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(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are confirming three new coronavirus deaths in Oregon.  The Oregon Health Authority announced the deaths yesterday of a 73-year-old Clackamas County woman, a 73-year-old Multnomah County man and a 72-year-old Polk County man.  Their deaths raise the state's death count to 151.  So far, there have been four-thousand-86 cases in Oregon.
 



(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon Governor Kate Brown is approving Washington County's request to enter Phase One reopening on June 1st.  That means restaurants, bars, beauty salons, barber shops and gyms can open as long as they follow specific guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Multnomah County is now the only county that hasn't reopened.  They will make their request June 5th and hope to get approval to reopen on June 12th.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A cyclist is recovering from injuries after being hit by a car in Hillsboro.  Police say the crash happened yesterday morning at the intersection of the Hillsboro Highway and Scholls Ferry Road.  LifeFlight flew the person to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.  The driver was cited for careless driving.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon health officials are working to contain a COVID-19 outbreak at Townsend Farm facilities in Fairview and Cornelius.  Officials say 48 people out of 350 who arrived on May 23rd to harvest fruit have tested positive for the virus.  Health officials believe they were exposed to the virus before they arrived in Oregon.  The patients have been quarantined and are being provided food while they recover.



(Portland, OR)  --  The City of Portland has eight-million dollars available for rental assistance.  Four-and-a-half-million dollars comes from a previous federal rental assistance program, while another three-point-eight-million dollars comes from the federal CARES Act.  The funds are expected to provide at least three months of emergency rent assistance to approximately two-thousand households.  The Portland Housing Bureau is working with Home Forward, the Joint Office of Homeless Services and other Multnomah County agencies to distribute the money.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Officials say 119 people have now tested positive for COVID-19 as part of the Firestone Pacific Foods outbreak in Vancouver.  Production at the facility was stopped last week when the first two people tested positive.  Clark County's move into Phase 2 of the reopening is on hold because of the outbreak.  Firestone has released a 50-point safety plan that includes screening before shifts, testing for anyone exposed, mandatory masks and new partitions inside of the work area.



(Salem, OR)  --  First time jobless claims in Oregon are up again.  More than 17-thousand people filed first time claims last week.  That's an increase of around two-thousand from the week before.  More than 402-thousand Oregonians have filed for unemployment since pandemic-related layoffs began.



(Salem, OR)  --  The Oregon DMV will reopen 40 offices on June 3rd, but there are changes because of the pandemic.  The offices are limited to only providing services for driver licenses and ID cards.  You need to call starting June 1st to make an appointment.  DMV is adding staff to the call center, but they expect wait times on the phone lines to be long.



(Portland, OR)  --  The City of Portland has a new program that allows businesses to expand seating into the streets.  When Multnomah County gets approval to reopen, restaurants will have to operate at half capacity and this will allow them to add seats outside.  The Portland Bureau of Transportation will review applications and determine whether parking spaces can be blocked or whether entire streets will be closed.  Businesses will have to pay for traffic cones or anything else necessary to make the seating area safe.



(Portland, OR)  --  The hot weather will send people to popular swimming areas to cool off this weekend.  However, AMR wants people to know they won't have lifeguards at High Rocks Park in Gladstone and Glenn Otto Park in Troutdale.  AMR says their lifeguards haven't been able to train and be certified, because the pools are closed.  There's also no way of protecting lifeguards from COVID-19 if they have to rescue an individual who is infected.  They are urging all swimmers to wear life jackets.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon's tally of coronavirus cases is now past the four-thousand mark.  The Oregon Health Authority announced 71 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 yesterday, raising the state's total number of cases to four-thousand-38.  Recent increases have been tied to specific locations of a business that operates in the Portland area and in the Willamette Valley.  No new deaths were reported yesterday for the third day in a row.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for three suspects accused of pickpocketing an elderly woman at a Portland grocery store.  The Portland Police Bureau says the 78-year-old woman was shopping at the store off West Burnside Street on May 19th when the thieves swiped her wallet from inside her purse.  Police say the woman didn't notice her wallet was gone until she got to the checkout line.  Video surveillance footage of the incident shows a man distracting the woman while a female suspect grabs the wallet.  The third suspect is accused of driving the getaway vehicle.



(Portland, OR)  --  Multnomah County could enter phase one of the state's reopening plan in about two weeks.  County leaders say they're looking to submit an application next week Friday to reopen the county under phase one on June 12th.  Officials say the time frame should give businesses enough time to prepare to reopen under phase one guidelines.  The county currently has 58 contact tracers in place but hopes to have 122 ready by the deadline.  Multnomah County is the last county to apply for Phase One. 



(Coos Bay, OR)  --  The 2020 Holiday Lights at Shore Acres is being cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Event organizers announced the cancellation yesterday.  Organizers say preparation for the event would normally be starting about now, but there's too much uncertainty about how the pandemic will progress between now and November to start working on it. 



(Walla Walla, WA)  --  A southern Washington state man is facing charges after allegedly trying to ship marijuana through the mail.  Police in Walla Walla say Justin Rodriguez was caught trying to mail 12 pounds of pot at a private shipping store.  Rodriguez allegedly had a small child with him while trying to mail the pot.  Police served a search warrant at his home and found seven-and-a-half more pounds of marijuana along with scales, packing materials and cash.  He was arrested on several charges including delivery of marijuana.



(Portland, OR)  --  Mt. Hood National Forest will reopen most of its day-use and trailhead sites tomorrow.  The U.S. Forest Service says nearly all trailheads will be reopening along with off-highway vehicle areas, picnic areas, trails and boat ramps.  Campgrounds will remain closed for the time being.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland State University has a new president.  The Portland State board of trustees voted unanimously yesterday to name interim president Stephen Percy the school's tenth president.  The board says Percy has shown strong leadership in response to challenges to campus safety and declining enrollment.  The board also praised his handling of transitioning the college to a virtual campus amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.



(Portland, OR)  --  A business in the tri-county area is experiencing an outbreak of coronavirus.  The Oregon Health Authority has not yet named the business, but says the outbreak doesn't appear to pose a major risk to surrounding residents.  Local leaders are reportedly investigating the outbreak.  So far, 41 Multnomah County residents have been sickened by the outbreak, and officials say they're expecting more positive test results in the coming days.



(Portland, OR)  --  Ilani Casino is reopening its doors today.  The casino says it will open to the public at noon after a more than two-month closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Guests will be required to wear face masks, and staff members will be taking guests' temperatures at all entrances.  Seating will also be spaced out to ensure proper social distancing.



(Milwaukie, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into the discovery of human remains in the Willamette River.  Police in Milwaukie say a group of You-Tubers was diving in the river at the Jefferson Street boat ramp yesterday when they found the remains inside a car that was pulled from the water.  Police say the car is connected to a missing persons case out of Portland from 2008.  A medical examiner is working to identify the remains.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Officials are confirming four more coronavirus cases among workers at a food processing plant in Vancouver.  Clark County Public Health reports 69 employees at Firestone Pacific Foods have now tested positive for COVID-19.  Another 15 close contacts of those employees have also tested positive for the virus.  The plant halted its operations last Tuesday after the outbreak emerged.  The company says it hopes to resume production at the facility this Thursday, pending approval from county health officials.



(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are confirming more than a dozen new coronavirus cases in Oregon.  The Oregon Health Authority announced 18 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, raising the state's total number of cases so far to three-thousand-967.  No new deaths were reported, leaving the state's death toll at 148.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges after allegedly holding a woman against her will at a motel in northeast Portland.  Police responded to the Econolodge on Northeast 96th Avenue near Sandy Boulevard yesterday after the woman called 9-1-1.  Police say the woman initially called police around 9:30 a.m. but didn't know where she was.  Investigators tracked them down and responded to the motel around 2 p.m.  The man was detained without incident.  No injuries were reported.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland-based restaurant owner is permanently closing all of his restaurants due to financial fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.  David Machado says he's shutting down Nel Centro, Altabira City Tavern, Tanner Creek Tavern, Citizen Baker and Pullman Wine Bar and Merchant.  Machado says he can't afford to keep the restaurants open as pandemic-related closures continue to stretch on.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Gresham woman is safe after going missing earlier this week.  The Gresham Police Department says 28-year-old Bronwyn Miles was located in downtown Portland and has been reunited with her family.  Police were searching for her after she disappeared Monday afternoon.



(Portland, OR)  --  One lane of Burnside Bridge will be closed again tomorrow for repairs.  Transportation officials say the outside eastbound transit-only lane will be closed from 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. for electrical repairs to the drawbridge controls.  The same lane was closed yesterday for repairs as well.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a theft suspect following a standoff in Coos County.  Police arrested 41-year-old Jack White of Coos Bay Sunday following a pursuit and standoff.  He's accused of breaking into a car in the North Spit area at the end of Trans-Pacific Parkway Saturday and stealing a purse from the front seat.



(Lake Oswego, OR)  --  Some Lake Oswego families are enjoying free pizza courtesy of Pizza Hut.  KATU reports the Tualatin Pizza Hut teamed up with Lake Oswego Schools to donate 120 pizzas to its free meal program.  The pizzas were delivered yesterday to families picking up their free lunches at Lakeridge High School, Lakeridge Middle School, Lake Grove Elementary and Lake Oswego High School. 



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon's tally of coronavirus cases is approaching the four-thousand mark.  The Oregon Health Authority announced 19 new confirmed cases and four new presumptive cases of the virus yesterday.  The new cases raise Oregon's total number of cases so far to three-thousand-949.  No new deaths were reported, leaving the state's death toll at 148.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  The mayor of Beaverton is extending his emergency declaration in connection to the coronavirus pandemic.  Mayor Denny Doyle announced yesterday he's extending the order through at least June 7th.  The order was originally set to expire yesterday.



(Portland, OR)  --  The city of Portland is considering resuming clean-ups of homeless camps.  Officials with the city and Multnomah County say they're currently looking into ways to break up homeless camps without causing a major spread of coronavirus.  Officials acknowledge that the move would go against federal health guidelines.  Portland and Multnomah County suspended homeless camp clean-ups in mid-March to help limit the spread of the virus while allowing the homeless to shelter in place.



(Portland, OR)  --  Some state campgrounds are set to reopen soon.  Oregon State Parks says many campgrounds will reopen for overnight camping on June 9th.  Reservations are highly recommended.



(Portland, OR)  --  A 13-year-old Utah girl is dead after a tree fell on her family's boat in Marion County's Detroit Lake.  It happened Sunday afternoon in the Box Canyon area of the lake.  Police say the family's boat was tethered to a second boat when a large tree toppled over and landed on the girl.  She was rushed to a hospital, where she died.  No other injuries were reported.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Officials are confirming dozens of coronavirus cases at a food processing plant in Vancouver.  Clark County Public Health reports 65 employees at Firestone Pacific Foods have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Monday.  Another 87 workers have tested negative.  The plant halted its operations last Tuesday after the outbreak emerged.  The company says it hopes to resume production at the facility this Thursday, pending approval from county health officials.



(Portland, OR)  --  Two suspected drug dealers are facing charges after allegedly getting caught with drugs, stolen IDs and credit cards.  Police arrested Ryan Paul Lavers and Michael Scott Crist Saturday near Northwest 22nd Avenue and Northwest Nicolai Street.  Police responded to the scene after receiving a report that the men were using drugs inside a vehicle there.  Police say the men had heroin, methamphetamine and Xanax as well as several stolen IDs, fraudulently created credit cards and sensitive financial data from multiple victims.



(Gresham, OR)  --  Police say there were several reports of a black bear in the Gresham area yesterday afternoon.  The reports centered around Southeast 242nd and Stark Street.  Residents were told to stay inside and to keep their pets indoors.  Police used a drone to search the area, but they weren't able to find the bear.



(Salem, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown is supporting a letter signed by 26 mayors asking people to stay home over the Memorial Day weekend.  The mayors are from towns along the Coast, in the Willamette Valley and Central Oregon.  They say that while they're reopening, many businesses aren't ready for the crush of visitors that could come over the holiday weekend.



(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are confirming two-dozen new cases of coronavirus in Oregon.  The Oregon Health Authority announced 24 new confirmed cases yesterday, raising the state's total number of cases so far to three-thousand-817.  Health officials also confirmed one new death from COVID-19, raising the state's death toll to 145.  The patient was a 93-year-old Polk County woman with underlying medical conditions.  She died May 20th after testing positive on May 2nd.



(Grants Pass, OR)  --  Dutch Bros. Coffee and its customers raised nearly one-and-a-half million dollars for the Muscular Dystrophy Association on the company's 14th annual Drink One For Dane Day on May 8th.  More than 390 shops in seven states took part in the fundraiser to help ALS research, patient care and advocacy.



(Portland, OR)  --  Umpqua Bank has released details on the loans processed through the Payroll Protection Program.  More than 405-million dollars was distributed to nearly 24-hundred small business owners.  The money will help keep 45-thousand people employed.  The loans went to businesses in Clackamas, Multnomah, Washington and Clark counties.



(Salem, OR)  --  An Oregon State Prison inmate who had COVID-19 has died.  The Oregon Department of Corrections says the man was between 50 and 60 years old.  He was in a hospital when he died.  A total of 38 Department of Corrections employees have tested positive for COVID-19 along with 148 inmates.  Prisons are conducting extra cleanings and inmates are making masks at three facilities.  All inmates have been offered two masks and employees have been offered one mask.



(Grand Ronde, OR)  --  Spirit Mountain Casino and Lodge will reopen on June 1st.  The casino will require masks to be worn at all table games, and they strongly encourage guests to wear masks.  The Casino will provide masks for guests that don't have one.  The temperature of guests will be taken when they enter the building.  Hand sanitizer and wipe dispensers are located throughout the buildings.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a suspect in connection to a robbery in southwest Portland.  Police say the suspect entered a convenience store on Southwest Gibbs Street near OHSU yesterday and implied he had a gun.  He stole cash and cigarettes and then fled.  Police searched the area and arrested 38-year-old Dathan Hall.  A search recovered 82 dollars in small bills and two packs of Camel filter cigarettes, the same brand that was stolen from the store.



(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead following a shooting in Sandy.  Police responded to the 15-thousand block of Bluff Road around 5 o'clock last night on reports of a disturbance and several shots fired.  Responding officers found one man dead at the scene.  Police have arrested 26-year-old Joseph David Paul Anaya and detained a second person for questioning.



(Portland, OR)  --  Powell's Books is now offering curbside contactless pickup at its downtown Portland location.  The bookseller announced yesterday they'll be offering order pickups outside the store entrance on Northwest 11th Avenue and Northwest Couch Street.  Customers can order books for pickup by making a purchase on Powells-dot-com and choosing "store pickup" during checkout.



(Salem, OR)  --  The Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs is planning a digital state Memorial Day ceremony.  The ceremony will live stream on the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs Facebook page starting at 10 a.m. on Monday.  Later in the day, they will unveil a special video tribute to fallen Oregon Veterans on the Facebook page and other social media.



(Portland, OR)  --  Former Mayor Sam Adams is bowing out of the Portland City Council race.  Adams emailed supporters last night saying he has called Chloe Eudaly and Mingus Mapps to concede the race.  Adams congratulated both candidates on making it to the general election in May.  As of last night, incumbent Eudaly was in the lead with 31-percent of the vote.  Mapps followed close behind with 29-percent.



(Portland, OR)  --  Mark Hass and Shemia Fagan remain neck and neck in the race for the Democratic nomination for Oregon Secretary of State.  New ballot counts released last night show both candidates with just under 36-percent of the vote.  Fagan leads Hass by just under two-thousand votes.  In third place is Jamie McLeod-Skinner with 28-percent of the vote.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland's mayoral race appears to be headed for a runoff election.  New numbers released last night show incumbent Mayor Ted Wheeler leading with just under 50-percent of the vote.  Candidates in city primary elections must get at least 50-percent of the vote plus one in order to prevent a runoff election.  Wheeler's closest challenger Sarah Iannarone has just 24-percent of the vote.



(Portland, OR)  --  Regency Park Assisted Living and Memory Care in southwest Portland says it is now officially coronavirus-free.  The senior living facility made the announcement Monday.  The facility says 15 residents and staff members who tested positive for COVID-19 in March have now all tested negative for the virus twice.  One resident at the home died after contracting COVID-19.



(Seaside, OR)  --  Hotels in Seaside are opening back up next week.  The Seaside City Council voted five-to-one yesterday to reopen hotels and other lodgings to visitors starting Tuesday, May 26th.  City councilors note that though hotels will be allowed to reopen on that date, hotels will not be required to open.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Police say they've made an arrest in connection to a deadly shooting at a MAX station in Hillsboro late last year.  Police arrested 21-year-old Jason Bennekin at Portland's Union Station yesterday on charges of second-degree murder and unlawful use of a weapon.  Bennekin is accused of shooting and killing 21-year-old Kevin Marshall on December 11th in the parking lot of the Quatama MAX Station.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing a decade behind bars after attacking two women in Portland's Pearl District.  The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office says 37-year-old Jason Ray Stewart has been sentenced to ten years in prison for the assaults in January of 2019.  Police say he followed a woman into her apartment on Northwest 14th Avenue and dragged her down the hallway.  He fled the scene after another resident stepped out of his apartment with a baseball bat.  Police say he also grabbed another woman entering the apartment building by her face and neck.  Stewart pleaded guilty to second-degree kidnapping, burglary and coercion.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into an early-morning fire that destroyed a house in southwest Portland.  Firefighters responded to the two-alarm fire on Southwest Rivington Drive around 4 o'clock this morning.  No injuries were reported, but fire officials say the home is a total loss.  It's not yet clear what sparked the blaze.



(Portland, OR)  --  Mike Schmidt is poised to become Multnomah County's next district attorney.  Ballot counts from Tuesday's primary show Schmidt winning the race with 77-percent of the vote.  Opponent Ethan Knight followed with just 23-percent.  Schmidt will replace current District Attorney Rod Underhill, who decided against seeking reelection.



(Portland, OR)  --  Nonprofit director Carmen Rubio is set to become Portland's first Latina commissioner.  Ballot counts from Tuesday's primary election show Rubio winning the race for Portland Commissioner Position 1 with 68-percent of the vote.  Rubio will replace Amanda Fritz, who announced her decision not to seek reelection last year.  Rubio is the longtime executive director of the community nonprofit group Latino Network.



(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are confirming two new deaths from coronavirus in Oregon.  The Oregon Health Authority announced the deaths yesterday of a 70-year-old Umatilla County woman and a 69-year-old Linn County man.  Both patients had underlying health conditions.  The state's death toll now stands at 140.



(Portland, OR)  --  NBC News is projecting Joe Biden as the winner of Oregon's Democratic presidential primary.  The state comes with a total of 61 delegates.  The former vice president has been running unopposed since Bernie Sanders dropped out last month.  Biden is the presumptive Democratic nominee to take on President Trump this November. 



(Portland, OR)  --  Incumbent Ted Wheeler is enjoying a wide lead in the race for Portland mayor.  Early ballot counts from yesterday's primary election show Wheeler in the lead with 52-percent of the vote.  Sarah Iannarone has the second-highest number of votes with 23-percent.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland City Council incumbent Chloe Eudaly remains neck and neck with two challengers for her Position 4 seat.  Early ballot counts from yesterday's primary election show Eudaly narrowly leading the race with 30-percent of the vote.  Community organizer Mingus Mapps follows close behind with 29-percent, and former Portland Mayor Sam Adams is in third with 28-percent.  The top two finishers in the race will go on to compete in November's election unless one of the candidates end up with 50-percent of the vote plus one.



(Portland, OR)  --  A 101-year-old man is being reunited with his electric trike.  KATU reports the stolen trike was returned to Chester Cunningham in Clackamas County on Sunday.  The trike was reported stolen on May 4th.  The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says they retrieved the stolen trike after receiving an anonymous tip. 



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon has over three-dozen new cases of coronavirus.  The Oregon Health Authority announced 33 new confirmed cases yesterday along with eight new presumptive cases.  Marion County had the most new cases with 12, followed by Multnomah County with nine.  Oregon has now had a total of three-thousand-726 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic started.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland voters are giving their approval to a renewal of a ten-cent-per-gallon gas tax.  Early ballot counts show Portland Measure 26-209 passing with 77-percent of the vote.  The measure is aimed at funding street and roadway improvements.



(Portland, OR)  --  Voters appear to be approving a measure funding homeless services.  Early ballot counts show Metro's Measure 26-210 passing with about 57-percent of the vote.  The measure would enact a one-percent tax on large businesses and high-income residents to raise 250-million dollars a year for homeless services.  The tax would apply to individuals making over 125-thousand dollars a year and families with a household income of more than 200-thousand dollars a year.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are seeking the public's help in their search for a man who's been missing for nearly two weeks.  The Portland Police Bureau says 53-year-old Thomas Beckett was last seen leaving his home on May 8th.  Police believe he may have been traveling to Seal Rock.  His car is described as a maroon and gold 2000 Subaru Legacy with the Oregon license plate JAEQ.



(Portland, OR)  --  Clackamas County is moving forward with applying for phase one reopening.  Clackamas County Council members voted unanimously last night to submit an application despite not having fully met three of the seven requirements to qualify for phase one.  The county says they plan to submit an application by Friday.  Washington County says it will also submit an application for phase one reopening on Friday.  Meanwhile, Multnomah County says it's still not ready to apply for phase one.



(Salem, OR)  --  The Oregon Supreme Court is pumping the brakes on a rural judge's order to end Governor Kate Brown's pandemic-related restrictions.  The state's highest court has placed a hold on Baker County Circuit Judge Matthew Shirtcliff's ruling earlier yesterday.  Shirtcliff issued a preliminary injunction against the governor's executive orders closing businesses and churches.  The case was brought to the judge by the groups Common Sense for Oregon and Pacific Justice Institute.  Governor Brown issued a statement last night saying her emergency orders will remain in effect statewide while the court hears arguments in the case.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon's primary election takes place today.  Ballots that have not yet been mailed in must be taken to a ballot drop-off site.  Ballot drop-off sites will be open until 8 p.m.



(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are confirming one new coronavirus death in Oregon and over five-dozen new cases.  The Oregon Health Authority announced 62 new cases yesterday, raising the state's total number of cases so far to three-thousand-687.  The new death announced yesterday brings Oregon's death toll to 138.  Currently, 54 Oregonians are hospitalized for the virus.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Multnomah County District Attorney's office is out with a new social media campaign to get reports of bias crimes.  The campaign is called "We Need to Know."  District Attorney Rod Underhill says they need people to report when they're targeted with a bias crime.  There have been reports of crimes against Asians related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Multnomah County D-A has received one bias crime-related case that's under investigation.  Bias crime victims can report their cases to Portland Police.



(Kelso, WA)  --  Kelso Police are investigating a murder-suicide that happened Friday night.  Police say the incident started with a shooting from one vehicle at a another.  Both vehicles stopped in a convenience store parking lot.  Witnesses say 60-year-old Scott Belensky shot and killed 31-year-old Brittany Thuney and then killed himself.  Belenski was the biological grandfather of Thuney's seven-year-old child, who had just been dropped off with Belenski's son.  The child has been turned over to Thuney's family.



(Portland, OR)  --  More than 45-thousand dollars in stolen property has been returned to its rightful owner in Portland.  The Portland Police Bureau seized the items from a storage locker while investigating 38-year-old Eric Lamberton for burglary.  A Tiffany lamp shade worth between 40 and 50-thousand dollars was among the stolen items, along with a Max Bohm painting worth five-thousand dollars.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is facing a 500-dollar fine.  The City of Portland's auditor's office announced yesterday that Wheeler listed his largest campaign donors on a campaign mailer in a font that is too small for the average person to read.  It's Wheeler's second campaign violation in as many months after he was warned last month for failing to list his top five campaign donors on campaign communications.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Police continue their crackdown on illegal street racing.  On Sunday night, they conducted 27 traffic stops, issued 24 citations and towed four vehicles.  Police also arrested four people.



(Ridgefield, WA)  --  The Ilani Casino in Ridgefield will reopen next Thursday.  Special health protocols will be in place including taking temperatures of people entering the casino.  Some gaming machines will be turned off to create physical distancing, and there will be plexiglass barriers on table games and frequent sanitizing of high-touch surfaces several times a day.  A special ceremony will be held at noon next Thursday when the casino reopens.



(Salem, OR)  --  Three Oregon men have been charged with poaching 27 big game animals and could face 162-thousand dollars in penalties.  Oregon State Police accuse them of illegally killing deer, elk, bear, bobcat and cougar over a two year period.  The men are identified as William Hollings, Nicholas Lisenby and Eric Hamilton.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon has received its first shipments of the experimental coronavirus drug remdesivir.  The drug is being tested as a treatment for COVID-19 and is believed to help patients with severe symptoms recover faster.  The Oregon Health Authority has enough of the drug for 80 patients to receive a 10-day treatment course. There are currently 56 people hospitalized for COVID-19 in Oregon.



(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are confirming nine new cases of coronavirus in Oregon.  The Oregon Health Authority announced the new cases yesterday, raising the state's total number of cases so far to three-thousand-623.  Multnomah County had the most new cases with five followed by Marion County with three.  No new deaths were reported yesterday, leaving the state's death toll at 137.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  The eruption that blew 13-hundred feet off the top of Mount St. Helens happened 40 years ago today.  The eruption sent super-heated pyroclastic flows down the flanks of the mountain and killed 57 people.  Flooding destroyed bridges, roads, a railroad line, logging camps and houses.  The ash plume covered eastern Washington with several inches of ash.  Seismologists say there are no signs of an imminent eruption in the near future, but it is likely to erupt again.



(Aumsville, OR)  --  One man is dead following a house fire near Aumsville.  Fire officials say two people were in the home when the fire started yesterday.  A woman was able to escape with minor injuries.  A neighbor helped the woman's father out of the house, but he died while being transported to a hospital.  Firefighters say the cause was accidental, but they haven't said how the fire started.



(Cascade Locks, OR)  --  Two people are recovering from minor injuries after a single-engine plane crashed into the Columbia River near Cascade Locks.  Witnesses say the plane was attempting to land at the Cascade Locks Airfield yesterday morning and it appeared as if the landing gear wasn't down.  The plane nosed toward the river and skipped across the water before sinking.  The pilot and passenger were able to get out of the plane and swam to shore.  They were taken to a hospital in Portland for treatment of minor injuries.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police are searching for a missing and vulnerable teenage girl.  The Clark County Sheriff's Office says 17-year-old Summer Poulson was last seen late Saturday night in the Felida area.  She's described as five-foot-five and 130 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.  Police say she may have a blue bicycle with her.



(Tillamook, OR)  --  One person is dead following a crash on Highway 101 near Tillamook.  The Oregon Department of Transportation says the crash happened yesterday, shutting down both directions of Highway 101 for several hours.  It's not yet clear what caused the crash.  An investigation is ongoing.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting in northeast Portland.  Police responded to the area of Northeast 115th and Prescott last night to find a man suffering from a gunshot wound.  He was rushed to a hospital.  It's not yet clear whether police have identified a suspect in the shooting, but investigators say there's no threat to the community.



(Newberg, OR)  --  Newberg's 99W Drive-In theater is reopening its gates this weekend.  KATU reports the theater will start showing movies again this Friday.  A schedule of films for the weekend is expected to be unveiled sometime today.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Tomorrow is Oregon's primary election.  Ballots that have not yet been mailed in must be taken to a ballot drop-off site by tomorrow night.  Ballot drop-off sites will be open until 8 p.m. 



(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are confirming three new coronavirus deaths in Oregon.  The Oregon Health Authority reported the new deaths yesterday, raising the state's death toll to 137.  Officials also confirmed 67 new cases of the virus, bringing the state's tally of coronavirus cases so far to three-thousand-479.



(Salem, OR)  --  The Oregon Employment Department received 14-thousand new unemployment claims over the last week, bringing the total since March 15th to 396-thousand.  Tens of thousands of claims still haven't been processed, because they're more complex.  The Employment Department has nearly 700 people working in a call center seven days a week to contact those people and complete the claims.



(Troutdale, OR)  --  A suspect in a homicide in Ritzville, Washington is behind bars following a wild pursuit on I-84 near Troutdale.  Oregon State Police troopers spotted the suspect's car near Hood River yesterday and attempted to stop him, leading to a chase.  During the pursuit, the suspect allegedly stopped several times to shoot at troopers.  The suspect then allegedly carjacked another vehicle near Rooster Rock State Park and continued the pursuit.  Police used spike strips and a PIT maneuver near Troutdale to stop the car and arrested 26-year-old Grayson Morris.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland General Electric and Pacific Power are reporting an increase in scams related to COVID-19.  So far this year, customers report losing more than 45-thousand dollars.  Thieves impersonate electric company employees using phone calls, texts, emails and even knocking on doors.  They threaten to disconnect service immediately unless they receive payment through a prepaid card or Bitcoin.  During the COVID-19 crisis, utilities have stopped disconnecting customers.



(Salem, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown is approving requests from 31 counties to start the reopening process.  That means restaurants, bars, personal services and gyms can re-open under specific rules in those counties.  Marion County and Polk County had their requests denied because hospital cases continue to rise and they don't have enough contact tracing.  The state has provided 20 workers to help those counties, and their requests will be reviewed in a week.



(Portland, OR)  --  Feast Portland is being cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Organizers of the iconic September food festival announced the cancellation yesterday.  Organizers say they may decide to move forward with some smaller events, depending on how the pandemic progresses over the summer.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  New details are coming to light regarding the deadly officer-involved shooting of a man last month in Vancouver.  The Vancouver Police Department says 50-year-old William Abbe was armed with some metal sticks and was refusing officers' orders to drop the weapons.  Three officers responded to the refusal by opening fire, killing the man.  The officers were not injured.  Police were in the area responding to reports of two men fighting.



(Salem, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into the discovery of a body in the Willamette River.  The Salem Police Department says firefighters pulled a man's body from the river yesterday afternoon near Wallace Marine Park.  Investigators are still working to identify the body.  It's not yet clear how the person died.



(Portland, OR)  --  The family of a woman who died from COVID-19 at Healthcare at Foster Creek in Portland is taking legal action.  The family of 75-year-old Judy Jones has filed a lawsuit against the facility.  The facility had nearly 30 patients die from the virus, and more than 100 patients contracted COVID-19.  The State of Oregon suspended the facility's license and moved patients to other care centers.



(Seaside, OR)  --  Seaside Beach is opening back up next week.  The Seaside City Council voted unanimously this week to reopen the beach on Monday.  The city is also reopening parks, waterways and trails throughout the Seaside area.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Health Authority is reporting the first case of a child in Oregon with a complication that's believed to be related to COVID-19.  There have been around 150 cases in the U.S. of pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome.  The condition is similar to Kawasaki disease.  Symptoms include a high fever, rash, swelling, redness of the eyes and inflammation of the mouth, lips and throat.  The child is being treated at Randall Children's Hospital.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon health officials are confirming four new coronavirus deaths.  The Oregon Health Authority announced the deaths of three Polk County residents and one Washington County resident.  The patients ranged in age from 90 to 100-years-old.  Their deaths raise Oregon's death toll from the pandemic to 134.  Officials also confirmed 55 new cases yesterday, bringing the state's total number of confirmed and presumptive cases to three-thousand-416.



(Tallahassee, FL)  --  Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is welcoming back professional sports.  The governor saysthat any team in a state that can't feasibly hold sporting events is welcome to come play in the state.  The news comes a day after Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced he would be welcoming back professional sports to the state of Arizona beginning on Saturday.



(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon Governor Kate Brown is facing a lawsuit from several businesses over her Stay Home order.  The lawsuit is led by the group Open Our Oregon, from Hood River, which includes nine businesses.  It argues the order violates their rights and that the order was issued without consulting the legislature.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Hood to Coast relay is being canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Organizers say the limits on group events forced the cancellation.  Team registrations will automatically be transferred to next year's race.



(Portland, OR)  --  Just over 27-thousand Oregon households will get 2020 Census invitations and questionnaires dropped at their doors this week.  The U.S. Census Bureau says most of these drop offs are for households that do not receive mail at their physical address.  No one will contact you, and Census Bureau field staff will follow social distancing and wear official government provided personal protective equipment when doing drop offs.  Nationally, five-million households will get Census materials dropped off at their residence.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Police are releasing new details about a shooting that happened in the Argay Neighborhood on Mother's Day.  The shooting happened near 140th and Northeast Sandy Boulevard.  Police say the victim was standing outside of his car with his two-year-old son in a car seat when he was shot.  Police say he is expected to survive.  Police have not identified a suspect and are asking for help from the public.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland International Airport will require all travelers to wear face coverings starting May 18th.  Children under age two and people with medical conditions that prevent face coverings are exempt.  Port of Portland Chief Operating Officer Dan Pippinger says it's an important step to restore trust in the travel process.  The meeter-and-greeter areas are also closed.  They're asking groups that want to meet a traveler to do it at home.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is donating 20 tons of food to the Portland Sunshine Division.  The church says it chose the Sunshine Division because of its ability to distribute large quantities of food.  The food delivery is expected to arrive sometime this morning.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Zoo has a new two-year-old giraffe.  Kiden [[ KIE'-den ]] recently arrived from South Carolina's Greenville Zoo and this week met the zoo's two other giraffes.  Zoo officials say the meeting went well and Kiden is getting along with Buttercup and Desi.  The transfer almost didn't happen because of the Oregon Zoo's loss of revenue during the COVID-19 closure, but a donor stepped up and paid for the entire move.



(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon Governor Kate Brown will make an announcement today on which counties can start entering Phase One of the state's reopening plan.  The counties need to meet seven prerequisites before they can get approval.  All of the counties outside of the Portland area have applied.  Clackamas County Commissioners will review their draft application next week, and Multnomah County leaders will hold a news conference this afternoon to update where they stand in meeting the requirements.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges after allegedly trying to break into a business and then running from police into a nearby grocery store.  It happened yesterday morning in northeast Portland.  Police say 36-year-old Matthew Medlin was attempting to break into the Snack Shack at the Gateway Transit Station when officers confronted him.  Medlin then allegedly ran from police into the nearby Winco Food Stores.  Officers found him in the stockroom and arrested him after a brief struggle in which he falsely claimed to have a gun.  No serious injuries were reported.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a woman accused of opening fire on a house in northeast Portland after the homeowner asked her to stop picking her flowers.  Police say the woman was plucking flowers from the home's front yard near Northeast 63rd Avenue and Hoyt Street yesterday when the homeowner caught her and asked her to stop.  The woman allegedly left but then came back half an hour later in the same vehicle and fired four shots into the front of the home.  No injuries were reported.  The suspect vehicle is described as a white four-door hatchback.



(Corvallis, OR)  --  A man is facing charges after allegedly using bear spray inside a coffee shop in Corvallis.  Police arrested Darren Perreard for the incident Sunday.  Police say Perreard became upset after learning the shop was only accepting debit and credit cards for payment and deployed bear spray against two people.  Police tracked him down nearby and arrested him.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon State Police says it may have to cut hundreds of jobs due to a loss in revenue.  The law enforcement agency says it could be forced to eliminate 199 positions by July.  The agency says its forecast revenue for May is down by three-billion-dollars.  The agency is also expecting to lose some funding with Governor Kate Brown's anticipated 27-million-dollar budget cuts to state agencies.  Oregon State Police says it is awaiting next Wednesday's revenue forecast before making any final decisions.



(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are confirming three new coronavirus deaths in Oregon.  The Oregon Health Authority announced the deaths yesterday of a 91-year-old man, a 77-year-old woman and a 64-year-old man.  Officials say one of the patients had underlying health conditions.  The new deaths raise Oregon's death toll from the pandemic to 130.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Pickathon Music Festival is being cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Organizers of the annual independent music festival announced on the event website Monday that the festival will be postponed until next year.  Organizers say the health and safety of their community comes first and that they stand with Governor Kate Brown in her directive to postpone large gatherings through September.  Event organizers say they're unable to offer refunds, but tickets holders will be allowed to exchange their passes for tickets to future festivals.



(Salem, OR)  --  Two more Oregon counties are under consideration to enter phase one of the state's reopening plan.  The Oregon Health Authority says Umatilla and Wheeler counties have submitted applications to reopen, joining 20 other counties in applying.  If approved, the counties would be allowed to reopen salons, gyms and restaurants this Friday.



(Portland, OR)  --  It could be some time before the Portland metropolitan area is ready to enter phase one of Oregon's reopening plan.  Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury tells KATU it's still too early to predict when the county will be ready to apply for phase one.  Washington County Chair Kathryn Harrington says her county won't be ready until after June.  Leaders in Clackamas County say they won't be able to reach the prerequisites for application within the next few weeks.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon has nearly five-dozen new cases of coronavirus.  The Oregon Health Authority reported 51 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 yesterday along with seven new presumptive cases.  That brings Oregon's total number of cases so far to three-thousand-286.  Most of the new cases were in Multnomah, Washington and Marion counties.



(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are confirming three new coronavirus deaths in Oregon.  The Oregon Health Authority announced the deaths yesterday of a 91-year-old man, a 77-year-old woman and a 64-year-old man.  Officials say one of the patients had underlying health conditions.  The new deaths raise Oregon's death toll from the pandemic to 130.



(Portland, OR)  --  One man is hospitalized after being shot in the face in northeast Portland.  Police say the shooting happened late Saturday night during a fight off Northeast Killingsworth Street.  The victim was taken to a hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.  An investigation is ongoing.



(Portland, OR)  --  There's just one week left until Oregon's primary election.  Ballots must be taken to a ballot drop-off site by next Tuesday.  Ballot drop-off sites will be open until 8 p.m.  Voters can also mail in their ballots by May 14 to ensure it arrives at the election office on time.



(Salem, OR)  --  Sentencing is scheduled Thursday morning for a man convicted of DUII for a crash that killed three teenagers in Salem.  Court records show Juan Carlos Rodriguez-Palacios was found guilty on all counts for the crash that killed Trinity Watt, Madison Capobianco and Makayla Tryon last June.  Police say he admitted to drinking eight beers before getting behind the wheel and then running a red light, crashing into the teens' car.



(Troutdale, OR)  --  Amazon is confirming a worker at its Troutdale warehouse has tested positive for COVID-19.  The company says it plans to take "extreme measures" to ensure the safety of other employees at the facility, including offering them face masks and hand sanitizer.  Meanwhile, Amazon says the facility will remain open for business.



(Portland, OR)  --  Thousands more Oregon businesses are getting loans through the federal Paycheck Protection Program.  KATU reports more than 35-thousand businesses in the state have secured loans for the program's second round.  More than 18-thousand Oregon businesses received loans through the program in its first round.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they arrested one person and issued more than a dozen citations during a crackdown on illegal street racing in Portland.  Police say they made 28 traffic stops and issued 16 citations Sunday night.  A 17-year-old girl was arrested for reckless driving, second-degree criminal mischief and several other charges.



(Portland, OR)  --  Catholic churches across Portland reopened yesterday for Mother's Day Sunday Mass.  The Archdiocese of Portland announced late last week churches would be allowed to reopen with a few new restrictions.  Those restrictions include no distribution of wine during Communion, no taking of collections and no sign of the peace.  Churches were also encouraged to shorten their Mass and limit the number of worshippers allowed inside.



(Portland, OR)  --  State health officials are reporting zero new coronavirus deaths for the first time in nearly a week.  The Oregon Health Authority announced yesterday the state's death toll remains unchanged at 127 deaths.  The agency did confirm 60 new confirmed cases of coronavirus and eight new presumptive cases yesterday, bringing the state's total number of cases so far to three-thousand-228.



(Gresham, OR)  --  Police in Gresham are searching for a missing 13-year-old girl.  The Gresham Police Department says Phoenyx Cannon was last seen around 6 o'clock yesterday morning near Northeast 82nd Avenue and Sandy Boulevard, about an hour and a half after leaving her home near Southwest 33rd and Emerald Avenue.  Police say she does not have a cell phone or any money.  Family members say she's on the autism spectrum at a high-functioning level.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.



(Keizer, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a stabbing that injured three teenagers in Keizer.  Police say the Salem three teens were stabbed at a home off Holly Court Northeast Saturday night.  It's not yet clear what led to the stabbing.  Police say there's no threat to public safety.



(Portland, OR)  --  Two men are hospitalized following separate shootings in northeast Portland.  Police say the first shooting happened just before midnight Saturday in a neighborhood off Northeast Killingsworth Street.  Responding officers found a man suffering from a gunshot wound inside a home and took him to a hospital.  The second shooting happened about half an hour later in a neighborhood off Northeast Sandy Boulevard.  One man was injured in that shooting and was hospitalized for non-life-threatening injuries.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Washington state man is facing charges after allegedly hiding in an Oregon girl's bedroom for a month, sexually abusing her the whole time. Police say 21-year-old Zacharias Cavasos met the 12-year-old online before traveling to the Wildhorse Resort and Casino in Pendleton to meet her.  Authorities believe Cavasos then secretly moved into the girl's room in her home on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, hiding under her bed and in her closet, and came back after being kicked out at one point.  Prosecutors say he admitted to having sex with the girl multiple times before his eventual arrest.  His attorney says he may have an intellectual disability.  Cavasos has been charged with sexual abuse of a minor.



(Portland, OR)  --  Nearly two-dozen Oregon counties are under consideration to enter phase one of the state's reopening plan.  Governor Kate Brown's Office says it has received applications from 20 counties to reopen their economies, including Deschutes, Douglas, and Tillamook counties.  If approved, the counties would be allowed to reopen salons, gyms and restaurants this Friday.



(Klamath Falls, OR)  --  An 18-year-old woman is dead following a crash on Highway 66 in southern Oregon.  Oregon State Police say Trinity Rosas of Klamath Falls was driving near Orindale Road late Saturday night when her car left the roadway and crashed.  She died at the scene.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing more than five-dozen charges in connection to the sex trafficking of an underage girl.  The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office says 24-year-old Izaak Shaquilie Blocker has been indicted on 65 charges, including ten counts of rape and four counts of compelling prostitution.  He was arraigned on the charges late last week.



(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are confirming half a dozen new deaths from COVID-19 in Oregon.  The Oregon Health Authority announced six new deaths yesterday, raising the state's death toll from the pandemic to 121.  Officials also announced 70 new cases.  Oregon has now had a total of 29-hundred-89 confirmed and presumptive cases.  Currently, 115 Oregonians are hospitalized with the virus.



(Salem, OR)  --  A plunge in revenue because of the COVID-19 response means layoffs and furloughs at the Oregon Lottery.  Lottery Director Barry Pack says the agency will cut nearly seven-and-a-half-million dollars by permanently eliminating 60 positions, or 13-percent of its workforce.  Two-hundred-and-ninety employees will face furloughs of at least 30 days.  Remaining staff will take a three-month salary reduction of ten-percent, and the executive team will take 15-percent.



(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon has received nine-million dollars from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for expansion of COVID-19 testing.  The money will go to 30 health centers around the state.  It can be used to expand testing, purchase PPE, lab services and contact tracing to identify people who might have been exposed by someone confirmed to have COVID-19.



(Sweet Home, OR)  --  Linn County Sheriff's investigators need help identifying a body found April 3rd east of Sweet Home near Gordon Road.  The Oregon State Medical Examiner says the partially skeletonized remains are those of a white woman, 30 to 50 years of age, with short, wavy brown hair.  Clothing found with the body included a purple athletic jacket, teal colored camisole, size 5 to 6, blue jeans and size nine and a half black boots.  Anyone with information is asked to reach out to the Linn county sheriff's office.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting that injured a woman in Southeast Portland.  Police responded to the shooting Wednesday night near Southeast Ash Street and 122nd Avenue where they found the victim.  The woman is expected to survive.  Police haven't arrested a suspect but say there's not threat to the community.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  The Washington County Fair is being canceled.  Fair Board President Gary Seidel says they had planned to expand the fair to ten days starting this year, and they were going to add the new Wingspan Event and Conference Center.  However, restrictions on crowd sizes for COVID-19 forced the cancellation.



(Canby, OR )  --  A Canby-based general contractor faces a mega-fine for continuing job safety violations.  In a series of enforcement actions starting in September of last year, Oregon OSHA has fined Colima construction 235-thousand dollars.  Colima is accused of violating multiple job safety rules, including repeated failure to provide fall protection, at residential development sites in Eugene, Bend, Aumsville and Tigard.  The company is appealing the fines.



(West Linn)  --  Speed appears to have been a factor in a fatal crash Wednesday night in West Linn.  The crash happened at 11th Street and Leslies Way.  Two people were in the vehicle.  A 22-year-old man was killed, and a 21-year-old woman was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.  West Linn Police are investigating.



(Pendleton, OR)  --  Five-dozen Oregon National Guard soldiers are en route to Fort Hood, Texas, where they'll be mobilized for duty in Afghanistan.  The unit is taking six Chinook helicopters with them.  They will carry cargo and equipment to resupply areas in Afghanistan.  The unit will train in Texas for several weeks before departing overseas.



(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are confirming two new deaths from COVID-19 in Oregon.  The Oregon Health Authority says an 88-year-old Multnomah County man died at Adventist Medical Center and a 95-year-old Polk County man died at Salem Hospital.  The deaths raise Oregon's death tally from the pandemic to 115.  Officials also announced 70 new cases yesterday for a total of 29-hundred-16 confirmed and presumptive cases in Oregon.  Currently, 91 Oregonians are hospitalized for COVID-19.



(Salem, OR)  --  An audit is highly critical of the way Oregon State Police handles its computer information.  Secretary of State Bev Clarno says OSP should take immediate action to address the findings in the audit.  While some controls are partially implemented, auditors found OSP lacks basic IT controls and there's a perception from management the controls aren't necessary.  The audit also found OSP doesn't have a proper security management program that identifies security protocols.  OSP management agreed with the recommendations and they plan to ask for two additional IT staff members to implement the changes.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Police are investigating two acts of what appear to be bias-based vandalism at the same church in the Multnomah neighborhood.  Sunday morning, Hillsdale Community Church was defaced with paint on the front doors and the sides of the building.  Then before dawn Wednesday, officers responded to the same church after a brick was thrown through a window.  Anyone with information about the crimes is asked to call Portland Police.



(Salem, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown is providing new details today on Oregon's reopening.  The governor will be joined by representatives from the Oregon Health Authority and the Governor's Medical Advisory Panel during a news conference set for 11 a.m.  Brown says she'll introduce new guidance for counties and businesses.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police in Vancouver, Washington are searching for a teenage girl who's been missing since March.  The Vancouver Police Department says 15-year-old Jade Salinas was last seen March 26th at her home.  Police believe she's still in the Vancouver area.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  The 16-year-old son of a Vancouver man who was convicted in a triple-murder is charged with attempted murder.  Brent Luyster the third was arrested Tuesday night after threatening to kill a man with a knife.  Luyster's father was sentenced to three consecutive life terms for killing three people and seriously injuring a fourth person in Woodland in 2016.



(Clackamas, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect accused of stealing an electric and pedal-driven trike that belonged to a 101-year-old Clackamas County man.  Police say the man had the trike chained to the porch of his home in a mobile home park near Southeast 74th and King Road when the thief cut the chain and stole the trike.  It's worth 16-hundred dollars and is described as red with black highlights.  If you've seen it or see someone trying to sell it, contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.



(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are injured following a crash on Southwest Farmington Road.  The Washington County Sheriff's Office says the crash happened last night east of Southwest Clark Hill Road.  The Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue responded to the scene and had to extricate one person from the vehicle.  Two people were airlifted to a hospital.  An investigation into the crash is ongoing.



(Sherwood, OR)  --  A Sherwood man is facing charges for allegedly encouraging child sex abuse.  Acting on a tip from the Oregon Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, police served a warrant at a residence and seized evidence in the case.  They arrested 29-year-old Steven Bucker-Fitzgerald on charges of Encouraging Child Sex Abuse and booked him into the Washington County Jail.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Police have arrested a suspect and seized several hundred explosives similar to large fireworks.  Officers were called to Northeast 6th and Davis on a report of a loud explosion.  They had received previous reports in the same area but couldn't find anything.  Officers got a tip about a suspect vehicle and Tuesday afternoon they located the suspect, 69-year-old Thomas Huskey, in his apartment.  They found several bags of explosives.  The Metro Explosives Disposal Unit was called to safely remove the devices.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Police say a shooting that left two men dead in a house near Northeast 136th and Milton Street on Monday was a murder-suicide.  Investigators say 52-year-old William O'Connor was fatally shot by his father, 78-year-old Michael O'Connor, who then killed himself.  Police say there are several options for people who are in a mental health crisis, including Lines for Life and the Multnomah County Mental Health Call Center.



(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon children who get free or reduced price meals at school will now get cash benefits, since they're not getting those meals at school.  If a student's family is already on SNAP and they have an Oregon Trail card the money will be added to the card.  If they don't already get SNAP benefits they'll receive a card in the mail.  They'll get the benefits for March, April and May deposited into the account at the end of May.  Benefits will be retroactive.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say an iPad is responsible for helping them catch the thief who stole it.  Officers responded to a burglary at a downtown Portland restaurant yesterday on reports of a theft, but the suspect was gone when they arrived.  However, police say the suspect stole an iPad, and the store owner was able to use an app on the device to locate it and set off an alarm to help police find the suspect.  Police tracked down 26-year-old Shayne Orvis with the iPad and arrested him for burglary and theft.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland's Naked Bike Ride is cancelled.  The annual summer bike ride was scheduled for June 27th, but organizers say it can't be held because of the coronavirus pandemic.  They're encouraging people to ride on their own that day.



(Salem, OR)  --  Several state parks and recreation areas are reopening today.  Governor Kate Brown announced yesterday that seven parks will reopen today, with more parks set to open next week.  Among the parks reopening today are Tryon Creek in Portland, Willamette Mission near Keizer and the State Capitol State Park in Salem.  Brown says camping opportunities will become available as federal, state and local parks open. Ski resorts will also be able to resume operations soon when the governor issues a new order.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon has four new deaths from COVID-19 as well as 72 new cases of the virus.  The Oregon Health Authority confirmed three new deaths yesterday in Multnomah County and one new death in Washington County.  All four patients were between the ages of 71 and 89.  Officials say 113 people have now died from coronavirus in Oregon.  The state's total number of confirmed cases is 28-hundred-17.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Art Museum says it will lay off almost 100 people if conditions don't improve by July.  That would be nearly half of the museum's staff.  The museum has received enough loans and donations to pay many of its employees through June 30.  But in a letter sent to employees, management warned layoffs might be coming.



(Portland, OR)  --  Cycle Oregon is canceling all of its events for 2020.  Event organizers had originally moved the Gravel event from May to October but now say they're calling off all events due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Registered riders will receive a 70-percent refund, which will cover all expenses to date.  They'll get a 100-percent refund for add-on purchases.  They're asking riders to donate their refund to Cycle Oregon or the Cycle Oregon Fund.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Oregon's first coronavirus patient has been released from the hospital after spending two months at the Kaiser Westside Medical Center in Hillsboro.  Hector Calderon is a janitor at Forest Hills Elementary School in Lake Oswego.  He was released from the hospital on Monday.  Calderon still needs oxygen and was taken in an ambulance to a skilled nursing facility where he'll continue his recovery.



(Salem, OR)  --  The Oregon Attorney General and the U.S. Attorney for Oregon are teaming up against COVID-19 fraud.  They want to stop coronavirus related scams, Medicaid fraud and other consumer related scams.  They want you to watch out for scams involving COVID-19 testing, fake charities, price gouging and identity scams.  You can report them on the Oregon Attorney General's website.
 



(Portland, OR) --  Two men are dead following a shooting in Northeast Portland. Police say the victims were found in a home along the 13-thousand block of Northeast Milton Street yesterday morning. The names of the victims haven't been released. There's no word of any suspects or a motive.



(Clark County, OR)  --  Clark County is reporting six new confirmed coronavirus cases. This brings the total number to 367 cases, with 21 deaths. There have been no new coronavirus deaths in Oregon for the past few days.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Vancouver Police have released the names of the officers involved in last week's fatal shooting of a suspect. Those officers are identified as Officer Sean Suarez, Sergeant Jay Alie, and Sergeant Sammy Abdala. According to the investigation, these officers opened fire on 50-year-old William Abbe when he refused to drop his weapons. All three of the officers have been placed on leave. The investigation into the fatal shooting remains ongoing.



(Portland, OR)  -- A suspect is in custody in connection with a reported sexual assault at Mount Tabor Park. Nineteen-year-old Malik Jabaar Hughes is charged with attempted rape, kidnapping, and sexual abuse. Police say a woman claims Hughes forced her off of the road and sexually assaulted her on the southside of the park Sunday evening. Nearby residents intervened when she yelled for help. Hughes was arrested at the scene.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man is facing nearly 34-years behind bars for sexually abusing a girl placed in his care by the state. That sentence was handed down yesterday for 41-year-old Matthew Zamora, who was found guilty last year on several counts, including sexual abuse. Zamora, who is a registered sex offender, has a history of sex crimes dating back to 1997. In this latest case, the state put the victim into foster care in 2015. She was then placed into Zamora's care in 2018, according to prosecutors. Shortly after the placement, police received information that Zamora was likely abusing the girl.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man is facing more than six years in prison for a deadly drunk driving crash. That sentence was handed down yesterday for 34-year-old Edward Johnson. Johnson pleaded guilty to charges in the 2019 crash that claimed the life of 33-year-old Emma Quinn in Troutdale.



(Salem, OR)  --  State Representative Diego Hernandez is the subject of a sexual harassment investigation by the Oregon Legislature. A House Committee is investigating after seven women accused the East Portland Democrat of sexual harassment. The House Committee has ordered Hernandez to have no contact with the women. He has taken a leave of absence from his legislative duties. Hernandez released a statement that reads in part, "I have no idea what the concerns raised are or by whom. Due process matters. I asked that people withhold judgement until the investigation is complete."



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Public Schools Board plans to vote tonight on a measure to ratify teacher furloughs. The plan calls for reducing teachers to a four-day work week for the rest of the school year in an effort to save money during the pandemic. If approved, the furloughs will reduce teachers' pay by twenty percent.



(Washington County, OR)  --  Washington County is planning to step up contact tracing efforts in the fight against the pandemic.  The Washington County Health Department reports it will use a team of 180 employees for this effort. Contact tracing is considered a vital tool to re-opening the economy.



(Portland, OR)  --  Allergy season is causing some to question symptoms amid the pandemic. This has the Providence Medical Group clarifying the difference in symptoms between allergies and COVID-19. Dr. Linda Cruz, chief medical officer, says generally a fever and body aches aren't symptoms you experience with allergies. Cruz also said itchy eyes, sneezing, and congestion aren't generally related to COVID-19. She recommends if you have a fever, cough, and shortness of breath to contact your healthcare provider.



(Salem, OR)  --  A salon owner in Salem is slated to re-open today in defiance of the stay at home order. Lindsey Graham, the owner of Glamour Salon told KATU TV that she doesn't have any income and needs to provide for her family. She said she will only book five appointments a day and her stylists will be working in separate rooms and sanitizing stations and tools in between appointments.



(Salem, OR)  --  The extension of Oregon's stay at home order due to the pandemic is drawing civil unrest. About one-thousand protesters demonstrated outside of the state Capitol on Saturday for a "Re-open Oregon" rally. This comes after Governor Kate Brown signed an executive order extending the state of emergency until July sixth. The new executive order gives the Governor authority to maintain orders she's issued, including the stay at home order.  As of Sunday, there have been no new deaths related to COVID-19 according to the Oregon Health Authority.



(Mount Angel, OR)  --  One person is dead after a crash near Mount Angel over the weekend. The Marion County Sheriff's Department reports the accident happened yesterday afternoon near the intersection of Marquam and Meridian roads. This resulted in the intersection being closed into the evening hours.



(Battle Ground, WA)  --  Two people are dead in what police are calling an apparent murder-suicide at a home in Battle Ground. Police were called to a home yesterday afternoon in the 13-thousand block of Northeast 319th Street. According to investigators, officers found the body of a woman with multiple gunshot wounds and the body of a man with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The names of the victims haven't been released.



(Salem, OR)  --  A salon owner in Salem is defying the state's stay at home order. Lindsey Graham, the owner of Glamour Salon told KATU TV that she will take appointment-only clients beginning tomorrow. Graham said she doesn't have any income and needs to provide for her family. She said she will only book five appointments a day and her stylists will be working in separate rooms and sanitizing stations and tools in between appointments.



(Salem, OR)  --  No new COVID-19 deaths are being reported in Oregon. The Oregon Health Authority reports as of yesterday, the state's death total remains unchanged at 109 deaths. However, there are 45 new cases. Twenty-one of those cases are in Marion County. Other new cases by county include five in Multnomah and seven in Washington. This comes after Governor Kate Brown extended the state of emergency to July sixth.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is underway after a man was shot in North Portland. Police say the victim was gunned down Saturday afternoon in the 18-hundred block of North Columbia Boulevard. The victim was taken to an area hospital. There's no word on his condition or of any arrests.



(Milwaukie, OR)  -- Patrons are seeing some changes at the Milwaukie Farmers Market due to the pandemic. The market re-opened yesterday with restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. One of the most significant changes is patrons aren't allowed to touch items. They must request assistance from vendors. Patrons must also practice social distancing and there is a three-foot requirement of empty space between booths.



(Portland, OR)  --  The University of Portland held a virtual commencement for its class of 2020 yesterday. Students, faculty, alumni, and family member's view the Catholic university's graduation ceremony on a YouTube channel. It included an opening prayer, speakers, and musical performances.



(Portland, OR)  --  Multnomah County has a twenty-year road map for new transportation infrastructure. The recently approved Roads Capital Improvement Plan calls for 1.4-billion-dollars in projects, which include sidewalks, bike trails, and crosswalks. Most of the projects are planned for East County.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland woman is using a sweet treat to raise money for the Oregon Food Bank. Whitney Rutz has been auctioning her giant cinnamon rolls online for the last few weeks. So far, she's raised more than 33-thousand-dollars.



(Portland, OR)  --  More information is being released on possible guidelines for businesses once restrictions are lifted from the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Kate Brown issued a rough draft, which includes businesses keeping a detailed log on customer information for possible contact tracing. Workplaces could also screen employees and customers temperatures and respiratory symptoms.



(Portland, OR) -- The number of COVID-19 deaths and cases continues to climb in the state. The Oregon Health Authority announced two more deaths and 64 new confirmed cases yesterday. The latest deaths are a 68-year-old Multnomah County man and a 77-year-old Marion County man. The state now has 2,510 cases and 103 deaths.



(Vancouver, WA) -- Authorities have released the name of the suspect shot and killed by police in Vancouver earlier this week. He's identified as 50-year-old William Abbe. Police say this unfolded on Tuesday morning when officers responded to a report of two men fighting in the area of Fourth Plain Boulevard and Stapleton. Upon arrival, officers found one man on the ground and another armed with sharp objects.  According to police, officers opened fire when the suspect refused to drop his weapons.



(Sweet Home, OR)  --  More information is being released on the criminal investigation of a deadly house fire on Tuesday in Sweet Home. Police have identified the four victims found dead in the home as 63-year-old John Shobert, 41-year-old Tiffany Shobert, 15-year-old Johnathon Shobert, and two-year-old Charlotte Shobert. Investigators say autopsies have been concluded, but the causes of death are being withheld pending contact with family members and additional investigative work. Police said during the initial examination, there was evidence of gunshot wounds and blunt force trauma.



(Portland, OR) --  The inmate population at county jails throughout the state is down fifty-percent due to the pandemic. This is according to a report released by the civil rights advocacy group, Disability Rights Oregon. The report found that county jails in the state reduced inmate population due to health concerns posed by COVID-19.



(Portland, OR)  --  Non-urgent medical procedures will resume today at clinics in Oregon. Leaders with the Portland Clinic say they have been preparing for several weeks. This includes making patients feel safe and tracking PPE use. Some of the non-urgent appointments include urology and orthopedic procedures.



(Multnomah County, OR)  --  Multnomah County Animal Services is reaching out to help pet owners during the pandemic. The animal welfare organization has expanded its pet food bank amid the COVID-19 outbreak. This not only includes pet food, but items such as crates. Those in need of pet food and supplies may find more information on their website. The organization is also in need of donations.



(Portland, OR)  --  A popular summer event in Portland is being modified due to the pandemic. The Portland Bureau of Transportation has canceled the first two Sunday Parkways, which was set to kick off this month. Instead, this month's event and the one in June will be held online. This will involve exercise sessions. More information is available online at portland.gov/sunday-parkways.



(Portland, OR)  --  The public hearing on the residential infill project is back on track. The Portland City Council had to cancel the March 12th public hearing due to the pandemic. The public hearing will be held online on June third at two in the afternoon. The city council is expected to release more details on how to watch the virtual hearing and submit questions. That information will be posted on the Portland City Council's website.


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