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Friday June 24, 2011 - Times viewed: 7562
BEND, Oregon — Three central Oregon men accused by federal prosecutors of misusing more than $44 million of their customers' money have been indicted on fraud conspiracy charges. Prosecutors say 91 customers lost nearly $14 million. A grand jury this week indicted Mark Neuman and Lane Lyons, both of Bend, and Timothy Larkin of Redmond. They were three principals of the defunct Summit Accommodators. The U.S. attorney's office says the company was supposed to hold the proceeds from sales of customers' income-producing property while customers purchased other similar property. The arrangement can help customers take advantage of lawful federal income tax deferral rules. The men are accused of secretly using the money to fund more than 100 real estate deals. The Oregonian says the alleged scheme spun out of control when central Oregon land values began to plunge in 2007. Carrie Menikoff, a lawyer representing Larkin, says Larkin and Lyons "did everything in their power to prevent the failure of the company." A lawyer representing Newman declined comment. ...
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Thursday June 23, 2011 - Times viewed: 7579
SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon State Bar has suspended a Salem attorney and real estate developer for four months after he admitted ethics violations and using client money before it was earned. The Statesman Journal reports that attorney Kevin Lafky will begin his suspension in August after an investigation into his accounting and business dealings. Lafky said he settled to avoid a lengthy court ...

Thursday June 23, 2011 - Times viewed: 7570
SALEM, Oregon - The Oregon House unanimously passed a bill Wednesday to pay ranchers for livestock lost to wolves moving into the state. The legislation had appeared dead, but was revived after ranchers, conservation groups, and the governor's office spent three days in a closed room last week hammering out details of the $100,000 package widely deemed crucial to getting ranchers on board with ...

Thursday June 23, 2011 - Times viewed: 7671
PORTLAND, Oregon – A man accused of posing as a doctor at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland is facing charges after a woman's inquiry about where she should go for a scheduled surgery led to an investigation and arrest. Lucas Ebert, 21, was charged with criminal mistreatment, theft and practicing medicine without a license in what OHSU officials said Wednesday was a rare case of impersonating a doctor, The Oregonian reported. No attorney was listed on the Multnomah County jail inmate list showing Ebert in custody, and a Portland police spokesman referred questions to OHSU. Last week, a 45-year-old woman approached an information desk at OHSU Hospital to ask about her scheduled surgery and said her doctor was Lucas Ebert, according to OHSU officials. The woman said she had met Ebert a couple times in preparation for her surgery. She'd followed his instructions to stop taking pain relievers and anti-anxiety medications that kept her panic attacks at bay. Hospital staff could find no record of a Dr. Ebert and began an investigation that resulted in Ebert's arrest Monday, said Jim Newman, an OHSU spokesman. "I have been here 12 years, and I've never h ...
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Wednesday June 22, 2011 - Times viewed: 7579
Yesterday afternoon, Portland Police officers from North Precinct responded to the report of multiple gunshots heard in the 3300 block of North Lombard Street. Portland Police officers, including a K-9 unit are in the area searching for the intended victim and securing the crime scene. No known victims were struck by gunfire and it is believed that the suspect was in a vehicle that fled the ar ...

Wednesday June 22, 2011 - Times viewed: 7611
On June 20, 2011 at 6:24 p.m., the Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division's Major Crash Team responded to a possible fatal crash involving an off-road motorcycle and a Toyota SUV, at the intersection of Northeast 88th Avenue and Thompson Street. The motorcycle being ridden by 18-year-old Tyler James Ram was traveling southbound on 88th Avenue. When he reached the intersection with Northeast Thompson Street he collided with the Toyota SUV, which was being driven eastbound on Northeast Thompson. Medical personnel arrived on the scene and provided medical treatment to Ram and he was transported to an area hospital where he died early this morning. The driver of the Toyota, 34-year-old Matthew Nelson and his passenger, 48-year-old Karl Pope were not injured in the crash and are cooperating with investigators. Nelson did not appear to be driving impaired. ...
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Tuesday June 21, 2011 - Times viewed: 7628
After watching the Boston Bruins win the 2011 Stanley Cup, my friends and I raised the question: why isn't hockey popular in Portland? The intensity and tough nature of the sport grips the audience from start to finish. The power behind the body checks and slap shots invigorate even the casual sports fan, while the finesse of each shot and the quick athleticism of the goalie amaze then toughest critics. Recall the patriotism surrounding hockey's storied history. The 1980 Miracle on Ice in which the United States Olympic hockey team beat the U.S.S.R. powerhouse inspired the country. The cling-to-your-seat nonstop tenacity of the United States vs. Canada 2008 Olympic gold medal game grabbed the North American continent's attention. These games unite the attitudes of our country's people like the World Cup on a smaller scale. On a local level, the National Hockey League teams unite the sentiments of the people in their respective cities throughout the entire season. Though the Portland Winterhawks are not in the NHL, intensity and skill are there. Why don't they have more local support? (Portland only has two professional sports teams after all.) National sports media atte ...
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Tuesday June 21, 2011 - Times viewed: 7650
PORTLAND, Oregon - After 21-year-old man was caught on a security camera urinating into a Portland reservoir, the city is flshing million gallons of treated drinking water down the drain. Portland officials defended the decision Monday, saying they didn’t want to send city residents water laced, however infinitesimally, with urine. Public health officials say, however, that urine is sterile in healthy people and that the urine in the reservoir was so diluted — perhaps a half pint in millions of gallons — that it posed little risk. Some people in the city, in the suburbs and around the world called the flush an overreaction, especially since animals such as ducks contribute waste routinely and, sometimes, die in the water. "More than 1 billion people worldwide do not have reliable access to clean drinking water, and here we are tossing away nearly 8 million gallons of water just to appease the ignorant residents who believe their tap water will otherwise turn yellow," read one comment posted on The Oregonian’s Website. Water from the city’s five open air reservoirs, all in parks, goes directly to customers. The reservoirs are due to be replaced by und ...
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Tuesday June 21, 2011 - Times viewed: 7556
PORTLAND, Oregon — A new report says it may take years for Oregon cities to recover enough jobs to get back to the levels they had before the recession. The Oregonian reports the economic forecasting firm IHS Global Insight predicts it may take until the middle of 2014 before the Portland metro area recovers all the jobs it lost. Other Oregon cities may take even longer. The forecasting firm says a full recovery may take until 2018 for Medford and 2019 for the Eugene-Springfield area. It could take until 2021 in the Bend area in central Oregon. The fastest return to pre-recession peak employment was expected in Corvallis, possibly by 2013. ...
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Tuesday June 21, 2011 - Times viewed: 7686
University of Oregon officials released some curious documentation Monday that helps outline their relationship with maligned talent scout and prospect mentor Willie Lyles. Ducks coaches paid Lyles $25,000 early in 2010 for what Lyles called a national scouting package for 2011. What they received fit little of that description. The packet included no prospect from the 2011 class, according to a review of the documents by multiple media outlets. All but a handful of the 140 players profiled were from Texas, casting doubt on how much of the nation was covered by Lyles, a Houston-based evaluator. One of the players, Nosa Eguae, signed at Auburn and played against the Ducks in January’s BCS National Championship Game, according to The Register-Guard of Eugene, Ore. Another died in 2010, SI.com reported. SI.com reported that 22 of the 140 players signed for Division I-A football scholarships. Parts of the packet also were plagiarized from materials published by companies that employed Lyles before he opened his business, Complete Scouting Services. Lyles also was reported to have provided video of the prospects to the Ducks coaches. No video was released with the printed d ...
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Tuesday June 21, 2011 - Times viewed: 7674
PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) — Edith R. Wyden, the mother of U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, has died at age 91. The senator said his mother died Sunday at a retirement community in Palo Alto, Calif. Edith Wyden was born in Koenigsberg, Germany to George and Else Rosenow. The Jewish family fled Nazi Germany in 1936, first going to Iraq and then emigrating to the United States in 1939. In 1947, she married Peter Wyden, whose family also fled Nazi Germany. They divorced in 1959. Peter Wyden, an author and journalist, died in 1998. Edith Wyden had degrees from the University of Rochester and Yale. She had a long career as an industrial economist, researcher and reference librarian. She is survived by her son, Sen. Wyden, daughter-in-law Nancy Bass Wyden, and four grandchildren. ...
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Monday June 20, 2011 - Times viewed: 7692
PORTLAND — Oregon’s famous Pendleton Round-Up has been hauled into court over an aroma you don’t normally associate with a rodeo grounds, bucking broncs and steer wrestling: cologne. The rodeo organization is marketing its official fragrance, called “Let ’er Buck,” the rodeo’s slogan. It promises “citrus top notes with alluring spices and warm, soft woods.” A 3.4-ounce bottle goes for $69. P ...

Monday June 20, 2011 - Times viewed: 7635
ASHLAND, Oregon - The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has canceled all shows in the Angus Bowmer Theatre this week after discovering a main support beam is cracked and threatening to collapse. The Mail Tribune reported that festival officials announced the weeklong closure Sunday afternoon as crews set up scaffolding to stabilize the sagging beam. Actors on stage during a Friday night perfor ...

Sunday June 19, 2011 - Times viewed: 7688
SALEM, Oregon — A Salem man has given the Library of Congress a rare and unusual gift: a 120-year-old map supporting the theory that the Earth is flat. Don Homuth, of Salem says the map was given to him by his eighth-grade teacher. It was created by Orlando Ferguson of Hot Springs, S.D. Homuth used to live in Fargo and was a North Dakota state senator. Library of Congress spokesman Robert Morris told The Forum newspaper that officials checked more than 75 maps before confirming the design was one-of-a-kind. He says the only other known copy of the map is in the Pioneer Museum in Hot Springs. ...
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Sunday June 19, 2011 - Times viewed: 7608
The Coast Guard rescued three people after their vessel capsized off Port Orford. After receiving a distress call around 8 a.m. Saturday, a helicopter crew spotted three people clinging to their overturned boat about 10 miles off shore. The Coast Guard says in a release that a lifeboat rescued the three, who were checked out by medics and found to be in good condition. No other informatio ...

Saturday June 18, 2011 - Times viewed: 7642
PORTLAND, Oregon - 81-year-old Gebauer is on trial for murder, who operated an illegal dental practice out of his suburban home says he fatally shot a fellow immigrant who barged in armed with a knife, speaking Russian and demanding mafia-style tribute payments. But prosecutors and relatives of the man who bled to death in the waiting room with a bullet wound in his stomach tell a different sto ...

Saturday June 18, 2011 - Times viewed: 7747
When we enter into the Business of Beauty, where changes are happening everyday, it is important to stay up on the latest, because let's face it, everywhere around us, the trends show that being beautiful is where it's at these days. And who doesn't want to be beautiful? We all want to look and feel our best, and so we seek out the advice and expertise of professionals in the field, to help us put our best selves out there. The cost of being beautiful has also skyrocketed, but it doesn't seem to stop us from going to Salons and Spa for services. It would seem that a choosing a career in the Beauty industry might be a good idea, but there are a few things you might like to know before you jump in. Anyone who is interested in a starting a Career in the Cosmetology Industry, may be surprised when they learn how the industry is regulated, how extensive the training has become, and also by the many different options and opportunities that are available to them within today's ever changing Beauty Industry. This is an industry that is regulated by the Oregon Health Licensing Agency, which also regulates other professions such as Athletic training, Body Piercing, Tattooing, El ...
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Saturday June 18, 2011 - Times viewed: 9417
Naked bike riders say they will ride the rain in the World Naked Bike Ride set to roll through the streets of Portland today. The event is set to begin tonight, June 18, at 10:00 p.m. Riders will gather at 9:00 p.m. at Southeast Water Avenue and Salmon Street. Event organizers estimated the number of participants last year to be 13,000 people. The Portland Police Bureau will have extra officers on hand to ensure everyone is safe and to provide assistance at intersections. The Portland Police Bureau recommends that all riders at least wear a helmet and shoes to avoid any potential injuries. ...
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Saturday June 18, 2011 - Times viewed: 7745
PORTLAND, Ore. — A marijuana growing operation that stretched about a mile in a remote ravine in the northeast corner of Oregon may turn out to be the largest ever shut down in the state. Oregon State Police said Friday a raid in Wallowa County found more than 91,000 plants in a ravine with extensive terracing. Miles of plastic irrigation tubing lined the area, and authorities found weapons, fo ...

Friday June 17, 2011 - Times viewed: 7609
Early this morning, Friday June 17, 2011, at approximately 2:56 a.m., Portland Police responded to the report of a sexual assault near the Washington Park Transit Station. Officers arrived in the area and spoke with the 25-year-old female victim who told police that she was walking in the Northwest 21st and Hoyt area after leaving a bar when the suspect pulled up and offered her a ride home, which ...

Thursday June 16, 2011 - Times viewed: 7614
PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) — Oregon environmental regulators acted Thursday to raise standards that limit toxic pollutants in the water, aiming to protect people such as tribal members who eat a lot of fish. The new standards are based on a daily consumption rate among humans that officials said works out to 23 portions a month of about 8 ounces each of fish or shellfish. Tribes have pressed since the 1990s for more control over such pollutants as mercury, pesticides and dioxins in the water — arguing that they shouldn't be harmed for exercising their treaty rights and following cultural and religious practices in fish consumption. Higher standards met resistance from paper mills, farmers and loggers, and managers of municipal sewage treatment plants. The state Environmental Quality Commission approved new standards at a Pendleton meeting, on a 4-1 vote, the Oregonian newspaper reported. Supporters of the new standards said they realize some industries will need time to make changes, and there's work ahead to improve river quality monitoring and enforcement. "This is an important first step," said Carl Merkle, a policy analyst for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatill ...
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Thursday June 16, 2011 - Times viewed: 7667
RUCH, Oregon - Albert Obrist didn't hesitate for a second when asked why he is volunteering his time and expertise for a stranger. "Anybody willing to go into the service for their country deserves a lot of respect when they come back, especially in a situation like this," said Obrist, 28, a service technician for Spring Air Inc. of Jacksonville. "We are more than happy to help out," he said Monday morning. Spring Air is among more than a dozen local small businesses helping to build free of charge a new studio apartment with wheelchair access and other amenities for Army Pfc. Cody Smith, 20, whose legs were paralyzed by a rifle bullet in Afghanistan this past winter. The apartment is being built into the soldier's childhood home, a classic Craftsman-style house constructed just before World War I. A 2009 graduate of South Medford High School where he was a standout football player, Cody is the son of Chris and Vicki Smith of Ruch. "Cody sacrificed a whole bunch for us as Americans," said volunteer Ken Snelling, an architectural designer. "Anything we can do to help is great." Since it was first envisioned late in May, volunteers with expertise and materials ...
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Thursday June 16, 2011 - Times viewed: 7884
Cliff Harris, Oregon's All-American cornerback, has been indefinitely suspended from the Ducks program and will miss the team’s season opener against LSU, UO coach Chip Kelly announced Wednesday. Harris was pulled over early Sunday after being clocked driving a rental car 118 mph. His driver’s license was suspended at the time of the incident. Oregon officials are investigating other circumstances around the case, including whether any NCAA violations were committed. A university employee rented the car Harris was driving, according to multiple media reports. Harris’ reinstatement will depend on him adhering to unannounced standards set forth by Kelly and the program. "Cliff’s future clearly is in Cliff’s hands," Kelly said in a statement. "Until Cliff is able to conform to the same standards all of us must comply with, his status will remain unchanged." Harris earned All-America honors last season after intercepting six passes and averaging better than 18 yards per punt return. He’s the Ducks’ most decorated returning defensive player, and he’ll miss what should be the main event of college football’s opening weeken. LSU sits No. 1 in Sporting News’ preseason To ...
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Thursday June 16, 2011 - Times viewed: 8431
KLAMATH FALLS, Oregon - The Oregon Air National Guard is returning to Klamath Falls for its largest air-to-air combat exercise. The Herald and News reports that Kingsley Field will host Sentry Eagle in July and wrap it up with a free public event and air show on July 23. Visitors will be able to walk the runway, sit in cockpits, talk to pilots and listen to air combat controllers on their radios. More than 50 modern and historic aircraft, some more than 70 years old, will be on display. The training exercise runs July 20 to 23 and will include aircraft from other bases around the country that will fly a series of air combat practice missions. Kingsley Field has traditionally hosted Sentry Eagle every other year, but runways were being repaved in 2009. ...
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Wednesday June 15, 2011 - Times viewed: 8133
EUGENE, Oregon — Some rural Oregon residents have filed a lawsuit against the state over rules they say protect forest and farm landowners who spray herbicides that can drift over to neighboring property. The seven people filing the lawsuit this week in Lane County Circuit Court in Eugene live in Western Oregon. Three are in the Blachly area, two near Sublimity a little east of Salem and two live near Walton east of Mapleton on Highway 126, The Register-Guard reported. Their complaint alleges that laws passed by the state Legislature in 1993 give them no legal recourse in the courts from the periodic episodes of herbicide drift from neighboring landowners. Gary Hale and Jan Wroncy of Blachly say the problems with herbicide drift go back decades. They've lived and farmed organically on 7 acres since purchasing the land in 1987. Their son, Forest Wroncy-Hale, is the third plaintiff from Blachly. Their property is surrounded by privately owned forested slopes frequently treated with herbicides in an effort to knock down weeds so that tree saplings can quickly grow, according to the lawsuit. Hale said that there are times of year when the irrigation water they take from ...
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Wednesday June 15, 2011 - Times viewed: 7673
The Oregon House voted Monday to make it illegal to knowingly sell a product intended to help another person commit suicide, a move that targets companies selling so-called suicide kits that can be bought on the Internet. The bill was introduced after a 29-year-old Eugene man took his own life with the help of a suicide kit he purchased online for $60. The measure would make it a felony to sell such devises in Oregon and would allow prosecutors to bring defendants into the state to face charges. The House's 52-6 vote Monday sends the bill back to the Senate, which unanimously approved it last month but must sign off on changes made in the House. Suicide kits like the one used in Oregon contain a plastic bag that fits over the head, along with plastic tubing that can be attached to a tank of helium gas. They can be purchased from a California company by anyone at any time without the consultation of a doctor - including minors or people with mental illness or depression that could be easily treated, said Sen. Floyd Prozanski, a Democrat from Eugene who sponsored the bill. "Clearly if someone wants to commit suicide using the procedure of a helium hood, they can pretty we ...
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Wednesday June 15, 2011 - Times viewed: 7702
PORTLAND, Oregon - A speeding citation issued to Oregon cornerback Cliff Harris has touched off an investigation by the school to determine whether NCAA rules were violated when a school employee allowed football players to use her rental car. Harris, 20, was cited early Sunday morning after police said they clocked him driving at 118 mph on a suspended license in the rental. An employee, who does not work in the athletic department, rented the car for personal use, university spokesman Dave Williford said Wednesday. According to an email exchange between the employee and The Register-Guard newspaper, Harris and an unidentified football player asked her to extend the rental and compensated her for use of the car. She was told that another player - not Harris - would be driving, she told the newspaper. Attempts by The Associated Press to reach the employee, identified in news reports as Mindy Schmidling, were unsuccessful Wednesday. Harris was pulled over about 4:35 a.m. PDT Sunday south of Albany, Ore., to the north of Eugene. Oregon State Police said he was cited for driving with a suspended license and exceeding the speed limit in excess of 100 mph. The fine for ...
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Wednesday June 15, 2011 - Times viewed: 7940
GLADSTONE, Oregon - Gladstone police sergeant whose spouse was shot to death last month at a suburban beauty salon has reportedly hired a top criminal defense attorney to represent her. Gladstone police Sgt. Lynne Benton has not been named a suspect nor has she been named person of interest. Police have already arrested and charged a suspect in the case. However, Benton was drawn into the investigation because of her relationship with the victim, 54-year-old Deborah Higbee Benton. The couple married last fall and separated about two months before Higbee Benton's body was found in her beauty salon in Gladstone. Benton has retained Lake Oswego attorney Pat Birmingham, who has handled a long list of high-profile cases ranging from murder to white-collar crimes. ...
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Wednesday June 15, 2011 - Times viewed: 7715
Last week Ruby Pipeline workers found a skull in southern Oregon. The skull was found with a bullet hole that may be the remains of a California man missing since 2008. Lake County Deputy Sheriff Chuck Pore said DNA analysis will be needed to positively identify the remains. He said the family of the missing man was notified and asked to provide a sample for analysis. The victim's name w ...

Wednesday June 15, 2011 - Times viewed: 7740
PORTLAND, Oregon — It's the kind of story that creates its own headline — Byrd Rescues Hawk. Portland Police Bureau officer named Cage Byrd (real name), saw a young red-tailed hawk standing outside a downtown hair salon on Tuesday. The raptor chick appeared to be injured, so Byrd grabbed some towels and a box from a nearby hotel and took the hawk to a veterinary hospital. The bird was lat ...


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