Regional News Archives for 2024-04

Police Say Shootings Up 400% In Gresham

(Gresham, OR) -- Shootings appear to be on the rise in Gresham. The Gresham Police Department claims the number of shootings reported in the city is up 400-percent from 2018. Police say there have been 38 shootings in Gresham so far this year. The department claims it needs more police officers on the streets to address the alleged problem.

Police Warn Parents Of Attempted Child Abduction

(Bethany, OR)  --  Police in Washington County are warning parents after a man allegedly tried to abduct a child near school.  It happened around 5:20 yesterday evening near the Jacob Wismer Elementary and Stoller Middle school complex.  Police say the boy was walking home from the elementary school when a man approached him and claimed to be a friend of his mother's.  The man then told the boy he'd been sent to pick him up.  Police say the boy ran away and got home safely.  The suspect is described as a large man in his 70s with a three-inch white beard, Pit Viper-style sunglasses and an American flag hat.

Camas Called One Of Best Places To Live In U.S.

(Camas, WA)  --  A city near Portland is being called one of the best places to live in America.  Personal finance website Money says Camas in Washington's Clark County is one of the 50 best places to live in the U.S.  The website lists Camas in its "Best Kept Secrets" category and praises the town's commitment to revitalizing its downtown area as well as its easy access to natural attractions, like the Cape Horn Lookout.  Eugene also made the list under the website's "Not Just College Towns" category.

Families Of Couple Killed In Gorge Mass Shooting File Lawsuit

(Seattle, WA)  --  The families of a Seattle couple killed in a mass shooting that also injured an Oregon man during an electronic music festival last summer in Washington are filing a lawsuit.  Thirty-one-year-old Andrew Cuadra of Eugene suffered a gunshot wound in the attack last June at the Beyond Wonderland EDM festival at the Gorge Amphitheater.  Family members of the two women killed in the shooting, 29-year-old Brandy Escamilla and 26-year-old Josilyn Ruiz, are suing event organizer Live Nation and its security contractors.  They argue the companies had both the means and the responsibility to do more to prevent the shooting.  Court documents show 26-year-old James Kelly of Joint Base Lewis-McChord told detectives he took psychedelic mushrooms and started to believe the world was ending before pulling out a gun and opening fire.

Salem-Keizer To Cut 400 Positions

(Salem, OR)  --  The Salem-Keizer School District plans to cut 400 positions to balance its budget for next year.  The cuts total 40-million-dollars which is on top of the 31-million-dollars the district already planned to cut.  Two-hundred-31 teachers will be eliminated across all grade levels, 114 instructional assistants, health assistants and graduation coaches will be cut along with eight administrators.  School District Superintendent Andrea Castañeda blamed the shortfall on underfunding by the state.

Jail Deputy Investigated For Use Of Force

(Oregon City, OR)  --  A Clackamas County Jail deputy has been charged with Official Misconduct for an incident that happened last July.  The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says the charges stem from a standard review following a use of force incident on an inmate by Deputy Jeanamarie Fisher.  Oregon State Police were called in to conduct the investigation.  Fisher has been placed on paid administrative leave.  The Clackamas County District Attorney's Office filed the charges against Fisher.

Trail Blazers Pilot Device For Sight-Impaired Fans

(Portland, OR)  --  Sight impaired basketball fans are experiencing NBA games in a partnership with the Portland Trail Blazers.  OneCourt, based in Seattle, developed a device that allows sight impaired people to experience a basketball game by feel through their hands.  They place their hands on a device that lays on their lap.  Vibrations indicate where the play is on the court.  The two organizations worked with local nonprofits to invite sight impaired people to test the devices.  The Trail Blazers allow the company to access the NBA's live gameplay tracking data that translates to vibrations on the device.  Tests will continue at the final two games of the season this week.

Oregon Zoo Announces Zoo Brew Festival

(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Zoo is bringing back its Zoo Brew festival to help kick off the summer season.  The zoo announced this week it will run the popular beer-tasting festival June 7th and 8th.  Over 45 breweries and cideries from the Pacific Northwest will be represented.  Tickets are available at the Oregon Zoo's website.

OR Distributes $6M For Wildfire Season Staffing

(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon is distributing millions of dollars to local fire agencies to help out with this year's wildfire season.  The Oregon State Fire Marshal announced earlier this week it has awarded a total of six-million dollars in grants to nearly 200 local agencies.  The funding is intended to help the agencies pay for the additional staffing necessary to fight the growing number of wildfires in the state.

Person Dies After Being Crushed By Massive Tree Stump

(Portland, OR) -- One person is dead after being crushed by a 12-hundred-pound tree stump in Northeast Portland. KATU-2 reports the victim was using some sort of equipment to remove the stump from their backyard yesterday morning when the equipment malfunctioned. Firefighters say the victim died at the scene.

Man Pleads Not Guilty To Shooting At Churches, School Parking Lot

(Vancouver, WA) -- A 23-year-old man accused of opening fire on a pair of churches and a school parking lot in Vancouver is pleading not guilty. KATU-2 reports Aleksey Suturin pleaded not guilty to multiple charges in court yesterday in connection to the drive-by shooting spree early Tuesday morning. Police say the spree started with a shooting at the Seventh Day Adventist Church on Northeast Saint Johns Road. Then shots were fired at the Kessid Columbia Church on Northwest 99th Street and later at a school parking lot. No injuries were reported. Suturin is being held without bail until a competency evaluation can be completed.

WA Man Pleads Not Guilty To Sabotaging Power Stations

(Chehalis, OR) -- A Southwest Washington man is pleading not guilty to sabotaging a pair of electrical substations in Oregon. The Oregonian reports Nathaniel Cheney of Chehalis pleaded not guilty to federal charges in court yesterday. He's accused of breaking into power stations in Oregon City and Clackamas near Portland in November of 2022 and shooting at pieces of equipment. Police say he had an accomplice, whose name remains redacted.

Police Release Pedestrians Name In Fatal Crash

(Milwaukie, OR) -- Milwaukie Police have released the name of a man who was hit by a vehicle and killed on Tuesday. Police say 80-year-old Louis Daniel Rodrigues, of Milwaukie, was crossing Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard in an area that wasn't a crosswalk. There was also reduced driver visibility. Rodrigues died at the scene. No citations or charges were issued to the driver who remained at the scene.

Teen Assault Suspect Arrested

(Gresham, OR) -- A suspect in a Gresham assault has been arrested. Police were trying to find the person who used a skateboard to hit a man on the head. The victim was hospitalized. Tuesday night, the 15-year-old suspect came with his parents to the Gresham Police Department and turned himself in. He was lodged at the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Facility and will be charged with assault.

Police Seek Help Finding Missing Hillsboro Man

(Hillsboro, OR) -- Police are seeking help in their search for a missing Hillsboro man. The Hillsboro Police Department says 58-year-old Daniel Quitugua has been missing since April 2nd. Police say he was last seen leaving his home in his white Toyota Tacoma. Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

Expanded Outreach Program In Central Portland

(Portland, OR) -- A pilot project to help people in Portland's Central City with mental health and addiction problems is being expanded. The Unified Command, under the Governor's 90-day fentanyl emergency, has recommended spending 682-thousand dollars to lease a space and staff the operation. The money would fund four peer support specialist-outreach team members, a project coordinator, a vehicle and leased space at the Mercy Corps building. The cost is being split between the state, Multnomah County and the City of Portland.

Reward Offered To Tips Leading To Murder Suspect

(Portland, OR) -- Portland Police are trying to find 53-year-old Harold "Bob" Dulaney in connection with a fatal shooting February 5th in the St. Johns Neighborhood. Dulaney is six-feet three-inches tall, weighs 260 pounds, and has brown hair and hazel eyes. He walks in a hunched posture and sometimes uses a cane. Crime Stoppers is offering a 25-hundred-dollar reward for information that leads to his arrest.

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival Ending Early This Year

(Woodburn, OR) -- The Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival is ending early this year. KATU-2 reports the annual event will end a week earlier this year on Sunday, April 28th. The festival was originally slated to run through May 5th. The festival started early this year due to an unseasonably early bloom.

Gervais School District Could Close If Bond Fails

(Gervais, OR) -- The Gervais School District could be forced to close if voters don't approve a bond for repairs. The last time voters approved a maintenance bond for the school district was in 1991. The Statesman Journal reports a survey of the district's three buildings found 119 projects would cost around 60-million-dollars to complete. The current bond is asking voters for 28-million-dollars. It would be used to build a new middle school, add portables, replace the roof on the high school and more than two dozen other projects. If the district closes, students would go to other schools in Marion County.

Police Identify Hit And Run Victim

(Portland, OR) -- Portland Police have released the name of a pedestrian who was killed in a hit and run crash last week. Rachelle Schaefer, of Portland, was on the offramp from southbound I-5 to North Broadway when she was hit. She died at the scene. The driver didn't stop and police are asking for help identifying the vehicle or the suspect.

Drowning Victim Recovered In Netarts Bay

(Netarts, OR) -- The body of a 54-year-old man from New Mexico who drowned in Netarts Bay has been recovered. Last Thursday, a man and a woman were clamming on a sand bar when the tide came in and they tried to swim to shore. The woman made it, but when she looked for the man she couldn't find him. The water was neck-deep and he was wearing waders. On Saturday, people crabbing in the bay called 911 to report finding a deceased man in the water. Tillamook County Sheriff's deputies responded and located the man. They determined it was the same man who went missing two days earlier. He was still wearing the waders.

Temporary Closure Planned For Resource Center

(Portland, OR) -- Multnomah County is planning a one week closure of the Behavioral Health Resource Center starting May 6th. The closure is required for fire protection upgrades to elevator shafts. During the closure, staff will get required certification training and drainage work will be done in the courtyard. The Resource Center provides daily support for over 100 people with mental health challenges. There's also a 30-day shelter program and a 90-day transitional bridge housing program.

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival In Full Bloom

(Woodburn, OR)  --  The warm weather has caused the tulips at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn to bloom early.  They're currently in full bloom and if you want to take part in the Wooden Shoe Tulip festival, you'll need to do it by April 28th.  They're ending early this year, because there won't be many tulips remaining for the planned May 5th end to the festival.  All admission, both day and season tickets, need to be purchased online.

OSU Tuition Increasing 4.65%

(Corvallis, OR)  --  Tuition at Oregon State University is going up.  Last Friday, the Board of Trustees approved an increase of four-point-six percent for undergraduate students.  OSU will increase student financial aid by nearly 10-million-dollars to more than 125-million dollars.  That's nearly three times what it was five years ago.  The university says the increases are driven by inflation from labor, goods and services, along with costs from increasing enrollment.

Comedian Wanda Sykes Announces Portland Show


(Portland, OR) -- Comedian and actor Wanda Sykes is bringing her "Please & Thank You" tour to Portland this fall. Sykes is an Emmy award winning comic, writer, and actor. Her most recent Netflix special is called "Wanda Sykes: I'm an Entertainer." She'll perform October 11th at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Tickets go on sale this Friday.

Multnomah County Preschool Adds 600 openings

(Portland, OR)  --  Multnomah County's Preschool for All program is accepting applications for 2024-25.  The program is free.  It's funded by a Multnomah County income tax.  Six-hundred new students will be added this year.  A total of two-thousand students will be in the program.  The deadline to apply is April 30th.  The goal is to eventually have openings for all children in the county.  Currently, children from disadvantaged families get higher priority.

New Project To Improve Gateway Green

(Portland, OR)  --  More changes are coming to the Gateway Green Project.  It's located at the intersection of I-84 and I-205 in Northeast Portland.  The park already includes hiking trails and mountain biking.  The work is beginning at the south end of the park.  It'll include a new entry plaza, a thousand feet of new bike trails, a new trailhead, restoration of oak habitat and a five percent grade that will make it easier to access the park.  The third phase of the project is expected to be completed this fall. 

New Study Ranks Portland As 6th Healthiest City In America

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland is being called one of the top ten healthiest cities in the nation.  The finance company WalletHub compared 182 cities in terms of good health, focusing on 41 areas like daily fruit and vegetable consumption and the rate of healthy restaurants per capita.  Portland was ranked sixth in the U.S.. San Francisco came in first place, followed by Honolulu in second.

Central Coast Cat Rescue Overwhelmed

(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Humane Society is helping the Oregon Coast Small Animal Rescue, in Toledo, by taking 36 cats.  The cat rescue says it's been overwhelmed by people leaving cats at their facility.  The Oregon Humane Society has a special center to handle large rescues, but they're asking for donations, and they need people to adopt the cats.  Some of the cats will be available as soon as this weekend.

Elevator Vandal Arrested

(Oregon City, OR)  --  A man who vandalized the public elevator in Oregon City has been arrested.  Late Friday night, surveillance video captured a suspect kicking the elevator doors causing so much damage the elevator stopped working. The damage is estimated at over a thousand dollars.  On Saturday, police identified the suspect and arrested 22-year-old Evan Bettencourt.

Pedestrian Dies Following Crash

(Portland, OR)  --  A pedestrian who was hit on April 1st in Portland's Overlook neighborhood has died from his injuries.  The crash happened at 6:15 in the morning near North Interstate Avenue and Sumner Street. Thirty-one-year-old Cameron Giles was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, and he died three days later at a hospital.  The driver remained at the scene and has not been cited or charged.  The investigation is ongoing.

MAX Project To Close East End Stations

(Gresham, OR)  --  A seven-day MAX disruption is underway in Gresham.  Crews are replacing a decades-old rail crossing in the Rockwood Neighborhood.  It's located about a thousand feet southeast of the 188th Avenue station.  New rail will be installed along with a better crossing for vehicles.  Five MAX stations are closed between the East 172nd Avenue and Civic Drive MAX stations.  Buses are running in place of the Blue Line trains.  Service will return to normal on Sunday April 14th.

Oregon Receives EPA Funding

(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon will receive more than 90-million dollars from the Environmental Protection Agency to fund safe drinking water projects and strengthen wastewater and stormwater infrastructure. Fifty-three-million is for development of water treatment facilities.  The investments are part of eight-and-a-half-billion dollars the EPA is doling out around the country from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2024.

Portland Area Heat Map

(Portland, OR)  --  A heat map of the Portland area has been produced that shows the hottest areas during extreme heat.  It includes Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties.  It's the largest heat mapping project in the world and covered 400 square miles.  The hottest areas were along transportation corridors.  The information can be used by governments to increasing cooling centers and where to plant more trees to provide shade.

Billion-Dollar Powerball Ticket Sold In Oregon

(undated)  --  Somebody won the billion-dollar Powerball jackpot.  Lottery officials say a single ticket in Oregon matched all six numbers in Saturday's drawing, and is worth an estimated one-point-three-billion dollars.  Powerball says it's the fourth-largest jackpot in the history of the game.  The winner has the option of getting the full amount, before taxes, spread out over 30 years, or getting a lump sum payment of about 620-million dollars. 

Ellen DeGeneres Announces Portland Show

(Portland, OR)  --  Comedian Ellen DeGeneres will perform in Portland this summer.  She ended her talk show after 19 seasons, and after taking a break from stand-up, she's resumed for what might be her last tour.  She's bringing her "Ellen's Last Stand...Up" to the Newmark Theatre on Tuesday, June 25th and Wednesday, June 26th.

Free Eclipse Viewing Party Hosted By OMSI

(Portland, OR)  --  A free solar eclipse viewing party is set for today at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.  The museum will have pinhole cameras available to see what the eclipse looks like over Oregon.  The Planetarium will have a live stream video of the eclipse.  Over Oregon, the Moon will cover 23 percent of the Sun.  The duration will be over four minutes which is nearly twice as long as the 2017 solar eclipse.  The viewing party will run from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

80 Asylum Seekers To Receive Money For Housing From Multnomah County

(Portland, OR)  --  Multnomah County will be funding a program to keep 80 asylum seekers from homelessness.  The group had previously been staying at a hotel in North Portland through the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice but the funds ran out at the end of March.  The funding will last through the end of the month.  Long term solutions will be discussed next week at a county meeting. 

Police Recover Service Dog That Was In Stolen Car

(Oregon City, OR)  --  A service dog taken in a stolen car Monday in Oregon City is back with his family.  The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says the car was spotted driving into an apartment complex.  The suspects ran into an apartment leading to a standoff.  After several hours, deputies arrested Derek Johnson and Celeste Bush.  Nina White was arrested for allegedly trying to hide the two in her apartment.  Acting on a tip, deputies went to an apartment complex in Happy Valley and recovered the service dog, named Takoda.

New Ordinance Banning Homeless Camps In Public Areas Announced by Mayor

(Portland, OR)  --  A new city ordinance has been announced by the mayor to ban homeless camps in public areas.  It comes as Mayor Wheeler's previous camping ban was put on hold by a judge.  The new plan would ban camping for people who have a reasonable shelter alternative or who decline an offer of a reasonable alternative. 

Florida Woman Accused Of Laundering $1.4M In Portland Affordable Housing Funds

(Portland, OR)  --  A Florida woman is being accused of stealing almost one-and-a-half million dollars from Portland's affordable housing funds.  Chantail Williams faces seven charges including aggravated theft for allegedly taking affordable housing money in a cybersecurity breach.  She allegedly took the money late in April of 2022.  She was arrested in Florida and transferred to Multnomah County custody on Wednesday.

Alaska Airlines Receives $160 Million From Boeing For Portland Door Incident

(Portland, OR)  --  Alaska Airlines is receving a big payout following the door plug incident on a flight leaving Portland International in January.  The airline says Boeing has paid them 160-million dollars in "initial compensation" for the mishap, which involved a door plug blowing out midflight on an Alaska Boeing Max 9 jet. Alaska says the payment covered the airline's pretax loss related to the accident.  Boeing will allegedly pay more at a later date for lost revenue due to Alaska's "customer consideration."  

Medford Man Indicted For Selling Explosives

(Medford, OR)  --  A federal grand jury in Medford has indicted a man for allegedly selling explosives and fentanyl.  In March, Medford Police notified ATF agents that 56-year-old Wesley Armstrong was trying to sell explosives.  They say he was arrested after selling eight cast explosives, other explosive material and a small amount of fentanyl.  A search of his vehicle found a loaded gun and more fentanyl.  He was charged for selling explosives, drug possession with intent to distribute, and felon in possession of a firearm.

PDX Main Terminal Opening

(Portland, OR)  --  The new Main Terminal at Portland International Airport will open in August.  Crews paused work earlier this year, because of safety issues that lead to near accidents.  The project was delayed by three months.  Over the past several weeks, crews have been installing Oregon white oak flooring and benches for stadium seating in a community space before you go through security.  The TSA checkpoints are being redesigned to make it easier and faster for travelers.  And concession areas are being completed.  They have not set a specific date for the opening.

Suspect Arraigned In Portland Cybersecurity HackĀ 

(Portland, OR)  --  A Florida woman is accused of a cyberattack on the City of Portland, stealing nearly one-and-a-half-million dollars.  The suspect allegedly hacked into the email account of a city employee and misdirected the money to a bank account in Florida that was managed by Chantail Williams.  The money was transfered to other accounts, including international accounts.  Williams allegedly used the money to buy a car and home furnishings.  She was arrested in Florida and extradited to Portland, where she faces a seven count indictment for stealing and laundering public funds.

Uncommitted Oregon Protests Israel's Attack In Gaza

(Portland, OR)  --  A coalition of more than 20 organizations wants to send President Biden a message during Oregon's May Primary.  They're asking members of the Democrat party to write in "uncommitted" on their ballots.  The group wants Biden to demand that Israel stop its attack on Hamas and agree to a permanent ceasefire.  Oregon is one of 22 states where the group is protesting.

Suspect Arrested In Hillsdale Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Police have arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting of a man in the Hillsdale neighborhood.  It happened in a parking lot off Southwest Capitol Highway on January 13th.  The victim, 35-year-old Joshua Page, was found in a vehicle.  He was hospitalized and later died.  Homicide detectives identified the suspect as 19-year-old Luis Gutierrez-Medina.  He was arrested and will be charged with manslaughter.

Oregon Celebrates Food Waste Prevention Week

PORTLAND, OR -- Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality asks everyone to put a greater focus this week on preventing food waste, to protect the planet and save money.

"Food is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental problems. We know that up to 40% of the food that is grown or imported for consumption is ultimately never eaten," says DEQ Food Systems Specialist Jerin Dinkins, "We buy three bags of groceries at the store, and the amount of food that we’re wasting is equivalent to just walking to your car and dropping one of those grocery bags on the ground and never even consuming it."

Wasting food is also expensive. "Households in Oregon lose a lot of money due to food waste; up to about $1600 a year," says the DEQ's Katie Romano. That’s where Food Waste Prevention Week comes in. Romano says Oregon ranked third in the nation for participation in 2023, "A lot of our communities, both in our metro areas, as well as some of our more rural communities, these different organizations are really coming together, collaborating, connecting and creating some really unique and creative events to spread the word about food waste prevention." Dinkins says, "The goal is to raise awareness about the environmental and the economic impacts of wasted food, while also addressing food insecurity and all doing this while trying to save Oregon families money over time."

Events are planned around the state and virtually this week, where people can learn simple tips like just paying attention to what’s in your fridge and pantry. "A lot of times, those leftovers kind of get smooshed into the back and we totally forget about them; out of sight out of mind. There’s something newer, more enticing up in the front part of your refrigerator," says Romano. 

The Oregon DEQ is also hosting an online video contest for K-12 students and their teachers. Winners will receive cash prizes. Those submissions are accepted through May 10th. 

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Campaign Finance Reform Signed Into Law

SALEM, OR -- Oregon Governor Tina Kotek signed a bill into law Wednesday, limiting campaign contributions. 

"For many years, Oregon has been one of a handful of states that don’t have any limits on how much people can give to political campaigns," House Speaker Julie Fahey said at the bill signing ceremony, noting Oregon is now one of 46 states where donations to political candidates are limited. "Our goal with this bill was to meet the need for reasonable contribution limits, better transparency and accountability, but without simply shifting contributions into dark money independent expenditures. And, without shutting out the grassroots organizations that are doing the kind of pro-democracy campaigning that we want to see more of - things like door-to-door campaigning and community organizing."

Like many others, House Minority Leader Jeff Helfrich didn’t think the bill would pass in the short session, but says, "We came together as Republicans and Democrats to get this bill across the line and help negotiate it for the best outcomes." He added, "Every day Oregonians’ voices have been heard." Helfrich and Fahey led the bipartisan effort to pass the bill. "Everyone deserves a chance to participate in our elections process, and it shouldn’t just be for the rich and powerful," said Helfrich, "A thriving democracy depends on an active engagement of citizenry who have faith in their vote that matters."

Angela Wilhelms, President of the statewide Chamber known as Oregon Business & Industry, says the bill is a starting point, "We anticipate a discussion in 2025, maybe 2026, maybe beyond, about necessary improvements to the structure layed out in House Bill 2024. We know there will need to be a lot of rulemaking."

The new law takes effect in 2027. "We have all witnessed the erosion of trust in our democratic institutions," said Rep. Fahey, "And I hope that this bill, and other key measures we’ve passed recently, will help restore some of the faith that has been lost."  


Gov. Kotek Pushes For Office Of First Spouse

SALEM, OR -- Oregon Governor Tina Kotek is creating an Office of the First Spouse. Responding to criticism over her plan, Kotek told reporters Wednesday the office was previously approved by the legislature, "First Spouses are now public officials under the revised statutes. That's why the first spouses have to submit their statements of economic interests, just like other electeds."

But, what lawmakers approved several years ago did not include rules for the position. Kotek is submitting questions to the Oregon Ethics Commission for guidance, "Questions that I think a lot of people have, we're working on the questions. We're going to submit those; I believe we're shooting for Friday to the commission. We'll make those public, what the questions are. The response from the Ethics Commission will also be a public document, because they do give opinions and that's how they do it." After getting those answers she'll set a direction for her wife Aimee Kotek Wilson. "We hope that will provide some clarity for everybody. Certainly our office; certainly, you know, the public and probably answer a lot of your questions as well." Kotek notes the job of First Spouse is a volunteer, unpaid position.  

The Governor has also requested additional security for her wife, "It is commonplace in other states that First Spouses have security protection." And, she says, "It is the policy of the state to keep members of the First Family safe. Period, plain and simple." But, she wouldn't elaborate on why she considered it necessary.  


Missing Newberg Woman Found Dead

(Newberg, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing after a missing Newberg woman was found dead near her home.  Police say officers found the body of 43-year-old Carolyn Duncan in the creek behind her home yesterday.  Duncan had been reported missing on Sunday.  Authorities are still working to determine her cause of death.

Bail Set At $2M For Bow-And-Arrow Murder Suspect

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Bail is set at two-million dollars for a man accused of killing another man with a bow and arrow in Vancouver.  Richard Vanderhoek made his first court appearance yesterday.  The Clark County Sheriff's Office says Vanderhoek called 911 on Tuesday to report he shot another man with an arrow after an altercation.  A witness says the two men were fighting in front of a house when one man walked away and the other followed in a vehicle.  When they returned, there was another altercation and the victim was killed with an arrow.  Vanderhoek is charged with second-degree murder.

Dog, Eight Puppies Found Abandoned In SW WA Forest

(Sweet Home, OR)  --  A momma dog and her eight puppies are recovering after being abandoned in a forest in Southwest Washington.  The Knotty Creek Animal Rescue in Sweet Home was alerted to the abandoned dogs in Skamania County over the weekend.  A volunteer with the rescue traveled to the location and found the momma dog tied to a tree, with her eight pups nearby.  Officials say it appears the dogs had been left there for about a week before being discovered, with a nearby deer carcass serving as their only food.  The dogs are now safely recovering at the rescue.

Residents Invited To Help Oregon Zoo Track Pika Population In Gorge

(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Zoo is seeking volunteers to help track the Columbia River Gorge's Pika population.  The work is for a project called The Cascades Pika Watch, which aims to map out where the fluffy rodents make their homes in the region.  The zoo is offering a free crash course in May to help residents learn how to identify pikas.  Interested residents can visit the zoo's website for more information.

Two Teens, Dog OK After Getting Caught In Rip Tide

(Cannon Beach, OR)  --  Two teenagers and a family dog are safe after being rescued from a rip current at Cannon Beach.  Fire officials say the 18-year-old and 14-year-old were boogie boarding on Tuesday when their parents noticed they'd been separated from their boards.  The younger teen reportedly managed to drag themselves and the older teen out of the water.  The dog was also pulled from the water and is doing fine.  First responders arrived to find the teens recovering on the beach and took them to a hospital for evaluation.

Pedestrian Killed In Hit And Run

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a woman who was on I-5 near North Broadway Avenue was hit and killed Tuesday night and driver didn't stop.  The woman was on the off-ramp to North Broadway Avenue when she was hit.  Her name hasn't been released.  Police are trying to identify the vehicle that hit the woman.

Police Release Victim's Name In MAX Stabbing

(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities say a man who was stabbed to death on a MAX train last Friday did nothing to provoke the attack.  Police say 51-year-old Michael Brady was sitting across the isle from the suspect, Shondel Larkin.  Surveillance video from the train shows Larkin suddenly stand up and start to stab Brady.  Larkin was arrested and charged with murder.  Nora Brady released a statement saying she wants people to know her husband was a great human being, a loving father of a six-year-old boy, and a loving husband.  

OMSI Offering Eclipse Viewing Party

(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is offering a free solar eclipse viewing party on Monday.  They will have pinhole cameras available if you want to see what the eclipse looks like over Oregon.  The Planetarium will have a live stream video of the eclipse.  Over Oregon, the Moon will cover 23 percent of the Sun.  The duration will be over four minutes which is nearly twice as long as the 2017 solar eclipse.  The viewing party will run from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Oregon Launches Election Misinformation Campaign

(Salem, OR)  --  The Oregon Secretary of State's Office is expanding its program to reduce election misinformation.  The legislature allocated $150,000 for this year's public service campaign, which you'll see on social media.  Messages highlight efforts the state takes to keep elections accurate, safe and secure.  It encourages people to visit for accurate election information.

Victim Injured In Downtown Portland Stabbing

(Portland, OR)  --  An investigation is ongoing after a man was stabbed multiple times in downtown Portland Monday afternoon.  Police say it happened near Southwest Park Avenue and Yamhill Street.  The man was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.  Police have not made an arrest and they're looking at surveillance video in the area to help identify a suspect.

Ranchers Warned About Bird Flu In Cattle

(Salem, OR) -- The Oregon Department of Agriculture is warning ranchers to take precautions against bird flu. Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza has now been detected in cattle on an Idaho dairy farm. The dairy recently imported cows from another state where bird flu was detected in cattle. Ranchers are being advised to practice good biosecurity. There's no evidence the virus is any more contagious than before and there is no risk to the commercial milk supply. ODA encourages farmers to test animals before moving them and isolate sick animals from the rest of the herd.

Wrong way Driver Arrested In Fatal Crash

(Salem, OR) -- A wrong way driver has been arrested for a crash in Salem that killed another driver. The crash happened Tuesday morning on Commercial Street and Ewald Avenue Southeast. Salem Police say 38-year-old Thomas Cesna was driving the wrong way when he collided head on with a pickup. Fifty-two-year-old Jose Hernandez-Orozco was driving the truck. He was taken to Salem Hospital where he died. Cesna was also hospitalized. He'll be arrested and charged with manslaughter, reckless driving, and driving under the influence.

Fish Tanker Truck Crashes

(La Grande, OR) -- A tanker truck carrying 102-thousand Chinook smolts for release into the Imnaha River in Northeast Oregon crashed northeast of Elgin. The semi rolled onto its top. The crash happened along Lookingglass Creek and 77 thousand smolts made it into the creek. Twenty-five thousand smolts died in the tanker or on the ground. The driver suffered minor injuries. The smolts represent 20 percent of the total that will be released into the river. Fishery managers expect as many as 900 fewer adult fish will return in 2026 and 2027. The 77-thousand fish that made it into the creek should bring a return of up to 700 adults.

Black Bear Killed After Losing Fear Of People

(Cottage Grove, OR) -- A young black bear has been killed in Cottage Grove after losing its fear of people. Oregon State Police say residents were hand feeding the bear. It would sleep on porches and in front of doors. The bear was killed at the request of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. The body will be taken to the state veterinary office for a necropsy. Fish and Wildlife Officials say that once a bear loses its fear of people they can't be relocated.

Oregon Gas Prices Rise

(Portland, OR) -- The price of gas in Oregon is up while the national average remained steady over the last week. The Triple-A says Oregon's average increased eight cents to 4-dollars-29-cents a gallon. The national average is 3-dollars-54-cents. Oregon's increase is the eight-largest in the country. Refinery maintenance and increased demand have reduced supplies which causes prices to rise. More expensive summer blends of fuel are reaching pumps and the cost of crude oil is over 80 dollars a barrel which also puts upward pressure on prices.

Man Killed With Bow And Arrow

(Vancouver, WA) -- An investigation is ongoing after a man was killed with a bow and arrow Tuesday morning in Vancouver. The Clark County Sheriff's Office says the suspect called 911 and said he shot another man with an arrow after an altercation. It happened on Northeast Petticoat Lane near Northeast St. Johns Road. A witness saw two men fighting in front of the house. One man walked away and the other followed in a vehicle. When they returned, there was another altercation and the man was killed with an arrow. He died at the scene. The suspect, Richard Vanderhoek, said he was an acquaintance of the victim. Vanderhoek was treated at a hospital for minor injuries, arrested and charged with Murder in the Second Degree.

Search Continues For Missing Woman

(Vancouver, WA) -- Vancouver Police are asking anyone with information about the disappearance of Cristina Ase to contact them. She left for work at a West Linn care center last Tuesday, but didn't arrive. Her car was found in Vancouver, with her lunch still inside. Police believe her disappearance is suspicious. Her friends say she wouldn't leave without telling someone. A person of interest has not been identified in the case.

Would-be Car Thief Arrested For Multiple Crimes

(Gresham, OR) -- A 54-year-old man is jailed after trying to steal a car, then breaking into at least one home and evading arrest for two hours. Multnomah County Sheriff's deputies say it happened in Wood Village late Monday morning. It started with a search for the suspect who tried to steal a car on Northeast Arata [[ uh-RAT'-uh ]] Road. The suspect was seen running through several yards, and one home. Deputies found David Knight hiding in the home's garage and arrested him on multiple charges, including unlawful entry of a motor vehicle, burglary and trespass.

PFB CHAT Response Calls

(Portland, OR) -- The Portland Fire Bureau says its new overdose response team is keeping other firefighters available to respond to non-overdose calls. In the first month, the Community Health Asses & Treat Overdose Response Team handled 90 calls. In nearly half of the calls, the patient didn't go to a hospital emergency department. Twenty-eight percent of the patients were treated in the field without transport. The program saved 30 hours in response time from other crews at the downtown fire station, where the team is located.

Victim Shot During Robbery

(Vancouver, WA) -- The victim of a robbery in downtown Vancouver thought he was stabbed, but it turned out he was shot. Sunday morning, police responded to a fight at the Vine Turtle Place bus stop at 7th and Washington Street. The suspects and victim were gone. Twenty minutes later, a man called 911 and requested an ambulance near Broadway and East 12th Street. He was bleeding and thought he had been stabbed. Doctors say he was shot at close range and he was expected to survive. The suspects got on a bus that police located and five people were arrested. Police recovered the gun, illegal drugs, the victim's shoes and other evidence.

Serial Burglary Suspect Arrest

(Portland, OR) -- Portland Police have arrested a woman who's accused of burglarizing businesses in seven cities. Thirty-eight-year-old Virginia Kellison is accused of three burglaries at a game and comic shop and a consignment shop in Southwest Portland. She's accused of stealing over 50-thousand dollars' worth of items. Police believe she also burglarized businesses in Lake Oswego, Beaverton, Sherwood, Salem, McMinnville and Southwest Washington. Kellison was arrested Monday morning and charged with burglary and theft.

Drug Trafficking Properties Forfeited

(Portland, OR) -- Six-million-dollars in Oregon properties have been forfeited to the federal government, because they were used for drug trafficking. Fifty-three-year-old Fayao "Paul" Rong, of Houston, Texas, ran the operations. He was sentenced to nearly three years in prison. Homes in six counties were turned into marijuana grow operations. Excessive power use helped tip police to the operations. In one case, so much power was drawn a transformer exploded. Rong shipped 13-million dollars in marijuana to states where weed sales are illegal.

Snowboarder Killed In Mt. St. Helens Fall Identified

(Mt. St. Helens, WA) -- The Skamania County Sheriff's Office has identified a snowboarder who was killed in a fall into the crater of Mt. St. Helens. On Saturday, 42-year-old Roscoe Shorey, of Washougal, climbed to the rim of the mountain. He was an experienced climber. It was his 28th trip to the top. He was on a snow cornice when it broke and he fell 12-hundred feet into the volcano's crater. He was killed in the fall. A helicopter brought a search and recovery team into the crater and they removed his body. The Sheriff's Office says snow cornices are difficult to detect and more likely to break away during warmer weather.

Suspect In Fatal MAX Stabbing Heard Voices

(Portland, OR) -- The suspect in a fatal stabbing on a MAX train told investigators he heard voices telling him to do it. The incident happened on a MAX train approaching the 82nd Avenue Transit Station Friday evening. Court documents reveal surveillance video on the train shows 51-year-old Shondel Larkin allegedly stabbing the victim repeatedly in an unprovoked attacked. The victim died on the MAX platform. Police found Larkin in the train covered in blood and armed with a large butcher-style kitchen knife. Larkin is charged with Murder in the Second Degree.

Judges Added In Two Counties

(Salem, OR) -- Oregon Governor Tina Kotek is accepting applications for new judges in Washington and Jackson counties. Last week, she signed a bill that adds judicial positions in the two counties effective July 1st. In 2025, Clackamas County will also get a new judge. Lawyers with a wide variety of backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Governor will appoint judges to the new positions and then they'll have to run in an election to stay on the bench.

Improvements Needed In Multnomah County's Storm Response

(Portland, OR) -- Multnomah County has several areas for improvement following January's extreme cold and ice storm. Four people died from the cold, three people died from fallen power lines and one person was killed by a falling tree. Shelters set a record for use. An after-action report recommends planning for longer shelter operations, year-round training for a storm response, fewer but larger shelters, and security personnel at shelters. The county will also work to coordinate its response with Portland and other partners.

Man Narrowly Misses Being Hit By 4-Foot Saw Blade

(Eugene, OR) -- A man is lucky to be alive after he narrowly escaped being hit by a flying four-foot saw blade in Eugene over the weekend. A construction crew was using the blade on a piece of equipment when it flew off at high speed, raced across a parking lot and slammed into the wall of a convenience store. Surveillance video showed a customer going through the door seconds before impact. The blade was embedded halfway into the wall next to the door. No one was hurt.

Kotek Signs Bill Recriminalizing Drug Use

(Salem, OR) -- Oregon Governor Tina Kotek has signed a bill passed by the legislature that recriminalizes possession of small amounts of illicit drugs. It reverses Ballot Measure 110 that voters approved. The new law creates a misdemeanor for drug possession with a possible six months in jail. It also allows counties to establish deflection programs to avoid fines, if the person completes addiction treatment. Critics are concerned about racial disparities of enforcement. Supporters say potential jail time is needed to encourage people to get treatment.

Morrison Bridge Ramp Closure

(Portland, OR) -- The eastbound ramp from the Morrison Bridge in Portland to Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard will be closed during the day this week. Last week, a semi rolled onto its side causing damage to the guard rail on the bridge. The ramp will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. most days this week for repairs.

Police ID Suspect In Deadly MAX Train Stabbing

(Portland, OR) -- Portland Police are identifying a suspect accused of stabbing a man to death on an eastbound MAX train. Officers arrested 51-year-old Shondel Larkin at the 82nd Avenue Transit Station Friday evening. They found the victim on the platform but there's no word yet what led up to the attack. TriMet calls it "horrific" and a "senseless act of violence," saying they've handed over security video.

Teen Charged For Father's Murder

(Gresham, OR) -- A 19-year-old man is facing charges in connection to his father's murder in Gresham. Police say Myles Menafee shot and killed his 46-year-old dad Joshua Heinrich at a home last Tuesday. Menafee is being charged with second-degree murder and unlawful use of a weapon. Police are still piecing together how it happened and haven't released a possible motive.

Child Killed, Five Injured In Hubbard Crash

(Molalla, OR) -- A four-year-old child is dead and five people are injured following a crash in Hubbard. It happened Saturday afternoon on Highway 211 near South Meridian Road. The Oregon State Patrol says Kakkera Geethanjali was driving south when he ran a stop sign and collided with a westbound Jeep. The girl was in his car and died at the scene. An eight-year-old boy and another passenger were hospitalized for serious injuries, and the 32-year-old is fighting to survive. The driver of the Jeep and one of his passengers suffered minor injuries.

Regence BlueCross BlueShield, Legacy Health Announce Deal

(Portland, OR) -- Regence BlueCross BlueShield patients will be able to continue using Legacy Health providers at in-network prices. The insurance corporation and health system announced a last-minute deal over the weekend to keep Legacy Health in-network. The agreement came just hours before last night's deadline. Without the agreement, some 200-thousand patients would have had to start paying out-of-pocket costs for seeking care at Legacy Health facilities. With the new deal in place, officials say there won't be any disruption of care for patients.

Portland Rose Festival Dragon Boat Race Season Begins

(Portland, OR) -- The Portland Rose Festival dragon boat race season is underway. The Portland-Kaohsiung [[ COW-zhee-uhng ]] Sister City Association kicked off the season Saturday with its annual Dragon Boat Eye Dotting Ceremony. That involved dignitaries painting pupils onto the eyes of each dragon boat's face to represent the dragon waking from its slumber. The season runs through mid-June.

Snowboarder Killed In Fall From Top Of Mt. St. Helens

(Stevenson, WA) -- A snowboarder is dead after falling from the top of Mount St. Helens over the weekend. The Northwest Avalanche Center says the snowboarder had summited the peak and was standing near the top on Saturday when he triggered the release of a cornice, causing him to fall to his death. A cornice is an overhanging mass of hardened snow. Officials say cornices are more prone to crumbling and falling as the weather warms.

Two Killed In Washington County Crash

(Tigard, OR) -- Two people are dead and one is critically injured following a crash in rural Washington County over the weekend. Police say the crash happened early Saturday morning when a Nissan Altima collided with a GMC Terrain. Two people inside the Altima died at the scene, while the driver of the GMC was hospitalized for life-threatening injuries. An investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Heceta Head Lighthouse Turns 130

(Heceta, OR) -- The Heceta Head Lighthouse is celebrating its 130th birthday. The landmark structure turned 130 on Saturday. The Heceta Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast held celebrations to mark the occasion. The Heceta Head Lighthouse is the West Coast's most photographed lighthouse.


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