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Tuesday January 11, 2011 - Times viewed: 7644
One Great Burger manufacturer is recalling more than 200,000 pounds of ground beef products in Oregon after an inspection found them may be spoiled. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says products from One Great Burger were discolored and smelled wrong. The products were sold in 20 pound boxes of "Onegreat Hamburgers," with the item number 02044 and the establishment number 34575. The products have "packed on" dates between July and November 2010 and were distributed to institutions in California and Oregon. The Agriculture Department can answer questions from consumers online at AskKaren.gov or by phone at 1-888-674-6854 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. EST. ...
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Monday January 10, 2011 - Times viewed: 7670
John Kitzhaber took the oath of today for an unprecedented third term as the Governor of Oregon. Governors are limited to two consecutive terms in Oregon. But John Kitzhaber sought, and won, a third go-round after Ted Kulongoski's two terms were up. Kitzhaber once again has the power as Oregon faces a $3.5 billion deficit. The Democrat acknowledged the difficult days ahead during his inaugural address to a packed House chamber. John Kitzhaber: "We are gathered here today at a sobering and humbling moment in Oregon's history: sobering because of magnitude of the challenges ahead of us; humbling because the people of the state of Oregon have chosen us to find a way forward, and to build a better future for our state and for our people." Kitzhaber wasn't the only one to make history on Inauguration Day. Democrat Arnie Roblan and Republican Bruce Hanna became the first ever co-speakers of an evenly divided Oregon House. In the Senate, Peter Courtney was elected Senate President for an unprecedented fifth time. ...
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Sunday January 9, 2011 - Times viewed: 7651
VANCOUVER – A 22 year old man was taken to a hospital today after the car he was a passenger in was hit by a fuel truck near downtown Vancouver. At 5:30 this morning the driver of the car and her passenger were traveling north on south-bound-only Washington Street. The car entered the intersection at West 15th Street and was struck by a commercial two-tank fuel truck traveling west on West 15th Street. The fuel truck was towed away but the fuel containers were not damaged. The Vancouver Fire Department responded and removed the passenger who was badly injured and was taken to hospital for emergency surgery. The 30-year-old driver of the car, woman with only minor injuries, was taken to Southwest Washington Medical Center. She is cooperating with investigators but police say she has a suspended driver's license and alcohol may have been a contributing factor in the collision. The Vancouver Police have taken over the investigation. ...
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Sunday January 9, 2011 - Times viewed: 7756
NEWPORT, Oregon - 52-year-old Wayne Leroy Beeberger has been arrested in regard to a series of biochemical- and explosive-weapons threats which were called into the 911 service Saturday in Newport. Police in Newport responded to the bomb threat call and had this statement to release: "Over the next few hours the caller made threats that he had placed a shrapnel charge at Newport City Hall as well as threatened to gas the Lincoln County Jail," the Newport Police Department said. "Officers and deputies, with the assistance of the Lincoln County Narcotics Team, determined the phone belonged to Beeberger." "At 16:47 hours the Lincoln County Sheriff Office detained Beeberger in the Wakanda Beach Road area," A Newport Police spokesperson stated. Beeberger was arrested and taken to the Lincoln County Jail. He faces multiple charges including disorderly conduct, making a false report and Misuse of 911. Anyone with information should call The Newport Police Department at (541) 574-3348. ...
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Saturday January 8, 2011 - Times viewed: 7688
RAINIER, Oregon - City councilors granted Mayor Jerry Cole authority to decide memorial plans for Police Chief Ralph Painter who was shot and killed Wednesday after a struggle with a man at a car stereo store. City Councilors will probably adopt a resolution to allow the mayor to act alone. The Council voted to spend up to $25,000 on Painter’s memorial and use $8,000 received in donations. "By law", Cole said, "we’re looking at those details of what the city can and can’t pay for with public money, because there are some items that we can’t pay for just by law." Painter’s memorial service is set for Friday, January 14 at 1 p.m and will be held at the University of Portland Chiles Center. Those who can’t make it a public visitation will be available at Rainier City Hall on Thursday January 13 from noon to 6 p.m. "In this case we call the chief’s radio number three times and then signify that he’s out of service," said Hillsboro Police Department representative Eric Bunday. ...
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Friday January 7, 2011 - Times viewed: 7752
McMINNVILLE, Oregon - A propane explosion at a Linfield College fraternity house dislodged doors and windows and blew one corner of the building off its foundation. No one was inside the Pi Kappa Alpha house at the time of the blast on Thursday and now the building has been declared unsafe to occupy. Aparently a propane heater was being used in the basement of the building, which was being renovated. Propane leaked from loose connections on a hose and ignited. ...
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Thursday January 6, 2011 - Times viewed: 7730
PORTLAND, Oregon - 21 year old Daniel Armaugh Butts is accused of killing Rainier police chief Ralph Painter. He was shot in the head on Wednesday during a struggle at a Rainier car stereo shop. The chief leaves behind a wife and seven children, the youngest being 7 years old. Police responded to The Sound Authority stereo store yesterday morning. Butts was able to get Painter's service weapon and shoot him in the head. The chief was pronounced dead after being airlifted to a hospital. Law enforcement vehicles escorted the body of Chief Painter from Clackamas and returned him to Rainier. Several communities flew American flags at half-staff to honor the Chief. Rainier police Sgt. Greg Griffith was named interim chief of Rainier. The suspects father, Mike Butts, expressed his condolences to the Painter’s family on Wednesday, saying he believes his son suffered some kind of breakdown because mental illness runs in the family. Previous story link ...
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Thursday January 6, 2011 - Times viewed: 7654
Updated on Feb11, 2011 with correct photos supplied by Oscar's Owner. HAPPY VALLEY, Oregon - Oscar is a cute Labradoodle who probably saved a home from burning to the ground yesterday. On Wednesday, January 5, at 12:48 p.m in Happy Valley, Oscar looked out a window to see a van on fire and began barking continuously. A neighbor came downstairs to find Oscar looking out the window at the fire which had spread to the home from a mini-van. Oscar's owner called 911 and firefighters extinguished the van's flames. The van may be a complete loss. There were no firefighter injuries, but one person home at the time, was treated at the scene and transported to a local hospital with minor respiratory problems. ...
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Thursday January 6, 2011 - Times viewed: 7825
PORTLAND, Oregon - Second-degree manslaughter charges have been filed against a Portland man in connection with a crash that killed a woman on a bridge in Portland. 20-year-old Ashley Dettra, of Hillsboro, was killed the day after Christmas when she was thrown from the back seat of a car that crashed on the Broadway Bridge off-ramp. Andres Escobedo, police say, was driving the car when the wreck occurred. Escobedo, also 20 years old, faces charges of manslaughter, driving under the influence and assault. A grand jury dropped the first-degree manslaughter charge to second-degree. The assault charge also dropped from third-degree to fourth-degree. His next court date is set for Jan. 11. ...
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Wednesday January 5, 2011 - Times viewed: 7696
RAINIER, OREGON - Rainier Police Chief Ralph Painter was shot and killed with his own police weapon after he responded to a burglary in progress call at a car stereo store in Rainier. After arriving on the scene at approximately 10:45 a.m., a struggle ensued between the chief and the suspect. The shootout occurred at a shopping complex in Rainier where a report of a disturbance occurred at a car audio shop. Two dozen police officers responded from Ranier and Longview where they were not sure at first how many suspects were involved. The suspect, whose name has not yet been released, also shot at other officers before being wounded and taken into custody. Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson said he knew the victim. "Our departments do a lot of things together," he said. "We have a lot of interaction with each other and look out for each other." Rainier is a town of about 1,800 people that sits on the banks of the Columbia River just south of Longview, Washington, near highway 5, about one hour northwest of Portland. ...
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Wednesday January 5, 2011 - Times viewed: 7660
PORTLAND - A pregnant 35 year old woman was struck by a hit and run driver in downtown Portland today. The woman was hit near Southwest Alder and 4th Street. Her condition has not yet been released. The dark colored SUV that hit her was last seen heading north on 4th Avenue. Witnesses described the driver as a white male. ...
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Wednesday January 5, 2011 - Times viewed: 7657
Police are looking for a man who robbed Kassab Jewelers of $50,000 in jewelry in downtown Lake Oswego Monday. Lake Oswego Police say the store was robbed at 2 p.m Monday after the thief walked into the store at 310 N. State St. He then distracted the lone sales clerk and asked to see jewelry from the display cases in the front of the store. He then said to the clerk, "My girlfriend loves this gold necklace in the front window, can you get it for me and tell me what the damage is going to be?" He then quickly jumped over the counter, ran to the backroom safe, grabbed a box of loose diamonds and stormed out of the store. It all took less than 15 seconds. The clerk described the perpetrator as a white male, 20 to 30, 6 feet tall, weighing about 160 pounds, and wearing a black jacket, black cap, khaki jeans, and black ski gloves. Officers surrounded the area with a K-9 unit was called but were unable to find him and currently have no leads. “This person clearly knew what he was doing and what he was looking for,” said Lt. Doug Treat of the Lake Oswego Police Department. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 503-635-0238. ...
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Wednesday January 5, 2011 - Times viewed: 7630
PORTLAND, Oregon - Portland police are searching for a woman who struck and killed 38-year-old Rance Lee Lamb as he was crossing a sreet in southeast Portland last night. A vehicle struck him at a high rate of speed and left the scene. An autopsy is set for Wednesday at the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office. ...
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Wednesday January 5, 2011 - Times viewed: 8022
VANCOUVER - 13-year old Jennifer Rosas may have run-away with 24-year old Adid Mondragon-Marin. Jennifer's believe he may take her to Mexico. Family members told police Jennifer ran away yesterday after they had an argument about her relationship with the older man. Police say Mondragon has an addresses in Vancouver, in California and in Mexico but are not certain what kind of vehicle the two may be using or even if they are still in this area. Rosas is 5 feet, 1 inches tall and 135 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Mondragon-Marin, pictured below, is 5 feet, 7 inches tall and 170 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information should contact Vancouver Police at (360) 518-2307. ...
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Tuesday January 4, 2011 - Times viewed: 7702
PORTLAND, Oregon - Additional details have been made public by Portland police in regard to the Taser shooting by an officer in utheast Portland. A security guard at 82nd Avenue called to report a homeless man had threatened to kill. Police discovered Tom Higganbotham camping out in an abandoned car wash and used a Taser when he refused to drop a knife. Officers said they shot and killed Higganbotham when the Taser didn't work. Police say Taser's sometimes don't work as well as they should in cold weather when subjects are wearing heavy clothing. ...
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Tuesday January 4, 2011 - Times viewed: 7665
EUGENE, Oregon - Eugene police have arrested a nursing home employee and charged him with sexually abusing a female residents. Robert Price was arrested after Valley West Health Care Center called police to report a sex abuse. The alleged sex abuse is reported to have occurred December 22 at the west Eugene facility. Price is charged with having sexual contact with a woman without consent because she has been declared mentally defective, mentally incapacitated and physically helpless. On December 30th, Price entered a not guilty plea to first degree sex abuse. Police currently believe there are no other victims. Director of the Valley West facility Matt Preston made this prepared statement: "Valley West Health Care Center is cooperating with the local police department in an investigation of an alleged attempted sexual assault of one of its female residents by a male associate," Preston wrote. "Valley West Health Care Center performs a background check on every person that we hire to assure that our residents receive the best care possible." ...
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Tuesday January 4, 2011 - Times viewed: 7738
Lottery players in Oregon, Washington and other states that participate in Mega Millions are getting the chance to vie for The fourth-largest lottery prize in U.S. history is at hand, getting larger each minute. The big numbers will be drawn just before 8 p.m. Tuesday. The big jackpot for Mega Millions tonight is up to $355 million egged on by fast sales and as a lump sum, the jackpot is now over $210 million. For just one buck, this lottery is similar to Powerball as players attempt to win by matching five regular numbers and the Mega ball. Other prizes range from $2 to $250,000. Drawings are held Tuesday and Friday nights. Players are hoping to win the big jackpot which has topped $390 million back in 2007.The game is available in 41 states. ...
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Monday January 3, 2011 - Times viewed: 7671
LEBANON - A plan to build a few retirement homes south of Lebanon has been stalled for a decade but now an important decision is moving the project forward. The Linn County Board of Commissioners has ruled that the 15 acres south of town is not valuable farm or forest land. According to the Albany Democrat-Herald, Bob Morris, 59, and his two brothers-in-law bought the land to build their retirement homes. Morris said he never thought it would take this long - and $50,000 in legal and consulting fees - to get a decision. Linn County Commissioner Roger Nyquist said the case shows that Oregon's land use process is broken. "It has taken 10 years, and I don't have any idea how it has come to this. Is it really OK that government can tell someone they can't add dwellings for family members on property that won't even grow weeds?" The 15 acres in question is surrounded by homes. There are 27 homes within a quarter-mile of the property and 11 properties directly adjacent to it. "I never dreamed it would take this long," Morris said. Over the last decade, in hearings before the Linn County Planning Commission and the state's Land Use Board of Appeals, the family's effo ...
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Monday January 3, 2011 - Times viewed: 7615
PORTLAND - Beginning today, the Oregon Department of Transportation will be using large cannons in an attempt to control huge flocks of starling bird making their home on the Interstate Bridge which connects Vancouver and Northern Oregon. The starlings are contaminating the bridge with their droppings and anyone traveling on the bridge. Crews will be using propane-powered cannons to create a loud booming noise. The cannons were originally designed to disturb birds in fruit orchards. The effort will continue through March 17. The Oregon Department of Transportation will use the cannons on alternating days and times to keep the starlings from developing a pattern of behavior. ...
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Sunday January 2, 2011 - Times viewed: 7809
REDMOND, Wash. - It was the mother's four young sons and the father of the boys who were killed in the apartment blaze early yesterday morning. The family had been celebrating the arrival of the New Year in their Redmond apartment. Belinda Phelps, 46, who lives in the apartment complex but in a different building, said she and her 11-year-old daughter had gone to visit the family in their first-floor unit about 10 p.m. Friday. She said they had a few beers and a few laughs and rang in the New Year as the boys were playing, happy, and content, jumping on couches and playing in a small tent in the dining room of the two-bedroom apartment. The 30-year-old mother was able to escape the two-bedroom ground-floor apartment but had to watch as dense smoke and flames engulfed her home and her entire family. Neighbors held her back as she tried to run back in for her children. Phelps said the oldest boy, age 11, attended Rose Hill Junior High School, and that other children ranged in age from 2 to 6, with at least one attending Benjamin Rush Elementary School. The family had been struggling financially the last few years, after losing a house in Colorado and moving to Redmond ...
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Saturday January 1, 2011 - Times viewed: 7694
PORTLAND - A Club 915 bouncer was shot and killed in downtown Portland overnight. A Portland police officer reported was called to investigate a fight at Club 915, at 915 S.W. 2nd Ave. The officer reported hearing gunshots and a second officer found the 32-year-old bouncer on the ground. Police are not disclosing was found or shot inside or outside of the club. The Portland Police Bureau states, "in the course of interacting with persons associated with the shooting, the officer discharged his firearm." Owners of Club 915 have cannot be reached for comment. The streets around the Southwest 2nd Avenue and Taylor Street club were closed New Years Day but reopened around noon. ...
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Friday December 31, 2010 - Times viewed: 8375
SALEM - 44 year old Marion County Fire Chief J. Kevin Hensonis is in the hospital after his vehicle was hit today, New Years Eve, while on the way to a fire. He was headed to a house fire in the 3500 block of Brooklake Road N.E. when he tried to pass a 2005 GMC truck and was struck when the other driver turned into a business. The fire chief's van rolled a couple times before coming to rest on its side. The Chief was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries. The sheriff's office said they could not or would not release information on the fire chief's condition without his permission. But word has it that his injuries were serious, but that he is in stable condition at a Salem Hospital. The driver of the other vehicle, 37-year-old Robert M. Floyd of Keizer, sustained minor injuries and was not hospitalized. Chief Kevin Henson came to Oregon in 2004 to serve as the Fire Chief for the Turner Fire District (TFD). He brought with him eighteen years of prior experience in emergency services. In addition to well-known lecture & instructional abilities, Chief Henson also maintains accreditation as a Fire Officer as well as certification as a Nationally Registered Para ...
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Thursday December 30, 2010 - Times viewed: 7744
PORTLAND - A large landslide just south of Oregon City blocked both lanes of traffic on Highway 99E yesterday. Highway crews spent most of the day cleaning the debris off the road to clear traffic. ODOT encourages drivers to avoid the area. Southbound traffic will turn left at 2nd, right on South High Street, continue to South End Road and connect with Highway 99E. Trucks will not be allowed on the detour. Northbound trucks will turn around at New Era Road and head to Barlow Road to connect with Interstate 5 or I205. The large rocks forced crews to bring in heavy machinery to clear the road. ...
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Thursday December 30, 2010 - Times viewed: 7624
GRESHAM – A 26-year-old man was shot in the neck and taken to the hospital Wednesday. The shooting occured about three blocks from the Gresham Transit Center. The man was shot in the right sometime last night. When police arrived they found him holding his right hand on a neck wound. He reported to police that three Hispanic men ran away after shooting him. He is expected to survive. Gresham police are continuing to investigate the incident and have called in gang investigators. ...
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Wednesday December 29, 2010 - Times viewed: 7711
CAPE MEARES - The two men who were found guilty of severely damaging the Cape Meares Lighthouse in January 2010 have now been ordered to pay $100,000 in restitution and serve several months in Tillamook County jail. David Wilks, Jr. and Zachary Pyle both pleaded guilty to criminal mischief after being arrested earlier this year for vandal acts viciously damaging the Cape Mears lighthouse built in 1889. Those acts outraged people across the state. Last January the two young men fired multiple bullets into the glass covered structure, extensively damaging windows and shattering the old Fresnel lenses which had considerable historical value. ...
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Sunday August 29, 2010 - Times viewed: 7645
EVERETT — Theodore Ohms was accused of shooting at police during a chase on Interstate 5 has rejected a plea agreement which could have sent him to prison for 20 years. Prosecutors plan to file additional charges where Ohms could face 40 years in prison instead of 20 years. Ohms had been expected to plead guilty on Wednesday to four felony charges, including first-degree assault with a firearm and vehicular assault. He allegedly shot at a sheriff’s deputy during a high-speed chase. The pursuit, the crash and the manhunt stranded thousands of drivers. A 49-year-old woman was severely injured when her van was hit. Prosecutor Janice Albert had planned to recommend a 20-year sentence, the low end of the standard range, in exchange for the plea. But Ohms changed his mind on Wednesday and ignored the advice of his attorney not to speak. He told the judge he didn’t feel he was getting decent legal advice, that he had seen the legal paperwork and because he never finished school it was difficult for him to read. “I feel like I’m being coerced into taking the 20 years,” Ohms said. Judge Ronald Castleberry advised said he wanted to make sure Ohms understood the prosecut ...
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Tuesday December 28, 2010 - Times viewed: 7672
PORTLAND - Just after 5pm yesterday, Portland police were called to the 3500 block of Southwest Dakota Street near Gabriel Park. Police dispatch received a 911 call from a woman who said her son had attacked her and her husband, the man's father, outside the home with a machete. She said her 34-year-old son Marcus Lagozzino had been suicidal in the past and indicated he might by trying to commit suicide by police. She said he was hiding inside the house with her 61 year old husband and that she believed Lagozzino would be confrontational with officers, according to the police bureau. Police spokesman Pete Simpson said Lagozzino began to quickly advance toward the officers as they gave him several warnings and fired a Taser and bean bags. Lagozzino was then shot by police and rushed to a hospital. At 11 a.m. today, Lagozzino was listed in critical condition. Shots were fired less than one minute after they first made contact with Lagozzino and that Lagozzino had assaulted his parents in an argument before police arrived. An unidentified neighbor said he heard gunshots before police arrived. "I heard loud yelling then some shots rang out. Probably about six or loud sho ...
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Tuesday December 28, 2010 - Times viewed: 7626
FOREST GROVE, Oregon - A TriMet bus driver who stopped his bus to rescue a small puppy from traffic will get to keep the Chihuahua-dachshund mix puppy, according to a press release from the transit agency. A TriMet spokeswoman said, "He's thrilled to keep caring for the dog,". The bus driver wishes to remain anonymous for personal reasons. He says he was driving his bus in November when he spotted the puppy on Main Street in Forest Grove. He stopped, picked up the 8-week old puppy then dropped it off at a doggy daycare facility in Hillsboro later in the day and had it examined by a vet. The bus driver posted Found Dog signs in the area where he found the pup and an ad on Craigslist. But there were no takers. No one had claimed the cute little puppy. A few days later Garold Howe, manager of The Farm & Garden Store at 19th Avenue in Forest Grove said he had lost a puppy from his store on November 16. The puppy had been for sale for $495. The pup had escaped its pen and ran out into the street. Howe saw the bus stop, but wasn’t certain what happened or who picked up the doggie. Meanwhile the driver named the puppy Oreo. TriMet contacted the driver to let him know what ...
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Monday December 27, 2010 - Times viewed: 7789
TROUTDALE, Oregon - A Portland woman was arrested for driving under the influence after leading Troutdale police on a chase down Interstate 84 toward Troutdale. Police responded to several calls just before midnight on Christmas reporting a reckless driver on I84. The callers said the car nearly missed hitting construction signs and several other cars. Officers turned on their emergency lights and sirens after spotting the car just past the Troutdale exit. The chase lasted about five minutes because the driver would not pull over. At times the driver slowed down to as low as 25 miles per hour on the freeway. The driver was identified as 61-year-old Shirley Strickland. She eventually stopped near the Corbett exit on I84. Police then arrested her on charges of driving under the influence and driving while suspended. She was taken to the Multnomah County Detention Center. ...
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Monday December 27, 2010 - Times viewed: 7643
SNOQUALMIE PASS, Washington - The search continues for four women who were snowshoeing in the Gold Creek area on Snoqualmie Pass when they become lost Sunday afternoon. Kittitas County Undersheriff Clayton Myers said one of the women called 911 to report they had left the trail and were lost. A rescue team has been in cell phone contact and are working with the wireless phone provider to help determine their exact location. "The challenge we're facing is that there's very, very low visibility, so they can't really give us any good reference points," Myers said. Fortunately the women area wearing winter clothes, but heavy snow has fallen since the search began and the women are cold and wet. Searchers on snowmobiles and with snowshoe are exploring the area, Myers said. "We're optimistic we should be able to find them." ...
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