Regional News Archives for 2019-06

Police Search For Missing Gresham Man

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a missing 21-year-old Gresham man.  Police say Cameron Clark was last seen yesterday afternoon at his home wearing a black Timbers Adidas jacket and gray shorts.  Family members are concerned because he's on the autism spectrum.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

Police Investigate Shooting Outside Tigard Mall

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting outside a mall in Tigard.  Police say the shooting happened Wednesday night following an argument between two groups of people at Washington Square Mall.  All suspects fled the scene before police arrived.  It's not yet clear if anyone involved in the shooting was injured.

Hundreds Protest Outside Oregon Capital During GOP Lockout

(Salem, OR)  --  A group of truckers and loggers are among hundreds of people who surrounded the state Capitol in Salem yesterday in protest amid an ongoing Republican walkout in the state Senate.  The protest was mostly in support of the Republicans who are staging a walkout for the ninth day against the climate change bill.  A statement from the Republican Senate Caucus says conservatives won't come back unless the proposal is sent to voters to approve.

Study: Portland Drivers Are Worst In PNW

(Portland, OR)  --  A new study calls Portland drivers the worst in the Pacific Northwest.  The Allstate Best Drivers report released Tuesday ranks drivers in 200 U.S. cities based on the average amount of time between insurance claims for collisions.  Portland ranked 181st out of the 200 cities and at the bottom of the list of Pacific Northwest cities.  Seattle was the second-worst Pacific Northwest city with a ranking of 155th out of 200.  Boise, Idaho has the best drivers in the Pacific Northwest and was ranked second-best out of all 200 cities analyzed.

Man Serving Life Sentence Being Released From Jail After Conviction Overturned

(Portland, OR)  --  The man convicted of killing Oregon's prisons chief in 1989 is being released from prison today after his conviction was overturned earlier this year.  Frank Gable has spent the last three decades serving a life sentence for the death of Michael Francke.  A judge overturned Gable's conviction in April after it came to light that another man confessed to the crime and that several witnesses who testified against Gable later recanted their testimony.  Gable will remain under federal supervision pending a state appeal.

Phil Knight Richest Person In Oregon

(Portland, OR)  --  Phil Knight and family are the richest people in Oregon.  That's according to Forbes magazine's new survey of the nation's wealthiest people.  The 81-year-old Nike co-founder and chairman has a net worth of 35-billion dollars, making him the ninth richest person in the U.S.  Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos [[ BAY-zos ]] is still the richest person in the world, with a net worth of 157-billion-dollar.

Four Endangered Turtles Hatch At Oregon Zoo

(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Zoo is celebrating the hatching of four endangered turtles at their facility.  Zoo staff report four western pond turtles hatched at the zoo last night.  Western pond turtles are endangered in Washington state.  They're classified as "sensitive" in Oregon.  The zoo plans to release the turtles into the wild once they're grown.

Missing Gresham Man Found Safe

(Gresham, OR)  --  A 21-year-old Gresham man is safe after going missing yesterday.  Police say they located Cameron Clark late last night.  He'd been reported missing yesterday afternoon after disappearing from his home.

Armed Man Arrested After Pet Shop Standoff

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges following an armed standoff that forced evacuations at a pet store in northeast Portland.  Police responded to "Pets on Broadway" Tuesday afternoon on reports of a distressed man in the store's bathroom.  Police say officers had a previous encounter with the man earlier that day in which he was carrying a gun and acting suspiciously.  Police evacuated the pet store and took the man into custody.  Police say the man had a gun and a magazine filled with live rounds at the time of the arrest.

Police ID German Nationals Run Over, Killed While Sunbathing

(Washougal, WA)  --  Police are releasing the identities of two German nationals killed after being mowed down by a Jeep while sunbathing along the Washougal River in Clark County.  The Washougal Police Department says 61-year-old Rudolf Hohstadt and 62-year-old Regina Hohstadt were lying on the beach at Sandy Swimming Hole Park Tuesday evening when a Jeep Grand Cherokee crashed through a chain link fence and drove onto the beach, running them over.  Witnesses tell police the vehicle did not slow down before leaving the scene.  Both victims died at a hospital.  Police believe 71-year-old driver David Croswell was intoxicated at the time of the crash.  Police arrested him on charges of DUII and vehicular homicide.

State Minimum Wage To Increase July 1

(Salem, OR)  --  Minimum wage workers across the state will get a pay increase beginning next Monday.  The increase will go up 50-cents for an estimated 253-thousand Oregonians.  The increase is part of a law passed by the 2016 Oregon Legislature.  That law took what was then Oregon's minimum wage of 9-dollars and 25-cents and established annual increases through 2022. 

Reddit Limits Access To Pro-Trump Forum Because Of Threats Of Violence

(San Francisco, CA)  --  Reddit is limiting access to a pro-President Trump forum following alleged threats of violence against Oregon police and Democratic politicians amid a Republican walkout in the state Senate.  Visitors to "The_Donald" subreddit get a message that the forum has been quarantined because users had repeatedly incited violence against police officers and politicians.  Nearly three-quarters of a million people are part of the forum.  The posts citing violence came during a partisan feud in the senate over a climate change bill.  Republicans walked out last week and Democratic Governor Kate Brown ordered state police to go get them.

Campfire Likely Responsible For 1620 Road Fire

(Mt. Hood, OR)  --  An unattended campfire is believed to be responsible for an 85-acre brush fire near Mt. Hood.  The 1620 Road Fire near Parkdale started Monday morning.  So far, no structures have been threatened by the blaze.  The fire is 20-percent contained as of yesterday.

Man Arrested For Arson After Allegedly Throwing Molotov Cocktail At Home

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing arson charges after allegedly throwing a Molotov cocktail at his neighbor's home.  Police arrested 41-year-old Seth Ames for the incident early yesterday in Gresham.  Police say Ames set his own home on fire and then threw a bottle filled with flammable liquid at his neighbor's garage door, catching it on fire.  Witnesses in the area put the blaze out with a fire extinguisher and then tried to catch Ames, who crashed his vehicle into a nearby trailer while allegedly trying to flee the scene.  Police arrested him.

Health Officials Warn Residents Of Fecal Bacteria At Beach

(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are warning residents about higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria at a local beach.  The Oregon Health Authority issued a health advisory yesterday for Seal Rock State Park Beach.  Residents are advised to avoid contact with the water until further notice.

Backcountry Fires Banned At Crater Lake National Park

(Crater Lake, OR)  --  Backcountry fires are being banned at Crater Lake National Park.  Park management made the decision in an effort to reduce the risk of escaped campfires in the backcountry.  The ban includes wood and charcoal fires, unless in areas within established grills or fire rings, or portable self-containing grills are found. 

Senate President Says Not Enough Votes For Climate Bill

(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon's landmark climate bill is likely dead in the water as Republicans continue their now week-long walkout aimed at blocking a vote on the legislation.  The Oregon Senate President said yesterday there aren't enough votes for the climate bill to pass.  Senate President Peter Courtney said the announcement is not a strategy to get Republicans to return for a vote but suggested that some Democrats have changed their minds.  The bill puts a cap on gas emissions.  All eleven Republican state senators walked out of the state Capitol last week and remain missing in action, with many in hiding out of state.

Two German Nationals Run Over, Killed While Sunbathing

(Washougal, WA)  --  Two German nationals are dead after being mowed down by a Jeep while sunbathing along the Washougal River in Clark County.  The Washougal Police Department says the man and woman were lying on the beach at Sandy Swimming Hole Park yesterday evening when a Jeep Grand Cherokee crashed through a chain link fence and drove onto the beach, running them over.  Witnesses tell police the vehicle did not slow down before leaving the scene.  Both victims died at a hospital.  Police tracked down and arrested the suspect, who is described as a Washougal man in his early 70s.  An investigation is ongoing.

Man Arrested For Allegedly Shooting Car Over Parking Job

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges after allegedly opening fire on a car following an argument over how it was parked.  Police arrested 39-year-old Brian Toru Matsuo early yesterday at a home in Aloha for the incident last week in the Rock Creek neighborhood.  Police say witnesses heard Matsuo complaining about how the car was parked at a nearby business June 16 before he fired at least two shots at it, shattering the rear window.  No injuries were reported.

Police ID Bicyclist Killed In DUII Crash In SE Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a bicyclist killed in a suspected DUII crash that happened when the suspect allegedly looked down to eat while driving.  Police say 32-year-old Lance Hart was killed in the crash early Sunday in southeast Portland.  Court records show 21-year-old Nicholas Martinez told police he was looking down to take a bite of his taquito early Sunday morning when he crashed into Hart near Southeast 79th Avenue and Flavel Street.  Martinez also told police he'd been drinking tequila with Sprite with some friends throughout the day leading up to the crash.

Man Killed In Rollover Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  One man is dead following a rollover crash in northeast Portland.  Police say the man was killed yesterday afternoon when his vehicle rolled at Lombard Street and Northeast 42nd Avenue.  It's not yet clear what led to the crash.  No other injuries were reported.

Car Passenger Caught On Camera Trying To Cut Passing Bicyclist

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect caught on camera trying to slash at a passing bicyclist from the passenger seat of a moving vehicle.  Henry Bosak tells KATU he was riding his bike on a rural road in Washington County Saturday when the suspect reached out their car window with a knife and tried to cut him.  The incident was caught on Bosak's GoPro cameras.  The Washington County Sheriff's Office is investigating.

Eugene Approves Measure Aimed At Ending Camping On Sidewalks

(Eugene, OR)  --  A measure aimed at ending camping on sidewalks is getting the green light in Eugene.  The city council approved a bill this week that allows property owners to ask homeless people who set up camp on a planting strip to leave.  The owners have pressed the council to come up with a solution to remove homeless camps in front of their businesses.

Megan Rapinoe Rules Out Possible White House Visit

(Undated)  --  U.S. Women's National Soccer Team co-captain and University of Portland grad Megan Rapinoe is making it very clear she would not attend a ceremonial trip to the White House.  Talking to soccer magazine Eight by Eight, Rapinoe said she would not go if the team won the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.  The soccer star then said she doubts the team would be invited.  This follows President Trump criticizing Rapinoe's silent protest of the national anthem during a World Cup game this week, calling it "inappropriate."  She had previously told Yahoo Sports that she was a "walking protest" of the Trump administration because of her personal beliefs.

Police: Man Arrested For DUII Manslaughter Was Looking At Food

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a man accused of killing a bicyclist in a suspected DUII crash was looking down to eat at the time of the collision.  Court records show 21-year-old Nicholas Martinez told police he was looking down to take a bite of his taquito early Sunday morning when he crashed into the unidentified bicyclist near Southeast 79th Avenue and Flavel Street.  Martinez also told police he'd been drinking tequila with Sprite with some friends throughout the day heading up to the crash.  He was arraigned yesterday on charges of DUII, second-degree manslaughter and reckless driving.

Rally To Get GOP Senators Back To Work Scheduled Today

(Salem, OR)  --  A rally is scheduled today to demand Republican senators return to work.  The Rally to get Republican Senators back to work at the Oregon State Capitol is expected to begin at 11:30 a.m.  Today marks the sixth day that Republican Senators have refused to report to the Capitol for work in an attempt to avoid voting on a greenhouse gas emissions bill.  Community leaders from across the state are expected to attend today's rally.

Careless Smoking Blamed For SW Portland Apartment Fire

(Portland, OR)  --  Fire officials say careless smoking is responsible for an apartment fire in southwest Portland.  Firefighters responded to the apartment building on Southwest Columbia Street early yesterday morning.  Fire officials say everyone made it out of the building safely.

Police Arrest Two For January Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are facing charges in connection to a shooting that injured two people early this year.  Police arrested Samuel Marcus Carillo and Vanessa Alejandre late last week for the shooting January 24th near 8th and Burnside.  Police say Carillo shot two people and then handed his gun to Alejandre.

Man Arrested For Food Cart Burglary

(Beaverton, OR)  --  A man is facing charges after allegedly burglarizing a food cart in Beaverton.  Police say 26-year-old Dylan Hogge broke into the BG Food Cartel early Sunday morning.  The food cart's owner called 9-1-1 after witnessing the burglary through surveillance cameras.  Police arrested Hogge at the scene on charges of burglary, theft and criminal mischief.

Man Sentenced For String Of East Portland Burglaries

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing six years behind bars after pleading guilty to burglarizing nearly a dozen businesses in east Portland.  A judge sentenced Melvin Tillman late last week to 75 months in prison and nearly five-thousand dollars in restitution.  Tillman pleaded guilty to breaking into ten businesses and stealing from their cash registers from January of 2018 through August of 2018.

Public Comment Sessions Over Jordan Cove Project Continue

(Waterville, OR)  --  Public comment sessions continue today over the proposed Jordan Cove Project.  The Federal Energy Regulation Commission is holding today's public hearing in Douglas County.  The commission held the first of several public hearings yesterday at Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay.  Protesters against the project plan to continue demonstrating outside of the meeting.  They argue the project may bring thousands of jobs, but will have an environmental impact.

Health Officials Confirm Toxic Algae In Clark County Lakes

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Health officials are issuing a warning about toxic blue-green algae in a pair of Clark County lakes.  Clark County Public Health says they've confirmed toxic algae blooms in Lacamas and Round lakes in Camas.  Exposure to blue-green algae is dangerous for humans as well as animals.  Anyone who comes in contact with the water should seek medical attention.

State Capitol Reopens After Possible Threats Force Closure

(Salem, OR)  --  The State Capitol building in Salem is reopened after being shut down Saturday because of possible threats.  A senate spokesperson told Reuters they decided to cancel a floor session Saturday and close the Capitol building because of risks posed by the possible presence of militia groups.  Some right-wing militia groups have expressed support for eleven absent Republican lawmakers, who walked out last week to block a vote on a bill that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  At least two Republicans are needed to form a quorum required for a vote.

Hikers OK After Becoming Stranded On Mt. Thielsen

(Mt. Thielsen, OR)  --  A pair of hikers are OK after becoming stranded on Mt. Thielsen.  KATU reports 28 year-old Kaia Fink and her 67 year-old father David were hiking the Pacific Crest Trail on Friday when they lost track of the trail during heavy snowfall.  The two ended up hiking almost the top of Mt. Thielsen before realizing they needed to be rescued.  The National Guard airlifted them to safety.  Neither hiker was injured.

Man Arrested For Fatal Auto-Bicycle Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  A man suspected of driving under the influence of intoxicants is facing charges after he and a bicyclist crashed in southeast Portland.   Police arrested 21-year-old Nicholas Martinez yesterday on charges of DUII, second-degree manslaughter and reckless driving for the crash near Southeast 79th Avenue and Flavel Street.  Police say the bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.

OR Capitol Building Closed Over Possible Threats

(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney is pleading with absent Republican lawmakers to return to the State Capitol to do their jobs.  Courtney adjourned a brief session yesterday morning after failing to reach a quorum.  Courtney used the session to ask Republicans to return to the Capitol, saying there are budgets and public policy items that need to be passed.  Yesterday's session came a day after the State Capitol was closed due to possible threats from militia groups supportive of the missing Republicans.

Police ID Pilot Killed In Plane Crash In Deschutes River

(Sunriver, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a pilot who died after crashing a plane into the Deschutes River over the weekend.  The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office says 63-year-old Kevin Padrick died Saturday morning in the crash near Sunriver.  Police say 69-year-old passenger Johannes Noordwijk survived and was helped to shore by first responders.  It's not yet clear what caused the crash.

Fire Burns SW Portland Apartment Complex

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a fire at an apartment building in southwest Portland.  Firefighters responded to the apartment building on Southwest Columbia Street early this morning.  Fire officials say everyone made it out of the building safely.  It's not yet clear how the fire started.

Republican Walkout Enters Day Five

(Salem, OR)  --  Republican walkouts in the Oregon Senate enter day five today.  Senate Minority Leader Herman Baertschiger Jr. released a statement from the Oregon Republican Party yesterday saying they plan to stand firm and remain out of state.  Eleven Republican state senators walked out last week to block a vote on a bill that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  At least two Republicans are needed to form a quorum required for a vote.

Two Men Found Dead At Home In Rural Clark County

(Amboy, WA)  --  Police are investigating the shooting deaths of two men at a rural property in Clark County.  Sheriff's officials say deputies found the two men dead from gunshot wounds at a home on Northeast 419th Street Saturday while responding to reports of a possible homicide.  Police say it appears one of the men died from a self-inflicted wound.

Police ID Victim Of Fatal NE Portland Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a man who was shot to death in northeast Portland.  Police say 30-year-old Justin Stewart was shot early Wednesday morning near Northeast Sandy Boulevard and Northeast Prescott Street.  Responding officers rushed him to a hospital, where he died.  Police have arrested 30-year-old Tyler Wayne Pierce in connection to the shooting.

Loggers Demonstrate Against Cap And Invest Bill For Second Day

(Salem, OR)  --  Loggers and timber workers demonstrated for a second day yesterday outside the Oregon capitol to protest the cap and invest bill that has the State Senate torn.  They say the bill will stop logging on state lands.  The program will allow utilities and companies that produce large amounts of greenhouse gases to buy credits to offset the pollution.  If it passes, it's expected to cause gas prices to increase 22 cents a gallon in the first year. 

Missing Man Found Safe

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A missing and endangered man is safe and back with his family.  Police say they found 88-year-old Van Van Phan safe yesterday.  He'd been reported missing yesterday morning after failing to show up for an appointment.

Police Seek Additional Victims Of Man Arrested For Child Sex Abuse

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking for additional victims of a man arrested for child sexual abuse.  The Washington County Sheriff's Office says Adam Wallace has been indicted on 19 felony counts in connection to the abuse and online luring of underage boys.  He's facing similar charges in Marion, Linn and Cowlitz counties.  Anyone with information on the case is urged to contact police.

Unattended Propane Grill To Blame For House Fire

(Portland, OR)  --  Fire officials say an unattended propane grill is to blame for a house fire in Beaverton.  Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue says the family was grilling inside their garage Tuesday when the fire started.  Fire officials say the blaze was mostly contained to the garage.  The homeowner was treated for burn injuries to his arms and hands.

Oregon Counties To Receive Federal Funding Linked To Property Taxes

(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon will receive federal funding to help communities suffering property loss.  The U.S. Department of the Interior announced 37-million-dollars will be issued to Oregon to help offset losses in property taxes for communities with non-taxable federal lands within their boundaries.  Kalamath and Deschutes counties will receive the largest sum with more than three-million-dollars.  The rest will be split between every other county. 

HIV Cases Jump In Multnomah County

(Portland, OR)  --  HIV cases are on the rise in Multnomah County.  The county health department says there have been 42 new cases of HIV within the last 18 months.  That's almost twice as many cases as in previous years. 

Robert Burdick Appears In Court In Connection To Fatal Stabbing

(Washougal, WA)  --  A man is facing a murder charge for allegedly stabbing his wife to death early Tuesday morning.  Robert Burdick's bail was set at two-million dollars at his first court appearance in Clark County Superior Court yesterday.  His wife Linda died following surgery for multiple stab wounds.  Burdick is due back in court next week.

Portland City Council Passes FAIR Renters Reform Package

(Portland, OR)  --  City Council members are giving approval to a comprehensive set of reforms aimed at improving access to rental housing.  Council members voted three-to-one yesterday to pass the Fair Access in Renting ordinance.  The ordinance is meant to reduce housing discrimination by changing the criteria used to screen potential tenants.  The ordinance also lowers the salary requirements for prospective renters while reducing renting barriers for people with low credit scores and felony convictions.

Oregon Black Bear Killed Because Of Selfie Popularity

(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon wildlife officials say a black bear was put down because park-goers wouldn't stop taking selfies with him.  Portland biologists shot and killed the young animal when he was seen eating human snacks near a park entrance.  Local law enforcement said they feared he could become a danger to people by becoming comfortable with humans, caused by the selfies and those who fed him.  Wildlife experts say the incident shows why people should not feed bears or invade their habitats.

Two Injured In Highway 99E Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are injured following a crash on Highway 99E in Oregon City.  Police say the crash happened during evening commute last night, causing major backups.  Two people were taken to hospitals.  An investigation is ongoing into what caused the crash.

Bicyclist Injured In Hillsboro Crash

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a crash that seriously injured a bicyclist in Hillsboro.  Police say the crash happened last night at Northeast Cornell Road and 28th Avenue.  Police say the driver struck a 53-year-old bicyclist while turning onto Cornell and then left the scene.  The driver then returned to the scene and is cooperating with investigators.  The bicyclist was airlifted to a hospital with serious injuries.

Yakima County Boy Found Malnourished In Filthy Living Conditions

(Yakima, WA)  --  A southwestern Washington mom is facing charges after police found her autistic son malnourished and living in filthy conditions.  KIMA-TV reports 40-year-old Christina Hoffarth in Yakima County called 9-1-1 to report that her son was throwing things around their trailer home.  She then allegedly told responding deputies that she couldn't deal with her son and left the scene.  Deputies entered the home to find a malnourished boy in unsuitable living conditions, including broken glass strewn across the floor and graffiti on the walls.  Police took the child into protective custody.  Hoffarth allegedly refused to return to the home and is now facing a charge of criminal mistreatment.

Man Injured In House Fire

(Beaverton, OR)  --  One person is injured following a house fire in Beaverton.  Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue says crews responded to the house on Southwest 190th Court last night.  Firefighters found the injured man outside the home.  It's not yet clear how badly he was injured.  An investigation is ongoing into what caused the fire.

Police ID Two Killed In I-405 Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identities of two people killed in a rollover crash on northbound I-405 in Portland.  Police say 55-year-old Mark James Herr, of Hillsboro, and 54-year-old Tonya Lee Smith, of Buxton, were killed in the crash last Thursday night near the Highway 26 exit.  An investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Senators Question Trump Policies On Trade, Tariffs

(Washington, DC)  --  Senator Ron Wyden is among those questioning President Trump's policies on trade and tariffs on Capitol Hill.  In a Senate Finance Committee hearing yesterday, the Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member and Oregon Democrat disagreed with the President's assertion that "trade wars are good and they're easy to win."  Wyden explained China's market is now more closed off to American goods and American agriculture than before the trade war began.

Man In Court On Charges For Five Separate Shootings

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges in connection to nearly half a dozen shootings in the Portland area.  KATU-2 reports John Hardaway Jr. is appearing in court today on several charges including a dozen counts of attempted murder.  Police arrested him earlier this year for a string of five shootings from December 9th through January 23rd.

Police Kill 18-Year-Old Man In Officer-Involved Shooting

(Centralia, WA)  --  An investigation is ongoing into the officer-involved shooting death of an 18-year-old man in Centralia in southwestern Washington.  The Centralia Police Department says officers were responding to a burglary involving an armed suspect yesterday morning when an officer confronted and then shot the suspect.  Police have not yet released his identity.  The Region Three Officer Involved Shooting Team is investigating.

Senators Demand Trump Explain Troop Deployment, Warn About Iran

(Undated)  --  Senator Jeff Merkley is joining a bipartisan group of senators in demanding President Trump explain why he's sending more troops to the Middle East.  They're also warning him that Congress hasn't authorized military action against Iran.  The strong words are in a letter sent to the president by the Oregon Democrat along with Democrat Tim Kaine of Virginia, Republicans Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky and Independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont.  The senators wrote they're "concerned" that increasingly escalating actions by both sides will lead to what they call an unnecessary conflict between the U.S. and Iran.

Man Charged For Two Separate Deadly Shootings In SE Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  A 19-year-old man is charged with shooting two people to death in separate incidents in southeast Portland.  The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office says Michael Ramirez was indicted Monday on two counts of murder and two counts of unlawful use of a gun.  He's accused in the shooting deaths of 44-year-old Sergey Peshkov and 18-year-old Lorenzo Gordon in May.  Police say Peshkov was found dead in front of a home on Reedway Street the morning of May 24th.  Gordon was found dead on Southeast 162nd Avenue the following night.

Health Warning Issued At Cannon Beach

(Cannon Beach, OR)  --  Beachgoers are being warned to avoid direct contact with ocean water at Cannon Beach.  Oregon health officials say elevated levels of fecal bacteria were found in the ocean.  People are urged to avoid the water until the advisory is lifted.

Police Find Bodies Of Missing Boaters In Columbia River

(Umatilla County, OR)  --  Police say they've recovered the bodies of two missing boaters in the Columbia River.  The Umatilla County Sheriff's Office says crews found the bodies of a man and a woman underwater last night near Bobby's Beach.  That's the area where 44-year-old Janice Arsenault and 20-year-old Trenton Williams went missing on Saturday.  Police say the two disappeared while riding on a dive step of the boat as the operator was driving to shore.  An investigation is ongoing.

Police Search For Missing Vancouver Teen

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police are searching for a Vancouver teen who's been missing for nearly two weeks.  The Vancouver Police Department says 17-year-old Nikki Kuhnhausen was last seen leaving her home on June 5th.  Police say she's transgender and identifies as female.  She's described as five-foot-eight-inches tall with long black hair.

Woman Hospitalized After Falling 16 Stories Down Garbage Chute

(Portland, OR)  --  A woman is clinging to life after falling 16 stories down a garbage chute in downtown Portland.  Rescue crews were called to a building on West Burnside near Providence Park yesterday morning on reports of an injured woman.  She was found in the garbage container and taken to OHSU with life-threatening injuries.  It's not yet clear what caused the woman to fall.

Elderly Woman Rescued From Burning Home Minute Before Explosion

(Beaverton, OR)  --  A 95-year-old woman is lucky to be alive after being rescued from her burning home just minutes before it exploded.  KATU reports the woman was inside her trailer home in Beaverton yesterday afternoon when it caught fire.  The woman called 9-1-1 and then yelled out for assistance, prompting two of her neighbors to rush in to the home and carry her out.  The two men say some oxygen tanks inside the home exploded roughly a minute after they carried the woman to safety.  Fire officials say the woman suffered some burns but is otherwise doing all right.

Motorcyclist Injured In Washington County Crash

(Gaston, OR)  --  A motorcyclist is recovering from injuries following a crash in Washington County.  The sheriff's office says the crash happened Saturday near Gaston when the driver of another vehicle crashed into the motorcyclist.  The victim was hospitalized with a serious leg injury.  Police cited the other vehicle's driver for failure to obey a traffic control device.

Woman Stabbed In Happy Valley Home

(Happy Valley, OR)  --  A woman is hospitalized after being stabbed at a home in Happy Valley.  Police responded to the home near 162nd and Misty Drive yesterday morning on reports that a man there had stabbed someone and himself.  The man then allegedly barricaded himself inside the home, prompting police to call in a SWAT team.  Both the woman and the suspect were hospitalized in serious condition. 

Supreme Court Tosses Rulings In Same-Sex Cake Dispute

(Washington, DC)  --  The Supreme Court is tossing out lower court rulings in an Oregon same-sex cake dispute.  The high court ordered another round of hearings in state courts.  The case involves an Oregon bakery that refused to make a custom wedding cake for a same-sex couple.  The couple that runs the bakery cited religious concerns. The case is similar to a Colorado case that the high court ruled on last year.  A divided court issued a narrow ruling in favor of a baker who refused service to a same-sex couple on religious grounds.

Missing Teen Boy Found Safe

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland teen is safe after going missing yesterday.  The Portland Police Bureau says they found 13-year-old Noah early this morning.  He was reported missing in northeast Portland last night.

Missing Salem Woman, 3-Year-Old Son Found Dead

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are confirming they've discovered the bodies of a missing Salem woman and her 3-year-old son.  The Oregon State Medical Examiner says search crews found the bodies of 25-year-old Karissa Fretwell and her son Billy Fretwell Saturday in a remote wooded area of Yamhill County.  Police say Karissa died from a single gunshot wound to the head.  Investigators are still looking into how Billy died.  Police arrested Billy's biological father, 52-year-old Michael Wolfe, late last month.  Wolfe was indicted last week on charges of kidnapping and murdering the two.

Police Investigate Alleged Attempted Child Abduction

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into reports of an attempted child abduction in Beaverton. The Washington County Sheriff's Office says a 4-year-old boy was on Southwest Blanton Street last night when two adult men allegedly tried to take him.  It's not yet clear how the child got away.  Police are still searching for the two suspects.

Police Seek Suspect In SE Portland Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect accused of shooting a man in southeast Portland, leaving him critically injured.  Police say the suspect shot a man last night near Southeast 155th Avenue and Stark Street.  The victim was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

Suspect Allegedly Shoots Car Over Bad Parking Job

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting that damaged a vehicle in the Rock Creek area.  It happened early yesterday morning near Northwest Rock Creek Drive and Landing Drive.  Witnesses tell the Washington County Sheriff's Office that the suspect opened fire on the car after expressing displeasure at the manner in which it was parked.  The vehicle was struck by at least two bullets.  No injuries were reported.  Police are still searching for the suspect.

Two Killed, Child Injured In Marion County Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are dead and a child is hospitalized following a head-on crash in a rural area of Marion County.  The Marion County Sheriff's Office says the crash happened yesterday afternoon on McKay Road Northeast near Case Road when a westbound vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic and struck another vehicle head-on.  Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene.  A four-year-old boy in one of the vehicles was rushed to a hospital and is expected to recover.  Police are identifying the deceased as 34-year-old Jessica Griego and 65-year-old Martin Johnson.

Police Seek Missing Elderly Salem Man

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for an elderly Salem man who's been missing for nearly two weeks.  The Marion County Sheriff's Office says 74-year-old Axel Johnson was last seen on June 4th leaving his Salem-area apartment in a green pickup truck.  The apartment manager tells police Johnson said he was leaving to move in with his daughter.  He's described as five-foot-three-inches with blue eyes and graying blond hair.

Gray Whale Washes Up Dead On Oregon Coast

(Warrenton, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into the death of a gray whale that washed ashore near Sunset Beach late last week.  Staff members at the Seaside Aquarium say the whale washed up Friday afternoon.  A necropsy performed over the weekend failed to turn up any concrete evidence on how the whale died.  Further testing is being scheduled.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says nearly 70 gray whales have washed up along the pacific coastline so art this year.

Person 'Conscious, Breathing' After Being Pulled From Sandy River

(Portland, OR)  --  One person is recovering after being pulled from the Sandy River at Glen Otto Park.  The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says the person was conscious and breathing after being pulled from the river last night.  It's not yet clear how the person ended up in trouble.

Pedestrian Hit By Car, Hospitalized

(Portland, OR)  --  A pedestrian is critically injured after being hit by a car in southeast Portland.  Police say the pedestrian was walking on Southeast Foster Road between 72nd and 68th avenues last night when the driver struck them.  They were taken to a hospital.  Police say the driver remained at the scene to cooperate with investigators.

Man Shot, Injured In SE Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting that injured one person in southeast Portland.  Police say a man was shot last night at Southeast Powell Boulevard and 122nd Avenue.  The victim was taken to a hospital.  Police have not yet arrested a suspect.

OSU Plans Largest Hemp Research Center In Country

(Corvallis, OR)  --  Oregon State University is launching what it hopes will be the nation's largest research center devoted to the study of marijuana.  University officials announced yesterday that they will begin certifying hemp seed for planting in Oregon.  The Global Hemp Innovation Center will be based in OSU's College of Agricultural Sciences with research taking place across the state and world.

Prison Inmate Dies At Two Rivers Correctional Institution

(Portland, OR)  --  An inmate has died at the Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla.  The Oregon Department of Corrections says 72-year-old Lloyd Roberts died Wednesday morning in the prison's infirmary.  It's not yet clear how he died.

Memorial Held At Capitol For Senator Jackie Winters

(Portland, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown is remembering the late Senator Jackie Winters as a "public servant at heart."  Brown spoke yesterday during a memorial service for Winters at the state Capitol.  Brown says Winters's passing can be felt throughout the state of Oregon.  Winters died from lung cancer last month at the age of 82.  She was the first and only African American to ever be elected as a Republican to the Oregon legislature.

Police Searching For Missing Man

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police in southwestern Washington are searching for a man who's been missing for more than a month.  The Camas Police Department says 44-year-old Ryan Webb was last seen on May 7th, when he posted on Facebook that he was going on a road trip.  Police say his cell phone and banking activity have been inactive since May 14th.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

One Killed In Crash Near I-405

(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead following a rollover crash near I-405.  Police say the crash happened last night near northbound I-405 near the U.S. 26 exit.  The crash shut down the highway's northbound lanes.  An investigation is ongoing.

Person Killed In NE Portland Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a deadly shooting in northeast Portland.  Police say one person was shot and killed last night at Northeast Marine Drive and Broughton Beach.  It's not yet clear what led to the shooting or whether police have identified a suspect in the case.

Oregon Becomes 15th State To Commit To National Vote In Presidential Elections

(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon is the latest state to join the National Popular State compact.  Governor Kate Brown signed the bill into law yesterday, making it the 15th state to join the compact that would award all of its Electoral College votes to the winner of the national popular vote in presidential elections.  The laws do not go into effect until the electoral votes of the states passing it equal 270 or more, the number needed to elect a president.  With Oregon added, that total is now 196.  Two recent presidents have been elected by the Electoral College who did not win the national popular vote, George W. Bush in 2000 and Donald Trump in 2016.

Hiker Rescued After Getting Stranded At Ecola State Park

(Portland, OR)  --  A hiker is OK after becoming stranded on a rock piling at Ecola State Park.  The U.S. Coast Guard says the man was hiking in the area last night when he somehow ended up on the rock pilings and became stranded by the surrounding water and oncoming waves.  A Coast Guard crew airlifted him to safety.  The man was not injured.

Man Gets 100 Months For Child Sexual Abuse

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing more than eight years behind bars after sexually abusing two children.  A judge sentenced 55-year-old Russell Morris to 100 months in prison for the abuse of two young girls in 2010 and in 2018.  Morris pleaded guilty to the charges.

Motorcyclist Killed In Gresham Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  A motorcyclist is dead following a crash in Gresham.  Police say the victim was riding near Northeast Hogan Drive and Burnside yesterday afternoon when they collided with another vehicle.  No word yet on whether anyone else was injured.  An investigation is ongoing.

Oregon Voting Rights Act Passed By Legislature

(Salem, OR)  --  A bill aimed at giving a greater voice to underrepresented populations in local elections is heading to the governor's desk.  House Bill 3310, also known as the Oregon Voting Rights Act, was passed by the legislature yesterday.  The bill passed in the Senate with a unanimous vote.  The bill creates a path and cause of action for school districts, education service districts and community college districts to structure their boards so that minority populations in their communities are represented.

Medford Fire Chief Announces Retirement

(Medford, OR)  --  The countdown to the Medford fire chief's final day on the job has begun.  Chief Brian Fish announced yesterday that he will be stepping down for retirement effective December first.  The chief has been with the city of Medford for more than 30 years, and served as chief since 2014.  Fish will be aiding the City in recruiting, selecting and transitioning to a new chief in the coming months.

Man Killed In Salem Auto-Pedestrian Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  A Wilsonville man is dead after being hit by a car while crossing a street in Salem.  Police say 27-year-old Marshall Leslie was using a crosswalk at Center Street Northeast and 12th Street Northeast Tuesday afternoon when an SUV ran a red light and crashed into him.  The driver remained on scene and cooperated with investigators.  Police believe the driver may have suffered a medical emergency that caused him to run the red light.  An investigation is ongoing.

Deputy Injured In Three-Car Crash In Aloha

(Portland, OR)  --  A Washington County Sheriff's deputy is injured following a three-car crash in Aloha.  Police say the crash happened yesterday afternoon at Southwest 185th Avenue near Cascade Drive.  The deputy was rushed to a hospital, where doctors say he's expected to survive.  An investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Man Accused Of Punching Lyft Driver, Police Officer In Faces

(Vancouver, WA)  --  A man is facing charges after allegedly punching both a police officer and a Lyft driver in their faces.  The Vancouver Police Department says the Lyft driver picked the man up yesterday morning at the Pacific Pointe Apartments but eventually asked him to get out of the car because he was being "disruptive."  The passenger allegedly responded by punching the driver in the face and then stealing his hat before fleeing on foot.  Responding officers tracked the suspect to the Winco on Highway 99 and approached him, prompting him to allegedly punch one of the officers in the face.  Police arrested the man.

Police ID Man Killed In Officer-Involved Shooting In Lovejoy Building

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a man who was shot and killed by police after allegedly holding a woman at knifepoint while threatening to detonate an explosive device in the Pearl District.  The Portland Police Bureau identifies the suspect as 38-year-old David Wayne Downs.  Officers responded to The Lovejoy building Sunday morning on reports that Downs was holding a woman hostage inside the building's stairwell.  Responding officers tried to speak to Downs before eventually opening fire, killing him.  The woman was hospitalized for injuries but is expected to be OK.  Police say they were not able to find any explosive devices on the premises.

Nurse Charged With Hiding Camera Inside Employee-Only Bathroom

(Portland, OR)  --  A registered nurse is facing charges after allegedly placing a hidden camera inside an employee-only bathroom at an assisted living facility for the elderly in Portland.  The Multnomah County District Attorney says 40-year-old Wade Eugene Little has been charged with two counts of second-degree invasion of personal privacy and three counts of second-degree attempted invasion of personal privacy.  He's accused of setting up a smartphone to record from inside a box of latex gloves inside a bathroom at the Providence ElderPlace Laurelhurst facility.  A nurse found the phone inside the bathroom in February and reported it.  Police searched the phone and found recordings of five female nurses using the bathroom. 

Woman Uninjured After Car Hit By Gunfire

(Portland, OR)  --  A woman is lucky to be alive after her car was hit by gunfire in northeast Portland.  The Portland Police Department says the woman was inside her car near Northeast 9th and Emerson Street yesterday morning her car was struck by bullets.  The woman was not injured.  There's no word yet on what led to the shooting.  Police are still searching for a suspect.

Plastic Ban Bill Awaiting Gov. Brown's Signature

(Salem, OR)  --  A statewide ban on single-use plastic bags is awaiting Governor Kate Brown's signature.  The measure was passed by the Senate yesterday in a 17 to 12 vote.  Similar bans are already in place in ten Oregon cities.  Businesses will be able to provide consumers with recycled paper bags or reusable plastic bags for a fee of at least five-cents, paid by the consumer. 

Police Dismiss Reports Of Child Luring Attempts In Gresham

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are dismissing reports that a man tried to lure two children into his vehicle in Gresham.  The Gresham Police Department says they received two separate reports of a man attempting to lure two different eleven-year-old girls over the weekend.  Police say they've investigated the claims and determined that the reports were "not credible."  Police say there's no threat to the public.

Former Pastor Accused Of Sexual Abuse

(Portland, OR)  --  A former pastor in Lincoln City is facing sexual abuse charges.  Court records show 35-year-old Mitchell Houston Conte is charged with third-degree sodomy, sexual abuse, contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor, first-degree online sexual corruption of a child and luring a child.  He's accused of engaging in a relationship with a 15-year-old girl.  Conte served as a pastor at Lincoln City's Oceanlake Christian Church for roughly ten months last year.  He was fired for reasons unrelated to the current investigation.

Investigators Find Man's Body Near Burned Warehouse

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into the discovery of a man's body near a burned out commercial warehouse in southeast Portland.  Portland Fire and Rescue says investigators found the body yesterday morning under a makeshift shelter near the warehouse.  Police have not yet identified the man or his cause of death.  The warehouse was burned Friday night in a three-alarm fire that took crews roughly two hours to extinguish. 

Six Injured In Crash Near Tillamook Bay

(Portland, OR)  --  Half a dozen people are seriously injured following a crash near Tillamook Bay.  The Tillamook County Sheriff's Office says six people were injured in the crash yesterday morning on Kilchis Forest Road.  Some of the victims are juveniles.  Police say all six people were inside a truck that went off the road and crashed into a gully.  An investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Empty Hotel To Become Homeless Shelter

(Portland, OR)  --  An empty hotel in Portland is being turned into a homeless shelter.  The shelter in the Briarwood Suites is expected to open by the end of this month and will be renamed Lilac Meadows.  Up to 40 families are expected to be housed there. 

Man Falls Into Crater Lake

(Crater Lake, OR)  --  A man is alive after falling 800 feet into Oregon's Crater Lake.  He fell into the dormant volcano Monday.  Rescue teams heard him yelling as they went down into the crater and airlifted him to a hospital in Bend.  His condition wasn't immediately available.  Last month, park officials warned that rocks and snow near the edge were unstable and a few people fall in every year.

Police Seek Help In Search For Arson Suspect

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are seeking the public's help in their search for a man accused of starting a fire in an apartment complex in northwest Portland.  Police say the man was caught on surveillance camera taking off his shirt and setting it on fire inside an apartment building on the afternoon of May 19th.  CrimeStoppers is offering a 25-hundred-dollar reward for information leading to an arrest.

Empty Motel Being Transformed Into Homeless Shelter

(Portland, OR)  --  An empty motel in southeast Portland will soon be housing the homeless.  KATU-2 reports the Briarwood Suites on Southeast Powell Boulevard is being turned into a shelter for as many as 40 families.  The shelter will be named Lilac Meadows.  It's expected to open its doors by the end of this month.

Two Involved In Plane Crash Jailed On Drug Charges

(Medford, OR)  --  A pilot and passenger on board a small plane that went down in a Medford neighborhood are facing drug charges.  Zachary Moore and Matthew Thompson were able to walk away from the small plane crash Saturday and nobody on the ground was hurt.  The men were arrested Sunday night on drug charges and are being held in the Jackson County Jail. 

Oregon State University Warns Students Of 'Creepy' Videos

(Corvallis, OR)  --  Oregon State University is warning its female students to keep a watchful eye while walking around campus after someone posted videos on a porn website.  The videos do not show any faces of students, but do show the bodies of women from behind as they walk around campus.  The school notified the website and the videos were removed.  The more than 50 videos appear to have been shot near the school's main entrance in Corvallis in recent weeks.  The school said they don't normally ask a website to remove videos unless they are illegal, but said these videos were definitely creepy.

Man Pleads Not Guilty To Deadly Hit-And-Run Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man is facing charges in connection to a hit-and-run crash that killed an elderly woman in northeast Portland.  Court records show Jaime Mendoza Chavez pleaded not guilty late last week to negligent homicide and failure to perform the duties of a driver.  Police say he struck and killed 82-year-old Sandy Bosch near North Fessenden and Polk Streets in early April.

Police Shoot, Kill Man Accused Of Holding Woman At Knifepoint

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into the officer-involved shooting death of a suspect who was allegedly holding a woman at knifepoint while threatening to detonate an explosive device in the Pearl District.  The Portland Police Bureau says officers responded to The Lovejoy building yesterday morning for the incident inside the building's stairwell.  Police say responding officers found the man holding a woman hostage in the stairwell.  Officers tried to speak to the man before eventually opening fire, killing him.  The woman was hospitalized for injuries but is expected to be OK.  Police say they were not able to find any explosive devices on the premises.

Three-Alarm Fire Burns SE Portland Warehouse

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a three-alarm fire that engulfed a commercial warehouse in southeast Portland.  Firefighters responded to the large blaze near Southeast 27th and Holgate late Friday night.  It took crews nearly two hours to extinguish the fire.  No injuries have been reported.

Small Plane Crashes In Front Of House In Oregon

(Medford, OR)  --  Residents in a Medford subdivision are recovering from a scare after a small plane crashed there. KTVL reports the single engine craft had problems on its final landing approach to nearby Medford Airport Saturday afternoon.  The plane clipped some treetops and bounced off the roofs of several vehicles before sliding into resident Jim Porter's front yard.  No one on the ground was hurt but the pilot and passenger survived and were treated for minor injuries.

Body Found Inside Ex-Mousketeer's Home

(Phoenix, OR)  --  Police are confirming the death of one of the original Mouseketeers inside his Phoenix, Oregon home.  The remains of 76-year-old Dennis Day were discovered April inside his home.  Police say the remains were so badly deteriorated that they were unable to identify them until now.  Day went missing in July of last year.  The official cause of death was not disclosed.  Day was a Mouseketeer in 1956 and 1957.  Unlike Annette Funicello and Bobby Burgess -- he did not continue in show business after the original series ended production in 1958.

Pickup Truck Crashes Into SE Portland Home

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect or group of suspects accused of crashing a pickup truck into a home in southeast Portland and then taking off on foot.  It happened just after 1 a.m. yesterday at a home on Southeast Lincoln Street.  Police say the truck crashed through a wall and right into the house.  No injuries were reported.

West Coast Could See Record Heat This Week

(undated)  --  Forecasters say hot temperatures could break records in Portland and on the rest of the West Coast this week.  Accuweather says temperatures could climb as high as 20-degrees above normal from California to Washington.  Portland could break records on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Meanwhile, communities from Medford to Spokane, Washington are warning residents to be ready for record heat by Wednesday.

Popular Trail Closed Over Cougar Sighting

(Bridal Veil, OR)  --  A popular trail is closed because of a cougar sighting.  The Oregon State Parks closed Angel's Rest Trail and the nearby Palmer Mill Road in Bridal Veil yesterday morning after a cougar was spotted in the area.  The closure is expected to last for at least 24 hours or until the animal is captured.  Multnomah County Sheriff's deputies fired at least one shot at the cougar this morning, but are unsure if they hit the animal.  A landowner reported two goats killed by a cougar in the same area last night.

Police ID Human Remains As Missing Woman

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are identifying human remains found in Fairview as a missing woman.  The Multnomah County Sheriff's office says the skeletal remains have been positively identified as Tiffany Bettis, also known as Melinda Smith.  She had been reported missing in March of 2015.  Her remains were found near Northeast 223rd and Northeast Marine Drive on May 20th.

Climbers Rescued After Days On Mount Rainier

(Seattle, WA)  --  A Portland man is recovering after being rescued from Washington State's Mount Rainier along with three other climbers.  Yevgeniey Krasnitskiy [[ yeh-GEV-nee kraz-NIST-skee ]] and his fellow climbers were stranded for three days at about 13-thousand-500-feet.  High winds blew away and destroyed their equipment, including their tent.  The weather also made it impossible for a helicopter to land to rescue them.  That was until yesterday morning, when a window of good weather opened and allowed a chopper to land and rescue the climbers.  All four were taken to the hospital to be treated for exposure.  Mount Rainier is about 75 miles southeast of Seattle.

Montana, Oregon Crews Fight Canadian Wildfires

(Great Falls, MT)  --  Hotshot firefighter crews from Oregon are joining Canadian crews to help them beat back the wildfires that have erupted in Alberta, Canada.  About 700-thousand acres have already burned, forcing the evacuations of 11-thousand people.  Oregon's Rogue River Hotshots joined four crews from Montana in leaving for Edmonton Wednesday.  Hotshot firefighters are specially trained in wildfire suppression.

Vancouver City Council Members Discuss E-Scooters

(Vancouver, WA)  --  The City of Vancouver, Washington could soon be getting e-scooters.  City council members said Monday they'd like to move forward with talks about starting up an e-scooters pilot program.  Council members discussed the possibility of modeling their pilot program after one currently running in Portland.

Pickup Truck Crashes Into Bar In Newport

(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are reported after a pickup truck crashed into a bar in the Newport area.  The Newport Police Department says 26-year-old Alexander Price crashed into the Hoover's Bar and Grill off the Oregon Coast Highway in South Beach Wednesday night after falling asleep at the wheel.  Police believe he was driving north on the highway near Southeast Ferry Slip Road when he fell asleep and his vehicle began drifting off the road, eventually crashing into the bar.  Price was cited for careless driving but was otherwise unharmed.

Portland Man Among Four Climbers Stranded On Mt. Rainier

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man is among four mountain climbers stranded on Mount Rainier.  Park officials say Yevgeniey Krasnitskiy and his fellow climbers became stranded on the difficult Liberty Ridge route Monday afternoon after losing their climbing equipment and tent to high winds.  Poor weather conditions hampered rescue crews yesterday in their efforts to reach the climbers.  Crews are expected to try again today to rescue the group.

Harry's Fresh Foods Moving To WA

(Portland, OR)  --  Harry's Fresh Foods in Portland is moving to Everett, Washington.  The Oregonian reports the company is closing its Portland factory because it's too small and poorly managed.  The company plans to move its Portland operations to its site in Everett sometime this summer.  Nearly two-hundred employees will be laid off.

FBI Tested Possible Bigfoot Hair In 1970s

(Undated)  --  A 93-year-old Oregon man says he's not giving up on his quest to prove the existence of Bigfoot and Yeti.  Peter Byrne even got the FBI to analyze hair samples back in 1976, internal Bureau memos show.  Turns out, the hair belonged to a very non-mythical deer.  Byrne says he's been searching for evidence of the creatures since 1946, both here and high in the Himalayas.  Byrne says he's been fascinated with these stories since he was a child.

House Votes To Join Nat'l Popular Vote Compact

(Salem, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown will decide if Oregon should join the National Popular Vote compact.  It's a move that supporters say would modernize how the president is elected and ensure that every vote is counted equally.  Senate Bill 870 landed on Governor Brown's desk yesterday after the Oregon House approved the measure.

Police Investigate Downtown Portland Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting in downtown Portland.  The Portland Police Department says officers responded to the area of Southwest 13th Avenue and Southwest Clay Street Tuesday night on reports of gunfire.  Responding officers found evidence of gunfire but haven't been able to track down any victims.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

One Injured In SE Portland Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  One person is injured following a shooting in southeast Portland.  Police say the shooting happened yesterday in a Fred Meyer parking lot on Southeast Division Street.  Police found a suspect at the scene and arrested them.  The victim is recovering in a hospital.

Senate Passes Bill Banning Killing Coyotes For Competition

(Salem, OR)  --  A bill aimed at banning the killing of coyotes for competition is moving to the Oregon House.  The Senate approved the bill yesterday.  It bans coyote hunting contests, competitions, tournaments or derbies for prizes or other inducements.  It also requires hunters to forfeit remains of coyotes killed during banned events to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.  Senate Bill 723 does not place a ban on the killing of coyotes by ranchers or farmers protecting their livestock.

New Partnership Looks To Expand Healthcare To Rural Areas

(Sacramento, CA)  --  Medical schools at UC-Davis and Oregon Health & Science University will soon be working together to expand access to quality medical care in the rural areas between Portland and Sacramento.  Dr. Mark Henderson from the UC-Davis School of Medicine says the partnership addresses a shortage of doctors in these areas.  The California Oregon Medical Partnership to Address Disparities in Rural Education and Health, or COMPADRE for short, is being funded by a five-year, 1.8 (M) million dollar grant from the American Medical Association.

SE Portland Bar Apologizes For Trans Discrimination Incident

(Portland, OR)  --  A bar in southeast Portland is apologizing after security guards there forcefully removed a transgender person from the women's bathroom.  White Owl Social Club issued an apology on Facebook yesterday and added it has fired the two security guards involved in the incident.  Alex Schwarting tells KATU she was looking for an open stall in the women's bathroom at the bar Saturday when a security guard grabbed her and dragged her out by force.  Schwarting says she is in the process of transitioning into a man but is still legally female and still uses the pronouns she and her.

Drive-By Shooting Hits Home In Wilsonville

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a drive-by shooting in Wilsonville.  The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says a house was struck by at least two bullets in the shooting early yesterday morning on Southwest Stafford Road.  No injuries were reported.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

Police ID Man Killed In Paragliding Crash

(Netarts, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a man who was killed in a paragliding crash at Cape Lookout State Park.  Oregon State Police say Gary Mudrow of Beaverton died Sunday after his paraglider crashed into the ocean.  He was pulled from the water and medics began CPR.  He was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Crews Find $10K In Cash On MAX Train

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking to reunite a large sum of money with whoever left it behind on a MAX train last month.  TriMet says crew members were working on a train on May 9th when they found ten-thousand dollars in cash hidden under a seat.  TriMet handed the cash over to the Beaverton Police Department, which says they haven't been able to connect the cash to any crimes.  KATU-2 reports that if no one claims the money, it will likely end up going into the City of Beaverton's General Fund.

Horse Shot In Head, Leg In Washington County

(Portland, OR)  --  Police in Washington County are searching for suspects after someone shot a horse in the head near Cornelius.  The Washington County Sheriff's Office says the horse was grazing in a pasture along Southwest Riedweg Road Sunday night when someone shot it in the head and leg.  The horse was rushed into surgery and is expected to survive its injuries.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

Bicyclist Killed In Tigard Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  A bicyclist is dead following a crash with a convertible in Tigard.  Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue says the male bicyclist was struck last night at Highway 99 and Southwest Gaarde Street.  Police say the driver stayed at the scene and is cooperating with investigators.

Bill To Void Marijuana Convictions Heads To Governor's Desk

(Salem, OR)  --  A bill which voids marijuana-related convictions is heading to Governor Kate Brown's desk.  The Oregon House passed Senate Bill 420 yesterday, allowing a person convicted of marijuana possession, delivery, and manufacturing offenses that are no longer crimes under current law to apply to have their convictions set aside.  If signed by Governor Brown, eligible offenses must have occurred before July 1, 2015.

Appeals Court Upholds Dismissal Of Oregon Basketball Players

(Seattle, WA)  --  A U.S. appeals court is rejecting an appeal brought by three University of Oregon basketball players who said they were discriminated against when they were kicked out of school over rape allegations.  A female student accused Dominic Artis, Damyean Dotson and Brandon Austin of raping her at a party in 2014.  No criminal charges were filed and the three maintained the sexual contact was consensual, but the school dismissed them over code-of-conduct violations.  The players sued in 2015, saying they suffered gender discrimination, among other claims and a federal judge threw out their lawsuit. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld that decision yesterday stating that the three failed to make a plausible claim of discrimination.

PPB Delays Start Of Body Camera Pilot Program

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Police Bureau is delaying the start of its body camera pilot program.  The bureau was supposed to start testing out body cameras on its officers this month.  However, the bureau announced yesterday that it has not yet selected which body camera companies it wants to test on its officers.  Once the bureau does make its selections, they will be tested on officers from the Central Precinct and the bureau's traffic divisions.

Expansion Of Revenge Porn Law Heads To Governor's Desk

(Salem, OR)  --  A bill that expands the state's so-called revenge porn law is heading to Governor Kate Brown's desk.  The Senate passed House Bill 2393 yesterday.  It closes a loophole of the bill which makes it illegal to share nude photos or videos of another person without their permission on the internet.  The new law removes the distribution method requirement so it can also include sharing the images through text message, email, and other means. 

Motorcyclist Killed In Crash Near Estacada

(Portland, OR)  --  A motorcyclist is dead following a crash near Estacada.  Oregon State Police say 23-year-old Tigard resident Bailey Carlberg was riding his motorcycle west on Highway 224 Sunday afternoon when he lost control while navigating a curve in the road.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Three Teens Killed In Alleged DUII Crash In Salem

(Salem, OR)  --  Three teenagers are dead following an alleged DUI crash in Salem.  Police say the crash happened late Sunday night when a suspected drunk driver ran a red light at Salem Parkway and Cherry Avenue, slamming into another vehicle.  Three teens inside the other vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene.  Police have identified them as 19-year-old Trinity Watt, 19-year-old Madison Capobianco and 18-year-old Makayla Tryon.  Police identify the suspected drunk driver as 25-year-old Juan Carlos Rodríguez Palacios and say his blood alcohol content was nearly three times the legal limit at the time of his arrest.

Teens Accused Of Pepper-Spraying Safeway Employee After Shoplifting Attempt

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are seeking the public's help in their search for two teenage girls accused of pepper-spraying a Safeway employee after trying to shoplift from the store.  The Portland Police Bureau released a surveillance photo of the two girls yesterday.  Police say they tried to steal more than one-thousand-dollars' worth of personal care items from a Safeway in late April before store employees caught them and asked them to leave.  The teens then began threatening store employees before pepper-spraying a store manager outside the Safeway.  Police say they fled the scene in a white Kia.

Man Allegedly Breaks Into Home, Pins Woman With Chair

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Police Bureau is searching for a man accused of breaking into a woman's home and pinning her down with a chair.  KATU-2 reports the man broke into the woman's home on Northeast 32nd and Killingsworth Sunday night.  He then allegedly used a chair to push her onto a couch and pin her there.  The man fled the home after the woman's son-in-law rushed into the room and yelled at him.

Sen. Wyden Joins Group Of Senators Against Citizenship Question On 2020 Census

(Salem, OR)  --  Democratic Senator Ron Wyden is joining a group of 13 senators across the nation in calling for a federal investigation into the 2020 Census.  The group sent a letter to the inspectors general of the departments of Justice and Commerce raising concerns over new evidence dealing with a citizenship question.  This letter follows previous efforts by Wyden to push back against Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross's decision to add the citizenship question to the Census.

DUI Crash Kills Infant, Injures Toddler

(Portland, OR)  --  A 7-month-old baby is dead and a toddler is critically injured following an alleged DUI crash in Boardman.  Oregon State Police say 39-year-old Veronica Andrade was driving east on I-84 early yesterday morning when her vehicle veered to the right and rolled.  An infant in Andrade's car was killed, and a 3-year-old was rushed to a Portland hospital.  Police arrested Andrade on charges of first-degree manslaughter, DUII, reckless driving, reckless endangering and first-degree assault.  Andrade's relationship to the children is not yet clear.

Governors Call For Stronger Abortion Laws

(Sacramento, CA)  --  Governor Kate Brown is joining California Governor Gavin Newsom and Washington Governor Jay Inslee in calling for stronger reproductive health laws.  The letter says states must put their own protections in place to defend every American's right to reproductive freedom.  The governors are calling for stronger protections in statute and state constitutions.  They say Roe vs Wade is settled law, and efforts by a handful of states to undermine federal law are unconstitutional.

Police Seek Suspected Car Prowler

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect accused of prowling for cars in southeast Portland.  The Portland Police Bureau says the man was spotted breaking into a car near Division Street and Southeast 69th Avenue Saturday afternoon.  The man allegedly drove the car a short distance down the road and then jumped out, fleeing police on foot.

Police Seek Missing Elderly Vancouver Couple

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police in Vancouver are seeking the public's help in their search for a missing elderly couple.  The Vancouver Police Department says Crystil and Wesley Cherry were reported missing yesterday.  They were last seen leaving their Vancouver home Saturday night.  They're said to be driving a white 2000 Honda CRV.

At Least One Killed In Salem Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  At least one person is dead following a crash in Salem.  Police say the crash happened late last night on northbound Salem Parkway at Cherry Avenue.  All northbound lanes were closed early this morning.  Police say the investigation is expected to continue through the morning.

Largest Downtown Food Cart Pod Closing For Development Project

(Portland, OR)  --  The largest food cart pod in downtown Portland is slated to close at the end of the month.  City Center Parking sent out a letter to food cart owners late last week saying the pod will shut down by June 30th to make way for a major development project.  All vendor contracts will be terminated by that date.


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