Regional News Archives for 2017-08

Warrenton's 'Candyman' Arrested On Child Sex Abuse Charges

(Warrenton, OR)  --  A Warrenton man known as "The Candyman" is facing child sex abuse charges.  Police arrested 68-year-old Carl Axel Hagnas late last week on 12 counts of first-degree sex abuse and one count of first-degree sodomy.  Authorities say Hagnas sexually abused at least three different girls in the Warrenton area between 1992 and 2015.  At least one of the girls was as young as four years old.

Suspect Crashes Into 3 Cars, Shoots Another

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking for a suspect accused of crashing into three cars and shooting another one.  Police say the suspect crashed into two cars at Northeast Sandy Boulevard and 72nd Avenue Tuesday night before crashing into a third car at Northeast Fremont and 57th Avenue.  The suspect then allegedly shot at a car at Northeast Killingsworth and 6th Avenue.  No injuries are being reported.

Police Shoot Bank Robbery Suspect

(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Southeast Portland.  Police say an officer shot and wounded a bank robbery suspect yesterday during a short standoff.  The shooting capped off a brief car chase which ended when the suspect allegedly crashed a stolen SUV near Northeast 55th and Burnside Street.  Police say the suspect is expected to recover.

No Penalties For OR Neo-Nazi Banner Hanger

(Eugene, OR)  --  The Eugene neo-Nazi who hung anti-Semitic banners from freeway overpasses won't face any penalties.  Lane County deputies say nobody called them to complain of Jimmy Marr's signs that greeted visitors coming to the area for the solar eclipse.  Authorities say they did receive complaints about the banners draped over Interstate 5, but by the time they got to the scene Marr and his signs were gone.  A sheriff's spokeswoman says that if Marr had been reported, that may have prompted an investigation.  Marr has become somewhat notorious for his highly publicized racist and anti-Semitic public displays.

Marijuana Policy Organization Wants Industry Held Accountable

(Undated)  --  A major policy group believes the legal recreational pot industry needs to be shut down.  Smart Approaches to Marijuana says states like Colorado, Washington and Oregon are not living up to guidelines set up by the Obama administration.  The analysis was handed over to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions yesterday, recommending federal action.  Experts pointed to violations such as pot crossing state lines and more kids getting their hands on the drug since legalization.  The group is not calling for individual prosecution.

ICE-Detained Man Returned To Oregon On Sex Abuse Charges

(Yamhill County, OR)  --  A Dayton man being detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Washington is back in Oregon to face child sexual abuse charges.  Authorities say 26-year-old Jonathan Alcantara Romero has been returned to Yamhill County on charges of sexually abusing and attempting to sexually abuse a child under 14.  ICE was detaining Romero in Tacoma before he was indicted on the charges.

Fire Damages International School

(Portland, OR)  --  The International School in southwest Portland is damaged following an early-morning fire.  Fire crews responded to the school on Southwest Sherman Street and Southwest Water Avenue around 2:30 this morning to find a fire burning above an electrical box.  Firefighters worked to save computers and other items, but the school's electrical system suffered damage.  Investigators say the fire started in a dumpster and spread to the school building.

FBI Offers Reward For 'Double Hat Bandit' Info

(Portland, OR)  --  The FBI is offering a ten-thousand-dollar reward for information on the so-called "Double Hat Bandit."  Federal investigators say the suspect robbed more than a dozen banks at gunpoint in Oregon, Washington and a few other states between December and July.  Surveillance footage shows the suspect wearing a knit hat over a baseball cap.

'TriMet Barber' Faces New Charges For Cutting Girl's Hair

(Sherwood, OR)  --  The so-called "TriMet Barber" is facing new charges.  Authorities say 30-year-old Jared Walter will be arraigned in court today on new charges for cutting a girl's hair on a bus leaving the Sherwood Ice Arena in April.  He's already serving time for cutting the hair of another woman on a TriMet bus in May.  Walter is a registered sex offender.

Amazon opening another Fulfillment Center in Oregon

The Wall Street Journal reports that America’s retailers and manufacturers are adding inventories, resulting in near-record levels of shipments of goods through US ports. Some 1.72 million 20-foot containers worth of goods arrived at US ports in July.  Automobile parts, furniture, and goods related to back-to-school needs were seen to have the largest growth.

Amazon will open a fulfillment center in Salem, its second in Oregon. The $90 million, 1 million-square-foot facility will be completed in fall of 2018. (OBN)

The Commerce Department said U.S. goods trade deficit increased 1.7% in July as exports fell 1.3%. Exports were weighed down by an 8.0% drop in shipments of motor vehicles. Imports fell 0.3%.

The Commerce Department also reported that wholesale inventories increased 0.4% in July. Retail inventories fell 0.2%.

The Consumer Confidence Index rose in August to 122.9
Consumer confidence is at its second best level this year. Those saying business conditions are "good" increased to 34.5%, while those who said business conditions were bad was 13.1%.  (CNBC)

With Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management, a Registered Investment Advisor I am Troy Reinhart.

Governor Brown Signs Transportation Package

(Portland, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown is giving her approval to a five-point-three-billion-dollar transportation package.  Brown signed the package yesterday afternoon.  The package calls for a one-tenth of one-percent payroll tax to help fund public transit.  Most of the money is expected to go to TriMet.  The bill also calls for seismic upgrades to roadways all over the state, including a widening of Interstate 5 near the Rose Quarter.

OR Woman Cuffed For DUI After 11-Year-Old Son Dials 911

(Beaverton, OR)  --  A Beaverton woman is facing a DUI charge, thanks to her eleven-year-old son.  Police said today that 30-year-old Nicole Norris was arrested Saturday night as she was allegedly driving drunk on the way home from a Hillsboro Hops game.  The boy reportedly called authorities while riding in the car to report his mom's condition.  911 operators say several other people had also called to report a drunk driver.  Deputies say her blood alcohol content that night was nearly twice the legal limit.  

Three Arrested For Jewelry Store Robbery

(Tigard, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a jewelry store robbery in Tigard.  Police have arrested three suspects in connection to the robbery yesterday at Washington Square Mall.  Police say the trio smashed a glass display case and escaped with thousands of dollars worth of merchandise.  Officers arrested the suspects after a brief chase.  No injuries were reported.

Hillsboro Business Collecting Supplies For Harvey Victims

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A Hillsboro business is collecting supplies to send to Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas.  Mach-1 Motorsports is holding a supply drive through Saturday.  They're collecting items like flashlights, rain gear, blankets, batteries and food.

Woman Sues TriMet After MAX Train Crashes Into Her

(Portland, OR)  --  TriMet is facing a lawsuit from a woman who lost her leg after being run over by a MAX train.  Andrea Laing is suing TriMet for 24-million dollars.  Laing lost her leg after a MAX train crashed into her while she was crossing the tracks at the Elmonica Station in Beaverton back in 2015.

Man Arrested On Child Sex Abuse Charges Pleads Not Guilty

(Corvallis, OR)  --  A Wilsonville man is pleading not guilty to more than a dozen child sex abuse charges.  Thirty-five-year-old Corey Koch appeared in court yesterday following his arrest on Monday.  Police say investigators found thousands of child pornography images on his cell phone along with photos of women in various states of undress photographed without their knowledge.  Koch was initially arrested in April after he was allegedly caught peeping at a partially dressed woman through the window of a Corvallis home.

Portland Police Increase Patrols For Back To School

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police are increasing their patrols today as students make their way back to the classroom.  It's part of the back to school safety campaign, which kicks off at 7:15 this morning.  Police will be making rounds at Portland public schools to keep students safe and give safety tips to parents.  More than 49-thousand students are returning to school today in Portland for the start of the new school year.

House Fire Caused By Cooking French Fries In Oil

(Lebanon, OR)  --  No injuries are being reported following an early morning house fire in Lebanon.  Firefighters responded to a home on Mill Street off Russell Drive around 1:30 this morning to extinguish the two-alarm fire.  Investigators say the fire started when a resident was cooking french fries in oil and some of the oil spilled onto the stovetop.  The man escaped the home safely with his girlfriend and two dogs.

Cannabis Science Conference Ends Today

(Portland, OR)  --  The Cannabis Science Conference wraps up today at the Oregon Convention Center.  Hundreds of people and industry experts flocked to this week's conference, which focuses on the latest research into marijuana's medicinal properties.  It's the second straight year the conference has been held.

Shooting Damages Car In NE Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland's gang enforcement team is looking into a shooting that damaged a car in Northeast Portland.  Police say officers responded to the 57-hundred block of Northeast 60th Avenue yesterday afternoon on reports of shots fired.  Officers found a car with several bullet holes parked in a driveway in the area.  No injuries have been reported.

Man Arrested On Dozens Of Child Sex Abuse Charges

(Corvallis, OR)  --  A Wilsonville man is facing child sex abuse charges after police say they found thousands of images of children on his cell phone.  Police arrested 35-year-old Corey Koch yesterday on 54 counts of encouraging child sex abuse two.  Police say investigators also found photos of women in various states of undress without their knowledge on the phone.  Koch was initially arrested in April after he was allegedly caught peeping at a partially dressed woman through the window of a Corvallis home.

Woman Sentenced For Distributing Fentanyl In Jail

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland woman is facing more than a decade behind bars for distributing fentanyl at the Multnomah County Jail, leading to one person's death.  A judge sentenced 30-year-old Channing Lacey yesterday to eleven years in prison.  Lacey is accused of giving 33 packages of fentanyl to an inmate at the jail in 2015 after being arrested for a separate case.  One inmate died and three others overdosed after taking the drugs.

Hillary Clinton Announces Book Tour

(Undated)  --  Hillary Clinton is heading to Portland this fall to discuss her new book.  Just days after audio excerpts from her upcoming book were released, Clinton has announced tour dates in support of her memoir.  Clinton will stop in eight cities this fall to discuss her new book "What Happened."  The tour kicks off in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on October 24th with stops in Chicago, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Boston, Philadelphia, Seattle and Portland before ending on December 12th.

OR Tech Pioneer Dies At 41

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland's tech community is reeling after the death of Sam Blackman at the age of 41.  The founder of Elemental Technologies reportedly died suddenly over the weekend of a heart attack.  Blackman was a Portland native and took his company from a small startup to one of the city's biggest employers.  Elemental Technologies was sold to Amazon a couple of years ago for nearly 300-million-dollars and Blackman stayed on as the firm's CEO.

Toddler Boy Hit By Car

(Aloha, OR)  --  A 2-year-old boy is hospitalized after being hit by a car in Aloha.  Police say the boy was struck by a car last night on Southwest 178th Place.  Police say the boy is recovering and is expected to be OK.  There's no word yet on how the crash occurred.

Oregon Man Sues Showtime Over Mayweather-McGregor Fight

(Undated)  --  An Oregon man is suing Showtime over problems with its pay-per-view packages to watch last weekend's Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight.  Zack Bartel has filed a class-action lawsuit against Showtime in federal court.  The fight Saturday night was delayed because of problems with the video feed.  Bartel says the stream also featured grainy video, error screens, buffer events and stalls.  Showtime produced the telecast and a spokesman said yesterday the network is taking care of refunds to what it called a "limited number" of people who complained.

City Of Portland Sells Terminal One For $11.1 Million

(Portland, OR)  --  The City of Portland is selling the Terminal One property for more than eleven-million dollars.  City officials finalized a deal Monday to sell the property to Lithia Motors.  The city voted last year to sell the property instead of using it to build a homeless shelter.

PNW Coast Guard Sends Personnel To Texas

(Seattle, WA)  --  The Coast Guard's Pacific Northwest district is sending personnel to Texas to aid in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.  The Coast Guard has deployed personnel from Warrenton as well as personnel from Port Angeles, Washington and the Puget Sound sector.  Additional Coast Guard personnel are currently on stand-by for deployment.  The Coast Guard currently has 20 helicopters conducting rescue operations in the aftermath of Harvey's disastrous flooding.

Bend man allegedly Runs Over a Hood-2-Coast Runner

(Birkenfield, OR)  --  A Hood to Coast runner is facing charges after allegedly stealing a truck and running over another runner.  Police arrested 36-year-old Bend resident David Jon Blackmon for the incident early Saturday morning at Hood to Coast exchange point number 24 in Birkenfield.  Police say Blackmon drove the truck into a field where some runners were resting and ran over a woman, dragging her a short distance.  The woman suffered minor injuries.  An investigation into the assault is ongoing.

Man Arrested For Allegedly Passing Out Behind Wheel

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing possible DUI charges after police found him asleep in his vehicle in the middle of an intersection.  Police reported to the intersection of Northeast 99th Avenue and Glisan Street early yesterday morning after someone called 911 to report a driver asleep at the wheel.  Officers parked their patrol cars directly behind and in front of the man's vehicle before waking him to prevent him from fleeing when woken.

Man Arrested For Attack At Party

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A man is facing charges for allegedly attacking another man at a party in Hillsboro.  Police arrested 43-year-old Brian Autele early yesterday morning for the incident on Rood Bridge Road.  Authorities say Autele is trained in martial arts and that it's unclear why he attacked the man.  The victim was taken to a hospital in serious condition.

Taco Festival Issues Refunds After Running Out Of Food

(Portland, OR)  --  Organizers of the Portland Taco Festival are dishing out refunds after running out of food over the weekend.  The organizers say they are offering refunds to anyone who purchased tickets for yesterday's event, which was cancelled after the event ran out of food Saturday.  Organizers say they're still determining what to do about Saturday's patrons, many of whom are also demanding refunds.

Man Injured After Crashing Into Bear

(Marion County, OR)  --  A man is injured after crashing his motorcycle into a black bear in Marion County.  Authorities say the man was riding on Britenbush Road yesterday afternoon when he struck the bear, which had ambled into his lane.  The bear was killed in the crash.  Police are reminding drivers to use caution when traveling in rural areas.

International Rose Test Garden Turns 100

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland's International Rose Test Garden is marking an historic milestone.  The garden celebrated its 100th birthday with a centennial celebration on Saturday.  The party featured live music, art and cupcakes.  The garden was created to help preserve European rose varieties during World War One.

Suspicious Device Brings Bomb Squad To Sandy Neighborhood

(Sandy, OR)  --  Police in Sandy say a bomb threat caused them to evacuate part of a neighborhood last night.  Police asked residents on Woodbury Street to either evacuate or stay inside away from the windows while they investigated the suspicious device.  Police say the device was discovered in a garage.  A bomb squad was called in to make sure it was safe.

Level One Evacuations Issued For Blanket Creek Fire

(Crater Lake National Park, OR)  --  Officials are issuing level one evacuations for Mazama Village as the Blanket Creek Fire continues to burn.  Officials sent out the evacuation notice yesterday, saying visitors and residents should be ready to evacuate if necessary.  The wildfire started when lightning struck in the area and ignited some brush in late July.

Motorcyclist Killed In Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  A motorcyclist is dead following a crash on Interstate 205.  Police say the biker was on the on-ramp from northbound Interstate 205 to westbound Interstate 84 when the crash occurred.  Police say officers found the motorcycle on the shoulder of the ramp but that the biker was thrown off the ramp.  An investigation into the crash is ongoing.

City Council Eliminates 48-Hour Rule

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland is doing away with the controversial so-called 48-hour rule involving officer-related shootings.  City councilmembers voted unanimously yesterday to get rid of the rule, which blocked investigators from interviewing police officers involved in a deadly force incident for two days.  Police officers involved in a deadly force incident will now have to report to internal affairs investigators immediately following the incident.

Rock Climber Killed By Falling Rock

(Oregon City, OR)  --  A Canby man is dead after being hit in the head by a falling rock while rock climbing.  Clackamas County authorities say the man's friend called 9-1-1 after finding his body hanging from a rope along the face of a 60-foot cliff at the edge of Waterboard Park in Oregon City.  Authorities say the man was climbing by himself when he was killed, and it's unclear whether he was going up or down at the time of the incident.

Police: Naked Man Hurls Rock At Cop Car

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland police car is damaged after a screaming naked man allegedly hurled a rock at it.  It happened last night in the 4100 block of Northeast Halsey Street.  Police responded to the area on reports of a disturbance between two people and arrested the man, who allegedly told officers he was on LSD.

Report: Trump Plan Would Shrink Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

(Undated)  --  Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wants to shrink Oregon's Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.  The "Washington Post" reports that it's one of three federally protected areas that Zinke recommends be reduced in size.  The decision came yesterday, after a 120-day review of national monuments.  Governor Kate Brown says after President Trump ordered the review, she expected the worst from Zinke's recommendation.

One Killed In Rural Clackamas County Gunfight

(Beavercreek, OR)  --  One man is facing charges following a gunfight that left another man dead in rural Clackamas County.  Police say 47-year-old Howard Bunnell Jr. is facing manslaughter charges for the incident Monday night at a home on South Buckner Creek Road.  Bunnell Jr. is accused of shooting 45-year-old Alvin Wallenstein to death during an argument in the driveway.  Police say both men exchanged gunfire during the incident.

Woman Arrested For Hit-And-Run

(Portland, OR)  --  A woman is behind bars in connection to a hit-and-run after crashing her car at the scene of the crime a day later.  Police arrested Natalya Zakhariya yesterday after she crashed into a tree off Highway 30 in Corbett.  Zakhariya is accused of crashing into a bicyclist in the same area on Tuesday morning and then fleeing the scene.  The bicyclist suffered some scrapes in the crash but is expected to be okay.

Ryan Nixes Idea Of Government Shutdown To Build Border Wall

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan says shutting down the federal government to pay for a border wall is not necessary.  Speaking in Hillsboro yesterday, Ryan reacted to President Trump's threat in Phoenix that he would shut the government down if Congress fails to include funding for his promised border wall.  Ryan says he's asking the President to give Congress more time to fund the wall through what he calls regular order.  The Wisconsin Republican says there are "very legitimate problems and concerns on the border that need to be addressed."

Teen Arrested For Shooting In NE Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say no one was injured after gunfire erupted during a fight.  Authorities say some people were arguing in the 13-thousand block of Northeast Prescott Drive last night when a 17-year-old boy in the group shot off a gun.  Police arrested the teen after a short foot chase.

Governor Brown Plans Celebratory Tour For Transportation Bill

(Portland, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown is traveling to eastern Oregon next week for a ceremonial signing of a new transportation bill.  The celebratory tour will take Brown through Ontario, Bend, Medford, Portland and Eugene.  Brown officially signed the five-point-three-billion-dollar bill last week.

Lewis & Clark Nation's #5 Environmentally Friendly College

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland's Lewis and Clark College is the fifth most environmentally friendly college in the country.  Rankings published today by Sierra magazine were based on the schools' environmental practices in a variety of areas.  Leading the rankings were Maine's College of the Atlantic and Vermont's Green Mountain College.

Coast Guard Issues Fine To Freight Vessel Owners For Discharge

(Portland, OR)  --  The owners of a foreign freight vessel are facing a five-thousand-dollar fine for discharging ballast water into the Willamette River.  The Coast Guard has issued the fine to the owners of the ANSAC Moon Bear.  Coast Guard inspectors found the vessel engaged in unauthorized discharge of untreated ballast water three different times this year.

Portland Band 'Doubleclicks' Tops Billboard Chart

(Portland, OR)  --  One of Portland's own indie, nerdy folk bands is climbing the billboard charts.  The sister duo known as the Doubleclicks are currently number one on Billboard's Comedy Albums chart with their latest effort "Love Problems."  The album is also number 23 on the American/Folk albums chart and number nine on the independent albums chart.  The album features a guest appearance from fellow folk-nerd artist Jonathan Coulton, who is based in New York.

OR Woman Reacts To Catty Social Media Remarks

(Lake Oswego, OR)  --  A Lake Oswego woman who was snarked by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin's wife says she was just being honest.  Jennifer Miller replied this week to Louise Linton's Instagram post in which she bragged about taking a day trip on a government plane and name-dropped the designer fashions in which she was outfitted.  Miller responded sarcastically that she was glad taxpayers could pay for her getaway.  That prompted a condescending volley from Linton, who called her "adorably out of touch."  Miller told "The Oregonian" that she wants Linton to "try to be more sensitive to the fact that there are people out there struggling."  Miller says she was just saying what she "believed to be the truth."

Woman Arrested For Allegedly Making Up Story About Missing Boy

(Milwaukie, OR)  --  Police in Clackamas County say they've arrested a woman for making up a story about a missing boy.  Police say the woman told police that a four-year-old boy named Anthony went missing from a MAX station along Highway 99 East.  There's no word on why she allegedly made up the story.  Police say she'll be charged with false reporting.

Police Warn Residents About Phone Scam

(Portland, OR)  --  Multnomah County Sheriff's officials are warning residents about a phone scam that's struck several residents.  Officials say the scammers are calling people and claiming to be either Captain Mitchell or Lieutenant Brown.  The scammers then tell the victim the have either a warrant or unpaid fines that need to be paid right away.  The Sheriff's Office reminds residents that they never address those matters over the phone, and that if they receive a call like this, they should hang up and call police to file a report.

WSP Blocks Ads From Breitbart

(Seattle, WA)  --  The Washington State Patrol is removing its recruitment ads from Breitbart News following public outcry.  The WSP announced in a blog post yesterday that it has blocked its ads from appearing on the news website.  The blog post adds that the agency "does not believe some of the views on the website reflect the WSP's value of a diverse workforce who serves and engages with many different communities."  A Reddit user shared a screenshot Monday showing the WSP ads appearing on the website.

Portland Woman Finds Stranger's Ashes In Dad's Urn

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland woman is suing an Oregon cremation company after it gave her the wrong ashes.  Kimberly Grecco says she was preparing to scatter her late father's remains when she found someone else's toe tag in the urn.  She says the box from Crown Memorial Center had her dad's name on the outside and a stranger's ashes on the inside.  She's seeking two-and-a-half million dollars in damages from the cremation center.  That firm had reportedly assumed responsibility for the mix-up and was formally reprimanded earlier in the year by the Oregon Mortuary and Cemetery Board.

Hit-And-Run Suspect Crashes Into Teen Bicyclist

(Sherwood, OR)  --  Police are looking for a hit-and-run suspect who crashed into a teenager riding his bicycle.  Police say the 17-year-old boy was riding his bike on Southwest Brookman Road just east of Highway 99 West near Sherwood yesterday afternoon when a pickup truck crashed into him.  The teen was taken to a local hospital and is expected to survive.  Police say the suspect was driving a '90s-era vintage pickup truck that's tan or brown in color with a grey bumper.

Police Seek Credit Union Robber

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a credit union robbery.  Police say a suspect entered the United Advantage Northwest Credit Union at 1430 North Killingsworth yesterday afternoon and gave the teller a note saying he had a weapon.  He got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

Driver Allegedly Shoots Other Car During Road-Rage Incident

(Portland, OR)  --  A search is underway for a driver accused of shooting into another car during a road-rage incident in Northeast Portland.  Police say the victim was driving behind the suspect on Northeast 6th Avenue yesterday morning when he sped up to pass the suspect, who was driving considerably slower than the speed limit.  The suspect then allegedly caught up to the victim and opened fire on him.  No injuries were reported.

Police Investigate Body Found In Columbia River

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is under way into the discovery of a body in the Columbia River.  Multnomah County Sheriff's officials say a boater called police last night after finding the body near Chinook Landing in Fairview.  Investigators are looking into the cause of death.

Eye Doctors: If Eyes Hurt After Eclipse, Get Checked Out

(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are reminding anyone suffering from eye discomfort after viewing yesterday's eclipse to get checked out immediately.  Pacific University EyeClinics tells KATU-2 that anyone experiencing any sort of eye pain should see an eye doctor as soon as possible.  They add that the pain can manifest within hours, days or even weeks after viewing the eclipse without proper protection.  It only takes a few seconds of gazing at the sun without protection to cause damage to the eye's retinal tissue.

PDX Expecting Thousands Of Travelers Today

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland International Airport is expecting thousands of travelers this morning as people return home after yesterday's eclipse.  Airport officials say they're anticipating 66-thousand people to pass through the airport today.  Officials were expecting four-thousand people to pass through between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m alone.  The airport has reserved the entire seventh floor of the parking garage for rental cars in preparation for the rush.

Crews Seek Missing Teen Girl Near Mount St. Helens

(Skamania County, WA)  --  A search is ongoing this morning for a missing teenager near Mount St. Helens in Washington.  Police say the 15-year-old girl went missing yesterday afternoon while hiking with her family along Forest Service road 83 near the Lahar Viewpoint.  Crews are searching for the girl by helicopter, airship and ground crew.

Eclipse Glasses Good Forever

(Undated)  --  Don't throw away your eclipse glasses even though the celestial event is over.  NASA says if your glasses were made by one of 12 companies that meet NASA and American Astronomical Standards, they should be good forever.  But, the glasses have to be in prime condition with no scratches or tears.  The next solar eclipse will grace the skies on April 8th, 2024.

Man Arrested For Shooting Woman, Child

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is behind bars for allegedly shooting a woman and child and stabbing a man before injuring half a dozen more people in a crash.  Police say the suspect stabbed a man in the neck with a pen near Southeast 165th and Division Street yesterday afternoon.  He then allegedly shot a woman and child and then took the child with him in his truck before crashing into a van, injuring seven people inside.  Police arrested him at the scene of the crash and say everyone is expected to survive their injuries.

Man Charged For Hit-And-Run That Killed Child

(Gresham, OR)  --  A man is facing charges after turning himself in for a hit-and-run that killed a three-year-old boy in Gresham.  Police say the boy was playing in an apartment complex parking lot near Southeast 162nd Avenue and Burnside Street Saturday when the driver allegedly crashed into him and then fled on foot.  Police say he turned himself in about three hours later.  Police arrested him on charges of criminally negligent homicide, reckless driving and hit-and-run.

Man Arrested On Hate-Crime Charges

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man is facing hate-crime charges after allegedly harassing and verbally assaulting two black people at a MAX train station.  Police arrested Rick Allen Duncan on Tuesday for the incident at the Providence Park MAX station.  Police say he called his victims the n-word and told them to go home, and then physically prevented them from boarding their train.  Duncan allegedly continued to yell racial epithets as police officers arrested him.

Oregon State Cagers Safe In Barcelona

(Barcelona, Spain)  --  Oregon State's exhibition basketball game against Mataro Parc in Barcelona was cancelled after the terror attacks.  The team is safe, but witnessed the horror.  No decision has been made on whether the 13-day, five-game trip would be cut short.  Assistant coach Gregg Gottlieb posted on Facebook the attack happened right in front of them as the team sat down for a pregame meal.

Overcrowding Already Reported In "Eclipse" Towns In Western Oregon

(Madras, OR)  --  It's still days before Monday's solar eclipse but, already, towns along the main eclipse path in western Oregon are reporting gas stations running out of gas and stores running out of supplies.  KING TV in Seattle heard this from some of its viewers this morning via Twitter.  Transportation officials are expecting severe road congestion and cellphone system overloads in the eclipse area.  Amtrak has already sold out a special "eclipse" train out of Portland.

Umpqua Fires Prompt Evacuations

(Illahe, OR)  --  Wildfires continue to burn more than 14-hundred acres of Oregon's Umpqua National Forest.  Evacuation orders were given last night for some Douglas County residents.  The flames chased people from their homes in the Dry Creek and Illahe areas.  A level two evacuation notice was given for residents on Moore Hill Lane in Idleyd Park, which means they need to be ready to leave at any time.  Umpqua North Complex fires broke out nearly a week ago about 50 miles east of Roseburg and firefighters have yet to get any containment lines set.

Oregon Woman Arrested For Stabbing Of Brother At San Mateo Gas Station

(San Mateo, CA)  --  A 30-year-old Oregon woman is under arrest for allegedly stabbing her brother during an altercation at a San Mateo gas station Tuesday night.  Officials say Evelynn Enriquez and her brother were headed from Oregon to Santa Cruz when they stopped for gas, and a confrontation ensued and quickly turned violent.  They say Enriquez fled the scene but was found a short time later by Foster City police and booked into San Mateo County Jail on attempted-murder charges.  Her brother suffered multiple stab wounds but is expected to recover.

NASA Plans To Chase Solar Eclipse With Special Jets

(Undated)  --  NASA plans to send two specially equipped jets airborne Monday to follow the path of the solar eclipse.  Scientists have retrofitted telescopes to the noses of two NASA research jets.  The jets tracking the eclipse will fly one behind the other 70 miles apart.  NASA says the jets will chase the moon's shadow on Earth as it passes along the diagonal eclipse track from Oregon to South Carolina.  Flying at 50-thousand feet, the jets will be high enough to give scientists quality, cloud-free footage without actually going into space and just low enough so pilots don't have to wear pressure suits.

Police Arrest 1 of 2 Escaped Inmates

(Portland, OR)  --  One of two inmates remains at large after escaping from a fire work crew in Goldendale, Washington.  Police say they're still looking for 22-year-old Maksim Petrovskiy, who was last seen near 82nd and Southeast Holgate Boulevard in Portland Tuesday.  Yesterday, officers arrested 30-year-old Tyray Munter after a garbage truck driver recognized him and called police.  Police say the pair escaped from the Goldendale Department of Natural Resources fire work crew early Tuesday.  Both are serving terms at Olympic Corrections Center.

MAX Train Hits Pedestrian

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing after a MAX train struck a pedestrian late last night.  Authorities say the crash happened around midnight near East 102nd.  There's no word yet on the pedestrian's condition.  TriMet was using shuttle buses early this morning to get passengers around the crash area.

Nike Co-Founder Puts $500K Into Republican's Run For Governor

(Beaverton, OR)  --  Nike co-founder Phil Knight is putting a lot of money into the Oregon governor's race.  The billionaire donated a half-million dollars this week to the campaign of Republican Knute Buehler.  It's reportedly Knight's biggest donation ever to an Oregon political campaign.  He made the contribution on Monday, and it was reported in the state's database today.  The infusion of cash helps Buehler narrow the money gap between himself and Democrat incumbent Kate Brown, although she still has nearly a million dollars more in her war chest.

OR Makes Drug Possession A Misdemeanor

(Salem, OR)  --  The state of Oregon now considers drug possession for personal use a misdemeanor, not a felony.  The bill signed yesterday by Governor Kate Brown immediately reclassifies the possession of drugs like cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.  Lawmakers hope it will unclog the courts and prisons of first-time offenders and encourage drug abusers to get help.  State Senator Jackie Winters said the state "can't continue on the path of building more prisons when often the underlying root cause of the crime is substance use."

Missing Dallas Woman Found Safe

(Florence, OR)  --  A missing Dallas woman is safe and in stable condition after being found near the Sea Lion Caves in Florence.  Authorities say 37-year-old Heather Mounce's husband found her yesterday at the base of steep terrain along the shoreline.  Authorities called in the Coast Guard to hoist her to safety.  Mounce had been missing for five days.

Fugitive Arrested After SWAT Standoff

(Vancouver, WA)  --  A fugitive wanted in Multnomah County is behind bars following a SWAT standoff in southern Washington.  Police say 30-year-old Uriah Schlosser broke into his parents' house in Vancouver yesterday afternoon, causing his parents to flee.  Police arrested Schlosser after a four-hour standoff with SWAT crews.  He's now facing a charge of domestic violence breaking and entering.

Police Seek Suspect In Car Chase

(Aurora, OR)  --  Police are searching for at least one suspect following an early morning car chase that shut down two lanes of Interstate 5 near Aurora.  Police say the pursuit began just after 3 a.m. and ended about an hour later two miles south of Aurora.  Police arrested one suspect, but at least one other suspect escaped into a nearby field.  Officers are on the scene with K-9 units trying to track down the suspect.

Reward Offered For Info On Bald Eagle Shooting

(Salem, OR)  --  Several organizations are offering reward money for information on the shooting death of a bald eagle.  Someone shot the eagle off Old Highway 47 and Looking Glass Drive north of Gaston in late June.  The Audubon Society is offering a one-thousand-dollar reward for information in the case.  So are the Oregon Hunters Association Yamhill Chapter, Oregon Hunters Association Tualatin Valley Chapter and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Man Sentenced For Motorcycle Crash Death

(Polk County, OR)  --  A 19-year-old man is facing more than a decade behind bars for a crash that killed a motorcyclist in Polk County.  Brendan James Duck has been sentenced to twelve years for hitting and killing James Osredkar on Highway 22 in April.  Authorities say Duck was driving a stolen car and was in possession of meth at the time of the crash.

Toddler Boy Hit By SUV

(Salem, OR)  --  A two-year-old boy is seriously injured after being struck by an SUV in Salem.  Authorities say the boy was at his grandmother's house on Lana Drive yesterday with his mom and sibling when he ran out into the street and was hit.  He was airlifted to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, where he was listed in serious condition.  Witnesses say the SUV was speeding.

Gunfire Breaks Out At Celebration Of Live Event

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a fight involving gunshots during a celebration of life event.  Police say a memorial was being held at Alberta Park at 1905 Northeast Killingsworth Street yesterday when a fight broke out and someone fired a gun.  No serious injuries were reported.

OR Job Growth Continues

(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon's jobless situation is taking a little hit, but unemployment remains low.  State numbers out today indicate that joblessness inched upward, to three-point-eight-percent, but is well below the five-point-one mark of a year ago.  A state economist says many Oregonians are back in the workforce "in search of the more-plentiful and better-paying jobs in recent years."  The jobs report shows the number of part-time workers who are looking for full-time jobs is at its lowest point in 15 years.

Woman's Body Found Near Highway

(Fort Hill, OR)  --  Police are looking into the death of a woman whose body was found near Highway 18.  Police are identifying the victim as 52-year-old Grand Ronde resident Dayleen Kay Crowder.  Her body was discovered yesterday afternoon near milepost 25 in Fort Hill.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

Washington Taxpayers May Foot Bill For Amtrak Derailment

(Steilacoom, WA)  --  Taxpayers may end up paying for part of the recent Amtrak Cascades derailment near Steilacoom.  KING TV says the Washington and Oregon departments of transportation claim the Amtrak train engineer caused the derailment by approaching an unlocked drawbridge too fast.  Amtrak says it's not responsible for the 100-thousand-dollar insurance deductible.  Cascades trains are operated by Amtrak but funded by Oregon and Washington.  The damaged train is awaiting repair.  The engineer is suspended as an investigation continues.

Accuweather Predicts Clouds For Eclipse

(Undated)  --  The total solar eclipse is a week away, but it may be a bust in much of Oregon.  Accuweather is predicting cloud cover for next Monday morning that will nearly or completely obscure the rare phenomenon.  The forecasters say that the eclipse will likely be completely obscured in Aurora, Baker City, Madras, McMinnville, Newport, Ontario, Redmond and Salem.  Places like Eugene, Hillsboro, Portland and Troutdale are expected to be more than 99-percent socked-in at the time of the event.

Two Women Found Dead Along Pacific Crest Trail

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is under way after two young women were found dead along the Pacific Crest Trail.  Authorities say hikers found the bodies of 19-year-olds Emma Place and Emily Lang Saturday while walking about six miles northwest of Timberline Lodge.  Authorities say it appears the women fell down a 150-foot cliff.

Woman Allegedly Points Gun At Driver In Road Rage Incident

(Forest Grove, OR)  --  A 28-year-old woman is behind bars after allegedly pulling a gun on another driver during a road rage incident.  It happened Saturday night near Forest Grove.  Police say the woman was driving on Northwest Timber Road near the Wilson River Highway when she pulled out a handgun and pointed it at another driver.  She was arrested on charges of menacing and unlawful gun possession.

Man Pretending To Be Cop In Gresham

(Gresham, OR)  --  Authorities in Gresham are warning residents about a man pretending to be a police officer.  Police say the man has been calling up businesses identifying himself as either Sergeant Jason Cook or Lieutenant Finley.  He then allegedly tells the business they owe unpaid fines.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

Institutions Get Federal Funding For Earthquake Warning System

(Pasadena, CA)  --  Seven institutions up and down the West Coast are getting a financial boost for the development of an earthquake warning system.  The U.S. Geological Survey has announced it's awarded nearly five-million dollars in federal funds to Caltech, U.C. Berkeley, Central Washington University, the universities of Oregon, Washington and Nevada-Reno and the geological-science research nonprofit UNAVCO.  Those institutions have been working with the USGS to develop the ShakeAlert system, which is designed to give residents several seconds of advance warning of a major earthquake on the West Coast.  Experts say even just a few seconds can mean the difference between life and death in a major quake.

Missing Oregon Teen Found In Vegas

(Las Vegas, NV)  --  A missing Beaverton teen girl who has previously been a victim of human trafficking is safely in protective custody.  Authorities found 16-year-old Malia Carbaugh in Las Vegas.  Carbaugh left home Thursday with a plane ticket to Sin City.  Authorities believe she went there to meet up with James Demarr Jackson, the man charged with trafficking her.

'Big Nose Burglar' Arrested

(Beaverton, OR)  --  The so-called "big nose burglar" is behind bars.  Police say they've arrested Cody Runyon on suspicion of at least 20 burglaries in the Portland area.  Some of those businesses include the Hillside Pub, Thai Bloom and Fireside Grill in Beaverton.

Suspected Drunk Driver Crashes Into Dump Truck

(Tigard, OR)  --  No injuries are being reported after a suspected drunk driver crashed into a dump truck.  Police say the driver was travelling just south of the Highway 217 on-ramp early this morning when she ran a red light and crashed into a dump truck.  She was arrested on DUII charges.

Criminal Investigation Ongoing Into Multnomah County Sheriff's Employee

(Portland, OR)  --  A criminal investigation is under way into an employee of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.  A department spokesman says the unidentified person is currently on administrative leave due to allegations of misconduct.  The Washington County Sheriff's Office is reportedly conducting the probe, which will be followed by Multnomah County's investigation.

Seahawks' Bennett Sits During National Anthem

(Carson, CA)  --  Colin Kaepernick isn't currently in the NFL, but other players are picking up what he started last season.  Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett sat during the national anthem last night.  Bennett said he plans on sitting for the national anthem the entire season.

Police Seek Missing Man

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a missing man who may be in Portland.  Police say 61-year-old Alfonso Rodriguez-Ramirez was last seen in Oregon City.  He's described as five-foot-seven-inches and 174-pounds and of Cuban descent.  Family members say he speaks very little English and is dependent on insulin.

Authorities Investigate Death Of Prison Inmate

(Umatilla, OR)  --  An investigation is under way into the death of an inmate at the Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla.  Authorities say officers found 64-year-old Benjamin Yzaguirre unresponsive inside his cell Saturday night.  He was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.  Yzaguirre was serving a six-year sentence for rape.

No One Injured In Crystal Ballroom Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say no injuries were reported following a shooting inside the Crystal Ballroom.  It happened just after midnight Saturday.  Police say the suspect escaped immediately after the shooting.  DJ Quick and Scarface were performing a concert at the time of the shooting.

Hundreds Protest Virginia Rally Violence At City Hall

(Portland, OR)  --  Hundreds of Portlanders are speaking out against Saturday's deadly White Nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.  About 400 people organized yesterday at Portland City Hall to protest the violence, racist rhetoric and imagery present at Saturday's white supremacist rally in Virginia.  A 32-year-old woman was killed and dozens were injured in Virginia when a man rammed his car into counter-protesters.

Portland Holds First Pan African Festival

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland's first Pan African festival is in the books.  Hundreds of people flocked to Pioneer Courthouse Square Saturday to celebrate African roots and culture.  African food, music and fashion were all on display.  Several state and city leaders made appearances, including Mayor Ted Wheeler, Senator James Manning and Representative Janelle Bynum.

Black Lives Matter Activist Sues Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  The city of Portland is facing a lawsuit from a Black Lives Matter activist who says she was arrested without probable cause.  Teressa Raiford says her arrest for disorderly conduct in 2015 was the result of her demonstrations against police brutality.  The charge was later dropped.  Raiford is seeking half-a-million-dollars.

Two Arrested For Allegedly Murdering Man, Abusing Corpse

(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are being held without bail for allegedly murdering a Portland man and abusing his corpse.  Police arrested Peter Jirasek and Jessika Atkinson on Wednesday in Beaverton for the death of 30-year-old Daniel Cohen, who was reported missing in April.  Police found Cohen's body in Lane County.  Police aren't discussing how the two knew Cohen or why they would kill him.

ODOT Expects Heavy Traffic For Eclipse

(Undated)  --  The Oregon Department of Transportation is expecting heavy traffic ahead of the August 21st solar eclipse.  The department expects as many as one-million people to come in from Washington and clog roads around Salem, Baker City and Madras.  Vancouver, Washington, hotels are sold out that Sunday night but have room on Monday.

Florida Exporting Firefighters To Battle Blazes Out West

(Tallahassee, FL)  --  Forty Florida firefighters are heading for Oregon.  State Forest Service Director Jim Karels says the rainy season has smothered most of the wildfires in the Sunshine State.  So, instead of bringing people in from elsewhere to fight fires as was being done from March into June, now Florida can send personnel to assist other states.  Right now, 100 Florida firefighters are helping to battle fires in Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho and California.

Potential Physical Evidence Uncovered In D.B. Cooper Case

(Undated)  --  The case of the mysterious hijacker D.B. Cooper may be taking a new turn.  A crew of volunteer cold-case investigators in the Pacific Northwest say it's uncovered "potential evidence" in the 46-year-old mystery disappearance.  The group leader tells Fox News they found what "appears to be a decades-old parachute strap."  The D.B. Cooper mystery has confounded law enforcement and amateur sleuths for decades.  In 1971, a man calling himself Dan Cooper hijacked a jetliner, demanded 200-thousand in cash and then parachuted out of the plane.

Man Gets Over 30 Years For Kidnapping, Raping Teen Girl

(Astoria, OR)  --  A Washington man is facing more than three decades behind bars for kidnapping and raping an underage girl he met online.  Fifty-year-old Russell Deviney was sentenced yesterday after pleading guilty to several charges earlier this month.  Deviney pretended to be 18-years-old when he formed an online relationship with a 15-year-old California girl on Instagram in 2015.  The two met up in California, where Deviney then kidnapped her and drove her to Oregon and Washington, sexually abusing her along the way.

Rock Creek Woman's Disappearance Remains Unexplained

(Roseburg, OR)  --  There's still no word on why a Rock Creek woman disappeared after attending a self-improvement conference in Portland.  Authorities say Demi Helenius left for personal reasons and that she was "not in danger and in very good health."  The Washington County Sheriff's Office says a public tip led them to the 23-year-old in Roseburg on Tuesday night.  Helenius had disappeared Saturday night after attending the Landmark Worldwide Forum near the Portland Airport.  Police found the woman's car about ten miles south of Creswell on the I-5 corridor in the town of Cottage Grove on Monday and her cell phone turned up at a Creswell Dairy Queen the night she disappeared.

Lightning Blamed For 15 Fires In OR Forest

(Roseburg, OR)  --  Firefighters are battling a slew of blazes in Oregon's Umpqua National Forest.  A lightning storm Tuesday night triggered 15 different fires in the Umpqua Basin, stretching from the south to the north ends of the area.  The largest fire was reported at 100 acres.  A Forest Service spokeswoman says they're not out of the woods yet, with fire danger still extreme and red flag warnings posted through Friday.

Tractor Runs Over Car, Trapping Couple Inside

(Gaston, OR)  --  Two people are injured after a tractor crashed on top of their car, trapping them inside.  Authorities say the two were traveling north on Front Street in downtown Gaston when their car clipped an oncoming tractor, causing a second tractor to run over them.  The two were trapped inside their crushed car underneath the tractor for about two hours before rescue crews were able to get them out.  Authorities say their injuries range from minor to serious and that they're lucky to be alive.

Police: Suspicious Device Found Downtown Not A Bomb

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a bomb scare in downtown Portland.  Police say someone called 9-1-1 early this morning to report a suspicious device at Southwest 10th Avenue and Southwest Jefferson Street.  The Metropolitan Explosive Disposal Unit inspected the device and determined that it was not dangerous.  The incident briefly shut down traffic on Southwest 10th Avenue.

Marijuana Bars Are Latest Trend in Weddings

(Undated)  --  Move over open bar, marijuana may be the latest trend at wedding receptions.  At least one California company, called Canndescent, has been organizing cannabis favors and what are called "bud bars" at weddings since recreational pot was legalized this year and is expecting business to boom once commercial sales begin next year.  Entire wedding-related marijuana businesses have cropped up in Colorado, where recreational pot has been legal since 2014.  Wedding coordinator Bec Coop tells "Bloomberg" that she has gone from conventional catering and floral arranging to a full range of cannabis-related services including party favors and incorporating a "first toke" before the first kiss.

Man Arrested For Carjacking Involving Hatchet

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges for allegedly stealing a car while wielding a hatchet.  Police arrested 46-year-old John Lewis for the incident Tuesday night in Northeast Portland.  Police say Lewis walked up to a car at Northeast 111th Avenue and Halsey Street and showed the driver a double-sided hatchet before demanding their car keys.  Police found him in the area of Northeast 109th Avenue and Hassalo Street and arrested him.

Deputy Arrested For Domestic Violence

(Bandon, OR)  --  A Coos County sheriff's deputy is facing domestic violence charges.  Police arrested Deputy Klayton Wilson earlier this week and charged him with domestic violence, menacing and harassment.  The Coos County Sheriff's Office has fired him in connection to the incident.

Man Stabbed In Fight In Gresham

(Gresham, OR)  --  Police say a man is expected to survive after being stabbed during a fight in Gresham.  The incident happened last night at Southeast 187th Avenue and East Burnside.  Police say it's unclear why the fight started, and they're still looking for answers.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

Power Returns After Outage Affects More Than 15,000

(Portland, OR)  --  The power is back on for thousands of people following an outage in Northwest Oregon.  Pacifica Power says more than 15-thousand customers lost power in Warrenton, Seaside and Cannon Beach late last night.  Officials believe the problem originated at a substation in Seaside.

Boy Injured In Go-Kart Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  An eleven-year-old Portland boy is injured following a crash involving a go-kart.  Police say the boy was riding in a go-kart that was being towed behind a pickup truck when the go-kart crashed into a tree and down an embankment in the Rainier area.  The boy's 22-year-old uncle was driving the truck and says the boy was steering the go-kart as he pulled it along.  Authorities say the boy was wearing a helmet and a go-kart harness at the time of the crash.

Portland Air Quality Unhealthy Again At 153

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland's air quality is back in the unhealthy range.  The Air Quality Index is listed at 153 as of early this morning.  That's in the unhealthy range for everyone but especially for those with breathing problems.  Forecasters expect the haze to stick around for much of today.

Missing Woman Found In Roseburg

(Portland, OR)  --  The search for a missing Portland-area woman is over after police found her safe and in good health.  The Washington County Sheriff's Office says a public tip led them to 23-year-old Demi Helenius in Roseburg last night.  Helenius had disappeared Saturday night after attending the Landmark Worldwide Forum near the Portland Airport.  Police found the woman's car about ten miles south of Creswell on the I-5 corridor in the town of Cottage Grove Monday, and her cell phone turned up at a Creswell Dairy Queen the night she disappeared.

Multnomah County Sues Big Pharma Over Opioids

(Portland, OR)  --  Multnomah County is joining two dozen other states in suing big pharmaceutical companies.  The complaint, filed last week in Portland, states that opioids sold by the defendants can, quote, "kill you or commit you to a lifetime of addiction."  The 250-million-dollar lawsuit blames drug companies for a decades-long "campaign of lies and deceptions" that resulted in the overprescription of painkillers.  Opioids are routinely prescribed for chronic pain, which causes patients to form addictions to the pills.

Homeless Man Arrested For Allegedly Attacking Couple With Baton

(Portland, OR)  --  A homeless man is behind bars for allegedly attacking a couple with a metal baton at Poet's Beach Park.  Police arrested Jonathan Rance yesterday on several charges.  Police say the couple were at Poet's Beach late last month when Rance expressed anger that their dog was off-leash and playing in the water.  He then allegedly went into his tent, grabbed a baton and attacked the couple.  He's due in court this afternoon.

Police Find Body Of Missing Salem Boy

(Salem, OR)  --  The search for a missing five-year-old Salem boy is over after police found his body in the Willamette River.  Authorities say deputies recovered the body of Allen "Chaz" Pearson yesterday near the Wheatland Ferry, about 13 miles from where he was last seen Friday.  Authorities say the boy was not wearing a life jacket.  Chaz disappeared from Wallace Marine Park Friday afternoon while he was playing with other children.

Danielle Outlaw Becomes Portland's First Female Black Police Chief

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland has a new police chief.  Danielle Outlaw of the Oakland Police Department will step into the role by October 2nd.  She's Portland's first female African American police chief.  Outlaw has been with the Oakland Police Department for 19 years and has served as deputy police chief there since 2013.

Police Investigate Two Shootings In Woodburn

(Woodburn, OR)  --  Police are investigating a pair of weekend shootings in a Woodburn neighborhood.  Authorities say shots were fired at two different homes on Creighton Street and Oxford Street late Sunday night.  No one was injured.  Investigators believe the shootings are gang-related, but they're still working to determine whether the incidents are connected.

Man Hospitalized After Mental Health Crisis Involving Knife, Gasoline

(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities say a man is getting help after suffering a mental health crisis that shut down an intersection last night.  Police say officers took the man to the hospital after the incident at Southeast Powell and Milwaukie.  The man was allegedly armed with a knife and gasoline, but police say no one was hurt in the incident.

City Fills 10,000 Potholes

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland's roads should be feeling a bit smoother.  The Portland Bureau of Transportation tells KATU they've filled nearly ten-thousand potholes since the start of the year.  The bureau says they normally only fill about six- to seven-thousand potholes per year.  Officials brought in a private contractor to aid in the effort.

PenAir Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

(Anchorage, AK)  --  One of Alaska's largest regional air carriers with flights to Portland has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  PenAir says it will be closing its hubs in Denver and Portland over the next 90 days.  The airline will cease offering several flights to those cities at the end of business today.  Officials are now working on a plan to restructure the company in order to come out of bankruptcy.

Police Continue Search For Missing Woman

(Portland, OR)  --  The search continues today for a missing Portland woman.  The Washington County Sheriff's Office says 23-year-old Demi Helenius was last seen Saturday night at the Landmark Worldwide Forum at the Embassy Suites Hotel near the Portland Airport.  Her parents say she didn't return home Saturday night, and officials say she didn't attend the conference yesterday.  Police say an unidentified man gave the woman's cell phone to a Dairy Queen worker in Creswell as he passed through the drive-through Saturday night.  Police found the woman's car about ten miles south of Creswell on the I-5 corridor in the town of Cottage Grove.

Tillamook County Pioneer Museum Offers Reward For Info On Vandals

(Bay City, OR)  --  The Tillamook County Pioneer Museum is offering a reward for information on an act of vandalism at the Kilchis Point Reserve.  Museum officials say they're offering two-thousand-500 dollars to anyone with information that leads to a conviction in the case.  Authorities say the vandals damaged signs and destroyed railing slats at the Kilchis Point Reserve birdwatching station Sunday night.

Zoo Offering Free Tickets To 1,000 MAX Riders

(Portland, OR)  --  Free tickets to the Oregon Zoo are going to the first one-thousand people to ride the MAX to Washington Park this morning.  Explore Washington Park says they're waiving admission fees for the first one-thousand visitors who take the MAX to the zoo.  Participants must visit the Explore Washington Park stand on the street level of the Washington Park MAX station with proof they rode the MAX there to get their free tickets.

Teen Girl Injured In Car Crash While Riding Bike

(Milwaukie, OR)  --  A 13-year-old girl is recovering from injuries after a car crashed into her while she was riding her bike.  Police say the girl was riding on Southeast Monroe Street yesterday when she crossed the road without stopping at a stop sign.  A car crashed into her, but the driver stopped and is reportedly cooperating with police.  Police say the girl is expected to be OK.

One Killed In Single-Car Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a single-car crash that killed a man in east Multnomah County.  Police say 48-year-old Robert Stickney Sr. was driving in the 4400 block of Southeast 282nd Avenue early yesterday when he crashed.  He was pronounced dead at the scene, while another man suffered non-life threatening injuries.  Investigators believe alcohol and speeding may have contributed to the crash.

Driver Dead After Crashing Into MAX Train

(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead after crashing his car into a MAX train.  Police say the person was driving at Northeast 99th Avenue and Burnside Street when he crashed into the train yesterday afternoon.  An investigation into the collision is ongoing.

Protesters Clash at Portland Waterfront

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are saying they arrested three people after protests turned violent at Portland's Waterfront.  Several members of the opposing groups "Antifa" and the right-wing "Patriot Prayer" group clashed yesterday at the "Patriot Prayer" group's "Freedom March" at the Salmon Street Springs Fountain.  Officials say members of the peaceful Rally for Freedom, Solidarity and Justice at the Oregon Memorial Marine Park near the Waterfront moved across the street to avoid the violence.

Whitewater Fire Grows To 5200 Acres

(Detroit, OR)  --  Crews are continuing to battle the Whitewater fire about 13 miles east of Detroit.  Fire officials say the blaze east of Highway 22 grew over the weekend to 5,200 acres.  Officials also say it's spread to the headwaters of Breitenbush River's south fork.  Crews shut down several trailheads in the area yesterday.

Fire Officials Investigate Large Commercial Fire In North Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a large commercial fire in North Portland.  Fire officials say the blaze broke out Saturday evening on a recycling pile at Schnitzer Company at 12005 North Burgard Road.  Fire crews worked for more than eleven hours to extinguish the two-alarm fire.  Officials say crews had to pump in water from the Willamette River to put the fire out.

Police Seek Help In Missing Woman Case

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are seeking the public's help in their search for a missing woman.  The Washington County Sheriff's Office says 23-year-old Demi Helenius was last seen Saturday night at the Landmark Worldwide Forum at the Embassy Suites Hotel near the Portland Airport.  Her parents say she didn't return home Saturday night, and officials say she didn't attend the conference yesterday.  Police say an unidentified man gave the woman's cell phone to a Dairy Queen worker in Creswell as he passed through the drive-through Saturday night.  There's no word on how the man got her phone.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

Man Killed In Gresham Shooting

(Gresham, OR)  --  One man is dead following a shooting in Gresham.  Police say the man was at Pat Pfiefer Park near Northeast 176th Avenue and Northeast Davis Street last night when someone shot him.  The victim was pronounced dead at a local hospital.  Police are still searching for a suspect.

Officials: Fireworks May Have Caused Fairview Fire

(Fairview, OR)  --  Officials say fireworks may be to blame for a fire that destroyed a Fairview home.  Fire officials say witnesses told investigators they saw neighbors shooting off fireworks the night before the blaze erupted at Fairview Crossing last week.  Officials say any evidence of fireworks likely would have been destroyed in the fire.  One man was injured in the fire that gutted a mobile home at 20637 Northeast Sandy Boulevard last Tuesday.

Boat Overturns In Willamette River

(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities say no injuries were reported when a boat overturned in the Willamette River.  Authorities say a man was aboard a classic wooden speedboat near the Broadway Bridge yesterday when the boat hit a wake and turned over.  A nearby boater with a dinghy helped the boater to safety.

Portland Pools Closed Due To Poor Air Quality

(Portland, OR)  --  All Portland outdoor pools will be closed again today due to poor air quality.  Indoor pools will remain open.  The Environmental Protection agency says Portland's air quality index is "unhealthy" for the third day in a row.  The smoky haze is coming from wildfires in B.C. and across the Pacific Northwest.

I-5 Reopen After Drywall Spill

(Portland, OR)  --  The Interstate 5 near Terwilliger is fully open again following a drywall mud spill that shut down northbound lanes last night.  Transportation officials say a tractor-trailer lost a pallet of the drywall while going around a curve in the road.  The spill left several lanes coated in the muck.  Crews finished cleaning the roadways last night.

Nike Re-Releasing Air Max Shoes

(Undated)  --  Nike is bringing back a shoe that was a big success nearly 20 years ago.  The shoe and sportswear giant today will re-release the futuristic Air Max shoes, in 13 new colors.  Nike brought out the Air Max in 1999.  The updated version has a more modernized look and a lighter, more cushioned feel.  Nike says its goal for the Air Max 97 is to "cross boundaries of nostalgic and new."  And sell a lot of shoes, presumably.

Man Arrested For Sexual Assault At Daycare

(Salem, OR)  --  One man is behind bars, accused of sexually assaulting two young girls at a daycare based out of his home.  Police arrested 53-year-old Jeffrey Rauch this week near Salem on multiple felony charges.  Police say Rauch assaulted two girls under 14 at his home on Ward Drive Northeast.  He's currently being held without bail.

Shooting Injures Two In SE Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  One man remains hospitalized following a possible gang-related shooting that injured two people in Southeast Portland.  Police say the shooting happened last night in the 15-thousand-100 block of Southeast Stark Street.  Witnesses say they heard four to five gunshots and a man yelling that he had been shot.  One victim is being treated for life-threatening injuries and another victim received less-serious injuries.  Police are still searching for a suspect.

Missing Elderly Man Found Safe

(Woodland, OR)  --  A 91-year-old man who went missing in Washington County is safely back home.  Police say officers found Eugene Szabo in Woodland yesterday.  He'd gone missing yesterday morning after dropping his wife off in the area of Southwest Scholls Ferry Road and Skyline Boulevard in Portland.

Smog Expected To Last Over Portland Through Today

(Portland, OR)  --  The smoky haze lingering over Portland is expected to last through today.  The Environmental Protection Agency says Portland's air-quality condition was at "unhealthy" levels yesterday morning.  Officials are urging people with asthma or heart or lung disease to avoid prolonged or heavy exertion.  The smoke is coming from wildfires burning in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness and in B.C.

TriMet Begins Collecting Fares Again Today

(Portland, OR)  --  TriMet begins collecting fares again today after two days of free rides.  The agency announced last night that it'll start requiring fares again today.  TriMet was letting passengers ride for free yesterday and Wednesday as it recovered from computer network issues.

Governor Brown Issues State Of Emergency For Fire Danger

(Salem, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown is calling a state of emergency due to critical fire danger.  Brown says the prolonged heat along with thunderstorms in the forecast are creating the potential for severe wildfire conditions.  The emergency declaration allows the state National Guard to help out with firefighting efforts.

Heat Wave Bakes Pacific Northwest

(Undated)  --  Authorities are urging caution again today as a dangerous heat wave grips the Pacific Northwest.  Excessive heat warnings have been put into effect for about 15 million people in Oregon and Washington, where temperatures could reach record highs.  It was over 100 degrees in Portland yesterday.  The Weather Service is reminding people throughout the region to stay hydrated, limit outdoor activities and check on the elderly, especially those without air-conditioning.

Two Kids Hit By Car Backing Out Of Driveway

(Salem, OR)  --  A man is facing charges for allegedly hitting two children with his car.  Police arrested 40-year-old Casper Ankin yesterday on charges of DUI, reckless driving, third-degree assault and felony hit-and-run.  Police say a three-year-old girl and a five-year-old boy were playing on the sidewalk on Navaho Court Southeast in southeast Salem yesterday when Ankin backed out of his driveway and hit them.  Police say he tried to leave the scene of the crash, but witnesses held him there.  The two children are expected to survive.

Teen Drowns In Columbia River

(Portland, OR)  --  An 18-year-old man is dead after drowning in the Columbia River near Sauvie Island.  Authorities say the man was on a boat with five other teenagers yesterday when they all decided to hop into the water and swim to shore.  The 18-year-old struggled and slipped underneath the water.  Search crews recovered his body last night.

Man Arrested For Having 50 Pounds Meth, Heroin

(Portland, OR)  --  One man is behind bars after police say they found more than 50 pounds of meth and heroin in his possession.  Police arrested 22-year-old Luis Poitras Tuesday outside the Mall 205 Home Depot.  Police say Poitras was carrying about 20 kilos of meth and nine kilos of heroin.  The arrest was the result of a six-month narcotics investigation in Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Portland Prepares For Triple-Digit Temps

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland is facing potentially record-shattering temperatures as a heat wave intensifies today.  The highest temperature ever officially recorded in the city was 107 and that was decades ago.  Now forecasters say the mercury could top out at 109 degrees today.  The National Weather Service is predicting a high of 105, a temperature only reached nine times since they've been keeping records.

Portland Woman Arrested For Child Sex Trafficking

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland woman is behind bars on child sex trafficking charges.  A group of multiagency law enforcement officers arrested 21-year-old Shanell Rix Monday at an apartment complex in the 8200 block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard.  Police say officers reported to the apartment after learning that a missing girl from out of state was there.  Rix is facing charges of compelling prostitution, promoting prostitution and attempting to use a child in display of a sexually explicit act.

More Than 3,600 Lose Power In Outage

(Portland, OR)  --  The power is back on for thousands of Portlanders after a major outage yesterday.  Portland General Electric says more than three-thousand-600 homes and businesses on the east side lost power at around 2:15 p.m.  There's no word yet on what caused the outage.

Suspects In Gresham Shooting Say Victim Punched One Of Them

(Gresham, OR)  --  Three of the four suspects accused in the murder of Gresham teen Jose Ricardo Morales are saying they shot him out of revenge.  The suspects say Morales ran up to the car the suspects were travelling in just before the shooting and punched one of the suspects in the face several times.  The four suspects are under investigation for murder after allegedly shooting Morales to death on a sidewalk near Southeast 187th Avenue and Southeast Start Street Saturday night.

Washington County First Responders Equipped With Narcan

(Washington County, OR)  --  First responders in Washington County are toting a new tool to help prevent opioid drug overdoses.  Police, sheriff's deputies and firefighters are now carrying a nasal spray called Narcan.  The spray is capable of reversing the effects of an opioid overdose.

Burn Ban Issued For County

(Portland, OR)  --  An outdoor burn ban is in effect for Multnomah County.  The Multnomah Fire Defense Board has issued a ban on recreational campfires, fire pits, yard debris burning, agricultural burning and permits issued for open burning.  Outdoor barbecuing is still OK.

Amber Alert Cancelled For Missing Toddler

(Mead, WA)  --  A Washington toddler is safely back home after going missing yesterday.  Officials canceled the Amber Alert for 16-month-old Summer Fechner last night after she was found safe.  Authorities say the toddler was taken by her biological father yesterday near Spokane.  Police say the father has a history of bipolar activity and drug use.

TriMet Apologizes For Tuesday's Long Wait Times

(Portland, OR)  --  TriMet is apologizing for yesterday's long wait times.  A spokesperson says problems with the computer communication system along with high temperatures forced hundreds of MAX riders to wait longer than usual at three downtown platforms.  TriMet says the computer problem should be resolved this morning but that they're still expecting longer-than-usual wait times due to the heat.

Cooling Locations Available in Salem, Multnomah County

(Portland, OR)  --  There are several options available today for folks looking to beat the heat.  Main Salem Public Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, while West Salem Library will be open from noon to 6 p.m.  Authorities say most shopping malls will be available as cooling locations as well.  A few places in Multnomah County are opening their doors to the elderly and people with disabilities.  Those locations include Multnomah County Walnut Park Building, Multnomah County East Building and Hollywood Senior Center.

Former Rep. Fagan Challenging Monroe For Senate Seat

(Portland, OR)  --  Former state Representative Shemia Fagan is throwing her hat into the ring for Senate District 24.  Fagan says she plans to challenge Senator Rod Monroe for the seat next year due to his opposition to a bill protecting tenants earlier this year.  Fagan tells The Portland Tribune that the housing shortage has become a crisis, adding, quote, "If a legislator is unwilling to listen to people who have an absolutely basic need for housing, then it's probably time to move on from being a legislator."  Monroe opposed House Bill 2005, saying its provisions banning no-cause evictions and allowing rent control would only make the affordable housing shortage worse.  Monroe is a landlord of a multifamily apartment complex.

Man Drowns At Blue Lake Park

(Fairview, OR)  --  A man is dead following a paddleboat accident at Blue Lake Park in Multnomah County.  Police say the 20-year-old man rented a paddleboat during a family event at the lake yesterday and took it out with a woman.  The boat reportedly started to take on water and sink, leading the two to jump into the water.  The woman made it back to shore, but the man disappeared under the water.  Crews recovered his body more than an hour later.

Police Seek 'Jay From Clerks' Burglary Suspect

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are on the lookout for a burglary suspect they're calling "Jay from Clerks."  Police say the suspect bears a striking resemblance to the character Jay from the movie series "Clerks," as played by actor Jason Mewes.  The suspect allegedly stole several packages from the lobby of an apartment building near Southeast 13th Avenue and Burnside Street recently.  Surveillance footage also appears to show the suspect trying to get into several apartments and cars in the vicinity.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

3 Cooling Centers Open For Seniors, Disabled

(Portland, OR)  --  Multnomah County is opening three cooling centers today in preparation for excessive heat this week.  The centers will be open to seniors and people with disabilities through next Monday.  The centers are at Multnomah County Walnut Park Building, Multnomah County East Building and Hollywood Senior Center.  Fairview City Hall will also serve as a cooling center today through Friday.

Fire Destroys Barn In Gaston

(Gaston, OR)  --  A large barn in Gaston is demolished after catching fire yesterday morning.  Authorities say the barn near Southwest Patton Valley Road and Southwest Bates Street in Cherry Grove had already collapsed by the time fire crews arrived on the scene around 10 a.m.  No one was injured in the blaze.  An investigation into how the fire started is ongoing.

Man Shot In Car In Buckman Neighborhood

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into an early morning shooting that left one man critically injured.  Portland police say officers responded to the area of Southeast 7th Avenue and Southeast Stark Street in the Buckman neighborhood around 2:30 this morning after receiving a report of shots fired.  Officers discovered the victim shot inside a vehicle.  Police say the man had just left a bar with a friend and was driving down Southeast Start Street when someone opened fire.  There's no word yet on what the motive might be.

Many Food Carts Closing Early Due To Heat

(Portland, OR)  --  Finding a quick bite to eat in Portland might be a little more difficult this week.  KATU reports many food carts are cutting their hours this week due to the excessive heat watch.  The temperatures inside food carts can often rise to 30 degrees above the outside temperature thanks to the grills, which are fired up for most of the time.

Train Commuters Face Longer Wait Times Amid Heat

(Portland, OR)  --  TriMet is warning commuters to brace for longer wait times this week as temperatures rise amid an excessive heat warning.  TriMet officials say that MAX trains are required to run ten miles per hour slower than normal when the temperature rises past 90 degrees.  The trains will slow down even further to 35 miles per hour if the thermostat hits triple digits.  Meanwhile, the WES commuter train will stop running entirely if the thermostat reaches 105 degrees.

Fire Burns Home In Fairview

(Fairview, OR)  --  Fire officials are saying no one was injured in an early morning house fire in Fairview.  Fire crews responded to the home on Northeast Lakeside Drive near Fairview Lake around 3:30 this morning.  Police evacuated the area while crews battled the blaze.  An investigation is ongoing into how the fire started.

Portland Rent Prices Rise For Fifth Month Straight

(Portland, OR)  --  Rent prices are up in Portland for the fifth month straight.  Apartment List reports that rents have risen zero-point-two-percent over last month and one-point-three-percent over last year.  The current median rent price in Portland is one-thousand-160 dollars for a single-bedroom apartment and one-thousand-370 dollars for a two-bedroom apartment.


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