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Tuesday June 14, 2011 - Times viewed: 9110
McMinnville Police Department employees and volunteers gathered recently for the Department's Annual Awards Banquet. The Chief and command staff noted significant accomplishments and challenges of the department and our staff over the last year. This included dealing with an increase on violent crime investigations, an upgrade of our records management software and a file conversion for our file r ...

Tuesday June 14, 2011 - Times viewed: 7758
On June 10, 2011 at approximately 10:00 a.m., a West Precinct Neighborhood Police Officer (NPO) received a phone call from a couple who volunteer with the Vancouver Police Neighbors On Watch (NOW) program regarding suspicious activity they noticed at a residence located at 6124 Broadview Lane. Vancouver Police responded to the tip and discovered what appeared to be signs of a Marijuana grow inside ...

Tuesday June 14, 2011 - Times viewed: 7628
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 3:18 a.m. in the Alameda neighborhood a homeowner is awakened to burglar in his home. Homeowner fights with the burglar and the burglar flees on foot. The burglar is described as a white male possibly Hispanic, shaved head no facial hair wearing a blue and red wind breaker with a stab wound to the abdomen. Officers called for a canine and searched the area but hav ...

Tuesday June 14, 2011 - Times viewed: 7689
PORTLAND, Oregon — An unlicensed Oregon dentist who claims self-defense for shooting a man is facing cross-examination by prosecutors in his murder trial. The Oregonian reports that 81-year-old Viktor Gebauer took the stand Monday in his own defense, claiming that Viktor Merezhnikov (muh-REZH-nee-KOFF) barged into his Gresham home, demanded money and refused to leave before threatening him with a knife. But prosecutors argue Merezhnikov was only seeking relief for the toothache that persisted for more than a week after Gebauer had removed a crown. Prosecutors argue that Gebauer planted the knife in the dead man's hand. In his testimony Monday, Gebauer talked about his work as a dentist in Russia, saying he did not seek U.S. certification when he immigrated to Portland in 1989 and later treated mostly Russian immigrants who lacked insurance. ...
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Monday June 13, 2011 - Times viewed: 7645
SALEM — The Oregon House has unanimously approved a bill that would offer low-cost loans to retrofit schools with energy efficient technology. The House's approval on Monday sends the measure to the Senate. The measure is known by supporters as Cool Schools and is aimed at helping school districts afford the high upfront cost of energy efficient technology. Proponents hope schools could impr ...

Monday June 13, 2011 - Times viewed: 7603
EUGENE - Oregon cornerback Cliff Harris has been cited with driving 118 mph on a suspended license. Oregon State police say Harris, 20, was pulled over after an off-duty trooper spotted him about 4:35 a.m. PDT Sunday on Interstate 5 south of Albany, Ore. An on-duty officer clocked Harris and pulled him over. Harris was cited for driving with a suspended license and exceeding the speed limit ...

Monday June 13, 2011 - Times viewed: 7634
PORTLAND, Oregon - On a summer day in 2005, Federal Public Defender Steven T. Wax faced his staff in a 16th-floor conference room in downtown Portland. Attorneys, investigators and staff crowded around the long table and lined the walls. They were busy enough already, representing people charged with federal crimes in Oregon who couldn't afford a lawyer. Bank robbers, illegal immigrants, drug d ...

Monday June 13, 2011 - Times viewed: 7669
MADRAS, Oregon — The Crooked River National Grassland office has been temporarily closed in Madras in central Oregon until the federal government can hire another staff worker. The Bulletin newspaper in Bend reports there were two people stationed at the district office, but one of them works afternoons in the field, which would have left the other employee alone. Federal officials say policy is to have two people at the office for security reasons. About two dozen people work for the Crooked River National Grasslands but many work from the Ochoco National Forest headquarters building in Prineville. Officials say they're trying to operate within budget requirements and still maintain a federal presence in Madras. ...
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Monday June 13, 2011 - Times viewed: 7627
PENDLETON, Oregon — At least two people have been killed in the crash of a small plane in eastern Oregon. Civil Air Patrol Lt. Col. Thomas Traver said Monday the third person believed to be on board has not been found. Umatilla County Emergency Management says the plane went down Sunday after taking off from Dallesport, Wash., bound for Wyoming after taking off from Dallesport, Wash. The Civil Air Patrol found the wreckage 13 miles east of Ukiah, about 50 miles south of Pendleton. Umatilla County sheriff's deputies are at the scene. The FAA and the NTSB are sending investigators. ...
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Saturday June 11, 2011 - Times viewed: 8892
Last Sunday morning around 11am, a woman was walking her 10-year-old female lab "Ruby" in the 300 block of Franklin Street in Newberg. Ruby was leashed and her owner Annie was walking her on the far side of the graveled street. Suddenly, a huge unleashed Rottweiler tore across the street and charged straight toward Annie. At the last instant, Ruby blocked the path of the charging Rottweiler with her own body, protecting her friend, her owner Annie who was knocked down by the forced of the unprovoked Rottweiler attack. "There was no warning," Annie remembered. "All I could think of was a monster in charge mode, like a horrible killer, you know, like out of a movie. He was so large, big muscles. I couldn't believe it. He ran straight toward me. And that crazy noise, just a growling, was horrible! I thought he could kill me or Ruby." Annie stood helpless as her frightened pet cried out in pain. The Rottweiler had locked his jaws into Ruby's throat and would not let go. Annie screamed louder than she had ever screamed in her life, "Help me! Help Me", over and over. She was afraid to touch the huge Rottweiler for fear of having her own throat ripped. Within 30 seconds, a cou ...
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Saturday June 11, 2011 - Times viewed: 8637
ASHLAND — Preliminary results from an autopsy on a 16-year-old Southern Oregon boy found dead in Ashland Creek found no evidence of foul play and indicated he possibly drowned. The Jackson County medical examiner’s office found no sign of trauma to the body of Ashland High School student Sammy Hayes. Officials said Friday that the autopsy was inconclusive and that more information may come from toxicology test results in four to six weeks. "I didn't want anybody to be involved, because he was so loved, I didn't want to think anybody had any hard feelings against him," said Alicia Hayes, Sammy's sister. Hayes sister said he didn't like the water, and doesn't know why he would be near the creek, but his family says they don't want to dwell on what might have happened. Alicia says, "I don't know, I'm trying not to think about that. My mom and I were talking, and we decided maybe he laid down next to the creek to look at the stars and he just fell asleep, and that was it." Police aay they are working to find answers. Falls says, "Until we have a final cause and until we've spoken with everyone we need to speak to in this investigation, we're going to not change our ...
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Saturday June 11, 2011 - Times viewed: 7649
GRANTS PASS, Oregon - Faced with tough budget decisions, Oregon lawmakers are tapping the popular medical marijuana program for an estimated $7 million to fund other health programs and rejecting a bill that would have made it much tougher for people to get a medical marijuana card. The landmark attitude adjustment has marijuana advocates crying foul at the idea of doubling the annual fee to $200. But they hope this takes them a political step closer to bringing medical marijuana into the mainstream economy, where it is more readily available and can be taxed. A Ways and Means subcommittee approved doubling the $100 annual fee for patients, and imposing a new $200 fee on growers. If approved, the $7 million raised would help pay for clean water, emergency medical care, and school health centers. ...
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Saturday June 11, 2011 - Times viewed: 7639
BEND, Oregon - Consumer protection legislation is needed to provide oversight of foreclosures and help people navigate the system as the numbers increase in Oregon, state and federal lawmakers say. U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., shared the story of Oregon contractor Tim Collette of Bend on the Senate floor Thursday, saying it was typical of the stories he has heard about people facing foreclosure, The Bulletin reported. Merkley said it starts with the lender telling the homeowner to stop making payments so they can enter the loan modification program. They stop making payments, which then harms their credit and they are no longer worthy of a modification. "So many homeowners are going through a program meant to assist them that is instead turning their life upside down," Merkley said. Merkley said he even called Chase Bank to ensure they check Collette's file to see if there are any programs to help postpone the foreclosure. "We shouldn't have to have a U.S. senator go to bat for us to get some kind of cooperation from the bank," Collette said. Collette, 59, recently told state lawmakers about his struggle with foreclosure in hopes of helping others avoid losing ...
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Saturday June 11, 2011 - Times viewed: 7791
PORTLAND, Oregon - An Interstate 84 crash involving a group of motorcycle riders headed to an annual rally in Baker City, Ore., killed one biker and seriously injured another. Oregon State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings says the two were among a group of 12 people on 10 motorcycles traveling around noon on Friday near Troutdale, east of Portland. Police say 63-year-old Michael Ray Pamplin of Alba ...

Saturday June 11, 2011 - Times viewed: 7702
PORTLAND, Oregon - Mike Yastrzemski and his Vanderbilt teammates approach two-out at-bats the same way: just extend innings. Friday night, the Commodores did just that. Led by Yastrzemski's four RBIs, Vanderbilt scored 10 runs with two outs on the way to an 11-1 victory over Oregon State in the opener of a best-of-3 NCAA super regional series. "With two outs, all we are trying to do is ...

Friday June 10, 2011 - Times viewed: 8875
HOOD RIVER, Oregon – An 18-year-old Forest Andrews was killed today just hours before his high school graduation. He was skateboarding in downtown Hood River as he was skateboarding and he slid under the wheels of a semi truck. The boy was apparently not wearing a helmet. Andrews jumped off his longboard and tripped while trying to slow down on foot. He rolled under the trailer and was run over. Forest Andrews's friends, Victoria Love and Ellie Robertson, say he was an excellent artist and that graduating now was bittersweet. "It was hard to get so excited about graduating when he wasn’t here with us to share this moment," said Victoria Love. "He so deserved it." "He’s going to be really missed," Robertson said. Forest Andrews was scheduled to graduate tonight night with his friends and classmates from Hood River High School. Hood River Schools Superintendent Charles Beck said that during the graduation ceremony he plans to have a group of counselors available in the high school and at the all-night party, and a moment of silence after the national anthem. ...
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Friday June 10, 2011 - Times viewed: 7745
Investigators believe that "The Civil War Bandit" is responsible for three Portland-area bank robberies. In each of the three robberies, the suspect has presented a demand note and has left the area on foot after obtaining an undisclosed amount of money. On March 11, 2011, the suspect robbed the Chase Bank branch located at 19200 Southwest Martinazzi Avenue in Tualatin. On April 14, 2011, the suspect robbed the Wells Fargo Bank branch located at 4515 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard. On May 11, 2011, the suspect robbed the Chase Bank branch located at 1839 Molalla Avenue in Oregon City. The suspect is described as a white male in his late 40s or early 50s, 5'10" tall, thin build and an acne-scarred face. The suspect may also be wearing a fake mustache. The suspect has been nicknamed "The Civil War Bandit" because in one of the robberies, he is wearing a University of Oregon Ducks t-shirt and an Oregon State University baseball cap. The athletic rivalry between the two schools is known as "The Civil War." Surveillance photos of the suspect are available for viewing at www.crimestoppersoforegon.com The Oregon Financial Institutions Security Taskforce (FIST) i ...
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Thursday June 9, 2011 - Times viewed: 7822
LA GRANDE, Ore. — Jolene Smith learned the importance of ignoring distraction 13 years ago, when her daughter Kaylene was a baby. Jolene and her husband, Rob, starting shooting archery together and would often bring along their infant. Three years later, twins Kendra and Kaleb were added to the mix, and often Jolene would carry one on her back while Rob took the other. "If you've got a kid on your back covering your eyes, it makes it a little more difficult," Jolene said. "It's hard when they're that small." The outings proved beneficial for the entire family, however. Earlier this month, Jolene, 13-year-old Kaylene and 10-year-old Kendra, along with other family members, competed in the third leg of the International Bowhunting Organization's triple crown tournament, sponsored by the Grande Ronde Bowmen near Spring Creek. Jolene, a nurse, has already qualified for the IBO world championship, which takes place in New York in August, by placing first in her division — the Female Bowhunter Open —in the first and second legs. Kaylene hopes to join her at worlds in the Female Youth Category. Kendra competes in the CUB competitive class, which is designated for archers 9 ...
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Thursday June 9, 2011 - Times viewed: 7774
PORTLAND, Oregon - A cat in Prineville has been diagnosed with bubonic plague, the fourth case reported in Oregon among people and animals since January of last year. Christine Stone of the Oregon Health Authority says the cat has been treated with antibiotics and is recovering. Stone says two people were diagnosed with the bubonic plague last year, and one dog. All survived. The bacteria that cause the disease are spread to humans from flea bites. Stone says untreated cases can be fatal, but early treatment with antibiotics cures the infection. ...
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Thursday June 9, 2011 - Times viewed: 7634
LAGRANDE, Ore. — Oregon State Police say a multiple vehicle crash involving a cattle trailer has killed one man and injured at least four other people in northeastern Oregon. Eight cows and nine calves were also reported killed, with other cattle injured. The Wednesday afternoon crash near the Union-Wallowa county line closed State Highway 82 for hours. Lt. Gregg Hastings says a truck pulling a box trailer loaded with cattle was traveling eastbound downhill in a highway work zone where traffic narrowed to one lane. Hastings says the driver was unable to stop and sideswiped three westbound vehicles. The truck and trailer then overturned on top of a fourth vehicle. The truck driver was dead ...
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Thursday June 9, 2011 - Times viewed: 7674
COOS BAY, Oregon - Dr. Carla McKelvey is the first president of the Oregon Medical Association from the South Coast, and said she wants to ensure rural health care issues don't take a back seat. "I want to make sure that rural physicians are represented," said McKelvey, a pediatrician at North Bend Medical Center. "I think Coos Bay has often been downplayed," she said, adding she and others involved in the medical field are bringing it notice. Already, she's met with Oregon Health and Science University's president and talked about how important their rural scholars, specialists and other programs that create access to care for patients in rural areas are. Maybe she would have had that opportunity without being president of OMA, she said. "But I think he listened," she added. McKelvey is the woman for the job, said Dr. Steven Shimotakahara, a fellow South Coast physician. He described her as hard-working, honest and involved in the community and health care. The South Coast is isolated, he said, and having someone like McKelvey representing this area and other physicians is 'very helpful." Before being elected in April, McKelvey was involved with the orga ...
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Thursday June 9, 2011 - Times viewed: 7850
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Karen Butler has a British-sounding accent, but she's never been to Europe. She woke up from dental surgery one day talking funny. A year and a half later her "foreign" accent remains, and her story has traveled around the world. The 56-year-old tax consultant from Toledo, Ore., has found her life transformed by the dental procedure, which left her with dentures, and — depending on whom you ask — an Eastern European, Swedish or British accent. Butler had all her top teeth and front bottom teeth removed in November 2009 because of gingivitis. A week later the swelling had gone away, but she still sounded strange. Her dentist told her she just had to get used to her new teeth. But as weeks stretched on with no change, Butler did some online research. She diagnosed herself with Foreign Accent Syndrome, a medical condition with only a few dozen documented cases. The syndrome is often the result of brain injury; though it is uncommon, most neurologists will see at least one case in their career, said Dr. Helmi Lutsep, professor and vice-chair of the Department of Neurology at Oregon Health & Science University. Sometimes a person just sounds slightly of ...
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Thursday June 9, 2011 - Times viewed: 7644
PORTLAND, Oregon - The city of Portland has become the third local government in the nation to offer transgender health care benefits for its employees with a unanimous vote Wednesday by city commissioners. The vote also makes Oregon the only state with two jurisdictions offering the benefits. Portland is the seat of Multnomah County, which also provides similar benefits to its employees. San Francisco was the first and has been offering them for a decade, according to Jeana Frazzini, executive director of Basic Rights Oregon. "The work of educating the community here in Oregon for more than two decades about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people makes a difference," Frazzini said Wednesday. "I think that's significant." Mayor Sam Adams and city commissioners got a standing ovation from the crowd at City Hall after their vote. "I appreciate living in a city and serving on a City Council where we look at what is the right thing to do—even though it may not be politically popular," said Commissioner Amanda Fritz. With the plan's approval, transgender city workers will be able to select one of the city's health plans and have their gender reassignment surgery ...
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Wednesday June 8, 2011 - Times viewed: 7758
PORTLAND, Oregon - A body found in the Columbia River just north of Portland has been identified as an Oregon fisherman missing since last month. The sheriff's office in Cowlitz County, Wash., said the body found floating at an industrial dock on the Columbia River near Kalama on Tuesday was 51-year-old Jeffrey Ferguson of Cornelius, Ore. Ferguson was last seen May 20 launching his fishing boat from the Scappose Bay Marina in the Multnomah Channel. His boat was found anchored and empty in the channel on May 23 after his family had reported him missing, followed by an extensive search. The Cowlitz County Coroner's Office has ruled Ferguson's death was an accidental drowning. ...
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Wednesday June 8, 2011 - Times viewed: 7833
GRANTS PASS, Oregon - A series of fast-charging stations for electric cars will be installed this year along Interstate 5 in Southern Oregon to become one of the first links in a Green Highway stretching down the West Coast from Canada to Mexico. The Oregon Department of Transportation announced last week that AeroVironment has been chosen to build eight level-3 DC fast-charging stations betwee ...

Wednesday June 8, 2011 - Times viewed: 7626
SPRINGFIELD, Oregon - When Paul McClain had his driver's license suspended for driving a car without insurance, the 41-year-old Oregon man started riding an electric bicycle instead. But authorities say he can't do that either. McClain, of Springfield, is fighting five tickets he received for driving with a suspended license while on his electricity-assisted bicycle. He told a Springfield Mu ...

Wednesday June 8, 2011 - Times viewed: 7752
Relatives of a man who died frozen and starving in a pickup truck in Oregon's Cascade Mountains say they tried to find him for 30 years. Family members including his children and a brother were stunned to learn of Jerry McDonald's fate last month. They hadn't seen him since he walked out on them three decades ago. McDonald spent his final 68 days in the vehicle during a brutal winter. An o ...

Tuesday June 7, 2011 - Times viewed: 7595
A former La Pine Water District commissioner is facing a trial on theft charges. The Bulletin newspaper in Bend reports that BarbeAnn Nelson-Dodson entered a not guilty plea in Deschutes County Circuit Court on Monday. Nelson-Dodson is accused of stealing at least $60,000 from Margot Gaddis of La Pine while Gaddis served 10 months at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility for felony driving ...

Tuesday June 7, 2011 - Times viewed: 7593
FLORENCE, Oregon - Oregon State Police say a man who wrecked a pickup truck on Highway 101 near Florence fought with good Samaritans who were trying to keep him there until help arrived. When troopers arrived Sunday they arrested 22-year-old Thomas Janes Stansbury of Vidor, Texas, on drunken driving and assault charges. KVAL reports after being handcuffed and placed in a patrol car he kicked ...

Tuesday June 7, 2011 - Times viewed: 7612
PORTLAND — Oregon is bucking a declining national trend in new foreclosure filings with a big increase in April, all of it from one loan servicer. The surge in “notices of default” by Bank of America Corp.’s foreclosure arm, ReconTrust Co., boosted the number of notices in Oregon by 236 percent, to 3,700 from 1,100, according to figures from ForeclosureRadar.com. Another foreclosure data tra ...


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