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Thursday February 18, 2010 - Times viewed: 7592
GRESHAM, Oregon - A man was killed when he was struck by a MAX train in Gresham last night. The accident occured at the intersection of 212th Avenue and Burnside around 10:15 p.m. The victim was 32-years old, but authorities have not released his name, pending notification of relatives.

The man was apparently walking in an area where trains travel at speeds up to 45 miles an hour. Police say he was standing between the rails in a poorly-lit section of the tracks and may have been a transient, police said.

The MAX operator said that by the time the pedestrian was spotted, it was impossible to stop the moving train in time to prevent hitting him.

The victim died at the scene, police said. The train that struck him was a westbound Blue-line MAX.

The train route was closed down for several hours during the investigation and buses shuttled riders to their destinations.

“He was standing erratically,” said Lt. Tony Silva with Transit Police. “Alcohol may be a factor in this, but we don't know yet." ...
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Wednesday February 17, 2010 - Times viewed: 7573
The Portland Police are under attack from many individuals and organizations. Some community leaders, even fearful of making their statements to the press are calling the police assassins and degenerates. The Rev. Jesse Jackson, a national civil rights figure, called the shooting death of an unarmed man an execution and slammed the lack of diversity in the city's police bureau at a rally in northeast Portland. Jackson held a press conference Tuesday evening before attending a community rally at Maranatha Church Fellowship Hall.

Jackson said his visit wasn't about race but about the difference between right and wrong. He talked about the killing last month in which 25-year-old unarmed Aaron Campbell was shot in the back by Officer Ronald Frashour outside a northeast Portland apartment complex. Police said they believed Campbell was armed at the time, but it turned out he did not have a gun. A grand jury chose not to indict the officer -- a decision Jackson criticized. He also condemned the lack of diversity in the Portland Police Bureau, saying "any city should have police departments representative of its people."

The Portland newspaper "The Scanner&quo ...
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Wednesday February 17, 2010 - Times viewed: 7604
The body of veteran climber Joseph Bohlig, 52, who fell 1,500ft into the crater of Mount St. Helens volcano has been recovered today after he spent more than a day in the snow. High winds and low cloud hampered attempts to reach him. He was was posing for a picture on the rim of the dormant crater when a snow overhang gave way beneath him.

A Navy helicopter found the climber mostly covered by snowfall on its second pass of the mountain.

Richard Bohlig, the climber's 84-year-old father, said: 'We're sorry that he's gone, that he didn't make it.

'He was doing something he enjoyed very much. That's all I can say.'

He said that his son was an avid mountaineer who had climbed peaks in many countries, but Mount St. Helens was his home mountain.

'He used to go up even before the eruption as a child, play in the snow and that,' he added.

Family members had gathered in Mr Bohlig's hometown of Kelso, Washington state, to await word on the search.

Skamania County undersheriff David Cox said an autopsy would be conducted to determine if Mr Bohlig died from his injuries, hypothermia, or a combination of factors.

He had taken off a layer of ...
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Monday February 15, 2010 - Times viewed: 11970
The website located at the URL of onlineedition.info seems to be a scam site operated by people making false claims. After receiving multiple complaints from our readers we decided to see what all the commotion was about. Customers leaving ads on CraigsList are receiving unwanted and unsolicited emails from that site. This is in violation of Craigslist.com and is nothing less than spam. It may also be illegal.

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Monday February 15, 2010 - Times viewed: 7685
Portland Mayor Sam Adams, once the golden boy of Portland politics, is facing foreclosure and a possible recall. These are hard times for Mayor Sam Adams. Nearly three weeks after it started, the new effort to recall Mayor Sam Adams is reporting its first connections to organized politics. The idea that Republicans are behind the new recall effort should come as no shock to anyone.

The new recall effort was funded mainly by familar business names, and those who run large businesses or republican political campaigns. The previous recall effort failed to collect the necessary 32,183 valid Portland voter signatures within 90 days.

Unlike the unsuccessful drive, the new effort promised to collect enough money to hire professional campaign managers and pay petition circulators to gather enough signatures.

This newest recall effort began on January 20 by former Portland state Senator Avel Gordly and has collected about $19,000 in cash and like contributions. Under state law the expected recall effort cannot file paperwork until July 1, when Adams will have been in office six months. They then will have 90 days to get the 32,183 valid signatures on recall petitions ne ...
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Saturday February 13, 2010 - Times viewed: 7586
Friday night left two people dead and two wounded at a shooting at a downtown bar in Gresham.

At around 10 pm Gresham police were called because of reported gunshots at the M&M Tavern at 2nd and Main.

Police said they found several victims with gunshot wounds and witnesses said the shooting was a result of some sort of domestic dispute but no confirmation at this time has been made.

A witness, Tony Hadeed said, “I talked to some witnesses over there and they said there was some type of fight in the bar and somebody got a beer thrown in their face and then someone pulled a gun and shot two victims inside the M&M and then two people chased them out the back and the shooter turned around and shot them both, which I think are the victims that I saw.

Multiple police cars with lights were racing at high speed up and down Interstate 84 and on side streets in Gresham, apparently looking for a suspect in the case.

Police describe the suspect as a white male, 20 to 40 years old, 5 feet seven inches tall, and with short hair. The suspect was wearing a blue windbreaker and driving a silver Ford Escort.

About 30 to 40 witnesses we ...
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Friday February 12, 2010 - Times viewed: 7587
SALEM, Ore. -- Salem police have shot a 22-year-old man after he ran from a traffic stop early Friday morning. The incident began early this morning on Southeast Simpson Street when two officers attemped to stop a car identified as a vehicle of interest in a robbery case.

Several people were inside the car at the time and all but one ran off on foot before officers could speak with them, said Lt. Dave Okada in a police department news release. The two police officers, Corporal Justin Carney and Officer Vince Dawson, chased two of the men on foot.

During a confrontation between Dawson and Joshua Bruce, a shot was fired by police. Additional details were not immediately available. Bruce suffered a gunshot leg injury and was taken to Salem Hospital and was later arrested on an outstanding parole violating warrant.

Dawson and another officer were placed on administrative leave which is standard procedure following an officer-involved shooting, according to Salem Police.

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Thursday February 11, 2010 - Times viewed: 7592
CAPE MEARES, Ore. -- Two men have been arrested by the Oregon State Police for vandalizing the Cape Meares Lighthouse.

The lighthouse was severely damaged by gunfire that caused more than $500,000 damage.

Zachery Pyle , 23, and David Wilks, Jr., 26, were arrested at a Florence construction site after a search of their Oceanside home Wednesday. Both men were charged with first-degree criminal mischief, a class C felony, and four misdemeanor charges.

They are charged with firing gunshots at the light - which is nearly irreplaceable - breaking windows and damaging the expensive, specialized lens.

According to OSP Sergeant Todd Hoodenpyl, an unknown vehicle reportedly drove down a blocked maintenance road to the Cape Meares Lighthouse viewing area ten miles west of Tillamook at some time between the afternoon of January 9 and noon on January 10, 2010

Police said several rounds were fired at the lighthouse, breaking 15 windows and several pieces of a historic Fresnel lens. Additional rounds were fired into an active Coast Guard light and surrounding equipment. While driving off the maintenance road, the suspect vehicle caused significant damage to a ...
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Tuesday February 9, 2010 - Times viewed: 7629
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) - Oregon State Police say a trooper who pulled over a car in southern Oregon for multiple traffic violations found 113 pounds of marijuana worth about $300,000. The pop was neatly packaged in the trunk.

Sgt. Julie Wilcox said that shortly before noon, a trooper stopped a 2008 Mazda heading north on Highway 97 about 18 miles north of Klamath Falls, after the driver failed to signal a lane change and was hindering traffic.





Arrested for distribution of a controlled substance is 26-year-old Ricardo Sanchez of Pasco, Wash. He was taken to the Klamath County Jail.

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Monday February 8, 2010 - Times viewed: 7638
EUGENE, Oregon -- Ben Bond from Eugene pleaded not guilty to obstruction of government or judicial administration in municipal court this past week involving parking meters. Or perhaps the fine was for talking too loud.

"I was just trying to keep a couple people from getting tickets," said Bond. He said he witnessed a parking officerAllpreparing to write a ticket for a car parked in downtown, so he fed the meter.

Melinda Kletzok with the Eugene Police Department said officers cited Benjamin Bond on suspicion of Harassment and Obstructing a Government Agency. Police were called to the scene because the meter enforcement officer felt she was being harassed -- not because Bond was plugging meters full of money, Kletzok said.

Kletzok said a parking control officer was in the middle of writing a parking citation when Bond came up and put money in the meter. The parking officer continued writing the citation anyway and put it on the car. The parking officer told city police Bond got upset, got in his car and followed the officer for several blocks while screaming out the window.

The officer called police, who arrived and cited Bond.

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Saturday February 6, 2010 - Times viewed: 7703
HILLSBORO -- A former day care owner was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison today for shaking a 6-month-old baby girl and causing permanent brain damage.

Kathy Goodin, 54, was convicted Tuesday and sentenced to more than seven years in prison for shaking 6-month-old Jessie Fleming in 2008, causing her permanent brain damage. Washington County Circuit Court Judge Rick Knapp called it a " sad chapter in everyone's case." She was sentenced to a mandatory-minimum sentence for the Measure 11 case.

Jessie was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma. The defense said the premature birth and Jessie's large head contributed to the diagnosis.

Goodin had no previous criminal record and declined to address the court before the judge sentenced her.

After the sentence, Goodin turned and faced more than a dozen supporters who said, "We love you" several times before she walked out of the courtroom.

After her prison term, Goodin cannot have contact with the Flemings.

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Friday February 5, 2010 - Times viewed: 7675
PORTLAND, Oregon - Should liquor be legal and marijuana illegal? State budgets in Oregon and Washington face gaping holes and advocates of legalizing marijuana say taxing pot can help fill those holes.

Backers of this Initiative say their plan would send 90 percent of the proceeds from the state's sale of marijuana to Oregon's General Fund, which could lower the state tax burden significantly. Portions of the revenue would be used to fund drug abuse education and treatment programs.

But right now, the people bringing this opportunity for Oregon voters forward, says their effort needs money, equipment, and, most of all, volunteers.

Madeline Martinez, Oregon’s executive director for NORML, the national organization that’s pushing to reform marijuana laws, says she sees a golden opportunity to convince people that legalizing marijuana could be a good thing after all.

“Why don’t we capture the revenue that’s just being lost to the criminal market in many regards and bring it to the people. We’re the ones who deserve it,” she says.

Her group estimates the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act, if passed by voters, would ge ...
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Thursday February 4, 2010 - Times viewed: 7631
Portland – A daughter of a 70-year-old Washington state man says she's stunned to hear her father was driving the speeding vehicle that crashed into a southern Nevada casino, killing two people and injuring at least eight.

Laura White of Portland said today that her father, Walter Melvin McGie Jr., is friendly and outgoing, and must be devastated to have been involved in the Wednesday crash at the Edgewater Hotel & Casino in Laughlin.

Las Vegas police arrested McGie, of Kelso, Wash., late Wednesday on two charges of reckless driving causing death. He's free on $6,000 bail pending arraignment March 11.

Police Detective William Redfairn says McGie told him he doesn't remember the crash.

Redfairn says a certified mechanic will check the 2007 Pontiac Vibe for mechanical problems.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

LAS VEGAS — A daughter of a 70-year-old Washington state man says she's stunned to hear her father was driving the speeding vehicle that crashed into a southern Nevada casino, killing two people and injuring at least eight.

Laura White of Portla ...
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Thursday February 4, 2010 - Times viewed: 7573
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: 7716
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: 7675
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: 7623
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: 7701
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: 7611
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: 7729
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: 7640
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: 8318
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: 7670
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: 7757
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: 7681
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: 7647
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: 7632
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: 7608
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: 7605
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: 7618
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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