Regional News Archives for 2018-03

New Details Revealed Regarding Family Killed In CA Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  New details are coming to light regarding a former Portland-area family killed after driving off a cliff in Northern California.  Neighbors of 39-year-olds Jennifer and Sarah Hart tell KATU the family loaded up its SUV and left quickly last Friday after getting a visit from Child Protective Services.  Dana DeKalb tells the station she called CPS after one of the children allegedly knocked on her door asking for food.  DeKalb says the child told her that his parents were withholding food as a form of punishment.  Meanwhile, KATU reports Sarah Hart pleaded guilty to domestic assault in Minnesota after being charged eight years ago for allegedly spanking her six-year-old daughter so hard, it left bruises.

Search Continues For Three Missing Children After CA Crash

(Woodland, WA)  --  The search continues for the three missing children of a former Portland-area family killed when their car plunged off a cliff in Northern California.  Police yesterday served a search warrant at the Woodland, Washington, home of 39-year-olds Jennifer and Sarah Hart.  Police found their bodies and the bodies of three of their six adopted children Monday after their SUV went off the Pacific Coast Highway in a remote area of Mendocino County.  Among the children still missing is 15-year-old Devonte Hart, who got national attention in 2014 when a picture went viral of him hugging a police officer during a police brutality protest in Oregon.  Police believe all six children were in the car at the time of the crash.

Man Arrested For Road Rage Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  One man is facing charges for allegedly shooting at someone during a road rage incident.  Police say it happened yesterday evening on I-5 near the Cowlitz-Lewis county line.  The victim was not injured, but police say they did find a bullet inside his vehicle.  Police arrested the suspect a few miles away from the shooting.

Damian Lillard's Half Brother Shot, Hospitalized

(Portland, OR)  --  The half brother of Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard is hospitalized following a shooting at the Clackamas Town Center.  Police say 20-year-old Jahrell Lillard was shot at least once last night in a parking lot near Macy's.  It's not yet clear what led to the shooting, but police say several cars were also shot up.  Police are searching for two suspects.

Father, Son Divers Rescued After Going Missing

(Seattle, WA)  --  A Forest Grove father and his 18-year-old son are safe after going missing while diving near the San Juan Islands.  Coast Guard officials say the 46-year-old and 18-year-old men were reported missing yesterday after failing to surface at their planned location.  Search crews found the pair at Point Colville on Lopez Island and airlifted them to safety.  No injuries were reported.

Burglaries Increasing In Portland Area

(Portland, OR)  --  Burglaries are on the rise in the Portland area.  The Portland Police Bureau says there were four-thousand-354 reported burglary cases across the city last year.  That's up from three-thousand-899 the previous year.  Police say some neighborhoods saw an increase of more than 50-percent.

Bomb Scare Shuts Down Columbia Street

(Portland, OR)  --  Southwest Columbia Street is reopened following a bomb scare that shut down the area last night.  Police responded to the area of Southwest Columbia Street and 3rd Avenue around 6:30 p.m. after someone reported seeing a suspicious object there.  Police closed down Columbia between 2nd and 4th Avenues along with 3rd Avenue between Jefferson and Clay streets while they investigated.  A bomb squad determined that the object was not dangerous.

Crews Search For 3 Children Of Family That Crashed Off Cliff

(Portland, OR)  --  Search crews in Northern California are looking for three missing children of a former Portland-area family killed when their car plunged off a cliff and into the ocean.  Investigators have already found the bodies of 39-year-olds Jennifer and Sarah Hart and three of their six adopted children.  The accident happened Monday when their SUV went off the Pacific Coast Highway in a remote area of Mendocino County.  Among the missing children is 15-year-old Devonte Hart, who got national attention in 2014 when a picture went viral of him hugging a police officer during a police brutality protest in Oregon.  The family had recently moved from West Linn to Woodland, Washington.

One Injured In MAX Train Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  One person is hospitalized following a crash with a MAX train.  Police say the driver and the MAX train crashed last night at North Interstate Avenue and Alberta Street.  The driver is expected to survive.

Two Injured In Stabbing Under Morrison Bridge

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into the stabbing of a man underneath the Morrison Bridge.  Police say the man was stabbed last night under the east side of the bridge.  He was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive.  Police detained one man who was also injured in the stabbing.

Police Investigate 5th Gang Shooting In 24 Hours

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating nearly half a dozen gang-related shootings that hit Portland within a day.  Police say the latest shooting happened yesterday afternoon at Northeast 122nd Avenue and Halsey Street.  Police say people inside two different cars shot at each other before fleeing the scene.  Police say it was the fifth gang-related shooting they'd responded to within a 24-hour period.

Portland 22nd Fastest-Growing Metropolis

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland is being called one of the fastest-growing metropolises in the U.S.  Portland's population is growing at a rate of one-point-two-percent.  That makes the city of nearly two-and-a-half-million people the 22nd fastest-growing metro area of the 100 largest in the country.  Adding residents faster are cities like Seattle -- the sixth fastest growth -- and Las Vegas at number 14.

Two Dogs Still Missing After Escaping Boarding Facility During Burglary

(Salem, OR)  --  The search continues for a pair of pups that escaped after someone broke into a pet boarding facility in Salem.  Police say the dogs are among nearly a dozen that escaped early yesterday morning when someone broke a window and opened the door.  Nothing was reported missing from the place other than the dogs.

Police Search For Missing Elderly Man

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a missing elderly man who got lost after leaving a hospital in Beaverton.  Police say Elliot Klearman left the hospital early yesterday morning but never made it to his home in King City.  His wife says he called twice to say he was lost, once from a business in Beaverton and again from Southeast Portland.  His wife describes him as "frail" and says he gets confused easily and needs his daily medication.  He's believed to be driving a silver 2012 Toyota Yaris.

Restaurant Damaged In Fire

(Portland, OR)  --  A longtime restaurant is badly damaged following a fire that shut down Multnomah Village.  Firefighters responded to Renner's Grill on Southwest Capitol Highway last night.  Fire officials say crews were able to contain the fire to the restaurant and everyone inside evacuated safely.  However, fire officials say the restaurant has sustained extensive damage.  Renner's Grill has been in business in the area for more than 70 years.

Portland Lawyer Accused Of Having Meth Lab In WA Home

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland-based lawyer is facing mounting legal troubles after allegedly being caught with a meth lab.  "The Oregonian" reports Erik Graeff was already facing charges of shooting into another attorney's Beaverton office.  Now, Washington police say they found a meth lab in his Vancouver home.  Authorities say methamphetamine was found during a search of his home in connection with the shooting investigation.  They say he also allegedly had all the tools needed to make the drug along with notes on how to do it.

Senator Wyden Co-Sponsoring McConnell's Hemp Bill

(Undated)  --  Senator Ron Wyden is co-sponsoring legislation in Congress that could remove hemp from the controlled substances list.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's bill "The Hemp Farming Act of 2018" would permanently remove hemp from regulation as a controlled substance and treat it as an agricultural commodity.  Similar legislation was introduced in the House last year.  The bill is also co-sponsored by Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky.

Drive-By Shooting Causes Crash In NE Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect who opened fire on another driver, causing him to crash his car.  It happened yesterday afternoon near Northeast 11th Avenue and Failing Street in Northeast Portland.  Police say the victim was driving in the area when someone inside a passing SUV fired several shots at him, causing him to crash into  telephone pole.  The suspect's SUV is described as dark-colored and it was last seen heading east on Failing Street.

Gang Shooting Hits Two Houses In North Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is under way into a gang-related shooting that struck two homes in North Portland.  Police responded to the area of North Gloucester Avenue and North Willis Boulevard just before 3:00 this morning on reports of shots fired.  Investigators believe the suspects were only targeting one of the homes struck.  No injuries were reported.

Oregon Man Sentenced For Deadly Montana Wrong-Way Crash

(Missoula, MT)  --  An Oregon man is facing ten years behind bars for a deadly wrong-way crash in Missoula, Montana.  Edward Lopez was sentenced to 40 years in prison with 30 years suspended for vehicular homicide.  After a night of drinking on October 25th of last year, Lopez drove home in the wrong lane of I-90.  Authorities say Lopez had a blood-alcohol content of point-one-zero-nine when he plowed into a vehicle driven by Shawna Wooten, who was killed in the fiery crash.

Bail Set At $30K For Child Porn Suspect

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Bail is set at 30-thousand dollars for a Vancouver man accused of possessing child pornography.  Twenty-three-year-old Loren John Dyvig appeared in court yesterday.  He's being held on five counts of possession of child pornography.  Police began their investigation of Dyvig two years ago in March.

Police Search For Missing Elderly Woman

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a missing 76-year-old woman.  Police say Wenzhen Chen has been missing since Tuesday morning, when she reportedly left her home in downtown Portland.  Family members say she made statements before leaving that caused them to believe she might be in crisis.  Family members say Chen is physically healthy but has recently started suffering from memory loss.

Police Arrest Alleged Car Prowler

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges after allegedly breaking into a car and stealing a purse in Northwest Portland.  Police arrested 51-year-old Darren Brodine on Sunday in the area of Northwest 14th Avenue and Everett Street.  Police say the arresting officers were patrolling the area for potential car prowlers when they saw the man break into the car.

Vandals Trash Food Cart, Help Selves To Meal

(Portland, OR)  --  Police in Sandy are searching for vandals accused of breaking into a food cart and making themselves a meal before trashing the place.  Gyro Grill owner Ramia Wright tells KATU she went to work yesterday morning to find the door had been pried open.  Wright says the suspects cooked up some of her chicken and eggs and dug in before trashing the cart and leaving.  Wright says she does have insurance and she's hoping to reopen the cart today.

Public Petitions For Reinstatement Of Portland Teacher

(Portland, OR)  --  A petition is circling to reinstate a popular Portland teacher who was placed on leave over an unauthorized walkout.  A district spokesman says Chris Riser was put on leave Friday from Ockley Green Middle School after the student walkout last month.  The protest reportedly centered on the police shooting of a 17-year-old a year earlier.  "The Oregonian" reports that more than 13-hundred signatures have been gathered on a petition in an effort to have Riser reinstated.  The walkout was called an "unauthorized" action not in keeping with district policies.

Portland Airmen Deployed To Netherlands

(Portland, OR)  --  Hundreds of Portland-based U.S. Air Force airmen are headed to the Netherlands.  The Air Force deployed nearly 260 airmen from the 142nd Fighter Wing to Leeuwarden Air Base earlier this month.  The squadron will form a Theater Security Package with airmen from Massachusetts in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.

Police ID Man Killed While Crossing I-5

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a man who was struck and killed by a driver while walking across I-5.  Police say 42-year-old Kirk Wilcox was trying to cross I-5 southbound from the center meridian in Salem Saturday night when he was hit.  The driver remained at the scene to cooperate with police.

Outage Leaves Nearly 5,000 Without Power

(Portland, OR)  --  The lights are coming back on in Southeast Portland after an outage that left nearly five-thousand people in the dark.  Police say the outage early this morning shut down the traffic lights in the area of Southeast 122nd Avenue from Southeast Division Street to Southeast Powell Boulevard.  Portland General Electric says they've now restored power north of Southeast Division.  They hope to have all power completely restored by 8:45 this morning.

Eugene Couple Working To Legalize Magic Mushrooms

(Eugene, OR)  --  A couple from Eugene is working to legalize psychedelic mushrooms as a medical therapy in Oregon.  The "Gazette-Times" reports that Tom and Sheri Eckert envision the psychoactive compound psilocybin [[ SILL-uh-sigh-bin ]] as a treatment for cancer-related depression.  The pair are reportedly working with attorneys from the state's Legislative Counsel on language for a measure they hope to put on the ballot in 2020.  Under their concept, patients would be treated at state-licensed "psilocybin service centers."

Man Robs Victim Of Nike Air Jordans

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of stealing a man's Nike Air Jordans at gunpoint in Vancouver.  Police say the victim posted an ad for the shoes on social media and received a reply from the suspect.  The two agreed to meet at the Vancouver Mall last night for the sale, but police say the suspect pulled out a gun instead of his wallet.  Police pursued the suspect in his car but called off the chase near the Expo Center after the suspect reached speeds up to 120 miles per hour on his way into Oregon.

Thousands Gather In Portland For 'March For Our Lives'

(Portland, OR)  --  Thousands of Portlanders are calling for action against gun violence.  Roughly nine-thousand people gathered at Pioneer Courthouse Square Saturday for the student-led "March For Our Lives" event.  Portland-based Portugal. The Man performed for protesters after an hour of speeches calling for tighter gun control laws.  A few counter-protesters showed up at the North Park Blocks, with one counter-protester comparing the demonstrators to Hitler, telling "The Portland Tribune" that the dictator's desire for gun control led to the deaths of six-million Jews.

Man Arrested For Selling Drugs To Teens

(Portland, OR)  --  A St. Helens man is accused of selling meth and other drugs to teenagers.  Police arrested 25-year-old Devin Schockley at his apartment late last week after a 16-year-old girl told her mother she got meth and marijuana from him.  Officers responding to the apartment say they found three teenage boys inside, and all three were high.  A search of the home allegedly turned up marijuana and meth.

Three Arrested After Guns Found In Car

(Portland, OR)  --  Three people are facing charges after police say a traffic stop turned up several weapons.  Police arrested Edgar Castro, Allen Walker and Kathelina Test early yesterday after pulling their car over near Southeast 125th Avenue and Powell Boulevard.  Police say a search of their car turned up four guns and a replica firearm, as well as some ammo and other weapons.

Woman Arrested For Deadly Shooting After SWAT Standoff

(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead following a shooting in the Sandy area.  Police responded to a home on Autumn Way Saturday night after a woman allegedly texted a family member saying she had shot and killed a man.  Police arrested the woman following a SWAT standoff.  A search of the home turned up the body of a man.  An investigation is ongoing.

New Coaster Opens At Oak Park

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland has a new roller coaster.  The Adrenaline Peak Roller Coaster opened to the public Saturday at Oaks Park.  The ride features a 72-foot vertical lift and a 97-degree loop with speeds reaching up to 45 miles per hour.

Police Arrest Escaped Inmate Who Stole ODOT Truck

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested an inmate who escaped custody by stealing an ODOT truck.  Police tracked down and arrested Scott Smith Saturday morning in a Gresham apartment complex.  Police had been searching for him since Thursday, when he allegedly stole an ODOT truck and drove away while performing work crew duties.

Lotto Shop Robbed At Gunpoint

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for two men accused of robbing a lotto deli at gunpoint.  Police say the men entered Lucy Spot in Southeast Portland yesterday morning with a gun and demanded money.  Police were unable to find the suspects in the surrounding area.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

Vigil Held In Portland For CA Man Killed By Police

(Portland, OR)  --  Dozens of Portland residents are paying their respects to a man shot and killed by police in California.  More than a hundred people gathered last night at Director Park for a vigil for Stephon Clark.  The 23-year-old was unarmed and holding only a cellphone when police fired 20 shots at him in the backyard of his grandparents home in Sacramento.

Oregon Zoo Opens New Rock Wall

(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Zoo has a new attraction.  The zoo opened its new custom-made rock wall Saturday.  The wall is located near the mountain goat exhibit at the zoo's entrance and features rocks that are shaped like various animals.

Man Arrested For Armed Robbery Of Fred Meyer Store

(Portland, OR)  --  A Hillsboro man is facing charges for allegedly robbing a Fred Meyer store at gunpoint.  Police arrested 33-year-old Jacob Bundy yesterday for the robbery in Oregon City on March 14th.  He's being held in lieu of 255-thousand dollars bail.

Inmate Steals ODOT Truck, Escapes

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for an escaped inmate who allegedly stole an ODOT truck.  Police say 25-year-old Scott Smith was performing work crew duty on Northeast Hancock Drive yesterday when he allegedly stole the truck and escaped.  Smith is serving 90 days for a parole violation for identity theft.

'Portlandia' Airs Series Finale

(Portland, OR)  --  The Independent Film Channel's Portland parody show "Portlandia" is finally at an end.  The series finale of the award-winning show aired last night on IFC.  The show created by Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein hit the airwaves in 2011 and won four Emmys.

Adidas Plans To Double Size Of North Portland Campus

(Portland, OR)  --  Adidas plans to double the size of its North Portland campus.  The athletic apparel company reports that they intend to build three new buildings at their facility beginning this year.  The firm is enjoying a surge in popularity, with sales up 16-percent last year as it continues to chip away at Nike's marketshare.

Swastika Found At Laurelhurst Park

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking for a suspect or suspects responsible for spray-painting a swastika in Laurelhurst Park.  Police say a resident found the graffiti in the fenced in dog area of the park yesterday morning.  The city's Graffiti Abatement program worked quickly to remove the symbol yesterday.  Anyone with information about the vandal is urged to contact police.

Two Injured In Explosion At Hewlett Packard Campus

(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are injured following a hydrogen generator explosion at Corvallis's Hewlett Packard campus.  Firefighters responded to Building Two of the campus at around 3:30 yesterday afternoon.  Two people were taken to a hospital for injuries.  An investigation is ongoing.

Police Officers Cleared In Goose Hollow Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  A pair of police officers are escaping charges for a shooting that injured a suspect in the Goose Hollow neighborhood.  A grand jury yesterday found that Portland Police Bureau officers Darrell Shaw and Joseph Webber were justified in shooting 26-year-old Sarah Michelle Brown.  The jury also indicted Brown on several charges relating to the incidents on the night of the shooting.  Officers Shaw and Webber were responding to a burglary call at a home on Southwest King Avenue March 8th when gunfire was exchanged.

Three Bald Eagles Found Shot To Death

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into the shooting deaths of three bald eagles in Linn County.  Police found the eagles with apparent gunshot wounds near Tangent last Friday.  Bald eagles are no longer considered endangered, but they're still protected by state and federal law, and it's illegal to kill or harass them.

Man Injured In Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  One man is injured following a shooting in Northeast Portland.  Police responded to the 300 block of Northeast 79th Avenue last night and found one man with gunshot wounds.  He was taken to a hospital.  Witnesses saw a white car leaving the area just after the shooting.  An investigation is ongoing.

Portland School Labeled 'Slaughterhouse' On Google

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland elementary school is under police surveillance today after someone labeled the school a "slaughterhouse" on Google.  Portland police says they'll have an officer on campus at Forest Park Elementary School today out of an abundance of caution.  School district officials tell KATU someone placed the school in the category of slaughterhouse on Google.

Police Investigate Milwaukie Stabbing

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a stabbing that injured a man in Milwaukie.  Police say the man was walking on the Springwater Corridor Trail yesterday morning when a transient stabbed him multiple times.  The victim was hospitalized and released.  No arrest has been made.

Charges Dropped Against Portland Hat-Grabber

(Portland, OR)  --  A woman who grabbed the hat from a Trump supporter's head is no longer facing criminal charges.  Deputy District Attorney Eric Palmer said the case was dismissed yesterday because the plaintiff lives far away and did not want to travel to Portland.  The legal action stemmed from an incident in which Kelly Baur grabbed a pro-Trump cap from Jacob Lortie's head during an alt-right rally in June.

Man Robs Cellphone Store At Knifepoint

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of robbing a cellphone store at knifepoint.  Police say the man entered Boost Mobile on Northeast 82nd Avenue last night with a knife and demanded money.  He's described as five-foot-eight-inches tall with a slim build and was wearing dark clothing.

Surveillance Cameras Stolen From Hotel

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking for a man accused of stealing a surveillance camera from a Salem hotel.  Police say the suspect stole two cameras March 10th at the Phoenix Inn Suites on Commercial Street Southeast.  The cameras are valued at 500 dollars.

Man Killed In Auto-Pedestrian Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  One man is dead following an auto-pedestrian crash on Sandy Boulevard.  Police say the man was crossing the street last night when the car struck him.  The driver reportedly stayed at the scene to cooperate with police.

Train Crashes Into Semi-Truck

(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are being reported after a train crashed into a semi-truck in North Portland.  Police say the semi became stuck on the train tracks at North Columbia Boulevard and North Argyle Way yesterday morning.  The driver reportedly exited the semi just before the train crashed into it.  A nearby power pole was damaged in the crash.

One Injured In Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking into a shooting that injured a man at an East Burnside apartment complex.  Police responded to the Morgan Place Apartments last night on reports of gunfire.  Police say one person was shot during an argument and was taken to a hospital in a private vehicle.  No arrests have been made.

Police Investigate Suspicious Death In Forest Grove

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is under way into a suspicious death at a Forest Grove apartment.  Police say officers were performing a welfare check at College Place Apartments near Pacific University Monday afternoon when they found the body.  It's not yet clear how the victim died.

Vancouver Pokemon Go Player Hit With Assault Rap After Tire Iron Incident

(Vancouver, WA)  --  A Vancouver Pokemon Go player is facing an assault charge after a virtual "battle" got real.  "The Oregonian" reports that Stephen Jolly is accused of swinging a tire iron last week at three opponents who beat him in a "Pokemon battle."  Police say the 56-year-old told them he came at the 19- and 20-year-olds "in an aggressive manner" after they beat him at the game.  He also allegedly busted up a picnic table, doing about 400 dollars in damage.

One Killed In Highway 26 Medical Emergency Crash

(Banks, OR)  --  A man is dead after experiencing a medical emergency and crashing on Highway 26 near Banks.  Oregon State Police say 86-year-old Portland resident George Fleerlage rear-ended another driver's car Monday and was pronounced dead at the scene.  The other motorist was taken to a hospital and is expected to be okay.  Authorities say it appears Fleerlage had some kind of medical emergency while driving, and that he was not wearing a seat belt.

Two Arrested, Third Suspect Sought In Car Dealership Break-In

(Portland, OR)  --  Police have arrested two suspects and are searching for a third for allegedly stealing diesel fuel from a car dealership.  Police arrested Luke Phlaum and Kenneth Tachell yesterday morning.  The two allegedly broke into Wilson Ford on Northwest 5th Street with a third suspect and stole fuel.  The third suspect fled the scene as police arrived.

Small Plane Crashes Into Columbia River

(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are being reported following a small plane crash in the Columbia River.  Police say 67-year-old Douglas P. Pflugradt was trying to land atop a sandbar at Wallace Island yesterday when he crashed.  The Coast Guard airlifted him to safety after the crash.

'Hamilton' Begins Portland Run

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland run of "Hamilton" is officially under way.  The hit Broadway musical began its three-week run last night.  Tickets aren't completely sold out yet, though remaining tickets are likely to run on the expensive side.  Tickets for Friday's performance are starting at 175 dollars on the official ticket selling outlet's website.

Woman Arrested For Fake Jewelry Scam

(Portland, OR)  --  Police in Washington County say they've arrested a woman accused of tricking people into buying fake jewelry.  Police arrested 31-year-old Amber Schmidt of Cornelius for the scam involving at least seven victims.  Police say she sold fake diamonds, gemstones and gold jewelry through a Facebook page called "Never Ending Treasures" and tried to pass off the jewelry as genuine.

Police Seek Convicted Felon For Death Of Girlfriend

(Camas, WA)  --  Police are searching for a convicted felon accused of murdering his girlfriend at their home in southern Washington.  Police say they're looking for 38-year-old Guillermo Juarez in connection to the death of 35-year-old Luz Guitron.  A family member found Guitron dead inside her home in Camas Sunday afternoon.  Investigators say there were signs of a struggle.

Wildlife Officials Euthanize Cougar Seen In Silverton

(Portland, OR)  --  Wildlife officials say they've put down a cougar that killed a deer in Silverton.  The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says they trapped and euthanized the cougar Sunday morning.  Officials say the cougar became a public safety risk after several people reported seeing it inside city limits.  The cougar reportedly killed a deer in a Silverton family's back yard sometime last month.

Police Looking For Missing Teen Girl

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a teenage girl who has been missing for more than a week.  Police say 15-year-old Noura "Lily" Rose Yahiaoui was last seen March 9th at her grandma's house in the Shady Cove area.  She was reported missing March 14th, and investigators believe she may have run away with an adult male.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

Lewis And Clark Bridge Reopens After Bomb Scare

(Rainier, OR)  --   The Lewis And Clark Bridge connecting Rainier, Oregon and Longview, Washington is open again following a bomb scare.  Police shut down the bridge for four hours yesterday after a man tied two backpacks to the bridge on the Oregon side.  Oregon State Police bomb technicians used robots to inspect the backpacks and didn't find any explosive devices.  Investigators say the backpacks contained clothing, switchblades and personal items.  Police have arrested 61-year-old Samuel Owen for the incident on charges of first-degree disorderly conduct and possession of a user quantity of methamphetamine.

Dutch Bros. Raising Funds For Animal Shelter Today

(Portland, OR)  --  Dutch Bros. stores in Gresham are holding a fundraiser today for Multnomah County Animal Services.  The coffee seller says they're donating one dollar from every drink sold to the Troutdale pet shelter.  The fundraiser is part of the company's social mission to donate at least one-percent of its sales to charities this year.

Police Looking For Missing Man

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a 22-year-old Beaverton man who has been missing since Friday.  Police say family members reported Malik Gomes missing after he walked away from his home and didn't return.  He's described as 190 pounds and five-foot-ten-inches tall with black hair and brown eyes.

One Killed, One Injured In Two-Car Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead following a two-car crash on Highway 26.  Police say the crash happened yesterday afternoon near the Dairy Queen just north of Manning.  One driver was pronounced dead at the scene, while the second driver was taken to a hospital for injuries.

Senator Wyden Questions Facebook On Cambridge Analytica

(Portland, OR)  --  Senator Ron Wyden is demanding answers from Facebook about the misappropriation of the private data of tens of millions of Americans.  In a statement Friday, Facebook said it suspended data firm Cambridge Analytica and its parent group after receiving reports it didn't delete information about Facebook users that was shared inappropriately.  Cambridge Analytica was founded by former President Trump adviser Steve Bannon and Republican donor Robert Mercer.  The data was allegedly used to manipulate American voters.  Wyden sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg yesterday asking him to explain the extent of the data collection.

Train Derails In North Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a train derailment in North Portland.  Portland Fire and Rescue says no one was injured in yesterday's derailment of six empty freight cars near North Interstate Avenue and Thunderbird Way.  Fire officials say no hazardous materials were involved.

Police Detain Man For Knifepoint Robbery

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing possible charges after allegedly robbing a Metro PCS store at knifepoint.  Police say the man entered the store at Northeast 242nd and Glisan Street in Wood Village last night with a knife.  Police later tracked down and detained the suspect.  No injuries were reported.

Police Investigate Shooting In NE Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking for suspects in connection to a shootout that damaged several cars in Northeast Portland.  Police responded to the area of Northeast 11th Avenue and Failing Street yesterday afternoon on reports of gunfire.  Arriving officers found bullet casings and damage to several cars parked in the area.  No injuries were reported.  Investigators believe the shooting was gang-related.

Crash Critically Injures Three On Tualatin Valley Highway

(Portland, OR)  --  Three people remain hospitalized following a crash on Tualatin Valley Highway.  Police say at least four vehicles were involved in the crash yesterday afternoon at Southwest 160th Avenue and TV Highway.  Three people were taken to a hospital with critical injuries.  An investigation into what caused the crash is ongoing.

Police Arrest Two Pacific University Football Players For Attack, Brawl

(Forest Grove, OR)  --  A pair of Pacific University football players are facing charges after allegedly attacking a teen and starting a street brawl in Forest Grove.  Police say Christopher Goosby and Jeremy McGoldrick attacked an 18-year-old Saturday night after going to his house to buy marijuana from him.  The two then allegedly returned to the home 45 minutes later with about a dozen of their teammates and started a brawl in the street.  There's no word yet on what caused the disagreement.  Police found the two suspects in their dorm rooms and arrested them.

Thousands Turn Out For Shamrock Run

(Portland, OR)  --  Thousands of people celebrated St. Patrick's Day with a run through Downtown Portland.  Roughly 25-thousand racers turned out Saturday for the annual Shamrock Run.  The event features distances ranging from a 5K to a half-marathon.  The race has been a tradition in Portland for the last four decades.

OR Food Bank Recalls Pumpkin Seeds Over Listeria Concerns

(Portland, OR)  --  A recall is in effect for more than 60-thousand pounds of pumpkin seeds donated to the Oregon Food Bank.  The food bank says the seeds distributed between November 1st and March 16th could be contaminated with Listeria.  Food bank officials say the seeds were given to them in the same donation that included chia seeds that were recalled last week due to rodent droppings.  The seeds were distributed either in Kale Joy plastic bags or in one-pound plastic bags with twist-type closures.

Two Injured In Auto-Pedestrian Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  Two pedestrians are hospitalized after being struck by a car in Southeast Portland.  Police say a man and a woman were walking at Southeast 122nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard yesterday when a driver hit them.  The woman suffered life-threatening injuries while the man suffered serious but less threatening injuries.  Police say the driver stayed at the scene to cooperate with officers.

1 Critically Injured In House Fire

(Portland, OR)  --  One person is critically injured following a house fire in Southeast Portland.  Firefighters responded to the home on Southeast 42nd Avenue yesterday afternoon.  One person escaped the fire with critical injuries and was taken to a hospital.  An investigation is ongoing.

Convicted Felon Arrested For Mail Theft

(Portland, OR)  --  A convicted felon is facing new charges after allegedly stealing mail in a Scappoose neighborhood.  Police arrested Andrey MacCracken of Beaverton last week near Scappoose Middle School after receiving reports of a suspicious car.  Officers determined the car was stolen and pulled MacCracken over.  Police say a search of the car turned up stolen mail from Scappoose and across the Portland area, along with methamphetamine and a butterfly knife.

Man Arrested For Murder, Abuse Of Corpse

(Portland, OR)  --  A 26-year-old man is facing several charges for allegedly murdering a woman and then abusing her corpse.  Police arrested Cody Hilliard yesterday after finding the woman's body in a Salem motel room last week.  Police were conducting a welfare check at the Black Bear Inn on Motor Court Northeast last Tuesday when they found the body of 38-year-old Kim Cheen Low.  Police are withholding further details pending an investigation.

SCOOR Suspends State Judge Who Wouldn't Marry Same-Sex Couples

(Salem, OR)  --  An Oregon state judge is suspended for three years for "willful misconduct."  The Oregon Supreme Court pulled Judge Vance Day off the bench yesterday.  The high court reportedly found that he acted with prejudice against same-sex couples when he refused to marry them.  The ruling also states that Day instructed his staff to keep his misdeeds from coming to the public's attention.

Google Opens New Data Center In The Dalles

(Portland, OR)  --  Google is opening a new data center in The Dalles.  Community leaders joined the company yesterday in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Taylor Lake data center.  Google says the ceremony marks the end of the first phase of construction, with the second phase now beginning.  Google says the new facility will create 50 new jobs.

Police Running Enhanced DUII Patrols For St. Patrick's Day

(Portland, OR)  --  Police will be out in force this weekend to catch drunk drivers for St. Patrick's Day.  The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says it'll be running enhanced DUII patrols throughout the holiday weekend.  Police are reminding revelers to always designate a sober driver, use public transportation or plan to use a taxi or ride-sharing service if you're drinking.

Man Arrested For Shooting In Santa Clara

(Portland, OR)  --  Police in Eugene say they've arrested a man who was shooting off a gun in the Santa Clara area.  Police arrested Cody Lockard early this morning at a home on Terra Linda Avenue.  Police say he was arguing with his brother at the home just before he fired off a black powder pistol.  Police tracked him down near the home with the gun, which he says was not loaded.

Portland Students Walk Out Of Classrooms For Gun Control

(Portland, OR)  --  Students at dozens of Portland-area schools are calling for an end to gun violence.  Hundreds of students from schools across Portland, Beaverton, Vancouver and Salem walked out of their classrooms yesterday morning.  The walkouts were part of a nationwide initiative to honor those killed in a mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, by calling for better gun control.  Students ranging from elementary school to college age participated in the walkouts.

United Airlines Accidentally Sends OR Pet Dog To Japan

(Kansas City, MO)  --  United Airlines is looking into a mix-up that accidentally sent an Oregon woman's dog to Japan.  Kara Swindle said her ten-year-old German Shepherd was supposed to be shipped on Tuesday from Oregon to Kansas City, Missouri, where she and her children were moving to.  When they arrived, she was given the wrong dog.  Swindle said she wanted her dog to fly with her during the move, but the airline said he was unable to travel on her flight and had to be sent on another.  She said he was not given food or water on the 16-hour flight.  United issued an apology, saying both dogs are safe and that it will get them to where they are supposed to be as soon as possible.

Robbery Suspect Killed In Officer-Involved Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is underway into a deadly officer-involved shooting in Keizer.  Police say an officer shot and killed an armed robbery suspect last night following a brief pursuit on Springtime Court Northeast.  Police say the man robbed the Pizza Hut on River Road North and then fled from arriving officers, first in a car and then on foot.

Claims that Tinder Deletes Transgender Profiles

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland woman is accusing the dating app Tinder of discrimination against transgender people.  Twenty-five-year-old Ariel Hawkins filed a lawsuit yesterday accusing the Los Angeles company of deleting her profile after she listed herself as a "pre-op trans woman."  She says she reached out to the firm to ask why, but was told only that she "violated terms of service."  Hawkins claims in her suit that other transgender people have the same complaint and she's asking for class-action status.

Inmate Found Hiding In Air Vent

(Portland, OR)  --  Multnomah County Sheriff's deputies are calling off the search for a missing inmate after finding him hiding in a ceiling air vent.  The Sheriff's Office says 29-year-old Robert Arrington was reported missing yesterday during a routine check at Multnomah County Inverness Jail in Northeast Portland.  Deputies placed the jail on lockdown while they searched for him.  They found him hiding about three hours later.  He's now facing additional criminal charges.

Man Crashes Car Into Apartment Building

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of crashing his car into an apartment building in Northeast Portland.  Police say the man crashed into Burnside 26 apartments at Northeast 26th Avenue and East Burnside Street around 1:30 this morning.  He then allegedly fled the scene.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

Police Seek House Burglary Suspect

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking for a suspect in connection to the burglary of a house in the Happy Valley area.  Cops say the suspect was armed with a gun when he broke into the home on Southeast Cornwell Street last night.  Police say one person was injured, but it's not yet clear if the injured person was the homeowner or the suspect.

Man Rescued From Waterfall At Lewis And Clark Park

(Portland, OR)  --  A hiker is safe and doing well after being rescued from a trail in Lewis and Clark Park.  The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says the man became stuck last night after climbing up a waterfall beyond the trail end.  Rescue crews rappelled down to him hoisted him to safety.

Evacuation Orders Lifted Following Scrap Yard Fire

(Portland, OR)  --  Residents of a Northeast Portland neighborhood evacuated due to a toxic fire are being allowed to return home.  Multnomah County authorities lifted their evacuation orders just before 5:00 last night.  Thousands of residents were forced from their homes Monday after a five-alarm fire at a scrap yard began kicking up toxic fumes.  The fire destroyed a duplex and a six-plex and killed 16 pet cats.

OSU Probes Sex Misdirect On Cheerleading Website

(Corvallis, OR)  --  Investigators are trying to figure out who linked the Oregon State University cheerleading webpage to a swingers' site.  Officials at OSU say the discovery was made late last week on an old version of  It led users to a site for sex swapping.  They initially found out about the inappropriate link on Friday and it stayed in place until after ten that night.  It wasn't clear how long that misdirect had been active.

Iditarod Reprimands OSU Prof For Improper Comments

(Corvallis, OR)  --  An OSU professor is being reprimanded by the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.  Organizers say Morrie Craig made improper comments to a competitor this month.  The "Gazette-Times" reports Craig helped create the drug testing on the dogs used in the Alaska race more than two decades ago.  He's accused of talking to a musher before the start of this year's race about test results from another racer's dogs.

Student Walkouts Planned In Portland, Nationwide

(Portland, OR)  --  Hundreds of Portland-area students are expected to walk out of class today to protest gun violence.  Students across the nation are planning to walk out of their classrooms in honor of the 17 people killed in the Parkland, Florida, school shooting.  District officials tell KATU they support students who plan to walk out and they're taking extra precautions to ensure their safety.

Man Arrested For Stabbing In Aloha

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges in connection to a stabbing at an apartment complex in Aloha.  Police say 33-year-old Matthew Jay Erb stabbed a 42-year-old man several times yesterday morning at the apartment at Southwest 188th Court and Farmington Road.  Police say the victim is expected to survive.

Police ID Man Killed In Officer-Involved Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a man shot and killed by police in Hillsboro.  Police say 20-year-old Daniel Stacey Reynolds was killed Saturday in an encounter with police at a home on Southeast 54th Avenue.  Police were responding to reports of a domestic disturbance at the home when Reynolds allegedly fired two shots from a shotgun, prompting police to return fire.  An investigation is ongoing.

Police Arrest Three Boys For Carjacking

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested three boys in connection to a carjacking.  Police say the boys stole a Subaru Forester from a man out driving near Southeast 117th Avenue and Alder Street last Thursday.  Police later found the stolen Subaru and say they saw three boys getting into it.  Police chased after them until they crashed on 102nd Avenue.  The boys then allegedly fled on foot, but police set up a perimeter and tracked them down with the use of a K-9 unit.

Police Seek Missing Vancouver Woman

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police in Vancouver are searching for a woman who went missing nearly three weeks ago.  Police say 27-year-old Ashanti Conde was last seen February 22nd inside a silver 2002 Cadillac Seville with Michael Conley.  Conley was later found dead on a back road in Skamania County last week.  Police say his remains were located about two miles from his car, which had become stuck in the snow.  Police say Conde is not a suspect in Conley's death.

Police Investigate Possible Gang-Related Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a possible gang-related shooting in Northeast Portland.  Police responded to the 6300 block of Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard last night.  Witnesses told arriving officers they saw people inside two separate vehicles fire shots at each other before fleeing the scene.  It's not yet clear if anyone was injured.

Evacuation Orders Expanded Following 5-Alarm Fire

(Portland, OR)  --  Officials are expanding their evacuation orders following a massive fire emitting toxic smoke at a Northeast Portland scrap yard.  Fire officials announced late last night that residents living in the area from Northeast 60th to East 76th and Northeast Columbia and Northeast Alberta should leave the area immediately.  Firefighters worked into the night to extinguish the five-alarm blaze that started yesterday morning at Northwest Metals.  The fire destroyed a duplex and two small homes and killed at least 16 cats.

Tesla Raising Costs Of Charging Stations

(Palo Alto, CA)  --  Tesla is raising the cost of its Supercharging stations around 20 to 40 percent based on location.  In Oregon, the cost is doubled to 24 cents per kilowatt hour.  In California, the cost jumps from 20 cents per kilowatt hour to 26 cents.  Model S and Model X owners still get an annual credit of 400 kilowatt hours.

PPS Backs Wednesday's Planned Student Walkouts

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Public Schools is giving its support to hundreds of local students expected to walk out of class tomorrow.  District officials tell KATU they support students who plan to walk out, and they're taking extra precautions to ensure their safety.  Students across the nation are planning to walk out of their classrooms Wednesday in honor of the 17 people killed in the Parkland, Florida school shooting.

Police Investigate Shooting In SE Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is under way into an early-morning shooting in Southeast Portland.  Police responded to the area of Southeast 82nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard around 4 a.m. on reports of gunfire.  Responding officers found evidence of gunfire but don't believe anyone was injured.

Police Searching For Missing Teen Girl

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a missing 17-year-old girl.  Police say Haylee C. Riggs was last seen Sunday at the Wendy's restaurant in Happy Valley, where she works.  Haylee's mother told police she dropped her off there around 4:30 p.m., but when she returned around 7:00 p.m., staff members told her Haylee never showed up for work.  Police say Haylee doesn't have any of her daily medications with her.

Fire Damages Milwaukie Restaurant

(Portland, OR)  --  A Milwaukie-area restaurant is closed for the day after suffering damage in an early-morning fire.  Firefighters responded to Hale's Restaurant on Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard around 2:30 a.m. after a deputy reported seeing flames.  Fire officials say most of the damage was limited to the kitchen.  An investigation is ongoing into what caused the blaze.

Woman Booked In Portland Shootout

(Portland, OR)  --  A woman is facing several charges including attempted murder following a shootout in southwest Portland.  Police say Sarah Brown was arrested Sunday after allegedly engaging in a shootout with police Thursday morning in the Goose Hollow neighborhood.  She reportedly got under the porch of a home near Providence Park and held cops at bay for hours.  Brown was handcuffed after spending time in a hospital because of an injury.

Man Killed In Officer-Involved Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is under way into the officer-involved shooting death of a man in Hillsboro.  Police say officers were responding to a domestic disturbance call at a home on Southeast 54th Avenue Saturday night when they saw a man carrying a gun on the property.  Police say the officers shot him after he fired off two shots, but it's not yet clear whether the man fired off the shots inside or outside the home.

Memorial Held For Woman Who Inspired 'Rosie The Riveter'

(Longview, WA)  --  Friends and family are remembering the Longview, Washington woman who inspired the iconic "Rosie the Riveter" image.  Dozens gathered over the weekend for a memorial in honor of Naomi Parker Fraley.  She died in January at her Longview home.  Fraley's son Joe Blankenship tells KATU that the iconic quote "We can do it" was one of his mother's mottos, and that she didn't believe in the word "can't."  Fraley was working in a factory at Alameda Naval Air Station during World War Two when a photographer happened to take several photos of her, leading to the inspiration for the iconic image.

Fire Burns Abandoned Home

(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are being reported following a fire at an abandoned home in Brooks.  Firefighters responded to the manufactured home along Highway 99E Saturday night.  An investigation is ongoing into what caused the fire.

Police Seek Suspects In Home Burglary, Assault

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for suspects in connection to a burglary and assault at a home in Southeast Portland.  Police responded to the home on Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard yesterday after the homeowner called 9-1-1 to say he'd been assaulted and that the burglars were still inside.  Arriving officers rushed him to a hospital and then searched the home but didn't find the suspects.  Police say they don't believe there's any danger to the public.

Fire Burns Abandoned Strip Club In NE Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a fire at an abandoned strip club in Northeast Portland.  Firefighters responded to the shuttered Club Playpen on Columbia Boulevard Saturday night.  No injuries were reported.  Investigators are still looking into how the fire started.

Two Injured In Four-Car Chain-Reaction Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are injured following a four-car crash on I-205.  Police say the chain-reaction crash happened Saturday afternoon near Division Street.  The two victims are expected to recover.  Police say no arrests were made.

Coast Guard Rescues Hiker After Fall

(Portland, OR)  --  A 30-year-old hiker is hospitalized in Portland after falling nearly 30 feet near Carson Hot Springs Resort in Washington state.  Coast Guard officials say the woman became injured while falling down an embankment along Wind River.  Coast Guard crews airlifted her to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.

Woman Killed In Small Plane Crash

(Battle Ground, WA)  --  One woman is dead following a small plane crash in southwestern Washington state.  Police say 65-year-old Mary Rosenblum of Canby was piloting a Piper Super Cub "tail dragger" plane yesterday when she crashed into some trees between La Center and Battle Ground.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.  Authorities say she was the only person inside the plane.  The Federal Aviation Administration is investigation.

Man Shot In Northeast Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect in connection to a shooting that seriously injured a man in Northeast Portland.  Police responded to the 6600 block of Northeast Flanders Street last night on reports of gunfire.  Arriving officers found one victim, who was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.  An investigation is ongoing.

Police Investigate Threatening Letter To Woman

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is under way after a Portland woman received a threatening and vulgar letter.  Police say the letter makes several mentions of rape and torture.  The letter appears to have been photocopied, but police say the address on the envelope is handwritten.  The woman tells KATU she's seen reports on social media that others in the area have received similar letters.

Rep Walden Speaks About Flu Season To Congress

(Portland, OR)  --  An Oregon Republican is making comments as an especially rough flu season begins to wind down.  In a House hearing, Oregon Republican Greg Walden called the flu season severe and deadly.  CDC Acting Director Anne Schuchat said this season's flu vaccine has only been about 36-percent effective.  Dr. Schuchat also argued that vaccination is still better than no vaccination.

PPB Faces Six Excessive Force Lawsuits

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Police Bureau is facing half a dozen lawsuits for excessive force.  The six lawsuits filed by the American Civil Liberties Union claim that cops assaulted the plaintiffs with batons and pepper spray during various protests over the past two years.  "OregonLive" reports that damages between ten-thousand-dollars and 200-thousand-dollars are being sought in each case.  The claimants and the ACLU decided to file in Multnomah County rather than federal court for a quicker decision.

Police ID Suspect In Bridal Veil Kidnapping, Sexual Assault

(Bridal Veil, OR)  --  Police are releasing new details in connection with an alleged kidnapping and sexual assault in the Columbia River Gorge.  Police say 61-year-old convicted sex offender Douglas Braaten is being held on four felony charges at the Multnomah County Jail for the incident Tuesday night.  Bail is set at one-million dollars.  Police say Braaten offered his female victim a ride at a 7-Eleven and then drove past her requested stop to take her to Bridal Veil, where he sexually assaulted her.  Police say they used GPS to track the woman's phone after she texted 9-1-1 during the car ride.

PPB IDs Officers Involved In Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Police Bureau is releasing the identities of the two officers involved in a shooting in the Goose Hollow Neighborhood.  The Bureau says Officers Joseph Webber and Darrell Shaw are on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.  Police say the officers were responding to reports of a burglary on Southwest King Avenue early yesterday when they exchanged gunfire with the suspect, hitting her.  She remains hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police Officer Arrested For DUII

(Portland, OR)  --  A Tigard Police officer is facing a DUII charge.  Clackamas County Sheriff's deputies arrested Ron Wommack earlier this week.  Wommack is an 18-year veteran of the Tigard Police Department.  Tigard Police Chief Kathy McAlpine says an internal investigation is underway.

Tires Stolen From Cars In NE Portland Neighborhood

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is underway in Northeast Portland after someone stole the tires off of several cars.  Police say several residents woke up yesterday morning to find all four tires of their cars missing.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

Two Killed In Apparent Murder-Suicide

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is under way into an apparent murder-suicide in West Linn.  Police found two people dead at a home on Alderwood Drive near Fields Bridge Park yesterday while responding to reports of gunfire there.  Investigators say they recovered several firearms from the home.

Police Arrest Man After Woman's Body Found In Hotel

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've made an arrest in connection to the discovery of a woman's body inside a hotel in Salem.  Police arrested 25-year-old Cody Roy Hilliard on I-5 near Eugene.  Police found the woman's body Tuesday night while performing a welfare check at the Days Inn Black Bear Inn on Motor Court Northeast.  Police are waiting to release her name until they've notified her family.

Portland Police: 'No Crime Could Be Proven' Against Mark Cuban

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police are releasing more information on why they didn't pursue sexual abuse charges against Mavs owner Mark Cuban.  A woman told Portland Police in April of 2011 that Cuban groped her under her clothes when they posed for a picture in a bar.  Portland police say there was no way to prove a crime happened and that they believe the allegations to be unfounded.   Cuban denied the accusation and passed a polygraph test.

Police Seek Armed Carjacking Suspect

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of carjacking someone at knifepoint in Southeast Portland.  Police say the victim was getting into his car in the parking lot of the Food Depot on East Powell Boulevard last night when the suspect approached him.  The victim says the man flashed a knife and demanded his car keys.  The stolen vehicle is described as a white 2001 Nissan Altima with Oregon license plates 1-2-3-E-N-J.


Portland City Commissioners Make "Moving Costs" Rule Permanent

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland landlords will continue paying the moving costs of some renters.  City Commissioners voted yesterday to make a rule permanent that requires such assistance if evicted without notice or forced out by big rent increases.  The program had been on a trial run for a year.  Commissioner Chloe Eudaly is credited with coming up with the idea and she says housing "cannot be treated like any other commodity."

Man Injured, Dog Killed In Auto-Pedestrian Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is seriously injured and his dog is dead following an auto-pedestrian crash in the Milwaukie area.  Police say the man was walking his dog at 99 East and Southeast Hull last night when they were struck.  The man was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.  Police say the driver stayed at the scene and cooperated with investigators.

Audubon Society: Crows That Fell From Sky Were Poisoned

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Audubon Society is releasing new details about the dozens of crows that fell out of the sky earlier this year.  The group says it has confirmed the birds were poisoned with a toxic pesticide called Avitrol.  The pesticide is a neurotoxin which can only be administered by a licensed official.  Now the Audubon Society is searching for the perpetrators, saying they likely violated federal law.  American Crows are federally protected by the MBTA.

Police Searching For Missing Man

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a missing Fairview man who disappeared nearly a month ago.  Police say 53-year-old Jerry Norris was last seen February 10th at his home.  He's described as six-foot-one and 160 pounds with graying brown hair and hazel eyes.


Woman's Body Found Inside Hotel Room

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is underway into the discovery of a woman's body inside a hotel in Salem.  Police found the body last night while performing a welfare check at the Days Inn Black Bear Inn on Motor Court Northeast.  Investigators are still looking into the cause of death.

Police Investigate Shooting Threat At Junior High

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting threat at Santiam Junior/Senior High School in Mill City.  Police say a student alerted authorities yesterday after finding two threatening notes in a pair of school books.  Both notes reportedly read, "I'm going to shoot up the school 3/9/18."  Police say the notes were left by a 13-year-old girl who doesn't have access to any guns.  She could be charged with disorderly conduct.

School District Investigates Racist Message On Instagram

(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon City School District is investigating reports of a racist message allegedly posted to social media by one of its students.  Oregon City High School senior Eric Diaz tells KATU-TV he was on Twitter Monday night when he saw a post from a classmate including screen grabs from the racist post on Instagram.  District officials say the post came from someone claiming to be an Oregon City High School student.  The post included multiple instances of the N-word and other racist sentiments against African Americans.  District officials say the student will be subject to disciplinary action.

Portland Public Schools Board Approves New Calendar

(Portland, OR)  --  Students attending Portland public schools will get a full week off for Thanksgiving during the next school year.  That's one of the changes enacted last night by the Portland Public Schools board as they voted to approve their new calendar.  Board members say the new calendar also maximizes the number of full school weeks and eliminates late starts and early releases.

Police Arrest Man After Chase, Standoff

(Portland, OR)  --  One man is facing multiple charges including DUII following a police chase and standoff that shut down I-5 in Wilsonville.  Police say the pursuit started in Salem after officers received reports of a reckless driver who was speeding and using the shoulder to pass other cars.  The pursuit ended in Woodburn after police failed to catch him and then picked back up in Portland when police there spotted him.  Police finally got him to stop in Wilsonville and arrested him following a 45-minute standoff there.

Police Respond To Kidnapping Call In Bridal Veil

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into an alleged kidnapping in the Columbia River Gorge.  The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says it received a call last night from a woman who said she'd been kidnapped.  Police used GPS to track her phone to Bridal Veil, where they found the alleged kidnapper's car and detained him for questioning.  Further details were not immediately available.

Oregon Man Facing Charges In Western Illinois Pot Case

(Rock Island, IL)  --  Federal charges are expected to be filed today against an Oregon man accused of flying 200 pounds of pot into Illinois.  The U.S. attorney's office is expected to file charges against Sean Billingsley.  Police say he flew a load of drugs on a small plane back in December of last year.  Prosecutors in Warren County, Illinois, say this is the first time they've ever seen federal prosecutors step in and upgrade a marijuana case.

Mark Cuban Accused Of Sexual Assault In Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  A new report from the "Willamette Week" says a woman filed a sexual assault complaint against billionaire Mark Cuban nearly seven years ago.  The paper says the woman told police in April of 2011 that the Dallas Mavericks owner groped her under her clothes when they posed for a picture in a Portland bar.  The woman said she asked to take a picture with Cuban.  He was in Portland for a game between the Mavericks and the Trail Blazers.  Cuban denied the accusation when a detective interviewed him as part of an investigation.  The district attorney determined there wasn't enough evidence to file charges.

Man Arrested For Portland Burglaries

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a suspect in connection to a string of burglaries across the Portland area.  Police arrested 35-year-old Jeffrey Lafraniere on Sunday at a home on Southwest St. Clair Avenue.  He's accused of burglarizing eight apartments and condos over the past couple of months.  He's facing charges of theft, mail theft, attempted burglary and burglary.

Suspect Seen Prowling Homes On Surveillance Footage

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man who was caught on surveillance footage prowling houses in Wilsonville.  Police say the man has been trying to get into locked homes on Madrid Loop.  KATU reports several residents in the area have caught the suspect on their doorbell surveillance camera.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

Man Arrested For Stabbing At Downtown Hotel

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a man in connection with a stabbing at a downtown hotel.  Police responded to the Stewart Hotel on Southwest Broadway yesterday afternoon and found a man with stab wounds.  He was taken to a hospital, where doctors say he's expected to survive.  The suspect allegedly called 9-1-1 a short time after the victim was found and gave police his location.

Meat Recalled Over Possible E. Coli Contamination

(Clackamas, OR)  --  A recall is in effect for ground beef and pork products sold in Oregon state.  Clackamas-based meat trader Interstate Meat Distributors is recalling over 14-thousand pounds of product after a sample of its beef trim tested positive for E. coli.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the meat went to stores in Oregon, Utah and Washington, and has the number "965" inside its USDA mark of inspection.  As of Saturday night, there were no confirmed reports of any illnesses.

Officials Close Portland Park Over Safety Concerns

(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities are shutting down a popular Portland park due to concerns over a parking garage beneath it.  Transportation and parks leaders issued a joint statement yesterday saying O'Bryant Square and the garage will be shut down indefinitely.  Engineers reportedly had concerns about the structural integrity of the garage.  The joint statement says public safety will be ensured while long-term options are considered.

Man Arrested In Connection With Alleged ID Theft Operation

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is under way into an alleged identity theft operation being run out of Forest Grove.  Police arrested 27-year-old Garrett Pruitt-Rexroad on Sunday at McMenamins Grand Lodge Hotel.  Police made the arrest after receiving a tip about a suspicious van, which officers traced back to Pruitt-Rexroad.  Police say a search of the van and the hotel room uncovered evidence of the manufacturing of fake credit cards.

iPads Stolen From School Found Near Country Club

(Portland, OR)  --  More than three-dozen iPads stolen from a Portland high school are now back with the district.  Police say a Tualatin Hills Parks and Rec employee discovered the 39 iPads yesterday inside some trash bags left near the Rock Creek Country Club.  The iPads were stolen from Westview High School on February 3rd, along with a pair of projectors.  Police say the iPads appear to be undamaged and have been returned to the Beaverton School District.

Bhad Bhabie, AKA 'Cash Me Ousside Girl,' To Rap In Seattle

(Portland, OR)  --  A teenage troublemaker-turned-rapper who gained fame on the Internet as "Cash Me Ousside Girl" is coming to Portland.  Fourteen-year-old Danielle Bregoli is scheduled to stop at Peter's Room June 1st.  Bregoli gained infamy in 2016 when she appeared on an episode of the Dr. Phil show with her mother for allegedly stealing cars.  She's rapping under the pseudonym Bhad Bhabie.

MASH Actor David Ogden Stiers Dies In Newport Home

(Newport, OR)  --  The actor best known for playing Major Charles Emerson Winchester the Third on the television series MASH has died at his home in Newport.  The 75-year-old David Ogden Stiers had been battling bladder cancer.  Stiers joined the cast of the popular show in 1977 and was nominated for two Emmys.  He also worked as a voice actor on a number of Disney animated films, including playing Cogsworth in "Beauty and the Beast."

Man Arrested For Brandishing Knife, Threatening Security Guard

(Portland, OR)  --  One man is facing charges after allegedly threatening a security guard with a knife downtown.  Police arrested 23-year-old Nathan Kappel yesterday afternoon for the incident near Southwest 5th Avenue and West Burnside Street.  Police say witnesses called 9-1-1 after seeing the man brandishing a pocket knife in the area.  No injuries were reported.

Shooting Stretches Three Blocks In NE Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is under way into a shooting that spanned three blocks in Northeast Portland.  Police responded to the area of Northeast 78th Avenue and Halsey Street early yesterday morning on reports of gunfire.  Arriving officers say they discovered bullet casings along Halsey from 76th to 79th Avenues.  Police believe the gunfire may have been gang-related.

4 Injured In TriMet Bus Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  Nearly a half-dozen people are injured after a car crashed into a TriMet bus in North Portland.  Police say all four people were traveling inside a Honda sedan that collided with the bus at MLK Jr. Boulevard and Union Court yesterday.  All four were hospitalized.  No one on the bus was injured.

Study: Portland Third Best In U.S. For New Small Businesses

(Grand Rapids, MI)  --  A new study ranks Portland as the third best city in the nation for starting a new small business.  Some of the factors that led to the determination include annual revenue and profitability after expenses.  Sacramento, California came in first, while Grand Rapids, Michigan came in second.  Cincinnati, Ohio had the unfortunate ranking of worst city to start a new small business.

Man Arrested For Knifepoint Robbery

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges after allegedly robbing a Plaid Pantry market at knifepoint.  Police arrested 39-year-old Phillip Mawhiney on Friday night in the Woodstock neighborhood.  Police say he entered the Plaid Pantry on Southeast Woodstock Boulevard Friday night with a knife and demanded money.  Police tracked him down on Southeast Stanley Place and arrested him.

2 Injured In Crash On I-205

(Portland, OR)  --  Two men are hospitalized after a crash on Interstate 205 at the Foster Road exit.  Police say a Toyota Tundra was pulled over to the side of the road yesterday morning when a minivan crashed into another car that was pulled over, pushing it into the Tundra.  One person from the Tundra was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.  The driver of the minivan was hospitalized for less serious injuries.

Police Arrest Home Break-In Suspect

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing several charges after allegedly breaking into a home and then getting scared off by the gun-toting homeowner.  Police arrested 29-year-old Zachery Wayne Summers on Saturday for the incident Friday at a home on Southwest 171st Avenue in the Cooper Mountain area.  Police say Summers broke into the home and was confronted by the homeowner, who grabbed his gun and fired off a shot.  Summers allegedly fled the scene and was found by police at a hotel near Northeast Wilkes Road the next day.

Man Arrested For Sexual Assault Of Children

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man is facing several charges on accusations he sexually assaulted two young girls he was babysitting.  Police arrested 23-year-old Zachary Turner Tuesday.  He's accused of assaulting the two sisters multiple times starting when they were two- and five-years-old.  Police say he was 15-years-old when he started babysitting the girls.

New Details Released On Man Accused In OSU Shooting Threat

(Corvallis, OR)  --  Court records are shedding new light on a former Oregon State University student accused of threatening the school.  Court records show that Christopher Strahan made a similar shooting threat last year and was sentenced to 20 days in jail and three years on probation.  Now he's pleading not guilty to the new charges of disorderly conduct and menacing after being arrested on Tuesday.  Strahan is in the Benton County jail on 100-thousand-dollars bail.

Pedestrian Hit By Car, Hospitalized

(Portland, OR)  --  A woman is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after being struck by a car.  Police say the woman was in a crosswalk near Northeast 42nd Avenue and Sandy Boulevard last night when a Ford Explorer crashed into her.  Police say the driver is cooperating with investigators.

Beaverton Church Opens Day Center For Homeless

(Portland, OR)  --  A Beaverton church is opening its doors to the homeless during daytime hours.  Family Promise of Beaverton has opened a new day center at Sunset Presbyterian Church.  The day center offers a place for kids to play and for adults to work with case workers to find solutions to their housing problems.

Motorcyclist Injured In SW Portland Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  A motorcyclist is hospitalized following a crash in Southwest Portland.  Police say the crash happened yesterday on Southwest Barnes Road near Providence St. Vincent Medical Center.  An investigation is ongoing.

TriMet Launching Three New Lines Monday

(Portland, OR)  --  TriMet is set to launch three new bus lines Monday.  TriMet says the new lines across the Portland metro area constitute the biggest upgrade it's made to its service in years.  The three new lines are 74, 42 and 82.  TriMet says the lines will improve transportation options for South Gresham residents.

11th Annual Chowder Challenge Set For Tomorrow

(Portland, OR)  --  The 11th annual Chowder Challenge gets under way this weekend at Lompoc Brewing.  Local chefs will be offering tastes of their chowder, with proceeds benefiting the Community Transitional School for the homeless.  A 15-dollar ticket gets you 12 chowder tastings.  An extra five dollars gets you a pint of beer as well.  The event is scheduled for tomorrow at noon at the brewery's Fifth Quadrant location.

Police Arrest Suspect In 1996 Rape Case

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a man in connection to a rape case from 1996.  Police arrested 66-year-old Jihad Moore Tuesday on charges of first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sodomy.  The Portland Police Bureau says the arrest was the result of broader efforts to test previously unsubmitted rape kits.

McMinnville High School Beefs Up Security Due To Threat

(Portland, OR)  --  Extra security will be on hand at McMinnville High School today due to a threat of violence.  School officials say students notified staff after finding a message in a nearby store's bathroom last week reading "R.I.P MHS" with today's date.  School officials sent out a letter to parents last night.

Hillsboro School Board Reverses Ban On Contraceptives

(Portland, OR)  --  The Hillsboro School District is reversing a ban on birth control and condoms at its student health center.  School board members voted earlier this week to overturn the contraceptives ban enacted two years ago.  The move means students will now have access to condoms and birth control at the district health center located on Century High School's campus.

Man Gets 16 Days In Jail For Threatening Black Man

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man is facing less than a month behind bars after trying to sic his pitbull on a black man.  "OregonLive" reports that Mathu Karcher told the victim in September that he was "in the wrong neighborhood" after trying to get his pit bull to attack him and hurling racist slurs at him.  A Portland judge sentenced the 41-year-old Monday to 16 days in jail.  Authorities say Karcher has a lifetime of drug, assault and criminal mischief convictions behind him.

Gas Main Rupture Forces Evacuations

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is under way into a ruptured natural gas line main that prompted evacuations in Dallas.  Police say thousands of people lost power yesterday afternoon after the line main ruptured near Main and Ash streets.  Fire officials say the rupture was caused by a blown transformer and an arcing power line.  Investigators are looking into what caused the transformer to blow.

Reward Increases Again For Info On 'Froggy Robber'

(Portland, OR)  --  The reward continues to grow for information on an alleged bank robber dubbed the "Froggy Robber."  The Oregon Financial Institutions Security Task Force has added ten-thousand dollars to the reward, bringing the total to 30-thousand dollars.  State FBI agents are calling the suspect the "Froggy Robber" due to his penchant for leaping over the counter to grab money.  He's accused of half a dozen bank robberies in the Portland area since October.

Man Gets 46 Years For 2016 Murder Of Salem Man

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing nearly five decades behind bars for the shooting death of 44-year-old Salem resident Brett White.  A judge sentenced 20-year-old Eloy Carrera Jr. to 46 years in prison yesterday after he pleaded guilty to murder, robbery and burglary.  He and 22-year-old Denzel Cortez Hawthorne are accused of shooting White in the head during a robbery in 2016.  Hawthorne's trial is set to begin in April.

Wells Fargo Accused Of Closing Fraud Victims' Accounts

(Portland, OR)  --  A former Wells Fargo fraud investigator from Portland says the bank closed the accounts of hundreds of customers who might have been targets of fraud.  Matthew Valles says Wells Fargo fired him in January after he filed internal complaints about what he called hundreds of mishandled fraud investigations in Portland.  Banks are required by law to investigate whether criminal activity has happened when there are signs of fraud, such as a counterfeit check or an unauthorized withdrawal.  Valles says rather than fully investigating, the bank just closed customers' accounts.  He's suing Wells Fargo for violating whistleblower laws.


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