Regional News Archives for 2020-09

Pedestrian Dies After Being Hit By Car

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a pedestrian who was hit by a car in Northeast Portland last Thursday has died.  The crash happened on Northeast 139th Avenue north of East Burnside.  The driver left the scene and hasn't been identified.  The pedestrian, 52-year-old Timothy Ames, died at the hospital.  Police are asking for help identifying the driver.

Man Dies After Falling Into Harbor

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is dead after falling into the water while fishing in North Portland Harbor.  Police say 65-year-old Jeffrey Ulksy of West Linn was fishing in a boat Monday when a witness says he fell into the water.  Ulksy wasn't wearing a life jacket.  Portland Fire and Rescue responded and pulled Ulksy from the water and rushed him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police Release Details In Hostage Situation Shooting Involving Deputy

(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon State Police are investigating a hostage situation that ended in gunfire Monday afternoon in East Salem.  Police say the suspect, 34-year-old Jose Lopez-Tinoco of Woodburn, was inside of a residence in the Four Corners area with hostages inside.  Negotiators were trying to talk with Lopez-Tinoco when shots were fired.  Deputies entered the building and one deputy fired several rounds.  Police say 24-year-old Diari Bustos-Bustos and an 11-year-old boy were killed, while a 43-year-old woman was hospitalized with severe injuries.  A 13-year-old boy inside the home wasn't injured.  The suspect died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Fatal Portland Shooting Reported

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting that killed two people in North Portland.  Police say the shooting happened Tuesday morning at North Victory Boulevard and North Force Avenue.  Portland Police are asking for tips to help identify a suspect.

Oregon COVID-19 Cases Top 33,000

(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are reporting eight new coronavirus deaths in Oregon along with 299 new cases.  The Oregon Health Authority confirmed the new numbers yesterday.  Multnomah County had the most new cases with 52 followed Marion and Washington counties.  Oregon has now seen a total of 555 deaths and 33-thousand-291 cases since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Sheriff Mike Reese Denies Trump's Endorsement Claim

(Portland, OR)  --  Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese is denying President Trump's claim that he endorsed him.  Trump made the claim last night during the first presidential debate between him and Democratic rival Joe Biden.  Sheriff Reese immediately took to Twitter to reject Trump's claim.  Reese tweeted, "I have never supported Donald Trump" and never will.  The sheriff also joked, "Trump has made my job a hell of a lot harder since he started talking about Portland, but I never thought he'd try to turn my wife against me."

Portland Fatal Crash Victim Identified

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a motorcyclist who was killed in a crash Monday afternoon.  Police say 35-year-old Nathaniel Entriken hit the passenger side of a car at the intersection of Northeast Ainsworth Street and Grand Avenue.  Entriken died at the scene.  Investigators say the motorcycle was stolen and speed was a factor in the crash. The driver of the car wasn't hurt and remained at the scene. 

Beach Advisory

(Seaside, OR)  --  Visitors to the Oregon Coast are being asked to stay out of the water at Seaside Beach.  The Oregon Health Authority has issued a public health advisory for higher than normal levels of fecal bacteria in the water.  Exposure can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses.

Clackamas County Evacuations Lifted

(Oregon City, OR)  --  All evacuation orders have now been lifted in Clackamas County.  Officials say eleven-hundred homes were still under Level 3 and Level 2 evacuation warnings before evacuations were lifted yesterday.  Firefighters continue to make progress on the Riverside Fire by strengthening lines protecting homes.  The fire remains at 37-percent containment.  The Beachie Creek fire nearby is now at 58-percent containment.

Man Dies After Falling 100 Feet Off Cliff Into Ocean

(Tillamook, OR)  --  A 43-year-old Seaside man is dead after falling out of a tree and then plummeting about 100 feet off a cliff into the ocean.  Oregon State Troopers say Steven Gastelum was killed in the fall Sunday from the Devil's Cauldron Overlook Trail at Oswald West State Park.  Troopers say Gastelum had climbed a tree along the edge of the cliff to pose for a picture when a tree limb broke, sending him tumbling into the ocean.  First responders used a helicopter and personal watercrafts to locate Gastelum and bring him to shore.  He was rushed to a hospital in Tillamook, where he was pronounced dead.

Officials: Deadly Fire At COVID-19 Quarantine Site Caused By Smoking Materials

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Fire officials say improperly discarded smoking materials are to blame for a blaze that killed one person at a former motel being used as a COVID-19 quarantine site in Vancouver, Washington.  Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli tells The Columbian Saturday's fire at the former Motel 6 in east Vancouver was confined to the ground floor unit in which it started.  She adds there's no evidence that the fire was intentionally set, but that it was preventable.  A 32-year-old man was killed in the fire.  A second person inside the unit was not injured.

Crews Make Progress On Beachie Creek Fire, Lionshead Fire

(Portland, OR)  --  Crews are continuing to make progress on multiple wildfires burning in Marion County.  Fire officials say the Beachie Creek fire is now 58-percent contained after burning nearly 193-thousand acres.  The Lionshead fire is 34-percent contained after it scorched 204-thousand acres.  Evacuation orders for the Beachie Creek Fire have been reduced, allowing residents in Detroit to return to their community to assess the damage left behind.

Multiple Killed In Shooting Involving Deputy During Hostage Situation

(Salem, OR)  --  Multiple people are dead following a deputy-involved shooting during a reported hostage situation in Salem.  The Marion County Sheriff's Office says deputies responded to a home in the 200-block of Juneva Place Southeast yesterday afternoon on reports of a hostage situation.  At some point during the ordeal, shots were fired.  Police say there were multiple deaths, including the suspect.  At least one deputy opened fire, but it's not yet clear who fired the fatal shots.  No deputies were hurt in the incident.

Man Killed In Rollover Crash

(Sheridan, OR)  --  One man is dead following a rollover crash outside Sheridan.  The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office says the crash happened yesterday afternoon in the 25-thousand-block of Ballston Road two miles southeast of Sheridan.  Police say a 36-year-old man and a 55-year-old man were inside the vehicle when it crashed and rolled into someone's yard.  The 55-year-old man was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.  The other man was hospitalized for minor injuries.

Man Accused Of Assaulting Neighbor, Setting Home On Fire

(Vancouver, WA)  --  A Vancouver man is facing charges after allegedly assaulting his neighbor and then setting his own house on fire.  The Vancouver Police Department arrested 59-year-old Allan McCall yesterday afternoon after finding him hiding in the yard of his burning home near West 19th Street and Markle Avenue.  He's facing one count of first-degree assault and could be charged with arson as well.  It's not yet clear exactly what led to the assault or the fire.  An investigation is ongoing.

OR Has Nearly 33K COVID-19 Cases

(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon's tally of coronavirus cases is approaching the 33-thousand mark.  The Oregon Health Authority reported 181 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday.  The new numbers bring Oregon's total number of cases so far to 32-thousand-994.  So far, 547 Oregonians have died.

Governor Brown Extends Residential Eviction Moratorium

(Portland, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown is extending Oregon's statewide residential eviction moratorium through the end of the year.  Brown announced the extension yesterday, citing the ongoing pandemic and wildfires.  The move does not take Oregonians completely off the hook.  Renters and homeowners will need to make their rent and mortgage payments once the order expires.

Investigation Ongoing Into Suspicious Device

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into reports of an explosive device left in the downtown area yesterday morning.  The Explosive Disposal Unit was set up at Southwest Harvey Milk Street near 11th Avenue.  Police have not said whether the item was in fact an active bomb.  No injuries were reported.

Dueling Rallies Remain Mostly Peaceful

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say dueling rallies remained mostly peaceful in Portland over the weekend.  A Proud Boys rally that organizers said would draw thousands ended up drawing just hundreds in Portland on Saturday.  Hundreds of counter-protesters held their own rally about three miles away.  Later Saturday, protesters gathered across from the Portland Justice Center, where police say some demonstrators threw items at officers.  Governor Kate Brown praised law enforcement on Sunday for helping to prevent confrontations and violence.  The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says officers made a total of 30 arrests during different gatherings on Saturday.

Oregon Woman Proves To Bank She's Not Dead

(Lincoln, OR)  --  An Oregon woman is alive even though her bank thought she had died.  Judy Cashner told that she thought it was kind of funny when the bank notified her estate that she had passed away, but now it has become a much bigger issue.  Cashner claims Wells Fargo told three credit agencies that she had died, which took weeks and thousands of dollars to clear up.  Cashner says the fees were refunded to her account.  While Wells Fargo did not comment on Cashner's case especially, it says the bank uses a Social Security card and death certificate to prove death.

Elementary School Teacher Charged With Child Porn

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  An elementary school teacher in Hillsboro is facing child pornography charges.  The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office says 40-year-old Brett Cunningham was indicted last week on two charges of first-degree encouraging child sexual abuse and eight counts of second-degree encouraging child sexual abuse.  Police say Cunningham lives in Multnomah County and most recently taught at an elementary school in Hillsboro.  Police began investigating him in April after receiving a tip from an internet company.

Two-Alarm Fire Burns Old Church Building Downtown

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a two-alarm fire at a former church building in downtown Portland.  Firefighters responded to the three-story former Portland Korean Church at Southwest 10th avenue and Clay Street around 9:20 last night.  The building has been vacant since 2015.  No injuries have been reported.

Governor Brown Responds To Videos Showing Police Force Against Journalists

(Portland, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown is responding to allegations that police used violence against journalists during protests in Portland on Saturday.  Videos posted on social media show officers using force against people identifying themselves as journalists.  One video shows an officer knocking a photographer to the ground.  Governor Brown issued a series of Tweets yesterday saying she will call for an investigation.  Brown says she takes "the use of physical force by law enforcement officers seriously, whether it involves members of the public or the media."

OR Has One New COVID-19 Death, 242 New Cases

(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are confirming one new coronavirus death in Oregon along with more than 200 new cases.  The Oregon Health Authority confirmed the death yesterday of an 81-year-old Multnomah County woman.  That raises the state's death toll from the pandemic to 547.  Health officials also reported 242 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, raising Oregon's total number of cases to 32-thousand-820.

Man Shot, Injured In Cedar Mills

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting in the Cedar Mill area.  The Washington County Sheriff's Office says one man was injured in the shooting Friday night at an apartment complex off Highway 26.  The man was hospitalized in stable condition and is expected to survive. 

Police Investigate Deputy-Involved Shooting In Aloha

(Aloha, OR)  --  Police are looking into a deputy-involved shooting in Aloha.  The Washington County Sheriff's Office says deputies responded to the home of 39-year-old Breck Carter Saturday night on reports of a dispute between him and his neighbor.  Police say Carter was inside his home when he started pointing his gun at deputies through his window, prompting one of the deputies to open fire.  Carter was not struck by the bullet, and police were able to arrest him following a two-hour-long standoff.

Marion County Evacuations Lowered

(Salem, OR)  --  Evacuation levels are being lowered in Marion County.  Officials lowered evacuations levels from Level 3 to Level 2 yesterday for Detroit, Idanha and North Fork Road.  The areas are only open to residents and Highway 22 remains closed to through traffic.  A pilot car will take residents into the areas on a set schedule as tree removal continues on Highway 22.

Three Charged From Portland Demonstration

(Portland, OR)  --  Three people are being charged in connection with protests in downtown Portland Wednesday night.  Police say 23-year-old Joseph Sipe is charged with riot and unlawful possession of a destruction device.  Twenty-one-year-old Cyan Bass is charged with arson for allegedly spraying an accelerant on plywood covering the doors at Central Precinct and setting it on fire.  And 19-year-old Calvin Jackson is charged with criminal mischief for throwing rocks that shattered a window above the entrance to the Police Bureau's Central Precinct.

Police Plan For Demonstrations

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Police officers are cancelling vacations in advance of dueling demonstrations planned for tomorrow.  The far-right group The Proud Boys are planning a rally in Delta Park, and counter-protesters are planning a simultaneous demonstration in Peninsula Park.  Police Chief Chuck Lovell says they will try to keep the groups separated so they can demonstrate peacefully.

Salem Shooting Victim Identified

(Salem, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a man who was killed in a shooting at Hoover School Park in Salem.  Police say 18-year-old Andrew Rosas of Salem was killed in the shooting Wednesday.  An 18-year-old woman was also shot and is hospitalized in stable condition.  No word yet on what led to the shooting or whether police have identified a suspect.

Eviction Moratorium Extended

(Portland, OR)  --  The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners is extending the moratorium on evictions for renters through the end of the year.  The extension is aimed at helping people who lost their jobs due to COVID-19 layoffs.  Starting on January 8th, renters will have six months to pay any back rent.  Critics are concerned it's just delaying the inevitable and there will be a flood of evictions when people can't repay their back rent.

Jewelry Theft Reported In Happy Valley

(Happy Valley, WA)  --  Police in Happy Valley are searching for suspects accused of stealing several priceless possessions from an elderly man as he prepared to evacuate his wildfire-threatened home.  Police say thieves stole several items from the 90-year-old victim's vehicle after he loaded his belongings into his car to prepare to evacuate.  The items stolen include wedding rings belonging to him and his late wife, a coin collection and jewelry.  Police say the theft happened sometime between September 14th and 18th.  Anyone with information is urged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

Columbia River Gorge Reopening

(Hood River, OR)  --  Recent rains have reduced fire danger in the Columbia River Gorge.  The Forest Service says it's reopening several parks and other areas that had been closed due to fire risk.  Several sites including Eagle Creek and Herman Creek that were closed due to previous fire damage will remain closed.

Police Investigate Report Of Pipe Bomb

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into the discovery of a pipe bomb in southeast Portland.  The Explosive Disposal Unit responded to Southeast 43rd and Woodstock yesterday morning to safely remove the device.  Arson investigators are asking anyone with information about the device to contact Crime Stoppers.

Oregon COVID-19 Cases Rise

(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are confirming two new coronavirus deaths in Oregon along with nearly 400 new cases.  The Oregon Health Authority reported 382 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday.  Health officials say positive tests have increased 17-percent over the last week to a rate of six-point-two-percent.  Oregon has now seen a total of 539 COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began and 31-thousand-865 confirmed cases.

Oregon Zoo Foundation Online Fundraiser Today

(Portland, OR)  --  The winner of a raffle to name the Oregon Zoo's new baby red panda will be announced today.  The Oregon Zoo Foundation will announce the winner during its online fundraiser.  The free fundraiser is scheduled for 5 p.m.

Demonstration Permit Denied

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Parks Bureau is denying a permit to far-right organizers planning a rally at Delta Park on Saturday.  The Parks Bureau says the permit was denied because of the expected crowd size, which would violate the Governor's limits for COVID-19.  Organizers estimate several thousand people will attend the rally.  Counter protesters plan to gather at Peninsula Park at the same time.  They didn't apply for a permit.

Police Break Up Breonna Taylor Protests

(Portland, OR)  --  Demonstrators in Portland are expressing anger over a grand jury decision not to charge police officers with the deadly shooting of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky.  Hundreds of demonstrators gathered last night in front of the downtown Justice Center and near the Portland Police Bureau's Central precinct.  Portland police and federal officers broke up the gatherings and declared a riot.  Police say a handful of protesters were targeting the precinct with rocks and fire.  The protests follow word from Kentucky's Attorney General that the only charge being filed in the police raid that killed Taylor is for wanton endangerment of Taylor's neighbors.

Police ID Domestic Violence Stabbing Victim

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a man who was stabbed to death during a domestic violence incident in North Portland.  Police say 45-year-old James Anderson of Portland was stabbed to death Monday morning.  Police have arrested 31-year-old Jonathon Creswell on a charge of murder in the second degree.  No word yet on exactly what led to the stabbing.

Police Seek Suspect Vehicle In Cyclist Hit And Run

(Milwaukee, OR)  --  Police in Milwaukee are trying to identify a vehicle that was involved in a hit and run with a teenage cyclist.  Police say a white SUV crashed into a 14-year-old cyclist Tuesday afternoon at Southeast Oak and Marketplace and then kept going.  The cyclist wasn't injured.  Police say an elderly man was driving, and an elderly woman was in the passenger seat.

Oregon Reports New COVID-19 Deaths

(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are reporting half a dozen new coronavirus deaths in Oregon along with 193 new confirmed cases.  The Oregon Health Authority reported the new numbers yesterday, raising the state's death toll from the pandemic to 538.  Oregon has now seen a total of 31-thousand-503  confirmed cases.  Lane County had the most new cases yesterday with 36, followed by Multnomah, Malheur and Jackson counties.

Highway 22 Closed Indefinitely Due To Beachie Creek Fire

(Detroit, OR)  --  Transportation officials say Highway 22 will remain closed indefinitely from Gates Hill Road to the Santiam Junction due to damage from the Beachie Creek Fire.  The Oregon Department of Transportation says the blaze damaged tens of thousands of trees that need to be removed to make the highway safe.  Guardrails and road signs were also burned and need to be replaced.  Once the trees are removed, pilot cars will be used to guide traffic through repairs that are still being made.

Clackamas Evacuation Levels Lowered

(Estacada, OR)  --  Clackamas County is lowering evacuation levels for more areas.  Estacada  [[ ESS'-tuh-KAY'-duh ]] has returned to "Normal" status.  The areas near the Dowty Fire and Unger Fire have returned to Level 2.  Areas near the Riverside Fire remain at Level 3, and the Mt. Hood National Forest remains closed.

WA Sex Offender Arrested In Washington County

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A registered sex offender from Colville, Washington is facing charges after allegedly driving to Oregon to meet a child for sex.  The Washington County Sheriff's office says that 48-year-old Allen Williams chatted online with a child he believed was a 15-year-old girl for nearly two years.  Instead, it was an undercover detective from the Violent Crimes Unit.  Police arrested him in Washington County on charges of Online Sexual Corruption of a Child and Luring a Minor.  Williams has been a registered sex offender since 2002.

Crews Patrol Hot Spots In Chehalem Mountain Fire

(Midway, OR)  --  Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue crews continue to patrol the area burned by the Chehalem   Mountain-Bald Peak fire to monitor remaining hot spots.  Fire officials are asking residents who see unattended burning to call 911.  In the next week, crews will start removing hazardous trees from the area.  Level 2 evacuation warnings remain in place for homes near the fire zone.

Police Investigate Pot Shop Burglaries

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested four people in connection with a series of marijuana shop burglaries.  Police responded to alarms at various dispensaries on Northeast Broadway, MLK and Sandy Boulevard early yesterday morning.  A witness called 9-1-1 and gave police a description of the suspect vehicle, allowing officers to track down the car at Southeast 92nd and Powell.  Officers arrested one adult and three juveniles inside the vehicle.

Police Seek Molotov Cocktail Suspect

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they're searching for a suspect accused of throwing a Molotov cocktail during Monday night's anti-racism protest.  The Portland Police Bureau says the suspect threw the Molotov cocktail outside of the Penumbra Kelly Building on East Burnside.  Investigators say the flame on the wick went out before the device could do any damage.  Police are asking for tips to identify who threw it.

Man Critically Injured In Portland Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  One man is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries following a shooting in North Portland.  Police responded to reports of a shooting on North Schmeer Road yesterday afternoon.  Responding officers found one victim suffering from gunshot injuries and transported him to a hospital.  No word yet on whether police have identified a suspect.

Inmate Dies From COVID-19

(Ontario, OR)  --  Health officials are confirming the coronavirus-related death of an inmate at the Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario.  The Oregon Health Authority says the inmate died Monday.  Officials say the man was between 80 and 85 years old and died at a local hospital.  This is the seventh inmate with COVID-19 to die in Oregon. 

OR Has Three New COVID-19 Deaths

(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are confirming three new coronavirus deaths in Oregon along with 328 new cases.  The Oregon Health Authority reported the new numbers yesterday.  Multnomah County had the most new cases with 60 followed by Washington and Marion counties.  There have now been a total of 532 deaths in Oregon and 31-thousand-313 confirmed cases since the pandemic began.

Man Convicted Of Sex Abuse Sentenced

(Portland, OR)   --  A man who pleaded guilty in Multnomah County Court to child sex abuse has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.  A judge sentenced 34-year-old Stacy Curtiss yesterday.  Court documents say he admitted to sexually abusing a child who was younger than 12-years-old.  Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney BJ Park, who prosecuted the case, said it's heart wrenching to recount the abuse and trauma that Curtiss inflicted on a child leading to lifelong trauma.

Driver Identified In Fatal Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a driver who was killed in a wrong-way crash on I-5.  The Portland Police Bureau says 45-year-old Damian Alexander of Vancouver was killed in the crash early yesterday morning between Highway 99W and Capitol Highway.  The driver of a second car was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, while the driver of a third vehicle wasn't injured.  An investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Gresham City Hall Hit By Vehicle

(Gresham)  --  A driver is injured after crashing into Gresham City Hall.  Police say the crash happened yesterday afternoon.  The driver was hospitalized for injuries.  Police say no one inside City Hall was injured.  It's not yet clear what caused the crash.  An investigation is ongoing.

Man Arrested For Fatal Stabbing

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've made an arrest in connection to a fatal stabbing in North Portland.  Police arrested 31-year-old Jonathon Creswell on a charge of second-degree murder domestic violence for the stabbing Monday morning near North Interstate and Fenwick Avenue.  Police have not yet released details about what happened.

Portland's Air Quality 'Good'

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland's air quality is back to normal following more than a week of hazardous and unhealthy conditions due to wildfire smoke.  The Environmental Protection Agency says Portland's air is in the "good" range as of 3:00 this morning.  The Oregonian reports air quality was good or moderate for much of the state yesterday, with small areas of unhealthy air in parts of southwestern Oregon, Clackamas County, Marion County and Linn County.

Progress Continues On Oregon Wildfires

(Portland, OR)  --  Firefighters continue to make progress on several wildfires burning across the state of Oregon.  Fire officials say the Riverside Fire burning in Clackamas County is now 25-percent contained at 137-thousand-971 acres.  The deadly Beachie Creek fire in the Santiam Canyon is now 38-percent contained at 192-thousand-736 acres.  And, the Lionshead Fire is now 13-percent contained at nearly 199-thousand acres.  The National Interagency Coordination Center says only three fires grew more than one-thousand acres from Sunday into Monday, while six of the state's largest fires didn't grow at all.

Barr Calls Portland Jurisdiction Of Violence, Destruction

(Portland, OR)  --  The U.S. Department of Justice is calling Portland a "jurisdiction permitting violence and destruction of property."  Attorney General William Barr gave that designation to Portland and New York City yesterday.  Barr also designated Seattle, Washington an "anarchist jurisdiction."  Barr claims the three cities' leadership, "have refused to undertake reasonable measures to counteract criminal activities."  The statement follows an order from President Trump earlier this month to review federal funding in the Democratic-led cities.  Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler calls the move a "cheap political game," adding that it's also unconstitutional.

Man Charged With Murder For Shooting Death In NE Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing a murder charge in connection to the shooting death of a 29-year-old man in northeast Portland.  The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office says 31-year-old Donald Beckwith has been charged with one count of second-degree murder and one count of unlawful use of a weapon.  He's accused of shooting and killing LaSalle Jamal Shakier last Wednesday morning in the 66-hundred block of Northeast Columbia Boulevard.  An investigation is ongoing.

Oregon Has Three New COVID-19 Deaths, 201 New Cases

(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are confirming three new coronavirus deaths in Oregon along with 201 new cases.  The Oregon Health Authority released the new numbers yesterday, raising the state's death toll from the pandemic to 529.  The agency also reported the state is seeing dramatically lowered testing numbers due to recent wildfires.  Officials say there were 18-thousand-840 COVID-19 tests conducted last week.  That's way down from Oregon's average of 35-thousand tests per week.

Authorities ID Man Killed In Holiday Farm Fire

(Salem, OR)  --  Authorities are releasing the identity of a man killed by the Holiday Farm fire in Lane County.  Fire officials say 59-year-old David Scott Perry died when the fire burned his home in the community of Vida.  His body was found on September 11th inside his burned-out home.  At least nine people have died from the wildfires burning throughout Oregon.

Protesters March To Penumbra Kelly Building

(Portland, OR)  --  Protests against police brutality and systemic racism continue in Portland.  KREM-2 reports dozens of demonstrators gathered at Laurelhurst Park last night before marching to the Penumbra Kelly Building on East Burnside.  Once there, demonstrators listened to speeches from protest leaders.  No arrests are being reported.

Portland Man Killed In Crash Near Sweet Home

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man is dead following a crash near Sweet Home.  Oregon State Troopers say 60-year-old Robert Snyder was driving west on U.S. 20 in Linn County Sunday morning when his vehicle veered off the roadway and crashed into a tree.  It's not yet clear what led to the crash.  No other vehicles were involved.

Man Shoots Self In Groin In Grocery Store

(Lincoln City, OR)  --  A 29-year-old man is recovering after accidentally shooting himself in the groin while showing off his concealed handgun at a grocery store in Lincoln City.  The Lincoln City Police Department says Nicholas Ellingford was in the checkout line at McKay's Market on U.S. 101 Sunday night when he pulled out his Glock 9mm to show a friend.  Police say he then accidentally pulled the trigger while putting the gun back into his pants.  Police say the bullet just narrowly missed Ellingford's femoral artery.  He was airlifted to a hospital in Portland.  Police say he did not have a concealed handgun license, and he could be facing charges.

Six Men Accused Of Setting Fires In Oregon

(Undated)  --  At least half a dozen men are facing accusations of intentionally starting fires in Oregon.  The Oregonian reports there's no evidence the suspects were motivated by politics, as conspiracy theories claim.  The newspaper reports one suspect was found setting fires in late July because a member of a local forest protection group wouldn't give him a ride.  Police arrested another suspect late last month after he allegedly threatened to burn down a small town if his girlfriend broke up with him.  A homeless man is accused of setting a string of brush fires along an Interstate in the Portland area earlier this month.

Missing Elderly Woman Found Dead

(Portland, OR)  --  The search for a missing 71-year-old woman is ending in tragedy.  The Portland Police Bureau says Ha Pham was found dead late last week in the area of Northeast Lombard Street near the 42nd Avenue exit.  She'd been missing since August 28th.  Family members say she suffered from Alzheimer's disease and that she likely wandered off and got lost while her husband was busy doing yard work.  Police say foul play is not suspected.

Protests Begin Again

(Portland, OR)  --  Protests are getting back underway in Portland following a week-long hiatus due to wildfire smoke.  The Oregonian reports between 100 and 200 protesters gathered downtown Saturday night to demonstrate against racial injustice.  Police say no arrests were made.  The previous night, protesters gathered near the ICE facility in South Portland.

Demonstrators Protest Systemic Displacement

(Portland, OR)  --  Dozens of demonstrators gathered on Mississippi Avenue last night to protest systemic displacement.  KATU reports the protest was sparked by the eviction of a couple due to what one protester called a "foreclosure from a predatory loan."  The protester says his parents were in the middle of a lawsuit to fight the foreclosure when they were evicted.  This, despite the ongoing moratorium on foreclosures through the end of the year.

Beachie Creek Fire Now 25-Percent Contained

(Detroit, OR)  --  Crews are continuing to make progress against the deadly Beachie Creek Fire in the Santiam Canyon.  Fire officials say the blaze is about 25-percent contained at 192-thousand-714 acres as of last night.  More than 100 Canadian firefighters joined the battle against the blaze yesterday.  The fire has killed four people since it started earlier this month.

OR Has One New COVID-19 Death, 208 New Cases

(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are confirming one new coronavirus death in Oregon along with more than 200 new cases.  The Oregon Health Authority yesterday confirmed the COVID-19 death of a 73-year-old Marion County woman.  The agency also reported 208 new cases of COVID-19.  Oregon has now had a total of 30-thousand-801 cases and 526 deaths since the pandemic began.

I-5 Bridge Project Underway

(Portland, OR)  --  Work is underway on the I-5 Bridge Repair project.  The nine-day project started Saturday and is expected to bring traffic delayed to North Portland and Vancouver all this week.  Crews will be replacing huge wheels at the top of the bridge that carry the lift cables.  Drivers are advised to use I-205 as an alternate.

Red Panda Baby Name

(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon residents are being given the opportunity to name the Oregon Zoo's red panda baby.  Officials have announced a fundraiser benefiting the Oregon Zoo Foundation.  For 10 dollars, you can buy a raffle ticket, and if you win, you get to name the red panda baby.  The winner of the raffle will be announced September 25th during the foundation's free online fundraiser.

Unemployment Benefits Increase For Residents With Temp Jobs

(Salem, OR)  --  Oregonians on unemployment can now make more money if they have a temporary job.  A change approved by the Oregon Legislature increases the amount they can make while receiving benefits from 150 dollars a week to 300 dollars a week.  The Oregon Employment Department didn't expect to complete computer changes to make the new limit possible until December, but they got it done ahead of schedule.  The change is effective from September 6th through January 1st, 2022.

Rain On The Way Could Help Battle Against Wildfires

(Portland, OR)  --  Rain is expected to bring some relief to crews battling wildfires across the state of Oregon today.  Forecasters say a storm will bring moisture along the coast as well as the west and east slopes of the Cascades.  However, Chief of Fire Protection Doug Grafe says those storms may also bring lightning and winds which could exacerbate current fires and spark new ones.  Andrew Phelps with the Oregon Office of Emergency Management says the rain could also potentially bring flash flooding since burned regions have lost vegetation and the ability to absorb rainfall.

Demonstration Arson Suspect Arrested

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing federal charges after allegedly setting a fire that damaged the Portland Police Bureau's North Precinct during a demonstration earlier this summer.  U.S. Marshalls arrested 22-year-old Gavaughn Streeter-Hillerich Tuesday in Vancouver.  Police say video shows him setting a large dumpster on fire next to the police building on June 26th.  Streeter-Hillerich made his first court appearance Wednesday on charges of arson.

One Injured In Parkrose Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  One person is injured following a shooting in the Parkrose neighborhood.  Police say the shooting happened around 4:15 yesterday afternoon at the Courtesy Inn Motel off Northeast Sandy Boulevard.  One person was hospitalized for non-life-threatening injuries.  Police are still searching for a suspect.

Investigators Say Reinoehl Pointed Gun At Police Before Being Shot

(Lacey, WA)  --  Investigators say the suspect in last month's deadly shooting of a pro-Trump activist in Portland pointed a gun at officers before they shot and killed him.  The team investigating the incident says it's not yet clear whether 48-year-old Michael Reinoehl fired his gun before officers opened fire on him in Lacey, Washington on September 3rd.  Officers from a federal fugitive task force moved in on Reinoehl on the same day that Vice News published an interview in which Reinoehl claims he shot 39-year-old Aaron "Jay" Danielson on August 29th in self-defense because he thought the Patriot Prayer member was going to stab him and a friend.  Police found a loaded gun on Danielson's body along with a baton and a can of bear spray, which witnesses say he used to spray Reinoehl before Reinoehl shot him.

OR Now Has Over 30K COVID-19 Cases

(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon's tally of coronavirus cases is now past the 30-thousand mark.  The Oregon Health Authority reported 215 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, raising the state's total number of cases so far to 30-thousand-60.  No new deaths were reported, leaving the state's death toll from the pandemic at 521.

Woman Remains Hospitalized After Being Burned In Beachie Creek Fire

(Portland, OR)  --  A woman who was severely burned in a wildfire that killed her teenage son and mother remains hospitalized.  A spokesperson for Legacy Oregon Burn Center says Angela Mosso has been upgraded from critical condition to serious condition.  Mosso's 13-year-old son Wyatt Tofte and 71-year-old mother Peggy Mosso died while attempting to escape the Beachie Creek fire near Lyons on September 7th.  The blaze also killed 71-year-old Cathy Cook and her son, 41-year-old Travis Cook.

Governor Brown Says Oregon Has 'Long Road Ahead'

(Portland, OR)  --  Firefighters continue to battle dozens of wildfires across Oregon.  The Oregon Office of Emergency Management says crews are currently fighting 28 active fires in the state.  The wildfires have burned nearly 960-thousand acres of land statewide.  Governor Kate Brown held a press conference with state emergency officials yesterday.  Brown says Oregon has a "long road ahead."

Man Surrenders For 2019 Death Of Man In SW Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man is facing manslaughter charges in connection to a man's death in August of last year.  The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office says 28-year-old Alex Delane Alexander turned himself in to police on Wednesday for the death of 60-year-old Lavoy Blackledge.  Alexander is pleading not guilty to charges of manslaughter and second-degree assault.  Blackledge was found dead on a sidewalk in Southwest Portland on August 28th of 2019, and an autopsy later showed he died from homicidal violence.  Police haven't released details yet on exactly how he died.

Police Shoot Man In Gresham

(Gresham, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into an officer-involved shooting in Gresham.  Police say the shooting happened last night while officers were responding to reports of a suspicious vehicle in the 800 block of Southeast 187th.  Responding officers followed the driver and then pulled him over at 181st and Ash.  Officers say the man drew a gun on them, prompting them to shoot him.  He was treated at the scene and then rushed to a hospital.  No word on his current condition.

Clackamas County Reduces Evacuation Levels

(Oregon City, OR)  --  More areas of Clackamas County are seeing reductions in evacuation levels.  The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says Oregon City, Canby and Sandy have returned to "Normal" status, with no evacuation level assigned.  The City of Molalla is now at Level 1 "Be Ready."  The City of Estacada is at Level 2 "Get Set."  Areas within the Dowty, Unger and Riverside fires remain at Level 3 "Mandatory Evacuation."

Riverside Fire Six-Percent Contained

(Estacada, OR)  --  Crews are making some progress against the Riverside Fire in Clackamas County.  Fire officials say the blaze is now six-percent contained as of early this morning.  The fire has burned nearly 136-thousand acres.  Firefighters are focusing on an area near the North Fork Reservoir to the Dickie Prairie area along the southwest edge of the fire, a stretch of more than 28 miles.

Beachie Creek Fire

(Detroit, OR)  --  Fire officials say the Beachie Creek Fire in the Santiam Canyon has now destroyed nearly 13-hundred structures, including 470 homes.  The blaze is 20-percent contained and has burned 190-thousand acres.  Evacuation levels for portions of Mehama and Lyons in the Santiam River Canyon have been reduced from Level 3 to Level 2.  Level 3 evacuations remain in place on North Fork Road north of Highway 22 and from Highway 22 east of Highway 226.

Federal Public Health Emergency Declared In Oregon

(Portland, OR)  --  The federal government is declaring a Public Health Emergency in Oregon due to wildfire smoke.  The declaration brings an Incident Management Team and regional emergency coordinators to work with state and local health authorities.  It also activates the National Disaster Medical System to provide technical assistance to state officials and provides tools to support counties' emergency response.  Oregon has been suffocating under hazardous air quality conditions for about a week due to the ongoing wildfires.

Portland To Make E-Scooters Permanent

(Portland, OR)  --  The City of Portland is working on permanent rules for an e-scooter program.  During a pilot program, officials say e-scooter riders traveled 415-thousand miles and rode an average distance of slightly more than a mile.  Riders were also found to be doing a better job at following the rules regarding e-scooter use.  The pilot program runs through the end of the year.  The Portland Bureau of Transportation is taking public comment on rules for a permanent program. 

OR Joins COVID-19 Exposure Notification Trial

(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon is joining a group of western states that are testing COVID-19 exposure notification technology.  The pilot project tests the Exposure Notification Express mobile app developed by Google and Apple.  The app confidentially notifies you if you've been exposed to someone who tested positive for the virus.  The app doesn't collect location data and never shares the user's identity.  California, Washington, Colorado and Nevada are also taking part.

COVID-19 Clinic Warning Issued

(Salmon Creek, WA)  --  Nearly 300 patients who visited the Chiro One Wellness Center in Salmon Creek may have been exposed to COVID-19.  Health officials say an employee at the clinic has tested positive for COVID-19.  Patients who were at the clinic between September 8th and 11th may have been exposed.  Clark County is contacting all of those people to tell them they need to quarantine for two weeks.

Oregon COVID-19 Wastewater Testing Underway

(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Health Authority has started a statewide COVID-19 wastewater monitoring project to detect COVID-19 in more than 40 small to medium communities around the state.  The program will continue for more than two years.  Health officials say it will provide them with an early warning system for outbreaks of COVID-19.

Oregon COVID-19 Cases Decline

(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Health Authority reports new cases of COVID-19 in the state continues to decline.  Health officials say there were nearly 13-hundred cases reported last week.  That's down 12-percent from the week before.  The number of positive tests increased from four-point-three-percent to five-point-six-percent.  Health officials want the percentage of positive tests to be below five-percent.  Officials say the number of Oregonians being tested declined 35-percent, likely due to the wildfires and the smoke.  The Oregon Health Authority confirmed two new deaths from COVID-19 along with 195 new cases yesterday.

COVID-19 Business Fines Issued

(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon OSHA is fining two businesses more than 23-thousand dollars for not following steps to prevent spread of coronavirus.  Cafe 22 West is located in Salem and Howard's Pharmacy is in Lakeview.  OSHA says it attempted to resolve complaints over the phone.  When that didn't work, officials say they conducted inspections.  OSHA says the business owners willfully failed to implement health hazard control measures.

Governor, Lawmakers Urge Trump To Declare Major Disaster In OR

(Portland, OR)  --  Local leaders are urging President Trump to declare a major disaster in Oregon as wildfires continue to ravage the state.  Governor Kate Brown announced yesterday she has sent a letter to Trump asking him to declare a major disaster.  Later yesterday, Oregon's entire Congressional delegation sent Trump a letter urging him to swiftly approve Brown's request.  The Federal Emergency Management Administration previously approved critical disaster funding last week.  However, the Oregon delegation says the state's situation has worsened since then, with the death toll climbing, hazardous smoke blanketing the state and entire communities lying decimated.

22 People Confirmed Missing, Eight Dead From OR Wildfires

(Portland, OR)  --  The search continues for dozens of people who are missing among deadly wildfires burning across the state of Oregon.  The Oregon Office of Emergency Management says 50 people are unaccounted for, with 22 of those people confirmed as missing.  The agency is urging all evacuees to register with the American Red Cross as they continue to search for survivors.  So far, eight people have been killed by the fires, according to the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office.  Officials initially reported ten deaths yesterday, but authorities in Jackson County have determined two sets of remains thought to be human were actually animals.  Meanwhile, the governor calls the smoke blanketing the state a reminder that "this tragedy has not yet come to an end." 

Riverside Fire Protection Grows

(Estacada, OR)  --  Firefighters continue to make progress against the Riverside Fire in Clackamas County.  Officials say crews are working to strengthen fire lines protecting Estacada [[ ESS-tuh-KAY-duh ]].  They're also expanding protections in the community of Colton.  The Riverside Fire has burned more than 134-thousand acres and is still zero-percent contained.  However, fire officials say they should start gaining containment of the blaze within the next few days.

Portland Charity Creates Thousands Of Hygiene Kits For Evacuees

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland-based charity is stepping up to provide basic necessities for wildfire evacuees.  The group Medical Teams International says it has put together about three-thousand hygiene kits for people who have been forced from their homes.  The kits include things like toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, soap and more.  The United Way of Salem is distributing the kits to evacuees at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. 

County Says 'NO ONE Should Be Outside' Amid Hazardous Air Quality

(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities are urging residents to remain indoors as much as possible as wildfire smoke continues to create hazardous air conditions in Oregon.  Multnomah County issued a tweet yesterday saying "NO ONE should be outside."  The county says anyone who finds it "absolutely necessary" to venture outside should wear an N95 mask.  Portland's air quality index remains in the hazardous zone as of 3:00 this morning.

Wildfires Slow COVID-19 Testing

(Portland, OR)  --  The wildfire smoke is causing problems for COVID-19 testing in Oregon.  The Oregon Health Authority reports test numbers are down because of hazardous conditions.  Tests may also be delayed because of problems at labs that process the tests.  The Oregon State Lab was forced to close yesterday.  The latest COVID-19 numbers show two new deaths in Oregon and 151 new cases. There have been 511 deaths and 29-thousand-four-hundred-84 cases since the pandemic began.

One In Ten ER Visits In OR Linked To Wildfire Smoke

(Portland, OR)  --  Hazardous air conditions from wildfire smoke are leading to hospitalizations in Oregon.  The Oregon Health Authority says about one in ten emergency room visits in the state are for asthma-like symptoms related to the smoke.  Portland's air quality was still being ranked as the worst in the world yesterday.  As of this morning, the EPA lists Portland's air quality as still being in the hazardous zone.  Smoky conditions are expected to last at least through Thursday.

Search Continues For Beachie Creek Fire Victims

(Salem, OR)  --  The search continues for victims of the Beachie Creek Fire in the Santiam River canyon.  The Marion County Sheriff's Office says they're down to one person who remains missing.  There are four confirmed fatalities.  FEMA's National Urban Search & Rescue Response System is helping the Sheriff's Office with the effort.

Environmental Icon George Atiyeh Missing After Beachie Creek Fire

(Portland, OR)  --  Environmental icon George Atiyeh remains missing after the Beachie Creek fire destroyed his home near Lyon last week.  Atiyeh's daughter Aniese Mitchell took to Facebook Friday night to announce her family has officially listed her 72-year-old father as a missing person in the Beachie Creek fire.  Mitchell tells the Oregonian she last spoke with her father a week ago Monday night, and that he'd been determined to stay in his home despite the fire.  Atiyeh is known for his work to block the U.S. Forest Service from clear-cutting the old growth forests around Opal Creek in the Willamette National Forest.  Congress passed legislation in 1996 protecting the area from logging.

Portland Air Quality Remains Hazardous

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland's air quality continues to suffer dramatically as wildfires burn across the region.  The Environmental Protection Agency listed Portland's air quality index in the hazardous range at 516 as of early this morning.  KATU-2 reports the city's air quality was ranked as the worst in the world yesterday, followed by Vancouver B.C. and Seattle, Washington.  Health officials are urging residents to stay inside whenever possible.

Clackamas Fire Department 'Literally Out Of Firefighters'

(Portland, OR)  --  Clackamas Fire Chief Ralph Lucas says his county is "literally out of firefighters and equipment" as Oregon deals with unprecedented wildfires.  Lucas said in a wildfire update yesterday the Clackamas Fire Department needs about 35 more fire engines to battle the blazes burning across the county.  Lucas says his department's requests for more resources have been unable to be filled due to the sheer magnitude of fires burning in the western U.S.

OR Fire Marshal Resigns After Allegedly Entering Fire Zone Without Authorization

(Portland, OR)  --  New details are coming to light regarding the sudden resignation of Oregon's top fire official.  The Oregonian reports Fire Marshal Jim Walker was under investigation for allegedly entering an active wildfire zone without proper authorization.  Oregon State Police says Walker lied about having authorization in order to enter the zone to search for human remains on behalf of a concerned state employee.  Walker resigned Saturday, one day after being placed on paid administrative leave.

Level 1 Evacuation Orders Lifted In Some Clackamas County Cities

(Portland, OR)  --  Evacuation orders are being lifted in several Clackamas County cities as crews continue to battle wildfires across the region.  The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office dropped Wilsonville, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Clackamas, Happy Valley, Gladstone, Tualatin, Milwaukie, and some areas near Boring and Damascus from the Level 1 orders yesterday afternoon.  However, much of the county remains under a Level 3 evacuation order due to the Riverside and Beachie Creek wildfires.

Trump Praises Police Killing Of Portland Shooting Suspect

(Lacey, WA)  --  President Trump is praising the police killing of a man accused of shooting a pro-Trump activist to death in Portland.  Speaking Saturday on the "Justice With Judge Jeanine" show, Trump called the killing of 48-year-old Michael Reinoehl by U.S. Marshals in Lacey, Washington earlier this month "retribution," saying, quote, "that's the way it has to be."  Witnesses say officers did not yell any warnings or commands before opening fire on Reinoehl while he was walking toward his car.  The director of the NAACP's Legal Defense and Educational Fund slammed the president's comments on Twitter yesterday, writing that the U.S. is "on our way to normalizing the execution of criminal suspects before arrest, trial or conviction."  U.S. Marshals moved in on Reinoehl on the same day that Vice News published an interview in which Reinoehl claims he shot 39-year-old Aaron "Jay" Danielson on August 29th in self-defense because he thought the Patriot Prayer member was going to stab him and a friend. 

Governor Brown Says Fires Result Of Perfect Storm

(Portland, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown says the fires devastating Oregon are the result of a perfect storm.  On CBS' Face The Nation, Brown cited factors including big time winds in addition to a landscape that had been dealing with decades of drought.  Brown said around 500-thousand acres of land have been burned each year for the last decade in Oregon.  Now, she says that number has doubled.  Brown said the fires should wake us all up to the reality of climate change.

Merkley Says Climate Change Responsible For Unprecedented Fires

(Portland, OR)  --  Democratic U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon says climate change is responsible for the unprecedented fires burning in the state.  Merkley spoke alongside Washington state Governor Jay Inslee yesterday on ABC's This Week.  Merkley says he traveled 600 miles through the state and couldn't get away from the smoke.  He ripped into President Trump for claiming the solution is all about forest management.  Merkley says that's just not true.

Sheriff Reese Says Stop Putting Up Roadblocks

(Portland, OR)  --  Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese is reminding residents it's illegal to set up road blocks.  Reese issued a statement yesterday after several armed residents allegedly put up road blocks in the eastern part of the county on Friday and demanded identification from people attempting to drive through.  The residents were reportedly concerned about people entering their area and starting fires.  Reese says a small fire sparked near Corbett after someone set off some fireworks in the area.

Half-Million People Forced To Evacuate Homes Due To Wildfires

(Portland, OR)  --  Half a million people have fled their homes in Oregon as wildfires continue to ravage the state.  The Oregon Office of Emergency Management said yesterday that number is expected to continue growing in the coming days.  Nearly one-million acres of land are currently burning in the state.  That's about double the amount of land that usually burns in an entire year in Oregon.  So far, three people have been killed.

Wheeler Orders PPB To Stop Using Tear Gas Against Protesters

(Portland, OR)  --  Mayor Ted Wheeler is ordering the Portland Police Bureau to stop using tear gas on protesters.  Wheeler announced the order in a video statement yesterday, saying PPB officers and law enforcement officers need to find alternatives.  Officers for several law enforcement agencies have used tear gas repeatedly on demonstrations in Portland over the past three months.  Wheeler's order does not affect Oregon State Police or Multnomah County Sheriff's deputies. 

Level 3 Evacuations Ordered For Molalla

(Oregon City, OR)  --  Residents in Molalla are fleeing their homes as the Riverside and Beachie Creek fires threaten to merge in Clackamas County.  Authorities issued Level 3 "Go Now" evacuation orders for the town last night.  Level 2 "Get Ready" evacuation orders were issued to residents in Canby, Sandy and Oregon City.  The Clackamas County Board of Commissioners enacted a curfew last night through 6:00 this morning due to the fires' threat to public safety.

Portland In State Of Emergency Due To Wildfires

(Portland, OR)  --  The city of Portland is in a state of emergency due to extreme wildfire conditions.  Mayor Ted Wheeler issued a City of Portland Fire Emergency Order yesterday.  The emergency declaration allows the city to identify financial resources to be used to protect public safety, health and welfare.  The declaration will remain in effect until September 24th.

Three Oregonians Killed In Wildfires

(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities are reporting the state's first fatalities from wildfires burning across Oregon.  The Oregonian reports 12-year-old Wyatt Tofte and his grandmother Peggy Mosso were killed by wildfires burning near the Santiam and Lionshead fires southeast of Salem yesterday.  The popular theme park The Enchanted Forest confirmed the deaths on Facebook, adding that Wyatt was the great-grandson of the park's founder.  Elsewhere, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office reported the death of a person yesterday in connection to the Almeda Fire.

Three-Thousand Firefighters Battling Dozens Of Fires Across Oregon

(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon is on high alert as dozens of wildfires continue to burn across the state.  The Oregonian reports about three-thousand firefighters are battling dozens of active blazes across Oregon.  Governor Kate Brown says the fires have burned about 500 square miles of land since Monday night.  Brown says the next several days are going to be "extremely difficult," adding she expects Oregon will experience its greatest loss of property and lives from wildfires in state history.

Person Hit By Train, Killed In SE Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead after being hit by a train in southeast Portland.  Police say the person was struck around 7:00 last night at Southeast Salmon Street and Southeast Second Avenue.  Investigators believe the person intentionally walked in front of the train. 

Crews Gain 50-Percent Containment On Two Washington County Fires

(Portland, OR)  --  Firefighters are making progress on two blazes burning in Washington County.  Fire officials say crews have gained 50-percent containment on the Chehalem Mountain-Bald Peak fire and the Powerline Fire.  The Chehalem Mountain-Bald Peak fire has burned two-thousand acres and forced the evacuations of 150 homes.  The Powerline Fire has burned about 50 acres near Henry Hagg Lake.

600 Homes, Other Structures Threatened By Fires In Clackamas County

(Portland, OR)  --  Wildfires in Clackamas County are threatening hundreds of homes and other structures.  The Oregonian reports 22 houses and other structures have been destroyed since Sunday night, and another 600 are currently threatened.  The sheriff's office issued new Level 3 evacuations late last night for residents in the area west of Beavercreek Road.  The entire county is currently under some level of evacuation orders.

Three PPB Officers On Desk Duty Pending Investigation

(Portland, OR)  --  At least three Portland Police officers have been placed on desk duty pending investigations into allegations of misconduct during enforcement of protests.  The Oregonian reports a top aid to Mayor Ted Wheeler's office confirmed yesterday that the three officers have been removed from patrol and protest duties.  One of the officers was recorded on video tackling a protester and then repeatedly punching them in the face.  Protesters in Portland have been demonstrating against police brutality and systemic racism for over 100 straight days in response to the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis in May.

OHA Reports Lowest COVID-19 Case Count Since June

(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon health officials are reporting the state's lowest coronavirus case count in more than two months.  The Oregon Health Authority reported 125 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday along with eight new deaths.  That's the lowest single-day increase in cases since June 25th.  However, health officials say the low case numbers are at least partially due to the low number of total tests reported over the previous 24 hours.

PPB Announces New Anti-Racism, Active Bystander Training

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Police Bureau will add new "active bystander" training and anti-racism training for its officers this winter.  Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell announced the new training yesterday.  The "active bystander" training will teach officers how to intervene when they see a colleague doing something that's illegal or in violation of bureau policy.  The new training comes in response to ongoing protests sparked by the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis in May.  Lovell called out the other Minneapolis officers who failed to intervene and stop the officer who knelt on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes, calling their failure to act "disturbing."

Portland Enacts Nation's Strictest Facial Recognition Ban

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland will soon have the nation's strictest ban on facial recognition technology.  Portland City Councilmembers voted unanimously yesterday to approve the bans on both city use and private use of the controversial technology.  The ban on use by city departments takes effect immediately, while the ban on private use goes into effect on January 1st.

Evacuation Orders Issued In Clark County For Big Hollow Fire

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Some Clark County residents are being told to prepare to evacuate in response to the Big Hollow Fire burning in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.  Level one evacuations were issued yesterday for North Yacolt and Amboy.  Level two evacuations were issued for Chelatchie.  Fire officials say the Big Hollow Fire has burned about six-thousand acres.

Mt. Hood National Forest Closed Due To Riverside Fire

(Portland, OR)  --  Mt. Hood National Forest is closed to the public as crews battle the Riverside Fire.  Park officials closed the area last night, saying it's "simply not safe to visit."  The Riverside Fire has burned roughly 35-hundred acres as strong winds push it west down Highway 224.

Evacuations Ordered Due To Five-Alarm Fire In Washington County

(Midway, OR)  --  Residents are fleeing their homes in Washington County due to a five-alarm brush fire south of Midway.  The Washington County Sheriff's Office issued the evacuation orders last night for several areas.  The brush fire is burning between Jaquith and Mountain Top roads.

Marion County Under State Of Emergency

(Salem, OR)  --  Marion County is under a state of emergency as wildfires force residents from their homes.  County commissioners declared the state of emergency yesterday in response to the Beachie Creek and Lionshead fires burning in Santiam Canyon.  Crews are also battling the Holiday Farm Fire along Highway 126.  Level three evacuations are in effect for Detroit, Lyons, Mehama, Mill City, Gates, Idahana, North Fork area, Brietenbush and 214 North of Silverfalls State Park to Scott Mills.

Nearly 500 Fires Burning Across Oregon

(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon is in a state of emergency as hundreds of wildfires continue to burn across the state.  The Oregon Office of Emergency Management says there are currently more than 480 active fires burning more than two-point-five-million acres in the state.  Governor Kate Brown invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act yesterday.  The order allows the State Fire Marshal to mobilize more resources to help battle wildfires.  Fire officials say strong winds and hot, dry conditions have helped fuel the most recent blazes.

Inmates Evacuated From Three State Prisons

(Portland, OR)  --  Officials are evacuating three state prisons in Marion County due to wildfires burning through the area.  The Oregon Department of Corrections evacuated about 14-hundred inmates yesterday from the Mill Creek, Santiam and Oregon State Correctional Institutions.  The inmates are being temporarily transferred to the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem.  Marion County is under a state of emergency as the Beachie Creek and Lionshead fires burn in Santiam Canyon.

City Agrees To Pay Nearly $1M In PPB Wrongful Death Settlement

(Portland, OR)  --  The city of Portland is paying out nearly one-million dollars in a wrongful death settlement to the family of a man killed by police last summer.  The Oregonian reports the city has agreed to pay 975-thousand dollars to the family of 31-year-old Lane Christopher Martin.  Police shot and killed Martin during a disturbance call on July 30th of 2019, just one day shy of Martin's 32nd birthday.

Sixth Oregon Inmate Dies From COVID-19

(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are confirming the sixth coronavirus death of a prison inmate in Oregon.  The Snake River Correctional Institution in eastern Oregon says an inmate died on Saturday after testing positive for COVID-19.  The Oregon Justice Resource Center is calling on Governor Kate Brown to release more inmates to prevent more infections and deaths in the state's prisons.

Fruit Valley Fire Burns 166 Acres In Vancouver

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Firefighters are mopping up after the Fruit Valley Fire in Vancouver.  Fire officials say crews responded to the 166-acre blaze yesterday afternoon behind the Frito Lay plant on Northwest Fruit Valley Road.  Crews had the blaze 95-percent contained as of last night.  Officials say no buildings or structures were damaged.

Level Three Evacuations Expanded In Clackamas County

(Oregon City, OR)  --  More Clackamas County residents are fleeing their homes as four major wildfires continue to burn in the county.  Officials issued emergency alerts just after midnight this morning expanding Level 3 evacuation orders.  Residents south of Oregon 211 Estacada to Woodburn were ordered to immediately evacuate their homes.  A majority of the southern half of the county is now under mandatory evacuation orders.

PGE Cuts Power To Five-Thousand Customers Due To Fire Risk

(Portland, OR)  --  Thousands of Portland General Electric customers are in the dark due to wildfire risks.  PGE says it started cutting power to about five-thousand customers near Mount Hood last night as the area experiences hot, dry and windy conditions.  The outage is expected to last between 24 and 48 hours.

Man Shot In SE Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  One person is injured following a shooting in southeast Portland.  Police say the man was shot yesterday afternoon in the 39-hundred block of Southeast 105th Avenue.  He was taken to a hospital for injuries.  Police say no arrests have been made.

OR Has One New COVID-19 Death

(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are confirming one new coronavirus death in Oregon along with 154 new cases.  The Oregon Health Authority reported the new numbers yesterday.  Oregon has now seen a total of 28-thousand-190 cases of COVID-19 and 482 deaths since the pandemic began.

Police Seek Help Solving 2017 Homicide

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are seeking help in their investigation of a three-year-old homicide case.  The Portland Police Bureau says 40-year-old Desmond Antonio Garrett was found shot to death inside a crashed car at Northwest 5th Avenue and Northwest Everett Street on September 7th, 2017.  Police believe he crashed into a power box after being shot.  Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a 25-hundred-dollar reward for information leading to an arrest.

Level Three Evacuations Ordered For Santiam Canyon

(Portland, OR)  --  Residents in the Santiam Canyon are fleeing their homes as wildfires burn through the area.  The Marion County Sheriff's Office issued Level three evacuations for the community of Mehama east of the Big Cliff Dam early this morning.  The Lionshead fire has burned over 18-thousand acres and is only 31-percent contained.  The Beachie Creek fire has burned over 500 acres.

One Killed, One Injured In Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead and another is injured following a crash in Coos County.  Oregon State Police say the crash happened Sunday afternoon on Highway 101 near milepost 232.  Police say a Nissan Titan was headed north when it crossed over the fog line and hit two bicyclists.  Bicyclist Jason Dixon died, while bicyclist Robert Hammonds was hospitalized for life-threatening injuries.

Man Surrenders For Hit And Run

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police say a suspect has surrendered in connection to a hit and run in Vancouver.  Police say 30-year-old Charles Holliday-Smith turned himself in to police yesterday afternoon for the crash that injured Shane Moon on Saturday night.  Police say the two were arguing outside a bar before Holliday-Smith got into his truck and hit Moon before fleeing the scene.

Crews Battle Several Fires Across Portland Area

(Portland, OR)  --  Fire officials say dry, hot weather led to several brush and structure fires across the Portland area yesterday.  A warehouse fire in Oregon City prompted evacuations at a nearby apartment after it spread to nearby brush and three other structures.  Officials say it burned about 12 acres before being put out.  Crews also responded to smaller fires in Clackamas, Tualatin Valley and Portland.

Endangered Whale Found Dead On Oregon Coast

(Bandon, OR)  --  A rare species of whale has died along the Oregon coastline.  The Parks and Recreation Department says a 38-foot Sei whale was stranded on the shore near Bandon over the weekend.  Wildlife researchers are working to see what may have killed the animal.


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