Regional News Archives for 2020-08

74 Demonstrators Face Federal Charges

(Portland, OR)  --  Federal charges are being filed against 74 people involved in Portland demonstrations.  U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams announced the charges yesterday, claiming violent agitators have hijacked the protests.  Some of the charges, including felony assault of a federal officer, could carry sentences up to 20 years in prison.  Not all of the cases involve federal property.  Federal prosecutors say they're reviewing acts of destruction committed throughout the city.

Police Investigate Attempted Abduction

(Tigard, OR)  --  Tigard Police are investigating an attempted abduction that happened in the Winco parking lot last week.  Police say a woman was loading groceries into her car on August 20th when a man grabbed her from behind and tried to pull her into a van.  She fought him off and drove away.  The suspect is described as white with gray and black hair and roughly 50-years-old with a medium build and a beer belly.

Demonstration Arson Suspect Arrested

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is pleading guilty to arson for a fire that was started in a North Portland dumpster in June.  It happened during a demonstration against the North Police Precinct.  Police say 18-year-old Rollin Fodor admitted to starting a fire in the dumpster and then pushing it next to the wall of Mid-K Beauty Supply.  Fodor was sentenced to 45 days in jail, 160 hours community service and 36 months of formal probation.

COVID-19 Inmate Deaths Confirmed

(Pendleton, OR)  --  Two inmates from the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution have died from COVID-19.  The Oregon Department of Corrections says since the pandemic began, five inmates have died from coronavirus.  Prisons are cleaned and disinfected several times a day.  There are posters that encourage inmates to maintain proper hygiene and social distancing.

Oregon Reports Five COVID-19 Deaths

(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are confirming five new coronavirus deaths in Oregon along with 212 new cases.  The Oregon Health Authority reported the new numbers yesterday.  There have now been a total of 438 deaths in the state and 25-thousand-761 cases since the pandemic began.  Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen says the number of COVID-19 cases is down, along with the percentage of positive tests, but the numbers aren't low enough for students to return to school.  He's urging Oregonians to take precautions over Labor Day weekend to avoid gatherings of more than ten people.

White River Fire Evacuations Issued

(Pine Grove, OR)  --  Evacuations are underway in the small community of Pine Grove southeast of Mt. Hood as the White River Fire continues to spread.  Highway 216 is closed between Highway 26 and milepost 14.  Officials say the fire has burned 27-hundred acres and is about ten-percent contained.

Portland Encourages Residents To Visit New Greenways

(Portland, OR)  --  The City of Portland is urging residents to go explore two new greenways.  The city is giving out prizes to residents who visit the greenways, which are streets with low traffic and slow speed limits where bikes and pedestrians are given priority.  Special signs in the shape of a Zebra have been posted with keywords that residents can send by text for a chance to win prizes.  The Portland Bureau of Transportation plans to build out 25 miles of neighborhood greenways.

Powell's Drops Amazon

(Portland, OR)  --  Powell's Bookstore says it'll no longer sell books on Amazon.  Powell's CEO Emily Powell says Amazon has had a detrimental impact on communities and independent booksellers.  Powell says they're taking a stand.  She's encouraging people to celebrate this year's Independent Bookstore Day on August 29th by buying books at your favorite independent bookstore.

OHSU COVID-19 Study Canceled

(Portland, OR)  --  OSHU is calling off its COVID-19 study.  Ten-thousand people volunteered from across the state to study the spread of the virus with the goal of helping local leaders better track, test and map the behavior of the virus.  However, the university says it failed to take into account the impact on black, indigenous and people of color.  They say the results of the study wouldn't be representative of the state's population, which is why it was canceled.

Portland Homicide Suspect Arrested

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a suspect in connection to the murder of a Portland woman last month.  The Portland Police Bureau says 19-year-old Kceon [[ kuh-SHAWN' ]] Colbert was arrested by the U.S. Marshal's Service Fugitive Task Force late last week in Clark County.  He'll be charged with the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Shai-India Harris on July 10th near 84th and Northeast Knott Street.

Pilot Killed In Crash Near Mt. Hood Identified

(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities are identifying the pilot who was killed in a crash near Mt. Hood while fighting the White River Fire.  Officials say 40-year-old Thomas Duffy of Bozeman, Montana was working for a private company that was contracted to fight the fire.  Duffy was flying a Type 1 K-MAX helicopter doing water drops when the crash happened.  Duffy was also a search and rescue pilot for the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office in Montana.  The NTSB is investigating the cause of the crash.

Abandoned Dog Owner Avoids Criminal Charges

(Vancouver, WA)  --  The woman who was caught on surveillance video abandoning her dog at a Clark County Park earlier this month has signed a confession to avoid criminal charges.  The video of 63-year-old Maria Bruce leaving her dog and then driving away went viral on social media.  Bruce told authorities she couldn't keep the dog and believed she'd run out of options.  As part of the settlement, Bruce must pay fines and reimburse the county for the cost of the dog's care.  The dog remains in foster care and has adjusted well.

Man Injured In SE Portland Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a suspect following a shooting in Portland's Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood.  The shooting happened yesterday afternoon near Southeast 53rd and Flavel Drive.  Responding officers found a man who had been shot several times and rushed him to a hospital.  Police found the suspect in a nearby vehicle with a gun and arrested him.

WOU Online This Fall

(Monmouth, OR)  --  Western Oregon University has announced 95-percent of fall courses will be online at both the Monmouth and Salem campuses.  President Rex Fuller says other universities that opened have been forced to reverse course because of coronavirus outbreaks.  He says they've spent a lot of time preparing for the possibility that courses would need to be online.  The remaining five-percent of in-person courses will be science labs or creative art classes.

Flags Ordered To Fly At Half-Staff Over Fallen Marines

(Salem, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown is ordering flags lowered to half-staff today to honor two fallen Oregon Marines.  Lance Corporal Jack Ostrovsky of Bend and Lance Corporal Chase Sweetwood of Portland were among nine service members who were killed in an amphibious vehicle accident off the coast of San Clemente Island, California last month.  Brown says Ostrovsky and Sweetwood showed incredible honor, bravery and dedication to the state, their country and the Marines.

Governor Brown Responds To Trump's Tweets

(Portland, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown is responding to President Trump's tweets criticizing Portland's response to ongoing demonstrations against systemic racism.  Trump took to Twitter yesterday saying Governor Kate Brown and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler should call the National Guard to help police control the crowds.  Brown responded that Oregon isn't interested in playing political theater.  She says the National Guard is focused on fighting wildfires, distributing PPE and helping with unemployment calls.  Brown adds it's better to de-escalate confrontation through community conversations and trained law enforcement officers to protect free speech and keep the peace.

OSP Superintendent Retires

(Salem, OR)  --  The Superintendent of the Oregon State Police is retiring.  Travis Hampton announced yesterday his retirement will be effective November 1st.  Governor Kate Brown thanked him for his 30 years of law enforcement service in Oregon.  She says his calm and determined leadership was especially important as he managed the transition of duties from federal officers to state law enforcement outside of the U.S. Courthouse in Portland.

St. Helens Man Sentenced For Sex Assault

(Portland, OR)  --  A St. Helens man is facing more than a decade behind bars for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old child.  Court records show 37-year-old Gerald Davis was sentenced this week to 13 years in prison.  Davis was previously convicted in 2011 of sexually abusing a 17-year-old and was sentenced to prison after violating his parole by contacting minors.  Prosecutors say he started assaulting his new victim after his release from prison in 2014.

Oregon Has Seven New COVID-19 Deaths

(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are confirming seven new coronavirus deaths in Oregon along with 247 new cases.  The Oregon Health Authority reported the new numbers yesterday, raising the state's death toll to 427.  Oregon has now had a total of 25-thousand-391 cases of COVID-19 so far.

OR Part Of Honda Settlement

(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon is part of an 85-million-dollar settlement with Honda over defective airbags.  Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum says the state played a key role in reaching the settlement.  It requires Honda to take steps will prevent future problems with airbag designs.  Oregon will receive nearly two-and-a-half million dollars.  The money will be used for future consumer protection cases.

Empire Meat Damaged In Fire

(Milwaukie, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a two-alarm fire at Empire Meat Company in Milwaukie.  Firefighters responded to the company yesterday morning at Southeast Milwaukie and Bush Street.  Officials say all employees were able to evacuate safely.  It's not yet clear what sparked the blaze.

Red Cross Cascades Region Sends Help To CA

(Portland, OR)  --  The Red Cross Cascades Region is sending ten volunteers to California to help victims of the wildfires.  The volunteers will spend two weeks helping to run shelters and locate hotel rooms for evacuees.  Another ten volunteers will remain in Oregon working virtually from home.  They'll help with shelter operations and provide crisis counselling for evacuees.

Mountain Runner Rescued

(Timberline Lodge, OR)  --  A woman is recovering after falling ill during a 40-mile run around Mt. Hood over the weekend.  Police say 40-year-old Adena Vivanco of Hillsboro was 33 miles into the run when she began feeling dizzy.  Her running partner noticed her lips were turning blue and climbed to a point where there was cell reception to call for help.  Nearby campers helped keep Vivanco warm until a Search and Rescue team arrived and helped her hike out to Timberline Lodge.

Federal Building Threat Not Credible

(Portland, OR)  --  The FBI in Portland says a threat last week that caused some federal buildings to close was not credible.  Investigators aren't releasing details of the threat.  Police want anyone who does have information about potential threats to contact the FBI's office.

Inmate Allegedly Steals Dump Truck

(Salem, OR)  --  Police are searching for a prison inmate after he allegedly stole a dump truck and escaped.  Police say 32-year-old Kameron Bowen walked away from the Santiam (SAN'-tee-am) Correctional Institution in Salem yesterday and drove off in a stolen Department of Corrections dump truck.  He was last seen driving east on the Aumsville Highway yesterday afternoon.  Bowen was serving time for Identity Theft, Theft and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

Court Appearance Postponed For Downtown Assault Suspect

(Portland, OR)  --  Bail is set at 260-million dollars for a man accused of assaulting another man during a protest in downtown Portland.  A judge set bail for Marquise Love yesterday after agreeing to postpone his arraignment until September 2nd.  A viral video of the assault on August 16th allegedly shows Love and several other people kicking and punching a man until he falls unconscious.  Court documents show Love told police he's received death threats since being named a suspect in the case.

Officials Confirm Three New COVID-19 Deaths In OR

(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are confirming three new coronavirus deaths in Oregon along with 220 new cases.  The Oregon Health Authority reported the new numbers yesterday.  The state has now had a total of 25-thousand-155 cases of COVID-19 and 420 deaths since the pandemic began.  A total of 173 Oregonians are currently hospitalized with the virus.

Deputy Makes 2000th DUI Arrest

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A Washington County Sheriff's deputy has made his 2000th impaired driving arrest.  Deputy Jason McLaughlin joined the Sheriff's Office in 2004 as a patrol deputy.  During his 16-year tenure, he's worked on the Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team and the Traffic Safety Unit.  McLaughlin says his dedication for the traffic unit started after a friend was killed in a DUI crash. 

Oregon Air Guard Night Missions Announced

(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Air National Guard will be conducting night training missions Tuesday through Thursday this week.  The training flights are expected to be finished by 10 o'clock each night. 

One Killed, Three Injured In Weekend Shootings

(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead and three others are injured following a series of shootings across Portland over the weekend.  The Portland Police Bureau says the first shooting happened early Saturday morning in the Hazelwood neighborhood.  One man was killed in that shooting.  The second shooting happened later that afternoon in University Park, where two men were shot and injured.  The third shooting happened yesterday morning in the Glenfair neighborhood and left one man hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.  Police are still searching for suspects in all three shootings.

Man Arrested In Bend For Deadly July Shooting In SE Portland

(Bend, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a suspect in connection to a deadly shooting in Portland last month.  Police arrested 32-year-old Thomas E. Cooper in Bend on Saturday on a charge of second-degree murder.  He's accused of shooting and killing 27-year-old Tyrell Penney outside a club in Southeast Portland on July 25th.

Man Hands Money To People Waiting For Emergency Relief Checks

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A HIllsboro woman is speaking out to say thank you to a stranger who handed her a stack of hundred-dollar bills while she waited in line for an emergency relief check.  Kathryn Davidson says she was waiting outside an OnPoint credit union last Thursday with hundreds of others when the man pulled up in a nice car.  She said he asked if he could help and handed Davidson what she says was at least three-thousand dollars before driving away.  The money was split among the people in line, and Davidson says everyone there wanted to thank the man.  "You're a saint," she says. 

Police Search For Missing Corvallis Teen

(Corvallis, OR)  --  Police are seeking help in their search for a missing Corvallis teen.  Police say 16-year-old Ava Carey disappeared last Thursday after leaving her home to go to a nearby park.  She was last seen around 6:00 that night with her skateboard in the seven-hundred-block of Northeast Conifer Boulevard.  She's described as five-foot-six and 107 pounds with short auburn hair that's shaved on one side.

Person's Body Found Inside Burned Home After Three-Alarm Fire

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into the discovery of a person's body inside a home that was destroyed by a three-alarm fire in Southwest Portland.  Fire officials say crews responded to the house on Southwest Madison Street early Saturday morning to find the structure heavily involved in flames.  Crews extinguished the fire and later found a person's body inside the home.  Neighbors had previously told firefighters that no one was home when the fire broke out.  It's not yet clear what sparked the blaze.

88th Night Of Protests End With Riot Declaration, Tear Gas

(Portland, OR)  --  Protests against police brutality and systemic racism ended with police declaring a riot and deploying tear gas last night in Northeast Portland.  The Oregonian reports more than 300 protesters marched to the Portland Police Bureau precinct building in Northeast Portland last night.  Police deployed tear gas and other munitions after someone lit an awning on fire.  Last night was the 88th consecutive night of protests in Portland sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in late May.

OR's Tally Of COVID-19 Cases Nearing 25K

(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon's tally of coronavirus cases is approaching the 25-thousand mark.  The Oregon Health Authority reported 231 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, raising the state's total number of cases so far to 24-thousand-937.  No new deaths were reported yesterday, leaving the state's death toll at 417.

Oregon Coast Aquarium Reopens Today

(Newport, OR)  --  The Oregon Coast Aquarium is reopening today following coronavirus-related closures.  KATU-2 reports the aquarium is scheduled to fully reopen following months of closure.  The aquarium previously reopened its outdoor exhibits earlier this month. 

Man Arrested Following SWAT Standoff At Cabin

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested an armed suspect following a SWAT standoff at a cabin in Rhododendron.  The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says deputies responded to the cabin on Road 27 yesterday morning on reports of a burglary.  Responding deputies say the suspect was armed with a spear when they arrived.  He allegedly fled into an unoccupied cabin, where he armed himself with knives and an ax before barricading the doors.  A SWAT team took 38-year-old Nathan Alexander Surface into custody several hours later.

Suspect Charged In Protest Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  Charges are being filed against a man who police says confessed to firing multiple shots from his car toward a crowd at a demonstration in downtown Portland over the weekend.  Police say 27-year-old Skyler Jernigan told officers he was leaving a parking garage near the demonstration Saturday when he heard something hit his car and fired two shots from a handgun.  No one was injured in the shooting.  Police say demonstrators from a flag waving event titled "Stand Up to Domestic Terrorism" were actively engaging with counterprotesters in the area at the time of the incident.  Jernigan faces four counts of unlawful use of a weapon along with other charges.

Oregon COVID-19 Watch List

(Portland, OR)  --  Two counties are being removed from Oregon's COVID-19 Watch List.  Governor Kate Brown says Marion and Wasco counties have reduced the spread of COVID-19 enough to be removed from the list.  Meanwhile, Jackson County has been added to the list.  Being on the Watch List gives those counties extra state support in contact tracing and other means to reduce spread of the virus.  The counties currently on the list are: Baker, Hood River, Jackson, Jefferson, Malheur, Morrow, Multnomah and Umatilla.

Mill Park Shooting Wounds One Woman

(Portland, OR)  --  One woman is injured following a shooting in Southeast Portland.  Police responded to the area of Southeast 130th and Salmon Street yesterday morning, where they found the victim suffering from a gunshot wound.  She was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.  A suspect has not been arrested.

Sumner Shooting Injures One Person

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting that wounded one person in the Sumner neighborhood.  Police responded to Northeast 90th near Skidmore Street yesterday afternoon and found one person suffering from a gunshot wound.  It's not yet clear what led to the shooting.

Woman Injured In I-5 Shooting

(Medford, OR)  --  Police are saying another person has been shot while driving on I-5 in Jackson County.  Oregon State Police say the woman was driving Wednesday around 9:45 p.m. when she was hit by a bullet.  She was taken to a hospital, treated and released.  Investigators believe the shooting is linked to previous shootings along I-5 that started in May.  OSP is asking anyone with information about the shootings to contact them.

Oregon Has Four New COVID-19 Deaths

(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are reporting four new coronavirus deaths in Oregon along with 301 new cases.  The Oregon Health Authority confirmed the deaths yesterday of patients in Washington, Baker, Douglas and Linn counties.  Multnomah County had the most new cases of COVID-19 at 57 followed by Marion County with 54.  A total of 203 people are currently hospitalized with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Oaks Park Season Canceled

(Portland, OR)  --  Oaks Park is cancelling its season for the first time in its 115-year history.  Organizers say they had sought special permission from the Governor to open, but it wasn't allowed.  Ride bracelets and vouchers from third-party sellers will be accepted during next year's season.  Oaks Park hopes the roller rink and dance will be able to reopen later this year.

Police Seek Suspect In Salem Stabbing

(Salem, OR)  --  Salem Police are looking for witnesses who may have cellphone video of a robbery and stabbing at the West Salem Goodwill store on August 14th.  Police say the store's loss prevention officer, 33-year-old Matthew Thompson, suffered life-threatening injuries in a fight when he confronted 49-year-old Sean Graham for stealing items from the store.  Bystanders helped responding police detain the suspect.  Thompson remains hospitalized. 

Police ID Victims Of Fatal Crash

(Battle Ground, WA)  --  The Clark County Sheriff's Office is releasing the identities of two people who were killed in a crash near Lucia Falls Park Tuesday.  Police say 45-year-old James Jones was driving a pickup that lost control and hit a tree.  He died at the scene along with his 26-year-old passenger Collan Riley.

Person Injured In SE Portland Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  One person is injured following a shooting in Southeast Portland.  Police say the shooting happened yesterday morning near 161st and Southeast Alder.  Police have not released the person's condition or any details about what led to the shooting.  Police have not yet arrested any suspects.

Emergency Payments Coming

(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon is giving 500 dollars to 70-thousand Oregonians waiting for unemployment benefits.  Oregon residents who made less than 48-thousand dollars a year before the pandemic and have yet to receive unemployment benefits are eligible.  The Legislature's Emergency Board approved 35-million dollars for the emergency check program in July.

Fire State Of Emergency Declared

(Salem, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown is declaring a State of Emergency due to imminent threat of wildfire.  She says much of the state is in extreme fire danger with red flag warnings issued for hot, dry, windy conditions and dry thunderstorms.  The declaration allows state resources and the Oregon National Guard to be used to put out fires.

Arson Investigation Ongoing Into Fire At Chabad Jewish Center

(Portland, OR)  --  An arson investigation is ongoing into a fire that caused extensive damage to the Chabad Jewish Center in Portland.  Firefighters responded to the center yesterday.  Officials say it's the second fire to hit the building in five days.

Fatal Semi Crash Reported

(Madras, OR)  --  One person is dead following a crash involving a semi-truck on Highway 97 south of Madras.  Police say the crash happened Tuesday afternoon.  Traffic was stopped for a vehicle to make a left turn when the semi hit the car at the end of the stopped traffic and then went into oncoming traffic, hitting two more vehicles.  Police say 52-year-old Nadia Rankov Adams of Redmond was killed.  Several other people were hospitalized.

Portland Police Respond To Woman In Crisis

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Police say officers spent nearly four hours yesterday trying to get a woman having a mental health crisis into custody.  Police say the woman was outside of a building near Southwest Broadway and Jefferson armed with a knife.  Officers are familiar with the woman because they've had several encounters with her the past few days.  They gave her water and cigarettes in an attempt to build rapport.  She was eventually taken into custody and transported to a hospital for a mental health evaluation.

Oregon Reports 11 New COVID-19 Deaths

(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are confirming eleven new coronavirus deaths in Oregon along with 203 new cases.  The Oregon Health Authority confirmed the new cases yesterday.  The state has now had a total of 23-thousand-870 cases of COVID-19 along with 408 deaths since the pandemic began.  The Oregon Health Authority says over the last week, the number of new cases declined by more than 100, and there were eight fewer deaths.  New hospitalizations also declined from 143 to 115.

Oregon Sends Fire Help To California

(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon is sending help to battle wildfires in California.  Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a statewide emergency due to extreme temperatures and wildfire conditions.  Oregon is sending three task forces with 52 personnel from Clatsop, Linn and Marion counties.

Protest Shooter Arrested

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a man accused of shooting a gun during a demonstration in downtown Portland.  The incident happened Saturday afternoon near Southwest 4th and Yamhill.  No one was hurt.  Police say 27-year-old Skylor Jernigan is charged with Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing, Reckless Endangering and Discharging a Firearm in the City.

Police Arrest Man For SW Portland Murder

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a suspect in connection to a homicide in southwest Portland.  The Portland Police Bureau says officers have arrested 65-year-old Robert Duane McGowan on a charge of second-degree murder.  Police were conducting a welfare check at a home on Southwest Stephenson Court Sunday night when they found a person's body.  It's not yet clear how the person died.

Crews Continue Mopping Up Mosier Creek Fire

(Portland, OR)  --  Crews are continuing to mop up the Mosier Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge.  Fire officials say the blaze is 75-percent contained as of last night.  The Oregon State Fire Marshal says crews who were mobilized from other counties to help fight the fire are being sent home.  Authorities say the wildfire burned just under one-thousand acres and 36 structures, including eight homes.  Investigators believe the fire is human-caused, but they are still working to find the exact source.

Man Shot, Injured In North Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  One person is hospitalized following a shooting in North Portland.  Police responded to the Portsmouth neighborhood last night on reports of shots fired.  One man was taken to a hospital in a private vehicle.  Police are still searching for the suspect.

OR Has 192 New COVID-19 Cases

(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon has nearly 200 new coronavirus cases.  The Oregon Health Authority reported 192 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, raising the state's total number of cases so far to 23-thousand-451.  Multnomah County had the most new cases with 57, followed by Marion County with 30 and Washington County with 23.  No new deaths were reported, leaving the state's death toll at 388.

Governor Brown Urges Residents To Prevent Human-Caused Wildfires

(Portland, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown is urging Oregonians to do their part to prevent wildfires.  Speaking with reporters in The Dalles, Governor Brown expressed the need for extreme caution during dry, hot weather.  Brown warned that residents should not operate heavy machinery when it's hot and dry.  Oregon Department of Forestry Chief of Fire Protection Doug Graf said the last 48-hours of lightning conditions across the state have ignited well over 100 fires.

Family Seeks Help Locating Lost Tortoise

(Ocean Park, WA)  --  A family in southwestern Washington state is offering a 500-dollar reward for the safe return of their missing tortoise.  Brenda Finn of Ocean Park says the 53-pound tortoise named Lucy disappeared Saturday night after escaping from the family's house.  The family adopted the 23-year-old male tortoise two years ago.

Police Search For Missing Man With Brain Injury

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are seeking help in their search for a missing man who suffers from a brain injury.  The Gresham Police Department says 61-year-old Brett McGuire was last seen Sunday in the 56-hundred block of Southeast 122nd Avenue.  He's described as six-foot-eight and 150 pounds with gray hair and green eyes.

Man Drowns To Death In Clackamas River

(Estacada, OR)  --  One man is dead after drowning in the Clackamas River in Estacada.  Clackamas Fire District Number 1 says crews responded to the river near Southwest Lake Shore Drive last night on reports that a man had jumped into the river and failed to resurface.  Crews pulled the body of a man in his late 20s from the water and attempted life-saving maneuvers, but he died at the scene.

Patrick Kimmons' Mother Speaks Out At BLM Protest

(Portland, OR)  --  The mother of a 27-year-old man who was shot and killed by Portland police two years ago is encouraging protesters to keep marching.  Letha Winston addressed a crowd of Black Lives Matter demonstrators outside the Justice Center last night, saying "a change is going to come."  She urged protesters to never let anyone discourage them from seeking justice.  Winston's son Patrick Kimmons was shot to death by police in September of 2018 after he allegedly shot and injured two men in a parking lot downtown.  Last night was the 81st consecutive night of protests against police brutality and systemic racism in Portland following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May.

Mosier Creek Fire 45-Percent Contained

(Portland, OR)  --  Fire crews remain on the scene of the Mosier Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge.  Fire officials say the blaze is now 45-percent contained.  The blaze has burned 985 acres since it started near Mosier last Wednesday.  Hundreds of homes have been evacuated.

Man Arrested For Allegedly Firing Gun From Car At Pub

(Oregon City, OR)  --  A Gresham man is facing charges after allegedly opening fire on a group of people from inside his car at a pub in Oregon City.  Police say 25-year-old Cole Robert Scott was involved in a fight with several people Saturday night in the parking lot of Rodder's Grub and Pub.  At one point, Scott allegedly got into his car and fired his gun before crashing into another car in the parking lot and then fleeing the scene.  Police tracked him down and arrested him at a nearby business.  No one was injured in the shooting, but police say one person was hospitalized for injuries sustained in the fight.

Man Injured In NE Portland Drive-By Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a drive-by shooting that injured one person in Northeast Portland.  Police say the shooting happened just after noon yesterday near Northeast Knott Street and 7th Avenue in the Irvington neighborhood.  One man was hospitalized for a gunshot wound to the leg.  Police are still searching for the suspect.

OR Has Two New COVID-19 Deaths, 252 New Cases

(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are confirming two new coronavirus deaths in Oregon along with 252 new cases.  The Oregon Health Authority says the state has now seen a total of 23-thousand-262 cases of COVID-19 and 388 deaths since the pandemic began.  The latest deaths were those of an 86-year-old Clackamas County woman and a 52-year-old Multnomah County woman.

9-1-1 Calls Go Unheeded Due To Police Response To Protests

(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities are saying dozens of 9-1-1 calls went unheeded in Portland last night due to the Portland Police Bureau's response to local protests against racism and police brutality.  Police issued a statement saying that more than 60 calls for police service were on hold around the city.  The police department claims officers were unable to respond to calls including "theft, vandalism, hit and run, alarms, and stolen cars" because so many officers were sent to enforce the protests.

Police Seek Missing Man With Dementia

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police in Vancouver are searching for a missing 72-year-old man with dementia.  The Vancouver Police Department says Darrell Stonehouse was reported missing from his home in the Northwest Lincoln neighborhood on Saturday.  Police believe he could be on the Discovery and Burnt Bridge Creek trail.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

PSU Disarms Public Safety Officers

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland State University is disarming its Campus Public Safety officers starting this fall.  The university has launched a new process to Reimagine Campus Safety.  The effort will look at all aspects of campus safety and devise a new approach that addresses the issues of systematic racism.

Wildfire Smoke Advisory Issued

(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued an air quality advisory for The Dalles-Mosier-Hood River area because of the Mosier Creek Fire.  DEQ expects the air quality advisory to last until at least Saturday morning and potentially longer.  Residents should stay inside, if possible, and keep windows and doors closed.

Police Arrest Suspect Following Standoff

(Aloha, OR)  --  A man is facing charges following a long standoff in Aloha. Neighbors reported a fire and explosions at a home near Southwest 117th and Arborcrest Way Wednesday night.  When deputies arrived, a man in the home threw a wine bottle and part of a shotgun at them.  The Tactical Negotiations Team and Crisis Negotiation Unit were called, and after several hours, 34-year-old Richard Castaneda was arrested without incident.

Officials Confirm Eight New COVID-19 Deaths In Oregon

(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are confirming eight new coronavirus deaths in Oregon along with 294 new cases.  The Oregon Heath Authority reported the new numbers yesterday.  Multnomah County had the most new cases with 84.  Oregon has now had a total of 383 COVID-19 deaths and 22-thousand-300 cases.

Mosier Creek Wildfire Has Burned 800 Acres

(Mosier, OR)  --  Fire officials say the Mosier Creek Fire has now burned 800 acres and forced the evacuations of around 900 people.  Four structures have been destroyed.  The Oregon Department of Forestry believes the fire was human caused.  Eight strike teams from around the state are protecting 300 homes. 

In-N-Out COVID Outbreak Reported

(Keizer, OR)  --  COVID-19 has hit the new In-N-Out Burger at Keizer Station.  The Statesman Journal reports the Oregon Health Authority is investigating an "active workplace outbreak" of the virus at the popular California chain.  The Keizer restaurant reported five COVID-19 cases to health authorities between July 18th and July 29th.  There is no breakdown of how many cases involved employees, customers and other people who are linked to the outbreak.

Malheur County Moved Backwards

(Portland, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown is moving Malheur County from Phase 2 back to Phase 1 of the state's reopening plan.  Brown says COVID-19 is rapidly spreading in the county.  Malheur County was placed on the Watch List on July 3rd to get additional support from the state.  Brown says immediate action is necessary to reduce spread of the disease.  The change takes effect on Monday August 17th.

OSU President Says SEC Not Seeing 'Reality'

(Corvallis, OR)  --  Oregon State University president F. King Alexander is speaking out about the SEC continuing its plans to play this fall after several conferences, including the Pac-12, have decided to postpone until next year.  Alexander says the SEC is not seeing "reality" when it comes to playing safely through the coronavirus.  Alexander also says there is more political pressure to play in the SEC than in the Pac-12, like in his hometown of Gainesville, Florida.

Reward Offered For Dog Abandonment Case

(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Humane Society is offering a one-thousand-dollar reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who left two dogs in a box at the Dalton Point State Recreation Site west of Multnomah Falls.  The older Yorkshire Terriers were found August 5th in bad condition.  Their coats were matted and filthy, and their jaws were eroding from advanced dental disease.  If you have information about the person who abandoned the dogs contact the Oregon Humane Society.

Residential Infill Project Approved

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland City Council is approving the Residential Infill Project.  The project allows more accessory dwelling units, duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes to be built on lots normally for single family homes.  Commissioner Amanda Fritz was the lone no vote.  She says the project doesn't meet the city's climate change reduction goals.  By 2035, Portland estimates it'll have 100-thousand new households.

Dan Ryan Claims Victory In City Council Race

(Portland, OR)  --  Dan Ryan is claiming victory in Tuesday's special election for Portland City Council.  Ryan leads Loretta Smith by more than five-thousand votes.  He will fill the seat left vacant by Nick Fish who died from cancer earlier this year.  Ryan says reviewing Portland's city charter is one of his top priorities.  He says the city's form of government is outdated.  Mayor Ted Wheeler agrees and also wants the charter reviewed.

Flight To Portland Delayed After Passengers Refuse To Wear Masks

(Spokane, WA)  --  A dispute over face masks led to a delay of an Alaska Airline flight from Spokane to Portland.  Airline officials say about ten passengers onboard a Sunday flight refused to cover their faces.  The group refused to heed warnings from flight attendants, which prompted the airline to call police to escort them off.  Alaska Airlines is one of several companies suspending travelers for refusing to wear masks. 

Food Cart Closed

(Portland, OR)  --  The Multnomah County Health Department has closed a food cart because of a shigellosis outbreak.  The Small Pharaoh #1 food cart at Southwest 5th and Stark was closed Tuesday night.  Shigellosis causes diarrhea, fever and cramps.  Anyone who ate the food cart between July 27th and August 11th and experiences symptoms should contact their health care provider.

Police Declare Riot, Use Tear Gas On Protesters Downtown

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Police Bureau used tear gas downtown last night after declaring a riot during protests against police brutality and systemic racism.  The Oregonian reports it was the first time officers had used tear gas downtown since federal agents left the area late last month.  Protesters gathered at the Justice Center and Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse on Southwest Third Avenue.  Some of the demonstrators allegedly set off fireworks and threw things while other demonstrators pleaded with them not to provoke police.  Last night was the 77th consecutive night of protests in Portland following the police custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in late May.

Nike Employee Accused Of Secret Recordings In Bathrooms

(Beaverton, OR)  --  A former Nike employee is accused of recording dozens of victims in secret bathroom videos.  The Washington County Sheriff's Office says 27-year-old Khoi Troung of Portland used his cell phone to record at least 50 men in restrooms.  Troung worked in the Nike Air Manufacturing Innovation building and the incidents happened between 2017 and 2018.  Nike terminated Truong in 2018, but no one reported his conduct to law enforcement.  Detectives learned about what happened during an unrelated investigation.

Wapato Rededication Ceremony Held

(Portland, OR)  --  The Wapato Corrections Facility in North Portland is now the Bybee Lakes Hope Center for the Homeless.  A rededication ceremony was held yesterday.  About 70 beds will open in September, operated by the non-profit Helping Hands, which operates eleven emergency shelters and re-entry programs in four Oregon coastal counties.  Founder Alan Evans expects the center to be full at opening with the worst still to come from the pandemic.   They hope to expand to 200 beds by December and 500 beds by next year.

Seven New COVID-19 Deaths Reported In Oregon

(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are confirming more than half a dozen new coronavirus deaths in Oregon along with over 200 new cases.  The Oregon Health Authority reported seven new deaths yesterday and 258 new cases.  Multnomah County had the most new cases with 45.  There have now been a total of 22-thousand-22 cases of COVID-19 and 375 deaths in Oregon since the pandemic began.

One Injured In Broadway Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  One person is injured following a shooting in Northwest Portland.  Police say the shooting happened just after 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon at Northwest Broadway and Glisan.  Police found a person suffering from a gunshot wound at the scene and took them to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police are still searching for a suspect.

Oregon Has 11 New COVID-19 Deaths

(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Health Authority reports eleven new COVID-19 deaths in the state and 302 new cases.  A total of 214 people are currently hospitalized with coronavirus. Since the pandemic began, there have been 21-thousand-774 cases and 368 deaths.

Man Arrested For Woman's Death In Corvallis Hotel Room

(Corvallis, OR)  --  A 57-year-old man is facing charges after allegedly strangling a woman to death inside a Corvallis hotel room.  Police have arrested George Spencer for the death of 41-year-old Gina Vargas yesterday.  Spencer allegedly told police he had been using methamphetamine when he became paranoid and began choking Vargas until she lost consciousness.

Aequitas CEO Indicted For Fraud

(Portland, OR)  --  The former CEO of a Lake Oswego investment company has been indicted for fraud and money laundering.  Sixty-one-year-old Robert Jesenik and three other former company executives face several charges, including conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud and money laundering.  Aequitas Management operated from 2014 through 2016.

Private Schools Sue Governor

(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon Governor Kate Brown is being sued by three Christian schools that want to reopen this fall.  OregonLive reports the schools dispute the governor's executive order that prohibits faith-based gatherings of more than 25 people because of the coronavirus pandemic.  They say universities can open if they comply with physical distancing, mask-wearing and other safety measures.  The schools are Horizon Christian School, McMinnville Christian Academy and Life Christian School.

Nurse Sentenced To Prison For Heroin Conviction

(Portland, OR)  --  A former Portland nurse is being sentenced to federal prison for conspiring to possess heroin with the intent to distribute.  Sixty-year-old Rene Nunn of Vancouver, Washington was sentenced to eight months in prison yesterday.  Nunn was a registered nurse at Adventist Medical Center in Portland when she and co-conspirator 62-year-old Darlene Sturdevant drove into Portland with 87 grams of heroin in Nunn's purse.  Police say the pair had driven from Vancouver to Portland with the intent of distributing the heroin.  Sturdevant was sentenced to 14 years in prison earlier this year.

OSU To Hold Most Classes Online

(Corvallis, OR)  --  More than 90-percent of courses at Oregon State University in Corvallis will be online this fall.  At the OSU campus in Bend, half of the classes will be in-person, but nearly all of the courses will also have online options.  The University of Oregon is planning to have students in classrooms while aggressively testing students for COVID-19.  Classrooms will have fewer students, and they'll be required to wear masks.  Oregon does have a plan for remote learning if it's needed.

Man Accused Of 40 Years Of Social Security Fraud

(Klamath Falls, OR)  --  A Klamath Falls man is accused of cashing a relative's Social Security checks for 40 years after she died.  The Social Security Administration began to investigate when they found a 114-year-old woman living in Oregon.  She would have been the second oldest person in the U.S. collecting Social Security.  They determined the woman died in New York in 1971.  Her checks were being sent to a post office box in Klamath Falls and were being deposited by 76-year-old George Doumar.  Over 40 years he cashed 458-thousand dollars worth of checks.

Fatal Motorcycle Crash Reported

(Cannon Beach, OR)  --  A motorcyclist is dead following a crash on Highway 101 about two miles south of Cannon Beach.  The crash happened yesterday morning.  Oregon State Police say 70-year-old Van Nordquist was driving his Harley Davidson southbound when he lost control in a curve and crashed into a semi.  Nordquist died at the scene.  The driver of the semi wasn't hurt.

OR Has 227 New COVID-19 Cases

(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon has 227 new COVID-19 cases and one new death.  The Oregon Health Authority announced the death of an 88-year-old man in Multnomah County yesterday.  He had underlying medical conditions.  Multnomah County had the most new cases with 45 followed by Washington County with 37 and Marion County with 27.  There have been 21-thousand-488 cases and 357 deaths since the pandemic began.

Fatal Camas Crash Reported

(Camas, WA)  --  One person is dead following a crash near Camas.  Camas Police say two vehicles hit nearly head-on Sunday afternoon near Northwest Lake Road and Northwest Lacamas Lane.  Police say 43-year-old Jeffrey Baker of Vancouver crossed the center line and hit the other vehicle.  Baker died at the scene.

Fir Mountain Fire Human Caused

(Parkdale, OR)  --  The Oregon Department of Forestry says the Fir Mountain Fire east of Parkdale was human caused.  It burned more than 300 acres and has cost over three-million dollars to fight.  They expect containment this week.  The Oregon Department of Forestry is asking for tips to identify the person responsible for starting the fire.

Oaks Park Asks Special Permission To Open

(Portland, OR)  --  Oaks Park is asking Governor Kate Brown for special permission to reopen even though Multnomah County is still in Phase One.  The Portland Business Journal reports the amusement park would limit capacity to 250 people for the park and 100 people at the roller skating rink.  Amusement parks aren't allowed to open until Phase Two.  The Governor's office says Brown has not given exceptions to individual businesses.  The park's owner says if they aren't allowed to reopen it'll put the future of the park in jeopardy.

ACLU Executive Director Calls For Dismantling Of DHS

(Portland, OR)  --  ACLU executive director Anthony Romero is calling for the Department of Homeland Security to be dismantled in response to their actions in Portland.  Anthony Romero made his case in an op-ed in USA Today, arguing that DHS has too much power.  Romero says what happened with federal officers during protests in Portland has only proven that point.  The plan would have DHS broken up into multiple federal agencies.  Romero argues that would increase oversight and accountability.

Trump Calls For National Guard

(Portland, OR)  --  President Trump is demanding that local officials call in the National Guard to police ongoing protests in Portland he says are "out of control."  Trump took to Twitter yesterday saying Mayor Ted Wheeler and Governor Kate Brown "are putting people's lives at risk."  He added that they "will be held responsible."  Trump stated that the Guard is ready to act immediately to secure the Courthouse.  Trump continues to clash with Portland officials amid their response to over two straight months of protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Precision Castparts Announces Job Cuts

(Portland, OR)  --  Precision Castparts is announcing plans to cut ten-thousand jobs.  The Portland based company is owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway.  The aerospace company says it took a hit to profits because of the pandemic.  About ten-percent of the company's 30-thousand employees work in Oregon.

Body Identified As Missing Man

(Sweet Home, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a body found in a remote area along the Calapooia River southeast of Sweet Home.  The Linn County Sheriff's Office says the remains are those of Mark Hardin, who was reported missing in 2011.  The sheriff's office conducted extensive searches, including along the upper Calapooia River.  No evidence of foul play was found during the investigation or the discovery of his remains.

Odell Lake Health Warning Dropped

(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Health Authority has lifted the recreational use health advisory for Odell Lake in Klamath County.  Water monitoring shows the level of harmful algae toxins in the lake are below recreational guidelines.  Recreational visitors are being advised to avoid areas of the lake where there are large algae blooms.

Man Arrested For Woodburn Shooting

(Woodburn, OR)  --  A man is facing charges in connection to a shooting in Woodburn.  Police say 23-year-old Eric Gonzalez Hernandez shot and injured a person in the 500-block of Leasure Street Saturday night.  The victim was airlifted to a hospital.  Police arrested Gonzalez Hernandez on several charges including attempted murder.

Police Declare Riot During Portland Protest

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Police Bureau says a riot was declared again last night during protests against police brutality and systemic racism.  Police declared a riot around 10 p.m., shortly after about 200 protesters marched from Kenton Park to the Portland Police Association building on North Lombard Street.  Police say protesters were throwing objects at officers and setting off fireworks.  Police in riot gear drove the protesters back.  It was the 74th night of protests in Portland since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

OR Has One New COVID-19 Death

(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are confirming one new coronavirus death in Oregon along with more than 200 new cases.  The Oregon Health Authority reported the death of a 72-year-old Multnomah County man from COVID-19 yesterday.  His death raises Oregon's death toll from the pandemic to 356.  Officials also reported 263 new cases, raising the state's total number of cases so far to 21-thousand-272.

CCSO Marine Unit Boathouse Renamed For Retired Sergeant

(Portland, OR)  --  The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit Boathouse is being renamed for a retired sergeant injured in the line of duty.  The sheriff's office held a ceremony late last week to re-dedicate the boathouse in honor of Sergeant Damon Coates.  Coates was shot in the face in 2003 while responding to a call from parents reporting erratic behavior by their 15-year-old son.  The shooting permanently disabled Coates, causing a debilitating brain injury.

OR's Eviction Moratorium Ends October 1st

(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon's eviction moratorium ends October 1st.  Renters will have until March of 2021 to repay any back rent they accrued during the pandemic as long as they start paying rent in October.  Since the unemployment rate remains high, governments in the Portland area are making 29-million dollars available for rent assistance.  Residents can call 211 for more information.

Woman Arrested For Burglary In North Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  One person is facing charges in connection to a burglary and shooting in North Portland.  Police arrested 27-year-old Brooklyn Collins on charges of first-degree burglary and interfering with a police officer for the incident in the 84-hundred block of North Seward Avenue on Saturday.  Police say shots were fired during the burglary, but no injuries were reported.

Hundreds Gather Without Masks For Christian Rally

(Portland, OR)  --  Hundreds of people gathered at Waterfront Park over the weekend for a worship service and rally organized by Christian singer Sean Fuecht.  The event titled "Let Us Worship" featured performances from Fuecht, who spoke out against officials for placing restrictions on church services to fight the spread of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.  Most people at the event did not wear masks or socially distance themselves from others.  Organizers say they plan to gather at the park every night for at least a month.

Two Men Arrested For Carjacking

(Portland, OR)  --  Two men are facing charges in connection to a carjacking at Cathedral Park.  Police say the suspects stole a woman's car Saturday night on North Pittsburg Avenue.  Police tracked down the stolen car later that night and arrested 19-year-old Faysal Osman and 19-year-old Rico Cabrera on charges of first-degree robbery.

Police Search For Missing Teen With Leukemia

(Gresham, OR)  --  Police are searching for a missing 13-year-old girl who has leukemia.  Police say Amelia Patterson of Gresham was last seen leaving her home on Saturday.  Police say she left without her necessary medication.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

Protesters Face Off With Police For Three Hours At East Precinct

(Portland, OR)  --  Protesters gathered at the Portland Police Bureau's East Precinct building again last night and faced off with officers for three hours on the 71st consecutive day of demonstrations in the city.  The Oregonian reports about 200 protesters marched to the precinct building around 9:30 last night, chanting the names of people killed by police in Oregon.  Police declared the gathering unlawful within minutes after a handful of protesters allegedly started splashing paint on the building.  Officers used stun grenades and smoke bombs to push protesters out of the area.  Police also closed 106th Avenue from Washington Street to Cherry Blossom Drive to everyone, including journalists.

Judge Extends Restraining Order Against Federal Officers

(Portland, OR)  --  A judge is extending his restraining order against federal officers in Portland for another two weeks.  The order puts limits on who the feds can confront at the federal courthouse, forbidding them from arresting, threatening or getting physical with journalists and legal observers.  The judge who issued the order noted that federal officers have not completely withdrawn from Portland's federal courthouse.

Police Investigate Two Separate Shootings

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating two separate shootings in the Portland area.  The Portland Police Bureau says the first shooting happened yesterday near Northeast 113th and Sandy Boulevard and left one man hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.  It's not yet clear what led to the shooting or whether police have identified a suspect.  The second shooting happened later last night near Southeast 82nd and Holgate when people inside two vehicles allegedly started shooting at each other.  One of the vehicles crashed while the other got away.  At least one person was hospitalized for a gunshot wound to the shoulder.

Child, Youth Pastor Drown In Columbia River

(Portland, OR)  --  A church youth group from Ridgefield is mourning the drowning deaths of an eleven-year-old boy and a youth pastor in the Columbia River.  The group from the Ridgefield Church of the Nazarene was swimming in the river near the mouth of the White Salmon River Wednesday when at least five people started to struggle in the water.  Most of the swimmers were able to make their way safely back to shore, but 44-year-old Andrew Inskeep and an eleven-year-old boy remained missing.  Police say boaters later recovered both their bodies.

Mayor Wheeler Says Violent Demonstrations Must Stop

(Portland, OR)  --  Mayor Ted Wheeler is pleading with protesters to put an end to destructive demonstrations in the city.  Wheeler spoke at a news conference yesterday with Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell and other officials.  Demonstrations at police buildings this week have ended with some protesters lighting fires and vandalizing precincts.  Wheeler is urging peaceful protesters to intervene when others engage in destructive behavior or to avoid areas where destruction is likely to occur.  Wheeler adds that protesters engaging in destructive behavior risk being used as a "prop" in President Trump's re-election campaign advertisements.

Oregon Adds 267 COVID-19 Cases

(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon has 267 new cases of COVID-19 and one new death.  An 83-year-old man in Umatilla [[ YOU'-muh-TILL'-uh ]] County who had underlying conditions died in a health care facility.  There have now been 20-thousand-225 coronavirus cases in Oregon and 339 deaths.  A total of 230 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19.

Vancouver Lake Warning Issued

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Clark County Public Health is putting up danger signs around Vancouver Lake.  Testing shows an algae bloom has elevated levels of toxins.  The algae is covering most of the lake.  Public Health is advising against boating and swimming in the water.  Pets should be kept out of the water.

Black Leaders Urge City Council To Act On Gun Violence

(Portland, OR)  --  Leaders of Portland's Black community are putting pressure on City Council to take action and solve the rise in gun violence over the last month.  Homicides are at a 30-year high and shootings were triple what they were a year ago.  The group says they don't want the Gun Violence Reduction Team to be reinstated.  They want the city to find new ways to solve the problems using policies that are racially just.  They criticized the council for eliminating the gun violence reduction team as a reaction to the police killing of George Floyd without having anything to replace it. 

Governor Brown Removes One County From COVID-19 Watch List

(Salem, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown has removed one county from the COVID-19 Watch List.  Brown says Lake County has succeeded in reducing the spread of COVID-19 enough to be taken off the list.  Marion County was also able to trace several cases that were previously reported as sporadic, so they'll remain on the list one more week.  Nine counties are still on the watch list.

Police ID Man Shot To Death In NE Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a man who was shot and killed in Northeast Portland.  The Portland Police Bureau says 32-year-old Derrick James Jensen of Sandy was found dead in the 61-hundred-block of North Marine Drive on the night of July 26th.  It's not yet clear what led up to his death, which is being investigated as a homicide.  Police are still searching for a suspect.

Police Declare Riot During Portland Protest

(Portland, OR)  --  The 70th consecutive day of protests against police brutality and systemic racism in Portland ended with police declaring a riot for the second night in a row.  The Oregonian reports more than 200 protesters were gathered at the Portland Police East Precinct last night when a handful of people started removing plywood from the building and trying to form barricades with dumpsters.  Police declared a riot just before 10 p.m. and set off stun grenades as they pushed protesters out of the area.  Officers detained four people.  A smaller and calmer protest in the downtown area ended with demonstrators showing Black-made films.

Memorial Held For Slain State Trooper

(Chehalis, WA)  --  A memorial was held yesterday for a Washington State Patrol trooper who was killed in the line of duty in March.  Trooper Justin Schaffer was putting out spike strips on I-5 in Chehalis when he was hit.  The memorial in Chehalis included a law enforcement procession.  Schafer is survived by his wife, Sandra, his mother, father, brother and his K9 partner Frankie.

Police Announce Package Sting

(Portland, OR)  --  The Washington County Sheriff's Office is teaming up with the U.S. Postal Service to catch package thieves.  The Property Crimes Unit began putting out bait packages yesterday.  If they're stolen, a GPS transponder leads deputies to the suspect.  Detectives use package theft data provided by the U.S. Postal Service to determine which areas have the biggest problems with "porch pirates."

Portland Listed Among Cities That Show Troubling COVID-19 Numbers

(Portland, OR) --  A White House report shows Portland is among ten cities and local areas that need to take aggressive action to slow down the coronavirus.  White House Coronavirus Task Force leader Dr. Deborah Birx says Portland and the other cities should trace the contacts of COVID-19 positive patients in areas where positivity is rising.

Two Children Shot In Gresham

(Gresham, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting that injured two young children in Gresham.  Police say a three-year-old and a five-year-old were playing in a yard off Northeast 165th Avenue last night when they were struck by bullets.  One of the children was hit in the foot, and the other was hit in the ankle.  Investigators believe the bullets came from a drive-by shooting.  Officers found 15 shell casings near the scene.

OR Has Five New COVID-19 Deaths

(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are reporting five new coronavirus deaths along with nearly 300 new cases.  The Oregon Health Authority confirmed the new deaths yesterday, raising the state's death toll to 338.  Officials reported 299 new cases.  That brings Oregon's total number of cases so far to 19-thousand-979.

74-Year-Old Woman Assaulted In Lake Oswego Home

(Lake Oswego, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect accused of assaulting a 74-year-old woman inside her Lake Oswego home.  Police say the victim stepped outside to pick up a package last Thursday night when a woman attacked her inside her garage and started beating her.  Investigators describe the suspect as five-foot-six and say she was wearing a blue shirt with khaki pants.  Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

Man Shot In Montavilla Neighborhood

(Portland, OR)  --  One man is hospitalized after being shot in the stomach in the Montavilla neighborhood.  Police say the shooting happened around 3 o'clock yesterday morning in the 91-hundred block of Southeast Division Street.  The man is expected to survive.  It's not yet clear what led up to the shooting.

Protesters Gather In Downtown Portland For 69th Night

(Portland, OR)  --  Demonstrators gathered in downtown Portland again last night to protest police brutality and systemic racism in law enforcement.  About 100 protesters gathered in Peninsula Park and then marched to the Portland Police Association building on North Lombard Street, where they listened to speakers and chanted.  Another group of protesters gathered outside the Portland Police Bureau's East Precinct, and yet another group congregated outside the Multnomah County Detention Center.  Last night marked the 69th consecutive day of protests in Portland following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May.  The Portland Police Bureau says officers stopped a handful of protesters from trying to break into the police association building.

Shooting Reported In North Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting in North Portland.  Police responded to a 7-Eleven store near the Portland Police Association building on North Lombard Street just after midnight this morning.  Police were unable to find any victims and left the area within about 15 minutes.

Truck Races Through Crowd Of Protesters

(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are reported after a pickup truck raced through a crowd of protesters in North Portland.  The Oregonian reports protesters were gathered outside the Portland Police Association building on North Lombard Street when it happened.  The truck crashed into a motorcycle, which got caught underneath the front bumper, sending sparks flying.  The driver reportedly stopped and abandoned the truck a few blocks away from the scene.  Video of the incident posted on Twitter shows the male driver carrying a handgun and yelling at people as he walked away.  Police say they detained the driver for questioning.

Portland Resumes Homeless Camp Sweeps

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland is resuming homeless camp sweeps after pausing the practice in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  KATU reports city contractors have begun clearing out a homeless campsite on the Peninsula Crossing Trail in north Portland.  City officials say some campsites will be allowed to remain so long as residents adhere to state health rules regarding the coronavirus pandemic.  Those rules include keeping tents six feet apart.

Navy Veteran Speaks Before Congress About Beating From Federal Officers

(Portland, OR)  --  A Navy veteran is testifying before Congress regarding a viral video showing federal officers beating him with a baton over and over again before pepper spraying him in the face during a Portland protest.  Fifty-three-year-old Christopher David told members of Congress yesterday he had hoped to speak with federal officers before they attacked him with a baton and sprayed him in the face with chemicals.  David also expressed disappointment in the actions of the officers, as well as the federal government for falsely claiming that demonstrations had overtaken the entire city of Portland.  Despite his experience, David says the thing that gives him hope is that many people from various backgrounds are expressing outrage at the officers' response in Portland.

Powell's Books Reopening Cedar Hills Crossing Store Friday

(Portland, OR)  --  Powell's Books is reopening its Cedar Hills Crossing store this week.  The bookseller says it will open the location on Friday.  It's the first Powell's location to reopen following pandemic-related closures.  Powell's says it will also start offering free pickup at all locations.

Woodburn Man Arrested After Four-Hour SWAT Standoff

(Woodburn, OR)  --  A Woodburn man is facing several charges following a standoff that lasted more than four hours.  The Marion County Sheriff's Office says deputies responded to a home off Highway 219 Northeast yesterday on reports that a woman there had been assaulted by her boyfriend.  The suspect left before deputies arrived but later returned with a gun and locked himself inside the home, threatening to kill himself.  Deputies helped family members inside the home escape.  The suspect eventually emerged from the home after SWAT team members used gas munitions to flush him out.

Trump Claims Wheeler Is Lucky To Be Alive

(Portland, OR)  --  President Trump is claiming that Mayor Ted Wheeler is lucky to be alive after he met with protesters.  In a wide-ranging interview on HBO's Axios series, Trump described the scene when Mayor Wheeler met with demonstrators on July 22nd, noting that he had security guards with him.  The President then said Wheeler was lucky to get away with his life after arguing with the crowd gathered outside the federal courthouse.  Mayor Wheeler and his security team remained at the protest for nearly three hours before he and the crowd were tear-gassed.

Missing Man Found Safe

(Portland, OR)  --  A central Oregon man is safe after going missing while visiting the Portland area.  The Washington County Sheriff's Office says 25-year-old Joshua Dymond has been found safe after going missing Sunday.  Police had been concerned that he might be in danger.

Fewer Protesters Show Up Downtown Following Departure Of Federal Officers

(Portland, OR)  --  Protests against police brutality and systemic racism appear to be quieting down in downtown Portland following the departure of federal officers.  The Oregonian reports a relatively small crowd of about 400 protesters gathered near the Justice Center downtown last night for the 67th consecutive day of demonstrations in the city.  That's down from the roughly one-thousand protesters seen in recent weeks.  Police presence was reportedly scarce as protesters listened to a recorded speech by Martin Luther King Jr.  Protesters have been gathering in downtown Portland every night to demand change following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May.

Survey Shows Support For Cocktails To Go In OR

(Portland, OR)  --  A majority of Oregonians appear to be in support of allowing businesses to offer cocktails to go.  That's according to a new survey from the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association.  The organization surveyed Oregon residents, asking if they would order a cocktail-to-go if they could.  Seventy-two-percent of respondents said yes. 

Man Missing Following Boat Crash In Columbia River

(Portland, OR)  --  A man remains missing after a boat crash in the Columbia River.  Witnesses say a power boat was passing Broughton ( BRAT-tun) Beach park yesterday when it made a sharp turn throwing both the operator and a passenger into the water.  Several boaters went to help.  The operator was rescued, but the passenger, who wasn't wearing a life jacket, went under water and didn't resurface.  The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office dive team searched the river, but wasn't able to locate the man.

OR Has One New COVID-19 Death, Nearly 300 New Cases

(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are confirming one new coronavirus death in Oregon along with nearly 300 new cases.  The Oregon Health Authority yesterday reported the death of a 68-year-old man in Malheur (mal-HEW-er) County who had underlying conditions.  His death brings the state's death toll to 326.  Officials also reported 285 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, bringing Oregon's total number of cases so far to 19-thousand-97.

Whole Foods Workers Told Not To Wear Anti-Racism Buttons

(Portland, OR)  --  Dozens of employees at a Portland Whole Foods store are protesting after store management told them they're not allowed to wear anti-racism buttons while on the clock.  More than two-dozen employees of the store on East Burnside Street gathered outside the location yesterday afternoon.  The protesters say management reprimanded multiple employees for wearing buttons that said "Racism has no place here."  One of the protesters says he was even fired after distributing the buttons to co-workers.

Police Arrest Suspect In Attempted Kidnappings

(Salem, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a suspect in connection to two attempted kidnappings at coffee stands in the Salem area.  Police say they arrested 39-year-old Christopher Ryan Santibanez at his home in Independence on Saturday.  He's accused of trying to kidnap two female coffee shop employees in Salem in separate incidents on July 25th.  Police say he pulled a gun on one of the women and tried to convince her to leave with him.

Fire Burning In Columbia River Gorge

(Hood River, OR)  --  Firefighters are working to contain a 250-acre wildfire burning in the Columbia River Gorge.  The Oregon Department of Forestry says the blaze is burning about eight miles east of Hood River along Fir Mountain Road.  So far, no structures have been threatened.  It's not yet clear how the fire started.

Police Warn Of New Phone Scam

(Portland, OR)  --  Police in Washington County are warning residents about a new phone scam.  The Washington County Sheriff's Office says the scammers are posing as employees with the Social Security Administration and calling up victims saying their identity has been stolen.  The scammer then transfers the victim to someone claiming to be in law enforcement, who tells the victim they'll be arrested if they don't wire 20-thousand dollars to an overseas company.  Police are urging anyone who receives such a call to hang up.


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