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Thursday February 4, 2010 - Times viewed: 7525
February 4, 2010

PORTLAND, Ore. - The killing of an unarmed man last Friday has created a controversy in the Portland community and prompted a grand jury investigation. Witnesses and residents are talking about the killing of an unarmed 25-year-old man and say the man was cooperating with police, had his hands over his head or on top of his head as requested but police officer Ronald Frashour shot him in the back last Friday night. A police spokesperson said the man was refusing to obey police orders and was a danger to the community.

At around 4:30 pm, police were called to the Sandy Terrace Apartments in the 12800 block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard. It was nearly 4:30 p.m. The person calling 9-1-1 said Aaron Marcell Campbell was suicidal and armed with a gun and that Campbell wanted to die from police gunfire.

Campbell’s girlfriend came out of the apartment and said her boyfriend was upset that his 23 year old brother, Timothy Douglass, had died earlier that day. She said three children were inside the apartment.

Police talked for nearly an hour with Campbell through text messages and at around 5:30 the children came out unharmed.

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Monday February 1, 2010 - Times viewed: 7664
TANGENT, Oregon - A commercial truck hit and killed a child in a jogging stroller on Highway 99E, between Corvallis and Lebanon.

The accident happened at about 10 a.m. Monday, near the intersections of Highway 99E and Old Highway 34 - near Tangent, west of I-5.

Police say 35-year-old Courtney Ayer was pushing her son's stroller while she jogged southward, in the northbound sidewalk. She came to a stop on the northeast corner of the intersection, still on the sidewalk, when the Freightliner truck driven by 37-year-old Marcus Coulter of Lebanon, ran into the stroller, killing her 2-and-a-half-year-old son, Dillon.

Courtney Ayer suffered minor injuries. Coulter, the truck driver, was not injured. It appears he had come to a stop, then attempted to turn right from Highway 34 onto 99E when his truck ran up onto the sidewalk and into the stroller.

The stroller and the little boy ended up in the northbound lanes of 99E, which were closed for a couple of hours while police, rescue, and highway crews processed the scene.

The northbound lanes of Highway 99E were closed while police, rescue and highway crews processed the scene. Those lanes re-opened b ...
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Friday January 29, 2010 - Times viewed: 7626
BEAVERTON – Police say a man used his finger and stole a small amount of cash and lottery tickets from a convenience store on Wednesday morning.

The unidentified man did not have a weapon or claim he had one, said Beaverton Police Detective Pam Yazzolino.

The man came into the store at 13875 SW Farmington Rd. at about 3:30 in the morning and walked behind the counter then demanded money. He never touched the female clerk, Yazzolino said.

The man then complained there wasn't enough money and when the cashier told him she didn't have access to additional cash, he stole a few lottery tickets.

He then left with just a small amount of money. He had been in the store a only few minutes before the robbery but left.

Plaid Pantry is offering $1,000 as a reward for information leading to an arrest, Yazzolino said. The man was described about 20 years old, 5-feet, 7, medium build.

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Friday January 29, 2010 - Times viewed: 7569
PORTLAND, Ore. - A man poured gasoline over his body then set himself on fire outside Nicholas Ungar Furs at 12th and Yamhill Wednesday morning. Police used a fire extinguisher to put out the flames. 26-year-old Daniel Schaull later died from his injuries at the hospital, police said. Schaull was pronounced dead last night at a local Portland hospital.

Firefighters arrived just after 11 a.m. to find Schaull significantly burned. Witnesses said they heard someone screaming for help, that they looked up and saw a man fully engulfed in flames, running down the street. Bystanders as well as police extinguished the flames and Schaull was transported to Legacy Emanuel Hospital with critical injuries.

It was not immediately clear whether Shaull was protesting against the store, which has had problem with animal rights activists in the past, but witnesses said he was screaming about the treatment of animals.

“There are animals dying! Animals dying!” witnesses said Shaull was screaming as flames engulfed his body and shot above his head.

All“He tried to run into the building,” said witness Mike Cheema who owns a food cart a few feet from ...
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Thursday January 28, 2010 - Times viewed: 7655
Oregon & Washington get $600 million for high-speed trains

January 28, 2010

WASHINGTON -- High-speed rail projects in Oregon and Washington are among the big winners of $8 billion in grants -- the start of what some Democrats tout as a national rail-building program that could rival the interstate highways begun in the Eisenhower era.

Thirteen rail corridors in 31 states received funds. The White House, which supplied a list of the grants to reporters late Wednesday, billed the program as "high-speed rail," although most U.S. projects won't reach the speeds seen in Europe and Asia.

Portland's Union Station will get more than $7 million for a seismic retrofit and roof repairs.All Other money will go to engineering studies for Oregon railroads and improvements in North Portland. Projects will include upgrades to exhisting track and signal systems as well as safety upgrades.

Combined, Oregon and Washington will get $598 million with the majority of it going to Washington state. Washington Senator Patty Murray said the money will increase the number of Amtrak passenger trains between Portland and Seattle from four to six. It will also ...
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Wednesday January 27, 2010 - Times viewed: 7564
Oregon has set aside its history of shooting down tax increases on statewide ballots, with voters endorsing higher taxes on businesses and the rich amid a brutal economic slump.

Democrats in the Oregon Legislature made it as easy as they could for the voters to raise taxes on somebody else, and the electorate responded Tuesday by approving Measures 66 and 67.

The increases approved Tuesday will hit people with taxable income upward of $125,000 - estimated at fewer than 3 percent of filers. Many businesses who had been paying an annual $10 minimum will see that rise to at least $150.

With 91 percent of the vote counted, the vote was 54-46 on Measure 66 and 53-47 on Measure 67.

Oregon voters have consistently rebuffed legislative attempts to take more in tax revenue - such as a cigarette tax to pay for health insurance for children three years ago, two previous income tax measures that would have hit most Oregonians and nine sales tax measures over the decades.

A Democratic legislative leader, Senate President Peter Courtney, said he was, just in case, preparing a statement acknowledging defeat just before the results were reported Tuesday.

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Saturday January 23, 2010 - Times viewed: 7672
SEATTLE - At question across the United states is police brutality, arrogance, and indifference to citizens. In this case, a King County jury was unable to reach a verdict of former King County deputy Paul Schene who was fired for policy violations as well assault on a 15 year old girl in lock up on November. 29, 2008. On Friday, a mistrial was declared after the jury reported to the judge that they were a "hung jury."

Surveillance footage showed deputy Paul Schene brutally manhandling the teenage girl, throwing her down on the floor and punching her with his fist in the face and head at least twice. The beating took place in her in a holding cell at SeaTac City Hall. "During the attack, the girl, Malika Calhoun, was so scared she wet her pants," said Gary Ernsdorff, senior deputy prosecutor, during the trial.

Schene said the reason he attacked the teen girl was that, "She kicked a shoe at me and it hit me in the leg". The video clearly shows the only thing the girl did was to casually slide her shoe out the door of her cell. There is no way the tennis shoe could have hurt or injured anyone. Prosecutors said a prisoner in a nearby cell h ...
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Friday January 22, 2010 - Times viewed: 7595
FOREST GROVE, Oregon - Forest Grove police say one person has been killed in a crash involving multiple vehicles on Highway 47.

Witnesses told police that the deceased man was initially not involved and had stopped to render aid when he was struck by another vehicle and killed.

The crash took place Friday at about 7 a.m. about two miles from Forest Grove at the intersection of Highway 47 and B Street. It was dark at the time.

One other person was airlifted to a hospital by helicopter. Two other people were transported to a hospital by ambulance. Police said there was a total of nine people involved.

Police said the crash initially involved a 4-door sedan andAlla pickup truck that was hauling a camper trailer.  Two other vehicles became involved after the initial crash.

The highway was closed while crews work at the scene. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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Wednesday January 20, 2010 - Times viewed: 8251
PORTLAND, Oregon -- An infestation of bed bugs at the Park Plaza Apartments has Portland State senior Jeff Rudnicky and others quite upset.

Last Halloween, Jeff and his girlfriend moved into the Park Plaza right off campus. He first thought the apartments were great but his girlfriend woke one morning to nasty bites all over her body.

"She was covered in red, nasty hives so she rushed to the emergency room," said Rudnicky. They now have no place to stay and no money for another place to rent.

Jeff's girlfriend is allergic to bed bugs. It was so bad her doctors said she nearly went into shock.

Jeff demanded their deposit be returned and even looked for a lawyer. He said the Park Plaza Apartments refused to refund his deposit and the company that owns Park Plaza locked them out.

"They had to vacate their apartment and basically sleep on relatives' couches, " said Lissa Kaufman, PSU's Student Legal Coordinator who represents several students just like Jeff, who claim theAllcompany that owns the apartment building  was negligent.

Another tenant of Park Plaza, Brenden Madden is moving out at the end of the month, becaus ...
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Tuesday January 19, 2010 - Times viewed: 7615
A man died Tuesday morning after falling four stories from a northeast Portland hotel. The 20-year-old man fell from a room at the Inn at the Convention Center on Northeast Grand Avenue and Holladay Street, according to a Portland police sergeant. He landed on the sidewalk below.

Officers said a Good Samaritan rushed over to the man and began to perform CPR. Police and paramedics soon arrived and an ambulance rushed him to Legacy Emanuel Hospital. He died at the hospital, according to a police spokeswoman. Police believe it was an accidental fall and not a suicide.

Two other people were in the room at the time, officers said, and alcohol appeared to be a factor in the incident. The scene of the accident was cleared by 6:30 a.m. The man's name has not been released.

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Sunday January 17, 2010 - Times viewed: 7698
ALOHA, Ore. – A dangerous Tualatin Valley Highway intersection between Beaverton and Aloha will get its new pedestrian traffic signal one year ahead of schedule.

The decision was made at an Oregon Transportation Commission meeting Thursday. The move pushes up construction from 2012 to 2011 of a $1.2 million pedestrian-activated traffic signal project at Northwest 178th Avenue, which is in the state’s top 5 percent of roads reporting crashes.
The move comes too late to help 14-year-old George Johnson.
He was one of threeAllyouths injured Dec. 20 while heading home from the 7-11 convenience store at that dark highway intersection.
George recalls seeing a headlight coming toward him as he and two younger girls walked past a car stopped at the marked TV Highway crosswalk. Then he remembers "doing somersaults in the air" before coming to rest on the ground with the wind knocked out of him. "I thought I was going to die," he reportedly told his mother.
After weeks in intensive care, the middle school football and basketball player is home at last. However, he won't be playing sports again anytime soon.
"He is still under t ...
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Sunday January 17, 2010 - Times viewed: 7635
January 17, 2010PORTLAND, Ore. - Jim Smith Charged Into Burning House To Save Sleeping 6-Year-Old.The children are safe while a La Grande man is in a burn unit after risking his life to save his grandchild from a burning house Monday night. Jim Smith is recovering at Legacy Emanuel Hospital from burns to the top of his head, face, arms and 70 percent of his back after charging into the blaze on Ash Street in La Grande. Smith was sleeping in a camper parked in the driveway when a neighbor pounded on the house's front door to alert the children's father, Steven Lane, to the fire. Lane rushed upstairs to get 2-year-old Alexis and 4-year-old Austin. Ashley, 7, was able to break a first-floor window and escape on her own. But 6-year-old Aaden was still in the basement. When Smith heard the boy was still inside, he headed toward the blaze. "I had to go through the flames to get into the house because it had already engulfed the whole porch area of the house and the back porch. The computer room was all in flames. Then, down in the basement, it was starting to burn down through the basement to Aaden's bed," he said. Smith said he found the boy asleep, wrapped him in a jacket ...
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Wednesday January 13, 2010 - Times viewed: 7596
PORTLAND, Ore. - Local relief volunteers and staff are ready for the trip to earthquake ravaged Haiti, and one local aid worker is preparing herself to deal with the emotional scene she’s expecting to see. “The one thing that I have found over the years, you go in with adrenaline,” said aid worker Cassandra Nelson of Mercy Corps. “We are going there with a job and mission with very clear objectives.” Her responsibility, once she arrives in Haiti, will be to make sure the victims who lost their homes will have shelter. She will also help to ensure they get clean water. “Waterborne diseases are one of the biggest killers after a natural disaster, and it’s because of inadequate toilet facilities,” she said. AllOver the last ten years Nelson has seen everything from the Indonesian tsunami to war zones like Iraq and Afghanistan, but she said helping people in natural disasters can be much more difficult. “I think it’s very hard as a humanitarian to respond to a natural disaster in that everything gets wiped out. Typically in wars there is a neighborhood that gets bombed but it’s not like the entire infrastructure is g ...
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Tuesday January 12, 2010 - Times viewed: 7583
SANDY, Oregon - Clackamas County deputies arrested a man and woman Sunday night, accusing them of murdering the man's three-year-old daughter. Monday, the girl was identified as Alexis Marie Pounder. The Medical Examiner states that she died of physical and nutritional child abuse. Saturday, deputies were sent to investigate a disturbance at 22050 SE Cottontail Lane in Sandy. When they arrived, they found the child's body - along withAllenough indicators to call in the Violent Crimes and Child Abuse teams. They also found four other children living there, and removed them. The dead child's father is identified as 27-year-old Donald L Cockrell. He was staying there with his girlfriend, 24-year-old Michele Nicole Smith. Cockrell was also the father of one of those four removed children, Smith the mother of the other three. While detectives interviewed witnesses and searched for additional evidence, a forensic autopsy was conducted Sunday on the dead girl. Hours later, both Cockrell and Smith were arrested and taken to the ClackamasAll County Jail. They were staying in the home of Smith's parents, who reside in separate living quarters in the home, and are not considered sus ...
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Saturday January 9, 2010 - Times viewed: 7558
Federal authorities filed a criminal complaint Friday against a 56-year-old man whose scrawled note invoking "Gilligan's Island" led a Hawaiian Airlines pilot to turn around a Maui-bound flight and return Wednesday to Portland, Oregon.

Joseph Hedlund Johnson, of Salem, Oregon, was charged with the federal crime of interference with the performance and duties of a flight crew member or attendant. He is expected to surrender to authorities on Monday.

The crime of interference with the performance and duties of a flight crew member or attendant carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

According to the complaint and a 13-page supporting affidavit, Johnson and his girlfriend, Caroll Ann Miller, boarded Hawaiian Airlines Flight 39 on Wednesday morning bound for Kahului, Hawaii, on the island of Maui.

Once aboard, Johnson became upset because he was not allowed to store his bag under his exit-row seat, according to the affidavit, which was written by an FBI agent after interviewing Johnson, Miller and the flight crew.

About 45 minutes into the flight, Johnson gave a comment card in a sealed envelope to a flight atten ...
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Friday January 8, 2010 - Times viewed: 7554
PORTLAND, Ore. - A TriMet bus ran a red light in southeast Portland and it was all caught on camera, but that wasn't the worst of it. It turned out the bus driver, Nancy Amburgey, was driving with a suspended license that had not been valid since August of 2008. Two weeks later, Amburgey is back on her route for TriMet after going to court, paying her fines and getting her license reinstated. Amburgey wasn't interested in talking with us but passengers we spoke with were concerned about what happened. According to TriMet, Amburgey told them she wasn't aware of her suspended license but court records show she was pulled over in March of 2009 and arrested for driving while suspended. TriMet told us they count on Oregon's DMV to notify them when one of their drivers has a suspended license but Amburgey was suspended in Washington. We asked TriMet, given this incident, whether they would run all of their drivers through Washington state but the answer was no, they will still count on drivers to tell them. ...
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Thursday January 7, 2010 - Times viewed: 7563
The Portland Metro area lost approximately 52,200 jobs in 2008, or about 5 percent of the total jobs in the area, according to newly-released statistics from the Department of Labor.

Federal labor analysts estimated that on Jan. 1, 2008 there were 1.04 million jobs in the metropolitan area, including Beaverton, but that by year's end only 982,400 remained.

Nationally, 99 of the nation's 100 largest labor markets posted declines, according to the government. The lone increase came along the Mexican border in the McAllen-Edinberg, Tex. metro area.

One economist estimated that the U.S. lost 7 million jobs between 2007 and 2008 and that it might take a decade to recover those job numbers - but that most careers expected to grow over the next decade were low-paying service-sector positions in health care and food industries.

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Wednesday January 6, 2010 - Times viewed: 7547
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- A 21-year-old man suffered minor injuries after he fell onto light-rail tracks and lay flat as a departing train passed over him, TriMet officials said.

Keoki Rosimo and his friends had just gotten off the MAX at the Sunset Transit Center platform at about 1 a.m. Thursday when Rosimo fell, Beaverton police said. TriMet surveillance video showed the group playfully pushing each other when Rosimo tumbled from the platform. He landed between the tracks and the platform wall.

Rosimo lay flat under the departing train and suffered a foot injury, transit officials said. The MAX train was a Type 4, a newer model with a high clearance from the ground, which police said allowed Rosimo to lay flat and not be injured worse. Friends and witnesses then pulled Rosimo from the tracks. He was taken to Legacy Emanuel Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The MAX driver told police he saw the group on the platform and used extra care in checking their safety before continuing the route. An investigation showed the MAX driver wasn't at fault. No citations were issued. MAX riders said safety is a priority at each stop. "Usually, when a train goes, ...
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Tuesday January 5, 2010 - Times viewed: 7646
17 year old Ariel Chrisman wasn't really prepared for what happened to her the afternoon of December 12th. She says she was dressed in sweats and was only going into the mall to collect a paycheck.  Then she thought she had static electricity in her hair from the escalator ride but she says two guys riding in the opposite direction told her a man was cutting her hair. "I didn't know what was going on -- I had to keep asking this guy did he really cut my hair? Is that really what he did?" The incident happend two saturdays before christmas. The mall was packed and Ariel also thought it might have just been a man crowded into her on a full escalator. When Ariel heard about a similar incident on Trimet last week she suspected the man who cut her hair could be the same man and called police. Police arrested the same man when an incident happened on New Years Eve. A woman who was riding the Route # 33 bus says Jared Walter tried to cut her hair while she was riding the bus. She also says Walter had some sort of glue that he was sticking in her hair. As soon as the woman got off the bus at the Milwaukie Transit Center, she called police. The bus driver kept the ...
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Monday January 4, 2010 - Times viewed: 7574
PORTLAND, Ore. -- An autopsy conducted Monday proved to be inconclusive after human remains were found in a shed in southeast Portland. Officers were called to the 14700 block of Southeast Rhone Street at 11:45 a.m. Saturday to investigate the death. A person living at a home in the area directed police to a shed holding the remains of an unidentified person. The address where the body was found is linked to a missing person's report from 2007. Portland police said 49-year-old Susan Cserepes was reported missing May 13, 2007, and she lived at the home. However, an autopsy conducted Monday morning did not determine whether the remains are that of Cserepes. The autopsy also did not reveal a cause of death. Neighbors said they were initially stumped as to why police showed up at the house Saturday. "It's a very puzzling case for a lot of us around here," said Loretta Franke, who lives in the area. Officers are still investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Mike Weinstein at 503-823-0446. "It's very perplexing," said neighbor Jamie Ison. "I walk back and forth down this street a couple times per day and never saw any activity at ...
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Saturday January 2, 2010 - Times viewed: 7596
PORT ANGELES, Wash. -- With her big blue eyes and blond hair in perky ponytails, 3-year-old River Larson elicits comments from strangers wherever she goes. "People will say things like, 'Is she a little person? Then add, 'she's cute, though,'" said her mother, Andrea Larson. At 31 inches tall and 31 pounds, with an oversized head and short arms, it's readily apparent that River is a "little person," Larson said. The mother is grateful for the support she has found in Port Angeles for her daughter, who was born with achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism. Leave of absence Because of the ongoing care River needs for health issues, Larson, a single mother, took a leave of absence from her job earlier this year. Achondroplasia occurs in one in every 26,000 to 40,000 births, and accounts for 70 percent of all people identified as having dwarfism, according to the Little People of America Web site. Dwarfism is defined as a medical or genetic condition that usually results in an adult height ranging from 2 feet, 8 inches, to 4 feet, 10 inches. There are no other little people in Larson's family, and she said the finding came as a complete surprise during ...
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Tuesday December 29, 2009 - Times viewed: 7600
The man pictured in the photo has robbed two pizza stores on the same night and police are hoping to get information that will help track him down.

This robbery happened Sunday, Dec. 13 around 5:23 p.m. at the Pizza Hut at 1747 S.E. 122nd.

According to police, a man armed with a handgun entered the store, jumped over the counter, made threats and demanded money.

Later that evening, at around 7:26 p.m., the Papa Murphy's at 11635 N.E. Halsey was robbed by the same man. Police say he fled in a stolen vehicle after getting what he wanted. They gave chase but the suspect abandoned the vehicle, took off and then later tried to break into a nearby home. Police were unable to apprehend him.

Suspect Description

Olive-skinned white male

In his 20s

Between 5 feet, 5 inches and 5 feet, 7 inches tall

Weighs approximately 150 pounds

Thin build

Short, curly black hair

Decaying teeth

In the Pizza Hut robbery he was wearing blue jeans, a black jacket, a blue baseball cap and dark framed sunglasses.

In the Papa Murphy's robbery his jacket was black and orange.

Reward Offered
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Monday December 28, 2009 - Times viewed: 7569
A 34-year-old Tigard man faces more than 50 criminal charges in what Washington County sheriff’s detectives say was a prolific car and home break-in spree that began in July in neighborhoods around Tigard and Bull Mountain.

Tad Williams, who has been in the Washington County Jail since Dec. 11, was charged Tuesday, Dec. 23, with 51 counts, including first-degree burglary, being a felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of a machine gun, unlawful entry into a motor vehicle (38 counts), aggravated theft, fraudulent use of a credit card, unauthorized use of a vehicle and possession of stolen prescription medications.

Williams is being held on $420,000 bond. He was in jail on a previous probation violation when sheriff’s detectives investigating 60 car break-ins and some thefts from home garages since October began fitting together a pattern in the thefts. Most of the vehicles that were broken into were unlocked at houses in Tigard and the Bull Mountain area, making them easy targets.

Detectives believe the thief rode a bicycle or walked around the city of Tigard, and Bull Mountain neighborhoods, checking every vehicle. If the door was unl ...
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Saturday December 26, 2009 - Times viewed: 7631
41-year-old Michael Scott Bighaus from Sandy was arrested by Clackamas County sheriff’s deputies for the murder of his mother. She was killed by a large-caliber rifle bullet on Christmas Day.

Bighaus was taken into custody at about 5:50 a.m. when he returned to the house on East Fernwood Circle where, just about 12 hours earlier, he was accused of shooting his mother with a large-caliber rifle.

Bighaus was taken to the Clackamas County Jail and charged with murder.

The shooting victim, 66-year-old Vivian Faye Bighaus, died at the house, 56560 E. Fernwood Circle, Christmas Day. Her husband, Philip Bighaus, 67, was there with their son, Michael, celebrating the holiday.

Vivian Bighaus was a nurse practitioner.

Sheriff’s deputies said the incident began at about 3:15 p.m. Christmas Day when they were called to the house about eight miles east of Sandy where a woman had been shot to death. The suspect ran from the house carrying the weapon.

A sheriff’s office spokesman said Michael Bighaus was at the house with his father and mother at the time of the shooting.

His family told deputies that Michael suffered from mental ...
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Friday December 25, 2009 - Times viewed: 7793
An anonymous donor left a jar of money on a doorstep Tuesday night and made the holidays a bit brighter for one Portland family. Kim Ruff said she was walking out to her car in northeast Portland when she stumbled across the jar, which contained an estimated one year's worth of spare change.

The jar sat in a gift bag that had been wrapped with a ribbon and was accompanied by a note. The note explained the gift was part of a holiday tradition. Each year, the anonymous donor collects the coins and then gives them away at Christmas with just one request: "You be part of the circle and you start your own jar and you give it away next year," Ruff said. Ruff, a single mother who is raising two daughters, said she didn't receive any phone call or knock on the door to inform her of the money.

"There's a jar full of coins and it's amazing. It was going to be the smallest Christmas we have ever had," Ruff said. She hasn't counted the coins yet, but she estimates it will be about $100. She said it's much less about the money than it is about the good deed. "Somebody thought that much of me and that's what means the most," Ruff said.

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Thursday December 24, 2009 - Times viewed: 7609
Beaverton, Oregon -- Christmas Eve is a celebration for Andrew and Wendy Palau and their three children. Christopher, Jonathan and Sadie were among 154 people on Flight 331 from Miami when the plane skidded across a Jamaican runway in heavy rain, bouncing across the tarmac and injuring more than 40 people before it stopped just short of the Caribbean Sea. They are five members of the family of well-known Beaverton evangelist Luis Palau were on board an American Airlines flight that skidded off a runway in Jamaica, according to family members.

Panicked passengers screamed and baggage burst from overhead bins as Flight 331 from Miami careened down the runway in the capital, Kingston, on Tuesday night, one passenger said.

The Palaus were seated behind an exit row and managed to escape the plane by jumping onto the wing and then onto the wet sand. The family lost all of their belongings and documents. “We are grateful to the Lord that no one on the flight suffered any life-threatening injuries," said Luis. "Andrew has a couple black eyes from hitting his head during the crash, but we are extremely thankful the family was not seriously hurt.”
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Wednesday December 23, 2009 - Times viewed: 7673
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Tons of electronics are littering our garbage dumps and recycling centers but tossing electronics into the garbage is a bad idea. Because of a law passed in 2007, beginning Jan. 1, it will be illegal to put some electronics -- specifically, televisions, monitors, computers and laptops -- in the trash.

All  And, thanks to fees Oregon has begun collecting from manufacturers, consumers will continue to be able to drop off these four types of items for free at a number of locations.

   The new dumping ban will keep products known for a host of toxic components -- lead, mercury and cadmium, for example -- out of landfills where they could pose a threat to air, soil and water, said Lane County waste reduction specialist Sarah Grimm.

   Better still, the e-waste goes to recyclers who break it down into its component parts -- from metals to plastics -- which can be reused in a process that consumes less energy than using virgin materials, said Kathy Kiwala, the e-waste project leader for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

   That means fewer greenhouse gas emissions, Kiwala said, citing a f ...
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Sunday December 20, 2009 - Times viewed: 7757
After the state of Oregon banned smoking in bars, a man sitting inside Bogey’s Sports Bar became angry because of the smell of cigarette smoke outside the bar door. The odor came from a bar customer just outside the front door.

After the man lodged a complaint to the Multnomah County Health Department, the agency issued a warning to the Division Street watering hole: Keep smoking patrons at least 10 feet from the front door or risk paying a fine.

Bogey’s proprietor, Carolyn Bailey, doesn’t want to flaunt Oregon laws. She admits, however, the smoking ban that took effect Jan. 1 has created its share of problems.

“It’s taken a toll on business. We’re down 23 to 24 percent,” Bailey says. “The numbers don’t lie.”

Bailey is among local bar owners and patrons who – not liking being told what to do – are tolerating, but not enjoying, the 2009 law that forbids lighting up in any Oregon business.

The ban, of course, extends to establishments where most of the customers are smokers.

“There are way more smokers than not,” she says of Bogey’s, at 2155 N.E. Divisi ...
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Saturday December 19, 2009 - Times viewed: 7608
SALEM, Ore. -- Andrew Mannion, 57, from Salem, died after getting struck by an SUV while he walked across a dark street in Salem Thursday night, police said.

Mannion was attempting to cross Lancaster Dr NE at the intersection with Sunnyview Rd NE. when the vehicle hit him. Police said Mannion was wearing dark-colored clothing and that section of the street was not well-lit, either.

The driver who hit him, Stephen Kitchen, of Salem, told investigators that the roadway was dark and wet at the time and he did not see Mannion until it was too late to avoid hitting him.

Mannion was transported to Salem Hospital where he died of his injuries. Kitchen was not injured.

Police said Kitchen was not speeding and no citations were issued.

“This is the sixth pedestrian-vehicle incident investigation by the Salem Police Department in the past week where darkness, weather and/or visibility issues have been a major factor. With the rain, longer hours of darkness, added holiday traffic, added lights and distractions along roadways and people bundled up in heavier clothing, it is even more important for both drivers and pedestrians to take extra precautions,& ...
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Friday December 18, 2009 - Times viewed: 7753
PORTLAND, Oregon - It's not just happening in another country, or even another state. Oregon has the problem of human trafficking. And according to police, it's on the rise right here in Oregon. In addition to adults, hundreds of local girls are victims of prostitution. Police indicate there are up to five cases a week. "Little girls and boys are being raped daily and there are men out there and sometimes women that are looking for that,” said Keith Bickford, a Multnomah County Sheriff’s deputy, head of the Oregon Human Trafficking Task Force. Jammie Smith is wanted in Portland for reportedly forcing girls as young as 13 to walk 82nd Avenue and work local hotels. “I can tell you right now, it’s the pimp,” Bickford said. “They’re very good at what they do.” He said pimps can make $200,000 on one underage child. Many are local victims who are runaways and one in three is contacted by a pimp within their first 48 hours alone. “You throw out the fact I (the pimps) can give you a roof over your head and hot meals [and] this is what you have to do for me,” Bickford said about the tactics pimps use to ensnare homeless c ...
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