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Sunday July 31, 2011 - Times viewed: 7692
DALLAS, Oregon - A 21-year-old Oregon man accused of killing his parents at their farm last summer has pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and agreed to testify against his co-defendant. Polk County District Attorney Stan Butterfield says that in exchange for the testimony and Friday's guilty pleas to two counts of aggravated murder, he will recommend that Andrew Thomas Jondle serve a minimum of 50 years in prison. Butterfield had earlier sought the death penalty. David and Marilyn Jondle were killed Aug. 30, 2010, at their Dallas-area farm west of Salem, where they raised free-range cattle and poultry. The Statesman Journal says prosecutors alleged that Andrew Jondle and his girlfriend Cindy Lou Beck plotted to rob and kill the elder Jondles because the pair needed money and wanted to inherit the farm. Andrew Jondle also pleaded guilty to burglary. Butterfield says the victims' relatives support the plea agreement. The 46-year-old Beck is charged with aggravated murder and conspiracy to commit murder. ...
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Sunday July 31, 2011 - Times viewed: 7723
MEDFORD, Oregon - Friends, family and others turned out for the funeral of a former Southern California woman and her four children who were found stabbed in their burning Oregon home earlier this month. The caskets of Tabasha Paige-Criado and her children - three boys and a girl between two to seven-years old - lay side-by-side as hundreds paid their final respects Saturday at St. John Mission ...

Friday July 29, 2011 - Times viewed: 8122
I took four years of French at my South East Portland high school, and then switched to Spanish once I reached college. After two years of 100-200 level Spanish, I studied in Spain for nearly four months. My Spanish skills were decent at best after my return, but I quickly discovered a method to brush up and learn a new romance language at the same time.

My Spanish translation teacher said that being fluent in a language entailed proficiency in four aspects: writing, reading, hearing, and speaking. For twenty minutes a day, I focused on these areas in Spanish. I wrote a few sentences, read a Spanish newspaper article, watched a Spanish cartoon show on the internet, and enacted a short conversation.

This process literally took 20 minutes out of my day. With this short, self-taught, effective method, could I learn another language, like Portuguese, Italian, or French? The answer was yes.

In light of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, I chose Portuguese as my next language to tackle.

I bought "Portuguese for Dummies", a necessary first step that cost me only $14 and provided me with essential verb conjugations and vocabulary words. Similar books ha ...

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Friday July 29, 2011 - Times viewed: 8144
Three weeks ago, Rupert Murdoch and his News Corporation owned a substantial number of media outlets in England, Australia, and the United States (including all Fox affiliates, The New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, and the Dow Jones itself). The media monopoly leader received a blow when investigators found that his tabloid News of the World had illegally hacked into the voicemail of a 13-year-old murder victim. In a matter of days, the investigation has proven to reach levels of government that rival the Watergate scandal. The British Broadcasting Company has even reported the discovered death of the former News of the World journalist who exposed the phone-hacking practices. According to the New York Times, Sir Paul Stephenson, Scotland Yard's highest ranking official, resigned after the exposition of alleged police bribery between News of the World writers and Britain's police force. The editor of News of the World resigned and was arrested shortly after her resignation on accounts of illegal phone call interception. Forbes.com reported that Murdoch withdrew his $12 billion bid to own British Sky Broadcasting, which would have cemented his position as the ruler ...
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Friday July 29, 2011 - Times viewed: 8054
COTTAGE GROVE, Oregon - Cottage Grove homeowners say the smell from a field used by the city sewage treatment plant is nearly intolerable this summer, and they're complaining. Craig Pataky and his wife Heidi are among the upset homeowners. They told The Register-Guard they're talking to an attorney about a possible class action lawsuit and they're trying to organize a letter-writing campaign ...

Friday July 29, 2011 - Times viewed: 7982
On July 11, 1996, the body of 22-year-old Michael Anthony Yeggins was found shot to death near the playground in Northeast Portland's Woodlawn Park. Detectives from the Portland Police Bureau Homicide Detail began an investigation but by April of 2000 the case had gone cold and remained unsolved. In January 2007, the Portland Police Bureau's Cold Case Homicide Unit began examining the case again, with the assistance of two Gang Enforcement Team detectives. Through the investigation, detectives interviewed and re-interviewed a number of witnesses in Oregon, Washington, Arizona, and Colorado. Through the continuing investigative efforts of the Cold Case Homicide Unit, a Multnomah County Grand Jury heard evidence linking 38-year-old David Deangelo McDonald to Yeggins' death and issued an indictment in July 2011 for Murder. McDonald was transferred to the Multnomah County Jail yesterday, July 27, 2011, from the Oregon Department of Corrections. McDonald is a convicted felon and has been serving a 41 month sentence for Felon in Possession of a Firearm since August 2009. The Cold Case Unit is comprised of a Sergeant, and four Detectives who are assisted by several retired ...
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Thursday July 28, 2011 - Times viewed: 7673
COOS BAY, Oregon - A U.S. marshal's spokesman says a 20-year-old man sought in two fatal California shootings this year has been arrested at a home in the Oregon coast community of Coos Bay. Deputy Marshal Cory Cunningham said Wednesday that Jonathan Walker was arrested Tuesday night after Oregon State Police SWAT officers served a search warrant at the home. Walker was booked into the Coos County Jail on felony warrants for homicide and parole violation. The spokesman says Walker was sought in the fatal June shooting of 22-year-old Michael Ross in Vallejo, Calif. He was also sought in the shooting last January of two men at a party in a San Francisco residence. Cunningham says 19-year-old Robert O'Bryant died and a second man is recovering. Walker reportedly is also on California parole for robbery. The marshals' Oregon Fugitive Task Force acted on a tip that Walker was hiding in Coos Bay. ...
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Thursday July 28, 2011 - Times viewed: 8182
EUGENE, Oregon - No bikini tops in Wal-Mart. That's what an Oregon woman says happened to her. Sandy McMillin says an employee of the Eugene Wal-Mart store told her to cover up or leave. The 51-year-old woman tells a local paper (The Register-Guard) the Wal-Mart worker said the bikini top violated health regulations. McMillin's lawyer says the experience was embarrassing. A Wal-Mart spokeswoman says the employee was responding to customer complaints. But Wal-Mart denies she was asked to leave. McMillin says she's not giving up on Wal-Mart, but will shop at a different store. ...
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Wednesday July 27, 2011 - Times viewed: 7703
EUGENE, Oregon - A man who says he was sure he was going to die when his head was trapped under the tire of a pickup truck was rescued by a passing Oregon State Police officer. Mike Martin was desperately trying to catch the attention of passing motorists on Friday night after getting pinned in a driveway near Dorena Lake, Ore. The 58-year-old man was trying to inspect a mechanical problem wh ...

Tuesday July 26, 2011 - Times viewed: 7806
Portland Police officers yesterday responded to a call of a burglary in process in the 11800 block of Southeast Yamhill Street where a stranger walked into a house armed with a rock. The suspect was described as a white male in his 40's, wearing blue jeans a gray and red shirt and a red hat. The suspect entered the residence tried to grab a girl, pushed another person in the residence and then walked out. Arriving in the area, officers observed a man matching the description standing in the middle of the street at Southeast 117th Avenue and Yamhill Street with his left arm around a young boy's neck in a choke position with a large rock in his other hand. The suspect was threatening to kill the boy. The boy was in a state of extreme fear and looked distressed. The boy was taken hostage by the man and was being used as a human shield. Officers made a plan to rescue the hostage while officers had the suspect at gunpoint and gave him verbal commands to give up. Other arriving officers approached the suspect from his blind side and 2 officers deployed their TASER'S. The TASER caused the suspect to loosen his grip on the 11-year-old boy allowing him to escape. The suspect fell to ...
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Tuesday July 26, 2011 - Times viewed: 7762
Facing an ethics investigation and mounting pressure from his constituents, Rep. David Wu, a Democrat from Oregon, is resigning as soon as the debt ceiling debate comes to an end. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) formally called for an ethics investigation, earlier this week, after allegations surfaced that Wu had a sexual encounter with a teenager in November. The Oregonian, which first published the allegations, reported today that Wu had left the door open to his resignation while maintaing that he had done nothing "illegal." Update at 12:39 p.m. ET. A Bit More From Wu's Statement: The Oregonian has a bit more from Wu's resignation statement: "With great sadness, I therefore intend to resign effective upon the resolution of the debt ceiling crisis. This is the right decision for my family, the institution of the House, and my colleagues." Wu's announcement came only minutes after Oregon's two Democratic senators - Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley - called on him to resign, saying the embattled lawmaker had lost his ability to effectively serve in the wake of accusations of improper sexual conduct that "are both jarring and exceptionally serious." Update ...
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Monday July 25, 2011 - Times viewed: 8149
On Saturday July 23, 2011, at 11:41 p.m., Portland Police officers responded to the report that a security guard was out with known bank robber at the Sellwood neighborhood Key Bank, located at 8112 Southeast 13th Avenue. Officers arrived and spoke with a bank security guard who had taken 30-year-old Darrel Wayne Lawrence into custody after recognizing him as the man who had robbed the bank on three separate occasions. The three robberies occurred on July 1, July 11 and July 19. The security guard took Lawrence into custody after a bank employee spotted Lawrence walking towards the bank. Lawrence was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a US Marshals Hold and Bank Robbery charges are pending. ...
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Monday July 25, 2011 - Times viewed: 7732
SALEM, Oregon - Police in Salem say three men were arrested last weekend after officers responded to a report of the men fighting naked. Police said officers later found out that all three men took the hallucinogenic drug LSD. Officers used stun guns on two of the men without any apparent effect before they were subdued. One was found lying naked in a street and the other was hiding in a bac ...

Monday July 25, 2011 - Times viewed: 7606
Biologists say they hope they can breed a disease resistant version of the whitebark pine, a tree found at high altitudes in the West. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that pine cones from Crater Lake National Park in Oregon and Mount Rainier in Washington state are being used to cultivate whitebark seedlings with a natural resistance to blister rust, a fungus that is threatening the trees. ...

Monday July 25, 2011 - Times viewed: 7913
PORTLAND, Oregon - Democratic Rep. David Wu faced increased pressure Monday after House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi called for an ethics investigation over an 18-year-old woman's claim of an "unwanted sexual encounter" with him. Pelosi sent a letter Monday to leaders of the House Ethics Committee, saying an investigation is warranted. "Recent press reports and statements attributed to our colleague, Representative David Wu, indicate that he may have engaged in inappropriate activities," Pelosi wrote. Meanwhile, lawmakers will find it harder to avoid questions about their position on Wu's future, a scenario similar to six weeks ago when they had to deal with the distraction of former Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner, who had sent lewd photos of himself to women online. Unlike the media frenzy that ensued in the Weiner case, Wu's situation has prompted little attention so far because of the intense focus on lawmakers' struggle to reach a deal on raising the national debt ceiling. Wu and Pelosi had a telephone conversation Saturday but neither politician has disclosed details. Wu's only response so far has been a brief statement late Friday: "This is very serious, and ...
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Monday July 25, 2011 - Times viewed: 7739
TANGENT, Oregon - Dennis Glaser's farm should be abuzz with activity, with his tractors in the field and three John Deere combines churning out premium Oregon grass seed. But the combines sit idle in a garage, and Glaser has plenty of time to show around some visitin g golf course managers. That's because, while most of the United States suffers from oppressive heat, Oregon remains far too cold and wet to dry out Glaser's crops. Across the Pacific Northwest, farmers like Glaser are nervously watching their bottom lines as they cope with a year of cool, damp weather that has caused late cherry crops, spoiled peaches and the threat that world-class grass seed could fail to dry out and germinate before it reaches the market. "I don't recall it ever being quite this bad," said Glaser, 64, who farms land that's been in his family since the year before he was born. "We've had wet springs, but it usually stops at some point on the way." Not this year. Oregon grass seed is at least 10 days behind, and more rain would delay it further. Next week's forecast shows some cloudy days. Anticipating a rapid harvest, Glaser bought a third, $250,000 combine last week to help keep up. ...
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Sunday July 24, 2011 - Times viewed: 7877
SALEM, Oregon - A six-year veteran of the Salem Police Department who quickly rose up in ranks to patrol corporal has pleaded guilty to first-degree official misconduct and permanently lost his police certification. Officer Raul "Rico" Ramirez agreed to two years of probation and 80 hours of community service after he admitted to using his position to engage in inappropriate texting and phone c ...

Sunday July 24, 2011 - Times viewed: 7610
SALEM, Oregon - Authorities say a man wanted by the FBI and the 85-year-old mother he allegedly kidnapped have been found in Southern California. The Kern County Sheriff's Department said in a statement Saturday that deputies acting on a tip arrested 55-year-old Marshall Goldberg in Frazier Park, some 70 miles northwest of Los Angeles off Interstate 5. Authorities say mother Doris Goldberg ...

Sunday July 24, 2011 - Times viewed: 7618
SALEM, Oregon - Negotiators for Oregon's largest state workers union have struck a contract deal, ending months of uncertainty and speculation about a possible strike. The Salem Statesman Journal reports the deal struck Saturday by the Service Employees International Union means union workers will begin paying 5 percent of their health insurance premiums by 2012. The deal also includes a $40-pe ...

Sunday July 24, 2011 - Times viewed: 7663
BEND, Oregon — Joan Snyder opened her mailbox three weeks ago to find an envelope from the Oregon Department of Revenue about a state program she participates in that defers property taxes for qualifying elderly and disabled people. It contained a two-page application that took her three hours to complete. Confused by one piece of the application, Snyder called the revenue department. That's when ...

Saturday July 23, 2011 - Times viewed: 7997
1861. It was a hot July afternoon along the banks of Bull Run Creek, and the young Union officer from company E, 3rd Artillery grimaced in pain from his injury. His low moaning attracted the attention of the surgeon's assistant several feet across the small field, as he knelt in the tall grasses by the damaged field howitzer, trying to find the pulse of the stricken gunner laying by the carriage. He crept back to the Lieutenant's side as the sound of shells whistling overhead and bullets ricocheting off the nearby tree trunks, gave an additional impetus to the harried doctor's actions. The surgeon wrapped another strip of linen to staunch the blood flowing from the minie ball wound in the Lieutenant's foot. It was time to lift the stretcher onto the bed of the overloaded ambulance wagon, as the Army of Northeastern Virginia, under Union Brig. Gen. Irvin McDowell, started its pell-mell retreat from the Confederate defenders at Blackburn's Ford... Cycle forward 150 years, and today the hallowed grounds surrounding Manassas Junction (including Bull Run Creek and Blackburn's Ford) is bustling with activities of a gentler kind, as America commemorates the 1861 battle of Manassas (othe ...
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Saturday July 23, 2011 - Times viewed: 7695
This morning, Saturday July 23, 2011, at 2:13 a.m., Portland Police officers assigned to East Precinct responded to the 9300 block of Southeast Schiller Street on the report of a man stabbed. Officers arrived in the area and found an adult male suffering from a stab wound lying on the sidewalk. Medical personnel arrived and determined that the man was deceased. Homicide Detectives as well as C ...

Saturday July 23, 2011 - Times viewed: 8044
PORTLAND, Oregon - Congressman David Wu is calling a published report about an alleged unwanted sexual encounter with a young woman "very serious" but has not yet said whether the accusation is true. The Oregonian reports that a young woman from California has accused Wu of an unwanted sexual encounter last November. The newspaper said the information came from sources who wanted to remain anon ...

Friday July 22, 2011 - Times viewed: 7707
CORVALLIS, Oregon - An Oregon State University pharmacy student who was nominated to take part in a police drug-disposal program has been convicted of selling heroin. The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports 23-year-old Christopher Ploghoft pleaded no contest to a charge of delivery of heroin. He was sentenced to 20 days in jail and two years of probation. A police informant identified Ploghoft a ...

Friday July 22, 2011 - Times viewed: 7903
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon woman whose husband is suspected of killing her and their four children knew going into the marriage that he was a convicted child molester, but she did not feel threatened by him, her brother said Thursday. "It didn't faze her," Jesse Adams of Phoenix, Ariz., told reporters at a news conference. "As far as I'm concerned, he served his debt to society for that. It has no bearing on what happened now." Police said they believe Jordan Adam Criado, 59, stabbed his wife, Tabasha Paige-Criado, 30, and their four young children Monday and set fire to their home. Overcome by smoke inhalation, Criado has not regained consciousness since the fire and was in guarded but stable condition at Rogue Valley Medical Center. Police were waiting for him to recover before arresting him. Adams said his family was "in chaos" trying to make sense of the slayings but were working on forgiving Criado and took comfort in the idea that God had taken Paige-Criado and her children to a better place. "We knew she wanted a divorce," he added. "We knew Tabasha would work on her own time, her own pace. She obviously didn't see anything coming or felt threatened. At th ...
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Friday July 22, 2011 - Times viewed: 7801
MEDFORD, Oregon - An Oregon mother and two of her four children who died were stabbed in the neck before firefighters found them in their burning house, autopsy reports show. The woman, Tabasha Paige-Criado, died from stab wounds to her neck and abdomen, Medford police Lt. Bob Hansen announced Thursday. Autopsies list the probable cause of death for all four of the young children — Elijah, 7 ...

Thursday July 21, 2011 - Times viewed: 8007
PORTLAND, Oregon - Federal prosecutors say they've cracked a multi-state diamond theft ring that made off with more than $1.4 million in gems from various jewelers. Five people indicted in Portland are charged with interstate transportation of stolen property and conspiracy. Two of the five - Michael Young, 39, of Davenport, Fla., and Ernest Remor, 36, of Spring Hill, Fla., appeared Wednesday b ...

Thursday July 21, 2011 - Times viewed: 7885
MEDFORD, Oregon — The man suspected of stabbing his wife and four children and setting fire to their house has been unconscious since being taken to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. Intensive care unit nurse practitioner Tamara Dixon said Wednesday that 51-year-old Jordan Adam Criado was in guarded but stable condition and on a mechanical respirator to be sure he has no breathing problems, and he remained in what is called an unresponsive state. She said Criado is suffering from carbon monoxide and cyanide poisoning due to smoke inhalation and has a superficial cut on his left wrist that did not require any stitches. "The possibilities in this early stage are anywhere from waking to remaining in a nonresponsive state," she said. "At this point it is too early to tell." Police and firefighters called to a fire at the Criado house in Medford on Monday found his wife and four children stabbed. They were all pronounced dead after being taken to hospitals. Medford police Lt. Bob Hansen said medical examiner Dr. James Olson began the autopsies on Tabasha Paige-Criado, 30, and her four children — Elijah, 7, Isaac, 6, Andrew, 5, and Aurora, 2. The determinatio ...
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Wednesday July 20, 2011 - Times viewed: 8588
RITZVILLE, Oregon — College Volleyball players and students at Eastern Oregon University are morning the death of their coach. The head coach of their volleyball team was killed Monday, July 18, 2011, in a two-vehicle crash near Ritzville, Wash. 25-year-old Hailey Pearce of LaGrande appears not to have seen a pickup truck ahead of her on Highway 395. An Oregon State trooper says the pickup was a rear escort for a farming combine being driven down the road and that Coach Pearce was traveling the speed limit of 70 mph when she drove into the back of the pickup. The pickup driver wasn't hurt. Pichette says Pearce was wearing her seat belt but her airbag did not deploy. Pearce was a setter at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Mont., from 2004-07 and was an assistant coach and junior varsity coach for the Battlin' Bears for two seasons before being hired at EOU in February 2010. Pearce, a native of Walla Walla, Wash, had spent the weekend in Billings playing volleyball at the Big Sky State Games with a Rocky alumni team, Rocky coach Laurie Kelly said. "We are fortunate we all got to be together one last time," Kelly said. "That's going to be a real special memory for al ...
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Wednesday July 20, 2011 - Times viewed: 7846
MEDFORD, Oregon — An Oregon man suspected of killing his wife and four children and setting fire to their house had been convicted of molesting children in California 21 years ago, court records show. Jordan Adam Criado, 51, remained hospitalized Tuesday in a hospital in Medford, where police planned to arrest him as soon as he had recovered enough to leave. Criado's wife and four children had stab wounds when they were pulled from their burning home on Monday, police said. Court records in California's Sacramento County showed that Criado was arrested in December 1989 and pleaded guilty in August 1990 to eight counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison. The allegations involved three victims, Deputy District Attorney Cindy Bessemer told The Associated Press. The convictions were first reported Tuesday by the Medford Mail Tribune. Court records from Kern County, Calif., also showed Criado went back to jail for 91 days for failing to register as a sex offender. Criado had reported his wife, Tabasha Paige-Criado, 30, missing Monday morning. Police Chief Tim George said officers found her later Monday at a conveni ...
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