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Wednesday July 20, 2011 - Times viewed: 7677
The Portland Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating a missing 71-year-old man from Northeast Portland. LaFoster Perkins left his residence in the 4000 block of Northeast 7th Avenue, at approximately 6:00 a.m. this morning, Tuesday July 19, 2011, after stating that he needed to go to work. Mr. Perkins used to work at 7930 Southwest Hunzeker Road in Tigard at a business that is no longer there and he last worked 10 years ago. At 10:40 a.m. today, a passerby called 9-1-1 to report that a vehicle matching Mr. Perkins' was seen attempting to enter I-5 at the Rose Quarter by going northbound on a southbound off-ramp. Mr. Perkins' vehicle is described a tan or gold Ford Ranger Extended Pick-Up with a bed liner and a pin striping. The vehicle has Oregon license plates W L F 5 2 2. Mr. Perkins is described as a black male, 6'05" tall, 185-200 pounds, gray hair, brown eyes, a short, gray beard, and glasses. Mr. Perkins may have a medical condition which might contribute to confusion. ...
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Tuesday July 19, 2011 - Times viewed: 8075
CORRECTION: BEAVERTON, Oregon - 75-year-old Donald C. Ashmanskas died while working in a community garden in Beaverton. describes "Everything you hoped to have in a judge," said Judge Ann Aiken. She says she's stunned by his death but adds, "we know if he was in his garden, he died doing something he loved." The cause of death was not immediately known. Ashmanskas became a federal judge in 1992, after serving as a district judge and circuit court judge in Washington County. He earned his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University in 1960 and his law degree from New York University in 1966. U.S. Attorney Dwight C. Holton says Ashmanskas "brought to the courthouse every day a joy of life and work and justice." ...
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Tuesday July 19, 2011 - Times viewed: 7789
MEDFORD, Oregon — Police believe a 51-year-old Oregon man stabbed his wife and their four young children and set fire to their house on Monday, killing all five victims. The man was hospitalized as authorities tried to piece together the frantic scene. Firefighters using CPR tried to revive the family members, and managed to get a pulse from at least two of the children as they lay on the lawn in front of their home, said Police Chief Tim George. "The front yard looked like it was a plane crash or something, the people working on those folks," George said. Rescuers quickly realized it wasn't just smoke inhalation they were dealing with and rushed the 30-year-old mother and the children — ages 2, 5, 6 and 7 — to the hospital. But all five died. The father was also taken to the hospital, where he was sedated in stable condition and under police guard, George said. Police believe he killed his family, but did not immediately charge him. "That is the suspicion right now — the fellow we have up at the hospital under guard is responsible," said George. Though autopsies will not be done for a day or two, it is believe the five dead were all stabbed and suffered smoke inh ...
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Monday July 18, 2011 - Times viewed: 7808
BEND, Oregon - A Bend veterinarian has performed life-saving CPR on an injured bald eagle that was under anesthesia during physical therapy. Jeff Cooney performed the therapy, during which the bald eagle nicknamed "Patriot" stopped breathing. Cooney's "mouth to beak" resuscitation got the eagle breathing again. The injured eagle was found by two La Pine women near Crane Prairie Reservoir in June. The eagle had suffered, among other injuries, a dislocated shoulder and paralyzed right leg. Cooney says it's uncertain whether he will be able to return the bird to the wild. If the bird's foot doesn't improve in the next three weeks, Cooney says he could be forced to euthanize him. ...
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Monday July 18, 2011 - Times viewed: 7800
An Oregon woman was listed in critical condition at Ruby Memorial Hospital on Sunday evening after the motorcycle she riding on Interstate 79 was struck by a truck that left the scene. A hospital spokeswoman said Tina Elkins, 48, was in critical condition, while her husband Michael Elkins, 51, was in good condition shortly after 6 p.m. Sunday. Monongalia County Sheriff 's Lt. Mansell Jones s ...

Monday July 18, 2011 - Times viewed: 7706
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's wine industry has nearly doubled to $2.7 billion in the past five years, lifting Rogue and Applegate Valley vintners on the rising ride. A study commissioned by the Oregon Wine Board underscored the industry's rapid growth and contributions to tourism. Wine's contribution to the state economy has grown 93 percent, amid a lengthy recession, since a previous study was conducted by Full Glass Research, a Berkeley, Calif.-based market and industry research firm. Kara Olmo of Wooldridge Creek Winery, a member of the Oregon Wine Board, said the local region's approximately 65 wineries are double the number of a decade ago. Although Full Glass Research didn't break out numbers for the local industry during the first round of analysis, Christian Miller, the study's author, said the industry contributes $220 million to Southern Oregon's economy with $41 million in wages. "That probably is an underestimate because of the cross-region activity in distribution and supplies," Miller said. Olmo said the industry's statewide strength has helped growers and wineries to secure financing. "Numbers like we're seeing attract interest and support from bot ...
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Monday July 18, 2011 - Times viewed: 7668
SALEM, Oregon — Govenor John Kitzhaber has selected the former first lady to work on historic preservation issues. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department announced Monday that Mary Oberst was appointed to the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation. Oberst is married to former Govenor Ted Kulongoski, who left office this year after eight years in the job. Kitzhaber last week ap ...

Monday July 18, 2011 - Times viewed: 7611
GRESHAM, Oregon — Police in Gresham say a man was stabbed but was able to walk himself to a hospital across the street. Officers responded to reports of fighting at an apartment complex Sunday night. Officials at Mt. Hood Medical Center told police that they sent the 22-year-old victim to a trauma center in Portland. Police say he suffered a stab or slice wound to his torso. His condition was unknown. Gresham and Troutdale police officers detained all the people believed to have been involved in the fight. They were trying to determine what caused the incident and whether the suspect and victim knew each other before the fight. ...
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Monday July 18, 2011 - Times viewed: 7767
MEDFORD, Oregon -- The number of staffed forest fire lookouts keeps dwindling in Oregon, Washington and California as technology replaces human eyes. The Medford Mail Tribune reports that of Oregon's 1,000 lookout sites, fewer than 20 percent have structures and 106 are staffed. The number is smaller in Washington state where only 30 lookouts are staffed. The Evergreen State has 625 lookout sit ...

Sunday July 17, 2011 - Times viewed: 8159
PORTLAND, Oregon - On Saturday July 16, 2011 at 6:05 p.m. Portland Police assigned to East Precinct responded to the 5400 block of Southeast 44th Avenue on a report of a stabbing. Arriving they contacted a woman in her 30's who in fact had been stabbed several times. She told the officers she was three months pregnant. Neighbors had found the woman collapsed in the street with blood pouring from her wounds. Detectives arrested 34 year-old Brian Nickels in connection with the stabbing of his wife and charged him with Attempted Murder, Assault in the first degree, Assault in the second degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and two counts of Strangulation. Police indicated that all involved are suffering non-life threatening injuries including the baby, and that the unborn child, mother and Nickel are expected to survive. Neighbors say the woman ran screaming from the home before collapsing in a nearby driveway, leaving a trail of bloody footprints on the sidewalk. One witness, Dale Schaefer, reported, "She said he was possessed by the devil. And that's what made him do it to her. She said he'd taken some drugs." Schaefer said the woman had been stabbed in the stomach and l ...
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Saturday July 16, 2011 - Times viewed: 7717
DENVER — A Denver judge has ordered a man accused of sexually assaulting a woman at Denver International Airport to stand trial. Twenty-six-year-old Noel Bertrand of Portland, Ore., is charged with sexual assault and kidnapping. Bertrand's defense attorney said Thursday the sex was consensual. Authorities say Bertrand promised during the attack to teach her about pleasure and pain and to make her his sex slave, according to the Denver Post. Bertrand was accused of assaulting a 22-year-old woman just after midnight April 12 after she missed a flight. Authorities say they struck up a conversation at an airport restaurant before he attacked her at nearby gate. They say airline employees saw the assault through a window and intervened. ...
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Saturday July 16, 2011 - Times viewed: 7713
Human remains have been discovered in the search in and around a Portland hill for slain teen Yashanee Vaughn. However, police indicate it may take a while for positive identification. Vaughn family representative Michelle Bart said, "We all know why we're here and we know what the conclusion is going to be." The family released a statement saying the remains just discovered are of Yashanee’s body. Yashanee Vaughn has been missing since March 2011. Her 16-year-old boyfriend has been accused of murder and is currently being held in custody but some authorities indicate others may be involved. In the search of Rocky Butte began yesterday, officers took no questions at a brief news conference. Rocky Butte is just a few blocks from the house where the police believe Vaughn was killed. Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schrunk said Friday that Bennette provided the information that led to the search, but that no agreement had been reached on any deal ...
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Saturday July 16, 2011 - Times viewed: 7675
On Friday July 15, 2011 at about 10:30 p.m. Portland Police officers assigned to North Precinct responded to an area hospital on a report of a man shot in the face. Arriving they made contact with the victim, a male Hispanic in his twenties. Officers were able to determine that the crime occurred in the area of Northeast 42nd and Killingsworth. Officer went to that location to look for a crime sce ...

Friday July 15, 2011 - Times viewed: 7655
EUGENE, Oregon - An arsonist who avoided federal prison five years ago by helping lock up Earth Liberation Front activists has been sentenced in Oregon to 27 months in prison for violating terms of his probation. Jacob Ferguson was sentenced Thursday in Eugene. A federal judge said the sentence will be served at the same time Ferguson serves his recent five-year state prison sentence for sel ...

Friday July 15, 2011 - Times viewed: 7939
Lake Oswego, Oregon – Actor Daniel Baldwin has been granted a restraining order against his wife and has filed for divorce, claiming she punched him, threatened him with a knife in front of their children and made threats of violence and death "too numerous to list". Baldwin said his wife woke the couple’s children, aged one and three, at their Oregon home by screaming and throwing objects while drunk. Baldwin has kept a low profile since his family life in Lake Oswego was first published as national news headlines two days ago. He declined yesterday to give formal interviews to reporters, but said his wife "gets all the help she needs." Joanne Baldwin was arrested last night for violating her parole on a drink-driving conviction. She is not expected to be released from jail until a hearing next Wednesday. ...
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Friday July 15, 2011 - Times viewed: 7777
A federal court will hear an appeal from the U.S. attorney general regarding a ruling on an Ashland church's use of a hallucinogenic tea. The Church of the Holy Light of the Queen, a Brazilian-based Christian church, is permitted to import, distribute and brew the sacramental tea known as ayahuasca (aye-yah-WAS-ka). U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder appealed, saying the ruling constrains fed ...

Friday July 15, 2011 - Times viewed: 7621
The federal government has approved road and power line right of way through about 4 miles of government land for a Central Oregon development that could add up to 52 turbines to the state's wind-energy boom. The West Butte wind farm would be on private land about 32 miles east of Bend, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management said. The developer will pay for about 9,000 acres of sage grouse habitat elsewhere on bureau holdings, and it has worked on protection plans for golden eagles and bats, the bureau said. Liz Nysson of the Oregon Natural Desert Association said the developer started early to reduce the potential harm to wildlife, a challenge for the wind business as projects move out of farmland along the Columbia River into sagebrush country. ...
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Friday July 15, 2011 - Times viewed: 7692
PORTLAND, Oregon — John Kitzhaber has, so far, managed to keep his admirers louder than his critics. Governor Kitzhaber says he's more mature and less partisan than he was when he wrapped up his first eight years in office, which ended in acrimony in 2003 after he dueled with the Republican-controlled Legislature. "I'm actually remedial. I can learn from my mistakes," Kitzhaber told The Associated Press in a recent interview. "Clearly I'm much less of a partisan. I think I'm a little more mature in terms of understanding the importance of these personal relationships. I put a lot more time and energy into developing those on the front end." It hasn't all been rosy. Kitzhaber stepped on the toes of some important Democratic allies, and some of his priorities never left the ground. But, for now at least, most of Oregon's political leaders, including some Republicans, can't seem to say enough good things about the governor. "Just look at John and his leadership and what he's done this session to bring people together," said Rep. Kevin Cameron of Salem, the Republican leader. "Oregonians can be proud because he brought us in and he brought the (Democrats) in. I have, person ...
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Friday July 15, 2011 - Times viewed: 7667
BEND, Oregon — Central Oregon detectives say a flood of fraudulent credit and debit card charges continues to plague area residents. In the past week, more than 200 people have reported being victims. Deschutes County sheriff's Lt. Kevin Dizney said Thursday his office is still taking several cases each day. Bend police detectives are contacting other agencies around Oregon but tell KTVZ the activity seems to be focused on central Oregon card holders. Detectives have reached out to the FBI for help. Dizney says most of the charges are routine — and small enough to go unnoticed until a bank or credit card company calls the victim. Oregon Justice Department spokesman Tony Green says credit card numbers are increasingly available in emails and online, providing new ways for thieves to steal them. ...
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Friday July 15, 2011 - Times viewed: 7630
YAKIMA, Oregon — An Oregon man has filed suit in federal court against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Yakima, alleging he was abused as a teen by a former Catholic deacon who later became an Episcopal priest in Mexico. The lawsuit marks the fourth pending case involving clergy abuse against the Yakima diocese, which has paid out more than $1 million to resolve claims involving at least seven priests. The lawsuit contends that Deacon Aaron Ramirez, acting as a spiritual adviser, counselor and mentor to the plaintiff, invited the then-17-year-old to his residence for a guitar lesson, plied him with alcohol and sexually abused him on July 29, 1999. The alleged abuse occurred at Resurrection Parish in Zillah. The plaintiff now resides in Washington County, Ore. Ramirez fled to Mexico when police sought to question him about the case. He later was ordained an Episcopal priest there, but the church dismissed him after being notified about the U.S. allegations. His current whereabouts are not known. According to the lawsuit, Ramirez admitted the abuse to former Yakima Bishop Carlos Sevilla. Sevilla recently retired as bishop after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75. ...
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Friday July 15, 2011 - Times viewed: 7669
EUGENE, Oregon -- An arsonist who avoided federal prison five years ago by helping lock up Earth Liberation Front activists has been sentenced in Oregon to 27 months in prison for violating terms of his probation. Jacob Ferguson was sentenced Thursday in Eugene. A federal judge said the sentence will be served at the same time Ferguson serves his recent five-year state prison sentence for se ...

Thursday July 14, 2011 - Times viewed: 7665
PORTLAND, Oregon - A state representative in Oregon says he'll sponsor a Caylee's Law in his state. Rep. Shawn Lindsay of Aloha says the law would require parents or caregivers to report a missing or deceased child within 24 hours. The bill is a response to the death in Florida of 2-year-old Caylee Anthony, who was not reported missing for 31 days. Her mother, Casey Anthony, was acquitted last week of murder but found guilty of four counts of lying to police. ...
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Thursday July 14, 2011 - Times viewed: 7638
SALEM, Oregon - An Oregon death row inmate who wants to waive his appeals is heading back to court. A Marion County judge is holding a status conference Thursday on the request by inmate Gary Haugen, who has been convicted twice of brutal murders. The judge had scheduled Haugen's execution for next month. It was canceled after the state Supreme Court ruled that Haugen should be more thoroughly evaluated to determine whether he is competent to waive his appeals. Haugen has sought to have his lawyers dismissed and has complained that they're trying to spare his life against his wishes. ...
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Thursday July 14, 2011 - Times viewed: 7639
PORTLAND, Oregon — A study for the Oregon wine industry finds its economic impact has nearly doubled since 2005 and now stands at $2.7 billion. The study released Thursday was done for the Oregon Wine Board by Full Glass Research of Berkeley, Calif. Wine Board chairman Sam Tannahil says in a statement that the study shows wine is becoming one of Oregon's leading agricultural industries. The study finds that Oregon's 419 wineries and 849 vineyards accounted for over 13,000 jobs in 2010 with wages of $382 million. Oregon wineries produced 1.7 million cases of wine valued at $252 million, with about half of that being sold out of state. ...
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Thursday July 14, 2011 - Times viewed: 7662
On Wednesday July 13, 2011 at 9:41 p.m. Portland Police officers assigned to East Precinct responded to a report of an armed robbery at the mini-mart at Southeast 108th and Stark. Police dispatch told responding officers the suspect was armed with a handgun and was in a struggle with the store clerk when a citizen walked in on the robbery and the suspect fled the store on foot. The clerk was uninjured. The suspect is described as an African American male in his 20's, 6'2 inches tall weighing 230 pounds. The suspect is described as having facial hair and was last seen wearing a red shirt with white print on it, khaki shorts and wearing black tennis shoes with white socks. Officers arriving in the area believed they observed the suspect running into the blocks and so they established a perimeter. The perimeter was Southeast Burnside to Stark, 108th Avenue to 113th. The Special Emergency Reaction Team was activated consistent with Police Bureau policy to conduct the search for the suspect. SERT is searching the area at this time. We are asking people to stay in their homes and call police if they hear see anything out of the ordinary. No additional information is avail ...
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Wednesday July 13, 2011 - Times viewed: 7677
EUGENE, Oregon — A Springfield man and his son who pleaded guilty to poaching will spend the next four deer seasons in jail. Under a plea agreement with Lane County prosecutors hunting season is "jail season." On the first day of deer season, Oct. 1, Rory and Shane Donoho will start serving the first of four annual 90-days jail terms. They pleaded guilty Tuesday and could have faced more than three years in prison. Lane County Circuit Judge Charles Carlson also stripped both men of their hunting privileges for life. The Donohos also forfeited 19 rifles and 1,600 pounds of frozen game. The meat that will be given to zoos and wildlife rehabilitation centers. ...
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Tuesday July 12, 2011 - Times viewed: 7805
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 attention ra ...
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Tuesday July 12, 2011 - Times viewed: 8015
It's a good thing my brother took Spanish in high school. My family and I arrived in Mexico and had no way to communicate with any local person we saw. We needed to eat, drink water, and find activities with which we could occupy our time. My brother's minimal Spanish experience helped us acquire the basic essentials in the land of our neighbors to the South. When it comes to international relations between our fellow North American countries, our country strives to maintain a peaceful stance, but in order to cultivate friendly relations with our Mexican and Canadian neighbors, we must be able to communicate. Though many Oregonians may never visit Mexico or the French speaking areas of Canada (nearly 80% of Quebec citizens use French), the language barrier in the United States grows larger every year. According to CIA.gov, English comprises only 82% of the languages spoken in the United States, while Spanish sits at 10.7%. The need for Spanish in the workplace and everyday social interactions rises with every new immigrant from a Spanish-speaking country. The latest census estimated that 48.4 million Spanish-speaking immigrants live in the US. Though the need for pr ...
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Tuesday July 12, 2011 - Times viewed: 7781
MADRAS, Oregon — Railroad officials and central Oregon sheriff's detectives are trying to determine who pushed large boulders onto railroad tracks near a Madras, Ore., trestle twice in recent weeks. A freight train locomotive hit the first boulder and suffered damage. Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman Gus Melonas says train conductors spotted the second boulder last week and stopped the tr ...

Tuesday July 12, 2011 - Times viewed: 7625
SALEM, Oregon — Gov. John Kitzhaber plans to name his predecessor, Ted Kulongoski, to a commission reviewing Oregon's criminal-sentencing laws. The Salem Statesman Journal reports that the commission was part of a package of proposals to revamp state government that Kulongoski made a month before he left office. The commission will be led by Chief Justice Paul De Muniz and have members from ...


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