(Portland, OR) -- A man accused of murdering his aunt in Gresham is in police custody. Officials say 36-year-old Teddy Stivahtis Jr. was arrested yesterday at the Fred Meyer in Portland's Burlingame neighborhood. Stivahtis is accused of fatally stabbing his aunt, Deanna Stivahtis, on October 10th in Gresham. He's also accused of robbing two Portland-area banks.
(Cloverdale, OR) -- A 70-year-old man is dead, following a crash on U.S. Highway 101 in Tillamook County. Oregon State Police say a 21-year-old Beaverton man was driving on a suspended license yesterday when he crossed the center line in his pickup truck and slammed into a Ford sedan about three miles north of Cloverdale. The driver of the Ford was pronounced dead at the scene. Christopher Allen Fitch of Beaverton, who sustained minor injuries, is facing charges of reckless driving and violating probation.
(Portland, OR) -- Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to one-thousand dollars for information leading to an arrest in the case of a bomb found near a Portland park. The explosive device had a tripwire attached, and was found on a trail near Forest Park last Saturday. Police describe the device as an improvised firearm with a pipe loaded with a shotgun shell, connected to a tripwire across the trail. The bomb, which was already inoperable, was safely removed by a bomb squad.
(Salem, OR) -- GOP state Representative Dennis Richardson is asking a federal prosecutor to investigate allegations of bribery, money laundering, and conspiracy against Governor John Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes. Richardson, who's challenging Kitzhaber in the governor's race, has requested an investigation into whether the governor and Hayes violated federal law and state ethics laws by using their positions for financial gain. Richardson outlined the allegations in a letter to U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall. A spokesperson for Kitzhaber's campaign says Richardson is engaging in "an obvious political stunt."
(Longview, WA) -- The National Weather Service says a small tornado ripped a six-block path through Cowlitz County. The EF-1 twister, which touched down around one p.m. yesterday in Longview, uprooted trees and tore roofs off homes and businesses. Officials say the tornado started at a Safeway on 15th Avenue and traveled along Vandercook Way. No injuries were reported.
(Salem, OR) -- A 16-year-old boy is being treated for critical injuries after being hit by a vehicle. Marion County authorities say the teen was hit as he was jogging Wednesday evening on Swegle Road Northeast near Cordon Road Northeast in Salem. Sheriff's deputies say the teen was wearing all black with no reflective gear as it rained heavily at the time of the crash. The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation.
(Albany, OR) -- Oregon State Police are investigating a crash on I-5 that killed a woman near Albany. Troopers say the woman crashed into a tractor-trailer rig after she left the northbound lanes and crossed into southbound traffic. The truck crossed the median and slammed into a concrete barrier, and the driver sustained minor injuries. The woman died at the scene.
(Aloha, OR) -- Power is restored for about 24-hundred Portland General Electric customers in Aloha. The area was hit by an outage around 4:10 yesterday afternoon. PGE is investigating to determine if the outage was connected to downed power lines near Southwest Farmington Road and Kinnaman Road in Aloha.
(Clackamas County, OR) -- One person is dead, following a three-vehicle crash in Clackamas County. Oregon State Police say the crash happened around three p.m. yesterday along state Highway 224 between Southeast 130th and 135th avenues. That stretch of 224 was closed for several hours until the scene was cleared. No names have been released.
(Portland, OR) -- The City of Portland will appeal part of a federal judge's order regarding hearings to track the progress of the city's police reforms. "The Oregonian" reports the Portland City Council has approved a request by Mayor Charlie Hales to file the appeal. Hales and city commissioners oppose the judge's order to continue oversight of a settlement agreement between the city and the U.S. Department of Justice on police-reform efforts. Judge Michael H. Simon has already approved the agreement as "fair, reasonable, and adequate."
(Portland, OR) -- Officials are urging people to avoid contact with the Willamette River, from south of the Sellwood Bridge to near Kelley Point Park. The Bureau of Environmental Services says yesterday's heavy rainfall caused the city's sewer system to overflow into the river. The Bureau says the overflow is contaminated with untreated sewage. People who do have contact with river water within 48 hours of issuance of the advisory are urged to wash their hands thoroughly.
(Portland, OR) -- A new SurveyUSA poll shows big gains for GOP candidate Dennis Richardson in the Oregon governor's race. The poll, commissioned by KATU-TV, shows Democratic incumbent John Kitzhaber is preferred by 38 percent of those questioned, while 37 percent support Richardson. But the survey also shows that 18 percent of those who were going to vote for Kitzhaber plan to switch their votes to Richardson. Kitzhaber's fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, has been surrounded by controversy since she revealed she was paid five-thousand dollars to participate in a sham marriage in the 1990s to help an Ethiopian man gain citizenship.
(Okanogan, WA) -- Landowners in Okanogan County, Washington, who lost their homes during the Carlton Complex wildfire during the summer, are blaming firefighting crews for not doing enough to save the homes. At a meeting of Okanogan County commissioners, residents blamed Washington State Department of Natural Resources personnel, saying their response to the fire was lax and led to the loss of dozens of homes. DNR manager Loren Torgerson told Q-13 that conditions involved with what's called the largest wildfire in the state's history were "far and above" what had been seen before and that crews battled the fire courageously. Last week, tort claims were filed against DNR on behalf of 65 landowners whose property was damaged by the wildfire.
(Hillsboro, OR) -- Netflix's DVD support call center in Hillsboro is planned for closure next June. The company says the center's operations will be moved to California. There are currently about 200 people working at the Hillsboro facility. A Netflix official told KOIN-TV the company is centralizing its workforce as more customers use video streaming rather than DVDs.
(Milwaukie, OR) -- Milwaukie police are investigating the death of a 43-year-old man as a homicide. Kenneth Scham [[ sham ]] died shortly after he was found lying in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Southeast 22nd Avenue late Monday night. Police say an autopsy revealed that Scham died of "homicidal violence." Investigators say they've identified a suspect but aren't releasing his name at this point.
(Estacada, OR) -- Clackamas County sheriff's deputies are investigating a single-vehicle crash that killed a 21-year-old man. Authorities say the vehicle went out of control on South Hayden Road in Estacada late Monday night and partially ejected the driver. Deputies are trying to determine what caused the crash. Officials haven't yet released the man's name.
(Lebanon, OR) -- Linn County authorities say a woman died following a tractor crash. Deputies say 47-year-old Doris Eileen Jennings and her husband were working yesterday afternoon to remove a tree on private property in Lebanon. The tractor, which was chained to the tree, flipped over on top of Jennings when she applied more throttle to the engine. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
(Gervais, OR) -- A 13-year-old boy is dead after being hit by a train in Marion County. Sheriff's deputies say the accident happened south of Gervais around 7:50 last night. Officials say the teen was walking on the tracks when he was hit by the Amtrak train. The boy's name hasn't been released.
(Tualatin, OR) -- A suspect is in custody, after allegedly being stopped in a rental car carrying 52 pounds of marijuana. Oregon State Police say the Seattle man was pulled over yesterday morning on I-5 near Tualatin [[ too-AWL-uh-tin ]] for a traffic violation in a car with California plates. Troopers say they found the pot, which has a street value of 130-thousand dollars, in the trunk of the car. The 38-year-old man will likely face charges of unlawful possession and distribution of a controlled substance.
(Bremerton, WA) -- Governor Jay Inslee says Washingtonians will need to make some "hard choices" if the state is to maintain its status as an exceptional place to live. The governor made the remarks yesterday before members of the Bremerton Chamber of Commerce. Inslee says Washington residents must be willing to invest in education and transportation, and be a leader in dealing with green energy and ocean acidification, if the state is to continue running well. He told the "Kitsap Sun" he'd like to see lawmakers eliminate some tax loopholes as they try to fill the gap between what the state has and what it needs.
(Vancouver, WA) -- Vancouver police are alleging that a man admitted abusing his infant son prior to the child's death. Authorities say David Redmond reportedly told investigators he abused his son, Everett, every few days since he was born. Officials say Redmond told police his son was "fussy," and that led to the child being thrown across a room and suffering a brain injury responsible for his death. Redmond was arrested on October 16th and is charged with first-degree murder.
(Portland, OR) -- Police say a Portland man who had been reported missing is now safe. Officials say 19-year-old Ian Biggs called police yesterday after he saw himself on a television news report. Biggs had not been seen or heard from since October 11th, when he was dropped off at a MAX platform in Chinatown.
(Portland, OR) -- Gasoline prices in the Portland metro area are still on their way down. The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular fell a penny-and-a-half overnight, to just under three-34 a gallon. That's 14 cents a gallon below the average of a week ago.
(Milwaukie, OR) -- Milwaukie police are investigating what's being called a suspicious death. Officials told KOIN-TV that a person was found around 10:44 last night, lying in the area of Southeast 22nd Avenue and Southeast Bluebird Street. That person was later pronounced dead. Police have not released the identity of the victim.
(Portland, OR) -- Portland police say an explosive device that contained a tripwire was found Saturday on a trail near Forest Park. A bomb squad was dispatched that evening to "Firelane 3" on Northwest Thunder Crest Drive, where the device was found. Portland Police Sergeant Pete Simpson told KGW-TV that the device was an improvised firearm with a pipe loaded with a shotgun shell. The matter remains under investigation.
(Portland, OR) -- Two downtown Portland buildings are now among those listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The original Heathman hotel at 723 Southwest Salmon was built in 1926, and is now known as the Park Tower. The Lexington Apartments at 1125 Southwest 12th Avenue went up in 1910, and were originally known as the Hanthorn Apartments. Both buildings are operated today as affordable housing by Cedar Sinai Park.
(Seattle, WA) -- Police are warning parents of Halloween trick-or-treaters in Washington to watch out for marijuana-infused treats. Since sales of recreational pot began in the state, cannabis-infused edibles have been popular. Police say that if treats, especially cookies or other baked goods, aren't professionally packaged in a factory, that's reason to believe something might be wrong. Authorities say they haven't received reports of kids accidentally getting pot-laced edibles in Washington, but they want parents to be prepared.
(Wood Village, OR) -- A man who allegedly crashed into two vehicles while speeding away from a police roadblock in a stolen vehicle is behind bars. Multnomah County deputies say after the Chrysler was pulled over yesterday near 238th Avenue and Halsey Street in Wood Village, it sped off along Halsey. Authorities say the Chrysler hit two vehicles on Fairview Avenue, injuring two people. Deputies say 30-year-old Wayne Mauser of The Dalles was arrested after he crawled out of the Chysler and ran through a field in an effort to escape.
(Spokane, WA) -- The Spokane City Council is considering an ordinance designed to prevent abandoned homes from collapsing into disrepair. Officials say the ordinance would require banks or other responsible parties to register all abandoned homes within city limits and provide a local contact to monitor and respond to issues with the property. The owners of the properties would be required to pay a 200-dollar fee annually, and failure to register would draw a civil fine of 500 dollars. A Spokane City Council member told the "Spokesman-Review" the ordinance would hold banks and mortgage lenders accountable for properties they've foreclosed on, keeping them in good condition, and protecting property values.
(Lake Oswego, OR) -- Police believe no foul play was involved in the death of a man whose body was found in Oswego Lake. The body was found floating in the lake yesterday morning. Investigators say the man may have been kayaking. An autopsy is being conducted.
(Gresham, OR) -- Gresham police are hoping to identify a suspect, after a ten-year-old girl was shot in the leg at a local apartment complex. Authorities say tenants at the Raintree Apartments on Southeast 187th Street reported a number of shots were fired around nine o'clock Saturday morning. A bullet went through a wall and struck the girl in the leg. The child is expected to be okay.
(Salem, OR) -- A teacher at an alternative school in Salem is on paid administrative leave, pending the investigation of an incident in which she reportedly tore the shirt off one of her students. Officials say Carrie Mann has been with the Salem-Keizer school district for the past 23 years. A cell-phone video shows her taking the shirt off Sara Rue during a scuffle at the Roberts Alternative High School Annex last Thursday. Rue says she was leaving the classroom because of the anxiety she was feeling while the teacher argued with another student.
(Hillsboro, OR) -- Hillsboro police are investigating the death of a six-month-old girl, who was left alone in a car parked on the Intel campus for about six hours. Authorities say the baby died yesterday at Tuality Hospital. Fire department officials say the child was unresponsive and undergoing CPR at the scene when firefighters and officers arrived. Firefighters say the baby's father is an Intel employee.
(Portland, OR) -- A Portland city official says the City Council's vote on whether to implement a controversial street fee may happen the day before Thanksgiving. "The Oregonian" reports Portland Chief Administrative Officer Fred Miller told an advisory panel that the Council's first hearing on the proposal will likely be held on November 19th. That would mean the Council couldn't vote on it any earlier than Wednesday, November 26th. Officials say the proposed street fee, which would be applied in varying degrees to residents and businesses, would gross about 40-million dollars per year for street projects.
(Portland, OR) -- Crime Stoppers is offering a one-thousand-dollar reward for information leading to an arrest, following a deadly stabbing in downtown Portland. Police say 43-year-old March Stephen Sundin was found lying face-down early yesterday morning, across the street from City Hall near Terry Schrunk Plaza. Investigators believe Sundin was stabbed several blocks from where he was found. Detectives say they have no description of a suspect.
(Salem, OR) -- A man who was 15-years-old when he raped and killed a high-school classmate in Beaverton is out of prison. Conrad Engweiler was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole in 40 years for the murder of 16-year-old Erin Reynolds in 1990. After a review of a psychosexual risk assessment, the state parole board decided last month that Engweiler should be released. Engweiler's appearance before the parole board was a result of an Oregon Supreme Court ruling regarding time off for good behavior.
(Auburn, WA) -- Police believe a body that was found in a ravine in Auburn, Washington is that of actress Misty Upham. Upham, who was a member of the Blackfeet tribe, was in the area to visit family before she went missing more than a week ago. Auburn police say the body was found yesterday at the bottom of a 150-foot embankment near the White River. Upham, who grew up in the Auburn area, appeared in films including "Django Unchained" and "August: Osage County."
(Salem, OR) -- The Oregon Republican Party is alleging that Governor John Kitzhaber and his fiancee have violated state ethics laws. KOIN-TV reports Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes, who's also an adviser to the governor, are accused of conflict-of-interest transactions, benefiting from public contracts, and using buildings for personal and financial gain. Earlier this week, Kitzhaber asked the state ethics commission to issue a formal opinion on Hayes' work in the governor's office and on her contracts with three nonprofit organizations. The governor is running for re-election against GOP challenger, state Representative Dennis Richardson.
(Salem, OR) -- Oregon state health officials say a woman who was admitted to Salem Hospital has no risk of contracting Ebola, but is being kept in isolation as a precaution. The woman was taken to the emergency room yesterday morning after displaying flu-like symptoms and expressing concerns about her recent trip to Africa. Officials say, however, that the patient did not visit any of the countries battling outbreaks of Ebola.
(Portland, OR) -- Police are investigating a stabbing death in downtown Portland. Authorities say the victim, who's believed to have been in his 30s or 40s, was found dead around 2:25 this morning at the corner of Southwest 4th Avenue and Madison Street. Police closed off the streets around Terry Schrunk Plaza, Chapman, and Lownsdale squares during the on-scene investigation. Anyone who has information on the stabbing is asked to call the Police Bureau at 503-823-3333.
(Vancouver, WA) -- Vancouver police say no charges will be filed against a man whose son was the subject of an AMBER Alert. The boy, who was picked up from an elementary school in Vancouver Tuesday afternoon, was found early yesterday morning with his father in Hood River. Authorities say the father won't be charged because he was listed in the school's records as a parent with no restrictions.
(Gresham, OR) -- The FBI is still on the lookout for a man who's accused of killing his aunt at her home in Gresham. Authorities say Teddy Stivahtis Jr. is also a suspect in a bank robbery in Canby. The victim, Deanna Stivahtis, was found stabbed to death last week. The FBI is offering a ten-thousand-dollar reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.
(Molalla, OR) -- Police are investigating a crash on Oregon Highway 211 that left a woman dead. Oregon State Police say a westbound Ford Mustang crossed the center line just east of Molalla around 2:30 yesterday afternoon, and slammed into an oncoming Honda Accord. A 64-year-old woman who drove the Honda died later at a hospital. The woman's granddaughter and the driver of the Mustang suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
(Seattle, WA) -- Embattled Mars Hill Church founder and pastor Mark Driscoll is stepping down. The website for the Seattle-based mega-church says Driscoll submitted his resignation earlier this week, and it was accepted by the church's Board of Overseers. Driscoll had been on a leave of absence for about two months, following accusations of bullying and conflict with fellow church administrators, as well as cutbacks and closures of some of its locations because of financial problems. Mars Hill opened a church in Southeast Portland in 2011.
(Gresham, OR) -- Police are looking for a man who's accused of stabbing his aunt to death at her home in Gresham. Authorities say 36-year-old Teddy Stivahtis Jr. is accused in the death of 70-year-old Deanna Stivahtis, whose body was found last Thursday in a mobile home on Northeast Division Street. Police say Teddy Stivahtis was seen driving his aunt's van away from her home before her body was found. The van, a 1989, dark-green Dodge Caravan, hasn't been located.
(Salem, OR) -- Salem police are looking for a 14-year-old girl who's been reported missing. Chloe Olivia Nelson was discovered missing from her home in South Salem around six a.m. yesterday. Nelson is described as being about five-feet-four, with a medium build, long brown hair, and possibly in possession of a green backpack. Anyone with information is asked to call the Salem Police Department at 503-588-6123.
(Vancouver, WA) -- An AMBER Alert issued for a nine-year-old Vancouver boy is no longer in effect. "The Oregonian" reports Andrey Voronenko is said to be "safe and well" after he was found earlier this morning in Hood River. The AMBER Alert was issued yesterday after police reported the boy was picked up at Mill Plain Elementary School by his father, Alexy Voronenko. Authorities say the elder Voronenko has been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic.
(Hillsboro, OR) -- A pedestrian is seriously injured, after he was hit by a vehicle in Hillsboro. Police say the crash happened shortly after nine o'clock last night in the area of Southeast Johnson Street and Southwest Cornelius Pass Road. Authorities say the man was crossing Cornelius Pass Road and appeared to be intoxicated when he was hit. The man's injuries are considered life-threatening.
(Portland, OR) -- Prices at the gas pump continue a steady decline in the Portland metro area. The latest survey by Triple-A shows regular gas is averaging three-45 a gallon, more than two-and-a-half cents below yesterday's average. It's also more than eleven cents cheaper than a week ago. Regular gas is averaging about three-18 a gallon nationwide.
(Portland, OR) -- Governor John Kitzhaber's fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, is facing more controversy. Hayes says she and a man bought 60 acres in Washington in 1997 with the intention of establishing a marijuana growing operation. She says it happened several months after she married an Ethiopian man for the purpose of helping him gain U.S. citizenship. Hayes says the marijuana grow in Okanogan never materialized and she was "never financially involved" with purchasing the land.
(Salem, OR) -- Governor Kitzhaber is asking the Oregon Government Ethics Commission to find out whether his fiancee used her role as first lady to benefit financially and violate state ethics rules. An attorney for Kitzhaber wrote the commission, asking it to look into potential conflict-of-interest relative to contracts awarded to a consulting firm run by Cylvia Hayes. KOIN-TV reports the ethics commission is being requested to determine whether the role of first lady should be deemed similar to that of a public official.
(Seattle, WA) -- It's now official; every second Monday in October will be observed as Indigenous People's Day in Seattle. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray signed the resolution yesterday, changing Columbus Day in the city to Indigenous People's Day. Supporters of the change say Christopher Columbus and his crew committed genocide after sailing to the New World and should not be celebrated. Opponents, including Italian-Americans, say the change is an example of out-of-control political correctness.
(Portland, OR) -- Portland General Electric says more than eleven-thousand customers in Multnomah County are without power. Another 18-hundred in Clackamas County are also experiencing outages. PGE says equipment failure is the cause of some of the outages, and a tree on a power line is responsible for at least one outage. Officials estimate power will be restored by seven a.m.
(Salem, OR) -- The Oregon Employment Department says more than 850-thousand job seekers who have registered with the WorkForce Oregon Management Information System may have been compromised by a security breach. Officials say so far, there's no evidence that the information that may have been accessed has been used. However, the department says it wants to make sure it contacts those who have registered with the system. The Employment Department says it's working with police departments to find out whether any criminal activity has taken place.
(Portland, OR) -- Buying gasoline in the Portland area continues to get cheaper. Triple-A reports the average for a gallon of regular fell about a penny overnight, to just under three-48. That's more than ten cents a gallon below the average of a week ago. The national average for regular is about three-19 a gallon.
(Salem, OR) -- Today's the deadline to register to vote for those who wish to cast ballots in the November 4th election. Oregon residents have the option of registering in person, through the mail, or online. A valid driver's license, state ID card, or other proof of residence will be required.
(Portland, OR) -- Police continue to investigate after a pedestrian was hit and killed by a MAX train in East Portland. Authorities say 71-year-old Joe Hill died after being hit Friday night at 160th Avenue and East Burnside Street. Police say the train operator was not impaired at the time of the accident.
(Gresham, OR) -- The death of a woman, whose body was found in her mobile home in Gresham, is being investigated as a homicide. Police say 70-year-old Deanna Stivahtis was found dead Saturday afternoon as family members went to check on her at the trailer on Northeast Division Street. Police say a green 1989 Dodge Caravan that belonged to Stivahtis, with Oregon plat WQS 804, is missing. The vehicle is reported to have extensive damage on the passenger side, and anyone who spots it is being asked to immediately call 9-1-1.
(Kalama, WA) -- Police are investigating after a Longview man was found dead in the Kalama Marina. Authorities say 61-year-old John Duchsherer had last been seen on a boat at the marina at 1:30 yesterday morning, after he and a friend arrived there from a night of drinking. Police say Duchsherer's body was found yesterday afternoon by boaters after he apparently drowned.
(Hillsboro, OR) -- Four families are looking for new places to stay, after a fire ripped through an apartment building in Hillsboro. Investigators say a kitchen fire spread into the attic of the 12-unit complex on Southeast Oak Street around seven p.m. Saturday. No one was injured in the blaze. The Red Cross is assisting the displaced families.
(Portland, OR) -- Portland police say a woman who was injured when a drunk driver crashed a vehicle into a minivan has died. Authorities say 45-year-old Jeanette Rene Fields died Wednesday of injuries she sustained in the crash, which happened last Sunday. Officials say 34-year-old Joshua Eric Lindsay crashed the stolen vehicle he was driving into the minivan in the area of Northeast Prescott Street and 94th Avenue. Fields was a passenger in the stolen car. Lindsay is facing multiple charges
(Portland, OR) -- The fiancee of Governor John Kitzhaber says she kept an illegal marriage secret from the governor until this week. Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes told reporters yesterday she was paid five-thousand dollars to marry an Ethiopian man in order to help him secure residency in the U.S. The marriage lasted from 1997 to 2002. Hayes says she will accept the consequences for a serious mistake that Kitzhaber had no knowledge of.
(Seattle, WA) -- An Italian-American group is objecting to the City of Seattle creating Indigenous People's Day to replace the local observance of Columbus Day. Organizers with the activist group say a full-page newspaper ad will be taken out to protest disrespect and "excessive political correctness" on the part of city officials. Supporters of the change say Christopher Columbus left a legacy of slavery and genocide at the expense of Native Americans. Mayor Ed Murray is scheduled Monday to sign the resolution, which was approved earlier this week by the Seattle City Council.
(Portland, OR) -- Police are searching for a suspect, following a shooting that left one person wounded in Southeast Portland. Investigators say the shooting happened shortly before four p.m. yesterday in the area of Southeast Stephens Street and 165th. Police say the victim was taken to a hospital in a private vehicle, and the injuries aren't considered life-threatening.
(Portland, OR) -- A nanny is scheduled to spend a year-and-a-half behind bars for leaving two young children in a van in 90-degree heat while she was tanning in a salon. Kristin Marie Jones pleaded guilty yesterday to multiple charges, including criminal mistreatment and recklessly endangering. Authorities say Jones left the three-year-old boy and two-month-old girl inside the vehicle in May of this year, during one of the hottest days of the spring. Jones will also be on probation for five years.
(Seattle, WA) -- A University of Washington researcher says the U.S. government underestimated the danger of the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Microbiologist Michael Katze [[ KAT-zuh ]], who's studied Ebola for the past ten years, told KING-5 that the response by the CDC, the National Institute of Health, and the World Health Organization have been "inadequate." An Ebola patient from Liberia, who was being treated in Dallas, died yesterday. Officials say a Dallas County sheriff's deputy who entered the patient's apartment is undergoing testing for Ebola.
(Portland, OR) -- A Portland man is accused of leaving his two young children in a hot vehicle while he was getting a massage. Thirty-five-year-old Khalid Albugami is facing charges of second-degree child neglect. Police sat Albugami left the children, ages five and six, in his van yesterday afternoon while he was getting the message at Massage Envy in Sherwood. Medics were dispatched to the scene after an employee called 9-1-1 when the children began honking the horn.
(Washington, DC) -- Vice President Joe Biden is slated to host a rally today in Portland for Senator Jeff Merkley. The event is scheduled to start at one o'clock this afternoon at the Oregon Convention Center. The rally is free and open to the public. Tomorrow, Biden is scheduled to speak at Renton Technical College in Washington, then head to Seattle for a fundraiser for Senator Maria Cantwell.
(Portland, OR) -- Police are investigating a report of an attempted kidnapping of a child in Northeast Portland. Officials say the 13-year-old girl was walking yesterday morning from one bus stop to another in the area of Northeast 82nd Avenue and Prescott Street, when a man got out of his vehicle after shouting to the teen and grabbed her by the arm. The teen was able to escape after kicking the man. Police describe the man as white, in his 50s or 60s, about five-feet-eight and very thin, balding, with bushy, gray stubble on his face, and bad teeth.
(Portland, OR) -- Rumors of an Ebola patient being treated in Portland are untrue. KATU-TV reports it received rumors yesterday that an Ebola patient was being treated at Oregon Health and Science University. The station says both the hospital and the Centers for Disease Control confirmed no one with Ebola is in Oregon.
(Portland, OR) -- Police are looking for a suspect in an armed robbery in North Portland. Investigators say a man and a woman were walking early yesterday morning in the area of North Mason Avenue and North Mississippi Street, when they were accosted by a man who displayed a gun and demanded all their belongings. The man, who wore a bandanna over his face, is described as African-American, about six-feet-two, between 30 and 40 years old. Anyone with information is asked to call Portland Police.
(Portland, OR) -- A man who was found suffering from a gunshot wound is expected to recover, but Portland police want to know where the shooting happened. Officials say the man was "high on bath salts" when he was found early yesterday morning at a home on Southeast Gladstone Street. Investigators believe the shooting happened elsewhere, and a suspect hasn't yet been identified.
(Seattle, WA) -- The pastor of a Seattle church is calling for legislators to amend the law that legalizes the recreational use of marijuana in Washington. Mount Calvary Christian Center Pastor Reggie Witherspoon led a group yesterday that protested outside Uncle Ike's in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, saying Seattle's second pot retailer is located too close to his church on 23rd Avenue. The law currently mandates a one-thousand-foot buffer between marijuana retailers and schools, playgrounds, and federally subsidized housing, but doesn't include churches. Witherspoon urged the protesters to meet again near the store during the coming week, and the owner of Uncle Ike's told SeattlePI.com says he welcomes the protests.
(Portland, OR) -- Funeral services are pending for Portland soul and gospel singer Linda Hornbuckle, who died Saturday at age 59. Hornbuckle, who began singing in her father's church at age six, had been battling kidney cancer for the past two years. The "Portland Tribune" reports an October 14th Love for Linda concert, scheduled at the Crystal Ballroom to raise money to cover Hornbuckle's medical bills, will go on as planned, but will be a celebration of the singer's life.
(Portland, OR) -- A man accused in a stabbing in Southeast Portland is scheduled to be arraigned today. The suspect, 27-year-old Tiai Yalap, turned himself in to Portland police Saturday. Yalap is facing a charge of first-degree assault in connection with the stabbing, which happened early Friday morning in the area of Southeast 99th Avenue and Stark Street. The 35-year-old victim, whose name hasn't been released, is in serious condition.
(Gervais, OR) -- The world record for the largest squash is now held by a man from Eugene. Scott Holub's squash weighed in Saturday at 15-hundred-78 pounds at Bauman's Farm and Garden in Gervais, during the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off. It beat the old record by about ten pounds.
(Clark County, WA) -- Police are looking for a man who escaped from a patrol car while still in handcuffs. Authorities say 26-year-old Cameron Peterson was pulled yesterday over at a residence on Northeast Glory Trail in rural Clark County after it was found that he was riding a stolen motorcycle. Deputies say Peterson, who bolted into a wooded area as he was being arrested, is described as a white man who's five-feet-eight, 170 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes, and was last seen wearing a red sleeveless shirt, blue jeans, and desert camo boots. Authorities say Peterson is wanted for second-degree assault and kidnapping.
(Portland, OR) -- Two law firms, one from Portland and one from Seattle, are merging. Portland's Miller Nash is uniting with Seattle's Graham & Dunn, to form the Miller Nash Graham & Dunn law firm. SeattlePI.com reports the combination will place 160 attorneys under one umbrella and form what's being described as a new Northwest powerhouse corporate law firm. The merger was approved yesterday by equity partners of both firms, and will become effective January 1st.
(Hillsboro, OR) -- Two people are being treated for serious injuries after a train crashed into a car in Hillsboro. The crash happened around 12:15 yesterday afternoon at a crossing at Southeast Tualatin Valley Highway and Southeast River Road. An 82-year-old woman who was in the car is listed in critical condition, and her 85-year-old husband is in serious condition. Hillsboro police tell KGW-TV the man, who was driving the car, apparently panicked and stopped the vehicle on the tracks as the train approached.
(Portland, OR) -- Portland police are investigating an attack on the Burnside Bridge, after finding two "naked and bloodied" men on the structure. Authorities say the attack happened during a robbery shortly after two o'clock this morning. Investigators say one of the victims was cut with a box cutter after the suspects demanded all their property, including their clothing. KOIN-TV reports two people have been arrested, and the Burnside Bridge remains open for the morning commute.
(Portland, OR) -- A man accused of trying to detonate a bomb in downtown Portland is scheduled to spend more than 25 years in federal prison. Twenty-three-year-old Mohamed Mohamud received a 30-year sentence yesterday, and will be under supervision for life after his release. Mohamud was given credit for the four years he's been in custody since his arrest. He tried to detonate a bomb, which turned out to be fake, during a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square in 2010.
(Salem, OR) -- A teacher at West Salem High School is facing a charge of hit-and-run. Police say 52-year-old Kimberly McConnell was at the wheel of a vehicle that hit an eight-year-old boy outside his home on Ptarmigan Street in Salem in mid-September. Police haven't determined whether alcohol or speed were factors in the crash. The boy was seriously injured but is reported to be recovering.
(Seattle, WA) -- Governor Jay Inslee is calling for measures to shore up safety in the transportation of oil through Washington. The governor says action by both the state and federal governments will be necessary in order for Washington to be better prepared to handle an oil-train explosion or large-scale spills. Inslee wants more railroad inspectors and replacement of aging oil-transport cars with newer and safer models within the next year. He's also calling for a 30-mile-per-hour speed limit for trains using outdated cars that transport oil.
(Salem, OR) -- The federal government is giving Oregon and Washington more time to pay back more than 135-million dollars used to fund planning and engineering on the now-cancelled Columbia River Crossing project. "The Oregonian" quotes federal officials as saying 81-million dollars of the Federal Highway Administration money was spent by Oregon, with the remainder spent by Washington. Oregon decided to end the project last March, and the federal government is asking for the money back. The feds are giving the two states an additional five years to begin repayment, meaning the first installments won't be due until 2019.
(Portland, OR) -- Portland police say robbery may have been the motive behind a shooting that left a man dead in the Woodstock neighborhood. Thirty-year-old Michal Olson was walking along Southeast 52nd Avenue late Tuesday night when he was gunned down. The shooter remains at large. Police haven't released a description of the gunman.
(Aloha, OR) -- An Aloha man is scheduled to be sentenced in January, after pleading guilty to murdering his roommate. Thirty-two-year-old Christian Delaurentiis entered the plea Friday to a charge of aggravated murder in the stabbing death of 43-year-old Philip Lindemuth in May 2012. Authorities say Lindemuth's body was dismembered and stored in a freezer in a garage at his home in Aloha. Prosecutors say Delaurentiis killed Lindemuth after the victim threatened to expose Delaurentiis as a bank robber.
(Portland, OR) -- Police are investigating a deadly shooting in Southeast Portland. Detectives say the shooting was reported a few minutes after 11:00 last night in the area of Southeast 52nd Avenue and Southeast Woodstock Boulevard. A man was found dead, but his name hasn't yet been released. There's no word on whether suspects have been identified.
(Portland, OR) -- Officials at Portland International Airport say they have a plan in place, should a case of Ebola turn up at the facility. Port of Portland Aviation Media Relations Manager Steve Johnson tells "KOIN-TV" that PDX has a Communicable Disease Response Plan designed to assist any passenger that's confirmed or is suspected to have a serious illness like Ebola. The plan includes informing airport EMTs, who will respond when a passenger is reported to be ill. The first confirmed case of Ebola in the U.S. has been confirmed in Texas.
(Olympia, WA) -- Washington's minimum wage will rise by 15 cents at the first of the year, to nine-dollars-47-cents an hour. The state Department of Labor and Industries says the hike will affect about 67-thousand workers statewide and will keep Washington's minimum wage the highest in the nation. Increases in Washington's hourly minimum wage are based on the rate of inflation. Oregon's minimum wage is the nation's second-highest, and will also rise by 15 cents on January 1st, to nine-25 an hour.
(Portland, OR) -- A man who was convicted of attempting to set off a bomb at a Christmas-tree lighting ceremony in downtown Portland is scheduled to be sentenced today. Mohamed Mohamud was arrested in November 2010 after the bomb turned out to be a fake that had been planted by undercover FBI agents. A federal jury found Mohamud guilty in January 2013 on one count of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. Prosecutors are recommending a 40-year sentence, while the defense wants a sentence of no more than ten years for Mohamud.
(Oregon City, OR) -- A woman is in police custody after being found passed out behind the wheel of her minivan and having a suspected meth pipe in her lap. Authorities say 30-year-old Stacey Lyn Tiel of Oregon City had her two-year-old daughter in the back seat of the idling vehicle when she was found by officers early yesterday. Police say a baggie containing what's believed to be meth was also found in the minivan. The toddler was taken into protective custody as Tiel was booked into the Clackamas County Jail.
(Portland, OR) -- A sex offender who pleaded no contest to a sexual assault near the Steel Bridge is headed to prison. Forty-seven-year-old Clarence Williams entered the plea earlier this month to charges of first-degree sex abuse and attempted rape. The attack took place on March 11th at the east end of the bridge. Williams's criminal history includes convictions for third-degree rape and theft.
(Lake Oswego, OR) -- The City of Lake Oswego will have a tax ready to impose on recreational pot, if its legalization is approved in November. The City Council voted yesterday to impose the tax on both medical and recreational marijuana. That's despite the fact that Measure 91, which would make recreational pot legal for those 21 and older, prohibits cities from passing their own taxes. "The Oregonian" reports that city leaders are hoping the Oregon Legislature will consider amendments to the measure that would "grandfather" local marijuana taxes.
(Portland, OR) -- A man who works for the U.S. Postal Service is facing multiple felony charges after being accused of stealing more than ten-thousand pieces of mail from across Portland. Thirty-two-year-old John Paul Osburn has pleaded not guilty to 114 counts of felony mail theft and 30 counts of identity theft, among other charges. Prosecutors say Osburn kept the stolen mail in a storage unit on Southeast Division.
(Portland, OR) -- A man who claimed he was beaten and Tasered by three Portland police officers is being awarded more than a half-million dollars by a jury. Thirty-nine-year-old Jason Cox of Portland filed a lawsuit against the Police Bureau in April 2013, claiming negligence and assault against the officers when he was being arrested for DUII in 2011. Mayor Charlie Hales says he doesn't agree with the jury's verdict, but respects the legal process. Hales says the Police Bureau has changed its use-of-force policies and now puts more emphasis in its training practices on "de-escalation."
(Olympia, WA) -- Homeowners and small-business owners affected by wildfires that hit Washington over the summer will get some help from the federal government. Governor Jay Inslee says the Small Business Administration has approved a request he made last week, making emergency disaster assistance available to qualified businesses and residents. The counties included under the declaration are Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Grant, Lincoln, Skagit, and Whatcom.
(Scappoose, OR) -- Investigators are trying to find out what caused a mobile home fire that left one person dead in Scappoose. KOIN-TV reports the blaze was reported around 1:52 this morning in the area of Teakwood Drive and East Columbia Avenue. Firefighters found the body inside the single-wide trailer.
(St. Helens, OR) -- A teenager is facing formal charges after he was accused of bringing an explosive device to St. Helens High School Friday. The 16-year-old, whose name hasn't been released, is charged with possession and manufacture of a destructive device. Police say they've identified a second suspect, who was involved with creating the device. After the school was evacuated Friday, bomb-squad personnel removed the device from the 16-year-old's locker and rendered it safe.
(West Linn, OR) -- Oregon State Police say a man who was arrested for DUII near West Linn had his five-year-old son in the vehicle. Authorities say a trooper pursued the car Sunday night after multiple drivers complained of a reckless driver on northbound Interstate 5 approaching Wilsonville. Police from multiple agencies joined in the chase, and spike strips were laid out to stop the suspect. Troopers say Jesus Hernandez of Hillsboro was arrested on multiple charges, and his son has been placed with another family member.
(Washington, DC) -- Entry fees at Mount Rainier and Olympic national parks could rise considerably. The National Parks Service is proposing raising entry fees by 67 percent at 131 parks nationwide. Mount Rainier National Park acting superintendent Tracy Swartout tells the Tacoma "News Tribune" that the entry fee would rise from 15 dollars to 25 dollars per car, and an annual pass would increase from 30 dollars to 50. Officials say the fee increase would allow parks to improve visitor facilities and services.
(Estacada, OR) -- The Pit 36 wildfire near Estacada is still burning, but is now reported to be 69-percent contained. All evacuation orders in the area have been lifted, but several roads and recreational areas are still closed. The fire began more than two weeks ago and is said to be human-caused.
(Newberg, OR) -- Winemakers in Oregon say the state's grape harvest indicates a good vintage year for the industry. Warmer-than-normal temperatures during the summer are among the factors being noted in the 2014 harvest. Growers say those conditions will translate into pleasant experiences for those who enjoy lush and powerful red wines.
(Olympia, WA) -- A task force appointed by Washington Governor Jay Inslee is recommending revival of two taxes to fund state parks and the outdoor recreation industry. The Everett "Herald" reports the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Parks and Outdoor Recreation wants to reinstate the sales tax on bottled water and the excise tax on motor homes and travel trailers to generate revenue to keep parks open. Some of the revenue would also fund new initiatives in the Department of Commerce to put outdoor recreation on the same level as other sectors of the Washington state economy. Inslee says he'll work with lawmakers to try to put the panel's recommendations in place.
(Milwaukie, OR) -- Investigators say smoldering cigarettes were the cause of a fire that killed one person and injured three at a Milwaukie apartment. The blaze was reported around 12:30 Saturday morning at the Lake Crest Apartments. The building was evacuated, and several people had to be carried to safety. The Red Cross says it's providing assistance to nearly three-dozen residents of the apartment building.
(Portland, OR) -- Family and friends are remembering Doctor Steve Fritz as a man who was a "true original." A memorial service was held yesterday for the psychiatrist from Portland, who was killed last Wednesday in a crash on Interstate 5 in Salem. He was also the husband of Portland Commissioner Amanda Fritz. Several hundred people attended yesterday's memorial at Terry Schrunk Plaza.
(Multnomah County, OR) -- Multnomah County deputies say more arrests are possible after three people were detained for breaking into cars along the Columbia River Highway. Facing multiple charges are 37-year-old Brian Peoples and 42-year-old Kristina Yurick. A third suspect was later released without being charged. Authorities say the arrests were made over the weekend after people who had been hiking in Angel's Rest reported that items had been stolen from their vehicles while they were gone.
(Happy Valley, OR) -- Sheriff's deputies are on the lookout for a cougar that was spotted in a family's yard in Happy Valley. Neighbors were alerted to the sighting after the big cat was seen Saturday night. State wildlife officials have also been notified.
(Portland, OR) -- A former emergency-room nurse at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center is scheduled to spend 15 years in prison for multiple counts of sexual abuse. Thirty-nine-year-old Jeffrey McAllister recently pleaded guilty to the charges, and he received his sentence yesterday. Police say their investigation found that McAllister abused a number of patients and a co-worker at the hospital between 2009 and 2013. McAllister has also been ordered to serve five years of post-prison supervision and register as a sex offender.
(Vancouver, WA) -- Vancouver police are investigating a stabbing death. Officers arrived late last night at a home on West 16th and found the victim lying unconscious. Witnesses reported seeing a possible suspect leaving the scene in a vehicle. The name of the victim, who died later at a hospital, hasn't been released.
(Milwaukie, OR) -- A woman is being treated at a Milwaukie hospital after being injured in a hit-and-run crash. Police say the 18-year-old woman was pushing a child in a stroller along Southeast Linwood Avenue around 6:15 yesterday evening, when a car ran onto the sidewalk at high speed and struck her before speeding off. The woman pushed the stroller out of the way before she was hit, and the child was unharmed. Police say the car is a black Toyota Camry with a broken right headlight, driven by a tall man in his early 20s.
(Salem, OR) -- Police are investigating a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 5 near Salem that left a man dead. Authorities say psychiatrist Doctor Steven Fritz, who was the husband of Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, died following yesterday morning's crash, which involved a semi-truck. A passenger in the car with Fritz was critically injured. Two other people involved in the crash sustained minor injuries.
(Estacada, OR) -- The wildfire near Estacada is now 55-percent contained. Final evacuation orders have been lifted in the area affected by the Pit 36 fire. Rainy weather has helped firefighters in their efforts to battle the fire, and more rain is in the forecast. Officials believe the wildfire was human-caused.
(Champaign, IL) -- Two Beaverton Jimmy John's restaurants are among the more than 200 locations nationwide affected by a potential security breach involving customers' debit and credit cards. The sandwich chain says the potential breach took place after an intruder stole log-in credentials from the company's vendor and used them to remotely access systems between June 16th and September 5th. The Oregon Jimmy John's restaurants that were affected include one on Southwest Cedar Hills Boulevard and one on Northwest Evergreen Parkway, both in Beaverton.
(Olympia, WA) -- Washington state officials will ask lawmakers to outlaw smoking marijuana in vehicles. Currently, there's no specific language that makes it illegal to smoke pot in a car. The Washington Traffic Safety Commission wants the Legislature to address that in the next regular session in January. Commission Director Darrin Grondel tells "The Olympian" that the law would prohibit both drivers and passengers from smoking or having open packages of marijuana inside a vehicle.
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