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Thursday January 20, 2011 - Times viewed: 7690
HOOD RIVER, Oregon - A commercial truck on Interstate 84 near Hood River hit and killed a male pedestrian. State police say the truck pulling a semitrailer was headed east on I-84 when the crash happened at about 1:20 a.m. this morning. The A 48-year-old man, whose name has not yet been released, was attempting to cross from the south to the north side of the freeway when he was hit. The man apparently had to climb freeway construction and over a barrier to reach the road. The truck was carrying paper products. Paramedics attempted gave CPR but pronounced him dead on the scene. Police say it was dark and the road was unlit in the area where the crash happened. The driver was not hurt and no citations were issued and there was no evidence of alcohol use. Police are continuing to investigated the accident. ...
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Wednesday January 19, 2011 - Times viewed: 7842
Three homes were washed away in the Lolo Pass Road area near Welches, Oregon. More than 150 residents were homeless or temporarily without electric power. Crews opened a portion of the road on Monday but the flood left tons of debris and descrution everywhere around the river. A large portion of the Lolo Pass Road was totally washed out. "This is the first time we have ever seen flooding like this", said Resident Shirlea Savage. "There is an island out there where there was never an island before." ...
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Wednesday January 19, 2011 - Times viewed: 7665
The US Bank at 38561 Proctor Blvd had been robbed before, back in July last year. This time the robber wore a dark mask covering his nose and mouth and had a silver semi-automatic gun in his hand. It was no surprise that the holdup man also wanted some money this time. No shots were fired, and no one was hurt in the incident that was reported to Sandy Police Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 3:04 p.m. After getting his money, he left on foot with the cash. No fuss, no shots, and no one was ruffed up. The robber is about 38 years old, Caucasian, somewhere around 5-9 in tall and a bit thin. He wore a blue jacket with red and white stripes, and black gloves. ...
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Wednesday January 19, 2011 - Times viewed: 7796
TUALATIN, Oregon - An early morning fire damaged two units of the Tualatin Heights apartment complex but no injuries were reported. Officials say an unidentified man went door-to-door at the apartments on Sagert Street demanding residents to evacuate. Additional residents were rescued as crews fought the flames. Two fire and rescue units soon extinguished the flames but have not yet determined if the building had fire sprinklers. The buildings were heavily damaged. The Red Cross gave temporary assistance to those who lost their homes. The cause of the fire is now under investigation ...
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Wednesday January 19, 2011 - Times viewed: 8073
COMMENTARY PORTLAND, Oregon - The 49-year-old unidentified woman who former Oregon Governor Neil Goldschmidt admitted he had sexually abused, has died over the weekend in a Portland hospice. Her mother declined to identify the cause of death but said her daughter had been in the hospice for about five weeks. "She was a good person who suffered a great deal in her life," said her mother. "We’re glad her suffering is at an end." Goldschmidt admitted in 2004 he had consensual sex with the then 14-year-old girl when he was mayor of Portland, before he was governor of Oregon. Neil Goldschmidt's accomplishments as mayor and governor are well known, in fact, they tower over many other Oregon public figures. He won national critical praise for development of the downtown Portland bus mall and the light rail system and in 2003, Ted Kulongoski appointed Goldschmidt president of the Oregon Board of Higher Education. But his sexual relations with a young girl, his babysitter at the time, changed both of their lives forever even though only a few people knew about it at the time. Goldschmidt has clearly admitted that nearly 30 years ago, and over a three-year period when he wa ...
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Tuesday January 18, 2011 - Times viewed: 7753
Portland, OR – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley today visited the North Portland home of a family who is struggling to keep their home and unveiled his plan to address the ongoing foreclosure crisis and boost the nation’s troubled housing market. A range of economists have concluded that repairing the housing market is critical to adding jobs and accelerating the slow recovery. "We’re not going to see a true economic recovery until we do something about the broken housing market," said Merkley. "I met with Portland homeowners today who dealt with months of confusing instructions to get a mortgage modification, only to be told 10 months later they didn’t qualify and their home was facing foreclosure. My plan will put homeowners first and foreclosures last." "I hope, as do all Americans, that the economy will improve; now more than ever the average American needs to know they are going to be protected when circumstances spiral out of their control," said Connie Umphress, a local homeowner who is struggling to keep her home. "This legislation will do both, help first time buyers with incentive to invest in their community and help homeowners with systems that they can trust for ...
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Monday January 17, 2011 - Times viewed: 9854
PORTLAND, Oregon Actress Daryl Hannah agreed to a ride-along with Portland police this weekend as police patrolled various strip clubs and areas known for prostitution. Hannah, an activist against child sex slavery, was in Portland for a weekend conference supporting activists against sex trafficking. Incredibly, she has said she's shocked to learn a majority of the girls in the strip clubs are represented by pimps. Hannah supports a bill sponsored by Senator Ron Wyden which would fund shelters for young women in an effort to help them escape the evils of sex trafficking. She was born Daryl Christine Hannah on December 3, 1960. After making her screen debut in 1978, Hannah starred in a number of Hollywood films throughout the 1980s. She has recently had several notable roles, including that of Elle Driver in Kill Bill, after a hiatus from major roles during the 1990s. She was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Donald and Susan Hannah. Her parents divorced shortly after her birth and her mother remarried Jerrold Wexler, a businessman and brother of Haskell Wexler, a noted cinematographer. Hannah, a vegetarian since age eleven, grew up with siblings Don and Page Hannah, who al ...
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Sunday January 16, 2011 - Times viewed: 8195
Seventeen year old Teresa Scanlan from Nebraska won the contest last night but in a first-ever twist for the Miss America contest, the contestants themselves picked two additional finalists, Miss Kentucky Djuan Trent and our Miss Oregon Stephenie Denise Steers. They both became one of 15 finalists for the Miss America Pageant televised last night. MISS OREGON:
Stephenie Steers, Miss Oregon 2010, is a native Southern Oregonian, born in Klamath Falls and raised in Medford. After six years of hard work, dedication and perseverance Stephenie accomplished a life-long dream when crowned Miss Oregon. Stephenie graduated from Oregon Institute of Technology in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene, many thanks to the $18,000 in scholarships received from participation in the Miss Oregon Program. As Miss Oregon, Stephenie earned an additional $13,000 to pursue her graduate education and a $50,000 scholarship earmarked specifically for dental school. Stephenie currently serves as Lead Hygienist at Aloha Dental and has career aspirations of becoming a dentist. Stephenie has always been passionate about civil service. Over the past six years she has been ...
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Saturday January 15, 2011 - Times viewed: 7761
PORTLAND, Oregon - Three inches of rain is expected in the Pacific Northwest and in general around the Portland area. A Flood Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service beginning at 6 p.m. today (Saturday). The water in Johnson Creek yesterday was flowing rapidly. Expect a very wet weekend, especially Saturday evening through early Sunday morning. This means the "flood-prone" rivers in the region will be high. Mostly Johnson Creek, Nehalem River and the Wilson River. High temperatures will stay in the 50's through Tuesday. Part of U.S. Highway 26 west of Hillsboro was closed until this afternoon (Saturday). Crews worked to clean flood, rock, and mud from the slide. Oregon Department of Geology issed a warning of of increased potential for debris flows in Western Oregon as rain falls on the region. Rivers are high and temperatures will continue mild through next week. ...
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Saturday January 15, 2011 - Times viewed: 9139
KEIZER, Oregon - Peter John Zielinski told police he killed his wife because he suspected she was having an affair. Zielinski, 39, is charged with killing his 38-year-old wife Lisa Zielinski, shooting her in the head Wednesday. He told police he thought his wife was having an affair over the past two months and discovered text messages and e-mails of a romantic nature between his wife and another man. The day of the shooting, Lisa Zielinski returned home early in the morning and her husband confronted her. ...
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Friday January 14, 2011 - Times viewed: 8005
EUGENE, Oregon - An Oregon man was sentenced to a 120 year prison term for the rape and "sexual torture" of an infant boy. 37-year-old David James Woodworth of Eugene pleaded guilty last week to 20 charges which included sexual abuse, sodomy and using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct. In 2006, James Woodworth videotaped himself sodomizing the infant boy as he screamed in pain. Lane County Deputy District Attorney David Schwartz told Judge Charles Zennache that he debated whether to show the judge a portion of the videotapes, saying detectives called it "the worst thing they'd ever seen." Woodworth cried briefly when his defense attorney, Chris Hansen, said he would likely die in prison. ...
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Friday January 14, 2011 - Times viewed: 7732
Cowlitz County Sheriff's Deputy Dave Anderson, 37, died of a heart attack as he was playing a game of pickup basketball at Mount Solo Middle School. Deputy Anderson was with the Sheriff's Department for three years, serving 10 years prior to that as a member of the corrections staff at Cowlitz County Jail. "Everyone around here is walking around pretty numb," Sheriff Mark Nelson said Friday morning. Anderson is survived by his wife, Amy, and three children: Feleesha, 16, Jake, 8, and Emily, 5. Anderson collapsed and medics from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue's Baker's Corner station could not revive him, Nelson said. He was pronounced dead at St. John Medical Center, where between 20 and 30 deputies gathered when they heard the news, Nelson added. Other local law enforcement agencies handled sheriff's calls Thursday night. "He is just an awesome guy with a hard work ethic," Nelson said, adding that just last week other staff members were praising him for working on a timber theft case. "Everyone loved and respected Dave. Dave was a giver. He'd always volunteer to help," never even eschewing routine tasks such as serving civil papers, Nelson said. "He sort of adher ...
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Friday January 14, 2011 - Times viewed: 7757
COOS BAY, Oregon - A Coos County Jury delivered multiple guilty verdicts against Clifford Leroy Davis Thursday for sexually abusing four girls between the ages of 10 and 14. Davis was arrested on suspicion of six counts of first degree sex abuse, one count of first degree attempted sex abuse and one count of first degree sodomy. The investigation began June 8 when sheriff investigators identified four victims, ages 10 to 14. One victim said the abuse began in and the other girls indicated the sexual abuse happened between January 2008 and May 2010. On Monday law enforcement agencies served search warrant and took Davis into custody. Davis was sentenced to 25 years, to be served fully. He will receive credit for time served, scheduled to be released at age 101. ...
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Thursday January 13, 2011 - Times viewed: 7702
Mayor Adams wants the Portland to once again look at turning the Jerome Sears United States Army Reserve Center into an equipment storage and staging area. The plans to convert the site into a mixed-income housing complex have previously fallen through because of a lack of city funds. Adams outlined his plans Tuesday night at a meeting of the Multnomah Neighborhood Association. He said the equipment at 2730 S.W. Multnomah Blvd should be used to combat manmade and natural disasters and convert the site into a storage and staging area. Most of the people at the meeting agreed with the idea of the plan because the Army currently stores big trucks and military vehicles for training exercises. The equipment might include bulldozers, large trucks, plows and other items used for construction and maintenance projects. The original idea was first supported by Commissioner Randy Leonard. But the City Council approved the housing complex and the Portland Housing Bureau was unable to allocate necessary funds. ...
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Thursday January 13, 2011 - Times viewed: 7960
KENNEWICK, Washington -A Kennewick, Washington man suffered serious burns yesterday after he fueled his truck then lit a cigarette at a gas station. Gas residue from his clothes caught fire just after Jeff Glenn just pulled away from the gas station. He then jumped out of his the truck, causing the truck to run off the road and hit a flag pole. ...
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Thursday January 13, 2011 - Times viewed: 7695
NEAR MIST, Oregon - A landslide this morning northwest of Portland and north of Vernonia, closed the tiny town of Mist and cut off the main route to several Coast Range communities. Just south of the Washington Stae border, crews closed both lanes as cleanup began and no date was given for reopening the highway. Heavy rain and snow has fallen in the area in the last few days. Cut off where links to Mist, Clatskanie, Birkenfeld, Pittsburg and Vernonia. Mist Elementary school was closed yesterday because of the slide. A few students were unable to get to school in Vernonia. ODOT has issued a warning that drivers should expect long delays. ...
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Wednesday January 12, 2011 - Times viewed: 7740
SALEM - 31-year-old Michael Allen, of Sterling Heights, Mich has been arrested for possessing and distributing a controlled substance. A search of the car turned up two duffel bags in the trunk whiich had been stuffed with the marijuana. The suspect is now locked up in a Salem. Oregon State state police said a standard traffic violation led Trooper Eric Edelbrocka to stop a 2005 Volkswagen Jetta with Michigan license plates yesterday. Officer Edelbrock said he noticed some evidence of criminal activity which led him to search the car to discover the 20 pounds of marijuana. ...
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Wednesday January 12, 2011 - Times viewed: 7710
PORTLAND, Oregon - On Sunday, January 16, a Panera Cares Cafe will open its doors at the existing 4143 Halsey Street Panera cafe in Northeast Portland. "The vision for the Panera Cares Cafe was to use Panera’s unique restaurant skills to address real societal needs and make a direct impact in communities," said Ron Shaich, Panera Bread’s co-founder and president of the Panera Bread Foundation. "Thus, the Foundation developed these community cafes to make a difference by addressing the food insecurity issues that affect millions of Americans." This is the third non-profit "Panera Cares" cafe for the bread chain. The first is in Clayton, Mo., followed by one that opened Nov. 22, 2010, in Dearborn, Mich. "Given the economic challenges in the Greater Detroit area, opening a Panera Cares Cafe in this area was a natural choice," said Shaich. “These cafes exist to make a difference by offering the Panera experience with dignity to all – those who can afford it, those who need a hand up, and everyone in between." Come Sunday, Jan. 16, those walking into the Northeast Portland cafe next to Trader Joe's will no longer see prices or a cash register. Instead they'll see "suggeste ...
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Wednesday January 12, 2011 - Times viewed: 7723
MILWAUKIE, Oregon - A nasty bowling ball stuck in a manhole was apparently the cause of a sewage leak at the Miramonte Lodge Apartments at 12200 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd. The Clackamas County Water Environment Services tell us they're not sure how long the bowling ball had been stuck. Neighbors reported a problem on yesterday. Crews cleared the blockage, sewage leaks, and posted signs near the Milwaukie boat launch and along Kellogg Lake. The public is advised to avoid contact with the walking trails for the next 48 hours. And to avoid gutter balls. ...
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Tuesday January 11, 2011 - Times viewed: 7693
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: 7710
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: 7697
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: 7803
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: 7750
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: 7813
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: 7782
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: 7695
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: 7879
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: 7744
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: 7710
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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