Regional News Archives for 2020-10


(Vancouver, WA)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a deputy-involved shooting in Hazel Dell.  The Clark County Sheriff's Office says deputies were involved in a shooting around 6 o'clock last night on Highway 99 north of Northeast 68th Street.  It's not yet clear what led to the shooting or whether anyone was injured.  Further details were not released.



(Portland, OR)  --  Local leaders are continuing to prepare for potential unrest before and after Election Day next Tuesday.  The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Portland Police Bureau and Oregon State Police held a press conference yesterday afternoon to share their plans for maintaining a safe election.  The agencies say they will be increasing staffing in the coming days to help keep the peace.  Earlier this month, Portland city leaders and state representatives met to work out a unified command plan for election night.  Details of that plan have not been released.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges after allegedly sexually assaulting an unconscious woman in northwest Portland.  Police say the assault happened in broad daylight yesterday afternoon near Northwest 20th Avenue and West Burnside Street.  Witnesses called 9-1-1, and police tracked down and arrested 39-year-old Jedediah Thomas Zach on charges of first- and second-degree sexual abuse.  No word yet on the woman's condition or why she was unconscious.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon health officials are reporting another record-breaking spike in coronavirus cases.  The Oregon Health Authority confirmed 575 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, marking the highest single-day increase in cases the state has seen so far.  Officials also confirmed two new deaths from COVID-19, raising the state's death toll to 673.  Officials say the recent rise in cases comes as more people begin to interact with each other while failing to follow pandemic-related guidelines like washing hands and staying six feet apart.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty is throwing her weight behind Sarah Iannarone for mayor.  Hardesty announced her endorsement for Iannarone yesterday, just days before next Tuesday's election.  Iannarone is challenging incumbent Mayor Ted Wheeler.



(Portland, OR)  --  The search for a missing climber on Mount Hood is ending in tragedy.  Police say search crews found the body of 27-year-old Austin Mishler yesterday afternoon at around 94-hundred feet in a crevasse on the mountain's north side.  Mishler was reported missing after failing to return from a climbing trip Tuesday night.  Crews are hoping to recover the body sometime today.



(Oregon City, OR)  --  Police are seeking help in their search for an identity theft suspect in Oregon City.  The Oregon City Police Department says the suspect stole the victim's wallet at the Willamette Falls Hospital on October 23rd.  She then allegedly used a credit card in the wallet to get a 900-dollar cash advance at the Advantis Credit Union in Portland.  Police have released two surveillance images of the suspect.



(Albany, OR)  --  One person is dead following a head-on crash on U.S. 20 near Albany.  The Benton County Sheriff's Office says an Acura Integra was traveling east on the highway when it crossed into oncoming traffic and struck a Ford F350 head-on.  The driver of the Acura died at the scene, while the driver of the Ford was hospitalized for injuries.



(Salem, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into the officer-involved shooting death of a man in Salem.  Police say an officer was performing a traffic investigation yesterday morning near 17th Street and Court Street Northeast when the suspect vehicle crashed and the suspect got out and ran.  The officer pursued him into a backyard, where the suspect allegedly pulled out a gun and shot the officer in the ankle.  The officer responded by shooting and killing him.  Police have identified the officer as Andrew Parsons.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a crash that injured at least two people in Tualatin.  Police say the crash happened early yesterday morning near Southwest 124th and Southwest Tualatin Sherwood Road.  Two people were hospitalized, including one person who had to be extracted from a car.



(Camas, WA)  --  Police in Camas, Washington say they've recovered the body of a woman from Lacamas Lake.  The Clark County Sheriff's Office says crews recovered the body of 56-year-old Terri Kehrli this week after finding her empty kayak floating in the lake.  She'd been reported missing on October 25th.  Police say it appears she drowned and that foul play is not suspected at this time.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon's tally of coronavirus cases continues to surge.  The Oregon Health Authority confirmed a whopping 424 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday along with seven new deaths.  Deschutes County had it's second-highest daily total with 26 new cases. The state's daily average for new cases over the past seven days is up ten-percent from two weeks ago.  Oregon has now seen a total of 43-thousand-228 cases and 671 deaths since the pandemic began.



(Salem, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown is extending the state of emergency for nine counties ravaged by wildfires.  The declaration includes Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Marion and Tillamook counties.  The move allows the Office of Emergency Management to provide more state resources to assist residents in need and continue emergency response efforts.



(Lebanon, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a fire that injured one person at a shop in Lebanon.  Firefighters responded to the shop on Carroll street early yesterday morning for a blaze that had spread to a vacant home on the property.  Fire officials say one man living inside the shop suffered burns and was hospitalized.  It took crews about 45 minutes to get the blaze under control.  No word yet on what caused the fire.



(Eugene, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into the death of a man whose body was found under a bridge shortly after reports of an explosion and fire there.  The Eugene Police Department says officers found the man's body Tuesday afternoon while responding to the bridge at East 39th Avenue and East Amazon Drive.  Arson detectives were initially called out, but police say it doesn't appear anything criminal took place. 



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland City Council is delaying action on a proposal seeking deeper cuts to the Portland Police Bureau's budget.  Council members moved last night to delay action on a series of budget amendments including the proposal to reduce police funding after hearing public testimony from more than 150 people.  The council will now take up the amendments on November 5th.  Commissioners Jo Ann Hardesty and Chloe Eudaly want to redirect 18-million dollars from PPB to food assistance programs for city residents, legal defense for people facing eviction and homeless services.  Mayor Ted Wheeler says he's opposed to the move, citing the 15-million-dollar diversion from four months ago.



(Portland, OR)  --  State officials are expanding opportunities for residents to visit loved ones who are staying in long-term care facilities.  The Oregon Department of Human Services announced a new policy yesterday to allow greater access to those facilities as the winter months approach and outdoor visits become difficult.  Only two guests will be allowed to visit one person at the same time.  Those visitors will be required to wear masks, wash their hands and practice social distancing.  They will also undergo a temperature check and answer a questionnaire about possible COVID-19 exposure.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  More than half of voters in Oregon have already turned in their ballot for next week's general election.  As of yesterday, 52-percent of Oregon voters have submitted their ballot.  In Multnomah County, voter turnout is even higher at 56-percent.  Ballots must be delivered to an official ballot drop box by 8 p.m. next Tuesday.



(Salem, OR)  --  Police are searching for a suspect in connection to an auto-pedestrian hit-and-run crash on I-5 in Salem.  Police say the suspect crashed into the pedestrian on the northbound onramp from Market Street around four o'clock yesterday morning and then kept going.  The pedestrian was hospitalized with serious injuries.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested two suspects in connection to a twice-stolen minivan in northeast Portland's Hollywood District.  The Portland Police Bureau says officers arrested 25-year-old Benjamin Louis Hooper and 37-year-old Jeanna Irene Swink yesterday.  They're accused of stealing a minivan and later attacking the minivan's owners after they spotted their vehicle and tried to take it back on October 12th.



(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are confirming nine new coronavirus deaths in Oregon along with 391 new cases.  The Oregon Health Authority reported the new numbers yesterday.  It's the eighth day in a row Oregon has seen more than 300 new cases of COVID-19.  The state has now seen a total of 42-thousand-808 cases and 664 deaths since the pandemic began.



(Sacramento, CA)  --  Oregon is joining California's initiative to independently review COVID-19 vaccines that are approved by the FDA before making them available statewide.  Speaking with reporters, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that Oregon has joined California's Scientific Safety Review Workgroup along with Washington state and Nevada.  Newsom said that California has been working "collaboratively" with the CDC, and that he doesn't believe the review process will cause distribution delays. 



(Salem, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown is extending her COVID-19 state of emergency declaration.  Brown announced yesterday she's extending the declaration until January 2nd.  Brown says the move is not one she takes lightly, but that "not taking action would mean an even greater loss of life."



(Portland, OR)  --  Washington County is reporting a sharp rise in gun-related violence.  KATU-2 reports there have been 25 reports of shootings so far this year.  That's nearly twice the 14 shootings reported in the county in 2019.  The county has also seen two shooting-related deaths so far this year, up from one in 2019.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police in Clackamas County say they've arrested a robbery suspect after finding him hiding in a nearby motel.  The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says deputies responded to the Sunrise Market on Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard in the Milwaukie area Sunday night on reports of an armed robbery.  The suspect allegedly fled the scene in a vehicle after grabbing several items.  Police later got a tip that the suspect was staying at the Budget Inn nearby and arrested him.  Police identify the suspect as 27-year-old Vincent Lee Joseph.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting in Vancouver that left one man hospitalized.  Police say the shooting happened around 9:30 Monday night between people in two different cars near Northeast 87th Avenue and Northeast 12th Street.  One man was hospitalized for gunshot wounds.  Police are still searching for suspects.



(Portland, OR)  --  A motorcyclist is dead following a crash on Highway 224 in rural Clackamas County.  Oregon State Troopers say 36-year-old Jonathan Kraemer of Estacada was riding his motorcycle west on the highway Monday night when an eastbound vehicle turned left directly into his path.  Kraemer crashed into the side of the car and was pronounced dead at the scene.  Police identify the other driver as 47-year-old Christopher Reynolds.



(Portland, OR)  --  A former Portland Police officer is facing several charges after allegedly running down a man with his car at a protest in June.  The Marion County District Attorney's Office says Scott Groshong was arraigned on several charges Monday including third-degree assault and hit-and-run.  Groshong is accused of using an unmarked police car while working undercover to run down a suspect accused of stealing.  He retired in August after 27 years as a police officer.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland City Commissioner is proposing a plan to redirect millions of dollars in police funding to community members struggling financially amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty unveiled a proposal yesterday to cut 18-million dollars from the Portland Police Bureau.  Mayor Ted Wheeler says he wants to hear more about the potential public safety impact before signing off on it.  A public hearing on the proposal is scheduled for tomorrow.



(Springfield, OR)  --  Police are searching for a missing 7-year-old California girl who could be in the Springfield area.  Police say Emalee Perry was taken from her home in Red Bluff, California Saturday by her biological mother.  Investigators believe they may have been headed toward Springfield or Rainbow.



(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are confirming two new coronavirus deaths in Oregon along with 339 new cases.  The Oregon Health Authority reported the deaths yesterday of a 61-year-old Douglas County man and a 96-year-old Washington County woman.  Oregon has now seen a total of 655 deaths from COVID-19 and 42-thousand-436 cases since the pandemic began.



(Portland, OR)  --  Today is the deadline for voters to mail in their ballots in Oregon.  Residents can still drop off their ballots at election drop boxes until eight p.m. on November 3rd, but are encouraged to return their ballots as soon as possible.  Election officials are reporting more than 40-percent of Oregon's voters have already turned in their ballots.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon is seeing record-breaking early ballot returns with one week to go before the presidential election.  Officials say more than one-million residents have already returned their ballots for next Tuesday's election.  That's 40-percent of Oregon's registered voters.  Back in 2016, only 28-percent of Oregon voters had cast their ballots one week before the election.



(Salem, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a deadly shooting in Salem.  The Salem Police Department says one person was shot and killed around 1:30 yesterday afternoon in the 33-hundred block of Pipebend Place Northeast.  Police detained one person at the scene for questioning.  Investigators say there's no threat to the general public.



(Portland, OR)  --  An Oregon man is facing federal charges after being accused of assaulting a federally deputized police officer during a protest in Portland.  Authorities say 18-year-old Skyler Roy Rider pleaded not guilty to civil disorder and assaulting a federal officer during arraignment yesterday.  Police claim he poked an officer in the chest with the pointed end of an umbrella during demonstrations outside the ICE building on October 6th.



(Juneau, AK)  --  Oregon is getting more than one-million rapid-response coronavirus tests from the federal government.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced yesterday it's sending one-million-270-thousand Abbot BinaxNOW COVID-19 point of care antigen tests to Oregon.  The department says the shipment is intended to help "facilitate the continued re-opening of Oregon schools, businesses and economy."  Officials say the rapid response tests can diagnose COVID-19 within 15 minutes.



(Portland, OR)  --  A homicide investigation is ongoing into a deadly car fire police believe was intentionally set.  Firefighters responded to the area of Northeast 148th Avenue and Northeast San Rafael Street late Friday night on reports of a burning car.  Police say firefighters found a body inside the car after they managed to extinguish the blaze.  No arrests have been made just yet.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting that injured one person in northeast Portland.  The Portland Police Bureau says the victim was shot around 7:00 Saturday night in the 33-hundred-block of Northeast 82nd Avenue.  The victim was rushed to a hospital for injuries.  No word yet on whether police have identified a suspect.



(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead following a stabbing in southeast Portland.  The Portland Police Bureau says one person was stabbed and killed around 2:00 yesterday morning near Southeast 12th Avenue and Pine Street.  Police are investigating the stabbing as a homicide.  It's not yet clear if police have identified a suspect.



(Portland, OR)  --  A group of Black Lives Matter protesters are taking their message to one of Portland's whitest suburbs.  The Oregonian reports the group Moms United for Black Lives gathered at Lake Oswego's Rossman Park yesterday morning for a march through the city.  U.S. Census data shows 86-percent of Lake Oswego residents are white, and the suburb has a median household income of about 100-thousand dollars.  Local activist and organizer Demetria Hester gave a brief speech before the march, encouraging people to call out racism wherever they see it.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting and car crash in Portland's Centennial neighborhood.  The Portland Police Bureau says two people were fighting in the 600 block of Southeast 162nd Avenue early Saturday morning when at least one of them opened fire.  The two people then got into their separate vehicles to leave, but one of them crashed into some parked cars nearby.  Responding officers found the person suffering from gunshot wounds inside the crashed car and took them to a hospital for treatment.  Police are still searching for the other person involved in the shooting.



(Portland, OR)  --  The search continues for an 11-month-old baby who went missing with his parents last week in Portland.  The Oregon Department of Human Services says they're concerned Dennis Johnson could be in danger.  Child welfare officials believe he's with his parents Kayla Burk and Joseph Johnson.  They've been missing since Tuesday.  Authorities believe they could still be in the Portland area.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon's tally of coronavirus cases is now past the 42-thousand mark.  The Oregon Health Authority confirmed 366 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, bringing the state's total number of cases so far to 42-thousand-101.  No new deaths were reported, leaving Oregon's death toll from the pandemic at 653.  Marion County had the most new cases with 88, followed by Multnomah and Washington counties with 82 new cases each.



(Aloha, OR)  --  An 18-year-old man is facing several charges including DUII after allegedly crashing into a landscaping boulder, sending it flying 75 feet in the air toward two young people inside a car in Aloha.  Police say Ezequiel Garrido-Torres was driving a pickup truck in the 19200 block of Southwest TV Highway late Thursday night when he crashed into a large boulder.  The force of the impact sent the boulder crashing into the side of a parked Toyota Corolla, which had two people inside of it.  No injuries were reported.



(Portland, OR)  --  Multnomah County Commissioners are again talking about whether the Portland Police Bureau should be merged with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.  The idea would be to use the money savings to fund social services.  There would be extensive issues to be worked out, including who leads the new agency.  The Police Chief is appointed by the Portland Police Commissioner, while the Sheriff is elected.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Police are asking for help finding a man who's been missing for nearly two weeks and may be in danger.  Police say 31-year-old Chase Stevens was last seen Sunday, October 11th when he left his house in Northeast Portland.  He was last known to be traveling through Banks near Highway 26.  Stevens might be armed with a gun, but police say he's not a threat to the public.  He was driving a gray 2013 Ford Escape SUV with an Oregon license of 506 GCU.



(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead following a crash on I-5.  The Portland Police Bureau says a motorist was killed in the crash near Rosa Parks Way last night.  Further details were not immediately available.



(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are confirming nearly a dozen new coronavirus deaths in Oregon along with nearly 400 new cases.  The Oregon Health Authority confirmed eleven new deaths and 373 new cases yesterday.  The state has now seen a total of 40-thousand-810 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began along with 646 deaths.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  In-N-Out is considering a new location in Beaverton.  The burger chain previously announced it's working on a site in Tualatin near Bridgeport Village.  The Oregonian reports they've talked with Washington County Land Use planners about a site on Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway just east of Highway 217.  They have not made a final decision on the site.  The closest In-N-Out to the Portland area is in Keizer where the wait in the drive thru line is often longer than an hour.



(Portland, OR)  --  No injuries are reported following an apartment fire in Gresham.  Firefighters responded to a two-story apartment complex on Southeast Powell near 174th Street on Wednesday night.  Fire officials say all residents were able to safely escape the blaze.  It's not yet clear what caused the fire.



(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting that injured two people in north Portland.  The Portland Police Bureau says the shooting happened around 9:20 last night in the 73-hundred block of North St. Louis Avenue.  Both victims were hospitalized.  It's not yet clear whether police have identified a suspect.



(Portland, OR)  --  A 28-year-old man is facing several charges including manslaughter and DUII following a wrong-way crash that killed a person in Portland.  Police believe 28-year-old Brian Paul Gardner was intoxicated when he drove his car the wrong way on I-84 near the Halsey-Gateway exit yesterday.  Police say he was going around a curve when he crashed into another vehicle head-on.  The other driver was pronounced dead at the scene.  Gardner was hospitalized for minor injuries before being arrested.



(Salem, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown is considering whether to ease rules on schools to allow in-person learning.  The Healthy Schools Reopening Council is reviewing whether the limits for COVID-19 and safety protocols are too strict.  Currently, rates of COVID-19 are too high for most counties to have in-person learning.  The council says virus levels need to be reduced and schools need to have plans to keep students from spreading the virus.  The governor will use the recommendations in making a final decision about when schools can reopen.



(Gresham, OR)  --  Gresham Police say they've arrested two more juveniles in connection to the deadly assault of 53-year-old Tod Barker last month in Gresham.  Barker was attacked September 27th on Northeast Roberts Avenue about a block from East Powell Boulevard, and he died from his injuries on October 9th.  Police had previously arrested a 16-year-old suspect, and now a 15-year-old and an 11-year-old are also in custody.  The 15- and 16-year-olds are in juvenile custody, while the 11-year-old has been released to his family.  Police say no additional arrests are expected.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Police Association now has a new president.  Union members have voted in Brian Hunzeker [[ HUN'-sek-er ]] to replace outgoing president Daryl Turner, whose term ends next month.  Turner has served as president for a decade.  He's been outspoken in his criticism of how the city has handled protests.  He has said restrictions on the use of tear gas and failed leadership have hampered police ability to curtail what he calls violence at protests.



(Portland, OR)  --  A demonstrator in Portland who's facing state charges is now also facing federal charges.  A federal grand jury in Portland indicted 32-year-old Adrian De Los Rios yesterday on a charge of civil disorder in connection to a demonstration outside of the Portland Police Bureau's East Precinct in August.  Local prosecutors charged him earlier this month with attempted arson, unlawful use of a weapon, riot and attempted assault of a public safety officer.  He's pleading not guilty.  His trial is set for December.



(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are reporting a slight decline in new COVID-19 cases in Oregon.  The Oregon Health Authority says the number of new cases declined four-percent over the last week.  The rate of positive tests in the state is now six-point-five-percent.  Officials want that number to be below five-percent.  Yesterday, the Oregon Health Authority confirmed 331 new cases of COVID-19 and two new deaths, raising the state's death toll from the pandemic to 635.  Oregon has now seen a total of 40-thousand-443 cases since the pandemic began.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Police say they've made an arrest in connection to a kidnapping in Aloha [[ uh-LOW'-uh ]].  The Washington County Sheriff's Office says police have arrested 31-year-old Nicolas San Nicolas on charges including robbery and kidnapping.  He's accused of kidnapping his victim at gunpoint at the Forest Ridge Apartments on August 27th.  He then allegedly threw the victim out of a truck, injuring him.  An investigation is ongoing.



(Washington, D.C.)  --  Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley is sponsoring a bill that would end the sale of gas-powered vehicles in the U.S. by 2035.  Several states including Oregon and California have their own goals.  This would put the U.S. on a path to increase production of electric and hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles.  By 2025, half of vehicles would have to be electric.  Then, every year that's increased by five-percent until 100-percent is reached by 2035.



(Oregon City, OR)  --  Election officials are reminding voters in Oregon City they have two election ballots to submit next month.  One is for the General Election on November 3rd, and the other is for the recall of Mayor Dan Holladay, which is due November 10th.  The Clackamas County Elections Office wants voters to know they can't combine the ballots, and they need to be returned in their specific envelopes.  Holladay faces a recall over several issues including comments he made concerning Black Lives Matter.



(Salem, OR)  --  Authorities are searching for the second inmate to walk away from the Marion County Transition Center this week.  Police say 34-year-old Arlo Silbernagel walked away from the facility yesterday.  He was in custody for a Parole Violation.  On Tuesday, Anthony Bodda walked away from the facility.  Inmates stay there when they're also allowed to work their jobs or perform community service.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Multnomah County judge is shutting down a request to reduce bail for a Proud Boys member facing a dozen charges including assault in Portland.  A judge denied the request from 50-year-old Alan Swinney during a hearing on Monday.  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 with his finger on the trigger on August 22nd.  Swinney is also facing a one-point-two-million-dollar civil suit in connection to the incidents.  Prosecutors argued Swinney poses a safety risk to the community and should remain in custody until trial.



(Cannon Beach, OR)  --  A woman is lucky to be alive after crashing her car 300 feet down an embankment off Highway 101 near Cannon Beach.  Oregon State Police say the crash happened early Monday morning.  Firefighters used a rope-rescue system to pull the woman up the hillside.  She was hospitalized with minor injuries.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Health Authority has submitted its COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan to the federal government.  The plan includes a public review of the process to make sure communities of color that have been disproportionately affected in the past get access to the vaccine.  Priorities will be to have people critical to the pandemic response and those who are at highest risk of the virus vaccinated first.



(Portland, OR)  --  Northwest Natural customers will see prices go up November 1st.  The Oregon Public Utility Commission has voted to approve the increase.  While natural gas prices are down, Oregon's new Corporate Activity Tax plus a move of Northwest Natural's operations center will cause overall prices to rise.  The average residential customer will see their bill go up about two dollars a month.  Commercial customers' bills will increase nine dollars a month.



(Portland, OR)  --  Businesses in downtown Portland are starting to board up their windows in advance of the General Election on November 3rd.  Authorities say demonstrations are expected.  In 2016, election night protests caused several million dollars in damage.  Portland Police and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office are also working on plans for election night and the days following the election.



(Salem, OR)  --  The Marion County Sheriff's Office is trying to find an inmate who walked away from the county's Transition Center on Monday night.  Police say 21-year-old Anthony Bodda was in custody serving a 90-day jail sentence for Reckless Endangerment and Possession of Burglary Tools.  He was last known to live in the Stayton area.  The Transition Center is a minimum-security facility where residents live while they work at their jobs or performing community service.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating three separate stabbings across the Portland area.  The Portland Police Bureau says all three incidents happened Monday night.  The first one happened at the Gateway MAX station, where a group of four boys allegedly tried to steal a homeless woman's purse and then stabbed her husband after he tried to stop them.  A few hours later, a homeless man walked into a hospital after being stabbed five times near his camp in the Lents neighborhood.  The third stabbing involved a man who was hit by a hatchet, also in the Lents neighborhood.  Police are still searching for suspects.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon's tally of coronavirus cases is now past the 40-thousand mark.  The Oregon Health Authority reported 346 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, raising the state's total number of cases so far to 40-thousand-136.  The agency also confirmed six new deaths from coronavirus, raising the state's death toll to 633.  Multnomah County had the most new cases with 101.



(Portland, OR)  --   Election officials are reporting strong early voting turnout across the state.  Overall, officials say Oregon's turnout is at nearly ten-percent so far.  Multnomah County has had 21-percent turnout, while Washington County is at nine-percent.  Clackamas County has had 14-percent turnout.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested two suspects accused of attacking a man with a mallet in southeast Portland.  Police say the victim was near Southeast 122nd and Powell Monday night when the two suspects approached and started hitting him with a mallet and a steel bar.  Two security guards saw the attack and stopped it.  Police arrested 18-year-old Jakub Cyr and a juvenile on assault charges.  The victim was hospitalized with significant injuries, but he's expected to survive.



(Wilsonville, OR)  --  A former Marion County sheriff's deputy accused of official misconduct and several other charges is dead from an apparent suicide.  The Marion County District Attorney's Office says Sean Banks was found dead Saturday at the GuestHouse Inn & Suites near I-5 in Wilsonville.  Banks was facing more than two dozen charges for allegedly stealing money, guns and other valuables.  Police say it appears he killed himself.  An investigation is ongoing.



(Portland, OR)  --  A 16-year-old boy is charged with murder in connection to an assault that left a 53-year-old man dead in Gresham.  The Gresham Police Department announced the arrest yesterday.  The teen is accused of attacking Tod Alan Barker near the 200 block of Northeast Roberts Avenue on the night of September 27th.  Barker died from his injuries on October 9th.  The teen is being charged with murder as well as second-degree assault, first-degree robbery and unlawful use of a weapon.



(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are confirming eight new coronavirus deaths in Oregon along with 266 new cases.  The Oregon Health Authority reported the new numbers yesterday.  The state has now seen a total of 39-thousand-794 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began along with 628 deaths. 



(Portland, OR)  --  Elections officials are warning voters in Washington County about several small errors on their ballots.  The elections office says the words "yes" and "no" were randomly inserted in the explanations for Measures 107, 108, 109 and 110.  The office believes the errors occurred when the ballot measure text was copied and pasted into the ballot design software, and was later overlooked by staff tasked with proofreading.  Ballots with the mistakes that have already been turned in will still be counted.  The voters' pamphlet sent out ahead of the ballots have the correct information.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police say they've made an arrest in connection to the shooting death of a 35-year-old man in southwestern Washington.  The Clark County Sheriff's Office says police arrested 32-year-old Cody Nutter at his home with the help of a SWAT team.  He's accused of shooting and killing Daniel Tveidt in Amboy Saturday night.  The victim died at the Chelatchie Prairie Store while waiting for a LifeFlight helicopter to arrive.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Police Bureau is rolling out a new system is says will make it easier to identify its officers.  The bureau has been criticized for making it difficult to identify officers involved in crowd control for demonstrations.  The bureau says it initially started using numbers instead of names to prevent personal information about families from being posted online.  The Police Bureau will now assign a three-digit number to each officer that'll be stenciled on their helmet to make it easier to identify them if there are complaints.



(Portland, OR)  --  A homicide investigation is now underway into the shooting of a Portland man at a gas station in Gresham last week.  Police say 34-year-old Darryl Lewis died from his injuries yesterday after being shot last Wednesday.  Police say he and another Portland man were sitting in a vehicle outside the Arco on Southeast 181st when several men pulled up next to them and opened fire.  The other man was also shot and is expected to survive.  Police are still searching for the suspects.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon is rolling out a stricter new mask mandate as cases of COVID-19 continue to spike in the state.  The Oregon Health Authority is expanding its face covering requirement to include all workplaces, even when social distancing is possible.  Masks are also now required at all outdoor markets, street fairs and both public and private universities.  The Oregon Health Authority is also recommending against face shields, saying masks and cloth coverings are more effective.



(Ontario, OR)  --  An inmate at the Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario has died from COVID-19.  Officials say the man was between 55 and 65 years old and died at a hospital.  He's the 15th inmate to die from COVID-19.



(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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