  There were no injuries.  Authorities say what the suspect was shooting at is unclear.

Pedestrian Killed In Gresham

(Gresham, OR)  --  Police say a man was killed as he was walking along Northeast Hogan Drive in Gresham.  Authorities say the pedestrian was struck and killed by a pickup truck last night around eight o'clock.  The driver of the truck remained at the scene and cooperated with police.  No names have been released.

Man, Two Children Dead In Apparent Murder-suicide

(Beaverton, OR)  --  Police say a man and his two children are dead, following what appears to have been a murder-suicide at a Beaverton apartment.  The three were found yesterday afternoon, lying on the floor of an apartment at the Redwood Creek complex on Southwest Hall Boulevard.  Police say after they stepped outside the apartment, they heard a gunshot and believe the man killed himself.  The man was 36-years-old and the children were six and eight-years-old.

Clown-related Arrest Made In Southern Oregon

(Central Point, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a 21-year-old man who dressed as a clown and stood near several schools while holding a sign that said "We are here."  Authorities say Michael Richards held the sign while standing in front of Crater, North Medford, South Medford, and Eagle Point high schools.  Richards is being held in the Jackson County Jail on charges of disorderly conduct and second-degree trespassing.

Portland Council Meeting Postponed Because Of Protests

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland City Council meeting slated for yesterday will instead be held today.  Disruptions caused by protesters prompted Mayor Charlie Hales to postpone yesterday's meeting.  Don't Shoot PDX and Black Lives Matter activists were to testify before the Council and ask them to delay approval of a new collective-bargaining agreement with the police union.  Police arrested two protesters for disrupting yesterday's Council meeting.

Two Accused In Man's Murder Arrested In AZ

(Portland, OR)  --  Two people accused in the murder of a 71-year-old man are now in custody.  Authorities say the suspects, 37-year-old Christian Wilkins and 40-year-old Adeena Copell, were found driving the victim's car in Flagstaff, Arizona.  The body of the victim, Howard Vinge [[ vinj ]] of Newport, was found on September 30th along Highway 30, wrapped in material.  The suspects, who are from Clatsop County, are believed to have lived with the victim in his RV after they struck up a relationship with him.

Former Pacific U. Football Player Accused Of Sexual Assault

(Forest Grove, OR)  --  Authorities say a former Pacific University student and football player is accused of committing a sexual assault in Oregon in 2015.  Officials say 20-year-old Kasen Takushi was arrested Tuesday while attending class at the University of Hawaii Manoa.  Takushi is facing one count of rape, three counts of sodomy, and one count of assault.  His bail is set at more than a half-million dollars, and he's awaiting extradition to Oregon.

Person Of Interest In Hightower's Death Back In Oregon

(Columbia Co., OR)  --  A man who's considered a person of interest in the death of a Portland woman is back in Oregon.  Police say 28-year-old Jesse Lane is an ex-boyfriend of 24-year-old Apache Hightower, and was recently arrested in Santa Barbara, California on a parole warrant.  He's currently being held in the Columbia County Jail.  Hightower's body was found near St. Helens last month.

Portland Police Investigate Shooting Of Teen

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police are investigating a shooting that left a teenager wounded.  Authorities say the teen was shot several times near 122nd Street and East Burnside around ten o'clock yesterday morning.  The victim was taken to a hospital, but there's no word on his condition.  Police haven't said whether a suspect has been identified.

Man Wanted For Questioning In Connection To Death Of Vancouver Woman

(Yamhill Co., OR)  --  Authorities are searching for a man they want to question in connection with the death of a Vancouver woman.  The body of Lilia Osco-Ortiz was found Sunday in a blueberry field off Highway 99-W near the Yamhill County community of Lafayette.  Sheriff's deputies say 37-year-old Victor Melcher Villalba [[ vee-YAL-ba ]] was romantically involved with the victim for seven years.  Officials say the day before the body of Osco-Ortiz was found, she and Villalba had left together for the Oregon coast.

National Cybersecurity Conference Happening In Bellevue

(Bellevue, WA)  --  A conference that involves local and national cybersecurity experts is in its second and final day in Bellevue.  The theme of the National Cybersecurity Conference surrounds discussion of the biggest issues impacting people, businesses, and technology.  Department of Homeland Security officials were on hand yesterday to speak on subjects that ranged from drones to self-driving vehicles to the need to create more cybersecurity jobs.  The conference officially kicked off National Cybersecurity Month.

"Don't Shoot PDX" Urging Delay Of Police Union Agreement Approval

(Portland, OR)  --  Leaders of the activist group Don't Shoot PDX are urging the city to delay signing a collective-bargaining agreement with the police union.  The group says it was never included in the process of negotiating the agreement.  Today's Portland City Council meeting is expected to include approval of the agreement.  KOIN-TV reports Don't Shoot PDX will ask the city council to delay signing it, at least until Mayor-Elect Ted Wheeler is sworn into office.

WA Secretary Of State Accused Of Campaign-finance Violations

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman is accused of violating state campaign-finance law.  The state Attorney General's Office has filed a complaint against Wyman, claiming her campaign for re-election has repeatedly missed deadlines for filing campaign-finance reports.  Wyman tells the "Seattle Times" the charge was "not unexpected" and says it's "another step in the process to resolve the minor errors" disclosed by the campaign.  Wyman is running for re-election against Democrat Tina Podlodowski.

Same Man Believed To Have Robbed Subway, Pharmacy Within Minutes

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police believe the same man robbed a Subway restaurant and a pharmacy within about ten minutes.  Authorities say the Subway on North Interstate Avenue was held up around 9:15 last night by a man with a knife.  Police say the Rite Aid down the street was robbed less than ten minutes later.  The suspect remains at large.

Police: Man Says "Spirits" Made Him Sleep In Stranger's Garage

(Banks, OR)  --  Authorities say a man who was arrested for sleeping in a stranger's garage in Washington County told deputies "spirits" made him do it.  Two brothers arriving home from school yesterday in Banks discovered the man in his car, sleeping in the garage.  Officials say 51-year-old Michael Powers of Port Orchard, Washington, told deputies spirits wanted him to drive to the Oregon coast, but directed him to stop at the nearest place to sleep as he grew too tired to drive.  Powers is charged with criminal trespassing. 

UW Professor Is Co-winner Of Nobel Prize In Physics

(Undated)  --  A University of Washington professor emeritus is one of three scientists who won the Nobel Prize yesterday for work that's said to have revealed the "secrets of exotic matter."  UW Professor David J. Thouless [[ THOW-less ]], Duncan Haldane of Princeton, and Michael Kosterlitz of Brown University were chosen for the honor by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.  The academy credits this year's laureates for opening the door on an "unknown world where matter can assume strange states."  Thouless received half the prize and the other two professors are sharing the other half.

Pierce's Spokeswoman Resigns

(Portland, OR)  --  The press secretary for Republican candidate for governor Bud Pierce is no longer with the campaign.  Stacey Kafka tells the "Portland Tribune" she resigned because of comments Pierce made about violence against women during last week's debate.  Pierce said "a woman that has a great education and training and a great job is not susceptible to this kind of abuse by men."  Pierce later apologized to Democratic incumbent Kate Brown and others, saying he misspoke and meant to say that women who are educated and who have resources are better able to escape abusive situations.

Nation's First Carbon Tax On The Ballot In Washington

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington voters will decide in November on whether to approve the nation's first carbon tax.  Supporters of Initiative 732 say it would help the state cut greenhouse gas emissions and could set the tone for a national policy on climate change.  The "Spokesman-Review" reports I-732 has failed to gain support from some of the groups that would typically back efforts to cut down on carbon emissions, including the Washington State Democratic Party and the Sierra Club.  Business and labor groups also oppose the initiative.

Former Ducks QB Harrington To Open Portland Restaurant

(Portland, OR)  --  Former University of Oregon standout quarterback Joey Harrington plans to enter the culinary world.  Harrington says he'll open a Pearl District eatery he describes as an "understated sports tavern" with a family-friendly atmosphere.  The restaurant will be located at Northwest 11th and Everett at the former site of The Parish, which closed last month.  Harrington's new place is scheduled to begin operation in mid-November.

Man Sentenced In Death Of Three-year-old

(Salem, OR)  --  An Albany man will spend at least two-and-a-half decades in prison after being convicted of murdering his girlfriend's three-year-old daughter and assaulting the girl's five-year-old sibling.  David Gene Elliott was sentenced yesterday in Salem to life with the possibility of parole in 25 years.  Elliott pleaded guilty to causing the death of the three-year-old, who was found, face-down, in a bathtub in April 2013.  The children's mother, Mercedes Alvarado, was sentenced this summer to a ten-year sentence for manslaughter in the case.

Small Quake Hits Near Woodburn

(Woodburn, OR)  --  There are no reports of injuries or damage, following a small earthquake that hit the Woodburn area.  The U.S. Geological Survey says the 3.0 magnitude quake was recorded about three miles northwest of Woodburn.  It struck at 9:29 last night.

Man Who Hit 4 Pedestrians Had Suspended License Since 2001

(Aloha, OR)  --  Washington County sheriff's deputies say a man who hit several pedestrians last week near Aloha [[ ah-LOW-uh ]] High School has been driving with a medically-suspended license since 2001.  Authorities say Jeffery Leitz struck four people, including two students.  None suffered life-threatening injuries.  The Washington County District Attorney's Office is reviewing the case to determine whether charges will be filed.

Holiday Hiring Projected To Rise In Washington

(Olympia, WA)  --  The state Employment Security Department says Washington retailers are likely to hire nearly 14-thousand seasonal workers throughout the upcoming holiday season.  Labor department economists say retailers in the Evergreen State hired more than ten-thousand-500 additional workers during the fourth quarter of last year.  Officials say after two years of declines in hiring seasonal workers, Washington will benefit this year from healthier wage growth in the midst of an improving employment situation.

Clinton To Visit Seattle For Fundraiser

(Seattle, WA)  --  Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will be playing the Paramount.  Her campaign has announced that Clinton will appear at the downtown Seattle theater for a fundraiser on Friday, October 14th.  Guest speakers will include Seattle hip-hoppers Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.  Clinton campaign officials say prices to attend the event will range from 250 to 27-thousand-500 dollars per ticket.

Police: Two Robbed While Trying To Sell Items Advertised Online

(Salem, OR)  --  Police are investigating two separate incidents in Salem, in which victims were robbed while trying to sell items they had advertised online.  Authorities say the robberies happened late Saturday night and early yesterday morning in the same parking lot on Lancaster Drive Northeast.  Police say in both incidents, the victims were robbed at gunpoint, and shots were fired during the second robbery.  No one was injured.  Authorities say witnesses described the suspects as Hispanic men in their 20s, about five-feet-seven inches tall, who ran from the scene with the stolen items.

Portland Woman Accused In Deadly Crash To Appear In Court

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland woman who's accused in a crash that left a Gresham man dead is awaiting her first court appearance.  Police say 56-year-old Janice Kay Taylor is accused of hitting the 56-year-old man late Friday as he was crossing at Northeast 181st Avenue and Wasco Street.  The man was seriously injured after being thrown upon impact, and died later at a hospital.  Taylor is being charged with second-degree manslaughter and DUII.

Portland-area Gas Prices Down Slightly

(Portland, OR)  --  Fuel prices in the Portland area are slowly dropping.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular at two-52 a gallon, less than a penny below the average of a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-22 a gallon.

Six Boats Damaged By Fire At Tacoma Marina

(Tacoma, WA)  --  Officials say six boats were damaged and three of those sank during a fire at a Tacoma marina.  Firefighters arrived at the Tyee Marina around 7:30 yesterday morning and had the blaze under control by around nine.  The Tacoma Fire Department tells the "News Tribune" two people may have taken themselves to a hospital for unknown injuries, but no injuries were reported otherwise.  Coast Guard and Washington Department of Ecology personnel arrived at the scene to analyze the environmental effects of the resulting fuel spill.

Wyden Wants To Require Presidential Nominees To Release Tax Returns

(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon's senior U.S. senator wants all presidential nominees to release their tax returns.  Democratic Senator Ron Wyden tells KATU-TV that every nominee, both Democratic and Republican, released their tax returns as part of a bipartisan tradition that lasted for decades.  Current Republican nominee Donald Trump has stirred controversy by so far refusing to release his tax returns.  Wyden's legislation would require presidential candidates to release their returns within about two weeks of being nominated.

Deputies: Woman's Body Found In Yamhill County Field

(Lafayette, OR)  --  Yamhill County authorities are investigating, after a woman's body was found in an agricultural field in the community of Lafayette.  Sheriff's deputies say the body was spotted by passersby around 1:15 yesterday afternoon.  The Oregon State Police Forensic Division is working to identify the body.  The sheriff's office tells KOIN-TV the body doesn't appear to be connected with any recent missing-persons reports in the area.

Woman Hit By SUV Near Aloha High School Recovering

(Aloha, OR)  --  A Portland woman who was injured when she was hit by an SUV in Aloha says she's feeling sore, but is otherwise doing fine.  Celsey Smith tells Fox-12 she's grateful for some Aloha High School students who quickly called 911 Friday after she was hit by the vehicle and thrown nearly ten feet.  Smith was walking with her boyfriend near the school around three p.m. Friday when they were hit by the SUV.  The boyfriend and two students were also injured.  The driver hasn't been charged.

Portland Woman Sues Starbucks

(Portland, OR)  --  Starbucks is being sued by a Portland woman who claims she found a plastic shard in her "Evolution Fresh" yogurt.  KATU-TV reports the plaintiff is suing for nearly 50-thousand dollars, saying she took a bite of strawberry yogurt parfait she ordered at a Starbucks in Southeast Portland in December and came across a sharp piece of plastic that damaged a molar and cut into her gums.  Yogurt-maker Dannon and Taylor Fresh Foods are also named in the lawsuit.


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