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Friday December 17, 2010 - Times viewed: 7836
PORTLAND, Oregon – Senator Ron Wyden has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. The 61-year-old democrate said the cancer is in its early stage, diagnosed after an annual physical examination a couple weeks ago. Surgery is scheduled for Monday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Democrats will likely feel Wyden’s absence next week as they try to get enough votes to pass the START Treaty, which requires the support of two-thirds of the Senate for ratification. "It appears that I will be missing votes tomorrow and possibly next week," Wyden said in a statement. “I scheduled the surgery for the Monday before Christmas anticipating that the Senate would have recessed by that time and that there would be no disruption to my work in Oregon or Washington,” said Wyden in his original statement. Reid’s office released a statement Thursday evening saying that “we look forward to welcoming him back here in the Senate soon so he can continue fighting for the people of Oregon.” Wyden said he expects to return full time to the Senate in January. “Thanks to routine screening, this was diagnosed very early and I expect a full and speedy recovery,” said Wyden. The three-term Democra ...
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Friday December 17, 2010 - Times viewed: 7788
EUGENE, Oregon - Early yesterday morning 25-year-old Joshua Borlaug was driving drunk and heading the wrong way on Interstate 5. He crashed head-on with a semi truck hauling a triple trailer. Borlaug survived but faces charges of DUII, reckless driving, recklessly endangering another person and wrong way on a one way highway. Oregon State Police Trooper Hank Duren was on I-5 north looking for the car which had been reported driving southbound in the northbound lanes of I-5 when a semi pulling three trailers in front of him suddenly braked. Duren saw smoke coming from the rear trailer wheels, heard a loud crash, then saw smoke and debris ahead in the road. The officer checked and determined the driver of the black Acura Integra was unresponsive He then radioed for help and gave first aid to the driver as he became consiouscness. Firefighters from Coburg, Eugene and Springfield responded and pulled Borlaug from the car. He was taken by ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the truck was not injured, ...
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Friday December 17, 2010 - Times viewed: 7763
A bicyclist, Markus Eston Sullivan, 35, pulled a sawed-off shotgun on police officers after they attempted to stop him for traffic violations Thursday night. Sullivan dropped the gun when told to do so by police and he was jailed. Charges include: •Unlawful Use of a Weapon •Interfering with a Police Officer •Unlawful Possession of a Firearm •Possession of a Short Barreled Shotgun •Menacing •Criminal Trespass II •Possession of Less than one ounce of Marijuana The incident began last night at around 9 p.m. in the Bethel neighborhood when Eugene police tried to stop a Sullivan for several traffic violations. Instead of stopping, the bicyclist took off with officers chasing him on foot. When police approached the Sullivan , he pulled a sawed-off shotgun from his backpack. ...
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Thursday December 16, 2010 - Times viewed: 8092
PORTLAND, Oregon - A woman walking her bike in a bike lane along Barbur Boulevard was struck and killed by a vehicle in southwest Portland Wednesday evening. The driver of the car has been arrested and was under the influence of intoxicants. The female victim, identified as 26 year old Angela Burke was walking her bicycle when she was struck by Caleb Pruitt, 28. Burke began to cross Barbur and was hit by a southbound 2008 Subaru Impreza driven by Pruitt. Investigators learned that Pruitt was speeding just prior to the collision and appeared to lose control of the car before striking and killing Burke, police said. He was arrested and identified as the driver of the car. An unidentifed passenger in the car was also injured and taken to a hospital, but is expected to survive. The incident happened around 10:45 p.m. at Southwest Barbur Boulevard just north of the entrance to the Town and Country Apartments at 4820 SW Barbur, which are on the opposite side of the street. Police say Pruitt was driving at a high rate of speed prior to the collision, police say, and appeared to lose control of the 2008 Subaru Impreza just before the impact. Angela Burke died at the scene. ...
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Thursday December 16, 2010 - Times viewed: 7969
A pregnant teenage girl feared for her life and her baby after she and her boyfriend were attacked by a group of four girls and a woman on a Metro bus last month, and it was all captured on the bus' security camera. The pregnant girl and her boyfriend got on the bus at 3rd and Madison at about 6:40pm on November 19th, and sat down in the back of the bus. The couple was sharing a pair of headphones, listening to an mp3 player, when a group of teens—two 16-year-olds, a 15-year-old, 17-year-old, and 19-year-old—got on the bus near Westlake. One of the 16-year-olds approached the man in the back of the bus and accused him of taking her cellphone in a previous incident. "Me and my boyfriend got on the bus and we were listening to our Zune -- he had a headphone; I had a headphone -- and then the girls came on," said Jessica, who is due in June and was returning home after doctor checkup. "I didn't know them so I wasn't expecting anything and one of them started saying something to my boyfriend." Surveillance video shows just 34 seconds after the girls boarded, one of the girls grabbed the Zune. When Jessica and her boyfriend resisted, the pair was attacked by the five girl ...
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Wednesday December 15, 2010 - Times viewed: 7766
This morning Oregon Highway 217 southbound at Greenburg Road was narrowed to one right lane with a "large traffic backup" following a rollover crash, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation. Police and ODOT personnel are working to open the road. However, "motorists are encouraged to find an alternate route in the area," ODOT reports. ODOT did not provide an estimated time when the crash will be cleared. This is the second rollover crash in a week touching Highway 217. On Wednesday, Dec. 8, another crash backed up Highway ...
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Tuesday December 14, 2010 - Times viewed: 8034
Updated 5:41 PM
AUMSVILLE, Oregon - A tornado swept through Aumsville and the surrounding area just before noon yesterday. Homes and building were heavily damaged, including the city's fire department. The tornado swept through the town quickly, according to witnesses. One of the hardest hit in the area was T.G. Nichols Plumbing. And a home was severely damaged by a tree uprooted by the wind and another home was blown off its foundation. A local resident said he saw a large metal roof fly by at high speed along with other debris. A large pole barn was "completely demolished" as the storm moved through Aumsville. Another resident said a large building at his location was "flattened" and several homes were damaged. The twister was like a small tornado, likely an F0 to F1 on a scale that tops out at F5, much smaller than the large storms that develop in the Midwest. Winds were likely between 65 to 100 mph. Witness Jennifer Aarons said the twister hit just before noon, and she ".. had not heard that anyone was hurt badly." However another report indicated one man was cut up. "It sounded extremely loud outside," witness Stefania McCully said. "My lights start ...
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Monday December 13, 2010 - Times viewed: 8703
ASTORIA, Oregon - A huge sinkhole crater opened inside a downtown vacant lot in Astoria today after heavy rains moved over the Pacific Northwest. The lot where the sinkhole opened has been a convern recently. However, no one was injured and nearby lots have not been damaged. City workers noticed the sinkhole on as they drove or walked to work this morning. City Manager Paul Benoit believes the collapse may be related to a depression in the concrete where rainwater pooled. "With the big storm over the weekend, it finally caved in," said Vernon Hall, of the city's parks department. The block behind the American Legion building has caused concern in the past. ...
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Sunday December 12, 2010 - Times viewed: 7766
PORTLAND - Heavy rainfall forced the closer of southeast 92nd Avenue Saturday to all traffic between SE Powell Blvd and Division Street due to high water. Barricades and street closure signs were in place and will remain until as the rainfall continues. More rain is expected today and Monday. Transportation crews will continue working around the clock to clear catch basins to help water drain from streets. As such, the public is being advised to use an alternate route. Disobeying a barricade that has a street closure or other safety message is a Class B violation according to the Oregon Vehicle Code," Portland officials report, "and may result in a $360 fine." ...
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Saturday December 11, 2010 - Times viewed: 7809
43 year old Alan Steiner, a Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office corrections deputy was arrested Friday for assaulting inmate assaulting Gary Willis Baumgardner on Sept. 19. He was arraigned Friday on charges of fourth-degree assault, first-degree official misconduct, harassment and harassing Baumgardner by subjecting him to offensive physical contact. Baumgardner, 65, of Beaverton was in jail awaiting trial on a drunken driving charge. The case is part of Sheriff Craig Roberts' effort to improve professionalism in the jail. A ten year veteran, Steiner is on administrative leave. In June, former corrections deputy Darin Leslie Fox was sentenced to three weeks jail time for having sexual relations with female inmates. In October 2009, Alan Dean Randol was sentenced to eight days for sexual misconduct involving an out-of-custody inmate. While Steiner did not appear in court Friday, his lawyer entered a plea of not guilty. The next court appearance is scheduled for January 10. ...
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Friday December 10, 2010 - Times viewed: 7988
One of the two people accused of abusing their five children — one died allegedly from that abuse — has pleaded guilty to aggravated murder. 25 year old Michelle N. Smith has pleaded guilty to fatally torturing her fiance's 3-year-old daughter. Smith of Sandy appeared last week before Clackamas County Circuit Court Judge Robert Herndon. A Clackamas County grand jury had earlier inceased charges to aggravated murder. Smith could now face the death penalty. She was also charged with three counts of murder by abuse for allegedly starving Alexis "Lexi" Marie Pounder, whose battered, emaciated body was found Jan. 9 in a home owned by her parents south of Sandy. She also faces four counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment for "deliberate cruelty" by withholding food, physical care and medical attention. Deputies who investigated the incident allege that one or both adults beat and starved the toddler — until she died. An autopsy performed by Dr. Larry Lewman of the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office revealed the little girl died of “physical and nutritional child abuse.” Her 27 year old fiance, Donald Lee Cockrell was charged with one count of murder by abuse, for all ...
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Friday December 10, 2010 - Times viewed: 8053
24-year old Eugene Oscar Guarjardo and 33-year old Shray L Thompson were arrested connection with an all-night standoff in a Salem. Salem police spokesman Lt. Dave Okada, said the two were arrested after members of the Salem SWAT team were able to speak to Guarjardo after attempting to do so for several hours. The incident began about 10 p.m. Thursday when police received a call from a convenience store at Center Street Northeast and Hawthorne Avenue. The caller told police that a man had come into the residence and threatened him with a handgun. The man said he had then been able to flee and called police. When officers arrived at the scene, they learned the man with the handgun was inside and he was with another person. Police didn't know if the second person was being held hostage. For the next several hours, officers tried to talk to the people inside, but received no replies. Finally, after receiving a search warrant, SWAT team members were able to insert a "communications device" through a window to talk to Guarjardo. Police charged 24-year old Eugene Oscar Guarjardo with menacing and parole violation. A woman in the house, 33-year old Shray Thompson of Sal ...
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Friday December 10, 2010 - Times viewed: 7703
Heavy rain is expected to soak the region Saturday and into early Sunday morning as a robust storm system comes ashore. The La Nina effect, caused by a warmer-than-usual Pacific Ocean, can boost a storm's power and tends to steer wet weather toward Oregon and Washington. Up to 3 inches of rain could fall in Willamette Valley locales over the next three days, with coastal and mountain regions getting even more. Skiers and snowboarders should store their gear as freezing levels are expected to raise to 9,000 feet, causing rain to fall into an early snowpack, according to KATU Meteorologist Rhonda Shelby. Most Cascade ski facilities are near the 6,000 foot level. Yesterday 1.42 inches of rain fell in Portland. Heavy rain is expected tomorrow which could lead to slides and localized flooding along already swollen waterways, especially along the Oregon Coast. The current forecast shows that the heaviest rain should taper off by Sunday. As next week begins, only scattered showers are expected. ...
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Thursday December 9, 2010 - Times viewed: 7784
PORTLAND -- Local citizens are outraged that a Portland police officer who killed a young man by inadvertently or not ended up shooting him in the back, has been promoted to sergeant. On November 4, 2005, officer Leo Besner was working as a SERT sniper when he shot and killed Raymond Gwerder. Family members and friends say Gwerder was simply upset and needed to talk but ended up being shot in the back by Besner. At the time of his death, Ray Gwerder, 30, was completing his final courses needed to earn a bachelor’s Degree in Biology. "Ray was this wonderful, sensitive, bright, young man, who was just experiencing a moment in his life where he really needed some help," Molly Aleshire, a long time friend and roommate, said. “Ray had the kind of solid integrity where you could always trust him to do the right thing, no matter what. He was one of the most insightful, and intuitive people I’ve ever known.” Evidence from the scene of the shooting exposed an extremely flawed Portland Police operation. Besner claimed his fatal shot at Gwerder was justified by potential danger to Gwerder’s neighbors. These were the same neighbors the police failed to evacuate over the 90-minute p ...
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Wednesday December 8, 2010 - Times viewed: 7746
SALEM – They loved their guns and they hated President Barack Obama. And on Wednesday both were convicted of planting a bomb that killed two police officers and maimed a third in 2008. A Marion County Circuit Court jury deliberated for only ten hours before arriving at a guilty verdict. Bruce Turnidge and his son, Joshua Turnidge were both found guilty on 18 counts including aggravated murder, attempted aggravated killing and assault charges. Both men stood quietly as the verdicts were dispensed. The convictions send the trial into a second penalty phase, where the jury will decide whether to send the men to death row. Other sentencing options include life in prison with the possibility of parole after 30 years or a life sentence with no parole. The homemade explosive device exploded at the West Coast Bank in Woodburn less than two weeks before Christmas 2008, killing a police explosive device technician who was trying to dismantle it, as well as an additional police officer. The town's police chief lost a leg in the explosion, which authorities say was part of an attempt to rob the bank. During the two-month trial, prosecutors presented evidence that the Turnidges h ...
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Tuesday December 7, 2010 - Times viewed: 8217
PORTLAND - Highway 43 from Lake Oswego, through Johns Landing, to Portland is narrow and winds about with no shoulders and many bicyclists now peddle uphill through a steep Riverview Cemetery path to avoid cycling on the busy Highway 43 (Macadam Road).

The road parallels the Willamette River to the east and canyon walls to the west and is right where Clackamas County would like a new bike path.

"There aren’t very many alternatives and this is definitely the most direct route," said Karen Buehrig, Clackamas County transportation planning supervisor.

The county has just make the project available for design work and bid so plans are not yet available.

"What we’re trying to focus on is to see what kind of solutions there may be and then looking at the solutions, we then think about … what the cost is and how we would pay for it," Buehrig said.

The county says the bike path could fill a gap on a network that already has painted bike lanes in Lake Oswego and Portland.

"It’s a very dangerous place for cyclists, is what I think," Buehrig said. "And there is also a great deal of both people who are commuting, as well as recreational riders, that a ...
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Monday December 6, 2010 - Times viewed: 8010
The new TBS 1-hour comedic detective series pilot titled "Brain Trust" is now in production in the Portland, Oregon area and the film's extras casting will be holding an open casting call for local people interested in working on the show as background. The series regulars for this series are cast out of Los Angeles.

Dean Devlin will produce and direct under the banner of his production company, Electric Entertainment. Devlin has co-written and produced some of the most successful feature films of all time. He co-wrote and produced Stargate, Godzilla and Independence Day - which grossed over $800 million worldwide. Just prior to forming Electric Entertainment Devlin produced the Mel Gibson period drama, The Patriot, which was nominated for three Academy Awards.

Electric Entertainment founding partner Marc Roskin will co-produce along with Marco Schnabel, John Rogers, and Kearie Peak. Roskin produced Electric’s $60 million dollar World War I aviation action-thriller Flyboys starring James Franco, Martin Henderson, and Jean Reno, released by MGM. He also served as producer on New Line’s release of Cellular, starring Kim Basinger and Jason Statham.

The producers m ...
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Monday December 6, 2010 - Times viewed: 7756
PORTLAND, Oregon - A fire at Southeast 174th Avenue was started by a 6-year-old playing with a lighter. The fire begain in a closet inside the family’s unit around 8 p.m. last Saturday night .

The fire was extingquist quickly but damage is estimated at about $800,000.

A mother and three children from one unit and a mother and a teenager from another are getting shelter from the Red Cross.

A second fire broke out later in Fairview that displaced one person and the cause is under investigation. ...
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Sunday December 5, 2010 - Times viewed: 7766
PORTLAND - Just after dawn on Friday, a fire began to consume the apartments located in the 4000 block of Southeast 104th Avenue. A woman called 911 to say there was heavy smoke in her apartment and she couldn't find her way out. When firefighters arrived, flames and dark, heavy smoke were pouring out of the second-story windows. And there was heavy smoke in the appartment stairwell.

The woman reporting the fire escaped and Firefighters helped a 29-year-old woman and 79-year-old man escape. Both were treated for smoke inhalation and released.

The Red Cross helped the victims to find temporary housing. Fire investigators investigating the cause of the fire and come up with a damage estimate.

Fire officials would like to remind everyone of three important things to reduce your risk of injury from a fire:

  • Make sure your home has properly installed and working smoke alarms.

  • Plan and practice a fire escape plan.

  • In case of a fire, get out and stay out.
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Saturday December 4, 2010 - Times viewed: 7779
AURORA - 38 year old Julie Jane Martin, who prettended to have terminal cancer has been charged with felony theft after police at the Cops Fighting Cancer out of nearly $10,000 of charity money for hotel rooms in Denver while she claimed to be getting cancer treatment at nearby hospitals.

Martin was charged with a single count of felony theft and was released on bond in early October, and is now set to appear in court Feb. 7, 2011.

Police say Martin faked hospital visits and shaved her head to help make her efforts believable. But her cancer claims were a total hoax. Because of her "condition", the charity paid for Martin’s lodging at an area hotel through October 2009.

She faked leukemia, tumors, cervical cancer, chest tumors and a kidney problem. The charity also paid for airline tickets between Denver and Portland where Martin said she was receiving treatment. She said she had a friend in Oregon to handle her medical affairs, including scheduling her appointments in hospitals.

Officials at the charity audited their spending and found Martin had used the charity’s credit card to buy plane tickets without permission and Police contacted a man in Oregon ...
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Friday December 3, 2010 - Times viewed: 7778
MILWAUKIE, Oregon -- Milwaukie police are looking for two pickpocket thieves who stole $150 from a 92-year-old man on Thursday.

Stanley George had just about completed his shopping at the Safeway store located at 4320 SE King Road, about 3:30 p.m. when a man stepped in front of his cart, when one suspect blocked his path and the other suspect approached him from behind and took his wallet, his driver's license, credit cards, and the cash from the wallet.

"I'm an Army veteran, and I never thought that in 2010 something like this would happen, especially in the Portland area," George said. "It all happened so fast."

George, has lived in Oregon nearly all his life, didn't realize his wallet was missing until he returned to his car.

The thieves were caught in the act by a surveillance camera, which police are hoping will help put the suspects behind bars. The two men are described as being 40 - 55 years old, with short-cropped hair and dark complexions.

If you have information please call the Milwaukie Police Dept. at 503-786-7500. ...
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Friday December 3, 2010 - Times viewed: 7759
SALEM, Oregon - A Keizer woman was cited for failing to drive in a single lane after she smashed into the rear end of a Marion County sheriff's patrol car on the shoulder of Interstate 5 near Salem.

Oregon State Police say both drivers were wearing seat belts Wednesday and there were no serious injuries.

The deputy was parked with his emergency lights on following a traffic stop. The car was driven by a 25-year-old woman who said she swerved to avoid a slowing car in front of her then crashed into the patrol car. ...
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Thursday December 2, 2010 - Times viewed: 8289
WEST LINN, Oregon -- A West Linn High School student was arrested on drug charges after an officer found 'a candy store of drugs' in the boy's possession.

West Linn Police School Resource Officer Mike Francis arrested Garret Taylor Smith, 18, Dec. 1 on charges of possession of Psilocybin mushrooms and marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school.

Francis received information from a staff member at West Linn High School about two students who smelled like green, unburnt marijuana. Francis found Smith as he left campus in his car and then later stopped the vehicle on Rosemont Road when Francis was immediately struck by the strong odor of green marijuana.

Smith was later arrested and found to have about two ounces of marijuana, LSD, hash oil, liquid MDMA, ecstasy, six bongs, flavored rolling papers and a fake urine kit which is used to fool drug tests.

He was jailed in Clackamas County in lieu of $50,000 bail on the possession charges. More charges could be forthcoming.

'This student was like a candy store of drugs', Francis said. 'He had quite an extensive inventory. ...
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Thursday December 2, 2010 - Times viewed: 7814
OREGON CITY, Oregon – Jeff and Marci Beagley said they did everything they could for their 16-year-old son before he died. However, a jury decided that simply anointing oils and praying for their son to recover was not enough. This was especially tough coming a few months after the death of their granddaughter. The 15-month-old girl passed away March 2008 of pneumonia and a blood infection. Like Neil, she was given oils and prayer instead of medicine. They chose religion over science.

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

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

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

Prosecutors said the Beagleys had a parental duty to provide medical care for their s ...
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Thursday December 2, 2010 - Times viewed: 7846
FLORENCE, Oregon. – The thousands of sea lions that arrived last winter near Florence seem to have largely moved on.

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

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

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

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

OSU researchers said "leptospirosis can be virulent," and noted that there have been more than 100 cases of this rare, and highly transmittable disease, reported to the Centers of Disease Control thus far in ...
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Thursday December 2, 2010 - Times viewed: 7836
MILWAUKEE – The prison escape of former Playboy Club bunny and Milwaukee police officer Laurie Bambi Bembenek popularized the phrase 'Run Bambi Run' and seemed tailor-made for the TV movie it inspired.

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

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

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

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

In Milwaukee, more than 200 supporters — many wearing 'Run Bambi Run' T-shirts — rallied to sh ...
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Thursday December 2, 2010 - Times viewed: 7790
CORVALLIS, OREGON – Steady rain Tuesday didn't discourage people from attending a candlelight vigil in support of an Islamic center targeted by an apparent hate crime after a teen who occasionally worshipped there was accused of planning mass killings in Portland.

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

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

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

He has pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. Oettinger said residents lit candles at the charred mosque to show their support for its members. ...
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Thursday December 2, 2010 - Times viewed: 7752
PORTLAND, Oregon – Mohamed Osman Mohamud entered a plea of Not-Guilty Monday in federal court here in Portland.

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

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

Mohamud was arrested after he and an agent drove into downtown Portland in a white van that carried six 55-gallon drums with detonation cords and plastic caps, but all of them were inert. Authorities said they allowed the plot to proceed to obtain evidence to charge the suspect. ...
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Wednesday December 1, 2010 - Times viewed: 7734
BOSTON – Ray Allen missed his first five 3-point attempts before hitting one with 10.7 seconds left to help the Boston Celtics hold off a late charge by the Portland Trail Blazers and win 99-95 on Wednesday night.

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

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

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

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

Pierce went 9 for 11 from the floor, making his first four 3-point attempts to help the Celtics shoot 57 percent as a team in the game. Shaquille O'Neal scored 14 points. ...
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Saturday November 27, 2010 - Times viewed: 7784
SALEM, Oregon - I5 North was closed near Salem for a couple hoursearly this morning when a travel trailer overturned, blocking both lanes. 

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

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

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

The pickup and trailer blocked both northbound lanes.

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

The driver and her husband, who was said to be sleeping in the pickup, were not injured. ...
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