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Friday August 24, 2018 - Times viewed: 8524
This evening, Evergreen Education Association (EEA) members voted to strike and informed Evergreen Public Schools officials that teachers would not report for the start of school on August 28 if a contract agreement has not been reached. Evergreen Public Schools has offered its teacher group an additional salary enhancement to its current agreement. For the 2018-19 school year, teachers would s ...

Friday August 24, 2018 - Times viewed: 8520
On Thursday August 23, 2018 at about 10:10 pm State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle head on crash on Highway 26 near milepost 43. Preliminary investigation indicates that a grey 2014 Kia Cadenza was traveling eastbound on Highway 26 when for an unknown reason it crossed the centerline and collided head-on into a red 2010 Lexus HS 250, which was traveling westbound. ...

Monday August 20, 2018 - Times viewed: 9052
BEAVERTON, Oregon - On August 18, 2018 at 9:05 p.m. Beaverton Police officers attempted to stop a 2018 Mercedes near SW Canyon/SW 110th. A witness reported the occupants of the vehicle had stolen hundreds of dollars’ worth of merchandise from Kohl’s. A short vehicle pursuit ensued and the driver of the suspect vehicle crashed into a concrete divider near Hwy 26/Sylvan. Two of the occupants fled the vehicle as officers took one occupant into custody. A K9 track was able to locate one of the occupants who fled. The third occupant was not located. 40-Year-old Jessica Marie Jones, from Vancouver, WA, was charged with Attempting to Elude Felony, Reckless Driving, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree and 3 counts of Identity Theft. 22-Year-old Katelyn Noell Johnson, from Vancouver, WA, was charged with Theft in the Second Degree, Attempting to Elude Misdemeanor and PCS Methamphetamine. Officers located the stolen items from Kohl’s, drugs, and evidence of identity theft in the vehicle. Both Jones and Johnson were taken to Washington County Jail. ...
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Monday August 20, 2018 - Times viewed: 8587
CONDON, Oregon - There has been steady progress made on the fires burning near Condon in South Gilliam County, 16,700 total acres burned with 29% containment. The resources on the fire today include 21 fire engines, five large water tenders, and 91 fire personnel from agencies all over the State of Oregon and the BLM. These resources are given prioritized assignments on the fires, and are havin ...

Saturday August 18, 2018 - Times viewed: 9178
Oregon has become the first state in the U.S. to allow timber buildings to rise higher than six stories without special consideration. The recent addendum to the state's building code is the result of Oregon’s statewide alternate method (SAM), a program that allows for alternate building techniques to be used after an advisory council has approved the “technical and scientific facts of the proposed alternate method.” The decision stands as a precedent for future construction across the United States. In April this year, an Ad Hoc Committee of the International Code Council presented their findings on timber high rise construction to the Oregon Codes Division. The committee was created in 2015 to explore the benefits and challenges of using timber in tall buildings. All 14 of the committee’s suggestions were adopted, including standards and best practices for the load-bearing potential of CLT and heavy timber, fireproofing, seismic rating, and more. Three new building classifications were introduced: Type IV A, timber buildings permitted up to 18 stories and 270 feet tall, Type IV B, timber buildings with a maximum height of 12 stories and 180 feet, and Type IV C, which is per ...
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Saturday August 18, 2018 - Times viewed: 8561
For the middle of September most experts are predicting hot, dry and smoky weather for the Pacific Northwest. The hot and dry conditions should continue well into autumn, with a heavy drought increasing each day. Nearly 70 percent of Oregon is now in "severe drought," with parts of Southern Oregon lapsing into “exceptional drought,” according to the U.S. Drought Monitor report issued Thursday. “It’s not looking good,” National Weather Service meteorologist Laurel McCoy said. “It doesn’t mean we won’t get any rain once we get into fall, but chances are it’s going to be less than normal.” The historically dry conditions mean the eight large wildfires currently burning across Oregon could continue spewing smoke into October — and new fires could still ignite. The report on the likely weather in September and October is released by the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center. ...
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Saturday August 18, 2018 - Times viewed: 8640
TIGARD, Oregon - Police are investigating a stabbing at the Barrows Park trail. The incident occurred in the area of Horizon Blvd. just south of Barrows in the Progress Ridge area at approximately 5:30 p.m. on August 17. According to witness statements provided to police, a man walking with his dog became agitated following comments made by two men with skateboards who were sitting along the tr ...

Friday August 17, 2018 - Times viewed: 8925
BEAVERTON, Oregon - Washington County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help identifying the suspect of a sexual assault that occurred last month in the Garden Home community. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office. On July 19, 2018, at about 4:30 p.m., a 28-year-old female was sexually assaulted by an unknown male suspect while she was walking the Fanno Creek Trail near the Garden Home Recreation Center. During the assault, the suspect approached the female and initially engaged her in small talk. After a period of time, the suspect grabbed the woman and pulled her off the trail and into the brush line. The suspect sexually assaulted the victim multiple times before she was able to escape. The suspect is described as a darker-skinned Caucasian male, 40 to 50-years-old, clean shaven, with long dark hair. He was reportedly wearing khaki-colored shorts, a gray t-shirt, and brown flip flops at the time of the assault. The suspect did not have any visible scars, marks, or tattoos. A composite sketch of the suspect is being released in hopes the public can assist in identifying him. Anyone with information is asked to contact S ...
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Thursday August 16, 2018 - Times viewed: 8390
RAINER, Oregon - On August 14, 2018 at approximately 4:50 PM Oregon State Police Troopers were dispatched to the report of a “road rage” event that occurred in the area of Hwy 30 milepost 45 near Rainer, OR. During this event the parties were involved in a verbal altercation. Troopers responded to an address on Wasser Rd. in Rainer to contact the owner of one of the vehicles involved. Upon arrival they were confronted by a subject with several firearms. That subject later identified as Richard J. Flores Jr (37) of Rainer. Troopers took a positon of cover and secured the area. The Oregon State Police Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) responded to assist. Several members of the SWAT team are trained as Crisis Negotiators (CNT). At approximately 10:00 PM, after several hours of negotiating, Flores surrendered without incident. Flores was lodged at the Columbia County Jail on charges of Menacing, Recklessly Endangering, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon, Reckless Driving and Disorderly Conduct. ...
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Thursday August 16, 2018 - Times viewed: 8640
On Tuesday August 14, 2018 at about 8:40 PM a fatal crash occurred on SR 11, milepost 16, near Athena Oregon. The crash occurred in an active construction zone where a repaving project was occurring. Preliminary information shows a construction zone flagger, Tyresa Monaghan (49 ) of Kennewick, WA. had a vehicle stopped when a silver 2005 Chrysler minivan, operated by Leman Bledsoe (76) of Mi ...

Tuesday August 14, 2018 - Times viewed: 8675
SALEM, Oregon — Legislators voted to hire Barran Liebman LLP, a Portland law firm to handle the lawmakers response to a complaint claiming Democrats covered up sexual harassment at the Capitol. Legislative Counsel Dexter Johnson says the firm is not to charge over $100,000 for the work. The complaint filed earlier this month by Democrat and Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian alleges that House ...

Tuesday August 14, 2018 - Times viewed: 8635
BEND, Oregon — A Bend man arrested for stealing $700,000 from his employer was sentenced to two years in prison. William Walton III of Bend was sentenced Monday after entering a no contest plea earlier this year to two charges of first-degree aggravated theft and pay $150,000 in restitution. Walton was arrested in 2015 and accused of embezzling from Jack Robinson and Sons, a general contract ...

Tuesday August 14, 2018 - Times viewed: 8853
HILLSBORO, Oregon - On August 13th, 2018 at approximately 8:18 AM, the Hillsboro Police Department responded to a fatal traffic crash on Brookwood at the Highway 26 east on-ramp. This interchange is controlled by a traffic signal. The crash involved a 2009 Suzuki motorcycle and a 2017 Honda CRV. The driver of the motorcycle sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. ...

Tuesday August 14, 2018 - Times viewed: 8652
On Monday August 13, 2018 at about 2:30pm, the U.S. Forest Service investigated an illegal burn at a primitive campsite located in the Deschutes National Forest off of Forest Service Road 9702, (Benham Falls Road), near the Lava Lands Visitor Center. The burn site was estimated at ¼ acre and evidence of drug use was located at the scene. A suspect was contacted by a U.S. Forest Service Law Enfor ...

Friday August 10, 2018 - Times viewed: 8685
Just before noon today, 911 callers reported a column of smoke coming from a field along SW Shaeffer Road near the W Road intersection in West Linn. Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighters arrived to find active fire covering more than three acres with potential to spread into nearby trees. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the blaze before it reached the trees and burned nearly four acres. In addition to hot temperatures, firefighters had to contend with an active yellow jacket nest in the area. The homeowner explained that he had ignited a mixture of gasoline and oil to eradicate a yellow jacket nest and, shortly after ignition, winds quickly spread the fire and he was unable to contain it. TVF&R Fire Marshal Steve Forster said, “Because of the nature of our work, we uniquely, understand the incredible speed at which fire can spread, but I believe most people are unaware of the potential destruction fire can cause. When dry vegetation, low humidity, and hot temperatures are added to the mix, we have conditions for extreme fire behavior. This can cause a small spark to become a big problem.” Wildfire can happen here. This is a week in which extreme cautio ...
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Friday August 10, 2018 - Times viewed: 8721
Paris McConville receives 18 year prison sentence for killing Ryan Thompson Late today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced 35-year-old Paris McConville pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter in the first degree and one count of assault in the second degree and was sentenced to 18 years in prison. During Thursday’s sentencing hearing, Ryan Thompson’s family rememb ...

Tuesday August 7, 2018 - Times viewed: 8839
PORTLAND, Oregon — A Portland man has been accused of threatening a Muslim couple and following them in his car. 50-year-old Fredrick Nolan Sorrell was sentenced Friday to anger management classes, 100 hours of community service and three years of probation.. He pleading no contest in April to two misdemeanor counts of intimidation. Multnomah County Circuit Judge Benjamin Souede ordered Sor ...

Tuesday August 7, 2018 - Times viewed: 8642
TIGARD, Oregon - On Monday, August 6, 2018, at 5:20 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the area near Northwest Broadway and Northwest Glisan Street on the report that a vehicle was carjacked and the suspect had driven over a pedestrian while driving the stolen vehicle. As officers responded to the area of the carjacking and injured pedestrian, they learned the suspect had left the ar ...

Monday August 6, 2018 - Times viewed: 8673
PORTLAND, Oregon — On Sunday, Portland police were accused excessive force against protesters at a rally by extreme-right demonstrators. It was reported that some of the demonstrators were injured by police. This prompted the city's new police chief to order a review of officers' use of force. Police in riot gear tried to keep the two groups apart, many of whom had come on Saturday dressed for battle in helmets and protective clothing. Dozens of the extreme-right protesters were bussed to Portland, one of America's most liberal cities, from nearby Vancouver, Washington. Saturday's clashes were the most recent of several this year in the city as right-wing militants converged, met by counter-protesters, including members of anti-fascist, or "antifa," groups. City officials have struggled with striking a balance between free speech and keeping events from spiraling out of control. But on Saturday, some said police seemed to act mostly against those protesting the presence of the extreme-right demonstrators, using stun grenades and what appeared to be rubber bullets against them. Police "targeted Portland residents peacefully counter-protesting against racist far-right gr ...
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Monday August 6, 2018 - Times viewed: 8646
PORTLAND, Oregon - On Sunday, August 5, 2018, at 2 AM., two people were hit by gunfire outside the 7-11 store, located at 3500 Southeast 122nd Avenue. When police arrived they found two men on the ground outside of the entrance to the 7-11. Both men appeared to be suffering from gunshot injuries. Officers provided the men with emergency medical first aid until emergency medical personnel a ...

Saturday August 4, 2018 - Times viewed: 8682
Increasingly hot, dry summers are making massive wildfires the new normal in the Pacific Northwest. Currently, according to the National Interagency Fire Center, there are 16 fires burning in Oregon, totally roughly 151,603 acres. And NIFC predicts that number could increase in the coming months. A new map shows the Pacific Northwest, including the entire state of Oregon, is currently at "above normal" risk for wildfires. It was first locally reported this week by The Oregonian. "August is the peak month for fire activity across the West," NIFC's report on wildfire potential in the U.S. reads. "Given the amount of lightning received along with preexisting heavy fuel loading and dryness, a very active month is expected with Above Normal significant wildland fire potential likely across portions of the Pacific Northwest." he report adds that September rains normally help contain the region's fires, but because this summer has been exceptionally dry, fall wildfires "may very well be robust across portions of the state." According to NIFC's map, portions of Texas are the only other U.S. region outside of the Pacific Northwest to be at above average risk for wildfires. In ...
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Saturday August 4, 2018 - Times viewed: 9285
PORTLAND, Oregon - Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced Robert Fay, a detective sergeant with the Gresham Police Department, was charged with official misconduct in the first degree. Fay appeared before Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Eric J. Bergstrom and pleaded guilty to the offense and was immediately sentenced. This investigation started when law enforcement l ...

Saturday August 4, 2018 - Times viewed: 8626

Governor Kate Brown has declared the Sugar Pine Fire, burning outside of Shady Cove, a conflagration. The declaration cleared the way for the state fire marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire.

 

The Office of State Marshal’s Red Incident Management Team is under unified command, and has sent four structural task forces from Coo ...


Saturday August 4, 2018 - Times viewed: 9760
SALEM, Oregon - On 08-02-18, Marion County Deputies were dispatched to a report of a man that had been stabbed in the 300 block of Lancaster Drive NE. Deputy Mark Rettig arrived and located the victim, 21-year old Samuel Fry. Deputy Rettig could see Fry’s bleeding was severe and quickly applied a tourniquet while waiting for paramedics to arrive. Fry was transported to a local hospital and remains ...

Thursday August 2, 2018 - Times viewed: 8677
The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, activated its Agency Operations Center Saturday, July 28 and deployed one strike team and one task force with equipment and personnel to assist with the wildfires in California. The Oregon State Fire Marshal’s strike team and task force are actively engaged in firefighting operations on a 24-hour work ...

Thursday August 2, 2018 - Times viewed: 8671
At approximately 1750 hours police and rescue were sent to 9114 NE 66TH ST on a report of an accident invloving a farm tractor. Witnesses advised that the operator of the tractor was attempting to use the tractor to move a vehicle on the property. As he was doing this the tractor flipped over, and landed on him. The operator died as as a result of the injuries he sustained from the incident. ...

Monday July 30, 2018 - Times viewed: 9421
GRANTS PASS, Oregon — A huge brushfire burning near Grants Pass in southern Oregon has forced more than 1,000 people to evacuate their homes. By Sunday, the Garner Complex fire grew to more than 50 square miles and was only about 30 percent contained. The fire grew by more than 10 percent overnight and is being fought by some 2,600 firefighters. No structures have been damaged, but about 1,000 people are under mandatory evacuation notices. ...
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Monday July 30, 2018 - Times viewed: 9179
PORTLAND, Oregon - On Saturday July 28, 2018, at about 6pm., police responded to an assault at Northeast 6th Avenue and East Burnside Street. The victim told police he was hit in the head with a handgun and that the suspect also fired a shot during the encounter. Officers and medical personnel arrived in the area and contacted the victim, a 34-year-old male, who was suffering from a head injur ...

Sunday July 29, 2018 - Times viewed: 8711
PORTLAND, Oregon — After a 20 year search police finally found a wanted Oregon couple in Mississippi when the husband died and his wife used his aliases to make funeral arrangements. A Mississippi undertaker entered the alias used by Leon Henry Shaw online then found Shaw was on the FBI's Most Wanted list. FBI agents who have been trying to track down Shaw and his partner, Victoria Michelle Cravitz, since they both left Oregon in 2000. The common-law wife, Cravitz, had been living under the name Jennifer Larsen. Cravitz made a court appearance in Jackson, Mississippi, last Thursday on a charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution and will be returned to Oregon. She waived a hearing to determine her identity, as well as a preliminary hearing, and was ordered transferred by the judge. ...
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Friday July 27, 2018 - Times viewed: 8438
SALEM, Oregon - On July 26, 2018, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office Detective was arrested on 1 Count of Theft by Taking, 4 Counts of Theft by Selling and 1 count of Official Misconduct by the Salem Police Department. The Sheriff’s Office received information from the Salem Police Department regarding Sean Banks and potential criminal activity in March of 2018. Upon receiving this information, ...


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