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(Portland, OR)  --  Police say impairment may have been a factor when a cyclist was hit and killed by a car in Southwest Portland.  Authorities say the crash happened around four o'clock yesterday afternoon in the 63-hundred block of Southwest Multnomah Boulevard.  The driver remained at the scene of the crash.  No names have been released.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Mayor Charlie Hales says he'll press for more money for police officers during the remainder of his term in office.  Officials say the Portland Police Bureau is experiencing a serious shortage of patrol officers, and the mayor says salary increases would help combat that problem.  The "Portland Tribune" reports Hales plans to push the need for raises in upcoming council discussions, and he says a potential marijuana tax could help fund the increases.  The police bureau has lost officers to retirement and to other law-enforcement agencies that offer better pay.



(Olympia, WA)  --  Police are urging parents to remind their kids about the dangers of speeding, texting, and being under the influence while driving, especially with the end of the school year growing near.  The Washington State Patrol says the Memorial Day weekend signaled the start of the "100 deadliest days for teenage drivers."  Officials say parents need to talk with their kids, and lead by example by following traffic-safety rules themselves.



(Grant County, WA)  --  Officials say a wildfire that burned 600 acres in Grant County, Washington started by accident.  Authorities say it was sparked by a weekend campfire that grew out of control.  The fire consumed mainly dry brush and grass in an area about three miles south of the Gorge Amphitheatre, where the Sasquatch music festival was taking place.



(Portland, OR)  --  Gasoline prices are steady from yesterday in the Portland area.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular remains at two-45 a gallon, which is only a half-cent above the average of a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-32 a gallon.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A woman is facing charges after crashing her car through a fence at the Hillsboro Airport.  Police say an officer tried to pull the woman over for a traffic stop last night on Evergreen Parkway near Brookwood Parkway, when she sped off.  Another officer continued the chase after the first one broke it off, and saw the suspect turn onto Northwest 268th, head south at high speed, and smash through a Port of Portland fence at the airport.  The woman was booked into the Washington County Jail on multiple charges. 



(Crater Lake Nat'l Forest, OR)  --  Two Seattle-area men who were rescued after getting stranded in Crater Lake National Forest in Oregon may face federal charges.  Authorities in Oregon say the hikers, both 30-years-old, illegally entered a prohibited area in the park Sunday as they tried to get photographs of their hike.  Rescue crews flying a helicopter in the area found the hikers Sunday night, and the men were rescued yesterday morning along the shore of the lake.  Officials say one of the men suffered serious injuries when he fell several hundred feet while making his way into the prohibited area.



(Tualatin, OR)  --  Tualatin police say a 70-year-old man who was shooting a gun and threatening members of his family was shot to death by officers.  Authorities say Robert Wickizer had been drinking and was threatening family members yesterday in the 18-thousand-100 block of Cheyenne Way when he tried to break into a neighbor's house, where two of the family members had fled.  Police say officers from multiple agencies who had arrived on the scene tried to negotiate with Wickizer, but he was shot and killed after refusing commands to drop his gun.  Authorities say the officers involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave.



(Salem, OR)  --  The cash continues to pile up for the next Mega Millions drawing.  There hasn't been a grand-prize winner since early March, and the jackpot has since rolled over to an estimated 235-million dollars.  The cash option in tonight's drawing is more than 153-million.



(Lincoln City, OR)  --  Police say a Portland defense attorney and his client were arrested after they were caught taking drugs while in a car outside a casino in Lincoln City.  Authorities say 28-year-old Brock Kelland was arrested by officers who found meth pipes and heroin in the car on May 18th.  Officials say the car was parked outside the Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City.  Also arrested were the attorney, 46-year-old Jeffrey Milstein, and 30-year-old Candice Gooch, on charges of possession of meth and heroin.



(Everett, WA)  --  Snohomish County officials say an Arlington, Washington couple had been shot to death before their bodies were buried in the community of Oso.  The bodies of Patrick Shunn and Monique Patenaude were recovered Tuesday from a grave site in a remote area of Oso.  The couple had last been seen on April 11th.  Tony Reed and his brother, John Blaine Reed, are accused of killing the couple.  John Reed is still at large, and Tony Reed is being held in the Snohomish County Jail.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  More than 80 employees will be displaced when Norm Thompson Outfitters Incorporated closes its Hillsboro office.  The clothing & accessory company has told state employment officials that it plans to lay off about 46 employees from its Aloleck Drive building, move another 13 to nearby satellite offices, and relocate 23 others to offices in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.  The company says the layoffs and relocations will begin in late July and should be completed in mid-September.



(Cusick, WA)  --  Police say two people are dead and a three-year-old is injured, following a crash in Pend Oreille County, Washington.  The Washington State Patrol says the roll-over crash happened around eleven o'clock last night about a mile north of Cusick on River Road.  Two women and a three-year-old child who were in a Nissan Pathfinder were ejected from the vehicle.  One of the women died at the scene and the other died later at a hospital.  The three-year-old suffered minor injuries.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland-area fuel prices are slightly lower as the Memorial Day weekend begins.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is two-45 a gallon, a fraction of a penny below yesterday's average.  It's about a half-cent lower than a week ago.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a 20-year-old woman remains in critical condition, after being shot at an apartment in Southeast Portland.  Authorities say the woman was shot Wednesday afternoon at least once at the apartment in the 36-hundred block of Southeast 28th Place.  Officials say no arrests have been made.  Investigators say the victim and the suspect likely knew each other.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  A man who's accused of dragging his dog behind his vehicle and killing her is facing animal-cruelty charges.  Vancouver police say 52-year-old David Kadow [[ KAY-do ]] is also charged with driving without a license in connection with the incident, which happened last Sunday.  Witnesses told police they saw Kadow driving his truck with the dog tied behind it.  Bail has been set at 75-thousand dollars.



(Tacoma, WA)  --  Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley wants the remaining charges against him dismissed.  His attorneys have asked a federal judge to acquit Kelley on the 14 counts on which a jury was deadlocked last month during his theft, money-laundering, and tax-evasion trial.  The jury acquitted him on a charge of making a false statement, but the judge declared a hung jury when a verdict couldn't be reached on the remaining charges.



(Salem, OR)  --  A 218-million-dollar grand prize would be a nice way for someone to start the Memorial Day weekend.  That's the estimated jackpot for tonight's Mega Millions drawing.  The cash option will be 142-million.



(Salem, OR)  --  Former Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes must pay "The Oregonian" nearly 128-thousand dollars to cover its legal costs for her unsuccessful public-records lawsuit.  The decision was announced yesterday by Marion County Judge Tracy Prall, a year-and-a-half after the newspaper first requested Hayes's personal emails regarding an alleged influence-peddling scandal involving her fiance, then-Governor John Kitzhaber.  Kitzhaber later resigned and is still under federal investigation.  Hayes contended she didn't have to release the emails because she wasn't a public official and was not subject to public-records laws, but a judge disagreed and ruled in the newspaper's favor.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a woman suffered life-threatening wounds in a shooting at an apartment in Portland's Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood.  The shooting happened yesterday afternoon in the 36-hundred block of Southeast 28th Place.  The suspect was gone when police arrived and is still at large.  Police say he's described as black, in his 20s, with a medium build, wearing a blue jersey with white numbers on it and a white-sleeved t-shirt underneath.
 



(Government Camp, OR)  --  Authorities say a snowboarder who had gotten lost on Mount Hood has been found safe.  Officials say the man had called yesterday to report he had gotten lost at Timberline.  Search-and-rescue crews reported the man was found last night and doing fine.  His name hasn't been released.



(Portland, OR)  --  Bail is set at more than 800-thousand dollars for a man who's accused of shooting at police during a standoff at a Portland mobile-home park.  Sixty-three-year-old Timothy James Bucher, who's a registered sex offender, was booked yesterday morning on multiple charges, including attempted murder.  Police say Bucher fired dozens of rounds at officers, threatened a pregnant woman with a knife, and confronted her husband with a handgun at the Fox Run mobile home park in Northeast Portland Tuesday night.  Officers returned fire, but no one was injured.



(Olympia, WA)  --  A Washington state legislative panel is highly critical of Governor Jay Inslee and the former head of the state Department of Corrections for the premature releases of more than three-thousand inmates from Washington prisons.  A report from the Republican-led Senate Law and Justice Committee says bad management by ex-corrections chief Bernie Warner and lack of oversight by Inslee's office are among the factors involved the early releases.  Spokane Valley Senator Mike Padden, who chairs the panel, says the early releases are "one of the biggest failures in public safety in this state in a very long time."  Inslee spokeswoman Jaime Smith told the "Spokesman-Review" the report contains nothing new, and said Republicans spent taxpayer money on a partisan effort.



(Oregon City, OR)  --  An 18-year-old man who's accused of hiring a prostitute and then telling police she burglarized his family's home is to appear in court today.  Authorities say Ethan Kwon reported a home-invasion burglary at the home in Happy Valley in April.  Police say Kwon blamed the woman for stealing 200 dollars from the house, but he had actually invited the woman in.  Kwon is to be arraigned this afternoon.



(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington is seeing an increase in the number of deadly crashes.  The Washington Traffic Safety Commission says there was a 23-percent increase between 2014 and 2015 in the number of fatal crashes in the state.  The commission says crashes involving distracted driving showed the largest increase in traffic deaths.  Governor Jay Inslee says he hopes the new figures will prompt legislation to make the state's roads safer.



(Tacoma, WA)  --  Investigators are trying to find out what caused a fire that left a three-year-old boy dead at a duplex in Tacoma, Washington.  Officials say the boy's mother was taken to a hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation, as a result of yesterday's fire in the 64-hundred block of South Tyler.  Relatives told Q-13 the boy, Nehemiah Bonds, was napping with his mother when the apartment began to fill with smoke.  Tacoma Fire officials say it's not clear whether the apartment had a working smoke detector.



(Portland, OR)  --  Gas prices appear to be leveling off with the approach of the Memorial Day weekend.  Triple-A reports the Portland-area average for a gallon of regular is two-45, which is only about a penny-and-a-half above the average at this time last week.  The national average for regular is about two-31 a gallon.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Police Chief Larry O'Dea is on administrative leave after he reportedly misled investigators about an accidental shooting.  Mayor Charlie Hales said yesterday he took the action in the best interests of the city and the Portland Police Bureau.  "The Oregonian" reports O'Dea failed to identify himself as a police officer when he first talked to a deputy sheriff about the April 21st hunting accident, and led the deputy to believe the shooting was self-inflicted.  It wasn't until authorities interviewed O'Dea's wounded hunting companion four weeks later that they learned the chief was actually involved in the shooting.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland opinion research firm says Washington Governor Jay Inslee is leading his Republican challenger by seven points.  The Moore Information survey of 500 registered voters across Washington shows the Democratic incumbent leading Bill Bryant, 43 percent to 36 percent.  The margin is smaller than the 48-36 lead that Inslee had in a statewide Elway poll last month.  The Moore poll shows only 35 percent of those questioned "are aware" of Bryant, while 89 percent are aware of Inslee.



(Seattle, WA)  --  Portland is ranked among the most well-read cities in the U.S.  Amazon.com has calculated the rankings, based on sales figures over the past year.  The data include sales of books, magazines, and newspapers in both print and Kindle formats between April 2015 and April 2016.  Portland is in second place, trailing only Seattle.  San Francisco, Tucson, and Albuquerque round out the top five.



(Portland, OR)  --  Drivers in the Portland area are paying slightly more today for gasoline.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is two-45 a gallon, about a half-cent higher than yesterday.  It's only a penny-and-a-half above the average of a week ago.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police have a suspect in custody, after shots were fired at a mobile-home park in Northeast Portland.  Officers were dispatched last night to the Fox Run Mobile Home Park on Northeast MLK Boulevard and were confronted by an armed man.  Police say the man retreated to a home in the neighborhood and fired multiple shots.  He was eventually arrested after some of the homes were hit by bullets.  No injuries have been reported.



(Salem, OR)  --  Health officials say a state senator could be fined for violating Oregon's Clean Air Act.  Republican Senator Jeff Kruse of Roseburg received a warning earlier this month from the Oregon Health Authority after he was caught smoking in his office at the Capitol.  Kruse told the "Statesman Journal" he closes the door and opens a window when smoking inside and didn't think it was bothering anyone.  He may be required to pay a 500-dollar fine.



(Everett, WA)  --  Snohomish County sheriff's deputies say two bodies, which are believed to be those of Patrick Shunn and Monique Patenaude [[ PAT-un-awd ]] of Arlington, Washington, have been found in a remote gravesite.  The two were last seen alive on April 11th and are believed to have been murdered by Tony Clyde Reed and his brother, John Blaine Reed, who was a neighbor of the couple.  Tony Reed, who was apprehended in California, appeared in court yesterday and pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and illegal gun possession.  John Reed is still on the run, and authorities say he may be in Mexico.



(Salem, OR)  --  The Mega Millions jackpot is rolling over again.  Last night's drawing yielded no grand-prize winners, so the jackpot will be an estimated 218-million dollars for the Friday night drawing.  The lump-sum cash option will be 142-million.



(Olympia, WA)  --  Donald Trump could receive all 44 of Washington's delegates to the Republican National Convention after winning the state's Republican presidential primary last night.  Trump, who's the only Republican candidate left in the race, got more than 76 percent of the vote in initial returns.  In the non-binding Democratic primary, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received 54 percent of the vote in early returns, to 46 percent for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.  But Sanders will receive 73 percent of Washington's delegates to the Democratic National Convention, based on his landslide win in the March Democratic precinct caucuses.



(Banks, OR)  --  Police are investigating a head-on crash that killed a Hillsboro man near Banks.  Troopers say 20-year-old Corey Vandehey veered yesterday into the path of a log truck on U.S. Highway 26.  Vandehey was killed.  The driver of the log truck was treated at a hospital and released.  The crash remains under investigation.



(Undated)  --  A new WalletHub survey shows Oregon is ranked 49th in the nation among states deemed best for military personnel to enjoy their retirement.  The survey cites criteria that include economic environment, quality of life, and access to health care.  Oregon received an overall score of 37-and-a-half, compared to top-ranked Alaska, which received a score of 62.  South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and Florida round out the five best states for military retirees, while Washington ranks 26th.



(Everett, WA)  --  Tony Reed, one of two suspects in the murders of an Arlington, Washington couple, is slated to make his first court appearance today.  Reed was booked over the weekend into the Snohomish County Jail after he was arrested near the California-Mexico border.  He's accused of helping his brother, John Reed, murder Patrick Shunn and Monique Patenaude last month.  Reed is still on the loose.  The bodies of the couple haven't been found.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland-area gas prices are up slightly.  Triple-A's latest survey shows the average for regular is two-45 a gallon, about a half-cent above yesterday's average.  It's only about a penny-and-a-half higher than at this time last week.



(Battle Ground, WA)  --  Battle Ground police have a man in custody, after a three-year-old boy suffered critical injuries.  Officers were dispatched around seven o'clock yesterday evening to a house in the 16-hundred block of Southwest 6th Street.  The boy was transported to a hospital.  Police say a 40-year-old man was arrested.



(Oregon City, OR)  --  Authorities say a man who was shot and killed by an Oregon City police officer was violently resisting arrest.  Officials say an attempt was made Saturday to arrest 38-year-old Travis A. Moore at his home on South 2nd Street in Oregon City when he became belligerent.  Police say a Taser was ineffective against Moore, who was wanted for failing to appear in court on a harassment charge.  One of the officers on the scene shot Moore, who later died of his wounds.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Police Bureau reports Chief Larry O'Dea says O'Dea was hunting in Harney County on April 11th when his gun went off, wounding the 54-year-old man in the back.  The man was treated at a hospital and released.  KOIN-TV reports O'Dea reported the incident to the sheriff's office, Mayor Charlie Hales, and the Portland Police Bureau's Professional Standards Division Captain.



(Yakima, WA)  --  A joint legislative panel is scheduled next month to review a rule that allows people to use public restrooms and other facilities in Washington based on their gender identity.  The rule, which was adopted last year by the state Human Rights Commission, has sparked major controversy, but legislative attempts earlier this year to pass a bill against it failed.  The "Spokesman-Review" reports the Joint Administrative Rules Review Committee is slated to meet in Yakima June 9th to determine whether a state agency has the authority to adopt such a rule.



(Salem, OR)  --  A jackpot of more than 200-million dollars is at stake tonight in the Mega Millions drawing.  The top prize is an estimated 203-million dollars.  The lump-sum cash option will be 132-million.



(Portland, OR)  --  Bullseye Glass in Portland says it will have to lay off employees as a result of an order from the state to stop using lead and other components in its manufacture of glass.  The company says the restrictions will result in a stoppage in production of 80 percent of its products.  Governor Kate Brown directed the Department of Environmental Quality last week to issue the cease-and-desist order to be effective for ten days.  The order was issued after air-quality testing on May 19th showed lead levels at four times the 24-hour benchmark.



(Portland, OR)  --  MAX lines are back to normal, following two weeks of maintenance projects which halted various routes.  TriMet officials say drainage problems were fixed, switches were replaced, and track repairs were done over the last couple of weeks.  The maintenance work caused delays of up to 45 minutes for many commuters.  MAX routes returned to normal operation yesterday.



(Washington, DC)  --  White House officials say President Barack Obama will visit Seattle next month for a fundraiser.  The president is slated to raise money at the Washington State Convention Center on June 24th for Governor Jay Inslee, who's running for re-election.  SeattlePI.com reports Inslee's campaign fundraising is currently about three times that of his Republican challenger, Bill Bryant.  
 



(Salem, OR)  --  The Mega Millions jackpot is now above the 200-million-dollar mark.  Tomorrow night's drawing will be for an estimated grand prize of 203-million dollars, after the weekend drawing failed to produce any jackpot winners.  The last grand-prize winner bought a ticket in Seattle worth 157-million dollars in early March.



(Oregon City, OR)  --  Police continue to investigate a deadly officer-involved shooting in Oregon City.  Authorities say a suspect was shot and killed Saturday afternoon in the area of Highway 99E and 2nd Street.  Police say the suspect resisted arrest and was wounded during the confrontation, which involved two officers.  The suspect, whose name hasn't been released, died at the scene.  One officer was treated for minor injuries.



(Ocean Park, WA)  --  Officials say a girl from Warrenton, Oregon drowned off the Washington coast.  Pacific County Sheriff Scott Johnson says a report that the girl vanished came in around seven o'clock yesterday evening.  Rescue teams spotted the girl about a quarter-mile from where she was believed to have gone in, and took her to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.  Her name hasn't been released.



(Chicago, IL)  --  An agreement is to be signed today that will lead to delivery of 100 Boeing planes to Vietnam's only private airline.  "The Seattle Times" reports delivery of the Boeing 737 Max 200 planes to VietJet will run for four years beginning in 2019.  Boeing says the airline will expand its fleet to 200 by 2023.  The agreement is slated to be signed today in Hanoi during President Obama's visit to Vietnam.



(Portland, OR)  --  Gas prices are flat from yesterday in the Portland area.  Triple-A reports the average for a gallon of regular is two-44, which is about two cents higher than the average at this time last week.  The national average for regular is two-28 a gallon.



(Oregon City, OR)  --  A Portland police officer is facing multiple charges in connection with a crash during which he's accused of driving drunk.  The Clackamas County District Attorney's Office filed nine misdemeanor charges yesterday against officer Daniel Craig Chastain in regard to the April 25th crash in Happy Valley.  Court papers say Chastain unlawfully and knowingly operated a City of Portland-owned vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.  The driver of a Toyota pickup truck involved in the crash was injured.



(Molalla, OR)  --  Authorities say an elderly man and his caregiver died in a fire early yesterday morning at a home near Molalla.  Fire investigators say the blaze, which happened early yesterday morning at the home along a rural stretch of Leabo Road, was confined to a bed but appears to have caused a large amount of smoke that killed the men.  The Molalla Fire Department says it's not known whether smoke alarms in the house were functioning at the time.  No names have been released.



(Stanwood, WA)  --  Snohomish County, Washington, authorities say skeletal remains found by hikers are those of a Portland man who disappeared 28 years ago.  Officials day dental records recently led to the positive identification of Roy T. Blair, who was 28-years-old when he vanished in 1988.  The remains were found on January 20th near Kayak Point.  After the identification was confirmed, Blair's sister and daughter were contacted in Portland.



(Olympia, WA)  --  Bill Bryant is officially running to unseat Democratic incumbent Washington Governor Jay Inslee.  The Republican, who has served on the Seattle Port Commission since 2008, announced last year he intended to run for governor.  In filing his paperwork yesterday, Bryant said the state of Washington is in need of new leadership.  A statewide Elway poll, taken in April, showed 48-percent of voters questioned preferred Inslee, while 36-percent favored Bryant.



(Portland, OR)  --  Drivers in the Portland area are seeing fuel prices continue to rise.  The average for a gallon of regular is two-44, a half-cent higher than yesterday.  It's also nearly four-cents a gallon above the average of a week ago.



(Portland, OR)  --  Bullseye Glass in Portland is being required to stop the use of lead and other materials in the manufacture of its products for ten days.  Governor Kate Brown directed the Department of Environmental Quality yesterday to issue the cease-and-desist order, after air-quality monitoring at a daycare center near the glass company revealed immediate, short-term health risks from lead levels.  DEQ says test results showed the lead levels were four times the 24-hour standard.  Bullseye Glass Company vice president Jim Jones told KOIN-TV the new restrictions are making it extremely difficult for the business to move forward.



(Washington, DC)  --  A researcher for the University of Washington is one of the latest recipients of the nation's highest recognition for scientific achievement.  Dr. Mary-Claire King, who discovered the gene linked to increased breast-cancer risk, received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation yesterday from President Obama.  In addition to discovering the gene, King developed DNA strategies now used in forensic anthropology and human-rights prosecutions around the world.  King also received an Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation Award in 2014 for her DNA-research discoveries.



(Portland, OR)  --  Parents are being warned, after a case of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, was confirmed at Clinton Kelly Elementary School in Southeast Portland.  KATU-TV reports it brings the number of whooping-cough cases in the area this year to nine.  The Multnomah County Health Department says pertussis is more of a nuisance for healthy adults, but it can be dangerous for younger individuals.  Officials say vaccination is the best protection against it.



(Salem, OR)  --  Tonight's Mega Millions drawing is living up to its name.  The grand prize will be an estimated 187-million dollars.  The lump-sum cash option is more than 123-million.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Police say a 13-year-old boy is being hospitalized after being hit by a suspected drunk driver in Hillsboro.  Authorities say the crash took place yesterday at the intersection of Southeast River and Southeast Witch Hazel roads.  Police say 22-year-old Cerefino Santos left the scene, but returned shortly afterward, then traveled down River Road and crashed into a ditch.  The teenaged pedestrian suffered minor injuries.  Santos wasn't injured.



(Portland, OR)  --  A 20-year-old man is facing charges, after being accused of stealing a hoverboard from a 14-year-old boy.  Portland police say Kwaleam Pinkly pointed a gun at the boy and stole the hoverboard Tuesday evening near Southeast 96th Avenue and Southeast Harold Street.  Authorities say Pinkly also pointed the gun at one of the victim's friends before he tossed the hoverboard into his car.



(Washington, DC)  --  New legislation going before Congress is intended to set a national standard for getting physical evidence from sexual assault victims.  Washington's senior U.S. Senator, Patty Murray says the bill aims to establish a national training program to expand health-care access for victims of sexual assault.  Murray says the measure is in response to a KING-5 report last year, which showed many hospitals in Washington state don't have a specially-trained forensic nurse examiner on staff to handle rape kits.  Also contained in the bill is 12-million dollars for a pilot grant program.



(Portland, OR)  --  Six people accused of perpetrating a "mob-style" robbery at an AT&T store in West Linn are in police custody.  Authorities say following the robbery yesterday, the four males and two females fled the store and piled into a vehicle, which took off but later crashed near Riverdale High School in Portland.  Police say the six fled the vehicle, but three were caught immediately and the other three were rounded up later.  Officials say the suspects include four men in their 20s and two juvenile girls.



(Portland, OR)  --  Prices are slightly higher today at the gas pump in the Portland metro.  Triple-A's latest survey shows the average for regular is two-44 a gallon, up a half-cent from yesterday.  It's also four cents a gallon above the average of a week ago.



(Portland, OR)  --  A 15-year-old boy is in trouble with the law, after being accused of punching a TriMet bus driver.  Police say the attack took place in April in the area of Southeast 122nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard.  Three suspects were being sought initially, but authorities now say the 15-year-old is the only suspect.  The teen, who was arrested yesterday, is facing assault charges.



(Olympia, WA)  --  State officials say Washington added more than eleven-thousand jobs between March and April.   Despite that, the unemployment rate remains unchanged at a seasonally-adjusted five-point-eight percent.  Employment Security Department labor economist Paul Turek says the state's economy continues steady growth, with more than 100-thousand jobs added since April 2015.  The department says job growth during March was greatest in the professional & business services sector, with about 33-hundred new jobs.



(Olympia, WA)  --  State Route 99 in Washington will soon be named for a black Civil War veteran from the Evergreen State.  The Everett "Herald" reports the Washington State Transportation Commission has agreed to name S-R 99 after William P. Stewart of Snohomish, who fought in the 29th Colored Infantry during the Civil War.  The highway has been named for Confederate President Jefferson Davis since 1940, when markers were installed in Blaine and Vancouver by the United Daughters of the Confederacy.  Former state Representative Hans Dunshee of Snohomish began an effort in 2002 to have the highway renamed after Stewart.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler will succeed Charlie Hales as Portland mayor.  Wheeler, a Democrat, garnered 57-percent of the vote last night among a field of 16 candidates to win the race without the need for a runoff.  Multnomah County Commissioner Jules Bailey collected 16-percent to finish second and Sara Iannarone placed third with ten-percent of the vote in her first run for elected office.  Wheeler will replace Hales, who served one term as mayor and didn't run for re-election.



(Salem, OR)  --  Democrat Kate Brown will face Republican Bud Pierce this fall in the race for Oregon governor.  Brown is seeking her first full term in office after she took over following the resignation of John Kitzhaber in February 2015.  She easily won last night's Democratic primary with 85-percent of the vote.  Pierce, a physician from Salem who's running for public office for the first time, won the Republican nomination with 48-percent, while 29-percent went to Lake Oswego investor Allen Alley.



(Salem, OR)  --  Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders says he'll fight as long as he can after winning last night's Oregon presidential primary over fellow Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.  Sanders received 53-percent of the vote to 45-percent for the former U.S. Secretary of State, who won a close race over Sanders in Kentucky.  Donald Trump, who's the only Republican candidate left in the race, got 65-percent of the vote in Oregon.  That's compared to 16-percent each for Ted Cruz and John Kasich, who were both still on the ballot after suspending their respective campaigns.



(Salem, OR)  --  The jackpot continues to grow for the next Mega Millions drawing.  There were no tickets sold for last night's drawing that matched all the winning numbers, so the top prize for Friday night's drawing will be an estimated 187-million-dollars.  The cash option will be more than 123-million.



(Portland, OR)  --  With most votes counted, Portland's ten-cent gasoline tax is on the verge of passing.  Officials say the tax hike will generate millions of dollars to fix and maintain Portland's streets.  The measure is currently ahead by about four-thousand votes.  City officials say spending from the program will be overseen by a Citizen's Oversight Committee.


 

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)

 

Lane closures, flaggers on Skyliners Road (5/25)

 
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