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Sun. 02/18/18
Burglary Arrest Waldport Shell Gas Station
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/18/18 6:44 PM
During the early morning of February 18, 2018 Deputy Tadlock and Deputy Larson with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office responded to the Waldport Shell Gas Station after the owner of the business found a damaged window and property stolen from the convenience store. Deputies viewed video surveillance and quickly identified Keith James Holder, 25 year old male from Waldport, as the suspect in this case.

Deputies were able to locate Keith Holder within an hour from the start of the investigation. After conducting an interview with Keith Holder, the deputies were able retrieve all of the stolen property and make an arrest.

Keith Holder was transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he was lodged on the following charges: Burglary I, Theft II, and Criminal Mischief I with a bail set at $215,000.00.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office reminds both residents and business owners the benefits of having a video surveillance system. A surveillance system has a great impact on not only deterring criminal activity but often times the difference between a criminal arrest or having a case go unsolved.



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Respectfully submitted,

Karl Vertner
Patrol Sergeant
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
225 W. Olive St.
Newport, Oregon 97365
kvertner@co.lincoln.or.us
(541) 265-0681

Shooting Investigation Underway in North Portland's Eliot Neighborhood - No Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 02/18/18 5:37 PM
On Sunday February 18, 2018, at 4:47 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center on the report of gunfire in a nearby parking lot.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted hospital security, learning that there was gunfire in a hospital parking lot and people drove out of the area.

Officers located evidence of gunfire but did not locate any victims. It does not appear that the gunfire had any direct nexus to hospital operations.

Based on information learned at the scene, the Gang Enforcement Team will conduct follow-up investigation.

The hospital was placed into a temporary, partial lockdown as a precaution but has resumed normal operations.

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

The Portland Police Bureau works closely with Enough is Enough PDX, a community-led campaign aimed at encouraging people to take a stand against gang violence in the area.

For more information about Enough is Enough PDX and how you can get involved, please visit https://www.facebook.com/EnoughIsEnoughPDX

Additional information about Enough is Enough PDX and other City efforts addressing youth violence can be found at the Office of Youth Violence Prevention, http://www.portlandonline.com/safeyouth/

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

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

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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Robbery Investigation Underway in Southeast Portland's Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 02/18/18 12:23 PM
On Sunday February 18, 2018, at 11:08 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at Dotty's, located at 11926 Southeast Division Street.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted employees who told police that two suspects, armed with guns, demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspects ran out of the business and were last seen running southbound on 119th Avenue.

Several officers, including a Police K-9 Unit, searched the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspects' description.

The suspects were described as white males in their 30s, skinny build, wearing light blue clothing and head coverings.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Robbery detectives at 503-823-0405.

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Teenager Injured in Early Morning Shooting in Southeast Portland's Ardenwald Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 02/18/18 12:14 PM
On Sunday February 18, 2018, at 2:07 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting in the area of Southeast 36th Avenue and Van Water Street.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and contacted the 16-year-old female victim suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment and is expected to survive.

Officers located a crime scene in the street at Southeast 36th Avenue and Van Water Street where evidence was collected by investigators. Officers did not learn of any suspect information.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Assault detectives at 503-823-0400.

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Sat. 02/17/18
Red Cross Responds to Single-Family Fire in Deschutes County
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/17/18 10:27 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on Saturday February 17, 2018, at approximately 8:45 p.m. in the 1100 block of Hwy 20, in Sisters, OR. This single-family disaster affected 2 adults.

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

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

UPDATE w/ CORRECTED VICTIM NAME: Woman arrested on Manslaughter, DUII charges following crash that killed two in burning vehicle (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/17/18 10:19 PM
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[Naylor C. Joles' name now correctly spelled below]

UPDATE (2/17/18, 6:20 p.m.) -- VICTIMS IDENTIFIED

The victims in the Feb. 15 fatal two-car collision on S. Barlow Rd. have been positively identified and family notifications have been completed. The two victims have been positively identified as:

- Naylor C. Joles, 65 years old, from Oregon City. Mr. Joles was the driver of one of the two vehicles.
- Robert Lough, 58 years old, from Mt. Angel. Mr. Lough was the passenger in Mr. Joles' vehicle.

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EARLIER (Feb. 16, 2018) -- Woman arrested on Manslaughter, DUII charges following crash that killed two in burning vehicle

Please reference CCSO Case # 18-4606

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office arrested one woman on DUII and multiple Manslaughter charges following a fatal Feb. 15 two-car collision on S. Barlow Rd. that led to the deaths of a driver and passenger in a car that caught fire. At this writing authorities are still working to identify the victims.

At approximately 10:03 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, a Lexus G47 driven by suspect Vasilissa Kuzmin, 20, collided head-on with another vehicle on S. Barlow Rd. near the intersection of S. Barnards Rd. The victim vehicle caught fire. Bystanders tried to free the driver and passenger from the burning car, but were unsuccessful. Both occupants perished inside.

At approximately 10:15 p.m. deputies and Canby Fire personnel arrived at the crash scene and interviewed witnesses and Ms. Kuzmin. Kuzmin was transported by Canby Fire to Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) for treatment of injuries suffered during the collision.

During the treatment Vasilissa Kuzmin's blood was drawn and tested for alcohol content. OHSU staff reported Kuzmin had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.21%. A motorist will fail a DUII field test if their BAC reading is 0.08% or higher.

The Sheriff's Office Detectives and the Criminal Reconstruction and Forensic Team (CRAFT) (http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/craft.html ) responded to the crash scene and investigated the roadway evidence and suspect vehicle. Preliminary results from CRAFT suggest Kuzmin's vehicle was headed northbound on S. Barlow Rd., crossed the white fog line, and completely left the road onto the gravel and dirt shoulder. After traveling about 200 feet on the shoulder. The suspect vehicle then overcorrected back onto the roadway -- crossing back over the center line and striking the victim vehicle head-on. The victim vehicle caught fire and both occupants died in the fire.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office is currently working to identify the victims' remains. Once identified, the victim names will be released following family notifications.

Vasilissa Kuzmin, 20, was treated at OHSU and arrested. She is now in Clackamas County Jail, booked on charges that include Manslaughter II (multiple counts), Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and DUII -- Alcohol. Bail is set at $250,000. A booking photo is attached. Complete booking info can be found online at https://web3.clackamas.us/roster/#inmates

ADDITIONAL TIPS SOUGHT

The Sheriff's Office is seeking additional information in this case. Anyone with information on Vasilissa Kuzmin or her activities leading up to the Thursday, Feb. 15 crash is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at https://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case # 18-4606

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Attached Media Files: 2018-02/624/112120/bookingphoto-VasilissaKuzmin.jpg

Oregon State Police -- Winter Travel Safety Tips
Oregon State Police - 02/17/18 6:29 PM
With the potential for poor weather and hazardous road conditions in the next several days the Oregon State Police (OSP) would like to remind motorists of winter travel safety tips.

OSP recommends the following travel safety tips to help get you safely to your destination:

Expect the unexpected. Be informed and prepared when traveling on any of our highways.

When traveling anywhere, plan ahead and take known routes if possible. Our weather has been changing quickly and sometimes without warning. For road conditions in Oregon, call 5-1-1 or (800) 977-ODOT (6368). Outside Oregon, dial (503) 588-2941. Visiting TripCheck.com on the Internet provides information on road and weather conditions, incidents and traffic delays, and links to numerous cameras on many mountain passes and major routes.

Take the time to keep up on current and future weather conditions in the area you are traveling, especially if going to or through higher elevations and mountain passes, areas where your vehicle needs to have appropriate traction tires or devices.

If considering a remote route that you have never traveled on, don't hesitate to contact available road and weather condition phone numbers or Internet resources, or contact police or highway department officials.

Prepare an emergency kit to place in your car for longer trips and keep track of how much fuel is in your tank, especially if traveling unfamiliar routes or into remote locations.

Let friends and family know what routes you plan to take when on a trip, keeping them updated and letting them know if these plans change.

Drive to the conditions. If it's icy or wet, increase your following distance and reduce your speed. Use your headlights to improve not only your visibility, but also so others can see your vehicle.

In bad weather, don't use cruise control.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Facebook: @ospsocial

More than 300 Career and Volunteer Firefighters Train in Salem (Photo)
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 02/17/18 5:51 PM
Winter Fire School
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More than 300 career and volunteer firefighters from throughout the state are at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem this weekend for the State's annual Winter Fire School. This is the 15th annual Winter Fire School hosted by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) at the Oregon Public Safety Academy 4190 Aumsville Highway in Salem.

This two-day event is the largest two-day fire training experience in the Pacific Northwest that is offered free of charge.

Eleven classes will be offered by DPSST, the National Fire Academy, the Oregon Fire Chiefs Association, and the City of Dallas Fire & EMS Department.

Classes offered range from leadership topics such as Supervising Emergency Medical Services and New Fire Chief: Challenging Issues; to classes that focus on tactics; safety; to hands-on classes such as vehicle rescue, flammable liquids and gases, emergency vehicle operations and live fire training.

This event is held in a weekend setting because over 80% of the firefighters in Oregon are volunteers.

While many people are aware of DPSST's law enforcement training programs, they may not realize that DPSST is also the state fire training organization for Oregon and provides hundreds of training opportunities to firefighters each year at the Academy and at regional locations statewide.

DPSST appreciates the red carpet hospitality local businesses, and the community as a whole, roll-out for the career and volunteer firefighters attending this weekend training opportunity.



Attached Media Files: Winter Fire School , Winter Fire School , Winter Fire School , Winter Fire School , Winter Fire School , Winter Fire School

Update: Missing 11-year-old Boy Found Safe
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/17/18 5:46 PM
Update: McKale Cabral was located a few minutes ago and returned safely home.

Original Release:

February 17, 2018 -- An 11-year-old boy has been missing in Aloha since 2:30 p.m. The public is asked to help deputies find the boy to bring him home safely.

On Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 4:50 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies began searching for an 11-year-old boy after his family reported him missing.

McKale Cabral was last seen near the Kinnaman Elementary School around 2:30 p.m. McKale lives with his family in the 18900 block of SW Westword Street in the community of Aloha. McKale was playing with friends and may be on a longboard or a bicycle.

McKale is described by his family as a mixed race boy who is about 5' tall and weighs 100 pounds. McKale has a high-top style haircut with a design cut into the right side of his hair. He was last seen wearing gray dress pants, red suspenders hanging from his waist to his knees, cream high top shoes, and a black zip-up hoodie.

If you see McKale or have information about his whereabouts, please call dispatch at 503-629-0111.

Public's Help Needed to Find 11-year-old Boy Missing in Aloha (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/17/18 5:23 PM
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February 17, 2018 -- An 11-year-old boy has been missing in Aloha since 2:30 p.m. The public is asked to help deputies find the boy to bring him home safely.

On Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 4:50 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies began searching for an 11-year-old boy after his family reported him missing.

McKale Cabral was last seen near the Kinnaman Elementary School around 2:30 p.m. McKale lives with his family in the 18900 block of SW Westword Street in the community of Aloha. McKale was playing with friends and may be on a longboard or a bicycle.

McKale is described by his family as a mixed race boy who is about 5' tall and weighs 100 pounds. McKale has a high-top style haircut with a design cut into the right side of his hair. He was last seen wearing gray dress pants, red suspenders hanging from his waist to his knees, cream high top shoes, and a black zip-up hoodie.

If you see McKale or have information about his whereabouts, please call dispatch at 503-629-0111.



Attached Media Files: Media Release , McKale Cabral

Car Prowler Arrested After Breaking Into a Car in the Pearl District (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/17/18 9:30 AM
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On Friday February 16, 2018, at 7:21 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a car prowl in the 200 block of Northwest 13th Avenue. The victim was reporting that an iPad was stolen and was being tracked in the area.

Officers canvassed the area and eventually located the iPad on I-405 after it appeared to have been dropped from an overpass. As officers continued to search the area, an officer saw 42-year-old Joseph Todd Schowengerdt in the area. Schowengerdt was known to the officer from previous contact and the officer was aware that Schowengerdt had outstanding warrants.

Schowengerdt was arrested without incident and as officers inventoried his property, they located property belonging to the car prowl victim.

Schowengerdt was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on several charges including outstanding warrants for his arrest.

The Portland Police Bureau would like to remind community members to keep the interior of their vehicles "showroom" clean. Community members are advised never to leave valuables, including bags, purses, wallets, briefcases, laptops, tablets, cell phones, loose change or anything that may appear valuable to a thief in plain view.

Additional crime prevention tips can be found by visiting the City of Portland's Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention page regarding car prowls, http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/article/320547

Additionally, the Portland Police Bureau released a video in 2009 titled "Confessions of a Car Prowler," which can be viewed at http://youtu.be/De5IHBoGz6A

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Attached Media Files: 2018-02/3056/112125/Joseph_Todd_Schowengerdt_42.png

Stabbing in Old Town Early Saturday Morning Injures One Person
Portland Police Bureau - 02/17/18 9:18 AM
On Saturday February 17, 2018, at 2:29 a.m., Central Precinct Entertainment Detail Officers were contacted at Northwest 3rd Avenue and Couch Street by a 25-year-old man who said he'd been stabbed.

Officers immediately began applying medical aid to the victim's injuries and called for medical personnel to respond to the scene. Once medical personnel arrived, the victim was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries.

Officers located a crime scene at Northwest 3rd Avenue and Davis Street and learned that the suspect was a Black male in his 20s, accompanied by a Hispanic female in her 20s, and they were last seen walking out of the area, westbound on Davis Street.

Officers did not learn any information about what led to the stabbing and Assault Detail detectives will be conducting follow-up investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Assault detectives at 503-823-0400.

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Fri. 02/16/18
Fatal Crash Highway 126W near Walton -- Lane County (Photo) Update Time Correction
Oregon State Police - 02/16/18 8:01 PM
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into this afternoon's single vehicle fatal crash on Highway 126W near Walton.

On February 16, 2018 at approximately 2:26 PM, OSP troopers and first responders were dispatched to a single vehicle crash on Highway 126W at milepost 33, near Walton. Preliminary investigation revealed that a white 2013 Dodge Van, operated by Sharon Lee MILLER, age 76, from Mt. Angel, was traveling eastbound on 126W navigating a small left hand corner when it left the roadway for unknown reasons. The Dodge hit a tree on the passenger side before coming to rest.

The passenger Charles Eugene MILLER, age 83, from Mt. Angel, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene after lifesaving measures were performed by EMS.
Sharon was transported by ambulance to the Riverbend Hospital with non-life threating injuries.

OSP was assisted by Lane County Sherriff's Office, Lane County Fire Authority and Oregon Department of Transportation. The highway was closed for approximately 35minutes.

This is an on-going investigation and more information will be released when available.

Photograph Courtesy of OSP

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Facebook: @ospsocial



Attached Media Files: 2018-02/1002/112123/Fatal_057.jpg

Police Looking for Hit and Run Suspect (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 02/16/18 6:18 PM
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Gresham, Ore. -- Gresham Police is still searching for the suspect vehicle involved in a Jan. 28 fatal hit-and-run crash on NE Burnside Rd. The accident killed 60-year-old Gresham resident Dennis Yamnitsky and authorities are hopeful the public can help identify the car and driver.

The car is described as a light-colored, possibly silver or champagne, four-door import sedan. There is likely damage to the car's driver-side front quarter panel.

At approximately 6:40 p.m. on Jan. 28, officers responded to the report of a pedestrian being struck by a car near McDonalds on NE Burnside Rd. The involved driver fled the scene and Yamnitsky later died from his injuries.

Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to call police non-emergency at 503.823.3333 or the Gresham Police tip line at 503.618.2719.



Attached Media Files: Hit and Run Vehicle , Hit and Run Vehicle

Clark County Stories Series Explores: How We Came to This Place
Clark County Historical Museum - 02/16/18 6:00 PM
What: Grab a snack, don a smile, and get to know one another - join us for community history conversations.

Whether you have lived in Clark County all your life or arrived more recently, we invite you to come meet your neighbors, share how you and your family came to the area, then let's discuss changes that are happening all around us.

Participants will visit in facilitated small groups and come together in a larger group to explore our shared history.

When & Where:
March 3, 1:00 -- 4:00 pm, How We Came to North Clark County, Battle Ground Community Library, 1207 SE 8th Way, Battle Ground, WA 98604
May 26, 1:00 -- 4:00 pm, Migration Stories, Vancouver Community Library - Columbia Room, 901 C Street, Vancouver, WA 98660 (ASL Language Accessible)
October 11, 6:30 -- 8:30 pm, Sharing Our Stories, WSU Vancouver, 14204 NE Salmon Creek Avenue, Vancouver, WA 98686 (ASL Language Accessible)

Sponsored by: CCHM, Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, Humanities Washington "Washington Stories" Grant, Peabody's College of Arts and Sciences Meyer Distinguished Professor Fellowship, Washington State University Vancouver, and Washington State University History Department's Pettyjohn Fund.

These conversations are part of the series, Clark County Stories: How We Came to this Place:

Recognizing a growing gulf of understanding between recent arrivals and Clark County residents with deeper historical roots, Washington State University Vancouver professors, Sue Peabody and Donna Sinclair, in collaboration with CCHM and Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, began a series of community conversations to identify bearers of these stories of change, foster community dialogue, and facilitate mutual understanding.

Given that the population of Clark County has more than doubled in the past three decades (from 221,654 to nearly 500,000 in 2017) and more than half (54 percent) of the current residents being born in another state or country, they got to thinking: "How did all these people come to Clark County?" and "How is Clark County changing in response to this growth?"

Born out of those questions, "The theme -- How We Came to This Place -- is both literal and metaphorical," says Sinclair. "We are looking at stories of migration: how residents and their ancestors arrived here. But, we are also interested in exploring together the historical question: how is `this place' the result of historical forces, both local and global?"

Adds Peabody: "Each of us has a story about how we came here. Each of us can see the rapid development and changes in our communities. These facilitated conversations are designed to help us explore our connections to Clark County and our shared recent history. It's a great way to meet your neighbors and share what's on your mind."

Brad Richardson, CCHM Executive Director, notes that while the older history of Clark County has been well documented, the oral histories and stories of these newcomers need to be captured and shared with our community.

This series is an opportunity to begin adding these new stories into our collective history.

The full calendar of Clark County Stories events can be found here: www.cchmuseum.org/category/upcoming-events/

Sue Peabody, Ph.D., is Meyer Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and History at Washington State University Vancouver.

Donna Sinclair, Ph.D. is an independent scholar specializing in oral history and the history of the Pacific Northwest.

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Attached Media Files: Clark County Historical Museum Logo , Clark County Stories Flyer

UPDATE -- VIDEO, NEW PIX, CORRECTION: Happy Valley PD makes arrest in rash of car clouts; tips sought (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/16/18 5:41 PM
Booking photo: Dylan Young
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UPDATE (Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, 5:30 p.m.) -- VIDEO, NEW PIX, CORRECTION, NEW CHIEF ANDERSON STATEMENT

A few updates:

1. CORRECTION: References to an accomplice removed from release below. Authorities are not seeking to ID an accomplice at this time.

2. VIDEO OF SUSPECT VEHICLE: Video of the suspect vehicle that provided a major break in the case can now be downloaded from this Dropbox address:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ug62brzxq4y4hhg/18-004619-FootageOfSuspectCar.mov?dl=0

3. PHOTOS: Photos of some of the recovered stolen items -- and Happy Valley residents reclaiming them -- are now attached.

4. ADDITIONAL STATEMENT FROM CHIEF ANDERSON: Folks are already getting their stolen items back. One of them told us, "We're just a small family construction business. When our tools get stolen, that affects everything. It could mean our house if we can't work."
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EARLIER (Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, 3:17 p.m.) -- Happy Valley PD makes arrest in rash of car clouts; tips sought

Please reference CCSO Case # 18-004619

The Happy Valley Police arrested a suspect last night in a theft spree that had plagued Happy Valley in recent weeks.

Last night (Thursday, Feb. 16, 2018) at 1:41 a.m., deputies contracted to Happy Valley PD spotted a suspect vehicle in the recent rash of car clouts, car thefts, and item thefts -- a crime spree that had spiked in several Happy Valley neighborhoods in the last two weeks.

Deputies activated patrol lights and pulled over the suspect vehicle. Inside, deputies found driver Dylan Young, age 20, driving. Deputies also spotted several tools and duffel bags in the car, along with knives and drug paraphernalia. A drug dog, K9 Urban of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, alerted on the suspect vehicle.

Deputies then searched the car -- finding ID belonging to multiple Happy Valley residents, stolen tools, heroin, meth, an Airsoft replica gun, knives, 5 cell phones, and 6 garage door openers, among other items.

Young reportedly told deputies he'd been on a two-week meth binge and had been driving to Happy Valley several nights a week to look for items and vehicles to steal. He further told deputies he had been searching for unlocked cars, taking whatever he could, and entering garages opened using the various garage-door openers in his possession.

In the process of the search and resulting arrest, deputies learned information linking Young with known thefts in the area.

In the last two weeks, Happy Valley PD has responded to reports of four stolen cars and over 30 thefts.

Happy Valley authorities are currently going through theft reports over the last two weeks to connect recovered property with victim owners. Several victims have already been contacted

"We dedicated significant resources to these cases over the last couple weeks," said Happy Valley Police Chief Scott Anderson, who had written extensively about the case on the Happy Valley PD Facebook page. "This included crime analysis, detective work, stakeouts, and our patrol folks taking reports and chasing leads. One of the key pieces that helped us make the arrest was a canvas of one neighborhood in which we discovered video surveillance that revealed the suspect vehicle. This was a key break in the case."

Dylan Leif Young is currently lodged in Clackamas County Jail on charges including Burglary, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, and Possession of a Controlled Substance -- Heroin. Bail is set at $52,500. This investigation is ongoing, and there may be additional charges.

ADDITIONAL TIPS SOUGHT

The Sheriff's Office is seeking additional information in this case. Anyone with information on Dylan Young or his alleged crimes is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at https://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case # 18-004619.

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

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State agencies to meet March 5 and 7 on proposed gold mine in Malheur County
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 02/16/18 5:05 PM
ALBANY, Ore. - State agencies will meet by teleconference March 5 and 7 on a proposed gold mine in Malheur County.

The Technical Review Team (TRT) will meet by teleconference on Monday, March 5 at 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. PST. The TRT's Geochemistry Subcommittee will meet by teleconference on Wednesday, March 7 from 10 a.m. to noon PST.

Meeting agendas are available at http://bit.ly/grassymt

The public and media may listen to the meeting in person at the Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) office at 229 Broadalbin Street SW, Albany or by phone. For call-in instructions, contact DOGAMI at 541-967-2040.

The TRT is an interdisciplinary team of state agencies that reviews information related to a proposed mine during all phases of the application process, and ultimately develops consolidated permit conditions that conform to Oregon regulations. The federal Bureau of Land Management serves on the team in an ex-officio role.

Missing Person (Photo)
Beaverton Police Dept. - 02/16/18 4:46 PM
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Beaverton Police Department is currently looking for 22 year old Robert Gary Maricelli. Mr. Maricelli is a Beaverton resident who has not been seen since 11:00 PM on February 10th, 2018. Mr. Maricelli was last seen in the area of the Steele Bridge in Portland.

Mr. Maricelli was last seen wearing black sweat pants, a black sweater and black slip on shoes. Mr. Maricelli is described as 6 feet tall, 165 pounds, brown hair and blue eyes. Mr. Maricelli has short buzzed cut hair and has no tattoos or piercings.

If anyone has seen Mr. Maricelli or has information regarding his whereabouts please call 503-629-0111 and speak to a Beaverton Police Officer.



Attached Media Files: Press release , Maricelli picture , Maricelli picture

Oregon Department of Forestry hosts national conference in central Oregon on aviation's role in fighting wildfires
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 02/16/18 4:34 PM
News Release

Feb. 16, 2018

Contacts:
Neal Laugle, ODF Aviation Manager, 503-945-7508
Bobbi Doan, ODF Public Affairs Specialist, 503-945-7506


SALEM, Ore. -- Wildfires are increasingly fought in the skies as well as on the ground. Nowhere was that more apparent than at this year's National States Fire and Aviation Conference hosted by the Oregon Department of Forestry in central Oregon Feb. 6-8.

The meeting's purpose was to bring aviation managers from across the nation to discuss important fire and aviation issues impacting aerial firefighting programs. Over the course of three days, dozens of fire managers, contractors, vendors and researchers engaged in learning about the latest advances in aerial firefighting technology. The conference highlighted multiple presentations about unmanned aerial vehicles (also known as drones), including lessons learned from their experimental use in last summer's wildfires, to the evolving regulations governing how they can be flown.

Additional topics included short-wave infrared technology and its ability to see through heavy smoke and provide sharp images and fire mapping in real time for on-the-ground fire managers. Attendees also heard about aircraft maintenance, new research on chemicals to make water more effective at suppressing wildfire, and Colorado's expanding use of its firefighting plane for other hazard-related missions.

Attendees came from as far away as Alaska, Florida and Pennsylvania to the site of the conference at the Sunriver Resort near Bend, not far from where a number of wildfires burned in the Cascades during 2017. Deputy State Forester Nancy Hirsch welcomed the conference attendees to Oregon, emphasizing the importance of cooperative relationships between states during increasingly challenging fire seasons.

ODF's Aviation Manager Neal Laugle said the event underscored the growing recognition of the vital importance of aircraft in the battle against catastrophic wildfire. "From detection to fire mapping and active suppression support, aircraft now play a critical role in the fight to save lives, property and natural resources," Laugle said. "Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the state of Oregon beginning to use aircraft to spot wildfire from the sky, so we were especially proud to host this year's conference. It looks like the next 100 years will see even greater reliance on airborne resources by state and federal agencies to help us carry out our firefighting mission."

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Oregon OSHA further extends comment period for pesticide rules
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 02/16/18 4:34 PM
(Salem) -- The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) has again extended the public comment period on proposed additional safeguards against pesticide drift. The decision moves the deadline from Feb. 28 to March 15 and allows more time to comment on the proposed rules while considering a revised statement of need and financial impact.

Oregon OSHA appointed a Fiscal Impact Advisory Committee to provide additional analysis as part of the agency's updates to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Worker Protection Standard. The committee included both grower and worker representatives. The committee finished its work in February with an Amended Statement of Need and Fiscal Impact.

Oregon OSHA's rule proposals add protections to the EPA's Application Exclusion Zone. The zone surrounds and moves with pesticide-spray equipment during applications. It must be free of all people other than appropriately trained and equipped pesticide handlers.

Learn more about Oregon OSHA's rule proposals and review the Amended Statement of Need and Fiscal Impact at http://osha.oregon.gov/rules/making/Pages/proposed.aspx

Learn more about the Fiscal Impact Advisory Committee at
http://osha.oregon.gov/rules/advisory/ag-emp/Pages/wps-fiac.aspx

Extending the comment period through March 15 marks the third time Oregon OSHA has allowed more time to review and remark on the rule proposals. The comment period was originally scheduled to end Dec. 15. To comment:

Department of Consumer and Business Services/Oregon OSHA
350 Winter St. NE
Salem, OR 97301-3882
Email: tech.web@oregon.gov
Fax: 503-947-7461


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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, visit www.osha.oregon.gov.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov.

Oklahoma Murder Suspect Arrested During Sex Trafficking Unit Undercover Operation (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/16/18 4:03 PM
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In the evening hours of Thursday February 15, 2018, the Portland Police Bureau's Sex Trafficking Unit arrested a 36-year-old man during an undercover sex trafficking operation, later determining that the suspect was wanted for murder in Oklahoma.

The suspect, using a false identity, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Patronizing a Prostitute. After his booking, his true identity of Alonzo John Kelly III was determined at jail and it was learned that Kelly was wanted or murder in Oklahoma. After the arrest, notifications were made to the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office.

Information about the homicide investigation was shared today by Fox 23 news in Tulsa, Oklahoma: https://www.facebook.com/fox23news/videos/10156112012977556/

The arrest came during a Sex Trafficking Unit undercover mission to address online sex trafficking. For investigative reasons, the Sex Trafficking Unit is not sharing the specific website, application, or ad text publicly that was used during this operation.

Kelly arrived at a Southeast Portland hotel after responding to one of the online ads used during the investigation. After his arrest for Patronizing a Prostitute, investigators worked to determine his true identity, suspecting that the name and identification he provided were false. After being unsuccessful at determining his true identity, Kelly was booked into jail where a more thorough identity confirmation was possible, leading to the discovery of his true identity and the fugitive warrant.

The Portland Police Bureau's Sex Trafficking Unit conducts these undercover operations because 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.

The Bureau also works with community organizations like Lifeworks NW to help sex trafficking victims: https://www.bja.gov/programs/supporting-victims-of-sex-trafficking-in-Portland.html

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Warming Center Activation Sunday, February 18 Through Tuesday, February 20
City of Salem - 02/16/18 3:20 PM
The Emergency Warming Center will be activating Sunday, February 18 - Tuesday, February 20 at First Congregational Church located at 700 Marion St. NE. Hours of operation for guests is 8:00 p.m. - 6:30 a.m.

If you have attended Emergency Warming Center Volunteer Orientation and/or volunteered this season and would like to volunteer again, please go to www.mycommunityaction.org for details.

For more information contact Amy Schroeder at amy.schroeder@mwvcaa.org.

Salem Couple and Others Arrested In Felony Wildlife Crimes -- Lake County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/16/18 2:37 PM
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On February 14, 2018, the LaPine Office of the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division completed a four month investigation into the unlawful killing of several Winter Range Trophy Class Mule Deer Bucks. They were assisted by Fish and Wildlife Troopers from both the Klamath Falls and Salem offices.

The investigation originated when a trooper located a trophy class buck deer shot near Cabin Lake Road in Lake County with the assistance from the OSP Fish and Wildlife Aircraft during winter range patrol. That incident led to a search warrant being executed at the residence of G.W. Todd FULFER, age 40, and his wife Samantha GERMAN-FULFER, age 27, in Salem, on January 31, 2018. Evidence at the residence, along with additional information, led Fish and Wildlife Troopers to the Albany home of Scott Allan HARRIS, age 55. Upon the service of a second search warrant, additional evidence was seized including several trophy class antlers.

A fourth suspect, Jacen Todd FULFER, age 19, was contacted at his residence in Lebanon, as officers conducted their investigations in Salem and Albany.

All four suspects were cited into Lake County Circuit Court on a variety of charges ranging from Take/Possession-Buck Deer (Felony), Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Waste of Game Mammal, and Hunting Game Mammal Prohibited Method.

The investigation produced evidence indicating both Samantha GERMAN-FULFER and her husband, GW Todd FULFER, committed wildlife crimes in Lake, Jefferson, Benton, Linn, and Marion Counties. In addition to the multiple deer suspected to have been poached by the FULFERS in 2017, evidence at the residence suggested that a wild turkey and pheasant were also harvested illegally. The suspects were also cited into the other counties for Felon in Possession of a Firearm and various Wildlife Crimes.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact either the TIP hotline at 1-800-452-7888, OSP (677) or by calling Oregon State Police Dispatch at 541-776-6111.

Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators
Poaching wildlife and damaging habitats affects present and future generations of wildlife, impacts communities and the economy, and creates enforcement challenges.

The Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) reward is paid for information leading to the arrest/conviction of person(s) for the illegal possession, killing, taking, and/or waste of deer, elk, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, furbearers and/or game birds.
TIP rewards can also be given for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and/or large numbers of any fish listed in Oregon statute as a game fish.
$1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose

$500 Elk, Deer and Antelope

$300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf

$300 Habitat Destruction

$100 Game Fish and Shellfish

$100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl

$100 Furbearers

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

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

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



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County commissioners present annual State of the County address (Photo)
Marion County - 02/16/18 1:31 PM
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Salem, OR - On February 14, Oregon's 159th birthday, Commissioners Janet Carlson, Kevin Cameron, and Sam Brentano delivered their annual State of the County address to a packed house as part of SEDCOR's monthly economic business forum. The commissioners covered topics ranging from innovation and technology for agriculture, to infrastructure investments, public and mental health, public safety, and homelessness.

Commissioner Brentano focused his remarks on forest policy and transportation. Affirming Marion County's support for a Third Bridge across the Willamette River, Brentano said, "The roads from Marion and Polk counties are necessary to get people and products to and from Salem and the rest of the world. This bridge has a regional impact and we believe it's necessary for this area to survive and thrive."

Commissioner Cameron gave several examples of economic development initiatives in the Santiam Canyon, North Marion County, and Salem-Keizer. He also made the case for a dedicated patrol district in East Salem that would add ten deputies, stating, "This will free up deputies to serve our rural communities. Public safety always has to be our priority as elected officials."

Commissioner Carlson's comments focused on public safety, homelessness, and mental health. As a community priority, Marion County allocates approximately 78 percent of the general fund budget to public safety services. The county is launching Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion to connect certain non-violent offenders with treatment, housing, and health services in lieu of jail, and is working alongside the Mid- Valley Community Action Agency and other community partners to open a shelter for runaway and homeless youth. Other new initiatives include Stepping Up which will divert mentally ill people from the county jail and pre-trial justice which will prioritize jail stays for those awaiting trial by their likelihood of appearing for court and safety risk to the community.

Commissioner Carlson concluded her portion of the presentation by announcing her retirement at the end of her current term. She said, "This is the best job I've ever had. As a county commissioner, we can see the influence of the work that we do every day."

The State of the County can be viewed on YouTube at http://bit.ly/2018StateoftheCounty or on the Board of Commissioners Facebook page (@MarionCountyBoard).

The presentation will be replayed on Comcast channel 21 through February 26 at the following times:
February 17 at 2:30 p.m.
February 18 at 8:30 a.m.
February 20 at 10:00 a.m.
February 21 at 12:00 p.m.
February 23 at 4:00 p.m.
February 25 at 7:00 p.m.
February 26 at 8:00 a.m.

The State of the County kicks off the commissioners' annual community tour with town hall meetings throughout the county. The tour begins next week with a community meeting at the Mt. Angel Library on February 21 from noon to 1 p.m. The library is located at 290 E Charles St. in Mt. Angel. A complete list of community forums is attached.

For more information about State of the County or Marion County's programs and services, visit our website at www.co.marion.or.us contact the Board of Commissioners Office at (503) 588-5212 or commissioners@co.marion.or.us.



Attached Media Files: Marion County Board of Commissioners

Port of Vancouver USA CEO Julianna Marler recognized with 2018 Iris Award (Photo)
Port of Vancouver - 02/16/18 1:17 PM
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VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Port of Vancouver USA CEO Julianna Marler is being recognized for exceptional leadership with a 2018 Clark College Iris Award. Marler and three other local women of distinction will be honored at an awards reception on International Women's Day, March 8.

Throughout her 10 years and in multiple leadership positions with the Port of Vancouver, Marler has helped move the port through challenging times, including organizational growth, economic changes and public and political challenges. She has earned the trust, respect and support of community leaders and port staff, constituents and tenants.

"Through everything the port's experienced over the last few years, Julianna has been a steadying and uplifting hand, leading the port team, building on our partnerships and keeping everything running smoothly as we grow," said port commission President Eric LaBrant. "We're very fortunate to have her at the helm and proud that she's being recognized for her hard work."

"I would like to congratulate Julianna on being an Iris Award recipient," said Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle. "This award recognizes Julianna's contribution and dedication to advancing economic development and success in our city."

"The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce benefits greatly from the insight and perspective Julianna brings to our Board and we are delighted with the recognition of her with this year's Iris Award," said Chamber CEO John McDonagh. "Julianna has spent most of her career as one of our community's quiet leaders, working diligently out of public view but nonetheless contributing significantly to the community during her time with the City of Vancouver and continuing that diligence at the Port of Vancouver."

The Port of Vancouver and its tenants generate $2.9 billion in annual economic benefit, provide 3,200 direct jobs and support an additional 20,000 jobs in the community. Marler leads this economic engine, and the port is improving and marketing industrial land; partnering with sister ports in Clark County to attract more employers and jobs; and partnering with the City of Vancouver to transform the downtown waterfront into a destination for locals and visitors alike.

About the Iris Awards
The Iris Awards follow in the tradition of the Southwest Washington Women of Achievement Awards, which began in 1985 at Clark College. In 2012, the event was reintroduced as the Iris Awards, still celebrated on or around International Women's Day and with the same core mission: honoring the lasting and far-reaching contributions of women in Southwest Washington and beyond.

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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.



Attached Media Files: Julianna Marler

Clark County to recognize environmental stewardship at Green Gala
Clark Co. WA Communications - 02/16/18 1:03 PM
Vancouver, Wash. - Clark County will host the Green Gala celebration on Thursday, Feb. 22, at Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St. This free event is open to any business or individual interested in environmental sustainability.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the program will begin at 6 p.m.

The event will feature a presentation by Waste Not Food Taxi, a nonprofit that redistributes unwanted commercial leftovers to people in need.

Five awards will be presented to businesses and community members for their leadership in sustainability. The categories are:

Green Apple Award for a school employee
Green Business Awards for one small and one large business
Green Neighbor Award for a citizen
Master Composter Recycler Superstar for a volunteer

"This event is an opportunity to recognize achievements and highlight projects that demonstrate environmental stewardship," said Sarah Keirns, environmental outreach specialist. "It will be an informative and fun evening."

A reception will follow the awards ceremony.

Please register in advance at https://clarkgreenneighbors.org/news-events/green-awards.

To learn more about the Solid Waste and Environmental Outreach program, visit https://www.clark.wa.gov/public-health/solid-waste-environmental-outreach.

*Update* Suspect Arrested - FBI and Curry County Sheriff's Office Ask Public's Help in Finding Attempted Aggravated Murder Fugitive (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 02/16/18 12:14 PM
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From the Curry County Sheriff's Office:


On 02-15-18 at about 9:38pm Pacific Time, Lucas DeYoung was taken into custody by the Nevada State Highway Patrol on the Curry County and FBI warrants for his arrest. DeYoung was lodged in the Humboldt County Jail in Winnemucca, Nevada.

On 02-15-18 at about 12:15pm, the Curry County Sheriff's Office received information from a concerned citizen that DeYoung was calling and harassing them, and, through some investigative leads, it was determined that DeYoung was either in Utah or Nevada. Dispatch started notifying all law enforcement agencies in those areas to attempt to locate DeYoung.

The Nevada Highway Patrol saw a vehicle with Virginia plates parked alongside the road on I-80 near milepost 164 in Nevada with a male sleeping in the driver's seat. The NHP contacted the person inside who fit the description provided by the FBI warrants as DeYoung. The driver initially gave a different name but it was determined that the driver was in fact Lucas DeYoung, and he was taken into custody without incident. The NHP also charged DeYoung with being a felon in possession of firearms.

The Curry County District Attorney's Office will work with the State of Nevada to return DeYoung to Oregon.



The FBI is now offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of Lucas Randall DeYoung. Anyone with information about DeYoung's location should contact their local FBI office or submit a tip via https://tips.fbi.gov. In Oregon, call the FBI in Medford at (541) 773-2942, the FBI in Portland at (503) 224-4181 or the Curry County Sheriff's Office at (541) 247-3243.



The FBI and the Curry County Sheriff's Office are asking for the public's help in locating Lucas Randall DeYoung of Brookings, Oregon. On February 1, 2018, the FBI obtained a federal fugitive warrant charging DeYoung, age 36, with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. The Curry County Sheriff's Office had previously charged DeYoung with attempted aggravated murder, attempted murder, delivery of a controlled substance and unlawful manufacture of marijuana in relation to the shooting of a Curry County man on December 28, 2017.

The FBI has posted DeYoung's FBI Wanted flyer at https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/additional/lucas-randall-deyoung. The FBI is also running Facebook ads featuring the fugitive hunt for DeYoung in Oregon, Washington, Virginia and Nevada. (Both the flyer and the Facebook ad are attached.)

DeYoung is described as:

White man
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 190 pounds
Other: Scar on his left finger and tattoos on his back and right shoulder

DeYoung is a known to use illegal drugs and carry firearms. He is also a known gambler. DeYoung may have travelled to the Mason County/Thurston County areas of Washington State, Virginia or Las Vegas, Nevada.

He should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about DeYoung's location should contact their local FBI office or submit a tip via https://tips.fbi.gov. In Oregon, call the FBI in Medford at (541) 773-2942, the FBI in Portland at (503) 224-4181 or the Curry County Sheriff's Office at (541) 247-3243.

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Nurse Staffing Advisory Board meets in Portland February 28
Oregon Health Authority - 02/16/18 11:26 AM
February 16, 2018


What: The quarterly public meeting of the Nurse Staffing Advisory Board

Agenda: Review of minutes from November 29, 2017, meeting; waiver update; Nurse Staffing Survey update; plans of correction; NSAB member memos; emerging issues in nurse staffing; and public comment. The agenda will be available on the board's website at http://www.healthoregon.org/nursestaffing on February 21.

When: February 28, 1 p.m. A public comment period is offered at the end of the meeting.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Public Health Division director board room, 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland. A conference call line is available at 877-336-1829, access code 2075141.

Background: The Nurse Staffing Advisory Board advises the Oregon Health Authority on the administration of Oregon's nurse staffing laws; identifies trends, opportunities and concerns related to nurse staffing; makes recommendations to the Oregon Health Authority on the basis of those trends, opportunities and concerns; and reviews enforcement powers and processes under Oregon's nurse staffing laws.

For more information, see the agency's nurse staffing website at http://www.healthoregon.org/nursestaffing.

Program contact: Anna Davis, 971-673-2950, anna.l.davis@state.or.us

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

If you need help or have questions, please contact Anna Davis at 971-673-2950, 711 TTY or anna.l.davis@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

***Update Additional Reward***Illegal killing of a Bull Elk -- Jackson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/16/18 10:53 AM
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The Rogue Valley Chapter of Oregon Hunters Association had added an additional $500.00 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect(s)in the illegal killing of a bull elk. The total reward is now $1,000.
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On January 27 at approximately 9:00 am, Central Point Fish and Wildlife Troopers were called to the Sam's Valley area near Agate Road to investigate the possible shooting of a bull elk. This is in Jackson County and is approximately one mile south of Highway 234.

When Troopers arrived they found a four point bull elk standing in a pasture with what appeared to be a bullet wound just behind his left shoulder blade. Shortly after their arrival, the bull succumbed to his injury. A witness in the area said that two hours prior to the Troopers arrival, he had observed a newer, white, full size truck that had stopped in the roadway just east of where the bull was located. The witness reported the passenger of that vehicle fired the shot. The vehicle then left the area.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact either the TIP hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or by calling Oregon State Police Dispatch at 541-776-6111.

Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators

Poaching wildlife and damaging habitats affects present and future generations of wildlife, impacts communities and the economy, and creates enforcement challenges.

The Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) reward is paid for information leading to the arrest/conviction of person(s) for the illegal possession, killing, taking, and/or waste of deer, elk, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, furbearers and/or game birds.

TIP rewards can also be given for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and/or large numbers of any fish listed in Oregon statute as a game fish.

$1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose

$500 Elk, Deer and Antelope

$300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf

$300 Habitat Destruction

$100 Game Fish and Shellfish

$100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl

$100 Furbearers

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

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

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



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Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) Through Friday, February 23, at 8:00 a.m.
Portland Police Bureau - 02/16/18 9:15 AM
Sergeant Pete Simpson will be the Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) until Friday, February 23, 2018, at 8:00 a.m.

Sergeant Simpson will respond to media requests for information via email or media-only pager for emergent events.

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Police Bureau Seeks Public's Input On Directives
Portland Police Bureau - 02/16/18 9:00 AM
The Portland Police Bureau directs member action through the establishment of policy, procedure, and rule, as found within Directives. The Bureau is in the process of reviewing all of its Directives and seeks public comments.

Currently, the Bureau is asking for the community's feedback regarding the following Directive(s).

1st Universal Review period: 2/15/18 -- 3/17/18
Directive 345.00, Employee Information System
Directive 635.10, Crowd Management/Crowd Control
Directive 635.20, Community Member Observation of Police

2nd Universal Review period: 2/15/18 -- 3/2/18
Directive 1500.00, Training

Community members are encouraged to read these Directives at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/59757 and follow the link at the bottom of the draft to provide comments. This webpage also enables community members to sign up for email notifications when new or revised directives are posted.


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Celebrate our High School today with the unveiling of Springfield High School's new mural (Photo)
AARP Oregon - 02/16/18 8:18 AM
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This week the nation endured another horrible tragedy. But in Oregon, high school students and seniors came together to create something beautiful - a new permanent mural for the school

Springfield will be officially brighter Friday with the unveiling of a new mural designed by artist Jessilyn Brinkerhoff and painted by students of Springfield High School and volunteers with AARP Oregon under the artist's direction.

There will be an official dedication with the artist, students, AARP Oregon and Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg at 10 AM, Friday, February 16 at Springfield High School, 875 7th Street, Springfield. And in honor of Black History Month, AARP Oregon Executive Member Geneva Craig will share her experiences as a teenager in Selma Alabama during the Civil Rights marches including "Bloody Sunday." Principal Jose da Silva will also speak at the event.

Adding to the excitement and diversity of the morning will be Mariachi Del Sol providing musical entertainment.

"We're so thrilled that AARP funded this mural to celebrate diversity and the value of intergenerational partnerships," said Carmel Perez Snyder, AARP Oregon Outreach and Advocacy Manager in Lane County. "Springfield's efforts to build an age-friendly city makes this community a wonderful place to live, work and play."

Information on the Guest Speaker:
Geneva Craig bio: Born in Selma, Alabama, during the time of segregation, Craig became an active participant in the civil rights movement. She was repeatedly jailed for demonstrations against Alabama for the state's refusal to let African-Americans vote, and she was among the nonviolent protesters beaten by Alabama state troopers on "Bloody Sunday," when they tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7, 1965, during the first Selma to Montgomery march.
Craig is a member of the AARP Oregon Executive Council, a former chairperson of the AARP Oregon Diversity Advisory Council and clinical program coordinator of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Center at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center.

Information on the Artist:
Jessilyn Brinkerhoff bio: is here: http://lanearts.org/artists/jessilyn-brinkerhoff-mural-painting-graphic-design/



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Fire and Death Investigation Overnight in Portland's Kenton Neighborhood -- One Person Deceased
Portland Police Bureau - 02/16/18 7:57 AM
On Thursday, February 15, 2018, at 11:30 p.m., Portland Fire and Rescue responded to the report of a house fire in the 8200 block of North Wabash Avenue.

When Portland Fire and Rescue crews arrived they learned an adult female was likely inside the home that was on fire. As crews attacked the fire they located an adult female on the front porch of the residence. Emergency medical personnel determined the woman was deceased.

Portland Fire and Rescue Arson Investigators requested the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Homicide Detail respond to assist with the death investigation. Detectives responded to the scene and were assisted by criminalists with the Portland Police Bureau's Forensic Evidence Division. A member of the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office also responded to the scene.

This is an ongoing investigation. The name of the deceased will be released after an autopsy is completed by the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office.

Anyone with information about this death investigation should contact Homicide Detail Detective Darren Posey 503-823-0403 or Darren.Posey@portlandoregon.gov

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Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 02/16/18 7:01 AM
REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS (insert date/time) at 1-888-824-5783 Ext.90095991# and via Blackboard Collaborate at


http://tinyurl.com/BoardORVA

Death Investigation Interstate 5 at Center Street Overpass -- Salem (Update Name Added)
Oregon State Police - 02/16/18 6:44 AM
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into the death of a Salem man that occurred on Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 5 near the Center Street Overpass in Salem.

On February 15, 2018, at about 3:40 P.M., OSP troopers and first responders were dispatched to an adult male that had jumped from the Center Street Overpass and onto the southbound lanes of Interstate 5. Preliminary investigation revealed that witnesses observed an adult male, identified as Salvador RIOS-CERVANTES, age 18, from Salem, climb the fence on the side of the Center Street Overpass and jump off and onto the southbound lanes of Interstate 5. A 2008 Chevrolet pickup, operated by James LOWRANCE, age 75, from Salem, collided with RIOS-CERVANTES after he jumped from the overpass. RIOS-CERVANTES suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene. LOWRANCE did not sustain any injuries and is cooperating with investigators.

Two of the three southbound lanes of Interstate 5 were closed for about 2 hours during the investigation. OSP was assisted by Salem Police Department, Salem Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

OSP is requesting any witnesses that have not already been contacted by Law Enforcement to please call the OSP Northern Command Center at 503-375-3555. Witnesses can reference OSP Case # SP18-058516 when calling with information.

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

Photograph provided by OSP

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Thu. 02/15/18
Death Investigation Interstate 5 at Center Street Overpass -- Salem (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/15/18 9:19 PM
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into the death of a Salem man that occurred on Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 5 near the Center Street Overpass in Salem.

On February 15, 2018, at about 3:40 P.M., OSP troopers and first responders were dispatched to an adult male that had jumped from the Center Street Overpass and onto the southbound lanes of Interstate 5. Preliminary investigation revealed that witnesses observed an adult male climb the fence on the side of the Center Street Overpass and jump off and onto the southbound lanes of Interstate 5. A 2008 Chevrolet pickup, operated by James LOWRANCE, age 75, from Salem, collided with the adult male after he jumped from the overpass. The adult male suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene. LOWRANCE did not sustain any injuries and is cooperating with investigators. The name of the deceased adult male is being withheld pending next of kin notification.

Two of the three southbound lanes of Interstate 5 were closed for about 2 hours during the investigation. OSP was assisted by Salem Police Department, Salem Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

OSP is requesting any witnesses that have not already been contacted by Law Enforcement to please call the OSP Northern Command Center at 503-375-3555. Witnesses can reference OSP Case # SP18-058516 when calling with information.

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

Photograph provided by OSP

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Facebook: @ospsocial



Attached Media Files: 2018-02/1002/112090/Center_Street_Overpass.JPG

Two Brothers Arrested After Morning Stabbing in Aloha (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/15/18 7:31 PM
Nicholas A. Rose
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February 15, 2018 -- Two brothers were arrested after a man was stabbed in Aloha this morning. The victim is expected to survive his injuries.

On Thursday, February 15, 2018, at 6:59 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the report of a stabbing at SW 185th Avenue and SW Blanton Street in the community of Aloha.

The 33-year-old male victim reported that he had been stabbed in the back and punched by acquaintances during a dispute over stolen property. He was able to identify his attackers.

With the assistance of a tracking K9 from the Beaverton Police Department, deputies searched the area. As a precaution, the International School of Beaverton and Faith Bible School were asked to go into lockout mode. Approximately an hour later, both schools went back to normal operations. The suspects were not located during the initial search.

The victim was transported to a local hospital and is expected to survive his injuries.

At 9:53 a.m., a sergeant working in Aloha located and detained one of the suspects at SW 187th Avenue and SW Johnson Street.

Later in the day, the second suspect was also contacted and arrested in Aloha.

The suspects were identified as 34-year-old Jacob K. Rose and 33-year-old Nicholas A. Rose.
Jacob K. Rose has been charged with assault in the first degree, unlawful use of weapon and menacing. Nicholas A. Rose has been charged with assault in the third degree, menacing and hindering prosecution.



Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release , Nicholas A. Rose , Jacob K. Rose

Police Policy Committee will Recommend Board take Action Against 6 Officers
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 02/15/18 5:06 PM
The Police Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training (BPSST) held its regularly scheduled quarterly meeting today at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Oregon.

To increase the public's trust, the Oregon legislature mandates the Board on Public Safety
Standards and Training establish minimum standards that are required to be met and maintained by Oregon's providers of public safety, including police officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, telecommunicators (9-1-1), emergency medical dispatchers, public safety instructors, and OLCC regulatory specialists. The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training is responsible for certifying public safety professionals who meet all of the Board-established intellectual, physical and moral fitness standards, and for denying, suspending or revoking the certification of those who do not meet or fall below these standards. The Police Policy Committee provides input and guidance to the Board on certification and training standards for more than 5,300 men and women who serve as city, county, state, tribal and university police officers around the state.

Recap of Police Policy Committee Actions -

# # Professional Standards Cases # # Note: individuals listed below have the ability to request a contested case hearing to challenge the Board's actions.

Administrative Closures -- 2 officers flagged and will be reviewed if rehired / 4 require no additional action needed by BPSST/DPSST.

Sarazin, Todd DPSST # 22892 -- Approved Administrative Closure

Hewitt, Megan DPSST # 31385 Hillsboro Police Department; Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Supervisory, and Management - Police Certifications Police Policy Committee will recommend that Board revoke certifications - 10 years for gross misconduct and lifetime revocation for Dishonesty

O'Dea, Lawrence DPSST # 18924 -- Portland Police Bureau; Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Management, Supervisory, and Executive Police Certification Police Policy Committee will recommend that Board not revoke certifications

Duncan, James DPSST # 35361 -- Oregon State Police; Basic Police Certification - Police Policy Committee will recommend that Board revoke certifications - 7 years for gross misconduct and lifetime revocation for dishonesty

Markos, Nicholas DPSST # 32110 -- Washington County Sheriff's Office; Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Police Certifications and Instructor Certification - Police Policy Committee will recommend that Board revoke certifications - 10 years for gross misconduct, 10 years for misuse of authority, and lifetime revocation for dishonesty

Roberts, Matthew DPSST # 31889 -- Oregon Liquor Control Commission; Basic Regulatory Specialist Certification & Instructor Certification -- Police Policy Committee will recommend that Board revoke certification for lifetime for dishonesty

Bazer, Tanner DPSST # 55400 -- Springfield Police Department; Basic Police Certifications - Police Policy Committee will recommend Board take no action

Hosek, Ronald DPSST # 05927 -- Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, and Supervisory Police Certifications - Police Policy Committee took no action -- requested additional information on matter

Chastain, Daniel DPSST # 36610 -- Portland Police Bureau; Basic Police Certification - Police Policy Committee will recommend that Board revoke certifications - 10 years for gross misconduct and 10 years for dishonesty

Brodeur, Marc DPSST # 43446 -- Yamhill County Sheriff's Office; Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Corrections and Police Certifications - Police Policy Committee will recommend that Board revoke certifications -- 10 years for dishonesty

Miller, Nicholas DPSST # 51590 -- Formerly Employed with the Eugene Police Department; Complaint -- Police Policy Committee recommends that DPSST staff not move forward on this matter.


# # Administrative Actions Taken # #


Proposed Rule Adoption for OAR 259 Division 8 -- Signature Authorities - Approved

Proposed Rule Changes for OARs 259-008-0040 and 259-008-0060 - Nine Months of Experience Required for Basic Certification - Approved

Proposed Rule Changes for OARs 259-008-0005, 259-008-0020, 259-008-0060, 259-008-0064 and 259-008-0065; Multi-Discipline Certifications - Approved

Proposed Rule Changes for OAR 259-008-0100 -- Updates to the Retirement Card Program - Approved


## Snapshot of Oregon's criminal justice work force and DPSST's professional standards activities ##


Currently Certified law enforcement professionals in Oregon as of December 31, 2017:
Police 5,373
Corrections 4,036
Tele/EMD 898/861
P & P 644
OLCC 35

Criminal Justice Professional Standards Cases Opened by DPSST in 2017:
Police 96
Corrections 118
Tele/EMD 023
P & P 011
OLCC 001
Instructor 001

Criminal Justice Professional Standards Cases Pending with DPSST as of December 31, 2017:
Police 68
Corrections 84
Tele/EMD 09
P & P 05
OLCC 02
Instructor 00

Criminal Justice Professional Standards Cases Closed by DPSST in 2017:
Revoked 75
Deny 00
No Revoke 05
No Deny 22
No Action 134
Suspended 01

The next meeting of the Board is scheduled for April 26, 2018. Board, and Policy Committee, meeting minutes can be found online at http://www.oregon.gov/DPSST/BD/pages/index.aspx

# Background Information about the Board and Department #

The Board consists of 24 members representing city, county and state public safety professionals representing each of the disciplines (police, fire, 9-1-1, corrections, private security), and a private citizen appointed by the Governor. The current Board Chair is Sheriff Jason Myers of the Marion County Sheriff's Office. The Board includes administrators as well as non-management representatives from statewide organizations. The Board represents more than 40,000 public safety professionals and establishes minimum standards for the training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security/private investigator providers, and makes determinations on waiver requests. The Board is supported by six policy committees and a number of sub-committees representing the public safety disciplines, which provide technical expertise and serve as vital links to public safety organizations. The Board operates in close partnership with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county, tribal and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem; certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.

Burglary Suspect Arrested in Portland's Goose Hollow Neighborhood (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/15/18 4:57 PM
Robert C Gangewer
Robert C Gangewer
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On Thursday, February 15, 2018, at 2:16 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a burglary in the 1500 block of Southwest Vista Avenue.

When officers arrived at the residence they contacted the homeowner. The homeowner stated an unknown person was inside the location and it appeared the house had been ransacked.

Officers learned there should be no other people in the home and entered the location to search for a burglary suspect. During the search they located a suspect that was taken into custody without incident.

The suspect has been identified as 33-year-old Robert C. Gangewer. Gangewer was lodged in the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Burglary in the First Degree.

Community members are encouraged to visit the City of Portland's Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention page at http://www.portlandonline.com/oni/cp for crime prevention tips and resources.

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Attached Media Files: Robert C Gangewer

MESD Board Regular Session meeting 2/20 at 6:00 p.m.
Multnomah ESD - 02/15/18 4:23 PM
The Multnomah Education Service District Board of Directors will meet in Regular Session at 6:00 p.m. on February 20, 2018, in the Board Room at 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, OR 97220. The Board will meet in Executive Session at the conclusion of the Regular Session meeting under ORS 192.660(2)(d))-To conduct deliberations with persons designated by the governing body to carry on labor negotiations, and EXECUTIVE SESSION-ORS 192.660(2)(f))-To consider information or records that are exempt by law from public inspection.

Community Presentations: Cascadia Earthquake Subduction Zone and Distant Tsunami Preparedness
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/15/18 3:20 PM
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and Office of Oregon Emergency Management are coordinating community presentations focusing on what you need to know and how to prepare for distant tsunamis and the Cascadia subduction zone earthquake.

This March marks the 7th anniversary of the Great Tohoku, Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (more information on this event at the end of media release.) Local public safety officials encourage community members to use this anniversary as a reminder to learn about Cascadia and how a distant tsunami may affect our communities.

Office of Oregon Emergency Management will work with local community leaders on tsunami ready programs, tsunami evacuation drill planning and distant tsunami response plans as well as provide a focused "Tsunami Preparedness Chat" for the public in Gleneden Beach, details below.

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office -- Emergency Management Division will host six public presentations for community members to learn about the history of Cascadia, what to expect, and how to prepare for the immediate aftermath of such an event.

The events are open to the public and free; contact Lincoln County Emergency Manager, Jenny Demaris for more information. Presentation announcements for these events can be found on our County website at: www.co.lincoln.or.us/emergencymanagement .

See attached media release with dates, times of scheduled presentations.

Respectfully submitted,

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



Attached Media Files: Media Release Word File , Media Release PDF with Announcements

Suspect Arrested in Connection to Multiple Burglaries in Portland's Sunnyside Neighborhood (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/15/18 2:39 PM
Melvin L Tillman
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On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at 3:52 a.m., Central Precinct patrol and Neighborhood Response Team officers responded to the report of a burglary at Woof and Meow, located at 3562 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard.

When officers arrived they contacted the owner of the location and learned a rock had been thrown through the front door and the cash register removed from the store. While officers investigated the burglary at the Woof and Meow, another burglary was reported at Toadstool Cupcakes, located at 3557 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard.

As officers investigated both burglaries they obtained, viewed, and seized as evidence, surveillance video from both business. Based on the surveillance footage, officers believed the same suspect was responsible for both burglaries. Stills of the surveillance video were disseminated to Portland Police Bureau members and a criminalist in the Portland Police Bureau's Forensic Evidence Division provided a possible identity of the burglary suspect.

Officers responded to the burglary suspect's residence in the 800 block of Southeast Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard. The suspect was located at his residence and taken into custody without incident. Officers applied for and received a search warrant for the suspect's residence. During the search of the residence, investigators located evidence of the burglaries.

The suspect has been identified as 62-year-old Melvin L. Tillman. Tillman is was lodged in the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Burglary in the First Degree (three counts), Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree (three counts), and Theft in the Third Degree (two counts).

Investigators believe Tillman is responsible for burglaries at the following locations:
Communion (3556 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard) on January 11, 2018
Woof and Meow (3562 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard) on February 14, 2018
Toadstool Cupcakes (3557 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard) on February 14, 2018

The burglary investigations continue and officers believe Tillman is likely connected to additional burglaries in the Sunnyside Neighborhood. Anyone with information about Tillman should contact Central Precinct Neighborhood Response Team Officer Matthew Jacobsen at 503-823-0097 or Matthew.Jacobsen@portlandporegon.gov

The Portland Police Bureau and the City of Portland's Crime Prevention Program have some tips for burglary victims:

Cameras - Use a camera surveillance system that captures clear images under all lighting conditions. Install security cameras at entry points, over cash registers and parking lots at angles that reveal facial and other features of suspicious individuals. Make sure employees know how to access footage for police.
Report suspicious activity -- If you observe someone acting suspiciously, call the police at 9-1-1 for immediate threats to life or property. Otherwise you can call them at the non-emergency number at 503-823-3333.

If your Portland business would like some guidance about improving the security of your establishment, contact the City of Portland's Crime Prevention Program at 503-823-4064, onicpa@portlandoregon.gov or www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/cp

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Attached Media Files: Melvin L Tillman

Tip of the Week February 19, 2018 - Avoiding Crashes in Parking Lots
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/15/18 2:18 PM
OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF
Sheriff Curtis L. Landers
225 W. Olive Street
Newport, Oregon 97365
Phone..(541) 265-4277
Fax....(541) 265-4926

TIP OF THE WEEK - - - - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: February 19, 2018

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


AVOIDING CRASHES IN PARKING LOTS

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, about 14 percent of all vehicle collisions that result in damage happen in parking lots. AAA offers the following tips for safe parking.

Stay Alert. Watch for cars cutting across parking lots and speeding through aisles. Take it slow and always use your turn signal. Avoid two-way lanes whenever possible.

Mind Your Manners. Don't take up two spots by parking over the lines.

Protect Your Car: Parking in congested areas increases the likelihood of scratches and dents from car doors or shopping carts. Park away from buildings during the day, but avoid secluded areas at night. If you can find a spot at the end of the row next to an island, take it - this is the best place to park your car.

However, if there is no island, don't park in an end space because this will leave your car vulnerable to turning traffic. Park in front of a light pole, if possible. The pole will protect your car from a driver who might pull too far forward and bash its front end, and the light will give you added security at night.

Walk Back Safely: When leaving or returning to your car, don't dart between parked cars. Listen for cars and look for the illuminated brake lights of cars backing up. Pedestrians can be just as guilty as drivers when it comes to disobeying posted signs or not paying close enough attention to their surroundings. Protect yourself on foot, as well as when you're driving.

Be Observant: When backing out, make sure you scan a full 360 degrees - there may be shoppers to your left and right or other cars backing out at the same time. If it's possible and legal in your area, pull through if there are two open nose-to-nose spaces. Being able to pull out head first instead of backing out of a spot will keep you safe.

Mail With Caution: If you have packages to send, keep in mind that post office parking lots have the highest frequency of accidents.

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

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



Attached Media Files: 2018-02/5490/112078/021918-Avoiding_Crashes_in_Parking_Lots.pdf

Thousands of Girl Scout Cookie Booths Open TOMORROW, February 16, In Oregon and SW Washington (Photo)
Girl Scouts of Ore. and SW Washington - 02/15/18 2:07 PM
Girl Scouts Cookie Booth Sales
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Thousands of Girl Scout Cookie Booths Open TOMORROW, February 16, In Oregon and SW Washington
Girl Scout S'mores(TM) cookies back by popular demand!

PORTLAND, OR. -- February 15, 2018 -- Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington (GSOSW) will officially launch the 2018 cookie booth season tomorrow, February 16. Back by popular demand are Girl Scout S'mores(TM)! Cookies can be purchased from more than 30,000 Girl Scout Cookie booths between Friday, February 16 and Sunday, March 11 for $5 per box.

"I'm excited for girls to have this business experience, and put themselves out there," says GSOSW Director of Product Sales Paige Walker. "A Girl Scout Cookie booth is basically a pop-up shop and these young women are entrepreneurs selling an iconic product. As they're talking with community members at booths, they're learning people skills. As they're making decisions about their cookie business, they're practicing skills that prepare them for a successful future."

While the girls ask for the sale, Walker has an ask for customers, too: "When you meet a Girl Scout at a cookie booth, ask her why she is selling cookies!"

COOKIE FINDER
Signature Girl Scout Cookies, including Thin Mints(R), Samoas(R) and Trefoils(R) will be offered among the eight Girl Scout Cookie varieties at all booths throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. Girl Scout S'mores(TM) cookies and gluten free Toffee-tastic(TM) specialty cookies are available at select cookie booths while supplies last. Customers can find a Girl Scout Cookie booth near their location with the Cookie Finder at girlscoutsosw.org/cookies or use the Girl Scout Cookie Finder app available for iPhone or Android.

THE POWER BEHIND THE GIRL SCOUT COOKIE PROGRAM
The Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches girls the skills they need to become effective leaders, manage finances and gain confidence in handling money--skills that will stay with them for a lifetime. Each box of Girl Scout Cookies sold powers real-life experiences for thousands of local girls.

"We are so grateful to the stores, businesses and organizations that host Girl Scouts at cookie booths," says Walker. "The community partners that provide these spaces are making a valuable investment in girls' entrepreneurial experience."

KEEPING IT LOCAL
100 percent of the net revenue earned from cookie sales remains within the local region. Every purchase of Girl Scout Cookies helps provide for new and unique opportunities for local girls including valuable educational experiences that offer lifelong impact. Girl Scout campers in Oregon and Southwest Washington use cookie program proceeds to fund their own camp and travel adventures. And, nearly every Girl Scout troop uses some portion of their cookie proceeds to give back to their local communities.

ABOUT THE GIRL SCOUT COOKIE PROGRAM
A little more than a century ago, girls began participating in what would evolve into the largest entrepreneurial training program for girls in the world: the Girl Scout Cookie Program. To learn more about the history of the cookie program, please visit: girlscoutcookies.org.

ABOUT GIRL SCOUTS OF OREGON AND SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON
Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington serves 13,955 girls in 37 counties with the help of over 10,000 volunteers. The Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Every opportunity in Girl Scouting, including the Girl Scout Cookie Program, develops essential skills in an all-girl, inclusive, safe environment. For information, please visit: girlscoutsosw.org.

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Media Contacts:

Sarah Shipe, Director of Communications
(503) 977-6861 | After Hours: 503-930-5275, Mobile | sshipe@girlscoutsosw.org

Maureen A. Kenney, Public Relations Specialist
(503) 977-6817 | mkenney@girlscoutsosw.org



Attached Media Files: GS Cookie Booth Sales News Release , Girl Scouts Cookie Booth Sales , Girl Scouts Cookie Booth Sales , Girl Scouts Cookie Booth Sales , Girl Scouts Cookie Booth Sales , Girl Scouts Cookie Booth Sales

Students named candidates in national Presidential Scholars program (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 02/15/18 1:48 PM
Battle Ground High School senior Kylie Sahota
Battle Ground High School senior Kylie Sahota
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Two students from the Battle Ground Public Schools district have been selected among the 4,500 national candidates for the 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Seniors Everett Buck of CAM Academy and Kylie Sahota of Battle Ground High School were selected from the nearly 3.6 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in the year 2018.

Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, now in its 54th year, is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 by Executive Order of the President to recognize some of our nation's most distinguished graduating seniors for their accomplishments in many areas: academic success, leadership, and service to school and community. It was expanded in 1979 to recognize students demonstrating exceptional scholarship and talent in the visual, creative, and performing arts. In 2015, the program was expanded once again to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical fields.

Each year, up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars are chosen from among that year's senior class, representing excellence in education and the promise of greatness in America's youth. All Scholars are invited to Washington, DC in June for the National Recognition Program, featuring various events and enrichment activities and culminating in the presentation of the Presidential Scholars Medallion during a White House-sponsored ceremony.

A distinguished panel of educators will review the submissions and select 600 semifinalists in early April. The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of up to 32 eminent citizens appointed by the President, will select the finalists, and the U.S. Department of Education will announce the Scholars in May.

Scholars will be invited to Washington, DC, for several days in June to receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in events and activities.

For more information about the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, parents and students can call the U.S. Presidential Scholars Office at 507.931.8345, or send an e-mail to PSP@scholarshipamerica.org.



Attached Media Files: Battle Ground High School senior Kylie Sahota , CAM Academy senior Everett Buck

Klamath Falls grants 173rd Fighter Wing 50-year lease extension (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 02/15/18 1:40 PM
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KLAMATH FALLS, Oregon -- The City of Klamath Falls is demonstrating an unprecedented level of community support for the 173rd Fighter Wing, Oregon Air National Guard, by extending the lease on the airfield property until 2095 -- another 77 years, the longest lease of any base in the country.

A ceremony scheduled for at 1:45 p.m on Feb. 19, 2018, will host a number of community leaders at the base including U.S. Representative Greg Walden.

The event will commemorate a number of initiatives that help the wing maintain the only F-15C formal schoolhouse in the U.S. Air Force, including the finalization of an airspace expansion initiative and plans to continue numerous construction projects on the base past the year 2020.



Attached Media Files: 2018-02/962/112075/173rd_FW.jpg

Reminder to use SafeOregon the statewide School Safety Tip Line for concerns about safety
Oregon State Police - 02/15/18 1:23 PM
The Oregon State Police (OSP) reminds students and families to learn more about SafeOregon, the statewide school safety tip line. The tip line is a safe, confidential and anonymous way for students to alert authorities to information that may be useful in preventing school attacks, bullying, and suicidal behaviors.

SafeOregon can be accessed through a phone call, text message, mobile application or the internet by students and other members of the public. Trained staff are available 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year to review, analyze and route tips for the most appropriate follow-up and urgency. Tip line staff make sure follow-up is noted and recorded.

Superintendent Travis Hampton, "We know the tip line works. We've seen other students report concerns about their friends and we've gotten their friends help. We've been able to get in front of safety concerns. Sometimes students might see or hear something that might be confusing or they are unsure what to do with the information but they do know something isn't right. That's where the tip line can help. Students have the opportunity to provide information to a trusted adult that can look into the situation and take it from there."

The Oregon State Police also encourages students to have conversations with adults around them about anything they are concerned about. Students have an important voice in their own safety, and the safety of their fellow students and school. But, the tip line gives a voice to those students who don't feel comfortable going to an adult for whatever reason or they might be anxious or afraid.

Since the tip line began in January, 2017 -- over 525 tips have been received. The top five types of tips include bullying or harassment, possession or distribution of drugs, concerns about safety issues, cyberullying and sexual harassment.

Today, 813 Oregon schools in the PK-12 grades are signed up to use the statewide tip line. It's open to private and public schools in those grade ranges. To find out if your school is using the system visit SafeOregon.com and click on report a tip. Here you'll see all the different methods of reporting. By clicking on web report form you will see a box for "school name" begin entering your school name. If the school name appears, they are using SafeOregon. You should also talk to your school about how the system works and what you can do to help promote the statewide tip line in your school.

It is against the Oregon Law to misuse the tip line and report false tips. ORS 165.570

For more information visit SafeOregon.com.

Background: SafeOregon became Law through HB 4075 (2016), as a result of recommendations from the Oregon Task Force on School Safety. During the 2014 session, the Oregon State Legislature passed House Bill 4087, to establish a Task Force on School Safety. The bill, created a working group to examine steps to improve safety and security at schools across the state. As specified in HB 4087, the task force is made up of representatives from the legislature, the governor's office, as well as the education and public safety communities. A complete roster of the task force members appears at the left side of this page. For more information on the task force visit the Oregon State Police website at www.oregon.gov/osp

As a reminder OSP personnel will be available for on-camera/media interviews today, February 15, 2018 between 2:00-3:00 p.m.

The location will be at Oregon State Police General Headquarters, 3565 Trelstad Ave SE, Salem Oregon. OSP asks any media to check in at the front reception area.


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Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Facebook: @ospsocial

Media Interviews Regarding SafeOregon School Safety Tip Line-
Oregon State Police - 02/15/18 11:38 AM
Due to interest in the school safety tip line, SafeOregon, managed by OSP, OSP personnel will be available for on-camera/media interviews today, February 15, 2018 between 2:00-3:00 p.m.

The location will be at the Oregon State Police General Headquarters, 3565 Trelstad Ave SE, Salem Oregon. OSP asks any media to check in at the front reception area.

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Facebook: @ospsocial

Police Investigating Possible Inappropriate Online Contact Between High School Staff Member and Student
Gresham Police Dept - 02/15/18 11:28 AM
Gresham, Ore. -- Police investigators are looking into allegations of inappropriate online contact between a female clerical staff member at Centennial High School and a male high school student.

On Feb. 9, Centennial High School administration learned of the allegations and promptly notified their school resource officer. The staff member in question was immediately placed on administrative leave and reportedly is no longer employed with the Centennial School District. The school and district office are cooperating fully with the police investigation.

Currently, the allegations involve one student and investigators report there are no indications the two had any physical contact.

Police would like to talk with any student who may have been subjected to inappropriate contact with any staff member, regardless of their position or place of employment. Students are encouraged to talk with their guardians, doctor, trusted school staff, counselor, or police if they have experienced abuse or inappropriate contact with an adult. Students can also seek advice at www.oregonyouthline.org or by texting teen2teen to 839863.

No additional information is available at this time.


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Solar, low-impact hydro projects in NW communities to receive $1.1 million boost from Pacific Power Blue Sky customers
Pacific Power - 02/15/18 11:06 AM
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power, Feb. 15, 2018
503-813-7291
Tom.Gauntt@pacificorp.com

Solar, low-impact hydro projects in NW communities to receive $1.1 million boost from Pacific Power Blue Sky customers
Renewable energy program making sustainable investments in communities for more than a decade

PORTLAND, Ore.--Several solar projects and one low-impact hydro project will soon help reduce energy costs for community organizations in 10 communities across the Northwest, thanks in part to funding from Pacific Power customers who voluntarily participate in the Blue Sky renewable energy program.

Altogether, Blue Sky customers are placing $1.1 million in new renewable energy investment in 2018, bringing more than 675 kilowatts of new renewable energy capacity online. Since 2006, Pacific Power Blue Sky customers have helped fund the installation of 101 community-based projects totaling 8.8 megawatts of renewable energy generation capacity, demonstrating the viability of renewable energy in their communities with more than $10 million in investment during that time.

Projects funded over the years include wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, low-impact hydro and wave technologies.

"Our Blue Sky customers put their dollars to work in their communities," said Cory Scott, Pacific Power's director of customer solutions. "Not only will these facilities supply renewable energy, but they are helping increase the visibility and adoption of renewable technology. We are proud to be part of this important partnership with communities and our Blue Sky customers."

"The Blue Sky program has one of the highest number of customer participants you'll find nationwide," added Berit Kling, project manager. "One of the reasons the Blue Sky program is so popular is the element of choice. Blue Sky customers choose to support renewable energy above and beyond Pacific Power's own growing renewable portfolio and projects like these provide customers with tangible connections to the program. In addition to greening their energy use by supporting newly developed renewable energy generation Blue Sky customers are helping fund new on-the-ground, renewable projects in their own communities that strongly contribute to the local economy."

Projects receiving funding this year range from arrays at Portland's St. Charles Parish School to a low-impact hydro facility at Wallowa Lake to a solar installation at a pet adoption center in Roseburg
These projects are on schedule to be completed in 2018:
St. Charles Parish School, Portland
Solar, 78 kilowatt
$300,000
Tri-City Joint Water and Sanitary Authority, Myrtle Creek, Ore.
Solar, 287 kilowatt
$200,000
Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center, Roseburg, Ore.
Solar, 43.2 kilowatt
$130,050
Siskiyou Family YMCA, Yreka, Calif,
Solar, 92 kilowatt
$109,000
Cantrall Buckley Community Park, Jacksonville, Ore.
Solar, 23.5 kilowatt
$89,530
Gem Theatre, Athena, Ore.
Solar, 26 kilowatt
$84,250
Bridge Housing Corp, Portland
Solar, 39.7 kilowatt
$73,324
Hood River County Health Dept. Hood River, Ore.
Solar, 24.5 kilowatt
$69,672
Lake County Library District, Lakeview, Ore.
Solar, 22.6 kilowatt
$64,726
Wallowa Lake State Park, Joseph, Ore.
Low-impact hydro, 18 kilowatt
$60,000
Beit Am Jewish Community Center, Corvallis, Ore.
Solar, 23.8 kilowatt
$51,250
Medford School District (Ruch Community School), Jacksonville, Ore.
Solar, 11.4 kilowatt
$24,337

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About Blue Sky
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has ranked Blue Sky fifth or better in the nation for the 14th consecutive year in the number of customers buying renewable power. The Blue Sky Block, Usage and Habitat products are Green-e Energy certified; More than 60,000 Pacific Power customers currently participate in the Blue Sky program across Oregon, Washington and California. For more information, visit pacificpower.net/bluesky.

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 740,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with 1.8 million customers in six western states Information about Pacific Power is available on the company's website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via pacificpower.net.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office seeks public feedback about policy and procedure
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/15/18 10:23 AM
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office recognizes and takes seriously its affirmative responsibility to engage community stakeholders about service delivery; one form of engagement the Office undertakes is to seek public feedback about proposed policy and procedure(s) through a Stakeholder Review period.

The Sheriff's Office is currently in the process of reviewing the following draft(s):
Policy XXX.XX, Incident Command System (ICS)
Policy XXX.XX, Conditional Use of Restraints

The Stakeholder Review period is open for all members of the public to submit comments or proposals relevant to the content of the draft, which will be posted for the next thirty (30) days. To comment, please go to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office website, accessible here: https://www.mcso.us/site/policy_review.php

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office thanks you in advance for taking the time to review its drafts and express your views; the Office will take individual comments into collective consideration as it finalizes a policy and procedure.

Fatal Crash Highway 101 near Wheeler -- Tillamook County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/15/18 10:22 AM
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing Wednesday evening's fatal crash on Highway 101 near Wheeler in Tillamook County.

On February 14, 2018, at about 5:45 p.m., OSP troopers and first responders were dispatched to a two vehicle fatal crash on Highway 101 at milepost 46Z south of Wheeler. Preliminary investigation revealed that a black 2008 Nissan Altima, operated by Philip MEIER, age 29, from Tillamook, was southbound negotiating a leftward sweeping curve when it lost control. Witnesses said that the Nissan Altima was sideways in the northbound lane when a northbound grey 2018 GMC SUV, operated by Talbot BETHELL, age 75, from Netarts, collided with the Nissan Altima on the passenger side.

MEIER died from injuries sustained in the crash. BETHELL and his passenger, Anne BETHELL, age 75, from Netarts, were transported by ground ambulance to Tillamook Medical Center with unknown injuries.

Investigators are looking at speed and wet roadways as possible contributing factors in the crash.

Highway 101 was reduced to one lane through the area of the crash for about 4 to 5 hours. Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) assisted with traffic control. OSP was assisted by Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Tillamook Police Department, Tillamook Ambulance, Nahalem Bay Fire and Rescue and ODOT.

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

Photographs courtesy of OSP

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Central Oregon Lottery retailers sell two jackpot Scratch-its in a week
Oregon Lottery - 02/15/18 10:01 AM
Feb. 15, 2018 - Salem, Ore. -- Two Central Oregon Lottery retailers sold $200,000 in jackpot winning Scratch-its within two days.

On Jan. 31, the US Market #150 in Bend had a $100,000, $10 Cash Club Scratch-it win by Carl Osterkamp of Bend. Osterkamp said that he had never purchased a $10 Scratch-it before and decided to give it a try. His first $10 was the big winner.

"No flipping way!" Carl said when he got his check. "My girlfriend's sister, who was with me, wouldn't believe me."
Carl ended up taking the ticket back to the store and scanning it to prove that he actually won.

"I just about dropped to my knees when it came up as $100,000," he said. Carl is using his winnings to move himself and his girlfriend to a new place.

The next day, just up the road from Bend in Redmond, the Redmond Chevron sold a $100,000, $10 Extreme Cash Scratch-it. That prize was claimed by Jeremy Gilbertson of Redmond.

"I scratched the ticket, I looked at this, and I thought, 'This just doesn't happen to me.'" Gilbertson said. "All I could say was ahhhhh. I won $100,000 and I couldn't believe it."

Gilbertson usually plays $2 or $3 Scratch-its, but when he wins on those, he uses the winnings to purchase higher-value tickets. "I don't normally play the $10 Scratch-its," he said.

Gilbertson said his two-year wedding anniversary is coming up and he is going to take her on a trip. He also said the couple was going to pay off some bills.

"This is great," he said.

In 2017 the Bend and Redmond area retailers sold $55,000 worth of winning Scratch-its of more than $601. This year they have already sold $202,500 in winning tickets. Last year more than $4.2 million in Lottery prizes of more than $601 were won in Bend and Redmond across all games.

During the 2015-17 biennium in Deschutes County, where both the Bend and Redmond Lottery retailers are located, more than $28.9 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education and watershed enhancement.

Lottery officials recommend that you always sign the back of your tickets with each Oregon Lottery game you play, to ensure you can claim any prize you may win. In the event of winning a jackpot, players should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more than $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

Milwaukie Police Arrest Robbery Suspect "Lone Ranger Bandit" (Photo)
Milwaukie Police Dept. - 02/15/18 9:55 AM
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The Milwaukie Police, with assistance from the Portland Police, have arrested 31-year-old Jay Conrad Noble in connection to an armed robbery at Dotty's, 10843 SE Oak Street, which occurred on 01-17-18, around 1:00 a.m. (MIPD case # 18-204.)

In this case Mr. Noble acted alone, was wearing a mask, and was armed with a revolver-type firearm. During the robbery, Mr. Noble fired one-round at an employee, narrowly missing them. Mr. Noble is also a suspect in numerous robberies in the Portland-Metro / Clackamas County areas.

Due to similarities in all these cases, Mr. Noble has been dubbed the "Lone Ranger Bandit."

Mr. Noble is currently lodged at the Clackamas County Jail on several charges, which include: 2-counts Robbery I, Attempt Assault I, and 3-counts Unlawful use of a weapon. Mr. Noble is also being held on other charges associated with a robbery that occurred on 12-27-17 at Chans Garden, at 14790 SE Webster Road in Clackamas County. (CCSO case #17-33997)

Bail for Mr. Noble is currently set at one million dollars.

The investigation is still on-going and the Milwaukie Police Department is asking anyone with information regarding Milwaukie case #18-204, to please contact Detective Tony Cereghino. Email: cereghinot@milwaukieoregon.gov. VM: 503-786-7476.

Anyone with information regarding the robbery at Chans Garden is asked to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Tip Line - by phone at 503-723-4949.

Anyone that may have information regarding cases in the Portland area can contact Portland Police Detective Kenny Reynolds. Email:kenneth.reynolds@portlandoregon.gov



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Camas-Washougal Fire Department Crew Makes Rescue at House Fire (Photo)
Camas-Washougal Fire Dept. - 02/15/18 9:19 AM
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On February 14 at approximately 2:23 pm, Camas-Washougal Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a residential fire alarm activation in the area of NW 27th Ave in Camas. On arrival, crews noticed smoke coming out the front door while at the same time hearing a subject in the attached garage yelling for "help." Recognizing they faced an imminent rescue situation, the engine crew called for more assistance while donning their Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA). Firefighters Mark Widlund and Jeff Martizia make a cut in the garage door where they quickly found an approximately 70 year male who had become disoriented and nearly incapacitated by the smoke. He was safely removed from the structure along with his two dogs. The patient was transported to an area hospital for treatment of possible burns and smoke inhalation. His present condition is unknown at this time.

Camas-Washougal Fire Department was assisted by units from the Vancouver Fire Department and East County Fire and Rescue. Further investigation found a small fire that is believed to have started in the kitchen and then quickly spread to the surrounding wall and ceiling. The fire was quickly extinguished, but there was extensive smoke damage to the entire structure. No damage estimate is known at this time.



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Portland Parks & Recreation sustainability efforts help City move towards cleaner energy, less need for maintenance, and lower costs (Photo)
Portland Parks & Recreation - 02/15/18 9:15 AM
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Bureau earns significant rebates, reinvested in yet more energy efficient projects


(Portland, OR) --

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) earned more than $250,000 in rebates in 2017 for the Bureau's efforts towards energy efficiency and sustainability. The savings to taxpayers are thanks to PP&R staff efforts and a partnership with the Energy Trust of Oregon.

The Bureau will be reinvesting those rebates to launch an energy- and water-saving project at 48 sites; an effort towards sustainability on a much larger scale.

Portland Parks & Recreation is making a significant contribution towards the City's commitment to using 100% renewable energy by 2050. This mark was established by a unanimous City Council vote in 2017, and Portland's elected officials continue to recognize the importance energy efficiency plays in reaching that achievement.

"Portland Parks & Recreation is leading the way towards sustainability and energy efficiency," says Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. "Our City must move towards sustainable practices as soon as possible. PP&R's programs, sites, and staff are becoming a model of how city government can embrace sustainability, while reducing costs to taxpayers."

Portland Parks & Recreation earned $267,191 in rebates from Energy Trust of Oregon in 2017, and thanks to ongoing energy-saving efforts, the Bureau has another $120,841 in further credits earned for next year already. The credits were largely awarded for upgrades to various building control systems.

"These savings, and the upcoming large-scale sustainability project, would not have happened without the innovative efforts of our dedicated PP&R staff," says Portland Parks & Recreation Director Mike Abbaté. "PP&R project managers and maintenance workers - electricians, carpenters, and other tradespeople -earned those rebates. I applaud our creative, committed staff and their ongoing work to ensure a greener future for Portlanders, of both current and future generations."

The Bureau will be establishing a pilot program - an energy & water savings performance contract - to study how utility use can be reduced. The target of the pilot is to reduce maintenance and utility costs at approximately 20% of PP&R's sites. Portland Parks & Recreation is proud to take this important step in realizing the City's sustainability goals.



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August 2017 In-Custody Death Investigation Completed
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/15/18 9:05 AM
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) books approximately 35,000 people into County correctional facilities each year. During the intake and screening process, some adults in custody self-report their experiences with medical, mental health, and/or addiction issues to MCSO and Multnomah County Corrections Health staff.

In August 2017, MCSO initiated an investigation into an in-custody death. Over the course of several months, MCSO, in collaboration with the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office, thoroughly investigated all circumstances leading up to and following the incident. Investigators ultimately determined there were no signs of foul play and no illegal use of drugs while in jail. The investigation also concluded that all standard protocols were followed.

MCSO and Corrections Health remain committed to providing adults in custody with the best care possible. We appreciate the patience of Ms. Glassman's family throughout the investigation and our sympathies go out to everyone impacted by this tragic outcome.

The case file has been completed and is available via public records request. Visit https://www.mcso.us/site/faq.php for instructions on completing a Public Records Request.

Pints for Parkinson's Launches with a Kick Off Party Featuring Bars and Breweries from Portland and Bend
Brian Grant Foundation - 02/15/18 8:59 AM
Event kicks off a month-long fundraiser for Parkinson's Awareness Month in April to support the Brian Grant Foundation

WHAT: The Brian Grant Foundation (BGF) will host its third annual Pints for Parkinson's kick off party, launching a month-long fundraiser that supports the Brian Grant Foundation's efforts to provide tools to improve the well being of people with Parkinson's. Throughout the month of April, nearly 30 bars and breweries in Portland and Bend will sell "Pints Passports" for $25 with proceeds benefitting BGF. Purchasers can use their passports to receive ten beers at any of the participating locations.

The kick off party will feature the bars and breweries participating in Pints for Parkinson's. The party is also open to the general public to watch the Blazers game with Brian while enjoying appetizers and drinks. Attendees will also be able to pre-purchase their passports at the event. Tickets for the kick off party are available for purchase online at www.briangrant.org/pints.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Doors open at 6:00pm
Event ends at 9:00pm

WHERE: Urban Studio
935 NW Davis St.
Portland, OR 97209


WHO: Established in 2010, the Brian Grant Foundation (BGF) provides proven tools to improve the well being of people with Parkinson's. BGF's programs focus on exercise and nutrition, to help people with Parkinson's get moving, eat healthy and feel their best. For more information visit www.briangrant.org.

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PINTS FOR PARKINSON'S PARTICIPATING LOCATIONS
Portland Locations

10 Barrel: www.10barrel.com
Big Al's Beaverton: www.ilovebigals.com
Brew Cycle PDX: www.brewgrouppdx.com
Bridgeport Brewing: www.bridgeportbrew.com
Brix Tavern: www.brixtavern.com
Carlita's: www.carlitaspdx.com
Circa 33: www.circa33.com
Ecliptic Brewing: www.eclipticbrewing.com
Gigantic Brewing Company: www.giganticbrewing.com
Henry's Tavern: www.henrystavern.com
Market of Choice: www.marketofchoice.com
Occidental Brewing: www.ocidentalbrewing.com
Paddy's: www.paddys.com
Produce Row: www.producerowcafe.com
River Pig Saloon: www.riverpigsaloon.com
Schilling Cider House: www.schillingcider.com
Spirit of 77: www.spiritof77bar.com
Stormbreaker Brewing: www.stormbreakerbrewing.com
Swank & Swine: www.swankandswine.com
The Independent: www.independentpdx.com
The Rambler: www.ramblerbar.com
Von Ebert: www.vonebertbrewing.com
Widmer Brothers: www.widmerbrothers.com

Bend Locations

10 Barrel: www.10barrel.com
Atlas Cider Co.: www.atlastcider.com
Boneyard Beer: www.boneyardbeer.com
Cascade Lakes: www.cascadelakes.com
Craft Kitchen & Brewery: www.craftkitchenandbrewery.com
GoodLife Brewing: www.goodlifebrewing.com
Market of Choice: www.marketofchoice.com

PPB and Partners Publish DMV Manual for Russian-Speaking Community (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/15/18 8:35 AM
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Members of the media are invited to a special ceremony commemorating this accomplishment. The ceremony will be on Thursday, February 15, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. on the 14th floor of the Justice Center.

Over the past couple of years, Lt. David Abrahamson of the Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division began recognizing a significant increase in driver-related crashes involving Russian immigrants. The Police Bureau identified Oregon subsidy for driver education was available for teens under the age of 18 and taught in English. Additionally, the Department of Motor Vehicle Driver Manual was also in English, with no traffic safety resources available in Russian or Ukrainian languages. Following fatal crashes and questions from one of the largest Russian communities in the nation, Lt. Abrahamson applied for and obtained a grant through the City of Portland to translate the DMV Driver Manual into Russian.

The vision of the project was brought before Officer Natasha Haunsberger and Irene Konev of the Portland Police Bureau's Slavic Council Advisory Board, who advocated for the project. Members of the Slavic Council introduced interns from Portland State University's Russian Flagship Program, who assisted with the first draft. Nearly 300 personnel hours were invested by interns Colton Hennick, Ashley Moe and David Shiryayev. The final editing was conducted by Portland State University professor, Doctor Anna Alsufieva. Doctor Alsufieva, who is an expert in the field, spent nearly 600 hours of her personal time after classes making technical corrections. Portland Police Bureau members Mark Rose and Chelsea Rutherford spent weeks reformatting the manual and preparing it for printing. Slavic Council members proofed the manual and added finishing adjustments.

Because of the tenacity and dedication of these community members and Bureau members working collaboratively on this cause, the Oregon Driver Manual and traffic diversion courses are now available to the 100,000 Russian-speaking residents in the Portland Metropolitan area.

For more about the Bureau's Slavic Advisory Council, visit: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/62549

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WSU Vancouver's CMDC students to showcase digital art
WSU Vancouver - 02/15/18 8:30 AM
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Washington State University Vancouver's Creative Media and Digital Culture program will present a collection of cool, innovative digital art created by students. "A Digital Canvas" will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. March 2 at the 1005 Main Street Gallery in downtown Vancouver. Artworks will include digital videos, animations, illustrations, virtual and augmented reality, interactive multimedia and more. Entry is free, and light refreshments will be served.

Senior CMDC student Valerie Parrish is curating the showcase. "Students in the CMDC program have created some genius pieces that stretch the idea of what traditional digital art is," said Parrish.

The CMDC program attracts some of the most talented students in the area focusing on digital and web-based studies. "A Digital Canvas" will give them the chance to exhibit what the CMDC program is about.

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

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374th Basic Police Class to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 02/15/18 8:29 AM
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 374th Basic Police Class.

The Basic Police Class is 16-weeks in length and includes dozens of training areas including survival skills, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, ethics, cultural diversity, problem solving, community policing, elder abuse, drug recognition, and dozens of other subjects. Basic Police Class 374 began its training course with 40 officers and deputies on October 9, 2017.

Basic Police Class 374 will graduate at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE in Salem, Oregon on Friday, February 16, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with a reception immediately following the graduation. Chief Gerald Moore of the City of Salem Police Department will be the guest speaker. Officer Christopher Sobremonte of the City of Sweet Home Police Department will be the class speaker.

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training would like to invite you to join us in observing the ceremony and congratulating Basic Police #BP374 on their successful completion of basic training.

The graduating students appreciate the family, friends and guests who make graduation an appropriate conclusion to their basic training at the Oregon Public Safety Academy.

Graduating members of BP374:

Barry, Jeffrey
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

Bass, Matthew R
Polk County Sheriff's Office

Baxter-Dunlap, Brady
Cottage Grove Police Department

Bell, Daniel
Marion County Sheriff's Office

Billman, Cody M
Enterprise Police Department

Bodine, Dalton
Salem Police Department

Burke, Jane D
Dallas Police Department

Canham, Christopher
Eugene Police Department

Conard, Laura
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

Cook, Gerald M
Polk County Sheriff's Office

Craig, Preston
Lincoln City Police Department

Dalton, Christian
Marion County Sheriff's Office

Deese, Justin
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

Drumm, Christopher
Eugene Police Department

Hamlin, Brian
Salem Police Department

Hernandez, Juan Jr.
Eugene Police Department

Hudson, Michael D
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Josephson, Steven E
Jackson County Sheriff's Office

Larkin, Lisa M
Corvallis Police Department

Lay, Drew M
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Moore, Brian
Eugene Police Department

Nygren, Nicole
Roseburg Police Department

Ostby, Tyler
Gresham Police Department

Parmer, John "Colby"
Salem Police Department

Payne, Brett
Salem Police Department

Pena, Miguel
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

Pettit, Kyle
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

Potter, David
Eugene Police Department

Russell, Justin
Eugene Police Department

Salazar, Vincennt
Salem Police Department

Shaffer, Ruby
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

Sobremonte, Christopher
Sweet Home Police Department

Stedman, Joshua
Umatilla Tribal Police Department

Stone, Emily
Medford Police Department

Sturges, Erick W
Josephine County Sheriff's Office

Tugwell, Christopher
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

Walsh, Colin
Grants Pass Dept of Public Safety

Zepeda-Leos, Martin
Tillamook County Sheriff's Office


## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Sheriff Jason Myers of the Marion County Sheriff's Office serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.

Senate confirms new leadership for Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 02/15/18 8:27 AM
(Salem) -- The Oregon State Senate confirmed Cameron Smith as director for the Department of Consumer and Business Services this week. He has served as acting director for the department since Gov. Kate Brown nominated him in December 2017.

Previously, Smith served as director of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs, senior policy advisor to both Gov. John Kitzhaber and Gov. Ted Kulongoski, and a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, completing three tours of duty in Iraq. Smith, originally from Boston, lives with his wife and two children in Portland.

"What attracted me to join the department was our mission and the breadth and depth of our programs and policy areas," said Smith. "But more than anything, I was attracted by the stellar reputation of this team, from the front-line staff through leadership."

In one of his first official decisions as director, Smith appointed Andrew Stolfi as the state's insurance commissioner. Stolfi joined the department earlier this month to serve as the administrator for the Division of Financial Regulation.

Stolfi spent six years in Switzerland at the International Association of Insurance Supervisors, most recently serving as chief operating officer and chief counsel. Before joining the association, Stolfi served in senior management roles at the Illinois Department of Insurance.

"I have a passion for consumer protection, which makes it an honor to return to the U.S. to serve as insurance commissioner for this great state," said Stolfi. "I look forward to working with Director Smith, as well as our public and private partners to protect Oregonians' access to fair financial products and services."

Stolfi has been on the job for two weeks. He looks forward to his wife and two children joining him in Salem soon.

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About DCBS: The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
About Oregon DFR: The Division of Financial Regulation is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov and www.insurance.oregon.gov.

Pints for Parkinson's Launches with a Kick Off Party Featuring Bars and Breweries from Portland and Bend
Brian Grant Foundation - 02/15/18 8:24 AM
Event kicks off a month-long fundraiser for Parkinson's Awareness Month in April to support the Brian Grant Foundation

WHAT: The Brian Grant Foundation (BGF) will host its third annual Pints for Parkinson's kick off party, launching a month-long fundraiser that supports the Brian Grant Foundation's efforts to provide tools to improve the well being of people with Parkinson's. Throughout the month of April, nearly 30 bars and breweries in Portland and Bend will sell "Pints Passports" for $25 with proceeds benefitting BGF. Purchasers can use their passports to receive ten beers at any of the participating locations.

The kick off party will feature the bars and breweries participating in Pints for Parkinson's. The party is also open to the general public to watch the Blazers game with Brian while enjoying appetizers and drinks. Attendees will also be able to pre-purchase their passports at the event. Tickets for the kick off party are available for purchase online at www.briangrant.org/pints.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Doors open at 6:00pm
Event ends at 9:00pm

WHERE: Urban Studio
935 NW Davis St.
Portland, OR 97209


WHO: Established in 2010, the Brian Grant Foundation (BGF) provides proven tools to improve the well being of people with Parkinson's. BGF's programs focus on exercise and nutrition, to help people with Parkinson's get moving, eat healthy and feel their best. For more information visit www.briangrant.org.

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PINTS FOR PARKINSON'S PARTICIPATING LOCATIONS
Portland Locations

10 Barrel: www.10barrel.com
Big Al's Beaverton: www.ilovebigals.com
Brew Cycle PDX: www.brewgrouppdx.com
Bridgeport Brewing: www.bridgeportbrew.com
Brix Tavern: www.brixtavern.com
Carlita's: www.carlitaspdx.com
Circa 33: www.circa33.com
Ecliptic Brewing: www.eclipticbrewing.com
Gigantic Brewing Company: www.giganticbrewing.com
Henry's Tavern: www.henrystavern.com
Market of Choice: www.marketofchoice.com
Occidental Brewing: www.ocidentalbrewing.com
Paddy's: www.paddys.com
Produce Row: www.producerowcafe.com
River Pig Saloon: www.riverpigsaloon.com
Schilling Cider House: www.schillingcider.com
Spirit of 77: www.spiritof77bar.com
Stormbreaker Brewing: www.stormbreakerbrewing.com
Swank & Swine: www.swankandswine.com
The Independent: www.independentpdx.com
The Rambler: www.ramblerbar.com
Von Ebert: www.vonebertbrewing.com
Widmer Brothers: www.widmerbrothers.com

Bend Locations

10 Barrel: www.10barrel.com
Atlas Cider Co.: www.atlastcider.com
Boneyard Beer: www.boneyardbeer.com
Cascade Lakes: www.cascadelakes.com
Craft Kitchen & Brewery: www.craftkitchenandbrewery.com
GoodLife Brewing: www.goodlifebrewing.com
Market of Choice: www.marketofchoice.com

Share Awarded $150,000 Grant from KMR Group Foundation
Share - 02/15/18 8:00 AM
Vancouver, WA -- Share has been awarded a $150,000 grant from KMR Group Foundation, a private nonprofit in Vancouver, to help the agency transition local families from its shelters to permanent housing.

"This three-year grant will allow Share to hire a full-time housing navigator at our family shelter, connecting our shelter clients to the resources necessary to find and acquire permanent housing," said Diane McWithey, Share executive director.

Securing permanent housing has become increasingly difficult in Southwest Washington. By adding a housing navigator, Share is joining a national trend of providing advocates to help vulnerable community members juggle the myriad of issues that might otherwise serve as roadblocks to permanent housing.

"KMR and the entire Vancouver community are keenly aware of the challenges facing local agencies working with the homeless in Clark County," said Kate Jones, KMR Group Foundation Co-Founder and President. "We've assisted Share for many years in addressing this and other issues, but felt it was time for the Foundation to focus more on the local homeless crisis. After planning with Share, I believe we've found a way to make the kind of impact that can make a real difference in the lives of families in our community."

KMR and Share have been partners for more than 20 years. Last year alone, KMR provided nearly 2,000 Essential Packs filled with hats, gloves and everyday necessities. The foundation is also involved with Share's Backpack Program, which provides healthy food for school-aged children, as well as providing funding for Share's move to the Fromhold Center in 2013.

About KMR Group Foundation:
Kate Jones and Marty Rifkin, philanthropists and husband and wife, started KMR Group Foundation in Vancouver, Wash., with a mission to help people in our community. KMR's dedicated team commits their time and energy to giving underserved children and adults of all ages an equal opportunity for success with the creation and sponsorship of innovative programs as well as academic scholarships. Their hope is to help educate and support the lives of people in the community.

About Share
Share was founded in 1979 with the goal of caring for the homeless and hungry in the greater Vancouver area. Share operates three shelters for the homeless, a transitional housing program, Lincoln Place (a 30-unit Housing First model apartment complex), a street outreach program, including a Day Center, a Housing & Essential Needs (HEN) program, provides case management to clients and provides daily meals for the homeless and low-income members of our community. Share also operates a summer meals program for low-income children and a backpack program benefitting 1,750+ children at 97 schools to provide food for weekends to children receiving free or reduced-fee lunches. Additionally, Share offers financial programs that incorporate financial education and matched dollars for savings; these programs are designed to assist in the improvement of credit scores and financial management. For more information on Share, visit our Web site at www.sharevancouver.org.

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UPDATE #2: Suspect Arrested During Wednesday Evening Tactical Incident Identified (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/15/18 7:07 AM
David Sanders
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The suspect that was taken into custody by members of the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) on Wednesday evening has been identified as 28-year-old David Sanders.

Sanders was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Felon in Possession of a Firearm (two counts), Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (two counts), Possession of an Illegal Weapon, Possession of a Loaded Weapon (two counts), Attempt to Elude by Vehicle (three counts), Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle (three counts), Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle (three counts), Fail to Perform the Duty of a Driver - Property Damage, Reckless Driving (three counts), Identity Theft (three counts), Identity Theft (two counts), Forgery in the First Degree, Provide False Information to a Peace Officer, Reckless Endangering, Interfere with a Peace Officer (two counts), Attempt to Elude on Foot, as well as additional charges.

Anyone with information about David Sanders should contact the Portland Police Bureau Tactical Operation Division's Gang Enforcement Team at 503-823-4106.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

The wanted suspect that officers observed entering a residence in the 5900 block of Northeast 12th Avenue has been taken into custody.

Officers established a perimeter around the residence and members of the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) attempted multiple methods to communicate with the suspect for approximately three and one half hours in an attempt to get the suspect to surrender.

Members of the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) took the suspect into custody.

Roadways in the area will reopen in the next thirty minutes.

The shelter in place order for the residents in the 5900 block of Northeast 12th Avenue has been removed.

The suspect's name and charges will be released once he is lodged in the Multnomah County Jail. Updates will provided during the morning of Thursday, February 15, 2018.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at 5:20 p.m., Gang Enforcement Team officers observed a wanted subject enter a residence in the 5900 block of Northeast 12th Avenue.

Officers with the Portland Police Bureau Tactical Operation Division's Gang Enforcement Team requested North Precinct officers respond to assist in contacting the wanted subject that entered the house. The subject is believed to be inside the residence and has not exited the location after officers have provided directions to come outside.

Based on the warrant information and past criminal behavior of the wanted suspect, a supervisor at the location has requested assistance from specially trained officers to respond. Members of the Portland Police Bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) were called to the location to assist with contacting and arresting the wanted suspect.

Officers have formed a perimeter around the house and there does not appear to be a danger to the community. However, houses directly next to the house occupied by the wanted suspects may be evacuated for their safety.

Traffic will be closed on Northeast Ainsworth Street from Northeast 11th Avenue and Northeast 13th Avenue. Northeast 12th Avenue will be closed from Northeast Holman Street to Northeast Jarrett Street during this police investigation.

The Public Information Officer is responding. Interested media should respond to Northeast 10th Avenue and Northeast Ainsworth Street.

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Attached Media Files: David Sanders

Wed. 02/14/18
Missing and Endangered 4-Year Old Boy from Washington Located
Oregon State Police - 02/14/18 9:46 PM
On Wednesday February 14, 2018 at about 7:45p.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers were alerted to kidnapping out of Battle Ground, Washington, involving a 4-year old boy taken by an estranged relative suffering from a mental health crisis.

The vehicle was located on Interstate 5 near mile post 244 in Marion County by an OSP -- Salem Sergeant and a Linn County Deputy.

OSP Troopers, Linn County Deputies and Marion County Deputies were able to safely remove the child from the car and the female was taken into custody without incident. The investigation is ongoing and the child has been returned to family.

Further inquiries regarding the Kidnapping case should contact the Battle Ground Police Department. Contact Info: Bonnie Gilberti at 360-342-5342 or by email Bonnie.gilberti@cityofbg.org

Previous Press Releases from Battle Ground Police Department:
BATTLE GROUND POLICE DEPARTMENT SEEKING PUBLIC'S HELP TO LOCATE MISSING AND ENDANGERED 4-YEAR OLD BOY (PHOTO)

News Release from City of Battle Ground
Posted on FlashAlert: February 14th, 2018 8:36 PM
Downloadable file: Similar Car
Downloadable file: Aziel
Downloadable file: Bilyk
Update: The child has been found, is safe, and in custody of the Oregon State Police. His family has been notified and plans to reunite with the child are being arranged.

The Battle Ground Police Department thanks the public for the tips
that led to a quick resolution and the safe return of the child.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Battle Ground, WA - An Endangered Missing Person Advisory has been issued at the request of the Battle Ground Police Department to locate a missing 4-year old boy, Aziel Belza of Battle Ground.

Aziel was taken from his Battle Ground home by family relative, Lyubob Bilyk, at approximately 2:04 pm this afternoon. The boy was sitting in an unattended car when Bylik took the vehicle without permission. Bilyk did not have authority or permission from the boy's mother to take him, or the car, from the residence. Police have reason to believe the child may be in danger.

Police officers also believe Bilyk has traveled south into Oregon and may be in the Eugene, OR area. She is driving a taupe/gold 2002 Toyota Camry 4-door with WA plates 652XVU. The car has damage on the driver's side back door. (Picture of a similar car -- not the suspect car - is attached).

Bilyk is a 34-year old female, , is 5'7" tall, 125 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. 4-year old Aziel is 3'6" tall, weighs 32 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Lyubob Bilyk, Aziel Belza,or the described vehicle are asked to contact the Battle Ground Police Department at 360-342-5345.

Contact Info:
Bonnie Gilberti
Contact: 360-342-5342
bonnie.gilberti@cityofbg.org

Battle Ground Police Department seeking public's help to locate missing and endangered 4-year old boy (Photo)
City of Battle Ground - 02/14/18 8:36 PM
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Update: The child has been found, is safe, and in custody of the Oregon State Police. His family has been notified and plans to reunite with the child are being arranged.

The Battle Ground Police Department thanks the public for the tips
that led to a quick resolution and the safe return of the child.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Battle Ground, WA - An Endangered Missing Person Advisory has been issued at the request of the Battle Ground Police Department to locate a missing 4-year old boy, Aziel Belza of Battle Ground.

Aziel was taken from his Battle Ground home by family relative, Lyubob Bilyk, at approximately 2:04 pm this afternoon. The boy was sitting in an unattended car when Bylik took the vehicle without permission. Bilyk did not have authority or permission from the boy's mother to take him, or the car, from the residence. Police have reason to believe the child may be in danger.

Police officers also believe Bilyk has traveled south into Oregon and may be in the Eugene, OR area. She is driving a taupe/gold 2002 Toyota Camry 4-door with WA plates 652XVU. The car has damage on the driver's side back door. (Picture of a similar car -- not the suspect car - is attached).

Bilyk is a 34-year old female, DOB 12-4-83, is 5'7" tall, 125 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. 4-year old Aziel is 3'6" tall, weighs 32 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Lyubob Bilyk, Aziel Belza,or the described vehicle are asked to contact the Battle Ground Police Department at 360-342-5345.



Attached Media Files: Similar Car , Aziel , Bilyk

Media Advisory - Battle Ground Police Department Press Conference
City of Battle Ground - 02/14/18 7:39 PM
Battle Ground Police Department will conduct a press conference regarding the missing, endangered child at 8:30 pm at the Battle Ground Police Dept located at 507 SW 1st Street in Battle Ground.

Original Media Release:
Battle Ground Police Department seeking public's help to locate missing and endangered 4-year old boy
An Endangered Missing Person Advisory has been issued at the request of the Battle Ground Police Department to locate a missing 4-year old boy, Aziel Belza of Battle Ground.
Aziel was taken from his Battle Ground home by family relative, Lyubob Bilyk, at approximately 2:04 pm this afternoon. The boy was sitting in an unattended car when Bylik took the vehicle without permission. Bilyk did not have authority or permission from the boy's mother to take him, or the car, from the residence. Police have reason to believe the child may be in danger.
Police officers also believe Bilyk has traveled south into Oregon and may be in the Eugene, OR area. She is driving a taupe/gold 2002 Toyota Camry 4-door with WA plates 652XVU. The car has damage on the driver's side back door. (Picture of a similar car -- not the suspect car - is attached).
Bilyk is a 34-year old female, DOB 12-4-83, is 5'7" tall, 125 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes.
4-year old Aziel is 3'6" tall, weighs 32 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.
Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Lyubob Bilyk, Aziel Belza,or the described vehicle are asked to contact the Battle Ground Police Department at 360-342-5345.

Sheriff's Office confirms, the Warren Forrest investigation remains active
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/14/18 7:15 PM
The Clark County Sheriff's Office remains fully committed to investigating all reported crimes that occur within our jurisdiction regardless of how old or complex these investigations may be.

The Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit, working in partnership with our Cold Case Unit routinely review cold case investigations in search of new witnesses or other evidence that could lead to a prosecution and conviction. This includes working with the families of our victims, to include providing those families with updates on progress made and on new information discovered.

The Warren Forrest investigation remains active. Recently, new information led detectives to believe that Mr. Forrest may be criminally linked to additional crimes. We are now in the process of sharing our new findings with the Clark County Prosecutor's Office.

As with any active investigation, specific details of our new findings will not be shared at this time. Additionally, it would not be appropriate for us to comment further on specific conversations between our detectives and the Prosecutor's Office.

Longview Commercial Building Burns (Photo)
Longview Police & Fire - 02/14/18 7:00 PM
Shadows
Shadows
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On February 14th at 4:00 PM Longview Fire and Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue were dispatched to a reported commercial fire located at the intersection of Oregon Way and Alabama. Enroute the 911 dispatchers advised responding crews there were reports of a Real Estate Office on fire with multiple 911 callers.

Enroute firefighters could see a smoke column from several blocks away, but based on the address and building identification, they were uncertain which building might be on fire, as there are no Real Estate Offices in the area.

Upon arrival Longview Fire reported a working fire in a double wide "Job Shack", one of many mobile homes located at Wheel Estate Mobile Home Services, a company that specializes in moving Mobile Homes. The listed address for the business is 206 Oregon Way, however, firefighters accessed the facility off Alabama.

Firefighters quickly attacked the fire an initiated a primary search, because there were reports that the building served as the business office as well as an occasional residence. Firefighters determined the building was not occupied and put the fire under control in less than 20 minutes. Fire did extend into the attic, causing extended overhaul to assure the fire was completely extinguished.

The building was heavily damaged by the fire and is considered a total loss. Fire Investigators determined the fire started in a back corner room that appeared to serve as sleeping quarters; they have yet to determine the cause. There were no injuries reported and no displaced citizens.



Attached Media Files: Shadows , Overhaul , Overhauling Inside , Interior Damage , Firefighter Ext , Back of Building , Upon Arrival

More than 300 Firefighters to Visit Salem this Weekend for DPSST's Winter Fire School (Photo)
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 02/14/18 6:38 PM
Vehicle rescue
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More than 300 career and volunteer firefighters from throughout the state will converge on Salem (Oregon) this weekend for the annual Winter Fire School hosted by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) at the Oregon Public Safety Academy.

On February 17th and 18th, 2018, DPSST will host the largest fire service training event in the Pacific Northwest that is offered free of charge.

Eleven classes will be offered by DPSST, the National Fire Academy, the Oregon Fire Chiefs Association, and the City of Dallas Fire & EMS Department.

Classes offered range from leadership topics such as Supervising Emergency Medical Services and New Fire Chief: Challenging Issues; to classes that focus on tactics; safety; to hands-on classes such as vehicle rescue, emergency vehicle operations and live fire training.

This event is held in a weekend setting because over 80% of the firefighters in Oregon are volunteers.

While many people are aware of DPSST's law enforcement training programs, they may not realize that DPSST is also the state fire training organization for Oregon and provides hundreds of training opportunities to firefighters each year at the Academy and at regional locations statewide.

DPSST appreciates the red carpet hospitality local businesses, and the community as a whole, roll-out for the career and volunteer firefighters attending this weekend training opportunity.



Attached Media Files: Vehicle rescue , Vehicle rescue , Car Fire , Skid Truck , Car Fire

Saluting A Hero
Beaverton Police Dept. - 02/14/18 5:24 PM
On February 8th, 2018, it was Beaverton Police Department's honor to recognize retired Beaverton Police Officer Jim Cummo for his outstanding work in our community. Beaverton Police Department unveiled a military service banner in Officer Cummo's name on SW Murray Blvd near SW Sapphire Ln.

Officer Cummo served in the US Army from 1969 to 1982. After serving in the military, he worked as a nurse before changing his career to law enforcement. Officer Cummo was hired with Beaverton Police Department in 1994 and retired in 2013.

Officer Cummo started our military banner program in February 2013 when the first three banners were installed on SW Murray Blvd near SW Allen Blvd. Since 2013, we have installed over 150 banners along SW Murray Blvd, SW Jenkins Rd and SW Scholls Ferry Rd.

The military banner program recognizes those people, with a Beaverton connection, who are currently serving full time in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and United States Coast Guard. This program is free of charge and is a small way the Beaverton Police Department can honor service members.

Officer Cummo was the creator of the program and he managed the program until his retirement in 2013. Officer Cummo is currently battling terminal cancer. It was our honor to show Officer Cummo our undying respect for his contributions to the community where we serve and live.



Attached Media Files: Press Release

Critical Injury Pedestrian Crash Highway 26 near Sandy -- Clackamas County - Corrected Date
Oregon State Police - 02/14/18 4:30 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing this morning's investigation into a critical injury crash involving a pedestrian on Highway 26 near Sandy.

On February 14, 2018 at about 12:35 a.m., OSP troopers and first responders were dispatched at a motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian on Highway 26 at milepost 22. Preliminary investigation revealed a pedestrian identified as Raphael Frederick CALDERA, age 51, from Warm Springs, was attempting to cross the highway when he was struck by a westbound 2007 Nissan Sentra, operated by Sarah WALL, age 33, from Boring. CALDERA sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported by ground ambulance to a Portland area hospital. WALL remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

CALDERA was wearing dark clothes at the time of the crash and the section of highway is not lit by ambient lighting.

The westbound lanes of Highway 26 were closed for about three hours. Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) assisted with traffic control at the scene.

OSP was assisted by ODOT, Sandy Police Department, Sandy Fire Department and Warm Springs Police Department.

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

No photographs available for release.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Facebook: @ospsocial

Legacy Meridian Park kicks off Heart & Stroke Walk team rally with special guests (Photo)
Legacy Health - 02/14/18 4:08 PM
Brenner Marathon Bib
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Event brings together partners to rally event teams and includes CPR demo and award presentation

February 13, 2018 -- Join us on Friday, February 16 at 11:00am for Legacy Meridian Park Hospital's kickoff event for the 2018 American Heart Association Oregon & SW Washington Heart & Stroke Walk. The walk itself will take place in June, 2018.

Kirstyn Rossman, Assistant Nurse Manager, at Legacy Meridian Park is the hospital's team coach. In early October, 2017, Rossman entered her first ever event, the Portland Marathon, where she provided lifesaving CPR to a fellow runner. He survived that event and they have become close friends.

At this event, Rossman will be presented with the American Heart Association Heartsaver Hero Award by Oregon & SW Washington, Executive Director, Lanette Trickey. As a surprise special guest, the man she saved, Dave Brenner, will be there from Breckenridge, CO, to help her receive the award. As a special surprise to Brenner, he will be presented with a 2017 Portland Marathon Finisher Medal as an honorary token of what would have been his 42nd consecutive marathon.

The full program also includes presentations by Metro West Ambulance and Portland Bureau of Emergency Communications on the 'Chain of Survival', a Hands-Only CPR demonstration by Legacy Meridian Park nurses, and heart-healthy information in honor of February being American Heart Month.

Event Details
When: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00p.m.
Where: Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center, Cafeteria
19300 SW 65th Avenue, Tualatin, OR 97062

Featured Guests
Kirstyn Rossman, Legacy Meridian Park Nurse who provided bystander CPR
Dave Brenner, Portland Marathon runner who received lifesaving CPR
Russ Cusumano, Emergency Communications Sr. Dispatcher, Portland Bureau of Emergency Communications
Metro West Ambulance Paramedics who provided ALS care to the patient
Allyson Anderson, President, Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center
Lanette Trickey, Executive Director, American Heart Association, Oregon & SW Washington

Interviews of the featured guests will be available at the conclusion of the program

About Legacy Health
Legacy Health is an Oregon-based nonprofit, tax-exempt organization and, with more than 13,000 employees, is one of the largest private sector employers in the Portland metropolitan area. Legacy Health provides an integrated network of healthcare services, including acute and critical care, inpatient and outpatient treatment, community health education and a variety of specialty services. Legacy's hospitals include: Legacy Emanuel Medical Center and Randall Children's Hospital, Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center, Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center, and Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center in Vancouver, Wash. Also included in the Legacy system are a hospice agency, a full-service research facility, and specialty and primary care clinics. Visit www.legacyhealth.org

About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke -- the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Attached Media Files: Brenner Marathon Bib , Kirstyn Rossman and Dave Brenner

Voters passing $695 million Evergreen Public Schools bond measure
Evergreen Sch. Dist. - 02/14/18 3:55 PM
Updated election results are in for the $695 million Evergreen Public Schools bond measure. As of 3:30 p.m., Wednesday February 14, 61 percent of voters are approving the measure that will replace five elementary schools, build a new elementary school, replace Wy'East Middle School, Legacy and Mountain View High Schools, and provide substantial updates at many other district schools.

"The voters have placed great confidence in the district by approving the largest bond in the community's history. When combined with anticipated state matching funds and locally collected impact fees, more than $800 million in school projects will be completed over the next six years. Thank you to the community for your incredible support," stated School Board President Todd Yuzuriha.

The first step begins immediately with the start of financial and project management components that will allow capital improvements, design and construction to begin as early as this spring. Projects included in the bond are all slated for completion by 2024.

The elections results are considered preliminary since ballots, postmarked on February 13, could still be received by Clark County Elections over the next several days. The first election night tally of 20,473 ballots had the Bond passing at 60.12 percent, but with today's update of another 2,173 ballots counted, the Yes votes rose one percent. In Washington state, school bonds need a super majority of 60 percent to pass. Final election results will be certified on Friday, February 23, 2018.

Council decides to restart national search for county manager
Clark Co. WA Communications - 02/14/18 3:39 PM
Vancouver, Wash. - The Clark County Council agreed Wednesday to restart a national search for a new county manager.

In lengthy discussions over two days, the councilors determined that while each of the two finalists had strengths, neither had the specific combination of skills and qualities they were seeking.

The council has directed Strategic Government Resources, the Texas-based executive search firm that conducted the fall 2017 recruitment, to immediately restart a national search.

The council's decision followed a two-day visit by the finalists. They were Dan Chandler, assistant county administrator for Clackamas County, Oregon, and Randall Partington, administrator for Finney County, Kansas.
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Results of the Region 13, 14, 16 Chess Tournament at Ash Creek Elementary (Photo)
Chess for Success - 02/14/18 3:21 PM
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Results of the Region 13, 14, 16 Chess Tournament at Ash Creek Elementary

The following students have qualified for the State Chess Tournament:

Amity Elementary
o 1 student qualified as an individual
Amity High School
o 2 students qualified as individuals
Chemawa Indian School
o 2 students qualified as individuals
LaComb School
o 3 students qualified as individuals
o The team qualified
Monmouth Elementary
o 3 students qualified as individuals
o The team qualified

These individual and team winners are invited to the 51st Chess for Success State Chess Tournament March 9 and 10 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.

Chess for Success (CFS) is celebrating its 25th anniversary. CFS is a Portland based non-profit organization whose mission is to help children succeed in school and in life through learning chess. The organization runs chess clubs in more than 78 schools throughout the state of Oregon and Southwest Washington serving more than 2,000 students. To learn more visit their website, www.chessforsuccess.org.

Excellent photo opportunity!
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Parkrose School District and Discovery Education Partner to Host Exclusive Professional Development Event for Local Educators and Administrators Focused on STEM (Photo)
Parkrose Sch. Dist. - 02/14/18 2:36 PM
STEM Flyer
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-Portland Area STEM Leadership Symposium to Explore Best Practices for Creating a Culture of STEM Teaching and Learning-

WHAT:
On Tuesday, February 27, Parkrose School District and Discovery Education will partner to deliver an inspiring, professional development event for local educators. During the Portland Area STEM Symposium, participating educators from across the region will discuss how their school systems are engaging key stakeholders to create effective STEM education programs that prepare students for success beyond the classroom.

During this interactive professional learning opportunity, participants will share best practices for creating immersive STEM experiences for all learners. In addition, participants will share with their peers leadership strategies that support the visioning, planning and development of dynamic digital learning environments that support STEM education and other academic disciplines.

This event will begin with an indepth presentation on the rising importance of STEM education presented by Dr. Robert Corbin, Discovery Education's internationally recognized Director of Global STEM Initiatives. Following Dr. Corbin's remarks, Parkrose School District Superintendent Dr. Karen Gray will share some highlights of the district's efforts to prepare all students for success beyond the classroom through STEM.

Dr. Corbin and other participants will experience and model exceptional STEM education in a fun and engaging "STEMmersion" activity, followed by a student panel of Oregon's very own including Rohan Wagh, 2016 3M Young Scientist Challenge Finalist, Shahir Rahman, 2017 Siemens Competition Finalist, and one of Parkrose School district's students. This panel will address attendees and offer a message of inspiration on the importance of STEM education.

Discovery Education is the leading provider of digital content for the classroom and a division of Discovery Communications, whose networks include Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and Science Channel.

WHEN:
Tuesday, February 27
4:00 p.m. -- 7:00 p.m.
Arrivals & networking at 3:30 p.m. Light dinner will be provided.

WHERE:
Parkrose Middle School Library
11800 NE Shaver St.
Portland, OR 97220

WHO:
Portland-area Educators
Parkrose School District Superintendent Dr. Karen Gray
Dr. Robert Corbin, Discovery Education, Director of Global STEM Initiatives
Rohan Wagh, middle school student and 2016 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge Finalist



Attached Media Files: STEM Flyer

Oregon State Police seeking the public's help in locating Felon- Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/14/18 2:31 PM
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The Oregon State Police is asking for the public's help in locating Christopher WILLIAMS. WILLIAMS has an active Felony Warrant for Parole Violation. WILLIAMS is 33 years old, is 5' 11" and weighs approximately 185 pounds; with brown eyes and dark brown hair. He has a prominent tattoo on the front of his neck, "DANIELLE".

WILLIAMS is known to frequent Cave Junction and Grants Pass, Oregon and Happy Camp, California. If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of WILLIAMS, please contact the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center or 911. Do not contact WILLIAMS. The photo with the red scarf is a very recent picture of WILLIAMS.



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UPDATE -- SUBJECT FOUND: Sheriff's Office seeks help locating missing endangered Mickell Schlosser; call if seen (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/14/18 2:21 PM
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UPDATE (Wednesday, Feb. 14): Ms. Schlosser has been located and is safe. Thanks to all who helped in the search and sent tips.
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EARLIER (Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, 1:53 a.m.) -- CCSO seeks help locating missing endangered Mickell Schlosser; call if seen

Please reference CCSO Case # 18-004277

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is seeking assistance from the public in locating Mickell Josephine Schlosser, 20, of Milwaukie.

At 9 p.m. on February 12, deputies from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to the Salvation Army located at 10174 SE 82nd Ave Happy Valley on the report of a missing person.

Deputies learned Ms. Schlosser resides in a foster home and suffers from a traumatic brain injury. Schlosser was last seen at the Salvation Army.

Schlosser is familiar with MAX light-rail and TriMet and may likely try and use one or both for area transportation.

Search and Rescue Coordinators are currently working to locate Schlosser.

If you see or have contact with Schlosser, please contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office immediately at 503-655-8211 -- if it's an emergency situation, call or text 911.

Please see the above-linked bulletin and photos for additional information.
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Nehalem Bay State Park main entrance closed weekdays through March 22
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 02/14/18 1:48 PM
Park visitors will be detoured to the Horizon Lane entrance

NEHALEM, Ore. - The Garey Street entrance road leading into Nehalem Bay State Park is closed Mondays-Fridays to vehicles and pedestrians through March 22. The road will be open on weekends and Feb. 19. The park remains open and visitors can enter at the Horizon Lane entrance.

The closure is for visitor safety during a project to remove 20 acres of trees and invasive brush around and immediately north of the Nehalem Bay airstrip. The Nehalem Bay State Airport is also closed except for emergency helicopter traffic.

Officers Seize 9 Firearms During Mission to Stop Gun Violence (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/14/18 1:36 PM
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The Portland Police Bureau Tactical Operation Division's Gang Enforcement Team has continued Operation Safe Winter, a partnership between multiple local and federal law enforcement partners, community groups and the Portland Mayor's Office of Youth Violence Prevention. Based on information learned through conversations with community members, the Gang Enforcement Team believed there was a likelihood of additional gun violence after two recent homicides and Operation Safe Winter was extended.

Since Thursday, February 8, 2018, officers assigned to the Gang Enforcement Team worked with officers assigned to North, East, and Central Precincts and partnering law enforcement agencies to work throughout the city and arrest people involved in gun violence.

The officers located and seized nine handguns and arrested 13 people on various charges during this five-day mission extension. Since Monday, January 22, 2018, the partnership between law enforcement, service providers and community members has led to the removal and seizure of 27 illegally possessed firearms.

"The collaboration between community and law enforcement in the preceding three weeks of Operation Safe Winter has removed multiple illegally possessed firearms and likely prevented additional gun violence in our community," said Chief Danielle Outlaw. "Operation Safe Winter has really set the standard for what is possible when community members and law enforcement come together to impact safety in our community."

Law Enforcement, public safety and community groups involved in partnership for this mission included:

Gresham Police Department/ Multnomah County Sheriff's Office East Metro Gang Enforcement Team
Hillsboro Police Department/ Washington County Sheriff's Office Interagency Gang Enforcement Team
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATTF)
Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC)
Multnomah County Parole and Probation
Multnomah County Juvenile Parole and Probation
Oregon Youth Authority
Crisis Response Team
Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center (POIC)
Portland Public Schools
Latino Network
Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization
Native American Youth and Family Center

Police would like to remind community members if you see a gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

The Portland Police Bureau works closely with Enough is Enough PDX, a community-led campaign aimed at encouraging people to take a stand against gang violence in the area. For more information about Enough is Enough PDX and how you can get involved, please visit https://www.facebook.com/EnoughIsEnoughPDX

Additional information about Enough is Enough PDX and other City efforts addressing youth violence can be found at the Office of Youth Violence Prevention, http://www.portlandonline.com/safeyouth/

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous. Information about any unsolved homicide is eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,500. Information about any other unsolved felony crime is eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

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

Submit an anonymous tip: by visiting the App Store and download P3 Tips to submit secure and anonymous tips; online at https://www.p3tips.com/823 or Call 503-823-HELP (4357).

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Health Share of Oregon Public Meeting Announcement: Joint Board of Directors and Community Advisory Council Meeting
Health Share of Oregon - 02/14/18 1:06 PM
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Location: PSU's Native American Student & Community Center; 710 SW Jackson St., Portland, OR 97201

(Portland, OR) -- Health Share of Oregon's Board of Directors and Community Advisory Council will host the first of two annual joint meetings open to the public. The meeting will be held next Wednesday, February 21 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Portland State University's Native American Student & Community Center.

Updates on Health Share's strategic investment plan, Community Health Worker investment, as well as legislative updates top the agenda. There will also be an opportunity for members to provide public comments.

The meeting is open to the public and OHP members are encouraged to attend.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided as needed for persons with disabilities. Those needing accommodations should contact Mariotta Gary-Smith at mariotta@healthshareoregon.org or (503) 516-0629 at least 48 hours before the meeting.


About Health Share of Oregon

Health Share of Oregon is the state's largest Medicaid coordinated care organization (CCO), serving OHP members in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties. Our mission is to partner with communities to achieve ongoing transformation, health equity, and the best possible health for each individual.

Health Share was founded and continues to be governed by eleven health care organizations serving OHP members: Adventist Health, CareOregon, Central City Concern, Clackamas County, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health, Multnomah County, Oregon Health & Science University, Providence Health & Services, Tuality Health Alliance and Washington County.

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Attached Media Files: Press Release - Health Share of Oregon Public Meeting Announcement: Joint Board of Directors & Community Advisory Council Meeting

Shooting Investigation Underway in Portland's Montavilla Neighborhood -- No Known Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 02/14/18 1:05 PM
On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at 12:23 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of gunfire in the 9200 block of Northeast Holladay Street.

Officers responded and searched the area. During the canvass, officers located evidence of gunfire.

There were no reports of anyone being injured at the scene or arriving at area hospitals with injuries as a result of this shooting. Officers did not locate any property damage as a result of this shooting investigation. No suspects have been located at this time.

Anyone with information about this shooting should contact the Portland Police Bureau non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

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Eloy Carrera Jr. pleads guilty to murder, robbery and unlawful use of a weapon
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 02/14/18 1:03 PM
At a hearing this morning before the honorable Judge Hart, Eloy Carrera Jr. (22 years old) entered pleas of guilty to Murder with a Firearm, two counts of Robbery in the First Degree, and two counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Sentencing is set in the same courtroom on February 28, 2018 at 9:00 am. These charges stemmed from a shooting on August 1, 2016 in the 4800 block of Jean Court NE in Salem that caused the death of Brett White (44 years old). No further information will be released as charges are pending on a second defendant, Denzel Cortez Hawthorne.

Sheriff's Office leads rescue mission on Mt. Hood after fatal climber fall (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/14/18 12:00 PM
Miha Sumi, 35, of Portland
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The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office led a search-and-rescue mission on Mt. Hood yesterday (Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018) involving multiple climbers in the Hogsback area of the mountain, at approximately 10,500 feet. One climber fell and is deceased. Additional climbers were contacted by rescue volunteers and escorted or transported down the mountain to Timberline Lodge.

At 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13, the Sheriff's Office received a report of a fallen climber on Mt. Hood. A member of a climbing party of four (referred to in this release as "Group 1") reportedly slipped on the ice, failed to self-arrest, and fell approximately 700 to 1,000 feet in the Hogsback area of Mt. Hood.

This fallen climber is identified as Miha Sumi, 35, of Portland. A provided photo of Mr. Sumi is attached.

One of the four climbers in that group -- Chatchay Thongthap, 36 -- called 911.

The Sheriff's Office activated a search-and-rescue operation. Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue (SAR) Coordinators deployed to Mt. Hood, setting up a command post at Timberline Lodge. Volunteer search groups were also activated; groups responding to the mountain included Portland Mountain Rescue (PMR), American Medical Response's Reach & Treat (RAT) Team, the 304th Air Rescue Squad, the Hood River Crag Rats, and Mountain Wave.

At approximately 10:34 a.m., Clackamas County Search & Rescue Coordinators contacted Oregon Emergency Management (OEM) to request a helicopter.

An independent solo climber unaffiliated with Group 1 reached fallen climber Miha Sumi. The solo climber began administering CPR. Mr. Sumi's injuries reportedly included bruising around the ears, significant bleeding, loss of sensation, and fading vital signs. Several other climbers in the area also responded to render aid. The climber was given CPR by climbers on-scene for approximately one-and-a-half hours.

While these climbers were administering aid, the Group 1 climbers were sheltering in place on Hogsback due to the treacherous conditions. The climbers reportedly had mid-level experience and were well-equipped with appropriate climbing gear, including ice-axes, crampons and safety gear that included helmets.

Dispatchers repeatedly lost communication with the Group 1 climbers, creating logistical challenges for SAR Coordinators.

Despite the clear skies, conditions at Mt. Hood were challenging due to falling rocks and ice. Additionally, NOAA was forecasting significant snowfall that night. Rescuers were racing against the clock.

Members of the RAT Team, PMR and the 304th Air Force Rescue Squadron began making their way up the mountain to the climbers. Snowcats transported rescuers up to the top of the Palmer lift for deployment and stood ready to transport recovered climbers back to Timberline Lodge.

An Oregon Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopter deployed from Salem to the mountain. The Blackhawk crew included a pilot, copilot, paramedic, and hoist operator. At approximately 1 p.m., the Blackhawk located the injured climber and climbers administering CPR.

A litter and Guard paramedic were lowered down. The paramedic loaded Mr. Sumi onto the litter.

The fallen climber was hoisted into the Blackhawk and transported by air to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. Despite the best efforts of climbers at the scene and the chopper medic, Miha Sumi was declared deceased upon arrival at the hospital. Authorities then began an effort to confirm Mr. Sumi's name and age, which were unconfirmed at the time, so they could begin family notifications.

In the afternoon, a U.S. Navy helicopter was dispatched from Naval Station Whidbey Island, arriving at Timberline at approximately 6:30 p.m. It remained at Timberline on standby through the end of the rescue operation.

At approximately 2:30 p.m., rescuers from AMR Reach & Treat reached the sheltered Group 1 climbers and provided SAR Coordinators with updates on the climbers' conditions.

An additional male climber who was not part of Group 1 -- Dan Parks -- had minor injuries from an unrelated fall, but was mobile.

Rescuers and climbers sheltered in place, as rescuers from PMR and the 304th began laying rope-lines that would allow the climbers to safely descend the mountain.

Climbers then began descending the mountain, but a complication arose: One of the Group 1 climbers -- Kimberly Anderson, 32, of Beaverton -- became unable to move.

The ambulatory climbers continued under escort to the snowcats and arrived at Timberline Lodge at approximately 6:40 p.m., where they began a debrief with SAR Coordinators. Meanwhile, rescuers secured Kimberly Anderson in a sled and began carefully transporting her down the mountain using rope systems.

The group helping Ms. Anderson arrived at the snowcats at the top of Palmer Lift approximately 30 minutes later, and were transported to Timberline Lodge.

This ended the field phase of the SAR operation -- beating the encroaching bad weather by hours.

STATEMENT FROM CLACKAMAS COUNTY SHERIFF CRAIG ROBERTS:

Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Miha Sumi. Thanks to all the search groups for their tremendous work on this complex search-and-rescue mission. Every SAR mission is a team effort requiring help and careful coordination from teams of dedicated first-response partners and volunteers.

CLIMBER NAMES:

GROUP 1 -- members of the party with the fallen climber

NOTE TO MEDIA: These climbers do not want to speak to media outlets at present, and are requesting privacy at this time.

- Miha Sumi, 35, of Portland -- fallen climber, airlifted off mountain
- Kimberly Anderson, 32, of Beaverton -- transported by sled down the mountain
- Chatchay Thongthap, 36
- Matt Zovrtink, age currently unknown

ADDITIONAL CLIMBER WITH MINOR INJURIES:
- Dan Parks

SEARCH PARTNERS

The Sheriff's Office was assisted in this operation by:
- Portland Mountain Rescue
- American Medical Response Reach & Treat Team
- 304th Air Rescue Squad
- Oregon Army National Guard
- Hood River Crag Rats
- Navy personnel at Naval Station Whidbey Island
- Oregon Emergency Management
- Mountain Wave

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Service Coordination Team Graduation February 15 at 9:30a.m. at City Hall (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/14/18 12:00 PM
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The Portland Police Bureau Behavioral Health Unit's Service Coordination Team (SCT) has scheduled a graduation on Thursday, February 15, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. -- 11:00 a.m., in City Council Chambers at Portland's City Hall, located at 1220 Southwest 4th Avenue, 2nd Floor.

The Service Coordination Team is a Portland Police Bureau program that provides housing and addiction treatment to individuals with chronic arrests. Through the coordination of law enforcement and community providers, services work to address the root cause of criminal activity and offer real, long-term, attainable solutions to aid individuals in changing their lives.

Thursday, the SCT will be honoring 46 graduates who have been working for approximately nine months to a year. The graduates are from Central City Concern's Housing Rapid Response and NISA programs, the Central City Concern Outpatient Treatment programs, and several other addiction treatment programs, who work in collaboration with supportive housing.

There has been approximately 250 completions of the program since inception.

Wendy Duffy, Class of 2012, will be Master of Ceremonies, Mayor Ted Wheeler and Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw will be making welcoming and congratulatory remarks.

Expected to attend are the new graduates, as well as SCT Alumni who will be recognized for their continued sobriety, progress and achievements.

The graduation program is a moving opportunity to see the power of change at work and the success of the Service Coordination Team's partnerships.

The Service Coordination Team is a partnership between the Portland Police Bureau, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office, the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice, Portland Patrol Inc., Central City Concern, Transition Projects Inc., DePaul Treatment Center, Portland Business Alliance Clean and Safe, and multiple other agencies.

Refreshments will be served immediately afterward in the foyer on the first floor.

For additional information about the Service Coordination Team, contact Program Manager Emily Rochon at 503-823-3449, emily.rochon@portlandoregon.gov.

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Science on Tap Vancouver -- Close Encounters with Humankind: A Paleoanthropologist Investigates Our Evolving Species
Via Productions - 02/14/18 11:59 AM
Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2014
Time: Doors at 6 p.m. event at 7 p.m.
Location: Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main Street, Vancouver, Wash.
Cost: $9 online advance tickets, $33 ticket + book combo, $10 suggested cover at the door
Food & Drink: Beer, wine, popcorn, pizza slices, and snacks available.
Event Website: http://www.viaproductions.org/events/kiggins_feb_20_evolution/

Are we cannibals? How did we become meat eaters? Who were our first Hominin ancestors? Why is childbirth so dangerous for mothers? Is altruism written in our DNA? Are humans still evolving?

Such questions get at the heart of what it means to be human. To answer them, one must open a dialogue between modern humankind and the world of our ancestors. At this special bonus Science on Tap, Sang-Hee Lee, PhD, Korea's first paleoanthropologist and a professor at the University of California--Riverside, will talk about her new book Close Encounters with Humankind that asks fundamental questions about evolution and the human experience. The stories illuminate a core truth about the human race: that our journey is not a straight line but rather a curvy, winding river. Whether discussing the mysteries of the Denisovans, early hominins from Asia and Siberian Russia, or the fossil evidence of monster-sized apes, Sang-Hang Lee invites the reader to join her on a spirited journey, tracking the often strange and always fascinating origins of humanity.

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Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, drink a pint, and enjoy learning. 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!

For more information on this event or about Science on Tap, visit Via Productions.

Updated - Clark County Medical Examiner's Office MEDIA RELEASE
Clark Co. WA Communications - 02/14/18 11:49 AM
The following information is in reference to a recent death investigated by the Clark County Medical Examiner's Office.

This individual was found dead on 02/10/2018 in the Lewis River Daybreak area.

The name of the decedent: Mukhin, Vadim Age: 27 Yrs

The decedent was a resident of (city/state): Gresham, OR

The opinions listed on the death certificate are as follows:

Cause of death: Pending

Manner of death: Pending

No additional information is available for release from the Medical Examiner's Office. Refer all other inquiries to the Clark County Sheriff's Office.


Media release issue date: Prepared 02/14/2018 (corrected 11:45 am)
Nikki Costa
Operations Manager

Marine Board Holding Hearing on Proposed Muffler Rules
Oregon Marine Board - 02/14/18 11:37 AM
The Oregon State Marine Board will be holding a hearing on the proposed addition of a shoreline sound measurement procedure into the rules for recreational motorboats on February 27, at 6 pm. The meeting will be held at the Marine Board office, 435 Commercial St. NE, in Salem.

The agency convened a rules advisory committee to discuss the proposed rule amendment which aims to provide law enforcement a mechanism to safely test, from the shoreline, sound levels produced by recreational motorboats that are underway for violations of noise standards from ineffective or non-existent muffling devices. The committee was also charged in developing a fiscal impact.

Written comments will be accepted until March 2, 2018 by 5 p.m. and can be submitted via email to osmb.rulemaking@oregon.gov or by U.S. mail to: June LeTarte, Administrative Rules Coordinator, 435 Commercial St. NE, Suite 400, Salem, OR 97301. Comments via telephone will not be accepted.

To view the proposed language, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Rulemaking-and-Public-Notices.aspx.

Amazon Adventure, an Epic Journey of Discovery in the Heart of the Rainforest, comes to the Empirical Theater at OMSI
OMSI - 02/14/18 11:09 AM
PORTLAND, Ore. (February 14, 2018) - AMAZON ADVENTURE, based on the true story of explorer Henry Walter Bates, opens at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) on Friday, February 16. Playing on the 4-story screen of the Empirical Theater, AMAZON ADVENTURE is a compelling detective tale of peril, perseverance, and ultimately, success, drawing audiences into the fascinating world of animal mimicry, the astonishing phenomenon where one animal adopts the look of another, to gain a survival advantage.

"The Giant Screen is the ideal format to take audiences to places they might not normally go and to see amazing creatures they might not normally see," said Executive Producer Jonathan Barker, CEO of SK Films. "From a humble background, with an unstoppable passion for science and life, Bates played guitar, had a pet monkey, relied on Amazonian natives to survive and learned many of their languages. He made crucial contributions to our understanding of the natural world and should be more widely known, which is why we're thrilled to introduce his remarkable story to the public."

Bates risked his life for science during his 11-year expedition into the Amazon rainforest and provided "the beautiful proof" to Charles Darwin for his then controversial theory of natural selection, the scientific explanation for the development of life on Earth.

Painstakingly researched for three years, AMAZON ADVENTURE enlisted the expertise of more than 100 scientists and historical advisors. The team's commitment to authenticity resulted in this rigorous re-creation, using actual instruments and tools from the 1850s and incorporating many of Bates' own words into the script, as he was a gifted storyteller.

The film, a co-production between Canada, the UK and Brazil, was granted unprecedented access by the Natural History Museum of London to film Bates' own scientific field notebooks, botanical drawings and the butterflies he personally collected over 160 years ago.

Developed and produced in close collaboration with HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, AMAZON ADVENTURE also received major funding from the National Science Foundation through the film's educational outreach partner, Pacific Science Center. Other key partners include the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Simons Foundation, and Foxconn Brazil and Vale.

AMAZON ADVENTURE opens at OMSI on February 16. Tickets to the film are $8.50 for adults, $6.50 for youth (ages 3-13), and $7 for seniors (ages 63+). Guests can purchase tickets online, via phone at 503.797.4000 or in person at the museum. For more information, visit www.omsi.edu.

About SK FILMS
SK Films is a Toronto-based, multi-platform entertainment content provider and a world leader in 3D film production and distribution. The company was founded in 1998 by Jonathan Barker and the late Robert Kerr, the visionary co-founder of IMAX Corporation.

About HHMI Tangled Bank Studios
HHMI Tangled Bank Studios is a production company established and funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute as an extension of its longstanding science education mission. Dedicated to the creation of original science documentaries for broadcast, theatrical and digital distribution, the company's award-winning programs address important contemporary issues and capture compelling stories of discovery across all branches of scientific inquiry. For more information, please visit www.tangledbankstudios.org.

About OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation's leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in nearly every county in Oregon. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.

Wells Fargo's support of Oregon and S.W. Washington communities in 2017 totals more than $4.79 million in donations and volunteer hours (Photo)
Wells Fargo - 02/14/18 10:57 AM
Wells Fargo employees volunteer at a SOLVE cleanup in Medford.
Wells Fargo employees volunteer at a SOLVE cleanup in Medford.
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Wells Fargo and its employees provided more than $4.79 million worth of support to schools and nonprofit groups in Oregon and S.W. Washington in 2017 to help local communities succeed.

"Caring for our customers and communities is embedded in our culture," said Region Bank President Tracy Curtis of Portland. "We strive to create a positive, lasting impact through our operations, business practices, philanthropy and community engagement," added Region Bank President Cindy Johnson of McMinnville.

The total dollars given in this region included $2,837,870 in grants from Wells Fargo and $835,794 in personal gifts and pledges made by Wells Fargo employees.

In addition, Wells Fargo's employees in this region volunteered 46,318 hours for thousands of local schools and nonprofit agencies in 2017. Based on the value of a volunteer's time (estimated at $24.14 by the nonprofit Independent Sector), those hours are the equivalent of a donation of more than $1.1 million.

Serving Pacific Northwest customers and communities since 1852, Wells Fargo has repeatedly been ranked among the most generous corporations in Oregon and America. The company is planning to donate $400 million to community and nonprofit organizations across the nation this year. More information about Wells Fargo's community support is posted at wellsfargo.com.
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New Members Appointed to the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 02/14/18 10:44 AM
Doug Marteeny and Darren Bucich have been approved as new members of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training (BPSST or Board).

Linn County District Attorney, Doug Marteeny, was approved by Governor Brown and the Senate to represent the Oregon District Attorney's Association on the Board, effective 2/14/18. In this first term, he will serve two and a half years remaining, in the position previously occupied by former Crook County District Attorney Daina Vitolins, now appointed to Oregon's 22nd Judicial District Circuit Court.

McKenzie Fire & Rescue Fire Chief, Darren Bucich, was approved by Governor Brown and the Senate to represent the Oregon Fire Chief's Association on the Board, effective 2/14/18. In this first term, he will serve two and a half years remaining, in the position previously occupied by former Douglas County Fire District #2 Fire Chief, Greg Marlar (Retired).

The Board consists of 24 members representing Oregon's public and private safety professionals, and includes a representative from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a private citizen. All members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate.

The Board is responsible for the establishment of minimum standards for the training and certification and for making determinations regarding the denial, suspension or revocation of public and private safety certifications and licenses for Oregon's 42,000 police officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers, regulatory specialists of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, private security providers, private investigator and polygraph examiners.

The Board is supported by five policy committees and a number of sub-committees representing the public and private safety disciplines, which provide technical expertise and serve as vital links to public safety organizations. The current Board Chair is Sheriff Jason Myers of the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is responsible for the implementation of the standards established by the Board for training and certification. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem; certifies or licenses qualified individuals at various levels from basic through executive and certifies qualified instructors. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.

Evergreen Habitat for Humanity in Washington, DC, to oppose proposed federal cuts that would exacerbate affordable housing crisis in Clark County (Photo)
Evergreen Habitat for Humanity - 02/14/18 10:42 AM
Washington State Habitat leaders and homeowners meet with Senator Patty Murray
Washington State Habitat leaders and homeowners meet with Senator Patty Murray
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Evergreen Habitat joins over 340 Habitat leaders, homeowners and volunteers in Washington, D.C., to encourage members of Congress to support affordable housing

[VANCOUVER, WA (FEBRUARY 14)]-- Executive Director of Evergreen Habitat of Humanity is in Washington, DC, this week, warning that proposed federal cuts will worsen the affordable housing crisis facing Clark County and other communities across the United States.

"Too many people in Clark County are already struggling between making their housing payments and buying food for their family," said Josh Townsley, Executive Director. "We are in Washington, DC, to ask our representatives on Capitol Hill to make greater investments in affordable housing, not less."

The budget proposed by the White House this week would drastically cut--and in some cases entirely eliminate--funding that communities use to finance the development of new affordable homes. Evergreen Habitat uses funding from the Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to build homes in partnership with low-income families. The White House budget proposal would eliminate those funds entirely.

Evergreen Habitat joins more than 340 Habitat leaders, volunteers, and homeowners from across the country in Washington, DC, this week to advocate for affordable housing. In meetings with Senator Patty Murray and Senator Maria Cantwell, Evergreen Habitat is calling on Congress to set aside the flawed budget proposal and instead work to prioritize solutions that will end the affordable housing crisis.

"There is no question that we are in an affordable housing crisis," said Habitat for Humanity International CEO Jonathan Reckford. "More than 18 million families are paying more than half of their paychecks on their housing. Leaders in cities and towns across the country are sounding the alarm, because even middle-class workers like teachers can no longer find housing that fits their budgets. We will make sure those voices are heard in Washington this week as we meet with members of Congress."

The White House's proposed budget would also eliminate the AmeriCorps program through the shuttering of the Corporation for National and Community Service. AmeriCorps is a vital component of Evergreen Habitat's work to partner with more families working toward homeownership. Thousands of AmeriCorps members have served their communities in a variety of ways, including more than 10,000 members working through Habitat where they have helped build homes and helped rebuild in disaster-stricken areas.

About Evergreen Habitat for Humanity

Since 1991, Evergreen Habitat for Humanity has worked to improve living conditions for low-income Clark County residents. People in our community, and all over the world, partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability, and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families.
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Ridgefield Celebrates Youth Arts Month (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 02/14/18 10:01 AM
Ridgefield School District is celebrating Youth Arts Month during the entire month of March. For classes and events, visit the Community Education page on the district's website at www.ridgefieldsd.org and click on Ridgefield Youth Arts Month 2018 Catalo
Ridgefield School District is celebrating Youth Arts Month during the entire month of March. For classes and events, visit the Community Education page on the district's website at www.ridgefieldsd.org and click on Ridgefield Youth Arts Month 2018 Catalo
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018 -- Ridgefield, Washington -- Ridgefield School District is celebrating Youth Arts Month in a big way this year, joining with local businesses, organizations, the city of Ridgefield and local artists to offer an abundance of opportunities for children and the Ridgefield community to discover their creative side through art and music throughout the entire month of March.

The school district established Ridgefield Youth Arts Month to support the district's commitment to deliver personalized learning experiences for each student through appreciation of the arts as well as to increase support of the arts throughout the community.

To celebrate Youth Arts Month, Ridgefield Community Education is offering a phenomenal array of classes for the community and for kids of all ages. Many classes are free! View the activities by visiting the Community Education page at www.ridgefieldsd.org and click Ridgefield Youth Arts Month 2018 Catalog.

All classes require online registration and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you find a class full, sign up for the wait-list. With enough interest, a second class may be added! Visit www.ridgefieldyoutharts.com for updated information.

Choose from a variety of classes in arts and crafts or music and dance. Get involved in theater arts productions like "Junie B. Jones" or "The Little Mermaid". Take in the District Art Show or the many musical concert performances scheduled throughout the month showcasing the talents of our amazing students.

This year, Ridgefield School District and the Ridgefield Lions Club are pleased to present a special performance by three award-winning blind musicians, Mac Potts, Nick Baker and Brent Gjerve in an amazing piano concert, "3 Grands Concert & Benefit" on Sunday, March 18 at 7:00 pm at the Ridgefield Performing Arts Center. Be prepared for a unique, awe-inspiring performance by these talented musicians. Proceeds benefit Ridgefield High School's scholarship program and the Ridgefield School District's music program. Tickets are now available online at ridge.revtrak.net.

Be in the know! Join Ridgefield Community Education's mailing list to receive periodic updates and reminders. Simply email "Add me" to terri.cochran@ridgefieldsd.org. A variety of Winter/Spring classes is now being offered. View them on the Community Education page at www.ridgefieldsd.org.

Questions? Call Ridgefield Community Education at 360-619-1303 or email Terri Cochran at terri.cochran@ridgefieldsd.org.

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Attached Media Files: Ridgefield School District is celebrating Youth Arts Month during the entire month of March. For classes and events, visit the Community Education page on the district's website at www.ridgefieldsd.org and click on Ridgefield Youth Arts Month 2018 Catalo

Friends of the Carpenter to Host Annual Meeting on Feb. 20
Friends of the Carpenter - 02/14/18 10:00 AM
Vancouver, WA -- Friends of the Carpenter will host their annual meeting on Tues. Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m. at the Friendship Center, 1600 W 20th Street.

"The Board and I are pleased that Friends of the Carpenter continues the organization's legacy of providing safety, structure and a sense of purpose to members of our community," said Tom Iberle, executive director. "Our annual meeting is a time to reflect on our successes while renewing our commitment to meeting the ever-expanding needs of the homeless, people with special needs, community service workers and those living in poverty in our community."

The annual meeting will follow the February board meeting and will include a presentation of the 2017 Annual Report. A question and answer period will be provided, in addition to tours of the Friendship Center as well as light refreshments.

Friends of the Carpenter was incorporated in Vancouver, WA in Oct. 1998 and began as a vision of a practical outreach of simple welcome and personal interaction between volunteers from the church and people living in poverty. Since the beginning, regular contact has been made with the homeless and poor persons of our community through woodworking events scheduled throughout the community and which, today, are held at FOC's Friendship Center. Our mission: Friends of the Carpenter is a non-profit, faith-based day facility that provides safety, structure and purpose for vulnerable members of our community. Learn more at friendsofthecarpenter.org.

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Drug Arrest (Photo)
Newport Police Dept. - 02/14/18 9:18 AM
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On February 13th, 2018 the Newport Police Department served a Narcotics related search warrant at a residence located at 2404 NW Nye Street in Newport, Oregon. Officers had received information that Nicholas Colman-Pinning, 33, of Newport, was selling narcotics from this residence and from his vehicle to others in the Newport area. Newport officers applied for and obtained a search warrant.

During the service of the warrant, officers located evidence of drug use and sales. Newport Police deployed their Drug Detection K9, Nero, to assist with the search. Officers located and seized Heroin, Methamphetamine, Ecstasy, Psilocybin Mushrooms, digital scales, packaging material, drug records, and drug use paraphernalia. Officers also seized a large amount of cash and a vehicle.

Newport Police were assisted by Detectives from the Lincoln City Police Department, the Toledo Police Department, and the Oregon state Police.

Two persons were arrested at the scene and lodged in the Lincoln County Jail.

Nicholas Colman-Pinning, 33 years of age, Newport resident

Delivery of a Controlled Substance -- Methamphetamine
Possession of a Controlled Substance -- Methamphetamine
Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance -- Methamphetamine
Delivery of a Controlled Substance -- Heroin
Possession of a Controlled Substance -- Heroin
Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance -- Heroin
Possession of a Controlled Substance -- Ecstasy
Frequenting/ Maintaining a Place Where Controlled Substances are Kept or Used

Lillian Irene Gustafson, 25 years of age, Newport resident

Possession of a Controlled Substance -- Methamphetamine
Frequenting/ Maintaining a Place Where Controlled Substances are Kept or Used



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DACA advocate Liliana Luna earns statewide 'Women of Achievement' honor (Photo)
PCC - 02/14/18 9:12 AM
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BEAVERTON/HILLSBORO, Ore. -- Portland Community College's own trailblazer Liliana Luna is a recipient of the 2017 Women of Achievement Awards through the Oregon Commission for Women.

Luna, the Rock Creek Multicultural Center coordinator, is being recognized for her outstanding leadership in promoting equity and diversity opportunities for women within their education and civic engagement service. She will receive her award during a ceremony on March 1 that will be part of the Women's History Month proclamation signing by Governor Kate Brown.

The 26 year old serves as an educator, advocate and role model through her work with the Multicultural Center at Rock Creek (17705 N.W. Springville Road). According to the commission, "she demonstrates a commitment to equity and inclusion for students, especially women of color." A DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipient, Luna possesses an associate degree from PCC, a bachelor's in criminal justice from Portland State University, and is working toward a master's in counseling education, also at PSU. She is responsible for providing an inclusive environment at the Multicultural Center and does this by supporting, retaining and empowering diverse students to help them achieve academic excellence and become leaders within the college and their communities.

"Liliana has truly made a difference at the Rock Creek Campus," said Rock Creek President Sandra Fowler-Hill. "She has made a marked and sustained impact on equity and inclusion. Because of her, this is a better place. She exemplifies leadership and accomplishment in Oregon, in education and civic engagement. She has had a demonstrable impact on the community she serves."

Additionally, Luna leads the Diversity Council at the campus, developed a partnership with the Mexican consulate to provide scholarships to undocumented and DACA students from Mexico, and founded the annual DREAMers Gala to raise money and awareness for undocumented students. Her latest accomplishment is helping to open the first Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Center at PCC. The center is the first of its kind in Oregon at a community college or university, providing resources and support for undocumented and DACA students and their families. According to Luna, there are roughly 400 DACA students at PCC, with an estimated 200 based at Rock Creek.

In 2015, Luna began her educational journey as an undocumented student at PCC -- the first in her family to go to college -- and eventually got involved in campus life through student government. She became a part-time casual employee leading the Rock Creek's Multicultural Center and overseeing its projects, like the Oregon Leadership Institute and the equity ambassadors.

Luna helped lead the effort to develop PCC's DREAM Center, which offers a variety of resources: legal services, the facilitation and processing of initial DACA applications and renewal applications, workshops on student support and college navigation resources, and academic/career advising sessions. It serves 20 families and 20 students per academic term.

"The students really pushed for this initiative to happen," Luna said. "They saw the need for center and put in a lot of activism to get it done. They went to board meetings, and met with President Mark Mitsui and the campus presidents. I'm proud of how they pushed it through.

"This is a huge accomplishment for me, too," she added. "When I was a student I couldn't say I was undocumented because it was taboo. Now, I can hold my head up high."


About Portland Community College: Portland Community College is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon and provides training, degree and certificate completion, and lifelong learning to more than 75,000 full- and part-time students in Multnomah, Washington, Yamhill, Clackamas, and Columbia counties. PCC has four comprehensive campuses, eight education centers or areas served, and approximately 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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27 Citations and 4 Warnings During Tuesday #VisionZero Traffic Safety Mission (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/14/18 9:06 AM
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On Tuesday, February 12, 2018, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division conducted a Vision Zero traffic safety mission along Southeast 92nd Avenue between Southeast Stark Street and Southeast Foster Road. Traffic crash data collected during January 2018 identified this area of Southeast 92nd Avenue as an area that would benefit from a traffic safety mission.

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.

During this traffic mission officers patrolled on motorcycles and in patrol vehicles and issued a total of 27 citations and four written warnings.

The Traffic Division 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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Attached Media Files: Vision Zero

Ridgefield School District Honors February Employee and Students of the Month (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 02/14/18 8:32 AM
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018 -- Ridgefield, Washington -- On February 13, Ridgefield School District officials recognized the February Employee and Students of the Month at the regular Board of Directors meeting.

The Employee of the Month is Sara Eastham at Union Ridge Elementary School. Sara is an outstanding member of the Union Ridge Elementary community. She is constantly stepping up and volunteering her time, talents, and skills for the betterment of the school. A member of the school's Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) team, she volunteered to take the lead in planning and presenting the school's PBIS assemblies. Her ability to tap in to what children find interesting and enjoyable makes the monthly assemblies a favorite activity for all. Sara is also a leader in her second grade professional learning community and is a mentor to a new teacher.

The Union Ridge staff is grateful for all that Sara does to make the school a great place for students. It is with pride that we congratulate Sara Eastham as February's Employee of the Month.

Students of the Month

Marlena Hernandez, a fifth grader, is February's Student of the Month at South Ridge Elementary School. Marlena's growth throughout the school year is an inspiration to all. She comes to school with a smile on her face every day, ready to learn. Marlena is kind to everyone, is respectful to her peers and teachers, and participates in class discussions. Her joyful attitude towards learning lifts the mood in the classroom and contributes to a positive environment for everyone. Marlena's commitment to school, paired with her positive attitude for learning, make her a perfect choice for South Ridge Elementary's Student of the Month for February.

Jack Rorabaugh, a second grader, was selected at Union Ridge Elementary. Jack is an outstanding student and a kind-hearted leader among his peers. With his warm and friendly demeanor, he reaches out to everyone and is a friend to all. He holds high expectations for himself and is quick to take initiative no matter what the task. A creative and critical thinker, Jack continually looks for ways to solve problems outside the box. He is also an extremely hard worker and pushes himself to achieve. The staff and students at Union Ridge are thrilled to name Jack Rorabaugh as its Student of the Month for February.

Lucas Allmaras, an eighth grader, is View Ridge Middle School's Student of the Month. Lucas is an excellent student and role model. He is also a strong athlete and leader in the wrestling program. Lucas works well with others and is always respectful and courteous. He consistently contributes to a positive learning environment and maintains high expectations of himself by welcoming feedback--even seeking it out--and grows academically as a result. View Ridge Middle School is pleased to recognize Lucas Allmaras for February Student of the Month honors.

Sydney Dean, a sophomore, was chosen from Ridgefield High School. When asked to describe Sydney, teachers say that she is hardworking, respectful, dependable, ruthless in her learning, and demonstrates the 3 R's (respectfulness, responsibility and resilience) on a daily basis. One teacher describes Sydney as "the kind of student who makes me a better teacher." Sydney is in the jazz band, playing alto sax, is involved with Knowledge Bowl and plays tennis. Outside of school, she is involved in 4H. Students of the Month at Ridgefield High School represent less than 1% of the total student body, and Sydney is truly deserving of the honor for the month of February.

Ridgefield School District is grateful to its sponsor, the historic Sportsman's Restaurant and Lounge, a local Ridgefield business owned and operated by Terry Hurd. This is the fourth year that Hurd has provided funding to support the district's recognition program.

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Attached Media Files: Sydney Dean , Lucas Allmaras , Jack Rorabaugh , Marlena Hernandez , Sara Eastham

MCSO Corrections Counselor Booked on ID Theft and Official Misconduct (Photo)
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/14/18 8:32 AM
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On February 13, 2018, Bryce Merrill was booked into MCDC on Identity Theft and Official Misconduct charges. The arrest stemmed from a criminal investigation into Mr. Merrill for allegedly forging internal MCSO documents. Mr. Merrill has been placed on unpaid administrative leave status pending an internal Administrative Review.

No further information is available at this time.



Attached Media Files: Merrill Mug Shot

$1M in grants from Kaiser Permanente Northwest will address high absenteeism rates in Ore., Wash. schools
Kaiser Permanente Northwest - 02/14/18 8:23 AM
$1M in grants from Kaiser Permanente Northwest will address high absenteeism rates in Ore., Wash. schools

Five nonprofits and two school service districts will work toward identifying solutions for the growing problem

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Kaiser Permanente Northwest has awarded more than $1 million in grants to seven local organizations, to help stem the tide of chronic absenteeism in Washington and Oregon schools that has made them among the states with the highest absenteeism rates in the nation.

"Chronic absence is an important public health issue in our community," said Ruth Williams-Brinkley, president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals of the Northwest. "Children who are chronically absent are more likely to drop out of school, and we know that the number of years a person attends school is a leading predictor of long-term health. For children in our community, long-term health is the foundation for a happy and healthy life."

A report released in September 2017 by Johns Hopkins University and Attendance Works, using data from the U.S. Department of Education, shows that Washington and Oregon share the designation of states with among the highest chronic absence rates in the country. Chronic absence is generally defined as missing 10 percent of the school year. In Oregon, 21 percent of schools have extreme levels (meaning 30 percent or more of their students are chronically absent), compared with the national average of 8 percent. In Washington, 28 percent have extreme levels.

According to Attendance Works, children living in poverty are two and three times more likely to be chronically absent, and students from communities of color and students with disabilities are disproportionately affected.

"Chronic absenteeism isn't about 'skipping school' or the occasional sick day," said Colt Gill, deputy superintendent of public instruction for the State of Oregon. "There are many root causes, like physical and behavioral health issues, institutional inequities, and housing and food insecurity. This initiative helps move the dialogue from counting days kids are absent, to understanding why and devising equitable solutions to help."

Goals of the three-year initiative include:
Reducing individual, family, community and systems barriers to school attendance
Improving community awareness of the importance of being at school (and knowledge about when students should attend school and when they should stay home)
Increasing connections to social and health services for students, teachers and school staff
Identifying policies and systems that will support consistent school attendance

The grant recipients, five nonprofit organizations and two education service districts, will each receive $150,000 over a three-year period. They include:

Adelante Mujeres, Washington County, Oregon: Adelante Mujeres will provide culturally specific programming services to middle and high school students to reduce chronic absenteeism and build a culture prioritizing school attendance.
Contact: Leticia Aguilar, laguilar@adelantemujeres.org

Clackamas Education Service District, Clackamas County, Oregon: The Clackamas Education Service District will create an absenteeism and Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE)/trauma learning collaborative model to implement in Clackamas County schools. Teams determined by each district will meet to receive professional development training in chronic absenteeism and trauma-informed strategies to improve student attendance, behavior and academic performance.
Contact: Ewan Brawley, ebrawley@clackesd.k12.or.us

Education Service District 112 (ESD 112), Clark County, Washington: ESD 112 will convene school leaders and staff, pediatricians, and behavioral health and national experts to implement a pilot project in six elementary schools in Cowlitz and Clark counties to address chronic absenteeism.
Contact: Deb Drandoff, deb.drandoff@esd112.org

Latino Network, Multnomah County, Oregon: Latino Network will implement a culturally specific chronic absenteeism prevention program to enhance, connect and solidify existing resources in the Parkrose School District and to increase parents' knowledge of health care screenings and illness prevention measures.
Contact: Sadie Feibel Holmes, sadie@latnet.org

Oregon School-Based Health Alliance (OSBHA), Polk County, Oregon: OSBHA will leverage existing school-based physical and mental health services in an on-site school-based health center, to develop identification, referral and intervention systems for students who face barriers related to attendance.
Contact: Maureen Hinman, maureen@osbha.org

Salem/Keizer Coalition for Equality (SKCE), Marion County, Oregon: SKCE will provide workshops for Latino parents that encourage them to play an active role in their children's education and promote regular school attendance, and will work with Salem-Keizer School District staff and administrators to build strong relationships with those families.
Contact: Annalivia Palazzo-Angulo, apalazzo@skcequality.org

Self Enhancement, Inc (SEI), Multnomah County, OR: SEI will support a multitiered attendance initiative at David Douglas High School by providing culturally specific support for African American students and their families.
Contact: Tamra Hickok, tamrah@selfenhancement.org

The Connection Between Education and Health

Education is one of the leading determinants of a person's lifetime health. On average, a college graduate is likely to live about nine years longer than someone who has not completed high school. The opposite is also true -- adults with fewer years of education are more likely to die prematurely, engage in unhealthy behaviors such as smoking, and have higher rates of diabetes and obesity.
As part of its mission to improve the health of the communities it serves, Kaiser Permanente Northwest is actively involved in identifying barriers to good health in children and solutions to address them.

In addition to the attendance initiative, Kaiser Permanente Northwest is engaging in a number of community grants and partnerships, including:

3 to PhD: This partnership with Faubion School, Concordia University, basics and Trillium Family Services helps close the opportunity gap for Faubion students by providing wraparound services to the children and their families.

Trauma-informed, resilient school environments: In 2017, Kaiser Permanente Northwest awarded $800,000 to Washington State University for a three-year program that will support administrators and staff at several pilot schools in creating and sustaining a caring, compassionate, trauma-informed school culture.

Educational Theatre Program through Oregon Children's Theatre: Kaiser Permanente has partnered with Oregon Children's Theatre for the last 10 years to bring this vital program to the community. Through music, comedy and drama, live theater programs and artist-in-residence programs are offered to schools and communities free of charge. Plays focus on health and well-being, and themes of past plays include bullying, healthy eating, mental health and peer pressure.

Oregon Active Schools: This multiyear partnership with Nike and the Northwest Health Foundation aims to inspire a lifelong love of movement and bring the many benefits of physical activity to every child in Oregon.

Thriving Schools: Thriving Schools is a national Kaiser Permanente effort to create a culture of health and wellness for students, staff and teachers in K-12 schools. Through a focus on healthy eating, active living, social and emotional health, and school climate, Thriving Schools seeks to intentionally align and coordinate Kaiser Permanente's clinical, workforce and community health expertise to benefit schools.

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America's leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 11.8 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.
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Salem Health's $3 million emergency department expansion opens (Photo)
Salem Health - 02/14/18 7:30 AM
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Salem Health is pleased to announce that its $3M expansion of the Salem Hospital emergency department is complete. The project addresses needs of the growing community and creates an improved experience for patients. This is the third expansion to the ED in the eight-year life of the hospital's Building A.

"At Salem Health, our first priority is improving the health and well-being of our communities. We're not just expanding, we're also enhancing some of our processes and models of care in the ED," said Sarah Horn, RN, Salem Health chief nursing officer. "These changes will allow us to see patients in a much more efficient and timely manner and we're excited to have it up and running."

Rapid population growth, an aging population and declining overall health in the Mid-Willamette Valley mean growing health care needs. Salem Health is working to accommodate these realities. Salem Hospital's emergency department is already the busiest ED on the West Coast between Canada and San Francisco, seeing over 300 patients per day on average. The ED expansion is necessary to meet health care needs as the population grows.

The expansion includes more exam rooms and a new treatment track for patients with less complicated diagnoses. These changes will decrease the time it takes for patients to see a provider and create a better patient experience. Demolition began last September and the new expansion is set to be complete and ready for patients tomorrow, February 15.

Salem Health offers exceptional care to people in and around Oregon's Mid-Willamette Valley. It comprises hospitals in Salem and Dallas, a medical group of primary and specialty care providers, plus other affiliated services. Visit us at www.salemhealth.org; "Like" us on www.facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at www.youtube.com/salemhealth.



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PPS Buses on Regular Routes
Portland Public Schools - 02/14/18 6:07 AM
Portland Public Schools officials have checked out the surprise snow in the West Hills, The snow is slushy and not significant enough to make changes to transportation today. Buses will run on regular routes and will chain as needed.

Tue. 02/13/18
Store Robbed Tuesday Evening in Portland's Hollywood District - No Injuries or Arrest
Portland Police Bureau - 02/13/18 9:20 PM
On Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at 6:34 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a robbery at the Sally Beauty Supply, located at 1505 Northeast 40th Avenue.

Officers arrived at the store and learned a suspect entered the location and demanded money while brandishing a knife. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash the suspect left the location without incident.

Responding officers searched the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description. Based on preliminary information, officers believe the suspect is a white male, six feet tall, 200 pounds, armed with a knife.

There are no surveillance images available for public release at this time.

Investigators with the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Robbery Detail will continue this investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Robbery Detail detectives at 503-823-0405.

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

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

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet February 16 in Wilsonville
Oregon Health Authority - 02/13/18 4:40 PM
February 13, 2018

Contact: Heather Johnson, 503-508-8276, heather.n.johnson@state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority Metrics and Scoring Committee.

When: February 16, 9 a.m. to noon. Public testimony will be heard at 9:20 a.m.

Where: Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Training Center, Room 210 29353 SW Town Center Loop E, Wilsonville

Attendees can also follow the presentation by webinar and listen to discussion by telephone. Register for the webinar at https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/7438627555801803523. Conference line: 888-204-5984, participant code 1277-166. The telephone will be unmuted during public testimony.

Agenda: Welcome, consent agenda and updates; public testimony; review CCO Metrics Mid-Year Report; presentation on Medicaid waiver and evaluation; discuss program structure and planning.

For more information, please visit the committee's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/hpa/analytics/Pages/Metrics-Scoring-Committee.aspx.

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

If you need help or have questions, please contact Heather Johnson at 503-508-8276, 711 TTY, heather.n.johnson@state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Suspect Convicted Through the Assistance of the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/13/18 4:26 PM
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On Monday February 12, 2018, 41-year-old Jose Rosales pled no contest to two charges of Sex Abuse in the Second Degree. Rosales was convicted and sentenced to approximately 7 months (210 days), with credit for time served in a Multnomah County Court.

This investigation began in 2006 when a sexual assault was reported to Portland Police. In November 2016 with the assistance of the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) Grant, the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Sex Crimes Unit identified Rosales as a suspect in the 2006 sexual assault investigation.

Rosales' conviction is the first conviction stemming from the back log of untested Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Kits (SAFE) kits.

Rosales will be transported back to Wisconsin this month, where he will serve the remainder of his Wisconsin sentence. Rosales is now required to register as a sex offender and he will also be supervised as part of a 60-month post-prison supervision program.

In 2015, the PPB identified more than 1,700 untested kits in their inventory and has worked with the Department of Justice SAKI grant, as well as the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office District Attorney of New York (DANY) Grant to organize a work team, deemed the Rose Project, and test the kits at an outside lab.

Results from the kits continue to be investigated and survivors of sexual assaults are being notified.

The PPB Sex Crime Unit continues to be victim-centered and trauma-informed. The PPB Sex Crimes Unit, a victim-centered and trauma-informed detail, encourages those who have had a SAFE kit collected prior to 2015 to contact the roseproject@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-0125. Due to the very personal and confidential nature of these crimes, the Rose Project will be unable to provide information to anyone except the victim listed on the police report.

For more information on the Rose Project, visit: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/568261

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Attached Media Files: Jose Rosales

State Land Board appoints interim State Lands director at Feb. 13 public meeting
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 02/13/18 4:15 PM
Salem -- The State Land Board today voted unanimously to appoint Vicki Walker as the interim director of the Department of State Lands (DSL).

Current DSL director Jim Paul will leave the agency at the end of February to take a position as Assistant Director for Administrative Services at the Oregon Department of Corrections.

Walker served as the Oregon State Director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development from November 2009 to January 2017. While at USDA, Walker oversaw the investment of $4.8 billion for more than 24,000 projects that helped rural Oregonians. Projects included helping low-income rural residents purchase and repair homes; building or maintaining 200 low-income apartment complexes; and assisting 900 rural businesses expand operations.

Before her work at the USDA, Walker served for ten years in the Oregon Legislature (2003 to 2009), and as the administrator of the Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision in 2009.

Gov. Kate Brown, chair of the Land Board, praised the selection of Walker, saying "Vicki Walker thinks outside the box, and has always paid careful attention to how to every taxpayer dollar is spent. Her previous experience at the helm of an agency and proven ability to manage change will serve her and the department well."

In other business, the Land Board approved the department's three proposed legislative concepts; received reports on the agency's Aquatic Resource Management and Real Property Programs, and the annual Department of Forestry report on Common School Fund Forest Lands. Director Paul also provided an update on the Elliott State Forest Public Ownership Project.

The Land Board recognized Paul for his seven years of service, and thanked him for his guidance through many tough issues over his tenure. They also recognized Cynthia Wickham, Deputy Director for Administration, who is retiring at the end of February, and who served for 22 years at DSL.

The State Land Board consists of Governor Kate Brown, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson and State Treasurer Tobias Read. The Department of State Lands administers diverse natural and fiscal resources. Many of the resources generate revenue for the Common School Fund, such as state-owned rangelands and timberlands, waterway leases, estates for which no will or heirs exist, and unclaimed property. Twice a year, the agency distributes fund investment earnings to support K-12 public schools. The agency also administers Oregon's Removal-Fill Law, which requires people removing or filling certain amounts of material in waters of the state to obtain a permit.

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www.oregon.gov/dsl

Fatal Crash Highway 126W near Veneta -- Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/13/18 3:48 PM
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into this morning's fatal crash on Highway 126W near Veneta.

On February 13, 2018, at approximately 9:10 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers from the Springfield Patrol office responded to a three vehicle crash on Highway 126W near milepost 51 in Lane County.

Preliminary Investigation revealed that a 2001 Dodge Pickup, operated by Christopher SHERIDAN, age 32, from Springfield, was westbound when for unknown reasons failed to react to slowing traffic and struck the back of a 2006 Pontiac Vibe, forcing the white Dodge Pickup into the eastbound travel lane where it struck an eastbound 2006 Chrysler minivan nearly head-on. The driver of the minivan, Jeannie SAEBURN, age 51, from Veneta sustained fatal injuries as a result of the collision. The male juvenile passenger of the minivan was transported to the local hospital with minor injuries.

The driver of the Pontiac Vibe, Kenneth SHEMEL, age 25 and his passenger Rachel WILSON, age 26, both from Eugene, were transported to the local hospital with minor injuries. SHERIDAN was also transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.

The highway was closed for about three hours. Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) was able to set up a detour around the crash scene.

OSP was assisted by Lane Rural Fire Department, Eugene Fire Department, ODOT and the Lane County Medical Examiner's Office.

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

Photographs courtesy of OSP.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Facebook: @ospsocial



Attached Media Files: 2018-02/1002/112003/126W_Crash_2.JPG , 2018-02/1002/112003/126W_Crash.JPG

Corrections Policy Committee Will Recommend BPSST Revoke 11 Certifications
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 02/13/18 3:44 PM
The Corrections Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training (BPSST) held its regularly scheduled quarterly meeting today at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Oregon.

To increase the public's trust, the Oregon legislature mandates the Board on Public Safety
Standards and Training establish minimum standards that are required to be met and maintained by Oregon's providers of public safety, including police officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, telecommunicators (9-1-1), emergency medical dispatchers, public safety instructors, and OLCC regulatory specialists. The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training is responsible for certifying public safety professionals who meet all of the Board-established intellectual, physical and moral fitness standards,and for denying, suspending or revoking the certification of those who do not meet or fall below these standards. The Corrections Policy Committee provides input and guidance to the Board on certification and training standards for more than 4,500 men and women who serve as corrections and parole and probation officers around the state.

Recap of Corrections Policy Committee Actions -

# # Professional Standards Cases # #

Administrative Closures -- Corrections - 3 officers flagged and will be reviewed if rehired / 2 no additional action needed by BPSST/DPSST.

Audisio, Tyler DPSST # 58186 -- Josephine County Sheriff's Office; Application for Training and Subsequent Certification - Committee recommends Board take NO action to deny certification.

Edison, James DPSST # 38290 -- DOC Powder River Correctional Facility; Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Corrections Certifications - Committee asked for additional information - case held for next meeting.

Gilham, Robert DPSST # 57870 -- Warm Springs Police Department; Application for Training and Subsequent Certification - Committee recommends Board revoke certification for 3 years for gross misconduct and revoke certification for lifetime for dishonesty.

Dan, Peter DPSST # 33705 -- Washington County Community Corrections; Basic and Intermediate Corrections Certifications - Committee recommends Board revoke certification for 5 years for gross misconduct and revoke certification for lifetime for dishonesty.

Pishioneri, Joseph DPSST # 09995 -- Lane County Sheriff's Office; Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Police and Corrections Certifications - Committee recommends Board revoke certification for 10 years for misuse of authority and revoke certification for lifetime for dishonesty.

Rava, Bruce DPSST # 48376 -- Basic and Intermediate Corrections Certifications - Committee recommends Board revoke certification for 10 years for gross misconduct and revoke certification for lifetime for dishonesty.

Severe, Billy DPSST # 51493 -- DOC/Snake River Correctional Institute; Basic Corrections Certification - Committee recommends Board revoke certification for 10 years for gross misconduct and revoke certification for lifetime for dishonesty.

Trono, Robert DPSST # 42442 -- Deschutes County Sheriff's Office; Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Supervisory and Management Corrections Certifications - Committee recommends Board revoke certification for 10 years for gross misconduct and revoke certification for 10 years for misuse of authority.

Goucher, Steven DPSST # 40781 -- Basic Corrections Certification - Committee recommends Board suspend certification for 3 years for gross misconduct.

Hein, Brenda DPSST # 48399 -- Clackamas County Community Corrections; Basic and Intermediate Corrections Certifications - Committee recommends Board revoke certification for 10 years for gross misconduct and revoke certification for lifetime for dishonesty.

Szabo, Brandon DPSST # 48987 -- Deschutes County Sheriff's Office; Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Corrections Certification - Committee recommends Board revoke certification for lifetime for dishonesty.

Torres, Hector I DPSST # 38280 -- Department of Corrections TRCI; Basic and Intermediate Corrections Certifications - Committee recommends Board revoke certification for 10 years for gross misconduct. revoke certification for 10 years for misuse of authority, and revoke certification for lifetime for dishonesty.

Nungaray, Robert DPSST # 55334 -- DOC-Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution; Basic Corrections Certifications - Committee recommends Board revoke certification for 10 years for gross misconduct and revoke certification for lifetime for dishonesty.


# # Administrative Actions Taken # #


Committee recommends Board adopt Proposed Rule changes for OARS 259-008-0005, 259-008-0020, 259-008-0060, 259-008-0064 and 259-008-0065; Multi-Discipline Certification

Committee recommends Board adopt Proposed Rule Changes for OARs 259-008-0040 and 259-008-0060- Nine Months of Experience Required for Basic Certification

Committee recommends Board adopt Proposed Rule Change for OAR 259-008-0100-Updates to the Retirement Card Program

Committee recommends Board adopt Proposed Rule Adoption for OAR 259 Division 8 Signature Authorities for DPSST Forms


## Snapshot of Oregon's criminal justice work force and DPSST's professional standards activities ##

Currently Certified law enforcement professionals in Oregon as of December 31, 2017:
Police 5,373
Corrections 4,036
Tele/EMD 898/861
P & P 644
OLCC 35

Criminal Justice Professional Standards Cases Opened by DPSST in 2017:
Police 96
Corrections 118
Tele/EMD 023
P & P 011
OLCC 001
Instructor 001

Criminal Justice Professional Standards Cases Pending with DPSST as of December 31, 2017:
Police 68
Corrections 84
Tele/EMD 09
P & P 05
OLCC 02
Instructor 00

Criminal Justice Professional Standards Cases Closed by DPSST in 2017:
Revoked 75
Deny 00
No Revoke 05
No Deny 22
No Action 134
Suspended 01

The next meeting of the Board is scheduled for April 26, 2018. Board, and Policy Committee, meeting minutes can be found online at http://www.oregon.gov/DPSST/BD/pages/index.aspx


# Background Information about the Board and Department #

The Board consists of 24 members representing city, county and state public safety professionals representing each of the disciplines (police, fire, 9-1-1, corrections, private security), and a private citizen appointed by the Governor. The current Board Chair is Sheriff Jason Myers of the Marion County Sheriff's Office. The Board includes administrators as well as non-management representatives from statewide organizations. The Board represents more than 40,000 public safety professionals and establishes minimum standards for the training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security/private investigator providers, and makes determinations on waiver requests. The Board is supported by six policy committees and a number of sub-committees representing the public safety disciplines, which provide technical expertise and serve as vital links to public safety organizations. The Board operates in close partnership with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county, tribal and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem; certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.

Traffic Blitz
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/13/18 3:31 PM
Sheriff Tim Svenson of the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office announced today that his office will join with other law enforcement agencies state wide February 9th to February 18th, 2018 to encourage the use of safety belts and child restraints as the simplest and most effective way to prevent crash related injuries and fatalities.

Oregon law requires all occupants to use safety restraints or a child safety system appropriate for their size. Law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon will be working overtime to focus on proper safety belt use including child seat use, during a nationwide traffic enforcement "blitz" occurring day and night.
This enhanced enforcement is made possible through grant funding of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and administered by Oregon State Sheriff's Association
Roadside observations of belt use among Oregon travelers in 2016 revealed 96% of travelers use safety belts. But despite this high use rate among the general population, Oregon crash data for 2015 shows lack of belt use in 27% of daytime and 50% of night time crash. ODOT estimates that at least half of those who died unbelted or 67 persons could have been saved if everyone used safety belts on every trip.
Safety belts, used correctly, can reduce the risk of major crash injury or death by up to sixty-five percent. Belts are even more effective when used in combination with airbag systems and other not-so-obvious occupant protection features designed into today's vehicles.
Child seats may increase crash survival by 71% for infants under one year old and by up to 59% for toddlers aged one to four. Booster seats may reduce the chance of nonfatal injury among four to eight year olds by 45% compared to safety belts used alone.
Children under one year or weighing less than twenty pounds must ride in a rear-facing child seat. A child over forty pounds must use either a child seat or booster until they reach age eight or 4' 9" tall and the adult belt fits them correctly. If you are unsure whether your child is ready to transition to an adult belt system, use the easy five-step test here: http://www.carseat.org/Boosters/630.htm
For help installing child car seats, consult the seat manufacturer's instructions, your vehicle owner's manual, or visit a local child seat fitting station listed at: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm or at http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources/

Red Cross Honors Local 'Heroes' at 21st Annual Awards Ceremony
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/13/18 3:21 PM
The Red Cross will honor the heroic, lifesaving and outstanding actions of local community members at the Hero Awards Breakfast on March 9, 2018.

VANCOUVER, Wash. February 13, 2018-- The American Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) will honor ordinary people and their extraordinary and lifesaving actions at its 21st Annual Heroes Breakfast event on March 9, 2018.

The stories of Hero Award winners honored at the event include:
A woman who coordinated the rescue of hundreds of livestock, horses and other large animals in the Columbia River Gorge during the Eagle Creek wildfire
Two firefighters who entered a fully-engulfed building to rescue a woman trapped on the second floor. One firefighter hung by rope from the burning building's upstairs window with the rescued woman in his arms until a ladder truck arrived to retrieve them
A high school student who saved his father's life by performing CPR during a sudden cardiac arrest
A utilities employee who noticed a customer having a medical emergency while he was on the phone with her and summoned an ambulance minutes before she had a massive stroke

"The selflessness, bravery and commitment to community displayed by this year's Hero Award winners is beyond inspiring," said Josy Wright, board chair of the Southwest Washington Chapter of the American Red Cross. "Hearing their stories is a powerful reminder that there are amazing people among us."

Heroes Breakfast Event Details

7:30 a.m. -- 9:30 a.m. (doors open at 7 a.m.)
Vancouver Hilton, 301 W 6th St. in Vancouver, WA
For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.redcross.org/Heroes2018.

"The Red Cross is honored to recognize people who have so admirably contributed to the betterment of our community," said Candace Horter, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Cascades Region. "Just like Hero Award winners, the Red Cross steps up to help in times of need. For the past two decades we've been committed to honoring people who live our mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering."

About the Heroes Breakfast
For 21 years, the Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington has honored local people for risking their own lives to save the life of another or for going beyond the call of duty to positively impact the community. Last year, nearly 600 people attended the 20th Anniversary Heroes Breakfast and Red Cross Centennial Celebration.
To view the stories of last year's Hero Award recipients, click here: http://rdcrss.org/2AGwQwC.
To view photos of last year's event, click here: http://bit.ly/2H8V3Qd.

Full List of 2018 Hero Award Winners and Their Stories

Community Hero: Kim Mosiman
During the September 2017 Eagle Creek wildfire in the Columbia River Gorge, Kim Mosiman mobilized her vast network of animal owners and volunteers to coordinate a rescue effort for hundreds of livestock, horses and other large animals in the path of the massive wildfire. Mosiman managed the rescue effort nonstop for several days, making phone calls, dispatching trailer drivers and identifying safe locations for the evacuated animals to stay. Mosiman, along with several other property owners across the state, provided shelter and food to animals that were evacuated from the fire path for more than a week, until fire evacuation levels were reduced. Thanks to Mosiman's efforts, more than 500 animals were saved from the Eagle Creek Fire's fast-moving and deadly flames.

Good Samaritan Hero: Joshua Vincent
Joshua Vincent, a Clark Public Utilities employee, answered a customer's phone call last March that ended up saving that customer's life. The female customer didn't realize she was experiencing a medical emergency during the phone call, but Vincent could tell something was wrong. Her speech was slowed, she was having trouble keeping details straight and she had mentioned a doctor's appointment early in the conversation. Vincent kept the customer on the phone while he summoned an ambulance to her location. The customer was moments away from suffering a massive stroke, and her doctors said that had Vincent not called the ambulance when he did, she very likely would have died.

First Responder Heroes: Scott Kohler and Matt Towner, Clackamas Fire Department
In September of 2017, firefighters Scott Kohler and Matt Towner, along with crews from Clackamas Fire District #1 and Portland Fire and Rescue, responded to a two-alarm house fire in Happy Valley, Oregon, where a woman was trapped inside the burning home. Firefighters Kohler and Towner entered the burning structure and ascended stairs to the second floor, where the woman was trapped, with the carpet melting to their feet from the extreme heat. By the time they found the woman, the only safe way out of the house was through the upstairs window. As they waited for a ladder to be brought to the window from one of the fire engines, the firefighters hung from the window by rope with the woman sitting in Kohler's lap as he balanced against the side of the fully engulfed house. The ladder arrived, and the firefighters helped the woman to the ground, where she was treated by EMS for extensive burns and smoke inhalation. The woman was quickly transported to the Legacy Emmanuel's burn center in Portland and ultimately recovered from her injuries. She is alive today and thankful for the brave actions of Firefighters Kohler and Towner.

Give Life Hero: Brandon Parsons
In October of 2016, Brandon Parsons was at work on a construction site when he was suddenly struck by a vehicle that had veered out of its lane and slammed directly into the paving machine that Parsons was operating. The accident left Parsons with injuries so severe they required multiple surgeries and, eventually, the amputation of his right leg. His injuries resulted in Parsons needing 29 units of blood products to replace the blood he had lost. Parsons is alive and well today because of the lifesaving blood he was given while under medical care. After he was released from the hospital, it was important for Parsons to be able to give back. In November 2017, he organized a blood drive, collecting 34 pints of blood. Brandon continues to be a regular blood donor, plans to hold additional blood drives and will be forever grateful to the donors who supplied the blood which saved his life.

Military Hero: Crystal Purdy
Crystal Purdy has dedicated her career to serving veterans who are without family or friends in their final years of life. Through her job at a local funeral home, Purdy partners with the organization Dignity Memorial to provide no-cost final arrangements for U.S. veterans, some of whom are homeless or have no close friends or family to lay them to rest with proper military honors. In addition to helping provide this service, Purdy volunteers with local veterans' groups outside of work, including the Portland chapter of Team Red, White and Blue, a group dedicated to enriching the lives of veterans by engaging them with their community through physical and social activity. Purdy is also the Pacific Northwest Regional Coordinator for Operation Enduring Warrior, an organization whose mission is to honor, empower and motivate wounded veterans through a physical, mental and emotional rehabilitation. Purdy coordinates events for area veterans such as skydiving, snowshoeing, rock climbing, attending an opera and group dinners. Purdy is passionate about serving those to serve and looks for any opportunity to support and give back to veterans.

Youth Good Samaritan Hero: Zachary Rodgers
Zachary Rodgers was watching television with his family on November 6, 2017, when his father, Ryan, suddenly went into cardiac arrest. Without hesitation, Zachary immediately began performing CPR on his father while his mother and sister called 911. He continued doing CPR for several minutes until emergency medical services arrived and transported Ryan by Life Flight to the hospital. Zachary's quick thinking and immediate action kept his father alive until first responders arrived. Zachary's father, Ryan, is well on his way to recovery, and the father and son are closer now, than ever.

Voluntary Service Hero: Jack Crowell
Jack Crowell is an extraordinary Red Cross volunteer whose skills are numerous and his dedication to the mission to alleviate human suffering, overwhelming. Crowell has been instrumental in leading an effort to make the Warm Springs reservation in Central Oregon safer by helping to get smoke alarms installed and home fire safety education delivered to more than 470 people in the Warm Springs community in one year -- that's nearly 16% of the total Warm Springs population. Crowell also responds to disasters big and small, in his community and across the country, including deployments to California to provide wildfire relief assistance; and North Carolina and Florida to support hurricane relief efforts. He has driven an emergency response vehicle, used to serve food to communities following a disaster, across the United States to support Red Cross disaster relief efforts following Hurricane Matthew. In the past several years, Crowell has deployed nationally three times and responded to dozens of local disasters. As if that isn't enough, in his spare time Crowell also volunteers to deliver lifesaving blood products from the Red Cross to hospitals. His selfless devotion to serve others makes him our 2018 Voluntary Service Hero.

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



Attached Media Files: 2018-02/1190/112000/News_Release_-_Red_Cross_to_Honor_Local_Heroes_at_2018_Heroes_Breakfast.pdf

Red Cross Honors Local 'Heroes' at 21st Annual Awards Ceremony
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/13/18 3:20 PM
The Red Cross will honor the heroic, lifesaving and outstanding actions of local community members at the Hero Awards Breakfast on March 9, 2018.

PORTLAND, Ore. February 13, 2018-- The American Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) will honor ordinary people and their extraordinary and lifesaving actions at its 21st Annual Heroes Breakfast event on March 9, 2018.

The stories of Hero Award winners honored at the event include:
A woman who coordinated the rescue of hundreds of livestock, horses and other large animals in the Columbia River Gorge during the Eagle Creek wildfire
Two firefighters who entered a fully-engulfed building to rescue a woman trapped on the second floor. One firefighter hung by rope from the burning building's upstairs window with the rescued woman in his arms until a ladder truck arrived to retrieve them
A high school student who saved his father's life by performing CPR during a sudden cardiac arrest
A utilities employee who noticed a customer having a medical emergency while he was on the phone with her and summoned an ambulance minutes before she had a massive stroke

"The selflessness, bravery and commitment to community displayed by this year's Hero Award winners is beyond inspiring," said Josy Wright, board chair of the Southwest Washington Chapter of the American Red Cross. "Hearing their stories is a powerful reminder that there are amazing people among us."

Heroes Breakfast Event Details

7:30 a.m. -- 9:30 a.m. (doors open at 7 a.m.)
Vancouver Hilton, 301 W 6th St. in Vancouver, WA
For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.redcross.org/Heroes2018.

"The Red Cross is honored to recognize people who have so admirably contributed to the betterment of our community," said Candace Horter, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Cascades Region. "Just like Hero Award winners, the Red Cross steps up to help in times of need. For the past two decades we've been committed to honoring people who live our mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering."

About the Heroes Breakfast
For 21 years, the Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington has honored local people for risking their own lives to save the life of another or for going beyond the call of duty to positively impact the community. Last year, nearly 600 people attended the 20th Anniversary Heroes Breakfast and Red Cross Centennial Celebration.
To view the stories of last year's Hero Award recipients, click here: http://rdcrss.org/2AGwQwC.
To view photos of last year's event, click here: http://bit.ly/2H8V3Qd.

Full List of 2018 Hero Award Winners and Their Stories

Community Hero: Kim Mosiman
During the September 2017 Eagle Creek wildfire in the Columbia River Gorge, Kim Mosiman mobilized her vast network of animal owners and volunteers to coordinate a rescue effort for hundreds of livestock, horses and other large animals in the path of the massive wildfire. Mosiman managed the rescue effort nonstop for several days, making phone calls, dispatching trailer drivers and identifying safe locations for the evacuated animals to stay. Mosiman, along with several other property owners across the state, provided shelter and food to animals that were evacuated from the fire path for more than a week, until fire evacuation levels were reduced. Thanks to Mosiman's efforts, more than 500 animals were saved from the Eagle Creek Fire's fast-moving and deadly flames.

Good Samaritan Hero: Joshua Vincent
Joshua Vincent, a Clark Public Utilities employee, answered a customer's phone call last March that ended up saving that customer's life. The female customer didn't realize she was experiencing a medical emergency during the phone call, but Vincent could tell something was wrong. Her speech was slowed, she was having trouble keeping details straight and she had mentioned a doctor's appointment early in the conversation. Vincent kept the customer on the phone while he summoned an ambulance to her location. The customer was moments away from suffering a massive stroke, and her doctors said that had Vincent not called the ambulance when he did, she very likely would have died.

First Responder Heroes: Scott Kohler and Matt Towner, Clackamas Fire Department
In September of 2017, firefighters Scott Kohler and Matt Towner, along with crews from Clackamas Fire District #1 and Portland Fire and Rescue, responded to a two-alarm house fire in Happy Valley, Oregon, where a woman was trapped inside the burning home. Firefighters Kohler and Towner entered the burning structure and ascended stairs to the second floor, where the woman was trapped, with the carpet melting to their feet from the extreme heat. By the time they found the woman, the only safe way out of the house was through the upstairs window. As they waited for a ladder to be brought to the window from one of the fire engines, the firefighters hung from the window by rope with the woman sitting in Kohler's lap as he balanced against the side of the fully engulfed house. The ladder arrived, and the firefighters helped the woman to the ground, where she was treated by EMS for extensive burns and smoke inhalation. The woman was quickly transported to the Legacy Emmanuel's burn center in Portland and ultimately recovered from her injuries. She is alive today and thankful for the brave actions of Firefighters Kohler and Towner.

Give Life Hero: Brandon Parsons
In October of 2016, Brandon Parsons was at work on a construction site when he was suddenly struck by a vehicle that had veered out of its lane and slammed directly into the paving machine that Parsons was operating. The accident left Parsons with injuries so severe they required multiple surgeries and, eventually, the amputation of his right leg. His injuries resulted in Parsons needing 29 units of blood products to replace the blood he had lost. Parsons is alive and well today because of the lifesaving blood he was given while under medical care. After he was released from the hospital, it was important for Parsons to be able to give back. In November 2017, he organized a blood drive, collecting 34 pints of blood. Brandon continues to be a regular blood donor, plans to hold additional blood drives and will be forever grateful to the donors who supplied the blood which saved his life.

Military Hero: Crystal Purdy
Crystal Purdy has dedicated her career to serving veterans who are without family or friends in their final years of life. Through her job at a local funeral home, Purdy partners with the organization Dignity Memorial to provide no-cost final arrangements for U.S. veterans, some of whom are homeless or have no close friends or family to lay them to rest with proper military honors. In addition to helping provide this service, Purdy volunteers with local veterans' groups outside of work, including the Portland chapter of Team Red, White and Blue, a group dedicated to enriching the lives of veterans by engaging them with their community through physical and social activity. Purdy is also the Pacific Northwest Regional Coordinator for Operation Enduring Warrior, an organization whose mission is to honor, empower and motivate wounded veterans through a physical, mental and emotional rehabilitation. Purdy coordinates events for area veterans such as skydiving, snowshoeing, rock climbing, attending an opera and group dinners. Purdy is passionate about serving those to serve and looks for any opportunity to support and give back to veterans.

Youth Good Samaritan Hero: Zachary Rodgers
Zachary Rodgers was watching television with his family on November 6, 2017, when his father, Ryan, suddenly went into cardiac arrest. Without hesitation, Zachary immediately began performing CPR on his father while his mother and sister called 911. He continued doing CPR for several minutes until emergency medical services arrived and transported Ryan by Life Flight to the hospital. Zachary's quick thinking and immediate action kept his father alive until first responders arrived. Zachary's father, Ryan, is well on his way to recovery, and the father and son are closer now, than ever.

Voluntary Service Hero: Jack Crowell
Jack Crowell is an extraordinary Red Cross volunteer whose skills are numerous and his dedication to the mission to alleviate human suffering, overwhelming. Crowell has been instrumental in leading an effort to make the Warm Springs reservation in Central Oregon safer by helping to get smoke alarms installed and home fire safety education delivered to more than 470 people in the Warm Springs community in one year -- that's nearly 16% of the total Warm Springs population. Crowell also responds to disasters big and small, in his community and across the country, including deployments to California to provide wildfire relief assistance; and North Carolina and Florida to support hurricane relief efforts. He has driven an emergency response vehicle, used to serve food to communities following a disaster, across the United States to support Red Cross disaster relief efforts following Hurricane Matthew. In the past several years, Crowell has deployed nationally three times and responded to dozens of local disasters. As if that isn't enough, in his spare time Crowell also volunteers to deliver lifesaving blood products from the Red Cross to hospitals. His selfless devotion to serve others makes him our 2018 Voluntary Service Hero.

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



Attached Media Files: News Release - Red Cross to Honor Local Heroes at 2018 Heroes Breakfast

Honor a U.S. Veteran with a commemorative brick at the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial (Photo)
City of Battle Ground - 02/13/18 2:55 PM
Commemorative Bricks
Commemorative Bricks
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Honor and recognize a U.S. Veteran, living or deceased, with an engraved brick to be installed at the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial.

Personalized bricks, purchased by March 1st, will be engraved and installed at the memorial in time for Memorial Day this year. Each brick is engraved with the veteran's name, branch of service and dates of service. The cost of $250 supports events to honor veterans and the ongoing maintenance of the memorial.

The Battle Ground Veterans Memorial, located in Kiwanis Park, was built and dedicated on November 11, 2015 to honor 31 local sons who died in service to our country and to recognize all U.S. veterans. The memorial was fully funded and constructed by donations, evidence of the community's steadfast commitment to honoring those who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces and those who died protecting our freedom.

To learn more about the memorial and to purchase a brick to honor a veteran, visit www.cityofbg.org/veteransmemorial or contact Battle Ground Parks & Recreation at 360-342-5380.



Attached Media Files: Commemorative Bricks , Battle Ground Veterans Memorial , Honoring Veterans

Woman Arrested for DUII, Deputies Seek Witnesses (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/13/18 2:41 PM
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MEDFORD, Ore. -- A Jackson County Sheriff's Office deputy arrested a Medford woman Tuesday for several crimes after she nearly struck two pedestrians and continued to drive recklessly for miles. Her blood alcohol content was found to be nearly seven times the legal limit for drivers in Oregon.

On February 13, 2018, at 9:37 a.m., dispatch received a call from a driver on South Stage Road near South Columbus Avenue who was following a vehicle that had struck garbage cans on the side of the road. The caller reported the silver 2012 Mercedes Benz SUV nearly struck two people walking on Kings Highway near Garfield Street. The caller followed the vehicle and provided updates to dispatch.

The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Diane Marie Wilcox, 39, continued toward her home in the 4900-block of Pioneer Road. Witnesses told deputies she passed her driveway and drove into the ditch. She backed out into the roadway, around her driveway entrance, and struck garbage cans on the roadside. Passersby were then able to stop Wilcox from driving until deputies arrived.

Deputies found Wilcox to be extremely intoxicated. Wilcox was not injured in the crash; she was transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center by Mercy Flights ambulance due to her level of intoxication. At the hospital, her blood alcohol content was measured at 0.55%.

Deputies cited and released Wilcox to appear in court at a later date so she could receive medical treatment. Charges include DUII-alcohol, driving while suspended (misdemeanor), reckless driving, and recklessly endangering another person (two counts). She also received traffic citations for driving uninsured, failure to drive within a lane, and driving with an open container of alcohol. Her vehicle was impounded and towed from the scene.

Deputies learned Wilcox drove from her home to the Taco Bell on Center Drive (near Fred Meyer), and then returned. They would like to hear from anyone who witnessed Wilcox driving.

Deputies also need to identify the pedestrians who were nearly struck. The pedestrians were described as an older couple wearing dark clothing and walking two medium-sized dogs along the northbound lane of Kings Highway, approximately 100 yards south of Garfield Street. Those with information can call the JCSO tip line at (541) 774-8333.

Case #18-3137

Note: Attached mug shot of Wilcox is from a jail lodging in November 2017.



Attached Media Files: Scene, Pioneer Road , Diane Wilcox 11/17 mug

Sandy Man Arrested for Sexual Abuse
Sandy Police Dept. - 02/13/18 2:39 PM
Jeshua J. Drake, 43 of Sandy, was arrested today on a warrant out of Clackamas County. Drake was indicted by a Clackamas County Grand Jury two weeks ago for 3 counts of sexual abuse in the first degree. The charges against Drake stem from incidents that occurred between 1991 and 1993 when he and the victim both attended the Sandy congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. Sandy Police believe there may be additional victims. Anyone with information about Drake or potential victims should call the Sandy Police Tip line at (503)489-2195.

Draft environmental assessment for proposed Pearson Field Airport improvements available for public comment
City of Vancouver - 02/13/18 2:33 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- The City of Vancouver and the Federal Aviation Advisory seek public review and comments on a draft environmental assessment of proposed airport improvement projects at the Pearson Field Airport.

The assessment examines the potential environmental impacts of a proposed series of airport improvement projects designed to improve safety and efficiently accommodate current and anticipated use of the airport as a base for aircrafts.

The assessment will be available for review beginning Wednesday, Feb. 14 at www.pearsonfieldairport.com or in-person at the following locations:

City of Vancouver -- City Hall
415 W. 6th Street, Vancouver, WA 98660
Seattle Airports District Office -- Federal Aviation Administration
1601 Lind Avenue, S.W., Suite 250 Renton, WA 98057

Written comments and requests for a public hearing on the assessment can be submitted now through March 16, 2018 at 5 p.m. via email (preferred) or mail to either:

Cayla Morgan, Environmental Protection Specialist
FAA, Seattle Airports District Office
1601 Lind Avenue S.W., Suite 250, Renton, WA 98055
Email: cayla.morgan@faa.gov
Willy Williamson, Airport Manager
City of Vancouver
PO Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668
Email: willy.williamson@cityofvancouver.us

About Pearson Field: Pearson Field is one of the oldest operating airfields in the U.S. and in Sept. 2012 received national recognition through the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) as a historic aerospace site. Located directly east of I-5 and just north of Highway 14 and the Columbia River, Pearson Field is easily accessible by land and air. The airport is operated by the City of Vancouver, Washington, which owns 61.8 acres of the 134.4-acre airport site. The remaining 72.6 acres are owned by the National Park Service and lie within the Vancouver National Historic Reserve. Pearson Field is the only airport in the U.S. that operates totally within the boundaries of a national historic reserve.

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Keizer Police Seeking Public's Help to Locate Missing Woman - Crime Stoppers Featured Case #18-13 (Photo)
Crime Stoppers of Oregon - 02/13/18 1:38 PM
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The Keizer (OR) Police Department, in partnership with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to locate the whereabouts of Cynthia Martinez who is a missing person that was last in Keizer, Oregon.

On July 16, 2017, 26-year-old Cynthia Martinez was a patron at Tequila Nights Bar and Grill, located at 3393 River Road North in Keizer. Martinez departed Tequila Nights around 2:35 a.m. with two males. Martinez has not been seen or heard from since leaving the bar.

30-year-old Jaime Alvarez Olivera has been named a person of interest in the disappearance of Martinez. Alvarez is still outstanding.

Three photos are being released to aid in this investigation -- two of Cynthia Martinez and one with Martinez and Jaime Alvarez Olivera.

Any information about either Martinez or Olivera's whereabouts may be shared anonymously with Crime Stoppers of Oregon.

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

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

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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Clark County Treasurer to hold auction for a previously unsold property
Clark Co. WA Communications - 02/13/18 12:20 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- The Clark County Treasurer is holding an auction for one unsold foreclosure property on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. All bidding must be done online at the Clark County Treasurer's auction page at www.bid4assets.com/ClarkWA.

The auction will begin at 8 a.m. Pacific Standard Time. Please check the auction listing details for the closing time, Treasurer Doug Lasher said.

A $2,500 deposit, plus a $35 processing fee, must be received by Bid4Assets in order participate in the Thursday sale.

"If you placed a deposit for the Feb. 6 foreclosure sale and intend to participate in the Feb. 15 re-offer auction, your deposit may be carried over," Lasher said. "If you have not remitted a deposit to Bid4Assets, you must submit the deposit, via wire transfer only, no later than 1 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018."

For additional information about the auction, please visit www.bid4assets.com/ClarkWA. There, auction participants can review video tutorials and read Frequently Asked Questions to learn more information about the bidding process.

Tax foreclosure properties are sold as is and without any guarantees or warranties. Bidders are responsible for exercising due diligence by researching properties for sale.

Successful bidders must submit payment directly to Bid4Assets via wire transfer or cashier's check within one business days after the re-offer sale closes.

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First 2018 meeting of the Oregon Veterans' Advisory Committee will be held in Corvallis (Photo)
Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs - 02/13/18 12:16 PM
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The first 2018 meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon March 7 at 4 Spirits Distillery, 3405 S.W. Deschutes St. in Corvallis. The public is invited to attend and participate.

The committee is made up of veterans appointed by the governor to provide counsel on veteran issues and represent veteran concerns across Oregon. Its nine members serve in a vital advisory role to the director and staff of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs.

The advisory committee's meetings are held throughout the state on the first Wednesday in March, June, September and December. Registration is encouraged, but not required. If you plan on attending, please RSVP online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/VAACMar2018.

More information can be found online at www.oregon.gov/odva/Pages/advisory.aspx or to contact the Advisory Committee, please email vaac@odva.state.or.us.



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Permit Center extends business hours for walk-in customers' convenience
Clark Co. WA Communications - 02/13/18 12:02 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- The Permit Center on the first floor of the Public Service Center has adjusted its business hours to better meet the needs of customers.

Marty Snell, director of Community Development, said staff added a day for walk-in customers to help meet the demand of those seeking building and other permits.

The Permit Center now is open to all customers 8 am-3 pm, Monday through Friday.

"The Permit Center used to be open on Wednesdays only for customers with appointments. "This caused a spike in clients coming on Tuesdays and Thursdays," said Snell. "By changing the hours, we are able to serve customers better and at a more even pace throughout the week."

People who need permits also can take advantage of the enhanced Clark County Land Management System, or CC LMS, that allows customers to apply for all building permits online. The system makes getting building permits more efficient, convenient and transparent.

To apply for permits online, check current Permit Center wait times or schedule an appointment, go to https://www.clark.wa.gov/community-development.

2018 Department of Human Services Child Welfare Action Plan Community Forum coming Coos and Curry County.
Oregon Department of Human Services - 02/13/18 11:53 AM
Make plans to attend the DHS Child Welfare Action Plan Community Forum for Coos and Curry County on February 27, 2018.

You are invited to provide input to the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) on Oregon's foster care system. DHS would like to hear directly from the people and communities it serves.

The community forum will include:
Updates from DHS leadership
In-depth roundtable discussions to provide solutions to child safety barriers
Opportunity to network and ask questions of DHS leadership and staff

These listening tours have proven to be valuable and have already happened in these locations:
Bend - Wednesday, January 3
Oregon City - Tuesday, January 16
Beaverton - Thursday, January 18
Roseburg - Wednesday, January 24
Klamath Falls - Thursday, January 25
La Grande - Thursday, February 1

Your participation is extremely valuable to us as we move forward. Join us February 27, 2018 in North Bend. Forums will be held in additional communities in March. DHS will publicize them as the dates get closer.

Tuesday, February 27
NORTH BEND:
Oregon Department of Human Services, 1431 Airport Lane, North Bend, OR
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm - Community Forum
Please let us know if you plan to attend: child.safety@state.or.us - Use subject line NORTH BEND

For more information, contact:
Pamela Heisler, Public Engagement Project Manager, 503-910-7422 | PAMELA.L.HEISLER@state.or.us.

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Girl Scouts of Oregon and SW WA Provide Special Valentines for Portland-Metro Seniors (TODAY, Tuesday, 2/13/18 @ 3 p.m.)
Girl Scouts of Ore. and SW Washington - 02/13/18 11:27 AM
Girl Scouts of Oregon and SW WA Provide Special Valentines for Portland-Metro Seniors (TODAY, Tuesday, 2/13/18 @ 3 p.m.)

Customers donate 8,551 purchased cookies for home-bound elderly and people in need through Girl Scout Gift of Caring program

PORTLAND, OR. -- February 13, 2018 -- This afternoon, on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington (GSOSW) will help load up 8,551 boxes of donated Girl Scout Cookies to help brighten this Valentine's season for older adults throughout the Portland metro area. The distribution is made possible through GSOSW's longstanding community partnership with Meal on Wheels People.

"We are thrilled to receive this donation of cookies from the Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington," said Meals on Wheels People Executive Director Suzanne Washington. "Our participants, many of whom are unable to leave their homes, do not have the opportunity to purchase these cookies and love to receive them as part of their daily meal. We will put these to good use in the more than 5,000 meals we serve and deliver every weekday."

WHO | WHAT: Through its longstanding partnership with Meals on Wheels People, Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington will donate 8,551 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to home-bound elderly in the greater Portland metro area. Just in time for the Valentine's season, this longstanding collaboration will bring cheer to older adults.

WHERE: Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington's Tualatin Depot, located at 19460 SW 118th Avenue, Tualatin, Oregon 97062.

WHEN: TODAY, Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 3:00 p.m.

VISUALS: Girl Scouts, staff and volunteers from Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington will load 8,551 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies into a Meal on Wheels People delivery truck. Cookies will be served in the coming weeks at dozens of Meals on Wheels People dining centers throughout the metro area and in Meals on Wheels delivered by volunteers to home-bound elderly.

ON-SITE INTERVIEWS: Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington's Director of Product Sales, Paige Walker, will be available on-site for media interviews along with Girl Scouts (in uniform).

Interested media should R.S.V.P. to Sarah Shipe at 503-930-5275.

ABOUT THE GIFT OF CARING PROGRAM
All throughout the Girl Scout Cookie season (through March 11, 2018), customers can opt to donate their purchased cookies through the Girl Scout Gift of Caring program. Purchases of cookies that are donated through this program are tax deductible. Most of the donated cookies are distributed to seniors and people in need throughout the region via partnerships with social service agencies, including the Meals on Wheels People, Marion-Polk Food Share and Clark County Food Bank.

"The Gift of Caring program is one of the many ways in which GSOSW Girl Scouts give back to their local communities," said Karen Hill, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington. "The Girl Scout Cookie Program helps to not only develop entrepreneurial skills in girls, but also fosters a lifelong commitment to giving back to others."

Girl Scout Troops can elect to choose their own Gift of Caring recipient, making the philanthropic effort of the program even more personal for their troop. Girls have chosen fire stations, military personnel, shelters, veterans and many other groups and organizations in their communities.

Throughout the 2018 cookie season, nearly 9,000 Girl Scouts, representing areas within 37 counties, will participate in this special program to donate Girl Scout Cookies which will get distributed to a variety of social service agencies throughout the region.

To learn more, please visit: http://www.girlscoutsosw.org/en/cookies/for-cookie-sellers/donation-programs.html

COOKIE BOOTH SALES AND COOKIE FINDER
Girl Scouts will sell cookies at booths in front of local retailers throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington from February 16 through March 11, 2018 for $5 per box.

Signature Girl Scout Cookies, including Thin Mints(R), Samoas(R) and Trefoils(R) will be offered among the eight Girl Scout Cookie varieties at all cookie booths. Back by popular demand are Girl Scout S'mores(TM) cookies! Girl Scout S'mores(TM) and gluten free Toffee-tastic(TM) specialty cookies are available at select cookie booths while supplies last.

Purchases of cookies that are donated through the Girl Scouts Gift of Caring program are tax deductible.

Customers can find a Girl Scout Cookie booth near their location with the Cookie Finder at www.girlscoutsosw.org or use the Girl Scout Cookie Finder app available for iPhone or Android.

ABOUT THE GIRL SCOUT COOKIE PROGRAM
A little more than a century ago, girls began participating in what would evolve into the largest entrepreneurial training program for girls in the world: the Girl Scout Cookie Program. To learn more about the history of the Girl Scout Cookie Program, please visit girlscoutcookies.org.

ABOUT GIRL SCOUTS OF OREGON AND SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON
Our council serves 13,955 girls in 37 counties with the help of over 10,000 volunteers. The Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Every opportunity in Girl Scouting, including the Girl Scout Cookie Program, develops these essential skills in an all-girl, inclusive, safe environment. For more information, please visit girlscoutsosw.org.

ABOUT MEALS ON WHEELS PEOPLE
Meals on Wheels People has been changing lives, one meal at a time, since 1970. They provide nutritious meals to older adults at dozens of meal sites in Multnomah, Washington and Clark counties, and Meals on Wheels delivery to home-bound seniors. With the help of 5,000 volunteers, the nonprofit organization now serves 5,000 meals daily and 1.1 million meals each year. For more information, please visit: www.mealsonwheelspeople.org.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Sarah Shipe (née Miller), Director of Communications
Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington
503-977-6861, Office
503-930-5275, Mobile

Interested media should R.S.V.P. to Sarah Shipe at 503-930-5275.

Man in Van Attempts to Grab Teenage Girl in Aloha
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/13/18 11:16 AM
February 13, 2018 -- Early this morning, a man in a white work van attempted to grab a teenage girl as she walked home in Aloha.

On Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 1:21 a.m., deputies were dispatched to SW 185th Avenue and SW Farmington Road in Aloha after a teenage girl reported that two men in a white work van followed her as she walked home from the Albertsons store.

She described one man as being a Caucasian male in his early to mid-twenties, with blond hair and blue eyes. The other man was described only as a dark-skinned male. The men offered the girl cigarettes and marijuana, which she declined. They followed her in the van as she continued walking. At one point, the van pulled close to her and one of the men reached out to grab her. She was able to run home and call 911.

At this time, it is unknown whether this incident is related to similar incidents reported in the city of Tigard on January 3rd and January 11th. Those incidents also involve a similar vehicle.

Deputies remind the public -- particularly juveniles -- to take the following safety precautions when walking:
Walk in groups;
Carry a cell phone to be able to call for help;
Wear bright or reflective clothing;
Maintain a safe distance from cars;
Do not approach strangers in vehicles;
Report suspicious activity immediately to 911;

If the public has any information on this incident, including relevant surveillance video, they are asked to call non-emergency dispatch at 503-629-0111.

The girl's mother is willing to speak to members of the media.



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FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Romance Scams (Photo) + audio file
FBI - Oregon - 02/13/18 10:52 AM
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Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. This week, building a digital defense against romance scams.

Valentines Day can bring dreams of red roses and romantic dinners, but for those looking for love, this day can also bring a new round of angst and heartache. This sets up the perfect opportunity for fraudsters to play Cupid.

Anyone can fall victim to this scammer, but most commonly he is going to target women over 40 who are widowed, divorced or disabled. It usually starts with an innocent-enough-sounding contact online. He's likely been watching your social media accounts or gleaned info out of an online dating profile. Amazingly, he likes what you like -- whether that's books, music, sports or whatever. Over time, he starts communicating with you by email or text. He starts calling, and you have long conversations about your life, your future, your love.

And then comes the kicker -- he asks you for money. It may take weeks or months to get to this point -- but just know that he needs the money desperately. He needs it to finish a job so he can come see you. He needs to buy a plane ticket. He is in the military and getting ready to retire or relocate, but he needs cash for moving expenses. Business partners are trying to steal his company, and he must hire a lawyer. There's always some urgent need -- and then another and another. He promises to pay you back soon, but he never does.

It's hard to give up on the love of your life and the future he promised you, but this fraudster won't stop until you do. So what are some warning signs? Be wary if:

He presses you to leave a dating website where you met to communicate solely through email or instant messaging.

He sends you a photo that looks like a glamour shot out of a magazine.

He professes love quickly and tries to isolate you from friends and family.

He claims to be working and living far away -- whether that's on the other side of the country or overseas.

Makes plans to visit you but then always has to cancel because of some emergency.

He asks for money or your help moving money.

And it's the money that's really at the heart of all this. If you are diving into an online relationship, the most important thing you should know is to never, ever send money to someone you met online. Likewise, never send compromising photos or videos with which he can later use to blackmail you. As added protection, only use dating websites with nationally-known reputations and make sure to research this new love's pictures and profile using online search tools. You want to make sure he didn't spoof someone else's profile -- or be using the same pitch with multiple victims at once.

Bottom line: online dating can lead to life-long relationships, but make sure you go into virtual relationships with two feet firmly planted in reality.

If you have been victimized by an online scam, be sure to report it to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your local FBI office.



Attached Media Files: TT - Romance Scams - Audio , Tech Tuesday Tips

Celebrate Oregon's 159th Birthday with Free Cake and a Conversation with Justice Adrienne Nelson (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 02/13/18 10:34 AM
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Portland, OR - Celebrate Oregon's birthday in style at the Oregon Historical Society! Oregon shares its birthday with Valentine's Day--what could be a better way to celebrate the holiday than by professing your love for Oregon?

The celebration begins on Wednesday, February 14 at noon in the Oregon Historical Society pavilion (1200 SW Park Ave., Portland). Join OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk for a conversation with recent Oregon Supreme Court appointee Justice Adrienne Nelson, the first African American in Oregon history to serve on the high court. While you feast on cake from Gerry Frank's Konditorei, enjoy a musical performance by the Oregon Old Time Fiddlers Association.

As a birthday gift for all Oregonians, admission will be free all day (10am - 5pm) to the Oregon Historical Society's museum! Don't miss the chance to explore our newest exhibitions, including Racing to Change: Oregon's Civil Rights Movement and Oregon State University: A Legacy of Transformation.


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



Attached Media Files: Oregon's 158th birthday cake , Oregon Old Time Fiddlers perform at Oregon's 2017 birthday party at the Oregon Historical Society

Small Fire Contained at PeaceHealth Southwest's Memorial Campus
PeaceHealth - 02/13/18 10:27 AM
Shortly before 8 a.m. this morning, a small fire broke out in a supply room on the second floor of PeaceHealth Southwest's Memorial campus located at 100 E. 33rd Main Street in Vancouver, WA. The building houses the Urgent Care Clinic on the first floor and Behavioral Health Services on the second floor.

No patients or caregivers were harmed by the contained fire. Ten patients located on the second floor have been relocated to the first floor while the lingering smell of smoke is mitigated.

The cause of the fire, likely electrical, will be determined and addressed upon completion of a thorough investigation.

The building is safe, and Urgent care and Behavioral Health Services remain open for patients.

WSU Vancouver invites public to community conversation about the opioid crisis
WSU Vancouver - 02/13/18 10:27 AM
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- The Initiative for Public Deliberation at Washington State University Vancouver invites the public to participate in a discussion about the opioid crisis. Small group conversations about opioid abuse in Southwest Washington will take place on Feb. 27 at 6 p.m.

The same conversation will be held at three locations:

WSU Vancouver in the Firstenburg Student Commons, 14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave., Vancouver, WA 98686
Vancouver City Hall in the Aspen Room, 415 W 6th St., Vancouver, WA 98660
YWCA Clark County in the Community Room, 3609 Main St., Vancouver WA 98663

All forums are free and open to the public. Register by visiting the following link:
bit.ly/IPDforum

About the Initiative for Public Deliberation
The Initiative for Public Deliberation is a collaborative effort of WSU Vancouver and the Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service. It was established in spring 2015 "to strengthen democratic government by replacing rigid partisanship with listening and conversation." An impartial resource for the Southwest Washington community to assist in community problem-solving, IPD analyzes issues, designs public participation events, hosts forums that students facilitate, and prepares reports on key issues while working with a wide variety of institutions, including local and state government, school districts and community organizations.

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

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***Update-Name Released*** Fatal Crash Highway 199 - Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/13/18 10:22 AM
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UPDATE The operator of the Honda has been identified 35 year old Paul Garcia VIDALES of Josephine County.

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Previous
On February 8, 2018 at approximately 3:30pm, the Oregon State Police responded to a 3 vehicle crash on Highway 199, near milepost 25. The incident location is several miles north of Cave Junction, in Josephine County.

The preliminary investigation has determined that a green Chevy van, operated by 46 year old Joseph PYGMAN, of Medford, was southbound on Highway 199 and for an unknown reason, crossed into the northbound lane of travel, hitting a Honda SUV. The vehicles collided head-on in the northbound lanes. The driver of the Honda was flown to a trauma center where they were pronounced deceased. The driver of the Chevy van was transported by ground ambulance to TRCH with non-life threatening injuries. A third vehicle, a white Mercedes , operated by 37 year old Sang Coa Tran, of Crescent City, ran into the back of the Chevy van after the head on collision occurred. The driver of the Mercedes was not injured.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by Illinois Valley Fire, AMR and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The name of the deceased will be released after the family has been notified.



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Following multi-agency investigation, Marshals nab suspect in multiple Clackamas County armed robberies (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/13/18 10:19 AM
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Please reference CCSO Case # 2018-000640 and OCPD Case #2018-000380

Several local agencies worked together to arrest a suspect in armed robberies in Happy Valley, Oregon City and Gladstone.

At about 2:15 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, an armed robbery was reported at Sports on Tap (16021 SE Happy Valley Town Center Dr., Happy Valley). The suspect presented a handgun, pointing it at the bartender. An undisclosed amount of money was taken.

Investigators identified the suspect as 26-year-old Gary Kamuela Kealoha.

On Jan. 30, 2018, another armed robbery occurred at 1321 Main Street in Oregon City. An undisclosed amount of money was taken, and the suspect was again identified as Gary Kealoha.

Investigators soon learned the Gladstone Police Department was working an Oct. 7, 2017 armed robbery in which Mr. Kealoha was the suspect.

An arrest warrant was written for Mr. Kealoha and signed by a Clackamas County Judge. The warrant information was given to the U.S. Marshals Service -- who contacted and arrested Mr. Kealoha on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.

This case was investigated by detectives from Happy Valley Police, Gladstone Police and the Oregon City Police Department.

Gary Kamuela Kealoha, 26, is currently lodged in Clackamas County Jail on an extensive list of charges that includes:

- Assault IV
- Harassment
- Theft III
- Robbery I (two counts)
- Theft I (two counts)
- Unlawful Use of a Weapon
- Probation Violation: Coercion
- Probation Violation: Assault IV

Bail is set at $285,000. A booking photo is attached. His complete booking info can be viewed at https://web3.clackamas.us/roster/#inmates

ADDITIONAL INFO SOUGHT:

Anyone with information on Gary Kealoha or his alleged crimes is urged to contact the the Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at https://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case # 2018-000640 or OCPD #18-000380

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

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Attached Media Files: Booking photo: Gary Kamuela Kealoha

MESD Board Superintendent Evaluation Committee meeting 2/14 at 11:30 a.m.
Multnomah ESD - 02/13/18 10:05 AM
The Multnomah Education Service District Board Superintendent Evaluation Committee will meet on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. at the main headquarters, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon 97220.

Yamhill County Sheriff Swears in New Corrections Captain (Photo)
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/13/18 9:40 AM
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Richard E. Geist Sworn In As Corrections Captain

MCMINNVILLE (OR) -- The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office is pleased to announce that Sergeant Richard E. Geist has been sworn in as Captain, Corrections Division, as of February 13, 2018. He was promoted to the position effective February 9, 2018.

Geist was selected through an assessment process that included two other candidates. The assessment center evaluators included a chief deputy, a commander, and a lieutenant from neighboring sheriff's offices, as well as a parole and probation officer from the county, a city administrator, and a community member. Captain Geist has over 20 years of law enforcement experience; he worked for the Portland Police Bureau as a Reserve Police Officer and the Lake Oswego Police Department as a Community Service Officer and Police Officer. Since 2000, he has served the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office in a variety of roles including patrol deputy, detective, field training officer, and as a patrol sergeant. Geist's leadership roles include supervising patrol units, the Special Investigation Unit, and as a Detective Sergeant supervising the Yamhill County Interagency Narcotics Team (YCINT). He holds Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, and Supervisory certifications from the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST). In his off time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Becca and spending time with their sons.

Sheriff Tim Svenson said "Our Correctional Facility is a small city unto itself. Captain Geist will be the primary administrator overseeing the 259-bed facility, which has a budget of over $6 million. While Rich has spent his career on the patrol side of the Office, I am confident that he will bring the same success and commitment to collaboration to the jail. He is excited about the opportunity to serve the Office in this new capacity and he looks forward to the opportunity to work more directly with colleagues in our Corrections Division. He has a great team there to work with, and I look forward to the next chapter for the facility under his management."



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Cowlitz Deputies arrest 14 yr male for stabbing grandmother in the neck: She is out of surgery expected to live.
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/13/18 9:20 AM
Cowlitz County: Last night, about 8pm Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to a stabbing that had just occurred in the 800 block of Stella road. (about 4 miles west of Longview). A man, Kenneth Harla, 55 years, who lives at the house was reporting that his sister, Sharon Hesseldahl was stabbed in the neck by her grandson. (She is 59 years and also lives at the house). Deputies arrived and found the 14 year old grandson standing in the living room motionless. The victim was being attended to by her brother. She had been stabbed in the neck with a very large kitchen knife while sleeping on a couch.

The ambulance arrived and took Hesseldahl to St John Hospital. As of early this morning she was out of surgery and stable.

We are researching details whereby the same grandson had been arrested in Hamilton in Skagit county (WA) for stabbing his mother. We do not have additional details about this event. Questions about the previous stabbing in Skagit County need to referred to the authorities in Hamilton Wa - Skagit County.

We are not going to describe the nature of the victims injuries, or description of the knife, in further detail. We are not disclosing the results of the interview with the grandson publicly at this time.

The 14 year old boy's name is not being released at this time. He was booked in at the Juvenile Detention facility last night for Assault 1st degree. Questions regarding court appearances, should be referred to Cowlitz Superior Court.

The case will be sent to Prosecutor later today, or early tomorrow. They will review the case and make the decisions regarding charging.

We are not able or willing to answer questions regarding the 14 year old grandson's mental state, capacity, or evaluations.

We do not have pictures to distribute.

I will be available to answer other questions by phone or in person today until 2pm.

C. Rosenzweig

Oregon will be one of first three states awarded federal funds to support reinsurance program
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 02/13/18 8:59 AM
(Salem) -- Oregon is one of the first three states to receive funding from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to support a state reinsurance program. The state's award will be approximately $54 million.

The Oregon Reinsurance Program, created during last year's legislative session, spreads the risk of high-cost claims among all insurance companies to steady the individual health market. The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services will manage the program.

"This federal funding recognizes our work to provide comprehensive health insurance options for Oregonians," said Cameron Smith, director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services. "The Oregon Reinsurance Program will help provide market stability for over 200,000 individuals, and encourage insurance companies to offer plans in every corner of the state."

The reinsurance program will be funded by the federal award, funds from the Oregon Temporary Reinsurance Program that ended in 2016, the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace assessment, and the assessment that was approved by the Measure 101 vote.

Now that funding is secured, the department can set operating parameters and guidelines for the reinsurance program. Estimated funding will be more than $90 million for 2018.

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About DCBS:
The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov.

State Fire Marshal invites nominations for annual Sparky awards (Photo)
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 02/13/18 8:32 AM
The OSFM Silver Sparky award
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The Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is accepting nominations for the 2018 Golden
and Silver Sparky awards. Nomination forms are available online on the OSFM website at http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/pages/index.aspx or by calling Sally Cravinho at 503-934-8205 or emailing sally.cravinho@state.or.us.

The Golden Sparky award recognizes a member of the fire service for outstanding achievement in fire prevention or public fire safety education. The Silver Sparky award recognizes a civilian for outstanding achievement in fire prevention or public fire safety education.

"Oregon has a great history of public service in fire safety," said Oregon State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "We always want to recognize not only the importance of fire prevention and education, but also those who are committed to making a difference. While I know this is a busy time of year for everyone, this is a great opportunity to highlight the quality work being done in fire prevention."

You don't have to be a member of the fire service to nominate any person or agency. Nominations may be submitted by any member of the public.

The nomination deadline is February 23, 2018. Submit completed forms with an explanation and examples of your nominee's achievements and contributions to preventing fires and fire losses in Oregon. Send nominations via email or standard mail to sally.cravinho@state.or.us or Sally Cravinho, 3565 Trelstad Ave. SE, Salem, OR, 97317-9614. Awards will be presented at the 2018 Oregon Fire Marshal Conference in March.



Attached Media Files: The OSFM Silver Sparky award

Camas board members resign, district seeks to fill vacancies (Photo)
Camas Sch. Dist. - 02/13/18 8:32 AM
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At its regular meeting on February 12, the Camas School Board accepted the resignations of board members Julie Rotz and Casey O'Dell with heavy hearts--each indicating the reasons for their resignations were related to new job opportunities.

Rotz and her family are relocating to Florida where her husband recently accepted a new job.

"I feel honored and privileged to have served as a member of the board for the past eight years," Rotz said. During this time, it has been a wonderful opportunity for me to be able to work alongside my fellow board members in support of such an outstanding team of administrators, staff, and teachers who make up our district," Rotz said. "I admire their dedication to bringing excellence in education to all our students."

Rotz joined the board in 2009, filling the position left vacant when longtime board member Mel Cardon retired after 30 plus years on the board.

"I knew Mel through our church and he encouraged me to run for the position. He thought the work of the board would be a good fit for me. I was fairly new to the community, had a young family and wanted to get involved in Camas schools. I had no idea it would be so fulfilling or how much I had to learn!" Rotz commented.

O'Dell accepted a new job at the Port of Vancouver in October 2017. He indicated that in his new position, he's finding it challenging to give his role on the school board the time and dedication it deserves.

"This decision was very hard for me. I've lived and worked my entire life here in Camas and my time on the school board has been an unforgettable experience," O'Dell commented. "I'm going to miss all the talented people in the district who work so hard to help our students succeed. I'll also miss attending graduation ceremonies at Camas High School and Hayes Freedom High School. Experiencing these culminating events as a board member is incredibly rewarding," he added.

O'Dell joined the board in 2001 when his three children were quite young and saw the position as a way to be connected to his children's educational experiences.

"I wanted to get involved in local politics but lived outside the city limits. The school board interested me because I had a great experience attending Camas schools myself and wanted to be a part of my children's education," O'Dell said.

"This is a loss for the district. A great deal of knowledge and history is leaving us and both Julie and Casey will be truly missed," said Superintendent Jeff Snell. "Julie is highly organized and detail oriented and brings an analytical lens to the board. A lifelong resident of Camas, Casey helps us honor our history and traditions in the face of an ever-changing educational landscape," he added.

The Camas School Board is seeking applicants to fill the vacancies left by the two resignations.

The appointees will fill the District 1 and District 5 positions until the 2018 election cycle. The winner of that election will serve the remaining three years of each term.

The district has posted on its website details about the application process and deadline. For information, call 360-833-5412.

http://www.camas.wednet.edu/news/board-application-process-director-districts-ii/



Attached Media Files: Casey O'Dell , Julie Rotz

Salem Health West Valley Foundation announces scholarships (Photo)
Salem Health - 02/13/18 8:30 AM
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Salem Health West Valley Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for students in medically-related fields of study. To find a scholarship application packet, please visit www.salemhealth.org/scholarships and click on the "West Valley Foundation scholarship" link.

Completed application packets must be received by email at wvhfoundation@salemhealth.org no later than 4 p.m. on March 29, 2018. Applications may also be mailed to the Salem Health West Valley Foundation at P.O. Box 14001, Salem, OR 97301, postmarked by March 25, 2018, or hand-delivered to the West Valley Hospital administrative offices at 525 SE Washington St., Dallas, by 4 p.m. on March 29, 2018. Late applications will not be accepted.

Applicants must have a permanent residence in Polk County or be a current employee or family member of a current employee at West Valley hospital -- and must have applied to a college in their field of study before applying for this scholarship.

Final selections will be announced by May 15, 2018. If you have questions, please contact Salem Health West Valley Foundation office at 503-814-1990.

The Salem Health West Valley Foundation is committed to raising, managing and distributing funds to help the hospital achieve its mission of improving the health and well-being of the people and community it serves.

Last year, The Foundation awarded a total of $19,500 in scholarships to 19 students pursuing degrees in a variety of programs.



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Free Child Safety Seat Clinic
Beaverton Police Dept. - 02/13/18 8:23 AM
Every 33 seconds, one child under 13 is involved in a crash. That's a terrifying statistic and one that demands our immediate attention. To help combat this serious issue, we must work together to spread the word about child passenger safety and the life-saving importance of correct car seat selection, installation, and use. Is your child's car seat correctly installed? Don't think you know-- know you know.

The Beaverton Police Department, in partnership with Safe Kids Coalition Washington County
and the Kuni Auto Center, will be offering a free child car seat clinic to spread the word. The
clinic will be held on Saturday, February 17th, 2018 at the Kuni Auto Center located at 3275 SW
Cedar Hills Blvd. Beaverton OR, 97005. The clinic will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

For more information on how a seat belt properly fits a child, please visit
https://www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/car-seats-and-booster-seats

A certified technician will help parents and caregivers learn to install and use their child safety restraints properly. No appointment is required -- just drop by during the event. Each car seat check will take about 30 minutes. Please note that the last car will be accepted at 11:30 a.m.



Attached Media Files: Press release

Deputies Need Public's Help to Locate Stolen Championship Ring (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/13/18 8:22 AM
Missing Ring
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February 13, 2018 -- Deputies need the public's help in recovering a Portland Timbers championship ring that was stolen from a home in Bethany sometime within the past two months.

On Friday, February 9, 2018, Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies were contacted by a man who reported that his Portland Timbers 2015 championship ring had been stolen from his home in Bethany. He believed it was taken between mid-December and mid-January. Prior to 2018, the man was employed by the Portland Timbers soccer club.

The ring is silver in color and has "MLS 2015 Champions" and the Timbers logo on the front. One side has the word "Amar" on it and the other side reads "Portland Timbers." The ring is valued at $2,000.

Deputies need the public's help in locating the ring and returning it to its rightful owner. Please contact non-emergency dispatch at 503-629-0111 with any information.

The victim is willing to speak to the media.



Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release , Missing Ring

Give Your Wallet Some Love This Valentine's Day (Photo)
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 02/13/18 8:07 AM
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Join an Oregon Credit Union and Ditch Those Annoying Fees!
TIGARD, OR.--. Flowers, chocolates, engagement rings, and acts of kindness are all great on Valentine's Day, but we have another idea: show your wallet some love. If your heart is broken over the high price of roses and candy, know that those treats might be more affordable if you avoid bank fees and join a local credit union.

Wouldn't you love to save over $250 a year in interest on your car loan? Don't you pine for free checking? Wouldn't it be sweet to use an ATM when you travel and not pay a fee for it? Couldn't you just kiss a credit card with a lower interest rate than other financial institutions are charging--up to 2.65 percent lower? Those are the benefits two million Oregonians are loving, because they are credit union members.

The key difference between credit unions and other financial institutions is that credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives. If you're a member, you're an owner. Instead of paying Wall St. stockholders, credit unions return direct benefits to Main St. owners and that means you. Lower interest rates on loans and credit cards, networked, surcharge-free ATMs, and higher interest on your savings are just some of the benefits of credit union membership. That's a relationship worth being in!

Nearly all Oregon residents are eligible for credit union membership. Be #CUobsessed and own your money. To find a credit union that's convenient for you, please visit www.asmarterchoice.org.

" Oregon Membership Benefits Report," Credit Union National Association study based on Dratatrac, NCUA, and CUNA comparison of bank and credit union rates, for 12 months ending in Sept 2017.

The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association representing over 180 credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, and their 6.5 million consumer members. Northwest Credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives, owned by their members. Credit unions help members achieve their financial goals. All earnings in excess of operating expenses and required reserves are returned to members in the form of lower loan rates, fewer fees and higher interest paid on savings. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org.
Give Your Wallet Some Love This Valentine's Day (Photo)
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 02/13/18 7:58 AM
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Join a Washington Credit Union and Ditch Those Annoying Fees!
SEATAC, WA--. Flowers, chocolates, engagement rings, and acts of kindness are all great on Valentine's Day, but we have another idea: show your wallet some love. If your heart is broken over the high price of roses and candy, know that those treats might be more affordable if you avoid bank fees and join a local credit union.

Wouldn't you love to save $195 a year in interest on your car loan? Don't you pine for free checking? Wouldn't it be sweet to use an ATM when you travel and not pay a fee for it? Couldn't you just kiss a credit card with a lower interest rate than other financial institutions are charging--up to 2.46 percent lower? Those are the benefits 3.5 million Washingtonians are loving, because they are credit union members.

The key difference between credit unions and other financial institutions is that credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives. If you're a member, you're an owner. Instead of paying Wall St. stockholders, credit unions return direct benefits to Main St. owners and that means you. Lower interest rates on loans and credit cards, networked, surcharge-free ATMs, and higher interest on your savings are just some of the benefits of credit union membership. That's a relationship worth being in!

Nearly all Washington residents are eligible for credit union membership. Be #CUobsessed and own your money. To find a credit union that's convenient for you, please visit www.asmarterchoice.org.

" Washington Membership Benefits Report," Credit Union National Association study based on Dratatrac, NCUA, and CUNA comparison of bank and credit union rates, for 12 months ending in Sept 2017.


The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association representing over 180 credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, and their 6.5 million consumer members. Northwest Credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives, owned by their members. Credit unions help members achieve their financial goals. All earnings in excess of operating expenses and required reserves are returned to members in the form of lower loan rates, fewer fees and higher interest paid on savings. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org.
Mon. 02/12/18
Suspect Arrested by Officers on Enhanced Patrol in Portland's Irvington Neighborhood (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/12/18 9:58 PM
Jeremiah F Fuller
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On Monday, February 12, 2018, at 12:16 p.m., North Precinct officer assigned to address livability issues in the Irvington Neighborhood performed a traffic stop on the driver of a maroon Pontiac Grand Prix.

Officers had observed the Grand Prix hit the west curb of Northeast 7th Avenue near Northeast Sacramento as the driver proceeded south on Northeast 7th Avenue. As the officers attempted to perform a traffic stop, the driver made multiple turns through the neighborhood streets while driving the Grand Prix. Officers searched for the driver and vehicle in the neighborhood and located both in the 600 block of Northeast Thompson Street.

When officers located the vehicle and driver, the driver had exited the vehicle and stood at the door to a residence on Northeast Thompson Street. Upon confirming the man at the door was the driver of the Grand Prix, the officers determined the suspect had been Driving While Revoked. Officers also learned the man did not live or know anyone at the residence.

As officers continued their investigation they located a semi-automatic handgun and a substance they believed to be cocaine inside the vehicle. The gun and illegal drugs were seized as evidence.

The suspect was taken into custody without incident and has been identified as 24-year-old Jeremiah Franciscoda Fuller. Fuller was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Driving While Revoked (Misdemeanor Treatment), Possession of Cocaine (Felony Treatment), and Possession of a Loaded Firearm in City of Portland.

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Attached Media Files: Jeremiah F Fuller