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Regional News Archives for 2020-10

(Eugene, OR)  --  Former child star Zachary Ty Bryan is facing charges after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend in Eugene.  Police arrested the 39-year-old Home Improvement star Friday night.  He's accused of strangling his girlfriend and taking away her phone when she called 9-1-1.  The incident comes just two weeks after the "Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift" star separated from his wife of 14 years.  He was charged with strangulation, a felony, and fourth degree assault and interfering with making a report, both misdemeanors.

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting that sent five bullets into a car, nearly hitting a six-year-old girl inside.  The Portland Police Bureau says the child was riding in the car with her mom and her mom's boyfriend early yesterday morning when someone opened fire on them from another vehicle.  Police say one of the bullets was found lodged into the seat directly behind the girl.  No word yet on whether police have identified a suspect in the shooting.

(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are dead following a crash on the Historic Columbia River Highway east of Troutdale.  The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says the crash happened last night between a vehicle and an RV between the Troutdale Bridge and Woodard Road.  It's not yet clear what led to the crash.

(Portland, OR)  --  A woman is facing charges after allegedly setting nearly a dozen fires across a southeast Portland neighborhood over the weekend.  The Portland Police Bureau says officers arrested Sierra Murdock yesterday.  She's accused of setting ten fires over a course of about two hours early yesterday morning.  No injuries were reported.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating three separate shootings and a stabbing in the Portland area.  The Portland Police Bureau says the four incidents all happened within a 12-hour period Saturday across the city.  The first incident happened around 12:30 p.m., when a woman was shot in the arm in an apartment complex parking lot in southeast Portland.  A drive-by shooting more than three hours later in northeast Portland didn't cause any injuries.  Later Saturday night, a 15-year-old boy was stabbed in the back near Southeast Alder Street and 174th Avenue and hospitalized for serious injuries.  The final incident happened roughly an hour later when someone opened fire on a vehicle carrying three people, nearly hitting a 6-year-old girl inside.

(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon has more than 200 new coronavirus cases.  The Oregon Health Authority confirmed 220 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday.  That's below the state's rolling seven-day average of 340 new cases per day.  Multnomah County had the most new cases with 58 followed by Lane and Marion counties with 33 each.

(Sherwood, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into the death of an injured horse in the Sherwood area.  The Washington County Sheriff's Office says the horse was found "badly injured" on Saturday when it wandered onto a property near Southwest Tualatin-Sherwood Road and Oregon street.  The horse died from its injuries before help could arrive.  Police say they've been in contact with the owner of the horse and are continuing to investigate the horse's injuries. 

(Hood River, OR)  --  A man is dead after crashing his motorcycle while allegedly fleeing from a traffic stop in Hood River County.  Oregon State Police say 34-year-old Lyle Halverson of Hood River was riding his motorcycle south on Baseline Road when an officer pulled him over for a traffic violation.  Police say Halverson initially stopped but then took off again.  Police caught up with him about a minute later on Toll Bridge Road south of Highway 35, where he failed to negotiate a right-hand turn and entered oncoming traffic, crashing into a pickup truck.  He died from his injuries.  The driver of the pickup truck was not injured.

(Portland, OR)  --  The president of the NAACP of Portland is stepping down after his current term amid accusations of sexual abuse.  Reverend E.D. Mondaine says he will not be running for a second term.  He denies the allegations first reported by the Portland Mercury that he repeatedly sexually abused three male members of Celebration Tabernacle from the mid-90's to the mid-2000's.  He says the accusations stem from a relationship that ended badly 20 years ago.  Mondaine has been president for four years.

(Salem, OR)  --  Today is the deadline for residents who had their homes destroyed by wildfires in Oregon to sign and turn in Right of Entry forms.  The forms allow state teams to remove hazardous waste for free.  Debris from burned homes must be disposed of in hazardous materials landfills.  Residents can get more details online at wildfire-dot-oregon-dot gov.

(Boardman, OR)  --  Portland General Electric has permanently closed the only coal-fired power plant in Oregon.  The Boardman Generation Station has been in operation since 1980.  It was the largest single source of greenhouse gas emissions in the state.  A variety of sources from the BPA and other providers will fill the gap while new renewable sources come online.

(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon's mask-wearing media campaign is going national.  The Portland ad firm Wieden [[ WHY-den ]] and Kennedy created the "A Mask is Just a Mask" campaign for the state.  DIRECTV has agreed to run the ads at no cost.  Wieden and Kennedy also donated their time.  Governor Kate Brown says wearing a face covering protects the people around you from COVID-19.  It'll be especially important during the colder winter months as more people head indoors.

(Corvallis, OR)  --  Sentencing is scheduled for March for a California woman who pleaded guilty to running a complex credit card fraud scheme in Oregon.  Federal prosecutors say Mariam Gevorkova led a group of people using fraudulent credit cards to buy luxury items and lavish vacations,  who then told the credit card companies the purchases weren't authorized.  Losses totaled one-and-a-half-million dollars.  Gevorkova also ran two illegal marijuana grow operations and a state-licensed retail marijuana shop in Corvallis, Oregon to sell the pot.  She faces a possible 30 years in prison.

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man is charged with child abuse that left an eight-month-old baby with life threatening injuries.  Paramedics responded to a home in southwest Portland where a child was having seizures last Saturday.  Doctors determined the baby had a severe brain injury.  Police say 19-year-old Isaiah Hill told investigators he shook, squeezed and then dropped the baby on a bed.  He allegedly waited nearly half an hour to tell the child's mother the baby was seizing.  Hill faces charges of assault and criminal mistreatment.

(Salem, OR)  --  The Oregon State Hospital is confirming its first patient case of COVID-19.  The Oregon Health Authority says it appears the case came from three staffers who also got the virus.  The hospital will quarantine all of the patients who had contact with those staff members for two weeks.  All staff and patients from that unit won't be allowed to go anywhere else in the hospital.

(Portland, OR)  --  New cases of COVID-19 in Oregon remain high.  The Oregon Health Authority reported 374 new cases yesterday along with three new deaths.  Multnomah County had the most new cases with 110 followed by Washington County with 46.  So far, there have been 611 deaths and a total of 38-thousand-525 cases in Oregon since the pandemic began.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a suspect in connection with a murder at downtown Portland's Marriott Hotel earlier this month.  The Police Bureau's Special Emergency Response Team and the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested 22-year-old Abdikadir Osman in Southeast Portland.  He's accused of killing 23-year-old Shawn Fujioka on October 6th.  Osman is charged with Murder in the Second Degree.

(Portland, OR)  --  A former Portland Postal worker is headed to prison for stealing mobile phones out of packages in the mail.  According to court documents, 24-year-old Rico Alvarez began stealing smart phones from packages at his sorting station in August of 2019.  Over the next three months, Alvarez stole more than 400 phones.  He pleaded guilty to a charge of theft of mail in July of this year.  Alvarez was sentenced Wednesday to one year and a day in federal prison and ordered to pay more than 253-thousand dollars in restitution.

(Eugene, OR)  --  The University of Oregon is launching a series of initiatives to combat racism and enhance inclusion on campus.  The school is creating a new research and policy center that will focus on racial disparities and resilience.  A dozen faculty members will be hired to conduct research to help understand racial disparities and systemic racism.

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  The City of Hillsboro announcing a new plan to make electricity from its water system.  When water mains get over pressurized a relief valve normally bleeds that pressure.  Now, officials say a new system will take that water pressure, run it through a generator and turn it into electricity.  It'll generate between 185-thousand-200-thousand kilowatts of electricity a year to power lights and electric vehicle charging stations.

(Brooks, OR)  --  Fire damaged a hazelnut drying facility southeast of Brooks early yesterday morning.  Fire officials say 50-thousand pounds of hazelnuts were on fire at the facility.  It took crews 45 minutes to bring the fire under control.  No one was hurt.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.

(Portland, OR)  --  Three people are facing bias crime charges in connection to separate incidents in Multnomah County.  Police say Dennis Timmins is accused of using hate speech and violent behavior against two African American TriMet bus drivers.  Kathleen Kennedy is accused of using hate speech against a family from Latin America and throwing her smoked cigarettes in their yard.  And, Tyler Burroughs is accused of spitting on and using hate speech against two African Americans.  This year, the Multnomah County District Attorney has issued 27 bias crimes cases.

(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials say the number of COVID-19 cases in Oregon is increasing at its fastest pace since the pandemic began.  The Oregon Health Authority says new cases over the last week are up 18-percent.  The number of positive tests is also up slightly to six-point-four-percent.  Health officials want that number under five-percent.  Officials say there were also 147 new hospitalizations over the last week.  That's the highest weekly figure since mid-July.

(Salem, OR)  --  Marion County has dropped all evacuation warnings from the wildfires.  Some roads in the Santiam River Canyon might still be closed for inspection and repairs.  Containment of the Beachie Creek Fire, which burned through the canyon, is now at 80-percent.

(Portland, OR)  --  Drivers who are pulled over in Portland for equipment violations on their vehicles will now be offered vouchers to help reduce the cost of fixing the problem.  The State of Oregon has reached agreements with eleven parts retailers to offer 20-percent discounts on parts purchases of 20 dollars or more.  Portland Police Traffic Division officers will start handing out the vouchers today.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland International Airport is adding more COVID-19 safety precautions to its TSA security checkpoints.  Acrylic barriers have been set up to offer more protection where TSA workers interact with passengers.  A total of eight barriers have been set up at PDX.  Across the country, more than 12-hundred barriers have been installed.

(Portland, OR)  --  The man convicted in 2017's deadly MAX stabbing assault is being ordered to pay thousands of dollars to his victims.  A Multnomah County judge has signed a restitution order requiring Jeremy Christian to pay more than 12-thousand dollars.  Christian was convicted earlier this year of killing two men and injuring a third man on a MAX train at the Hollywood Transit Center in 2017.  All three men were stabbed while attempting to stop Christian from verbally assaulting two Black teenagers on the bus with hate speech.

(Portland, OR)  --  Officials say the damage from Sunday night's riot in Portland will exceed 50-thousand dollars.  The City of Portland says it'll cost 20-thousand dollars to repair damage to the Roosevelt statue that was pulled over plus another ten-thousand dollars to repair the Lincoln statue.  The front windows of the Oregon Historical Society were broken, and replacing them will cost 20-thousand dollars.  Windows were also broken on other businesses and at Portland State University.

(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are facing charges in connection to Sunday night's riot in Portland.  Malik Fard Muhamad of Indiana is accused of using a metal baton to smash windows at the Oregon Historical Society, Portland State University and other businesses.  Police say Muhamad was carrying a pistol magazine that matched a gun police found hidden nearby when officers arrested him.  Muhamad is charged with riot and unlawful possession of a firearm.  Meanwhile, Brandon Bartells is accused of driving a van that was used to pull down the statue of Theodore Roosevelt.  Police say he's being charged with riot a and criminal mischief.

(Keizer, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a bicyclist who was killed in a crash in Keizer last week.  The Keizer Police Department says 70-year-old Andrew Polston was riding his bike on Windsor Island Road Friday when a Dodge van crashed into him.  Police identify the driver of the van as 93-year-old Robert Lindsey of Salem.  The investigation continues, and Lindsey hasn't been arrested.  The Marion County District Attorney's Office will determine whether charges are filed.

(Portland, OR)  --  The number of new COVID-19 cases in Oregon has dropped to a level that's closer to the state's average before the recent spike in cases.  The Oregon Health Authority reported 222 new confirmed cases yesterday with no new deaths.  Since the pandemic began there have been 599 deaths in Oregon and 37-thousand-467 confirmed cases.

(Portland, OR)  --  The alt-right group Patriot Prayer is claiming responsibility for stealing a statue erected by Black Lives Matter protesters.  The so-called "Nightmare Elk" was set up near Southwest Main Street and Third Avenue in place of the Elk sculpture and fountain that was damaged during demonstrations.  On Twitter, Patriot Prayer posted a picture showing members posing with the makeshift statue strapped to a flatbed trailer.

(Portland, OR)  --  Mayor Ted Wheeler and other local leaders are speaking out against the destruction caused during Sunday night's "Indigenous Peoples Day of Rage" protest.  Wheeler spoke during a press conference yesterday alongside Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell and State Representative Tawna Sanchez, calling the actions "obscene."  Wheeler says the destruction caused by the group co-opted an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of Native Americans.  Chief Lovell says the protesters also damaged the Oregon Historical Society building, the public safety building at Portland State University, and several restaurants.  Demonstrators marched through the South Park Blocks Sunday and toppled statues of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.

(Oregon City, OR)  --  Clackamas County and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality are holding an online meeting tonight to discuss the recovery process for property with wildfire damage.  Residents have until this Friday to submit to DEQ a right-of-entry form that will allow crews to remove debris, for free, from buildings that were destroyed by the wildfires.  The meeting starts at 5 o'clock and will be broadcast live on Clackamas County's Facebook page.

(Salem, OR)  --  The State of Oregon is sending residents checks if they have unclaimed money.  To help offset the effects of the pandemic on the economy, the state is sending out checks in November for amounts between 50-dollars and 25-hundred dollars to people who have unclaimed money.  Normally, you have to file a claim to get the money.  The Oregon Department of State Lands manages the Unclaimed Property Program.

(Sweet Home, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a man accused of crashing his jet ski into two small children near Sweet Home this summer, killing one of them.  The Linn County Sheriff says 23-year-old Antonio Cassanova-Gonzales of Salem crashed into the kids on July 20th at Lewis Creek Park on Foster Reservoir.  Police say he has been cooperating during the investigation, consenting to testing that showed there were no drugs or alcohol in his system.  The investigation has been turned over to the Linn County District Attorney for review.

(Aloha, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a fire that burned a house in Aloha.  Firefighters responded to the home on Kinnaman Road between 185th and 198th avenues yesterday morning to find flames coming from the outside of the home behind the garage.  Crews were able to gain control of the fire within 20 minutes.  Officials say two adults, five children and two dogs safely got out of the house.

(Portland, OR) -- On the eve of Indigenous Peoples Day, police declared a riot last night as demonstrators toppled two statues and spray-painted several others.  The protest had been named the Indigenous Peoples Day of Rage, and demonstrators called for the end of colonialism.  The crowd gathered at Southwest Park Avenue and Southwest Madison Street, where they took down statues of Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.  The crowd also broke windows at the Oregon Historical Society and several stores.  No arrests have been reported.

(Portland, OR) -- Portland criminal defense attorney Gary Bertoni has formally surrendered his law license amid charges he stole from clients and failed to pay taxes.  In recent years, Bertoni has been suspended from practicing law for improperly holding onto client funds.  He was also charged with using funds for personal use that he'd taken from his clients that was to be used as restitution for a plea deal.  He was indicted in Multnomah County last month on charges of first-degree theft from a former client.

(Portland OR) -- Police arrested 26 people Saturday night outside the Portland Police Bureau North Precinct after demonstrators had gathered at Alberta Park.  Independent media on the scene report police gave only one warning before making the mass arrests.  The 26 were booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center and were charged with disorderly conduct and interfering with police.  It was the 123rd day of protests in Portland in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a Black man in Minneapolis, after his arrest by police.

(Vancouver, WA) -- Vancouver firefighters battled a fire that damaged four units of a local apartment complex early yesterday morning and displaced several residents.  Nobody was hurt.  The fire broke out at the Redwood Acres Apartments about four o-clock yesterday morning.  The Red Cross is helping the residents who were displaced.

(Portland, OR) -- A motorist is hospitalized after the car she was driving collided with two other vehicles and snarled traffic on the Ross Island Bridge Saturday night.  The driver, identified as 27-year-old Rachel Barnhill of Beaverton, was charged with driving while intoxicated after police say her blood alcohol content was more than four times the legal limit.  No one else was hurt in the accident.

(Gresham, OR) -- A week-long project to improve a stretch of the MAX Blue Line in Gresham has begun.  During the construction, trains will only run to the Rockwood-East 188th station.  Shuttles will then carry passengers on to Cleveland Avenue.  The improvements include new signal equipment and an upgrade of the train crossing at Northwest Eastman Parkway.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police are investigating the death of a man who was running from the scene of an accident when he collapsed.  Police say they answered a call about the man Saturday night at Northeast 97th and Prescott Street.  They believe the man had run from a nearby accident on Northeast Sandy.  He later died at a hospital. 

(Portland, OR)  --  Police have released the name of a motorcyclist who was killed in an accident on Interstate Five on Friday.  Police say 24-year-old Brian Stafford was riding his motorcycle on Interstate Five north of Lombard Street when he collided with the back of a car that had stopped in traffic.  He died later at a hospital.  Police say this was the 40th traffic fatality this year.

(Portland, OR)  --  The late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was remembered as a giant at a memorial in Portland this weekend.  About fifty people attended the memorial was on a rainy afternoon on Saturday at Terry Schrunk Plaza.  It featured musicians, poetry and a ballet performance.  It also featured Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, who called the late justice clear, correct and resonate.  Ginsburg died the middle of last month when wildfires and smoke kept people indoors and forced postponement of the memorial until this weekend.

(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon health officials say they've confirmed 337 new cases of COVID-19 but no new fatalities this weekend.  The new confirmed cases bring the state's total to 37-thousand-262.  Multnomah County had the highest number of cases with 78.  Friday was the second day in a row that Oregon's case count exceeded 400. 

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a man who was found dead inside a homeless encampment in southwest Portland.  The Portland Police Bureau says 42-year-old Nathaniel Philip Carlow was found dead last Wednesday morning at the camp near Southwest 4th Avenue and Caruthers Street.  Police say he died from blunt force trauma.  An investigation is ongoing.

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into the discovery of a body in the Willamette River in Portland.  The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says the body was found yesterday morning between the Broadway and Fremont bridges.  Crews recovered the body around 8:30 a.m.  It's not yet clear how the person died or how long the body had been there.

(Vancouver, WA)  --  An investigation is ongoing into the officer-involved shooting of a man accused of stabbing his girlfriend in Vancouver.  Police say the suspect forced his way into his girlfriend's apartment Sunday and stabbed her before several people inside managed to force him back out.  Police say the suspect then confronted responding officers and refused to drop his weapon, prompting two officers to open fire.  The suspect and the victim were both hospitalized for injuries, along with three other people who sustained injuries while struggling with the suspect.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland mayoral challenger Sarah Iannarone is leading incumbent Mayor Ted Wheeler in a new poll of Portland voters.  The poll from DHM Research shows Iannarone leading by eleven percentage points.  The poll was funded by the Portland Business Alliance.  It has a margin of error of four points.

(Portland, OR)  --  One man is injured following an early-morning shooting in downtown Portland.  The Portland Police Bureau says officers responded to a hotel off Southwest Naito Parkway just before 1:00 this morning.  The victim was rushed to a hospital with serious injuries.  No word yet on whether police have identified a suspect in the shooting.

(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon's tally of coronavirus cases is now past the 35-thousand mark.  The Oregon Health Authority reported 288 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday.  The state has now seen a total of 35-thousand-49 cases since the pandemic began along with 572 deaths.

(Eugene, OR)  --  Four people are facing charges after allegedly hosting a large party over the weekend in violation of pandemic-related restrictions.  Police say more than one-hundred college-age adults attended the party Saturday night in Eugene.  Police say some party-goers were also setting off fireworks illegally.  Police issued citations to the four hosts, who they say are not students at the University of Oregon.

(Longview, WA)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a man who was shot and killed by police in Longview, Washington.  The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office says 33-year-old Justin Lee Tofte was killed in the shooting Friday afternoon.  The coroner says he died from a gunshot wound to the armpit.  Police say officers were trying to take Tofte into custody when he ran, prompting officers to shoot him.

(Milwaukie, OR)  --  Police are searching for an arson suspect in connection to a fire at a park in Milwaukie last month.  Police say the suspect was caught on video holding a fuel canister on Elk Rock Island in the Willamette River on the night of September 9th.  Police are offering a 25-hundred-dollar reward for information that leads to an arrest.

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland stand-up comedian is pleading not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of assaulting a federal officer during demonstrations downtown.  The Oregonian reports 24-year-old Christian Burke, who performs under the stage name Creme Brulee, appeared in court yesterday.  He's accused of throwing a rock toward a federal police officer during protests on August 22nd.  Burke has agreed not to participate in any counterprotests as part of the conditions for his release pending trial.  U.S. Magistrate Judge Stacie F. Beckerman was hesitant to impose the condition, saying it was arguable a violation of Burke's First Amendment rights.  However, she accepted Burke's waiver of the right as part of negotiations between his defense lawyer and the prosecution.

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges after allegedly breaking the window of a Portland Police patrol vehicle and pepper spraying an officer inside.  The Portland Police Bureau says the officer was sitting inside his patrol vehicle doing paperwork around 9:30 yesterday morning when 41-year-old John B. Russell broke out his back window.  Police say Russell then pepper sprayed the interior of the vehicle and ran to his car and drove off.  Police stopped him about six blocks away and arrested him on multiple charges including assaulting a public safety officer.

(Portland, OR)  --  Crews continue to make progress on the Riverside and Beachie Creek fires.  Fire officials say the Riverside fire is 54-percent contained at 138-thousand acres as of last night.  The Beachie Creek fire is 59-percent contained at 193-thousand acres.  Fire officials say neither blaze is growing in size.  Firefighters are responding to new hot spots inside of the fire lines as they occur while working to strengthen existing lines to protect structures.

(Estacada, OR)  --  One man is hospitalized after falling down a 30-foot embankment in Estacada.  Police say the 60-year-old man fell around 6:00 Saturday night off Highway 224 near milepost 27.  The man reportedly hit his head in the fall and was airlifted to a hospital.

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  One person is seriously injured following a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 26 in Hillsboro.  Police say the crash happened around 4:30 yesterday afternoon in the westbound lanes near the Brookwood Parkway overpass.  One person was hospitalized for serious injuries.  Police say two dogs also got loose in the crash but have since been accounted for and are safe.

(Salem, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into the discovery of a woman's body in a park in Salem.  Police say some hikers found the body Saturday afternoon along the Willamette River in Minto-Brown Island Park.  Authorities have identified the woman as 19-year-old Abigail Agustin Paz of Wood Village.  It's not yet clear how she died.

(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are confirming one new coronavirus death in Oregon along with 260 new cases.  The Oregon Health Authority reported the new numbers yesterday.  The agency says the state's continuing increase in new cases is partially linked to gatherings over the Labor Day weekend.

(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon is expected to add nearly 182,000 jobs over the next nine years.  The Oregon Employment Department forecasts most of those jobs will be in health care because of the state's aging population.  Professional and Business services is second.  Most of the jobs will be located in Central Oregon and the Portland area.

(Portland, OR)  --  Longtime Portland gay nightclub CC Slaughters is closing its doors after nearly four decades.  The club posted on Facebook Saturday saying it will close for good this coming Sunday.  The post notes that 2020 "has been very hard on small businesses everywhere" and that they hope to be able to open their doors again sometime in the future.  The club has been in business for 39 years.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating two separate shootings in the same area of northeast Portland's Parkrose neighborhood.  The Portland Police Bureau says one person was killed in the first shooting yesterday morning on 111th Avenue near Sandy Boulevard.  The shooting was Portland's third shooting death in as many days, and police are still searching for the suspect.  Later last night, two people were shot and injured in the same area.  No word yet on their medical status.

(Portland, OR)  --  The downtown Portland area is looking a little cleaner thanks to the efforts of hundreds of volunteers.  A total of 328 volunteers turned out this week for SOLVE's Downtown Letter Cleanup.  The cleanup held Wednesday was the second one for the month of September.  Volunteers collected 32-hundred pounds of litter from Downtown Portland streets, sidewalks and parks.  The next cleanup event will be held October 30th.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are offering a 25-hundred-dollar reward for information related to a pair of fires intentionally set at a Jewish center in Portland.  Investigators say the fires at the Chabad Center for Jewish Life occurred on August 14th and August 19th.  Police are asking anyone who has surveillance cameras in the area to give them a call to help track down the arsonist.

(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead after being hit by a freight train in Beaverton.  The Beaverton Police Department says the person was trying to cross the train tracks at Southwest 139th Way and Tualatin Valley Highway yesterday afternoon when a cargo train crashed into him.  The person died at the scene.  An investigation into the crash is ongoing.

(Portland, OR)  --  Pacific Power is facing a class-action lawsuit over the wildfires that tore through Santiam Canyon.  Two people who owned a home and property that burned in the town of Lyons contend the utility company did not shut down its power lines despite receiving warnings about extreme fire conditions over Labor Day weekend.  Those residents claim that move led to the Beachie Creek Fire.  Investigators have not yet concluded that power lines ignited the blaze.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty says she would appoint a new interim police chief if she were put in charge of the Portland Police Bureau.  That's one of several dozen bullet points included in a plan Hardesty has drafted for the bureau should she be appointed police commissioner.  Mayor Ted Wheeler is currently serving as police commissioner and says he plans to stay in the role if he wins the November mayoral election.  Wheeler's challenger Sarah Iannarone has said she would appoint Hardesty as police commissioner if she wins.

(Portland, OR)  --  State health officials are reporting a spike in coronavirus cases.  The Oregon Health Authority confirmed 363 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, marking the first time since last Friday the state saw a single-day increase of more than 300 cases.  Health officials also confirmed one new death in Oregon.  The state has now seen a total of 33-thousand-862 cases of COVID-19 and 560 deaths since the pandemic began.

(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are advising Oregonians against trick-or-treating this Halloween.  The Oregon Health Authority announced yesterday it's recommending against traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating as well as trunk-or-treat events due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  Health officials are also advising anyone who dresses up to make sure their costume includes a cloth or disposable mask.

(Corvallis, OR)  --  Officials say tests of wastewater near Oregon State University in Corvallis have detected COVID-19 in a dorm and a private apartment building.  Officials say tests show the existence of COVID-19 on a broad scale in Sackett Hall and the GEM apartments.  Students have been given the option of getting tested or self-quarantining for two weeks.  Testing was scheduled to be completed for all affected students by last night.

(Portland, OR)  --  Arraignment is scheduled today for a member of the Proud Boys facing a dozen charges including assault in Portland.  The Portland Police Bureau says officers arrested 50-year-old Alan Swinney yesterday morning.  The arrest came just hours after President Trump told the Proud Boys to "stand back and stand by" during Tuesday night's presidential debate.  Police say Swinney fired a paintball gun and used mace on people during a protest August 15th.  Swinney is also accused of attacking counter-protesters during a pro-Trump rally and aiming a real gun into the crowd on August 22nd.  Swinney is also facing a one-point-two-million-dollar civil suit in connection to the incidents.

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting in North Portland's Eliot neighborhood.  The Portland Police Bureau says the shooting happened last night in the 29-hundred-block of North Williams Avenue.  Responding officers found more than 50 bullet casings.  No injuries have been reported.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect in connection to a carjacking in southeast Portland.  Police say the victim was sitting inside her car in the Montavilla neighborhood last night when a man with a gun approached her and demanded she get out.  He then allegedly fired off a round, pulled the woman from the car and stole her purse before getting into her car and driving away.  The stolen vehicle is a silver 2004 Nissan 350 Z convertible with Oregon license plates 911 EGB.

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into the discovery of a man's body inside a homeless camp in southwest Portland.  Police say the man's body was found yesterday morning near Southwest Fourth Avenue and Caruthers Street.  It's not yet clear how the man died or whether he was living at the homeless camp.

(Portland, OR)  --  Anti-racism protesters are paying tribute to a man who was shot to death by police exactly two years ago yesterday in Portland.  Demonstrators gathered last night at Pioneer Square for a memorial in honor of Patrick Kimmons.  Police shot and killed the 27-year-old father in a parking lot near Southwest 4th Avenue and Harvey Milk Street on September 30th of 2018.  A grand jury found the officers justified in the shooting.

(Portland, OR)  --  The U.S. Attorney is rejecting Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler's request to cancel the federal deputation of nearly five-dozen Portland Police officers.  The U.S. Attorney's Office released a statement yesterday saying the officers will hold onto their designation for the rest of the year.  Officials deputized 56 members of the Portland Police Bureau's Rapid Response Team as Federal Marshals late last week in preparation for Saturday's dueling demonstrations between alt-right protesters and counterprotesters.  The U.S. Attorney's statement says Portlanders are "sick of boarded-up and dangerous conditions prevalent in downtown Portland."

(Portland, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown is condemning President Trump for declining to commit to a peaceful transfer of power should he lose the election in November.  Brown joined eleven other Democratic governors yesterday in releasing a joint statement saying throwing out ballots and resisting a peaceful transfer of power is an "assault on American democracy."  The statement went on to promise to count all votes cast in the upcoming election. Washington Governor Jay Inslee, California Governor Gavin Newsom and Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker are among the governors who signed the statement.

(Portland, OR)  --  Bob's Red Mill is looking to hire nearly 100 new employees due to increased demand for its products amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  The Milwaukie-based whole-grain foods company says it's looking to hire 89 people to help fill demand.  Bob's Red Mill says there's been a surge in the number of people baking from home due to the pandemic.

(Lake Oswego, OR)  --  Police say they've located one of three missing foster kids who disappeared from the Lake Oswego area. Officials for the Oregon Department of Human Services says they found 13-year-old Admir Mrsic safe yesterday.  They're still searching for 12-year-old Kysa Sanders and 15-year-old Stella Hines.  They were last seen on Saturday and are believed to be in danger.  Police say the kids may have been seen at the Clackamas Town Center Mall, Downtown Portland and the Pearl District.


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