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Saturday June 11, 2011 - Times viewed: 8919
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: 8666
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: 7672
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: 7673
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: 7818
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: 7728
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: 8907
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: 7769
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: 7845
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: 7795
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: 7657
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: 7706
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: 7870
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: 7673
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: 7779
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: 7859
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: 7652
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: 7779
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: 7617
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: 7620
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: 7638
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 ...

Tuesday June 7, 2011 - Times viewed: 7744
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: 7655
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: 7681
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: 7919
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: 7669
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: 7604
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: 7750
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: 7675
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: 7609
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 ...


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