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Saturday July 2, 2011 - Times viewed: 7780
EUGENE, Oregon — Bill Pitt mounted and balanced car tires in Eugene for 40 years before his job in the automotive business blew out. He got arthritis in his hips and knees, and, as if that wasn't enough, he needed months of radiation to lick a case of prostate cancer. About a year later, when all was said and done, a return to tire mounting was physically out of the question. "I got retired," he said. Suddenly, Pitt was in an economic gulch. His first opportunity to draw Social Security was five years away. His retirement savings were gone. He was on the job market, in the computer age, with no typing or Internet skills. He could eat, but had no way to pay for his trailer house. He was 57 years old. There isn't much help available for Pitt and the thousands of other older Oregonians trying to find work. Experience Works, a federally funded job training program for older workers, last year helped a sliver of this group — about 870 Oregonians. But there are 36,000 other unemployed workers aged 55 to 99 in Oregon. Now this program — which grew out of President Lyndon Johnson's War On Poverty — is facing severe cuts. Congress — in its drive to reduce the deficit — ...
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Friday July 1, 2011 - Times viewed: 8035
NEWPORT, Oregon — A central Oregon woman has died in an apparent accident at a logging site in the Oregon Coast Range. The Lincoln County sheriff's office said Friday that 28-year-old Heather Joanne Smith of Redmond was crushed between two vehicles on a U.S. Forest Service road near a logging site close to the border with Lane County near the coast. Deputies said one of the unoccupied vehicles had inadvertently been left in neutral and rolled down a slight grade, pinning Smith between it and a second unoccupied vehicle on Thursday. The exact cause is still under investigation, but no criminal charges are expected to be filed. Deputies said Smith was the girlfriend of one of the workers and not employed by the logging company. ...
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Friday July 1, 2011 - Times viewed: 7649
KLAMATH FALLS, Oregon — The trial of a man accused of burning a Klamath County mental health building has been adjourned after a judge ordered a mental evaluation. The Herald and News reports the trial of 57-year-old Michael Scott Wynn was halted Thursday and he was ordered sent to the Oregon State Hospital in Salem after he made verbal outbursts and attempted to leave his seat, requiring court ...

Friday July 1, 2011 - Times viewed: 7583
PORTLAND, Ore. — Gov. John Kitzhaber has signed a bill implementing his plan to overhaul the Oregon Health Plan to focus more on preventive care. Kitzhaber signed the bill in a ceremony in Portland on Friday. He says it will lower costs and provide better health care to the patients on Oregon's version of Medicaid, the program for low-income health care jointly funded by the state and federal g ...

Friday July 1, 2011 - Times viewed: 7640
SALEM — While divided government bogs down Washington in a debate over spending and the national debt, it’s done exactly the opposite in Oregon. State lawmakers here defied fears that a tied House, a nearly tied Senate and a governor famous for sparring with the Legislature would make Oregon government plummet into chaos and gridlock. Instead, lawmakers used their unique predicament to find the center, plug a budget hole and advance an ambitious health care overhaul. They closed down their session on Thursday after 150 days. They worked faster than they have since 1969. Voters in November sent to the state House 30 members of each party, denying both of them a majority to run the place. They agreed to share power and chose co-speakers to preside, one from each party, and co-chairs to run committees. Neither co-leader could do much without the approval of the other. Co-speakers Arnie Roblan and Bruce Hanna even adjourned the session with each man holding his own piece of a specially made two-handled gavel. “I started to think that they might just move mountains,” Democratic Senate President Peter Courtney said of the co-speakers. He was initially skeptical that co-spe ...
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Thursday June 30, 2011 - Times viewed: 7773
On Wednesday June 29, 2011, at approximately 10:15 p.m., 23-year-old Isaiah Eric Mandley Jr. was arrested for Murder and Attempted Murder in connection with the shooting death of Leonard James "LJ" Irving on Sunday morning. Mandley was arrested at an apartment in the 2800 block of Northeast 138th Avenue in Vancouver, Washington. Mandley was arrested by the Southwest Washington Regional SWAT team (Vancouver Police and Clark County Sheriff's Office), assisted by the Gresham (OR) Police Department Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT). The arrest comes as a result of a joint investigative effort by Portland Police Bureau Homicide Detectives, the Portland Police Bureau's Gang Enforcement Team, and the Clark County (WA) Interagency Gang Team. Mandley was booked into the Clark County Jail where he will await extradition to Oregon. This investigation started on Sunday June 26, 2011 at 12:37 a.m., when Portland Police officers assigned to North Precinct responded to reports of a man shot at Northeast 82nd Avenue and Thompson Street. Officers arrived in the area located 34-year-old Leonard James "LJ" Irving dead as a result of a gunshot wound. Officers located 21-year-old L ...
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Wednesday June 29, 2011 - Times viewed: 7677
This afternoon, Wednesday June 29, 2011, at 3:06 p.m., Portland Police officers assigned to Central Precinct responded to a residence in the 3600 Block of Southeast 28th Avenue on the report that a 2-year-old child had fallen out of a 4th floor window. While officers were on their way to the call they received additional information that the child's family picked up the child and got in a cab to go to the hospital. Officers went to both the hospital and the original location to investigate the fall. The child remains in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Per policy, detectives from the Child Abuse Team responded to conduct an investigation into the fall. Detectives examined the residence and observed a bed next to the window that the child fell from. At this point in the investigation, the incident appears to be an accident. The Portland Police Bureau would like to remind people to consider using a window safeguard to control the height or width of your window openings, especially in residences with small children. ...
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Wednesday June 29, 2011 - Times viewed: 7645
Early this morning, Portland Police officers assigned to North Precinct responded to the report that a 34-year-old male walked in to an area hospital with a gunshot wound to his left upper leg. Officers contacted the victim, Tamir Lawrence, who told them that he'd been on the porch of his residence in the 3500 block of North Albina Avenue when someone fired multiple shots at him, striking him one time. Officers went to the area described by Lawrence and found evidence of gunfire in the street and several bullet holes in Lawrence's residence. A crime scene was established and detectives from the Gang Enforcement Team were called to investigate. Lawrence was unable to provide a suspect description. There were no other calls of shots fired from area residents. Lawrence was treated for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound and was released from the hospital. Officers then arrested Lawrence for an unrelated assault that occurred a week ago. Lawrence was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on one count of Assault in the Fourth Degree and one count of Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree. ...
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Wednesday June 29, 2011 - Times viewed: 7847
U.S. Marshals today arrested 21-year-old Evan Kenyon Knox on warrants for criminal homicide and attempt criminal homicide. Knox was wanted by police in Nashville, Tennessee in connection with a May 2011 homicide. Knox was arrested without incident at a residence in Gresham, Oregon. Knox was booked into the Multnomah County Jail where he will await extradition to Tennessee. The Task Force is a multi agency apprehension effort for specific fugitive cases which terminates with the apprehension of the fugitive(s). The primary mission of the Oregon Fugitive Task Force is to seek out and arrest persons who are wanted for violent crimes against persons, weapon offenses, and drug offenses or where the defendant has a criminal history. Participants include the U.S. Marshals Service, Portland Police Bureau, Oregon State Police, Benton County Sheriff's Office, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, Curry County Sheriff's Office, Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Josephine County Sheriff's Office, Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Lane County Sheriff's Office, Linn County Sheriff's Office, Marion County Sheriff's Office, M ...
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Tuesday June 28, 2011 - Times viewed: 7603
BEND, Ore. — An Oregon man has been accused of piloting a plane loaded with marijuana that was stopped at an Illinois airport last month. KTVZ-TV reports that 46-year-old John Busche of Bend was arrested May 27 in Canton, Ill. The Journal Star in Peoria, Ill., reported that police in Canton got just 20 minutes warning from federal Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents that a small twin ...

Tuesday June 28, 2011 - Times viewed: 7701
PORTLAND — Fourteen emergency responders spent more than an hour rescuing a kayaker injured Sunday at the base of a steep set of falls near Portland. The sheriff’s office said 19-year-old Robert McKenzie, of Eugene, was taken to Oregon Health and Science University Hospital in Portland with a back injury, though the extent of the injury remains unknown. "We have to assume the worst, the way they packaged him and sent him off," said sheriff’s office spokesman Mark Matsushima. McKenzie was with a group of kayakers who took turns running Bridal Veil Falls as they recorded video in the state park in the Columbia River Gorge. Two other kayakers from Eugene apparently suffered injuries to their noses navigating the 120-foot, two-step drop. All wore helmets and life vests. Matsushima said it appeared that the two other kayakers splashed into the water with the noses of their kayaks tipped down. McKenzie “belly flopped” his kayak into the pool of water at the base of the fall, Matsushima said, and likely absorbed the impact with his lower back. State parks spokesman Chris Havel said there are no explicit rules banning kayaking at Bridal Veil Falls, but there is a “No Tres ...
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Monday June 27, 2011 - Times viewed: 7824
PRINEVILLE, Oregon - An Oregon pilot walked away without injury after his single-engine plane unexpectedly crash-landed at Prineville Airport when its landing gear failed to deploy. Vern Goodsell of Sisters spent many years building planes from vintage aircraft to old war birds and even one-of-a-kind experimental planes. So when he flipped the switch to lower the landing gear on one of those ...

Monday June 27, 2011 - Times viewed: 7931
This morning, Monday June 27, 2011, at 9;13 a.m, Portland Police officers from East Preinct were dispatched to the MAX platform at 122nd and East Burnside Street on the report of a man struck by a westbound MAX train. Medical personnel responded and determined that man was deceased. The Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division's Major Crash Team is responding along with Criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division. Traffic is disrupted in the area of 122nd and East Burnside and MAX service is temporarily disrupted. Commuters are urged to use alternate routes. Additional updates will be released as they become available. ...
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Sunday June 26, 2011 - Times viewed: 7609
On June 26, 2011 at 12:37 a.m. Portland Police officers assigned to North Precinct responded to reports of a man shot at Northeast 82nd Avenue and Thompson Street. Arriving officer located a man deceased as a result of a gunshot wound. A second man was also shot and was transported to an area hospital and it is believed that he will recover from non-life threatening injuries. Officers took steps ...

Saturday June 25, 2011 - Times viewed: 7697
PORTLAND, Oregon - A man accused of murdering his wife says he felt increasingly frustrated with her and considered getting a divorce but says he didn't kill his wife, Heather Dawn Mallory. Under questioning Friday by a prosecutor in his Portland murder trial, 38-year-old Brian Cole denied that he lied to detectives or fabricated a story to cover anything up. He claimed earlier that the last time he saw Mallory she was walking out of their Portland apartment with her purse in hand while their 3-year-old son watched from a couch. The Oregonian says prosecutors contend Cole killed his wife in a fight at the apartment, then dumped her body outside Estacada. Cole's lawyer has argued there is no forensic evidence linking Cole to his wife's body and that investigators zeroed in on him without investigating other potential suspects. ...
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Saturday June 25, 2011 - Times viewed: 7609
PORTLAND, Oregon - A federal grand jury has indicted six men on charges involving a marijuana growing operation in a remote mountain ravine in northeastern Oregon where 91,000 plants were found. Federal prosecutors said Friday all were charged with conspiracy to manufacture more than 1,000 marijuana plants and depredation of government property. Hunters tipped law enforcement about the opera ...

Saturday June 25, 2011 - Times viewed: 7599
ASTORIA, Oregon - The Coast Guard says it has rescued a 69-year-old man who rolled and stalled his personal watercraft on the Oregon coast near the entrance to Nestucca Bay. Petty Officer Nate Littlejohn says someone on shore saw the man jump a wave and roll Friday afternoon and called the Coast Guard. A helicopter crew from the agency's Air Station North Bend was already in flight and was dive ...

Saturday June 25, 2011 - Times viewed: 7614
GRANTS PASS — A drug trial in Grants Pass has opened a rare window into the dark side of a large-scale medical marijuana operation. The prosecution’s star witness testified Thursday that large growers regularly use the cover of providing medicine for patients to pile up hundreds of pounds of illegal weed they can sell for big money on the black market at low risk of going to jail. “Everybody ...

Saturday June 25, 2011 - Times viewed: 7698
EUGENE, Oregon - After Olympic champion Bryan Clay dropped out of the decathlon, young upstart Ashton Eaton easily claimed the title in the U.S. championships. The victory gives Eaton a trip to the world championships in Daegu, South Korea, this August. He'll be accompanied on the U.S. team by Trey Hardee, who essentially had a bye at nationals as the reigning world champion. Eaton finished with 8,729 points after running the 1,500 meters, the final event of the decathlon, in 4 minutes, 24.10 seconds. Eaton's score was the fifth best ever for a U.S. decathlete. It is the best mark in the world since 2009. Joining Eaton and Hardee on the U.S. team will be 30-year-old Ryan Harlan, who finished with 8,011 points for the "B' standard needed for a spot. Normally, the top three finishers in each event at nationals earn a place on the team. Clay can still petition to be on the team, meaning hopes for an American sweep of the podium in Daegu aren't completely dashed. Jake Arnold, who won back-to-back NCAA championships in 2006 and 2007, pulled out of nationals Thursday but can also petition. Clay, the first American to win Olympic gold since Dan O'Brien in 1996, sprained ...
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Friday June 24, 2011 - Times viewed: 7632
The Portland Police Bureau's Burglary Task Force has been investigating several "Cat Burglaries" in the Southwest Portland Hills over the last two months. In the course of their investigation the Task Force identified 26 year-old Charles Earl Howell as a suspect in many of the burglaries and showcased Howell on the local news in hopes that a tip from the community could lead to his arrest. Tod ...

Friday June 24, 2011 - Times viewed: 7590
SALEM, Oregon - Gov. John Kitzhaber's effort to transform Oregon's low-income health care plan is moving through the Legislature after weeks of working out details in private. The measure is expected to get a vote in the budget committee soon, a final step before votes in the full House and Senate. Health care has been one of the state's most rapidly rising expenses, and lawmakers face a nea ...

Friday June 24, 2011 - Times viewed: 7599
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: 7617
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: 7599
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: 7698
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: 7615
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: 7642
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: 7655
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: 7680
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: 7588
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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