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Saturday May 13, 2017 - Times viewed: 9451
The University of Portland has been selected to host the 2018 Opus Prize, a $1 million annual award which recognizes individuals or organizations who address critical social issues within their communities. The Opus Prize Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, sponsors the Opus Prize, an annual, faith-based humanitarian award recognizing individuals internationally and domestically who are addressing persistent and pressing social problems within their communities. Each year, the Opus Prize Foundation chooses a Catholic university to serve as its partner in selecting the Opus Prize laureates and finalists. The award is one of the world's largest faith-based awards for social entrepreneurship, composed of one $1 million award and two $100,000 prizes. "The University of Portland is honored and thrilled to serve as partner for the selection and presentation of the 2018 Opus Prize. The Opus Prize Foundation's focus on promoting faith-based social innovation aligns well with the University's commitment to challenge and inspire our students to positively impact the world," said University President Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C. "We are eager to host ...
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Saturday May 13, 2017 - Times viewed: 9089
A total of 1,018 individuals are running for school board positions next Tuesday in Oregon -- the highest number since 2009 -- according to a survey conducted by the Oregon School Boards Association. The upswing in candidates marks a complete reversal from May 2015, when 817 people ran for school board. That was the lowest such total in a decade. Over the last few months OSBA has conducted an awareness campaign ( about the importance of volunteer school board service. There are 802 open positions across the state, and 553 incumbents are running. The percentage of school board incumbents seeking office again -- 54 percent -- is the lowest in at least 12 years. That means that nearly half -- or potentially more -- of all school board members statewide will be newly elected this year. Jim Green, OSBA's executive director, said the association welcomes a new crop of board members. "Schools are constantly evolving, so it's important to see a mix of both experience and fresh perspective at the board level," Green said. "In our view there is no more important public service than safeguarding the future of our young people." Despite the surge ...
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Saturday May 13, 2017 - Times viewed: 8931
The Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee meets Friday, May 19, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 473, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem, OR. The meeting is open to the public. Agenda items include: Announcements, public comment, old business, subcommittee reports, Aging and People with Disabilities manager updates, new business, agenda items for next meeting. For those who can't attend in person there is a toll-free phone number: 1 888-808-6929; Participant Code: 4517555. The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Jeffrey Puterbaugh at 503-947-1189 or Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting. For questions about this meeting, please contact: Theresa Powell About the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee: The committee assists the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Program (ODHHSP) by providing information and expertise on issues affecting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. ...
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Saturday May 13, 2017 - Times viewed: 9265
PORTLAND, Oregon - On Friday at about 4 PM, a driver hit a pedestrian on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, between Union Court and Marine Drive. Police and medical personnel located a man suffering from serious injuries. He was taken to a Portland hospital where he was pronounced dead. The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with police investigators. Exact cause of death or responsibility has not been determined. Northeast MLK Jr. Boulevard was closed in both directions, between Marine Drive and Union Court, for several hours due to the crash investigation. No other information is available at this time. ...
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Saturday May 13, 2017 - Times viewed: 9109
FLORENCE, Oregon - A man has died and two Florence police officers were assaulted Monday in a fight with a 40-year-old man they were trying to release from the Florence jail. The man accused of assaulting the officers later died at PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center in Florence. There was no immediate reason given as to why the prisoner victim became aggressive as he was being released or the apparent cause of death. Lt. Cari Boyd, an Oregon State Police spokeswoman, said troopers and medics arrived for the two injured officers when the male prisoner became non-responsive and was taken to Peace Harbor Hospital and was pronounced dead. The name of the prisoner who died had not been released at the time of this news story. The two Florence officers were taken to a hospital for their injuries. Both are employed by Florence Police Department. Officer Ken Larson has been with Florence PD for 24 years and Stephanie Sansom has been employed for one year. Authorities have not reported the nature of the injuries to the two officers or their conditions. The Lane County District Attorney’s Office has activated the Interagency Deadly Force Investigation Team to investi ...
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Saturday May 13, 2017 - Times viewed: 14848
PORTLAND, Oregon - On Friday, around 5 PM a body floating in the Willamette River near the Steel Bridge was seen by a person passing by. Multnomah County River Patrol units arrived and recovered the body of a dead man from the water. MCSO will conduct a death investigation and the body will be turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office. No further details are available at th ...

Saturday May 13, 2017 - Times viewed: 8930
PORTLAND, Oregon - On Friday May 12, 2017, close just after 10 PM, Portland police were informed of a stabbing outside The Nines Hotel on Southwest Morrison Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues. A male adult victim, suffering from a stab wound, was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries. The suspect who left the scene was described by witnesses as a white male in his 20s, 6'2" tall, slim build, a thin, pale face, clean-shaven, wearing all black clothing. Police say there is no apparent connection between the victim and suspect. Anyone with information about this stabbing is asked to call the Detective Division at 503-823-0400. ...
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Friday May 12, 2017 - Times viewed: 9035
Starting in the month of March 2017, the Polk Interagency Narcotics Team (P.O.I.N.T) began an investigation which lasted over a month involving the trafficking of Heroin in the Polk and Marion County areas by two women, Samantha Gaines, Levi McCleskey. On April 21, 2017 Levi McCleskey was arrested for possession of 22.5 grams of heroin, danabol steroids, and a large amount of cash and gold. McCleskey is currently in custody. At a residence and a storage unit, police found contraband at a storage unit registered to Samantha Gaines. Samantha Gaines is a fugitive with felony warrants for her arrest. She is is believed to be armed with either a .45 caliber or 9mm handgun and should be considered dangerous.The Polk County Sheriff's Office is asking for help from the public with information leading to locating Samantha Gaines. FOX 12 spoke with a neighbor who has lived next to Gaines and McCleskey for years and he believes they were not tenants. "A lot of cars, a lot of noise at 2, 3, 4, 5 in the morning," said Craig Hoy. "It seems to be over now so that's a good thing as far as I'm concerned and my neighbors as well because we've talked, and I mean, all my neighbors, s ...
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Friday May 12, 2017 - Times viewed: 8952
PORTLAND, Oregon - Last night police responded to a report of an unknown man who had entered a residence in the 4000 block of Northeast Wistaria Drive and locked himself in a bathroom. Residents told police they did not know the man and believed he may have entered through an open garage door. Police circled the home and called Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team for assistance. Police then talked to the suspect who was identified as 29-year-old Aaron Lavell Reed-Jones. The suspect then came out of the bathroom. Police say Reed-Jones seemed paranoid and confused. He surrendered to police without incident. Reed-Jones was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Burglary in the First Degree. ...
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Friday May 12, 2017 - Times viewed: 9020
WOODBURN, Oregon - Authorities are looking for a man who exposed his genitals to young females at the Woodburn Laundromat on May 8. The laundromat is located at 1188 N. Pacific Hwy. A suspect was observed on video exposing his genitals while in front of the girls at the Woodburn Laundromat at 1188 North Pacific Highway. Police are seeking any information on the identity and whereabouts on the suspect pictured in this release. Anyone with information is urged to call 503-982-2345. ...
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Thursday May 11, 2017 - Times viewed: 8979
PORTLAND, Oregon - On Wednesday at 7:03 p.m., police received a report that a man in his 20s was threatening people on the TriMet Flavel Street Transit Station. Police found and chased the suspect on foot, onto a bridge over Johnson Creek on the north side of Flavel Street. A police officer then shot the suspect. Police say they gave aid until paramedics arrived but paramedics found the man had ...

Thursday May 11, 2017 - Times viewed: 9002
PORTLAND, Oregon - 30-year-old Jared Weston Walter was arrested Wedneday night after cutting a women's hair on a TriMet bus. 9-1-1 callers reported seeing him in the area of Southeast 82nd Avenue and Holgate Boulevard. At 7:52 p.m., officers located him in the 4300 block of Southeast 89th Avenue and took him into custody after alert community members chased him in the neighborhood. Walter was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Harassment (two counts) and Interfering with Public Transportation (two counts). Walter will be arraigned on Thursday. ...
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Thursday May 11, 2017 - Times viewed: 8979
PORTLAND, Oregon - Today, Thursday May 11, 2017, at 8:02 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the area of Southeast 60th Avenue and Nehalem Street on the report that a white pit bull was jumping at the door of a neighborhood residence after earlier chasing a woman who had to jump onto a truck to get away from the dog. As officers were responding to the call additional information was received that the dog had attacked and bitten two people. As an officer arrived at the scene, the dog was attacking children at a bus stop and was biting a woman who was protecting her nine-year-old son and other children. As the officer approached the dog, it let go of the woman's leg and charged at the officer who fired a single shot striking and injuring the dog. A male that was bitten on the shin by the dog was treated by medical personnel at the scene. The woman and her son did not suffer any injuries. Multnomah County Animal Services responded and took custody of the dog. Youth Services Division School Resource Officers are going to visit nearby Whitman Elementary School to check in with students who were waiting for the bus during this incident. Anyone with information a ...
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Thursday May 11, 2017 - Times viewed: 9016
This is a special bonus Science on Tap event! Why does the universe have a speed limit? What (or who) is attacking Earth with tiny, super-fast particles? What exactly is Dark Matter? And for that matter... What is matter? PHD Comics' Jorge Cham and particle physicist Daniel Whiteson are experts at explaining things. In their book, We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe, Cham & Whiteson explore why a vast portion of our universe is still a mystery, and what a lot of smart people are doing to understand it. Armed with their popular infographics, cartoons, and highly entertaining and lucid explanations of science, Cham and Whiteson explore some of the biggest holes in our cosmic knowledge. We Have No Idea features over 400 incredible, original illustrations, that illuminate everything from quarks and neutrinos to gravitational waves and exploding black holes. It's the perfect book for anyone who is curious about big, universe-sized questions. At this Science on Tap, they will introduce their new book and will invite us to see the universe as an exciting expanse of mostly uncharted territory that's still ours to explore. Books will be available for sale and signin ...
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Wednesday May 10, 2017 - Times viewed: 9389
On May 9, 2017 at about 2 PM a westbound Isuzu box truck was turning left when it crossed the centerline and entered into the eastbound lane. Traveling eastbound was a loaded chip truck. The driver of the chip truck attempted to avoid the collision but the two commercial motor vehicles collided striking driver side headlight to driver side headlight. After the collision, the chip truck hit the embankment and crossed the westbound lanes. The chip truck traveled down another steep embankment and came to rest. The driver of the box truck died at the scene and the driver of the chip truck was taken to a Portland hospital, via ground ambulance, in stable condition. The names of the drivers have not yet been released pending notification to families. ...
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Wednesday May 10, 2017 - Times viewed: 9259
Before summer arrives, create a circle of safety around your home to protect it from wildfire. May is Oregon Wildfire Awareness Month. All month long the Oregon Department of Forestry, Keep Oregon Green Association, the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal and fire educators statewide are spreading the word on ways to prevent human-caused wildfires, as well as how to protect a home in case a fire encroaches. "In a large fire event, firefighters may not have the resources to defend every house. Just as you lock the doors to keep your home and family safe, think of creating a fuel-free defensible space. This 'circle of safety,' around your home can reduce fire danger and provide safe access to firefighters so they can protect it," said Kristin Babbs, president of Keep Oregon Green. The main culprits are a wildfire's hot embers. They can waft through the air a mile or more ahead of the actual flame front. When these embers land, in a matter of minutes they can ignite leaves and needles accumulated on roofs or rain gutters or cause flammable landscape plants to begin burning. In some instances, house fires start after embers on the roof and in gutters have smoldered without smok ...
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Wednesday May 10, 2017 - Times viewed: 9186
PORTLAND, Oregon - On Tuesday, an emergency was declared at the Hanford Nuclear site in Washington after a tunnel that collapsed containing rail cars full of nuclear waste. The former nuclear production site was locked down at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday after a inspection revealed that soil had collapsed over a portion a 20-foot-long section of the tunnel. It was storing contaminated railcars. There was no contamination or injuries reported at the site. Emergency workers said they would continue to monitor the area as a crew prepared to fill the hole with clean soil, energy officials said. “The incident is moving from the emergency phase towards the recovery phase. The workforce has safely left the site, other than personnel essential to the recovery plan,” the DOE said in a statement late Tuesday. “After extensive testing the site remains confident at this point that there has been no indication of worker exposure or an airborne radiological release.” Non-essential workers, who were initially advised to stay in place, have been released, but some workers were advised not to report for graveyard shift on Tuesday night. ...
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Wednesday May 10, 2017 - Times viewed: 9357
SALEM, Oregon - Senator Ron Wyde said FBI Director James Comey should be immediately called to testify about the status of the Russia investigation. Both of Oregon's U.S. senators were extremely critical of President Donald Trump decision to fire FBI director James Comey Tuesday. Comey was conducting an investigation into the president's associates' ties with Russia. Ron Wyden said Trump's decision was "outrageous. and that Comey should be immediately called to testify about the status of the Russia investigation. "At this point, no one in Trump’s chain of command can be trusted to carry out an impartial investigation," Wyden said. Senator Jeff Merkley also criticized Trump. "Trump’s explanation for firing Comey is as phony as a three-dollar bill," the Democrat said. "Trump’s pattern of firing people who are investigating him is downright Nixonian, and Members of Congress of both parties should treat it with the same gravity that our predecessors did during Watergate.” ...
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Tuesday May 9, 2017 - Times viewed: 9305
On May 7, 2017 at about 11:26am, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office was notified about a possible fall that occurred on Mt. Hood, near the Hogsback climbing area. Callers were reporting that a male had suffered severe injuries after sliding approximately 600 feet down steep terrain. He later died. The victim has been identified as John Thorton Jenkins, 32 years old, from Seattle WA. According the the Medical Examiners Office, Mr. Jenkins' family has been notified of his death. Deputies with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team responded to the scene, and with the assistance of the Mt. Hood Ski Patrol and Portland Mountain Rescue, located the patient. The patient, a 32 year old male from Seattle, received medical treatment at the scene. Due to the extent of the injuries sustained, the decision was made to transport the patient by air-ambulance. The patient was subsequently airlifted by the Oregon Air National Guard to a Portland-area hospital. The patient was pronounced deceased at the hospital. ...
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Tuesday May 9, 2017 - Times viewed: 9412
HAPPY VALLEY, Oregon - On Monday evening at about 6:45 PM, Clackamas County Deputies were sent to investigate a theft of vehicle in the Walmart parking lot at 10000 SE 82nd Ave, in Happy Valley. Citizens had confronted a man who was believed to be the suspect. There was a fight and the suspect was knocked to the ground. A witness informed the Deputy that the suspect was bragging about getting ...

Tuesday May 9, 2017 - Times viewed: 9297
PORTLAND, Oregon - On Monday evening, police responded to two different reports of stabbings in Old Town. The first incident was reported at 10:25 p.m., when Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a person stabbed at the Pacific Tower Apartments, located at 333 Northwest 4th Avenue. Officers and medical personnel arrived and located a male adult victim suffering from multiple stab wounds. He has been transported to a Portland hospital with traumatic injuries. At this point in the investigation, there is no suspect information. The second incident was reported at 10:37 p.m., when Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a stabbing at 10 Northwest Naito Parkway. Officers and medical personnel arrived and located an uncooperative male adult victim suffering from a non-life-threatening injury. Medical personnel are treating the victim at the scene. A person of interest was located in the area and detained for additional investigation. There is no apparent connection to the earlier stabbing. Anyone with information about these incidents should call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333. ...
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Tuesday May 9, 2017 - Times viewed: 9321
PORTLAND, Oregon - The 2017 Portland Police Bureau Memorial Service will be held today, Tuesday May 9, at 12:00 p.m. at the Portland Police Memorial, located in Waterfront Park, just South of the Hawthorne Bridge. The memorial service will feature speakers, a 21-gun salute, a water display from Portland Fire & Rescue, a riderless horse by the Portland Police Bureau's Mounted Patrol Unit, and other ceremonial activities. 

Following the memorial service, there will be a reception in the park with light refreshments. 

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. 

The Portland Police Memorial was built through the efforts of the Portland Police Historical Society and was dedicated during National Police Week in May 1993 by President George H.W. Bush. 

Since 1870, 29 Portland Police officers have been kill ...
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Tuesday May 9, 2017 - Times viewed: 9293
Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, awarded 27 matching grants worth $2,355,700 to Oregon Main Street Network organizations across the state for building projects that encourage economic revitalization. Projects range from façade improvement to elevator access and seismic upgrades and awards range from $17,500-$100,000. The department funded projects that best conveyed the ability to stimulate private investment and local economic development, and best fit within the community's long range plan for downtown vitality. Funded projects include: Klamath Falls Downtown Association will receive $100,000 to install elevators in two downtown buildings. The project will address the goal of downtown housing and make available 20 units. Astoria Downtown Historic District Association will receive $100,000 for a downtown housing project that comprises 40 units and retail space. Housing is a proven need in this community and people living in downtowns support other downtown businesses. A $100,000 project in Burns will restore a historic hotel left vacant for decades. A $100,000project in Independence will rehabilitate an underused building to be ...
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Monday May 8, 2017 - Times viewed: 9767
CLACKAMAS, Oregon -- Oregon Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Steven R. Beach retired after 33 years of military service in a ceremony, May 6, 2017, at the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon. Beach most recently served as the Assistant Adjutant General -- Army. In this role, he was responsible for synchronizing, coordinating and directing the Oregon National Guard's Army and Joint enterprise functions in support of the strategic plan, vision and guidance of the governor and the adjutant general. He ensured that the organization fulfilled its assigned missions and priorities, while adhering to all statutory, regulatory and policy requirements. He made strategic contributions with his work on the Oregon National Guard's Strategic Direction, the State Partnership Program, as well as his passion to preserve organizational history with the Oregon Military Museum. Beach was presented with a letter from Governor Kate Brown on the occasion of his retirement, "In your years of service you have brought proficiency and expertise to challenging assignments and have been a tremendous asset to the Guard," the letter read. "Your presenc ...
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Monday May 8, 2017 - Times viewed: 9188
On Saturday May 6, 2017, at 8:09 p.m., North Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team officers responded to the report of gunfire on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near Dekum Street. Officers arrived in the area and spoke to witnesses who described a person with a gun running eastbound on Dekum Street from MLK. The person with the gun is described as a Black male in his 30s, 5'9" to 6'01 ...

Friday May 5, 2017 - Times viewed: 9574
MEDFORD, Oregon - Police received a 911 call about a shooting in the 4600 block of Eagle Trace Drive in Medford at about 9 p.m. on Wednesday. 53-year-old Charles Bradford Curtis from Albuquerque was visiting a couple at the Eagle Trace Drive home. On Wednesday evening, the male resident arrived home to find his girlfriend and Curtis naked in a hot tub. Upon arrival, police found the 58-year-old homeowner Daniel Joseph Daly had been shot in his upper body. The wound was serious but not life threatening. Police arrested 53-year-old Charles Bradford Curtis from Albuquerque, New Mexico. He did not live at the residence, but was visiting the couple who lived there. Police say the victim (homeowner Daly) who is also the long-time boyfriend of the naked girl in the hot tub) told Curtis to leave. But Curtis was still naked and apparently refused to leave. Police say that during this verbal dispute, Curtis shot Daly. Curtis, who was naked in the hot tub is the one who is accused of shooting Daly. Police believe alcohol was a factor in the dispute and shooting. A handgun was recovered on scene. As of this morning, Daly remains in the hospital with serious but not life-threaten ...
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Friday May 5, 2017 - Times viewed: 9340
PORTLAND, Oregon - This morning around 4 AM, a pedestrian was hit by a driver on Southeast 82nd Avenue, just south of Flavel Street. The driver left the scene. The pedestrian involved in this crash has died at a Portland hospital. Officers and medical personnel arrived in the area and found a male suffering from traumatic injuries lying on the sidewalk. The victim has been transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment to life-threatening injuries. Preliminary information indicates that the suspect driver was in a small red sedan and continued to drive southbound on 82nd Avenue after striking the pedestrian. Southeast 82nd Avenue is closed in both directions from Flavel to Malden Streets. The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team is responding to conduct an investigation into the crash. Anyone with information about the suspect driver or vehicle is asked to call 9-1-1. ...
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Thursday May 4, 2017 - Times viewed: 9353
SALEM, Oregon - Oregon will press on with its efforts to provide retirement plans to private-sector employees who lack those benefits at work, despite pending legislation from Congress. In a 50-49 vote, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday repealed Labor Department rules from the Obama administration that would have made it easier for states to offer retirement plans for workers who who don't have them. The House previously approved similar legislation. Five states — California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland and Oregon — already have approved programs that would automatically enroll workers without employer-sponsored retirement plans into individual retirement accounts. Oregon "will continue to move forward with our pilot program that is launching on July 1 this year. The need to address the oncoming retirement crisis is too great," said Oregon Treasurer Tobias Read in a statement. Trade groups from the financial services industry supported the measure while consumer advocates worried that it will be harder to h ...
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Thursday May 4, 2017 - Times viewed: 9796
TIGARD, Oregon- 60-year-old Mario Mendez Ruiz from Hillsboro was charged by a Washington County Grand Jury on April 21, 2017, for crimes related to the sexual abuse of a child. Ruiz is currently employed by the Tigard-Tualatin School District as a school bus driver for special needs children. Ruiz has been on paid administrative leave since the district learned of the allegations. Earlier this month, a female student revealed to school officials that she had been sexually abused by Ruiz while riding on a school bus. The occurrences began in late March. Upon learning, school officials immediately contacted Tigard Police who then met with the victim and the parent. An investigation ensued which included contacting the other students who also were driven to school by Ruiz. Law enforcement is unaware of any additional victims. The incidents reportedly occurred after all the students were unloaded from a school bus except the victim. The investigation revealed on two occasions, Ruiz deviated his route and drove the bus to a nearby neighborhood and parked. Once the bus stopped, Ruiz would then take a seat next to the student and the sexual abuse would occur. On one occasion, Ruiz ...
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Thursday May 4, 2017 - Times viewed: 9281
PORTLAND, Oregon - Sixteen volunteers from the City of Portland and nine from Wells Fargo descended on a small house in N.E. Portland last Saturday, April 29, completely transforming the property for the permanently disabled senior citizen who lives there. The homeowner looked on in amazement as the hard-working volunteers cleaned out all the garbage and debris that had filled the backyard, mowed the overgrown lawn, painted the house interior and exterior, weeded, spread bark dust, cleaned and completed a few miscellaneous projects to make the house safer. The renovation was organized by the nonprofit Rebuilding Together Portland, which Wells Fargo supported this year with a $15,000 grant. The workers were among 1,200 volunteers who improved 36 homes and three nonprofit facilities in the Portland metro area last Saturday through Rebuilding Together's annual, one-day, mass cleanup. "This is the first project I've been a part of where we came in the morning and the house looks one way. And when we leave, the house looks completely different," said Wells Fargo volunteer David Anderson. "It's amazing to see the transformation." Serving Oregonians since 1852, Wells F ...
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