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Sun. 12/10/17
multiple armed robberies in Clark County
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/10/17 2:12 PM
At 0900 this morning a clerk at Oscars Market, located at 4901 NE Saint Johns Road, called to report that a male had entered the store, displayed a weapon, and demanded money. The suspect then fled the store on foot taking a small amount of money with him. Deputies from the Sheriff's Office, assisted by officers from the Vancouver Police Department, respond and an area search was conducted but we were unable to locate the suspect.

The male was described as 18 -- 20 years old, approximately 5' 10" tall with black hair wearing a brown work jacket. At the time of the robbery he was wearing a black ski mask.

19 minutes later, a similar robbery occurred at the Minit Mart located at 1901 Kauffman Ave in Vancouver, Washington. The suspect in this robbery matched the description of the suspect in the Oscars Market robbery. The suspect again displayed a weapon and demanded money. Vancouver Police responded but were unable to locate the suspect.

This is an active investigation. Additional information will be released when it is available.

Red Cross Responds to a Single Family Home Fire Affecting Four People in Portland
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/10/17 11:57 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross at approximately 9:30 a.m. Dec. 10, 2017 responded to a single-family home fire disaster that occurred on Dec. 9, 2017, at 7000 block of SE Center Street in Portland, Ore. The fire affected two adults and two children.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Drunk Driver Arrested after Driving into House (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 12/10/17 10:32 AM
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports last night at 10:25 p.m., his deputies responded to a reported non-injury motor vehicle crash on Hayden Road in Lebanon.

When deputies arrived, they found a 2017 Dodge Ram1500 pickup had crashed into a house. The vehicle drove through the front window and came to rest in the living room. Only the rear portion of the pickup was sticking out of the house.

Fortunately, just prior to the crash, the residents had gone to bed and were not in the front portion of the house. Deputies identified the driver as Haven Austin Hansen (22) of Lebanon and his passenger as Leif Jacob Erickson (27) of Sweet Home. Deputies determined alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Hansen was arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, and driving while suspended misdemeanor. The blood alcohol content for Hansen was almost three times the legal limit. The vehicle was towed from the scene.

The Lebanon Fire Department assisted the family in boarding up the front portion of the home.

The investigation is continuing.



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Red Cross Responds to a Single Family Home Fire Affecting Seven People in Dallas
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/10/17 8:43 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a single-family home fire disaster on Dec. 10, 2017, at approximately 5:30 a.m. in the 18000 block of Falls City Road in Dallas, Ore. The fire affected five adults and two children.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Media Map Will Be Down For Maintenance - 12/10/2017
Portland/Mult Co 9-1-1 - 12/10/17 6:00 AM
The City of Portland's Bureau of Technical Services (BTS) will perform routine monthly system maintenance tomorrow, December 10th from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Please note - this will affect your ability to access information via the Bureau of Emergency Communications (BOEC) Media Map during this system maintenance. There is a "possibility" the Media Map may be down until Monday morning. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Red Cross Responds to Single Family Fire Affecting Four People in Portland
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/10/17 1:23 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a single-family home fire disaster on Dec. 9, 2017, at approximately 8:00 p.m. in the 100 block of NE Lombard Street in Portland. The fire affected three adults and one child.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Sat. 12/09/17
Red Cross Responds to Single Family Home Fire Affecting One Adult in Cascadia
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/09/17 9:48 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a single-family home fire disaster on Dec. 9, 2017, at approximately 6:30 p.m. in the 47600 block of Cascadia Drive in Cascadia, Ore. The fire affected one adult.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Red Cross Responds to Single Family Home Fire Affecting Three People in Warrenton
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/09/17 8:15 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a single family home fire disaster on Dec. 9, 2017, at approximately 4:00 p.m. in the 90000 block of Lake View Road in Warrenton, Ore. The fire affected two adults and one child.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Red Cross Responds to a Single Family Home Fire Affecting Six People in Portland
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/09/17 8:05 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a single-family home fire disaster on Dec. 9, 2017, at approximately 3:00 p.m. in the 100 block of NE Lombard Street in Portland, Ore. The fire affected two adults and four children.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Man Arrested After Woman Asks Patrons to Call For Help (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/09/17 7:58 PM
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Today around 1:00 p.m., deputies were called to Dick's Sporting Goods on Lancaster Drive NE, after a woman mouthed the words "help me" to several patrons inside of the store. When deputies arrived they contacted a woman, her minor child and Christopher Hahn-Collins, age 25, of Salem.

From their investigation deputies and detectives believe that Mr. Hahn-Collins came to the woman's south east Salem home late Friday afternoon where he broke in and waited. After the family arrived home Mr. Hahn-Collins held the victim and her minor child at knife point over night and into the next day. The following day the victim convinced the suspect to take her to Dick's Sporting Goods where she was able to mouth the words "help me" to several patrons inside the store.

Detectives do not believe that Mr. Hahn-Collins knew the victim at the time of her kidnapping. Mr. Hahn-Collins has been lodged at the Marion County Jail for the crimes of Kidnapping 1 x 2, Menacing, Burglary 1, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Giving False Information to the Police and a Parole Violation Warrant for Sex Abuse.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office is seeking any information regarding Mr. Hahn-Collins.
Your tips can be made by calling 503 540 8079 or by using our Facebook page at Facebook.com/MCSOInTheKnow. The Sheriff's Office does not intend to release any further information pertaining to the investigation or the victims.

Booking image provided is from a past booking at the Marion County Jail



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Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to Two Nearly Simultaneous Residential Fires (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 12/09/17 6:54 PM
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At 5:43 PM, a residential structure fire was reported at 7910 SE Center St.

Initial reports from 9-1-1 callers was that a garbage can next to a home was on fire, and possibly extending to the walls.

The first arriving engine company reported that the garage was fully involved in fire. That crew mounted an aggressive interior attack on the fire to prevent extension to the rest of the house. Additional crews immediately searched the garage and the residence to check for potential victims. Nobody was found. There were no injuries in this fire.

11 minutes later, while the SE Center St. fire incident was still in progress, a second residential structure fire was dispatched at 5:54 PM. This fire was on the other side of the city, at 11027 SW 64th Ave. Crews were assigned to both the interior to investigate and extinguish the fire, which was suspected to be in the attic space, as well as the roof to ventilate fire gasses from inside the structure. A search of the interior was all-clear. No injuries occurred as a result of this incident.

High winds and dry conditions can accelerate a fires growth during suppression efforts. A "wind-driven" Fire was what firefighters encountered tonight in the SE Center St fire. Once a door is opened or a window is burned out, wind can push fire more rapidly through a structure than under normal conditions.

The cause of both fires is still under investigation. Damage estimates, and cause will be posted when the information becomes available.



Attached Media Files: SE Center St fire 1 , SE Center St fire 2

Red Cross Responds to Single Family Home Fire Affecting Ten People in Keizer
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/09/17 4:53 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a single-family home fire disaster on Dec. 9, 2017, at approximately 1:00 p.m. in the 4000 block of Gobert Avenue in Keizer, Ore. The fire affected four adults and six children.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Suspect Arrested During Protest and Counter-Protest in Downtown Portland (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/09/17 4:19 PM
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On Saturday, December 9, 2017, one person was arrested during a protest, counter protest, and march in Downtown Portland. The protest events and march were held near Terry Schrunk Plaza, Chapman Square, Waterfront Park and sidewalks in the downtown area over the course of several hours.

Officers observed several disturbances during today's event, but there were no injuries reported that required anyone be transported to area hospitals by ambulance. Portland Fire and Rescue medics provided medical aid to a protest member and counter-protest member, after both were pepper sprayed by a person in the crowd.

The intent of law enforcement today was to provide a safe environment for all participants, non-participants, and community members while ensuring the peaceful exercise of the First Amendment.

The person arrested during today's events was identified as 21-year-old Tusitala Toese. Toese was arrested at Southwest 3rd Avenue and Southwest Madison Street. He was lodged in the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Harassment, Assault in the Fourth Degree and a warrant for a previous charge of Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

The law enforcement and public safety partners today included the following agencies:

Portland Police Bureau
Federal Protective Service
Multnomah County District Attorney's Office
City of Portland City Attorney's Office
Portland Fire & Rescue

The Portland Police Bureau will review video and images of today's events in an attempt to identify people who were involved in criminal activity. Anyone with information about criminal behavior at any of these events is asked to share it by email to CrimeTips@portlandoregon.gov; or, anonymously through Crime Stoppers of Oregon by texting CRIMES (274637) - Type 823HELP, followed by the tip; online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php or by calling 503-823-HELP (4357).

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Attached Media Files: Tusitala Toese

Two-Vehicle Crash Claims the Life of a Grants Pass Woman on New Hope Road - Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 12/09/17 4:02 PM
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On December 9, 2017, at about 2:25 a.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on New Hope Road in Josephine County.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2001 Subaru Legacy, operated by Stuart Douglas HAMILTON, age 21, of Grants Pass, was traveling southbound in the 2000 block of New Hope Road when his vehicle crossed into the oncoming lane of travel. The Subaru collided nearly head-on with a 2000 Honda Civic, operated by Chrystal Starr BERKO, age 41, of Grants Pass.

Both vehicles came to rest in the roadway blocking both lanes of travel. BERKO was pronounced deceased at the scene by medical personnel. HAMILTON extricated himself and denied medical attention.

HAMILTON showed signs of impairment and a DUII investigation was conducted. HAMILTON was subsequently taken into custody and ultimately lodged at the Josephine County Correctional Facility on following charges:

Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII)
Reckless Driving
Manslaughter II

New Hope Road was closed for about three hours while Troopers investigated the crash scene. OSP was assisted by the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, Josephine County American Medical Response (AMR), and Josephine County Rural Metro Fire Department.



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Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to NE Lombard St Apartment Fire
Portland Fire & Rescue - 12/09/17 3:54 PM
At 1:26 this afternoon, Portland Fire responded to a report of an apartment fire at 166 NE Lombard St.

First arriving units reported a large column of smoke, which indicated a working structure fire. Bystanders outside the fire, reported that the fire originated in the basement on the back side of the complex. The crew assigned to fire attack made an aggressive push through the rear of the structure and quickly knocked the fire down. Additional crews performed vital ventilation and search and rescue functions.

A cursory search yielded no victims inside. No occupants or firefighters were injured in this fire. One house cat perished in this fire.

Fire investigators are on scene working to determine the cause of the fire. Updates on fire cause and damage estimates will be posted once they become available.

Portland Fire would like to remind everyone that that driving over charged hoselines that are crossing roads is not only dangerous for motorists, but can endanger firefighters who are relying on the water supply from hydrants for suppression and protection from fire. Avoid driving over fire hose unless an emergency requires it.

Battle Ground Kids Shop with a Cop (Photo)
City of Battle Ground - 12/09/17 1:57 PM
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Battle Ground, WA - Eight deserving kids spent this morning shopping for gifts for their families and items for themselves at Battle Ground's Shop with a Cop at Walmart. Their shopping partners, five of BGPD's finest who volunteered for the event, met the children at the police department for juice and donuts before leaving in police cars for a lights-on motorcade to the Battle Ground Walmart.

Participating children attend primary or middle schools in Battle Ground and were nominated by school staff for their exemplary citizenship and academic efforts. Each child was granted $300, as much time as they needed to shop with their cop, and the assistance of a Walmart store associate. The smiles of all involved, and all who witnessed the activities, reflected the season's joy of giving.

Battle Ground's Shop with a Cop is made possible by a $2,500 Walmart Community Grant.

"We appreciate Walmart's support of this program," said Police Chief Bob Richardson, "These kids are deserving and our officers appreciate the opportunity to further build relationships with them and with the public we serve."


Additional Information:
BGPD officers in the attached pictures (in ascending order) are:
(1) Officer Michele Fox
(2) Officer Kyle Kinnan, Sgt. Chris Crouch, Officer Josh Runnels
(3) Chief Bob Richardson
(4) Sgt. Kim Armstrong



Attached Media Files: BGPD Shop with a Cop - 1 , BGPD Shop with a Cop - 2 , BGPD Shop with a Cop - 3 , BGPD Shop with a Cop - 4

Gang Enforcement Team Investigates Saturday Morning Shooting in Downtown - No Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 12/09/17 1:09 PM
On Saturday, December 9, 2017, at 8:27 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of gunfire in front of Nike Portland, located at 638 Southwest 5th Avenue.

When officers arrived in the area, they contacted a large group of people that were waiting to enter Nike Portland. Based on preliminary information, officers believe a newer red Toyota Camry was driven in front of Nike Portland, when an occupant of the Camry fired a gun into the air. Shortly after the occupant of the Camry fired the gun, multiple people that were waiting to enter the store ran in multiple directions.

According to witnesses, one of the people that ran from the crowd chased after the red Camry. When that man arrived near the intersection of Southwest 4th Avenue and Southwest Washington Street, he fired multiple rounds from a handgun in the direction of the Camry.

Officers searched the area and have not located the red Camry or the occupants of the Camry. The suspect that fired multiple rounds in the direction of the Camry has not been located either. At this time no people with injuries have been located or have arrived at Portland hospitals as a result of this shooting.

As officers canvassed the area, they located evidence of gunfire, including multiple bullet strikes to a building near the intersection of Southwest 4th Avenue and Southwest Washington Street.

Based on information learned during the investigation, the Gang Enforcement Team responded to the location and assisted with the investigation.

Anyone with information, including surveillance footage, regarding this shooting should contact the Portland Police Bureau Tactical Operations Division's Gang Enforcement Team at 503-823-4106.

If you see a gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Information about any unsolved homicide is eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,500. Information about any other unsolved felony crime is eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Submit an anonymous tip:

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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Elgin Man Sentenced for Illegally Taking Two Bull Elk - Union County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 12/09/17 12:54 PM
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In November of 2016, an Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Trooper responded to a location near Elgin, Oregon where two large bull elk were shot and completely left to waste. At the time, OSP was not able to develop any suspects and therefor, put forward a public request for information relating to the unlawful taking of the two bull elk. Through the assistance of the Oregon Hunter's Association Turn-In-Poacher (TIP) program, as well as the public information request, three suspects were identified and following the investigation, were charged with multiple wildlife offenses.

One of the individuals, Nathan William Crouch (27) of Elgin, was recently sentenced for his involvement with these crimes after admitting that he was the one that shot both elk. On November 27th, 2017, Crouch plead guilty to four misdemeanor offenses and Union County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Powers sentenced Crouch with the following: 60 days in jail, an 8 year hunting license suspension as well as other stipulations, and $17,500 in restitution, $16,000 of which will go to the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife.

In an Elkhorn Media Group article, Union County Senior Deputy District Attorney, Christopher L. Storz commented that "The defendants in this case just left these animals to rot. They took nothing and by the time they were found, no meat was salvageable. Cases like this one emphasize the need for felonies in the Oregon Game Code, something that currently just isn't provided for under Oregon law".

Under current Oregon law, wildlife offenses such as this can only be charged as a class A misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of one year in jail and fines not to exceed $6,250.

According to Lieutenant Tim Schwartz of the Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division; "Unfortunately, we see cases like this every year throughout the state and many times there is little evidence available at the scene to identify the suspect(s). In this specific case, the public's involvement was paramount and is an excellent example of the community and law enforcement, coming together to apprehend the individuals responsible". Captain Jeff Samuels, who is the Division Director for the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division, expressed thanks to the Trooper, public and the Union County District Attorney's Office for making sure this case was followed through.

The Oregon State Police would like to remind the public that any time they see or have information related to unlawful hunting activity or anything suspicious, they call the TIP line (1-800-452-7888). The TIP number, which routes callers directly to OSP dispatch centers, can also be located on the reverse side of Oregon hunting and angling licensing documents.

The Oregon Hunters Association offers rewards to persons, through their TIP fund, for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) for illegal possession, killing, or taking of bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, elk, deer, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, furbearers and/or upland game birds and water fowl. TIP rewards can also be paid for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of game fish, and/or shell fish, and for the destruction of habitat.

In addition rewards may be paid for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) who have illegally obtained Oregon hunting/angling license or tags. People who "work" the system and falsely apply for resident license or tags are not legally hunting or angling and are considered poachers.

Rewards:
Bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose $1,000
Elk, deer, antelope $500
Bear, cougar, wolf $300
Habitat destruction $300
Illegally obtaining Oregon hunting or angling license or tags $200
Game fish, shell fish $100
Upland birds, waterfowl $100
Furbearers $100

How to report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity:

T.I.P. Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 (24/7)

T.I.P. E-mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)



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Fri. 12/08/17
Red Cross Responds to Tent Fire Affecting Two Adults in Portland
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/08/17 10:28 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a tent fire disaster on Dec 8, 2017, at approximately 6:30 p.m. in the 9400 block of NE Sacramento Street in Portland, Ore. The fire affected two adults.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Centennial School District Governing Board Meeting Notice for December 13, 2017
Centennial Sch. Dist. - 12/08/17 5:45 PM
The Centennial School District Board of Directors will meet on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at 7:00 pm in the district office board room (18135 SE Brooklyn ST, Portland, OR 97236).

Fall athletes that received 1st and 2nd team all-league awards will be recognized by the Board at this meeting. After which Stacy Michaelson, Government Affairs Administrator for Multnomah
School Districts will be introduced to the Board.

Reports to be presented at this meeting include the student representative's report and the superintendent's report.

After the confirmation items are considered en masse, the Board will consider approval of the following action items:
7.2.1 - Consider Revised 2017/2018 School Year Calendar for Centennial High School
7.2.2 - Consider Revised Policy GCA, License Requirements
7.2.3 - Consider Revised Policy JGAB, Use of Restraint and Seclusion
7.2.4 - Consider Version 2 Policy EEA, Student Transportation
7.2.5 - Consider Revised AC-AR, Discrimination Complaint Procedures
7.2.6 - Consider Further Revised Policy BDDH, Public Participation in Board Meetings
7.2.7 - Consider OSBA Resolution to Reorganize OSBA as a Non-Profit Corporation & Adopt the Proposed 2017 Bylaws
7.2.8 - Consider Candidates for OSBA Board of Directors Positions 17 & 18
7.2.9 - Consider Candidates for OSBA Legislative Policy Committee, Positions 17, 18 &
19

The full board meeting packet for this meeting is available for reference on the Centennial School District website at www.csd28j.org and can be found on the School Board page.

Centennial School District meetings are held in accordance with open meeting laws and accessibility requirements. If you have a disability and need assistance in order to participate in this meeting, please contact district office staff at 503-760-7990.

Centennial School District Budget Committee Work Session Notice for December 13, 2017
Centennial Sch. Dist. - 12/08/17 5:29 PM
The Centennial School District Budget Committee work session will take place on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at 6:20 pm in the Centennial School District board room (18135 SE Brooklyn ST, Portland, OR 97236). Agenda items for this work session are to elect the new Budget Committee officers for 2017/2018 and to discuss budget priorities for 2018/2019.

The agenda for this work session is posted on the Centennial School District website on the School Board page.

Centennial School District meetings are held in accordance with open meeting laws and accessibility requirements. If you have a disability and need assistance in order to participate in this meeting, please contact the district office staff at 503-760-7990.

Tualatin Police Capture Escaped Coffee Creek Prison Inmate (Photo)
Tualatin Police Dept. - 12/08/17 5:28 PM
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On December 8, 2017 at approximately 3:20pm Tualatin Police Officers responded to a report of a female subject matching the description of escaped Coffee Creek Correctional Facility inmate Lorrie Marie Hocker, 42, walking near the Tualatin Fred Meyer.

Witnesses were able to provide updated location information until officers arrived in the area. Tualatin officers made contact with Ms. Hocker near the Tualatin Key Bank where she provided her name and age. Ms. Hocker was taken into custody without incident and transported back to Coffee Creek Correctional Facility.

Ms. Hocker was wanted for escaping Coffee Creek Correctional Facility while being transported to a work assignment in Salem on Monday, December 4, 2017.

No further information at this time.



Attached Media Files: 2017-12/858/110294/Lorrie_Hocker_Arrest.pdf , 2017-12/858/110294/Lorrie_Hocker.jpg

Registered Sex Offender Arrested on Multiple Sex Abuse Related Charges (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/08/17 5:11 PM
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On Friday December 8, 2017, 38-year-old Luis Edward Trybom was arrested by the United States Marshal's Fugitive Task Force as part of a Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Sex Crimes Unit ongoing investigation.

Trybom was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Luring a Minor, Online Sexual Corruption in the First Degree, Using a Child in Display of Sexually Explicit Conduct (four counts), Encouraging Child Sex Abuse in the First Degree (four counts), Sex Abuse in the Third Degree (eight counts), Fail to Register as a Sex Offender - misdemeanor, Rape in the First Degree and Sex Abuse in the Second Degree (seven counts).

Trybom is a registered sex offender in connection with a 1997 conviction for Sex Abuse in the Third Degree and was arrested June 28, 2017 by Portland Police on multiple charges of Using a Child in Display of Sexually Explicit Conduct.

After Trybom's June 28th arrest, additional victims were located and later interviewed. Today's arrest is the result of investigations that started after the additional victims were contacted.

For investigative reasons, no further details can be released at this time.

Detectives believe their may be additional victims and are asking anyone with information to contact Detective Nathan Sheppard at 503-823-3886, nathan.sheppard@portlandoregon.gov.

The Portland Police Bureau collaborates with government agencies and community organizations that provide access to advocacy services to victims of sex crimes.

A victim may be accompanied by a sexual assault advocate or other appropriate support person during the reporting process and/or criminal investigation.

Multnomah County Victims' Assistance Program: Provides support during the reporting of sexual assaults and referrals to victim services and resources: 503-988-3270.

Call to Safety (formerly the Portland Women's Crisis Line): Provides access to advocacy services, including confidential peer support, information and referrals to community resources. 24 hour crisis line: 503-235-5333, 1-888-235-5333, or https://calltosafety.org/

Project UNICA (Proyecto UNICA): Provides access to advocacy services for Spanish-speaking survivors of domestic and sexual violence. 24 hour crisis line: 503-232-4448, or 1-888-232-4448.

Additionally, the Portland Police Bureau Strength Programs provide free self-defense classes and personal safety workshops to people around the Portland area.

To learn more information about these programs, call 503-823-0260 or visit http://www.portlandonline.com/police/womenstrength

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Attached Media Files: Luis E Trybom

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 Equity & School Improvement Team Meeting
Parkrose Sch. Dist. - 12/08/17 4:57 PM
The Superintendent's District Equity & School Improvement Team will be meeting on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 in the Boardroom at the Parkrose District Office located at 10636 NE Prescott St., Portland, Oregon at the hour of 4:00 p.m. to discuss Equity and School Improvement. A quorum of the Board may be in attendance at this meeting.

Parkrose School District public meetings are held in accordance with open meeting laws and with accessibility requirements. If accommodations for individuals with disabilities or for groups exceed boardroom capacity are required, please contact Board Secretary Andrea Stevenson at least two full business days prior to the Board meeting. Contact phone: (503)408-2114 Contact e-mail: andrea_stevenson@parkrose.k12.or.us Contact address: 10636 NE Prescott Street, Portland, Oregon 97220-2699

It is the policy of the Parkrose Board of Education and Parkrose School District that there will be no discrimination or harassment on the grounds of race, color, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age or disability in any educational programs, activities or employment. Parkrose School District provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Persons having questions about equal opportunity and nondiscrimination should contact the Director of Student Services Michelle Markle. Contact phone: (503)408-2118 Contact e-mail: michelle_markle@parkrose.k12.or.us Contact address: 10636 NE Prescott Street, Portland, Oregon 97220-2699

Coffee Creek Correctional Facility inmate Lorrie Hocker back in custody (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 12/08/17 4:49 PM
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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate who walked away from Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) work crew in Wilsonville Monday morning is now in custody.

Tualatin Police Department arrested Lorrie Marie Hocker on Friday, December 8, 2017, at approximately 3:45 p.m.

"The Department of Corrections thanks Tualatin Police Department, the Oregon State Police, and the public for all of the tips, investigation, and hard work leading to Hocker's arrest. It's partnerships like these that help all of us to meet our mission of protecting the public, and we are pleased she is safe and back in custody," stated DOC Inspector General Craig Prins.

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Attached Media Files: Lorrie Hocker

Gladstone Police Are Doing Extra Patrols for DUII Drivers
Gladstone Police - 12/08/17 4:37 PM
GLADSTONE, Ore. -- The Gladstone Police Department has been awarded a 2017-2018 DUII High Visibility Enforcement grant from Oregon Impact. This grant will allow officers to do extra, targeted enforcement to arrest DUII drivers beginning November 2017 through September 2018. Along with other local agencies, these missions are aimed at keeping drivers and pedestrians safe throughout Oregon.

High visibility enforcement, increasing the number of officers on the streets who aggressively seek drunk drivers, is designed to deter people from driving after they have been drinking. Officers will also be looking for impaired drivers during this holiday season, specifically between Dec. 15, 2017 and Jan. 1, 2018.

Ways to prevent impaired driving:

-Stop alcohol service long before the event is over
-Prepare for guests to stay the night, or assist with calling for cab service
-Choose a responsible designated driver
-Serve plenty of food to help lessen the effects of alcohol
-Offer a wide range of non-alcoholic beverages

Everyone plays an important part in keeping our highways and city streets safe. Immediately report aggressive, dangerous, and intoxicated drivers to Clackamas County Communications at 503-655-8211 or call 9-1-1 if it is an emergency.

Hillsboro School District Awarded $434,000 CTE Revitalization Grant
Hillsboro Sch. Dist. - 12/08/17 4:16 PM
Two-year career-technical education grant will expand Bioscience Technologies program at Hilhi and enable CTE Innovation Summer Camp for historically underserved middle schoolers

December 8, 2017, Hillsboro, OR --Hillsboro School District recently learned it has been awarded $434,000 in CTE Revitalization Grants from the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to support a major expansion of the Bioscience Technologies program at Hillsboro High School (Hilhi; $343,100) and to create a CTE Innovation Summer Camp for Latino and other historically underserved middle school students ($90,900).

Bioscience Technologies is a new career pathway being offered at Hilhi this year. The program seeks to introduce students to the world of modern biological research and its impacts on society, as well as careers within the growing biotech field. In partnership with the Bioscience Technologies program and Portland Community College, Hilhi's Bioscience Technologies pathway will allow students the opportunity to articulate up to 19 college credits.

The grant will work in conjunction with projects already slated to occur as a result of the District's recently-passed capital construction bond to remodel an existing home economics space to become a fully equipped laboratory with modern and industry-standard equipment and supplies. The grant will allow the purchase of larger-scale equipment and more of it so that lab groups can be kept at four or fewer to ensure each student's hands-on participation. It will also allow more varied and complex experiments to be conducted, especially in the advanced capstone class. In addition, it will help fund field trips for students to attend professional conferences where they can see, and hopefully present, current research. With this grant, Hilhi will become the area leader in the high school Bioscience field, with the first full Bioscience CTE Pathway in the State of Oregon.

"Industry partners are very excited by this partnership, as evidenced by field trips that have already occurred to the Oregon National Primate Research Center [ONPRC] and Genentech, extensive curriculum collaboration between PCC Biotech and Hilhi Biotech, and Experiential Learning Opportunities that have taken place at ONPRC for several Hilhi students," explains Bioscience Technologies teacher Brian Pendergrass.

The CTE Summer Innovation camp is a project-based learning experience that includes designing a product, developing a business plan, prototyping and executing the product design, testing it, and presenting to the larger community. The camp will last for a total of eight days: Monday through Thursday over the course of two weeks. The camp aims to serve Latino students and other historically underserved students and is designed to harness the strengths and assets, such as bilingualism, that students bring to the table. Camp instructors, who will be both licensed CTE teachers and staff who are experienced in serving families in the Hispanic community, will work directly with high school interns to develop the lesson plans and presentations.

Hillsboro was one of 101 recipients of the grants, which totaled $10.3 million for the 2017-19 biennium. This award brings to $985,244 the total of CTE Revitalization Grants earned by the District since January of 2016.
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Attached Media Files: 2017-12/107/110288/media_release_Hillsboro_School_District_Awarded_434K_CTE_Grant_120817.pdf

UPDATE: Three Arrested in Connection to Home Invasion Robbery/Shooting (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/08/17 3:45 PM
Three suspects connected to a robbery and shooting on November 28, 2017, that left two people injured, have been taken into custody over the last several days. Arrested were 19-year-old Austen K. Herrmann; 22-year-old Julian M. Booker; and a 17-year-old male.

Based on information learned during the investigation, detectives identified Herrmann, Booker and the male juvenile as the suspects involved in the incident. Robbery Detail detectives broadcast information to Portland Police officers and surrounding law enforcement agencies with information about the three.

On Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at 1:52 a.m., Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies performed a traffic stop on a 1999 Nissan Maxima in the 400 block of Northwest Frontage Road in Troutdale. During the traffic stop, a male exited the Nissan and ran from deputies. Deputies performed a search with a K-9 team; but the male was not located. Deputies believed the suspect who ran was Herrmann and one of the occupants of the vehicle was Booker, who was taken into custody.

On Thursday, December 7, 2017, at approximately 2:00 p.m., members of the Portland Police Robbery Detail were at the arraignment for Booker in the Justice Center, when they observed Herrmann and the 17-year-old male in the building. Robbery Detail detectives took the 17-year-old suspect into custody at the courthouse, but Herrmann fled the area.

On Friday, December 8, 2017, at 12:34 a.m., Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies performed a traffic stop on a 1996 Lexus 300 near the intersection of Northeast Halsey Street and Northeast Market Drive in Fairview. During the traffic stop, deputies contacted, identified and arrested Herrmann. Deputies seized as evidence a firearm and a large amount of marijuana during an inventory of the vehicle.

Booker and Herrmann were lodged in the Multnomah County Jail and the juvenile was placed in the custody of the Donald E. Long Detention Home.

Booker was charged with Robbery in the First Degree, Kidnap in the First Degree, Assault in the First Degree, Burglary in the First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree, Robbery in the Second Degree, and a warrant for a previous robbery with a deadly weapon charge.

Herrmann was booked on charges of Attempt Murder, Robbery in the First Degree, Robbery in the Second Degree, Burglary in the First Degree, Kidnap in the First Degree, Assault in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Theft in the First Degree, Attempt to Elude on Foot, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Minor in Possession of More than Eight Ounces of Marijuana, False Information to a Peace Officer, and a warrant for a previous conviction of Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle.

The juvenile was charged with Robbery in the First Degree and Robbery in the Second Degree.

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On Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at 12:41 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting in an apartment located on the 12200 block of Southeast Ramona Street.

As officers responded to the location, emergency dispatchers broadcast information that one adult male was shot. When officers arrived they located two injured men inside an apartment on the east side of Southeast Ramona Street. One of the adult males had what appeared to be a serious non-life-threatening gunshot wound and the other male had been assaulted. Officers immediately applied medical aid to the man who was shot, while additional officers searched the apartment and surrounding outside area for suspects.

Once officers completed a search of the apartment and determined there were no suspects in the apartment, emergency medical responders entered the apartment, provided additional medical aid and transported the man to an area hospital by ambulance. The second male who was assaulted did not require transport to an area hospital, but stated he would seek medical attention at a later time.

During the investigation, officers learned three suspects were invited to the victims' apartment as part of a business transaction. When the three men arrived they attempted to rob the victims, at which time, one victim was shot and the other assaulted. The suspects were described as three black males. Preliminary information suggests the victims knew the suspects.

The suspects have not been located at this time but based on information learned at this time in the investigation, it is not believed the suspects are an immediate threat to the public.

Detectives with the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Robbery Detail and criminalists with the Forensic Evidence Division have responded to assist with this investigation.

Anyone with information about this robbery and shooting investigation should contact Detective William Winters at 503-823-0466 or William.Winters@portlandoregon.gov or Detective Robert Hollins at 503-823-3441 or Robert.Hollins@portlandoregon.gov

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AARP Honors 2017 Class of State Elected Officials for Championing Family Caregivers
AARP Oregon - 12/08/17 2:42 PM
Preview posted on FlashAlert: December 8th, 2017 2:28 PM
Clackamas, OR -- AARP Oregon today named "Capitol Caregivers" of 2017 in recognition of their support family caregivers in Oregon. Honored for the legislatively efforts are Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, Sen. Jackie Winters, Sen. Richard Devlin, Sen. Tim Knopp, Rep. Nancy Nathanson, Rep. Dan Rayfield, and Rep. Greg Smith.

These leaders advanced policies to support Oregon's family caregivers, who help their parents, spouses and other loved ones live independently at home and in the community--where they want to be.

"AARP thanks Senators Steiner Hayward, Winters, Devlin and Knopp, and Representatives Nathanson, Rayfield and Smith for championing the preservation of funding for long term supports and services that help to keep Oregonians in their own homes this year," says Jerry Cohen, state director of AARP Oregon. "They provided key leadership to pass a budget this year that does not cut critical services for older Oregonians and helped make the big responsibilities of family caregivers a little bit easier."

The state budget that passed during the 2017 legislative session prevented proposed cuts to programs like Oregon Project Independence, which provides basic help to older families to help keep people in their own homes. The budget also protected funding for family caregiver training programs and the Aging and Disability Resource Connection of Oregon (ADRC) that helps people find appropriate care, supports, and resources.

Across Oregon, about 470,00 Oregonians provide unpaid care for their older parents, spouses, children and adults with disabilities, and other loved ones-- valued at about $5.7 billion annually. They help with bathing and dressing, meal preparation, managing finances, transportation, grocery shopping and more.

"Family caregivers provide invaluable care to their loved ones," says Cohen. "And they need our support."

AARP Oregon will present the Capitol Caregiver awards to these legislators January 11 during legislative days at the State Capitol in Salem.

"Funding long term supports and services is just a first step to providing help for family caregivers," says Cohen. "AARP will continue to fight for Oregon's family caregivers and their loved ones in 2018: for more support, help at home, workplace flexibility, training, relief and more.

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Caregiving Resources:
v AARP's I Heart Caregivers Initiative - https://secure.aarp.org/home-family/caregiving/?cmp=RDRCT-CRGNG_APR12_012
AARP Caregiving Resource Center - https://secure.aarp.org/home-family/caregiving/?cmp=RDRCT-CRGNG_APR12_012
Home Alone: Family Caregivers Providing Complex Chronic Care (October 2012) - https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/home-care/
Caregiving in the US: 2015 Report - https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/home-care/


The Oregon awards are part of national recognition by AARP to 100 lawmakers around the country who worked in a bipartisan way to support family caregivers.
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About AARP
AARP is the nation's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With nearly 38 million members and offices in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and advocate for what matters most to families with a focus on health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also works for individuals in the marketplace by sparking new solutions and allowing carefully chosen, high-quality products and services to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world's largest circulation publications, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.

Deadline for Short-Term Rental License Renewals is December 31, 2017
City of Salem - 12/08/17 2:30 PM
Do you rent your home or rooms on a vacation rental website like Airbnb or Flipkey? Do you know someone who does? City code refers to these rentals as short-term and accessory short-term rentals. Please help us spread the word about the required December 31 license renewal deadline, and the requirement to be licensed to operate within the City.

-- City Council Adopted Changes in Summer 2017 --

After receiving comments from the public, the Salem City Council approved changes to the Salem Revised Code (SRC) to allow short-term rentals and accessory short-term rentals in a variety of different zones. These changes, effective July 12, 2017, require that those currently renting, or looking to rent, their home must apply for a license with the City of Salem Planning Division and renew the license each year by December 31. You can view properly licensed short-term and accessory short-term rentals on the City's website at the following location by selecting "Short-term Rental" from the "License Type" drop-down menu: http://bit.ly/cos-license.

Just like hotels and lodging websites such as Expedia and Priceline, short-term and accessory short-term rental hosts and hosting platforms are required to register with the City of Salem Finance Division in order to report and pay Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) to the City on a monthly basis. City code requires the operator who facilitates the reservation and collects the payment to pay the tax. While this normally means that the hosting platform (such as Airbnb) is responsible for reporting and paying the tax, it does not relieve individual hosts from their responsibility. Please contact your hosting platform to confirm their compliance with the requirements in Salem Revised Code Chapter 37.

Operators and hosting platforms who don't register and abide by code requirements will be subject to fines and penalties.

-- How to Register or Renew Your Short-Term or Accessory Short-Term Rental --

1. Get Licensed / Renew Your Existing License. Contact the City of Salem Planning Division to apply for or renew your license. There are different requirements based on zoning, occupancy, and type of use. More information is available at: http://bit.ly/cosshortterm. As part of your license approval you will be automatically registered with the City's Finance Division to Pay TOT.

2. Report and Pay TOT. Once licensed and registered you must complete the Operator Monthly Reporting Form and pay the TOT. The form and taxes are due to the City on or before the last day of the month immediately following the month during which someone paid to stay in your home. You must submit the Operator Monthly Reporting Form each month, even if your hosting platform collects and pays the tax on your behalf. The form can be found here: http://bit.ly/cos-opform

For more information, please contact the Planning Division at (503) 588-6213, or the Finance Division at (503) 588-6210. If you have questions/concerns related to a location currently operating within the City, please contact Code Compliance at (503) 588-6421.

GI Illness Sheridan Schools
Yamhill Co. Public Health - 12/08/17 1:03 PM
Immediate Release 12/08/17
Lindsey Manfrin 503-434-7525

Yamhill County Public Health is currently working with Sheridan High School due to a higher than normal number of students and staff absent due to gastrointestinal illness.
We are working with the school and families to collect samples for testing to determine the cause of the illness and providing education and technical assistance to stop the spread of the illness.
At this point in time we do not know the cause of illness however, it appears to be Norovirus or a gastrointestinal illness similar to Norovirus.

Norovirus Facts:
Norovirus is the most common cause of outbreaks of foodborne disease, and it also spreads readily among household contacts, within schools, and among residents and staff within institutional settings such as long-term-care facilities and schools.
Alcohol hand gels do not kill the norovirus. For this reason, meticulous washing of hands with soap and water is recommended to prevent spreading the virus.
Norovirus is present in the feces of infected persons for a couple of days after symptoms resolve. For this reason, public health officials recommend that during an outbreak, affected persons remain home from school or work for 48 hours after symptoms resolve.
Bleach and some other sanitizing agents can kill the norovirus. This may be indicated for surfaces touched frequently by hands -- especially those of young children --including toys, hand rails, computer keyboards and mice, water fountains, faucets and toilets.
No one should prepare food for others for 48 hours after any acute illness with vomiting or diarrhea.

If you have any questions or would like further information please call Lindsey Manfrin at Yamhill County Public Health at 503-434-7525.
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McMinnville Police Investigate Infant Death ***Updated information 12/8/17***
McMinnville Police Dept. - 12/08/17 1:02 PM
Media Release 12/8/2017


The McMinnville Police Department would like to provide some follow-up information to the media release from December 5, 2017. Additional information was provided to the Police Department after the first release and tips will continue to be investigated as they come in. The officers involved in the investigation are appreciative of the public's help.

Based on inquiries and information shared about this homicide investigation, it is worth noting that this tragic death was not the result of an incidental or accidental event such as bumping into a wall or rolling off a bed. To be clear, the infant's injuries were not caused by an accidental event. The infant's injuries were caused by a great deal of force exerted on the child, causing a traumatic brain injury leading to her death. The primary caregivers for the infant, as previously noted, have been identified as Clely Flores-Ramirez and David Arias, who both reside in the attached apartment at 1125 NE Irvine Street in McMinnville.

This infant's death was not caused by co-sleeping or Sudden Unexplained Infant Death (frequently referred to as SIDS).

The McMinnville Police Department would like to remind the public that there is help available for those who are experiencing difficulty with parenting young children and these are just a few of the resources available:
- Yamhill County Crisis Line 844-842-8200
- Juliette's House 503-435-1550
- Yamhill County Family and Youth 503-434-7462
- Yamhill County Department of Human Services 503-472-4634

As a last resort, a parent may leave an infant at an authorized facility in the physical custody of an employee, physician, or other medical professional working in the authorized facility if the infant is within 30 days of age and has no evidence of abuse. See ORS 418.017 for further information.

According to the Oregon Health Authority report on Childhood Fatalities in Oregon, injury was the cause of death for 86 children in 2014. Let's do what we can to make sure this doesn't happen to even one more child.

If you have information that might help in this homicide investigation, please contact the McMinnville Police Department tipline at 503-434-2337. The case remains under investigation at this time.

Trauma Intervention Program to offer citizen training (Photo)
Trauma Intervention Program - 12/08/17 12:39 PM
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The Trauma Intervention Program of Portland/Vancouver is conducting a training academy in January of 2018 for people interested in becoming a volunteer. TIP is the winner of Portland's 2017 Spirit of Portland Award as Community Group/Organization of the Year.
TIP is a group of specially trained citizen volunteers who provided emotional first aid, practical support and resources to victims of traumatic events and their families in the first few hours following a tragedy. In 2016 TIP responded to 2,838 scenes of tragedy in the Portland/Vancouver area.
This link provides details on the training academy http://www.tipnw.org/what-you-can-do/training/



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Two Lodged for Robbery with Shots Fired (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/08/17 12:24 PM
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SHADY COVE -- A man and woman are lodged in the Jackson County Jail on multiple charges associated with a robbery involving a firearm. The incident occurred late Thursday night in the parking lot of the Chase Bank in Shady Cove.

On Thursday, December 7, 2017, at 11:57 p.m., deputies responded to a report of shots fired at the Chase Bank. The caller reported a man had shot out the tires of her vehicle with a high-powered rifle, and then left in a vehicle on Highway 62 toward Butte Falls. Dispatch also received calls from neighbors reporting the sound of several gunshots.

An Eagle Point Police Department officer located the suspect vehicle, a gold Lexus sedan, on Butte Falls Highway and initiated a traffic stop. The suspected shooter, Kevin Don Anderson, Jr., 20, of Eagle Point, and the driver of the vehicle, Bridgett Wallace, 23, of Shady Cove, were taken into custody without incident. Deputies recovered an AR-15 rifle and a shotgun from the vehicle.

At the scene of the shooting, deputies learned the victim vehicle, which was occupied by two women, was parked in front of the Chase Bank ATM when they were confronted by the suspects. Anderson fired several shots, striking the vehicle. Nobody was injured.

Deputies say the suspects and victims were known to each other. The incident apparently began as a dispute over money between Anderson and one of the victims. The two were previously involved in a relationship.

Following the investigation, deputies lodged Anderson and Wallace in the Jackson County Jail. Charges against Anderson include robbery in the second degree, attempted robbery in the second degree, unlawful use of a weapon, menacing (two counts), recklessly endangering another person (two counts), criminal mischief in the first degree, and coercion. Wallace is charged with robbery in the second degree.


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Attached Media Files: Anderson mug , Wallace mug

Two-Vehicle Crash Claims the Life of a Cottage Grove Man on Highway 99S at Milepost 10 - Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 12/08/17 11:50 AM
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On December 7, 2017, at approximately 7:30 p.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 99S near milepost 10 (Two and a half miles north of Cottage Grove).

The preliminary investigation revealed that a gray 2002 Honda, operated by Dillon Eugene PRIVITT, age 22, of Cottage Grove, was traveling northbound when for unknown reasons lost control and crossed into the path of an oncoming southbound white 1995 Ford Taurus, operated by Brittney Faye BURNFIELD, age 21, of Cottage Grove. The Honda impacted the Ford and PRIVITT was not wearing a seat belt. He suffered fatal injuries and was declared deceased at the scene by medical personnel. BURNFIELD was transported to Riverbend Hospital with serious injuries and is cooperating with the investigation.

Highway 99S was closed for approximately four hours while OSP Troopers conducted the investigation. OSP was assisted on scene by Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Incident Response, the Cottage Grove Police Department, and South Lane Rural Fire.

Safety belts have shown to significantly reduce serious injury or death and the risk for occupant ejection in motor vehicle crashes. For more safety tips visit:
http://www.oregon.gov/odot/safety/pages/index.aspx
http://www.oregon.gov/odot/safety/pages/belts-seats.aspx



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Free First Day Hike at Banks-Vernonia State Trail Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/08/17 11:49 AM
Banks OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Banks-Vernonia State Trail is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/B-VTrailFDH2018 . Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: 9 a.m.
Starting location: Buxton Trailhead
Terrain and length of trail: Moderate, two miles
Contact information:(503) 324-0606
Additional details: The hike crosses the Buxton trestle. See expansive views of the Oregon Coast Range and northwest native plants in Douglas fir stands.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

Share photos of First Day Hikes via Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook.

Board of Commissioners strategic planning workshop scheduled for Dec. 14
Port of Vancouver - 12/08/17 11:48 AM
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- The Port of Vancouver USA Board of Commissioners will participate in strategic planning during a special workshop Thursday, Dec. 14. The workshop begins at 8:30 a.m. and is open to the public.

During the workshop, consultant Maul Foster & Alongi (MFA) will present an overview of the strategic planning process before guiding the commissioners through a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis to inform the Port of Vancouver's ongoing strategic plan update. MFA will also lead a discussion about the history and authorities of Washington state public ports.

The port updates portions of its strategic plan each year, but the entire plan has not gone through a comprehensive update in more than a decade. During that time, the port has grown and completed or made significant progress on many key initiatives, including the West Vancouver Freight Access project and Centennial Industrial Building. Work is now underway to develop and create a new strategic plan to guide port staff and resources for the next decade.

MFA was selected through a competitive process this summer to lead and facilitate the update. MFA's tasks include gathering information from staff and stakeholders, analyzing data and best practices, assisting with public outreach and developing an updated plan for staff to implement in late 2018.

A public open house is planned for early next year to share progress, answer questions and hear additional input on the port's plan for its future as an economic engine and community partner.

-- POV --

The Port of Vancouver USA is one of the major ports on the Pacific Coast, and its competitive strengths include available land, versatile cargo handling capabilities, vast transportation networks, a skilled labor force and an exceptional level of service to its customers and community. For more information, please visit us at www.portvanusa.com.

Free First Day Hike at Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/08/17 11:46 AM
Depoe Bay OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/BoilerBayFDH2018 . Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: 11 a.m.
Starting location: Boiler Bay parking area
Terrain and length of trail: Moderate, three-mile hike
Contact information: 541-270-7995
Additional details: Our hike is on the Oregon Coast Trail between Boiler Bay and Fogarty Creek, and back. Dogs permitted on a 6-foot leash. Due to some narrow and sloping trail sections, strollers are not recommended. Hiking boots highly recommended.

Participants should dress in layers and bring water, as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

Share photos of First Day Hikes via Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook.

Free First Day Hike at Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/08/17 11:32 AM
Mosier OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail is below. The usual $5 parking fee will be waived Jan. 1 only.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/ColumbiaRiverTrailFDH2018 . Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: Noon
Starting location: Mark O. Hatfield Visitors Center West Trailhead
Terrain and length of trail: Moderate, four-mile hike. We recommend this hike for children at least 12 years old, unless supervised by an adult. Dogs permitted on a 6-foot leash. Be prepared for icy and/or snowy trail conditions.
Contact information:(541) 374-8811
Additional details: Learn about the plants and animals that call the Gorge ecosystem home, as well as how this wonder of the Northwest was formed.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

Share photos of First Day Hikes via Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook.

Free First Day Hike at State Capitol State Park Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/08/17 11:28 AM
Salem OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike hosted at State Capitol State Park is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/StateCapitolFDH2018 . Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: 10 a.m.
Starting location: Capitol Steps
Terrain and length of trail: Easy one-mile hike through Wilson Park and Capitol Park. We recommend this hike for children at least 6 years old. No dogs allowed.
Contact information: (503) 393-1172
Additional details: Stroll through the beautiful Capitol grounds and learn how the art, architecture and botany of the park tell the story of Oregon.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

Share photos of First Day Hikes via Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook.

Free First Day Hike at Tryon Creek State Natural Area Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/08/17 11:06 AM
Portland OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Tryon Creek State Natural Area is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/TryonCreekFDH2018 . Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: 9 a.m.
Starting location: Nature Center
Terrain and length of trail: Moderate two- to five-mile hikes. Choose the hike length that best suits your family. Dogs permitted on a 6-foot leash.
Contact information: (503) 630-7150
Additional details: Hikes will highlight multiple trails, topography and abundant natural history. We'll make as many stops as there is wildlife!

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

Share photos of First Day Hikes via Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook.

Free First Day Hike at Sunset Beach State Recreation Site Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/08/17 11:03 AM
Warrenton OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Sunset Beach State Recreation Site is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/SunsetBeachFDH2018 . Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: 10 a.m.
Starting location: Sunset Beach parking lot
Terrain and length of trail: Easy six-mile hike along the Fort to Sea trail. We recommend this hike for children at least 12 years old. Dogs permitted on 6-foot leash. No child strollers (trail is narrow and unimproved).
Contact information:(503) 861-3170
Additional details:Our trek will include areas of reforested shore dunes, dune lakes, open meadows, and areas of maturing pine/spruce forest. We may see elk, blacktail deer, winter bird species, and the occasional cow.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

Share photos of First Day Hikes via Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook.

Free First Day Hike at South Beach State Park Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/08/17 11:00 AM
Newport OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike hosted at South Beach State Park is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/SouthBeachFDH2018 . Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: 10 a.m.
Starting location: South Beach day-use area
Terrain and length of trail: Easy, two-mile round trip hike on the South Jetty Trail. Dogs permitted on 6-foot leash. No child strollers on the second leg through dune grass. We recommend this hike for children at least 5 years old.
Contact information: (541) 867-7451
Additional details: Come and see a beautiful and crooked coastal pine forest that leads into a dune and beach-grass soft trail. Learn about the ever expanding coastline.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

Share photos of First Day Hikes via Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook.

Free First Day Hike at Silver Falls State Park Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/08/17 10:47 AM
Silverton OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Silver Falls State Park is below. The usual $5 parking fee will be waived Jan. 1 only.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/SilverFallsFDH2018 . Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: 10 a.m.
Starting location: South Falls Lodge porch
Terrain and length of trail: Moderate, three-mile hike on the Maple Ridge Trail and Canyon Trail. Due to terrain, child strollers are not recommended. Icy conditions are possible - dress appropriately. Dogs are not allowed on the trails.
Contact information: (503) 873-8681
Additional details: Enjoy winter views of our iconic waterfalls and learn about the seasonal park changes.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

Share photos of First Day Hikes via Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook.

Free First Day Hike at Oswald West State Park Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/08/17 10:40 AM
Nehalem, OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Oswald West State Park is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/OswaldWestFDH2018 . Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: 10 a.m.
Starting location: Oswald West Shop
Terrain and length of trail: Easy, one-mile hike. We recommend the hike for children at least 8 years old. Terrain is not suitable for child strollers. Dogs permitted on 6-foot leash.
Contact information: (503) 368-5943
Additional details: Hike up to Kramer Memorial overlooking Short Sand Beach. Learn about Matt Kramer, a reporter for the Associated Press who used his talent with words to help win the day for Oregonians.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

Share photos of First Day Hikes via Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook.

Free First Day Hike at Milo McIver State Park Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/08/17 10:37 AM
Estacada OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Milo McIver State Park is below. The usual $5 parking fee will be waived Jan. 1 only.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/McIverFDH2018 . Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: 9 a.m.
Starting location: Lower boat ramp parking lot in the Riverbend day-use area
Terrain and length of trail: Moderate, two-mile hike on the Maple Ridge Trail. We recommend the hike for children at least 6 years old. Dogs allowed on 6-foot leash. Due to varied terrain, strollers/ADA access is not available.
Contact information: (503) 630-7150
Additional details: Join park staff for a nature hike and discover the park plants and animals, and local history.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

Share photos of First Day Hikes via Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook.

CANCELLATION! Oregon Disabilities Commission (ODC) Executive Committee meeting for Tuesday, December 19, has been canceled
Oregon Department of Human Services - 12/08/17 9:47 AM
The Oregon Disabilities Commission (ODC) Executive Committee meeting, originally planned for Tuesday December 19, 2017 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, 500 Summer St. NE, Room 160, Salem, Oregon, has been canceled.

Agenda items planned for this event will be covered during next month's regular meeting.
For questions about the meeting, please contact Jeff Puterbaugh, policy analyst at Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@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.

ATTN: Weekend Assignment/Copy Desk Editors-- Great Sunday Feature Story Opportunity
Clark Co. Fire Dist. 6 - 12/08/17 9:46 AM
54-year-old Rick Severson of East Vancouver recently got the news no one wants to hear: Stage four liver and colon cancer.

On top of that scary diagnosis, Rick's home business was in trouble, and he was running out of options. The good news is that Vancouver Nut and Bolt was willing to employ Rick even after they learned of his diagnosis, but after a full day of work Rick is too tired to do the basic work needed around his home.

That's where his friends and community members come in.

This coming Sunday a group of 20 or so of Clark County residents--some who don't even know Rick--are meeting at his home for a "fix-it party". They'll be working on the broken front porch, fixing the stove and dishwasher, addressing several electrical issues and just doing whatever is needed to make Rick's life a little better. "I'm so sick of hearing about bad news," says friend Arnie Kuchta. "I am thinking that these days it's nice to hear about folks doing something to help a friend and a neighbor."

The work crews will start at 9 a.m. on Sunday, December 10th, and hope to wrap up around 1:30 p.m.

Rick lives in the country north of Camas, so allow yourself time to get there from Portland (but on Sunday there won't be any traffic!!!):

9809 NE 222nd Avenue, Vancouver WA 98682

Contact : Arnie Kuchta : (360) 901-7908

(Release written by Clark County Fire District 6 PIO Dave Schmitke, although District 6 is not affiliated with this story. Mr. Kuchta is an employee of CCFD6)

Free First Day Hikes at Champoeg State Heritage Area Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/08/17 9:41 AM
Donald OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about two hikes hosted at Champoeg State Heritage Area is below. The usual $5 parking fee will be waived Jan. 1 only.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/ChampoegFDH2018 . Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: Two hikes, one at 10 a.m. and the other at 2:30 p.m.
Starting location: Champoeg Visitor Center
Terrain and length of trail: Easy to moderate, two-mile hike round trip on the Town Site Trail. Trail includes some uneven terrain and natural soil surface.
Contact information: (503) 678-1251 ext. 222
Additional details: Go back in time by hiking through the old town site and out to the Territorial Government Monument. Dogs must be on a six-foot leash.

Participants should bring water, snacks, sturdy shoes, and weather-appropriate clothing.

Share photos of First Day Hikes via Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook.

Medicaid Long Term Care Quality and Reimbursement Advisory Council to meet Wednesday, December 13 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 12/08/17 9:24 AM
(Salem, Ore.) -- The Medicaid Long Term Care Quality and Reimbursement Advisory Council meets Wednesday, December 13 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 473, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include: announcements, public comment, council annual report final review, HB 3359 rule development update, other rule updates, and council business.

For those who can't attend in person there is a toll-free phone number that can also be accessed through Skype for Business: 1 503-934-1400; Participant Code: 1007451.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Alex Pelusi at alex.j.pelusi@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.

For questions about this meeting, please contact: Max Brown, 503-945-6993 or max.brown@state.or.us.

About the Medicaid Long Term Care Quality & Reimbursement Advisory Council: The Medicaid Long Term Care Quality and Reimbursement Advisory Council (MLTCQRAC) was established by the 1995 Legislative Assembly to advise the Department of Human Services Aging and People with Disabilities program on changes or modifications to the Medicaid reimbursement system for long-term care and community based care services.

Free First Day Hike at Cape Lookout State Park Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/08/17 9:10 AM
Tillamook OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Cape Lookout State Park is below. The usual $5 parking fee will be waived Jan. 1 only.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/CapeLookoutFDH2018 . Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: Noon
Starting location: Cape Lookout trailhead parking lot
Terrain and length of trail: Moderate, five-mile hike
Contact information:(503) 842-3182
Additional details: One of the most scenic hikes on the Oregon Coast with views of the shoreline north and south. This is one of the best times for whale watching from the end of the cape. Dogs must be on a six-foot leash.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

Share photos of First Day Hikes via Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook.

Hockinson School District Board of Directors Regular Meeting
Hockinson Sch. Dist. - 12/08/17 8:56 AM
Date: Monday, Dec. 11, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Hockinson High School Library
Address: 16819 NE 159th St.; Brush Prairie, WA 98606

Santa's Coming to the Oregon Historical Society! December 9, 10, 16, 17, & 23, Noon to 4pm (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 12/08/17 7:50 AM
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Portland, OR -- Santa Claus will be landing his sleigh in Santaland this month at the Oregon Historical Society! All are welcome to visit Santa Claus from 12pm to 4pm on December 9, 10, 16, 17, and 23. Admission to Santaland and to see Santa is free, and visitors are invited to take their own photos with St. Nick.

Items from Meier & Frank's popular Santaland display will be on view at the Oregon Historical Society through December. The display, donated to OHS following the closure of Macy's downtown store this past year, includes Santa's chair, Rudolph, animatronic elves, and a decorated Christmas tree!

As a special holiday gift from the Oregon Historical Society, admission to the museum will also be discounted to $5 for the month of December. Youth (18 and under) will be admitted for free. A visit to one of the Oregon Historical Society's permanent exhibitions is the perfect indoor outing over Winter Break! From the award-winning early Oregon history exhibition Oregon My Oregon to the museum's newest kid-created permanent exhibit, History Hub, there is plenty to explore downtown! Multnomah County residents receive free admission every day to the Oregon Historical Society.



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.



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Thu. 12/07/17
Two-Vehicle Crash Claims the Life of a Molalla Man on Highway 351 at Milepost 5.5 - Wallowa County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 12/07/17 10:45 PM
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On December 7, 2017, at about 2:20 p.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 351 near milepost 5.5 (at Wallowa Lake).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2000 Silver Dodge Caravan, operated by Michael Paul SPRISSLER, age 63, of Molalla, was traveling southbound on Highway 351 near milepost 5.5 when he veered across the highway in the path of a white 1996 Ford F250 pickup, operated by James Anthony BURTON, age 59, of Joseph. The Ford impacted the driver's side of the Dodge and SPRISSLER was fatally injured and pronounced deceased at the scene. BURTON was not injured.

Highway 351 was closed for about four hours while Troopers investigated the crash scene. OSP was assisted by the Wallowa County Sheriff's Office, Joseph Fire and Rescue, and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

Speed and icy road conditions are being investigated as possible contributing factors in the crash. This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.

OSP reminds drivers that winter conditions are now upon us and to travel with extreme care. SLOW DOWN and watch for ice in shaded areas. Check the emergency equipment in your vehicles including the safety equipment needed such as chains and snow tires to travel into Oregon's snow zones.

http://www.oregon.gov/odot/pages/winter-driving.aspx



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Single Vehicle Fatal Crash on Highway 140 near Milepost 44 - Klamath County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 12/07/17 10:31 PM
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On December 6, 2017, at about 11:51 a.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers responded to a report of a single-vehicle crash on Highway 140 (Warner Highway), 44 miles east of Klamath Falls in Klamath County.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 1999 Ford F150 pickup, operated by Carol Lynn PETERSEN, age 26, of Bonanza, was westbound when for unknown reasons, left the roadway and overturned. PETERSEN was ejected from the vehicle and died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Both lanes of Highway 140 were closed for approximately one-half hour before one lane was opened for commuting vehicles. OSP was assisted by Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Bonanza Fire and Rescue, and Klamath County Sheriff's Office.

Speed and icy road conditions are being investigated as possible contributing factors in the crash. It currently is undetermined whether a seat-belt was utilized properly. This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.



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Red Cross Responds to Multi-Family Home Fire Affecting 12 People in Portland
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/07/17 9:35 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a multi-family home fire disaster on Dec. 7, 2017, at approximately 5:00 p.m. in the 24000 block of SE Stark Street in Portland. The fire affected eight adults,four children,and their pets.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Traffic Stop Leads to Seizure of $444,030 in U.S. Currency and Drugs - Klamath County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 12/07/17 9:13 PM
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On December 4, 2017, at about 3:45 a.m., an Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper conducted a traffic stop on a 2015 Cadillac SUV, operated by Andrew GARRIGAN, age 28, and passenger Jacob RUNION, age 27, both from Houston, Texas. The Cadillac was stopped for failing to drive within the lane of travel on Highway 140 near Memorial Drive, in Klamath Falls.

During the traffic stop, a consent search of the vehicle revealed two manufactured compartments containing $444,030 in U.S. currency, suspected controlled substances and various other prescription pills. GARRIGAN and RUNION were arrested and lodged in the Klamath County Jail for the following crimes:

Money Laundering
Engaging in Financial Transaction in Property Derived from Unlawful Activity
Manufacture/Delivery of Schedule III Controlled Substance
Possession of Schedule III Controlled Substance
Conspiracy
Possession of Schedule I Controlled Substance - LSD

This investigation is continuing and no other information is available at this time.



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Sweet Spots Skirts and Funky Fresh Juice Co Earn the Chamber's 2017 Small Business Saturday Grants (Photo)
Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce - 12/07/17 5:23 PM
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(VANCOUVER, WA) -- On Wednesday, December 6th the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) awarded two $2,000 Small Business Grants, dispersing $4,000 in total grant funds. The Chamber's two grants were the result of a month-long social media hashtag contest that kicked off on November 1st and ended on Small Business Saturday, which was November 25th this year. All GVCC members with 15 full time employees or less were eligible to compete in the hashtag contest; there were over 120 businesses enrolled in the Small Business Saturday Grant program, sponsored by Columbia Credit Union. Each social media post made by customers, clients, partners/vendors, employees/owners qualified as entries on behalf of that business for the grant. Each post had to be 1.) set to public 2.) include the chamber's #GVCCgrant2017 hashtag 3.) identify the business the post was promoting and 4.) be posted or shared between November 1st to November 25th. Hundreds of posts circulated in November to launch the shop local holiday message and showcase Southwest Washington's small businesses community. The two grant recipients were: Sweet Spot Skirts and Funky Fresh Juice Co.

Funky Fresh Juice Co will use the grant funds for truck maintenance, off-season operational costs, and to roll out their new juice cleanse product line. Their winning post came from Mira Alexander's (co-owner) husband Nick. "He was incredibly thoughtful and moved us all. Nick's post exemplifies what it means to be supportive. The saying, "it takes a village" pertains not only to raising children but also to establishing a successful business," explained Rebekah Trigg, co-owner of Funky Fresh Juice Co.

Sweet Spot Skirts will invest the funds into their Vancouver, Washington manufacturing center. Sweet Spot Skirts owner, Stephanie Lynn, said "The emotional effects of this contest were overwhelming. You know your company is good because sales continue. But to hear the intense and authentic love and passion from the #GVCCgrant2017 posts literally brought tears to my eyes!"

A four-person committee, consisting of two GVCC staff and two Columbia Credit Union staff voted on the two recipients from a list of 20 contest finalists. The four-person committee had a tie for the second recipient and were asked to re-vote. This establish Funky Fresh Juice Co. and Sweet Spot Skirts as the 2017 grant recipients. While this program has been in place since 2013, the grant funds awarded this year rose dramatically from $500 to $4,000. This was due to a special fundraising event that took place at the Chamber's September Annual Dinner. There was an $8,000 influx of revenue that has been divided to extend the grant amount to $2,000 per year going forward until 2019.

"As a community-based business, Columbia Credit Union was excited to once again partner with the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce to offer the Small Business Saturday Grant Program. It was my pleasure to present Funky Fresh and Sweet Spot Skirts with their $2000 checks to help boost their business." - Michelle Thor, VP Outreach & Social Responsibility at Columbia Credit Union.

About Funky Fresh Juice Company: Funky Fresh Juice Co is passionate about serving healthy and delicious juice and smoothies to our community in the greater Vancouver area. Being mobile allows us to serve a larger and more diverse group of customers as well as participate in wellness fairs, company events and partner with other local businesses. We are proud to be an all-female owned business and look forward to our continued growth in the years ahead. www.funkyfreshjuice.com

About Sweet Spot Skirts: Sweet Spot Skirts sells apparel that makes women feel good about their bodies. We are committed to remaining Made in the USA. Functional products and a fun atmosphere is our priority. "Changing the world one skirt at a time!" -Stephanie Lynn. www.sweetspotskirts.com

About the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC):
Founded in 1890, the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) is a non-profit organization aimed at advancing and strengthening the regional business community through member services, public affairs advocacy and community building. The Chamber is a supportive alliance of diverse member businesses, individuals and organizations, working together toward long-term business prosperity. The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce is the heart of Clark County's business community, advocating for sound, sensible and dynamic policies that ensure a vital economic climate while improving Vancouver's infrastructure and quality of life. For more information, please visit www.vancouverusa.com.



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Sheriff's Deputies Arrest Two Daytime Burglary Suspects after Homeowner Catches Them on Camera and Calls 911 (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/07/17 5:02 PM
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This morning at 8:50 a.m., The Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to the 8000 block of Squirrel Hill Rd Se on a report of a male and female attempting to break into a home. The homeowner was at work and received a notification from his Ring Video Doorbell device. He logged into his app and could see the male at his front door trying to kick and pry the door open. He immediately called 911 and reported the incident.

Deputies arrived on scene and initially did not see anyone at the residence. Traffic Safety Team Deputy Andrew Derschon was checking the area nearby and located a male and female near a vehicle on Sunnyside Rd SE matching the original description given by the victim. The 38-Year old male was identified as Apollo Charles Biggs of Portland and 38-Year old female Sheryl Annette Loschiavo of Portland.

Both individuals were detained and arrested on the following charges:

Apollo Charles Biggs:

- Attempted Burglary 1
- Criminal Mischief 2
- Parole Violation / Warrant

Sheryl Annette Loschiavo:

- Conspiracy
- Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine
- Attempted Burglary 1

The Marion County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the Oregon State Police for their assistance on scene. This will be an ongoing investigation.

If you have been a victim of theft or burglary in the nearby area please call the Marion County Sheriff's Office Non-Emergency line at 503.588.5032.


The Sheriff's Office would like to offer these safety tips to keep your home safe and secure especially during the holiday season:

Tip #1 -- Keep your travel plans offline, if you are going to be away from your home it is best to keep travel plans off of social media.

Tip #2- Let someone you trust know you will be away and to check on your home periodically.

Tip #3- Hide all holiday gifts out of plain sight and do not let packages stay on your front porch for extended periods of time.

Tip #4 -- Lighting is very important; make sure all outside lighting is in good working order.

Tip #5 -- Make sure to keep all doors and windows locked.



Booking Photos are attached

Video Available, at the link below

https://ring.com/share/6496848693374952185



Attached Media Files: Loschiavo, Sheryl , Biggs, Apollo

Camas Police Target Out-of-State License Plates
Camas Police Dept. - 12/07/17 4:20 PM
Officers from the Camas Police Department are set to begin an emphasis to encourage their residents to comply with the Washington State vehicle registration laws.

Research has shown that up to 10% of residents in Clark County have their vehicles registered in a different state. In Washington, those registration fees create revenue that is used to repair roads and pay for other transportation related expenses. Those proceeds are lost when residents choose to register their vehicle in another state.

New residents to Washington State have 30 days from the time of their arrival to register their vehicle properly. Failure to do so is an infraction subject to a fine of $1,122.

If a resident registers a vehicle in another state to avoid taxes and fees, that is a crime punishable by up to 364 days in jail and $3,135 in fines plus any delinquent taxes, fees, and applicable assessments.

The emphasis will be conducted in three phases -- identification, attempt to gain voluntary compliance and enforcement. Currently the department is beginning the identification phase. During that period Camas residents can expect to see increased patrols in the neighborhoods and around school zones. Officers will be specifically looking for vehicles that are licensed in other states and entering those vehicles into a database.

In the second phase, the department will provide information to vehicle owners that explain the law and include information about the potential penalties. Hopefully, during this phase those vehicle owners who are in violation with the law will voluntarily comply by obtaining a Washington vehicle license.

After those efforts are made, the department expects to move to an enforcement phase where officers will be specifically focused on looking for vehicles that are in violation of the law. During the enforcement phase, owners could face both fines and possible jail time.

Closures planned for westbound SR 14 Evergreen off-ramp on Dec.11-15
City of Vancouver - 12/07/17 4:12 PM
The westbound SR 14 off-ramp to Evergreen Boulevard will be closed from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, Monday, Dec. 11, through Friday, Dec. 15, as part of a continuing City of Vancouver water improvement project.

Message boards and signs will be posted to indicate traffic changes. Outside of ramp closure hours, drivers are encouraged to go slow in the work zone, be alert to construction activity, and exercise caution in the presence of steel plates over portions of the roadway. Construction work within the SR 14 ramp is being scheduled for off-peak periods in order to reduce impacts to commuters who use Evergreen Boulevard to travel home in the evenings.

This city project will renew and extend the life of an existing water main that crosses beneath SR 14, from East Evergreen Boulevard to Southeast Evergreen Highway, east of Chelsea Avenue. Rehabilitating the water main is also expected to require ramp closures of the westbound SR 14 off-ramp to Evergreen Boulevard from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m., for about a week in early January. Watch for future announcements of those closure dates.

Gresham Police Are Doing Extra Patrols for DUII Drivers
Gresham Police Dept - 12/07/17 3:53 PM
GRESHAM, Ore. -- The Gresham Police Department has been awarded a 2017-2018 DUII High Visibility Enforcement grant from Oregon Impact. This grant will allow officers to do extra, targeted enforcement to arrest DUII drivers beginning November 2017 through September 2018. Along with other local agencies, these missions are aimed at keeping drivers and pedestrians safe throughout Oregon.

High visibility enforcement, increasing the number of officers on the streets who aggressively seek drunk drivers, is designed to deter people from driving after they have been drinking. Officers will also be looking for impaired drivers during this holiday season, specifically between Dec. 15, 2017 and Jan. 1, 2018.

Ways to prevent impaired driving:

?,? -Stop alcohol service long before the event is over
?,? -Prepare for guests to stay the night, or assist with calling for cab service
?,? -Choose a responsible designated driver
?,? -Serve plenty of food to help lessen the effects of alcohol
?,? -Offer a wide range of non-alcoholic beverages

Everyone plays an important part in keeping our highways and city streets safe. Immediately report aggressive, dangerous, and intoxicated drivers to the Portland Bureau of Emergency Communications at 503.823.3333 or call 9-1-1 if it is an emergency.

Portland Fire Crews Battle Two-Alarm High-Rise Apartment Fire
Portland Fire & Rescue - 12/07/17 3:45 PM
At 10:31 this morning Portland Fire Crews were dispatched to a report of an apartment fire at Park Plaza Apartments. The eleven story, 149 unit apartment building, is located at 1969 SW Park Ave. On arrival, crews made their way to the top floor where they found heavy smoke in one apartment unit and fire in the bedroom of that unit. At 10:42 the Incident Commander called for a second alarm to bring additional resources. One occupant of the affected unit sustained injuries related to the fire and was transported by ambulance to the hospital. Once the fire was located, crews were able to quickly extinguish it, keeping it confined to the room of origin. Investigators then worked to determine that the cause of fire was improperly discarded smoking materials. Finally, firefighters worked to remove all charred material from the damaged apartment, smoke from the 11th floor hallways, and confirm that the fire would not rekindle. Approximately 50 occupants of the building, who were home at the time of the fire, were temporarily displaced while fire crews worked to make the building safe for them to go back inside. The two occupants of the apartment where the fire occurred will require alternate housing while the damaged unit is restored.

Portland Fire and Rescue reminds all citizens to properly discard smoking material in a non-combustible (glass or metal) ashtray or container, and to not allow old smoking material to build up in this container.

Elevated fires in high-rise buildings are especially challenging for firefighters. They must carry all of their equipment aloft by stairwell until they can determine if the elevators have been compromised by the fire or are safe to operate for shuttling equipment. Because these fire are so labor intensive, in the City of Portland, a first alarm high-rise fire response consists of seven engines, three ladder trucks, a heavy squad, and three chiefs. The second alarm assignment is four additional engines, two additional trucks, and another heavy squad. They also receive two additional chiefs, and a rehab unit to support the efforts of the incident commander and fire crews.

Communications can also be difficult in these large buildings and often times the firefighter's radios will not transmit through the heavy concrete walls. Portland has a very robust emergency communications system with excellent radios and transmission capabilities, but even the most robust system can be challenged by heavy masonry construction. When this happens, firefighters must switch their radios to "simplex" mode which "boosts" the signal but reduces the coverage area, meaning only the radios on the incident scene will be able to transmit and receive messages from that incident scene. This makes it more difficult for chief officers and the dispatch center to monitor the firefighters progress from outside locations. To overcome this, the fire code now requires newly constructed high-rise buildings to install equipment that boosts emergency radio signals inside the building, improving emergency communications.

Public invited to welcome newest members of BGPS' Board of Directors (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 12/07/17 2:58 PM
BGPS' newest board members, Tina Lambert and Troy McCoy
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On Monday, December 11, Battle Ground Public Schools will welcome new members to its Board of Directors and thank those whose terms are ending. New directors will be sworn in and a reception will be held at the 6 p.m. meeting in Room C-26 at the Lewisville Campus, 406 NW 5th Ave., Battle Ground. The public is encouraged to attend.

At the meeting the district will honor outgoing board members Jim Pegoraro, Director of District 3, and Stephanie McClintock, Director of District 5, who served four-year terms.

Incoming board members Troy McCoy, representative for District 3, and Tina Lambert, representative for District 5, were elected on the November ballot to serve four-year terms. Board President Monty Anderson, Director of District 1, was re-elected for a four-year term and will also be sworn in.



Attached Media Files: BGPS' newest board members, Tina Lambert and Troy McCoy

Suspect Arrested for November Assault with a Crossbow (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/07/17 2:27 PM
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On Thursday, December 7, 2017, at 8:26 a.m., Central Precinct officers arrested 24-year-old Cecilia L. Bruinsma in connection with an assault that occurred on November 5, 2017.

This investigation began on November 5, 2017 at 8:23 a.m., when officers responded to Sellwood Riverfront Park, located at 8049 Southeast Oaks Park Way, on the report of an adult female who was injured after being struck by a crossbow bolt (photograph included).

When officers arrived at Sellwood Riverfront Park on November 5th, they learned Bruinsma was involved in a verbal dispute with the victim. During the verbal dispute officers believe Bruinsma fired a bolt from a handheld crossbow at the victim. The bolt struck and injured the victim. Shortly after firing the bolt, officers believe Bruinsma left the scene in a gold Honda Civic with an adult male. Officers searched the area on November 5th, 2017 but did not locate Bruinsma.

Emergency medical responders arrived at the park, provided the victim medical aid, and transported her to an area hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Detectives with the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Assault Detail continued the investigation.

After being arrested this morning, Bruinsma was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Assault in the Second Degree.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Christopher Traynor at 503-823-0889 or Christopher.Traynor@portlandoregon.gov

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Attached Media Files: Bolt , Cecilia L Bruinsma

Suspect Arrested for Manufacturing Drugs near a School (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/07/17 1:04 PM
During the early morning hours of Thursday, December 7, 2017, members of the Portland Police Bureau Tactical Operations Division's Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) served search warrants at two residences: the first was located in the 7000 block of Northeast 8th Avenue and the second in the 6900 block of North Interstate Avenue.

While serving the warrants, investigators located and seized as evidence, cocaine, cash that is believed to be the proceeds of the sale of illegal drugs, and weapon-related items. Officers arrested 47-year-old Gregory M. Brown during the warrant at the residence in the 7000 block of Northeast 8th Avenue.

Brown was lodged in the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Manufacture of Cocaine within 1000 feet of a School, Manufacture of Cocaine, Delivery of Cocaine within 1000 feet of a School, Delivery of Cocaine, and Possession of Cocaine (felony level).

The investigation into both locations was led by the Metropolitan Gang Taskforce (MGTF). MGTF is comprised of Portland Police Bureau members and agents assigned to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

MGTF began investigating both residences after members of the community contacted police with concerns about possible criminal and drug activity. One of the incidents occurred on April 22, 2017, at 3:30 a.m., when the Police Bureau's Gang Enforcement Team investigated a shooting that occurred in front of the residence in the 7000 block of Northeast 8th Avenue. As officers investigated the shooting, they learned a home across the street from the location was struck by gunfire. No one was injured in the shooting and investigators believed the house that was struck by gunfire was not the intended target of the shooting.

During the investigation, investigators learned both residences were rented by Brown.

The investigation continued through the cooperation of community members and law enforcement partners, including the PPB Gang Enforcement Team and Gun Taskforce, agents with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and Homeland Security Investigations, the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office, and the United States Attorney's Office. Investigators requested warrants for both residents based on information learned during the investigation.

Anyone with information about Brown should contact Officer Colby Panter at 503-823-4106 or Colby.Panter@portlandoregon.gov

Anyone with information about criminal or drug activity in their neighborhood should contact the Portland Police Bureau non-emergency line at 503-823-3333 or complete the Drug Complaint Form on the Police Bureau's website at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/30740

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Attached Media Files: Gregory M Brown

MESD Board Regular Session meeting 12/12 at 6:00 p.m.
Multnomah ESD - 12/07/17 12:42 PM
The Multnomah Education Service District Board of Directors will meet in Regular Session at 6:00 p.m. on December 12, 2017, in the Board Room at 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, OR 97220

Update on Oregon strike teams assisting with the California wildfires (Photo)
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 12/07/17 11:58 AM
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The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, has activated its Agency Operations Center and deployed 15 strike teams with equipment and personnel who are now actively engaged in assisting with the wildfires in California.

All Oregon resources have been assigned to either the Thomas Fire (seven Oregon strike teams) burning near Ventura, California, or the Creek Fire (eight Oregon strike teams) burning near Sylmar, California. They are very busy currently working on their assignments. Total Oregon deployment: 269 personnel and 75 apparatus.

"Today's forecasted weather will be a test to all firefighters and residents with winds expected at up to 60 mph," said Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple. "These winds are expected to last through Friday, possibly diminishing over the weekend and picking back up again at the beginning of next week."

California OES reports the Thomas Fire is at 96,000 acres and 5% contained, and the Creek Fire is at 12,605 acres and 10% contained.

Be sure to follow the OSFM on Facebook/Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal and Twitter @OSFM for regular updates.

California made the request through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact a national state-to-state mutual aid system. The EMAC request is sent directly to Oregon Emergency Management who contact and coordinate with the appropriate Oregon agency to fulfill the requests.



Attached Media Files: 2017-12/1062/110220/Statewide_Fires_20171207.jpg

Tip of the Week 11, 2017 - Protecting Pets in Winter
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/07/17 11:57 AM
OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF
Sheriff Curtis L. Landers
225 W. Olive Street
Newport, Oregon 97365
Phone: (541) 265-4277
Fax: (541) 265-4926

TIP OF THE WEEK - - - - PROTECTING PETS IN WINTER

Date: December 11, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Sheriff Curtis L. Landers
(541) 265-0652
clanders@co.lincoln.or.us


PROTECTING PETS IN WINTER

Winter is a time we should pay close attention to the safety of our pets. Here are some safety tips to follow:

1. Pets that live outdoors should be fed a bit more in the winter because they need the extra calories to stay warm. They also should have fresh water put out a couple of times a day, or consider a special bowl that prevents the water from freezing.

2. If your pet goes outdoors, be aware of the temperature. Pets can get frostbite very easily on the ears, tail and paws.

3. When walking your dog in freezing conditions, check the paws to make sure that ice is not building up between the toes and that salt or gravel from the roads is not irritating the skin.

4. If your dog is a swimmer, keep it on a leash around open water or unstable ice. Hypothermia can set in quickly and the dog may be unable to get out of the water.

5. Before you start your car, ensure no animals have decided to nap in a warm spot under the hood of the vehicle.

6. If decorating for the holidays, keep ornaments out of the reach of your pets. Remember that poinsettias, holly, mistletoe and other plants can be toxic if ingested.

7. Ingesting anti-freeze can be fatal for your dog or cat. It has a sweet taste and even a tiny amount can cause severe kidney damage and even death. If you spill anti-freeze, soak it up immediately. (Clay kitty litter works well and discard the litter once the anti-freeze has been absorbed.)

For more information and tips, visit our web site at www.lincolncountysheriff.net and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff's Office -- Oregon.

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Submitted by:
Kathy Manning, Administrative Assistant
kmanning@co.lincoln.or.us
Ph: 541-265-0652

Battle Ground schools impress at Skyview Jazz Festival (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 12/07/17 11:55 AM
PHS students at the Skyview Jazz Festival
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Bands and soloists from several Battle Ground schools brought home awards from the Skyview Jazz Festival in Vancouver on December 2.

The Battle Ground High School Advanced Jazz Band placed first overall in the 4A Division and also won the Sight Reading Award.

In the 3A Division, Prairie High School placed second overall, which marks the first time in over a decade that the school has been a top-ranked finisher. In the same division, the BGHS Intermediate I Band placed third.

In addition to the bands' collective accomplishments, several soloists were also honored for their individual performances. Prairie High School's Ericka Mecham (trombone) and Donovan Benko (rhythm section) were recognized as outstanding soloists, as were Battle Ground High School's Shane Walz (woodwinds) and Tyler Barnes (trumpet).

In the Middle School Division, Chief Umtuch's band placed second overall while eighth grader Dominic Mendoza (bass) was recognized as an outstanding soloist. Laurin Middle School eighth grader Isaac Moroshan (trumpet) was also the recipient of a soloist award.

Join us in congratulating our many talented musicians!



Attached Media Files: PHS students at the Skyview Jazz Festival , BGPS' award winners

State Library of Oregon Board Meeting December 18, 2017
State Library of Oregon - 12/07/17 11:43 AM
The Oregon State Library Board will meet by phone on Monday December 18, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Ann Malkin of Bend will chair the meeting.

The Board will discuss and vote on the proposed 2018 LSTA Grant Program Application and Instructions.

Members of the public who wish to attend the meeting may come to Room 205 at the Oregon State Library. To listen to this meeting via telephone, please contact Robin Speer for information (503-378-5015, robin.speer@state.or.us). Meeting materials will be available on the State Library website.

Sign language interpretation will be provided for the public if requested prior to 48 hours before the meeting; notice prior to 72 hours before the meeting is preferred. Handouts of meeting materials may also be requested in alternate formats prior to 72 hours before the meeting. Requests may be made to Robin Speer at 503-378-5015.


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STATE LIBRARY OF OREGON
BOARD MEETING
December 18, 2017
Phone
Ann Malkin, Chair

Agenda

1:30 a.m. New Business:
Proposed 2018 LSTA Grant Program Application and Instructions Westin

2:00 Adjournment


NOTE: The times of all agenda items are approximate and subject to change.

Oregon State Library Executive Committee meeting Dec. 18, 2017
State Library of Oregon - 12/07/17 11:26 AM
The Executive Committee of the Oregon State Library Board of Trustees will meet by phone on Monday December 18, 2017. Ann Malkin of Bend will chair the meeting, which will begin at 1:00 p.m.

Members of the public who wish to attend the meeting may come to Room 205 at the Oregon State Library. To listen to this meeting via telephone, please contact Robin Speer for information (503-378-5015, robin.speer@state.or.us).

Sign language interpretation will be provided for the public if requested prior to 48 hours before the meeting; notice prior to 72 hours before the meeting is preferred. Handouts of meeting materials may also be requested in alternate formats prior to 72 hours before the meeting. Requests may be made to Robin Speer at 503-378-2464.

OREGON STATE LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
December 18, 2017
1:00 p.m.
Phone
Ann Malkin, Chair

Agenda

1:00 p.m. Report of the State Librarian Dahlgreen

1:15 Discussion of the January 19, 2018 Board Meeting agenda Malkin

1:30 p.m. Adjournment Bonebrake



NOTE: The times of all agenda items are approximate and subject to change.

Join the Port of Vancouver USA for family fun, Christmas Ships viewing Dec. 21
Port of Vancouver - 12/07/17 11:13 AM
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- The Christmas Ships have been a tradition in the Portland-Vancouver area since 1954. In years past, those wanting to watch these elaborately decorated boats ply the Columbia River needed to make reservations at riverfront restaurants far in advance or stand out in the elements during our typically cold and wet December weather.

This year, for the third year in a row, viewers have another option. On Dec. 21, the Port of Vancouver USA and WareHouse '23 are welcoming the public for free family fun, Christmas Ships viewing and updates on redevelopment of the downtown Vancouver waterfront.

Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. in the WareHouse '23 event space at 100 Columbia Street, Vancouver (former Red Lion hotel ballroom), and include:

Holiday classics by the Vancouver Community Concert Band
Face painting, balloons and free children's books from the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation and port tenants NuStar Energy L.P. and Food Express, Inc.
Warm beverages and cookies
WareHouse '23 gourmet macaroni and cheese for purchase
Cash bar
The Christmas Ships, estimated to arrive between 7:30 and 8 p.m.

Staff with the Port of Vancouver, Vesta Hospitality and Columbia Waterfront LLC will also be on hand that evening to share information about ongoing waterfront redevelopment at Terminal 1 and The Waterfront Vancouver. The port and Vesta Hospitality signed a lease in August for a new, 160-room AC by Marriott Hotel at Terminal 1. The hotel is expected to open in 2019.

About Terminal 1
Terminal 1 is the port's birthplace on the Columbia River and the site of unfolding redevelopment along Vancouver's downtown waterfront. When fully developed, the project will provide office, retail and commercial space; a public marketplace; hotel; residential apartments; low- and high-dock access; restaurants; and connection to the city's popular Renaissance Trail.

At full build-out, Terminal 1 is expected to provide nearly 950,000 square feet of new mixed-use development, create 800 new jobs to support commercial activity, drive construction investment of more than $200 million and generate nearly $93 million in state and local taxes over a 25-year period.

-- POV --

The Port of Vancouver USA is one of the major ports on the Pacific Coast, and its competitive strengths include available land, versatile cargo handling capabilities, vast transportation networks, a skilled labor force and an exceptional level of service to its customers and community. For more information, please visit us at www.portvanusa.com.

Inmate fugitive from Coffee Creek Correctional Facility spotted in Tualatin (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 12/07/17 10:46 AM
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UPDATEFUGITIVE SEEN IN TUALATINCALL 503-569-0734 WITH ANY INFORMATION

A minimum-custody inmate walked away Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, at 6:50 a.m. from Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville. She was on the way to a work assignment in Salem riding in a van, when she opened a door and fled.

Inmate Lorrie Marie Hocker, 42, is a white female, 5 ft. 3 in. weighing 145 lbs. She has blue eyes and brown hair. She was last seen wearing blue jeans with the word "inmate" stenciled on the knee in orange, a blue T-shirt, sweatshirt, and coat similarly stenciled.

She was admitted to CCCF on Sept. 12, 2017, on two counts of coercion out of Montana and one count of felony assault out of Lane County. She was scheduled for release in July, 2018.

The Oregon Department of Corrections Fugitive Apprehension Unit and the Oregon State Police are investigating. Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts should contact the Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888, the non-emergency number of their local police department, or the Oregon Department of Corrections Fugitive Apprehension Unit at 503-569-0734.

CCCF is a multi-custody prison in Wilsonville accommodating all of Oregon's female inmates (approximately 1,260). The prison has cell and dormitory housing, inmate work programs, skills training, treatment programs, health services, religious services, physical plant, a central records unit, and administrative areas. CCCF participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises, including a contact center, textiles, and document scanning. In addition, CCCF houses the state's intake center, which provides intake and evaluation of all inmates committed to state custody by the courts. The intake center houses approximately 400 male inmates. CCCF's minimum facility opened in 2001, and the medium facility opened in 2002.

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The Oregon Disabilities Commission (ODC) Executive Committee will meet Tuesday, December 19, in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 12/07/17 10:46 AM
(Salem, Ore.) -- The Oregon Disabilities Commission (ODC) Executive Committee will meet on Tuesday December 19, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, 500 Summer St. NE, Room 160, Salem, Oregon, 97301. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes regular executive committee business, review and approval of meeting agenda and prior meeting minutes, public comment, announcements, ODC business topics, other topics and next meeting agenda ideas.

People can also call into the meeting or attend via webinar: Conference line: 888-808-6929 Access code: 4517555.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Alex Pelusi at Alex.J.Pelusi@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

For questions about the meeting, please contact: Jeff Puterbaugh, policy analyst at Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@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.

Aloha Man Steals Bait Package Two Blocks from His Residence (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/07/17 9:50 AM
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December 7, 2017 -- An Aloha man stole a Sheriff's Office bait package from a home less than two blocks from where he resides. Deputies later learned he had damaged the package in an attempt to destroy evidence.

On Thursday, December 7, 2017, at 2:43 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to an alarm activation from a bait package at a residence near Southwest 170th Avenue and Southwest Jenkins Road in Aloha.

Deputies used GPS technology to track and isolate the location of the package to inside a residence less than two blocks from where it had been stolen. Deputies made several announcements into the home for an extended period of time but the suspect refused to come out.

While deputies were writing a search warrant to enter the residence to apprehend the suspect, a homeowner arrived and the suspect surrendered shorty after. Deputies detained 27-year-old Gary Medeiros, who lives at the residence.

During the investigation, deputies learned that Mr. Medeiros had stolen the package and later damaged it in an attempt to destroy the evidence.

Mr. Medeiros was arrested for mail theft, theft in the second degree, tampering with physical evidence, criminal mischief in the third degree, and a parole violation. He is being held at the Washington County Jail.

The Sheriff's Office would like the public to know that numerous bait packages have been proactively deployed throughout Washington County to deter theft and catch those who steal during the season of giving. This is the third year the Sheriff's Office has conducted this program.



Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release , Booking Photo

Live performance of "A Radio Christmas Carol" returns to Kiggins Theatre
WSU Vancouver - 12/07/17 9:43 AM
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- A live performance of the radio drama "A Radio Christmas Carol" will take place again this year at 7 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver.

The annual performance is part of the Re-Imagined Radio project produced by John Barber, faculty member in WSU Vancouver's Creative Media and Digital Culture Program. Admission is $8. Tickets are available at the door, or in advance through the Kiggins website.

Adapted from the Dickens classic "A Christmas Carol," the performance features local community actors and performers. The project is partnering with Metropolitan Performing Arts, a Vancouver-based school for actors and performers, this year.

In addition to the actors from Metropolitan Performing Arts, the "Christmas Carol" cast will include Steve Becker, the new director of Vancouver's Downtown Association, in the role of Scrooge.

"We hope this performance will be entertaining, but it will also remind us that community needs are greater this time of year," Barber said. "We encourage everyone who attends to bring a nonperishable food, or monetary donation for the Clark County Food Bank."

Barber's Re-Imagined Radio project reenacts radio dramas from the golden age of radio in front of live audiences. "A Radio Christmas Carol" will feature voice actors and Foley sound artists. Digital and multimedia components are added to increase opportunities for audience engagement with the narrative.

Additionally, the performance will be live streamed by Gerald Gaule, general manager of American Senior Radio Network. "This greatly increases our audience and their awareness of Vancouver, Washington," Barber said. "Our last performance was heard by 511 listeners in 28 countries."

About WSU Vancouver
As one of six campuses of the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations.

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OSP Investigating Fatal Crash Involving Vehicle versus Juvenile Bicyclist on Highway 99S at Milepost 10.5 - Lane County
Oregon State Police - 12/07/17 8:00 AM
On Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at about 6:00 p.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a vehicle versus bicyclist crash on Highway 99S near milepost 10.5 (Three miles north of Cottage Grove).

The preliminary investigation revealed a 13-year-old male juvenile was riding a bicycle on Highway 99S when he was struck by a southbound 2002 GMC 2500 pickup, operated by Richard L. PERINI, age 85, of Creswell. The juvenile suffered fatal injuries and was declared deceased at the scene by medical personnel. PERINI is cooperating with the investigation and is not suspected of any wrongdoing.

Highway 99S was closed for three hours while OSP Troopers conducted the investigation. OSP was assisted on scene by Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Incident Response, Lane County Sheriff's Office, the Cottage Grove Police Department, and South Lane Rural Fire.

No photos are available for release and this is an ongoing investigation. More information will be released when available.

Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 12/06/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 12/07/17 7:59 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 12/06/2017

ESTACADA:

17-1999

On 12/06/2017 at 1555 hrs., police received a report of harassment that occurred the prior night in the 900 block of SW Lake Shore Drive. Under investigation.


SANDY:

17-2000

On 12/06/2017 at 1820 hrs., police responded to a theft in the 16600 block of 362nd Drive. The reporting party stated an unknown male suspect stole an electronic device from a business in the area. A report was taken.

Military Appreciation Night at The Grotto's Festival of Lights Tonight (Photo)
The Grotto - 12/07/17 5:30 AM
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All active and former servicemen and women and their families receive FREE admission to The Grotto's Christmas Festival of Lights, tonight, Thursday, Dec. 7.

Military families wishing to participate may proceed to the ticket booth at the entrance gate, show their ID, and receive complimentary admission.Families must enter together.

For more information about The Grotto's Christmas Festival of Lights, go to thegrotto.org/christmas-festival-of-lights/

General Arnold Fields to Headline Celebration

The Grotto is honored to welcome General Arnold Fields, who will perform in the Chapel of Mary at 6:45 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 7. For more information about General Fields, go to thegrotto.org/general-arnold-fields-to-headline-military-appreciation-night/



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Theft investigation leads to terminated pursuit
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/07/17 4:15 AM
On 12/7/17 at about 3:10 am Deputies responded to the Felida area of Clark County on report of a theft. Responding Deputies located a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle description and attempted to stop the vehicle. The vehicle failed to stop and Deputies pursued a short distance and terminated the pursuit. This investigation is on-going and no further information will be released at this time.

Red Cross Responds to Single Family Home Fire Affecting Six People in Eagle Creek
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/07/17 3:48 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on Dec. 6, 2017, at approximately 6:30 p.m. in the 20000 block of SE Filbert Road in Eagle Creek, Ore. The fire affected two adults and four children.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Red Cross Responds to Single Family Home Fire Affecting One Adult in Portland
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/07/17 3:39 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a single-family home fire disaster on Dec. 6, 2017, at approximately 8:00 p.m. in the 11000 block of SE Harold Street In Portland. The fire affected one adult.

Red Cross provided assistance for temporary lodging, assistance to meet immediate basic needs and recovery information.The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

$10,000 in a Single Red Kettle for The Salvation Army (Photo)
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 12/07/17 1:00 AM
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Who: The Salvation Army -- Portland Moore Street

What: Received $10,000 (in $100 bills) in a single Red Kettle

When: 06 December 2017

Where:
Fred Meyer -- 3030 Weidler St. at the Grocery Door

Why: The Salvation Army funds 40% of its annual services off the 6 weeks of bell ringing each year. Most of the time people put small bills and change into the kettle, which does add up. When a $100 bill is found, it's a big deal; but tonight (06 December 2017) they opened a kettle to discover, not just one $100 bill; but one-hundred $100 bills, equaling $10,000.

Contact:
For more information: please contact Captain Marcos Marquez at The Salvation Army at 310.944.2784 or by e-mail at: marcos.marquez@usw.salvationarmy.org


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(Portland, OR) December 06, 2017 -- The Salvation Army has been ringing the bell to raise funds for the people of Portland for over 130 years. Nearly 40% of the funds used for year-round services comes from the few weeks that The Salvation Army is out collecting money in their Red Kettles. Most people put in loose change or small bills; which really adds up; but when a $100 bill is found, it is something that is celebrated and often very unexpected. So tonight, 06 December 2017, when The Salvation Army -- Portland Moore Street Corps were opening their kettles to prepare their daily deposits, imagine their surprise when they saw, not just one $100 bill, but one-hundred $100 bills, totaling a whopping $10,000 in one kettle!

"It's incredible!" exclaims Captain Marcos Marquez, Corps Officer of The Salvation Army -- Portland Moore Street Corps. "Whoever did this knows the good that will come of it; and while we do not know who put the money in the kettle, since the money was all in cash, they should know that we are very grateful to have received such a generous donation."


To date, it is believed that this is the largest cash donation put in a single kettle in the Portland area; and it comes at a time when many suffering from giving fatigue post the many disasters which occurred over the summer time; but whoever made this large donation understood that there are many needs to be addressed right in Portland. Money that is put in The Salvation Army Red Kettles stay in the communities in which they were received; helping the people in that community with the many services that The Salvation Army provide. For north Portland, $10,000 dollars will be doing a lot of good; providing services for those in most need.

If you are the media, and wish to do an interview with Captain Marcos Marquez, please contact him at by calling his cell at 310.944.2784 or through e-mail: marcos.marquez@usw.salvationarmy.org



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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for over 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army works in 129 countries worldwide. For more information, or to make a donation, visit us online at portland.salvationarmy.org . People wishing to make monetary donations can do so by calling 503.238.GIVE (4483), or by mail, The Salvation Army, 8495 SE Monterey Avenue, Happy Valley, OR 97086-7844.

Friend us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyPortland



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Suspect Arrested for Domestic Violence and Assaulting Police Officer (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/06/17 10:22 PM
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On Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at 7:07 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the Portland Value Inn, located at 1707 Northeast 82nd Avenue, on the report of domestic violence.

The responding officer was informed the domestic violence suspect had threatened the victim with a knife. According to preliminary information provided to the responding officer, the suspect had left the Portland Value Inn and was not expected to return to the location.

When the officer arrived at the Portland Value Inn, he observed a male he believed to be the suspect. The suspect was near the victim's motel room. The officer attempted to speak with the suspect; however, the suspect would not cooperate with the officer's instructions. The officer requested additional officers respond to the scene.

The officer continued the domestic violence investigation once additional officers arrived. Based on information learned during the investigation, officers attempted to take the suspect into custody. The suspect fought with officers as they attempted to place him into custody. The suspect kicked and injured an officer as officers worked to handcuff the suspect.

Once the suspect was in custody, emergency medical personnel arrived at the Portland Value Inn. The emergency medical responders assessed the victim of the domestic violence situation and provided medical aid to the injured officer. The victim of the domestic violence did not require transport to a hospital. After being assessed by emergency medical responders, the injured officer was transported by ambulance to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspect was identified as 23-year-old Justin L. Fowler. Fowler was lodged at the Multnomah County jail on charges of Felony Domestic Violence Assault in the Fourth Degree, two counts of Domestic Violence Menacing, Assaulting a Public Safety Officer, and Resisting Arrest.

Domestic Violence is among the most frequent and serious forms of violent crime investigated by police.  If you or a loved one are experiencing domestic violence or are concerned that domestic violence may be an issue, help is available.
 
Call to Safety, formerly The Portland Women's Crisis Line, provides access to advocacy services, including confidential peer support, information and referrals to community resources.  Call to Safety 24 hour crisis line can be reached at 503-235-5333? ?or 1-888-235-5333 or www.calltosafety.org
 
Additional web based resources are available from the Multnomah County Domestic Violence Coordinator's office: http://web.multco.us/dv
 
The Portland Police Bureau's Domestic Violence Reduction Unit (DVRU) provides officers and detectives with specialized training in the dynamics of domestic violence.  This unit also operates jointly with Multnomah County's Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team (DVERT) on "high-lethality" cases of domestic violence (those cases with warning signs associated with the most severe and life-threatening cases of domestic violence.).
 
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The Salvation Army Red Kettles Raise $232,682 So Far, With a Total Goal of $750,000.00
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 12/06/17 6:00 PM
(PORTLAND METRO,OR) 06 December 2017 -- Because no child should go without a toy this Christmas, no family without food, and no person without a roof over their head. These are just many of the reasons you should give to a red kettle of The Salvation Army this season. As of December 2nd, 2017, The Salvation Army Red Kettles in Portland Metro are at just over $232,682, just 31% of the total amount needed to meet the goal of $750,000.

"We are just a few weeks into our biggest fundraiser of the season," says Captain Robert Steiner, Portland Metro Coordinator for The Salvation Army. "We are so grateful for the support the community shows us throughout the year, and with your help, we can reach our goal."

Funds raised during the Kettle Season last year helped us make it possible to provide critical support for over 74,000 people, through food, after school programs, and more.

If the donations don't meet the growing need and costs, The Salvation Army will be forced to make the tough decision of what to cut back on.

Kettles can be found at Fred Meyer, Safeway, JC Penney, Macy's, Walmart, and many more locations throughout the Portland Metro area.

The iconic Red Kettle Campaign began in 1891 in San Francisco and has since become a Christmas tradition.

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for over 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army works in 129 countries worldwide. For more information, or to make a donation, visit us online at portland.salvationarmy.org. People wishing to make monetary donations can do so by calling 503.238.GIVE (4483), or by mail, The Salvation Army, 8495 SE Monterey Avenue, Happy Valley, OR 97086-7844.

Two-Vehicle Crash Takes the Life of a Bend Man on Highway 97 at Milepost 151 - Deschutes County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 12/06/17 5:50 PM
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On Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at about 10:15 a.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 97 at Milepost 151 (near Sunriver).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a silver 2006 Nissan Quest, operated by Shannon Ray ROGERS, age 55, of Goldendale, Washington, was traveling northbound when for unknown reasons, struck the rear of a northbound white 1981 Toyota pickup, operated by Brian Jay HARRIS, age 56, of Bend. The Toyota veered off the road and impacted into a tree and the Nissan continued northbound and then veered off the road and also impacted into a tree.

HARRIS was pronounced deceased at the scene and ROGERS received non-life threatening injuries and was transported to the local area hospital for treatment.

Highway 97 was closed for about 30 minutes until one alternating lane was opened for traffic. OSP was assisted at the scene by Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Sunriver Fire Department, Bend Fire and Rescue, and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

Alcohol and speed are being investigated as possible contributing factors in the crash. This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.



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Monday, December 11, 2017 Regular Board Business Meeting Agenda
Parkrose Sch. Dist. - 12/06/17 4:56 PM
The Parkrose Board of Education of School District No. 3, Multnomah County, Oregon, will convene in a Regular Board Business Meeting on Monday, December 11, 2017 in the Boardroom at the Parkrose District Office located at 10636 NE Prescott St., Portland, Oregon at the hour of 6:30 pm. The Board will receive reports from the High School Associated Student Body, Superintendent's Office, Assistant Superintendent/School Improvement Office, Technology, Student Services and the Business Office. They will hear a presentation on the COSA Law Conference. The Board will take action on consent agenda items. The Board will also report/discuss items of Board Business including: appreciative inquiry, committee reports, legislative update, color caucus, their board self-evaluation and superintendent evaluation. Twice during each Regular Board Business meeting time is set aside to hear Citizen Comments, see policy attached to agenda for further details. The agenda is posted on the Parkrose School District Website at https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1000205

Thieves Convicted in Mall Jewelry Heist
Washington Co. District Attorney's Office - 12/06/17 3:59 PM
HILLSBORO, Ore. -- This week Oregon Circuit Judge Andy Erwin sentenced two Washington men to prison for their roles in a dramatic smash and grab heist of a jewelry store in Washington Square Mall. Brandon Sullivan and Darereon Newton were convicted in separate court trials of Aggravated Theft in the First Degree and Criminal Mischief in the First Degree. Sullivan was also found guilty of additional charges stemming from the high-speed chase that followed the theft. Sullivan was sentenced to a total of thirty four months incarceration. Newton was sentenced to fifteen months in prison.

On Tuesday, August 29, 2017, at about 12:15pm three men and one woman walked single file into the Ben Bridge Jewelers store at Washington Square. They went straight to the Rolex displays where two of the men revealed hidden sledge hammers and suddenly began smashing the reinforced glass of the jewelry cases. Once a case broke open the group grabbed twenty one watches and ran out of the mall to two waiting cars, pursued on foot and filmed by civilian witnesses. The incident lasted less than a minute. The take was about $400,000 in retail value.

The incident generated a high volume of 911 calls, including some that reported "shots fired" in the mall due to the noise of the hammers on the glass cases. During the large law enforcement response a Beaverton Police officer spotted one of the suspect vehicles heading northbound on Highway 217 and attempted to stop it. The driver instead fled westbound on Highway 26 at high speed, pursued by multiple police units. After the vehicle exited at Murray Blvd and was slowed by traffic two passengers, Newton and Shakira Karriem, jumped out and fled on foot. They were apprehended nearby. Karriem, the female thief from inside the mall, had over $200,000 worth of watches in her backpack. Officers finally forced the vehicle to a stop on nearby Barnes Road where they arrested the driver, Sullivan. The other vehicle and remaining suspect(s) got away.

Officers from the Beaverton and Tigard Police Departments as well as deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Office cooperated in responding to this incident and conducting the resulting investigation. These cases were only three of over 900 felony property crime cases filed by the Washington County District Attorney's Office so far in 2017. Successful prosecutions of Aggravated Theft in the First Degree alone have resulted in over $800,000 in restitution ordered to be repaid to victims so far this year.

Salem Accepting Grant Applications for Projects Benefiting Low Income Households
City of Salem - 12/06/17 3:00 PM
2018-2019 Program Year Applications Accepted Dec. 5, 2017 -- Jan. 5, 2018

Salem, Ore. -- The City of Salem Urban Development Department is now accepting applications for the 2018 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership, and General Fund public service programs. Those interested in applying for funding must apply via www.salemgrants.org by 5 p.m. on Jan. 5.

The CDBG Program benefits low to moderate-income households by funding projects that revitalize neighborhoods, increase affordable housing, expand economic opportunities, and improve community facilities and services. The HOME Investment Partnerships program funds activities that build, buy, and rehabilitate affordable housing for rent, or provide direct rental assistance to low-income people.

Projects or programs applying for funding from CDBG and the General Fund must be located within Salem city limits. Those applying for HOME funding must be located in Salem or Keizer city limits. All applicants must serve residents of those cities who are at or below 80 percent median family income.

The online application at www.salemgrants.org contains federal and local guidelines for all three programs, as well as the City's application process. Applications must comply with strict eligibility criteria. Special consideration may be given to federally funded projects or programs aligned with the following 2015-2019 priority goals: Promote Economic Development, End Homelessness, Expand Affordable Housing, and Neighborhood Revitalization.

The City is holding application technical assistance workshops:
Thurs., Dec. 7, 9:30 a.m., City of Salem Urban Development Conference Room, 350 Commercial St. NE, Salem
Mon., Dec. 11, 2 p.m., City of Salem Urban Development Conference Room, 350 Commercial St. NE, Salem

CDBG and HOME Investment Partnerships Programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and are authorized by Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended. Funds are for the 2018 Program Year, beginning Jul. 1, 2018. The estimated entitlement allocation for the program year is $1.8 million. This published amount is subject to change based upon Congressional action. For more information, go to www.hud.gov.

For more information, contact Shelly Ehenger at 503-540-2494 or sehenger@cityofsalem.net. Si necesita ayuda para comprender esta información, por favor llame 503-588-6178.

The City of Salem's Urban Development Department is committed to enhancing community prosperity through an array of programs in its four major service areas: Real Property Services, Housing and Social Services, Economic Development and Downtown Revitalization. The Urban Development Department: manages the City's urban renewal areas (URA) and redevelopment projects within the URAs; administers federally funded block grant and housing programs; provides loans and grants to eligible businesses, homeowners, and renters; and manages leases, acquires, and sells properties for the City.

Fire Line Repair Continues into Thursday with Closure of Southwest Alder Street between Fourth and Fifth Avenues
Portland Water Bureau - 12/06/17 2:49 PM
Portland Water Bureau crews continue repairing a fire line break on Southwest Alder Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues.

Southwest Alder will reopen between Fourth and Fifth avenues for the Wednesday evening commute and close again at 7 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7 until repairs are completed later that day.

The traveling public is reminded to stay alert and use caution as traffic may suddenly slow or stop. To avoid traffic delays, motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes around the work site.

The Portland Water Bureau's Maintenance & Construction crews are ready to respond to emergencies, including water main breaks, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. On average, crews respond to 200 main breaks a year.

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Oregon Deploys Strike Teams to the Thomas Fire in Southern California
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 12/06/17 2:45 PM
At 9:36 p.m. on December 6, 2017, Clackamas Fire District #1 was activated by the Clackamas County Fire Defense Board to mobilize firefighting resources to respond to the major wildfires in southern California. A Strike Team of Heavy Brush Type III units from Clackamas Fire District #1, Canby Fire District #62, and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue responded with a total of 10 Strike Teams from 12 counties across the state of Oregon. Oregon resources are expected to be deployed for 14 days. A Strike Team is made up of a number of units along with a leader, and all units are the same. Clackamas Fire deployed two interface engines along with a Strike Team leader. The Strike Team was deployed to the Thomas Fire in Ventura County, California. Currently, there are 12,000 structures threatened, scorched over 65,000 acres, and 0% containment.

Deployment questions can go to the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Public Information Officer Rich Hoover at 503.934.8217. For more information regarding the California wildfires, visit the Incident Information System at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ or the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection's Facebook and Twitter pages: https://www.facebook.com/CALFIRE/ and https://twitter.com/CAL_FIRE.

Oregon sees gains in access to HIV prevention, treatment medications
Oregon Health Authority - 12/06/17 2:38 PM
December 6, 2017

But too few Oregonians are getting tested, 'End HIV' progress report says

Increased access to viral suppression medication that makes a person living with HIV less infectious, and to medication that prevents infection in the first place, are helping lay the groundwork for eliminating new transmissions in Oregon, according to a new report.

The End HIV Oregon Annual Progress Report was released Dec. 1--World AIDS Day--a year after the initiative's launch. It shows steady progress has been made in the last year toward its goal of stopping new HIV infections by 2021. But the report also shows not enough Oregonians are getting tested, which would help them know what prevention and treatment services they need.

The 2017 Progress Report is available at the End HIV Oregon website, https://www.endhivoregon.org/, under "Downloads" at the bottom of the main page.

The initiative is helping more people get antiretroviral medication that reduces their risk of sexually transmitting the disease. About 76 percent of people with HIV in Oregon are now virally suppressed due to programs such as CAREAssist, which helps pay insurance premiums and pharmacy co-pays, and saw a 5 percent increase in the number of clients it serves. An OHA-funded Multnomah County effort also expanded housing support to people with HIV. And program improvements make it easier for people to access and maintain HIV medical care, such as ensuring all Oregonians with HIV who earn up to 2.5 times the federal poverty limit are eligible for services that help them adhere to HIV medications.

End HIV Oregon also made advances since 2016 in HIV prevention through efforts to increase access to pre-exposure prophylaxis, known as PrEP. It beat its goal of adding 100 new medical providers to a PrEP provider directory to begin offering it to individuals most in need, such as partners of HIV-positive people, and men who have sex with men testing positive for syphilis. PrEP also is covered by the Oregon Health Plan.

An estimated one in four Portland-area men who have sex with men are believed to now be taking PrEP. In 2016 the number of providers prescribing PrEP or people taking it was not known.

"We've accomplished a lot in the last year with the help of community HIV service providers across the state, including getting more pre-exposure prophylaxis medication into the hands of individuals at greater risk, and making sure people living with HIV can access antiretroviral medication," says Sean Schafer, M.D., medical director for HIV programs at the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division. "But people need to know their HIV status, and testing does that."

In addition to a focus on testing, prevention and treatment, End HIV Oregon aims to ensure all people living with HIV have access to high-quality care, free from stigma and discrimination. OHA leads the effort, with partners that include the statewide Integrated HIV/Viral Hepatitis/STI Planning Group; Cascade AIDS Project; Eastern Oregon Center for Independent Living; EMO HIV Day Center; HIV Alliance; public health departments in Clatsop, Deschutes, Lake, Lane, Malheur and Multnomah counties; Oregon Centers for Independent Living; Oregon AIDS Education and Training Center; Our House; Partnership Project; and Quest Center.

Strides have been made in testing. Six local public health departments were awarded funding to provide HIV early intervention services and outreach in 13 Oregon counties. In addition, OHA and the Oregon AIDS Education and Training Center, along with several major health systems, began working together to identify policies, procedures and tools to support routine HIV testing within health systems.

Still, only 35 percent of adult Oregonians have ever been tested for HIV. The goal: 100 percent.

"We can get to 100 percent, but we must double down on finding innovative ways to improve testing in the next four years," Schafer says.

For more information about End HIV Oregon, visit the program's website at https://www.endhivoregon.org/.

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2017 Progress Report download: https://www.endhivoregon.org/s/OHA_ENDHIV_Collateral_2017ProgressReport.pdf

Legacy Emanuel Medical Center's Trauma Nurses Talk Tough hosts a discounted bike helmet sale on December 16 (Photo)
Legacy Health - 12/06/17 1:58 PM
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What: Bicycle and multi-sport style helmets in a variety of colors for adults and children for $6.00. Volunteers available to fit and adjust helmets.

When: Saturday, December 16, 2017, 10 am -- 2 pm

Where: Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, 2801 N. Gantenbein, Portland, OR, 97227, Room 1075-1077

Who: Legacy Emanuel's Trauma Nurses Talk Tough program through a partnership with the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association

Why: Legacy Emanuel's Trauma Nurses Talk Tough program was formed to promote and educate the community on prevention to reduce risk and injury. The free and reduced bike helmet program is to help ensure that children and adults have access to helmets to reduce the chance of serious injury.

The Oregon Trial Lawyers Association has proudly partnered with Legacy Emanuel's Trauma Nurses Talk Tough since 2013, contributing $20,000 per year to provide free bike helmet fittings and low-cost bike helmets for community children in need. Nurses and trial lawyers both see too often, the devastation to families when a child is injured when not wearing a helmet.



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Two-Vehicle Crash Seriously Injures a Lyons Man on Highway 226 at Milepost 21 - Linn County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 12/06/17 12:41 PM
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On Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at about 11:25 a.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a head-on crash on Hwy 226 at milepost 21 (near Lyons).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a black 1998 Honda Civic, operated by James Ismael ESCOBAR GUNN, age 17, of Lyons, was traveling westbound when for unknown reasons, veered into the eastbound lane of travel and was struck by an orange 2006 Kenworth log truck, operated by Orville Kenneth TOBEY III, age 52, of Stayton.

ESCOBAR GUNN suffered serious injuries and was transported to the local area hospital for treatment. TOBEY III reported minor injuries but was treated at the scene.

Hwy 226 was completely closed for about two and a half hours until one alternating lane was opened for traffic. OSP was assisted at the scene by Lyons Fire and Medics, Lebanon Police Department, and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.



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Meals on Wheels People and The Bloom Project Deliver 2,500 Festive Holiday Centerpieces Thanks To Teufel Holly Farms Donation
Meals on Wheels People - 12/06/17 12:21 PM
On Tuesday, Dec. 12, local business and nonprofits collaborate once again, spreading holiday cheer to seniors throughout the region

Who/What: Through its unique partnership with Meals on Wheels People and The Bloom Project, Teufel Holly Farms will donate 2,500 holiday centerpieces to seniors throughout the region. Just in time for the holidays, the fifth year of this collaboration will bring cheer and encouragement to those in need.

Where: Meals on Wheels People Central Kitchen in Multnomah Village, 7710 SW 31st Ave, Portland, OR 97219

When: Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 8:30 a.m.

Visuals:
Delivery of 2,500 holiday centerpieces to Meals on Wheels People by representatives of Teufel Holly Farms and The Bloom Project.
Volunteers loading fleet of trucks, where a team of nearly 400 drivers will later deliver the holiday centerpieces to homebound seniors.
Behind-the-scenes at Meals on Wheels People, including Executive Director Suzanne Washington.

About Meals on Wheels People: Meals on Wheels People has been changing lives, one meal at a time, since 1970. We provide hot, nutritious meals to older adults at dozens of meal sites in Multnomah, Washington and Clark counties, and Meals on Wheels delivery to homebound senior. With the help of 5,000 volunteers, the nonprofit organization now serves 5,000 meals daily and 1.1 million meals each year. Visit: mealsonwheelspeople.org.

About The Bloom Project: Founded in 2007 by Heidi Berkman, The Bloom Project is a volunteer-driven nonprofit that provides fresh floral bouquets to hospice and palliative care patients. The Bloom Project receives each of its flowers as donations provided by wholesale floral companies, growers and local grocery stores. The flowers are repurposed by volunteers into beautiful bouquets ready to deliver to local hospice and palliative care patients. Berkman and her team of volunteers are committed to sustainable business practices. Not only are they eco-friendly in their efforts to repurpose flowers from their partners, but also by composting floral waste. For more information, please visit: http://thebloomproject.org.

About Teufel Holly Farms: Teufel Holly Farms, established in 1890, provides the most extensive line of Christmas holly and evergreens in the industry. The Teufel Family is committed to continuing the family tradition of excellence and superior quality set forth by five generations. To learn more, see: http://www.teufelhollyfarms.com.

Sheriff's Office arrests two on Criminal Mistreatment, Theft charges involving vulnerable 73-year-old (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/06/17 12:01 PM
Booking photo: Rosemarie Hildegard Henley
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On Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office arrested two Redland residents on charges including Criminal Mistreatment and Theft -- following an investigation into their handling of the finances of a vulnerable 73-year-old over whom they'd been given power of attorney.

Suspects Jack Allen Dunn, 43, and Rosemarie Hildegard Henley, 49, are accused of abusing their power over Wayne Faulk, 73, who lives on a farm on Potter Road in the Oregon City area.

Faulk is developmentally disabled. In mid-2015, Faulk granted Dunn and Henley -- who live near Faulk's farm -- power of attorney. Under the deal, Dunn and Henley assumed control of Faulk's finances, which include disability payments and Social Security benefits. They also began working farm animals on Faulk's 40-acre property.

Before Wayne Faulk granted power of attorney to Dunn and Henley, Wayne Faulk's sister-in law, Linda Faulk, had been managing Wayne Faulk's income since 2012.

At the prompting of an attorney for the Faulk family trust, Sheriff's Office detectives, in cooperation with Adult Protective Services, began an in-depth investigation of possible financial irregularities relating to Dunn and Henley's handling of Wayne Faulk's income.

Detectives found that Dunn and Henley had allegedly spent tens of thousands of dollars in funds belonging to Wayne Faulk on purchases for themselves.

The Sheriff's Office arrested Dunn and Henley on Nov. 20. Their booking photos are attached. They were transported to Clackamas County Jail and booked on charges including:

Rosemarie Henley:
- 2 counts: Criminal Mistreatment in the First Degree
- 2 counts: Criminal Mistreatment in the Second Degree
- 4 counts: Theft in the First Degree

Jack Dunn:
- 2 counts: Criminal Mistreatment in the First Degree
- 2 counts: Criminal Mistreatment in the Second Degree
- 4 counts: Theft in the First Degree
- 1 count: Possession of an Unlawful Silencer

In October 2016, Clackamas County Circuit Court named a new limited guardian and conservator for Wayne Faulk. A court-appointed advocate has also been assigned to help Wayne Faulk maintain his independence.

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Attached Media Files: Booking photo: Rosemarie Hildegard Henley , Booking photo: Jack Allen Dunn

Health advisory lifted December 6 for Coffenbury Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 12/06/17 11:06 AM
December 6, 2017

Reduced blue-green algae, toxin levels confirmed; continued caution with pets advised

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted a health advisory issued July 28 for Coffenbury Lake located at Fort Stevens State Park, about a half-mile from Northwest Ridge Road near Warrenton in Clatsop County.

Water monitoring has confirmed levels of blue-green algae and toxins they produce are below guideline values for human exposure. However, the Oregon Health Authority recommends that people continue to be cautious with their pets in the lake because toxins are still above the very low exposure levels established for dogs.

Oregon health officials advise recreational visitors to always be alert to signs of algae blooms in all waters, because blooms can develop and disappear throughout the season. Only a fraction of the many lakes and waterways in Oregon are monitored for blue-green algae by state, federal and local agencies. Therefore, you are your own best advocate when it comes to keeping yourself and your family safe.

People, and especially small children and pets, should avoid 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 column. If you observe these signs in the water you are encouraged to avoid activities that cause you to swallow water or inhale droplets, such as swimming or high-speed water activities.

For health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms, or to ask questions about a news release, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400. For information about advisories issued or lifted for the season, contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at http://healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories."

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Kaiser Permanente Northwest and PeaceHealth collaborate with ShelterCare to address homelessness in Lane County
PeaceHealth - 12/06/17 10:25 AM
As part of an ongoing collaboration by Kaiser Permanente Northwest and PeaceHealth to address community health needs in Lane County, the two organizations are partnering with ShelterCare to support some of the most vulnerable residents in the county.

Kaiser Permanente and PeaceHealth are jointly contributing more than $590,000 to ShelterCare for the creation of a transitional housing program that will provide emergency, short-term housing to Lane County residents who are homeless and battling severe mental illness or medical conditions.

The funds will help ShelterCare transition participants to affordable, permanent housing within six months to a year and address root causes of homelessness by providing health and social support services, including mental health services, primary care placement, money management training and employment assistance.

"We are embarking on this very critical endeavor to meet a very critical need in our community. And, it's through powerful collaborations such as this that we are to provide bridge housing for this vulnerable population until permanent housing can be secured. This is important because safe, affordable housing has been proven to increase opportunities for positive health outcomes," said Rand O'Leary, chief executive, PeaceHealth Oregon. "This is about access - access to housing, medical care, behavioral health support and other services."

"Safe housing is a key determinant of health," said Imelda Dacones, MD, president and CEO, Northwest Permanente, P.C. "There are too many people who end up in the hospital sicker than they would have been because of lack of housing."

"With PeaceHealth and trusted community partners, we are addressing an urgent need in Lane County," said Janet O'Hollaren, chief operating officer, Northwest, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals. "We will provide short-term emergency housing for people with behavioral health challenges, and ongoing assistance to help them find permanent housing."

According to Lane County's 2017 Annual Homeless Point in Time Count, more than 1,500 individuals were reported as homeless, with 45 percent struggling with behavioral health issues or substance abuse disorders.

ShelterCare, with its proven results of assisting more than 1,200 adults annually with severe mental illness or medical conditions, is uniquely suited to address the housing and support needs of the community. More than 70 percent of families facing homelessness who complete ShelterCare's current programs move on to stable housing. The new program will directly address the ongoing affordable housing crisis in Lane County, which has created extremely limited vacancies and multi-year waitlists.

"Lane County governments and non-profit service partners have passionately and collaboratively worked to end homelessness for nearly three decades, said Susan Ban, executive director of ShelterCare. "In spite of the social and economic factors that fuel a growing homelessness crisis, our community has made progress and hosts several exciting models that work. In just the past year, our shared embrace of yet another new approach demonstrated improved housing outcomes while measuring a significant cost savings to the community.

"This Kaiser Permanente - PeaceHealth grant will facilitate a new leap forward toward even greater successes by providing additional housing for people with severe mental illnesses or medical conditions. The grant will act as a bridge to permanent supportive housing. Accessing housing is the key to unlocking the effectiveness of other community service supports."

As part of this initiative, Kaiser Permanente and PeaceHealth will work closely with ShelterCare and other community agencies to develop a plan to collaboratively address longer-term transitional housing needs in Lane County.

The initiative with ShelterCare is the first of several planned community health initiatives by Kaiser Permanente and PeaceHealth. In November, the two organizations announced a collaboration to increase access to care and improve health in Lane County. Other focus areas include access to dental care for people in need, strengthening school-based health centers, and workforce development efforts to support community health workers.

More community health initiatives supporting Lane County nonprofits will be announced in the coming months.

About ShelterCare
Founded in 1970, ShelterCare is a private, nonprofit human-services agency directed by a board of community volunteers. ShelterCare offers a range of housing solutions combined with support services for vulnerable community members who are homeless or on the verge of homelessness. The organization strives to ensure everyone has access to stable, affordable housing and the support to live as fully and independently as possible. Prevention, outreach and housing services are complemented by behavioral health services and social service case management support to promote housing stability and personal well-being. "ShelterCare enriches lives through exceptional services that nurture hope, opportunity and dignity."

About Kaiser Permanente
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 more than 11.3 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia, including more than 570,000 medical and 260,000 dental members in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, dentists, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical and dental 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. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

About PeaceHealth
PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth 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.

Healthcare-Associated Infections Advisory Committee meets December 13
Oregon Health Authority - 12/06/17 10:17 AM
December 6, 2017

What: The quarterly public meeting of the Healthcare-Associated Infections Advisory Committee (HAIAC)

Agenda: Annual report; outbreaks update 2017; exemptions; data priorities; infection control guidance for animals in health care facilities; discussion; public comment

When: Wednesday, Dec. 13, 1-3 p.m. A 10-minute public comment period is scheduled at 2:50 p.m.; comments are limited to five minutes.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1B, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland. A conference call line is available at 877-873-8018, access code 7872333.

OHA provides oversight and support for the mandatory reporting of healthcare-associated infections in Oregon via the HAI program. The program convenes its advisory board on a quarterly basis; the purpose of the board is to make recommendations to OHA regarding infection measures reportable by health care facilities. More information is available on the program's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/DiseasesConditions/CommunicableDisease/HAI/Prevention/Pages/Meetings.aspx.

Program contact: Roza Tammer, 971-673-1074, roza.p.tammer@state.or.us

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Everyone has a right to know about and use the Oregon Health Authority Programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
ˇ Sign language and spoken language interpreters
ˇ Written material in other languages
ˇ Braille
ˇ Large print
ˇ Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Roza Tammer at 971-637-1074, 711 TTY or roza.p.tammer@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

West Linn PD to Participate in High Visibility DUII Enforcement during the Holidays
West Linn Police Dept. - 12/06/17 10:04 AM
The West Linn Police Department thanks you for helping us keep our roadways safe during the long Thanksgiving weekend. With aid from a grant through Oregon Impact, the West Linn Police Department deployed extra patrol officers and arrested 11 drivers for DUII during the month of November. We will continue to work at keeping our streets safe during your Christmas and New Year's celebrations, and keep West Linn one of the safest cities in the United States.

WHAT CAN I DO TO KEEP WEST LINN SAFE? We are asking for your help in reporting suspected intoxicated drivers. If you see what you believe is the unsafe operation of a motor vehicle: First, stay as far away from the other vehicle as possible. Second, DO NOT try to pass the vehicle or signal the driver to pull over. Doing so could result in a collision. Third, take notice of the license plate number along with details of the vehicle including make, model and color. However, make sure you don't compromise your own safety trying to obtain this information. Finally, pull over and call 911. Give the exact location of the vehicle, including the name of the road or cross streets and the direction the vehicle is traveling. Give a complete description of the vehicle and the manner in which the vehicle is being driven. If possible, give your name and contact information so an officer can talk to you later. West Linn Police Officers have made numerous DUII arrests because citizens have followed these steps for reporting suspected intoxicated drivers.

Please don't drink and drive, there are easier ways to get face time with your favorite West Linn Police Officer!

Thank you, on behalf of all Law Enforcement working in Clackamas County. We wish you a safe holiday season.

Sgt. B. Wade Corbin

West Linn Police Department

The Governor's Commission on Senior Services will meet Thursday, December 14, in Keizer
Oregon Department of Human Services - 12/06/17 9:55 AM
(Salem, Ore.) -- The Governor's Commission on Senior Services will meet on Thursday December 14, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. -- 4 p.m. at 3406 Cherry Ave, Room 123, Keizer. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes: Goal setting for 2018, new applicant interview, liaison reports, updates on the AAA State and Mid-Columbia plans, discussion regarding tracking service priority level changes, and an APD and ONE Eligibility system update from the APD Director.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Alex Pelusi at Alex.J.Pelusi@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.

For questions about the meeting, please contact: Rebecca Arce, policy analyst at Rebecca.E.Arce@state.or.us.

Local Red Cross Sends Responders to Help at California Wildfires
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/06/17 9:40 AM
Fifteen Red Cross disaster relief responders from Oregon and SW Washington are on their way to California to help people affected by devastating wildfires.

PORTLAND, Ore., December 6, 2017 -- Disaster responders from the American Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (Cascades Region) are on their way to help people affected by fast-moving wildfires threatening communities and forcing people from their homes in Southern California.

Responders from Salem, Mosier, Medford, Springfield, Beaverton, Astoria, Gold Beach, Oregon City, and Keizer, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington will be working in disaster relief shelters and delivering health assistance to people staying in wildfire relief shelters. Additional disaster responder deployments are expected in the coming days.

ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA FIRES
More than 430 people spent the night in seven Red Cross shelters last night. Nearly 200,000 people have been told to evacuate their homes in the areas around Ventura and Los Angeles. The Thomas Fire has burned at least 65,000 acres in Ventura County. The Creek Fire has burned approximately 11,000 acres in and near northern Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. The Rye Fire near Santa Clarita in Los Angeles County has grown to about 7,000 acres. Dangerous fire conditions are expected to be a threat for Southern California for much of this week, with officials calling this the strongest and longest duration Santa Ana wind event seen this wildfire season.

HOW TO HELP:
Help people affected by visiting redcross.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS to make a donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters.


About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/Cascades or find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/RedCrossCascades, Twitter at @RedCrossCasc and find us on Instagram at @RedCrossCascades.



Attached Media Files: Local Red Cross Sends Responders to Help at California Wildfires

Suspect Arrested for Serious Assault at Nail Salon
Corvallis Police - 12/06/17 9:11 AM
On December 5th, 2017, at 8:13pm Corvallis Police Department Officers responded to the Corvallis Nails and Spa, at 2321 NW Kings Blvd for an assault that had just occurred. A 50-year-old Corvallis man was assaulted by a suspect, later identified as 49-year-old Than Kim of Albany. The suspect had fled the area by the time officers arrived. The victim, who was known to Kim, suffered life-threatening injuries as a result of the assault. The victim was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis by Corvallis Fire Department Paramedics. Information regarding the victim's identity and his current medical status is not available at this time.

Kim was later located and arrested in Albany with the help of the Albany Police Department. He was lodged at the Benton County Jail on a charge of Assault I. The investigation is still on going and has been assisted by Albany PD, Benton County Sheriff's Office, Philomath PD, and the Oregon State Police Crime Lab.


https://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/inmate_detail?inmate=1700001892

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department accepting comments on new rule that will require a permit to restore, maintain, or preserve abandoned cemeteries
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/06/17 9:05 AM
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is accepting comments on a proposed rule change that would establish a permit to restore, maintain or preserve an abandoned cemetery. The proposed rules are a result of House Bill 2516, passed during the 2017 session. The deadline for public comment on the amendments is Jan. 15, 2018.

The proposed rules, developed in consultation with the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries, outline the process for entities to apply for permits and permit requirements. OPRD currently offers a grant program for protection, restoration and education of historic cemeteries. Information about the grant program is available at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/FINASST/Pages/grants.aspx#Historic_Cemeteries_Grant_Program

The full text of the amendments to Oregon Administrative Rule 736-054-0100 to 736-054-0150 is available online at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/RULES/pages/index.aspx. Comments can be made directly on this webpage or in writing to Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Attn.: Katie Gauthier, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem OR 97301; or through e-mail to OPRD.publiccomment@oregon.gov. They will be accepted until 5 p.m. Jan. 15, 2018.

Anyone wishing to comment in person may attend a public hearing at 6 p.m. Jan. 9 in Salem's North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer Street NE, Room 124A.

After reviewing public comments, agency staff plan to present a final recommended rule for consideration by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission at its February 2018 business meeting.

Lebanon Fire District Sends Five Personnel To Assist California Firefighters
Lebanon Fire District - 12/06/17 8:58 AM
Five firefighters from the Lebanon Fire District are currently en route to Southern California as members of a Linn and Benton County task force to help battle fast moving wild fires throughout the region. They are bringing with them one Type 3 fire engine and one Type 6 brush vehicle.

The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, has activated its Agency Operations Center and 10 strike teams with equipment and personnel who are enroute to assist with the latest wildfires in California.

California fire officials submitted a request asking for assistance yesterday evening from Oregon. The OSFM activated its emergency mobilization plan, sending out the request for assistance to all Oregon fire agencies.

"Oregon fire agencies have again answered the call and we are honored to assist our neighbors for the second time this year, said Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple. "California helped us with the fires in southern Oregon this year, we assisted them in October and I am proud that we can again assist them in their time of need."

California made the request through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact a national state-to-state mutual aid system. The EMAC request is sent directly to Oregon Emergency Management who contact and coordinate with the appropriate Oregon agency to fulfill the requests.

Oregon county fire defense board chiefs have activated 10 strike teams that are enroute from the following counties: Lane, Multnomah, Washington, Linn, Marion, Clackamas, Klamath, Yamhill, a combined team from Polk, Linn, and Benton counties, and a team from the Rogue Valley area.

Five additional strike teams are being ordered and will be enroute later today.

Oregon State Fire Marshal sends equipment and personnel to assist with California wildfires
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 12/06/17 8:42 AM
The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, has activated its Agency Operations Center and 10 strike teams with equipment and personnel who are enroute to assist with the latest wildfires in California.

California fire officials submitted a request asking for assistance yesterday evening from Oregon. The OSFM activated its emergency mobilization plan, sending out the request for assistance to all Oregon fire agencies.

"Oregon fire agencies have again answered the call and we are honored to assist our neighbors for the second time this year, said Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple. "California helped us with the fires in southern Oregon this year, we assisted them in October and I am proud that we can again assist them in their time of need."

California made the request through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact a national state-to-state mutual aid system. The EMAC request is sent directly to Oregon Emergency Management who contact and coordinate with the appropriate Oregon agency to fulfill the requests.

Oregon county fire defense board chiefs have activated 10 strike teams that are enroute from the following counties: Lane, Multnomah, Washington, Linn, Marion, Clackamas, Klamath, Yamhill, a combined team from Polk, Linn, and Benton counties, and a team from the Rogue Valley area.

Five additional strike teams are being ordered and will be enroute later today.

Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 12/04/2017-12/05/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 12/06/17 8:23 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 12/04/2017-12/05/2017

ESTACADA:

17-1980

On 12/04/2017 at about 0948 hrs., , a student at Estacada High School reported a theft that occurred in the locker room. There were no witnesses or surveillance cameras in the area the incident occurred.


SANDY:

17-1984

On 12/04/2017 at about 1422, code enforcement ordered a tow for a vehicle that was abandoned on Sandy Heights Street near Bluff Road.

17-1987

On 12/04/2017 at 1533 hrs., police received a report regarding criminal mischief in the 37000 block of Highway 26. According to the victim, an unknown/unseen subject had broken out a window of a parked vehicle. A report was taken to document the incident.

17-1989

On 12/04/2017 at 1803 hrs., police received a report about a damaged mailbox in the 38000 block of Strawbridge Parkway. The mailbox had been pulled from the ground on 12/01/2017 and was put back in, causing damage to the base.

17-1990

On 12/04/2017 at 1946 hrs., police received a report about suspicious circumstances in the 17000 block of Ruben Lane. A homeowner came home to items moved around in their house, but nothing missing.

17-1991

On 12/04/17 at 2028 hrs., police received a report about an unlawful entry into a motor vehicle in the 38000 block of Nettie Connett Drive. A report was taken.

17-1992

On 12/05/2017 at about 1536 hrs., police received a report about a hit & run crash with property damage in the 36000 block of Industrial Way. Officers were advised that a subject driving a vehicle had struck the building, causing damage.

17-1994

On 12/05/2017 at about 1650 hrs., police received a report about an unattended death in the 39000 block of Pleasant Street. The medical examiner was notified.

17-1996

On 12/05/2017 at about 2118 hrs., police received a call about a domestic disturbance in the 18000 block of White Tail Avenue. No arrests were made, and a report was taken.

Kitchen Fire Strikes Popular Lebanon Breakfast Restaurant (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 12/06/17 7:39 AM
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An early morning fire halted operations at Kevin's Café in Lebanon, 40 W. Maple Street, on Wednesday morning. The fire was contained to the stove top thanks to the quick response of the cook on duty and crews from the Lebanon Fire District.

As an employee was preparing gravy for the morning breakfast crowd she noticed a small fire had started beneath the burners of the stove top. An attempt was made to snuff the fire with salt but it was growing quickly and beginning to climb the back wall into the hood system. A fire extinguisher was used but it became clear that the fire was growing too large and the employee evacuated the building while dialing 911.

An engine, truck company, medic unit, and Battalion Chief were dispatched at 5:13 a.m. The first arriving unit reported light smoke from the structure and the truck company laddered the roof to check for extension. Firefighters stretched lines into the restaurant and extinguished the fire before continuing to check for hot spots and extension. There were no civilian injuries and damage was limited to the stove and backsplash, with some minor smoke and water damage.

The hood suppression system did not activate, and LFD Division Chief Jason Bolen states that this is likely because of the extinguisher use coupled with the quick response from Lebanon firefighters. LFD's investigation of the fire revealed that grease had been built up beneath the gas burners and was ignited by the burners flame. There was enough grease accumulation on the stove top and backsplash to allow the fire to quickly spread up towards the hood system.

Bolen stressed that it is critical for commercial kitchens to properly maintain their fire suppression systems and have their hoods professionally cleaned at least every 6 months, or every 3 months for kitchens with heavy frying or extended hours. The Lebanon Fire District's Fire & Life Safety Division tracks all commercial fire suppression system maintenance and hood cleanings to ensure compliance with the Oregon Fire Code's requirements. Bolen stated that in this case the hood system was properly charged and the hood was due for its scheduled cleaning next month. All fire extinguishers were also properly maintained within the restaurant.

Failure to maintain commercial services can lead to fines or service fees from fire authorities, and restaurant owners who have questions about code requirements are encouraged to contact the fire district for more information. The Lebanon Fire District also offers free fire extinguisher training to businesses and the public. Contact Deputy Fire Marshal Ken Foster to schedule a class.

For HD photos of this and other LFD incidents, please follow the Lebanon Fire District Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LebanonFireDistrict/?ref=bookmarks

For updates on large scale incidents within the Lebanon Fire District, follow us on Twitter: @LebanonFD



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Fire Line Repair Closes Southwest Alder Street between Fourth and Fifth Avenues
Portland Water Bureau - 12/06/17 6:44 AM
Portland Water Bureau crews are responding to a fire line break on Southwest Alder Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues.

Southwest Alder will remain closed between Fourth and Fifth avenues until repairs are completed later today.

The traveling public is reminded to stay alert and use caution as traffic may suddenly slow or stop. To avoid traffic delays, motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes around the work site.

The Portland Water Bureau's Maintenance & Construction crews are ready to respond to emergencies, including water main breaks, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. On average, crews respond to 200 main breaks a year.

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Linn County Firefighters Sent to California
Albany Fire Dept. - 12/06/17 5:46 AM
On Tuesday, December 5, 2017, Strike Teams from Oregon were deployed to the Southern California Wildfires. Linn County sent 22 firefighters, nine of which are from Albany Fire Department, to Chino, California at the request of the State of California. In addition to Albany Fire, personnel and resources from Lebanon, Sweet Home, Tangent, and Scio Fire Departments were also deployed. Philomath Fire responded from Benton County with two engines and six firefighters.

A total of ten Oregon Strike Teams were sent to California. The length of this current deployment is unknown.

Red Cross Responds to Single Family Home Fire Affecting Two Adults
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/06/17 2:17 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a single-family home fire disaster on Dec. 6, 2017, at approximately 1:00 a.m. in the area of Cully Blvd and NE Skidmore Street in Portland. The fire affected two adults and their pets.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Tue. 12/05/17
Oregon Once Again Sending Fire Crews to Assist California with Wildfires
Portland Fire & Rescue - 12/05/17 9:02 PM
The state of California has once again issued a request for firefighting resources to assist with firefighting efforts in California. Oregon will be answering their request by sending resources from throughout the state. Multnomah County is sending a strike team of type-one engines to assist. The five engines for the strike team will consist of two Gresham Fire engines and three Portland Fire engines, and a Chief Officer. The team has assembled, collected the wildfire deployment equipment that had been stowed after their return from the North Bay fire barely six weeks ago, and are headed south to meet up with other resources from our state.

While this second request in a single fire season for inter-state mutual aid from California is truly unprecedented, Oregon is fortunate to have the resources available. 2017 will go down as a record year for Oregon fire crews.

Updates and photos from the Multnomah County strike team will be provided as they become available.

For more information on statewide resources being sent please contact the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office PIO at 503-370-0033 (media pager)

Monroe Arrest Warrant Served (Photo)
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/05/17 5:10 PM
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CORVALLIS, Ore. -- On Monday, December 4, 2017, at approximately 6:00pm, deputies with the Benton County Sheriff's Office arrested Jose Carlos Villa-Garcia, 30, on a confirmed warrant for three sex abuse charges.

Villa-Garcia, who at the time was a Monroe Volunteer Firefighter, was originally arrested on May 15, 2016, charged with Sex Abuse in the Third Degree and Official Misconduct, after a report was made to our office about him having sexual relations with a minor.

He was released from jail with a Grand Jury date in May, 2017. When he did not appear for court, an arrest warrant was issued for his arrest.

Benton County Sheriff's Office attempted numerous times to serve the warrant over the last few months. Yesterday they were successful, when three deputies arrived at his residence in Monroe to serve the warrant.

The arrestee complied and was lodged and booked at the Benton County Jail in Corvallis with a bond of $100,000.

Jose Carlos Villa-Garcia has been charged with two counts of Sex Abuse II, one Sex Abuse III offence.
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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Four in Vancouver
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/05/17 5:03 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on November 5, 2017, at approximately 1:30 p.m. in the 1200 block of NE 154th Circle in Vancouver, WA. The fire affected four adults. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

City Council Approves Major Library Remodeling Project, Holds Joint Work Session with Planning Commission on Town Center Plan
City of Wilsonville - 12/05/17 4:22 PM
WILSONVILLE, OR -- At the Dec. 4, 2017, Wilsonville City Council meeting, the Council approved advancing a major remodeling project for the Wilsonville Public Library. Construction bids for the $1.35 million project came in approximately $200,000 over initial staff estimates, and include a completely upgraded heating-air conditioning-ventilation (HVAC) system and new furniture. The Library District of Clackamas County is contributing $1 million to the project, with the balance of the remodeling costs originating from the City's general fund.

The Council also authorized a $492,000 contract with MurraySmith, Inc., for design of a replacement wastewater-systems pump station in Memorial Park that relocates the facility to a higher elevation away from the 100-year floodplain of the Willamette River. Previous FEMA floodplain maps had not identified the pump station location in the floodplain; however, the major 1996 Willamette River flooding event revealed that the facility was in the floodplain.

Prior to the Council meeting, the Council held a special joint work session with the Planning Commission to hear a report from the Town Center Plan Task Force presented by City planning staff and consultants. The report featured a number of findings and recommendations, including constructing additional streets and paths to form more of a grid transportation network in the 100-acre Town Center area, incorporating a range of mixed-use buildings ranging from two to five-stories with commercial uses and retail shops on the ground floor, and encouraging a wider variety of outdoor activities and dining options.

Under Mayor's Business, the Council confirmed the appointment of Brandon Roben, Executive Director of the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, to the Tourism Promotion Committee, vacant position no. 2, with a term ending June 30, 2019.

After the Council meeting, Council members met as board members of the City's Urban Renewal Agency and approved moving forward with the proposed "confer and consult" process with area taxing jurisdictions for a $14.5 million increase in the Year 2000 Urban Renewal District's maximum indebtedness. The additional funds would be used to help construct a proposed bridge on Boeckman Road that crosses the "dip" of Boeckman Creek and is a component of the City's long-term Transportation Systems Plan.

Community members can watch a replay of all or a portion of the City Council meeting on Comcast/Xfinity Ch. 30, Frontier Ch. 32 or on the City's video-on-demand service at www.ci.wilsonville.or.us/WilsonvilleTV.

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Albany Police to Provide Additional DUII Enforcement Over the Holidays
Albany Police - 12/05/17 3:48 PM
The Albany Police Department will join law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon providing additional DUII enforcement during the Christmas and New Year's holidays.

High visibility DUII enforcement will occur from December 22, 2017 through January 1, 2018. This enhanced enforcement program is paid for by dedicated funding from Oregon Impact (www.oregonimpact.org). The focus of this program is to detect and arrest impaired drivers and serve as a deterrent.

142nd Fighter Wing to conduct temporary night flying operations (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 12/05/17 3:06 PM
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PORTLAND, Oregon -- The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing will conduct routine F-15 night training missions December 5-7, 2017.

Night training allows the Citizen-Airmen pilots based at the Portland Air National Guard Base to stay current with mandatory Air Force requirements. Night flying is conducted almost monthly as it provides essential training for nighttime maneuvers. Training flights will be completed each evening before 10:30 p.m.



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Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 12/05/17 3:01 PM
Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors December 12th 2017 @ 6:30 PM.
1-888-824-5783 Ext.90095991# and via Blackboard Collaborate at
http://tinyurl.com/BoardORVA

Resending: New survey shows 94 percent of Oregonians have health insurance
Oregon Health Authority - 12/05/17 2:46 PM
Resending to correct Jeremy Vandehey's quote.

December 5, 2017

Federal actions could reduce coverage, officials warn

Nearly 94 percent of Oregonians have health insurance, according to a report released today by the Oregon Health Authority. The findings come from the biennial Oregon Health Insurance Survey, which asks people in 9,000 Oregon households about insurance coverage, access to care and health care use.

The survey, conducted between March and August of 2017, found that nearly 3.7 million Oregonians have health coverage. That's an increase of 10 percentage points since 2014 when the Affordable Care Act and the individual mandate went into effect.

While levels of insurance coverage in Oregon remain stable since the previous survey in 2015, state officials expressed concern that recent federal changes jeopardize Oregon's ability to sustain current coverage rates.

This year the federal government shortened the open enrollment period for individual coverage by six weeks. In addition, Congress has failed to reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which covers approximately 120,000 children in the state.

"With less than two weeks left of open enrollment, now is the time for Oregonians to shop and enroll in 2018 health insurance before the Dec. 15 deadline," said Jean Straight, acting director of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services. "This is the only chance for most individuals to enroll in health insurance for 2018 and missing the Dec. 15 deadline could lead to them being uninsured for all of 2018."

Jeremy Vandehey, acting director of health policy for the Oregon Health Authority, agrees with Straight's concerns.

"The percentage of people in Oregon with health insurance remains above the national average, but we worry that proposals at the federal level could significantly increase our uninsured rate or shift costs to Oregon and other states," Vandehey said. "One example of this is Congress' failure to renew federal funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program. We are using state funds to continue CHIP coverage through April, but are counting on Congress to renew federal funding and prevent a disruption of care."

According to the Oregon Health Insurance survey released today, nearly half (47 percent) of Oregonians are covered by private group policies. More than one-quarter of Oregonians (26 percent) receive health coverage through the Oregon Health Plan, which includes Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program and the Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment program. Another 15 percent have Medicare coverage; 5 percent have individual coverage and 6 percent are uninsured.

There was a decrease of 0.9 percentage points in the number of Oregonians who have health insurance from 2015 to 2017. The decrease is not statistically significant, and likely reflects changes in the way the data was collected and analyzed in 2017 versus earlier years. In 2017 the analytic team used a more sophisticated method of collecting and weighting the data, which likely represents a more accurate picture of the number of people insured in the state.

Other highlights of the 2017 Oregon Health Insurance Survey:

-- The proportion of Oregonians with gaps in health coverage remained the same from 2015-2017
-- Health insurance coverage differs by age
-- Younger adults are less likely to have coverage compared to older adults
-- About 88 percent of young adults in Oregon have health coverage

Read the full report on the Oregon Health Authority website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/ANALYTICS/InsuranceData/2017-OHIS-Early-Release-Results.pdf.

Oregonians who need individual coverage have until December 15 to sign up for individual coverage through HealthCare.gov.

Oregonians who are eligible for Medicaid benefits can enroll anytime during the year through the OregONEligibility website at https://one.oregon.gov/.

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Secretary Zinke Recommends Keeping Federal Lands in Federal Ownership, Adding Three New Monuments
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 12/05/17 2:37 PM
WASHINGTON -- Today, in accordance with President Donald J. Trump's April 26, 2017, Executive Order (EO), U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke released the final report outlining recommendations he made to the President on some national monument designations under the Antiquities Act.

Recommendations Secretary Zinke made in the final report included the following:

Keep federal lands federal - the report does not recommend that a single acre of federal land be removed from the federal estate. If land no longer falls within a monument boundary it will continue to be federal land and will be managed by whichever agency managed the land before designation

Add three new national monuments - Secretary Zinke recommended beginning a process to consider three new national monuments: The Badger II Medicine Area (Montana), Camp Nelson (Kentucky), and the Medgar Evers Home (Mississippi).

Modify the boundaries and management of four monuments - Bears Ears, Grand Staircase, Cascade-Siskiyou, and Gold Butte National Monuments

Expand access for hunting and fishing - Maintain an ongoing review to ensure public access to encourage more hunting and fishing in monuments

"America has spoken and public land belongs to the people," said Secretary Zinke. "As I visited the Monuments across this country, I met with Americans on all sides of the issue -- from ranchers to conservationists to tribal leaders -- and found that we agree on wanting to protect our heritage while still allowing public access to public land. My recommendations to the President reflect that, in some circumstances, proclamations should be amended, boundaries revised, and management plans updated."

FACT VS FICTION: Antiquities Act and Monument Review

Myth: No president has shrunk a monument.
False: Monuments have been reduced at least eighteen times under presidents on both sides of the aisle. Some examples include President John F. Kennedy excluding Bandelier National Monument, Presidents Taft, Wilson, and Coolidge reducing Mount Olympus National Monument, and President Eisenhower reducing the Great Sand Dunes National Monument in Colorado.

Myth: The monument review will sell/transfer public lands to states.
False: This is not true. The Secretary adamantly opposes the wholesale sale or transfer of public lands. The Antiquities Act only allows federal land to be reserved as a national monument. Therefore, if any monument is reduced, the land would remain federally owned and would be managed by the appropriate federal land management agency, such as the BLM, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, or the National Park Service (NPS).

Myth: Removing the monument designation from land will leave Native American artifacts and paleontological objects subject to looting or desecration.
False: This is not true. Whether these resources are found on land designated as a monument, national forest, BLM- managed public land, or other federal land, it is generally illegal to remove or disrupt these resources without a permit issued by the federal government.

Myth: The monument review will close/sell/transfer national parks.
False: No national parks are under review.

Myth: The review was done without meeting advocates for national monuments.
False: The Secretary visited eight monuments in six states and personally hosted more than 60 meetings attended by hundreds of local stakeholders. Attendees included individuals and organizations representing all sides of the debate ranging from environmental organizations like the Wilderness Society and the Nature Conservancy to county commissioners and, residents, and ranchers who prefer multiple use of the land.

Myth: Tribal Nations were not consulted.
False: This is patently false. Before traveling to Utah, the Secretary met with Tribal representatives in his office. On his first day in Utah in May, the Secretary met with the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition in Salt Lake City, for just under two hours. Throughout the four-day survey of the Utah monuments, the Secretary also met with local Tribal representatives who represent different sides of the debate. The Secretary also met with Tribal representatives for their input on several other monuments from Maine to New Mexico to Oregon and everywhere in between. Additionally, the Department hosted several Tribal listening sessions at the Department and across the country, including a four hour session with the Acting Deputy Secretary on May 30th.

I-5 Roll Over Crash (W/Pictures) (Photo)
Clark Co. Fire Dist. 6 - 12/05/17 2:22 PM
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Hazel Dell (WA) Fire crews with Clark County Fire District 6 this afternoon responded to a three car accident that involved a roll-over.
Fortunately, no one was reported seriously injured, although the driver of the overturned car did have to be extricated by firefighters. In total two passenger cars and one semi-trailer were involved in the crash.
The accident happened on I-5 South just south of the 78th Street exit shortly after 1 p.m.
Initially two lanes were closed as members of Engine 61, Squad 61 and Engine 62 worked to stabilize the scene, and traffic slowed to a crawl. Within a half hour one lane was re-opened and authorities think they'll have all lanes open shortly.
Washington State Patrol is investigating the cause of the accident.

David Schmitke/PIO
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(360) 524-0995



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Free First Day Hikes set for Jan. 1, 2018 (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/05/17 1:30 PM
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Register at the Oregon State Parks Store

Salem OR -- The First Day Hikes tradition continues New Year's Day 2018 when the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) joins America's State Parks in sponsoring the seventh annual event. All 24 hikes in 22 Oregon state parks will be guided by park rangers or volunteers who will share stories about a park's geology, history, wildlife and plants. Day-use parking fees are waived for all visitors at participating parks Jan. 1 only.

Hikers can register for a hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents. Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

"Bundle up and enjoy your first walk of the year with us," says Lisa Sumption, OPRD director. "First Day Hikes are a fun, healthy way to start 2018 and a great way to see that Oregon state parks are great any time of year."

OPRD advises visitors to plan for inclement weather, dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, bring water and remember to carry binoculars for viewing wildlife. Check the hike listings at http://bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents for details about recommended ages for children hiking and whether pets are allowed.

Participating parks and meeting areas:

PORTLAND
Banks-Vernonia State Trail: 9 a.m. Meet at the Buxton Trailhead.
Milo McIver State Park: 9 a.m. Meet in the Riverbend lower boat launch parking lot.
Tryon Creek State Natural Area: 9 a.m. Meet at the Nature Center.

COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE
Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail: Noon. Meet at the Mark O. Hatfield Visitors Center West Trailhead.

WILLAMETTE VALLEY/CASCADES
Champoeg State Heritage Area: two hikes--one at 10 a.m. and the other at 2:30 p.m. Meet at the Visitor Center.
Elijah Bristow State Park: Noon horse ride. Bring your own horse and meet in the equestrian parking area.
Silver Falls State Park: 10 a.m. Meet at the South Falls Lodge porch.
State Capitol State Park: 10 a.m. Meet at the Capitol steps.

SOUTHERN OREGON
Collier Memorial State Park: 9 a.m. Meet at the Logging Museum Cookhouse.
TouVelle State Park: 1 p.m. Meet at the Area F parking lot.
Valley of the Rogue State Park: hike and bicycle ride. Bicycle ride at 11 a.m. Meet at Rogue River bridge - John F. Fleming Veterans Memorial Park. Hike at 1 p.m. Meet at the Valley of the Rogue program area.

COAST
Cape Lookout State Park: Noon. Meet in the Cape Lookout Trail parking lot.
Crissey Field State Recreation Site: 2 p.m. Meet at the base of the stairs adjacent to the parking lot.
Darlingtonia State Natural Area: 1 p.m. Meet in the parking lot.
Humbug Mountain State Park: 10 a.m. Meet at the campground flag pole.
Oswald West State Park: 10 a.m. Meet in the main parking lot on the southern end near the shop.
South Beach State Park: 10 a.m. Meet in the South Beach day-use area.
Sunset Bay State Park (Coos Bay area): 1 p.m. Meet at the Sunset Bay gazebo.
Sunset Beach State Recreation Site (Astoria area): 10 a.m. Meet in the Sunset Beach parking lot.
William M. Tugman State Park: 10 a.m. Meet in the day-use area at the gazebo.

EASTERN/CENTRAL OREGON
Emigrant Springs State Heritage Park: 11 a.m. snowshoe hike. Meet in the day-use parking lot to the right of the entrance.
Smith Rock State Park: 10 a.m. Meet at the Welcome Center. Hike limited to 35 participants. Reserve your spot at http://bit.ly/SmithRock2018FDH



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McMinnville Police Investigate Infant Death
McMinnville Police Dept. - 12/05/17 1:25 PM
On November 21, 2017, McMinnville Fire Department and McMinnville Police Department personnel were dispatched to an apartment attached to the residence at 1125 NE Irvine Street on a report of a 7 week old female infant that wasn't breathing. Upon arrival, first responders worked to resuscitate her and the infant was promptly transferred to Willamette Valley Medical Center. Shortly after arrival at WVMC, the infant was transported via Life Flight to OHSU/Doernbecher Children's Hospital for treatment of a traumatic brain injury.

Despite the prompt attention and excellent care from all medical personnel involved, the infant succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased on November 24, 2017. McMinnville Police Department personnel became involved early on as the circumstances of the infant's injuries were not consistent with the explanation provided by the primary caregivers. Medical personnel determined the infant sustained abusive head trauma that led to her death and the case is being investigated as a homicide pending final autopsy results from the Oregon Medical Examiner's office.

This is an ongoing homicide investigation and limited information is available at this time due to the sensitive nature of the case. The Police Department requests the public's assistance, particularly if you have any knowledge about the events at the above named residence or if you are aware of any previously unreported disturbances or noise complaints on the night of November 20 or on the morning of November 21. If you have information that may assist in this investigation, please contact the Police Department tipline at 503-434-2337 and reference case number 17-4521.

Marine Board Denies Petition, Adopts Rules, Approves Grant
Oregon Marine Board - 12/05/17 1:22 PM
The Oregon State Marine Board held a special Board meeting on December 5 via teleconference at the Marine Board office in Salem. The meeting was held to discuss a petition for rulemaking on Lake Billy Chinook to comply with petition timelines. Additionally, the Board considered a grant request to repair two floating restrooms on Lake Billy Chinook and adopted rules for the aquatic invasive species program.

The Board denied a petition received on October 2, 2017, requesting rulemaking to adopt a new rule to establish a no wake zone in the Fly Creek Inlet on Lake Billy Chinook, as well as prohibit unauthorized anchoring, mooring or beaching of a vessel in the area. The Board passed a motion to initiate rulemaking in OAR 250-020-0161, Boat Operations in Jefferson County, to address boat operation in the Fly Creek Inlet area of Lake Billy Chinook.

Additionally, the Board moved to adopt Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Permit Rules, OAR 250-010-0650, that allows commercial businesses and outfitters/guides who rent manually powered boats to be issued a single business certificate of compliance in lieu of individual boat permit carriage requirements. This rule change will reduce cost and processing time for the agency and allow marine law enforcement to focus on safety vs. compliance with administrative requirements on the water.

The Board also approved a grant with the Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation to repair two floating restrooms on Lake Billy Chinook. The Board authorized $16,051 in federal Clean Vessel Act funds and $3,949 in state boater funds to match an estimated $7,341.27 cash, labor and administration for a total project cost of $27,341.27. The funds will repair broken components, replace 8 inch cleats with 12 inch cleats, repair and replace toilets and expand the drain lines from 3 inch to 4 inch diameter for improved drainage into the holding tanks.

To view the agency staff report, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Board-and-Public-Meetings.aspx
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Audit finds insufficient but improving controls over high-risk county items
Clark Co. WA Communications - 12/05/17 12:39 PM
Vancouver, Wash. - The Clark County Audit Oversight Committee will meet at 10:30 am Thursday, Dec. 7, to consider a recent performance audit of Facilities Management's system to track and manage high-risk materials. The meeting will be in the sixth-floor Training Room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.

Copies of the audit are available on the county website at https://www.clark.wa.gov/auditor/audit-reports.

The audit is the last in a series focused on county high-risk items that could be at increased risk of being lost, misappropriated or misused. An audit of the Sheriff's Office was done in 2015, and an audit of Public Works was done in 2016.

The audit found Facilities Management's controls over high-risk items and supplies have been lacking but are improving under a new warehouse tracking system. The audit also found that limited controls over keys and access cards increase the risk of unauthorized access to county buildings.

In 2016, Facilities Management, a division of General Services, organized a small warehouse in a county building which centralized management of materials and expanded use of its computer tracking system. At the request of Facilities Management, the Auditor's Office launched a review of the materials management practices, focusing on tools, equipment, supplies, keys and access cards from 2013 through 2016.

Auditors found that at the time, Facilities Management did not have a high-risk classification for high-value items or adequate controls over security-related items. For example, controls over keys and access cards did not adequately respond to security access changes. The audit also found deficiencies in documentation practices, policy implementation and policy awareness.

The report makes 12 recommendations and recognizes Facilities Management's efforts to address the deficiencies. One step is expanding use of software to increase tracking and controlling capabilities. Also, Facilities Management is conducting a preliminary inventory of keys and access cards and will begin doing an annual key and card inventory. The staff has been working with other departments to review their security records and has put into place new measures to increase records accuracy and raise awareness of warehousing management policies.

"The security of county buildings is a collaborative effort and Facilities Management's work to promote a secure work environment is essential," said Auditor Greg Kimsey. "We support Facilities' efforts to increase accountability for high-risk items and boost efficiencies in materials management through technology."
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DOGAMI Governing Board to meet Dec. 11 in Portland
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 12/05/17 11:49 AM
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Governing Board of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) will meet on Monday, Dec. 11 at 8:30 a.m. at DOGAMI's Portland offices, 800 NE Oregon St. Suite 965.

The meeting agenda is available at www.OregonGeology.org.

The DOGAMI Governing Board sets policy and oversees general operations, and adopts a strategic plan every six years. The Board meets at least quarterly. As active members of their communities, Board members provide an important connection between Oregonians and DOGAMI's mission of providing earth science information and regulation to make Oregon safe and prosperous.

Remodel? Repair? DIY Project? Local agencies say take steps to avoid asbestos danger
City of Vancouver - 12/05/17 11:47 AM
Vancouver, Wash. -- Popcorn ceilings, vinyl flooring, cement siding, adhesives and more! Local government agencies and their partners in Southwest Washington remind residents that dangerous asbestos fibers can be found in these and many other materials within a home, no matter when it was built.

Before remodeling, repairing or disturbing any materials, take steps to guard against potential health risks to you, your family and others in the community. That includes proper disposal at the local transfer station, where changes are coming to further protect workers from potential asbestos-containing materials.

Whether you do the work yourself or hire a contractor, be safe: Check! Inspect! Protect!

While some materials are more likely to contain asbestos than others, you can't identify asbestos simply by looking at it. When asbestos-containing material is disturbed or damaged, it releases tiny fibers into the air that are too small to be filtered by a dust mask. There is no safe threshold for exposure to asbestos.

Southwest Clean Air Agency, Clark County Public Health, City of Vancouver Public Works, Waste Connections of Washington and Columbia Resource Company recommend the following steps for all remodels and repairs:

CHECK: Treat all suspect materials as if they contain asbestos until you are sure they don't. Call Southwest Clean Air Agency at 360-574-3058 for advice before you remodel, hire a contractor or attempt to handle asbestos yourself. Information is also available online at www.swcleanair.org/asbestos.

INSPECT: Depending upon the project and materials, an Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) accredited inspector may need to visit your home to inspect for possible asbestos-containing materials. A list of AHERA-accredited building inspectors, along with information on asbestos analytical laboratories, abatement contractors and more can also be found at www.swcleanair.org/asbestos.

PROTECT: If asbestos-containing material is found in a commercial or residential structure, and that material will be disturbed, it must be properly removed before beginning remodeling, repair or demolition. Be prepared to provide proper paperwork and packaging needed to dispose of these materials at the transfer station. Call Waste Connections/Columbia Resource Company at 360-695-4858 to learn about proper disposal requirements for any materials that may contain asbestos.

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County advisory group to state forestry meets Dec. 15
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 12/05/17 10:40 AM
Date: Dec. 5, 2017

Contact:
Liz Dent, State Forests Division Chief, Salem, 503-945-7351


SALEM, Ore - The Forest Trust Lands Advisory Committee will meet Friday, Dec. 15 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Oregon Department of Forestry Salem headquarters, Tillamook Room, Building C, 2600 State St. Items on the committee's agenda include comments from State Forester Peter Daugherty and Board Chair Tom Imeson, as well as the following topics.

Board of Forestry Work Plan
Forest Management Plan project
Division updates
o Return on asset value
o Trask Paired Watershed Study
o Recreation Access Pass for disabled veterans

Committee members will also formulate the committee's testimony for the upcoming Board of Forestry meeting on Jan. 3, 2018. The meeting agenda is available on the department's web site at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/FTLAC.aspx.

Members of the public may attend the meeting and an opportunity for public comment is scheduled. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations for the meeting can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry 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.

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Single Vehicle Crash Claims Life of Passenger - Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 12/05/17 10:06 AM
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On December 4, 2017 at approximately 10:45pm, Oregon State Police from the Grants Pass Area Command responded to a single vehicle fatal crash near milepost 1 on Williams Highway in Josephine County. This is a county highway approximately 14 miles southwest of Grants Pass.

The preliminary investigation has determined that 27 year old, Joshua SILVA from Escondido, CA was operating a 1999 Toyota pick-up westbound on Williams Highway and for an unknown reason, failed to negotiate a left hand curve driving off the roadway into a ditch. He continued traveling in the ditch, striking a telephone pole; which caused the truck to roll. There were two passengers in the truck; 27 year old, Chase HOVLAND, from Tacoma, WA who received minor injuries. The other passenger was ejected from the truck and did not survive the crash. At this time we will not be releasing the deceased passengers name until we can notify his family.

The Oregon State Police is investigating impairment (drugs/alcohol) as a contributing factor of the crash.

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FBI Tech Tuesday - Building a Digital Defense Against Holiday Scams (part 2)
FBI - Oregon - 12/05/17 10:00 AM
Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. This week, building a digital defense against holiday scams.

Last week, we talked about how to protect your bank account from scam artists in this shopping season. This week -- a look at other frauds that will put your festivities in a funk.

Chances are that you are getting fewer Christmas cards than you used to -- and when you do, they are just as likely to be the electronic kind as opposed to those that show up in the mailbox at the curb. In some cases, these e-cards don't even say who sent them. Don't click on any links or attachments, even if you think you know who addressed them to you. Even the most well-meaning friends and family can inadvertently send malware with their wishes for joy and happiness.

Next, scam artists are looking to take advantage of your good nature in this giving season. All kinds of legitimate non-profits are asking for donations to give kids gifts, collect for the homeless or help with the recent tragedy. Charity scams, especially this time of year, may try to look legit by copying the look or links from these real organizations. Don't click on any of those links or give to an online solicitation. Go look up the charity yourself, ensure that it is real and make a donation, if you wish, through that public web portal.

Package delivery scams are a real problem this time of year, too. If you get multiple shipments to your home -- sometimes daily -- you may forget what you ordered when. In this scam, the fraudster texts or emails you to tell you there was a problem with a package delivery. He may ask for a "redelivery fee" -- or the link you just clicked on is a "phishing" attack where you have given the scammer access to your computer. Keep track of what you bought and when it should be delivered. If you receive such a notice from a delivery company -- don't respond to the text or email -- call the company directly to resolve any issues.

In a twist to this scam -- you pay for an item, but the seller takes your money and never sends you the package. He spoofs a tracking number and makes it look as if a delivery company dropped the package at your home. You assume someone stole the item from your front porch. In this case, make sure you check with the delivery company to ensure that your address matches the tracking company's info.

Finally -- after all this holiday stress, you may be looking to get away for some R & R. This is the perfect time for the fraudster to pitch you on a cheap vacation to a luxury resort. The plane tickets and hotel stay may not be real, or you may get to the so-called resort and find out it wasn't the lavish treat you were expecting. If you need a tropical escape -- make sure to deal with mainstream airline companies and travel agents to ensure you get the trip you need.

If you have been a victim of a cyber scam, make sure to file a report with the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.

Next week -- we will talk about the risks of asking Santa to put "Internet of Things" devices on your wish list this holiday season.


Note to media: If you are using the Spanish or Russian translations, please advise Beth Anne Steele. We are working to determine whether these translations are beneficial.



Attached Media Files: TT - Holiday Scams (Part 2) - ENGLISH Audio , TT - Holiday Scams (Part 2) - SPANISH Audio , TT - Holiday Scams (Part 2) - SPANISH Written , TT - Holiday Scams (Part 2) - RUSSIAN Audio , TT - Holiday Scams (Part 2) - RUSSIAN Written

Survey shows downtown Portland employment is healthy; Business owners and retailers cite livability issues as top concern
Portland Business Alliance - 12/05/17 9:42 AM
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Downtown Clean & Safe recently released data showing employment, wages and businesses in downtown Portland are continuing to grow. Despite this growth and a majority of downtown business owners and retailers saying they feel safe, concerns remain around the livability issues that many experience in downtown.

According to the 2016 Downtown Business Census & Survey, employment in the downtown Portland area increased by 2 percent between 2015 and 2016, from 97,281 to 99,031 jobs, an overall wage growth of 6 percent. Additionally, the number of businesses downtown increased by 4 percent, from 4,770 to 4,958.

"The continued growth in jobs and wages is great news for downtown Portland," said Peter Andrews, chair of the Downtown Clean & Safe board and a broker at Melvin Mark Companies. "Similar to past years, we saw employment increase in the technology sector, a booming industry in Portland."

"While this progress indicates that employment in downtown is thriving, we continue to work on Portland's livability issues. It is encouraging that Mayor Wheeler is addressing these concerns by announcing the city will implement additional tools to impact Portland's livability issues, such as high-pedestrian zones and expanded police walking patrols. Additionally, the Clean & Safe board recently made a number of investments to immediately address downtown cleanliness, including a 30 percent increase in staffing for mobile cleaning units, which are staffed by formerly homeless individuals contracted through Central City Concern's employment programs. Also, by summer 2018, we will have installed more garbage cans downtown, with the city providing more frequent collection. We look forward to continuing our work with the mayor and other elected leaders to ensure downtown is welcoming for business owners, employees and visitors alike."

Key report findings include:
Employment in the downtown area grew 2 percent between 2015 and 2016, from 97,281 to 99,031 jobs.
Wages increased 6 percent from 2015 to 2016, from $6,843,920,476 to $7,251,758,831.
Businesses in downtown increased 4 percent between 2015 and 2016, from 4,770 to 4,958.
Sectors with the most notable employee increases include Finance and Insurance, Professional Scientific and Technical Services, as well as Educational Services, and Accommodation and Food Services.
Sectors with the most notable increase in the number of businesses downtown include Information, as well as Professional Scientific and Technical Services.
When asked about safety in downtown, 95 percent of respondents said they feel downtown is safe.
When asked about cleanliness downtown, half of respondents said it needs improvement. The need for improved cleanliness has increased over past years, from 29 percent in 2014 to 50 percent in 2016.
Top factors influencing businesses locating or staying in downtown include: 1) central location; 2) proximity to other businesses; and 3) access to public transportation.
Areas identified that need to be addressed include 1) transients, 2) panhandlers, and 3) parking.
The number of people taking public transportation continues to drop, while driving alone is rising; currently 53 percent of downtown workers drive.
The number of bike commuters remains unchanged from 2015 at 5 percent.

The Downtown Clean & Safe District conducts the Business Census & Survey each year, surveying employers within the I-405/I-5 loop. The district partners with Prosper Portland on employment data provided by the state of Oregon. Other survey data is collected using mailed questionnaires, personal follow-up and block-by-block canvassing to obtain a statistically significant survey sample. Survey data was gathered from October 2015 to October 2016.


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Downtown Clean & Safe District
Downtown's Clean & Safe District was created more than 25 years ago to support additional cleaning and security in the Central City. The district, funded by downtown property owners and managers, includes 213 blocks in the Central City, and also supports market research and retail recruitment and retention efforts. The district is managed by the Portland Business Alliance under the direction of the district's board of directors. Learn more at www.cleanandsafepdx.com.



Attached Media Files: View the entire Downtown Business Census & Survey results.

Event in Aloha will help people get or renew health insurance
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 12/05/17 8:29 AM
(Salem) -- Portland metro-area residents who need health insurance or have questions about renewing coverage through HealthCare.gov are invited to get free, in-person help at an event in Aloha on Saturday, Dec. 9.

The event, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., will be at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 3145 S.W. 192nd Ave. in Aloha.

Enrollment experts from Project Access Now, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, and the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace, as well as licensed insurance agents, will provide one-on-one assistance to attendees. They will help people enroll in private plans through HealthCare.gov or in no-cost Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid) coverage. Enrolling in coverage at the event will help HealthCare.gov customers meet the Dec. 15 open-enrollment deadline. The Oregon Heath Plan has no enrollment deadline.

The event is organized by Financial Beginnings Oregon, a financial-education group. Sponsors are the Oregon Division of Financial Regulation and the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace. The Division of Financial Regulation operates a consumer advocacy program and the Marketplace is the state-level counterpart to HealthCare.gov. Both agencies are part of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services.

More information
The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace offers general information for consumers through a local service center, which can be reached by calling 855-268-3767 (toll-free) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by emailing info.marketplace@oregon.gov

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The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.

New K9 Ajax reports for duty as Wilsonville PD apprehends suspect who shot random vehicle on Wilsonville Road; suspect also wanted in Nov. 29 PDX shooting incident (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/05/17 8:25 AM
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Please reference CCSO Case # 17-31511

B-roll video of K9 Ajax (.mp4 format):
https://www.dropbox.com/s/vb3bfjddrwk0cdl/K9AjaxB-roll.mp4?dl=0

Our new K9 Ajax came in handy as Wilsonville Police apprehended a suspect in two shooting incidents.

At about 11:39 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office received a call about a male driving a black sedan that had pulled in front of another car on SW Wilsonville Rd. near SW River View Lane, blocking the road.

The male suspect -- later identified as Daniel Frank, 31 -- got out of his vehicle, produced a firearm, and began shooting at the victim's vehicle.

The victim was able to get away, and drove to a safe location where deputies contracted to Wilsonville Police contacted the victim.

Meanwhile, suspect Daniel Frank got back into his vehicle, continued driving, and once again blocked the road at SW Wilsonville Rd and SW Ladd Hill Rd. Frank reportedly confronted two more cars; the drivers of these vehicles left the location without vehicle damage or injury.

Frank then reportedly began walking east on SW Wilsonville Rd.

Deputies arrived in the area near 16265 SW Wilsonville Rd. to make contact with Frank as he continued to walk east.

Daniel Frank was taken into custody without incident just to the east of this address, and the suspect car was located and cleared at the intersection of SW Wilsonville Rd and SW Ladd Hill Rd. Daniel Frank had walked about half a mile.

Deputies subsequently learned Frank was the suspect in a Nov. 29 shooting near Mystic Gentlemen's Club at 99th and Stark. For more information on this shooting, see the Portland Police Bureau's press release:
https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/news/read.cfm?id=98693

Portland Police Bureau officers were contacted and took Frank into custody. However, the gun was not located on Frank or in the car he was driving.

Enter the new Clackamas County Sheriff's Office K9 Ajax.

Ajax's handler Deputy Huskisson had Ajax perform an article search, starting at the location where Frank was taken into custody.

Ajax was able to track where Frank had walked, about .20 miles west of where Frank was taken into custody. Ajax then located the firearm about 20-30 feet north of SW Wilsonville Road -- in an orchard of trees where Frank had thrown it.

Portland Police recovered the firearm. Meanwhile, deputies located the scene of the first shooting call at SW Wilsonville Rd. near SW River View Lane, and located 14 empty brass casings in the middle of the road -- consistent with victim statements.

Daniel Frank was lodged in Multnomah County Jail on November 30, 2017 on charges of Unlawful Use of a Weapon (two counts) and Menacing. Frank will face additional charges in the Wilsonville incident.

"This was Ajax's first complete patrol shift since the completion of our school last week," said Deputy Huskisson.

A Multnomah County booking photo of Daniel Frank is attached, as are photos of K9 Ajax.

K9 Ajax has a new Instagram feed at https://www.instagram.com/k9.ajax/

B-roll video for media of K9 Ajax in action is here:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/vb3bfjddrwk0cdl/K9AjaxB-roll.mp4?dl=0

Two Clackamas County cities -- Happy Valley and Wilsonville -- contract with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to provide municipal police services.

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UPDATE: Two Suspects Arrested in Connection to Increased Thefts
Portland Police Bureau - 12/05/17 8:06 AM
On Thursday, November 30, 2017, at 6:30 p.m., Transit Police Division officers arrested two juvenile males in connection to thefts and robberies that have occurred on the TriMet system.

While patrolling the Gateway Transit Center, Transit Police Division officers recognized two males as suspects in several thefts and robberies that have occurred on the transit system serving Southeast 82nd Avenue, the Rose Quarter Transit Center and Gateway Transit Center. The suspects were taken into custody without incident.

Both of the juvenile males were lodged at the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Home. One of the males was lodged on charges of Robbery in the Second Degree and Assault in the Third Degree. The other male was lodged on two counts each of Robbery in the Second Degree and Assault in the Third Degree. Detectives believe there will be more charges filed against the two males, as well as additional arrests related to these incidents.

The Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Robbery Detail and the Transit Police Division continue to investigate the thefts and robberies that have occurred on the transit system since September. Anyone with information about these incidents should contact Detective Hiedi Housley at 503-823-1063 or Hiedi.Housley@portlandoregon.gov or Detective William Winters at 503-823-0466 or William.Winters@portlandoregon.gov

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The Police Bureau is aware of incidents that have occurred during the preceding three months in which a group of juveniles have taken individuals' unsecured or unattended items, as well as taken items by force. It is believed the group involved in these thefts and robberies is comprised of five to eight juveniles. There have not been reports of the suspects using weapons.

The Transit Police Division is working with the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Robbery Detail to identify and locate the suspects believed to be responsible for these crimes. The Transit Division and Robbery Detail are using information provided by victims and witnesses, as well as video footage captured by some of the more than 4,400 cameras on the TriMet system to identify the suspects involved in these incidents.

The Transit Police Division has increased patrols in the areas affected by these crimes. Based on information gathered, officers believe the incidents are predominately occurring on the transit system serving 82nd Avenue, as well as between the Rose Quarter Transit Center and Gateway Transit Center.

The Police Bureau reminds community members to:
Be aware of their surroundings. If you feel uneasy or threatened, move to another
area of the vehicle or another train car and alert the operator or call 9-1-1.
Stay awake and alert as you travel -- know where you are and where you are going.
Maintain close control of your belongings. Do not put your purse, shopping bag or
backpack on the seat next to you. Keep them in your lap, under your arm or between
your feet.
Avoid displaying expensive jewelry or electronic devices.
The Police Bureau encourages everyone to be an observant witness. If you observe
behavior that violates TriMet rules or the law, contact fare inspectors or police.
Contact 9-1-1 if you observe a crime.
If you are the victim of a crime, please evaluate the benefit of confronting the
suspect. Often times, providing police with a good description of the suspect and
the direction the left the scene is the safest for everyone.
If you are a witness to a crime, please remain on-scene or provide the emergency
call-taker with your contact information so officers may contact you at a later time.
Anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of a person
who commits a crime on TriMet may receive up to a $1,000.00 reward provided by
TriMet.

Detectives have identified several people believed to be involved in these incidents and anticipate arrests in the near future as the investigations continue. Anyone with information regarding these crimes or similar crimes committed on the TriMet system should call 503-823-3333.

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Shooting Investigation Overnight in Portland's Lents Neighborhood -- No Known Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 12/05/17 7:41 AM
On Tuesday December 5, 2017, at 11:59 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of gunfire in the 9100 block of Southeast Duke Street.

Officers arrived and located an occupied home struck by gunfire.

No gunshot victims were located at the scene or have arrived at any area hospitals.

Officers were not able to locate any suspects associated with this shooting.

Officers learned that prior to hearing a gunshot; several men were heard arguing near the residence that was struck by gunfire. A witness also told police, a dark colored sedan was observed leaving the area shortly after the gunfire.

Based on preliminary information it is not believed the residence that was struck by gunfire was the intended target of this shooting.

Criminalists with the Forensic Evidence Division responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333.

If you see a gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Information about any unsolved homicide is eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,500. Information about any other unsolved felony crime is eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Submit an anonymous tip:

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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Early Morning Stabbing Investigation in West Portland Park Neighborhood -- Two People Injured
Portland Police Bureau - 12/05/17 7:30 AM
On Tuesday December 5, 2017, at 12:16 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a stabbing in the 5000 block of Southwest Pasadena Street.

As officers and emergency medical responders arrived in the area of the call, emergency medical personnel located an adult male with stab injuries in a parking lot in the 10000 block of Southwest Barbur Boulevard. Emergency medical personnel provided medical aid to the adult man while additional officers responded to the original 9-1-1 call location in the 5000 block of Southwest Pasadena Street. Officers located another adult male with stab wounds in a residence on Southwest Pasadena Street. Emergency medical responders provided medical aid to the second injured subject. Both men were transported to area hospitals by ambulance with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

During the preliminary investigation, officers learned the injured men knew one another and were involved in a disturbance in Holly Farm Park, located at 10819 Southwest Capitol Highway. Based on information gathered during the investigation, officers believe that shortly after the disturbance, the men left Holly Farm Park and walked to the locations where they were contacted by officers and emergency medical personnel. Officers believe the two men were the only individuals involved in the disturbance.

Officers located and seized a knife during a search of the residence on Southwest Pasadena Street.

The Forensic Evidence Division responded to assist with this investigation. Detectives with the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Assault Detail will continue this investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Detective Division's Assault Detail at 503-823-0479.

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K9 Billy (Photo)
Hillsboro Police Dept. - 12/05/17 4:47 AM
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It's with great sadness that we share the loss of Hillsboro Police K9 Billy this morning.

K9 Billy and his handler, Officer Zaugg were involved in a traffic crash this evening at TV HWY and Century Blvd.

At 10:38 p.m.(12/04/17) Officer Zaugg was traveling west bound on TV Hwy approaching the Century Blvd intersection. A vehicle traveling east bound made a left turn onto Century Blvd, striking the patrol vehicle.

Officer Zaugg received minor injuries, however, K9 Billy suffered massive trauma and did not survive the injuries.

The Washington County CART is handling this investigation. The driver of the remained on the scene. No citations have been issued at this point. This case is still under investigation.



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Red Cross Assists Seven Adults and Four Children in Multi-Family Home Fire in McMinnville
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/05/17 1:23 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a multi-family home fire disaster on December 4, 2017, at approximately 7:00 p.m.in the 200 block of SE Evans in McMinnville, Ore.

The fire affected seven adults and four children.The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.


The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Mon. 12/04/17
Determination of severe weather event
City of Longview - 12/04/17 5:40 PM
Pursuant to Ordinance No. 3357 codified as LMC 7.30, Severe Weather Shelters, City Manager Dave Campbell has determined that a severe weather event is imminent based on forecasted cold weather conditions beginning tonight. Low temperatures in the Longview area are currently predicted to be at or below 32 degrees beginning tonight and for the next several days.

Among other things, the determination of a severe weather event enables permitted severe weather shelters to begin operating. There are no permitted severe weather shelters in Longview at this time, but we will publicize any that may be permitted. City Manager Campbell has authorized Community Development Director/Building Official John Brickey to issue temporary use permits for any buildings for which severe weather shelter designation may be sought and which, upon inspection, are determined to meet basic building safety standards for temporarily housing persons by Mr. Brickey and Fire Marshal Jim Kambeitz. There is no fee for a temporary use permit for a severe weather shelter, and a permit may be valid for a period of 365 days.

For more information on permitted severe weather shelters, please contact the Community Development department at 360.442.5087.

*** Update Names Released *** Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision on US 26 near milepost 65 - Government Camp (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 12/04/17 4:51 PM
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Update - Names Released

On Sunday, December 3rd, 2017, at about 3:45 p.m., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 26 at milepost 65.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a white 2004 Ford Excursion, operated by Kenneth Steven SCHMIDT, age 53, and passengers: Cindy Ann SCHMIDT, age 50, and female juvenile, age 9, all of Crooked River Ranch, were traveling westbound on Highway 26, and lost control on the snow-covered highway and crossed into the eastbound lane. The Ford hit an eastbound silver 2013 Subaru Outback, operated by Debra Jean HAHN, age 48, and passengers: Linda Jean TODD, age 68, and a male juvenile, age 9, all of Redmond.

The male juvenile passenger in the Subaru was pronounced deceased at the scene. All the occupants in the Ford received minor injuries but were not transported. HAHN was transported by ambulance to a local hospital and TODD was transported by air ambulance to Emanuel Hospital with critical injuries.

ODOT was on scene and assisted with traffic control to allow vehicles access to the crash scene. Detours were put in place once stopped traffic was released.

OSP was assisted on scene by Hoodland Fire, ODOT, and AMR.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident who was not interviewed at the scene is requested to call Oregon State Police Trooper McNeely at (971) 271-3872 or email at joshua.mcneely@state.or.us.

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.

End of Update


OSP is responding to a fatal motor vehicle collision on US 26 near milepost 65 in the Government Camp area. There is roadway closure in this area. Please check TripCheck.com for detours in place.



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CORRECTION: UPDATE #2: Suspect Arrested in Connection with November 7th Death Investigation (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/04/17 4:37 PM
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Richard Whitmore's name was incorrectly spelled in the original release.

The Police Bureau regrets the error.

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On Tuesday, November 28, 2017, Portland Police Bureau Homicide Detail detectives booked 42-year-old Jacob J. McGhee into jail in connection with the November 7th death of 30-year-old Richard Whitmore.

McGhee was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Murder, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and a post prison violation for a previous conviction of Robbery in the Second Degree. He will be arraigned on Wednesday.

This investigation started on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at 11:24 p.m., when Central Precinct officers were dispatched to the report of a stabbing near Southeast 2nd Avenue and Southeast Morrison Street.

Officers arrived in the area and located Whitmore lying on the ground, surrounded by a significant amount of blood. Whitmore was transported to an area hospital by ambulance where he died. Homicide detectives responded to the scene and began an investigation into Whitmore's death. The Oregon State Medical Examiner determined that Whitmore died of homicidal violence as a result of a sharp force injury.

During the investigation, detectives developed probable cause to arrest McGhee in connection with the death of Whitemore and secured a warrant for his arrest.

On Tuesday, November 28, at 2:24 p.m., Central Precinct officers were working in the area of East Burnside Street and 14th Avenue when they observed McGhee. The officers knew McGhee was wanted in connection with the murder of Whitmore. The officers contacted and arrested McGhee.

This remains an ongoing investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Erik Kammerer at 503-823-0762 or Erik.Kammerer@portlandoregon.gov

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The victim killed during a disturbance late Tuesday night has been identified as 30-year-old Richard Whitmore of Portland.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner Determined Whitmore died of homicidal violence caused by a sharp force injury.

Anyone with information about Whitmore's death should contact Detective Rico Beniga at 503-823-0457 or Rico.Beniga@portlandoregon.gov

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On Tuesday November 7, 2017, at 11:24 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a stabbing in the area of Southeast 2nd Avenue and Southeast Morrison Street.

When officers and emergency medical personnel arrived on scene they located an adult male lying on the ground. A large amount of blood was observed around the man as emergency responders approached. Medical personnel provided the victim medical aid and transported him by ambulance to an area hospital where died of his injuries.

Based on preliminary information, investigators believe the victim and the suspect were involved in a fight on Southeast Morrison Street east of Southeast Water Avenue. During the fight the victim sustained serious injuries but was able to walk to Southeast 2nd Avenue and Southeast Morrison Street, where he fell to the ground. Community members observed the victim on the ground and called 9-1-1.

Officers continue to search for the suspect in this incident.

Detectives with the Portland Police Bureau's Homicide Detail and criminalists with the Forensic Evidence Division are responding to assist with this death investigation.

A member of the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office will perform an autopsy in the coming days to attempt to identify a cause of death. The cause of death and identity of the victim will not be released until after the autopsy and the next of kin have been notified.

This investigation is in its early stages and there is no additional information available at this time. Additional information will be provided through updates to this release when available.

The PIO is not responding to the scen of this investigation at this time.

Anyone with surveillance footage or information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Portland Police Bureau non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

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Attached Media Files: Jacob J McGhee

UPDATE: Fatal Crash Investigation Underway on Boones Ferry Road
Portland Police Bureau - 12/04/17 4:28 PM
The passenger of a 2016 Jaguar F-Type sedan killed Sunday evening on Southwest Boones Ferry Road has been identified as 44-year-old Shad M. Alexander of Aloha.

Investigators with the Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division's Traffic Investigation Unit continue to investigate this crash. Anyone with information about this crash should contact Officer Phillip Maynard at 503-823-2216 or Phillip.Maynard@portlandoregon.gov


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On Sunday December 3, 2017, at 5:57 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a single vehicle traffic crash on Southwest Boones Ferry Road near Alfred Street. The caller reported that the vehicle was stuck in a tree down an embankment.

Officers, firefighters, and medical personnel arrived and were able to get both driver and passenger out of the vehicle. The driver did not appear to be suffering from any serious injuries; however, the passenger did not survive the crash.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team is responding to conduct an investigation.

Southwest Boones Ferry Road is closed in both directions, from Colony Drive to Terwilliger Boulevard, and is expected to remain so for several hours until the crash scene is clear.

No additional updates on this crash are expected this evening.

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: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390

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Woodland Public Schools staff members learn Spanish to connect with the district's growing ELL population (Photo)
Woodland Sch. Dist. - 12/04/17 4:00 PM
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Monday, December 4, 2017-Woodland, WA-Staff members at Woodland Public Schools gather once a week to take Spanish classes from Milagros Wells, the district's English Language Learner (ELL) Outreach Coordinator and native Spanish speaker, who decided to offer the free classes as a way for her colleagues to connect with Woodland's growing Hispanic population.

Wells realized she could help when a member of the administrative team approached her about learning Spanish. Nearly 280 Hispanic families in the district speak very little to no English. "Ingrid Colvard, the Principal of Woodland Primary School, asked me if there was a way for her and her staff to learn Spanish," explained Wells. "I realized right then and there that Spanish lessons for our staff could be very beneficial to give them ways to communicate with this growing population."

Wells started offering language classes for her colleagues in October with staff members filling the classroom each week, eager to find effective methods to connect with all of Woodland's students. "We want to encourage our bilingual students to continue to speak their native language, and one way to do this is to provide the staff with some fundamental words to interact with those students on a day-to-day basis," said Wells. "For our staff, it's not about picking up the entire language -- it's about learning how to communicate and validate diversity."

During class sessions, Wells works with each staff member by practicing sentence structure, pronunciation, enunciation, and teaching vocabulary. Wells guides the class through new material by introducing different themes such as feelings and emotions; days of the week; times of the day; and how to give directions. Wells prepares binders for her colleagues containing handouts with vocabulary and sentences selected specifically for situations the staff might encounter on a day-to-day basis.

Sentences and vocabulary include greetings, how to give directions, and address specific situations such as how to ask a student where they hurt themselves if they fell down or feel sick. "If we can comprehend these basic key words and vocabulary, we can really help out our students who speak very little or no English," explained Wells. "Once someone is greeted or spoken to in a language they understand, they feel less disconnected and more comfortable in their new environment."

Wells says her colleagues provide excellent examples as students, with many working hard to learn the nuances of the Spanish language. "Our staff members really want to learn, so, for me, it's just a matter of sharing my native language and then giving my colleagues the time to gain a richer understanding of the Spanish-speaking community," said Wells. "We continue to have students and families come to Woodland with little to no English fluency so it is essential for our staff to be able to communicate and welcome everyone."

So far, the staff raves about their experiences learning Spanish. "Milagros is a marvelous teacher and serves as a tremendous advocate for Spanish-speaking families throughout the district," said Annika Dukes, a Woodland Middle School teacher taking Wells' classes. "It's delightful to see the range of staff members taking part with Milagros coaxing us out of our comfort zones making us willing to make mistakes in order to connect with all of our community members."

Vicky Barnes, Human Resources Manager for Woodland Public Schools, started attending Wells' classes so she could greet parents and visitors to the district office. "I quickly realized that Spanish-speaking parents were just looking for answers to simple questions like how to find a certain school," said Barnes. "I decided that I want to get comfortable enough speaking Spanish that I can effectively greet our visitors and answer basic questions."

As Woodland Public Schools' ELL Outreach Coordinator, Wells also offers classes for Spanish parents to learn English. Now, she's working on connecting both groups of students so they can learn from each other. "I have taught English classes for our Spanish-speaking parents for more than two years," said Wells. "One of my goals is to bring both language classes together so they can become more confident using their new skills by speaking with each other."

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Attached Media Files: Staff members in Milagros Wells' classes work together to help one another become more comfortable using their new skills , Milagros Wells (left) works with each staff member one-on-one to ensure they understand proper pronunciation and sentence structure , Milagros Wells (second from right) offers free classes after school for her colleagues to learn conversational Spanish

UPDATE: Suspect Arrested in Connection to Shooting in Southeast Portland (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/04/17 3:33 PM
As officers investigated a shooting that took place at the Mystic Gentleman's Club on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at 9:22 p.m., they identified a suspect in the shooting.

Once officers identified the suspect, surrounding law enforcement agencies were informed of the suspect's identity and associated vehicle.

On Thursday, November 30, 2017, at approximately 12:15 a.m., the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office notified Portland Police they had taken the suspect associated with the Mystic Gentleman's Club shooting into custody after they responded to the report of gunfire in their jurisdiction.

Portland Police Officers responded to Clackamas County and took custody of 31-year-old Daniel Frank. A firearm was located and seized as evidence at the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office custody location.

Frank was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail on November 30, 2017 on charges of Unlawful Use of a Weapon (two counts) and Menacing.

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On Wednesday November 29, 2017, at 9:22 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of gunfire outside the Mystic Gentleman's Club, located at 9950 Southeast Stark Street.

Officers arrived in the area and spoke to witnesses who reported to police that the male suspect left the club, fired several rounds from a handgun into the air, then left the area. No gunshot victims were located at the scene or arrived at any area hospitals. Evidence of gunfire was located at the scene.

The only suspect description available is a white male in his 30s. Officers checked the area but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333, reference case number 17-393097.

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Attached Media Files: Daniel Frank

Independent reviewers find CCO rate-setting process actuarially sound, unbiased
Oregon Health Authority - 12/04/17 3:27 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 4, 2017

Independent reviewers find CCO rate-setting process actuarially sound, unbiased

SALEM--Medicaid experts from two independent firms have found the 2018 rates for Oregon's coordinated care organizations (CCOs) are sound, unbiased and generally consistent with state and federal rules. The state does not expect to change the 2018 rates Oregon pays CCOs to manage health services for more than 900,000 Oregonians who receive health coverage through the Oregon Health Plan. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) plans to discuss the results with CCOs this week before finalizing next steps.

Recently appointed OHA Director Patrick Allen engaged the firms to review the rate-setting process and answer questions from stakeholders and policymakers. The 2018 rates were recently submitted to the federal government in time for 2018 approval, and OHA reserved the ability to resubmit 2018 rates if the independent reviews indicated changes were needed.

The independent reviews do not recommend changes to the 2018 rates. However, both reviews suggest OHA provide more documentation to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to detail its rate development process. The firms also recommended that the agency provide more documentation about CCO loss ratios, profit margins and administrative costs. One review also recommends OHA address a potential outlier in a rate category for a southwest Oregon CCO.

OHA staff intend to implement the recommendations by filing an addendum to CMS that provides more documentation of the rate-setting process.

"We want OHP members, taxpayers and legislators to know if the CCO rate-setting process is sound or flawed," OHA Director Allen said. "These objective, third-party experts have given us the confidence to move forward and suggestions to improve the process."

OHA will meet with CCO leaders December 6 to discuss the results and proposed next steps. The agency will review feedback from CCOs and announce its final plans for the implementation of 2018 rates later this month.

OHA contracted with Lewis & Ellis, Inc., an independent Medicaid-qualified actuary, to review the current 2018 rate development methodology. The agency contracted with Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP, to review the 2018 rate development methodology against current CMS regulations and Oregon's 1115 waiver to validate compliance.

Reports available here:
"Medicaid Independent Review," Lewis and Ellis, Inc., November 30, 2017: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/ERD/Documents/OHASecondaryReviewFinalReport.pdf
"Assessment of Process for Setting 2018 Rates for Coordinated Care Organizations," Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP, November 30, 2017: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/ERD/Documents/2018RegulatoryReviewOfRateSettingProcess_FINAL.PDF

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Alliance statement on high-pedestrian zones
Portland Business Alliance - 12/04/17 3:14 PM
The high-pedestrian zones are another tool available to the city to address discrete issues that impede the ability to safely navigate public sidewalks. This tool has been in place in several locations in the city for many years, and we have been talking with the current mayor for several months about utilizing it in areas of the Central City that are particularly impacted by livability issues. The tool is not about individuals experiencing homelessness, which must be addressed with compassion and a community-wide effort to create more safe places for people to sleep and better accessibility to housing. Rather, the high-pedestrian zones are designed ensure the city's public spaces remain safe, accessible and welcoming to everyone. We appreciate Mayor Wheeler taking steps to address the livability concerns in our Central City, as well as the extraordinary work both he and Multnomah County Chair Kafoury have done over the last 18 months to double the number of emergency shelter beds in our community so that people sleeping outside have better access to safe and warm accommodations.

Auditor's Office annual financial report earns top marks from professional association
Clark Co. WA Communications - 12/04/17 2:44 PM
Vancouver, Wash. - The international Government Finance Officers Association has recognized the Clark County Auditor's Office with a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its 2016 comprehensive annual financial report.

The certificate is the highest recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting, the Chicago-based association said announcing the recognition late last month.

The certification also brings an Award of Financial Reporting Achievement for the Auditor's Office.

"We hope your example will encourage other government officials in their efforts to achieve and maintain an appropriate standard of excellence in financial reporting," Michele Mark Levine, an association director, wrote in a letter to Auditor Greg Kimsey.

The association serves 19,000 local, state and provincial government officials and finance practitioners in United States and Canada.
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Jail Overcrowding Forces Convicted Felon to be Released (Photo)
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/04/17 2:44 PM
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CORVALLIS, Ore. -- On Thursday, November 30, 2017, a convicted felon was released at the Benton County Jail after being booked on multiple drug charges, as well as vehicle and weapon violations.

A Detective with the Benton County Sheriff's Office -- Corvallis Police Department Street Crimes Unit, observed a vehicle determined to be stolen out of Albany, in the area of Twin Oaks Circle & SW 3rd Street in Corvallis last Thursday.

The vehicle was occupied by a female driver and male passenger, who were later identified as Laura Ruhl, 22, and William Johnson, 25.

A short time later, Ruhl and Johnson were observed getting into a different vehicle driven by Tyler Boyce, 28.

A search of the vehicle driven by Boyce, following an alert by a drug detecting Corvallis Police K9, yielded greater than user amounts of Heroin, Methamphetamine, and suspected Psilocybin Mushrooms. Cash, a digital scale, drug packaging material, a stolen bicycle, a loaded semi-automatic handgun, and other drug-related items were also seized.

Boyce was issued a citation in lieu of custody for Unlawful Possession of Heroin and Methamphetamine as well as Unlawful Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance.

Ruhl was charged with Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle and Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Unlawful Delivery of Heroin and Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of Heroin and Methamphetamine, and being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm, then booked at the Benton County Jail.

Johnson was charged with Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle and Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Unlawful Possession of Heroin and Methamphetamine, and being a Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon. Johnson was released from the Benton County Jail with a court date due to overcrowding.
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Attached Media Files: 2017-12/1505/110131/Johnson_Arrest_12.4.2017.pdf , 2017-12/1505/110131/William_Johnson.jpg , 2017-12/1505/110131/Laura_Ruhl.jpg

Vancouver Public Works crews and equipment ready for winter
City of Vancouver - 12/04/17 2:38 PM
The City of Vancouver is ready to meet the challenges of severe weather this winter, and encourages the public to be prepared, too.

With more than 1,875 lane miles of paved streets in Vancouver, your Public Works crews and equipment are strategically deployed to maximize the response to snow, ice, and other severe winter weather. The department currently has 18 vehicles of varying sizes, including a large grader, capable of moving snow. Nearly half of those vehicles are also equipped with deicing applicators. The city makes its own deicing solution at mixing stations in west and east Vancouver, and supplies are fully stocked.

During severe weather, Public Works' first response is keeping open the major streets that connect police, fire and medical services. Next in priority are other arterials, selected collectors, snow bus routes, and key streets around schools and hills. Crews also stand ready to assist Vancouver Fire, Vancouver Police and Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) when emergency access is needed. Due to demands of keeping this life-saving network of streets open during severe weather conditions, along with limited resources and difficulties related to driveways and parked cars, neighborhood residential streets are not plowed or deiced.

Timing, coordination and being prepared for whatever the weather brings are a critical part of the city's winter weather response. Public Works crews are keeping a watchful eye on temperatures, precipitation and forecasts, ready to provide a preventive layer of deicer should the potential for icy or slick conditions arise.

Businesses and residents can help by being ready for the possibility of harsh winter weather. Have traction devices, snow shovels and emergency preparedness kits ready. Disconnect garden hoses and insulate water pipes and outside hose bibs to prevent freezing.

Remember: Property owners are responsible for keeping adjacent sidewalks passable. Safe and effective deicer and traction material can be found in many stores. Used properly, these can make shoveling easier and help prevent slick sidewalks. Those who can are encouraged to lend a helping hand to elderly or disabled neighbors who may need assistance with sidewalks and other services during severe weather.

To report an urgent problem with City of Vancouver streets or utilities, please call Public Works Operations at 360-487-8177. In case of a life-threatening emergency, please call 911. To report a downed power line, call Clark Public Utilities at 360-992-8000.

View Vancouver's snow removal routes, get winter weather tips, and stay informed with severe weather updates at www.cityofvancouver.us/severeweather. Severe weather updates are also posted on Vancouver Public Works' social media channels, at Facebook (www.facebook.com/VancouverPublicWorks) and Twitter (@VanPubWorksUS).

County launches online permitting system, training sessions in December
Clark Co. WA Communications - 12/04/17 2:32 PM
Vancouver, Wash. - People who want building and fire permits for new construction or remodeling projects now can apply for them online, thanks to the new Clark County Land Management System -- CC LMS -- launched recently.

Community Development Director Marty Snell said the online application system ??' an investment three years in development ??' will make the building and fire permitting process more efficient, convenient and transparent.

To help permit applicants become familiar or more proficient with the online Land Management System, Community Development staff members are offering several free workshops in December. Sessions will be covering several permit types including New Home Construction permits, commercial and residential permits, solar panels, fence and retaining walls, and multi-family construction.

The workshops will be held Tuesday through Thursday beginning Dec. 5 and ending Dec. 21. They are open to the public.

Seating is limited, and registration is required.

To see the full workshop schedule and register, go to www.clark.wa.gov/community-development/cc-lms-training.

To read more about the new permitting system, find frequently asked questions, and watch online tutorial videos, go to www.clark.wa.gov/community-development/clark-county-land-management-system.
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Cryptosporidium Monitoring Update: Detections from routine monitoring in the Bull Run. Coordination with health officials continues.
Portland Water Bureau - 12/04/17 2:20 PM
The Portland Water Bureau received additional results from ongoing monitoring from the Bull Run Watershed intake for Cryptosporidium, a potentially disease-causing microorganism. Between Sunday, Nov. 26 and Wednesday, Nov. 29, one Cryptosporidium oocyst was detected from a 50-liter sample collected on Tuesday, Nov. 28. No Cryptosporidium was detected from three other samples collected during this time. Cryptosporidium was last detected from the Bull Run Watershed intake on Nov. 22, 2017.

The bureau continues to use the Bull Run as its primary source of drinking water. The Portland Water Bureau does not currently treat for Cryptosporidium, but is required to do so and is working to install treatment. The Portland Water Bureau continues to consult with OHA and local health officials regarding these detections. At this time, customers are not being asked to take any additional precautions.

Exposure to Cryptosporidium can cause cryptosporidiosis, a serious illness. Symptoms can include diarrhea, vomiting, fever and stomach pain. People with healthy immune systems recover without medical treatment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people with severely weakened immune systems are at risk for more serious disease. Symptoms may be more severe and could lead to serious or life-threatening illness. Examples of people with weakened immune systems include those with AIDS; those with inherited diseases that affect the immune system; and cancer and transplant patients who are taking certain immunosuppressive drugs.

EPA has estimated that a small percentage of the population could experience gastro-intestinal illness from Cryptosporidium and advises that customers who are immunocompromised and receive their drinking water from the Bull Run Watershed consult with their healthcare professional about the safety of drinking the tap water. The Portland Water Bureau and Burlington, City of Gresham, City of Sandy, City of Tualatin, Green Valley, GNR, Hideaway Hills, Lake Grove, Lorna Portland Water, Lusted, Palatine Hill, Pleasant Home, Raleigh, Rockwood, Skyview Acres, Tualatin Valley, Two Rivers, Valley View and West Slope Water Districts receive all or part of their drinking water supply from the Bull Run. To learn if your drinking water comes from Bull Run, please contact your local drinking water provider.

Public health surveillance during and after a similar series of low-level detections from January through March of this year did not see an increase in Cryptosporidium-related illness.

The public and the media are encouraged to view all sampling results posted to the
City's website at portlandoregon.gov/water/cryptoresults. The bureau will notify the media and public immediately should further test results indicate a risk to public health and precautions are necessary.

Customers with questions regarding water quality can call the Water Line at
503-823-7525.



Attached Media Files: 2017-12/1240/110128/Crypto_Press_Release_12-4-17.docx

Shots Fired. Seeking Victims. (Photo)
Beaverton Police Dept. - 12/04/17 1:43 PM
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UPDATE
The subject who was arrested for prohibited possession of a weapon and firing a weapon is Daryl Wayne Williams. We still do not know what he was shooting at or why. We have not identified any victim so that is a good thing.

I do not expect there will be any other updates on this.

On 11/29/2017 at approximately 4:05 AM citizens reported hearing gun shots in the area of SW Canyon Rd/ SW Lombard Ave Beaverton, Oregon.

Beaverton Police Officers arrived in the area to find an adult male trying to elude them on foot. The male was located, detained and in possession of a loaded firearm magazine. A firearm and shell casings were located nearby.

Officers were unable to locate a victim of the shooting. Beaverton Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying any victims related to this shooting. If anyone has information they are urged to call Beaverton Police at 503-629-0111.



Attached Media Files: Press release , Firearm

NW Natural's Spirit of Giving Campaign is no Trivial Matter
NW Natural - 12/04/17 12:54 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Question: Did NW Natural's employees raise impressive sums for local nonprofits in their 2017 Spirit of Giving campaign? Answer: What is, You bet your bottom dollar!

NW Natural's autumn giving campaign followed a Jeopardy-style theme this year. The campaign inspired its employees and retirees to donate or pledge nearly $120,000. The company's shareholder Corporate Philanthropy Fund matches the donations bringing the annual total to nearly $240,000.

The funds will be distributed to nonprofit partners Black United Fund of Oregon, EarthShare Oregon, United Way, and Work for Art, as well as those selected by individual employees such as The Nature Conservancy, Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) and Central City Concern.

"Our annual Spirit of Giving campaign never is a trivial matter, and our Jeopardy contestants and supporters proved yet again what fun it is to give of ourselves and our dollars," said Von Summers, NW Natural's community affairs manager. "Our 1,100 employees throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington effect positive change every day through our hands-on volunteer work and charitable giving."

NW Natural also runs a program called Dollars for Doers, in which the company makes donations to organizations where employees volunteer. This year's employee-matching program raised more than $16,000.

Summers added: "Our employees are committed to making the communities in which we work and live even more robust."

About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 730,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at nwnatural.com.

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Businesses encouraged to participate in Battle Ground Public Schools' Industry Fair (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 12/04/17 10:46 AM
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Calling all businesses! Would you like to connect with soon-to-be graduates and local community members and help educate them about career opportunities in southwest Washington?

If so, then look no further than Battle Ground Public Schools' 2018 Industry Fair. The event, sponsored by BGPS, Job Connection, WorkSource and Partners in Careers (PIC), will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 at Battle Ground High School, 300 W. Main St., in Battle Ground.

Battle Ground Public Schools is accepting reservations from employers located in and around Clark County for tables at the event, where employer representatives can meet with students and community members about career opportunities. All industries are encouraged to participate, including healthcare, manufacturing, technology, construction, finance, hospitality, retail, apprenticeships, transportation, and more.

We hope you'll join us for this worthwhile and educational evening at Battle Ground High School. Please sign up for an event table by Feb. 9 online at http://bit.ly/2mnaEoP, and contact career guidance specialist Kevin Doyle at (360) 885-6598 or doyle.kevin@battlegroundps.org with questions.



Attached Media Files: The 2017 BGPS Industry Fair

Wanted Murder Suspect Tyler Nees - Crime Stoppers Featured Case #17-32 (Photo)
Crime Stoppers of Oregon - 12/04/17 10:08 AM
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The Portland Police Bureau, in partnership with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to locate a suspect wanted for murder.

30-year-old Tyler Nees has a warrant for murder in connection with the homicide of his father, 64-year-old Brian Nees on December 2, 2017.

Tyler Nees is described as a white male, 6'00" tall, 190 pounds, short red hair, and blue eyes.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Information about any unsolved homicide is eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,500. Information about any other unsolved felony crime is eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Submit an anonymous tip:

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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New Emergency Notification System Test - Clark County
Clark Regional Emergency Services (CRESA) - 12/04/17 10:00 AM
In December, 2017 CRESA (Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency) will be switching to a new public alert and emergency notification system. An initial test of the system will take place on December 7th, 2017. The test will deliver alerts to about 1,000 phone numbers in La Center, WA and nearly 9,000 residents throughout Clark County who had previously registered with our former alert provider.

Traditional "land line" home and business phone numbers have automatically been added to the new notification system. Individuals that have previously registered, along with all residents that rely on a mobile device for their primary phone service are encouraged to register for alerts.

This new system provides multiple new options for each individual to choose how they receive important notifications. By registering at ClarkPublicAlerts.org residents can choose to receive alerts for locations of interest by email, text message, or multiple phone numbers. Once an account is created users can easily adjust their preferences and manage their notification subscriptions.

CRESA relies on this system to quickly send alerts in emergency situations. Examples of when we would use the system include, but are not limited to encroaching wildfires, lost or endangered person, hazardous materials spill, or law enforcement activity in an area. The notification system allows us to draw boundaries on a map to help target the alert to the communities impacted by the emergency.

In addition, the new system will give each city or jurisdiction in Clark County the tools to share urgent notifications with their community. These non-emergency notifications may include, but are not limited to utility service disruptions, road closures, and community announcements and news. Once registered at ClarkPublicAlerts.org users can manage the types and locations of urgent and community alerts they would like to receive.

Residents with questions or requiring additional information should contact Brian Landreth at brian.landreth@clark.wa.gov or 360-992-6288



Attached Media Files: 2017-12/561/110115/Clark_Public_Alerts_Launch_Press_Release.pdf

Local Cities Challenge One Another to Save Lives with Red Cross
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/04/17 9:56 AM
City of Happy Valley to be honored for having the most donors and collecting the most blood during annual City Blood Challenge.

PORTLAND, Ore., December 4, 2017 -- For the fifth consecutive year, the American Red Cross issued a challenge to cities in Oregon and Washington; sponsor a blood drive and help bolster the community blood supply when blood donations tend to decline. Twenty-nine cities stepped up to help patients in need and the City of Happy Valley won the challenge with 185 donors and 153 pints of blood collected. The Red Cross will present Happy Valley with the City Blood Challenge Trophy at their December 19th City Council Meeting at 7 p.m., at 16000 SE Misty Dr. in Happy Valley.

The 2017 Red Cross City Blood Challenge was held throughout the summer into the fall and collected more than 1,250 pints of blood from twenty-nine cities. Municipalities throughout Oregon and Washington participated, including; Albany, Ashland, Aumsville, Beaverton, Bend, Corvallis, Grants Pass, Gresham, Happy Valley, Hermiston, Independence, Lake Oswego, Lebanon, Medford, Milwaukie, Newberg, North Bend, Oregon City, Portland, Roseburg, Salem, Sherwood, St. Helens, Tigard, Umatilla and West Linn in Oregon and Longview, Pasco, and Vancouver in Washington.

Although Happy Valley had the most presenting donors and the most units collected, the cities of Bend and Lake Oswego were also recognized for achievements associated with their blood drives.

ˇ Happy Valley -- most presenting blood donors (185 donors) and most blood collected (153 pints)

ˇ Bend -- highest percentage of blood drive goal achieved at 138 percent, and 29 pints collected

ˇ Lake Oswego -- 2nd place most presenting blood donors (124) and 113 pints collected

"More than 3,700 lives were potentially saved because of City Challenge blood donors," said Candace Horter, CEO of the Red Cross Cascades Region. "The need for blood is constant and thanks to the support of blood drive sponsors like Happy Valley we can continue to meet the needs of local patients every single day."

Organizations interested in sponsoring a blood drive in Oregon and Washington can find more information at redcrossblood.org.

How to donate blood Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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Attached Media Files: 2017-12/1190/110120/News_Release_-_Local_Cities_Challenge_One_Another_to_Save_Lives_with_Red_Cross.docx

Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision US 97 near milepost 226 in US 96 in Klamath County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 12/04/17 9:50 AM
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On December 3rd at approximately 1:52am, the Oregon State Police responded to a fatal motor vehicle collision on US 97 near milepost 226 in Klamath County.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a red 2000 Ford F250, operated by Roy Everett Smith, age 64 of Bend was traveling southbound on Highway 97 near milepost 226, when he lost control of his vehicle on the icy roadway. The Ford traveled into the northbound lane of travel and colliding head-on into a green 2016 Kenworth CMV with trailer. The Kenwood was operated by Jeanne May McJunkin, age 65 and of Cheney, Washington.

Roy Smith sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene after lifesaving measures were made by medical personnel. Next of kin notification has been made.

Jeanne McJunkin and passenger William Charles McJunkin, age 64 of sustained non-life threatening injuries and were transported by medical personnel to a local hospital.
OSP was assisted by Chemult Fire Department and ODOT.



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UPDATE: "Santa Cuts" is Trimming Kids' Hair, Not Trees, at The Salvation Army in N. Portland
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 12/04/17 9:15 AM
Who: underprivileged youth, The Salvation Army, Hands of Favor

What: The Salvation Army and Hands of Favor are providing FREE haircuts to underprivileged youth, ages 0-18, in the community for Christmas. Additionally, there will be free hair products, hair care education, and a visit from Santa Claus! The Salvation Army hopes to see at least 75 kids.

When: Saturday, December 16, 2017; 10am -- 2pm

Where:
The Salvation Army Moore Street Community & Worship Center
5325 N. Williams Ave.
Portland, OR 97217

Why: For some families, giving their kids a great haircut is a treat that may happen a couple times a year. For some, they've never had a good cut or style because it is too expensive. Every child deserves to feel special at Christmas, and a new haircut makes you feel like a whole new person! The Salvation Army is blessed to be able to partner with local stylists to give these kids confidence and this special treat; and just in time for Christmas photos!

Contact:
For more information: please contact Captain Jared Arnold at The Salvation Army at 503.567.9938 or 480.283.4310. Or by e-mail at: jared.arnold@usw.salvationarmy.org

Media is invited and encouraged to attend this event

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(Portland, OR) December 16, 2017 -- Christmas is a special time to create memories and to share in the joys of the season, but for some people, even a haircut for Christmas festivities is a strain on the pocketbook. This year, "Santa Cuts" is back at The Salvation Army Moore Street Community & Worship Center to help give local children ages 0-18 a fresh haircut for FREE before Christmas. On Saturday, December 16, 2017, local non-profit Hands of Favor will be providing the haircuts from 10am -- 2pm, and it is first-come, first-serve. In addition, youth and families will receive free hair care products and hair care education -- and have the opportunity to visit with Santa Claus!

"The transformation that happens in a stylist's chair is amazing," says Captain Marcos Marquez, Corps Officer at The Salvation Army Moore Street Community & Worship Center. "It's not only a physical change -- it's an internal change. It brings confidence and joy to kids, many of who have never had a real hair cut before. We are so thankful for Hands of Favor for making this possible for these kids and their families."

Something as simple as a haircut can leave a lasting impact on a family. It's no surprise that there are many people are struggling to stay in their homes or put food on the table right now. This Christmas, The Salvation Army and Hands of Favor plan to make the holidays a little extra special and a Christmas that they will remember for years to come.

It is estimated that these children will be receiving over $1,500 in free services and goods thanks to the support of these local hair stylists.

"Santa Cuts" will be held at The Salvation Army Moore Street Community & Worship Center, located at 5325 N. Williams Ave., Portland, OR 97217.

If you are with the media and would like to cover this, please contact Captain Jared ArnoldCommunity Relations Officer at 503-567-9938 or 480-283-4310 or by e-mail: jared.arnold@usw.salvationarmy.org. Media is encouraged and welcomed at this event.



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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for over 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army works in 129 countries worldwide. For more information, or to make a donation, visit us online at portland.salvationarmy.org . People wishing to make monetary donations can do so by calling 503.238.GIVE (4483), or by mail, The Salvation Army, 8495 SE Monterey Avenue, Happy Valley, OR 97086-7844.

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Criminal Impersonation of a Peace Officer
Newport Police Dept. - 12/04/17 9:09 AM
At approximately 11:05pm on December 3rd, 2017, Newport Police Department was alerted to a person impersonating an officer in the South Beach area. The victim notified police they had been driving southbound near SW 116th St., when they were stopped an unmarked vehicle. The vehicle was equipped with red and white flashing lights in the windshield and a spotlight near the area of the driver side door.

The victim stated a male subject approached her vehicle and shined a flashlight in her face. The victim, believing they had pulled over by police, produced standard required documentation and handed them to the suspect. The suspect asked the victims where they were headed. When the victim answered, the suspect became rude.

The suspect went to his car, and the victim used her cell phone to call a friend. When the suspect returned, the victim asked the suspect his name. The suspect responded by grabbing the victim's phone and throwing it back inside her vehicle along with her documentation. The suspect returned to his vehicle, made a U-Turn, and sped away northbound.

No suspect description is available.

Newport Police are asking for assistance in locating the suspect. If you observed the stop, or have any information, please contact Officer Jon Humphreys at 541-574-3348.
The Newport Police Tip Line is also available at 541-574-2455 or text-a-tip at 541-270-1856.

Safeway Winter Wonderland Holiday Show Opens Friday to Help those in Need (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/04/17 9:00 AM
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The Safeway Winter Wonderland holiday light show, powered by Advantis Credit Union, continues every night at Portland International Raceway. The light show now operates as a fundraiser for the Portland Police Sunshine Division's food and clothing assistance programs. A title sponsorship from the Safeway Foundation, and a "powered by" sponsorship from Advantis Credit Union provide significant funding support for the holiday light show this year.

The show hours are Sunday -- Thursday, 5:30pm -- 9:30pm and Friday -- Saturday, 5pm -- 11pm. A detailed schedule of events can be seen at http://winterwonderlandportland.com/

Purchase advance tickets online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/winter-wonderland-portland-tickets-37406709475 or for $2 off at all Portland-area Safeway stores at customer service.

Lights & Leashes Dog Walk Night -- December 5th from 5:30pm -- 9:30pm (at PIR)
Walk the light show with or without your dog, partnering with our canine friends: Fences for Fido and Pacific Pug Rescue. Meet the hardest working dogs in Portland, Portland Police Bureau's K-9s. Bring a bag of no-grain dog food, dress up your pooch for the 7pm costume contest emceed by KINK fm, and stop by the Lloyd Center and SantaCon booth to visit Santa!
No cars or motorized vehicles of any kind, roller blades, bikes, or scooters are allowed on the track.

Night of Holiday Misfits Costume Walk -- December 7th from 5:30pm -- 9:30pm (at PIR)
Don your favorite holiday misfit costume and walk through Winter Wonderland! 7:00pm -- Costume contest emceed by Huggie from 95.5. Purchase food onsite from several local food carts or Franz Bread's onsite made to order grilled cheese sandwiches! Beer, wine, and cider sampling for 21 and over. Offering a variety of local beers, wines, and ciders from Portland Cider Company, the official cider sponsor for Night of Holiday Misfits! No cars or motorized vehicles of any kind, roller blades, bikes, or scooters are allowed on the track. Free parking is available in the parking lot.

The Sunshine Division has been committed to making holiday seasons brighter for local families since 1923. Winter Wonderland aligns with that mission by creating a platform to generate community support during a critical time of year. The 2017 show will be managed on behalf of Sunshine Division with support from the Hood To Coast Race Series staff. This year's show closes Tuesday, December 26, 2017.

ABOUT WINTER WONDERLAND
Recognized throughout the Pacific Northwest as the "Largest Holiday Light Show West of the Mississippi", the 25th annual Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show at Portland International Raceway is now a signature fund and food-raiser for the Sunshine Division. Spectators can enjoy the most impressive drive-through light show in the region, viewing over 250 colorful light set pieces and many fully animated scenes from the comfort of their own vehicle. Over two million visitors have taken the Winter Wonderland journey since its origin.

ABOUT THE SUNSHINE DIVISION
Since 1923 the Sunshine Division has provided free emergency food and clothing to families and individuals in times of crisis. This December marks 95 years that Sunshine Division and Portland Police Bureau members will home deliver holiday food boxes. This year, 2,500 food boxes will be delivered to families in need via three Portland police precincts and the Sunshine Division warehouse. An additional 1,250 holiday food boxes will be distributed via 20+ local non-profits throughout the metro area (at no cost) to help the families and individuals they serve in their communities.

We are the only charity in the U.S. working side-by-side with first responders to distribute food and clothing 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We currently serve approximately 1,300 households EACH MONTH directly at our facility in North Portland where families can access FREE food and clothing 6 days a week, year round. In November 2017, Sunshine Division opened a second food pantry and clothing room facility at SE Stark Street in Portland, Oregon.
Sunshine Division is also a small food bank, assisting more than 25 local non-profits in the four county area, the Portland Police Bureau, and other local first responders, by providing them with FREE bulk food, clothing, holiday food boxes, and/or emergency food boxes to distribute throughout the metro area. All services we provide to individuals and other agencies are 100% free.

More than .90 cents of every donation goes to Sunshine's mission and programs. Our efficiency makes us the only local food relief organization to receive five consecutive "four-star ratings" from the charity watchdog organization, Charity Navigator. Only 7% of the charities rated nationally have received five consecutive 4-star evaluations.

For Sunshine Division: Kyle Camberg, Executive Director
Cell: 503.577.6852 or Email: kyle@sunshinedivision.org


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MESD Board Superintendent Evaluation Committee meeting 12/6 at 10:00 a.m.
Multnomah ESD - 12/04/17 8:57 AM
The Multnomah Education Service District Board Superintendent Evaluation Committee will meet on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the main headquarters, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon 97220.

Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 11/30/2017-12/03/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 12/04/17 8:39 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 11/30/2017-12/03/2017


Estacada:

17-1966

On 11/30/2017 at about 1651 hrs., police responded to a traffic crash on S Broadway Street near SW 2nd Avenue. A report was taken.

17-1967

On 11/30/2017 at about 1748 hrs., police received a report about a threat that occurred to someone in the 300 block of NE 6th Avenue. A report was taken.

17-1974

On 12/01/2017 at about 2248 hrs., police contacted Kenneth L. Wood (25, of Troutdale) and arrested him on a felony warrant. He was transported to Clackamas County Jail, where he was lodged on no bail.

17-1978

On 12/02/2017 at about 2230 hrs., police observed a vehicle that was determined to be stolen. A suspect, Jerry R. Conklin (50, of Madras) was taken into custody for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He was lodged at Clackamas County Jail on $21,500 bail.

SANDY:

17-1963

On 11/30/2017 at about 1443 hrs., police received a report about theft of mail from the 15000 block of 377th Avenue. A report is pending (CAD).

17-1962

On 11/30/2017 at 1448 hrs., a neighbor in the 18000 block of Bodley Court reported he found a small baggy of methamphetamine in the neighborhood. The drugs will be destroyed.

17-1965

ON 11/30/2017 at about 1641 hrs., police responded to a non-injury motor vehicle crash near the intersection of Highway 211 and Meinig Avenue. A report was taken, and both vehicles were towed from the scene.

17-1968

On 11/30/2017 at 1919 hrs., police responded to a criminal mischief call in the 17000 block of Tupper Road. The reporting party stated a small camouflage colored SUV drove through the park and damaged the grass. A juvenile suspect was later contacted and charged with criminal mischief III.

17-1969

On 11/30/2017 at around 2137 hrs., police were dispatched to a lost property investigation in the 36000 block of Indian Summer Street. A report was taken.

17-1970

On 12/02/2017 at 1346 hrs., police responded to a business located in the 37000 block of Bell Street on a report of a Minor in Possession of Alcohol and Furnishing. The involved juveniles were interviewed and released to their parents. A report will be forwarded to the Clackamas County Juvenile Department for consideration of charges.

17-1971

On 12/01/2017 at 1530 hrs., an individual who resides near Vista Loop Drive and Ortiz Street reported that, approximately 10 days ago, his dog attacked another dog. This dogs owner threatened his dog. A couple days later his dog had a puncture wound near his rib cage. The veterinarian couldn't determine how the dog was injured. An informational report was taken.

17-1973

On 12/01/2017 at around 2107 hrs., police were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 18000 block of Meadow Avenue. A report was taken.

17-1976

On 12/02/2017 at around 1642 hrs., police were dispatched to a burglary that occurred in the 16000 block of Bluff Road. The investigation is ongoing.

17-1977

On 12/02/2017 at around 2045 hrs., police were dispatched to a report of a theft in the 38000 block of Highway 26. The investigation is ongoing.

17-1979

On 12/03/2017 at 1937 hrs., police took a report of a unlawful entry to a motor vehicle in the 16000 block of 362nd Drive. A vehicle window was broken out and a purse, along with contents, was stolen.

Three Unrelated Burglaries Result in Two Arrests.
West Linn Police Dept. - 12/04/17 8:30 AM
This weekend, the residents of West Linn fell victim to three unrelated burglary incidents which all could have resulted in tragedy.

The first occurred on Friday, December 1st, in the area of Clark Street and Oregon City Boulevard in the Sunset Neighborhood. An attentive neighbor heard the sound of a breaking window, and then observed a man breaking into her neighbor's house. Without hesitation, she immediately called 9-1-1. After searching the area, officers located and were able to positively identify the suspect, leading to his arrest.

The second unrelated incident occurred later that evening in the area of Cottonwood Court and Hidden Springs Road, in the Robinwood Neighborhood. After fighting with his girlfriend, the suspect decided to go on a walk where he broke into approximately five vehicles and one house. The occupant of the house heard someone ring the doorbell, and she cautiously approached the door and asked who was outside. Suddenly, she heard a downstairs window break and she instantly began screaming. Without hesitation, the victim called 9-1-1. Again, after searching the area with the assistance of the Lake Oswego Police Department K-9 Unit, officers were able to locate and arrest the suspect.

The third, and definitely the most disturbing of the burglaries occurred in the area of Cascade Terrace and Lorinda Lane, within a gated community. The victims left an external door unlocked. At approximately 5:30AM, the male suspect entered through the unlocked door and came into their home. As the homeowners were sleeping in the comfort of their own bed, the female victim woke up to the suspect standing at the door of her bedroom. She alerted her husband, and the suspect fled. Approximately 20 minutes later they called the police. After an extensive search of the area, Officers discovered the female victim's purse several houses away. The lapse in time between the occurrence and the 9-1-1 call may have been a contributing factor in the suspect avoiding apprehension.


Points to remember:
-Call 9-1-1 immediately! The police have the skill and resources to catch criminals, but our success is time-sensitive. The faster you call the police, the higher our chances of success.

-Lock your house! Criminals are less likely to come into your house if you restrict access to your property.

-Don't leave valuable items in your car! Vehicles are an easy target for criminals because they are so easy to break in to. Make sure your vehicle is locked.

The City of Madras Wants a Brewery (Photo)
StingRay Communications - 12/04/17 8:30 AM
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December 4, 2017

Media Contact:
Nick Snead, City of Madras
541-475-2344 office
nsnead@ci.madras.or.us


The City of Madras Wants a Brewery
Madras, Ore., Releases Recruitment Materials, Launches Website to Attract City's First Brewery or Brew Pub

(Madras, Ore.) The City of Madras is actively recruiting a brewery to the City's Urban Renewal District (URD), located in the downtown core around U.S. Highway 97, and recently released marketing materials to help present the opportunity to prospects. Through the Madras Redevelopment Commission (MRC), the City is offering a package of incentives and assistance to help Madras' first craft brewer start a brewery or brew pub, and become a vital member of a community.

The incentive package and overall business opportunity is presented online at www.brewitmadras.com and on the City's website at www.ci.madras.or.us. A PDF brochure is also available and can be requested by contacting City of Madras Community Development Director, Nick Snead.

MRC is offering aid to a developer, owner, or operator as an incentive to open a brewery or brew pub in Madras. Per the recruitment materials, such assistance from MRC may be used in any one of the forms listed below, provided the location chosen is inside the Madras URD. Assistance is subject to approval by MRC.


Examples of Assistance Include:
Site Selection within URD
Architecture Costs
Engineering Costs
Permit Fees
Site Development Costs
Building Renovation Costs
Tenant Improvements
Expedited Permitting
Technical Assistance with Wastewater Disposal Design
Technical Assistance with Environmental Efforts
Jefferson County Small Business Start-up Loan Opportunity

Snead said the City identified three key groups to target their recruitment message. "Whether you're an established brewer looking to expand, a business guru looking
for the next investment, or the passion-project type who's driven by the love
of beer, good food, and community, we want to talk to you," Snead said.

As outlined in the materials, Madras hosted 100,000+ visitors during the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse in August and drew crowds from nearby and across the world. "Now is the perfect time, on the heels of our successful eclipse event, to recruit a brewery to our growing and energized community," Snead said. "We were a world's stage, and people got to see just how great of a community we have here in Madras."

The City conducted a community survey as part of its urban renewal plan in 2015, and recruiting a brewery was named one of the community's highest priority projects. Madras Mayor Royce Embanks said, "When hundreds of community members provided input on our City's Urban Renewal Action Plan and said that recruiting a brewery is a top priority, it was clear--Madras is ready for a brewery or brew pub to call its own. The vision is for a vibrant community gathering place and an inviting destination for friends, family, and tourists."

Both Snead and Mayor Embanks say that Madras and the surrounding area is a "brewer's dream" given the resources nearby. "Beer is mostly water, and we have the best water around," said Snead, referring to nearby Opal Springs featuring ultra-pure water that is naturally filtered by thick layers of volcanic basalt.


Mecca Grade, an estate malthouse located in Madras, offers the opportunity for farm-to-tap experiences with locally grown and malted grain; and with Madras' vast agricultural industry, locally grown and raised food makes the possibility of farm-to-table options viable for a pub restaurant. "Madras offers such a unique opportunity for a brewer or brew pub because we're one of the few towns that can supply a completely local brewery, from amazing water and locally grown and malted grain, to local produce, beef, pork, and dairy," Mecca Grade owner Seth Klann said. "It could be a celebration of our whole community, which is pretty cool."

Madras' location in Central Oregon (a center of craft beer culture and prime tourist destination), MRC's incentive package, and the prospect of being Madras' first brewery or brew pub round-out the unique benefits of starting a brewery in Madras according to the recruitment materials. "The brewery project in Madras is a one-of-a-kind opportunity," said Central Oregonian and brewery founder/consultant Pratt Rather. "Madras is an underserved brewery or brew pub market, and the City's incentive package alone is a game-changer for anyone thinking about doing this."

Additionally, the marketing materials highlight the diverse cultural mix and deep history in Madras, offer an overview of several main attractions in the area including City services and outdoor recreation sites, and list tourism and consumer demand information, as well as feature Oregon beer industry stats.

Those interested in talking to the City of Madras about starting a brewery, or to simply learn more may contact Nick Snead, nsnead@ci.madras.or.us.


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McMinnville Fire Department Responds to a Fatal Apartment Fire
McMinnville Fire Dept. - 12/04/17 8:19 AM
McMinnville Fire Department received a report of a commercial structure fire located at Park Place Apartments, 230 SE Evans ST. McMinnville. Dispatch received multiple calls about the fire at 9:35 PM on the 3rd of December.

Responding units arrived to find a six unit apartment with heavy smoke and flames coming from the windows and door of a second floor unit. First arriving crews knocked the fire down in the stairwell and proceeded to contain the fire in the apartment where the fire originated. The same units then conduct search and rescue operations. Second in units evacuated the adjacent apartments. The majority of the fire damage was contained to the apartment of origin. The last operational units cleared the scene at 1:07 AM

The occupant of the apartment where the fire originated was found deceased. The name is not being released until the next of kin can be notified.
Medics treated and transported one resident from an adjacent apartment for exposure to smoke.

All occupants of the six units were displaced for the night. Red Cross was contacted to assist. Three units were damaged by smoke and flame. Cause of the fire is still under investigation.

McMinnville responded with 6 units and 28 personnel. Automatic and Mutual Aid partners included, Amity, Lafayette, Dundee, and TVF&R.

Early Morning Shooting Investigation in Lents Neighborhood - No Known Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 12/04/17 8:08 AM
On Monday December 4, 2017, at 12:57 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of gunfire in the 8900 block of Southeast Rhone Street.

Officers arrived and located an occupied home struck by gunfire. As officers canvassed the area, they located additional evidence of gunfire.

No gunshot victims were located at the scene or have arrived at any area hospitals.

Officers were not able to locate any suspects associated with this shooting.

Based on information learned at the scene, the Gang Enforcement Team is responding to conduct an investigation into the shooting.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333.

If you see a gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Information about any unsolved homicide is eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,500. Information about any other unsolved felony crime is eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Submit an anonymous tip:

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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Shooting Investigation Overnight in Portland's Parkrose Heights Neighborhood - No Known Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 12/04/17 7:39 AM
On Sunday December 3, 2017, at 10:45 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of gunfire in the 11600 block of Northeast Knott Street.

Officers arrived and located several vehicles and an occupied home struck by gunfire. No gunshot victims were located at the scene or have arrived at any area hospitals.

Officers were not able to locate any suspects associated with this shooting.

Based on information learned at the scene, the Gang Enforcement Team is responding to conduct an investigation into the shooting.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333.

If you see a gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Information about any unsolved homicide is eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,500. Information about any other unsolved felony crime is eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Submit an anonymous tip:

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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UPDATE: Missing person, Cory Watkins, found safe in Washington County
Gresham Police Dept - 12/04/17 2:57 AM
Cory Watkins was contacted by Tigard Police is safe. Thanks for everyone's concern and help.

Sun. 12/03/17
Vancouver Police investigating a shooting
Vancouver Police Dept. - 12/03/17 10:00 PM
On 12-03-17 at approximately 8:25 pm, multiple Vancouver Police units responded to report of a shooting at 4600 block of NE 132nd PL.

An adult male was located at the location, suffering from at least one gunshot wound. Victim was taken to a local hospital.

At time of this report, no suspects have been taken into custody. Vancouver Police investigators do no believe that there is a threat to the general public in the area in relation to this incident.

No names are available for release at this time. Victim was alive as of time of this report but extent of his injuries is not available for release.

Vancouver Police Detectives are taking over the investigation, which is active at this time.

Deputies Respond To Buena Vista Ferry for a Vehicle into The Willametter River
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/03/17 8:33 PM
Last night, December 2nd, at around 6:40 p.m.; A 23 year old male mistakenly drove his vehicle down the ramp at the Buena Vista Ferry and into the frigid Willamette River. The young man was able to immediately exit the vehicle before it became fully submerged without injury. He told Deputies that he did not see any roadway signs and thought he was simply driving down a hill. Deputies determined the driver was not impaired at the time of the incident. The man was the only occupant in the vehicle.

The Sheriff's Office would like to remind drivers to be extremely cautious when navigating dark county roadways. These dark and rainy fall evenings can make it more difficult to see roadway signs, exits, and hazards that may be present. Please allow extra time if needed when traveling this time of year.

NO PICTURES OF THE SCENE ARE AVAILABLE!!!!!

Also, a few tips in the event you ever have a need to escape a submerged car:

Suggestion #1 -- You're going to need every second to get out of your vehicle. Worry about calling for help once you've made it and are safe. Time is critical.
Suggestion #2 -- Unbuckle your seatbelt immediately.
Suggestion #3 -- Don't open the door! Roll down the windows instead. Opening the door is very difficult against the water pressure and it also allows so much water into the vehicle that it will speed up the sinking process. You'll have 30 seconds to a minute until the water rises to the bottom of the passenger windows. This is commonly referred to as the floating period. After that, the water pressure will force the window against the doorframe, making it essentially impossible to roll down.

Caveat to Suggestion #3 -- Break that window. Since most vehicles these days have electronically controlled windows, the circuits probably will short before you have a chance to roll them down. In that case, you'll need to break the window open, ideally with a took to break windows which is always a good idea to keep in your car. Make sure you keep a tool like this within reach at all times, otherwise you may never get to it in time and they won't work underwater. Again, you will have to act quickly. There are a variety of tools you can research for purchase which uses a spring-loaded mechanism to shatter glass. If you ever practice using such a tool to break a window make sure you use the appropriate safety equipment to protect yourself from injury.
Suggestion #4 -- Children First. Everybody should go out their own window if possible, but the kids are going to have a harder time fighting though the rush of water, so push them out if you have to. Starting with the oldest kids and taking the youngest out in your arms.
Suggestion #5 -- Get out. Swim through the broken window as fast as possible. If you've not been able to get that window rolled down or broken, you'll still have a chance to escape. Once the water fills the car, the pressure will be equalized and you will be able to open the door and swim to safety.

As always take care and stay safe!!!