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Monday June 6, 2011 - Times viewed: 7589
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: 7674
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: 7570
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: 7609
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: 8185
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: 7658
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: 7578
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: 7790
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: 7589
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: 7659
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: 7580
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: 7955
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: 7859
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: 7828
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: 8057
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: 7698
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: 7717
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: 8035
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: 7761
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: 7842
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: 7993
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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Thursday May 26, 2011 - Times viewed: 7750
Everyone understands how urgent the need to release yourself may be. The problems of a mailman are probably among the most urgent. There seems to be nowhere to go these days. Don Derfler, a Southeast Portland man witnessed a mailman delivering a special delivery package as he caught a mail carrier relieving himself on his neighbor's yard. After snapping about 10 pictures, he called the Postal Service to complain. Officials with the Postal Service took the complaint seriously and suspended without pay. However, on reflection it was decided the mailman gets to keep his job. He was transferred to a different route. Defecating in public is a misdemeanor in the city of Portland. ...
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Thursday May 26, 2011 - Times viewed: 7905
Oregon State Police are continuing the investigation into Wednesday afternoon's fatal traffic crash that has resulted in the death of an adult male pedestrian on Highway 99E between Gervais and Brooks. Additional information is being released in this update of the fourth pedestrian-involved serious traffic crash this week investigated by OSP. Two of those crashes resulted in fatalities. According to OSP Sergeant Craig Ball, on May 25, 2011 at approximately 5:20 p.m. a 2005 Peterbuilt truck pulling a semi-trailer operated by WILLIAM H. FRISHMAN JR, age 58, from Keizer, was southbound on Highway 99E approaching Concomly Road NE near milepost 39. A pedestrian walking northbound on the southbound shoulder suddenly moved into the southbound lane directly into the truck's path. FRISHMAN braked but was unable to avoid striking the pedestrian identified as THOMAS JAY FRANKLIN, age 21, from Austin, Texas. FRANKLIN was pronounced deceased at the scene. After colliding with the pedestrian, FRISHMAN brought the truck to a stop in the southbound lane. The truck had minor damage and was driven later from the scene. OSP troopers from the Salem Area Command office are continuing th ...
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Thursday May 26, 2011 - Times viewed: 7670
Portland Police Detectives are continuing to investigate this morning's burglary in Southeast Portland. At this point in the investigation, detectives have learned that the suspect entered the apartment through an unlocked window and no items were taken during this break-in. The suspect was armed with a knife as he confronted the 14-year-old girl who was sleeping in her bed. She was able to fi ...

Wednesday May 25, 2011 - Times viewed: 7834
On Sunday May 22, 2011 at 8:30 p.m. 23 year-old Brad Forkner and 25 year-old Christopher Rosevear were attacked by several suspects as they walked from the Hawthorne Bridge on the trail to the East Bank Esplanade. Forkner and Rosevear had walked holding hands in Waterfront Park from the Burnside Bridge before going over the Hawthorne Bridge. As they walked they knew several men were behind them talking, laughing and pointing but they were not sure it was directed at them. They walked onto the Hawthorne Bridge from Waterfront Park. They walked across the Hawthorne Bridge onto the trail toward the East Bank Esplanade. As they walked Forkner was pushed and punched by several subjects. He was able to break away to call 911. When he dialed 911 he was prompted to say 911, he yelled 911 into the cell phone and that seemed to stop the suspects from assaulting Rosevear. The suspects were hitting him in the head, face, back and ribs. The suspects are described as male, white, in their 20's and all about 5'11" inches tall. One was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, another was wearing a white or cream hooded sweatshirt and the third was wearing a brown hooded sweatshirt. The suspects ran ...
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Tuesday May 24, 2011 - Times viewed: 7750
This morning, Tuesday May 24, 2011, at approximately 4:21 a.m., Portland Police officers assigned to East Precinct responded to the report of a man that climbed through an apartment window and attacked a young woman. Officers arrived in the 10500 block of Southeast Cherry Blossom Drive and spoke with the victim, a 14-year-old female. Officers learned that the suspect entered the victim's apart ...

Monday May 23, 2011 - Times viewed: 7783
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — A Southern Oregon wildlife expert says cougars have been unusually visible recently in Southern Oregon's Douglas County. Early Thursday, a police officer's patrol car accidentally hit one in downtown Roseburg. It was later tracked down and shot within a block of an elementary school. The Roseburg News Review reports that two other cougars have been shot, and several oth ...

Monday May 23, 2011 - Times viewed: 7678
SALEM, Oregon - Faith healing could be dropped as a legal defense to murder or manslaughter under a bill up for a vote in the Oregon Senate. The measure was drafted largely in response to the deaths of children among members of the Followers of Christ Church in Oregon City, who rely on spiritual treatments instead of medical care. An Oregon City couple who belong to the church are facing trial this week on criminal mistreatment charges for failing to seek medical care for their infant daughter while another couple were convicted last year of criminally negligent homicide in the 2008 death of their teenage son. In March 2008 Carl and Raylene Worthington, members of the Followers of Christ church in Oregon City, Oregon, opted to practice faith healing rather than turning to evidence-based medicine in treating their 15 month old daughter Ava. Prosecutors said that the child’s blood infection could have been easily treated with antibiotics and the couple were charged with manslaughter and with criminal mistreatment. The defence argued that the Worthington’s sincerely believed that Ava’s health was improving. Additionally, Oregon lawmakers have noted a pattern of infant morta ...
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Sunday May 22, 2011 - Times viewed: 8418
Fifteen Salem residents will showcase their backyards in the very first Capital City Chicken Coop & Garden Tour on June 19, 2011. The event will be hosted by Chickens In The Yard (CITY), the group responsible for legalizing backyard chickens in Oregon's capital city, and Friends of Salem's Saturday Market (FSSM), a non-profit organization that promotes local, sustainable agriculture. Local food production has become increasingly popular. With Salem's new chicken-keeping ordinance now in effect, some urban homesteaders are eager to show off the latest addition to their backyard ecosystem, egg-laying hens and the coops in which they live. A small backyard flock can help city dwellers be more self-reliant, provide educational opportunities for children, and supply gardeners with fertilizer and natural pest control. Annual coop tours are held in Seattle, Boise, Las Vegas and many more cities across the country. They're not only common, but also extremely popular. More than 1,500 visitors attended Austin's 2010 coop tour and more than 700 tickets were sold to Portland's Tour de Coop in 2010. Visitors to the tour sites will see a variety of garden and coop styles, including "ch ...
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Sunday May 22, 2011 - Times viewed: 7831
The film will debut on May 23, 2011 at 5.30pm at The Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97215. FREE WORLD follows The Journey of Repentance, an 18-person, multi-generational, interfaith delegation from Washington State on their journey to Japan to interact with atomic bomb survivors and commemorate the 64th anniversaries of the bombings. The delegation formed around 81-yr-old Jesuit priest Bill "Bix" Bichsel, S.J., who lives by the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi. Prior to departing for Japan, the group was confronted by many Tacoma locals in opposition to the concept of the trip. While in Japan, the Journey of Repentance met with key religious figures of the Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist order and with Steven Leeper, a chairperson of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, to learn about grassroots and mainstream ways to abolish nuclear weapons. The delegation's ultimate goal is to spread awareness of the nuclear weapon stockpile in the Puget Sound and to abolish nuclear weapons. FREE WORLD Producer & Director Ashley Michael Karitis, who lives in Bend, OR, will have a post-screening Q&A conversation. There is no charge for adm ...
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