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Monday March 7, 2011 - Times viewed: 8443
Portland Police Bulletin: On Sunday March 6, 2011, at approximately 9:15 a.m., Portland Police officers responded to a residence in the 3300 block of Southeast 10th Avenue on the report of a distraught, suicidal 61-year-old man. The caller, 55-year-old Mari Kennedy, told the the 9-1-1 calltaker that her fianc? Ralph Turner was yelling that he didn't want to live and that he was alone at the location and threatening to hurt himself by taking pills. Ms. Kennedy told 9-1-1 that there were guns stored in the garage and it was unknown if Turner had them in his possession. Ms. Kennedy told 9-1-1 that she was getting all the information second hand from Turner's sister. Central Precinct Officers Andrew Kofoed and Timothy Lowry arrived in the area at approximately 9:17 a.m., along with Sergeant Reed Hunt. Officer Kofoed attempted phone contact with Turner but did not receive an answer. Based on the information that Turner was talking about taking pills to hurt himself, the officers and sergeant approached the house on foot to contact Turner. At approximately 9:22 a.m., Officers Kofoed and Lowry and Sergeant Hunt were outside the front door to Turner's residence, when Turner fired ...
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Sunday March 6, 2011 - Times viewed: 8223
Portland police issued the following press release about the shooting: This morning, Sunday March 6, 2011, at approximately 9:15 a.m., Portland Police officers responded to a residence in the 3300 block of Southeast 10th Avenue on the report of a distraught, suicidal 61-year-old man. Central Precinct officers arrived in the area and received additional information that the man might have guns stored in the garage, but there was no information that he was threatening to use them. The information officers received was that the man was threatening to hurt himself by taking pills. Officers attempted telephone contact with the man who did not answer, so the officers walked up to the residence to make contact with him. At approximately 9:22 a.m., the officers were met with gunfire from inside the residence and one of the officers, a 9-year-veteran, received shrapnel to his ballistic vest and suffered minor injuries. The officers retreated from the door and immediately began requesting cover officers to respond. The Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and Hostage Negotiators were also requested to respond. One of the responding cover officers from East Precinct ...
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Sunday March 6, 2011 - Times viewed: 8201
PORTLAND – Police were called to the 3300 block of Southeast 10th Avenue with a report of a man threatening to take an overdose of pills. Police say the responding officer was wounded after the suspect allegedly shot through a door and injured the officer with wood splinters and possible shrapnel. Another 13-year veteran police officer arrived on the scene a quarter hour later. He was shot in the stomach when the suspect fired a rifle. The suspect, who was not wounded, gave himself up at the scene. One person who lives in the area said he had never seen the suspect before. Several officers were seen with shotguns, and others officers blocked people from entering the area. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody an hour after the first shots were fired. One of the officers was taken to Emanuel Hospital . Further condition of the officers and their identification has not been released at this time. ...
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Saturday March 5, 2011 - Times viewed: 8899
Newberg residents have finally received the EPA report on PCB contamination caused by a Newberg PG&E substation fire and subsequent explosion on Howard Street around 6:30 AM Saturday, February 19, 2011. The report indicates only very low-levels of PCB contamination were present after the explosion, and that the oil from the blown circuit breaker was much more of an environmental concern. That Saturday afternoon, The Oregon Herald published a report on what happened. The debris from the fire and explosion rocked nearby homes for several blocks jarring most out of a deep sleep. The substation circuit breaker blew three gallons of boiling-hot oil far into the air, over surrounding trees, structures, brushes, Memorial Park a block away, and homes over a five-block diameter. The oil in the circuit breakers is known to contain 12 parts per million of PCBs. Click for larger vers ...
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Friday March 4, 2011 - Times viewed: 15907
For the first time in her life and at the age of 40, Tonya Harding is a mother. The baby boy was born last Saturday. Tonya's husband and father of the boy, 42-year-old Joseph Jens Price, was at her side. An unconfirmed reports says a friend of Tonya Harding, Linda Lewis confirmed the report. Another friend, Ron Horn is quoted saying that that everyone in the family is healthy and happy. ...
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Friday March 4, 2011 - Times viewed: 8001
DUNDEE, Oregon - A woman and her 13-year-old son escaped from a man police say tried to kidnap them Thursday morning after they had completed a morning jog. Newberg-Dundee Police Department representative Capt. Jeff Kosmicki said the incident occurred in Dundee near the 1100 block of Southeast Ash Street. The man drove his blue, 1973 Chevy pickup alongside a woman and child and offered them a ride. When they declined, the man attempted to force them into his truck. The woman and her son then fled on foot, ran to a nearby home on Ash Street, and pounded on the door where Erika Carlile lives with her mother Debi. Erika and her mother said the woman and her son pushed past the door and went inside yelling, "You gotta help me! Please help!" Police were called and 27-year-old Jordan Chase Brisbin was arrested. Police believe Brisbin picked the woman because she frequently walked in front of his house. Brisbin indicated that he chased the woman only because she tried to set his house on fire. He also said he was trying to give her 13-year-old son an iPod. Brisbin faces criminal trespass and kidnapping charges. ...
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Friday March 4, 2011 - Times viewed: 8394
PORTLAND, Oregon - A man was killed when the car he was driving on highway 30 crossed into oncoming traffic and crashed into a dump truck this morning. Northbound lanes were closed between Cornelius Pass Road and Rocky Point Road. DOT says traffic will be routed onto Cornelius Pass Rd. until later this morning. The accident happened near Sauvie Island. The driver of the dump truck suffered injuries but those injuries were not life threatening, state troopers say. ...
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Friday March 4, 2011 - Times viewed: 8054
NEWPORT - 18-year-old high school student Dylan Donovan was arrested by Newport police after three teenage girls accused him of sexually exposing himself Wednesday. The incident happened during a classroom assignment at the Carolyn Brown School inside the Yaquina View building. The Carolyn Brown School is an alternative school for Newport High School. Newport Police Sgt. Ken Real said students observed Donovan walking behind the females in a slow stalking motion throughout the day. He said the girls reported that Donovan rubbed his genitals across the back of one female, in plain view of her friend who was seated across from her. Real said that after a student left to find a teacher or adult, Donovan stood behind a third female clearing his throat. When the girl turned, she then observed Donovan had his exposed genitalia approximately 12 inches from her. Ken Real said Lincoln County School District staff reacted immediately to ensure the females were safe. They secured the area and contacted police. Donovan was booked at the Lincoln County Jail for sex abuse charges in the third degree, harassment and menacing. His bail was set at $40,000. ...
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Thursday March 3, 2011 - Times viewed: 7861
Detectives from the Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit are asking for the public's help to locate 44-year-old Scott Bonawitz, who went missing from his Southeast Portland residence, and who is believed to be in immediate medical danger. Bonawitz was last seen by friends at about 8:30 a.m. this morning, February 28, 2011, walking in the area of Southeast 13th Avenue, in the Sellwood area. Detectives believe he may have been injured during an incident, earlier during the morning, and may be in need of emergency medical assistance. Bonawitz is described as a white male, 44 years old, who stands 6 feet tall and weighs 200 pounds. He has very short, shaved brown hair and brown eyes. He may be wearing a tan, hooded Carhartt-type jacket, blue jeans, a black knit cap and boots. Anyone who sees Bonawitz, or knows of his whereabouts, should not to approach him, but should immediately call 9-1-1. Anyone with additional information about Bonawitz is asked to contact Detective Mike Weinstein, at (503) 823-0446. ...
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Thursday March 3, 2011 - Times viewed: 7897
Portland Police Robbery Detectives have arrested 19-year-old Dylan Paul Smith of Northeast Portland in connection with a string of Northeast Portland armed robberies. Smith was arrested yesterday, March 1, 2011, at approximately 9:30 p.m. at a residence in the 5700 block of Northeast 31st Avenue, and booked into the Multnomah County Jail early this morning on four counts of Robbery in the First Degree. The Portland Police Bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team assisted Robbery Detectives with the arrest. ...
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Thursday March 3, 2011 - Times viewed: 8059
PORTLAND, Oregon - Students at the Lewis Elementary in Southeast Portland are some of the first Portland students doing much of their reading on iPads. They are the first in the Portland school district to use iPads in the classroom in a new pilot program. The program is run by Bookbyte Digital in Salem. They provide iPads to the children and work with teachers to develop digital lessons to meet Oregon classroom standards. Fifth grade teacher Sylvia Jen says that since getting the iPads she has seen a big difference in her students. "They’re excited when they have a lesson incorporating iPads," Jen said. "They just can’t wait to use them." A few lessons conventionally on paper have been transferred to the Ipad. She says this allows her kids to use both video and audio files. ...
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Thursday March 3, 2011 - Times viewed: 8075
Vancouver - Clark County Public Health officials are investigating a second case of measles in a school-aged child. The child was exposed two weeks ago at the same medical facility that the first case visited following a trip to India. This second case, unrelated to the first case, was unvaccinated when exposed. Health officials are urging persons who may have been exposed and who are unvaccinated and susceptible to measles to get vaccinated, but avoid going out in public for 7-21 days following exposure. The child visited the 7-Eleven Grocery Store, located at 5101 NE 112th Avenue in Vancouver, WA, on Sunday, February 27, while contagious. Persons who visited the 7-Eleven Store located at 5101 NE 112th Avenue on Feb. 27 between 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. are considered exposed to measles. For susceptible people, measles vaccine is most effective if given within 72 hours of exposure. Unfortunately, that time window has passed and susceptible persons who were exposed are at risk for getting measles from 7- 21 days following exposure. Although susceptible individuals age 6 months or older who were at the 7-Eleven Store during these times should receive a measles vaccination as soon as p ...
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Thursday March 3, 2011 - Times viewed: 8193
HILLSBORO — Hillsboro police are investigating a murder-suicide where a 54-year-old man shot and killed his 6-year-old son then killed himself. Hillsboro police found the bodies this afternoon behind a church. There is no apparent motive at this time. The names of the father and his son have not been released pending notification to relatives. Washington County sheriff's officers and Hillsboro police are investigating. ...
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Tuesday March 1, 2011 - Times viewed: 7838
VANCOUVER, Washington - The woman who admitted faking acid being tossed into her face, appeared in court today and asked for her trial to be postponed. On August 30, 2010, Storro told police a stranger had tossed acid into her face, leaving her with severe burns and scars. Police detectives were doubtful of her claims. They felt her claims didn't make much sense because her burns appeared to be far too even. They say a liquid tossed into the face as she claimed would have left burns on her neck and arms. The media first ate up the story, making national headlines. She was booked into network morning shows, her face wrapped in bandages, and with a very positive demeanor about what had happened. Then Storro finally admitted she had lied. She's currently being held on second-degree theft charges for the donations received from the community to help her with all her medical bills. Today Storro's lawyers asked the judge to postpone the trial for a few months for more time to prepare their case. The judge reset the trial date for May 16. ...
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Tuesday March 1, 2011 - Times viewed: 7763
SPRINGFIELD, Oregon - After a grand jury indicted him for killing his wife, William Wiggins changed his plea to guilty of manslaughter so as to face 10 years in prison instead of 25 years to life. Wiggins told police that his wife, in her early 60's, drowned in her hot tub but charged him with murder five months later. Police say Wiggins could have gotten away with murder if they had not searched his wife's body for clues to her death. "The investigators did a good job at examining him," prosecutors say. "We found what we thought were what I feel are defense wounds on him, which raised our suspicion level and ultimately led to where we are at today, having him convicted." "Andrea was the love of my life and I will never forget her," said Wiggins to the judge. The victim’s father, Jack Nicholson, asked the judge for at least a 10-year sentence, saying his daughter was a "precious and special person" that she “worked all her life trying to make things better.” Police say Wiggins and his wife Andrea, an assistant dean at the University of Oregon's College of Education, had a troubled marriage. ...
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Monday February 28, 2011 - Times viewed: 7929
SALEM - Heavy rains with strong winds caused massive damage to trees around the Pacific Northwest. A large tree in Salem crushed cars and damaged buildings and cold air brought heavy snow to upper elevations. This morning snow was reported in Longview, Clatskanie, and Southwest Portland. Trees felled by high 30 mpg winds in Portland knocked out power to 4,000 customers. No injuries were reported but a downed tree on Center Street in Salem blocked traffic, causing delays and another huge tree fell across a residential street. A landslide on Highway 30 blocked eastern traffic. In Portland, heavy rain, standing water and numerous crashes had freeways blocked long before rush hour. In Clackamas, downed trees knocked out power and blocked roadways. The National Weather Service posted warnings and advisories for mountain passes, which could be extremely treacherous. Snow levels could fall to 500 feet as strong rain passes and mixes with cold air. More high winds are expected through this morning but the storm is expected to lighten a bit by this afternoon. However, later this week as March blossoms, another storm is expected bringing higher wind gusts and more rain. ...
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Monday February 28, 2011 - Times viewed: 7811
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: 8069
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: 8029
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: 7918
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: 7749
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: 8806
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: 7856
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: 7913
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: 8130
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: 7981
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: 8380
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: 7975
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: 7920

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: 8535
"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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