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Saturday January 15, 2011 - Times viewed: 9245
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: 8085
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: 7799
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: 7834
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: 7772
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: 8044
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: 7763
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: 7818
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: 7782
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: 7805
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: 7772
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 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: 7774
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: 7774
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: 7871
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: 7836
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: 7885
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: 7874
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: 7769
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: 7961
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: 7819
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: 7790
PORTLAND - A pregnant 35 year old woman was struck by a hit and run driver in downtown Portland today. The woman was hit near Southwest Alder and 4th Street. Her condition has not yet been released. The dark colored SUV that hit her was last seen heading north on 4th Avenue. Witnesses described the driver as a white male. ...
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Wednesday January 5, 2011 - Times viewed: 7773
Police are looking for a man who robbed Kassab Jewelers of $50,000 in jewelry in downtown Lake Oswego Monday. Lake Oswego Police say the store was robbed at 2 p.m Monday after the thief walked into the store at 310 N. State St. He then distracted the lone sales clerk and asked to see jewelry from the display cases in the front of the store. He then said to the clerk, "My girlfriend loves this gold necklace in the front window, can you get it for me and tell me what the damage is going to be?" He then quickly jumped over the counter, ran to the backroom safe, grabbed a box of loose diamonds and stormed out of the store. It all took less than 15 seconds. The clerk described the perpetrator as a white male, 20 to 30, 6 feet tall, weighing about 160 pounds, and wearing a black jacket, black cap, khaki jeans, and black ski gloves. Officers surrounded the area with a K-9 unit was called but were unable to find him and currently have no leads. “This person clearly knew what he was doing and what he was looking for,” said Lt. Doug Treat of the Lake Oswego Police Department. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 503-635-0238. ...
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Wednesday January 5, 2011 - Times viewed: 7756
PORTLAND, Oregon - Portland police are searching for a woman who struck and killed 38-year-old Rance Lee Lamb as he was crossing a sreet in southeast Portland last night. A vehicle struck him at a high rate of speed and left the scene. An autopsy is set for Wednesday at the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office. ...
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Wednesday January 5, 2011 - Times viewed: 8178
VANCOUVER - 13-year old Jennifer Rosas may have run-away with 24-year old Adid Mondragon-Marin. Jennifer's believe he may take her to Mexico. Family members told police Jennifer ran away yesterday after they had an argument about her relationship with the older man. Police say Mondragon has an addresses in Vancouver, in California and in Mexico but are not certain what kind of vehicle the two may be using or even if they are still in this area. Rosas is 5 feet, 1 inches tall and 135 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Mondragon-Marin, pictured below, is 5 feet, 7 inches tall and 170 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information should contact Vancouver Police at (360) 518-2307. ...
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Tuesday January 4, 2011 - Times viewed: 7857
PORTLAND, Oregon - Additional details have been made public by Portland police in regard to the Taser shooting by an officer in utheast Portland. A security guard at 82nd Avenue called to report a homeless man had threatened to kill. Police discovered Tom Higganbotham camping out in an abandoned car wash and used a Taser when he refused to drop a knife. Officers said they shot and killed Higganbotham when the Taser didn't work. Police say Taser's sometimes don't work as well as they should in cold weather when subjects are wearing heavy clothing. ...
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Tuesday January 4, 2011 - Times viewed: 7782
EUGENE, Oregon - Eugene police have arrested a nursing home employee and charged him with sexually abusing a female residents. Robert Price was arrested after Valley West Health Care Center called police to report a sex abuse. The alleged sex abuse is reported to have occurred December 22 at the west Eugene facility. Price is charged with having sexual contact with a woman without consent because she has been declared mentally defective, mentally incapacitated and physically helpless. On December 30th, Price entered a not guilty plea to first degree sex abuse. Police currently believe there are no other victims. Director of the Valley West facility Matt Preston made this prepared statement: "Valley West Health Care Center is cooperating with the local police department in an investigation of an alleged attempted sexual assault of one of its female residents by a male associate," Preston wrote. "Valley West Health Care Center performs a background check on every person that we hire to assure that our residents receive the best care possible." ...
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Tuesday January 4, 2011 - Times viewed: 7879
Lottery players in Oregon, Washington and other states that participate in Mega Millions are getting the chance to vie for The fourth-largest lottery prize in U.S. history is at hand, getting larger each minute. The big numbers will be drawn just before 8 p.m. Tuesday. The big jackpot for Mega Millions tonight is up to $355 million egged on by fast sales and as a lump sum, the jackpot is now over $210 million. For just one buck, this lottery is similar to Powerball as players attempt to win by matching five regular numbers and the Mega ball. Other prizes range from $2 to $250,000. Drawings are held Tuesday and Friday nights. Players are hoping to win the big jackpot which has topped $390 million back in 2007.The game is available in 41 states. ...
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Monday January 3, 2011 - Times viewed: 7787
LEBANON - A plan to build a few retirement homes south of Lebanon has been stalled for a decade but now an important decision is moving the project forward. The Linn County Board of Commissioners has ruled that the 15 acres south of town is not valuable farm or forest land. According to the Albany Democrat-Herald, Bob Morris, 59, and his two brothers-in-law bought the land to build their retirement homes. Morris said he never thought it would take this long - and $50,000 in legal and consulting fees - to get a decision. Linn County Commissioner Roger Nyquist said the case shows that Oregon's land use process is broken. "It has taken 10 years, and I don't have any idea how it has come to this. Is it really OK that government can tell someone they can't add dwellings for family members on property that won't even grow weeds?" The 15 acres in question is surrounded by homes. There are 27 homes within a quarter-mile of the property and 11 properties directly adjacent to it. "I never dreamed it would take this long," Morris said. Over the last decade, in hearings before the Linn County Planning Commission and the state's Land Use Board of Appeals, the family's effo ...
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Monday January 3, 2011 - Times viewed: 7741
PORTLAND - Beginning today, the Oregon Department of Transportation will be using large cannons in an attempt to control huge flocks of starling bird making their home on the Interstate Bridge which connects Vancouver and Northern Oregon. The starlings are contaminating the bridge with their droppings and anyone traveling on the bridge. Crews will be using propane-powered cannons to create a loud booming noise. The cannons were originally designed to disturb birds in fruit orchards. The effort will continue through March 17. The Oregon Department of Transportation will use the cannons on alternating days and times to keep the starlings from developing a pattern of behavior. ...
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Sunday January 2, 2011 - Times viewed: 7926
REDMOND, Wash. - It was the mother's four young sons and the father of the boys who were killed in the apartment blaze early yesterday morning. The family had been celebrating the arrival of the New Year in their Redmond apartment. Belinda Phelps, 46, who lives in the apartment complex but in a different building, said she and her 11-year-old daughter had gone to visit the family in their first-floor unit about 10 p.m. Friday. She said they had a few beers and a few laughs and rang in the New Year as the boys were playing, happy, and content, jumping on couches and playing in a small tent in the dining room of the two-bedroom apartment. The 30-year-old mother was able to escape the two-bedroom ground-floor apartment but had to watch as dense smoke and flames engulfed her home and her entire family. Neighbors held her back as she tried to run back in for her children. Phelps said the oldest boy, age 11, attended Rose Hill Junior High School, and that other children ranged in age from 2 to 6, with at least one attending Benjamin Rush Elementary School. The family had been struggling financially the last few years, after losing a house in Colorado and moving to Redmond ...
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