Sunday July 13, 2014 10:58 AM - Times viewed: 7537
HEPPNER, Ore. (AP) -- A former volunteer firefighter was sentenced to five and a half years in prison after burglarizing and burning down a home in November.
34-year-old Joseph Edward Kindle of Heppner pleaded no contest to arson on Thursday. He also pleaded guilty to theft, burglary and felon in possession of a firearm.
Kindle told the court in Morrow County that he had no excuse for what h ...
Sunday July 13, 2014 10:56 AM - Times viewed: 7483
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Military veterans account for nearly a quarter of Oregon's suicides, even though veterans make up less than 10 percent of the state's population.
That's according to a report by the Oregon Health Authority that analyzed data from the state's Violent Death Reporting System from 2008 to 2012.
The suicides covered all age groups, including veterans of long-ended wars. The ...
Sunday July 13, 2014 10:53 AM - Times viewed: 7712
CRATER LAKE, Ore. (AP) -- "Photos don't do it justice." That's what I'd heard from almost everyone I spoke with before embarking on my very first trip to Crater Lake National Park.
As I clicked through hundreds of photos in the Statesman Journal's photo archives, I considered myself prepared to feast my eyes on the giant body of water that everyone spoke so fondly of.
"Eh," I thought to myse ...
Friday July 11, 2014 11:31 PM - Times viewed: 7540
Oregon is the land of beautiful sunsets. Yes, the temperature may generally be mild but today was hot but not as hot as it will get in the next few days. Lingering clouds help display and disperse sunlight as it sets over the Oregon coast range mountains. In this example, one of our staff captured such a sunset this evening over the Willamette River at Champoeg State Park.
For the next week exp ...
Friday July 11, 2014 11:15 PM - Times viewed: 7479
PORTLAND, Ore.-- A number of cars and trucks have vanished from downtown Portland since July 1.
Where they have gone is a mystery, but why they are gone is not.
Since July 1, motorists with disabled placards have had to pay for metered parking spaces. Before the change, vehicles with placards could park for free with unlimited hours. It was common to find blocks in wh ...
Friday July 11, 2014 11:13 PM - Times viewed: 7495
The cause of this apartment fire has been determined to be abandoned/discarded smoking material.
At 3:09am PF&R was dispatched to an apartment fire at 2530 SE 125th ave.
Fire crews found heavy fire showing from the windows of a 2nd story unit when they arrived. One of the 9-1-1 callers reported that she could not get out of her apartment and was on the phone with emergency di ...
Friday July 11, 2014 11:11 PM - Times viewed: 7487
Hillsboro Police and Washington County Tactical Team respond to a barricaded burglary suspect.
On 07-11-14 at 1:30 PM, Hillsboro police officers responded to 2905 SW Cornelius Pass Rd in Hillsboro at the report of a burglary suspect at the location. The witness reported that a male suspect had entered an apartment unit and had gained entry into another adjoining apartment by kicking a wall and ...
Friday July 11, 2014 11:06 PM - Times viewed: 7516
PORTLAND, Oregon -- A man and a woman have been arrested and charged in the April death of a newborn baby girl.
Police say 29-year-old Sarah Mangus and 34-year-old Jamie Mangus were arrested Friday. They were indicted earlier this month on charges of murder by abuse and manslaughter.
On April 12, police were called to assist paramedics in the case of a baby who was not breathing. An investig ...
Friday July 11, 2014 08:39 AM - Times viewed: 7539
Health advisories were issued today for several Northwest beaches. Among them, Washington’s Vancouver Lake, and on the Oregon coast, D River Beach and Heceta Beach.
State officials are warning swimmers that the waters contain high levels of fecal bacteria.
Rebecca Hillwig, with Oregon’s Beach Monitoring Program said that the bacteria enters the body through the mouth and not through the skin ...
Friday July 11, 2014 08:34 AM - Times viewed: 7492
SEATTLE (AP) -- The Weather Service says a Northwest heat wave will last into the middle of next week.
Forecasters have issued an excessive heat watch for the weekend in the Seattle metro area, meaning the prolonged period of high temperatures could cause heat-related illnesses and accidents. Highs in Seattle are expected in the 80s to low 90s and overnight lows in the upper 60s.
The rest of ...
Friday July 11, 2014 08:32 AM - Times viewed: 7513
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- About 300 people were lined up at dawn Friday for a free dental clinic set up in the gym at Chemeketa Community College in Salem.
Some had been waiting since Thursday morning to make sure they get into the Oregon Mission of Mercy's fifth annual dental clinic.
The Statesman Journal reports ( HTTP://STJR.NL/1S2QSUT ) volunteers offer cleanings, filings, extractions and limi ...
Friday July 11, 2014 12:33 AM - Times viewed: 7493
SALEM, Oregon -- Family members who escaped from a burning recreational vehicle in the Salem area say a grandfather went back into the burning camper to save two 11-year-old twin grandchildren.
Chris Laing is recovering in a Portland hospital from second- and third-degree burns to his arms and blisters on his head and feet.
Sunya Laing says four people were sleeping in the RV when there was ...
Thursday July 10, 2014 05:33 PM - Times viewed: 7494
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon State Police say they've arrested the owner of a company called Whoops Towing as he tried to haul off an undercover vehicle.
Police say they'd gotten reports that a towing business operating without the required certificate was posting its own impoundment warning signs in parking lots and using a spotter to generate tows.
Police say they parked the unmarked vehicle ...
Thursday July 10, 2014 05:32 PM - Times viewed: 7552
ESTACADA, Ore. (AP) -- The Clackamas County sheriff's office says a man is dead after a tree fell on him near a campground east of Estacada, Oregon, in the Mount Hood National Forest.
The sheriff's office said the tree fell Thursday near Ripplebrook Campground.
The man was not immediately identified. ...
Thursday July 10, 2014 09:25 AM - Times viewed: 7529
The American Idol television bus arrived in Portland Wednesday for TV auditions and at the end of a long, hot day, just a handful of hopeful American Idol contestants made it to the next round.
Despite staying up late the night before, Naomi Tatsuoka, 24, arrived at Director Park in downtown Portland by 9 a.m., right when auditions started, and waited about three hours before her chance in the ...
Thursday July 10, 2014 09:20 AM - Times viewed: 7510
PORTLAND, Oregon Police arrested a 29-year-old man accused of running up to a police horse, uttering a “karate-like battle cry” and delivering what a spokesman calls "a jumping, double kick" to the horse's right thigh.
Police say the horse named Olin was unfazed and unhurt Wednesday. A police spokesman notes Olin outweighed his attacker by about 1,000 pounds.
Olin and his human partner took ...
Thursday July 10, 2014 09:08 AM - Times viewed: 7478
ENTIAT, Wash. - Firefighters have told residents of more than 100 homes near Entiat they should evacuate because of a threatening wildfire. Scores of additional homeowners have been told to be ready to leave.
The fire broke out Tuesday at Mills Canyon and has burned nearly 10 square miles. Flames burned down to Highway 97A Wednesday night, forcing the closure of a 30-mile stretch between Wenatc ...
Thursday July 10, 2014 09:07 AM - Times viewed: 7582
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. -- What caused a mysterious burn that nearly killed a Skagit County woman's dog?
It happened after a local pet emergency hospital treated the dog for an accidental overdose, and now both sides are pointing fingers at each other.
A month and a half later, it's unclear exactly what caused the injuries to Juli Elmore's 2-year old dog, Phyn, but the graphic pictures make it ...
Thursday July 10, 2014 09:00 AM - Times viewed: 7523
After receiving close to a 150 phone tips, as well as numerous tips that had come through via social media, Detectives with the Clark County Major Crimes Unit were able to locate Anji Dean at Clackamas Town Center in CLACKAMAS, Oregon. - Anji was contacted by Detectives within the mall. She was interviewed and then reunited with her family in Clark County.
The Clark County Sheriff's Office wou ...
Thursday July 10, 2014 08:52 AM - Times viewed: 7509
NORTH PLAINS, Oregon - A couple and their three dogs escaped unharmed in a one-alarm house fire in North Plains Thursday morning. The blaze was reported to 9-1-1 dispatchers at 12:45 and the first engine company to arrive from the North Plains Station #17 found heavy smoke coming from the front door and windows of the two story home located at 10105 NW 313th Ave. Firefighters quickly mounted an at ...
Thursday July 10, 2014 07:49 AM - Times viewed: 7558
The Marion County Sheriff's Office is pleased to announce a new partnership with Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), which is a private social network for neighborhoods and neighborhood watches. It is intended to build stronger, safer communities through the help of residents.
Nextdoor will enable the Sheriff's Office to communicate online with neighborhoods. Residents and the Sheriff's Office will b ...
Thursday July 10, 2014 07:26 AM - Times viewed: 7501
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- An inmate who told FBI agents he was "at war with the world" has been convicted a second time for attacks on other inmates at the federal prison in Yamhill County.
49-year-old Thomas William Cornelius was convicted Wednesday of using a razor blade to slash the throat of a handcuffed inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution at Sheridan.
Authorities said Cornelius wa ...
Thursday July 10, 2014 05:04 AM - Times viewed: 7459
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- Most charges against the owners of a Medford medical marijuana dispensary have been dismissed in a plea deal in Jackson County Circuit Court.
The judge dismissed dozens of racketeering and money-laundering charges against Lori and Leland Duckworth whose dispensary was raided in May 2013.
The Mail Tribune reports ( HTTP://BIT.LY/1JTH3D8 ) each was found guilty of a singl ...
Thursday July 10, 2014 08:03 AM - Times viewed: 7465
PORTLAND, Oregon (UPDATE) -- Searchers have found a woman who was lost on a hike near Horsetail Falls in the Columbia River Gorge about 30 miles east of Portland.
She was located in the Nesmith Point area Thursday morning with the help of a plane with a heat-sensing camera that detected her small campfire. She's reportedly cold but OK.
The Multnomah County sheriff's office says searchers cov ...
Thursday July 10, 2014 06:20 AM - Times viewed: 7459
GARIBALDI, Ore. (AP) -- When a 14-foot boat capsized in front of the Coast Guard's Tillamook Bay station at Garibaldi on the north Oregon coast, guardsmen swung into action, rescuing two children and one adult.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Sandler was working on the pier Wednesday afternoon when he heard screams for help and saw a girl swimming toward him. He helped her onto the pier and cal ...
Wednesday July 9, 2014 12:17 PM - Times viewed: 7508
A commercial truck driver was cited following an early Wednesday morning non-injury crash in which a load of lumber spilled onto Highway 101 north of Cloverdale, partially blocking the highway for several hours.
On July 9, 2014 at approximately 4:24 a.m., a Peterbilt truck pulling two trailers loaded with lumber driven by GUY HOLLIS JR, age 51, from Tillamook, was traveling southbound on Highw ...
Wednesday July 9, 2014 07:18 AM - Times viewed: 7512
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Tuesday afternoon's fatal traffic crash that occurred on Highway 58 twelve miles east of Pleasant Hill. The crash involved a pickup and commercial truck, resulting in the death of the pickup's adult male and minor injuries to the truck's two occupants. All names and other information will be released Wednesday.
According to Lieuten ...
Wednesday July 9, 2014 07:16 AM - Times viewed: 7456
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A 29-year-old Springfield man who supplied a gun used to kill three people was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Portland to seven years in prison.
Corey Eugene Wyatt apologized to the families of victims in the 2011 Northwest crime spree and said he feels the weight of murders committed by David "Joey" Pederson.
Wyatt pleaded guilty to giving Pederson a gun and he ...
Wednesday July 9, 2014 07:16 AM - Times viewed: 7473
PORTLAND, Oregon - A Gang-related shooting wounded a 5-year-old boy Tuesday night in southeast Portland.
Police do not believe the boy was the target, hit by bullets fired at the Laurel Place Apartments.
The boy was treated for a leg wound at a hospital and is recovering.
The police Gang Enforcement Team is looking for a suspect and asking for witnesses to come forward.
There was a fat ...
Tuesday July 8, 2014 09:19 PM - Times viewed: 7546
SCOTTS MILLS, Oregon -- A man drowned Tuesday evening while swimming at Scotts Mills Park.
It's the second drowning in two days in the county.
Sgt. Chris Baldridge says Marion County, Oregon, sheriff's deputies learned that the man was swimming with a friend when he began to struggle against a current at a popular swimming hole on Butte Creek.
Emergency crews performed CPR but the man cou ...