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Regional News Archives for 2020-06


(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are reported after a police officer fired his gun while responding to an incident in Southeast Portland's Sellwood neighborhood.  Police say the officer was responding to reports of a trespasser inside a vacant home when he came across the suspect and opened fire.  The suspect was not hit and was taken into custody.  Police say the officer who opened fire has been with the Portland Police Bureau for seven years.



(Banning, OR)  --  Three men are doing OK after their boat capsized outside the mouth of the Chetco River.  The U.S. Coast Guard says the men were just outside the bar at the river's mouth Saturday morning when their boat became swamped by the wake of a passing vessel.  The Coast Guard says good Samaritans responded and were able to pull one of the men from the water before a Coast Guard crew arrived and rescued the other two.  No injuries were reported.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a death in Portland's Pearl District.  Police responded to the 16-hundred block of Northwest 14th Avenue yesterday afternoon.  Police say they're investigating the death as a homicide.  Further details were not immediately available.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into an explosion at a bus shelter in Southeast Portland.  Police say someone left a backpack at the bus shelter off Southeast 122nd Avenue around 5:00 last night.  The backpack then exploded a short time later.  No injuries were reported.  Police say they've arrested one suspect believed to be responsible.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon has over 200 new coronavirus cases.  The Oregon Health Authority reported 247 new cases yesterday, raising the state's total number of cases so far to eight-thousand-341.  Multnomah County had the most new cases with 52, followed by Umatilla and Marion counties with 48 and 43 new cases, respectively.  No new deaths were reported yesterday, leaving the state's death toll at 202.



(Portland, OR)  --  A recall is in effect for chicken nuggets sold in Oregon.  Pilgrim's Pride Corporation is recalling nearly 60-thousand pounds of chicken nuggets because of contamination of rubber.  The four-pound plastic bag packages are frozen ready-to-eat produced on May 6th, 2020, with a best-by date of May 6th, 2021.  The products were shipped to stores in Oregon, Arizona, Idaho and Texas.



(Clackamas, OR)  --  One person is hospitalized after falling while climbing Mt. Hood.  The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says Von Donald Houvener was climbing with a partner Saturday morning when he fell about 300 feet down to the White River Canyon.  Rescue crews used a snowcat to reach Houvener and then airlifted him to a hospital, where he was treated for serious injuries.



(Portland, OR)  --  The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon is suing the Portland Police Bureau over its alleged attacks on journalists and legal observers covering protests against police brutality.  The ACLU of Oregon announced the lawsuit yesterday.  The lawsuit accuses the police bureau of targeting journalists and legal observers, citing reports from the Portland Tribune, the Oregonian and the Willamette Week.  Several journalists have accused police of violently shoving them or hitting them with batons after they identified themselves as journalists covering the protests.



(Portland, OR)  --  The mother of a black man who was shot to death by Portland police two years ago is calling for justice.  Letha Winston led a march from Pioneer Courthouse Square to City Hall yesterday in honor of her son, 27-year-old Patrick Kimmons.  Police shot Kimmons nine times in the back while responding to reports of a shooting at Southwest 4th Avenue and Harvey Milk Street in September of 2018.  Winston says she plans to march every Thursday until she sees justice for her son and other black people killed by police in the U.S.



(Portland, OR)  --  One man is injured following a drive-by shooting in North Portland.  Police say the man was shot last night at North Alberta Street and Interstate Avenue.  He was taken to a hospital.  An investigation is ongoing.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  Parents of students at a Beaverton elementary school are expressing outrage after the school removed several Black Lives Matter signs from the campus.  Students at West Tualatin View Elementary held a Black Lives Matter march last Saturday with parents and ended their march by placing their signs up on the school's fence.  By Monday, the signs had been taken down.  The Beaverton School District says the school principal had custodians take the signs down due to a district policy banning signs, posters or banners on school grounds. 



(Portland, OR)  --  Downtown Portland's historic Glisan Building is going up for sale.  The McAleese family says they're selling the building as they try to downsize their lifestyle.  The McAleese family has owned the building since 1990.  The two-story structure was built in 1889 and currently houses Kells Irish Pub, which is also owned by the McAleese family.



(Portland, OR)  --  One man is injured following a shooting in Clackamas.  The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says the shooting happened last night at Riverside Park on the Clackamas River east of I-205.  Police say two men were arguing when a friend of one of the men intervened and tried to break up the fight, prompting the suspect to shoot him in the leg.  Police arrested 33-year-old Phillip Pierce Jr of Happy Valley on charges of assault and unlawful use of a weapon.



(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead after a rotten tree toppled over onto a van in southeast Portland.  Police say two people were living in the van near Southeast 22nd Avenue and Southeast Powell Boulevard when the tree fell onto it yesterday morning.  The second person inside the van was hospitalized for injuries.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've made several arrests after social justice protests allegedly turned violent in North Portland overnight.  Police say crowds set fires, vandalized the Portland Police Bureau's North Precinct and looted a business early this morning.  Police declared an unlawful assembly outside the North Precinct after protesters allegedly created barricades on the streets surrounding the building.  Police used flash-bangs to disperse the crowd shortly before 4 a.m.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon's minimum wage is set to increase next week.  Starting next Wednesday minimum wage will increase by 75 cents to 13 dollars and 25 cents in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties.  Minimum wage earners in nonurban counties will see their pay increase by 50 cents to eleven dollars and 50 cents an hour.  The raises are part of a fixed schedule of minimum wage increases established in a bill passed by the Oregon Legislature back in 2016.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are asking the public for help in their investigation into a nearly decade-old murder in Northeast Portland.  Police say Leonard "LJ" Irving was found shot to death near Northeast 82nd Avenue and Thompson Street in June of 2011.  Irving was 34-years-old and a father to three young children.  Police say two other men were shot and injured in the incident.  Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a reward of up to 25-hundred dollars for information leading to an arrest.



(Portland, OR)  --  Jeremy Christian has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2017 stabbing on a MAX train that killed two men and critically injured a third man.  Judge Cheryl Albrect ruled yesterday that Christian showed no remorse and no signs he could be rehabilitated and that the crime was based on a racial bias.  Christian was convicted earlier this year of stabbing Taliesin Namkai-Meche [[ Tal-EE-shin NOMM-kai MAY-chay ]] and Ricky Best to death and injuring Micah Fletcher on a MAX train in 2017 after they stood up for two black teenage girls whom Christian was verbally assaulting.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Police are asking for help identifying suspects in a shooting that left a man paralyzed.  It happened May 30th under the east end of the Hawthorne Bridge.  The victims had a brief altercation with the suspects on the bridge and then walked downstairs toward Water Avenue, where a blue colored sedan approached and fired several shots.  The man who was hit was instantly paralyzed.  If you have information about the case, contact Portland Police.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Washington State's mask requirement goes into effect tomorrow.  Anyone in a business or public space where physical distancing isn't possible will be required to wear a mask or cloth face covering.  Clark County Sheriff Chuck Atkins says they have not cited or arrested anyone so far for any of the Governor's orders because they're taking an educational approach.  Atkins says that will also be the case with the Governor's requirement to wear masks.



(Portland, OR)  --  Le Bistro Montage has announced it is permanently closing.  The Southeast Portland restaurant, famous for its mac and cheese and creatively foil-wrapped leftovers, posted a message on Facebook saying they've been honored to serve Portland for the last 27 years.  While they didn't say exactly what forced them to close, they had previously said the pandemic was causing them to struggle financially. 



(Salem, OR)  --  The Marion County Sheriff's Office is asking for help identifying human remains that were found under a duplex earlier this month in Northeast Salem.  The Medical Examiner determined the person died from homicide.  They don't know the victim's race.  He's a man who was younger than 50, approximately 5-feet 8-inches tall, 130 pounds with dark colored hair.  He has two tattoos.  "Baby boy" is tattooed above the right knee and a second small unidentifiable tattoo is on the right side of the rib cage.  The victim was wearing a Champion brand t-shirt.  If you can help identify the person, contact the Marion County Sheriff's Office.



(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities are asking for help in their search for a missing foster child believed to be in danger.  The Oregon Department of Human Services says 16-year-old Zion Gallaher has been missing since June 4th.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.



(Portland, OR)  --  Protesters calling for an end to systemic racism in law enforcement skipped their usual march last night in favor of a car parade.  Rose City Justice says it cancelled its nightly march due to what it calls "unacceptable behavior during rallies," saying it needs to take a time-out in order to address the issues.  The group says those issues include the silencing of marginalized black voices, particularly queer black voices.  Instead of marching, dozens of protesters held a car parade near Southwest 4th and Main, honking their horns in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.



(Portland, OR)  --  Three more people have died from COVID-19 in Oregon, bringing the state's total number of deaths to 195.  The Oregon Health Authority reported the new deaths yesterday along with 171 new cases of the virus.  Multnomah County had the most new cases with 45 followed by Umatilla County with 35 cases and Washington County with 31.  For the fourth week in a row, newly reported COVID-19 cases increased over the previous week.



(Washougal, WA)  --  A homicide investigation into the death of a woman whose body was found inside her home in Washougal, Washington is underway.  The Clark County Medical Examiner's Office says 71-year-old Sandra Ladd died from multiple stab wounds to the torso.  Her body was discovered inside her home on June 14th.  Police are still searching for a suspect.



(Portland, OR)  --  Sentencing continues today for the man convicted of stabbing three people on a MAX train in 2017, killing two of them.   Jeremy Christian was escorted out of the courtroom during the first day of sentencing yesterday after he started screaming at a woman giving her impact statement.  Demetria Hester had just finished speaking about being assaulted by Christian the day before the stabbings when Christian stood up and started yelling.  KATU-2 reports Christian ripped off his mask and yelled profanities at Hester before telling her he should have killed her while he had the chance.  Christian was convicted earlier this year of stabbing Taliesin Namkai-Meche [[ Tal-EE-shin NOMM-kai MAY-chay ]] and Ricky Best to death and injuring Micah Fletcher on a MAX train in 2017 after they stood up for two black teenage girls whom Christian was verbally assaulting.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into the discovery of a noose at a construction site downtown.  The owners of the Fourth and Montgomery Building confirmed yesterday that a noose was found on the property on May 20th.  The construction project's general contractor Andersen Construction is reportedly conducting an internal and third-party investigation.  Officials say the company is also implementing anti-racism training.



(Portland, OR)  --  An Oregon woman is pleading guilty to selling shark fin at a Portland market.  Court records show 52-year-old Agnes Yu of Happy Valley pleaded guilty to one count of possessing, selling or trading shark fin earlier this month.  Prosecutors say she sold dried shark fin through the specialty food store Wing Ming Herbs in 2018.



(Portland, OR)  --  Protesters are paying tribute to the three victims of the 2017 MAX stabbing.  Hundreds of demonstrators with Rose City Justice marched from Powell Park to Reed College yesterday in honor of Reed alumni Taliesin Namkai Meche, who was stabbed to death by Jeremy Christian.  Demonstrators said they were also marching for Ricky Best, who Christian also stabbed to death, and Micah Fletcher, who was seriously injured.  The three men were standing up for two black teenage girls being verbally assaulted by Christian when Christian stabbed them.  Rose City Justice says yesterday's march was aimed at highlighting white supremacy in the community.



(Portland, OR)  --  Multnomah County is committing nearly two-million dollars to a community investment plan aimed at supporting individuals before law enforcement intervenes.  The funding is part of the county's 2021 budget approved by commissioners yesterday.  Commissioners also approved 100-thousand dollars to expand the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health program, or REACH.  The more-than-two-billion-dollar budget also includes 90-million dollars for the county's response to the coronavirus pandemic and 32-point-six-million dollars for the joint office of homeless services.



(Gresham, OR)  --  The City of Gresham is flying the Black Lives Matter flag through the end of July.  City Council members voted unanimously Monday to fly the flag at City Hall to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement.  Councilmembers also agreed to fly the Juneteenth flag every June going forward for the foreseeable future.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is hospitalized after being pulled from the Clackamas River.  The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says bystanders found the man facedown in the river at Clackamas Cove last night and pulled him from the water.  The good Samaritans performed CPR until medics arrived to take him to an emergency room.  No word on his current condition.



(Portland, OR)  --  A 14-year-old boy is facing charges in connection to a shooting in Marion County.  Police say the teen surrendered at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center yesterday for the shooting early Monday morning.  Police say he shot a 15-year-old boy in the torso, leaving him with life-threatening injuries.



(Woodburn, OR)  --  A middle school track coach in Woodburn is facing child sex abuse charges.  Police arrested 29-year-old Jubentino Guzman of Salem yesterday on charges of third-degree sex abuse, first-degree encouraging child sex abuse, possession of child pornography and official misconduct.  The arrest came after police received a tip about a video posted to social media showing Guzman engaged in sexually explicit conduct with a 16-year-old.  Guzman allegedly told police the relationship went on for several months.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is reopening its Multnomah County vehicle inspection locations next week following pandemic-related closures.  The department says it will open its Northeast Portland and Gresham locations next Tuesday.  Several other locations reopened last week, including the Clackamas and Hillsboro-Sunset locations. 



(Gresham, OR)  --  Four families are displaced following an apartment fire in Gresham. Firefighters responded to the fourplex off Northeast Cleveland Avenue early yesterday morning to find flames shooting out the back side of the building's second story.  One firefighter suffered a minor injury and was treated at the scene.  It's not yet clear what sparked the blaze.



(Portland, OR)  --  Sentencing is scheduled today for MAX stabbing convict Jeremy Christian.  Christian was convicted earlier this year of stabbing Taliesin Namkai-Meche and Ricky Best to death and injuring Micah Fletcher on a MAX train in 2017 after they stood up for two Muslim women whom Christian was verbally assaulting.  Sentencing was originally scheduled for June 18th, but court officials delayed the hearing due to complications posed by the coronavirus pandemic.



(Portland, OR)  --  A federal judge is extending his ruling banning the Portland Police Bureau from using tear gas to disperse crowds of protesters.  U.S. District Judge Marco Hernandez yesterday extended the temporary restraining order until July 24th.  Hernandez issued his original order against the bureau on June 9th.  The order states that police may only use tear gas in instances where "lives or safety of the public or police are at risk."  Hernandez also ruled police may not use tear gas to disperse crowds in cases where there is little to no risk of injury.



(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials say Multnomah County's recent spike in coronavirus cases is not the result of increased testing.  Multnomah County Public Health tells KATU-2 that while more people are being tested for the virus, the county is seeing an increased percentage of positive test results at the same time.  Health officials are urging the public to continue practicing social distancing and wearing masks while in public.



(Oregon City, OR)  --  Oregon City Mayor Dan Holladay is facing a recall campaign for comments he made on social media downplaying police violence against African Americans.  Critics formed a formal recall committee yesterday and filed the paperwork to launch their campaign.  The committee also sent a letter to city commissioners signed by former Oregon City mayors Alice Norris and Doug Neeley, who called Holladay's behavior "disturbing."  If approved, the committee would have just under 90 days to get more than two-thousand signatures.



(Portland, OR)  --  The family of 20-year-old Allyson Watterson is speaking out after police say they found her body in North Plains.  The family posted on Facebook saying the news has brought them "sadness and loss on a tremendous level."  The family also expressed gratitude to community members who helped look for Watterson over the last six months.  The Washington County Sheriff's Office says a homeowner found the human remains while mowing an overgrown spot between their property and another property.  The remains have not yet been officially identified, but investigators say they're confident they belong to Watterson.  Watterson was last seen on December 22nd with her boyfriend, Ben Garland.



(Portland, OR)  --  Protesters took to the streets of Portland calling for police reform again last night following a day of rest on Father's Day.  Protesters with Rose City Justice gathered at Jefferson High School and marched to the Skidmore overpass, where the group settled in to listen to speeches.  The overpass is where Portland police shot and killed an unarmed black woman back in 2003.  The officer's punishment was overturned.  Protesters also discussed the death of black trans woman TeTe Gulley, who was found hanging from a tree in Rocky Butte Park last year.  Police ruled the death a suicide, but family members and close friends believe she was murdered and that investigators on the case failed to follow important leads.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon's tally of coronavirus cases has now passed the seven-thousand mark.  The Oregon Health Authority reported 146 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday.  That brings the state's total number of cases so far to seven-thousand-83.  Officials also confirmed two new deaths from COVID-19, raising the state's death toll 192.



(Portland, OR)  --  A supervisor with the Portland Police Bureau has COVID-19.  The Oregonian reports the supervisor works in the internal affairs division.  The bureau says it is taking steps to notify anyone who may have come into close contact with the supervisor.



(Portland, OR)  --  The search for a 20-year-old Washington County woman missing since December appears to be ending in tragedy.  The Washington County Sheriff's Office says search crews recovered the body of Allyson Watterson yesterday in North Plains.  Police say a homeowner found the human remains while mowing an overgrown spot between their property and another property.  The remains have not yet been officially identified, but investigators say they're confident they belong to Watterson.  Watterson was last seen on December 22nd with her boyfriend, Ben Garland.  Watterson's mother says they were headed to a friend's home when their car broke down and they got separated.



(Richland, WA)  --  A 12-year-old girl remains hospitalized after nearly drowning in the Columbia River.  Police say the girl was swimming near the boat dock at Howard Amon Park in Richland, Washington Friday when she went under the water and failed to resurface after several minutes.  Witnesses rushed in to locate the child and pulled her from the water.  Medics performed CPR and rushed her to a hospital, where she was listed in critical condition on Saturday.



(Portland, OR)  --  Students at Portland's Saint Andrew Nativity School are calling for an end to police brutality and systemic racism in law enforcement.  Students held a Black Lives Matter march and rally at the school yesterday for Father's Day.  Protest organizers say the event was specifically aimed at honoring black fathers who have been killed by police brutality in the U.S.



(Portland, OR)  --  A pedestrian is dead after being hit by a MAX train in Southwest Portland.  Police say the victim was struck by the train Saturday night in the 17-hundred-block of Southwest Yamhill Street.  The victim died at the scene.  An investigation is ongoing.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police in Marion County are searching for a missing 21-year-old with disabilities.  The Marion County Sheriff's Office says Madison Hawks was last seen around 1:30 yesterday afternoon.  Police believe she may be in the Lancaster-State Street area.



(Portland, OR)  --  Multnomah County is seeing a record spike in cases of COVID-19 following its first weekend in phase one of the state's reopening plan.  The Oregon Health Authority announced 84 new cases in Multnomah County yesterday.  That's the largest single-day increase in cases the county has seen since the pandemic began.  Restaurants, gyms and salons opened back up to the public on Friday when the county entered phase one reopening.



(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are dead following an apparent murder-suicide that prompted a shelter-in-place order in southeast Portland.  The Portland Police Bureau says officers were performing a welfare check at a home near Southeast 138th Drive and Deardorf Drive last night when they spotted a woman lying on the ground and forced their way inside.  Once inside the home, officers heard a gunshot and retreated to call in the special emergency reaction team to send a robot into the home.  The team found a man wounded inside the home and rushed him to a hospital, where he died.  The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.  The incident prompted police to issue a shelter-in-place order for residents within a six-block radius.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland's iconic Old Town drag club Darcelle's could soon officially be designated as an historic place.  The State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation voted unanimously late last week to nominate the 53-year-old club to the National Register of Historic Places.  The club is home to drag icon Darcelle, also known as Walter Cole, who has been performing in drag for 52 years.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they made several arrests following demonstrations outside the Justice Center in downtown Portland.  The Portland Police Bureau says demonstrators were tampering with the doors to its Central Precinct and blocking traffic when officers moved in to make arrests.  Police say demonstrators then began throwing items at officers and pointing lasers at their faces.  Demonstrators were cleared out of the area by about 1:30 this morning.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon is seeing its third-highest single-day spike in coronavirus cases since the pandemic began.  The Oregon Health Authority reported 190 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday.  That brings the state's total number of cases so far to six-thousand-937.  Officials also confirmed one new death from COVID-19, raising the state's death toll 190.



(Portland, OR)  --  Protesters have toppled a statue of George Washington in northeast Portland.  KATU-2 reports around 30 to 40 people gathered at the bronze statue on the lawn of the German American Society around 10 o'clock last night and pulled it down.  George Washington was the nation's first president and also a slave owner.  Protesters have been pulling down statues of slave owners and Confederate figures across the U.S. and in Europe amid ongoing protests following the Memorial Day death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes in Minneapolis.



(Portland, OR)  --  The number of first time claims for unemployment in Oregon continues to decline, but it's still higher than normal for this time of year.  Officials say 79-hundred people filed for unemployment for the first time last week.  That's more than double the number for the same week last year.  Oregon's unemployment rate is 14-point-2 percent.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  A teenage boy is safe after going missing in Vancouver.  The Vancouver Police Department says 15-year-old Benjamin MacDavid was located late last night.  He'd been reported missing around 3:30 yesterday afternoon.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is facing a lawsuit after one of its deputies allegedly knelt on the neck of a 12-year-old African American boy.  Lawyers for Ka'Mar Benbo say the boy was a witness to a fight between two girls at Clackamas Town Center back in August.  As he and his friends were leaving the mall, deputies responding to the call about the fight ordered the group to stay and then pinned the boy to the ground.  The attorney claims that one deputy kept a knee on the boy's neck long after he was handcuffed.



(Portland, OR)  --  Hundreds of protesters gathered at Jefferson High School in North Portland again last night to call for an end to police brutality and systemic racism in law enforcement.  The group organized by Rose City Justice took a break from their nightly march and instead gathered at the school to listen to speeches from activists and community members.  The rally lasted for several hours.  A separate group of a couple hundred protesters met at the Justice Center again last night, where they've been meeting nearly nightly for roughly three weeks.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon has nearly 150 new coronavirus cases.  The Oregon Health Authority announced 148 new cases yesterday, raising the state's total number of cases to six-thousand-366.  So far, 187 people Oregon residents have died from COVID-19.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is behind bars in connection to the stabbing deaths of two people in northeast Portland.  Police arrested 38-year-old Phillip Lawrence Nelson early this morning on two counts of first-degree murder.  Police say he stabbed 22-year-old Cassy Leaton and 39-year-old Najaf "Nate" Hobbs near Northeast 14th Avenue and Northeast Davis Street Tuesday afternoon.  Police are still looking into a motive.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting in northeast Portland.  Police responded to the 67-hundred block of Northeast Killingsworth Street late last night on reports of shots fired.  There's no word yet on whether anyone was injured, but KATU reports an Oregon State Medical Examiner arrived at the scene around 3:45 this morning.



(Portland, OR)  --  An Oregon activist group is praising the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that rejects President Trump's attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.  The Home is Here Oregon Coalition says ten-thousand DACA recipients live in Oregon.  Yesterday's five-to-four ruling allows 700-thousand Dreamers to remain in the U.S.  The Supreme Court ruled that the White House did not follow proper procedures in trying to end the Obama Administration program that allows people who were brought to this country illegally when they were children legal status.



(Portland, OR)  --  The University of Portland has removed the statue of explorer William Clark from its campus.  The school took down the statue yesterday along with the corresponding statues depicting his slave, York, and an indigenous person.  University officials say the statue has been vandalized recently and that it was time for the statues to come down anyway. 



(Portland, OR)  --  Dozens of protesters gathered outside the home of Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler yesterday to call for police reform.  Protesters met under Wheeler's apartment in northwest Portland, chanting "Black Lives Matter."  The protest came just before City Council's vote to approve a budget cutting 16-million dollars from the bureau.  The protesters called for more budget cuts to the Portland Police Bureau and demanded the bureau immediately stop using militarized gear and weapons.



(Portland, OR)  --  City Council is cutting millions of dollars from the Portland Police Bureau's budget.  City Councilmembers voted three-to-one yesterday to approve the 2020-2021 budget, which includes a 16-million-dollar cut to funding for the police bureau.  The budget also dissolves the city's School Resource Officers, Transit Division Program and Gun Violence Reduction Team.  Councilmembers say the funds will be redirected to various community and social service programs.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police in Vancouver are searching for a missing teenage girl.  Police say 13-year-old Miriam Smith was last seen on Monday leaving her home in east Vancouver.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.



(Aloha, OR)  --  A former Aloha High School teacher and wrestling coach is facing about four months in jail for luring a minor.  A judge sentenced Timothy Yee yesterday to 120 days in jail followed by three years of probation.  Yee pleaded guilty to trying to lure a 16-year-old girl into sex by sending her nude photos and sexually explicit videos in 2018.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Protesters in Washington County gathered at the Courthouse yesterday calling for police reform after a deputy violently attacked a man while booking him into jail two years ago.  Deputy Rian Alden was recently charged with misconduct for the assault, which left Albert Molina with a permanent brain injury.  Alden was caught on surveillance camera charging at Molina and slamming his head against a wall.  Protesters are calling on the Washington County Commission to defund law enforcement and redirect the money to marginalized communities.



(Portland, OR)  --  Multnomah County is set to enter phase one of the state's reopening plan tomorrow.  Governor Kate Brown announced the approval yesterday.  Brown also announced a new requirement that people wear masks in all indoor public spaces in Multnomah County and six other counties, including Washington and Clackamas.



(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are reporting one new coronavirus deaths and more than 100 new cases of the virus in Oregon.  The Oregon Health Authority announced 122 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, raising the state's total number of cases so far to six-thousand-218.  The new death reported yesterday was that of a 95-year-old Clackamas County woman who died on June 11th.



(Portland, OR)  --  A short-lived autonomous zone created by protesters outside Mayor Ted Wheeler's home in northwest Portland is no more.  The Portland Police Bureau declared a civil disturbance and unlawful assembly around 5:30 this morning in the streets outside Wheeler's apartment.  Protesters had set up an occupation in the area overnight, using pallets, boards and dumpsters to block the zone off to traffic.  Police moved in after declaring an unlawful assembly and removed the barriers.  Protesters were calling the area the Patrick Kimmons Autonomous Zone.  Kimmons was shot to death by police in downtown Portland in 2018.



(Camas, WA)  --  A hotel manager in southwestern Washington state is accused of setting a fire at the hotel to collect the insurance money.  Firefighters responded to the Camas Hotel on 405 Northeast 4th Avenue yesterday morning after a hotel guest reported a smoke alarm going off in a 3rd floor guest room.  The guest was able to use a fire extinguisher to put the flames out before crews arrived.  Investigators found evidence of arson at the scene and arrested 30-year-old hotel manager Sung Dong Lee-Kim for attempted insurance fraud.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A man remains missing after getting swept out to sea with his daughter at Cannon Beach.  The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search for the man last night after several hours of looking.  The Coast Guard says the man and his daughter were swept into the ocean yesterday.  A witness was able to rescue the daughter, but her father remains missing.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  A 7-year-old girl is dead after her father shot her in a murder-suicide in Vancouver.  Police say 40-year-old John Maul shot his daughter last Friday before taking his own life.  An investigation is ongoing.



(Portland, OR)  --  Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill is resigning.  Underhill announced yesterday he plans to retire at the end of next month following over three decades in public service.  Underhill says he is recommending that Governor Kate Brown appoint DA-elect Schmidt to serve the rest of his term.



(Portland, OR)  --  Protesters in Portland continue to call for an end to police brutality and systemic racism in law enforcement.  Hundreds of protesters gathered at Jefferson High School last night, where they listened to speeches before marching onto the top deck of the Fremont Bridge on southbound I-405.  The protesters then rallied on the bridge for about two hours before heading back to Jefferson High.  A separate group of protesters gathered outside the Justice Center downtown.  Protesters have been calling for change nationwide following the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed when a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes in Minneapolis.



(Portland, OR)  --  Three people are injured after a man drove his car into a crowd of protesters in downtown Portland early this morning.  The Portland Police Bureau says Anthony Eaglehorse-Lassandro drove into the crowd near Southwest 3rd Avenue and Southwest Alder Street around 1 a.m.  Three people were hospitalized and are expected to recover.  Police used an air support unit to track Eaglehorse-Lassandro down and arrest him.  He's facing charges of felony hit and run, reckless driving and possession of a controlled substance.



(Springdale, OR)  --  Three people are injured following a crash near Columbia River Highway west of Corbett.  The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says the two-car crash happened yesterday on East Bell Road.  One person was seriously injured while two others suffered minor injuries.



(Corvallis, OR)  --  Police are searching for a 12-year-old runaway who's been missing for more than a week.  The Benton County Sheriff's Office says Nikhai Roberts escaped from a youth facility in Corvallis over a week ago with another juvenile, who was found over the weekend.  Police believe Roberts could be in Lane County.



(Gresham, OR)  --  The mayor of Gresham is stepping down.  Mayor Shane Bemis announced yesterday he plans to resign in order to spend more time with his family and his restaurant business.  His resignation takes effect today.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon health officials are reporting yet another record-breaking daily increase in COVID-19 cases.  The Oregon Health Authority announced 278 new coronavirus cases yesterday, breaking the previous day's record for new cases by nearly 100.  Officials say 119 of the new cases are tied to an outbreak in Eastern Oregon's Union County.  Oregon has now had a total of six-thousand-98 coronavirus cases so far.



(Milwaukie, OR)  --  A man is behind bars after allegedly stabbing a Domino's Pizza employee in Milwaukie.  Police say 44-year-old Eli Parks stabbed an employee at the restaurant on Southeast 32nd Avenue multiple times Sunday night after the employee asked him to leave for smoking inside.  Another employee grabbed a gun and pointed it at Parks, leading him to drop the knife and surrender.  Police arrived moments later and arrested Parks on several charges including attempted murder.  The employee remains hospitalized in critical condition.



(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are injured following a stabbing in Northeast Portland.  Police responded to the area of Northeast Davis Street and 14th Avenue around 3:45 yesterday afternoon to find two people suffering from stab wounds.  It's not yet clear whether police have identified a suspect.  An investigation is ongoing.



(Portland, OR)  --  Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of downtown Portland again last night to protest police brutality and systemic racism in law enforcement.  Protesters gathered at Revolution Hall and then marched across the Burnside Bridge.  The march ended at Pioneer Courthouse Square.  Protesters have been calling for change following the killing of George Floyd, a black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes in Minneapolis late last month.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is expressing concern over reports of police officers physically attacking journalists covering protests against police brutality in the city.  Wheeler took to Twitter last night, saying journalists "need to be able to cover the protests safely."  Wheeler also responded to a tweet from a journalist who says police shoved her hard and then slammed her from behind with a baton after she'd shown them her press badge.  Wheeler calls the report "extremely concerning."  At least two other journalists have reported police shoved them or hit them with batons while they were covering the protests.  Cory Elia of Village Portland and Zane Sparling of the Portland Tribune both tell KATU the officers involved told them they didn't care if they were journalists while shoving them.



(Portland, OR)  --  Fire officials evacuated more than a dozen homes in Lake Oswego yesterday due to a gas leak.  Lake Oswego Fire says crews evacuated 15 homes on Rogers Road after two of the homes showed high levels of natural gas inside.  Fire officials say the leak was caused when construction crews hit a gas line in the area.  Residents were allowed to return to their homes around 3 p.m.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police declared a civil disturbance and unlawful assembly again last night during a protest around the Justice Center downtown.  The Portland Police Bureau says people were throwing projectiles at officers and pointing lasers at them.  Police say a store in the area was also looted.  Several people were arrested.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon health officials are reporting another record-breaking daily increase in coronavirus cases.  The Oregon Health Authority announced 184 new cases yesterday, breaking the state's previous daily record of 178 new cases on June 11th.  Oregon has now had a total of five-thousand-820 COVID-19 cases and 180 deaths. 



(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials say a coronavirus outbreak in eastern Oregon is partially to blame for yesterday's record-breaking daily increase in cases.  The Oregon Health Authority says 99 out of the 184 new cases reported yesterday were detected during a mass testing event at the Lighthouse Pentecostal Church in rural Union County.  Officials say 365 people were tested at the church over the weekend.  Union County is currently in phase two of the state's reopening plan.



(Portland, OR)  --  A group of state lawmakers are calling for the release of prisoners who are at a higher risk for complications from COVID-19.  Leaders of the House and Senate Judiciary committees released a plan yesterday calling for the immediate release of such inmates.  The plan also calls for the release of inmates who are just a few months shy of finishing their sentences.



(Portland, OR)  --  An Oregon man who accidentally shot himself in the groin and then blamed it on a homeless man is going to federal prison for six years.  Marcus Davis Junior was sentenced yesterday for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  In January, Davis claimed he had been robbed and shot by a homeless man at a bus stop.  Investigators couldn't corroborate the story, and the gun that shot him was found hidden in his girlfriend's car.



(Portland, OR)  --  24 Hour Fitness says it will permanently shutter two of its clubs in the Portland area due to financial struggles following pandemic-related closures.  The health club chain says it will close its locations on Southwest Watson Avenue in Beaverton and Northeast 72nd Drive in Vancouver. 



(Portland, OR)  --  Hundreds of protesters gathered in Portland again last night to protest police brutality and systemic racism in law enforcement.  Protesters gathered at Jefferson High School around 6 p.m. for a march to Alberta Park.  Protest organizers say they chose Jefferson High School as a starting location for last night's march due to the high levels of gentrification experienced by the surrounding neighborhood.



(Portland, OR)  --  A pair of local civil rights groups are merging in order to help coordinate their efforts.  Protest organizers announced during a rally at Jefferson High School last night that Rose City Justice and Portland Civil Rights Collective are merging.  The new group will be called Rose City Justice and Civil Rights Collective.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland Tribune reporter is calling for change after being shoved by a police officer after identifying himself as a journalist during a protest against police brutality downtown.  Zane Sparling tells KATU he was covering Saturday night's protest when an officer confronted him.  Sparling can be heard on video telling the officer he's a reporter, prompting the officer to say he doesn't care and then shove Sparling against a wall.  Sparling says he hopes the Portland Police Bureau can work on changing the way they treat journalists.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police declared a civil disturbance and unlawful assembly last night during a protest around the Justice Center downtown.  The Portland Police Bureau claims people were throwing projectiles at officers and climbing the fence around the Justice Center before they declared the civil disturbance around 9:30 last night.  The protest was separate from a rally and march held at Jefferson High School.



(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are confirming two more coronavirus deaths and over 100 new cases of the virus in Oregon.  The Oregon Health Authority says a 95-year-old Multnomah County woman and a 70-year-old Washington County woman both died from COVID-19 last week.  The new deaths raise the state's death toll from the pandemic to 176.  Health officials also announced 101 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, raising the state's total number of cases so far to five-thousand-636.



(Portland, OR)  --  A statue of Thomas Jefferson is no longer standing at Jefferson High School.  KATU reports the statue was torn down sometime last night with the message "slave trader" spray painted across its base.  The statue appears to be mostly still intact.  KATU reports the statue appears to have come down sometime after protesters who had gathered at the school yesterday left on their march to Alberta Park.  The protesters are calling for an end to police brutality and systemic racism in law enforcement following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis late last month.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges in connection to a burglary at an auto repair shop.  The Washington County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrested 26-year-old Ahmed Sadiq of Aloha late last week.  He's accused of stealing a pickup truck from an auto repair shop.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  A 28-year-old Vancouver woman is dead after being hit by a car in her own driveway.  Police say Rachel Casper was about to walk to a neighbor's house with her father Saturday evening when a Chevy Suburban veered off the roadway and hit a power pole before striking Casper and then crashing into a tree.  Casper was pronounced dead at the scene.  Police identified the driver as 25-year-old Allister Gollihugh.  It's not yet clear what caused him to drive off the roadway.



(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are hospitalized following a stabbing in North Portland.  Police say someone stabbed the victims last night near North Oberlin Street and North Macrum Avenue.  Both victims were rushed to a hospital, one with serious injuries.  No word yet on whether police have identified a suspect.



(Portland, OR)  --  Multnomah County will have to wait at least another week before entering phase one of the state's reopening plan.  Governor Kate Brown announced last night she plans to press pause on approving more county reopening applications due to a spike in coronavirus cases in Oregon.  The pause will last for one week.  Multnomah County was expecting to hear back today on its application to enter phase one.



(Portland, OR)  --  A pair of activist groups are calling on city leaders to put more money toward community-driven initiatives.  The groups Unite Oregon and the Portland African American Leadership Forum say the City Council should take 50-million dollars from the Portland Police Bureau's budget rather than the seven-million proposed by Mayor Ted Wheeler earlier this week.  Those groups are also calling for an end to sweeps of homeless camps.



(Portland, OR)  --  Thousands of protesters gathered in downtown Portland again last night calling for change following the police-involved killings of several black people in the U.S.  Protesters gathered at Revolution Hall and then marched to Grant Park, where they held up their lit cellphones while singing "Black Lives are Magical."  A smaller group gathered at the Justice Center.  Police declared that gathering an unlawful assembly just before midnight and ordered people to leave, saying protesters were throwing objects at them.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland City Council is delaying their vote on a budget that includes sweeping cuts to the Portland Police Bureau amid calls for reform from protesters.  Council members will vote on the budget next Wednesday after failing to pass it last night.  Commissioner Chloe Eudaly voted against the proposed budget, as did Mayor Ted Wheeler for procedural reasons.  The budget proposal includes a 15-million-dollar cut to the PPB.  Protesters have been calling on the city to redirect funding from police to community organizations following the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  Beaverton-based Nike is making Juneteenth a company-wide paid holiday.  Nike informed its workers of the decision Thursday, which will be annual starting this year.  June 19th is the day commemorating the end of slavery in America.  Nike's CEO also told employees the company hasn't consistently supported or celebrated its black teammates and "this needs to change."



(Coos Bay, OR)  --  An 18-year-old man is hospitalized after falling from a cliff while hiking at Cape Arago near Coos Bay.  The U.S. Coast Guard says the man was hiking with his mother yesterday morning when they both fell from the cliff.  The mother was reportedly able to grab onto some vegetation to stop her fall and was not injured.  However, her son fell 36 feet down the cliff face and suffered multiple head injuries.  The Coast Guard deployed a rescue swimmer to help hoist the man into a rescue litter, and he was airlifted to a hospital.



(Salem, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into the discovery of a body underneath a duplex in Salem.  Police say the body was found Wednesday after residents complained of a foul odor.  An autopsy is scheduled for today.



(Gresham, OR)  --  Police in Gresham are searching for a missing three-year-old boy believed to be with his non-custodial mother.  Police say Rosalie Dunlap took her son Zayden Dunlap last night.  Dunlap is only allowed to have supervised visits with her son.  She's believed to be driving a black Kia Rio with the license plate ZTM365.



(Portland, OR)  --  The mother of an inmate who was assaulted by a Washington County jail deputy during booking back in 2018 is speaking out.  Esther Summerville says she had no idea anything had happened to her son Albert Molino until he returned home in a hospital gown.  She adds that when she asked police about the assault, they lied and told her Molino had tried to bite them.  Surveillance video released this week shows Deputy Rian Alden slamming Molino against a wall and fracturing his skull.  Molino now suffers from a permanent brain injury.  Alden was indicted by a grand jury Friday on a charge of first-degree official misconduct.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Zoo is preparing to reopen its doors following pandemic-related closures.  The zoo announced yesterday it will be reopening soon, though there's no official date yet.  Zoo officials say there will be several changes in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus, including face mask requirements, capacity limits and physical distancing reminders.



(Portland, OR)  --  Mayor Ted Wheeler is unveiling his plan for change as protesters continue calling for racial justice and an end to police brutality.  Wheeler introduced a series of proposals yesterday.  Wheeler says he plans to redirect seven-million dollars from the Portland Police Bureau and five-million dollars from other city funds to put towards programs to help communities of color.  Portland will also dissolve PPB's Gun Violence Reduction Team and ban officers from using chokeholds.



(Portland, OR)  --  A federal judge is banning the Portland Police Bureau from using tear gas to disperse crowds of protesters.  U.S. District Judge Marco Hernandez ruled yesterday that police may only use tear gas in instances where "lives or safety of the public or police are at risk."  Hernandez also ruled police may not use tear gas to disperse crowds in cases where there is little to no risk of injury.  The order lasts for two weeks.



(Portland, OR)  --  Protesters gathered again in Portland last night calling for racial equity and an end to police-involved killings of black people.  Protesters gathered for rallies at Pioneer Courthouse Square, Revolution Hall, City Hall and the Portland Justice Center.  No official marches were held, with protest organizers calling it a night of rest.  Portlanders have been protesting for nearly two weeks following the police-caused death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a missing foster teen.  The Oregon Department of Human Services says 16-year-old Mataya Gearhart is believed to be in danger.  She was last seen Thursday night in Portland.



(Portland, OR)  --  Senator Ron Wyden is calling on fellow lawmakers to extend enhanced unemployment benefits amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  The Democrat spoke at a Senate hearing, saying the economic crisis will continue longer if those benefits are taken away.  Wyden asserted it's "dead wrong" to say Americans are fine with staying at home and not returning to work.  The ranking member of the Finance Committee says people in his state tell him they want to get back on the job.



(Portland, OR)  --  Sentencing is being delayed for MAX stabbing convict Jeremy Christian.  Oregon Court officials announced the delay yesterday, citing the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  The court says there are multiple parties who want to be present at the sentencing hearing but are not able to due to the pandemic.  Christian was scheduled to be sentenced on June 18th.  A new date has not yet been selected.  Christian was convicted earlier this year of stabbing Taliesin Namkai-Meche and Ricky Best to death and injuring Micah Fletcher on a MAX train in 2017 after they stood up for two Muslim women whom Christian was verbally assaulting.



(Portland, OR)  --  The walls are coming down around Portland City Hall and the Portland Building.  City officials announced last night their decision to remove the plywood wall that was set up to prevent graffiti from being sprayed on the buildings.  The wall is expected to come down by the end of tonight.  The city released a statement saying that while the wall was intended to protect the building and minimize expenses, the city "needs to hear the community's demands for racial justice, even when those demands take the form of spray paint."



(Corvallis, OR)  --  Eight people are hospitalized following a head-on crash on Highway 20 near Philomath.  Police say the crash happened yesterday after noon and involved multiple vehicles.  At least two people were ejected from their cars.  An investigation into the crash is ongoing.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a person killed in a hit and run in Portland.  Authorities say 51-year-old Miro Nik Brankovich was killed in the crash June 4th near Southwest Barbur Boulevard and Capitol Hill Road.  Police have arrested 30-year-old Edward Killeen for his death.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a fire that burned a pickup truck in Hillsboro.  Firefighters responded to the fire on the Tualatin Valley Highway yesterday morning.  No word yet on whether there were any injuries.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Police Chief Jami Resch is stepping down.  Resch announced yesterday she is resigning after six months on the job and asking Lieutenant Chuck Lovell, who is a black, to take her place.  In a Twitter post, Resch said the decision came from her heart after listening to community members demand change following the police-involved death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.  The unexpected change in leadership comes as the PPB has faced criticism over its handling of George Floyd demonstrations.  Resch will stay with the PPB in a yet-to-be-determined role. 



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has no immediate plans to resign.  Wheeler responded to questions on whether he planned to follow Police Chief Jami Resch's example in stepping down during a press conference last night.  Wheeler says he loves being the mayor of Portland and he believes he can lead the city through the changes that are required.  Wheeler added that he was overwhelmingly elected four years ago to serve the city no matter what.  Resch announced yesterday she is resigning after six months on the job and asking Lieutenant Chuck Lovell, who is a black, to take her place.



(Portland, OR)  --  Protesters in Portland continue to call for change following the police-caused death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.  Thousands of protesters took to Interstate 84 last night, marching from the Irving Street onramp to the Northwest 33rd Avenue exit.  From there, protesters continued their march in the Alberta district before returning to their starting point Revolution Hall.  A smaller group of demonstrators gathered at the Justice Center to protest.  George Floyd was a black man who was killed after a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, cutting off his air supply, in Minneapolis two weeks ago.



(Portland, OR)  --  Nearly half a dozen more families are suing a Portland nursing facility after their loved ones died from coronavirus there.  Five families of residents who died at Healthcare at Foster Creek joined a wrongful death lawsuit yesterday accusing the facility of elder abuse and negligence.  The Oregon Department of Human Services suspended the facility's license after an outbreak there infected 117 people and killed 28 more.  The family of 75-year-old Judith Jones filed the initial lawsuit last month.  The lawsuit is seeking a combined ten-point-eight-million dollars.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon's tally of coronavirus cases is approaching the five-thousand mark.  Health officials say yesterday marked Oregon's second-highest single-day increase in coronavirus cases.  The Oregon Health Authority announced 114 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 yesterday.  That raises the state's total number of coronavirus cases so far to four-thousand-922.  No new deaths were reported, leaving the state's death toll at 164.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a fire that damaged a Burger King in Southeast Portland.  Firefighters responded to the restaurant on Southeast Grand Avenue late Sunday night to find flames and smoke coming from the building.  Fire crews were able to extinguish the blaze within about half an hour.  It's not yet clear what caused the fire.



(Portland, OR)  --  City workers in Portland are receiving time off to grieve the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and other black people killed by police across the country.  Mayor Ted Wheeler announced yesterday he's giving city employees 40 hours of bereavement leave to grieve and reflect.  Wheeler says the nation is facing a "collective grief and trauma coming from a culmination of oppression that is over 400 years old."



(Portland, OR)  --  A student at Portland State University is filing a lawsuit against the city after she was injured by a police flash-bang grenade during a protest over the death of George Floyd.  Julia Leggett says she was walking away from police during a protest on Friday when officers intentionally launched a flash-bang grenade at her, hitting her in the leg.  Leggett says the blast produced a hematoma in her leg that required immediate medical attention.  Her leg has since become infected.  Leggett says she's seeking a fair compensation ranging between one dollar and 450-thousand dollars.



(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are reporting over five-dozen new coronavirus cases at the Pacific Seafood plant in Lincoln County.  The Oregon Health Authority announced 61 new cases of COVID-19 at the plant yesterday.  A total of 124 people at the plant have now tested positive for the virus.  The company says it has suspended operations at the plant in order to professionally sanitize it.



(Portland, OR)  --  Work gets underway next week in Portland's new mural district.  The Portland Street Art Alliance says painting will begin next Monday on five murals under the Hawthorne and Morrison bridge viaducts in the city's central eastside.  It's part of the Viaducts Arts Mural Initiative announced last year.  The Portland Street Art Alliance says it received nearly 200 applications from artists statewide.



(Portland, OR)  --  An eleventh-straight night of protests in Portland against the police-involved death of George Floyd in Minneapolis is in the books.  Thousands of people gathered downtown for three separate protests.  The largest demonstration drew thousands of people to the field near Revolution Hall, where protesters gathered for a rally before marching north.  Several more protesters gathered at the Traffic Division building before marching onto the St. Johns Bridge.  Police say both those protests were peaceful.  Meanwhile, police say a third gathering near the Justice Center turned violent just before midnight, with agitators throwing bottles, hard-boiled eggs and other projectiles at officers.  Police declared the gathering an unlawful assembly around midnight and arrested at least 20 people.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  Beaverton-based Nike is donating millions of dollars to help support the black community.  Nike says it will donate 40-million-dollars over the next four years.  Under the company umbrella, the Jordan and Converse brands will also be part of the initiative.  The funds will support organizations that focus on social justice, education and racial inequality.  In light of George Floyd's death, president and CEO John Donahoe says we must understand the "suffering and senseless tragedy racial bigotry creates."  Nike added it has recently increased efforts of accountability within the company.



(Portland, OR)  --  Mayor Ted Wheeler is ordering the Portland Police Bureau to stop using sonic weaponry against protesters.  Wheeler issued a tweet Friday night ordering police to stop using the long-range acoustic device called L-RAD to disperse demonstrators, effective immediately.  The device may now only be used to share information.  The order comes in response to officers using the blaring warning tones at the end of an all-night protest.  Portland police have released video that shows how the device works.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Police Chief Jami Resch is expressing some solidarity with those protesting the officer-involved death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.  KATU reports Resch issued a thank you to organizers of a peaceful march from Revolution Hall into Northeast Portland yesterday, saying, quote, "your voice is powerful, and I am with you."  Police say yesterday marked the sixth consecutive day that protesters have gathered at Revolution Hall without any violence, vandalism to the city or disruptive behavior.



(Coos Bay, OR)  --  A man is facing charges after allegedly pointing a gun at several Black Lives Matter protesters in Coos Bay.  Police responded to South Broadway Street near Curtis Avenue Saturday afternoon on reports a man in a truck was pointing a handgun at protesters.  Police tracked down and arrested 36-year-old Brandon Moore of Coos Bay on charges of menacing and disorderly conduct.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon health officials are confirming the highest single-day coronavirus case increase in the state since the pandemic began.  The Oregon Health Authority reported 146 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 yesterday, raising the state's total number of cases to four-thousand-808.  Lincoln County had the most new cases with 61, followed by Multnomah County with 22 cases and Clackamas County with 18.  Officials also confirmed one new death in Malheur County, marking the first coronavirus death for that county.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for the owner of a pig that was found sleeping in a planter along Eastbank Esplanade.  Police say someone found the pig named Betty snoozing north of the Hawthorne Bridge early yesterday morning.  Police are still trying to figure out how the pig got there.  A local farmer has volunteered to care for the pig until police can track down her rightful owner.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man accused of assaulting a homeless person in Portland.  The Portland Police Bureau says the victim was assaulted on May 30th near the 200 block of Northeast Everett Street.  Police say the suspect was a white man wearing a black hoodie and a red bandanna over his face.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a suspect in connection to a deadly hit and run in Southwest Portland.  Police announced early yesterday they've arrested 30-year-old Steven Edward Killeen for the crash that killed a pedestrian late Thursday night near Southwest Barbur Boulevard and Capitol Hill Road.  He was booked into Multnomah County Jail on several charges, including manslaughter, hit and run and reckless driving.



(Portland, OR)  --  One person is hospitalized after a pickup truck crashed into a MAX train in North Portland.  Police say the crash happened around 11:30 yesterday morning near North Interstate and Going Street.  One person inside the pickup truck was transported to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.  No other injuries were reported.  An investigation into what caused the crash is ongoing.



(Portland, OR)  --  Trail Blazer Damian Lillard is among thousands of people who demonstrated in downtown Portland last night.  The point guard linked arms with Portland youths to lead a march from Revolution Hall across Morrison Bridge to Naito Parkway and then into Waterfront Park.  The march was part of an eighth day of protests in Portland against the death of George Floyd and police brutality.



(Portland, OR)  --  Thousands of people demonstrated in downtown Portland again last night for an eighth straight day of protests against police brutality and racial injustice following the police-involved death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.  Protesters gathered outside Revolution Hall yesterday evening and then marched across Morrison Bridge to Naito Parkway and then into Waterfront Park for a peaceful rally.  Hundreds of the protesters then marched to the Portland Justice Center, where police say there were some incidents of people throwing things at officers and trying to climb the fence.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Public Schools District's first-ever virtual prom is in the books.  The virtual prom took place on YouTube last night.  Portland Trail Blazers' official DJ O.G. One mixed music live from McMenamins White Eagle, and there were shout-outs and live dancing from celebrities like Thorns Star Simone Charley and the creator of the "Savage" challenge on TikTok.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Public Schools is removing school resource officers from its schools.  District Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero announced plans yesterday to discontinue the regular presence of resource officers on its campuses.  Guerrero says it's time for the district to re-examine its relationship with the Portland Police Bureau.  Police Chief Jami Resch says there has been an ongoing conversation about the role of police in public schools and whether or not they should be assigned to campuses.  Resch says officers who were assigned to the Youth Services Division will be reassigned to the Operations Branch.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a 14-year-old boy in connection to an assault during protests in downtown Portland over the weekend.  Police say the juvenile punched and kicked a man in the head Saturday night in the one-thousand block of Southwest 4th Avenue.  Police arrested him yesterday and booked him into the Donald E Long Juvenile Detention Center for second-degree assault.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Health officials in Clark County are confirming an outbreak of coronavirus at Pacific Crest Building Supply in Ridgefield.  Clark County Public Health says five employees at the production facility have tested positive for COVID-19.  The facility has suspended production and is working with health officials to devise a plan to test all employees for the virus.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect in connection with a deadly hit and run in southwest Portland.  Police say the suspect driver hit and killed a pedestrian last night near Southwest Barbur Boulevard and Capitol Hill Road.  The driver then kept going and the victim died at the scene.  The suspect vehicle is described as a newer gray Dodge Caravan.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they arrested a dozen people and towed three vehicles last night following what was a day of peaceful demonstrations downtown.  The Portland Police Bureau says a group of agitators threw rocks, bottles and fireworks at police near the Justice Center after official protests ended last night.  Some suspects allegedly set a dumpster on fire, and some others were street racing with their cars.  The crowd was dispersed by 3:30 this morning.



(Portland, OR)  --  Mayor Ted Wheeler says he's committed to change within the Portland Police Bureau.  During a press conference yesterday, Wheeler pledged to review the bureau's use of force, engage the community and report the results in order to create meaningful reform.  Wheeler also announced he's working on a plan to move one-million dollars from the police bureau's budget to a community-led group aimed at ensuring better academic experiences for students of color.



(Portland, OR)  --  Construction is underway on a new housing complex for the homeless.  A groundbreaking ceremony took place yesterday at the future site of Cedar Commons in Southeast Portland.  The complex will include 60 units for those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.  Construction is expected to wrap up in just over a year.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are ruling out foul play in the death of a man who died under mysterious circumstances near a grocery store in Salem over the weekend.  The Marion County Medical Examiner's Office says there were no signs of foul play in the man's death Saturday.  Toxicology test results are still pending.  Witnesses tell police the man was complaining of having been assaulted before he lost consciousness near the Safeway on Center Street Northeast.  He died at the scene.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  Dozens of people gathered in Beaverton last night for a vigil for George Floyd, a black man who was killed by white police officers in Minneapolis.  The vigil took place at 5:30 last night at the corner of Cornell Road and Murray Boulevard.  Organizers of the vigil say they wanted to show that they stand with those asking to address racial inequality and police brutality.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've made multiple arrests after a splinter group of agitators broke off from peaceful protesters to clash with police in downtown Portland.  The Portland Police Bureau says the agitators gathered near Southwest 4th and Taylor around 9:15 last night and started throwing things at officers while banging on a barricade.  Police declared the situation a "civil disturbance and unlawful assembly" and deployed pepper spray and tear gas.  The police bureau emphasized that the agitators were acting separately from a larger group of peaceful protesters.



(Portland, OR)  --  Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Portland again yesterday for a fifth night of protests against the police-involved death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.  Between three-thousand and four-thousand protesters gathered at Pioneer Courthouse Square last night before marching over the Burnside Bridge into southeast Portland.  There, protesters sat on the ground and listened to several speakers and protest leaders, who announced plans to return again tonight for another protest.  The Portland Police Bureau thanked the protesters on Twitter for keeping their demonstration peaceful.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police and local leaders are meeting with Portland protest organizers following several days of demonstrations in response to the police-involved death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.  KATU-2 reports Mayor Ted Wheeler is among several leaders who met with protesters and community activists yesterday for the first in a series of meetings.  Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill, Multnomah County Sheriff Michael Reese and Portland Police leaders were also present for the meeting.  Yesterday marked the fifth straight day of protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed by a white police officer who kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes, suffocating him.



(Portland, OR)  --  A 36-year-old Multnomah County woman is among three new Oregonians to die from coronavirus.  The Oregon Health Authority confirmed the three new deaths yesterday, raising the state's death toll from the pandemic to 157.  Officials say the 36-year-old woman had underlying medical conditions.  The other two patients who died were a 66-year-old woman and an 88-year-old woman who also had underlying medical conditions.  Officials also announced 33 new cases of the virus in Oregon, raising the state's tally of cases to four-thousand-335.



(Salem, OR)  --  Police are searching for an arson suspect accused of setting fire to a middle school in Salem.  Police say the man set fire to Waldo Middle School on April 29th, causing roughly 250-thousand dollars in damages.  Police have released surveillance images of the suspect, who is described as a white man in his late teens or early 20s.  CrimeStoppers of Oregon is offering a 25-hundred-dollar reward for information leading to an arrest.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Goodwill is reopening a dozen more stores in Oregon.  KOIN-6 reports Goodwill is opening another 13 stores and donation locations today and tomorrow following pandemic-related closures.  Goodwill reopened 12 stores late last month.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested about 100 people over the past five days of protests in Portland.  The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office says roughly 100 people have either been booked into jail or issued citations since May 29th.  Most of those people have since been released pending arraignment.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  More than a dozen Bob's Red Mill employees are under quarantine after testing positive for coronavirus.  The Oregon Health Authority says 14 workers at the company's production facility in Milwaukie have tested positive and are now resting at home.  The health authority is investigating the outbreak.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon National Guard is assisting police in Portland following a weekend of sometimes-violent protests that caused millions of dollars in damages.  Governor Kate Brown announced yesterday she would mobilize 50 unarmed guardsmen to the city to help law enforcement.  The move came in response to a request from Mayor Ted Wheeler to activate the National Guard to protect businesses.  Mayor Wheeler also extended the city curfew orders to resume at 8 p.m. last night until 6 a.m. today.



(Portland, OR)  --  Thousands of people flocked to Portland's streets last night for a fourth night of protests over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.  Protesters took to the Burnside Bridge, where they lied face-down in the street with their hands behind their backs and remained silent for nearly nine minutes.  That's how long police officers knelt on Floyd's neck last week, reportedly suffocating him to death.  Protesters then marked downtown and gathered at Pioneer Courthouse Square before continuing their march.  The Portland Police Bureau says the protest was peaceful with no reports of vandalism or destruction.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon State University is one of three universities that has been selected to form a new institute for scientific collaboration.  The NOAA selected Oregon State University, the University of Washington and the University of Alaska Fairbanks to create the Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean and Ecosystem Studies.  The group will assist the NOAA in research it cannot conduct on its own, farming out some of its responsibilities to the universities instead.



(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are reporting several new cases of coronavirus in Oregon.  The latest numbers from the Oregon Health Authority bring the statewide total up to four-thousand-302.  Officials also confirmed one new coronavirus death, raising the state's death toll to 154.  More than 131-thousand Oregonians have been tested so far.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  A Vancouver Public Schools board member is stepping down after posting a racist tweet in connection to protests over the police-involved death of George Floyd.  Mark Stoker resigned yesterday following the tweet suggesting that fire hoses be used against anyone damaging property during the protests.  Stoker was responding to a tweet by Seattle sports radio host Dave Mahler in which Mahler voiced disgust over property damage carried out during a protest on Saturday.  Stoker tweeted, quote, "Two words. Fire hoses!"  Fire hoses were famously used against black protesters during Civil Rights demonstrations in the 1960s.  Vancouver Public Schools Superintendent Steve Webb issued a statement yesterday saying racism in any form is wholly inconsistent with the school district's mission, values and beliefs.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A Washington County Sheriff's deputy is on leave after allegedly sending a racist email four years before joining the sheriff's office.  Sheriff Pat Garrett says the deputy was placed on leave pending an investigation after the email came to light on Sunday.  The email was sent more than 16 years ago and is described as "inappropriate with racial epithets."  An investigation has been opened with the Professional Standards Unit.



(Medford, OR)  --  A man is facing charges after allegedly waving a gun at a protester during a verbal argument in Medford.  Police responded to the area near 120 South Front Street around 7 p.m. yesterday on reports of an armed man menacing protesters.  Responding officers arrested the man on a charge of disorderly conduct. 



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Police Bureau Chief Jami Resch is saying "thank you" to protesters for last night's peaceful demonstration.  Resch took to Twitter early this morning praising the thousands of demonstrators who participated in an extensive march without engaging in violence or destruction.  Resch says the effort created a safer environment for all.  She added that police will continue to arrest anyone who does engage in acts of violence or other criminal activity.  Police say they arrested about a dozen people after some agitators started throwing rocks and bottles at officers after the protest started to wrap up.



(Clackamas, OR)  --  Several parks are back open in Clackamas County.  The county reopened many of its parks and boat ramps yesterday, including Barton, Boones Ferry and Hebb.  Officials say Carver, Knights Bridge and Wagon Wheel will remain closed until later this month. 



(Gresham, OR)  --  One person is dead following a crash on I-84 in Gresham.  Police say the two-vehicle crash happened yesterday afternoon near 181st Avenue when a vehicle rear-ended the trailer of a pickup truck that was stopped on the side of the road.  No word yet on which driver was killed.  The second driver was hospitalized for injuries.  An investigation is ongoing.



(Portland, OR)  --  Dozens of people are facing charges after weekend protests over the police-involved murder of Minneapolis man George Floyd led to riots and looting in Portland.  Police arrested more than 50 people in Portland over the course of the weekend.  Mayor Ted Wheeler says authorities are still tallying the cost of the weekend's riots, but damage to Portland area businesses is being estimated at millions of dollars.  Wheeler says those who resorted to violence and looting did nothing to honor Floyd's life.  Cities across the country held protests over the weekend for Floyd, who died at the hands of police in Minneapolis while in custody last week.



(Portland, OR)  --  One man is in critical condition following a shooting in Portland.  Police say the man was shot Saturday night near Southwest Hawthorne Boulevard and Southwest Water Avenue.  Investigators don't believe the shooting was tied to weekend riots.



(Portland, OR)  --  The search continues for several suspects accused of setting fire to the Justice Center during Friday night's riots downtown.  The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says they're still working to identify the suspects, many of whom were caught on surveillance image.  It's not clear yet exactly how many fires were intentionally set. 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested more than a dozen people following a third night of protests in Portland over the officer-involved killing of a black man in Minneapolis.  The Portland Police Bureau says officers arrested 12 adults and two juveniles during last night's protests over the death of George Floyd in police custody last week.  Overall, police arrested more than 70 people during protests in Portland beginning Friday night.



(Portland, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown is replacing the director of the Oregon Employment Department.  Brown announced yesterday she has requested and received the resignation of department director Kay Erickson.  David Gerstenfeld will step into the role in the interim.  The move follows months of controversy regarding delays in unemployment benefits for Oregonians laid off amid the coronavirus pandemic.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into the officer-involved shooting death of a man in southeast Portland.  Police say a Gresham Police officer shot and killed a man last night while responding to reports of a man making threats in an area off Southeast Kelly Street.  Police say the incident was not related to protests in the area.  Further details were not immediately available.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  More than two-dozen people are displaced following a fire at an apartment complex in Vancouver, Washington.  Firefighters responded to the apartment complex off Southeast Park Crest Drive late Saturday night.  Crews evacuated residents and were able to extinguish the flames within about 20 minutes.  Officials say ten of the apartment units were destroyed, displacing 25 residents.  An investigation into the fire is ongoing.



(Portland, OR)  --  Mayor Ted Wheeler is expected to hold a press conference this morning following a weekend of protests that devolved into riots.  Thousands of people flocked to downtown Portland Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday night to protest the police-involved death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.  Police arrested dozens of people after a small percentage of protesters became violent and began looting businesses and setting fires.  Wheeler's press conference is scheduled for 8 a.m.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  The search continues for an Eastern Washington man whose boat capsized in the Palouse River during stormy conditions over the weekend.  The Franklin County Sheriff's Office says three young men were in a small fishing boat in the river Saturday night when a storm rolled into the area with strong winds.  The boat capsized, knocking all three men into the water.  Police say only two of the men were able to make it back to shore.  None of the men were wearing life jackets.


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