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1 Human Traffickers Indicted in Portland for Brutally Assaulting Two Women in Portland

PORTLAAND, Oregon - On November 11, 2020, members of a US Marshals Task Force were in the 9700 Block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard looking for a wanted fugitive. During their surveillance they noticed two suspicious men leaving a hotel room unrelated to their fugitive. A member of the US Marshals Task Force was able to see into the room the men h ... [More]

2 SkillsUSA motivates and inspires Woodland High School and with the State Championship title this year

WOODLAND, Washington - Caleb Mouat, a senior at Woodland High School, won the SkillsUSA State Championship with teammates Caitlin Nelson and Oliver Rosas also competing in the program’s virtual championship due to restrictions to prevent the spread of covid-19. Team members credit their SkillsUSA experiences for helping to inspire and motivate them ... [More]

3 Epidemic of Catalytic Converter Thefts Increasing - How You Can Protect Yourself

The theft of catalytic converters has increased at a national level and Battle Ground has not escaped the trend. The Battle Ground Police Department wants you to know that this criminal activity is increasing in our community, how you can to deter theft from your vehicle, what to watch for and how to report suspicious activity. Catalytic conve ... [More]

4 Man Accused Of Shooting Girlfriend In Face Arrested In Curry County, Oregon

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY - The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office said a man wanted for attempted murder after he allegedly shot his girlfriend in the face was arrested in Oregon. Kevin Gerolaga, 34, was wanted for the shooting, which happened in the early morning hours of April 21. He allegedly shot the victim during an argument and fled before law ... [More]

5 Oregon church won't close after COVID-19 outbreak infected 74 members, pastor says

SALEM, Oregon - Returning to the pulpit after a COVID-19 outbreak infected him, his wife and 72 members of their congregation, the senior pastor of an Oregon church said Sunday that he will not kowtow to pressure to close the doors to the house of worship. Pastor Scott Erickson of the Peoples Church in Salem, Oregon, began his Mother's Day sermo ... [More]

6 Mount Hood's Deadliest Disaster, meanwhile, Search continues for missing Portland hiker Joe Dean

GOVERNMENT CAMP, Oregon - The search for missing Portland hiker Joe Dean, 71, continues into Sunday evening. Today, approximately 65 search and rescue members from several agencies and organizations combed a myriad of backcountry trails south of Horsetail Falls. In addition to ground searches, a drone was used to aid in aerial search efforts, as ... [More]

7 Oregon Now Has its First 'Dark Sky Park'

Oregon has a new destination for stargazers and amateur astronomers. Prineville Reservoir State Park is now Oregon’s first Dark Sky Park, a designation awarded by the International Dark Sky Association to locations with minimal light pollution. “The park offers a genuine night-sky experience for those coming from light polluted cities,” Bill ... [More]

8 Woman riding motorized scooter killed by hit and run driver

PORTLAND, Oregon - A Hit & Run incident involving a vehicle and a motorized scooter resulted in the death of a woman. Early Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 12:34a.m., North Precinct officers responded to a report of a crash at Northeast Sandy Boulevard and Northeast 149th Avenue. When they arrived, they found a motorized scooter had been struck by a ca ... [More]

9 Family Cat Dies In Dallas House Fire

DALLAS, Oregon - Just before 10 am Saturday morning, neighbors to 288 SW Applegate Trail saw smoke, heard the smoke alarms sounding from inside the house and called 911. Dallas Fire & EMS responded and on arrival immediately requested a 2nd alarm as there was a large column of smoke coming from the house. A call for a 2nd alarm adds more resources ... [More]

10 Gunshot Victim Dropped at Hospital with Critical Injuries

PORTLAND, Oregon - Police say Friday afternoon, officers were sent to Northeast Prescott Street and Northeast 33rd Avenue on a report of shots fired. Police investigators are asking for help to determine who shot and critically injured a person who was dropped off at a hospital. The victim has so far been unidentified by authorities, even if mal ... [More]

11 Man conspired to smuggle hundreds of turtles worth $150K+ to China via Eugene

EUGENE, Oregon - A Chinese national residing in Los Angeles pleaded guilty today for his role in a scheme to purchase hundreds of endangered and vulnerable turtles in the U.S. and smuggle them via U.S. mail and commercial airline flights to China. Yuan Xie, 30, pleaded guilty today to one count of conspiring to smuggle goods from the U.S. Acc ... [More]

12 Man with Knife Arrested After Police Negotiations

PORTLAND, Oregon - On Friday, May 7, 2021 at 7:43a.m., East Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a disturbance involving a weapon. A man with a knife was in the lobby of a shelter converted from a motel in the 1500 block of Northeast 82nd Avenue. The staff evacuated and were unharmed. Officers began negotiating with the man from Nor ... [More]

13 Replica guns lead to large police response in Tigard

TIGARD, Oregon - Police say teens were detained after reports of people dancing around with what appeared to be an AR-15 and handgun near the Washington Square Mall. At 2:00 p.m. this afternoon, Tigard Police responded to a report of three young men on top of the parking garage at the Washington Square Mall (9700 block of SW Washington Square Ro ... [More]

14 Prineville Man Arrested for Attempting to Have Sex With and Provide Methamphetamine to a Minor Online

DESCHUTES COUNTY, Oregon - One man is behind bars after a weeklong child luring investigation that began in Prineville. Patrick James Adams, 35, is now facing multiple charges including attempting to have sex with a minor. Today, Detectives with the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team concluded a weeklong child luring investigation with the ar ... [More]

15 STEM Hubs and K-12 Oregon Connections expanded

Portland, Oregon - Oregon Connections, the online platform powered by Nepris that has been used for the past five years to bridge the gap between local education and industry, has extended their partnership with Nepris to continue to virtually connect Oregon students with employers and industry experts, both locally and across the globe, for anothe ... [More]

16 30-year-old TriMet female Bus Driver shot to death in Portland's Cathedral Park neighborhood

On May 5, 2021 at about 10:41 a.m., Portland Police officers from North Precinct responded to the report of shots in the Cathedral Park neighborhood, near North Willamette Boulevard and North Charleston Avenue. Police found her shot to death inside an apartment after reports of gunfire. There was no suspect at the scene when police arrived. S ... [More]

17 Oregon forests as infrastructure? One-on-one with Oregon's junior senator

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley stopped by (in COVID-19 virtual format) to sit down with The World before his annual Coos County town hall Wednesday. We asked the Myrtle Creek native and third-term Democratic senator for his insight on a few of the major issues in Washington. He talked about jobs, forests, bipartisanship and a few key bills he hopes t ... [More]

18 Oregon Public Health Workers Race To Vaccinate 'Extreme Risk' Counties

In Linn County, Ore., public health officials have worked tirelessly to build an efficient mass vaccination clinic at the County Fairgrounds. They have the ability to vaccinate eight people per minute, thousands each day. Hundreds of volunteers work there. Some drive hours in order help direct the flow of traffic or give shots. One retired docto ... [More]

19 Oregon State, Portland State to require COVID-19 vaccines

CORVALLIS, Oregon (AP) — Oregon State University has announced that it will require COVID-19 vaccinations before the fall term. The university in Corvallis said Tuesday students and employees who study and work onsite at the university’s locations must be vaccinated. “As we advance our plans to resume traditional on-site and in-person activit ... [More]

20 Restaurants in Oregon To Return To Indoor Dining This Friday

Following rising cases of COVID-19, Gov. Kate Brown of Oregon recently announced last Friday restaurants would not be allowed to offer indoor dining across 15 counties in Oregon as she moved the counties into the “extreme risk” category. According to Willamette Week, more than 300 COVID-19 patients are in Oregon hospitals, and the weekly average fo ... [More]

21 Storage facility arsonist arrested

SALEM, Oregon - On the evening of May 3, 2021, the Salem Fire Department responded to Airport Self Storage at 2142 Turner RD SE for a large fire. The four-alarm fire burned for several hours and destroyed multiple storage units, causing over $1M in damage. Detectives determined the fire was not accidental in nature and initiated an arson investigation. Through witness interviews, crime scene processing and area canvassing, Tristin Sillman, age 22 of Salem, was identified as a suspect in the fire. He was located at Cascades Gateway Park on May 4, 2021. Sillman was detained and transported to the police department for follow-up with detectives. Based on the investigation detectives determined there was probable cause to arrest Sillman for the following crimes: Arson in the second degree – 25 counts. Criminal mischief in the first degree – 25 counts. He will be arraigned today at t ... [More]

22 Lawsuit Filed for BLM Protester Shot in the Eye by Feds in 2020

Portland, Oregon— A new civil case was filed in the US District Court of Oregon today, to seek answers and accountability for Fourth Amendment and Excessive Force violations by unidentified Federal officers deployed to Portland in the summer of 2020. The Portland Lawyers for Black Lives Matter are seeking justice for Angeline (Angie) Mead, a BLM su ... [More]

23 Fire-injured trees may fall prey to native beetles as drought adds to stress (Photo)

SALEM, Oregon - Trees injured by the Labor Day wildfires last year may face a new threat in the form of tree-killing beetles, which emerged in April looking for new homes. ODF Forest Entomologist Christine Buhl warns that fire-injured trees can attract bark beetles, which lay their eggs under the bark. When the larvae hatch, they begin feeding o ... [More]

24 Additional arrests following May Day riot - two booked into jail

PORTLAND, Oregon - Portland Police Officers from Central Precinct conducted follow up after criminal activity in downtown Portland on May 1, 2021. Today, officers arrested 32-year-old Randy Alton Graves for Menacing and Disorderly Conduct II and 42-year-old Charles Stubbs for Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing, and Disorderly Conduct II. Both we ... [More]