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Wednesday December 7, 2011 - Times viewed: 8649
BORING, Oregon - Two people were injured, one seriously, in a Tuesday morning two-vehicle traffic crash on an icy overpass along Highway 212 over Highway 26 in the Boring area. Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation. OSP and ODOT reminds drivers to be on the lookout for icy spots, especially on overpasses, and to drive at speeds safe for the conditions on area roads. According to OSP Senior Trooper DeDe Hansell, on December 6, 2011 at approximately 6:26 a.m. a 2003 Ford Ranger pickup driven by BOUNTHOM NHAMNHOUANE, age 31, from Salem, was eastbound on Highway 212 crossing an overpass when it lost control on ice. The pickup crossed into the westbound lane where it collided with a 2008 Ford Mustang driven by KIMBERLY ANNE ZIMMERMAN, age 46, from Sandy. ZIMMERMAN was extricated by firefighters from Boring and Sandy fire departments. Due to heavy fog, she was transported by AMR ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries. A pickup passenger identified as LARRY STICKLEY, age 67, from Salem, was transported by AMR to Mt. Hood Medical Center with minor injuries. NHAMNHOUANE was transported by a private party to Mt. Hood M ...
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Wednesday December 7, 2011 - Times viewed: 8324
PORTLAND, Oregon - A Portland Fire and Rescue spokesman says several drivers reported that a woman parked her car on Interstate 5, then jumped off a city bridge into the Willamette River. Spokesman Paul Corah says a sonar search failed to find a body Tuesday evening. Multnomah County sheriff's crews continued searching the river. Corah says 911 callers said the woman parked on the southbound freeway lanes about 5:10 p.m. and jumped over the railing of the Marquam Bridge's lower deck. The parked car blocked several lanes of traffic before police towed it away. A note was found but Corah didn't know what it said. Police spokesman Lt. Robert King said officers were trying to identify the woman, described as in her 50s. ...
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Tuesday December 6, 2011 - Times viewed: 7654
ALBANY, Oregon - Lawyers for a Linn County man accused of murder are arguing that he stabbed his mother in the neck because years of methamphetamine use led to a psychotic break. Defense lawyers say there's no dispute about what happened on Oct. 23, 2009, only a question of the mental health of 33-year-old Josh Lee Shaddon. Shaddon is accused of killing 48-year-old Gerlene Thorne in their Brownsville home, south of Albany. The prosecution rested Monday after arguing that Shaddon wasn't delusional. Defense lawyers called mental health workers and a drug and alcohol counselor to buttress their argument that he used meth from age 16 until a few months before the killing, and he couldn't always know what was real and what wasn't. ...
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Tuesday December 6, 2011 - Times viewed: 7631
EUGENE, Oregon - Students at the University of Oregon have voted against a new fee to renovate and expand the student union and recreation center. It would have been $100 per term. Student body President Ben Eckstein says more than 4,200 students voted last week, and 57 percent were against the Erb Memorial Union work, 52 percent against the recreation center work. Ekstein said students abso ...

Tuesday December 6, 2011 - Times viewed: 7634
BEND, Oregon - Fourteen protesters have been cited for trespassing in the Medford and Bend offices of Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Walden. The protesters say they were inspired by the Occupy movement and called on Walden to hold town meetings to account for stands they said favor Wall Street. Six out of eight people who took over the conference room at Walden's Medford office were arrested shor ...

Monday December 5, 2011 - Times viewed: 7729
PORTLAND, Oregon - Veterinarians at the Oregon Zoo euthanized an aging giraffe to end his suffering. Akeem was found lying still Saturday in the giraffe barn, and keepers could do nothing to help him. They believe he succumbed to old age. He was 25. In the wild giraffes live 15 to 20 years. Akeem means "great one" in Swahili. He stood 18 feet tall and weighed 2,200 pounds. Akeem sired three calves in the zoo's Africa Savanna exhibit. “We are deeply saddened by the loss,” said Chris Pfefferkorn, Oregon Zoo deputy director. “Akeem had been with us for more than 20 years. He was family.” The cause of Akeem’s abrupt decline has not been exactly determined, but veterinarians say there was no sign of disease or traumatic injury, and that it may simply be a case of old age. Just months shy of his 25th birthday, Akeem was considered geriatric for a reticulated giraffe. In the wild, giraffes usually live about 15 to 20 years, but can reach 25. In zoos, they can live to about 28. ...
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Monday December 5, 2011 - Times viewed: 7581
PORTLAND, Oregon - The family and friends of a slain Portland girl observed what would have been her 15th birthday Sunday at Rocky Butte. They left flowers, balloons and birthday cards for Yashanee Vaughn just a few hundred yards from where her body was found in July in a shallow grave. She had disappeared four months earlier. Her former boyfriend is charged with murder. ...

Monday December 5, 2011 - Times viewed: 7608
PORTLAND, Oregon - Authorities say they have arrested a Portland teenager as they were warning protesters of the Occupy Portland movement about sleeping in a downtown park. Police and park officers were at Shemanski Park Monday morning and said they issued eight written warnings. The park in a downtown museum, theater and music district is open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. The police said 18-year-o ...

Sunday December 4, 2011 - Times viewed: 7667
The parents of a man charged with killing a corrections officer in Umatilla County say they tried to help their son get his life on track but that he had recently been on a downward spiral. The parents described a troubled past of drug addiction and foster care for 22-year-old Joshua Weeks. Authorities say Weeks confessed to fatally stabbing Buddy Herron, a corrections officer and volunteer ...

Sunday December 4, 2011 - Times viewed: 7587
EUGENE, Oregon - A price war at Eugene gas stations has brought the cost of fuel down as low as $3.09, about 45 cents below the statewide average. Drivers are flocking to the gas stations near Main and 42nd streets. While many people drove to the stations after learning that per-gallon prices had dropped to $3.09. Others came across the sales by accident. Workers at the Chevron station sa ...

Sunday December 4, 2011 - Times viewed: 7606
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Richard Lariviere had captured the imagination of the University of Oregon community. The new president proposed to govern UO with an independent board and to build a sustainable financial plan. He found a way to raise pay for nearly a third of faculty and administrators. Fall enrollment hit 24,447 students, a record. Incoming freshman were the smartest ever. "We're on fir ...

Sunday December 4, 2011 - Times viewed: 7863
On November 30th, 2011, Portland Police Bureau officers responded to a request to check the welfare of 21-year-old Joshua Aguilar, whose recent behavior indicated he might pose a threat to his own safety. Officers were unable to locate Aguilar, however, family members reported having seen him, later that evening, outside a motel, near Southeast 183rd Avenue and Southeast Stark Street, in Gresham. Aguilar ran off and has not yet been located. Missing Persons Unit detectives became involved in this investigation on Saturday December 3, after new information indicated Aguilar may be injured, and in need of urgent medical care. He has been entered as a Missing/Endangered Person, as a part of the continuing efforts to locate him, so his welfare can be checked. Aguilar is described as a Hispanic male, 21 years old, 5'8", weighing 180 pounds. He is currently bald, has brown eyes and is usually clean-shaven. He has a number of tattoos on both forearms and a gauge piercing in one ear. He was last seen wearing a dark blue hoodie, jeans and tennis shoes. Anyone who knows of Aguilar's whereabouts is asked not to contact him, but to immediately call 9-1-1. Anyone with additional inf ...
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Saturday December 3, 2011 - Times viewed: 7648
A Port Orford man was cited last week by Oregon State Police (OSP) after he was spotted by an OSP Fish & Wildlife trooper hiking out of an area closed to deer hunting in southern Douglas County carrying freshly cut deer meat and a set of cut off 4-point buck deer antlers in a backpack. On November 28, 2011 at approximately 12:35 p.m. Senior Trooper Don Frerichs was patrolling in the Tiller area for deer poachers. As Frerichs hiked into a area currently closed to all deer hunting he spotted a man hiking out with a backpack, rifle and compound bow. Frerichs discovered the man, ROBERT D. WATSON, age 45, from Port Orford, illegally killed a large 4-pound buck deer with a rifle and was carrying freshly cut deer meat and the antlers in the backpack. Subsequent investigation led Frerichs to cite WATSON to appear in Douglas County Circuit Court for Unlawful Take of Blacktail Deer Closed Season and Fail to Validate Big Game Tag. Frerichs seized the rifle, deer meat and antlers. Photograph Source: Oregon State Police ...
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Saturday December 3, 2011 - Times viewed: 7646
PORTLAND, Oregon - The Oregon Supreme Court ruled Friday that Giant tobacco company Philip Morris must pay Oregon 60 percent of a $80 million award in a long-running lawsuit which was filed by the family of a Portland smoker. The parent company, Altria Group Inc., said it will lower its full-year earnings expectations based on the costs tied to the payments for this and a separate case by a former smoker. Under Oregon law, 60 percent of punitive damage awards must go to a state fund to compensate crime victims. Philip Morris paid the family its share of the judgment but contested the requirement to pay the state. The company argued that the state released its right to collect that money with the company's master settlement agreement in 1998 with 46 states, five U.S. territories and the District of Columbia over claims about smoking. The Supreme Court's ruling Friday reversed a lower court decision and said the state's share of punitive damages is due no matter what sort of lawsuit led to the award. The money at stake is from a 1999 jury award in a lawsuit filed by the family of Jesse Williams, a janitor who had died two years earlier of lung cancer. After years of ...
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Friday December 2, 2011 - Times viewed: 7891
HILLSBORO, Oregon - Washington County detectives are asking for help to locate 13-year-old Dalia Mauro-Contreras who left for Brown Middle School Monday November 28 and hasn't been seen since. The Eighth-grade girl was wearing a blue jacket, purple jeans and white shoes. She's 4 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 95 pounds. Police say they believe she has $50 and some extra clothing with her. Anyone with information about where she might be is asked to contact Detective Robert Rookhuyzen at (503) 846-2673. ...
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Friday December 2, 2011 - Times viewed: 7612
SALEM, Oregon - A suit in Marion County calls for Oregon's public ethics board to take back letters of reprimand issued in July against three state Treasury investment officers. The three argue they were following agency policies for reimbursement of travel expenses. Treasurer Ted Wheeler is changing those policies in the wake of reports by The Oregonian newspaper about the travel expenses o ...

Friday December 2, 2011 - Times viewed: 7591
SALEM, Oregon - Occupy Salem has put down a fresh layer of bark dust and abandoned the state park at the Capitol where it has been spending its days for nearly two months. A spokesman for the state parks department said the site "was restored neat as a pin" and won't need repairs. Willson Park closes at 10 p.m., so at night the group packed up its tents and moved across the street to a churc ...

Friday December 2, 2011 - Times viewed: 7566
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Multnomah County is changing the emergency dispatch policy for mentally ill people who call 911. Beginning next year such calls won't automatically bring a police officer to the door. After screening to make sure callers aren't an immediate threat to themselves or others, dispatchers will transfer the calls to the Multnomah County's Mental Health crisis line. The cha ...

Friday December 2, 2011 - Times viewed: 7686
GRESHAM, Ore. (AP) — A Gresham family says it intends to sue a federal agency over the death of its pet dog last summer in a trap meant to kill nutria, a large wetland rodent. Doug and Denise McCurtain say the Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services recklessly set the trap in an area frequented by children and pets without adequate warnings. The McCurtain's 7-year-old collie, Maggie, d ...

Friday December 2, 2011 - Times viewed: 7637
EUGENE, Oregon - Eugene traffic engineers activated the first traffic signal just for bicyclists on Thursday at an intersection near the University of Oregon campus. Many riders didn't seem to notice the signal or, if they did, they ignored it. The signal looks similar to a regular traffic box except the red, yellow and green circles are replaced with LCD lights designed to look like bikes. ...

Friday December 2, 2011 - Times viewed: 7643
PORTLAND, Oregon - Occupy Portland is planning to camp in another downtown park this weekend, but organizers aren't saying which one. The group is telling supporters to bring tents and sleeping bags to a rally and march beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday at Salmon Springs Fountain. The group is saying it has learned about sustainability and security from the encampment at Chapman and Lownsdale par ...

Friday December 2, 2011 - Times viewed: 7602
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State Police say they've arrested two Oregon State University students in connection with images of "Star Wars" storm troopers spray-painted on the Corvallis campus. Lt. Steve Mitchell said the two were arrested Thursday for investigation of criminal mischief. Mitchell says the graffiti images were painted this week on at least 15 locations including campus-area ...

Friday December 2, 2011 - Times viewed: 7620
HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — A 19-year-old Oregon man has pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide in the shooting death of a friend. Cody James Ward received a four-year prison sentence Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court. County prosecutors say 15-year-old Trenton Lester died Sept. 17 at Ward's home because of Ward's fatal error. Deputy District Attorney Bracken McKey said the ...

Thursday December 1, 2011 - Times viewed: 8069
British writer Chris Scott Wilson who has five of his westerns released worldwide as eBooks by Boson of North Carolina is gratified to see they now have trailers to help promote them on YouTube. Chris admits he is pleased publishers can now generate video teasers just as Hollywood always has done for movies. "I find it tremendously exciting," he enthuses. "It's a new kind of marketing for books, and any step forward in bringing books to the public's attention can't be a bad thing. And presenting them visually hauls them into the 21st century." "I also find it incredible that somebody on the other side of the world from the US," Chris reveals, "in Europe, India or Japan, or even Australia can turn on their computer and see a trailer for one of my books. Even more amazing, now that we're moving into a digital age, they can follow on from watching the trailer and visit their on-line retailer to buy the book and have it downloaded on their computer within minutes if not seconds. All the fences have gone." While there are those who rigidly stick to their taste for print books, Chris says, "There's no reason print and digital can't exist side by side. There are those who want to ...
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Thursday December 1, 2011 - Times viewed: 7958
SALEM, Oregon - After a 4-month drug investigation, 4 men are sheduled to appear in court today on charges of possessing and delivering methamphetamine. Police described the men as middle to upper level suppliers of methamphetamine in Marion County. The investigation revealed that the drugs they sold were imported from California. Search warrants were served at the residences of two of the suspects. They included a townhome on Hawthorne Avenue NE and an apartment on Falcon View Way NE, both in Salem. Detectives seized a loaded handgun, 1.8 pounds of methamphetamine (with a street value of $65,000) and $44,424.00 in cash. The suspects remain in the Marion County Jail, and are due in court at 8:30am, December 2nd. They are identified as: Jose Clemente Duarte-Fuentes, 32, of Salem, charged with 7 counts of Delivery of Methamphetamine and 2 counts of Delivery within 1000' of a School. His bail is $1,000,000. Olegario Haro-Gutierrez, 43, of Salem, charged with 5 counts of Delivery of Methamphetamine and 3 counts of Delivery within 1000' of a School. His bail is set at $1,000,000. Clemente Vazquez-Almanza, 31, of Keizer, charged with 1 count of Delivery of Methamp ...
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Thursday December 1, 2011 - Times viewed: 7615
EUGENE, Oregon - Nearly 1,000 University of Oregon teachers, staff members and students cheered fired president Richard Lariviere Wednesday at a faculty meeting which opened with a standing ovation for Lariviere. The Higher Education Board dismissed him last week, effective Dec. 28, saying he hadn't been a team player and had flouted the board's policies by pushing for greater independence for the school and not minding Gov. John Kitzhaber's call for payroll restraint. "You will always be our president in our minds and in our hearts," said Robert Kyr, president of the University of Oregon Senate. The body passed resolutions in support of Lariviere's stands and criticized higher education officials. Chancellor George Pernsteiner and board member Lynda Ciuffetti were at the meeting and answered questions. Robert Melnick, a professor and former dean of the UO's School of Architecture and Allied Arts, told them he felt "sickened and stabbed in the back." "Richard Lariviere had vision. And you threw him in the street," Melnick said. "After 30 years, I want to know: 'What vision will you bring?' I'm tired of waiting." Ciuffetti said the decision wasn't made lightly and ...
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Thursday December 1, 2011 - Times viewed: 7627
PENDLETON, Oregon - A 22-year-old man has told a judge he understands the murder charge against him in the fatal stabbing of an Eastern Oregon corrections officer who stopped to help a stranded motorist. Joshua Charles Weeks of Portland appeared Wednesday by video monitor before Umatilla County Circuit Judge Lynn Hampton in Pendleton. The judge denied bail and set a Dec. 7 preliminary hearing. ...

Wednesday November 30, 2011 - Times viewed: 7765
PENDLETON, Oregon - A prison guard driving to work in Eastern Oregon has been killed after stopping to help a man stranded by a car crash. Authorities said Monday they have a suspect in jail. Police say that Buddy Ray Herron, 42, a guard at the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution, died at a hospital in Pendleton late Monday after calling 911 to report he had been stabbed and his pickup stolen after he stopped to help someone at the site of a car crash outside Pendleton. The newspaper reported that police in Stanfield, Ore., arrested Joshua Charles Weeks, 22, of Multnomah County early Tuesday after a chase in Herron's pickup truck. Weeks was jailed by state police on one count of murder, and will be arraigned on Wednesday, Umatilla County District Attorney Dan Primus said. The case will go to the grand jury. Primus said no firearms were involved, but he declined to discuss other details of the case, saying it remained under investigation. ...
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Wednesday November 30, 2011 - Times viewed: 7580
BURNS, Oregon - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to spend nearly $4 million to build an island in Eastern Oregon in hopes of changing the diet of the Caspian Tern. The shorebirds eat too many young salmon in the Columbia River- a bad thing, because the salmon are in jeopardy. The government wants the terns to move southeast to eat carp - a good thing, because the carp are crowding birds out of a wildlife refuge. A contractor is to start building the one-acre gravel island in December and complete it in March, in time for the start of the nesting season the next month. The goal is to entice part of the world's largest breeding colony of the terns, distinctive for their brilliant deep-red bills, to nest on Malheur Lake 30 miles south of Burns in the high desert rather than on East Sand Island in the Columbia River Estuary near Ilwaco, Wash "The more fish eaters, the better for us," said Tim Bodine, manager of the 187,000-acre Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. In the 1940s, the federal government introduced carp in Malheur Lake in the mistaken belief they would be popular for sport fishing. Wildlife managers say they've been impossible to eradicate. The carp ea ...
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Wednesday November 30, 2011 - Times viewed: 7592
HOOD RIVER, Oregon - A mother and her two adult children have been accused of shooting their father to death in 2003 in Hood River. The Hood River County sheriff's office says deputies made arrests Tuesday on 46-year-old Rosario Munoz De Garcia, 27-year-old Guadalupe Garcia and 24-year-old Jorge Garcia Munoz. They face murder and conspiracy charges in the death of Faustino Garcia Garcia. ...


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