(Portland, OR) -- Authorities say a woman who was stabbed to death at the apartment complex where she worked was a wife and a mother of two. Twenty-nine-year-old Nicole Laube [[ lob ]] was fatally stabbed Tuesday afternoon at the Timber Creek Apartments in Cedar Mill. Washington County sheriff's deputies say they only have a vague description of the suspect, who's still at large. Investigators say they don't know whether Laube knew her killer.
(Tigard, OR) -- A two-year-old boy is being treated, after one of his fingers was severed when it became caught in an escalator at the Washington Square Mall. Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue officials say the escalator near the food court was taken apart and the severed finger retrieved for possible reattachment. The toddler also sustained injuries to a second finger. There's no word yet on his current condition.
(Salem, OR) -- Marion County sheriff's deputies are investigating a shooting that sent two people to a hospital. Detectives say the shooting happened around nine o'clock last night in the parking lot of the Red Robin restaurant on Center Street Northeast. Deputies say an altercation took place and multiple shots were fired. Information on the victims' conditions hasn't been released.
(Portland, OR) -- Investigators are trying to find out what caused a fire on top of a high-rise building in downtown Portland. The blaze was reported around 12:30 this morning on the roof of the 15-story Yeon Building, on Southwest 5th Avenue near Alder. "The Oregonian" reports firefighters had the blaze under control in less than 20 minutes. No injuries were reported.
(Vancouver, WA) -- A Vancouver woman is facing charges after being accused of committing a string of robberies. Authorities allege that 35-year-old Marie Berry used a Car2Go Smart Car as her getaway vehicle during the robberies, which began in April. Police say two banks and five stores were held up, with the perpetrator in each case described as a five-foot-tall woman in her 30s.
(Tillamook, OR) -- Authorities are searching for two campers who went missing from the Tillamook State Forest. Sheriff Andy Long says 53-year-old Nicholas Santangelo and 35-year-old Justin Norton haven't been seen since late Monday night, when they left their campsite off Highway 6. The men were in a 1998 green Ford Explorer with Oregon license plate WBR-922. Anyone with information on the men's whereabouts is asked to call the Tillamook County Sheriff's Department at 503-842-2561.
(Salem, OR) -- A Salem man is facing more than 120 child-porn-related counts. Sheriff's deputies say Robert Littleton Willis is accused of having multiple images and videos of child pornography on his computer. Officials say relatives in Mill City became suspicious after they were asked by Willis to hide his computer. Deputies say the relatives called authorities after they found the images on the computer.
(Dufur, OR) -- Oregon State Police are investigating a deadly crash on U.S. 197 near Dufur. Troopers say Henry Jacob Girtz was a passenger in an SUV that collided with a pickup truck that turned into its path, and died at the scene. The driver, 59-year-old Linda Girtz, was seriously injured and airlifted to a Portland hospital. A second passenger is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, and the driver of the pickup wasn't injured.
(Troutdale, OR) -- A motorcyclist is dead following a collision with a deer in Troutdale. Police say the crash happened yesterday morning on Northeast Graham Road, north of the Troutdale Airport. The motorcyclist has been identified as 54-year-old Michael Roland of Gresham, who died at the scene. Police say the deer was severely injured and had to be put down.
(Portland, OR) -- A Northeast Portland landmark that draws thousands of visitors each year is celebrating its 90th anniversary. The 62-acre sanctuary, known as "The Grotto," is planning a formal celebration in September. The land was purchased in 1924 by a priest, who placed a down payment of three-thousand dollars, or every penny he had. The Grotto, with its lush greenery and tranquil waterways, is visited daily by people who want a peaceful or spiritual experience and a brief escape from their busy lives.
(Longview, WA) -- A 14-year-old boy is being treated for a gunshot wound to the face after he and a friend were handling a gun at a home in Longview. The teen is being treated at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. The boy's 15-year-old friend, who lives at the home where the shooting happened, told police the gun went off yesterday as he was placing it back in its safe. There's no word on the condition of the 14-year-old.
(Beaverton, OR) -- The permitting process for Nike's planned expansion of its world headquarters will be streamlined, following a vote by the Beaverton City Council. "The Oregonian" reports the City Council has reached an agreement with Washington County that will give permitting and planning authority solely to the county. Beaverton city officials say the 150-million-dollar Nike World Headquarters expansion will add at least 500 jobs. Nike currently employs about eight-thousand people in Washington County.
(Sandy, OR) -- Officials say the body of a hiker who was swept away in the swollen Sandy River has been recovered. The incident happened around three o'clock yesterday afternoon when a footbridge on a trail to Ramona Falls in Mount Hood National Forest was washed away. The man's body was located and recovered several hours later. Rescue crews also retrieved a number of other hikers who became stranded on the far side of the river after the bridge went out.
(Astoria, OR) -- A Washington woman who's accused of murdering her two-year-old and attempting to murder her 13-year-old remains behind bars without bail. Jessica Smith has pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated murder and attempted aggravated murder. Court documents show Smith confessed to drowning the toddler at a Cannon Beach hotel and helping her teen daughter cut her own throat and wrists to prevent them from having to live with their father. A status hearing for Smith is scheduled for September 30th.
(Portland, OR) -- Portland police have a man in custody in connection with a string of robberies at Plaid Pantry convenience stores. Authorities say they saw the suspect leave a Plaid Pantry on Northeast 15th Avenue early yesterday morning and jump into a stolen vehicle. After a brief chase, police say they set out spike strips and stopped the car in the area of Northeast 96th and Sandy Boulevard. Police say Demarcus Yordell Vance may be connected to as many as five armed robberies at Plaid Pantry stores within a 24-hour period.
(Wilsonville, OR) -- Police are trying to identify the body of a man who was shot to death. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says the body was found Monday, in the area of Northeast Arndt Road and Highway 551 between Wilsonville and Aurora. Deputies say the man was Hispanic, about five-feet-three, weighing 180 pounds, wearing an Army camo t-shirt, blue jeans, and black-and-orange Nike sneakers. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office's confidential tip line at 503-723-4949.
(Olympia, WA) -- Washington Governor Jay Inslee says he plans to appeal the federal government's decision to deny the state's request for individual emergency assistance to homeowners affected by wildfires. The state has 30 days to file the appeal. Inslee made the remarks a day after the Obama administration approved Inslee's request for federal assistance for Okanogan County and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. The county and the confederated tribes will be covered for 75 percent of eligible expenses for wildfire-damaged facilities.
(Portland, OR) -- Officials say the Rowena wildfire in the Columbia Gorge is now 65-percent contained. The Wasco County Sheriff's Office says more than 600 people are battling the fire, which has scorched about five square miles since it started last Tuesday. Evacuation orders have been lifted for more than 700 residences. Firefighters continue to establish fire lines in an effort to further contain the wildfire.
(Mount Angel, OR) -- Authorities continue to investigate after a standoff ended with a man killing his ex-girlfriend's mother and then taking his own life. Police say Daniel Cuanas was found dead Saturday morning of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, following the armed standoff that involved his former girlfriend, Elizabeth Schwartz, and her mother, Kathleen Schwartz. Elizabeth Schwartz was able to escape the home with her 15-year-old son, but her mother was found dead later by police. Investigators believe Kathleen Schwartz was killed before police arrived at the scene.
(Bremerton, WA) -- A 17-year-old boy who's accused of sexually assaulting and killing a six-year-old Bremerton, Washington girl is slated to appear in court this afternoon. Police say the teenager lives in the same mobile home park where Jenise Wright lived. Her body was found near the mobile home park Thursday. The suspect will be facing charges of second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter, and first-degree rape of a child.
(Salem, OR) -- Authorities are still searching for an inmate who escaped from the Mill Creek Correctional Facility in Salem. Officials say 34-year-old Jerry Teixiera was discovered missing from the prison around 2:40 p.m. Saturday, and he's believed to have ridden off with a woman named Lacey Evans. Teixiera is described as white, six-feet-one, 190 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. Evans is described is white, six feet tall, short, platinum-blonde hair, and noticeable tattoos on her chest.
(Olympia, WA) -- Washington state officials say sales added up to about three-point-six-million dollars during the initial month of the state's legal marijuana market. The state will receive 899-thousand dollars, or 25 percent, in taxes. That's along with the usual sales taxes and business taxes. Inventory has been limited, as many of the roughly 150 marijuana producers who have been issued state licenses haven't had enough time to get their crops harvested, processed, and ready for market.
(Portland, OR) -- The city of Portland is setting aside five-million dollars for seismic retrofits in historic Old Town-Chinatown. KGW-TV reports many of the 19th-century buildings in that area of Portland are especially vulnerable, because of their age and the fact they're constructed of bricks. Engineers with the state of Oregon say such buildings will be unable to withstand a quake that reaches a magnitude of eight or higher, which geologists say could hit the Pacific Northwest at any time. The urban-renewal money being earmarked will help Old Town building owners make seismic renovations to the structures.
(Portland, OR) -- A suspect is at large following an armed robbery and shooting at a Southeast Portland video-poker lounge. Police say the suspect, who was dressed in dark clothing and a hoodie, shot a customer who was following him out of Dotty's on Southeast Division Street after the robbery yesterday afternoon. The wounded 58-year-old woman will reportedly recover. The suspect was seen running west on Division Street following the shooting.
(Rowena, OR) -- The Rowena wildfire that's burning in the Columbia Gorge is reported to have surpassed 26-hundred acres. Officials report the wildfire is zero-percent contained. About 600 area residents have been told to evacuate their homes as the fire edges closer to The Dalles. KPTV reports an incident commander with the State Fire Marshall's Office has confirmed that at least one outbuilding has been destroyed.
(Newberg, OR) -- A public vigil is scheduled this evening in Newberg to honor the memory of Jennifer Huston of Dundee, whose body was found in a remote area of Yamhill County. Police say Huston, who had been missing since July 24th, was found dead Tuesday near where her SUV was parked near Sheridan. Officials say the 38-year-old wife and mother of two young children took her own life. The service is scheduled to be held at seven o'clock this evening at Hillside Church, on North Main Street in Newberg.
(Vancouver, WA) -- A woman is dead, following a crash that ended up at a Clark Public Utilities station in Vancouver. Police say 44-year-old Trina Wase lost control of her SUV yesterday afternoon in the area of Northeast 28th Street and 112th Avenue. Wase was ejected from the vehicle as it rolled. Police say alcohol and excessive speed may have been factors in the crash.
(Eugene, OR) -- University of Oregon president Michael Gottfredson, who's been on the job for two years, is stepping down. In his resignation letter submitted yesterday, Gottfredson said he wants to pursue "other opportunities in academia" and that his resignation is effective immediately. Gottfredson's spokeswoman, Jennifer Winters, says she can't comment on the reason for the president's resignation. The university's Board of Trustees has 24 hours from the receipt of Gottfredson's letter to consider his resignation.
(Rowena, OR) -- A wildfire in Wasco County is spreading and poses a threat to about 275 structures. The Rowena fire is located about six miles west of The Dalles, and Level Three evacuations are in effect for 75 homes between the 55-hundred and 62-hundred blocks of Highway 30. Residents of homes further west on Highway 30 are being urged to prepare for evacuation. The fire, which is burning in steep terrain, began in an area of brush Tuesday night.
(Salem, OR) -- Daycare providers in Oregon are being banned from using medical marijuana. A state board has voted to revoke medical marijuana cards from the owners of four Oregon home-based daycare centers. The rule, which is effective immediately, is scheduled to last six months. The Early Learning Council will consider a permanent rule after Oregon voters decide this fall whether to make marijuana legal for recreational use.
(Oregon City, OR) -- A man who has a criminal history extending back to the 1960s is back behind bars. Seventy-four-year-old Nickolas Kasemehas, known as the "Casanova Con Man," is being held on warrants out of Clackamas, Multnomah, and Marion counties. Authorities say Kasemehas had been arrested in 2013, but cut off his electronic monitoring device in Portland and vanished. His bail is set at more than one-million dollars and he's being held in the Clackamas County Jail.
(Sheridan, OR) -- Authorities say a Dundee mother of two, who was found dead in a remote area of Yamhill County, took her own life. The body of 38-year-old Jennifer Huston was found Tuesday near her SUV near Sheridan. Deputies say all evidence, including a note left in the SUV, points to Huston committing suicide. The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office says Huston died of asphyxiation.
(Sheridan, OR) -- An autopsy is being conducted on a Dundee woman who had been missing since July 24th. The body of 38-year-old Jennifer Huston was found yesterday, near her parked SUV near Sheridan. Huston was seen at a gas station and a pharmacy in Newberg on July 24th, but then vanished. Police say they see no evidence that foul play was involved in Huston's death.
(Undated) -- A new Gallup survey shows Oregon and Washington with among the nation's best rates of decrease in the number of uninsured residents as a result of the Affordable Care Act. According to the Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index, Washington's rate of uninsured is ten-point-seven percent, compared to nearly 17 percent pre-Obamacare. That's the nation's fourth-highest rate of decrease of uninsured residents. The survey shows Oregon has the seventh-highest rate of decrease of those without health-care insurance, with 14 percent uninsured, compared to 19-point-four percent pre-Obamacare.
(Milwaukie, OR) -- A woman is being treated for serious injuries after being hit by a car while on a sidewalk near Milwaukie. Authorities say the incident happened around 5:00 p.m. yesterday as the woman was walking along Oregon Route 99E, a mile south of Milwaukie. Police say the car traveled off the roadway and onto the sidewalk, hitting the woman. No names have been released.
(Portland, OR) -- A Southeast Portland family is hoping to get its stolen goat back. Police say Penelope the goat was swiped sometime Monday morning from the yard where she was kept at the corner of Southeast 122nd and Brookside. Police say the family pet is a Nigerian dwarf goat, about two-and-a-half feet tall and weighing about 50 pounds. Officials say the family wants Penelope returned and won't press charges.
(Portland, OR) -- Portland police are investigating a crash that killed a pedestrian on the Marquam Bridge. Investigators say the pedestrian was struck by a tractor-trailer rig around 11 o'clock last night on northbound I-5. The truck driver remained at the scene and cooperated with police. Northbound I-5 traffic was rerouted to I-405 until the scene was cleared.
(Newberg, OR) -- The search for a missing Yamhill County woman is extending to the San Juan Islands in Washington. Thirty-eight-year-old Jennifer Huston of Dundee, who is a graduate of Gig Harbor High School in Washington, disappeared on July 24th after leaving her home to run errands. Investigators say there's reason to believe Huston may be in the San Juans, as they were among her favorite places to go while she was growing up. Officials say a tower ping from her cell phone indicated she was driving north after filling up at a gas station in Newberg last week.
(Portland, OR) -- Police are investigating after one person was killed and another was critically injured in a stabbing in Northeast Portland. Authorities say a man was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries last night after he ran from a home on Northeast 96th Avenue to a nearby Econolodge to seek help. Police went to the home and engaged a suspect, who eventually surrendered after SERT personnel arrived. The dead victim was found inside the home. No names have been released.
(Wilsonville, OR) -- A Wilsonville man is facing charges after being arrested twice for DUII within 18 hours. The "Portland Tribune" quotes police as saying 32-year-old Kyle James Koontz was allegedly seen Wednesday in a near-catatonic state after reportedly inhaling electronics cleaner from a spray can while sitting in his vehicle. Police say Koontz was arrested in a driveway on Southwest Stafford Road after several 9-1-1 calls reporting an erratic and reckless driver. Authorities say Koontz was also arrested Tuesday evening for DUII at Argyle Square in Wilsonville.
(Olympia, WA) -- Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson is asking a judge to allow his office to join lawsuits filed against the cities of Fife and Wenatchee. Ferguson says he wants to defend Initiative 502, which legalizes the recreational use of marijuana for those aged 21 and older in Washington. Fife and Wenatchee have enacted bans on marijuana sales, and are being sued by businesses that have applied for licenses to sell pot in those cities. Ferguson says his office has "a clear interest in protecting the will of the voters."
(St. Paul, OR) -- A section of Oregon 219 in Marion County is closed in both directions because of a sinkhole that collapsed part of the road. State transportation officials say the collapse happened yesterday just east of St. Paul. Northbound traffic is being detoured to French Prairie Road to McKay Road and back to 219, while southbound traffic is being re-directed to River Road in St. Paul, then to Davidson Road and back to 219. Officials say 219 will be closed indefinitely while the damage is assessed and repairs are made.
(Portland, OR) -- A man who reportedly rubbed the shoulders of two young children at a Portland Kmart store is being sought by police. Investigators say the incident happened around 11:30 yesterday morning after the children's mother stepped into the aisle next to where they sat on the floor. Police say the woman heard the man talking to the children in both Spanish and English, then confronted him after he rubbed their shoulders. The man, who's described as being five-feet-eight with a medium build and wearing a tan t-shirt with black and white stripes, then left the scene and was gone from the store by the time security arrived.
(Newberg, OR) -- A plane and a helicopter are now involved in the search for a Dundee woman who's been missing for a week. The aircraft have been donated to assist in the search for 38-year-old Jennifer Huston. Huston left home last Thursday to run errands, and was seen at a gas station and a Rite Aid before she vanished. Huston, who has blonde hair and blue eyes, was last seen driving a dark green, 1999 Lexus SUV with Oregon license WXH 011.
(Amity, OR) -- Few details are being released about the shutdown of Highway 99 in Amity. Police say the highway was closed off for several hours yesterday, due to an investigation of threats and assaults against a family living there. Authorities say they received a report of a man approaching somebody in the family and attempting to grab them, and that the suspect was badly injured and fled. Police say the suspect, described as a short Hispanic man with a dragon tattoo on his left forearm, got in a red or maroon SUV with a man and a white female and drove off.
(Undated) -- A new study ranks Oregon eleventh in the nation in health-care "Return on Investment." WalletHub.com says Oregon's health ranking is 13th, based on metrics that range from smoking and obesity to sedentary lifestyle and diabetes. The state's death rate is ranked 16th-lowest, based on age groups, while Oregon's health-care cost ranking is 20th, based on average individual health-insurance premiums. The WalletHub survey ranks Washington 22nd in overall health-care Return on Investment.
(Dundee, OR) -- An appeal is being made to the public for help in finding a missing Yamhill County woman. Thirty-eight-year-old Jennifer Huston of Dundee, who's a mother of two young children, hasn't been seen or heard from since Thursday. Police say Huston was last seen at a Circle K convenience store in Newberg, around six p.m. Thursday, driving a dark-green, 1999 Lexus LX with Oregon license plate WXH 011. A "Find Jennifer Huston" Facebook page has been established, and a reward is being offered for information leading to her safe return.
(Portland, OR) -- A Portland man with diminished mental capacity who had gone missing is now home safe. Police say 56-year-old Jim Reynolds had been at a bar at Southeast 30th Avenue and Hawthorne Saturday evening but didn't return home as scheduled. Authorities say Reynolds suffered memory problems stemming from a motorcycle accident. The Police Bureau reported yesterday Reynolds was located and reunited with his family.
(Lees Camp, OR) -- One person is dead and at least two others are injured following a head-on collision in Tillamook County. Oregon State Police say the two-vehicle crash happened yesterday afternoon on Highway 6, a couple of miles east of Lees Camp. One person died at the scene, and two others were airlifted to hospitals. The highway was closed for several hours during the investigation.
(Okanogan County, WA) -- The Carlton Complex wildfire in Okanogan County, Washington is reported to be more than halfway contained. Officials say a round of showers that swept through the area yesterday gave firefighters a break in their efforts to contain the huge fire. Authorities say yesterday's rain won't snuff out the fire but has allowed crews to strengthen fire lines. The fire is now 52-percent contained, but has burned about 400 square miles.
(Hillsboro, OR) -- A Hillsboro park will likely reopen today after it was shut down yesterday due to several cougar sightings. Officials told KGW-TV three sightings were reported within 18 hours at Rood Bridge Park. A city of Hillsboro spokesman says the park will be opened again later today after the situation is assessed. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is assisting with the investigation.
(Beaverton, OR) -- A man is in the hospital after being stabbed at his home in Beaverton. Police say 22-year-old Antonio Ruiz was beaten and stabbed several times late last night while in the doorway of the house on Southwest Conestoga Avenue. He was transported to a Portland hospital in critical condition. Beaverton police haven't identified any suspects.
(Salem, OR) -- Oregon voters will decide this fall whether to legalize the use of recreational marijuana among adults age 21 and older. The "Portland Tribune" reports the state Elections Division has confirmed the initiative has gathered enough signatures to be placed on the November 4th ballot. Under the measure, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission would be in charge of regulating and setting tax rules for the marijuana industry. Governor John Kitzhaber says he won't vote for the measure but believes "legalization of marijuana is inevitable in this state."
(Portland, OR) -- Stone-fruit that's sold at Trader Joe's, Costco, Kroger, and Walmart stores is being recalled. The voluntary recall by California-based Wawona Packing Company involves peaches, nectarines, plums, and pluots. The FDA says internal testing conducted by Wawona revealed potential Listeria contamination, though subsequent tests have turned up negative. All recalled products were packed at warehouses between July 1st and 12th.
(Portland, OR) -- A hiker who had gotten lost near Multnomah Falls is reported to be safe, but a member of the rescue team involved in the search is being hospitalized. The hiker called 9-1-1 late last night and reported being lost. He was located early this morning. Authorities say the Multnomah County rescue team member had a medical emergency during the search and has been taken to a Portland hospital.
(Portland, OR) -- Former Oregon Governor Vic Atiyeh is dead at age 91. A family spokesperson says Atiyeh died around 8:15 last night at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland after suffering from complications of renal failure. Atiyeh, who was a Republican, served as governor from 1979 to 1987 and steered Oregon through a severe recession in the early 1980s. Current Governor John Kitzhaber says Atiyeh was a "mentor and a friend."
(Woodland, OR) -- Cowlitz County sheriff's deputies are investigating after a body was found on the banks of the Columbia River. Authorities say a fisherman reported seeing the body around 12:30 yesterday afternoon near Woodland. Deputies say the body appears to have been in the water for several weeks, and the age and gender of the body are not yet known.
(Estacada, OR) -- A 12-year-old boy is being hospitalized after a skateboarding accident at Milo McIver State Park in Estacada. Oregon State Police say the boy crashed as he was heading downhill on the park's entrance road Saturday. Police say the boy was not wearing a helmet, even though Oregon law requires kids age 15 and under to wear them while skateboarding or riding other wheeled vehicles. The boy is said to be improving and may be released from the hospital later this week.
(Alta Lake, WA) -- Officials say one person is confirmed dead and at least 150 homes have been destroyed as the Carlton Complex of wildfires in Central Washington continues to advance. But there's optimism that rain forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday will help slow the encroachment of the fires, which have scorched more than 238-thousand acres. Authorities say 67-year-old Rob Koczewski, a retired Washington State Patrol trooper, suffered a fatal heart attack while trying to save his home in Okanogan County. The Chiwaukum Creek fire is located northwest of Leavenworth, where firefighters are attempting to keep it from advancing east over Highway 2.
(Troutdale, OR) -- Officials say a Portland man who drowned during a fishing trip in Troutdale wasn't wearing a life jacket. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says 52-year-old Birtha Subba was fishing with his brother-in-law along the banks of the Sandy River at Dabney State Park yesterday. Deputies say Subba fell into the water and was swept upstream. Subba was pulled from the river by a passerby, but efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.
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