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(Vancouver, WA)  --  Officials say a Clark County Jail inmate who suffered a medical emergency last month died of lack of oxygen to his brain.  Mycheal J. Lynch of Vancouver died on March 22nd, two days after being booked on multiple charges.  Authorities say Lynch resisted when deputies tried to move him and was restrained, after which the medical emergency took place.  The Clark County Sheriff's Office told "The Oregonian" the investigation into Lynch's death is continuing.

(Lake Oswego, OR)  --  Police are investigating a bomb threat made at Lake Oswego Junior High School.  Bomb-disposal personnel searched the school yesterday morning after the threat, which had been written on a bathroom wall, was found.  Students were moved out of the school while the search took place.  No explosive devices were found and students returned to class.  

(Beaverton, OR)  --  Beaverton police report no known injuries after shots were fired yesterday afternoon.  Authorities say the gunshots were heard in the area between Hall Boulevard and Lombardi Avenue, and officers found several shell casings on Southwest 12th Street.  Officials say six people in an apartment in the area have been interviewed, but there's no word on a suspect.

(Seattle, WA)  --  Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley is under federal indictment after being accused of filing false tax returns.  Kelley has pleaded not guilty to those counts, as well as charges of attempted obstruction and possession of stolen property.  The indictment charges that Kelley committed the crimes in connection with a mortgage title services company he led prior to his election in 2012.  Governor Jay Inslee and other state officials are calling on Kelley to resign.

(Portland, OR)  --  Land near the Hawthorne Bridge will be the site of a new Multnomah County courthouse.  County commissioners voted yesterday to choose the site following geotechnical tests.  The commissioners say the site was chosen because the land is already owned by the county.  Construction of the courthouse is slated to begin in late 2016.

(Portland, OR)  --  A music teacher at Portland's Reynolds High School is accused of sending hundreds of personal text messages to students, even after being told to stop.  School district officials say Reynolds band teacher Justin Prunk sent inappropriate messages to four female students during the 2012-13 school year.  Officials say an investigation led to Prunk's teaching certificate being suspended for a year.

(Salem, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown is slated today to deliver her first State of the State address.  Today marks two months since Brown took over as Oregon governor, following the resignation of John Kitzhaber.  Kitzhaber and his fiancee are the subjects of an influence-peddling investigation.  Brown says her speech will include outlining her main priority for the state, which is to ensure economic recovery to give Oregonians the opportunity to make a better life for their families.

(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill that would ban the sale of powdered alcohol in Washington is awaiting the governor's signature.  The Senate has given the final legislative nod to the bill, after initially voting to legalize powdered alcohol and give it the same restrictions as hard liquor.  A number of safety concerns were raised after the initial vote, from the product's potential appeal to children to suggestions the powdered mix could be misused in dangerous ways.

(Dallas, TX)  --  The aunt of a man accused of killing two people in Portland is coming to his defense.  Gwendolyn Dixon of Dallas, Texas, says she doesn't believe Colby Robinson was a killer because he had a good personality.  Dixon says her nephew was visiting Portland last week for his birthday.  Robinson, who was shot and killed Tuesday by police in a Dallas suburb, is accused of killing 33-year-old Gary Pham and 41-year-old Susie Chang, and critically wounding 35-year-old Andrew Pham, at an apartment in Southeast Portland on April 10th.

(Oregon City, OR)  --  Police continue to investigate the death of a seven-month-old baby in Oregon City.  No arrests have been made so far in the death of Izaak Gillen, who was brought from a babysitter's home to a hospital on April 6th with a skull fracture.  Oregon City police say the baby's death is being investigated as a homicide.  Officials say it will likely be several days before details of what happened are released.

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges of attempted murder in connection with a shooting that followed a birthday celebration.  Michael Damone Kent is accused of shooting his sister-in-law and a man as they sat in a vehicle outside Binks Bar on Northeast Alberta nearly two weeks ago.  Police say Kent became upset and jumped out of the car, then shot Tenniel Scott and Nehemiah Vaughan, who sped away from the scene but were involved in a crash moments later.  Both are expected to recover.

(Salem, OR)  --  A former employee with the Oregon Department of Human Services is accused of stealing thousands of dollars in welfare benefits.  Authorities say 29-year-old Danielle Straw took at least 60-thousand dollars from the agency from May 2009 to December 2014.  Straw worked as a human services specialist for DHS.  She's scheduled to make her next court appearance in June.

(Portland, OR)  --  Prices at the gas pump are slightly lower in the Portland area.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular is two-66 a gallon, down a half-cent from yesterday.  It's also nearly three cents a gallon under the average of a week ago.

(Portland, OR)  --  Officials say a man who was wanted in a double murder in Portland has been shot and killed by police in Texas.  Authorities say 26-year-old Colby Robinson was shot last night while trying to evade capture in DeSoto, Texas, a Dallas suburb.  Robinson, who was a resident of Dallas, was wanted in connection with a shooting in Southeast Portland that killed 33-year-old Dat Pham and 41-year-old Sut-Leng Chang last Friday.  Thirty-five-year-old Andrew Pham was critically wounded.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say the driver of a car that slammed into a Southeast Portland game store had a blood-alcohol content of point-247.  The crash happened on April 2nd at Red Castle Games on Foster and 58th Avenue in Portland.  Myles Jacob Nees is facing charges that include felony eluding a police officer, felony driving while suspended, and misdemeanor driving while under the influence of intoxicants.  Police say Nees drove at speeds of up to 85 miles per hour in a 35-mile-an-hour zone and rear-ended another vehicle after running a red light.

(Eugene, OR)  --  The University of Oregon has a new president.  Michael Schill, who will become the school's 18th president, has been serving as dean and Harry N. Wyatt professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School.  Schill was chosen among four finalists, and will take over as president on July 1st.  He'll succeed Michael Gottfredson, who was Oregon's president for two years before resigning last August.

(Oregon City, OR)  --  Oregon City police are investigating the death of a seven-month-old baby as a homicide.  Authorities say the infant was injured earlier this month at a babysitter's home in Oregon City.  The child was brought to a hospital with a skull fracture and died on April 7th.  Police say the baby's parents have fully cooperated with the investigation.

(Eugene, OR)  --  The National Weather Service is investigating reports of a small tornado in Eugene.  Witnesses reported the twister touched down in a parking lot at Lane Community College shortly after four p.m. yesterday, lifting and overturning two cars and damaging two others.  No injuries were reported.

(Portland, OR)  --  The proposed budget for Portland Public Schools aims to restore all-day kindergarten and increase the number of teachers.  Superintendent Carole Smith presented the 579-million-dollar budget last night, saying the goals of the plan include accelerating third-grade reading, reducing exclusionary discipline, and speeding up graduation and completion.  The School Board will hold town-hall meetings on the proposed budget, one at Franklin High School on the evening of April 21st and the other at Roosevelt High School on the 27th.

(Portland, OR)  --  Drivers in the Portland area are paying slightly less for gasoline.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is down about a half-cent from yesterday, at just under two-67 a gallon.  That's three cents cheaper than a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-39 a gallon.

(Aloha, OR)  --  Sheriff's deputies say a fight between two 15-year-old girls in Aloha ended with one of them being stabbed.  The Washington County Sheriff's Office says the altercation happened around 8:20 last night at Aloha-Huber Park School.  Deputies say the fight was prearranged to "air out some grievances," and it ended when one of the teens was stabbed multiple times.  She's expected to survive, and the accused assailant is being held on charges of second-degree assault.

(Portland, OR)  --  About one-thousand commercial-building owners in Portland could be required to report their energy use to the city.  The City Council is scheduled Wednesday to vote on an ordinance under which those figures would have to be reported every year to the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.  The city would begin publicizing the reports, and officials say the aim is to encourage reduced energy use to help in the fight against climate change.  The "Portland Tribune" reports the new law would apply to buildings over 50-thousand square feet next year, and over 20-thousand square feet in 2017.

(Portland, OR)  --  Triple-A reports gas prices are still falling in the Portland area.  The current average for regular is about two-67 a gallon, down three cents a gallon from a week ago.  Regular gas sold in the Portland area for about two-90 a gallon at this point in March.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police continue their investigation of a shooting that killed two people and seriously wounded a third at an apartment in Southeast Portland.  The Friday night shooting at the unit near Southeast Division Street and 85th Avenue killed 33-year-old Dat Pham and 41-year-old Sut-Leng Chang.  Thirty-five-year-old Andrew Toan Pham is listed in critical condition, and an infant who was also in the apartment wasn't injured.  Police have made no arrests.

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A man accused of being under the influence while driving is in custody after crashing into the yard of a Hillsboro residence.  Police say 30-year-old Mathew White drove his Toyota pickup through a fence and into the yard on Old Cornelius Pass Road yesterday afternoon.  White was injured, and was arrested on DUII charges while at the hospital.  Police say witnesses saw White traveling at high speeds before the crash.

(Salem, OR)  --  Authorities are searching for a Dallas, Oregon couple accused in a check-fraud spree.  Marion County sheriff's deputies say Bobbi Ann Finley, also known as Bobbi Ann House, and her husband are accused of writing more than 13-thousand dollars in bad checks across the U.S. since March 11th.  Investigators say Bobbi House is called the "Military Mistress" because she's married 15 U.S. service members, including her current husband, Zackerie House.  Authorities say the couple has been traveling in a stolen 2005 Cadillac Escalade with Oregon license plate 535 BWP.

(Scotts Mill, OR)  --  A bull mastiff is recovering from a broken leg after falling 150 feet off a cliff in Marion County.  A group of volunteers from the Oregon Humane Society in Portland rescued the dog, named Ranger, after he fell Tuesday during a hike with his owner near Butte Creek Falls.  Firefighters from the Crooked Finger Station of the Silverton Fire District were on standby yesterday as the group executed the rescue after hiking to the area where the dog landed.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland homicide detectives are working to determine what caused the death of a man who was found under the Morrison Bridge.  The body was found yesterday evening, and the investigation forced closure of one southbound traffic lane of Southwest Naito Parkway.  Police believe the man was homeless.  They say he may have been involved in a fight with another homeless man before he died.

(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon lawmakers are considering legislation that could erase criminal charges for certain marijuana-related offenses.  The bills include one that could result in dropped charges for someone who was cited with possession of one ounce of pot or growing four plants in their home.  Measure 91, which goes into effect in July, makes those acts legal.  KATU-TV reports many prosecutors' offices have either dropped pending marijuana cases or stopped pursuing new charges since Measure 91 was approved.

(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill that's described as the first major policy change inspired by the deadly Oso, Washington landslide is awaiting the governor's signature.  Under the bill, which won final legislative passage yesterday, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources would be tasked with expanding advanced landform mapping and make the resulting data widely available on the Internet.  The department would collect and publish detailed information on landslide-prone areas in the state.  Officials told the Everett "Herald" that the information would be valuable for property owners in assessing geologic threats.

(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline in the Portland area is slightly lower.  Triple-A's latest survey shows a gallon of regular averages about two-69, down a half-cent from yesterday.  It's also three-and-a-half cents below the average of a week ago.

(Portland, OR)  --  Another shipping line says it will no longer do business at the Port of Portland.  Officials told "The Oregonian" that Hapag-Lloyd has served notice it will no longer stop at the port.  The shipping firm is the second to end its business with the Port of Portland, as Hanjin Shipping Company made a similar announcement last month.  The firms together made up nearly all of the business at the port's Terminal six.

(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon lawmakers will consider a proposal to eliminate the High Occupancy Vehicle lane, or HOV lane, on I-five in Portland.  Under the measure, the state Department of Transportation would not be allowed to restrict the use of any lane of I-five in Portland based on the number of occupants traveling in a vehicle.  The bill is awaiting a hearing in the House Transportation and Economic Development Committee.

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man is accused of causing multiple injuries to his three-month-old son, including a skull fracture.  Jason Anzaldi is being held in the Multnomah County Detention center after being arrested on multiple counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment.  Police say the boy was brought to a hospital on March 22nd for treatment of a serious head injury and physicians said he was also found to have suffered broken ribs, an ankle fracture and bites to his foot.  Anzaldi was arraigned yesterday and is due in court again on April 15th.

(Aumsville, OR)  --  Meteorologists are reporting a funnel cloud was sighted over Aumsville yesterday afternoon.  Area residents reported the funnel as it appeared shortly after 5:00 p.m.  The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement as a storm system swept through the area.  Forecasters say the funnel dissipated before it had a chance to touch down.

(Portland, OR)  --  A proposed pipeline terminal is closer to making its way to Portland, despite protests from hundreds of demonstrators.  The city's Planning and Sustainability Commission has voted to amend a zoning code in order to allow the Pembina Pipeline terminal.  Demonstrators gathered yesterday outside the commission's public hearing to rally against the pipeline.  Pembina, which is based in Canada, is hoping to bring 37-thousand barrels of propane via pipeline through the Port of Portland, have it stored here, then transfer it by ship to Asia.

(Arlington, WA)  --  A clean-tech business based in Arlington, Washington is apparently unable to pay its bills.  The Everett "Herald" reports MicroGreen Polymers is being foreclosed on by one of its largest investors, Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde in Oregon.  MicroGreen closed its doors Friday, and company officials haven't commented, though a spokesperson for the tribes said it had not been able to meet its financial obligations.  In 2013, the tribes reportedly invested 18-million dollars in the company, which was known for its plastic cups made from recycled materials.

(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline is still slowly falling in the Portland area.  Triple-A reports regular gas is averaging about two-69 a gallon, down a half-cent from yesterday.  It's also four cents a gallon below the average of a week ago.

(Salem, OR)  --  A seven-point-three-billion-dollar package of education legislation is on its way to Governor Kate Brown.  The Oregon State Senate approved the fund yesterday, despite objections from Republicans, who say it's inadequate.  The fund contains 600-million dollars more than the fund for the current fiscal period, which ends June 30th.  The budget's floor manager told the "Portland Tribune" it will boost funding by 100 dollars per student and cushion them from most cutbacks.

(Tigard, OR)  --  One person is being treated for injuries, following a building collapse in Tigard.  The collapse happened around two o'clock yesterday afternoon at Kayu International on Southwest Greenburg Road.  Officials say a forklift crashed into a structural support post, resulting in a partial collapse of the building and minor injuries to the forklift operator.  The 15-thousand-square-foot building was evacuated as a result of the mishap.

(Salem, OR)  --  Emails released by the state show Cylvia Hayes played an influential role in the administration of her fiance, then-Governor John Kitzhaber.  KATU-TV reports a December 2013 email included instructions from Hayes that her detailed policy agenda be "kept confidential."  Hayes wrote that her mission was to "help make the transition to an economy that is environmentally restorative and provides opportunities for people to prosper no matter their birth status."  Kitzhaber, prior to his resignation, told reporters that Hayes was neither his adviser nor a public official.

(Albany, OR)  --  The principal of South Albany High School says a fire that ripped through a school building last week was "devastating."  Classes resumed yesterday at the school, where someone set fire to the cafeteria building and caused considerable damage.  School officials told KATU-TV that insurance will cover damage to the building, but not its contents, which included personal items such as musical instruments and costumes.  Police have arrested 28-year-old Zachary Burghart, who's accused of setting fire to the building.

(Woodburn, OR)  --  A 15-year-old boy is facing multiple charges after being accused of firing shots at a house in Woodburn.  Police say a bullet traveled through a front window around 1:20 Saturday morning and missed a resident of the home who was asleep at the time.  Authorities say the bullet traveled through several walls before exiting through a bedroom.  Police say the teen was arrested Sunday night, at which time a nine-millimeter handgun was found in his waistband.

(Portland, OR)  --  Triple-A is reporting lower gas prices in the Portland area.  The average for regular is about two-70 a gallon, a half-cent cheaper than yesterday.  It's also about six cents a gallon below the average of a week ago.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating a shooting that wounded a man and a woman in Northeast Portland.  Authorities say a suspect or suspects fired into a car carrying three people after it drove away from a bar early yesterday morning.  Police say after the car crashed near the intersection of Northeast 28th Avenue and Alberta Street, all three people inside the car, including the two who were wounded, tried to run away.  The person who escaped injury has not been found.  No suspects have been identified.

(Bellevue, WA)  --  Bellevue, Washington police are looking for a man who's wanted in a murder, and investigators say he could be in Portland.  Thirty-year-old Song Wang, who was reportedly spotted in Portland Saturday, is accused of committing the murder last Tuesday night at a Bellevue apartment complex, where a woman's body was found in a sixth-floor unit that had been set on fire.  Authorities say the woman died of traumatic injuries.  Wang, who's considered armed and dangerous, is described as standing five-feet-eight, weighing 160 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

(Oregon City, OR)  --  An Oregon City teenager who had been reported missing is now back home with her family.  Officials say 16-year-old Sierra Harper had not been seen since she prepared to go to school Thursday morning.  Police were contacted when the teen failed to return home Thursday afternoon.  Authorities say the girl texted a friend Saturday and reported she was okay, and was found yesterday at a Portland home before she was reunited with her family.

(Eugene, OR)  --  Police say a camera that was set up by a house sitter to monitor the owner's pet cats helped lead to the arrests of two burglary suspects in Eugene.  Authorities say the images caught on the video, which was shot last Wednesday and posted on the Internet, led to the identification of a man who was seen entering the home near the University of Oregon campus and leaving with property.  Richard Aaron Dutra is facing charges of first-degree burglary, and his girlfriend, Cynthia Annette Winters, is charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a man who's accused of kidnapping his girlfriend and leading officers on a high-speed chase is behind bars.  Authorities say 25-year-old Brandon Jacob Gooding led police into Oregon from Washington at speeds of up to 125 miles per hour late Saturday night.  The chase ended in Portland at the intersection of Southeast 92nd Avenue and Holgate Boulevard, when three patrol cars crashed with Gooding's vehicle.  Two police officers sustained minor injuries, as did Gooding, who was booked yesterday morning into the Multnomah County Jail.

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland City Council is slated this week to address a proposal to allow ride-share companies to operate in the city.  Commissioner Steve Novick told the "Portland Tribune" that if the ride-share ordinance passes, Portland Bureau of Transportation director Leah Treat will have the authority to issue four-month permits for ride-share companies to operate pilot programs.  The council is scheduled to take up the proposal Thursday.

(Albany, OR)  --  Police say the vehicle believed to be involved in a deadly hit-and-run in Albany has been found.  Authorities say 29-year-old Jerrell Ridley Stevens True of Albany was walking along Century Drive near Kizer Avenue either late Friday night or early Saturday morning when he was hit and killed.  Investigators got a possible description of the vehicle Saturday and announced yesterday that it had been located.  No other details have been released.

(Richland, WA)  --  A Washington florist who refused to provide flowers for a gay couple's wedding is the focus of an online campaign that's collected more than 94-thousand-dollars in donations.  Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene's Flowers in Richland, was ordered to pay a one-thousand-dollar fine last month after refusing to do floral arrangements for the same-sex wedding.  A judge ruled Stutzman had violated state consumer-protection laws, which prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.  In February, supporters of Stutzman created a GoFundMe page, which has raised more than half of its total amount in the last 36 hours as debate continues over religious-freedom laws and LGBT rights.

(Salem, OR)  --  A bill that would make it illegal to take or circulate unauthorized "upskirt" or "downblouse" photos is moving through the Oregon Legislature.  The measure would close loopholes in the state's privacy laws, under which taking and distributing unauthorized photos or videos of someone's private areas is not against the law in every case.  The bill is now on its way to the Senate.

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A convicted rapist who's turning 18-years-old today will be transferred from the Oregon Youth Authority to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.  Jaime Tinoco, who pleaded guilty to raping a woman outside Autzen Stadium last September after an Oregon game, is now accused of stabbing Nicole Laube to death outside Timber Creek apartments last August.  Authorities say investigators discovered evidence linking Tinoco to the murder after he admitted to the rape.  He pleaded not guilty to the murder during his arraignment yesterday.

(Portland, OR)  --  A new audit report shows the city of Portland needs to do a better job of managing the property it owns.  City Auditor Mary Hull Caballero says lack of a comprehensive inventory makes Portland unable to "pro actively manage its properties and buildings."  The audit also says the city disposes of properties inconsistently because of inadequate policy.  Mayor Charlie Hales told the "Portland Tribune" he agrees with the audit's recommendation that Portland compile a central property list and develop a consistent policy for identifying and disposing of surplus properties.

(Albany, OR)  --  A suspect is in custody after being accused of setting fire to South Albany High School.  Authorities say 28-year-old Zachary Lee Burghart has been booked on charges of arson and criminal mischief, as well as charges of hit-and-run for crashing into a parked vehicle and damaging the gates outside the school.  The cafeteria building at South Albany High was heavily damaged by the four-alarm fire early Wednesday morning.  Police say Burghart is a Navy veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

(Portland, OR)  --  A 17-year-old who was convicted of raping a woman near Autzen Stadium last September is under indictment for the murder of a woman at a Cedar Mill apartment complex.  The indictment was handed up last night against Jaime Tinoco, containing charges of aggravated murder and unlawful use of a weapon in connection the death of Nicole Laube, who was fatally stabbed last August.  Officials say Tinoco was on probation when each crime was committed.  KGW-TV reports Tinoco is being held at the Long juvenile facility until he turns 18 tomorrow, at which time he'll be moved to the Washington County Jail.

(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities say a Portland man died after his clothes caught fire as he was warming himself.  Police say the 45-year-old man was getting warm by an open fire early yesterday morning in the area of North Ivanhoe and North Charleston streets, when his clothes ignited and he suffered severe burns.  He was rushed to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, where he later died.  His name hasn't been released.

(Gresham, OR)  --  Gresham police are again investigating a murder that took place more than 20 years ago.  Officers found the body of 39-year-old Conan Lee Walery at his home on Northeast Marine Drive in December 1994.  The police department says the case has been re-opened because of "new and credible information" that's come to light.  No details have been released.

(Albany, OR)  --  Damage is estimated at more than one-million-dollars, following a four-alarm fire that ripped through a building at South Albany High School.  Investigators are trying to determine what caused the blaze, which occupied as many as 15 different fire agencies and 70 firefighters.  Officials say the fire broke out early yesterday morning in the cafeteria building and part of the roof collapsed around 5:30 a.m.  No injuries have been reported.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland-area fuel prices are still dropping.  Triple-A's latest survey shows the average for regular is about two-72 a gallon, a penny lower than yesterday.  It's also six-cents a gallon below the average at this time last week.

(Portland, OR)  --  The City of Portland is hitting up former residents who are considered art-tax scofflaws.  City officials told KATU-TV that tens of thousands of taxpayers who didn't file returns during the past three years will be receiving notices, if they haven't already, assessing what they owe for the art tax.  That includes former Portland residents, some from as far away as Alaska.  The city has a law requiring every Portlander 18 or older, who has any sort of income, to pay the 35-dollar art tax each year.

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Washington County authorities are looking for a convicted sex offender who's failed to report to his parole officer.  Officials say 26-year-old Robert Edward Foster was recently convicted after he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a bathroom on the Portland State University campus.  Deputies say Foster served 90 days in jail, but his current location is unknown.  He's described as white, standing six feet tall, weighing 170 pounds, with brown hair and eyes.

(Seattle, WA)  --  An AMBER Alert for a 23-month-old boy from Seattle is now cancelled.  Police say Aaron Lopez was illegally taken by his father after the man robbed the child's mother.  Authorities say 24-year-old Daniel Lopez-Andino drove away yesterday evening with his son in a silver BMW.  Police say the toddler was found safe early this morning and his father has been arrested.

(Portland, OR)  --  A new bike-theft task force is now part of the Portland Police Bureau.  Officials say the purpose is to reduce the growing number of bicycle thefts in Portland.  Residents will be able to go online and report stolen bikes, contribute tips or register bicycles in the event they're stolen.  The web page can be found on the Police Bureau section of the City of Portland's website.

(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon state officials are warning residents about an IRS-related scam.  The state Department of Justice says intended victims receive phone calls from someone claiming to be with the IRS, threatening property seizure unless the target sends money owed to the tax agency.  The Justice Department told KOIN-TV that victims of the scam in Oregon have lost more than 77-thousand-dollars.  Officials say if you have tax issues, the IRS will contact you exclusively by mail and will not ask you to wire money or send it via pre-paid debit card.

(Jacksonville, OR)  --  The man credited with inventing the "pet rock" is dead at age 78.  Gary Dahl, who grew up in Spokane, died on March 23rd in Jacksonville, Oregon, following a series of health problems.  Dahl's daughter says he made the pet rocks for a dollar apiece and sold them for four dollars each during their heyday in the mid-1970s.  Dahl once said the idea came to him after hearing people complain about their pets and he began marketing a "pet" that needed no care.

(Portland, OR)  --  Gasoline prices continue to fall in the Portland area.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular is two-73 a gallon, down two-cents from yesterday.  It's also six-cents a gallon below the average of a week ago.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Mayor Charlie Hales is implementing a suspension of all city-funded travel to Indiana.  Hales made the announcement yesterday in response to a new Indiana law that's intended to protect businesses who practice their religious beliefs, but is being slammed by critics as an excuse to discriminate against gays and lesbians.  The Portland City Council is slated to take up the issue tomorrow.  Washington Governor Inslee has issued a ban on state-funded travel to Indiana.

(Portland, OR)  --  One of the most popular animals at the Oregon Zoo is dead after being euthanized.  The Indian elephant named Rama was put to sleep after veterinarians determined that pain and mobility problems related to a 25-year-old leg injury were too much for him to bear any longer.  Zoo officials say Rama was diagnosed in 2013 with tuberculosis, but the disease wasn't a factor leading up to his being put down.

(Gresham, OR)  --  Police continue to search for a Gresham woman who's been missing since March 24th.  Authorities say that's when 74-year-old Diane Holcom was last seen at her home, and family members fear she's become lost and is having a difficult time finding her way back home.  Holcom is described as white, five-feet-ten, weighing 130 pounds, with blonde hair.  Anyone knowing Diane Holcom's whereabouts is asked to call 503-823-3333.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say they've arrested a man who was armed with knives and in mental crisis outside Lloyd Center mall.  Police Bureau Sergeant Pete Simpson told "The Oregonian" the man called 911 and threatened to hurt police, and claimed to have a gun.  After speaking with police negotiators for about two hours, the man surrendered and was taken to a hospital.  Simpson says the man will be undergoing a mental evaluation.

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Sheriff's deputies say an inmate has committed suicide at the Clark County Jail.  Officials say the inmate was found in his cell, unresponsive, around 5:05 p.m. yesterday.  Medical staff attempted to revive the man, but he was pronounced dead about 20 minutes later.  The Regional Major Crimes Team is investigating.

(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon lawmakers are considering a measure that would ban powdered alcohol in the state.  The alcoholic drink mix, known as Palcohol, is already banned in five other states.  Supporters of the bill say the substance would lead to increases in alcohol abuse, especially among kids.  Lawmakers in Washington are considering a similar bill.

(Portland, OR)  --  TriMet officials say five new buses are in service in the Portland area.  The new vehicles are replacing five of the oldest buses in the TriMet fleet, as part of the transit agency's accelerated bus-replacement program.  The "Portland Tribune" reports TriMet's budget for next year is calling for the purchase of 77 more new buses, which would give the transit service 326 newer buses on the road.

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