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Wednesday December 12, 2018 - Times viewed: 7899

OREGON CITY – Thanks to the band Metallica, Clackamas Community College (CCC) is moving more heavy metal into its career technical education programs. The college is one of 10 recipients of a $100,000 grant from the Metallica Scholars Initiative, funded by Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation (AWMH).

This major workforce education initiative provides direct support to community co ...


Wednesday December 12, 2018 - Times viewed: 7932
On October 15, 2018, detectives assigned to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit received information regarding an intimate video that had been posted on the internet without the consent of a person in it. During the investigation, detectives learned that from July of 2014 to June of 2015, Jorge Serrano worked as an armed security guard assigned to patrol various residential and commercial areas in the Portland metro area. In the spring of 2015 and while on duty, Mr. Serrano came across a tenant who lived in an apartment complex in the 19000 block of Northwest Evergreen Parkway in Hillsboro. Detectives learned he drove the tenant to a building nearby and engaged in sexual acts with her, which he filmed and later posted online without her knowledge. After his shift ended, Mr. Serrano met the woman again and then sexually assaulted her while she was unconscious. Mr. Serrano was employed as a corrections deputy with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office from July of 2017 to November of 2018. Detectives learned he uploaded the video during that timeframe. Mr. Serrano’s employment had been terminated prior to these allegations coming to light. On the mo ...
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Monday December 10, 2018 - Times viewed: 7889
HILLSBORO, Oregon - At 4:30 Friday afternoon Hillsboro Fire Department Station 6 was dispatched to a commercial fire at the Commons at Verandas Apartments on NE Overlook Drive. Firefighters on Engine 6 arrived to find smoke coming from the attic of a group of twelve apartments, the smoke alarms sounding and all of the residents safely outside. As firefighters on Engine 6 looked for the source of the smoke they found active fire in the attic. Additional arriving personnel joined the fight and had the fire knocked down within 25 minutes. The fire was contained to the building’s attic. There is no smoke or fire damage in any of the individual apartments. Three of the apartments have water damage resulting from the water used to extinguish the fire. Residents that are unable to return to their apartments will be housed is currently vacant apartments in the complex. A Hillsboro Fire Investigator is working to determine the cause of the fire. No damage estimate has been determined. Twenty-seven fire personnel responded to the fire. Hillsboro Fire Department was assisted by Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue. No firefighter or resident injuries were reported. The Hillsboro Fi ...
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Saturday December 8, 2018 - Times viewed: 7904
PORTLAND, Oregon - The investigation into this evening's officer-involved shooting is continuing and expected to keep the Hollywood Fred Meyer and Starbucks closed the rest of the evening. The Portland Police Bureau's Homicide Detail and East County Major Crimes Team are conducting the investigation. This incident began at 5:06 p.m., when North Precinct officers responded to the Starbucks on t ...

Saturday December 8, 2018 - Times viewed: 7914
A single vehicle crash has closed Lancaster Drive SE between State Street and Mahrt Street SE. A vehicle has struck a power pole causing it to fall across Lancaster. No one was injured in the crash and the driver is cooperating with deputies. Power is out to the area affecting some 2600 PGE customers. PGE is on scene and estimates 4 to 5 hours to repair and reopen the roadway. ...

Wednesday December 5, 2018 - Times viewed: 7898
SALEM, Oregon - A train hauling logs derailed near Front Street NE and Hood Street Tuesday night. Railroad crews were able to decouple the derailed cars from the rest of the train. This allowed the locomotive and numerous cars to continue on out of Salem, opening Commercial St Ne, Liberty St NE and Broadway St NE. Front St NE will remained closed into the morning, so crews can unload the derailed cars and get them back on track. ### On December 4, 2018 at approximately 8:45 pm a northbound log train derailed near Front St NE and Hood St NE. No hazardous materials were no board. The derailment has closed numerous streets and those streets may remained closed into the morning, affecting the morning commute. The closures are as follows: Front St NE is closed to southbound traffic at Hood St NE and to northbound traffic at Water St NE. Commercial St NE is closed to southbound traffic at Jefferson St NE. Liberty St NE is closed to northbound traffic at Jefferson St NE. Broadway St NE is closed to southbound traffice at Academy St NE and to northbound traffic at Madison St NE. Police are asking that people avoid the areas where the train has come to a stop, as the ...
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Monday December 3, 2018 - Times viewed: 7929
PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland residents and the animal rights activists are planning to rally at the Oregon Zoo entrance Saturday evening to protest zoo animal captivity after Lily the elephant died Thursday. The rally and vigil is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. outside the Oregon Zoo. Activists plan to protest and “light up the Oregon Zoo with projections, exposing the zoo’s history of elephant mistreatment.” The activists will represent several groups including Care2, Free the Oregon Zoo Elephants, Out to Pasture Sanctuary, and Portland Animal Save. "We are heartbroken to hear of Lily the baby elephant's passing at the Oregon Zoo," said Lacey Kohlmoos, organizing strategist at Care2. "No animal deserves to die in captivity.” The activists will be joined by concerned Portland citizens who say they are angry at the lack of care of the elephants at the Oregon Zoo and who want to see the remaining elephants released to a sanctuary. They also want the zoo to end breeding in captivity. The Oregon Zoo issued the following statement in response to the rally: "Our hearts go out to this group along with everyone else who is feeling Lily’s loss today. Our entire community i ...
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Saturday December 1, 2018 - Times viewed: 8093
Oregon officials have certified the ballot title for a proposal to let licensed medical professionals administer psilocybin, the main active ingredient in psychedelic mushrooms, for therapeutic purposes. If approved by voters, the state would be the first in the U.S. to allow legal use of the substance, marking a major milestone in the drug policy reform movement. The title certification is the final step before the campaign is able to start collecting signatures to qualify the measure for the November 2020 ballot. In a newsletter announcing the certification on Monday, the Oregon Psilocybin Society (OPS) said it had to “fight for neutral and accurate wording” from the state attorney general’s office, but that the group is now “generally satisfied with the final wording” for the summary of the measure, which would also reduce criminal penalties for psilocybin-related offenses. There will be a short waiting period before the campaign can obtain the forms to collect signatures. But once they have them, it’ll be all hands on deck. The group needs to collect about 140,000 valid signatures from registered voters to qualify for the ballot. At this point it’s not clear where Oreg ...
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Thursday November 29, 2018 - Times viewed: 7966
Ashland police say they’re in the midst of determining why officers arrested an innocent African-American man following a disturbance at an Ashland store Monday evening. The 20-year-old was held in the Jackson County Jail Monday overnight on a harassment charge that falsely accused him of making a disturbance at a store along Siskiyou Boulevard. Ashland police Chief Tighe O’Meara said that a ...

Thursday November 29, 2018 - Times viewed: 7951
MEDFORD, Oregon - A Medford man with a history of at least 15 DUII charges died Friday at an Eastern Oregon prison. Darrick William Roberts, 53, died in a hospital near the Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario, where he had been incarcerated, Oregon Department of Corrections officials announced Wednesday. Officials did not disclose the cause of death. They said that as with all in ...

Thursday November 29, 2018 - Times viewed: 7960
Pinot noir is one of the finickiest grapes, but with proper nurturing it produces an amazing wine. Officials in Oregon and at a U.S. government agency are similarly finicky, and are stomping on a California winery’s claims that it makes an Oregon pinot. Copper Cane, a Napa Valley, California, winery sells more pinot noir made from Oregon grapes than anyone else, and often at a lower price. That has some Oregon winemakers, who call the California version a less elevated product, seeing red. Now, both the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau and Oregon’s liquor agency have ruled that Copper Cane’s labels have been improperly referencing Oregon wine regions. The case recalls France’s mostly successful efforts to have only sparkling wine produced in its Champagne region called by that name. At stake is a multi-billion-dollar industry, and Oregon’s reputation for producing a delicate pinot noir in its cool, rainy climate, according to state Rep. David Gomberg and winemaker Jim Bernau, who have been sharply critical of Copper Cane. “Part of this is prestige and marketing,” Gomberg said. Grapes for Copper Cane’s pinot noirs are grown in three Oregon wine regions an ...
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Thursday November 29, 2018 - Times viewed: 7992

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 – Ridgefield, WA – On Tuesday, November 27, Ridgefield School District’s board members voted in favor of putting a $77 million bond issue up for a vote on February 12, 2019.  If approved by the voters, the bond proceeds, along with approximately $15 million of state assistance money, will enable the district to construct a new K-4 elementary school; ...


Thursday November 29, 2018 - Times viewed: 7925
On Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at 8:42 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of shots fired in the area of the 300 block of Northwest 20th Avenue. Officers arrived in the area and spoke to witnesses who reported hearing several gunshots in the area. Officers conducted an area check and found a blood trail that led them to a nearby apartment where officers located an adult m ...

Wednesday November 28, 2018 - Times viewed: 7947
PORTLAND, Oregon — An Oregon State Police trooper is suing Washington County's 911 Center over what they say was mishandling of a call that ended with him shot 12 times. Nic Cederberg and Hayley Shelton filed the federal lawsuit in Portland Monday. Cederberg's lawsuit claims Washington County dispatchers issued an "attempt to locate" bulletin for James Tylka on Dec. 25, 2016, but left out th ...

Wednesday November 28, 2018 - Times viewed: 7969
PORTLAND, Oregon — A man was sentenced to a year and a half in federal prison for hiding pot growth in specially constructed homes. 65-year-old Yim Sun Chan pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy to manufacture pot. He was sentenced Tuesday. Chan paid cash for the homes and had accomplices modify them so the entire square footage could be used to grow pot, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney K ...

Wednesday November 28, 2018 - Times viewed: 7955
PORTLAND, Oregon — An environmental group is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, alleging that fossil fuel consumption has damaged Oregon's marine waters by causing ocean acidification that's killing off shellfish. A lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland by the Center for Biological Diversity alleges that the EPA has failed to identify and protect those marine w ...

Wednesday November 28, 2018 - Times viewed: 7927
Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced a 71-count indictment was unsealed after 34-year-old Johnny Tuck Chee Chan appeared in Multnomah County Circuit Court. Chan was arrested on November 26, 2018 by members of the United States Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force in the 9900 block of Northeast Cascades Parkway in Portland, Oregon. Upon his arrest, Chan was booked into the ...

Wednesday November 28, 2018 - Times viewed: 7916
On Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at approximately 1:00 P.M. Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 101 near milepost 229. Preliminary investigation shows that a Honda Accord, operated by Ashley Ridenour (31) of Reedsport, was traveling southbound on Hwy 101 when for unknown reasons crossed the centerline and struck a Dodge PU towing a travel trailer, op ...

Monday November 26, 2018 - Times viewed: 7909
On Friday, November 23, 2018 at approximately 7:20 pm, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Hwy199 near milepost 22 near Selma, OR. Preliminary investigation revealed that a white 2005 Toyota Corolla, operated by Briana Varela (27) of Rogue River, OR was traveling southbound on Hwy 199 when for unknown reasons crossed into the northbound lanes of travel and struck a northbound maroon 2018 Nissan Versa, operated by Elizabeth Real of the United Kingdom. Varela was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center before being flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, where she was pronounced deceased from injuries sustained in the crash. Real was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center and later flown to Riverbend Hospital in Eugene with serious injuries. Her passenger Kelly Karaba of Arcata, CA. was flown to Rogue Regional Medical Center with serious injuries. VARELA was reported as a reckless driver approximately 16 miles prior to the crash scene. Investigators would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the driving behavior or the crash. Anyone with information can call the Oregon State Pol ...
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Monday November 26, 2018 - Times viewed: 7899
PORTLAND, Oregon - On Saturday, November 24, 2018, at 10:58 p.m., officers assigned to the Portland Police Bureau Tactical Operation Division's Gang Enforcement Team observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Southeast Division Street near Southeast 139th Avenue. Officers observed the vehicle was a black Mazda 3 sedan. When the officers submitted a records check on the vehicle's l ...

Monday November 26, 2018 - Times viewed: 7887
PORTLAND, Oregon - On Sunday, November 25, 2018, at 5:03 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a residence in the 5000 block of Southeast 118th Avenue on the report of a domestic violence assault. When officers arrived on scene, they contacted the victim of the domestic violence assault, as well as several other people that had been inside the residence at the time of the disturbance. The ...

Friday November 23, 2018 - Times viewed: 7876
SALEM — Oregonians are buying more legal pot than expected. That means they are also poised to pay more taxes on it — about $12.5 million more in the current budget than state economists projected several months ago. The average price of a gram of cannabis on the retail market has dropped from about $10 in late 2016 to just above $4 in mid-2018, according to state figures. But tax collections continue to grow. Altogether, Oregon consumers are projected to pay $176 million in state marijuana taxes during the current budget cycle, which ends in mid-2019. “Since Oregon levies its recreational marijuana tax based on the price of the product, the fact that actual tax collections have exceeded expectations is all the more impressive given the ongoing drop in prices,” state economists said in a revenue forecast report last week. “For every ounce sold, or every edible purchased, Oregon is receiving less tax revenue per item due to the price decline.” Wholesale prices have also decreased in that period, but less dramatically. Consumers are turning away from other sources, like the black market and medical marijuana, and toward recreational retail, state economists say. ...
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Friday November 23, 2018 - Times viewed: 7917
PORTLAND, Oregon — A man restrained by Portland police died at a hospital. The officers are on paid leave while an investigation takes place. The incident started Thursday night with reports of a person yelling and running in the streets. When Portland State University officers found the man, there was a struggle, so they requested assistance from Portland Police officers. The man was restra ...

Friday November 23, 2018 - Times viewed: 7860
Oregon State Police report that on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at approximately 10:37pm, State Troopers responded to Hwy 140W for a single vehicle rollover crash. Investigation reveals that a 2006 Ford F250, operated by Andres Mares (19) of Klamath Falls, was traveling east on Hwy 140W when he lost control on the icy roadway. The vehicle crossed into the oncoming lane and onto the west bound s ...

Friday November 23, 2018 - Times viewed: 7881
On Thursday, November 22, 2018, at 8:19 p.m., Central Precinct Officers and Portland State University Police Department Officers responded to perform a welfare check near Southwest 6th Avenue and Southwest Mill Street on multiple reports of a subject yelling and running in the streets. Portland State University Police Department Officers located a person matching the description provided by ca ...

Monday November 19, 2018 - Times viewed: 7921
University of Oregon scientists have found the first confirmed dinosaur bone in Oregon, Fox 12 Oregon reports. The toe bone belonged to a plant-eating, bipedal dinosaur known as an ornithopod and is estimated to date back 103 million years to a geological period that also gave rise to Tyrannosaurus Rex, the university said. “This bone was sitting out there with all the rocks. It was pretty surprising,” University of Oregon scientist Greg Retallack told the Eugene Register-Guard. “No excavation was needed. It was just sitting among the ammonites and coil fossils.” Retallack found it in eastern Oregon near the tiny town of Mitchell. The university said it is a rare find because the state was underwater for most of the dinosaur age, according to Fox 12. Retallack said the dinosaur, which was more than 20 feet long and weighed nearly a ton, likely died onshore and washed out to sea. The discovery was reported last week in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, a peer-review publication, according to reports. ...
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Monday November 19, 2018 - Times viewed: 7898
PORTLAND, Oregon - 39-year-old Shirene Nicole Singh was arrested and taken to the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Robbery in the First Degree. On Saturday, November 17, 2018, at 8:42 p.m., officers assigned to North Precinct and the Tactical Operation Division's Gang Enforcement Team responded to the report of a carjacking in the 15700 block of Northeast Beech Street. Officers arrived in the area of the reported incident and contacted the victim who had been injured. Emergency medical personnel gave man medical aid and took him by ambulance to an area hospital for treatment of what was believed to be a non-life-threatening injury. As officers continued the investigation, they learned three people reportedly arrived at the victim's motorhome and robbed him of multiple items, including keys to a 2004 black Lincoln Navigator. During the robbery at least one of the suspects was armed with a handgun. One of the armed suspects reportedly pistol whipped the victim. After obtaining multiple items, the suspects left the location and at least one of the suspects drove from the scene in the black Lincoln Navigator. Investigating officers broadcast information about the carjacking ...
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Monday November 19, 2018 - Times viewed: 7910
PORTLAND, Oregon - On Sunday, November 18, 2018, at 2:07 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to Northeast 2nd Avenue and Northeast Schuyler Street on the report that of a person suffering a stab wound was at a nearby business. Officers and emergency medical personnel arrived and located an adult male victim suffering from what was believed to be a serious but non-life-threatening stab wou ...

Sunday November 18, 2018 - Times viewed: 7927
A small protest called #HimToo organized by the far-right group Patriot Prayer was met by hundreds of counter-protesters in Portland on Saturday, CBS Portland affiliate KOIN reports. The protests were meant to be peaceful, but clashes began as the groups started to disperse. Portland police said six people were arrested. Portland police tweeted around 5 p.m. PT that officers had observed demonstrators with weapons. "If demonstrators use weapons you are subject to citation, arrest and potentially use of force," Portland police tweeted. Police also reported glass bottles being thrown. Tear gas and explosives went off as the crowd marched through the streets chanting "Nazis, go home!" Police in riot gear arrived in various locations to keep the demonstrators on the sidewalks, KOIN reports. The Democratic Socialists of America on Portland held the first rally, which started around 11:30 a.m. Portland DSA tweeted they stand "with survivors and against oppressors. Fascists out of our city!" "The only thing that beats fascists is a bigger crowd of anti-fascists," said Portland DSA co-chair Emily Golden-Fields at the first rally of the day. They marched to Chapman ...
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Sunday November 18, 2018 - Times viewed: 7912
On Thursday, after finishing a speech at the Oregon Health Forum in which he was heckled, Wheeler mumbled, “I can’t wait for the next 24 months to be over,” indicating he may not seek re-election. "If you know me, you know I mutter quite a bit,” Wheeler said in a statement issued later in the day. “Not one of my most redeeming qualities. I will make a decision next year with my family if I am running for re-election." In previous media interviews, Wheeler has complained about the job, calling it “no fun.” The comment came a day after the City Council rejected his proposal to expand his powers to regulate protests. At the same meeting, the first-term mayor criticized a half-dozen people who regularly attended the meetings and subjected Wheeler to taunts and jeers. Last month, Wheeler faced harsh criticism from a union that represents personnel from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) regarding his handling of a 38-day protest in the city last summer by a group calling itself Occupy ICE. The National ICE Council sent letters to state Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, asking them to look into whether Wheeler committed m ...
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