Regional News Archives for 2018-05

Firefighters Extinguish Gas Line Fire

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a gas line fire in Aloha.  Firefighters responded to the fire at 198th and Alexander last night and evacuated nearby town homes.  Police shut down roadways in the area while crews worked to extinguish the blaze.  Investigators are still looking into what caused the fire.

Activist Micah Rhodes Gets Five Years Probation For Sex Abuse

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland activist Micah Rhodes is facing five years of probation after being convicted of sex abuse.  Rhodes received the sentence in Washington County yesterday for the abuse of a girl in 2014.  He's still awaiting sentencing for a separate sex abuse case in Multnomah County.  Police arrested him in January of 2017 for disorderly conduct, parole violation and interfering with public transportation during a demonstration in Pioneer Courthouse Square.  Police learned about the sexual abuse allegations while he was in custody.

Teen Arrested For Allegedly Carrying More Than 9 Ounces Of Pot

(Beaverton, OR)  --  A Beaverton-area high school senior is facing drug charges after police allegedly caught him with more than nine ounces of weed.  Police arrested the Century High School senior on charges of unlawful possession and unlawful delivery of marijuana.  Police say the 17-year-old also lied about his identity.  The senior was expected to graduate in a little more than a week.

PDX Hikes Parking Rates

(Portland, OR)  --  It's about to get more expensive to get to the Portland Airport.  "OregonLive" reports that Portland International Airport is raising its rates.  Starting on June 11th, it'll cost more to park, take a taxi, shuttle, Uber or Lyft to make your flight.  The rate at the economy parking lot won't change, but the maximum rate will rise from one dollar to 12 bucks per day.

Police Seek Missing Man

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man who family members say has been missing since last Wednesday.  Police say 55-year-old Ricky Butcher was last seen at his home in Gresham.  Family members say Butcher might be suffering from memory problems due to a stroke.

Brush Fire Burns Along I-84

(Portland, OR)  --  Fire officials say a brush fire burned an area along Interstate 84 in northeast Portland.  Firefighters responded to the scene in the 69-hundred block of Northeast Broadway yesterday afternoon.  An investigation is ongoing into what caused the fire.

Man Allegedly Tries To Rob Pharmacy Of Narcotics

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of trying to rob a pharmacy of its narcotics.  Police say the suspect entered the Rite Aid at Northeast 41st and Sandy yesterday and handed the pharmacist a note demanding narcotics.  He later left empty-handed.  It's not clear if the man had a weapon.

Man Facing More Jail Time After Allegedly Running Away From Sentencing Hearing

(Portland, OR)  --  A Beaverton man is facing additional jail time after allegedly running away from his sentencing hearing.  Police say 34-year-old Cory Hergenrader was in court yesterday to be sentenced for a charge of driving while suspended when he took off.  Police say he ran through a nearby grocery store and car dealership before officers captured him eleven minutes later.  He was originally facing a sentence of 90 days with credit for time served, but the judge is now increasing that to 230 days with credit for time served.

Hillsboro Man Killed In Fall At Mount Adams

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A Hillsboro man is dead after falling at Mount Adams in Washington State.  Police say the 28-year-old man fell to his death Sunday after becoming separated from his group of two other climbers.  Crews are set to airlift his body out of the park this morning.

Judge Allows Teen To Wear Border Wall Shirt To School

(Portland, OR)  --  A U.S. District Court judge says a student at a Hillsboro high school can continue wearing his pro-border wall t-shirt, at least for now.  The judge granted a temporary restraining order yesterday against Liberty High School on behalf of 18-year-old Addison Barnes.  Barnes was kicked out of class in January after wearing a shirt to school that read, quote, "Donald J. Trump Border Wall Construction Co. -- The Wall Just Got 10 Feet Taller."  Yesterday's decision prevents the school from banning the shirt for the next 30 days or until a hearing on a more permanent restraining order takes place.

1 Injured In MAX Station Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting that injured one person at a TriMet MAX station platform.  Police say the shooting happened yesterday afternoon at the Northeast 82nd Avenue station.  One man suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the shooting.  Police are still searching for a suspect.

OR Fire Crews Battle Eagle Creek Hotspot

(Cascade Locks, OR)  --  Crews are tending to a hotspot at the scene of last year's Eagle Creek fire.  Six months after the blaze was fully contained, authorities responded yesterday morning to an area east of the Herman Creek Trailhead near Cascade Locks.  A Forest Service spokeswoman tells "OregonLive" that embers can stay alive for months, and yesterday's may not be the last one firefighters have to put out.  The hotspot was noticed by someone who saw a glow in the woods.

1 Killed In Highway 101 Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead following a crash on Highway 101.  Police say the head-on crash happened last night near milepost 15 after a vehicle crossed the center line into oncoming traffic.  The crash shut down the highway between Astoria and Seaside for about two and a half hours.

Amtrak: PSU Student Found Near Tracks Attempted Suicide

(Portland, OR)  --  Amtrak says a Portland State University student found critically injured beside some tracks in California was likely trying to commit suicide.  Amtrak said in a news conference yesterday that Aaron Salazar's injuries show he fell from the train and that multiple individuals onboard the train say he seemed distraught.  Amtrak also says one of their workers found an open window on the train.  Salazar's family says Amtrak's version of the story is misleading and that they believe he was beaten and left for dead in a potential hate crime.  Salazar was found injured near a railroad track on May 15th and remains hospitalized.

Veteran's Stolen Purple Heart Being Returned To His Family

(Portland, OR)  --  A Purple Heart stolen from a Korean War veteran is making its way back to Utah, thanks to the efforts of a Portland man.  The medal was stolen from the widow of Derral Tarrance during a break-in in Salt Lake City a few months ago.  But Portland resident Jeffrey Drury found it in an old trailer earlier this month and used social media to find and contact the Tarrance family.  The medal was picked up in Oregon over the Memorial Day weekend and will soon be back on display in the family's home.

De Beers To Build Synthetic Diamond Facility In Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  The world's largest diamond miner is investing 94-million dollars to build a new synthetic diamond production facility in Portland.  De Beers announced this week it will start a new jewelry brand that features diamonds produced in a laboratory.  The brand "Lightbox," will offer synthetic diamonds at a fraction of the price of diamonds mined from the earth.  Jewelry form the brand will go on sale beginning in September.

1 Killed, 2 Injured In Molalla Crash

(Molalla, OR)  --  One person is dead and two people are injured following a crash in unincorporated Molalla.  Police say the crash happened yesterday after a vehicle carrying all three victims left the roadway and rolled near the twelve-thousand block of South Dart Road.  A 20-year-old woman from Michigan was pronounced dead at the scene.  The 18-year-old male driver and a 21-year-old male passenger are hospitalized in Portland.

Fire Burns Duplex In Southeast Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are being reported following a duplex fire in Southeast Portland.  Firefighters responded to the duplex in the 300 block of Southeast 97th Avenue yesterday afternoon.  Fire officials say the blaze started outside and quickly spread to three walls of the building and into the attic.  An investigation is ongoing into what caused the fire.

Three Climbers Rescued After Falling At Mount Hood

(Portland, OR)  --  Three mountain climbers are recovering after taking a fall on Mount Hood.  Police say the climbers fell in the Hogsback area yesterday morning.  One climber was airlifted to Oregon Health and Science University in Portland with injuries to his back and shoulder.  Two women in the group suffered less serious injuries.

Man Charged For Sexual Abuse At Mother's Daycare

(Independence, OR)  --  The adult son of an Independence-based daycare owner is facing charges for allegedly sexually abusing children there.  Police say 24-year-old Quinlyn Harden has been indicted on three counts of child sex abuse involving at least two kids at his mother Ceola Harden's home-based facility named Stinky Feet Daycare.  Police say the daycare's license was suspended in January after state officials found that Harden had failed to put her son Quinlyn's name on the state's Central Background Registry page for the daycare.

Man Accused Of Running Down Women At PSU Due In Court Today

(Portland, OR)  --  A man accused of running down three women with his car at Portland State University is due in court today.  Police arrested 61-year-old Greg Porter Friday for the hit and run that morning that left all three women hospitalized.  Police say Porter was driving in the area when he veered onto the sidewalk and struck the women before driving away from the scene.  Police are still trying to figure out a motive.  He's due in court at 2:00 this afternoon.

Huge Hillsboro Data Center Planned

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A giant data center is in the works for the Portland area.  The 92-acre, 100-megawatt facility will reportedly use twice the electricity of all the homes in Hillsboro.  "The Oregonian" reports that Kansas-based QTS Data Centers was drawn to the city by lucrative tax breaks.  Those incentives are reportedly not worth what they once were, since the City Council moved to tie their value to the number of jobs created.  Data centers typically produce few jobs, since computers are the big workhorses in them.

Woman Arrested For Allegedly Stabbing 6-Year-Old Son

(Portland, OR)  --  A six-year-old boy is fighting for his life at a Portland hospital after his mother allegedly stabbed him several times.  Police arrested 34-year-old Nemoria Villagomez over the weekend at her apartment in Newport.  Police say the boy ran to his neighbor's unit trailing blood behind him, saying his mother had stabbed him.  Villagomez's bail is set at one-point-one-million-dollars.

Police Looking For Endangered Missing Man

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a missing endangered man.  Police say the 56-year-old man was last seen yesterday north of Lewisville Park near Charter Oak Road.  Police say he's endangered because he has diminished mental capacity.

Police ID Suspect In Deadly Wrong-Way Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of an alleged wrong-way driver accused of killing three high school seniors.  Police say 65-year-old Gayle Ward of Vancouver was driving southbound on I-5 Saturday night when she turned around and started speeding against traffic.  Police say she then crashed head-on into a car carrying Eagle Point High School seniors Luciana Tellez-Cabezas, Giselle Montano and Esmerelda Nava, all 18-years-old.  All three teens were killed.  An investigation is ongoing.

Meghan Markle's Nephew To Debut 'Markle Sparkle' Marijuana

(Santa Rosa, CA)  --  The Oregon-based nephew of the Duchess of Sussex plans to unveil his new strain of marijuana in California next month.  Tyler Dooley is a legal cannabis farmer in Grants Pass, Oregon and is calling his cannabis "Markle Sparkle" in honor of his royal aunt Meghan Markle.  He plans to enter both the flower and concentrated forms at the High Times Cannabis Cup competition at the Santa Rosa Fairgrounds on June 2nd.  Dooley admits he hasn't spoken to his aunt in three years, but the online description of "Markle Sparkle" says "noble families often inspire their country persons to craft and dedicate products to them."

Dad Whose Baby Was Left In Woods Indicted

(Bend, OR)  --  The father of an Oregon toddler who was left in the woods near Bend is now facing criminal charges.  "The Bulletin" reports that 26-year-old Brandon Blouin was charged Monday with six counts.  They include abandonment of a child, custodial interference, child neglect and endangering the welfare of a minor.  He's also accused of being a felon in possession of body armor.  Authorities allege that Blouin and his wife were high when the child was left alone in the woods for more than six hours earlier this month.  The baby is now in the care of the Oregon Department of Human Services.

Teen Accused Of Shooting 'Sugar Daddy' Remains Jailed In Clark County

(Portland, OR)  --  A Vancouver teenager remains behind bars in Clark County accused of shooting a Beaverton man she met on a "sugar daddy" website.  Authorities decided yesterday that 15-year-old Raelyn Domingo will remain jailed there while they work out the details of her extradition to Washington County in Oregon.  Police arrested her and three other suspects last Wednesday after they allegedly carried out a home invasion robbery in Camas.  Police say Domingo shot a married man inside his home earlier that same night after he got her high on marijuana and gave her money.  There's no word on what that money was for, but police say the two met on a website that connects "sugar daddies" with "sugar babies."  Police have not released that man's identity.

Teen Arrested For School Shooting Threat

(Portland, OR)  --  A 13-year-old boy is facing charges after allegedly threatening to shoot his classmates.  Police arrested the boy yesterday.  He's accused of making a post to Snapchat in which he threatened to shoot fellow students at French Prairie Middle School in Woodburn.  Police say there's no evidence that he had the means or capability to carry out the shooting.  He's been charged with menacing and disorderly conduct.

ACLU Of OR Against Amazon Facial Technology

(Washington, DC)  --  The ACLU of Oregon is among rights groups calling on Amazon to stop selling its facial recognition technology to the government.  The ACLU released a letter Tuesday from over two-dozen civil rights organizations to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.  The groups claim the Amazon technology called Recognition is "primed for abuse in the hands of governments."  The technology uses artificial intelligence to identify people and objects from images and videos.  Civil rights groups say the product poses a threat to people of color and immigrants, and that people should be free to walk down the street without being watched by the government.

Police Seek Missing Kid

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a missing eleven-year-old boy.  Police say Curtis Howe was last seen Monday with friends in the seven-thousand block of Southeast 76th Avenue.  He's described as five-foot-one and 100 pounds with reddish dark blond or light brown hair and blue eyes.  He's believed to be wearing a black hoodie with black pants and carrying a black backpack.

Woman Dies After Being Found Injured On Sidewalk

(Portland, OR)  --  A homicide investigation is underway into the death of a woman who was found injured on a sidewalk downtown.  Police responded to the area of Southwest 2nd Avenue and Ash Street last night on reports of the woman lying on the sidewalk.  Police say officers tried to give her first aid, but she died at the scene.  It's not yet clear how the woman became injured.

Teen Who Set Eagle Creek Fire Must Pay $36M

(Hood River, OR)  --  The Vancouver teen who started the Eagle Creek Fire is facing a hefty restitution payment.  A Hood River County judge released an opinion yesterday ordering the boy to pay more than 36-million dollars to victims of last year's Columbia River Gorge blaze.  "OregonLive" reports that the judge also pointed out "safety valves" in Oregon law that allow the payments to stop after ten years if the kid doesn't get into any more trouble.  The teenager is on five years probation after admitting that he started the 49-thousand-acre inferno with carelessly thrown fireworks.

Police Investigate Shooting in NE Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting in a Northeast Portland neighborhood.  Police responded to the area of 15th and Alberta streets yesterday afternoon on reports of shots fired.  Police found evidence of gunshots but were unable to track down a suspect.  No injuries have been reported.

OR Lawmakers Pass Biz Tax Cuts

(Salem, OR)  --  The special session for the Oregon legislature is a short one.  "The Oregonian" reports that Governor Kate Brown's tax cut bill for small businesses passed floor votes in the House and Senate yesterday afternoon.  The bill will provide lower tax rates to sole proprietors, just like larger businesses enjoy.  Brown called for the special session earlier in the spring, saying it was a matter of fairness.  Yesterday's vote wrapped up the work in a single day.

Happy Valley House Burns In Fire

(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are being reported following a house fire in Happy Valley.  Fire officials say the homeowner was returning from the grocery store last night when she found her house in flames.  Both her dogs were able to escape the fire unharmed.  An investigation is ongoing into what caused the fire.

Driver Critically Injured In Rollover Crash

(Vancouver, WA)  --  One person is fighting for their life after crashing and rolling their SUV in Vancouver.  Police say the driver was heading west on Fourth Plain Boulevard near 152nd Avenue last night when their Jeep Wrangler left the road and rolled.  The driver was partially ejected from the vehicle and rushed to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.  Police don't believe drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash.

Reward Offered For Info On Deadly Shooting Last May

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are offering a cash reward for information on the shooting death of a man outside a Beaverton strip club just over a year ago.  The Washington County Sheriff's Office says Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a reward up to 25-hundred-dollars for information leading to the arrest of a suspect.  Police say the suspect or suspects shot and killed 34-year-old Ramon Harris outside the Xpose Club on Southwest Canyon Road last May 19th.

Police ID Man Killed By Officers

(Gresham, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a man who was shot and killed by police in Gresham.  Police say it was 24-year-old Dmitri Bullard who was killed in a hail of gunfire Friday after he allegedly threatened the cops with a hatchet.  "The Oregonian" reports that officers Joshua Price and Brendon Hayes are now on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure in the wake of a police shooting.  Bullard reportedly had been accused of shoplifting a couple of years ago.

Man Pinned Under Tractor

(Cornelius, OR)  --  One man is hospitalized after becoming pinned underneath his tractor in Cornelius.  Police say the 70-year-old man was cutting grass along Southwest Hillsboro Highway near Unger Road yesterday morning when the tractor tipped over, pinning him beneath it.  He was flown to a hospital, where he's listed in serious condition.

Cars Damaged In Possible Drive-By Shooting

(Gresham, OR)  --  An investigation is underway into a possible drive-by shooting that damaged multiple parked cars and a TriMet van in Gresham.  Police reported to the area of Northeast 172nd Avenue and Couch Street last night on reports of shots fired.  At least four cars were struck by bullets in addition to the TriMet van.  No injuries were reported.

Tribute Set Saturday For MAX Train Stabbing Anniversary

(Portland, OR)  --  A tribute is scheduled Saturday in honor of those killed in last year's deadly MAX train stabbing.  May 26th marks one year since Jeremy Christian allegedly stabbed three passengers who were trying to stop him from harassing two young Muslim women on the train.  Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche and Ricky Best were both killed in the stabbing, while Micah Fletcher was seriously injured.  Christian remains behind bars pending the start of his trial next year.  Saturday's tribute will take place at the Hollywood Transit Center.

Car Crashes Into Gym

(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are being reported after a car crashed into a gym in Northeast Portland.  Police say the car crashed into The Playground Gym at Northeast Lloyd Boulevard at Grand Avenue yesterday morning.  The crash shattered a glass window and damaged one wall.  It's not yet clear what caused the crash or whether the driver is facing any charges.

Police ID Oregon Student Found Dead Near Shasta Lake

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a 21-year-old University of Oregon student who was found dead on the shore of Shasta Lake.  Police say Dylan Pietres was majoring in business administration and was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.  He was found dead inside his tent Saturday after a night of drinking at the annual "Shasta Lake Weekend" attended by University of Oregon students.  Police don't suspect foul play.

Teen Charged With Child Porn

(Vancouver, WA)  --  A Vancouver teenager is facing nearly a dozen charges for child pornography.  Police arrested 18-year-old Leonardo Ruiz-Idera Thursday afternoon after a nearly two-month-long investigation.  Police say they found dozens of folders containing child pornography images in an online account belonging to him.

One Killed In Crash On Highway 101

(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead following a crash on Highway 101 south of Newport.  Police say the crash happened last night just south of the Yaquina Bay Bridge.  An investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Group Rallies For Gun Rights 2 Days After Deadly School Shooting

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Some Washington residents are rallying in support of gun rights, just days after ten people were killed in a school shooting in Texas.  A small crowd gathered last night in McGraw Square near Westlake Park for a rally organized by the Vancouver-based alt-right group Patriot Prayer.  The group says Friday's deadly shooting at a Texas high school highlights the need for action to protect gun rights and support open-carry laws.  The group says it wants school staff members to be able to carry guns on campus to protect themselves and their students.

Arraignment Set Monday For Man Who Allegedly Left Baby In Woods

(Bend, OR)  --  Arraignment is scheduled Monday for the father of a baby found abandoned in the woods near Bend.  Police booked 25-year-old Brandon Michael Blouin into the Deschutes County Jail Monday on several charges, including child neglect and first-degree criminal mistreatment.  Police say he left his one-year-old son alone and naked in a wooded area near Bend late last week.  He allegedly took the child without legal authority from his maternal grandmother, who is the baby's legal guardian.

Decision Could Come Today On Restitution For Eagle Creek Fire Teen

(Portland, OR)  --  A decision could come as soon as today on whether a Vancouver teenager should be required to pay restitution after setting last year's devastating Eagle Creek fire.  The teen appeared yesterday in court, where a judge postponed making a decision until today at the earliest.  The judge said he wanted to study the constitutionality of the restitution amounts being requested.  So far, the teen is facing eleven claims for just under 37-million-dollars.  The 49-thousand-acre fire in the Columbia River Gorge racked up around 40-million-dollars in damages and other costs.  The teen is already facing nearly two-thousand hours of community service along with five years of probation after pleading guilty to setting the fire.

Man Killed In Officer-Involved Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  One man is dead after being shot and killed by police in Gresham.  Police say officers reported to an area on Southwest Pleasant Drive early this morning on reports of a crashed stolen car.  Officers approached the vehicle, allegedly prompting the suspect to come at them with a weapon.  The officers responded by shooting and killing him.  The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

Teen Girl Arrested For Shooting 'Sugar Daddy'

(Vancouver, WA)  --  A Vancouver teen is facing charges after allegedly shooting a man she met on a dating website that matches "sugar daddies" with "sugar babies."  Police arrested the 15-year-old girl in Vancouver on Wednesday.  Police say she shot 56-year-old Thomas Licata in the stomach last Friday at his home in the 86-hundred block of Muledeer Drive in Beaverton after he offered the underage girl marijuana and paid her 260-dollars.  The married man says he met the girl on the website Seeking Arrangement.  Police say the teen later robbed a pair of Camas, Washington, residents at gunpoint with three masked men just hours after the shooting.  She's currently being held in Clark County, and Oregon authorities say they plan to extradite her.

Portland-Area College To Close Due To Declining Enrollment

(Marylhurst, OR)  --  A Portland-area college is closing its doors after 125 years of higher education.  "OregonLive" reports that Marylhurst University has been battling declining enrollment for the past decade.  The institution is expected to shut down for good by the end of the year.  Board chair-elect Chip Terhune says they looked at the situation from a number of different angles but couldn't find a solution to the problem.

Police Search For Missing Child

(Gresham, OR)  --  Police in Gresham are searching for a missing twelve-year-old girl.  Police say Jordance Willis was last seen last night in the area of Northwest Division Street and Northwest Birdsdale Avenue.  She's described as five-foot-four and 90 pounds with long black hair and brown eyes.  She's believed to be wearing black leggings with a blue shirt.

Bicyclist Dies Of Injuries Following Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  A 50-year-old bicyclist is dead after being hit by a car in Northwest Portland.  Police say Daniel Feldt has died from his injuries in a hospital.  Police say he was riding in the 27-hundred block of Northwest Nicolai Street Tuesday morning when a car struck him.  Police say the driver involved in the crash is cooperating with investigators.

Alaska Airlines Marks Milestone With First Female Black Piloting Team

(Seattle, WA)  --  Alaska Airlines is celebrating a milestone following its first flight to be piloted by two black women.  Captain Tara Wright and first officer Mallory Cave became the first female African-American pilot team to pilot an Alaska Airlines flight on Sunday.  Wright announced the milestone to applause from passengers just before the flight took off.  Flight 361 flew from San Francisco to Portland.

Teen Who Started Eagle Creek Fire Back In Court Today

(Portland, OR)  --  The Vancouver teenager convicted of setting last year's devastating Eagle Creek fire is due in court today.  A judge is expected to decide today whether the teen should be ordered to pay restitution.  The 49-thousand-acre fire in the Columbia River Gorge racked up around 40-million-dollars in damages and other costs.  The teen is already facing nearly two-thousand hours of community service along with five years of probation after pleading guilty to setting the fire.

Former Women's Lacrosse Coach Sues George Fox U

(Portland, OR)  --  A former women's lacrosse coach is suing George Fox University over sex discrimination.  "The Oregonian" reports that Natalie Harrington filed the federal suit this week in Portland.  She alleges that the Newberg institution discriminated against her by not promoting her.  Harrington quit last year after the Christian college refused to make her role as lacrosse coach a full-time job.

Man Remains Jailed In Mother's Death

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A Tualatin man remains jailed on suspicion of killing his own mother.  Washington County authorities say 40-year-old Michael Ross allegedly killed his mom and injured his brother last week in the home where they all lived.  Police are saying only that 73-year-old Diane Ross died from "homicidal violence," and a probable cause affidavit has been sealed.

Police ID Elderly Woman Killed In Auto-Pedestrian Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of an elderly woman killed in an auto-pedestrian crash in Southeast Portland.  Police say 86-year-old Dorothy Anderson was crossing Southeast Division Street last Tuesday when 30-year-old George Walters Brackenbury struck her with his Jeep Cherokee.  Anderson died at a hospital.  An investigation is ongoing, and no charges or citations have been filed.

Man Shot At Le Bistro Montage

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is underway into an early morning shooting that critically injured a man in Southeast Portland.  Police say the man was shot just after midnight at Le Bistro Montage.  Witnesses tell KATU the shooting did not appear to be random.  The victim remains hospitalized in critical condition.

Flood Warning Issued For Columbia River

(Portland, OR)  --  A flood warning is in effect for the Columbia River.  The National Weather Service has issued a minor flood warning for the river in both Multnomah and Clark counties through the weekend.  Officials say the river is currently running high due to the snow melt.

Driver Injured In Suspected DUI Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say the driver responsible for a crash that injured one person on Highway 26 appears to have been intoxicated.  Police say the two-car crash happened around midnight between Northwest 185th Avenue and Northwest Bethany Boulevard.  Police say the driver responsible had a blood-alcohol content of point-three-zero-five.

MAX Station Elevator Closes Today For TriMet Renovation Project

(Portland, OR)  --  TriMet's elevator renovation project is getting underway today.  TriMet is shutting down its only elevator at the Northeast 60th Avenue MAX station starting today.  The elevator is the first of several set to be upgraded.  The 22-million-dollar project will lead to 19 new and upgraded elevators at TriMet transit stations.

Bicyclist Injured In Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is fighting for his life after being hit by a car while riding his bicycle.  Police say the man was riding in the 27-hundred block of Northwest Nicolai Street yesterday morning when the crash happened.  The man was rushed to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.  Police say the driver involved in the crash is cooperating with investigators.

Pregnant Mother Assaulted, Hospitalized

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect in the brutal attack and mugging of a pregnant single mother outside her McMinnville home.  Family members tell KATU that 33-year-old Traci Spurgeon was assaulted and mugged early Saturday morning.  She's now in stable condition in the intensive care unit at a Portland hospital.  KATU reports she is four months pregnant and has three other children as well.  A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay her medical expenses.

Buehler To Battle Brown For Governor

(Portland, OR)  --  The votes are in and the November election matchups are set.  State Representative Knute Buehler fended off multiple opponents in the Tuesday primary for the Republican nomination for governor.  He'll take on incumbent Democratic Governor Kate Brown.  In the state Senate District 24 race, challenger Shemia Fagan has 62-percent of the vote to incumbent Rod Monroe's 23-percent.  Kayse Jama trails with 15-percent.

Police Investigate Early Morning Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is underway into an early morning shooting in Southeast Portland.  Police responded to the area of Southeast Alder Street and 160th Avenue around 2 o'clock this morning on reports of shots fired.  It's not yet clear if anyone was injured.

Police Looking For Knifepoint Bank Robbery Suspect

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of robbing a bank at knifepoint.  Police say the man entered the U.S. Bank branch on Southwest Harrison Street yesterday afternoon and demanded money.  He's described as a five-foot-two skinny man in his 20s with a scruffy beard.

Gas Leak Shuts Down Power Substation, Forces Evacuations

(Portland, OR)  --  PGE says it's restored power to thousands of customers following a major gas leak that shut down a power substation.  Firefighters responded to the intersection of Southeast 102nd and Foster Road yesterday after a contractor hit a four-inch gas main there.  The leak prompted officials to evacuate all buildings on Foster Road from 101st to 104th avenues.  More than 36-thousand people lost power after PGE shut down a power substation over concerns there could be potential ignition sources there.  NW Natural Gas says it's successfully stopped the leak.

Man Caught Installing Skimming Device On ATM

(Springfield, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man caught on camera installing a skimming device on an ATM in Springfield.  Police yesterday released still images from a surveillance camera showing the man installing the device at Northwest Community Credit Union on Main Street.  The bank says about 300 people used the ATM before the skimming device was discovered.  Thieves use skimming devices to steal information from bank cards.  Police say the suspect is believed to be driving a silver 2018 Kia Sportage with California license plate 7YLS610.

Police Seek Potential Witnesses In Officer-Involved Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for three people they believe may have witnessed a police chase and officer-involved shooting in the Gresham area.  Police say they want to question 44-year-old Wanda Gyles Howard, 37-year-old Stephanie Beach White and 31-year-old James Davidson.  Police shot and critically injured the car chase suspect, Vasile Manta, Monday afternoon after finding him in a Burger King parking lot.  Police say he's accused of stealing a minivan.

Man Critically Injured In Police Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is hospitalized in critical condition after being shot by a police officer.  The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says detectives with their special investigations unit were searching for 36-year-old Vasile William Manta yesterday afternoon on multiple arrest warrants.  They found him in a car in a Burger King parking lot at Southeast 100th Avenue and Southeast Washington Street.  The detectives attempted to make contact with Manta, prompting him to allegedly place his car in reverse and ram the deputy's vehicle.  A deputy opened fire on Manta, injuring him.

Portland Median Home Price Tops $400K

(Portland, OR)  --  The median price of a Portland home is now over 400-thousand-dollars for the first time.  April figures show the median price jumped nearly 14-percent over the past year to 405-thousand-dollars.  "OregonLive" reports that contracts for upcoming sales dipped a bit, indicating that the lofty price may be short-lived.

Car Crashes Into Sushi Restaurant

(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are being reported after a car crashed into a sushi restaurant in southeast Portland.  Police say a woman appears to have been having issues putting her car into park yesterday afternoon when she crashed into Fujiyama in the Eastport shopping center.  Employees describe the damage as significant.  No customers were inside the restaurant at the time of the crash.

Woman Allegedly Held Against Will At Walmart

(Portland, OR)  --  At last one person is facing possible charges after allegedly holding a woman hostage at a local Walmart store.  Police responded to the Hayden Meadows Walmart yesterday after the woman told shoppers there she was being held against her will.  She was taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.  An investigation is ongoing.

Today Is Primary Day

(Washington, DC)  --  It's primary day in Oregon.  Democrats Jamie McLeod Skinner and Eric Burnette are battling to take on incumbent Republican Congressman Greg Walden in November.  Skinner is a city planner.  Burnette touts 30-plus years of experience in the maritime industry.  Three other states are also holding primaries today including Pennsylvania, Idaho and Nebraska.

Fire Burns House In NE Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into an early morning house fire in northeast Portland.  Firefighters responded to the house on Northeast Summerplace Drive around 3 a.m. today.  Fire officials say the blaze began in the back of the house and then spread to a crawl space.  No injuries were reported.

Homeless Man Dies After Hatchet Attack

(Portland, OR)  --  A homeless man is dead after being attacked with a hatchet in Longview, Washington.  Police say 32-year-old Robert Lorenzo Diaz the Third died in a hospital after the attack Friday night in an undeveloped property near 14th Avenue and Alabama Street.  Police say Diaz was arguing with another homeless man at the property when the other man hit him in the head with the hatchet.  Police have arrested 26-year-old Ryan Adams for the assault.

Police Seeking Burglary Suspect On Felony Warrant

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused in several smash-and-grab burglaries across Portland.  Police say 63-year-old Melvin Tillman is wanted on a felony arrest warrant.  Police say he's facing charges for several burglaries at businesses across the city, especially at stores along Hawthorne Boulevard.

Teen Girl Shot In Gresham

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of shooting a teenage girl in the stomach in Gresham.  Police say two men were arguing at an apartment near 181st Avenue and Pacific Court Saturday night when one of them pulled out a gun and started shooting.  One of the bullets allegedly hit the teenage girl by accident.  She was hospitalized for her injuries.

Man Shot During Argument In Clackamas County

(Portland, OR)  --  One man is hospitalized after being shot during an argument in rural Clackamas County.  Police say two men were arguing at a property on Upper Highland Road yesterday when one of the men opened fire, hitting the other.  The gunshot victim was hospitalized, and police say the shooter was also hospitalized for exhaustion-related injuries.

Man Stabbed In Back During Fist Fight

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of stabbing another man in the back during a fist fight in Gresham.  Police say the two men were fighting in the 17000 block of Southeast Stark Street Saturday morning when one of the men stabbed the other.  The victim is expected to be OK.  An investigation is ongoing.

Concerns Raised Over Volcanic Activity On West Coast

(Undated)  --  The eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano is raising concerns about volcanoes along America's West Coast.  The Pacific "Ring of Fire" includes an 800-mile chain of 13 volcanic peaks that runs along North America's West Coast.  Experts are keeping an eye on all volcanic activity along the chain, especially Mount St. Helens in Washington, which erupted in 1980, propelling volcanic ash into the sky and killing dozens of people.

Man Injured In ATV Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  A 40-year-old man is fighting for his life after becoming pinned under his ATV in rural Washington County.  Police say the man was riding the ATV near Banks last night when he rolled it and became stuck underneath it.  Police extricated him and rushed him to Emanuel Hospital.

Police Seek Two Suspects For Burglary

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for two men in connection to a burglary near Independence in Polk County.  Police say the two men entered a home just south of the city late last week.  Investigators believe they're driving a stolen Honda Accord with Oregon license plates ZBN-517.

Teen Boy Safe After Going Missing During Kayaking Trip

(Portland, OR)  --  A 15-year-old boy is safe and back home after going missing during a family kayaking trip in the Tualatin River.  Police say the teen became separated from his family yesterday afternoon after they departed from Rood Bridge Park.  His mother reported him missing when he failed to meet them at Farmington Road Boat Launch.  Police say the teen got help from two other boaters on the river, one of whom towed him safely to Eagle Landing.

Police Searching For Fugitive

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are seeking the public's help in their search for a fugitive who was shot by an officer during a car theft case late last month.  Police say 36-year-old Vasile Manta should be considered armed and dangerous.  Police say he led officers on a chase in a stolen minivan April 30th in which he allegedly rammed a police cruiser before crashing the minivan and fleeing on foot.  Police say an officer shot at Manta while he was fleeing.

Police Investigate Suspicious Death Of Elderly Man

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating the suspicious death of an elderly man who was found dead inside his Northeast Portland home.  Police say a friend of the man called 9-1-1 after finding his body inside his home on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near Skidmore Street last night.  An autopsy has been scheduled.

More Human Remains Found Near Hart Family Crash Site

(Westport, CA)  --  Police say they've found more human remains possibly belonging to the Hart Family of Woodland, whose members died in a fiery crash along the California coast back in March.  Mendocino County Sheriff's deputies say they found a human foot inside a shoe about one mile north of the crash site, along with a pair of blue jeans.  Investigators believe Jennifer and Sarah Hart may have intentionally drove their SUV off the cliff on the highway, killing themselves and their six adopted children.

Man Robs Store With Bat, Bug Spray

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of robbing a grocery store while armed with a baseball bat and bug spray.  Police say the man entered the Fred Meyer on Northeast 20th Place last night and demanded money from the cash register.  He then allegedly attacked one of the employees with the bug spray.  A customer reportedly managed to wrestle the bat out of his hands, leading him to flee, dropping the stolen money.  He then allegedly grabbed a bottle of wine on his way out of the store.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

Pedestrian Hit, Killed By Car On SR-14

(Vancouver, WA)  --  One man is dead after being hit by a car while walking on SR-14 in Vancouver.  Police say the man was trying to cross the highway near the Columbia Way exit last night when a car struck him.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  It's not yet clear if the driver will face any charges.

Albany Man Killed In Crash

(Corvallis, OR)  --  An Albany man is dead after crashing his car on Highway 20 near Corvallis.  Police say 61-year-old Darrell Johnson was driving east on the highway last night when he struck a pole near Granger Avenue.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sunshine Dairy Files For Bankruptcy

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland-based Sunshine Dairy is filing for bankruptcy.  The company announced this week it's filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and closing its iconic Northeast Portland location.  The move comes after 85 years of business in Portland.

Man Steals XBOX From Tualatin Store

(Tualatin, OR)  --  The search continues for a man accused of stealing an XBOX One from a store in Tualatin.  Police say the man stole the popular gaming console from a store last Friday night.  Surveillance footage shows a man wearing a long-sleeve white shirt and light-colored pants.  Police are asking anyone with information to contact them.

Thieves Steal Jeep From Dealership

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for multiple suspects accused of stealing a Jeep from a dealership in Oregon City.  Police say the thieves hit the Lithia Subaru used car lot at 15th and Main Streets on Monday morning.  Investigators believe the thieves cased the lot on Sunday night before the theft.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

Cops Cleared In Shooting Death

(Portland, OR)  --  Half a dozen police officers are escaping charges after shooting a man to death inside a homeless shelter.  A grand jury has determined the six officers who killed 48-year-old John Andrew Elifritz inside Cityteam Ministries on April 7th acted in self-defense and were justified in doing so.  The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office says the grand jury heard testimony for four days before coming to its decision.

Motorcyclist Killed In Crash With Box Truck

(Portland, OR)  --  A motorcyclist is dead after crashing into a box truck.  Police say the motorcyclist was riding in the southbound lanes of I-205 Tuesday afternoon when they collided with the truck at the Northeast Glisan Street exit.  The victim was rushed to a hospital, where he died several hours later.

Man Arrested For Attack On Woman In Parking Garage

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing multiple charges after allegedly assaulting a woman inside a parking garage.  Police arrested 23-year-old Joshua Michael Hayes Tuesday for the attack in a private parking garage on Southwest 21st Avenue in the Goose Hollow neighborhood.  Police say Hayes physically attacked her and attempted to sexually assault her while she was walking to her car.  He allegedly fled after she started screaming and fighting back.  He's facing charges of attempted rape, burglary and assault.

Convicted Sex Offender Arrested Again, Same Day He's Released

(Portland, OR)  --  A convicted sex offender is facing new charges for sexual abuse.  Police arrested 77-year-old Kenneth Lolley Tuesday, the same day he was released from the Oregon State Penitentiary, where he served four years for numerous sex offenses dating back to 2013.  Police arrested him after identifying a new victim from before his 2013 arrest.  Lolley is the former owner of Tucker Road Pottery Store, where he taught pottery classes for both children and adults.

Portland School Board Finds "Quaker" Unsuitable

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland's Franklin High School is shopping around for a new mascot.  The school board found yesterday that "The Quaker" offensively appropriates a religious faith.  The four-year effort to drop the "Quaker" mascot was started by a parent who was of the Quaker religion.  "The Oregonian" reports that it's the first time in three decades that a Portland school has been ordered to change its mascot.  That was in 1988 when the Cleveland High Indians became the Warriors.

Portland To Hire 49 New Cops

(Portland, OR)  --  The city of Portland is hiring more than four-dozen new police officers.  Mayor Ted Wheeler says an agreement with city councilors makes room in the budget for the city to hire 49 new Portland Police officers.  That's only three fewer officers than Wheeler had initially requested.

Elderly Woman Dies After Being Hit By Car

(Portland, OR)  --  An elderly woman is dead after being hit by a car in Southeast Portland.  Police say the 87-year-old woman succumbed to critical injuries in a hospital after the crash in the 16900 block of Southeast Division Street Tuesday night.  Police say she was crossing Division Street when a 30-year-old man in a Jeep Cherokee struck her.  The driver reportedly stayed at the scene to cooperate with police.

Federal Appeals Court To Hear Portlander's No-Fly Suit

(Portland, OR)  --  The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is hearing a Portland man's lawsuit over his placement on a no-fly list.  "OregonLive" reports that Yonas Fikre contends he was placed on the no-fly list while overseas eight years ago.  He claims the action was taken to force him to serve as an FBI informant on his place of worship, Portland's biggest Sunni mosque.  Fikre's lawyer says the no-fly ruling prevented his client from returning to the states and violated his Fourth Amendment rights.

Police Arrest 2 Teens For Shooting Of Trail Blazer's Brother

(Portland, OR)  --  Two teenagers are behind bars in connection to the shooting of Portland Trail Blazer Damian Lillard's half brother.  Police arrested 17-year-old Taivon Campbell and 19-year-old Jeffrey Charles Jessie Friday following a standoff at the Riverwalk Apartments on Southeast Causey Street in Happy Valley.  They're accused of shooting Jahrell Lillard March 29th in the Clackamas Town Center parking lot.  He was hospitalized with serious injuries.  Police say Campbell has also been charged in connection to a separate shooting and robbery in Northeast Portland in early March.

Elderly Woman Hit By Car, Hospitalized

(Portland, OR)  --  An elderly woman is hospitalized with critical injuries after being hit by a car.  Police say the woman was struck last night in the 16900 block of Southeast Division Street.  The driver reportedly stayed at the scene to cooperate with police.

Arraignment Set For Two Local Leaders Accused Of Sex Assault

(Portland, OR)  --  Arraignment is scheduled this week for two prominent Portland men accused of sexual assault.  Charles McGee and Aubre Dickson have been indicted by a grand jury for charges of sexual abuse and sodomy.  The two are accused of assaulting Erica Naito-Campbell in May of 2012.  McGee ended his campaign for county commission and Dickson has resigned from the state housing commission after Naito-Campbell told her story to Willamette Week earlier this year.

Two-Alarm Fire Burns Commercial Structure

(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are being reported following an early morning two-alarm fire at a commercial building in Tualatin.  Firefighters responded to the building on Southwest Tualatin Road around 3:30 this morning.  An investigation into what caused the fire is ongoing.

KKK Fliers Distributed In Medford

(Medford, OR)  --  Police in Medford say they're not getting involved after KKK recruitment fliers were distributed to several residents.  The "Mail-Tribune" reports that residents found plastic bags in their driveways Sunday which contained a piece of candy and a flier from the United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.  The piece of paper claims the organization is "non-violent" and "peaceful," and indicated that they are "looking for like-minded" members.  Medford police Lieutenant Justin Ivens said the language is protected by the First Amendment.  He said the department would not get involved unless there was some type of crime associated with the fliers.

Early Voting Ends Thursday For Oregon Primary

(Portland, OR)  --  Tomorrow is the last day for Multnomah County residents to vote by mail in the Oregon primary.  The state's election director says that may be too late in other parts of the state, where it takes longer for the mail to arrive.  Ballots must be received, not just postmarked, by 8:00 p.m. a week from today, and the U.S. Postal Service generally delivers mail in two to five days.  If you miss the deadline, you can take your ballot to drop-off locations across the state, usually found in government buildings.

Police Search For Missing Endangered Man

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a missing endangered Vancouver man who could be headed toward Medford.  Police say 25-year-old Ernest Reynolds was last seen early yesterday morning leaving his east Vancouver home in his white 2008 Suzuki SX4.  He's considered endangered because he suffers from significant medical issues and doesn't have his medication.

Skateboarder Hit By Car, Hospitalized

(Vancouver, WA)  --  A skateboarder is fighting for his life after being struck by a car in Vancouver.  Police say the 32-year-old man was skateboarding along Mill Plain Boulevard yesterday afternoon when a dump truck crashed into him.  He was rushed to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Four Injured In Clark County Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  Four people are hospitalized following a wrong-way crash in Clark County.  It happened last night at Northeast 72nd Avenue near 144th Street.  Police say the driver of a silver Dodge Durango crossed into oncoming traffic and hit a Toyota Prius head-on.  An investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Man Arrested For Stealing From Tip Jar

(Portland, OR)  --  One man is facing charges after allegedly stealing money from a tip jar.  Police arrested Timothy Meek for the incident Saturday night at Cupcake Jones.  Police say Meek walked straight up to the cash register and swiped money from the tip jar right in front of an employee who had told him she'd be right with him.  He then allegedly ran from the store.  The whole thing was caught on surveillance camera.  Police arrested Meek after receiving a tip from a nearby coffee shop where he also allegedly stole tips.

Two Jet Skiers Rescued From Columbia River

(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are doing OK after falling off their jet ski into the Columbia River.  The man and woman reportedly live on a boat on the Vancouver side and use the jet ski to commute to work in Portland.  Authorities say the woman was able to swim to safety and the man was rescued near the James Gleason Boat Ramp.  Both were wearing life jackets and only required a little help warming up after being pulled from the water.

Consumer Cellular Offers Tablet For Seniors

(Tigard, OR)  --  Oregon-based Consumer Cellular is trying to ease any fears senior citizens might have about using tablets.  The wireless carrier that has focused on selling mobile phones to seniors, is now targeting the demographic for tablets and "smart home" equipment.  It's looking to offer simpler technology for hesitant adopters and the physically challenged.  Consumer Cellular this month begins adding to its list of products the GrandPad, a touch-screen model designed for the older user who might be scared off by the iPad.  Users can hold video chats with the family, look at photos and check the news.

Police Looking For Missing Man With Dementia

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a missing elderly man with dementia.  The Multnomah County Sheriff's Department says 77-year-old Clinton Trigg was last seen yesterday near the Wood Village Fred Meyer.  Anyone who sees him is urged to contact police.

Two Arrested For Armed Robbery At Safeway Gas Station

(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are facing charges in connection to an armed robbery in Troutdale.  Police arrested Joshua Vaughn Miller and Sandra Dee Miller early yesterday morning following a brief car chase on Interstate 84.  Police say the two entered the Safeway gas station on Cherry Park Road wearing masks and armed with a knife and a gun on Sunday and robbed the attendants.  Police later found their car abandoned on Southeast Bull Run Road in Clackamas County and used a K-9 unit to track them down and arrest them.

Driver Injured In Alleged Street Racing Incident

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Police Bureau is warning drivers against participating in illegal street racing.  This, after an alleged street-racing crash landed one driver in the hospital.  Police say the driver was racing with another car in north Portland Sunday night when they crashed into a pole near North Marine Drive and Leadbetter Road.  The driver was injured but is expected to survive.

Police ID Men Found Dead Near Capsized Boat In Westport

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identities of two men whose bodies were found in the water near their capsized fishing boat in Westport, Washington.  Police identify the victims as Portland resident Sean Dooney and his uncle Kevin Dooney from Camas.  They were found dead near a jetty beside their overturned aluminum 12-foot boat on Sunday.  An investigation is ongoing.


Police Seek Man For Assault Of Girlfriend's Ex

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of assaulting his girlfriend's ex.  Police say Alex Gutierrez-Hughitt and his girlfriend broke into her ex-boyfriend's Cornelius home yesterday morning to demand some of her property back.  Gutierrez-Hughitt then allegedly assaulted the man with a piece of wood before leaving and coming back with a three-foot piece of metal and threatening him.  Police say the two men then fought, and the ex continued to refuse to give up the property.

Man Arrested For Shooting BB Gun Near Fair

(Portland, OR)  --  One man is facing charges for allegedly firing a BB gun near a Portland street fair.  Police responded to the 900 block of Southeast 11th Avenue Saturday morning on reports of a man with a rifle on a balcony.  Arriving officers say they found Eben David Eubanks on the balcony holding both a rifle and a guitar.  Police say it appears he was shooting at fixed targets on his rooftop and was not firing into the street fair.  Police arrested him for discharging a firearm in the city of Portland.

Man Arrested For Attempted Murder After Car Chase

(Portland, OR)  --  One man is behind bars on more than a dozen charges including attempted murder following a police pursuit through Southeast Portland and Gresham.  Police say officers tried to pull over 31-year-old Dustin Clifford Melbourne Saturday after spotting his car near Southeast 163rd Avenue and Division Street.  He allegedly took off, leading police on a chase that ended with him crashing near 181st and East Burnside.  Police tracked him down and arrested him a couple blocks away.  Police say they've been searching for him in connection to a recent shooting.

Walkers Raise Over $300,000 For 'Great Strides Walk'

(Portland, OR)  --  The annual "Great Strides Walk" for cystic fibrosis is in the books.  Hundreds of people showed up Saturday for the walk to support those suffering from the rare lung disease.  Local Walkers raised more than 300-thousand dollars for the cause.

Portland Man Sues Seattle, Former Mayor For Defamation

(Seattle, WA)  --  The former foster son of disgraced ex-Seattle-Mayor Ed Murray is suing him and the city of Seattle for defamation.  The lawsuit filed Friday by Jeff Simpson of Portland claims Murray used his office to defame him and other men who accused him of child sexual abuse last year.  Simpson is also accusing City Council members and other public officials of negligence for failing to investigate the allegations.  Murray resigned last September after a fifth man accused him of raping and molesting him when he was a teenager.  Murray continues to deny the allegations.

Woman Crashes Car Down Embankment

(Silverton, OR)  --  A woman is hospitalized with serious injuries after crashing her car down an embankment in Silverton.  Police say Cindy Rodman was driving on Highway 214 near milepost 28 yesterday when her car drifted off the road and hit a tree.  The crash caused the car to then tumble down a 40-foot embankment.  She was extricated from the vehicle and taken to OHSU.

Driver Crashes Into Music Store

(Portland, OR)  --  One person is hospitalized after allegedly crashing their car into a music store in Northeast Portland.  Police say the driver was under the influence when they crashed into Rhythm Traders on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Saturday morning.  The driver was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

MAX Construction Under Way Near Providence Park

(Portland, OR)  --  Construction is under way on the MAX tracks in front of Providence Park.  The Kings Hill/Southwest Salmon Street MAX Station and Providence Park Station closed down yesterday and are expected to remain closed through the week.  TriMet is urging MAX riders to add an extra 15 to 30 minutes to their expected commute time.  The affected lines include the MAX Blue line and the MAX Red line.

One Injured In NE Portland House Fire

(Portland, OR)  --  One person is hospitalized after getting caught in a house fire in northeast Portland.  Firefighters responded to the house in the 28-hundred block of Northeast 72nd Avenue Wednesday afternoon.  Firefighters searched the burning home after neighbors said someone might still be inside.  The victim was rescued and taken to a hospital.  An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.

House Chaplain Rescinds Resignation

(Washington, DC)  --  An Oregon Catholic priest and former Beaverton teacher is getting his job back as U.S. House chaplain.  House Speaker Paul Ryan is letting the Reverend Patrick Conroy keep his job after trying to force him out earlier.  NBC News reports Conroy rescinded his resignation in a letter to Ryan, in which he claims that he has never heard a complaint about his ministry during his time as House chaplain.  Conroy's change of heart came a week after more than a hundred legislators clamored for an explanation from Ryan as to why Conroy was asked to resign.  The Oregon Catholic priest was a teacher, coach and adviser at Beaverton's Jesuit High School from 2004 to 2011, when he was given the House chaplain position.

Police Arrest Motorhome Chase Suspect

(Shafter, CA)  --  A registered sex offender from Oregon who allegedly led cops on a motorhome chase from Los Angeles to Bakersfield is now in custody.  NBC4 reports that Stephen Houk was nabbed yesterday afternoon in a train yard in the desert near the California-Nevada border.  He allegedly led the CHP on the 100-plus-mile pursuit Tuesday night that ended in an almond orchard in Shafter, near Bakersfield.  That's where he reportedly gave police the slip and hopped a train.

Clark Public Utilities Warn Of Impostor Seeking Entrance To Homes

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Clark Public Utilities is warning Vancouver residents of an impostor trying to enter homes.  The utility says it's received reports of someone pretending to be a utility worker and walking up to people's doors, asking to go inside.  The utility is reminding people to always check someone's ID before letting them inside your home.

Kanye West Accused Of Stealing Fashion Designs From Former Nike Designer

(Beaverton, OR)  --  A former Nike designer is accusing Kanye West of stealing his shoe designs for Kanye's Yeezy brand.  Tony Spackman says West ripped off a recent sketch he posted on Twitter showing how to properly design clothing for the human body to his own 2005 sketch.  Spackman posted a side by side of West's and what he says is his own, which appears to be exactly the same.  The one from 2005 was reportedly for a Nike collection now known as "Nike React."  West has yet to respond to the claim, which comes in the middle of controversy over his recent controversial remarks about slavery.

Former Portland Employee Gets $165K Golden Parachute

(Portland, OR)  --  A former Portland employee, fired for budget reasons, is getting a pile of money for finding the door.  "OregonLive" reports that Bryant Enge was given 165-thousand-dollars severance when his job was eliminated in order to save money.  A spokeswoman says the elimination of the position was done to save money "over decades, not just this year."  Enge was the director of the defunct Bureau of Internal Business Services.  Duties performed by the bureau were farmed out to other departments.

Eagles Reschedule Concert Due To Illness

(Portland, OR)  --  The classic rock band The Eagles is postponing its Portland show due to illness.  Band members say they're rescheduling tomorrow's show at the Moda Center for May 22nd because Don Henley is sick.  The band says it'll be honoring all tickets purchased for the original show for the rescheduled show.  Full refunds are also available at the point of purchase.

MCSO Running Enhanced DUII Patrols For Cinco De Mayo

(Portland, OR)  --  Police will be out in full force this weekend, performing DUII patrols for the Cinco de Mayo weekend.  The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says it'll be running enhanced DUII patrols today through Sunday.  Police are reminding revelers to designate a sober driver or use public transportation, ride-sharing services or a taxi for transportation.

Man Arrested For Sending Sex Toys, Porn To 14-Year-Old

(Portland, OR)  --  A Columbia City man is behind bars on charges of sending sex toys and pornography to a child, and police believe he could have more victims.  Police arrested 40-year-old Ryan Clint Calhound Tuesday on two counts of luring a minor, five counts of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, and encouraging sex abuse.  He's accused of sending inappropriate messages along with sex toys and porn to a 14-year-old girl.  Police say they arrested him while he was trying to meet with the teen for sex.  Investigators say he may have more victims, both locally and across the U.S.

Cops Search Kern County Orchard For Chase Suspect From Oregon

(Shafter, CA)  --  An Oregon man who allegedly led CHP officers on a chase from Los Angeles to Bakersfield, California, in a motorhome is still on the loose.  His two children, who were inside the motorhome, have been reunited with their mother.  Authorities say 46-year-old Stephen Houk is a registered sex offender from Oregon.  He allegedly led law enforcement on the 100-plus-mile pursuit Tuesday night that ended in an almond orchard in Shafter.  Police surrounded the motorhome but Houk was gone and a search of the orchard went on for hours.  He's believed to be armed and is wanted on suspicion of evasion, child abduction, child endangerment and weapons violations.

SCOOR Orders New Sentencing Hearing After Judge Cuts Off Victim

(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Supreme Court is siding with a crime victim who was shut up by a judge.  The decision states that Multnomah County Judge Kenneth Walker violated Dana Parks' constitutional right to be heard.  "The Oregonian" reports that Walker cut off Parks in the middle of her victim's impact statement during sentencing of her ex-boyfriend, who assaulted her.  The panel ordered a new sentencing hearing for Zachary Ball, reversing Walker's denial of a new hearing.

Suspicious Object Removed From Office Building

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing after a suspicious object was found at the offices of the Junior Achievement of Oregon and Southwest Washington.  Police say bomb experts removed the object from the building on Southeast Foster Road last night and took it from the scene for examination.  The discovery caused police to temporarily shut down several roads in the neighborhood.

Norovirus Outbreak Linked To Raw Oysters From Canada

(Undated)  --  The FDA says that potentially contaminated oysters harvested in British Columbia and sold in Washington state are linked to a recent norovirus outbreak.  The oysters were also distributed in California, Illinois, Massachusetts and New York.  An ongoing investigation is underway to make sure that all of the affected oysters are removed from the food supply.

Audit: OR Rape Kit Backlog Should Be Cleared This Year

(Salem, OR)  --  An audit predicts that the backlog of rape kit testing in Oregon could be cleared up by the end of the year.  "OregonLive" reports that the effort to hire and train new analysts at the state crime lab resulted in a slowdown in testing.  Yesterday's audit report indicates that the lag may have created a logjam at local law enforcement agencies.

Motorcyclist Killed In Crash

(Vancouver, WA)  --  A motorcyclist is dead following a crash in Vancouver.  Police say Battle Ground resident Vadim S. Gensitskiy was speeding on his motorcycle last night when a pickup truck pulled in front of him at Northeast 72nd Avenue and 159th Street.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  Police say no charges have been filed.

Two Oregon Residents Suspected Of Leaving 70 Pounds Of Pot In Car

(Portland, OR)  --  Police in Missouri are searching for two Oregon residents after finding 70 pounds of marijuana inside a car.  Police say the discovery was made Monday in the city of Shrewsbury.  The estimated street value of the drug is between 180-thousand and 190-thousand-dollars.  The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office has issued warrants for the two unidentified Oregon residents suspected in the case.

May Day Events Mostly Peaceful

(Portland, OR)  --  May Day 2018 is in the books, and police say it was mostly peaceful.  Roughly 200 demonstrators gathered yesterday at Lents Park for the May Day Coalition rally.  The coalition says they chose to rally rather than march this year in an attempt to prevent the violence that broke out during last year's march.  Police arrested more than two-dozen people last year after anarchists started a fire and smashed windows at the corner of Southwest Fourth Avenue and Southwest Morrison Street.

Woman Arrested For Rape Of Boy

(Woodburn, OR)  --  A Woodburn woman is facing charges for allegedly raping a boy multiple times over a two-year period.  Police arrested Isabel Cortes-Flores Sunday.  She's accused of sexually assaulting a boy under the age of 14 from February 2016 through last month.

School Bus Driver Arrested For Child Porn

(Portland, OR)  --  A Washington County school bus driver is facing child pornography charges.  Police arrested 40-year-old Michel Shanon Harmon Saturday on charges of transportation of child porn and one count of possession of child porn.  Police say a search of his electronic devices turned up nearly four-thousand images and more than 300 videos, some of which investigators say were violent and extremely graphic in nature.  Harmon drove Bus 23 for Lake Oswego Junior High and Oak Creek Elementary School.

Police ID Man Injured In Officer-Involved Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a man who was injured in an officer-involved shooting in Washington County.  Police say 43-year-old Daniel McNamara was having a mental health crisis last Wednesday when the Crisis Negotiation Unit responded to try to peacefully resolve the situation.  Police say officers stayed on scene for two hours before McNamara opened fire on them, prompting them to shoot back.  McNama was released from the hospital yesterday and was booked into Washington County Jail.  Police have identified the officers involved as officers Justin Hubbenette and David Hawley of Hillsboro, Corporal Cade Edwards of the Washington County Sheriff's Office and Deputy Earl Brown of the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Woman Stabbed In SE Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect accused of stabbing a woman in Southeast Portland.  Police responded to a home in the 35-hundred block of Southeast 122nd Avenue yesterday morning to find a woman with stab wounds.  She was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive her injuries.  Police say there doesn't appear to be any immediate danger to the public.

Pilot Crashes Helicopter On Sauvie Island

(Portland, OR)  --  One man is hospitalized with serious injuries after the helicopter he was piloting crashed on Sauvie Island.  The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says 31-year-old Clayton Hletko crashed yesterday afternoon in the middle of a field off Northwest Oak Island Road.  KATU reports Hletko is a Navy veteran.  The NTSB is set to take over the investigation.

Cougar Sighted In Springfield

(Portland, OR)  --  Police in Springfield are warning residents about a recent juvenile cougar sighting.  Police say a postal worker spotted the big cat yesterday afternoon on a gravel road near South 28th and South F streets.  Lieutenant Scott McKee says that while it's not uncommon to see juvenile cougars this time of year, the cat was close enough to local schools to prompt a warning.

Driver Injured After Crashing Car Off Freeway, Into Building

(Brooks, OR)  --  A driver is hospitalized after crashing their car into a building.  Police say the driver was travelling down Highway 99 yesterday morning when they careened off the highway and into the building on Portland Road Northeast near Waconda Road Northeast.  Police say the driver was trying to avoid a collision on the highway when they swerved and left the roadway.

Police Seek Armed Suspect In Gresham

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for an armed suspect in the Gresham area.  Police shut down a section of Powell Boulevard near the Springwater trail late last night as they searched for the suspect.  Police issued an alert asking residents in the area to stay inside.  Further details were not immediately available.

Lost Potato Truck Driver Doesn't Eat Any Chips

(Pendleton, OR)  --  An Oregon truck driver is safe after getting lost for days while transporting potato chips.  Jacob Cartwright felt his truck beginning to slide toward an embankment in the snow and mud, forcing him to get out and walk since it was unsafe to move the vehicle.  Cartwright walked through the wilderness for four days before he was able to reach Interstate-84 to flag down a car.  His boss told CNN he asked Cartwright how come he didn't eat any of the chips he was hauling and Cartwright said  to him "I'm not gonna touch it.  "That's the way he was raised," the boss added, "That stuff's not yours, you don't touch it."

Reward Offered For Info On Deer Shot With Arrows

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are offering a two-thousand-dollar reward for information on the person responsible for shooting two deer with arrows.  The deer were found Friday north of Medford near Shady Cove, still alive and walking, one with an arrow through its head and another pierced through its body.  "OregonLive" reports that wildlife crews haven't yet been able to capture the deer so the arrows can be removed.

Four-Year-Old Girl Dies After Daycare Drowning Accident

(Portland, OR)  --  A four-year-old girl is dead after drowning at her daycare.  Kirsten Bjorn died from her injuries Sunday at a hospital.  Authorities say she was at a home daycare facility in Colton last Wednesday when she drowned while swimming in a nearby pond.  A GoFundMe account has been set up to help pay her medical bills.

Michigan Man Convicted Of Murder In Salem

(Salem, OR)  --  A Detroit, Michigan, man is awaiting sentencing in Salem for killing a man during a botched marijuana robbery and home invasion in August 2016.  Twenty-four-year-old Denzel Hawthorne was convicted of all but one charge against him, with the jury acquitting him of aggravated murder.  The "Salem Statesman Journal" reports he and a college football teammate at Trinity Bible College in North Dakota drove to Salem to try to collect on a drug debt from the son of the man Hawthorne killed.  He faces at least 25 years in prison.  Co-defendant Eloy Carrera Jr. pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison for his role in Brett White's death, but is eligible for parole in 25 years.

Three Foster Children Sue DHS For Abuse In Keizer Home

(Eugene, OR)  --  Three foster kids are suing the state Department of Human Services, saying they were abused and mistreated in their Keizer home.  The children filed the lawsuit in Eugene on Friday.  The lawsuit claims the children were abused by foster parents Casey and Melissa Miller and that the DHS overlooked signs the couple might be mentally and financially unfit to care for them.  The kids are suing the department for 100-million-dollars.

Man Gets 63 Years Prison Time For Vancouver Double Murder

(Vancouver, WA)  --  A 32-year-old man is facing more than six decades behind bars for a double murder last year in Vancouver, Washington.  A judge sentenced Arkangel Howard yesterday to more than 63 years in prison.  He was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm for the shooting deaths of 37-year-old Allen Collins and 42-year-old Jason Benton.  The two were shot and killed in an apartment complex parking lot in March of last year.

Whopping Cough Outbreak Reported In Eugene

(Eugene, OR)  --  Health officials say at least ten people have been affected by a whooping cough outbreak in Eugene.  All of the reported cases have been from Sheldon High School, and the number is expected to rise.  Whooping cough is a respiratory tract infection that can be deadly for infants and babies, and is preventable by vaccine.  A doctor from Eugene's Lane County Public Health says one case of it can produce 15 new ones.  Students from Sheldon High who have not been vaccinated have been excused from class, and school and health officials are working together to contain the outbreak.


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