Regional News Archives for 2018-10

Accused Pipe Bomb Mailer Researched Mayor Wheeler

(Portland, OR)  --  The FBI is confirming that Mayor Ted Wheeler was among the targets of threats from the Florida man accused of mailing pipe bombs to prominent Democrats across the country.  The FBI says Cesar Sayoc also did research on Wheeler and locations linked to him.  Wheeler's office says the FBI confirmed that Sayoc threatened Wheeler on social media.  KATU reports that Governor Kate Brown was also the subject of an angry tweet from Sayoc.

OR Independent Leaves Governor Race, Endorses Brown

(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon's Independent Party candidate for governor is dropping out of the race.  The Oregonian reports that Patrick Starnes is throwing his support behind Governor Kate Brown, since she supports campaign finance reform.  That was Starnes' main issue during the campaign.  Polls show Brown with a narrow lead over Bend Republican Knute Buehler.  The general election is next Tuesday.

Man Accused Of Torturing, Killing Elderly Woman Pleads Not Guilty

(Portland, OR)  --  A convicted sex offender is pleading not guilty to kidnapping, torturing and murdering an 89-year-old Portland woman.  Timothy Mackley entered the plea in court yesterday after undergoing a mental health evaluation.  Police arrested Mackley September 25 after discovering the body of Marcine Herinck inside his car during a traffic stop.  Investigators believe Mackley followed Herinck home from the thrift store where she volunteered her time.

Man Arrested For Beaverton Stabbing

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they made an arrest in connection to a stabbing in Beaverton.  Police arrested Julio Aguilar-Garcia Monday in Washington County on an unrelated matter and later connected him to the stabbing.  Police say he stabbed a 33-year-old man to death August 22nd on Southwest Garden View Avenue. 

Oregon Zoo Says Goodbye To Mikhail The Tiger

(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Zoo is mourning the loss of Mikhail the tiger.  Zoo officials say the 300-pound Amur tiger died yesterday from old age, just one day before his 20th birthday.  Amur tigers in the wild typically live between ten and 15 years.

Deadline Tomorrow To Vote By Mail

(Portland, OR)  --  The vote-by-mail deadline is approaching in Multnomah County.  Tomorrow is the last day to mail in a ballot to ensure it reaches the elections office by November 6th.  Voters who don't drop their ballot in the mail tomorrow will have to submit their ballot at a ballot dropbox or local elections office.

Police Arrest Husband Of Woman Found Dead Near Sandy River

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested the husband of a woman whose body was discovered near the Sandy River.  Police arrested Martin Gallo-Gallardo for murder earlier this week.  He's accused of killing his wife, 38-year-old Coral Rodriguez-Lorenzo, whose body was found Sunday near Camp Namanu.  Court records show Gallo-Gallardo was charged with domestic violence against her in March.

State: 600K Oregonians Have Voted

(Salem, OR)  --  Ballots are pouring into the elections offices ahead of next week's November 6th election.  State election officials say that some 600-thousand voters have turned in their ballots during early voting, far ahead of the usual pace for a mid-term election.  More than 21-percent of Oregon's voters have voted early, beating out the 13-to-17-percent in the past three mid-terms. 

AMBER Alert Canceled For Abducted Girl

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police are canceling the AMBER Alert in California for a missing four-year-old Vancouver, Washington girl.  The Vancouver Police Department tells KATU-2 they believe that Aranza Ochoa Lopez has been taken across the border to Mexico by her non-custodial mother, Esmeralda Lopez-Lopez.  Police say Aranza was kidnapped by Lopez-Lopez Thursday during a court-supervised visit at the Vancouver Mall.  Aranza has been in foster care since last year.  Meanwhile, police say they've arrested two more suspects accused of helping Lopez-Lopez carry out the kidnapping after making one arrest Sunday.

Body Found Near Sandy River Investigated As Homicide

(Portland, OR)  --  A homicide investigation is underway into the discovery of a woman's body near the Sandy River in Clackamas County.  Police say a worker at Camp Namanu found the body Sunday.  Investigators believe the woman's body was left there sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning.  It's not yet clear how the woman died.

Multnomah County GOP Challenges Eudaly Voting Drive

(Portland, OR)  --  The Multnomah County Republican Party is challenging an effort to increase voter turnout in Portland.  The Oregonian reports that the GOP wants an investigation into Commissioner Chloe Eudaly's plan to use city workers to get out the vote while they're on the job.  Eudaly invited the municipal employees to knock on doors last week in precincts where turnout has been low.  The local GOP chairman says she's breaking a law which bars city money from being spent in ways not specified in the budget. 

Tornado, Funnel Cloud Strike Western Oregon, No Injuries Reported

(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are being reported following a tornado near Scio and a funnel cloud over Forest Grove.  The National Weather Service says an EF-0 tornado touched down near Scio around 3:30 yesterday afternoon and brought small, marble-sized hail with it.  In Forest Grove, a couple nursery greenhouses were damaged when a funnel cloud blew through the area.  The National Weather Service will have a crew out surveying the area this morning to determine whether the funnel cloud was a tornado.

Man Arrested For Shooting In SE Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've made an arrest in connection to a shooting in southeast Portland.  Police arrested 19-year-old Sir Charles M. Jones following the shooting Sunday on Southeast 148th Avenue.  Investigators believe Jones opened fire during an argument between two groups of people.  No injuries have been reported.

No Injuries Reported In Beaverton House Fire

(Beaverton, OR)  --  No injuries are being reported following a house fire in Beaverton.  Firefighters responded to a home on Lombard Avenue west of Highway 217 yesterday afternoon.  Fire officials say the blaze caused significant damage to the home.  An investigation is ongoing into how the fire started.

Police Seek Robbery, Carjacking Suspects

(Beaverton, OR)  --  Police are searching for suspects in connection to a robbery and carjacking in Beaverton.  Police say the two men robbed a woman in a parking lot on Southwest Allen Boulevard Sunday evening.  They then allegedly stole a car from someone on Denney Road a short time later.  Police say the suspects displayed a weapon.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

Bloomberg Donates To Fight Against Measure 103

(Portland, OR)  --  Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is pouring some money into the campaign against Measure 103.  The Oregonian reports that Bloomberg has donated one-and-a-half-million dollars to fight the passage of Measure 103.  That initiative on the November ballot would bar taxes on groceries, making soda taxes unconstitutional across the state.  As Big Apple mayor, Bloomberg tried unsuccessfully to ban super-sized sodas in that city.

Man Arrested, Search Continues For Abducted 4-Year-Old Girl

(Vancouver, WA)  --  An 18-year-old man is behind bars as the search continues for a four-year-old girl police say was abducted by her non-custodial mother in Vancouver, Washington.  Police arrested 18-year-old Erick Garcia-Valdo yesterday and booked him into Clark County Jail.  He's accused of helping Esmeralda Lopez-Lopez kidnap her daughter Aranza Ochoa Lopez during a court-supervised visit Thursday at the Vancouver Mall.

AMBER Alert Issued In California For Abducted 4-Year-Old Girl

(Vancouver, WA)  --  An AMBER Alert is in effect in California for a missing four-year-old girl allegedly abducted by her non-custodial mother in Vancouver, Washington.  The California Highway Patrol issued the alert Saturday for Aranza Ochoa Lopez and her 21-year-old mother, Esmeralda Lopez-Lopez.  Police believe the two could be headed for Mexico.  Lopez-Lopez is believed to be driving a red 2005 Chevy Cobalt with Washington license plate number BLK-1552.

Police Seek Strip Club Stabbing Suspect

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of stabbing two other men at a strip club in southeast Portland.  Police say the stabbing happened Saturday morning at The Venue Gentlemen's Club on Southeast Stark Street.  Two men were hospitalized with stab wounds.  The suspect is described as a 30-something white man standing about five-foot-eight-inches tall with short brown hair and a muscular build.

Tornado Knocks Out Power To 800 Customers In N. Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  The power is back on for hundreds of Pacific Power customers after a small tornado knocked out electricity and overturned trailers in North Portland.  The National Weather Service says the EF-O rated twister touched down briefly yesterday afternoon with wind speeds of between 65 and 85 miles per hour.  The tornado overturned three unoccupied semi-truck trailers and broke tree limbs while knocking out the power for more than 800 homes and businesses.

No Injuries Reported Following Shooting At Party In N. Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are being reported following a shooting at a party in North Portland.  Police say the shooting happened following a fight at the party on North Lombard Street overnight Saturday.  Responding officers say they were unable to find a suspect or any victims.  The Portland Gun Violence Response Team is investigating.

Coven Of Witches Paddle Down Oregon River

(Portland, OR)  --  Hundreds of witches paddling down a river will make quite a Halloween story for those who saw it.  Hundreds of women dressed up as witches along with a few warlocks and wizards paddled for six miles on Saturday down the Willamette River in Portland.  The event is Standup Paddleboard Witch Paddle which was able to sneak in during three hours with no rain.  This is the second year of the event in Portland and it grew from a few dozen paddlers a year ago to several hundred this year.  Participants donated clothing to nonprofits Our House of Portland and Sunshine Division.

Suspect Makes First Court Appearance In Deadly Old Town Stabbing

(Portland, OR)  --  A 59-year-old man makes his first court appearance today in connection to a deadly stabbing in Portland's Old Town district.  Police arrested Timothy Cato Friday for the stabbing death of Tyler Chism early Thursday morning.  Police say officers found Chism dead near the intersection of Northwest 3rd Avenue and Everett Street.  Cato is facing one charge of murder.

Man Killed In SE Portland House Fire

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a house fire that killed a man in Southeast Portland.  Fire officials say the man died yesterday morning inside the burning home on Southeast Clatsop Street in the Darlington neighborhood.  Fire crews say debris and thick bushes in the home's front yard hindered their efforts to get to the home and fight the flames.  Investigators are looking into how the fire started.

Portland Faithful Honor Victims Of Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland's faithful are coming together to show support for the victims of Saturday's deadly shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.  A "Community Gathering of Peace" took place yesterday at Congregation Beth Israel Reform Temple.  Local leaders including Mayor Ted Wheeler took to the podium to speak out against anti-Semitism and other forms of hate.  Eleven people were killed Saturday morning when a man stormed into the Tree of Life Synagogue, shouted "All Jews must die" and opened fire.  Forty-six-year-old Robert Bowers is charged with eleven counts of first-degree murder. 

Newly-Discovered Mt. Hood Fault Lines Could Impact Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  Active fault lines found on Mount Hood could cause a 7.2 magnitude earthquake.  Researchers say the fault networks are north, south, and southwest of Mount Hood and extend to the Columbia River.  An earthquake triggered by the fault lines could impact Portland infrastructure.  It could especially impact waterfront areas, according to those who discovered the fault lines.

No Arrests Made In Five Shootings That Happened In Five Days

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Police are still investigating five shootings that took place in five days across the city.  No arrests have been made in any of the cases.  Shootings that happened between October 15th and the 20th took place in a variety of locations, causing police to spread out as they figure out what happened in each separate case.  Only one of the shootings was fatal.

Three Injured In Multi-Vehicle Crash Involving Tanker Truck On I-5

(Portland, OR)  --  Three people are injured after a multi-vehicle crash in Southeast Portland.  A tanker truck hauling carbon dioxide reportedly crashed into 12 vehicles on I-5 yesterday.  The truck then rolled over near a highway exit.  Portland Police say those injured in the incident are expected to survive. 

Portland Schools Receive $11 Million Grant For College Readiness

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Public Schools will receive an eleven million dollar grant over seven years.  The funds will be used to help low-income students get on track to attend college.  The school district will join an Oregon State University mentoring and college readiness program as part of the effort.  Three college-age alumni of Roosevelt, Madison, and Jefferson high schools are expected to be hired to serve as mentors.

Survey Results Show Popularity Of E-Scooters

(Portland, OR)  --  The results of a scooter survey are in.  The Portland Bureau of Transportation says 45-hundred people responded to questionnaires about their riding habits.  Results show e-scooters are popular with locals for both recreation and transportation.  Forty-eight percent of tourists and visitors say they use e-scooters as a replacement for a car, whether it be a personal vehicle, ride-share program, or taxi.

Guillermo del Toro To Film "Pinocchio" In Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  Guillermo del Toro is set to film his next movie in Portland.  It will be his version of the classic children's story "Pinocchio".  The Oscar winner says it is an animated movie being made for Netflix.  It could bring animation jobs to the Portland area.

Portland Police Association President Posts About Violent Protesters

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Police Association president is speaking out against violent protesters.  Daryl Turner posted on the union's Facebook page yesterday about drawing a line in the sand.  His comments come after Mayor Ted Wheeler announced an ordinance proposal aimed at curbing street violence during protests.  Still, Turner calls for the city's support as police continue efforts to arrest those causing problems during rallies and other demonstrations.

American Federation Of Teachers President To Stump For Gov. Brown

(Portland, OR)  --  The national teachers union president will be in Portland today.  Randi Weingarten is stumping for Oregon Governor Kate Brown as she seeks re-election.  Public employee unions have been crucial to Brown's campaign, contributing over a million dollars.  Of that, at least 120 thousand came from the American Federation of Teachers.

Portland Named Winner In American Cities Climate Challenge

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland is one of the American Cities Climate Challenge winners.  Bloomberg Philanthropies will now ensure the city has technical support and resources to further reduce carbon emissions.  It's part of a climate challenge to make cities more sustainable for future residents.  Portland could receive up to 2.5 million dollars as part of the honor.

Rent Drop In Portland Steepest In U.S.

(Portland, OR)  --  The price of rent in Portland is declining at a steep rate.  A real estate website says the drop is the steepest decline across the U.S.  Zillow says rent is down 2.7 percent on average over the last year.  Seattle ranked second, with an annual decline of 2.2 percent.

Oregon Historical Society Launching Beer Exhibit

(Portland, OR)  --  A new historical society exhibit will show visitors the history of beer in Oregon.  "Barley, Barrels, Bottles, & Brews: 200 Years of Oregon Beer" kicks off this Thursday.  It profiles the people, companies, and even legislation that have shaped craft brewing in the state.  Over one hundred artifacts will be on display as part of the collection. 

Man Who Tried To Flee Police Located In Garage

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is in custody after fleeing a traffic stop.  Officers used a K9 tracker to locate 31-year-old Michael Welch in a Southeast Portland garage.  He was arrested in the early morning hours yesterday after trying to escape police.  He's facing a slew of charges, including burglary, eluding officers, and multiple outstanding warrants for his arrest.

State Unveils $1 Billion Plan For Passenger Trains

(Portland, OR)  --  A one-billion dollar plan would add passenger trains between Portland and Eugene.  State officials released a draft proposal Friday that would increase Amtrak service to give commuters reliable and convenient transportation options.  The plan comes after six years of study that shows the Willamette Valley is projected to grow by 27 percent by 2035.  Officials also hope the plan could reduce congestion on Interstate 5 and reduce carbon emissions for the state of Oregon.

New Target Location Keeps Bowling Memorabilia

(Portland, OR)  --  A small-format Target is offering Portland residents something new.  The latest retail location is at the former AMF Bowling Center in the Southeast part of the city.  The store says they are tailoring the shopping experience for local residents in an urban setting.  Some of the iconic bowling alley memorabilia is left up around the store to allow shoppers to indulge in the nostalgia.

Auto Shop In Portland Hit By Burglars For Second Time In Four Months

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating a second burglary of a Portland auto shop.  A boulder was reportedly thrown through the entrance of Baxter Auto Parts early Saturday morning.  This is the second time the shop has been hit in four months.  Employees report they are out thousands of dollars in merchandise.

Pro Skateboarder Says He Is Not The Protester In Viral Video

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man says he is getting online harassment after being mistakenly identified as a protester.  A video of a downtown Portland protest shows a man yelling profanities at a woman whose husband was killed on September 11th.  But professional skateboarder Charlie Wilkins says he's not the man in the video, despite having a physical resemblance to him.  Wilkins says he was not downtown on October 13th, the day the video was taken.

Owl Attacks Reported In Portland Parks

(Portland, OR)  --  People visiting Portland parks say that owls are attacking.  The Portland Audubon Society calls it "dive-bombs", when the owl swoops down from trees.  The society says it most commonly occurs when people are running in areas where owls are present, as the animals see them as a threat to their home.  Common owl spots include Marquam Nature Park, Forest Park, and Tryon Creek Park.

Man Says Sunday Shooting Was In Self-Defense

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is telling Portland Police he fired in self-defense yesterday morning.  The shooting happened along Springwater Corridor Trail after the man was reportedly confronted by a stranger near Southeast Lambert Street.  The man told police he thought he hit the person, but there has been no evidence found of someone injured.  It is unknown if any charges will be brought against the man.

Police Seeking Suspect In Fatal Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  A 42-year-old man is dead after a North Portland shooting on Friday.  Armond Harper was rushed to the hospital after being found at North Rosa Parks Way and Albina Avenue just before 10 a.m.  He died on Saturday.  Portland Police are still seeking a suspect who was last seen running north on North Mississippi Avenue.

Portland's Fabric Depot Closes

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland's Fabric Depot is permanently closed.  This past weekend was their last in business after announcing on Facebook that they'd be closing their doors.  The Southeast Portland store had been open for 26 years.  Staff members tell KGW-TV the warehouse lease became too expensive.

Fifty Kids In School Cafeteria When Woman's Gun Discharged

(Portland, OR)  --  New details are being released about a gun discharging in a busy Portland school cafeteria.  Court documents say there were 50 kids in the Jason Lee Elementary School cafeteria on October 4th when Antoinette Riley's gun went off.  No one was injured.  The 27-year-old was indicted on three charges by a Multnomah County grand jury on Friday.

Police Seek Three Suspects In Portland Dive Bar Armed Robbery

(Portland, OR)  --  A well-known dive bar in Portland is recovering from a weekend robbery.  Police say the Lay Low Tavern was robbed at gunpoint early Friday morning.  Three masked suspects were reported entering the bar, making customers get on the floor, then demanding money from an employee.  Witnesses saw two of the suspects with guns, the third armed with a Taser.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Portland Police robbery division.

Clark College Cancels Classes Ahead Of Patriot Prayer Demonstration

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Classes are canceled Monday at Clark College in anticipation of a potentially violent demonstration from far-right group Patriot Prayer.  The Vancouver-based group plans to hold a demonstration on campus Monday to protest Washington state's Initiative 1639.  The initiative would put new restrictions on assault rifle purchases.  Clark College says they've canceled all operations on campus for Monday and that the school would be closed.  The Patriot Prayer group plans to hold another demonstration Tuesday at Washington State University Vancouver.  The university says it will remain open but that students would not be penalized if they elect not to go to class.

Police ID Man Found Dead On Bike Path

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a man found dead along a bike path in Northeast Portland.  The Portland Police Bureau says 31-year-old Denorris McClendon was found dead Tuesday on the bike path near Northeast 122nd Avenue and Siskiyou Street.  Police are calling the death suspicious.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

Police ID Bicyclist Killed In Crash With Vehicle

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a bicyclist who was killed in a crash with another vehicle in southeast Portland.  Police say 52-year-old Pamela Seidel was riding her bike across Southeast 82nd Avenue Monday when a vehicle crashed into her.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Woman Billed For Three Cows Killed In Car Wreck

(Alfalfa, OR)  --  An Oregon woman will have to foot the bill after crashing into a herd of cows.  KTVZ television reports Ardis Cox was driving through Alfalfa not too long ago when she came over a hill and ran into the herd.  She told the TV station her Chevy SUV was destroyed but she wasn't hurt and neither was her husband.  Three cows died, though, and she is now being ordered to pay for them.  Oregon's "open range" law makes a person responsible if they crash into a cow, because the animals are allowed to freely roam in certain areas.

Student Collapses During Track Meet

(Tigard, OR)  --  A middle school student is hospitalized after collapsing during a track meet in Tigard.  Police say the 14-year-old was competing in the meet at Fowler Middle School last night when they collapsed on the track.  Police on-site rushed to the student and provided aid.  Officials say the student did have a pulse when taken to the hospital.

Police Seek Help In Eight-Year-Old Murder Case

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are seeking the public's help in their search for a person who stabbed a transient man to death at a Portland bus stop nearly eight years ago.  Police say 50-year-old Donald Ray "Pokey" Polk was killed eight years ago yesterday at a bus shelter on Southwest 1st and Sheridan Street.  Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a reward of up to 25-hundred dollars for information that leads to an arrest.

Two More Lawsuits Filed In Deadly Amtrak Crash

(Seattle, WA)  --  Amtrak is facing two more lawsuits from victims of last December's deadly train derailment in DuPont.  Seattle PI reports an injured train passenger and the widower of a killed train passenger both filed lawsuits Tuesday in U.S. District Court of Western Washington.  The lawsuits allege that Amtrak violated the state Consumer Protection Act in the crash that killed three people and injured dozens more.  There are currently more than 20 cases related to the crash awaiting trial.  The train was making its maiden voyage on a new high-speed route from Seattle to Portland when the train derailed and spilled onto I-5 below.

Man Pleads Not Guilty To Killing Toddler Son

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A Hillsboro man is facing murder charges in connection to the death of his 16-month-old son.  Court records show 22-year-old Eric Alexander Valencia pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges of murder, assault and strangulation for the death of his son Colin last October.  His next court appearance is set for next Wednesday.


Woman Killed, Pregnant Woman Injured In Crash

(Longview, WA)  --  One woman is dead and a pregnant woman is seriously injured following a crash on State Route 432 in Longview, Washington.  Police say the two-car crash happened last night after a station wagon trying to turn off the highway T-boned a truck.  A Longview woman inside the wagon was killed.  A pregnant woman driving the wagon was hospitalized in critical condition.  A 3-year-old child in the wagon's backseat reportedly escaped injury, as did the driver of the other vehicle.

Merkley Among Senators Calling On Trump To Disclose Saudi Ties

(Washington, DC)  --  Senator Jeff Merkley is among a group of senators demanding President Trump and his sons disclose their business ties to Saudi Arabia.  The demand from eleven Democratic senators comes after a Washington Post journalist was reportedly abducted and believed killed after entering a Saudi consulate in Turkey.  The senators are asking Trump to suspend all ongoing business relationships with the Saudis while the investigation continues into the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi [[ ka-SHO-gee ]].  A letter from the senators says Trump's recent statements, and increased spending by the Saudi government at Trump properties, raise significant concerns about financial conflicts of interest between the Trump Organization and Saudi officials.

Police ID Alleged Springfield Shooter, Arsonist

(Springfield, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a man accused of setting fire to his own home and then shooting at responding fire crews.  Police say 65-year-old Lance Taylor Jacobs set fire to his Springfield home early yesterday morning.  He then allegedly opened fire on arriving firefighters with a shotgun before shooting himself, killing himself.  KATU reports Jacobs posted on Facebook early that morning that he'd been struggling with his mental health.

Two Injured In Early Morning Crash

(Aloha, OR)  --  Two people are injured following an early morning crash in Aloha.  Police say the crash happened early this morning at Tualatin Valley Highway and 209th Avenue.  Both victims are expected to survive.  The crash caused police to shut down the roadway, but it has since been reopened.

Toxic Algae Blooms At Round Lake In Camas

(Camas, WA)  --  A health alert is being issued for Round Lake in Camas.  The Clark County Public Health says the water there has tested positive for dangerous algae blooms.  Blue-green algae produce toxins that can be harmful to people and deadly for small pets that may drink the water.

Recall Issued For Wraps, Salads Over Salmonella, Listeria

(Undated)  --  A recall is in effect for several ready-to-eat wraps and salads sold in Oregon and Washington over concerns of salmonella and listeria.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the products were made at the Portland-based company Mary's Harvest Fresh Foods and sent to multiple stores, including Trader Joe's.  The affected products include Mary's Harvest Southwest Chicken Wraps with Rib Meat and Trader Joe's Mexicali Inspired Salad with Chili Seasoned Chicken.  The USDA says there haven't been any reported illnesses yet.

Rescued Sea Otter Celebrates First Birthday

(Portland, OR)  --  The "Prince of Sea Pups" is celebrating his first birthday at the Oregon Zoo.  The sea otter named Lincoln was treated with a frozen shrimp birthday cake yesterday morning.  Lincoln has become known for his lively squeaks and playful personality.  The pup was found as an orphaned otter, so his birthday was an educated guess by zookeepers. 

Fines Increasing For Parking Violations At The Goonies House

(Astoria, OR)  --  People who violate parking rules at The Goonies house will have to pay an even bigger fine.  The Astoria City Council is okaying an ordinance to modify city code and enhance the fees.

Man Seriously Injured In N. Portland Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for suspects in connection to a shooting that seriously injured a man at a park in north Portland.  Police responded to Dawson Park on North Williams Avenue last night on reports of gunfire.  Police say the victim was taken to a hospital with life-threatening wounds.  An investigation is ongoing.

Police Seek Attempted Bank Robber

(Sandy, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of trying to rob a bank in Sandy.  Police say the man entered the Sandy branch of the Clackamas Federal Credit Union on Highway 26 yesterday evening and demanded money.  The suspect allegedly left empty-handed.  It's not yet clear if the man had a weapon.

Man Stabbed In Kerns Neighborhood

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is underway into a stabbing that injured a man in the Kerns neighborhood.  Police say the man was stabbed yesterday afternoon near Northeast 12th Avenue and Davis Street.  He was taken to a hospital with serious injuries.

Paul Allen's Sports Teams Could Sell For $4 Billion

(Seattle, WA)  --  Paul Allen's stakes in the Portland Trail Blazers and two other pro sports teams could sell for four-billion-dollars.  Forbes Magazine is making that estimate based on recent sales and the projected market values.  The Microsoft co-founder died Monday and owned the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL, the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA and a minority stake in the Seattle Sounders of the MLS.  Forbes is estimating the Trail Blazers would sell for one-point-three billion.

Foul Play Not Suspected In Sailor's Shooting

(Biloxi, MS)  --  Investigators still aren't saying how a Navy Seabee from Oregon was shot to death in Biloxi, Mississippi, but they indicate that foul play is not suspected.  The Naval Criminal Investigative Service has been handling the case.  Grace Kayla-Marcheschi, originally from Oregon, was assigned to the Naval Construction Battalion at Gulfport.  She was killed Saturday morning at a Keesler Air Force Base housing unit.

Vancouver Woman Missing

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police are searching for a missing woman from Vancouver, Washington.  Police say 65-year-old Karen Pearson disappeared last night after walking away from her downtown Vancouver home.  Police say she has a mental health condition and doesn't have her necessary medication with her.  She's described as five-feet-five-inches tall and 200 pounds with shoulder-length hair and blue eyes.

Police Seek Suspect In Shooting Of Family Cat

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are seeking the public's help in their search for a suspect accused of shooting a family cat with a pellet gun.  Police say someone shot the cat Monday in the Sills Court neighborhood of Forest Grove.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police, who are investigating the case as felony animal abuse.

Rainbow Trout Being Released Into Coos County Lakes

(Coos Bay, OR)  --  Rainbow trout is being released into Coos County lakes.  The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the release in order to give anglers one last opportunity to fish before rainy weather hits.  Close to nine thousand fish will be released giving families a chance to continue fishing even after salmon season came to an end.

Shooting Injures One In NE Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  One person is injured following a shooting in northeast Portland.  Police say the shooting happened last night near Northeast 130th Place and Prescott Drive.  One person was hospitalized with serious injuries but is expected to survive.  No arrests have been made, and an investigation is ongoing.

Mayor Wheeler Announces Ordinance Aimed At Preventing Protest Violence

(Portland, OR)  --  Mayor Ted Wheeler is introducing a new city ordinance aimed at cutting down violent protests on city streets.  Wheeler announced the ordinance in a press conference last night with Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw.  The new ordinance requires protesters to have a reasonable, content-neutral time, place and manner regulations for any demonstration held within city limits.  The ordinance also allows authorities to impose weapons restrictions during certain times and in certain areas.  The announcement follows a violent protest hosted by alt-right group Patriot Prayer over the weekend.

Researchers Say Orca Task Force Should Focus On Salmon Populations

(Seattle, WA)  --  Scientists are urging members of an orca task force to focus on increasing salmon populations.  Researchers sent a letter to the Washington state task force and Governor Jay Inslee yesterday encouraging them to prioritize the issue of dwindling salmon populations.  The southern resident killer whale population is critically endangered due in part to a diminishing population of Chinook salmon, which serves as their primary food source.  Researchers say the task force should increase spill levels at dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers, eventually removing the Snake River dams completely.

Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Dies At 65

(Seattle, WA)  --  Microsoft co-founder and Portland Trailblazers owner Paul Allen is dead at the age of 65.  He died yesterday afternoon from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in Seattle.  Allen founded Microsoft alongside Bill Gates in 1975.  Allen also owned the NFL's Seattle Seahawks.  Allen has also invested in commercial space flight through Mojave Aerospace Ventures.  Allen had battled cancer in the past and earlier this month he announced that the disease had returned.

Bicyclist Seriously Injured In Crash With Car

(Portland, OR)  --  A bicyclist is hospitalized with serious injuries after being struck by a car in southeast Portland.  Police say the woman was riding her bike at Southeast 82nd Avenue and Henderson Street yesterday when the crash happened.  Police shut down Southeast 82nd Avenue for several hours to investigate.

Police Seek Person Of Interest In Wilsonville Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a person of interest in connection to a shooting in Wilsonville.  The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office released a sketch yesterday of a man they're looking to question for the shooting Friday night at Memorial Park.  One person was injured in the shooting and remains hospitalized.  Police describe the person of interest as a 17- or 18-year-old man about five-foot-eight-inches tall with black spiked hair.

Fred Meyer Recalls Angel Food Cakes

(Portland, OR)  --  Fred Meyer is recalling angel food cakes sold in Oregon due to unlisted allergens.  The grocery chain issued the recall Monday for stores in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Arkansas.  Fred Meyer says the cakes may contain milk and soy, which are not listed on the package's ingredients list.  The cakes have been removed from store shelves. 

Police ID Teen Killed On Boy Scouts Camping Trip

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a Corvallis teen who died during a camping trip with his Boy Scouts troop.  Police say 16-year-old Nolan Grant Henderson died Saturday after falling from an embankment near Middle Rosary Lake in northern Klamath County.  Another teen was injured in the incident.  Authorities say the teens were trying to climb up the embankment when a rock gave away and Henderson lost his grip.

Vacant House Catches Fire In SW Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is underway into a house fire in southwest Portland.  Firefighters responded to a vacant home on Southwest Moss Street yesterday morning.  Fire officials say the blaze started in the vacant house's attic.  No injuries were reported.

Suspects Arrested After Pot Shop Robbery, Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are facing possible charges after allegedly robbing a marijuana dispensary and then crashing their car at a nearby home in Southeast Portland.  Police say the suspects robbed La Mota on Southeast 52nd Avenue yesterday afternoon and fled the scene in a car.  The suspects then allegedly crashed that car into a tree at a home nearby.  Both suspects were taken to a hospital and are expected to be OK.

Train Catches Fire In Vancouver

(Vancouver, WA)  --  No injuries are being reported after a train caught fire in Vancouver, Washington.  Police say a train car filled with metal recycling caught fire near the Port of Vancouver just after noon yesterday.  The train company detached the car, and firefighters were able to extinguish the flames.  No word yet on what caused the fire. 

Portland March Turns Into Brawl

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a rally described as a march for law and order in Portland turned into chaos as right-wing activists and leftist protesters clashed in the streets Saturday night.  Members of the group Patriot Prayer fought with members of Antifa in a fight that involved bear spray, fists and batons.  The fight was broken up by riot police firing pepper balls.  Some participants were seen earlier with knives and other weapons.  No arrests were made but police say they continue to investigate.

One Teen Killed, Another Injured In Fall During Boy Scouts Trip

(Portland, OR)  --  One teenager is dead and another is injured after they fell from a peak during a Boy Scout trip in Klamath County.  Police say the teens were on a camping trip in the remote area of Middle Rosary Lake with a Boy Scouts Troop from Corvallis Saturday when they fell.  A 16-year-old boy was killed, and the other teen was seriously injured.

Police Search For Wilsonville Park Shooting Suspect

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect accused of shooting a man twice at a park in Wilsonville.  Police say a 21-year-old man was at Memorial Park Friday night when the suspect opened fire.  The victim was admitted to the ICU and is currently in stable condition.  It's not yet clear what led to the shooting, but a witness tells KATU she heard arguing before the gunshots.

Man Arrested For Vancouver Park Gunfire

(Vancouver, WA)  --  A man is facing charges after allegedly opening fire near a park in Vancouver, Washington.  Police say the man fired off a gun near Evergreen Park on Fourth Plain Boulevard Saturday.  No injuries were reported.

Extras Wanted For Netflix Show Filming In Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  A local casting director is searching for extras for a new Netflix series being filmed in Portland.  Background casting director Adam Rosko tells KATU the new high school series called "Trinkets" will film in the Portland area this fall.  Rosko says they're looking for people of all types, ethnicities, shapes, sizes and abilities.  For more information, email

Man Injured In Gresham Auto-Pedestrian Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  One man is seriously injured following an auto-pedestrian crash in Gresham.  Police say the man was crossing the street at Northeast Burnside Road and 8th Street last night when a tractor-trailer struck him.  The man was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.  Police say the man was not using a crosswalk when he was struck.

Police ID Man Shot, Killed By Officers

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a man shot and killed by Portland police.  The Portland Police Bureau says officers shot 30-year-old Samuel Rice Wednesday at the Del Rancho Motel on Southeast 82nd.  Police say Rice was holding a woman hostage when officers opened fire.

Gandhi's Grandson In Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  The grandson of Mahatma Gandhi is in Portland.  KATU-2 reports Dr. Arun Gandhi is visiting the Rose City at the request of a local pastor.  He's scheduled to speak around the city over the next few weeks.

1 Hurt In Portland-Area Shooting

(Hayden Island, OR)  --  A man is clinging to life after being shot at a Hayden Island hotel.  Portland police say they found the man lying in a parking lot this morning at the Rodeway Inn near the Jantzen Beach shopping mall.  Authorities say they have no suspects, but they don't believe there is a threat to the island community.

Body of ASU Grad Student Found On Mt. Hood

(Mount Hood, OR)  --  The search for a missing Arizona hiker on Mount Hood is ending in tragedy.  The Clackamas County Sheriff's office said searchers located a man's body in the area where David Yaghmourian disappeared while hiking on Monday.  The 30-year-old from Phoenix was working as a research assistant at Arizona State.  He was hiking Mt Hood with a friend when they split up Monday two miles away from a lodge.  When he didn't show up, his friend went back down the trail to look for David, but he was gone.

Pedestrian Killed In I-5 Crash In Ridgefield

(Ridgefield, WA)  --  A 20-year-old man is dead after being hit by a car on I-5 in Ridgefield, Washington.  Police say the man was trying to cross the freeway near the Ilani Casino last night when a vehicle struck him.  The driver reportedly stayed at the scene to cooperate with police.  An investigation is ongoing.

OR Reclaims $13M In Inflated Solar Tax Credits

(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon is getting back 13-million dollars in tax credits for solar projects.  OregonLive reports that the state is accusing SolarCity of inflating the cost of 14 projects by more than 100-percent to qualify for bigger tax credits.  The settlement was announced yesterday morning after a two-year investigation.

Second Suspect Arrested In 2016 Murder

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police in Cowlitz County in Washington say they've arrested a second suspect in connection to a 2016 murder.  Police arrested 27-year-old Kristopher Hoyt yesterday on a charge of first-degree murder for the death of 62-year-old Donald William Howard.  Police arrested 39-year-old Dustin Alan Griffin on a first-degree murder charge in Vancouver on Monday.  Howard was found dead inside his Woodland home in November of 2016.  Investigators believe Hoyt and Griffin killed Howard after he came home to find them burglarizing the place.

Former Teacher Accused Of Child Porn Possession

(Portland, OR)  --  A former high school teacher in Beaverton is facing child pornography charges.  Police arrested 40-year-old former Aloha High School teacher Geoffrey Germano yesterday following a five-month investigation.  Police say he downloaded more than 70 images and videos of child porn.  Some of those files were allegedly accessed through the school district's Wi-Fi.  Germano worked as a special education teacher at Aloha before resigning last month.

One Killed In Hit-And-Run Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead following a hit-and-run crash in southeast Portland.  Police say the crash happened last night on Southeast Division near 138th Avenue.  Police have not yet identified the victim.  An investigation is ongoing.

Oregon Shells Out Record Amount For Wildfires

(Undated)  --  This year's wildfires in Oregon are costing a record amount.  Data from the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center puts the cost of fighting wildfires in Oregon at 514-million-dollars.  This fire season, Oregon had over 18-hundred fires that burned over 800-thousand acres.  A spokeswoman for the NWCC tells the Salem Statesman Journal what made this year's fires so expensive was that large fires lasted months, not weeks.  They also had larger fires closer to populated areas. 

Suspect Killed In Officer-Involved Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is underway into the officer-involved shooting death of a knife-armed man accused of holding a woman hostage.  The Oregonian reports the shooting happened yesterday morning at the Del Rancho Motel in Lents.  Authorities say there was a fight between two people outside the place, then they learned that the suspect was holding a woman hostage in a room.  She was reportedly not involved in the initial disturbance.  Cops say that while special teams were setting up to deal with the incident, an officer took one shot and killed the suspect.

Former Teacher Accused Of Encouraging Child Sex Abuse

(Portland, OR)  --  A former Portland Public Schools teacher is accused of encouraging child sexual abuse.  Police say 35-year-old Philip Lancaster is charged with 13 counts of encouraging child sexual abuse.  He's accused of developing, duplicating, publishing, printing, disseminating, exchanging, displaying, financing, attempting to finance, and selling child pornography.  The former Roosevelt High School teacher was indicted last week.

Man Charged With Hate Crime For Racial Slurs Against Woman

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man is facing hate crime charges after allegedly using racial slurs to insult a woman.  Kelly Roberts was indicted by a grand jury Tuesday on charges of second-degree intimidation, menacing, second-degree criminal mischief, and third-degree theft.  Police say the victim was eating at the Pita Pit on Southwest 5th Avenue earlier this month when Roberts began yelling racial slurs at her and calling her names.  Roberts was working at the restaurant at the time of the incident.  He has since been fired.

Explosions Prompt Evacuations At Portland Trash Station

(Portland, OR)  --  Things are getting back to normal at a Portland garbage and recycling transfer station after multiple explosions yesterday.  Authorities say the place was evacuated yesterday morning after a 55-gallon drum was seen leaking and some small explosions were heard.  Hazmat crews at the Metro Central Transfer Station say they believe the liquid was not dangerous.  An investigation is ongoing.

McMinnville Man Killed In CA Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  A McMinnville man is dead following a crash in California.  Police say Jason William Paul crashed into a tractor-trailer on Interstate 5 near Bakersfield yesterday.  Police say he was struck by another vehicle when he got out of his car after the crash.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Crews Searching For Missing, Injured Hiker

(Portland, OR)  --  Search crews are looking for a missing, injured hiker near Mount Hood.  Clackamas County Search and Rescue says 30-year-old David Yaghmourian of Phoenix, Arizona, went missing Monday while hiking along the Timberline Trail.  Yaghmourian was reportedly hiking with a friend when he injured his knee and stopped to rest.  His friend went on ahead and says Yaghmourian failed to meet up with him at their designated meet-up area.

Police ID Man Shot, Killed In SE Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a man who was shot and killed in southeast Portland.  The Portland Police Bureau says 21-year-old Izryl T. Johnson died after being shot Sunday night on Southeast 94th Avenue.  Police found Johnson lying in the street after responding to the area on reports of gunfire.  Police are still searching for a suspect.

WA Supervisor Of Fish And Wildlife Charged With Sex Abuse

(Seattle, WA)  --  The Washington state supervisor of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is facing sexual abuse charges following an incident in Oregon.  The Bend Bulletin reports Eric Rickerson was arraigned late last week on six criminal counts including coercion, sex abuse, harassment and intimidation.  Prosecutors say Rickerson groped and exposed himself to a female colleague during a June conference in Sunriver. 

Woman Files $300K Suit Against OR Fred Meyers Store Over Camera

(Clackamas, OR)  --  A woman is suing Fred Meyer over a surveillance camera she says was aimed at the dressing room.  The Oregonian reports that Carlee Gish filed the 300-thousand-dollar suit Monday after she noticed she was caught on video without her bra in the chain's Clackamas store.  Gish says she saw in the mirror a camera in the rafters which caught her partially undressed.  That reportedly happened in May and she says in July that camera was still pointed into the changing room.  A Fred Meyer spokesman says he can't comment on pending litigation.

Amazon Hiring 2,000 In Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  Amazon is looking to hire more than two-thousand people in the Portland area.  The company says it's hiring workers for seasonal and full-time positions at customer fulfillment centers and delivery facilities around the city.  Hourly positions start at 15-dollars an hour.

Barn Burns Down In Hood River

(Hood River, OR)  --  No injuries are being reported after an abandoned barn caught fire in Hood River.  Firefighters responded to the barn on Rand Road early yesterday morning to find the structure engulfed in flames.  It collapsed to the ground a short time later.  An investigation is ongoing into what caused the fire.

Vigil Supports Survivors Of Domestic Violence

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Police and county officials are among those who took part in a vigil supporting survivors of domestic violence in Hillsboro.  The candlelight vigil took place last night at the Washington County courthouse on Northeast 2nd Avenue.  October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Poll: OR Governor's Race, Tax Initiative Still Close

(Salem, OR)  --  The Oregon governor's race remains close.  A new OregonLive poll shows that 49-percent of the state's voters are ready to keep Governor Kate Brown in Salem, while 45-percent support Republican Knute Buehler.  The poll has a margin of error of five-percent.  The poll also shows that a measure which would ban taxes on food is extremely close, while an initiative that would ban public funding for abortions is getting strong opposition from voters. 

Police Call Deadly Shooting In Lents Neighborhood A Homicide

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a deadly shooting in the Lents neighborhood is now being investigated as a homicide.  Police responded to the four-thousand block of Southeast 94th Avenue Sunday night on reports of gunfire.  Arriving officers found a man suffering from gunshot wounds.  He later died at the scene.  Police believe the man died of homicidal violence and are awaiting the results of an autopsy expected to be completed sometime today.

Police ID Suspect In Deadly Moda Center Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a man accused of shooting a man to death and injuring two other people near the Moda Center.  Police say convicted felon Robert James Jr. appeared in court yesterday on a felony murder charge.  He's accused of opening fire into an SUV at Northeast Multnomah Street and Wheeler Avenue Friday night.  Police say 44-year-old passenger Markell Devon James died.  The driver and a woman standing nearby were injured in the shooting.  The shooting happened shortly after Nick Cannon's Wild N Out tour stop at the Moda Center.

Katt Williams Pleads Not Guilty To Assault In Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  Comedian Katt Williams is pleading not guilty to an assault charge after being arrested Saturday in Portland.  Williams appeared in a Multnomah County courtroom yesterday on a charge of fourth-degree assault.  Williams is accused of attacking a private town car driver Friday after arguing about taking him and his dog to a scheduled performance in town.  The driver was treated at a hospital for minor injuries.  Police say Williams is also being held on a "fugitive hold" for an active warrant out of Georgia.

Meeting Set Today On Portland-BC Bullet Train

(Seattle, WA)  --  A meeting is scheduled today to discuss the possibility of a bullet train connecting Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia.  The three city governments are pushing for it to be a reality by 2035.  Today's meeting is the second on the topic.  The populations of the three cities are expected to top eleven-million by 2040. 

Police Find Burglary Suspect Hiding In Attic

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a burglary suspect after finding him hiding in an attic in north Portland.  Police responded to the building on North Whitaker Road early yesterday morning on reports of a break-in.  Responding officers say they found 31-year-old Patrick Plamondon hiding in the attic's crawl space and arrested him.

Man Drives Through Protesters, Claims They Damaged Car

(Portland, OR)  --  A man who drove through a crowd of protesters downtown with a demonstrator on his hood claims the protesters caused thousands of dollars in damages to his car.  KATU-2 reports the man told police his Lexus sustained three-thousand dollars worth of damage in the incident Saturday.  A news videographer caught the scene as the driver pushed his way through a crosswalk filled with protesters, striking at least one of them.  The walk sign was on in the crosswalk, and the protesters had the right-of-way.  Police say none of the protesters have filed a report.

New Kids On The Block Coming To Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  The New Kids on the Block are bringing some 90s nostalgia to Portland.  The boy band will make a stop at the Moda Center next June 2nd as part of their "Mixtape Tour."  The New Kids will perform along with special guests Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, Tiffany and Debbie Gibson.  Tickets go on sale this Friday.

Oregon Man Named World Championship Pumpkin Winner

(Half Moon Bay, CA)  --  A Pleasant Hill man is taking home the prize in the annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, California.  The first prize goes to Steve Daletas for his pumpkin weighing just under 22-hundred-pounds.  It's his fourth win.  Daletas gets over 15-thousand-dollars for his massive gourd and he'll earn a special spot at this weekend's Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival.

Two Killed, Two Injured In Crash Near Vancouver

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Two people are dead and two others are injured following a crash near Vancouver, Washington.  Police say the crash happened Saturday night when a vehicle ran a stop sign at Northeast 139th Street and 182nd Avenue and crashed into a tree.  Driver Aaron Jones and passenger Isabella Huyck were pronounced dead at the scene.  Passengers Lindsay Winter and Derek Martin survived with injuries.

Police ID Man Shot To Death Near Moda Center

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a man who was shot to death near the Moda Center Friday night.  The Portland Police Bureau says 44-year-old Markell Devon James died of homicidal violence from multiple gunshot wounds.  Two other people were injured.  The shooting happened shortly after an event at the Moda Center.

Woman Allegedly Tries To Kidnap Infant From Family At Shari's

(Portland, OR)  --  A woman is facing multiple charges after allegedly trying to kidnap an infant from a family at an Oregon City Shari's.  Police responded to the restaurant on Beavercreek Road Saturday night on reports that the woman was threatening to hurt the family if they didn't hand over the baby.  Police found 50-year-old Pauline Gaines walking away from the restaurant and arrested her.  No injuries were reported.

Robbery Suspects Allegedly Crack Man's Skull

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for two suspects accused of cracking a man's skull while trying to rob him in northeast Portland.  Police say the man was walking to his car near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Northeast Schuyler Street just after midnight yesterday when two men approached him on bicycles.  Police say the men demanded money and then hit the victim over the head with either a hammer or a hatchet.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

Man Killed In Shooting In Lents Neighborhood

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a deadly shooting in the Lents neighborhood.  Police responded to the 4000 block of Southeast 94th Avenue last night on reports of gunfire.  Arriving officers found a man suffering from gunshot wounds.  He later died at the scene.  Police are still searching for a suspect.

Woman Killed In crash Near Cottage Grove

(Portland, OR)  --  A woman is dead following a single-vehicle crash on I-5 near Cottage Grove.  Police say 71-year-old Linda Cole was riding in a car when the driver drifted into the median and crashed into the guardrail.  Cole was pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver was hospitalized for injuries.

No One Injured In Shooting Downtown

(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are being reported after a fight ended in gunfire downtown.  Police arrested 22-year-old Alexis Alvarez for allegedly firing a single shot during the fight yesterday morning at Northwest 3rd Avenue and Glisan Street.  He's facing charges of possession of a loaded firearm, discharge of a firearm in the city, and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Purringtons Cat Cafe Closing

(Portland, OR)  --  Northeast Portland's Purringtons Cat Cafe is shutting its doors after nearly four years.  The cafe and lounge announced Saturday it will be closing on November 30th because the owners are moving out of the state.  Purrington says they've found homes for about 600 cats since they opened in 2015.

Man Accused Of Kidnapping, Murdering Elderly Woman Could Undergo Mental Evaluation

(Portland, OR)  --  A convicted sex offender charged with kidnapping, sexually assaulting and murdering an elderly woman is expected to undergo a mental health evaluation.  A judge postponed arraignment proceedings for Timothy Mackley yesterday over questions of whether he is mentally fit to be prosecuted.  Mackley says he suffers from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.  Police arrested him last week after finding a body inside his car during a traffic stop.  That body turned out to be that of 89-year-old Marcine Herinck, whose disappearance for more than a week sparked a major search.  Investigators believe Mackley followed Herinck home from a thrift store where she volunteered and kidnapped her.

Gun Goes Off Inside Elementary School

(Portland, OR)  --  Counselors are on hand at Jason Lee Elementary School today following an accidental shooting on campus.  Police say a mother was in the school cafeteria yesterday picking up her child from school when her gun went off inside her purse.  No one was injured.  The school was briefly placed on lockdown.

Report: China Placed Spy Chips In Computers Bound For Portland Startup

(Portland, OR)  --  A contested report says China put spy chips in computers built for a Portland company.  The Bloomberg article published yesterday claims that the stealth chips were placed in devices made for Elemental Technologies.  The apparent purpose of the chips was to allow China to spy on American companies and governmental institutions.  Amazon reportedly found the chips three years ago when they were planning to buy Elemental, a deal they later completed.  Amazon says the article is inaccurate, and so does Apple. 

Portland Claymation Artist Dies

(Portland, OR)  --  The Godfather of Portland animation has died.  Family members of Will Vinton say the 70-year-old claymation powerhouse died yesterday morning after a 12-year battle with multiple myeloma.  That's a form of cancer that affects the white blood cells.  Vinton was known for creating several iconic claymation characters, including the California Raisins, the Domino's Pizza Noid and the PJs.  Vinton was born in McMinnville.

Senator Wyden Says Kavanaugh Lacks Balance, Temperament For Bench

(Portland, OR)  --  Senator Ron Wyden says Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh lacks both the balance and the temperament to serve on the bench.  Wyden posted on Twitter yesterday that he came to that conclusion after reviewing the FBI report into sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh.  Wyden calls the FBI report a "whitewash," saying that dozens of key witnesses were never interviewed for the investigation.  Wyden added that the Senate would be committing gross negligence if it confirms Kavanaugh.

Senator Merkley Asks Judge To Delay Kavanaugh Vote

(Portland, OR)  --  Senator Jeff Merkley is asking a federal judge to delay the Senate from voting on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh this weekend.  Merkley asked the judge yesterday to issue a temporary restraining order to prevent the Senate from taking a final vote.  Merkley has filed a lawsuit claiming President Trump violated the constitution by withholding documents from Kavanaugh's past.  Merkley says that prevented senators from making an informed decision of Kavanaugh's nomination to the court.  The judge on Wednesday scheduled a hearing for next week, but Merkley says Senator Mitch McConnell's decision to schedule votes before that hearing would render the hearing useless.  Merkley adds that the FBI report into sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh is a "sham," saying it was designed to provide cover for Kavanaugh, not the truth.

Fire Burns Home In Hillsboro

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a two-alarm fire at a house in Hillsboro.  Firefighters responded to the home on Northwest Evergreen Road last night.  Fire officials say everyone was able to escape the home safely, and no injuries have been reported.

Burgerville Breach Prompts Class-Action Suit

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland lawyer is seeking class-action status for a breach of consumer data at Burgerville.  OregonLive reports that the suit filed Wednesday alleges that Burgerville didn't protect their customers' credit card information.  Thousands of people may have been affected by the data breach, which was discovered during a cyberattack in August but not revealed until this week.  The Vancouver-based chain says they learned about the breach at the time, but had to keep it under wraps until they could fix the problem, which was done on Sunday. 

Police Seek Missing Man With Dementia

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a missing elderly man with dementia.  Police say 88-year-old Benjamin Verspetan was last seen yesterday afternoon getting off a TriMet bus near Southeast 92nd Avenue and Foster Road.  Police believe he could still be in that area.  He's described as five feet eight inches tall and 125 pounds with a bald head and brown eyes.

Convicted Sex Offender Indicted For Kidnapping, Murder Of Elderly Woman

(Portland, OR)  --  A convicted sex offender accused of kidnapping, sexually assaulting and murdering an 89-year-old woman is officially facing charges.  Timothy Mackley was indicted yesterday on 23 charges.  Police arrested him last week after finding a body inside his car during a traffic stop.  That body turned out to be that of Marcine Herinck, whose disappearance for more than a week sparked a major search.  Investigators believe Mackley followed Herinck home from a thrift store where she volunteered and kidnapped her.  Police say Mackley intentionally tortured and maimed Herinck before killing her.

Campfires Allowed In Willamette National Forest Again

(Portland, OR)  --  Campfires are once again being allowed in the Willamette National Forest.  Bureau of Land Management officials opened the forest up to campfires again on Tuesday.  Open fires including charcoal fires are now allowed, but officials are asking the public to practice fire safety and ensure their campfires are extinguished before leaving. 

Portland Mayor: Reject Sanctuary State Repeal

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is standing against the repeal of Oregon's sanctuary state law.  Wheeler has endorsed a "no" vote on Measure 105, which would scrap the legislation allowing cops to arrest people just for being in the country illegally.  The Oregonian reports he joins 15 other mayors in the state in rejecting the repeal effort.

Motorcyclist Injured In Interstate Bridge Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  A motorcyclist is seriously injured following a crash on the Interstate Bridge.  Police say the biker was riding south on the bridge portion of I-5 when he collided with a car in front of him.  Police say the other driver stayed at the scene and cooperated with investigators.

MAX Stabbing Suspect Accused Of Stabbing Inmate

(Portland, OR)  --  MAX stabbing suspect Jeremy Christian is facing new charges after allegedly stabbing a black inmate.  Christian appeared in court yesterday for the assault back in July.  Christian is behind bars on charges of stabbing three men onboard a MAX train last year after they came to the defense of two Muslim women being harassed by Christian.  Two of the victims died.  Motion hearings are set to begin later this month.

Police Search For Missing Man

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a missing man in Wilsonville.  Police say 41-year-old Trung Tuan Huynh disappeared Tuesday after walking away from a group outing on Southwest Main Street.  Police say Huynh doesn't have his necessary medication and could be in danger.  He's described as five-feet-seven-inches tall and 140 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Person Catches Fire At SE Portland Gas Station

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into an incident in which a person caught fire in southeast Portland.  Police say the victim was at a gas station near Southeast 82nd Avenue and Washington Street yesterday when the flames sparked.  It's not clear if it was an accident or if someone deliberately set the person ablaze.  The victim had second- and third-degree burns over 90-percent of the body. 

Child, Adult Hospitalized After Auto-Pedestrian Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  A child and an adult are hospitalized in critical condition after being struck by a car while crossing the street.  Police say the two were crossing Southeast 122nd Avenue at Morrison Street in southeast Portland yesterday when a car hit them.  The driver reportedly stayed at the scene and cooperated with police.  An investigation is ongoing.

Man Sentenced To 18 Years For Sexually Abusing Two Kids

(Portland, OR)  --  A Gresham man is facing nearly two decades behind bars for sexually abusing two girls.  A judge sentenced 31-year-old Tyler Wilkerson yesterday to 18 years in prison.  Wilkerson pleaded no contest and was convicted of nine counts of first-degree sexual abuse along with six counts of second-degree sexual abuse and one count of second-degree attempted rape.  Prosecutors say he abused two juvenile sisters in 2013 after befriending their mother and being allowed to stay with the family at their home.

Portland May Sue FCC Over New 5G Tech Rulings

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland may be filing suit against the Federal Communications Commission over new rulings on 5G.  The City Council voted yesterday to join other cities that are suing over new rules that limit fees charged to telecom providers.  Mayor Ted Wheeler called the restrictions a property grab by the federal government.  The Oregonian reports that providers need access to city-owned poles in order to install transmitters for 5G service.  A deputy city attorney told the council that one new rule would mean the city could charge only 270 dollars for each attachment, instead of the customary three-thousand.

Firefighters Rescue Dog From Burning Home

(Portland, OR)  --  A family dog is lucky to be alive after being rescued from a house fire in northeast Portland.  Firefighters rescued the pup from the basement of a burning home on Northeast 69th Avenue yesterday.  Firefighters say the dog was unharmed, and no other injuries were reported.  An investigation is ongoing into how the fire started.

Woman Dies After Falling From I-405 Overpass

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into the death of a woman who reportedly fell from an I-405 overpass.  Police responded to the northbound lanes of I-405 yesterday morning on reports that a woman had fallen.  Responding officers found the woman dead at the scene.  Anyone who witnessed the event is urged to contact police.

Three Killed In Crash Near Detroit Lake

(Portland, OR)  --  Three people are dead following a crash west of Detroit Lake.  Police say the crash happened Monday night on Highway 22 East near milepost 35.  The vehicle involved was reportedly carrying five passengers when it veered off the roadway and crashed into several trees.  The driver and a passenger survived with injuries.  The other three passengers were declared dead at the scene.

Bikini-Clad Man In Portland Sexual Assault Gets 5 Years

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland homeless man is going to prison for five years after his sexual assault conviction.  Fifty-one-year-old Thomas Johnson was sentenced yesterday for the August crime following his guilty plea.  He said he was high on meth when he broke into the home wearing a bikini top and a thong and tried to force himself on the 18-year-old woman.

Portlandathon Organizers Choose Union Gospel Mission As Charity

(Portland, OR)  --  Runners in this weekend's Portlandathon race will be lending a helping hand to those struggling with homelessness and addiction.  Race organizers say they've chosen the Union Gospel Mission as their charity of choice for Sunday's event.  Portlandathon includes a full and half marathon along with courses for a 5-mile run and a 4-mile river run/walk.  The marathon course is a qualifier for the Boston marathon.

Police ID Victim Of Fatal Police Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a man who was shot to death by officers downtown over the weekend.  Police say 27-year-old Patrick K. Kimmons died in a hospital early Sunday morning after being shot by officers responding to a shooting near Southwest 4th Avenue and Harvey Milk Street.  Police say two other people were injured in the initial shooting.  It's not yet clear what role Kimmons had in that shooting, if any.  KATU reports Kimmons was shot several times in the back while running away from police.

Bicyclist Critically Injured In Crash With Vehicle

(Portland, OR)  --  A bicyclist is hospitalized with critical injuries after being struck by a car near Hillsboro.  Police say the 28-year-old man was riding his bike in the middle of the roadway on Tualatin Valley Highway east of Southwest 331st Avenue last night when the vehicle struck him.  The driver reportedly stayed at the scene to cooperate with investigators.  Police say the bicyclist was not wearing a helmet.

Police Arrest Clark County Woman In Mom's Death

(Orchards, WA)  --  A Clark County woman is behind bars in connection with her mother's death.  OregonLive reports that Asenka Wilber made her first court appearance yesterday on charges of killing the 75-year-old woman.  The victim was found dead last week at her Orchards home with injuries to her head, face and wrist.

One Hospitalized After Falling Down Embankment

(Portland, OR)  --  One person is hospitalized after falling down an embankment in Oregon City.  Clackamas firefighters say the victim tumbled down an embankment near Brighton Avenue and Creed Street last night.  Firefighters used a rope system to pull the person to safety.

Woman, Two Kids Escape Two-Alarm Apartment Fire

(Portland, OR)  --  A woman and two children are lucky to be alive after escaping a two-alarm fire at an apartment in southeast Portland.  Firefighters responded to the apartment on Southeast Raymond Court yesterday afternoon for a fire in a second-story unit.  Fire officials say a woman and two children made it out alive, though the woman needed to be hospitalized.  An investigation is ongoing into how the fire started.

Pedestrian Killed In Crash On Tualatin Valley Highway

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for two drivers accused of running over a pedestrian, killing him and then continuing on their way.  Police say 24-year-old Uriel Santiago-Sarabia was walking across the Tualatin Valley Highway between Southwest 160th Avenue and Southwest 170th Avenue yesterday morning when a driver struck him.  When the driver pulled over to offer help, two other vehicles struck the pedestrian and then kept going.  Santiago-Sarabia was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police Search For Missing Child

(Portland, OR)  --  Police in Gresham are searching for a missing 12-year-old boy.  Police say Westen Occeas disappeared last night after being dropped off at Parkrose Middle School.  He's described as four feet eight inches tall with a thin build and black hair.

Suspect Killed In Officer-Involved Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  One man is dead after being shot by police in downtown Portland.  Police say officers were responding to a shooting near Southwest 3rd Avenue and Harvey Milk Street early yesterday morning when they opened fire on the suspect.  Police say the man shot and injured two other people before they opened fire on him.  He died in a hospital.  The officers who opened fire have been placed on paid administrative leave.

Car Crashes Into Aloha Home

(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are hospitalized after a car crashed into a home in Aloha.  Police say the driver and their passenger were hospitalized yesterday afternoon following the crash near Southwest Blanton Street and 170th Avenue.  No one inside the home was injured, but authorities say the building was structurally compromised, meaning the residents need to find a new place to live while repairs are made. 

Woman Killed In Auto-Pedestrian Crash

(Vancouver, WA)  --  An 18-year-old woman is dead after being hit by a car while walking in Vancouver, Washington.  Police say Amy Walker was killed last night while walking along Mill Plain Boulevard near North Morrison Road.  Police say the driver remained at the scene to cooperate with investigators.

Man Arrested For Alleged Threat With Gun

(Portland, OR)  --  A 56-year-old man is facing charges after allegedly threatening someone with a gun.  Police arrested Anthony Allen Crawford Friday night following the incident on Southwest Broadway Avenue.  Police say Crawford made a threat and then went back into his apartment and started screaming and throwing things around.  He's facing charges of menacing, unlawful use of a weapon and an outstanding felony warrant for abscond-assault in the second degree.

Teen Killed In House Party Shooting In NW Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting at a house party in Northwest Portland that left an 18-year-old man dead.  Police say the shooting happened early yesterday morning at a home on Northwest Connett Meadow Court in the Rock Creek community.  Police are identifying the victim as Fermin Alonso-Alonso of the North Plains area.  Police are still searching for a suspect.

Coast Guard Rescues Cruise Ship Passenger Suffering Stroke

(Portland, OR)  --  A woman is hospitalized in Portland after suffering a stroke onboard a cruise ship near Newport.  The Coast Guard says they received a call for help Saturday morning from the cruise ship Grand Princess after a 77-year-old woman began suffering symptoms related to a stroke.  Coast Guard crews airlifted her to Legacy Emmanuel Hospital. 

Child Killed In Tractor Accident

(Portland, OR)  --  A two-year-old child is dead following a tractor accident in Estacada.  Police say the accident happened Saturday morning at a home on South Mattoon Road.  It's not yet clear exactly how the child died.  An investigation is ongoing.


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