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Wednesday February 21, 2018 - Times viewed: 9234
During the early morning of February 18, 2018 Deputy Tadlock and Deputy Larson with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office responded to the Waldport Shell Gas Station after the owner of the business found a damaged window and property stolen from the convenience store. Deputies viewed video surveillance and quickly identified Keith James Holder, 25 year old male from Waldport, as the suspect in this ...

Sunday February 18, 2018 - Times viewed: 9205
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office arrested one woman on DUII and multiple Manslaughter charges following a fatal Feb. 15 two-car collision on S. Barlow Rd. that led to the deaths of a driver and passenger in a car that caught fire. The victims in the Feb. 15 fatal two-car collision on S. Barlow Rd. have been positively identified and family notifications have been completed. The two victims have been positively identified as: - Naylor C. Joles, 65 years old, from Oregon City. Mr. Joles was the driver of one of the two vehicles. - Robert Lough, 58 years old, from Mt. Angel. Mr. Lough was the passenger in Mr. Joles' vehicle. At approximately 10:03 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, a Lexus G47 driven by suspect Vasilissa Kuzmin, 20, collided head-on with another vehicle on S. Barlow Rd. near the intersection of S. Barnards Rd. The victim vehicle caught fire. Bystanders tried to free the driver and passenger from the burning car, but were unsuccessful. Both occupants perished inside. At approximately 10:15 p.m. deputies and Canby Fire personnel arrived at the crash scene and interviewed witnesses and Ms. Kuzmin. Kuzmin was transported by Canby Fire to Oregon He ...
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Sunday February 18, 2018 - Times viewed: 9191
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on Saturday February 17, 2018, at approximately 8:45 p.m. in the 1100 block of Hwy 20, in Sisters, OR. This single-family disaster affected 2 adults. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toil ...

Thursday February 15, 2018 - Times viewed: 9324
SALEM, Oregon — Senate President Peter Courtney on Wednesday told a committee headed by a retired nurse to consider a bill that asks voters to amend the state Constitution to make health care a fundamental right. Senator Courtney referred the bill to the Senate committee on health care a day after the House approved it along party lines, with Democrats voting yes and Republicans no in the 35-25 ...

Thursday February 15, 2018 - Times viewed: 9527
More than 300 career and volunteer firefighters from throughout the state will converge on Salem (Oregon) this weekend for the annual Winter Fire School hosted by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) at the Oregon Public Safety Academy. On February 17th and 18th, 2018, DPSST will host the largest fire service training event in the Pacific Northwest that is offered free of charge. Eleven classes will be offered by DPSST, the National Fire Academy, the Oregon Fire Chiefs Association, and the City of Dallas Fire & EMS Department. Classes offered range from leadership topics such as Supervising Emergency Medical Services and New Fire Chief: Challenging Issues; to classes that focus on tactics; safety; to hands-on classes such as vehicle rescue, emergency vehicle operations and live fire training. This event is held in a weekend setting because over 80% of the firefighters in Oregon are volunteers. While many people are aware of DPSST's law enforcement training programs, they may not realize that DPSST is also the state fire training organization for Oregon and provides hundreds of training opportunities to firefighters each year at the Acad ...
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Thursday February 15, 2018 - Times viewed: 9446
PORTLAND, Oregon - The wanted suspect that officers observed entering a residence in the 5900 block of Northeast 12th Avenue has been taken into custody. Officers established a perimeter around the residence and members of the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) attempted multiple methods to communicate with the suspect for approximately three and one half hours in an attempt to get the suspect to s ...

Sunday February 11, 2018 - Times viewed: 9516
KLAMATH FALLS, Oregon — An Oregon man has admitted he stole more than $100,000 from his blind, 94-year-old grandmother. He plead guilty to theft charges and was sentenced to 30 days in jail. Richard Barney of Chiloquin was also ordered to pay restitution, undergo gambling-addiction treatment and spend three years on probation. 55-year-old Barney was arrested Dec. 28. Prosecutors said he got ...

Sunday February 11, 2018 - Times viewed: 9363
PORTLAND, Oregon — On Friday, the Oregon environmental officials increased protections for the marbled murrelet, a small seabird from the North Pacific known as the "enigma of the Pacific" because it lives and hunts in the ocean but nests far inland in the high canopy of mossy, old-growth forests. The 4-2 vote by the Oregon Commission on Fish and Wildlife to boost the relative of the puffin from threatened to endangered status under state law was the latest development in a long-running debate about how to manage a secretive species that breeds in dense Pacific rainforests that are also prime logging grounds. State environmental officials must now draft guidelines for ways to maintain bird population numbers, including possibly limiting logging in nesting areas owned, managed or leased by the state. Logging interests reacted with dismay, calling the move premature and a further blow to their industry. Timber harvests, once a powerful economic engine in the rural Pacific Northwest, have declined dramatically since the 1990s because of protections for the marbled murrelet and the spotted owl. ...
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Sunday February 11, 2018 - Times viewed: 9333
PORTLAND, Oregon - On Friday February 9, 2018, at 10:18 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at Dominos Pizza, located at 453 Northeast 70th Avenue. Officers arrived in the area and contacted employees who told police that the suspect entered the shop, implied that he was armed with a weapon, and demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, ...

Sunday February 11, 2018 - Times viewed: 9488
Shortly after 0900 yesterday morning a 911 call was placed by two fishermen who had located what they believed was a body in the East fork of the Lewis River. Patrol units responded and confirmed that the remains of a male had been discovered in the water approximately three quarters of a mile below Daybreak Park. The Clark County Major Crimes Unit along with assets from the Clark County Marine Pa ...

Saturday February 10, 2018 - Times viewed: 9439
On February 9, 2018, at approximately 12:20 PM, the Oregon State Police responded to a motor vehicle crash involving a bicyclist on Highway 101 near milepost 350, in Curry County. The preliminary investigation has revealed that the bicyclist had ridden into the path of a 2018 Peterbilt tractor/trailer combination operated by 57 year old Robert Bailey of Coos Bay. Cal-Ore Life Flight Helicopter (stationed in Brookings) responded and flew the victim to Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford, where he later died of his injuries. Highway 101 was initially closed for approximately 1 hour. During the investigation and reconstruction, the highway was reduced to one lane. The Oregon State Police was assisted by Cal-Ore Life Flight and the Oregon Department of Transportation. The identification of the bicyclist has not been determined at this time. ...
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Tuesday February 6, 2018 - Times viewed: 9553
ASTORIA, Oregon — A soldier who died in an accidental shooting at a training facility near the Oregon coast has been identified. 24-year-old Spc. Devin Kuhn died Wednesday from a gunshot wound in the emergency room at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria. Kuhn was assigned to Alpha Co., 2nd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Camp Rilea, based ...

Tuesday February 6, 2018 - Times viewed: 9394
PORTLAND, Oregon - On Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at 2:39 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of motorcycle versus two vehicle crash near the intersection of Southeast 141st Avenue and Southeast Powell Boulevard. Officers and emergency medical personnel arrived on scene and located an adult male and motorcycle on the roadway. Responding officers also located two nearby vehicles ...

Saturday February 3, 2018 - Times viewed: 9614
On February 2, 2018 at approximately 11:57pm, the Oregon State Police and medical personnel responded to a single fatal motor vehicle crash on Highway 138E near milepost 16 in Douglas County. Preliminary investigation revealed that a white 1992 Toyota Tacoma pickup, operated by Dakota Richard Miller, age 27 of Glide was traveling westbound on Highway 138E when he failed to negotiate a curve. T ...

Friday February 2, 2018 - Times viewed: 9580
PORTLAND, Oregon - With 2018 just a month old, the Portland Police Bureau's Homicide Detail has already investigated the death of five people as a result of gun violence (with one occurring just last night in Northwest Portland). Operation Safe Winter was enacted and implemented over the last two weeks as a proactive approach to the initial violence in January. "In response to these recent homicides, I directed the members of our Gang Enforcement team and Gun Violence Task Force to conduct directed missions to contact those individuals in our community who are responsible for gun violence," said Chief Danielle Outlaw. "Part of this mission was to be proactive in our approach to intercede and attempt to stop further violence at a time of heightened tension and emotion. As always, this was a collaborative effort with our partners, and I'm appreciative of all the support we received." As part of Operation Safe Winter, the Portland Police Bureau Tactical Operations Division's Gang Enforcement Team partnered with multiple local and federal law enforcement partners, community groups and the Portland Mayor's Office of Youth Violence Prevention. Since Monday, January 22, 2018, ...
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Thursday February 1, 2018 - Times viewed: 9438
PORTLAND, Oregon - Just after midnight, early morning Thursday, February 1, a female pedestrian was hit by a vehicle at Southeast 148th Avenue and Southeast Stark Street. Police found a woman laying in the roadway with major injuries. A medical team arrived and determined the woman had died of her injuries. Police believe the woman was in the cross-walk on the east side of Southeast 148th A ...

Tuesday January 30, 2018 - Times viewed: 9666
PRINEVILLE, Oregon — Divers recovered the body of a missing man after a canoe overturned east of Prineville. Crook County Undersheriff James Savage says divers found the body of Christopher Callahan at 10 a.m. Monday. Deputies responded Sunday afternoon to reports that a canoe with two fishermen aboard flipped on the Ochoco Reservoir, and the men had become too tired to swim. One man mana ...

Tuesday January 30, 2018 - Times viewed: 9562
SALEM, Oregon - Stephanie Breazile has been selected as the 2018 Oregon Dairy Princess-Ambassador. The choice was made at the 59th annual coronation and banquet at the Salem Convention Center on Jan. 27. Breazile was selected from a five finalists including Megan Sprute of Washington County, Jessica Monroe of Yamhill County, Rachel Jenck of Tillamook County and Donata Doornenbal of Marion County. Breazile is a 2015 graduate of Hillsboro High School and is in her second year as a student in the agricultural sciences program at Oregon State University. She hopes to become a high school agriculture teacher when she graduates, and said her new title “will allow me to share my knowledge of the dairy industry throughout Oregon.” Breazile was active in Hillsboro High School’s FFA program, holding several leadership positions, including president. At OSU, she is an active member of Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority. Sprute, a 2013 Banks High School graduate, was chosen First Alternate. She is studying natural resources at Oregon State University, volunteers with Young Life and works part-time at a veterinary clinic near Portland. Jessica Monroe was chosen by the ...
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Tuesday January 30, 2018 - Times viewed: 9455
ASTORIA, Oregon - Hilda Lahti Elementary School in Knappa will keep kindergartners through sixth-graders at home Tuesday and Wednesday to help stem a flu outbreak that has affected an estimated 43 percent of students, along with several teachers and staff. The flu outbreak at Hilda Lahti began last week. Superintendent Paulette Johnson said some classes at the elementary school on Monday were down to four healthy students. “The health department’s take on it is if you can’t function as a school, close it,” Johnson said. The school district met with county and state health officials Monday and decided to close. Clatsop County Public Health Director Michael McNickle said there were no other school districts in the county reporting abnormally high rates of flu infection. Columbia Memorial Hospital's director of nursing Kendra Gohl says the incidence of influenza this winter has been higher than in the last couple of years and largely affecting younger populations. ...
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Saturday January 27, 2018 - Times viewed: 9802
PORTLAND, Oregon — FBI special agent W. Joseph Astarita was indicted for misconduct involving the murder of Robert LaVoy Finicum, one of the occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Family members of rancher Finicum who was shot and killed by police during the 2016 armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge have sued the U.S. government, Federal Bureau of Investigation, state of Oregon and others claiming he was willfully “executed.” The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Portland nearly two years to the day after Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, 54, was shot dead by Oregon State Police on Jan. 26, 2016, along a snow-covered road near the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. “As it turns out, he was deliberately executed by a pre-planned government ambush, after he had exited his vehicle with his hands up,” the plaintiffs allege in their 48-page lawsuit. Investigators determined that state troopers were 'justified' in shooting Finicum three times in the back after he exited his vehicle at a police roadblock, put his hands in the air and then reached toward a handgun in his inner jacket pocket.
A reported witness (who wishes not to be identified), to ...
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Saturday January 27, 2018 - Times viewed: 9671
BEAVERTON, Oregon - On Thursday, January 25, 2018, Washington County Circuit Court Judge Oscar Garcia sentenced 36 year-old Ahmed Turay Jr to 70 months in prison for pimping a 17 year-old girl via a website. Turay was arrested in September, 2017, during a sex trafficking sting operation focused on underage trafficking victims. Following a three day trial that included frequent outbursts from the defendant and testimony from the victim, a Washington County jury unanimously convicted Turay of Compelling Prostitution. On September 6, 2017, detectives with the Beaverton Police Department and the federal Child Exploitation Task Force arranged a "date" with a 17 year-old Washington girl featured in online prostitution ads on backpage.com. Undercover officers observed as the child arrived in a silver Mercedes Benz driven by Turay. When interviewed the child confirmed that she was there for prostitution and told investigators that Turay was holding money that she had made from previous prostitution activity. The victim estimated she made $15,000 to $20,000 over the course of the summer through prostitution activity with Turay. Led by Beaverton PD detective Chad Opitz, investi ...
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Saturday January 27, 2018 - Times viewed: 9629
SHERWOOD, Oregon - Police in Sherwood responded to a call regarding a boy with a gun. It was initially reported that the boy was in the Sherwood High School parking lot. Although school was out for the day, the high school was put into lockout. Around 3:30pm, on Saturday, police made contact with the boy at his home. Police say they believe the gun in question is a BB gun. Another student ...

Tuesday January 23, 2018 - Times viewed: 9579
On January 12, 2018, Washington County Circuit Court Judge Eric Butterfield sentenced 49 year-old Kevin Wayne Randolph to 975 months in prison (81 years) for numerous sex crimes he committed against members of his own family. Randolph, who appeared in the custody of the Washington County Sheriff's Office after his conviction by jury trial in November, 2017, faced immediate transfer to the Oregon D ...

Tuesday January 23, 2018 - Times viewed: 9648
Portland Water Bureau crews are responding to a leak on a water service line near Powell Boulevard and 139th Avenue. To assess and repair the damaged water pipe, flaggers will direct the traveling public around crews working in the intersection until approximately noon today. The service line is a three-quarter-inch copper pipe. One home may be out of service while the service line is ...

Sunday January 21, 2018 - Times viewed: 9673
This Tuesday, Oregonians are joining millions of progressives who have turned out in record numbers to vote in Special Elections across the country since Trump took office. In Georgia's 2017 Special Election, progressive turnout "blew past typical off-year levels." In Virginia, turnout was the "highest in 20 years for a gubernatorial race." The "eye-popping turnout" trend continued in Alabama. ...

Sunday January 21, 2018 - Times viewed: 9451
Jordan Usher buried three 3-pointers during a 18-0 second-half flurry Saturday night, enabling USC to overcome a 7 1/2-minute scoring drought and defeat Oregon State 74-67 in Pacific-12 Conference men’s basketball play in Corvallis, Ore. Usher finished with 14 points, all but two on 3-pointers, and Elijah Stewart had a team-high 18 for the Trojans (15-6, 6-2), who completed a sweep of the Orego ...

Sunday January 21, 2018 - Times viewed: 9594
On Friday, 44-year-old Lorenzo L. Jones was arrested by Eugene police during a traffic stop on a Multnomah County warrant. He was wanted for the September 17, 2017 murder of 27-year-old Wilbert Butler in the 3600 block of Southeast 28th Avenue. Based on information learned by the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Homicide Detail during this investigation, a warrant was issued for Jon ...

Sunday January 21, 2018 - Times viewed: 9529
On November 21st, 2017, the McMinnville Police Department began an investigation involving a 7-week old baby girl that had sustained suspicious, life-threatening injuries while at a residence in McMinnville. The baby was taken to Willamette Valley Medical Center in McMinnville and then taken by Life Flight to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland the same day. On November 23rd, 2017, the baby died. On January 18th, 2018, McMinnville Police Department detectives arrested Clely Flores-Ramirez of McMinnville, the mother of the deceased baby, on charges related to the baby's death. Clely Flores-Ramirez, age 31 years, has been lodged at the Yamhill County Correctional Facility in McMinnville on the charges of Manslaughter in the 1st Degree and Criminal Mistreatment in the 1st Degree. The charge of Manslaughter in the 1st Degree is a Measure 11 offense that carries a presumptive minimum prison sentence of 120 months. The case has been forwarded to the Yamhill County District Attorney's office. Clely Flores-Ramirez will be arraigned on these charges on January 19, 2018. The McMinnville Police Department would like to thank the Oregon Department of Justice, Newberg-Dundee P ...
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Friday January 19, 2018 - Times viewed: 9346
On January 18, 2018 at approximately 7:15pm, Oregon State Police was notified by the United States Coast Guard that they had terminated the search efforts in Depoe Bay for the male who was swept into the ocean. Due to the ocean temperature and surf conditions they do not anticipate resuming tomorrow. The male has been identified as a 46 year old male who had been living in Newport but was from ...

Friday January 19, 2018 - Times viewed: 9337
On 1/11/18, Detectives with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office received information from Detectives with the Brookings Police Department and the US Marshals Service that a Stanley Carl Green, 55 years of age, was frequenting the area of Brookings, Or. The US Marshals and the Brookings Police Department were seeking Green regarding an active warrant for his arrest on the charge of Fail to Appear regarding a robbery charge out of Thurston County, Washington. On 1/17/18 in the early morning hours, Officers with the Bandon Police Department learned that Green was staying in a campsite at the Bullards State Park, in Bandon, Or. Bandon Police notified appropriate law enforcement agencies, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office received notification at which time Detectives responded to Coos County. On 1/17/18 at approximately 8:30 AM, the Coos County Sheriff's Office activated their Emergency Response Team which responded to the area of the Bullards State Park. After surveillance, the Coos County ERT contacted Green and took him into custody without incident. On 1/17/18, Detectives with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and the Port Orford Police Department arrived at the Coo ...
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