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1 Fight Involving a Gun at Convenience Store, 1 Person Shot
Saturday February 15, 2020, 2:12 AM
PORTLAND, Oregon - A man is being treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound after a fight involving a gun in the Portsmouth Neighborhood.

On Friday, February 14, 2020 at 8:14p.m., North Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a disturbance at a convenience store in the 6100 b ... [More]    

2 Officer Involved Shooting in Silverton, Marion County
Saturday February 15, 2020, 2:11 AM
SILVERTON, Oregon - On February 14, 2020 at approximately 12:40 P.M., Silverton Police Department personnel responded to a reported domestic violence disturbance at 911 Reserve St. Apt.#3, in Silverton.

Shortly after arriving, officers located the involved man, William Bluestone (21) of Bend ... [More]    

3 Driver Identified in Deadly I-205 Crash
Tuesday February 11, 2020, 6:58 AM
PORTLAND, Oregon - The driver that was killed in Saturday's crash on the Glenn Jackson Bridge is identified as Yevgeniy L. Kovalenko, 25, of Gresham. His family has been notified of his death.

The investigation into the cause of the crash is still ongoing, but speed is believed to be a key c ... [More]    

4 Shooting at Car Dealership
Sunday February 9, 2020, 8:51 AM
FOREST GROVE, Oregon - On February 8, at about 9:30am, Forest Grove Police were sent to the Doherty Ford Dealership at 4223 Pacific Avenue in Forest Grove for a reported disturbance.

On arrival police learned that a subject had fired a .308 caliber bullet at a truck owned by the dealership a ... [More]    

5 21 people evacuated from Umatilla County flood
Sunday February 9, 2020, 8:48 AM
21 people evacuated from Umatilla County flood

Pendleton – On Saturday, February 8th, the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office reported there were successful evacuation efforts using two helicopters in areas affected by county flooding. Helicopters provided by the National Guard and Umatilla County Search and Rescue personnel both worked ... [More]    

6 24-year-old woman killed on Hwy 30 In Clatsop County
Friday February 7, 2020, 4:32 AM
24-year-old woman killed on Hwy 30 In Clatsop County
On Thursday, February 6, 2020 at approximately 11:18 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 30 near milepost 92.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Buick LeSabre, operated by Emilee Mabey (24) of Ocean Park, WA. was westbound ... [More]    

7 Second Alarm Apartment Fire at SE Foster Rd.
Tuesday February 4, 2020, 8:11 AM
PORTLAND, Oregon - Last night at at 7:19 PM Portland Firefighters were called to an apartment on the 13000 block of SE Foster Rd. When they arrived firefighters found a second floor apartment burning with flames rapidly moving the the third floor apartment above. The location of the burning apartmen ... [More]    
8 Keizer Police Investigating Suspicious Death
Tuesday February 4, 2020, 8:09 AM
On February 3, 2020, at about 8:30 PM, Keizer police officers were dispatched to a parking lot in the area of 2555 Jorie Lane NE to a report of a motor vehicle crash. Officers discovered a deceased adult male at the location inside the crashed car. The death was suspicious and not consistent with th ... [More]    
9 Woman Driving Car Shot Near Lloyd Center
Sunday February 2, 2020, 5:27 AM
PORTLAND, Oregon - A victim is recovering from a gunshot wound that is believed to be non-life threatening after a shooting in the Eliot/Irvington/Lloyd District neighborhoods.

On Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 1:50a.m., North Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of someone shot outsid ... [More]    

10 Two Fires in Lebanon Fire District
Friday January 31, 2020, 3:52 AM
The Lebanon Fire District responded to 2 reported structure fires within 30 minutes of each other this evening, the first fire coming in at 10:00 pm. The fire was reported to be a stove on fire while the occupant was cooking. Upon arrival of the IC, the only occupant of the house told firefighters t ... [More]    
11 Major Crash Team Activation, SE 122nd Ave/Burnside Closed
Friday January 31, 2020, 3:51 AM
The Major Crash Team (MCT) is responding to the area of Southeast 122nd Avenue and East Burnside Street to assist in a traffic crash investigation involving serious injuries.

Streets closed in the area, including 122nd Avenue between Northeast Glisan Street and Southeast Stark Street, and Ea ... [More]    

12 Gov. Kate Brown’s New 2020 Census Website Could Help Secure Oregon’s 6th Congressional Seat
Tuesday January 28, 2020, 4:29 AM
Gov. Kate Brown’s New 2020 Census Website Could Help Secure Oregon’s 6th Congressional Seat
Gov. Kate Brown unveiled a new website last week to let Oregonians know about the upcoming 2020 census in hopes of getting full participation so the state is represented accurately.

It includes background information, why participation matters and a timeline of events.

Getting an acc ... [More]    

13 Two Fires, Keep Lebanon Firefighters Busy
Tuesday January 28, 2020, 4:23 AM
Lebanon fire crews battled two working house fires within a 5-hour span on Friday night, stretching their available resources thin and testing the endurance of responders. The first fire came in at 5:38 p.m. at 30033 Fairview Road with reports of heavy smoke within the home. Both occupants were able ... [More]    
14 Dead Man Found Beside Hwy 101 in Coos County
Tuesday January 28, 2020, 4:21 AM
On Monday, January 27, 2020 at approximately 9:21 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers were dispatched to the report of a deceased person beside Hwy 101 near milepost 278 (Two Mile Lane).

Preliminary investigation revealed the deceased male, identified as William Schippert (44) of Bandon, had ... [More]    

15 Man Sentenced to prison in death of 19-year-old Portland girl
Saturday January 25, 2020, 3:10 AM
Man Sentenced to prison in death of 19-year-old Portland girl
PORTLAND, Oregon Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced today that 27-year-old Adam Alexander Valle has changed his plea and received an 85 month prison sentence for recklessly causing the death of 19-year-old Heaven Leigh Mathews while operating a stolen vehicle under the influe ... [More]    
16 Shooting in Hazelwood Neighborhood, Occupied House Struck
Saturday January 25, 2020, 3:02 AM
PORTLAND, Oregon - East Precinct and the Gun Violence Reduction Team (GVRT) are investigating a shooting this evening in the Hazelwood neighborhood that left an occupied house and a parked car with bullet strikes.

On Friday, January 24, 2020 at 7:27p.m., East Precinct Officers responded to r ... [More]    

17 Woman Arrested in Connection with September 2019 Shooting
Thursday January 23, 2020, 6:19 AM
Woman Arrested in Connection with September 2019 Shooting
Detectives from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit have continued investigating the circumstances that led up to the shooting death of Philip Cloud on September 23, 2019. As part of the ongoing investigation, detectives executed several search warrants and interviewed dozens ... [More]    
18 Man Arrested for Attempted Armed Robbery
Thursday January 23, 2020, 6:09 AM
PORTLAND, Oregon - On Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at 8:04 p.m., North Precinct Officers responded to the 1600 block of Northeast Grand Avenue on a report of an attempted robbery involving a weapon.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted a subject in the area of Northeast 6th Avenue and ... [More]    

19 Gresham U.S. Bank Fires Woman For Helping struggling man at Christmas
Sunday January 19, 2020, 2:54 AM
Gresham U.S. Bank Fires Woman For Helping struggling man at Christmas
PORTLAND, Oregon - Emily James from Portland says she was terminated from her jog at U.S. Bankafter helping a struggling customer get home to his family on Christmas Eve by giving him $20 of her own money.

Emily worked as a senior banker at a U.S. Bank call center in Portland when she receiv ... [More]    

20 Barricaded male who set fire to house arrested
Thursday January 16, 2020, 8:42 AM
Vancouver, Wash. –On January 15, 2020 at approximately 4:00 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to the 3200 block of NW Division Avenue for a restraining order violation. Officers made verbal contact with a male inside the residence, who was in violation of the restraining order, and who refused to exi ... [More]    
21 Man Arrested in Connection with Thefts, Two Guns Recovered
Thursday January 16, 2020, 8:41 AM
On January 2, 2020 there was a string of thefts from vehicles in the Sandy area. The Sandy Police Department was assisted in the investigation in the coming days by the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Gresham Police Department, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Portland Police Bureau. At the ... [More]    
22 Reward offered for missing 20-year-old Allyson Watterson
Tuesday January 14, 2020, 10:41 PM
Reward offered for missing 20-year-old  Allyson Watterson
NORTH PLAINS, Oregon – During its third week, the search for a missing Oregon woman has been suspended in a specific area.

However, Rescue commander Tony Morris of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office announced Saturday that it is suspending the active search for Allyson Watterson, a 20-ye ... [More]    

23 Man dies in Oregon coast crash, dog goes missing
Tuesday January 14, 2020, 10:24 PM
Man dies in Oregon coast crash, dog goes missing
NETARTS, Ore. – A 41-year-old Oregon man died Sunday afternoon when he crashed into a ravine along a coastal road, the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office said.

The crash was reported at about 3:40 p.m. along Whiskey Creek Road.

Initial reports state that Jarrod Christensen, 41, of Clo ... [More]    

24 Oregon State Police investigating three people being swept into the ocean
Monday January 13, 2020, 2:47 AM
POLICE REPORT: The adult male and father of the two children is being identified as Jeremy Stiles (47) from Portland.

The officer that entered the ocean is from the Manzanita Police Department and is requesting no media interviews at this time.

On Saturday, January 11, 2020, at appr ... [More]    

25 Man charged with manslaughter following a fatal hit and run
Saturday January 11, 2020, 6:51 AM

Luis Silva Echeverria-Navarete charged with manslaughter following a fatal hit and run in N. Portland on November 26, 2017

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced the filing of a four count charging document against 22-year-old Luis Silva Echeverria-Navaret ... [More]    

26 Tenmile Lake recreational use health advisory lifted
Saturday January 11, 2020, 6:50 AM
Tenmile Lake recreational use health advisory lifted The Oregon Health Authority has lifted the recreational use health advisories for Tenmile Lake in Coos County.

Water monitoring has confirmed that the level of cyanotoxins (harmful algae toxins) in Tenmile Lake are below recreational guid ... [More]    

27 Extreme Clutter Complicates Firefighting Efforts In SE PDX
Tuesday January 7, 2020, 6:23 AM
PORTLALND, Oregon - A townhouse was called to PF&R firefighters at 3:50 PM. A townhouse fire at SE 131st & Division. SE PDX was ablaze. Crews arrived to find dark smoke flowing from the windows and eves. They were able to search the home and extinguish the fire within 15min. This prevented fire spre ... [More]    
28 Police Seek Help Locating Missing Man
Tuesday January 7, 2020, 6:20 AM
Gresham, Ore. – Gresham Police is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing 68-year-old man. Jeffery Still was last seen today around 8:50 p.m. after leaving Portland Adventist Hospital. Still has medical issues and needs medication. He has brown hair, is approximately 5-feet-10-inche ... [More]    
29 A Fighter Jet Pilot Passed Out While Flying Over Oregon, But Managed to Not Crash
Saturday January 4, 2020, 8:27 AM
A Fighter Jet Pilot Passed Out While Flying Over Oregon, But Managed to Not Crash
The student passed out for 11 seconds after a quick turn caused the pilot to experience G-forces.

A student pilot narrowly avoided disaster while flying over Oregon in a military training drill, Popular Science reported.

During the training flight last March, the student passed out f ... [More]    

30 Crane overturn in Lake Oswego
Saturday January 4, 2020, 8:24 AM
Crane overturn in Lake Oswego
A Rough Terrain crane overturned on a job site in Lake Oswego- due south of Portland, Oregon on Thursday.

The crane owned by Ness Campbell Crane, was working on the retail/apartment mixed use Mercantile Village development, when it seems the ground gave way under one of the outriggers, altho ... [More]    

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Thursday May 20, 2010 - Times viewed: 7850
BRIGHTWOOD, Oregon - A huge hail storm has damaged commercial and many vegetable crops, high winds have downed trees, and rain found its way into buildings, cars, basements, and cracks in roofs. Utility crews of PGE are restoring power to portions of Brightwood, near Mt. Hood, after a tree fell across power lines along U-S 26 and into the roadway early Wednesday evening.

"It sounded like a train was coming right through these trees -- it was pretty scary, " saysAllKacie Wines, who works at the Whistle Stop Restaurant in Brightwood.

Interstate 26 was closed for more than two hours as utility workers removed the tree and debris. Crews worked on power line repairs well into the evening.

In West Linn earlier in the afternoon,  wind snapped off a tree limb along Kenthorpe Way cutting power to residents in the area including West Linn High School.

There are no reports of injuries. PGE line crews worked cut the limb down off the sagging power line. Workers told residents along Kenthorpe Way the line was a feeder for West Linn High School. Crews were able to restore power to the high school by around 3:15pm.

Traffic was also ba ...
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Wednesday May 19, 2010 - Times viewed: 7739
All of a sudden, real estate has gone from the top finance topics to the most controversial of subjects everyone is talking about. Every other person you meet has an opinion about what happened, how we got here, whose fault it is and what the future holds.

And it's all changing, from the digitization of old-school multiple listing service printed books, which brought listing information to the people, to Craigslist. Realtors and individuals are taking matters into their own hands. And along the way, commercial websites are cashing in, big time.

No matter who you are, client or agent, you quickly discovered that there are three main websites that are the most popular when it comes to looking to buy or listing a home anywhere in the country. Realtor.com, Zillow.com and Trulia.com are the three heavy hitters in online advertising and information in real estate sales and marketing. Each site lists homes available for sale, some for rent, and a great deal of information regarding the neighborhoods, comparable sales and general market statistics. Although each of the sites are quite similar, there are some subtle differences in them and a variety of opinions on which site ...
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Tuesday May 18, 2010 - Times viewed: 7712
CORNELIUS, Oregon - Walmart plans to hire 300 workers for the new supercenter store in Cornelius.

Walmart, the big-box chain, is working with the city to set up a "hiring center." Executives hope to have it ready by June 1.

Walmart plans to open the new store in September.

Also, this last weekend Walmart announced plans to start selling the popular iPad in its stores. The retailer hasn't given a date for when it will hit store shelves, but it is expected later this year.

Walmart reportedly has been trying to expand its electronics department to compete with Best Buy and Radio Shack. No word yet whether the iPad will be offered at a discount.

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Sunday May 16, 2010 - Times viewed: 7657
PORTLAND, Oregon -- Sixteen year old Danny Thompson remembers Colton Harris-Moore as a kid who dreamed of becoming famous, talked about it and even acted it out now and again. Before Danny and his mother moved to Portland, he briefly attended Stanwood High School with Colton.

"He was always getting into fights. He wouldn't start them but he'd try to finish them. He was sorta an outcast and I tried to be his friend", Danny said, "but he always seemed to be thinking about something else. Most of the teachers didn't like him but a couple did, I think"

A home break-in and the theft of a boat on San Juan Island earlier this week may have been the works of Colton Harris-Moore.

The home was burglarized sometime late Thursday or early Friday. The boat was taken from the homeowner's private dock and later found beached on Lopez Island.

The San Juan County Sheriff's Office issued a news release which read:

"Deputies investigated the report of a 24-foot boat found beached on Lopez Island May 14. The boat was apparently taken from a home located on the southern tip of San Juan Island, close to Cattle Point. The home was also burgla ...
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Friday May 14, 2010 - Times viewed: 7740
PORTLAND, Oregon -- A pickup truck that crashed off Interstate 405 struck and killed a homeless man sleeping off the freeway, police said. Officers were called to the wreck on I-405 northbound under Burnside Street at about 11 p.m. Thursday.

A police spokeswoman said the driver lost control of the truck and it went off the right shoulder before it rolled over. Ismail Haidar, a witness, said he heard three distinct bangs and then saw smoke and dust in the air. "I didn't know what to do. Actually, I panicked," Haidar said. "I called 911 … I thought I might go and help survivors.

It was a nightmare indeed." The driver, 23-year-old Alvaro Lugos-Ponce, and his three passengers, all suffered injuries in the crash, police said. They were taken to Legacy Emanuel Hospital with injuries that weren't life-threatening. Speed and alcohol were factors in the wreck, officers said, and the police bureau's major crash team is still investigating. Police said Lugos-Ponce is facing charges of second-degree manslaughter, second-degree assault, fourth-degree assault, driving under the influence and reckless driving. Officers are still trying to determine the i ...
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Thursday May 13, 2010 - Times viewed: 7773
PORTLAND, Oregon -- The Oregon Financial Institutions Security Task Force (FIST) is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Tammy Lynn Hall, whom is believed to be responsible for four local bank robberies.

Hall, 42, is believed to be from California. A federal grand jury has charged Hall with the April 30, 2010, robbery of the Bank of America branch located at 8315 SE Sunnyside Road in Clackamas. There have been three other robberies committed in recent weeks by a woman matching Hall's description. They are:

May 3, 2010 -- First Independent Bank, 1408 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver

May 7, 2010 -- US Bank, 6407 NE 117th Ave., Vancouver

May 10, 2010 -- Bank of the West, 11050 SE McLoughlin Blvd., Milwaukie

The FBI, in conjunction with the other investigating agencies to include the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Milwaukie Police Department, Vancouver Police Department and the Clark County Sheriff's Office, are looking at the possibility that the same person is responsible for all four bank robberies. However, at this time, Hall is charged with only one bank robbery (April 30th, Bank of America).
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Tuesday May 11, 2010 - Times viewed: 7719
Wilsonville, Oregon - Movie Gallery Inc., the owner of struggling movie rental chain Hollywood Video, is planning to close its remaining stores and liquidate as consumers are increasingly getting movies through the mail, vending machines and high-speed Internet connections.

The No. 2 rental chain behind Blockbuster Inc. filed a notice with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Richmond late last week that it will terminate its business operations after defaulting on a loan from one of its creditors.

An agreement filed with the court said the move to close more than 1,900 remaining stores is in the "best interests" of the company and its creditors. The agreement does not specify a time line. It must be approved by a bankruptcy judge.

Phone calls to Movie Gallery and an attorney representing the company were not immediately returned.

The company, based in Wilsonville, Ore., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February, buckling under the competitive pressure from movies-by-mail service Netflix Inc., DVD kiosk company Redbox and delivery of movies and TV shows over the Internet.

The bankruptcy filing does no ...
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Monday May 10, 2010 - Times viewed: 7667
PORTLAND, Oregon - Portland fire investigators are still trying to determine what sparked a two-alarm fire in a northwest Portland building built in 1902. The fire broke out at 2400 Northwest 21st Ave. at about 7:28 p.m. Saturday.

The first-arriving crews found heavy smoke coming out of the three-story building. Although it was found to be vacant, crews were worried that there were transients inside the building. Firefighters went inside and cut vent holes in the roof; they then put out the fire after an aggressive attack. No one was injured.

Trains in the area were delayed because of hose lines lying across the tracks. The fire caused about $241,000 in damage to the building, which was valued at about $730,000. About 70 firefighters responded to fight the fire. ...
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Friday May 7, 2010 - Times viewed: 7696
SHERWOOD, Oregon - The cab of a semi truck was destroyed and LifeFlight was called in after a head-on collision on Scholls Ferry Road near Sherwood.

Law enforcement blocked off Scholls Ferry Road near Rowell Road at about 5:30 a.m. Friday after the crash, which left the cab of the big rig in flames and sent a late-model Dodge Charger into a nearby field.

The truck driver escaped his burning cab without injury, but a passenger in the Charger was injured and was airlifted from the scene.

Sgt. David Thompson with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said the driver of the Dodge Charger was driving recklessly and veered into the path of the truck.

After the crash, the driver of the Charger fled the vehicle, abandoning the injured passenger and reportedly got into a dark-colored SUV and left the scene.

Deputies are looking for the driver, who they think is a female, and the SUV. An investigation into the crash in ongoing.

Hospitals are on alert for a woman who may show up injured from the crash.

The condition or identity of the female passenger in the Dodge Charger has not been released.


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Thursday May 6, 2010 - Times viewed: 7674
PORTLAND, Oregon - Peter Chamberlain got an early gift on the day before his 51st birthday - the rest of his life.

State police say the Salem motorist crashed through a guardrail on Highway 20 in the Santiam Pass early Thursday and went 300 feet down an embankment.

Deschutes County rescuers removed Chamberlain from the crashed SUV and took him to a Bend hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening.

Police are still investigating what caused Chamberlain to lose control of the SUV.

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Monday May 3, 2010 - Times viewed: 7962
BROWNSVILLE, Oregon - – A home fire in Brownsville forces firefighters from three cities to help battle the blaze.The home is southeast of Corvallis, drawing fire departments from the rural Oregon towns of Brownsville, Halsey and Tangent. We have intense pictures from that house fire in Brownsville. A firefighter snapped these shots around 8:30 p.m. Sunday. As you can see, the house was just a huge fireball when firefighters arrived. They couldn't save it, and it's being described as "a total loss."No word yet on how this fire started. We are told that no one was injured by the flames. Photos courtesy of Dennis Weis, photographer and firefighter with the Tangent Fire Department: ...
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Thursday April 29, 2010 - Times viewed: 7677
EDGEWOOD, Washington - A 43 year old man was shot dead after a home invasion robbery last night.

Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said the murder occured at the home located in the 3600 block of 106th Ave. Ct. E. The victim, his wife and their two sons were home at the time. The homeowner had listed an expensive ring for sale on Craigslist, and was expecting a potential buyer to stop by the home to take a look around 9:30 p.m. Three man and a woman arrived, "flashed cash" at the door, and the "homeowners let them in to buy a ring," Troyer said.

But once inside, one of the men pulled out a gun. Apparently gunman opened fire and shot the father multipletimes, investigators said, and the victim's 14-year-old son was pistol-whipped on the head. The robbers also tied up the boy's mother Investigators say the man may have been shot while trying to protect his son, who had jumped on one of the robbers. The robbers ransacked the home and drove off before deputies arrived.

The son was taken to an area hospital. The boy's mother and younger brother were not injured. A description of the robbers was not available.

"All we do know at this p ...
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Tuesday April 27, 2010 - Times viewed: 7721
PORTLAND, Oregon - Police investigators are holding a couple's belongings as they investigate the theft of the couple’s trailer. Police say they uncovered a burglary ring that may have had assistance from a postal employee.

The Bleazards, a young couple moving to Oregon, were staying at a local hotel and had parked their enclosed trailer – with just about everything they owned packed inside – in the parking lot.

A few days after they arrived, the trailer was stolen from the parking lot.

Meanwhile, police arrested Ben Larson and said they believe he is tied to two burglaries and an assault.

On Wednesday, 31-year-old Karen Andersen was arrested at her Vancouver home. She faces accusations of possession of stolen property and possession of methamphetamine, said Portland police Det. Anthony Merrill.

Ben Larson, her former boyfriend, pleaded guilty late last year to assault and two counts of burglary, Merrill said. Larson is serving 88 months in prison

The Bleazards said Anderson had unpacked their belongings and put them in her home as if she owned them, including dishes, books, couch covers and other personal ...
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Thursday April 22, 2010 - Times viewed: 7689
YEON STATE PARK, Ore. –Near Cascade Locks in Oregon search teams this morning continued looking for missing hiker Ron Fridell, 60 who checked in by cell phone later in the morning.

Family members talked to Ron Fridell today. He spent the night in Yeon State Park but reportedly had supplies and equipment with him. Fridell said he'd be walking out of the woods on his own. This apparently ends the search effort.

Fridell said he thinks he know how to exit the park but some search crews may ontinue to look for him anyway. He has a GPSAlldevice so searchers will be able to get a fix on his position once he relays the coordinates by phone.

An Oregon Army National Guard helicopter participated in the search.

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Department received a call from the Fridell's family at about 11:30 p.m. yesterday after Fridell called his wife to say he was going to be late getting back from his hike but then never showed up.

Family members said they received two calls, the first saying he was hiking in Yeon State Park. In the second call, he said he was on a treacherous trial and was going to try and hike back.

The last call was ...
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Wednesday April 21, 2010 - Times viewed: 7687
HILLSBORO, Oregon - Valuable pieces of gold, including a 42-ounce nugget valued at $50,000, was stolen last week from a Hillsboro museum, police from the Washington County Sheriff's Office said.

At 10:50 p.m.AllApril 17, police responded to a burglary call at the Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals in Hillsboro. The Assistant Director of the museum, Linda Kepford, told deputies the museum had been broken into and a significant number of gold nuggets were stolen. One of the gold pieces stolen weighs 42 ounces and is worth more than $50,000.

Gold was the only item taken during the burglary. The collection has been conservatively appraised at more than $250,000. 

At this time, detectives are actively investigating this case and are not releasing any details of the burglary.  If you have any information regarding this case, call Detective Jim George at 503-846-6093.

The Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals, known as the Rice Museum, is a popular destination for many school field trips and for those interested in geology.  It boasts a large collection of rocks and minerals that may be ...
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Monday April 19, 2010 - Times viewed: 7729
CANBY, Oregon - Two individuals were left hurt yesterday after a shooting in a Canby neighborhood. Police report the shooting near the intersection of Second and Knott streets was gang-related. Roberto Sinchenz said he was having a barbecue outside his apartment when he saw an SUV speed past him.

The driver, Sinchenz said, rolled down his windows and began shooting. "When he comes and stops the car, it was, 'Pow, pow, pow!' Six or seven times," Said Sinchenz. One of the victims was hit in the chest and the other victim was struck by the shooter's SUV, police said.

"The guy was going in reverse and he hit one guy with the car," Sinchenz said. Investigators said they were still piecing together the crime scene Sunday night. It appears the shooting may have been related to an assault that happened Monday. No arrests have been made in the case.

Some of the neighborhood's witnesses were cooperating with police, while others weren't talking. All of the suspects initially got away, but police are familiar with many of the people involved, so they're trying to identify those suspects and go after them. Meanwhile, a large section of the neighborhoo ...
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Thursday April 15, 2010 - Times viewed: 7726
WINSTON, Oregon - A large sewage truck hauling thousands of gallons of human waste crashed off a bridge, igniting the truck on fire, dumping sewage in a field, spilling diesel fuel into a creek that feeds into the city's water supply, and sparking fears of a possible gas leak.All

The driver escaped the crash uninjured. Police at the scene are investigating what caused the crash.

A four inch surface line carrying natural gas was dented underneath the bridge as a portion of concrete broke away during the crash. The fire department is concerned about leaks, and the gas company crews are checking the pipe.

The truck was carrying 4,000 gallons of human sewage when it sideswiped the Lookingglass Bridge off Highway 42 in Winston, Ore. The crash prompted both lanes of the highway to close.

The highway is expected to be closed for hours. Updates may be found on ODOT's website www.tripcheck.com

Pieces of the truck caught on fire, and an undetermined amount of diesel fuel spilled into Lookingglass Creek, which feeds into the the South Umpqua River. The Winston water department halted pumping water from the river as a precaution.

Sewage most likely has ...
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Wednesday April 14, 2010 - Times viewed: 7710
PORTLAND, Oregon -- Amanda Stott-Smith changed her plea and confessed to the killing in a Multnomah County courtroom. She pleaded guilty yesterday to killing her 4-year-old son and attempting to murder her 7-year-old daughter by forcing both off the Sellwood Bridge. Stott-Smith showed little emotion while changing her plea. David Haag, who rescued Stott-Smith's daughter, said continues to replay the night of May 23, 2009, when the two children plunged into the Willamette River.

"There's never a day that goes by that I don't think about it," he said. Haag, who lives near the Sellwood Bridge, heard the screams of Stott-Smith's children in the river. "The sounds coming from the river -- they were moving down the river," he said. "I figured maybe it was an animal floating down the river. That was my first thought. When we came upon kids in the river, it was a shock."

After seeing police activity, he and his wife jumped into their boat and found the children despite total darkness. Haag said he pulled the children into their boat and then headed for a nearby dock. "The boy was gone, but the girl was in reasonably good shape," Haag ...
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Tuesday April 13, 2010 - Times viewed: 7684
NEWBERG, Oregon - At 9:30 a.m. Newberg and Dundee Fire departments and Newberg Public Works responded to an emergency kcall. Staff and students at George Fox University in Newberg have been evacukated due to a highly acidic, explosive chemical needing containment.

Reports say one of the lab techs was given a bottle of picric acid, which is safe in liquid form. However, the rim of the cap was dry.

When it's dry, it becomes potentially explosive.

The lab technician called police and thehe Edwards Holman Science Center was evacuated.

Several other buildings were evacuated on campus. Classes will resume once the acid is removed, which officials hope to occur soon.

The evacuation and caution perimeter included two to three blocks all around the campus. The chemistry building is in the center of the campus. Only parts of the campus were evacuated.

The OSP Bomb Squad responded.

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Monday April 12, 2010 - Times viewed: 7718
RIDGEFIELD, Washington - An elderly couple from Ridgefield died after their car crashed into a pond in the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. The Clark County Sheriff's Department says rescuers responding to a 911 call from a witness, spotted the car Sunday afternoon partially submerged and upside down in the pond on the south end of Bachelor Island.

Authorities today identified the deceased as Chester B. Manning, 81, and Nancy E. Manning, 79, of La Center.

Officials said the car, a black Chevrolet Lumina, ended up in three feet of water, with the couple upside down and wearing their seat belts.

Upon arrival at the scene at about 5 p.m., authorities found the car upside down, submerged in three to four feet of water, Rothenberger said, a sergeant with the Clark County Sheriff’s Department. It is unknown how long the car had been under water.

“We don’t know much other than the car ended up in a ditch upside down,” Rothenberger said. “It appears that they might have drowned.”

They pulled the Chester Manning male and his wife Nancy from the car and worked to revive them but were unsuccessful. “It looks l ...
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Friday April 9, 2010 - Times viewed: 7750
PORTLAND, Oregon - Lawrence Hendon has been arrested 44 times during his long criminal career and people in his neighborhood want answers and action. Clackamas County deputies arrested Lawrence Hendon the this last time on charges he used bolt cutters to break into newspaper bins and steal quarters. In fact, he was wearing the cutters around his neck and lots of coins in his pockets.

Hendon attempted to run when spotted by deputies, a sheriff's spokesman said, but the $60 bucks coins he carried slowed his retreat. Hendon was charged with criminal mischief, theft and possession of burglary tools and was released.

In the north Portland neighborhood where Hendon lives, neighbors said they're too familiar with his criminal history. "We're just aware. We tell him to stay the heck away," said Michael Mitchell, who lives nearby. Records show Hendon's criminal career began in the early 1980s. When FOX 12 asked jail staff in Clackamas County for any mug shots of Hendon, it took 11 e-mails from a jail worker to send all the mug shots they had on file. Despite Hendon's lengthy rap sheet, he remains a free man.

A woman who lives nearby said her major concern i ...
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Wednesday April 7, 2010 - Times viewed: 7757
PORTLAND - Sergeant Kyle Nice was one of the officers involved in the highly-publicized James Chasse Case back in September 2006. This time he was not on duty and driving last saturday afternoon in the Garden Home area. He's accused of pulling his gun out of his holster during an altercation with another motorist. 

Sergeant Kyle Nice was driving his truck with his six-week-old child inside when, he said, another driver drove through a red light and nearly hit him.  Sergeant Nice told investigators he pulled next to the driver and yelled at him.  But the other driver, Neil Ruffin of SW Portland, said that Sergeant Nice flipped him off and yelled at him using filthy language.

The two men drove to the 8300 block of SW 80th where they pulled over and argued.  "They were both using very loud voices," said female witness Elizabeth Johnston.

She said she saw Nice pull his gun out of his holster, that he never pointed it at Ruffin, but certainly made a point that he was armed. 

"He was holding it at his side and showing the other man he had a weapon," said Johnston.

After being called to the scene, deputie ...
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Tuesday April 6, 2010 - Times viewed: 7716
28 year old Ali Cornell's battle with her addiction to heroin is an everyday struggle.

“I was strung out for ten years,” she says. She lives in the Woodstock neighborhood where Heroin is used abundantly and is heavily addictive. Four years ago she and her friend were both addicted but he died a week before they were to be married. She says getting better was the most difficult thing she’s ever had to do. Several times a day she struggles with the idea of returning to the grind of Heroin.

“A lot of people think you can wake up one day and just stop doing it. It’s not like that at all. I would not wish this upon my worst enemy.”

All Ali doesn't want to be part of any grim statistic. The number of heroin deaths approached new highs in 2009, according to the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s office. 127 Oregon residents died in 2009 from heroin use.

One of those people was Jason Daniel Smith, who was only 33 years old.Called “JD” by his friend, he was a young man from Kansas with most of his life ahead of him. He died last September from a heroin overdose. 

“He would always be the first ...
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Monday April 5, 2010 - Times viewed: 7725
PORTLAND — Outgoing Governor Ted Kulongoski last Friday urged candidates to join him in promoting kicker reform, “a litmus test” for anyone seeking the governorship.

Kulongoski said he “described the state of our state this way: Skies clearing — and a potential storm brewing” to characterize Oregon’s tentative emergence from recession, with economic uncertainty and a state budget deficit ahead.

In his final state of the state speech, the Governor called for policymakers to change the state’s tax rebate system, which sends “kicker” checks to taxpayers when and if the state collects substantially more revenue in a biennium than state economists had predicted would come in. Kulongoski wants the state to continue kickers rather than give it to taxpayers.

“If we want to keep that brewing storm I mentioned safely off shore, fixing the kicker must be our top economic priority,” he told an audience at a Portland State University conference center.

Kulongoski wants half of all surplus “kicker” revenue for a state government reserve to help pay for education, human services and pu ...
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Friday April 2, 2010 - Times viewed: 7675
The Oregon Coast was battered with heavy rain and wind this morning and gusts up to 55 mpg are expected in the Valley. High Wind Warning- Oregon and SW Wash. Coast:All  South wind gusts near 80 mph are still possible between 10 am- 1pm.  The heaviest rain as passed...although thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon.  Wind dies down by dinnertime tonight.

Wind Advisory- Lower Columbia, Willamette Valley and Central Oregon.  It's gonna blow around here.  Look for S 20-30 mph winds, gusting to 55 mph at times.. especially between 11 am and 3pm.  Rain will turn to showers in the next two hours.

Winter Storm Warning- Cascades & Blue Mountains.  Up to two feet of snow is possible by the end of the day.. especially 3000 feet and higher.  It will be an absolute white-out up there much of the day... with wind gusts from the south near 50 miles per hour in spots.

Thankfully, tonight will be calmer with showers and lows in the upper 30s.  Showers continue tomorrow with highs in the low 50s. However, rain begins again on Easter Sunday.. right now timing shows the afternoon will be wettest. ...
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Thursday April 1, 2010 - Times viewed: 7718
PORTLAND - Only days after devastating terrorist attacks inside the subway system of Russia's capitol city, transit agencies across the US are boosting its own security.

Today TriMet announced new security measures, partnering with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to increase security in the Portland-Metro area.

Last year TriMet used aAllTSA grant to add surveillance cameras to enhance MAX station platforms including Gresham and the Gateway Transit Center. Today, more than 43 cameras are perched across the city, and cameras are added to any new platform.

The announcement is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. today at Gresham City Hall.

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Wednesday March 31, 2010 - Times viewed: 7807
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- A Vancouver deputy is suing a fast food chain over a spit-covered burger served to him last year. Deputy Edward Bylsma was in uniform and in a marked car when he ordered a Whopper at a Burger King drive-through on Northeast Gher Road in March 2009, according to a statement from the Seattle Law Office of Stafford Frey Cooper.

The deputy said the worker who handed him his food acted suspiciously. "I carefully unwrapped the burger and pulled the meat patty off the bottom bun. I found slimy, clear and white phlegm," Bylsma said in the statement. Anne Bremner, Bylsma's attorney, said DNA testing found that the burger contained human sputum and saliva and that it came from the mouth of 22-year-old Gary Herb, who was working at the Burger King at the time. "He had an instinct that the individuals were acting a little funny.

They were off to him," Bremner said. "Something just clicked with him, like 'I better look at my burger.'" Another test could not rule out feces on the burger, according to the law office's statement. Herb was found guilty of third-degree assault in the incident. He was ordered to be tested for hepatitis ...
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Tuesday March 30, 2010 - Times viewed: 7712
Oregon will receive nearly $90 million in federal funds to help homeowners remain in their homes and avoid foreclosure.

"We had no idea. We did not submit a proposal," said Lisa Joyce, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Housing and Community Services. The agency's job is to figure out the details and send a plan to Washington for approval. It could be late summer or fall before money starts flowing, Joyce said.

The state was one of five receiving about $600 million from the Housing Finance Agency Innovation Fund for the Hardest Hit Housing Markets. Other states getting the funds were North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and South Carolina.

The first Housing Finance Agency funds targeted five states with home price declines more than 20 percent. The second Hardest Hit Fund targeted five states – including Oregon – with high concentrations of people living in economically distressed areas, defined as counties in which the unemployment rate exceeded 12 percent in 2009.

Oregon’s Housing and Community Services will now be able to submit proposals for innovative housing initiatives designed for parts of the state that have exp ...
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Monday March 29, 2010 - Times viewed: 7709
PORTLAND, Oregon - Calling the police shooting of an unarmed man in Portland an "execution, the Rev. Jesse Jackson addresses the latest shooting in which a man was killed by a Portland police officer. Jackson plans to attend five events Monday, beginning with a school assembly at the Self Enhancement Inc., Charter School in north Portland. He'll also speak with Legacy Emanuel Hospital staff and meet with the Albina Ministerial Alliance.

In February, Jackson visited Portland after a Portland police officer shot and killed Aaron Campbell. The shooting happened during a confrontation at a northeast Portland apartment complex and Campbell was unarmed.

A week ago, a Portland police officer shot and killed Jack Collins, a homeless man who police said was covered in blood and repeatedly refused to drop a knife as he approached an officer. The shooting occurred at Hoyt Arboretum. "We've just become much too violent and we must go another way," Jackson said in a statement. "This rash of police shootings is marring the image of the city and jeopardizing so many people."

A grand jury has cleared Officer Frashour, who has a prior record of excess ...
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Friday March 26, 2010 - Times viewed: 7738
PORTLAND, Oregon - Three people were able to escape by jumping off a boat that explodedthen caught on fire on the Columbia River.

Portland Fire personnel responded to a report of a boat fire near NE 35th Ave. and Marine Drive in Portland. The trio apparently jumped from the boat at the time fire personnel arrived. Fire crews pulled the three injured people from the boat before transporting them to local hospitals.

Multnomah County Information Officer Mary Lindstrom said the three people had just put gas in the boat and were leaving the dock when the boat exploded, which caused damage to Donaldson Marina. Two of the people who were injured are in critical condition. The third person is in fair condition.

The boat capsized and was completely demolished with an estimated damage of more than $32,000.00. ...
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