(Portland, OR) -- The federal government is about to launch an audit of the troubled Cover Oregon website. A spokesperson for Congressman Greg Walden tells KATU-TV that the Government Accountability Office will undertake a review of the website. Walden calls the website "the biggest investment failure the state's ever seen" and he's hoping the review finds the true circumstances surrounding the problems plaguing the website. Cover Oregon spokesman Michael Cox says they'll "participate fully with the GAO as they conduct their work."
(Portland, OR) -- Officials say meningococcal disease is suspected in the death of a 17-year-old Central Catholic High School student. Jacob Parkhurst, who had been reported to be in good health Friday, was hospitalized Monday and died Tuesday night of what's being called a "severe, invasive bacterial infection." Health officials are awaiting test results that they hope will identify a specific cause of death. The rate of meningococcal disease in Oregon has declined steadily since 1994, when 140 cases were reported in the state.
(Portland, OR) -- A man is facing federal charges after being accused of displaying bizarre behavior that prompted the emergency landing of a jet at Portland International Airport. Authorities say Lemar Sheron Rogers boarded the Sacramento-bound Southwest Airlines flight in Seattle Tuesday morning and immediately became combative, telling attendants he had a first-class ticket on a jet that had no first-class seating. Officials say Rogers demanded a drink before takeoff, refused to stow his carry-on luggage in an overhead compartment, and made repeated references to Jesus as he continued to act with belligerence. After the plane landed at PDX, Rogers was arrested and charged with interfering with flight crew members.
(Keizer, OR) -- Authorities say eight people are facing charges in connection with a string of burglaries in Keizer. Police say a warrant was served on a home on Brooks Avenue Northeast on February 28th, where a number of items were recovered, including laptop computers, TVs, handguns, jewelry, clothing, shoes, swords, and car parts that included an entire engine. Officers also recovered a stolen puppy at the residence. Investigators say the items were stolen during 12 burglaries in the area.
(Forest Grove, OR) -- A former Hillsboro police officer will spend ten years behind bars for shooting at officers and threatening his wife. In a deal with prosecutors, Timothy Cannon pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated animal abuse and three counts of attempted murder in connection with a January 2013 domestic-abuse incident at the couple's Hillsboro home. Authorities say Cannon pinned his wife twice and fired shots at police officers who responded to the 9-1-1 call she made after she was able to break free.
(Gresham, OR) -- Gresham police are looking for a 76-year-old man who's been reported missing. Police say Gary Gochnour [[ GOCK-nower ]], who may suffer from dementia, rented a U-Haul truck in late February and planned to drive to Seattle to live with his sister, but never arrived at his sister's home. The U-Haul, a ten-foot box truck with Arizona license AE80457, has not been returned. Gochnour is described as white, five-feet-nine, 165 pounds, with thinning gray hair.
(Salem, OR) -- The Oregon Employment Department says the state's jobless rate in January was seven percent, down from seven-point-one percent in December. The department says Oregon employers added about one-thousand jobs in January, with the construction and leisure & hospitality industries leading the way in job growth. The number of public-sector jobs fell by 15-hundred more than predicted. The January unemployment rate of seven percent compares to Oregon's eight-point-three-percent jobless rate in January 2013.
(Yreka, CA) -- A 27-year-old Portland woman is reported missing along the Klamath River in northern California. Authorities in Siskiyu [[ SIS-kew ]] County say a car belonging to Grace Sabots was found Saturday along Highway 96, about eight miles from I-5. Deputies say there were indications that Sabots had been injured or was in danger.
(Vancouver, WA) -- Classes will resume today at a Vancouver middle school that was evacuated because of a safety scare. Officials say trusses supporting a heating and air-conditioning unit on the roof of Pleasant Valley Middle School are being shored up after they were found yesterday to be failing. Crews began investigating after a staff member reported the ceiling in the school library appeared ready to cave in. The ceiling is undergoing repair, and other HVAC units on the school buildings were inspected with no problems found.
(Corvallis, OR) -- Oregon State University officials say the school is eleven months ahead of schedule in meeting its goal of raising one-billion dollars. President Ed Ray says OSU has raised more than one-point-one-billion and is one of only 35 universities in the country to have exceeded the billion-dollar mark in a fundraising campaign. The money will be used for scholarships and fellowships, attracting and retaining top-tier faculty, and renovation of campus buildings.
(Portland, OR) -- After about ten months of intense negotiations, a new contract for Portland public school teachers is official. The School Board was unanimous in its approval of the pact, which was ratified last week by a majority of members of the Portland Association of Teachers. The three-year contract contains a two-point-three-percent yearly pay raise, reduced class sizes, and reduced workload for teachers.
(Portland, OR) -- Mayor Charlie Hales says he wants to pull the plug on the urban renewal district designed to boost Portland State University. According to the "Portland Tribune," Hales says PSU would be better served by the city expanding the nearby North McAdam Urban Renewal Area, which he says would raise money sooner to support the university. The Education Urban Renewal Area was championed by Hales's predecessor, Sam Adams. The plan called for spending 169-million dollars to renovate PSU buildings, spur redevelopment of surrounding blocks, and construct affordable housing.
(Woodland, WA) -- The Washington State Patrol is investigating a crash that killed a man on Interstate 5 in Woodland. The wreck, which happened around two a.m. yesterday, forced closure of the northbound lanes of I-5 for several hours. Troopers say the man, whose car was disabled and parked on the side of the highway, was standing in the middle of the roadway when he was hit and killed. The lanes were finally cleared by around seven a.m.
(Milwaukie, OR) -- A teenager is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries after being hit by a pickup truck in Milwaukie. Police say the teen male was attempting to cross Highway 224 on foot Saturday night when he was struck by the pickup, which was traveling about 50 miles per hour. The crash happened at the intersection with Southeast 37th Avenue, and police say the teen was crossing against the light. The driver wasn't injured.
(Clear Lake, OR) -- Linn County authorities say a Forest Grove man drowned while scuba diving in Clear Lake. Investigators say 49-year-old James Paul Ward drowned yesterday morning while diving with two other people. Authorities say Ward's scuba tank still contained about two-thousand pounds of air when his body was recovered. Officials say there's no sign of a malfunction in Ward's dive equipment.
(Portland, OR) -- An 18-year-old is slated to spend five years behind bars after entering a guilty plea in an attack on a 70-year-old man. Daniel Dorson pleaded guilty to one count of attempted assault on Larry Allen, an employee at the Portland Outdoor Store on Southwest 3rd Avenue. Police say Allen was washing a sidewalk outside the store last July when he got into an argument with Dorson, who then hit Allen on the head with a skateboard. Allen required multiple stitches following the attack.
(Hillsboro, OR) -- Two teenage boys from Hillsboro who went missing after leaving for a concert last Friday are now safe. Fourteen-year-old Drew Martin and friend Joe Beals were dropped off at the Orenco MAX station to ride to Portland for the concert, but both vanished afterward. Martin's father found the boys on a bus by the Lloyd Center last night and brought them home. Both are said to be doing fine.
(Longview, WA) -- A 17-year-old boy is under investigation for animal cruelty after being accused of killing and skinning a pet goat. Authorities in Longview say the boy was 16 last June when he allegedly zip-tied the goat's hooves together and slit the animal's belly before partially skinning it. Three other goats and a sheep on the Beacon Hill property in Longview were unharmed. Police say the teen has confessed to the crime.
(Beaverton, OR) -- Voters in Beaverton will be asked to decide in May on whether to approve a 680-million-dollar school bond issue. Among the purposes for the proposed bond are building three new schools, rebuilding and renovating others, effecting school-building repairs, and adding new technology to schools. The Beaverton School Board voted last night to place the measure on the May ballot. If the bond passes, Beaverton property owners would pay two-dollars-eleven-cents per thousand dollars of assessed home value.
(Lake Oswego, OR) -- A Portland woman is facing charges following a short chase, during which she was accused of ramming two Lake Oswego police cars. Thirty-nine-year-old Mary Elizabeth Lanning is accused of driving drunk while attempting to elude police. Authorities say the pursuit began after an officer saw Lanning, who appeared to be drunk, leave the Gemini Bar and Grill on North State Street in Lake Oswego around 12:45 yesterday morning. Police say Lanning rammed two patrol cars during the chase, but no officers were injured.
(Portland, OR) -- The Portland Fire Bureau says arson has been determined to be the cause of three recent fires, but it's uncertain whether the cases are connected. Two of those fires took place in Northeast Portland early yesterday morning, one of them at a home on Northeast Monroe Street that had been burned in August during a fire at an adjacent apartment complex that was under construction. Also yesterday, a fire was reported at a vacant gas station on Northeast 7th Avenue. A third arson happened at the corner of North Vancouver and Fargo on February 17th.
(Longview, WA) -- Longview police are accusing a Portland woman of driving the wrong way on a street and causing a crash that killed one person and injured seven. Authorities say 32-year-old Nichole McCaslin was driving in the wrong direction on Tennant Way Friday night and struck multiple vehicles. A man driving one of the cars was killed. Police suspect McCaslin was driving drunk at the time.
(Lake Oswego, OR) -- A volunteer football coach at Lakeridge High School in Lake Oswego will spend time in jail after pleading guilty to harassment. Michael James Cole was arrested in August after he was accused of punching a player in the face while intervening in an altercation between players. Cole pleaded guilty yesterday to harassment, and an assault charge against him was dropped. He was sentenced to 72 hours in jail, 24 months probation, and 100 hours of community service, and will have to attend anger management courses.
(Portland, OR) -- A man accused in a string of hotel robberies in Oregon and Washington is behind bars in Portland. Police say 40-year-old Ernest Dean is facing charges in the robberies of the Silver Cloud Inn in Northwest Portland and the LaQuinta Inn in Wilsonville earlier this month. Investigators believe Dean may also be responsible for hotel robberies in Gresham, Hood River, Cannon Beach, Albany, and Newport, along with a robbery in Woodland, Washington. Police say the robber would hold up the hotels at gunpoint and claim to have a bomb, then tie up the clerks and steal cash.
(Portland, OR) -- Police say a man was wounded while in his Southeast Portland apartment after shots were fired from outside the building. Authorities say the shooting happened around 7:45 last night outside the apartment on Southeast 73rd and Powell. Police haven't yet made any arrests. The victim will likely survive.
(Boring, OR) -- A man wanted on several outstanding warrants is in custody after being arrested following a two-hour standoff in Boring. Clackamas County authorities say Raymond Wilebski ran into his residence after deputies spotted him Saturday night on Southeast Kathy Lane in Boring. A SWAT team surrounded the home after a report that Wilebski may be armed. After about two hours, tear gas forced Wilbeski out of the house and he surrendered.
(Eugene, OR) -- Police haven't yet released the name of a Springfield man who died after jumping from an Interstate 5 overpass near Eugene. Officials say the 21-year-old man got off his bicycle around 12:35 Saturday afternoon on the Glenwood Boulevard overpass and climbed an eight-foot fence. Police say after falling about 25 feet onto the right northbound lane of I-5, the man may have been struck by a white Ford pickup truck that continued north. Authorities are looking for that truck.
(Portland, OR) -- Two men are said to be doing well after their canoe capsized on the Sandy River. Police say the men were goose hunting and struck a log while floating along the river around eleven a.m. yesterday in the area of the I-84 overpass. One of the men floated a mile-and-a-half down the river but grabbed onto some debris, and was pulled out of the water by members of the Gresham Fire Department's river rescue team. The other man was able to make it to shore safely.
(Salem, OR) -- Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum says her office will not defend the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in federal court. Rosenblum says Oregon will continue to prohibit gay marriage until the courts or voters rule otherwise. Two federal lawsuits challenging the state's gay-marriage ban are pending. The Oregon Family Council, which opposes gay marriage, says Rosenblum is ignoring her duty to defend the Oregon Constitution and the will of the majority of voters who approved Measure 36 ten years ago.
(Portland, OR) -- Portland police say a man who's considered a "serial flasher" has exposed himself to more children, this time in the area of Northeast Alameda Street and Alameda Terrace. The man reportedly yelled at three eleven-year-old children around 4:15 yesterday afternoon and exposed himself when they turned to look. The man was then seen running east on Alameda Street. Police say the man is suspected of exposing himself several times to other children and two female joggers in various Northeast Portland neighborhoods since last month.
(Portland, OR) -- Portland teachers could start voting next week on a tentative contract agreement with Portland Public Schools. "The Oregonian" reports the contract includes the hiring of 150 additional teachers, more school days, and an annual pay raise of two-point-three percent for the next three years. The agreement was reached earlier this week after a marathon bargaining session between the school district and the Portland Association of Teachers.
(Portland, OR) -- The Steel Bridge in downtown Portland will close intermittently during the weekend due to ongoing work. Transportation officials say the span will close at eleven o'clock tomorrow night and reopen Sunday morning at 8:30. The bridge will close again Sunday night at eleven and reopen at 8:30 Monday morning. The closures will affect all forms of traffic.
(Portland, OR) -- The FBI is looking for a fugitive from Montana who's considered a violent offender. Agents say 28-year-old Kevin Anthony Briggs was last seen February 1st in Bozeman, Montana while on a work detail and could now be staying at homeless shelters in Oregon while earning money to travel. Authorities believe Briggs bought a one-way bus ticket from Missoula to Spokane, and may have traveled on from there to Oregon, California, or Mexico. Briggs is described as white, five-feet-five to five-feet-seven, 120 to 150 pounds, with brown hair, hazel eyes, and a double "snake bite" piercing on his bottom lip.
(Portland, OR) -- Bail is set at a total of nearly three-million dollars for three teenagers accused of kidnapping and torturing another teen earlier this month. A total of 20 counts have been leveled against 15-year-old Jenna Montgomery, 15-year-old Blue Christian Kalmbach [[ CALM-bock ]], and 17-year-old Jess Taylor, who are all being tried as adults. The fourth suspect, who's 14, is being tried in juvenile court. Portland police say after the victim was lured into a shed in the area of Southeast 122nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard on February 10th, he was hit with a crowbar, shot with a BB gun, was forced to eat feces, and had a swastika carved into his forehead.
(Portland, OR) -- Officials at Google say Portland, Gresham, Beaverton, Lake Oswego, Tigard, and Hillsboro are among 34 U.S. cities being considered for initial access to the ultra-high-speed Google Fiber broadband network. Mayor Charlie Hales says Portland's "culture of creativity and coalition-building" makes the city the ideal candidate for Google Fiber. Google Fiber general manager Kevin Lo says the company will work closely with mayors to determine what's needed to build a brand new fiber-optic network capable of ultra-high-speed delivery. Lo says Google will provide a progress report by the end of the year.
(Seattle, WA) -- A poll conducted in the Portland area and Washington state indicates even though motorists know that texting by drivers is illegal, many of them do it anyway. The PEMCO Insurance survey indicates that half of the respondents under age 35 sometimes engage in texting while driving. Roughly 20 percent of those under 35 admitted to talking on a hand-held cell phone while behind the wheel. The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that texting drivers contribute to at least 100-thousand crashes every year.
(Olympia, WA) -- Changes are being made regarding licensing for marijuana growers in Washington. The state Liquor Control Board has voted to reduce the number of licenses for each grower from three to one and shrink the amount of growing space by 30 percent. Officials say about two-thousand applicants were expected, but the actual number is closer to seven-thousand. The Liquor Control Board expects to issue the first growers licenses during the first week of March, while the first retail store will likely open in late June.
(Portland, OR) -- There will be no Portland teacher strike. Portland Public Schools says the district and the Portland Association of Teachers have reached a tentative agreement to avoid a walkout. The deal was reached after a marathon bargaining session that ended yesterday morning. The strike has been cancelled and teachers will vote on whether to ratify the new contract.
(Portland, OR) -- Police aren't sure of the circumstances surrounding a 20-foot-deep hole in which a woman and her dog fell in a yard in Southeast Portland. The woman was in her back yard in the area of Southeast 38th Avenue and Southeast Clinton Street last night looking for the small dog when she accidentally fell into the large hole. A passerby heard the woman screaming and called 9-1-1. Fire crews rescued the woman and her dog after finding them inside the hole, which officials say may have been weather-related or the result of sewer work done in the yard.
(Gresham, OR) -- Charges are pending against a fourth suspect who's been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of a developmentally-disabled Portland man. Twenty-five-year-old Christopher Dante Andrews was arrested last night during a traffic stop in connection with the abduction of 34-year-old Michael Daughtry. Police say Daughtry was kidnapped on February 13th and held against his will in a Gresham apartment. Authorities say the suspects allegedly accessed Daughtry's bank account without his permission.
(Washington, DC) -- Officials say the recall of millions of pounds of beef products processed by California-based Rancho Feeding Corporation includes one of the popular "Hot Pockets" heat-and-serve sandwiches. The Hot Pockets Philly Steak and Cheese sandwiches are distributed to some Fred Meyer and QFC stores in Oregon and Washington and are included in the recall of about eight-point-seven-million pounds of Rancho Feeding meat products. The USDA issued the recall on February 8th, saying the meat was processed from "diseased and unsound" animals and was unfit for human consumption. Other products from the company were distributed to meat markets and smaller stores in Oregon and Washington.
(Salem, OR) -- A bill that would allow local governments to regulate, but not ban, medical marijuana is moving through the Oregon Legislature. The Senate approved the measure as local communities throughout the state are moving to prohibit medical-marijuana outlets. The bill brings into question the legal status of medical-pot dispensary bans that have been passed in a few Oregon municipalities. The measure will go to the House for consideration.
(Portland, OR) -- Multnomah County officials say the Sellwood Bridge will be reopened this morning. Work was conducted around the clock during the weekend on the installation of steel "soldier piles" across the west-end of a new replacement span. The piles will support the walls of a new interchange where the bridge connects with Oregon 43. The work is being finished ahead of schedule and the bridge is set to reopen at seven a.m.
(Canby, OR) -- Two suspects are in custody in connection with the death of a man killed during an alleged drug deal. Canby police say 27-year-old Michael A. Orren and 32-year-old Shannon Bettencourt are accused of fatally shooting 43-year-old Edward Spangler after they tried to rob him early Sunday. Spangler was shot multiple times and was found next to his car, which had crashed into a tree in Locust City Park. Orren and Bettencourt were arrested yesterday.
(Washington, DC) -- Stores in Oregon and Washington are part of the recall of about eight-point-seven-million pounds of beef products sold by California-based Rancho Feeding Corporation. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Rancho Feeding processed "diseased and unsound animals and carried out these activities without the benefit or full benefit of federal inspection." The USDA says the products were shipped to distribution centers and retailers in Oregon, Washington, California, Florida, Illinois, and Texas. The USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service says it has received no reports of illness due to consumption of these products.
(Portland, OR) -- A Portland teacher strike is still planned for Thursday as the teachers union and the Portland school district continue to negotiate a new contract. Both sides are hoping to reach a tentative agreement that would halt the strike by the union's 29-hundred teachers. Should a strike move forward, PPS says it will close schools tomorrow, Thursday, Friday, and Monday to prepare replacement teachers and support personnel. Teachers and organizers are preparing signs in the event of a walkout.
(Portland, OR) -- More rain is expected today in the Portland and Vancouver metro areas, and a high-wind advisory will be in effect from ten a.m. until four p.m. Forecasters are predicting winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts to 45 miles an hour. While more rain is in the forecast, it won't likely be as heavy as the system that dumped two to four inches on the region Sunday and yesterday morning.
(Portland, OR) -- Officials say a power outage sent thousands of gallons of raw sewage into the Willamette River in the Oak Grove area of Clackamas County. The Oak Lodge Sanitary District says the outage caused the sewage to bypass treatment and flow into the Willamette around eleven p.m. Sunday. Officials say the problem was caused by an electrical component failure in the newly-upgraded treatment plant. It's estimated that about 440-thousand gallons of sewage bypassed treatment during the outage.
(Damascus, OR) -- A homeowner in Damascus is feeling fortunate after a section of a large redwood tree crashed into his home and missed hitting him by three feet. That incident happened Sunday, and a second section of the tree fell on an awning that covered the front porch of the home yesterday morning. Officials say the damage was a result of violent weather that swept through the area over the weekend.
(Portland, OR) -- As a scheduled Portland teacher strike looms, union and Portland Public Schools representatives are slated to meet this morning with a state mediator to resume contract negotiations. Both sides met with a mediator for eight hours yesterday in an effort to avert the strike, which is scheduled for February 20th. PPS officials say they presented a new proposal yesterday, but details on it haven't been released.
(Portland, OR) -- Violent weather is causing a number of problems in northwest Oregon and southwest Washington, including power outages for thousands. Officials say about eleven-thousand Portland General Electric customers and five-thousand customers of Clark Public Utilities are without electricity this morning. PGE says about 67-hundred are without power in Clackamas County and nearly 45-hundred are without electricity in Multnomah County. Officials hope to have all power restored no later than 9:45 this morning.
(Portland, OR) -- A man is dead and five other people are injured following a one-vehicle crash in Northeast Portland. Police say the car went out of control in the area of Northeast Fremont Street and 102nd Avenue around six a.m. yesterday and slammed into a power pole. A rear-seat passenger was killed and one other person was ejected and is listed in serious condition. Police believe the driver was drunk at the time of the crash.
(Canby, OR) -- Canby police are investigating the death of a man who was found shot inside a car that had crashed. Police Chief Bret Smith says the crashed vehicle was found at Locust City park around five a.m. yesterday, with 43-year-old Edward Kelly Spangler of Grants Pass at the wheel. Police say Spangler had been shot and was pronounced dead at the scene. No suspects have been identified.
(Gresham, OR) -- Police have three people in custody after they were accused of kidnapping a developmentally-disabled Portland man and accessing his bank account without his consent. Police say 27-year-old Ashley Marie Adams, 29-year-old Christopher Tolentino, and 25-year-old Whitney L. Engstrom are facing multiple charges. They're accused of abducting the victim, 34-year-old Michael Daughtry of Portland, on February 13th and holding him against his will at a Gresham apartment. A SWAT team rescued Daughtry after about two days.
(Hood River, OR) -- Transportation officials say one eastbound lane of Interstate 84 near Hood River is open again to traffic. All eastbound traffic was detoured after a landslide forced closure of a section of I-84 Wednesday night. About two-thousand cubic yards of rocks and debris covered the roadway. The Oregon Department of Transportation will announce later this morning when they expect the other eastbound lane to reopen.
(Hood River, OR) -- The Oregon Department of Transportation says the eastbound lanes of I-84 near Hood River will be closed through the weekend. The lanes were blocked Wednesday night by a landslide near milepost 61. ODOT officials say about two-thousand cubic yards of rock and debris fell from the hillside just before 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Department spokesman Don Hamilton says crews are hoping to have one eastbound lane open by Monday.
(Portland, OR) -- Four teenagers are facing charges after being accused of luring another teen to a shed in Southeast Portland and torturing him for hours. Police say the accused include three boys and a girl and range in age from 14 to 17. KATU-TV quotes sources as saying the victim was targeted because he was perceived as a bully for calling another student "gay" in a Facebook post. Court documents show the victim was shot with a BB gun and beaten with a crow bar.
(Portland, OR) -- The Portland Public Schools district is in a "state of emergency" in preparation for a scheduled teacher strike on February 20th. The School Board approved the resolution last night, granting Superintendent Carole Smith the authority to spend district funds on strike preparation. That could include the hiring of replacement teachers. Smith says the district and the teachers union are working hard to reach an agreement on a new contract.
(Hood River, OR) -- The eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 near Hood River remain closed because of a landslide. Police say the slide took place last night near exit 17 and blocked all eastbound lanes and one westbound lane. Crews are working to clear the debris, which includes several boulders. Oregon Department of Transportation officials say they'll open the road after making sure the hillside is stable.
(Portland, OR) -- Portland police are looking for a suspect after a 16-year-old boy was stabbed inside the Lloyd Center mall. Investigators say the teen was found yesterday afternoon near Nordstrom, lying on the floor and clutching his lower back. The victim was treated at a hospital and released. Police say the suspect is described as an African American man in his 20s, wearing a black jacket, red T-shirt, black pants, and white shoes.
(Hillsboro, OR) -- A Portland man is in custody after being accused of taking photos up the skirt of a 13-year-old girl at a Hillsboro Target store. Patrick Joseph Buono is facing charges of attempted invasion of privacy and first- and second-degree encouraging child sex abuse. Washington County sheriff's deputies say Buono allegedly took the photos on January 3rd. Investigators say it's possible there are more victims.
(Gresham, OR) -- Gresham police say a man who was walking with his five-year-old daughter near a school-bus stop yesterday punched another man who was exposing himself while sitting in a parked car nearby. Authorities say Jeremy Clouse saw the suspect had his pants down and confronted him, then punched him in the face after the suspect laughed in response. The man then drove off on Northeast Kane Drive. Police say the suspect is described as a light-skinned Hispanic male, weighing about 180 pounds, with possible bruising on the left side of his face.
(Salem, OR) -- Officials say Cover Oregon may be up and running on a limited basis by later this week. "The Oregonian" reports the plan calls for allowing agents and others who assist clients to handle enrollments in a single sitting, provided tests being run on the system go well. Officials say the limited access will allow time to work out bugs on the website. The announcement comes more than four months after the health-insurance exchange was scheduled to go live.
(Salem, OR) -- A bill introduced in the Oregon Legislature would make it illegal for employers in the state to cut employee hours to avoid paying health benefits. The bill is sponsored by Portland Senator Michael Dembrow, who says the measure is in response to reports he's heard that some community colleges have been advised to reduce faculty hours in order to get out of paying medical benefits to some employees. Dembrow says the bill would not make the reduction of hours illegal because of other reasons such as poor employee performance. The measure awaits action in committee.
(Portland, OR) -- Portland police believe a woman who reported she was attacked by a stranger in Grant Park was lying. Authorities say the woman admitted during an interview the man who sexually assaulted her on February 4th was not a stranger as she initially reported. Police say the woman also gave a false description of the alleged assailant. The attack remains under investigation.
(Salem, OR) -- Salem police are investigating a two-vehicle crash that killed an adult and a child and seriously injured three other people. The wreck happened around seven o'clock last night on Turner Road Southeast at Airway Drive Southeast. The three injured people are being hospitalized. No names have been released.
(Portland, OR) -- The Portland Public Schools district says classes will shut down for three days in the event of a teacher strike. Contract negotiations resumed yesterday between the district and the teachers union in an effort to avoid a strike that's been scheduled to begin February 20th. PPS officials say the three says will be used for "staff training" as substitute teachers are brought in. The union says yesterday's talks included a proposal that "is fair for teachers and good for kids."
(Lake Oswego, OR) -- The Lake Oswego Fire Department says two homes have been evacuated because of a mudslide off Highway 43. Officials say a previously-undetected water-line leak caused mud and debris to slide over the weekend down a hill from the home on Upper Cherry Lane, south of downtown Lake Oswego. The debris ended up against a house down a hill on Meadows Drive and the home was evacuated as a precaution. Crews will be on the scene this morning to assess the damage.
(Washington, DC) -- U.S. State Department officials say they support efforts by the family of Kenneth Bae to secure the release of the Lynnwood, Washington businessman from a North Korean prison, where he's been held since November 2012. The State Department also says it supports efforts by the Reverend Jesse Jackson to bring Bae back to the U.S. CNN reports Jackson has met with the Bae family and has offered to go to North Korea on a humanitarian mission to free Bae.
(Boring, OR) -- A manhunt continues for 41-year-old Dirck White, a truck driver who's wanted in the murder of a Clackamas County employee near Boring. White, a resident of Edgewood, Washington, is accused of fatally shooting Clackamas County weighmaster Grady Waxenfelter on Highway 224 near Amsigger Road last Thursday. Authorities say White has an extensive criminal record. White, who's described as a Hispanic man with an average build, is believed to be in a four-door, 2004 Mercedes 320 with Washington license plate ANB7070.
(Undated) -- Portland's own Phil and Penelope Knight are among those ranked as the most generous donors of 2013. The Knights rank third in The Chronicle of Philanthropy's 2013 rankings. Phil Knight, who's the chairman and co-founder of Nike, and his wife gave 500-million dollars last year to expand cancer research at Oregon Health & Science University. Topping the list are Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, who donated 992-million dollars in 2013.
(Washington, DC) -- Washington's junior U.S. senator says the nickname of the NFL franchise representing the nation's capital is an "insult." Senator Maria Cantwell and Oklahoma Senator Tom Cole have written a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, saying the league is on "the wrong side of history" when it comes to the "Redskins" nickname. Cantwell, who chairs the Senate Indian Affairs committee, and Cole told Goodell they object to his recent news conference, during which he said the Redskins name has been "presented in a way that honors Native Americans." An NFL spokesman says the league will respond appropriately to the letter after reviewing it.
(Olympia, WA) -- A pair of bills being considered in Olympia would prevent a rapist whose victim has a child as a result of the sexual assault to sue for parental rights. The House and Senate bills provide that a criminal conviction would not be required to prove a sexual assault occurred and would instead call for "clear, cogent and convincing" evidence. Opponents of the bills say the legislation leaves room for abuse of the legal system in domestic disputes.
(Portland, OR) -- A new freezing-rain warning is in effect in the Portland and Vancouver areas until noon. The National Weather Service is predicting ice accumulations of less than a tenth of an inch that may further coat road surfaces and continue the hazardous conditions that residents have experienced over the past few days. Many area schools are closed, and government offices and various businesses will have delayed openings.
(Portland, OR) -- Officials haven't yet given a timetable on repair of a water main that broke at Southeast Powell Boulevard and Southeast 20th Avenue. The weather-related break was reported around 3:30 yesterday morning, and caused street flooding and left a number of customers without water service. Officials say some area residents who still have service may see discolored water out of their taps. They're being encouraged to run their taps until the water clears up.
(Salem, OR) -- State officials say government offices in the Salem area will open on schedule this morning. All state offices in the Portland metro area, including Wilsonville, are closed today, as is the Department of Environmental Quality office in The Dalles. Lawmakers will reconvene today in Salem, but later than usual to allow people more time to arrive at the capitol.
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