BROOKINGS, Ore., Sept. 11, 2017 — A sky full of ash looms overhead while Oregon Army and Air National Guardsmen work around the clock to help contain the threat of fires consuming the Oregon hills near here since July.
As of Sept. 8, nearly 600 Oregon National Guardsmen had volunteered to join the fight against wildfires across the state, working alongside local, state and federal agencies to battle one of the worst fire seasons in Oregon’s history.
The largest of these fires, the Chetco Bar Fire, was started by a lightning strike near the Chetco River in July and continues to burn southern Oregon in the rural areas around the town of Brookings. With a total of 182,284 acres burned so far, relief crews are working nonstop to contain the threat and prevent it from spreading and endangering local populations and structures.
“Every day, on the way out to the fire lines, we pass through the town of Brookings and the locals are always waving at us with smiles on their faces,” said Army Spc. Isaiah Wunische, a human resource specialist with the 2nd Battalion, 218th Field Artillery Regiment. “They constantly give praises, and their support has rallied our troops here and helped k ...
SALEM, Oregon - Oregon's Secretary of State, Dennis Richardson has proposed to move the state’s next presidential primary to an earlier date. The current presidential primary is in mid-May.
That's late in the primary election cycle so by the time Oregon voters selected Democrat Bernie Sanders and Republican Donald Trump in 2016, most Americans had already had already filled out their primary ba ...
CRESWELL, Oregon -- A Creswell man is accused of attempted aggravated murder and other charges after authorities say he shot an Oregon State Police trooper Tuesday during a traffic stop.
Edward P. Dungan, 30, is also accused of unlawful use of a weapon, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, attempt to elude a police officer and reckless driving stemming from the attempted stop near Oregon 99 and ...
PORTLAND, Oregon - A man has been arrested after he threw his girlfriend across the room where she landed on her face onto a concrete floor.
It all began late evening on Sept. 10. 29-year-old Shay Martinez of Portland arrived at Mt. Hood Medical Center with multiple traumatic injuries. Due to the severity of her injuries, she was quickly transported by ambulance to Emanuel Hospital for treatment. The East County Major Crimes Team was called out early on Sept. 11, 2017 to investigate the circumstances which led to her injuries.
Jose Funes, a 30-year-old from Gresham, has been arrested and charged with first-degree domestic abuse assault after Gresham police say he seriously injured Shay Martinez, 29. Martinez later died from her injuries.
Funes is currently being held at the Multnomah County Detention Center on $250,000.00 bail. Investigators learned Martinez and Funes were involved in a relationship which resulted in the Domestic Violence designation of the charges.
On the morning of Sept. 12, 2017, Martinez died because of her injuries. Investigators have provided the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office with that information for consideration of additional o ...
On September 12, 2017 at approximately 1:20pm, OSP responded to a fatal motor vehicle crash on State Route 86 near milepost 25, near Baker City.
Preliminary investigation revealed a white 2006 Dodge 2500 pickup was traveling eastbound on State Route 86 near milepost 25, when for an unknown reason the vehicle left the roadway, struck an embankment, and came to a rest on the driver's side in the ...
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home disaster at approximately 3 p.m. Sunday, September 10, 2017 in the 200 block of Alice Avenue S in Salem, Oregon.
The multi-family fire affected six adults, five children and pets.
The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, cl ...
PORTLAND, Oregon - The Eagle Creek Fire has closed the Columbia River Gorge. The fire began on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017.
The Oregon Department of Transportation announced Sunday evening that Interstate 84 through the Gorge, will be closed for at least another week — “the minimum time required to complete rock removal,” the agency said in a press release. The Historic Columbia River Highway also remains closed, with no current schedule to reopen.
Most of the day's activity was concentrated on the western and eastern edges of the Eagle Creek Fire. Firefighters built direct line (line right along the black edge of the fire) to the south of Bridal Veil. Along the Interstate 84 corridor crews are engaged in mopping up existing cold firelines and burning out small pockets of fuel.
On the east side, work was concentrated around Cascade Locks. Crews did burnouts along the powerline corridor down to Herman Creek to establish a line of defense between the fire and residential communities in Hood River County. Oregon State Fire Marshal (OSFM) crews spent the day supporting the wildland burnout operations at Cascade Locks. Firefighter efforts were supplemented by helicopter b ...
BROOKINGS, Oregon - It’s been weeks since Maryjane Carlson has been able to relax.
The artist lives in Brookings, a small city along the southern Oregon coast that’s threatened by one of the nation’s largest wildfires. Carlson and her neighbors never know when the blaze is going to move closer to the wooded town.
“It’s overwhelming,” she said Wednesday. “It’s kind of like living in a war zone.”
Oregon Republican Congressman Greg Walden introduced a bill to Congress Friday to expedite salvage and reforestation projects in the Columbia River Gorge and other National Scenic Areas after catastrophic events like the Eagle Creek Fire. That blaze, which ignited Sept. 2, is now the nation’s top priority wildfire and is burning more than 33,000 acres in the Gorge.
The bill would require the Forest Service to begin developing a cleanup and reforestation plan within 30 days after containment. It would give the Forest Service fast track authority to clean up and reforest priority areas such as municipal watersheds.
“What we’re trying to do here is clear the bureaucratic decks so that the professionals can do their job and do it quicker,” Walden said at a press conference Satur ...
DEPOT BAY, Oregon - On September 8, 2017 at approximately 4:52pm, the United States Coast Guard received a report from a privately owned vessel of a capsized boat and a unresponsive male floating in the Pacific Ocean near Government Point (Boiler Bay) north of Depoe Bay.
The US Coast Guard responded with a motor lifeboat and recovered the body, a deceased male identified as Robert Lawrence Zimmel, age 69, from Forest Grove.
The Coast Guard notified Oregon State Police and local partner agencies and a search of the area continued. The crew of a US Coast Guard helicopter spotted a second deceased male subject floating nearby. The second male subject was identified as James William Warren, age 81, from McMinnville. Warren was the registered owner of the boat. The Oregon State Police conducted a death investigation and were able to determine Zimmel and Warren were the only two occupants of the boat when it capsized. The reason the boat capsized has not been determined at this time and is still under investigation. Neither Zimmel or Warren were wearing life-vests when they were recovered and there is no evidence of foul play.
Assisting the Oregon State Police with the investig ...
On 9/9/2017 at 6:31pm, Fire, EMS and CCSO responded to the 16800 block of NE 39th Street on a report of a two vehicle head-on collision. Upon arrival, medics immediately began providing aid to the involved drivers. One of the drivers was pronounced dead at the scene after lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful. The other driver suffered no serious injury, and refused medical treatment at the scene. ...
HILLSBORO, Oregon - Mother leaves young children unattended at a city park while she acquired a new tattoo for herself. She was arrested and charged with several crimes.
On Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 5:36 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office Deputies serving the City of Cornelius responded to a 911 call at Harleman Park. Sheriff's Deputies were told a family found two children unattended in a public bathroom in the park.
Sheriff's Deputies arrived and found two children ages three and eight years-old unsupervised. The children were reportedly dropped off at the park by their mother, 28 year-old, Ana Lara from Hillsboro (photo inset), while she went to a local tattoo parlor. The children were frightened when it began to rain and hid in the park bathroom. The children were discovered by a family who was using the bathroom. They called Sheriff's Deputies to help the children.
At 6:00 p.m., Ana Lara returned to the park to pick her children up. Sheriff's Deputies believe Ms. Lara left her children unattended for at least an hour so she could obtain a new tattoo.
Ana Lisa Lara was arrested and lodged in the Washington County Jail. She was charged with two counts ...
CASCADE LOCKS, Oregon – It is one of the worst disasters in Oregon history for the last 50 years. The Eagle Creek Fire is the number 1 firefighting priority in the nation, officials said on Friday morning. The blaze was 33,328 acres and 7% contained as of Friday.
A 15-year-old boy from Vancouver, Washington, lit firecrackers and tossed them into Eagle Creek Canyon, setting alight one of Oregon’s most beloved and frequently-visited places, the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.
The Columbia River Gorge is a treasured place. “It’s where people have their first hikes, where they take photos to send home or post on their Facebook page. Memories gone up in smoke.
The Hood River County Sheriff's Office updated its evacuation notices because of increased fire activity. A new Level One (Be ready for a potential evacuation) has been issued along Collins Road in Dee at the south end to Interstate 84 on the north end. The sheriff's office also expanded a Level 2 (Get set to leave) on the northeast half of Cascade Locks. It is being extended east to Viento State Park along the I-84 corridor.
Crews will stay here for much of the day to keep an eye on the mountain, but ...
HOOD RIVER, Oregon -- Due to increased fire activity on the east end of the fire, the Hood River County Sheriff's Office is making two changes to evacuation levels.
This new Level One area runs from Collins Rd. in Dee at the south end to I-84 on the north end, and includes all areas west of the following lines: Country Club south to Reed Road, running due south to Hwy. 281, continuing along 28 ...
PORTLAND, Oregon - A huge wildfire outside Portland has forced hundreds of residents to evacuate as it ravaged the beautiful Columbia River Gorge and sent sparks falling on communities miles away.
The Eagle Creek Fire has burned nearly 31,000 acres since it broke out on Saturday. The fire has burned through timber in the gorge, destroying landmarks in one of the Pacific Northwest's most beautiful natural areas.
"Our hearts are breaking," Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury said at a news conference. "The Gorge is Oregon's crown jewel."
The blaze was one of 81 large fires burning in the United States on Tuesday, with more than 28 burning in Montana and nearly 20 in Oregon, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.
The fires over the last several days have created extreamlly poor air conditions.
Winds sent ash from those fires falling on Portland about 30 miles (48 km) to the west of the fire on Tuesday.
Lieutenant Damon Simmons, a spokesman for the Oregon st ...
PORTLAND, Oregon On Thursday September 7, 2017, at 10:09 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the Verizon Wireless Store, located at 3004 Northeast Broadway, on the report of an armed robbery.
As officers responded they learned three suspects had entered the store wearing masks and at least one of the suspects possessed a firearm.
Officers arrived on scene and spoke with Verizon Wireless Store employees. The employees provided officers with the suspects' descriptions. Officers also learned the suspects demanded access to items in the store and after obtaining a large quantity of merchandise, the suspects left the store.
While officers performed a neighborhood search for the suspects, the suspects were located driving a vehicle in Northeast Portland. Officers performed a high risk traffic stop on the vehicle and its occupants. During the traffic stop officers took three suspects into custody, located a firearm, and recovered stolen merchandise.
The three suspects were identified as 20-year-old Harold D. Edwards III, 20-year-old Keyshawn D. Thomas, and 19-year-old Fran T. Hernandez-Fowlkes. All three were lodged into the Multnomah County Jail. Edwards was charge ...
On Thursday September 7, 2017, at 10:21 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to Northwest 5th Avenue and Northwest Everett Street on the report of a shooting.
Officers arrived and located a crashed vehicle with one occupant suffering from traumatic injuries. Medical personnel determined the person was deceased.
Based on preliminary information, detectives with the Portland Police Bure ...
At 3:46 am this morning Clackamas Fire District 1 responded to a residential fire in the 9000 block of Top O 'Scott St., Happy Valley. Upon arrival, crews were met by two people who had gotten out of the home and reported there was still a female inside of the home on the second floor. Heavy fire and smoke engulfed the front door, so firefighters made access through the back patio door. Inside the ...
The tragedy of suicide is one experienced by families in our community. In Salem, police, medical and mental health services frequently work hand-in-hand in response to those who have or are considering taking their life. Fittingly, Salem Police and Salem Health are working hand-in-hand to raise awareness this September which is designated as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
"Hitting the st ...
On 9/6/2017 at 1656 hours, Fire, EMS and CCSO responded to the report of a single vehicle collision in the 15400 block of NE 20th Avenue in Salmon Creek. The involved vehicle, a 1993 Ford Escort hatchback, failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway, left the roadway and collided head-on with a concrete barrier. The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle was transported to PeaceHealth Medical Cent ...
Portland's air is moderately bad, but in Grants Pass a few days ago, it had the worst in the country.
Portland's air currently had an Air Quality Index of 64, which is measured at moderate. Usually, Portland's air is at the "good" level of 0-50. While this air quality hardly compares to the city's air quality earlier this month, when Portland's air was worse than Shanghai's, it is nonetheless smoggier than normal.
Unfortunately, it's going to get worse tonight. Fortunately, it's only going to get a little bit worse, says meteorologist David Bishop at the National Weather Service.
"Our forecast has it clearing out Tuesday, when this will clear out is all going to depend on when we get our onshore winds to start coming in," Bishop says. "As we start approaching Tuesday morning and Tuesday afternoon, the vast majority of the smoke should be out of the area."
Bishop says the smoke is coming from fires burning in Southern Oregon and Northern California.
Smoke from these fires are affecting the air quality of other Oregon towns drastically. Right now, Grants Pass has the highest AQI in the United States, measuring at 241, which is considered "very unhealthy." To compare, e ...
PORTLAND, Oregon - At approximately 12:50 p.m., 3 suspects entered the Ben Bridge Jewelers at the Washington Square Mall in Tigard and made off with merchandise taken from a display case. Initially, Tigard Police received reports of possible gunshots fired however as police arrived within minutes and began investigating, it was quickly determined that the sound believed to be shots fired was actua ...
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports today at 12:14 p.m., Linn County Sheriff's Office 9-1-1 Dispatch Center received a call to assist the Lebanon Fire Department with a farming accident in the 42000 block of Green Mountain Drive, northeast of Lebanon.
Deputies learned Robert Leeland Prock, 58, of Lebanon, was moving irrigation pipe at the location. Prock is a handyman for the property owne ...
PORTLAND, Oregon - Just before 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, a family realized that they had a fire in their house. The father began yelling for everyone to get to safety, however the family's middle son was upstairs and the fire was in a room at the foot of those stairs. Fortunately, the family had a plan and the son used a collapsible ladder to escape from an upstairs bedroom.
The father extinguished the fire prior to the arrival of firefighters so crews worked to remove smoke from the structure. The exact cause of this fire hasn't been determined, but it involved a hoverboard.
Thanks to smart and timely action by the family, no one was injured in this fire. Investigators are working to determine the exact cause of this fire. ...
On August 25, 2017, at approximately 3:30 PM the Oregon State Police responded to a motor vehicle crash on Hwy 97 near milepost 158 southbound in Deschutes County.
The preliminary investigation has determined that 58 year old VANWORTH, Pamela of Klamath Falls, was operating a 2004 Scion XB on Hwy 97 near milepost 158 southbound at a very high rate of speed. VANWORTH was passing numerous vehicle and lost control of her vehicle driving into the northbound lane and crashing into a Ford F350. The Ford was an Oregon Department of Transportation Incident Response truck operated by 36 year old BENSON, John of Redmond. The passenger in the Scion, 45 year old GARCIA-RAMIREZ, Lisa Ann, from Bakersfield was pronounced deceased on scene by medical personnel.
BENSON AND VANWORTH were transported to St. Charles Hospital in Bend. BENSON was released with minor injuries and VANWORTH remains in ICU.
The Oregon State Police was assisted by Deschutes County Sheriff's office and Oregon Department of Transportation. ...
Shortly after 10:00 am this morning the Reach & Treat Team from American Medical Response (AMR) was requested to assist Multnomah County responders with an injured hiker above Elowah Falls, near Ainsworth State Park. The falls are located near Warrendale in the Columbia River Gorge, east of Portland along I-84. The height of the falls is 213 feet with a 90 degree pitch.
Reports indicate the ma ...
PORTLAND, Oregon - On Saturday August 26, 2017, at 5:23 p.m., North Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team (GET) officers responded to the 13000 block of Northeast Prescott Drive on the report of people with warrants at a house in the neighborhood.
Officers arrived in the area and learned there were two people inside a residence with warrants. Based on the warrant information and past criminal beh ...
The previous release provided an incorrect website address for crime prevention information. The Office of Neighborhood Involvement website may be accessed by visiting www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/cpadvice. A car prowl prevention handout, provided by the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, is located at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/article/320547
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On Thursday August 24, 2017, at 10:19 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a suspicious person in the 5400 block of Northeast Killingsworth Street.
Officers arrived and observed a subject near a Ford truck with numerous items strewn about the ground near the Ford truck and trailer attached to the truck. The responding officers recognized the subject as 32-year-old Jordan M. Chambers of Portland.
The responding officers knew detectives with the Portland Police Bureau Detective Coordination Team (DCT) were attempting to locate Chambers. DCT detectives suspected Chambers in multiple cases of Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Elude by Vehicle, Elude On Foot as well as other charges.
Detectives with DCT believed Chambers ...
On August 25,2017 at approximately 3:45pm, Oregon State Police troopers responded a fatal traffic crash involving a vehicle and a pedestrian occurred on US Highway 101 near milepost 147.
The pedestrian, identified as Deborah L. Samples, age 64, from Albany, attempted to cross the highway with oncoming traffic in both directions and was struck by a southbound 1999 Subaru Legacy driven by Joan ...
On 8/25/2017 at approximately 12:41pm, Oregon State Police troopers from the Newport Patrol Office responded to a three vehicle fatal traffic crash on US Highway 20 near milepost 29.
The Preliminary investigation indicates an eastbound 2017 Dodge Durango was traveling eastbound when for unknown reason it crossed the center line and struck a westbound 2009 Toyota Prius. The force of then impac ...
PORTLAND, Oregon - With thrilling cosmic clockwork, the moon will pass in front of the sun Monday, casting a 70-mile-wide shadow that will sweep across the United States from coast to coast, giving millions along the "path of totality" a chance to marvel at one of nature's grandest spectacles, a total eclipse of the sun.
It is the first solar eclipse visible from the United States since 1979 and the first to cross the entire continent in 99 years.
Some 12 million people live in the path of totality, and many experts expect that number to at least double when veteran eclipse chasers, armchair astronomers and the merely curious rush in, possibly at the last minute.
"So instead of being 12 million, we're expecting 20 plus," said Rick Fienberg, a spokesman for the American Astronomical Society.
Weather permitting, and with eye safety in mind -- everyone in the continental United States, Canada, Central America and the northern quarter of South America will enjoy a partial solar eclipse, with the moon blocking some or even most of the sun as the three-hour event unfolds.
But for the millions of residents who live in the 14 states along the path of totality, along with m ...