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(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland police officer is on reassignment to desk duty, after he issued a tweet about the Black Lives Matter and Don't Shoot Portland protests planned for Friday.  The Police Bureau says Officer John Hurlman posted the tweet, which said "Black Lives Matter is planning to protest at Lloyd Center on black Friday. Oh joy, stuck late again at work to babysit these fools."  Acting Police Chief Donna Henderson says Hurlman's tweet is not a reflection on how members of the Police Bureau view community groups or their peaceful expression of free speech.  Hurlman's wife told KATU-TV that her husband has a good heart and wasn't trying to belittle the protesters' cause.

(Beaverton, OR)  --  Investigators are trying to find the cause of a two-alarm fire at the Bazaar Market and Restaurant in Beaverton.  The fire broke out last night at the building on Southwest Canyon Road.  No injuries were reported.  Firefighters remained at the scene after the fire was knocked down to monitor hot spots. 

(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities say there were no signs of foul play in the death of a man whose body was pulled from the Willamette River.  Police say 33-year-old Eugene Vibar had not been seen since November first as he left a Halloween party to go for a walk.  Vibar's body was pulled from the river Monday near the Fremont Bridge.  The cause of death has been ruled as drowning. 

(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities say a vehicle crashed into a utility pole in Southeast Portland, causing power outages for thousands of Portland General Electric customers.  The crash happened around 5:09 yesterday morning in the area of 124th and Powell.  Power was out for about seven-thousand customers for several hours before crews brought it back on line. 

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A man who's accused of sexually abusing students of his guitar-instruction classes is behind bars.  Prosecutors say 33-year-old Shaun Toman of Cornelius abused three students while giving lessons in Hillsboro between 2001 and 2006.  Toman, who's facing multiple charges, is a member of a local rockabilly band called The Twangshifters.  His bail is set at one-point-78-million dollars. 

(Portland, OR)  --  Fuel prices are still falling as the Thanksgiving holiday arrives.  Triple-A's latest survey shows the Portland-area average for regular is two-36 a gallon, a half-cent lower than yesterday.  It's also about four cents below the average of a week ago.  

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  An Aloha man is headed to prison, after being convicted for a second time of murdering his mother.  Fifty-nine-year-old Michael Lee Reineke got a new trial after a successful appeal, but was again found guilty last Thursday of strangling 78-year-old Norma Louise Gordon with a phone cord.  The murder occurred in June 2010 at the Aloha home the two shared.  Reineke received the same sentence as before, life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years. 

(Portland, OR)  --  Officials say nearly 50 cars were towed in Northwest Portland as city workers came through to sweep leaves from the streets.  The Bureau of Transportation says 49 cars had been towed away by 1:30 yesterday afternoon.  PBOT says rules are clearly laid out for Leaf Pickup Day, but apparently not everyone got the message.  Officials told KGW-TV that where towing takes place, "no parking" barricades are set out at least a day in advance. 

(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline continues to fall in the Portland area.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular is two-36 a gallon, about a half-cent lower than yesterday.  It's also four cents below the average at this time last week. 

(Corvallis, OR)  --  Police say they've located the driver involved in a deadly hit-and-run near Corvallis.  Authorities say the crash occurred around ten o'clock Sunday morning, when a pedestrian was hit on Highway 34 east of Corvallis.  The victim is identified as 34-year-old Shiloh Sundstrom of Deadwood.  The name of the driver hasn't been released. 

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A woman who's wanted for murder in Washington is in custody in Oregon.  Authorities say Raven Cutler, who has 16 convictions on her record, was apprehended last night in Washington County.  Cutler is accused of murdering a 54-year-old Yakima woman.  Police say the victim was shot multiple times and left on the side of a rural road. 

(Woodburn, OR)  --  A man is facing charges, after being accused of exposing himself at a Walgreen's in Woodburn.  Fifty-three-year-old William Gallagher is accused of exposing himself to two different store clerks at the pharmacy on November 3rd and November 20th.  He's been cited on two counts of public indecency. 

(Olympia, WA)  --  Health officials are investigating E. coli-related illnesses believed to be linked to chicken salad purchased last month at Costco stores in Washington.  At least one case has been confirmed in King County, related to the consumption of chicken salad made with rotisserie chicken.  E. coli illnesses have also been linked to Costco chicken salad sold in Colorado, Montana, and Utah.  Washington's health department says it's working with the Centers for Disease Control to determine the exact source. 

(Portland, OR)  --  A convicted rapist and kidnapper who failed to report to his parole officer is being sought.  Portland police say Dennis John Davis has a lengthy criminal history that includes rape, kidnapping, and property crimes.  He was released from prison in June, but is now considered a fugitive.  Davis is 56 years old, white, five-feet-nine, weighing 197 pounds with gray hair and blue eyes, and last known to be in the Forest Park-Washington Park area during the weekend. 

(Eugene, OR)  --  Authorities say a bicyclist who was killed in Eugene was wearing dark clothing and had no reflective material on her bike at the time.  Sheriff's deputies say 54-year-old Kimberly Wyatt was hit from the back by a car traveling in the same traffic lane on Oregon 99W around nine o'clock Thursday night.  Ed Lagrone was driving the pickup truck that hit Wyatt, who died at the scene.  The crash remains under investigation. 

(Salem, OR)  --  A 24-year-old Corvallis man is dead, following a single-car crash near Salem.  Police say the crash took place around 2:30 yesterday morning on Highway 22.  Troopers say witnesses reported the vehicle was traveling at about 100 miles per hour when it went out of control and slammed into a light pole, killing the passenger, Christopher Duane Liddell.  The driver, 28-year-old James Allen Young of Independence, is being treated for serious injuries. 

(Portland, OR)  --  A new poll shows about 60 percent of voters statewide support a proposed ballot measure to increase business taxes.  The DHM Research survey also says support for the measure drops slightly when voters are presented with arguments against it.  The firm told the "Portland Tribune" campaigns both for and against Initiative Petition 28 will likely be expensive if the measure qualifies for the November 2016 ballot. 

(Gladstone, OR)  --  Clackamas County sheriff's deputies say they've recovered the body of a man who drowned in the Willamette River at Meldrum Bar Park in Gladstone.  Officials say three people were in an SUV that submerged yesterday afternoon as it was returning from a small island near the boat ramp.  Two of the people were able to get out safely, but the victim was not.  Deputies say a someone in a passing boat tried to get the victim out of the water, but was unsuccessful. 

(Portland, OR)  --  Gasoline prices are heading down as the Thanksgiving holiday grows closer.   The latest Triple-A survey shows the average in the Portland area for regular is two-37 a gallon, four cents below the average of a week ago.  At this time last year, regular gas in Portland averaged about three-oh-two a gallon. 

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking for a man who attempted to abduct a teenage girl in Northeast Portland.  Officials say the 13-year-old girl was walking to a bus stop in the 52-hundred block of Northeast 92nd Avenue on Friday when she was pushed to the ground by the suspect, who then grabbed her.  She told police she was dragged for several blocks, but was able to run away after a man in a green truck saw what was happening and confronted the suspect.  Authorities say the suspect is described as black, in his 30s, about six feet tall, wearing a white T-shirt, dark pants, and a red Chicago Bulls cap.

(Eugene, OR)  --  A Washington woman is in custody, following a meth bust in Eugene.  Oregon State Police say 55-year-old Teri Baker of Kent, Washington was pulled over Friday night for speeding on Interstate 5, after which troopers found 24 pounds of crystal meth in her car.  "The Oregonian" reports Baker was booked on suspicion of unlawful possession and delivery of methamphetamine. 

(Amity, OR)  --  A man who worked as a traffic flagger on Highway 99W near Amity is being hospitalized after being hit by a car.  The stretch of road was shut down for several hours last night while Oregon State Police investigated.  The man is listed in serious condition at a Portland hospital.  There's no word on what caused the crash. 

(Beaverton, OR)  --  Investigators are trying to determine what caused a fire that displaced six adults and a child from a condominium in Beaverton.  The blaze was reported at the Farmington Road condo around 3:30 yesterday afternoon.  Firefighters had it under control in about 30 minutes.  No one was injured in the fire.

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police have a wanted man in custody after he crashed into a vehicle and then into an Arby's restaurant in Vancouver.  Authorities say the suspect sped through a construction zone on Interstate 205 and was chased by a state trooper onto the Mill Plain exit before crashing into the restaurant.  Police say the trooper used a Taser on the suspect, who tried to flee the scene on foot.  Officials say 25-year-old Jonathan Carroll had several outstanding warrants for his arrest. 

(Salem, OR)  --  State officials say Oregon's unemployment rate fell to six-point-two-percent in October, compared to six-point-eight-percent the month before.  The state had a net gain of 21-hundred jobs last month.  The largest gains were in the professional and business services sector, followed by manufacturing. 

(Rainier, OR)  --  Columbia County authorities say a student who was expelled Monday from Rainier High School brought a gun to the campus the following day.  Deputies say an investigation revealed the 15-year-old boy took his father's gun from the family's home and brought it to the school Tuesday.  The sheriff's office says there's no indication that threats were made toward people at the school.  The teen was taken to a juvenile detention center in Cowlitz County, Washington.  

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland's daily newspaper is reportedly planning more staff cutbacks.  "Willamette Week" reports "The Oregonian" is asking more than two-dozen employees to volunteer for buyouts.  Layoffs could occur if not enough people volunteer.  The "Oregonian" reduced home delivery of its print edition to three days a week in 2013 and has placed more of an emphasis on its online edition.  About 100 of the newspaper's employees were also laid off. 

(Portland, OR)  --  Prices at the gas pump are still declining in the Portland area.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular is two-38 a gallon, nearly a penny cheaper than yesterday.  It's also four-cents a gallon below the average of a week ago. 

(Washington, DC)  --  A bill that passed handily in the House would require three federal agencies to step up security checks on Syrian and Iraqi refugees before they're allowed into the U.S.  The vote was 289-to-137, with all six Democrats in the Washington state delegation voting against the bill and all four GOP members voting in favor.  Representative Kurt Schrader was the only Democrat in the Oregon House delegation to vote for the bill.  The measure is under threat of a veto by President Obama, who says he plans to allow ten-thousand Syrian refugees to settle in the U.S. in the next year. 

(Vancouver, WA)  --  A 17-year-old girl from Vancouver is being sought after she was reported missing.  Police say Amanda Keeling was last seen yesterday at Evergreen High School.  She's described as white, five-foot-six, 128 pounds, with long blonde hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt, blue jeans, and brown Romeo half boots.  Anyone knowing Amanda Keeling's whereabouts is asked to call Vancouver police at 360-487-7400. 

(Portland, OR)  --  Prolific bicycle thief Leroy Parsons, Jr. of Portland is back behind bars.  Prosecutors are seeking bail of a quarter-million dollars for Parsons, who the "Oregonian" reports has been arrested and booked 98 times since 1998.  He was recently arrested following a bike-theft sting that was orchestrated in partnership with the TV show "Inside Edition."  Police say a radio transmitter was attached to a stolen high-end mountain bike, leading to the apprehension of Parsons. 

(Silverton, OR)  --  A motorcyclist is in critical condition, following a two-vehicle crash in Marion County.  Sheriff's deputies say the wreck took place around 5:30 yesterday evening on Silverton Road Northeast.  Authorities say a pickup truck apparently turned into the path of the motorcycle, which witnesses said was traveling without its lights on.  The driver of the pickup suffered minor injuries. 

(Portland, OR)  --  Today is the 39th annual Great American Smokeout.  Smokers in Oregon and Washington can use this nationwide event to make a plan to quit, or mark the date as their official quitting day.  The American Cancer Society uses this date to challenge tobacco users to stop using it, and to support those who want to kick the habit.  Research shows smokers are more successful at quitting when they have support. 

(Kelso, WA)  --  Washington state troopers say a stretch of State Route 411 is closed indefinitely because of a mudslide.  Authorities say the slide brought trees and power lines into the roadway near Milepost 6, several miles north of Kelso.  State transportation officials say additional rain forecast for today could cause additional slides.  

(Olympia, WA)  --  A state of emergency is in effect in Washington in response to a series of storms that moved across the Northwest during the past few days.  Governor Jay Inslee issued the declaration yesterday, activating the National Guard and authorizing state agencies to provide resources to cities and counties requesting help.  The storms caused widespread damage, knocked out electricity for hundreds of thousands of people, and resulted in three deaths.  

(Portland, OR)  --  Portlanders have the opportunity today to get flu vaccine delivered to them.  Using the Uber app will allow people to receive a wellness pack for ten-dollars from UberHEALTH between eleven o'clock this morning and three this afternoon.  UberHEALTH is offering the service in 35 communities across the U.S.

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man is suspected of illegally contacting a 13-year-old girl in Gresham.  Authorities say 22-year-old Christopher Michael Scott first met the girl on an online-dating website.  The "Portland Tribune" reports Scott is accused of sending sexually-explicit photos of himself to the girl and trying to arrange to meet the teen in person.  Police say Scott may have also tried to lure other children. 

(Portland, OR)  --  A 34-mile stretch of eastbound Interstate 84 is closed because of fallen trees caused by high winds.  Transportation officials say the eastbound lanes were closed around nine o'clock last night from Exit 17 at Troutdale to Exit 64 at Hood River.  ODOT says the closure is expected to last until noon tomorrow.  Officials say crews will be clearing 20 trees that fell across I-84, along with other storm-related debris.  

(Monroe, WA)  --  Three people are dead in storm-related incidents across Washington.  A man was killed near Monroe yesterday when a tree fell on his car.  A woman died when a tree fell on top of her in Spokane's South Hill neighborhood, and another woman died when a tree landed on her vehicle five miles east of Cheney.  Hundreds of thousands of customers remain without electricity statewide.  

(Salem, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown says Oregon will continue to welcome Syrian refugees.  The governor sent out the message via Twitter yesterday, saying the words on the Statue of Liberty apply to Oregon as they do to any other state.  Brown had declined Monday to comment on her position on accepting refugees following last week's terrorist attacks in Paris.  More than two-dozen governors say they'll do what they can to deny Syrian refugees entry into their states. 

(North Bend, OR)  --  Authorities are looking for an inmate who escaped from the Shutter Creek Correctional Institution in North Bend.  Officials say an employee noticed 38-year-old Shawn James Friese was missing around four o'clock yesterday afternoon.  He had been booked into the facility in early September on burglary and car-theft charges.  Friese is described as white, five-foot-eleven, 195 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes, and likely wearing blue jeans and a blue T-shirt containing the word "inmate" and the DOC logo. 

(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead and another is seriously injured, following a single-vehicle crash in Southeast Portland.  Police say the driver lost control yesterday morning while traveling northbound on McLoughln Boulevard near the Tacoma Street Bridge and slammed into a tree.  The wreck shut down the northbound lanes and backed up traffic for hours.  No names have been released. 

(Portland, OR)  --  Drivers in the Portland area are paying less for gasoline.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is two-39 a gallon, a penny lower than yesterday.  It's also two-cents cheaper than the average at this time last week.

(Portland, OR)  --  Thousands remain without electricity in the Portland area after yesterday's storms.  Portland General Electric says about five-thousand customers are without power in Clackamas County, as are about 15-hundred in Multnomah County.  High winds and heavy rains are believed to have been the primary cause of the outages, along with trees falling on power lines.  Power is expected to be restored to all customers by about ten o'clock this morning. 

(Albany, OR)  --  A woman is facing criminal charges following the death of her husband near Albany.  Sheriff's deputies say 62-year-old Roberta Samard is charged with manslaughter in the death of 57-year-old Kenneth Arlen Samard, who was found dead in their home around 6:10 yesterday morning.  Investigators say the victim was shot with a handgun while his wife apparently tried to shoot herself.  An autopsy is scheduled for today. 

(Portland, OR)  --  A new estimate from Portland State University shows Oregon's population now exceeds the four-million milestone.  University researchers say Oregon reached the four-million mark at some point during 2015.  The state reached a population of three-million in 1993.  Portland State researchers say the population growth shows Oregon has a healthy economy. 

(Gresham, OR)  --  Two 12-year-old boys are being hospitalized after they were hit by a car in Gresham.  Police say the boys were trying to cross around 4:30 yesterday afternoon near the intersection of West Powell Boulevard and Northwest Eastman Parkway when they were hit.  Both were reported to be conscious and talking after arriving at the hospital.  The driver remained at the scene and is reportedly not facing any citations. 

(Seattle, WA)  --  The price of gasoline is little changed over the past week in the Portland area.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for a gallon of regular is two-41, a half-cent lower than yesterday's average.  The nationwide average for regular is two-15 a gallon. 

(Gresham, OR)  --  A woman who was hit by a MAX train in Gresham remains in critical condition.  Police say 45-year-old Maricela Stewart was hit by the train over the weekend when she stepped onto a track on East Burnside and Southeast 162nd Avenue.  Stewart suffered traumatic injuries.  Witnesses told police she was wearing a hoodie that may have impeded her peripheral vision. 

(Portland, OR)  --  Multnomah County sheriff's deputies say two kilos of heroin were found on a passenger in a taxicab that was pulled over for a violation.  The stop was made around 1:30 yesterday afternoon in Portland, at the intersection of Southeast 126th Avenue and Southeast Stark Street.  Authorities say the heroin was found in the passenger's baggage.  Jose Ramirez Garcia is being charged with possession and distribution of a controlled substance.  The cab driver received a verbal warning. 

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police have a man in custody after he was accused of deliberately setting a string of fires in the downtown area.  Authorities say Brandon J. Miller recently moved to Portland from California.  He's charged with first-degree arson and ten counts of reckless burning in connection with ten fires that were set on November 12th.  One of those fires was in the lobby of the Hotel Monaco.

(Portland, OR)  --  A cargo ship that ran aground along the Columbia River is now in Portland.  Officials say the Viking Emerald was towed by tug boats to Portland's Terminal 6 after it ran up on the bank of the river Saturday afternoon near Columbia City.  The ship was on its way to Portland from Tacoma when the incident happened. 

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland-area gasoline prices are steady from yesterday.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular is two-41 a gallon, which is a penny higher than a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-16 a gallon. 

(Gleneden Beach, OR)  --  Officials say a Lincoln City man was killed in a logging accident while working in Hancock-Nestucca Forest near Gleneden Beach.  Thirty-eight-year-old Samuel Cates was found trapped Friday in a piece of logging equipment and pronounced dead.  Cates was an employee with the Elkhorn Logging Company.  The Polk County Sheriff's Office is investigating. 

(Gresham, OR)  --  Authorities continue to investigate, after a woman was hit by a MAX train in Gresham.  Authorities say the woman was hit around 7:24 Friday night in the area of 62nd Avenue and Burnside Street.  Police say it appears the 45-year-old woman stepped into the path of the train.  She was taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center for treatment of life-threatening injuries. 

(Woodburn, OR)  --  Oregon State Police believe alcohol was a factor in a crash that killed one person near Woodburn.  Authorities say a taxi was southbound on Oregon 99E yesterday morning when it was hit from behind by an SUV.  One of the three passengers in the SUV, Martha Cruz Aldama of Woodburn, was pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver of the SUV, Leovigildo Arzola, is facing multiple charges. 

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say they've arrested a suspect in connection with an October homicide.  Authorities say 41-year-old Leo Lee Burns is accused of stabbing Gerardo Granados-Marin, who was found with multiple stab wounds outside a home on North Columbia Court.  Burns was indicted by a Multnomah County grand jury on a murder charge.  He's scheduled to be arraigned today. 

(Portland, OR)  --  A 75-foot Douglas Fir is waiting to be decorated, after being delivered to Pioneer Courthouse Square.  A crane lifted the tree into place yesterday after it arrived in downtown Portland on a semi.  Crews will reattach the tree's branches over the next couple of weeks before decorations are added.  The annual lighting ceremony will be held at 5:30 on the evening of Friday, November 27th. 

(Portland, OR)  --  A reward is being offered for information on the deadly shooting of a 26-year-old man in North Portland.  Police have identified the victim as Laray Seamster, who was gunned down Wednesday afternoon in the area of North Vancouver Avenue and Fargo Street.  Witnesses reported seeing two younger black males fleeing the scene of the murder, possibly in a silver vehicle.  Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to 25-hundred dollars for information leading to an arrest in the case. 

(Portland, OR)  --  A woman who struck and injured three pedestrians in Portland while taking a video of her son is headed to jail.  Twenty-four-year-old Elizabeth Dove has been ordered to serve one month in December and the remaining four months after she finishes community college next summer.  Police say Dove was texting and taking the video prior to the crash last January at a crosswalk near Centennial High School.  Dove will also be on probation for three years and have to perform 200 hours of community service.

(Salem, OR)  --  An 82-year-old Beaverton man is scheduled to spend more than seven years behind bars for sexually abusing a girl under age 12.  Evan Lichty [[ LICK-tee ]] has pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree sexual abuse that prosecutors say took place in Marion County summer 2013.  Lichty was also sentenced to nearly four years of post-prison supervision.  

(Portland, OR)  --  There's little change in the price of gasoline in the Portland area from yesterday.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular is two-40 a gallon, which is about four-cents above the average of a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-19 a gallon. 

(Portland, OR)  --  New figures show the Portland-area housing market is still strong.  The Regional Multiple Listing Service says there were nearly three-thousand pending sales in October, the highest number since October 2005.  The report says each of the past three months has shown decade-high sales numbers, and the period follows a July that set an all-time record for closed sales.  

(Silverton, OR)  --  Marion County sheriff's deputies are trying to find out what caused a head-on collision that left a person dead.  Authorities say the driver of a car crashed into an oncoming truck pulling a trailer yesterday on Howell Prairie Road Northeast near Conifer Street Northeast. The driver of the car was killed, and the truck driver was injured.  No names have been released.  

(Portland, OR)  --  TriMet officials say the transit agency didn't do a good job handling the situation in which some of its trains traveled through standing water during flooding on October 31st.  TriMet Deputy General Manager Bob Nelson is pledging the agency to do a better job this weekend, when more heavy rains are forecast.  In apologizing for the Halloween event, Nelson said agency rules and the order for trains to travel that day were in conflict.  He says TriMet is in the process of revising its rules and procedures. 

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a GPS device led officers and an "Inside Edition" film crew to a stolen bike worth 19-hundred dollars.  A producer with the TV show bought the two-wheeler as a "bait bike" for a series it was preparing on stolen bikes, and chained it to a sign post at Northwest Sixth Avenue and Glisan Street.  After the bike was stolen, the GPS device led police and the crew to a man who said he traded two tablets for the bike.  Police say the man, 48-year-old Leroy Parsons, Jr., won't reveal the person with whom he traded for the Trek Fuel EX 5 bike. 

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking for two suspects following the shooting death of a man near Legacy Emanuel hospital in North Portland.  Authorities say two younger black males were seen fleeing the area of North Vancouver Avenue and Fargo Street after the victim was shot around 3:15 yesterday afternoon.  The man, believed to be in his late teens or early 20s, died later at a hospital.  Police say the suspects may have left the area in a silver vehicle.

(Oregon City, OR)  --  Some residents of Oregon City are telling police they've found fliers to recruit people to join the Ku Klux Klan.  Authorities say small plastic bags containing a piece of candy also carry a flier, which contains the message saying "Join the Klan, Save Our Land."  Police are investigating to determine who's responsible for delivering the bags early yesterday morning to about a dozen homes in Oregon City. 

(Portland, OR)  --  Thirty of the 43 Chipotle restaurants that closed in Oregon and Washington following an E. coli outbreak are now open again.  The remaining 13 outlets are expected to reopen today.  The outbreak, which sickened about 45 people in both states, was linked to eleven Chipotle locations, but health officials have been unable to find the specific source.  The restaurants were given the green light to reopen after Oregon and Washington health departments concluded there was no further risk of contracting the illness.  

(Kennewick, WA)  --  Three teenagers who are accused of kidnapping an elderly Kennewick, Washington, woman and driving her to Oregon are facing charges.  Authorities say the teens stuffed 86-year-old Hazel Abel in the trunk of a car earlier this month and drove her to the Portland area.  One of the teens, 16-year-old Dyllan Martin, who's the victim's great-grandson, is being charged as an adult.  The "Tri-City Herald" reports the other two suspects, 15-year-old Billy Underwood and 14-year-old Katlyn Kenfield, have been charged in juvenile court.  

(Portland, OR)  --  Prices at the gas pump are slightly higher in Portland.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is two-42 a gallon, a half-cent above yesterday's average.  It's also about seven-cents a gallon higher than a week ago.

(Portland, OR)  --  Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Alicia Fuchs is about to retire.  The governor's office says after that 12 years, the judge's retirement will take effect on December 31st.  Fuchs grew up in Portland and graduated from Gonzaga University and from the university's law school.  Governor Kate Brown will appoint a successor to Fuchs.

(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum says an investigator with the state Department of Justice targeted supporters of Black Lives Matter while searching social media for potential police threats.  Rosenblum made the remarks after a letter from the Urban League of Portland, which went public yesterday, accused the department of conducting "digital surveillance" of Oregonians who used the hashtag "Black Lives Matter" on social media.  Rosenblum says the investigator used software to conduct profiling, and she put a stop to it after learning about it.  She says a complete human resources investigation is being conducted.

(Portland, OR)  --  A new forecast by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council predicts the closures of three coal-fired power plants would considerably shrink the Northwest's carbon footprint over the next 20 years.  The report says closing those plants in Boardman, Oregon; Centralia, Washington; and Valmy, Nevada, would reduce the region's carbon footprint from about 55-million metric tons annually to 34-million metric tons by 2035.  The "Spokesman Review" reports the forecast, which is part of the draft Northwest Power Plan, also assumes that the region will continue pursuing aggressive energy-efficiency to decrease new demand.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick will run for a second term.  In yesterday's announcement, Novick said he wants to run again because it's possible to be progressive and fiscally responsible at the same time.  He says he wants to make a push for the Memorial Coliseum to be sold to a developer for affordable housing.  Three other candidates have announced challenges to Novick, including two realtors and a restaurant cook.


Traffic & Weather

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