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(Hood River, OR)  --  Police are confirming the death of the pilot of a small airplane that crashed on Mount Hood.  The Hood River County Sheriff's Office says crews found the body of the pilot and sole occupant of the plane at the crash site near Eliot Glacier on the north side of the mountain yesterday.  The body has not yet been identified by a medical examiner, but it's believed to be that of missing 63-year-old pilot George Regis.  He was reported missing Monday after taking off from Grove Field Airport in Camas Friday.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A woman is dead and her husband is injured following an incident at their home in Lake Oswego.  Police responded to the couple's home at River Run Drive and Bass Lane yesterday afternoon on a medical call, but investigators believe the woman was killed.  Police wouldn't say whether the woman's husband is a suspect in her death, but they did say the couple's two teenage children are not suspects.



(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities are releasing the identity of a man accused of killing a man and a dog and injuring a woman in northeast Portland.  The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office says Reza Chehrazi Mardani has been indicted on seven charges including murder, attempted aggravated murder and aggravated animal abuse.  Police say Mardani shot George Atkeson, Darlene Kelley and Kelley's dog Mai Tai at a home on Northeast 74th Avenue earlier this month.  Atkeson and Mai Tai died while Kelley was hospitalized for serious injuries.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Health officials are confirming more cases of the measles as an outbreak in southwestern Washington continues to grow.  Clark County health officials say they've now confirmed 38 cases of the disease since the start of the year.  Another case was confirmed in King County, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Washington state to 39.  Clark County officials say they're also looking into another 12 suspected cases of the disease.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Vancouver Public Works is issuing a warning about an email scam targeting its customers.  The utility says the scammer has emailed several customers from a City of Vancouver Account Payable address.  The email asks customers to either download a phony invoice file or to click on a link to share account information.  Vancouver Public Works says it will never do either of those things.



(Spokane, WA)  --  The mayor of Spokane, Washington is calling for a national conversation about immigration following the detainment of a Portland comedian by border patrol agents there.  Mayor David Condon released a statement late Tuesday night saying the detainment of Mohanad Elshieky at Spokane's Intermodal Facility Sunday has become part of the national debate about immigration.  He added the incident has raised questions that require a national conversation and a national solution.  Elshieky tweeted that he was on a Greyhound bus Sunday morning when agents removed him and interrogated him for 20 minutes before falsely insisting his asylum papers were fake.  The agents reportedly let him go on a warning after he threatened legal action.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man is suing UPS over a question about race on an employment application.  The Oregonian reports that Kaon-Jabbar East El claims that United Parcel Service required him to check a box stating his ethnicity.  He says in the 600-thousand-dollar lawsuit that there was no suitable choice for him to make, and no box for "other."  He says the question violated his religious beliefs of Islamism.  UPS doesn't comment on pending legal actions, but they say their workplace is free from discrimination.



(Portland, OR)  --  A woman is recovering after becoming trapped inside her crashed pickup truck for more than five hours.  Police say the 52-year-old woman crashed on Schooner Creek Road near Lincoln City around 2:30 yesterday morning.  Rescue crews received word of the crash just after 7:30 and rushed to the scene.  Crews extricated her from the vehicle and rushed her to a hospital.  Paramedics say the woman might not have survived the ordeal had she not been dressed for the cold.



(Portland, OR)  --  An Oregon man who was found guilty of harassing victims of the 2012 Colorado movie theater shooting is facing new charges after allegedly stalking the editor of The Oregonian.  Police say 51-year-old Kevin Purfield is being held in Multnomah County Jail on two-million dollars bail on felony charges of stalking and telephone harassment.  Police say the incidents occurred over the past few months.  A judge sentenced Purfield to probation in 2013 after he telephoned family members of the Colorado theater shooting victims and told them the shooting didn't happen and that nobody died.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  A measles outbreak in southwest Washington continues to grow.  Clark County health officials say they've now confirmed 36 cases of the disease since the start of the year.  That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Washington state to 37, with one confirmed case in King County.  Clark County officials say they're also looking into another 12 suspected cases of the disease.



(Washington, D.C.)  --  Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is helping lead an investigation into drug pricing.  The U.S. Senate Finance Committee is looking into the spiraling cost of pharmaceuticals.  Republican Chairman Charles Grassley of Iowa told Politico that he feels it will be easy to work with ranking Democrat Wyden.  Grassley said the only point of contention between the two is on medicare drug pricing.  Grassley does not want the federal government dictating prices to drug companies.



(Portland, OR)  --  Two men are facing charges after allegedly stealing a Subaru.  The Portland Police Bureau says officers tried to pull over Nathan Perkins near Southeast 80th Avenue and Rhone Street Saturday night, but he fled on foot after stopping the car.  The second suspect Christopher Landaker stayed behind and surrendered to officers.  Police found and arrested Perkins later after he allegedly broke into someone's home on Southeast Center Street.  Police say the homeowner defended himself by hitting Perkins over the head with a baseball bat.  Perkins suffered a minor head wound.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  An expansion of Intel's Oregon presence is expected soon as the company rolls out other plans.  OregonLive reports that the state's largest employer is set to announce next week that a major expansion of their Hillsboro operation is coming.  An eleven-billion-dollar factory in Israel was announced yesterday, while additional facilities in Ireland are also in the works.



(Hood River, OR)  --  A missing pilot from southwest Washington is presumed dead after crews found his airplane crashed on Mount Hood.  The Hood River Sheriff's Office says they found the crash site yesterday near Eliot Glacier on the north side of the mountain.  The 63-year-old pilot George Regis was reported missing Monday after taking off from Grove Field Airport in Camas Friday.  Police believe he was the only person onboard.  An investigation into the crash is ongoing.  A recovery operation is scheduled for this morning.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  Beaverton-based Nike is in hot water over a new shoe design that some are saying insults the religion of Islam.  The Air Max shoes have a stylized version of the Air Max logo on the soles.  Turned upside down, some people think part of the logo looks like the Arabic word for God, Allah.  An online petition demands Nike to "recall this blasphemous and offensive shoe."  Nike says it respects all religions and that any perceived meaning or representation is unintentional.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges after allegedly groping a woman in Corvallis.  Police arrested Kevin Quintero-Serrano yesterday for the incident near Northwest 11th Avenue and Buchanan.  Police say he grabbed a woman, but she knocked him to the ground and ran away to call 9-1-1.  Police found him a few blocks away and arrested him.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man remains hospitalized after being found unconscious with critical injuries.  Police identified the man yesterday as Cody Denney.  Two strangers called 9-1-1 Friday morning after finding Denney lying unconscious near Southeast 92nd Avenue and Knapp Street.  KATU reports Denney remains in a medically induced coma and that his prognosis is not good.  Police are still trying to figure out what happened to him.



(El Cajon, CA)  --  A Hillsboro man is behind bars near San Diego in connection with a 2006 murder.  Authorities say 39-year-old Zachary Bunney was linked to the stabbing death with the help of DNA and genealogy testing.  He was extradited to San Diego County and was due to be arraigned yesterday on a murder charge in El Cajon.  Police say he allegedly used a machete to kill a La Mesa resident some 13 years ago.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  A bible study class in Vancouver could be the origin of an ongoing measles outbreak that has infected at least 35 people.  KATU reports the Gracepoint Christian Church for the Slavic Christian Academy says a third-grader in their class came down with the disease over the holiday break.  The school's principal says the child still hasn't returned to class and is recovering at home.  Clark County health officials have not yet confirmed any link between the school and the outbreak.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of stealing thousands of dollars in jewelry from a Portland pawn shop and then trying to pawn it off at a shop owned by the same company.  Police say the man entered All That Glitters Jewelry and Loan on Lombard Street Sunday night and snatched a ring out of an employee's hand after asking to see it.  The ring was valued at eleven-thousand dollars.  Less than a day later, the man reportedly walked into a different pawn shop owned by the same company and tried to sell the ring, but the owner recognized it as stolen.  The suspect allegedly tried to grab the ring back out of the owner's hand but failed and fled the scene on foot.  Police have released surveillance footage showing the suspect.



(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are being reported after a train crashed into a tow truck in Milwaukie.  Police say the tow truck driver had parked on the tracks at Southeast Harmony Road and Railroad Avenue last night to hook up a disabled vehicle when a Union Pacific train struck it.  Police arrested the tow truck driver on an outstanding warrant and have identified him as 37-year-old Shayne Davis.



(Portland, OR)  --  One man is dead following a single-car crash in Boring.  Police say 78-year-old William Snyder was driving near Southeast Orient Drive and Southeast Revenue Road Friday when failed to negotiate a turn and crashed down an embankment.  A passerby called police after spotting his car overturned in a creek nearby.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police in Longview, Washington are searching for a man accused of grabbing a girl near a bus stop.  Police say the 12-year-old girl was walking to the bus stop with a friend yesterday morning when the man grabbed her and pushed her against a vehicle.  He then allegedly fled after her friend jumped in to help her.  Police say the man was wearing a green puffy jacket with the word "LOVE" across the front in black letters.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a man arrested for allegedly injuring a police sergeant during a traffic stop in northeast Portland.  Police say 40-year-old Joten Uruo threw his pickup truck into reverse during the traffic stop near Northeast Halsey and Northeast 43rd Avenue Friday, striking the sergeant.  The sergeant has been released from the hospital and is expected to recover.  Police arrested Uruo on several charges, including DUII, attempting to elude officers and resisting arrest.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into an armed robbery at a Portland grocery store.  Police say woman pulled a weapon on employees while shoplifting at the Market of Choice store on Southeast Belmont Street yesterday afternoon.  Responding officers found the woman a few blocks away from the store and arrested her.



(Portland, OR)  --  One man is dead following a shooting at a home in McMinnville.  Police responded to the home on Northeast 10th Avenue late Saturday night on reports of gunfire.  Responding officers found a 35-year-old Dayton man dead from a single gunshot wound.  An investigation into the shooting is ongoing.  Police say they don't believe there's any immediate danger to the public.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Two people are injured following a crash near Vancouver.  The Clark County Sheriff's Office says alcohol was likely a factor in the crash early yesterday morning at Northeast 212th Avenue and Northeast 139th Street near Hockinson.  Police say a woman was hospitalized for serious injuries, while a man was treated at the scene for less serious wounds.  An investigation into the crash is ongoing.



(Olympia, WA)  --  There are now 35 confirmed cases of measles in the state of Washington, along with nine suspected cases.  Governor Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency.  All but one of the confirmed cases are in Clark County, which is on the border with Oregon.  The other case is in King County.  The disease was declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000, but there has been a rise in cases of it in unvaccinated children.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  A Clark County man is dead after crashing into a tree near Lucia Falls Regional Park.  Police say 33-year-old Roger Armstrong of Yacolt was on his way to work yesterday morning when his pickup truck traveled off the roadway, rolled and struck a tree.  Armstrong died at the scene.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a fire that destroyed a house in rural Beaverton, leaving two people homeless.  Firefighters responded to the home on Tile Flat Road yesterday afternoon to find the building fully engulfed in flames.  One man suffered minor injuries but declined treatment.  Fire officials say the home is a total loss.  Investigators are still looking into what caused the fire.



(Spokane, WA)  --  A Portland comedian is going viral after border patrol agents pulled him off a bus in Washington state, asked him for his papers and then accused him of faking them.  Mohanad Elshieky tweeted yesterday that he was on a Portland-bound bus waiting to depart at the Spokane Greyhound bus station in eastern Washington that morning when the agents removed him and a few others from the bus.  Elshieky says the agents interrogated him for 20 minutes before telling him his asylum papers were fake and that he was in the country illegally.  The comedian adds that when one of the agents called immigration to check his status, he overheard the person on the other end say that he was in the system and had entered the country legally.  Elshieky says the agents then ended the call and lied, telling him they'd been told there was no record of him.  The agents reportedly let him go on a warning after he threatened legal action.



(Kelso, WA)  --  Police in southwestern Washington say they've made an arrest in connection to the deadly shooting of a convenience store worker during an armed robbery.  Police arrested 19-year-old D'Anthony Leslie Williams last night in Camas.  He's accused of shooting and killing 30-year-old Kayla Chapman while robbing the Holt's Quik Check in Kelso Tuesday morning.  Chapman was the only employee in the store at the time of the robbery.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Washington County man is facing five decades behind bars for multiple rapes.  A judge sentenced Tyrone Murphy to 50 years in prison yesterday after he was convicted on rape charges.  Court records show both of Murphy's victims testified during his sentencing hearing.  Murphy was previously convicted of five counts of sexual abuse in 2009.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Hood River man is missing in Mexico.  Family members of Max Watson tell KATU he was visiting Todos Santos near Cabo San Lucas more than a month ago when he disappeared.  He was last seen getting into a car with an American couple.  His family is in Mexico now, using helicopters, dogs and search crews to try to find him.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a man seen on surveillance footage driving onto a sidewalk and hitting at least two pedestrians in northeast Portland.  Police arrested 21-year-old Austin Keever-Nyberg yesterday after he turned up at the Clackamas County courthouse for an unrelated matter.  Police say a home surveillance camera caught him accelerating toward three people walking on a sidewalk January 10th, striking at least two of them.  He then appears to pursue the group in his pickup truck.  He's now facing charges of first-degree attempted assault.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man is headed to prison for threatening state welfare workers with a knife.  The Oregonian reports that 51-year-old Freddy Velasquez-Soto was sentenced yesterday to five years behind bars.  He pulled a knife in 2017 on two social workers who had gone to his apartment to check on a safety plan for his daughter.  He threatened to kill one of them and hurt the other.  In court, he said he was set up and was dismissive as he said he planned to appeal his conviction.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing four years in prison after sexually abusing multiple underage girls.  A judge sentenced 24-year-old Gresham resident Travis Dick yesterday to four years behind bars followed by ten years probation.  The father of a 13-year-old girl victimized by Dick gave an impact statement in court, saying Dick robbed her of her innocence and that she'll never be the same.



(Forest Grove, OR)  --  Police in Forest Grove are warning parents after a driver accused of trying to lure a student into his car returned to the same area a day later.  The Forest Grove School District says a boy was waiting for his bus Tuesday morning when a car with three men inside pulled up beside him and the driver offered him a ride.  The boy reportedly said no, prompting the driver to then yell at him to get in the car.  The boy ran home to his family, who called 9-1-1.  The boy's family called police again after spotting the same car at the bus stop yesterday.
 



(Canby, OR)  --  An ax is allegedly among the weapons used by a man accused of killing four people including his nine-month-old daughter before being shot and killed by police.  The Oregon State Medical Examiner says 42-year-old Mark Gago's victims each died from sharp-force trauma caused by an ax or knife.  Police say Gago killed his daughter and three adults at a home near Canby overnight Saturday and was about to kill a little girl when responding officers opened fire, killing him.  Police are identifying the deceased victims as Gago's daughter Olivia Lynn Rose Gago, his girlfriend Shaina Sweitzer, his stepfather Jerry Bremer and his mother Pamela Bremer.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Support staff in the Vancouver Public School District are preparing for a possible strike.  The staff members' union Vancouver Association of Educational Support Professionals says 93-percent of their members have voted in favor of striking if a tentative agreement can't be met by midnight Thursday.  Support staff members say they want fair and competitive pay.



(Seattle, WA)  --  Health officials are urging residents to make sure they're up to date on their measles vaccinations amid an outbreak of the infection in southwestern Washington.  The Washington Department of Health tells KING-5 in Seattle that vaccination is the best way to prevent this serious and sometimes deadly disease.  Public health officials in Clark County say they've confirmed 23 cases of measles in the county since the start of the year.  Officials say nearly all of those cases involve children who have not been vaccinated.



(Phoenix, AZ)  --  Oregon is snagging first place on a new list of driver-friendly states.  WalletHub ranks Oregon number one in its 2019 Best & Worst States to Drive in.  States were rated in 30 categories, including rush hour traffic congestion, gas prices and road quality.  Overall, Oregon was rated the best state for driving, while Hawaii was the worst. 



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing nearly two years behind bars after sexually assaulting a horse.  A judge yesterday sentenced Kenneth Duyck to 20 months in prison after he was convicted on charges of sexual assault of an animal and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.  Police say the stable owner called police after a veterinarian examined the horse and took samples of fluids, which matched Duyck's DNA.  Police say they found Duyck sleeping in a stolen car in a Walmart parking lot and arrested him.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've made an arrest in the case of a hit-and-run driver accused of critically injuring one of his own passengers in southeast Portland.  Cops arrested 29-year-old Nicholas Woods yesterday on charges of reckless driving and failing to perform the duties of a driver.  Police say Woods was speeding on Southeast 92nd Avenue just after midnight Saturday when he crashed into several parked cars and then walked away from the scene.  Two people were riding in the car with him, including 34-year-old Cherie Swanson, who suffered traumatic injuries.  The other passenger was her fiancé, who police say was treated at the scene for minor injuries.



(Portland, OR)  --  School officials in Forest Grove are warning parents after a group of men tried to lure a student into their car.  The Forest Grove School District says the boy was waiting for his bus at 7:30 yesterday morning when a car with three men inside pulled up beside him and the driver offered him a ride.  The boy reportedly said no, prompting the driver to then yell at him to get in the car.  Police say the boy ran back home and told his family, who called 9-1-1. 



(Portland, OR)  --  Attorneys for a Portland-area horse are appealing the dismissal of a neglect case against its former owner.  The Oregonian reports that the Animal Defense Fund is pressing ahead with the suit against Gwendolyn Vercher of Cornelius.  The suit contends that her neglect left Justice, the horse, with a lifetime of medical bills.  If it's successful, the case would be the first to find that animals have rights like humans.  A Washington County judge ruled last year that they don't, but suggested that an appellate court might be better suited to decide the issue. 



(Portland, OR)  --  New details are coming to light regarding a man accused of killing four people including his nine-month-old daughter before being shot and killed by police.  The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says 42-year-old Mark Gago was found in contempt of court last year for failing to make child support payments to his second wife, who filed for divorce in 2017.  Gago had previously missed two years of child support payments to a previous ex-wife.  Police say Gago was arrested for assault in 2005, but those charges were dropped, and he hadn't faced any other charges for more than a decade until being found in contempt of court last year.  Police say Gago killed his daughter and three adults at a home near Canby overnight Saturday and was about to kill a little girl when responding officers opened fire, killing him.  Police are identifying the deceased victims as nine-month-old Olivia Lynn Rose Gago, 31-year-old Shaina Sweitzer, 66-year-old Jerry Bremer and 64-year-old Pamela Bremer.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a woman killed in a hit-and-run crash in Hillsboro.  Police say 38-year-old Marjorie Averill was walking with a man identified as Timothy Mahan on Cornell Road at Northeast 17th Avenue Saturday night when the driver struck them both.  The driver then allegedly kept going.  Averill was pronounced dead at the scene, while Mahan was hospitalized for non-life-threatening injuries.  Police say they've located the suspect's van but have not yet made any arrests.



(Portland, OR)  --  The city of Portland is awarding two grants to African-American owned cannabis businesses.  The city's economic development agency, Prosper Portland, says the move is an effort to level the playing field and help bridge a "racially divided capital gap."  Green Box, which is a subscription based marijuana delivery service, will receive 30-thousand dollars in grants.  Green Hop, which is a retailer with an apprenticeship program for young African Americans, will get the same amount. 
 



(Vancouver, WA)  --  At least a dozen businesses are in repair mode following a three-alarm fire at a strip mall in Vancouver.  Firefighters responded to the blaze that started inside Chic Boutique on Northeast Highway 99 Saturday.  Fire officials say one witness reported seeing sparks shoot out of a light fixture in the store before the lights went out.  Three businesses suffered extensive damage in the fire, while nine other businesses suffered some less serious smoke or water damage.



(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead and another is hospitalized following a single-car crash on a highway in Hillsboro.  Police say the car was driving on Southwest Hillsboro Highway near Southwest Morilon Lane just after midnight when it left the roadway and crashed into a tree.  A passenger in the car was ejected in the crash and died.  A second passenger was treated at the scene, while the driver was rushed to a local trauma hospital and is expected to survive.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police in Washington County say they've arrested a man accused of dragging a police officer with his car while fleeing from a traffic stop.  Police arrested 32-year-old William Callaway at an Aloha home yesterday for the incident last Tuesday on Highway 26.  Police say an officer had pulled Callaway over and was speaking to him when Callaway sped off, running over the officer's foot and dragging him a short distance.  The officer suffered minor injuries.



(Lincoln City, OR)  --  Police in are warning the public after finding a credit card skimmer on an ATM in Lincoln City.  Police say several people have had their personal information stolen after using the ATM at the TLC-Fibre Federal Credit Union.  The police department has released surveillance footage of the man they believed installed the skimmer.  Investigators believe the skimmer was installed on January 8th and removed early January 10th.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Intel reportedly plans to invest billions of dollars in a new factory in Oregon.  Sources familiar with the plan say the factory would focus on designing the next generation of computer chips.  Intel could reportedly start building the cutting edge facility by the end of June.  It would apparently add a third part to the Hillsboro research center called D1X.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a hit-and-run driver accused of critically injuring one of his own passengers in a crash in southeast Portland.  Police say 29-year-old Nicholas Woods was speeding on Southeast 92nd Avenue just after midnight yesterday when he crashed into several parked cars and then walked away from the scene.  Two people were riding in the car with him, including 34-year-old Cherie Swanson, who suffered traumatic injuries.  The other passenger was her fiancé, who police say was treated at the scene for minor injuries.



(Canby, OR)  --  Five people are dead including an infant following a domestic violence situation in Clackamas County.  Police say 42-year-old Mark Leo Gregory Gago killed the infant and three adults at a home near Canby overnight Saturday and was about to kill a little girl when responding officers opened fire, killing him.  It's not yet clear what type of weapon Gago was using, but a witness tells KATU that one victim got away after wrestling an "ax-type" weapon from him.  Police say two victims survived the attack.  Police are identifying the deceased victims as nine-month-old Olivia Lynn Rose Gago, 31-year-old Shaina Sweitzer, 66-year-old Jerry Bremer and 64-year-old Pamela Bremer.



(Portland, OR)  --  A measles outbreak in southwest Washington might be threatening NBA fans in the Portland area.  Public health officials say people might have been exposed to measles at the Portland Trail Blazers game on January 11th.  Health officials say the Moda Center, where the Blazers play, is one of two-dozen public places where people could have been exposed to the disease.  Others include schools, health care centers, the Northeast Portland Costco, and Portland International Airport.  At least 20 children and one adult in southwest Washington have come down with measles over the past month.



(Portland, OR)  --  A kayaker is recovering after becoming stranded on the Sandy River.  Clackamas County Search and Rescue crews rescued the kayaker yesterday near the Marmot Dam.  Dive teams were scouring the river for the kayaker after they were reported missing Saturday.  The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says the kayaker is doing OK.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing DUII charges after allegedly crashing a Porsche 911  into a building in southeast Portland and then trying to flee the scene.  Police arrested 30-year-old Vasiliy Kutsar for the crash early yesterday near Southeast Grand Avenue and Washington Street.  Police say witnesses helped them track Kutsar down to arrest him.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a hit-and-run suspect accused of crashing into a pedestrian and killing her in Hillsboro.  Police say the woman was walking with a man on Cornell Road at Northeast 17th Avenue Saturday night when the driver struck them both.  The driver then allegedly kept going.  The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, while the man was hospitalized for non-life-threatening injuries.  The suspect vehicle is described as a white van.



(Portland, OR)  --  One person is injured following an apartment fire in Tigard.  Firefighters responded to the St. James Apartment complex on Southwest Hall Boulevard Saturday afternoon on reports of a fire in an upstairs unit.  Responding crews found the man badly burned inside his unit.  Firefighters say they also pulled an unconscious dog from the flames.  There's no word on the dog's condition.  Officials say the fire was confined to the one unit.  Investigators are still looking into how it started.



(Portland, OR)  --  This year's "J-20" protest is in the books.  Hundreds of demonstrators gathered at Peninsula Park in North Portland yesterday for the protest marking the anniversary of President Trump's inauguration.  The march was hosted by the groups Don't Shoot Portland and Occupy-ICE-PDX.



(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead and another is injured following a shooting in northeast Portland.  Police responded to the 5300 block of Northeast 74th Avenue yesterday afternoon on reports of a shooting.  Responding officers found one person dead and another person with traumatic gunshot wounds.  Police have detained a suspect for questioning.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  An outbreak of measles in Clark County has now grown to 16 confirmed cases since the start of the year.  Health officials say they're also investigating five suspected case of the infection.  At least 14 of the patients were not vaccinated against measles.



(Portland, OR)  --  A high surf warning is in effect for much of the Oregon coastline.  The National Weather Service issued advisories and warnings yesterday for waves nearly three stories tall.  Forecasters expect waves to remain dangerously high throughout the weekend.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing nearly a decade behind bars after robbing a consignment shop at gunpoint.  A judge sentenced Robert Duke to seven years in prison yesterday for the robbery in Beaverton last October.  Police say Duke stole about 250-thousand dollars worth of jewelry while holding an employee at gunpoint. 



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is underway into the discovery of roughly one-thousand needles across a nature trail in a park in Beaverton.  Police say the needles were found yesterday morning at Brookhaven Park.  KATU News reports the needles were the type of high-quality medical needles used on patients hooked up to an IV.  Police say they're still unclear on a motive but they suspect someone stole a box of needles from a medical facility and then dumped them after discovering they weren't hypodermic needles.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  A Vancouver man is banned from Royal Caribbean after jumping off the eleventh deck of a cruise ship.  The cruise line has banned 27-year-old Nick Naydev and his friends for the stunt that was captured in a now-viral video posted online last Friday.  The video shows Naydev jumping from the balcony of his eleventh-floor room on the Symphony of the Seas.  Royal Caribbean released a statement calling the act reckless and stupid, adding that they're exploring legal action. 



(Portland, OR)  --  The owner of a garden center in Happy Valley is being reunited with his stolen tractor.  KATU News reports Clackamas County Sheriff's deputies found the stolen tractor last night in Damascus.  The tractor was stolen from George's Garden Center in Happy Valley over the weekend.  The garden center's owner Richard Barhoum is currently in the process of closing his business so he can retire.



(Portland, OR)  --  Three people are hospitalized following a single-car crash near St. Helens.  Columbia River Fire and Rescue says the driver was speeding when they lost control of the vehicle and it crashed into a tree.  The driver was hospitalized along with two passengers.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a driver who was caught on camera driving onto a sidewalk and striking at least two people.  The incident near Wilkes Park last Thursday was caught on a resident's home surveillance camera.  Police say neither the victims nor the suspect has come forward in the case.  The video shows the truck accelerating toward a group of people and onto the sidewalk, hitting at least two of them.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges after a search of his home allegedly turned up stolen motorcycles, guns and drugs.  Gresham police arrested 29-year-old Travis Merrell late last week after serving a search warrant at his home on Southeast Caruthers Court.  Police say they found seven stolen motorcycles along with five handguns, 13 ounces of heroin and one ounce of meth.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A Corvallis man is facing charges after allegedly threatening to kill his neighbor with an ax.  Police say officers responded to the home on Southeast Viewmont Avenue Tuesday morning on reports of a man brandishing an ax and threatening to kill his neighbor.  Police arrested 33-year-old Tyson Welt at the scene.



(Portland, OR)  --  Six people, including three in Oregon, are facing federal racketeering charges for sex trafficking.  The Oregonian reports that the indictments unsealed yesterday in Portland accuse the suspect of running a multi-national Asian sex trafficking ring.  Prosecutors say about 500 websites were shut down in the case.  Two people from Beaverton and one from Portland were named in the indictments.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Les Schwab Tire Center storefront is badly damaged after an SUV crashed through its window.  It happened last night at the store on Southeast Tacoma along McLaughlin.  Police say both the storefront and the SUV were badly damaged.  No word yet on whether anyone was injured.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A Trump protester is suing Portland police for allegedly giving him a broken nose during a demonstration.  OregonLive reports that John Rock's ten-thousand-dollar lawsuit claims he was hit in the face a year ago by a rubber bullet or gas canister.  He says he was chanting "hands up -- don't shoot" just before the projectile hit him.  The suit describes the action as excessive and indiscriminate.



(Portland, OR)  --  Three people are facing charges following a police chase through Washington County.  Police say a sheriff's deputy tried to pull over 22-year-old Estella Caballero yesterday morning, but she sped away, leading to a chase.  Police finally ended the chase with a PIT maneuver on Southwest Minter Bridge Road, but Caballero allegedly fled on foot.  Police arrested two passengers, identified as 19-year-old Jorge Gandarilla and 24-year-old Dalton Tate, on various charges.  Police tracked down Caballero a few hours later and arrested her as well.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland's beloved cat cafe Purringtons is reopening under new ownership.  The shuttered cafe posted online that someone has stepped forward to purchase the cafe and will continue its operation in the same place.  Purringtons shut its doors in November after four years of helping rescue cats find forever homes. 



(Portland, OR)  --  The search is over for a missing Brownsville woman after police found her body in the Willamette River.  Police say search crews found the body of Sue Durheim yesterday about a mile downstream from where her vehicle crashed into the river.  Police found the woman's truck in the river last Tuesday, but her body was not inside.  Family members reported Durheim missing after she failed to report for work last Monday.



(Portland, OR)  --  The so-called "Weed Man" of Lincoln City is facing charges for stalking.  Police arrested 53-year-old Edward Biggar over the weekend while he was performing his marijuana street advertising along Highway 101.  Biggar is known as the "Weed Man" because of his colorful marijuana leaf-printed blazer and his high-flying sign acrobatics promoting weed shops.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is dead after leaping from a Portland bridge and landing on a truck.  Police say the man apparently jumped from the Burnside Bridge yesterday morning onto a freeway ramp and slammed onto the top of a passing truck.  The victim was dead by the time authorities arrived on the scene.



(Salem, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown is praising Oregon's economy as she begins her second term.  Brown was sworn in Monday in Salem.  In her inaugural address, she said unemployment in the state is the lowest on record.  However, she took a careful look at the future while asking lawmakers to start preparing for it now.  OregonLive reports that Brown wants two-billion dollars in business taxes to feed the state's education system, which lags behind in nationwide comparisons.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing hate crime charges after allegedly attacking a Sikh man at a convenience store in Salem.  Police arrested Andrew Ramsey for the incident at the 123th Street Market Monday night.  Police say Ramsey attacked the Sikh man who owns the store, grabbing him by the beard and even tearing off his turban.  Police say he also punched the victim and threw him to the ground, kicking him.  Bystanders jumped in and took Ramsey down, holding him until police arrived.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect accused of running over an officer's foot while fleeing a traffic stop in North Plains.  Officials say the officer pulled the driver over for reckless driving last night and was attempting to make an arrest when the driver pulled away.  The officer was reportedly dragged by the car for a short distance before falling to the ground, where his foot was run over by the departing vehicle.  The officer was treated at a hospital and later released.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing possible DUII charges after allegedly crashing into two pedestrians in Gresham.  Police say the driver was likely impaired when he struck the pedestrians on Stark Street last night.  Both pedestrians were hospitalized for their injuries but are expected to survive.  Police arrested the driver at the scene.



(Mill City, OR)  --  A child is seriously injured following a crash in Marion County.  Oregon State Police say a Mill City woman hit a deer Monday night on Oregon 22E and couldn't move her vehicle out of the road.  As the family was getting out of the SUV, a car driven by a woman from Bend slammed into it, ejecting the nine-year-old boy.  He was airlifted to a Portland hospital.
 



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Bail is set at 500-thousand dollars for a 28-year-old man accused of stabbing his mother multiple times in Vancouver.  Brian Toombs appeared yesterday in court, where prosecutors said he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and had not been taking his medications.  Police say Toombs admitted to stabbing his 57-year-old mother Sonya multiple times in the face and neck Friday on Southeast Angus Street.  She remains hospitalized in critical condition.  Police say Brian called 9-1-1 following the stabbing to report himself.



(Portland, OR)  --  The principal of Lake Oswego Junior High School is facing charges after being arrested for DUII.  Police arrested Kevin Mills Friday night on Debok Road and administered a breathalyzer, which they say registered a blood alcohol content of point-ten-percent.  The Lake Oswego Schools superintendent released a statement calling the incident "disappointing and unacceptable."



(Portland, OR)  --  The Coast Guard is suspending its search for a missing 19-year-old man who disappeared while duck hunting near Astoria.  The Coast Guard says the search for Riley Salisbury is now being considered a recovery effort.  Salisbury went missing Saturday while hunting with his father near Russian Island.  A 19-hour search for him has failed to turn up any clues.  Deputies believe he likely succumbed to hypothermia.



(Salem, OR)  --  A freshman in Oregon's state Senate is refusing to back Peter Courtney for the chamber's president.  Portland Senator Shemia Fagan said yesterday she won't back her fellow Democrat's re-election because of accusations that he abused his power.  The Oregonian reports that the Bureau of Labor and Industries alleges Courtney forced his office manager to resign because she was dating another lawmaker.  Fagan says she believes the woman, who has not come forward. 



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges after allegedly leading police on a car chase in a stolen vehicle in Newport.  Police say they tried to pull over 24-year-old Ruben Mosqueda of Lincoln City early Saturday morning for a traffic violation, but he took off.  The pursuit ended on the north side of Yaquina Bay Bridge State Park, where officers arrested Mosqueda.  Police say the vehicle was reported stolen out of Vancouver and that Mosqueda had an open warrant out for his arrest for probation violation.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are warning residents about the discovery of a credit card skimmer on an ATM in Woodburn.  Police say employees at the Columbia Bank on North Evergreen Road called 9-1-1 late last week after finding the skimmer.  Police have released security camera photos showing two men installing the skimmer earlier that morning.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.



(Salem, OR)  --  A top aide to Oregon Senator Peter Courtney is resigning over sexual harassment allegations.  OregonLive reports that Robin Maxey is accused of harassment by a woman who works for another Democratic state Senator.  A civil rights complaint alleges that he stood close enough to the woman to touch her during a social event, and later sent an inappropriate message to her.  A report from the state Labor Commission has blasted a number of lawmakers for not doing enough to stop sexual harassment at the Capitol.



(Portland, OR)  --  Fees are going up for some public pools in Portland.  The city Parks and Recreation department says they've increased fees for day-use pool passes by about 25-percent as of January 1st.  The department says the increased fees are necessary to cover rising operating costs and increases to worker benefits like health care and retirement.  The department says the fees vary from facility to facility.
 



(Vancouver, WA)  --  A 28-year-old man is charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing his mother multiple times in Vancouver.  Police say Brian Toombs admitted to stabbing his 57-year-old mother Sonya multiple times in the face and neck Friday on Southeast Angus Street.  She remains hospitalized in critical condition.  Police say Brian called 9-1-1 following the stabbing to report himself.



(Portland, OR)  --  A mother and her toddler child are recovering after being hit by a car while crossing the street.  Police say the woman and child were using a crosswalk at Highway 101 in Lincoln City Saturday afternoon when a 21-year-old driver struck them.  Police cited the driver, who allegedly told officers he didn't seen them until it was too late.  Police say the woman and child are expected to be OK.



(Portland, OR)  --  Family and friends are paying tribute to a 92-year-old Holocaust survivor who lived through five forced labor and concentration camps in Nazi-era Germany.  The family of Alter Wiener gathered yesterday to commemorate the 30-day period following burial, called shloshim in the Jewish faith.  Wiener died last month after being hit by a car while crossing the street in Hillsboro.  KATU reports Wiener was one of only a few remaining Holocaust survivors living in the Portland area.  He documented his life and trials in a memoir titled "From a Name to a Number: A Holocaust Survivor's Autobiography." 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a thief accused of stealing a tractor from a recently shuttered garden center in Happy Valley.  Owner Richard Barhoum of George's Garden Center says he got a call from a neighbor Saturday saying his garden center's gate was wide open.  Barhoum reported to the nursery to find his tractor gone.  Barhoum says the tractor has sentimental value and even has his grandkids' initials carved into it.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of robbing a convenience store at gunpoint in northeast Portland.  Police say the man entered the Union Market on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard with a gun Saturday night and demanded money.  He then fled the area on a bicycle.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect in connection to a weekend shooting at a northeast Portland motel.  Police say a man was shot early yesterday morning near the Marriott Inn on Northeast Multnomah Avenue.  He was taken to a hospital with injuries.  An investigation is ongoing.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a man who stabbed his mother to death before taking his own life in Aloha.  The Washington County Sheriff's Office says 23-year-old David Gellings stabbed and killed his mother, 49-year-old Lisa Marie Gellings, at their home in the Pine Ridge Mobile home park Friday.  He then allegedly shot and killed himself.  An investigation is ongoing.



(Scappoose, OR)  --  One person is dead after being hit by a semi truck while riding a bicycle in Scappoose.  Oregon State Police say the bicyclist was riding on Highway 30 at Northeast St. Helens Road Saturday afternoon when the truck struck him.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  An investigation into the crash is ongoing.



(Portland, OR)  --  One person is injured following a shooting at a home in Eagle Creek.  Police responded to the shooting last night at a home on Southeast Howlett Road.  One person was found with a gunshot wound at the scene and was airlifted to a hospital.  An investigation is ongoing.



(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are being reported after a drunk driver crashed into a produce store in Camas.  Police say the SUV drove through the front window of Camas Produce last night.  Responding officers found the car inside the store.  Police arrested the driver for DUI.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Welches man is being held without bail after allegedly beating a woman severely with a piece of wood.  Police say 61-year-old William Bouley called 9-1-1 Wednesday morning to report that he had beaten someone to death and was planning on killing himself.  Officers responded to his home on East Twinberry Loop, where they found a woman on the couch with a severe head wound.  She was reportedly conscious but disoriented.  Police arrested Bouley on a charge of attempted murder.



(Portland, OR)  --  Bail is set at four-million dollars for a man accused of secretly filming people in his workplace bathroom.  Thirty-four-year-old Johnny Chan appeared in court yesterday.  He's accused of installing cameras in the bathrooms and changing rooms of the pharmacy he worked for and secretly filming 51 people.  He allegedly filmed 27 more victims while working at a Banana Republic store in Portland.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Zoo is lending a hand to federal workers who are furloughed during the government shutdown.  The Portland attraction is offering free admission to all federal employees who are out of work because of the financial crisis.  OregonLive reports that affected workers can get the free pass by showing their federal ID or badge. 



(Corvallis, OR)  --  A former Corvallis lawyer is headed to prison for embezzling from her clients.  Pamela Hediger was sentenced yesterday to nearly four years behind bars for stealing money from those she represented and spending it on personal expenses.  The judge called her crimes extremely serious and troubling, considering she was a former officer of the court.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges after allegedly using an ax to smash a window at a Portland Fire Station.  Police say 30-year-old Joseph Coffin was likely under the influence when he smashed the window at Portland Fire Station 19 yesterday.  Responding officers found him pacing nearby and arrested him after a brief foot chase.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland is being called the second most popular city in the world for vegans.  A new study from foodie website Chef's Pencil ranks Portland second in the world for veganism in 2018.  The UK city of Bristol came in first place.  Seattle and Los Angeles were the only other American cities to make the top ten list. 



(Portland, OR)  --  The search continues for a missing Brownsville woman after police pulled her pickup truck from the Willamette River.  The Benton County Sheriff's Office says no one was inside the truck belonging to Sue Durheim when they recovered it yesterday.  Family members reported Durheim missing Monday after she failed to report for work.  Investigators believe she crashed into the river during icy conditions on Highway 20 near the Hewlett Packard campus.



(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon's labor commissioner is recusing herself from the state investigation into harassment.  Val Hoyle is leaving decisions on the findings of the probe into sexual harassment at the state capitol to her deputy, Duke Shepard.  The Oregonian reports that Hoyle said yesterday the investigation was prompted by a civil rights complaint filed by her predecessor.  Her statement said that the recusal stems from the commission's protocol on such matters.



(Newport, OR)  --  Three people are dead after a boat featured on the Discovery Channel show Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove capsized Tuesday off the Oregon coast.  The Mary B 2 had requested an escort from the Coast Guard because of high seas Tuesday night.  A few minutes later, the boat capsized.  A Coast Guard boat was already there because of the earlier request and immediately launched rescue operations.  All three crew members were found and declared dead.  None of them had been featured on the show.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  One man is hospitalized with serious injuries after being hit by a car while walking in southeast Portland.  Police say the man was crossing the street at Southeast Powell Boulevard and 167th Avenue last night when a driver struck him.  The victim is expected to survive his injuries.  Police say the driver is cooperating with investigators.



(Portland, OR)  --  A woman is facing child neglect charges after allegedly leaving her young daughter and infant baby at a MAX stop in Gresham.  Police arrested 35-year-old Jamie Chance for the incident December 28th.  Police say someone called 9-1-1 after seeing the 12-year-old girl and three-month-old baby alone at the MAX stop in the rain for more than half an hour.  Chance allegedly called police a few hours later saying she couldn't find her children after drinking a bottle of wine and waking up behind a bar.  Chance is charged with two counts of first-degree mistreatment, two counts of second-degree child neglect, and two counts of abandoning a child



(Salem, OR)  --  A woman is charged with murder after allegedly shooting and killing her boyfriend in Salem.  Police arrested 24-year-old April Gamblin for the shooting at a home in southeast Salem Tuesday afternoon.  Responding officers found 32-year-old Joshua Tate dead inside the home.  It's not yet clear what led to the shooting.



(Portland, OR)  --  A girl is hospitalized after being hit by a car in northwest Vancouver.  Police say the child was struck yesterday afternoon after running in front of a minivan on 114th Street at Northwest 3rd Avenue.  Police say the driver is cooperating with investigators.



(Bridal Veil, OR)  --  There'll be no more Bridal Veil postmarks for wedding invitations anytime soon.  The Oregonian reports that the tiny post office in the Multnomah County ghost town was vandalized last month, so seriously that it's closed until further notice.  People from all over the world have sent wedding invitations through Bridal Veil, to get the romantic postmark on their envelopes.  The Post Office was reportedly the only business left in town after the last mill shut down three decades ago and most folks moved away.



(Portland, OR)  --  One woman is dead after being hit by a car while crossing the street near the Wood Village Town Center.  The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says the unidentified woman was walking across Northeast 223rd Avenue at Arata Road last night when a driver crashed into her, killing her.  Police say the driver is cooperating with investigators.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police in Benton County say they've found the vehicle of a missing Brownsville woman submerged in the Willamette River.  Deputies say search teams and family members found Sue Durheim's truck in the river near the Hewlett Packard campus north of Corvallis yesterday.  Investigators believe the truck went off Highway 20 into the river during icy conditions Monday.  Deputies are returning to the scene today to attempt to retrieve the truck from the water.  Family members reported Durheim missing Monday after she failed to show up to work.



(Portland, OR)  --  New details are coming to light regarding a man who died in an officer-involved shooting in Portland after allegedly breaking into a home and pulling out a knife.  Family members of 36-year-old Andre Gladen tell The Oregonian he was legally blind and suffered from paranoid schizophrenia.  The California native was living in Portland with his cousin since last month and was shot and killed Sunday after showing up at a stranger's home and refusing to leave.  He had reportedly been in and out of hospitals in the past and his brother says he needed help.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Police in Hillsboro are searching for two suspects accused of robbing an ATM.  Authorities say one of them drove a tractor into the Wells Fargo cash machine early this morning while the other handled a U-Haul truck for the getaway.  Cops found the abandoned van a few minutes later, but the suspects didn't hang around. 



(Portland, OR)  --  One woman is dead following an apartment fire in northeast Portland.  Fire crews responded to the area of Northeast 160th Avenue and Northeast Everett Street around 3:30 this morning to find the apartment engulfed in flames.  Fire officials say a man, woman and girl were able to escape the blaze, but a second woman was found dead inside.  The three surviving family members were taken to a hospital with injuries.  An investigation into the fire is ongoing.



(Seattle, WA)  --  A self-proclaimed member of the far-right group the Proud Boys is being charged with murdering his brother with a sword.  Officials say 26-year-old Buckey Wolfe called police to his Seattle home Sunday night, saying he stabbed his brother in the head with a long sword because he thought he was a lizard-person.  Wolfe made reference to a conspiracy theory that people are actually lizards in disguise, along with hate speech posts, on his Facebook page several times.  The Proud Boys have been a fixture at alt-right rallies in Portland and Washington state.



(Salem, OR)  --  An investigation is underway into a shooting that killed a man and injured a woman in Salem.  Police responded to a home on Polo Court Southeast yesterday afternoon on reports of a shooting.  Responding officers found a man dead inside the home.  A woman at the scene was taken to a hospital with injuries.  It's not yet clear what led to the shooting.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Washington State University Vancouver is looking into adding student housing to its campus.  The Clark County Planning Commission and Council are scheduled to meet sometime this month to discuss the possibility of updating its development code to allow the university to create dorm rooms on campus.  The university currently isn't zoned for housing and would require an update to zoning rules in order to move forward with housing plans.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for an armed suspect in connection to several different crimes following a hit-and-run crash in southeast Portland.  Police say they're searching for 32-year-old Andrew Hernandez, who is a suspect in multiple cases, including one for first-degree burglary.  Police say he crashed a Toyota Tacoma into another vehicle late last night and then fled the scene on foot.  Anyone who knows his location is urged to contact police.



(Happy Valley, OR)  --  Police in Clackamas County are searching for a suspect who opened fire in a grocery store parking lot, narrowly missing a driver who was loading groceries into their car.  It happened yesterday morning in the parking lot of the Winco Foods on Southeast 82nd Avenue.  Police say the suspect fired off at least two shots, missing their victim by mere inches.  Police believe the shooting was random.  They're looking for a red, late model sedan in connection to the case.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of an officer who shot and killed a man in southeast Portland.  The Portland Police Bureau says Officer Consider Vosu shot the man Sunday while responding to a disturbance at a house near Southeast 96th Avenue and Market Street near Portland Adventist Academy.  Police say the suspect showed up at the home and started pounding on the door and then broke into the home, running into a bedroom and pulling out a knife.  Police say Vosu tried using his stun gun on the man before opening fire, but the stun gun failed to bring the suspect down, forcing Vosu to use his gun.



(Salem, OR)  --  Environmental groups are pulling out of negotiations over Oregon's plans for wolf management.  The Oregonian reports that the groups are concerned about when and how livestock owners can kill wolves.  Four organizations have joined to send a letter to Governor Kate Brown after getting a look at a draft of the plan before Christmas.  The letter claims that every amendment they have proposed has been rejected by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.  Ranchers say the wolves prey on their livestock, while environmentalists say the animals are an important part of the ecosystem.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a pedestrian who was struck by a car and killed while walking on Northeast Airport Way.  The Portland Police Bureau says 34-year-old Rachelle Cox was walking on the sidewalk near Mason Street Saturday when the car hit her.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.  Police say they have seized the driver's vehicle as evidence.



(Portland, OR)  --  The search for an armed suspect wanted on multiple charges is over after he was found hiding out in a home's basement.  Police began searching for 32-year-old Andrew Hernandez yesterday after he crashed a Toyota Tacoma into another vehicle and fled the scene on foot.  Police found him hiding in a basement at a home on Southeast Glenwood Street early this morning and arrested him on charges of second-degree assault, strangulation and parole violation. 



(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are dead following a head-on crash in the Dundee area.  Police say the drivers of two semi trucks died in the crash early yesterday morning at the Newberg-Dundee Bypass just south of Highway 99 West.  The drivers are identified as 52-year-old Andres Resendez and 45-year-old Daniel Green.  The driver of a third car that rear-ended one of the trucks after the crash has been hospitalized for injuries.



(Portland, OR)  --  The head of a Portland psychiatric facility is stepping down from her position.  OregonLive reports that Chris Farentinos has resigned as the leader at Unity Center for Behavioral Health.  She'll be out as of February 1st but will stay on as an advisory member of the board.  Unity has been dogged by reports of neglect and abuse in the two years it's been open.  A federal and state probe found that staff members were poorly trained and overworked. 



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into the officer-involved shooting death of a man in southeast Portland.  Police say officers responded to a house near Southeast 96th Avenue and Market Street near Portland Adventist Academy yesterday afternoon on reports that a man was refusing to leave.  Police say a responding officer shot the suspect shortly after arriving at the scene.  The Portland Police Bureau is expected to release further details sometime this morning.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are ending their search for two missing men after finding their bodies inside an SUV that was found submerged in a river in Clackamas County.  The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says deputies found the SUV Friday night in the Collawash River while searching for Kevin Shaver and Chase Villarreal, who failed to return from a trip into East County.  Deputies returned Saturday and recovered Shaver's and Villarreal's bodies from the vehicle.  Police believe the SUV may have been traveling too fast when it left the roadway and entered the river.



(Portland, OR)  --  Cleanup efforts continue in Portland and southwest Washington following a winter windstorm that left tens of thousands of people in the dark.  The National Weather Service says the storm brought peak wind gusts of 54 miles per hour to the Portland area overnight Saturday, bringing down trees and power lines.  Portland General Electric says at least 14-thousand customers were left without power in counties across Oregon, while Pacific Power says 13-hundred of their customers lost power.  In Clark County, nearly 70-thousand Clark Public Utilities customers were left in the dark.



(Portland, OR)  --  The City of Portland is set to begin clearing out homeless camps around the city today.  Crews will begin phase one of the cleanup effort today, clearing out camps on the corridors along I-205, I-405, 82nd Avenue and parts of Highway 26 and I-5.  Social service agencies will be present to help connect residents of the camps with resources, and residents will reportedly receive at least two days' notice before being forced to clear out.  Phase two of the cleanup plan begins in April. 



(Portland, OR)  --  A federal fugitive is behind bars after allegedly crashing a stolen car into a parked vehicle in Gresham.  Police say officers arrested Samuel Jebediah Graziano Saturday morning after using a K9 unit to track him down.  Graziano was wanted on a nationwide felony warrant.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Alcohol is believed to be a factor in a head-on crash that injured half a dozen people in Clark County.  The Clark County Sheriff's Office says they've arrested 23-year-old Tyler Campbell of Vancouver on charges of vehicular assault for the crash Saturday morning in Brush Prairie.  Police say Campbell may have been intoxicated when he crossed into oncoming traffic on Northeast Rawson Road, striking a car head-on.  Campbell's car then rolled onto its side, prompting a third vehicle to crash into it.  Six people were hospitalized.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting at a Chuck E. Cheese in southeast Portland.  Police responded to the restaurant on southeast Powell Boulevard Saturday afternoon on reports of shots fired.  Responding officers were unable to find any suspects or victims but did find evidence of gunfire in the parking lot.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Air National Guard is welcoming its first female commander.  Brigadier General Donna Prigmore assumed command of the Oregon Air National Guard Saturday during a change of command ceremony at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem.  Prigmore is replacing outgoing commander Brigadier General James Kriesel, who is scheduled to deploy to Africa in support of joint operations. 



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Fire and Rescue Chief Mike Myers is stepping down.  Myers announced his retirement yesterday, saying he plans to move to the Oregon coast, where he'll work as the Emergency Manager for Cannon Beach.  Myers says his only regret in resigning is that he won't get to work with newly sworn in Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, who replaces Dan Saltzman as the commissioner assigned to Portland Fire and Rescue.  Hardesty was sworn into office Wednesday as the first black woman to ever serve on Portland's City Council.

 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police in Gresham are searching for a missing man with a traumatic brain injury.  Police say 61-year-old James Reynolds was last seen yesterday evening near 181st Avenue and Stark Street.  He's described as six-foot-two-inches and 160 pounds with red hair and blue eyes.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is suing Burger King for reneging on a free meals for life deal they had offered him.  Curtis Brooner said he was offered the deal after he was locked inside a dirty bathroom at a Portland Burger King for an hour.  He accepted, and then spent the next 13 days eating for free at the restaurant.  The next time he went employees told him the district manager was calling off the deal.  The 50-year-old Brooner filed a civil lawsuit to force the burger chain to honor the deal or pay him the cost of one free meal a week for the remainder of his life.  He and his attorney calculate that would work out to about nine-thousand dollars. 



(Portland, OR)  --  A new Multnomah County commissioner is celebrating a famous first.  The Oregonian reports that Susheela Jayapal was sworn in yesterday as the first Indian American to hold an elected county office in the state.  She left India at 16, went to college in the U.S. and won a four-way race for an open commission seat in May.  Her platform called for fighting gentrification and homelessness.



(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are facing drug and gun charges after a traffic stop turned into a car chase in northeast Portland.  Police say an officer tried to pull over a driver for a traffic violation on Northeast Simpson Street late Wednesday night, but the driver allegedly took off, leading to a pursuit.  Police used an air support unit to track the suspect car, and police arrested two people after they fled the car on foot.  Police say they found methamphetamine and a gun near the suspects.  Police identify the suspects as Cody Charboneau and Wendy Ngirarois.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man is dead after being struck by a car on Highway 97 in Klamath County.  Police say 37-year-old David Ralphs-Thomason was in the highway's northbound lanes Wednesday night when a car crashed into him.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Transportation officials are seeking public input on how to improve a busy highway intersection in Vancouver.  The Washington Department of Transportation is working to ease congestion and delays at the intersection of SR 500 and Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard.  The department says the intersection has the most traffic congestion and delays of any highway intersection in the county.  The department has put together a public survey, which can be found on their website.



(Washington, D.C.)  --  Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is again being called the most accessible person in the chamber.  Wyden held 52 town hall meetings during 2018, more than any other senator.  He was hailed for being so easy-to-reach by the grassroots group Town Hall Project, who named him yesterday their champ for the second consecutive year.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  A motorcyclist is dead following a crash in southwestern Washington.  Police say 33-year-old Anatoliy V. Romashchenko was riding his motorcycle on SR-14 yesterday when he failed to negotiate a curve and crashed into a guardrail near Marble Road.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.



(Portland, OR)  --  City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty is stepping into office as the first black woman to ever serve on Portland's City Council.  Hardesty was sworn-in to office yesterday after defeating Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith in November's midterm election.  Hardesty replaces former Commissioner Dan Saltzman following his retirement after 20 years.  Hardesty has previously served as a state representative, community organizer and president of the Portland chapter of the NAACP.



(Undated)  --  Oregon is among the top ten destinations for people who are moving.  Reports from two moving companies say the Beaver State is high on their lists based on where people are sending their stuff.  United Van Lines has Oregon as the second biggest place for movers, while Atlas Van Lines puts the state at number six.  The top states for the two firms were Vermont and Nevada. 



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland-based PacifiCorp is asking for more time to review the potential operational life of several of its coal-fired power plants.  The request comes after the company's own analysis found that 60-percent of those plants are more costly to run than they are to shutter.  The analysis detailed how quickly PacifiCorp believes they could pay off the cost to build those plants.



(Aurora, OR)  --  An investigation is underway into a three-alarm fire that destroyed a hay warehouse in Aurora.  Firefighters responded to the Anderson Hay and Grain Company warehouse just after 8:00 last night to find the building engulfed in flames.  The Aurora Fire District says there was little they could do to save the building, some of which collapsed in the blaze.  No injuries are being reported.



(Portland, OR)  --  A 20-year-old man is facing charges after allegedly breaking into a Hillsboro woman's apartment and sexually assaulting her at knifepoint.  KATU News reports Gabriel Moscote-Saavedra was indicted yesterday on several charges.  Police say he broke into a woman's apartment at Sunset Garden apartments on Southeast 13th Avenue in the early morning hours of December 2nd and assaulted her.  Police arrested him on December 19th.



(Portland, OR)  --  A homeless man is facing nearly two decades behind bars after killing a woman in North Portland over the summer.  A judge sentenced 58-year-old Terry Hickman to 17 years in prison yesterday.  Court records show he pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and second-degree attempted assault last month for the death of 29-year-old Dallas Boyd-Riggins in July.  Police found her body inside Hickman's van.  An autopsy showed that she died of strangulation.  Hickman told police he choked her to death during an argument after a night of doing drugs together.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  One man is dead following a crash near Intel's Ronler Acres campus in Hillsboro.  Police say a driver was injured when he plowed into a car broadside yesterday morning on Northeast Century Boulevard, killing the other motorist.  The crash remains under investigation.



(Portland, OR)  --  Sentencing is scheduled today for a homeless man who killed a woman in North Portland over the summer.  Court records show 58-year-old Terry Hickman pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and second-degree attempted assault last month for the death of 29-year-old Dallas Boyd-Riggins in July.  Police found her body inside Hickman's van.  An autopsy showed that she died of strangulation.  Hickman told police he choked her to death during an argument after a night of doing drugs together.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Troutdale military man and father with a 19-year record of service is facing more than a hundred charges of child sex crimes.  KOMO News says 41-year old Antonio Francisco Marquez had also volunteered at the Troutdale elementary school attended by one of his children, though the school isn't named in the charges.  The assaults of the 3 girls began in 2013 and went on for five years.  Marquez is facing 107 charges.



(Portland, OR)  --  Transportation officials are seeking public input on how to improve safety on a busy Portland street.  The Portland Bureau of Transportation is putting two-million dollars toward improving 122nd Avenue.  The Bureau's most recent traffic study rates 122nd Avenue and Stark Street as Portland's most dangerous intersection.  Proposed improvements include more crosswalks and light posts as well as better bike and bus lanes.  The Bureau has created a public survey that can be found on their website at PortlandOregon.gov/transportation.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a hit-and-run driver who crashed into a power pole in Gresham.  The Gresham Police Department shut down Northeast Halsey Street at Northeast 172nd Avenue following the crash earlier this morning.  Police say a white pickup truck struck a power pole there, causing wires to fall onto the roadway.  The driver then fled the scene.  Police are advising drivers to avoid the area.



(Gladstone, OR)  --  A suspected drunk driver is in jail after allegedly crashing into a cop car and injuring an officer south of Portland.  The Oregonian reports that 29-year-old Andrew Allen was arrested early yesterday morning with a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit.  He had allegedly slammed into a state cruiser during a traffic stop near McLoughlin Boulevard and Arlington Street in Gladstone.  An Oregon State Police trooper got a few minor cuts but no one else was hurt. 



(Portland, OR)  --  Two children are hospitalized after being hit by a car while crossing the street with their family in Southeast Portland.  Police say the family of six was crossing Powell Boulevard near Southeast 77th Avenue yesterday evening when a car struck them.  Two children were taken to a hospital and are expected to survive.  Police say the driver is cooperating with investigators.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Cornelius man is facing charges after allegedly opening fire on his neighbor's home during a New Year celebration.  Police arrested 46-year-old Juan Humberto Garfias-Campus for the incident just after midnight yesterday.  Police say a resident on South Dogwood Place called 9-1-1 saying her neighbor was firing shots at her home from his backyard.  Responding officers found several bullets that had penetrated the house's back wall and at least two bullets that entered the home.  No injuries were reported.
 


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