Regional News Archives for 2021-02

OR Reports Ten New COVID-19 Deaths

(Portland, OR) -- Oregon is reporting nearly a dozen new coronavirus deaths. The Oregon Health Authority confirmed ten new deaths yesterday, raising the state's death toll from the pandemic to two-thousand-204. Officials also reported 553 new cases of COVID-19. One-hundred-56 people are currently hospitalized with the virus, which is down five from Wednesday.

Senate Majority Leader Wagner Blasts GOP For Walkout

(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon Senate Majority Leader Rob Wagner is blasting Republicans for refusing to show up on the Senate floor yesterday.  Wagner issued a statement saying "Lives are at stake as we deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, and yet the Senate Republicans continue their anti-democratic walkout tactics."  Republican senators skipped yesterday's legislative session in protest of the state's handling of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  The walkout came on the same day that Governor Kate Brown extended Oregon's state of emergency for another 60 days.  This is the third year in a row Oregon Senate Republicans have walked out.

Construction Worker Killed In Townsend Farms Accident

(Boring, OR)  --  A construction worker is dead following an accident at Townsend Farms in Boring.  The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says the worker was hit by an excavator at the farm yesterday.  Police say another worker was backing up the excavator when they felt a bump and realized the other worker had been struck.  Paramedics pronounced the worker dead at the scene.  Oregon OSHA is investigating.

Man Allegedly Rams Police Cars

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges after allegedly ramming patrol cars during a traffic stop in Northeast Portland.  The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says 38-year-old Wayde Silva had multiple warrants out for his arrest when deputies spotted his vehicle parked at a motel Tuesday.  Deputies used their cars to box him in, prompting him to allegedly ram the cars.  Deputies broke out a rear window and arrested him.

PGE Says Outages Could Last Into Next Week

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland General Electric says it could be until next week before all power outages from the winter storms are repaired.  There are still hundreds of lines down, and while there are only a few hundred customers without power, most of the outages only affect one or two homes.  Those outages take more time to fix.  Most of the remaining outages are in Clackamas and Marion counties.

Officials Seize 48 Starved Horses From Yamhill County Breeder

(Portland, OR)  --  A horse breeder in Yamhill County is facing animal neglect charges for allegedly starving dozens of horses.  The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office says it seized 48 emaciated horses from 82-year-old Susan Swango's property for severe neglect earlier this week after a five-month investigation showed they weren't being given enough food and water.  Officials also seized seven cats.  Swango is due in court March 24th.

OR Reports 32 New COVID-19 Deaths

(Portland, OR)  --  Nearly three-dozen more Oregonians are dead after contracting COVID-19.  The Oregon Health Authority reported 32 new coronavirus deaths yesterday, raising the state's death toll to two-thousand-194.  Officials also confirmed 437 new cases of COVID-19.  A total of 162 people are currently hospitalized with the virus.

Coast Guard Launches Investigation Into Coastal Reign Capsizing

(Portland, OR)  --  The U.S. Coast Guard is launching a formal investigation into the capsizing of the Coastal Reign on the Tillamook Bay Bar.  Four crewmembers were on board the 38-foot fishing boat last Saturday when it started taking on water while entering the bar from the ocean.  Two people died and the other two were rescued.

Three Injured In Motorhome Fire

(Lebanon, OR)  --  Three people are injured after their motorhome caught fire in Lebanon.  Firefighters say a woman was sleeping on a couch in the motorhome early yesterday morning when she woke up to find her foot was on fire.  The woman escaped with her nine-year-old daughter, who suffered a minor burn to her hand.  A third person in a back bedroom escaped through a window that a neighbor broke out.  Investigators say the fire was caused by an unattended candle.

New COVID-19 Cases Down 35-Percent Last Week

(Portland, OR)  --  New cases of COVID-19 in Oregon were down 35-percent over the last week.  Health officials say hospitalizations were also down 42-percent.  The number of deaths declined from 114 to 17, which is the lowest weekly death toll since June.  The state's positive test rate is at three-and-a-half-percent.

OR Utility Moratorium Extended

(Salem, OR)  --  The Oregon Public Utility Commission is extending the moratorium on disconnections for electric and natural gas service through June 30th.  The moratorium was set to expire on April 1st.  There are 97-thousand customers who are more than three months behind on their bills.  That's an increase of 272-percent since the pandemic started.

TriMet Hires Interim General Manager

(Portland, OR)  --  The TriMet Board of Directors is appointing Sam Desue Jr. as interim General Manager as the transit agency searches for a permanent GM.  Outgoing General Manager Doug Kelsey announced his retirement in December.  He'll remain with TriMet through March 5th.  Desue is currently TriMet's Chief Operating Officer.

Portland No Longer Anarchist Jurisdiction

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland is no longer an "anarchist jurisdiction."  President Biden issued an executive order yesterday revoking the designation for Portland, Seattle and New York.  Former Attorney General William Bar designated the cities anarchist jurisdictions back in September at the request of former President Trump, who also threatened to withhold funding from the cities.

Oaks Park Reopening Roller Skating Rink March 1st

(Portland, OR)  --  Oaks Park is reopening its roller skating rink on March 1st.  The rink has been closed since last March due to the pandemic.  Sessions will be limited to 50 skaters, and masks and social distancing will be required.  The area will also be sanitized between skating sessions.

OR's Revenue Up More Than $800M

(Salem, OR)  --  Revenue for the state of Oregon is up more than 800-million dollars despite the pandemic-caused recession.  Officials say the increase is due to federal stimulus money.  Unemployment benefits and the extra federal relief payments are taxable by the state.  The additional revenue means Oregon's Kicker law could be triggered, which would mean a 571-million-dollar refund to taxpayers in 2022.

OR Convention Center COVID-19 Vaccination Site Moving

(Portland, OR)  --  The mass COVID-19 vaccination site at the Oregon Convention Center will close on Sunday and Monday so it can be moved from the Oregon Ballroom to the Exhibit Hall.  The extra space will make the vaccination process easier and more convenient.  It's next to the parking garage, which is a shorter walk for older people.  Officials are contacting people who had appointments on Sunday and Monday to reschedule.

OR Has Vaccinated 836K Residents Against COVID-19

(Portland, OR) -- Oregon continues to make progress in vaccinating residents against the novel coronavirus. The Oregon Health Authority says the state has now administered about 836-thousand first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. To date, more than one-million doses of vaccine have been delivered to sites across Oregon.

OR Reports Eight New COVID-19 Deaths

(Portland, OR) -- Oregon is confirming over half a dozen new coronavirus deaths. The Oregon Health Authority reported eight new deaths yesterday, raising the state's death toll to two-thousand-162. Officials also reported 528 new cases of COVID-19. A total of 165 people are currently hospitalized with the virus, which is down two from Monday.

Fry's Electronics Shuts Down

(San Jose, CA) -- Fry's Electronic is closing all of its stores, including all the stories in Washington and Oregon. The company announced the closure early today, citing changes within the retail industry and the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the last brick-and-mortar electronic retail chains, the California-based company was known for its unique themed stores across nine states.

Pedestrian Killed On I-5 Near Ridgefield

(Ridgefield, WA) -- Police say a pedestrian was killed in a crash on I-5 south near Ridgefield. The crash happened around 3 o'clock yesterday morning near 179th Street. The freeway was closed for several hours while police investigated. It's not yet clear why the pedestrian was on the freeway.

(Vancouver, WA) -- Two firefighters are recovering from non-life-

Two Firefighters Injured In Vancouver Duplex Firethreatening injuries after battling a duplex fire in West Vancouver. Fire officials say the two were injured Monday afternoon while responding to the duplex on West 36th Street at the Logan Court Apartments. One of the firefighters was injured when the ceiling caved in on the crews. No word yet on what caused the blaze.

Four People Escape Burning Home In Newberg

(Newberg, OR) -- Fire officials say four people and their dog escaped a house fire in Newberg yesterday afternoon. Firefighters responded to the home to find heavy smoke and flames coming from the garage and spreading to the home's interior. Officials say smoke alarms alerted the residents, and they safely got out. The Red Cross is helping with temporary housing. No word yet on what caused the blaze.

DNA Helps Police ID 2016 Kidnapping Suspect

(Portland, OR) -- Police say DNA helped detectives identify a suspect in a stranger-on-stranger kidnapping and sexual assault that happened in downtown Portland in 2016. The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office says 27-year-old Timothy Harris was indicted on kidnapping and sex assault charges yesterday. He's currently in custody at the King County Jail lin Seattle and will be extradited to Oregon to face his charges.

Police ID Man Killed In Shooting

(Portland, OR) -- Police are releasing the identity of a man who was killed in a shooting Saturday night in Northeast Portland. Officers responded to a shooting at Northeast 54th and Fremont Street where they found two victims. Twenty-five-year-old Tyler Turpin died at the scene. The other victim remains hospitalized. A suspect has not been arrested.

Florence Restaurant Fined For Exposing Workers To COVID-19

(Florence, OR) -- Another Oregon restaurant is being fined for willfully exposing workers to COVID-19. Oregon OSHA has fined the New Blue Hen in Florence nearly 18-thousand dollars. That's nearly double the minimum penalty. OSHA says the business knew it was violating a public health order banning indoor dining in an "Extreme Risk" county. Earlier this month, Springfield restaurant Along Came Trudy was fined for the same violation.

Loggerhead Turtle Stranded On OR Coast Flown To San Diego For Recovery

(Newport, OR) -- A stranded loggerhead turtle that was saved from the Oregon coast is continuing to recover at SeaWorld in San Diego. Officials say the turtle was flown to San Diego over the weekend. She will eventually be released back into the wild. Officials say the turtle was found earlier this month near Lincoln City with a temperature of 50 degrees. A turtle's normal temperature is 75 degrees.

Bicyclist Dies After Crash In Salem

(Salem, OR) -- Police say a bicyclist has died after being hit by a car in Salem. The Marion County Sheriff's Office says the driver called 911 Sunday night after hitting the cyclist on Lancaster Drive Southeast near Monroe Avenue. Investigators say 25-year-old Blake Saville of Salem was riding his bike across Lancaster Drive when he was hit. Police say the driver was not impaired, and speed wasn't a factor in the crash.

Mysterious York Memorial Bust To Stay Put

(Portland, OR) -- Portland Parks and Recreation says a new memorial bust at Mt. Tabor Park remains a mystery. Authorities say an unknown artist has placed a bust of York where the Harvey Scott statue was toppled last fall. York was William Clark's slave. He was a member of the Lewis and Clark expedition and is also known as the first African American to cross North America. Parks and Rec say they will keep the installment in place as long as it's secure.

Oregon Man Had .77 BAC

(Madras, OR) -- An Oregon man is in the record books for a rather untoward achievement. The man, unnamed pending criminal charges, had a blood alcohol content of point-seven-seven, more than nine times the legal limit. He was arrested Friday after a short police chase ended with a car crash about 125 miles southeast of Portland. While there are no official records, the man's BAC seems to be far and away the highest. A woman, also from Oregon, came close in 2007 with a point-seven-two.

Burglary Suspect Caught In Act In Salem

(Portland, OR) -- Police say an alert neighbor and a video surveillance system helped catch a burglar in the act yesterday afternoon in Salem. Marion County Sheriff's deputies responded to a call on Oak Park Drive Northeast from a neighbor who saw a suspicious person near a house. Meanwhile, the homeowner also called 9-1-1 to report seeing the suspect on their home's surveillance camera. Deputies surrounded the house and used loud speakers to tell the suspect to come out. Police say 65-year-old Richard Woods walked out of the home 15 minutes later and was arrested on burglary charges.

Sergeant Braun Returns To Full Duty After Being Shot

(Portland, OR) -- A Washington County Sheriff's sergeant is back on the job after being shot by a suspect in 2019. The Sheriff's Office announced yesterday that Sergeant Jeremy Braun has returned to full duty. Braun was shot near Hagg Lake while investigating a theft-in-progress call. Police say the suspect was in a heavily wooded area and ambushed the responding officers. Braun suffered life-threatening injuries and had to undergo physical therapy to relearn how to walk and speak. Braun will spend the next several weeks working with other Patrol Division Sergeants as he learns his new position.

Beaverton School District Announces Return To In-Person Instruction

(Beaverton, OR) -- The Beaverton School District will soon start in-person hybrid instruction for middle school, high school and option school students who want to return to campus. The district says students also have the option of learning remotely full time. The change takes effect April 19th. Families will need to commit to either comprehensive distance learning or hybrid learning for the remainder of the year. Students who opt for in-person learning will be in the classroom two days a week and at home three days a week.

Governor Brown Orders Flags Flown At Half-Staff For COVID-19 Victims

(Portland, OR) -- Flags are flying at half-staff across Oregon in memory of more than 500-thousand Americans who have died from COVID-19. Governor Kate Brown issued the order yesterday. President Joe Biden made a similar declaration for federal buildings. The order remains in effect until sunset on Friday. In Oregon, two-thousand-155 people have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

One Killed, One Injured In NE Portland Shooting

(Portland, OR) -- One person is dead and another is injured following a shooting in northeast Portland Saturday night. Police responded to Northeast 54th and Fremont, where they found two victims. One person died at the scene, while the second person was hospitalized for non-life-threatening injuries. No arrests have been made.

OR Reports 647 New COVID-19 Cases

(Portland, OR) -- Oregon is dealing with over 600 new coronavirus cases. The Oregon Health Authority reported 647 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend along with six new deaths. A total of 166 people are currently hospitalized with the virus. There have now been two-thousand-155 coronavirus deaths and over 152-thousand cases of the virus in Oregon since the pandemic began.

One Killed After Boat Capsizes At Tillamook Bar

(Tillamook, OR) -- One person is dead and another is in critical condition after four people were rescued from an overturned fishing boat at the Tillamook bar on Saturday. Coast Guard rescuers found two people unconscious and two others who were alert when crews reached the 38-foot boat. One person was flown to a Portland hospital in critical condition. An investigation continues into what caused the boat to capsize.

Man Stabbed To Death Near Broadway Bridge

(Portland, OR) -- An investigation is ongoing into a fatal stabbing near the east end of the Broadway Bridge. Police say 57-year-old James Setty was stabbed to death early Saturday morning. The medical examiner's office has ruled the death a homicide. Police are still searching for a suspect.

Seismologist: Series Of Small Earthquakes Too Small To Trigger ShakeAlert

(Seattle, WA) -- Seismologists say a cluster of small earthquakes off the southern Oregon coast and on Mount Rainier over the weekend were not big enough to trigger a seismic warning system that's set to debut this spring. Pacific Northwest Seismic Network manager Paul Bodin tells the Seattle Times that none of the quakes were "of particular concern." Bodin says the earthquakes were not significant enough to trigger the new ShakeAlert system, which is set to launch to the public in Oregon this March and in Washington this May. The largest quake over the weekend was a magnitude 5.1 about 175 miles off the coast of Bandon, Oregon.

Infant Dies From COVID-19, Becoming State's Youngest Victim

(Portland, OR) -- Half a dozen more Oregonians are dead after contracting COVID-19, including an infant. The Oregon Health Authority says the infant boy from Umatilla County is the state's youngest coronavirus victim after dying from the virus last month. Oregon's previous youngest death from COVID-19 was a 19-year-old Marion County man. Officials say the infant had underlying conditions and died the same day he was diagnosed.

OR Reports 466 New COVID-19 Cases

(Portland, OR) -- Oregon is dealing with more than 400 new coronavirus cases. The Oregon Health Authority confirmed 466 new cases yesterday. Multnomah County had the most new cases with 66, followed by Washington County with 54. Oregon has now seen a total of 151-thousand-713 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

Man Arrested For Storage Unit Burglaries

(Portland, OR) -- Police say they've arrested a suspect in connection to the burglaries of two storage units in northwest Portland on Tuesday. Police say officers arrested 35-year-old Travis Hendon on Wednesday in North Portland after he crashed an SUV into a small boat parked near a house. Police say they recovered 16-thousand dollars worth of stolen property from him.

Two Killed In Wrong-Way Crash In Tillamook County

(Portland, OR) -- Two men are dead following a crash in Tillamook County. Police say 28-year-old Jonathan Moreland and 46-year-old Jimmie Toll were killed in the crash yesterday on Oregon 22. Police say Moreland was driving east when he crossed into oncoming traffic and struck another driver. Two other passengers in his vehicle were hospitalized for injuries. The other driver was not injured.

Positive COVID-19 Test Rate Down To 3.4%

(Portland, OR) -- The number of positive COVID-19 tests in Oregon is at its lowest level since mid-November. The Oregon Health Authority says the state's positive test rate is currently three-point-four-percent. The number of new cases dropped 15-percent over the last week. However, hospitalizations and deaths both increased.

Child's Death Investigated As Homicide

(Portland, OR) -- A homicide investigation is underway into the death of a five-year-old boy in Portland. The Oregon State Medical Examiner says the boy died from blunt force trauma at a hospital on February 10th. He was injured five days earlier at his house near Northeast 141st and Glisan. Portland Police Family Services detectives are investigating.

One Injured In Portsmouth Shooting

(Portland, OR) -- One person is injured following a shooting in the Portsmouth neighborhood. Police responded to North Alaska and Chautauqua Boulevard yesterday afternoon on reports of gunfire. Police found evidence of a shooting but no victim. Police later learned that the victim arrived at a hospital with a gunshot wound and was listed in serious condition. An investigation is ongoing.

One Killed In Aloha Shooting

(Aloha, WA) -- An investigation is ongoing into a deadly shooting in Aloha. Police responded to the area of Southwest Kinnaman Road and 185th Avenue yesterday afternoon on reports of gunfire. Police say one person was killed, and they're investigating the death as a homicide. Further details weren't released.

Police ID Man Who Crashed Over Glenn Jackson Bridge

(Portland, OR) -- Police are releasing the identity of a driver who crashed off the Glenn Jackson Bridge into the Columbia River between Portland and Vancouver Sunday night. The Portland Police Bureau says crews recovered the body of 57-year-old Antonio Amaro Lopez from the crashed vehicle on Wednesday. Police say he was driving across the snow- and ice-covered bridge Sunday when he crashed over the side into the river.

Elderly Woman Falls Into Well

(Scotts Mills, OR) -- An elderly woman is hospitalized after falling 50 feet into a well near Scotts Mills east of Silverton. Firefighters responded to a property on Crooked Finger Road yesterday after the woman fell through the wooden boards covering the old, rock-lined well. A neighbor called 9-1-1 and then used a rope and pulley to go down into the well and help the woman until medics arrived. The woman suffered hypothermia and serious injuries.

Poisoning Deaths

(Oregon City, OR) -- Police are releasing new details about the four people killed by carbon monoxide poisoning in Clackamas County during the weekend's winter storm. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says one person died after burning charcoal briquettes in a small, enclosed space. The other three people died in two separate cases involving malfunctioning RV heaters.

Crowd Protests Food Dumping At Fred Meyer

(Portland, OR) -- Police say a crowd of people gathered to protest outside the Fred Meyer store at Northeast 30th and Weidler, where spoiled food was being thrown into a large dumpster Tuesday night. Employees at the store called police to say they felt threatened by the crowd. Power was out at the store, and Fred Meyer says the food being thrown away was at risk because it wasn't refrigerated. Fred Meyer makes donations to food banks but says this food wasn't safe to donate.

PGE Says 90% Of Power To Be Restored By Friday

(Portland, OR) -- Portland General Electric says it will have 90-percent of the power outages from the winter storms restored by Friday night. The remaining ten-percent of the customers could be without power for several more days due to extensive damage. Pacific Power says electricity has been restored to 74-thousand customers. It could be Friday before outages to 49-hundred customers in Dallas, Stayton and Albany are repaired.

Oregon Zoo Reopens Tomorrow

(Portland, OR) -- The Oregon Zoo is set to reopen tomorrow after being closed due to ice and snow. The zoo will be open seven days a week with timed tickets from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets must be reserved online in advance.

Man Arrested For Burglary At Church

(Portland, OR) -- A man is facing charges after allegedly burglarizing a church in northwest Portland. Police say it happened early yesterday morning at St. Mary's Cathedral at 17th and Northwest Davis. Police responded to the church on reports the suspect was inside and throwing items through the windows. Responding officers found the suspect in the rectory yelling at a pastor who was trying to calm him down. The suspect allegedly tried to escape through a back door, but officers caught him and arrested him.

Cat Saves Oregon Family From Gas Leak

(Lake Oswego, OR) -- An Oregon family's cat is being credited for potentially saving their lives. KGW-TV reports that recently, Sandi Martin noticed her cat, Lilly, sniffing a valve by the fireplace. Martin then sniffed the valve herself and noticed a mild gas smell coming from it. After confirming the smell with her husband, they notified the gas company who then instructed the Martins to shut off the gas and open the windows. Upon arrival, the gas company confirmed there was a "dangerous gas leak" coming from their fireplace. Martin pointed out that she adopted Lilly not long ago.

Six Treated For CO Poisoning In Gladstone

(Portland, OR)  --  Half a dozen people are recovering after suffering carbon monoxide poisoning inside a home in Gladstone.  Crews responded to the home at Fairfield and Columbia Way just before 6 o'clock yesterday morning.  At least four of the six victims were rushed to a hospital.  Authorities say the carbon monoxide was caused by a generator being run in the home's basement to power the home's refrigerators.  The home is one of thousands that remain without electricity following the weekend's winter storms.  Officials are reminding residents to never run a generator inside a home.

DHS Says SNAP Recipients Can Request Food Replacement Amid Outages

(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Department of Human Services is reminding SNAP recipients they can request food replacement for food that had to be tossed due to power outages caused by the weekend's winter storm.  The department says it can replace food that's unsafe to eat due to a power outage, home damage or other disaster.  SNAP recipients must ask for replacement benefits within ten days of the loss.

Governor Issues Anti-Price Gouging Order In Storm-Devastated Counties

(Portland, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown is issuing an anti-price gouging order in the nine counties that have declared a state of emergency following the weekend's winter storms.  The order comes as hotels and motels fill up with people who haven't had electricity for days.  The order allows the Oregon Attorney General to investigate and take action if businesses violate the order.  Anyone experiencing an unusual price increase should report it to the Oregon Department of Justice.

Four Die From CO Poisoning In Clackamas County

(Portland, OR)  --  Police in Clackamas County say four people died from carbon monoxide poisoning during the weekend's winter storms.  The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office confirmed the deaths yesterday.  Police aren't releasing details yet on where the deaths occurred.  The Oregon Poison Center says it received 19 calls for carbon monoxide exposure over the holiday weekend.  Authorities are reminding residents you should never use kerosene or gas space heaters, a natural gas range or a camp stove to heat your home and should never run a generator indoors.

Man Arrested For Stabbing Deaths Of Two Men

(Portland, OR)  --  One man is facing murder charges in connection to the stabbing deaths of two men in Monmouth.  Police say officers responded to a report of several people yelling on Warren Street South near Clay Street early yesterday morning and found two men who had been injured with an edged weapon.  Both men died at the scene.  Police arrested 50-year-old William Gembala for their deaths.  Investigators say Gembala and the two victims knew each other.

Baby Killed In Single-Car Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  A three-month-old baby is dead following a car crash on Ecola State Park Road.  Oregon State Police say the single-vehicle collision happened Monday when a car veered off the roadway and crashed into a tree.  The baby died at the scene.  Police say the 23-year-old driver Rony Tomas-Garcia of Seaside and passenger Esperanza Martin-Ramirez were both hospitalized for injuries.  Tomas-Garcia is being charged with manslaughter, assault, DUII and reckless driving.

OR Reports 411 New COVID-19 Cases

(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon is dealing with more than 400 new coronavirus cases.  The Oregon Health Authority confirmed 411 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday along with one new death.  Oregon has now seen a total of two-thousand-138 coronavirus deaths and over 150-thousand cases of the virus since the pandemic began.  One-hundred-and-95 people are currently hospitalized, which is down 15 from Monday.

ShakeAlert Rolling Out To OR Residents This March

(Portland, OR)  --  The U.S. Geological Survey's new earthquake early warning system ShakeAlert will roll out to Oregon residents this March.  The USGS announced a March 11th rollout date yesterday.  The service is designed to send alerts in real time to cellphones and other wireless devices as soon as USGS sensors detect the start of an earthquake.  ShakeAlert has been enabled in California since October of 2019 and will roll out to Washington state residents in May.

Rescue Cat Sniffs Out Gas Leak, Saves Home

(Portland, OR)  --  A rescue cat is being called a hero after alerting her family to a potentially deadly situation.  The cat was adopted from the Cat Adoption Team in Sherwood by Sandi Martin.  Sandi says she was playing with the cat named Lilly when it started sniffing the key valve for the natural gas fireplace.  Sandi sniffed near the valve and smelled gas.  A representative from Northwest Natural arrived and determined the valve was leaking and could have caused a fire.

Over 200K Still Without Power

(Portland, OR) -- More than 140-thousand people are still without power in western Oregon following winter storms over the weekend. Portland General Electric says just over 120-thousand customers were still in the dark as of 3:30 this morning. Pacific Power says over 20-thousand of its customers were still without electricity. PGE says it's still working to fix more than six-thousand downed wires. Over 25-hundred people are working to restore power to the area.

OR Reports 184 New COVID-19 Cases

(Portland, OR) -- Oregon is reporting nearly 200 new coronavirus cases. The Oregon Health Authority confirmed 184 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. Officials say that number could be low due to the weekend's winter storm. No new deaths were reported, leaving the state's death toll at two-thousand-137. A total of 210 people are currently hospitalized with the virus, which is three less than on Sunday.

Power Outages Cause Class Cancellations

(Portland, OR) -- The large number of power outages affecting the Portland area is causing many school districts to cancel classes today. While many districts are still set up for remote learning because of the pandemic, widespread power outages mean many students won't be able to connect remotely. Students and parents are advised to check in with their districts this morning.

Roofs Collapse Under Snow Weight

(Gresham, OR) -- Heavy snow caused several roof collapses yesterday in Gresham and Troutdale. Police say the collapses happened at the Troutdale Safeway, the Old Navy store in Gresham and the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep Ram dealership in Gresham. No injuries were reported.

Sneaker Wave Warning In Effect Today

(Florence, OR) -- Forecasters are warning residents about an increased risk of sneaker waves today along the Oregon coast. The National Weather Service says a Beach Hazards Statement warning is in effect for the north and central Oregon coast through the end of the night. Sneaker waves are waves that run farther up onto the beach than other waves. The powerful waves have been known to pick up large logs and are strong enough to knock a person over and drag them into the ocean.

PBOT Won't Plow, Treat Side Streets

(Portland, OR) -- The Portland Bureau of Transportation is reminding residents it won't be plowing snow from the city's side streets. The bureau tells KATU-2 it doesn't plow or treat side streets as a rule because it doesn't have enough plows to do so. Transportation officials say residents living along these streets will have to wait for the snow to melt.

Search Continues For Car That Went Over Glenn Jackson Bridge

(Portland, OR) -- The search continues for the driver of a car that crashed off the Glenn Jackson Bridge into the Columbia River between Portland and Vancouver Sunday night. The daughter of Antonio Amaro Lopez tells KATU-2 she believes her father is the missing driver. Abi Amaro says her father has been missing since Sunday morning, when he went to work in Hazel Dell. Family members say his commute takes him over the Glenn Jackson Bridge and that his vehicle matches the description of the car. Witnesses called 911 Sunday night after seeing a car go over the side of the bridge in icy conditions. Search crews still haven't located the vehicle or any survivors.

Trees Topple At Enchanted Forest, Smashing Attractions

(Salem, OR) -- The Enchanted Forest theme park near Salem is reporting damage after several ice-covered Douglas fir trees toppled during the weekend's winter storm. Park owners tell the Oregonian that roughly a dozen trees came crashing down on the park over the weekend. The trees smashed the park's kiddie train, smacked the tower off its castle and crushed multiple structures. Park owners met with roofers and a construction crew yesterday to get started on repairs.

Tower Mall COVID-19 Testing Site Opening At Noon

(Vancouver, WA) -- The Tower Mall COVID-19 community testing site in Vancouver will open at noon today. People who have pre-registered for testing will be notified if their scheduled appointment is affected by the late opening. Pre-registration information will remain in the system so people can be tested at their convenience during operating hours.

Office Of Emergency Management Warns About CO Poisoning From Heat Sources

(Portland, OR) -- The loss of electricity caused by the weekend's winter storm also means a loss of heat for many people. The Oregon Office of Emergency Management is warning residents against using heat sources that can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. The office says you should never use kerosene or gas space heaters, a natural gas range or a camp stove to heat your home. Officials are also warning against running a generator indoors.

Over 265K Without Power In Portland Area

(Portland, OR) -- Hundreds of thousands of people remain without power in western Oregon following the weekend's winter storm. Portland General Electric says more than 265-thousand customers were still without electricity as of 3 o'clock this morning. The utility says the ice and wind storm was the worst it's seen in four decades, knocking down over four-thousand power lines. A total of 376-thousand customers were without power at the height of the weekend's outages. PGE says some customers could remain without power for up to a week. Crews from other states are set to arrive in Portland today to help in the effort to restore power.

Two Injured In Salem Shooting

(Portland, OR) -- An investigation is ongoing into a shooting that injured two people in Salem. Police responded to Astoria Way Northeast near Portland Road and I-5 around 4:00 yesterday morning to find two men suffering from serious gunshot wounds. Both victims were rushed to a hospital. No arrests have been made.

Legacy Health Cancels Elective Surgeries Due To Snow, Ice

(Portland, OR) -- Legacy Health medical centers is cancelling all elective surgeries for today because of the weekend winter storm. The health system says road conditions are still too dangerous for patients to travel to the hospitals. Legacy Health says they contacted all affected patients yesterday, and that they'll reschedule the surgeries as soon as possible.

State Of Emergency In Effect For Multnomah County, Eight Others

(Portland, OR) -- A state of emergency is in effect for Multnomah and eight other counties because of the weekend's winter storm. Governor Kate Brown declared the state of emergency on Saturday for Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Benton, Hood River, Linn, Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties. The declaration makes more state resources available to the affected areas.

Tri-City Water Resource Recovery Facility Running On Generator Power

(Oregon City, OR) -- The Tri-City Water Resource Recovery Facility in Oregon City is running on generator power due to electricity outages caused by the weekend's winter storm. PGE says it's working to restore power to the area. In the meantime, the facility is warning the public to avoid contact with the Willamette river water downstream of the facility for the next few days. The facility is unable to treat sewage to Clean Water Act standards while running on generator power.

Firefighters Respond To Two Chimney Fires

(Oregon City, OR) -- Firefighters responded to two chimney fires in Clackamas County yesterday as residents resorted to using their fireplaces to warm their homes amid power outages caused by the weekend winter storms. Clackamas Fire District One says no one was injured in the fires. Fire officials are reminding residents that chimneys need to be cleaned by a professional every year in order to prevent chimney fires. Officials are also warning residents never to use a barbecue grill as a heat source inside the home.

Rep. Herrara Beutler In National Spotlight Following Impeachment Witness Account

(Olympia, WA) -- Washington state Congresswoman Jaime Herrara Beutler is in the national spotlight for her witness account in the second impeachment trial against former President Trump. The Vancouver-area Republican Representative issued a statement Friday detailing a phone call House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy made to Trump during last month's deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol building. Herrara Beutler says Trump denied McCarthy's request to "publicly and forcefully call off the riot" and told him "I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are." The statement prompted Democrats to move to call witnesses in the impeachment trial, an effort that was later abandoned in favor of entering Herrara Beutler's statement into the record instead. The Senate voted Saturday 57-to-43 to convict, falling short of the two-thirds vote threshold needed for conviction. Seven Republicans joined the entire Democratic caucus in voting for conviction.

Over 40K Vaccinated At WA's Four Mass Vaccination Clinics

(Vancouver, WA) -- More than 40-thousand people have now been vaccinated for COVID-19 at Washington state's four mass vaccination clinics. More than ten-thousand people received vaccines at the Clark County Fairgrounds in Ridgefield. This week, the Ridgefield, Wenatchee and Kennewick sites will prioritize second doses of the vaccine. Those sites administer the Pfizer vaccine, which requires a booster shot three weeks after the initial dose is administered.

Police Responded To Three Shootings With Over 100 Shots Fired Wednesday

(Portland, OR) -- The Portland Police Bureau says officers responded to three separate shootings with more than 100 shots fired over the course of three hours Wednesday night. Two people were seriously injured in the shootings between 8 and 11 p.m. It's not yet clear whether the shootings were related. Police say there have now been 129 shootings in Portland so far this year. A total of 37 people have been injured.

Two Cases Of UK COVID-19 Variant Found In Clark County

(Vancouver, WA) -- Health officials in Clark County are confirming two cases of the highly contagious new variant of COVID-19 first reported in the UK. Clark County Health Officer Dr. Alan Melnick says the variant was recently detected in two local coronavirus cases. The new variant spreads faster and more easily than the main virus, but the measures you use to protect yourself are just as effective. Those measures include always wearing a mask outside your home, washing your hands and avoiding large groups.

OR Reports 12 New COVID-19 Deaths

(Portland, OR) -- A dozen more Oregonians are dead after contracting COVID-19. The Oregon Health Authority confirmed 12 new coronavirus deaths yesterday, raising the state's death toll to two-thousand-56. Officials also confirmed 621 new cases of the virus. Oregon has now seen more than 149-thousand cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

Police Search Of Jenoah Donald's Car Show No Weapons

(Vancouver, WA) -- Newly released court records show a Black man who was shot by police during a traffic stop in the Vancouver, Washington area was not armed. The Columbian reports a police search of 30-year-old Jenoah D. Donald's vehicle showed there were no weapons in the car when Deputy Sean Boyle shot him in the Hazel Dell neighborhood on February 4th. Deputy Boyle had said he saw a sharpened object in the car's center console before he opened fire. That object now appears to have simply been a cordless Kobalt drill. Donald was taken off life support yesterday and placed on comfort care after doctors told his family there's nothing more they can do for him. His shooting happened less than a mile away from the police killing of 21-year-old Black man Kevin Peterson Jr. during a botched drug bust in October.

Man Arrested For Armed Robbery Of North Face Store

(Woodburn, OR) -- A man is facing charges after allegedly robbing the North Face store at the Woodburn Outlet Mall at knifepoint. Police say the man shoplifted several items at the store on Wednesday and then threatened employees who tried to stop him. Responding officers found 28-year-old Vincente Leon Jr. in the parking lot and arrested him. Police say he had several prescription drugs in his pockets including xanax, oxycodone and morphine.

Winter Storm Warning Could Affect Garbage Pickup

(Portland, OR) -- The winter storm warning in effect for the Portland area could affect garbage and recycling services. Officials say it could be several days before trash is collected, depending on the amount of snowfall. Customers are encouraged to leave their bin on the curb. If the pickup takes a week or longer, the extra garbage will be collected at no cost.

Old Town Bar & Grill Liquor License Suspended

(Newberg, OR) -- A bar and grill in Newberg is having its liquor license suspended for violating COVID-19 safety regulations. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is suspending the Old Town Bar & Grill's liquor license. The commission says the restaurant was serving food and drinks to customers inside and hosting live music events. Restaurant owners received a verbal warning but still refused to follow regulations.

Woman Pleads Guilty To Justice Center Arson

(Portland, OR) -- A 21-year-old woman is pleading guilty to helping set a fire at the Multnomah County Justice Center during a demonstration in September. Hannah Lilly is being ordered to pay the county 46-thousand dollars in restitution and serve 18 months probation. She will also have to perform 120 hours of community service. Lilly has no prior criminal history.

Humane Society Says Pets Should Be Kept Indoors During Cold Weather

(Portland, OR) -- The Oregon Humane Society is reminding pet owners to keep dogs and cats indoors during the extremely cold weather. Young and senior pets and pets with short coats are especially vulnerable to the cold temperatures. Pet owners can also rub petroleum jelly onto their pets' pads to protect them from the cold, salt and chemicals when out for a walk. The humane society is also urging pet owners to watch for antifreeze or other lethal chemicals that might drip from vehicles.

OR Reports 13 New COVID-19 Deaths

(Portland, OR)  --  Over a dozen more Oregonians are dead after contracting COVID-19.  The Oregon Health Authority confirmed 13 new coronavirus deaths yesterday, raising the state's death toll from the pandemic to two-thousand-44.  Officials also reported 555 new cases of COVID-19.  A total of 211 Oregonians are currently hospitalized with the virus, which is down 15 from Tuesday.

OHSU Closes COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics Due To Snow

(Portland, OR)  --  OHSU is cancelling COVID-19 vaccination clinics scheduled for this weekend due to snow in the forecast.  The closures include the clinic at the PDX Red Economy parking lot, the drive-thru clinic at Hillsboro Stadium and the OHSU patient clinic in the Multnomah Pavillion on OHSU's Marquan Hill campus.  OHSU is contacting all patients who had appointments to allow them to reschedule.

Detroit Gets Grant To Build Temporary Water System

(Detroit, OR)  --  The city of Detroit, Oregon is getting one-million dollars to help build a temporary water system.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded the grant earlier this week.  Detroit's water system was destroyed by the Lionshead Fire last September, and it still hasn't been replaced.  Most of the city's downtown area was destroyed by the blaze as were several homes.

Oregon COVID-19 Cases Declining

(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials say new cases of COVID-19 are continuing to decline in Oregon.  The Oregon Health Authority says new cases are down 15-percent over the last week to the lowest weekly total in three months.  Hospitalizations are down eight-percent, and new deaths from the virus are at their lowest since mid-November.  The state's positive test rate is currently four-point-two-percent, which is down one-percent from the previous week.

Winter Storm Warning In Effect For Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  A major winter storm is expected to hit northwest Oregon and southwest Washington state today.  A winter storm warning is in effect for the Portland-Vancouver area, with two to six inches of snow possible.  A blizzard warning is in effect for the Columbia River Gorge, where wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour could cause drifting snow.  Freezing rain is possible in parts of the Willamette Valley south of Portland.

OR Adding Unemployment Verification

(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Employment Department is taking additional steps to help prevent unemployment fraud.  The state has hired an outside company to add verification to the unemployment process.  The new procedure is expected to start sometime next week.

Portland Public Schools Cancels In-Person Activities Due To Snow

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Public Schools is cancelling all in-person activities for today due to the impending snowstorm.  PPS made the announcement on Twitter last night.  Distance learning will continue as usual.

Extra PUA Payments Start This Weekend

(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Employment Department says payments will start going out to people receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance this weekend.  The Continued Assistance Act funds an additional eleven weeks of PUA payments.  The benefits will be paid retroactively.  The Employment Department's website has details to help people calculate how long their payments will last.

Governor Brown Allows School Contact Sports To Resume

(Portland, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown is allowing outdoor contact school sports to resume under certain conditions.  COVID-19 health protocols need to be in place, and schools need to resume at least limited in-person instruction before sports can resume.  Brown says if school gyms, fields and weight rooms are to reopen, we owe it to Oregon's children to make sure classrooms, libraries and science labs fully reopen as well.  In High Risk and Extreme Risk counties, schools need to have on-site COVID-19 testing for people showing symptoms of the virus.

Police Release Details In Jenoah Donald Shooting

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police are releasing new details regarding the officer-involved shooting of a Black man in Vancouver, Washington.  The Vancouver Police Department says 30-year-old Jenoah D. Donald refused to get out of his car after a Clark County Sheriff's deputy pulled him over for a broken tail light in the Hazel Dell neighborhood on February 4th.  The deputy claims he saw a sharpened object or tool in the car's center console.  Police say deputies tried to "escort" Donald out of his vehicle, leading to a physical struggle in which Donald allegedly grabbed one of the deputies by the vest.  Police say Donald then restarted his engine and started moving forward, prompting the deputy to shoot him.  Donald remains hospitalized on life support.  The NAACP says Donald's family is preparing for his funeral after doctors told them there's nothing more they can do for him.

Police Arrest Suspect In Domestic Violence Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've made an arrest in connection to a domestic violence shooting in northeast Portland.  Police arrested 38-year-old Jubal Culver of Portland on multiple charges including domestic violence, assault and unlawful use of a weapon for the incident on Monday.  Police say he shot at another person at a home on Northeast 94th and Glisan.  No one was injured.

OR Reports 529 New COVID-19 Deaths

(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon is dealing with over 500 new coronavirus cases.  The Oregon Health Authority confirmed 529 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday along with seven new deaths from the virus.  Oregon has now seen two-thousand-31 coronavirus deaths and nearly 148-thousand cases since the pandemic began.  A total of 588-thousand Oregonians have been vaccinated so far.

Portland-Area Counties Move Out of Extreme Risk Category

(Salem, OR)  --  The Portland Metropolitan area is moving into an improved COVID-19 risk level on Friday.  Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties will go from the "Extreme Risk" category to "High Risk".  The shift will allow restaurants and bars to have indoor dining at 25-percent capacity.  Indoor recreation businesses and fitness centers can also have 25-percent capacity or 50 people, whichever is smaller.  A total of 12 Oregon counties are moving to an improved risk level, while fourteen counties will remain under "Extreme Risk" guidelines for another two weeks.

Oregon Zoo's California Condors Laying Eggs At Record Pace

(Portland, OR)  --  California condors at the Oregon Zoo are laying eggs at a record pace this year.  Zoo officials say they've laid nine eggs so far, making this the fastest start to the year in the zoo's 18-year condor breeding program.  The eggs take around 55 days to hatch.  In 1982, there were only 22 condors left in the wild.  There are now around 500 thanks to breeding programs like the Oregon Zoo's.

PPB Identifies Woman Found Dead In Sunderland Neighborhood

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are seeking the public's help in their investigation into a woman's death in the Sunderland neighborhood last week.  The Portland Police Bureau says the body of 25-year-old Zoe Linn McAnally was found near Northeast Gertz Road and Vancouver Way on February 1st.  PPB has not released any details about Zoe's death but do consider the case suspicious.  Police are asking anyone who saw her or interacted with her before February 1st to contact them.

Police ID Man Killed In Vancouver-Area House Fire

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a man who died in a house fire in the Vancouver area.  The Clark County Medical Examiner says 75-year-old Patrick Prudhomme was killed in the fire in Northeast Hazel Dell on February 3rd.  Investigators say the blaze was likely caused by improperly discarded smoking materials.

Police Arrest Suspect In Road Rage Incident

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a man accused of pointing a gun at a woman during an apparent road rage incident in Northeast Portland.  It happened Monday at Northeast 122nd Avenue and Sandy Boulevard.  Police say the suspect threw some type of liquid on the victim's car and used a rude hand gesture before pointing a gun at her.  Officers tracked him down and arrested him on charges of felon in possession of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon.

Estacada School District Welcomes K-5 Students Back To Classroom

(Estacada, OR)  --  More students in the Estacada School District are back in the classroom.  The district welcomed back grades two-through-five under a hybrid model after bringing back kindergarteners and first graders two weeks ago.  All students must wear masks while on campus.  ESD hopes to bring back some middle and high school students next week.

Portland Area Could Soon Be Downgraded From 'Extreme Risk' Category

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Metropolitan area could be downgraded soon from the "extreme risk" COVID-19 designation level.  KATU-2 says preliminary numbers released yesterday show the Portland area's most populous counties qualify for the downgrade.  Governor Kate Brown is expected to make an announcement today regarding updated risk levels.

OR Reports 305 New COVID-19 Cases

(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon is dealing with over 300 new coronavirus cases.  The Oregon Health Authority confirmed 305 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday.  That's the lowest single-day rise in cases since mid-October.  Officials also reported one new death, raising the state's death toll from the pandemic to two-thousand-24.

One Killed In Single-Car Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead following a single-vehicle crash on North Columbia Boulevard near Columbia Court.  The Portland Police Bureau says the car crashed into a tree yesterday afternoon, killing the driver.  Police say no one else was in the vehicle, and no other injuries were reported.  This is the eighth fatal crash in Portland so far this year.

Scoreboard Scores Big With Super Bowl

(Salem, OR)  --  The Oregon Lottery's Scoreboard sports betting game had three-and-a-half-million dollars placed on the Super Bowl.  There were 150-thousand wagers with the average bet of 23-dollars.  A total of 35-hundred people bet on the coin toss and four-thousand wagers were made on what color Gatorade would be poured on the winning coach.  The game generated 700-thousand dollars for the Oregon Lottery.

3.6 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Near Parkdale

(Parkdale, OR)  --  Officials are confirming a 3.6 magnitude earthquake struck near Parkdale last night.  The USGS says the quake happened just after 9:30 p.m. about half a mile southeast of Parkdale.  The depth was measured at just over three miles.

Third Person Dies Following Crash Near Gervais

(Gervais, OR)  --  Police say the death toll from a two-vehicle crash on Highway 99E near Gervais last Wednesday now stands at three.  Officials say 21-year-old Brooke Fisher of Salem died from her injuries Sunday at Legacy Emmanuel Medical Center.  She was a passenger in a car that crossed the center line and slammed head-on into a Cherriots bus.  The driver of the car, 26-year-old Jordan Chandler of Salem, died at the scene, and the bus driver, 51-year-old Rachel Bunting, also of Salem, died later at a hospital.  Three passengers on the bus suffered injuries.

Newport Man Arrested For DUII Following Deadly Crash On Highway 101

(Lincoln County, OR)  --  Oregon State Police are charging a man with manslaughter and DUII after a deadly crash in Lincoln County.  Troopers say 33-year-old Johnny Widerman of Newport was driving southbound on Highway 101 in his pickup truck Sunday night when he veered into oncoming traffic and collided with a minivan. The crash killed 20-year-old Ruben Vasquez, and seriously injured the driver and two juvenile passengers. 

Police Seek Suspect In Fatal Hit-And-Run

(Portland, OR) -- The Portland Police Bureau says it's working to identify a suspect in connection to a fatal hit-and-run crash over the weekend. Police say a person was hit by a car Saturday evening near Southeast 136th and Stark Streets. The victim died at the scene. Anyone who witnessed the crash is urged to contact police.

OR Reports 21 New COVID-19 Deaths

(Portland, OR) -- Nearly two-dozen more Oregonians are dead after contracting COVID-19. The Oregon Health Authority confirmed 21 new coronavirus deaths over the weekend, raising the state's death toll from the pandemic to two-thousand-23. Officials also reported one-thousand-17 new cases of COVID-19. Oregon has seen more than 147-thousand cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

Ridgefield COVID-19 Clinic Has Vaccinated 67-Hundred Doses

(Vancouver, WA) -- Health officials say four mass vaccination clinics in Washington state have administered more than 25-thousand doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. At the Clark County Fairgrounds clinic in Ridgefield, more than 67-hundred people have been vaccinated so far. Registration for the next round of vaccinations started yesterday. There are 800 appointments available per day. Advance registration is required.

Man Killed In House Fire

(Wood Village, OR) -- One man is dead following a house fire in Wood Village. Firefighters responded to the blaze near Northeast 238th Drive and Maple Boulevard early Saturday morning. Fire officials say it took crews an hour and a half to extinguish the flames. Firefighters found the man's body inside the home. An investigation is ongoing.

Man Hospitalized After Being Shot, Crashing Car

(Portland, OR) -- One man is hospitalized after being shot while driving in east Portland. The Portland Police Bureau says the man crashed into an unoccupied trailer after being shot in the Centennial neighborhood Saturday night. He was rushed to a hospital in critical condition. No word yet on whether police have identified a suspect in the shooting.

Black Man On Life Support After Being Shot By Police

(Vancouver, WA) -- An investigation continues into the police shooting of a Black man in Vancouver, Washington. The Vancouver NAACP Branch says the family of 30-year-old Jenoah D. Donald is preparing for his funeral after doctors told them that nothing more can be done for him. Donald was rushed to a hospital Thursday night and placed on life support after a Clark County Sheriff's deputy shot him during a traffic stop at Northeast 68th Street and Second Avenue in the Hazel Dell neighborhood. The sheriff's office says four deputies involved in the shooting are on critical incident leave per standard practice. Police still aren't offering any answers into what led to the shooting. The shooting happened less than a mile away from the police killing of 21-year-old Black man Kevin Peterson Jr. during a botched drug bust in October.

Driver Killed In Rollover Crash

(Portland, OR) -- One person is dead following a rollover crash in northwest Portland. Police say an SUV was traveling on Northwest Yeon at Suffolk Street yesterday morning when the driver lost control of the vehicle. Police say the SUV rolled before coming to a rest against an industrial building. The driver died at the scene.

Man Arrested For Allegedly Breaking Business Windows With Hammer

(Portland, OR) -- A man is facing charges after allegedly using a hammer to break the windows of several businesses in northeast Portland. Police responded to multiple alarm calls near Northeast 15th and Broadway early Saturday and found 28-year-old Shaun Peterson carrying a hammer. Police say he broke windows on at least six businesses. Officers arrested him following a brief pursuit on foot.

OR Reports 730 New COVID-19 Cases

(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon is dealing with more than 700 new coronavirus cases.  The Oregon Health Authority confirmed 730 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, raising the state's total number of cases so far to over 145-thousand.  Officials also reported seven new deaths from COVID-19, raising Oregon's death toll from the pandemic to one-thousand-998.

Cutter Steadfast Returns To Astoria After Seizing Over $28M In Cocaine

(Astoria, OR)  --  The Oregon-based Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast is back home following a 45-day counter-narcotics patrol.  The U.S. Coast Guard says the cutter returned to its homeport of Astoria Saturday after traversing more than ten-thousand miles.  Crewmembers seized one-thousand-675 pounds of cocaine with a street value of more than 28-million dollars.  Crews boarded a total of four vessels and detained seven suspected narcotics traffickers during the mission.

Two Injured In SE Portland Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are injured following a shooting in southeast Portland.  Police responded to the shooting yesterday morning near Southeast 136th and Bush streets.  Two people were rushed to a hospital with serious injuries.  Police are still searching for suspects.

Former Nike Marketing Manager Charged With Defrauding Company For $1.4M

(Portland, OR)  --  A former marketing manager for Beaverton-based Nike has been charged in a scheme to defraud the company to the tune of one-point-four-million dollars.  Federal prosecutors charged 49-year-old Errol Andam [[ AND-uhm ]] yesterday with wire fraud, money laundering and making false statements on a loan application.  Prosecutors say Andam was in charge of designing pop-up retail shops for Nike when he got a friend to create a company to build the shops.  Prosecutors say he secretly controlled the company and personally prepared the invoices it sent to Nike.  He's also accused of diverting sales revenue from the pop-ups into his own wallet.

Man Stabbed Several Times At Restaurant Drive-Thru

(Portland, OR)  --  One man is hospitalized with serious injuries after being stabbed several times while ordering breakfast at a restaurant drive-thru in northeast Portland.  Police say the stabbing happened yesterday morning at Columbia Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.  Police found the 45-year-old suspect Aaron Knight nearby with methamphetamine and arrested him.

Route 99 Roadhouse's Liquor License Suspended For Failure To Follow COVID-19 Rules

(Canby, OR)  --  The Route 99 Roadhouse in Canby has had its liquor license suspended because it wasn't following COVID-19 rules.  OLCC inspectors initially gave the restaurant a verbal warning after finding its parking lot nearly full and customers inside without masks.  Inspectors returned this week and found nothing had changed, so they suspended their liquor license.

OR Reports Ten New COVID-19 Deaths

(Portland, OR) -- Nearly a dozen more Oregonians are dead after contracting COVID-19. The Oregon Health Authority confirmed ten new coronavirus deaths yesterday, raising the state's death toll to one-thousand-991. Officials also reported 649 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. At least 266 Oregonians are currently hospitalized with the virus. That's up four from Tuesday.

Judge Orders Gov. Brown To Vaccinate COVID-19 Prisoners Immediately

(Portland, OR) -- Oregon is set to begin vaccinating prison inmates against COVID-19 following an order from a federal judge. Governor Kate Brown is directing five-thousand doses of the vaccine per week to inoculate Oregon's 12-and-a-half-thousand inmates. The federal judge ordered Brown and the Oregon Department of Corrections yesterday to vaccinate state prisoners immediately. The ruling from the judge places prisoners in Phase One-A of the state's COVID-19 distribution plan, putting them in the same category with other vulnerable populations living in congregate care facilities. The judge cited statistics that show about one-in-four inmates in Oregon prisons have tested positive for the virus.

OHA Says COVID-19 Case Numbers On Rise Again In OR

(Portland, OR) -- COVID-19 cases are on the rise again in Oregon following multiple weeks of declining numbers. The Oregon Health Authority reports the number of cases increased 16-percent last week. Hospitalizations were also up, and the number of deaths increased slightly.

Police Arrest Suspect In Teen's Stabbing

(Milwaukie, OR) -- Police say they've arrested a man in connection to the stabbing of a teenage boy at an apartment complex in Milwaukie last month. Police say officers have arrested 60-year-old Marion Jameson on a charge of assault. Jameson was allegedly yelling insults at a woman at Fox Pointe Apartments last month when a 17-year-old boy intervened, prompting Jameson to allegedly stab him in the back. The teen was treated and released at a local hospital.

University Of Portland To Have In-Person Classes This Fall

(Portland, OR) -- The University of Portland is planning for in-person classes this fall. The university says tuition and fees for the next school year will remain at current levels. The school is also preparing to allow more students to live in its residence halls this fall.

PG&E Offering Rebates For Purchase Of Personal Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

(Portland, OR) -- Local residents who own or lease an electric vehicle could qualify for a rebate of up to one-thousand dollars for the purchase of a personal charging station. Portland General Electric says it's offering rebates of 500 dollars for most customers, but low-income residents can get up to one-thousand dollars. The utility is also launching a pilot program to reward customers who charge their vehicles outside of high-demand times. For more details, visit the PG&E website.

House Fire Kills Man In Hazel Dell

(Vancouver, WA) -- An investigation is ongoing into a deadly house fire in the Vancouver area. The Clark County Fire Marshal's Office says crews responded to a home in Hazel Dell early yesterday morning to find smoke pouring from the building. Officials say crews braved thick smoke and heat to search the house and found the body of a man who wasn't able to escape the blaze. It's not yet clear what sparked the blaze.

State Treasurer Reed Urges Rep. Hernandez To Resign

(Portland, OR)  --  Another top Oregon leader is calling for the resignation of Democratic State Representative Diego Hernandez amid allegations he engaged in sexual harassment on the job.  State Treasurer Tobias Reed issued a statement yesterday saying an investigation into the allegations has uncovered behavior that is unacceptable.  Reed added it's time for Hernandez to resign.  Hernandez submitted written testimony in a hearing before the House Committee on Conduct saying he takes responsibility for his actions.  However, he also claimed the investigation process was flawed and that the report was misleading.

Woman Shot Five Times While In Bed

(Portland, OR)  --  One woman is hospitalized after being shot five times while in bed in her Portland home early yesterday morning.  Police responded to the home near Northeast 91st Avenue and Sumner Street after the woman reported the gunfire coming through her bedroom window.  Officers had to enter her home through that window to get to her after two pit bulls living with her prevented police from getting through the front door.  Officers are searching for a suspect in the case. 

OR Reports 23 New COVID-19 Deaths

(Portland, OR)  --  Nearly two dozen more Oregonians are dead after contracting COVID-19.  The Oregon Health Authority confirmed 23 new deaths yesterday, raising the state's death toll from the pandemic to one-thousand-981.  Officials also reported 619 new cases of COVID-19.  Oregon has now seen nearly 144-thousand confirmed cases of the virus since the pandemic began.

Police ID Man Killed In NE Portland Stabbing

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are releasing the identity of a man who was stabbed to death Sunday night near Northeast 120th and Davis.  The Portland Police Bureau says 19-year-old Isaiah Maza Jr. died at the scene.  Detectives are still investigating the circumstances of the stabbing.  No suspects have been arrested.

Vancouver Fireworks Spectacular Cancelled Due To COVID

(Vancouver, WA)  --  The annual Vancouver Fireworks Spectacular at For Vancouver is being called off for the second year in a row due to COVID-19.  Organizers of the event say they had a deadline of January 31st to let their vendor know whether they'd be purchasing fireworks.  Organizers say health experts don't expect conditions will allow for large gatherings any earlier than this fall.

Health Officials Warn Of COVID-19 Exposure At Camas Salon

(Camas, WA)  --  Health officials in southwestern Washington are warning residents about a salon that may have exposed several customers to COVID-19.  Clark County Health says anyone who visited Stellar Hair Design in Camas between January 19th and 23rd may have been exposed to the virus.  It's not yet clear exactly how many people were exposed.  Health officials are asking anyone who visited the salon between those dates to quarantine at home for two weeks.

Charges Dropped Against Murder Suspect Held At Oregon State Hospital

(Portland, OR)  --  Charges are being dropped against a Portland murder suspect who suffers from mental illness.  Authorities say 26-year-old Demetrius Brown is being held as an "extremely dangerous person with mental illness" at the Oregon State Hospital.  Oregon law states that if someone is held in the state hospital for three years, the charges must be dropped.  Police say Brown is a suspect in two separate murders as well as an attempted murder and an assault.  A grand jury can indict Brown on the murder charges if he is released and deemed fit to stand trial.

Man, Daughter Die From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In Salem Home

(Salem, OR)  --  A man and his teenage daughter are dead after being exposed to carbon monoxide poisoning in their trailer in Marion County.  Police say 50-year-old Richard Yaple and 17-year-old Hannah Yaple were found dead Monday inside their trailer east of Salem.  Investigators believe a propane heater was being used inside the trailer.  A dog and a cat in the trailer also died.

Man Critically Injured In Portland Shooting

(Portland, OR) -- An investigation is ongoing into a shooting that critically injured a man. The Portland Police Bureau says the man was rushed to a hospital with life-threatening injuries after being shot Monday morning near 105th and East Burnside. It's not yet clear what led to the shooting.

OR Reports Nearly 1K New COVID-19 Cases

(Portland, OR) -- Oregon is dealing with nearly one-thousand new coronavirus cases. The Oregon Health Authority reported 964 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday along with one new death. There have now been one-thousand-958 deaths from COVID-19 in Oregon and more than 143-thousand cases of the virus since the pandemic began. A total of 271 Oregonians are currently hospitalized, which is down five from Sunday.

Man Charged For Throwing Rock At Cop

(Portland, OR) -- A 20-year-old man is facing charges after allegedly throwing a rock at a police officer during a protest outside the ICE building in south Portland. Prosecutors say Karl Nilsson has been charged with riot for the incident on January 28th. The officer was not injured.

Tow Truck Driver Accused Of Selling Meth While On the Job

(McMinnville, OR) -- A tow truck driver faces charges in McMinnville after police say he sold methamphetamine while working. Arrest records show that officers worked with an undercover informant for three weeks who bought meth from 53-year-old Richard Howlett on three separate occasions. A search of Howlett's truck and place of employment uncovered eight ounces of meth and 15-hundred-dollars in cash.

Man Arrested For Allegedly Firing Gun In Oregon City

(Oregon City, OR) -- A man is facing charges after allegedly shooting off a gun at the Oregon City Promenade. Oregon City Police say officers arrested 35-year-old Timothy Miller for the shooting Sunday afternoon at the Blue Heron Paper Mill. Police say he fired off one shot from the top of the cliff. No one was injured. Miller is being charged with unlawful use of a weapon and felon in possession of a firearm.

Woman Found Dead In NE Portland

(Portland, OR) -- An investigation is ongoing into the discovery of a woman's body in northeast Portland. Police say officers responded to the area of Northeast Gertz Road and Vancouver Way yesterday morning on reports on an unresponsive person. Responding officers found the woman dead. It's not yet clear how or when the woman died.

Police ID Teen Found Shot To Death In Car Near Wilsonville

(Portland, OR) -- Police are releasing the identity of a 16-year-old boy who was found shot to death inside a car at the French Prairie rest area on I-5 south of Wilsonville. Police say Juan Santos Bautista was found dead on January 16th. Police arrested another 16-year-old boy in connection to the murder on Saturday. Police say both the victim and the suspect were from Washington state and knew each other.

Lake Oswego Schools Announce Timeline For Return To In-Person Classes

(Lake Oswego, OR) -- The Lake Oswego School District is announcing its timeline for returning to a hybrid in-person learning plan. The district says Kindergarteners and 1st graders will return to the classroom on February 23rd. Second and third graders will return on March 1st. Fourth and fifth graders will return on March 5th. Finally, students in grades six through 12 will return on April 12th.

Police Arrest Man Accused Of Setting Fire To Two Salem Vehicles

(Salem, OR) -- Police in Salem say they've arrested a man accused of setting fire to two city vehicles. The Salem Police Department says 20-year-old Matthew Mungenast [[ MUNG-an-ast ]] is being charged with arson and criminal mischief for the fires at Pringle Parkade on January 10th. Damage was estimated at 45-thousand dollars. Police say Mungenast was arrested on unrelated charges last month, and an investigation tied him to the arsons.

Suspect Steals Car With Kids Inside

(Vancouver, WA) -- Police are searching for a suspect accused of stealing a running vehicle that had two children inside. It happened Saturday afternoon in Hazel Dell. The Clark County Sheriff's Office says surveillance video shows a Toyota Camry stop behind the victim's car and then one person getting out and jumping into the running vehicle and driving away. Police found the car abandoned several blocks away with both children still inside. Police say the children were not hurt, and one of them was still sleeping.

Extended Unemployment Benefits Ending In Oregon

(Salem, OR) -- Oregon is losing extended unemployment benefits after the state's unemployment rate average fell below six-and-a-half-percent. Officials say the change will happen three weeks from now. The program provided 13 weeks of additional payments. Oregonians who are losing benefits will be switched to the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, which provides an additional eleven weeks of payments.

OR Reports 19 New COVID-19 Deaths

(Portland, OR) -- The Oregon Health Authority reported 19 new coronavirus deaths and 707 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday. The agency didn't report numbers yesterday due to computer system maintenance. There have now been a total of one-thousand-957 deaths and over 142-thousand cases of COVID-19 in Oregon since the pandemic began.

Man Stabbed To Death In Tigard

(Tigard, OR) -- An investigation is ongoing into a deadly stabbing in Tigard. Police say 22-year-old Leroy Wass-Morill died at a local hospital after being stabbed Friday night at the Silver Creek Apartments on Hall Boulevard. Police are still searching for a suspect.

Over 10K Get COVID-19 Vaccine At WA Mass Clinics

(Olympia, WA) -- Thousands of people received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine last week at Washington state's mass vaccination clinics. The state Department of Health says more than ten-thousand people total were vaccinated last week at the four clinics located in Spokane, Ridgefield, Kennewick and Wenatchee. At the Ridgefield clinic in Clark County, more than three-thousand people were vaccinated. Vaccinations continue this week at all four clinics.

Hospital Goes Into Lockdown After Family Members Try To Force Patient's Release

(Vancouver, WA) -- Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital went into lockdown Friday night after armed family members of a patient tried to force their release from the facility. The Clark County Sheriff's Office says the patient wanted to stay at the hospital for treatment. Police say the patient's family and several supporters were open-carrying guns and carrying gas masks outside the hospital and tried to force their way in, only to be pushed back by deputies. One person was pepper-sprayed. No one was arrested. Several hours later, the patient reportedly asked to be discharged and was taken home by the family.

Oregon Faces More Postponements

(Eugene, OR) -- Oregon basketball is facing more postponements due to ongoing COVID-19 issues. The Ducks' games against USC over the weekend and UCLA tonight have both been moved. They last played on January 23rd, losing to Oregon State to drop to 9-and-3.


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