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(Portland, OR)  --  Mayor Ted Wheeler is apologizing to peaceful protesters who were tear gassed by police during nightly demonstrations against police brutality in the city.  Wheeler spoke at a news conference yesterday, saying he agreed with community members that Portland Police Bureau officers did use tear gas indiscriminately during nights in May and June.  Wheeler says state troopers taking over the guarding of the federal courthouse from federal officers will be under the same restrictions as Portland Police, meaning they cannot use tear gas unless someone's life is in danger.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Hillsboro man has been arrested for a bias crime.  On June 1st, a 78-year-old Black woman was double-parked at an apartment complex waiting for her son.  The suspect got into a nearby car to leave and yelled racial slurs and profanities at the woman.  Her son ran out to intervene and the man started yelling at him.  Another neighbor saw it happening and called 911.  Police identified the suspect as 64-year-old John Blackmore.  He's charged with two counts of Bias crime and Harassment.



(Portland, OR)  --  A protester who was shot in the head by a federal police projectile outside of the U.S. Courthouse in Portland is back in the hospital.  Donovan Labella returned to the hospital Monday after suffering complications from the serious head injury.  Labella was initially hospitalized for two weeks after being hit in the forehead by the projectile nearly three weeks ago.  Doctors say Labella has developed a severe sinus infection that's near his brain.  He's also leaking cerebrospinal fluid.  The U.S. Attorney for Oregon is investigating the incident.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Employment Department continues to struggle with unemployment claims for people who are self-employed and contract workers.  The department says it still has 19-thousand claims to finish by August 8th from a backlog of 70-thousand.  Last week, they processed 21-thousand claims.  A new webpage is taking weekly online claims which has sped up the process and eliminated mistakes.  They say they're on track to meet next week's goal.



(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are reporting five new coronavirus deaths in Oregon along with more than 400 new cases of the virus.  The Oregon Health Authority reported the five new deaths yesterday, raising the state's death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic to 316.  Officials also reported 416 new cases of COVID-19, bringing Oregon's total number of cases so far to 18-thousand-131.



(Portland, OR)  --  The top deck of the 108-year-old Steel Bridge in Portland closes Sunday through the month of August for TriMet's most extensive light rail improvements in 34 years.  It'll increase reliability, but it also means re-routing all vehicle traffic, five bus lines, and disrupt MAX trains system-wide.  Shuttle buses will run every five to seven minutes carrying MAX passengers across the river between Old Town/Chinatown and the Rose Quarter.  Passengers should allow an extra 30 to 45 minutes for delays.  The 17-million-dollar project is expected to create 450 jobs.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Vancouver Police are investigating a drive-by shooting that damaged a business on Northeast 112th Avenue Tuesday night.  Just before midnight, officers arrived at the scene and found 48 shell casings of various calibers, including several from an assault rifle.  Bullets entered an occupied business and hit multiple vehicles.  No one was hurt.



(Keizer, OR)  --  A Sheridan woman is dead and three other people are injured after a crash North of Keizer [[ KIE'-zer ]] Tuesday afternoon.  Marion County Sheriff's Deputies say 39-year-old Jacqueline Chavarry was driving a Ford sedan East on Clearlake Road, Northeast when she apparently blew through a stop sign at River Road.  Her car was hit by a southbound pickup truck.  Chavarry died at the scene.  Two passengers in her car and the pickup driver were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  More school districts are announcing they'll start the next school year with full remote learning.  In Clark County, that includes Vancouver, Evergreen, Camas [[ CAM'-us ]], Battle Ground, Hockinson, La Center [[ luh CENTER' ]], Ridgefield and Washougal [[ wah-SHOO'-gul ]].  In preparation for distance learning, Clark County school districts have streamlined education apps, purchased new remote learning equipment and given teachers additional training.  Portland Public Schools announced plans to start the school year with remote learning earlier this week.



(Salem, OR)  --  Most of western Oregon is now in high fire danger.  The Oregon Department of Forestry says the hot and dry weather have quickly caused conditions to get extremely hazardous.  Only four counties remain in moderate fire danger.  They are Clatsop, Coos, Curry and Tillamook.



(Portland, OR)  --  Federal officers are pulling out of Portland, starting today.  Governor Kate Brown announced yesterday on Twitter she had been in talks with Vice President Mike Pence and other federal officials to remove the officers.  They had reached an agreement that all officers with ICE and Customs and Border Protection would be leaving Portland in phases.  In his own statement, Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf noted that Oregon State Police would take the place of federal officers to ensure the federal courthouse and other facilities would remain protected.  This all comes after federal officers have clashed with demonstrators in Downtown Portland as nightly protests have continued in the city following the death of George Floyd.



(Portland, OR)  --  The State of Oregon has released rules that'll help school districts decide if students can learn in the classroom this fall or if they have to learn remotely.  It'll depend on the rate of COVID-19 in the district's community based on positive tests and the number of cases.  In some instances, children in Kindergarten through third grade would be allowed to attend in-person, because they're less likely to transmit the virus.  Rural schools with fewer than 100 students and students with disabilities would be allowed in-person instruction.  The ultimate decision is up to the school district.



(Salem, OR)  --  Extra SNAP food benefits will continue through August in Oregon.  The state has received an additional 30-million dollars from the federal Food and Nutrition Service.  It means all households will receive the maximum benefit if they're not already getting that amount.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a man killed in a shooting in Northeast Portland.  Police say 22-year-old Jordan Lee Louis of Portland was killed in the shooting Tuesday night in the 800 block of Northeast Dekum Street in the Woodlawn neighborhood.  The state medical examiner says he died from multiple gunshot wounds.  Police are still searching for a suspect.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland City Council is approving a measure to allow voters to set up an independent commission to oversee misconduct investigations of police officers.  City council members voted unanimously in favor of the proposal yesterday.  The measure is sponsored by City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty and will give the commission broad power to investigate civilian complaints, compel testimony from officers and impose discipline.  The proposal now heads to the November ballot.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Public Schools and several other school districts will start classes this Fall with comprehensive distance learning.  Districts face a deadline of mid-August to submit plans to the Oregon Department of Education for how they will handle in-person and remote learning.  Other school districts starting fall classes with comprehensive distance learning are Beaverton Schools, Hillsboro Schools, Tigard-Tualatin Schools and Salem-Keizer Schools.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon health officials are confirming eight new coronavirus deaths as well as more than 300 new cases of the virus.  The Oregon Health Authority reported the eight new fatalities yesterday, raising the state's death toll to 311.  The agency also reported 304 new cases.  Oregon has now had a total of 17-thousand-721 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.



(Portland, OR)  --  One person is injured following a shooting in Southeast Portland. It happened Tuesday afternoon near 121st and Southeast Stark Street.  The victim was taken to a hospital in a private vehicle.  The person's injury is non-life threatening.  A suspect has not been arrested.  Police say there is no threat to the community.



(Lincoln City, OR)  --  The Oregon Health Authority has issued a public health advisory for higher than normal levels of bacteria in the ocean water at D River Beach in Lincoln City.  They want you to avoid contact with the water, because it could make you sick.  There's no problem with being on the beach they just want you to stay out of the water.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Multnomah County grand jury has indicted 25-year-old Anatoliy Borovets in a crash that killed a passenger.  Police say Borovets was driving nearly 80 miles an hour when he lost control back in December.  The vehicle rolled several times and caught fire. Borovets ran from the scene.  Sergiey Selivanov died in the crash.  Borovets is charged with manslaughter, hit and run and driving while suspended.  The Multnomah County DA announced the indictment this week.



(Portland, OR)  --  Mayor Ted Wheeler is joining mayors from Seattle, Chicago, Washington D.C., Albuquerque and Kansas City to call on Congressional leadership to restrict the actions of federal forces in their cities.  The mayors say they want federal officials to consult with local officials and get local consent.   They also want federal officers to wear identifying patches and have identification on vehicles.  The letter also asks for limits on federal agents' crowd control activities to protect federal property.



(Portland, OR)  --  Mayor Ted Wheeler says Portlanders can expect an announcement soon regarding the presence of federal officers in the city.  Wheeler spoke on CNN last night saying that conversations are already underway, and that so far, he's happy with those talks.  He added he expects there will be an announcement shortly.  No word yet on exactly what that announcement will be.



(Timberline Lodge, OR)  --  Two climbers are recovering from injuries following a fall on Mt. Hood.  Authorities say Michelle and Travis Malik were near the 10-thousand-foot level behind Crater Rock Sunday when they fell 700 feet.  Other climbers gave them first aid until rescuers arrived.  Michelle had moderate injuries and was carried down the mountain.  Travis suffered minor injuries.  They were both transported to a hospital.  The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says this is not a safe time to climb the mountain, because of melting snow and falling rock.



(Portland, OR)  --  A suspect in a fatal stabbing is escaping charges.  A Multnomah County Grand Jury has cleared 52-year-old Stephen Bache of charges, determining he acted in self-defense.  He was accused of stabbing 32-year-old Cody Vickers near Southwest Water Avenue and Main Street.  Vickers died at a hospital.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a person who was killed in a shooting in Northeast Portland.  Police say 19-year-old Mister Ford was killed in the shooting Monday night at Northeast 87th Avenue near Multnomah University.  He died at the scene.  It's not yet clear whether police have identified a suspect.



(Portland, OR)  --  The city of Portland is slapping a hefty fine on the federal government for a fence erected around the federal courthouse.  The Portland Bureau of Transportation says the fence surrounding the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse is blocking a bike lane.  The city is therefore fining the federal government 500 dollars for every 15 minutes the fence continues to block the public thoroughfare.  City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly says that as of Monday, the bill is up to 192-thousand dollars "and counting."



(Portland, OR)  --  More than one-thousand protesters took to downtown Portland again last night for the 62nd straight night of demonstrations against systemic racism in law enforcement.  The Oregonian reports demonstrations remained relatively peaceful and calm until early this morning, when someone allegedly set off a series of fireworks.  That prompted federal officers to deploy tear gas on the crowd.  Protesters have been demonstrating against police brutality every night in Portland since late May in response to the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. 



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Vancouver firefighters battled a house fire in the 100 degree heat Sunday afternoon.  When the first crew arrived the fire had spread through the attic.  It took them around 45 minutes to put the fire out.  No one was hurt.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.



(Portland, OR)  --  New details are coming to light regarding a shooting Sunday night in North Portland.  Police say one person was killed in the shooting on North Marine Drive just west of the railroad bridge.  The victim was found dead at the scene.  Police have not released further information about the case.



(Portland, OR)  --  More than a dozen Portland protesters are facing federal charges.  U.S. Attorney Billy Williams said federal officers are arresting 18 people for their alleged roles in what he calls violence at the federal courthouse in downtown Portland.  City officials have asked the federal officers to leave because they say they've become a flash point for demonstrations and are making the situation worse.  President Trump has said he is getting tough on out-of-control violence.  Protests have been going on in the city since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in late May.  Most of the demonstrations have been nonviolent.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting that injured one person during protests in downtown Portland.  Police say they've arrested two people for the shooting yesterday evening near Southwest Fourth Avenue and Salmon Street.  The victim was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive.  It's not yet clear whether the shooting was related to the protest.



(Portland, OR)  --  Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of downtown Portland again last night for the 60th straight night of demonstrations against police brutality and systemic racism.  The Oregonian reports about one-thousand protesters gathered at the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse.  Federal officers again responded with tear gas and other crowd-control weapons.  Police say some protesters were launching fireworks toward the courthouse at one point.  Former Multnomah County Commissioner and current City Council candidate Loretta Smith is among those who spoke at the protest.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland is sweating it out under record-breaking heat.  The National Weather Service says the high temperature at the Portland International Airport reached 100 degrees yesterday.  That breaks the previous record for the day of 99 degrees set back in 1998.  The high temp in Aurora hit 101.  More potentially record-breaking heat is expected today.



(Portland, OR)  --  A group of military veterans is joining ongoing protests in Portland.  The group showed up to Saturday's protest and formed a protective wall around the demonstrators, standing with their hands clasped behind their backs.  Some of them held signs in support of the Black Lives Matter movement as they stood in front of the federal courthouse.  They joined groups of moms and dads forming a wall of protection from tear gas cannisters and the advance of federal troops.



(Portland, OR)  --  One man is hospitalized following an early-morning shooting in northeast Portland.  Police say the man was shot just before 2:00 yesterday morning near Northeast Fremont Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.  He was rushed to a hospital with serious injuries.  It's not yet clear whether police have identified a suspect.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a late-night shooting in north Portland.  Police say the shooting happened around 11:00 last night in the 61-hundred block of North Marine Drive.  No word yet on whether anyone was injured.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  Police in Washington County are searching for a missing and endangered teenage girl.  The Washington County Sheriff's Office says 16-year-old Emmeline Tesch went missing just before noon Friday near Ridgewood View Park in Beaverton.  Police say she was last seen getting off a MAX train at the Oregon Zoo stop.  Officials say she's "medically fragile and in grave danger."  Anyone with information is urged to contact police. 



(Kansas City, KS)  --  NASCAR will take on Kansas tonight.  The Super Start Batteries 400 will get underway as Kevin Harvick takes the pole for tonight's race.  Austin Dillon is coming off a big win at Texas this past Sunday. 



(Portland, OR)  --  Mayor Ted Wheeler is among hundreds of people who took to downtown Portland last night for protests against police brutality and systemic racism.  Wheeler was at times confronted and booed by the crowd as he criticized the deployment of federal officers to the city.  Wheeler called the federal presence an unconstitutional occupation, with unidentified agents arresting people without probable cause, denying them their basic rights.  At one point, Wheeler was tear gassed along with the crowd.  The federal agents are part of President Trump's efforts to quell ongoing protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in late May.



(Portland, OR)  --  Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge is blasting the Trump administration's deployment of federal officers in Portland.  Ridge says DHS agents aren't supposed to be used as "the president's personal militia," and he wouldn't have agreed to an "uninvited, unilateral intervention" into a U.S. city.  Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler says the presence of federal personnel has only made the situation worse.  Trump sent federal officers into Portland to manage ongoing civil unrest sparked by George Floyd's death in May.



(Portland, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown is issuing new restrictions on businesses and community gathering places as the state attempts to get a handle on the coronavirus pandemic.  Starting Friday, public indoor venues must limit their occupancy to one-hundred people, which is down from 250.  Restaurants and bars across the state will also have to close by 10 p.m.  Governor Brown also expanded age requirements for face masks, requiring them for children who are age five and older. 



(Gresham, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect accused of crashing a stolen car into an apartment in Gresham.  The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says two people were seen running away from the vehicle after it crashed near West Historic Columbia River Highway and Northeast 244th yesterday morning.  No injuries were reported.



(Albany, OR)  --  A man is dead after falling while climbing Three Fingered Jack in the Central Oregon Cascades.  The Linn County Sheriff's Office says 19-year-old Todd Adeleman was climbing near the summit on Monday when rocks gave way and he fell several hundred feet.  Responders worked all night to recover Adelman's body.



(Salem, OR)  --  Salem SWAT took a man into custody following an hours-long standoff.  Police say it all started Monday night after an intoxicated 29-year-old Nicholas McCain left his children home alone.  Police say a friend who lives nearby had the kids stay at his house.  Police say McCain was armed with a gun when he returned home and went to the friend's house to try to get the kids back.  McCain allegedly hit one of the neighbors in the head with the handgun and then went back to his garage.  SWAT eventually deployed CS gas into the garage and McCain surrendered.



(Portland, OR)  --  Hundreds of people gathered downtown again last night to protest police brutality and systemic racism.  The Oregonian reports it was the second night in a row that more than one-thousand protesters gathered to demonstrate downtown.  Protesters held signs that said "Black Lives Matter" and "Feds, go away!"  Federal officers responded with tear gas, stun grenades and less-lethal munitions to push protesters back from the Justice Center and the nearby federal courthouse.



(Salem, OR)  --  Long-term care facilities in Oregon may now allow outdoor visitation for residents.  Facilities offering visitations will be required to perform health screenings, and visitors must wear face coverings and observe physical distancing.  There are also limits on the number of visitors.  If a facility is dealing with an outbreak of COVID-19, the visitations won't be allowed. 
 



(Salem, OR)  --  Two people are injured following a single-car crash in Marion County.  The Sheriff's Office says the crash happened yesterday morning on Feller Road Northeast in northern Marion County.  One person with critical injuries was flown on Life Flight to a Portland Hospital.  The other person was taken by ambulance to a Salem hospital.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregonians now have a new online resource to help find COVID-19 testing sites in their communities across the state.  The Oregon Health Authority has published an online test site locater.  The interactive map developed by health navigation platform Castlight is available in several languages.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon has nearly 300 new coronavirus cases along with seven new deaths.  The Oregon Health Authority confirmed 299 new cases yesterday, raising the state's total number of cases so far to 15-thousand-139.  The seven new deaths raise Oregon's death toll from the pandemic to 269.  Statewide, 237 people are hospitalized for COVID-19.  That's an increase of four since Monday.



(Salem, OR)  --  Bigfoot is making a return appearance in a wildfire safety campaign.  For the second year, the Oregon State Fire Marshal is using the "Bigfoot: Believe in Fire Safety" campaign to ask Oregonians to protect their communities by preventing wildfires.  You'll see more billboards, advertising at airports and posters at entrances to campgrounds and beaches.  They're encouraging Oregonians to share Bigfoot's message in social media with the hashtag Believe in Fire Safety.



(Gresham, OR)  --  The City of Gresham wants to help restaurants that are depending more on deliveries due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The city is capping commissions charged by third-party-app-based food delivery platforms at 10-percent.  Gresham's action is similar to a measure that was passed by the City of Portland.  The measure also prohibits platforms from reducing the commission paid to drivers to make up for the cap on commissions.



(Washington, DC)  --  President Trump is defending his move to send federal officers into Portland.  Trump spoke during a White House photo-op yesterday, saying he plans to continue sending federal agents to cities he says are experiencing ongoing violence.  Trump also said the cities are run by liberal Democrats who are being prompted by the "radical left."  He called protesters "anarchists" and said mayors are afraid of them.  Trump cited Portland as well as New York and Chicago.



(Portland, OR)  --  Homeland Security acting secretary Chad Wolf says he has no plans of pulling federal officers out of Portland.  Wolf told Fox News yesterday that he doesn't need an "invitation" to send federal law enforcement into states or cities.  He also said his department is going to do its job whether they are welcomed or not.  His comments come after the Trump administration sent federal officers into Portland, where video shows protesters being taken away by officers in unmarked cars.  One protesters remains hospitalized after a federal officer shot him in the head with a police projectile.



(Portland, OR)  --  Mayor Ted Wheeler is renewing his call for the Trump administration to remove federal officers from Portland's streets.  Wheeler joined forces with Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and several other mayors yesterday to send an open letter to the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security.  The letter calls for the immediate removal of Trump's "Rapid Deployment Unit" squads from major U.S. cities.  The mayors are also calling on Congress to investigate what they call the president's "unconstitutional terror tactics."  Trump sent federal forces into Portland about a week ago in response to ongoing protests against police brutality and systemic racism in the city.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police are searching for a missing Vancouver teen.  The Vancouver Police Department says 16-year-old Mark Anthony Rojas-Resendiz was last seen wearing a gray Nike sweatshirt and a black hat with the letters "LA."  He might also be carrying a black Adidas backpack.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A woman is making national headlines after stripping off her clothing and standing naked in front of a line of police during a protest in Portland.  The woman dubbed "Naked Athena" was photographed at a protest Friday night as she engaged in a stand-off with police completely naked from the neck down. She was wearing nothing but a beanie and a face mask. Naked Athena proceeded to do ballet and yoga poses in front of officers and at one point even gave them a full-frontal.  Police reportedly shot pepper balls at the woman and another protester ran in front of her with a shield. After her courageous display of vulnerability police retreated in ten-minutes.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon has nearly 300 new coronavirus cases as well as two new deaths.  The Oregon Health Authority reported 277 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday.  Multnomah County had the most new cases with 85.  The two latest patients to die from the virus are a 76-year-old man and a 92-year-old man, both from Marion County.



(Portland, OR)  --  Thousands of protesters took to the streets of downtown Portland last night to join the ongoing demonstrations against police brutality and systemic racism.  The Oregonian reports local parent groups Wall of Moms and PDX-Dad-Pod joined in last night's demonstrations in droves.  The groups held a march from the riverfront to the Justice Center, where hundreds of protesters were already gathered.  Later, federal officers deployed tear gas and projectiles after hundreds of protesters packed into the entrance of the federal courthouse just after midnight.



(Portland, OR)  --  An 18-year-old man is dead after drowning in the Willamette River in Newberg.  Police say crews recovered the body of Wesley J. Warmoth last night near Rogers Landing.  Warmoth's friends say they called for help after he went under the water and failed to resurface while swimming in the middle of the river.  Police say he was not wearing a life jacket.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've made an arrest in connection to a triple homicide in northeast Portland.  Police arrested 58-year-old Brett Pruett Saturday for the shooting Friday night at a home near Northeast 122nd Avenue and Brazee Street.  Police say he shot and killed 77-year-old Lawrence Murphy, 45-year-old Elmer E. Hughes and 40-year-old Tashia Cobb.  He's facing three counts of murder.  Police are still looking for a motive.



(Mt. Angel, OR)  --  A Marion County man is facing charges after allegedly breaking into his ex-girlfriend's home and assaulting her.  Police arrested 30-year-old Gerardo Borrego for the incident yesterday morning in Mt. Angel.  Police say he broke into his ex-girlfriend's home on North Spruce Street just after 5 a.m. armed with a handgun.  Police responded to the area after neighbors called 9-1-1.  Responding officers issued a shelter in place order for the area while a hostage negotiator helped convince Borrego to surrender peacefully.



(Portland, OR)  --  Mayor Ted Wheeler is blasting the Trump administration for the actions of federal officers during protests in Portland.  Wheeler spoke on CNN yesterday, saying federal officers are literally scooping protesters off the streets into unmarked vans, denying them probable cause and due process.  The mayor added that violence and vandalism during protests were "way down" before federal officers arrived and escalated tensions.  Wheeler says he's afraid the actions of federal troopers will lead to somebody getting killed.  Federal officers backed by an executive order protecting monuments started cracking down on protests in Portland last week, using riot control measures and hauling people off the streets in unmarked vehicles.  Protesters in Portland have been demonstrating against police brutality and systemic racism in law enforcement since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in late May.



(Portland, OR)  --  The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the federal government, saying federal agents in Portland are terrorizing the community and must be stopped.  The ACLU has filed a lawsuit to end what it calls "lawlessness."  This comes after reports of protesters detained without explanation and driven off in unmarked vehicles.  The ACLU describes that as "unconstitutional attacks."  The group is suing Homeland Security but plans to go after other agencies as well.



(Portland, OR)  --  President Trump is again accusing Portland leaders of losing control of their city.  Trump tweeted yesterday morning that the city's leadership has lost control of protesters, whom he called "anarchists and agitators."  Trump added that he's trying to help Portland, not hurt it, by sending in federal troops.  Federal officers backed by an executive order protecting monuments started cracking down on anti-police-brutality protests in Portland last week, using tear gas and projectiles and hauling people off the streets in unmarked vehicles.  One protester was hospitalized with serious injuries after a federal officer shot them in the head with a police projectile shortly after federal officers arrived in Portland.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man is speaking out about a viral video showing federal officers beating him with a baton over and over again before pepper spraying him in the face.  Fifty-three-year-old Chris David tells the Oregonian that Saturday night was his first-ever protest, and that he just wanted to talk to the federal officers.  The U.S. Naval Academy graduate and Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center laboratory scientist says he approached the federal officers to "ask them about the oath they took" when one of the officers started hitting him over and over again with a baton.  Video of the incident shows the 280-pound former wrestler passively accepting the beating until another officer pepper sprays him in the face, prompting him to finally raise his hands and walk away.  David says the group of federal officers "seemed like a gang," adding that they appeared frightened and didn't seem to have any tactics.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon is experiencing a near record-breaking rise in coronavirus cases.  The Oregon Health Authority reported 436 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday.  That's just one case shy of the state's record for single-day case increases, which was set last Thursday with 437 new cases.  Officials also confirmed three new deaths from coronavirus yesterday.



(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are reported after a small fixed-wing airplane made an emergency landing on a street in North Portland.  Authorities say the plane touched down at North Greeley and Going Street on Saturday after losing power.  The pilot and three passengers on board were uninjured.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a death in northeast Portland.  Police say officers responded to reports of a disturbance at a home near Northeast 122nd and Russell around 10 o'clock Friday night.  One person was found dead at the scene.  It's not yet clear whether there are any suspects in connection to the death.



(Portland, OR)  --  Federal officers used tear gas on protesters in downtown Portland against last night after some of the protesters pulled down a fence surrounding the federal courthouse.  The incident happened just before midnight last night at the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse on Southwest 3rd Avenue.  The Oregonian reports last night's demonstrations had remained mostly peaceful up until that point.  The Portland Police Bureau has issued a statement saying they were not involved in last night's enforcements or crowd dispersals.



[stock photo]  Police in Vancouver are searching for a man accused of beating a woman and then kicking her in the head after she asked him to wear a mask.  The Vancouver Police Department says the victim was walking at the track between Hudson's Bay High School and Clark College Wednesday morning when the man started following her, adjusting to her pace and keeping within close proximity.  The woman asked him to put on a mask, prompting him to allegedly start screaming obscenities at her.  The woman then left and headed back to her car, but the man allegedly followed her and began assaulting her, hitting her in the head, ribs and back.  He then kicked her in the head once she fell to the floor.  Police have released an image of the man and the woman who was with him.  Anyone who recognizes him is urged to contact police.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon health officials are reporting another record-breaking single-day increase in coronavirus cases.  The Oregon Health Authority reported 437 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday as well as two new deaths from the virus.  The previous daily record for new cases was set last Saturday with 409 new cases.  Oregon has now had a total of 13-thousand-509 cases of COVID-19 and 249 deaths since the pandemic began.



(Longview, WA)  --  Police say they've made a second arrest in connection to a drive-by shooting in Longview, Washington.  Police arrested 19-year-old Cadin Perdue on Wednesday.  Police say he and 19-year-old Austin Qualls were in a blue passenger car Sunday morning when Qualls fired into a Jeep Grand Cherokee near Pacific Way and Coal Creek Road.  Police say Qualls had previously threatened to kill the man in a post on Instagram.



(Portland, OR)  --  Federal agents used tear gas again last night on protesters calling for an end to police brutality and systemic racism.  The Oregonian reports federal officers deployed tear gas, smoke and impact munitions to force protesters away from two federal buildings.  Demonstrators in Portland have been protesting police brutality and systemic racism in law enforcement for the past 50 nights.  The protests were sparked by the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died after an officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes in Minneapolis in late May.



(Portland, OR)  --  Local officials are speaking out against federal agents for grabbing people off Portland streets and hauling them away in unmarked vehicles.  Protesters have demonstrated outside the federal courthouse in Portland for weeks.  Acting Homeland Security Director Chad Wolf said on Thursday that federal agents will continue to protect federal facilities and those inside.  Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has said city officials and local law enforcement neither need nor want federal officers patrolling streets.  Oregon Governor Kate Brown called for federal law enforcement officers to leave Portland and said Wolf is on what she called a mission to provoke confrontation for political purposes.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into an explosion that blasted an apartment garage in Aloha.  The Washington County Sheriff's Office says crews arrived on the scene early Wednesday morning to find the garage door severely damaged by an explosion from inside.  They cleared the area and called in the Portland Police Bureau's explosive disposal unit.  Detectives got a search warrant to remove and dispose of the hazardous materials from the garage.  Several items were saved for evidence.  No one was hurt.



(Portland, OR)  --  Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf is calling anti-police-brutality protesters in Portland "lawless anarchists."  Wolf issued a statement yesterday accusing Portland officials of enabling what he called a "violent mob of protesters."  Demonstrators in Portland have been protesting police brutality and systemic racism in law enforcement for the past 50 nights.  The protests were sparked by the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died after an officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes in Minneapolis in late May.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Two people are displaced following a house fire in Hillsboro.  Firefighters responded to the blaze off Northeast 12th Avenue yesterday morning after multiple people called 911 to report dark plumes of smoke coming from the home.  No injuries were reported.  An investigation into the fire is ongoing.



(Estacada, OR)  --  One person is hospitalized after falling about 300 feet at McIver State Park near Estacada.  The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says the woman fell from the rocks at the lower McIver Boat Ramp yesterday afternoon, hitting her head.  She was airlifted to a hospital with "potentially life-threatening injuries."



(Portland, OR)  --  Family members are paying tribute to a recent high school grad who was killed in a shooting in Portland's Lents neighborhood.  Friends and family of 18-year-old Shaindia Harris held a vigil for her yesterday at Parkrose High School, where she recently earned her diploma.  Police say Harris was shot and killed Friday.  An investigation is ongoing.



(Hood River, OR)  --  Transportation officials are ordering restaurants in Hood River to take down their expanded seating sections along Highway 30.  The Oregon Department of Transportation issued a letter yesterday giving restaurants 24 hours to remove the so-called "parklets."  The department says the order is in response to a law prohibiting businesses from profiting off of public property.  Many restaurants have been expanding their outdoor seating arrangements to help comply with pandemic-related social distancing guidelines.



(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities are working to clean up an oil spill on the Columbia River.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says a leaky turbine at the Bonneville Dam spilled roughly 100 gallons of oil into the river on Monday.  The Corps says the turbine is no longer leaking and they're working on repairs.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a crash that killed a motorcyclist near The Dalles.  Oregon State Police says the 42-year-old man was riding his motorcycle east on I-84 yesterday morning when he lost control and slid under a semi-truck.  He died at the scene.  It's not yet clear what caused the man to lose control of his bike.



(Pacific City, OR)  --  One man is dead after his boat capsized near Haystack Rock in Pacific City.  The Tillamook County Sheriff's Office says the 73-year-old man died yesterday morning.  Police say the man was in a 12-foot rigid inflatable boat with a 19-year-old man when they decided to move out into the ocean for some fishing after laying some crab pots in the bay.  Police say that's when an ocean swell flipped their boat, throwing both men into the water.  The 19-year-old made it back to the boat and called 9-1-1.  A Coast Guard air crew found the 73-year-old man and pulled him from the water.  He died at the scene.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Health officials in Clark County are confirming an active case of tuberculosis at a high school in Vancouver.  Clark County Public Health says they're working to learn more about the case confirmed June 6th at Heritage High School.  No word yet on whether the patient is a student, staff member or other community member. 



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland International Airport has a brand new concourse.  The airport opened the new Concourse E yesterday.  It's the airport's first expansion in more than two decades.  Concourse E features six new gates with service from Southwest Airlines.



(Corvallis, OR)  --  An injured bald eagle is continuing to recover at a wildlife center in Corvallis.  KATU reports the eagle named "Tracks" is starting to do better at Chintimini Wildlife Center.  Oregon State Police says a man found the injured eagle this month near some train tracks and called 911.  The eagle was treated for a week in the wildlife center's ICU, and officials say he's not out of the woods yet but is making progress.



(Lake Oswego, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect in connection to a shooting that injured one person in Lake Oswego.  Police say the victim was shot yesterday afternoon in the 300-block of Oswego Pointe Drive.  The suspect is believed to go by the name "Moses."  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.



(Portland, OR)  --  Mayor Ted Wheeler is calling on the Department of Homeland Security to remove federal officers from Portland's streets.  Wheeler says he spoke with the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, who reportedly asked the mayor how his agents could help quell ongoing violence during demonstration activity in Portland.  Wheeler says he told the acting secretary that Portland doesn't need or want the federal officers' help and that the best thing they can do is stay inside their building or leave Portland altogether.  Wheeler added that his "biggest immediate concern is the violence federal officers brought" to Portland's streets in recent days and the "life-threatening tactics" they use.  The comments come just days after a protester was shot in the head by a federal police projectile.  Donovan LaBella remains hospitalized with serious injuries.



(Milwaukie, OR)  --  Police in Milwaukie are calling off the search for a vehicle that hit and killed a two-year-old boy.  Investigators say autopsy results for Jack Barrett indicate that speeding was not a factor in what they believe was an accident.  Because of that, they believe the collision likely did not cause much damage to the truck, and the driver may not have even been aware of what happened.  Police are still working to determine all the circumstances that led to the child's death.



(Portland, OR)  --  Stricter new measures aimed at fighting the spread of coronavirus take effect today.  All indoor social gatherings of ten people or more will be prohibited.  Residents will also be required to wear face coverings outdoors in areas where they cannot stay six feet apart from others.  Governor Kate Brown announced the new mandates earlier this week in response to recent surges in COVID-19 cases.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  Beaverton-based Nike is unveiling some far-out new sneakers.  Nike has collaborated with the Grateful Dead to create a new bright and funky sneaker for the shoe company's skateboarder line.  The shoes are suede and come in three bright colors of orange, green or yellow.  They also have fake fur and feature the band's iconic dancing bear logo on the tongue.  The orange sneakers are available on July 18th, with the yellow and green ones going on sale July 24th.



(Milwaukie, OR)  --  Police are searching for suspects in connection to robberies at two 7-Elevens in Milwaukie.  Police say two men armed with handguns entered the stores on Southeast Harmony Road and Southeast 42nd Avenue early Monday morning and demanded money.  No injuries were reported.



(Oregon City, OR)  --  A man is facing charges after allegedly attempting to lure a 15-year-old girl for sex.  Police arrested Billy Jo Davis II on Monday.  Police say he drove to Oregon City under the impression he was meeting the girl for sex.  The girl was actually an undercover detective.  Davis is facing several charges including first-degree sexual corruption of a child.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon has more than half a dozen new coronavirus deaths.  The Oregon Health Authority confirmed seven new COVID-19-related deaths yesterday, raising the state's death toll to 244.  It's the most deaths Oregon has reported in a single day since late April.  Officials also confirmed 380 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, raising the state's total number of cases so far to 12-thousand-805.



(Eugene, OR)  --  A local salon owner is speaking out after being subjected to multiple instances of racist harassment.  Betty Snowden of "Glamour Girls and Guys Hair Studio" in Eugene tells KVAL a group of people gathered outside her shop on Monday and yelled racial slurs while banging on the bars she had installed for security.  Snowden says the same group has previously broken their windows, painted the n-word on their door and even placed fecal matter outside the shop.  The Eugene Police Department says it is investigating.  Snowden says she doesn't want to press charges, but she's speaking out in order to raise awareness of racism in the community.



(Longview, WA)  --  A man is facing charges after allegedly shooting at a vehicle in Longview, Washington.  Police say 19-year-old Austin Qualls was in a blue passenger car Sunday morning when he fired into a Jeep Grand Cherokee near Pacific Way and Coal Creek Road.  Police say Qualls had previously threatened to kill the man in a post on Instagram.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon has nearly 300 new coronavirus cases.  The Oregon Health Authority reported 280 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday along with three new deaths.  Multnomah County had the most new cases with 82, followed by Washington County with 47.  Oregon has now had a total of 12-thousand-438 cases and 237 deaths since the pandemic began.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges after allegedly using a slingshot to shoot a Portland Fire & Rescue medic.  Police say 37-year-old Jesse Bates hit the medic in the chest with a metal ball bearing early yesterday morning.  The medic suffered some bruising but was not seriously injured.  It's not yet clear what the suspect's motive was.



(Portland, OR)  --  A woman is facing charges after allegedly stabbing her mother to death in Southeast Portland.  Police arrested 29-year-old Angelina Volubuev on charges of second-degree murder and unlawful use of a weapon for the stabbing Friday morning.  Police say officers were performing a welfare check at the home of 61-year-old Nadezhda Volobuev when they found her suffering from stab wounds.  She later died from her injuries.



(Portland, OR)  --  A 67-year-old man is dead after being assaulted in north Portland earlier this month.  Police announced yesterday that Jeffery Sloan died from his injuries Friday at a local hospital.  He was assaulted on July 2nd in the 300 block of Northeast Dekum Street.  Police arrested 36-year-old Damian Lucas for the assault on Sunday.  An investigation is ongoing.



(Portland, OR)  --  Shootings are up nearly four-fold in Portland.  The Portland Police Bureau says the number of shootings in the city so far this month is up 380-percent from the same time period last year.  There have been more than 40 shootings so far this month, compared to a total of eleven shootings in the whole month of July in 2019.



(Portland, OR)  --  Local leaders are responding after a protester was seriously injured by a federal police officer during demonstrations downtown.  Mayor Ted Wheeler released a statement on Twitter last night calling on the federal government to adhere to the same directives he issued to the Portland Police Bureau banning the use of crowd control munitions on peaceful protesters.  Wheeler added that the actions of federal officers during Saturday night's protest escalated rather than de-escalated already heightened tensions in the city.  Governor Kate Brown also condemned the actions of federal police and blamed President Trump for "continuing to push for force and violence in response to protests."  Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley also condemned Trump for dispatching federal officers to Portland.  Protesters Donovan LaBella was hospitalized in critical condition Saturday night after a federal police projectile struck him in the head outside the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse.



(Portland, OR)  --  A federal investigation is underway into the serious injury of a protester who was shot in the head by a federal police projectile during demonstrations in downtown Portland.  Mayor Ted Wheeler says the U.S. Marshals Service will be conducting a full investigation into the incident Saturday night.  The Portland Police Bureau says protesters were gathered around the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse when federal officers released tear gas and other crowd control munitions on them.  Protesters Donovan LaBella was hospitalized in critical condition after a police projectile struck him in the head. 



(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead following a head-on crash in East Portland.  Police say the crash happened Saturday afternoon on Northeast Glisan Street near 157th Avenue. One driver was killed while a second driver was hospitalized for non-life-threatening injuries.  An investigation into the crash is ongoing.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon has two new coronavirus deaths along with more than 300 new cases.  The Oregon Health Authority reported 332 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday.  Officials say the latest two patients to die from the virus are an 86-year-old Malheur County woman and a 93-year-old Washington County woman.  Oregon has now had more than 12-thousand cases and 234 deaths since the pandemic began.



(Forest Grove, OR)  --  One person is dead following a crash in Forest Grove.  The Oregon Department of Transportation says the crash happened yesterday on OR-47 at Maple Street.  One person was killed.  Further details were not immediately available. 



(Portland, OR)  --  Two women are doing OK after becoming lost and stranded while floating on the Clackamas River.  Police say a rafter called 9-1-1 Saturday night to report he'd lost contact with the two women he'd been floating with from McIver Park to Barton Park.  Police responded with search crews and found the woman yelling for help across the river.  No injuries were reported.



(Wilsonville, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into the death of a woman found badly injured in Wilsonville.  Police say 38-year-old Kristi Dumont was found suffering from severe injuries shortly after midnight yesterday in the area of Southwest Town Center Loop West and Southwest Wilsonville Road.  She was taken to a hospital, where she died.  Police say she died from blunt force trauma.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.



(Springfield, OR)  --  No serious injuries are reported after police rescued more than a dozen people from the Willamette River in Springfield.  Police say 18 people were left stranded in the water Saturday following some sort of mishap while floating the river.  One person became stranded on a nearby island.  First responders pulled all 18 people to safety.  One person was treated for hypothermia.



(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead following a shooting at a strip club in Southwest Portland.  Nearly two-dozen officers responded to the Reveal Lounge on Barbur Boulevard last night for the shooting in the club's parking lot.  It's not yet clear whether police have arrested or identified a suspect.  An investigation is ongoing.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating reports of a racially motivated assault on a Black man near Lents Park.  Police say two white men attacked the victim with metal baseball bats on July 3rd.  A witness says the men were hurling racial slurs at the man as they hit him and that they didn't stop until they noticed bystanders watching.  The man was rushed to a hospital.  Police are still searching for the suspects.  Meanwhile, nearly 100 people gathered at the park last night for a march calling for justice for the victim.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon is dealing with a record-breaking number of new coronavirus cases.  The Oregon Health Authority reported nearly 400 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday along with six new deaths.  The new case numbers broke Oregon's previous record for single-day increases of 375 set a week ago.  Officials say community gatherings and workplace outbreaks are contributing to the rising numbers.  Oregon has now had a total of eleven-thousand-188 cases of COVID-19 and 230 deaths since the pandemic began.



(Diamond Lake, OR)  --  Police say they've found the body of a missing kayaker in Diamond Lake.  The Douglas County Sheriff's Office says deputies recovered the body of 37-year-old Jared Bruce Boria of Vancouver from the lake yesterday.  He'd been missing since June 30th, when he failed to return from a kayaking trip.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect accused of firing a gun into the air during a confrontation with protesters downtown.  It happened early yesterday morning.  Video shared on social media shows a white car in the middle of a group of people near the base of the now-removed Thompson Elk statue.  The driver moves away from the group and then pulls out a gun, firing off five or six shots into the air to disperse the crowd.  Portland Police say they had no officers on scene due to the demonstrations in other parts of the city.



(Portland, OR)  --  Mayor Ted Wheeler is calling on the Portland Police Bureau to take more responsibility for the controversy surrounding its response to protesters in the city.  Wheeler spoke to KATU yesterday in response to comments from Portland Police Association President Daryl Turner, who said Wednesday he has no confidence in city leadership to deal with alleged looting and violence from groups of people using what he called "the cover of peaceful protests."  Wheeler says that comments like that demean the police bureau.  He added that at the end of the day, it's up to the bureau to "work together to resolve these issues as safely as possible."  Protesters have been demonstrating nearly every night in Portland for over a month, calling for an end to police brutality and systemic racism in law enforcement.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood after someone fired 25 shots, striking a vehicle carrying a mother and her four young children.  The Portland Police Bureau says the shooting happened Wednesday night in the 13400 block of Southeast Harold Street.  Police say one of the bullets missed the mother's head by mere inches.  The shooting also shattered the vehicle's window, injuring a ten-year-old girl in the car near her eye.  Police are still searching for suspects.



(Wilsonville, OR)  --  Police are searching for three teenagers accused of assaulting and robbing a transgender person in Wilsonville.  The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says the teens approached the victim on a path near the Willamette River across from the Boones Ferry Boat Launch on Tuesday and used a transgender slur against them.  They then left and returned about 45 minutes later and stole the victim's cellphone and punched them at least twice, causing them to fall into the river.  Another person swimming in the river helped the victim back to shore.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is charged with murder in connection to a deadly stabbing in Portland.  The Multnomah County District Attorney filed a second-degree murder charge yesterday against 52-year-old Stephen Lloyd Bache.  He's accused of stabbing 32-year-old Cody Nicholas Vickers to death near Southeast Water Avenue and Main Street Wednesday afternoon.  Vickers died from his injuries at a hospital.



(Gresham, OR)  --  A 15-year-old boy is facing charges after allegedly shooting another teenager in Gresham.  Police say the two teens were crossing the street at Southeast 162nd and Burnside last night when the 15-year-old opened fire on the 18-year-old.  The victim was rushed to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  Police have arrested the 15-year-old.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting in northeast Portland.  Police say the shooting happened yesterday afternoon near Northeast 122nd Avenue and Northeast Glisan Street.  Investigators say the shooting happened during some sort of argument.  One person was injured.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon has over 200 new coronavirus cases as well as four new deaths.  The Oregon Health Authority reported 217 new cases yesterday, raising the state's tally of cases so far to ten-thousand-817.  The state's death toll from the pandemic now stands at 224.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Multnomah County Library system is announcing layoffs due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The director of libraries emailed employees on Tuesday to inform them of the impending layoffs.  The director says they'll be losing talented and committed staff members as well as innovative thinkers due budget problems because of the pandemic.  It's not yet clear how many people will be laid off.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a missing West Linn woman.  The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says 62-year-old Kristine Star Beam was last seen Monday morning.  She has blond hair and blue eyes.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested one person in connection to a stabbing in southeast Portland.  Police say the victim was stabbed yesterday afternoon in the 13-hundred block of Southeast Water Avenue near the Hawthorne Bridge.  The victim was taken to a hospital.  An investigation is ongoing.



(Portland, OR)  --  U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon is calling for a ban on middle seats on planes after sitting shoulder to shoulder on a packed flight.  Merkley tweeted a selfie showing no social distancing as he flew home on American Airlines.  He said it was a high-risk situation with passengers "breathing inches from your own nose and mouth" and taking off their mask to eat or drink.  He plans to introduce a bill to block middle seats from being sold during the pandemic.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Authorities are searching for a Vancouver woman who has been missing for nearly a month.  The Vancouver Police Department says 60-year-old Darla Jean Pardo was last seen leaving her home on June 14th.  Police say Pardo told her employer and landlord she was leaving for a one-week vacation.  She hasn't been seen since.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty says City Council will not be intimidated by the Portland Police Union.  Hardesty made that comment yesterday after union president Daryl Turner said he has no confidence in local officials and leaders to deal with alleged looting and violence from groups of people using what he called "the cover of peaceful protests."  Protesters have been demonstrating nearly every night in Portland for over a month, calling for an end to police brutality and systemic racism in law enforcement as well as a reduction in police funding.  Turner says the city should increase its funding for the Portland Police Bureau.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police are searching for two people involved in a crash on SR-14 in Vancouver.  Police say the driver and one passenger fled on foot yesterday after their vehicle rolled and crashed.  A second passenger was taken to a hospital for injuries.  An investigation is ongoing.

 



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting that injured a teenage boy in Southeast Portland.  Police say the 16-year-old boy was shot in the leg Tuesday night near Southeast 148th Avenue and Burnside.  Police are still searching for the suspect.



(Portland, OR)  --  New video shows a Portland Police officer slashing the tire of a moving van during a protest on the Fourth of July.  The video shows the officer run up behind the van and pop the tire.  The Portland Police Bureau says the officer slashed the tire because the driver was interfering with police action.  No further details were given.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man is facing bias crime charges after allegedly threatening the life of a Black park ranger.  Police arrested 30-year-old Zachary Hantz for the incident near West Burnside Street and Northwest Park Avenue on Sunday.  Police say Hantz was arguing with the Bureau of Parks and Recreation ranger when he started yelling racial slurs before pulling out a knife and pointing it at the ranger.  Prosecutors say the suspect also threatened a bystander who attempted to de-escalate the situation.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon health officials are confirming five new coronavirus deaths in the state.  The Oregon Health Authority reported the new deaths yesterday, bringing the state's death toll to 220.  Officials also confirmed more than 200 new cases of COVID-19.  Oregon has now had a total of ten-thousand-605 cases since the pandemic began.



(Portland, OR)  --  Hundreds of people are paying tribute to a Portland resident who died after being hit by a man who drove his car into a crowd of protesters marching on I-5 in Seattle.  Several hundred people gathered in downtown Portland late last night for two separate vigils honoring 24-year-old Summer Taylor.  Demonstrators gathered at the federal courthouse and in nearby Chapman Square.  Taylor was killed Saturday after 27-year-old Dawit Kelete allegedly drove a white Jaguar through Washington State Patrol barricades on a closed portion of I-5 and swerved into the protesters at high speed, striking multiple people.  Another Portland resident, 32-year-old Diaz Love, remains hospitalized with injuries from the crash.  Protesters were marching to call for an end to police brutality and systemic racism in law enforcement.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Historical Society is reopening this weekend following a nearly four-month closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The organization says they plan to reopen their museum on Saturday, July 11th.  Visitors and staff members will be asked to wear a mask and maintain six feet of social distancing.



(Corvallis, OR)  --  A U.S. Postal Service delivery driver is dead following a crash near Corvallis.  The Benton County Sheriff's Office says 23-year-old Ashley Kropf of Halsey was killed in the crash Monday afternoon.  Police say she was delivering mail when her vehicle left the roadway and rolled.  Kropf died at the scene.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are launching a murder investigation into the death of a woman in central Oregon.  The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office says they've arrested a suspect for the death of 54-year-old Nicole Jakubek of Redmond.  Her body was found Monday morning.



(Portland, OR)  --  One man is dead following a crash in Southeast Portland.  Police say 36-year-old Saw Poe Tu was killed in the crash Monday night in the area of Southeast Powell Boulevard.  Police say Tu's vehicle crashed into a pole.  He was rushed to a hospital, where he died from his injuries.  It's not yet clear what caused the crash.



(Portland, OR)  --  The City of Portland is facing another lawsuit over its police response to Black Lives Matter protests.  The new class-action lawsuit claims the Portland Police Department has been violating residents' free speech by collectively punishing nonviolent protesters.  The lawsuit says plaintiffs report feeling unsafe in protesting and in reporting on the protests as journalists.  Last week, a federal judge ordered the Portland Police Bureau to stop arresting or using physical force against journalists covering the protests.  Judge Michael Simon issued the temporary restraining order in response to a class-action lawsuit filed by journalists and ACLU legal observers.



(Salem, OR)  --  Police are searching for three suspects in connection to a robbery at a Salem Seven-11.  Police say the three suspects entered the store on Lancaster Drive Northeast last week and stole some beer.  The suspects are also accused of injuring two people in the robbery.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.



(Portland, OR)  --  An Oregon man and his three children are among those killed after two planes collided in mid-air over a lake in Idaho over the weekend.  The Kootenai County Sheriff's office says 48-year-old Sean Fredrickson of Lake Oswego was killed in Sunday's crash over Lake Coeur d'Alene along with his son and two stepchildren.  The family was on a Brooks Seaplane being piloted by 58-year-old Neil Lunt of Liberty Lake, Idaho when it collided with a Cessna plane.  Both planes then plummeted into the lake.  Police believe eight people were killed in total.  They're still working to identify and recover the remains of all the victims.



(Portland, OR)  --  An Oregon soldier is dead following a non-combat-related incident overseas.  The Pentagon says Private first class Alexander Klass was killed on Independence Day in Kosovo.  The Defense Department didn't release any other details about his death other than that it is under investigation.  The 20-year-old was from Willamina, Oregon and a member of the Oregon National Guard.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing a murder charge for the death of his mother in southeast Portland.  Police arrested 54-year-old Todd Carr Sunday on a charge of second-degree murder.  Police were responding to reports of a disturbance at an apartment near Stark Street and Southeast 99th Sunday when they found Shannon Carr dead.  A coroner ruled she died from homicidal violence.  An investigation is ongoing.



(Portland, OR)  --  The president of the Portland Police Association is urging local leaders to condemn the recent demonstrations in the downtown area.  Daryl Turner issued a statement yesterday saying the violence and property damage from the last several nights shows the latest protests are "no longer about George Floyd, social justice or police reform."  Sunday marked the 39th consecutive day of protests.  Portland Police arrested 15 people on Saturday after a demonstration outside the Justice Center was declared a riot.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon has 168 new coronavirus cases.  The Oregon Health Authority announced the new cases yesterday, raising the state's total number of cases so far to ten-thousand-395.  No new deaths were reported, leaving the state's death toll at 215.  Yesterday's new case count ended a four-day streak of 300 or more single-day case increases.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Zoo is reopening its doors this week following nearly four months of pandemic-related closures.  Zoo officials say they'll reopen in a limited capacity for members on Thursday, followed by a reopening to the general public on Sunday.  Patrons will be required to pre-order their tickets online and wear masks.



(Eugene, OR)  --  A Eugene man is facing charges for the shooting death of his roommate.  The Lane County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrested 59-year-old Martin Joyce on a murder charge for the shooting at his home Sunday night.  Police say Joyce and two other residents of the home were arguing over living arrangements when Joyce opened fire.  An investigation is ongoing.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland City Commissioners are pressing pause on the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project.  The City Council sent a letter to city bureau directors yesterday ordering them to suspend operations on the project.  The Council says the project is not currently aligned with the city's Racial Equity Plan or Climate Emergency Resolution.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man is dead following a Fourth of July crash on Highway 101.  Oregon State Police says 31-year-old Christopher Parks was killed in the crash Saturday morning.  Police say he was driving a Freightliner rental truck when he left the roadway and crashed into a tree.  He died at the scene.  It's not yet clear what caused the truck to leave the roadway.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A Hillsboro Fire lieutenant is accused of sexual abusing a child.  Forest Grove Police arrested Hillsboro Fire & Rescue Lieutenant Steven Michael Klaus on June 29th.  He's facing two counts of first-degree unlawful sexual penetration and five counts of first-degree sexual abuse.  He's accused of sexually abusing a 12-year-old child for a six-year period starting in 2010.



(Lincoln City, OR)  --  More than half a dozen Clark County men are facing charges after allegedly harassing and intimidating a Black family during a Fourth of July celebration at a beach in Lincoln City.  The incident happened around 9:30 Saturday night at the beach in front of the Inn at Spanish Head.  Police say the seven white men were performing Nazi salutes and shouting racial slurs at the Black family while insulting them and taunting them.  Responding police officers formed a barricade between the men and the family to allow the family to safely leave and return to their hotel room.  Police arrested the seven men on several charges, including harassment and rioting.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are reported after a bullet tore through a home in the St. Johns neighborhood, narrowly missing two children and an adult.  The Portland Police Bureau says someone opened fire on the home off North Columbia Boulevard from inside a moving car early yesterday morning.  Police are still searching for a suspect.



(Pacific City, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a deadly crash in Tillamook County.  The crash happened Saturday morning on Highway 101 just south of Pacific City.  Oregon State Police say the driver of a semi-truck was killed after veering off the roadway and crashing into a tree.  No other vehicles were involved.



(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon State Police are rejecting reports that one of its troopers flashed a white supremacist symbol at a Black Lives Matter protest yesterday.  A video posted on social media shows the trooper walk toward a counter-protester while doing the "OK" hand gesture, which the Anti Defamation League says is linked to the white power movement.  The counter-protester then pats the officer on the back while smiling.  OSP says it has reviewed the trooper's body camera footage and has determined the trooper did not engage in racist behavior.  The department says the trooper was using the hand gesture to ask the protester if he was OK following a scuffle with another protester.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland resident remains hospitalized after being hit by a man who drove his car into a crowd of protesters marching on I-5 in Seattle, killing one person.  Authorities say 32-year-old Diaz Love is still in serious condition in the intensive care unit at a Seattle hospital following the incident early Saturday morning.  Police say 27-year-old Dawit Kelete drove a white Jaguar through Washington State Patrol barricades on a closed portion of I-5 and swerved into the protesters at high speed, striking multiple people.  Twenty-four-year-old Summer Taylor died from her injuries at a hospital Saturday night.  Protesters were marching to call for an end to police brutality and systemic racism in law enforcement.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon health officials are confirming two new coronavirus deaths as well as over 300 new cases.  The Oregon Health Authority announced yesterday a 96-year-old Lincoln County woman and a 70-year-old Marion County man died from COVID-19 late last week.  Officials also reported 301 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday.  Multnomah County had the most new cases with 72.  Oregon has now had a total of ten-thousand-230 cases of COVID-19 and 215 deaths since the pandemic began.



(Portland, OR)  --  Protesters took to the streets of downtown Portland again last night to call for an end to systemic racism and police brutality.  The Oregonian reports protesters gathered outside the Multnomah County Justice Center around 10 o'clock last night.  Yesterday marked the 39th consecutive day of protests in Portland sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in late May.



(Portland, OR)  --  Nearly half a dozen people are injured following a two-car crash in North Portland.  Police say a gray Infiniti was driving 100 miles per hour without its headlights on near North Marine Drive and North Bybee Lake Road yesterday morning when it crashed into a red Honda.  The Infiniti flipped and then crashed into a tree.  Five people were hospitalized for injuries.  An investigation is ongoing.



(Sherwood, OR)  --  One person is hospitalized following a van fire near Sherwood.  Firefighters responded to the blaze off Southwest Parrett Mountain Road Saturday night.  It's not yet clear what caused the fire.  An investigation is ongoing.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Historical Society is reopening this month following a nearly four-month closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The organization says they plan to reopen their museum on July 11th.  Visitors and staff members will be asked ot wear a mask and maintain six feet of social distancing.



(Portland, OR)  --  New details are coming to light regarding the murder-suicide shooting death of a woman inside a home in Southeast Portland.  Police say 63-year-old Eric Ackerman shot and killed 69-year-old Eunice Castillo-Ross on June 21st before turning the gun on himself.  Castillo-Ross died at the scene, while Ackerman died at a local hospital.



(Portland, OR)  --  City Council is approving a one-year extension of the Portland police union contract.  Councilmembers voted unanimously yesterday to extend the contract, postponing a two-point-nine-percent cost-of-living adjustment until July of next year.  Mayor Ted Wheeler and city commissioners say the extension gives them time to organize city-hosted public bargaining sessions starting in July for the next contract, and gives labor negotiators more time to figure out what new accountability measures need to be added.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek is condemning the Portland Police Bureau for their use of force during Tuesday night's protest.  The Portland Democrat called the use of tear gas "completely unacceptable" in a letter sent to Mayor Ted Wheeler yesterday.  Kotek explains the accounts she has heard from neighbors and protesters differ from what PPB has said about potential risks to the public and to officers.  Speaker Kotek also says she plans to discuss the response with both Wheeler and PPB Chief Chuck Lovell.



(Portland, OR)  --  City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty is calling on the Portland Police Bureau to clarify exactly what constitutes an unlawful gathering.  Hardesty published an open letter to Police Chief Chuck Lovell yesterday asking that question and demanding the bureau stop using tear gas and rubber bullets on protesters.  Hardesty pointed out the irony that police are using violence against community members who are protesting police violence.  The commissioner says she's grown increasingly alarmed over police conduct since the protests began a month ago.  The letter comes after police declared an unlawful assembly and used tear gas against protesters Tuesday night despite a judge's order that officers stop using such measures except in cases of life-threatening situations.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing hate crime charges after allegedly punching a pregnant black woman in the stomach.  Police arrested 26-year-old Nathaniel Mirelez on several charges including bias crime for the assault Tuesday night at a residential treatment facility in North Portland.  Police say Mirelez had recently been kicked out of the facility and became violent, breaking a window and threatening staff members while throwing things.  He allegedly punched one staff member in the face before turning on a pregnant resident who was trying to leave and punching her in the belly.  Police say he used a racial slur just before the assault.  The woman was hospitalized for treatment.  No word yet on her baby's condition.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon health officials are confirming a record-breaking single-day spike in coronavirus cases.  The Oregon Health Authority reported 281 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, marking the largest one-day jump since the pandemic began.  The new cases raise Oregon's total number of cases so far to eight-thousand-931.  Officials say 75-percent of the state's most recent cases involve patients under the age of 50.



(Troutdale, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting in Troutdale.  The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says deputies responded to the shooting last night off Southeast 302nd Avenue.  No word yet on whether anyone was injured.



(Portland, OR)  --  New details are coming to light regarding an explosion at a bus shelter in Southeast Portland over the weekend.  The Portland Police Bureau says it doesn't appear there were any explosives inside the backpack that was left at the bus shelter off Southeast 122nd Avenue Sunday night.  Police say someone set the backpack on fire, causing some items inside the pack to react with a blast.  No injuries were reported.  Police say they've arrested 43-year-old Russell Brunette on a count of disorderly conduct.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Police Bureau says officers used tear gas on protesters gathered in North Portland last night despite a judge's order for police to stop using the crowd-control method.  The bureau says officers deployed CS gas near North Lombard and Albina Avenue after declaring the gathering a riot and ordering people to leave.  Protesters had initially gathered at the Portland Police Association building before moving to Lombard and Albina, where they chanted "Black Lives Matter" while holding their hands up.  A judge recently ordered the police bureau to stop using tear gas against protesters except in cases of life-threatening situations.  It's not immediately clear exactly what prompted officers to use tear gas, but police claim there was "criminal activity" occurring.



(Portland, OR)  --  A proposal to legalize psychedelic mushrooms in Oregon is a step closer to making its way onto the November ballot.  Nearly 165-thousand people have signed Initiative Petition 34, a measure to allow people to use psilocybin in controlled doses and administered by state professionals.  If elections officials can verify enough valid signatures, I-P 34 will be voted on this fall.  Campaign leaders are confident but will know for sure by mid-July.  Oakland and Denver have decriminalized the substance but Oregon would be the first state to legalize it.



(Portland, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown is extending Oregon's state of emergency over the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  Brown announced yesterday she is extending the declaration for another 60 days.  Brown also extended the state's residential and commercial eviction bans, saying people won't be kicked out until October.  Renters will be allowed to repay back rent through March 31st of next year.  Landlords also can not charge late fees.


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