Regional News Archives for 2018-07

Fire Destroys Football Equipment At Benson High School

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is underway into a fire that destroyed thousands of dollars worth of athletic equipment at Benson High School.  Fire officials say the blaze destroyed a shed housing football equipment at the school.  Nearly four-thousand dollars worth of equipment was destroyed.  Investigators are still looking into how the fire started.

Grand Jury Indicts Man For North Portland Murder

(Portland, OR)  --  A 58-year-old man accused of killing a woman in North Portland is officially facing charges.  A grand jury indicted Terry Hickman yesterday on one charge of murder for the death of 29-year-old Dallas Boyd.  Police found Boyd's body July 20th inside Hickman's van near North Lombard Street at Portsmouth Avenue.  Police say she was strangled to death.

CEO-Funded Homeless Shelter $500K Over Budget

(Portland, OR)  --  A homeless shelter planned for downtown Portland is already a half-million dollars over budget.  The project is being funded by the CEO of Columbia Sportswear, Tim Boyle, who put up one-and-a-half-million dollars to build it.  Oregon Harbor of Hope director Lisa Mirandas says the overrun is coming from the cleanup of the city-owned property beneath the Broadway Bridge.  A spokesman for Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler told The Oregonian that the city will not "throw good money after bad," and will bow out of the project if costs climb too high.

Van Full Of Native American Artifacts Stolen In SE Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is under way into the theft of a van filled with irreplaceable Native American artifacts and heirlooms in southeast Portland.  Wolf and Lisa Wahpepah of California tell KATU they were in Portland for a recent inter-tribal sun dance ceremony when someone stole their van from the parking lot of the Nielson Mobile City mobile home park Saturday night.  The couple says they had just loaded everything back up into their trailer and were preparing for the journey home when the theft happened.  The couple is now stranded in Portland, because the van was their only means of transportation.  The stolen artifacts include things like pipes, eagle feathers, bone whistles and ribbon dresses.

States Sue To Block 3D-Printed Weapons

(Undated)  --  Oregon is among eight states and the District of Columbia suing the Trump administration to stop the plan for 3D-printed guns from being made available online.  The Trump administration last week reached a settlement that would allow a Texas company and presumably others to put plans for the weapons up for download.  Some can be printed from the same material Lego blocks are made of.  Another company has plans for AR-15 rifle parts that can be milled from a block of aluminum.  Attorneys general in Washington, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Maryland, New York and the District of Columbia filed the suit against the government Monday, asking to block public access.  Another 21 states have sent letters to the Justice Department asking for immediate action to block the plans, some of which are already online.

Child Injured In OR Parade

(Newberg, OR)  --  A six-year-old girl is hospitalized after falling off a parade float in Newberg.  Authorities say the child accidentally fell from her perch on the float in the Old Fashioned Festival Parade Saturday.  Her injuries are reportedly serious, but she's expected to recover after falling under the float and being run over.

Two Suspected Car Prowlers Arrested

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a pair of car prowling suspects in northeast Portland.  Police arrested 38-year-old Robert Mendez and 40-year-old Don Phillip Autry early yesterday morning near a homeless camp at Northeast 166th Avenue and Cameron Boulevard.  Police responded to the area around 3:46 a.m. on a report of theft.

Grieving Mother Orca Carries Dead Calf For 7th Straight Day

(Seattle, WA)  --  Researchers are continuing to monitor a southern resident orca as she grieves the death of her child.  The whale protection group Soundwatch tells the Seattle Times the killer whale named J35 was seen carrying her dead calf on top of her head yesterday for a seventh straight day.  The newborn orca died last Tuesday just half an hour after it was born.  The southern resident orcas are critically endangered due in part to a dwindling number of chinook salmon in the region.

Girl Injured By Bottle Bomb On Street

(Vancouver, WA)  --  An investigation is ongoing in Vancouver, Washington, where police say someone tossed a bottle bomb out their car window, landing a 13-year-old girl in the hospital.  Police say the girl was walking a dog near Fort Vancouver Way and East 26th Avenue Saturday night when she came across the bottle on the ground and thought it was just litter.  Police say she picked the bottle up to throw it away and it exploded, injuring her.  Witnesses tell police they saw someone toss the bottle out the window of a green SUV earlier.  Police are still searching for the suspect.  The girl is expected to make a full recovery.

Man Stabbed Over Barking Dog In NE Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of stabbing another man over his barking dog.  It happened early yesterday morning at Montavilla Park in northeast Portland.  The 44-year-old victim tells police the man confronted him about his barking dog and then stabbed him following a brief argument.  The suspect is described as short, skinny and white.

Man Arrested For Allegedly Pistol-Whipping Man In Car

(Portland, OR)  --  A 57-year-old man is facing charges after allegedly pistol-whipping a man in the head on Portland's inner east side.  Police say the victim was sitting in a car near Northeast 6th Avenue and East Burnside Street Saturday night when Juan Lopez broke one of the car windows, reached inside and hit the man in the head with a handgun.  He then allegedly fired off a shot before fleeing.  Police arrested him in a tent near the scene of the assault and booked him on a charge of second-degree assault.

Orca Mother Continues Grieving For Sixth Day

(Seattle, WA)  --  A southern resident orca is making headlines around the world as she continues to grieve the death of her child.  The whale protection group Soundwatch tells the Seattle Times the killer whale named J35 was seen carrying her dead calf on top of her head yesterday for a sixth straight day.  The newborn orca died last Tuesday, just half an hour after it was born.  The southern resident orcas are critically endangered due in part to a dwindling number of chinook salmon in the region.

Long Hollow Fire 58-Percent Contained

(The Dalles, OR)  --  Crews continue to battle the Long Hollow Fire about twelve miles south of The Dalles.  Fire officials say the 33-thousand-acre wildfire is now 58-percent contained.  Mandatory evacuations in the area have been lifted.  Investigators say the fire was started by farm equipment Thursday.

Police Arrest Man For Hit-And-Run That Injured College Basketball Player

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a 20-year-old man in connection to  hit-and-run crash that critically injured a college basketball player nine months ago.  Police say Sequoyha Storck is facing nearly two-dozen charges for the crash that injured Ana Wakefield last October.  Police arrested him in late June and have since charged him in connection to the crash along Highway 212.  Wakefield eventually recovered and went on to play in the Multnomah University's final women's basketball game of the season.

Woman Allegedly Stabs Ex-Boyfriend For Asking Her To Move Out

(Sweet Home, OR)  --  A Linn County woman is facing charges after allegedly stabbing her ex-boyfriend for asking her to move out.  Police Nancy Edwards stabbed Michael Speck just after midnight yesterday after he told her to find a new place to live.  Police say the two had ended the relationship a while ago but that Speck was letting Edwards live in one of his outbuildings.  Speck suffered a punctured lung but is expected to survive.

Wildfire Prompts Level 3 Evacuations In Wasco County

(Portland, OR)  --  Firefighters are battling a six-thousand-acre wildfire burning between Dufur and the Deschutes River.  The Long Hollow Fire was reported yesterday afternoon.  The Wasco County Sheriff's Office has issued level three evacuations for residents along the river from Sherars Falls to Macks Canyon.  An investigation into what caused the blaze is ongoing.

Former Portland Top Cop's Police Certification Yanked

(Salem, OR)  --  Former Portland Police Chief Larry O'Dea can't be a cop for ten years.  The state Board of Public Safety Standards and Training voted yesterday to pull O'Dea's police certification for a decade.  OregonLive reports that city investigations found he had not been forthcoming about an off-duty 2016 shooting and he failed to take action on an employee complaint.  Portland's current police chief, Danielle Outlaw, took part by phone and voted to uphold the revocation after initially voting against it.

Cougars Increasing In Portland Area

(Portland, OR)  --  Cougars appear to be on the rise in the Portland area.  State biologist Derek Broman tells KATU the number of cougars in the Portland area has been increasing.  Broman notes that cougars are normally more afraid of humans than we are of them.  He adds that if you run across one, you should stand your ground and make yourself as big and loud as possible.

Police ID Man Killed By Cops In Seaside

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a man who was shot and killed by police officers in Seaside.  Police say 44-year-old Cashus Dean Case died Tuesday after being shot by officers during a confrontation at the Seaside RV Park on Highway 101.  Police say officers were responding to reports of a dispute over another park resident's dog when Case refused to drop his gun, prompting police to open fire, killing him.

MSCO Deputy Charged With Sex Abuse

(Portland, OR)  --  A Multnomah County Sheriff's Deputy is facing criminal charges for alleged sexual abuse.  The Sheriff's Office says Dwight Richey was indicted by a grand jury this week on three counts of second-degree sex abuse as well as five counts of third-degree sex abuse and one count of harassment.  Richey is on unpaid administrative leave pending the outcome of criminal proceedings.

Oregon Sex Crimes Fugitives Located In Mississippi

(Jackson, MS)  --  One of two people wanted for sex crimes committed in Oregon years ago has been arrested in Mississippi, while the other one is dead.  The FBI says Victoria Michelle Cravitz was arrested Wednesday in Mississippi's Washington County following the death from natural causes of her common-law husband, Leon Henry Shaw.  Both had been linked to the sexual molestation of several children in Klamath Falls between 1989 and 1999.

OR College Cuts Student Newspaper Due To Lack Of Interest

(Bend, OR)  --  Central Oregon Community College doesn't have a student newspaper anymore.  A spokesman told the Bend Bulletin that funding was cut because young people no longer want to read newspapers, much less write for them.  A survey from four years ago showed that more than half the student body didn't know The Broadside existed and only seven-percent admitted to reading it.

Fountains On At Portland Schools After Lead Fix

(Portland, OR)  --  There'll be working water fountains at Portland public schools when classes reopen.  The Oregonian reports that a two-year repair effort is finally wrapping up after traces of lead were discovered in the drinking water.  A former health and safety director at Oregon Health Sciences University was brought in to oversee the fix.  John Burnham says the drinking water will be good to go, as well as the water used in school kitchens, by the time the new school year starts.

Police Investigate Shooting In NE Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is underway into a shooting in northeast Portland.  Police responded to the area of Northeast 14th Avenue and Northeast Hancock Street just after midnight yesterday on reports of shots fired.  Responding officers reportedly found evidence of gunfire.  No injuries have been reported.

Wheelchair-Bound Man Hit, Killed By Car

(Tigard, OR)  --  A 32-year-old wheelchair-bound man is dead after being hit by a car on Pacific Highway in Tigard.  Police say Daniel Bullchild was crossing the highway without using a crosswalk yesterday morning when the car crashed into him.  Police say Bullchild showed signs of intoxication at the time of the crash.  Police say the driver has not been cited.

Racism Prompts GOP Commissioner To Switch Parties

(Portland, OR)  --  A Multnomah County Commissioner is becoming a Democrat after 40 years as a Republican.  Lori Stegmann told The Oregonian that her change of heart came as a result of the racism she sees in the GOP.  She blames President Trump, saying she cannot condone the "misogyny, the racism, and the unethical and immoral behavior of the current administration."  Stegmann adds that she hasn't changed "but the Republican Party most certainly has."

Man Injured In Stabbing In SE Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  One person is seriously injured following a stabbing in southeast Portland.  Police responded to the Eastbank Esplanade late last night on reports of the stabbing.  One man was hospitalized with what police say were life-threatening injuries.  Police are still searching for a suspect.

Heat Advisory In Effect Through Tonight

(Portland, OR)  --  A heat advisory remains in effect through tonight for northwest Oregon and southwest Washington.  The National Weather Service says temperatures are expected to climb into the 90s and 100-degree range in the Willamette Valley, the Columbia River Gorge and the I-5 corridor north of Portland.  The National Weather Service is reminding residents to drink plenty of water and not to leave children or animals inside stopped cars.

9 Wildfires Foul Air

(Salem, OR)  --  Nearly a dozen big wildfires in Oregon are fouling the air in the Willamette Valley.  The Statesman-Journal reports that smoke is expected to hang over the Rogue Valley for the rest of the week.  That smoke is drifting northward, prompting regulators to warn of moderate air quality in Eugene and Salem.  The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality says moderate air is acceptable, except for more vulnerable people.

Police ID Man Arrested During Standoff

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a man arrested following a standoff at a home in Beaverton.  Police say they arrested 40-year-old Michael Ryan McMillan Tuesday night at a home on Southwest Alice Lane.  He's being investigated on charges of domestic harassment, menacing and unlawful use of a weapon.

Newborn Orca Calf Dies; Mother Seen Mourning

(Seattle, WA)  --  The Center for Whale Research is confirming that a newborn southern-resident killer whale has died.  Ken Balcomb with the center tells the Seattle Times the orca calf died Tuesday, just half an hour after its birth.  Balcomb says the baby's mother, named J35, was seen carrying her dead calf on top of her head for hours Tuesday.  Meanwhile, researchers fear another member of the orca pod could be near death.  University of Washington biologist Deborah Giles tells the Seattle Times the orca named J50 is 4-years-old, but she's the size of a 1-year-old.  Giles says the whale is not getting enough to eat and that it will be a "miracle" if she survives.  The southern-resident killer whale population is critically endangered due to the diminishment of their food source: chinook salmon.

Occupy ICE Camp Nearly Vacated; 15-20 Protesters Remain

(Portland, OR)  --  Just over a dozen protesters remain camped out near the ICE facility in southwest Portland following a midnight deadline to vacate.  KATU reports between 15 and 20 protesters remained at the camp at the time of the midnight deadline, after a majority of protesters had packed up and left.  The Vancouver, Washington-based alt-right group Patriot Prayer showed up to the camp an hour before the midnight deadline and chanted at the protesters while they packed up.  An argument reportedly ensued, prompting Patriot Prayer to flee the scene in a van.  Demonstrators had been camped out at the facility since June 17th to protest the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy which resulted in the mass separation of children from their immigrant parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

E. Coli Bacteria Reported At Pond In Vancouver

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Health officials are warning residents about E. coli bacteria found at a pond in Vancouver, Washington.  The Clark County Public Health Department says routine testing has shown elevated levels of E. coli at Klineline Pond.  Officials say they collected some more samples yesterday afternoon and will have more information after they receive the results from those samples.

Domestic Violence Suspect Arrested After Standoff

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a domestic assault suspect following a standoff at a home in Beaverton.  Police arrested the suspect last night in the 6500 block of Southwest Alice Lane.  Police are not yet releasing the identity of the suspect.

Police Clear Out Occupy ICE Camp

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police officers are on the scene of the Occupy ICE camp in southwest Portland.  KATU reports officers arrived at the camp around 4:30 this morning to begin clearing it out.  Officers informed the few remaining protesters that the roads were closed and they had to leave.  Just over a dozen protesters remained camped out near the ICE facility following a midnight deadline to vacate.  Demonstrators had been camped out at the facility since June 17th to protest the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy which resulted in the mass separation of children from their immigrant parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Portland Food Cart Owner To Pay $1K For Racial Slur

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland food cart owner is out a thousand bucks for hurling a racial slur at a customer.  OregonLive reports that Islam El Masry also admitted to hurling some Gatorade and hot sauce at Carlotta Washington last month.  He has agreed to pay her a thousand dollars in exchange for dropping the charges against him.  El Masry owns Small Pharoah's Egyptian and New Yorker Food, and became upset with Washington when she tried to pay her seven-dollar tab mostly in quarters.

OR Student Gets Apology For Banned Trump T-Shirt

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A Hillsboro student is getting an apology for being sent home because of his Trump T-shirt.  The Oregonian reports that the principal of Liberty High School has agreed to apologize to 18-year-old Addison Barnes.  Barnes was suspended after wearing a T-shirt to school in January emblazoned with Trump's signature and Border Wall Construction Company.  He sued, then got an injunction from a federal judge in May.  Barnes will get 25-thousand dollars from the district in addition to hearing the principal say "I'm sorry."

Police Seek Aloha Home Burglary Suspects

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for two suspects accused of burglarizing a home in Aloha.  The Washington County Sheriff's Office says the suspects were caught on surveillance camera stealing property from a home near Southwest Johnson Street and Southwest 174th Avenue on July 15th.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

Advocacy Group Gives Oregon D+ On Renewable Energy

(Washington, DC)  --  Oregon is getting a D-plus for renewable energy.  D.C.-based advocacy group Food and Water Watch issued a report yesterday on how states count polluting energy sources as renewable.  The state gets a C for mandating that utilities get half of their energy from renewable sources by 2040, a strict standard.  The grade is dragged down by what the study's authors say are dirty energy sources that actually leave a carbon footprint.  The report says Oregon has a broad definition of renewable, which includes energy made from mill residue, wood waste and sewage gas.

Pedestrian Injured In Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  One person is hospitalized after being struck by a car on Southeast Division Street.  Police say the pedestrian was rushed to a hospital with life-threatening injuries after being hit last night.  The driver reportedly stayed at the scene to cooperate with police.

Police Give Eviction Notices To Occupy ICE Demonstrators

(Portland, OR)  --  The city is pushing out a group of protesters that has been camped out for weeks at the Southwest Portland ICE facility.  Portland police officers descended on the camp last night to post eviction notices, telling protesters they plan to start clearing out the camp today.  The notices followed a news conference earlier in the day in which Mayor Ted Wheeler asked protesters to leave the facility, saying their camp is an unsustainable situation.  Demonstrators have been camped out at the facility since June 17th to protest the federal government's "zero tolerance" immigration policy.

Nike Raising Pay For 7,000 Employees, 10% Of Global Workforce

(Undated)  --  Thousands of Nike workers are getting raises.  The company told workers in an internal memo yesterday that pay hikes are coming for seven-thousand Nike employees.  That's ten-percent of Nike's worldwide workforce.  A spokeswoman said the raises are a way to make sure the company's pay scale is competitive.  The raises will be paid throughout all areas of the company.

Portland Reporter Faces Possible Subpoena From City To Testify

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland reporter may be called into court to testify about his story under oath.  Freelancer Mike Bivins tells OregonLive that a city attorney has asked him to sign a declaration about protests he covered last year in Portland's downtown area.  He says he was told that if he didn't sign, the city might seek a subpoena for his testimony in a class action suit filed by the ACLU.  Oregon reportedly has some of the strongest laws in the country protecting journalists from giving testimony about the information they gather or their sources.

Man Rescued From Mount Jefferson After Spraining Ankle

(Portland, OR)  --  A Bend man is recovering after spraining his ankle while climbing Mount Jefferson.  The Oregon National Guard says crews rescued 64-year-old Jonathan Sprecher Saturday afternoon.  The man had reportedly called 9-1-1 from the mountain Friday night after spraining his ankle.  Search and rescue crews found him the following morning and airlifted him to safety.

Man Allegedly Robs Bikini Barista At Gunpoint

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect accused of robbing a bikini barista cart at gunpoint in northeast Portland.  Police say the man fled the cart on Columbia Boulevard with an undisclosed amount of cash yesterday afternoon.  He's believed to be driving a white four-door sedan.

Cops: Corvallis Councilman Chases In-Law With Gun

(Corvallis, OR)  --  A Corvallis City Councilman is in trouble with the law after allegedly chasing an in-law with a gun.  Court documents say 47-year-old Mark Page was booked on a number of charges after a weekend disagreement with his brother-in-law.  The police report indicates that Page was in custody pending his arraignment.  During the altercation, Page is accused of chasing his brother-in-law around a car, threatening to shoot him.  The confrontation was reportedly seen by Page's two children and the victim's seven kids.

Heat Advisory Issued Through Thursday

(Portland, OR)  --  A heat advisory is in effect through Thursday night for northwest Oregon and southwest Washington.  The National Weather Service says temperatures are expected to climb into the 90s and 100-degree range in the Willamette Valley, the Columbia River Gorge and the I-5 corridor north of Portland.  The National Weather Service is reminding residents to drink plenty of water and not to leave children or animals inside stopped cars.

Police Recover Body Of Man Who Drowned In Willamette River

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've recovered the body of a man who drowned while swimming in the Willamette River.  The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office says someone found the body of 68-year-old Leocadio Sendejas-Sanchez yesterday, about four miles downriver from where he was last seen.  Family members reported him missing Wednesday afternoon after he went under the water while swimming near the Wheatland Ferry.  Police say he wasn't wearing a life jacket.

Shooting Reported In SE Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect in connection to a shooting in southeast Portland.  Police say witnesses called 9-1-1 early yesterday morning after hearing gunshots near Southeast 122nd Avenue and Boise Street.  Responding officers found that a home and a car in the area had both been hit by multiple bullets.  No injuries have been reported.

Police ID N. Portland Murder Victim, Arrest Suspect

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a woman found dead in north Portland.  Police found the body of 29-year-old Dallas Boyd Friday afternoon after receiving a tip from the public.  Police have arrested 58-year-old Terry Hickman as a suspect.  An investigation is ongoing.

Cooling Centers Open Amid Extreme Heat

(Portland, OR)  --  Several cooling centers are opening their doors amid extreme heat hitting the Portland area.  Cooling centers are opening in Multnomah County as well as Washington, Clackamas and several other counties.  Forecasters are expecting a high of 96 degrees today.

Man Arrested For Hate Crime On SE Portland Trail

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing hate crime charges after allegedly pointing a gun at someone and making threats while also making biased statements toward them.  Police arrested 36-year-old Kipong Somsanuk yesterday afternoon on the Springwater Trail in southeast Portland.  Police say he made threatening and biased statements toward someone on the trail, and a witness flagged down officers.  No injuries were reported.

Three Injured In Crash Outside Oregon Humane Society

(Portland, OR)  --  A woman is hospitalized in critical condition and two other people are seriously injured following a crash in northeast Portland.  Police say the woman was driving without her headlights on near the Oregon Humane Society on Northeast Columbia Boulevard Saturday night when she rear-ended another vehicle carrying two people.  The woman was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, while the two people in the other car were hospitalized for serious injuries but are expected to survive.

Police Search For Suspects In Construction Site Theft

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a pair of suspects accused of stealing hundreds of dollars in tools and supplies from a worksite in Aloha.  Police say the two suspects stole more than 800 dollars worth of items Thursday night at a construction site near Southwest 170th Avenue and Heritage Court.  Police have released surveillance footage of the suspects in action.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

Police Pursuit Ends With Suspect In Pond

(Beaverton, OR)  --  A man is facing charges after allegedly leading Beaverton police on a high-speed car chase before ending up in a pond Wednesday afternoon.  Police say it started a little after 2 p.m. when officers on a call recognized a suspect wanted on a warrant.  Twenty-six-year-old Chase Larrazabal took off and tried to ram several vehicles before crashing into two cars and driving into a pond near Murray and Scholls Ferry Road.  Following a trip to the hospital, he was booked on assault, reckless driving and other charges.

Man Arrested For N. Portland Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a man in connection to a shooting that injured a man in north Portland last month.  Police arrested 45-year-old Alexander Walton Tuesday on a charge of attempted murder.  He's accused of shooting a man outside of Darcy's Bar on North Lombard Street on June 1st.

Criminal Investigation Launched Into Substation Fire

(Undated)  --  Police are launching a criminal investigation into the Substation Fire.  The fire has burned 50-thousand acres near The Dalles in just a few days.  Fanning the flames Thursday were winds of up to 40 miles-per-hour.  One person died Wednesday when flames overtook his tractor as he was trying to build a fire line.  Evacuation orders have been issued for some communities in the area.

Police ID Man Killed In Substation Fire

(The Dalles, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a man killed by the Substation Fire in The Dalles.  Police say the body of 64-year-old John Ruby was found in a burned tractor at about 1:30 Wednesday afternoon in Wasco County.  Officials say he was most likely overcome by smoke and flames as he tried to create a firebreak on a neighbor's property.

Woman Drives Car Off Astoria's Pier 39

(Portland, OR)  --  A 23-year-old Portland woman is recovering after driving her car off Pier 39 in Astoria.  Police say the woman was experiencing a mental health crisis when she drove off the pier into the Columbia River yesterday afternoon.  The woman managed to escape her sinking car and swim safely to shore.  She was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

Man Arrested For Death Of Woman

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a man accused of killing a 74-year-old woman.  Police arrested 47-year-old Garth Beams yesterday.  Police say the woman was found dead around 4:15 p.m. inside a home on Southwest 72nd Avenue and Sagert Street.  It's not yet clear how the woman died.

Governor Imposes Campfire Ban

(Salem, OR)  --  Campfires and open flames are banned at Oregon state parks in response to the Substation Fire.  That's the word from Governor Kate Brown, and comes after she declared a state of emergency.  The ban applies to wood, charcoal and other flame sources that cannot be turned off with a valve.  Liquid-fuel stoves and other valved devices are OK, but cannot be left unattended.  Officials hope the ban will reduce further demands on limited resources.

Substation Fire Kills One, Burns Over 50-Thousand Acres

(The Dalles, OR)  --  Crews continue to battle the deadly Substation Fire in The Dalles.  The fast-moving fire has burned more than 50-thousand acres since starting Tuesday and has killed at least one person.  Authorities found the body of that person in Wasco County yesterday.  Authorities believe the person was using a tractor to try to build a fire line when they were overtaken by flames.  Several communities in the area have been evacuated.  Governor Kate Brown has declared a statewide wildfire emergency.  She's also implementing a plan that frees up National Guard resources to fight the fire.

Wyden Blasts Trump Over Putin Meeting

(Washington, DC)  --  Senator Ron Wyden is among lawmakers on Capitol Hill putting pressure on President Trump as he attempts to clarify what he did and didn't tell Russian President Vladimir Putin.  During his joint press conference with Putin, Trump appeared to side with Putin's assurances that Russia didn't meddle in the 2016 election.  Since then, he's walked back his statement and said he believes the intelligence community and holds Putin responsible.  Wyden says the time for Trump to be strong with Putin was in Helsinki, not days later.  Wyden adds that Trump has never been willing to take Putin on and that his credibility on the issue has shrunk to zero.

Police Arrest Pedestrian Waving Weapons Near Motorists

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a man accused of waving a knife and hatchet at passing motorists on Northwest Everett Street.  Officers arrested 30-year-old Joseph L. Dedman at about 7 a.m. yesterday, a short distance away from the scene on Northwest Couch Street.  They found a knife and hatchet nearby.  Dedman faces disorderly conduct and weapons charges, as well as a possible mental-health assessment.

Two Men Arrested On Charges Of Raping Teen

(Portland, OR)  --  Two men are behind bars on accusations of raping a teenage girl.  Police arrested Chan Hwang Tuesday in Grants Pass after arresting Portland resident Christopher Iverson late last month.  Police believe they may have other victims.  Both are being held on more than a million dollars bail each.

Five Kayakers Rescued After Capsizing

(Ilwaco, WA)  --  Five kayakers are recovering after capsizing near Waikiki Beach in Cape Disappointment State Park in Ilwaco, Washington.  The Coast Guard says crews rescued two adults and three children yesterday afternoon.  All five were wearing life jackets and are expected to make a full recovery.

Former Youth Soccer Coach Pleads No Contest To Rape

(Portland, OR)  --  A former Portland Soccer Academy director is pleading no contest to rape and sexual abuse.  The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office says 39-year-old Luis Trybom entered the no contest plea yesterday.  He was arrested in June of last year after allegedly taking nude and explicit photos of a 17-year-old girl.  Police say six additional women have come forward with accusations against him since that arrest.

Woman Dies While Swimming At Lacamas Lake

(Camas, WA)  --  Crews say they've recovered the body of a 37-year-old woman from Lacamas Lake in Camas, Washington.  Police say the woman was swimming at the lake yesterday when she fell in an area known as the potholes below the dam.  Authorities say it took crews about three hours to recover her body.  An investigation into her death is ongoing.

Ranger Arrested On Abuse, Indecency Charges

(Pleasant Hill, OR)  --  An Oregon park ranger is behind bars on complaints he inappropriately touched a young girl visiting a state park over the weekend.  The Lane County Sheriff's office says 32-year-old David Paul Buchanan was charged with first-degree sexual abuse following the Saturday incident at the Jasper State Recreation Site near Pleasant Hill.  He also faces a public indecency charge after he allegedly exposed his private area to two other girls at Dexter Lake last month.  Buchanan remains in custody at the Lane County Jail. 

Man Allegedly Points Gun At Man For Refusing Him Cigarette

(Portland, OR)  --  A 31-year-old man is facing charges after allegedly pointing a gun at another man for refusing to give him a cigarette.  The victim tells police he was sitting in traffic on northbound I-205 near I-84 yesterday morning when the suspect asked him for a cigarette.  The victim says he declined, prompting the suspect to pull out a gun and point it at him.  Police arrested Brandon Anderson after pulling him over on the ramp to I-84 west.

Gang Unit Investigates Shooting At North Portland Park

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Police Gang Enforcement Team is investigating a shooting near George Park.  Police responded to the park in north Portland Monday night after witnesses reported hearing gunfire.  No injuries have been reported.

Man Gets 11 Years For Machete Attack

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing more than a decade behind bars after attacking another man with a machete.  A judge has sentenced Timothy Crawford to just over eleven years in prison after he pleaded guilty to attempted murder and burglary.  Police say he attacked Troy Anderson of Milwaukie with a machete in April at a home on Southeast Rose Street.

Robbery Call Nets Seven Teens, Three Stolen Cars

(Portland, Or)  --  Seven juvenile suspects are facing possible charges after police recovered three stolen vehicles early Monday night in southeast Portland.  Responding to a robbery complaint at about 6:45, the cops responded to the Safeway on Southeast 122nd Avenue.  They tracked the suspects to what turned out to be a stolen vehicle, and found two other stolen cars nearby that may be related to the case.  An investigation has been opened.

Man Admits To Using Dead Friend's Food Stamps Card

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing three years of probation after pleading guilty to stealing his dead friend's wallet and using his food stamps card.  Michael Mahoney pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of unlawfully using a food stamp benefit and one count of identity theft.  Police say he stole the wallet of James Bland after finding him dead inside his home last November.

Substation Fire Continues To Burn In The Dalles

(The Dalles, OR)  --  Firefighters are working to contain the Substation Fire near the Celilo Converter Station in The Dalles.  Fire officials say the blaze has grown to more than 20-thousand acres as of last night and has destroyed one home and several outbuildings.  Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the fire prompted the immediate evacuations of about 75 homes in Wasco County.  Authorities have issued level three evacuations in several areas including 8 Mile Road at Emerson Loop Road to Emerson Loop Road and Company Hollow Road.  The Red Cross has set up a shelter at The Dalles Middle School to help residents displaced by the fire.

Gallery Owner Nixes Trump Pic Amid Threats

(Portland, OR)  --  A controversial poster depicting a knife at the throat of President Trump is gone from outside a Portland art gallery.  A man identifying himself as the founder of One Grand Gallery on East Burnside says he removed the image after getting threats from as far away as Florida.  Another business owner above the gallery says he got calls from people threatening to smash his windows.  The threats come amid controversy over Trump's meeting this week in Finland with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Motorcyclist Killed In Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  A motorcyclist is dead following a crash near the Independence Bridge.  Police say the biker was riding west on River Road South yesterday afternoon when they crashed into a pickup truck while turning a corner.  The biker was pronounced dead at the scene.  The other driver was uninjured.

Search For Missing Oregon Woman Moves To Monterey County

(Monterey County, CA)  --  The search continues for an Oregon woman who hasn't been heard from in a week.  Search efforts are now being led by California's Monterey County Sheriff's Office.  Angela Hernandez hasn't been in contact with her family since July 6th, when she texted her sister from Half Moon Bay as she was headed south along Highway 1 on her way to Southern California.  Security footage captured the 22-year-old driving her Jeep Liberty in Monterey County at about 9:30 Thursday morning, and search and rescue teams responded, but have not yet found her.

Baby Killed, Woman Injured In Crash

(Vancouver, WA)  --  A 26-year-old woman is hospitalized with critical injuries following a rollover crash that killed her baby.  Police say the woman was driving along Northeast Bradford Road in east Vancouver last night when she crashed into a tree.  A good Samaritan stopped to help and performed CPR on the baby, but the child was pronounced dead at a hospital.  An investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Klamathon Fire Containment Reaches 70-Percent

(Yreka, CA)  --  Firefighters continue gaining ground on California's most destructive wildfire so far this year.  Cal Fire says the Klamathon Fire at the Oregon border is now 75-percent contained as of last night and it hasn't consumed any additional acres or structures over the last few days.  The tally since it started in Siskyou County on July 5th remains at just under 37-thousand-acres burned and 94 structures damaged or destroyed.  It has also killed one civilian and injured three firefighters.

Corvallis Man Indicted In Russian Woman's Killing

(Corvallis, OR)  --  A Corvallis man is facing an indictment in the killing of a Russian woman.  Benton County authorities say 28-year-old William Hargrove is accused of murdering 27-year-old Anna Repkina last year near Alsea.  He's also facing theft and identity theft charges after allegedly using her ID and stealing 800 dollars from her.  The Gazette-Times reports that prosecutors say the pair were involved in a love triangle and Hargrove was told by another woman to choose between the two of them.

Police Investigate Discovery Of Body In Burned House

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is under way into the discovery of a body inside a burned home in Corbett.  Firefighters responded to the home on East Woodard Road near Troutdale early Tuesday morning to find a fully involved fire they say took 15 minutes to put out.  Fire officials initially said they didn't find any victims, but the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office announced yesterday that crews found human remains during a routine investigation to determine the cause of the fire.

Men Pistol-Whip Teen At Public Pool

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for two men accused of pistol-whipping a teenager while robbing him and his friends at a public pool.  It happened just after midnight yesterday at the Creston Outdoor Pool in southeast Portland.  Police say the teen was swimming with friends when two men walked up and went through their belongings.  The teen confronted the men, prompting one of them to allegedly hit him with his gun.  Both suspects then fled on foot.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

8 Cuffed In Portland ICE Protest

(Portland, OR)  --  Eight people are behind bars after a demonstration at Portland's ICE headquarters.  OregonLive reports that a group of protesters linked arms yesterday morning and blocked the way as a van tried to leave the Immigration and Customs Enforcement building.  The demonstrators referred to the van as a deportation bus.  Eight of them were handcuffed after they refused federal officers' orders to get out of the way.  Protesters have been camped out at the facility since mid-June and say they'll stay until the ICE office is shut down.

Motorcyclist Killed In Crash

(Gresham, OR)  --  A motorcyclist is dead following a crash in Gresham.  Police say the woman was riding near Northwest Wallula Avenue and Burnside Road last night when she collided with a car while making a turn.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.  Police say the driver is cooperating with investigators.

Census: Only 75 Orcas Left In Southern Resident Pods

(Seattle, WA)  --  The Southern Resident orca population is at a 30-year low.  The Seattle PI reports there are just 75 killer whales left in the Puget Sound's three Southern Resident pods.  Annual census numbers also show that two killer whales are missing and are currently presumed dead.  Scientists say the population decrease is due to pollution and a dwindling primary food supply.  The whales subsist mainly on Chinook salmon.

Toddler Injured After Falling From Window

(Portland, OR)  --  A three-year-old girl is recovering after falling out of a window at her home in Happy Valley.  It happened yesterday afternoon at the Mt. Scott Apartments on Southeast Stevens Road.  Police say the girl fell from a third-story window and landed on some bark-dust and rock.  Doctors say she's expected to survive.

Second Cougar Sighting Reported In SE Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are warning residents to be on the lookout for a cougar following a second sighting in southeast Portland this week.  The Portland Police Bureau says a woman called authorities early this morning after a cougar attacked her dog at her home near Southeast 118th Avenue and Southeast Division Street.  Police previously received a call Monday night about a cougar rolling around in someone's backyard near Southeast 118th Avenue and Division Street.

Man Accused Of Harassing Black Teen

(Beaverton, OR)  --  A Washington County man is facing several charges after allegedly harassing a black teenager in Beaverton.  Police say 37-year-old Samuel Corbett used racial slurs to intimidate the girl yesterday and threatened to hurt her.  The Oregonian reports that he was arrested on charges of intimidation, menacing, disorderly conduct and harassment.

NTSB Hearing On DuPont Amtrak Crash Continues Today

(Washington, DC)  --  Today is day two of a two-day National Transportation Safety Board investigative hearing into last December's deadly DuPont Amtrak crash.  Yesterday, federal officials revealed the Amtrak engineer didn't have any experience operating the brand new charger locomotive before embarking on his first solo trip over the new Point Defiance Bypass route from Seattle to Portland.  Officials say the engineer only had 60 seconds to familiarize himself with the new locomotive's controls before departure.  Three passengers were killed and 62 were injured when the train flew off the tracks and onto I-5 after hitting a curve at over twice the speed limit.  Another eight people on I-5 were injured by the falling train.

Fire Damages Plaid Pantry

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a fire that caused heavy damage to a convenience store in north Portland.  Witnesses say someone threw a firework into the Plaid Pantry at North Greeley Avenue and Rosa Parks Way last night, sparking a fire that caused extensive damage.  No injuries were reported.

Parents Who Relied On Faith Healing Sentenced For Baby's Death

(Clackamas County, OR)  --  Two Clackamas County parents who relied on faith healing for their newborn daughter are going to spend years behind bars for her death.  Sarah and Travis Mitchell were both given six-year prison terms Monday for negligent homicide and criminal mistreatment.  Sarah Mitchell gave birth to twins at her parents' home last year, and one of the babies was having trouble breathing.  Instead of calling 911, they relied on prayer.  The child died hours later.

Man Arrested For Groping Young Girls

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges after allegedly groping two young girls in northeast Portland.  Police have arrested 55-year-old Ricardo Sanchez-Garcia on two counts of first-degree sex abuse.  Police say he inappropriately touched a nine-year-old girl at the Goodwill Outlets on Northeast 122nd Avenue Monday.  Later that same day, he allegedly groped a ten-year-old girl at the Safeway on Northeast Sandy Boulevard.  Police believe he could have more victims.

Portland-Area Leaders Speak On OR Sanctuary Status

(Portland, OR)  --  An initiative to repeal Oregon's sanctuary law is generating controversy.  "OregonLive" reports that the law has been on the books for 31 years, and it prevents the use of state resources to find or arrest those in the country illegally.  Causa Oregon director Andrea Williams says that it's all that stands in the way of turning "local police into another arm of Trump's deportation force."  The group Oregonians for Immigration Reform says they have enough signatures to put the repeal effort before voters in November.  However, the signatures still must be counted and verified by the Oregon Secretary of State's office.

Vancouver Man Pleads Guilty To Delta Flight Diversion

(Portland, OR)  --  A Vancouver man is facing a hefty fine and possible jail time after pleading guilty to actions that forced the diversion of a Delta Airlines flight.  Twenty-nine-year-old Bolutife Olorunda entered the plea yesterday in connection to the Portland-to-Atlanta flight May 30th.  Prosecutors say he verbally assaulted a flight attendant while also screaming and singing loudly.  The pilot declared an emergency and made a landing in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Olorunda has agreed to pay Delta more than nine-thousand dollars for the incident, and he could also face a five-thousand-dollar fine along with six months in prison.

PDX Ranked Best Airport For 6th Straight Year

(Portland, OR)  --  People who travel through PDX have reason to be satisfied.  "Travel and Leisure" names Portland International Airport as the nation's best.  It's the sixth year in a row for the hub to capture the honor.  PDX beat out the likes of airports in Indianapolis, Minnesota, Tampa and Pittsburgh, which round out the top five.

Man Indicted For December Armed Robbery

(Portland, OR)  --  A 23-year-old man is facing charges in connection to the armed robbery of a bar in Cornelius.  KATU reports a Washington County Grand Jury has indicted Diego Sanchez-Lopez on charges of first-degree robbery, first-degree theft and unlawful use of a weapon for the robbery at the Jungle Room in December.  Authorities say Sanchez-Lopez was already behind bars on a separate charge when he was indicted.

Federal Officers Arrest Three Protesters At ICE Facility

(Portland, OR)  --  The Department of Homeland Security says they arrested three demonstrators yesterday outside the ICE facility in southwest Portland.  Occupy ICE PDX says the arrests happened during a brief confrontation yesterday in which DHS officers reportedly tried to raid their camp near the facility.  Video shows officers tackling one demonstrator to the ground before arresting him and at least one officer spraying pepper spray and firing pepper ball rounds at the demonstrators.  DHS spokesperson Robert Sperling says two officers received minor injuries in the incident.


Woman Airlifted From Central OR Peak

(Oregon City, OR)  --  An Oregon City woman is hospitalized after being airlifted from Broken Top in central Oregon.  Authorities say Sarah Rask was rescued from the nine-thousand-foot peak Sunday after she lost her footing and fell about 25 feet.  She tried to grab onto a big rock which gave way and rolled onto her.  "OregonLive" reports that 911 callers said she was badly hurt, but there's no official word on her injuries.

Two Hospitalized After Highway 26 Crash

(Government Camp, OR)  --  Two people are hospitalized including a teenager following a crash on Highway 26 near Government Camp Loop.  Police say the teenage driver was turning onto the eastbound lanes of the highway Saturday when a pickup truck crashed into him.  He and his passenger Ya-Chu Matilda Chuang were hospitalized with serious injuries.  A third passenger was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Police Seek Armed Carjacking Suspect

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for an armed suspect accused of carjacking a man at gunpoint in southeast Portland.  It happened just after midnight Monday in the parking lot of the Shell Jackson gas station on Southeast 122nd Avenue.  Police say the man pointed a gun at the driver's head and ordered him out of the car.  The stolen vehicle is described as a gray 2005 Porsche Cayenne with Oregon license plate 413-HSE.

Police ID Man Shot By Deputies In Amity

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a man shot and killed by police in Yamhill County.  Police say officers shot 27-year-old Kelly Sutton Saturday in Amity while responding to a call about a drunk intruder at a home near a school.  The deputies who opened fire are on administrative leave pending an investigation.

Hop Acreage Up In OR, WA

(Yakima, WA)  --  More hops are growing across the U.S., including in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.  The "Capital Press" reports that nationwide hops acreage are forecast to be up four-percent this year, even as the craft beer industry slows down.  The three northwest states produce nearly all the hops used in making beer in America.  Washington grows the lion's share, at 71-percent, while Idaho accounts for 15-percent and Oregon tallies 14-percent.

Fatal Klamathon Fire Slows And Containment Increases

(Yreka, CA)  --  One of California's most destructive wildland blazes is slowing down slightly and containment is improving.  Cal Fire reports the Klamathon Fire is now 30-percent contained after ripping through just over 35-thousand-acres since it started last Thursday afternoon in Siskyou County.  That's only a couple-hundred more acres overnight, but it gained five-thousand-acres during the day Sunday and spread across the Oregon border.  The inferno has killed one resident, injured three firefighters, destroyed 81 structures, damaged another dozen and threatens more than 800.

Woman Shoots Self, Dies, In Fairview

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a mental health crisis that led to a woman's death in Fairview.  Police responded to a home in the 20600 block of Northeast Sandview Drive yesterday afternoon on reports of a woman acting strangely in the backyard while holding a handgun to her chest.  Responding officers and crisis negotiators spoke with the woman for three and a half hours before she shot herself.  First responders provided medical aid, but she died at the scene.  Police are encouraging anyone experiencing a mental health crisis to call the Mental Health Crisis Intervention Hotline at 503-988-4888.

Bullets Hit Home In NE Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  A gang enforcement team investigation is ongoing into a shooting at a home in northeast Portland.  Police say an apartment unit near the 5600 block of Northeast Hassalo Street was hit by bullets Saturday night.  No injuries have been reported.

Boy Falls Out Of Second-Story Window, Is Hospitalized

(Portland, OR)  --  A five-year-old boy is hospitalized after falling out of a second-story window in Beaverton.  Police say the boy was playing with several other children near a window at a home in the 3300 block of Southwest 125th Avenue Saturday afternoon when he fell out.  He suffered minor injuries, and doctors say he's expected to recover.  The Department of Human Services is investigating.

Band Cancels Concert After Gun Reportedly Gets Past Security

(Portland, OR)  --  North Carolina-based folk rock group the Avett Brothers are rescheduling their third Troutdale show after a man with a gun reportedly got past security.  The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says the band was getting ready to perform at the McMenamins Edgefield Saturday night when the incident happened.  Police say a man claiming to be an out-of-state police officer set off a metal detector when entering the venue and then slipped out of sight of the private security contractor working at the event.  The Avett Brothers decided to cancel the concert out of precaution.

Fire Displaces 24 In Vancouver

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Two-dozen people are without a home following a fire at an apartment complex in Vancouver, Washington.  Firefighters responded to the complex on Bridge Street early this morning.  No injuries were reported, but six families totaling about 24 people are displaced.  An investigation into what caused the blaze is ongoing.

Man Arrested For Allegedly Threatening TriMet Worker With Drill

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges after allegedly threatening a TriMet employee with an electric drill.  The incident happened yesterday at the Parkrose/Sumner Transit Center.  Police arrested Fred Knispel on charges of menacing, second-degree disorderly conduct and first-degree criminal mischief.  Police say Knispel threatened the employee after refusing to get off the bus after it reached the end of its route.

Fire Burns Home In NE Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are being reported following an early morning fire at a home in northeast Portland.  Firefighters responded to the home on Northeast Ashante Drive near Marine Drive at around 2:30 a.m.  Fire officials say crews were able to save the home.  It's not yet clear how the fire started.

Man Drowns While Swimming At Waldo Lake

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into the drowning death of a man at Waldo Lake in Lane County.  Police say the man was swimming in the lake near the Shadow Bay campground yesterday when he started struggling.  Witnesses reportedly tried to perform CPR, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Man Stabbed After Waterfront Fireworks Show

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect in connection to a stabbing that seriously injured a man after the Waterfront fireworks show downtown Wednesday night.  Police say witnesses flagged down officers near Southwest 2nd Avenue and Stark Street after the stabbing at around 10:45.  Witnesses told police the suspect was accompanied by another man, and he used what appeared to be a long kitchen knife.  Police say it doesn't appear the suspect knew the victim.

Boy Shot By Stray Bullet In NE Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  A boy is hospitalized after being hit by a stray bullet in northeast Portland.  Police say the boy was struck while playing in the backyard of a house on Northeast 72nd Avenue last night.  Investigators believe the bullet was shot from a few blocks away on 73rd.  Police are still searching for a suspect.  The boy is expected to make a full recovery.

Two Arrested Following Shooting Near Mill City Park

(Portland, OR)  --  Two men are facing charges following a Fourth of July shooting in southeast Portland.  Police arrested Bennie London and Shakor Holiday Wednesday night about a block away from the shooting near Mill City Park.  Police say witnesses called 9-1-1 after seeing several people brandishing firearms near the park and then opening fire before fleeing in multiple cars.  No injuries were reported.

Nike Pours Cash Into Exec's PAC

(Salem, OR)  --  Nike appears to be getting political.  "The Oregonian" reports that the Beaverton-based firm is investing 100-thousand dollars in a political action committee formed by one of its top executives.  The Common Good Fund was started by Nike's senior director of government and public affairs, Julia Brim-Edwards.  Neither she nor Nike's PR team have responded yet to questions about why the PAC was formed, what it will do and how much Nike plans to spend on political influence.

OR Pols To Fight SCOTUS Nom Who Opposes Abortion Rights

(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon politicians are lining up for a fight over a new Supreme Court justice.  U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, U.S. Representative Suzanne Bonamici and Governor Kate Brown said today they'll work to block any nominee who opposes abortion rights.  They are urging the state's residents to write, email or call their senators and representatives to demand a more mainstream nomination.  "OregonLive" reports that Merkley says he'll "push back fiercely" against what he called "extremist" choices.

Springwater Corridor Trail To Close Monday

(Portland, OR)  --  This weekend is your last chance to hike the Springwater Corridor trail before it closes for a few months.  It's being shut down as part of the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge restoration plan.  The popular trail was set to close when work began Sunday, but it was pushed back a week and is now slated to close Monday.  The trail will still be open from Portland to the wildlife refuge, but will be closed near Oaks Park through about the end of October.

Police Seek Bank Robber

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect in connection to an armed bank robbery in Clackamas.  Police say a man entered the Chase Bank on Southeast Sunnyside Road yesterday morning and displayed a knife before demanding money and fleeing.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

Animal Control Reunites Lost Pets With Owners After 4th Of July

(Portland, OR)  --  Animal control officers are working to reunite lost pets with their owners following Wednesday's Fourth of July fireworks shows.  Multnomah County Animal Control Officer Taffy Burrell tells KATU she and other officers were out visiting local animal hospitals yesterday to pick up pets that ran away from home and got lost during the noisy fireworks displays.  Burrell advises those who have lost pets to try posting on Craigslist and social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.  She says she's reunited several pets with their owners by looking through the Craigslist Lost and Found section.

Man Falls From Balcony In Forest Grove

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is seriously injured after falling from a balcony during a Fourth of July gathering.  Police say the man fell at a home in the Forest Gale Heights neighborhood last night.  He reportedly suffered serious head injuries.

Illegal Fireworks Start Brush Fire At Apartment

(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are reported following a brush fire that was started by illegal fireworks in Clackamas.  Firefighters responded to the small fire last night at an apartment complex at Southeast 90th Avenue and Jannsen Road.  Firefighters are reminding residents that fireworks are dangerous and can get out of hand.

Police Searching For Missing 12-Year-Old Girl

(Portland, OR)  --  Police in Hillsboro are searching for a missing 12-year-old girl believed to have run away from home.  Police say Casiphia Arnold was last seen June 25th.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

Police Searching For Missing Elderly Woman

(Beaverton, OR)  --  Police in Beaverton are searching for a missing elderly woman with memory problems.  Police say 82-year-old Fidalina Rivas Osegueda was last seen leaving her home on Southwest 130th Avenue Tuesday afternoon.  Family members say she didn't bring her cell phone or her medication with her when she left.  She's described as five-feet tall and 110 pounds.

Motorcyclist Killed In Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  A 66-year-old Mill City man is dead after crashing his motorcycle into another vehicle.  Police say John Horton was riding east on Kingwood yesterday afternoon when he failed to negotiate a curve and struck a Jeep Renegade head-on.  Horton was pronounced dead at the scene.  No other injuries were reported.

Black OR Representative Questioned By OR Cops

(Clackamas, OR)  --  A black Oregon state Representative is dealing with having the cops called on her while campaigning.  Representative Janelle Bynum told "OregonLive" she was canvassing yesterday in her district when a Clackamas County deputy cruised alongside her to ask if she was selling something.  She introduced herself as a state legislator while the lawman explained that someone thought she might have been casing the neighborhood.  Bynum estimated that she has knocked on tens of thousands of doors over the years as a politician, but never had the police called in because of it.  Several high-profile cases have been reported nationwide recently involving residents calling 911 because they saw a black person.

Outdoor Burn Ban In Effect

(Portland, OR)  --  An outdoor burn ban is in effect for areas in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas and Yamhill counties.  The ban affects all cities and unincorporated areas served by Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue.  All backyard, agricultural and other demolition burning is banned.  However, residents can still enjoy small backyard fire pits and outdoor fireplaces.

Man Allegedly Crashes Into Parked Patrol Vehicle

(Portland, OR)  --  A 43-year-old man is facing several charges after allegedly crashing into a parked patrol vehicle.  Police arrested Patrick McGuire for the incident yesterday morning on charges of DUII, reckless driving, failing to perform duties of a driver and fourth-degree assault.  Police say the patrol vehicle was parked and had its emergency lights on when McGuire crashed into it.  One officer inside the vehicle was treated and released from a hospital.

Brush Fire Burns In Beaverton

(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are reported following an acre-sized brush fire in Beaverton.  Firefighters responded to the blaze off Scholls Ferry Road Sunday afternoon.  Fire officials say the fire started as a controlled burn and quickly spread out of control.  No structures were threatened in the fire.

Police ID Man Found Dead Behind Goodwill Store

(Portland, OR)  --  The search continues for a suspect in connection to the death of a man whose body was found behind a Goodwill store late last week.  Police say 44-year-old Kenneth Coleman was found dead Friday behind the store on Northeast Halsey Street.  Police say he died from homicidal violence.  Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a 25-hundred-dollar reward for information leading to an arrest.

Portland ICE Office To Reopen Today

(Portland, OR)  --  Things are expected to be getting back to normal today at Portland's Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters.  "The Oregonian" reports that the office is set to reopen after protesters kept it closed for about two weeks.  The Occupy ICE PDX demonstration came in response to the Trump administration's policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Police Seeking Person Of Interest In Shooting, Car Crash

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police are searching for a person of interest in connection to a shooting and car crash in northeast Vancouver.  Police say they're looking to talk to Justin Schell, who is believed to be the last person who spoke to Ariel Romano before his death on June 9th.  Police say Schell and Romano were seen together with two other men in a WinCo parking lot just before the shooting and crash.  Investigators say an altercation broke out, leading to the car chase and shooting that killed Romano.

Hundreds Possibly Exposed To Measles In Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials in Portland, Oregon are confirming a case of measles and they say 500 people could have been exposed.  Health experts are monitoring 40 people who were exposed and are considered to have no immunity to the disease.  Authorities say the person confirmed to have measles visited a local emergency room and was treated for a time at a childcare center in the Portland suburb of Gresham.  Health officials say anyone who was infected from being exposed to that person will begin to show symptoms by mid-July at the latest.

Search Continues For Potentially Suicidal Missing Man

(Portland, OR)  --  The search continues for a missing Eugene man who police say could be suicidal.  Police say 33-year-old Christopher Robert Poissonniez was last seen in Springfield's Gateway area June 20th.  The Springfield Police Department says Poissonniez bought a handgun just before he disappeared and was known to have made suicidal statements.  He was last seen driving a silver 2005 Mazda-3 four-door sedan with Oregon license plate 606 HHN.

Police Seeking Man Who Allegedly Sexually Assaulted Teen In Car

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are seeking the public's help in their search for a man accused of forcing a teenager into his car and then sexually assaulting her.  Police say the 15-year-old girl was walking around dusk at Northwest Jamison Drive and Northwest Lantana Drive in Corvallis June 23rd when the man pulled up alongside her and forced her into his car.  He then allegedly sexually assaulted her before leaving her on the side of the road and taking off.  He was said to be driving a small, dark-colored sedan.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

OR's Governor, GOP Candidate Reveal Tax Returns

(Salem, OR)  --  Tax returns are being made public for Oregon's Governor and her GOP challenger.  "The Oregonian" reports that while Governor Kate Brown and her husband are certainly well off, state Representative Knute Buehler and his wife Patty are among the state's top one-percent of earners.  Both of them are surgeons.

Police Seek Suspect In Deadly SE Portland Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect in connection to a deadly shooting in southeast Portland.  Police responded to a home in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood on reports of gunfire last night and found one man inside with gunshot wounds.  First responders tried to render aid, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.  An investigation is ongoing.

Rally Held For Father Killed In Officer-Involved PSU Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland State University Student Union is calling for the disarming of campus police following the officer-involved shooting death of a Navy veteran and father near campus.  Student Union members held a rally at Pioneer Courthouse Square yesterday in remembrance of Jason Washington.  Witnesses say Washington was trying to break up a fight outside a dorm room near Southwest Broadway and College Street early Friday morning when his gun fell out of his holster onto the ground.  Witnesses say Washington was trying to pick his gun up when officers on the scene opened fire, killing him.  The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office confirms that Washington did have a concealed carry permit for the gun.

Wildfire Forces Evacuations At Kelley Point Park

(Portland, OR)  --  Firefighters are monitoring the site of a wildfire that forced evacuations yesterday at Kelley Point Park near the Willamette and Columbia Rivers.  Police evacuated between 50 and 100 people from the park yesterday evening after the 200-square-foot fire broke out.  Firefighters brought the blaze under control, and no injuries were reported.

Antifa, Patriot Prayer Groups Clash In Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say clashes between anti-fascist protesters and the Vancouver-based alt-right group Patriot Prayer turned into a riot Saturday in downtown Portland.  The prayer group had organized for what they called a "freedom rally," but police revoked their permit when the clashes started.  There were more than a hundred people on each side of the protests and police wearing riot gear were in place ahead of time.  Four people were arrested on charges not related to the day's demonstrations, and five people including one officer sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Woman Killed In Highway 101 Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  A woman is dead following a crash on Highway 101 near Waldport.  Police say 68-year-old Seal Rock resident Jeanne Kroeger was driving northbound on Highway 101 Saturday night when her car veered off the road and down an embankment.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.  An investigation is ongoing into what caused the crash.

Police Search For Missing Teen

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a missing teenage girl.  Police say 14-year-old Jestyn Webster was last seen early yesterday morning at Riverbend Hospital in Springfield.  She's described as white, five-foot-one and 135 pounds with blue eyes and medium-length brown hair.

Fire Burns Near Recycling Plant

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a three-alarm brush fire that lit up near a recycling plant in northwest Portland.  Firefighters responded to the blaze in an industrial area off Northwest First Avenue yesterday afternoon.  Crews were able to bring the blaze under control before it spread to the nearby Oregon Metro Recycling Plant.  No injuries were reported.  Investigators are still looking into what caused the fire.

Squirrels Cause Power Outage For 2,700 In Pearl District

(Portland, OR)  --  Officials say squirrels were responsible for a power outage that left thousands of people in the dark in Portland's Pearl District.  Portland General Electric says yesterday morning's outage left more than 27-hundred people without power.  The outage was first reported at around 7:30 yesterday morning, with a secondary outage hitting just after power was restored from the first outage.


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