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ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — The latest on the deadly shooting at a community college in Oregon:

Chilling details are emerging about the horrific scene inside an Oregon community college classroom as gunman Christopher Sean Harper-Mercer shot and killed his victims.

The father of 18-year-old Lacey Scroggins — who survived physically unhurt — says his daughter heard the gunman tell one victim he would spare that person's life if the student begged then shot the begging victim anyway.

Lacey Scroggins' father, Pastor Randy Scroggins, told The Associated Press his daughter also told him about students being ordered to crawl to the middle of the room and the gunman shooting them.

Pastor Scroggins said his daughter survived because she was lying on the floor and partially covered by the body of a fellow student. Scroggins said the gunman thought his daughter was dead as well.

Lacey Scroggins told her father the gunman stepped over her and shot someone else.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A jury in Polk County has convicted a man of poisoning cats with antifreeze in West Salem.

The Salem Statesman Journal reports (http://stjr.nl/1M77VAn ) that Antonio Ramos-Perez was arrested in January after nine cats died.

Ramos-Perez was convicted of nine counts of animal abuse and was acquitted of nine counts of aggravated animal abuse.

He's scheduled to be sentenced later this month.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is channeling 1970s action star Charles Bronson in defending Second Amendment rights in the aftermath of the shooting at an Oregon community college that left nine dead.

Trump said in a rally in suburban Nashville on Saturday that he has a handgun carry permit in New York. He adds that any attacker will be "shocked" if he tries to assault the real estate mogul and that he will emulate Bronson in the vigilante film "Death Wish."

Trump says that the Oregon shootings could have been averted if instructors or students had been armed.

Trump's positions on gun control have evolved significantly over the years. He once backed an assault weapons ban and longer waiting periods for purchases.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police say two people were killed and another was injured in a shooting outside a bar on the city's east side late Friday.

East Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team officers from the Portland Police Department say the shooting happened at 11:09 p.m. outside the Hour Glass Pub on Northeast Glisan Street.

Police say in a statement that three victims of the shooting were taken to nearby hospitals, where two of them died. All of the victims are adult men.

Police say a suspect is in custody.

A sheriff's decision not to identify a man who killed nine people at a rural Oregon community college reflects a growing trend among law enforcement not to say the names of mass shooters.

Some police officials say immediately revealing the names glorifies those responsible for horrific crimes and encourages copycats. Some criminologists worry that withholding names will make it harder to access a mass killer's motivations.

Pete Blair of Texas State University's Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center says shooters inspire each other and police are right not to put them in the spotlight. He pointed to a recent study suggesting mass shootings that get widespread media attention are contagious.

But Kelly McBride, an expert in media ethics, said knowing the name is key to understanding the crime.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A mother accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter in a Cannon Beach hotel room will have a mental health evaluation as part of her ongoing court case.

The Daily Astorian reports (http://goo.gl/WlWouB ) a Clatsop County judge approved a request by the district attorney to have a mental health evaluation done on Jessica Smith. District Attorney Josh Marquis says the state needs more information about Smith's mental health to prepare for trial.

Smith has pleaded not guilty to murder in the July 31, 2014 drowning death of her younger daughter, and attempted murder in the slashing of her 13-year-old daughter. The surviving girl now lives with her father in Washington.

Smith's lawyers said in court earlier this year that she suffered a mental breakdown.

A trial is scheduled next June.

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — There was a moment of silence before the Oregon and Colorado game Saturday night at Folsom Field to pay tribute to those who died in the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.

The Oregon Ducks will wear a special emblem on their helmets this season to honor those who were slain. So will the Oregon State Beavers.

Nine people were killed by a gunman on the college campus in Southern Oregon, about 70 miles from Eugene. The worst mass shooting in Oregon history also injured several others at the community college. The gunman died following a shootout with police.

(Roseburg, OR)  --  Officials say two of the victims who were wounded in the shooting at Umpqua Community College are still critically injured.  Four people were taken to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, and one is in critical condition.  Three others were taken to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center in Springfield, and one is still listed as critical.

(Roseburg, OR)  --  Ten people are confirmed dead and at least seven others are wounded, following a shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.  Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin says those who died in yesterday morning's shooting include the gunman, who's been identified as 26-year-old Christopher Harper Mercer.  Hanlin says the shooter died in an exchange of gunfire with officers.  Oregon Governor Kate Brown has ordered all flags at public institutions in the state to be lowered to half-staff to honor the victims.

(Portland, OR)  --  Mayor Charlie Hales says the city of Portland stands in support of Roseburg and the victims of the shooting at Umpqua Community College.  A vigil was held last night in front of Portland City Hall, following yesterday's shooting that resulted in ten deaths at the college.  About 100 people gathered during last night's vigil to remember the victims, and members of the Oregon Symphony Orchestra were on hand to perform.

(Gresham, OR)  --  Three people are being treated for injuries following a high-speed crash in Gresham.  Police say the wreck happened around 4:07 yesterday morning at the intersection of 181st and Sandy.  Authorities say a white sedan crashed into a Pontiac at excessive speed.  There's no word on the conditions of the injured.

(Portland, OR)  --  A 13-year-old from Portland is being sought after being reported missing.  Police say William Richard-Ricke is a male who identifies as a female, and goes by the name "Jazz."  The teen was last seen around eight o'clock Wednesday night at Harry's Mother in Northeast Portland, and was to take a bus into Old Town.  Police say Richard-Ricke is five-feet-four, weighs 110 pounds, and was last seen wearing a black Beatles T-shirt, a black skirt over tan tights, and a white scarf with black dots.

(Portland, OR)  --  Federal authorities say they've arrested a man accused of using a baseball bat and a knife in a robbery in Southeast Portland.  Sixty-seven-year-old Henry Ross Pryor is charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, and second-degree assault.  Authorities say a woman was attacked at her home on Southeast 139th Avenue on June 19th.  Pryor is accused of hitting the woman several times with the bat and trying to stab her.

(Portland, OR)  --  A man who accidentally shot his friend to death is headed to prison.  Isaiah Horatio Hayes has been sentenced to five years behind bars for the shooting that killed Beketel Sleeper-Kincaid on March 8th.  Authorities say the nine-millimeter handgun went off when Sleeper-Kincaid passed the gun to Hayes as they were in a car traveling through North Portland.  Hayes pleaded guilty to charges of criminally-negligent homicide and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

(Portland, OR)  --  Gasoline prices in the Portland metro area are still dropping.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is just under two-47 a gallon, down a penny from yesterday's average.  It's also a nickel a gallon cheaper than a week ago.

(Gresham, OR)  --  Authorities are searching for a 33-year-old Portland man who's been reported missing in Gresham.  Officials say Trace Tipton was last seen on September 13th in his White Chevrolet minivan near the McDonald's on Northeast 82nd Avenue in Gresham.  Police say Tipton is reported to be a drug user who suffers from depression.  He's described as a white male, approximately six-feet-two, 220 pounds, with black hair, hazel eyes, and a large black beard.

(Vancouver, WA)  --  A former teacher at a Vancouver high school is headed to prison.  Stephanie McCrea, who taught at Evergreen High, has been sentenced to 60 months behind bars for raping a 15-year-old student.  Prosecutors say the relationship began in December of last year and continued even after the school removed McCrea from her teaching duties.  McCrea pleaded guilty during the summer to multiple charges.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police are looking for a missing 62-year-old man who has medical problems.  Authorities say Reginald Dean Lewis hasn't been seen since three o'clock yesterday afternoon after he went to the VA Hospital in Portland for an appointment.  Officials say Lewis's medical problems could be life-threatening if they aren't addressed.  Lewis is described as African-American, five-feet-seven, weighing 180 pounds, and was last seen wearing a dark-gray matching sweatsuit and may be wearing glasses.

(Olympia, WA)  --  A formal complaint is being lodged by the state of Washington against the Ride the Ducks tour firm in Seattle, after one of the company's amphibious vehicles was involved in a crash that killed five people and injured dozens of others.  The complaint has been filed by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, which says the vehicle was operated in an "unsafe manner."  Earlier this week, the commission suspended operation of all Ride the Ducks amphibious vehicles.   The "Seattle Times" reports the commission may allow some of the company's smaller Duck vehicles to return to service within a month, pending state inspections.

(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline continues to fall in the Portland area.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is two-48 a gallon, down nearly a penny from yesterday.  It's also more than a nickel a gallon cheaper than a week ago.

(Portland, OR)  --  A woman is being sought by police after the stabbing of another woman in Southeast Portland.  Authorities say the 50-year-old victim was seriously wounded Monday night in the 82-hundred block of Southeast 82nd Avenue.  The suspect, who's described as being 35 to 40 years old with long black hair, fled the scene.  Police say the suspect may have been accompanied by another woman walking a white boxer dog.

(Klamath Falls, OR)  --  A woman is facing a murder charge after the death of her boyfriend in Klamath Falls.  Police say Kim Johnson Noud told them Kenneth Wilkinson accidentally shot himself in the chest while playing with a handgun on September 27th.  Authorities say Wilkinson was actually shot in the back.  Noud is facing charges of murder and unlawful use of a weapon.

(Lake Oswego, OR)  --  A West Linn High School teacher is accused of sexually abusing two male students.  Police say 34-year-old Jonathan Michael Peachey, who teaches Spanish and English Language Development at the school, reportedly touched the boys inappropriately at a home in Lake Oswego.  The charges against Peachey include third-degree sex abuse, first-degree official misconduct, and furnishing alcohol to a minor.  He's scheduled to be arraigned this morning.

(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon legislators say the state gas tax will have to be raised in order for aging bridges to be fixed.  Lawmakers met yesterday in Salem to address the problem of bridges deteriorating across the state.  Senator Rod Monroe is among the lawmakers who told KOIN-TV that any funding package for bridge repair will require a gas-tax increase.  The state transportation department says 61 bridges in Oregon are classified as structurally deficient.

(Cornelius, OR)  --  Washington County authorities are looking for a Cornelius man who's been reported missing.  Sheriff's deputies say 25-year-old Matthew Pugh hasn't been seen since the morning of September 26th.  Officials say Pugh's abandoned car was found later that day with the engine running at a house on Southwest Plum Tree Court in Cornelius.  Pugh is described as white, five-feet-eight, 180 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.  Anyone with information is asked to call 503-846-2700.

(Portland, OR)  --  Early sales of legal marijuana are set to begin tomorrow at medical pot dispensaries across Oregon.  Growers say there will be a limited supply of marijuana at first because state permits to grow cannabis won't be distributed until January.  About 200 of Oregon's 345 medical marijuana shops have registered to sell recreational pot.

(Portland, OR)  --  Drivers in Portland continue to pay less at the gas pump.  The latest survey by Triple-A shows the average for a gallon of regular is two-48, down more than a penny from yesterday.  It's also about a nickel a gallon lower than a week ago.

(Portland, OR)  --  A suspect in a shooting that left a man dead in Southeast Portland is being sought.  Police say 30-year-old Ricky Dean Seaman is accused of shooting Tyler Jeffrey Woods to death Friday night.  Authorities say the shooting happened in the area of Southeast 132nd Avenue and Bush Street.  Seaman is described as white, five-feet-ten-inches tall, weighing 180 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair, as well as tattoos on his neck.  Anyone knowing his location is asked to call 503-823-4357.

(Portland, OR)  --  A man who's been wanted by Oregon authorities for 25 years is now in custody, after being arrested in Mexico.  Officials say Paul Jackson was apprehended yesterday by Mexican authorities and U.S. marshals.  Jackson was indicted on rape and kidnapping charges in June 1990, but fled before a trial could begin.  Deportation hearings are to begin soon for Jackson in Mexico.

(Olympia, WA)  --  A hearing is scheduled to take place this week concerning the state's emergency order to temporarily shut down operation of Ride the Ducks of Seattle.  The state Utilities and Transportation Commission issued the order yesterday, following a National Transportation Safety Board report on the Duck vehicle involved in last Thursday's deadly crash on Seattle's Aurora Bridge.  The report said the vehicle's front axle had not had a safety fix that was recommended in 2013 for owners of the World War Two-era amphibious vehicles.  The crash, which remains under investigation, killed five people and injured dozens of others.

(Portland, OR)  --  Bail is set at more than a quarter-million dollars for a man who's accused of seriously injuring a two-year-old child.  Paul Anthony Mendez is facing charges of first-degree assault and first-degree criminal mistreatment.  Police say Mendez is accused of causing serious physical injury to the son of his girlfriend.  He's scheduled for another court appearance on October 6th.

(Portland, OR)  --  A suspect in a deadly hit-and-run crash in Portland is behind bars.  Twenty-year-old Frederick James Ryerson, Jr. is facing charges in connection with the crash that killed 34-year-old Christopher Bryan Chandler.  Chandler died at a hospital following the Sunday morning crash in the Kern neighborhood.  Ryerson was arraigned yesterday.

(Portland, OR)  --  The city of Portland is no longer offering water customers the option of "auto pay."  The option allows customers to set up their credit cards to make an automatic payment every month.  Fred Miller, with the Portland Office of Management and Finance, told KATU-TV that credit card companies changed their security standards earlier this year, and it's been difficult for the city to comply with the new standards.  He says the city hopes to have auto pay operating again next year.

(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline is still on the decline in the Portland area.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is about two-50 a gallon, a penny below yesterday's average.  It's also six cents a gallon less than at this time last week.

(Kelso, WA)  --  Kelso teachers will be back on the job today, after their union agreed to end an eight-day strike.  Officials say both sides made compromises in arriving at the contract agreement yesterday.  Classes will start two hours late today to allow teachers and staff to prepare.  Contract talks centered on teacher pay and workload.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a man who drove a motorized wheelchair into traffic in Southeast Portland has died of his injuries.  Authorities say 39-year-old Ronald Shapland was hit by a pickup early Saturday morning on Southeast 82nd Avenue and Clinton Street.  Officials say Shapland may have been intoxicated.  The driver of the pickup, 68-year-old George Michael Bute, cooperated with police following the crash.

(Columbia County, OR)  --  One person is dead and two others are seriously injured, following a crash in Columbia County.  Sheriff's deputies say a car traveling south on Old Portland Road yesterday afternoon crossed the center line and hit an oncoming box truck.  The driver of the car died at the scene, and a passenger in the car was airlifted to a Portland hospital.  The driver of the truck was transported to a hospital by ambulance.

(Forest Grove, OR)  --  A 19-year-old man who's accused of setting fire to two houses in Forest Grove is facing charges.  Henry Louis Gulacy has been arrested in connection with the fires, one on August 28th at a home on Hawthorne Street with a family of five inside.  The second fire happened on September 17th at an unoccupied house on 9th Avenue.  Gulacy is charged with two counts of first-degree arson.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking for a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run crash that left a Portland man dead.  Thirty-four-year-old Christopher Brian Chandler was found lying in the area of Southeast 29th and Stark Street around two o'clock yesterday morning, and died later at a hospital.  Police say the suspect was driving a white, mid-2000s Honda Civic four-door, with the license plate number believed to be IVD-1036, but the state is unknown.  The car may have front-end damage and a broken windshield.

(Seattle, WA)  --  An investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board says the Ride the Ducks vehicle involved in Thursday's deadly crash with a charter bus had not received a recommended safety fix.  Investigator Earl Weener says the fix had been recommended in 2013 by the Atlanta company that refurbishes the World War Two-era amphibious vehicles.  The top executive with the Seattle Ride the Ducks company says the business is trying to determine whether it received notification of the recommendation when it was issued.  The death toll from the crash has risen to five, with a 20-year-old woman dying yesterday at a Seattle hospital.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland-area fuel prices are still falling.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is about two-51 a gallon, down six cents from a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-29 a gallon.

(Gresham, OR)  --  Gresham police are investigating a shooting that left one person dead.  Authorities say the shooting happened around 7:30 last night in the 28-hundred block of Southeast Rosefinch Drive in Gresham.  The victim was found dead at the scene.  Police say there are no outstanding suspects, but there's no word on whether an arrest has been made.

(Portland, OR)  --  Sheriff's deputies say a man whose body was recovered from the Willamette River has been identified as a Portland resident.  Thirty-two-year-old Ernest Lee Foster was reported missing a week ago.  A search was conducted on Ross Island, and Foster's body was recovered from the river Tuesday.  The drowning has been ruled accidental.

(Portland, OR)  --  Tomorrow, you'll have a chance to safely dispose of unwanted, unneeded, or expired medications during National Prescription Drug Take-back Day.  The annual event, which is hosted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, is being held by police and sheriff's departments at various locations across the Portland-Vancouver metro area.  Officials say more than 24-hundred tons of combined medications were surrendered nationwide during the previous nine Take-back events.  More information, including locations of collection sites, is available online at dea.gov.

(Lake Oswego, OR)  --  An Oregon man is accused of forcing his girlfriend to sleep with other men for money.  Earlier this week, police responded to a home in Lake Oswego after a woman reported being held against her will by boyfriend Selva Mudaliar.  The victim also told police Mudaliar used to work as her pimp and forced her into prostitution.  The suspect was arrested and is charged with compelling prostitution, assault and menacing.

(Portland, OR)  --  Mayor Charlie Hales is announcing a State of Emergency for housing and homelessness in the city.  The number of homeless people living on city streets continues to grow, alongside rising rent prices.  Hales is proposing a declaration of emergency to push through several measures including waiving zoning codes and converting city-owned buildings into shelters.  Among all of his goals he says homeless veterans and women are a top priority.  The council will discuss the proposal early next month.

(Portland, OR)  --  Three young adults are accused of stealing tens-of-thousands-of-dollars worth of clothes in Portland.  JocCrystal Jackson, Cache Coleman and Jabril Coleman were arrested late last week in connection to shoplifting.  Police found 45 garbage bags full of stolen clothes in a home and many of which still had security tags on them.  The clothes are said to be valued at 50-thousand dollars or more.  The trio is facing various theft charges.

(Portland, OR)  --  A controversial assignment at a Portland charter school was meant to be a learning opportunity, according to the school's president.  The assignment from a class at Self Enhancement Academy was broken down into three categories, "Pimp," "The B Word" and "The N Word."  President Tony Hopson told KATU, the assignment aimed to unveil why the words are inappropriate for students to use.  Hopson issued a letter yesterday apologizing to students and parents.

(Gresham, OR)  --  Police are searching for a missing man in Gresham.  Frank Wilson hasn't been seen since Thursday, and could be in need of medical attention.  The 68-year-old man has heart problems and diabetes.  He is described as being six-foot-one, 235 pound, with brown eyes and short gray hair.  He drives a 2003 Ford pickup with a disabled veteran license plate.  Anyone with any information is urged to call 9-1-1.

(Clatskanie, OR)  --  The husband of Clatskanie Mayor Diane Pohl is resigning from the city's planning commission after his arrest for public indecency.  Ray Pohl is out on bail after he was booked into jail last week.  He is charged with 30 counts for allegedly exposing himself at drive-through coffee shops in the area.

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is dead and a woman is injured in a Northeast Portland shooting.  It happened last night near Northeast 15th Avenue and Buffalo Street.  Authorities say the woman is expected to survive the shooting.  So far, police don't have a suspect.

(Corvallis, OR)  --  A student at Oregon State University is recovering from an apparent sexual assault on campus.  An 18-year-old student told police she was attacked early yesterday morning while walking between Waldo Hall and Arnold Dining Center.  Authorities are now looking for a bearded man in his 40s with grayish black hair.

(Clatskanie, OR)  --  The husband of Clatskanie Mayor Diane Pohl is resigning from the city's planning commission after his arrest for public indecency.  Ray Pohl is out on bail after he was booked into jail last week.  He is charged with 30 counts for exposing himself at drive-through coffee shops in the area.

(Portland, OR)  --  Mayor Hales is declaring a housing emergency next month to try provide shelter for all homeless women.  The city in the declaration could bypass zoning codes to locate shelters for the homeless.  Hales is also looking for cooperation from the state to allow officials to waive parts of state building code.

(Portland, OR)  --  ODOT is asking Portland police to break up a homeless camp near North Interstate and Greeley Avenues.  There are complaints it's attracting too many people and there's too much garbage.  The move is expected by early next week.  ODOT says they would try to have social service information available when police clear the camp.

(Portland, OR)  --  A North Portland bar is ordered to pay 400-thousand dollars in damages for turning away a group of transgender patrons.  A state appeals court ruled yesterday against owner Chris Penner's challenge to a Bureau of Labor and Industries finding.  He was accused of telling Rose City T-Club members not to come back to his establishment because he didn't want it known as a "tranny bar" or "gay bar."

(Portland, OR)  --  The man running several non-profit activities out of the decommissioned Gladstone plant is ordered to vacate the premises.  Jerry Herrmann and his Earth Crusaders have occupied the Clackamas River property rent free for 23 years.  Gladstone leased the property to him in 1992 to use for non-profit ventures rent free if he cleaned up and maintained the land.  A judge yesterday rejected his claim he had a legal contract to stay until next summer.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland city officials are clearing the way for a bicycle rental program to roll out next summer.  City Council last night approved a contract to use one-point-five million dollars in mostly federal money to buy equipment.  The contract commits the city to five years of running the bike share program.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland city officials are delaying a vote on new regulations for marijuana retailers.  The regulations are to prevent too many pot shops from operating too close to each other.  Existing retailers are concerned the licensing process could force an existing shop to shut down in favor of a new one.  Officials say they might consider exemptions to allow a case-by-case evaluation.

(Eugene, OR)  --  A report finds 24 percent of undergraduate women at the University of Oregon say they've had non-consensual sexual contact through force.  U of O was one of several universities in a survey on campus rape taken last spring.  U of O's rate was slightly higher than the national rate of 23 percent.

(Portland, OR)  --  A large earthquake is overdue to hit the West Coast.  A Portland State University tells KOIN 6 News scientists became aware of the increased risk after looking at a few factors.  Among them were geology deposits, a series of tree die-offs, and knowing the time of the last large earthquake.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland's plan to build a new underground drinking water reservoir is going to cost at least 100-million dollars more than previously estimated.  City Council members were also told last night it will take two years longer to build.  Water officials say they need it to comply with federal rules to cover open-air reservoirs or treat the water.

(Portland, OR)  --  Hiring is picking up in the Portland area.  A new report from the Oregon Employee Department says 48-hundred jobs, mostly private sector jobs, were added last month.  They say the metro area employment base has expanded four percent over last year.

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is in critical condition after crashing his motorcycle into a cargo van. It happened yesterday afternoon at Southeast Oak Street and Grand Avenue.  Authorities say the van's driver is cooperating with investigators.

(Portland, OR)  --  A fire at Roosevelt High School is being investigated as an arson.  The blaze Sunday night burned construction materials in the school's gym.  No one was hurt.  The school opened the next morning at its normal hours.

(Tualatin, OR)  --  A Tualatin High School teacher is facing a grand jury indictment for sexually abusing a student.  Thirty-two-year-old Jonathan R. Maggiano was arrested earlier this month, but he pleaded not guilty to multiple sex charges yesterday afternoon during his arraignment.  The technology teacher is on paid administrative leave.

(Portland, OR)  --  An effort to recall the mayor of Clatskanie is officially on the books.  A prospective petition to recall Mayor Diane Pohl was submitted yesterday at the City's Recorder office.  Opponents of Pohl say the mayor failed to support a police officer who filed a report alleging misconduct by former Police Chief Marvin Hoover.

(Portland, OR)  --  The Shleifer Furniture Company on Grand Avenue is closing after almost 80 years.  The owner is selling the building to a developer who wants to convert it into a hotel.  The building was originally erected as a hotel in 1906.

(Portland, OR)  --  Five of Oregon's Native American tribes are getting more than three-million dollars of federal money for public safety and wellness programs.  The money will help tribes with programs like fighting alcohol and drug abuse, victim assistance, violence against women, and community policing.  The funds are part of a 97-million dollar program to help tribes around the country.

(Lafayette, OR)  --  A Lafayette man is in custody accused of beating his mother and sister with a pair of nunchucks.  Kasey Heermann faces several charges including attempted murder and strangulation.  The attack happened Saturday afternoon in the home the 28-year-old shares with his mother.

(Portland, OR)  --  An Aloha woman is headed behind bars for a year after she admitted trying to suffocate her own children when they were babies.  Rosa Vasquez-Vasquez pleaded guilty in July to criminal mistreatment after facing assault and strangulation charges.  Vasquez-Vasquez told authorities that depression led her to thoughts of harming her children.

(Portland, OR)  --  This weekend's fire at Roosevelt High School is expected to set the district back about 50-thousand-dollars.  Authorities say a fire near a stage at the school was contained to a pile of materials in a construction area, and that helped reduce the overall damage.  The school was able to open normally yesterday.

(Undated)  --  Oregon has one of the most fair tax systems in the country, compared to other states.  Financial website WalletHub looked at how well states manage to keep income, sales, property, and other taxes from being unfairly burdensome to the lower and middle classes.  It found Oregon had the second best system in the nation, behind only Montana.  The survey says neighbor Washington has the worst system in the nation.

(Gresham, OR)  --  Police in Gresham are still investigating a weekend disturbance call that resulted in the discovery of a body and a victim fighting for her life.  Umberto Arango Velasco was found dead inside an apartment on Sunday afternoon when a tactical team entered.  It happened after a woman who also lived there was stabbed and got away.  Authorities say Mariya Dela Torriente is in critical condition.

(Lafayette, OR)  --  Two women are being treated for serious head injuries after a male relative attacked them with nunchucks, which are Asian hand weapons, at a home in Lafayette.  The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office says Kasey Heermann is facing an attempted murder charge following the attack.  It happened around midday Saturday at the home at 1282 East Third Street.  Heermann will be arraigned this afternoon.  His bail is set at 465-thousand-dollars. 


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