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Friday August 11, 2017 - Times viewed: 9292
On August 9, 2017, at about 4:25 p.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers responded to a report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 126E, east of Vida in Lane County. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2001 Ford Explorer was eastbound when for unknown reasons, left the roadway and struck a large boulder off the south shoulder. The vehicle caught fire after impact and was fully engulfed prior to emergency personnel arrival. The driver and sole occupant of the Ford Explorer was pronounced deceased at the scene and the identity has yet to be confirmed. Both lanes of Highway 126E were closed for approximately one hour before one lane was opened for commuting vehicles. OSP was assisted by Oregon Department of Transportation Incident Response, McKenzie Fire and Rescue, US Forest Service, and Lane County Medical Examiner's Office. ...
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Friday August 11, 2017 - Times viewed: 9079
PORTLAND, Oregon - On Thursday August 10, 2017, at 2:32 p.m., North Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team officers responded to North Albina Avenue and North Killingsworth Street on the report of a person with a gun. As officers responded to the area, Portland Community College (PCC) security officers provided a description of the armed suspect and his firearm. PCC security officers continued to ...

Friday August 11, 2017 - Times viewed: 8992
SALEM, Oregon - The mission of Oral Hull Foundation is to provide educational, social and recreational programming to those with blindness and low vision and to ensure vision loss does not mean dependency and isolation. Our adult guests are people who come from all over the United States, all walks of life, and all economic levels but with one commonality. They are all legally blind. Just rece ...

Tuesday August 8, 2017 - Times viewed: 9244
On Monday August 7, 2017, at 2:33 a.m., East Precinct officers located and arrested 34-year-old Jonathan T. Rance in connection with an assault that occurred on July 25, 2017 at Poet's Beach, located at 2198 Southwest River Parkway. Rance's arrest occurred after East Precinct officers responded to the Best Value Inn, located at 3310 Southeast 82nd Avenue, on the report of a disturbance. While investigating the disturbance, officers recognized Rance as a suspect in an assault that injured two people at Poet's Beach. Rance was arrested at the location, transported to the Portland Police Bureau's Detective Division, and interviewed by detectives. Rance was lodged in the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, Interfering with Making a Report, and two counts of Assault in the Second Degree. Rance will be arraigned on Tuesday. ###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW### ###PPB### On Tuesday July 25, 2017, at 4:47 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to Poet's Beach, located on the Willamette River at 2198 Southwest River Parkway, on the report of an assault by a male reported to be hitting a female with a stick. Officers arrived in the ...
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Tuesday August 8, 2017 - Times viewed: 8777
On 8/7/17 at about 2050 hrs CCSO deputies responded to a call on Nicolai Cutoff Road and Wilbur Road. The reporting party was Brandon McKay, who was later identified as the driver of a small pickup that had been pulling a go cart. The go cart had reportedly crashed into a tree and gone down an small embankment with an 11- year-old boy still inside the go cart. The boy was taken by Lifeflight helic ...

Tuesday August 8, 2017 - Times viewed: 9112
PORTLAND, Oregon - On Monday August 7, 2017, at 12:53 p.m., East Precinct officers responded with emergency medical personnel to the 16900 block of Southeast Powell Boulevard on the report of a two-year-old child who was not breathing. Officers and medical personnel arrived on scene. The toddler was transported to an area hospital by ambulance and could not to be revived. Officers contacte ...

Saturday August 5, 2017 - Times viewed: 9024
Oregon has decided to kill members of a wolf pack in Eastern Oregon. It's the eighth time state officials in Oregon or Washington have taken lethal action on wolves that preyed on livestock. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has decided to kill members of the Harl Butte wolf pack in Eastern Oregon in an attempt to disrupt the pack’s behavior and prevent future livestock losses. The decision comes after Wallowa County ranchers requested lethal control because the pack has attacked cattle seven times in the past 13 months. It marks the eighth time state officials in Oregon or Washington have taken lethal action on wolves that preyed on livestock. Rather than remove the entire pack, as requested, wildlife officials will kill two adult wolves and then reevaluate. If depredation continues, more wolves could be killed. The approach is similar to a tactic the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife began last week, when it began killing members of the Smackout Pack in the forests north of Spokane. “In this chronic situation, lethal control measures are warranted,” Roblyn Brown, ODFW Acting Wolf Coordinator, said in a release. “We will use incremental removal to giv ...
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Saturday August 5, 2017 - Times viewed: 9066
FOREST GROVE, Oregon - On Friday at 7 AM, a City of Forest Grove employee was approached by a man, later identified as 19 y/o Jose Manuel Bernabe-Hernandez, at Talisman Park near Willamina Avenue regarding obtaining employment with the City. Bernabe-Hernandez became belligerent with the employee before running for the employee's nearby City parks vehicle. Bernabe-Hernandez got into the vehicle and drove away at a high rate of speed. The truck was later spotted and followed in the Verboort Road and Hwy 47 area driving recklessly and crossing into oncoming traffic. Police pursued then terminated for safety of the public due to Bernabe-Hernandez's erratic driving. The truck was last seen in the area of Cornelius-Schefflin Road heading towards the North Plains area. Officers identified a passenger in the vehicle as 19 y/o Jonathan Varona-Nieto. The City truck is a white 2016 Ford F-250 extra cab pick-up, bearing Oregon plate E266544 and displaying "City of Forest Grove" markings on the doors. (Attached is picture of actual truck following theft and another of similar truck close up.) If anyone observes the vehicle or suspect(s), they are asked to call 911 and not approach the s ...
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Saturday August 5, 2017 - Times viewed: 8853
PORTLAND, Oregon - The Washington County Community Corrections Department is asking for the public's help in locating a 30-year-old Hillsboro man who is considered a high-risk sex offender. Dustin Westling absconded from court-ordered community supervision Thursday, August 3. Westling is a white male with a bald or shaved head, 5 foot 9 inches tall, 200 pounds, brown eyes and is considered a potential danger to the public. Please do not approach this person and notify law enforcement via 9-1-1 immediately if you encounter him. Westling was last located near S.E. 21st Avenue and S.E. Cypress Street in Hillsboro before he removed his GPS monitoring bracelet. An active arrest warrant has been issued. Under the terms of his supervision, Westling may not go to locations primarily used by minors or where minors congregate, such as schools, playgrounds, libraries or churches. Westling may not have contact with his victims of record. Westling is currently on post-prison supervision for identity theft and escape in the second degree, but he has served time in prison for attempted sex abuse in the first degree, sodomy in the third degree and rape in the third degree. West ...
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Saturday August 5, 2017 - Times viewed: 8873
On Friday, August 4, Marion County Environmental Health received confirmation that a bat from the Shaw area tested positive for rabies. Bats are the most common mammals known to carry rabies in Oregon. It was reported that the bat was found in a bedroom where two adults and one child had slept. It is unknown at this time if anyone sleeping in the room was bitten and medical advice is being sought. ...

Saturday August 5, 2017 - Times viewed: 8822
PORTLAND, Oregon - Today, the Portland Business Alliance released a survey, commissioned in partnership with TriMet, regarding Portlanders' views on the city's transportation system. Traffic and congestion are top concerns for Portlanders, with no other transportation issue even coming close. The Alliance and TriMet contracted with Moore Information to conduct the survey, which was fielded July 13-16, 2017. The Alliance commissioned the report to gather specific data on how residents are feeling about the transportation system, as well as traffic and transportation-related issues facing the city. The survey was done in response to growing concerns about traffic and congestion throughout Portland, and concern voiced by members about the need for a balanced, multimodal system that works for all modes of transportation and all users of the system. A total of 457 Portland residents (ages 18 and older) were surveyed. In addition to 400 interviews conducted citywide, the survey included an "over sample" of residents in Outer East Portland to ensure the voices of those in that geographic region were heard clearly in the results. Surveys were conducted through live cell phone and l ...
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Saturday August 5, 2017 - Times viewed: 8936
GRESHAM, Oregon - The Centennial School District Board of Directors will meet on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at 7:00 pm in the Centennial High School Cafeteria (3505 SE 182nd AVE, Gresham OR 97030). At this meeting, the superintendent, Dr. Paul Coakley, will present his report and the Board will consider approval of all confirmation items en masse. Business items to be addressed at this meeting ...

Saturday August 5, 2017 - Times viewed: 9065
SALEM, Oregon - Salem Police, Salem Fire and Polk County Sheriff's Office are currently searching for a missing 5-year old child at Wallace Marine Park. The child was last seen at about 5:30 pm playing with other children at the water's edge near the pedestrian bridge over the Willamette River. Salem Police Officers are searching in cooperation with a rescue boat from the Salem Fire Department, Polk County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue, and Polk County Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol deputies. The child is 5-year old Allen "Chaz" Pearson. Chaz is approximately 4'00" tall, 50 lbs with dark hair in a small tail on the back of his head. He is wearing distinctive green and camo swimming shorts. Photos of Chaz and his shorts are attached to this release. The search and rescue operations are being conducted under the command of the Polk County Sheriff's Office. Any inquiries as to those operations should be made to the Polk County Sheriff's Office. The search will continue on today, August 5th, starting at 7:00 a.m. Responding agencies will consist of Polk County Search and Rescue, Polk County SAR Drone, Polk County Marine Patrol, Yamhill County Search and Re ...
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Tuesday August 1, 2017 - Times viewed: 9233
PORTLAND, Oregon - With temperatures expected to reach and exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit Tuesday through Friday, Public Health officials are urging residents to take precautions. "We encourage people to avoid or limit physical activity outdoors, take shelter in air-conditioned buildings, and drink plenty of fluids," said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County health officer. "Elderly people and the very young are especially vulnerable during periods of intense or prolonged heat. Don't forget your pets." Public libraries, shopping malls and cinemas are examples of places where people can go to escape the heat. Some other air-conditioned spots in Clark County are listed below. Battle Ground: Battle Ground Community Center, 912 E. Main St., 8 a.m.--9 p.m. Aug.1--3. Bring books, board games, puzzles, electronic devices ??' even a picnic meal. More information: 360.342.5380. Vancouver: Marshall Community Center, 1009 McLoughlin Blvd., 5:30 a.m.--9 p.m. Monday--Thursday; 5:30 a.m.--8 p.m. Friday; 7 a.m.--7 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday. More information: 360.487.7100 Firstenburg Community Center, 700 N.E. 136th Ave.; 5:30 a.m.--9 p.m. Monday--Thursday; 5:30 a.m.--8 p.m. Frid ...
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Tuesday August 1, 2017 - Times viewed: 8959
On Monday, July 31, 2017, at approximately 3:00 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a report of a man who had gone under the water at Blue Lake. A male and female were on a rented paddle boat when they began to move about the boat. The paddle boat began to take on water and list to one side. The occupants of the boat jumped into the water and began swimming toward the ...

Saturday July 29, 2017 - Times viewed: 9271
LEBANON, Oregon - A two-vehicle collision on Highway 20 at Fairview Road reduced travel on to one lane in each direction for close to an hour Friday afternoon as Lebanon firefighters worked to extricate a pinned victim within one of the cars. Witnesses stated that a Ford sedan was attempting to turn left onto Highway 20 from Fairview Road towards Sweet Home and pulled directly into the path of a Lebanon bound Honda sedan. The Honda attempted to stop but struck the Ford directly in the driver door at a high rate of speed, trapping the driver inside the vehicle. Three passengers in the Honda were evaluated on scene and refused treatment. Firefighters removed the roof from the Ford to safely extricate the pinned driver who was transported to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Oregon State Police and the Oregon Department of Transportation assisted Lebanon Fire District crews on scene. ...
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Wednesday July 26, 2017 - Times viewed: 9114
PORTLAND, Oregon - On Tuesday July 25, 2017, Portland Police Bureau Sex Crimes Unit detectives booked 31-year-old Sergio Jose Martinez into the Multnomah County Jail after his arrest Monday evening in connection with a violent attack in the Sullivan's Gulch neighborhood. Martinez was booked into jail on charges of Robbery in the First Degree, Kidnap in the First Degree, and Assault in the Second Degree. Additionally, detectives linked Martinez to an attack reported earlier Monday morning a few blocks away in the Kerns Neighborhood. In connection with that case, Martinez was booked into jail on charges of Robbery in the First Degree, Burglary in the First Degree, Sodomy in the First Degree, and Sex Abuse in the First Degree. Martinez will be arraigned on Wednesday in Multnomah County Court and investigators anticipate additional charges after a grand jury is presented the case. Martinez was arrested on Monday evening after North Precinct officers responded to the report of a disturbance in the 2100 block of Northeast Halsey Street involving a male and female in the basement parking garage of a building. As officers were responding to the area they received additional ...
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Wednesday July 26, 2017 - Times viewed: 9141
PORTLAND, Oregon - On Tuesday July 25, 2017, at 2:41 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the Chase Bank branch located inside the Glisan Fred Meyer store at 6615 Northeast Glisan Street on the report of a robbery. Officers arrived in the area and contacted employees who told police that the suspect used a note to demand money from the teller. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash ...

Wednesday July 26, 2017 - Times viewed: 8959
TUALATIN, Oregon - On Tuesday, at approximately 11:45 am, Tualatin Police received a report of a possible cougar sighting at Durham Park. The anonymous caller reported seeing the animal at around 10:00 am on the far end of the north loop of the park. Tualatin officers walked the park trails but were unable to locate the cougar. Tualatin Police Department echoes the advice of our partners with ...

Wednesday July 26, 2017 - Times viewed: 9235
Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon reports after further investigation his deputies learned the plane, 1960 Champion fixed wing, was operated by John Andrew McKinney, 57 of Lebanon. McKinney had the pontoon style airplane on the water and was pulling a juvenile female on a tube. Cindy Marie Blondin Witherington, 57 of Sweet Home, was a passenger in the plane. The plane was moving at a slow speed and was heading to Shae Point to empty water out of the pontoons. The juvenile fell off the tube and McKinney circled around to pick her up. At this point, one of the pontoons filled with water and the plane rolled completely over. No one was injured. The FAA is not responding to do an investigation as they consider it a boat when it is on the water. The Oregon State Marine Board was contacted along with the Army Corps of Engineers. The Sheriff's Office was initially assisted by the Sweet Home Police and Fire Departments. The airplane has been removed from the water. This investigation is continuing. Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon reports at 3:20 p.m., his office received a 9-1-1 call reporting a plane that went down into Foster Reservoir. The caller was able to get the occu ...
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Sunday July 23, 2017 - Times viewed: 9170
Just two years after it opened, Microsoft is shutting down its Oregon-based factory for manufacturing its Surface Hub jumbo tablets, according to a report Wednesday by The Oregonian. The plant, located in Wilsonville, Oregon, just outside of Portland, was once positioned as a symbol of successful US manufacturing. But now Microsoft will lay off 124 employees and dozens of contractors -- nearly everyone at the site, according to the report. Microsoft reportedly said it will move production of the Surface Hub -- a huge touchscreen computer meant to replace conference room whiteboards -- to where it makes all of its other Surface products. The company didn't specifically say where, but the rest of the devices are manufactured in China. The move underscores the challenges of trying to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States, despite pressure from the Trump administration to do so. Microsoft hasn't said why it's shutting down production in Oregon. The company didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. ...
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Sunday July 23, 2017 - Times viewed: 9564
SALEM, Oregon - Salem Police were called to the 3100 block of Ryan Dr SE this morning at approximately 3:26 am on a report of a shooting involving a security guard and another subject. Arriving officers found a male subject in a parking lot who had been shot and a private security guard on scene. The subject who had been shot has been identified as 25-year old Jose Francisco Moreno. He was pro ...

Sunday July 23, 2017 - Times viewed: 9009
CORVALIS, Oregon - On July 18, 2017, at approximately 3:45 am, Corvallis Police Department Officers were called to the Subway restaurant at 2479 NW Monroe Ave for a report of a robbery. An unknown male suspect wearing a mask entered the restaurant, presented a handgun to the employee, and then left with an undisclosed amount of cash. The employee was uninjured, and the suspect fled prior to office ...

Sunday July 23, 2017 - Times viewed: 8985
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a disaster that occurred on Saturday, July 22, 2017, in the 23000 block of NE Jehnsen Rd in Yacolt, WA. This single-family fire affected 3 adults and pets. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, ...

Thursday July 6, 2017 - Times viewed: 9550
Since Republicans lack the political and legal power to invalidate Roe v. Wade, they’ve spent the last several years pushing their anti-abortion agenda in state legislatures. The Supreme Court has crushed a few of the most egregious constitutional violators, and when Barack Obama was in office, he took small but significant measures to safeguard access to abortion care. Now that Donald Trump is in ...

Thursday July 6, 2017 - Times viewed: 9420
GRESHAM, Oregon - This year's Gresham Arts Festival is bigger and better than ever with more than 150 artists, live music, free family fun, the Reclaim Chalk of Fame world record attempt and two new events--it's all happening on Friday, July 14 and Saturday, July 15 at the 16th annual Gresham Arts Festival in historic downtown. The Gresham Arts Festival draws thousands from around the region each year to the charming downtown streets to meet, browse and shop from a carefully curated crop of Northwest artists and artisans, ranging from painters, potters and sculptors to woodworkers, photographers, jewelers and more. Two new events will be added this year. On Friday, July 14, the Art Under the Stars charitable silent auction event includes pieces donated by Arts Festival artists, with proceeds donated to Gresham Outdoor Public Art. While bidding, attendees can enjoy award-winning R&B artist Norman Sylvester and friends on a beautiful summer evening in downtown. Beer, wine and food is available for purchase. On Saturday evening, Gresham's Got Talent will showcase a wide array of talented entertainers in our community at the Arts Plaza. Celebrity judges are Katie Harman, Mi ...
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Thursday July 6, 2017 - Times viewed: 9647
The sexual relationship with an adult high school student was apparently legal and consensual but the Oregon State Police decided to arrest a school teacher at Lost River High school. 35 year old Jeffrey Vincent was arrested for his relationship with one of his former high school students, now 19 years old. The relationship allegedly began when the former student was still attending the high school at Lost River, and the relationship had gone on for a significant period. However, the former student was reportedly legally an adult at 18 years of age when the sexual relationship began. On July 6, 2017, Vincent was taken into custody by Oregon State Police and taken to the Klamath County Jail on two counts of "Official Misconduct" in the First Degree, two counts of Coercion, and one count of Tampering with a Witness. Vincent was placed on Administrative Leave by the Klamath County School District, pending the investigation. ...
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Tuesday July 4, 2017 - Times viewed: 9341
PORTLAND, Oregon - On Monday July 3, 2017, at 10:24 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to Southeast 122nd Avenue and Woodward Place on the report that a pedestrian had been struck by a driver. Officers and medical personnel arrived and located a male in his 20s suffering from traumatic injuries. He has been transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment to life-threatening i ...

Tuesday July 4, 2017 - Times viewed: 9664
Seaside, Oregon - At approximately 3:13 a.m. a motor vehicle versus pedestrian accident occurred at 2793 Highway 101 (approximately MP 19, near the Seaside Airport). The fatal accident is currently being investigated by the Seaside Police and Oregon State Police. Highway 101 has reopened to one lane of traffic. ...
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Monday July 3, 2017 - Times viewed: 9425
ALOHA, Oregon - Two females were caught on camera stealing $3,000 in packages from a residence in south Aloha. Deputies have arrested one suspect and are asking for the public's help locating the second suspect. On June 20, 2017, Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies began investigating a package theft from a residence in the vicinity of SW 170th Avenue and SW Farmington Road in the community of Aloha. During the investigation, deputies learned that that two unidentified females stole nine packages, valued at $3,000, from a residential porch the day prior. The entire incident was captured on the victim's security camera. In the following days, local media outlets ran the security video on-air and deputies received numerous tips from the community. Based on those tips, the two suspects were identified as 33-year old Courtney Freymuller and 29-year-old Shawna Boyd, both of Beaverton. On June 23, 2017, deputies located and arrested Ms. Freymuller in Hillsboro for an unrelated warrant (booking photo attached). Deputies later charged her with theft in the first degree related to the theft of packages. She is currently lodged at the Washington County Jail. Deput ...
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