Regional News Archives for 2016-11

Overtime Pay For Police At $600K During Post-election Protests

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Police Bureau says overtime pay for officers on duty during post-election protests in the city amounts to just under 600-thousand dollars.  Following the November 8th presidential election, demonstrators marched for a number of consecutive nights, with marchers blocking bridges and highways.  Police say protesters rioted two nights after the election, with projectiles being thrown at police.  The Police Bureau has also released multiple images of protesters who are wanted in connection to destruction of property.

Seattle, Portland Lead Nation In Home-Price Growth

(Seattle, WA)  --  A new report from Chase-Shiller shows Seattle now leads the nation when it comes to growth in home prices.  The data show Seattle's home prices rose an average of eleven percent from September 2015 to September of this year, while Portland saw a ten-point-nine-percent increase during the same period, good for second place.  The rest of the Top Five, Denver, Dallas, and Tampa, saw single-digit growth during the past year.  The "Seattle Times" reports Seattle's home prices are rising twice as fast as the rest of the country.

Women Arrested After Chase, Crash In Happy Valley

(Happy Valley, OR)  --  Authorities say they've arrested two women who fled deputies and crashed their vehicle in Happy Valley.  Officials say the women were being pursued last night because they were suspected of shoplifting at Clackamas Town Center.  The suspects' vehicle landed upside down after traveling through two front yards.  A witness told KATU-TV it appeared one of the women had a broken arm after the crash.

Milwaukie Company Fined For Air-quality Violations

(Milwaukie, OR)  --  A Milwaukie company is being fined 72-hundred dollars, after the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality found that air-quality regulations were violated.  DEQ says Blount Incorporated was found to be exceeding its permit's limits for emitting chromium into the air.  Blount runs a chainsaw parts manufacturing plant on Southeast International Way in Milwaukie.  The company says it doesn't intend to appeal the penalty.

Oregon Man Receives Promising New Brain Implant

(Portland, OR)  --  An Oregon man says he's "stoked" after receiving a brain implant that's intended to improve quality of life for patients who suffer from Parkinson's disease and similar conditions.  KOIN-TV reports 68-year-old William Cronenwett had the device implanted at the Portland VA Medical Center on October 31st and is one of the few patients in the country to have such a device implanted.  Physicians say the "directional deep-brain stimulation device" can improve motor skills by treating symptoms such as essential tremor and dystonia.  Doctors will turn on the device later today and Cronenwett says he's looking forward to it.

Ducks Head Coach Helfrich Fired

(Eugene, OR)  --  The University of Oregon is making "a change in leadership" for its football program.  Mark Helfrich is out as head coach of the Ducks after four seasons.  Oregon athletics director Rob Mullens says a search firm will be retained to look for a new head coach beyond Oregon's current staff.  Helfrich's record this season was 4-and-8, only two seasons after the Ducks won a school-record 13 games and appeared in the first College Football Playoff National Championship.

Spokane Congresswoman Named Vice-Chair Of Trump Transition Team

(Spokane, WA)  --  Longtime Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers will serve as vice-chair of President-elect Donald Trump's transition team.  The Spokane Republican was named to the position yesterday.  She was recently elected to her sixth term representing Washington state's Fifth Congressional District and is the highest-ranking Republican woman in Congress.

Ninth Case Of AFM Confirmed In Washington State

(Spokane, WA)  --  Health officials say a Spokane County boy under the age of ten is the ninth child in Washington to be diagnosed with a polio-like illness known as acute flaccid myelitis [[ MY-uh-LIGHT-iss ]].  The illness affects the nervous system, and symptoms generally include sudden weakness in one or more limbs, along with loss of muscle tone and decreased or absent reflexes.  The eight other children in Washington diagnosed with AFM range in age from three to 14 and are from King, Pierce, Franklin and Whatcom counties.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials say there's no specific treatment for AFM.  There have been more than 50 cases of it in 24 states this year.

Salem Couple Wins Megabucks Lottery Jackpot

(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon Lottery officials say a Salem couple won the Megabucks jackpot by choosing all the right numbers in Saturday's drawing.  Actually, Angela and Brian Feiring bought a quick-pick ticket that enabled them to win the six-point-eight-million-dollar jackpot.  After taxes, the couple will net two-point-two-million after choosing the lump-sum cash option.

Milwaukie Man Accused Of Killing Woman, Then Trying To Kill Ex-wife

(Clackamas Co., OR)  --  Authorities say they've arrested a Milwaukie man who shot a woman to death and tried to shoot his ex-wife at a home in Clackamas County.  Sheriff's deputies say Gregory Siegberg was arrested Sunday night after being accused of killing 53-year-old Melissa Vargas at the house in the area of Southeast River Road and Southeast Torbank Road.  Siegberg is also accused of attempting to kill his former wife, Debra Kusch-Siegberg, who told deputies she was able to get out of the house and run to the home of a neighbor who called 911.  Gregory Siegberg, who was arrested in Ridgefield, Washington, was booked into the Clark County Jail on a DUII charge, and will soon be taken to Clackamas County, where he's expected to face charges of murder and attempted aggravated murder.

WTO: Tax Break Offered To Boeing By WA State Unfair

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington Governor Jay Inslee says the state will likely appeal a ruling by the World Trade Organization that the Legislature approved a tax break to Boeing that amounts to an unfair trade practice.  The break grants a reduction in the business and occupation tax Boeing would pay on money from the 777X if the company builds the plane's high-tech composite wing in Washington.  According to the "Spokesman-Review," the WTO has ruled the tax break puts foreign competitors at a disadvantage if they wanted to build the wings elsewhere and sell them to Boeing.  Inslee, who called the emergency legislative session in 2013 to pass a series of Boeing tax breaks, says it was, and is, the right thing to do for the state's economic future.

Police Seeking Bogus Vancouver Cop

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police are looking for a man who attempted to kidnap a woman while posing as a Vancouver police officer.  The woman told investigators that a white man in his 30s with a clean-shaven face pulled her over Sunday night while driving a car that had flashing lights in the area of Maxon Road and Southeast 19th in Vancouver.  Investigators say the suspect, who was dressed as a police officer, pulled the woman out of her car and handcuffed her, then put her in his car, but she managed to get away after she realized the man was impersonating a cop.  Vancouver P.D. is asking anyone with information to call the Vancouver Police Tip Line at 360-487-7399.

Portland-area Gas Prices Continue Decline

(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline continues to decline in the Portland area.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for a gallon of regular is two-45, down four-and-a-half cents a gallon since a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-14 a gallon.

Washington Being Considered By Start-up To Manufacture Supersonic Jet

(Boston, MA)  --  Three Washington cities are being considered by a startup aerospace company to locate a facility to manufacture a supersonic jet.  The "Spokesman-Review" reports Spike Aerospace of Boston, Massachusetts is designing the jet, which would carry 18 passengers and would cruise at Mach one-point-six, or about 12-hundred miles per hour.  A trip from New York to Los Angeles would be completed in just over three hours.  Spike's chief executive officer said at a recent aerospace conference in Lynnwood that Washington is one of the top contenders for the manufacturing plant, with Spokane, Moses Lake, and Everett being considered for location of the facility.

Teen Accused Of Robbing Woman At Knifepoint

(Tualatin, OR)  --  A 16-year-old boy is facing charges after being accused of robbing a woman at knifepoint in Tualatin.  Police say the robbery happened Sunday night between Cabela's and the Heron's Landing Apartments on Southwest Boones Ferry Road.  A Washington County Sheriff's K-9 helped track down the boy and he was arrested.  KOIN-TV reports the woman suffered minor scratches to her back.

Oregon Ranked 26th In Student Debt

(Undated)  --  A new report by 24/7 Wall Street ranks Oregon 26th in the nation for the average amount of student debt for college graduates.  Data from the Student Loan Report shows the average college or university graduate in Oregon has an average debt load of more than 16-thousand-dollars, which is about 500-dollars less than the average debt per student across the U.S.  The report notes the cost of in-state tuition at public colleges and universities in Oregon has increased by nearly 14-percent over the past five years, outpacing the nationwide average increase of nine-point-four-percent.

Driver Sought Following Hit-And-Run Crash

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Hillsboro police are looking for a driver who left a 75-year-old pedestrian seriously injured following a hit-and-run crash.  Officials say the woman was walking along Minter Bridge Road near River Road late Sunday afternoon when she was struck by a pickup truck.  The woman was taken to a hospital and is listed in serious condition.  Police say the late-'90s Ford F-150 pickup has red-and-white or red-and-silver two-tone paint with a red canopy, and likely has a broken front turn signal from the crash.

85-Year-Old Spokane Valley Man Accused Of Sexually Abusing Children

(Spokane Valley, WA)  --  Spokane County sheriff's deputies say an 85-year-old man is believed to have sexually abused children since the 1950s.  Authorities say Marvin E. Petersen was taken into custody last week after a number of alleged victims, including family members and neighbors, were interviewed by investigators.  The Spokane County Sheriff's Office tells the "Spokesman-Review" the alleged victims were between four and 13 years of age when they were abused.  Bail for Petersen is set at 100-thousand-dollars, and charges against him include first-degree child rape, child molestation and unlawful imprisonment.

Protesters Make Their Voices Heard On Black Friday

(Portland, OR)  --  A group of protesters in Portland speak their minds to a Black Friday shopping audience.  Hundreds of people associated with the Don't Shoot Portland and Black Lives Matter activist groups were on hand Friday south of Jamison Square in the Pearl District.  The peaceful protest sought to bring attention to allegations of systemic racism in Portland law enforcement.

Police Investigate Weekend Shooting Incidents

(Portland, OR)  --  Investigators are looking into several weekend shooting incidents.  Two suspects are in custody after shots were fired early yesterday morning during a party at a home on Southwest Hamilton Street.  One person was hit by gunfire and is recovering in the hospital.  Later, officers responded to several calls by residents reporting shots fired yesterday afternoon near Northeast 83rd and Glisan.   No one was hurt in the afternoon incident.  Police are looking for a teenage suspect in that case.

Police Searching For Missing Elderly Man

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Police are looking for a missing elderly man.  Stanley Rosenblum was last seen early Saturday morning on Southwest 11th Avenue.  The police bulletin says the 78-year-old is medically fragile and does not know his way around the city.  Anyone with information on Mr. Rosenblum's whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Heidi Helwig with the Portland Police Bureau.

Leaf Day Pickup Hits Northwest Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  The city's fall season leaf pick up service is headed for northwest Portland.  The bureau of transportation says that today's pick up neighborhood is between Lovejoy and Wilson Streets from Northwest 16th to 23rd Avenue.  The city reminds folks that any vehicle will be towed if it is still parked within the designated pick up area on pick up day.  The schedule for other neighborhood pick-ups through December can be found with an online search for 'Leaf Day pick-ups' at PortlandOregon.Org.

Airport Busy But Smooth For Holiday Travel

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland International Airport officials are reporting normal holiday traffic from this year's Thanksgiving weekend.  The airport remained busier than normal, but air travel nationwide went as smooth as expected as travelers made their ways home from the long holiday weekend.  The Federal Aviation Administration reported delays of no more than 15 minutes at most U.S. airports yesterday.

Weekend Car Accidents Claim 2 Lives

(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are dead from injuries they suffered in separate weekend roadway accidents.  Sara Brown died Saturday afternoon when the car in which she was riding made a turn at an intersection on Highway 99W and was broad-sided by another car.  Later the same evening, William Isakson died when his car veered into the opposite lane on Route 212, colliding with an oncoming car.  Responders say there were two others injured in the crashes.

Parts of Oregon Under Winter Storm Warning

(Portland, OR)  --  Parts of southwest Oregon are under a winter storm warning until four o'clock this afternoon.  Wasco and Jefferson counties are affected by the storm that could bring up to 15 inches of snow to parts of the Cascades.  The weather slowed travel for many Portland residents returning from the long Thanksgiving weekend.

Washington County Warns Of Jury Duty Scam

(Beaverton, OR)  --  The Washington County Sheriff's Office is warning residents to not fall for a jury duty scam that's going around.  Apparently some local residents are receiving calls from an alleged court investigator telling them they need to pay a fee for missing jury duty.  Authorities say one man was scammed out of two-thousand-dollars.  Sheriff's officials say nobody from the county would ever call to demand money.

Suspect Arrested In Downtown Stabbing

(Portland, OR)  --  A suspect is in custody in connection with a stabbing in downtown Portland.  Police say 50-year-old Charles Anthony Longjaw is facing a first-degree assault charge, following the Sunday night stabbing.  Authorities say the victim, Mark Whelen, suffered from several knife puncture wounds in the attack near Southwest 3rd and Oak.  Longjaw was arrested Monday.

Suspect Pleads Not Guilty To Shooting Protester

(Portland, OR)  --  An 18-year-old says he's not guilty of charges included in an indictment issued for the shooting of a protester on Portland's Morrison Bridge.  The 17-count indictment also charges Shamar Xavier Hunter in an unrelated shooting.  Police say Hunter, along with a 14-year-old suspect, is accused of shooting Luis Paredes, who was wounded in the leg on November 12th while demonstrating against the presidential election.

Oregon State Senator Resigns To Take University Post

(Salem, OR)  --  An Oregon state senator is resigning to take a job at the University of Oregon's Knight campus.  The "Portland Tribune" reports Senator Chris Edwards, a Democrat from Eugene, will join the university in mid-December to lead "strategic initiatives" at the new campus.  Edwards was elected to the Oregon House in 2006 and was appointed to the Senate three years later.  The Lane County Democratic Party will submit nominees to replace Edwards.

WA Lawmaker Wants Seat Belts Installed In School Buses

(Olympia, WA)  --  A Washington state lawmaker says she's working on a bill that would require installation of seat belts in school buses.  Representative Gina McCabe of Goldendale tells KING-5 her plan calls for three-point seat belts that are similar to what's installed in passenger cars.  The measure also calls for school districts to install cameras on school buses, to catch drivers who illegally pass buses that are stopped with red lights flashing.  McCabe says she'll introduce the bill during the next legislative session, which starts in January.

Man Hit By Car In Tigard, Seriously Injured

(Tigard, OR)  --  Tigard police are investigating after a 60-year-old pedestrian was hit by a car while trying to cross Pacific Highway West.  Authorities say the man was hit in the northbound lanes of the highway near 65th Avenue around 6:30 last night.  The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with police.  The pedestrian is being treated for serious injuries.

Man Accused Of Trying To Kill Deputy

(Oregon City, OR)  --  A man who's accused of trying to kill a Clackamas County sheriff's deputy is behind bars.  Authorities have arrested Steven William Wilson on charges of attempted aggravated murder with a firearm and second-degree assault with a firearm.  The shooting happened November 15th on Sunnyside Road in Happy Valley, leaving Deputy Prakrit Cordova with a leg wound.  Wilson was jailed after being hospitalized for injuries he suffered during the encounter with Cordova.

McMorris Rodgers Quiet About Possible Cabinet Position

(Washington, DC)  --  Despite rumors, Washington state Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers isn't saying whether she's being considered for a position in President-elect Donald Trump's White House.  The "Spokesman-Review" reports the Spokane Republican visited Trump over the weekend at his golf club in New Jersey.  Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton has reportedly begun exploring a contingency plan should McMorris Rodgers accept a position in Trump's administration.  The congresswoman has been critical of Trump for his public comments about women.

Bill, Melinda Gates Receive Presidential Medal Of Freedom

(Washington, DC)  --  Bill and Melinda Gates are among those honored at the White House by receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  Yesterday's event was President Obama's last Medal of Freedom ceremony, which also honored such noted personalities as Vin Scully, Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, Ellen DeGeneres and Michael Jordan.  The Gateses received the medal for contributions by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  The couple founded the organization in 2000 with the goal of helping people live better lives in developing countries and the U.S.

Search For Escapee From Hillsboro Corrections Ctr.

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Washington County authorities are looking for a man who escaped earlier this month from a Hillsboro corrections center.  Sheriff's deputies say 30-year-old Aaron James Emery of Beaverton escaped on November 9th from the Washington County Community Corrections Center after cutting off his GPS ankle monitor.  Emery, who's described as a white male who wears a distinctive tattoo on his left hand, was being held on charges of public indecency and third-degree sexual abuse.  Anyone with information on Emery's whereabouts is asked to call 911.

Three Arrested During Portland Protest

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested three people during a march through the streets of Portland.  The trio are known as leaders of the activist group Portland's Resistance, identified as Gregory McKelvey, Micah Rhodes, and Kathryn Stevens, who each face charges of second-degree disorderly conduct.  The march began after about 50 high-school students gathered at Holladay Park yesterday afternoon to speak against President-elect Donald Trump. Police say McKelvey and the other members of the activist group were arrested after demonstrators ignored officers' orders not to block traffic and proceed in an orderly fashion.

Toy Trucks Pulled After One Catches Fire In WA

(Everett, WA)  --  Toys "R" Us is no longer selling a certain model of toy truck after one caught fire after being bought at a location in Everett, Washington.  The Tonka 12V Dump Truck began burning in the bed of a pickup truck belonging to a Bellingham couple who had just bought the toy.  The couple, Roxsane and Delmond Harden, doused the burning toy with water, but the truck somehow re-ignited twice, and the flames were finally extinguished by two Washington state troopers and a fire crew.  Toys "R" Us has pulled the toy from online and its store shelves, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating.

Survey Ranks PDX Among Best U.S. Airports

(Undated)  --  Portland International Airport is ranked among the best airports in the U.S.  A survey by TravelPulse shows PDX to be the 13th-best airport among the 100 included in the rankings.  The survey took a number of factors into account, such as ease of access, terminal comfort, amenities, airline volume, and business- and family-friendliness.  Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson is ranked by TravelPulse as the best U.S. airport, and Sea-Tac International Airport is ranked 7th.

Sex Offender Accused Of Abusing Children

(Portland, OR)  --  A registered sex offender is accused of committing sex crimes against three children.  Police say 36-year-old Justin Abrahamson has been booked on multiple counts, which include first-degree sexual abuse and one count of luring a minor.  Detectives say the offenses were committed between 2011 and 2015.  Abrahamson was arrested Friday in Gresham.

Politically-related Vandalism At Elementary School

(Tigard, OR)  --  Police are investigating politically-related vandalism at an elementary school in Tigard.  Authorities say swastikas and derogatory messages about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were scrawled with a black marker at Alberta Rider Elementary over the weekend.  School officials tell KATU-TV a majority of the graffiti was cleaned up by the time students began arriving yesterday morning.  Security is being increased at the school, and a 500-dollar reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

Diamond Ring Stolen From Woman At Vancouver Mall

(Vancouver, WA)  --  A woman who tried to sell a diamond ring online says the supposed "buyer" handed her fake money, took the ring, and fled.  Stacy Bone says the incident happened at Vancouver Mall.  She tells KOIN-TV the man who posed as the buyer snatched the jewelry after handing her 35-thousand dollars in bogus bills, jumped in a white Ford Taurus a woman was driving, and sped off.  Police are studying surveillance video to try to identify the culprit.

Panel Recommends Changing State Use-Of-Force Law

(Olympia, WA)  --  A Washington legislative task force will recommend that state law be changed regarding the use of force by police.  The change would remove the words "malice" and "good faith" from the language of the law, which currently makes it difficult for prosecutors to bring criminal charges against an officer, even if that officer wrongfully killed someone.  The Use of Deadly Force in Community Policing joint task force voted 14-to-10 to delete the terms.  Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin testified that changing the language of the law is the right thing to do, while some law-enforcement groups say changing the law may make police officers hesitate to do their jobs effectively.

PPS: Protests Encouraged By "Outside Organizations"

(Portland, OR)  --  Officials with the Portland Public Schools district are warning parents that students may stage more protests this week.  Students held peaceful protests last week, but police say it appears "outside organizations" are encouraging middle- and high-school students to participate in further protests this week.  The school district sent parents a letter issuing the warning.  The letter states the police are concerned about the safety of students if they join any of these outside organizations in their demonstrations.

Suspects Sought Following Stabbing

(Portland, OR)  --  Suspects are being sought, following a stabbing that left a man seriously wounded in Southwest Portland.  Police say as many as three suspects were involved in yesterday evening's stabbing in the area of Southwest 3rd Avenue and Oak Street.  Authorities say the victim, who's reported to be in his 30s, is expected to survive.  Investigators tell KATU-TV they have no clear description of the suspects.

Body Of Kidnapped WA Woman Found

(Kennewick, WA)  --  Authorities in Washington say a 69-year-old woman who was kidnapped for ransom has been found dead.  Benton County sheriff's deputies say Sandra Harris was abducted Friday, with the suspect demanding money for her release.  Investigators say the suspect, identified as 49-year-old Theresa Wiltse, was later arrested and booked into jail.  Sheriff's deputies say Harris's body was found yesterday morning, about two miles east of Interstate 82.  There's no word on cause of death.

Gas Prices Still Falling In Portland Area

(Portland, OR)  --  Gas prices continue to drop as the Thanksgiving holiday gets closer.  Triple-A reports the Portland-area average for regular is two-47 a gallon, down three cents from the average at this time last week.  The national average for regular is two-14 a gallon.

DNA Testing Requested For Convicted Killer

(Salem, OR)  --  The Oregon Innocence Project is asking for DNA testing and a review of evidence in the case of a man who was sentenced to death for murder.  The "Statesman Journal" reports a motion was filed by the group in Marion County regarding the case against 55-year-old Jesse Lee Johnson.  Johnson received the sentence in 2004 after being found guilty of the 1998 murder of 28-year-old Harriet Lavern Thompson.  In its motion, the Oregon Innocence Project claims the existence of evidence that either wasn't tested or was tested using outdated technology.

Hillsboro Teen Indicted In Connection With Deadly Crash

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A Hillsboro teenager is facing a second-degree manslaughter charge in connection with a crash that killed one person and injured three.  A Washington County jury has also indicted 18-year-old Jake Pruett on charges of reckless driving, assault, and reckless endangering.  Sheriff's deputies say Pruett was driving a car at high speed last month along Northwest Cedar Canyon Road in Banks when he lost control, causing the vehicle to flip.  Authorities say 31-year-old Colin Fleming of Banks, who was standing through the open sunroof of the car at the time of the crash, died of his injuries ten days later.

WA Pot Sales Catching Up With Liquor Sales

(Olympia, WA)  --  New figures show that state-sanctioned recreational-marijuana sales in Washington surpassed 200-million dollars during a quarter for the first time.  The "News Tribune" reports sales of marijuana products hit nearly 213-million dollars in the second quarter of 2016, while sales of liquor amounted to nearly 249-million during the same period.  In the third quarter, the amount of pot sales rose to nearly 279-million dollars after the state's closure of medical marijuana shops made all sales go through licensed recreational-marijuana retailers.  Third-quarter figures for liquor won't be released until early next year.

Man Accused Of Vandalism At Trailer Park Arrested

(Lincoln Co., OR)  --  Lincoln County authorities say a man accused of vandalizing a trailer park is in custody.  Sheriff's deputies say 37-year-old Benjamin Arthur Palm had been wanted on a probation violation in Benton County.  Lincoln County deputies tracked down and apprehended Palm in the community of Siletz yesterday morning with assistance from a K-9.  Palm is facing charges associated with the vandalism and the probation violation.

Body Found In Willamette River Near Swan Island

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are trying to figure out how someone wound up dead in the Willamette River near Swan Island.  Multnomah County Sheriff's deputies found the person's body yesterday morning after someone reported seeing it.  The body is now in the hands of the county medical examiner.  The person's identity will be released when family members have been notified. 

Police On Lookout For Idaho Murder Suspect

(Undated)  --  Oregon police are on the lookout for a murder suspect from Idaho.  They say a woman who could be in danger might be traveling with Jeremy James White, who's wanted for a murder about a week ago in Idaho Falls.  White and Deena Rane Aday could be in a 2004 silver Jeep Cherokee with black trim and Idaho license plate 8BHV461.  White is about six-foot, 165 pounds, with brown hair, blue eyes and a tattoo on an arm, while Aday is about five-four, 150 pounds, with brown hair, blue eyes and several tattoos.

State AG Encourages Hate-Crime Reporting

(Undated)  --  The state's attorney general is calling on residents who think they might be victims of hate crimes to report them to police.  Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum says she wants people to feel valued and safe.  She supports the governor's commitment to use the full force of the law against anyone who targets others based on race, religion, gender or sexual identity.  She encourages victims to contact local, county or state police, or even the state Department of Justice.

Portland-Area Homeless Count Increasing

(Portland, OR)  --  The number of homeless people in the Portland area is going up.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reports there were more than 39-hundred homeless people in the region earlier this year.  According to yesterday's release of the 2016 Annual Homeless Assistance Report, the count is up more than 100 people from 2015.  The number has gone down since 2010, when more than 42-hundred people were living on the streets.  The number of people in shelters, homeless veterans and homeless youth all increased slightly from last year to this year.

Former State Legislator Sentenced For Illegal Tree Cutting

(Oregon City, OR)  --  A former Oregon state legislator will have to give 80 hours of community service and serve 18 months probation for illegally cutting the tops off dozens of trees in an Oregon City Park.  Ed Lindquist pleaded guilty to criminal mischief and was sentenced yesterday.  He admitted to hiring someone to cut the trees because they were blocking his view of the Willamette River.

Portland Looks To Mandate Home Energy Score

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland City Council is considering a proposal to require a Home Energy Score whenever a house is sold in the city.  The score would help buyers have a sense of what their heating and electricity bills would be.  Under the proposal, the seller would have to pay a certified contractor to do a home visit and rate it on a scale of one to ten.  The Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors opposes the proposal, calling such a mandate "unnecessary, costly and intrusive."

Portland Company Wins Wave-Energy Tech Grant

(Portland, OR)  --  The federal government is giving a Portland company over a-million-dollars to develop its wave-energy technology.  AquaHarmonics was announced the winner of the one-and-a-half-million-dollar federal grant on Wednesday, beating out over 90 other teams that competed for the prize.  The company uses the force of ocean waves to create energy.

Controversial Judge Facing Criminal Charges

(Marion County, OR)  --  The Marion County judge who made national news by refusing to perform same-sex weddings is now facing criminal charges in a separate situation.  A grand jury indicted Judge Vance D. Day yesterday for allegedly helping a convicted felon get a gun three years ago.  The felon was a former Navy SEAL who was part of Day's veterans treatment program.

Group Behind Measure 97 Still Focused On Raising Corporate Taxes

(Portland, OR)  --  The coalition behind the defeated Measure 97, which would have raised taxes on some major Oregon corporations, says it's now looking to the future.  Voters last week rejected A Better Oregon's plan to make big businesses pay higher taxes to make up for state budget shortfalls.  But the organization's leaders said at a press conference yesterday that they plan to work with state legislators next year to keep trying to save state funding.

Portland Couple Giving Away Free 'Safe Space' Posters To Businesses

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland couple is giving out free posters to local businesses saying they're a safe space for people of all races, religions, genders and sexual orientations.  Lisa Mangum and Jason Leivian created and hand-painted the posters in the wake of Donald Trump's election.  They say several Portland businesses are putting the signs up in their windows and they've even received some requests from businesses on the East Coast.

Oregon Economy Slowing Down

(Salem, OR)  --  The economy is slowing down in Oregon.  Economist Mark McMullen gave a forecast presentation on the state's economy to legislative revenue committees yesterday.  He said the state's employment growth is slowing down, but Oregon is still doing much better than a lot of other states.  He also notes that economists do not know how Donald Trump's election will affect the economy.

Non-Profit To Study Portland's Homeless Problem

(Portland, OR)  --  A non-profit organization is considering building a multi-service homeless shelter in Portland.  A study was recently conducted by the organization Oregon Harbor for Hope to figure out if it would be feasible to construct that type of homeless shelter.  The study concluded that the city could use a multi-service shelter.  The organization said in order to create such a facility, it would need to modify its strategies to make sure it would best suit the needs of the city.

FBI Task Force Investigating Portland Strip Club

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland FBI's Child Exploitation Task Force is investigating a downtown Portland strip club.  Portland police helped serve a search warrant yesterday at Club Rouge on SW Stark Street.  No other details about the action were released except that it was connected to an underage sex-trafficking case investigated by Beaverton Police.

Love, Diversity March Set For Lake Oswego

(Lake Oswego, OR)  --  Kids and families in Lake Oswego are being invited to march to show their support for love and diversity.  A bunch of parents organized tomorrow's march along State Street sidewalks to Millennium Plaza Park in the aftermath of last week's presidential election.  Marchers are to meet at 4:15 tomorrow afternoon at George Rogers Park.

Mom Of Vandalism Suspect Defends Him

(Portland, OR)  --  The mother of a Portland man accused of vandalism during an anti-Trump riot is speaking out.  Authorities say Mateen Abdul Shaheed carried out several vandalisms last week including damaging cars at a northeast car lot.  He was arrested this week in Estacada.  At his court appearance yesterday, Michelle Hornbeck told KATU-TV that a lot of people have opinions about her son, but the way he acted is not who he really is.  Shaheed is due back in court on November 25th.

Report: Man Was Trying To "Hot Pot" When He Died In Hot Spring

(Yellowstone National Park, WY)  --  We're learning a little more information about the death of a Portland man at Yellowstone National Park.  Twenty-three-year-old Colin Scott was killed by boiling acidic water back in June when he fell into a hot spring.   National Park officials say Scott was walking in the Norris Geyser Basin, looking for a "hot pot" to soak in at the time.  A hot pot is extremely hot, natural spring water.  The details were released after a news station in Billings, Montana, filed a Freedom of Information request.

UberEats Launches In Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  Uber is unveiling its food delivery service in Portland.  UberEats was launched in the Rose City yesterday.  It allows people to order food from more than 100 local restaurants and have it delivered.  The UberEats app is now available to download.

Several Arrests Made In String Of Gun Thefts

(Cowlitz Co., WA)  --  Eight people including five minors are under arrest in connection with a massive gun theft case in Cowlitz County, Washington.  They're accused of stealing over 50 guns from an elderly man's collection.  Sheriff's officials believe all of the missing guns have been recovered.  They say it's possible the 80-year-old victim could be charged because he was illegally possessing the firearms.  The man's 400 remaining guns were removed from his property.

Portland Demonstrators Protest Against Dakota Access Pipeline

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland is among a number of cities across the U.S. where protests are taking place against the multi-billion-dollar Dakota Access pipeline.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has stopped the controversial project to allow more study and additional input from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which says the pipeline threatens property on its reservation.  Hundreds of demonstrators staged their second pipeline protest yesterday in front of the Army Corps of Engineers office in Northeast Portland.  KOIN-TV reports the protest caused delays to all TriMet service in downtown Portland.

Man Accused Of 2015 Murder Expected To Take Plea Deal

(Oregon City, OR)  --  A man who's accused of a murder in Milwaukie is expected to plead guilty today as part of a deal with the prosecution.  Daniel Ryan Gillespie is accused in the deadly stabbing of 26-year-old Alexander Moseby at a home on Southeast Briggs Street in June 2015.  Gillespie is to be sentenced after entering the plea.  Officials haven't released details of the plea deal.

Arrests Made In WA "Deadliest Catch" Star Beating

(Spokane, WA)  --  Two people accused of assaulting and robbing a member of the cast of the "Deadliest Catch" TV show are in custody.  Police have arrested Jorel Fultz and Amanda Ritter Crandell in Spokane.  They're accused of beating and robbing Jake Harris, who was left on the side of state Route 526 in Everett following the weekend attack.  The suspects will be in Snohomish County today to face charges of first-degree robbery and first-degree assault.

Wheeler: Portland Will Remain "Sanctuary City"

(Portland, OR)  --  Incoming Mayor Ted Wheeler says Portland will continue to be a "sanctuary city" for undocumented immigrants.  Wheeler made the remarks in response to President-elect Donald Trump's threat to withhold federal funds from cities that refuse to deny services to or detain the undocumented.  Wheeler tells KOIN-TV that Portland won't be intimidated by the threat of withdrawal of federal funds into backtracking on fundamental values.

MLK Center In Spokane Vandalized With Racist Graffiti

(Spokane, WA)  --  Spokane police are investigating, after racist graffiti was sprayed with red paint on the building that houses the Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Outreach Center.  Authorities say a transport van belonging to the center was also tagged with racial slurs.  Officials say the vandalism took place either late Monday night or early yesterday morning.  Governor Jay Inslee responded to the vandalism, saying any act of hate in Washington is intolerable.

NTSB: Improper Manufacturing, Maintenance Led To Ride The Ducks Crash

(Washington, DC)  --  Federal officials say mechanical problems and lack of federal oversight were major contributors to what caused the deadly crash involving a Ride the Ducks vehicle and a tour bus on Seattle's Aurora Bridge.  The crash killed five people aboard the bus and injured 69 other people.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the Duck vehicle went out of control on September 24th, 2015, because of a break in its front axle.  The agency says the Missouri-based maker of the amphibious vehicles was not registered as a vehicle manufacturer with the NTSB, accounting for the lack of safety oversight.

Vandalism Suspect Arrested

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say they've arrested a man who's suspected of vandalism following an anti-Trump protest last week.  Authorities say 20-year-old Mateen Abdul Shaheed was arrested yesterday in Estacada.  Shaheed is accused of causing the damage during and after the November 10th riot, including damage to vehicles at an auto dealership.  Shaheed is due to be arraigned today on six counts of first-degree criminal mischief.

WA State Supreme Court Hears Florist Lawsuit Case

(Bellevue, WA)  --  The Washington State Supreme Court is considering arguments heard in the case of a gay couple who sued a Tri-Cities florist for refusing on religious grounds to provide flowers for their wedding.  Rob Ingersoll and Curt Freed sued Richland florist Baronelle Stuztman, claiming she violated Washington's anti-discrimination and consumer-protection laws when she refused service for their 2013 wedding.  Stutzman's attorneys argued yesterday that a floral arrangement is a form of speech deserving of protection, while Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson contended that the state should not make an exception to its laws for religious reasons.

Suspect In Vandalism Incidents Wanted By Police

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking for a man who's suspected of vandalism during last Thursday's anti-Trump protest and riot in downtown Portland.  KGW-TV reports authorities are looking for 20-year-old Mateen Abdul Shaheed.  He's described as African-American, standing six-feet-one, and weighing 200 pounds.  Police say a warrant was served yesterday at Shaheed's residence but he hasn't been found.

Five Car Crash Injures Three In SW Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  Three people are injured, one seriously, following a five-vehicle crash in Southwest Portland.  Police say last night's wreck happened on Interstate 5 between Carman and Lower Boones Ferry.  KATU-TV reports of the injured was taken to the trauma center at Oregon Health & Science University.  A large amount of water was reported in the area of the crash, but fire officials aren't sure whether the wreck was weather-related.

Ex-Columbia County Employee Faces Theft Charges

(St. Helens, OR)  --  A former Columbia County employee is facing multiple charges in connection with thefts totaling nearly 600-thousand dollars over 17 years.  Authorities say Linda Hald was a county employee for nearly 30 years and worked for the Community Justice Department when the thefts occurred.  Officials tell KOIN-TV the county has recovered most of the money through insurance, but will move forward with prosecuting the case to the fullest extent of the law.  Hald has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

"Deadliest Catch" Cast Member Robbed, Beaten In WA

(Everett, WA)  --  A member of the cast of the "Deadliest Catch" TV show is being treated for injuries he suffered in a robbery and beating in Everett.  Police say Jake Harris was found Saturday night on the side of the road along state Route 526.  Authorities told KOMO-TV Harris had been at a Marysville casino, got a ride with some people, then got into a fight and was robbed.  Harris, who's listed in satisfactory condition, is still being interviewed by investigators about the robbery.

Student Protesters March Through Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Public Schools officials say more than 400 students from middle- and high schools participated in an anti-Trump protest.  Many of the students reportedly skipped school or walked out of class to participate in a march that began at Pioneer Courthouse Square around 10:30 yesterday morning and disrupted traffic as it progressed.  Students crossed the Hawthorne Bridge and proceeded into Northeast Portland near Holladay Park, the Lloyd Center, and the Moda Center.  The number of participants in the march had tapered off by around 5 p.m.

Two Suspected In Shooting On Morrison Bridge

(Portland, OR)  --  A 14-year-old boy is one of two people suspected in a shooting on the Morrison Bridge during anti-Trump protests.  Police say a 21-year-old man was shot in the leg during the protests Saturday morning, and was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.  The 14-year-old is facing charges of attempted murder and unlawful use of a weapon.  Police say the second suspect, Shamar Xavier Hunter, is charged in connection with the Morrison Bridge shooting and another shooting in Northeast Portland on November 1st.

WalletHub: Holiday Budgets By City

(Undated)  --  Shoppers in the Portland area are expected to spend below the national average on holiday gifts this year.  A new WalletHub study ranks Hillsboro 165th among 570 cities surveyed, with an expected average of 788 dollars, compared to the national average of 935 dollars.  Portland is 256th in holiday-gift spending with an average of 643 dollars, while Beaverton is 317th with 581 dollars.  WalletHub conducted the study using figures from the National Retail Federation.

Rossi Possible Candidate To Replace WA Senator

(Olympia, WA)  --  Former Washington state lawmaker and two-time candidate for governor Dino Rossi says he's been contacted about replacing the late Andy Hill in the state Senate.  Hill, who was a Republican from Redmond, died last month of lung cancer.  Rossi was defeated twice in his bids for the governorship by Democrat Christine Gregoire.  The King County Council will appoint Hill's successor after receiving a list of three candidates from the King County Republican Party.

Man Accused Of Crime Spree Arrested

(Portland, OR)  --  A man accused of perpetrating a violent crime spree in Portland is to be arraigned today.  Police say Israel Joseph Perez is facing numerous charges, including robbery and assault.  Authorities say Perez was carrying a fake gun when he tried to carjack a driver in the West Burnside Street Taco Bell driveway Friday night.  Perez is also accused of carjacking another vehicle at the Stadium Fred Meyer and carjacking a taxi in downtown Portland.  Police tell KATU-TV he also swung a sledgehammer at people near the Jantzen Beach Target store.

Bathrooms Vandalized At Reed College Library

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating vandalism in two bathrooms in the library at Portland's Reed College.  Authorities say the walls were spray-painted with swastikas and profanity, as well as messages including one that read "the white man is back in power."  Reed College officials say the vandalism was found around nine o'clock Saturday night and was painted over a couple of hours later.  Investigators are trying to identify those responsible. 

Gas Prices Down

(Portland, OR)  --  Gas prices are still falling in the Portland area.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular is two-50 a gallon, down about three cents from a week ago.  The national average for a gallon of regular is two-17.

Woman Killed While Helping Child

(Arlington, WA)  --  Police say a Good Samaritan who was helping a child following a suspected DUI-related crash in Snohomish County, Washington is dead .  The Washington State Patrol says the woman stopped Saturday night on Highway 530 to help the nine-year-old girl at the crash scene, about three miles east of Arlington, and was hit from behind by a car while she carried the child from the site of the crash.  Troopers say 46-year-old Trina Morgan of Darrington died at the scene, and the girl suffered an ankle injury.  Police haven't identified the driver of the car.

Missing Woman's Remains Found In Gorge

(Portland, OR)  --  Investigators say remains that were found in the Columbia Gorge have been confirmed to be those of 21-year-old Annie Schmidt.  Family members tell KATU-TV that the remains were found Friday near Tooth Rock Trailhead.  Schmidt had not been since she was in Portland nearly a month ago.  The medical examiner has ruled her death accidental and says no foul play was involved.

No Arrests During Last Night's Protest

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say no arrests resulted from last night's Anti-Trump protest through the streets of Portland.  Saturday night, a reported 71 arrests resulted from demonstrations that turned violent.  Police say last night's gathering of 100 protesters was peaceful and dispersed by around 10:15, compared to the Saturday night protest, which included bottles and road flares being thrown at officers.  Authorities say a total of 113 people have been arrested during the Anti-Trump protests.

Forest Service Hiring Temporary Workers

(Undated)  --  The U.S. Forest Service is looking for people to hire as temporary workers in Oregon and Washington.  The agency says it will accept applications starting tomorrow and continuing through November 21st.  The one-thousand temporary positions, to be filled for the spring and summer months, will include jobs in fire, recreation, natural resources, timber, engineering, visitor services, and archeology.  The Forest Service says applications must be submitted online at

Cruz Settles Lawsuit Filed By Seattle Firm

(Seattle, WA)  --  Former presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas is settling with a Seattle music-licensing firm over the improper use of copyrighted material.  The firm, Audiosocket, filed a lawsuit earlier this year against Cruz's campaign and the Hollywood advertising agency it retained, claiming the defendants infringed upon the intellectual property rights of the artists whose songs were used in Cruz political ads.  The "Seattle Times" reports Audiosocket received 55-thousand dollars and an apology, with the Cruz campaign and the ad agency saying the infringement was unintentional.

Pedestrian Killed At Canyon Tunnel

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police are investigating, after a pedestrian was hit and killed on Sunset Highway.  Authorities say it happened last night at the Canyon Tunnel.  The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.  Police haven't released any names.

Man Accused Of Bilking Elderly Out Of $500K

(Bellingham, WA)  --  Bellingham, Washington police say they've arrested a man who's accused of swindling elderly people out of a half-million dollars.  Police say 56-year-old David P. Thomas is facing multiple counts of theft and securities-fraud violations.  Authorities say some of Thomas's victims live outside Whatcom County, including Spokane, Oregon, Texas, and Utah.  The "Bellingham Herald" reports Thomas's bail is set at 500-thousand dollars.

Oregon Voters Turn In Record Number Of Ballots

(Salem, OR)  --  State elections officials say Oregon voters turned in a record number of ballots for the November 8th election.  The Secretary of State's Office says the two-point-02-million ballots topped the old record of one-point-84 million, set in the 2008 general election.  Officials tell KOIN-TV more than 28-thousand of the ballots are being challenged and examined for problems including a missing signature or a signature that doesn't match the registration record.

Gas Prices Lower

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland-area gas prices are lower heading into the weekend.  Triple-A's latest survey shows the average for regular is two-51 a gallon.  That's about three cents below the average at this time last week.

Police: Anti-Trump Protest "Hijacked" By Anarchist Groups

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say vandalism and violence that punctuated an anti-Trump protest was perpetrated by anarchists.  The protest started peacefully at five p.m. yesterday at Pioneer Courthouse Square, but demonstrators began marching later and proceeded to block traffic.  Numerous instances of vandalism were reported, and authorities say people began hurling projectiles at officers.  Police in riot gear used flash-bang devices to force rioters to disperse and rubber bullets to split up the crowds.  Authorities told KOIN-TV members of anarchy groups blended in with the crowds and used the opportunity to break the law.

Franz Elected Commissioner Of Public Lands

(Olympia, WA)  --  The next commissioner of public lands in Washington will be Democrat Hillary Franz.  She'll replace Peter Goldmark, who decided not to run for re-election this year.  Franz tallied 54 percent of the vote to 46 percent for Republican Steve McLaughlin.  Franz is an attorney who specializes in environmental law, and served on the Bainbridge Island City Council for three years.

Sea-Tac Set To Become Nation's 10th-busiest Airport

(Seattle, WA)  --  The Port of Seattle says Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is poised to become the tenth-busiest airport in the nation.  Officials say traffic at the airport grew more than nine percent in the third quarter of 2016 over the same period last year.  Sea-Tac officials say the airport continues to add flights and is preparing to accommodate more airlines, including Virgin Atlantic.

Macy's To Sell, Close Downtown Portland Store

(Portland, OR)  --  Downtown Portland's iconic Macy's department store will soon be sold.  Officials say after the sale of the Southwest 5th Avenue Macy's is finalized by the end of the year, the store will shut down in the spring, following the holiday season.  Macy's also plans to close its Lancaster Mall outlet store next year when its lease expires.  The Macy's chain will close one percent of its 700 stores across the U.S.

E. Coli Prompts Boil Order In Milwaukie

(Milwaukie, OR)  --  Milwaukie residents are being urged to boil their tap water after water-sample tests were positive for E. coli.  City officials say the samples were taken from a tank at Southeast 40th Avenue and Harvey Street, where Milwaukie and Portland water supplies connect.  Milwaukie residents are being encouraged to boil tap water for at least one minute before drinking, or use bottled water for drinking, brushing teeth, and washing dishes.  Updates on water samples are expected around noon today.

Police: Missing Salem Woman Has Dementia

(Salem, OR)  --  Marion County deputies are looking for an elderly Salem woman with dementia who's reported to be missing.  Authorities say 89-year-old Sybil Gordon hasn't been seen since leaving her Fisher Road Northeast home to go shopping around 3:30 yesterday afternoon.  Family members reported her missing at 8:15 last night.  The sheriff's office says Sybil Gordon was driving a silver, 2005 Kia Rio with Oregon license plate 327FNT.

Motorcycle Officer Hit By Semi On Morrison Bridge

(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities say a motorcycle officer who was hit by a semi truck while riding on the Morrison Bridge escaped without injury.  The Police Bureau says the crash happened yesterday evening and led to traffic backups on the bridge.  Investigators are trying to find out what led to the crash.

Portland-area Fuel Prices Drop

(Portland, OR)  --  Gas prices are falling in the Portland area.  That's according to the latest Triple-A survey, which shows the average for regular is two-51 a gallon.  That's about three cents below the average of a week ago.

Mayor: Seattle To Remain Sanctuary City

(Seattle, WA)  --  Mayor Ed Murray says despite Donald Trump being elected president, Seattle will remain a sanctuary city.  During his campaign, Trump said he would end federal funding for cities who refuse to take legal residency status into account for people wishing to take advantage of city services.  Other officials, including District 7 Congresswoman-elect Pramila Jayapal, say Seattle will continue to welcome undocumented immigrants who need sanctuary.

Man Arrested Following Standoff In Milwaukie

(Milwaukie, OR)  --  A man who holed up in a shed and had a standoff with Milwaukie police is behind bars.  Officials say the man was considered a suspect after a report came in about a suspicious man on someone's property.  Authorities say the suspect barricaded himself in a Johnson Creek Rentals shed on Southeast 45th Avenue around one o'clock yesterday afternoon.  Milwaukie police say Johnson Creek Boulevard was closed from 45th to 52nd avenues until the man surrendered around 5:20 p.m. yesterday.

More Anti-Trump Protests Held In Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland is one of multiple cities across the country where demonstrations have been held to protest Donald Trump's win in the race for the White House.  The Police Bureau estimates that two-thousand people blocked Interstate 5 several times in marches on downtown Portland, which began around three o'clock yesterday afternoon.  Traffic snarls resulted after I-5 and I-84 were closed in both directions.  Police say demonstrators set fire to trash cans and spray-painted freeway dividers during the protests.

Seahawks' Chancellor Returns To Practice

(Renton, WA)  --  Safety Kam Chancellor may be playing for the first time in more than a month when the Seahawks take on New England this Sunday night.  Chancellor was a full participant in practice yesterday after recovering from a groin injury he suffered October 2nd in the Jets game.  Head coach Pete Carroll says running back Thomas Rawls also returned to practice yesterday, but was limited in his activities.  Carroll says defensive end Michael Bennett is still a week or two from returning after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery last week.

Police Investigate Beaverton Hit-and-run

(Beaverton, OR)  --  Beaverton police are investigating a hit-and-run crash involving a woman pushing a child in a stroller.  Authorities say the 27-year-old woman was hit by a gray SUV yesterday morning at Southwest Canyon Road and Oregon 217.  The SUV left the scene, and police are working to identify the driver.  The woman suffered minor injuries, and the child was uninjured. 

Habib Wins Washington Lt. Governor's Race

(Olympia, WA)  --  State Senator Cyrus Habib will be Washington's next lieutenant governor.  The latest returns show the Bellevue Democrat defeated Republican Marty McClendon by a margin of 55 percent to 45 percent.  Habib will succeed the retiring Brad Owen, who was first elected lieutenant governor in 1996.  With the win, Habib will become the highest-ranking Iranian-American elected official in the U.S.

Brown Elected Oregon Governor

(Salem, OR)  --  Kate Brown will remain Oregon's governor.  Brown, who took over early last year after John Kitzhaber resigned, has won her bid to finish Kitzhaber's term in office.  She defeated Republican Bud Pierce to hold the position of Oregon's chief executive for the next two years.  Unofficial returns show Brown leading Pierce by a margin of 51 percent to 44 percent.

Protestors March In Downtown Portland After Trump Win

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets of downtown Portland last night after the presidential race was officially called for Republican Donald Trump.  KATU-TV reports most of the demonstrators blocked traffic in the area of West Burnside near Broadway and 6th Avenue.  TriMet officials reported delays on the MAX Green and Yellow lines.

Novick Loses To Eudaly In Upset

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick is on his way out.  The incumbent lost last night to challenger Chloe Eudaly by a 54-to-46-percent margin.  Eudaly is an advocate of affordable housing and an opponent of increasing rents.  Novick, who was first elected in 2012, was a supporter of a ten-percent gasoline tax that passed earlier this year.

Portland Affordable-housing Bond Passes

(Portland, OR)  --  A ballot measure that would create affordable housing for the Portland area is on the verge of passage.  Measure 26-179 is favored by more than 60 percent of Multnomah County voters.  Officials say it's intended to generate about 258-million dollars in revenue for affordable housing in Portland.  Homeowners would pay an average of about 75 dollars per year over the next 20 years.

Oregon Measure 97 Defeated

(Salem, OR)  --  A ballot measure that would have placed a two-and-a-half-percent tax on corporate gross sales that exceed 25-million dollars per year is going down to defeat.  Oregon voters have rejected Measure 97 by a margin of 59 percent to 41 percent.  Supporters say the measure would have forced big corporations to pay their fair share to help fund education, healthcare, and senior services.  Opponents said the sales tax could have wiped out profits for companies operating on tight budgets.

Pedestrian Killed In Marion Co. Hit-and-run

(Woodburn, OR)  --  Police are investigating a hit-and-run crash that left a pedestrian dead in Marion County.  Oregon state troopers say the man was found dead on the Interstate 5 median near Woodburn early yesterday morning.  Police believe the man had been hit by a northbound vehicle.  OSP says evidence at the scene indicated the suspect was driving an early-2000s silver Ford Focus with damage to the driver's side.

Richardson First Republican To Win Statewide Race Since 2002

(Salem, OR)  --  Dennis Richardson will become the first Republican to serve in a statewide office in Oregon since the early 2000s.  He defeated Democrat Brad Avakian [[ ah-VAH-kee-un ]] in the race for secretary of state, 48 percent to 43 percent.  Avakian conceded the race to Richardson late last night.  Richardson ran for governor in 2014, losing to John Kitzhaber.

Inslee Projected To Remain WA Governor

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington Governor Jay Inslee will apparently win another term in office.  Initial returns show the Democrat with a 56-percent-to-44-percent lead over Republican challenger Bill Bryant.  The tally shows Inslee dominating much of Western Washington, while Bryant is doing well in the less-populous central and eastern portions of the state.  Inslee will face the task next year of working with lawmakers in developing a plan to fully fund K-through-12 education, in accordance with an order by the state Supreme Court.

3 Accused Of Destroying Evidence In Hightower Case

(St. Helens, OR)  --  Three people are under indictment after being accused of hindering prosecution in the investigation into the murder of Apache Hightower of Portland.  A Columbia County grand jury handed up the indictment against Shelly M. Edwards, Randall Schwirse [[ shwers ]], and James Brewer, Jr.  Prosecutors say the suspects are accused of hiding a vehicle, a gun, and other evidence that may have helped detectives apprehend and arrest Jesse Allen, Charles Vernon, and Stephanie Toney.  They're accused in the death of Hightower, whose body was found in September near St. Helens.

Missing 14-year-old Sought

(Gresham, OR)  --  Police are looking for a 14-year-old Gresham boy who's been missing for days.  Authorities say Sean Gowin-Whittington hasn't been heard from since he ran from home on November 2nd.  Detectives say Gowin-Whittington also ran away from home last month, and was found in Portland several weeks later.

Man Pleads Guilty To Threatening President Obama

(Medford, OR)  --  Federal authorities say a Medford man has pleaded guilty to making online threats to kill President Obama and shoot FBI agents.  Authorities say Roos was arrested in April after a .45-caliber pistol was recovered from a vehicle belonging to the defendant, and a number of other weapons and hundreds of rounds of ammo were recovered from his home.  The FBI says four pipe bombs were also found in Roos's living room.  Roos could face up to ten years in prison.

Election Day Finally Arrives

(Portland, OR)  --  The races for president and governor are among the items facing Oregon voters as Election Day 2016 arrives.  In the Portland area, races for City Council and Multnomah County Commissioner will be on the ballot.  Also to be decided is whether to approve a 258-million-dollar bond intended to create affordable housing.  Statewide, Measure 97 proposes to tax gross sales for companies that make above 25-million-dollars a year.  Completed ballots must be submitted by eight o'clock tonight.

Best And Worst Cities For Veterans

(Undated)  --  Portland is deemed the 88th-best city in the U.S. overall for military veterans.  With Veterans Day on Friday, WalletHub looked at veteran-related issues that need attention, like homelessness and unemployment.  Portland is ranked 79th for the percentage of military skill-related jobs and the veteran jobless rate.  It's 61st in the "economy" category, ranks 82nd for "quality of life," and 86th for healthcare-related issues.

Police: Armed Man Threatened Student In PSU Library

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating a report that a man with a gun threatened a woman in a Portland State University library.  Authorities say the library was evacuated after a number of people reported the man threatened the young woman last night.  Portland police say no one was injured and no gun was actually seen.  Authorities describe the suspect as a man in his 20s, wearing a black beanie, black pants, and shoes with white heels or soles.  The library was reopened by 7:50 last night. 

Fraternity, Sorority Events Banned At WSU

(Pullman, WA)  --  All fraternity and sorority social events are being banned on the Washington State University campus through the remainder of the fall semester.  The "Spokesman-Review" reports the announcement came yesterday from the elected student-run councils that oversee Greek life on the Pullman campus.  The councils cite a rising concern over the number of alcohol- and drug-related incidents at events in the Greek community.  Members are being required to work with the university on creating a comprehensive plan to foster awareness surrounding sexual assault, abuse of alcohol and drugs, and the injuries that can result.

Amtrak Train Slams Into Semi In Marion County

(Aurora, OR)  --  Marion County sheriff's deputies say no one was seriously injured when an Amtrak train crashed into a tractor-trailer rig in Aurora.  Authorities say heavy traffic forced the rig, which was hauling more than 32 tons of paper pulp, to stop on the tracks.  The paper pulp was scattered over the roadway when the train hit the trailer in the area of First Street and Ehlen.  KGW-TV reports the truck was on its way from Eugene to Seattle.

Police Chase Ends With Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say pursuit of a suspect ended with a crash in Southeast Portland earlier this morning.  Authorities say the chase began in Clackamas County and ended in the area of Southeast Powell and 157th.  Police tell KOIN-TV a tire on the suspect's vehicle came off, causing the car to crash into a utility pole and bring down several power lines.  There's no word on whether anyone has been injured or arrested.

Teens Arrested Following Store Robbery

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Two teenage boys are in custody, following a robbery at a Hillsboro Plaid Pantry store.  Washington County sheriff's deputies say the teens used fake guns in the holdup, which happened shortly after midnight.  Police say they found the boys, ages 14 and 15, hiding in a used car parking lot not far from the Plaid Pantry on Southwest Baseline.  Investigators tell KATU-TV they're trying to determine whether there's a connection between the Plaid Pantry robbery and an earlier holdup at a Carl's Jr. restaurant.

Fuel Prices Lower

(Portland, OR)  --  Gasoline prices are seeing a drop in the Portland area.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular is two-53 a gallon, down nearly two cents from a week ago.  The national average for a gallon of regular is two-22.

Kids Who Speak Other Language At Home

(Undated)  --  A steady percentage of kids in Washington state speak a language other than English at home.  The KIDS COUNT Data Center says nationally, the figure in 2015 was 22 percent.  In Washington, it was also 22-percent, the same as each of the previous four years.  In Oregon, 20 percent of children spoke a language other than English at home in 2015, down from 21 percent over the previous two years.

Man Wounded In SE Portland Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a man was wounded in a shooting in Southeast Portland.  Officers responded around 5:45 yesterday evening to the area of Southeast 52nd and Powell Boulevard to a report of a shot being fired.  The wounded victim was found and taken to a hospital, where his condition is listed as critical.  Police say the shooter, who was believed to be driving a silver pickup truck, is still at large.

Children, Mother Burned In WA Gas-can Explosion

(Grandview, WA)  --  Police in Washington are investigating a gas-can explosion that caused burns to a mother and her two young children.  Authorities say the woman was burning papers in a small fire in the Yakima County community of Grandview Saturday afternoon when she began to pour gasoline on the fire.  The gas can then exploded, burning the woman and the children, ages five and three.  All three are being treated at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Armed Robbery At Lucky Dog Deli

(Portland, OR)  --  Washington County sheriff's deputies are investigating an armed holdup at a business in the Raleigh Hills area.  Authorities say a man entered the Lucky Dog Deli on Southwest Scholls Ferry Road Saturday afternoon, and demanded money from the cashier at gunpoint.  Deputies say the man fled on foot, and efforts to track him with a K-9 were unsuccessful.  The robber is described as a Latino male in his late 20s with a medium build, wearing a purple bandana over his face.

Washington Soon To Issue Steelhead License Plate

(Olympia, WA)  --  A new specialty license plate will soon be ready for issue in Washington.  The state Department of Fish and Wildlife says the plate will raise money to increase the department's budget for research and conservation of the sea-going rainbow trout, also known as steelhead.  Department biologists tell the "Spokesman-Review" they're trying to restore steelhead populations to sustainable levels.  The plate will likely be ready for order in January or February.

Bicyclists Demand Safer Conditions On St. Johns Bridge

(Portland, OR)  --  Bicyclists in the Portland area are demanding changes to make conditions safer for cyclists on the St. Johns Bridge.  Dozens of cyclists gathered on the bridge last night to honor 55-year-old Mitchell York, who was struck by an SUV and killed last weekend.  Police have charged 42-year-old Joel Schrantz with criminally negligent homicide in Mitchell's death.  Authorities say Schrantz was driving on bald tires and had a suspended license.

Ballots Cast By One-third Of Washington Voters

(Olympia, WA)  --  Elections officials say about one-third of voters in Washington have already cast ballots for Tuesday's election.  The Secretary of State's Office tells the "Spokesman-Review" that a record four-point-two-million people were registered to vote in Washington state by the October 10th deadline to register online, up from three-point-nine-million four years ago.  Washington, Oregon, and Colorado are the only states to allow mail-in ballots for all elections.

UO Prof Under Fire For Wearing Blackface At Party

(Eugene, OR)  --  A University of Oregon law professor is generating controversy after being accused of wearing blackface at a Halloween party.  "The Oregonian" reports Nancy Shurtz has been teaching at the university since 1982 and once served as chair of the law school's diversity committee.  Shurtz reportedly appeared in blackface Monday during a Halloween party off-campus, with faculty members and students in attendance.  Shurtz has since issued an apology.

Police Say Another Food-Cart Pod Vandalized

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police continue to investigate vandalism at local food-cart pods in recent weeks.  Authorities say the latest incident happened at the Tidbit Food Farm on Southeast 28th and Division.  Vandals began hitting food carts last month when eight of the ten carts at the Portland Mercado were damaged.  Some food-cart owners say they're improving security measures and adding enhanced lighting in order to deter further vandalism.

Linfield College Prof To Appear On "Jeopardy"

(Portland, OR)  --  A professor at Linfield College in Portland is slated to appear today as a contestant on the popular game show "Jeopardy."  Chuck Dunn is a math professor who's taught at Linfield for 14 years, and says he's been a Jeopardy fan for a long time.  Dunn took an online test and was invited in July to participate on the show following an interview.  The episode was taped in August.

Area Near Seattle Searched For Remains Of Possible Green River Killer Victim

(Duvall, WA)  --  The King County Sheriff's Office says deputies conducted a search yesterday evening for remains of a possible victim of serial killer Gary Ridgway, also known as the Green River Killer.  Authorities say while information on the wooded area near the community of Duvall, Washington isn't new, the area had not previously been thoroughly searched.  Ridgway was convicted of killing dozens of women and girls in Washington state during the 80s and 80s.  Officials say cadaver dogs were used in yesterday's search near Duvall, which is located about 26 miles northeast of Seattle.

Pedestrian Hospitalized Following Portland Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  A pedestrian is being hospitalized after he was hit by a car in Southeast Portland.  Police say the man was struck while crossing at the intersection of Southeast 29th Avenue and Hawthorne Boulevard last night.  He's currently listed in critical but stable condition after suffering a head injury.  The crash remains under investigation.

Seattle HS Teacher Suspended Over Halloween Costume

(Seattle, WA)  --  A teacher at a Seattle high school is under suspension after he wore a Michael Jordan costume at a Halloween party.  KIRO-TV reports the costume, which includes a black rubber face mask and black gloves, along with a Chicago Bulls jersey, was worn by Ingraham High teacher Peter Colino, who says he's worn the same costume on Halloween throughout his 18 years as a teacher and never received any complaints.  Colino has apologized to each of his students and says he never meant to offend anyone.  The Seattle Public Schools district has placed Colino on paid leave.

Three Injured In Crash Near Newberg

(Newberg, OR)  --  Police are investigating a crash that injured three people, one critically, near Newberg.  Authorities say the head-on collision happened around noon yesterday on Highway 99 at Northeast Haugen Road.  Officials say the people involved in the crash were trapped in the vehicles and had to be extricated before being rushed to hospitals.  Oregon State Police are investigating.

Stabbing Suspect Arrested Following Standoff

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a man who's accused in a stabbing in Southeast Portland and holing up inside a burning garage.  Authorities say after a three-hour standoff at the garage in the area of Southeast 128th and Rhone Street, 43-year-old Shawn Edward Mahan was apprehended and taken to a hospital as a precaution.  Mahan is accused of stabbing an acquaintance at the home adjacent to the garage.  The victim is expected to survive.

Drug Bust Nets Four Arrests, Dogs Found Living In Filth

(Oregon City, OR)  --  Clackamas County sheriff's deputies say a drug bust near Oregon City netted four arrests and revealed a number of dogs living in filthy conditions.  Authorities say more than seven-thousand dollars in cash and 100-thousand Tramadol pills were seized in yesterday's raid at a home in the 16-thousand-400 block of South Harding Road.  Deputies say more than a dozen puppies and a number of adult dogs were found living in what appeared to be a breeding area that was infested with rats and included pens containing large amounts of feces and urine.  Many of the animals have been placed with the Humane Society.

Child's Remains Found In Storage Bin In Washington

(Everett, WA)  --  Snohomish County, Washington investigators say they've found the remains of a young girl covered in concrete inside a plastic tote in Everett.  Sheriff's deputies believe the girl died several years ago while under the supervision of her mother and the mother's boyfriend.  Authorities say it appears the couple panicked after the child died and placed the body in the plastic tote, rather than report the death, the manner of which hasn't been determined.  Detectives say the girl's body was found Saturday at a home on East Gibson Road.  Authorities believe the girl was about four-years-old when she died and would be nine-years-old if she were alive today.

Police ID Portland Stabbing Victim

(Portland, OR)  --  A woman is in custody, following a deadly stabbing in Portland's Cully neighborhood.  Police say 36-year-old Jerry Wayne Robinson died after being found unconscious in a house in the 55-hundred block of Northeast 60th Avenue.  Authorities have arrested 33-year-old Antoinette Quaniece Garrett, who investigators say was in a relationship with Robinson.  Garrett is facing charges of murder and unlawful use of a weapon.

Grocery Group Fined $18M In Fight Against Food-labeling Initiative

(Olympia, WA)  --  The Grocery Manufacturers Association is facing an 18-million-dollar fine after a judge ruled the group violated Washington state law.  The "Seattle Times" reports Thurston County Superior Court Judge Anne Hirsch issued the ruling yesterday, saying the Washington, DC-based organization violated state campaign laws by trying to hide the sources of donations toward efforts to defeat a 2013 food-labeling initiative.  State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who sued the Grocery Manufacturers Association in 2013, describes the organization's conduct in the matter as "egregious" and says the penalty may be the largest of its kind ever issued in the U.S.  The association calls the penalty "excessive" and says it plans to appeal the decision.

Astoria Area Hit With 3.8-magnitude Quake

(Astoria, OR)  --  The U.S. Geological Survey says a three-point-eight-magnitude earthquake rocked an area near Astoria.  Officials say the temblor was recorded at 7:52 yesterday morning, about ten miles west of Astoria at a depth of about 20 miles.  Clatsop County officials say there were no reports of damage.

WA Boy Hit By Car While Trick-or-treating Still Critical

(Tacoma, WA)  --  A seven-year-old boy who was hit by a car while trick-or-treating remains in critical condition at a Tacoma hospital.  The crash happened Monday night at the intersection of North "I" and 9th streets in Tacoma.  Police say the driver, 38-year-old Kasey Gunnarson, is facing a charge of vehicular assault.  Authorities believe Gunnarson was impaired while driving.

Feds: Portland Man Accused In Sex-trafficking Case

(Portland, OR)  --  Federal agents say they've arrested a Portland man in connection with a child sex-trafficking case.  The FBI says 33-year-old Aaron Barnes was arrested earlier this week at a motel in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Authorities say they're looking for a second suspect in the case, who's identified as 28-year-old Kamau Curnal.  KATU-TV reports both men were indicted last month for sex trafficking of a child and transportation of a minor with the purpose of prostitution.

Teens Arrested In Connection With Convenience-store Robberies

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested two 19-year-olds wanted in connection with three convenience-store robberies in Portland.  Authorities say Saadiq Calhoun and Emma Ogden are accused participating in the holdups of two Plaid Pantry stores and the Duniway Market in early October.  Portland State University football player Jonathan Boland was arrested in late October in connection with the robberies.  Police say the robberies took place on October 6th, 7th, and 8th.

Poll: Brown Leads Pierce As Election Nears

(Portland, OR)  --  Democrat Kate Brown is leading Republican Bud Pierce in a new statewide poll on the Oregon governor's race.  The Fox 12-DHM Research Poll shows Brown ahead of Pierce by a margin of 42 percent to 33 percent.  Brown is looking to be elected to the office she inherited after John Kitzhaber resigned in February 2015.  A Republican hasn't been elected to lead Oregon since 1982.

AG: "Gaps" Exist In Washington Gun Laws

(Olympia, WA)  --  The Washington State Attorney General's Office says the state's process of conducting background checks on those wishing to buy guns may not do enough to stop dangerous people from obtaining firearms.   A new report, issued by AG Bob Ferguson, says Washington's system is "fragmented" in that it relies on 260 law-enforcement agencies throughout the state to conduct the checks.  Ferguson tells KING-5 such a fragmented system could allow felons or mentally-ill people to fall through the cracks.  The Attorney General's Office is recommending the establishment of a more centralized process for conducting background checks for potential gun buyers in Washington.

WA State Senator Andy Hill Dies Of Lung Cancer

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington state Senate Ways and Means Committee chairman Andy Hill is dead at age 54, after a recurring battle with lung cancer.  Hill, who was a Republican from Redmond, worked for Microsoft as a group manager before he was elected to the Senate in 2010.  The "Seattle Times" reports Hill was originally diagnosed with cancer in 2009, even though he said he never smoked.  Governor Jay Inslee calls Hill a "strong champion for education and a compassionate advocate for people with disabilities."

Clinton Leads Trump In Statewide Poll

(Portland, OR)  --  With less than a week until the election, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton continues to lead Republican nominee Donald Trump among Oregon voters.  The latest Fox 12-DHM Research Poll shows Clinton is favored by 41 percent of those questioned, while Trump comes in with 34 percent.  The margin is the same as the result of a poll taken in early October, but is far below the 23 percentage-point lead Clinton had in September.  The new poll shows third-party candidates Gary Johnson and Jill Stein with four percent and two percent, respectively, and the remainder of those surveyed say they'll vote for someone else or skip the race altogether.

Man Dies In Northeast Portland Stabbing

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is dead, following an early-morning stabbing in Northeast Portland.  KOIN-TV reports the stabbing was reported around 1:19 a.m. at a home in the 55-hundred block of Northeast 60th Avenue.  Officers found the man unconscious inside the house, but he died as police attempted CPR.  There have been no arrests.

WA Mom Accused Of Injecting Kids With Heroin

(Spanaway, WA)  --  A Spanaway, Washington woman is facing charges after being accused of injecting her children with heroin.  Police say 24-year-old Ashlee Rose Hutt is facing charges that include unlawful delivery of a controlled substance to a person under 18 and assault of a child.  Mac McIver, the father of the children, who are six, four, and two, was arrested in September on similar charges.  Authorities say the six-year-old told investigators his parents told him the kids were being given "feel-good medicine" to help them sleep.

Clark County Man Wounded In Accidental Shooting

(Amboy, WA)  --  Clark County sheriff's deputies say a man is recovering after accidentally shooting himself in the community of Amboy.  Authorities say 63-year-old Harry Ortega had been sitting with his nine-millimeter handgun in his pocket, and the weapon fell out and hit the floor when he stood up.  Ortega then suffered a wound to his left hip and leg when the gun went off.  The wound isn't considered life-threatening.

(Amboy, WA)  --  Clark County sheriff's deputies say a man is recovering after accidentally shooting himself in the community of Amboy.  Authorities say 63-year-old Harry Ortega had been sitting with his nine-millimeter handgun in his pocket, and the weapon fell out and hit the floor when he stood up.  Ortega then suffered a wound to his left hip and leg when the gun went off.  The wound isn't considered life-threatening.

Hillsboro HS Football Coach Placed On Leave

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  School officials say the head football coach at Hillsboro High is on administrative leave.  Principal Lou Bailey says coach Adam Reese was placed on leave, following an incident that happened at the October 13th game between Hillsboro and Milwaukie.  Bailey says he's not at liberty to share additional details.  He says putting staff members on administrative leave is a normal part of the process during investigations.

Search Conducted For Missing Astoria Woman

(Astoria, OR)  --  Police are looking for a 68-year-old Astoria woman who's been reported missing.  Officials say Patricia Blake, who suffers from dementia, hasn't been seen since around 1:30 Sunday afternoon near the Astoria Mini Mart.  Police say Blake is five-feet-eight, weighs 170 pounds, has light-brown hair, and was last seen wearing a knee-length, yellow wind-breaker with a hood, turquoise sweatpants, an olive-green stocking cap, and wire-rim glasses.  Anyone who has information about Patricia Blake's location is asked to call Astoria Police at 503-325-4411.

Driver Crashes Into Bus Stop, Optometry Office

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are trying to find out what led to a driver crashing into a bus stop and an optometry office in Southeast Portland.  The wreck happened around five p.m. yesterday near the intersection of Southeast Hawthorne and 47th Avenue.  The driver was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  No one else was hurt.

Study: African Americans Wait Longer For Ride-share

(Seattle, WA)  --  A new study shows African Americans wait longer for Lyft and Uber trips and are more likely to have drivers cancel their trips.  Authors of the study, conducted by the University of Washington and MIT, wrote that the cancellation rate for African American-sounding names was more than twice as frequent as that for white-sounding names.  The study was conducted in Seattle and Boston.  Spokespeople for Uber and Lyft say the ride-share companies don't tolerate any form of discrimination.

Search Continues For Missing PSU Student

(Aloha, OR)  --  Portland State University officials say they're assisting with the investigation into the disappearance of a 25-year-old student.  Washington County authorities say Emily Hooper didn't return home following a Thursday night class and didn't show up for work on Friday.  Family members told sheriff's deputies Emily may have gone to see her boyfriend following class, but the sheriff's office says the boyfriend called them Friday and said he hadn't seen her.  Anyone with information on Emily Hooper's whereabouts is asked to call 503-629-0111.

Repeat Sex Offender Sentenced To Life For Rape

(Portland, OR)  --  A repeat sex offender will spend the rest of his life in prison for raping a drugged homeless woman in Southeast Portland.  The sentence was handed down last week to Kevin Levi Scott for the 2013 attack in a motel room.  Police say Scott lured the 51-year-old woman into the motel room after he offered her a place to sleep.  Authorities tell "The Oregonian" that Scott had been convicted previously in two separate sexual abuse cases.

Inslee Still Outdistancing Bryant In Fundraising

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington Governor Jay Inslee continues fundraising efforts as the November 8th election gets closer, even though his campaign warchest is far above that of his Republican opponent.  Campaign-finance reports filed with the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission show Inslee has raised nine-and-a-half-million dollars for his bid for re-election and spent more than seven-million.  That's compared to challenger Bill Bryant, who's raised more than three-and-a-half-million dollars and spent about three-point-two-million.

Oregon Early-ballot Returns Up For 2016 Election

(Salem, OR)  --  Elections officials in Oregon say early ballots are coming in faster for this election than in the past.  The Secretary of State's Office says about a half-million Oregon voters have sent in their ballots.  That's about one percent more than at this time in 2012.


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