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UPDATE: February Seat Belt Blitz Results
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/24/17 5:09 PM
February 24, 2017 -- The Washington County Sheriff's Office Traffic Team reports the results from the February Seat Belt Blitz enforcement. The saturation enforcement was conducted in partnership with the Washington County Sheriff's Office, the Oregon Department of Transportation and a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These results are from the reporting period starting February 6, 2017, and continuing through February 19, 2017.

Total traffic contacts: 1,054
Safety Belt Violations: 145
Speed Violations: 355
Additional Warnings or Violations: 726 which includes a variety of traffic safety violations

There will be continued enhance traffic enforcement missions later this year.


Seat Belt Blitz Kicks off in February

January 27, 2017 -- Deputies with the Washington County Sheriff's Office will be working extra patrols for two weeks in February as part of the Seat Belt Blitz. Law enforcement agencies from across Oregon will participate in a two-week campaign to encourage the use of safety belts and child restraints in vehicles. The ''blitz'' runs from February 06, 2017 through February 19, 2017.

Studies by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that motor vehicle crashes are still the leading cause of death or disability in children from two to 14 years of age. This number is due in large part to non-use, or improper use of child safety seats and seatbelts. Proper seatbelt and child restraint use is the number one way to prevent injury or death if you or your children are involved in a crash.

Oregon law requires:
?,? Infants are to ride in rear facing seats until they are one year old and 20 pounds.
?,? Children over one year old, between 20 and 40 pounds, must be in a forward facing seat.
?,? Children who weigh over 40 pounds must be properly secured in a booster seat until they are eight years old or 4' 9'' tall.
?,? Children who are over eight years old or 4' 9'' and all adults must be properly secured utilizing seatbelts.


?,? The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration recommends that all children under 13 years old ride in the back seat. Research indicates that passengers riding in the rear seating area reduce the risk of injury for that age group.

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

Additional information regarding car safety seats and child passenger safety can be found at: http://oregonimpact.org/.

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


Attached Media Files: 2017-02/1128/102134/PR170224_February_Seat_Belt_Blitz_Results.pdf
Beaverton Man Attempts to Blackmail Woman for Nude Photos (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/24/17 5:06 PM
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February 24, 2017 - On January 31, 2017, a Washington County Sheriff's Detective took a report of a Tigard woman who had begun receiving text messages from an unknown person, later Identified as Sean Spaulding age 21 of Beaverton. The text messages contained nude photos of the victim, which were clearly taken without her knowledge using a hidden camera. Mr. Spaulding was trying to blackmail the victim into sending more explicit images. He threatened to post the images on social media and send them to the victim's family.

During the investigation another victim was discovered from an incident in June, 2016. In that incident, detectives learned Mr. Spaulding had tricked a juvenile female victim into sending nude photos of herself to him. The investigation also uncovered instances of identity theft where Mr. Spaulding posed as a Portland woman online to attempt to obtain additional nude images of other women.

The suspect, Sean Spaulding was arrested on February 15, 2017. Today, a Washington County grand jury returned a 10 count indictment against Spaulding for crimes including Invasion of Personal Privacy I, Encouraging Child Sex Abuse in the Second Degree (two counts), Identity Theft, Computer Crime (two counts), Coercion and Attempted Coercion (two counts).

The Sheriff's Office believes there may be more victims and is asking anyone with information to contact the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-629-0111.


Attached Media Files: 2017-02/1128/102133/PR170224_Beaverton_Man_Attempts_to_Blackmail_Woman_for_Nude_Photos.pdf , 2017-02/1128/102133/Spaulding_Sean.jpg
Corps seeks comments on Medford, Jackson County, Oregon permit application
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 02/24/17 4:42 PM
US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a request by the City of Medford to conduct work impacting Upton Slough in Medford, Jackson County, Oregon. Public Notice NWP-2016-300 is available at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices/
Corps seeks comments on Medford, Jackson County, Oregon permit application
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 02/24/17 4:41 PM
US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a request by the City of Medford to conduct work impacting Lone Pine Creek in Medford, Jackson County, Oregon. Public Notice NWP-2016-297 is available at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices/
Corps seeks comments on Tigard, Washington County, Oregon permit application
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 02/24/17 4:39 PM
US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a request by Riverside Homes, LLC to conduct work impacting two wetlands adjacent to Fanno Creek in Tigard, Washington County, Oregon. Public Notice NWP-2017-53_PN is available at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices/
Corps seeks comments on Lebanon, Linn County, Oregon permit application
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 02/24/17 4:36 PM
US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a request by Glorietta Bay, LLC to conduct work impacting a headwater tributary for Little Oak Creek and abutting wetlands in Lebanon, Linn County, OR. Public Notice NWP-2017-54_PN is available at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices/
Housing Stability Council - Monthly Meeting: March 3, 2017
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 02/24/17 4:19 PM
LOCATION:
725 Summer St NE Salem OR, conference room 124 A/B
AGENDA:
9:00 Meeting Called to Order - Roll Call
9:05 Public Comment
9:15 Draft Meeting Minutes
November 4, 2016
January 6, 2017
February 3, 2017
9:30 Single Family Residential Loan Consent Calendar
9:35 Multifamily Bond Approvals
9:50 Manufactured Housing -- Challenges and Opportunities
10:50 Oregon's Affordable Housing: Analysis of Performance and Trends
11:50 BREAK
12:00 U.S. Department of Energy State Plan Overview
12:30 Report of the Director
12:45 Report of the Chair
1:00 Meeting Adjourned
PF&R's Arson Investigation Unit Identifies and Arrests Suspects in Cleveland High School Vandalism/Arson Incident
Portland Fire & Rescue - 02/24/17 2:14 PM
On the morning of February 23rd, two men broke into Cleveland High School at approximately 6:30 am. The duo vandalized the school and lit several fires in the school. There were four staff members in the school when this happened, making the event even more dangerous.

Portland Fire & Rescue's Arson Investigation Unit were able to identify the suspects as two former students Devyn Julkowski and John Schrengohst, both 20 years old. Julkowski and Schrengohst were taken into custody and charged with Measure 11 Arson 1 and Burglary 2.
Marine Board Meeting February 27 for Boating Facility Grant Requests
Oregon Marine Board - 02/24/17 1:45 PM
The Oregon State Marine Board will meet on Monday, February 27, at 9 am via tele-video conference to discuss Round 3 boating facility grant requests. The meeting will be facilitated at the Marine Board Office, 435 Commercial St. NE, in Salem.

Grant requests will be considered for the following applicants:

Managing Agency Project Location and Scope Funds Requested

City of Coos Bay Empire and Eastside parking repairs $29,600.00
City of Roseburg Templin Beach parking overlay $41,536.41
Coos County Rooke Higgins vault toilet replacement $19,000.00
Coos County Rocky Point vault toilet replacement $19,000.00
Jackson County Willow Lake, Klum Landing, Takelma, Dodge Bridge parking repairs $38,250.00
Klamath County Wocus Bay, Henzel and Petric parking repairs $10,000.00
Metro Chinook Landing parking repairs $30,957.21
Port of Arlington Port parking repairs $49,230.00
Port of Astoria East Basin parking repairs $15,000.00
Port of Bandon Port parking repairs $14,035.00
Port of Coos Bay Charleston parking repairs $34,075.00
Port of Garibaldi Port parking improvements $70,000.00
Port of Port Orford Port parking repairs $22,722.00
Port of The Dalles Port parking repairs and restroom door replacement $18,447.00
South Wasco Park & Rec. District South Ramp parking repairs $7,500.00
Total Requested $419,352.62

Additionally, two facility grant requests will be addressed separately for conditional approval:

Managing Agency Project Location and Scope Funds Requested Staff Recommendation

City of Reedsport Rainbow Plaza boating facility replacement $1,089,950.00 $589,950.00
ODFW Williamson River cultural survey $23,000.00 $23,000.00
Total Requested $1,112,950.00 $612,950.00

The meetings are accessible for persons with disabilities. For a communication aid request or agenda questions, please contact June LeTarte, Executive Assistant, at 503-378-2617.
To view the agenda and staff report, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/members.aspx.
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Officer Involved Shooting
Beaverton Police Dept. - 02/24/17 12:38 PM
UPDATE
Names of officers involved
Officer Jason Buelt who has been with Beaverton Police for 17 years.
Officer Dan Cotton who has been with Beaverton Police for 9 years.
I have no further information to provide related to this incident or the investigation at this time.

Correction
The subjects name is Douglas Michael Smith

Name of subject is in this release

This morning at 7:37 a.m. officers from the Beaverton Police Department were dispatched to a call of a man with a handgun. The man was reported to be on the roof of 2030 SW 170th Ave and was agitated, waving the gun and pointing it into the residence and towards the street. This residence is directly across the street from Beaver Acres Elementary School and a short distance from Merlo Station High School. These schools were both put into a lockout at 7:40 a.m. and advised of the incident.

Officers arrived on scene within minutes and attempted to talk with this subject. He was still on the roof and had the gun in his hand. He refused to speak with officers, pointed the gun towards officers, and then fired one round into the house. At this point two Beaverton Officers fired their weapons to stop this active threat.

Officers entered the residence to get to the subject, who was still on the roof. This was done to secure the scene and determine his injuries. The officers began to provide lifesaving efforts and called emergency medical services to provide him medical treatment. The subject is identified as Douglas Michael Smith, 51 years of age and he was pronounced deceased by medical staff at the scene.

This incident is being investigated by the Washington County Major Crimes Team. Both of the involved officers will be placed on paid administrative leave per department policy and countywide officer-involved shooting protocols.


Attached Media Files: Press Release
Teen drivers receive a dose of reality at safe driving event (Photo)
City of Happy Valley - 02/24/17 12:35 PM
Teen performs a "walk and turn" with Sargeant Christensen
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This Sunday, Happy Valley's Youth Council will be hosting the 4th Annual Teen Driver and Safety Event. Close to 50 teen drivers from local high schools will take part in this hands-on program where they will learn to reduce driving risk, the importance of responsible driving, the dangers of distraction and the irreversible impact a decision can have on a life.
The innovative program doesn't simply warn young drivers against the dangers of distracted driving, it lets them experience it.

Through the use of driving simulators (the same ones used by police officers) and impairment goggles, teens see how texting, speeding and impaired driving have a direct impact on their driving ability.

New this year will be a section on situational awareness. Students will gain insight about the importance of being observant and attentive, not only to improve their safety behind the wheel but also in other situations.

When the program was developed four years ago by the Youth Council, there were many discussions about how it could be designed in a way that would allow teens to feel the consequences of their choices. The teen councilors knew they had to make the messages tangible for the teens who went through the program.

"Teens frequently overestimate their skill behind the wheel and believe they are capable of doing much more than they should," said Steve Campbell, Happy Valley's Public Safety Director and Youth Council Advisor.

But Campbell believes this program teaches teens to take the privilege of driving seriously.
"We want them to respect the responsibility that comes with being a driver. We remind them that they lose the right to be a kid when they are behind the wheel."

This program is made possible through the sponsorship of Providence Health & Services, and the many partners of this event, including Oregon Impact, Happy Valley Police, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, TJM Training Concepts and Drive to Zero.

The event will take place Feb. 26 from 2:00-4:00 pm at the Public Safety Training Center, located at 12700 SE 82nd Ave., Clackamas. Media who wish to attend are invited to contact the PIO.


Attached Media Files: Teen performs a "walk and turn" with Sargeant Christensen , With the use of a simulator, student learns how much his driving is impacted by texting.
Deputies Seeking Assistance in Locating Missing Aurora Man ***Update*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/24/17 12:27 PM
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Yesterday Detectives were notified by the Oregon State Medical Examiners Office that Henry Fitchett a man reported missing and later found inside of a residence near Aurora died of natural causes.

At this point in the investigation the Sheriff's Office has no further comment regarding the Fitchett case and is referring any additional questions to the Marion County District Attorneys Office.



Correction: Edward Fitchett is 59 years of age.



This morning around 8:00 a.m., detectives with the Marion County Sheriff's Office served a search warrant at the residence of Henry Conly Fitchett, age 87, located in the 21000 block of Hubbard Cutoff Road NE near Aurora. Henry Conly Fitchett was reported missing on January 29th of this year by family members. During the search, detectives found the deceased body of Henry Conly Fitchett inside of his residence.

Edward Fitchett, age 59, Henry Conly Fitchett's son, has been arrested and taken to the Marion County Jail for the crimes of Theft I, Criminal Mistreatment I, Identity Theft I and Abuse of a Corpse. This is an active criminal investigation. An autopsy will be scheduled and performed by the Oregon State Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death.

The Sheriff's Office will not provide any further details surrounding our investigation at this time. Mr. Edward Fitchett is scheduled to appear in court tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. at the Marion County Circuit Court Annex.




January 29th, of this year, deputies were called to a residence in the 21000 block of Hubbard Cutoff Road NE near Aurora to investigate a missing person. Family told deputies that Henry Conley Fitchett Jr., age 87, has been missing since September of 2016. Mr. Fitchett is 5'02" tall, 169 lbs, with gray hair and blue eyes.

Family believes Mr. Conley may have moved to the Estacada area with a girlfriend but he has not been seen or heard from since. Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding Mr. Conley to please call our tip line at 503-540-8079 or you can text your tip to TIPMCSO at 847411, you may remain anonymous.


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State turns down request for 100-bed Wilsonville psychiatric hospital
Oregon Health Authority - 02/24/17 12:17 PM
February 24, 2017

NEWCO Oregon 'has not met burden of proof' to justify need for facility

PORTLAND, Ore.--The Oregon Health Authority is proposing to deny a state certificate of need application by NEWCO Oregon Inc. to build a 100-bed freestanding psychiatric hospital in Wilsonville.

The proposed decision issued today found that NEWCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of Universal Health Services Inc. (UHS), had not met its burden of proof to justify the need for the facility. The proposed facility would be located at 9500 SW Day Road in northwest Wilsonville, and would serve adolescent, adult and geriatric psychiatric patients.

NEWCO, which submitted its certificate of need application in January 2016, can appeal the proposed decision or submit a new application with sufficient information to meet certificate of need criteria.

The full proposed decision is found on the Certificate of Need Program site at http://www.healthoregon.org/cn.

The Certificate of Need Program, administered through the Health Care Regulation and Quality Improvement Section at the OHA Public Health Division, is a standardized regulatory program instituted in 1971. It arose out of the Oregon Legislature's desire to achieve reasonable access to quality health care at a reasonable cost. ORS 442 charges the program with reviewing proposals for new hospitals and nursing facilities to ensure health services are adequately distributed in the state without unnecessary duplication of services or excessive cost to patients.

According to the OHA's letter outlining the proposed decision to Ron Escarda, a NEWCO representative, "NEWCO has not met its burden of demonstrating that the (certificate of need) criteria can be met."

In its proposed decision, OHA found that NEWCO met only one of eight criteria spelled out in the certificate of need administrative rules: that its financial status is adequate to support the proposed project, and it will continue to be adequate following implementation of the project.

NEWCO--or an affected party--can request an informal hearing with OHA's Certificate of Need Program within 10 days of the proposed decision. The informal hearing would be held within 15 days following receipt of the request. OHA would render a final decision within 10 days of the closing of the informal hearing.

Once a proposed decision becomes final, either as a result of an informal hearing or because no one requested an informal hearing, NEWCO or an affected party can request a reconsideration hearing within 60 days of the final decision. The Oregon Office of Administrative Hearings would conduct the reconsideration hearing. The final order resulting from the reconsideration hearing could then be appealed to the Oregon Court of Appeals.

For more information on the Certificate of Need Program, visit http://www.healthoregon.org/cn.

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Media Advisory: Hundreds to Rally in Salem for Reproductive Health Equity
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon - 02/24/17 12:14 PM
PRO-CHOICE COALITION OF OREGON PRESS RELEASE

Media Advisory: Hundreds to Rally in Salem for Reproductive Health Equity

Hundreds of Oregonians will demonstrate in Salem for landmark legislation to establish reproductive health equity. The rally will take place from noon-1pm Tuesday, February 28th on the west steps of the Oregon State Capitol as part of the Reproductive Health Equity Now Day of Action. Speakers will include elected officials as well as Oregonians whose lives will be directly impacted by this campaign.

Access to reproductive health care is critical for the health and economic security of all Oregonians. The Reproductive Health Equity Act (House Bill 2232) ensures that Oregonians receive the full range of preventive reproductive health services at zero out-of- pocket cost; fills gaps in reproductive health coverage for those categorically excluded from health programs due to citizenship status; and prohibits discrimination in reproductive health care.

The Reproductive Health Equity Now campaign, which formally launched on January 18th, has already received an outpouring of support across the state and across the nation:

More than 10,000 Oregonians have signed petitions demanding reproductive health equity now.

A broad range of more than 2 dozen organizations have endorsed the campaign.

In an editorial published January 31st, The New York Times praised the legislation as "a powerful defense, at the state level, of necessary reproductive health care." The bill has also received national media attention from Time, U.S. News & World Report, Mother Jones, Rewire and Refinery29.

WHO: Pro-Choice Coalition of Oregon
WHAT: Reproductive Health Care Now Day of Action
WHEN: Noon-1pm Tuesday, February 28th
WHERE: West Capitol Steps, Salem

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The Pro-Choice Coalition of Oregon is a diverse, statewide coalition that is working to create a world where access to reproductive health care doesn't depend on who you are, where you live or how much you earn - where every Oregonian who can become pregnant has the opportunity to choose their own path to a healthy and meaningful life. The coalition consists of American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, Family Forward Oregon, NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, Oregon Latino Health Coalition, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon and Western States Center.
Arrest Made in Sandy Crime Spree
Sandy Police Dept. - 02/24/17 12:04 PM
Jackson County Sheriff's Deputies have arrested Nathaniel James Young, of Grants Pass, on charges stemming from car break-ins in Sandy overnight on 02/21/17. Mr. Young was arrested this morning after being found in possession of a firearm stolen from a vehicle in Sandy. Deputies served a search warrant on the vehicle Mr. Young was driving and found the firearm along with other items likely stolen in Sandy. Young was lodged at the Jackson County Jail on $35,000 bail. He is currently charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, first degree theft, felon in possession of a weapon, possession of heroin, and possession of methamphetamine. The Sandy Police are working with the Jackson County Sheriff's office to identify the property recovered from Young's vehicle and return any stolen items to victims.
Salem Police Department to Conduct Pedestrian Crosswalk Safety Campaign
Salem Police Dept. - 02/24/17 11:52 AM
As the weather becomes warmer and days become longer, we typically see more pedestrians out and about at various times of the day and night, and pedestrian safety issues become even more important. As a result, the Salem Police Department traffic unit will be conducting pedestrian safety enforcement and education campaigns throughout the City during the spring months.

The campaigns will utilize plain clothes officers who will be crossing streets at crosswalk locations throughout the City, and video cameras will be used to record violations. Those who are contacted will be able to view the violation on video.

Oregon law requires all drivers to stop prior to entering a crosswalk for pedestrians who are crossing the street in a marked or unmarked crosswalk. Drivers are required to stop if a pedestrian is either in the lane in which the driver's vehicle is traveling or in a lane adjacent to the lane in which the driver's vehicle is traveling.

Marked crosswalks may be located at or between intersections and are recognized by solid or dashed white lines. Oregon Law also states that every intersection should be considered to have a crosswalk, whether marked or not. Additionally, a vehicle may not legally pass another vehicle that is stopped at a marked or unmarked crosswalk for a pedestrian. Failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and for passing a stopped vehicle at a crosswalk are class B violations and carry a fine of up to $260.00.

This safety campaign is in partnership with Oregon Impact in order to address pedestrian and crosswalk safety through education and enforcement.

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Multi-Agency search warrant execution in the Dexter Area - Lane County
Oregon State Police - 02/24/17 11:33 AM
On Tuesday February 21, 2017, members of Lane County Interagency Narcotics Team (INET), assisted by members of Oregon State Police SWAT, ATF, FBI, the Rouge Area Drug Enforcement Team (RADE) and Reedsport Police Department, executed search warrants at 38534 Dexter Road, Dexter, Oregon and 82892 Minnick Road, Dexter, Oregon after an investigation involving the Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine. OSP SWAT was called to assist drug enforcement detectives due to the size and layout of the Dexter Road location.

Two adults were contacted and detained at the Minnick Road address and are facing charges for Possession and Delivery of Methamphetamine. Four adults were detained at the Dexter Road address. One 5 year old minor child was also present and was taken into protective custody by DHS Child Protective Services. Several adults are facing charges of Unlawful Possession and/or Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance. The child's father is also facing additional charges of Endangering the Welfare of a Minor and Child Neglect in the First Degree.

According to OSP Sergeant Erik Fisher, task force officers seized Methamphetamine, Psilocybin Mushrooms and a firearm along with additional evidence of sales from the locations. This is an ongoing investigation and no further details are available.

The Lane County Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team is comprised of personnel from the Oregon State Police, Lane County Sheriff's Office, Eugene Police Department, Springfield Police Department, FBI and Lane County District Attorney's Office.

Anyone with information regarding illegal drug activity is encouraged to call the INET tip line at (541) 682-6266.
Deputies Searching for Tips in a Spree of Broken Windows Scotts Mills (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/24/17 11:26 AM
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Early this morning around, 2:00 am, deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the city of Scotts Mills after two separate residents reported having their windows shot out. One resident in the 6900 block of the Crooked Finger Road NE reported their sliding glass door had been shot out. About 20 minutes later a resident in the 18000 block of Mt. Angel Scotts Mills Road NE reported that their window had also been shot out. In both cases the residents reported hearing a car speeding away from the area.


At around 10 am, the Silverton Police Department reported that the Scotts Mills Elementary School had 4 windows shot out, with an estimated damage of $2000.00. In all three cases investigators believe a small caliber gun or pellet gun was used to break the windows. The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information regarding the events that took place early this morning to please call the Sheriff's Office at 503 588 5032 or you can text your anonymous information to TipMCSO at 847411.


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Hockinson School District Board of Directors Regular Meeting
Hockinson Sch. Dist. - 02/24/17 10:28 AM
Date: Monday, February 27, 2017
Time: 6:00 P.M. Regular Board Meeting
Location: Hockinson Middle School Library
Address: 15916 NE 182nd Ave.; Brush Prairie, WA 98606
*** Update*** Name Released - Man Injured on Interstate 5-Jackson County
Oregon State Police - 02/24/17 10:19 AM
The victim of the assault has been identified as 43 year old CHRISTOPHER APPLEGATE from the Central Point area and remains in the hospital. No further information is available at this time.

The investigative team is still attempting to locate the person(s) of interest from yesterday. If anyone has any information they are asked to call the Oregon State Police dispatch center at 541-664-4600.


End of Update

Previous Release:

In the early morning hours on February 23, 2017 the Oregon State Police responded to a call of a male on Interstate 5 near milepost 34 in Jackson County. The subject was eventually located, had injuries and was transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center for treatment. There are additional law enforcement personnel in the area of Gold Hill attempting to locate possible suspect(s).

If anyone has any information regarding this incident they are asked to call the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center at 541-664-4600.
Battle Ground High School Taps Mike Kesler for Head Football Coach (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 02/24/17 10:15 AM
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Battle Ground Public Schools has hired Mike Kesler to be the next head football coach of the Battle Ground High School Tigers football team, pending board approval. Kesler, the head of security for the district and a former Washington State Patrol Trooper, brings over 25 years of football coaching experience to the position.

"Mike brings a vast wealth of knowledge and experience as a football coach to Battle Ground High," said Matt Stanfill, Battle Ground High School's athletic director and an assistant principal. "Mike coaches with a great deal of heart and is dedicated to challenging our kids to be the best versions of themselves both on and off the field. We're looking forward to building on our solid foundation, and we're thrilled to have Mike on board as head coach."

Kesler attended Lincoln High School in Seattle, earning all-league honors as a defensive and offensive lineman in 1975. After graduating, Kesler attended Walla Walla Community College and was named a National Junior College First Team All-American in 1977 before wrapping up his college-playing career at the University of Oregon, where he played defensive line from 1978-1980.

"I'm excited about the opportunity I have before me, and I'm ready for the challenge," Kesler said. "We are in the profession of encouraging, developing, and building young men of character, and it is a privilege to call yourself a coach. Our ultimate challenge is not in defeating our opponents on the field, but in continually overcoming our weaknesses and adversity to become the best we can be in all aspects of our lives."

From 1991-2009, Kesler was a head coach and league commissioner for Clark County Youth Football. Mike also served an assistant coach at Evergreen High School from 1997-2007 and at Union High School from 2007-2016. Over this span, Mike's teams compiled a record of 115-32, won six league championships, played in four semi-final games, two state championship games, and won the WIAA 4A state title at Evergreen High School in 2004.

Battle Ground High School is in the 4A division of the Greater St. Helens League. Kesler replaces Larry Peck, who resigned for family and personal reasons but remains a teacher at BGHS. Peck was the coach for the previous six years, and led the team to a state berth in 2015 for the first time in over two decades.


Attached Media Files: Mike Kesler
County Adds Enhanced Features to Mass Notification System (Photo)
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - 02/24/17 10:04 AM
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Lincoln County Sheriff's Office has added additional features to their current mass notification system, Lincoln Alerts, increasing our capability to reach community members, visitors and businesses with valued emergency notifications and now community information from county services, city and tribal partners.

The added feature allows "keyword" texting to initiate receipt of community information directly from the county's incorporated cities, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, county services (Transit, Roads and additional local information)other information sources.

Community members and visitors can CHOOSE UP TO 3 ways to receive emergency notifications and community information from Lincoln County, Oregon: public safety, city, tribal and county officials.

Please see attached:
- Media release for additional information on this enhancement (PDF and Word)
- Color announcement for sharing on on social media sites (PDF and Word)
- Lincoln Alerts Icon to place on websites, social media - hyperlink to co.lincoln.or.us/alerts


Virginia "Jenny" Demaris
Emergency Manager
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
225 W. Olive St., Newport, Oregon 97365
vdemaris@co.lincoln.or.us
(541) 265-4199 Office
(541) 270-0702 Cell


Attached Media Files: Media Release - Lincoln Alerts PDF , Media Release - Lincoln Alerts Word , Licoln Alerts Online Flyer PDF , Lincoln Alerts Online Flyer Jpeg , Lincoln Alerts Icon
City considers updates to Accessory Dwelling Unit rules
City of Vancouver - 02/24/17 9:58 AM
Vancouver, Wash. -- The City of Vancouver is considering updates to its Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) rules. ADUs are small additional residential units on existing properties, including basement and garage conversions or small backyard cottages. Approximately 65 ADUs have been built citywide under current standards, which have not been updated for more than a decade.

"Updates are being considered to provide continued flexibility for homeowners, ensure ADUs fit in with neighboring properties and to help address housing affordability needs, including more options for aging or special needs populations," said City Planner Bryan Snodgrass.

The City will host an informal open house to collect community feedback on potential updates from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 at the Vancouver Housing Authority, 2500 Main St.

A more formal Vancouver Planning Commission public hearing with opportunities to testify will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11, at Vancouver City Hall, 415 W. 6th Street

Potential ADU rules would:
Keep existing requirements of one ADU per property that is visually subordinate to the main house, meets full building code standards and has a base maximum size of 800 square
Keep requirement to include on-site (off-street) parking
Eliminate requirement that ADU or the main home be owner-occupied
Eliminate requirement that ADU match specific design features of main house
Allow ADUs as small as 160 square feet, as allowed by state building code


For more information, see attached ADU fact sheet, or contact Community and Economic Development Planner Bryan Snodgrass at 360-487-8631 or Bryan.Snodgrass@cityofvancouver.us.


Attached Media Files: 2017-02/144/102111/adu_fact_sheet_february_2017.pdf
Warrenton Man Arrested for Crimes involving sexual abuse (Photo)
Clatsop Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/24/17 9:53 AM
Derek Mendenhall
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On Wednesday, February 22, 2017 a 24-year-old Warrenton man was arrested by the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office for crimes involving sexual abuse of a local teenage boy. Derek Neil Mendenhall was arrested at the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office in Warrenton at the direction of a Clatsop County Circuit Court warrant obtained following an investigation that began in November 2016. Mendenhall was lodged in the Clatsop County Jail on one count each of Sex Abuse III, Contributing the Sexual Delinquency of a Minor, and Sexual Misconduct.
The Clatsop County Sheriff's Office initially received a report on November 8, 2016 from the mother of a local teenager who had disclosed that inappropriate contact had occurred while Mendenhall was a guest in their home during the month of October. The Sheriff's Office investigation revealed Mendenhall's alleged sexual abuse actually began in 2015 when the victim was only 17-years-old. Mendenhall was well known to the victim and had been close to him for several years through his involvement in various community activities where children are heavily involved.
The Sheriff's Office encourages parents to talk to their children about physical boundaries with friends and family. We recognize this is a difficult conversation to have but children, especially older teens, need a safe environment to discuss such topics. Situations of this nature can be very confusing even for young adults. As investigators we acknowledge the tremendous courage it takes to speak out and ask for help in these situations.
Media inquiries regarding this investigation should be directed to Detective Ryan Humphrey at 503-325-8635 or online at rhumphrey@co.clatsop.or.us.


Attached Media Files: Derek Mendenhall
Writers Invited to Apply for Northwest Local Authors Fair at Beaverton City Library (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 02/24/17 9:53 AM
Writers from Washington, Multnomah, and Clackamas counties are invited to apply for Northwest Local, a free author fair coming to Beaverton City Library on May 20. Applications are due March 15. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
Writers from Washington, Multnomah, and Clackamas counties are invited to apply for Northwest Local, a free author fair coming to Beaverton City Library on May 20. Applications are due March 15. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Beaverton City Library is seeking writers in Washington, Multnomah, and Clackamas counties to apply for Northwest Local, a free author fair highlighting the work of talented writers in the tri-county area. The fair will be held at Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW Fifth St., on Saturday, May 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Authors in all genres, including adult, young adult, and children's literature are encouraged to apply. Selected participants will receive a booth space to promote and sell their work, and writers will keep all proceeds from book sales at the event.


There is no fee to apply, but selected authors will be asked to donate two books, one for a fair attendee raffle and one to be considered for the library's collection or sold by the New Friends of Beaverton City Library to support library programs and services.


Applications are due March 15. To apply online, visit http://beavertonlibrary.org/DocumentCenter/View/1218. For more information, contact Mary Wise at mwise@BeavertonOregon.gov.


For additional information regarding Beaverton City Library, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org or call 503-644-2197. Beaverton City Library is one of 15 member libraries in Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS), which works to provide responsive and efficient library service countywide through centralized catalog, courier and other services.


The city of Beaverton is home to more than 95,000 residents and is Oregon's sixth largest city. We are a friendly, active, and responsible city well-known for our exceptional community services and amenities, helping Beaverton residents enjoy a high quality of life. Ranked in the top ten of Money magazine's 50 Best Small Cities in America for 2016, Beaverton truly is "The Best of Oregon."


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Attached Media Files: Writers from Washington, Multnomah, and Clackamas counties are invited to apply for Northwest Local, a free author fair coming to Beaverton City Library on May 20. Applications are due March 15. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
Western Oregon University to host 27th César E. Chávez Leadership Conference (Photo)
Western Oregon University - 02/24/17 9:51 AM
Previous Cesar E. Chavez Leadership Conference at Western Oregon University. Photo courtesy of Western Oregon University.
Previous Cesar E. Chavez Leadership Conference at Western Oregon University. Photo courtesy of Western Oregon University.
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MONMOUTH, Ore. -- Western Oregon University will welcome the 27th annual César E. Chávez Leadership Conference (CECLC) to campus on March 3, 2017.

The event is expected to draw more than 2,000 Oregon Hispanic high school students for a conference during which they will alternate between workshops, an exhibitor fair, guest sessions, an awards ceremony and a dance.

The keynote speaker kicking off the conference will be Roy Juarez Jr., who, in 2005, founded the human development firm America's Business Leaders. Juarez spent part of his youth as a homeless dropout, but through perseverance, he eventually graduated from Hardin-Simmons University in Texas. Now, he tours the country sharing a message of hope and speaking about the power of higher education.

"As a national leader in educating Latino students, Western Oregon University is proud and honored to serve as the site for an event involving more than 2,000 bright, talented and motivated students who will become the leaders of our communities, businesses and government," said David McDonald, associate provost.

The CECLC is in its 27th year, and the past nine events have been on the WOU campus. Students from 10 counties in Oregon are slated to attend, and each county was able to nominate a student leader, who will participate in the welcome, the administrator session and the closing, as well as have a private lunch with the keynote speaker. In addition to visiting campus, all students are eligible to compete in art, essay, poetry, video and college scholarship competitions.

"This year's theme is Change Comes from Within You," said Anna Hernández-Hunter, co-chairwoman of the CECLC executive board. "Part of our mission is to empower our youth as leaders for social justice and civic responsibility. This event is often the first time our students begin to see themselves as leaders and begin to develop their social consciousness. Our hope is that they leave the day with a sense of purpose and direction; ready to implement change in their schools and their communities."

For more information, including a schedule of the day's events, visit http://www.ceclc.org/.

About Western Oregon University
Western Oregon University, founded in 1856 and located in Monmouth, is Oregon's oldest public university. The university has received national recognition for excellence for its focus on student learning and success by the Education Trust, US. News and World Report, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, National Association of Academic Advisors, and Parade Magazine. In 2010 WOU was recognized by the Education Trust as being the top university in America at eliminating the Latino graduation gap. WOU is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.


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Western Oregon University to host 27th César E. Chávez Leadership Conference
Western Oregon University - 02/24/17 9:50 AM
Previous Cesar E. Chavez Leadership Conference at Western Oregon University. Photo courtesy of Western Oregon University.
Previous Cesar E. Chavez Leadership Conference at Western Oregon University. Photo courtesy of Western Oregon University.
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MONMOUTH, Ore. -- Western Oregon University will welcome the 27th annual César E. Chávez Leadership Conference (CECLC) to campus on March 3, 2017.

The event is expected to draw more than 2,000 Oregon Hispanic high school students for a conference during which they will alternate between workshops, an exhibitor fair, guest sessions, an awards ceremony and a dance.

The keynote speaker kicking off the conference will be Roy Juarez Jr., who, in 2005, founded the human development firm America's Business Leaders. Juarez spent part of his youth as a homeless dropout, but through perseverance, he eventually graduated from Hardin-Simmons University in Texas. Now, he tours the country sharing a message of hope and speaking about the power of higher education.

"As a national leader in educating Latino students, Western Oregon University is proud and honored to serve as the site for an event involving more than 2,000 bright, talented and motivated students who will become the leaders of our communities, businesses and government," said David McDonald, associate provost.

The CECLC is in its 27th year, and the past nine events have been on the WOU campus. Students from 10 counties in Oregon are slated to attend, and each county was able to nominate a student leader, who will participate in the welcome, the administrator session and the closing, as well as have a private lunch with the keynote speaker. In addition to visiting campus, all students are eligible to compete in art, essay, poetry, video and college scholarship competitions.

"This year's theme is Change Comes from Within You," said Anna Hernández-Hunter, co-chairwoman of the CECLC executive board. "Part of our mission is to empower our youth as leaders for social justice and civic responsibility. This event is often the first time our students begin to see themselves as leaders and begin to develop their social consciousness. Our hope is that they leave the day with a sense of purpose and direction; ready to implement change in their schools and their communities."

For more information, including a schedule of the day's events, visit http://www.ceclc.org/.

About Western Oregon University
Western Oregon University, founded in 1856 and located in Monmouth, is Oregon's oldest public university. The university has received national recognition for excellence for its focus on student learning and success by the Education Trust, US. News and World Report, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, National Association of Academic Advisors, and Parade Magazine. In 2010 WOU was recognized by the Education Trust as being the top university in America at eliminating the Latino graduation gap. WOU is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.


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29 Citations, 10 Warnings in Thursday Night #VisionZero Traffic Safety Mission (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/24/17 9:12 AM
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On Thursday February 23, 2017, from approximately 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., the Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division, assisted by North, Central and East Precinct, conducted a Vision Zero traffic safety mission on 82nd Avenue from Northeast Sandy Boulevard to Southeast Washington Street. This area was selected due to numerous community complaints and it is a high traffic area for all road users.

Officers focused on dangerous behaviors, and the officers were free to make traffic stops on drivers, pedestrians and bicycle riders as they saw fit. The officers were encouraged to share information about the Vision Zero program during these contacts. As always, officers were allowed the discretion to issue citations, warnings or classes as they saw fit. Most of the stops were of drivers, but four pedestrians were also contacted. One flagged down officers to speak with them, one was issued a warning and two were cited for pedestrian violations.

In total, 29 citations for 50 separate violations were issued as well as 10 written warnings.

The Traffic Division and Precinct operations will be conducting future enforcement missions as staffing allows.

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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(Reminder) Pop-up photo exhibit spotlighting women veterans opens tonight; one-night-only event at Portland Art Museum (Photo)
Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs - 02/24/17 8:00 AM
I Am Not Invisible event invite (back)
I Am Not Invisible event invite (back)
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"I Am Not Invisible," a remarkable presentation featuring 20 portraits of Oregon women military veterans, will be unveiled tonight at a special, one-night community exhibition at the Portland Art Museum.

The project, which is a joint effort of Portland State University's Veterans Resource Center and the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs, will shine a spotlight on women veterans, whose contributions, experiences and needs are too often ignored or overlooked socially, politically and legally. The interactive exhibit includes the recorded voices of the show's subjects, sharing some of their experiences serving in the military and the challenges they faced.

The debut of "I Am Not Invisible" takes place from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at the Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave. Many of the women veterans who participated in the project, as well as the photographer, Sally Sheldon, will be in attendance and available to the media for interviews.

Complimentary admission is available to those attending the exhibit. Guests should check in at the guest services desk upon entry and identify themselves as attending the "I Am Not Invisible" event.

After the display at the Portland Art Museum, the exhibit will begin a traveling campaign, appearing at various locations throughout the state.


Attached Media Files: I Am Not Invisible event invite (back) , I Am Not Invisible event invite (front)
Thu. 02/23/17
Monday, February 27, 2017 Executive & Regular Board Business Meeting Agenda
Parkrose Sch. Dist. - 02/23/17 8:35 PM
The Parkrose Board of Education of School District No. 3, Multnomah County, Oregon, will convene in an Executive & Regular Board Business Meeting on Monday, February 27, 2017 in the Boardroom at the Parkrose District Office located at 10636 NE Prescott St., Portland, Oregon at the hour of 6:30pm. The Board will recognize Classified Employees for their outstanding contributions to the School District. They will receive reports from the Associated Study Body, Superintendent's Office, Assistant Superintendent/School Improvement Office and Technology Department. The Board will interview budget committee applicants for the one remaining vacancy. They will take action on consent agenda, Open Enrollment & Inter District Transfer spots, MESD's Local Service Plan, the 2017-2018 District Calendar and Budget Committee position #2 appointment. They will also report on their Board Business and be available to hear Citizen Comments twice during the Business Meeting. The agenda is posted on the Parkrose School District Website at https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1000205
Landslide Activities in Oregon City
City of Oregon City - 02/23/17 5:13 PM
OREGON CITY -- Due to the snow, ice and record rainfall events this winter season, Oregon City has experienced two significant landslides.

On February 16, 2017, City staff was notified of a water main break on Trillium Park Drive that has since been attributed to a landslide. At this time, Trillium Park Drive is closed from Swordfern Court to Canyon Court and the water main break has been isolated. One single family home near the slide has experienced structural damage, including foundation cracking, and the structure has been identified as a dangerous building. The Red Cross has been notified to assist the residents of the home. With the road and associated underground utilities isolated, the City is assessing the short and long term impacts of the slide to determine the appropriate course of action to minimize further impacts.

A second active landslide is located on private property north of Barclay Hills Park between Alden Street and Peter Skene Way. The City has an 8" waterline and an 8" sanitary sewer line in the vicinity. The 8" sewer line was impacted by the slide resulting in the need for City crews to abandon the sewer line and implement a temporary bypass plan to provide service to the area. The City has hired an engineering consultant to design a new route so that emergency construction of a new line and abandonment of the old line can occur.

The Peter Skene Way landslide caused a sanitary sewer overflow into the Newell Creek Canyon watershed. The sewer leak has been stopped with the installation of the sewer bypass. The City has notified the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) of the overflow and will be reporting any findings to DEQ as mandated by State and Federal law. The City is instructing residents to avoid contact with water associated with the Newell Creek Canyon as a result of this sewer main break.

Three other known slides involving private property damage within the City limits of Oregon City continue to deteriorate under current winter weather conditions. Although these sites do not involve damage to public facilities or rights-of-way, City staff remains apprised of these landslides and is acting as a resource to affected property owners.
To report landslide activity or for more information on landslides, contact John Lewis, Public Works Director at 503.657.0891.
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Josephine Man Arrested After Brief Standoff (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/23/17 5:09 PM
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On February 23, 2017, at about 9:00 a.m., TY RAY NUNES, age 34, from Grants Pass was taken into custody after a brief standoff in Josephine County.

NUNES has been the subject of an extensive search for many months because of the numerous criminal activities he has been involved in, to include Felony Eludes, Robberies, Federal Warrants and Narcotics. The Oregon State Police learned NUNES may be at a residence in the 700 block of Cienaga Lane in Josephine County and responded to the area.

Additional law enforcement also responded and assisted in taking NUNES into custody after a brief standoff.

During the past few weeks law enforcement arrested seven other individuals while attempting to locate and arrest NUNES.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, Josephine County Sheriff's office, Medford Police Department, Josephine County Parole and Probation, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement and Rogue Area Drug Enforcement.


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Suspects break into 18 vehicles in overnight crime spree
Sandy Police Dept. - 02/23/17 5:07 PM
Sandy Police have taken 18 reports of thefts from a vehicle or unlawful entry into a motor vehicle related to a crime spree overnight on 02/21/17. Two firearms, at least one credit card and one vehicle were reported stolen. The victims were all located in the south east side of Sandy within a half mile radius. The stolen vehicle was recovered in Damascus a short time after it was reported stolen. A detective is investigating the possible use of a credit card stolen out of one of the victim's vehicles.

The Sandy Police Department would like to remind the public that it is best to lock unattended vehicles to prevent crimes of opportunity such as these. In our area, it is rare for thieves to break windows or otherwise damage vehicles in order to steal items from inside.
Oregon Dairy Farmers Convention A Success (Photo)
Oregon Dairy Farmers Assn. - 02/23/17 4:48 PM
Steve Gilliland
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Oregon Dairy Farmers Association Convention Off to a Rousing Start
Author -- Michael Davis

February 23, 2017 -- Salem, Oregon - The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association hosted a two day convention at the Salem Convention Center on February 20-21. Highlights from the first General Session:
There was learning and laughter aplenty Monday at the opening session of the 2017 Oregon Dairy Farmers Association convention in downtown Salem.
Dairy farmers from across the state descended on the Salem Convention Center to renew acquaintances, browse industry displays and exhibits, and attend two waves of afternoon workshops on topics of high interest.
More than 350 delegates were registered for the convention, and spirits were high after keynote speaker Steve Gilliland addressed attendees to the luncheon. Gilliland, a comedian and author, regaled the audience with stories about his Bible-thumping mother, academically challenged (but athletically gift) son, and the hand signal he uses to order a cold one while mowing the lawn.
Marion County Commission Kevin Cameron welcomed the visitors to the state capitol and the county. "You are the hardest-working people I know of," he said, noting that there is no relief from the daily rituals of sustaining a dairy farm. "Cows don't take a vacation, and they certainly don't celebrate President's Day.
Out-of-state visitors were treated to a rare February "Oregon sun break" Monday afternoon, as the rain clouds parted for a brief period. Daylight steamed through the glassed-in upper floor of the convention, where representatives from 40 entities were showing their wares and telling their stories.
Among the highlights of the breakout sessions was a panel of working farm wives who talked about the role women play in the dairy industry. The panelists touched on the challenges of dealing with intergenerational struggles, in-laws and having a spouse as a business partner.
The first day concluded with a wine and cheese reception, dinner, an ice cream social and a performance by the Foggy Bottom Boys.
The schedule for Day Two of the convention included a 9 a.m. general session of transparency within the agriculture and food system.
As it was on Monday, there was a milk break scheduled to allow attendees to sample an array of frozen and chilled treats donated by processors around the State featuring the milk produced by the 228 dairy farms here in Oregon.

The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association is located in Salem. The Association has been proudly serving Oregon's Dairy farmers since 1892.
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Attached Media Files: Steve Gilliland , Marion County Commissioner Kevin Cameron
Oregon Dairy Farmers Convention Focuses on the Contribution of Dairy Wives (Photo)
Oregon Dairy Farmers Assn. - 02/23/17 4:46 PM
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Oregon Dairy Farmers Association Convention Focus on Issues Including Dairy Wives who bring so much to their Dairy Farm Operations
Author -- Michael Davis
February 23, 2017 -- Salem, Oregon - The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association hosted a two day convention at the Salem Convention Center on February 20-21.
A panel of well-informed women spoke candidly about the joys and struggles of dairy farming during a convention workshop Monday afternoon.
Attendees heard four farm wives share their experiences of working in the dairy industry.
It can be trying when frictions in the barns hit home, they said.
"It's super hard to see my son get yelled at by his dad," said Susan Pierson, a fourth-generation farmer. As both mother and wife, she is often a sounding board when things get overheated. "I have to do a lot of listening and not a lot of talking. But later I might say something to my husband like, 'You know, you were a little hard on him..."
"I feel like I'm in the middle a lot," said Julie Lourenzo, who shares the workload with her husband and other family members. When conflict arises, "I talk to both sides and try to work it out."
"I brought a husband into the job," said panel moderator Bobbi Frost, who is familiar with that uncomfortable space between the spouse you love and the parents who raised you.
The audience responded to a frank discussion about whether the panelists encouraged their children to pursue farming.
Sarah Rocha, mother of four boys, said she chose to allow her children to find their path. "The more you push, the more they push back," she said.
Rocha runs the calf operation on a farm with 600-650 cows and 150 goats.
"I pushed my sons away from the dairy," said Pierson, an organic farmer for 12 years. But as it was with other panelists, some children decide to join the family business after a time. Of one son she said, "All of a sudden he came to us and said he wanted to come back."
In response to a question about when how to draw the line between work and family time, Lourenzo said she knows she has reached her limit when she begins to voice complaints. "If you are going to complain, it's a sign you are doing too much," she said.
A highlight of the breakout session was when moderator Frost, who brought along her 11-month-old daughter, Max, to the convention, said she "felt like Superman" on a day when she completed her work while toting an infant around the farm.
Then she provided the quote of the afternoon with an observation about childbirth.
"One day my husband said to me that getting hit in the nuts is worse than having a baby. "
How so, she wondered?
"You want another baby, right?" he said. "But you don't hear me saying I want someone to hit me in the nuts again."
The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association is located in Salem. The Association has been proudly serving Oregon's Dairy farmers since 1892.
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Oregon Dairy Farmers Association Convention Offers Relevant Educational Sessions and Honors Senator Betsy Johnson (Photo)
Oregon Dairy Farmers Assn. - 02/23/17 4:39 PM
Cody Nicholson Stratton
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Oregon Dairy Farmers Association Convention CONFRONTS ONLINE TROLLS, CONSUMER SKEPTICISM and HONORS SENATOR BETSY JOHNSON
Author -- Michael Davis

February 23, 2017 -- Salem, Oregon - The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association hosted a two day convention at the Salem Convention Center on February 20-21. Highlights from the second day:
Day Two of the Oregon Dairy Farmers Association annual convention confronted some of the contemporary challenges of 21st Century business life.
Keynote speaker J. J. Jones of The Center for Food Integrity urged attendees at Tuesday's opening session to gain the trust of dairy consumers with see-through practices and policies. "Transparency is no longer optional," he said. "It's a basic consumer expectation."
Jones, a skilled communicator who spoke fluidly and without notes, provided plentiful takeaway suggestions on how Oregon's dairy farmers can provide more answers and access to their businesses. He encouraged a culture that would "embrace consumer skepticism" by responding to questions openly, clearly and accurately. Doing so can enhance the credibility of a dairy business, he said.
At a filled-to-capacity breakout session, social media savant and "agvocator" Cody Nicholson Stratton provided lists of practical do's and don'ts for dairy farmers who wish to reach their online followers and customers via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. "The best story is always the true one," he said. "Be clear about what you want to achieve, be genuine and set goals."
Stratton urged audience members not to "fly off the handle" and "act like spider monkeys" when online trolls try to provoke with incendiary posts. Instead, he said, "hug your hater" and shrug off the unwelcome messages with a benign response or no response at all.
State Sen. Betsy Johnson, a Democrat from Scappoose, received the ODFA's Distinguished Service Award during lunch-hour ceremonies. In accepting the award, she vowed to "fight the bad stuff and support the good stuff" during the 2017 legislative session and beyond.
The ODFA also honored activist farmer Bobbi Frost for her service to the organization in helping to defeat Measure 97 in the November, 2016 election. The measure would have imposed a corporate minimum tax on businesses whose sales exceed $25 million.
The noontime crowd had time to bid on a colorful array of cow-themed silent auction items.
Following the ODFA annual meeting and second round of breakout sessions, convention participants enjoyed a beer and cheese reception and the annual Oregon Dairy Women Dinner and Scholarship Auction.

The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association is located in Salem. The Association has been proudly serving Oregon's Dairy farmers since 1892.


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Oregon Dairy Farmers Convention Features Seriously Funny Speaker (Photo)
Oregon Dairy Farmers Assn. - 02/23/17 4:35 PM
Steve Gilliland
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Oregon Dairy Farmers Association Convention Features SERIOUSLY FUNNY SPEAKER'S ADVICE:
BE MINDFUL OF YOUR PASSION AND PURPOSE
Author -- Michael Davis
February 23, 2017 -- Salem, Oregon - The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association hosted a two day convention at the Salem Convention Center on February 20-21. Highlights from the first General Session:
Years after a painful divorce, Steve Gilliland began seeing a flight attendant.
For their second date, which included tickets directly behind the glass at a Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game, she opened the door wearing jeans and a sweatshirt.
Gilliland said she looked great, but it was what was written on the sweatshirt that got his attention: "Marry me. Fly free."
Gilliland has gotten a lot of mileage out of that story through the years. The well-traveled comedian and professional speaker shared the tale Monday afternoon during the annual Oregon Dairy Farmers Association convention. He was the day's keynote speaker.
The North Carolina-based comic is the author of a small library of inspirational books that grew out of his confessional storytelling and practiced stagecraft.
Gilliland does not suffer fools easily. When a lethargic employee at a Taco Bell told him he was "burnt out," the comedian said that was impossible. "I don't think you've ever been lit."
Wherever he goes, Gilliland poses the same question to the audience: Who were the five most influential people in your life?
Gilliland's "King James version" of a mother, a self-styled attack evangelist, made his influential list, as did his one-time secretary, an outrageous character who once said, "A closed mouth gathers no feet."
Gilliland, a one-time baseball broadcaster and former scholarship athlete at Florida State University, posits that your legacy can be determined by the number of individuals who would place you on their list of five.
When things go south in life, Gilliland's mother said there are only two sets of outcomes. "You can be bitter or better, stronger or weaker."
He offered that advice to his audience of dairy farmers and exhibitors, exhorting the attendees to keep the passion burning about their chosen profession and to be mindful of purpose.
The hour-plus talk ended with an admission from Gilliland that he married that flight attendant.
And they've been flying ever since.

The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association is located in Salem. The Association has been proudly serving Oregon's Dairy farmers since 1892.

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City of Vancouver invites review of draft 2017 Stormwater Management Plan
City of Vancouver - 02/23/17 4:30 PM
Vancouver, WA -- The City of Vancouver invites the public to review and offer comments on its annual Stormwater Management Plan update.

The City's draft 2017 Stormwater Management Plan is available to view online through the webpage at www.cityofvancouver.us/waterallaround. Written comments may be submitted online or by mail to Vancouver Surface Water Management, P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995. Comments must be received by Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

The City is required to update its Stormwater Management Plan yearly. The plan describes the City's programs and planned activities which meet requirements of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) municipal stormwater permit. Components of the permit include:

- Public Education and Outreach
- Public Involvement and Participation
- Detecting and Eliminating Illicit Discharges from reaching Natural Waters
- Regulations for Runoff from New Development, Redevelopment and Construction Sites
- Municipal Operation and Maintenance of Stormwater Facilities
- Monitoring and Assessing Natural Waters

The City of Vancouver's stormwater, surface water and groundwater programs work to protect and improve surface and ground water resources for the community and environment, in compliance with the federal Clean Water Act and the City's Phase II National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit for Western Washington.
Salem Police Investigating Stabbing
Salem Police Dept. - 02/23/17 3:42 PM
Salem Police Detectives are currently investigating a stabbing that occurred Thursday afternoon in northeast Salem.

At approximately 12:07 pm, a Salem Police School Resource Officer who is assigned at North Salem High School was returning to the school when he came upon an injured male juvenile. The victim was on a sidewalk along 14th St NE near Chemeketa St NE. Medics were called and the victim was transported to Salem Health for treatment.

The investigation determined that the victim, who is a North Salem High School student, was stabbed by another juvenile male, who is also a student at North Salem High School. The two are known to each other. Due to the proximity to the high school and the fact that both involved parties are students at the school, both North Salem High School and Parrish Middle School were placed on lockdown as officers searched for the suspect.

The victim is being treated for superficial wounds and the suspect is still at large. This incident is being investigated as being possibly gang related.

Salem Police School Resource officers are continuing to work closely with students and staff at North Salem High School to keep the students and staff safe.

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Sewage release on N. River Street
Portland Bureau of Environmental Services - 02/23/17 3:40 PM
Sanitary Sewage Release Advisory
(this is not a combined sewer overflow [CSO] advisory)


More than 100 gallons of sewage spilled from a vactor truck when crews responded to a call yesterday afternoon on N. River Street near N. Albina Avenue.

Crews cleaned up the spill but an unknown amount of sewage soaked into the ground and an estimated 100 gallons traveled to a storm drain that discharges into the Willamette River.

Sewage release signs were placed to warn the public to stay out of the area. The public is advised to stay out of the area and to avoid contact with the Willamette River for 48 hours.

This sewage release is not related to Portland's combined sewer overflow control system.

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Damascus Fire Station Grand Re-Opening (Photo)
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 02/23/17 3:11 PM
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Clackamas Fire District #1 hosts the grand re-opening of the Damascus Community Fire Station 19 on Monday, Feb. 27 at 10:00 a.m., 20100 SE Hwy 212, Damascus, 97089. The public and media are invited to attend. Beginning Feb. 27, marks the finalization of Clackamas Fire's annexation process of Boring Fire District, as approved by voters of both districts in November. Boring Fire's contract for service with Clackamas Fire dissolves and residents of the Boring-area annexes into Clackamas Fire. Career firefighters have only staffed the Damascus fire station 40 hours a week; but through the approval of the annexation, creates efficiencies that makes staffing possible 24 hours per day, seven days a week. Each day, Station 19's engine will have three firefighters with at least one being a firefighter paramedic. As part of its commitment to the areas being annexed, Clackamas Fire will provide a new fire apparatus, Engine 19, to the former Boring Fire coverage area, which is important to enhancing service across Clackamas Fire's entire expanded service area. Clackamas Fire wants to celebrate the re-opening of the fire station. The centrally located station is a resource that will be serving both districts, as it provides services to the growing east side of the Fire District.


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Beaverton City Library Hosts Discussion on Mixed-Race and Interracial Heritage in Oregon (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 02/23/17 2:51 PM
Dmae Roberts (pictured) will lead a discussion on mixed-race and interracial families at Beaverton City Library on March 5 as part of the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project. (Photo/Dmae Roberts)
Dmae Roberts (pictured) will lead a discussion on mixed-race and interracial families at Beaverton City Library on March 5 as part of the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project. (Photo/Dmae Roberts)
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- On Sunday, March 5, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Beaverton City Library (12375 SW Fifth St.) will host "What Are You? Mixed-Race and Interracial Families in Oregon's Past and Future," a discussion of heritage that goes beyond checking one race on U.S. census forms. Dmae Roberts will lead the conversation. Roberts has written essays and produced film and radio documentaries about being a biracial Asian American in Oregon.


The number of mixed-race people and interracial families in Oregon is growing. The conversation will include the challenges and benefits of growing up mixed-race, raising mixed-race children, or being in an interracial couple in a state that has historically been white. How can we openly discuss our own ethnic and racial heritage with each other without being regarded as off or unusual? How have the answers to "what are you?" changed through the decades?


Registration is encouraged for this free event. To register, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org/Register or call 503-644-2197, option 2.


This event is part of the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project. To learn more, visit www.oregonhumanities.org/programs/conversation-project.


For additional information regarding Beaverton City Library, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org or call 503-644-2197. Beaverton City Library is one of 15 member libraries in Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS), which works to provide responsive and efficient library service countywide through centralized catalog, courier and other services.


The city of Beaverton is home to more than 95,000 residents and is Oregon's sixth largest city. We are a friendly, active, and responsible city well-known for our exceptional community services and amenities, helping Beaverton residents enjoy a high quality of life. Ranked in the top ten of Money magazine's 50 Best Small Cities in America for 2016, Beaverton truly is "The Best of Oregon."


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Attached Media Files: Dmae Roberts (pictured) will lead a discussion on mixed-race and interracial families at Beaverton City Library on March 5 as part of the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project. (Photo/Dmae Roberts)
Roof Colapse Structure Fire displaces residents (Photo)
Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue - 02/23/17 2:15 PM
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Castle Rock, WA - Fire crews from Cowlitz County Fire District #6 (Castle Rock), Toutle Fire Department, and Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue responded to a house fire late Wednesday afternoon in the 400 block of Quick Rd. Initial fire crews reported multiple rooms on fire of the two story home when they arrived. Roof collapse made it difficult for firefighters to access all areas of the home that were on fire; the fire was extinguished hours later around 8pm. All residents were able to evacuate; four cats and two dogs perished in the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation. No injuries were reported.


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CCC news (Photo)
Clackamas Comm. College - 02/23/17 2:09 PM
Please find attached the latest Clackamas Community college news.


Attached Media Files: What We Risk event , Jason Graham photo
City of Battle Ground hosts pre-construction informational open house for South Parkway Improvement Project
City of Battle Ground - 02/23/17 2:08 PM
On Tuesday, February 28, from 5:30 -- 7 pm, the city of Battle Ground will host an informational open house for the South Parkway Improvement Project. The open house will take place in Suite 148 in Battle Ground City Hall located at 109 SW 1st Street.

City staff, as well as a representative from project contractor Tapani, Inc., will be on hand to discuss the scope of the work, construction schedule, impacts on travel, and to respond to any questions or comments.

The $5.6 million project addresses two distinct sections of South Parkway. Section A, between Eaton and Rasmussen, requires complete reconstruction to remove its failing base. The completed project will feature sidewalks, ADA ramp upgrades, planter strips, bike lanes, lighting, a travel lane in each direction and a center left-turn lane. Construction activities will include an upgrade to the water and sewer utility infrastructure.

For Section B of the project, between Main Street and Rasmussen, a process referred to as "mill and fill" will be used in which the top several inches of asphalt is removed before adding a new layer. Sidewalk ADA ramps will be upgraded as well as some utilities infrastructure.

Principal funding for the project comes from a WA State Transportation Improvement Board grant of $3.9 million. $65,000 of Battle Ground Transportation Benefit District TBD funding (citizen-paid vehicle tab fees) is being used as a match to leverage an additional TIB grant of $366,000. Project funding is further supplemented by City of Battle Ground Traffic Impact Fees and utility funds.

Detailed information and updates are available on the city's website at www.cityofbg.org/s-parkway and on the city's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CityofBGWA.
Port of Vancouver USA welcomes the Brighten Trader on its maiden voyage (Photo)
Port of Vancouver - 02/23/17 2:00 PM
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VANCOUVER, Wash. -- On Feb. 18 the Port of Vancouver USA welcomed the Brighten Trader, commanded by Capt. Marcelino S. Ecobiza from the Philippines, on its maiden voyage to the U.S.

The Brighten Trader is operated by Victoria Ship Management Inc., owned by Sea Queen Shipping Corp. and was represented by General Steamship Corp. The vessel, which is 590 feet long with a deadweight capacity of 39,310 metric tons, was built in China and launched Jan. 12, 2017.

The Brighten Trader was loaded with approximately 10,500 metric tons of copper concentrate at the Port of Vancouver before sailing to Vancouver, B.C., to load additional concentrate cargoes.

The vessel will head to Japan and China after its stops on the North American West Coast.

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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.


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Special Investigations Unit Makes Largest Drug Raid in MCSO History
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/23/17 1:53 PM
On Wednesday February 22, 2017 Members of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Unit (SIU) and Warrant Strike Team (WST) executed search warrants as a result of an ongoing heroin and methamphetamine investigation. Search warrants were served at 4030 SE 104th Ave, Portland, OR where a suspect was renting a room from a family and at 1718 SE Orient Dr. Apt. #1132 Gresham, OR. After serving the search warrants, investigators found and seized approximately 90-100 pounds of methamphetamine, two pounds of heroin, one firearm and $29,677 in currency.

This constitutes one of the largest drug raids in the State of Oregon and the largest in Multnomah County Sheriff's Office history. The street value of these drugs is well over 2 million dollars.

Deputies arrested Alfredo NarcisoPineda, Age 34, of Portland, OR, Alejandro LopezGonzales, Age 25, of Gresham, OR and Celso Marroquin Benitez, Age 39, of Portland, OR on multiple charges related to the Possession, Distribution and Manufacturing of methamphetamine and heroin.
Booking photos are available on our website at www.mcso.us

Sheriff Reese noted, "In our mission to help those working to find success in drug treatment, it is critical that we work to remove the supply of drugs coming into our community. Last night's successful mission made a significant impact in removing a large amount of methamphetamine from making it to the streets of our community."
AFJROTC cadets receive high honors at Regional Air Rifle Championships (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 02/23/17 1:37 PM
BGHS sophomore Taylor Harpe
BGHS sophomore Taylor Harpe
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Editors please note: This story was written by BGHS student and AFJROTC Public Affairs cadet C/T Sgt Sandra Fachiol. Photos courtesy of parent Diane Harpe.

Cadets from the Air Force Junior Officer Training Corps (JROTC) programs at Battle Ground and Prairie high schools received high honors recently at the JROTC Western Regional Air Rifle Championships in Las Vegas, including top prizes for two individual students. More than 290 cadets from seven states representing all service branches gathered at the Cashman Center for the three-day event held Feb. 9-11.

When all the shots were fired and the scores tallied, cadets Kaci McCrary, a senior at PHS, and Taylor Harpe, a sophomore at BGHS, captured first and second place, respectively, in the Air Force JROTC Precision rifle class. Their efforts qualified them for the All-Service National Championships to be held in Anniston, Ala. in March. The pair are the only two cadets to qualify individually from among the nearly 900 Air Force JROTC units in the nation.

Kaci McCrary began shooting with JROTC as a freshman. As a sophomore, she competed in the Civilian Marksmanship Program national competition in Utah. Last December, USA Shooting invited her to compete at the Olympic Training Center for the Winter Open Air Gun competition. She is now ranked as the number three shooter in the nation for Air Force JROTC. Kaci will graduate in June and is pursuing a career in international business management.

Taylor Harpe is a sophomore who began shooting competitively in Air Force JROTC last year and quickly surfaced as a natural in the sport. A member of the 2016 BGHS team that went to the Western Regionals in Utah, Harpe is now ranked as the number four shooter in the nation for Air Force JROTC. Taylor is actively pursuing academic excellence through Advanced Placement (AP) courses and aspires to attend a service academy after he graduates.

Marksmanship is a co-curriculum activity in the Air Force JROTC portfolio, and each school hosts teams in the Sporter Class and Precision Class. The sport requires the shooter to fire at targets 10 meters away from three different positions: prone, standing (off-hand), and kneeling. While a perfect score over the course of the three target sets is 600, thousands of practice shots are fired in preparation leading up to the competition.


Attached Media Files: BGHS sophomore Taylor Harpe , PHS senior Kaci McCreary
Tip of the Week February 27, 2017 - Distracted Walking
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - 02/23/17 1:34 PM
OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF
Sheriff Curtis L. Landers
225 W. Olive Street
Newport, Oregon 97365
(541) 265-4277
Fax (541) 265-4926

TIP OF THE WEEK

Date: February 27, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

DISTRACTED WALKING

Distracted driving is a well-established problem; so much so, that many states including Oregon, currently have bans in place when it comes to using technology while driving. But the problem of distracted walking is a relatively new one. Each year, more and more people are injured as a result of texting, talking or listening to music while on their cell phones. While some might laugh at the person who falls into the fountain while texting or the one who walks into a wall while texting, the problem of distracted walking is a very real and serious one.

According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 5,000 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 76,000 injured in traffic collisions in the United States in 2012. That's one death every 2 hours and an injury every 7 minutes. While it's not clear how many of these are a direct result of distracted walking, the total rate of pedestrian fatalities compared to overall road deaths is increasing each year.

In 2008, more than 1,000 people were injured seriously enough to seek medical attention at the emergency room as a result of texting and walking -- that's double the number in the previous year (which was double the year previous as well). It's not just texting while walking that's a problem. Talking, checking email, using social networking apps and even playing games all contribute to the problem of distracted pedestrians.

The solution to distracted walking is a fairly simple one: do not use your cell phone or engage in other distracting activities while walking. Focus solely on the task at hand -- getting from point A to point B in one piece and worry about checking in once you've safely arrived. If you simply cannot wait to take that phone call or check your email, one way to avoid potential issues associated with using technology while walking is to hold your phone up higher in your visual field so that you can see any potential risks as they come. Ensure you cross the road at crosswalks or signalized intersections and obey your traffic signals.

Another way to help avoid the pitfalls of distracted walking is to use software that reads messages out loud and to use voice-recognition typing that allows you to give voice commands instead of continually looking at your screen. Check the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store to find an app that works for you.

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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Kathy Manning, Administrative Assistant
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Ph: 541-265-0652


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Fort Vancouver NHS Hosts Class and Evening Presentation with Writer and Naturalist Jack Nisbet
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 02/23/17 1:12 PM
Jack Nisbet, naturalist and author of several books including The Collector, Visible Bones, and Ancient Places, will offer a class and evening presentation at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site next month.

The outdoor class for up to 25 people (ages 16 and older) will take place on March 29, from 1 pm to 3 pm. Participants may register by calling (360) 816-6244; there is no fee for the class and registration is on a first come, first served basis. Nisbet will lead participants on a walk around the national park, using David Douglas as a lens for exploring the cultural and natural history of Southwest Washington. The flora and fauna studied by Douglas, and the naturalist's relationships with tribal families and families of mixed ethnicity will be a focus. The state of science at that time and Douglas' personal story will also play an important role in the class.

"David Douglas was a man who got out and walked, and seemed to be interested in everything," says Nisbet. "We will try to follow his lead."

The evening lecture will be on March 29 at 7 pm at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center. The presentation highlights a section from his recent book, Ancient Places: People and Landscape in the Emerging Northwest, focusing on the discovery of the Willamette Meteorite by a Welsh farmer within the context of Ice Age floods shaping our current landscape, mining, tribal rights, and land use issues. Signed copies of Nisbet's books will be available for purchase that evening at the Visitor Center Bookstore, managed by the Friends of Fort Vancouver.
Sheriff's Office seeks missing endangered adult Teresita Hogsed; call 911 if seen (Photo) _UPDATE: Hogsed found safe
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/23/17 1:04 PM
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Ms. Hogsed has been found safe after she was located at a 7-11 in St. John's area of Portland.





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The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is looking for missing endangered adult Teresita Hogsed. If you see her, call 911 immediately.

A search bulletin is attached in PDF and JPG formats.

Ms. Hogsed, 61, went missing from her home at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 from the unincorporated Milwaukie area off on SE 82nd Ave. She left her residence on foot and hasn`t been seen since. She has a brain injury which causes memory problems -- she won't know her address or phone number, but will know her name.

She is 4'11" tall and 110 lbs., with long hair to her thighs.

Please call 911 immediately if you see Ms. Hogsed.

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City receives upgraded Aa2 bond credit-rating by Moody's
City of Vancouver - 02/23/17 1:02 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- The City of Vancouver has received a high credit rating from Moody's upgrading the City's Limited Tax General Obligation bonds from Aa3 to Aa2.

In addition, the City's Downtown Redevelopment Authority conference center project revenue refunding bonds were also upgraded to Aa2. This action was related to a change in rating methodology used by Moody's to rate local government bond issues, and affected 136 local governments in Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

Credit ratings are forward-looking opinions about credit risk and express the agency's opinion about the ability and willingness of an issuer, such as a city government, to meet its financial obligations in full and on time.

In previous years, the City has also received credit rating upgrades from Standard & Poor's (S&P) Global Ratings. In June 2015, S&P upgraded the City to AA+ rating from AA rating for the City's 2016 Limited Tax General Obligation Bonds, and affirmed its AA+ rating on the City's outstanding General Obligation bonds, as well as an AA+ long-term rating on the Vancouver Downtown Redevelopment Authority bonds. In November 2010, S&P upgraded the City to AA rating from AA- on the outstanding General Obligation debt of the City.

Vancouver's strong credit rating reflects the credit agency's view of the city's growth in assessed market value; with a strong broad based economy. Standard & Poor's 2016 report rated the City as "strong" for budgetary performance and "very strong" in the areas of management, budgetary flexibility, liquidity and debt/contingent liability profile.

"The City is proud that it has once again received an upgraded high quality credit rating. These ratings affirm the work our City Council and City Staff have done to develop and implement financial policies and practices as part of a long-term financial strategy that positions the city for on-going success," said Carrie Lewellen, Treasurer for the City of Vancouver. "These ratings continue to affirm that our financial operations are stable and well-managed."

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Mayor Denny Doyle Honored with Excellence in Action Award (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 02/23/17 12:35 PM
Mayor Denny Doyle will be honored with an Excellence in Action award by the Psi Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Friday evening. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
Mayor Denny Doyle will be honored with an Excellence in Action award by the Psi Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Friday evening. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The Psi Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International will honor Mayor Denny Doyle Friday evening, Feb. 24, with the Excellence in Action Award for his work with diverse community members and youth.


"I'm proud to call Beaverton a welcoming and safe place for all to thrive," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "I share this award with our staff who work hard to carry out the city's vision of being a place where our most diverse residents and our youth are included in how our city operates."


This year's theme at the state level of DKG is "Be the Change," which the local chapter felt Mayor Doyle reflected throughout this past year.


Tickets are still available for tomorrow's award ceremony at the Beaverton Elks Lodge, 3500 SW 104th Ave. The event is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will feature appetizers and hosted wine and beer. For tickets, contact Roberta Hutton at roberta.hutton313@gmail.com or 503-260-5464.


In 1976, members of the Psi Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma (DKG) Society International created an annual award to recognize a Washington County individual or group that has made a difference for youth, supported educational issues, and generally gone beyond what others have accomplished. The program has received recognition from DKG's state and international level.
The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International is a professional honor society of key women educators in the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America, and Japan. For more information visit www.dkg.org.


For reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov. Also follow Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton or Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.


The city of Beaverton is home to more than 95,000 residents and is Oregon's sixth largest city. We are a friendly, active, and responsible city well-known for our exceptional community services and amenities, helping Beaverton residents enjoy a high quality of life. Ranked in the top ten of Money magazine's 50 Best Small Cities in America for 2016, Beaverton truly is "The Best of Oregon."


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Attached Media Files: Mayor Denny Doyle will be honored with an Excellence in Action award by the Psi Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Friday evening. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
Boy Scouts Honor Drs. Bud and Selma Pierce for Lifetime of Philanthropy - Feb 28 (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 02/23/17 12:31 PM
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SALEM, OR (Feb. 23, 2017) - Cascade Pacific Council, Boy Scouts of America (BSA) will host a breakfast Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7 a.m. at the Salem Convention Center. The public is invited to attend the breakfast. While the breakfast is free, a donation will be requested. Registration is required. Call 503-581-6601 to register.

At the breakfast, the Scoutmaster of Philanthropy Award will be given to Drs. Bud and Selma Pierce in recognition of their philanthropic contributions in Oregon, and in the Willamette Valley in particular. Dick Withnell will be the keynote speaker. The event will also feature the posting of the colors by a local Boy Scout troop, presentation by B.S.A. executives, and a video of scouting programs and accomplishments.

The Cascade Pacific Council of BSA is honored to recognize the Pierce's extraordinary contributions this year. Their example as philanthropic leaders is inspiring. Last year the family of the late Larry Epping received the award.

Locally the BSA serves over 21,000 youth aged 6 to 21 in their various programs. Scouting teaches youth life and leadership skills using the outdoors as the classroom.


Attached Media Files: Doctors Bud and Selma Pierce
CTE Program at Ridgefield High School Provides Hands-On Learning Experiences (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 02/23/17 11:55 AM
Stefanie Foster, Ridgefield High School Family and Consumer Science Education teacher
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Thursday, February 23, 2017 -- Ridgefield, Washington -- Students in Mark Cook's photography class at Ridgefield High School know inside and out how cameras work. How? They build the cameras using cardboard, duct tape and aluminum pop cans! "Yes, it can be done," said Cook. "These "pinhole" cameras clearly demonstrate how a camera works."

According to Cook, a camera is a very simple device. All that is needed is a light, tight box with an on/off switch, called a shutter, and a small hole to let light in (called an aperture).

Students begin the process by learning to figure out how to read the engineering plans that provide the precise material specifications and instructions needed to build their cameras. Once they complete their camera boxes, students test them in a real darkroom environment.

To see if their cameras really work, they load their cameras with "film" (light-sensitive photographic paper) and test their cameras by taking pictures outdoors. The students then return to the darkroom where they learn how to develop the film into a paper negative.

"This is an excellent, hands-on project," said Cook. "These cameras work great and provide a "hands on" learning experience for our students."

"Our Career and Technology Education (CTE) Department provides a great opportunity for students," said Ridgefield High School Principal Tony VanderMaas. "They learn workplace skills while getting a chance to experience many hands-on activities."

Juniors and seniors in Stefanie Foster's Independent Living class learn what it takes to manage personal finances after high school.

The class requires them to research a career of their choice to determine the average professional income they will earn in that field after college. With that information, they learn how to build a budget, pay bills and make decisions such as buying a car, renting vs. buying a house, and learning to put aside 5-20% of their monthly income for savings.

Students also learn how to reconcile bank accounts, calculate and file taxes, compare and purchase insurance, write a resume, interview for a job, and even evaluate investments for retirement.

"I am always shocked to learn that students have no idea how to manage expenses," said Family and Consumer Science Education teacher Stefanie Foster. "We need to focus on educating our students on how to take care of themselves and have a basic skill set on how to live post high school."

"Independent Living was a class that challenged me," said senior Amara Willham, "but one of the most beneficial."

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Attached Media Files: Stefanie Foster, Ridgefield High School Family and Consumer Science Education teacher , Mark Cook, Ridgefield High School photography class teacher , Photography students at Ridgefield High School build "pinhole" cameras like this one to learn how cameras work.
Science on Tap Vancouver -- Evolution Under the Influence: Alcohol and the Coevolution of Humans and Yeast
Via Productions - 02/23/17 11:46 AM
Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Time: Doors at 6 p.m. event at 7 p.m.
Location: Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main Street, Vancouver, Wash.
Cost: $8 online advance tickets, $10 suggested cover at the door
Food & Drink: Beer, wine, popcorn, pizza slices, and snacks available.

Have you ever sat down at a bar, ordered a beer, and thought to yourself, "Why do humans even have specific genes for breaking down alcohol?" This is what happens when a guy with a PhD in Molecular and Medical Genetics from OHSU gets a job working at a brewery. The answer, as it turns out, takes you a long way back in human history; our relationship with yeast (the organism that makes alcohol), predates human evolution. At this Science on Tap, Dr. Kevin McCabe, Lab Supervisor at Full Sail Brewing, will take you through the history of primate alcohol consumption, the importance of yeast to human history, and how early microbiology turned the tables on yeast and gave humans control over our boozy destiny.

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Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, enjoy a pint, and laugh while you learn. Listen to experts talk about the science in your neighborhood and around the world. You don't have to be a science geek to have fun -- all you need is a thirst for knowledge!

Science on Tap at the Kiggins is produced in partnership with Washington State University Vancouver.

For more information on Science on Tap, visit Via Productions.
Sherwood Police Make Arrest In Hit And Run Incident (Photo)
Sherwood Police Dept. - 02/23/17 11:14 AM
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On February 5, 2017 in the late evening hours an incident occurred on SW Century Drive in Sherwood. During this incident the Sherwood Water, Street, Sidewalk, and Public/Private utility systems were damaged, including significant damage to a fire hydrant resulting in substantial flooding in the area of the incident. The public was not harmed or threatened due to the damage.

The City of Sherwood offered a $3,000.00 reward to a witness, other than the responsible party, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) causing the damage on February 5, 2017. Shortly after releasing this information to the public, Sherwood Police developed information regarding the responsible party in this case.

In follow-up to this information Sherwood Police have arrested/ issued a citation to appear in Washington County Circuit Court to 31 year old Jessica Lynn Burgess of Newberg for the crime of failure to perform the duties of a driver when property is damaged (ORS 811.700). Burgess is scheduled to appear in Washington County Circuit Court for arraignment in May.

The City of Sherwood would like to thank the public for their interest and assistance in this case.

Sherwood Police PIO/Contact Captain Mark Daniel 503-925-3651

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Tillamook County forestland classification meeting for fire protection set for Feb. 24 in Tillamook
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 02/23/17 10:57 AM
News Release

Feb. 22, 2017

Contact:
Ed Wallmark, 503-815-7050, Edward.h.wallmark@oregon.gov
Jim Gersbach, 503-945-7425, Jim.Gersbach@oregon.gov



(TILLAMOOK) The Forestland Classification Committee for Tillamook County will meet Feb. 24 in Tillamook from 9 a.m. to noon to continue classifying land in the southern part of the county for the purpose of protection from forest fires. The Nestucca Rural Fire Protection District is assisting the committee. The meeting will be held at:
Oregon Department of Forestry's Tillamook District Office
5005 Third St.
Tillamook, OR 97141

About wildland fire protection
The Oregon Department of Forestry's Tillamook District provides wildland fire protection services to forestlands in the county, funded by a Forest Patrol Assessment on protected lands.

Classifying which lands require wildland fire protection services from ODF occurs at the county level. Classification changes don't increase ODF's fire budget. Rather, the classification review helps ensure that protection costs are fairly distributed. Because of changes in land use, a review typically results in some lands being removed from forest classification and others being added.

The committee is examining all lands within the county, classifying them either as "forestland" or "not forestland" according to:
fire risk potential
vegetation type (fire fuel)
community structure
proximity to other forestland

The committee's efforts will help resolve issues pertaining to ODF's fire suppression role on forestlands and adjacent properties, and will be the basis for assessing lands for the costs of wildland fire protection.

At the Feb. 24 meeting, landowners and the public can learn about the history, process and current status of the project. Upon completing its work, the committee will present a list of lands in the county it classified as forestland so those properties can be assessed for fire protection by ODF.

For more information on the Tillamook County forestland classification review, contact Ed Wallmark, Tillamook District, 503-815-7050, Edward.h.wallmark@oregon.gov.


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Linn Deputies Respond to a Single Vehicle Crash (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 02/23/17 10:40 AM
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports on February 22, 2017, at 9:04 p.m., deputies responded to a single vehicle crash that occurred on Powerline Road near the intersection of Diamond Hill Drive, east of Harrisburg.

Upon arrival, deputies contacted the driver and sole occupant, a 17- year-old juvenile male from Halsey. The investigation revealed the driver was traveling north on Powerline Road when he lost control of his white 1989 Toyota pick-up, while negotiating a sweeping left hand curve. The vehicle rolled and struck a utility pole, causing the pick-up to be torn in half. The driver was able to exit the vehicle and walk to a nearby residence to call 911.

The driver was transported to Riverbend Hospital in Eugene by medics and was treated and released for minor injuries. The driver was wearing his seat belt and it does not appear that alcohol or drug consumption was a factor in this crash.

Linn County Deputies were assisted by the Harrisburg and Eugene Fire Departments.
The investigation is continuing.


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Public Safety Officer awarded valor honor for crash response (Photo)
PCC - 02/23/17 10:34 AM
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Last summer, Public Safety Officer Austin Herr was inspecting his patrol car at the Rock Creek Campus when it happened.

He heard the sound of a terrible car accident at the entrance of the campus, 17705 SW Springville Road. Despite being new to the job (a mere six months in) at Portland Community College, Herr leaped into action. Using his military experience and public safety training, he notified his dispatch to get fire and medical rolling to the entrance as soon as possible and tended to the victims.

"When I got there I saw the airbag powder floating out of one of the cars," Herr recalled. "That's when I knew it was really bad."

Herr, a resident of Southeast Portland, administered first aid to the man who was pinned by his steering wheel. He kept him talking and alert while applying pressure on his head to slow a bleed from a traumatic wound.

"I just wanted to stop him from going into shock," he recalled.

With help from a critical care nurse who also witnessed the wreck, both took turns assisting the victim until fire, police and medical units arrived. When the fire department got to the scene, it used the jaws of life to extricate the man. As emergency crews worked, Herr continued to help by directing traffic.

"Officer Herr showed compassion and quick decisive actions in rendering assistance to those who were in need during this awful situation," said Derrick Foxworth, PCC's Public Safety director.

As a result of the officer's heroism, the victim he assisted made a full recovery. And, for his efforts, Herr was given the Western Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators Award for Valor this past winter.

PCC's public safety officers receive training modeled after the Law Enforcement Field Training & Evaluation Program (FTEP). This ensures the officers respond to incidents in an empathetic and respectful manner. They're trained to identify the problem, assess the situation and respond in the safest and most effective manner, he added.

Herr has the background to go with his training. He spent four years in the Army as an active duty soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan before spending an additional four years in the reserves, getting discharged in 2013.

"Nothing prepares you for something like this unless you have been in similar situations," Herr added.

Afterward, he enrolled in PCC's Aviation Science Program and earned his helicopter pilots license from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. However, because pressurization of flying caused him headaches, Herr switched careers, and instead became a public safety officer. Hired in late 2015, he's become a fixture at the Cascade Campus in North Portland where he is known as the "Hipster Cop" due to his thick Ray Ban eyeglasses, pleasant demeanor and love of photography.

"Every day I meet new people which is fun," Herr said. "People open up to me because I'm interested in learning more about them, and I think that comes across. It feels good to work for PCC."


About Portland Community College: PCC is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon, serving more than 78,000 full- and part-time students. PCC has four comprehensive campuses, eight education centers or areas served, and 200 community locations in the Portland metropolitan area. The PCC district encompasses a 1,500-square-mile area in northwest Oregon and offers two-year degrees, one-year certificate programs, short-term training, alternative education, pre-college courses and life-long learning.

Visit PCC news on the web at http://news.pcc.edu/


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PF&R responds to Commercial Fire in NE
Portland Fire & Rescue - 02/23/17 10:22 AM
At approximately 2334 hrs last night, fire crews were dispatched to a report of a fire at a restaurant on 525 NE 24th Avenue. The first arriving company reported smoke coming out of the structure.

Firefighters were able to quickly knock down the fire before it extended to adjacent structures. No injuries were reported with this fire.

The Fire Investigator reports that the cause of the fire was electrical.

Additional updates will be sent via FlashAlert.
Reward Offered in Hit and Run Case - Crime Stoppers Featured Case #17-09 (Video) (Photo)
Crime Stoppers of Oregon - 02/23/17 10:18 AM
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The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to locate the suspect in a hit and run traffic crash.

On January 27, 2017, at about 2:30 p.m., a driver traveling at a high rate of speed eastbound across the Hawthorne Bridge rear-ended two other drivers, causing one vehicle to roll which nearly struck a person riding a bicycle. The suspect driver continued driving eastbound off the Hawthorne Bridge. There were no serious injuries as a result of the crash.

The suspect vehicle is described as a beige 1997-2002 Ford Expedition and likely has significant front-end damage.

A bicycle rider on the Hawthorne Bridge caught video of the crash: https://youtu.be/c1jCRLgIGx0

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

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:

Text CRIMES (274637) - Type 823HELP, followed by the tip.

Online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the TipSubmit app for the iPhone or Droid.

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Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 02/22/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 02/23/17 8:40 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 02/22/2017

ESTACADA:

1C 2017-443

On 02/22/2017 at about 1446 hrs., police received a report regarding a theft from a vehicle in the 100 block of E 1st Avenue. A report is pending (CAD).

SANDY:

18 2017-328

On 02/22/2017 at about 0330 hrs., an unidentified male in his 20s in a new, black Chevrolet Suburban with chrome around the windows stole items from a vehicle in the 18000 block of Antler Avenue. The victim chased the Suburban for a short time, then later called police, who were unable find the suspect.

18 2017-329

During the morning hours of 2/22/2017, unknown subject(s) entered the victim's unlocked vehicle in the 18000 block of Meadow Avenue, and stole a firearm. The firearm was listed in the appropriate databases as stolen.

18 2017-331

On 02/22/2017 at about 0805 hrs., a woman living in the 18000 block of Antler Avenue reported that her vehicle had been entered. Her credit card was stolen and was used unlawfully on 02/22/2017. She said that the vehicle break in occurred between 2100 hours and 0500 hours, when the card was used. The investigation is ongoing.

18 2017-334

On 02/22/2017 at about 0812 hrs., police received a phone report regarding theft from a vehicle in the 40000 block of Fawn Street. The report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-332

On 02/22/2017 at about 0817 hrs., a woman living in the 39000 block of Wall Street reported that her car had been taken overnight. She used a satellite tracking service to locate the vehicle in Damascus. CCSO Deputies recovered the vehicle, which appeared undamaged.

18 2017-335

On 02/22/2017 at about 0830 hrs., police received a report regarding theft from a vehicle in the 40000 block of Becke Court. A report was taken (CAD).

18 2017-336

On 02/22/2017 at 0901 hrs., police responded to a phone contact regarding theft from a vehicle. The reporting party informed officer an unknown suspect gained entry into their vehicle during the night and stole about $3 worth of loose change.

18 2017-338

On 02/22/2017 at about 0945 hrs., police received a phone report regarding theft from a vehicle in the 18000 block of Meadow Avenue. A report is pending (CAD)

18 2017-339

On 02/22/2017 at about 0956 hrs., police received a phone report regarding theft from a vehicle in the 40000 block of Laurel Street. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-340

On 02/22/2017 at about 1027 hrs., police received a phone report regarding theft from a vehicle in the 18000 block of Cloud Cap Avenue. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-342

On 02/22/2017 at about 1106 hrs., police received a phone report regarding theft from a vehicle in the 18000 block of Antler Avenue. A report is pending (CAD)

18 2017-343

On 02/22/2017 at about 1133 hrs., police received a phone report regarding theft from a vehicle in the 18000 block of Antler Avenue. A report is pending (CAD)

18 2017-344

On 02/22/2017 at about 1150 hrs., police received a phone report regarding theft from a vehicle in the 18000 block of Meadow Avenue. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-345

Sometime during the night of 02/21/2017 or the morning of 02/22/2017, unknown subject(s) entered a vehicle in the 18300 block of Antler Avenue, and stole a loaded handgun. The weapon was entered into the appropriate databases. The investigation is ongoing.

18 2017-347

On 02/22/2017 at about 1246 hrs., police received a phone report regarding theft from a vehicle in the 18000 block of Van Fleet Avenue. The investigation is ongoing.

18 2017-346

On 02/22/2017 at about 1359 hrs., police responded to a reported unwanted person in the 37000 block of Bell Street. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-cad

On 02/22/2017 at about 1507 hrs., police took a report about fraud from a walk-in citizen. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-352

On 02/22/2017 at 1927 hrs., a resident from the 18000 block of Antler Avenue reported that an unknown suspect(s) made entry into their vehicle and stole several items.

18 2017-353

On 02/22/2017 at around 2321 hrs., police stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation in the 38600 block of Proctor Boulevard. The driver, Trenten S. Reed (22, of Estacada), was arrested for misdemeanor driving while suspended. He was on probation and a detainer was issued. He was also cited for driving uninsured, improper display, and failing to install an IID. The vehicle was impounded at the scene.
24th annual SIP! McMinnville Wine & Food Classic Sponsored by Pacific Seafood at the Evergreen Space Museum on March 10 - 12, 2017
Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum - 02/23/17 7:56 AM
McMinnville, OR -- The beloved McMinnville Wine & Food Classic, which has grown to become one of the largest and most influential wine and food festivals in Oregon's wine country, returns for its 24th year under the expansive roof of the Evergreen Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon. More than 170 exhibitors include over 70 wineries, more than a dozen food vendors, distillers, cideries, and breweries are scheduled to pour and serve their unique products to thousands of attendees from March 10-12, 2017, making the Classic one of the largest and best attended indoor wine and food events in the state.

Nicknamed SIP, the event is a dedicated fundraiser for McMinnville's St. James School that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars that go directly towards programs benefiting the school's children. Organized and staffed entirely by volunteers, the Classic is one of the largest community events of the year in McMinnville and marshals the resources of one of Oregon's friendliest and most cohesive communities. More than 5,000 people are expected to attend the 3-day festival, some who have returned every year since the festival began in 1993 as a small gathering at the McMinnville Armory.

"It's a great festival," said Rich Washburn, Vice-President of Eola Hills Wine Cellars, a long-time Classic exhibitor. "We get a lot of wine-savvy customers who come not only from across the state but from across the country. It's a great way to spend a day or more."

For wine lovers, the Classic offers truly unique choices for both tasting and purchasing of wines from throughout the state of Oregon. Willamette Valley standouts like Methven Family Vineyards & Winery, Eola Hills Wine Cellars, and Willamette Valley Vineyards will be on hand to pour their exceptional Pinot Noirs, Pinot Gris, Chardonnays, and other varietals, alongside smaller, hard-to-find labels like Varnum Vintners, J.L. Kiff Vineyard, Denison Cellars, and Armonea Winery. Brands from Southern Oregon such as Troon, Hillcrest Vineyard, and Misty Oaks Vineyard bring the state's diverse bounty of wines to McMinnville for easy tasting and comparison. There are presently over 70 wineries signed up to exhibit, representing virtually all of the AVAs of Oregon. As with previous Classics, the wine buying experience is unparalleled as patrons' purchases are staged at a convenient booth for quick check-out and delivery to their cars.

Sponsor, Golden Valley Brewery, will offer selections of their craft beers, and distilleries like Vinn, Big Bottom, and McMenamin's Edgefield Distillery will pour samples of some of the craft spirits that are making Oregon a leader in custom, small-batch distilling. Food vendors, from barbecue and seafood to baked goods, seasonings and Mexican food will return to round out the food and wine experience.

After entry, patrons pay for each tasting or food item on an individual basis. For information and to order tickets online, go to www.sipclassic.org. VIP Parking, Free Parking, and Portland and McMinnville Shuttles will be available. Check the website for details. www.sipclassic.org


ABOUT THE MCMINNVILLE WINE & FOOD CLASSIC:

- This year marks the festival's 24th consecutive year, and 10th in a row at the Evergreen Space Museum. The 3-day event is one of the longest public food and wine events in the state of Oregon. Hours are Friday, 3 to 9 p.m.; Saturday noon to 9 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Ample parking is available, and there will be shuttles from McMenamin's Hotel Oregon, downtown McMinnville.

- Some of the exhibits are cleared from the floor of the Evergreen Space Museum and vendors are interspersed with exhibits like the SR-71 Blackbird, the Titan II Missile and others, making it one of the largest indoor food and wine festivals in the state. Overhead exhibits of rockets and spacecraft add to the atmosphere. Next door on the Evergreen campus is the Evergreen Aviation Museum, with its flagship artifact, the Spruce Goose airplane built by Howard Hughes.

- Over 170 exhibitors are currently signed up, including more than 70 wineries, brewers, distillers, food vendors and crafts that include painting, sculpture, decorative metal and wood-works. Patrons are able to purchase bottles and cases of their favorite wines, with an easy and efficient checkout system that streamlines the purchasing process.

- Tickets for the event are $20 general admission, $17 Seniors and designated drivers. There will be a $3 discount coupon for Friday March 10th. 3-day passes are $36. Early Bird Discounts for tickets purchased prior to 1-15-17 at $15 General Admission, $14 Senior and Designated Driver, and $32 for a 3- day pass.

- General admission is $20/person

- The festival continues to be a major fundraiser for the St. James School of McMinnville, and marshals the resources of 100s of volunteers from the community.

- Dozens of wines are entered for judging resulting in Gold, Silver, Bronze and Best-in-Show awards.

- McMinnville Wine & Food Classic Website: www.sipclassic.org

- View the "The Classic Video" on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMze30uDbM0

- Sponsors include Pacific Seafood, Davidson Benefits Planning, Les Schwab, Golden Valley Brewery, McMenamin's Hotel Oregon, Gormley Plumbing and Mechanical, First Federal, Kathleen's Hallmark Shop, Moreland Oil Co, and Albertsons -- Safeway.
Home owners are able to escape an early morning House fire that breaks out at a home in Oregon City. (Photo)
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 02/23/17 3:01 AM
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At 1:10 am this morning the homeowners at 20105 S Southend Road in Oregon City awoke to a noise in their home this morning which turned out to be a fire in the home. They evacuated and called 911 and first arriving crews found heavy smoke and fire coming from the back of the structure. Firefighters quickly knocked down the bulk of the flames but the fire had made its way into the attic. Crews had to pull the ceiling inside the home to completely extinguish the fire and to check for hot spots. Clackamas Fire District 1 fire investigators are on scene to determine the cause of the fire. No injuries were reported and Canby Fire assisted at the scene.

Remember to have working smoke alarms in every sleeping room along with
Outside of the sleeping areas of your home.


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Hailstorm creates hazardous road conditions in Polk County which resulted in multiple vehicle crashes
Polk Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/22/17 9:23 PM
On Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at about 3:34 p.m. the Polk County Sheriff's Office responded to a multiple vehicle crash on Highway 22 at 52nd Avenue NW, Salem. The west bound lanes of Highway 22 were shut down for over an hour, which caused traffic to back up 3-4 miles and into the city limits of Salem.

The crash occurred after a brief hailstorm covered a portion of the highway. Two eastbound vehicles lost control on the slick highway and slid across into the west bound lanes, causing crashes. Multiple other west bound vehicles collided with each other as they were attempting to avoid the initial collision. A couple of the minor crashes were handled by the occupants themselves by exchanging information.

There were three occupants transported to the Salem Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate.
SMART Reading Program (Photo)
Reynolds Sch. Dist. - 02/22/17 7:29 PM
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Volunteer to read for one hour per week with SMART(R) (Start Making A Reader Today) at a Reynolds elementary school.

As a SMART volunteer, you'll read one-on-one with kindergarten through third-grade students from NOW through mid-May. The consistent, one-on-one time helps build reading motivation, enjoyment, and literacy skills. SMART is fun and encourages children to read outside the classroom by giving students new books each month to take home and keep. Opportunities available at Alder, Hartley, Margaret Scott, Troutdale, Wilkes, and Woodland Elementary Schools, which are located in Portland, Gresham, Fairview and Troutdale.

We are looking for 40 volunteers; reading times vary by school! Visit www.getsmartoregon.org or call 971-634-1603 for more information.


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Update: Hit & Run Auto Ped Investigation - Requesting public's assistance (Photo)
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/22/17 6:57 PM
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UPDATE 02/22/2017: Thanks to public attention in this case, Sheriff's detectives have located the vehicle used in the Hit & Run crash which left a pedestrian severely injured. This investigation remains active and on-going. Additional details will be released as the investigation progresses. Investigators appreciate the media and public attention which helped lead to locating the suspect vehicle. See attached photograph of suspect vehicle.


Case number 17-1578
In the early morning hours of Monday, February 20th, 2017 just before 2 AM Sheriff's deputies responded to an auto/pedestrian hit and run crash at the 4100 block of NE 54th Avenue in Vancouver. Scene investigation shows that a 34 year old male, resident of Vancouver, WA. was walking on NE 54th Avenue along the shoulder of the roadway when he was struck by a southbound vehicle. The striking vehicle then fled the crash scene.
From debris left at the crash, investigators believe the suspect vehicle to be a Nissan sedan, unknown color, which should have significant damage to the passenger side grill and headlamp as well as damage to the vehicle's hood.
The victim was discovered lying severely injured along the roadway by a passerby. He was transported via ambulance to Peace Health Southwest Medical Center in critical condition. Due to his injuries, detectives have not yet been able to interview the victim. This case is under investigation of the Clark County Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit.
Anyone with information that might lead to the identity of the hit and run driver is asked to contact Detective Todd Young at Todd.Young@Clark.Wa.Gov


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Agencies Work Together to Rescue Drowning Woman (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/22/17 5:44 PM
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Today at about 4 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to a 911 call of a person screaming in the Willamette River. While boat crews from the Sheriff's Office and the Salem Fire Department were responding a Keizer Police Officer spotted the person and kept watch as they drifted down the river.

Salem Fire Departments Boat 5 was first to arrive on scene and pulled an adult female from the water. The female was rushed from the water to a waiting ambulance at the Keizer Rapids Park. The female was extremely hypothermic and rushed to the Salem Hospital where she is being treated. The identity of the female and how she ended up in the water is unknown at this time, deputies do believe alcohol played a role.


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Woman Missing from Lincoln City Area - Lincoln County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/22/17 5:43 PM
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On the evening of February 21, 2017, Lincoln City Police Department received a report that Lynette Kay PROPST, age 60, of Lincoln City, had been missing for a few days. PROPST was last contacted by text message on February 19, 2017.

Deputies from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office located PROPST's 2002 Nissan Pathfinder parked and unoccupied in Rocky Creek State Park. A note in the window indicated that the Nissan had broken down and she would return for it soon.

A search of the area was conducted by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Depoe Bay Fire and Rescue, and the United States Coast Guard. PROPST was not located and a search is on-going.

Oregon State Police is seeking the public's help in identifying any witnesses or the whereabouts of PROPST. Anyone with information is urged to call the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center at 503-375-3555.

PROPST is described as 5 feet 5 inches tall, 113 pounds, brown hair and brown eyes. More information will be released when it becomes available.


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Public Health Advisory Board ad-hoc subcommittee to meet March 6 by webinar
Oregon Health Authority - 02/22/17 4:52 PM
February 22, 2017

Program contact: Cara Biddlecom, 971-673-2284, cara.m.biddlecom@state.or.us

What: A special ad-hoc subcommittee meeting of the Public Health Advisory Board

Agenda: Discussion about guiding principles for legislation

When: Monday, March 6, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public via webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8266406974935496706. The public also can listen via conference call at 1-877-848-7030, access code 2030826.

Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon's governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan.

For more information, see the board's website at http://public.health.oregon.gov/PROVIDERPARTNERRESOURCES/LOCALHEALTHDEPARTMENTRESOURCES/Pages/ophab.aspx.

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Oregon Wildlife Foundation Donates ATVs to OSP to Support Wildlife Law Enforcement (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/22/17 3:44 PM
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The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division recently received a donation of three ATV's from the Oregon Wildlife Foundation. The three ATV's will allow the Troopers to cover more area and be more effective in the enforcement of the Fish and Wildlife laws. The Oregon State Police is very appreciative of the donation by the Oregon Wildlife Foundation and their continued support.

Attached is the press release from the Oregon Wildlife Foundation and link below.

http://www.oregon-wildlife.org/single-post/2017/02/21/Donation-supports-commitment-to-combat-wildlife-crime-in-Oregon


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Evergreen Public Schools reports 80 percent sign-up rate for College Bound Scholarship
Evergreen Sch. Dist. - 02/22/17 3:41 PM
Vancouver, WA--Evergreen Public Schools is pleased to report that nearly 80 percent of last year's eligible eighth graders signed up for the College Bound Scholarship (CBS) program by the June 30 deadline. Statewide, over 30,000--71 percent--of eligible students signed up for the program.

To highlight the role of school districts--and especially middle schools--in signing students up, Governor Inslee has recognized over 200 schools and 103 school districts-including all six Evergreen middle schools (Cascade, Covington, Frontier, Pacific, Shahala and Wy'east)- with Gold Star Awards. These schools and districts exceeded the statewide average sign-up rate of 71 percent. School district sign-up rates are available on the Washington Student Achievement Council website.

The College Bound Scholarship helps Washington's low-income students reach higher levels of educational attainment. In combination with other state aid, it covers tuition at public college rates. Eligible students sign up in middle school by June 30 of their eighth grade year to receive an early commitment of state funding.

Even with more students signing up for the program, College Bound high school graduation rates have held steady. For the last five years, they've been more than 10 percentage points above the statewide average for low-income students who did not sign up for the program. The 2016 four-year high school graduation rate for College Bound Scholarship students was 76 percent. In comparison, only 64 percent of low-income students who were eligible--but didn't sign up--graduated in 2016.

The benefits of the College Bound Scholarship program extend beyond high school. College Bound students are enrolling in college at slightly higher than the statewide rate. To receive the scholarship, students must be admitted to and enroll in an eligible college within one year of high school graduation. In 2013-14, College Bound students enrolled in college at a rate of 64 percent. This is three percentage points higher than the statewide college enrollment rate of 61 percent.

"As part of our equity initiative, we want to ensure every student has a full range of options when they graduate from Evergreen Public Schools-including the opportunity to afford and attend college," said Evergreen Public Schools Superintendent John Deeder.
Three People Arrested at City Hall Today After Disturbance in City Council Chambers (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/22/17 3:12 PM
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On Wednesday February 22, 2017, at approximately 12:00 p.m., Portland Police Bureau officers arrested three people in connection with a disturbance at City Hall, located at 1221 Southwest 4th Avenue. At approximately 9:30 a.m., several individuals disturbed a City Council meeting in chambers. After several people cleared out of chambers, a group of people remained unlawfully in the entry way of City Hall from Southwest 5th Avenue after they were requested to leave the building. Three people were arrested while numerous others left the area upon police arrival.

Those arrested were:

21-year-old Christopher August McGregor was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree.

24-year-old Zachary Pursley was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree.

29-year-old Jeffrey Richard Singer was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Interfering with a Peace Officer and Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree.

No force was used during today's arrests.

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Beaverton Honored with High Bond Rating
City of Beaverton - 02/22/17 3:05 PM
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The City of Beaverton's general obligation bonds received an AA+ rating from Standard & Poor's (S&P) Global Ratings. The ratings measure Beaverton's financial health. The AA+ rating reflects Beaverton's strong economy, management, financial performance and flexibility, and more.


"I'd like to thank Patrick O'Claire, our finance director, for 25 years of responsible financial management and his outstanding team," said Mayor Denny Doyle.


AA+ is the second highest possible rating. Beaverton uses these bonds to fund the building or purchasing of city facilities. The rating allows the city to borrow money at low rates to build the public safety center and gives high confidence to investors purchasing the bonds. In February, Beaverton issued $35 million in general obligation bonds to fund the planned public safety center. Beaverton voters authorized the bond sale in the November 2016 election.


The bond measure will not increase residents' bond tax rate because it replaces the Beaverton City Library construction bonds. The rate is about 20 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. Property owners will continue to pay about $4.20 per month of property with an assessed value of $250,000.


For reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov. Also follow Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton or Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.


The city of Beaverton is home to more than 95,000 residents and is Oregon's sixth largest city. We are a friendly, active, and responsible city well-known for our exceptional community services and amenities, helping Beaverton residents enjoy a high quality of life. Ranked in the top ten of Money magazine's 50 Best Small Cities in America for 2016, Beaverton truly is "The Best of Oregon."

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100 years of Roses! Parks Bond Project enhances accessibility at Portland Parks & Recreation's International Rose Test Garden (Photo)
Portland Parks & Recreation - 02/22/17 1:43 PM
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World-famous garden celebrates centennial in 2017, events planned

(Portland, OR) --

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R)'s iconic International Rose Test Garden (IRTG) in Washington Park is celebrating its centennial this year (1917-2017). It was in February, 100 years ago, that Portland received official notice the American Rose Society had selected the city as the location for the national test garden, in part to help preserve European roses threatened by World War I. Now, a century later, the renowned site is the oldest continuously operating public rose test garden in the United States. Around 700,000 visitors come to the world-famous rose garden each year. The garden will remain open during construction.

WHAT: Groundbreaking celebration for Rose Garden accessibility improvements
WHEN: Friday, February 24, 2017, 1pm-2pm
WHERE: Int'l Rose Test Garden store, 400 SW Kingston

Free and open to all guests, including children. Speakers include Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz and PP&R Director Mike Abbaté, who will welcome friends, staff and partners.

The IRTG will benefit from a Parks Replacement Bond project to improve accessibility from the nearby parking areas into and near the site. The project will remove ADA accessibility barriers from the main Garden promenade and improve the connection to the parking lot, allowing all visitors to enjoy one of the top free attractions in Oregon. Construction starts in March 2017 and is expected to be substantially complete by this coming June.


The project includes:
Improving slopes and grading
Adding new handrails
Removing stairs leading into and out of the area on the main promenade by the Beach Memorial Fountain

"Washington Park's International Rose Test Garden has been a centerpiece of our City for 100 years," says City Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. "Entering the next century with greater accessibility for all is an equitable and appropriate way to celebrate one of the Rose City's signature attractions. Our hope for the Centennial Year is that our citizens and visitors see this as a chance to reignite their love for the garden or to visit for the first time."

"The International Rose Test Garden is a source of pride for all of us at Portland Parks & Recreation," says PP&R Director Mike Abbaté. "We are proud to be the steward of this world-renowned jewel and look forward to the next 100 years. We give many thanks to the many partners and volunteers who have given countless hours to develop and maintain the gardens since its beginnings in 1917."

CELEBRATE 100 YEARS OF ROSES
Portland Parks & Recreation and dedicated partners in the rose community are celebrating 100 years of Portland roses in Washington Park with commemorative events throughout the year, culminating in a Community Celebration Day on Saturday, August 26. This free, fun and large public celebration will include family-friendly activities staged among the roses during the day, ending with an evening concert in the adjacent Int'l Rose Test Garden amphitheater. It will be an opportunity for all Portlanders to celebrate a signature attraction which helps define the Rose City.

Other garden enhancements include the coming installation of interpretive signs and a monument to honor the garden curators of the past 100 years, scheduled for installation in September.

"PP&R rose gardens have been my 'office' for 29 years," says International Rose Test Garden Curator Harry Landers. "Through that time and continuing today, I'm especially proud to showcase the garden's unique role in Portland's history and what it offers today to visitors from all around the world."

Landers will spearhead the planting rows of a special yellow centennial rose, currently in the process of being named by the Friends of the Washington Park International Rose Test Garden, and which will be available for sale to the public. The Friends formed to preserve and enhance the rose garden as a heritage resource and destination for the Portland community and visitors from around the world. Hundreds of Friends volunteers care for the roses through pruning and deadheading, as well as provide tours. Around 700,000 visitors come to the world-famous rose garden each year. The Friends will be hosting a ticketed Wine and Roses Gala as a fundraiser for the garden in August. PP&R thanks the Portland Rose Society, Royal Rosarians and Rose Festival Association for their partnerships, which are represented via features within the grounds. These advocates have a key role as historic contributors to the IRTG's development, as well as to the cultivation of Portland's noted passion for roses.

The primary purpose of the IRTG is to serve as a testing ground for new rose varieties (hence the word "test" in the garden's formal name!) However, the garden's original creation served two significant historic purposes -- a sanctuary for roses during World War I that European hybridists feared might be wiped out in the bombings, as well as a crown to Portland's campaign in the early 1900s to secure the reputation as the City of Roses. Over the last 100 years, millions of visitors from every corner of the globe have contributed their own stories to the garden's history, and 2017 will be a year to celebrate it all. More history about the Int'l Rose Test Garden is available here.

Take public transit to Washington Park
Please note that reservoir construction has significantly reduced parking in and around Washington Park. Visitors are encouraged to take MAX to the Washington Park stop. Starting in April, the free Washington Park free shuttle runs through the park each weekend, including a stop at the IRTG. The shuttle then runs seven days a week from May through September.

More help is needed to close the play gap
Portland Parks & Recreation remains grateful to Portland voters for the $68 million Parks Replacement Bond, which takes aim at a $258M funding gap for major maintenance needs over the next ten years. Further, PP&R anticipates $480M in unfunded growth needs during that period. That adds up to a $738M funding gap over the next decade, which Commissioner Fritz will continue to work with City Council to address. Currently, 19% of people living in Portland do NOT have access to a park or natural area within a 15-minute walk, and the bureau is working hard to close this "play gap". PP&R data show that pools are one of the bureau's most widely utilized features, and we recognize their importance to the community.


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Photos: I-5 rockfall, southbound lanes MP 10 (Photo)
ODOT: SW Oregon - 02/22/17 12:58 PM
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I-5 Siskiyou Summit: NB lanes are open again at MP 1 with full chain requirement, except for 4x4s unless towing. Still holding SB traffic at exit 14 due to rock slide near MP 10. Expect chain requirement when SB traffic reopens.


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Intersate 5 Closed on Siskiyous
Oregon State Police - 02/22/17 12:25 PM
Interstate 5 is currently closed due to rock slides and snow. Traffic is being held in both the southbound and northbound directions at this time from milepost 14 to the California border.

For road conditions and restrictions use tripcheck.com for the most current and up to date information.
Reward Offered in Bias Crime Assault - Crime Stoppers Featured Case #17-08 (Photo)
Crime Stoppers of Oregon - 02/22/17 11:52 AM
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The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to identify the suspect in a bias crime assault.

On February 7, 2017, at approximately 10:07 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the 2600 block of Southeast Clay Street on the report of an assault.

Officers arrived and spoke to the victim, a 35-year-old Hispanic man, who told police that he works at Holman's Funeral Service and was outside checking the property for storm damage to a rock wall. The victim told police that while he was checking the wall, an unknown male walked towards him and began yelling anti-immigrant slurs and hit him several times with some kind of object, possibly a belt. The victim was able to run away and get inside the funeral home to call police, while the suspect and a second male not involved in the assault walked away westbound on Southeast Clay Street.

The victim did not suffer any serious injuries.

Officers canvassed the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description. No surveillance video was located in the immediate area.

The suspect is described as a white male, 22 to 29 years old, 5'9" tall, medium build. The victim met with a forensic sketch artist to produce a sketch of the suspect, which is being released to the public to aid in this investigation.

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

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:

Text CRIMES (274637) - Type 823HELP, followed by the tip.

Online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the TipSubmit app for the iPhone or Droid.

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Registered Sex Offender Wanted for Questioning in Sex Abuse investigation (Photo)
Beaverton Police Dept. - 02/22/17 11:33 AM
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The address where the runaway was found is 16990 SW Blanton St. #B Beaverton

The Beaverton Police Department needs the community's help in locating a suspect in a sex abuse investigation.

On Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 detectives located a 14 year old runaway at a residence housing numerous subjects on probation for various sex offense related assaults. This runaway had been staying at this residence in the bedroom of Brendon Robert Louis Doyle, 25 years of age. Doyle is a registered sex offender.

Doyle has a felony warrant for his arrest for a parole violation out of Oregon State Parole Board related to his sex offender status.

If you know where Doyle can be located or have seen him, please call the Beaverton Police at (503) 629-0111. You can also call Detective Opitz at (971) 563-7545 or (503) 526-2674.


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TOMORROW: Michael Allen Harrison & Julianne Johnson in Concert for Rockwood Area Youth (Photo)
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 02/22/17 11:24 AM
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WHO: The Salvation Army, Michael Allen Harrison, Julianne Johnson, Rockwood and Gresham area youth

WHAT: Concert benefitting after-school youth, music and sports programs for low-income youth. Michael Allen Harrison and Julianne Johnson, as well as students at The Salvation Army Gresham Music Academy, will perform. In addition to the concert, there will be hors d'oeuvres, a live and large silent auction (more than 100 items and baskets), and more.

WHEN: Thursday, February 23, 2017; doors open at 5:30PM, hors d'oeuvres at 6:15pm, & concert starts at 7PM

WHERE: The Salvation Army Gresham Corps
473 SE 194th Ave (194th & Stark)
Portland, OR 97233

ADMISSION: $15 per person

WHY: "Music can change the world because it can change people" -- Bono. The Salvation Army believes in the power of music and how it can change lives. Youth in The Salvation Army's after- school programs find themselves challenged to overcome adversity and become the people they want to be. Music allows this expression and fosters growth, persistence, and more. Michael Allen Harrison has been a longtime friend of The Salvation Army in Gresham and once again supports them in this concert event to keep music alive so that it can change lives. Julianne Johnson joins him this year for what is certain to be an incredible concert. Ms. Johnson also serves on The Salvation Army Portland Metro Advisory Board.

MORE: All proceeds support after school programs including the Gresham Music Academy program at The Salvation Army, which provides free lessons for any student in need including brass, guitar, piano, drums, bass, voice, xylophone, ukelele, and group lessons in choir, timbrels, band, and drums; a sports program featuring youth basketball, educational tutoring, and computer lab.

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(Portland, OR) February 16, 2017 -- "Music can change the world because it can change people" -- Bono. For The Salvation Army, this rings so very true and is part of its daily ministry to low income families and children. To help change lives, The Salvation Army, Gresham Corps at 194th and Stark, and Michael Allen Harrison are once again collaborating for an incredible evening at their local Corps, benefitting the Gresham Music Academy. This year, though, Julianne Johnson, current Salvation Army Portland Metro Advisory Board Member, will also join Michael on stage for a sensational show. "An Evening with Michael Allen Harrison and Julianne Johnson" will be on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 at 7pm, featuring Michael Allen Harrison, Julianne Johnson, and musical talent from The Salvation Army Gresham Music Academy. Admission is just $15 per person.

In addition to the concert, the evening will include hors d'oeuvres, desserts, silent and live auction, and student and family testimonials. Doors open at 5:30pm, hors d'oeuvres served at 6:15pm, and the concert begins at 7PM.

All proceeds support after school programs including the Gresham Music Academy program at The Salvation Army, which provides free lessons for any student in need including brass, guitar, piano, drums, bass, voice, xylophone, ukelele, and group lessons in choir, timbrels, band, and drums; Sports program including youth basketball; educational help, tutoring program and computer lab.

The event is sponsored by Weston Pontiac Buick GMC Kia and Mark Kralj, both in Gresham. Heritage, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Friends level sponsors are still needed from $100-$5000. Donations of items needed for the silent and live auctions. Contact Marcia McQuade at 503.661.8972 x 414, or marcia.mcquade@usw.salvationarmy.org for more info.

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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 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 128 countries worldwide. For more information, or to make a donation, visit us online at www.salvationarmyportland.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


Attached Media Files: Michael Allen Harrison performing at the 2016 concert with The Salvation Army Gresham Corps
SAIF hosting free farm safety seminar next week in Woodburn
SAIF - 02/22/17 11:00 AM
Summary: The seminar, which is free to anyone interested in agricultural safety, will be on Wednesday, March 1 at the Legacy Health Wellspring Conference Center. The seminar will run from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and lunch is included. Photos from recent presentations are available by request.
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As one of Oregon's largest industries, agriculture also tends to suffer its share of injuries and illnesses.

To reduce the number and severity of injuries in the industry, SAIF has presented free, half-day agricultural safety seminars across the state for more than 20 years. Each year the not-for-profit company reaches more supervisors, managers, and other workers and, hopefully, prevents more injuries.

Designed primarily for people working in agriculture, anyone with an interest in ag safety and health is welcome to attend. (They don't have to be insured by SAIF.) The seminars run from November to March.

For the past 12 years, several of the sessions also have been presented in Spanish.

Employers with small ag businesses who attend the seminar will meet OSHA's instructional requirement, one of four requirements that exempt small agricultural operations from random OSHA inspections.

This year, seminars will be held in 16 Oregon cities: Bandon, Central Point, Clackamas, Corvallis, Eugene, Hermiston, Hillsboro, Hood River, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Madras, Ontario, Salem, The Dalles, Wilsonville, and Woodburn.

Spanish-language seminars will be held in Central Point, Hermiston, Hillsboro, Hood River, Klamath Falls, Salem, The Dalles, Woodburn, and Wilsonville.

The seminars -- which begin November 1 in Ontario -- are held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and include lunch.

Topics for the 2016-17 series:
Learning to S.I.T. | A simple, three-step approach to help make training more effective. The session focuses on effective teaching strategies while demonstrating applicable safety tips share within your operation.

Clearing the air on pesticide safety | We'll cover Worker Protection Standard rule changes for 2017 and 2018, proper storage and handling of the typical crop protection materials, and some real-world hazards to avoid when spraying.

Farm shop safety: improving your odds | Tips to avoid injury, stay in compliance, and use the farm shop to set higher standards for other work areas--featuring SAIF's new farm shop safety video.

Welding safety and other hot topics | Safety tips to reduce burns, eye injuries, and help manage toxic fumes while describing several unique fire hazards; plus skin cancer health facts, prevention, and detection guidelines.

This seminar series will not offer private applicator pesticide "core" credits.

The Oregon State Landscaping Contractors Board has approved the seminar for four hours of continuing education credits.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services has approved the seminar for four hours of producer continuing education credits.

Seating is limited, so early registration is recommended. You may register online at saif.com/agseminar or call 800.285.8525. We'll confirm by email as soon as we receive your registration. About one week before the seminar, we'll send you an email reminder with the location address. If you have any questions, please call 800.285.8525.

Get more information, or view the schedule of seminars, at http://www.saif.com/agseminar.

About SAIF
SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit, state-chartered workers' compensation insurance company. Since 1914 it has been caring for injured workers and helping to make workplaces safer. For more, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com
Preview - County adds enhanced features to mass notification system (Photo)
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - 02/22/17 10:38 AM
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Good morning Media Stakeholders who support Lincoln County public safety agencies and community members.

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office will be releasing our official media release, Friday, 02/24/17, on the new enhancements on our mass notification system, previously referred to as Citizen Alert and now referred to as Lincoln Alerts.

Our added enhancement is the ability to subscribe to a specific KEYWORD via text by our community members, visitors and businesses. The Keywords are provided in partnership with our local Cities and Tribe and will also provide avenue for County Departments to directly update community members with road, transit and other important information.

I have attached for your reference our 1 page Lincoln Alerts announcement as well as our new branding icon/logo that can be utilized on all social media sites. The new website for Lincoln Alerts is co.lincoln.or.us/alerts . I would ask that you hold off on advertising or announcing this until Friday as we want to make sure we have everything in place.

If you have interest in talking with us in advance or later we will make ourselves available; we are very, very excited to be able to highlight the current program features as well as this new partnership with our Cities and Tribe.

In closing,

BE IN THE KNOW...We can't alert you if we can't reach you!!

Regards,

Virginia "Jenny" Demaris
Emergency Manager
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
vdemaris@co.lincoln.or.us
(541) 265-4199 Office
(541) 270-0702 Cell


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University of Portland continues as top school for Fulbright awards among master's level institutions
University of Portland - 02/22/17 10:34 AM
The University of Portland continues to be one of the top producers of Fulbright awards in the nation among master's level institutions, according to a study released by the Chronicle of Higher Education. The University tied for third place nationally in student Fulbright awards for the academic year 2016-2017, with six students who have received the prestigious grant to study, conduct research and/or teach English abroad.

"The Fulbright Program provides a unique opportunity for young people to bring their passion for service and commitment to teaching in communities around the world," said University president Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C. "We are honored that this distinguished program provides continued recognition of the depth and talents of our outstanding students at the University of Portland."

The six Fulbright recipients were awarded English Teaching Assistantships (ETAs) to several countries in Europe, Asia, North America, and South America. Currently, two of the Fulbright scholars are teaching English in South Korea. The other four are currently each in positions teaching English in Argentina, Germany, Malaysia, and Mexico. The 2016 Fulbright recipients were Kristen Jakstis '16 (Germany), Erin Nishijima '16 (South Korea), Jonathan Squires '13 (South Korea), Katherine Lord '16 (Malaysia), Taylor Zehren '16 (Argentina), and Josefina Duran-Martinez '16 (Mexico).

The University of Portland continually ranks in the top tier of all master's level institutions. Since 2001, students from the University have earned 58 Fulbright grants.

The United States Fulbright program began after World War II to "assist in the development of friendly, sympathetic and peaceful relations between the United States and other countries of the world" through the exchange of students, scholars and professionals. The program operates in more than 160 countries worldwide.

Since its establishment in 1946 by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given over 360,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, scientists and other professionals the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
For more information on the University's ranking, please go to http://www.chronicle.com/article/Top-Producers-of-Fulbright/239220. For further information about the Fulbright Program, please visit http://eca.state.gov/fulbright.

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The University of Portland is an independently governed Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross. U.S. News & World Report ranks the institution as one of the top ten regional universities in the American West. It is the only school in Oregon to offer a College of Arts & Sciences, a graduate school, and nationally accredited programs in the schools of business, education, engineering, and nursing.
Camas Papa Murphy's Robbed
Camas Police Dept. - 02/22/17 9:59 AM
On February 21st, 2017 just before 9pm, Camas Police units were dispatched to an armed robbery that just occurred at the Camas Papa Murphy's restaurant on SE 8th Avenue.

Just before the restaurant closed, an adult male entered the store and demanded money from the registers. The suspect was armed with a handgun but neither of the two employees were harmed.

The suspect fled the scene and a CCSO K9 Unit assisted in attempting to track the suspect but he was not located.

The investigation is on-going and no further information can be released at this time.

Anyone with information about the robbery is encouraged to call the Camas Police Department at (360)834-4151.
Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival designated an Oregon Heritage Tradition
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 02/22/17 9:10 AM
The Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, an all-volunteer run community event, marks its 50th anniversary this year with an Oregon Heritage Tradition designation by the Oregon Heritage Commission.

Other Oregon Heritage Traditions include the Oregon State Fair, the Pendleton Round-Up, the Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana, and the Portland Greek Festival.

"The designation recognizes those traditions that have helped define the state," said Eric Martin, the commission's chair. "This event truly celebrates what is local heritage in Oregon."

The Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival started in 1968 as a celebration of the summer solstice and all things Scandinavian on Oregon's North Coast. Operated by the Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Association, this three day festival is held annually during the third weekend in June at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds east of Astoria.

The festival attracts thousands of visitors from near and far who are interested in exploring the rich culture and heritage of the Scandinavian countries. From its popular Finnish pancake breakfast to the Running of the Trolls, the festival abounds with educational opportunities in areas of customs, language, and the arts. In addition to traditional handicraft and food booths, entertainment is provided by Scandinavian musical, dance, and theater groups.

Loran Mathews, Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Association President, and Leila Collier, 2017 Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Chair, remarked in a joint statement: "We thank the Oregon Historical Commission for this prestigious honor and invite all Oregonians and visitors to share our traditions and heritage by attending our festival."

An Oregon Heritage Tradition must have been in continuous operation for more than 50 years, demonstrate a public profile and reputation that distinguishes it from more routine events, and add to the livability and identity of the state. A list of Tradition designations is available at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/pages/oht.aspx.

The Oregon Heritage Commission coordinates efforts to solve statewide heritage issues through grants, education, and advocacy, and also promotes heritage tourism efforts. ###


Attached Media Files: Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Oregon Heritage Tradition designation
'Hamilton' creator's 'In the Heights' showing at PCC through March 19 (Photo)
PCC - 02/22/17 8:59 AM
(In foreground, actor Mason Congeyer as Benny surrounded by Lauren Hernandez-Lamont (upper left) as Carla, Brice Schmietenknop (lower left) as Vanessa, Hannah Thorton (middle right) as Daniela and Jade Tate as Nina Rosario.
(In foreground, actor Mason Congeyer as Benny surrounded by Lauren Hernandez-Lamont (upper left) as Carla, Brice Schmietenknop (lower left) as Vanessa, Hannah Thorton (middle right) as Daniela and Jade Tate as Nina Rosario.
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SOUTHWEST PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland Community College's Theatre Arts Program presents the Tony, Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical "In the Heights," this March.

"Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote the music and lyrics based on the book by Quiara Alegría Hudes.

"I am so excited to offer the community the chance to see the talented students, faculty and staff who will be part of 'In the Heights,'" said Visual and Performing Arts and Design Division Dean Gene Flores. "This is a wonderful learning opportunity for everyone who is a part of the production, and the musical's themes are timely for the audience, as well."

The highly touted, two-act show was nominated for 13 Tony Awards and won four, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. It also earned a Grammy nod for Best Musical Show Album in 2008, followed by the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

"In the Heights" opens at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, March 10-11 and continues Wednesday through Sunday, March 15-19 in the Performing Arts Center, Sylvania Campus (12000 SW 49th Ave.). A matinee performance will take place at 11 a.m., Thursday, March 16 and at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 19.

General admission tickets are $15. Tickets for students are $10. For tickets and more information, please visit www.pcc.edu/about/theatre.

This production contains profanity and adult situations. It is recommended for mature audiences only.

"In the Heights" takes place in the largely Dominican-American borough of Washington Heights in New York City. Over the course of three days, the audience gets to know this tight-knit Latino community and their aspirations for themselves and their families. Set to hip-hop music reminiscent of the 1990s and orchestrated with Cuban and Latin rhythms, the show is a party waiting to happen.

"'In the Heights' is a remarkable tale of families and neighbors with hopes and dreams, successes and failures, wrapped in the tapestry of the American Dream," said "In the Heights" Director and Music Instructor Julianne Johnson-Weiss. "The musical reflects their struggle to be American, while holding on to the culture and traditions, which intrinsically denote who they are and why they survive."

The production features a talented and diverse cast of PCC students, faculty, staff and community members. The cast includes Curtis Gonzales (Liberty High School graduate) as Usnavi; Jade Tate (Southridge) as Nina Rosario; Nate Pimentel (Southridge) as Sonny; Jenny Morgan (Sunset) as Ellie Camila Rosario; Zach Johnson (Wilson) as Kevin Rosario; Melissa Bailey (Heritage) as Abuela Claudia; Brice Schmietenknop (Los Alamitos) as Vanessa; Mason Congeyer, (Vancouver School of the Arts and Academics) as Benny; Hannah Thorton (Scappoose) as Daniela; Lauren Hernandez-Lamont (Pennsylvania) as Carla; Luis Ventura (Mexico City) as Piragua Guy; and Kyle Menzies (Tigard) as Graffiti Pete.


About Portland Community College: PCC is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon, serving more than 78,000 full- and part-time students. PCC has four comprehensive campuses, eight education centers or areas served, and 200 community locations in the Portland metropolitan area. The PCC district encompasses a 1,500-square-mile area in northwest Oregon and offers two-year degrees, one-year certificate programs, short-term training, alternative education, pre-college courses and life-long learning.

Visit PCC news on the web at http://news.pcc.edu/


Attached Media Files: (In foreground, actor Mason Congeyer as Benny surrounded by Lauren Hernandez-Lamont (upper left) as Carla, Brice Schmietenknop (lower left) as Vanessa, Hannah Thorton (middle right) as Daniela and Jade Tate as Nina Rosario. , Actress Jade Tate, who plays Nina Rosario, is embraced by Congeyer
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 02/21/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 02/22/17 8:31 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 02/21/2017


ESTACADA:

1C 2017-327

On 02/21/17 at about 1330 hrs., police towed a vehicle which was abandoned near the intersection of SW Dogwood Road and SW Lakeshore Drive. The vehicle had been previously tagged for being abandoned.

1C 2017-CAD

On 02/21/2017 at about 1430 hrs., police performed a welfare check in the 700 block of N Broadway Street. A report is pending (CAD).

SANDY:

18 2017-320

On 02/21/2017 at 0144 hrs., police were called to a death investigation in the 30000 block of Sunset Street. There were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the man's death.

18 2017-328

On 02/22/2017 at about 0330 hrs., an unidentified male in a new, black Chevrolet Suburban with chrome around the windows, stole items from a vehicle in the 18000 block of Antler Avenue. The victim chased the Sububan for a short time, then later called police, who were unable find the suspect.

18 2017-329

On 02/22/2017 at about 0705 hrs., police received a report about a theft from a vehicle that had occurred in the 18000 block of Meadow Avenue. A report is pending (CAD).
January 2017 storms unload chilling number of slip and fall injuries
SAIF - 02/22/17 8:27 AM
Summary: SAIF reports more slips, trips, and fall claims last month than the past five Januarys combined.
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As a result of the heavy snow and ice statewide last month, more Oregon workers suffered slips, trips, and falls than in any recent January, according to SAIF data.

More than 700 workers filed claims with SAIF for injuries due to slips, trips, and falls in ice and snow in January, far exceeding the nearly 250 injuries in January 2016--in fact, there were more slips, trips, and falls this January related to ice and snow than in the past five Januarys combined. Slips, trips, and falls due to ice and snow made up 21 percent of all claims SAIF received this January.

With more snow in the forecast for parts of Oregon this week, SAIF again wants to remind Oregonians to take it easy walking on snow, slush, and ice. This includes walking like a penguin--we have a demonstration on how, here: https://youtu.be/eOlrFVDRAjM --and creating an inclement weather procedure for your company. Workers and employers can find more cold weather safety tips at http://www.saif.com/news/inclement-weather-can-mean-an-increase-in-injured-workers.html and additional resources on the saif.com "Safety and health" page.

About SAIF
SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. For more than 100 years, we've been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work.
Armed Robbery Investigation at King Neighborhood Subway Early Wednesday Morning
Portland Police Bureau - 02/22/17 3:49 AM
On Wednesday February 22, 2017, at 2:26 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at the Subway sandwich shop, located at 5700 Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted the employee who told police that the suspect entered the shop armed with a handgun and approached the counter. The employee immediately ran to the back of the store, leaving the suspect alone at the counter. A customer was inside the store also and exchanged words with the suspect who left without obtaining any money.

Several officers, including a Canine Unit, searched the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

The suspect is described as a black male, 40 to 50 years old, over 6'00" tall, medium to stocky build, wearing a mask or bandanna covering his face, armed with a handgun.

Robbery detectives will work to determine if this suspect matches the description of other unsolved robbery cases.

Anyone with information about this suspect is asked to contact Robbery detectives at 503-823-0405.

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UPDATE - Public's Help Needed to Locate Man Wanted for Sexually Assaulting Child -- LOCATED
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/21/17 9:27 PM
February 21, 2017 - Thanks to the media and Facebook posts, detectives received several tips to the whereabouts of Mr. Jorge E. Bravo-Copado. With the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, the public's tips lead to the arrest of Mr. Bravo-Copado in the McMinnville area. (original press release below)

Mr. Bravo-Copado has been arrested and lodged in the Washington County Jail on Rape I (three counts) Sexual Abuse I (three counts) and Unlawful Sexual Penetration I. His bail is set at $750,000. He will be arraigned on Wednesday February 22 at 3:00 p.m.

Mr. Bravo-Copado's mugshot is not available at time of press release.


ORIGINAL RELEASE
Public's Help Needed to Locate Man Wanted for Sexually Assaulting Child

February 20, 2017 -- Sheriff's detectives assigned to the Child Abuse Unit need the public's help to locate a man wanted for sexually assaulting a child under 12.

In May 2016, a child under 12 years of age disclosed that she had been sexually assaulted multiple times by Jorge E. Bravo-Copado, 24, of Cornelius, at a residence in rural Washington County. Sheriff's detectives assigned to the Child Abuse Unit investigated and found evidence which corroborated the sexual abuse.

Mr. Bravo-Copado has not been seen since May 2016. His Facebook account was deleted and his bank account was closed last summer. In August 2016, a logger found Mr. Bravo-Copado's truck abandoned in a remote area of Yamhill County. Detectives do not believe there was any evidence of foul play. Mr. Bravo-Copado works in the construction industry and all of his tools were missing from his truck.

On February 15, 2017, a Washington County grand jury indicted Mr. Bravo-Copado on the following charges:

Rape I (three counts)
Sexual Abuse I (three counts)
Unlawful Sexual Penetration I
The Washington County Sheriff's Office is asking for your help in locating Mr. Bravo-Copado. If you have any information on him or his whereabouts, please contact detectives at (503) 846-2500.


Attached Media Files: 2017-02/1128/102034/170221_UPDATE_-_Publics_Help_Needed_to_Locate_Man_Wanted_for_Sexually_Assaulting_Child.pdf
MCSO SAR and Mtn Wave K9 Team Press Conference (Photo)
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/21/17 6:39 PM
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On Wednesday, 02/22/2017 at 11:00 am, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will hold a press conference at the Troutdale Police Community Center at 234 SW Kendall Ave, Troutdale, OR, to discuss the recent Search and Rescue efforts that led to the discovery of a missing two year old in Portland, OR. Press is encouraged to arrive at 10:30 am for set up.

Information provided will be restricted to the search efforts only, no case information updates will be available. There will be a Q & A with search coordinators, as well as opportunities for video of K9 Ava and her handler Becky with Mountain Wave Search and Rescue, the team who found the missing toddler.


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Salem City Club Presents: Editing Your News Feeds: Facts, Alternative Facts, Propaganda and Just Plain BS (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 02/21/17 5:47 PM
Award winning invtestigative reporter, Todd Milbourn
Award winning invtestigative reporter, Todd Milbourn
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The Salem City Club invites you to join us on Friday, March 3, 2017, at the Willamette Heritage Center for "Editing Your News Feeds: Facts, Alternative Facts, Propaganda and Just Plain BS." This timely and important program will provide insight into the reporting of events, the creation of news, the distribution of "news" and the consequences, good and bad, of broader access to information. Guest speaker, Todd Milbourn, will explore the critical questions we must ask about the news we receive from known and unknown sources. You will take away practical tips and tools for fact checking to ensure you can be a good editor of the stories you receive to ensure your actions, including the forwarding of "interesting news stories" are based on facts, not fiction. Reservations are due by noon Wednesday, March 1, 2017. For more information on this program, please go to www.salemcityclub.com.

What:"Editing Your News Feeds: Facts, Alternative Facts, Propaganda and Just Plain BS"
When: Friday, March 3,2017; noon - 1 p.m., doors open at 11:15 a.m
Where: Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill Street SE, Salem
Who: Todd Milbourn
Email: office@salemcityclub.com
Website: www.salemcityclub.com


Attached Media Files: Award winning invtestigative reporter, Todd Milbourn
Sexual Assault Investigation
Bend Police Dept. - 02/21/17 5:30 PM
Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 Case # 2017-50717

Date & Time of Incident: 02/14/15 -- 0412 hours
Type of Incident: Sexual Assault Investigation
Location of Incident: Bend, Oregon

Suspect Information:

Christopher Michael Stout, 43 year old Prineville Resident

Victim:

15 year old juvenile

Narrative:

On February 14 Bend Police Officers and Detectives learned that 42 year old Michael Stout arranged a sexual encounter with a 15 year old juvenile. The meeting took place at the Bend Double Tree Hotel in January 2017. The investigation revealed Stout met the juvenile on Tumblr, which is a social networking website. After the encounter at the motel, Stout made several other attempts to contact the juvenile through social networking sites.

On February 21st, 2017, Bend Police Detectives and Prineville Police Officers located and arrested Stout at his residence on SW 2nd St. in Prineville, Oregon. A search warrant was served at Stout's residence following his arrest. Numerous evidentiary items were seized during the service of the search warrant. Stout was lodged at the Deschutes County Jail on the listed charges.

The Bend Police Department actively participates in programs with our community partners to monitor, educate, and proactively investigate crimes against children.

Charges:
Sodomy in the 3rd Degree.....2 counts
Luring.....46 counts
Using Child in the Display of Sexually Explicit Conduct 163.670....4 counts
Encouraging Child Sex Abuse in the Second Degree....20 counts
Sex Abuse in the Third Degree.....2 counts
Possession of Methamphetamine.....1 count
Hanks Building Helping Multiple Agencies in Training (Photo)
Hillsboro Fire and Rescue - 02/21/17 5:25 PM
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(Hillsboro, Oregon) Not only did the soon-to-be demolished Hanks Thriftway building help Hillsboro police and firefighters get some valuable training, but it was also the site for firefighters from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue and Forest Grove Fire and Rescue to train on large area searches and large building ventilation drills. These multi-day trainings began last week.

Hillsboro Fire Department (HFD) hosted neighboring fire departments in a day-long training sessions that helped hone skills that are necessary, but seldom practiced due to the lack of availability of large structures where agencies can perform destructive drills. Those drills included cutting holes in the roof of a large span building. Firefighters frequently must ventilate a residential structure to provide an escape avenue for heat, smoke, and deadly gases.

"The challenges ventilating commercial structures are different and don't come along very often," said Training Chief Jeff Gurske. "We wanted to ensure that as many area firefighters as possible got the opportunity to engage in this valuable training."

The firefighters also practiced searching for simulated victims in a blacked out building containing theatrical smoke. The drill posed challenges for a small team to effectively search a large building using only their sense of touch and a thermal imager.

The Hanks property is being demolished in just a few weeks to make way for what is now being dubbed "Block 67," a redevelopment of that property located between 6th & 7th Avenues and between Washington and Baseline. As part of community engagement in the redevelopment process, community members are invited to take part in an open house on Tuesday, March 14, from 5:30 to 7 pm at the Walters Cultural Arts Center at 527 East Main Street in Downtown Hillsboro. The City has also launched a webpage dedicated to Block 67 information at Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/Block67.
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Neighboring firefighters from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue and Forest Grove Fire and Rescue join Hillsboro firefighters in training at the former Hanks Thriftway site scheduled for demolition soon.


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OSP Seeks the Public's Help with a Wounding of a Deer in the Cherry Grove Area - Washington County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/21/17 5:17 PM
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The Oregon State Police and Oregon Hunters Association are seeking information about a blacktail doe which was shot with an arrow out of season. The incident occurred in the area of Cherry Grove, Oregon and was first noticed by neighbors on Saturday Feb 11, 2017.

The Oregon Hunters Association offers rewards to persons, through their T.I.P. 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 deer, as well as many other species. The reward in this case is currently $500.

If you would like to report information about this incident please refer to State Police case number SP17048082.

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 (24/7)

TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM)

(Please use the TIP Hotline for Weekend and Evening Reporting)

Information on the T.I.P. Reward Program:

The Oregon Hunters Association offers rewards to persons, through their T.I.P. 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. T.I.P. 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


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Corrected News Release: Regional Forest Practice Committee to meet Feb. 22
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 02/21/17 4:50 PM
NOTE: This is a corrected news release to reflect that recommendations on streamside protection are for the eastern Oregon region.
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News Release

Release date: Feb. 21, 2017

Contact:
Jim Gersbach, Public Information Officer, Salem, 503-945-7245
Kyle Abraham, Deputy Chief, Private Forests Division, Salem, 503-945-7473


(PRINEVILLE, Ore.) The Eastern Oregon Regional Forest Practice Committee will submit its formal recommendations on streamside protection for the eastern Oregon region to the Oregon Department of Forestry during a public conference call on Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 10 to 11 a.m. Members of the public who wish to participate may do so at either of these two locations:

ODF's Eastern Oregon Area office
3501 East Third Street
Prineville, OR 97754

Sun Pass Conference Room
Oregon Department of Forestry, Building D
2600 State Street
Salem, OR 97310

ODF had previously asked the nine-member Committee last year to prepare its priorities as the agency looks at potential updates to streamside protection rules to benefit fish and wildlife and water quality eastern Oregon region. ODF is gathering the information from regional committees to help the Oregon Board of Forestry set priorities around stream protection in Oregon.

Public meetings
The public is welcome to attend the meeting. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting. For more information about attending the meeting, please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502.

About the Eastern Oregon Regional Forest Practice Committee
Regional Forest Practice committees are panels of citizens -- mandated under Oregon law -- that advise the Board of Forestry on current forestry issues and forest management approaches. Three Regional Forest Practice committees serve the Eastern, Northwest and Southwest regions of the state. They were created by the Oregon Forest Practices Act in 1971. Under Oregon law, a majority of Regional Forest Practice committee members are private forest landowners and logging or forest operations companies.

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Vancouver Police officer involved in collision identified
Vancouver Police Dept. - 02/21/17 4:45 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- On February 18, 2017, at approximately 10:00 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to a traffic collision involving a marked Vancouver Police vehicle that struck two pedestrians at the intersection of Evergreen Blvd. /Columbia Street. The patrol officer was traveling westbound on Evergreen Blvd., making a left turn southbound onto Columbia Street, when he struck the two pedestrians who were crossing Columbia Street on Evergreen Blvd. in the crosswalk. Both pedestrians, Karyn Cassle, 50, of Portland, and Sue Ryland, 59, of Vancouver, were transported to an area hospital for minor injuries and were treated and released.

The involved officer is Greg Zimmerman. Officer Zimmerman was hired by the Vancouver Police Department in November 1991, worked as a Detective in Property Crimes from 1995-1998, and was promoted to Corporal in November 1998. In September 2015, Officer Zimmerman retired from the Vancouver Police Department and in December 2015 he was reinstated as an Officer. Officer Zimmerman is currently assigned to West Precinct Patrol.

The Vancouver Police Department Traffic Unit is continuing the investigation and there is no further information available at this time.



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***Update 2*** Name released in Officer Involved Shooting - Jackson County
Oregon State Police - 02/21/17 4:05 PM
The suspect involved is identified as Justin Daniel LOPEZ, age 21, of Central Point. He remains in the hospital in critical condition-no further information is available.

All future information will be released and at the direction of the Jackson County District Attorney's office.

End of update

Previous Release:

On February 19th, 2017, at about 3:00am, a Central Point Police Officer attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle for traffic violations in the area of E. Pine St. and the I-5 overpass. The vehicle eluded the officer and eventually came to a stop in Don Jones Park off of Hamrick Rd.

The driver of the eluding vehicle exited and approached the officer while holding a firearm. This resulted in the officer firing his duty weapon at the suspect. The suspect/driver was shot and transported to an area hospital for treatment of potentially life threatening injuries. The Officer was uninjured during the incident.

As per standard protocol, the Jackson County Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit (MADIU) was activated and the Oregon State Police is leading the investigation in conjunction with the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.

MADIU is comprised of investigators from OSP, Medford Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Central Point Police Department, Ashland Police Department and the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.

Investigators were assisted on scene by Mercy Flights, Fire District #3 and the Oregon State Police Crime Lab.

No further information is available for release at this time.

End Update

Previous Release:

On February 19, 2017 at about 3:00AM, a Central Point Police Officer attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a traffic violation. The vehicle eventually stopped near the intersection of Vilas Rd. and Hamrick Rd.

An encounter occurred between the male operator of the vehicle and the Central Point Police Officer resulting in the officer firing his duty weapon. The male operator was shot and transported to an area hospital for treatment of potentially life threatening injuries. The male operator was believed to be in possession of a firearm at the time of the shooting.

The Jackson County Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit (MADIU) was activated and the Oregon State Police is leading the investigation per the request of the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.

MADIU is comprised of investigators from OSP, Medford Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Central Point Police Department, Ashland Police Department and the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.

Investigators were assisted on scene by Mercy Flights, Fire District #3 and the Oregon State Police Crime Lab.

The investigation at the scene is nearly complete. Anyone who witnessed or heard the incident is asked to contact the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center at 541-664-4600.

There are no plans to hold a press briefing and no further information is available for release at this time.
Regional Forest Practices committees to meet during the last week of February in Roseburg and Prineville
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 02/21/17 4:03 PM
NOTE: Corrected news release. Subsequent corrections to the news release to reflect that recommendations on streamside protection are for the Siskiyou AND eastern Oregon regions.




News Release

Release date: Feb. 21, 2017

Contact:
Jim Gersbach, Public Information Officer, Salem, 503-945-7245
Kyle Abraham, Deputy Chief, Private Forests Division, Salem, 503-945-7473


(SALEM) Two Regional Forest Practice committees will submit their formal recommendations on streamside protection for the Siskiyou and eastern Oregon regions to the Oregon Department of Forestry during public conference calls in these dates and locations:

Wednesday, Feb. 22 -- 10 to 11 a.m.
ODF's Prineville District Office
3501 East Third St.
Prineville, OR 97754

Friday, Feb. 24 -- 9 to 10 a.m.
Douglas Forest Protective Association office
1758 NE Airport Way
Roseburg, OR 97470

The public can also participate in these conference calls at this location:

Sun Pass Conference Room
Oregon Department of Forestry, Building D
2600 State St.
Salem, OR 97310

ODF had previously asked the Southwest and Eastern Oregon committees last year to prepare their priorities as the agency looks at potential updates to streamside protection rules to benefit fish and wildlife and water quality in the Siskiyou region. ODF is gathering the information from regional committees to help the Oregon Board of Forestry set priorities around stream protection in Oregon.

Public meetings
The public is welcome to attend both meetings. The meeting locations are accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting. For more information about attending the meeting, please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502.

About the Regional Forest Practice Committees
Regional Forest Practice committees are panels of citizens -- mandated under Oregon law -- that advise the Board of Forestry on current forestry issues and forest management approaches. Three Regional Forest Practice committees serve the Northwest, Southwest and Eastern regions of the state. They were created by the Oregon Forest Practices Act in 1971. Under Oregon law, a majority of Regional Forest Practice committee members are private forest landowners and logging or forest operations companies. The Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practice Committee is based in Roseburg and the Eastern Oregon Regional Forest Practice Committee in Prineville.

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Landslide Closure South Marion County (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/21/17 3:59 PM
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The Marion County Public Works Department has been working through the day to clear a landslide that blocked a section of River Road South between Sawmill and Orville Roads. The slide brought down numerous trees and power lines during the collapse.

Road crews estimate the slide spilled some 200 yards of debris or roughly 20 dump truck loads. The road crews anticipate the slide will be cleared and the roadway potentially reopened around 6 pm this evening. As a precaution crews will be monitoring slide overnight.


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OSP Traffic Stop Results in large Methamphetamine Seizure (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/21/17 3:38 PM
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On Monday, February 20, 2017 at approximately 1:45PM, an OSP Trooper stopped a 1999 Ford Expedition eastbound on I-84 near MP 71 for a traffic violation. The two occupants were identified as follows; the driver, 28 year old Edgar Vidal Nuno Naranjo from Rosarito, Mexico and passenger, 24 year old Oscar Arnulfo Fuller Leyva from Tijuana, Mexico.

During the course of the contact, the Trooper suspected the occupants were involved in criminal activity. Both Nuno Naranjo and Fuller Leyva provided their written consent to search the vehicle. Four large packages of suspected methamphetamine was discovered inside the vehicle in a cardboard box. The total approximate weight of the seized narcotics is 13.2 pounds.

Nuno Naranjo and Fuller Leyva were both taken into custody without incident and were lodged at Northern Oregon Corrections (NORCOR) in The Dalles. While the ultimate destination of these narcotics is uncertain, this seizure keeps a large quantity of narcotics from reaching our communities. OSP drug enforcement is continuing the investigation.

Photo credit of the suspects: NORCOR.
Photo credit of the narcotics: OSP.


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Clark County Sheriff's Reserve Unit Is Now Recruiting for Its 2018 Academy (Photo)
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/21/17 3:10 PM
2016 Reserve Deputy class
2016 Reserve Deputy class
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Clark County Sheriff's Reserve Unit Is Now Recruiting for Its 2018 Academy

WHAT: Informational Meeting by Clark County Sheriff's Reserve Unit Recruiting for volunteer Reserve Deputy Sheriffs

WHEN: Thursday, March 2, 2017; 6:30pm -- 8:00pm

WHO: Clark County Sheriff's Office and Clark County Sheriff's Reserve Unit

WHERE: West Precinct (Public Safety Complex), 505 NW 179th Street, Ridgefield, WA.

HOW: The Clark County Sheriff's Office and Clark County Sheriff's Reserve Unit will hold an informational meeting to promote and provide information about the Reserve Program, and testing process on how to become a Reserve Deputy.

WHY: The Clark County Sheriff's Reserve Unit is made up of fully commissioned law enforcement officers who volunteer their time in support of the Clark County Sheriff's Office. Our members have been volunteering individually for between a few to more than 25 years; and they can be found anytime, day or night, performing routine patrol, responding to emergency calls for service, protecting crime scenes, serving the public in large community events, and many other functions.

The Sheriff's Office asks that only those willing to make a two to three year minimum volunteer commitment please apply.

For more information about the Clark County Sheriff's Reserve Unit, please go to https://www.clark.wa.gov/sheriff/reserve-unit or email CntySheriff.ReserveUnit@clark.wa.gov


Attached Media Files: 2016 Reserve Deputy class
Update - Subject Located - Missing person, endangered youth
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/21/17 3:06 PM
UPDATE: 02/21/2017 Damen Jollymore has been located and is now in safe custody of Oregon authorities. Much appreciation for the media attention helping to reunite Damen with his family.


02/20/2017 -Damen Jollymore was last seen on 02/04/2017 at his Vancouver residence.

Damen has an emotional condition that does not require medication, however may cause confusion of the senses.


Damen is described as 5' - 3" tall
About 100 pounds
He wears Braces with red and blue bands
He has a strawberry birthmark the size of a 50 cent piece on the back of his neck. The color intensifies with stress.
He has dirty blond hair, hazel eyes and wears glasses all the time
He was last seen wearing a black and gray jacket that looks like a vest, black slip on boots and has a black back pack with him.
If seen, please call 911 immediately.

If you have information about his whereabouts, please call detective Craig Marler at (360) 397-2108
Oregon Cultural Trust donations top $4.5 million for second consecutive year (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 02/21/17 2:20 PM
A Japanese display at the Four Rivers Cultural Center and Museum. The center received a 2017 Cultural Trust grant to preserve and digitize close to 50,000 local photos of Japanese Americans taken between 1945 and 1985.
A Japanese display at the Four Rivers Cultural Center and Museum. The center received a 2017 Cultural Trust grant to preserve and digitize close to 50,000 local photos of Japanese Americans taken between 1945 and 1985.
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Salem, Ore. -- Oregonians invested more than $4.55 million in the Oregon Cultural Trust in 2016, topping the $4.5 million mark for the second straight year. The funds will support cultural organizations across the state.

"Once again Oregonians have shown their commitment to protecting our famous quality of life," said Cultural Trust Executive Director Brian Rogers. "We are deeply grateful for their commitment to our shared cultural values."

"It's another exciting year for the Cultural Trust as our visibility and impact in communities across the state continues to grow," said Carole Morse, chair of the Cultural Trust Board of Directors. "We appreciate our donors making culture a priority during a very eventful year."

The total includes $395,787 raised through the Willamette Week Give!Guide, an 11 percent increase over 2015. It also includes an increase in corporate giving, including donations from Intel employees and a subsequent matching gift from the company totaling $38,575, and continued online giving growth.

The donation total for 2016 comes within a few thousand dollars, less than half of one percent, of matching record fundraising results for 2015.

More than half of the money raised will be distributed directly to Oregon's cultural groups this summer; the remainder will grow the Cultural Trust permanent fund. Cultural Trust grants are distributed through five Statewide Cultural Partners -- Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Humanities and the Oregon State Office of Historic Preservation -- as well as to 45 county/tribal coalitions and directly to cultural nonprofits via Cultural Development Grants.

The more than 100 projects supported by the Cultural Trust in 2017 include:
Boom Arts' Portland presentation of "Spiritrials," a timely, imaginative theater production about racial profiling and drug sentencing laws;
South Coast Folk Society's creation of a permanent folk orchestra on the Southern Oregon Coast to enrich cultural life and bring new resources to local communities;
Four Rivers Cultural Center's preservation and digitalization of about 50,000 photographs of Japanese Americans taken between 1945 and 1985 by two local photographers, essential to the history of the Ontario community;
Oregon Shakespeare Festival's development, rehearsal, premiere and surrounding community partnerships for "Off the Rails" by Native American playwright Randy Reinholz;
A statewide tour by Literary Arts' 2017 Oregon Book Award-winning authors;
Musical instruction, leadership opportunities and positive adult mentorship for marginalized youth at Portland's My Voice Music;
OperaBend's performances of Puccini's "La Boheme" in rural Oregon communities;
Chetco Historical Memorial Committee's preservation of the remains of a prehistoric Native American site at the Port of Brookings Harbor;
Construction of a new gallery and performance venue at Portland's Japanese Garden; and
A dedicated teen programming room and digital media lab at The Dalles-Wasco County Library.

For a full list of Cultural Trust grant projects, visit www.culturaltrust.org.

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Attached Media Files: A Japanese display at the Four Rivers Cultural Center and Museum. The center received a 2017 Cultural Trust grant to preserve and digitize close to 50,000 local photos of Japanese Americans taken between 1945 and 1985. , My Voice Music received a 2017 Cultural Trust grant for music instruction, leadership opportunities and positive adult mentorship for marginalized youth.
Marijuana tax collections numbers updated
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 02/21/17 2:00 PM
SALEM, Ore.--The Department of Revenue received $5.3 million in marijuana tax payments in January 2017. This puts the state's total marijuana tax collections at $65.4 million. Additional marijuana tax data is available at www.oregon.gov/dor/stats.
For more information about state and local recreational marijuana taxes, visit www.oregon.gov/dor/marijuana or contact the Department of Revenue's Marijuana Tax Program by phone at (503) 947-2597 or email at marijuanatax.dor@oregon.gov. For questions about licensing for recreational marijuana retailers, visit the Oregon Liquor Control Commission's (OLCC) website at www.oregon.gov/olcc/marijuana.
UPDATE #3 - Shooting Investigation Underway on SE 82nd Avenue - One Person Deceased
Portland Police Bureau - 02/21/17 1:40 PM
The deceased has been identified as 32-year-old Jason Gerald Petersen.

The person involved in the shooting is 47-year-old Charlie Win Chan.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner determined that Peterson died of a single gunshot wound.

Chan has not been arrested and the case will be presented to a Multnomah County Grand Jury, once the investigation is complete.

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The person shot this afternoon on Southeast 82nd Avenue has died this evening at a Portland hospital. He has tentatively been identified as a 32-year-old man. The Oregon State Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy on Tuesday.

The person involved in the shooting is a 47-year-old man who has cooperated with detectives. He has not been arrested and the case will be presented to a Multnomah County Grand Jury once the investigation is complete.

The names of both involved will be released on Tuesday, pending family notification of the deceased.

Detectives have learned that the 32-year-old man entered the Golden Key Insurance Agency and confronted the 47-year-old business owner and his wife about some missing personal property from the front of the business. The 32-year-old left and shortly after the 47-year-old went outside and in the parking lot next to the business was confronted again by the 32-year-old, leading to the shooting.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Anthony Merrill at 503-823-4033, anthony.merrill@portlandoregon.gov.

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Detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances of this afternoon's shooting on Southeast 82nd Avenue.

Traffic along 82nd Avenue has been reopened while investigators remain outside the business where the incident began this afternoon.

For investigative reasons, no additional updates or condition of the person shot can be released at this time.

Updates will be provided as soon as they become available.

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On Monday February 20, 2017, at 2:38 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting in the 5800 block of Southeast 82nd Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located a male adult suffering from a gunshot wound. He has been transported to a Portland hospital for treatment to serious injuries and his current condition is not known.

Officers contacted the 9-1-1 caller and learned that he was involved in the shooting. He is cooperative, the gun is secure and there is no risk to community.

Police are in the very early stages of the investigation and there is no additional information available at this time.

Southeast 82nd Avenue, between Foster Road and Woodstock Boulevard, is closed to all traffic. The best alternate routes are either 72nd or 92nd Avenues.

Interested media should stage on the Foster Road side of the crime scene. The Public Information Officer (PIO) will be responding to the scene shortly, ETA one hour.

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Media Advisory: Federal change on transgender guidance should not affect Oregon
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 02/21/17 12:40 PM
The federal government is expected to reverse ground on its Title IX guidance regarding transgender students, perhaps as soon as today. Because Oregon has separate state law that remains unchanged, the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA) does not expect the federal change to have an immediate effect in this state.

"Oregon schools are prohibited from discriminating against transgender students and staff -- that remains unchanged," said Spencer Lewis, an OSBA member services attorney.

Lewis, who has become an authority on transgender issues in schools in recent years, is available to respond to reporter questions about the federal change. He can be reached at slewis@osba.org

OSBA is a member services organization for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
Washington Credit Unions' "Save to Win" Accounts Changing Lives (Photo)
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 02/21/17 11:17 AM
Joyce Becker, a member of Fibre Federal Credit Union, won $5,000 and built her savings with Save to Win
Joyce Becker, a member of Fibre Federal Credit Union, won $5,000 and built her savings with Save to Win
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Win-Win Program Helps Savers Build Assets, Vie for Cash Prizes
SEATAC, WA-Do you want 2017 to be the year you finally start saving money? Open a Save to Win account at a Washington credit union. Discover the win-win opportunity that helps you build your financial strength--and includes cash prize drawings of up to $5,000.

Prizes for saving? Who does that?
Save to Win accounts are tailored to people just like you--hard workers who don't find it easy to save. How simple is it? Open an account at one of the seven Washington credit unions where Save to Win is offered, and the more you save, the more opportunities you have to win. For every $25 you save, up to $250 a month, you earn an entry into a cash prize drawing.
It's working out for Joyce Becker, a member of Longview, Washington-based Fibre Federal Credit Union. She stopped in last spring to pick up what she thought was a $50 cash prize, only to learn she'd hit the $5,000 jackpot!

"I thought if I could win $50, that would be nice," said Becker, a mill worker for 29 years. "I was shocked."

The cash bonanza she won was almost enough to complete the solar heating project she'd started on her Longview, WA home. Becker says Save to Win has easily improved her savings habits.
"If you don't have enough money to get into a CD, it's a great way to start saving," she said.
Save to Win accounts started in Washington just four years ago, and 16-hundred consumers have already saved over $2.3 million--with average account balances of $1,400.
"A recent Bankrate survey found only four in ten Americans have enough savings to get them through an emergency," said Kaitlin Ramos, Program Manager for the Northwest Credit Union Association. "A Save to Win account can be a game changer for consumers who are trying to get the upper hand on their finances. The opportunity to win cash prizes is an incentive to get started."

Connect with one of these participating credit unions today, and influence your brighter future with a Save to Win account:
Connection Credit Union; Silverdale
Express Credit Union; Seattle
Fibre Federal; Longview
North Coast Credit Union; Bellingham
Pacific Northwest Ironworkers Federal Credit Union; Seattle & Spokane
Peninsula Credit Union; Shelton
Twinstar Credit Union; Lacey

Credit unions are the only financial institutions offering Save to Win accounts in Washington. The key difference between local credit unions and other financial services providers is credit unions' not-for-profit, cooperative structure. At a credit union, you're a member, and an owner. Unlike for-profit financial institutions that must pay stockholders, credit unions return benefits back to you in the form of lower fees, better interest rates, and other services you need, such as Save to Win accounts.

Not a credit union member yet?
Nearly all Washingtonians are eligible for credit union membership. Own your money. To find a credit union that's convenient for you, please visit www.asmarterchoice.org.

The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association representing over 180 credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, and their 6.2 million consumer members. Northwest Credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives, owned by their members. Credit unions help members achieve their financial goals.


Attached Media Files: 2017-02/4992/102018/Credit_Union_Save_to_Win_Accounts_Change_Lives_in_Washington.docx , Joyce Becker, a member of Fibre Federal Credit Union, won $5,000 and built her savings with Save to Win
Oregon Credit Unions' "Save to Win" Accounts Changing Lives (Photo)
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 02/21/17 11:13 AM
Joyce Becker, a member of Fibre Federal Credit Union, won $5,000 and built her savings with Save To Win
Joyce Becker, a member of Fibre Federal Credit Union, won $5,000 and built her savings with Save To Win
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Win-Win Program Helps Savers Build Assets, Vie for Cash Prizes
TIGARD, OR-Do you want 2017 to be the year you finally start saving money? Open a Save to Win account at an Oregon credit union. Discover the win-win opportunity that helps you build your financial strength--and includes cash prize drawings of up to $5,000.

Prizes for saving? Who does that?
Save to Win accounts are tailored to people just like you--hard workers who don't find it easy to save. How simple is it? Open an account at one of the nine Oregon credit unions where Save to Win is offered, and the more you save, the more opportunities you have to win. For every $25 you save, up to $250 a month, you earn an entry into a cash prize drawing.
It's working out for Dalton Debord, a member of Pacific Northwest Ironworkers Credit Union in Portland. He's already won an extra $200 since opening his account only four months ago.
"Awesome!" said Debord when he learned of his winnings. "I've never been a big saver," he said, adding the credit union staff was always encouraging him to save. He opened his Save to Win account and "never looked back. The savings account just took off. I'm really glad I did it."

Since Debord's credit union started offering Save to Win accounts last spring, he and fellow Ironworkers have already picked up over $3,000 in prize money. Collectively, more than 800 Oregonians are taking advantage of the program, which began in the Beaver State just a year ago
More than 500 members of Northwest Community Credit Union have already opened Save to Win Accounts.

"This program has helped our members learn the value of saving by being able to put aside small amounts of money to accomplish goals they never thought they could reach.," said Jenifer McFadden, Marketing Manager for the Eugene-based credit union. "

Added Kasey Rockwell, Director of Credit Union Relations at Portland-based USAgencies Credit Union, "All of our members and potential members can benefit from having a savings account. Some need a little incentive to get started, and Save to Win is the perfect solution. Who doesn't like the idea of winning money?"
Connect with one of these participating Oregon credit unions today, and influence your brighter future with a Save to Win account:
Mid Oregon Credit Union; Bend
Northwest Community Credit Union; Eugene
Old West Federal Credit Union; John Day
Pacific Northwest Ironworkers Federal Credit Union; Portland
Point West Credit Union; Portland
St. Helens Community Credit Union; St. Helens
Sunset Science Park Federal Credit Union; Portland
United Advantage Northwest Federal Credit Union; Portland
USAgencies Credit Union; Portland

Credit unions are the only financial institutions offering Save to Win accounts in Oregon. The key difference between local credit unions and other financial services providers is credit unions' not-for-profit, cooperative structure. At a credit union, you're a member, and an owner. Unlike for-profit financial institutions that must pay stockholders, credit unions return benefits back to you in the form of lower fees, better interest rates, and other services you need, such as Save to Win accounts.
Not a credit union member yet?
Nearly all Oregonians are eligible for credit union membership. Own your money. To find a credit union that's convenient for you, please visit www.asmarterchoice.org.

The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association representing over 180 credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, and their 6 million consumer members. Northwest Credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives, owned by their members. Credit unions help members achieve their financial goals.


Attached Media Files: 2017-02/4992/102017/Credit_Union_Save_to_Win_Accounts_Change_Lives_in_Oregon.docx , Joyce Becker, a member of Fibre Federal Credit Union, won $5,000 and built her savings with Save To Win
Search Warrant In South Beach Leads To Arrest (Photo)
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - 02/21/17 11:00 AM
Booking Photo
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On February 19, 2017 Lincoln County Deputy Shawn Carter developed information regarding stolen property involving residential and commercial burglaries in Lincoln County. The information identified a specific storage unit in South Beach, OR. On February 20th at 5:50PM The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office served a search warrant on the storage unit.

During the service of the warrant Damien J. Barber age 28 of South Beach was taken into custody. The search warrant recovered evidence from five previously reported burglaries and three unreported burglaries. The property recovered involved reports from the City of Toledo, City of Newport and other areas within Lincoln County.

Damien Barber was taken into custody and transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he was lodged on 6 counts of Burglary and 1 count of Theft. His initial bail was set at $350,000. Additional charges are expected.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office encourages anyone with an open Theft or Burglary case in the Newport, Toledo or South Beach area where industrial welding equipment, metal or auto mechanic tools and commercial fishing supplies were taken within the last 6 months to contact your local law enforcement agency or the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office at 541-265-7139.

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Submitted by:

Karl Vertner, Patrol Sergeant
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
225 W. Olive Street
Newport, OR 97365
Phone: 541-265-0681
Fax: 541-265-4917
kvertner@co.lincoln.or.us


Attached Media Files: Booking Photo
39-Year-Old Male Arrested for Luring, Online Sexual Corruption During Undercover Sex Trafficking Mission (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/21/17 11:00 AM
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On Saturday February 18, 2017, the Portland Police Bureau's Sex Trafficking Unit arrested a 39-year-old man in connection with the online luring of a child.

Roy Matthew Huntley of Hillsboro was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Luring a Minor (four counts) and Online Sexual Corruption of a Child in the Second Degree.

The investigation started on February 2, 2017, during an online conversation between Huntley and an undercover police officer. During the investigation, officers were able to identify Huntley as the suspect and that he lived in Hillsboro, Oregon.

Huntley was arrested without incident at his home at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Friday February 17, and was booked into jail early Saturday morning.

Sex trafficking and prostitution are not victimless crimes. Victims of sex trafficking and prostitution are forced, coerced, and manipulated into this lifestyle against their will. They are forced to suffer through physical, sexual, and mental abuse. The Portland Police Bureau, in conjunction with other Federal and local law enforcement agencies, is committed to deterring prostitution and sex trafficking activities.

If you know or think that someone may be involved in trafficking or is being exploited, please contact the Portland Police Bureau's Sex Trafficking Unit at 503-255-0118, the Sexual Assault Resource Center hotline 1-800-640-5311; or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, 1-800-843-5678 or via the Cyber Tipline: http://www.missingkids.org/CyberTiipline

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SAIF hosting free farm safety seminar this week in Clackamas
SAIF - 02/21/17 10:35 AM
Summary: The seminar, which is free to anyone interested in agricultural safety, will be on Thursday, February 23 at the Monarch Hotel and Conference Center. The seminar will run from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and lunch is included. Photos from recent presentations are available by request.
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As one of Oregon's largest industries, agriculture also tends to suffer its share of injuries and illnesses.

To reduce the number and severity of injuries in the industry, SAIF has presented free, half-day agricultural safety seminars across the state for more than 20 years. Each year the not-for-profit company reaches more supervisors, managers, and other workers and, hopefully, prevents more injuries.

Designed primarily for people working in agriculture, anyone with an interest in ag safety and health is welcome to attend. (They don't have to be insured by SAIF.) The seminars run from November to March.

For the past 12 years, several of the sessions also have been presented in Spanish.

Employers with small ag businesses who attend the seminar will meet OSHA's instructional requirement, one of four requirements that exempt small agricultural operations from random OSHA inspections.

This year, seminars will be held in 16 Oregon cities: Bandon, Central Point, Clackamas, Corvallis, Eugene, Hermiston, Hillsboro, Hood River, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Madras, Ontario, Salem, The Dalles, Wilsonville, and Woodburn.

Spanish-language seminars will be held in Central Point, Hermiston, Hillsboro, Hood River, Klamath Falls, Salem, The Dalles, Woodburn, and Wilsonville.

The seminars -- which begin November 1 in Ontario -- are held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and include lunch.

Topics for the 2016-17 series:
Learning to S.I.T. | A simple, three-step approach to help make training more effective. The session focuses on effective teaching strategies while demonstrating applicable safety tips share within your operation.

Clearing the air on pesticide safety | We'll cover Worker Protection Standard rule changes for 2017 and 2018, proper storage and handling of the typical crop protection materials, and some real-world hazards to avoid when spraying.

Farm shop safety: improving your odds | Tips to avoid injury, stay in compliance, and use the farm shop to set higher standards for other work areas--featuring SAIF's new farm shop safety video.

Welding safety and other hot topics | Safety tips to reduce burns, eye injuries, and help manage toxic fumes while describing several unique fire hazards; plus skin cancer health facts, prevention, and detection guidelines.

This seminar series will not offer private applicator pesticide "core" credits.

The Oregon State Landscaping Contractors Board has approved the seminar for four hours of continuing education credits.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services has approved the seminar for four hours of producer continuing education credits.

Seating is limited, so early registration is recommended. You may register online at saif.com/agseminar or call 800.285.8525. We'll confirm by email as soon as we receive your registration. About one week before the seminar, we'll send you an email reminder with the location address. If you have any questions, please call 800.285.8525.

Get more information, or view the schedule of seminars, at http://www.saif.com/agseminar.

About SAIF
SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit, state-chartered workers' compensation insurance company. Since 1914 it has been caring for injured workers and helping to make workplaces safer. For more, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com
Clark County Medical Examiner's Office MEDIA RELEASE
Clark County Public Information & Outreach - 02/21/17 9:53 AM
The following information is in reference to a death investigated by the Clark County Medical Examiner's Office.

The name of the decedent: Holt, Leisa A. Age: 60 Yrs

This individual was found dead on 2/17/2017 in Vancouver, WA

The decedent was a resident of (city/state): Vancouver, WA

The opinions listed on the death certificate are as follows:

Cause of death: Multiple Head Injuries

Manner of death: Homicide

No additional information is available for release from the Medical Examiner's Office. Refer all other inquiries to the Vancouver Police Department.


Media release issue date: Prepared 02/21/2017

Nikki Costa
Operations Manager
Wilsonville Mayor to Present "2017 State of the City" Address on March 6 (Photo)
City of Wilsonville - 02/21/17 9:36 AM
Wilsonville Mayor Tim Knapp
Wilsonville Mayor Tim Knapp
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WILSONVILLE, OR -- Wilsonville Mayor Tim Knapp presents the "2017 State of the City Address" at the start of the City Council meeting on Monday, March 6, 7:00 pm, at Wilsonville City Hall, 29799 SW Town Center Loop East, Wilsonville, OR 97070.

As the elected leader of one of Oregon's most dynamic growing cities, Mayor Knapp is expected to give a recap of recent activity over the past year and provide a preview of upcoming City initiatives, opportunities and challenges the City faces in the upcoming year.


Attached Media Files: Wilsonville Mayor Tim Knapp
Plunge Into the Columbia River as Part of the 2017 Polar Plunge Benefiting Special Olympics Oregon (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/21/17 9:22 AM
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Members of the media are invited to give viewers, listeners and readers an exclusive behind the scenes look at one of the most exciting and largest fundraisers in the state, the annual Portland Polar Plunge!

The Portland Police Bureau will have a team of plungers participating on Friday and Saturday: https://youtu.be/IE9l6PTnEe4

To experience the thrill and exhilaration of plunging, on Friday February 24 you will be able to hit the water right alongside our Super Plungers who plunge 24 times in 24 hours. In a first, this year Super Plungers and Special Olympics Oregon athletes have teamed up to plunge together raising $5,000 per team in support of their 24 plunges.

Media Details:

What: Participate in the Polar Plunge ahead of main event
When: Friday, February 24, 2017
Media plunge opportunities happen at the top of each hour at 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Please arrive 15 minutes early for changing (if necessary).
Where: Broughton Beach on the Columbia River (M. James Gleason Memorial Boat Ramp) -- 4325 Northeast Marine Drive, Portland, Oregon 97211

B-roll: Video or photos of you hitting the water with more than a dozen Super Plungers, event setup and an advance look at plunge zone for following day.

Interview opportunities: Super Plungers and Special Olympics Oregon athletes who are plunging together in the first ever Team Plunge.

Addition details: Please bring appropriate swimwear (t-shirt, shorts/pants, sandals). Towels will be provided and changing areas will be available for reporters and photographers following the preview plunge.

RSVP: Please RSVP to Chad Carter at ccarter@soor.org with the time you'd like to participate by Friday, February 24, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.

Background:
The Oregon Law Enforcement Polar Plunge presented by Fred Meyer brings 1,600 people to the chilly sands of Broughton Beach along the Columbia River and benefits 13,000 Special Olympics Oregon participants throughout the year. Each plunger participating in the event raised a minimum of $50, with many raising significantly more for the honor of jumping into freezing water. Portland is one of five Oregon cities hosting plunges with more than 4,000 supporters taking part statewide. People wishing to take the Plunge for Special Olympics Oregon can register at http://www.plungeoregon.com/

The Portland plunge is made possible by the generous support of statewide and local sponsors: Fred Meyer, Les Schwab, Nike, Aerotek, Lithia Auto Stores, PacificSource Health Plans|Legacy Health, Wolfer's, Polar, Mattress World, KGW and Entercom Radio.

About Special Olympics Oregon:
Special Olympics Oregon serves more than 13,000 participants with intellectual disabilities year-round and statewide through the organization's life changing sports programs. Athletes gain self-confidence, social competency, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. Learn more at http://soor.org/

Media Contact

Chad Carter -- Sr. Director of Marketing and Communications
O: 503.248.0600, Ext. 37 | ccarter@soor.org

Jenelle Clinton -- Director Of Development, LETR
O: 503.248.0600, Ext. 39 | jclinton@soor.org

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Kaiser Permanente Northwest Awards $8,000 Grant to Free Clinic of Southwest Washington
Free Clinic of SW Washington - 02/21/17 8:58 AM
VANCOUVER, Wash., Feb. 21, 2017 -­ The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington has received an $8,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente Northwest. The grant will help fund the children's oral health program. The program served low-income, uninsured children through more than 320 visits in 2016.

The clinic provides oral health services at its location at the Jim Parsley Center and at Clark County schools and community-sponsored events. Dental volunteers fill cavities and screen, seal and varnish children's teeth. Without the support of the Free Clinic, many of these patients would not seek care until numerous cavities appeared or other illness related to oral health caused the use of the emergency room.

"We're grateful for this support from Kaiser Permanente Northwest," says Free Clinic Executive Director Barbe West. "Many of the children we treat have tooth pain severe enough to keep them out of school. We relieve their pain, give tips on preventive care and help them get back to the classroom."

The Free Clinic collaborates with elementary schools in Clark County, the Clark College dental hygiene program and the Clark County Dental Society.

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

About Kaiser Permanente's Community Benefit Initiatives
Kaiser Permanente Northwest is dedicated to improving the health of individuals and the
communities we serve. Specifically, our work is focused on: connecting low-income people to
health care, educating children and families about healthy eating and active living, creating and
sharing groundbreaking research, strengthening health safety nets in our communities, and
supporting our employees' community engagement. In 2015, financial contributions to improve
the health of Northwest communities totaled more than $141 million.
Oregon Task Force on School Safety schedules school safety briefing on Feb. 22 in Salem
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/21/17 8:40 AM
Legislators, educators and law enforcement will learn more about the plans of the Oregon Task Force on School Safety to help create safer schools at a School Safety Briefing called, "Preventing, Mitigating and Effectively Responding to School Safety Threats," scheduled for Feb. 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training (4190 Aumsville Highway, Salem). The media is invited to attend.

"For the past two years, the efforts of the Oregon Task Force on School Safety have centered on developing strategies to reduce targeted violence," said Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts, who serves as the OTFSS chair. "Prevention is possible if we recognize and intervene to help students at risk for violence."

Nationally recognized school safety and violence prevention expert William Modzeleski will address attendees on the latest findings about preventing school violence.

At the School Safety Briefing, attendees will learn about two of the major recommendations from the report including the launch of the statewide tip line known as SafeOregon, and the statewide student threat assessment model -- a coordinated prevention approach.

SafeOregon is a statewide tip line aimed at giving students, school staff, or members of the public a way to report a threat or potential threat to student safety. The statewide tip line is a place that can also serve as an avenue for youth seeking help for self-harm and other issues. For more information on SafeOregon please visit www.safeoregon.com.

The proposed threat assessment model will offer all school districts a consistent, structured approach that will help schools respond to threats of harm and give needed support.

The Oregon Task Force on School Safety released a plan to improve school safety in the November, 2015 Report to the Oregon State Legislature, available as a PDF here: https://www.oregon.gov/osp/Pages/Task-Force-on-School-Safety.aspx.
MESD Board Regular Session Meeting 2-21-17 at 5:30 p.m.
Multnomah ESD - 02/21/17 8:10 AM
Updated Agenda 2-21-17
The Multnomah Education Service District Board of Directors will meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the main headquarters, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon 97220 in the Board Room. The Board will meet in Executive Session under ORS 192.660(2)(d))-To conduct deliberations with persons designated by the governing body to carry on labor negotiations and ORS-192.660(2)(I))-To review and evaluate the employment-related performance of the chief executive officer of any public body, a public officer, employee or staff member who does not request an open hearing.
Oregon State Police's new "CAR CARE PROGRAM" (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/21/17 7:57 AM
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In an effort to improve public safety and assist the communities we serve, the Oregon State Police (OSP) is proud to announce a partnership with Advance Auto Parts/Carquest Auto Parts on our new "Car Care Program."

OSP Troopers will be offering drivers stopped for a minor equipment violation a voucher that provides a discount on automotive parts purchased at any Advance Auto Parts or participating Carquest Auto Parts store.

According to OSP Superintendent Travis Hampton, "When an OSP Trooper stops a vehicle for an equipment violation, they understand some individuals defer maintenance on their automobile to pay for other necessities instead, such as groceries and rent. The Car Care Program allows us in a small way to assist individuals and families with improving the safety of their vehicle and our highways. Every OSP Trooper understands they can influence the trajectory of a person's life, which is why 'Compassion' is a core value of our agency."

"We're pleased to partner with the Oregon State Police on the 'Car Care Program,'" said Advance's chief marketing officer, Walter Scott. "Advance is passionate about serving our customers and communities and our team members are always ready with the parts and advice that customers' need to keep their vehicles running safely."

Starting February 21, 2017, the Oregon State Police will start distributing these vouchers statewide. In 2016, the Oregon State Police issued over 20,000 warnings/citations for equipment violations. Seventy-seven percent of these violations were due to ORS 816.330 - Operating without Required Lighting. Required lighting includes all external vehicle lighting such as blinkers, headlights, and tail lights. These violations directly affect the safety of all vehicles on our roadways.


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Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 02/16/2017-02/20/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 02/21/17 7:54 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 02/16/2017-02/20/2017

ESTACADA:

1C 2017-296

On 02/16/2017 at about 1637 hrs., police received a wallet that had been found in the 400 block of SE Main Street.

1C 2017-302

On 02/17/2017 at 1214 hrs., Timothy D. Peden, (53, of Estacada) was arrested near the intersection of S Broadway and SW 4th Avenue. Mr. Peden was taken into custody for a warrant out of Clackamas County for Failing to Appear for the offense of Criminal Trespass II. Mr. Peden was transported to the Clackamas County Jail where he was lodged.

1C 2017-311

On 02/18/2017 at about 2018 hrs., dispatch notified me of a traffic crash outside of a business on the 100 block of SW Frontage Road. One vehicle had significant front end damage. An information exchange occurred and officers cleared with this report.

1C 2017-315

On 02/19/2017 at about 1409 hrs., police attended a mental health situation in the 300 block of SW Lake Shore Drive. A report is pending (CAD).

1C 2017-316

On 02/19/2017 at about 2015 hrs., police were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 400 block of SW Elm Road. Investigation concluded that multiple people were disturbed by the reckless actions of a male subject. The report will be forwarded to the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office.

1C 2017-318

On 02/20/2017 at about 0748 hrs., police responded to a report of harassment in the 100 block of SE Currin Street. A report is pending (CAD).

1C 2017-319

On 02/20/2017 at about 0821 hrs., police responded to the 700 block of NW Highway 224 regarding a reported theft. A report is pending (CAD).

SANDY:

18 2017-294

On 02/16/2017 at about 1440 hrs., a woman living in the 17000 block of Sue Laney came to the Police Department to report attempted Identity Theft. The woman received a letter from Sprint stating that they had been unable to open an account for her, but the woman had never applied for an account. Information will be requested from Sprint in order to attempt to identify suspects.

18 2017-295

On 02/16/2017 at about 1520 hrs., a man living in the 17000 block of Sue Lane came to the Police Department to report identity theft. The man received a bill from Sprint for several thousand dollars but told me he had never had a Sprint account or attempted to open one. Records will be requested from Sprint in order to attempt to identify suspects.

18 2017-298

On 02/16/2017 at about 1725 hrs., police responded to a domestic disturbance. It was determined no crimes had been committed and a report was taken.

18 2017-299

On 02/17/2017 at about 0107 hrs., police arrested Marco A. Martinez-Mechaca (28, of Sandy) for a parole violation in the 39000 block of Cascadia Village Drive. He was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail on no bail.

18 2017-301

On 02/17/2017 at about 0800 hrs., an officer stopped a vehicle after seeing the driver holding a marijuana pipe up to her mouth on Industrial Way near 362nd Drive. Two subjects were cited for being minors in possession of marijuana. The driver was also cited for using marijuana while driving. The driver was determined not to be impaired by marijuana at the time, and both left the scene after receiving their citations.

18 2017-304

On 02/17/2017 at about 1445 hrs., Vern R. Dibble (59, of Sandy), was cited and released on a warrant out of Clackamas County. Vern was found in the 38000 block of Highway 26. The warrant was for Criminal Trespass in the second degree.

18 2017-305

On 02/17/2017 at about 1510 hrs., a vehicle was towed because it had been left parked in the same location for over two weeks. The vehicle had been tagged as required by law twice in the past 5 days.

18 2017-308

On 02/18/2017 at 1503 hrs., a victim reported that she and her niece's debit cards had been stolen and used at two stores in Sandy. The suspect admitted over the phone to stealing the cards and using them without the owners permission. The case will be forwarded to the CCDA's Office. The suspect will be charged with numerous counts of theft and Fraudulent Use of Credit Card.

18 2017-309

On 02/18/2017 at approximately 1900 hrs., Timothy M. Kinder (32, transient) caused a traffic crash at the intersection of Dubarko Road and Highway 211. Kinder was arrested, as he had two Multnomah county warrants for his arrest. The charges included Attempt to Elude, Reckless Driving, Criminal Mischief II, DUII, Fail to Perform Duties of Driver, and another charge of Reckless Driving. His total bail was $17,500. Kinder's license was suspended and he did not have liability insurance. Subsequently, his vehicle was impounded and he was cited for these offenses.

18 2017-310

On 02/18/2017 at about 1935 hrs., a vehicle was stopped for failing to use the appropriate signal for a turn. The driver was subsequently found to be driving while suspended and was issued citations for the violations; the vehicle was impounded.

18 2017-312

On 02/18/2017 at about 2151 hrs., police responded to the 1800 block of Bluff Road regarding a disturbance. It was determined no crime had occurred and a report was taken (CAD).

18 2017-314

On 02/19/2017 at about 1023 hrs., police took a report regarding a vehicle that was stolen sometime after 0230 hrs. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-317

On 02/20/2017 at about 0806 hrs., police responded to a disturbance in the 37000 block of Ruben Lane. A report is pending (CAD).
38-Year-Old Woman Arrested Sunday for Stabbing Two People in Downtown Portland (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/21/17 7:30 AM
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On Sunday February 19, 2017, Central Precinct officers arrested 38-year-old Shiloe Janee Chetnik in connection with the assault and stabbing of two people outside the Central Library in Downtown Portland.

Chetnik was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Assault in the Second Degree and will be arraigned on Tuesday.

The investigation started at approximately 5:56 p.m. when Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a fight outside the Central Library, located at 801 Southwest 10th Avenue. Officers arrived in the are and located two people, a male and a female, suffering from knife wounds. Both were transported to the hospital by ambulance for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries. Also in the area, officers located Chetnik and a fourth person involve in the altercation.

Officers and Assault detectives learned that the Chetnik, her wife and the two victims were all involved in a physical altercation after an argument started about a fight earlier at O'Bryant Square Park. Detectives learned that Chetnik used a knife during the fight, causing injuries to the two victims.

Anyone with additional information on this case should contact Assault detectives at 503-823-0400.

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Several Arrests During Unpermitted Street March on Monday in Downtown Portland (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/20/17 6:22 PM
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On Monday February 20, 2017, the Portland Police Bureau responded to and assisted with two "Not My Presidents Day" protest events.

The first event, starting at approximately 11:00 a.m., occurred in the area of Southwest 3rd Avenue and Madison Street, across from the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building. The event organizers did not obtain any permit for a road closure or street use and several participants stood in the street and blocked traffic. Officers on bicycles and on foot attempted to maintain order but required assistance from Rapid Response Team (RRT) officers.

After lawful instructions were given by police to clear the roadway, officers did make several arrests in the area, as well as subsequent areas of Downtown Portland after an unpermitted street march involved dozens of people. During the march, officers had limited deployments of pepper spray and less-than-lethal munitions in response to actions of some protesters.

A total of 13 people were arrested in connection with the first event, seven adults and six juveniles. All 13 people received a traffic citation for violation of Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 811.535 (Failing to Obey a Police Officer). All adults also received additional criminal criminal citations and booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

Arrested at Southwest 3rd Avenue and Madison Street:

66-year-old Margaret Ann Zebroski was arrested for Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

42-year-old Heather Grace White was arrested for Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

31-year-old David Johnathan Carlson was arrested for Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

38-year-old Charles Ernest Stubbs was arrested for Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

37-year-old John Doe (booked as Quanice Hayes) was arrested for Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Resist Arrest and Furnishing False Information to Police.

Two 16-year-old females and a 17-year-old female received traffic citations.

Arrested at Southwest 6th Avenue and Salmon Street:

34-year-old Lucy Elizabeth Smith was arrested for Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

33-year-old Rebecca Smith-White was arrested for Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

14, 16 and 17 year old males received traffic citations.

A second event started at 12:00 p.m. at Director Park, located at 815 Southwest Park Street. The event organizers obtained a permit to have a street march and were escorted on a route through Southwest Downtown Portland, returning to Director Park at approximately 1:00 p.m. There were no arrests or problems reported during this second event.

Protests generally do not require any permit from the City of Portland; however, any event held in the street and/or sidewalk, such as runs, walks, marches, parades or bicycle races must have a permit granted by the City of Portland. Additionally, event organizers are encouraged to work with the City of Portland to ensure a safe event for participants and non-participants.

To learn more about the permitting process or to file a request for a permit, please visit the Portland Bureau of Transportation's Special Events page at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/?c=29979

Commendations or complaints about officer conduct today should be directed to the Office of Independent Police Review (IPR) at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/ipr/26646?

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Operation Be My Felontine (Update: Additional arrestee; Charge updates)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 02/20/17 6:13 PM
Member agencies of the Washington State Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force conducted a targeted operation in the Vancouver, WA area. This was a proactive investigation to locate and arrest individuals desiring to engage in sexual activities with children or wishing to provide access to children for sexual activities. Washington State consistently ranks as one of the highest in Internet Crimes Against Children and operations like the one recently conducted are designed to locate and arrest individuals whose sole desire is the sexual exploitation and abuse of children.

The lead agencies in this operation were the Vancouver Police Department Digital Evidence Cybercrime Unit (DECU) and the Washington State Patrol's Missing and Exploited Children Task Force (MECTF). The agencies were assisted by other county, local and federal law enforcement agencies in a collaborative effort to address this problem that impacts communities across our state, often involving suspects from locations outside the state who travel to various cities in Washington for the sole purpose of sexually abusing children.

The operation launched on February 14, 2017 with the searching of popular online sites that are being used by predators to engage in the criminal activities along with proactive efforts. Within 10 minutes of launching the operation multiple responses were received from individuals clearly stating their interest in having sex with a child. The age ranges of interest among these individuals varied from 14 years of age to as young as 6 years of age.

The first arrest was made on February 15, 2017 and involved an individual who replied how excited he was to have sex with a child and drove to the meeting location to consummate his desires. Ultimately 11 suspects were arrested and booked into the Clark County Jail. The cases will be presented to the Clark County Prosecutors Office who will make the filing determinations. The suspects face potential charges based on the specifics of their case that may include one or more of the following:

RCW 9A.44.073 -- Rape of a Child in the First/Second Degree -- Attempt
RCW 9.68A.100 -- Commercial Sexual Abuse of a Minor
RCW 9.68A.070 -- Possession of Depiction of Minor Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct
RCW 9.68A.050 -- Dealing in Depictions of Minor Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct
RCW 9.68A.090 -- Communication With a Minor for Immoral Purposes

"Operation Be My Felontine" resulted in the arrest and booking of the following individuals:

NAME HOME CITY/STATE BOOKED FOR

KEEN, Daniel Jr Vancouver, WA ROC 2 Attempt Comm. w/a Minor for Immoral Purposes

STONE, Normund A Portland, OR ROC 2 - Attempt Comm. w/a Minor for Immoral Purposes

FLORES, Daniel T Vancouver, WA ROC 1 - Attempt & ROC 2 - Attempt

HAYES, Tristain Camas, WA ROC 2 - Attempt Comm. w/a Minor for Immoral Purposes

BURGHART, Russell J Warren, OR ROC 2 - Attempt Comm. w/a Minor for Immoral Purposes

WOOGE, Ernest G Vancouver, WA ROC 2 - Attempt Comm. w/a Minor for Immoral Purposes

COLLINS, David W Vancouver, WA ROC 2 - Attempt Comm. w/a Minor for Immoral Purposes

HAMBRICK, Jace T Portland, OR ROC 2 - Attempt Comm. w/a Minor for Immoral Purposes

PEETZ, Jason S Salem, OR ROC 2 -- Attempt/ROC 1 Attempt(2) Comm. w/a Minor for Immoral Purposes

COLLINS, Robert E Marysville, WA ROC2 - Attempt Comm. w/a Minor for Immoral Purposes

RIGGINS, Richard J Camas, WA ROC 1 - Attempt (2) ROC 2 - Attempt (1) Comm. w/a Minor for Immoral Purposes Commercial Sex Abuse of a Minor


Operations of this type are vitally important to the safety and security or our children and communities. The dedication of the law enforcement agencies involved cannot be understated or undervalued. The support of the leadership in the Vancouver Police Department and the Washington State Patrol made this operation and its success a possibility. In addition to the two lead agencies the WA ICAC TF thanks the following agencies for their support and assistance:

Beaverton, OR PD
Clackamas County SO
Clark County SO
DHSI Portland
DHSI Seattle
FBI Portland
FBI Seattle
FBI Vancouver
Seattle PD
Clark County PAO
King County PAO
WA State AG

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OSP Seeks Public Assistance Identifying Witnesses of a Single Vehicle Crash on Highway 26 - Clatsop County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/20/17 4:53 PM
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On Wednesday February 15, 2017, at about 1:15 p.m., OSP Troopers were dispatched to a single vehicle crash on Highway 26 near milepost 29.5, in Clatsop County. The crash involved a black, newer model Dodge Challenger that went off the roadway and came to rest on a steep embankment. Emergency medical responders at the scene were in contact with a possible witness that left the scene prior to Trooper's arrival.

OSP is asking anyone with information or witnesses of the crash, to call OSP North Plains Sergeant Darin LaDick at (503) 647-7631 or NCC Dispatch at (503) 375-3555.


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University of Portland announces 2017 Commencement speaker and honorees
University of Portland - 02/20/17 4:06 PM
The University of Portland has announced the honorees to be recognized during the 2017 Commencement ceremonies, which will be held on campus in the Chiles Center on Sunday, May 7. Commencement I begins at 10 a.m. and is held for undergraduate and graduate students of the Pamplin School of Business, the Shiley School of Engineering, and the School of Nursing. Commencement II starts at 2 p.m. and is for all graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education.

Christus Magister Medal

Sr. Charlene Herinckx, S.S.M.O. '78
Receiving the University's highest honor, the Christus Magister Medal, is Sr. Charlene Herinckx, S.S.M.O. Sr. Herinckx was elected Superior General of the Sisters of Saint Mary of Oregon (S.S.M.O.) in 2010 and was re-elected in 2015. The S.S.M.O., which are the only religious community to be founded in Oregon, officially opened their convent in 1886, and in 1889, they opened an orphanage. Since that time, the sisters have been deeply committed to serving others, especially through education and health care. Through the years, the order founded St. Mary's Home for Boys, St. Mary's Institute, St. Mary of the Valley boarding school, St. Mary of the Valley High School (now known as Valley Catholic), and Maryville Nursing Home. Sr. Herinckx was raised in Roy, Oregon, a small community near the Tualatin Valley, where the Sisters of Saint Mary began teaching in 1912. The sisters taught her parents, siblings, and extended family, playing a vital role in her faith development. She entered the convent as a candidate in 1966 and professed perpetual vows in 1974. After earning a bachelor's degree from Marylhurst University, Sr. Charlene earned a master's degree in education at the University of Portland and a second master's degree from the University of San Francisco. A teacher and principal at schools across the Portland metro region, she also served on the National Religious Vocation Conference Board.

Honorary Doctorate Recipients

Celia Hammond, L.L.M.
Celia Hammond, the speaker for both ceremonies and an honorary doctorate recipient, was appointed to the top position of University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA) in 2008, becoming its vice chancellor at the age of 39. The school, established in 1989 as the first Catholic university in Australia, now has 11,000 students at three campuses. One of her many achievements was the opening of the Institute for Ethics and Society in 2009, one of the university's three national research institutes. In addition to research, it provides leadership in ethics education across the university, with a focus on applied and professional ethics, ethics education, bioethics, religion and global affairs, and indigenous research and ethics. Hammond is known as a passionate advocate of Catholic higher education who strives to create a culture and community conducive to the development of the whole person. Before becoming vice chancellor, Hammond served as the deputy vice chancellor and oversaw the university's law school in Fremantle. She also served as UNDA's general counsel, executive director of the vice chancellery, and assistant provost. Prior to UNDA, Hammond worked as a legal practitioner in Western Australia and taught law at other Australian universities after earning her law degree in 1991 from the University of Western Australia.

Lieutenant General Dana T. Atkins, United States Air Force, Ret. '77
Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Dana Atkins, a distinguished military officer and private-sector business leader, became the president and chief executive officer of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) in 2016. MOAA has 390,000 members and is the nation's largest, most influential association of military officers. Prior to his appointment, Atkins was the president of Chronicle Media, a large media and marketing services firm in Augusta, Georgia. When he retired from the Air Force in 2012, Atkins was serving as the commander of Alaskan Command, Alaska NORAD Region, Joint Task Force Alaska, and 11th Air Force at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. During his military career, he served as a command pilot with more than 4,000 hours in fighter aircraft, as vice commander of the 7th Air Force and U.S. Air Force Korea, as director of operations (J3) U.S. Pacific Command, and as special assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe during the air war over Serbia. He flew as a demonstration pilot for both the European A-10 demonstration team and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. Atkins earned his bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Portland and holds two master's degrees, one in aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and another in national security strategy from the National War College.

Rev. George C. Bernard, C.S.C.
Fr. George Bernard, C.S.C., has spent the last 48 years at the University of Portland, where he has served as a Holy Cross priest, professor, and administrator. Although he officially retired in 1987 with the title of associate professor emeritus of theology, he has remained active in assisting local parishes, praying the Divine Office and Rosary, and offering Mass on campus. From an early age, religious life appealed to Fr. Bernard and this interest grew at the University of Notre Dame where he was introduced to the Congregation of Holy Cross through classmates who were also seminarians. In 1943, he professed his first vows, and he was ordained to the priesthood in 1949 at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. After six years of teaching theology at Notre Dame, Fr. Bernard became vice president of student affairs from 1958 to 1961. He then served as president and religious superior of Holy Cross College in Washington, D.C., until that college closed in 1968. In 1969, he arrived on The Bluff, serving as chair of the theology department from 1970 to 1977 and as academic vice president from 1977 until his retirement. Today, Fr. Bernard resides at Holy Cross Court on the University campus.

Anthony Doerr
Anthony Doerr's 2014 novel All the Light We Cannot See has won numerous literary awards, including the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. His first work, The Shell Collector, is a collection of short stories and was a New York Times and Publishers' Weekly Notable Book of 2002. He then released About Grace (2004), his first novel, which was followed by the memoir, Four Seasons in Rome (2007). In 2010, Memory Wall, a collection of stories set on four continents, won the acclaimed Story Prize. His short fiction has also earned him four O. Henry Prizes and been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories, The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Fiction, and The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories. Other awards and honors bestowed upon Doerr, whose works have been translated into more than 40 languages, include the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and the National Magazine Award for Fiction. Doerr earned his undergraduate degree in history from Bowdoin College and a master's degree in fine arts from Bowling Green State University. Anthony Doerr will be awarded his doctorate of humane letters when he speaks as a guest of the University of Portland's annual Schoenfeldt Distinguished Writers Series on February 27, 2017.

Brian J. Doyle
Catholicism has long played an important part in Brian Doyle's life and work. He was raised in an Irish Catholic family in New York and earned his degree in English from the University of Notre Dame in 1978. He was the assistant editor at U.S. Catholic magazine and was a senior writer for Boston College magazine before he became the editor of the University's Portland magazine in 1991. During his tenure, Portland has consistently been ranked among the best university magazines in the country and, in 2005, won Newsweek's Sibley Award as the top university magazine in America. Doyle has also authored many books of fiction, essays, and poems, including his novels Mink River, The Plover, Chicago, and Martin Marten, for which he won a 2016 Oregon Book Award for Young Adult Literature. His essays have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Orion, The American Scholar, and The New York Times, to name a few, and have been reprinted in the annual anthologies from Best American Essays, Best American Science & Nature Writing, and Best American Spiritual Writing. Other honors include the Catholic Book Award, three Pushcart Prizes, the John Burroughs Medal for distinguished nature writing in 2017 and for Outstanding Published Nature Essay in 2012, and the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2008.

Rafer Owens
Rafer Owens was born and raised in Compton, California, home to the notorious Bloods and Crips street gangs. When he was nine, his brother Vincent, a gang member, was sent to prison for murder. To keep their youngest son from a similar fate, Owens' parents encouraged him to attend church and school, with the hope that faith and education would keep him off the streets. After graduating with honors from Verbum Dei Catholic High School in Los Angeles, Owens attended the University of California, Los Angeles. Since then, he has dedicated his life to healing the community in which he not only grew up but raises his own children. Owens is now a Los Angeles County deputy sheriff working in community relations and the head pastor of Faith Inspirational Missionary Baptist Church. In 2006, he partnered with area churches to found the Compton Initiative, a 40-year commitment to improve and restore the city through painting homes, schools, and churches on quarterly workdays. In 2014, he wrote The 7 Pillars of Community Leadership so as to provide a roadmap for others who wish to make a difference in their communities. Owens and his wife Natalie have six children, including Rachelle, a communications major and guard on the Portland women's basketball team.

More information about the University's Commencement ceremonies can be found at http://www.up.edu/commencement

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The University of Portland is an independently governed Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross. U.S. News & World Report ranks the institution as one of the top ten regional universities in the American West. It is the only school in Oregon to offer a College of Arts & Sciences, a graduate school, and nationally accredited programs in the schools of business, education, engineering, and nursing.
Maurice Lucas Foundation launches scholarship program with $25,000 donation (Photo)
Maurice Lucas Foundation - 02/20/17 3:38 PM
Maurice Lucas Foundation Executive Director David Lucas (left) and board member Pamela Lucas thank Howard Hedinger, who has given $25,000 to kick off the foundation’s college scholarship fund drive.
Maurice Lucas Foundation Executive Director David Lucas (left) and board member Pamela Lucas thank Howard Hedinger, who has given $25,000 to kick off the foundation’s college scholarship fund drive.
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PORTLAND -- The nonprofit Maurice Lucas Foundation announced its new college scholarship program at an event Feb. 17 that will provide all of its qualifying student participants as much as $5,000 toward their post-high school education. Portland area business leader and philanthropist Howard Hedinger kicked off the scholarship fundraising drive with a $25,000 donation.

"Howard has been one of our strongest supporters since our very beginning in 2011," said foundation Executive Director David Lucas. "As a result of his generous gift, we are naming our scholarship program in his honor. Of course, we invite others to follow Howard's lead and join us in supporting this great cause."

The foundation's teachers, mentors, tutors and coaches provide after-school education and sports programs to underserved Portland area students though its Maurice Lucas Foundation Academies. The foundation has a long-standing relationship with Irvington Middle School where participating students' attendance and grades have improved dramatically.

"We help children learn, achieve, grow and build positive values," Lucas said. "We focus our energies on helping middle school students. This new scholarship program enables us to continue assisting these students as they progress through high school and provide incentive for continuing their education."

Academy participants will be able to receive up to $1,250 per year for up to four years if they fulfill the scholarship program's academic and community involvement requirements. The foundation's first group of eligible students will graduate high school in 2019.

The foundation has set a fundraising goal of $110,000 for the scholarship program. Those interested in supporting it can contact Lucas at (503) 880-4323.

About the Foundation
The foundation is named in honor of Maurice Lucas (1952-2010), the starting forward on the 1977 NBA champion Portland Trail Blazers team. Besides his outstanding achievements on the court, Lucas also gave selflessly of his time and energy to Portland youth. The Maurice Lucas Foundation focuses on middle school kids in the Portland metro area. The foundation teaches life lessons through sport. After school programs, sports camps and outings change the lives of the youths who participate. Since its formation, 436 students have successfully completed the foundation's academies and hundreds of others have participated in its sports programs. www.ml20.org

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Attached Media Files: Maurice Lucas Foundation Executive Director David Lucas (left) and board member Pamela Lucas thank Howard Hedinger, who has given $25,000 to kick off the foundation’s college scholarship fund drive.
Woodland Public Schools Superintendent helps construct school in Dominican Republic (Photo)
Woodland Sch. Dist. - 02/20/17 3:30 PM
Superintendent Green made friends with local tradespeople and students while working on the construction.
Superintendent Green made friends with local tradespeople and students while working on the construction.
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Monday, February 20, 2017-Woodland, WA-Woodland Public Schools Superintendent Michael Green traveled to the Dominican Republic to help construct a school along with 50 other educators and administrators from throughout the United States as part of the Lifetouch Memory Mission.

Lifetouch provides photography services for school districts throughout the United States. In 2000, the company established the Lifetouch Memory Mission to enable its employees to travel to destinations throughout the world including Kosovo, Jamaica, Haiti to provide intensive volunteer services in week-long trips.

For 2017, Lifetouch Memory Mission established the goal of building a school in Constanza, Dominican Republic. The School Superintendents Association (AASA), the National Association of Elementary Principals (NAESP), the National School Board Association (NSBA), and the National PTA joined forces to send school employee volunteers to help build the school.

Green applied and was accepted to volunteer for the mission taking place from January 16-24. "When I learned about the program, I was intrigued by the opportunity to impact education in a developing country," he explained. "I figured it was a long shot, but decided 'what the heck' and threw my name in the hat."

Funds received from company contributions and donations pay for the transportation, meals, and lodging of the volunteers as they dedicate themselves to constructing a school for the small, isolated agricultural community of Constanza located in the mountains northwest of Santo Domingo. "We were 4,000 feet up in the mountains with a five-hour drive by bus to reach the village from the airport," said Green. "It's a completely different world there."

"When you go on vacation as a tourist, you typically only interact with residents who work in the service profession and you don't really get to experience the culture of the community itself," said Green. "In Constanza, we visited people's homes and worked side-by-side with local residents who work in a variety of trades."

When news spread of Green's acceptance to the mission, the Woodland community rallied their support. "Community members donated more than $1,000 to help pay for supplies used in making the school," said Green. "I am always impressed and grateful for the Woodland community's support both of our own local schools, but also for their dedication to help organizations outside of the Woodland area, too."

Green and the rest of the team built a second floor addition to the school facilities to help educate the children of the small village. "Government support for schools is pretty limited, and, as a result, many of the children there don't attend school because they simply don't have the opportunity to do so," said Green. "Lifetouch coordinated this year's project with a local pastor to provide school facilities where the political infrastructure cannot help at this time."

Green helped pour concrete, build walls, and paint the rooms which will become the Rio Grande school. All of the work was done by hand with manual tools as heavy machinery couldn't travel to the isolated village. "The work was incredibly physically demanding with no cement trucks, no forklifts, and the like," explained Green. "The team of volunteers worked together and with local tradespeople to accomplish lots of work who spoke no English, so it was very much a growing experience."

Green returned from his trip with new perspectives on areas of the world that need support in order to thrive, particularly the people he met. "There was demonstrable joy in their very meager existence, at least by American standards," said Green. "The people we encountered seemed to have a world view that was very at peace and accepting of what the day would bring."


For more information about the Lifetouch Memory Mission, visit their website at: http://www.lifetouchmemorymission.com/

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Attached Media Files: Superintendent Green made friends with local tradespeople and students while working on the construction. , Due to Constanza's isolation, no machinery could assist in the construction meaning all work needed to be performed by hand. , The team helped construct a second floor on the school located in Constanza. , Woodland Public Schools Superintendent Michael Green was selected as one of 50 educators to help construct a school in Constanza, Dominican Republic. , Woodland Public Schools Superintendent Michael Green was selected as one of 50 educators to help construct a school in Constanza, Dominican Republic.
Fatal Traffic Crash on SE Wiese Rd., Damascus.
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/20/17 1:50 PM
At approximately 11:04 p.m. on Saturday, February 18, 2017, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies arrived in the area of the 13500 block of SE Wiese Rd. in Damascus on a report of a single-vehicle traffic crash.

Upon arrival, deputies were able to confirm that all three occupants of the vehicle were deceased at the scene.

The Clackamas County Crash Reconstruction and Forensic Team (CRAFT) responded and is conducting the crash investigation.

Preliminary information leads investigators to believe that speed may be a factor.

Family notifications have been made. The three deceased occupants have been identified as:

- Drew Noble, 21, Cove OR
- Curtis Sowell, 16, Oregon City OR
- Brenna Collacchi, 21, Clackamas OR

The investigation is ongoing; no further information is available at this time.

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Public's Help Needed to Locate Man Wanted for Sexually Assaulting Child (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/20/17 11:52 AM
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MEDIA RELEASE

Public's Help Needed to Locate Man Wanted for Sexually Assaulting Child

February 20, 2017 -- Sheriff's detectives assigned to the Child Abuse Unit need the public's help to locate a man wanted for sexually assaulting a child under 12.

In May 2016, a child under 12 years of age disclosed that she had been sexually assaulted multiple times by 24-year-old Jorge E. Bravo-Copado at a residence in rural Washington County. Sheriff's detectives assigned to the Child Abuse Unit investigated and found evidence which corroborated the sexual abuse.

Mr. Bravo-Copado has not been seen since May 2016. Last summer, his Facebook account was deleted and his bank account was closed. In August 2016, a logger found Mr. Bravo-Copado's truck abandoned in a remote area of Yamhill County. Detectives do not believe there was any evidence of foul play. Mr. Bravo-Copado works in the construction industry and all of his tools were missing from his truck.

On February 15, 2017, a Washington County grand jury indicted Mr. Bravo-Copado on the following charges:
Rape I (three counts)
Sexual Abuse I (three counts)
Unlawful Sexual Penetration I
The Washington County Sheriff's Office needs your help in locating Mr. Bravo-Copado. If you have any information on him or his whereabouts, please contact detectives at 503-846-2500.


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Naked Burglary Suspect Arrested in Wilkes Neighborhood Apartment (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/20/17 10:28 AM
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On Saturday February 18, 2017, at 10:15 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the Village Garden Apartments in the 15200 block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard on the report that an unknown naked man pushed himself into a woman's apartment. The 28-year-old female victim reported that she was able to escape with her two children, ages two and eight.

Officers arrived in the area and learned that the suspect forced his way into the victim's apartment via the fourth floor balcony, grabbed onto her and pulled her towards the bathroom. The victim was able to escape and tried to call 9-1-1, but the suspect interfered with the call so she grabbed her two kids and escaped to a neighboring apartment to call 9-1-1. The victim did not suffer any serious physical injuries. The victim told police that she recognized the man as a former resident of the apartment complex.

Officers established containment on the apartment then, assisted by a Canine Unit, began searching the apartment. The suspect was discovered hiding behind a couch where he was arrested without incident.

The suspect, 21-year-old Miguel Gomez, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Burglary in the First Degree, Kidnap in the First Degree, Attempted Rape in the First Degree, and Interfering with Making a Police Report. Gomez will be arraigned on Tuesday.

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Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Pizza Shop Robbed on Sunday Night - No Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 02/20/17 9:17 AM
On Sunday February 19, 2017, at 8:59 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at Papa Murphy's, located at 4010 Northeast Fremont Street.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted employees who told police that the suspect entered the shop, armed with a handgun, and demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left the shop without incident.

Several officers, including a Canine Unit, searched the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

The suspect is described as a black male in his 40s, wearing a dark-colored mask and hooded sweatshirt.

Detectives are investigating this case to determined if it's connected with other recent armed robberies.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Robbery detectives at 503-823-0405.

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Red Cross Responds to Home Disaster Affecting Four People in Portland
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/20/17 12:29 AM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster at approximately 7:00 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 in the 1700 block of SW Columbia, Portland, Multnomah County, Ore.

The single-family 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, 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 Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime.

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.
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Red Cross Responds to Home Disaster Affecting Two People in Skamania County
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/19/17 8:15 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster at approximately 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 in the 200 block of Heslen Road in Carson, Skamania County, Wash.

The single-family storm-related event affected two adults and one pet.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, 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 Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime.

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.
UPDATE #2 - FOUND SAFE: Officers Searching for Missing 2-Year-Old Boy
Portland Police Bureau - 02/19/17 5:09 PM
River was admitted to a Portland hospital for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries and exposure to cold temperatures. After the investigation, detectives placed River into protective custody out of concern for the child's welfare and safety at home. The Oregon Department of Human Services is involved in the investigation and there will be a court hearing on Tuesday to determine next steps in the case.

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At approximately 11:45 a.m., Mountain Wave Search and Rescue personnel safely located 2-year-old River in some blackberry bushes not far from his home. River was transported to the hospital for exposure to cold temperatures and some scratches from the bushes.

Officers from the Portland Police Bureau and Beaverton Police Department, FBI agents and search and rescue personnel searched for several hours before locating River

Investigators will forward all police reports to the Oregon Department of Human Services for review, which is standard in any case involving child welfare.

The Bureau would like to thank all those who assisted with today's search.

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The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help to locate a 2-year-old child reported missing early Saturday morning.

River is a 2-year-old male, is very mobile and has no known health issues. He was last seen wearing black pajamas with stars on them. River has blonde hair and blue eyes.

At approximately 6:00 a.m. this morning, East Precinct officers responded to a residence in the 1700 block of Northeast 67th Avenue after the child's mother reported that she woke up and he was not in bed with her.

Numerous officers, including a Canine Unit, have been searching the neighborhood, including Rose City Golf Course. The Portland Police Bureau's Air Support Unit will be assisting with the search, weather permitting, and Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue (SAR) personnel are responding to assist.

Police are asking area residents that may be out and about to keep an eye out for River and to immediately call 9-1-1 if they see him.

Updates will be provided when they become available.

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Woodburn Police Arrest Former NFL Player Stanley Wilson (Photo)
Woodburn Police - 02/19/17 7:54 AM
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Woodburn police officers arrested former NFL player Stanley Wilson II on Feb. 18 after getting a call around 2:09 p.m. of the suspect making alarming statements to a homeowner in the 2000 block of Citadel Street.

The homeowner said Wilson drove up in front of the residence and approached them as they stood in their garage. He was fully clothed but was acting erratically so the homeowner promptly shut the garage door and contacted police. Wilson made attempts to get into the residence in both the front and back doors but was unsuccessful.

When Police arrived, Wilson emerged from a backyard shed and was completely naked. He complied with commands from officers and was taken into custody without incident.

Wilson was shot by a homeowner back in June of last year for a similar incident in Portland, and was arrested in January when he was found naked outside a residence in Portland.

Wilson was transported to Marion County Jail and booked on several charges related to this incident.

He is a former Detroit Lions cornerback and played college football for Stanford. He is the son of former Cincinnati Bengals running back Stanley Wilson Sr., who has also battled drug issues.

No other information will be released at this time.


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Sheriff's Office Investigating Shooting in Vernonia Area ***Active Scene**** (Photo)
Columbia Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/19/17 2:57 AM
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The Columbia County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating Gregory Reynolds, the suspect in a shooting incident Saturday afternoon that left one man with a gunshot wound just south of Vernonia. The highway, which had been closed for several hours, is now opened back up to travel.

Reynolds is the suspect in the shooting that occurred in the 58000 block of Kirk Rd in the Vernonia area at 2:49 p.m. Saturday. CCSO deputies and other officers responded to that location when a caller advised that Reynolds had driven to the residence and opened fire, striking Lewis Cochrane, 45. Cochrane was taken by ambulance to OHSU Hospital in Portland and treated for a gunshot wound.

Deputies located the suspect vehicle (a two-toned, red/white Ford Pickup) at the suspect's last known residence at 3:17 p.m. and surrounded the house at 58442 South Nehalem Highway. The Washington County tactical team responded to assist deputies and officers on the scene, and the highway was shut down at 7:30 p.m. to accommodate police operations, while a thorough search for the suspect was conducted in the house and the surrounding area. The suspect was not located.

The suspect is a 37-year-old, white male, 6'-1", 150 pounds, with brown hair and beard and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing dirty blue jeans and a dark-colored jacket. His vehicle has been impounded, but investigators are unsure if he is in another vehicle or on foot.

He is wanted on several felony warrants not associated with this incident and is sought for questioning in this incident. He should be considered armed and dangerous, and the public should not attempt to contact him if located. If anyone knows of his whereabouts, please call Columbia County dispatch at 503-397-1521.

The investigation into this shooting continues, but the highway was opened back up at 2:15 Sunday morning.


Attached Media Files: Reynolds
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Sheriff's Office Investigating Shooting in Vernonia Area ***UPDATE***
Columbia Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/18/17 7:50 PM
CCSO deputies and officers from other area agencies responded to the Vernonia area today on a shooting call. A victim was struck by gunfire, and the suspect remains outstanding.

Deputies responded at 2:49 pm. to the 58000 block of Kirk Rd after a caller at the residence there advised that Gregory Reynolds, 37, Vernonia had just left after firing multiple shots from his pickup truck. Lewis Cochran, 45, Vernonia was reportedly struck by gunfire and transported to an area hospital.

Law enforcement is in the area, looking for the suspect. This remains an active scene, with many law enforcement officers in deputies assisting.

We currently do not have a PIO available. Please do not contact officers in the field. That puts you and them at risk. When we have more information available a statement will be made from the sheriffs office in St. Helens


UPDATE

Nehalem Highway South is closed to all traffic Between timber Road and Sheely Creek Road immediately for a police action in the area. The highway will remain closed until further notice.
Civil Air Patrol Assists In Successful Search For Missing Condon Couple
Oregon Civil Air Patrol - 02/18/17 7:39 PM
Two adults from Condon Oregon, missing since Friday on a trip to Idaho, were found alive and well early Saturday morning by the Kootenai County Idaho Sheriff's Office with the assistance of the Civil Air Patrols Cellular Phone Forensic Team.
 
"The cell phone forensics team pinpointed where they could possibly be and their efforts provided a key clue that redirected the search and led to the rescue." said Lt. Col. Thomas Traver of the Oregon Wing Civil Air Patrol

Ground search and rescue crews located the couple inside their car that had gotten stuck in the ice. They were both in good condition since they had properly prepared for the trip with warm clothing , food, water and blankets.
 
The CAP' s role in the search began with the AFRCC's assistance being requested by the Kootenai County Sheriffs Office.

The CAP's NHQC team began providing cellular forensics support which provided initial analysis of data and with processing updated information as it became available.  NHQC was able to initially provide a relatively large search area followed by a very small search area - which then allowed local search and rescue searchers to focus their efforts and locate the missing couple.
 
"To be part of bringing them home safe is an honor to be relished."  mentioned Major
Justin Ogden, CAP Cellular Forensics Technical Specialist at the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center.
Vancouver Police vehicle hits two pedestrians
Vancouver Police Dept. - 02/18/17 7:21 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- On February 18, 2017, at approximately 10:00 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to a traffic collision involving a Vancouver Police patrol vehicle that hit two pedestrians at the intersection of Evergreen Blvd. /Columbia Street. The patrol officer was traveling westbound on Evergreen Blvd., making a left turn southbound onto Columbia Street, when he hit two pedestrians who were crossing Columbia Street on Evergreen Blvd. in the crosswalk. Both pedestrians were transported to an area hospital for minor injuries and were treated and released.

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Deputies Need the Public's Help to Identify Couple (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/18/17 5:36 PM
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MEDIA RELEASE

Deputies Need the Public's Help to Identify Couple

February 18, 2017 -- Washington County Sheriff's deputies serving the city of Cornelius need the public's help in identifying a couple suspected of at least two thefts.

On February 17, 2017, just after 6pm, deputies serving the city of Cornelius were called to the Wilco Farm Store at 664 W Baseline Street. Employees reported that a male and female stole a pair of boots worth $379.

Just a few hours earlier, the same couple is suspected of stealing a package from a home in the 600 block of S. Linden Street.

Deputies are investigating all leads in order to identify this couple.

If you know who this couple is, please contact deputies at 503-629-0111.


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Injury Hit and Run Motor Vehicle Crash
Bend Police Dept. - 02/18/17 3:39 PM
Date: Friday, February 17, 2017 Case # 2017-0055720

Date & Time of Incident: 02-17-17 at 2113 hours
Type of Incident: Felony Hit and Run/ Vehicle vs. Pedestrian
Location of Incident: NW Bond/ NW Franklin



Suspect Vehicle Description:
Gray or Black pick-up, possibly a Dodge Ram 2500 or similar. Lifted with oversized tires


Narrative:
Bend Police and Fire responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian motor vehicle crash in the area of NW Bond and NW Franklin on 02-17-17 at approximately 2113 hours. It was reported a vehicle struck a pedestrian and fled from the scene.

On arrival of officers, an injured female adult was located and transported to St. Charles Medical Center. The injuries are not life threatening. Officers learned the adult female had been crossing the road in a marked crosswalk when she was struck by the unknown suspect vehicle.

The Bend Police Department is requesting the public's assistance in locating the suspect vehicle and asks anyone with information to please call the Bend Police Department through the non-emergency dispatch line of 541-693-6911.
Vancouver Police conducting death investigation (Update: Arrest)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 02/18/17 12:23 PM
Update

The Vancouver Police Department arrested Kenneth Jay Moore, DOB 04/20/1971, for Assault I and Murder I. Moore was booked into the Clark County Jail. Moore is the male that exited the residence during yesterday's SWAT activation.

The investigation is continuing and no further information is available for release at this time.



Vancouver, Wash. -- On February 17, 2017, at approximately 9:15 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to a residence in the 3700 block of E 18th Street for a welfare check after a friend reported they had not been able to reach one of the residents for a few days. Vancouver Police patrol responded and a male inside the residence was seen displaying a firearm. Based on the circumstance involving the firearm, and the possibility that there was another person inside the residence, SWAT was called to attempt contact with the occupants of the residence. Multiple roads were closed in the area and neighboring residents were advised to shelter in place during the police activity.

After multiple attempts to verbally contact the occupants, at approximately 11:15 a.m., a male exited the residence and was taken into custody. Information from SWAT personnel at the scene indicated there was a deceased individual inside the residence.

The Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit is continuing the investigation and will be executing a search warrant to enter the residence and begin processing the scene.

No further information is available at this time. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Detectives do not believe there is any threat to the public.




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Wanted Subject Located in Minnesota (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/18/17 11:55 AM
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MEDIA RELEASE

Wanted Subject Located in Minnesota

This is an update to our media release from November 21, 2016 (below).

February 18, 2017 -- A man wanted for cutting off his GPS monitor in Oregon was located and taken into custody in the state of Minnesota.

On February 17, 2017, police officers in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, located Aaron Emery working at a local Subway restaurant. Police learned Mr. Emery was wanted on Oregon warrants for Unauthorized Departure and Parole Violation (Abscond) after he bragged to a co-worker about escaping from GPS supervision in Oregon.

Mr. Emery is currently lodged in the Stearns County Jail in Minnesota while he awaits the extradition process back to Oregon.

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Attempt to Locate Wanted Subject Aaron Emery

November 21, 2016 -- The Washington County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating 30-year-old Aaron James Emery. Mr. Emery is wanted after recently cutting off his GPS monitor and fleeing from the Washington County Community Corrections Center.

On October 18, 2016, detectives with the Washington County Sheriff's Office arrested 30-year-old Aaron James Emery after a DNA match linked him to the sexual assault of a teenager in Aloha in March 2015. Mr. Emery was charged with Public Indecency and Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree.

Mr. Emery bailed out of jail the following day and was moved to the Washington County Community Corrections Center to finish serving time on an unrelated felony Assault in the Fourth Degree charge.

Inmates in the community corrections center can leave during the day to work or attend treatment. Mr. Emery was employed in the restaurant industry and was monitored by a GPS ankle bracelet. Recently, Mr. Emery cut off his GPS monitor and failed to return to the community corrections center. A no-bail warrant for Parole Violation (Abscond) has been issued for his arrest. Mr. Emery has a distinctive tattoo on his left hand that may assist in his identification.

If you see Mr. Emery or have knowledge of his current whereabouts, please do not approach him. Instead, contact non-emergency dispatch or 911.


Attached Media Files: Media Release , Aaron Emery
Fri. 02/17/17
UPDATE - FOUND SAFE: Public's Help Sought to Locate a Missing 92-Year-Old Woman (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/17/17 10:13 PM
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92-year-old Sam Mai was found safe and sound this evening and is no longer missing.

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The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help to locate a 92-year-old woman missing since the afternoon hours of Friday February 17, 2017.

Sam was last seen today at approximately 3:00 p.m. when she left her temple at Southeast 118th Avenue and Division Street.

Sam is described as 4'00" tall, 110 pounds, very short black and gray hair, and brown eyes. Sam was last seen wearing a black puffy jacket, black and white pinstriped pants, and black shoes.

Sam suffers from dementia and it is unlikely she will know how to get home or how to contact family. Sam speaks Vietnamese and knows very little English.

Anyone seeing Sam is asked to call 9-1-1 so that police may check her welfare. Anyone with non-emergency information is asked to contact Detective Heidi Helwig at 503-823-0797, heidi.helwig@portlandoregon.gov.

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