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Monday December 20, 2010
Female thief calls police for a ride to help her escape
Last Tuesday, 28-year old Zannish Schmeka Fraziera broke into a car and home in a West Linn neighborhood. It seems her loot was far too heavy to carry so she called the cops to help her along the way. In an apparent attempt to give the police a good reason to help her, Frazier said she was kicked out of her boyfriend’s house and needed a ride to a transit center. Carrying a handful of duffel ...
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Monday December 20, 2010
Firefighters rescue woman and man from burning Portland building
Firefighters rescued two people Friday night from a burning historic Southeast Portland commercial building. A woman and a man, both in their early 30s, were rescued from a burning building at 111 S.E. Madison Friday evening. Both were taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. The names of the man and woman and the extent of their injuries have not been released ...
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Monday December 20, 2010
Portland Activists demand the firing of police in Saturday shooting
Community activists assembed in morning rain held a press conference in Portland this morning calling for the firing of the two Portland police officers who were involved in the fatal shooting of Darryel Dwayne Ferguson. 45-year old Darryel Dwayne Ferguson was shot and killed as he opened the door to his Southeast Portland apartment. In his hand he held what police said was a realistic looking ...
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Monday December 20, 2010
Grain truck crashes near Bonneville
BONNEVILLE, Washington - A semi-truck carrying grain crashed on Route 14 in Washington this morning. It was near milepost 26 near Bonneville when 40-year old Guillermo Espinoza turned left on the road before the truck flipped over. Crews useed a backhoe to hold onto the cables and then use a semi-truck that put an anchor down on the ground to weight itself in order to move the truck back o ...
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Sunday December 19, 2010
Sunday Snow For Portland
PORTLAND, Oregon – The snow fell in and around Portland today, lightly, but it stuck in some areas. It was the first December 2010 snow fall for the area. By this afternoon light snow fell briefly on Troutdale. This comes as cold air moves down the Gorge and moist air moves up from the coast. Right around 4 p.m. it began snowing "big white flakes" in Southwest Portland, says KATU Reporter Val ...
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Saturday December 18, 2010
Thousands lose power after police car crashes into power pole
GRESHAM, Oregon - Two Gresham patrol officers were not injured when their police car crashed into a power pole after responding to a call last night at Southeast Stark and 205th Avenue. The accident occurred at about 8:30 last night. A power pole was knocked down by the patrol car and 8,000 customers lost power. Also, TriMet's MAX service was tied up as police blocked off the area for their in ...
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Friday December 17, 2010
Senator Ron Wyden battling prostate cancer
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 t ...
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Friday December 17, 2010
Wrong-way driver survives head-on crash with triple trailer
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 fo ...
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Friday December 17, 2010
Bicyclist pulls sawed-off shotgun on police
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 •Menaci ...
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Thursday December 16, 2010
Woman walking her bicycle struck and killed by drunk driver
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 ...
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Thursday December 16, 2010
Pregnant teenage girl attacked on Seattle bus
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 head ...
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Wednesday December 15, 2010
Rollover crash in Hwy. 217 south
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 ...
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Tuesday December 14, 2010
Aumsville Tornado: Eyewitness accounts
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 t ...
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Monday December 13, 2010
Sinkhole opens in Astoria after heavy rains
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 believe ...
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Sunday December 12, 2010
SE Portland 92nd street flooded, closed
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 dra ...
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Saturday December 11, 2010
Clackamas jail deputy accused of assaulting inmate, official misconduct
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 awa ...
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Friday December 10, 2010
Sandy woman pleads guilty to murder
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 charg ...
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Friday December 10, 2010
Salem police arrest two in connection with all-night standoff
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 conveni ...
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Friday December 10, 2010
La Nina to bring heavy torrential rain
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 ge ...
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Thursday December 9, 2010
Portland police promote officer who fatally shot man in back
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 t ...
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Wednesday December 8, 2010
Guilty of murder, father and son to be sentenced for fatal Salem bank robery
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, ...
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Tuesday December 7, 2010
Plan to add bike path between Lake Oswego and Portland
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 ...
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Monday December 6, 2010
TBS open casting call in Portland for series pilot
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 com ...
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Monday December 6, 2010
Child playing with lighter sets fire to apartment
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 C ...
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Sunday December 5, 2010
Woman and elderly man rescued by firefighters
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 wo ...
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Saturday December 4, 2010
Oregon woman accused of faking cancer, scamming Aurora charity
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 i ...
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Friday December 3, 2010
92-year-old man robbed in Milwaukie
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, ...
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Friday December 3, 2010
Woman driver crashses into Sherriff's patrol car
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 ...
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Thursday December 2, 2010
Police arrest West Linn student who was like a 'candy store of drugs'
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 ...
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Thursday December 2, 2010
Oregon City parents found guilty of neglecting sick son
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 N ...
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