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(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon presidential primary will be held on May 17th, and two presidential candidates made campaign stops in the state yesterday in hopes of adding to their delegate totals.  Republican John Kasich, who's trailing in the delegate count by a considerable margin, held a town hall gathering yesterday in Portland's Pearl District.  Democrat Bernie Sanders, who has laid off hundreds of his campaign staffers this week, held a rally yesterday in Eugene.  Seventy-four Democratic delegates and 28 Republican delegates are at stake in the May primary in Oregon.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police are investigating reports of shots fired in the Cully neighborhood.  Officers went to Northeast 60th Avenue between Simpson and Killingsworth around 9:10 last night.  Officials say evidence of gunfire was found in the area, but no victims or suspects have been located.



(Seattle, WA)  --  A Seattle man is facing felony charges, after being accused of threatening to cut out Congressman Jim McDermott's tongue.  Prosecutors say Jasper K. Bell, a Bernie Sanders supporter, made the threat because he was upset that McDermott was supporting Hillary Clinton for president.  Authorities say Bell allegedly made threatening calls to McDermott before arriving at his Seattle office on April 22nd.  King County prosecutors say McDermott cancelled a public appearance due to the threats.



(Seattle, WA)  --  The Alaskan Way Viaduct on Highway 99 in Seattle is now closed, but it could remain closed longer than the scheduled two weeks.  Washington State Department of Transportation officials say the viaduct won't reopen until it's deemed safe for public travel.  Officials say the top of the tunneling machine named Bertha will be only fifteen feet below the foundation of the viaduct, so the job will begin slowly.  Engineers will constantly monitor for any new cracks that appear on the surface of the viaduct, and crews will perform a full inspection to determine if the structure is safe after the drilling is finished.



(Portland, OR)  --  Gas prices in the Portland area are still on the way up.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the current average for regular is two-27 a gallon, nearly two cents above yesterday's average.  It's also about seven cents above the average of a week ago.



(Gresham, OR)  --  Gresham police say a nine-year-old boy was seriously injured when he was hit by a car as he was riding a bicycle.  Authorities say the crash happened around 6:45 yesterday evening on Northeast Cleveland Avenue and Northeast Burnside Road.  The driver of the vehicle cooperated with police.  The boy is being hospitalized, but there's no word on his condition.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a traffic stop in Washington County led to the discovery of one-point-five-million dollars' worth of cocaine.  Authorities say the stop was made Wednesday in the area of Southeast 170th Avenue and Merlo Road, where a K-9 unit found an ounce of cocaine in the vehicle.  Afterward, a search warrant was executed at a home in Washington County, where 14 kilos of cocaine were found, along with about 150-thousand dollars in cash.  Two people are in custody on charges of delivery and possession of cocaine.



(Sultan, WA)  --  Authorities say a man who broke into a home in Washington was shot and killed by an 80-year-old woman after he stabbed her husband.  The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office says the woman found the intruder last night at her home, standing over her 75-year-old husband with a large knife.  Deputies say she retrieved a gun from her closet and shot the intruder to death.  The woman's husband is listed in serious but stable condition.



(Salem, OR)  --  A jackpot of more than 100-million dollars is the big prize in tonight's Mega Millions drawing.  The drawing will be for an estimated jackpot of 118-million dollars, with a cash option of more than 75-million.  Tomorrow night, the Powerball drawing will be for an estimated jackpot of 314-million dollars.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  Police continue to investigate a crash that left one person dead and injured three others in Beaverton.  Authorities say 50-year-old Armando Gallegos was driving his pickup truck the wrong way while intoxicated on Highway 26 near Murray Boulevard around one o'clock yesterday morning when he crashed into an oncoming car carrying three people from Sherwood.  A passenger in the car, 21-year-old Brandon Wendell, was killed, and the three others involved in the crash were taken to hospitals.  Police say the driver of the car, 20-year-old Taylor Melger, was also intoxicated.



(Tumwater, WA)  --  Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley is back at work, following the end of his federal theft and tax-evasion trial earlier this week.  Kelley was acquitted on one count and the jury was split on the remaining 14 counts.  He took a leave of absence pending the trial, and resumed work yesterday at his office in Tumwater, according the "Seattle Times."  Kelley, who reportedly intends to finish out his current term in office, has said he won't run for re-election.



(Salem, OR)  --  The jackpot in the Powerball game is growing by leaps and bounds.  Last night's drawing was devoid of grand-prize winners, so the drawing Saturday night will be for an estimated jackpot of 314-million dollars.  The cash option will be nearly 205-million.



(Gresham, OR)  --  Authorities say a Fairview police officer who was shot last night in Gresham is expected to survive.  Officials say the officer and his partner, both assigned to the East Metro Gang Enforcement Team, were the first officers to respond to a report of a crash in the area of Southeast 188th and East Burnside.  Police say the driver fled the vehicle and was later tracked to an apartment on Northeast Couch.  The police officer was shot shortly afterward, as was the suspect.  Both are expected to survive their wounds.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police have a man in custody, after he was accused of shooting and paralyzing another man last month in Southeast Portland.  Muhammad Bilal Rahman has been indicted on three felony counts, after being accused of shooting Kevin Hays on March 31st.  The charges include first-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, and felon in possession of a firearm.  Hays told police he's paralyzed from the waist down and has had his colon removed.



(Portland, OR)  --  Gas prices are higher today in the Portland area.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular is two-26 a gallon, up about two cents from yesterday.  It's also more than six cents a gallon above the average of a week ago.
 



(SeaTac, WA)  --  Officials at Sea-Tac International Airport say an American Airlines plane was forced to return to the airport after hitting a bird.  The impact left a dent yesterday afternoon in the nose of the Dallas-bound Airbus A321, measuring two feet across.  The plane landed at Sea-Tac after staying up for a while to burn fuel.  The 150 passengers later boarded another plane to finish their flight.
 



(Beaverton, OR)  --  Authorities say one person is dead and two are injured following a crash involving a wrong-way driver early this morning in Beaverton.  KOIN-TV reports the head-on wreck happened on Highway 26 near Murray Boulevard.  The two people who survived the crash are being treated for serious injuries.  No names have been released.



(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon Lottery Director Jack Roberts is out of a job.  Governor Kate Brown fired Roberts yesterday and announced the appointment of Barry Pack as the interim director.  Brown's spokeswoman, Kristen Grainger, told "The Oregonian" that unspecified management problems led to the dismissal of Roberts.  Roberts, a Republican, headed the Lottery since 2013, and made runs in the past for governor and the Oregon Supreme Court.



(Seattle, WA)  --  An executive order signed by Washington Governor Jay Inslee is designed to reduce recidivism among former prisoners who re-enter society.  The governor says the order will better support the successful transition of people leaving prison and returning to their communities.  Inslee says state agencies will be directed to reduce recidivism and increase public safety with stronger transition programs so more people can build lives based on jobs rather than on crime.  The governor's office says about 17-thousand people are incarcerated in Washington state prisons and about 95-percent will return to their communities.



(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline is climbing in the Portland area.  Triple-A's latest survey shows the average for regular is two-24 a gallon, a penny-and-a-half above yesterday's average.  It's also about four-cents a gallon higher than the average of a week ago.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Intel Corporation says it will lay off 784 employees this week at its campuses in Hillsboro and Aloha.  The layoffs, which will be completed by Friday, are part of a restructuring effort by the technology giant that includes laying off 12-thousand employees companywide.  The 784 employees are four percent of Intel's Oregon workforce.  The "Oregonian" reports the company has told state officials that laid-off employees will be paid through the end of May and receive at least six additional weeks of salary and three months of health insurance.
 



(Cornelius, OR)  --  Authorities say the Washington County sheriff's deputy who shot a man in Cornelius has been identified as seven-year department veteran Wes Johnson.  Officials say Johnson fired his weapon during a disturbance call on the night of April 7th, leaving 54-year-old Greg Howard Moore wounded.  Authorities aren't saying whether Moore was armed during the confrontation.  Johnson has been assigned to desk duty.



(Salem, OR)  --  After no tickets for last night's Mega Millions drawing yielded a grand-prize winner, tonight's Powerball Drawing will be for an estimated jackpot of 282-million dollars.  The cash option will be nearly 184-million.  The top prize in the Mega Millions drawing Friday night will be an estimated 118-million dollars.



(Tacoma, WA)  --  U.S. Attorney Annette Hayes says her office hasn't yet decided on whether to retry Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley for theft and tax evasion.  Kelley was acquitted yesterday of one charge of lying to the Internal Revenue Service, and the federal jury deadlocked on the remaining 14 felony counts.  Kelley's attorney, Angelo Calfo, says the case should never have been brought to trial and says he's confident the prosecution will dismiss the remaining charges.    
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are still investigating a crash that killed one man and injured another in Southeast Portland.  Authorities say 18-year-old Sean Kyler Olsen crossed the center line on Southeast Foster Road near 134th Avenue Sunday morning, and hit an oncoming vehicle.  Police say 47-year-old John Wesley Ritter died at the scene.  Olsen suffered non-life-threatening injuries.  There's no word on whether drugs or alcohol were a factor.



(Woodland, WA)  --  Officials are still investigating the crash of a small plane that killed one person and injured two in Southwestern Washington.  Authorities say 56-year-old Marc Messina of Renton died in the crash, which happened last Thursday at the airport in Woodland.  The pilot, 52-year-old Angus Walker of Woodinville, and 36-year-old Jacob Kuper of Enumclaw, were seriously injured.  The crash remains under investigation.



(Seattle, WA)  --  Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Death Cab for Cutie are among the musical acts announced for this year's Bumbershoot festival in Seattle during Labor Day weekend.  Billy Idol is also on the schedule, along with Kygo, Tame Impala, Halsey, Third Eye Blind, and dozens of others.  The festival will take place on September 2nd, 3rd, and 4th at the Seattle Center.  More information is available online at Bumbershoot.com.



(Portland, OR)  --  Gasoline prices are higher in the Portland area.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular is two-22 a gallon, a penny above yesterday's average.  It's also about two-and-a-half cents higher than a week ago.



(Happy Valley, OR)  --  An off-duty Portland police officer is accused of driving drunk and crashing a city-issued car.  Clackamas County sheriff's deputies say officer Daniel Chastain was off duty, but was driving a city vehicle in Happy Valley while he was on call.  Officials aren't saying when or where the crash took place.  Chastain is facing charges including DUII, reckless driving, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.



(Tacoma, WA)  --  A federal jury will resume deliberations today in the trial of Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley.  "The News Tribune" reports the jury asked U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton yesterday what it should do if it's split on one of the counts against Kelley.  Kelley is facing a total of 15 felony charges, including theft, money-laundering and tax evasion.  Today will mark the fourth day of jury deliberations.



(Salem, OR)  --  The deadline to register to vote in the May primary elections in Oregon is today.  Voters also have until the end of today to change political party affiliation for the elections.  Unaffiliated voters won't be allowed to vote in Democratic or Republican primary races for president, governor or any other partisan office.  Those who wish to register or update their registration can log on to sos.oregon.gov.



(Salem, OR)  --  Another big lottery jackpot is at stake tonight.  The Mega Millions drawing will be for an estimated top prize of 108-million-dollars.  The cash option will be more than 69-million.



(Happy Valley, OR)  --  Clackamas County sheriff's deputies are looking for a woman who entered an occupied home in Happy Valley and stole hundreds of dollars.  Authorities say the homeowner's son was in the house at the time, listening to music with headphones on, and wasn't aware of the incident.  Deputies say surveillance video captured the woman walking into the Southeast Mia Garden Drive house yesterday through an unlocked door.  They're hoping to use the images to ID the suspect.



(Graham, WA)  --  Pierce County sheriff's deputies are investigating what's being called a murder-suicide in Graham, Washington.  Authorities say 36-year-old Kerry Anderson shot and killed his wife, 32-year-old Jessica Anderson, Saturday morning, then shot himself.  Kerry Anderson, who was a member of the military, died yesterday at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Tacoma.  Deputies say the couple's three children, ages five, four, and six months, were all at home at the time of the shooting but were uninjured.



(Marysville, WA)  --  Washington state transportation officials say a large pothole that caused traffic tie-ups on Interstate 5 near Marysville has been repaired.  The pothole, which measured 12-feet-by-three-feet and was seven-inches deep, was temporarily filled in yesterday after having northbound traffic backed up for several hours.  Officials say a more permanent fix will happen soon.



(Portland, OR)  --  Drivers in the Portland area are paying slightly more for gasoline.  Triple-A reports the average for a gallon of regular is two-21, a penny higher than yesterday's average.  The national average for regular is two-14 a gallon.



(Cannon Beach, OR)  --  Police continue to investigate a crash that killed two people on Highway 101 near Cannon Beach.  Oregon State Police say a southbound Hyundai SUV crossed the center line around 3:15 Saturday afternoon and slammed into a northbound Chevrolet Tahoe.  The people in the Hyundai, Gregory Heron, and his passenger, Martha Heron, both of Manzanita, died in the wreck.  Two people in the Chevy were injured, but are expected to recover.



(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead and another is in a hospital, following a two-vehicle crash in Portland's Pleasant Valley neighborhood.  Police say the wreck happened around four o'clock yesterday morning in the area of Southeast 133rd and Foster.  Authorities say one driver was pronounced dead at the scene, and the other is expected to survive.  No names have been released.



(Corvallis, OR)  --  Officials say a Benton County man is receiving treatment, after being bitten by a bat with rabies.  The county health department says the man realized he'd been bitten by a bat after waking up last Wednesday morning.  The man and his wife captured the bat and brought it to the Benton County Environmental Health Division, which had it tested and confirmed as the first rabies case of the year in Oregon.



(Salem, OR)  --  The jackpot remains untouched in the Powerball game, following the weekend drawing.  The top prize will rise to an estimated 282-million dollars for the drawing Wednesday night.  The cash option will be nearly 184-million.  The Mega Millions jackpot for tomorrow night's drawing is estimated at 108-million dollars.



(Portland, OR)  --  Five people are injured, following a crash early this morning in Southeast Portland.  Police say at least one person is being treated for life-threatening injuries.  Police told KOIN-TV the wreck happened at Southeast 92nd and Southeast Holgate, when a speeding car ran a red light at the intersection and crashed into two other vehicles.  Several TriMet bus routes may be delayed as a result of the crash.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating a stabbing that left a man seriously wounded in Portland's Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood.  Authorities say the stabbing happened around 9:30 last night in the 17-hundred block of Southeast Tenino Street.  No names have been released, and there's no word on an arrest.



(Spokane, WA)  --  Murder suspect Anthony Garver, who was recently apprehended in Spokane after escaping from a psychiatric hospital in Western Washington, will be held in federal custody.  A U.S. District judge says there's concern over security at Western State Hospital, which warrants Garver being held in a federal lockup for evaluation.  Garver and fellow patient Mark Alexander Adams escaped from the hospital earlier this month, which prompted Governor Jay Inslee to fire the hospital CEO and hire an interim replacement.  There's no word yet on where Garver will be taken for evaluation.



(Portland, OR)  --  Gasoline prices in the Portland area are slightly lower.  The latest survey by Triple-A shows the average for regular is two-19 a gallon, about a half-cent below yesterday's average.  The national average for regular is two-eleven a gallon.



(New York, NY)  --  NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says the league "may" consider expansion after a new collective bargaining agreement with players is finalized.  However, Silver told reporters that the presence of an area in Kansas City and a "shovel-ready" arena project in Seattle won't speed up a decision on whether to expand.  The Seattle City Council is slated to vote on May 2nd on whether to give final approval to vacating part of Occidental Avenue for a new sports arena in Seattle's Sodo district.



(Woodland, WA)  --  One person is dead and two are injured, after a small plane crashed at the Woodland Airport.  Authorities say the single-engine Mooney slid off the runway and hit an embankment.  One of the three people aboard the plane died, and the other two were taken to a hospital.  There's no word on their conditions.



(Gresham, OR)  --  Authorities say one of two 13-year-old girls who were injured in a crash in Gresham remains in critical condition.  The second girl has been discharged.  Police say a flower delivery van hit the teens Wednesday afternoon as they walked through the intersection of Northeast Kane Drive and Southeast 1st Street.  Officials say the driver ran a red light.  The driver, 44-year-old Deann Marie Lepoidevin, remained at the scene and cooperated with police.



(Portland, OR)  --  Bail is set at one-point-eight-million dollars for a man who's suspected in a shooting at a drive-thru at a fast-food restaurant.  Nineteen-year-old Lofton Thomas Lane was indicted on multiple counts in connection with the shooting at a Northeast Portland McDonald's earlier this month.  A man and a woman suffered non-life-threatening wounds.  Police previously arrested 19-year-old Anthony Gray, who's also been indicted on multiple counts.



(Seattle, WA)  --  Michele Anderson, who, along with her then-boyfriend, killed six of her family members in Carnation, Washington on Christmas Eve 2007, is slated to spend the rest of her life behind bars.  Anderson was sentenced yesterday to six consecutive life terms without parole.  Her ex-boyfriend, Joseph McEnroe, was previously sentenced to life without chance of release.  Anderson's mother, Judy, and father, Wayne, were gunned down, along with Anderson's brother, Scott; his wife, Erica; and the couple's two young children, Olivia and Nathan.



(Portland, OR)  --  Mayor Charlie Hales and the city of Portland are being sued over the city's policy on homeless camping.  The plaintiffs include such groups as the Portland Business Alliance, the Building Owners and Managers Association of Oregon, the Central Eastside Industrial Council, Overlook Neighborhood Association, and the Pearl District Neighborhood Association.  The coalition says the mayor's policy on homeless camping is unlawful and unenforceable because it violates state law limiting the number of camps in a city and it didn't receive approval from the Portland City Council.



(Happy Valley, OR)  --  Clackamas County sheriff's deputies say two children, ages two and five, fell from a third-floor window at an apartment complex near Happy Valley.  Officials say the kids fell yesterday afternoon and hit a second-story deck at the building on Southeast Causey Circle.  The five-year-old boy suffered minor injuries, and the two-year-old girl is listed in stable condition at Oregon Health & Science University.



(Redmond, WA)  --  Microsoft's Xbox 360 game console will soon become a thing of the past.  Xbox chief Phil Spencer says the console has had an amazing run since its 2005 debut, but says the realities of a more-than-decade-old product are beginning to creep up.  Spencer says Microsoft will continue to sell existing hardware inventory, as well as games for the device.  The "Seattle Times" reports the company is shifting its focus to the Xbox One and will attempt to better link its group of console gamers with those who play on personal computers.
 



(Gresham, OR)  --  Two 13-year-old girls are injured, one critically, after they were hit by a van in Gresham.  It happened around four o'clock yesterday afternoon at the intersection of Northeast Kane Drive and 1st Street.  Police say it appears the girls had the right-of-way in a marked crosswalk.  The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with police.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland-area gasoline prices are unchanged from yesterday.  Triple-A reports the average for a gallon of regular is two-20, more than two cents above the average at this time last week.  The national average for regular is about two-eleven a gallon.



(Undated)  --  A new report from a personal-finance website says it costs at least 60-thousand-dollars to live comfortably each year in Portland.  GoBankingRates.com says that's seven-thousand-dollars above the median annual household income in Portland.  The formula used to figure the cost of living is based on a budget of 50-percent of earnings on necessary expenses, 30-percent on discretionary expenses and 20-percent on savings.  The GoBankingRates.com report says it costs more than 87-thousand-dollars a year to live comfortably in New York City, and nearly 73-thousand a year to cover necessities, expenses and savings in Seattle.



(Salem, OR)  --  The cash is piling up in the Powerball jackpot.  Last night's drawing didn't yield any top-prize winners, so the Saturday night drawing will be for an estimated jackpot of 251-million-dollars.  The cash option will be nearly 167-million.



(Tacoma, WA)  --  A federal jury will start deliberating today in the trial of Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley, who's charged with 15 felony counts.  The prosecution is accusing Kelley of stealing money while he ran a real-estate services business and trying to shield that money from the IRS.  The jury heard closing arguments yesterday, following about six weeks of testimony.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland State University football player is in trouble with the law, after being accused of posing as a police officer.  Authorities say 20-year-old Troy Matthew Bacon is suspected of pulling a woman over in Tigard on March 22nd.  Bacon wasn't arrested at that time, but was indicted yesterday by a grand jury on one count of criminal impersonation.  Bacon is a sophomore who joined the Portland State team as an offensive lineman this year.



(Oregon City, OR)  --  Police say a woman was injured when she crashed into a passing school bus at an Oregon City intersection.  Authorities say the woman ran a stop sign around four o'clock yesterday afternoon at Washington and 12th streets.  The driver and her daughter were sent to the hospital, but both are expected to be fine.  There were about 40 kids on the bus, but no one aboard was hurt.



(Arlington, WA)  --  Investigators say two brothers who are accused of murdering an Arlington, Washington couple may be headed for Mexico.  John and Tony Reed are each wanted for first-degree murder in the presumed deaths of Patrick Shunn and Monique Patenaude.  Officials say the suspects are believed to be in a gold, 2002 Acura 32T with Arizona plate BNN-9968.  The bodies of Shunn and Patenaude haven't been found.



(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill that regulates vaping and vaping products in Washington is now law, after getting Governor Jay Inslee's signature.  The measure will create a set of policies for businesses selling e-cigarettes and other vaping products, including a requirement for retailers to purchase licenses through the state's Liquor and Cannabis Board.  The licensing will provide money to enforce the requirement that no one under age 18 buy vaping products.  Also, the products will now require labels that warn users of their health effects.



(Portland, OR)  --  Fuel prices are steady in the Portland area from yesterday.  Triple-A reports the current average of two-20 a gallon for regular is about a penny higher than at this time last week.  It's more than a nickel a gallon above the average of a month ago.



(Santa Clara, CA)  --  A decline in the personal computer market is the primary driving force behind Intel's planned layoff of 12-thousand employees worldwide.  The restructuring means the technology company will shed eleven percent of its global workforce.  "The Oregonian" reports Intel is Oregon's largest private employer, with more than 19-thousand people working at the company's Washington County campuses.  Intel laid off ten-thousand employees during a restructuring in 2006.



(Salem, OR)  --  One driver is dead and another is seriously injured, following a two-vehicle crash in Salem.  Police say the head-on collision happened around 8:35 yesterday morning in the 64-hundred block of Sunnyside Road Southeast.  Seventy-three-year-old Michael Tuel died later at a hospital.  The second driver is in serious condition.



(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill aiming to accomplish reforms at Washington's largest psychiatric hospital looks different than when it was recently passed by the Legislature.  Governor Jay Inslee has vetoed several sections of the measure, including a provision to allow psychiatric nurses with advanced degrees to fill open psychiatrist positions at Western State Hospital in Lakewood.  "The Olympian" reports the governor also vetoed a section that would have used financial incentives to attempt to decrease the use of state-run psychiatric facilities.  Inslee says he wants a review of the hospitals' structure and financing by an outside consultant before deciding on those issues.



(Salem, OR)  --  A hefty jackpot is up for grabs in tonight's Powerball drawing.  The grand prize will be an estimated 227-million dollars.  The cash option will be nearly 151-million.  The last jackpot winner bought a ticket worth more than 291-million dollars for the March 2nd drawing.



(New York, NY)  --  The author of an article on an impending mega-earthquake in the Northwest is the winner of a Pulitzer Prize.  The winners were announced yesterday, and Kathryn Schulz won a feature writing prize for "The Really Big One," which appeared in The New Yorker last summer.  The article claims that a mega-quake in the Cascadia subduction zone will cause the worst natural disaster in North American history.



(Portland, OR)  --  Repairs on a natural gas leak along Southeast 82nd Avenue will continue today.  Workers are scheduled to return to complete repairs after this morning's commute.  Officials say at least one lane will be open in both directions all day, between Taylor and Morrison streets.



(McMinnville, OR)  --  McMinnville police are saying a missing Linfield College student has been spotted.  Owen Woods was reportedly seen early yesterday in the Depoe Bay area of Lincoln County.  The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and Linfield College Public Safety are also working on the investigation.



(Salem, OR)  --  The Oregon Court of Appeals is overturning the conviction of a former Milwaukie bookkeeper.  Kristina Kaino-Smith was found guilty of stealing nearly a quarter-million dollars from her employer.  But the Appeals Court announced last week that she should get a new trial, because recorded statements from her husband were, quote, "inadmissible hearsay."



(Portland, OR)  --  Sir Paul McCartney and PETA are honoring Portland as the Most Vegan-Friendly City of 2016.  McCartney joined forces with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to make the announcement during his concert at Portland's Moda Center on Friday.  Other top vegan-friendly cities include Los Angeles, New York, Detroit and Nashville.



(Keizer, OR)  --  A teen who stabbed a man to death in a Keizer home last weekend won't be charged.  Prosecutors announced yesterday that the boy wouldn't be facing any charges in the Friday death of Jeffery Holly.  Prosecutors declined to say why they wouldn't be charging him but did say Holly had previously been violent.  The teen was released from a juvenile center yesterday and will receiving counseling.



(St. Helens, OR)  --  Authorities in Columbia County are looking for a jail inmate who ran from the facility.  Investigators say Everett Stougard, Junior got out through some chain link fencing while he was working outside yesterday afternoon.  Stougard had only been serving a two-and-a-half month sentence for methamphetamine possession and was going to be released in late May.  Stougard is described as a white male, standing about five-foot-seven and weighing 225 pounds.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  Investigators say a Beaverton nurse that had been accused of sexually abusing a patient was allowed back on the job.  A female patient first accused Alex Woolner of inappropriate contact in late January.  Woolner's employer, Kaiser Permanente, conducted an investigation and allowed Woolner to work again after they say they couldn't confirm anything had happened.  Police say Woolner then abused another woman twice on two separate dates in February.  Investigators say they identified three other potential victims as well.  A grand jury charged Woolner with sex abuse, criminal mistreatment and other counts last week.
 



(Lincoln City, OR)  --  One person is dead and another is rescued from a boat that capsized in Lincoln City.  Investigators say James Thompson died when the small boat he was in with his neighbor, Elaine Harskjold, overturned at the mouth of the Salmon River.  Authorities took Thompson to the hospital after the accident yesterday but he died.  Harskjold was rescued by a helicopter from a nearby cliff.


 

Traffic & Weather

 

 

Ferguson Road closed between 15th Street and King Solomon Lane. (6/13)

 

Round-About Construction:

 

Murphy Road and Parrell Road closed with detours. (9/30)

 

Powell Butte Highway at Neff and Alfalfa Market Roads (8/31)

 
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