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Wednesday May 25, 2011 - Times viewed: 7884
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: 7792
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: 7825
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: 7724
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: 8466
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: 7875
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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Sunday May 22, 2011 - Times viewed: 8232
Eat St. will be travelling to Portland this Saturday to take part in the sold out Eat Mobile festival. Portlanders will be able to easily locate their newfound favorite vendors and dishes after the festival with help from the Eat St. iPhone App (http://eatst.foodnetwork.ca/iphone). The iPhone App has gained huge success with over 80,000 downloads since launching on April 4th. Not satisfied eating at nearby food vendors? Tune in to Eat St. Tuesdays at 7 p.m. PT (8 p.m. ET). Join host James Cunningham on an edible journey across North America. Watch the series to explore the eats in renowned street food towns including L.A., Portland, New York and Austin, and then find the carts you crave with your Eat St. App. Future versions of the App will include an in-depth rating system, and Facebook and Twitter integration, so street food lovers can share info about their favourite food stops. The free Eat St. App is available at the iTunes App Store starting April 4. The series will also air on the Cooking Channel in the United States. For full television episodes, App information, street food news and more visit http://eatst.foodnetwork.ca. To learn more, contact Eat St.'s Communit ...
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Sunday May 22, 2011 - Times viewed: 7738
Early this morning, Sunday May 22, 2011, at approximately 2:08 a.m., Portland Police officers assigned to North Precinct responded to the report of shots fired inside the Interstate Bar and Grill, located at North Interstate and Skidmore. Officers arrived and located a 32-year-old male gunshot victim at the scene suffering from two gunshot wounds, one to the abdomen and one to the leg. This victim was transported to an area hospital. Initial reports are that both wounds are non-life-threatening. A second gunshot victim walked into a local hospital. This victim, a 25-year-old male, was shot once in the leg. His injury is not life threatening. The Gang Enforcement Team is onscene beginning an investigation. There is no apparent connection to the shooting from late Saturday night at Raymond Park in Southeast Portland. ...
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Saturday May 21, 2011 - Times viewed: 7708
PORTLAND, Oregon - On Friday May 20, 2011, at approximately 5:25 p.m., Portland Police officers assigned to North Precinct and the Gang Enforcement Team responded to the area of North Fiske Avenue and North McCoy Court on the report of gunshots heard in the area. Officers arrived in the neighborhood and spoke with several witnesses who told police that one young man shot at another young man a ...

Friday May 20, 2011 - Times viewed: 7971
Longview, Washington - Sheriff Detectives concluded their 2 month investigation today with the arrests of Jeffrey and Rebecca Trebilcock for multiple counts of Criminal Treatment and Felony assault on their 4 adoptive children. The investigation began in early March when they were contacted by Washington State Children Protective Services. The initial report indicated the 13 year old boy, Joel Treblicock, was being treated by Doernbechers Hospital for several broken ribs, severe malnutrition, hypothermia, bradycardia, cachexia (wasting) to be seriously malnourished. While Joel was 13 years old, he was only 4' 4" and weighed only 49 lbs. Detectives worked closely with Child Protective Services, finding adopted daughters, Amy, 11yrs, Natasha 12 yrs, Tamika 10 yrs, and Ghislaine, were also underweight and diagosed as being in "neglect" by a pediatric doctor. All 5 children were placed in to protective custody. The children were seen by Doctor Blaine Tolby in 2008 and at this time the parents were warned that Joel's medical condition was perhaps quite life-threatening and advised them not to postpone a complete medical work up. The children told detectives that the parents ...
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Friday May 20, 2011 - Times viewed: 7935
PORTLAND, Oregon - At approximately 6:03 PM on May 19, 2011, Clark County Sheriff's Office, Battle Ground Police Department, Fire Department and emergency medical responded to NE 199th Street and NE 104th Avenue in regards to a car and motorcycle collision. The motorcycle rider was unconscious and the driver of the automobile had minor injuries. The westbound car turned left from NE 199th Street and onto NE 104th Avenue, failing to yield to the eastbound motorcycle. The motorcycle was unable to stop before colliding with the car. The motorcycle rider was transported to a local area hospital by Life Flight helicopter. He is listed in critical condition. The car driver and lone occupant was transport to a local area hospital for minor injuries. Alcohol was not a factor in this collision. The car was a white 1997 Ford Escort. The driver is Vancouver resident Aleksandr Gensitskiy, 21 years of age. The motorcycle was a two-tone silver 2000 Yamaha. The driver is Battle Ground resident Lewis Hoeflein, 57 years of age. The collision is being investigated by the Clark County Sheriff's Traffic Unit. ...
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Friday May 20, 2011 - Times viewed: 7992
On Thursday, May 19, 2011, at 5:04pm the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a two vehicle crash at the intersection of S. Schneider Road and S. Kropf Road, south of Canby Oregon. The Oregon State Police arrived first on the scene by 5:10pm followed directly by Clackamas County Deputies. Clackamas County Deputies investigated the accident scene and spoke with an eye witness to the crash. It was determined a 2001 Ford Econoline van, carrying only its driver, was travelling southbound on S. Kropf Road approaching S. Schneider Road at the posted speed limit. At the same time a 1985 Ford station wagon, carrying its driver and two passengers, was travelling westbound on S. Schneider Road. Witnesses reported the Ford station wagon failed to slow or stop at the posted stop sign, entered the intersection at S. Kropf Road and was struck by the Ford van causing both vehicles to land off the roadway down a short embankment. Molalla Fire Department and Monitor Fire Department arrived on the scene and extricated the occupants of the station wagon by cutting the roof off of the vehicle. Life Flight transported one passenger from the Ford station wagon to Emanuel H ...
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Thursday May 19, 2011 - Times viewed: 7793
On Tuesday May 10, 2011, at approximately 9:30 a.m., Portland Police officers from North Precinct responded to Cigarettes Plus, located at 2224 North Lombard Street, after reports that a woman had been shot. Arriving officers found 43-year-old Debra Ross suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. The victim was taken to an area hospital where she underwent surgery for life-threatening injuries. Officers determined that the shooting suspect demanded money from the victim and that the shooter was accompanied by a second suspect. Witnesses describe the shooter as a 19 to 21-year-old black male, 5'7" tall, weighing 180-200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a dark jacket and a dark stocking cap. A sketch of the shooting suspect is available for viewing at www.crimestoppersoforegon.com Witnesses describe the second suspect as a 19 to 21-year-old black male, 5'11" tall, thin build, with a "baby face." Both suspects fled the location on foot and were believed to have fled the area in a newer, black, "sporty-type" sedan that appeared to be fairly well maintained. ...
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Wednesday May 18, 2011 - Times viewed: 7971
In March 2011, two subjects were sentenced to 10 years in Federal prison for Conspiracy to Defraud the United States. The husband and wife duo were released with a self-surrender date of May 23, 2011, but were placed on electronic monitoring. On April 29, 2011, the couple detached the monitors and are now considered fugitives from justice. 48-year-old Micaela Renee Dutson is 5'06", 140 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes. She has used alias names of Michele McShea, Micaela Oppenheimer, and Michelene McShea. 53-year-old Tony Dutson is 5'10", 170 lbs, with gray hair and blue eyes. Photos of both fugitives are available at www.crimestoppersoforegon.com These fugitives have roots in Mesa, Arizona and Elgin Oregon. Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and you can remain anonymous. Call Crime Stoppers at 503-823-HELP (4357), leave a tip online at www.crimestoppersoforegon.com, or text 823HELP plus your tip and send it to CRIMES (274697). Visit http://www.tipsoft.com/ to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid. ...
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Wednesday May 18, 2011 - Times viewed: 8004
PORTLAND — The top criminal lawyer in the Oregon Department of Justice has been accused in a state bar complaint of lying to probe targets to intimidate them. Sean Riddell, the department’s chief criminal counsel, allegedly violated at least four bar ethics rules during a probe of an Energy Department contract awarded to a company co-owned by Cylvia Hayes, the companion of then-gubernatorial ca ...

Wednesday May 18, 2011 - Times viewed: 7755
PORTLAND, Oregon - The Energy Department is holding a public hearing Thursday night in Portland on a proposal to store more radioactive waste at the Hanford nuclear reservation in Eastern Washington. The Oregonian reports the state of Oregon opposes the idea because of the risk of radioactive contamination in the Columbia River. Hanford is one of six sites being studied by the Energy Depar ...

Wednesday May 18, 2011 - Times viewed: 7778
PORTLAND, Oregon - Tax proposals to boost the budgets of two major Oregon school districts were both headed for defeat as voters decided a number of local election measures across the state. With about 85 percent of the ballots counted, voters in Portland had narrowly rejected a $548 million bond package to pay for repairs to every school in the district, The Oregonian reported. The heavily promoted measure would have fully rebuilt eight aging schools and made smaller fixes and updates at the other 77, many of which date to the 1920s or 1940s. Portland voters approved a separate property tax increase to fund school operations for the next five years, preserving 200 jobs for teachers and other educators. Incomplete returns showed that 58 percent of district voters said yes to that levy. In Eugene, a proposed income tax for schools was overwhelmingly rejected by voters, 64 percent to 36 percent, The Register-Guard reported. The tax would have raised an estimated $12 million for Eugene and $4.8 million for the Bethel school districts in each of the next four years. In Oregon City, voters rejected a three-year, $6 million levy, which is forcing the Oregon City Schoo ...
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Wednesday May 18, 2011 - Times viewed: 7716
SALEM, Oregon - The jobless rate in Oregon fell to 9.6 percent in April, hitting its lowest point in more than two years, the state employment department said Tuesday. The seasonally adjusted jobless rate was the lowest since 9.2 percent in December 2008, primarily due to an increase in new jobs, agency officials said. The rate has hovered in the mid-10 percent range for about a year after hitting a high of 11.6 percent in June 2009. The state also revised the March jobless figure down slightly from 10 percent to 9.9 percent. "Businesses are ready to start hiring again, they're feeling more confident about the future," said Nick Beleiciks, an economist with the Oregon Employment Department. Nationally, unemployment rose slightly to 9 percent in April from 8.8 percent in March. Oregon posted the seventh-fastest job growth in the nation, state officials said. The state got a boost of 1,600 jobs in April after a net loss of 2,000 in March. Since October, Oregon has seen "healthy" growth of an average of 4,000 new jobs a month, Beleiciks said. Even so, about 188,000 Oregonians are looking for work, and an additional 7,000 "discouraged workers" have stopped searching, ...
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Tuesday May 17, 2011 - Times viewed: 7717
WOODLAND, Wash. (AP) - A man was killed and a woman ended up in the Lewis River in a four-vehicle pile-up Monday night on the Interstate 5 bridge over the river near Woodland. Blaine Dohman of Clark County Fire and Rescue told The Daily News the woman was talking and seemed stable after she was picked up from the riverbank by a county rescue boat. The accident happened about 9:30 p.m. when a car spun out on the bridge. Dohman says two brothers in a second car got out to help, and one of the man was struck by a third car and killed instantly. Then a fourth car stopped and a woman got out. She was either struck by another vehicle or jumped over the bridge guardrail to avoid being struck. ...
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Tuesday May 17, 2011 - Times viewed: 8093
JACKSONVILLE, Oregon (AP) — The burnt end of a joint between his fingers and a white plastic lighter in his fist, James Bowman watched the half dozen young men, shirts off in the warm spring sun, shovels working to the beat of loud rock music, as they prepared the soil for the biggest medical marijuana plantation in Oregon. It is springtime on The Farm, a cooperative in the heart of Applegate Valley wine country that will grow some 200 plants to supply about 70 card-carrying medical marijuana users. Here, surrounded by wineries, bed and breakfasts, churches and a school, the legal side of marijuana operates in plain sight, visible to hang gliders soaring overhead, drivers on nearby roads, and viewers of Google Maps. Over the winter volunteers have trimmed the dried buds from last year's crop, cut slips from mother plants, and rooted them in little plastic bags of potting soil now stacked against the side of a greenhouse. In June, they will plant the clones in circles of loam fed by plastic drip lines. Through summer, volunteers will wrap the heavy branches with duct tape to keep them from breaking. And under a harvest moon in October they will patrol the grounds with Taser ...
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Tuesday May 17, 2011 - Times viewed: 7680
PACIFIC CITY, Oregon - Authorities along the Oregon Coast — from Neskowin to Pacific City — are preparing for one of the largest tsunami drills in history. Evacuation drill spokesman Jim Kusz says that people need to prepare in case a tsunami hits the coast, similarly to the way that people in Florida have drills for hurricanes. Tsunami drill awareness has been more acute since the massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan. That tsunami hit Oregon, causing millions of dollars in damage. The drill will span 15 miles, and authorities will use fire sirens to a set off the drill. Messages will be played telling people where to go to get to higher ground. Authorities hope to have a large attendance from nearby residents. ...
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Monday May 16, 2011 - Times viewed: 7772
Early this morning, Monday May 16, 2011, at approximately 12:03 a.m., Portland Police officers from North Precinct responded to the report of gunshots being fired. Officers arrived in the area and received another call that a person appeared to be down on the corner of North Trenton Street and Newman Avenue. Officers located the person down and called for medical to respond. Medical personnel ...

Sunday May 15, 2011 - Times viewed: 8438
PORTLAND — Oregon has been given permission to resume removing or killing California sea lions at Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River. The decision by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration came about six months after a federal appeals court struck down a similar permit aimed at reducing the number of threatened or endangered salmon eaten by the hungry marine mammals. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stopped the practice last year. NOAA Fisheries officials said they believe the agency has fixed flaws the court pointed out in the original permit issued three years ago. Under that permit, the two states removed or killed 37 animals. A report in Portland’s Oregonian says the California sea lion population is healthy, estimated at 238,000, while wild Columbia River spring chinook salmon are listed as endangered. Mammals’ impact small, challengers say But Sharon Young of the Humane Society of the United States, which challenged the removal, said Friday the organization still argues the sea lions account for only a small fraction of the salmon killed while fishermen and other causes account for a much larger share. "This is not a program that ...
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Friday May 13, 2011 - Times viewed: 8485
On Thursday May 12, 2011 Portland Police Bureau Homicide Detectives arrested two suspects and served several search warrants in connection with the homicide of Shiloh Hampton. 20-year-old Jimmie Ray Sanders-Garcia was arrested for Murder, Attempted Murder and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. 21-year-old Edward Mohr was also arrested for Murder, Attempted Murder and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Both were booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center in Downtown Portland. Their photos are available at www.mcso.us Well over 100 officers worked tirelessly in this investigation. Every day since the shooting, the Detective Division, the Drugs and Vice Division, the Gang Enforcement Team, the officers of North Precinct, and the US Marshals Service Oregon Fugitive Task Force have all worked together on this investigation. Thursday's search warrants were served by the Portland Police Bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team, the Washington County Sheriff's Office Tactical Negotiations Team and the Gresham Police Departments Special Emergency Response Team. Additionally a white 1989 Mercedes has been located and seized as evidence in the investigation. The investigation is co ...
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Thursday May 12, 2011 - Times viewed: 7729
BEND, Oregon - An Oregon couple facing trial in federal court on charges of bilking real estate investors out of more than $4 million have asked a judge to consider returning their passports. The Bulletin reports that former Bend Police Capt. Kevin Sawyer and his wife, former real estate broker Tami Sawyer, appeared in U.S. District Court in Eugene on Wednesday to make the request. Last fall ...

Thursday May 12, 2011 - Times viewed: 7763
The state says it has found evidence of discrimination at the Typhoon chain of Thai restaurants around Oregon and Washington. Two cooks from Typhoon contacted the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries to say Thai employees were being discriminated against. State Labor Commissioner, Brad Avakian, says an investigation found the company used its leverage over workers recruited from Thailand to impose hostile work conditions. Brad Avakian: "What we were hearing where lower pay, being forced to work through rest periods. Being forced to take work home without being paid. The fear of being deported and that all of these things were not being imposed upon U.S. citizens who were employees." A hearing in front of an administrative law judge is expected. The agency has yet to file formal charges or outline what remedies it's seeking. Avakian is running for the seat of Congressman David Wu. Calls to Typhoon’s head offices in Tigard and its attorney, were not immediately returned. ...
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Thursday May 12, 2011 - Times viewed: 7683
At approximately 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday May 10, 2011, Portland Police responded to Cigarettes Plus at 2224 North Lombard regarding reports that a woman had been shot. Arriving officers found 43-year-old Debra Ross suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. The victim was taken to an area hospital where she underwent surgery. Ross's injuries were potentially life threatening but is expected to ...

Thursday May 12, 2011 - Times viewed: 7709
SALEM, Oregon - Governor Kitzhaber released the following statement regarding the May 12th revenue forecast: "Today’s revenue forecast is good news for the 2011-13 budget, but it is also further indication that Oregon’s recovery will take time. We must take this opportunity to integrate and streamline state services like health care and education to deliver better outcomes and reduce costs, and we need to budget adequate reserves to leave a cushion for future revenue fluctuations. As legislative leaders agreed earlier this week, the top priorities for additional revenue are restoring funding to programs within the Department of Human Services and public safety programs." ...
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Wednesday May 11, 2011 - Times viewed: 7778
On May 10, 2011 at 6:20 PM, a Hillsboro woman came to HPD station-1 to report that she had been raped and kidnapped earlier that day. The 26 year old female victim reported that on May 10, 2011 at 11:30 AM she was walking on SE Oak Avenue between SE 10th and 12th Avenues when she was approached by a male in a black 4 door Chevrolet Malibu. The suspect stopped and asked her if she would be interested in a baby car seat and stroller, that he had one. She refused and then she stated that the suspect pulled her into his car and they drove from the location north on SE 12th. She did not make any attempts to get out of the car as the suspect drove approx 3 miles to the 1800 block of NE 12th, his residence. The victim then stated that the suspect pushed her into the house after she got out of the car on her own. Inside the residence, the victim reported that she was raped and that she felt unable to leave the location based on fear of the suspect until approximately 6:15 PM, when she ran to a neighbor's house near the location, whereby the neighbors brought her to the police station. The suspect did not threaten the victim, nor did he have any weapons during this cri ...
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Wednesday May 11, 2011 - Times viewed: 8174
GRESHAM, Oregon - Several children at a Gresham elementary school have now been tested and treated for whooping cough. The school principal is now warning parents to be alert for symptoms. Last week three children were diagnosed with whooping cough. Seven kids in the class are at Butler Creek Elementary School, said Principal Karen Weinert said. The school sent home a letter to parents on Wednesday warning them to look for pertussis symptoms in their own kids. Any students with confirmed or suspected cases will be held out of school until about a week after being treatment. Whooping cough causes violent coughing and generally lasts for six weeks and can be especially dangerous for young children. The disease is spread through the air. Symptoms at first look like the common cold and usually develop about a week after exposure. Severe coughing starts about 10-12 days later. ...
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