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OnPoint Community Credit Union Awards $1,000 Grant to the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington
Free Clinic of SW Washington - 08/20/19 1:54 PM

The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington has received a $1,000 grant from OnPoint Community Credit Union. The donation will help fund urgent medical care services for low-income, uninsured people in Clark County.

“The Free Clinic’s urgent medical services keep people healthy before they develop more serious illnesses and need expensive emergency room care,” says Ann Wheelock, Free Clinic Executive Director. “We’re so grateful to OnPoint Community Credit Union for their support.”

About the Free Clinic:

The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington provides free, compassionate, quality health care to children and adults who are otherwise unable to obtain such services. The Free Clinic offers medical, dental, vision and specialty care services from more than 500 volunteer professionals. The Free Clinic is funded by the local community, and all donations stay in Southwest Washington. For more information about the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington, visit our website: freeclinics.org.

 


Wells Fargo Foundation Awards $7,500 Grant to the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington
Free Clinic of SW Washington - 08/20/19 1:52 PM

The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington has received a $7,500 grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation. The donation will help fund urgent medical care services for low-income, uninsured people in Clark County.

“The Free Clinic’s urgent medical services keep people healthy before they develop more serious illnesses and need expensive emergency room care,” says Ann Wheelock, Free Clinic Executive Director. “We’re so grateful to the Wells Fargo Foundation for their support.”

About the Free Clinic:

The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington provides free, compassionate, quality health care to children and adults who are otherwise unable to obtain such services. The Free Clinic offers medical, dental, vision and specialty care services from more than 500 volunteer professionals. The Free Clinic is funded by the local community, and all donations stay in Southwest Washington. For more information about the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington, visit our website: freeclinics.org.

 


Eye Surgeon Leads First Blind Hood to Coast Team (Photo)
Kaiser Permanente Northwest - 08/20/19 1:33 PM
Dr. Vivienne Hau, a retina surgeon with Kaiser Permanente, volunteers as a running guide for the visually impaired.
Dr. Vivienne Hau, a retina surgeon with Kaiser Permanente, volunteers as a running guide for the visually impaired.
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When: 
Media invited from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, August 23

Where:
Timberline Lodge Relay Start Area
27500 E Timberline Road, Government Camp, OR 97028

What: 
“United in Stride,” a 2019 Hood to Coast Oregon team of 10 accomplished blind runners (including Paralympians, Iron Man triathletes and 100 mile ultramarathoners) and 10 sighted guides, will be the first visually impaired team to run the long-distance, overnight relay starting on Friday, August 23. Dr. Vivienne Hau, a Kaiser Permanente Retina Surgeon and marathon runner, organized the team of runners and guides with blind Veteran Richard Hunter to help those who are visually impaired enjoy the freedom of running outdoors, and to create awareness of the need for sighted running guides across North America. Hunter, founder of United in Stride, will run as captain of the visually impaired team with Dr. Hau as his guide. 

Why:
Getting regular exercise like running is one of the best things a person can do to improve their overall health, so Kaiser Permanente is thrilled to support Dr. Hau and “United in Stride,” an organization that unites visually impaired runners and sighted guides. Finding the right running partner can be challenging, and unitedinstride.com makes it easier to connect visually impaired runners with sighted guides whether close to home or traveling so they can enjoy the experience of running and all its health benefits.

Interviews:

  • Dr. Vivienne Hau, marathon runner and retina surgeon with Kaiser Permanente, overseeing all logistics as Guide Captain for the “United in Stride” Hood to Coast team. Dr. Hau will also run as a guide for Richard Hunter.
     
  • Blind Veteran Richard Hunter, a Pendleton, Oregon, native, is founder of United in Stride and captain of the visually impaired team, whose goal is to complete the 200-mile course and raise $15,000 to help fund unitedinstride.com.

Visuals: 

  • Opportunities for photos and videos of runners and volunteers in action at the starting point of the race (18,000 total participants).
     
  • Visuals of most of the “United in Stride” blind relay runners tethered to their guides, and the highly decorated “United in Stride” van – it will be decorated to draw attention for spectators so they know to cheer on this special team making history as the first visually impaired relay team.
     
  • The starting point is a festive, high-energy scene with many runners in costumes and vans painted and decorated to support their team.

Quote:

“As an eye surgeon, I work with the visually impaired on a daily basis, many of whom grapple with a recent loss of vision that medical treatments can’t repair,” said Dr. Vivienne Hau, retina surgeon with Kaiser Permanente. “They and their families have to deal with the devastating emotional and psychological aspects of losing their independence and ability to do simple everyday activities that most of us take for granted. Volunteering to help organize the “United in Stride” Hood to Coast team is an opportunity to learn and share the stories of visually impaired individuals who are not letting disability limit them from achieving their goals. It empowers me with hope that I can pass on to help and inspire my patients. By guiding blind runners, I can combine my passions of running and helping out the visually impaired to achieve amazing challenges like accomplishing the Mt. Hood to Coast Relay!”

Background:

  • There is a strong link between physical activity and health and mental wellness, so Kaiser Permanente is thrilled to cheer on Dr. Hau, supporting visually impaired runners in overcoming obstacles so they can enjoy running and its health benefits.
     
  • Dr. Hau has guided Richard previously at the 2015 and 2018 Boston Marathons and during a 50-mile run to help Jason Romero, become the first blind runner to run across the United States on foot.
     
  • Hood to Coast (HTC) runs August 23-24, 2019, beginning at Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood and ending in Seaside, Oregon. It is 199 miles long and participants include 12,600 runners and 3,600 volunteers. HTC began in 1982 with 8 teams, and has filled the team cap for 28 straight years.
     
  • Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 12.3 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. https://about.kaiserpermanente.org



Attached Media Files: Dr. Vivienne Hau, a retina surgeon with Kaiser Permanente, volunteers as a running guide for the visually impaired. , Dr. Vivienne Hau, a retina surgeon with Kaiser Permanente, volunteers as a running guide for the visually impaired.

D River Beach health advisory issued August 20
Oregon Health Authority - 08/20/19 1:04 PM

D River Beach health advisory issued August 20

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) issued a public health advisory today for higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at D River Beach in Lincoln County.

People should avoid direct contact with the water in this area until the advisory is lifted. Higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. This applies especially to children and the elderly, who may be more vulnerable to illness from waterborne bacteria.

Increased pathogen and fecal bacteria levels in ocean waters can come from both shore and inland sources such as stormwater runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems, and animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife.

While this advisory is in effect at D River Beach, visitors should avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water, and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean. Even if there is no advisory in effect, officials recommend avoiding swimming in the ocean within 48 hours after a rainstorm.

Although state officials advise against water contact, they continue to encourage other recreational activities (flying kites, picnicking, playing on the beach, walking, etc.) on this beach because they pose no health risk even during an advisory.

The status of water contact advisories at beaches is subject to change. For the most recent information on advisories, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at http://www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0482, or 877-290-6767 (toll-free).

 

 


Newport, Oregon Resident Graduates from FEMA's Emergency Management Basic Academy (Photo)
Newport Fire Department - 08/20/19 12:47 PM
Regina Martinez, Newport Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
Regina Martinez, Newport Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
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PRESS RELEASE
Newport, Oregon Resident Graduates from FEMA’s Emergency Management Basic Academy

Emmitsburg, MD- Regina Martinez, graduated from FEMA’s National Emergency Management Basic Academy 
at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, MD.,  after Regina Martinez completed the full 
curriculum that provides the basic knowledge and skills to
help meet the unpredictable challenges in the field of emergency management. Regina Martinez 
completed the five courses in the Basic Academy that includes Foundations of Emergency Management; 
Science of Disaster; Planning: Emergency Operations; Exercise Design; and Public Information and 
Warning.
FEMA’s National Emergency Management Basic Academy is the entry-point for individuals pursuing a 
career in emergency management. Basic Academy offers the tools to develop comprehensive 
foundational skills needed in emergency management. For those who are new to emergency management 
or for those who are transferring from another profession, the Basic Academy also provides a unique 
opportunity to build camaraderie and establish professional contacts. Students learned to 
understand the roles, responsibilities, and legal boundaries associated with emergency management. 
It is the first of a three-level Academy series in the Emergency Management Professional Program 
(EMPP).
The EMPP curriculum is designed to provide a lifetime of learning for emergency managers  and 
includes three separate, but closely threaded, training programs including the National Emergency 
Management Basic Academy; a specialized and technical training program to develop specific, 
fundamental skill sets; the National Emergency Management Advanced Academy; a program to develop 
the next generation of emergency management leaders who are trained in advanced concepts and 
issues, advanced leadership and management, and critical thinking and problem solving; and the 
National Emergency Management Executive Academy; a program designed to challenge and enhance the 
talents of the nation’s emergency management senior executives through critical thinking, visionary 
strategic planning, challenging conventional concepts, and negotiation and conflict resolution 
applied to complex real-world problems.
Regina Martinez completed her training on July 19, 2019.
For more information on FEMA’s training classes through the Basic, Advanced, and Executive 
Academies, or other emergency management courses, go to: http://training.fema.gov/empp/

Photo by Shane Gibson


Emmitsburg, MD July 19, 2019?FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) graduated Regina Martinez 
who completed all requirements of the National Emergency Management Basic Academy. Dr. Kelly 
Garrett, EMPP Director, is shown congratulating Regina Martinez as she graduates. Shane Gibson 
/FEMA

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work 
together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, 
recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
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Attached Media Files: Regina Martinez, Newport Emergency Preparedness Coordinator

Tualatin Valley Water District Customers Save from Closed Federal WIFIA Loan (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Water Dist. - 08/20/19 12:43 PM
Large Pipe Installation Willamette Water Supply System
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On Friday, August 2, 2019, the Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD) closed a long-term loan at 2.39%, which saves $138.4 million in financing costs for the construction of a water supply system that will reliably deliver high-quality water to the region by 2026.  Customers will see the savings in the form of lower than anticipated rate increases. In 2017, rates were projected to increase by 8% to 10% per year through 2026. With WIFIA funding now in place, water rates are estimated to increase by less than 4% per year. TVWD’s current proposed rate increase is 3.6% per year effective November 1, 2019 and November 1, 2020. By 2026 when the new water supply is operational, a typical single-family residential customer who uses 5,236 gallons per month will be saving about $20 per month compared to what they would have paid without the WIFIA loan program.

The Willamette Water Supply System (WWSS) includes: intake facilities, over 30 miles of pipes, a water treatment plant, and two storage reservoirs to serve 400,000 residents and businesses in Washington County. The $1.3 billion system is being built to the highest seismic safety standard to recover quickly after a major earthquake. The investments in the system will provide reliable, quality drinking water for generations to come, and during construction the program is providing fuel for the local economy.  The EPA estimates the program will create 4,168 jobs through substantial completion in 2026. To date, 96 percent of all WWSS expenditures, over $117.5 million, have been spent in the local economy.

“Receiving federal support is a testament to the merits and importance of adding an additional drinking water supply to the region,” said Bernice Bagnall, President of the TVWD Board of Commissioners. “The WIFIA loan saves our customers millions in repayment costs and the system construction is providing jobs for the local economy.” President Bagnall added, Oregon’s congressional delegation deserves our thanks for leading Congress to create the WIFIA program and for strongly supporting the Willamette Water Supply System. Through the initial partnership with the City of Hillsboro, the system design was developed based on a commitment to sharing costs. Additional partnerships with Washington County, local municipalities, regional and state agencies have resulted in savings, minimized disruptions and maximized investments for future generations.

The WIFIA program was created by Congress in 2014 with the leadership of Senators Jeff Merkley, Ron Wyden, and Representatives Suzanne Bonamici, Earl Blumenauer, Kurt Schrader, and Peter DeFazio to accelerate investments in the nation’s water and wastewater infrastructure by using a competitive process to provide low-cost supplemental credit assistance to creditworthy water and wastewater projects of national and regional significance. The WWSS was one of 39 projects selected from 62 letters of interest received in the 2018 round.

“The WWSS is a critical regional water project that will save Washington County residents money and help ensure that residents have access to clean, safe, and reliable water for generations to come—while also creating thousands of jobs in the process,” Senator Jeff Merkley said. “I created this program after hearing from Oregonians that water infrastructure is one of the top issues facing their communities. This program continues to be a great model for delivering results through local and federal collaboration without the need for additional tax dollars.”

The EPA has additional information available at:  https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-announces-water-infrastructure-loans-tualatin-valley-water-district-and-city




Attached Media Files: Large Pipe Installation Willamette Water Supply System , Large Pipe Installation Willamette Water Supply System , Willamette Water Supply System Infrastructure , Large Pipe Installation Willamette Water Supply System

Pavement work ahead for Vancouver streets this week
City of Vancouver - 08/20/19 12:39 PM

Pavement Management work is in full swing, nights and days, throughout the City of Vancouver. With rain forecast for Wednesday, here is the latest schedule for some of the more heavily traveled streets where work will be occurring this week:

East 18th Street, from Brandt to Stapleton Road: Paving is underway today (Tuesday, Aug. 20) through Friday, Aug. 23. Construction hours are from 7 a.m. to as late as 8 p.m. (Note: Rain may impact paving on Wednesday.) The street is closed to through traffic during paving.

Northeast Minnehaha Street, between Vancouver City limits (approximately 27th Street) to St. James Road: Nighttime microsurfacing is planned between 8 p.m. today (Tuesday, Aug. 20) and 6 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21. Lanes will be closed for microsurfacing, with flaggers controlling traffic.

East Mill Plain Boulevard, Fort Vancouver Way to Grand Boulevard: Nighttime microsurfacing  is planned between 8 p.m. today (Tuesday, Aug. 20) and 6 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21. Be prepared for street closures. 

Northeast Auto Mall Drive, Fourth Plain Boulevard to Northeast Vancouver Plaza Drive: Nighttime microsurfacing is planned between 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, and 6 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23. The street will be closed for this work.

Northeast Burton Road, Fourth Plain Boulevard to Burton Road: Nighttime microsurfacing is planned between 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, and 6 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23. The street will be closed for this work.

Northeast Vancouver Plaza Drive, Northeast Auto Mall Drive to Thurston Way: Nighttime microsurfacing is planned between 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, and 6 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. The street will primarily be closed during this work, with lane closures at Thurston Way.

Northeast 92nd Avenue, East Mill Plain Boulevard to Northeast 12th Way. Microsurfacing is planned between 7 a.m. to as late as 8 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25. Be prepared for street closures.

Northeast 39th Street, Northeast 122nd Avenue to Northeast 137th Avenue. Microsurfacing is planned between 7 a.m. to as late as 8 p.m., on Monday, Aug. 26. Be prepared for street closures.

Please be alert to street closures, lane changes, detours, and delays. Check message boards for schedule updates and ‘No Parking’ signs for restricted hours and dates. Schedules are subject to change due to weather and construction conditions. Replacement of striping will follow where needed.

Microsurfacing, a preservation treatment, forms a thin shell over the street, extending the life of the existing pavement. As it cures, the surface becomes smoother. 

The City’s Pavement Management Program includes resurfacing, pavement preservation treatments, and rehabilitation of deteriorated neighborhood streets. When streets begin to fail, they fail quickly and the cost to repair them increases dramatically. To use resources most efficiently, the City's primary focus has been on keeping good streets in good condition. Pavement preservation is a cost-effective tool to extend the life of streets.

The Pavement Management Program receives support from the City’s Street Funding Strategy, adopted by the City Council in 2015 to help improve the community’s street system and reverse a trend of deteriorating pavement conditions. Nearly half of the Street Funding Strategy support currently comes from the Vancouver Transportation Benefit District (TBD) vehicle license fees. 

For details about the City’s 2019 Pavement Management Program, including a map of this year’s work, please visit the Pavement Management Program webpage at www.cityofvancouver.us/pavement. To view tentative schedules, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/PMschedule.


275 Kids "SHOP WITH A COP" and Receive New Back-to-School Clothes Thanks to Funders Sunshine Division, Fred Meyer and Camp Rosenbaum (Photo)
Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro Area - 08/20/19 10:52 AM
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[Portland, Oregon, August 21, 2019, 7:00 a.m.] -- The Sunshine Division will partner with Fred Meyer and Camp Rosenbaum to fund the annual “Shop with a Cop” event at the Gateway Fred Meyer store, located at 1111 Northeast 102nd Avenue.

This year marks the 17-year anniversary of ‘Shop with a Cop’, where Portland Police Bureau officers, Multnomah County sheriffs, and up to 275 kids spend a morning together shopping for back-to-school clothing. 125 of the participating children are identified by Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro, and additionally 150 children are identified by Islamic Social Services of Oregon State, Healthy Birth Initiative, Marathon Scholars, and/or Multnomah County Youth and Family Services Division and are selected based on their financial need.

The Sunshine Division, with support of Fred Meyer, and Camp Rosenbaum, have partnered to fund the program with $34,000 for the event. In addition to the cash donation, Fred Meyer provides a significant discount off clothing purchased at the event along with school supplies and toiletries for each child.

“Sunshine Division has fundraised and invested roughly $500,000 in the Izzy’s Kids Shop with a Cop program in the last decade. The Sunshine Division’s year-round program has provided new school clothing for over 3,000 low-income students in the past 10 years.” said Sunshine Division’s Bureau Liaison, Officer Matt Tobey.

The Sunshine Division funds the “Shop with a Cop” event through its Izzy’s Kids program. Izzy’s Kids, which began in 1981 in honor of longtime board member Isabel Hoyt, provides funds so that Portland police officers can take children in need shopping for new school clothes. The Izzy’s Kids program operates year-round and will pair an additional 300 kids with officers, for a unique, one-on-one shopping experience throughout the remainder of the school year. The year-round Izzy’s Kids program is generously funded by the Richard R. Burns Estate and loyal private donors.

Members of the media are invited to attend.

To donate to the Sunshine Division Izzy’s Kids Fund, please go to: http://www.sunshinedivision.org/donate/.

About the Sunshine Division

Since 1923, the Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division has been providing emergency food and clothing relief to Portland families and individuals in need. Whether due to the loss of a job, domestic crime, illness, or victims of fire or disaster, the Sunshine Division has built a 96-year legacy of mobilizing quickly and efficiently to assist distressed Portlanders.

The Sunshine Division offers emergency food assistance six days a week at their N. Thompson warehouse, five days a week at their SE Stark location, as well as 24/7 through their partnership with the Portland Police Bureau who store food boxes at each police precinct that can be dispatched on demand. In addition to food relief they also offer new and gently-used clothing to those in need and one-on-one school clothes shopping experiences with a police officer through their Izzy’s Kids program.

For more information, please visit: www.sunshinedivision.org




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Campfires & Candlelight Event Recreates Night of Historic Fire at Fort Vancouver
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 08/20/19 10:26 AM

On September 7, 2019, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will host its annual Campfires & Candlelight event. This free event is the national park's largest living history event of the year.

Beginning at 4 pm, the "Timeline of History" leading from East Fifth Street to the gates of Fort Vancouver will be the site of several camps filled with costumed reenactors sharing the history of the site. As visitors walk closer to the fort, they will be transported further and further back in time. Along this stretch, Living History Group NorthWest will host a World War II camp, other volunteers will portray World War I, and the First Oregon Volunteer Infantry will host a Civil War-era camp. Other camps populated by National Park Service volunteers will represent the site's Oregon Trail, and Hudson's Bay Company history.

At 5 pm, the gates of the reconstructed Fort Vancouver will open. Inside the fort, reenactors will recreate the night of September 26, 1844. On this night 175 years ago, a massive wildfire that had sparked to the northeast of the fort was moving towards the fort, and would eventually come within 300 feet of the fort's walls. Visitors will be able to interact with volunteers portraying specific characters who were present on that night, and will learn not just about the story of the fire, but also about other important issues from the time period. Learn more about the history behind the event here.

Fort Vancouver and the Timeline of History camps will be open to the public until 10 pm, offering a rare chance to see the fort after dark, and see buildings lit by candlelight, as they would have been in the 19th century.

"Campfires & Candlelight brings first person interpretation of the history of the fort site, and it’s our pleasure to bring it to our community year after year," said Chief of Interpretation, Aaron Ochoa. "The theme for our 2019 event - called ‘Night of the Fire’ – is very relevant today, with increased threats of wild fires throughout the region. This threat was very real for the Hudson’s Bay Company too as is portrayed in this program about the site's history."

What: Campfires & Candlelight at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

Where: 1001 E. Fifth Street, Vancouver, WA 98661

When: The Timeline of History opens at 4 pm. Fort Vancouver opens at 5 pm. The event ends at 10 pm.

Cost: Free


Trying To Connect Floyd Leslie Hill To His Loved Ones (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 08/20/19 10:18 AM
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The Portland Police Bureau is asking for the community's help in locating the loved ones of Floyd Leslie Hill who passed away on October 17, 2000.

Mr. Hill's remains were found outside, near the intersection of North Chase Avenue and North Chautauqua Boulevard, by a community member on Monday, August 19, 2019. The bureau has exhausted all resources to try and find any family or friends of Mr. Hill. During our search, it was discovered that Mr. Hill went by "Frank" in the 1980s.

The remains have been returned to Omega Funeral & Creation Service located in Southeast Portland. If anyone has information that could help in identifying the loved ones of Mr. Hill they are asked to call Omega Funeral & Creation Service at 503-231-6030.



Attached Media Files: Hill

Oregon FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Check Cashing Scams (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 08/20/19 10:00 AM
TT - Check Cashing - GRAPHIC - August 20, 2019
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Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. This week: building a digital defense against check cashing scams.

There are lots of new apps these days that allow you to instantaneously pay friends and family for your share of dinner, a movie or the upcoming summer vacation. With all of this technology, checks might seem like an ancient form of payment. However, checks are still popular with consumers and, of course, scammers. In fact, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center – or IC3.gov – is reporting a rise in in the number of Oregonians who say they’ve been hit by a check cashing scam.

Here is how the fraud works: Imagine you have a stereo that you have been needing to get off your hands for months. Garage sales can be so much work that you decide to try selling the stereo online. A few hours after posting it, you get an offer from a potential buyer. The buyer says that he will send you a check as payment for the stereo. At this point, the scam can go one of two ways:

  1. After receiving the check from the ‘buyer’, you send the stereo, only to discover later that the check you received was fraudulent.
  2. After receiving the check from the ‘buyer’, the ‘buyer’ claims that he changed his mind about the purchase and asks for a refund. The victim then sends legitimate funds as refund before discovering that the initial check had been fraudulent.

While both versions of this scam are prevalent, it is the second option that Oregonians are reporting more frequently. Our friends at the Federal Trade Commission have some tips on how to avoid becoming a victim:

  • Never take a check for more than your selling price.
  • Never send money back to someone who sent you a check.
  • The law requires banks to make deposited funds available quickly. However, just because the check has cleared does not mean that it is good. It will sometimes take the bank days to learn that a check is bad.
  • If you are selling online, consider using a secure online payment service.

If you have been victimized by this online scam or any other cyber fraud, be sure to report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your local FBI office.

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Attached Media Files: TT - Check Cashing - AUDIO - August 20, 2019 , TT - Check Cashing - GRAPHIC - August 20, 2019

DPSST Fire Policy Committee Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 08/20/19 9:42 AM

For Immediate Release                                        

August 28, 2019

Contact:    Mona Riesterer  
                 503-378-2431

Notice of Regular Meeting

The Fire Policy Committee will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on August 28, 2019. The meeting will be held in the Victor G. Atiyeh Boardroom The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the deaf or hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above. 

 

The meeting will be available through video live stream on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/DPSSTOregon/

 

If you dial-in for the meeting, please mute your phone unless you are addressing the group.  Doing so will enable you to hear the meeting more effectively.

Agenda Items:

1.   Introductions

2.  Approval of Minutes of May 22, 2019 Meeting

3.  Proposed Rule Changes for OAR 259-009-0005 and 259-009-0062 NFPA Airport Fire Fighter

      Presented by Kayla Ballrot 

4.  Steward, Mary M.  DPSST #38085: NFPA Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator (Driver) Central Oregon Coast Fire & Rescue

     Presented by Kayla Ballrot  

5.  Evans, Joshua J. DPSST #F33221: NFPA Apparatus Equipped with Fire Pump, NFPA Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator, NFPA Fire Fighter 1, NFPA Fire Fighter II, NFPA Rope Rescue Operations Level

      Presented by Kayla Ballrot

6.   Department Update

7.   Next scheduled meeting – November 27, 2019 @ 9:00 a.m.  

 

Administrative Announcement

This is a public meeting, subject to the public meeting law and it will be recorded. Deliberation of issues will only be conducted by Fire Policy Committee members unless permitted by the Chair. Individuals who engage in disruptive behavior that impedes official business will be asked to stop being disruptive or leave the meeting. Additional measures may be taken to have disruptive individuals removed if their continued presence poses a safety risk to the other persons in the room or makes it impossible to continue the meeting.


48-hour water boil advisory lifted for City of Rainier customers
City of Rainier OR - 08/20/19 9:34 AM

The 48-hour water boil advisory put into place following the accidental break of a city water main in Rainier on Sunday, August 18, has been lifted as of 9 a.m. today.

Lab test results have shown the city water supply to be safe for all uses, including human consumption. 


DPSST Private Security/Investigator Policy Meeting MEETING SCHEDULED
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 08/20/19 8:20 AM

For Immediate Release                                        

August 20, 2019

Contact:     Mona Riesterer  
                      503-378-2431

Notice of Regular Meeting

The Private Security/Investigator Policy Committee will hold a regular meeting at 1:30 p.m. on August 20, 2019.  The meeting will be held in the Victor G. Atiyeh Boardroom. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the deaf or hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above. 

The meeting will be available through video live stream on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/DPSSTOregon/

If you dial-in for the meeting, please mute your phone unless you are addressing the group.  Doing so will enable you to hear the meeting more effectively.

Agenda Items:

1. Introductions

2.  Minutes – February 19, 2019

      Approve the minutes of the February 19, 2019 Private Security/Private Investigations Policy Committee meeting.

3.  Proposed Rule Changes for OAR 259-060-0025 and 259-060-0135 Clarifying Continuing Education for Private Security Instructors.

      Presented by Jennifer Howald

4.  Approval of the Event and Entertainment Curriculum

      Presented by Robert Meeks

5.  Proposed Rule Changes to OAR Chapter 259 Division 60: Adding Event and Entertainment Private Security   Professional Training and Certification Requirements to the Private Security Provider Administrative Rules.

      Presented by Jennifer Howald

6.  Private Investigator Application Requirements (ORS 703.425)-Proposed Legislative Concept

      Presented by Linsay Hale

7.  DPSST Regulation of Armed Private Security Businesses – Proposed Legislative Concept

      Presented by Linsay Hale

8.  Private Security Uniforms/Vehicles – Proposed Legislative Concept

      Presented by Linsay Hale

9.   Subcommittee Reports

10. Department Update

11.  Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting – November 19, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.

 

Administrative Announcement

This is a public meeting, subject to the public meeting law and it will be recorded. Deliberation of issues will only be conducted by Private Security/Investigator Policy members unless permitted by the Chair. Individuals who engage in disruptive behavior that impedes official business will be asked to stop being disruptive or leave the meeting. Additional measures may be taken to have disruptive individuals removed if their continued presence poses a safety risk to the other persons in the room or makes it impossible to continue the meeting.


Missing Child (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 08/20/19 6:28 AM
Giovonni Jones
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Update, child has been located and is safe.

8-20-19, the Vancouver Police is asking the public's assistance in locating a missing child, 1 1/2 year old Giovonni Jones.  Giovonni was taken this evening by his father, 35 year old Cabre Jones, and both are believed to be in the Portland area.  Cabre Jones was last seen in a blue or green four-door Honda or Toyota with Giovanni. (See attached photos of Cabre Jones and Giovonni Jones)

If you see Giovonni or Cabre, or have any information please call 911 immediately.    




Attached Media Files: Giovonni Jones , Cabre Jones with Giovonni Jones

Mon. 08/19/19
Shooting in East Portland-Victim Taken to Hospital For Non-Life Threatening Injury
Portland Police Bureau - 08/19/19 11:24 PM
On Monday, August 19, 2019 at 10:09 P.M., East Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a person shot in the 4000 block of Southeast 51st Avenue. When they arrived they located an injured male victim. He was transported by ambulance to the hospital with what are considered to be a non-life threatening injury.

Due to the circumstances of the call, Robbery Detectives are responding to assume the investigation.

No arrests have been made. There is no suspect information to release at this time. The investigation is in its beginning stages and it is too early to link this incident to any other crimes.

The PIO is not responding to the scene.

If anyone has information about this incident or the circumstances leading up to it, contact non-emergency dispatch at (503) 823-3333.

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UPDATE: Homicide victim on NE Wilkes Rd., has been identified
Gresham Police Dept - 08/19/19 10:01 PM

Gresham, Ore.- Thirty- eight year old Nathan Butchek from Portland was fatally stabbed near NE Wilkes Rd. and NE 181st Ave.

Detectives are still investigating the homicide and ask anyone with information to please call the Gresham Police at 503.618.2719. No additional information is available at this time.


Drowning at Rooster Rock on the Columbia River
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/19/19 9:26 PM

On Monday, 8/19/2019, at approximately 6:30 p.m., Multnomah County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of an adult male swimmer that had gone missing at Sand Island next to Rooster Rock on the Columbia River. Emergency responders from the Oregon Parks and Recreation, Corbett Fire, Gresham Fire, Port of Portland, Trauma Intervention Program(T.I.P.), and MCSO River Patrol responded to the scene. Despite efforts from multiple agencies, the lost swimmer is still missing.

Due to the setting of the sun and loss of light, the search was suspended until morning.

August is Outdoor Safety Month and MCSO wants you to be as safe as you can while boating or swimming. Please make a plan and wear a personal flotation device when you are in or around the water.


Structure fire quickly extinguished (Photo)
Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue - 08/19/19 5:54 PM
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Kelso, WA- Firefighters from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue and Longview Fire Department responded to structure fire in the 200 block of SW 6th Ave.  Initial dispatch reported light grey smoke from the back corner of the house, everyone evacuated.  Law enforcement officers from Kelso Police and County Deputies were also on scene extinguishing the fire with handheld extinguishers before firefighters arrived knocking most of the fire down.  Firefighters arrived and had the smoldering fire, on the deck and exterior deck wall extinguished the fire in less than 4 minutes.  Fire officials estimate $1,500 in damages to the home.  The cause of the fire is accidental and has been attributed to smoldering cigarettes, according to fire officials.  No injuries were reported. 




Attached Media Files: 2019-08/3738/126957/SW6thFire2.jpg , 2019-08/3738/126957/SHEDFire.jpg

Pedestrian vs vehicle traffic crash in Siletz (Photo)
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/19/19 5:25 PM
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On August 19, 2019 at approximately 11:57 AM Lincoln County Sheriff Office deputies were dispatched to a vehicle versus pedestrian crash, reported to have occurred in the 300 block of W Buford Avenue, Siletz. Dispatch advised the driver was cooperative and remaining on scene, awaiting contact from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

Medical responded to the location and transported the struck juvenile pedestrian to Corvallis Hospital. The juvenile pedestrian suffered minor injuries from the crash and after brief medical treatment returned home. 

The investigation revealed that the offending vehicle operated by Ronald Hervey, age 68 of Siletz, drifted across the centerline and struck the pedestrian closest to the center of the roadway. The struck pedestrian vaulted over the driver fender of the vehicle and landed on the grassy shoulder of the roadway causing minor injuries and minor damage to the vehicle.

Investigation determined the cause of the crash was a result of the driver looking away from the roadway momentarily and drifting over the centerline. No impairment was suspected. While there is no criminal charges pending there will be a violation charge of careless driving pursued.

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Respectfully submitted by

Rene Lopez

Patrol Sergeant

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

541-265-0667




Attached Media Files: Crash Scene Photo

Jury Finds David Scott Houston Guilty in Child Sex Abuse Case (Photo)
Washington Co. District Attorney's Office - 08/19/19 4:45 PM
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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On August 16, 2019, a Washington County jury found David Scott Houston, age 31, guilty of two counts of first-degree sex abuse. Deputy District Attorney Chris Lewman prosecuted the case against Mr. Houston in Judge Andrew Erwin’s courtroom.

In May of 2018, a report was filed with the Oregon Department of Human Services alerting authorities to possible neglect and sex abuse involving a young child. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office joined the investigation and began interviewing the victim and her family. A safety plan was created, and the juvenile was removed from the home where she was living at the time of the abuse.

The juvenile was interviewed by experts at CARES Northwest where she disclosed Mr. Houston forced her to touch him inappropriately. Mr. Houston admitted to the contact but accused the victim of initiating the encounter. The jury did not find that accounting of events credible.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for August 29, 2019. Mr. Houston previously posted bail and was allowed to remain out of custody pending sentencing.




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Portland Woman Indicted for Tax Fraud Scheme Targeting Somali Refugee Community
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 08/19/19 3:37 PM

PORTLAND, Ore.—Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, announced today that a local woman has been indicted for a tax fraud scheme targeting Somali refugees in the Portland Metropolitan Area.

Rukia Mohamed, 35, a resident of Portland, has been charged with thirteen counts of making false statements by willfully aiding and assisting individual taxpayers to submit false or fraudulent tax returns claiming tax credits for which the taxpayers were ineligible. Mohamed is also charged with three counts of filing false tax returns for her own taxes.

The indictment alleges that from 2014-2017, Mohamed claimed more than $1 million in false tax credits on behalf of ineligible taxpayers.

“We encourage members of the public to carefully evaluate those from whom they take tax or other financial advice from,” said U.S. Attorney Williams. “We are aware of fraudulent tax preparers targeting refugee communities in the Portland area and are working closely with the IRS to investigate these crimes and bring those responsible to justice.”

Mohamed was released pending a three-day jury trial before U.S. District Court Judge Michael H. Simon.

This case was investigated by IRS-Criminal Investigation and is being prosecuted by Michelle Kerin, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

An indictment is only an accusation of a crime, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

If you or someone you know have information about tax preparers you believe are engaged in fraudulent activity, please complete IRS Form #3949-A, print it and mail it to: IRS-Criminal Investigation, 1220 SW Third Avenue, G044 M/S 0326, Portland, Oregon 97204.

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State to Honor 169 Fallen Firefighters - September 19, 2019 at 1 PM in Salem / DPSST (Photo)
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 08/19/19 2:58 PM
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The Oregon Fire Service Honor Guard and the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) extend an invitation to attend the State's 14th annual Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 1 p.m. The ceremony will be held at the State’s Fallen Firefighter Memorial which is located on the campus of the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Highway SE in Salem. Please note the event is held outside rain or shine.

We are honored to have Kim Lightley of the United States Forest Service as our keynote speaker on the 25th anniversary of the deadly Storm King Mountain fire in Colorado that claimed the lives of many of her co-workers from the Prineville Interagency Hotshots. 

About Kim Lightley – She is a Critical Incident Response Specialist with the United States Forest Service (USFS) assigned to the Washington Office of Fire and Aviation Management.  She was recognized in 2017 by the USFS through its Unsung Hero Award Program for her commitment to give back to the people who sacrifice so much fighting structure and wildland fires, and, even more so, to the survivors of those who never come home. Lightley survived the 1994 South Canyon Fire; nine of her crewmembers from the Prineville Interagency Hotshots and five others were overrun and killed.  Recognizing that her own experiences had impacted her life and recovery from this traumatic experience, Lightley has placed her daily emphasis on helping others within the wildfire community to prepare for—and recover from—tragic events.  She travels nationwide teaching Stress First Aid for Wildland Firefighters and You Will Not Stand Alone, assists in interventions for wildland fire critical incidents and promotes awareness of suicide prevention. Lightley is an active participant and organizer for the annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial, and participates annually in the South Canyon Fire staff ride and Prineville Memorial Hotshot Run.  In addition to all of this, she can frequently be found on incident locations supporting agency and family survivors when a firefighter dies in the line of duty, and continues to provide vital support to survivors long after the event.

The ceremony will include the reading of the roll call of fallen firefighters, taps, placement of wreaths, and a bell salute.

DPSST Director Eriks Gabliks said "The Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial stands as a daily reminder of the sacrifices made by 169 men and women who died in the line of duty protecting our communities, airports and natural resources around our great state.  The memorial also allows us to honor a pledge made to the families of the fallen - we will never forget!  We are thankful that no names are being added to the Oregon memorial during this year’s ceremony which signifies that Oregon did not suffer a firefighter line of duty death in 2018.  Sadly we know that is not the case on a national level as the names of 120 career and volunteer firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2018 and previous years will be honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial at the National Fire Academy on October 5 and 6, 2019 in Emmitsburg, Maryland."

If you have any questions regarding the Memorial, please contact Julie Olsen, Fire Program Manager, at 503-378-2297 or by email at julie.olsen-fink@state.or.us

For More Information on Oregon and National Firefighter Memorials:

Oregon Fallen Firefighter Memorial  https://www.oregon.gov/DPSST/FC/pages/fallenfirefightermemorial.aspx

National Fallen Firefighter Foundation – National memorial https://www.firehero.org/events/memorial-weekend/about/2019-roll-of-honor/

Those honored on the State memorial include:

Fire Fighter Name

Agency

Date

James  Reed

Protection Engine Co #4 - Portland

1881

George P. Wrenn

Corvallis Fire Department

1882

Fred  Wagner

Portland Fire and Rescue

1890

Tom  O'Keefe

Portland Fire and Rescue

1891

John G. Hewston

Portland Fire and Rescue

1892

Tom  Grenfell

Portland Fire and Rescue

1896

Warren  Bodge

Medford Fire Dept.

1910

David  Campbell

Portland Fire and Rescue

1911

William  Higdon

Portland Fire and Rescue

1912

Emil  Gustafson

Portland Fire and Rescue

1916

Francis H. McCormick

Portland Fire and Rescue

1919

Karl  Gunster

Portland Fire and Rescue

1921

Oscar H. Lehman

Portland Fire and Rescue

1921

James S. Baldwin

Portland Fire and Rescue

1922

Oscar B. Gabriel

Portland Fire and Rescue

1922

Amos R. Willits

Medford Fire Dept.

1923

Fred H. Rittenour

Portland Fire and Rescue

1923

Adolph W. Wefel

Portland Fire and Rescue

1923

William E. Wilbur

Portland Fire and Rescue

1926

Rex  Reed

Eugene Fire and EMS

1928

Harry  Josephson

Portland Fire and Rescue

1928

William John McCreery

Portland Fire and Rescue

1928

Charles A. Ryan

Portland Fire and Rescue

1928

Walter  McBride

Portland Fire and Rescue

1929

Richard D. Laisner

Portland Fire and Rescue

1930

Henry Krimbel

Portland Fire and Rescue

1932

Clement Kemmer

Portland Fire and Rescue

1933

Gustave Adolph Stephan

Portland Fire and Rescue

1933

Frank L. Kearney

Portland Fire and Rescue

1934

Harry B. Morrow

Portland Fire and Rescue

1934

Walter Godfrey Duncan

Sandy Fire Dist. #72

1934

H.U.  Gardner

Portland Fire and Rescue

1935

William D. Heath

Portland Fire and Rescue

1935

Floyd G. McMullen

Salem Fire Department

1935

Melvin Claude Richardson

Oregon National Guard

1935

Frank E. Platt

Portland Fire and Rescue

1937

Harry R. Howard

Portland Fire and Rescue

1939

Ernest W. Bills

Portland Fire and Rescue

1940

Peter P. Kumpf

Portland Fire and Rescue

1940

Carl G. Markstrom

Portland Fire and Rescue

1940

John  Dawes

Mill City RFPD

1941

Elmo St. Clair Bradford

Portland Fire and Rescue

1945

Malvin L. Brown

555th Parachute Battalion - US Army

1945

Joseph Frederick Allerton

Portland Fire and Rescue

1945

William  Inglesby

Portland Fire and Rescue

1946

Gregory A. Warner

Portland Fire and Rescue

1946

Marion  Stark

Portland Fire and Rescue

1947

Alfred E. Berg

Portland Fire and Rescue

1948

Daniel G. Shaw

Portland Fire and Rescue

1949

Clayre Lavon Miller

Tillamook Fire District

1949

Jerry  Bain

Douglas Forest Protective Association

1951

R.E. “Bob” Olivier

Taft-Nelscott-DeLake Fire Department

1954

Harold J. Dean

Cottage Grove Fire Department

1956

W.F.  McCall

Cottage Grove Fire Department

1956

John A. McKy

Cottage Grove Fire Department

1956

Warren  Nott

Milwaukie Fire Department

1956

Al  Troge

Multnomah County Fire District #10

1956

George  Mead

Oregon City Fire Department

1956

Donovan  Hodgson

Springfield DFLS

1957

Victor D. Brown

Portland Fire and Rescue

1957

Glenn H. Ferrington

Multnomah County Fire District #14

1958

Roy W. McFarland

Roseburg Fire Dept.

1959

L.L.  Longton

Cottage Grove Fire Department

1960

John T. Metcalf

Portland Fire and Rescue

1960

Wayne  Osterby

Astoria Fire Department

1961

John J. Richards

Douglas Forest Protective Association

1961

Earl  Edwards

La Grande Fire Dept.

1962

Eldon L. Everton

Grants Pass Fire Department

1964

Leland N. Christensen

Eugene Fire and EMS

1966

Harold  Stinson

Eugene Fire and EMS

1966

Virgil L. Spencer

Portland Fire and Rescue

1966

Dale  Fleming

Multnomah County Fire District #1

1968

Sam P. Baseel

St. Helens Rural Fire Dist.

1969

Leland Roger Marshall

Coquille Volunteer Fire Department

1969

Richard  Christensen

Washington County Fire District #2

1969

C.T.  Arnold

Cottage Grove Fire Department

1970

Ben K. Coburn

Thurston-Walterville RFPD

1970

Henry  Martin

Oregon Department of Forestry

1970

Luis  Rodriguez

Oregon Department of Forestry

1970

Jack  Stephens

Portland Fire and Rescue

1971

Richard  Waldorf

Molalla Fire Protection District

1972

Fayet Arthur Scoggin

Redmond Fire and Rescue

1974

Carl E. Kerr

Scio Fire Protection District

1975

Sanford Causey

Coquille Fire Department

1976

S.L.  Finley

USFS Siskiyou National Forest

1976

Lee Kenneth Register

Multnomah Co. RFPD #14

1977

Dale Laverne Smith

Multnomah Co. RFPD #14

1977

John L. Devaney

Portland Fire and Rescue

1977

Roy  Bratten

Redmond Fire and Rescue

1978

Horst  Rech

Springfield DFLS

1978

Russ  Williamson

Washington County Fire District #1

1978

Richard  Underhill

Douglas Forest Protective Association

1979

Ronald  Huddleston

Oregon Department of Forestry

1980

Paul F. Yost

Lyons RFPD

1981

Clyde E. Golden

Mill City RFPD

1982

Michael K. Maine

North Bay RFPD, N. Bend

1982

Robert W. Thompson

Veneta RFPD

1982

David C. Stephens

Bureau of Land Management, Sweet Home

1984

Elwin I. King

Fair Oaks RFPD, Sutherlin

1984

Barbara A. Booth

Oregon Department of Forestry, Cottage Grove

1984

Richard H. Bowers

Oregon Department of Forestry, Cottage Grove

1984

Mary L. Francis

Crow Valley RFPD, Veneta

1985

Michael Allen Lehman

USDA Forest Service

1986

Mark  Giles

Douglas Forest Protective Association

1987

James  Moore

Douglas Forest Protective Association

1987

Russell  Brine

Elkton RFPD

1987

Wendell L. Beck

Crooked River Ranch Fire Dist.

1988

Joseph J. Stroda

Halsey-Shedd RFPD

1988

Louis A. Mohr

Pine Grove RFPD, Hood River

1988

David Alfred Schas

USDA Forest Service, Redmond

1988

William D. Mills

Oak Lodge RFPD #51

1989

William  McAdams

Aurora RFPD

1990

Julius C. Starr

USDA Forest Service, Redmond

1990

Clark N. Gilkison

Fair Oaks RFPD

1991

James Shannon Campbell

Oregon Department of Forestry

1992

Brian L. Hill

Oregon Department of Forestry

1993

Sydney B. Maplesden

Oregon Department of Forestry

1994

Kathi Julie Beck

USDA Forest Service, Ochoco NF

1994

Tamera Jean Bickett

USDA Forest Service, Ochoco NF

1994

Scott A. Blecha

USDA Forest Service, Ochoco NF

1994

Levi J. Brinkley

USDA Forest Service, Ochoco NF

1994

Douglas Michael Dunbar

USDA Forest Service, Ochoco NF

1994

Terri Ann Hagen

USDA Forest Service, Ochoco NF

1994

Bonnie Jean Holtby

USDA Forest Service, Ochoco NF

1994

Robert Alan Johnson

USDA Forest Service, Ochoco NF

1994

Jon Roy Kelso

USDA Forest Service, Ochoco NF

1994

Phillip  Sherburn

Aumsville Fire Department

1995

Henry Walter Howe

Brownsville RFPD

1995

Robert  Chisholm

Gearhart Volunteer Fire Dept.

1997

George P. Converse

USDA Forest Service

1998

Tony B. Chapin

Willamina Fire Department

1998

Santi  Arovitx

Columbia Helicopters

2001

Richard  Hernandez

Columbia Helicopters

2001

Kip  Krigbaum

Columbia Helicopters

2001

John Robert Hazlett

Odell Fire District

2001

Randall E. Carpenter

Coos Bay Fire and Rescue

2002

Jeffrey E. Common

Coos Bay Fire and Rescue

2002

Chuck  Hanners

Coos Bay Fire and Rescue

2002

Bartholomew Blake Bailey

Grayback Forestry, Inc.

2002

Daniel Eric Rama

Grayback Forestry, Inc.

2002

Retha Mae Shirley

Grayback Forestry, Inc.

2002

Alan W. Wyatt

USDA Forest Service, Rio Grande NF

2002

Paul E. Gibson

First Strike Environmental, Roseburg

2003

David Kelly Hammer

First Strike Environmental, Roseburg

2003

Jeffrey D. Hengel

First Strike Environmental, Roseburg

2003

Jesse D. James

First Strike Environmental, Roseburg

2003

Leland Price, Jr.

First Strike Environmental, Roseburg

2003

Richard Burt Moore, II

First Strike Environmental, Roseburg

2003

Mark Robert Ransdell

First Strike Environmental, Roseburg

2003

Ricardo M. Ruiz

First Strike Environmental, Roseburg

2003

Larry A. Brown

Kingsley Field FD, Klamath Falls

2003

D. Craig Mackey

Oregon Department of Forestry, Western Lane

2003

Thomas Howard Kistler

Polk County Fire Dist. #1

2003

Randall  Harmon

Superior Helicopter, Grants Pass

2003

Richard W. Black

Weyerhauser, Eugene Helicopter Ops.

2003

Lawrence J. Hoffman

Oregon Department of Forestry

2004

Shawn  Blazer

Grayback Forestry, Inc.

2008

Scott  Charlson

Grayback Forestry, Inc.

2008

Edrik  Gomez

Grayback Forestry, Inc.

2008

Matthew  Hammer

Grayback Forestry, Inc.

2008

Caleb Renno

Grayback Forestry, Inc.

2008

Bryan  Rich

Grayback Forestry, Inc.

2008

David  Steele

Grayback Forestry, Inc.

2008

Roark  Schwanenberg

Carson Helicopters, Inc.

2008

Robert A. Hales

Scappoose Rural Fire District

2008

Jesse Trader

County Fire and Security

2013

Oscar Montano-Garcia

Pacific Coast Contractors, Inc.

2013

John Hammack

R&K Water Service

2013

Mark James Burns

Medford Fire and Rescue

2016

 

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The Oregon Law Enforcement Memorial Fund raised funds to build the state fallen officer memorial more than 20 years ago and helps support the annual ceremonies that honor Oregon’s fallen law enforcement officers in May of each year, and fallen firefighters in September of each year.  For more information on the Oregon Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, and the statewide license plate that is available to honor fallen law enforcement officers and firefighters, please visit http://www.oregon.gov/DPSST/MF/pages/policememtrustfund.aspx

 

 




Attached Media Files: Oregon Fallen Firefighter Memorial , Oregon Fallen Firefighter Memorial , Oregon Fallen Firefighter Memorial

Oregon Opioid Taper Guidelines Task Force meets August 27
Oregon Health Authority - 08/19/19 2:58 PM

August 19, 2019

Contact: Lisa Bui, 971-673-3397, ootg.info@dhsoha.state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Opioid Taper Guidelines Task Force.

When: Tuesday, August 27, 1-4 p.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1A, 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland.

Agenda: Welcome, task force purpose and outcomes, agenda review, introductions, background on formation of the task force, principles for guidelines, key components for inclusion in the guidelines, next steps and summary.

For more information, please visit the Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Task Force website at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/PREVENTIONWELLNESS/SUBSTANCEUSE/OPIOIDS/Pages/task-force.aspx.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Lisa Bui at 971-673-3397, 711 TTY, ootg.info@dhsoha.state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

http://bit.ly/2Hfha9f

 


Vancouver educator is finalist for national history award (Photo)
Vancouver Sch. Dist. - 08/19/19 2:51 PM
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After being named the 2019 Washington state History Teacher of the Year, Vancouver iTech Preparatory’s John Zingale is now 1 of 10 finalists for the national title. The award from the nonprofit Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History honors exceptional K-12 American history teachers from every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools and U.S. territories. 

Zingale’s passion for history/social studies, technology and project-based learning have enabled iTech's students to experience hands-on, individualized, project-based history. Projects such as the Fort Vancouver Virtual Reality tour and museum, How It Works (civics game creation) and Spare Parts: This is U.S. (immigration history) bring history to life for his students. Students also participate in National History Day competitions; write letters to their senators and representatives; analyze community-based issues; hear from Holocaust and American concentration camp survivors; and learn to research, read, interpret and cite primary source documents. 

Zingale has taught at iTech Preparatory since 2013. He has a bachelor's degree from Northern Illinois University and a master's degree in teaching from the University of Portland.

The Washington state Teacher of the Year distinction carries a $1,000 honorarium and recognition at an in-state ceremony. In addition, iTech will receive American history books and Gilder Lehrman educational materials. 

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History will announce the National History Teacher of the Year in September. The recipient will receive a $10,000 prize and recognition at a special ceremony in New York City in October.




Attached Media Files: John Zingale

Lane County Man Pleads Guilty to Shooting At Endangered Gray Wolf
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 08/19/19 2:24 PM

MEDFORD, Ore.—Colton Tony Dick, 22, of Oakridge, Oregon, pleaded guilty today to a single count of unlawfully taking an endangered species.

According to court documents, on October 5, 2016, using a rifle and scope, Dick shot at an endangered gray wolf without legal justification as the animal was walking away from him in the Fremont-Winema National Forest. Dick was unable to locate the wolf.

Although Dick did not admit to killing a gray wolf, an investigation began on October 6, 2016 when an adult female GPS-collared gray wolf known as “OR 28” was found dead in the Fremont-Winema National Forest near Summer Lake, Oregon. On November 9, 2016, the US Fish and Wildlife Service Forensic Lab determined OR 28 died as a result of injuries sustained from a single gunshot wound.

Gray wolves (Canis lupus), located in Western Oregon, are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

Unlawfully taking an endangered species carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison, a $100,000 fine and one year of supervised release.

Under a deferred sentencing agreement with the government, Dick has agreed to submit to one-year of supervised release, pay restitution of $2,500 to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, not hunt any wildlife for a period of one year and perform 100 hours of community service.

If Dick complies with these conditions, he will be allowed to withdraw his guilty plea and the government will move to dismiss his charge.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement and the Oregon State Police. It was prosecuted by Adam E. Delph, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

If you or someone you know has information about a wildlife crime, please contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement by emailing fws_tips@fws.gov or calling 1-844-397-8477.

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Oregon City Commemorates 175 Years of Incorporation at the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive and Visitor Center
City of Oregon City - 08/19/19 1:48 PM

OREGON CITY – The City known as the “End of the Oregon Trail” will gather to commemorate its 175th year of being incorporated as a city on Saturday, August 24, 10 a.m. to 9:15 p.m.

This free, family-friendly event will include interactive games, learning stations, heritage exhibits, and demonstrations. Attendees will meet and learn the names of four new oxen statues that have been added to the Visitor Center’s collection. Headlining the event is the Brothers Comatose, a five-piece string band that features West Coast renderings of traditional bluegrass, country, and rock’n’roll music. Wrapping up the evening will be a laser light show on the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive and Visitor Center stage.

Food and beverage will be available onsite for purchase. Local representatives such as Oregon City Heritage Coordinating Committee, Willamette Falls Legacy Project, and Clackamas County will be represented.

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Police Activities League of SW Washington receives $18,000 donation (Photo)
Police Activities League of SW Washington - 08/19/19 1:08 PM
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Vancouver, Wash. –The Police Activities League of SW Washington (PAL) is excited to announce that on Friday, August 16, 2019 an $18,000 donation was received from 100 Women Who Care SW Washington.

100 Women Who Care SW Washington is comprised of women who care about SW Washington and who want to make a huge impact in their community. They meet once quarterly and hear about the work of three local charities. Members vote and the charity with the most votes walks away with a $100 check from every member.

PAL was nominated by member Jen Dawson and the donation aligns with PAL’s growth in a crucial way.  PAL has been focusing on building additional relationships with local law enforcement agencies and as of now PAL has eight active law enforcement partners.  The Vancouver Police Department was the original partner and has been active for 16 years. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office has been an active partner for four years. Additional partners now include: Camass Police Department, Washougal Police Department, Battle Ground Police Department, Ridgefield Police Department, Washington State Patrol, and Washington State Department of Corrections.

With the money from 100 Women Who Care SW Washington, PAL will continue to bring programming to Vancouver, but can also focus on adding programming to include North and East County.

For more information on 100 Women Who Care SW Washington visit: http://www.100womenwhocaresww.org. To find out more about The Police Activities League of SW Washington visit: https://palofswwa.org.

 

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PPB Releases Investigative Reports Related to June Officer-Involved Shooting
Portland Police Bureau - 08/19/19 12:46 PM
On Friday, August 16, 2019, the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office announced that a Grand Jury returned a not true bill regarding the use of force by Officer Nathan Kirby-Glatkowski on June 9, 2019. Now that the Grand Jury has concluded, the Police Bureau has published the investigative files on the Bureau's Open Data page, which can be found here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/740098

As with all uses of deadly force, the Bureau has been conducting an internal review of the entire incident and the case will go before the Police Review Board (PRB), which is comprised of community members, Bureau members and representatives from the Independent Police Review Division.

The Portland Police Bureau Directive that provides guidelines for members' actions related to reporting and investigating deadly force incidents may be found at: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/656780

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U.S. Attorney Statement on Law Enforcement Response to Portland Demonstration
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 08/19/19 12:38 PM

PORTLAND, Ore.—Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, provided the below statement on the law enforcement response to the August 17, 2019 demonstration in Downtown Portland.

“As a prosecutor, I’ve had the honor of being involved in law enforcement in Oregon for nearly 30 years. Much of this time has been working with agencies in the Portland Metropolitan Area, and, as a federal prosecutor for the last 19 years, partners throughout the state.

This past Saturday, I had the privilege of watching more than 700 local, state and federal law enforcement, fire and medical professionals work tirelessly to protect the City of Portland. These dedicated, unselfish, and non-political public servants worked together to gather the resources needed to protect our community and, in the process, change the narrative of public safety in this city.

Law enforcement does not and cannot take sides in politically-charged public discourse. This weekend’s response effort was consistent with what I’ve observed throughout my career: public servants working together to ensure public safety and help others, irrespective of politics.

In an era where it’s become all too common for politicians and pundits to question the intentions of law enforcement, I hope this weekend’s police response will serve as a definitive counterpoint.

Please join me in thanking the men and women in uniform who gave up their time with family and friends to protect our community and allow people to exercise their rights here in Portland.

To our law enforcement partners throughout Oregon—the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Department of Justice appreciate you and have your back.”

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West Coast Utility Commissions Discuss Changing Wildfire Risk and Mitigation Efforts
Oregon Public Utility Commission - 08/19/19 12:28 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. – Public utility commissioners from British Columbia, California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington convened at the Oregon Convention Center for a public dialogue on Friday, August 16, focused on wildfire risk and mitigation. The all-day event featured experts who shared their perspectives and evolving approaches to address rapidly changing wildfire risk, driven by climate change and other factors.

Public utility commissions are responsible for ensuring safe and reliable access to utility services. By convening this joint conversation, the Commissions are exploring ways to address the expanding risk of wildfire.

“Working together will better equip us to handle the increased frequency and severity of wildfires in our region and the impacts on electric utilities, their customers, and the communities they serve,” said Letha Tawney, Commissioner for the Oregon Public Utility Commission. “This was a collaborative event amongst four western states and British Columbia to draw from the expertise and lessons learned in our regions.”

“I am pleased to be a part of this important dialogue focussing on addressing the increasing risk of wildfire which has the potential to impact many, including utility companies and ratepayers throughout British Columbia, and the entire west coast,” said Chair Dave M. Morton, British Columbia Utilities Commission. “Today’s dialogue was an opportunity to learn more about what regulators, utilities, and experts are doing, or could be doing, to best address the threat of wildfires.”

Expert panelists engaged in dialogue with the Commissioner roundtable on the realities of wildfires and wide-ranging solutions to mitigate risk. Specifically, the panel discussions focused on the following:

  • Tracking the Changing Risk: How climate change is impacting potential wildfire areas and the current risk mapping practices.
  • Making Risk-Based Changes to the System: How utilities prioritize risk mitigation efforts, and the issues that arise or barriers that develop for utilities in that 'prioritization.'
  • Managing the Financial Risks: The financial tools available to utilities to mitigate ratepayer risk and keep the cost of capital affordable, and whether these tools are robust enough for the scale of possible losses.
  • Expanding Public Safety Coordination: The factors that should be considered to ensure Public Safety Power Shutoffs or other fire driven outages do not increase public safety risk now that transportation, communications, and other essential services are more reliant on electricity.

“This event continues important collaboration among western states on pressing issues facing the utility sector, including adaptation to the impacts of climate change and dealing with wildfire risks. California will share lessons learned as we implement new tools to mitigate public safety risks and cost impacts to ratepayers,” said Commissioner Clifford Rechtschaffen of the California Public Utilities Commission.

One of the wildfire mitigation measures that can impact communities is proactive de-energization, or Public Safety Power Shut-offs, in the event of extreme wildfire risk. As utilities develop plans to mitigate wildfire, Commissions will need to understand and analyze these proposals from the utilities they regulate.

Commissioner Hayley Williamson of Nevada expressed how grateful she is for the opportunity to meet and speak with experts across the West regarding wildfires. “I especially appreciate the discussion on de-energization and what factors should be considered to ensure de-energizing lines does not increase public safety risks during a wildfire threat or event,” added Commissioner Williamson.

Panelists emphasized that climate change is impacting the intensity of wildfire seasons in their respective regions. The research and tools available to understand and plan for that changing risk to help ensure customer safety were highlighted in today’s discussion. The sharing of these best management practices and lessons are helpful in preparing the states and British Columbia as the wildfire risk continues to evolve.

“Climate change is resulting in increased risk of wildfires in the west,” said Washington UTC Chairman David Danner. “Utility regulators in the region need to understand fully the potential impacts of wildfires on utility service, costs, and community safety. Today’s conversation was an important opportunity to discuss how our utilities can best predict, prepare for, and respond to wildfires in our states, and we look forward to future discussions.”

The commissioners expressed a desire to continue this dialogue to help ensure safe, reliable and affordable electricity service at a time when wildfire risks continue to evolve, requiring constant evolution of best practices.

If unable to watch the event live, you can view the recorded panel discussions online by Monday, August 19, 2019. You can learn more about Tracking the Changing Risk, Making Risk-Based Changes to the Systems, Managing the Financial Risks, and Expanding Public Safety Coordination.

This press release was redistributed today due to technical difficulties Friday. I apologize in advance for any duplication.


County extends application deadline for building, fire code boards
Clark Co. WA Communications - 08/19/19 11:47 AM

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County is seeking volunteers for two boards: the Building, Residential and Plumbing Board of Appeals and the Fire Code Board of Appeals. The deadline for receiving applications from interested parties has been extended to Friday, Aug. 23. Applications postmarked by Aug. 23 also will be accepted for review.

The Building Code Board of Appeals will hear appeals relative to application and interpretation of the code. The Fire Code Board of Appeals will determine the suitability of alternate building materials, types of construction, and provide reasonable interpretations of the provisions of the Fire Code.

Terms for both boards will be three years.

The seven-member Building Code Board of Appeals will consist of one person from each of the following backgrounds: agriculture, architecture, engineering, general construction and residential construction. Two will be at large members.

The five-member Fire Code Board of Appeals will consist of one representative from each of these groups: Fire Service, insurance industry, Architects Association, Mechanical Engineers Association and Building Code Board of Appeals.

In addition to meeting as needed to decide on appeals, both boards must meet at least once per year. Each board will determine the dates and times of its meetings.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest and a résumé to Alyssa Weyhrauch, Clark County Council Office, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000. Applications also can be emailed to auch@clark.wa.gov">alyssa.weyhrauch@clark.wa.gov.


Fire Crews Respond to Two Residential Fires (Photo)
Albany Fire Dept. - 08/19/19 11:43 AM
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Albany Fire Department responded to two separate residential fires overnight, requiring the City to request coverage from Lebanon Fire and call back from off-duty firefighters to cover new emergency calls.

The first structure fire was reported on August 18, 2019, at 5:46 p.m. at 1027 7th Avenue SE.  Smoke from this fire was highly visible in town.  When crews arrived the front of the home was fully involved with flames.  Crews were able to extinguish the fire by 6:31 p.m.  One firefighter was injured but was able to go home.  All residents evacuated the home and were safe.  A pet dog did not survive the fire. Crews remained on scene for the remainder of the night.  This morning, fire investigators began working to determine the cause of the fire.  If you were near this fire prior to Albany Fire arriving, please contact Deputy Fire Marshal Lora Ratcliff at 541-917-7728.

A second structure fire was reported on August 19, 2019, at 6:12 a.m. at 2225 Salem Avenue SE. Firefighters quickly had this fire under control and no firefighter were injured. Homeowners were not present at the time of the fire.  The fire started inside the home and investigators are currently working to determine the cause.  

It is uncommon for Albany Fire to receive two first alarm structure fires in the same shift.  The Department has mutual aid agreements with surrounding agencies to request additional resources.  Lebanon  Fire responded to one medical call within the City of Albany and transported a patient to a local hospital.  

 

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OHA gathers subcommittees to address socially focused priorities of State Health Improvement Plan
Oregon Health Authority - 08/19/19 11:13 AM

August 19, 2019

Members will develop, track strategies aimed at ending health disparities

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Health Authority has gathered teams of community partners to begin tackling State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) priorities focused on social factors that affect health, such as childhood trauma, food security, and access to health care and employment.

The PartnerSHIP, a steering committee developing the 2020-2024 SHIP, has formed subcommittees with representatives from state agencies, nonprofits, tribal health, local public health departments, health care, academia, businesses, and people with lived experience.

The subcommittees’ goal is to identify and track strategies aimed at achieving the five SHIP priorities that include:

  • Institutional bias, or systematic distribution of resources, power and opportunity in society to the exclusion of people of color, people with disabilities, people with low income and people who identify as LGBTQ+.
  • Adversity, trauma and toxic stress, which can include abuse and neglect, living in poverty, incarceration, family separation, and exposure to racism and discrimination.
  • Economic drivers of health such as housing, living wage, food insecurity and transportation, since poverty is a strong predictor of poor health.
  • Access to equitable preventive health care, which can be limited by health care provider shortages, transportation barriers, health care costs, or language or other cultural barriers.
  • Behavioral health including poor mental health and substance use, which can lead to lower quality of life, unemployment and increased suicide rates.

"Convening these subcommittees is a significant step toward systematically addressing the 2020-2024 SHIP priorities," said Oregon Public Health Director Lillian Shirley. "This provides an exciting opportunity to work with partners to develop strategies for reducing inequities that can have lifelong health effects."

Subcommittee rosters can be viewed by clicking on the 2020-2024 SHIP Priority Area links on the OHA State Health Improvement Plan webpage at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/ABOUT/Pages/ship-process.aspx.

The subcommittees will align existing assets and strengths and identity new strategies needed to end health disparities, the disproportionate burden of preventable illness, injury, disability, or mortality experienced by marginalized groups in each priority area. The strategies will be developed using a health equity framework, which aims to eliminate disparities by addressing social, economic and environmental conditions that affect health, and will include policy changes, improvements in daily living conditions, and individual-level interventions.

Strategies will be created with particular attention to the needs of priority populations including people of color, people with disabilities, people who are low-income, people who identify as LGBTQ+, older adults and children. Subcommittees will also identify measures that will be used to monitor progress over the next five years of plan implementation.

The 2020-2024 SHIP is a product of the state’s effort to build a modern public health system. The plan’s focus on social factors affecting health was informed by community partners. Next spring, communities will be asked to weigh in on the proposed strategies to ensure they are culturally relevant to priority populations.

Subcommittees will meet monthly starting in August. All meetings are open to the public. Meeting details for each subcommittee, and additional information about the SHIP, can be found at healthoregon.org/2020ship. For questions or comments, contact at isty.j.hudson@state.or.us">christy.j.hudson@state.or.us.

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OHA reúne a subcomités para enfocarse en las prioridades sociales del Plan Estatal de Mejoramiento de Salud
Oregon Health Authority - 08/19/19 11:07 AM

19 de agosto, 2019

OHA reúne a subcomités para enfocarse en las prioridades sociales del Plan Estatal de Mejoramiento de Salud

Miembros desarrollarán y harán seguimiento a estrategias cuya meta es acabar con las disparidades de salud

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon Health Authority (OHA, por sus siglas en inglés) ha reunido equipos de socios comunitarios para comenzar a abordar las prioridades del Plan Estatal de Mejoramiento de Salud (State Health Improvement Plan o SHIP). Las prioridades se enfocan en los factores sociales que afectan la salud, como el trauma de la infancia, inseguridad alimentaria, y acceso a servicios de salud y empleo.

El comité directivo, conocido como PartnerSHIP, desarrolló el SHIP de 2020-2024 y formó subcomités con representantes provenientes de agencias estatales, organizaciones sin ánimo de lucro, servicios de salud para indígenas americanos, departamentos de salud pública locales, servicios de atención a la salud, ámbito académico, negocios y personas con experiencia propia.

La meta de los subcomités es identificar y hacer seguimiento a las estrategias para abordar las cinco prioridades de SHIP, que incluyen:

  • Racismo institucional, o distribución sistemática de recursos, poder y oportunidad en la sociedad que resulta en la exclusión de personas de color, personas con discapacidades, personas con bajos ingresos y personas que se identifican como LGBTQ+.
  • Adversidad, trauma y estrés tóxico, lo cual puede incluir abuso y negligencia, vivir en la pobreza, encarcelamiento, separación de familias, y el ser expuesto al racismo y la discriminación.
  • Impulsores económicos de la salud, tales como son la vivienda, salario digno, inseguridad alimentaria y transporte, ya que la pobreza es un factor de predicción potente de mala salud.
  • Acceso a servicios de salud preventivos equitativos, que pueden ser limitados por escasez de proveedores de salud, barreras en el transporte, costos del cuidado de salud, o barreras de lenguaje o culturales.
  • Salud de comportamiento, incluyendo mala salud mental y abuso de sustancias, lo que puede conducir a una calidad de vida baja, desempleo y un aumento en la tasa de suicidios.

"La convocación de estos subcomités es un paso importante para abordar las prioridades de SHIP de 2020-2024", dice la Directora de Salud Pública de Oregon Lillian Shirley. "Esto nos da una oportunidad para trabajar con nuestros socios y desarrollar estrategias para reducir inequidades que pueden afectar a la salud de por vida".

Listas de los integrantes y otros datos de los subcomités pueden ser ubicados al oprimir el enlace "2020-2024 SHIP Priority Area" en https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/ABOUT/Pages/ship-process.aspx.

Los subcomités buscan alinear recursos y puntos fuertes para identificar estrategias necesarias para acabar con las disparidades en la salud, la carga desproporcionada de enfermedades prevenibles, lesiones, discapacidad, o mortalidad experimentada por grupos marginados en cada área de prioridad. Las estrategias serán desarrolladas usando un marco de equidad en la salud, cuyo enfoque es eliminar las disparidades al abordar condiciones sociales, económicas y ambientales que afectan la salud, y las cuales incluirán cambios de política, mejoras en la vida diaria, e intervenciones a nivel individual.

Estrategias serán creadas con atención particular a las necesidades de las poblaciones de prioridad, incluyendo personas de color, personas con discapacidades, personas con bajos ingresos, personas que se identifican como LGBTQ+, ancianos y niños. Los subcomités también identificaran las medidas que serán utilizadas para monitorear el progreso en cinco años después de que el plan sea implementado.

El SHIP de 2020-2024 es producto de los esfuerzos del estado para construir un sistema de salud pública moderno. El enfoque del plan en factores sociales que afectan la salud fue concebido con la ayuda de socios comunitarios. La próxima primavera, se les pedirá a las comunidades que opinen sobre las estrategias propuestas para asegurar que son culturalmente relevantes para las poblaciones de prioridad.

Los subcomités se reunirán mensualmente comenzando en agosto. Todas las reuniones están abiertas al público. Detalles de las reuniones para cada subcomité y datos adicionales sobre SHIP, pueden ser encontrados en healthoregon.org/2020ship. Si tiene preguntas o comentarios, diríjalas a isty.j.hudson@state.or.us">christy.j.hudson@state.or.us.

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LFD Updates R&R Truck (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 08/19/19 11:06 AM
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It’s not new—but it is improved! Check out the new wrap job on our Recruitment & Retention Lieutenant’s truck. This eye-catching design was fully funded with our FEMA Grant for recruiting new volunteer firefighters. It’s not just a flashy design, this truck is also response capable and responds to all types of emergency calls in our District. If you see Lt. Duerr out and about in his R&R truck say hi and learn about all the different ways you can volunteer at the Lebanon Fire District.




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WSU Vancouver goes back to school
WSU Vancouver - 08/19/19 11:04 AM

It has become a tradition! WSU Vancouver is welcoming students back to campus for the 2019/20 academic year by waving the Cougar flag on the first day of classes. 

Volunteer staff, faculty, alumni and friends will wave the flag until 5:30 p.m. today at three locations:

  • 134th Street and 29th Avenue
  • Main entrance
  • Top of the hill on campus

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Oregon Pallet Fire Contained
City of Salem - 08/19/19 10:52 AM

SALEM, ORE. — As of 8 a.m., the four-alarm fire at Oregon Pallet company in Salem is contained. Earlier this morning, firefighters from Salem, Woodburn, Silverton, Keizer, Marion County District 1, and Polk County Fire District 1 responded to the fire. Firefighters were able to save all the buildings and contain the blaze to avoid impacts to adjacent businesses in the industrial area. All manufacturing equipment within the structures was saved.

Fire crews remain on-site and are continuing to mop up hot spots. The cause of the blaze is unknown. When it is safe for investigators to begin their work, more information as to the cause of fire will be available. The Oregon Pallet company fire began at approximately 2:52 a.m. 

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Undersheriff Paul Timm Reports Deputies Participating in Click It or Ticket Event.
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 08/19/19 10:44 AM

Linn County Undersheriff Paul Timm reports deputies are participating in another Click It or Ticket event, increasing enforcement for seatbelt use.  This annual campaign is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s national Click It or Ticket high-visibility enforcement effort that runs from August 19, 2019, to September 1, 2019.  Deputies will join other agencies throughout Oregon, using federally funded overtime to educate the public about safety belt and child seat laws.  Deputies will emphasize child passenger safety to make sure all parents and caregivers are correctly using the right car seats (rear-facing car seats, forward-facing car seats, and/or booster seats) or seatbelts for their children’s ages and sizes.

Click It or Ticket isn’t about citations; it’s about saving lives.  In 2017, ODOT crash data shows lack of safety belt or child restraint use was a factor in 22% or 64 of a total 285 motor vehicle occupant fatalities.  Safety belts used correctly can reduce the risk of major crash injury or death by up to 65% percent.

In 2017 an Oregon law was passed requiring children to ride in a rear-facing safety seat until they are at least two years old. A child over age two must continue to ride in a car seat with harness or in a booster until they reach age eight or 4’ 9” in height and the adult belt fits them correctly.  The recent law, which extends the rear-facing requirement from the previous age one to age two, will better protect the child’s head, neck, and spine from potential crash injuries. This is because a rear-facing seat spreads crash forces evenly across the seat and child’s body while also limiting forward or sideways motion of the head.

For help selecting or installing child car seats, consult the seat manufacturer’s instructions, your vehicle owner’s manual, or visit a local child seat fitting station listed at: https://www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/car-seats-and-booster-seats#inspection-inspection or at http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources.htm.

Using Oregon Department of Transportation grant funds, additional deputies will be on the road this week looking for those who are not wearing their seatbelts.  


275 Kids "SHOP WITH A COP" and Receive New Back-to-School Clothes Thanks to Sunshine Division, Fred Meyer and Camp Rosenbaum (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 08/19/19 10:05 AM
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Members of the media are invited to attend

MEDIA CONTACT:
For Sunshine Division: Executive Director, Kyle Camberg
Direct: 503.577.6852 or kyle@sunshinedivision.org

On Wednesday, August 21, at 7 a.m., the Sunshine Division will partner with Fred Meyer and Camp Rosenbaum to fund the annual "Shop with a Cop" event at the Gateway Fred Meyer store, located at 1111 Northeast 102nd Avenue.

This year marks the 17-year anniversary of Shop with a Cop, where Portland Police Bureau members, Multnomah County sheriffs, and up to 275 kids spend a morning together shopping for back-to-school clothing. Participating kids are identified by the Boys and Girls Club of Portland, Islamic Social Services of Oregon State, Healthy Birth Initiative, Marathon Scholars, and Multnomah County Youth and Family Services Division and are selected based on their financial need.

The Sunshine Division, with support of Fred Meyer, and Camp Rosenbaum, have partnered to fund the program with $34,000 for the event. In addition to the cash donation, Fred Meyer provides a significant discount off clothing purchased at the event along with school supplies and toiletries for each child.

"Not only does this event help the kids involved, it's a great opportunity for officers to spend some time engaging youth, said Sunshine Division's Bureau Liaison, Officer Matt Tobey. "In addition to the Shop With a Cop event, the Sunshine Division actually features a year-round program where officers can take kids in need shopping for clothes. Over the past decade, more than 3,000 students have been helped."

The Sunshine Division funds the Shop with a Cop event through its Izzy's Kids program. Sunshine Division has fundraised and invested roughly $500,000 in the Izzy's Kids Shop with a Cop program in the last decade. Izzy's Kids, which began in 1981 in honor of longtime board member Isabel Hoyt, provides funds so that Portland police officers can take children in need shopping for new school clothes. The Izzy's Kids program operates year-round and will pair an additional 300 kids with officers, for a unique, one-on-one shopping experience throughout the remainder of the school year. The year-round Izzy's Kids program is generously funded by the Richard R. Burns Estate and loyal private donors.

To donate to the Sunshine Division Izzy's Kids Fund, please go to: http://www.sunshinedivision.org/donate/


About the Sunshine Division

Since 1923, the Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division has been providing emergency food and clothing relief to Portland families and individuals in need. Whether due to the loss of a job, domestic crime, illness, or victims of fire or disaster, the Sunshine Division has built a 96-year legacy of mobilizing quickly and efficiently to assist distressed Portlanders.

The Sunshine Division offers emergency food assistance six days a week at their N. Thompson warehouse, five days a week at their SE Stark location, as well as 24/7 through their partnership with the Portland Police Bureau who store food boxes at each police precinct that can be dispatched on demand. In addition to food relief they also offer new and gently-used clothing to those in need and one-on-one school clothes shopping experiences with a police officer through their Izzy's Kids program.

For more information, please visit: https://sunshinedivision.org/

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Child Safety Seat Education and Enforcement Push Begins (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 08/19/19 10:02 AM
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Beginning today, August 19th, 2019, and continuing through September 1st, 2019, officers of the Portland Police Bureau will join law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon to educate the public regarding safety belt and child seat laws in order to increase the safety of children in vehicles.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading nationwide cause of death for children ages one through twelve years old. In 2017, 1,898 children under twelve were injured in Oregon traffic crashes, 9 percent were reported not using a child restraint system. It is estimated that car seats may increase crash survival by 71% for infants under one year old and by up to 59% for toddlers aged one to four. Booster seats may reduce the chance of nonfatal injury among four to eight year olds by 45% compared to safety belts used alone.

In 2017, an Oregon law (811.210(2)) was passed requiring children to ride in a rear-facing safety seat until they are at least two years old. A child over age two must continue to ride in a car seat with harness or in a booster until they reach age eight or 4'9" in height and the adult belt fits them correctly.

Information regarding the purchase or placement of a child safety seat can be located at the following web links through Oregon Impact, the Oregon Department of Transportation, or the United States Department of Transportation.

http://oregonimpact.org

https://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/Safety/Pages/Belts-Seats.aspx

https://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/get-materials/child-safety/child-passenger-safety-week

There are a number of child fitting stations scheduled with local police agencies in the Portland Metro area and throughout the state. Follow the link below to find a local child seat fitting station near you:

http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources.htm.

Questions about this activity can be directed to the Portland Police Bureau PIO at ppbpio@portlandoregon.gov

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DOI to Treat More Than 1.2M Acres this Wildfire Season, Resources Mobilized across the Nation
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 08/19/19 9:34 AM

Agency personnel and critical assets are poised to respond to wildfires across the country

Washington - With peak wildfire activity predicted in the coming months, the Department of the Interior (DOI) has been working tirelessly to implement preventative measures to limit the size and scope of wildfires, treat current wildfires already underway, and protect wildfire-prone areas to best safeguard people and their communities. 

“As stewards of one-fifth of the country’s public lands, primarily in the West, we know that our ability to be prepared for wildfires and reduce their severity is paramount to protecting communities and saving lives,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt. “In collaboration with local, state, and other federal partners, we are using everything in our arsenal to prepare for wildfires this year, treating more than one million acres.”

As a part of the DOI, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), the National Park Service (NPS), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) contribute to a total workforce of 4,500 firefighting personnel, 500 tribal firefighters, 151 smokejumpers, 18 interagency hotshot crews and 4 Tribal hotshot crews. These firefighters will have over 600 pieces of specialized equipment available for use, including engines, water tenders, dozers, and other equipment. Aviation assets also play a critical role in efforts to manage wildfires as the DOI will have access to 23 single engine air tankers, 6 water scoopers, 41 Type 1, 2 and 3 helicopters, and a number of other aviation resources.

The Trump Administration has prioritized active management of the nation’s public lands as provided in the President’s Executive Order 13855 and Secretary’s Order 3372, which establish a meaningful and coordinated framework for ensuring the protection of people, communities, and natural resources. Implementation of both Orders is a priority for reducing the risks of deadly and destructive wildfires.

This year, the BLM began analyzing a significant, 11,000-mile stretch of strategic fuel breaks to combat wildfires in the Great Basin, which includes portions of Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada, and Utah. This large-scale, collaborative project could serve as a means to better control wildfires within a 223 million acre area. The environmental impact of the proposal is still being evaluated.

As DOI continues to evaluate innovative ways to best limit the destruction of wildfires in the future, it is nearing completion of more than 2,500 wildfire risk-reduction projects on more than 1.2 million acres of DOI and tribally-administered lands in some of the most fire-prone areas of the country. Some of the state totals to be completed and specific projects already completed this fiscal year include:

Alaska: More than 43,000 acres of land will be treated. Already this year, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, in cooperation with two Alaska Native Corporations and the Kenai Peninsula Borough, has implemented 90 acres of fuels management activities through mechanical treatments and prescribed fire treatments. This treatment is a component of a multi-year fuels break project, initiated in 2016, planned and implemented to protect the community of Sterling, AK. The Sterling fuels break was utilized as a contingency fire line, protecting Sterling from the threat from the 2019 Swan Lake Fire, which has now burned 102,521 acres and is currently 80% contained.

Arizona: Nearly 85,000 acres of land will be treated. Fuels treatment projects are ongoing with 21,287 acres treated so far this year, including 6,706 acres in the southwest border area. By the end of the fiscal year, more than 27,544 total acres of fuels are targeted for treatment by prescribed fire, chemical application or mechanical methods.

California: More than 30,000 acres of land will be treated with some projects including: A 93 acre fuels treatment project in the Sandy Gulch unit of the South Fork Mokelumne Project, near the community of Glenco in Calaveras County. In addition to the work completed by the Mother Lode Field Office, the Calaveras Healthy Impact Products Solutions, which is a local non-profit partner, has completed an adjacent 35-acre fuel break on BLM-managed public lands. This 35 acres represents the north portion of a fuel break that was identified as a priority by CAL FIRE after the 2015 Butte Fire. The southern portion of the fuel break is scheduled to be completed this fall, and will connect to ongoing fuels work in the southern part of the South Fork Mokelumne Project. The BLM California Bishop Field Office made improvements to existing fuelbreaks adjacent to residential areas. Wildland fire crews cut and removed downed trees and limbs on BLM-managed lands, reducing the available fuel load. The project was undertaken in partnership with residents of the community of Wilkerson, Inyo National Forest, and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Colorado: More than 27,000 acres of land will be treated. The BLM completed a 286-acre prescribed fire near Bayfield, Colorado, called the Rabbit Mountain Project Prescribed Fire. It was completed to restore and maintain a healthy ecosystem and reduce the risk of wildfire to private lands and improvements in the area. The prescribed fire will reinvigorate grasses, forbs, and shrubs and improve deer and elk habitat.

Florida: More than 183,000 acres of land will be treated. Already this year, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge has completed 8,747 acres of prescribed fire and 1,839 acres of mechanical fuel reduction treatments, with partners including the Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the National Park Service, the Florida Forest Service, and Brevard County. These fuel reduction projects protect residents, tourists, federal employees, public land, and military and private space industry. Minimizing operational disruption and mitigating risks and hazards, the projects reduce the intensity and duration of wildfires, smoke, and road closures.

Montana: Nearly 85,000 acres of land will be treated. The FWS and the BLM worked with the state of Montana and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s U.S. Forest Service to reduce fire risk by removing trees and clearing brush. The project near the Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge reduces the risk of catastrophic fires from spreading to local communities. All timber was harvested and supported local economies.

Minnesota: More than 42,000 acres of land will be treated, primarily from the Red Lake Helitack crew from the Red Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. They completed a 41,000 acre project to reduce wildfire risk and improve forest conditions. The aviation crew flew for eight hours in coordination with ground support using prescribed burns to remove the grassy understory and replenish the forest.

Nevada: More than 85,000 acres of land will be treated. One project already completed includes: The BLM Nevada Battle Mountain District has recently completed over 2,115 acres of treatments along roadsides including thinning, masticating, herbicide application, mowing, drill seeding, and broadcast seeding to create fuel breaks to limit the wildfire growth potential of roadside ignitions. In 2018, this fuel break allowed the district to successfully suppress a fire, keeping it from becoming a larger, more destructive disaster.

Utah: More than 134,000 acres of land will be treated overall. At BLM Utah, fuels treatment projects are ongoing with approximately 75,000 acres treated so far this year. By the end of the fiscal year, more than 117,000 total acres of fuels are targeted for treatment by prescribed fire or mechanical methods. Fuel treatment accomplishments are continually increasing on an annual basis, with acres targeted for 2019 being the highest planned accomplishment ever. Also, BLM is seeking comments on an environmental assessment (EA) analyzing a proposal to treat vegetation and fuels as part of a wildfire mitigation project near Castle Valley, Utah. The proposal covers approximately 1,400 acres of fuel breaks within a larger 7,500-acre planning and analysis area.

Virginia: More than 11,000 acres of land will be treated. One project already completed includes: The NPS completed a prescribed burn in Manassas National Battlefield Park. The prescribed burn helps to reduce the risk of wildfires and improves the habitat for wildlife.

As wildfire activity likely increases, DOI, in collaboration with local, state, and federal partners, is moving wildfire suppression resources to the most susceptible areas around the country. At the center of this coordination is the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), which coordinates eight different agencies and organizations’ emergency management responses. The NIFC produces a monthly “National Significant Wildland Fire Potential Outlook,” which provides wildland fire potential forecasts for the country. The most recent outlook forecasts potential for above normal fire activity in western Oregon and Washington, parts of California and Nevada, and the interior of Alaska.

“Most of the western states experienced a wet spring, which allowed vegetation to grow thickly and quickly,” said Fire Weather Program Manager with NIFC’s Predictive Services group Bryan Henry. “The wet, cool spring delayed fire season, though now, we are seeing hot and dry weather throughout most of the western states, which is rapidly drying the abundant vegetation and creating fuel for wildfires.” 

Due to a cool, wet spring season, wildfire activity has been below normal this year with 27,191 wildfires burning 3,325,456 acres. This is much lower than previous years as around 39,700 wildfires burned over 4.1 million acres at this point in the season last year and 5.8 million acres in 2017. 

Last year was one of the most tragic years on record with more than 58,000 wildfires burning over 8.8 million acres. Additionally, nearly 26,000 structures were destroyed, more than double the previous annual record.

The DOI is currently managing wildfire incidents in Alaska, Arizona, Montana, Nevada, Utah, and Washington, and has deployed personnel, aircraft, and equipment throughout the country to work with interagency firefighting partners.


UPDATE: Driver Arrested After Fatal Crash Involving Motorcycle (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 08/19/19 9:25 AM
Dorothy Rafeh
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On Friday, August 16, 2019 at 11:05 p.m., East Precinct officers were dispatched to a crash involving a motorcycle and a SUV at Northeast 122nd Avenue and Northeast Stanton Street. Initial information was that someone was performing CPR on the motorcycle rider and that the SUV had left the scene. When officers arrived they found a 1999 Suzuki motorcycle down and the involved SUV driver was returning to the crash site in a separate vehicle. Medical treated the rider of the motorcycle but he was declared deceased at the scene. The Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division's Major Crash Team (MCT) responded and assumed the lead on the investigation.

The motorcycle rider was identified as Karl A. Moeller, 56. His family has been notified of his death.

The driver of the SUV (a 2019 Toyota 4Runner) was Dorothy E. Rafeh, 36 (photo). Her vehicle was located nearby and seized as evidence.

After investigation, officers determined that Rafeh was driving southbound on Northeast 122nd Avenue and turned eastbound on Northeast Stanton Street in the path of the northbound motorcycle. Moeller's motorcycle struck the passenger side of the SUV.

Officer established probable cause that Rafeh was driving impaired and arrested her. She was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Reckless Driving, Felony Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver, and Misdemeanor Driving while Suspended/Revoked.
This is the 43rd call out for the MCT this year and the 36th fatality.

Drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs injure and kill thousands of people every year. People consuming alcohol or drugs are urged not to get behind the wheel. We suggest that people get a ride from a sober driver or utilize taxis, rideshare companies, or transit so everyone is safe on our streets.

The Portland Police Bureau is committed to working with our partners in government and the community to create safer streets and work towards reducing, and eventually eliminating, traffic fatalities as part of Vision Zero.

To learn more about the City of Portland's Vision Zero effort, please visit: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390

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The Major Crash Team (MCT) is responding to the area of Northeast 122nd Avenue and Northeast Stanton Street to assist in a fatal traffic crash investigation. Traffic is affected in the area. Northeast 122nd Avenue is closed in both directions between Northeast Russell Street and I-84.

No additional information is available at this time. An updated news release will be pushed out as investigators learn more.

The PIO is not responding to the scene.

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Attached Media Files: Dorothy Rafeh

District Attorney's Office statement on arrests made August 17, 2019 during mass demonstrations
Multnomah Co. District Attorney's Office - 08/19/19 9:11 AM

August 19, 2019

District Attorney’s Office statement on arrests made August 17, 2019 during mass demonstrations

On August 17, 2019, law enforcement booked two individuals into the Multnomah County Detention Center for criminal conduct that is alleged to have occurred during Saturday’s mass demonstrations in Portland, Oregon.

Nine other individuals were arrested, issued criminal citations and then released on misdemeanor related offenses.

Law enforcement expects to refer two juvenile cases to the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice Juvenile Services Division. Unless otherwise ordered by the court, all juvenile records are confidential. 

The names of those arrested on Saturday were previously released by the Portland Police Bureau.  

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office expects the two individuals who were booked into jail on Saturday to make their first court appearance at the Multnomah County Justice Center on August 19, 2019 at approximately 2 p.m.

In preparation for a potential influx of criminal cases resulting from Saturday’s events, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office worked closely with the Trial Court Administrator for Multnomah County Circuit Court.

All adults cited and released by law enforcement on August 17, 2019 are tentatively scheduled to appear in court next month. This will give the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office time to collect police reports and screen each case independently for prosecutorial merit and legal sufficiency.

The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office continues to work with law enforcement to identify and investigate any criminal conduct that occurred during Saturday’s mass demonstrations and criminal conduct that occurred during any prior mass demonstration. This conduct includes assaults that have been recorded and posted online.

The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office does not prosecute individuals based on their ideologies or affiliations with political or non-political organizations. The District Attorney’s Office will initiate a criminal case following a review of all available evidence and whenever legally and ethically appropriate, pursuant to state and constitutional law.

In general, the statute of limitation for most felony crimes is typically three years. Similarly, for most misdemeanor crimes, the statute of limitation is typically two years.

The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office encourages anyone with information on the identity of any person observed in criminal behavior during a mass demonstration to contact the Portland Police Bureau so these cases can be investigated and then sent to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution consideration.

Crime tips should be directed to the Portland Police Bureau's Detective Division at (503) 823-0400 or submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers of Oregon.

All publicly available court documents not subject to a protective order will be accessible on the Oregon eCourt Information (OECI) system once scanned by court staff.

No additional statements can be provided at this time.

All of the individuals arrested are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

#MCDA#


Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office

Phone: 503.988.6567 | Email: rent.Weisberg@mcda.us">Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us




Attached Media Files: 2019-08/5769/126929/PR-19-189-District_Attorney’s_Office_statement_on_arrests_made_August_17_2019_during_mass_demonstrations.pdf

Construction Contractors Board Sweep of Portland Area Reveals Unlicensed Contractor Activity
Oregon Construction Contractors Board - 08/19/19 8:30 AM

CCB reminds homeowners to check the license before hiring a contractor

A Construction Contractors Board (CCB) sweep of the Portland area revealed contractor violations including 15 instances of working without a license, 15 workers’ compensation-related violations, 10 lead-based paint violations and a variety of other violations. The sweep was conducted August 5th through the 11th. Altogether, 56 violations were discovered and 186 active job sites were checked.

By law, nearly everyone who builds a home or alters a structure must be licensed by the Construction Contractors Board. Contractors who bid and perform work on homes built before 1978 must also have a lead-based paint renovation license.

Why It’s Important to Hire Licensed Contractors

Licensed contractors carry insurance and a surety bond to protect homeowners when construction projects go wrong. For homeowners in dispute with licensed contractors, the Construction Contractors Board provides mediation services. These services can help both parties settle their differences outside court.

Homeowners who hire unlicensed contractors have little recourse when a home improvement goes wrong. Some homeowners choose to go to court at their own expense, but many simply give up and hire a licensed contractor to repair the damage.

Check the License Online

Before signing a contract, the CCB encourages homeowners to check their contractor has an active license at http://search.ccb.state.or.us/search/. This site also provides up to 10 years of history on any contractor’s license.

Reporting Unlicensed Contractor Activity

The CCB regularly investigates tips about unlicensed contractors. Contractors and consumers can report unlicensed contractor activity by sending an email to tips@state.or.us">ccbtips@state.or.us, or by visiting the CCB website at http://search.ccb.state.or.us/online_complaint_enf/.

Anyone with questions can call the Construction Contractors Board at 503-378-4621.

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About the CCB

The CCB is the state agency licensing over 40,000 contractors. Anyone who is paid to repair, improve or build a home must be licensed. Learn more about how to have a successful project at www.oregon.gov/ccb.


Tip of the Week for August 19 - Animals in Disaster (Photo)
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/19/19 7:47 AM
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ANIMALS IN DISASTER

 

The following tips are found in the Emergency Management calendar which can be downloaded at www.lincolncountysheriff.net or by going to the Emergency Management page.

 

Plan for pets

  • Take animals with you if you need to evacuate.  Only as a last resort should animals be left behind.
  • Many emergency shelters cannot accept animals.  Before disaster strikes, find out which hotels/shelters allow animals.
  • If you have to leave your animals at home, keep them inside a secure area.  Leave at least a 10-day supply of dry food and water.  Put signs on windows and doors indicating the number and type of animals inside and your contact information.
  • Keep your pets’ vaccinations and ID tags up to date.
  • Be sure ID tags are on collars and consider a microchip.
  • Prepare a pet emergency kit with leashes, collars, portable carriers, water, food, medications, sanitation materials, immunization records, first-aid kit, and photos to prove ownership.
  • Don’t leave pets in vehicles, tethered, or crated without you.
  • Your pet’s behavior may change after a crisis, becoming more aggressive or self-protective.

 

Plan for Livestock

  • Post emergency contact numbers on barn and/or pasture fence.
  • Write your phone number on your stock with a permanent marker if you have to release them.
  • Have a supply of feed at a separate location.
  • Involve family and neighbors in an evacuation plan.
  • Make a kit with leads, halters, first aid, quieting hoods, water, photos and a copy of your ownership papers.

 

For more information and tips, visit our website at www.lincolncountysheriff.net and like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.




Attached Media Files: 2019-08/5490/126925/animals_in_disaster.jpg

UPDATE: Missing Man, 82, With Possible Dementia Located Safe (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 08/19/19 6:54 AM
Ronald Banks
Ronald Banks
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Banks was located safe this morning in Portland and returned to his family. The Bureau appreciates the public's help in looking for him.

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Portland Police Missing Persons Detectives are requesting help from the public to locate an 82-year-old man with symptoms of dementia. Ronald Banks was last seen Saturday August 17, 2019 at about 10:00 a.m. leaving his home in the 5500 block of Northeast 27th Avenue. BANKS was last seen wearing a blue sweat suit. He walks slowly using a multi-colored cane and regularly goes on short walks and returns home on his own.

BANKS was talking to his family yesterday morning about going to the hospital for a check-up but local hospitals have no record of his arrival. However, last year he went missing and took a bus to Oklahoma where he was born.

BANKS is described as having early onset of dementia though reportedly has no difficulty remembering his name, address, and answers questions easily. BANKS is in possession of his credit card which he has the ability to use.

If anyone sees BANKS, please call 911. If anyone has information about BANKS or where he might be, please e-mail missing@portlandoregon.gov or call Detective Lori Fonken at 503 823 1081.



Attached Media Files: Ronald Banks , Ronald Banks

Sun. 08/18/19
CORRECTION: Man Throwing Items From Window Arrested By SERT Officers (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 08/18/19 6:07 PM
Joseph Lee
Joseph Lee
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(Corrects the name of the suspect)

On Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 9:49 P.M., North Precinct Officers were dispatched to the 6900 block of North Interstate Avenue on a report of a man throwing items, including furniture, out of his 3rd story apartment window, causing damage to vehicles below.

The suspect, identified as 40-year-old Joseph J. Lee, was not initially cooperative with officers. While they tried to talk to him, he continued to destroy property in his apartment and throw items out windows. Officers suspected that he might be in a mental health crisis. Specially trained officers with the Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team responded and attempted to communicate with him. They were not able to calm him down, and there was information that he may be armed with a gun and knives. During the event, supervisors consulted with the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) and Project Respond mental health outreach clinicians from Multnomah County. The decision was made to do a partial deployment of the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and CNT.

Some neighbors were evacuated from their apartments for their safety during the incident. After over 5 hours of negotiations, SERT members deployed chemical agent into the apartment and were able to take him safely into custody. No gun was ever seen.

Lee (photo) was transported by ambulance to a hospital, evaluated, released, and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Unlawful Use of a Weapon (2 counts) and Menacing (2 counts), as well as other unrelated warrants.

No one else reported any injuries.

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Attached Media Files: Joseph Lee

Scooter Versus Bicycle Crash Investigation
Portland Police Bureau - 08/18/19 2:29 PM
On Saturday, August 17, 2019 at about 5:30 p.m., amidst demonstrations occurring in a small area of downtown Portland, PPB Traffic Division officers were called to assist with an injury crash at Southwest Broadway and Southwest Yamhill Street. The crash involved a motor-assisted scooter and a bicyclist. Embedded paramedics responded and an ambulance was called. The bicycle operator was transported by ambulance to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

After investigation, the officers determined that the incident was unrelated to the demonstration. The scooter operator was riding the wrong way on a one-way street (westbound on Yamhill Street) and collided with the bicycle as it proceeded through the intersection southbound on Broadway. The bicyclist was wearing a helmet.

The scooter operator was not wearing a helmet and was cited by police for Unlawful Operation of Motor Assisted Scooter, a class D traffic violation.

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UPDATE: Arrests during August 17th Demonstrations (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 08/18/19 1:46 PM
Various Weapons
Various Weapons
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(Due to technical errors with the photos on some platforms, this is being re-released. There are no changes.)

Portland Police Bureau is releasing identities of those arrested during demonstrations. Two people were booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center, nine were criminally cited and released, and two juveniles were referred to the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice Juvenile Services Division.

Booked:

Alexander G. Dial, 37, Charged with Attempted Assault in the Second Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon (photo)

John Doe (unidentified), unknown age, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree (photo)


Cited in lieu of custody and released:

Michael A. Mitchell, 44, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Resist Arrest, Interfering with Police, Possession of Weapons in Park (city code)

Jamal O. Williams, 43, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Hezekiah Bulnes, 23, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Richard J. Klimek, 51, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Teagan Winkler, 21, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Interfering with Police

Alonna Mitsch, 26, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Ryan Georgioff, 30, Giving False Information to a Peace Officer

Zachary Lange, 21, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Brandon Howard, 33, Assault in the Fourth Degree, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree


Referred:

1 male juvenile, 17, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

1 female juvenile, 15, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree


Additional arrests and charges are still possible as investigations continue.

Also attached are photos of weapons seized by police during the protest.

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On Saturday, August 17th, 2019, the Portland Police Bureau, in collaboration with fifteen law enforcement partner agencies, handled a series of demonstrations and managed calls for service in the City of Portland over the course of nine hours.

PPB's primary goals for the events were to keep everyone safe, including demonstrators, Portlanders, visitors, and officers and to facilitate everyone's ability to exercise their Constitutional rights of free speech and assembly.

PPB used every available officer today to achieve these goals, and called upon a number of local, state and federal partners to help.

Demonstrators began to arrive downtown at approximately 8:30 a.m. Almost immediately, officers started seizing weapons. Weapons seized included chemical spray (bear spray), metal and wooden poles, knives, shields, and a stun gun.(PHOTO)

Overall, there were an estimated 1,200 demonstrators at the peak of the protests. The law enforcement teams spent many hours monitoring the various groups as they gathered, splintered, re-formed, moved throughout the downtown core and back and forth across multiple bridges to the eastside of the Willamette River.

The disruptions were held to a very small area of downtown Portland in the vicinity of Waterfront Park, Pioneer Courthouse Square, and along the eastside of the Willamette River. Maps of the portion of Portland that was impacted are attached to this release.

This operation was complicated by a number of factors -- the geographic spread of the protests, the number of hours over which it developed, the fact that four different bridges were affected, and the purposeful conduct of participants.

Officers made 13 arrests, including 11 adults and 2 juveniles. This information is still being compiled and will be released in a separate press release tomorrow.

At this time, we know of six force events involving officers. There was one instance where an officer deployed pepper balls. The other instances involved take-downs or control against resistance.

Six individuals with minor injuries related to the demonstration were treated by Portland Fire medics. These injuries were not caused by officers. Of these six, one individual was transported to a local hospital. There was a seventh person who received medical attention for an unrelated medical issue.

About 4:15 p.m., the incident commander declared a civil disturbance in the area of Southwest Park Avenue and Southwest Yamhill Street and orders to disperse were given. By 6:30 p.m., the demonstrators had left the area and police were demobilized.

A media briefing was held and a video and transcripts of the briefing can be located at this link: https://youtu.be/QeG0BBvcJ_I

A series of videos and transcripts were produced throughout the event and can be located at this link: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/79664

Officers and detectives will be spending the hours and days ahead writing reports, conducting interviews and pursuing investigations. We know there is the possibility that assaults or other crimes occurred outside of the view of officers.

If you were the victim of a crime, contact non-emergency dispatch at (503) 823-3333. If you witnessed a crime or took photos or videos of crimes in progress, please share those with our investigators. Send your information or photo and video files to us at crimetips@portlandoregon.gov

For persons requiring anonymity, information may be submitted to Crime Stoppers of Oregon.
Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 cash for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

Visit the App Store and download P3 Tips to submit secure and anonymous tips.

Online at https://www.p3tips.com/823
Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

"I extend my sincerest appreciation and gratitude to the PPB and all outside partners who worked together to accomplish today's objectives," said Chief Danielle Outlaw. "Today was a long, arduous day. There is more work to be done, however, as we continue our investigations into today's incidents. Our law enforcement officers are human beings and this work can take its toll over time. Yet, and still, our members continue to do their jobs with professionalism and compassion. I am extremely proud of the work that was done today."

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Attached Media Files: Various Weapons , Bear Spray , Shield and poles , Shield , Lumber , John Doe , Alexander Dial

Update: Woman Found: Deputies searching for Missing Dementia Patient (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/18/19 1:10 PM
Mae Short
Mae Short
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Update

Mrs. Short was returned home last night after she was found in Portland.  She is unharmed and in good spirits.  No further details are available at this time.

 

On Saturday, August 17, 2019, at about 2:39 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to the 12600 block of SW Butner Rd. to take a missing person report.  Deputies were told that 63-year-old Mae Short had walked away from her home at that location.

Deputies were informed that Mrs. Short has late-stage dementia and is unable to speak coherently.  She becomes easily disoriented and will not be able to find her way home. She has a hard time walking and usually uses a walker, however she did not take it with her.  She is also diabetic and did not take her medication. 

Mrs. Short is most likely wearing a grey cardigan, pink shirt, pink flip flops, and carrying a black purse. Her family said she was at the house at about 9:00 this morning.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team has been activated to help locate Mrs. Short.

Deputies are asking anyone who has seen Mrs. Short today to please call the non-emergency line at 503-629-0111.




Attached Media Files: Press Release , Mae Short

UPDATE: Missing 12 year old located
Gresham Police Dept - 08/18/19 12:21 PM

Gresham, Ore - At approximately noon on August 18, police contacted the previously reported missing 12 year old, Dominic, near NE 181/NE Halsey and reunited him with his guardian. Our thanks to everyone who was looking for him.


City of Salem Reports Hydraulic Oil Release Into Pringle Creek
City of Salem - 08/18/19 12:15 PM

The City of Salem reports that a hydraulic oil spill occurred on August 17, 2019 at approximately 4:00 p., into Pringle Creek near 315 Commercial Street SE. The release occurred when a contractor working for the City was in the process of demolishing old structures from the former Boise Cascade site as part of the City project. The project involves restoration of the Pringle creek to its original location and repairing its riparian corridor. 

An old elevator shaft with previously undiscovered hydraulic oil leaked when the contractor proceeded to remove a pipe from within the project site. The contractor immediately started addressing the release using onsite spill absorbent pads and booms. The contractor and the City inspector promptly informed the Oregon Emergency Reponse System of the release and had the City’s Environmental Services respond as the first responder to assist with containment. Approximately 40-50 gallons of hydraulic oil was spilled. Most of the free product was contained in an already isolated area however some hydraulic oil made its way through the stream gravel resulting in sheen in the Willamette Slough. Environmental Services staff immediately put multiple fuel absorbing booms to soak up the oil in Pringle Creek and Willamette Slough. The contractor contacted Northwest Firefighters Environmental Services for additional assistance. 

At the present time the contractor has managed to pump out the free product that had accumulated in the contained area and plans to further pump out any remaining hydraulic oil in the old elevator shaft today. The City will work with the Department of Environmental Quality and other regulatory agencies to coordinate any additional steps that may be needed.


UPDATE: Arrests during August 17th Demonstrations (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 08/18/19 11:43 AM
Impact Map
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Portland Police Bureau is releasing identities of those arrested during demonstrations. Two people were booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center, nine were criminally cited and released, and two juveniles were referred to the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice Juvenile Services Division.

Booked:

Alexander G. Dial, 37, Charged with Attempted Assault in the Second Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon (photo)

John Doe (unidentified), unknown age, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree (photo)


Cited in lieu of custody and released:

Michael A. Mitchell, 44, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Resist Arrest, Interfering with Police, Possession of Weapons in Park (city code)

Jamal O. Williams, 43, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Hezekiah Bulnes, 23, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Richard J. Klimek, 51, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Teagan Winkler, 21, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Interfering with Police

Alonna Mitsch, 26, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Ryan Georgioff, 30, Giving False Information to a Peace Officer

Zachary Lange, 21, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Brandon Howard, 33, Assault in the Fourth Degree, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree


Referred:

1 male juvenile, 17, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

1 female juvenile, 15, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree


Additional arrests and charges are still possible as investigations continue.

Also attached are photos of weapons seized by police during the protest.

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### ORIGINAL RELEASE BELOW ###


On Saturday, August 17th, 2019, the Portland Police Bureau, in collaboration with fifteen law enforcement partner agencies, handled a series of demonstrations and managed calls for service in the City of Portland over the course of nine hours.

PPB's primary goals for the events were to keep everyone safe, including demonstrators, Portlanders, visitors, and officers and to facilitate everyone's ability to exercise their Constitutional rights of free speech and assembly.

PPB used every available officer today to achieve these goals, and called upon a number of local, state and federal partners to help.

Demonstrators began to arrive downtown at approximately 8:30 a.m. Almost immediately, officers started seizing weapons. Weapons seized included chemical spray (bear spray), metal and wooden poles, knives, shields, and a stun gun.(PHOTO)

Overall, there were an estimated 1,200 demonstrators at the peak of the protests. The law enforcement teams spent many hours monitoring the various groups as they gathered, splintered, re-formed, moved throughout the downtown core and back and forth across multiple bridges to the eastside of the Willamette River.

The disruptions were held to a very small area of downtown Portland in the vicinity of Waterfront Park, Pioneer Courthouse Square, and along the eastside of the Willamette River. Maps of the portion of Portland that was impacted are attached to this release.

This operation was complicated by a number of factors -- the geographic spread of the protests, the number of hours over which it developed, the fact that four different bridges were affected, and the purposeful conduct of participants.

Officers made 13 arrests, including 11 adults and 2 juveniles. This information is still being compiled and will be released in a separate press release tomorrow.

At this time, we know of six force events involving officers. There was one instance where an officer deployed pepper balls. The other instances involved take-downs or control against resistance.

Six individuals with minor injuries related to the demonstration were treated by Portland Fire medics. These injuries were not caused by officers. Of these six, one individual was transported to a local hospital. There was a seventh person who received medical attention for an unrelated medical issue.

About 4:15 p.m., the incident commander declared a civil disturbance in the area of Southwest Park Avenue and Southwest Yamhill Street and orders to disperse were given. By 6:30 p.m., the demonstrators had left the area and police were demobilized.

A media briefing was held and a video and transcripts of the briefing can be located at this link: https://youtu.be/QeG0BBvcJ_I

A series of videos and transcripts were produced throughout the event and can be located at this link: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/79664

Officers and detectives will be spending the hours and days ahead writing reports, conducting interviews and pursuing investigations. We know there is the possibility that assaults or other crimes occurred outside of the view of officers.

If you were the victim of a crime, contact non-emergency dispatch at (503) 823-3333. If you witnessed a crime or took photos or videos of crimes in progress, please share those with our investigators. Send your information or photo and video files to us at crimetips@portlandoregon.gov

For persons requiring anonymity, information may be submitted to Crime Stoppers of Oregon.
Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 cash for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

Visit the App Store and download P3 Tips to submit secure and anonymous tips.

Online at https://www.p3tips.com/823
Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

"I extend my sincerest appreciation and gratitude to the PPB and all outside partners who worked together to accomplish today's objectives," said Chief Danielle Outlaw. "Today was a long, arduous day. There is more work to be done, however, as we continue our investigations into today's incidents. Our law enforcement officers are human beings and this work can take its toll over time. Yet, and still, our members continue to do their jobs with professionalism and compassion. I am extremely proud of the work that was done today."

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Police investigating homicide
Salem Police Dept. - 08/18/19 9:58 AM

On Sunday, August 18, 2019, at approximately 1:30 a.m., Salem and Keizer police officers responded to the Pine Street Pub, 460 Pine ST NE, on a report of gunshots being fired in the parking lot.

When officers arrived they located a male and female victim. Officers provided first aid until the victims were transported to Salem Health for treatment. One of the victims, Jennifer Black, age 40 of Salem, died of her injuries. The other victim is still receiving treatment and no update on his condition is available.

Officers set a perimeter around the area for a K-9 search, but were unable to locate the suspect. Detectives responded to the scene and are continuing the investigation throughout the day. Due to the ongoing investigation suspect information will not be released at this time. Further details will be released as they become available.   

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Salem Police Tips Hotline at 503-588-8477.

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Gresham Police Seek Public's Assistance in Search For Missing 12 Year Old Boy (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 08/18/19 7:43 AM
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Gresham, Ore.—Gresham Police is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing 12-year-old boy who left in the late evening hours of August 17, 2019.

Around 11:00pm, Dominic Guenther left his house on foot and was last seen walking north on NE 196th towards NE Halsey. Dominic is described as a white male, 5-feet-2-inches tall and approximately 130 pounds with dark brown hair and was last seen wearing all dark clothing. He did not take a cell phone or money with him, but he knows how to use public transportation. He has family in the Salem area and may try to go there.

Anyone who sees Dominic, or knows where he is, is asked to call 503-823-3333 or 911 in case of emergency.




Attached Media Files: Guenther

UPDATE: Missing teen sisters located
Gresham Police Dept - 08/18/19 7:11 AM

Gresham, Ore.- Shortly after midnight on August 18, 2019, police located Emma and Rabecca, the teen sisters that were reported missing the evening of August 17, 2019, and reunited with their guardian.


Sat. 08/17/19
Police Investigating Homicide Death on NE Wilkes Rd.
Gresham Police Dept - 08/17/19 9:48 PM

Robin Sells, Chief of Police                                          Malaka Kerbs, Public Information Officer                                                                                                                     

 

Police Investigating Homicide Death on NE Wilkes Rd.

 

RELEASE DATE:               Aug. 17, 2019

CONTACT PERSON:         On-duty PIO
CASE NUMBER:                 19-45126

 

Gresham, Ore.— Gresham Police are investigating a suspicious death of an adult man who was found near the intersection NE Wilkes Rd. and NE 181st Ave.  Police were notified about a man down shortly before 7:00 this morning and the East County Major Crimes Team is now investigating this incident as a homicide.

 

Detectives are wanting to talk with anyone who saw or heard anything in regards this incident and are asking witness to call the Gresham Police at 503.618.2719. No other information is available at this time.

 

  
 

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PPB to Hold Media Briefing Regarding Protests
Portland Police Bureau - 08/17/19 4:38 PM
The Portland Police Bureau is continuing our response to demonstration activities for Saturday, August 17, 2019. We have made multiple arrests and seized weapons.

Mayor Ted Wheeler, Police Chief Danielle Outlaw, and other officials will hold a media briefing on Saturday, August 17, 2019, tentatively at 6:00 P.M. at the Justice Center, located at 1111 SW 2nd Avenue, Portland. Media members will need to meet at the corner of Southwest 2nd and Madison at 5:00 P.M. Photo identification is required for entry. Media members will be escorted to a conference room starting at 5:30 P.M.

If active events continue, the time may be adjusted.

A media sound box (Mult) will be available to use at the briefing.

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Police Seek Help Locating Missing Sisters, 13 and 14-Years-Old (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 08/17/19 8:20 AM
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Gresham, Ore. – Gresham Police is asking for the public’s assistance in locating missing sisters, Rabecca and Emma Elkins. The girls, 13 and 14-years-old respectively, left their northeast Gresham home around noon on Aug. 16, reportedly to connect with a teen they met online. Rabecca is described as having strawberry brown hair, brown eyes, and is approximately 5-feet-6-inches tall and 150 pounds. Emma is described as having strawberry brown hair, brown eyes, and is approximately 5-feet-2-inches tall and 110 pounds.  They may have been headed toward the East Portland Community Center.

 

Anyone who knows of the girls’ whereabouts is asked to call 503-823-3333 or if needed 911.




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Domestic Violence Call Leads To SWAT Response (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/17/19 7:35 AM
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At approximately 10:41 pm on August 16th, deputies were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 300 block of NE Crest Street in Sublimity.  When deputies arrived, they encountered an intoxicated male who had allegedly struck the victim in the head with a liquor bottle.  Deputies were able to help get the victim to safety before the suspect barricaded himself in the residence.

Over the next few hours, deputies attempted to get the suspect to surrender peacefully.  After those efforts were unsuccessful, the Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team was called to the scene at close to 2:00 am.  Negotiators from the Tactical Negotiations Team made numerous attempts to engage with the male and to convince him to surrender.  SWAT Tactical Team members made entry into the residence and were able to take the suspect into custody on multiple charges.

The suspect has been identified as Michael Ducommun, a 54-year-old man from Sublimity.  He has been taken to an area hospital for an evaluation and will be lodged at Marion County Jail later today.  He will be charged with Assault III, Assault IV, Resisting Arrest, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

The victim, a 49-year old Sublimity woman, was treated and released at an area hospital.

The SWAT Team is comprised of deputies from all four divisions of the Sheriff’s Office; Enforcement, Institutions, Community Corrections, and Operations.  They are joined on this multi-agency team by officers from the Woodburn Police Department. 




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Fri. 08/16/19
Grand Jury returns not true bill decision in June 9, 2019 fatal officer involved shooting
Multnomah Co. District Attorney's Office - 08/16/19 6:17 PM

August 16, 2019

Grand Jury returns not true bill decision in June 9, 2019 fatal officer involved shooting

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that upon the conclusion of the presentation of evidence, a grand jury returned a not true bill regarding the use of force by a Portland Police Bureau officer that resulted in the death of 38-year-old David Wayne Downs.                                            

The grand jury determined the use of deadly force by Portland Police Officer Nathan Kirby-Glatkowski was a lawful act of self-defense and/or defense of a third person, pursuant to Oregon law.

This investigation started on June 9, 2019 when officers assigned to the Portland Police Bureau were dispatched to a disturbance in the 1300 block of Northwest Lovejoy Street in Portland, Oregon. According to information previously released by the Portland Police Bureau, as officers were dispatched, they received information that the male, later identified as Downs, was armed with a knife and threatened to have an explosive device. 

A copy of the information previously released in this case from the Portland Police Bureau can be obtained by clicking here.

The grand jurors who reviewed this case are Multnomah County community members. Each grand juror was selected by Multnomah County’s Chief Criminal Judge from the regularly scheduled jury pool. This is a process set by Oregon’s Constitution.

Like in the past, the grand jury proceedings in this case were recorded, in accordance to ORS 132.260.

Pursuant to ORS.132.270, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office will file a motion and request that the court authorize the release of a grand jury transcript for public review.

It shall be up to the Multnomah County Circuit Court Presiding Judge to determine if the motion to release the transcript will be granted.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office cannot comment any further on this case at this time.

 

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Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office

Phone: 503.988.6567 | Email: rent.Weisberg@mcda.us">Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us




Attached Media Files: 2019-08/5769/126896/PR-19-188-Grand_Jury_returns_not_true_bill_decision_in_June_9_2019_fatal_officer_involved_shooting.pdf

AMR Northwest Training EMTs/Paramedics in Defensive Tactics
AMR - 08/16/19 6:08 PM

Violence against EMS Providers a Rising Concern

(Portland, OR)  With an increase in violent incidents in the Portland Metro area, and for the safety of employees, AMR has begun training their Paramedics and EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians) in defensive tactics and the management of assaultive behavior.  Each year, EMS (Emergency Medical Services) personnel respond to over 30 million calls for assistance in the United States alone, and have injury rates higher than the national average for all workers. Locally, reports of aggressive behavior and threats of violence have been on the rise. 

In addition, Portland Police Bureau has nearly ceased handling behavioral health calls, leaving AMR, the primary medical responder, largely responsible. AMR is revisiting whether it is prudent to continue to be the primary behavioral health responder.

In May this year, AMR personnel from Clark, Clackamas, and Multnomah counties attended the first defensive tactics class. The training instructor, Marc Fox, President and Founder of Defensive Systems, Inc., in San Diego, California led the Train-the-Trainer class. Twelve EMTs and Paramedics received the training over a three-day period at AMR’s Clackamas County Operations. The newly graduated Defensive Tactics Instructors will train AMR’s team members in Oregon and SW Washington (~500 Paramedics and EMTs) with completion targeted for the end of this year.  The training is mandatory for most of AMR’s field personnel. 

“The need for basic defensive training is clear.  The foundation of defensive/evasive techniques is not to forcefully incapacitate patients but provide for a means of escape for EMS personnel if they should become engaged in a physical altercation,” states Tim Case, AMR EMS Training Officer for Multnomah County.

“We want our Paramedics and EMTs to be prepared to defuse, escape, and evade attacks,” states Randy Lauer, Regional Director of AMR in Oregon, “Our focus is on their safety and wellbeing.”

Media Invited to Attend AMR’s Upcoming Defensive Tactics Trainings

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About American Medical Response

American Medical Response, Inc., America’s leading provider of medical transportation, provides services in 40 states and the District of Columbia. More than 28,000 AMR paramedics, EMTs, RNs and other professionals work together to transport more than 4.8 million patients nationwide each year in critical, emergency and non-emergency situations. AMR also provides fire services through Rural Metro Fire Department, www.ruralmetrofire.com, and managed transportation services through Access2Care, www.access2care.net. AMR is a subsidiary of Global Medical Response, www.GlobalMedicalResponse.com. For more information about AMR, visit www.amr.net and follow American Medical Response on Facebook @AMR_Social on Twitter and Instagram. Locally, AMR provides ambulance services in Multnomah, Clackamas and Clark/Cowlitz Counties. AMR and its predecessor companies have served Portland area communities since 1913.

 

 

 


Forest Trust Lands Advisory Committee meets Aug. 23 at ODF headquarters in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/16/19 5:20 PM

SALEM, Ore. — The Forest Trust Lands Advisory Committee will meet Friday, Aug. 23 at 9:30 a.m. at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters in Salem. Items on the committee’s agenda include:

  • Updates on the Forest Management Plan (FMP) and Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) processes
  • Introduce Workshops for FTLAC and the Public:
    • FMP Measurable Outcomes in September
    • Draft Forest Management Plan in December
  • Board of Forestry Topics:
    • Climate change and carbon sequestration
    • Nehalem River Scenic Waterway designation

The meeting agenda and materials will be posted on the department’s website at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/FTLAC.aspx.

The meeting will be held in the Tillamook Room, Building C, 2600 State St., Salem This meeting is open to the public. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at least 48 hours prior to the meeting at 503-945-7200.

The Forest Trust Lands Advisory Committee is comprised of seven county commissioners representing 15 Oregon counties where state forestlands are located. The FTLAC is a statutorily established committee that advises the Board of Forestry on matters related to forestland managed by ODF.


Crash Results In Serious Injuries To Motorcyclist (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/16/19 5:20 PM
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On August 16th at shortly before 2:00 pm, deputies responded to a motorcycle versus car crash in the 3000 block of Matheny Road NE in northern Marion County.  The rider of the motorcycle sustained serious injuries during the crash and was taken by Life Flight to an area hospital.

During the initial investigation deputies were able to determine the involved vehicles, a 2012 Honda motorcycle and a 2013 Mazda M3, were both going westbound on Matheny Road NE prior to the crash.  The driver of the Mazda is believed to have been making a turn into a driveway when the motorcycle struck them from behind.  Speed is not believed to have been a contributing factor to the crash.

The driver of the motor cycle has been identified as Andrey Feoktistov, a 34-year-old Woodburn man.  He is currently in critical condition.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Woodburn Fire District, Life Flight Network, and Woodburn Ambulance.




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Link and Information Related to August 17th Demonstrations
Portland Police Bureau - 08/16/19 5:02 PM
The Portland Police Bureau will be releasing pertinent information and updates about the demonstrations on Saturday, August 17th throughout the day via Twitter @PortlandPolice. The official hashtag for the demonstrations will be #ppbalert.

Additional information, including today's press conference and transcript, podcasts, fliers and previously released news releases can be found at the following link: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/79653

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City seeks community input on building 'A Stronger Vancouver'
City of Vancouver - 08/16/19 4:45 PM

Vancouver, Washington – Vancouver City Council is seeking public input about the City’s Stronger Vancouver initiative at three community open houses Aug. 21, 22 and 27. Input is also being accepted online until Sept. 15 at www.beheardvancouver.org.

The Stronger Vancouver initiative is a package of projects and programs aimed at improving safety, livability and access to good jobs within the city over the next decade. It was developed by an executive sponsors council that was formed by the City of Vancouver in May 2017.  

The package includes more than 35 capital improvement projects, from developing public spaces, parks and commercial areas to improving emergency preparedness and traffic safety within the city. It also includes new or expanded programs related to homelessness, culture, arts and heritage, strong neighborhoods, community policing and access to recreation.

At the open houses and online, city council is seeking to learn which projects and programs are most important to residents.

Community Open House Schedule

Wednesday, Aug. 21
4-7 p.m.
Red Cross building at Fort Vancouver
605 Barnes St.

Thursday, Aug. 22
4-7 p.m.
Firstenburg Community Center
700 N.E. 136th Ave.

Tuesday, Aug. 27
4-7 p.m.
Water Resources Education Center
4600 S.E. Columbia Way

There will be a short presentation at 4:30 and 6 p.m. at each of the open houses. Attendees will be able to learn more about the proposed projects and programs, speak to Vancouver City Councilmembers and city staff, and provide important feedback on the proposal. Refreshments and childcare will be available.

Questions or accommodation requests can be sent to Communications Specialist Sophie Banner at anner@cityofvancouver.us">Sophie.Banner@cityofvancouver.us or 360-487-8631.

More information about A Stronger Vancouver is available online at www.strongervancouver.us.

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PeaceHealth will open primary care clinic in Camas (Photo)
PeaceHealth - 08/16/19 4:30 PM
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VANCOUVER, Wash. – PeaceHealth Medical Group is set to open a primary care/same-day clinic in Camas on Aug. 19. Consistent with PeaceHealth’s Mission, the clinic opening is helping to meet a growing need for access to primary care. The population in East County is projected to grow significantly in the next five years.

“We look forward to our clinic opening and the opportunity to serve the health care needs of the Camas community, says Christopher Wheelock, MD, Vice President and Medical Director for PeaceHealth Medical Group-Columbia network “We recognize how rapidly the area is growing and we want to ensure the community maintains access to quality, primary care services.”

The clinic, called PeaceHealth Union Station Clinic, will provide primary care services for all ages, including same-day appointments. It will also provide lab services and coordinate X-ray services for patients in need.

Clinic hours will be from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Additionally, it will remain open on most major holidays. Online scheduling is available for new and established patients. Appointments can be made online at www.peacehealth.org/unionstation

About PeaceHealth: PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. It has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a group practice with more than 900 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. The Sisters shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for healthcare in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission. Visit us online at peacehealth.org.

 

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Tri-County Regional Behavioral Health Collaborative Communities of Color Workgroup meets August 22
Oregon Health Authority - 08/16/19 4:23 PM

August 16, 2019

What: A public meeting of the Tri-County Regional Behavioral Health Collaborative Communities of Color Workgroup.

Agenda: Review and discuss community survey results and distribution process; discuss and group strategies and activities to further goals; discuss and decide on decision making process.

When: August 22, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1E, 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland.

Details: The Tri-County Regional Behavioral Health Collaborative brings together multiple sectors across the Portland metro area to collectively address and prevent behavioral health challenges. Its focus is on peer-delivered services and substance use disorder activities that can make an impact in 12 to 24 months.

For more information, see the RBHC website at https://www.oregon.gov/OHA/HSD/BHP/Pages/Regional-Collaboratives.aspx.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Summer Boslaugh at 503-753-9688, 711 TTY or email .h.boslaugh@dhsoha.state.or.us">summer.h.boslaugh@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Deputies to focus on specialized DUII patrols during Aumsville Corn Festival
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/16/19 4:03 PM

The Marion County Sheriff's Office hopes everyone gets a chance to enjoy the Aumsville Corn Festival this weekend.

We also want to make sure everyone gets home safe, so we'll be running specialized DUII patrols in the area. The patrols are funded by grants from the Oregon State Sheriff's Association and ODOT.

Enjoy the fun and please make arrangements ahead of time to get home safely. If you see a potentially impaired driver, please call 911 to make a report.


See Ladies and Gentlemen... The Beatles!, at the Oregon Historical Society for Free August 22, 54 Years after The Band's Only Portland Performance
Oregon Historical Society - 08/16/19 3:56 PM

Press photos: http://bit.ly/beatlespresskit

Portland, OR – On August 22, 1965, The Beatles landed at Portland International Airport, greeted by throngs of screaming fans in the midst of “Beatlemania.” John, Paul, George, and Ringo played two shows at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum that day, an afternoon and evening concert – their only live shows ever played in Portland.

Exactly 54 years later, we are excited to celebrate this iconic day that many local fans still remember by offering free admission to the Oregon Historical Society. On view through November 12, Ladies and Gentlemen… The Beatles! is an original show curated by the GRAMMY Museum and Fab Four Exhibits LLC that covers the period from early 1964 through mid-1966 —the years Beatlemania ran rampant in America.

Unique to the OHS version of this worldwide touring exhibit is a case of ephemera from The Beatles’ Portland performances, including the original contract and rider between NEMS and Northwest Releasing to bring The Beatles to Portland, concert tickets, and an original press pass. The rider notably features a segregation clause, where The Beatles state their refusal to play before segregated audiences in the U.S.

One of the most prominent cases in the exhibition features Paul McCartney's military jacket from The Beatles' historic 1965 Shea Stadium concert. Each band member only had one of this style of performance jacket, and McCartney wore this very jacket when The Beatles performed at the Memorial Coliseum 54 years ago.

The Oregon Historical Society is located at 1200 SW Park Avenue in downtown Portland, and the museum’s Thursday hours are 10am to 5pm.

About Ladies and Gentlemen… The Beatles!

In 1964, The Beatles came to America for the first of the group's three North American visits. Their journey in America began on Friday, February 7 of that year, when John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr arrived from the UK at the newly named John F. Kennedy International Airport. With cameras flashing and reporters jostling, they were whisked into Manhattan amid the screams, shouts, and tears of New York-area teens, braving the cold for a mere glimpse of the band. Then, that Sunday, the veritable king of the television variety show, Ed Sullivan, introduced them to a captivated American audience of more than 73 million viewers — at the time a television record. And, just like that, Beatlemania was upon us.

Curated by the GRAMMY Museum and Fab Four ExhibitsLadies and Gentlemen…The Beatles! brings us back to the early ‘60s when rock and roll was re-energized — some say saved — by four lads from Liverpool. During this time, the band affected nearly every aspect of pop culture, including fashion, art, advertising, media, and, of course, music. 

Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles! provides fresh new insight into how and why The Beatles impacted America in the 1960s and beyond. Over 100 objects, ephemera, and interactive elements fill the gallery, some on exhibit for the first time.

Exhibition highlights include:

  • Ringo Starr's black-on-black striped suit worn in The Beatles' debut film A Hard Day's Night and Ringo's Abbey Road crosswalk jacket
  • Paul McCartney's original handwritten lyric sheet for the song, "What You're Doing" (August 1964)
  • Handwritten set lists from The Beatles' concerts, including the earliest known set list (Grosvenor Ballroom, June 1960) and the one used onstage at the group's first-ever American concert (Washington D.C., February 11, 1964) 
  • Gold records of I Want To Hold Your Hand and Rubber Soul
  • Venue contracts from the band's American tours 
  • An eye-popping display of mass-produced merchandising items
  • Kid-friendly interactive elements including a virtual drumming lesson from Ringo and a playable home-made skiffle bass 

Ladies and Gentlemen… The Beatles! is on exhibit through November 12, 2019. The Oregon Historical Society’s museum is open seven days a week, Monday – Saturday from 10am – 5pm and Sunday from 12pm – 5pm. Admission is $10, and discounts are available for students, seniors, teachers, and youth. Admission is free every day for OHS members and Multnomah County residents.


About the Oregon Historical Society

For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state’s collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (www.ohs.org), educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon’s history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon’s cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.


Vehicle Safety Belt and Child Safety Seat Campaign Underway Soon In Tigard (Photo)
Tigard Police - 08/16/19 3:02 PM
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The Tigard Police Department will once again participate in a nationwide traffic safety effort to enforce Oregon seat belt laws. The campaign will also include a focus on child safety seats, which play an ever more important role to keep children safe while riding in vehicles. Oregon State Police, sheriff’s and local police will all be working to increase proper safety belt and child car seat use during the statewide traffic enforcement blitz beginning on August 19th and continuing through September 1st. The two-week long effort will work to ensure motorists respect, obey and understand the importance of using seat belts and child safety seats when applicable. Tigard Police officers will be focusing enforcement at various times and days throughout Tigard. This effort is made possible through dedicated federal funding providing overtime opportunities to carry out the program which is managed in Oregon through ODOT.

The 2017 crash data from ODOT shows lack of safety belt or child restraint use was a factor in 22% or 64 of a total 285 motor vehicle occupant fatalities. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages one through twelve years of age. It is estimated that car seats may increase crash survival by 71% for infants under one year old and up to 59% for toddlers aged one to four.

Many child car seat fitting stations will host special events during National Child Passenger Safety Week set for September 15th through the 21st, with certified technicians on-hand to assist families with selection and use of car seats and boosters. Information regarding safety clinics as well as guidelines and correct usage for child safety seats can be found at www.oregonimpact.org  

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Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 08/16/19 2:27 PM

NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

AUGUST 20TH, 2019 @ 6:30 PM

Oregon Virtual Academy Board Members are hereby notified that a Regular Meeting of the Board will be held via teleconference

1-720-707-2699 Ext. 526309737# and via Zoom at

 https://zoom.us/j/526309737


Prepare for delays on Highway 99 for pavement preservation project
Clark Co. WA Communications - 08/16/19 2:08 PM

Vancouver, Wash. – Frequent travelers of Highway 99 should prepare for intermittent delays between Northeast 78th Street and Northeast 134th Street beginning Monday, Aug. 19.

Drivers can expect intermittent, single-lane closures throughout the project area while crews with Clark and Sons Excavating perform pavement repair and crack-sealing work throughout the corridor. Work will be done between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Monday through Friday.

This work is fast-paced and mobile, so travelers can expect the delays to occur briefly at many different locations within project limits. Crews expect to start at Northeast 78th Street and move northbound until work is complete later this fall.

These improvements are the first phase of a $4.3 million project aimed at improving accessibility and mobility along the heavily-traveled corridor. Later this year, contractor crews will complete ramp construction to bring sidewalk ramps up to current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. ADA compliance work will require some nighttime closures of intersections throughout the project area. Next spring, crews will come back to the same corridor to complete paving operations.

Stay up-to-date on this, and other projects in the county by visiting our website at www.clark.wa.gov/public-works. You can also find real-time information by following our social accounts @ClarkCoWa_PW on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Tigard Man Arrested Following Afternoon Shooting (Photo)
Tigard Police - 08/16/19 1:38 PM
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On Thursday, August 15, 2019 at approximately 6 p.m., Tigard Police were notified that a man allegedly had been shot and was requesting medical help. Police quickly responded to an area near Greenburg Rd. and Center St. where the victim was waiting. Upon arrival, the 41-year-old victim was assisted until emergency medical personnel arrived and transported the injured man to a local hospital via ambulance.

 

Shortly after, Tigard Police were on scene gathering evidence and witness statements which ultimately sent them to the 11700 block of Greenburg Rd. There, Tigard Police took a 61-year-old Tigard man into custody. Glenn Howard Fischbuch was charged with Attempted Murder, Assault and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Fischbuch was later lodged in the Washington County Jail and is awaiting arraignment.

 

The shooting victim was treated and released from the hospital several hours later that same evening. Investigators believe the incident stemmed from a dispute between the two men who were acquainted. The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Tigard Police at 503-718-COPS (2677) or tips@tigard-or.gov




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Another Subject In Custody Relating To May Day Incident (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 08/16/19 1:29 PM
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This afternoon, 35 year-old Joey O. Gibson turned himself into law enforcement authorities relating to an active warrant for riot that was issued against him. The warrant was the result of an investigation that started on May 1st, 2019 related to a disturbance in the 800 block of Northeast Couch Street. Gibson was lodged into the Multnomah County Detention Center.

Detectives assigned to the Portland Police Bureau's Assault Detail worked with the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office to obtain this warrant, which was authorized by a judge. This is an on-going investigation and no further details are available for release.

Detectives continue to actively work several cases related to the May 1st and June 29th demonstrations. If anyone has information related to crimes committed on those or other dates, they are encouraged to contact the Portland Police Bureau at crimetips@portlandoregon.gov.

For persons wishing to remain anonymous, tips can be provided to Crime Stoppers of Oregon.
Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 cash for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Visit the App Store and download P3 Tips to submit secure and anonymous tips.

Online at https://www.p3tips.com/823

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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First meetings for 2020-2024 State Health Improvement Plan subcommittees set in August, September
Oregon Health Authority - 08/16/19 11:33 AM

August 16, 2019

What: The first meeting of the 2020-2024 State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) subcommittees, tasked with identifying strategies and measures, and developing work plans for implementing the SHIP. Each of the subcommittees is focused on one of the five SHIP priority areas:

Agenda: Become oriented with members of the identified SHIP subcommittee; set the stage for the subcommittee work; develop a shared understanding of priority and communities of concern; and define the goal of the subcommittee work.

Where: All meetings are held on the ninth floor of the Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland. Meetings also are available remotely. Visit the subcommittee meeting page for remote meeting attendance options.

Join the meetings via conference call:

Dial: 877?848?7030

Access code: 2030826#

When:

  • Behavioral Health Subcommittee: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2-4 p.m., Room 900.
  • Access to Equitable Preventive Health Care Subcommittee: Monday, Aug. 26, 1-3 p.m., Room 918.
  • Adversity, Trauma and Toxic Stress Subcommittee: Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2-4 p.m., Room 900.
  • Institutional Bias Subcommittee: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m. to noon, Room 915.
  • Economic Drivers of Health Subcommittee: Friday, Sept. 27, 1-2 p.m., Room 900.

All meetings are open to the public. A public comment period will be held during the last 10 minutes of each meeting; comments are limited to three minutes.

Background: Oregon’s SHIP identifies interventions and strategies to address health-related priorities in the state. The plan serves as a basis for taking collective action with cross-sector partners to improve heath of people in Oregon. The SHIP is based off findings of the State Health Assessment.

Program contact: Christy Hudson, 971-678-4347, isty.j.hudson@state.or.us">christy.j.hudson@state.or.us

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Catherine Moyer at 971-673-1132, ine.moyer@dhsoha.state.or.us">catherine.moyer@dhsoha.state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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YCSO Joins Statewide Safety Belt/Child Restraint Blitz
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/16/19 11:30 AM

Sheriff Tim Svenson of the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office announced today that his office will join with other law enforcement agencies state wide from August 19th to September 1st, 2019 to encourage the use of safety belts and child restraints as the simplest and most effective way to prevent crash related injuries and fatalities.

Beginning Monday, August 19 and extending through Sunday, September 1, law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon will use federally funded overtime to educate the public about safety belt and child seat laws including a law passed in 2017 increasing safety for children under age two.

- ODOT crash data for 2017 shows lack of safety belt or child restraint use was a factor in 22% or 64 of a total 285 motor vehicle occupant fatalities.

- Motor vehicle crashes are the leading nationwide cause of death for children ages one through twelve years old. In 2017, 1,898 children under twelve were injured in Oregon traffic crashes, 9 percent were reported not using a child restraint system. It is estimated that car seats may increase crash survival by 71% for infants under one year old and by up to 59% for toddlers aged one to four. Booster seats may reduce the chance of nonfatal injury among four to eight-year olds by 45% compared to safety belts used alone.

-Safety belts used correctly can reduce the risk of major crash injury or death by up to sixty- five percent.

- In 2017 an Oregon law was passed requiring children to ride in a rear-facing safety seat until they are at least two years old. A child over age two must continue to ride in a car seat with harness or in a booster until they reach age eight or 4’ 9” in height and the adult belt fits them correctly.

-The recent law, which extends the rear-facing requirement from the previous age one to age two, will better protect the child’s head, neck, and spine from potential crash injuries. This is because a rear-facing seat spreads crash forces evenly across the seat and child’s body while also limiting forward or sideways motion of the head.

-For help selecting or installing child car seats, consult the seat manufacturer’s instructions, your vehicle owner’s manual, or visit a local child seat fitting station listed at: https://www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/car-seats-and-booster-seats#inspection-inspection or at http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources.htm.

-Many car seat fitting stations will host special events during National Child Passenger Safety Week September 15 through 21, with Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians on-hand to assist families with selection and use of car seats and boosters.

 

 

 


PPB Provides Further Information Regarding Anticipated Demonstrations on August 17th (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 08/16/19 11:26 AM
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The Portland Police Bureau continues to provide information and instructions for anticipated demonstrations scheduled for Saturday, August 17, 2019, in the area of Tom McCall Waterfront Park, located at 1020 Southwest Naito Parkway. The gatherings for the demonstrations may begin as soon as 9:30 a.m. The demonstrations will likely take place between Southwest Salmon Street and Southwest Morrison Street at Waterfront Park. These events are fluid in nature, and the public should be mindful that activity may take place outside of this area.

The intent of law enforcement is to provide a safe environment for all participants, non-participants, and community members while ensuring the peaceful exercise of the First Amendment. In order to increase safety for all, officers will be speaking and interacting with individuals from various groups. These interactions and communications are necessary to provide increased safety and should not be construed as bias, preference, or agreement with any particular view point or side. Law enforcement personnel's role is to protect and serve the public and this is done neutrally and in accordance with the Constitution, Federal, State, and local laws.

The Bureau has been collaborating with law enforcement and public safety partners to ensure that public safety is the top priority for all participants and community members. The public should expect a highly visible law enforcement presence in the downtown area for this event. The Portland Police Bureau canceled days off for sworn members; however, already critical staffing levels and pre-existing vacations or days off still impact the number of PPB personnel. Outside agency partners from across the region and state are providing assistance to the Portland Police Bureau in a variety of roles, including assisting with responding to emergency calls for service. A list of agencies who have been or will be assisting the Portland Police Bureau in a variety of roles is attached to this press release.

We ask those who have non-emergency calls on August 17th to consider reporting another day or reporting on-line at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/cor/ Life-threatening emergencies should be reported to 9-1-1. Call 9-1-1 if you can; text 9-1-1 if you can't. Texts to 9-1-1 cannot include emoticons, emoji's, pictures, or videos.

Based on publicly available information, the Bureau is concerned events on August 17 may involve persons interested in participating in criminal activity. The Portland Police Bureau has been planning for weeks to prepare the appropriate resource response to this event. The Police Bureau members and partner agencies are prepared to make arrests, even if large numbers of arrests are appropriate, if individuals and groups engage in criminal activity. Lawful orders provided by the sound truck or directly from sworn law enforcement personnel must be obeyed by all in the vicinity, including on-lookers, participants, and media. Those who do not obey the directions given are subject to arrest.

Force is not the preferred response for making arrests or keeping an area safe, but it is an option law enforcement personnel may utilize to prevent violence, protect themselves or others, or disperse a crowd, for example. Force options may include, but are not limited to: physical force, pepper spray, pepper balls, rubber ball distraction devices, or cs gas. It is imperative for those involved to listen to the admonishments from the sound trucks and law enforcement personnel or be subject to force.

The Portland Police Bureau's liaison teams attempt to work with all event organizers to establish an environment where community members may safely practice their First Amendment Rights of speech and assembly. The Police Bureau Liaison Teams are available to assist event organizers in planning a safe event for participants, Portland community members, and businesses. Liaison Officers may be contacted at: PPBLiaison@portlandoregon.gov or through its Twitter account: @PPBLiaison.

The Liaison Officers will be wearing white polo shirts with "Liaison Officer" on the shirts, along with gray pants so they are highly visible to all. The Liaison Officers have been attempting and making contact with some of the participants and will continue to do so.

The Police Bureau encourages road users to be aware of the potential for traffic interruptions and to plan for alternate routes in and around Downtown Portland on Saturday. As of the time of this release, the following closures are planned:
The Hawthorne Bridge will be closed in both directions to vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic on August 17th beginning at early as 4 a.m. for an undetermined amount of time,
Southwest 2nd Avenue from Southwest Madison to Main Streets will be closed to vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic on August 17th beginning as early as 4 a.m. for an undetermined amount of time

Demonstration events are dynamic in nature and it may be necessary to close other streets the day of the events for the public's safety. The area of impact downtown is fluid and updates will be provided via Twitter and/or media releases as appropriate.

At the time of this release, no permits have been obtained for Saturday's demonstrations. Other than the previously mentioned planned closures, the streets remain open to vehicular traffic. There are no permits issued for any street marches. Unpermitted marchers should remain on sidewalks and obey traffic laws. Failure to do so may result in arrest and/or citations.

Check https://trimet.org/#alerts/ before heading out on transit, or sign up for TriMet service alerts by email or text message at https://trimet.org/emailupdates/index.htm If police determine an area has become unsafe, TriMet will adjust their service for the safety of their riders and employees.

PPB wants to remind the public of the following city codes and Oregon Revised Statues:

Per Portland City Code, it is unlawful to carry a loaded firearm in public unless you have a valid Oregon concealed handgun license or as specified in the code. See https://www.portlandoregon.gov/citycode/article/332592

The City of Portland has specific conduct rules and laws that apply to parks: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/citycode/?c=28627 including a specific prohibition on the possession of weapons in parks: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/citycode/article/641629

Oregon has NO concealed handgun license reciprocity with any other state, and it is a crime to carry a concealed handgun in Oregon unless you have and present for inspection a valid OREGON concealed handgun license (Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 166.250 and ORS 166.291: https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/bills_laws/ors/ors166.html

Prohibited items may be temporarily or permanently seized by police, if in violation of city, state or federal law.

Bias motivated crimes are unlawful as outlined in Oregon Revised Statutes 166.165 and 166.155. If anyone believes they were the victim of such crimes, they are encouraged to contact police and file a report.

Incidents that threaten life, safety or property will be investigated thoroughly. People who participate in illegal behavior, including acts of physical violence, will be subject to immediate arrest or citation on Saturday or at a later time after additional investigation has occurred. People near others who are preparing to or in the act of committing criminal behavior are encouraged to separate themselves from the group and notify police.

The Portland Police Bureau intends to share pertinent information with the community on the day of the events through its main Twitter account: @PortlandPolice, including frequent situational status videos.

Anyone with information about criminal behavior being planned prior to this event, or observes criminal behavior during this event, or learns of it after this event, is asked to share it by email to CrimeTips@portlandoregon.gov.

If anyone is the victim of a crime during this event, they are encouraged to call 9-1-1 for emergency and (503) 823-3333 to make a police report.

The Portland Police Bureau recognizes these events can cause alarm, anxiety, and fear for physical and emotional safety for some members of the community. Our communication strategy is mindful of these concerns and emotions and our team is proactively pushing out messaging in a variety of formats to increase public safety and awareness and also to attempt to help alleviate these concerns and fears. The Police Bureau encourages both participants and community members to seek support for their emotional wellness from family, friends, loved ones, faith groups, health care providers, mental health professionals and community. These events can also take a physical and emotional toll on our members and we also take measures for their physical and psychological well-being, including providing assistance through our employee assistance program.

The Portland Police Bureau's Directive, 0635.10 Crowd Management/Crowd Control can be found at: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/649358

If anyone has a complaint or commendation for the Portland Police Bureau member's actions related to this event, they can contact the Independent Police Review at (503) 823-0146 or at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/ipr/

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PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement Commits $230k to Six Regional Nonprofits
PacificSource Health Plans - 08/16/19 11:21 AM

(Springfield, Ore.) August 16, 2019 The PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement recently committed $230,000 in grant funding to support six nonprofit organizations based in Oregon, Montana, and Idaho.

“Working in partnership to improve community health is a shared mission of both PacificSource and of our foundation,” said Marian Blankenship, executive director of PacificSource’s Foundation for Health Improvement. “We know that we can do so much more when we partner toward building vibrant and healthy communities. We are pleased to announce this latest round of funding to these deserving nonprofits.”

The funding will span from one to two years for the following nonprofits:

Oregon:

  • NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Lane County – Two-year grant to support the expansion of their Peer-led Mental Health Support Programming, allowing them to better meet the needs of their clients in rural areas.

 

  • Parenting Now! – Two-year grant in support of their Make Parenting a Pleasure (MPAP) Program, which aims to strengthen families, reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect, and promote the long-term health of children.

 

  • Returning Veterans Project – Two-year grant to support the expansion of their volunteer healthcare provider network, which will allow them to provide free physical and mental healthcare services to more post-9/11 veterans each year.

 

Montana:

  • Mountain Home Montana – Two-year grant to help support and educate young mothers and parents who have a history of trauma, focused on harm-reduction and the prevention of adverse childhood experiences.

 

  • Share Our Strength, Inc. – Two-year grant to support the No Kid Hungry Montana Initiative, which aims to end childhood hunger by providing food access and nutrition.

 

Idaho:

  • Women’s & Children’s Alliance – One-year grant in support of critical counseling services for survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence.

 

About PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement 

Founded in 1992, the PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement is an expression of our commitment to our communities. Its mission is to improve community health through the touchstones of better health, better care, and lower healthcare costs. The Foundation’s grants and partnerships focus on improving access to healthcare for vulnerable populations and promoting health excellence via innovative care and community health and wellness programs. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2yK92qF

 

About PacificSource Health Plans 

PacificSource Health Plans is an independent, regional, not-for-profit community health plan serving the Northwest. Founded in 1933, PacificSource is based in Springfield with local offices throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana. The PacificSource family of companies employs 1,000 people, serves more than 300,000 individuals, and has 3,900 employer clients throughout the Northwest. For more information visit PacificSource.com.

 

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Salem Police participating in child seat safety campaign
Salem Police Dept. - 08/16/19 10:43 AM

Salem Police Officers are participating in a third US Department of Transportation funded statewide traffic enforcement and safety campaign. This campaign will be from August 19 through September 1, 2019, and will focus on child passenger safety. Officers will be educating drivers about child seat laws and will refer those needing help to the nearest child seat fitting station.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading nationwide cause of death for children ages one through twelve years old. In 2016, 1,582 children under age nine were injured in Oregon traffic crashes and five children died. Estimates show car seats may increase crash survival by 71% for infants under one-year-old and by up to 59% for toddlers age one to four. Booster seats may reduce the chance of nonfatal injury among children ages four to eight by 45% compared to safety belts used alone.

 

Oregon law for children under age two requires they use a child seat with harness in a rear-facing position. A child over age two must continue to ride in a car seat with harness or in a booster until they reach age eight or 4’ 9” in height and the adult belt fits them correctly.

 

The law, which extends the rear-facing requirement from the previous age one to age two, will better protect the child’s head, neck, and spine from potential crash injuries. Research shows that children in the second year of life are five times less likely to die or be seriously injured in a crash if they ride rear-facing. This is because a rear-facing seat spreads crash forces evenly across the seat and child’s body while also limiting forward or sideways motion of the head.

 

For help selecting or installing child car seats, consult the seat manufacturer’s instructions, your vehicle owner’s manual, or visit a local child seat fitting station listed at: NHTSA Car Seats or at Oregon Impact. Many car seat fitting stations will host special events during National Child Passenger Safety Week September 15 through 21, with Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians on-hand to assist families with selection and use of car seats and boosters.


The Salem Police Department along with the Oregon Department of Transportation encourages all drivers and passengers to make a conscious effort to use their seatbelt at all times when traveling in a motor vehicle regardless of the distance traveled. We are also encouraging the proper use of child safety seats and restraints. Please contact the Salem Police Traffic Team at 503-588-6171 with any questions about traffic safety.

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PGE reliability project requires day work along East Burnside (westbound lanes only) beginning Monday (Photo)
PGE - 08/16/19 10:42 AM
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Partial road closure needed so crews can work safely on system upgrades

GRESHAM, Ore. — Portland General Electric will close a segment of East Burnside between 148th and 181st avenues, beginning Monday, Aug. 19, for a system improvement project. The daytime road closures, which will continue through Friday, Aug. 30, will affect only the westbound lanes of traffic. This work will not affect TriMet’s MAX line service or access to MAX line stations.

Later this fall, crews will install dozens of new poles and will replace 3.5 miles of power lines within the Rockwood area to improve the reliability of the local power grid. Before that work happens, crews first need to close the road to safely trim or remove trees, as well as dig holes into the sidewalks and roads to prepare for the next phase of work.

The goals for this project are to add new overhead lines to meet the region’s growing energy needs while increasing redundancy in the system to reduce power outages — and to help ensure that outages that do occur will be shorter. This project is one of many projects now in planning or construction to improve electric service reliability and resiliency for PGE’s 888,000 customers.

What to expect during construction?

To complete this segment of work in a safe manner, the City of Gresham permitted PGE crews to close the westbound lane from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, from Aug. 19 until the work is completed.

  • From Monday, Aug. 19 through Friday, Aug. 23, westbound traffic along East Burnside Street will be closed between 172nd and 181st avenues.  
  • From Monday, Aug. 26 through Friday, Aug. 30, PGE anticipates a westbound traffic along East Burnside Street will be closed between 148th and 172nd avenues.

For more information about the other work areas in Rockwood and to view the East Burnside detour maps, visit portlandgeneral.com/rockwood.

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About Portland General Electric Company: Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) is a fully integrated energy company based in Portland, Oregon, serving approximately 888,000 customers in 51 cities. For more than 125 years, PGE has been delivering safe, affordable and reliable energy to Oregonians. Together with its customers, PGE has the No. 1 voluntary renewable energy program in the U.S. With approximately 3,000 employees across the state, PGE is committed to helping its customers and the communities it serves build a clean energy future. For more information, visit PortlandGeneral.com/CleanVision.




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Sexual abuse indictment issued as part of ongoing Untested Sexual Assault Kit Project
Multnomah Co. District Attorney's Office - 08/16/19 10:32 AM

August 16, 2019

Sexual abuse indictment issued as part of ongoing Untested Sexual Assault Kit Project

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that as part of the ongoing Untested Sexual Assault Kit Project, a grand jury has indicted Jesse Ryan Moser, 36, for allegedly sexually abusing a 17 year old female in 2013 and 2014.

This is the eighth case to be indicted under the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Untested Sexual Assault Kit Project.

The indictment charges Moser with seven counts of sexual abuse in the second degree.

It is alleged in the indictment that while in Multnomah County, Moser unlawfully and knowingly subjected the female, who was a minor, to sexual intercourse on multiple occasions between October 27, 2013 and July 31, 2014.

The victim in this case does not want media contact. The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office is requesting media respect her privacy.

This case was reported to the Portland Police Bureau on December 14, 2013 and was assigned to its Detective Division. During the pendency of the investigation, law enforcement remained in contact with the victim and attempted to locate the suspect in this case.

The Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence (SAFE) kit in this matter was tested as part of the Untested Sexual Assault Kit Project, which was initiated by a grant provided by the New York County District Attorney’s Office.

On August 14, 2019, a Multnomah County grand jury returned the seven-count indictment against Moser and an arrest warrant was issued.

Moser was located in Lane County and transported to the Multnomah County Detention Center on August 15, 2019.

Due to the ongoing investigation, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office is not able to provide any additional details on this case.

An indictment is only an accusation of a crime. Moser is innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Elimination Project

In 2015, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill, along with the Portland Police Bureau, Gresham Police Department, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon State Police Forensic Laboratory collaboratively initiated a project to process thousands of untested Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence (SAFE) kits in Multnomah, Marion and Lane counties.

District Attorney Underhill and others quickly identified funding from the New York County District Attorney’s Office (DANY) and worked collectively with the Portland Police Bureau’s Sex Crimes Unit after the City of Portland received a grant from U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA) Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Grant Program.

DANY awarded the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office a total of $1,995,453 in September 2015. Using those funds, a coordinated effort involving local law enforcement and the Oregon State Police was launched to send SAFE kits, dated 2014 or older from Multnomah, Lane and Marion counties, to a private lab in Utah for testing.

Under the DANY grant, nearly 3,000 sexual assault kits from around the state of Oregon were tested.

In 2018, Oregon became one of the first five states in the country to clear its backlog of Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) kits.

In Oregon, Senate Bill 1571, known as "Melissa's Law," was the Oregon Legislature's response to ensuring all sexual assault kits, except for anonymous kits, are sent to the Oregon State Crime Laboratory for timely testing.

The Portland Police Bureau’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Workgroup, which was created in 2015, is comprised of victim-centered and trauma informed members of the Portland Police Bureau and the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office.

Results from the kits continue to be investigated and survivors of sexual assaults are being notified. The Portland Police Bureau’s Sex Crimes Unit encourages those who have had a SAFE kit collected prior to 2015 to contact the oseproject@portlandoregon.gov">roseproject@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-0125.

Current Multnomah County SAFE kit criminal cases (as of August 16, 2019)

State of Oregon vs Jihad Eldeen Moore - 18CR13996 – Convicted Oct. 31, 2018

State of Oregon vs Chanh Van Tran - 18CR25167 - Convicted in November 2018

State of Oregon vs Curtis Clint Williams - 17CR37474 - Convicted in June 2018

State of Oregon vs Steven Guy Tubbs - 17CR08640 - Convicted in August 2018

State of Oregon vs Jose Oscar Rosales - 17CR29317 - Convicted in February 2018

State of Oregon vs Ricky Alexander Harrison - 18CR59141 - Pending arraignment

State of Oregon vs Richard Timothy Ward – 19CR25495 - Pending arraignment

State of Oregon vs Jesse Ryan Moser – 19CR53575 – Pending trial

#MCDA#


Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office

Phone: 503.988.6567 | Email: rent.Weisberg@mcda.us">Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us




Attached Media Files: 2019-08/5769/126880/PR-19-187-Jesse_Ryan_Moser.pdf

School Zone Flashing Beacon Testing
City of Salem - 08/16/19 10:00 AM

Salem, Ore. — On Tuesday, August 20, 2019 and Wednesday, August 21, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the City of Salem will be testing the operation of all school speed zone flashing beacons in Salem and Keizer.  The testing will be completed as follows:

Please remember to always follow the 20 mph speed limit when school zone flashing beacons are in operation.


Public Health releases report examining community health needs
Clark Co. WA Communications - 08/16/19 8:44 AM

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health and its partners in the Healthy Columbia Willamette Collaborative recently released the 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment. The assessment highlights community health needs across the Portland-metro area, including Clark County and Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties in Oregon.

Clark County Public Health will use findings from the assessment to demonstrate community need when applying for grants and identify areas of emphasis for prevention work. Collaborative members will work together to address the issues impacting all four counties. The full report is open to the public, and other organizations are invited to utilize it.

The report looks at factors contributing to the core issues and uses data to provide an overall picture of the metro area, as well as compare the four counties. Along with identifying the core issues, the report offers specific avenues of approach for addressing them.

With an emphasis on using community input, the collaborative identified discrimination, racism, and trauma as the overarching issues influencing health concerns of people living in the region. The assessment explores seven other core issues impacting the health of community members in the region:

  • chronic conditions
  • sexually transmitted infections
  • behavioral health
  • community representation
  • culturally responsive care
  • access to health care, transportation and resources
  • isolation

To identify these areas of focus for the 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment, the collaborative and partners hosted four town halls and 18 community listening sessions across the region, with more than 200 participants.

In addition to the regional core issues, some statistics and data points are shared in the appendices for each county. Here are some of the Clark County highlights (as compared to the other three counties):

  • Lowest median income among Hispanics/Latinos ($15,171) and those reporting two or more races ($15,935)
  • Highest percent of residents commuting to work by driving alone (78.9%)
  • Lowest percent of residents commuting to work using public transportation (2.3%), carpooling (9.0%), or walking (1.9%)
  • Lowest percentage of 8th graders that were food insecure (8.6 percent)
  • Lowest rate of social associations, indicating isolation from the community
  • Highest percentage of population with a routine checkup in the previous year (68.6 percent)

The Healthy Columbia Willamette Collaborative includes four health departments, 15 hospitals and one coordinated care organization from the four-county metro area.

The full report is available to the public and can be found at https://comagine.org/program/hcwc/2019-community-health-needs-assessment-report .

Direct link to a PDF of the report: https://comagine.org/sites/default/files/resources/HCWC-Community-Health-Needs-Assessment-Report-July2019.pdf

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UPDATE - Pedestrian dies in crash on Hwy 97 - Jefferson County
Oregon State Police - 08/16/19 8:04 AM

The pedestrian is being identified as Sarabjit Singh (66) of Kent, WA

On Wednesday, March 14, 2019 at approximately 9:20 P.M. Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to  a vehicle crash on Hwy 97 near milepost 108.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a CMV stopped on the northbound shoulder and the operator exited the vehicle and attempted to cross Hwy 97.  A southbound Chevrolet, operated by Megan Kelly (28) of Bend, OR, struck the pedestrian.

The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Name will be released when next of kin has been notified.

Kelly was transported to St. Charles in Bend.

OSP was assisted by Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Emergency Medical Services, and ODOT


UPDATE - Passenger dies in single vehicle crash on Hwy 30 - Columbia County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/16/19 7:40 AM
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On Thursday, August 8, 2019 a silver Cadillac Escalade SUV was involved in a fatal traffic crash on Hwy 30 near milepost 39 east of Rainier, Oregon.

The silver Cadillac Escalade SUV was traveling from Astoria and was eastbound on Hwy 30

OSP is asking for the public's assistance - if you witnessed the crash or saw the silver Cadillac Escalade SUV driving between 11:45 A.M. and the crash time of approximately 2:15 P.M. please contact the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at OSP (677) and reference Trooper Chris Cowen.

On Thursday, August 8, 2019, at approximately 2:15 P.M. Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Hwy 30 near milepost 39.  

Preliminary investigation revealed a silver Cadillac Escalade, operated by Michael Scarlett (65) of Oakland, CA, was traveling eastbound when it left the roadway, went up the embankment and rotated/rolled multiple times before coming to rest on its passenger side.  Scarlett received minor injuries.

There were four passengers in the Cadillac:

Barry Robinson Jr. (61) from Oregon City sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Zyrone Powell (23) from Oregon City was transported with serious injures. 

Coleman Ewell (28) from Pleasantville, NJ minor injuries.

Clayton Ewell (25) from Philadelphia, PA minor injuries. 

Hwy 30 was completely closed with a detour in place for approximately 2 hours and then opened to one lane of travel for an additional hour.

OSP was assisted by Columbia River Fire and Rescue, Columbia City Police Department, and ODOT.




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Single Vehicle Fatal Crash on Hwy 99W - Yamhill County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/16/19 7:20 AM
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On Thursday, August 15, 2019 at approximately 8:45 P.M. Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 99W near milepost 34.

Preliminary investigation indicates that a 2005 Nissan Murano, operated by Hector Orozco Jr.(29) of Dayton,  was northbound at a high rate of speed when it left the roadway and struck several parked cars. 

Orozco sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. 

Northbound Hwy 99W was closed for 5 hours following the crash. 

OSP was assisted by Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, McMinnville Police Department, McMinnville Fire Department, and ODOT




Attached Media Files: 2019-08/1002/126876/99w_mp34_fatal.jpg

Motorcyclist dies in crash on Hwy 199 - Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/16/19 7:08 AM
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On Thursday, August 15, 2019 at approximately 4:34 P.M. Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 199 near milepost 38.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by Keith Willis (58) of Cave Junction, was traveling south on Hwy 199 when it crossed into the northbound lane and collided with a silver Audi operated by Jose Ortiz Adata (25). 

Willis sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. 

Ortiz Adata was transported to the hospital with non life threatening injuries.

OSP was assisted by EMS and ODOT.




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Fatal Crash Closes Highway 26 for Nearly Six Hours (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/15/19 6:01 PM
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On Thursday, August 15, 2019, at 9:56 a.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to an injury crash on Highway 26 westbound, just west of the NW Helvetia Road off-ramp.  When deputies arrived, they discovered five vehicles were involved. One of the vehicles was a commercial truck.

The commercial truck had jackknifed and also crashed into the barrier on the north side of the road.  A 2019 Acura MDX was overturned in the middle of the highway and resting on its top.  Paramedics from Hillsboro Fire and Rescue and Metro West Ambulance performed life-saving efforts on the driver of the Acura but were unsuccessful.  The driver of the Acura was pronounce d deceased at the scene.

A 2013 Toyota Yaris, 2014 Subaru Crosstrek, and a 1999 Ford F250 were also involved in the crash.  Each vehicle sustained minor damage. An occupant of the Subaru was transported to a local hospital for precautionary reasons.

The investigation into the circumstances of the collision continues. Impairment is not believed to be a factor. The inter-agency Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) responded to assist in the traffic crash investigation.

Highway 26 was closed for approximately six hours during the investigation.




Attached Media Files: Media Release PDF , Truck photo , Acura photo , Crash scene photo

Gresham Police Join Nationwide Safety Belt Blitz and Enhanced DUII Enforcement (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 08/15/19 5:41 PM
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GRESHAM, Ore. -- From Aug. 19 through Sept. 1, the Gresham Police Department will work with the Oregon Department of Transportation on a safety belt blitz. The enhanced enforcement is funded by the USDOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and will focus on child safety restraints and seatbelt use, distracted driving, DUII, and speeding.

Oregon law requires children under two years of age, regardless of weight, to be restrained in a rear-facing child safety seat. It also requires children weighing less than 40 pounds be restrained in a child safety seat. Children over 40 pounds must be in either a child safety seat or booster seat, until they are eight years old or four-feet-nine-inches tall and the adult safety belt system fits them correctly.

To ensure child safety seats are used correctly, refer to the manufacturer's instructions, your vehicle's owner manual or local child seat fitting station. You can find more information about fitting stations at the following websites: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm or http://www.oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources.htm

Officers remind passengers that it is illegal for any person under 18 years of age to ride in the open bed of a pickup truck, with very few exceptions. See ORS 811.205 "Carrying Minor on External Part of Vehicle" for details.

And remember, operating a motor vehicle while using a mobile electronic device is not just frowned upon, it will likely land you in court (ORS 811.507).  Please wait to use your phone until you safely reach your destination.  #slowdown #phonedown #clickitorticket

 

 

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Mt. Pisgah park in Lane County evacuated due to wildfire
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/15/19 4:16 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – A fire started on the southeast side of Mt. Pisgah at approximately noon today.  The South Cascade District of the Oregon Department of Forestry responded to the fire and is currently overseeing operations. The park areas have been evacuated and closed to public access.

There are currently between 75-100 personnel working the fire, with 3 type 2 helicopters, 2 single seat aircraft, 1 air tanker and air attack.  There are also three 20 person hand crews and a 10-person inmate crew at the fire.

The Pisgah Fire is currently at approximately 50 acres.  The fire is burning in grasses, brush and timber.  No structures are threatened at this time.

Spokesperson Devon Ashbridge with Lane County Emergency Management stated that, “Howard Buford Recreation Area (Mt. Pisgah) will remain closed to all visitors throughout the weekend as fire crews continue to mop up after Thursday afternoon’s wildfire. No visitors will be allowed entry to the park. Entrances will remain barricaded until the closure is lifted.  Lane County Emergency Management asks residents to respect the closure of the park for their own safety and so that responders can focus on fire-fighting efforts.”

“We are aggressively attacking this fire and plan to have ground crews work throughout the night and as long as needed to contain the fire completely.”  said Michael Currin, Unit Forester of ODF South Cascade District.  “To maintain quick access to the fire and safety for all concerned, we ask that the public please avoid the area until further notice.” 

The Department of Forestry is working jointly with Lane County Parks, Lane County Emergency Management, Oregon State Police, local rural fire departments, Oregon Department of Transportation and multiple private contractors.  The Willamette National Forest is assisting with sending hand crews.

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Tamerhoulet receives state's top building official award (Photo)
City of Salem - 08/15/19 4:00 PM

Salem, Ore. -- Rebai Tamerhoulet, Salem’s Building and Safety Division Manager, was named Oregon Building Official of the Year on August 1, at the Oregon Building Officials Association annual business meeting and conference.

“This is a proud day for the City,” said Norman Wright, Community Development Director. “Rebai has done terrific work for our community for many years and this award is richly deserved. We’re all proud of him.”

The award is the highest annual honor given by the Building Officials Association.

“Rebai has been a remarkable leader and mentor for the City of Salem, Building and Safety Division,” wrote Keith Sekishiro, Building & Safety Section Manager, who nominated Tamerhoulet for the award. “He consistently leads by example and never waivers with regard to providing excellent customer service to all; both internal and external.”

Tamerhoulet was instrumental in the transition to all-digital application and plan filing.

“Rebai has also established the Division’s robust quality management system, that he reviews regularly,” Sekishiro said.

The award follows successful accreditation renewal of the Building and Safety Division by International Accreditation Service (IAS) auditors, a process that involved the entire staff, and internal and external stakeholders.

These accomplishments come at a busy time in Building and Safety.

Between July 2018 and June 2019, there were more than 2,350 permits issued for projects with a total valuation of more than $467 million, according to Division records.  Among the developments moving forward were 317 multifamily units, 13 accessory dwelling units, and 547 single family or duplex homes.  More than 110 new commercial/industrial permits were issued during the 12-month period, totaling nearly $110 million in valuation.

The City of Salem is the only Building Department in Oregon to be accredited by International Accreditation Services, whose assessors ranked Salem one of the top three Building departments they have reviewed in their 20 years of experience auditing building departments for IAS.

 




Attached Media Files: Rebai Tamerhoulet, Salem Building and Safety Division Manager

Pacific University News Capsule
Pacific University - 08/15/19 3:57 PM

Here's what's happening at Pacific University campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn as we gear up for the Fall term:

Pacific Celebrates Health Professions Graduates

Chascity-Mae Sarmiento ’19 Knew She "Really Wanted to Help People"

'Our Whole Family is a Boxer Family'

Coming Events

Voyages — Aug. 17 - 21

Dental Hygiene First Day of Classes — Aug. 19

Volleyball Super Scrimmage — Aug. 20

Occupational Therapy Orientation — Aug. 21 - 23

Physical Therapy Orientation — Aug. 22

School of Learning and Teaching Orientation — Aug. 22

Undergraduate Orientation — Aug. 22 - 25

Optometry Convocation — Aug. 22

Undergraduate Convocation — Aug. 23

Master of Social Work Orientation — Aug. 23

Students of Color Brunch — Aug. 24

First Day of Courses — Aug. 26

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Pacific University is a diverse learning community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment. Students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry. Located in Oregon, Pacific serves a diverse population of more than 3,900 students, with campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn, as well as healthcare clinics throughout the Portland area. Pacific is currently ranked the No. 1 private research university in the Pacific Northwest and is also committed to civic engagement, sustainability and interprofessional education as part of its core teaching philosophy.


Public Health issues warning for Vancouver Lake due to elevated toxin levels
Clark Co. WA Communications - 08/15/19 3:49 PM

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health has upgraded its advisory at Vancouver Lake after test results revealed elevated levels of cyanotoxins in the water. Public Health is advising people to avoid direct contact with all water in Vancouver Lake.

Public Health has been monitoring blooms of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, at Vancouver Lake since June 12.

Results from water samples taken from Vancouver Lake on Monday revealed cyanotoxins above the threshold levels recommended by the Washington Department of Health. The caution signs at the lake are being replaced with warning signs.

Cyanotoxins can be harmful to people, especially young children, and deadly for small pets that drink the water. Health officials recommend:

  • No swimming, water skiing, paddle boarding, kayaking or canoeing.
  • No drinking lake water.
  • No water contact for animals.
  • Cleaning fish well and discarding organs.
  • Avoiding areas of scum when using motorized boats.

Public Health will continue to monitor Vancouver Lake throughout the summer and, as long as blooms are present, take weekly water samples to test toxin levels. Signs will be updated as conditions change.

Vancouver Lake Regional Park remains open. Water in park restrooms and shelters is not affected by lake water and remains safe to drink.

Additional information about blue-green algae and current advisories are posted on the Public Health public beach website. To report algae blooms in other bodies of water, visit the Public Health website.


Prescribed Wildland Training Burn Aug. 17 (Photo)
City of Salem - 08/15/19 3:00 PM
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Salem, Ore - On Sat., Aug. 17, 2019, area fire departments will be conducting a controlled training burn at the Mill Creek Corporate Center located between Mill Creek Dr SE, Turner Rd SE, and Kuebler Blvd SE. The opportunity for a training burn arose out of the City of Salem and Oregon Department of Administrative Services grading and wetland construction project presently underway. The training will be conducted as weather and site conditions allow. The purpose is to provide training and expertise in wildland firefighting under actual fire conditions and to help area fire departments better prepare for these types of incidents in the urban wildland interface. Such training is necessary to ensure firefighters can properly handle wildland fires in our area. Training will be completed by Saturday afternoon.

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Attached Media Files: Fire burn area

Sex Offender Notification (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/15/19 2:15 PM
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DATE: 8/14/19

Marion County Sheriff's Office is releasing the following information pursuant to ORS181.507, OAR 291-28-30, which authorizes Parole and Probation to inform the public when the release of information will enhance public safety and protection.

The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of a sex offense that requires registration with the Sheriff's Office. Additionally, this person's criminal history places them in a classification level which reflects the potential to re-offend. This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather, it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public.

NAME: Todd Stiffler
SID#: 7586243
DOB: 01/13/1970
CURRENT AGE: 49

RACE: W SEX: M
HEIGHT: 6' 00'' WEIGHT: 200lbs
HAIR: BRO EYES: GREEN

RESIDENCE: 377 Pintail CT SE, Salem, OR 97306

Todd Stiffler is on probation for the crime of: UNLAWFUL PRESENCE WHERE CHILDREN CONGREGATE

This person was granted Supervision on: 6/26/2018
Supervision expiration date is: 6/25/2023

Special restrictions include:
[X] No contact with minors (male/female)
[X] Sex offender treatment
[X] Submit to polygraph
[X] No alcohol

[X] No places where minors congregate

Other: Mr. Stiffler has been convicted of multiple counts of Public Indecency. Mr. Stiffler's victims pool includes teenage to young adult women who are unknown to him.

Community Corrections Deputy: DEREK HAYMAN
Phone: 503-316-6644
E-Mail: dhayman@co.marion.or.us




Attached Media Files: Todd Stiffler

Western Oregon University is First Invited to Grand Ronde Contest Powwow; Offers Scholarships to Native American Students (Photo)
Western Oregon University - 08/15/19 1:48 PM
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MONMOUTH, Ore. – Western Oregon University will attend the 2019 Grand Ronde Contest Powwow at the Uyxat Powwow Grounds in Grand Ronde, Ore. on Aug. 16 and 17. Any student who applies for WOU admissions at the Powwow, and ultimately enrolls on campus, will receive a $2,000 WOU scholarship toward their first year on campus. The application fee will also be waived for students who apply at the Powwow.

Native American students who apply during the Powwow can apply for either fall 2019 or fall 2020 and receive the scholarship toward their first year at WOU. Paper copies of the application will be available at WOU’s booth during the Powwow, or the application can be filled out online. 

"Western Oregon University is proud and honored to be invited to the Grand Ronde Contest Powwow, and we are excited to talk with tribal members about the path to a college degree," said WOU President Rex Fuller. "Every student deserves accessible education and an opportunity to achieve a career. Western helps Native American students reach that goal in an environment where they can safely stretch their wings."

Representatives from several WOU departments will be on-site at the Powwow, including Admissions, Financial Aid and Academic Advising. Once Native American students arrive on campus, they will have access to numerous support services including the Multicultural Student Services Program, Student Enrichment Program, Veterans Resource Center, various academic advising programs, and a Native American student lounge.

“We are elated that representatives from WOU are joining us at our largest gathering, the Grand Ronde Contest Powwow, to help individuals explore their opportunities for higher education,” stated Tammy Cook, Chairwoman of Grand Ronde’s Education Committee. “We hope this opportunity will help those who attend the event and inspires greater collaboration between tribes and local colleges to make not only their presence felt in tribal communities. By working together— we can erase some of the invisibility associated with indigenous peoples in higher education.”  

About Western Oregon University

Western Oregon University, founded in 1856 and located in Monmouth, is the state’s oldest public university. Serving approximately 5,100 students, WOU is a mid-sized, NCAA Division II institution with nearly 75 percent of the student population being from Oregon. A significant portion of attendees are members of under-represented groups, veterans or non-traditional students. WOU is Oregon’s campus of choice for those seeking a transformative education in a supportive, student-centered learning community where classes are taught by faculty. Together we succeed.

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Attached Media Files: April 2019 Powwow at Western Oregon University

Vancouver Public Schools and Service Employees' International Union tentatively agree on new contract
Vancouver Sch. Dist. - 08/15/19 1:30 PM

Early this morning, following a full day and night of negotiations, Vancouver Public Schools and Service Employees’ International Union, Local 925 reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract for bus drivers and maintenance, custodial, grounds and cafeteria workers.

Details of the settlement will be released after a ratification vote.

Bargaining began last April. The current contract expires Aug. 31, 2019.

“I am pleased that we have reached a tentative agreement with our SEIU bargaining team. I want to thank both teams for their positive collaboration to get to this tentative agreement,” said VPS Superintendent Steve Webb. “These professionals are critical to the operation of our schools. They drive our buses; cook and serve student meals; maintain our grounds, schools and equipment; and keep our students and staff members safe. They are integral members of our district and valued employees.”


Commercial Fire and Explosion (Photo)
Albany Fire Dept. - 08/15/19 12:40 PM
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Tangent Rural Fire District and Albany Fire Department responded to a first alarm commercial fire and explosion, August 15, 2019, at 7:53 a.m., at 33992 Seven Mile Lane.  The property is owned by Selmet, Inc., a titanium casting manufacturer located in Tangent Rural Fire District.   

The 911 caller reported an explosion in the Foundry Building and subsequent fire.  Over 30 fire crew members responded and were able to extinguish the fire and determine there was no chemical hazard to the employees or the public.  Two Selmet employees were transported by Albany Fire to Albany General Hospital.  One patient was flown by Life Flight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland.  The patient is listed in critical condition.  

Investigators from Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Tangent Rural Fire and the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office are working with Selmet, Inc. to determine cause and origin of the explosion. 




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Two More Suspects Arrested Related to May Day Incident (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 08/15/19 12:26 PM
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This morning, 24 year-old Matthew D Cooper was arrested on an active warrant by The United States Marshals Service at the request of the Portland Police Bureau. The warrant was the result of an investigation that started on May 1st, 2019 related to a disturbance in the 800 block of Northeast Couch Street. Cooper was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on a warrant for Riot. Also this morning, 50 year-old Russell E Schultz was arrested on an active warrant for Riot in the State of Washington by The United States Marshals Service also at the request of the Portland Police Bureau (no photograph available at this time).

Detectives assigned to the Portland Police Bureau's Assault Detail worked with the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office to obtain these warrants, which were authorized by a judge. This is an on-going investigation and no further details are available for release.

Detectives continue to actively work several cases related to the May 1st and June 29th demonstrations. If anyone has information related to crimes committed on those or other dates, they are encouraged to contact the Portland Police Bureau at crimetips@portlandoregon.gov

For persons wishing to remain anonymous, tips can be provided to Crime Stoppers of Oregon.
Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 cash for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Visit the App Store and download P3 Tips to submit secure and anonymous tips.

Online at https://www.p3tips.com/823

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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The FBI and Benton Co. Sheriff's Office Arrest Corvallis Man on Child Porn Charge
FBI - Oregon - 08/15/19 12:22 PM

On Tuesday, August 13, 2019, FBI agents arrested Thang Minh Van, 22, of Corvallis, in connection with an investigation begun by the Benton County Sheriff’s Office earlier this year.

On July 3, 2019, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at Van’s home in the 3900 block of NW Walnut Place in Corvallis.  The search warrant was related to the alleged illegal distribution of child sexual abuse material over the internet. At that time, deputies seized numerous computers and electronic devices.

Following a joint investigation by the Benton County Sheriff's Office and the FBI, agents obtained a federal criminal complaint charging Van with distribution and possession of child pornography. The arrest on Tuesday was without incident. Following Van’s initial appearance before a federal magistrate in Eugene, the judge released Van on pre-trial supervision. His next scheduled court appearance is on October 9th.

The FBI and the Benton County Sheriff’s Office encourage the public to report any suspected child sexual abuse material online to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) at http://CyberTipline.org.  NCMEC continuously reviews CyberTipline reports to ensure that reports of children who may be in imminent danger get first priority. After NCMEC’s review is completed, all information in a CyberTipline report is made available to law enforcement.

The Corvallis Police Department and the Linn County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the investigation with help from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

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Enhanced Seat Belt Patrols Beginning August 19th
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/15/19 12:08 PM

Crash data from 2017 shows lack of safety belt or child restraint use was a factor in 22% of motor vehicle occupant fatalities, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).  In fact, motor vehicle crashes are the leading nationwide cause of death for children ages one through twelve years old.  In Oregon, nearly 1,900 children under twelve were hurt in traffic crashes in 2017.  9% of those reported not using a child restraint system or car seat.

These sobering statistics are why the Washington County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Oregon State Sheriff’s Association (OSAA), and law enforcement agencies across the state to promote proper seat belt and child restraint usage.

Between the dates of August 19 and September 1, 2019, extra deputies will be on the roadways looking for drivers and passengers not wearing, or improperly using seat belts and making sure young children are using child restraint devices.

In 2017, Oregon passed a law requiring children to ride in a rear-facing safety seat until they are at least two years old.  A child over age two must continue to ride in a car seat with harness or in a booster until they reach age eight or 4’9” in height and the adult belt fits them correctly.

For safety belt systems, proper use means the lap belt must be placed low across the hips and the shoulder belt should cross the center of the chest over the collar bone.  Belts should be free of slack and have no twists or knots.  The shoulder belt should NOT be placed under the arm or behind the back.  This can cause serious internal injuries or ejection in a crash.

Information regarding safe driving and proper car seat usage can be found at www.oregonimpact.org.

The Sheriff’s Office Traffic Safety Unit is dedicated to promoting and improving traffic safety through education, analysis, and enforcement.

Learn more about the team: http://bit.ly/2YBfTzQ

View ODOT’s 3 minute video explaining Oregon belt & child seat laws at: http://bit.ly/2KJtOOR




Attached Media Files: PDF version

Media members invited to private tour of Ogden Elementary (Photo)
Vancouver Sch. Dist. - 08/15/19 11:13 AM
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Members of the media are invited to tour the new Ogden Elementary School. The new 85,000-square-foot building is the first replacement school to be completed as part of a $458 million bond measure passed by voters in February 2017.

  • When: Monday, Aug. 26

  • Tour time: 4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Interviews and additional photo opportunities during back-to-school night: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Photos and interviews with students will require parent permission.) 

  • Location: 3200 NE 86th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98662

The tour will be led by Principal April Whipple, Assistant Superintendent Todd Horenstein and Facilities Planner Jennifer Halleck. Highlights will include the Family-Community Resource Center, secure entry and front office, commons area and learning stairs, music room, fitness space and dance room, grade-level classrooms, library, project-based learning and outdoor learning spaces. 

The school will hold a public dedication and open house on Nov. 4.

More information on the new school is available at https://vansd.org/reschools/project-school-ogden.




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Best-selling author visits prison quilting program to share a message of hope and change
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 08/15/19 10:40 AM

Marie Bostwick, a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, will visit Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) in Wilsonville to discuss her most recent novel “Hope on the Inside” with the incarcerated women. The book is rooted in the good work occurring at Oregon’s women’s prison. Since 2002, Coffee Creek Quilters’ (CCQ) dedicated volunteer instructors have provided a positive, hands-on program that gives the students an opportunity to learn and practice many life-enhancing skills.

As Ms. Bostwick puts in her note to the reader, “It began seven years ago, when I saw an exhibit of quilts made by inmates. Though the skill displayed by those incarcerated quilters varied from novice to expert, the quilts they produced were so honest, raw, and emotionally evocative that they truly rose to the level of art.”

Through quilting, the program gives students the opportunity to explore personal creativity and give back to the community. CCQ's goal is to nurture students' self-confidence and self-esteem to enhance their success after release from prison.

Each student in the program makes a total of three quilts during weekly two-hour classes. The first two quilts are donated to a variety of charities that serve seniors in nursing homes, hospitalized children, terminally ill adults, and foster children. Approximately 150 quilts are donated to these charities annually. Students may keep the third quilt or give it to a loved one. The opportunity to give back to the community and to loved ones is extremely important to the students.

In the fall of 2017, the writer visited the facility and saw firsthand the program in action. The book looks at the impacts of prison on the lives of incarcerated women, as well as an inspiring story about a woman searching for purpose and a career much later in life than she ever expected. The book is dedicated to the Coffee Creek Quilters.

On August 16, 2019, Bostwick will return to Coffee Creek to talk with the adults in custody about her book and her inspiration to write it based in a correctional facility. She will meet with CCCF book club members and participants of the quilting program.


PPB Releases New Podcast and Video on Crowd Management Planning and Preparation (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 08/15/19 10:26 AM
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The Portland Police Bureau has released a new podcast on crowd management which explores the complexities and planning that goes into managing demonstrations, protests, rallies and large crowd events. To listen to the podcast, visit: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/739887

Last week the Bureau held a first of its kind panel of experts on crowd management who spoke with media about their experience. A video of this panel can be found at: https://youtu.be/VJYvDIe2Isk

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Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems Names Becky Hultberg as Next CEO (Photo)
Oregon Assn. of Hosp. and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 08/15/19 10:24 AM
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact: Michael Cox

OAHHS VP of Public Affairs & Communications

mcox@oahhs.org, 916-799-6784

 

Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems Names Becky Hultberg as Next CEO

Hultberg will succeed Andy Davidson, who will leave his position after 14 years at the helm

 

Lake Oswego, Ore. – August 15, 2019 -- The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) announced today that Becky Hultberg will become the organization’s new President and Chief Executive Officer when she assumes the position in December.

 

Hultberg currently serves as the President and CEO of the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association (ASHNHA), a position she’s held since 2014. Prior to her current role, Hultberg served as Commissioner of the State of Alaska’s Department of Administration. Other past roles include serving as Regional Director of Communications and Marketing for Providence Health & Services Alaska and as Press Secretary in the Office of the Governor. She has served on the Alaska Retirement Management Board, the Alaska Health Care Commission and several non-profit boards of directors. She currently serves on the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees.

 

“OAHHS has earned a national reputation as a forward-looking advocate for advancing the state of health care in Oregon,” said Carol Bradley, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Legacy Health, and OAHHS Board Chair. “As a nationally recognized leader in health care, Becky is the right choice to help OAHHS navigate the critical issues facing hospitals and health systems and accelerate the progress being made to advance care and services within our communities.”

 

“The rapidly changing health care environment requires thinking differently and embracing the opportunity to drive progress,” said Hultberg. “My unrelenting focus will be on delivering results for our members and the communities they serve.”

 

Working closely with the 15-member Board of Trustees, Hultberg will be responsible for setting the organization’s strategic direction and managing a staff of 26 across OAHHS and its affiliate organizations, Apprise Health Insights, the Oregon Association of Hospitals Research and Education Foundation, and the Oregon Hospitals Political Action Committee.

 

Hultberg will succeed Andy Davidson, who last December announced he would be leaving his position at the end of 2019, after 14 years at the helm.


“Andy Davidson has provided vision, leadership and advocacy for the hospital industry as OAHHS CEO for 14 years,” said Bradley. “Because of Andy, OAHHS is now recognized as one of the leading state hospital associations in the nation in terms of effectiveness and member engagement.”

 

The OAHHS Board of Trustees decided to conduct a nation-wide search for Davidson’s replacement and formed the 13-member Leadership Transition Committee chaired by Joe Sluka, President and CEO of St. Charles Health System and Board Chair-elect of OAHHS.

 

“OAHHS is a strong, unified organization, uniquely positioned to improve health care in Oregon during a time of radical industry transformation,” said Sluka, who will take over as OAHHS Board Chair in January 2020. “As a thoughtful leader, innovator, strategist and consensus builder, Becky is ideally suited to lead OAHHS into the future.”

 

Hultberg holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Abilene Christian University and an MBA with an emphasis in health policy, economics and administration from Ball State University. She and her husband Jeff have three children. Hultberg will be relocating to Oregon later this year, with her family to follow at the end of the school year.

 

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About OAHHS: Founded in 1934, OAHHS is a statewide, nonprofit trade association that works closely with local and national government leaders, business and citizen coalitions, and other professional health care organizations to enhance and promote community health and to continue improving Oregon’s innovative health care delivery system.

 




Attached Media Files: 2019-08/1635/126844/FINAL_New_CEO_Release_08_2019.docx , 2019-08/1635/126844/New_CEO_Photo.jpg

PPB to Hold Media Briefing Regarding Planned Protests
Portland Police Bureau - 08/15/19 10:15 AM
The Portland Police Bureau continues to plan and prepare for demonstration activities planned for Saturday, August 17, 2019. Additional event information will be shared on Friday via news release.

In addition, Public Information Officer Lieutenant Tina Jones will hold a media briefing on Friday, August 16, 2019, at 11 a.m. at the Justice Center, located at 1111 SW 2nd Avenue, Portland. Media can begin setting up at 10:30 in the room. Media members will need to check in at the Central Precinct Front Desk prior to 10:30 (identification is required) and will be escorted to the conference room starting at 10:30.

A media sound box (Mult) will be available to use at the briefing.

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Isabella Court II brings 49 affordable sustainable homes to Vancouver (Photo)
REACH Community Development - 08/15/19 10:04 AM
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PORTLAND, Ore. –August 15, 2019 —REACH Community Development (REACH) and community members celebrate the completion of Isabella Court II, the second of a phased affordable apartment development in Vancouver, WA. Grand opening festivities will take place on Saturday, August 17th at 11:00 am at 3020 NE 62nd Ave, Vancouver with refreshments, brief program, and self-guided tours of the building.

This is REACH’s seventh apartment community in Southwest Washington and REACH's first project to incorporate the 2016 voter approved City of Vancouver Affordable Housing Fund.

“The need for affordable apartments is very high in Vancouver and finding family sized apartments is even more challenging,” says REACH CEO, Dan Valliere.  “Isabella Court II is a step towards filling that critical need for Vancouver and we are grateful to our partners for helping get this development across the finish line.”

Located on the Fourth Plain Corridor, the new building is adjacent to Isabella Court I, which is home to residents 62 years of age or older. Isabella Court II is a four-story building with 49 apartments serving the needs of Vancouver’s families experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homelessness. The building includes 34 one-bedroom and 15 two-bedroom apartments; with rents affordable to families who earn 50% or less of median family income—$43,950 or less annually for a family of four. Additionally, 30 of the apartments include a project-based rental subsidy from the Vancouver Housing Authority, making them affordable to households earning 30% or less of median income ($26,370 or less annually for a family of four).

“I’m excited for the inter-generational community that will develop here between our two buildings,” says Valliere. “This new community creates many opportunities for collaboration, mutual support, and mentoring for the families moving into this new building.”

The $13.9 million project is financed with funding from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, City of Vancouver Community and Economic Development, Clark County Community Services, NeighborWorks® America, Raymond James Tax Credit Funds Inc., U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Vancouver Housing Authority, Washington State Department of Commerce, and Washington State Housing Finance Commission. The building is designed by MWA Architects with construction by TEAM Construction.

 

About REACH CDC

Since 1982, REACH has built innovative and affordable apartment homes for low-income families and individuals in the metropolitan region. REACH, a NeighborWorks® member, develops and manages affordable housing and provides supportive services to residents, and helps low-income senior homeowners maintain their homes with free home repairs and accessibility upgrades. Today, REACH stewards over 2,400 apartments, including single family homes, apartment buildings and mixed-use developments located across the Multnomah and Washington Counties in Oregon and Clark County in Southwest Washington. REACH has won numerous state and national awards for its creative approach to building healthy communities and its innovative housing projects. More information available at http://reachcdc.org.

 

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A message from Battle Ground Police Chief Bob Richardson about Traffic Enforcement (Photo)
City of Battle Ground - 08/15/19 9:29 AM
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In 2018, there were 458 reported vehicle collisions in the city of Battle Ground. We can all agree that is far too many.  We can also agree to do something about it – individually, as a community, and as law enforcement.  

Recently, the Battle Ground Police Department teamed up with WSP to conduct a traffic enforcement along SR-503 at Main and Eaton where data indicates a majority of these collisions occur.  This kind of traffic enforcement is not possible without WSP because it takes resources and personnel that our department does not have – at least four officers and two motorcycles solely dedicated to the traffic enforcement at hand.  

Our regular, on-duty patrol officers focus on the department’s highest priority – immediate response to 9-1-1 calls.  In 2018, our officers responded to 6,902 calls.  When available, they too conduct traffic enforcement, typically in neighborhoods where they can do so as an individual officer and be ready to respond elsewhere as needed.  

Our August 8 traffic enforcement with WSP received a great amount of support from the community.  Thank you, we hope to continue these collaborative enforcements.  In Battle Ground, requests for traffic enforcement is the most commonly requested police service and we need more resources to meet this need.  Please continue to contact us with requests, we will respond to the best of our ability.

As Battle Ground grows, so do the challenges we face meeting public safety needs.  We cannot improve, nor sustain current service levels without additional resources.  I encourage you to learn more about annexation to Fire District 3.  Annexing into the district, rather than the city contracting for fire/EMS services, means more revenue will be available for police services and sustained, excellent fire and emergency medical services.  It is critical to protect emergency services in our community as it grows. 

Our goal, in partnership with the community, is to reduce collisions and the resulting human and economic cost.   You play an important role.  Please, drive with intention.  Driver inattention and distractions are the number 1 cause of collisions.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership.




Attached Media Files: Chief Bob Richardson

Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems Names Becky Hultberg as Next CEO (Photo)
Oregon Assn. of Hosp. and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 08/15/19 9:09 AM
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact: Michael Cox

OAHHS VP of Public Affairs & Communications

mcox@oahhs.org, 916-799-6784

 

Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems Names Becky Hultberg as Next CEO

Hultberg will succeed Andy Davidson, who will leave his position after 14 years at the helm

 

Lake Oswego, Ore. – August 15, 2019 -- The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) announced today that Becky Hultberg will become the organization’s new President and Chief Executive Officer when she assumes the position in December.

 

Hultberg currently serves as the President and CEO of the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association (ASHNHA), a position she’s held since 2014. Prior to her current role, Hultberg served as Commissioner of the State of Alaska’s Department of Administration. Other past roles include serving as Regional Director of Communications and Marketing for Providence Health & Services Alaska and as Press Secretary in the Office of the Governor. She has served on the Alaska Retirement Management Board, the Alaska Health Care Commission and several non-profit boards of directors. She currently serves on the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees.

 

“OAHHS has earned a national reputation as a forward-looking advocate for advancing the state of health care in Oregon,” said Carol Bradley, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Legacy Health, and OAHHS Board Chair. “As a nationally recognized leader in health care, Becky is the right choice to help OAHHS navigate the critical issues facing hospitals and health systems and accelerate the progress being made to advance care and services within our communities.”

 

“The rapidly changing health care environment requires thinking differently and embracing the opportunity to drive progress,” said Hultberg. “My unrelenting focus will be on delivering results for our members and the communities they serve.”

 

Working closely with the 15-member Board of Trustees, Hultberg will be responsible for setting the organization’s strategic direction and managing a staff of 26 across OAHHS and its affiliate organizations, Apprise Health Insights, the Oregon Association of Hospitals Research and Education Foundation, and the Oregon Hospitals Political Action Committee.

 

Hultberg will succeed Andy Davidson, who last December announced he would be leaving his position at the end of 2019, after 14 years at the helm.


“Andy Davidson has provided vision, leadership and advocacy for the hospital industry as OAHHS CEO for 14 years,” said Bradley. “Because of Andy, OAHHS is now recognized as one of the leading state hospital associations in the nation in terms of effectiveness and member engagement.”

 

The OAHHS Board of Trustees decided to conduct a nation-wide search for Davidson’s replacement and formed the 13-member Leadership Transition Committee chaired by Joe Sluka, President and CEO of St. Charles Health System and Board Chair-elect of OAHHS.

 

“OAHHS is a strong, unified organization, uniquely positioned to improve health care in Oregon during a time of radical industry transformation,” said Sluka, who will take over as OAHHS Board Chair in January 2020. “As a thoughtful leader, innovator, strategist and consensus builder, Becky is ideally suited to lead OAHHS into the future.”

 

Hultberg holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Abilene Christian University and an MBA with an emphasis in health policy, economics and administration from Ball State University. She and her husband Jeff have three children. Hultberg will be relocating to Oregon later this year, with her family to follow at the end of the school year.

A photo of Hultberg is attached.

 

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About OAHHS: Founded in 1934, OAHHS is a statewide, nonprofit trade association that works closely with local and national government leaders, business and citizen coalitions, and other professional health care organizations to enhance and promote community health and to continue improving Oregon’s innovative health care delivery system.

 




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Male Arrested For Luring A Minor: Additional Victims Sought (Photo)
Beaverton Police Dept. - 08/15/19 8:34 AM
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On July 16, 2019 Beaverton Police detectives arrested 61-year-old Gregory Ryder Anderson, a Lake Oswego resident, for Luring a Minor and Online Sexual Corruption of a Child in the First Degree.

On July 16, law enforcement officers working in the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force, communicated with Mr. Anderson via a social media application.  Law enforcement officers, posing as a 15-year-old male, agreed to meet Mr. Anderson to engage in sexual activity.  When Mr. Anderson arrived at the agreed upon location, he was arrested by BPD detectives.  Mr. Anderson was taken to Washington County Jail and charged with Luring a Minor and Online Sexual Corruption of a Child in the First Degree.

On August 2, evidence in this case was presented to a Washington County Grand Jury.  The Grand Jury indicted Mr. Anderson for the following charges: Online Sexual Corruption of a Child in the First Degree, two counts of Luring a Minor and Attempted Sodomy in the Third Degree. 

Mr. Anderson has had extensive contact with minors. Mr. Anderson volunteered at Wilson High School, the former PTO treasurer at Jackson Middle School and the treasurer for Three Rivers Ski League.  Mr. Anderson was also a youth group leader for the boys choir at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Lake Oswego for six years in the mid 1990’s.   

Given Mr. Anderson’s past contact with minors, BPD detectives believe there may be additional victims.  Parents or guardians who have a child who has come in contact with Mr. Anderson should let their child know that he has been arrested for inappropriate behavior with a child. Parents and guardians should tell their child that if Mr. Anderson did, or said, anything inappropriate to them to let them know. If a child discloses an incident that did happen to him or her, or that they observed happen to someone else, the parent should not ask the child detailed questions about the incident. Instead, please contact Detective Maggie Brown at 503-526-2538.

Portland FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force, CETF, is a law-enforcement partnership that is dedicated to identifying and arresting child predators, recovering minor victims of sex trafficking and on-line exploitation, and addressing sexual exploitation. The CETF consists of FBI agents, detectives, and officers from Portland-area agencies that have a firm commitment in addressing child exploitation. The member agencies are Beaverton Police Department, Portland Police Bureau, Tigard Police Department, Hillsboro Police Department, and the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

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County seeks volunteer for audit oversight committee
Clark Co. WA Communications - 08/15/19 8:31 AM

Vancouver, Wash. — The Clark County Auditor’s Office is accepting letters of interest from citizen volunteers who wish to serve on the county’s official Audit Oversight Committee. This three-member board also includes the county auditor and one county councilor.

The committee is responsible for:

  • Recommending internal audit priorities.
  • Reviewing and analyzing audit reports.
  • Ensuring that management has initiated appropriate action in response to audit reports.
  • Apprising county councilors of audit activities and results.
  • Ensuring that no unreasonable restrictions are placed on auditors.
  • Reviewing effectiveness of county financial and accounting functions through discussions with auditors.
  • Coordinating internal audits with external audits to prevent duplication and maximize effectiveness.

The committee meets two to four times per year. In addition, committee members read draft audit reports and hold discussions with audit staff as needed.

Community members with backgrounds in auditing, accounting, finance, government, business operations or related experience are encouraged to apply.

Anyone interested in applying should send a letter summarizing their qualifications and reasons for serving to auditor@clark.wa.gov. They also may be mailed or delivered to Audit Services, 1300 Franklin St., Suite 575, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000.

The deadline to submit a letter is 5 pm Monday, Sept. 30, 2019.

Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey will review the applicants and provide a list of nominees to the Clark County Councilors, who will make the appointment.


Fire--Final Update Ward Fire 2019
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/15/19 8:12 AM

Media Release

Final Update Ward Fire

Klamath Falls, Oregon - This will be the final daily update unless the situation changes significantly.

Fire managers are pleased with the progress so far. The fire is currently in mop up stage and containment has risen to 63%. This success shows that the hard work is paying off. Minimal fire activity is expected today and unburned islands of fuel in the interior will continue to smolder and produce light smoke periodically. Firefighters will continue to focus on mop up operations along the perimeter and will begin removing excess equipment and supplies from secure portions of the fireline. Air resources are available to assist with bucket drops, should that be necessary.

Warm and dry conditions will continue for the next several days, with a slight cooling on Thursday and Friday as an upper level trough passes nearby. As the front passes, northwest winds of 12-17 mph are expected with gusts as high as 25 mph Thursday evening. During his description of the weather forecast at the morning shift briefing, Fire Behavior Analyst Brian Reel told the firefighters that "Today is going to be a test of all of the work you have done for the past few days."

A local Type 3 organization will assume command of the Ward Fire on Friday August 16, at 6am. The Oregon Department of Forestry IMT 2 would like to thank its partner the Bureau of Land Management. The team would also like to express its gratitude to the community of Keno, Keno Elementary School, Keno Fire Department, and PacificCorp for sharing their town, their school, and their campground.

For future information about the Ward Fire, contact the Klamath-Lake ODF office at: (541) 883-5681.

Ward Fire Update August 15, 2019 8:00am Oregon Department of Forestry IMT 2 Chris Cline, Incident Commander

 

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OnPoint Community Credit Union Announces New Savings Account for Youth (Photo)
OnPoint Community Credit Union - 08/15/19 8:00 AM
Two of OnPoint Community Credit Union's youngest members open OnPoint Savers Accounts at the credit union's branch in Lake Oswego, Oregon.
Two of OnPoint Community Credit Union's youngest members open OnPoint Savers Accounts at the credit union's branch in Lake Oswego, Oregon.
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PORTLAND, Ore., August 15, 2019— OnPoint Community Credit Union has launched a new OnPoint Savers Account specifically designed for youth ages 17 and younger. This new product is part of the credit union’s ongoing commitment to improve financial wellness for its members and the community.

The OnPoint Savers Account earns a 5.00% APY for the first $500, which is a higher interest rate than traditional savings accounts. When parents or guardians set up a new membership for their child with a minimum deposit of $25, OnPoint will deposit an additional $55.

The Savers Account is built specifically for kids and it’s not just about the high yield savings and bonus; OnPoint also plans to share tips and tricks with this younger membership designed to help them adopt positive savings habits.

“Financial education is an important part of who we are and we look forward to helping young people adopt healthy money management habits early on in their lives,” said OnPoint President and CEO Rob Stuart. “We invite kids to join their parents at any OnPoint branch to open their new Savers Account and we’ll give them a piggy bank, show them how to use the coin machine and answer any questions they might have about saving.”

According to the Federal Reserve, one in four Americans have not started saving for retirement. It’s never been more important than now to start teaching our kids about short- and long-term saving habits and financial goal setting. In addition to the Savers Account, OnPoint offers online resources for kids and parents on our updated website and new financial education platform.

OnPoint looks forward to being in contact with these young members throughout their banking partnership. When they reach 18, OnPoint will convert their Savers Accounts to a traditional savings accounts, along with providing special offers for products and services.

Opening a Savers Account is easy. Kids and their parent or guardian can stop by any OnPoint branch to get started. To learn more about the OnPoint Savers Account, please visit: https://www.onpointcu.com/onpoint-savers/.

DISCLOSURES

OnPoint Savers Account rate of 5.00% APY is subject to change. Stated APY is for balances up to $500; balances of $500.01 and higher earn posted Regular Savings Account rate. Account must be established for member age 17 or younger by parent or guardian with a minimum $25 deposit. Parent or legal guardian must be on the membership and present to open the OnPoint Savers Account. When primary member attains the age of 18, accounts will be converted to Regular Savings Account, earning that account’s published rate at that time. Fiduciary memberships, including UTTMA and Minor Settlement Accounts are not eligible for OnPoint Savers. One OnPoint Savers Account per member/TIN. One $55 bonus per tax ID for new members only. Cannot be combined with Refer a Friend bonus or other promotional offers. The full account balance APY is calculated by combining the 5.00% APY earnings on the first $500 with the standard APY on the remaining balance above $500.

Federally insured by NCUA.

ABOUT ONPOINT COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION

OnPoint Community Credit Union is the largest credit union in Oregon, serving more than 378,000 members and with assets of $5.8 billion. Founded in 1932, OnPoint Community Credit Union’s membership is available to anyone who lives or works in one of 13 Oregon counties (Benton, Clackamas, Columbia, Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, Lane, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Washington and Yamhill) and two Washington counties (Skamania and Clark) and their immediate family members. More information is available at: 503-228-7077 or 800-527-3932.

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Attached Media Files: Two of OnPoint Community Credit Union's youngest members open OnPoint Savers Accounts at the credit union's branch in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

Live juvenile whale washes ashore near Waldport
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 08/15/19 7:56 AM

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 15, 2019

 

Juvenile whale washes ashore near Waldport

Waldport, Ore., Thursday, August 15, 2019 – A 20’ juvenile humpback whale washed shore north of the Alsea River near Waldport on Wednesday, August 14. A team organized by the Oregon State University-based Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network (OMMSN) responded to the report early  Wednesday morning and coordinated an all-day effort to relieve the animal’s stress while waiting high tide. After two high tides—one mid-day Wednesday and one shortly after midnight Thursday—the whale remains stranded. A team of contractors representing the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration arrived early Thursday morning to help with an assessment of the whale.

Depending on the animal’s health, options include waiting for additional high tides, assisting its safe return to the ocean in some way, or euthanasia. The evaluation process will take several hours.

Students, volunteers , and staff with the OMMSN, Oregon Coast Aquarium, OSU Marine Mammal Institute, and OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center spent Wednesday providing comfort care by digging out around the beached whale while keeping it wet. Oregon State Park beach rangers provided support. During the Wednesday high tide, the whale managed to swim free briefly before stranding itself again. Members of the team stayed on site most of the night.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department reminds all residents and visitors the ocean shore is a wild environment, and presents an invaluable opportunity to enjoy wildlife and natural cycles. Wildlife should be given a wide berth and shown respect at all times, however. Any stranded marine mammal should be reported immediately to 541-270-6830. Marine mammals, including carcasses, are protected by federal law and must be left untouched and given 150’ of space in all directions.

The OMMSN began in the 1980s and is involved in collection and analysis of data and biological samples. Data collected from such events are entered into a national database that is used to establish baseline information on marine mammal communities and their health. The Stranding Network is a volunteer organization, with one paid staff member for the entire state of Oregon (the Network Coordinator). Stranding network members are from universities, state and federal agencies, and the general public, and they donate their time. The network does not receive state funds. Information on volunteering or donating to support the network is online at https://mmi.oregonstate.edu/ways-help.

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Photos, video, and audio of the stranding are online and freely available for noncommercial use at https://tinyurl.com/waldportwhale


Wed. 08/14/19
UPDATE: Suspect Arrested in Molotov Cocktail Investigation (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 08/14/19 9:17 PM
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This afternoon, the Portland Police Bureau's Arson Detectives identified and arrested 27-year-old Jesse David Bennett in connection with this case. Investigators followed up on leads and learned that Bennett lived in the same neighborhood as the victims. Bennet was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center. At this time, Bennett has been charged with two counts of Possession of a Destructive Device and two counts of Unlawful Manufacture of a Destructive Device. This is an ongoing investigation and no additional updates will be available at this time.

"We recognize that these incidents can generate fear in our community," said Chief Danielle Outlaw. "These cases are taken seriously and I am proud of Detective Meredith Hopper's resolve and swift apprehension of the suspect."

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE###

On Monday August 12, 2019 at 3:26p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the 3900 block of Southeast 104th Avenue on a report of a molotov cocktail that was found in the resident's yard. Arson investigators responded and assisted with the investigation.

On Tuesday August 13, 2019 at 9:37a.m., East Precinct officers responded to another residence in the 3900 block of Southeast 104th Avenue on a similar report where a molotov cocktail was found in the yard.

After the officers cleared the scene in the second incident, the resident received intimidating text messages from the alleged suspect stating that they were targeted due to their sexual orientation. The text messages were from a phone number that the victim did not recognize. At 11:38a.m., officers received a call with the additional information about the text messages and returned to the location to investigate. Arson investigators responded to the scene to assist.

There have been no reported injuries as a result of these incidents. Investigators believe there may be more victims related to this case. Victims are encouraged to file a police report as soon as possible by calling the non-emergency line at (503)823-3333.

Both incidents are being investigated as bias crimes. The Portland Police Bureau's Detective Division is continuing the investigation. Anyone with information, including video surveillance footage of these incidents should contact Detective Hopper at 503-823-3408.

The Bureau investigates all reports of bias-motivated crimes and encourages any member of our community who is the victim of such a crime to contact law enforcement. Under Oregon law, bias crimes are defined as any criminal act that targets a victim based on the suspect's perception of the victim's race, color, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin. Detectives work to determine whether or not bias elements are present during the reported crime that align with Oregon law as defined in the Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS):

ORS 166.165 - Intimidation in the First Degree - https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/166.165
ORS 166.155 - Intimidation in the Second Degree - https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/166.155

If you have been the victim of a bias crime assault or you are witnessing one, immediately call 9-1-1. If you have been the victim of a different bias crime and the suspect is no longer present, such as vandalism or graffiti, please call the non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

To learn more about bias crime investigations and reported bias/hate crime statistics within the City of Portland, please visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/77066

Additionally, the City of Portland is a partner in Portland United Against Hate, which is a community initiated partnership of Community Based Organizations, Neighborhood Associations, concerned communities and the City. To learn more, please visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/72583

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Attached Media Files: bennett

Lincoln City Police Respond to 911 Hoax in Roads End
Lincoln City Police - 08/14/19 8:45 PM

On Wednesday August 14, 2019 at about 5:15PM, Lincoln City Police 911 Center received a series of 911 calls from an individual claiming a spouse had been seriously assaulted by them and they were now holding hostages at a residence in the Roads End area. The caller refused to talk with 911 Dispatchers or Officers except to give an address. 

Lincoln City P.D. responded to the area and with the help of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department SWAT unit and Oregon State Police personnel, prepared for a rapid response to the residence. 

While staging and positioning resources, LCPD Detectives, Lt. Cari Boyd of Oregon State Police, and 911 Dispatchers investigated the limited information.  The investigation led to making contact with the people living at the residence and determined there was no threat. It appears at this time this was a hoax intended to intimidate the victims living at the home.

The Lincoln City Police is continuing the investigation and attempting to identify the perpetrator. If anyone has any information regarding this situation, they are asked to call Detective Lane at LCPD at 541-994-3636.

LCPD extends their appreciation for the multi-agency response, including members of the Lincoln County Major Crime Team, which is made up of detectives from LCPD, OSP, LCSO, Newport P.D., Toledo P.D., and the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office.


Lincoln City Police Respond to 911 Hoax in Roads End
Lincoln City Police - 08/14/19 8:45 PM

On Wednesday August 14, 2019 at about 5:15PM, Lincoln City Police 911 Center received a series of 911 calls from an individual claiming a spouse had been seriously assaulted by them and they were now holding hostages at a residence in the Roads End area. The caller refused to talk with 911 Dispatchers or Officers except to give an address. 

Lincoln City P.D. responded to the area and with the help of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department SWAT unit and Oregon State Police personnel, prepared for a rapid response to the residence. 

While staging and positioning resources, LCPD Detectives, Lt. Cari Boyd of Oregon State Police, and 911 Dispatchers investigated the limited information.  The investigation led to making contact with the people living at the residence and determined there was no threat. It appears at this time this was a hoax intended to intimidate the victims living at the home.

The Lincoln City Police is continuing the investigation and attempting to identify the perpetrator. If anyone has any information regarding this situation, they are asked to call Detective Lane at LCPD at 541-994-3636.

LCPD extends their appreciation for the multi-agency response, including members of the Lincoln County Major Crime Team, which is made up of detectives from LCPD, OSP, LCSO, Newport P.D., Toledo P.D., and the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office.


Update #3: Names Released of the Deputies and Officers Involved (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/14/19 6:15 PM
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The following individuals from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office were involved in the shooting on August 8, 2019:

 

Sergeant John Crecelius - 16 years with the Sheriff’s Office 

Corporal Jeremy Braun - 16 years with the Sheriff’s Office 

Corporal Cade Edwards - 16 years with the Sheriff’s Office 

Deputy Justin Pelletteri - 11 years with the Sheriff’s Office    

Deputy Steve Nichols - 10 years with the Sheriff’s Office 

Deputy Chris Iverson - 7 years with the Sheriff’s Office 

 

Detective Kevin Winfield from the Tualatin Police Department and Officer Jose Cabrera from the Hillsboro Police Department were also involved in the incident. Detective Kevin Winfield has been with the Tualatin Police Department for 27 years and Officer Jose Cabrera has been with the Hillsboro Police Department for 5 years.

 

The shooting suspect, Mr. Dante James Halling, is still receiving medical care at a local hospital, and further information is not available at this time on his condition.

 

Corporal Jeremy Braun and Deputy Chris Iverson were both wounded during the shooting. Deputy Chris Iverson was treated and released at a local hospital on the night of the shooting. Corporal Jeremy Braun is still at an area hospital and remains in serious but stable condition. 

 

Community members have inquired how to donate money to the wounded deputies. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office Foundation has set up the only approved donation site on their Web page, which can be found here. Please note in the comment section on the page that the donation is for the injured deputies.




Attached Media Files: Media Release pdf , Deputy Chris Iverson photo , Corporal Jeremy Braun photo

Tomorrow: Public Art Dedication at Hillsboro's AmberGlen Park
City of Hillsboro - 08/14/19 5:27 PM

MEDIA ALERT FOR THURSDAY, AUGUST 15
Video/Photo Opportunity

 

WHAT:            Media members are invited to the dedication of Hillsboro’s newest piece of public art, “Elemental Sequence”, plus a live performance by New Vision Dance

WHEN:            Thursday, August 15, beginning at 5:30 pm

WHERE:          AmberGlen Park, 20025 NE Gibbs Drive, Hillsboro.

AVAILABLE INTERVIEWS:

  • Mayor Steve Callaway, City of Hillsboro
  • Dann Nardi, Artist
  • Valerie Otani, City of Hillsboro Public Art Supervisor


 

About “Elemental Sequence”:

The artwork is composed of four curved groupings of vertical elements made from pigmented cast concrete, nine feet tall at the highest point; these vertical elements refer to the nearby trees. Three low curving forms refer to the movement of water within the park and function as seating.

Artist Dann Nardi says, “It is my objective for the work to connect to the environment in which it will be placed, to be in harmony with it, and an integral extension of it. It is ever-changing. It changes not only as viewers move around and within it, but also in tune with the ever-changing light conditions, reflecting the natural progression of time through light and shadow.”


Department of Human Services statement on changes to "public charge" rule
Oregon Department of Human Services - 08/14/19 5:09 PM

Salem, Ore. -- On Monday, the Trump administration announced a new rule that makes it harder for immigrants who rely on certain government benefit programs to obtain lawful permanent residency if they are found to be a “public charge,” which means they have received public benefits or may receive them in the future.

The new public charge rule is scheduled to take effect October 15, 2019, and will expand the list of benefits that the federal government could consider when making decisions about lawful permanent residency. While some Department of Human Services (DHS)-administered benefits are already affected by the current rule, the new rule would impact additional benefits, such as Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) that serves more than 600,000 Oregonians, and some forms of Medicaid-funded services.

The Department of Human Services has identified that the greatest potential impact to program participation is the fear that the proposed public charge could affect immigration status for individuals or their families. This fear may lead to fewer families accessing benefits, even when some family members are citizens and have a legal right to our programs. 

“When people - especially children and vulnerable adults - go hungry, lack medical care, and become homeless the impacts are far reaching and expensive. They are preventable and generate cost avoidance that can be refocused on other priorities that move our country forward,” Department of Human Services Director Fariborz Pakseresht wrote to the federal government about the proposed rule last December.

DHS encourages anyone who has questions about the federal public charge rule to:

 

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Saturday, August 17, 2019 Special Session Board Retreat Part 2 of 2 Meeting Agenda
Parkrose Sch. Dist. - 08/14/19 5:02 PM

The Parkrose Board of Education of School District No. 3, Multnomah County, Oregon, will convene in a Special Session Board Retreat Meeting on Saturday, August 17, 2019 in the Technology Center at the Parkrose Middle School located at 11800 NE Shaver St. Portland, Oregon at the hour of 9:00am. The Board and Superintendent will use the time to continue preparing for the 2019-2020 school year. The agenda is posted on the Parkrose School District Website at https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicAgenda.aspx?ak=1000205&mk=50339782.


Another Subject Arrested on Riot Warrant Related to May Day Incident (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 08/14/19 4:47 PM
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This afternoon, 29 year-old Mackenzie Lewis was arrested on an active warrant by The United States Marshals Service at the request of the Portland Police Bureau. The warrant was the result of an investigation that started on May 1st, 2019 related to a disturbance in the 800 block of Northeast Couch Street. Lewis was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on a warrant for Riot.

Detectives assigned to the Portland Police Bureau's Assault Detail worked with the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office to obtain a warrant, which was authorized by a judge. This is an on-going investigation and no further details are available for release.
Assault Detectives continue to actively work several cases related to May 1st and June 29th demonstrations. If anyone has information related to crimes committed on those or other dates, they are encouraged to contact the Portland Police Bureau at crimetips@portlandoregon.gov

For persons wishing to remain anonymous, tips can be provided to Crime Stoppers of Oregon.
Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 cash for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Visit the App Store and download P3 Tips to submit secure and anonymous tips.

Online at https://www.p3tips.com/823

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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Attached Media Files: Lewis Photo

LUBA Returns Costco Decision for Salem Review
City of Salem - 08/14/19 4:23 PM

Salem, Ore. — The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals issued an opinion today, remanding the City of Salem’s decision to reject a Costo Wholesale proposal to build a shopping hub on Kuebler Boulevard SE.

“The City is evaluating LUBA’s decision and the available options,” said Dan Atchison, Salem city attorney.

Unless the City, or one of the other parties, decide to seek judicial review of LUBA’s decision at the Court of Appeals, the matter will be returned to the City to address the issues raised by LUBA


Ashland Resident Found Deceased in her Vehicle at Otter Rock
Oregon State Police - 08/14/19 4:09 PM

On August 14, 2019 at approximately 12:00 PM, Oregon State Police (OSP) was notified of a Toyota Prius parked at the Otter Rock/Devils Punch Bowl State Park.  Parks reported, it appeared, the Prius had a deceased person in the vehicle.

The preliminary investigation revealed the Prius had been parked, at the park, for approximately the last week. The registered owner was identified as Leslie R. Lightfall, age 68, from Ashland. Once OSP entered the vehicle, the deceased female was identified as Lightfall. It appeared Lightfall had been sleeping in her vehicle and died from natural causes.

OSP was assisted by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Depoe Bay Fire and Rescue, Ashland Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Napa California Police Department, and the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office.

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Two vehicle fatal crash on Hwy 20 - Harney County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/14/19 3:22 PM
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On Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at approximately 4:35 A.M. Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a motor vehicle crash on Hwy 20 near milepost 88.5 approximately 40 miles west of Burns, OR.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford F350 pickup had been traveling westbound towing a 40' gooseneck trailer loaded with two GMC pickups.  The Ford F350 became disabled and came to a stop partially blocking the westbound lane.  A Kenworth CMV, operated by Lloyd Theen (69) of Winlock, WA, was also traveling westbound and struck the  trailer forcing the vehicle combination off the roadway and onto the shoulder. 

The operator of the Ford F350, identified as Nicholas Fagen (77) of Bend, OR, was outside of the vehicle working under the hood when his vehicle was struck. Fagen sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.  

A passenger in the Ford F350, identified as Danny Reinhart (61)  of Bend, OR, sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

Theen was not injured in the crash.  

Approximately 100-125 gallons of diesel fuel spilled onto the roadway and into the ditch of the westbound lane.  An environmental contractor (SMAF) responded to the scene for cleanup.

The westbound lane was closed for several hours to complete the investigation and the Haz-Mat cleanup.  ODOT provided traffic control during the event.

Oregon State Police was assisted by the Hines Fire Department, Harney County EMS, and ODOT.




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MCSO makes arrest in in rape and kidnaping case
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/14/19 12:48 PM

On August 9th, 2019 Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Detectives arrested Amissi Mungomba on charges of Rape I, Kidnapping I, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, and Theft II.

The investigation began in the early morning of August 8th, 2019 when a female victim flagged down a motorist in Corbett. Allegedly, Amissi Mungomba entered a parked car in which a female was sleeping near the area of NW 3rd and Couch in downtown Portland.  Mungomba stole the vehicle with the victim in it, drove to the Corbett area where he sexually assaulted the women and left her on the side of the road. The vehicle was later recovered in North Portland.

Amissi Mungomba was booked at the Multnomah County Detention Center on the above charges.

Anyone who may have seen Amissi Mungomba in the area of NW 3rd and Couch on August 8th, 2019 between midnight at 3AM is asked to contact Multnomah County Sheriff's Office tip line 503-988-0560

This is an active and ongoing investigation; therefore, no further details will be given at this time.

 


Oregon Department of Forestry uses specialty aircraft to detect fires after thunderstorms (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/14/19 12:21 PM
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SALEM, Ore. – With over 14,000 lightning strikes recorded as thunderstorms swept across Oregon between August 4 and 12, firefighters suppressed 88 lightning fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. As lightning fires often start in remote areas, ODF used specialty aircraft to aid in early detection efforts.  

After successful efforts in Oregon’s severe 2015 fire season, ODF again contracted with Colorado’s Division of Fire Prevention and Control to bring one of their Multi-Mission Aircraft (MMA) to Oregon to assist with finding difficult to detect fires. This specialty aircraft flew across much of eastern Oregon on Sunday and Monday. Early detection is critical to ODF’s mission keeping fires at the smallest possible size, which reduces the financial impact to landowners and Oregonians and limits impact to natural resources such as air, soil, and water quality, wildlife habitat, and aesthetic and recreation values.

Four fires were detected during Sunday’s flight in ODF’s Central Oregon District.  These fires were single-tree fires or small spots with little to no visible smoke.  Due to the remote location and heavy vegetation cover, it is highly likely these fires would have increased in intensity as temperatures warmed.  “Looking at the location and fuel types where those fires were detected, it’s not a good feeling to imagine what they could have been,” said Mike Shaw, Eastern Oregon Area Director. 

Equipped with cameras and software specially adapted for use in wildfire applications, the MMA system uses a sensor ball with an infrared camera and two color cameras (wide and narrow) to detect heat sources from several miles away.  While infrared technology is used to detect heat sources, the MMA is best utilized during the day where the color cameras can be used to collect information regarding terrain, fuels, and fire behavior.  This data, combined with information on fire locations and perimeters, is transmitted directly to resources on the ground. The MMA operates at approximately 20,000 feet—well above tactical aircraft fighting wildfires—so there is no impact to firefighting operations.

This specialty aircraft will be flying across southwest Oregon in the coming days. ODF’s Southwest Oregon District has already been using some of its assigned aircraft to look for fires resulting from the more than 1,600 lighting strikes that hit the area last week. In addition to detection, aircraft have greatly assisted crews on recent fires in the district by dropping retardant on steep, remote terrain and giving firefighters a broad, aerial view of what they’re fighting.

The MMA was contracted using severity funding from a Special Purpose Appropriation from the Oregon Legislature.  Severity funding supports fire suppression activities that are outside the normal ODF districts’ budgeting and activities. 

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Sandy Police Log 08-04-19 to 08-10-19
Sandy Police Dept. - 08/14/19 12:03 PM

See Attached Bulletin

Please be advised that the Bulletin does not include all calls for service to which officers respond.  Many calls do not require that a report be written; such as:

•Traffic Stops

•Advising/Referring a Person to the Proper Agency to handle their request

•Restoring the Peace

•Premise Checks

•Welfare Checks

•Flagged Down by Citizen




Attached Media Files: 2019-08/1751/126818/Bulletin_08-04-19_to_08-10-19.pdf

PGE announces more than $140,000 in grants to local groups protecting Oregon's environment (Photo)
PGE - 08/14/19 11:43 AM
Youth participating in Trout Unlimited's Youth Conservation and Fly Fishing Camp
Youth participating in Trout Unlimited's Youth Conservation and Fly Fishing Camp
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Portland, Ore. — Portland General Electric Company (NYSE: POR) recently presented $144,000 in environmental stewardship grants to 22 organizations located within the company’s operations area in Oregon. These grants are part of PGE’s overall philanthropic commitment to the community and focus on delivering quantifiable outcomes that contribute to enhancing and protecting natural habitats throughout the state.

“We’re fortunate to have so many committed organizations working collaboratively to preserve and protect our natural areas and educate youth on what it means to be great environmental stewards,” said Kregg Arntson, PGE’s director of Corporate Social Responsibility. “Supporting environmental stewardship programs that improve air and water quality, and enhance natural habitats is an important part of our overall commitment to a clean energy future for Oregon and beyond.”

For more than a century, PGE has invested in programs that reflect our customers’ values, employees’ interests and the needs of the communities we serve. PGE’s environmental stewardship grants support projects that are focused on habitat restoration, fish protection, improving water quality and so much more.

“Thanks to the long-time support of PGE, we are able to teach the next generation about healthy watersheds and how to care for them,” said Terry Turner, vice chair of the Oregon Council, Trout Unlimited’s Clackamas River Chapter.

This year’s grant recipients included:

View a complete list of the 2019 environmental stewardship grants.

 

About Portland General Electric Company
Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) is a fully integrated energy company based in Portland, Oregon, serving approximately 888,000 customers in 51 cities. For more than 130 years, PGE has been delivering safe, affordable and reliable energy to Oregonians. Together with its customers, PGE has the No. 1 voluntary renewable energy program in the U.S. With approximately 3,000 employees across the state, PGE is committed to helping its customers and the communities it serves build a clean energy future. For more information, visit PortlandGeneral.com/CleanVision.




Attached Media Files: Youth participating in Trout Unlimited's Youth Conservation and Fly Fishing Camp

Eric Saia receives 10 year prison sentence for randomly attacking a man walking his dog
Multnomah Co. District Attorney's Office - 08/14/19 11:33 AM

August 14, 2019

Eric Saia receives 10 year prison sentence for randomly attacking a man walking his dog

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that Eric Saia, 34, received a 10 year prison sentence for randomly attacking a man using a hatchet.

“This was an event that will impact the victim and his wife for the rest of their lives,” said Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Eric Collins, who litigated this case. “I can’t imagine being part of this event. The fact that they did nothing to instigate what occurred is frightening for our community. During our judicial settlement conferences, it became clear that Mr. Saia wanted to take responsibility for his actions. This is a significant sentence, but it is appropriate given the seriousness of these crimes.”

This investigation started on October 7, 2018 when Portland Police responded to reports of a robbery and assault in the area of Northeast Schuyler Street and Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Portland, Oregon. When officers arrived on scene, they located an adult male on the ground holding a rag to his head bleeding profusely.

During the investigation, law enforcement learned that the victim was out walking his dog when Saia and another man approached the victim on bikes. The two men rode past the victim but circled back and said something to the effect of “drop your stash,” which was indicative of a robbery. The victim’s wife was in a nearby car and witnessed the attack.

During the robbery, Saia pulled out a hatchet from his backpack and struck the victim in the head with an overhead swing.

After the assault, Saia and the other suspect got back on their bikes and fled the scene.

The victim, who suffered significant head trauma, was transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center and required multiple surgeries because of the injuries sustained during the attack.

By pleading guilty, Saia admits that he unlawfully and intentionally caused serious physical injury to the victim by using a dangerous weapon and that he unlawfully and knowingly, while in the course of committing and attempting to commit theft, used physical force, with a weapon, to take the victim’s property.

The victim and his wife attended Wednesday’s change of plea and sentencing hearing but did not make any statement in court. During the pendency of this case, they have received continuous assistance from the Victim Assistance Program of the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office.

The second suspect in this case has been identified. He remains innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office recognizes the Portland Police Bureau and its Robbery Unit for their dedicated efforts on this case.

#MCDA#


Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office

Phone: 503.988.6567 | Email: rent.Weisberg@mcda.us">Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us




Attached Media Files: 2019-08/5769/126815/PR-19-186-Eric_Saia.pdf

Grant-funded community groups and insurance agents get set to help Oregonians enroll in health coverage
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 08/14/19 10:48 AM

(Salem) – For people not getting health insurance benefits at work, sorting through choices and subsidy programs can be tough. A network of certified community groups and licensed insurance agents can help Oregonians tackle this task, and their assistance is free for the consumer. The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace awards grants to community groups and insurance agents to support their services. 

For the 2019-20 period, the Marketplace has granted more than $800,000 in funding to nine community groups and 33 insurance agencies. The awardees will use the grants to publicize the upcoming health insurance open enrollment period, and to help Oregonians enroll in coverage through HealthCare.gov and other programs. 

For most people who buy their own health insurance, open enrollment is the only time of year to sign up for a health plan or switch plans. Open enrollment for 2020 coverage will run from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15.

“If you don't deal with premiums, financial assistance, deductibles, and co-pays every day, you might not want to sift through all that information alone, under a deadline,” said Chiqui Flowers, administrator of the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace. “An agent or partner in your community can help you understand the options and enroll in coverage.”

Grantees were judged on multiple criteria, including their demonstrated ties to community networks, ability to reach underserved populations, and capacity to serve consumers whether they are eligible for HealthCare.gov plans or other programs, such as the Oregon Health Plan or Medicare. 

The nonprofit groups – called community partners – receiving a total of $474,522 in grants are:
•    APANO Communities United Fund, Portland
•    Benton County Health Services, Corvallis
•    Cascade AIDS Project, Portland
•    Interface Network, Salem
•    IRCO, Portland
•    Latino Community Association, Bend
•    Northeast Oregon Network (NENO), La Grande
•    Project Access NOW, Portland
•    Rinehart Clinic, Wheeler

Insurance agents – called partner agents – receiving a total of $332,000 in grants are:
•    Aaron Burns Insurance, Eugene
•    Abel Insurance, Newport, Florence, Coos Bay and Gold Beach
•    Bancorp Insurance, La Pine
•    Boone Insurance Associates, Eugene
•    Cascade Insurance Center, Bend
•    Chehalem Insurance, Newberg
•    Country Insurance, Sisters
•    FG Insurance, Portland, Forest Grove
•    Gordon Wood Insurance, Roseburg
•    Grace Insurance, Portland
•    Hagan Hamilton, McMinnville, Newberg, Junction City, Sheridan
•    HE Cross Company, Portland
•    Health Insurance Place, Grants Pass
•    Health Plans in Oregon, Portland, Beaverton
•    Healthwise Insurance, Portland, Beaverton
•    Healthy, Wealthy & Wise, Tualatin, Tigard
•    High Desert Insurance, Bend
•    Hillock Insurance Agency, Enterprise
•    Hudson Insurance, Tillamook
•    iCover Oregon, Albany
•    Insurance Lounge, Medford, Grants Pass, Portland
•    Insurance Marketplace, Medford
•    Klamath Financial Group, Klamath Falls 
•    Linda Dugan Insurance, Astoria
•    Matthew Woodbridge, Salem and Woodburn
•    Pacific View Financial, Salem
•    Pfaff-Karren Insurance, Independence, Monmouth 
•    Premier NW Insurance, Oregon City, Salem, Sandy
•    RJS & Associates, Philomath, Corvallis
•    Strategic Planning and Insurance, Hood River, The Dalles
•    Tomlin Benefit Planning, Eugene
•    Valley Insurance, LaGrande
•    WHA Insurance Agency, Wilsonville 

To make an appointment with a partner or agent, go to OregonHealthCare.gov/gethelp or call 855-268-3767.

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The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace is the state-level partner to HealthCare.gov and a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS). For more information, go to OregonHealthCare.gov.


Quality Measurement Council meets Aug. 15
Oregon Department of Human Services - 08/14/19 10:47 AM

(Wilsonville, Ore.) – The Quality Measurement Council will hold a meeting from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Training Rooms 1 and 2 at the Oregon Child Development Coalition, 9140 S.W. Pioneer Court, Wilsonville, Oregon, 97070.

The Quality Measurement Council was formed with the passage of House Bill 3359 in 2017. The council meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include will include a discussion on collecting and reporting metrics.

Sign language interpreters and live captioning will be provided. Those who are unable to attend in person, may join by calling toll-free phone number, 1-888-363-4735, and using Conference ID #3439085. 

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Rebecca Mapes at 1-541-735-0058 or Rebecca.Mapes@state.or.us  Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.

For questions about this meeting, please contact: Rebecca Mapes at 1-541-735-0058 or Rebecca.Mapes@state.or.us

About the Quality Measurement Council

The council was established to create and maintain a system through which community-based, long-term care facilities report reliable and meaningful data that will make possible a system for measuring a facility’s performance compared with other long-term care providers in the state.

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Oregon Disabilities Commission Executive Committee to meet Aug. 20
Oregon Department of Human Services - 08/14/19 10:37 AM

(Salem, Ore.)  ?? The Oregon Disabilities Commission (ODC) Executive Committee will meet from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, 500 Summer St NE, Room 473, Salem, Oregon, 97301.

The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes regular ODC Executive Committee business, review and approval of the meeting agenda and prior meeting minutes, public comment, announcements, ODC executive business and other topics as well as future meeting agenda ideas.

Those who can’t attend in person may call into the meeting using this conference line and access code: 503-934-1400, 2205340#.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Lori Watt at Lori.C.Watt@state.or.us  Requests should be made at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

For questions about the meeting, please contact: Ryan Kibby, program analyst at RYAN.E.KIBBY@state.or.us or Joseph Lowe, program analyst at Joseph.Lowe@state.or.us.

 About the Oregon Disabilities Commission:

The Oregon Disabilities Commission is charged by state statute to advise the Department of Human Services, the Governor, the Legislative Assembly and appropriate state agency administrators on issues related to achieving the full economic, social, legal and political equity of individuals with disabilities. ODC also acts as a coordinating link between and among public and private organizations services individuals with disabilities.

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West Coast Wildfire Dialogue
Oregon Public Utility Commission - 08/14/19 10:26 AM

MEDIA ADVISORY

TOPIC:                       West Coast Utility Commissions – Wildfire Dialogue

WHEN:                       Friday, August 16, 2019, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

WHERE:                     Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Blvd., Portland, OR 97232

COST:                        Free; open to the public and media

PARTICIPATION OPTIONS:

West Coast Utility Commissions - Wildfire Dialogue

Public utility commissioners from British Columbia, California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington will convene at an all-day, public dialogue regarding wildfire risk. The event will feature participants and experts, who will share their perspectives and evolving approaches to address rapidly changing wildfire risk aggravated by climate change and other factors. This dialogue will focus on impacts to energy utilities, customers, and communities, as well as lessons learned by western states to help manage and mitigate wildfire risk.

Panel Topics for Dialogue:

  • Tracking the Changing Risk
  • Making Risk-Based Changes to the System
  • Managing the Financial Risks
  • Expanding Public Safety Coordination

This event is open to the press and public, however it is not a decision-making meeting for the participating Commissions and no formal action will be taken.

Media representatives are encouraged to attend in person, view the event live online or listen by phone to help educate the public of the regional efforts on the increasingly prominent topic of wildfire risk and mitigation. Please register online, whether attending in person, by phone or viewing live online. Details including the call-in number and web link will be emailed in advance of the event.

For more information or to register, visit:  https://www.cpuc.ca.gov/WestCoastWildfireDialogue/.

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Health Share of Oregon Public Meeting Announcement: Joint Board of Directors and Community Advisory Council Meeting
Health Share of Oregon - 08/14/19 10:00 AM

Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: Asian Health & Service Center, 9035 SE Foster Rd, Portland

Agenda: Available online prior to each meeting

(Portland, OR) – Health Share of Oregon’s Board of Directors and Community Advisory Council will host a joint meeting open to the public. The meeting will be held Wednesday, August 21, 2019 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Asian Health & Service Center.

The Council and staff will provide an overview of Health Share’s 2019-2024 community health improvement plan, including strategies and vision.

The meeting is open to the public and Oregon Health Plan members are encouraged to attend.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided as needed for persons with disabilities. Language translation services will also be provided as needed. Those needing accommodations should contact Maria Tafolla at ia@healthshareoregon.org">maria@healthshareoregon.org or (503) 416-3668 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

About Health Share of Oregon
Health Share of Oregon is the state’s largest Medicaid coordinated care organization (CCO), serving OHP members in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties. Our mission is to partner with communities to achieve ongoing transformation, health equity, and the best possible health for each individual.

Health Share was founded and continues to be governed by eleven health care organizations serving OHP members: Adventist Health, CareOregon, Central City Concern, Clackamas County, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health, Multnomah County, Oregon Health & Science University, Providence Health & Services, Tuality Health Alliance and Washington County.

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Odell Lake Recreational use health advisory lifted August 14
Oregon Health Authority - 08/14/19 9:55 AM

August 14, 2019

Media Contact: Delia Hernández, 503-422-7179, phd.communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

Odell Lake Recreational use health advisory lifted August 14

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has lifted the recreational use health advisory issued for Odell Lake in Klamath County.

Water monitoring has confirmed that the level of cyanotoxins (harmful algae toxins) in Odell Lake are below recreational guideline values for human exposure. However, officials advise recreational visitors to be alert to signs of cyanobacterial (harmful algae) blooms, because blooms can develop and disappear on any lake through the season. Only a fraction of Oregon’s lakes and streams are monitored for cyanobacterial blooms.

People and especially small children and pets should avoid recreating in areas where the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red in color, if a thick mat of blue-green algae is visible in the water, or bright green cells are suspended in the water. If you see these signs avoid activities that cause you to swallow water or inhale droplets, such as swimming or high-speed water activities.

It’s possible cyanotoxins can still exist in clear water. Sometimes, cyanobacteria can move into another area, making water that once looked foamy, scummy or discolored now look clear. However, when a bloom dies elsewhere in the water body, it can release toxins that may reach into the clear water. There also are species of cyanobacteria that anchor themselves at the bottom of a water body, live in the sediment, or can grow on aquatic plants and release toxins into clear water near the surface.

For health information or to report an illness, contact the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) at 971-673-0482.


Corbett Barn Fire (Photo)
Corbett Fire - 08/14/19 9:10 AM
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Corbett Barn Fire

UPDATE

On Friday August 9th, Corbett Fire District 14 responded to a barn fire on E. Larch Mountain Rd. On arrival, crews found a 30 foot by 50 foot pole building heavily involved in fire.

Bystanders reported a large explosion before our arrival and there was another large explosion when we arrived.

The fire was contained within an hour by 14 Corbett Firefighters with assistance from Gresham Fire.

The fire investigation discovered an illegal Butane Hash/Honey Oil (BHO) processing lab at the point of the fire origin.

There were indications that the lab was operating at the time of the fire and the occupant left the scene prior to our arrival.

These labs are highly dangerous and have been the cause of several fires/explosions throughout Oregon in recent years.

Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation.




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UPDATE -- VICTIM IDs, MORE DETAILS: Sheriff's Office investigating two suspicious deaths near Estacada; tips sought (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/14/19 9:02 AM
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UPDATE (Tuesday, Aug. 13) -- VICTIM IDs, CAUSE OF DEATH, ADDITIONAL DETAILS 

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office detectives are continuing their investigation into the two suspicious deaths. 

CRIME SCENE LOCATION: The two bodies were found in the vicinity of a shooting pit off 4615 Road and the 130 Spur in the Mt. Hood National Forest. The crime scene surrounding this shooting pit is now processed and cleared. 

CAUSE OF DEATH AND VICTIM IDs: Autopsies of the deceased by the State Medical Examiner now complete. The Medical Examiner determined that both victims died of homicidal violence.

The victims can now be identified as Stacy Jean Rickerd, 42, of Estacada and Jeremy David Merchant, 43, of Estacada.

TIPS STILL SOUGHT: Investigators continue to follow up on leads; anyone with information is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line at 503-723-4949 or https://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp -- please reference CCSO Case # 19-018794.

MORE INFORMATION ON DOG FOUND AT SCENE: More details on the dog discovered alive near the bodies: His name is "Talladega." Deputies and investigators devised a unique plan to safely capture Talladega when they first encountered him at the crime scene. Deputies flew the CSI team's four-prop drone nearby to distract the dog while slipping a catch-pole around the animal's neck. One deputy on-scene described him as a "sweet dog," and he appears to be unharmed. Talladega was initially transferred to Clackamas County Dog Services, and has since been placed with family members of the deceased. 

Photos of Talladega are attached.

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EARLIER (Monday, Aug. 12) -- Sheriff's Office investigating two suspicious deaths near Estacada; tips sought

Please reference CCSO Case # 19-018794

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating two suspicious deaths near Estacada.

At 9:45 a.m. on August 12, 2019, Sheriff’s Office deputies along with U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officers responded to a 911 call reporting the discovery of two bodies near Estacada, in the Mt. Hood National Forest.  Upon arrival, deputies found the bodies, an adult male and an adult female. A dog was also at the scene, alive, unhurt and near the bodies. The dog was safely corraled and placed in the care of Clackamas County Dog Services.

The Clackamas County Medical Examiner’s Office, Clackamas County Sheriff’s detectives and Crime Scene Investigators, Clackamas County Criminal Reconstruction and Forensic Technicians (CRAFT), and the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office also responded to the scene. Currently Sheriff's Office detectives and CSI technicians are currently processing the crime scene.

Identifications of the deceased and family notifications are pending at this writing. The names of the deceased and other investigative details cannot be released at this time.

The State Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct autopsies of the bodies to determine the cause of death.

ADDITIONAL TIPS SOUGHT

The Sheriff’s Office is seeking additional information in this case. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office Tip Line— by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at https://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jspPlease reference CCSO Case #19-018794

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Multi-City Equity Summit to be Hosted at Lake Oswego High School
Lake Oswego Sch. Dist. - 08/14/19 8:27 AM

For Immediate Release
Contact:         
Christine Moses
Lake Oswego School District 
503-534-2312

August 14, 2019, Lake Oswego, OR, -- After months of planning, Lake Oswego School District, along with 12 partner organizations, is pleased to announce the inaugural Multi-City Equity Summit, to be held Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free, open to the public, and food and beverages will be provided throughout the day.  Due to the limited space and planning purposes, REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

Community members from Lake Oswego, West Linn, Wilsonville, Tigard, and Tualatin have come together to plan the inaugural event to share strategies on how to identify systemic inequities within our organizations and to address those inequities.

“Our cities are naturally linked through many commonalities, including a recognition that there is an ever-increasing need to address diversity, equity and inclusion within all facets of our communities,” said David Salerno Owens, director of equity and strategic planning at Lake Oswego School District. “Our five communities have come together to learn from each other and to bring solutions to systemic issues.”

Event Highlights

What?              
Inaugural Multi-city Equity Summit

When?             
Saturday, October 19, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Where?            
Lake Oswego High School
2501 Country Club Road, Lake Oswego, OR 97034

Who?               
Keynote speaker:  Dr. Marvin Lynn and 12 other local speakers and facilitators

Hosts:              
Lake Oswego School District 
Tigard-Tualatin School District
West Linn/Wilsonville School District
City of Lake Oswego
City of Tigard
City of Tualatin
City of West Linn
City of Wilsonville
West Linn Alliance for an Inclusive Community
Respond to Racism LO
LO for LOve

 

The goals of the Summit are:

  1. Collectively deepening our understanding of how racism and discrimination are experienced in our communities.  
  2. Sharing ways that our communities are responding to the problem in neighborhoods, schools, and the city government; and
  3. Exploring ways to address these issues at the local level.

This will be a cornerstone jumping-off point for continued work and collaboration toward a more inclusive community.

Grassroots community groups, school districts, and city government entities from Lake Oswego, Tigard, West Linn, Wilsonville, and Tualatin are partnering to host an inaugural full-day multi-city diversity summit on October 19, 2019. 

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact David Salerno Owens at nod@loswego.k12.or.us">salernod@loswego.k12.or.us.

Representatives on the Diversity Summit Planning Committee:

David Salerno Owens, Lake Oswego School District, Director of Equity
Jackie Manz, City Councilor of Lake Oswego
Theresa Kohlhoff, City Councilor of Lake Oswego
Megan Phelan, City of Lake Oswego, Assistant City Manager
Jay Weitman, Lake Oswego Police Department, Sergeant
Willie Poinsette, Respond to Racism in Lake Oswego, Co-Founder
Amy Waterbury, LO for LOve, Co-Founder
Charu Nair, Keys 2 DEI, Founder
Carole White, West Linn Alliance for an Inclusive Community
Bill House, West Linn Alliance for an Inclusive Community
Kathy Selvaggio, West Linn Alliance for an Inclusive Community
Jules Walters, City Councilor of West Linn
Teri Cummings, City Councilor of West Linn
Doug Erickson, City of West Linn, Library Director
Peter Mahuna, West Linn Police Department, Captain
Kathy Ludwig, West Linn/Wilsonville School District, Superintendent
Jeanna Troha, City of Wilsonville, Assistant City Manager
Nadine Robinson, City of Tigard, Central Services Director
Dana Bennett, City of Tigard, Human Resources
Bridget Brooks, City Councilor of Tualatin
Betsy Ruef, City of Tualatin, Community Engagement Coordinator

Participants: Due to limited space and planning purposes, REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Primary target audience for the event are citizens and business leaders, activists, and residents of all ages who are concerned about inclusion, equity, and diversity in our communities. Also targeted are police chiefs and members of the police department, mayors and members of city councils, city managers and other government officials, appropriate county, metro and state-level officials, school board officials, school administrators, and teachers.

 

More information can be found at: 

https://www.multicityequity.org/

https://www.facebook.com/multicityequity

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Meals 4 Kids Program Feeding 1,200 Kids Daily This Summer
Meals on Wheels People - 08/14/19 8:27 AM

Partnering with PepsiCo’s Food For Good program, Meals 4 Kids provides nutritious meals for children when they are out of school and most at risk of hunger

More than 1,200 children are receiving nutritious lunches daily during the summer months as part of the Meals on Wheels People’s popular Meals 4 Kids program. Launched in late June as part of a contract with USDA and a new partnership with PepsiCo’s Food For Good program and Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon, the summer meals program provides lunches to Portland’s food insecure children at 15 locations throughout the Portland area.

More than 21 million children in the U.S. rely on free and reduced-priced meals at school, and food insecure children are at higher risk of hunger when they are out of school in the summer. To address this need, Meals 4 Kids offers an expanded summertime lunch service for children and families who have a hard time affording nutritious meals.

“The Meals 4 Kids summer lunch program helps to fill the gap when the USDA free and reduced lunch program that operates during the school year is not available,” said Meals 4 Kids Director Jessica Morris. “We’re honored that the USDA Summer Food Service Program contracted with Meals 4 Kids to further reduce food insecurity by serving areas where need is not being met currently.

This program has been meeting the nutritional needs of some of Portland’s most food insecure families for more than five years. The home-delivery program, funded by the Portland Children’s Levy, provides a week’s worth of dinners, along with fresh fruit, bread and milk to participating children and their caregivers throughout the year.

The Meals 4 Kids summer lunch program is made possible by additional grants from the Oregon Department of Education, Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon and PepsiCo’s Food For Good program, whose funding has covered the lease of a delivery van, the employment of five AmeriCorps members and initial program startup costs.

“Hunger is often not only a problem of food scarcity but one of logistics, and we’re glad to be able to bring PepsiCo’s delivery and distribution know-how and experience fighting hunger around the country to help address this need in Portland,” said Matt Smith, Director of PepsiCo’s Food for Good program. “It’s critical that students have access to nutritious food while school is not in session, and we thank Meals on Wheels People and Meals 4 Kids for their partnership this summer.”

“Our goal with the Meals 4 Kids program is to ensure that vulnerable children and their families have sufficient daily nutrition,” said Jessica. “Without access to free and reduced lunch program during the summer, many of these kids would go hungry during the day. Thanks to our partnership with USDA and the Oregon Department of Education, we will be able to continue to provide nutritious meals for these kids over the summer.”

Two of the locations served by the Meals 4 Kids summer program attract more than 50 children on weekdays: Midland Library at 805 SE 122nd and the Meals on Wheels People Two Rivers Center at 9009 N Foss.

About Meals on Wheels People: Meals on Wheels People has been changing lives, one meal at a time, since 1970. We serve and deliver 5,000 nutritious meals every weekday to older adults throughout Multnomah, Washington and Clark counties. But we provide more than a meal to thousands of older adults in the greater Portland metro area. Our service not only alleviates hunger and social isolation, but allows seniors to live independently with dignity in their own homes. Aging in place reduces depression, falls and hospitalization as well as the high cost of institutional care. For more information, visit: mowp.org.

About PepsiCo Food For Good: Food for Good works with non-profit partners to identify and implement cost-effective and efficient solutions to reach those in need. Food for Good is the signature nutrition operation of the PepsiCo Foundation and critical to its mission of helping alleviate hunger around the world. Through the unique model of a purpose-driven initiative, Food for Good has delivered more than 25 million nutritious meals since 2009. For more information, please visit: http://www.pepsicofoodforgood.com/


Fire--Ward Update 2018-08-14 0800
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/14/19 8:15 AM

Fire Summary:

Warmer and drier conditions continue to play a role in the Ward fire. Predicted flare up activity during the day kept firefighters busy on Tuesday. Crews achieved good successes on some sections, reinforcing control lines. As a result, several engines and crews will be reassigned today from more secure parts of the line to some of the more challenging areas. In the eastern section, there are still many islands of green, unburned areas inside the fire perimeter, which take longer to secure.

Today, crews will concentrate on meticulously checking for and extinguishing hot spots, flagging areas of concern, and meeting mop up standards, which vary from a minimum of 200 feet from the hard black (areas where there is no fuel) to 300 feet in incompletely burned and areas of higher fuel concentrations. With a front coming through Thursday morning, this work is critically important. “The biggest variable on fire behavior is weather,” says Chris Cline, Incident Commander. “The fuels and the slope stay constant.” Cline also noted the importance of continued vigilance on the fireline; “The job that we are doing today affects what happens on the fire tomorrow.”

The level of containment (currently at 47%) is a good measure of the Incident Commander’s assessment of the fire’s potential. Simply put, containment level is the percentage of the perimeter that has been determined controlled. In this case, there may be no smoke or flames in the other 53% of the perimeter, but firefighters cannot yet rule out the possibility that a light wind might ignite some of the unburned fuels near the line and result in spot fires.

If conditions stay as predicted, it is likely that steady progress towards full containment will continue through the week.


Fire--Ward Update 2018-08-14 0800
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/14/19 8:15 AM

Fire Summary:

Warmer and drier conditions continue to play a role in the Ward fire. Predicted flare up activity during the day kept firefighters busy on Tuesday. Crews achieved good successes on some sections, reinforcing control lines. As a result, several engines and crews will be reassigned today from more secure parts of the line to some of the more challenging areas. In the eastern section, there are still many islands of green, unburned areas inside the fire perimeter, which take longer to secure.

Today, crews will concentrate on meticulously checking for and extinguishing hot spots, flagging areas of concern, and meeting mop up standards, which vary from a minimum of 200 feet from the hard black (areas where there is no fuel) to 300 feet in incompletely burned and areas of higher fuel concentrations. With a front coming through Thursday morning, this work is critically important. “The biggest variable on fire behavior is weather,” says Chris Cline, Incident Commander. “The fuels and the slope stay constant.” Cline also noted the importance of continued vigilance on the fireline; “The job that we are doing today affects what happens on the fire tomorrow.”

The level of containment (currently at 47%) is a good measure of the Incident Commander’s assessment of the fire’s potential. Simply put, containment level is the percentage of the perimeter that has been determined controlled. In this case, there may be no smoke or flames in the other 53% of the perimeter, but firefighters cannot yet rule out the possibility that a light wind might ignite some of the unburned fuels near the line and result in spot fires.

If conditions stay as predicted, it is likely that steady progress towards full containment will continue through the week.


DPSST Police Policy Committee Meeting Scheduled - **Amended** (Agenda item #11 added)
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 08/14/19 8:13 AM

For Immediate Release                                        

August 15, 2019

Contact:         Mona Riesterer
                      (503) 378-2431

Notice of Regular Meeting

The Police Policy Committee will hold a regular meeting at August 15, 2019 @ 10:00 a.m.  The meeting will be held in the Victor G. Atiyeh Boardroom. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the deaf or hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above. 

 The meeting will be available through video live stream on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/DPSSTOregon/

Agenda Items:

1.   Introductions

2.   Approve Meeting Minutes of May 16, 2019

3.   Proposed Rule Changes for OAR 259-008-0010: Establishing Pre-Employment Psychological Screening Standards for Compliance with SB 423

Jennifer Howald

4.   Administrative Closures – Police/Regulatory Specialist

Presented by Kristen Hibberds

5.   Darling, Wesley DPSST # 59704: Application for Training & Subsequent Certification – Eugene Police Department

Presented by Kristen Hibberds   

6.   Martin, Logan DPSST # 60009; Application for Training & Subsequent Certification – Josephine County Sheriff’s Office

Presented by Kristen Hibberds

7.   Schmierbach, Ryan DPSST # 41342; Basic, Intermediate & Advanced Police Certifications – Oregon City Police Department (OCPD)

Presented by Kristin Hibberds

8.   Lewis, Gregg DPSST # 22515; Basic Police Certification – Portland Police Bureau (PPB)

Presented by Kristen Hibberds

9.   Altabef, Daniel DPSST # 45330; Basic Police Certification – Stayton Police Department (SPD)

Presented by Kristen Hibberds

10.  Lackey, Issac DPSST # 39648; Basic, Intermediate & Advanced Police Certifications – Portland Police Bureau (PPB)

Presented by Kristen Hibberds

11.  Jones, Steven DPSST #23649; Basic Police Certification – Portland Police Bureau

Presented by Kristen Hibberds

12.  Nightingale, William DPSST #46319; Re-evaluate Ineligibility Period of Recommendation Basic, Intermediate & Advanced Police Certifications & Basic Telecommunications & Emergency Medical Dispatcher Certifications – Woodburn Police Department

Presented by Kristen Hibberds

13.  Womack, Ronald DPSST #38511 – Reconsideration Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Police Certifications: Tigard Police Department

Presented by Kristen Hibberds

14.  Department Update

15.  Next Police Policy Committee Meeting – November 21, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Administrative Announcement

This is a public meeting, subject to the public meeting law and it will be recorded. Deliberation of issues will only be conducted by Police Policy Committee members unless permitted by the Chair. Individuals who engage in disruptive behavior that impedes official business will be asked to stop being disruptive or leave the meeting. Additional measures may be taken to have disruptive individuals removed if their continued presence poses a safety risk to the other persons in the room or makes it impossible to continue the meeting.


PPB Investigating Shooting-One Male Injured
Portland Police Bureau - 08/14/19 6:55 AM
On Wednesday, August 14th, 2019, at 4:43 a.m. East Precinct Officers responded to reports of shots and yelling heard in the area of the 3200 block of Southeast 136th Avenue. Officers arrived and discovered evidence of gunfire and blood in the area.

A residence believed to be involved was searched for potential victims. No victims were located at the scene or in the residence.

A male showed up at an area hospital shortly after the house search was completed with injuries consistent with being shot by a firearm. His condition and the circumstances surrounding his injuries are unknown at this time.

Investigators are working to gather evidence, witness accounts, and video. If anyone has information related to this case or the circumstances, call non-emergency dispatch at (503) 823-3333.

There is no identified on-going risk to community members in the area. Expect to see law enforcement personnel in the area while they continue to investigate this matter.
Southeast 136th Avenue North of Powell Boulevard is closed temporarily and will be re-opened as soon as officers can safely do so.

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Tue. 08/13/19
Suspect in May Day Incident Turns Self In on Warrant (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 08/13/19 9:31 PM
Ponte Photo
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37 year-old, Christopher R. Ponte turned himself into the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office on a warrant this evening shortly after 8 p.m. He is lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center on a single count of Riot and a single count of Assault III. These charges are the result of an investigation that started on May 1st, 2019 related to a disturbance in the 800 block of Northeast Couch Street.

Detectives assigned to the Portland Police Bureau's Assault Detail worked with the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office to obtain a warrant, which was authorized by a judge. This is an on-going investigation and no further details are available for release.
Assault Detectives continue to actively work several cases related to May 1st and June 29th demonstrations. If anyone has information related to crimes committed on those or other dates, they are encouraged to contact the Portland Police Bureau at crimetips@portlandoregon.gov

For persons wishing to remain anonymous, tips can be provided to Crime Stoppers of Oregon.
Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 cash for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Visit the App Store and download P3 Tips to submit secure and anonymous tips.

Online at https://www.p3tips.com/823

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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