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Wednesday February 3, 2016 - Times viewed: 7466
PORTLAND, Oregon - On Monday February 1, 2016, at 8:12 p.m., East Precinct officers attempted to stop a driver of a vehicle in the area of Southeast 136th Avenue and Division Street. Officers believed that the vehicle, and possibly the occupants, were linked to a crime a few days earlier. The driver, later identified as 26-year-old Pierre Sails, sped away from officers and led them on a traffic pursuit, which ended after an officer applied a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) to spin the suspect vehicle. As officers in police cars began to surround Sails' vehicle, Sails accelerated and rammed into one of the patrol cars. Officers were able to take custody of the Sails and determined that he was under the influence of alcohol. Sails, was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Assault in the Second Degree, Attempt to Elude by Vehicle, Reckless Driving, and Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII). The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team responded to conduct an investigation into the crash. No police officers were injured in this incident. ...
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Wednesday February 3, 2016 - Times viewed: 7496
The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office was asked by the Oregon State Police to lead the investigation into the officer involved shooting on January 26, 2016 in Harney County. The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office reached out to agencies on the Tri-County Major Incident Team. Resources from The Bend Police Department, Redmond Police Department, and Oregon State Police provided resources for the ...

Wednesday February 3, 2016 - Times viewed: 7479
On Tuesday, PF&R welcomed a new member to its ranks, Zeus the Arson Dog. Arson dogs are conditioned to detect and alert hydrocarbons found in petroleum-based fuel in exchange for a reward in food. After his training was complete, Zeus was certified by a chemist as being able to tell the difference between varieties of hydrocarbon scents in small quantities necessary to start a fire. This certification is crucial when evidence is uncovered by canines and their handlers, as they become a key point in criminal and civil trials. Zeus was assigned to Lt. Jackson, who also functions as an ATF Taskforce Agent, in November 2015 and brought back to PF&R in December. Zeus will assist Lt. Jackson with fire scene investigations, especially in determining the origin and cause of a fire. All alerts by Zeus are verified by the Oregon State Crime Lab. To keep their skills sharp, the team trains at random intervals 2-3 times per day. PF&R's Accelerant Canine Detection Team not only responds to incidents within the City of Portland, they are also members of the national response team and can be called to anywhere within the U.S. Zeus' cousin, Lila, retired last November after 7 years of ...
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Wednesday February 3, 2016 - Times viewed: 7476
A Josephine County Man has been arrested for multiple crimes in connection with an on-going Sex Abuse investigation. On January 26th, 2016, the OSP Criminal Investigation Division began an investigation into the alleged sexual abuse of a minor female who was interviewed on January 29th, 2016. The girl told police of multiple incidents of sexual abuse by her then step-father, WILLIAM CARLOS SELLERS, age 37, from Grants Pass. On February 1st, 2016, SELLERS was interviewed in regards to the allegation. SELLERS was subsequently arrested and lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the following charges: Sex Abuse I
Unlawful Sexual Penetration
The investigation is ongoing and no other information is available for release. OSP detectives are requesting anyone that may have information pertaining to SELLERS to contact Sergeant Annie Harris at the Central Point Area Command at 541-618-7967. Photograph provided by Josephine County Sheriff's Office. ...
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Wednesday February 3, 2016 - Times viewed: 7547
CAPE KIWANDA, Oregon - The search continues for the missing teenage girl who fell into the Pacific Ocean at Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area. On February 01, 2016 at approximately 2:50 PM four youths were climbing on the cape at Cape Kiwanda when MEGAN OWENS, age 17, from Marysville, Washington, fell off the rocks into an area commonly known as the Punch Bowl. OSP troopers responded along with Tillamook County Sheriff's deputies, local fire/EMS and aircraft from the United States Coast Guard (USCG). During the search, two members from the North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, who were searching the area on personal watercraft reportedly fell into the water as sea conditions began to worsen and were later rescued by the USCG Jayhawk aircraft crew. One responder was dropped off at the beach and the other was transferred to emergency medical services personnel in Lincoln City. Aircraft from the USCG continued their search late into the night. OSP troopers and Tillamook County deputies remained on the beach until search crews arrived early this morning. Notification of those involved and their families has been completed by the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office Chaplains. Search of ...
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Tuesday February 2, 2016 - Times viewed: 7519
UPDATE: The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for a 17-year-old girl who fell off a cliff into the ocean at Cape Kiwanda. Helicopter and boat crews spent more than 19 hours searching for the hiker after a friend called 911 at 3:06 p.m. Monday. Search crews traveled 426 miles while covering more than 72 square miles, but did not find the teen. The search was suspended at 10:36 a.m. Tuesday. "Despite our best efforts and an exhaustive multi-agency search, we were unable to locate the missing girl," said Mr. Greg Merten, operations unit controller at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River. "Our deepest condolences go out to the loved ones affected by this terrible tragedy."
PACIFIC CITY, Oregon - Two helicopters from the U.S. Coast Guard are searching for a 17-year-old girl who slipped and fell off a cliff Monday into the surf at Cape Kiwanda. At about 3 p.m., the Coast Guard received a call from the girl's friend. They were both hiking when the 17-year-old slipped and fell into the ocean. The Coast Guard said two rescuers have also falling off personal watercraft attempting to find the girl. One of the rescuers was taken to a local hospital. An MH-60 J ...
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Tuesday February 2, 2016 - Times viewed: 7482
BEAVERTON, Oregon - This morning at about 7:30, a 12-year-old child was hit by a car while riding a bike near Five Oaks Middle School at Northwest 173rd Avenue. Emergency crews treated the child at the scene and police have not released the extend of the child's injuries. Police say the driver of the car remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation. ...
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Tuesday February 2, 2016 - Times viewed: 7511

It opens 4/20, with fast food-style convenience.

Recreational marijuana is now legal in Oregon, and some of its residents apparently can’t get the stuff fast–and conveniently–enough. In Gold Beach, down by the California border on the Pacific, however, a cannabis dispensary is opening that doesn’t require you to leave your car.

Set to open on pot-culture approved date of April 20th, Gold Beach’s drive-thru window won’t be the country’s first drive-thru pot shop. There’s apparently one in Olympia, and others in Detroit. Those, however, are medical-only dispensaries. This seems to be the first of its kind in that it features purely recreational sales–no prescription required.

The concept is not nearly as ridiculous as it sounds. It’s not intended for some dude to snake a baggie to hotbox his vintage Volkswagen bus. The drive-up window is located across from a hospital and is designed to be akin to a drive-thru pharmacy.

Of course, drive-thru weed is not just for the infirm. Surely, the location–just across the border from California, where marijuana is still not sold legal on a recreational basis–was selected because of the strong potential to attra ...

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Thursday February 4, 2016 - Times viewed: 7499
Portland, Ore – Troy Bachmann is finally a free man. After being arrested in Mexico last May, Bachmann is with his wife and young son in California. Troy was arrested May 19, 2015 on charges he refused to pay Mexican watermelon farmers money he owed them. The produce exporter from Brightwood, Oregon, denied any wrong doing. Bachmann was found innocent by a Mexican judge several months ago but was held while his case was appealed. “I spoke with him 5 minutes after they released him, and it was the first time I knew it was real. I knew it was real because there was no yelling in the background, just Troy and a moving car” his brother Derek Bachmann told KXL by phone Monday night. Troy Bachmann plans to spend a few weeks in California reconnecting with his wife and 13 month old son. Derek says he will return to Oregon later this month where he will be able to say thank you to everyone who played a part in his release. ...
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Tuesday February 2, 2016 - Times viewed: 7475
He's also never had dysentery, unlike so many of the game's characters. The creator of the beloved computer game ‘Oregon Trail’ hosted a Reddit AMA on Monday. (Photo; Google Commons) Before Oregon Trail was every middle schooler’s favorite computer game, it was a simple educational tool invented in 1971 by a history teacher preparing a unit on the Old West and two math teachers who knew programming. When personal computers came along a few years later, the team made a new version with animated graphics and dialogue, and history class was never the same again. Don Rawitsch, the aforementioned history teacher, hosted a Reddit AMA yesterday to discuss the history behind the game’s creation, its legacy and what he would’ve done differently had he invented the game now. The rationale behind creating the game was simple, according to Mr. Rawitsch. “As a student teacher, I had to teach a unit on the Westward Movement that wouldn’t bore the students to sleep,” he told one redditor. Thankfully the concept of educational technology was coming to the fore at the time Oregon Trail was invented, giving Mr. Rawitsch an alternative to dry lectures. He even structured it to fit into ...
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Tuesday February 2, 2016 - Times viewed: 7496
At 5:41 PM on Monday, February 01, 2016, a male suspect entered the Peoples Credit Union at 7403 NE Hazel Dell Avenue. The male suspect presented a note demanding money from the teller, and advising her that he was robbing the bank. No weapon was seen or implied. The male received an undisclosed amount of money from the bank teller and left the location. Clark County Sheriff's Office, with the assistance of the Vancouver Police Department, conducted a K9 track, but did not locate the suspect. The suspect was described as a white male, 25-35 years of age, approximately 5'08-6' tall. He had dark hair, and several days growth of beard. The male was wearing a dark ball cap with a light logo in the center, a long black jacket, with a light, possibly flannel hood lining, medium colored jeans, and black tennis shoes with white on the sides of the soles. If you have information on the robbery, please contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line at (877) 274-6311. ...
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Tuesday February 2, 2016 - Times viewed: 7475
PORTLAND, Oregon - Portland Fire & Rescue responded to a house fire at 5017 SE 88th Ave at 6:10 pm. When fire crews arrived, they found a boarded up vacant house with black smoke coming from the front. As crews began to enter the house, the fire increased in size rapidly and started burning the trees on the side of the house. An electrical line also burned through, fell to the ground and was a electrocution hazard to the crews. The house was found full of material which made it very difficult to move around to extinguish the fire. In addition, the windows had metal bars on them so crews couldn't use them to get in or out of the house. The incident commander ordered all crews out of the house due to unsafe conditions and instead put the fire out from the outside. The fire was under control about an hour later. Crews are still working to put out the hot spots at the time of this release. The fire is under investigation at this time. No injuries were reported. ...
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Monday February 1, 2016 - Times viewed: 7504
The only woman arrested with other militants following occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon claims Nevada rancher LaVoy Finicum was yelling “Just shoot me,” before law enforcement officers killed him following a traffic stop. Shawna Cox, who was released from Multnomah County Jail on Friday and is expected to return to her Utah home on Monday after being fitted with a GPS tracking device, was in the car with Finicum prior to his death. According to OregonLive, Cox did an interview with blogger Rick Koerber over the weekend, describing the law enforcement officials who tried to stop Finicum as “murderers.” Cox stated that she was in the truck driven by Finicum, along with Victoria Sharp, Ryan Bundy and Ryan Payne when they hit a roadblock on Highway 395. “We noticed the vehicles,” Cox said. “They flipped their lights on.” After Payne told Finicum to slow down, Payne showed his hands outside the window only to have officers shoot at him. “They shot at him,” Cox said. “He said they mean business.” Payne then got out of the vehicle and was taken into custody, while Cox, Sharp and Bundy stayed in the truck — with the two women sliding to th ...
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Monday February 1, 2016 - Times viewed: 7535
On Saturday just after 1 PM., police received a report of a man climbing on trains in the rail yard at 3930 Northwest Yeon Street. Police attempted contact with the suspect, later identified as 32-year-old Matthew Joseph Medlin. As officers attempted contact, Medlin jumped from the top of one rail car into the open bed of a dumpster-style rail car and refused to come out. Medlin repeatedly picked up pieces of metal and rocks and held them as weapons. Officers talking with him learned he was under the influence of methamphetamine and had been awake for more than 26 hours before entering the rail yard. Officers knew him from prior contacts and knew that he'd fought with officers in the past and was generally uncooperative. Officers also knew that he had a felony warrant for his arrest on a parole violation. While officers were attempting to diffuse Medlin's agitated state, he injected himself with additional methamphetamine and began acting even more erratically. Officers continued to communicate with Medlin over several hours and through a thunderstorm and hailstorm. Project Respond arrived to assist with communication and the Multnomah County Crisis Line was consult ...
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Monday February 1, 2016 - Times viewed: 7535
CORVALLIS, Oregon - On Sunday, 20 year old Trenton Huber of Corvallis was arrested on multiple felony and misdemeanor charges after a series of crimes at several locations.The series of incidents began with a 911 call in the 3100 block of NW Foxtail Plc. The caller, who was in his vehicle with his family in front of their residence, reported Huber approached their car and told them "I'm not going to hurt your family." Huber then tried to open the doors of the vehicle but was unable to get inside because they were locked. Huber walked away from the initial caller's vehicle and encountered a father and 11 year old son on the bike path near the south end of NW Shooting Start Dr. Huber approached the father and son and told them he wanted to know where their car keys and house were. Huber then grabbed the 11 year old boy; put him in a headlock, almost choking him out while walking him down the bike path. The boy's father responded by striking Huber in the back until he released the boy. Huber then threatened to kill the father and son, before they fled to their residence. Huber did not follow them. As the father and son victims were calling 911, Huber encountered his next victi ...
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Sunday January 31, 2016 - Times viewed: 7539
Would you like highs with that? A rural Oregon coastal town is getting a recreational marijuana store with a drive-thru window. Green Life Oregon plans to open this April in Gold Beach, a town in the economically-strapped timberlands of Curry County. The owners bragged this morning to the local paper, the Curry Coastal Pilot, that Green Life Oregon's drive-thru window will be the nation's first. That's almost certainly not true. A medical-marijuana dispensary in Olympia, Wash. added a drive-thru window in 2012. As recently as last September, Detroit officials were fretting about several dispensaries with weed drive-thrus. "Dozens of dispensaries line 8 Mile and other major thoroughfares in the city," wrote the Detroit Free Press, "and a Free Press investigation found that at least three offer drive-through service." Green Life Oregon can still likely claim a spot as Oregon's first weed drive-thru: The state's medical marijuana program had barred drive-up and cart sales of cannabis. ...
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Sunday January 31, 2016 - Times viewed: 7516
On January 30, 2016 at approximately 7:43 a.m. OSP troopers and emergency responders were dispatched to a single vehicle fatal crash on Highway 95 near milepost 59. Once on scene, troopers determined that a Chevrolet Tahoe, operated by JORGE GUTIERREZ-HERRERA, age 36, from San Diego, California, was southbound and lost control due to icy conditions. The vehicle crossed into the northbound lane and continued off the roadway where in came to an uncontrolled rest on its top. During the crash the rear passenger, FRANCISCA HERRERA, age 69, from San Rafel, California, was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The right front passenger was identified as JULIAN GUTIERREZ-HERRERA, age 28, from Merced, California. JORGE GUTIERREZ-HERRERA was taken to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center Hospital in Boise by Air Ambulance. JULIAN GUTIERREZ-HERRERA was taken by ground ambulance to West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell. Investigators determined that JORGE GUTIERREZ-HERRERA and JULIAN GUTIERREZ-HERRERA were wearing safety belts. It was determined the FRANCISCA HERRERA was not wearing a safety belt. OSP troopers from the Ontario Area Command are continuing ...
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Sunday January 31, 2016 - Times viewed: 7555
An Ashland man died while swimming in the Pacific Ocean at Whaleshead Beach State Park located on Oregon's south coast. On January 30, 2016 at approximately 2:00 p.m. ALEXANDER HOWELL, age 23, from Ashland, was swimming in the Pacific Ocean about 75 yards from shore with a friend, ALEX SMITH, age 22, from Medford. According to witnesses, HOWELL indicated that he needed to go back to shore. Heavy surf and a strong rip current prevented the swimmers from making an easy return to shore. HOWELL and SMITH got separated in the rough waters. SMITH managed to get back to shore where two other friends were waiting but HOWELL was not able to get to shore and his friends were unable to initially find him. The group called 911 and commenced a search of the shoreline and found HOWELL unresponsive on the beach. The friends performed CPR until they were relieved by emergency responders. An OSP Patrol Sergeant from the Gold Beach Worksite responded to the scene along with local fire/EMS, Curry County Search & Rescue, US Coast Guard and Curry County Sheriff Department. HOWELL was transported to Curry General Hospital in Gold Beach for advanced life support. He was declared deceased at the h ...
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Sunday January 31, 2016 - Times viewed: 7518
On Saturday, at 8: AM, Douglas County Communications received a report of a theft of a four wheeler from a barn located in the 800 Block of Thurman Road, in the Rice Valley area. The stolen four wheeler was observed by responding Deputies, as well as by Oregon State Police Troopers. The operator of the four wheeler had a dog on the four wheeler with him at the time. Responding law enforcement officers were unable to pursue the vehicle due to the terrain where the four wheeler was seen. Police say they identified 24 year old Ryan Scevers, who lives on Thurman Road as a possible suspect. At about 10:10 AM, authorities received a report from a resident in the 3000 Block of Rice Hill Road that they had just shot a subject after a confrontation with the subject at their residence. Responding Deputies and Troopers contacted 65 year old Frank Hendrickson and his wife, 62 year old Delilah Knight, at the residence. They also located the same subject they had seen earlier in the day riding on the stolen four wheeler, the stolen four wheeler, and the dog that had been with the subject. The subject was determined to be 24 year old Ryan Scevers, who was declared deceased at the scene. ...
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Saturday January 30, 2016 - Times viewed: 7572
On January 29, 2016 at 9:00 PM a two vehicle crash occurred on US HWY 26 near milepost (MP) 93. The crash resulted in a single fatality at the scene. The preliminary investigations indicate vehicle #1 a 2004 Ford F-250, driven by Juan Guerrero Gomez (age 42) from Gresham was westbound on US HWY 26. Vehicle #1 crossed the center-line and struck an eastbound 2016 Nissan Pathfinder. The driver of the Pathfinder,Mr. Matthew Hiller (age 42) from Vancouver, Washington was pronounced deceased at the scene. There were no passengers in the Ford F-250 and three in the Nissan Pathfinder. The passengers of the Pathfinder were listed as: Mrs. Wendy Hiller (age 44) and two juveniles (age 12 and 1). Mr. Gomez, Mrs. Hiller and the one year old were transported to Madras hospital with minor injuries. The 12 year old was air transported to St. Charles in Bend with serious injuries. Witnesses reported heavy snow fall at the time of the crash. Seatbelts and child safety restraints were utilized and airbags deployed in both vehicles. OSP was assisted by Warm Springs PD, Warm Springs Fire, and ODOT. ...
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Saturday January 30, 2016 - Times viewed: 7657
SALEM, OR--The clock is ticking for medical marijuana dispensaries selling recreational products. By rule, recreational marijuana tax payments are due monthly, starting in February. "Before making their first payment, dispensaries must register with us so we can create a tax account for them," said Marijuana Tax Program Manager John Galvin. "It's the law." Right now, 120 of the 309 dispensaries selling recreational marijuana, according to the Oregon Health Authority's public list, still haven't registered with Revenue. Also, only five of those 309 dispensaries have scheduled an appointment to remit the taxes they collected from customers in January. Here's what dispensaries need to know to stay compliant: They must register with Revenue before they can make a payment. Payments are due monthly. For cash payments, they must call (503) 945-8050 for an appointment at least 48 hours in advance. Returns are due quarterly. They must issue a receipt to every customer, showing the retail price and tax paid. Dispensaries can set the price for their products, but the price must be determined prior to calculating the 25-percent tax. The temporary 25-percent tax is appli ...
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Saturday January 30, 2016 - Times viewed: 7515
ALBANY, Oregon - On Friday, January 29, 2016, at about 1:00 p.m., surveillance video from a residence in the 2000 block of Kodiak Avenue SW captured a suspect taking a package that had been left on the front porch. The surveillance video showed a white male adult pull up in front of the residence in a white Volvo sedan. The box was later found discarded and empty in the area of Pacific Boulevard SW and Morse Lane. A short time later a caller reported an open package in the roadway on 53rd Avenue SW. It was discovered that this package, now empty, had earlier been delivered to a residence in the 1500 block of Black Bear Court SW. At about 3:00 p.m., an Albany Patrol Sergeant spotted a white Volvo and stopped it in the 1200 block of Geary Street SE. The vehicle and driver matched those seen in the residential surveillance video. The driver, 31 year old Albany resident Dustin Halvorsen, was taken into custody without incident. Property from both packages was located inside the vehicle Halvorsen was driving. Dustin Halvorsen was lodged in the Linn County Jail on charges of Theft, Criminal Trespass and Offensive Littering. ...
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Saturday January 30, 2016 - Times viewed: 7596
Oregon State Police troopers and detectives from the Hermiston Worksite arrested two men for multiple crimes in relation to livestock being illegally killed in Umatilla County. On January 15, 2016 at approximately 8:30 a.m. OSP troopers from the Hermiston Worksite responded to a report of livestock being illegally killed and butchered on Feedville Road, near South Edwards Road in Stanfield. Th ...

Saturday January 30, 2016 - Times viewed: 7520
DEPOT BAY, Oregon - At 3:45 PM on Friday Depoe Bay Firefighters were dispatched to a two vehicle accident on HWY 101 at Cape Foulweather. The initial report was of two vehicles multiple injuries, with one vehicle down a 30 foot embankment. Once on scene it was confirmed the initial report was accurate. Additional resources from Newport Fire Department and Pacific West ambulance were requested to the scene. Firefighters use ladders and ropes to gain access to the victims trapped in the vehicle down the embankment. The jaws of life was used to extricate the patient out of thew car while addition firefighters, police and medical personnel were used to hoist the victims back up to the highway. A total of three patients were transported to local hospitals with non life threatening injuries. When all human patients were safely under medical care and transported, Depoe Bay Firefighters turned to the final victim traded in the second car up on the highway. According to Depoe Bay Fire Chief Joshua Williams "a large breed dog was wedged under the passenger seat of a vehicle, the dogs head was in the front foot area, and the rear paws were in the back" "The entire length to the dog wa ...
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Saturday January 30, 2016 - Times viewed: 7521
GRESHAM, Oregon - Gresham, Ore. -- On January 29, 2016 at 5:55 p.m., Gresham Police responded to the report of a man that was stabbed near a residence in the 18800 block of SE Division Street. Police arrived on scene and found that an adult male had been stabbed. He was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. His present condition is not known. There is no suspect information at this time and the incident is still being investigated. No further information is being released this evening. ...
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Saturday January 30, 2016 - Times viewed: 7506
Today, January 30, 2016 at 2:34 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to a call of a rolled over vehicle near S.E. 134th Ave. and S.E. Stark St. Officers arrived and determined that the crash involved a single vehicle, with one person ejected from the vehicle and the other trapped inside. Portland Fire was able to extricated the occupant of the vehicle and both subjects were transported to ar ...

Friday January 29, 2016 - Times viewed: 7654
As cities search for solutions to homelessness, Portland’s Dignity Village offers 60 men and women community and safety. Katie Mays, the site's social worker, stands next to villager Rick Proudfoot in front of his house. All photos by Paul Dunn. On a frigid January morning, a tour through Portland’s Dignity Village follows the same path its residents are required to travel. All were, or are, homeless. Newcomers to this homeless refuge huddle in the warming station, a small portable with photos of smiling former residents and where they are required to stay during a 60-day probationary period. They hope to graduate to a small makeshift home like Karen, a three-month resident whose boisterous laugh carries through the village. Should it become a permanent home, they may find themselves in the position of Rick Proudfoot, a longtime resident who works in the site’s main office, keeping track of finances. If they’re really lucky, they may end up like Lisa Larson, Dignity Village’s CEO. A peppy forty-something, she’s lived at Dignity Village the last six years after falling into homelessness to escape an abusive husband. She initially thought she’d stay no more than ...
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Friday January 29, 2016 - Times viewed: 7618
he place where young people go to retire? Maybe not. A new study of migrants moving into Oregon from other states shows an unusually high number of them are young and that they tend to be well educated, especially in technical fields. That runs against the popular image of TV's "Portlandia" – a slacker who drifts into the city for a part time job slinging espresso. In fact, Oregon is one of the nation's top destinations for young migrants, according to Josh Lehner of the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis, who just completed a study of the subject. He contends that bodes well for the state's long-term economic health, because such workers tend to stay put and bring valuable skills to a region perpetually starved for tech workers.

"That's not what the conventional wisdom is," Lehner said. "Most people think it's the 'Portlandia' story."

Four things stand out in Lehner's study:

  • The largest group of net migration into Oregon consists of people ages 25 to 34, according to 2014 Census data. They account for more than 29 percent of all inbound migra ...
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Friday January 29, 2016 - Times viewed: 7632
(Photo by Andy Price) a bid to ease tensions over limited on-street parking, Portland may implement a new residential permit program — one that gives more control to neighborhoods. Neighborhoods feeling squeezed for spaces would vote on whether to issue parking permits for residents. Neighborhoods would set their own rates, and keep excess revenue to make local improvements, like installing crosswalks or flashing beacons. The proposal was developed by a stakeholder advisory committee assembled by the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT). For the past year, PBOT has been reevaluating how the city manages both on- and off-street parking as a continuous system, particularly in neighborhoods experiencing growth, says Grant Morehead, a PBOT planner who oversaw the stakeholder process. Thirty business and neighborhood association representatives, cycling and pedestrian advocates, and citizens at large met throughout 2015 to develop recommendations. Portland City Council will vote on them this spring. Of all the ideas, the permit proposal is reviving a debate in Portland over who should pay for parking in residential neighborhoods: developers of new buildings, and by e ...
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Friday January 29, 2016 - Times viewed: 7480
An oil train being unloaded at the Columbia Pacific Bio-Refinery in Port Westward, an industrial park near Clatskanie. Major layoffs were announced there today. (The Oregonian/Rob Davis) The global oil price crash has claimed 28 jobs in Oregon. Global Partners, which operated Oregon's primary oil train terminal, saw its stock crater Thursday, closing 20 percent lower as the company laid off more than half the facility's workers. Global said it was laying off 28 of a reported 47 employees at its terminal on the Columbia River near Clatskanie while taking steps to move ethanol there instead of crude oil. The company also announced layoffs at a North Dakota terminal that loaded Oregon-bound trains with crude. "While any workforce reduction is difficult, we believe these actions are necessary to work through this challenging crude market," said Eric Slifka, Global's CEO. "The implementation of all these initiatives helps provide us with flexibility to invest in our business in the future." At its peak two years ago, the terminal unloaded three trains weekly, putting millions of gallons of North Dakota crude oil onto barges bound for West Coast refineries. It made the ...
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