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Tuesday September 13, 2011
GOP cuts anti-gay platform language in Oregon
PORTLAND, Oregon - Oregon Republicans say they've taken anti-gay language out of their 2012 party platform as they try to shift toward the political center. Party members at a weekend meeting in Bend narrowly approved the amendment. The change removes language opposing civil unions and adoption of children by same-sex couples. One supporter of the change says the old language denigrates the ...
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Tuesday September 13, 2011
PORTLAND, Oregon - Oregon's unemployment rate remains above well above 9 percent, and both employment and index numbers are reflecting weakness in the state's economy. The State Employment Department reported Tuesday that the unemployment rate was 9.6 percent for August. Statistically, that's essentially unchanged from the month before. But the agency says it's revised July employment number ...

Monday September 12, 2011
Portland Police Officer Arrested for DUII in Gladstone
GLADSTONE, Oregon - On Friday September 9, 2011, at 7:08 p.m., the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office arrested off-duty Portland Police Officer Randy Vanderhoof for DUII. Vanderhoof was parked in his car sleeping when contacted by a Deputy Sheriff, on Southeast Jennings Avenue at South Highway 99 in Gladstone. Officer Vanderhoof was transported to the Sheriff's Office for processing after his arres ...
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Sunday September 11, 2011
Oregonians Remember 9/11
PORTLAND, Oregon — Governor John Kitzhaber, along with all Oregonians remember the events that occured ten years ago today. There is no celebration, but a day to remember, what we all went through, what we felt: Weeping relatives of the victims streamed into a newly opened memorial. They placed pictures and flowers beside names etched in bronze, and traced them with pencil and paper. President ...
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Sunday September 11, 2011
ASTORIA, Oregon — The Coast Guard has rescued two people and their dog after their vessel sank about 60 miles west of Coos Bay on Saturday. The Coast Guard was called from the 34-foot wooden-hulled fishing vessel Maro at about 11 p.m. on Friday. The two people on board reported they were taking on water fast after a plank split in the boat's hull. The Coast Guard sent two helicopters, which ...

Sunday September 11, 2011
PORTLAND, Oregon - A Portland natural foods company has recalled two of its products because of undeclared soy and wheat. Bui Natural Foods announced the voluntary recall on Saturday of its Shrimp Salad Roll and Vegetarian Salad Roll. The products carried the product codes 8 95467 00203 8 and 8 95467 00204 5. It was distributed in the Portland metro area. Each contained soy and w ...

Saturday September 10, 2011
No more mail? What would Ben Franklin think?
SALEM, Oregon - Imagine a nation without the Postal Service. No more birthday cards and bills or magazines and catalogs filling the mailbox. It's a worst-case scenario being painted for an organization that lost $8.5 billion in 2010 and seems headed deeper into the red this year. "A lot of people would miss it," says Tony Conway, a 34-year post office veteran who now heads the Alliance of No ...
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Saturday September 10, 2011
Coast Guard rescues 2 people, dog from sunken boat west of Coos Bay
ASTORIA, Oregon — The Coast Guard has rescued two people and their dog after their vessel sank about 60 miles west of Coos Bay on Saturday. The Coast Guard was called from the 34-foot wooden-hulled fishing vessel Maro at about 11 p.m. on Friday. The two people on board reported they were taking on water fast after a plank split in the boat's hull. The Coast Guard sent two helicopters, w ...
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Friday September 9, 2011
Portland Police Bureau Fires Sergeant After Internal Investigation
The following is a statement from Portland Police Bureau Chief Michael Reese regarding the termination of Sergeant Scott Westerman: Today, I met with Sergeant Scott Westerman and informed him of my decision regarding policy violations and performance issues related to two incidents that occurred on January 28, 2010 and January 30, 2010. Mayor Sam Adams and I made the final decisions following ...
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Thursday September 8, 2011
EUGENE, Oregon - A former inmate has pleaded guilty to conspiring to threaten a prospective witness against a man who has been jailed in a scheme to fake his own death. The plea Tuesday from Robert Joseph Landreth was the latest turn in a fraud case involving Randy Arlen Mainwaring, 41, who was once the manager of a local bank office. Landreth and Mainwaring were in the same Lane County jail ...

Thursday September 8, 2011
SALEM, Oregon - Oregon Attorney General John Kroger is running for re-election. Kroger, a Democrat, said Wednesday he would seek another four years as Oregon's top lawyer and prosecutor. Kroger is a former Marine and federal prosecutor with a Harvard law degree. He was elected in 2008. Kroger cited his record enforcing laws on consumer and environmental protection and on mortgage fraud. ...

Thursday September 8, 2011
ELGIN POLICE OFFICER CLEARED IN SHOOTING
ELGIN, Oregon - A grand jury has found that an Elgin police officer was justified in the Aug. 1 fatal shooting of a 60-year-old man during a domestic disturbance call. Union County District Attorney Tim Thompson says Oregon Department of Justice findings after an investigation by the Union County Major Crime Team were consistent with Richard Shafer holding a rifle when he was shot. His wife ...
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Thursday September 8, 2011
PORTLAND, Oregon - Police have charged two soldiers with the rape of a pair of teenage girls in a downtown hotel room. The soldiers are accused of participating in the rape, along with numerous men in the room, police say. Detectives arrested Sgt. Timothy Hartbeck, 22, of Manchester, Iowa, and Stephen Bardos, 27, of Mooresville, Pa., on rape charges. Both are stationed at Joint Base Lewis-Mc ...

Thursday September 8, 2011
Woman dies in house fire in Florence
FLORENCE, Oregon - A woman died in a house fire in Florence. Firefighters have not positively identified the woman. The cause of her death has not yet been determined. Siuslaw Valley Fire Marshall Sean Barrett says the fire seems to have started near the kitchen or laundry room where the vixtim was found. The fire alarm sounded about midnight and took four hours to put out. ...
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Thursday September 8, 2011
PORTLAND, Oregon - A class-action suit on behalf of retired Portland police and firefighters is trying to block attempts to recoup nearly $3 million that was mistakenly paid in pension benefits. The suit says the fund breached the retirees' contract. One plaintiff said the pension fund made the mistake, not the officers. In 2008, the pension fund discovered that for 13 years it had overpaid ...

Wednesday September 7, 2011
Two juvenile girls say they were assaulted by United States Army enlisted men
On Sunday, September 4, 2011, at about 4:00 a.m., Portland Police officers assigned to Central Precinct received information that two girls, ages 15 and 17, had been sexually assaulted in a Downtown Portland hotel room. The initial call indicated the two girls were at an area hospital reporting the sexual assault. The sexual assault occurred at the Courtyard Marriott at Southwest 5th Avenue and ...
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Wednesday September 7, 2011
PORTLAND, Oregon - A Seattle-based evangelical church that is moving into Portland has postponed its first service, which had been scheduled for Saturday. Mars Hill Church Pastor Tim Smith posted a note on the church website saying it did not want to create parking problems because the Belmont Street Fair is being held the same day in southeast Portland's Sunnyside neighborhood. Mars Hill op ...

Wednesday September 7, 2011
ASHLAND, Oregon - The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is seeking public support for guidelines to regulate buskers. Festival Associate Producer Claudia Alick says it would help separate street performers from homeless people who are hanging out and asking for money. Alick presented a proposal for busker permits last week to the Ashland Citizens' Coalition. It will consider revisions at its Sept. ...

Wednesday September 7, 2011
SALEM, Oregon - Attendance at the Oregon State Fair is reported up 2.6 percent from last year. Oregon Parks and Recreation spokesman Chris Havel says paid attendance was 235,577 over the 11 days. Havel says attendance is being counted differently now. In previous years, attendance figures included vendors, employees and other fair participants, as well as paying fairgoers. Given the chang ...

Wednesday September 7, 2011
medical examiner says Central Point bartender died of stab wounds
CENTRAL POINT, Oregon - An autopsy has determined that a 32-year-old bartender from Central Point died of multiple stab wounds, while her former boyfriend was arraigned on a murder charge. The medical examiner's office reported its findings, and 36-year-old Jeffrey Wayne Wheeler was arraigned Tuesday on the charge that could bring a sentence of 25 years to life. Wheeler is accused of killing ...
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Tuesday September 6, 2011
Genealogical Forum of Oregon Grows New Roots in Historic Ford Building
PORLAND, Oregon - People interested in exploring their ancestry, seeking birth parents or learning how to preserve their family memories can take advantage of more than 80 free events sponsored by the Genealogical Forum of Oregon (GFO) in September and October. The events celebrate the nonprofit organization's move into the historic Ford Building at 2505 SE 11th Avenue in Portland. The month o ...
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Tuesday September 6, 2011
4-H Sustainable Schools Garden Training
Get ready for the new school year! Multnomah County's 4-H Youth Program is back and currently recruiting adult volunteers for their 4-H Sustainable Schools and Club Program! The program is working with several schools in North and Northeast Portland, helping them start 4-H Sustainable Schools programs (wildlife and food gardens, foods and nutrition, and urban livestock) for in-school and after-sch ...
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Tuesday September 6, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Oregon - Governor John Kitzhaber is making a back-to-school speech as he continues his push to sell his education ideas. He's scheduled the speech Tuesday afternoon in Springfield to advance the agenda he's been pushing since he took office in January. He's been making the case that Oregon focuses too much on funding for K-12 schools and not enough on ensuring students are well ...

Tuesday September 6, 2011
PORTLAND, Oregon - Two brothers drowned while swimming Monday at Kelley Point Park in Portland. Rescue crews say 24-year-old Kissan Kumar started struggling and his brother, 21-year-old Ram Kumar, went in to help him. Both disappeared. Divers found the bodies about an hour-and-a-half later. Warm weather has attracted people to the sandy beaches at the north Portland park where the Willamette ...

Tuesday September 6, 2011
PORTLAND, Oregon - Witnesses told Oregon State Police a man was trying to swim to his boat at Sauvie Island when he went motionless in the water. Friends were performing CPR on the man Sunday night at Collins Beach when a trooper and Columbia County deputies arrived. Medics rook over but were unable to revive him, and 45-year-old Michael L. Walker of Forest Grove was declared dead at the sce ...

Tuesday September 6, 2011
ELKTON, Oregon - The woman who drowned in the Umpqua River at Elkton was a personal trainer and body builder. 34-year-old Genevieve Moreno of Eugene was with friends Sunday afternoon when she tried to swim across the rapids. She was not wearing a life vest and disappeared under the water. Moreno was the co-owner of a personal training company in Eugene and competed in body building competiti ...

Tuesday September 6, 2011
Driver dies in 400-foot plunge near Grass Valley
GRASS VALLEY, Oregon - Oregon State Police say the driver of a pickup truck was killed when it went over a guardrail and plunged more than 400 feet down a steep hillside off Highway 216 near Grass Valley. The wreck was discovered early Monday and apparently happened overnight. Sherman County deputies recovered the body of the driver, 53-year-old James Andrews Middleton of Grass Valley. ...
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Tuesday September 6, 2011
GASTON, Oregon - One person was injured in a 2-alarm fire that destroyed a home Monday evening at Gaston. The Gaston Fire Department describes the injuries as non-life-threatening. The Red Cross is helping the homeowners and residents of an attached apartment who have been displaced by the fire. Crews from surrounding fire departments and the Oregon Department of Forestry responded to mak ...

Monday September 5, 2011
TIGARD, Oregon - A Tigard police officer crashed into a house while responding to call. The resident of the home was not injured and was in a different part of the house when the crash happened. The officer and two occupants in the car suffered non-life threatening injuries. The officer was not cited, but the Washington County Crash Accident Reconstruction Team to lead the investigation into ...

Monday September 5, 2011
Commercial truck driver drags boulder from Cascade Station to I-205
On Saturday, September 3, 2011 at about 8:00 a.m. Portland Police officers assigned to North Precinct were flagged down by a landscaper at Cascade Station regarding a large boulder missing from the turnaround near IKEA. The landscaper followed the large drag/scrape marks from the boulders original location along the pavement all the way onto I-205 southbound. On the freeway the landscaper located ...
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