Saturday August 10, 2013 02:01 PM - Times viewed: 7538
PORTLAND, Oregon — The Oregon Court of Appeals has overturned the conviction of a man found guilty of sodomy and sex abuse after it ruled a lower court erroneously allowed a previous victim of his to testify.
Prosecutors said the previous conviction was necessary to show Javier Roquez knew what he was doing was a crime. Roquez's defense team said the conviction, from 2006, should have been inad ...
Saturday August 10, 2013 01:56 PM - Times viewed: 7500
EUGENE, Oregon — Lane County authorities are investigating the death of a woman who was pulled from the McKenzie River.
Sheriff's Sgt. Steve French told The Register-Guard newspaper (http://is.gd/2DDNB3 ) that the woman was acting erratically while swimming or floating on her back along a stretch of the river near Camp Creek and Marcola roads.
The woman was unresponsive when rescuers pulled ...
Saturday August 10, 2013 07:56 AM - Times viewed: 7548
A Cave Junction-area woman was sentenced Thursday to 5 years in prison by a Josephine County Circuit Court judge following her guilty plea to several charges related to an Oregon State Police (OSP) investigation in November 2012 in which she shot at two people in a vehicle on her property. Neither person was injured but a dog in the pickup's bed was shot and killed.
On August 8, 2013, ROBIN LAV ...
Saturday August 10, 2013 07:53 AM - Times viewed: 7511
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon officials have closed recreational mussel harvesting on the south Oregon coast because of elevated levels of a marine toxin.
The state Agriculture and Fish and Wildlife departments said Friday that the closure extends from Cape Arago in Coos County to the California border.
The culprit is an elevated level of paralytic shellfish poisoning toxin.
The agencies say ...
Saturday August 10, 2013 07:52 AM - Times viewed: 7502
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Police in Eugene, Ore., say a boom lift-type crane toppled Friday evening, sending one man to a hospital.
KVAL-TV reports (http://is.gd/T5twq8 ) that officials say the unidentified man was unresponsive when medics loaded him into an ambulance.
A crew had been using the lift to work on communication lines.
Police say the man was wearing a harness when the lift tipped ov ...
Saturday August 10, 2013 07:49 AM - Times viewed: 7498
BEND, Oregon — A central Oregon prosecutor says he agrees with sheriff's investigators that the case of a severely injured pit bull-mix dog dragged by a car traveling an estimated 40-50 mph was "a tragic accident and not a criminal act."
So Deschutes County District Attorney Patrick Flaherty said Friday that no charges will be filed.
Flaherty says the dog now called Chance continues to recov ...
Friday August 9, 2013 11:29 AM - Times viewed: 7475
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Multnomah County searchers are looking for a Longview woman who became lost on a hike Thursday near Wahkeena Springs and Devils Rest in the Columbia River Gorge.
The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/14C4Ed9 ) 44-year-old Connie Dooney became separated from two hiking companions who called 911 Thursday evening from Multnomah Falls Lodge.
Authorities say Dooney wasn't pre ...
Friday August 9, 2013 11:28 AM - Times viewed: 7471
ALBANY, Ore. (AP) — A memorial service will be held Saturday in Albany for Jesse Trader, the firefighter who died at a southern Oregon wildfire.
The public service will be held at the West Albany High School football stadium. The family will later hold a private graveside service.
The 19-year-old from Albany was killed Tuesday when the water truck he was driving overturned at the Big Windy f ...
Friday August 9, 2013 11:28 AM - Times viewed: 7488
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A man repairing a semi-truck at Salem was fatally injured Thursday night when he ran over himself.
Police found 59-year-old Gary Coleman dead at Coleman's Transport.
The Statesman Journal reports (http://stjr.nl/1bhKHHJ ) he attempted to start the engine while reaching into the cab. The truck was in gear and began rolling forward. Coleman fell and was run over.
Friday August 9, 2013 11:19 AM - Times viewed: 7458
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Firefighters and rainfall have blunted a grass fire threatening the Eastern Oregon town John Day.
The National Weather Service says the overnight showers, two of them, amounted to about a tenth of an inch.
That dampened the grass and slowed the flames enough for authorities to lift the be-ready-to-leave notices given to neighborhoods at the edge of town of 1,700 people. ...
Thursday August 8, 2013 11:37 PM - Times viewed: 7483
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Prosecutors say a 45-year-old Portland man pawned his ex-wife's wedding ring to cover a debt he owed.
Brett Chauncey is accused of taking the ring and a diamond necklace from the woman's home in mid-July.
The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/Uworf8) Chauncey was arraigned Thursday in Circuit Court on charges that included two counts of first-degree aggravated theft and o ...
Friday August 9, 2013 01:36 AM - Times viewed: 7490
SALEM, Oregon — A steep hike on a hot day proved too much for a large, 12-year-old golden retriever with arthritis, so 18 volunteer rescuers came to the dog's aid.
The rescue effort took more than five hours and some creativity Wednesday.
Georgia Baker of Woodburn says she was taking her dog, Dan, on a two-mile round trip hike to Abiqua Falls in Marion County, Ore., when it became too much f ...
Thursday August 8, 2013 11:33 AM - Times viewed: 7485
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Deputies heard a crash this morning at 9:39 while writing reports at one of our substations. Deputies responded and found a green Ford Thunderbird at the intersection of SE Fuller Rd and SE Causey Rd. The Thunderbird had heavy front end damage and there was a black Ducati motorcycle under the front end of the car. The motorcycle operator, Timothy Zimmerman of Milw ...
Thursday August 8, 2013 10:57 AM - Times viewed: 8053
UPDATE: The two teenage girls who were hit by a car on a Wilsonville sidewalk last week were released from the hospital early last month.
WILSONVILLE, Oregon — Two Wilsonville teenage girls were walking on a sidewalk where hit by a car driven by a 19-year-old boy Wednesday afternoon. One girl was listed in critical condition Thursday morning, while the other suffered ser ...
Thursday August 8, 2013 10:53 AM - Times viewed: 7555
PORTLAND, Oregon — A woman who says she was molested in the emergency room at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center is suing the Portland hospital for $2.5 million.
The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Multnomah County accuses the hospital of neglect.
The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/NC3IUV ) the nurse accused in the incident last February, 38-year-old Jeffrey N. McAllister, was charged with sexual abu ...
Thursday August 8, 2013 10:50 AM - Times viewed: 7475
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State Police say they haven't been able to confirm a reported sighting in Oregon of a car believed to have been driven by a man wanted in a California killing and kidnap case — and haven't gotten any further reports.
The police issued Amber Alerts Wednesday and reported possible sightings of James Lee DiMaggio's blue Nissan Versa in northeast California and then nea ...
Wednesday August 7, 2013 10:08 AM - Times viewed: 7564
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Tuesday afternoon's two-vehicle traffic crash that injured four people on Highway 240 about five miles west of Newberg.
On August 6, 2013 at approximately 5:05 p.m., a 1990 Plymouth four-door driven by ANDRES B. CLASSEN, age 20, from Milwaukie, was eastbound on Highway 240 near milepost 7 when it traveled onto the soft highway shoul ...
Wednesday August 7, 2013 10:06 AM - Times viewed: 7464
PORTLAND, Oregon - The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help in locating a missing 79-year-old woman with dementia from her residence in Northeast Portland's King neighborhood.
Ada Lee Little was last seen at her residence in the 4800 block of Northeast Garfield Street last night at approximately 10:00 p.m. She was reported missing this morning at approxi ...
Wednesday August 7, 2013 10:05 AM - Times viewed: 7485
For the next three afternoons, from 4-7pm, Hillsboro firefighters will take to the streets with empty boots in their annual fund raising campaign known as "Fill the Boot." Firefighters, both career and volunteer, along with family members will be staffing donation locations at five intersections around the city.
* Wednesday at the intersection of Main/Baseline and Cornelius Pass ...
Wednesday August 7, 2013 10:03 AM - Times viewed: 7487
SALEM, Oregon - The Electronic Government Portal Advisory Board will meet at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 14. The meeting will take place in Conference Room A on the 2nd floor of the Executive Building, 155 Cottage Street NE, Salem, OR. The meeting is open to the public.
Established by the Legislature, the board advises the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) on key deci ...
Wednesday August 7, 2013 10:02 AM - Times viewed: 7915
Over the last 3-1/2 years, TVF&R has responded to nearly 500 fires caused by cigarettes, resulting in one death and over $2.2 million dollars in property loss. Just last week, TVF&R fire investigators determined that spent cigarettes which had been improperly discarded caused a two-alarm apartment fire in Tigard, and while the cause of the recent Camassia Preserve brush fire cann ...
Wednesday August 7, 2013 10:00 AM - Times viewed: 7468
EUGENE, Oregon — The Lane County Board of Commissioners fired county Administrator Liane Ricardson on Tuesday after a closed door session.
The county said Richardson had violated county policy, but didn't explain how.
The firing followed an investigation into how Richardson boosted her take-home pay by cashing out unused vacation or sick leave and deferred compensation.
Richardson was app ...
Wednesday August 7, 2013 09:58 AM - Times viewed: 7500
COQUILLE, Oregon — The owner of a tattoo shop in North Bend, Ore., is accused of trying to shoot the owner of another tattoo parlor to eliminate his competition in the coastal town.
Bay Area Ink owner David Edgar Wonnacott was arraigned Monday in Coos County court on charges of attempted murder, assault and being a felon in possession of a gun.
Court papers say he assaulted Flying Chicken Ta ...
Wednesday August 7, 2013 09:57 AM - Times viewed: 7560
PORTLAND, Oregon — A $3.4 billion proposal to replace the Interstate 5 bridge between Portland and Vancouver isn't dead yet, even though the Washington Legislature won't put up its proposed $450 million share.
"The need didn't go away," bridge official Patricia McCaig said in a story Tuesday.
The project's Vancouver planning and design headquarters is preparing to close up shop as planners s ...
Tuesday August 6, 2013 10:59 PM - Times viewed: 7549
ALBANY, Ore. (AP) — A camper known to friends as a mountain man died of shotgun blasts after an argument last week with two Colorado men in the Cascade Range, court documents show.
The documents were filed on Monday by the Linn County district attorney's office in the killing of Wayne Keith Klavano, 48, who moved from place to place, trapping and living off the land, the Albany Democrat-Herald ...
Tuesday August 6, 2013 10:58 PM - Times viewed: 7502
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A former Oregon man who said he was sexually abused by a pedophile priest nearly 50 years ago has withdrawn his appeal of a ruling that said the Vatican did not employ the priest and is not liable for damages.
Lawyer Jeff Anderson named the Vatican as one of the defendants in the 2002 lawsuit he filed on behalf of the man identified as John Doe. Anderson said Tuesday his c ...
Tuesday August 6, 2013 10:58 PM - Times viewed: 7515
PORTLAND, Oregon — A southwest Oregon sheriff's office has identified the man killed Tuesday while working on one of five major forest fires in the region.
Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson says 19-year-old Jesse Trader was returning a truck that was used all of Monday night and into Tuesday morning at the Big Windy complex of fires.
The truck hit a rural road embankment and rolled ove ...
Tuesday August 6, 2013 10:54 PM - Times viewed: 7461
PORTLAND, Oregon — Workers have started installing temporary, 9-foot-tall screens to prevent more suicides on Portland's Vista Bridge.
The work is expected to take about three weeks. Construction began Tuesday.
Four people including a 15-year-old girl have jumped to their deaths from the bridge this year.
Trained volunteers wearing orange vests began patrolling the bridge in late July to ...
Tuesday August 6, 2013 10:51 PM - Times viewed: 7475
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — A neighbor who saw smoke and flames coming from the house across the street in Corvallis, Ore., says he ran to alert the elderly homeowner who lived there.
Jim Witzel told the Corvallis Gazette-Times (http://is.gd/zlJivX ) he knew that Vera Aas was hard of hearing so he "knocked real loud" Tuesday afternoon.
Aas says she didn't know anything was wrong until her neighbo ...
Tuesday August 6, 2013 10:42 PM - Times viewed: 7563
SALEM, Oregon — The phones are ringing as landowners in Oregon's Willamette Valley call state and local agencies to inquire about trees that appear to be dying.
State Forestry Department entomologist Rob Flowers says a native moth called the western oak looper is the culprit.
He says the moths attack Douglas firs and oak trees and can eat nearly all a tree's leaves, making it look scorched o ...