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Regional News Archives for 2011-11


Clackamas Homicide


Sheriff’s deputies say a woman who was found seriously injured Friday on a bike path in Clackamas was the victim of a homicide. The woman, identified as Dana Crippen, 50, died shortly after she was found on the path along Johnson Creek Boulevard near interstate 205. Authorities say it appears Crippen, who was known to be homeless and living in the Eugene area, died from trauma.

 

 

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Don't Feed the Pelicans!


Fewer of Oregon’s brown pelicans are feeling the natural urge to fly south for the winter, largely due to the availability of tasty human food on the coast. Rick Swart with the Department of Fish and Wildlife says some animal rehabilitators have pulled chicken bones, hot dogs, even potato chips, from the birds' large throat pouches. Swart says the birds are outgoing and not afraid to approach humans if they think they'll score a snack but it's better to simply observe and toss food scraps in covered trash cans provided at state parks, waysides and beach access points.

 

 

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Wells Fargo Answers "Occupiers"


Occupy Portland demonstrators are protesting big banks; one reason is: because of the foreclosure crisis. Tom Unger, with Wells Fargo, says they try to help those mortgage holders in crisis.  He says if you get into financial trouble, contact the bank immediately.  Unger says Wells Fargo has started or completed 715,000 loan modifications nationwide.

 

 

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Reluctant Lottery Winner Cashes Ticket- Finally


 Steve Jordan, 63, of Portland knew he won $20,000 in last year's Oregon lottery Thanksgiving Raffle; but he couldn't find the time to pick up his winnings.  Ray Martin with the Lottery says he hasn't experienced such a nonchalant attitude about such a large win.  This year's Thanksgiving Raffle is sold out.  The drawing is Tuesday.  The next Oregon Lottery raffle is the Saint Patty's Raffle in March.

 

 

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Hunter Recovered


Helicopter crews pull the body of a missing hunter out of a deep ravine in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.  David Sherwood, 57 of Onalaska, Washington failed to return from a Friday day trip to the Ryan Lake area of the forest. Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox says a break in the weather allowed a private helicopter to perform a search. More than 70 friends and family of Sherwood joined weekend searches.

 

 

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Roper Denied Parole


A group of 30 convicted killers will received early parole hearings due to an Oregon Supreme Court ruling adjusting their sentences.  The Supreme Court recently ruling Roper and other killers sentenced in the 80's and 90's have an opportunity for parole after 20 years, instead of 30. In Roper's case, the parole board sent him back to prison, impressed with his progress, they set another hearing in two years.

 

 

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Kevin Roper Up for Parole


What do you say when the state wants to let the men who killed your brother go free? Eddie Gibbs was killed 24 years ago.  The men who killed him were supposed to be in prison for 30 years, but today one of the men is up for parole. Gibbs' brother, Rod Toth, will have a chance to talk to the parole board. Kevin Roper pleaded guilty in the case but because of recent Oregon court ruling he is now eligible for parole.

 

 

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Molotov Cocktail Suspect Sought


Police say someone set off a Molotov cocktail in a stairwell at the World Trade Center in downtown Portland last night, causing damage to the stairs.  Investigators believe "Occupy Portland" protesters may be behind the incident. Portland Police Bureau spokesman, Lieutenant Robert King says investigators have been following up on recent reports that a person or a group of people at the "Occupy" encampment have made or stored Molotov cocktails. King says it's fortunate no one was hurt in last night's incident.

 

 

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It's Down to Two for Wu's Seat


The race to replace ousted District One Congressman David Wu is now down to two candidates. Suzanne Bonamici and Republican Rob Cornilles won easy victories in their respective primary elections last night.  Bonamici, a State Senator from Beaverton, garnered about 66% of the vote among Democrats, while Cornilles was preferred by 70% of those voting in the Republican primary.  The two will meet in the January 31st General Election.

 
 
 
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Portland Credit Unions Busy on Saturday


Oregon credit unions are counting up the new members from Saturday’s National Bank Transfer Day protest. Credit Union Association spokesman Rick Metzger says he's heard reports of customers literally lined up around the block at a credit union on Hawthorne. He doesn't know how many pulled their accounts from big banks. Metzger says that people want their money working in their own communities.

 
 
 
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Gas Prices Dropping


The price of gas in Oregon declined 4-cents a gallon over the last week to an average of $3.73. Marie Dodds, at the Triple-A, says nationally diesel prices dropped. The price declines are due to less demand and as long as demand remains low, prices should continue to decline or remain flat. In Bend, our average is $3.65.

 

 

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