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Thursday December 2, 2010 - Times viewed: 7731
OREGON CITY, Oregon – Jeff and Marci Beagley said they did everything they could for their 16-year-old son before he died. However, a jury decided that simply anointing oils and praying for their son to recover was not enough. This was especially tough coming a few months after the death of their granddaughter. The 15-month-old girl passed away March 2008 of pneumonia and a blood infection. Like Neil, she was given oils and prayer instead of medicine. They chose religion over science.

Jeff and Marci Beagley were convicted of criminally negligent homicide after prosecutors said the parents failed in their duty to seek medical help for their son, Neil, two years ago.

The jury returned a verdict on the second day of deliberations. They parents are members of the Followers of Christ Church in Oregon City. Church members gasped as Judge Steven Maurer read the verdicts in the courtroom.

The couple, who remain free on bail, is scheduled for sentencing on February 18th, 2011. Because neither has a prior conviction, state sentencing guidelines indicate 16 to 18 months in prison.

Prosecutors said the Beagleys had a parental duty to provide medical care for their s ...
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Thursday December 2, 2010 - Times viewed: 7761
FLORENCE, Oregon. – The thousands of sea lions that arrived last winter near Florence seem to have largely moved on.

Dead sea lions were found near the world famous "Sea Lion Caves" still featured the usual group of 1,000 or so sea lions sitting on rocks as great waves of the Pacific Ocean created a storm of applause. The location is just an hour's drive west of Eugene.

According to marine biologists -- at the nearby Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport -- the deceased sea lions and various other marine life, to include thousands of dead starfish, "have tested positive" for leptospirosis.

The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine have examined "dozens of dead animals" and they showed clear signs of leptospirosis, that’s viewed as a deadly and communicable disease.

The spread of this disease found in the dead sea lions and other marine life puts human health in danger, say officials.

OSU researchers said "leptospirosis can be virulent," and noted that there have been more than 100 cases of this rare, and highly transmittable disease, reported to the Centers of Disease Control thus far in ...
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Thursday December 2, 2010 - Times viewed: 7756
MILWAUKEE – The prison escape of former Playboy Club bunny and Milwaukee police officer Laurie Bambi Bembenek popularized the phrase 'Run Bambi Run' and seemed tailor-made for the TV movie it inspired.

But despite the fame garnered by her flight, Bembenek died having spent more than two decades insisting on her innocence but never fully clearing her name. Her attorney said Sunday that effort will continue.

The 52-year-old died Saturday of liver failure at a hospice care center in Portland, Ore., said her longtime attorney, Mary Woehrer.

Bembenek worked briefly as a Playboy Club waitress in Lake Geneva before becoming a police officer in Milwaukee, where she married detective Fred Schultz. Bembenek was convicted in 1982 of fatally shooting his ex-wife, Christine Schultz, after allegedly complaining about the alimony he had to pay.

Bembenek was sentenced to life in prison but maintained her innocence. In 1990, she escaped Taycheedah Correctional Institution in Fond du Lac and fled to Canada with then-fiance Dominic Gugliatto, the brother of another inmate.

In Milwaukee, more than 200 supporters — many wearing 'Run Bambi Run' T-shirts — rallied to sh ...
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Thursday December 2, 2010 - Times viewed: 7711
CORVALLIS, OREGON – Steady rain Tuesday didn't discourage people from attending a candlelight vigil in support of an Islamic center targeted by an apparent hate crime after a teen who occasionally worshipped there was accused of planning mass killings in Portland.

Hundreds of residents of this small college town came out for the vigil at the Salman Alfarisi Islamic Center.

Elizabeth Oettinger, senior minister of the First Congregational Church United Church of Christ, said a number of religious leaders organized the event to show support for the Muslim community after the center's office was set on fire Sunday.

Authorities have said the blaze was the result of arson and they're investigating whether it was a hate crime, set because Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, sometimes worshipped at the center. Mohamud was arrested Friday in an FBI sting on charges he tried to set off a car bomb at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in downtown Portland, authorities said.

He has pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. Oettinger said residents lit candles at the charred mosque to show their support for its members. ...
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Thursday December 2, 2010 - Times viewed: 7675
PORTLAND, Oregon – Mohamed Osman Mohamud entered a plea of Not-Guilty Monday in federal court here in Portland.

The indictment charged him with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. He was arrested Friday evening near the crowded Pioneer Courthouse Square, after a months-long FBI sting operation.

Dozens of people — many of them women wearing head scarves — arrived at the federal court building where Mohamud was scheduled for a court hearing. One of them, Mujahid El-Naser, said he attended middle school in Portland with Mohamud and that he didn't believe his friend would have gotten involved in the plot without encouragement of the FBI.

Mohamud was arrested after he and an agent drove into downtown Portland in a white van that carried six 55-gallon drums with detonation cords and plastic caps, but all of them were inert. Authorities said they allowed the plot to proceed to obtain evidence to charge the suspect. ...
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Wednesday December 1, 2010 - Times viewed: 7658
BOSTON – Ray Allen missed his first five 3-point attempts before hitting one with 10.7 seconds left to help the Boston Celtics hold off a late charge by the Portland Trail Blazers and win 99-95 on Wednesday night.

It was Boston's fifth straight victory, and the fifth straight loss for Portland.

Paul Pierce scored 28 points, Kevin Garnett had 17 points and eight rebounds, and Rajon Rondo had 10 points and 10 assists as the Celtics built a 96-80 lead, then watched the Blazers score 15 in a row to make it a one-point game with 42 seconds left. Pierce dribbled down the 24-second clock, then fed it to Allen on the left side for the clinching 3.

Wesley Matthews scored 23 points and Andre Miller had 20 for the Blazers.

Allen was just 3 for 12 from the floor for nine points.

Pierce went 9 for 11 from the floor, making his first four 3-point attempts to help the Celtics shoot 57 percent as a team in the game. Shaquille O'Neal scored 14 points. ...
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Saturday November 27, 2010 - Times viewed: 7700
SALEM, Oregon - I5 North was closed near Salem for a couple hoursearly this morning when a travel trailer overturned, blocking both lanes. 

No one was injured and the inccident is under investigation by Oregon State Police troopers.

State Trooper Anthony Pagano said that around 12:30 this mornming a Ford F250 pickup driven by a woman from Portland was northbound on Interstate 5 when the attached 20-foot travel trailer began to sway side to side.

As she braked to slow the trailer jack-knifed and rolled onto its left side.

The pickup and trailer blocked both northbound lanes.

Salem fire personnel assisted at the scene and assisted with re-routing traffic onto a detour. 

The driver and her husband, who was said to be sleeping in the pickup, were not injured. ...
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Thursday November 25, 2010 - Times viewed: 7705
PORTLAND, Oregon - The Vancouver woman who was attacked with acid last September was again released from the hospital after having improved on Saturday.

A second woman, beautiful Derri Velarde, was attacked this week in the same way.

"It immediately started to just burn," says the new U.S. acid-attack victim, this one from Mesa, Arizona.

Velarde now has second degree burns on her face and shoulders from acid thrown at her from a woman she didn't know. The incident occurred last Friday, Sept. 4, in the parking lot of her Arizona apartment. Acid stains can still be seen on her front door.

"I open my car door and I see a woman walking up with what looked like a drink of water in her hand," Velarde said. "She just looked at me with these eyes as if she was saying something...."

But the stranger said nothing and tossed the acid onto Derri Velarde, burning her face.

This incident is different from the attack on Bethany Storro in Vancouver on Monday, Aug. 30. She says a woman approached her saying "Hey pretty girl, do you want to drink this?"

The woman who is believed to have attacked Storro and the acid-thrower in Mesa are still at large. ...
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Saturday November 20, 2010 - Times viewed: 7723
AURORA, Oregon - 70 Year old pilot George Bahrman is still in poor condition after he crashed his small plane into a home on Cessna Street near the Aurora Airport.

The aircraft was a Aeronca Champ 7-AE, single-engine light plane. The small town of Aurora, Oregon located about 25 miles south of Portland.

A woman in the home was not hurt. The pilot, George Bahrman was taken to OHSU with non-life threatening injuries.

Sally Jones who lives in the home was lucky not to be injured because she was walking outside her front door when the plane hit. She said she heard a buzzing sound, ‘too close, too low.’ And bam! The impact knocked me off my porch – about four feet down and six feet over," said Jones. She was surprised when she went back inside and saw the nose of an airplane in her living room but shocked when she saw the pilot sitting on the edge of her roof. She said Bahrman was in shock, but when she asked if he was OK, he said he "was fine."

Rescue crews responded to the site just west of Interstate 5. The plane caught fire after impact but the flames went out on their own.

Pilot Bahrman said he was practicing taking off and landing when the plane ...
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Monday November 15, 2010 - Times viewed: 7624
An Oregon man has been sentenced to nearly two years in prison after he accidentally smothered his infant son by rolling on top of him while drunk and asleep.

A judge called it a tragic situation during a sentencing hearing last week for 29-year-old Cameron Michael Rogers of Astoria.

His girlfriend, the mother of the couple's month-and-a-half-old son Calvin, was in jail for assaulting Rogers earlier that day, so he took his son to a friend's home and started drinking.

The Daily Astorian reported that Rogers was "highly intoxicated" when he rolled over on Calvin while they were sleeping in a bed at the friend's home.

Rogers pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and criminal mistreatment. He apologized in court and said he was battling a longtime drinking problem ...
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Wednesday November 3, 2010 - Times viewed: 8006
HILLSBORO, Oregon - Joshua David Nicholas, who was scheduled to be released from prison was instead was arrested by police and charged with the murder of Lori Fitzgerald, 47, who lived in the 2700 block of Sycamore Court in Forest Grove.

Neighbors remembered Lori Fitzgerald as a "nice person" whose murder was shocking. She was a mother of two who was found dead on the 2700 block of Sycamore Court on Nov. 7.

Initially, investigators described Fitzgerald's death as suspicious and an investigation found that guns and other items were missing from her home. Officers said they believe Lori's death might have been made to resember suicide. Police were able to determine that Nicholas had recently become acquainted with Fitzgerald and that he was in her home prior to the death. Ronald Wright, a neighbor and Fitzgerald's friend, said he met Nicholas.

"I just figured he was a normal person, you know. Nothing bad like that," Wright said. Fitzgerald's friends said they were shocked by her death. "She was a really nice person. She was always helpful and giving to other people around here. That's what was so shocking … especially in this neighborhood," said Dawn Reynolds-Ste ...
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Thursday October 21, 2010 - Times viewed: 7740
TIGARD, Oregon - A young woman and man in their 20s were found dead at a Tigard apartment complex. A two-year-old girl was sleeping inside and was not hurt.

Neighbors at the Arbor Heights Apartments called police just after 8:30 p.m. Tuesday after hearing screaming, and then four to five gunshots. Witnesses say the couple was arguing before shots were fired.

Police found the two bodies in the entrance to the apartment. The identities were not immediately released.

Police were investigating the incident as a murder-suicide. ...
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Thursday October 14, 2010 - Times viewed: 8189
A man was sitting with a stick and was using a knife to whittle it into some form or other. This was in downtown Seattle yesterday, Monday afternoon,on the northwest corner of Boren and Howell just before 4:30 p.m.

An unidentified police officer was on patrol when he spotted a man sitting on the sidewalk, whittling a stick. The police officer then approached the man.

The officer told the man to drop the knife several times. According to witnesses at the scene, the man then stood up and the officer repeated his demand. The officer then opened fire hitting the man with as many as five lethal bullets directly into his chest, killing him, .

"It was rapid succession of five or six shots, straight to the chest. It was point blank," said one witness who wished to remain anonymous for obvious reasons.

According to Seattle city code, it's unlawful for anyone to carry a concealed or unconcealed deadly weapon other than a firearm.

The name of the police officer who shot the man several times has not been released and Seattle Police Chief John Diaz has made no comments other than to say, "He's considered a very good officer. He has a good record,"
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Sunday October 3, 2010 - Times viewed: 7686
EUGENE, Oregon - "It sounded like an explosion, like a bomb", said Bill Donlon. "The concussion could be felt". Donlon was nearby in downtown Eugene when the fire in the underground utility space shot the manhole cover far into the area in early Sunday afernoon.

When police and firefighters arrived, they blocked off streets.

It's not yet certain what caused the outage yesterday but is believed to be an equipment malfunction in an underground utility vault somewhere around 11th Avenue and Pearl Street. Dark smoke flowed out of the hole and firefighters kept their distance until Eugene Water and Electric Board crews could turn off the power to most of downtown.

"Not like a heavy fire flame," said Caleb Mocabee, who witnessed the explosion of the manhole. "But like a gas flame covered up the hole, I mean 20 feet by 20 feet; it was a huge ball."

Firefighters put out the fire after power was turned off.

"I couldn't believe it," Mocabee said. "They had this black smoke coming up and people are still driving around it and over it."

Tthe fire was extinguished around 3:30 p.m. yesterday. Power was restored to most of the 30 square block area of down ...
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Tuesday September 28, 2010 - Times viewed: 8139
Banks, Oregon - A former volunteer firefighter has been cleared of all sexual abuse charges, including inappropriately touching high school girls. The charges against Dale Evers, of Banks, were either returned not guilty or dismissed in Washington County court on Friday.

Evers was found guilty of a less serious charge of furnishing alcohol to a minor. And yet another case involving Evers ended Friday with a hung jury, according to court records.

Evers was arrested after a 22 year old woman told authorities he abused her 10 years ago on a farm in Banks when he was 32 and she was 12. ...
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Wednesday September 1, 2010 - Times viewed: 7635
PORTLAND, Oregon -A female driver who stuck a teenage boy has turned herself in to police to say she was the driver of a pickup truck that struck and killed an 18-year-oldCassidy Ringwald, an Oregon resident, while he was walking along a street with his sister.

Washington County sheriff's deputies said the woman has not been charged but the deathremains under investigation.

Ringwald'ssister said they were walking on the shoulder of a street in residential Portland Thursday evening when her brother washit from behind and thrown more than 15 feet into the middle of an intersection.

Several people came to Ringwald's aid, performing CPR before medics arrived. He was taken to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland where later died. ...
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Monday August 23, 2010 - Times viewed: 7888
Beaverton police are asking for help in piecing together what appears to be a possible kidnapping of a teenage girl yesterday afternoon from the LaSalle Apartments.

A witness reported that yesterday that a white teenage girl, 13 to 15 years old, was seen blindfolded and possibly bound in some mannerand and led away by a bald, clean-shaven Caucasian man in his mid-30s.

At about 2:20 p.m Beaverton police responded to the apartment complex near the 3100 block of Southwest 153rd Street. The girl was seen sitting in the front passenger seat of a new, white four-door sedan. The girl was slim with shoulder-length light brown.

The teenage girl did not appear hurt," said police. She was quietly sitting in the car, and no weapons were seen.

The man with the girl was reported to be a little over 6-footand wore a light blue, short-sleeve, button-down shirt.

The witness said that when the man saw her he got into the driver’s side and drove away quickly out of the parking lot towards Southwest 153rd Avenue. The witness did not have time to get the license plate number.

Police searched the area for severalhours but found nothing and there has been noca ...
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Saturday August 21, 2010 - Times viewed: 7658
CANBY, Oregon - 3 people were seriously injured and 10 others hurt when two vehicles collided last night because one of them did not stop at a stop sign.

A van and an SUV collided just before 8 p.m. at the intersection of South Central Point Road and South New Era Road.

There were two adults and six children in the Van, and the SUV had five teenagers. According to firefighters, one of the vehicles was headed to the Clackamas County Fair and Rodeo and the other had just come from there.

It's not yet clearwhich vehicle failed to stop.

Eight of the passengers had minor injuries and two were injured but were able to walk away. One child waswas taken to the hospital by helicopter and the others by ambulances.

Everyone is expected to survive. As of Saturday, names have not yet been released.

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Friday August 20, 2010 - Times viewed: 7693
SALEM -- The photo in this story is of a Salem man believed to have attempted to fake his own death to beat a court case. Police unsuccessfully attempted to locate him over the weekend.

Last Friday, Salem police obtained an arrest warrant for 42 year old Michael Rosen of 181 North Street and charged him with counterfeiting and forgery, Rosen allegedly posed as his brother in Salem District Court last Tuesday.

Rosen handed a clerk a copy of what police later confirmed was a forged death certificate with many misspellings, including the name of the cemetery where he claimed to be buried.

A probation officer discovered the problem in regard to the dismissal. He was suspicious. He remembered he had talked to Rosen the previous week and was apparently in good spirits and in good health. Rosen has a long police record including prior forgery charges.

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Thursday August 19, 2010 - Times viewed: 7646
ALOHA, Oregon - Police are investigating a bomb threat Thursday evening that was called into the US Bank next to Papa Johns on Southwest TV Highway, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. No injuries have been reported.

The Portland Bomb Squad was on the scene late Thursday to search the parking lot, said David Thompson, spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

TV Highway was shut down from 185th to 198th, with traffic clogging the streets.

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Wednesday August 18, 2010 - Times viewed: 7896
WASHOUGAL, Washington - Zachary Gallo fell27 to his deathoff the Naked Fallsbridge over the Washougal River early Monday morning, police said.

Gallo was from Citrus Heights, California andfell in the early hours Monday morning. A friend who was looking for him also fell from the same spot just moments later. The second person survived and was treated at the scene.

The bridge islocated approximately three miles upstream from the popular Dougan Falls recreation area. The river bank under the bridge is a flat rock ledge and both men fell about 30 feet into the water below.

A friend of the Gallo ran to a home nearby and called 9-1-1. Policefound Gallo floating in a shallow rapid in the Washougal River downstream from the bridge. CPR efforts could notrevived him, said Skamania County Sheriff Dave Brown.

Deputies believe the men hadbeen drinking before the accident andhad all been attending or working at the Clark County Fair earlier in the day and left to go cool off in the river.

Gallo had planned to head home to California this morning. ...
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Friday August 13, 2010 - Times viewed: 7798
Lady Gaga will be arriving in Portland August 19. Tickets are still available.

Her Monster Ball Tour, which arrives Thursday at the Rose Garden, has been not only a commercial success but also largely a critical one.

And though there's plenty of room to argue about whether she's original or a Madonna knockoff, there's little denying that all the costume changes, all the ridiculous quotes, the glitz, the glam, the artifice have resulted in something we don't see that often: Lady Gaga has infiltrated the culture.

We can jump online and find any fact within a few seconds. We have hundreds of "friends" we barely know, if we know them at all. We have more entertainment options than ever before, but rarely do we watch or listen to much together.

The largest TV event of 2010, the finale of "Lost," averaged 13.5 million viewers. In 1998, the final episode of "Seinfeld" averaged more than 76 million viewers.

Lady Gago was just another girl inManhattan's Upper West Side, just another girl who went to a Catholic school near the Guggenheim Museum and whose website biography ends with the quote, "And, now, I'm just trying to change the world one sequin at a ti ...
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Wednesday August 11, 2010 - Times viewed: 8304
PORTLAND, Oregon - Tens of thousands of people in Oregon use Craiglist on a daily basis, which is, on the average, higher than most of the rest of the country. Much of the services and people who use the service are decent law abiding citizens and most are friendly and courteous. However, there are some mean spirited and nasty people one finds difficult to avoid. Let's look at one particular criminal first.

Portland Police are searching for more victims of a man who scammed people out of thousands of dollars on Craigslist. 36 year old Brian Beckwas arrested for theft. On Friday a man reported to police that he had purchased store gift cards for around $1,000 from a man on Craigslist. However, the cards had no balance. Police discovered that Beck bought the gift cards legally and then sold them to the victim, according to the police bureau.

Sounds legal so far. But the problem is that after Beck sold them, he went back to the store and reported that they were stolen. The store immediately gave him new cards with original balances. So because the cards were reported as stolen, the victim was unable to redeem them. Police served a search warrant at Beck's Beaverton ...
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Monday August 9, 2010 - Times viewed: 7726
YAMHILL, Oregon - Missy has always loved her owner and usually follows him wherever he goes. But this time she was able to rescue him and perhaps even save his life after he collapsed at home following major heart surgery.

Missy's friend, companion, and owner, Charlie Burdon was working in his back yard last week in Yamhill when 11-year-old dachshund Missy scampered up to neighbor Charles Mitchell and refused to leave.

Mitchell tried repeatedly to get the insistent old dog to return home, but she refused. This began to worry Mitchell so he decided to follow Missy down the street to to see what might be going on. He then found his neighbor, Charlie Burdon collapsed inside his home. He called 911 and was taken to the hospital.

Missy's owner, Charlie Burdon had suffered an attack of vertigo and is now recovering, thanks to Missy. And Burdon and Mitchell, who have been good friends for years, both have decided that Missy is now the neighborhood hero. ...
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Saturday August 7, 2010 - Times viewed: 7883
Have you ever been double-charged by a company? It happens all the time. Many businesses make this a standard practice then have a ready apology when you catch them at it. You pay one employee of the company then another bills you for the same service, usually mailed to you in the official looking form envelope. All too often the unsuspecting customer sends in another check. Or, as what happened last week, the customer pays River City Environmental in cash then sends another payment when the company demanding the double payment Last week a customer called River City Environmental in the early evening asking for help in testing a septic drain field. The employee on the phone promised a technician would call in the morning. Instead of actually calling as promised, River City Environmental simply sent a man out on the job without permission from the customer. Business must be slow.

To make the problem worse, the technician argued with the customer, refusing to perform the simple test requested, insisting that it would be best to dig up the entire distribution box, destroying a perfect lawn, all of which could have cost thousands of dollars. The customer had carefully expl ...
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Friday August 6, 2010 - Times viewed: 7760
Douglas Noah Marcks will spend the next five years in state prison because he left his sick 78 year old mother in a bathtub for 18 hours. Douglas Noah Marcks apparently didn't much care what happened to his mother because 48-year-old Marcks wanted to watch television. Multnomah County Circuit Judge Julie Frantz sentenced the son to five years for criminal mistreatment.

Marcks eventually called 911 and emergency dispatchers back in 2007 to. They found his mother, Bernice Marcks, sill in the bathtub, unconscious. He left her there, in her own feces for a day and a half while he flipped channels on his TV set in another room.

Marks had moved to his mother's home on Southeast 32nd Avenue and was supposed to provide her with care but most sly cashed her Social Security checks for himself.

When medical personnel found conditions in the home "deplorable", the old woman in tub full of feces, her room a disaster, more feces everywhere, he was arrested.

"This is the most serious and egregious case of criminal mistreatment that I have witnessed," said Multnomah County Circuit Judge Julie Frantz who sentenced him.

Marcks was supposed to b ...
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Wednesday August 4, 2010 - Times viewed: 7832
ROSEBURG, Oregon -- A 911 call reported gunshots filed the general area of Oswego and Fulton in Roseburg early Wednesday morning. Police responded and an investigation of attempted murder followed.

It all happened just after midnight. Roseburg police responded to the report of a gunshot, and an officer saw a vehicle speeding away from the area. He pulled the vehicle over, and discovered neighbors were taking Ashley T. Reynolds, 24, of Roseburg, to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the head.

Police report that Reynolds was alert and spoke to a police officer at Mercy Medical Center. He has since been taken to River Bend Hospital in Springfield.

Police Jeff Edward Reece, 27, also of Roseburg, on charges of Attempted Murder and Assault I. Reynolds and Reece apparently knew each other and had been involved in some kind of relationship.

The investigation is continuing, and more information will be released as it becomes available. ...
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Monday August 2, 2010 - Times viewed: 7744
Grace Tam and her family were on a hiking trip together, enjoying a beautiful summer afternoon.All She and her mother were seated on a rock outside the Big Four ice caves in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.All Then out of nowhere, a huge truck-sized chunk of ice tumbled down and landed on the girl and ram into her mother.

Witnesses saw the chunk of ice falling but there was nothing they could do.  They called 911 and did all they could while waiting 90 agonizing minutes for help to arrive.

Grace and her mother were not inside a cave, but were simply standing next to them. A Sheriff's Office deputy was sent to the scene, along with search-and-rescue personnel, a medic unit and a helicopter.

"It was huge," said Marina Yagolnikova, a witness who was downhill from the incident when it happened just before 3 p.m. "I saw a piece of ice just fall down, and people were just screaming, 'Oh, there's people up there!'"

Deputy Glen Bergstrom described the falling ice as the size of a small truck. The victims were outside the caves sitting on a rock at a nearby snowfield. The family is from the Lake Stevens area.  The entire ...
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Thursday July 29, 2010 - Times viewed: 8181
CANYONVILLE, Oregon - An electrical fire slowly smoldered in a dark closet as mother Teresa Holt and her children slept peacefully.

This was the family pet Grizzly's chance to be heroic and save the entire family. And that's just what he did. Flames would soon spread and destroyed the family home and possessions but their savior pit bull mix Grizzly woke up the little man of the house, son Justin.

"The dog trampled over me and stuff," Justin Holt said. "It was acting weird and I was like, 'What's wrong?' And then I thought I smelled something on fire, and I thought it was the stove at first. Then I realized when I rolled back over it was coming out of my mom's (closet) into my closet."

It wasn't long before the tiny home was destroyed. Everything was a total loss. 

"I still don't know how we got out because the house was so full of smoke, and I'm surprised it wasn't further inflamed before we woke up," Teresa Holt said and credits Grizzly with saving all their life.

And this is second time Teresa had to flee a house fire. When she just a teenager, Teresa's parent's house also burned to the ground.

"It ...
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Wednesday July 28, 2010 - Times viewed: 7782
A 65-year-old woman was hit and killed by a truck on SE Tualatin Valley Highway on Tuesday, and police are looking for the driver. Preciosa Galorio was walking in the crosswalk at TV Highway at 11th when a pickup hit her

At around 8 p.m., Preciosa was hit by the pickup truck, which was headed westbound.  The woman was badly injured and suffered life-threatening injuries. She was then transported to the hospital by a Life Flight air ambulance. She later died.

Police said the truck drove away after hitting the woman and investigators are now looking for that truck and its driver. They believe the driver may be in a late-1990s Chevy two-tone pickup truck.  Anyone with information should call Washington Co. dispatchers at 503-629-0111.

The site of yesterdau's hit and run incident was about a mile away from where Jaziel Lopez-Medina, 18, was struck and killed by a vehicle on July 18.  The driver in that incident is still being sought by police.  There is yet no indication that the two incidents are related. ...
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