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Friday April 2, 2010 - Times viewed: 7625
The Oregon Coast was battered with heavy rain and wind this morning and gusts up to 55 mpg are expected in the Valley. High Wind Warning- Oregon and SW Wash. Coast:All  South wind gusts near 80 mph are still possible between 10 am- 1pm.  The heaviest rain as passed...although thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon.  Wind dies down by dinnertime tonight.

Wind Advisory- Lower Columbia, Willamette Valley and Central Oregon.  It's gonna blow around here.  Look for S 20-30 mph winds, gusting to 55 mph at times.. especially between 11 am and 3pm.  Rain will turn to showers in the next two hours.

Winter Storm Warning- Cascades & Blue Mountains.  Up to two feet of snow is possible by the end of the day.. especially 3000 feet and higher.  It will be an absolute white-out up there much of the day... with wind gusts from the south near 50 miles per hour in spots.

Thankfully, tonight will be calmer with showers and lows in the upper 30s.  Showers continue tomorrow with highs in the low 50s. However, rain begins again on Easter Sunday.. right now timing shows the afternoon will be wettest. ...
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Thursday April 1, 2010 - Times viewed: 7667
PORTLAND - Only days after devastating terrorist attacks inside the subway system of Russia's capitol city, transit agencies across the US are boosting its own security.

Today TriMet announced new security measures, partnering with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to increase security in the Portland-Metro area.

Last year TriMet used aAllTSA grant to add surveillance cameras to enhance MAX station platforms including Gresham and the Gateway Transit Center. Today, more than 43 cameras are perched across the city, and cameras are added to any new platform.

The announcement is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. today at Gresham City Hall.

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Wednesday March 31, 2010 - Times viewed: 7747
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- A Vancouver deputy is suing a fast food chain over a spit-covered burger served to him last year. Deputy Edward Bylsma was in uniform and in a marked car when he ordered a Whopper at a Burger King drive-through on Northeast Gher Road in March 2009, according to a statement from the Seattle Law Office of Stafford Frey Cooper.

The deputy said the worker who handed him his food acted suspiciously. "I carefully unwrapped the burger and pulled the meat patty off the bottom bun. I found slimy, clear and white phlegm," Bylsma said in the statement. Anne Bremner, Bylsma's attorney, said DNA testing found that the burger contained human sputum and saliva and that it came from the mouth of 22-year-old Gary Herb, who was working at the Burger King at the time. "He had an instinct that the individuals were acting a little funny.

They were off to him," Bremner said. "Something just clicked with him, like 'I better look at my burger.'" Another test could not rule out feces on the burger, according to the law office's statement. Herb was found guilty of third-degree assault in the incident. He was ordered to be tested for hepatitis ...
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Tuesday March 30, 2010 - Times viewed: 7658
Oregon will receive nearly $90 million in federal funds to help homeowners remain in their homes and avoid foreclosure.

"We had no idea. We did not submit a proposal," said Lisa Joyce, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Housing and Community Services. The agency's job is to figure out the details and send a plan to Washington for approval. It could be late summer or fall before money starts flowing, Joyce said.

The state was one of five receiving about $600 million from the Housing Finance Agency Innovation Fund for the Hardest Hit Housing Markets. Other states getting the funds were North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and South Carolina.

The first Housing Finance Agency funds targeted five states with home price declines more than 20 percent. The second Hardest Hit Fund targeted five states – including Oregon – with high concentrations of people living in economically distressed areas, defined as counties in which the unemployment rate exceeded 12 percent in 2009.

Oregon’s Housing and Community Services will now be able to submit proposals for innovative housing initiatives designed for parts of the state that have exp ...
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Monday March 29, 2010 - Times viewed: 7655
PORTLAND, Oregon - Calling the police shooting of an unarmed man in Portland an "execution, the Rev. Jesse Jackson addresses the latest shooting in which a man was killed by a Portland police officer. Jackson plans to attend five events Monday, beginning with a school assembly at the Self Enhancement Inc., Charter School in north Portland. He'll also speak with Legacy Emanuel Hospital staff and meet with the Albina Ministerial Alliance.

In February, Jackson visited Portland after a Portland police officer shot and killed Aaron Campbell. The shooting happened during a confrontation at a northeast Portland apartment complex and Campbell was unarmed.

A week ago, a Portland police officer shot and killed Jack Collins, a homeless man who police said was covered in blood and repeatedly refused to drop a knife as he approached an officer. The shooting occurred at Hoyt Arboretum. "We've just become much too violent and we must go another way," Jackson said in a statement. "This rash of police shootings is marring the image of the city and jeopardizing so many people."

A grand jury has cleared Officer Frashour, who has a prior record of excess ...
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Friday March 26, 2010 - Times viewed: 7685
PORTLAND, Oregon - Three people were able to escape by jumping off a boat that explodedthen caught on fire on the Columbia River.

Portland Fire personnel responded to a report of a boat fire near NE 35th Ave. and Marine Drive in Portland. The trio apparently jumped from the boat at the time fire personnel arrived. Fire crews pulled the three injured people from the boat before transporting them to local hospitals.

Multnomah County Information Officer Mary Lindstrom said the three people had just put gas in the boat and were leaving the dock when the boat exploded, which caused damage to Donaldson Marina. Two of the people who were injured are in critical condition. The third person is in fair condition.

The boat capsized and was completely demolished with an estimated damage of more than $32,000.00. ...
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Friday March 26, 2010 - Times viewed: 8853
COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE - Kerry Friesen was found deep in the Gorge, about two hours away from his car after losing track of the trail in snow.

He was able to walk back to the trail head on foot with the help of rescuers who also gave him dry clothing, food and water.

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The search is underway for a 49-year-old Portland man who went missing near Bonneville Dam while ...

Wednesday March 24, 2010 - Times viewed: 7702
PORTLAND, Oregon - Scores of local Portland citizens are outraged at yet another shooting by police. Jack Dale Collins, 58, was shot and killed by a Portland police officer Monday afternoon, according to Detective Mary Wheat.

Collins, who is believed to be a transient, was killed Monday and died at the scene. Detective Wheat said that police Officer Jason Walters who shot Collins was not in ...

Monday March 22, 2010 - Times viewed: 7662
Portland police arrested a 30-year-old man and charged him with invasion of privacy after he was allegedly caught in a woman's bathroom peering at a woman who was in the next stall.

The arrest was made on Sunday afternoon after police received a call from the Hannaford supermarket on Cottage Road in Portland. Police were told Goupil had been in the women's bathroom and was caught looking o ...

Thursday March 18, 2010 - Times viewed: 7633
PORTLAND -- The body of 22 year old Tyler Brady was found in the Willamette River Wednesday near OMSI. Brady was a Portland bicyclist missing since Feb. 19. Police have not said if they suspect foul play but an autopsy was scheduled to determine the exact cause of death.

Police were also trying to figure out exactly where and how Brady's body went into the river.

"We just don't ...

Wednesday March 17, 2010 - Times viewed: 7926
OREGON CITY, Oregon - A judge sentenced a former Clackamas County deputy to seven years in prison for assault and other crimes that left his former wife convinced he would kill her.

Brandon Scott Claggett pleaded guilty earlier this year to coercion with a firearm, unlawful use of weapons and fourth-degree assault.

On April 20, Claggett barricaded himself inside his home in Oregon ...

Tuesday March 16, 2010 - Times viewed: 7627
For several years Portland has been involved in a controversy regarding the Environmental Protection Agency and the city’s drinking water. The federal government has pressed the city to invest millions to treat the water in the Bull Run system. Portland officials say it’s unnecessary because the water at Mt. Tabor reservoir is “clean.” EPA wants proof. But apparently the idea of “proof” is changing To get a variance from the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, Portland water officials need to prove the water is clean. Without one, the city will likely have to build a $100 million treatment facility in Bull Run. The city is trying for the third time to convince the EPA that it should be allowed to test the water and prove it can meet EPA’s standards.

This time around, the city has worked more closely with the EPA, and federal officials have gotten specific. The EPA has asked for tests of potential contamination spots in the watershed.

Water bureau resource director, Edward Campbell said the feds also asked Portland to work up a computer model to track pathogens. “Based on EPA’s input, we’ve looked in ...
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Monday March 15, 2010 - Times viewed: 7667
PORTLAND, Oregon - Portland Hiker Kate Huether's body was found Saturday at the base of a steep cliff off the side of Table Mountain, four miles north of Bonneville Dam. Because the cliff is so steep, those working on the recovery effort had to wait one more day, until a helicopter arrived, to bring out the 24 year old's body.

The Skamania County undersheriff offered these somewhat-soothing words:All"Just based on the mechanics of that fall, I don't think she suffered," he said.

South of table mountain, the King County Sheriff's Office helicopter hovered to try to recover Huether's body late Sunday afternoon. With winds not cooperating, the pilot was forced to drop three searchers about an eighth of a mile from Huether's body.

"It's very, very steep," said Undersheriff Dave Cox. "There's a lot of loose rock and it's just too dangerous to put people in there in the dark."

This is roughly 24-hours after James Martin and his son Tucker found the hiker's body covered in snow. "There's no way you would have seen her unless you were right on top of her," James Martin told said.

Nearly a week after Huether wa ...
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Saturday March 13, 2010 - Times viewed: 7646
Oregon Coast - The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported a 4.9 magnitude earthquake off the Oregon coast about 7:53 PST Friday evening. The epicenter was about 255 miles from Yachats, Oregon.

Reports so far indicate no one felt the quake and no tsunami warnings were issued for the Oregon coast, or anywhere else on the west coast of the United States.

BeachConnection.net contacted several coastal residents, including Ian Clayman of Newport and Angi Wildt of Depoe Bay, and no one said they felt anything.

Geophysicist Randy Baldwin says the quake was centered about 330 miles west-southwest of Portland at a depth of six miles - shallow in earthquake terms.

He says quakes of that magnitude are common in that area, part of the Juan de Fuca Plate, and there is no danger of it generatingNo tsunami sirens were activated along the Oregon coast for that event either.



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Friday March 12, 2010 - Times viewed: 7885
SUNRIVER — Mother, Father, and seven year old son, were all found dead in their Sunriver home Thursday morning.

The call came in around 10:30 in the morning to police dispatcher. Someone was reporting seeing a person hanging outside a garage at a home on Hermosa Road, south of Sunriver. Deschutes County Sheriff and Oregon State Police arrived on the scene to find Joachim Steffan, 40, hanging outside the garage. Inside the home they found bodies of Dagmar Steffan, 49, and Pascal Steffan, 7.

Late that evening, police had released no information about a cause of death for the family. They were calling the incident a homicide, but said they were not looking for suspects and did not believe residents in the area were in any danger.

Darren and Robin Weeks live across the street and said they knew the family for several years. They described Joachim as an entrepreneur. “He was very easygoing, very optimistic,” Darren Weeks said.

Dagmar Steffan was a home baker who once held a neighborhood bake sale and with plans to open her own bakery. She specialized in sweet treats from Germany, where neighbors said both Joachim and Dagmar were from.

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Thursday March 11, 2010 - Times viewed: 7705
LAKE OSWEGO, Oregon - Fears of urban development are deep-seated in the Lake Oswego, West Linn, and Tualatin areas. Now proposed planning strategy could shape development throughout the region for the next 50 years. Last Thursday The Metro Council voted 5-2 to designate several tracts of land for urbanization up to the year 2060. In addition the Council decided to increase the amount of land to remain off-limits to development. 28,000 acres of farm and other rural land will be considered urban reserves and eligible to be included within the urban growth boundary. This impact could effect home-owners and residents in those areas, Lake Oswego, Tualatin and West Linn. Nearly 4000 acres which are now exclusive farm use of rolling hills and forested areas between the towns, are among lands considered for future urban growth.

Development in the Stafford area is dependant on at least one of the three surrounding cities agreeing to provide water and sewer connections. Such an attempt could force many legal maneuvers and other court challenges.

On Monday West Linn councilors asked the city manager to begin conversations with officials in Lake Oswego and Tualatin, who like W ...
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Wednesday March 10, 2010 - Times viewed: 7665
Witnesses say the man in his car outside 7-Eleven purposefully revved up his engine and smashed into an Aberdeen, Washington store injuring 2-year-old Keitlyn Zinn and her mother. As the girl continues to recover from being pinned by the van on Friday, surveillance video just released from inside the store shows the sheer magnitude of the crash.

In the video, 2-year-old Keitlyn Zinn and her mother walk into the busy store. There is absolutely no indication of trouble. The van pulls into the store parking lot and stops. A few seconds, Keitlyn and her mother are at the checkout counter when the van's engine revs up wildly and plows into the store. The camera is knocked upward as the wall collapses.

The little girl, Keitlyn suffered a broken leg and sustained multiple cuts and bruises. She was flown by helicopter to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center where she was initially listed in critical condition, but has made progress since. Keitlyn's mother was taken to Grays Harbor Hospital.

Witnesses told police they saw the van's driver Kelvin Kinney put the van into drive and heard the engine rev up high and saw the driver purposefully manipulating the gear shift t ...
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Tuesday March 9, 2010 - Times viewed: 7596
PORTLAND, Oregon - There are no fresh clues and U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crews have joined in the search for a Portland, Ore., hiker missing near Bonneville Dam in Washington since Thursday. Air crews joined a ground crew of about 50 searchers, some with dogs, looking 24 year old Katherine Huether. She has not been heard from since she sent a text message to a friend on Thursday afternoon. She told a friend she'd be home by 8 p.m. that night. But she did not return as planned and she was reported missing to Portland police Saturday evening. Huether is believed to have set out from the Pacific Crest trailhead Thursday at about 3 p.m.

Her car was found at the trailhead the next morning. Search crews then found a credit card receipt with Huether's name on it near Table Mountain. Christine Dixson, a friend of Huether's, said the receipt was found in an area she didn't expect Huether to reach. "She was going on a quick hike so I don't believe she would go as far as the receipt that was found that evening," Dixson said. Other than the car and receipt, there have been no clues as to Huether's whereabouts. Undersheriff Dave Cox said weather allowed helicopters from ...
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Monday March 8, 2010 - Times viewed: 7712
PORTLAND, Oregon - Portland police are still hunting the man accused of impersonating a police officer, the same man who kidnapped two women from downtown Portland after a concert on Thursday night.

Portland Police Detectives identified the suspect as 42-year-old Paul Evans Winklebleck, a registered sex offender with an outstanding warrant for sex abuse and a parole violation. He also uses the last name of Sullivan and Rose.

Winklebleck approached the two women as they were walking to their car and told them he worked for the Portland Police Bureau. The man said he wanted to help them because he said the women were drunk.

One of the women told police they refused and returned to their car, but the stranger insisted, stating the police were waiting for them if they drove away and that if they left their car in the lot, it would be towed.

The two women then allowed the man to drive their car because he claimed "he worked for the police and it was his job to get them home."

Portland police have stated they have no such officers working for the bureau.

The women said the man drove them through town, got onto I-5All southbound an ...
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Friday March 5, 2010 - Times viewed: 8095
SALEM, Oregon - A long police standoff in northwest Salem ended Thursday with police taking an identity theft suspect into custody. Salem police and FBI agents arrived at the Rosewood Lane Apartments on Marine Drive at about 11:30 a.m. to make contact with 37-year-old Adam Williams regarding theft and forgery charges, said Lt. Dave Okada. Williams refused to open the door and told police he had a hostage, weapons and possibly explosives, Okada said.

A SWAT team was called to assist as detectives tried to convince Williams to surrender. Officers said Williams refused to come out, leading them to fire several rounds of tear gas into the home. Williams continued to defy orders, police said, and at one point, he leaned out the window of the third-story apartment and yelled at officers. "Pretty much they were just pointing guns at the building for a while," said Dan Maslanik, who lives nearby. "They dumped tear gas in from both sides through the windows."

Okada said the SWAT team entered the apartment at about 4:45 p.m. through the front door, which was barricaded with furniture, and found Williams standing with two knives held to his throat. He was s ...
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Thursday March 4, 2010 - Times viewed: 7741
The cost of water and sewer costs are set to double. That's why private water wells are looking mighty attractive these days because they're mostly free and often cleaner and fresher than "city water". Portland residents have seen their sewer bills skyrocket over the past fifteen years and should now prepare for another very large increase. Water bills could double in the next few years. Water and sewer users are being asked to foot the bill for expensive, federally mandated infrastructure projects.

Rules from the US government are forcing residents of Portland to discontinue using five open reservoirs. Contaminants may get into our drinking water, according to Environmental Protection Agency officials, and make people sick.

Portland officials refused to cap reservoirs and made plans to build underground storage tanks. The 10-year project could cost $400 million. However, Portland could remove $100 million from the price if the EPA does not ask for or require a new water treatment plant.

Rules requires the Portland Water Bureau to either cover the open reservoirs in Mount Tabor and Washington parks or treat all of the water coming out of them to elim ...
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Tuesday March 2, 2010 - Times viewed: 7964
ASTORIA, Oregon - The 4-year-old daughter of Jesse Browning, one of the stars of The History Channel's "Ax Men", died tragically yesterday in Oregon after being mauled by one of the family's pet Rottweilers.

Jesse, whose father owns the "rowning Logging" company featured on the show, called 911 around 1 PM after the dog attacked his daughter Ashlynn at the family home, this according to Clatsop County Sheriff Tom Bergin.

Paramedics rushed to the home on Hillcrest Loop Road in Svensen and they worked quickly in hopes of saving Ashlynn Anderson's life, deputies said.



A Life Flight helicopter landed in a field near the home and took the girl to OHSU hospital in Portland. Ashlynn was pronounced dead when she arrived.

The dogs have been taken to the Clatsop County animal shelter, where they were quarantined.

The attack happened four months after officers had already taken a Rottweiler from the same home after it bit another family member.

The TV show "Ax Men" focuses on a logging company.

Browning said he does not want to see any more Rottweilers, "ever again". Detectives said they plan to conduct a follow-up inv ...
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Monday March 1, 2010 - Times viewed: 7683
TOLLGATE, Oregon - A search continues today for a 13-year-old boy who disappeared while on a cross-country ski trip in northeastern Oregon.

Blue Mountain Television reports that Nathan Cain of Walla Walla, Wash., was skiing with his father and some adult friends when he got separated from the group Saturday near the Andies Prairie Sno-Park area, in Union County.

Nathan is a seventh-grader at Rogers Adventist School in College Place, Wash., the school's principal, Jim C. Weller, told the station.

The sheriff's office confirmed a search was under way but released no further details.

Weller says crews looked for the boy throughout the night Saturday, when temperatures dropped to the 20s. He was dressed in a light jacket and blue jeans. The search continued Sunday, reportedly with the help of a helicopter, but was suspended for the night when darkness fell.

Weller said searchers did pick up his ski tracks but they died out after a while.

Andies Prairie is in the Umatilla National Forest, just off State Highway 204.

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Tuesday March 2, 2010 - Times viewed: 7624
Oregon voters will decide this November whether state lawmakers should hold annual legislative sessions. Lawmakers in Salem Thursday approved a plan to ask voters to change the state's constitution to allow annual legislative gatherings.

It was one of the final votes of this month's special session, which adjourned Thursday afternoon.

Democratic Senator Diane Rosenbaum said it's time that Oregon catches up with the rest of the country.

Diane Rosenbaum: “I am supporting this today because I think Oregonians want us to join the 45 other states that meet every year.”



If voters approve the change, lawmakers would meet about 5 months in odd-numbered years and just over a month in even-numbered years. That schedule was the subject of a last-minute showdown between the House and Senate, which delayed adjournment by about a day.

If voters approve the change, lawmakers would meet about 5 months in odd-numbered years and just over a month in even-numbered years.

That schedule was the subject of a last-minute showdown between the House and Senate, which delayed adjournment by about a day.

?When the Oregon Constitut ...
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Thursday February 25, 2010 - Times viewed: 7665
PORTLAND, Ore. - A woman who was struck and killed while trying to cross a street has been identified as 93-year-old Mary Waseko Kasubuschi of Portland.

The accident happened around 6:20 p.m. Wednesday in the area of Southeast Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. and Powell Blvd.

Kasubuchi died at the scene. Traffic was shut down for hours south of the intersection while the Portland Police Bureau Major Crash Team investigated the death.

Driver John Takacs, 59, of Portland cooperated with police and was not cited.

Police did not say how Kasubuchi ended up in the notoriously dangerous intersection. ...
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Wednesday February 24, 2010 - Times viewed: 7635
Amy Bartell, 14, ran away from the Parry Center for Children in southeast Portland Monday, and we alerted you about it on air an online. Tuesday morning, the girl was reported to be safe. Thank you to our viewers for being alert to another missing persons case.

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Monday February 22, 2010 - Times viewed: 7841
A Christian-based high school teacher has been arrested on suspicion of having sex with a 16 year old female student.

Scott A. Spies, 49, who teaches at the Auburn Adventist Academy, was arrested last week and booked into the Regional Justice Center in Kent, Washington and is being held on $150,000 bail for investigation of molestation, indecent liberties and sex with a minor girl, police said.

Scott Spies has since been fired, and school officials are helping the girl who was victimized in any way they can. Counselors are being provided for other students.

Meanwhile, faculty members at the close-knit school are reeling from the news that one of their own is suspected of having sex with a student.

"We were called in for a faculty meeting, and that's the first time I heard it," said teacher Tom Allen.

The Auburn police spokesman said the relationship allegedly started in February 2009, when the girl was 15 years old. He said it them became sexual last fall, after the student returned from a visit to Thailand.

The two had intercourse about 15 times - usually at Spies' apartment in Auburn, Colglazier said.

The sexual re ...
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Sunday February 21, 2010 - Times viewed: 7657
GRESHAM, Ore. – There are new details about the Clackamas County police sergeant who shot and killed his wife, her friend and himself at a downtown Gresham restaurant and lounge.

A spokesman for the Clark County Sheriff's Office confirms that his agency asked Portland police to investigate Jeff Grahn in April 2009. The results of that investigation have not been released. We now know police investigated him for domestic abuse 10 months ago. Police have previously stated that law enforcement investigations into Grahn's personal life would provide "no smoking gun."

We're told those results will be released when the investigation of the Gresham shooting is complete. However, the spokesman tells us the domestic abuse investigation did not result in any criminal charges being filed or disciplinary action being taken against Sergeant Grahn. Charlotte Grahn, who was fatally shot by her husband while out with friends Friday night, was a friendly and outgoing neighbor who had planned to take her daughter to Las Vegas for her 21st birthday.

Grahn shot and killed his wife Charlotte and her friend Katie Hoffmeister before killing himself at Gresham's M& ...
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Thursday February 18, 2010 - Times viewed: 7636
GRESHAM, Oregon - A man was killed when he was struck by a MAX train in Gresham last night. The accident occured at the intersection of 212th Avenue and Burnside around 10:15 p.m. The victim was 32-years old, but authorities have not released his name, pending notification of relatives.

The man was apparently walking in an area where trains travel at speeds up to 45 miles an hour. Police say he was standing between the rails in a poorly-lit section of the tracks and may have been a transient, police said.

The MAX operator said that by the time the pedestrian was spotted, it was impossible to stop the moving train in time to prevent hitting him.

The victim died at the scene, police said. The train that struck him was a westbound Blue-line MAX.

The train route was closed down for several hours during the investigation and buses shuttled riders to their destinations.

“He was standing erratically,” said Lt. Tony Silva with Transit Police. “Alcohol may be a factor in this, but we don't know yet." ...
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Wednesday February 17, 2010 - Times viewed: 7613
The Portland Police are under attack from many individuals and organizations. Some community leaders, even fearful of making their statements to the press are calling the police assassins and degenerates. The Rev. Jesse Jackson, a national civil rights figure, called the shooting death of an unarmed man an execution and slammed the lack of diversity in the city's police bureau at a rally in northeast Portland. Jackson held a press conference Tuesday evening before attending a community rally at Maranatha Church Fellowship Hall.

Jackson said his visit wasn't about race but about the difference between right and wrong. He talked about the killing last month in which 25-year-old unarmed Aaron Campbell was shot in the back by Officer Ronald Frashour outside a northeast Portland apartment complex. Police said they believed Campbell was armed at the time, but it turned out he did not have a gun. A grand jury chose not to indict the officer -- a decision Jackson criticized. He also condemned the lack of diversity in the Portland Police Bureau, saying "any city should have police departments representative of its people."

The Portland newspaper "The Scanner&quo ...
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