Regional News Archives for 2021-01

OR Reports 750 New COVID-19 Cases, Six New Deaths

(Portland, OR) -- Oregon is dealing with more than 700 new coronavirus cases along with half a dozen more deaths. The Oregon Health Authority confirmed 750 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. Oregon has now seen more than 140-thousand cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. The six new deaths reported yesterday raise the state's death toll to one-thousand-930. Officials say more than 12-thousand vaccinations were administered on Wednesday, bringing Oregon's total number of vaccinations so far to over 359-thousand.

State Marine Board Approves New Boating Rules

(Salem, OR) -- The Oregon State Marine Board is approving new boating rules for the Willamette River. The goal is to reduce wakes between the Hawthorne Bridge and Waverly Marina. From May 1st through September 30th, boats can move through the area without slowing down. Water skiing, wake surfing and other towed devices are prohibited. Personal watercraft must run under five miles an hour unless they're going directly through the zone. Other "no wake" restrictions are in place from Waverly Marina to Willamette Falls.

Woman Killed In St. John's Shooting

(Portland, OR) -- One woman is dead following a shooting in north Portland. Police responded to North Fessenden in the St. John's neighborhood yesterday morning on reports of shots fired. Responding officers found a woman dead at the scene. Police are still searching for a suspect.

Wheeler Hires Former Mayor Adams

(Portland, OR) -- Former Portland Mayor Sam Adams is back at work in the mayor's office. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has hired Adams to serve as director of strategic innovations and to lead work on Wheeler's key second-term policy priorities. Wheeler has also hired Dr. Markisha [[ mark-EE-shuh ]] Smith to be a special adviser on racial justice and equality. She's currently head of the City's Office of Equity and Human Rights and will continue in that job while also working for the mayor.

Senator Wyden, Rep. Blumenauer Introduce Vote At Home Act

(Salem, OR) -- Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer are introducing a bill to expand voting access across the U.S. The Vote at Home Act would allow everyone in the nation to vote by mail. Voters would be allowed to use either mail or drop-off locations to submit their ballots. The measure would cover postal costs, so no stamps would be necessary. Voters would also be automatically registered to vote when they get a driver's license at the DMV. Nearly half of the nation's voters used a vote-at-home ballot in November's election.

Man Critically Injured In Laurelhurst Assault

(Portland, OR) -- One man is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries following an assault in the Laurelhurst neighborhood. Police responded to Southeast 37th and Oak Street early yesterday morning to find the man suffering from injuries. Police are still searching for suspects, and an investigation is ongoing.

Police Arrest One During ICE Protest

(Portland, OR) -- Police arrested one person during a demonstration outside the ICE building in south Portland Wednesday night. Police say demonstrators threw items at federal officers and lit a dumpster on fire in front of the building. Police responded to move the crowd away so Portland Fire & Rescue could extinguish the small blaze. The Portland Police Bureau says officers used one round of less lethal munitions, but no tear gas was used.

Oregon Coast Aquarium Reopens Tomorrow

(Newport, OR) -- The Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport is set to reopen tomorrow. The aquarium has been closed since December 18th due to COVID-19. The facility will have physical distancing rules in place to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Visitors can buy tickets online or at the gate.

OR Reports 20 New COVID-19 Deaths

(Portland, OR) -- Nearly two-dozen more Oregonians are dead after contracting COVID-19. The Oregon Health Authority confirmed 20 new coronavirus deaths yesterday along with 731 new cases. A total of 302 Oregonians are currently hospitalized with the virus. That's down six patients from Tuesday. Oregon's death toll from the pandemic is now approaching two-thousand people.

Hit-And-Run Rampage Suspect Identified, Arraigned

(Portland, OR) -- Police are releasing the name of the driver accused of going on a hit-and-run rampage through Southeast Portland on Monday, killing one person and injuring nine others. Sixty-four-year-old Paul Rivas of Oregon City faces several charges, including second-degree murder. Investigators say Rivas killed 77-year-old Jean Gerich during his rampage before he crashed and was tackled by bystanders. The suspect made his first court appearance yesterday afternoon where he entered a not guilty plea.

Six Drivers Get Unexpected COVID-19 Vaccine Thanks To Traffic Jam

(Portland, OR) -- Unsuspecting drivers in southern Oregon got the COVID-19 vaccine this week thanks to a major traffic jam. Members of the Josephine County Health Department were leaving a clinic to administer the vaccine when they got stuck in a traffic jam caused by snow. The health department workers had some vaccine that was about to expire, so they got out of their vehicle and started going car to car to offer the vaccine to anyone who wanted it so that it wouldn't go to waste. A total of six people got the vaccine.

Portland To Get Additional 17K COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Next Week

(Portland, OR) -- Governor Kate Brown is sending an additional 17-thousand doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to the Portland area. Brown announced the move yesterday after learning that there weren't enough vaccine doses in the area to cover Phase 1A recipients. County health officials say they had to stop giving vaccinations to health care workers and others in the Phase 1A group in order to prioritize teachers. The move means the Portland region will now be receiving 32-thousand doses of the vaccine instead of the originally anticipated 15-thousand when Oregon gets its next shipment of doses next week.

Polar Bear Nora Returning To Oregon Zoo

(Portland, OR) -- Nora the polar bear is returning to the Oregon Zoo. Nora was here for a year back in 2016 before being moved to Utah's Hogle Zoo to grow up around other polar bears. The Oregon Zoo's Polar Passage habitat is nearly complete, and Nora is scheduled to return in March.

Beaverton School District Announces Timeline For Return To Classrooms

(Beaverton, OR) -- The Beaverton School District is announcing a timetable for bringing students back into the classrooms as long as COVID-19 infection rates in the community are met. Starting February 22nd, there will be limited in-person instruction for students with disabilities as well as English language learners and those with bad internet connections. Starting April 5th, pre-K through second grade would return in a hybrid model followed by grades three through five. Finally, on April 19th, middle and high school students will return.

Man Pepper Sprayed By Mayor Wheeler Apologizes

(Portland, OR) -- The man who was pepper-sprayed by Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is issuing an apology. Wheeler was dining outside at the Hillsdale McMenamins Sunday night with former Mayor Sam Adams when Cary Cadonau confronted him and started recording him. Wheeler says the man then followed him to his car and refused his requests to "back off," prompting Wheeler to pepper spray him. Wheeler says he was concerned for his safety and that the man was not wearing a mask. Cadonau released a statement saying he's sorry Wheeler felt he needed to use pepper spray, and that Wheeler has a very difficult job. Cadonau is an attorney and says he has also apologized to his law partners for his conduct.

Investigation: Rep. Hernandez Created Hostile Workplace For Women At State Capitol

(Salem, OR) -- An investigation into the behavior of a state lawmaker at the Oregon State Capitol found that he created a hostile work environment for at least two women. Investigators say Democratic Representative Diego Hernandez had brief relationships with both women, but when those relationships ended, they felt that Hernandez would harm their careers as a result. The report will head to the Legislature's Committee on Conduct next week where Hernandez's fellow lawmakers will determine what happens next.

PPB: Hit-And-Run Rampage Not Terrorism, Bias Or Politically Motivated

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Police do not believe a hit-and-run rampage on Monday was the result of terrorism, bias or politically motivated.  According to PPB officials, the unidentified driver remained in the hospital as of last night and will be booked into jail after he is released.  The suspect is accused of careening through 15 blocks of Southeast Stark Street on Monday, killing one person and injuring several others.  The driver eventually crashed his SUV and tried to run on foot, but was tackled and pinned down by a group of bystanders.

Man Critically Injured In Salem Shooting That Led To Crash

(Salem, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting that critically injured an 18-year-old man in northeast Salem.  The Marion County Sheriff's Office says deputies responded to reports of several shots fired on Cheryl Lynn Way on Monday night.  Responding officers found a white SUV had crashed into the side of an apartment building, and the victim was in a nearby apartment unit suffering from a gunshot wound.  He was rushed to a hospital, where he remained in critical condition as of last night.  No other injuries were reported.  Police are still searching for suspects.

Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association Asks Governor To Ease COVID-19 Rules

(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association is again calling on Governor Kate Brown to ease COVID-19 restrictions for restaurants.  The association says the state's leisure and hospitality industry lost more than 28-thousand jobs last month.  The association claims there's little risk of people getting the virus in restaurants, but scientific evidence on COVID-19 contradicts that statement.  The Oregon Health Authority points out that the airborne virus can spread easily in indoor areas when diners take off their masks to eat.

OR Reports 22 New COVID-19 Deaths

(Portland, OR)  --  Nearly two-dozen more Oregonians are dead after contracting COVID-19.  The Oregon Health Authority confirmed 22 new coronavirus deaths yesterday along with 796 new cases of the virus.  A total of 308 people are currently hospitalized.  That's 12 less than on Monday.

Governor Brown Modifies COVID Rules For Extreme Risk Counties

(Portland, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown is modifying COVID rules for indoor activities in Extreme Risk counties.  Starting this Friday, facilities over 500 square feet can have up to six people inside, allowing fitness facilities to reopen.  Facilities smaller than 500 square feet can have one customer and one employee inside.  The new modified rules do not apply to restaurants.  

Health Departments Shut Down COVID-19 Vaccination Applications Due To Shortage

(Portland, OR)  --  Health departments in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties are shutting down applications for COVID-19 vaccinations to people in the Phase 1A group.  The departments say there isn't enough vaccine to meet the demand now that Governor Kate Brown has added teachers and people older than 65 to the group of residents eligible for the vaccine.  A total of eleven-thousand people signed up to get vaccinated, and officials say it could be months before they are.

Two More OR Prison Inmates Die With COVID-19

(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities are confirming the coronavirus deaths of two more Oregon prison inmates.  The Oregon Department of Corrections says both inmates were incarcerated at the Two Rivers Correctional Institution.  Both died at a local hospital.  A total of 41 inmates have now died with COVID-19 in Oregon since the pandemic began.

OR Set Record Last Week For COVID-19 Deaths

(Portland, OR) -- Health officials say Oregon set a new record last week for coronavirus deaths. The Oregon Health Authority says 195 Oregonians died from the virus last week. Meanwhile, the agency says there has been a four-percent decline in new cases, and the percent of positive tests is down five-point-nine-percent.

OR Reports Eleven New COVID-19 Deaths

(Portland, OR) -- Nearly a dozen more Oregonians are dead after contracting COVID-19. The Oregon Health Authority reported eleven new coronavirus deaths yesterday along with 849 new cases of COVID-19. Oregon has now seen a total of one-thousand-843 deaths and nearly 136-thousand cases since the pandemic began.

Three More OR Prison Inmates Die From COVID-19

(Salem, OR) -- Health officials are confirming the coronavirus deaths of three more Oregon prison inmates. Authorities say two inmates from the Two Rivers Correctional Center in Umatilla and one inmate at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem have died from COVID-19. At least 36 Oregon inmates have now died with COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

Police: Driver Killed In Wednesday Crash Likely Suffered Medical Event

(Portland, OR) -- New details are coming to light regarding a deadly crash in northwest Portland. Police say the driver who died in Wednesday's crash likely suffered a medical issue just before the collision. Police say the car hit a building near Northwest 25th and Nicolai Street. An investigation is ongoing.

Man Arrested For Attempted Assault At Oregon State Capitol Protest

(Salem, OR) -- Police in Salem have arrested a suspect in connection to the December 21st protest at the Oregon State Capitol. Police arrested 65-year-old Richard Braatz of Eugene yesterday in downtown Salem, where he was participating in a protest near the Marion County District Attorney's Office. He's being charged with attempted assault and riot.

14 Arrested, Four Charged In Wednesday Night Protests

(Portland, OR) -- Police say officers arrested 14 people Wednesday during demonstrations in downtown Portland. The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office says four people are being charged, and police are investigating the remaining ten cases to determine whether charges can be filed. The four people who are being prosecuted are facing charges of riot, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. More than 100 people took to the streets of downtown Portland Wednesday night to protest the inauguration of President Joe Biden. Police say the demonstrators smashed windows at the Democratic Party of Oregon's Portland headquarters and threw rocks and eggs at the ICE building.

Man Charged In Deadly DUII Crash

(Springfield, OR) -- Police say they've arrested a man in connection a deadly crash in Springfield from back in December. Investigators say 57-year-old Kenneth McQuown was driving under the influence when he struck 40-year-old Nathan Nelson while he was crossing the street. Records show Nelson worked for ARC Lane County, which is a non-profit that helps people with disabilities. He was walking with a client at the time when he was hit. The client was not hurt. McQuown was arraigned last week.

Senator Wyden Makes Ethics Complaint Against Cruz, Hawley

(Salem, OR) -- Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is joining several senators in making an ethics complaint against Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Missouri Senator Josh Hawley in connection to the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th. The Senate Ethics Committee will determine whether Cruz and Hawley violated Senate ethics rules. The complaint asks the committee to determine whether Cruz and Hawley were working with the organizers of the rally.

Fire Burns House In Beavercreek

(Beavercreek, OR)  --  No injuries are reported following a house fire in Beavercreek.  Firefighters responded to the home yesterday.  Fire officials say smoke alarms alerted the family to a fire burning in the attic.  One person tried to use a fire extinguisher to put out the flames, but the fire continued to burn.  Officials say everyone inside the home was able to safely escape.  An investigation is ongoing into what sparked the blaze

Proud Boys Member Behind Portland Rallies Charged In Capitol Riot

(Undated)  --  A prominent member of the Proud Boys who organized large rallies in Portland is facing charges in connection with the attack on the U.S. Capitol two weeks ago.  Federal agents caught Joe Biggs in Florida and took him into custody.  Prosecutors say the right-wing extremist was among the first people who rampaged through the Capitol Rotunda.  Biggs previously helped draw hundreds of right-wing activists to Portland in 2019.

Police ID Man Killed In Sunday Homicide

(Portland, OR)  --  New details are coming to light regarding a weekend homicide in southeast Portland.  Police say 31-year-old Samuel Feltis was killed in a shooting Sunday night.  Police found his body on Southeast 90th Place about a block north of Powell Boulevard.  It's not yet clear what led to the shooting.  No suspect information has been released.

OR Reports 24 New COVID-19 Deaths

(Portland, OR)  --  Two-dozen more Oregonians are dead after contracting COVID-19.  The Oregon Health Authority reported 24 new deaths yesterday, raising the state's death toll from the pandemic to one-thousand-832.  Officials also confirmed 704 new cases of COVID-19 in Oregon.  The state has now seen more than 135-thousand cases.

Police Declare Unlawful Assembly Outside ICE Building

(Portland, OR)  --  Federal officers declared an unlawful assembly during protests outside the ICE facility in South Portland late last night.  The Portland Police Bureau says protesters threw eggs and rocks at the ICE building.  Federal officers deployed tear gas and other crowd control munitions.  The protest followed demonstrations at the Democratic Party of Oregon's Portland headquarters, where police arrested eight people for vandalism and various other charges.

Eight Arrested After Protest, Vandalism At Democratic Party Headquarters

(Portland, OR)  --  Nearly a dozen people are facing charges after dozens of demonstrators took to the streets of downtown Portland last night in protest against the inauguration of President Joe Biden.  KATU-2 reports about 150 protesters marched to the Democratic Party of Oregon's Portland headquarters, where they allegedly smashed windows, set fires and spray-painted anarchy signs.  Protesters said they were demonstrating against both Biden and law enforcement while supporting the rights of indigenous peoples.  Police arrested eight people on various charges.

Four Arrested For Mail Theft, Fraud

(Hood River, OR)  --  Police in Hood River say they've arrested four people for fraud and mail theft.  Police say the investigation started with a traffic stop Saturday when the driver failed to produce any identification.  Officers learned the four people inside the car were staying at a local motel, and they searched the motel room to find thousands of pieces of stolen mail.  Police also found a printer they believe the suspects used to make fake driver licenses, social security cards and fraudulent checks.  

OR Loses 25,500 Jobs In December

(Portland, OR) -- Oregon's unemployment numbers are up. The Oregon Employment Department says the state's unemployment rate increased from six-percent to six-point-four-percent last month. A total of 25-thousand-500 people lost their jobs in December.

OR Reports Five New COVID-19 Deaths, 637 New Cases

(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are confirming five new coronavirus deaths in Oregon along with 637 new cases.  The Oregon Health Authority reported the new numbers yesterday.  There have now been a total of one-thousand-808 deaths and over 134-thousand cases of COVID-19 in Oregon since the pandemic began.  

Study: Feds Used Toxic Smoke Grenades During Summer Protests

(Portland, OR)  --  A new report finds federal agents used smoke grenades that contained toxic fumes during summer clashes with protesters in Portland.  Researchers from the Chemical Weapons Research Consortium analyzed the smoke grenades and pepper balls used in more than two-dozen confrontations.  The company that supplied the smoke grenades used an ingredient classified as a likely carcinogen by the EPA.  Researchers are petitioning the incoming Biden administration and other law enforcement groups to consider using different smoke munitions.

I-405 Closed This Weekend For Pedestrian Bridge Construction

(Portland, OR)  --  The I-405 freeway in Portland will close this weekend for installation of the new Flanders Crossing bridge.  I-405 will close in both directions between the Fremont Bridge and Highway 26 at 10 p.m. Friday.  It's scheduled to reopen at 5 a.m. Monday.  The Flanders Crossing is a new pedestrian and bike bridge that will connect the Pearl District to Northwest Portland.

Clark County Taking Requests For COVID Vaccines

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Clark County Public Health is taking requests for people in the Phase 1B Tier 1 of Washington state's vaccination plan who want to get the shot.  Folks can submit their name on the Clark County Public Health website.  Officials say right now, they don't have enough doses to vaccinate everyone in the county who is eligible, so they're taking requests in order to avoid long wait times.  Those currently eligible to get the vaccine are residents ages 65 and older and residents ages 50 and older who live in multi-generational households.

Former Elementary School Teacher Pleads Guilty To Child Sex Abuse

(Eugene, OR)  --  A former Eugene elementary school teacher is pleading guilty to sexually abusing a child.  Court records show 38-year-old William Hamman pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of sex trafficking of a child.  Hamman used social media to arrange meeting with the girl in 2018.  Police arrested him in 2019 and found video of one of the assaults on his phone.  Sentencing is set for March 1st.

Arraignment Today For Gresham Parents Accused Of Starving Kids

(Gresham, OR)  --  Arraignment is scheduled today for a man and woman accused of starving their two young children in Gresham.  The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office says 33-year-old Mena Kamel and 28-year-old Marina Zaki starved and malnourished their kids between September of 2018 and June of last year.  Both children are under the age of six.  Police began investigating the parents in June after responding to their home when one of the children suffered a critical injury.  The parents are facing over a dozen charges for assault and criminal mistreatment.

PPB Prepared For Possible Protests, Violence

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are gearing up for possible protests and violence on Inauguration Day today.  The Portland Police Bureau says officers will be working to protect people's constitutional right to assembly and free speech while also maintaining peace, protecting life and preventing violence or property damage.  The bureau says that as of yesterday morning, it's not aware of any current active threats of violence.

West Burnside Reopens After Landslide

(Portland, OR)  --  West Burnside is reopened following a week-long closure due to last week's mudslide.  The slide during last Tuesday's storm brought down 500 cubic yards of debris along with trees and power poles.  Crews hauled away a total of 42 dump truck loads, and then engineers used rocks to stabilize the hillside.  The Barbara Walker Crossing remains closed for repairs after being hit by a falling tree.

OR Reports 666 New COVID-19 Cases

(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon is dealing with more than 600 new coronavirus cases.  The Oregon Health Authority confirmed 666 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday.  That raises the state's total number of infections so far to nearly 134-thousand.  Officials also reported three new deaths from COVID-19, raising Oregon's death toll to one-thousand-803.

Trader Joe's Anti-Masker Confrontation Goes Viral

(Salem, OR)  --  Some employees at a Trader Joe's in Salem have become an internet sensation for how they handled anti-mask protesters.  The protesters recorded video of the conversation where the manager tells the group about the grocery chain's nationwide mask policy.  The protesters try to assert their rights and attempt to go into the store maskless, only to be blocked by store representatives.  The group posted the video, only to have it backfire on them with millions of viewers on Instagram and Twitter praising the Trader Joe's employees for being polite.

Four Injured In Crash On I-205

(Portland, OR) -- At least four people are injured following a fiery crash on southbound I-205. The Portland Police Bureau says two vehicles erupted into flames after crashing yesterday afternoon near the Northeast Sandy Boulevard exit. At least two other cars were also involved in the crash. Four people were hospitalized, including two who suffered critical injuries.

Oregon Convention Center To Light Up In Honor Of 400K COVID Deaths

(Portland, OR)  --  The spires on the Oregon Convention Center will light up in red, white and blue today in honor of the nearly 400-thousand Americans who have died from COVID-19.  Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson made the request.  The current death toll makes this pandemic the third most deadly tragedy in American history, following the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic and the U.S. Civil War.

Hundreds March For MLK Day

(Portland, OR)  --  Hundreds of people gathered in Portland yesterday to march in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Demonstrators marched from North Portland down Rosa Parks Way.  The event was Don't Shoot PDX's 7th annual MLK Day march.

Clackamas County Commissioner Shull Apologizes For Xenophobic Comments

(Portland, OR)  --  Clackamas County Commissioner Mark Shull is apologizing for making racist, Islamophobic and xenophobic comments on social media.  Shull publicly apologized yesterday while meeting with community leaders at the Muslim Educational Trust.  Shull apologized for "causing fear" to the Muslim community and asked for forgiveness.  Shull said that he takes full responsibility for the comments, but he also claimed the comments were taken out of context and that they may have been leaked by a political rival.  Local leaders have been calling for Shull to resign after a blogger compiled troubling past comments made by him online.  The Clackamas County Board unanimously approved a resolution last week censuring Shull and stating that he should step down.

Tigard Police Seek Help Identifying Riot Suspect

(Tigard, OR) -- Police in Tigard are seeking help identifying a suspect accused of breaking windows during a riot earlier this month. The Tigard Police Department says the man was caught on surveillance camera using a crowbar to smash several windows on January 7th. Protesters were demonstrating against a deadly officer-involved shooting when the riot broke out. Police describe the suspect as a white man with curly hair and glasses.

Four More OR Prison Inmates Die From COVID-19

(Salem, OR)  --  Health officials are confirming the coronavirus deaths of four more prison inmates in Oregon.  The state Corrections Department says two inmates from Two Rivers Prison in Umatilla died in hospitals over the weekend.  Another two inmates from the Deer Ridge prison in Madras also died from COVID over the weekend.  A total of 31 inmates at Oregon prisons have now died with COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

OR Reports 42 New COVID-19 Deaths

(Portland, OR)  --  Over three-dozen more Oregonians are dead after contracting COVID-19.  The Oregon Health Authority reported 42 new coronavirus deaths yesterday, raising the state's death toll past 18-hundred.  Officials also reported one-thousand-972 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend.  Oregon has now seen a total of over 133-thousand cases since the pandemic began.

Evacuation Orders Lifted In Dodson After Landslide

(Dodson, OR)  --  Residents are returning to their homes in Dodson following last week's landslide.  Authorities lifted evacuation orders for the city in the Columbia River Gorge on Saturday.  Geologists say there's no immediate threat of another slide, but there is a risk that more slides will occur in the future.  Meanwhile, the search continues for Jennifer Moore, who was driving home Tuesday night when her SUV was hit by a landslide.

Police Investigate Shooting, Double Homicide

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a double homicide in southeast Portland.  Police responded to reports of a shooting near 143rd and Southeast Division Street early yesterday morning to find two people dead at the scene.  It's not yet clear whether police have identified any suspects.

USGS Reports More Than 100 Small Earthquakes At Mt. Hood

(Portland, OR)  --  No damage is being reported after a swarm of more than 100 small earthquakes struck Mt. Hood yesterday.  The U.S. Geological Survey says the strongest quake was a magnitude 2.7 that hit just after 3:30 yesterday afternoon.  Authorities say the quakes were more than three miles under the mountain.  The USGS says it appears there is no imminent threat of increased volcanic activity from the quakes.

One Dead After Shooting, Crash

(Salem, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing into a shooting and crash that left one person dead in Salem.  Police responded to reports of a shooting Saturday night near Savage Road and Ladd Avenue Northeast and found a car crashed into a tree with two people inside.  One person died at the scene, and the other person remains hospitalized.  Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact police.

Oregonian Contracts New COVID Variant

(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials are confirming the presence of a new, more contagious variant of COVID-19 in Oregon.  The Oregon Health Authority says a person form the University of Portland has tested positive for the new variant.  Officials say the patient did not travel recently, which means the virus was contracted locally from someone else in the community.  Officials are continuing to investigate how the transmission occurred.  The new strain of COVID-19 has been detected in several other states, including California.

Wyden Asks IRS To Investigate Groups Involved With Jan. 6 Rally

(Portland, OR)  --  Democratic U.S. Senator Ron Wyden is asking the IRS to investigate groups involved with organizing a rally that took place just before a pro-Trump mob stormed the halls of Congress.  President Trump encouraged his supporters at the rally to march to the Capitol building.  Five people were killed in the hours that followed.  Wyden wrote to the head of the IRS Friday saying some of the groups may have helped incite or facilitate illegal acts.  He said those groups could lose their tax-exempt status if they engaged in illegal activity.

Oregon COVID-19 Cases Trending Upward

(Portland, OR)  --  COVID-19 cases are on the rise following the holidays in Oregon.  The Oregon Health Authority reports new cases are up three-percent.  The number of positive tests increased to eight-point-two-percent.  There were also 104 more deaths this week than the prior week.  Officials say 55-percent of the new cases were in people between 20 and 49 years of age.

Officials Report 29 New Deaths From COVID-19

(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Health Authority is confirming another 29 Oregonians are dead after contracting COVID-19, pushing the statewide death toll to one-thousand-737.  The new deaths were reported yesterday.  There were also one-thousand-152 new cases Thursday.  Oregon has now administered 146-thousand first and second doses of vaccine.

Lovell Inauguration Preparation

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell says they'll hold people accountable if there's destruction, violence or criminal behavior around the Presidential inauguration.  Lovell says Portland Police have been working with other local police agencies and federal authorities to plan for events.  He says there are no known specific threats to Portland.  He says they will make arrests and present cases to the District Attorney for prosecution if there's criminal activity.

Demonstration Arrest

(Portland, OR)  --  A juvenile is accused of doing 46-thousand dollars worth of damage to businesses during unrest in Portland on New Year's Eve.  Portland Police say video surveillance shows the juvenile at several locations.  The suspect was being held on a previous warrant.  A search warrant was used for police in Longview to recover the clothes the juvenile was wearing.  He's charged with burglary, criminal mischief and riot.

Police Sergeant Rescues Man During Flood

(McMinnville, OR)  --  A McMinnville Police sergeant says he helped rescue a man who was stranded by flood water at Joe Dancer Park.  Early Thursday morning, the sergeant was inspecting the park that was covered by flood water when he thought he heard someone scream.  The sergeant says he then saw a light from a cell phone in the tree line on the other side of the water.  A Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue team responded with an inflatable raft and found a man standing on a log.  He told them he was sleeping when the rising water woke him up.  He thought he was going to drown.  The man was brought to safety.

No One Injured In Kelso Plane Crash

(Kelso, WA)  --  A single engine plane crashed at the Kelso Airport Thursday afternoon.  The pilot was the only person on board and wasn't hurt.  The pilot told firefighters he lost steering and the plane turned off the runway and into the grass.  The wheels dug into the soft ground and the plane flipped onto its top.

PGE Works To Restore Outages

(Portland, OR)  --  Thousands of people remain without power following Tuesday night's storm.  Portland General Electric says around four-thousand customers were still without electricity as of 3:30 this morning.  A total of 95-thousand customers of P-G-E lost power at the height of the outages.  The utility says the remaining outages are in remote areas with difficult access, and it may be this weekend before all of the power is restored.

Arson Suspect Arrested

(Vancouver, WA)  --  A suspect has been arrested for arson at Shanahan's Pub in Vancouver.  The fire happened last Saturday afternoon on the roof of the restaurant.  Surveillance video showed a man carrying a ladder and a bucket approach the building and leave around the time the fire started.  The suspect was identified as 44-year-old Eugene Scott of Vancouver.  He was arrested and charged with Arson in the 1st Degree.

Police Release Photo Of Shooting Victim's Tattoo

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Police Bureau has released a photo of a tattoo from a victim who was killed in a shooting.  It happened early Tuesday morning near Northeast 100th and Sandy in the Parkrose neighborhood.  They haven't been able to identify the person who was killed.  The victim is a male, possibly Hispanic, in his 30's, about 5-feet-11 and 169 pounds.  If you can help identify the person, contact Portland Police.

41 New COVID-19 Deaths Reported In Oregon

(Portland, OR)  --  Over three-dozen more Oregonians are dead after contracting COVID-19.  The Oregon Health Authority reported 41 new deaths yesterday along with one-thousand-346 new cases.  A total of 434 people are hospitalized, which is an increase of 31 from the previous day.  There have now been one-thousand-708 deaths and more than 129-thousand confirmed cases in Oregon since the pandemic began.

National Guard To Protect Capitol

(Salem, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown is mobilizing the Oregon National Guard to help Oregon State Police protect the state Capitol.  The FBI reports armed groups are planning actions against multiple state capitols in the coming week, and at least one threat has been made against the Oregon State Capitol.  State Police Superintendent Terri Davie says their goals are to protect people as well as people's rights and property.  Details of how the National Guard will be used aren't being released.

$100,000 Powerball Winner Lives In Oregon

(Hermiston, OR)  --  A Hermiston, Oregon man has won 100-thousand dollars in the Powerball lottery game.  Bradley Plate's ticket had four of the white numbers correct.  He needed one more white number and the power ball number to win the jackpot that was worth 470-million dollars last Saturday.  The Powerball drawing for Wednesday was worth 550-million dollars.

Two Injured In Gresham Shooting

(Gresham, OR)  --  Two women are injured following a shooting in Gresham.  Police say the shooting happened Tuesday night in the parking lot of the Extended Stay America on Northeast Sacramento Street.  Several people called 911 to report hearing the shots.  Police haven't released the conditions of the women.  A suspect has not been arrested. 

County Chair Calls For Resignation

(Oregon City, OR)  --  Clackamas County Commission Chair Tootie Smith is now calling for Commissioner Mark Shull to resign.  Shull has been accused of making Islamophobic comments on social media.  On Tuesday, Smith released a statement saying she doesn't condone or agree with his statements and that they don't reflect her values.  Yesterday, she released a brief statement saying that in support of the greatest good of citizens of Clackamas county, she has asked Shull to resign immediately.  No word from Shull on whether he'll resign.   

Flagger Hit By Work Truck, Killed

(Sandy, OR)  --  A flagger who was working for a Portland General Electric crew is dead after being hit by a work truck.  The accident happened Wednesday morning on Highway 26 near Cherryville Drive east of Sandy as crews were working to restore power following the wind storm.  Oregon State Police say 50-year-old Brenda Stader was hit by a truck that was backing up.

One Missing Following Slide

(Dodson, OR)  --  One person is missing following the landslide that hit the Dodson area early Wednesday morning in the Columbia River Gorge.  The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says 50-year-old Jennifer Moore from Warrendale is missing.  Deputies are searching the area to find her.  The slide brought debris down a creek bed onto the frontage road and across the eastbound lanes of I-84.

Oregon Ties Single Day Record For COVID-19 Deaths

(Salem, OR)  --  Health officials say 54 more Oregonians are dead after contracting COVID-19.  The Oregon Health Authority says yesterday's death count ties the state's single-day record for coronavirus deaths.  The agency also reported one-thousand-203 new cases in Oregon.  There have now been nearly 128-thousand cases and one-thousand-667 deaths in Oregon since the pandemic began.  A total of ten-thousand vaccinations were reported on Tuesday.

Storm Causes Landslides And Power Outages

(Portland, OR)  --  A storm bringing strong winds and heavy rain has caused power outages and landslides in Oregon and southwest Washington.  Around 110-thousand customers lost power throughout the region.  I-84 eastbound is closed in the Troutdale area because of a landslide in the Columbia River Gorge near Ainsworth State Park.   Deputies are searching the area for possible victims. A slide in Carson, Washington has SR-14 closed.

Four Oregon Counties Move Into Extreme Risk Category

(Salem, OR)  --  Four Oregon counties are moving into the Extreme Risk category for COVID-19 restrictions. They are Baker, Clatsop, Coos and Morrow counties. There are now 26 counties in the Extreme Risk category. It has the tightest restrictions with no indoor restaurant dining and no indoor fitness facilities. The changes take effect on Friday. Governor Kate Brown says until vaccines are widely available, Oregonians need to wear masks, wash their hands, maintain physical distancing and avoid large groups to keep COVID-19 transmission rates down.

Oregon Expands COVID-19 Vaccinations

(Salem, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown says COVID-19 vaccinations are being expanded to all Oregonians 65 and older.  The move follows an earlier announcement by the CDC that it's expanding vaccine eligibility to everyone 65 and older.  The federal government is also releasing all vaccines it had in storage.  Brown says the announcement came without warning, so the state is scrambling to put it into effect.  She's urging people to not call their health care provider right away, so they have time to make plans for vaccinations.  Brown added she's more determined than ever to make sure communities of color that have been adversely affected by the virus have access to the vaccine.

Oregon Pauses Men's Basketball

(Eugene, OR)  --  The University of Oregon men's basketball program has paused all team-related activities because of COVID-19 protocols.  The Duck's games on Thursday against Arizona State and Saturday against Arizona are being postponed.  The PAC-12 is working to find new dates for the games.

Flood Warnings, Watches In Effect

(Portland, OR)  --  Flood Warnings and Watches are in effect for the Oregon and Southwest Washington coasts along with inland areas following a series of storms that dropped several inches of rain.  The worst of the rain has passed, but it could be Thursday before the water flows down river and water levels start to recede.  In the Cascades, the freezing level has been high, causing snow melt which is contributing to the flooding.

Commissioner Swearing-in Postponed

(Oregon City, OR)  --  The Clackamas County Board of Commissioners swearing-in ceremony that was scheduled for today has been postponed because of violent threats.  The county hasn't detailed the nature of the threats, but Commissioner Mark Shull faces calls to resign two weeks after taking office because of Islamophobic posts on Facebook.  The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners posted a letter online calling on Shull to resign.

Salem Fitness Center Fined $126,749

(Salem, OR)  --  A Salem fitness center has been fined nearly 127-thousand dollars for violating the Governor's Executive Order that prevents fitness centers from operating indoor activities in "extreme risk" counties.  Oregon OSHA accuses Capitol Racquet Sports of willfully violating the restrictions.  The company's four locations were also previously fined.  Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood says the company is substituting their judgment for that of public health authorities.  The business can appeal the fine which is the maximum penalty allowed.

Parkrose Homicide Investigation Underway

(Portland, OR)  --  A homicide investigation is underway in the Parkrose neighborhood.  Portland Police responded to a shots fired call near Northeast Wygant and 100th Avenue early yesterday morning.  When they arrived they found a person who was deceased.  The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.  Police haven't said what led to the shooting and there hasn't been an arrest.

One Arrested For 'Suspicious' Three-Alarm Apartment Fire

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing possible charges in connection to a three-alarm fire at an apartment building in Northeast Portland.  Firefighters responded to the building near Northeast Cully Boulevard and Emerson yesterday afternoon.  Several residents had to escape from windows.  Officials say there were no serious injuries.  Fire officials are calling the blaze suspicious.  One man was taken into custody, and an investigation is ongoing.

Representative Nearman Investigated

(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek is calling for State Representative Mike Nearman to resign.  The call comes after surveillance video was released that shows Nearman leaving a door open which allowed demonstrators into the locked Capitol Building on December 21st.   Republican leadership has asked for a criminal investigation to be completed before any action is taken.

Oregon Zoo Cuts Price For Some Groups

(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Zoo is cutting prices for some visitors.  Half price admission is being given to people with an Oregon Trail Card, Washington Quest Card and people on Medicaid, WIC and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.  You still need to make reservations online and admissions are timed.


Portland Street Response Starts

(Portland, OR) -- The first Portland Street Response team is operational in a pilot program. They respond to calls for people who are homeless or have mental health issues that would have normally been handled by police. The program is modeled off of Eugene's CAHOOTS [[ kuh-HOOTS ]] team. The first PSR team will be stationed in the Lents area of southeast Portland. They'll be dispatched by 911 when certain criteria are met from the caller.

Child Death Investigation

(Salem, OR) -- Oregon State Police are working to investigate 150 tips that have been received in connection with the death of a young girl in Lincoln County. They still don't know the girl's identity, but they have excluded six missing children. They include 12-year-old Addyson Gibson, of Portland, seven-year-old Noelle Johnson, of Portland and seven-year-old Niayah Bylenga [[ NIE'-uh bih-LENG'-uh ]] from Pendleton or Ritzville, Washington. Investigators are asking that people continue to report tips. They're hoping a sketch of the girl helps identify her.

Kid Shooters Caught

(Seaside, OR) -- Early Monday morning, three teenagers were caught by Seaside Police firing a gun near the turnaround. Two boys were outside of a car with a pistol and a third boy who was in the car also had a gun. They are 14, 15 and 16 years old. They were taken to juvenile detention and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, reckless endangering, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct.

Man Arrested For Stayton Murder

(Stayton, OR) -- A man is under arrest and charged with the murder of a woman in Stayton. Police responded to a suspicious circumstances call Sunday night and found a deceased woman who had been shot. The Medical Examiner will determine how 70-year-old Karen Schaefer was killed. Police say 38-year-old Brian Schaefer is charged with Murder 2. Detectives aren't releasing details about what happened.

Protesters Ask Powell's To Stop Selling Andy Ngo Book

(Portland, OR) -- Dozens of people protested outside of Powell's Books on Burnside yesterday calling for the business to stop selling a new book by controversial conservative writer Andy Ngo [[ no ]]. The book is called "Unmasked: Inside Antifa's radical plan to destroy democracy." Powell's said in a statement, "We cannot wade into the work of discerning which titles are suitable for sale and which are not. That act of discernment lies with the reader." Powell's is only selling the book online.

Man Arrested For Courthouse Shooting

(Portland, OR) -- A man is in federal custody after allegedly firing multiple shots into the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Portland on Friday evening. Federal prosecutors say 39-year-old Cody Melby of Beavercreek jumped a security fence at the Hatfield Courthouse and used a nine-millimeter handgun to fire several rounds into the outside of the building. No one was hurt. Melby was taken into custody without incident. He's charged with destruction of government property.

Child Sex Crimes Convict Sentenced

(Portland, OR) -- A man convicted of coercing children in other states to send him sexually explicit videos is facing over a decade behind bars. A Portland judge sentenced 59-year-old David Cohron to eleven years in prison. In 2019, police in North Carolina told Portland Police about a man who was communicating with minors online. Cohron would use flattery, manipulation and threats to get kids to send him videos and photos. He contacted children in at least seven states. Cohron pleaded guilty to the crimes.

Fatal Hit And Run

(Portland, OR) -- Portland Police are trying to identify the driver in a fatal hit and run Saturday morning in North Portland. It happened at North Denver and Columbia Boulevard. Police were dispatched to a welfare check and found a pedestrian who was deceased. The driver fled the scene and police don't have a description of the suspect's vehicle.

Tigard Officer Identified

(Tigard, OR) -- Tigard Police have identified the officer who fatally shot a man last week during a domestic violence incident. Officer Gabriel Maldonado is a 14-year veteran of the Tigard Police Department. Several officers were trying to arrest Jacob MacDuff when he allegedly pulled a knife and was shot. He died at the scene. The investigation continues.

Oregon is dealing with over one-thousand new coronavirus

OR Reports 1,225 New COVID-19 Cases cases. The Oregon Health Authority reported one-thousand-225 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, along with two new deaths from COVID. Oregon has now seen a total of one-thousand-605 deaths since the pandemic began.

Oregon COVID-19 Weekend Update: 30 New Deaths

(Portland, OR) -- Oregon had 30 new COVID-19-related deaths reported over the weekend and nearly 29-hundred new cases. There have been now been one-thousand-605 deaths from COVID-19 in Oregon since the pandemic began and more than 125-thousand cases. So far, 97-thousand doses of vaccine have been administered, which is slightly more than two-percent of Oregonians.

Apartment Shooting Suspect Arrested

(Portland, OR) -- A man is facing multiple charges after allegedly firing several rounds from a rifle into neighboring apartment units in Southeast Portland. Police arrested 31-year-old David Yaron on 14 counts of Reckless Endangering and 15 counts of Discharge of a Firearm in the city for the shooting early yesterday morning. Police say Yaron's rifle had a drum magazine capable of holding over 50 rounds attached and loaded and that his rifle was staged in an elevated position toward where police officers were standing outside. Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell says it's not clear what Yaron had planned, "but the possibilities are chilling." No injuries were reported.

World's Oldest Known Orangutan Dies At 61

(Portland, OR) -- An orangutan believed to be the oldest in the world has died. Officials at the Oregon Zoo say Inji had to be euthanized on Saturday. She was 61 years old and had lived at the zoo in Portland since 1961. Orangutans can typically live to be around 40 in the wild. The zoo's senior primate keeper noted "Orangutans are at the brink of extinction -- especially in Sumatra, where Inji came from." In mourning her passing, another zoo staffer said Inji's "ability to connect with people was incredible. She inspired generations."

South Waterfront Shooting Injures Man

(Portland, OR) -- A 32-year-old man is injured after being shot in the back while sitting in a car near the Ross Island Bridge in South Waterfront. It happened early Sunday morning. Police say the man walked into a nearby hotel for help, and he was taken to a hospital. Police have not released any information about a suspect or details about what led to the shooting.

Unintended Shooting Victim Hospitalized

(Portland, OR) -- A 65-year-old woman is hospitalized after becoming the unintended victim of a shooting. It happened early Sunday morning at a house in the Portsmouth neighborhood. Police say two people in the house saw someone trying to steal their car and confronted the suspect, who fired a shot and hit the woman who was inside of the house. The bullet hit her foot. The suspect fled the scene and remains at large.

World's Oldest Known Orangutan Dies At 61

(Portland, OR) -- An orangutan believed to be the oldest in the world has died. Officials at the Oregon Zoo say Inji had to be euthanized on Saturday. She was 61 years old and had lived at the zoo in Portland since 1961. Orangutans can typically live to be around 40 in the wild. The zoo's senior primate keeper noted "Orangutans are at the brink of extinction -- especially in Sumatra, where Inji came from." In mourning her passing, another zoo staffer said Inji's "ability to connect with people was incredible. She inspired generations."

Nearman Accused Of Letting Demonstrators Into Capitol

(Salem, OR) -- An Oregon State Representative is accused of letting demonstrators into the Oregon State Capitol during last month's Special Session. The demonstration was in protest of new COVID-19 restrictions. House Speaker Tina Kotek [[ COE'-tek ]] says Oregon State Police identified Representative Mike Nearman as the person who let demonstrators into the building. Officers were injured and Kotek says legislators felt terrorized while the demonstrators were in the building. Legislative staff is considering options for how to address Nearman's actions.

Oregon Reports Ten New COVID Deaths

(Portland, OR) -- Ten more Oregonians are dead after contracting COVID-19. The Oregon Health Authority reported the new deaths yesterday along with 867 new confirmed cases. There are currently 462 people hospitalized, which is down 18 from Wednesday. There have now been a total of one-thousand-568 deaths and more than 121-thousand cases since the pandemic began.

Demonstrators Break Windows During Tigard Demonstration

(Tigard, OR) -- A demonstration last night in downtown Tigard is being declared a riot. A protest was held against this week's fatal officer involved shooting of a man who was armed with a knife and fought with officers who were trying to arrest him. About a hundred people broke windows of businesses, City Hall and the police station. One person was arrested.

Mayor Wheeler Punched By Protester

(Portland, OR) -- Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler says he won't be pressing charges against a woman who punched him at a restaurant in the Nob Hill neighborhood. Wheeler was reportedly dining outside with friends Wednesday night when a crowd confronted him and started yelling obscenities at him. The mayor says he asked the group to leave, prompting one woman to allegedly start swatting at him before punching him in the shoulder. Wheeler wasn't hurt. The group left before police arrived.

Two Inmates Die From COVID-19

(Salem,OR) -- The Oregon Department of Corrections says two more inmates have died from COVID-19. One inmate from the Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla [[ YOU'-mug-TIL'-uh ]] was between 85 and 95 years old and died at a hospital. The other inmate, who was between 70 and 80 years old, died at the infirmary in the Oregon State Penitentiary. A total of 26 Oregon inmates have now died from COVID-19.

Robber Sentenced

(Hillsboro, OR) -- A Washington County Judge has sentenced a man to more than seven years in prison for robbery and burglary. Tanner Mitchell pleaded guilty to threatening a man with a machete and using a gun to rob a woman he knew in her apartment. No one was hurt in either incident. Mitchell was turned over to the Oregon Department of Corrections to start serving his sentence.

New Case Of Legionnaires Disease Reported

(Portland, OR) -- Another person has been hospitalized with Legionnaires Disease in connection to a deadly outbreak at the Rosemont Court apartments in North Portland. That brings the total number of people hospitalized to five. One person has died. The Multnomah County Health Department says four other people are presumed to have the illness based on symptoms, and one person contracted it from a different property very close to the apartments. The Health Department has notified neighbors to be aware of signs of illness and how to lower the risk.

Unemployment Adjudications Reduced

(Salem, OR) -- Officials say most of the 52-thousand unemployment claims that have been under review for months in Oregon have now been completed. The Oregon Employment Department started an effort in September to finish the adjudications. Fewer than 150 of those claims need to be reviewed. More adjudicators have been hired and trained which increased the speed of the process. There are 13-thousand new claims that now need to be reviewed.

Domestic Disturbance Leads To Police Shooting

(Tigard, OR) -- A 26-year-old man is dead after being shot by police in Tigard. The shooting happened last night at an apartment complex near Hall Boulevard and Bonita Road while officers were responding to a domestic disturbance report. Police say suspect Jacob McDuff was sitting in a car and was armed with a knife when officers tried to arrest him. McDuff allegedly refused to surrender to police, leading to a struggle in which an officer shot and killed him. The shooting is being investigated by the Washington County Major Crimes Team.

Robbery Victim Stabbed Multiple Times

(Beaverton, OR) -- Police say a man was stabbed multiple times during a robbery in Beaverton. The victim arrived at his home on Southwest 138th Avenue early yesterday morning and met his friend 25-year-old Katherine Garrido outside. As the victim was unlocking the door, the suspect allegedly approached from behind and demanded his wallet. The victim said he didn't have a wallet, and the man stabbed him several times and then ran. The victim was treated and released from a hospital. Deputies tracked down and stopped Garrido's car a few hours later and found her and the suspect, 25-year-old Stephen Jajeh, inside. They were both arrested.

ZooLights Continues Through Sunday

(Portland, OR) -- This weekend is the final chance to check out the Oregon Zoo's holiday Zoo Lights. The drive-through winter wonderland of one-and-a-half-million lights continues at the Oregon Zoo through this Sunday. The event is different this year because of the pandemic. Tickets must be purchased online for timed attendance. Ticket prices have been reduced for the final week, and zoo members get an additional 25-percent discount.

Salem Shooting Kills One

(Salem, OR) -- One woman is dead following a shooting in Salem. Police responded with Salem firefighters for a welfare check on Norway Street Northeast near McCoy Avenue early yesterday morning. They found a woman who'd been shot. Police say 32-year-old Amanda Mankins was taken to a hospital, were she died. Investigators say they don't believe there's a danger to the public. There has not been an arrest in the case.

Blumenauer Calls For 25th Amendment

(Washington, D.C.) -- Oregon Congressman Earl Blumeanuer [[ BLOOM'-en-hour ]] says President Trump should be removed from office under the 25th Amendment. Blumenauer says the President sent a mob down Pennsylvania Avenue to attack and take over the U.S. Capitol to stop the certification of an election that he lost. Blumenauer says Trump needs to be removed immediately. He's urging Vice President Mike Pence and members of the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove the President because he's unfit to serve.

Wyden Calls Storming Of U.S. Capitol Building An Assault On Democracy

(Washington, D.C.) -- U.S. Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon says the armed Trump supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol building yesterday committed an assault on democracy. In a statement, Wyden said the riot by insurrectionists caps off four years of Donald Trump fanning the flames of fanaticism. Wyden says every Republican lawmaker who supported the president's effort to overturn a legitimate election shares responsibility for the violence that occurred.

Oregon To Increase COVID-19 Vaccinations

(Portland, OR) - Governor Kate Brown wants 12-thousand people a day to be vaccinated for COVID-19 within two weeks. The Oregon Health Authority is taking steps to meet that goal. Health Care workers will be able to receive vaccinations at certain pharmacies. More residents of long term care facilities will be able to get vaccinations. And, a pilot program is being started by OHSU in Portland to vaccinate 32-thousand home health care workers.

OR Reports 44 New COVID-19 Deaths

(Portland, OR) -- Nearly four-dozen more Oregonians are dead after contracting COVID-19. The Oregon Health Authority reported 44 new deaths yesterday along with one-thousand-59 new cases of the virus. There have now been a total of one-thousand-550 deaths and more than 119-thousand cases of COVID-19 in Oregon since the pandemic began.

Oregon Employment Implements Changes

(Salem, OR) -- The Oregon Employment Department has implemented changes from the recently passed Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act. Unemployment payments continue for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Extended Benefits. They also started adding the extra 300-dollars a week to payments. They're still waiting for federal guidance on a new program for people who are self-employed and also have jobs that get regular unemployment benefits. That will take several weeks to put into effect.

Pursuit Suspect Crashes Into Store

(Tualatin, OR) -- A police pursuit in Tualatin ended with the suspect's vehicle crashing into a gas station convenience store. The pursuit began when officers spotted the car driving without lights and it didn't have license plates. When an officer put out spike strips, the suspect nearly ran down the officer. The pursuit continued onto Nyberg Road where the car crashed into a store at the Shell gas station. Two employees were nearly hit. Police arrested 30-year-old James Powell on several charges.

Wizard World Cancelled

(Portland, OR) -- The popular Wizard World convention that was scheduled in Portland this year is being postponed until January 28th of 2022 due to COVID-19. Fans who purchased tickets for this year's convention will be able to use them next year. Wizard Brands continues to produce Wizard World Virtual experiences that include celebrities from TV shows and film franchises.

Oregon To Increase COVID-19 Vaccinations

(Portland, OR) - Governor Kate Brown wants 12-thousand people a day to be vaccinated for COVID-19 within two weeks. The Oregon Health Authority is taking steps to meet that goal. Health Care workers will be able to receive vaccinations at certain pharmacies. More residents of long term care facilities will be able to get vaccinations. And, a pilot program is being started by OHSU in Portland to vaccinate 32-thousand home health care workers.

OR Reports 44 New COVID-19 Deaths

(Portland, OR) -- Nearly four-dozen more Oregonians are dead after contracting COVID-19. The Oregon Health Authority reported 44 new deaths yesterday along with one-thousand-59 new cases of the virus. There have now been a total of one-thousand-550 deaths and more than 119-thousand cases of COVID-19 in Oregon since the pandemic began.

Legionnaires Disease Kills 1, Injures 4

(Portland, OR) -- An outbreak of Legionnaires Disease has killed one person and hospitalized four others from a Portland apartment building. Residents of the Rosemont Court Apartments are being urged to temporarily move to other housing. Multnomah County is helping residents who don't have a place to go. Legionnaires Disease is a bacteria that exists naturally in water, but can grow in closed systems like plumbing or air conditioning. The building's plumbing system will be drained and cleaned to eliminate the bacteria.

Wizard World Cancelled

(Portland, OR) -- The popular Wizard World convention that was scheduled in Portland this year is being postponed until January 28th of 2022 due to COVID-19. Fans who purchased tickets for this year's convention will be able to use them next year. Wizard Brands continues to produce Wizard World Virtual experiences that include celebrities from TV shows and film franchises.

Pursuit Suspect Crashes Into Store

(Tualatin, OR) -- A police pursuit in Tualatin [[ TWAL'-uh-tin ]] ended with the suspect's vehicle crashing into a gas station convenience store. The pursuit began when officers spotted the car driving without lights and it didn't have license plates. When an officer put out spike strips, the suspect nearly ran down the officer. The pursuit continued onto Nyberg Road where the car crashed into a store at the Shell gas station. Two employees were nearly hit. Police arrested 30-year-old James Powell on several charges.

Three Arraigned On Protest-Related Charges

(Portland, OR) -- Three people have been arraigned on charges connected to protests in Portland, and a fourth person is being charged. Jett Evans is accused of stealing from the Louis Vuitton store. Adam Layee allegedly lit a mattress on fire during extremely dry conditions, and he was found with a flammable device. Randal McCorkle is accused of launching commercial grade fireworks at police. And, Charles Comfort allegedly attacked a police officer.

Sex Abuse Suspect Arrested

(Portland, OR) -- A 60-year-old man is being held in the Multnomah County Jail on 29 charges related to child sex abuse. Portland Police say Brian Trostel turned himself in Monday after a grand jury indicted him on charges ranging from using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct to encouraging child sex abuse, and invasion of personal privacy.

Woman Charged With Assault On Plane

(Portland, OR) -- A woman is charged with assault and harassment after hitting another passenger on a Spirit Airlines flight that landed in Portland on Sunday. The victim had two young children. She told police they accidentally kicked the seat in front of them while getting off the plane. Daydrena Williams is accused of hitting the mother of the children three times in face. Williams said the victim hit her first, but witnesses say that didn't happen. Williams told police her first reaction was to fight and "you do what you gotta do."

Sunday Shooting Injures Man

(Portland, OR) -- Police are investigating a shooting in Southeast Portland where more than 50 rounds were fired. It happened Sunday night on Southeast 136th Avenue just north of Powell Boulevard. Two apartments and seven vehicles were hit by gunfire. A 19-year-old with a gunshot wound was taken to a hospital in a private vehicle. The man's injury is non-life threatening. No arrests have been made.

OR Reports Six New COVID Deaths

(Portland, OR) -- Health officials are confirming half a dozen new coronavirus deaths in Oregon. The Oregon Health Authority reported six new deaths yesterday along with 731 new confirmed cases. There are 102 patients in hospital ICUs, which is seven fewer than Sunday. There have now been one-thousand-506 deaths and more than 118-thousand cases since the pandemic began. So far, more than 51-thousand people in Oregon have been vaccinated.

Gray Wolf Delisted

(Salem, OR) -- The gray wolf has been removed from the federal Endangered Species List. Oregon's Wolf Management Plan will now control wolves in the state. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife runs the plan. Hunting and trapping of wolves remains illegal. In some circumstances, problem wolves that repeatedly kill livestock can be lethally removed after certain steps are taken by ranchers. It's estimated there are more than 150 gray wolves in Oregon.

Child Sketch Released

(Salem, OR) -- Oregon State Police have released a sketch they hope will help identify a child found dead in Lincoln County last month. The sketch shows what the little girl may have looked like. She was between six and ten years old and had likely been dead for at least a month before her remains were found on December 10th in the Van Duzer Forest Corridor off Highway 18. She was between 3-feet-10-inches and 4-feet 6-inches tall with long, dark hair. DNA analysis is being done to determine her race or ethnic origin.

Tualatin Robbery Suspect Arrested

(Tualatin, OR) -- Police say they've arrested a suspect in connection to the armed robbery of a coin shop in Tualatin. Detectives identified Marcel Macy as the suspect who allegedly robbed the Local Coin Company on December 23rd. The suspect stole seven-thousand dollars' worth of coins and then sold them to another coin shop in Beaverton for 55-hundred dollars. Macy was arrested yesterday morning at his home on a Measure 11 robbery charge.

PPB Releases Details On Suspect Escape

(Portland, OR) -- New details are coming to light regarding the escape of a suspect accused of running down a Portland Police officer with a stolen truck on Christmas Eve, seriously injuring her. Police say a cleaning crew accidentally helped 24-year-old David Dahlen escape from police custody on Saturday, shortly after officers tracked him down and arrested him for attempted murder. Police say Dahlen was being held at the Justice Center when a cleaning crew opened the door to the holding cell and then closed it again, but it didn't lock. Dahlen allegedly escaped without anyone seeing him, and he remains at large. Police say they're reviewing procedures to make sure similar escapes don't happen in the future.

Evergreen Schools Plan In-Person Education

(Vancouver, WA) -- Evergreen Public Schools will start bringing more students back to the classroom. Kindergarteners and students needing additional assistance have been going to school in-person since September. Starting January 19th, Kindergarteners will get more in-class time and first graders will begin in-person class twice a week. Then on January 25th, second and third graders will return followed by fourth and fifth graders on February 1st. When students aren't learning in-class, they will attend remotely.

Multnomah County Distributes Money To Restaurants

(Portland, OR) -- Multnomah County is sending out five-point-three-million dollars in CARES Act relief to restaurants. All food businesses that applied and qualified for the grants will receive payments. Food carts will get one-thousand-72 dollars for each license, and restaurants will get two-thousand-72 dollars. Funds were limited to owners with five or fewer permits.

New Year's Eve Shooting Kills One In Portland

(Portland, OR) -- Portland Police are looking for leads in a fatal shooting on New Year's Eve. It happened at a home on Northeast Alberta and Mallory Avenue around 10:30 Thursday night. Police found two victims at the scene, and they were both taken to a hospital. One of the victims died on Saturday. Police have not released any information about what led to the shooting.

Police ID Victim In Fatal Portland Crash

(Portland, OR) -- Police have released the name of a person who was killed in a crash New Year's Day morning in Portland. It happened just after 7 a.m. It was a single vehicle crash where a car hit a utility pole at Southeast 112th and Division. Police say 19-year-old Daniel Martinez was killed in the crash. A second person remains hospitalized, and a third person was treated at the scene and released. Police say Martinez was speeding when the crash happened.

OR COVID-19 Update:

10 New Deaths Over Weekend (Portland, OR) -- Oregon had two-thousand-431 new cases of COVID-19 reported over the weekend along with ten new deaths. There are 109 patients hospitalized in ICU's. There have been 15-hundred deaths and more than 117-thousand cases of COVID-19 in Oregon since the pandemic began. Nearly 49-thousand people have been vaccinated against the virus.

Two Oregon Inmates Die From COVID-19

(Salem, OR) -- Oregon had two inmates die from COVID-19 over the weekend. An inmate at the Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla [[ YOU'-muh-TIL'-uh ]], who was between 50 and 60-years old, died at the prison. And, an inmate from the Columbia River Correctional Institution in Portland died at a hospital. That man was between 45 and 55-years old. So far, a total of 24 inmates have died from COVID-19 in Oregon since the pandemic began.

Northeast Portland Shooting Wounds One

(Portland, OR) -- One person was wounded in a shooting Saturday afternoon in Northeast Portland. Police responded to Northeast 134th and Sandy Boulevard where they found the victim inside of an apartment. The victim's condition isn't being released. One person has been detained for questioning. Detectives haven't released any other details.

Tips Sought In Fatal Seaside Fire

(Seaside, OR) -- Investigators in Seaside are trying to learn the cause of a fatal fire. It happened New Year's Day morning at a two-story house on 7th Avenue. Firefighters found the body of 69-year-old Bonnie Dasse [[ DASS'-ee ]] inside. Investigators are asking anyone who witnessed the fire to contact them. They're also asking for any video of the event.

OR Notify Mistakenly Launched Early

(Salem, OR) -- Oregon is preparing to start using a mobile phone app that will tell you if you came in contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19. The Oregon Health Authority says Apple inadvertently turned on the app too soon. It's being tested by Oregon State University. OHA says the project is still under development, and they haven't said when the app will go active. Washington, and several other states, are currently using the app.

Suspect Sought In Portland Shooting

(Portland, OR) -- Portland Police are trying to locate a suspect in a New Year's Day shooting that wounded one person. The shooting happened around 2:45 a.m. near Southeast 148th and Burnside. When police arrived, they found the victim with serious injuries. They gave the person First Aid until paramedics arrived and took the person to a hospital. Police don't have a description of the suspect, and they haven't said what led to the shooting.

Suspect Accused Of Running Down Cop Escapes

(Portland, OR) -- The search continues for an escaped suspect accused of running down a Portland Police officer with a stolen truck on Christmas Eve, seriously injuring her. Police say 24-year-old David Dahlen escaped from police custody on Saturday shortly after officers tracked him down and arrested him for attempted murder. Dahlen was being held at the Justice Center when police say he escaped from a secure holding cell. Police aren't sure how he got out. He's described as five-feet-eight, 170 pounds and was last seen wearing a green long sleeve shirt, blue jeans and white tennis shoes.


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