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>>Climber Rescued After Fall On Mount Hood

(Mount Hood, OR)  --  Clackamas County sheriff's deputies say a man is recovering in a hospital after being rescued following a fall into a crater into the Hogsback area of Mount Hood.  The man was airlifted yesterday by an Oregon National Guard Blackhawk helicopter after he fell hundreds of feet into the crater.  The sheriff's office says the climber had a cell phone and kept in contact with deputies during the rescue operation.  Sixty-two-year-old John Richard Andrews is being treated at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland.

>>Deputy Accused Of Vandalizing Cars

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A Washington County sheriff's deputy is in trouble with the law.  Authorities are accusing Deputy Tony Parker of vandalizing vehicles at the Hillsboro apartment complex where he lives.  The alleged incident took place in August when a witness saw someone causing damage to two cars in a fit of drunken anger.  Officials say three tires on a truck had been slashed and its antenna was removed. 

>>'Mr. Holland's Opus' Piano Donated To Portland School

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland high school is now home to a piece of Hollywood history.  A piano that was used in the film "Mr. Holland's Opus" has been given by an anonymous donor to Grant High School.  The school was the main setting nearly 20 years ago for the filming under the fictitious name John F. Kennedy High School.  Grant High music teacher Nick Budge tells KATU-TV he hopes the piano will inspire more students and inspire the Portland school district to continue supporting music education. 

>>WA Police Chiefs, Sheriffs Push For Liquor Statistics

(Seattle, WA)  --  Law enforcement officials in Washington are working with representatives of the grocery industry to develop plans to curtail the problem of liquor theft at grocery stores.  King County Sheriff John Urquhart [[ ERK-hart ]] tells KING 5-TV that police need more information from the grocery industry on liquor thefts in order to effectively target resources to combat the problem.  State Representative Christopher Hurst of Enumclaw says he's working on legislation that would require individual stores to reveal liquor theft rates and make those figures public.  Northwest Grocery Association president Joe Gilliam says many stores don't want to release theft data because it's information that would be valuable to competitors.

>>Fuel Prices Higher

(Portland, OR)  --  Gasoline prices are slightly higher with the Thanksgiving holiday looming.  Triple-A reports the Portland-area average for regular rose about a half-cent overnight, to just under three-27 a gallon.  That's about the same as a week ago, but about 17 cents a gallon below the average at this point in October.

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>>Portland Home Prices Higher

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland is among the major U.S. cities that saw significant increases in home prices during September.  The Standard & Poor's-Case-Shiller index shows home prices in the Portland area were 13-point-five percent higher in September from the same month in 2012.  All but one of the 20 cities included in the survey showed higher home prices.  Economists are predicting continued increases in home prices and declines in the number of foreclosed properties.

>>Sentencing Delayed For Mohamud

(Portland, OR)  --  Sentencing for a man convicted of trying to set off a bomb at a Christmas-tree lighting ceremony in downtown Portland is being delayed.  A federal judge has delayed sentencing for Mohamed Mohamud until further notice after it was revealed that the U.S. Department of Justice used information received through the use of warrantless wiretaps to build its case against Mohamud.  Mohamud was found guilty in January after he went on trial for using a cell phone to try to detonate what he thought was a live bomb near Pioneer Square in November 2010.  The court will reset the sentencing hearing after ruling on the anticipated motions.   

>>Fire Damage At Fruit Company Estimated At $2-Million

(Odell, OR)  --  Officials say the damage caused by a fire at the Diamond Fruit Growers plant in Hood River County has been estimated at two-million dollars.  The massive fire destroyed thousands of empty fruit bins at the facility but spared the main building.  Two houses nearby sustained minor damage.  Investigators haven't yet determined what caused Tuesday's fire.

>>Bomb Squad Destroys Explosive Device At Portland Church

(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities say a suspicious device that was found at a Southeast Portland church was an improvised explosive.  Police were dispatched yesterday morning to the Montavilla United Methodist Church on Southeast 80th Avenue in response to a report of a suspicious device.  The Metropolitan Explosives Disposal Unit examined the item and destroyed it.  The FBI and ATF are involved in the investigation. 

>>Thurmond Suspension Official

(Renton, WA)  --  The Seattle Seahawks are dealing with the four-game suspension of cornerback Walter Thurmond by planning to give more playing time to backups Byron Maxwell and Jeremy Lane.  The NFL has made Thurmond's suspension official, saying he violated the league's substance-abuse policy.  He'll be eligible to return to the active roster on December 23rd, prior to the Seahawks' final regular-season game.  Seattle has signed former 49ers corner Perrish Cox to fill Thurmond's roster spot.

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>>Eighth Victim Of 'Mollala Forest Murderer' Identified

(Portland, OR)  --  Officials say they've identified the eighth victim of the so-called Mollala Forest Murderer.  The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says DNA evidence was used to identify Tawnia Jarie Johnson, whose body was found at a Mollala dump in 1987.  Johnson is believed to be one of the victims of David Leroy Rogers, who was found guilty in the late 1980s for the murders of seven other women.  Six of the those victims were found in the same dump where Johnson's body was found.

>>Lake Oswego Student Remains In Critical Condition

(Lake Oswego, WA)  --  One of three Lake Oswego High School students who were injured in a head-on crash remains hospitalized in critical condition.  Seventeen-year-old Katie Brauti and two other teenage girls were hurt in the crash, which happened Friday night on Kerr Parkway in Lake Oswego.  Madison Focht and Madison Owens, both 16, have been released from the hospital.  The occupants of the second vehicle involved in the two-vehicle collision were not seriously injured.  

>>WA Senate Panel To Hold Hearing On Transportation Plan

(Olympia, WA)  --  The Washington State Senate Transportation Committee will give residents a chance to weigh in Thursday when it holds a hearing on a proposal for a 12-point-three-billion-dollar transportation package.  The ten-bill package, which was drafted by the GOP-controlled majority in the Senate, includes an eleven-point-five-cent increase in the state gasoline tax over the next three years.  The goal is to generate enough revenue to complete major state highway projects.  The hearing is set to begin at the capitol at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

>>Portland Gas Prices Leveling Off

(Portland, OR)  --  For the first time in awhile, gasoline prices in the Portland area are leveling off.  Triple-A reports the average price for a gallon of regular is just above three-27, up slightly from yesterday but still more than three cents cheaper than a week ago.  Regular gas sold in the Portland area for about three-50 a gallon at this time last month.

>>Portland Pilots Fall To Top-ranked Michigan State

(East Lansing, MI)  --  The Portland Pilots are happy to be back home for Thursday's game against Idaho after suffering a loss on the road to top-ranked Michigan State.  The Spartans downed the Pilots, 82-67, after Portland tied the game at 46-all early in the second half.  Kevin Bailey led the Pilots with 12 points.  Portland will play Idaho at five p.m. Thursday.    

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>>School Board Approves Construction Bond For Portland Schools

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Public School district will move forward with rebuilding and renovating three high schools after the School Board approved a 482-million-dollar construction bond.  The budget was revised upward by ten-million dollars for Franklin, Grant, and Roosevelt high schools, which will be rebuilt to hold hundreds more students than originally planned.  The school district says the changes are necessary because of revised enrollment forecasts.     

>>MAX Train Back On Track After Long Delay

(Portland, OR)  --  TriMet officials say a MAX train whose wheels had lifted off the rails is back in service.  The incident happened as the train was leaving the 82nd Avenue station around 2:45 yesterday afternoon.  There were no injuries and the train remained upright.  The train was repositioned on the tracks and service was restored by about ten p.m. 

>>Man Armed With Knives Arrested At Whole Foods

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say they've arrested a man who was armed with knives after he was reported to be threatening shoppers and shoplifting at a local Whole Foods.  Authorities say the incident happened Friday morning at the Whole Foods on Northwest Couch.  Officials say several officers responded to the scene and used a Taser to subdue the man after he refused repeated commands to drop the knife he was holding.  He was cited for disorderly conduct and menacing and taken to a hospital, where he underwent a mental-health evaluation.     

>>About 300 Apply For Pot Business Licenses

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington state officials say more than 300 people applied on the first day applications were being accepted for licenses to sell, grow, or process marijuana.  The Department of Revenue says 299 of those applications were filled out online and the remainder were in-person applications.  The department is encouraging people to use the online option to apply, at bls.dor.wa.gov.  Applications will be accepted through December 19th.

>>Initiative Designed To Improve Students' Career Readiness

(Olympia, WA)  --  One-thousand high school students in Washington will be able to explore potential career opportunities under a pilot program sponsored by the state Employment Security and education departments.  The program, called Career Readiness for a Working Washington, will match students in five communities and local businesses for mentorships, internships, or other work-based learning activities.  Thirty-five teachers will participate in the program to learn how the subjects they teach are applied in work settings.  The program will be piloted in Vancouver's Evergreen School District, as well as in the Renton, Spokane, Wenatchee, and Yelm school districts.

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>>Man Gets Six-year Sentence For Fred Meyer Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  A man who shot and wounded a fellow shopper at a Clackamas Fred Meyer store is slated to spend six years behind bars.  Sixty-six-year-old Jerry Harryman of Milwaukie was convicted earlier this month on charges of assault and unlawful use of a weapon in the shooting of 59-year-old Bill Young.  Young was shot in the knee in August 2012 during an argument in the check-out line between the two men, and has since recovered.  A judge sentenced Harryman to 70 months in jail.   

>>Dogs Removed From Columbia County Puppy Mill

(Columbia County, OR)  --  A Columbia County woman could be facing felony charges after being accused of operating a puppy mill under squalid conditions.  Oregon Humane Society personnel removed 100 dogs yesterday from the facility, which has been under investigation amid allegations of animal neglect.  Humane Society director Sharon Harmon told KATU-TV the animals were living in "deplorable conditions."  The dogs are being held as evidence for a potential legal case and will not be immediately available for adoption.

>>Police Believe DA's Office Explosion 'Domestic Terrorism'

(Medford, OR)  --  Medford police believe an explosion at the Jackson County District Attorney's office was a case of domestic terrorism.  Authorities say a propane tank outside the building on West 10th Street was detonated around 4:38 a.m. yesterday while the building was empty.  Police say the tank didn't fully detonate but caught fire and burned out on its own.  No suspects have been identified in what Medford Police Chief Tim George calls an intentional and criminal act.   

>>Inslee Says Washington Still In Running For 777X

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington Governor Jay Inslee says even though the Machinists union has rejected Boeing's offer of an eight-year contract extension, Washington is still in the running for the 777X project and intends to be competitive.  Union members voted by a two-to-one margin to reject the offer.  The Washington State Legislature recently approved a nine-billion-dollar tax-incentive package for Boeing in an effort to ensure the manufacture of the 777X and its advanced-technology wing would take place in the Puget Sound region.  Boeing CEO Ray Conner says the outcome of the union vote is disappointing and the company" has no choice but to open the process competitively and pursue all options for the 777X."

>>Late Rally Gives Portland 90-89 Win Over Phoenix

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers are on a four-game winning streak after last night's 90-89 win over the Phoenix Suns at the Moda Center.  A Damian Lillard layup with six seconds remaining kept the streak alive for the Blazers.  Thomas Robinson came off the bench to score 15 points and Robin Lopez scored 13 and grabbed 15 rebounds to help the Blazers overcome a nine-point, second-half deficit.  Portland will visit Boston tomorrow night.     

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>>Hundreds Expected To Honor Fallen Reserve Officer

(Oregon City, OR)  --  Hundreds of law-enforcement officers are expected to participate today to honor an Oregon City reserve police officer who was killed in the line of duty.  Robert Libke [[ LIB-kee ]] died earlier this month after being shot while responding to a report of a house fire.  A procession is scheduled to begin at 10:45 this morning at Clackamas Community College, during which Libke's body will be escorted to Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland.  A memorial will be held starting at one p.m., and thousands are expected to attend.

>>Suspect Arrested After Body Found In Salem

(Salem, OR)  --  A Keizer man is in police custody after a body was found in the parking lot of a vegetable packing company in Salem.  The body of 46-year-old Eric P. Davis of Dallas was found around 5:40 yesterday morning as employees began arriving to work at the NORPAC plant on Madrona Avenue Southeast.  Farouk A Eldabaa, also known as Alex, was arrested.  Police have released no details on how the victim died.

>>OSHA Investigating Woman's Death At Animal Sanctuary

(Sherwood, OR)  --  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are investigating a Sherwood wild-animal sanctuary where a longtime employee was killed by a cougar.  WildCat Haven Sanctuary officials say two of the cats, including the one that attacked and killed 36-year-old Renee Radziwon, were not inside what is called the "lockout" portion of the main enclosure where the cougars are kept.  The sanctuary says it has a strict policy requiring at least two qualified staff members to work together during a lockout procedure.  Radziwon was reportedly alone in the enclosure when she was attacked last Saturday.

>>Gasoline Prices Lower

(Portland, OR)  --  A gallon of gasoline in the Portland area costs less today.  According to Triple-A, regular gas averages just above three-28 a gallon, down more than a penny from yesterday.  It's also about seven cents a gallon cheaper than a week ago.

>>Portland State Wins Home Opener

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland State is now one-and-one on the young college basketball season after defeating Pacific Lutheran, 79-43.  The Vikings broke loose to start the second half by going 15-for-15 in field goals, enabling them to pull away from the Lutes.  Tim Douglas led Portland State with 16 points, eleven of them in the second half.  The Vikings will host Loyola of Chicago on November 22nd.

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>>Hales Says City Misspent Water And Sewer Money

(Portland, OR)  --  Mayor Charlie Hales tells "The Oregonian" the city of Portland misspent nearly 350-thousand dollars to buy office space for the Police Bureau in 2011.  Hales says about 70-thousand dollars of that money was from water and sewer ratepayers as the city scraped together one-point-six-million dollars to purchase the Penumbra Kelly Building.  The mayor says the actions were taken during the administration of his predecessor, Sam Adams.  The "Oregonian" hasn't been able to reach Adams for comment.

>>Washington County OKs Food-waste Composting Pilot

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A food-waste composting pilot program for businesses in Washington County will move forward after approval by the county's Board of Commissioners.  The program is intended to collect up to one-thousand tons of food waste from businesses in Hillsboro, Sherwood, Tualatin, and unincorporated areas in southern Washington County.  The waste will be transported to composting facilities outside the county.  The pilot will evaluate costs associated with composting, which is scheduled to begin in February.

>>Daimler Could Receive Loan For Job Creation

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland's Development Commission is considering a plan to grant Daimler an eight-million-dollar forgivable loan in exchange for a pledge to create a certain number of jobs at its new headquarters at Swan Island.  Daimler announced in September it will expand its Portland headquarters after the state and city governments offered incentives totaling 20-million dollars.  Under the proposal, if Daimler Trucks North America creates 400 jobs over five years, the loan will be forgiven, but would have to be paid back if not.

>>Gasoline Prices Get Even Lower

(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline in the Portland area continues to fall, according to Triple-A.  The average for regular fell more than a penny overnight, to just under three-30 a gallon.  That's six cents a gallon cheaper than a week ago.

>>Seahawks Rise In NFL Power Rankings

(Undated)  --  The Seattle Seahawks, after their smashing 33-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons, are now third in the weekly NFL power rankings, up from fourth last week.  The Seahawks trail only the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs and the Denver Broncos.  Seattle is nine-and-one for the first time in franchise history.  The Seahawks will host the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday.

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>>Arlington Church Fire Investigated

(Arlington, OR)  --  Investigators are trying to find out what caused a fire that gutted a historic church in Arlington.  The Arlington Church of the Nazarene, which was built in the 1890s, has been declared a total loss following the fire early yesterday morning.  In July, another fire burned the exterior of the church, and fire officials say it was likely a case of arson.  Investigators haven't determined whether the two fires are connected.

>>Tanker Spills Chemicals On Bridge

(Troutdale, OR)  --  Troutdale police are investigating after a tanker truck jackknifed and spilled chemicals on the Columbia River Bridge.  Authorities say the rear trailer hit a jersey barrier last night as the truck was making a right turn onto the bridge from Jordan Road.  Officials say the chemicals are hazardous in nature, but the leak was small.  Personnel from Gresham Fire, Troutdale Police, Corbett Fire, and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene.

>>Man Accused Of Groping Women Pleads Not Guilty

(Tualatin, OR)  --  Trial will be held for a Tualatin man who's accused of groping at least three women.  Twenty-eight-year-old Ian Billow has pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of sexual abuse and harassment relative to alleged attacks at the Avalon Park Apartments in Tigard and Atfalati Park in Tualatin.  Police believe there may have been other victims.  Bail has been set at 15-thousand dollars for Billow.

>>Machinists To Vote Today On Boeing Offer

(Everett, WA)  --  Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers are scheduled to vote today on a proposed eight-year contract extension offered by Boeing.  Many union members oppose the contract, which includes retirement concessions and higher health-care premiums.  But Boeing has guaranteed the 777X will be built in the Puget Sound area in exchange for the contract being ratified.  The Washington State Legislature recently approved nine-billion dollars in tax incentives for Boeing to secure the 777X project for Washington.

>>Portland Arena Football Team To Be Named 'Thunder'

(Portland, OR)  --  Officials with Portland's new Arena Football League team have decided on a nickname: "Thunder."  Team owner Terry Emmert says the idea was to come up with a powerful name that would define the team and the attitude of the franchise.  "Thunder" was chosen from hundreds of suggestions submitted by fans.  The first person to submit the winning name was Seth Johnson, who will receive a pair of season tickets.

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>>Sanctuary: Woman Killed By Cougar Didn't Follow Protocol

(Sherwood, OR)  --  Officials at a wild cat sanctuary in Sherwood say failure to follow protocol may have led to the cougar attack that killed 36-year-old Renee Radziwon-Chapman.  She was the head keeper at WildCat Haven and was attacked by the cougar Saturday night.  Officials say Radziwon-Chapman apparently brought a hose into the cougar's cage, which probably made the cougar behave violently.  Clackamas County sheriff's deputies say keepers are supposed to enter cages in pairs, but Radziwon-Chapman apparently entered the cage alone, which is against sanctuary protocol.

>>Oregon City Man Killed In Crash

(Madras, OR)  --  Oregon State Police are investigating a crash that killed in Oregon City man near Madras.  Troopers say 50-year-old Scott Joseph Young lost control of the Jeep he was driving along Highway 26 Sunday morning and struck a culvert.  The Jeep went airborne and landed upside down.  Police say Young was found dead inside the Jeep several hours after the crash is believed to have occurred.   

>>Tualatin Man Accused Of Groping Women

(Washington County, OR)  --  A Tualatin man is facing charges after being accused of groping several women.  Authorities say 28-year-old Ian Billow allegedly groped two women at an apartment complex on Southwest Pacific Highway in unincorporated Washington County on two occasions, once on November 3rd and another on November 8th.  Police say Billow also tried to grope a woman who was jogging in Atfalati Park.  Billow is charged with multiple counts, including third-degree sexual abuse and harassment.

>>Elderly Woman Mauled By Pit Bull

(Castle Rock, WA)  --  Cowlitz County authorities say an 89-year-old woman is being hospitalized after she was mauled by a pit bull.  Officials say Bernita Kessler suffered a deep wound to her arm during the attack by the ten-year-old dog.  The incident happened yesterday afternoon as Kessler was walking past a house on 1st Avenue Southwest in Castle Rock.  The owner of the pit bull was fined and the dog is under ten-day quarantine.    

>>Union Members Protest Boeing Contract Offer

(Everett, WA)  --  Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers are urging a "no" vote on a proposed contract extension offered to the union by Boeing.  About 200 machinists gathered yesterday outside their union hall near Paine Field in Everett to protest the offer, which would guarantee Boeing's 777X will be built in Washington but includes reductions in retirement and health benefits.  The Washington Legislature has approved a package of tax incentives designed to ensure the 777X will be assembled in Washington rather than elsewhere.  The union is set to vote tomorrow on the contract offer.

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>>Police: Robber Threatened Employees With Possible Explosives

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Vancouver police believe the same man is suspected of robbing two Mary Jane's House of Glass locations in less than two weeks.  Authorities say the suspect, who had a mask over his face and wore a hooded sweatshirt during one of the robberies, told employees at both stores he had an explosive device and threatened to use it if they didn't meet his demands.  The suspect is described as a man with a slight build and long blond hair.  No one was injured in either robbery. 

>>Former Blazers Owes Multnomah County 150-Thousand

(Portland, OR)  --  Multnomah County officials say former Portland Trail Blazer Rasheed Wallace owes the county more than 150-thousand dollars in property taxes.  Wallace, who made about 80-million dollars during his stint with the Blazers, owned a nine-thousand-square-foot house in Southwest Portland.  The county says there are liens against the home, on which Wallace last made a property tax payment in 2011.  Wallace is currently an assistant coach for the Detroit Pistons, who visited the Blazers last night. 

>>Gas Prices Down

(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline in the Portland area continues to fall, according to Triple-A.  The average for a gallon of regular is just under three-31, down a half-cent from yesterday.  It's also more than seven cents a gallon below the average at this time last week.

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