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Thursday October 6, 2011
PORTLAND, Oregon - A 54-year-old man who drove a TriMet bus and developed a relationship with a 15-year-old passenger pleaded guilty Wednesday to online sexual corruption of a child and sex abuse of the girl. Christopher Alden Parker of Portland was sentenced to four months in jail and five years of probation. He'll have to register as a sex offender. The girl was a frequent passenger on Par ...

Thursday October 6, 2011
EUGENE, Oregon - A 24-year-old Springfield man was sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to charges that he sexually abused a 9-year-old girl and then plotted from jail to kill her. Jared Anthony Bernal will serve every day of his sentence under Oregon's "Jessica's Law" that sets mandatory minimum sentences for violent crimes and sexual abuse of children. Bernal was ...

Thursday October 6, 2011
PORTLAND, Oregon - A woman whose crying toddler upset a TriMet bus driver says she's embarrassed but happy other passengers supported her. Magdalena Rabadan also said she fears running into that driver again. Despite a language barrier she says she understood the driver wanted her to stop her 2-year-old daughter from crying last Thursday, but there was nothing else she could do. She got off ...

Wednesday October 5, 2011
SEATTLE - Amanda Knox, a prison inmate for the last four years, was careful to observe inmate rituals as she left her Italian cell earlier this week, breaking her toothbrush and starting her journey to freedom by sliding her right foot forward. The fresh details of her departure emerged as Knox spent her first night in her hometown of Seattle after her exoneration on murder charges and her rel ...

Wednesday October 5, 2011
PORTLAND, Oregon - The father of a woman suspected in a Washington state killing and the disappearances of two men says she's been addicted to heroin and methamphetamines and involved with white supremacists. Authorities are trying to find 24-year-old Holly Grigsby and her 31-year-old boyfriend, David Joseph Pedersen. Police in Washington say the pair are suspects in the murder of Pedersen's st ...

Wednesday October 5, 2011
MEDFORD, Oregon - The Medford airport wants to sell advertising space on its control tower. The airport's director, Bern Case, said he's negotiating with a company interested in using the space for corporate branding. Case wouldn't disclose the name of the company or what the deal would raise for the airport. The proposal calls for signs on each of the tower's four sides. Case says the si ...

Wednesday October 5, 2011
MYRTLE CREEK, Oregon - Authorities say an Oregon man accused of killing another man whose body was found on a logging road has told detectives the victim had terminal cancer and begged to be shot. Charles Henry Teal was arraigned Tuesday on a murder count in the death of 39-year-old Jeffrey Bension. A sheriff's report filed in court in Douglas County says the 26-year-old Teal told detectives ...

Wednesday October 5, 2011
SEASIDE, Oregon - Someone took a photo of Seaside High School football players showering after a game and it's reportedly been sent around the school. Police are investigating what could be considered sexual harassment or cyber-bullying. The mother of one of the players says it's child pornography. The school launched its investigation after a staff member overheard two students talking abou ...

Tuesday October 4, 2011
Aunika Bennetti ROSEBURG, Oregon - A former Miss Douglas County has been arrested for investigation of heroin possession. 26-year-old Aunika Bennetti was arrested and booked into the Douglas County Jail Sunday morning then released. Bennetti will appear in court at a later date. Sutherlin Police Chief Mark Mahler tells said an officer stopped to check a car parked late Saturday night in a church parking lot ...

Tuesday October 4, 2011
EUGENE, Oregon - A Eugene police patrol officer has been assigned to a desk job during an internal investigation of his drunken driving arrest during the Labor Day weekend at Sunriver. 27-year-old police Officer Derek DeWitt pleaded no contest to the DUII charge September 23 in Deschutes County Circuit Court. The conviction will be dismissed if DeWitt completes a diversion program. ...

Tuesday October 4, 2011
MEDFORD, Oregon - Biologists in Southern Oregon say millions of spring chinook salmon eggs are at risk in the upper Rogue River because an irrigation ditch failed over the weekend. A breach in a nearly 100-foot piece of the earthen ditch Sunday morning sent water surging over a clay hillside and into a tributary of the Rogue. What caused the breach is unknown. Biologists are checking to see ...

Monday October 3, 2011
COOS BAY, Oregon - Four years after a freight rail line from Eugene to the Oregon coast was abruptly abandoned, service is on the verge of being restored. The first train of the Coos Bay Rail Link is expected after this week at a wood products company. Shippers have been bearing higher costs during a tough economy and are looking forward to the new service. The Oregon International Port of C ...

Monday October 3, 2011
PORTLAND, Oregon - Supporters of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in New York are organizing events in Oregon. As of Monday afternoon, nearly 4,000 people have "liked" the Occupy Portland Facebook page, which says a downtown march is planned for Thursday afternoon. Another for Occupy Salem says people plan to take over a park next to the Capitol next Monday. And a meeting is schedule ...

Monday October 3, 2011
Amanda KnoxUPDATE: October 3, 2011: Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned. Amanda to be set free. Portland, Oregon - Stephanie Morris is a close friend of Amanda Knox. They both attended Seattle Prep, an exclusive Jesuit high school in Seattle. Stephanie moved with her parents to Portland from Seattle in 2008, not long after Amanda Knox had been indicted for murder. "There's absolutely no doub ...

Monday October 3, 2011
American Idol judges - Photo by Michael Becker/FOXPORTLAND, Oregon - American Idol judges Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, Randy Jackson and host Ryan Seacrest were in Portland over the weekend screening contestants for the next season. They held a news conference Sunday where one of the questions was about the "Keep Portland Weird" slogan. Lopez said that would explain some of the performers they saw. Behind the judges was a window filled ...

Monday October 3, 2011
PORTLAND, Oregon - TriMet is investigating a complaint that a driver removed a woman and her crying baby from a bus in suburban Portland, saying, "I can't drive with that noise." Mary Fetsch, a TriMet spokeswoman, says drivers can take steps if they believe safety is in jeopardy. TriMet officials will meet this week with the driver. The incident allegedly took place on a bus in Hillsboro. An ...

Monday October 3, 2011
PORTLAND, Oregon - A Washington man accused of digging up the skull of a hog-like animal that predated humans by 20 million years has been banned from national park lands for a year. 48-year-old David Wixon also must pay $4,500 in restitution for the misdemeanor crime of depredation of government property. The fossil was from an oreodont, one of a number of stout, hooved, plant-eating animal ...

Monday October 3, 2011
SALEM, Oregon - A West Salem community activist is accused of bribing public officials to reject a financial report at a Polk Soil and Water Conservation District meeting. E.M. Easterly was due in court Monday on five counts of bribing board members stemming from the comments he made March 8 at the public meeting. He is active in community groups that include the West Salem Neighborhood Associ ...

Sunday October 2, 2011
PORTLAND, Oregon - Police in Woodburn say a pedestrian was struck and killed Sunday by an Amtrak train. A Coastal Starlight train was traveling south at 3:21 p.m. when it hit the man near 500 South Front Street in Woodburn. The train carrying 219 passengers was traveling from Seattle to Los Angeles. An Amtrak representative says no one on the train was injured. The name of the victim h ...

Saturday October 1, 2011
Oregon's top federal law enforcement official says medical marijuana from Oregon is regularly sold in other states. U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton said on Friday that Texas, Arkansas, Florida, Tennessee, Idaho and Missouri are among the states where Oregon medical marijuana growers are illegally selling their crops. "We hear from patients when I'm on radio call-in shows," Holton said. "Inevitab ...

Saturday October 1, 2011
PORTLAND, Oregon - State police are looking for the driver of a black Jaguar who led them on a chase, crashed into a commercial truck and fled on foot. The chase occurred Sept. 28. Police say the man is named Jeff and may be a resident of Oregon City, but they're unsure of his last name. Police say they stopped the Jaguar at a Portland gas station, but the driver sped off and led police on a ...

Saturday October 1, 2011
Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Investigators are continuing to investigate last night's shooting at the People's Bar & Grill. More than three dozen shots were fired resulting in two men being shot. 30-year-old Lance Elliott Lewis and 22-year-old Tracy Lee Horsley II both received non-life-threatening gunshot wounds during the shooting. Neither man was cooperative with investigators an ...

Saturday October 1, 2011
SALEM, Oregon - Oregon leaders need to have "the wisdom and the courage" to look at changing prison practices, including reducing time behind bars for some crimes, Gov. John Kitzhaber said Friday. The governor said state sentencing laws are inconsistent and complex after decades of tough-on-crime measures created by voters and the Legislature. Those laws, Kitzhaber said, require the state to sp ...

Saturday October 1, 2011
PENDLETON, Oregon - Richard Courson is the last man standing. Every two years, the Pendleton man has traveled to a reunion of smokejumpers from the now-defunct Cave Junction Smokejumper Base. The number of jumpers from his original training class of 46 men dwindled with each reunion. This summer, Courson found himself the lone jumper from his training group from 1946. He mingled with smokeju ...

Friday September 30, 2011
On Wednesday September 28, 2011, at 6:29 p.m., Portland Police officers assigned to Central Precinct responded to the report of a man leaning out a window and pointing a gun at a woman. Officers responded to an apartment complex located at 1631 Southwest Yamhill Street and were able to speak with the woman who'd been threatened with the gun. Officers learned that the man was in apartment numbe ...

Friday September 30, 2011
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Washington woman is in custody after the Oregon sheriff's office where she works filed allegations of misuse of computer systems and mishandling of a concealed handgun permit application. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says 57-year-old Lana Smith was arrested Thursday and charged with two counts of official misconduct and two counts of computer crimes. The sher ...

Friday September 30, 2011
SALEM, Oregon - A Milwaukie man was killed when his car missed a curve and struck a tree, splitting the car in two. 26-year-old Jesse Gaskin died at the scene west of Grand Ronde. A passenger, 25-year-old Jennifer Willis, suffered serious injuries. The crash closed State Route 18 for five hours as the crash scene was cleared. The front section of the car ended up on the side of the highwa ...

Thursday September 29, 2011
SALEM, Oregon — Firearms dealers in states that allow medical marijuana can't sell guns or ammunition to registered users of the drug, a policy that marijuana and gun-rights groups say denies Second Amendment rights to individuals who are following state law. Federal law already makes it illegal for someone to possess a gun if he or she is "an unlawful user of, or addicted to" marijuana or othe ...

Thursday September 29, 2011
PORTLAND, Oregon - Nearly two weeks after Mark Bosworth vanished during a seven-day bicycle tour along scenic roads in Oregon, police still have no idea where the 54-year-old cancer survivor went. He left everything behind: clothing, his wallet and credit cards, and his bike. Relatives are convinced Bosworth is alive, maybe so confused that he has forgotten that his home is in Portland. They su ...

Thursday September 29, 2011
PORTLAND, Oregon - Jury deliberations have begun in the case of a Clackamas County couple whose baby died after they didn't seek medical attention. Dale and Shannon Hickman, both 26, face second-degree manslaughter charges for the death of their son, David, who was born two months early and lived less than nine hours. Prosecutors say David had no chance at survival because his mother never s ...

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