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Monday February 28, 2011 - Times viewed: 7786
Firefighters fought a large fire, which began in a Portland scrap yard Sunday morning. Twenty cars and piles of debris broke into heavy blazes at American Compost & Recycling on Columbia Blvd. Firefighters used aerial ladders and poured water over the blazes. Flares shot high into the air before they were finally able to put out the flames. The main problem was reaching the vehicles in the pile of rubbish. Rescue teams had to move shouldering cars to get at the flames. The problem was so difficult that additional Firefighters had to be called, including Portland Fire & Rescue’s rehabilitation truck. The freezing weather made the clean up more difficult and less pleasant. ...
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Sunday February 27, 2011 - Times viewed: 8044
NEWBERG, Oregon - 32-year-old Matthew Tuftee from Wilsonville was arrested after he stole a car from the Toyota-Scion dealership in Wilsonville last night. Tuftee hot-rodded the car on an apparent test-drive and drove to Newberg. He avoided police by driving through neighborhood backyards before turning himself over to Newberg police where he was arrested and lodged in the Yamhill County Jail in McMinnville. There were no injuries and police had the car returned to the Wilsonville Toyota dealership with no apparent damage. ...
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Saturday February 26, 2011 - Times viewed: 8002
VANCOUVER, Washington - A Vancouver couple missing since the beginning of the week were found alive yesterday. John and Patricia Norvell, both 63, were found stuck in the snow near Cougar, 50 miles northeast of their home in Vancouver. The Norvells turned their car engine on and off intermittently, until it ran out of gas Friday. They had water and a few snacks, but insulin, which both required. The couple is newly retired and was out Monday to enjoy a new camera. While driving toward Mount St. Helens they skidded off the road into an embankment 15 miles above Cougar. The snowstorm buried their Jeep. They had no cell service and that night their car was covered in two feet of snow. Their children received a call from their parents Friday about 8:30 PM. A group of snowmobilers had found them. "It’s a pure miracle," said Leland Foster. "To get stuck and then happen to get out of the Jeep at the right time to use the restroom and there’s four guys standing out in the middle of nowhere – they got lucky." ...
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Friday February 25, 2011 - Times viewed: 7892
PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) - A Portland man accused of attempting to kill a Louisiana State Trooper has a trial date set for August 8 by Bossier Parish Judge Parker Self. 33-year-old Adam Trent Jackson of Portland will be taken to court August 8 to face charges that he was involved in a cross-country crime. Jackson and accomplice Misty Caudill are accused of theft of mail from residential mailboxes in Hood River and Clackamas County, Oregon. Jackson and Caudill later obtained a 2007 Chevy Tahoe, rented by Jackson’s mother, then a camper stolen in Milwaukie. Jackson and Caudill drove the SUV and stolen camper from Oregon to Louisiana allegedly committing several similar mail thefts along the way. Jackson and Caudill targeted 135 individuals and businesses. Jackson was ordered to repay $7,000 in restitution to the victims. In Nevada, Jackson and Caudill abandoned the camper for a newer, stolen travel trailer. They switched license plates and continued south to Tyler, Texas where Jackson left the trailer with his father. Troopers pursued Jackson and Caudill traveling westbound on I80 near and terminated the pursuit after Jackson and Caudill drove off I-20. Speeds r ...
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Friday February 25, 2011 - Times viewed: 7730
SALEM, Oregon - Lawmakers in Oregon are considering a bill to fine people having sex with anyone under 18. The $20,000 fine would be imposed for defendants who now will understand they cannot argue that they didn't know the prostitute was a minor. The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold hearings today. ...
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Thursday February 24, 2011 - Times viewed: 8775
SALEM, Oregon - A photo of Democratic Representative David Wu wearing a tiger costume and other unusual revelations about his mental health are increasing pressure on the seven-term Oregon Democrat to resign. Wu issued a strong statement saying he will not resign. His tenacity comes in the face of negative statements and newspaper editorials calling for him to resign. Wu admitted to sending photos of himself wearing a tiger costume to staff members while he was in the middle of a heated campaign last year. Some observers have laughed off the idea of the big concerns for such a small issue but Wu has said this was unprofessional. He also admitted to taking two pain killer tablets given to him by an unnamed campaign donor. "This was the only time that this has ever happened," Wu said. "I recognize that my action showed poor judgment at the time, and I sincerely regret having put my staff in a difficult position." Following his behavior, seven staff members resigned after the end of the 2010 campaign. The Oregonian reported that Wu's campaign was fined by state officials for failing to carry workers compensation The Eugene Register Guard has called for Wu's resignation ...
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Thursday February 24, 2011 - Times viewed: 7837
PORTLAND, Ore. – Late February snow blanketed the Northwest closing schools and fulfilling wishes of children. There were no major problems on highways and freeways, except for spinouts and lots of sliding and shoveling. The National Weather Service says to expect a total of around 3 inches of snow today; more snow should fall in the late afternoon or evening. The heavy snow began early this morning, causing roads to become extra slippery throughout the Portland area. A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 10 p.m. tonight. Sanding and snowplow crews were busy this morning hours as most television morning shows were preempted for local news. Metro Portland expects a freeze with icy roads tonight TriMet chained their entire fleet and bus riders were told to expect delays because buses with chains are obviously slower moving, no faster than 25 mph. Runways at Portland International Airport were kept clear and flights were getting out on time, according to the Port of Portland. ...
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Wednesday February 23, 2011 - Times viewed: 7892
PORTLAND, Oregon - The snow expected today didn't quite come off as some had hoped. However, it's still in the forecast for tomorrow. The snow should fall heavily at times and stick in low valley levels, which means just about everywhere. The snow should begin late tonight, and continue until about 10 p.m. and then, as heavy cold air from the north flows into the valley, heavy snow is expected midnight tonight. Cold weather will continue into the weekend, low temperature for Friday and Saturday of around 20 degrees. Ice may cause problems for drivers. The highest temperature Friday should be around 34 and 37 on Saturday. TriMet chained its buses on lines 18, 51, and 63 TriMet plans to chain the entire fleet for Thursday morning it will likely remain that way into Friday. "I urge Portlanders to be ready for tomorrow’s weather, to have a plan that includes an alternate way home, an emergency kit and chains in your vehicle, a full tank of gas, proper tire maintenance, and transit schedules for your routes to and from work," Sam Adams said. “If you’re driving in the hills or other chain zones, be ready to pull over and put chains on.” ...
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Tuesday February 22, 2011 - Times viewed: 8102
PORTLAND, Oregon - Congressman David Wu responded today for the first time to reports of erratic behavior last November. Wu's staffers asked him to get a mental health evaluation because of bizarre emails he sent to them. Some of his aides attempted an intervention and looked into psychiatric care for the Congressman. Staffers and The Oregonian have charged Wu with "belligerent" remarks to Democratic voters and pretending to be his own children to send e-mails to staffers. One email in particular included an attached image of Wu dressed in a tiger costume. After the last election, five or six staffers resigned from Wu's office. On ABC's Good Morning America, Wu said he's ready to move on. "This was a very difficult time in my life," Said Wu. "I've had a couple of pretty stressful years. I've been raising my children basically on my own. Last October was not a good month. It was very stressful. I did some things; I said some things, which I sincerely regret now. And as a result of those things I saw fit to consult professional help. I got the help I needed then. I'm continuing to consult medical help as I need it. And I'm in a good place now. I'm taking care of my two ...
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Tuesday February 22, 2011 - Times viewed: 7957
SEATTLE, Washington – Four Americans taken hostage by Somali pirates off East Africa were shot and killed by their captors Tuesday, the U.S. military said, marking the first time U.S. citizens have been killed in a wave of pirate attacks plaguing the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean for years. U.S. naval forces who were trailing the Americans' captured yacht with four warships quickly boarded the vessel after hearing the gunfire. They tried to provide lifesaving care to the Americans, but they died of their wounds, U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida said in a statement. A member of a U.S. special operations force killed one of the pirates with a knife as he went inside of the yacht, said Vice Adm. Mark Fox, commander of U.S. naval forces for the Central Command. Fox said in a televised briefing that the violence on Tuesday started when a rocket-propelled grenade was fired from the yacht at the USS Sterett, a guided-missile destroyer which was 600 yards away. The RPG missed and almost immediately afterward small arms fire was heard coming from the yacht, Fox said. President Barack Obama, who was notified about the deaths at 4:42 a.m. Washington time, had authorized ...
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Monday February 21, 2011 - Times viewed: 8363
SWEET HOME, Oregon - Jerry Ray Milligan from Sweet Home, was arrested in the shooting death of his son, Jerry Tyler Milligan. Police indicate Milligan's neighbor said Milligan asked her to call 911 because he had just shot is son. When officers arrived, they found the son, Jerry Milligan dead from a gunshot wound. There are no further details as to the motive for the shooting. ...
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Monday February 21, 2011 - Times viewed: 7948
GOVERNMENT CAMP, Oregon -- 27-year-old snowboarder Brantley Acree who had been lost on Mount Hood since Sunday was rescued today. Acree, born in Virginia, was found on Mt. Hood's west side by a helicopter team from the Oregon Army National Guard. He was airlifted to safety at 11 a.m. this morning Sheriff's office spokesman Jim Strovink, said Acree used his cell phone to call a friend for help and that friend called 911 mid afternoon on Sunday The rescue team worried that Acree' cell phone battery was too weak but soon Acree called with details of his location. He said he had fallen asleep in the middle of the night. Acree is safe and now feeling much better. ...
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Monday February 21, 2011 - Times viewed: 7900

SALEM, Oregon - Close to a thousand people stood cold weather in Oregon' Capitol today requesting Legislators to improve Oregon's educational system.

The mid-day rally was organized by the "Stand for Children" organization. Their website theme is "use the power of grassroots action to help all children get the excellent public education and strong support they need to thrive."

Executive Director for Stand for Children Sue Levin said, "We must work together -- with our allies from both sides of the aisle; as parents, teachers, students, and leaders -- to move forward with smart, concrete solutions to help all Oregon kids succeed.

A press release by the organization states:

  • Support proposals to invest in early childhood and protect Oregon’s successful mentor program for new teachers and principals.
  • Advocates for excellent support and feedback to teachers and principals, encouraging smarter thinking about the school system and working toward every child finding a path to a successful future.
  • Before and after the rally, advocates will meet in one-on-one meetings with legislators and ...
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Monday February 21, 2011 - Times viewed: 8491
"I heard a loud boom that shook the house and saw a red glow light up the inside of the house through the window", said 86-year old Bonnie Benedict who lives next to the substation at 600 4th street. "I ran to look out the window and saw black smoke and fire coming from the (PG&E) site. And soon there were fire trucks, lots of lights, and sirens." Benedict said she saw the same thing happen at this PG&E site a few years ago. She said the site was originally owned by the Newberg Friends Church, which adjoins the PG&E substation today. She said the lot remained empty for years since she came to Newberg back in 1949. "It was used as a Carnival but was mostly a vacant lot until PG&E took over with their electrical substation." Another resident who preferred to be identified only as Elizabeth resides a block from the substation. She said she was brewing coffee when her house was suddenly rocked with a "...booming explosion."I thought it was a bomb. Everything shook. Even spoons and a dish moved on the counter. There was a really brilliant light, a reddish light. I was scared. Really scared. I thought we were being attacked." 18-year-old Dena Reed said she awoke to the explosion ...
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Sunday February 20, 2011 - Times viewed: 8068
ROSEBURG, Oregon - Kyron Horman's mother Desiree Young says she is renewing her efforts to find her son. It's been over eight months since Kyron disappeared, the mother of Kyron Horman launched a new effort in the community of Roseburg, where Kyron’s stepmother Terri Moulton- Horman is believed to be living with her parents. "Our mission here today is really simple," said Young. "We love Kyron, and we want him home." Young and her family posted signs saying "Ask Terri Moulton-Horman where he is!" Kyron's stepmother dropped him off at Skyline School, and she may have been the last person to see him unharmed. Police have no suspects and Terri Horman remains a person of interest to the police and have investigated where she was on June 4, the day her stepson disappeared. "I think it’s at a critical point in the case," said Young. "Every day I get up and I plug away, and I do what I can do because I love him very much, and I will never stop. Never." ...
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Saturday February 19, 2011 - Times viewed: 8896
PRINEVILLE, Oregon - An 18-year-old boy was arrested and charged with raping and assaulting 16-year-old girl in Prineville. Crook County sheriff’s office said a 16-year-old girl contacted them to say she had been raped at home and identified the young man as 18-year-old Logan Wesley Jansson of Prineville. According to police, Jansson and the girl had been acquaintances, nothing more. Jansson was jailed in Crook County on a single count each of first-degree rape and second-degree sexual abuse. His bail was set at $55,000. He was moved Thursday to Jefferson County in Madras. ...
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Saturday February 19, 2011 - Times viewed: 7982
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Inerpol and the U.S. Marchalls office is hunting for a former Beaverton School District teacher for 30 counts of child pornography. Police are seeking 35-year-old Logan Storm who they believe is overseas, possibly in Ireland. They found lewd photographs of nude children on his computer. His last known addresses was on Emerson Street in North Portland. There was a different child abuse complaint in July 2007 in regard to inappropriate touching and a parent complained in 2007 about another inappropriate behavior episode. The complaint was dismissed, unfounded. Storm's girlfriend told police last July she and Storm had a sexukal relationship because Storm was spending too much time with another student who was then a stripper. The girlfriend said she snuck into his computer and found child pornographic images. The police were then contacted. School officials say Storm was liked by many of his students and the community is shocked by the charges against the math teacher. He resigned his teaching job at Stoller Middle School. "I’ve never met anybody who hasn't said they love Mr. Storm because he's just a great guy, a great person," said a former studen ...
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Saturday February 19, 2011 - Times viewed: 9884
NEWBERG — Circuit breaker oil containing PCB contaminates was blown over ten square blocks near downtown Newberg this morning. Residents say they are alarmed and angry nothing more is being done. The oil-based circuit breaker apparently blew after an explosion with dense black smoke and fire erupted at the PG&E 115,000 volt distribution site next to Friends Church. Portland General Electric crews restored power about 10:15 am to nearly 10,000 customers. The massive explosion and fire occurred around 6:30 AM in the 300 block of Howard St. According to PG&E crews, was probably caused by the sudden demand of power from another location outside Newberg. The local breaker grew extremely hot, surpassing its thermal ignition point. It then popped, cracked, and suddenly blew to pieces with a tremendous explosion heard by thousands of early morning residents. Memorial Park and surrounding streets ...
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Saturday February 19, 2011 - Times viewed: 10892
32-year-old Pastor Dirk P. Jackson was arrested Wednesday morning at his home in Port Orchard, charged with two counts of second-degree child rape. On November 19, 2010, a woman claimed Jackson had repeatedly sexually assaulted her between 2002 and 2003 when she was 12 and 13-years-old and when Jackson was 19 to 21 years-old. She was a student in Jackson’s sixth-grade class at Manchester Christian Academy. The woman said the sexual abuse occured while she and Jackson were in the classroom as other children played outside during recess or when the other children were away in another rooms. She said there were numerous occasions in which Jackson had inappropriately touched her, and at least two times that she had performed oral sex on the Pastor. She said she decided to report the charges to authorities when she saw Jackson at the First Baptist Church on Sidney Avenue in Port Orchard. "We’re pretty shocked", said head Pastor Jamie Greening. "Whether these charges are true or not, we don’t know. We’d like the truth to come out, but nothing about these charges is consistent with the man we’ve known for eight years." Jackson first began work at First Baptist Church in Oc ...
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Friday February 18, 2011 - Times viewed: 7997
Hillsboro, Oregon - Today President Obama will name Intel CEO Paul Otellini to his Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Otellini has been a critic of Obama's economic policies but will now serve as an economic advisor. The announcement is scheduled to come when Obama tours Intel's semiconductor facility in Hillsboro, similar to GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt's move to head the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Obama plans a stop today to tour Intel's campus in Hillsboro to discuss company's ideas to encourage young people to become engineers and scientists. He said his administration needs improved relations with business, and has now called for an equal effort to find more jobs and help the economy. Otellini has questioned the way Obama's administration has approach efforts to help the economy grow. In September Otellini said the current stimulus program was ineffective. "Swimming pools in Mississippi are not going to create lasting jobs," he said. The announcement comes as Obama arrived on a two-day visit to Oregon and the West Coast. Yesterday, he met with several technology executives, including Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Apple CEO Steve Jobs. A ...
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Thursday February 17, 2011 - Times viewed: 7873
PORTLAND -- A woman and man have been accused of theft from Safeway stores of at least $5 million. Police say the theft spans several years in Clackamas and Multnomah counties. In October Fairview police detained the couple with a large amount of items they believed to have been stolen from five separate Safeway stores. Police arrested Angela Rose Evans, 32, and Richard Lavern Remington, 52. They were both arraigned in Circuit Court yesterday. Safeway began tracking the couple late last year after suspecting they had been shoplifting. ...
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Wednesday February 16, 2011 - Times viewed: 7960
Interstate 5 was effectively closed after six-car littered debris over the highway Salem. The incident happened around 2:30 p.m. north of Portland Road NE. An Envoy SUV was moving north on I5 and crossed the earth median and hit an oncoming car. The car first hit a small Volkswagen car, badly damaging it. Several other vehicles were also damaged. From the SUV 56-year old Gary Teeter and 88-year-old Darthee Teeter of Keizer were hospitalized at Salem Hospital for minor injuries then released yesterday. A witness said he believed a tire on an SUV blew out causing the driver to lose control. 44-year old Elizabeth H. Miller, driver of the Volkswagen, was also hospitalized with serious injuries. Police say all three were wearing seat belts. ...
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Wednesday February 16, 2011 - Times viewed: 7846
During a special assembly on Thursday, Feb. 17, students at Bilquist Elementary will learn about K-9 deputies "Mik & Nero" -- who teach kids about road safety, saying "no" to abuse, and the dangers of drugs and drinking and driving. The dogs are cartoon characters -- based on real Sheriff's Office canine deputies Mik and Nero -- and they appear in five action-packed crime-prevention comic and activity books. The free "Mik & Nero" comics are also headed to libraries in Clackamas County. Canby, Estacada, Gladstone, Hoodland, Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, Molalla, Oregon City, Sandy, West Linn Wilsonville, Oak Grove and Clackamas Corner libraries are delighted to make the comics and activity books available to parents and children. An appearance by Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts; Sheriff's Office K9 "Nero" and his handler, Deputy Bradley O'Neil; and K9 "Wodon" and his handler, Sgt. Paul Coleman. A demonstration of "Safety Street" -- Clackamas Safe Communities' hugely popular pedal-car driving course for kids 8 years and under. One of the "Mik & Nero" comics, "Safety Street!," is based on this popular fixture at the Clackamas County Fair. ...
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Wednesday February 16, 2011 - Times viewed: 7939
PORTLAND, Oregon- Early morning snow fell and stuck in the Portland area. Many primary remain open and clear. Higher elevation areas and a few rural locations have snow falling and staying in place. Forcast: This Afternoon: Snow showers likely. Some thunder is also possible. Snow level 200 feet. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. South southwest wind around 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Little or no snow accumulation expected. Tonight: Rain and snow showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. South southwest wind between 5 and 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Thursday: Rain and snow showers likely, becoming all snow after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. South southwest wind between 3 and 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Thursday Night: A chance of snow showers before 10pm, then a chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. South wind between 7 and 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Little or no snow accumulation expected. Friday: A chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy ...
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Wednesday February 16, 2011 - Times viewed: 12242
An infant who recently returned from India with his family has been diagnosed with measles, a serious disease that can lead to pneumonia and encephalitis, an inflammation and swelling of the brain. The health department said the baby was taken Evergreen Pediatrics and Southwest Medical Center outpatient laboratory. Health officials say people who visited Evergreen Pediatrics in Vancouver on Monday, Feb. 14 between 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. are considered exposed to measles. Measles, also called rubeola, is no longer considered endemic in the United States. However, continued success depends upon maintaining high vaccination rates, because 80% of the cases of measles continue to be imported into the United States. Measles disease can occur anytime of the year, but is most frequently seen during late winter and spring. Worldwide, an estimated 30 million cases and 700,000 deaths occur each year. More than half of the deaths occur in Africa. During 1997-1998, approximately 100 deaths were attributed to a large outbreak of measles in Argentina and Brazil. Measles is an acute viral illness characterized by: A prodrome of fever and malaise, Cough, coryza, and conjunctivitis, ...
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Tuesday February 15, 2011 - Times viewed: 8140
Update: Police have now determined that based on information from a witness, Birgilio Marin-Fuentes crashed into a support beam near the hospital around 12:27 a.m. A bystander Intercepted Officer Angela Luty who was on her way out of the emergency on different business. Police said she immediately called dispatch for help from other officers. A couple minutes later, Officer Luty began CPR on Marin-Fuentes. Two additional officers arrived at the hospital's emergency room in an attempt to get help but were told by hospital staff they first had to call an ambulance because they couldn’t treat anyone unless they were inside the hospital. The net result, according to police, is that Marin-Fuentes died. However, Police Chief Mike Reese does not necessarily agree. He said Tuesday that medical workers did everything they could or should have done — except communicate well with the officers. Read the 20 page police report just released.
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Tuesday February 15, 2011 - Times viewed: 8051
A toddler whose mother dropped him from a burning upstairs aprtment unit was upgraded from critical to serious condition, hospital officials said. Flames blocked an exit trapping three boys and their 24-year-old mother, Kimberly Hasty. It was a heartbreaking tragedy that occurred Saturday morning (Feb. 12) when a deadly fire erupted in an Oak Grove apartment -- killing two young brothers and sending their younger infant brother and mother to a Portland hospital. At 9:33 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12, Clackamas County Communications (C-COM) 911 dispatchers received a call from a neighboring citizen reporting smoke coming from a building in the Fox Pointe Apartment complex, located at 4616 SE Roethe Rd. in Oak Grove. Clackamas Fire District #1 responded swiftly to the scene -- and met a woman frantically telling rescuers that two of her children were still inside the smoke-filled upper-level apartment. Clackamas Fire personnel quickly moved with a hose into the apartment -- which was overflowing with thick black smoke and generating intense heat -- and searched for the occupants. These firefighters located the two young boys inside the apartment and brought them out of ...
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Tuesday February 15, 2011 - Times viewed: 7804
On Monday, February 14, 2011, at about 7:15 pm, Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of a stranger attack near the Raccoon Lodge, 7424 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway in the community of Raleigh Hills. The adult female victim told deputies she was walking south from the bus stop located in front of the Raccoon Lodge toward SW Scholls Ferry Road. She was walking behind the restaurant when she said she was attacked from behind. The victim said she was touched inappropriately and did not know her attacker. Deputies brought in a K9 team to search for the suspect, but were unable to locate him. At this time deputies do not have an accurate description of the suspect. Sheriff's Detectives are now investigating the case, but do not have any further information at this time. If you saw anything suspicious in the area please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-846-2500. ...
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Monday February 14, 2011 - Times viewed: 8323
MOUNT ST. HELENS, Washington - Mount St. Helens area shook this morning as two small quakes struck the area. A magnitude 4.3 earthquake struck at 10:35 a.m. The quake was centered 6 miles northwest of Mount St. Helens. The quake was first measured at 3.3 in magnitude, and later upgraded to 4.3. Two minutes later, a magnitude 2.5 earthquake hit the same location. At 11:35 a.m., a 2.3 quake occurred. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. ...
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Monday February 14, 2011 - Times viewed: 8063
At the Grammy's, Portland's own young beauty, 26-year old Esperanza Spalding was named best new artist, beating out Justin Beieber, Drake, Mumford & Sons, and Florence + The Machine. Her latest album, Chamber Music Society, sold 31,000 copies but could now climb to Gold. Backstage, Usher diplomatically answered questions about Esperanza. And Bieber, who jumped atop Usher's back as he spoke to media reps backstage, said, "I'm happy for her. I had a great night! I got to perform with my mentor." And Usher said, "Spoken like a true professional." The win for Esperanza Spalding should not surprise anyone here or even in Washington. She recently went on tour with Prince, and has a friend in the white house, namely President Barack Obama. The White House invited her to play there last year, introducing her as "the brightest young star on the jazz horizon." She was excited and nearly overwhelmed at the Grammy's when she met some of the best known music artists, those she had only seen on TV or heard on the radio. "They have a magnetism," she said. "You can feel their presence from a few feet away. It was nice to see them face to face on a human level. I liked that a lot." S ...
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