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1 Portland bans homeless camps in forest areas amid wildfires

Portland bans homeless camps in forest areas amid wildfires
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland, Oregon, has banned homeless people from camping in forested parks to both protect them from potential wildfires and prevent them from accidentally starting blazes during a summer of drought and record-breaking heat. The City Council adopted the rule Wednesday for “high-risk hazard zones,” including in and around P ... [More]

2 Jayson Harrison Burton Found Guilty in Child Sexual Abuse Case

Jayson Harrison Burton Found Guilty in Child Sexual Abuse Case
HILLSBORO, Oregon - On July 28, 2021, after deliberating for less than thirty minutes, a Washington County jury found Jayson Harrison Burton, age 38, guilty of third-degree rape and second-degree sexual abuse. Deputy District Attorney Rayney Meisel prosecuted this case before Judge Charles Bailey. The victim was 14 years old when she ran away f ... [More]

3 Victim Identified in May 25 Homicide In Madison South Neighborhood

24-year-old Joseph Robert Sipe was apparently murdered by a blunt and sharp object. His family was notified. On May 25, 2021 Portland Police Bureau Homicide Detectives, the Portland Fire Bureau, the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office, and the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office initiated a death investigation at a transient camp at Northeast 78th Avenue and Northeast Schuyler Street. Officers had been dispatched there on a welfare check at about 5:08 p.m. and asked for detectives when they found a person deceased. Officers from East Precinct located and detained 40-year-old Aaron D. Christopher in the 6500 block of Northeast Halsey Street shortly after the incident was reported. Christopher was later booked into the Multnomah County jail on charges of Murder II and Abuse of a Corpse. This is an ongoing investigation. Additional information will be released at ... [More]

4 Officers Seize Gun and Drugs on a Welfare Check Call

Officers Seize Gun and Drugs on a Welfare Check Call
PORTLAND, Oregon - A large amount of drugs and money were seized while officers were conducting a welfare check in a vehicle. On Tuesday at about 11 AM, Central Precinct officers responded to a welfare check call on two individuals partially conscious in a still running vehicle at West Burnside Street and Southwest 20th Avenue. As the officers a ... [More]

5 Oregon reports 1,076 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths

Oregon reports 1,076 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths
There are three new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,858, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today. Oregon Health Authority reported 1,076 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 219,755. Dr. Sidelinger available to discuss COVID ... [More]

6 Recreational use advisory issued for Eagle Ridge Park on Upper Klamath Lake July 30

Recreational use advisory issued for Eagle Ridge Park on Upper Klamath Lake July 30
PORTLAND, Oregon - Oregon Health Authority (OHA) issued a recreational use health advisory today for Eagle Ridge Park on Upper Klamath Lake due to the presence of a cyanobacteria bloom and cyanotoxins above recreational use values for human exposure. The lake is in Klamath County. People should avoid swimming and high-speed water activities, su ... [More]

7 Investigation into July 23 shooting of Clark County Sheriff's Detective Sergeant

Investigation into July 23 shooting of Clark County Sheriff's Detective Sergeant
Vancouver, Wash. –The investigation into the July 23, 2021 shooting death of Clark County Sheriff’s Detective Sergeant Jeremy Brown is continuing and has transitioned to investigation by the SW Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIR), led by the Vancouver Police Department. Washington state law (RCW 10.114.01) requires an ind ... [More]

8 Oregon governor declares heat emergency; 211 helpline active

Oregon governor declares heat emergency; 211 helpline active
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday issued an emergency declaration in 23 counties from Portland to southern Oregon and in central and eastern parts of the state because of heat. The declaration will free up more resources and activate the Office of Emergency Management to respond to the heatwave, The Oregonian/OregonLive re ... [More]

9 Elbow Creek Fire 50 percent contained in 22,955 acres

Elbow Creek Fire 50 percent contained in  22,955 acres
WALLOWA, Oregon - With fire activity diminishing and the focus moving to full mop-up operations, Oregon Department of Forestry’s Incident Management Team 3 is starting to “right-size” the organization on the Elbow Creek Fire. Operations’ Section Chief Eric Perkins says that will begin with sending some aircraft to either their home base or to other ... [More]

10 Proposal to lay cables under Columbia met with skepticism

Proposal to lay cables under Columbia met with skepticism
Can slicing a 100-mile trench into the bed of the Columbia River be good for the environment? The answer is a big yes, says a team of energy developers that proposes submerging power cables in the riverbed. The developers say the cables could deliver “clean” energy that will be crucial for getting the most densely developed areas of Cascadia off ... [More]

11 Former Oregon lawmaker who let protesters in Oregon Capitol gets probation

Former Oregon lawmaker who let protesters in Oregon Capitol gets probation
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A former Oregon lawmaker who was expelled for letting violent, far-right protesters into the state Capitol pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of official misconduct. The Statesman Journal reports that Mike Nearman was sentenced to 18 months probation, during which he will need to complete 80 hours of community service and is ... [More]

12 Western wildfires calm down in cool weather, but losses grow

Western wildfires calm down in cool weather, but losses grow
INDIAN FALLS, Calif. (AP) — Cooler weather on Tuesday helped calm two gigantic wildfires in the U.S. West, but a tally of property losses mounted as authorities got better access to a tiny California community savaged by flames last weekend and to a remote area of southern Oregon where the nation’s largest blaze is burning. Scientists say eviden ... [More]

13 Police Arrest man with Help From Local Teenager

Police Arrest man with Help From Local Teenager
LINCOLN CITY, Oregon - On Monday, July 26, 2021, at about 9:00 PM, Lincoln City Police learned a wanted fugitive from California may be hiding in an apartment in the 900 block of SE 32nd Street. When officers attempted to make contact inside an apartment the suspect tried to barricade himself in a bedroom before jumping out of the second story wind ... [More]

14 Man Sentenced for Shooting at Three Salem Police Detectives

SALEM, Oregon - Yesterday, in Marion County Circuit Court the honorable Judge Daniel J. Wren sentenced Alejandro Maciel-Salcedo for the July 17, 2020, attempted murder of Salem Police Detectives Angus Scott Emmons, Oscar Zambrano, and Anthony Burke. This was Marion County Circuit Court case State v. Maciel-Salcedo, 20CR39285. Judge Wren sentenced Maciel-Salcedo to a total sentence of 278 months (just over 23 years) in the Oregon State Penitentiary. On July 17, 2020, Salem Police Detectives Angus Scott Emmons, Oscar Zambrano, and Anthony Burke were conducting police surveillance on Maciel-Salcedo and his associates. Maciel-Salcedo was a suspect in a Salem Police Strategic Investigations Unit investigation where he transported and facilitated the delivery of a quarter-pound of methamphetamine. As part of that investigation, the detectives received a judicial warrant to place a t ... [More]

15 Teen dead, man, kids sent to hospital

Teen dead, man, kids sent to hospital
The Battle Ground Police Department and Fire District 3 responded to a two-vehicle collision on SE Eaton Blvd at SE 23rd Ave this afternoon at about 4:50 pm. A 17-year old male died at the scene. One adult male and two children were transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. Immediate families have been notified. ... [More]

16 Man Stabbed To Death Near Portland's Southwest Pine Street

Man Stabbed To Death Near Portland's Southwest Pine Street
PORTLAND, Oregon - The man killed as a result of a July 24, 2021 stabbing near Southwest Pine Street and Southwest 3rd Avenue has been identified as 37-year-old Quinton Bryce Miller. Miller died of a stab wound and his death has been ruled a homicide. The investigation into this stabbing is ongoing. Any additional information will be released at ... [More]

17 Mister Ford Homicide Remains Unsolved After One Year

Mister Ford Homicide Remains Unsolved After One Year
PORTLAND, Oregon - On July 27, 2020, at approximately 10:40 p.m., Portland Police Bureau officers responded to the 700 block of Northeast 87th Avenue on the report of a shooting. Officers arrived and found an adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers attempted lifesaving measures but the victim, 19-year-old Mister Ford of Portland ... [More]

18 Oregon FBI Building a Digital Defense Against Rental Car Scams

Oregon FBI Building a Digital Defense Against Rental Car Scams
Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. Today: Building a digital defense against rental car scams. The summer of 2021 is a much different – and hopefully better – place for you and your family than the summer of 2020. States are lifting restrictions, and you are finally able to travel again! That tropical beach – or the mountains – ... [More]

19 Man Found Wounded On Downtown Street Dies Later At Hospital

Man Found Wounded On Downtown Street Dies Later At Hospital
PORTLAND, Oregon - On July 24, 2021 at about 12:47 a.m., an ambulance passing through the intersection of Southwest Pine Street and Southwest 3rd Avenue encountered a person down in the street and stopped to assist him. The man appeared seriously wounded and the ambulance transported him to the hospital, where he later died. Police were called t ... [More]

20 Shooting Inside a Bar Leaves Three Hurt, One Critical

Shooting Inside a Bar Leaves Three Hurt, One Critical
PORTLAND, Oregon - Police were sent to a shooting in a bar in the 13900 block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard. When officers arrived they found a chaotic scene, with numerous witnesses and three people injured. One adult male had a gunshot wound to the chest. Another adult male was hit in the upper leg and an adult female was shot in the hip. Officers ... [More]

21 Wildfire smoke clouds sky, hurts air quality

Wildfire smoke clouds sky, hurts air quality
PORTLAND, Oregon Strong winds blew smoke east from California, Oregon, Montana and other states all the way to other side of the continent. Haze hung over New York City, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The nation’s largest wildfire, Oregon’s Bootleg Fire, grew to 618 square miles (1,601 square kilometers) — just over half the size of Rhode Isla ... [More]

22 State strips police certifications over wrongful arrest

State strips police certifications over wrongful arrest
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A state board on Thursday stripped ex-West Linn Police Chief Terry Timeus and fired West Linn Sgt. Tony Reeves of their police certifications over the 2017 wrongful arrest of Michael Fesser of Portland. The state Board on Public Safety Standards & Training voted unanimously to OK the lifetime revocations for dishonesty and ... [More]

23 Delta variant has become dominant in Oregon

Delta variant has become dominant in Oregon
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — As daily COVID-19 cases doubled in the past week, Oregon health officials reported Thursday that the highly transmissible delta variant has now become the dominant coronavirus variant in the state. But even as cases rise, around 29% of adults in Oregon have yet to be vaccinated. Health officials warn the increased spread of ... [More]

24 Western wildfires grow, but better weather helps crews

Western wildfires grow, but better weather helps crews
BLY, Ore. (AP) — Lower winds and better weather helped crews using bulldozers and helicopters battling the nation’s largest wildfire in southern Oregon, but gusty winds pushed a Northern California wildfire into Nevada on Thursday, prompting evacuations as blazes burn across the West. Oregon’s Bootleg Fire grew to 624 square miles (1,616 square ... [More]