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(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges after allegedly exposing and fondling himself in front of a woman on a MAX train.  Police arrested 32-year-old Robert Roberts last week for the incident on the TriMet train December 14th.  The victim tells police Roberts sat down next to her and smiled at her before exposing himself and then touching himself.  He's facing a felony charge of public indecency.



(Portland, OR)  --  A black man is accusing a Hilton Hotel in Portland of racially profiling him after he was kicked off the property for taking a phone call in the lobby.  The man named Jermaine Massey says he was speaking with his mom on the phone in the lobby at a DoubleTree by Hilton when a security guard came up to him and asked him what room he was staying in.  He says the guard then accused him of not complying and trespassing on the property, and called the police.  He was then forced to leave the hotel, or be arrested.  The man shared videos of the confrontation between him and the security guard on Instagram.  He says he left and was not offered a refund, and had to book a room at another hotel.



(Woodland, WA)  --  Police in Woodland, Washington are defending their actions following a tense situation in which they pulled a gun on a 12-year-old child.  Police responded to an area off Lewis River Road on Christmas morning on reports of a man and a boy shooting a gun towards Lewis River.  Responding officers say the 12-year-old boy told them it was just a BB gun and then started to reach for it in his sweatshirt to show the officers, prompting them to draw their guns and take cover.  Police later found out it was just a BB gun, and the father and son were target shooting.  Woodland Police Sergeant James Keller tells KATU it would have been "devastating" to shoot a 12-year-old over a toy gun, adding that if the boy had pulled the BB gun out of his sweatshirt, it would have resulted in "the worst case scenario."



(Portland, OR)  --  An Oregon man is the first person to make a solo trek across Antarctica.  Colin O'Brady of Portland completed the historic journey on Wednesday.  The 33-year-old started his 54-day trek in early November, and posted updates on Instagram.  O'Brady traveled unassisted for 930 miles across Earth's coldest continent, dragging a 375-pound sled. 



(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead following a suspected DUII crash on I-205 in Portland.  Police say 21-year-old Calvin Biltimier died in the hospital Christmas Day following the crash on December 18th.  Biltimier was a passenger in a car being driven by his 25-year-old girlfriend Rachel Banks when she crashed into a parked construction vehicle near the Stark Street overpass.  Police believe Banks was high on psilocybin, also known as magic mushrooms, at the time of the crash.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is mourning the loss of a K-9 who served for nearly a decade.  The Sheriff's Office says K-9 Varro died over the weekend at the age of 14.  Varro reportedly died at home from complications following a stroke.  Varro retired in 2014 after nearly one-thousand deployments.



(Lyle, WA)  --  An Oregon man is facing charges in Washington after allegedly causing a deadly crash.  The Washington State Patrol reports that 44-year-old James Earls of Hillsboro was driving the wrong way on State Route 14 Sunday near the town of Lyle.  His car slammed head-on into a vehicle, killing the elderly driver and sending another to a hospital.  Earls is charged with vehicular assault, no ignition interlock device and driving with a suspended license, and cops say he was likely impaired.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a missing and endangered 59-year-old woman.  Police say Maria Del Carmen Quintana was last seen November 30th in the Nehalem-Highway 53 area of Tillamook County.  She's described as five-foot-nine-inches and 160 pounds.



(Portland, OR)  --  One man is hospitalized after being stabbed during a Christmas Day robbery on a MAX platform downtown.  Police say three people were standing on the platform at Southwest 1st Avenue and Oak Street yesterday morning when someone pulled out a gun and demanded their money.  Two more suspects then joined the first suspect, and the victims attempted to flee, but one of them was stabbed by one of the suspects.  Police arrested two of the suspects and are still seeking the third.  The stabbing victim is expected to survive.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've made an arrest in connection to an armed carjacking in southwest Portland.  Police arrested 23-year-old Mark Anthony Fernandez yesterday morning after spotting the stolen vehicle.  Fernandez is accused of stealing the vehicle at gunpoint Monday afternoon near Southwest 10th Avenue and Washington Street.



(Portland, OR)  --  An elk is once again roaming free after becoming trapped in a fence near Sweet Home.  Oregon State Police say fish and wildlife troopers were training in the area Monday morning when they found the elk with its legs tangled up in the fence's wire.  Troopers used wire cutters to free the animal.  Police say the elk appeared tired but didn't appear to have any broken bones.



(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon will be allowing medical marijuana delivery to areas where pot is prohibited.  The Statesman-Journal reports that the new rules were adopted last week by the Liquor Control Commission and will go into effect on Friday.  A commission spokesman says the move came in response to complaints from patients who had to travel outside barred areas to buy their medical cannabis.



(Portland, OR)  --  A former Springfield man is facing life behind bars for child sexual abuse.  The Register Guard reports a judge sentenced 45-year-old Roy Jay Williams late last week to nearly 94 years in prison.  Prosecutors say he molested two children between 2011 and 2014.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Family members are responding to the death of a Vancouver doctor and his adult son during a scuba diving trip in Mexico.  Fifty-seven-year-old Tom Dyehouse and 27-year-old Graeme Dyehouse died Saturday in Cabo San Lucas.  Tom's sister Karyn Dyehouse tells KING-5 Tom loved his job helping his community as a physician at the Family Wellness Center.  Tom's brother Bob Dyehouse calls him a courageous and positive spirit who lived life to the max.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a suicidal man is getting treatment after causing a lockout at the Century 16 Eastport Plaza.  The Portland Police Bureau says officers responded to the area Sunday night on reports of a man armed with a gun and making suicidal statements.  Police placed the plaza on lockout while investigating the matter.  Officers eventually took the man into custody and brought him to a hospital for mental health treatment.



(Portland, OR)  --  The nonprofit organization Potluck in the Park is celebrating another successful Christmas dinner for the homeless.  KATU reports more than a thousand people showed up to the Portland Art Museum to enjoy a traditional Christmas meal of turkey.  Volunteers also handed out hats, socks and toiletries to the diners.  The organization has been serving up free Christmas meals to the needy for the past 25 years.



(Portland, OR)  --  Three suspects are in custody and police are searching for a fourth following an hours-long manhunt that shut down several blocks in southeast Portland.  Police responded to the area of Southeast 104th Avenue and Mitchell Street yesterday afternoon on reports of a suspicious vehicle.  Responding officers say the suspect vehicle sped off when they tried to approach it, but it eventually stopped, at which point four people allegedly got out and fled on foot.  Officers detained one suspect near the car and later tracked down two more suspects after a resident reported seeing them run through her backyard with a gun.



(Salem, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown is supporting an early warning system for earthquakes.  Brown's office says such a system could be up and running by 2023, and Brown included 12-million dollars for it in her proposed budget.  University of Oregon professor Doug Toomey says seconds of notice could allow people to take instant precautions for an imminent quake.  OregonLive reports that the system would gather data from an array of seismometers and GPS sensors.



(Portland, OR)  --  A 21-year-old man is facing DUII and manslaughter charges following a crash that killed his 16-year-old passenger in Portland earlier this year.  Kyle Herglund was indicted in court yesterday on charges of second-degree manslaughter, DUII and reckless driving.  He's accused of being intoxicated when he got behind the wheel in April and crashed down an embankment on Southeast Foster Road.  Sixteen-year-old James Freeman was killed in the crash.



(Gresham, OR)  --  An investigation is underway into the discovery of a body along a trail in Gresham.  Police say they found the body last night at Southwest Florence Avenue and Eastman Parkway along the Springwater Corridor Trail after receiving a 9-1-1 call.  Investigators say the death doesn't appear to be suspicious.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Multnomah County man is facing charges after allegedly screaming racial epithets at two African American children and then threatening them with a butcher knife.  Court documents show 60-year-old Troy Amatullo pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges of intimidation and menacing.  Police say Amatullo screamed the N-word and other insults at an eight-year-old boy and his 14-year-old brother as they passed his apartment.  He then allegedly went into his kitchen and grabbed a butcher knife, which police say he used to threaten the boys.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges after allegedly attacking another man with a hatchet downtown.  Police say 35-year-old Nathan Schrader was at the Standard Insurance Center yesterday morning when an employee asked him to leave for trespassing.  Schrader allegedly left and then returned with a hatchet, hitting the employee over the head with the blunt end of the weapon.  Police say the victim did not require any medical treatment.  Police tracked Schrader down a few blocks away and arrested him.



(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon's population is still growing, but not as fast as it had been.  The Oregonian reports that census figures show the state is no longer among the top ten fastest-growing.  The 44-thousand new residents who moved in during the 12 months ending in July are good enough for number eleven on the list.  The one-percent bump gives Oregon nearly four-point-two-million residents.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a man after he pulled out a fake gun during an argument on a MAX train.  Police arrested 19-year-old Shawn Brunner earlier this week on charges of second-degree disorderly conduct and interference with public transportation.  Police say he was arguing with someone on the MAX Orange Line near Tilikum Crossing when he pulled out a replica firearm.  The fake gun was designed to fire blanks.  No injuries were reported.



(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are injured following a possible DUI crash involving a dump truck on I-205.  The Portland Police Bureau says a driver crashed into a dump truck parked in a construction zone in the southbound lanes last night.  The driver's passenger was rushed to a hospital with life-threatening injuries after being extricated from the vehicle.  The driver suffered less serious injuries.  Police detained the driver at the scene on suspicion of DUI.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is underway into the death of a missing elderly woman.  The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says crews found the body of 76-year-old Marie Evans Monday near the bank of the Columbia River.  Investigators believe she died from a combination of poor physical health and exposure to the weather.  Evans had gone missing Saturday while walking near her home.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man is facing five years behind bars for distributing child pornography.  A judge sentenced 28-year-old Jordan Prentice yesterday after he pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of child porn back in August.  Court documents show Prentice distributed files depicting infants, toddlers and children through a peer-to-peer sharing network.  Police seized more than 600 images and 126 videos from his home in Portland.



(Corvallis, OR)  --  A man seen as a fixture in Oregon's white nationalist movement is hospitalized.  OregonLive reports that Jimmy Marr suffered a medical event in Corvallis Monday during a clash with anti-fascist activists.  Police say four people were arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and later released.  Marr is known for driving his white pickup around the state, with racist and anti-Semitic messages splashed on its sides.
 



(Undated)  --  A California farm linked to an outbreak of E. coli in romaine lettuce is now recalling red and green leaf lettuce sold in several states, including Oregon.  Adam Brothers Farms says it's issuing the recall out of an abundance of caution.  The affected lettuce was sold in Washington, California, Colorado, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Canada.  The FDA announced last week that sediment samples collected at the farm tested positive for E. coli.  Fifty-nine people have been sickened by the tainted romaine lettuce so far.



(Portland, OR)  --  Sentencing is scheduled next month for a man who assaulted and killed another man near Portland State University.  Twenty-year-old Nicholas Hannan pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter with a firearm and second-degree assault for the death of 21-year-old Diego Tejeda-Manzo in November of last year.  Court documents show Hannan assaulted Tejeda-Manzo outside a sandwich shop on Southwest Park Avenue and then shot him several times.  Sentencing is set for January 15th.



(Portland, OR)  --  Classes are cancelled today at a Portland elementary school over concerns about Hepatitis A.  The Reynolds School District says Alder Elementary is closed for cleaning today after officials learned that an adult with Hepatitis A had been inside the school building.  Hepatitis A is highly contagious but preventable through vaccination.  Classes are expected to resume tomorrow.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Intel is asking Oregon for 300-million dollars in tax-exempt bonds to help finance a Hillsboro water project.  The bonds could save the firm millions on the 600-million-dollar facility, but Intel may not get them.  The Oregonian reports that the state can only issue so many of that class of bond and may decide to hold onto them for use in affordable housing.  Intel reportedly uses three-billion gallons of water each year at its Hillsboro factory, and the water project is seen as a way to cut that by a third or more.



(Portland, OR)  --  Plans are moving forward to replace the Pepsi distribution center in northeast Portland with an urban village.  KATU reports the recently approved plan would create a mixed-use property including businesses and parks on the four-point-seven-acre site along northeast Pacific Street.  The village would reportedly include several buildings measuring 70 to 120 feet tall.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown is promising to spend more money on Oregon's homelessness crisis in next year's budget.  Brown made the comment yesterday while taking questions at a Portland women's shelter.  Brown says her last budget included 300-thousand dollars for affordable housing, which she says is not nearly enough.  Brown also said she's open to giving more control to localities over how they handle rising rents.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Intel plans to expand its factories in Oregon, Ireland and Israel.  The Hillsboro-based chipmaker announced yesterday that it will begin the expansions in the coming year to meet future demands.  OregonLive reports that such a move could mean additional billions of dollars invested in Oregon and a shot in the arm to the state's economy.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police are searching for a missing mom and her infant child, who they say may need urgent medical care.  The Clark County Sheriff's Office says 31-year-old Dannielle "Danni" Williams and her three-week-old baby are missing.  It's not clear what type of urgent medical care the infant might be in need of.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.



(Tigard, OR)  --  One man is hospitalized after being hit by a car near Tigard City Hall.  Police say the man was walking near the intersection of Southwest Hall Boulevard and Fanno Creek Trail last night when a driver crashed into him.  Police say the driver stayed at the scene and cooperated with investigators.  The victim is expected to survive his injuries.



(Sacramento, CA)  --  Oregon is among more than a dozen states fighting to ensure that Obamacare remains in effect.  A federal judge in Texas ruled the law was unconstitutional last week.  California is leading a coalition of 17 attorneys general in asking the judge who ruled on the case to make it clear that the Affordable Care Act is still the law until the case goes through the appeals process.  The move will ensure that Americans relying on Obamacare for health insurance won't have their care disrupted.



(Newport, OR)  --  Two endangered sea turtles are dead despite efforts to keep them alive after their rescue.  The two olive ridley turtles were found separately over the weekend near Coos Bay and Waldport.  Experts at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport said the stranded turtles were in pretty bad shape when they were found.  They had guarded hopes of reviving them, but they were unsuccessful.



(Creswell, OR)  --  The owners of a motel in Creswell are facing arson charges following two fires on their property in three days.  Police arrested Inder Singh and Satinder Singh Sunday for the fires at the Super 8 Motel on Oregon Avenue.  Investigators say the two planned and carried out arson at the hotel on November 24th.  That fire came two days after a Thanksgiving Day fire at the hotel.



(Gresham, OR)  --  Several people are displaced following an apartment fire in Gresham.  Firefighters responded to the Parkwood Apartment complex Saturday for a fire that burned a total of six units.  Fire officials say the blaze started on a first-floor patio, where a man was deep frying a chicken.  Eight people were displaced in the fire.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect in connection to a shooting that critically injured a man in southeast Portland.  Police say the man was shot early yesterday morning along Southeast Division Street near Division Heights PDX.  The victim was taken to a hospital in critical condition.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a missing woman with early onset dementia.  The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says 76-year-old Marie Evans was last seen Saturday at her home on Northwest Marina Way in Northwest Portland.  She was reportedly walking near her home when she disappeared.  She's described as five-feet-four-inches tall and 150 pounds with white hair and glasses.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for suspects in connection to a shooting at a Motel 6 in southeast Portland.  The Portland Police Bureau says a man was shot early Saturday morning at the motel on Southeast Stark Street.  Investigators believe the shooting happened during an argument inside a motel room.  The victim is expected to survive.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Kenton Women's Village for homeless women is moving to a new location.  KATU reports the village of 14 tiny homes moved to a new site on North Columbia Boulevard near Delaware Avenue yesterday.  The new location will allow for the addition of new pods and facilities to the village.  The Kenton Women's Village is one of the state's first officially sanctioned homeless villages.



(Portland, OR)  --  Sentencing is scheduled early next month for a former Multnomah County substitute teacher convicted of sexual abuse.  A jury found 54-year-old Dale Arnold Buckendahl guilty Friday on first-degree sexual abuse following a nine-day trial.  Court records say he inappropriately touched a sixth-grade girl inside a classroom in 2008.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is underway into a shooting in a north Portland neighborhood.  Police responded to the area on North Trenton Street early Saturday on reports of several shots fired.  Police say six parked cars and a home were damaged by the gunfire.  Responding officers say they didn't find any victims or suspects.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are seeking the public's help in their search for a missing psychiatric patient from Mt. Hood Medical center.  The Gresham Police Department says 34-year-old Lacy Mae Erkkila went missing from the hospital Saturday afternoon while on a psychiatric hold.  Police believe she could be a danger to herself.  She's described as five-feet-ten-inches tall and 140 pounds with blond hair.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland drug trafficker will spend seven years behind bars.  Gregory Wilson was sentenced yesterday for distribution of heroin and illegal possession of a gun.  He was part of a drug trafficking ring that was bringing heroin into the city.  Police found 880 grams of heroin, 100 Xanax pills, and guns in his cars when he was arrested in 2016.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A 71-year-old man is receiving treatment after being rescued from a 40-foot embankment.  The Lebanon Fire District used ropes and a stokes basket to lift the man to safety from the South Santiam River yesterday.  One of his two dogs had also fallen in.  The man has been hospitalized for hypothermia.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Commissioners have approved a contract to begin work on an earthquake-proof pipe.  The 73-point-five-million-dollar project would put the 45-hundred-foot-long pipe under the Willamette River.  The work comes in response to expert reports that there's a 35 percent chance of a massive rupture on the Cascadia Subduction Zone fault line that runs to the east of Portland in the next 50 years.  Construction is set to begin on the Willamette River Crossing pipe project in 2022.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland City Council is moving forward with a pilot test of a location-tracking program.  The one-year agreement will cost the Portland Bureau of Transportation, TriMet, and regional government Metro over 457 thousand dollars, and then 12 cents per resident in years that follow.  The Replica software uses data collected by smartphones and apps to track people's movements.  Officials say it will allow them to better understand how people use streets, sidewalks, and transit.



(Portland, OR)  --  A new tax deal would use tourism money to help house homeless people.  City officials along with Multnomah County and Metro leaders are working on the agreement to expand the use of the two-point-five percent tax on rental cars and hotel rooms.  It's been used to fund the Oregon Convention expansion, but could now be put toward the Joint Office of Homeless Service.  If it moves forward, over five-million-dollars a year would be going toward the homelessness problem in Portland.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland woman is in custody after a nine-hour standoff in Parkdale.  Officers arrived at her home on the 5000 block of Booth Hill Road around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday after receiving a call from her employer that she hadn't been to work in several days.  Fifty-one-year-old Lisa Vieira fired several shots toward a deputy and then barricaded herself inside.  She surrendered to a SWAT team around 2 a.m. yesterday.



(Portland, OR)  --  Some Portland artists may be able to get a free studio space.  National co-working startup WeWork is offering four artists six months of free space.  It's their first ever artists-in-residence program.  It's part of an effort to prevent artists from being displaced due to high rent.  Applications are due January 13th. 



(Portland, OR)  --  Some TriMet riders are among the first to test a double-decker bus.  WES riders had been taking commuter buses for three days because of work on track upgrades.  They were surprised yesterday when the double-decker bus showed up to take them from Wilsonville to Beaverton.  The bus featured a screen that showed riders which seats were available on the second level before they even went up there.



(Portland, OR)  --  The pedestrian killed in a Hillsboro crash has been identified.  Authorities say Alter Wiener was a 92-year-old Holocaust survivor.  He was hit by a driver near Northeast Century Boulevard and Brighton Street on Tuesday night.  KATU News reports he had previously survived five forced labor and concentration camps in Germany.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon DMV is rolling out a new license design.  It's the first new look for the driver's license in the state since 2013.  The new licenses and ID cards will be made of a more durable plastic with laser-etched information and holographic Oregon symbols and colors printed in patterns hard to see without magnification.  It will be introduced to some Salem locations this month before a statewide roll-out early next year.



(Portland, OR)  --  The latest addition to the Oregon Zoo is now available for public viewing.  A baby goat was born at the zoo's Jonsson Center for Wildlife Conservation on November 24th.  He's the tiniest goat in the Family Farm barn and may be featured in an upcoming "Tiny Goat Visits" series.  The goat is named Bruce Wayne -- a name inspired by his father, whose name is Justice.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland school board approves of a plan to pay police officers for an increase presence in schools.  They made the decision at their meeting last night after holding listening sessions to get feedback from students.  Portland Public Schools is projected to pay 364 thousand dollars for officers in schools this year, and then one-point-two million dollars a year for the next three years.  Some still oppose the plan, with one parent even starting a petition against the vote.



(Portland, OR)  --  A third Burgerville restaurant in Portland is unionizing.  Employees voted Monday and Tuesday to approve the formation of a union for the Hawthorne Boulevard store.  This follows similar efforts at the Southeast Portland and Gladstone locations.  Now the company will need to negotiate a contract with the workers.



(Wilsonville, OR)  --  A woman is suing the Oregon Department of Corrections after her mother died of the flu while incarcerated.  The 53-year-old was serving time at the Coffee Creek Women's Prison when she began coughing up blood.  She was taken to the hospital three days later where she died of organ failure.  Her daughter filed a lawsuit for seven-point-five million dollars for the death, which was reportedly caused by influenza with staph superinfection.



(Portland, OR)  --  The former site of a Pepsi bottling plant will now undergo development.  Pepsi still has a warehouse and offices at Portland's Pepsi Blocks along Sandy Boulevard, but they will be moving as part of the project.  The Planning Commission has approved apartment units, retail shops, and a public pavilion to go into the five-acre site.  The Pepsi Pavilion building will stay and be made into a public space.



(Portland, OR)  --  The City of Portland is considering a six-month moratorium for the Central Waterfront District.  They held a community discussion about it last night.  The city cites concerns with parking, traffic control, and waterfront resources as a reason to put development on hold.  The council will vote on the proposal December 17th.



(Portland, OR)  --  Michelle Obama is coming to Portland.  She's bringing her book tour to the Moda Center on February 9th.  It's part of efforts to promote her memoirs titled "Becoming".



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland's economy is strong, but a recession would cause big budget cuts.  The city economist gave a forecast for government and economy yesterday.  While he expects economic conditions to remain strong for 12 to 18 months, he warns even a minor recession could mean 40 million dollars in cuts to the city budget.  A decrease in building permit applications means the construction boom could begin to subside in the next two years.



(Portland, OR)  --  A 44-year-old man is in custody for allegedly breaking into a Southeast Portland home.  Caleb Baker is facing burglary, trespassing, and criminal mischief charges.  Police say he was inside the home when the owners got in after 5 p.m.  Authorities used a loudspeaker to get him to come out.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland residents have until December 20th to see the Christmas Ship Parade.  It's the 65th year that an entire fleet of ships brings holiday lights and decorations to the Portland area.  The Christmas Ship Fleet sails the Columbia and Willamette Rivers.  Organizers say some of the participants have been part of the tradition for over 30 years.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are seeking a bank robbery suspect.  A man walked into the Wells Fargo branch on Southwest Oleson Road and demanded cash yesterday around 11:30 a.m.  He's described as 45 to 50-years-old, five foot eight, with gray hair.  Anyone with information about the Southwest Portland incident is asked to contact police.



(Portland, OR)  --  The labor union that represents federal ICE officials is planning to sue the City of Portland.  The National ICE Council filed the notice of intent to sue yesterday.  They allege that Mayor Wheeler was wrong to order Portland police to stand down when protesters were blocking a federal building.  The blockade lasted for several days before being shut down in late June.  The ICE union says police didn't respond to some of their calls for service, which they believe violates their civil rights.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland pharmacist accused of recording people in the bathroom is facing more charges.  Thirty-four-year-old Johnny Tuck Chee Chan was arrested in November on a 71-count indictment.  He's accused of hiding a camera in a Kaiser Permanente bathroom.  Authorities have now identified 27 additional victims, and say he also put a camera on his shoe to take photos up the skirts of women he worked with.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Mayor's Office is exploring a jail alternative for the city.  It would be a space for those who are arrested on non-violent misdeeds related to mental health or addiction.  Mayor Wheeler's senior aide says they want to find a better place to put mentally ill or drug-addicted people than the Multnomah County Detention Center.  He says it would better allow health care professionals to connect people in crisis with services.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland Police Bureau operation is over, resulting in 21 citations being issued.  The Vision Zero traffic safety mission took place on North Interstate Avenue between North Multnomah and North Lombard Streets yesterday from 10 to 11 a.m.  The goal of the effort is to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries.  The Bureau reports eleven of the citations were issued for use of cell phones while operating a vehicle.



(Portland, OR)  --  The former "Sugar Shack" strip club is coming down.  In its place will be 140 low and middle income housing units.  The property was purchased in 2015 by a coalition of neighborhood groups, who then sold it to a developer last year.  The demolition of the former club marks the end of an ongoing blight that area residents says brought crime, drugs, drunk driving, and even prostitution to their neighborhood.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Multnomah County medical examiner's office is releasing the cause of death for a man who died after being taken into police custody on Thanksgiving.  Richard Barry reportedly died of acute meth and cocaine toxicity.  The death was ruled accidental, and not being related to the officers who arrested Barry.  Those officers have been on administrative leave as an investigation into the death was underway.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland is paying over 50-thousand dollars to settle a lawsuit.  The discrimination suit was filed by a black man who alleges a Portland Police officer came by his work.  The man says the officer talked to his boss at the Postal Service after the man had accused him of racial profiling for pulling him over twice.  The 39-year-old says he sued because he wanted to hold people with authority accountable.



(Portland, OR)  --  More details are being released about the man accused of pointing a gun at police in the Starbucks at Hollywood Fred Meyer Friday night.  Thirty-four-year-old Ryan Beisley had escaped from a Seattle residential re-entry center earlier this month and was wanted as a federal fugitive.  Portland police fired at him after he pointed a weapon at officers.  Preliminary investigation reveals that black handgun was fake, and has since been seized as evidence.



(Portland, OR)  --  Art stolen from a north Portland garage has been located.  Heirlooms including stained glass window panes were purchased by a woman from a homeless man for sixty dollars yesterday.  The woman then heard about the items being stolen and called Portland Police.  The family now has everything back except for a handmade chess set, which is still missing.



(Portland, OR)  --  An announcement in support of e-scooters is expected this week.  Portland-based non-profit The Street Trust is co-hosting an event with electric scooter company Bird at City Hall tomorrow.  The press conference comes after the city's e-scooter pilot program ended about a month ago.  Bird was just one of the companies who provided scooters, alongside Lime and Skip.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A Portland man who worked as an Amazon package delivery driver is accused of stealing a package off a porch.  What 29-year-old Perez Johnson didn't know is that the package was actually bait that notified the sheriff's department when he nabbed it.  Johnson claims he was taking the package because he gets a stipend for returning undeliverable packages to Amazon.  Deputies delivered eighteen packages found in Johnson's car and charged him with second-degree theft.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Police will no longer be charging crime victims for police reports.  Mayor Ted Wheeler made the announcement Friday ahead of an interview with The Oregonian on the matter.  He says he was surprised the Police Bureau didn't already have a plan to eliminate the fees.  The newspaper's investigation shows that people were paying up to 30 dollars upfront for police reports, but waiting an average of 133 days to receive them.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police have identified the suspect who was shot at the Fred Meyer Starbucks on Friday.  Thirty-four-year-old Ryan Beisley is a federal fugitive wanted for escape who reportedly took out a gun before officers fired at him once inside the Starbucks and once outside.  He was taken to the hospital and released Saturday.  The four officers involved have been placed on administrative leave as the investigation into the incident continues.



(Portland, OR)  --  Three people are facing charges in connection to a drug raid.  Twenty-year-old Mya Walker, 23-year-old Blake Bennett, and 27-year-old Blake Price are facing charges for allegedly dealing cocaine and meth.  City Police say a raid of a home in the 800 block of East Walnut Street led to the arrests.  All three are being held on forty thousand dollar bonds.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Bureau of Transportation reports a profit from the pilot program for electric scooters.  Financial records show the e-scooter program added over 188 thousand dollars to city coffers.  That money came in from the application fees, permits, use fees, and penalties associated with the Bird, Lime, and Skip scooters.  During the four-month trial period the city did spend a little over 86 thousand dollars on administration, enforcement, and evaluation fees for the program.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland restaurants could be fined for serving plastic straws in 2019.  The new ordinance approved by the Portland City Council last week goes into effect in July.  Restaurant employees are also instructed to ask customers if they want disposable silverware before putting it in a to-go bag.  A first offense warrants a written warning, with a 100 dollar fine for the second violation within a year, 200 for the third, and five-hundred dollars for any after the first three.



(Portland, OR)  --  An annual Radio Cab turkey drive is in danger of not meeting their goal.  Each year the company collects twenty dollar donations to feed a family of five as part of their Turkey Project.  They're currently 150 turkey dinners short of the 500 they hope to have.  If they're unable to get enough donations by their Friday deadline, they say they'll have to turn families away.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Interstate 84 is open this morning after all eastbound lanes shut down due to a rollover crash last night.  It happened over Northeast 122nd Avenue just after 10:30 p.m.  Police say up to six cars were involved.  Initial reports indicate there were not any life-threatening injuries.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Transportation Commission has sent a new tolling plan to Federal Highway officials for approval.  Under the plan, tolls would be placed on a seven-mile stretch of Interstate 5 and on the Abernethy Bridge on I-205.  Despite the proposal moving forward Thursday, it could be years before the tolling is put in place.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  The Planning and Sustainability Commission will be hearing an economic report on a rezoning plan at their meeting this week.  The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will brief the group on Tuesday.  Their report says twice as many homes will be built in Portland over the next two decades under the proposed rezoning.  The Johnson Economics prepared report says new homes would be less expensive to rent because they'd be smaller with mostly multi-family units.



(Portland, OR)  --  Two city commissioners are questioning zoning changes that would go along with the Portland Diamond Project.  Terminal 2 in Northwest Portland could be the possible future site for a baseball stadium.  But Commissioner Amanda Fritz says the zoning wouldn't allow for affordable housing.  That may cause conflict with the plans released in April which specify an affordable housing project could be built near the new stadium.



(Salem, OR)  --  Portland developers want to build a 43 million dollar hotel in downtown Salem.  The city's urban development director says the proposal is for a 123-room hotel with a lobby bar and a rooftop bar.  The hotel would aim to serve legislators and business officials needing a room.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a motorcyclist who was killed in a crash in southwest Beaverton.  Police say 44-year-old Michael Campero Jr. was riding a motorcycle south on Southwest Murray Boulevard at Hart Road Wednesday morning when another driver struck him while making a left-hand turn.  Campero was pronounced dead at the scene.



(McMinnville, OR)  --  A Yamhill County woman is expected to plead guilty to DUII in connection with her daughter's death.  OregonLive reports that investigators believe the 27-year-old fell out of the car in August while her mom was behind the wheel.  After she and her daughter went to a wedding, Jennifer Weathers called authorities with a story claiming the younger woman had gotten mad and left the vehicle.  Weathers' lawyer says she'll admit to driving drunk at her next court appearance in February.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of stealing fish and equipment from a state-owned fish trap in Clackamas County.  State troopers say the man was caught on surveillance camera stealing the equipment and some salmon from the Bull Run River Fish Trap near Dodge Park in the Sandy area.  Authorities are offering a cash reward for information leading to an arrest.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland native is facing a possible 30 years behind bars after being found guilty of sexually exploiting children in his care.  A federal jury convicted 44-year-old Andrew Kowalczyk this week of repeatedly sexually abusing and exploiting three young girls.  Court documents show he was babysitting the girls when the abuse took place.  Police arrested him in Washington state in 2008 after finding hard drives full of child pornography inside his car during a traffic stop.



(Portland, OR)  --  A group of men dubbed the "tracksuit bandits" are facing years behind bars in connection to a series of robberies across the county.  Kobe Cordray, Lamarr Luster Jr. and Angelo Luster have all been sentenced to prison time for the robberies that took place between December of 2017 and last January.  The district attorney's office says all three pleaded either guilty or no contest to the charges.  Cordray was sentenced yesterday to 16 years in prison.  Luster Jr. was sentenced to 14 years earlier this week, and Luster was sentenced to eight years last month.



(Portland, OR)  --  An Oregon man is finding himself with some major cash after winning a second lottery jackpot while waiting for his first one.  Sam Hawley arrived at an Oregon lottery office too early to claim a prize of just over 17-hundred dollars.  So, he went to a nearby store to kill time and purchased another Keno 8-Spot ticket using the same numbers.  Then, while he was claiming the 17-hundred dollar prize, he realized he had won 118-thousand from the ticket he just bought.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon State Police are praising one of their K-9 units for helping take more than 120 pounds of meth off the streets.  Police say K-9 Nero helped out with the bust November 21st during a traffic stop on I-5 near Eugene.  The trooper conducting the traffic stop says he applied the dog's drug-sniffing talents to the car after he became suspicious of criminal activity.  K-9 Nero found 124 pounds of meth concealed in several bags in the vehicle's trunk.



(Lake Oswego, OR)  --  Lake Osewgo is banning single-use plastic bags.  The City Council voted this week to approve the ban citywide, although there are a lot of exemptions.  The Oregonian reports that the ban won't apply to meat, produce and bulk item bags.  Also excluded are pharmacist prescription bags, dry cleaning bags, ziplocs, garbage bags, bags for dog poop and plastic bags for prepared liquid take-out items.



(Portland, OR)  --  Intel says it's narrowing its focus in its investigation into a possible toxic exposure incident at their Hillsboro Ronler Acres campus.  The company says it's looking at its manufacturing support building but that there's no evidence of hazardous material release so far.  KATU reports firefighters treated 22 people at the campus Monday morning for irritation of the respiratory system.  Six people were taken to a hospital.  It was the second time in a week that emergency crews had to respond to the facility for employee complaints of respiratory trouble.  Eleven people were hospitalized late last week with difficulty breathing.



(Portland, OR)  --  City Council is giving the Portland Police Bureau approval to hire a dozen public safety support specialists to help alleviate its staffing crisis.  Council members voted to approve the funding yesterday.  The agreement allows the bureau to hire 12 specialists to help out with non-emergency calls and other duties.  The specialists will only be armed with pepper spray and would not be authorized to enforce criminal laws or detain suspects.



(Portland, OR)  --  Transportation officials say a broken carabiner is to blame for an incident in which a woman was hit in the head by a metal panel that fell from the Portland Aerial Tram.  The Portland Bureau of Transportation says the Aerial Tram experienced a failure Tuesday with a backup safety device meant to prevent panels from falling off the tram.  The bureau says one of the carabiners holding the panel to the roof of the north cabin broke, though it's not yet clear how.  Police say the woman was walking along Darlene Hooley Pedestrian Bridge in southwest Portland Tuesday when the thin panel fell, striking her.  She was treated at the scene.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland couple is suing Walmart, claiming that the retailer's pharmacy killed their dog.  The Oregonian reports that Elise and Nick Carter's suit alleges the pharmacy at the Wood Village Walmart Supercenter sold them the wrong drug.  The pet had diabetes, and their vet prescribed Novalin N, but the pharmacy sold them the over-the-counter Novalin R instead.  The drug reportedly didn't work as the prescribed one should have and Bailey passed away.  They're seeking compensation for the dog's care, their travel expenses and the cost of a new dog.



(Portland, OR)  --  Things are getting back to normal at Portland International Airport today after a water main break there yesterday.  Airport officials say a construction crew broke a water main in the airport's south parking lot yesterday, stopping all water service at the airport for hours.  Service was restored around 6:00 p.m.



(Portland, OR)  --  A woman is hospitalized with minor injuries after being hit by a police car in Lake Oswego.  Police say the 68-year-old woman was walking at A Avenue and 4th Street Tuesday when an officer crashed into her while responding to a call.  Police say the officer's car had its lights and sirens on when the crash happened.  The woman was walking legally inside a crosswalk when she was struck.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police are searching for a suspect or suspects responsible for stealing hundreds of bicycles intended for needy children.  The Vancouver Police Department says the thieves stole 200 bikes from a local charity known as Waste Connections Tuesday morning.  The bikes were among 700 donated bikes that were being stored in a trailer behind the Walmart on 192nd and Mill Plain.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon's kicker rebate to taxpayers may be on borrowed time.  The rebate kicks in when tax receipts are better than forecasters figured.  OregonLive reports that business leaders meeting in Portland this week said a poll shows 60-percent support for putting the money into a rainy day fund for public schools.  It's not clear where Governor Kate Brown stands on that issue.



(Portland, OR)  --  City Council is set to vote today on whether to allow the Portland Police Bureau to hire a dozen public safety support specialists to help alleviate its staffing crisis.  The agreement would allow the bureau to hire 12 specialists to help out with non-emergency calls and other duties.  The specialists would only be armed with pepper spray and would not be authorized to enforce criminal laws or detain suspects.



(Portland, OR)  --  Things are getting back to normal at a Hillsboro school today after police burst into a classroom with weapons drawn.  The Hillsboro Police Department says officers entered a classroom with guns raised at Liberty High School Monday on reports that a student inside had a firearm.  KATU reports there was an argument between two students that involved one of the students claiming to have a gun.  A student reportedly texted their parent, who called police.
 



(Chico, CA)  --  A Portland brewery is among hundreds across the nation concocting a special IPA to help victims of the Camp Fire.  Jake Nielson from Widmer Brothers Brewery in Portland says the industry will rally behind those who lost everything in the blaze.  Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico came up with the recipe for the Resilience IPA.  They sent it out asking breweries to give 100-percent of the proceeds to Camp Fire victims, and soon, over one-thousand companies responded wanting to help out.  Participating breweries can be found on Sierra Nevada's website.



(Yacolt, WA)  --  Trial is being pushed into February for a woman accused of pushing a friend off a bridge in southwestern Washington.  The teenaged victim was injured when Taylor Smith allegedly shoved her into the water at Moulton Falls Regional Park.  Cellphone video of the incident went viral and launched the case into national attention.  Smith is facing a charge of reckless endangerment.



(Portland, OR)  --  A woman is recovering from minor injuries after being hit in the head by a metal panel that fell from the Portland Aerial Tram.  Police say the woman was walking along Darlene Hooley Pedestrian Bridge in southwest Portland yesterday when the thin panel fell, striking her.  She was treated at the scene.  The Portland Bureau of Transportation says it's investigating.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland State University student who spent months in a coma after being found unconscious near some train tracks under suspicious circumstances says he didn't attempt suicide.  Aaron Salazar spoke out late last month in a video posted to his family's Facebook page.  Salazar says he still has no memory of what happened but that he would never try to take his own life.  Salazar was travelling to Colorado aboard an Amtrak train from Portland last May when he was found unconscious along the tracks in California.  Amtrak claimed that he jumped off the train, but Salazar says that's not true.  KATU reports Salazar's family believes he was beaten and then pushed off the train for being gay.



(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon is getting a nearly 690-thousand-dollar grant to help minorities get their college degrees.  OregonLive reports that the Lumina Foundation provided the money yesterday to help increase graduation rates among African-Americans, Latinos and Native Americans.  The state will use the funds to find adults who have dropped out of college and urge them to enroll again. 



(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are reported following a shooting near Holladay Park in northeast Portland.  Police responded to the area of Northeast 11th Avenue and Holladay Street near the Lloyd Center Max station last night on reports of shots fired.  Responding officers found evidence of gunfire but no victims.



(Portland, OR)  --  Sentencing is scheduled early next year for a 58-year-old man who strangled a woman to death inside his van over the summer.  Terry Hickman pleaded guilty yesterday to first-degree manslaughter and second-degree attempted assault for the death of 29-year-old Dallas Boyd in July.  Court documents show he strangled her to death following an argument inside his van.  Hickman is facing 17 years in prison.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Nearly two-dozen people are recovering after another possible toxic exposure incident at Intel's Hillsboro Ronler Acres campus.  KATU reports firefighters treated 22 people at the campus yesterday morning for irritation of the respiratory system.  Six people were taken to a hospital.  A hazmat unit responded to the scene, but it's not yet clear what caused the respiratory irritation.  It's the second time in a week that emergency crews had to respond to the facility for employee complaints of respiratory trouble.  Eleven people were hospitalized last Friday with difficulty breathing.  Oregon's Occupational Safety and Health is investigating.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect in connection to a shooting outside the Lloyd Center in northeast Portland.  Police say a 33-year-old man was taken to the hospital after being shot near the mall's parking garage on Northeast Halsey Sunday night.  The victim is expected to survive.



(Portland, OR)  --  A surfer who was pulled from the waves at Devil's Punchbowl State Park over the weekend has died.  The Coast Guard says 30-year-old Corvallis doctor Toren Stearns died in a hospital.  The agency received a call for help Saturday afternoon after the man became separated from his surfboard and began to struggle under the heavy waves.  Crews say he was unconscious when they pulled him to shore.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is underway into an early morning shooting near Mt. Tabor Park.  Portland Police say one man was seriously injured in the shooting around 3:00 this morning at Southeast 58th Avenue and Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard.  Police are still searching for a suspect.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police in Vancouver say they've arrested an admitted gang member in connection to a convenience store robbery.  Vancouver Police say they arrested 24-year-old Zachary Flores on charges of robbery and assault.  He's accused of robbing the Minit Mart Quick Stop on Kauffman Avenue at gunpoint.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  The Clark County Sheriff's Office is releasing the identity of a deputy who shot a suspect to death last week in Vancouver.  The office says Deputy Tom Maxfield opened fire on 33-year-old David Villagran of Kelso, Washington last Wednesday.  Villagran allegedly rammed a stolen pickup truck into the deputy's patrol car before Maxfield opened fire, killing him.



(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon liquor drinkers may be paying more for their sips if Governor Kate Brown gets her way.  In her 26-point-three-billion-dollar budget proposal released last week, Brown mentions raising the liquor tax by five-percent beginning in June.  The move is expected to add 21-million dollars to the state's revenue.  The conservative Tax Foundation says Oregon already has the second-highest taxation on liquor in the nation, with Washington claiming the top spot.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is underway into a pair of shootings at a shopping center in Gresham.  Police say someone opened fire at an AT&T store off Northwest Division from inside a car early yesterday morning.  Investigators believe the same suspect then opened fire at a nearby Panera Bread restaurant.  No injuries were reported.  Police are still searching for a suspect.



(Portland, OR)  --  Protesters are calling on the Oregon Zoo to release its remaining elephants to a sanctuary following the death of its youngest elephant, Lily.  Protesters gathered for a rally and vigil Saturday night at the Oregon Zoo entrance.  The protesters say they're upset over what they see as a lack of care for elephants at the zoo.  They're also asking the zoo to end the practice of breeding in captivity.  Six-year-old Lily died suddenly from a virus late last week.
 



(Salem, OR)  --  Flags are flying at half-staff in Oregon in honor of the late former President George H.W. Bush.  Governor Kate Brown ordered all state flags to be flown at half-staff for 30 days over the weekend.  Bush died Friday night at the age of 94.  He served as Vice President under Ronald Reagan for two terms and was elected as the country's President in 1988. 



(Undated)  --  Marriott is facing two new lawsuits including one in Oregon after it announcing that hackers stole personal and financial details of millions of customers.  A Portland businessman and a Salem attorney filed a class-action lawsuit Friday.  The suit came hours after the hotel chain said that the hack affected guests at the chain's Starwood-branded hotels over the past four years, including Aloft, Westin and Sheraton.  A second lawsuit has been filed in Maryland. The Oregon lawsuit is seeking 12-and-a-half billion dollars, around 25-dollars for each of the 500-million users involved in the breach.



(Portland, OR)  --  One man is hospitalized after being hit by a car in Beaverton.  Police say the man was walking along Southwest Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway Friday night when a car struck him.  The man was taken to a hospital.  Police say the driver stayed at the scene.



(Portland, OR)  --  A family is displaced following a house fire in southeast Portland.  Firefighters responded to the home on Southeast 64th Avenue early Saturday morning for a fire in the home's basement.  No injuries were reported.  The American Red Cross is providing assistance to the family of two adults and three children.



(Portland, OR)  --  A surfer is recovering after being pulled from the waves at Devil's Punchbowl State Park over the weekend.  The Coast Guard says they received a call for help Saturday afternoon after the man became separated from his surfboard and began to struggle under the heavy waves.  Crews say he was unconscious when they pulled him to shore.  He remains hospitalized in Newport.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Two Vancouver men are facing charges after allegedly stealing several thousand blasting caps from an explosives storage site in Cowlitz County.  Police arrested 21-year-old Nathaniel Willard and 21-year-old Austin Mowe for the incident last Wednesday.  Police say the two broke into the Dyno Nobel Company facility to steal the caps.  Police arrested them after setting up an undercover sting to purchase the caps.


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