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Tuesday June 7, 2011 - Times viewed: 7711
A man who claims to be affiliated with a gang of violent transients who ride freight trains is being held in Oregon and facing extradition to Placer County to face a murder charge, The Eugene Register-Guard has reported. Michael Allen Thompson, 43, who is also known as Michael Adams, also faces extradition to Texas, where he’s wanted on a second murder charge. Thompson was arrested May 17 in Clark County, Wash., after a fight. He was brought to Lane County, Ore., on a charge of failing to appear in court on drug charges after an arrest in Eugene in 2000. Oregon authorities later learned Thompson was wanted by law enforcement investigating deaths in Placer County and El Paso, Texas. Police in Roseville said detectives used DNA evidence to link Thompson to a 2000 homicide but would provide no further information. The Placer County District Attorney’s Office is also taking part in the Thompson case but was not providing details Monday on the slaying 11 years ago. Lane County court records show Thompson has waived extradition to Placer County but has not agreed to surrender to Texas authorities. Police in Texas allege that Thompson beat a 51-year-old homeless wo ...
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Tuesday June 7, 2011 - Times viewed: 7627
SALEM, Oregon - Lawmakers in Oregon want to give egg-laying hens more room to stretch their wings and move around. The state House voted 51-8 on Monday to impose new requirements on egg producers, sending the measure to Gov. John Kitzhaber. The bill requires the state Department of Agriculture to come up with new standards for cages, lighting and ventilation based on from the American Humane Association, an animal rights group. Individual hens would get at least 116 square inches of floor space, significantly more than they currently get. A violation of the requirement would result in a $2,500 fine. The new requirements are phased in and fully take effect in 15 years. Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ...
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Tuesday June 7, 2011 - Times viewed: 7657
This morning, Tuesday June 7, 2011, at approximately 12:08 a.m., Portland Police officers assigned to North Precinct responded to the report of a drive-by shooting at a residence in the 7000 block of North Commercial Avenue. Officers arrived in the area and made contact with a 23-year-old male victim who had been shot multiple times. The victim was transported to an area hospital with non-life-thr ...

Monday June 6, 2011 - Times viewed: 7897
The founders of a popular Oregon country music festival in Brownsville have tentatively settled a lawsuit over who owns the Willamette Country Music Festival trademark. The Register-Guard reports the summer festival's founding promoter, Warren Williamson, filed suit in January against founding sponsor Bi-Mart and festival vice-president of operations, Anne Hankins. Under a tentative agreement, Hankins and Bi-Mart will pay a combined $200,000 and retain the Willamette Country Music Festival name. Williamson accused Bi-Mart and Hankins of stealing the event's brand when they parted ways and announced a new company, Willamette Country Music Concerts Inc., would stage the festival this summer. Hankins said last summer she formed the new promotional company in response to complaints that Williamson failed to follow through on promises regarding stage management, parking and other issues. ...
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Monday June 6, 2011 - Times viewed: 7638
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 Oregonian reported. 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 foreclo ...

Monday June 6, 2011 - Times viewed: 7581
BEND - Police say a 69-year-old Redmond man exposed himself to workers at Bend-area coffee stands at least four times in the past month. They are investigating him in three other similar incidents and suspect there are more. Police say when the man was stopped Sunday by a Deschutes County sheriff's deputy he was wearing white shorts and a blue shirt that matched the description of a man who ...

Monday June 6, 2011 - Times viewed: 7722
Eugene Police are looking for a masked gunman who shot a man twice Sunday evening outside an entertainment center. A relative of the 19-year-old victim told The Register Guard they were at Putters Gourmet Pizza and Fun Center to celebrate a birthday. He says they were in a van listening to music when a man with a blue bandanna over his face approached and opened fire. Eugene police Sgt. Terry Fitzpatrick says the victim was conscious and talking when medics took him to Sacred heart Medical Center at RiverBend. Fitazpatrick says the shooting took place while there where about 100 people at the entertainment center. The business offers pizza, miniature golf, bowling and other games. ...
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Monday June 6, 2011 - Times viewed: 7651
Portland Police have identified the victims in three apparently unrelated shootings over the weekend, including one man who died. The Oregonian reports 40-year-old Marcus Deangelo Miller of Portland died of multiple gunshot wounds after a shooting early Saturday morning on a residential street. A Portland Police Bureau spokesman said it was unknown if past gang ties had anything to do with Miller's death. In an unrelated incident, 32-year-old Grace Essy of Portland suffered multiple gunshot wounds to her leg in a parking lot early Saturday. Detectives say she was not the intended target. Also early Saturday, 20-year-old Gabino Acosta of Portland suffered gunshot wounds to the face and shoulder after Acosta and a friend were confronted by two teenagers at a park. Acosta and Essy were treated and released. ...
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Monday June 6, 2011 - Times viewed: 7578
Sprinklers helped control a fire Sunday in a waste paper recycling facility near Beaverton. But the fire went to two alarms as Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue called in firefighters from Portland to help douse hot spots in a mound of paper. The department says firefighters used thermal imaging technology to locate the area where the fire was burning. They also had to cut holes in the roof of th ...

Monday June 6, 2011 - Times viewed: 7568
FORT CLATSOP, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a pilot has died after his small plane lost power and crashed Saturday night shortly after taking off from Warrenton-Astoria Regional Airport on Oregon's north coast. Clatsop County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Mark Whisler tells KATU that Kevin Dooney died in the crash. He says Dooney worked as a bar pilot on the Columbia River and led the Columbia River Ba ...

Monday June 6, 2011 - Times viewed: 7647
PORTLAND, Ore. — A new Oregon law passed last month will allow certain fraternal charitable organizations immunity from liability when they hand out used eyeglasses or hearing aids to Oregonians in need. The Oregonian newspaper reports that the Lions Club has been collecting and distributing used glasses to the needy abroad for decades, but liability issues prevented them from doing so in Orego ...

Monday June 6, 2011 - Times viewed: 7548
PORTLAND, Oregon - Oregon will begin exporting fresh blueberries to South Korea this summer, making it the first U.S. state permitted to do so. The Oregonian newspaper reports that after decades of talks, negotiators finally convinced Korean officials that Oregon's berries can be shipped free of pests and diseases. Shipments will begin July 1 and could amount to between 200,000 and 500,000 poun ...

Monday June 6, 2011 - Times viewed: 7578
PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon's farmworker union plans to donate its historical records to the University of Oregon. The organization is called Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste, or PCUN, the Spanish acronym for Northwest Farmworkers and Treeplanters United. Oregon Public Broadcasting says the group was founded in 1985 and has accumulated papers, pictures, tape recordings and other documentation of its work. PCUN secretary-treasurer Larry Kleinman says that every memo and poster has meaning Those materials will be housed at the University of Oregon's Knight Library. The donation is planned to take place on Monday ...
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Monday June 6, 2011 - Times viewed: 8162
The Oregon State Medical Examiner today completed an autopsy on 40-year-old Marcus Deangelo Miller, who was killed early Saturday morning at Northeast 13th Avenue and Rosa Parks Way. The Medical Examiner concluded that Miller died after receiving multiple gunshot wounds. Detectives don't know if Miller's death is gang-related. However, the Northeast Portland resident had ties to gangs in the past but it's not yet known if this had anything to do with his death. Miller had gang connections in the past, but police said they aren’t sure if this shooting was gang-related. Miller was also the father of Yashanee Vaughn's brother. Police said they do not think the cases are related. Officers from East Precinct responded to the report of a shooting at the bar at approximately 12:55 a.m. 32-year-old Grace Anne Essy, a Northeast Portland resident, was shot multiple times in her left leg as she stood in the parking lot of the bar, located at Southeast 82nd and Raymond. Essy was treated and released at an area hospital. Detectives do not believe that Essy was the intended target as there were gang associates in the parking lot. There is no suspect information on this shootin ...
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Sunday June 5, 2011 - Times viewed: 7633
EUGENE, Oregon - A man who claims to be affiliated with a gang of violent transients who ride freight trains is being held in Oregon pending extradition to California or Texas to face murder charges in those states, The Register-Guard reported Friday. Michael Allen Thompson, 43, who is also known as Michael Adams, was arrested May 17 in Clark County, Wash., after a fight. He was brought to Lane County, Ore., on a charge of failing to appear in court on drug charges after an arrest in Eugene in 2000. Oregon authorities later confirmed Thompson was wanted by police investigating deaths in El Paso, Texas, and in Placer County, Calif. Thompson's attorney was not immediately available Friday. Thompson told a Clark County sheriff's deputy that he was an "enforcer" with a train-hopping gang known as the Freight Train Riders of America, said Clark County sheriff's Sgt. Scott Schanaker. In a brief ride to the jail, Thompson told a deputy it was the third time he had been arrested for murder and he had "beaten the rap on the previous two charges." Thompson has railroad tracks tattooed on the side of his face. When he was arrested, he had a folding black knife in one of his ...
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Saturday June 4, 2011 - Times viewed: 7557
The formal task force investigating last year's disappearance of 7-year-old Kyron Horman will disband as of July 1. A lead sheriff's detective will continue to work full time on the case, with help from the FBI, the Oregon Justice Department, and county prosecutors. The investigation into the boy's June 4, 2010, disappearance will remain active until he's found, there's an arrest, or there are no ...

Saturday June 4, 2011 - Times viewed: 7767
Southern Oregon University's decision six months ago to remove a 20-year-old student with Down syndrome from an art class stirred controversy in the press and in campus dialogue, and some disabilities advocates have accused the university of discrimination. However, behind the scenes, SOU provides accommodations for more than 400 students with physical and/or learning disabilities, ranging from hearing impairments to Asperger's syndrome. The number of students served by the university's Disability Resources has more than tripled in the past six years, said Shawn Foster, SOU assistive technology specialist. They now account for more than 6 percent of the university's 6,500-member student body. The number of students with disabilities is actually higher, probably between 9 and 11 percent, as not all students with disabilities need accommodations. SOU's small class sizes, acceptance of differences and affordable price are some of the reasons students said they chose the university over others. "The numbers are increasing everywhere because of increased diagnosis, more services and more acceptance and understanding," Foster said. "There has been a societal shift in the past ...
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Saturday June 4, 2011 - Times viewed: 7567
EUGENE, Oregon - A man who claims to be affiliated with a gang of violent transients who ride freight trains is being held in Oregon pending extradition to California or Texas to face murder charges in those states, The Register-Guard reported Friday. Michael Allen Thompson, 43, who is also known as Michael Adams, was arrested May 17 in Clark County, Wash., after a fight. He was brought to Lane ...

Friday June 3, 2011 - Times viewed: 7633
On June 1, 2011 the North Precinct Neighborhood Response Team served a search warrant at 9339 N. Tyler Avenue. Officer responded to neighbor complaints. Officers arrested 49 year-old John Phillip McGraw charging him with with Possession, Distribution and Manufacturing of Controlled Substance of Methamphetamine and Marijuana. Officers seized approximately 45grams of Methamphetamine, 100 grams of marijuana, prescription medication, and a confirmed stolen computer and other electronics. McGraw was also charged with 3 counts of Child Neglect in the first degree. McGraw's children were taken into protective custody and placed with Department of Human Services. McGraw was lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center in downtown Portland. ...
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Friday June 3, 2011 - Times viewed: 7560
This morning, Friday June 3, 2011, at approximately 4:34 a.m., Portland Police officers assigned to East Precinct responded to the area of Southeast 50th Avenue and Rhone Street on the report of gunshots being fired and a vehicle heard speeding away. Officers did not locate any victims or evidence of gunfire at that time. At approximately 4:49 a.m., a caller from a residence in the 5000 block ...

Thursday June 2, 2011 - Times viewed: 7923
AUMSVILLE, Oregon - The Marion County sheriff's office says two people from Stayton were killed in a high-speed crash near Aumsville. Witnesses told deputies a car was passing another car Tuesday night when it went out of control, flew into the air and hit a tree nearly 8 feet off the ground. The driver, 20-year-old Erika Espell, died at the scene. One 22-year-old passenger, Ikaika Kaaihue, died at a Salem hospital. A 20-year-old passenger was treated at a Salem hospital and released. The sheriff's office says alcohol was involved and no one in the car appeared to be wearing a seatbelt. ...
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Thursday June 2, 2011 - Times viewed: 7833
SALT LAKE CITY - A small plane crashed Wednesday while trying to land at an airport along the Utah-Nevada border, killing all four people on board, authorities said. Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration told KTVX TV in Salt Lake City that the plane was registered in Portland. The accident at the Wendover Airport in northwestern Utah happened at about 2:45 p.m., Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said. A cause hasn't been determined and identities of the four killed hadn't been released pending family notification. The crash follows another fatal accident involving a Cessna 172 that killed three north of Reno, Nev., on Saturday. The wreckage was found Tuesday with the bodies of two men and a woman inside. The pilot has been identified as 47-year-old Eric Ling, of Roseburg, Ore. Roseburg Municipal Airport officials said a flight plan was filed for Saturday from Roseburg to Reno, Nev. Ling's mother, Jeanette Ling, told The Roseburg News-Review that her son was hired to fly a couple to New Mexico. Federal aviation officials were at the site on Wednesday. Nevada investigators haven't released the names of the victims. ...
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Wednesday June 1, 2011 - Times viewed: 7801
A Multnomah County Grand Jury indicted 22-year-old Jamiel Lewis Smith and 20-year-old Jimmie Ray Sanders-Garcia for a string of armed robberies in the Portland area. Sanders-Garcia had previously been indicted for the murder of 14-year-old Shiloh Hampton. Smith and Sanders-Garcia have been indicted on multiple counts of Robbery in the First Degree and Robbery in the Second Degree for the following armed robberies: On January 12, 2011, at Hilton's Haven, located at 21415 Southeast Stark Street in Gresham. On January 15, 2011, at Dotty's Deli, located at 27054 Southeast Stark Street in Troutdale. On January 23, 2011, in the parking lot of the Checkered Flag, located at 7483 Southeast 82nd Avenue in Portland. On March 2, 2011, at Ed's Deli, located at 3534 Southeast 52nd Avenue in Portland. On March 28, 2011, at 12:45 a.m., at the Shamrock Bar & Grill, located at 4919 Southeast 82nd Avenue in Portland. Sanders-Garcia was also indicted for Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Both Smith and Sanders-Garcia have been in jail since May 12, 2011. These cases were solved, in part, due to the cooperation of witnesses and tips from the community. ...
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Tuesday May 31, 2011 - Times viewed: 8020
On Sunday May 29, 2011 at 11:05 a.m. Portland Police officers received information of a possible hostage situation at an unknown motel along Sandy Boulevard. Officers were told there was a man in a motel room being held at gunpoint against his will. North Precinct officers responded to the area of Northeast 110th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard. The initial information in the call did not specify a particular motel. Through their investigation officers were able to determine the motel in question was the Courtesy Motel at 11324 Northeast Sandy Boulevard, Room # 24. As officers arrived, a suspect was seen walking out of the room and was taken into custody in the parking lot of Maddy's bar at Northeast 112th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard. As a team of officers was getting into position to loud hail the room someone walked out of the room, the person was verbally challenged by officers but went back inside. Officers continued to loud hail and people began coming out. 5 people eventually came out of the room. Officers were able to determine that there was one man in the room who had been held against his will. Detectives responded to the scene to continue the investigation. Five people ...
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Tuesday May 31, 2011 - Times viewed: 7673
SALEM, Oregon - A Republican state lawmaker is challenging a proposed $2 million campaign to promote carpooling in Oregon. The Oregonian reports that freshman state Rep. Mike McLane of Powell Butte says that money could be better spent on transportation for seniors and people with disabilities. The newspaper says the 46-year-old McLane is taking on some powerful lobbyists whose clients contr ...

Tuesday May 31, 2011 - Times viewed: 7693
Oregon National Guard soldiers who have lost a sibling in combat would not have to be deployed, under a measure unanimously passed Tuesday by the state Senate. Under the measure, the Adjutant General will have to notify the governor if a unit is deploying that has a soldier whose brother or sister was killed in service. Current military regulations require a soldier request a waiver to not be d ...

Saturday May 28, 2011 - Times viewed: 8008
On Friday, May 27, 2011, at 5:54 p.m., Sheriff's deputies responded to a two-car-crash near the intersection of SW Tualatin Valley Highway and SW 198th Avenue. There were several people injured including three children that were transported to area hospitals. Deputies investigating the crash determined that 30-year-old Jesse Manchester of Beaverton was pulling out of the McDonalds Parking lot (19525 SW TV Highway) driving his 1970 Ford F150 pick up. He was attempting to turn East onto TV Highway. Traffic was backed up and at a standstill. Mr. Manchester said a driver motioned him through the traffic. When he attempted to cross the second (fast lane) lane of traffic, a 2002 explorer driven by 33-year-old Misty Williams, struck the pickup truck and spun it across three lanes and onto the shoulder of east bound TV Highway. Deputies were assisted by Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue and Metro West. They had TV highway shut down for approximately 30 minutes while they cleared the vehicles from the roadway. Mr. Manchester had two children in his vehicle, a nine-year-old boy who was transported to OHSU with head injuries and a seven-year-old boy who was not injured. Mrs. William ...
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Saturday May 28, 2011 - Times viewed: 7740
OREGON CITY, Oregon - A prosecutor charged Friday that an Oregon City couple watched a growth over their infant daughter's left eye balloon into a golf ball-sized bulge but didn't seek medical treatment because that conflicted with their religious practices. In her opening statement, prosecutor Christine Landers said the child's father, Timothy Wyland, told a detective that "sometimes God heals, and sometimes God lets children die." Timothy and Rebecca Wyland are members of the Followers of Christ, a congregation that relies on faith healing. They were charged with first-degree criminal mistreatment after the growth over their daughter Alayna's eye went untreated until a court ordered her taken to a doctor. Defense lawyer John Neidig told the Circuit Court jury that the couple are loving parents who became victims of overzealous child welfare workers at the Oregon Department of Human Services. He says the couple believed the growth would shrink and then vanish as their daughter grew. The little girl, now 1½ years old, has improved under court-ordered medical treatment for a hemangioma, an abnormal buildup of blood vessels. She remains in state custody but lives with her ...
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Friday May 27, 2011 - Times viewed: 7812
BURNS, Oreon - An Oregon State Police traffic stop led to the arrest of a Wyoming man east of Burns after about 95 pounds of marijuana was found concealed in the vehicle, troopers said Thursday The estimated value of the seized marijuana is $380,000, they said. Around noon on Tuesday, an OSP sergeant stopped a rented 2011 Chevrolet Traverse sport utility vehicle for a traffic violation on Highway 120 near milepost 136, about four miles east of Burns. The lone occupant was identified as Kevin Hartka, 30, of Wilson, Wyoming. An investigation during the traffic stop with the help of a Harney County Sheriff's Office drug detection dog led to the discovery of 95 pounds of marijuana in the SUV. Troopers said the marijuana was concealed in several large duffel bags and inside the nose of a kayak. Hartka was arrested without incident and taken to the Harney County Correctional Facility, lodged on charges of drug delivery, possession and manufacture. ...
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Friday May 27, 2011 - Times viewed: 7960
SALEM, Ore.— The door to the room was locked, and there was no response as Jake Klonoski knocked, looking for his younger brother. He picked the lock and made a grim discovery: his dead brother lying on the bed, his head covered in a plastic bag connected by a tube to a helium tank. He had gassed himself to death using a suicide kit he learned about online and ordered through the mail from a woman in California. "Somewhere in her cash register is a check for $60 from my brother for his life," Jake Klonoski, 30, said of the suicide kit vendor. The death of 29-year-old Nick Klonoski has prompted Oregon lawmakers to consider outlawing the sale of suicide kits as they respond to a disturbing twist on the assisted suicide debate in the state. Law enforcement officials are also looking into the 91-year-old woman who sold the "helium hood" that killed Klonoski, with agents raiding her California home on Wednesday. The Oregon legislation, prompted by a March story in The Register-Guard of Eugene about Klonoski's death, would make it a felony to sell or transfer "any substance or objects to another person knowing" that person plans to use it to kill themselves. The proposal unan ...
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