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Estacada-area Wildfire Now Seven-percent Contained

(Estacada, OR)  --  The Pit 36 wildfire near Estacada is reported to be seven-percent contained.  Officials say the fire has grown to nearly 36-hundred acres, but higher humidity yesterday aided firefighters in getting the fire partially contained.  Residents of Southeast Fall Creek Road and Michaels Road are under a Level Three evacuation, and a Level One evacuation is in effect for residents of Tumala Mountain Road east of Divers Road in Estacada.  Evacuations and closures that were announced earlier remain in effect.

Alleged Car Prowler Held By Witnesses For Police

(Portland, OR)  --  An accused car prowler is facing charges, after he was allegedly seen breaking out a car window and stealing a bag.  Authorities say witnesses who saw the crime committed in a downtown parking garage chased the knife-wielding suspect, tackled him, and detained him until police arrived.  One of the men who chased the suspect suffered a cut to the arm.  The suspect, Nathan Samuel Fawver, has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges in connection with the September 7th incident.

Person Found Shot To Death In Parking Lot

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating after a person was found shot to death in the parking lot of a Portland restaurant.  "KATU-TV" reports the person was found with a shotgun in a car in the parking lot of the Skyline Restaurant on Northwest Skyline Boulevard, around 7:00 yesterday morning.  Police believe the gunshot was self-inflicted.  The person's name hasn't been released.

Sketch Of Suspect In Laube's Death Released

(Portland, OR)  --  Investigators are still searching for a suspect in the death of a woman at a Cedar Mill apartment complex. Authorities have released a police artist's sketch of the man believed to have fatally stabbed Nicole Laube on August 19th at the Commons at Timber Creek. Deputies say the man, who was wearing a hooded sweatshirt, was seen running from the scene of the crime. Anyone with information helpful to the investigation is asked to call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-846-2500.

Teen Subdued With Taser, Case To Be Reviewed

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say after a 16-year-old boy was subdued with a Taser by officers, the case is under review. Authorities say officers responded just after midnight Sunday to reports of a disturbance involving a group of nine males and females in the area of North Philadelphia Avenue and Ivanhoe Street. Police say the 16-year-old boy resisted arrest and officers wrestled him to the ground and used a Taser to subdue him. The Police Bureau announced the review after videos of the confrontation were posted on Facebook.

Missing Woman Being Sought

(Lane County, OR)  --  Lane County sheriff's deputies are looking for a 27-year-old woman who's been reported missing. Megan Ryan was at Cougar Dam with friends when she went missing Saturday. Ryan stands five-feet-seven, weighs 140 pounds, has brown hair and hazel eyes, and was last seen wearing a brown shirt and turquoise-colored pants. Anyone knowing her whereabouts is asked to call 541-682-4141.

Estacada Wildfire Threatening Homes

(Estacada, OR)  --  Homeowners in the Estacada area are being told to prepare to evacuate ahead of the 36 Pit wildfire.  Lazy Bend Campground and Work Center were evacuated and closed yesterday because of the fire, which has grown to more than one-thousand acres about eight miles east of Estacada.  "The Oregonian" reports six homeowners who live along Hillockburn Road in Estacada have received a level one evacuation advisory.  Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the fire.

Missing Beaverton Man Found Safe

(Beaverton, OR)  --  A Beaverton man who had been reported missing and endangered is safe.  Police say Scobee Mike Bates was located yesterday afternoon in Tigard.  Bates was reported missing Friday after leaving his house without taking his driver's license, credit cards, or money.

Man Crushed Between Buses At PDX In Critical Condition

(Portland, OR)  --  Family members say a man who was crushed between two buses while loading luggage at Portland International Airport is in critical condition.  Authorities say 51-year-old Kevin Schaffer was placing luggage on a shuttle bus at the main terminal Friday when another shuttle hit him from behind.  No charges have been filed yet.  The Port of Portland is investigating.

Police Investigating Theft Of Vancouver Man's U-haul

(Kent, WA)  --  Police in Washington are investigating, following the theft of a U-haul trailer containing a number of rare, expensive guitar amplifiers.  Authorities say the theft, which was caught on surveillance video around 6 a.m. yesterday, happened quickly in the parking lot of the Comfort Inn motel in Kent.  Kevin Strickland of Vancouver, who was renting the trailer, says the Kendrick amplifiers were to be auctioned off to raise money to support his father-in-law, who's suffering from Alzheimer's.  Police say they're looking for a red pickup truck that was used to tow the stolen trailer, which was found abandoned and empty in Burien, Washington.

Suspect Sought After ATM Skimmers Found

(Oregon City, OR)  --  Oregon City police are looking for a suspect, after skimming devices were found attached to two ATMs in the city.  One of the devices was found on August 30th at the Clackamas Federal Credit Union on Warner Milne Road, and a second was found at a branch of Columbia Bank on Molalla Avenue.  Surveillance images of the suspect were recorded at both banks.  Police describe the man as white, with a short, dark beard, wearing long-sleeved collared shirts, jeans, and a baseball cap.

Police ID Man Found Dead In Beaverton

(Beaverton, OR)  --  Police continue to investigate a shooting that left a man dead outside an apartment complex in Beaverton.  Authorities say the body of Amjad Alkofi was found around three a.m. Wednesday at the Birch Pointe Apartments on Cornell Road.  Investigators have conducted a number of interviews in the case, but no arrests have been announced.

Man Accused Of Stealing $1 From Gas Station

(Gresham, OR)  --  Police in Gresham say a man is facing charges after being accused of stealing one dollar from a gas station.  Thirty-one-year-old Donovan Fogel allegedly demanded two dollars Monday from the clerk at a Chevron station on West Powell Boulevard in Gresham.  Police say Fogel fled the premises after the cashier handed him one dollar.  Fogel was arrested about an hour later, and is facing a charge of second-degree robbery.

WA Marijuana Sales Exceed $12 Million

(Olympia, WA)  --  The Washington State Liquor Control Board says recreational-marijuana sales in the state have topped 12-million dollars.  Legal retail sales of pot began in the state in early July. reports there are now 55 fully licensed retail-marijuana outlets in Washington, with another five approved and waiting on final licensing payments.

Arraignment Scheduled For Murder Suspect

(Gresham, OR)  --  A man accused in a murder that happened in Gresham last year is scheduled to be arraigned this morning.  Authorities say 20-year-old Demetrius Brown was arrested yesterday in Portland.  Brown is accused in the fatal shooting of Andreas Price Jones, whose body was found at the Rockwood Station Apartments in Gresham in June 2013.  Brown is also facing charges stemming from a shooting in May 2012.

Fires In Gorge, Metro Areas Sparked By High Winds

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Fire & Rescue officials say they responded to more than 30 fire-related incidents in the metro area yesterday.  High winds are being blamed for a number of fires that broke out in the metro area and in the Columbia River Gorge.  A tree branch fell onto power lines around three p.m. yesterday, triggering a blaze that ran up a hillside on Cook Underwood Road at S-R 14 on the Washington side of the Gorge.  A red flag warning is in effect through Sunday for the Portland area.

WA Supreme Court Finds Lawmakers In Contempt

(Olympia, WA)  --  The Washington State Supreme Court is withholding sanctions against the state after unanimously finding legislators in contempt.  The high court rendered the decision yesterday against lawmakers for failing to establish a plan to fully fund public education.  The justices also decided to place sanctions on hold until after the 2015 legislative session to give lawmakers time to develop a plan.  The Legislature remains divided on how to come up with at least three-billion dollars in additional funding for K-12 education by 2018.

No Legal Action Against Man Who Put Up Illegal Signs

(Gaston, OR)  --  A Gaston man won't face legal action after being cited for illegally placing warning signs near Hagg Lake.  Sixty-six-year-old Michael Medill was cited for damage to public property on September 6th after he put up signs warning swimmers of steep drop-offs beneath the lake.  The Washington County District Attorney's Office says Medill had good intentions following the recent drownings of four family members.  The county placed temporary warning signs at the lake after Medill's signs were removed, and permanent signs will be put up later this week.

Water Main Break Prompts Street Closure

(Portland, OR)  --  A stretch of Northeast Sandy Boulevard in Portland is closed, following a water-main break.  Oregon Department of Transportation officials say both east and westbound lanes of the boulevard are closed between Northeast 122nd and 138th avenues.  The pipe break happened yesterday afternoon.  Officials say the stretch of Sandy Boulevard will remain closed for several days.

Four Injured In Crash Near Battle Ground

(Battle Ground, WA)  --  A seven-year-old girl is in critical condition following a crash that injured four people near Battle Ground.  The Clark County Sheriff's Office says a pickup truck collided with a minivan around 6:30 last night at the intersection of Northeast 182nd Avenue and 129th Street just east of Battle Ground.  A woman and three children in the minivan, including the seven-year-old, were injured.  The crash remains under investigation.

Source Of E. Coli Infection Still A Mystery

(Otis, OR)  --   Serena Proffitt died at a Portland hospital Monday of complications from the infection, which is believed to have been contracted after she and her five-year-old friend shared a turkey sandwich at a restaurant in Otis.  The boy also became sickened, and is being treated at a hospital in Tacoma, Washington.  Lincoln County health officials are scheduled to have a news conference later this morning to give an update on the E. coli investigation.

Dozens Of Vehicles In SE Portland Hit By Vandalism

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating after dozens of cars in Southeast Portland were damaged in acts of vandalism.  Authorities say windows in more than 36 vehicles were shattered late Monday night from Southeast Powell Boulevard to Tolman Street and from Chavez Boulevard to 60th Avenue.  Police say they have only a vague description of a male suspect on a bicycle.  Crime Stoppers is offering a thousand-dollar reward for information leading to an arrest.

Kitzhaber, Lawmakers Want To Scrap Cover Oregon

(Salem, OR)  --  Governor John Kitzhaber and members of the state Legislature say they want to do away with Cover Oregon.  The "Portland Tribune" reports that if the Cover Oregon board doesn't vote to transfer its functions to other state and federal agencies, the governor and lawmakers will take action next year to dissolve the state health-insurance exchange.  A website failure has cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars, and has led to competing lawsuits by the state and the prime contractor for the website, Oracle Corporation.  The board may vote later this month on whether to disband.

WA Boy Treated For E. Coli After Oregon Girl Dies

(Tacoma, WA)  --  A five-year-old boy who's being treated for E. coli in Tacoma, Washington might have received the infection from the same gathering as a four-year-old girl who died Monday in Oregon.  Serena Proffitt died at a Portland hospital of complications from E. coli after suffering a stroke Sunday.  Family members say the boy and the girl shared a turkey sandwich at an Otis, Oregon restaurant, which sickened the kids during a gathering over Labor Day weekend.  The boy is in critical condition.  

Arrest Made In Fatal 2013 Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  A man wanted for a deadly shooting outside a Portland bar last year is behind bars.  Police say 23-year-old Xavier Dorell Bolden was arrested yesterday in Las Vegas and is awaiting extradition to Oregon.  Bolden is accused of shooting 30-year-old Durieul Joseph Harris to death outside the nightclub on Northeast Broadway last November.  Police say anonymous tips phoned into Crime Stoppers led to Bolden's arrest.

Man Facing Federal Charges After Hash-oil Explosion

(Tigard, OR)  --  A man is facing federal charges after being accused of igniting a fire in a Tigard parking lot while making butane hash oil.  Authorities say Dale Corzine of Irvine, California, has been indicted on one count of knowingly and intentionally creating a substantial risk of harm to human life.  Officials allege that Corzine ignited a blaze that destroyed his car and another vehicle and damaged three others at a TriMet park-and-ride lot in Tigard.  Prosecutors say Corzine was making the hash oil inside his car when the explosion took place on July 29th.   

Portland Base-jumper Seriously Injured At Tower Rock

(Lewis County, WA)  --  A Portland man is seriously injured after a failed base-jumping attempt on Tower Rock in Lewis County, Washington.  Officials say the 38-year-old man was seen yesterday, jumping and hitting the rock wall several times before his parachute fully opened.  Rescue personnel hiked about a mile from the road to reach the man, who was airlifted by Navy helicopter to a Seattle hospital.  He's being treated for broken bones in his legs.

County Posts Warning Signs At Hagg Lake

(Gaston, OR)  --  Days after a Gaston man was cited for posting warning signs about a drop-off under Hagg Lake, Washington County has its own warning signs up.  Michael Medill says he posted the signs because he wanted to save lives by warning swimmers of a dangerously steep drop-off at the bottom of the lake.  He says the county cited him and fined him five-thousand dollars for bolting his homemade signs on trees and infrastructure at the Sain Creek picnic area at the lake.  A family of four, including a three-year-old boy, drowned in Hagg Lake last month.

Woman Accused Of Embezzling From Lake Oswego Chamber

(Lake Oswego, OR)  --  A Lake Oswego woman is behind bars after being accused of embezzling 25-thousand dollars from the city's chamber of commerce.  Police say 58-year-old Lori Jo Lauber was the office manager for the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce when the alleged embezzlement took place.  Lauber had worked for the chamber for eight years before resigning in April.  She was arrested Friday, and her bail is set at 75-thousand dollars.

Jury Selection Begins In Portland Murder Case

(Portland, OR)  --  Jury selection is in progress in the trial of a Portland man accused of killing his wife.  Lloyd Erp is facing a charge of murder constituting domestic violence, in the shooting death of Lori Lynn Erp.  The victim's body was found in the couple's Northeast Campaign Street home in early March of last year.  Opening statements in the trial are scheduled for tomorrow.

Search Conducted For Missing Man, Son

(Mount Hood, OR)  --  Police are trying to find a Kentucky man and his son, who are believed to have gone missing near Mount Hood.  Authorities say they found a Kia that belongs to 52-year-old John Wood of Bardstown, Kentucky, who's believed to be with his 32-year-old son, Jason Wood.  The vehicle was found abandoned Friday on Highway 35, about eight miles south of Mount Hood.  Police say the two men live together in Kentucky and haven't been in contact with their family since mid-August.

Police Search For Missing Hillsboro Teen

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Hillsboro police are looking for a 13-year-old girl who may be endangered.  Investigators say Ivette Gutierrez left her home in southeast Hillsboro yesterday morning and is believed to be with her 44-year-old uncle, Jose Roberto Gomez.  Police say the pair may be using public transportation.  Anyone with information on the location of Ivette Gutierrez is asked to call Hillsboro police at 503-681-6175.

New Poll Shows Kitzhaber Maintaining Lead

(Salem, OR)  --  A new opinion poll shows Governor John Kitzhaber maintaining the lead in his bid for election to a fourth term in office.  Kitzhaber, the Democratic incumbent, has a 48-percent-to-38-percent lead over his GOP challenger, Dennis Richardson.  The Rasmussen poll, commissioned by KATU-TV, has a margin of error of plus-or-minus four percent.  The survey's results are close to those of a Survey USA poll taken last month, which showed Kitzhaber leading by 48 percent to 36 percent.

Small Quake Rattles Mount Hood

(Mount Hood, OR)  --  No damage is being reported following a small earthquake that shook Mount Hood.  The U.S. Geological Survey says the two-point-six-magnitude quake was detected at 1:52 yesterday morning.  It was centered about 35 miles east-southeast of Troutdale.  The USGS says the quake happened at a depth of two-point-three miles.

Woman With Dementia Reported Missing

(Gresham, OR)  --  Gresham police are looking for a woman with dementia who's been reported missing.  Authorities say 87-year-old Mary Ruth Cain left home Monday morning at eleven o'clock to go to the Bank of America near East Powell and Northeast Hood Avenue.  Police say Cain, who is without her medication, may have been spotted Wednesday night in the area of Northeast 8th Street and Northeast Cleveland Avenue.  She was last seen wearing beige slacks and a floral-print top, and she uses a red-and-black walker.

Body Found At Vancouver Refuse Facility

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police are investigating after the body of a man was found at a trash facility in Vancouver.  Authorities say workers at the West Van Materials Recovery Center on Northwest Old Lower River Road found the body around 8:30 last night on a sorting conveyor belt.  Police tell "The Oregonian" that the victim is between 45 and 55 years old.  The man's identity hasn't yet been determined.

Cigarette Reportedly Caused Large Fire In McMinnville

(McMinnville, OR)  --  Fire officials believe a cigarette is what started a large fire that caused damage to a business and several vehicles in McMinnville.  The McMinnville Fire Department says the cigarette was apparently tossed into some hedges yesterday, igniting the blaze that spread to several cars parked at True Form Collision and Repair on Northeast Highway 99.  The business and the vehicles were damaged before firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze.  No one was injured.

Embattled Centerplate CEO Resigns

(Stamford, CT)  --  The company that operates food services for Providence Park, Safeco Field, and thousands of other venues, has a new CEO.  Chief executive Desmond Hague has resigned from his position after becoming embroiled in a scandal involving mistreatment of a dog.  Food-services company Centerplate recently put Hague on probation after he admitted to being the man seen in an elevator surveillance video, kicking and yanking the leash of a Doberman Pinscher puppy he was walking.  Centerplate officials say the company does not condone the abuse of animals.  Chris Verros is now acting president and CEO.

Man Who Killed Classmate In 1990 To Be Released Soon

(Portland, OR)  --  A man who was convicted of the murder of a high-school classmate in 1990 will be released from prison in October.  Conrad Engweiler was 15 years old when he was found guilty of murdering 16-year-old Erin Reynolds, his classmate at Beaverton's Sunset High.  Engweiler was sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in prison, before the state of Oregon set specific sentencing guidelines for underage criminals.  The Oregon Parole and Post-Prison Supervision Board granted parole to Engweiler yesterday, saying he's now a low risk of committing violent acts in the future.

Ex-Forest Grove High School Coach Facing Sex-abuse Charges

(Forest Grove, OR)  --  A former assistant coach at Forest Grove High School is facing charges of sexually abusing a student.  Police say 30-year-old Robert Schuppert, Jr. Was arrested as a result of a four-month investigation.  Schuppert was indicted last month by a Washington County grand jury on two counts of second-degree sex abuse, luring a minor, and tampering with physical evidence.

Man Shot By Police Undergoing Mental Evaluation

(Portland, OR)  --  A man who was shot by a police officer after he reportedly pointed a replica handgun at passing vehicles on I-84 is undergoing a mental evaluation.  Police say Denorris Laron McClendon was high on methamphetamine at the time he was shot Monday.  Authorities say McClendon had been suffering a paranoid delusion the day before, and had broken both of his arms last week and removed the casts himself.  McClendon was arraigned yesterday, but the evaluation is being conducted before a decision is made on whether to set bail.

Man Dead After Falling From Downtown Apartment

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say a man is dead after falling from his downtown apartment.  The man's body was found early yesterday morning, lying in the area of Southwest 17th Avenue and Clay Street.  The Oregon State Medical Examiner determined the man jumped from his apartment nearby.  The man's name hasn't been released.

Two-year-old, Man Injured By Dog In Springfield

(Springfield, OR)  --  A two-year-old girl is listed in critical condition, following an attack by a dog in Springfield.  Police say the attack happened shortly before six p.m. Sunday at a home on Olympic Street in Springfield.  Officials say the toddler's father was bitten in the face as he was trying to rescue the child.  Police say the large, male pit bull, and another dog that was nearby at the time of the attack, are in quarantine.

Woman Killed In Crash Near Lebanon

(Lebanon, OR)  --  Oregon State Police say a woman is dead, following a rollover crash in Linn County.  Troopers say the 27-year-old woman was eastbound on Highway 34 near Lebanon early yesterday morning when she lost control of her SUV, causing it to roll near the intersection with Denny School Road.  The woman was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene.  That stretch of Highway 34 was shut down until about 10:20 a.m.

Suspect Shot By Police Facing Multiple Charges

(Portland, OR)  --  A suspect who was shot by police on Interstate 84 is facing multiple charges.  Police say 27-year-old Denorris Laron McClendon was reported to be pointing a gun at passing vehicles as he walked along I-84 near Northeast 122nd Avenue yesterday morning.  Officials say after officers arrived, McClendon pointed a gun at the officers and began running through traffic, at which time he was shot.  After McClendon was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, he was booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

Police: Woman Made Up Story About Being Stabbed

(Vancouver, WA)  --  The Clark County Sheriff's Office says a Vancouver woman who reported being stabbed in her back yard made up the story.  Deputies were sent to her home on Northeast 15th Place yesterday afternoon after she reported that she was attacked by an unknown man.  The woman said she was stabbed and slashed on her face, in the chest, and in the lower abdomen.  After investigation, detectives concluded the attack was a fabrication and the woman's injuries were self-inflicted.

Death Of Charleston Man Being Investigated

(Newport, OR)  --  Police are investigating the death of a Coos County man during a fishing trip off Newport.  Authorities say 70-year-old Eugene Elmer Compton of Charleston was found dead aboard the vessel "Carolyn Ruth," the morning after he set out on a fishing expedition Saturday afternoon.  Oregon State Police say it's likely Compton died of natural causes.   

Teen On Sidewalk Injured By Car Involved In Crash

(Vancouver, WA)  --  A 17-year-old boy is seriously injured after he was hit by a car while walking on a sidewalk.  Police say the teen was walking along Northwest 99th Street in Vancouver around 6:20 p.m. Sunday when the vehicle crashed into another car and was sent into the victim.  The driver of the second car suffered injuries that aren't life-threatening.  Police say criminal charges are pending against the driver of the first vehicle, who's identified as 18-year-old Chancellor Pruett of Vancouver. 

Cyrus' VMA Date Out On Bail

(Dallas, OR)  --  Miley Cyrus' date to the MTV Video Music Awards is out on bail after he turned himself in at the Polk County Jail.  Sheriff Bob Wolfe says Jesse Helt had a warrant out for his arrest for a parole violation.  Helt accepted Cyrus' award for video of the year during last Sunday's ceremony and read a speech that noted problems faced by homeless youth.  Helt had been living on the streets of Los Angeles while looking for a job.  Polk County officials say he failed to meet as scheduled with his probation officer after pleading guilty and serving time for misdemeanors.

Suspects In Shooting Of Deputy Arrested

(Klamath Falls, OR)  --  A couple of people suspected in the shooting of a Klamath County sheriff's deputy are in custody.  Authorities say 30-year-old William Jack Parkerson and 34-year-old Karey Leigh Pascoe are facing charges of attempted aggravated murder with a firearm and first-degree assault with a firearm.  Deputy Jason Weber is listed in serious condition after being shot in the face and side during a traffic stop.  A third person in the vehicle with the suspects was also charged for a probation violation.

Eyman Seeks To Overturn $15 Minimum-wage Laws In WA

(Seattle, WA)  --  Washington state political activist Tim Eyman is seeking to mount a challenge to city laws that mandate minimum wages above the state minimum wage.  Eyman says he's gathering signatures for an initiative that would prohibit Washington cities from setting minimum wages above the state minimum of nine-32 an hour.  If passed, the initiative would overturn recent minimum-wage increases to 15-dollars an hour in Seattle and SeaTac.  Eyman says he'd like to get the initiative on the November 2015 statewide ballot.

Suspect In Woman's Death Still At Large

(Beaverton, OR)  --  Police are still looking for a suspect in the murder of 29-year-old Nicole Laube.  She was stabbed to death last week at her place of employment, the Timber Creek Apartments in Cedar Mill.  A memorial service for Laube was held last night at a church in Beaverton.  Rewards totaling 39-hundred dollars are offered for information leading to an arrest in the case.

Sex-assault Suspect Arrested After Leaving Note

(Beaverton, OR)  --  Police say a note left behind by a man who sexually assaulted a Beaverton woman has led to an arrest.  Authorities say the suspect came back to the apartment nearly two weeks following the August 15th assault to leave an apology note on the victim's door.  Police say the note contained enough information to lead to the arrest of 33-year-old Cruz Bonilla of Hillsboro.  Bonilla is facing charges of burglary and sex abuse.

Car, MAX Train Crash, One Injured

(Portland, OR)  --  Investigators are trying to find out what led to a crash involving a car and a MAX train in North Portland.  One person aboard the Yellow Line train suffered minor injuries in the crash, which happened yesterday at North Interstate Avenue near Russell Street.  Police say a car traveling on North Interstate made a left-hand turn into the train.  Yellow Line service was delayed until around 7 p.m.

Deaths Of Hillsboro Family Members Ruled Accidental

(Hillsboro, WA)  --  The state medical examiner says the deaths of four members of a Hillsboro family who drowned in Henry Hagg Lake were accidental.  The body of three-year-old Jeremy Scholl was recovered from the lake Monday evening, and the bodies of his mother, uncle, and grandmother were recovered Tuesday.  They're identified as 25-year-old Gabriela Garcia-Ixtacua, his uncle, 13-year-old Michael Garcia-Ixtacua; and his grandmother, 42-year-old Jova Ixtacua-Castano.  The Washington County Sheriff's Office says none of the victims was wearing a flotation device.

Man Plead Guilty To Fatal Beating

(Polk County, OR)  --  Two men accused of beating a drug informant to death are facing life sentences after pleading guilty.  Forty-four-year-old Jimmy Fears and 24-year-old Zachary Mersch were sentenced yesterday after admitting to murdering 29-year-old James Hawkes the Fourth and leaving his body at a Polk County cemetery.  The victim's body was found last December.  Fears and Mersch will be eligible for parole after 25 years.

Two Firefighters Injured In Oregon City Blaze

(Oregon City, OR)  --  Two firefighters are recovering from injuries they suffered while battling a three-alarm fire in Oregon City.  Traffic was shut down on Molalla Avenue between Holmes Lane and Warner Street during yesterday's early-morning blaze, which damaged a commercial building.  One firefighter suffered minor burns, while another twisted his ankle.  Investigators are trying to determine what caused the fire.

Total Of Four Members Of Family Drown In Hagg Lake

(Gaston, OR)  --  Authorities say four members of a Hillsboro family drowned in Hagg Lake.  Three more bodies were found yesterday after the body of a three-year-old boy was found in the lake on Monday.  Those found yesterday included 42-year-old Jova Ixtacua-Castano; her 13-year-old son, Michael Garcia-Ixtacua; and her 25-year-old daughter, Gabriela Garcia-Ixtacua.  The three-year-old boy found Monday was Jeremy Scholl, the son of Gabriela Garcia-Ixtacua.

Man Accused In Hit-and-run Crash Involving Bicyclist

(Clackamas, OR)  --  A Clackamas man is accused of hitting a bicyclist with his vehicle and driving away from the scene.  Police say 49-year-old Leodan Juarez Belton struck the bicyclist as he entered the parking lot of a gas station on Southeast 82nd Avenue yesterday afternoon.  Authorities say Belton checked on the cyclist, went into the store and got ice cream for him, then took off in his pickup truck as medics approached.  Belton was arrested more than an hour later.  The cyclist suffered minor injuries.

Intel Tax-break Plan Approved

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A plan to provide Intel with two-billion dollars in potential property-tax breaks over 30 years is moving forward.  The Hillsboro City Council and the Washington County Board of Commissioners approved the deal yesterday.  The two-billion in tax breaks is based on 100-billion dollars in local investment by the tech giant.  "The Oregonian" reports the property tax breaks, which will apply only to equipment, are made possible by Oregon's Strategic Investment Program.

Portland Ranks Among Cities With Worst Drivers

(Northbrook, IL)  --  A new study released by Allstate Insurance ranks Portland among the U.S. cities with the worst drivers.  The annual America's Best Drivers Report ranks Portland at 177th out of 200, down from 154th in 2013.  According to the study, Portland drivers average seven-point-three years between crashes, compared to the national average of ten years.  Seattle comes in at 173rd, while Fort Collins, Colorado ranks as the city with the nation's safest drivers.

WA Shop Sells Superman Comic For Record Price

(Federal Way, WA)  --  A comics store in Federal Way, Washington now has the distinction of selling the most expensive comic book ever purchased.  An original copy of the 1938 Action Comics Number One, also known as the first-ever Superman comic book, was sold for three-point-two-million dollars on eBay over the weekend by Darren Adams, owner of Pristine Comics.  That broke the record of two-point-one-million dollars for another Action Comics Number One, sold three years ago by actor Nicolas Cage.

Hop Growers Report Good Harvest

(Independence, OR)  --  Willamette Valley hop growers say they're having a good harvest this season.  Farmers say winter flooding and hot summer temperatures have driven the bounty.  Growers are also benefiting from the nationwide growth in the number of craft breweries over the past decade.  The national average price for hops has doubled since 2004.

Boy Drowns Near Henry Hagg Lake

(Washington County, OR)  --  Authorities say a four-year-old boy died after being pulled unconscious from water near Henry Hagg Lake.  Forest Grove Fire & Rescue officials say efforts to resuscitate the boy after he was pulled from the water yesterday were unsuccessful.  Officials say there was no sign of an adult who was caring for the child at the scene and it's possible that person might also have drowned.  Investigators say a pair of adult flip-flops were in the area where the boy was found and a car was parked in a nearby lot.

Woman, Toddler Found Safe

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a Portland woman and her two-year-old niece are safe after they were reported missing.  Officials say Tamika Bradley and her niece were expected to take public transit Sunday afternoon to Bradley's mother's home in Vancouver, but they never arrived and were reported missing.  Police say the pair were "safely located" yesterday, but no other details have been released.

Oregon Trooper's Badge, Baton Stolen During Burglary

(Government Camp, OR)  --  Oregon State Police say a trooper's badge and baton were stolen during a recent burglary in Government Camp.  Authorities say the burglary took place at the state transportation department's compound on Highway 26 near Timberline Road.  OSP says the stolen badge is silver with ID number 631.  Anyone who has information helpful to the investigation is asked to call Oregon State Police at 503-731-3030.

Bicyclist Killed In I-84 Crash

(Hood River, OR)  --  Authorities say a bicyclist who was killed in a crash on I-84 near Hood River was a Mosier firefighter.  Police say 52-year-old Ellen Dittebrandt was approaching an off-ramp when she was hit from behind by a pickup truck around 6:30 yesterday morning.  Dillebrandt died at the scene after being thrown off her bike.  The driver of the pickup, 55-year-old John Allman of Portland, is cooperating with the investigation.

Vancouver Man Drowns In Yale Lake

(Clark County, WA)  --  Police are investigating the drowning of a Vancouver man in Yale Lake.  The body of 22-year-old Stephen W. Rilea was recovered yesterday from the lake, which sits in the Clark-Cowlitz county line.  Authorities say Rilea's body was located in an area where he had been swimming yesterday.

Suspect Accused Of Attempted Rape

(Salem, OR)  --  A man is in custody after being accused of trying to rape a woman in the Salem area.  Marion County sheriff's deputies say the intended victim was able to elude the attacker after he broke into her home on State Street Saturday morning.  Authorities say after the report was called in, deputies found the suspect at a residence nearby.  Multiple charges are expected to be filed against 19-year-old Armando Cervantes.

Geologist: Quake Hitting Oregon Matter Of When, Not If

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland State University geologist says a major earthquake hitting Oregon is not a matter of if, but when.  Scott Burns tells "KOIN-TV" that three faults run beneath the city of Portland, and the Juan de Fuca plate is located off the Oregon Coast.  Burns says the 6.0 quake that struck the San Francisco Bay area over the weekend is a reminder that a big temblor could just as easily hit Portland.  He says a large quake hits the Pacific Northwest about every 500 years on average, and the last big one struck the region more than 300 years ago.

Search Continues For Suspect In Woman's Murder

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say it appears a woman who was stabbed to death at a Northwest Portland apartment complex probably knew the assailant.  Twenty-nine-year-old Nicole Laube died in the Tuesday evening attack at Timber Creek Apartments.  Deputies say before the victim died, she told a neighbor the man who attacked her was wearing a dark hoodie and camouflage pants.  No suspects have been identified.

Teen Who Tortured Boy Gets Eleven-year Sentence

(Portland, OR)  --  A 16-year-old boy is scheduled to spend eleven years in custody for carving a swastika on the forehead of another teen.  Blue Christian James Kalmbach is one of four teens to be sentenced in relation to the February torture of the then-16-year-old victim.  Prosecutors say Kalmbach attacked the victim with a crowbar and used a box-cutter-type knife to carve the swastika in his forehead.  Kalmbach pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery, and second-degree assault.

One Killed In Collision In North Albany

(Albany, OR)  --  Police have a person in custody following a head-on collision that killed a Eugene man.  Authorities say the vehicles collided on Highway 20 in North Albany, around seven a.m. yesterday.  Thirty-seven-year-old Gabriel Lopez died in the crash.  Police have arrested 32-year-old Damon Selves, who allegedly swerved into the oncoming lane and crashed into Lopez's car.

Poll: Richardson Trails Kitzhaber By Four Points

(Salem, OR)  --  A new opinion poll on the Oregon governor's race shows GOP state Representative Dennis Richardson trailing Democratic incumbent John Kitzhaber by a margin of 45 percent to 41 percent.  The telephone survey, commissioned by Richardson and conducted by pollster Bob Moore, questioned 500 likely voters and has a plus-or-minus four-percent margin of error.  Earlier this month, a Survey USA poll commissioned by KATU-TV showed Kitzhaber with a 48-to-36 lead over Richardson.

Teen Reports Being Hit By Blow-dart While Jogging

(McMinnville, OR)  --  Police say a McMinnville teenager reported being hit in the back with a blow-dart as he was jogging in a local park.  KPTV reports the incident happened as the teen was jogging Tuesday evening along the shoulder of a road in Joe Dancer Park with his high-school cross-country team.  The teen, who wasn't seriously hurt, reported seeing a small, older-model light-blue pickup truck passing by at the moment he was hit.  The truck had horizontal lines running along the side panels.

Homicide Victim Identified As Aloha Man

(Wilsonville, OR)  --  A man who was found shot to death on August 11th is being identified as an Aloha resident.  The body of 45-year-old Misael Delgado-Nunez was found in a field off State Highway 551 between Wilsonville and Aurora.  There's no word on whether the victim was shot at the scene or at another location.  Clackamas County sheriff's deputies haven't identified any suspects.    

Police ID Woman Killed At Apartment Complex

(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.

Toddler's Finger Caught In Escalator, Severed

(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.

Two Shot Near Salem Restaurant

(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.

Fire Burns Atop Downtown Building

(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 Woman Accused In A String Of Robberies

(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.

Campers Go Missing In Tillamook County

(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.


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