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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


UPDATE

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

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

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

The Vancouver Police Department Traffic Unit is investigating..


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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.
Deputies Need the Public's Help to Identify Couple (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/18/17 5:36 PM
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MEDIA RELEASE

Deputies Need the Public's Help to Identify Couple

February 18, 2017 -- Washington County Sheriff's deputies serving the city of Cornelius need the public's help in identifying a couple suspected of at least two thefts.

On February 17, 2017, just after 6pm, deputies serving the city of Cornelius were called to the Wilco Farm Store at 664 W Baseline Street. Employees reported that a male and female stole a pair of boots worth $379.

Just a few hours earlier, the same couple is suspected of stealing a package from a home in the 600 block of S. Linden Street.

Deputies are investigating all leads in order to identify this couple.

If you know who this couple is, please contact deputies at 503-629-0111.


Attached Media Files: Media Release , Suspect Photo , Suspect Photo
Injury Hit and Run Motor Vehicle Crash
Bend Police Dept. - 02/18/17 3:39 PM
Date: Friday, February 17, 2017 Case # 2017-0055720

Date & Time of Incident: 02-17-17 at 2113 hours
Type of Incident: Felony Hit and Run/ Vehicle vs. Pedestrian
Location of Incident: NW Bond/ NW Franklin



Suspect Vehicle Description:
Gray or Black pick-up, possibly a Dodge Ram 2500 or similar. Lifted with oversized tires


Narrative:
Bend Police and Fire responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian motor vehicle crash in the area of NW Bond and NW Franklin on 02-17-17 at approximately 2113 hours. It was reported a vehicle struck a pedestrian and fled from the scene.

On arrival of officers, an injured female adult was located and transported to St. Charles Medical Center. The injuries are not life threatening. Officers learned the adult female had been crossing the road in a marked crosswalk when she was struck by the unknown suspect vehicle.

The Bend Police Department is requesting the public's assistance in locating the suspect vehicle and asks anyone with information to please call the Bend Police Department through the non-emergency dispatch line of 541-693-6911.
UPDATE - FOUND SAFE: Officers Searching for Missing 2-Year-Old Boy (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/18/17 1:10 PM
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At approximately 11:45 a.m., Mountain Wave Search and Rescue personnel safely located 2-year-old River in some blackberry bushes not far from his home. River was transported to the hospital for exposure to cold temperatures and some scratches from the bushes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Updates will be provided when they become available.

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Attached Media Files: 2017-02/3056/101968/River_2.jpg
Vancouver Police conducting death investigation (Update: Arrest)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 02/18/17 12:23 PM
Update

The Vancouver Police Department arrested Kenneth Jay Moore, DOB 04/20/1971, for Assault I and Murder I. Moore was booked into the Clark County Jail. Moore is the male that exited the residence during yesterday's SWAT activation.

The investigation is continuing and no further information is available for release at this time.



Vancouver, Wash. -- On February 17, 2017, at approximately 9:15 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to a residence in the 3700 block of E 18th Street for a welfare check after a friend reported they had not been able to reach one of the residents for a few days. Vancouver Police patrol responded and a male inside the residence was seen displaying a firearm. Based on the circumstance involving the firearm, and the possibility that there was another person inside the residence, SWAT was called to attempt contact with the occupants of the residence. Multiple roads were closed in the area and neighboring residents were advised to shelter in place during the police activity.

After multiple attempts to verbally contact the occupants, at approximately 11:15 a.m., a male exited the residence and was taken into custody. Information from SWAT personnel at the scene indicated there was a deceased individual inside the residence.

The Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit is continuing the investigation and will be executing a search warrant to enter the residence and begin processing the scene.

No further information is available at this time. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Detectives do not believe there is any threat to the public.




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Wanted Subject Located in Minnesota (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/18/17 11:55 AM
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MEDIA RELEASE

Wanted Subject Located in Minnesota

This is an update to our media release from November 21, 2016 (below).

February 18, 2017 -- A man wanted for cutting off his GPS monitor in Oregon was located and taken into custody in the state of Minnesota.

On February 17, 2017, police officers in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, located Aaron Emery working at a local Subway restaurant. Police learned Mr. Emery was wanted on Oregon warrants for Unauthorized Departure and Parole Violation (Abscond) after he bragged to a co-worker about escaping from GPS supervision in Oregon.

Mr. Emery is currently lodged in the Stearns County Jail in Minnesota while he awaits the extradition process back to Oregon.

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Attempt to Locate Wanted Subject Aaron Emery

November 21, 2016 -- The Washington County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating 30-year-old Aaron James Emery. Mr. Emery is wanted after recently cutting off his GPS monitor and fleeing from the Washington County Community Corrections Center.

On October 18, 2016, detectives with the Washington County Sheriff's Office arrested 30-year-old Aaron James Emery after a DNA match linked him to the sexual assault of a teenager in Aloha in March 2015. Mr. Emery was charged with Public Indecency and Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree.

Mr. Emery bailed out of jail the following day and was moved to the Washington County Community Corrections Center to finish serving time on an unrelated felony Assault in the Fourth Degree charge.

Inmates in the community corrections center can leave during the day to work or attend treatment. Mr. Emery was employed in the restaurant industry and was monitored by a GPS ankle bracelet. Recently, Mr. Emery cut off his GPS monitor and failed to return to the community corrections center. A no-bail warrant for Parole Violation (Abscond) has been issued for his arrest. Mr. Emery has a distinctive tattoo on his left hand that may assist in his identification.

If you see Mr. Emery or have knowledge of his current whereabouts, please do not approach him. Instead, contact non-emergency dispatch or 911.


Attached Media Files: Media Release , Aaron Emery
Fri. 02/17/17
UPDATE - FOUND SAFE: Public's Help Sought to Locate a Missing 92-Year-Old Woman (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/17/17 10:13 PM
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92-year-old Sam Mai was found safe and sound this evening and is no longer missing.

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The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help to locate a 92-year-old woman missing since the afternoon hours of Friday February 17, 2017.

Sam was last seen today at approximately 3:00 p.m. when she left her temple at Southeast 118th Avenue and Division Street.

Sam is described as 4'00" tall, 110 pounds, very short black and gray hair, and brown eyes. Sam was last seen wearing a black puffy jacket, black and white pinstriped pants, and black shoes.

Sam suffers from dementia and it is unlikely she will know how to get home or how to contact family. Sam speaks Vietnamese and knows very little English.

Anyone seeing Sam is asked to call 9-1-1 so that police may check her welfare. Anyone with non-emergency information is asked to contact Detective Heidi Helwig at 503-823-0797, heidi.helwig@portlandoregon.gov.

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Attached Media Files: 2017-02/3056/101965/Sam_Mai_92.jpg
Red Cross Responds to Home Disaster Affecting Four People in Salem
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/17/17 7:24 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster at approximately 5:00 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 in the 2200 block of Ellis Avenue NE in Salem, Marion County, Ore.

The single-family fire affected two adults, two children, and several pets.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services.

Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

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

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Two Injured in Alcohol-Related Crash in Western Washington County (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/17/17 5:44 PM
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MEDIA RELEASE

Two Injured in Alcohol-Related Crash in Western Washington County

February 17, 2017 -- At 11:34am, sheriff's deputies responded to a single-vehicle crash on SW Fern Hill Road near SW Spring Hill Road in western Washington County. It was reported that a 2007 Ford F-150 went off the road, struck a tree and then returned to the roadway.

When deputies arrived, they identified the driver as 28-year-old David Humble. He and a 21-year-old female passenger were both transported to a local hospital. Their injuries are not believed to be life threatening at this time. The truck sustained extensive damage.

Deputies learned that Mr. Humble's
blood-alcohol content was .26, more than three times the legal limit.

Due to Mr. Humble's medical concerns, he will be charged at a later time with Assault and Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants.

The crash closed SW Fern Hill Road until 4pm.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Unit reminds the public to designate a driver or find an alternative in order to avoid riding with anyone who may be impaired.


Attached Media Files: Media Release , Crash scene
Centennial School District Governing Board Meeting Notice for February 22, 2017
Centennial Sch. Dist. - 02/17/17 5:13 PM
The Centennial School District Board of Directors will meet on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at 7:00 pm in the district office board room.

At this meeting the following reports will be presented:
5.1 - Pleasant Valley Elementary School Building Report
5.2 - Centennial Park School Building Report
5.3 - Annual Audit Report
5.4 - Threat Assessment Report
5.5 - Student Representative's Report
5.6 - Superintendent's Report

In addition to the confirmation items that will be considered en masse, the Board will consider ratifying the superintendent's employment contract with Dr. Paul Coakley.

The board packet for this meeting is available for review on the Centennial School District website (www.csd28j.org) under the School Board tab.
Large Drug Bust in Salem Area (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 02/17/17 4:25 PM
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Update: Evidence photo added

Following an approximately month long investigation, the Salem Police Department's Street Crimes Unit, assisted by the Keizer Police Department, and a narcotics detection K-9 and handler from the Oregon State Police, served search warrants late last night in the 1300 block of Rafael Av N and the 3700 block of Portland Rd NE. Detectives seized approximately 17 pounds of methamphetamine, 5 pounds of cocaine, ?1/4 pound of heroin, 10,000 oxycodone pills, 40 pounds of marijuana, over $40,000 in cash, 5 firearms, and two sets of body armor.
Taken into custody was 36 year old Casey Miser who lived on Rafael Av N. He was booked into the Marion County Correctional Facility on an extensive list of drug and weapons charges.
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Attached Media Files: 2017-02/1095/101961/Miser.jpg , 2017-02/1095/101961/Evidence.jpg
Prairie High School girls basketball enjoying unprecedented success (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 02/17/17 3:31 PM
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After winning their 20th consecutive league title this year, the Prairie High School girls basketball team is on its way to the bi-district championship tournament on Saturday, Feb. 18 at Puyallup High School.

The team is currently 20-3 overall, went 10-0 in league play, and won their first three bi-district games by an average of 25 points. In fact, the PHS girls basketball team hasn't lost a single league game in their entire 20-year run of consecutive league titles. The team has captured the Greater St. Helens League title 30 out of the past 33 years. Over that span, the team has advanced to the state tournament just about every year, winning the state championship six times.

"Twenty consecutive league titles is an unbelievable accomplishment," said Jason Castro, PHS' athletic director. "We're incredibly proud of our girls and the success they've had over the span of the last three-plus decades."

Dave Galanter has been the announcer for the PHS girls basketball team for the last 18 years and has been involved with the high school for the past 34. He said that the success the girls basketball team has had over that period of time is unprecedented, and goes far beyond just the basketball court.

"Since the beginning of their unbelievable run through league and district play, there have been 200-plus girls who were awarded college scholarships thanks in large part to their participation in the basketball program," Galanter said. "Prairie has established a program that produces girls who are educated and excel on the court, in the classroom, and in their communities."

"Prolonged success like this doesn't happen by accident," said Castro, the school's athletic director. "Our past coaches have set the bar remarkably high, but each successor manages to continue building on the accomplishments of their predecessors."

"Al Aldridge established the tradition of excellence at Prairie over thirty years ago," Galanter said. "Coaches Brett Johnson, Michael Smith, and now Hala Corral continue to walk in his footsteps, instead of being overshadowed by his legacy."

With nine freshmen and sophomores on this year's roster, the future for girls basketball at Prairie High appears quite bright.


Attached Media Files: The prairie High School Girls Basketball Team
Gresham Offers "Safe Exchange Zone" for Child Custody, Private Property and E-commerce Transactions (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 02/17/17 3:05 PM
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GRESHAM, Ore.-- The adage "one man's trash is another man's treasure" remains steadily true and thanks to a suggestion on the "My Gresham" webpage, the City of Gresham is helping deal-grabbers and spring-cleaners alike have a safer and (fingers crossed) more positive experience when closing an online deal.

While not able to ensure the microwave will work as promised or the leather chair won't smell like a wedge of Limburger cheese, the city has designated two parking stalls in front of the police department to help people be and feel safer while engaging in their free market exchange.

Positioned in the north end of the City Hall parking lot, in a well-lit area within view of the police department's front doors, the stalls are clearly marked and under the unblinking eyes of multiple surveillance cameras. Primarily established as a safe location for people to conduct e-commerce transactions, the stalls also assist families by offering a neutral location for child custody transfers.

"It's really a response to citizens steadily using the parking lot for child custody exchange, coupled with people increasingly utilizing websites like Craigslist and apps like OfferUp and Facebook to purchase items," said Police Lieutenant Patrick Williams, "and we want all of these transactions to happen safely."

If people are not able to conduct the exchange in the newly designated area, police recommend the following ways to better ensure a safe transaction:

Avoid being alone or outnumbered; take a friend or two with you
Find a public and populated place to make the sale or purchase
Arrange for the transaction to happen during daylight hours
Give and accept small bills as payment; don't use or accept checks or gift cards
Do not bring extra cash or open your wallet/purse in front of people
Do not offer too much personal information
Remember, if the deal sounds too good to be true... it probably is

For more information about safe trade and how to avoid being ripped off, visit the following website: http://oregonbusinessreport.com/2015/04/craigslist-rolls-out-local-safe-zones/.


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Hillsboro Airport Master Plan Update Begins
Port of Portland - 02/17/17 2:46 PM
What's the role of Hillsboro Airport in the community over the next 20 years?

That's the question the planning advisory committee hopes to answer as they begin an update of the Hillsboro Airport Master Plan on Feb. 27. The meeting runs from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the Hillsboro City Hall auditorium, 150 E. Main Street. Community comments are welcomed at 7:55 p.m.

The process will explore the role of the airport, existing assets and facilities, the forecast and alternatives for future development, and options for ongoing public engagement on airport matters. The committee will provide planning input to the Port of Portland, which owns and operates the airport. The process will take two years.

All meetings are open to the community and comments are invited. The Port will also invite community involvement through special workshops, open houses and online open houses. The committee represents diverse airport interests and will explore economic development, sustainability and equity in the planning process. This focus on equity involves former airport advisory committee members, community organizations, local government and airport businesses.

"Hillsboro Airport has provided an important community resource for almost 90 years," said Steve Nagy, Port manager of the airport. "We look forward to this process informing us on future aviation needs, and how we can work with the community in new ways."

Hillsboro Airport is an integral part of the region's transportation system, providing the highest standard of general aviation facilities to businesses and residents of Washington County and beyond. The airport is home to local corporate flight departments, aircraft charter services for business travel, air ambulance services, television news helicopters, flight schools, aircraft maintenance and repair operations, a corporate air shuttle service, and a U.S. Customs and Border Protection office for international flights. More than 25 businesses operate on-airport. In 2016, the airport supported more than 198,000 flights, making it the second busiest airport in the state.

Established in 1928, the airport was privately operated and later purchased by the
City of Hillsboro. The Port took over operation of the airport in 1966. The airport has three runways, a Federal Aviation Administration air traffic control tower and an instrument landing system.

As the City of Hillsboro grew to encompass the airport, the City and Port worked together to ensure that compatible land-use policies were put in place, with the goal of separating the airport from the residential communities as much as possible. The Port also initiated a Fly Quiet program, which encourages pilots to operate aircraft in ways that reduce noise impacts on airport neighbors.

The most recent economic impact study shows that the airport generated 1,472 jobs at the airport and in the community, $83.5 million in personal income, and $107.4 million in business revenue.

For more information about the master planning process, please contact Jayson Shanafelt at jayson.shanafelt@portofportland.com or 503.415.6853.

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Identity Theft Investigation
Bend Police Dept. - 02/17/17 1:35 PM
Case # 2017-032143

Date & Time of Incident: November 2016 through January 2017

Type of Incident: Identity Theft

Location of Incident: 1303 NE Cushing Drive; Desert Orthopedics

Victim:

Multiple Central Oregon residents

Suspect:

Karleigh Joy Kelly 36 year old Bend resident

Narrative:

During January 2017, the Bend Police Department received a report of fraudulent activity on the
account belonging to a Redmond Oregon resident. The initial report found there was over $1000
dollars of unauthorized charges on the resident's credit card statement. Through some initial
inquiries into the charges the resident found the items had been shipped to a location in Bend
Oregon.

As the investigating officer continued to look into the case, they found another case where the
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office took the report matching the details in this case. The
commonality was the location where the items were shipped. This address was 20769 NE Comet Lane,
where Karleigh Kelly resided.

The investigating officer responded to an unrelated call for service at the address on NE Comet
Lane. The investigating officer found items similar to those purchased fraudulently inside the
residence on NE Comet Lane. The investigation found that Kelly had made several purchases with stolen identities. Recovered property included shoes and cosmetics.

The investigating officer found photocopied forms of payment for Desert Orthopedics. It was learned
that Kelly worked in the billing department at Desert Orthopedics.

Kelly was arrested on January 29 and transported to the Deschutes County Jail, where she was lodged
on (4) counts of Identity Theft, (1) count of Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, (4) counts of
Computer Crime and (1) Theft I.

Through this investigation, Desert Orthopedics was very cooperative in helping the Bend Police
Department complete the investigation. They have notified other potential victims to minimize any
further loss. Since the arrest of Kelly, other community members have contacted the Bend Police
Department to report identity theft in relationship to this case. If you find you are a victim of
identity theft, specifically related to a payment to Desert Orthopedics, please contact the Bend
Police Department at 541-693-6911.

Cases like these are important reminders for all of us to check our credit statements to make sure
we are not victims of identity theft. Everyone is vulnerable to identity theft and keeping a
consistent watch on our credit history could limit not only our loss, but the loss from our family
and neighbors.


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Additional Cryptosporidium Detected in Bull Run Water
Portland Water Bureau - 02/17/17 1:03 PM
The Portland Water Bureau received results from ongoing monitoring of the Bull Run watershed.

While the bureau is no longer serving drinking water from the Bull Run watershed, monitoring for Cryptosporidium has continued. The bureau remains in compliance with the terms of the Cryptosporidium treatment variance issued by the Oregon Health Authority.

On Monday, Feb. 13, anticipating that further Cryptosporidium detections from the Bull Run were possible, the Portland Water Bureau proactively activated the groundwater wells from the Columbia South Shore Well Field.

The most recent results from water that was not served to the public was from two 50-liter (13 gallon) samples that were positive for one Cryptosporidium oocyst each. The positive samples were collected Tuesday, Feb. 14 and Wednesday, Feb. 15. These are the eighth and ninth positive samples out of 32 samples this year.

The bureau is committed to keeping the public informed of the ongoing monitoring for Cryptosporidium from the Bull Run. The public and the media are encouraged to view all sampling results posted to the City's website at www.portlandoregon.gov/water/cryptoresults. The bureau will continue to notify the Oregon Health Authority of all detections.

The bureau will also coordinate with state and county health officials to determine when to return to the Bull Run as our drinking water source. The bureau will notify the public and the media when it returns to Bull Run water.

Additional information regarding the Portland Water Bureau's treatment variance and answers to frequently asked questions are available at www.portlandoregon.gov/water/treatmentvariance.

Customers with questions regarding water quality can call the Water Line at (503) 823-7525.
Canine locates Oregon City robbery suspect (Photo)
Oregon City Police Dept. - 02/17/17 12:53 PM
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On February 17, 2017, just before 9:45 am, Oregon City Police received a report of a strong armed robbery at the Highland Stillhouse Pub, 201 S. 2nd St. The suspect, who was later identified as 26-year-old Jacob Ryan Moses, entered the Highland Stillhouse Pub and stole two money bags. Moses was caught by employees and they tried to stop him but he was able to run from the location. An employee chased Moses to a nearby vehicle that was parked on S. High St. A citizen assisted and blocked the vehicle from leaving. The employee tackled Moses as he exited the vehicle and the employee tried to retrieve their two money bags. Moses resisted and tried to retain the stolen money bags. The employee was able to retrieve one of the money bags from Moses during the scuffle. Moses was able to free himself and ran away as police were arriving. Moses ran through several yards off 1st St. before disappearing. Oregon City Police with the assistance of the Clackamas County Sherriff's Office, Gladstone Police Department, and the West Linn Police Department set up containment. A Clackamas County Sheriff K-9 was used to search for Moses.

Clackamas County Sheriff Sergeant Don Boone and his K-9 Spencer, began searching for Moses from where he was last seen. Moses climbed a steep embankment that overlooks the Oregon City Public Works Building and hid in some thick brush. K-9 Spencer located Moses and he was arrested without incident. K-9 Spencer searched the area and located evidence along with the stolen money bag.

Moses was transported to the Clackamas County Jail where he was lodged for Robbery III and Theft II.

The Highland Stillhouse employee was not injured during the scuffle with Moses. The investigation is continuing and at this time the Oregon City Police are not releasing information about the associated vehicle and the identity of the driver.

Reference OCPD Case number 17-538.


Attached Media Files: Moses , CCSO K-9 Spencer
Hospital Caregiver Pleads Guilty, Will Receive 25-year Sentence (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/17/17 12:30 PM
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MEDIA RELEASE

Hospital Caregiver Pleads Guilty, Will Receive 25-year Sentence

This is an update to our media release from September 15, 2016. Refer to original media release for additional details.

February 17, 2017 -- Adeladilew A. Mekonen pled guilty this morning in Washington County Circuit Court. He was previously indicted for 28 different crimes, all involving sexual contact with female patients at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center.

Mr. Mekonen will be sentenced in Washington County Circuit Court on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 8:30am. The negotiated plea agreement is that he will serve 25 years in prison.

Sheriff's detectives assigned to the Violent Crimes Unit wish to thank Providence Health & Services for their complete cooperation throughout this lengthy investigation.

Washington County Senior Deputy District Attorney Megan Johnson prosecuted this case. Hillsboro Attorney Seth White represented Mr. Mekonen.


Attached Media Files: Media Release 091516 , Media Release 021717 , Mugshot
Beaverton City Library Hosts Black History Retrospective
City of Beaverton - 02/17/17 12:18 PM
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Beaverton City Library will host Who I Am--Celebrating Me: A Black History Retrospective on Friday, Feb. 24, from 6 to 7 p.m. at 12375 SW Fifth St. This event has been rescheduled from Feb. 11.


Local playwright Shalanda Sims, with a community of youth and adult artists, will educate the audience about the hardships and triumphs of unsung African-American heroes with a masterful production that employs song, dance, imagery and spoken word.


The performance will be followed by a conversation with the actors and the playwright. Sims is a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists and the Actors' Equity Association.


This program is open to the public; no registration is required.


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


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


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Volunteers Turn Out in Record Numbers for Short-term Nature Projects (Photo)
Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation - 02/17/17 11:47 AM
At Hyland Woods in south Beaverton, a volunteer for THPRD's Natural Resources Department plants one of the 12,000 native shrubs and trees that were sowed during the project.
At Hyland Woods in south Beaverton, a volunteer for THPRD's Natural Resources Department plants one of the 12,000 native shrubs and trees that were sowed during the project.
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Following a global trend, the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District's Natural Resources Department is offering more one-time, short-term volunteer opportunities.

And the strategy is working well, with volunteer counts significantly higher than year-earlier figures.

According to Bruce Barbarasch, THPRD superintendent of Natural Resources, the number of NR volunteers doing short-term projects during the 2015-16 fiscal year soared 73% over the 2014-15 number, to nearly 3,000. That followed a 23% increase in the previous fiscal year.

Those numbers are for short-term volunteers only. THPRD also has hundreds of volunteers who participate in longer-term projects each year.)

"Our short-term volunteer contributions have hit a record high," Barbarasch said. "We're finding people are more likely to donate their time if they can do one-time projects of 2-3 hours rather than making a longer-term commitment."

In conjunction with the trend, NR has also streamlined its paperwork to make signing up for projects as easy as possible.

Other outreach efforts Natural Resources has initiated in recent years:

Expanded its service learning program to include Ridgewood Elementary School and Five Oaks Middle School. Natural Resources also works with the Beaverton School District's Health & Science School and is partnering with Dig In, a local nonprofit organization, to assist middle school students at Rachel Carson School of Environmental Science.

Became more strategic on where to schedule daylong volunteer opportunities, usually with dedicated community partners who help the district advocate and recruit for volunteers.

Added part-time staff members to assist with project management and volunteer program support, freeing up Melissa Marcum, the coordinator, to focus on higher priorities, including greater responsiveness to the public.

A wide variety of nature-based volunteer opportunities are available at THPRD. For more information, visit http://www.thprd.org/activities/nature/volunteer or call Marcum at 503-619-3941.

Want to volunteer for THPRD but not interested so much in nature projects? The park district offers many other options at http://www.thprd.org/connect/volunteer.

About THPRD

Formed in 1955, THPRD is the largest special park district in Oregon, spanning 50 square miles and serving about 240,000 residents in the greater Beaverton area. The district provides year-round recreational opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. Offerings include thousands of widely diverse classes, 95 park sites with active recreational amenities, nearly 70 miles of trails, eight swim centers, six recreation centers, and about 1,500 acres of natural areas. For more information, visit www.thprd.org or call 503-645-6433.

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Attached Media Files: At Hyland Woods in south Beaverton, a volunteer for THPRD's Natural Resources Department plants one of the 12,000 native shrubs and trees that were sowed during the project.
National Heart Month event Feb. 20 at Salem Health CHEC (Photo)
Salem Health - 02/17/17 11:39 AM
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If you've ever raced up a flight of stairs or chased a tennis ball, you know what a racing heart feels like. For 2.6 million Americans, this feeling is a way of life. Atrial fibrillation (A-fib) is the fastest-growing heart disease in our community, according to Salem Health Cardiology Services. That's the bad news. The good news? Local cardiologists are ready to treat this disease with the latest technology and expertise right here in Salem.

Salem Health Cardiology Services Director Brandon Schmidgall says thanks to a large donation by the Salem Health Foundation and collaboration with independent cardiologists, Salem Health has added the latest heart monitoring and treatment equipment, will soon add another surgery suite -- and more cardiologists to keep up with demand.

NATIONAL HEART MONTH SPECIAL EVENT
To learn more about how Salem Health is leading the way with A-fib treatment, attend I Got Rhythm, a presentation by Oregon Heart Center cardiologist Matthew Fedor, MD, on Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. at the Salem Health CHEC, 939 Oak St. SE. The free event starts at 4 p.m. and is open to all in recognition of National Heart Month -- and will include booths and displays, wellness information and a heart-healthy cooking demonstration. Register to attend by calling the CHEC at 503-814-2432.

MORE ABOUT A-FIB
The first option to curb A-fib is usually medication to control heart rate and/or rhythm. If that fails, a non-invasive procedure called an "ablation" is done by an electrophysiologist (a physician who specializes in these procedures) in a catheterization lab. Using a guided catheter, physicians destroy (ablate) the tissue that causes irregular rhythm, thus restoring the heart to a normal rhythm.

"A-fib treatment is among the most technically advanced and complicated procedures we perform in the cath lab," Schmidgall said, noting that physicians are precisely guided to the "misfiring" heart tissue sites by a digital map, where they can "burn" (with radio-frequency) or "freeze" tissue (with cryoablation), often a combination of both.

THE BEST RIGHT HERE IN SALEM
"If you have a procedure here, about 10 experts surround you, including two MDs, even reps from our equipment vendors," said Valli Brunken, Salem Health cath lab manager. She noted that technologists have on average 10 to 20 years' experience. "Rather than compete with each other, providers collaborate for the best outcomes, which results in the best care. You won't be in better hands."

Salem Health took a rare glimpse into A-fib from a personal point of view. Read the story of three staff members written by "survivor" Shannon Priem on Salem Health's Facebook page.

Salem Health -- an OHSU Partner -- offers exceptional care to people in and around Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley. It is comprised of 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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Trustees named to Meridian Park Medical Foundation board (Photo)
Legacy Health - 02/17/17 10:52 AM
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TUALATIN, ORE. -- Meridian Park Medical Foundation is pleased to announce the election of Kathy LeVee and Darin Stegemoller to its board of trustees. The Foundation advocates and raises funds for Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center, part of Legacy Health -- the largest locally-owned, nonprofit health care provider in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

LeVee is vice president of operations for Marquis Companies, Inc., where she oversees 26 post-acute rehab and assisted living facilities in five Western states. A graduate of two Portland, Oregon, colleges, she received a bachelor of arts in communication studies from Marylhurst University and a bachelor of science in health care administration from Concordia University. LeVee is a member of the Advisory Council of Young Entrepreneurs Business Week, and has also served on several professional boards, including: Vital Life Foundation, the Oregon Health Care Association, Oregon Health Care Foundation for Quality Long Term Care and Acumentra Health.

Stegemoller is the northwest division vice president at JE Dunn Construction. A certified Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) professional, he holds a bachelor's degree in construction management from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He is a member of the local DBIA Chapter steering committee and on the board of directors for the Associated General Contractors Oregon Columbia Chapter. Stegemoller also is a mentor to emerging small businesses through the Port of Portland's Mentor-Protégé program.

Legacy Meridian Park is the South Metro area's most advanced medical center. Specialty services include neurology, orthopedic surgery, minimally invasive and robotic technology, cancer care, a nationally recognized stroke program, a nationally accredited breast health center and a chest pain center awarded the nation's first Gold Seal of approval in chest pain by The Joint Commission -- the nation's principal hospital accreditation agency.

For more information about Meridian Park Medical Foundation, contact 503-692-7624 or visit www.legacyhealth.org/giving.

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Attached Media Files: Darin Stegmoller , Kathy Levee
Beaverton Police Seeking Victim Advocate Applicants
Beaverton Police Dept. - 02/17/17 9:30 AM
Beaverton Police Department Victim Advocates are trauma-informed volunteers who are specially trained to respond on-scene along with officers/detectives to offer support to victims of crime who have experienced trauma. This is primarily domestic violence crimes, but could be any crime except sexual assaults. Our Victim Advocates provide 24 hour coverage, including holidays, offering emotional support, helping victims understand the criminal justice process, and explaining community resources that are available.

Applications are currently being accepted for our 2017 Victim Advocate Training Academy!

Please visit http://www.beavertonpolice.org/247/Victim-Advocate-Program for a position description and application.

Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, February 28, 2016 at 4:00 PM.

Completed applications can be delivered to the Records window in the Police Department lobby at 4755 SW Griffith Drive, Beaverton, OR 97005, or mailed to the Beaverton Police Department, Attn: Victim Services, PO Box 4755, Beaverton, OR 97076. Completed applications can also be scanned and emailed to Katrina Rodriguez, Victim Services Coordinator at krodriguez@beavertonoregon.gov.

The 2017 Victim Advocate Training Academy dates are: Monday, April 3, 2017: 6:30 PM -- 9:00 PM; Saturday, April 8, 2017: 9:00 AM -- 4:00 PM; Monday, April 10, 2017: 6:30 PM -- 9:00 PM; Saturday, April 15, 2017: 9:00 AM -- 4:00 PM; Monday, April 17: 6:30 PM -- 9:00 PM; Tuesday, April 18, 2017: 6:30 PM -- 8:30 PM (regular 3rd Tuesday Monthly Meeting); Saturday, April 22, 2017: 9:00 AM -- 4:00 PM; Monday, April 24, 2017: 6:30 PM -- 9:00 PM; Saturday, April 29, 2017: 9:00 AM -- 4:00 PM; and Monday May 1, 2017: 6:30 PM -- 9:00 PM (Graduation).

Questions about the program and training dates can be directed to Katrina Rodriguez, Victim Services Coordinator at 503.526.2205 or krodriguez@beavertonoregon.gov or to Sergeant Brick Humphrey, Community Services Division Sergeant at 503.526.2382 or jhumphrey@beavertonoregon.gov.

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Attached Media Files: Press Release
Crime Stoppers Featured Case #17-07 - Fugitive (Photo)
Crime Stoppers of Oregon - 02/17/17 8:00 AM
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The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to locate a fugitive.

57-year-old Gregory Anthony Todd is described as a black male, 6'00" tall, 155 pounds, black hair & balding, brown eyes.

Todd currently has a felony probation violation warrant out of Washington County, Oregon, on an original charge of Forgery.

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

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

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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

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19-Year-Old Man Arrested During Thursday Evening Protest (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/16/17 11:14 PM
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The Portland Police Bureau made one arrest on Thursday evening during a protest event that disrupted traffic in Downtown Portland.

19-year-old Zachary P. Lange was arrested on a charge of Riot after an interaction with a motorist on Southwest 3rd Avenue. Lange was not arrested immediately after the commission of the crime but was arrested later as the protest march neared an end.

Lange was booked into the Multnomah County Jail and will be arraigned on Friday.

The protest started and ended in the South Park Blocks but affected Downtown traffic for a couple of hours and there were some reports of minor vandalism and heated interactions with drivers unable to move in the roadway.

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

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

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K9 Bonni Catches Burglary Suspect (Photo)
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - 02/16/17 11:09 PM
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On February 16th, 2017 at approximately 4:49AM Lincoln County Deputies received a 911 call of a burglary in progress in the 7900 block of Pacific Coast Highway, Seal Rock. The caller reported they had live video of two suspects inside their shop at the address. Deputies and Officers from the Newport Police Department responded to the scene.

Law enforcement officers arrived and attempted contact. Two suspects fled on foot from the building. The surrounding terrain was heavily wooded. Officers on scene set up a containment perimeter and Deputy Gautney and K9 Bonni were called to assist in locating the suspects.

Deputy Gautney and K9 Bonni searched the area where K9 Bonni tracked through the woods and located several stolen items. After further searching K9 Bonni alerted on an extremely dense wooded area. After commands to surrender were given, a male suspect surrendered and exited the brush. Micheal Ray Treece age 45 of Canyonville, OR was taken into custody and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail. The second suspect was not located however a person of interest was developed.

At approximately 3:30PM Deputy Gary Davey contacted Nicholas Allen Engle age 39 of Seal Rock regarding this investigation. Nicholas Engle admitted to his involvement in the burglary and was taken into custody and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail.

Micheal Treece's bail was set at $202,500.00

Nicholas Engle's bail was set at $202,500.00

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is still investigating. Additional charges are expected.

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Submitted by:

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


Attached Media Files: Deputy Gautney/K9 Bonnie
Man Robbed at Knifepoint During Internet Sales Transaction (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/16/17 9:27 PM
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PRESS RELEASE

Man Robbed at Knifepoint During Internet Sales Transaction

February 16, 2017 -- Deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Office are investigating a robbery at knifepoint after an Aloha man met with an online buyer to sell an iPhone 7+.

On February 16, 2017, just before 7pm, sheriff's deputies were called to the 15500 block of SW Donna Court in Aloha on the report of a robbery. The victim reported that he arranged to meet a man through the online sales platform OfferUp in order to sell him an iPhone 7+.

The seller met up with two men outside his home. One of the men produced a knife and robbed the seller. The victim attempted to retain the phone, even as the suspects drove away. The victim was dragged approximately 100 yards, receiving cuts and scrapes to his body, but was not seriously injured. While being dragged by the car, the victim struggled with the suspects and retained a shoe worn by one of them.

The suspects are described as follows:
1) A Hispanic male adult in his early twenties, approximately 5'4 tall and 130 lbs., wearing a black hoodie and jeans.
2) A Hispanic male adult in his late twenties, unknown height and approximately 140 lbs. He had a mustache, dark blue jeans and a black baseball cap.
The knife was described as a black-handled switchblade.

The suspects left on SW Donna Court towards SW Farmington Avenue. They were driving a tan 2003-2004 BMW X5 with no license plates.

Sheriff's detectives assigned to the Violent Crimes Unit will be following up on this investigation.

If you have any information regarding this crime, please contact the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-629-0111.


Attached Media Files: Media Release , Nike shoe
Advisory: Heavy rains cause two sewage releases from manholes into Fanno Creek
Portland Bureau of Environmental Services - 02/16/17 7:57 PM
Sanitary Sewage Release Advisory: (this is not a combined sewer overflow [CSO] advisory)

(February 16, 2017) - Sewer maintenance crews responded this afternoon to two reports of sewage overflowing from two manholes in Southwest Portland and towards Fanno Creek.

Crews stopped a release of unknown quantity at SW 25th Avenue and Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, and a release estimated to be about 900 gallons from a manhole at SW Sunset Boulevard and SW 26th Avenue.

Both were weather-related and stopped within an hour. During heavy rains, rainwater can seep into sewer systems, causing pipes to exceed their capacity. The mix of stormwater and sewage then releases via a manhole.

Environmental Services crews posted warning signs in the area. In addition, as a precaution, the public is advised to avoid contact with Fanno Creek for at least 48 hours because of the possibility of increased bacteria in the water.

Sewage overflows commonly are caused by blockages such as grease, tree roots or debris. In Southwest Portland, heavy rains can cause stormwater to seep into the sewer system and overwhelm the capacity of pipes. Over one-third of Portland's more than 2,500 miles of sewer pipes are over 80 years old.

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.
Heavy Rains Cause Sewer Overflow in Gladstone
Gladstone Police - 02/16/17 4:17 PM
The heavy rains during the night of Feb 16th overtaxed the waste water and storm water systems in Gladstone, resulting in a discharge of raw sewage at the storm water outfall at the south end of Portland Avenue at West Clackamas. Area residents are reminded to avoid contact with the Clackamas River for several days due to this discharge.
Tip of the Week February 20, 2017 - Avoiding Storm Damage to Your Home
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - 02/16/17 4:17 PM
OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF
Sheriff Curtis L. Landers
225 W. Olive Street
Newport, Oregon 97365
(541) 265-4277
Fax (541) 265-4926

TIP OF THE WEEK

Date: February 20, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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


AVOIDING STORM DAMAGE TO YOUR HOME

In any season, storms can be severe, but there are ways to prepare your home to minimize the risk of damage when severe weather strikes. In some cases, taking these steps can mean the difference between costly home repairs and no storm damage to your home at all.

1. Remove Dead Wood.
Trimming your trees regularly will help fewer branches fall in heavy wind or other severe weather. For particularly tall trees, experts can do the trimming for you and can also tell you when trees are at risk of being blown over in a storm so they can be removed.

2. Secure Outdoor Items.
Loose items like grills, picnic tables, and lawn furniture should be brought inside to avoid becoming projectiles in storms with high winds. Decorations, even when they are securely attached to the home, could also cause damage or be destroyed in the storm.

3. Deal with Drainage Problems.
Having the gutters cleaned once leaves have fallen should be a given, but there can be other drainage problems around your home, including areas where water can drain onto the foundation and cause damage. Landscaping professionals can help you identify the problems and find solutions so that you don't have issues when the storms come.

4. Inspect the Roof Periodically.
A brand new roof should withstand most severe weather, but if your roof is 5-10 years old or older, it should be checked for loose shingles, nails and sheathing. Not only can shingles blow off in a storm, but loose nails and sheathing can cause chunks of roofing to be dislodged or create openings for rain and ice to penetrate.
If an inspection does turn up any possible leaks, getting them fixed right away will protect your home from damage in severe weather. Roofs that are over 15 years old risk sudden deterioration or failure in storm situations even if no problems are apparent.

5. Consider Impact-Rated Windows.
You may be able to protect your windows from damage by installing hurricane shutters, or just boarding up the windows if a severe storm is imminent. The fact is, though, that any new windows are likely to be more airtight and impervious to leaks and damage than older windows. In areas where severe weather is frequent, such as our coastal areas, it's worth considering windows that are specially made to withstand storm-level air pressure and impact.

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

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


Attached Media Files: 2017-02/5490/101937/022017-Avoiding_Storm_Damage.pdf
Deputies Seeking Assistance in Locating Missing Aurora Man ***Corrections Suspects Age*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/16/17 4:14 PM
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Correction: Edward Fitchett is 59 years of age.



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

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

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




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

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


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Traffic Advisory: Water Work Closes One Lane of SE 68th Avenue North of SE Division to Mt. Tabor Park
Portland Water Bureau - 02/16/17 4:14 PM
PORTLAND, OR- A contractor for the Portland Water Bureau will be disconnecting an old water pipe in SE 68th Avenue the week of Feb. 20, 2017.

The work will begin on Monday (Presidents' Day) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will continue Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. One lane of traffic will remain open. Flaggers will direct traffic.

No water services will be disrupted.

The traveling public is reminded to stay alert and use caution as traffic may suddenly slow or stop. To avoid traffic delays, motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes around the work site.
Beaverton City Library Hosts Portland Opera 2017 Season Preview
City of Beaverton - 02/16/17 3:49 PM
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- On Wednesday, March 1, at 7 p.m., join the Beaverton City Library for a special preview of Portland Opera's 2017 season. This preview at the main library, 12375 SW Fifth St., includes musical highlights of Puccini's La Bohčme, Leigh's Man of La Mancha, Mozart's Cosě fan tutte, and Lang's The Difficulty of Crossing a Field & The Little Match Girl Passion.


The preview is hosted by chorus master and assistant conductor Nicholas Fox, with performances by Portland Opera's Resident Artists. For more information about Portland Opera, visit www.portlandopera.org.


This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required. For more information, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org or call 503-644-2197.


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


The city of Beaverton is home to more than 95,000 residents and is Oregon's sixth largest city. We are a friendly, active, and responsible city well-known for our exceptional community services and amenities, helping Beaverton residents enjoy a high quality of life. Ranked in the top ten of Money magazine's 50 Best Small Cities in America for 2016, Beaverton truly is "The Best of Oregon."
Police Review Board Public Reports Released (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/16/17 3:46 PM
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The Portland Police Bureau has posted the first of the 2017 bi-annual Police Review Board public reports to the Bureau's website, https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/55365

These reports are posted twice annually in the spirit of transparency and in compliance with City Ordinance. These public reports summarize the statements of findings and contain a summary of any training and/or investigation issues or concerns. The reports shall keep confidential and not include involved officers' names, the names of witnesses, or the name of any complainants.

To learn more about the Police Review Board, please visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/citycode/article/479642

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High impact crash sends one to trauma hospital! (Photo)
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 02/16/17 3:44 PM
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At approximately 1351 this afternoon units were dispatched to the intersection of 242nd Ave and Hoffmeister Rd to a reported heavy impact crash with a possible trapped victim. Two engines, a truck, a heavy rescue and a command unit from CFD#1 responded to the scene. A dump truck and a full size van were involved in a T-bone crash, with one male victim pinned in the van. Crews quickly freed the victim, and he was transported to a trauma hospital by ground ambulance. His condition is unknown at this time. A large diesel spill occurred, and measures were taken to protect a nearby waterway. A hazmat unit from CFD#1 was dispatched to handle the spill. Traffic was also a problem for responders.


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Move Over Traffic Mission (Photo)
Beaverton Police Dept. - 02/16/17 3:43 PM
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On 02/16/2017 the Beaverton Police Traffic Safety Team conducted a Move Over Safety Mission on Hwy 26. The mission was to educate the motoring public about ORS 811.147: Failure To Maintain A Safe Distance From An Emergency Vehicle.

The law, dubbed the move over law, provides a safety zone between emergency response vehicles on the highway and passing motorists. The law applies to all highways that have two or more lanes of travel in the direction you are driving. The basics of the law state if you see an emergency vehicle, roadside assistance vehicle, tow vehicle or ambulance on the side of the road you are required to move over and give them a one lane safety zone if possible. If you are unable to move over safely, for example other vehicles blocking the next lane over, you are required to slow your vehicle speed to at least five miles per hour under the speed limit.

Beaverton Police Department wants to stress how important it is to move over and give emergency responders room to work. The circumstances of a highway emergency can change rapidly and emergency responders need extra room to keep everyone safe. A pedestrian never wins in an automobile crash so it's the responsibility of a driver to watch for emergency responders and move over.

We encourage everyone to read and understand the law which can be found at https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/811.147 .

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Attached Media Files: Press release , Move over sign
Donated Smoke Alarms will go to Needy Hillsboro Homeowners (Photo)
Hillsboro Fire and Rescue - 02/16/17 3:30 PM
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Hillsboro, Oregon) Low income homeowners in Hillsboro will be the end recipients of a donation made today by The Home Depot in Hillsboro and the Kidde corporation. Kidde, which manufactures smoke alarms, had retail distributors conduct a contest to see how many "retweets" and "likes" the hardware giant's outlets could get on the social media platform Twitter. The Hillsboro outlet reported it led the region and received the 50 smoke alarms to donate to their local fire department. Thursday afternoon, DeAnna Rae Shields and Cheryle Norris, both employees of The Home Depot in Hillsboro, delivered their smoke alarms to Fire Chief Scott Magers.

"These alarms are a vital part of our outreach to the community," said Chief Magers. "The neediest of our city's homeowners often can't afford to replace their alarms every ten years as recommended. These will help us help those vulnerable citizens," Magers added.

Hillsboro Fire Department recommends placing a smoke alarm outside every sleeping area, one inside each bedroom, and one on each level of the home. Everyone, whether a homeowner or renter, should test their smoke alarm once each month to ensure it is working. If you are a homeowner and are unable to replace a nonworking or out-of-date alarm, contact Hillsboro Fire Department at 503-681-6166.

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Photo caption: Deanna Rae Shield (l) and Cheryle Norris (r) both employees of The Home Depot in Hillsboro deliver their Kidde smoke alarms to Fire Chief Scott Magers.


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Battle Ground Public Schools receives $25,000 grant to support homeless students (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 02/16/17 3:09 PM
From left to right: Curtis Miller from Connect BG, Lydia Sanders from BGPS, and Tobie Bryant and Glynda Hamilton from Connect BG
From left to right: Curtis Miller from Connect BG, Lydia Sanders from BGPS, and Tobie Bryant and Glynda Hamilton from Connect BG
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Battle Ground Public Schools (BGPS) has received a $25,000 grant from the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for the development of a volunteer program that will help teach resilience skills to district students faced with housing instability.

According to the National Center for Homeless Education, a student who is considered homeless (lacking a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence) and unaccompanied (not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian) can be identified as an unaccompanied homeless youth under the McKinney-Vento Act. These are the students this program seeks to support by providing individualized, one-on-one resilience coaching from qualified volunteers.

The resilience coaching program is a joint effort between BGPS' Family and Community Resource Center (FCRC) and Connect Battle Ground (Connect BG), a local nonprofit that will help identify and train resilience coaches to work with the district's unaccompanied youth.

"This program will help provide a positive trajectory for these students," said Lydia Sanders, the district's family resource services coordinator. "Resilience coaches will be powerful advocates for instilling hope and confidence in youth as well as assisting students with reaching specific goals they have for their lives. This will go a long way towards helping them become happy, healthy, independent adults."

"Building a system guided by resilience coaches will help students navigate their growth as they build confidence, said Curtis Miller, executive director of Connect BG. "Having a network of volunteer coaches who speak a common language and provide these kids with structure and support will be highly effective in helping them to establish life plans and achieve their long-term goals."

The program is seeking volunteer resilience coaches to meet with an unaccompanied student about once per week. Volunteers will receive training before being assigned to and meeting with a student. Ongoing training will also be provided. Sanders and Miller say that coaches should be prepared to volunteer about 10-12 hours per month for training, and meeting and communicating with a student.

"Volunteering to be a resilience coach is probably the most effective, hands-on way to have a positive impact in our local community" Sanders said. "Over and over again, I've witnessed the transformative effect that just one person can have in helping a struggling student simply by being a positive role model and assisting them with organizational and life skills goals."

If you're interested in becoming a resilience coach for an unaccompanied homeless youth, please contact ConnectBG at (360)399-6445 or email connect@connectbg.org. The BGPS Family and Community Resource Center can be reached at (360) 885-5434.

More information about the Family and Community Resource Center is available at http://www.battlegroundps.org/fcrc. More information about Connect BG can be found online at http://www.connectbg.org.


Attached Media Files: From left to right: Curtis Miller from Connect BG, Lydia Sanders from BGPS, and Tobie Bryant and Glynda Hamilton from Connect BG
Salem Police receives donation of essential crime scene tool (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 02/16/17 2:42 PM
The tent, donated by the Carrick Family, will help maintain the integrity of a crime scene and preserve the privacy of victims and their families.
The tent, donated by the Carrick Family, will help maintain the integrity of a crime scene and preserve the privacy of victims and their families.
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Protecting the integrity of a crime scene is essential, but even more so when officers have the need to protect the dignity and privacy of an individual. Now, thanks to the Salem Police Foundation and local donors, Michael and Beverly Carrick, the police department has a large crime scene tent for just such circumstances.

Ten feet by ten feet in size, the tent will serve to shield the victim, the evidence and even passersby in circumstances when the scene may be in the full view of the public. The structure will even provide protection of the scene from the elements.

"Preserving evidence until investigations are complete is crucial for any crime scene," said Deputy Chief Steve Bellshaw, Support Division Commander. "But it becomes even more important when we want to preserve the privacy of a victim as some crime settings may be sensitive to them and their families."

The tent was donated by the Carricks through the Salem Police Foundation. It was at the foundation's annual event, Breakfast with the Chief, when Michael Carrick became aware of the need.

The generosity of the Carricks is not new to the Salem Police Department. In 2013, the Carrick Family gifted funds for the purchase of a modern fuming chamber to develop latent prints. Previously, the department utilized a fish tank to process fingerprints from evidence. Each year since, the Carricks have made a donation to the Salem Police Foundation in support of the police department's needs.

Said Bellshaw, "The donation of the Crime Scene Body Shield by the Carricks is just another demonstration of the care they have for their community and their wonderful support of the police department."

The next Salem Police Foundation Breakfast with the Chief is February 22. For more information go to www.salempolicefoundation.org.

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Attached Media Files: The tent, donated by the Carrick Family, will help maintain the integrity of a crime scene and preserve the privacy of victims and their families. , From left: Michael and Beverly Carrick with Support Division Lt. Michael Bennett
Salem Health West Valley Foundation announces scholarships
Salem Health - 02/16/17 2:38 PM
NOTE TO EDITORS: The correct email address for submitting scholarship applications is wvhfoundation@salemhealth.org. The news release sent on Jan. 30 included an incorrect email address. Please repost with the updated email address. Thank you for your assistance.
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The Salem Health West Valley Foundation announces that beginning Feb. 1, scholarship applications are available for students in medically-related fields of study. Applicants must have a permanent residence in Polk County or be a current employee or family member of a current employee at Salem Health West Valley -- and must have applied to a college in their field of study before applying for this scholarship.

To receive a scholarship application packet, please visit www.salemhealth.org/scholarships and click on the "Salem Health West Valley Foundation scholarship" link.

Completed applications packets must be received in the Salem Health West Valley administrative office (525 SE Washington St., Dallas) by 4 p.m. on March 24, or post-marked by March 22. Applications may also be emailed to wvhfoundation@salemhealth.org. Late applications will not be accepted.

Final selections will be announced by May 2. If you have questions, please contact the Salem Health West Valley Foundation office at 503-831-3456.

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.
Michael Allen Harrison & Julianne Johnson in Concert for Rockwood Area Youth
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 02/16/17 2:37 PM
WHO: The Salvation Army, Michael Allen Harrison, Julianne Johnson Rockwood and Gresham area youth

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

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

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

ADMISSION: $15 per person

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army works in 128 countries worldwide. For more information, or to make a donation, visit us online at www.salvationarmyportland.org. People wishing to make monetary donations can do so by calling 503.238.GIVE (4483), or by mail, The Salvation Army, 8495 SE Monterey Avenue, Happy Valley, OR 97086-7844.

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The Vancouver Clinic Implements ActX Genomic Decision Support within Epic
The Vancouver Clinic - 02/16/17 2:07 PM
Vancouver, WA -- Thursday, February 16, 2017 -- Precision Medicine is coming to Vancouver, WA, where The Vancouver Clinic, a large multi-specialty provider, has decided to adopt ActX Genomic Decision Support. ActX will enable The Vancouver Clinic's 250 providers to use genomics in everyday patient care by integrating clinically actionable insights within the Epic workflow. For patients who choose to have this testing, their providers will be able to better personalize medication and screening choices based on each person's individual genetic profile.

The Vancouver Clinic's decision to offer genomic screening is an important step toward their mission to excel at innovative patient-focused, quality-proven care.

"The ability to use a patient's individual genomic information as we care for them, and to consider this as we make treatment decisions about the use of medication, will make a powerful difference in our ability to give people the very best care available. We are very excited to bring these cutting-edge tools to our patients," says Marcia Sparling, M.D., Medical Director for Operations and IT at The Vancouver Clinic. "This is an evolving area of medicine, and this tool will only become more powerful with time."

With the implementation of ActX, patients will be able to obtain testing, and those results show up in the electronic health record, allowing The Vancouver Clinic providers to use genomics to personalize therapies and manage hereditary risks. Every time their provider orders medication through EpicCare, ActX will alert them in real time about potential adverse reactions, drug efficacy or dosing issues based on the patient's genetics. Evidence-based decision support will also help providers take proactive steps toward minimizing actionable hereditary conditions. This functionality will allow providers to better understand the potential clinical implications of genomic findings and tailor their patient's care accordingly.

The genomic information is optimized for clinical use through close integration with The Vancouver Clinic's Electronic Health Record, which is provided by Epic. Genomic alerts and profiles are built into the provider's normal workflow, giving them the information they need, where they need it.

"We are very excited to work with The Vancouver Clinic and Epic to bring genomic decision support to The Vancouver Clinic," says Dr. Andrew Ury, ActX CEO. "Integrating this information with the EHR is crucial for making genomics part of everyday medical care and helping to improve healthcare quality and outcomes."
To learn more about ActX, visit www.actx.com. To learn more about The Vancouver Clinic, visit www.tvc.org.

About ActX:
ActX is the industry leader in EHR-integrated Precision Medicine. Our service helps physicians make better decisions about medical treatment, using a patient's genetic information to guide therapy. Integrated into a physician's electronic health record workflow, ActX analyzes the patient's genetic information in real time. To take the next step toward Precision Medicine, visit www.actx.com, email info@actx.com or call 888-998-2289.


About The Vancouver Clinic:
The Vancouver Clinic (TVC) has served residents of Southwest Washington since 1936, and is the largest private multi-specialty clinic in Clark County with over 250 providers and 1,100 staff. TVC operates five clinics across Vancouver, Battle Ground and Washougal, and provides 40 medical specialties. Its mission is to be the best in the Northwest for patient-focused, quality-proven care.
CSO Advisory: Heavy rains lead to combined sewer overflow (CSO) to the Willamette River
Portland Bureau of Environmental Services - 02/16/17 2:04 PM
(February 16, 2017) - Heavy rains caused Portland's combined sewer system to overflow to the Willamette River beginning at noon at several locations.

Because of increased bacteria in the water, the public should avoid contact with the Willamette River for 48 hours after the CSO event ends. Find out more about CSOs, what they are and why they occur at: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/article/565063

This is the fifth CSO this 2016-2017 winter season. Previous overflows this season occurred on February 9 for 13 minutes due to a debris blockage in an outfall that quickly cleared itself; on Super Bowl Sunday, February 5, due to unusually heavy rains that dropped about 2.5 inches within 24 hours; on January 18 due to a combination of snowmelt and heavy rain; and Thanksgiving Day due to heavy rain.

Since completing a CSO control program in December 2011, the city has eliminated 94 percent of overflows to the Willamette River and 99 percent from the Columbia Slough.

Portland's combined sewer system carries sewage and stormwater runoff in the same pipes. In December 2011, Portland completed the 20-year program of sewer improvements, including constructing big pipes on both sides of the Willamette River and along the Columbia Slough.

During heavy storms, the big pipes store large quantities of stormwater and sewage while pumping it to the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant. During very heavy storms, some combined sewage can overflow. A combined sewer overflow is about 80 percent stormwater and 20 percent sanitary sewage.

Before completing the program, combined sewers overflowed an average of 50 times a year. Today, the combined system overflows to the Willamette River an average of four times per winter and once every three summers.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration
CORRECTION: Board of Commissioners approves resolution supporting replacement of the Interstate 5 Bridge
Port of Vancouver - 02/16/17 1:43 PM
CORRECTION: The Interstate 5 Bridge carries nearly 136,000 vehicles across the Columbia River each day. The news release originally stated nearly 300,000, which is the average weekday crossings for both the I-5 and I-205 bridges.


VANCOUVER, Wash. -- On Feb. 14, 2017 -- the Interstate 5 Bridge's 100th birthday -- the Port of Vancouver USA Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution to support replacement of the structure, which carries nearly 136,000 vehicles across the Columbia River each day.

"We have the only bridge that can stop traffic on the interstate corridor from Mexico to Canada for something as simple as a bridge lift for a sailboat," said commission president Brian Wolfe. "This is an economic issue for our community, region and the entire West Coast, affecting freight mobility as well as employers, workers and emergency responders."

The resolution supports efforts by the Washington State Legislature to designate replacement of the I-5 Bridge a project of statewide significance; allow the Washington State Department of Transportation to dedicate resources to collaborating with the Oregon Department of Transportation, and; appropriate or allow for transfer funding to initiate planning, engineering and construction of the I-5 Bridge replacement and related interchange improvements.

The resolution is shared between the three Clark County ports: Vancouver, Camas-Washougal and Ridgefield. Vancouver's commission was the first to approve the resolution; it is expected to go before the other two ports' commissions for consideration in the next few weeks.

Read the full resolution: http://bit.ly/2lcft0j.

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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.
North Clackamas opens enrollment to school choice
North Clackamas Sch. Dist. - 02/16/17 12:35 PM
North Clackamas opens enrollment to school choice
Applications accepted until March 31

After a successful open enrollment period last year, North Clackamas is opening its doors again to students from outside district or school boundaries for the 2017-18 school year. Allowing transfers across school boundaries offers school choice to current students residing in our district. Over the past four years, Open Enrollment and Inter-district Transfers combined have generated 130 students to the district (approximately $1,058,000 annually moving forward). This allows North Clackamas Schools to hire additional teachers.

There will be a total 300 openings available within the district's elementary, middle and high schools beginning in the 2017-18 school year:

50 openings each at Milwaukie, Clackamas and Putnam High Schools (Grades 9-11)
25 openings at New Urban High School (Grades 9-12)
20 openings at each of the two middle schools: Alder Creek Middle School and Rowe Middle School
10 openings at each of seven elementary schools:
Ardenwald Elementary(grades K-5 only), Bilquist Elementary (grades K-5 only), Happy Valley Elementary (grades K-4), Lewelling Elementary (grades K-5), Milwaukie Elementary (grades K-5), Oak Grove Elementary (grades K-5), and Whitcomb Elementary (grades K, 1, 2, 4 and 5).

The district is accepting open enrollment applications beginning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 1 until 5 p.m. on Friday, March 31, 2017. Families will receive notification of placement by May 1, 2017 for the 2017-18 school year. For questions, contact Judy Vigil at 503.353.1907 or go to www.nclack.k12.or.us/schoolchoice.

Students can select learning experiences in combinations customized to meet their interests and needs. Offering a unique education experience in Oregon, North Clackamas is home to the largest professional-technical program in Oregon, high-demand bilingual schools, and Clackamas County's first International Baccalaureate program. Students are seeing expansion of more than 150 high school electives, 11 Right Brain Initiative schools, numerous advanced college credit offerings, magnet school options and dozens of sports and activities.

"We believe we have a relevant and challenging curriculum," said Superintendent Matt Utterback. "Our educators promote high expectations, cultural understanding, and productive study habits. We are setting the pace for education in Oregon and providing pathways to success for our students."

For additional information and FAQs, pick up an open enrollment flyer from a local participating school or go to the website at www.nclack.k12.or.us/schoolchoice.


Attached Media Files: NC12 Open Enrollment 2017
McMenamin's Edgefield Hosts Half Night to Benefit Reynolds Learning Academy's Graduation Ceremony and Celebration
Reynolds Sch. Dist. - 02/16/17 12:10 PM
Half of the proceeds from the sale of food and beverages at the McMenamins Edgefield Power Station Pub on Tuesday, February 28 from 5pm to Midnight will be donated to the Reynolds Learning Academy's Graduation Ceremony & other school related activities.

Bring your family, friends and your appetite to help support our kids. Take out orders are included. Just tell your server you are with RLA's Half Night.

Reynolds Learning Academy (RLA) is a small alternative high school option serving approximately 200 high school students in a small setting. Career Technical Education options, The Trades and the Multnomah Youth Cooperative offer hands-on learning opportunities. Head Start and Pregnant and Parenting Teen services are also offered at RLA.


Attached Media Files: Event Flier 2/28/17 Half Night
Portland Symphonic Choir seeks new Artistic Director
Portland Symphonic Choir - 02/16/17 11:35 AM
For over 70 years, Portland Symphonic Choir has been creating beautiful music under the direction of just five artistic directors. Dr. Steven Zopfi joined Portland Symphonic Choir as artistic director in 2003 and we have enjoyed 14 great years under his baton, performing choral masterworks both old and new. As Carlos Kalmar of the Oregon Symphony once said of Dr. Zopfi, "...the Choir has made remarkable progress under your artistic leadership; it is a pleasure to collaborate with you."

In addition to his work with PSC, Dr. Zopfi is an accomplished Director of Choral Activities at the University of Puget Sound (located 150 miles north of Portland). Recently, the university completed a major rescheduling effort which resulted in an unresolvable scheduling conflict with PSC's rehearsal needs. While the university-wide change is being made for good reasons, it unfortunately will prevent Dr. Zopfi from continuing his position with PSC after this season. With this in mind, we are now activating our search for the next artistic director of Portland Symphonic Choir.

The Board of Directors is working diligently to ensure a successful search and transition process. Applications for this part time position are now being accepted with the initial review beginning April 4. Those interested in applying should view the full job description at www.pschoir.org/employment.

As the great Robert Shaw once said, "as soon as we find each other, we invite the miracle to begin"--this sentiment will be at the heart of our search.

While the search activities begin, the choir is also preparing one last concert under Dr. Zopfi's direction. On Saturday, May 20th, the Portland Symphonic Choir will host a high school choral festival in collaboration with Portland Public Schools. In addition to the festival performance, PSC wwill perform Carl Orff's iconic "Carmina Burana". Tickets are available online now for this performance (and will be limited to 1,400!). www.pschoir.org/carmina


Attached Media Files: PSC_ArtisticDirector
Montavilla Neighborhood Tavern Robbed Early Thursday Morning - No Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 02/16/17 11:30 AM
On Thursday February 16, 2017, at 1:23 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at the Top of the Hill Tavern, located at 9252 Northeast Glisan Street.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted employees who told police that the suspect entered the bar, armed with a handgun, and demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left the bar and was last seen running eastbound on Glisan.

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

The suspect is described as a white male in his 40s, 6'2" tall, chubby build, wearing a dark-colored mask, dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, white shoes, and carrying a handgun.

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

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City Names New Parks and Recreation Director
City of Wilsonville - 02/16/17 11:01 AM
WILSONVILLE, OR -- The City of Wilsonville announced the hiring of Michael "Mike" McCarty as the City's new Parks and Recreation Director. Mike has more than 27 years of experience leading municipal parks and recreation departments and has worked for several different local governments.

Most recently Mike worked as the Director of Parks and Community Services for the City of San Moreno Valley, CA. Prior to this position over a 21-year period, Mike also served in similar roles for the following cities: Yuma, AZ; Napa Valley, CA; San Leandro, CA, and Ukiah, CA. Mike's career in parks and recreation began as a Recreation Supervisor for the City of Paso Robles, CA.

Mike studied at Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration and he also earned a Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in San Luis Obispo, CA.

Assistant City Manager Jeanna Troha states, "We are excited to have Mike join our team. He brings a wealth of experience in parks and recreation, a collaborative leadership style and a passion for enhancing the quality of life for people that live and work in the community."

Mike explains, "I am very excited to be a part of the team in Wilsonville and I see this as a great opportunity to make a difference in what is already a very nice town with exceptional parks."

In his free time Mike enjoys exercising, being outdoors, visiting baseball stadiums across the country and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Mike McCarty, Parks and Recreation Director, begins on Monday, Feb. 27, may be reached at 503-570-1579; mccarty@ci.wilsonville.or.us.
Roseway Neighborhood Subway Robbed on Wednesday Night - No Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 02/16/17 11:00 AM
On Wednesday February 15, 2017, at 9:32 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the Subway sandwich shop, located at 7110 Northeast Sandy Boulevard, on the report of an armed robbery.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted employees who told police that the suspect, armed with a handgun, entered the shop and demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left the shop and was last seen running northbound across Sandy Boulevard.

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

The suspect is described as a black male in his 30s, 6'3" tall, muscular build, wearing a dark-colored mask, dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, carrying a handgun.

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

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Marion County Farm Bureau offers CPR/First Aid/AED classes in English, Spanish
Oregon Farm Bureau - 02/16/17 10:58 AM
Marion County Farm Bureau offers CPR/First Aid/AED classes in English and Spanish.

"Besides giving a voice to local farm and ranch families at the capitol, Marion County Farm Bureau promotes agriculture health and safety," said Marion County Farm Bureau President John Zielinski. "It's important that farm owners and their employees are certified in CPR and receive First Aid training. You never want to have to use those skills, but it's good to be prepared."

Up to two people from a farm with Marion County Farm Bureau voting membership can attend for free. Additional attendees or those without Farm Bureau membership can register for $50.

English Session 1 (up to 12 attendees): Tuesday, March 7, 8:30 am -- 12:30 pm; Oregon Farm Bureau office, 1320 Capitol St. NE, Salem. Refreshments included.

English Session 2 (up to 12 attendees): Tuesday, March 7, 1 pm -- 5 pm; Oregon Farm Bureau office, 1320 Capitol St. NE, Salem. Refreshments included.

Spanish Session 3 (up to 8 attendees): Monday, March 20, 9 am -- 4 pm; Oregon Farm Bureau office, 1320 Capitol St. NE, Salem. Lunch and refreshments included.

Class space is limited. To register, contact Jessica Carpenter at 503.378.0595 or jessica@marioncofarm.com. Or submit a registration form available at http://www.marioncofarm.com/events/.

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Local School Districts Can Apply for Funds to Hold Kindercamps this Summer
NW Regional ESD: Washington Co. - 02/16/17 10:42 AM
The NW Early Learning Hub is pleased to announce the release of an exciting opportunity for local school districts. The Hub will be funding Kindercamps and Parent Engagement Programs in schools across Clatsop, Columbia, and Tillamook counties. The Kindercamps are summer experiences of eight to ten days prior to the start of school.

These part-day camps help incoming kindergarteners get a jump on kindergarten by learning how to line up, where the restrooms are, what the rules are on the playground, and more.

The Hub sponsored Kindercamps in nine school districts last year to rave reviews from teachers and parents. Teachers reported that they could see a big difference in the students who had attended Kindercamp and that the experience allowed them to get right into teaching.

One teacher said "Having almost one third of our kindergarten students attend Kindercamp has had a huge impact on our school. We get to know students prior to attending kindergarten. This helps us with class placement and allows us to be proactive in matching teachers with students as well as students with students. It also provides us leaders who can model for students who arrive to kindergarten unaware of expectations and procedures."

Application were released to districts on February 10 and are due back on March 10. Applications can be downloaded from www.nwelhub.org.

Parents of incoming kindergarteners are encouraged to check with their school to see if it is selected. Schools will be particularly looking for incoming kindergarteners who have not attended a formal preschool and/or are English learners.


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Early Learning Hubs are a part of the Early Learning Division of the Oregon Department of Education. The Hubs are charged with having children ready to succeed in kindergarten, helping families be stable and attached, and creating an aligned early childhood system.
NW Regional Education Service District is the backbone agency of the NW Early Learning (NWEL) Hub, which has been in existence since May 2015. The NWEL Hub also partners with local agencies to sponsor Early Childhood Health and Education events across the region as well as other projects, such as Every Child Ready to Read. Please visit the website for more information: www.nwelhub.org.


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Port of Vancouver USA hosting ten public tours in 2017
Port of Vancouver - 02/16/17 10:38 AM
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- The Port of Vancouver USA is hosting ten public tours in 2017 -- two more than in 2016 -- due to the popularity of these informative excursions.

"We get great feedback and interest in our public tours, so much so that we've added four tours to our schedule since 2015," said Chief External Affairs Officer Ryan Hart. "We appreciate the community's participation and look forward to helping more people get to know their port in 2017."

The Port of Vancouver's free public tours showcase many of the industries that call the port home and provide a taste of the maritime industry and global marketplace. Tour guests may see massive ships berthed along the waterfront as well as some of the diverse cargoes handled on our docks, including steel, grain, minerals and automobiles.

2017 public tour dates

Wednesday, March 22, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tuesday, April 11, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 22, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, May 11, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, May 24, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesday, June 7, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Saturday, June 24, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, July 15, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 1, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 14, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Public tours begin at our administrative building, located at 3103 Northwest Lower River Road in Vancouver. Guests can snack on light refreshments while staff provides a brief presentation about our 105-year history, current projects, cargoes and global trade. After the presentation, guests take a bus ride around the port for an interactive tour of bustling marine terminals and expanding industrial centers.

Government-issued photo ID, such as a driver's license or passport, is required to attend. Please leave cameras at home; they are not allowed on marine terminals.

Reservations are required and tours fill up quickly. Those interested in tours are encouraged to call the port at 360-693-3611 or email RSVP@portvanusa.com far in advance of their selected tour date.

For more information about public tours at the Port of Vancouver USA, visit www.portvanusa.com/community/know-your-port.

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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.
Suspect in Series of Bank Robberies Arrested on Sunday Morning (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/16/17 10:32 AM
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On Sunday February 12, 2017, the US Marshals Oregon Fugitive Task Force arrested the suspect in a series of Portland bank robberies. The suspect was arrested at a motel in the area of Southeast 92nd Avenue and Stark Street.

48-year-old Franklin Aaron Bearcub was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a federal hold. Bank robbery charges are pending with the US Attorney's Office Oregon.

Between January 4 and February 11, 2017, Bearcub is suspected of robbing six Portland banks:

January 4 at US Bank, located at 900 Southwest 6th Avenue

January 12 at the Bank of the West, located at 840 Southwest Broadway

January 20 at KeyBank, located at 1001 Northwest 14th Avenue

January 30 at Umpqua Bank, located at 750 Southwest Yamhill Street

February 1 at KeyBank, located at 4131 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard

February 11 at KeyBank, located at 4600 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard

During the investigations, Portland Police Bureau Robbery detectives and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force were able to identify Bearcub as the suspect and learned that he had an outstanding federal parole violation warrant on an original charge of bank robbery.

Investigators worked with the US Marshals Oregon Fugitive Task Force to safely locate and arrest Bearcub.

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Registration open for SAIF free farm safety seminars in Salem, Feb. 21 and 22
SAIF - 02/16/17 10:22 AM
Summary: The seminars, which are free to anyone interested in agricultural safety, will be on Tuesday, February 21 (in English) and Wednesday, February 22 (in Spanish) at the Eola Northwest Viticulture Center. The seminars will run from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and lunch is included. Photos from recent presentations are available.
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As one of Oregon's largest industries, agriculture also tends to suffer its share of injuries and illnesses.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About SAIF
SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit, state-chartered workers' compensation insurance company. Since 1914 it has been caring for injured workers and helping to make workplaces safer. For more, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com
Kate Roose Joins Leadership Team at Free Clinic of Southwest Washington (Photo)
Free Clinic of SW Washington - 02/16/17 10:14 AM
Kate Roose, new program manager at the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington
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VANCOUVER, Wash., Feb. 16, 2017 -­ The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington has hired Kate Roose as program manager. She will oversee medical clinic operations, health screenings, dispensary services, client navigation services and the clinic's project access specialty referral program.

Roose, 30, has volunteered in the clinic's medical program since 2014. She completed her associate degree in nursing at Clark College and is a Registered Nurse. She is studying to earn a bachelor's degree in nursing at Washington State University Vancouver.

"We're delighted to welcome Kate to our leadership team," says Barbe West, executive director of the Free Clinic. "She has impressive clinical experience, and her two years as a volunteer in our medical program will prove invaluable in her new role."

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


Attached Media Files: Kate Roose, new program manager at the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington
Reward Offered in Cab Driver Robbery - Crime Stoppers Featured Case #17-06 (Photo)
Crime Stoppers of Oregon - 02/16/17 10:00 AM
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The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to identify an armed robbery suspect.

On February 5, 2017, at approximately 2:30 a.m., a Radio Cab driver picked up the suspect at Southeast Grand Avenue and East Burnside Street. At Southeast 70th Avenue and Tolman Street, the suspect displayed a handgun to the driver and demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect got out of the cab and left the area.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 30s, 5'06" to 5'08" tall, 140 pounds, shaved head or bald, facial hair, may have a bad front tooth.

Surveillance images from the cab and a convenience store are being released to aid in this investigation.

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

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

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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

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Racial justice educator to speak at WSU Vancouver
WSU Vancouver - 02/16/17 9:21 AM
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Debby Irving, a racial justice educator and author of the book "Waking Up White," will speak at Washington State University Vancouver on Feb. 27. Her talk, titled "I'm a Good Person, Isn't That Enough?" will take place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110. It is free and open to the public.

Irving's discussion is designed to help people shift their attitude from "fixing" and "helping" those believed to be inferior, to focusing on internalized white superiority and its role in perpetuating racism at the individual, interpersonal, institutional and cultural levels.

About WSU Vancouver
WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in Vancouver, east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205, or via C-Tran bus service. Parking is available at meters or in the Blue Daily Pay lot for $3.

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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WSU Vancouver offers information night in Spanish
WSU Vancouver - 02/16/17 9:20 AM
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Washington State University Vancouver invites prospective students and their families to Noche de Familia, an annual dinner and information night conducted entirely in Spanish.

Noche de Familia takes place March 2, beginning with an optional campus tour at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and presentations in Firstenberg Student Commons from 6 to 8 p.m. Prospective students in grades 6 -- 11 are invited to bring family members. Guests will learn about WSU Vancouver's academic programs, application process and campus life, as well as about preparing for and paying for college, and common challenges families may encounter.

The event is free and open to all. It is sponsored by Student Affairs and Enrollment, and the Student Diversity Center.

For questions or accommodations, contact Jorge Argueta, 360-546-9151, jorge.argueta@wsu.edu.

About WSU Vancouver
WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in Vancouver, east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205, or via C-Tran bus service. Parking for the event is free in Orange 3 lot.

As one of four campuses of the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university offers affordable 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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Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 02/15/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 02/16/17 8:09 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 02/15/2017

ESTACADA:

1C 2017-281

On 02/15/2017 at about 0615 hrs., police responded to the 300 block of SE Highway 224 regarding an unwanted person. The report is pending (CAD).

SANDY:

18 2017-283

On 02/15/2017 at about 0827 hrs., police received a report about gas siphoned out of vehicles in the 17000 block of Wolf Drive. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-286

On 02/15/17 at 1240 hours, police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 39800 block of Wolf Drive. It was determined that no crime had occurred and a report was taken.

18 2017-288

On 02/15/2017 at 1514 hrs., police responded to a report of an intoxicated driver that had struck a vehicle and several mailboxes and was now parked at the intersection of Revenue Avenue and Proctor Boulevard. Police responded and found that the adult male driver was having a medical emergency. Medics responded and assisted.

18 2017-289

On 02/15/2017 at about 1536 hrs., police responded to a report of an unwanted person at a business in the 38000 block of Proctor Boulevard. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-290

On 02/15/2017 at about 1835 hrs., police received a report about a disturbance in the 37000 block of Highway 26. A report is pending (CAD).
Oregon Farm Bureau Statement on Day Without Immigrants
Oregon Farm Bureau - 02/16/17 7:59 AM
Oregon Farm Bureau Statement on Day Without Immigrants

Feb. 16, 2017, Salem, Oregon: "Immigrants, migrants, and guest workers are vital contributors to the U.S. economy. Farm Bureau recognizes and honors their contributions to agriculture and other sectors. We will continue to advocate for a workable immigration policy that meets the needs of the economy; gives employers access to a legal, reliable workforce; and provides national security."

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Two Dead After Shooting in Home on Bull Mountain
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/16/17 6:16 AM
PRESS RELEASE

Two Dead After Shooting in Home on Bull Mountain

February 16, 2017 -- A man and a woman are dead after a shooting in a home on Bull Mountain. The initial investigation indicates that this was a homicide-suicide and there is no danger to the public.

On February 15, 2017 at 10:38pm, sheriff's deputies were called to a residence in the 13600 block of SW Willow Top Lane in the Bull Mountain area of Washington County. Family members were concerned that they had not heard from the home's residents, Lisa R. Malone, 48, and Leonard J. Foster, 48, for some time.

The family members went to the location and entered the three-story home. From the ground floor, they spoke with Ms. Malone and Mr. Foster, who were upstairs. The family members then heard what they believed to be a single gunshot, but thought it could have been from a TV. After the gunshot, Ms. Malone and Mr. Foster both told the family members they were fine and did not wish to speak with them.

The family members called 911. While on the phone, the family members reported hearing additional gunshots, which they described as quiet or muffled. The 911 call-taker did not hear any gunshots.

Deputies responded to the home. They contacted neighbors, who did not hear any gunshots. The neighbors reported that the porch light was turned off after the time the family members heard the shots and exited the home. Deputies also observed interior lights being turned off while they were on scene. Phone calls into the home were not answered. Deputies ultimately determined they did not have legal justification to enter the home.

Just after 1am, the family members re-entered the home and discovered both Ms. Malone and Mr. Foster deceased.

Detectives from the sheriff's office Violent Crimes Unit responded to the scene. The initial investigation indicates that this was a homicide-suicide and there is no danger to the public.

Ms. Malone and Mr. Foster were a couple and lived at the home together for over a year. There is no documented history of domestic violence for the couple at this address.

Sheriff's detectives were assisted at the scene by the Washington County Medical Examiner's Office.

Anyone with information about this couple or this incident is asked to contact detectives at 503-846-2500.
Red Cross Responds to Home Disaster Affecting Three People in Portland
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/16/17 6:16 AM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster at approximately 4:00 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 in the 11000 block of Force Avenue in Portland, Multnomah County, Ore.

The single-family fire affected two adults and one child.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services.

Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

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

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
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Red Cross Responds to Home Disaster Affecting Five People in Warm Springs
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/15/17 11:26 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster at approximately 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 in the 2000 block of Kuckup Street in Warm Springs, Jefferson County, Ore.

The weather-related single-family incident affected one adult and four children.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services.

Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

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

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Sherwood Police Offer Reward For Information And Amnesty In Regard To An Incident On February 5, 2017 (Photo)
Sherwood Police Dept. - 02/15/17 8:15 PM
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On February 5, 2017 in the late evening hours an incident occurred on SW Century Drive in Sherwood. During this incident the Sherwood Water, Street, Sidewalk, and Public/Private utility systems were damaged, including significant damage to a fire hydrant resulting in substantial flooding in the area of the incident. The public was not harmed or threatened due to the damage.

The City of Sherwood is offering a $3,000.00 reward to a witness, other than the responsible party, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) causing the damage on February 5, 2017.

In a unique move, the City of Sherwood is offering amnesty to criminal prosecution for the responsible party, if that person comes forward to take responsibility for the incident.

If you have information regarding this incident, please contact the Sherwood Police Department at 503-629-0111.


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Suspect in custody in killing of pet pig (Photo)
Columbia Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/15/17 8:05 PM
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Columbia County Sheriff's deputies tonight arrested the suspect in the killing of a pet pig in the rural St. Helens area. The pig had been shot with two arrows from a compound bow two days ago and later died.

George Bainbridge, 54, St. Helens is charged with two counts of Animal Abuse, First Degree and one count of Criminal Mischief, Second degree. He is lodged in the Columbia County Jail on $36,250 bail.

Earlier today, deputies obtained a search warrant for the residence at 61393 Robinette Rd., St. Helens, where the suspect resides. He is the neighbor of the victim, Michelle Fudge-Snow, 56. Deputies seized evidence connected in the case during the search warrant, interviewed the suspect, and made the arrest.

The suspect is currently lodged in jail, pending arraignment on the charges. The court has up to 48 hours to arraign the suspect before the jail will have to release him with a future court date. The suspect could also post 10 percent of the bail for a security release at any time prior to his arraignment.


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Centennial School District Board Selects Dr. Paul E. Coakley as its Next Superintendent
Centennial Sch. Dist. - 02/15/17 4:15 PM
Since July 1, 2016, Dr. Paul Coakley has been serving as Interim Superintendent for the Centennial School District with his one year term expiring on June 30, 2017.

The Centennial School Board opened a superintendent search to fill the position for an indefinite term beginning July 1, 2017. As a part of the search the Board conducted an information gathering tour of district stakeholders including staff, community and students to identify the characteristics expected in their next superintendent. During the past year the School Board, staff and community have also been able to observe Dr. Coakley's work as Interim Superintendent. In deliberating how to proceed with the search, the School Board realized that his performance as Interim Superintendent matches well the characteristics sought by the district stakeholders for the position. After weighing its options, the School Board decided to fill the position rather than continue the search for external candidates.

The Centennial School District Board of Directors is therefore pleased to announce that Dr. Paul E. Coakley has been selected to be the district's Superintendent effective July 1, 2017. Dr. Coakley and the Board are working on the terms of a tentative agreement which will be finalized at a public meeting in the near future.

"We've had a chance to work with Paul as our Interim Superintendent for the past several months. The School Board likes the energy and steady hand he brings to the position," Board Chair Shar Giard said. "After watching Paul work and comparing what we wanted in our next Superintendent, it was an easy decision to ask him if he would continue as our next Superintendent. We are excited that he said -- yes."

Dr. Coakley began his school administrator career in 2008 as the Principal of Hudson Park Elementary school in the Rainier School District, Rainier, Oregon. After 6 years as Principal, he became Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction in the Rainier School District. In 2014, Dr. Coakley was hired by Centennial School District as its Assistant Superintendent and Human Resources Director, a position he held for 2 years before becoming Interim Superintendent in July, 2016. Before becoming a school administrator, he taught in Portland Public Schools and a brief time in Champaign, IL. A frequent presenter at state and national conferences on a variety of education topics, Dr. Coakley also serves as a Professor at Portland State University in the school administrator Initial Administrative Licensure program and serves on the Oregon Leadership Network Executive Committee.

For his graduate education, Dr. Coakley has a Doctorate of Educational Leadership from Portland State University with his dissertation entitled "Shaping School Culture." He obtained a Masters of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction, also from Portland State University.

"We must always keep our focus on ensuring that every child succeeds while at the same time supporting the teachers and administrators who work tirelessly on their behalf," Coakley said. "I grew up and went to school in neighboring Gresham, so I know this area well. I am thrilled the Centennial School Board has confidence that I can lead our great staff and students to a successful future.
Water Bureau Finds Additional Cryptosporidium in Bull Run Water: Groundwater activated on Feb. 13.
Portland Water Bureau - 02/15/17 4:08 PM
Today, the Portland Water Bureau received results from ongoing monitoring of the Bull Run watershed, including one 50L (13 gallon) sample that was positive for Cryptosporidium, a potentially pathogenic microorganism. The positive sample was collected Monday, Feb. 13 and is the seventh positive sample out of 29 samples this year. The levels detected continue to be low, with one Cryptosporidium oocyst detected in this sample.

With the possibility of further Cryptosporidium detections from the Bull Run, the Portland Water Bureau activated the groundwater wells from the Columbia South Shore Well Field on Monday Feb. 13.

"The health and safety of our customers is our top priority" said Portland Water Bureau Administrator Michael Stuhr. "We will continue to work with our partners at Multnomah County Health Department and Oregon Health Authority while monitoring our drinking water source."

At this time, there is no evidence of an increased public health risk as a result of this most recent detection. The bureau continues to recommend that people with severely weakened immune systems seek specific advice about drinking water from their health care providers. However, there is no need for the general public to take additional precautions.

"All identified cases of cryptosporidiosis, the disease caused by Cryptosporidium, are reported to state and county health officials" said Dr. Jennifer Vines, Deputy Health Officer, Multnomah County. "So far, the county's ongoing disease surveillance has shown no unexplained increase in Cryptosporidium cases."

Symptoms of cryptosporidiosis may include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, and fever. The symptoms can range from mild to severe. Cryptosporidiosis is not the only illness or condition that can cause these symptoms. These symptoms are common in the general population this time of year -- up to 2 percent of the public can have similar symptoms on any given day (11,000 people in Portland). Health professionals recommend seeking medical advice if these symptoms persist for more than a few days.

The Portland Water Bureau currently does not treat for the parasite Cryptosporidium under a variance issued by the State of Oregon Health Authority in 2012. As required by the conditions of the variance, the bureau had been testing for Cryptosporidium at the source water intake twice a week. Since Jan. 8, after the initial detections, the bureau began monitoring at the source water intake at least four times per week. The bureau will continue to test the Bull Run for Cryptosporidium even while serving groundwater as the drinking water source. The results of this continued monitoring will be used to decide when to return to the Bull Run as our drinking water source.

The Portland Water Bureau is continuing its investigation into the recent detections. While no specific source has been identified, scat from wildlife in the Bull Run that has been washed into the reservoirs are the most likely source of the Cryptosporidium detections. The bureau will continue to notify the public if any additional precautions are necessary. In the meantime, the bureau will continue operating our secondary groundwater source.

Additional information regarding the Portland Water Bureau's treatment variance and answers to frequently asked questions are available at www.portlandoregon.gov/water/treatmentvariance. Customers with questions regarding water quality can call the Water Line at (503) 823-7525.
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Attached Media Files: 2017-02/1240/101897/FAQs_2-13-17.pdf , 2017-02/1240/101897/News_Release_Variance_2017-02-15.pdf
MESD Board Regular Session Meeting 2-21-17 at 5:30 p.m.
Multnomah ESD - 02/15/17 3:36 PM
The Multnomah Education Service District Board of Directors will meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the main headquarters, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon 97220 in the Board Room. The Board will meet in Executive Session under ORS 192.660(2)(d))-To conduct deliberations with persons designated by the governing body to carry on labor negotiations and ORS-192.660(2)(I))-To review and evaluate the employment-related performance of the chief executive officer of any public body, a public officer, employee or staff member who does not request an open hearing.
Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Industry Expands in Salem (Photo)
City of Salem - 02/15/17 3:22 PM
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The Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Industry plays a critical role in the Mid-Willamette Valley economy, with more than 13 percent of all private-sector jobs in this key industry. Many companies continue to invest in Salem due to the low real estate and development costs, reliable and affordable utilities, low cost/high quality labor, no sales tax, and no local business license fees.

"As markets and technologies have evolved, a highly competitive manufacturing industry has continued to expand in Salem. Many of our innovative firms compete globally, and our manufacturing sector has an extensive supply chain that supports this robust and growing industry," said Kristin Retherford, Director of Salem's Urban Development Department.

There are more than 1 million workers within 45 miles of Salem, including 33,000 employed in the high tech industry. Salem is also located within an hour of 80,000 college students. Additionally, the high quality, abundant water, availability of shovel ready land (at the Mill Creek Corporate Center), and central location, make Salem a prime location for technology and advanced manufacturing.

Local companies in these sectors include:
Garmin AT: Manufacturer of automotive, sports and recreation, marine and aviation technology (SE Salem)
Cabdoor: Custom cabinet manufacturing (SE Salem)
Panasonic Eco Solutions Solar America: Subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation of North America, manufactures silicon ingots for photovoltaic solar panels (SE Salem)
Rigado: Provides low power wireless solutions and experienced engineering services for devices such as GoPro products, fitness tracking equipment, concrete curing monitors, and smart wireless kitchen appliances, among many others (SE Salem)
Performance Health Technology: Provides health care organizations with web-based care and claims management technology and software products (SE Salem)
Open Dental Software: Provides dental software for appointment scheduling, imaging, and 3D dental charting (SE Salem)
HIT: Provides public safety equipment and critical infrastructure protection systems (NE Salem)
West Salem Machinery: Provides machines and systems engineered to meet any challenge (W Salem)
Layton Systems: Provides food handling and processing solutions worldwide (W Salem)
Bookbyte: One of the largest used textbook retailers on the west coast (SE Salem)

"A combination of talented and committed employees, as well as a supportive local economic environment, have allowed us to design, manufacture, and sell products all over the U.S. and world since 1960," said John Layton, Former President of Layton Systems, headquartered in West Salem.

The City works with SEDCOR, Business Oregon, Oregon Manufacturers Extension Partnership, and other partners to identify funding and other resources to support business location and expansion. Funding may be available through the City's urban renewal area grant and loan programs as well as through State grant and loan programs.

For more information, about growing or expanding in Salem, go to http://www.cityofsalem.net/economicdevelopment or contact Annie Gorski, Economic Development Manager, at 503-540-2480 or agorski@cityofsalem.net. Si necesita ayuda para comprender esta información, por favor llame 503-588-6178.


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Coffee with the Chief: A community conversation about marijuana with Battle Ground Police Chief Bob Richardson (Photo)
City of Battle Ground - 02/15/17 2:27 PM
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In November of 2012, state-wide Initiative 502 regarding legalized marijuana was approved by the voters of Washington State. It became the task of the WA State Liquor Control Board to license and regulate businesses engaged in marijuana production, processing and retail sales and in July of 2014 state-licensed recreational marijuana sales throughout the state began; a retail store in Battle Ground opened in November of 2014. Now, more than two years later, we can explore how the implementation of I-502, legalization, and retail sales has impacted the Battle Ground community.

The public is invited to join Battle Ground Police Chief Bob Richardson and a panel of experts for a conversation about marijuana in our community on Wednesday, February 22, from 5:30 to 7pm at the Battle Ground Community Center located at 912 East Main Street.

Discussion will focus on state laws and regulations, compliance, enforcement, effects on the community, and why preventing youth access is so important. Along with Chief Richardson, panel participants include a representative from a local marijuana retailer, a prevention specialist from Battle Ground Public Schools and members of Prevent Together: Battle Ground Prevention Alliance. The event is family friendly and parents who attend are encouraged to bring their pre-teen or teenaged children.

This session of Coffee with the Chief is held in in partnership with the Battle Ground Prevention Alliance whose mission is to prevent and reduce youth substance abuse in the Battle Ground community by building resiliency, strengthening relationships and providing education for families and community members. To learn more, visit their website at www.preventtogetherbg.org.

For more information about Coffee with the Chief, contact Police Chief Bob Richardson at 360-342-5300 or by email at bob.richardson@cityofbg.org.


Attached Media Files: Police Chief Bob Richardson
Athletics for the Mind, the 50th Annual State Chess Tournament
Chess for Success - 02/15/17 2:09 PM
When: March 10 and 11, 2017
Where: Oregon Convention Center

After more than two months of regional competitions, over 500 qualifying K-12 students will convene at the Oregon Convention Center for the Chess for Success 50th Annual State Chess Tournament. The State Chess Tournament is an opportunity for students to exercise their brains and compete for both individual and team titles. Games start at 9:00 a.m. Friday March 10 and Saturday March 11.

Chess for Success has been facilitating the tournament since 1998 after being founded by OMSI and the Oregonian in 1967. Chess for Success (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 80 schools throughout the state of Oregon serving more than 3,400 kids. To learn more visit their website, www.chessforsuccess.org.

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Hardship driving privileges for problem gamblers in treatment passes out of committee
Oregon Lottery - 02/15/17 12:43 PM
This morning the Oregon Senate Committee on Judiciary held a public hearing and work session on Senate Bill 252 and unanimously moved the bill to the Senate floor with a do pass recommendation.

This bill would authorize the Department of Transportation to issue a hardship permit to a person with suspended driving privileges to drive to and from gambling addiction treatment.

The Department of Transportation may currently issue hardship driving permits to individuals for particular purposes, such as driving to and from work, drug and alcohol treatment programs, and transportation of self or family to medical appointments.

The bill now goes to the full Senate for a vote.

The Lottery worked closely with bill sponsor Sen. Kathleen Taylor to draft the language for the bill and bring this issue to the Legislature. As Senator Taylor explained, "SB 252 aims to reduce barriers for individuals seeking treatment to address gambling addiction and minimize any negative impacts from gambling on the Oregon Lottery."

Oregon Lottery Director Pack thanked Sen. Taylor for bringing this bill forward. "We have a fairly special and unique opportunity here," said Pack. "We thought this was a great way to support folks who have problems and make sure that they can easily, or as easily as possible, get to treatment resources when they need it."

The next step for the bill upon passage by the Senate, would be referral to the Speaker of the Oregon House, where it will be assigned to a House committee, and the House will begin its review of the bill.

Oregon Lottery proceeds provide funding for free, confidential and effective problem gambling treatment programs statewide. Since 1992, over $92 million in Lottery funds has been directed to fund problem gambling treatment. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org.

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City to raise parking rates, replace older meters starting this year
City of Vancouver - 02/15/17 12:10 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- The City of Vancouver is implementing several parking initiatives in downtown and Uptown Village in 2017, including the first parking rate increase since 2009.

Starting March 1, the hourly parking rate at existing pay stations in downtown will increase from $.50/hour to $1.25/hour. The older coin-only parking meters will remain $.50/hour until they are replaced with new pay stations, starting this year.

At the Vancouvercenter Park 'n Go garage on West Sixth Street, parking rates also will increase on March 1 as follows:

$1.25/hour

Monday-Friday
Daytime until 6 p.m.: $9
6 p.m. to close: $3.50
Full day: $12.50

Weekends
$3.50 for the full day

On-street parking will continue to be free after 6 p.m. on weekdays, all day on weekends and on all City-recognized holidays.

This spring, the City will begin replacing its older coin-only parking meters in downtown with new pay stations that accept coins and credit or debit cards. This transition will be completed in two phases in 2017 and 2018. The parking rate at the new pay stations will be $1.25/hour.

These changes are being made in order to decrease maintenance and operational costs, improve the customer experience, encourage private investment in development of additional downtown parking garages and make the parking program self-sufficient. Currently, the City's Parking Services Division receives approximately $1.25 million from the City general fund.

The City will also begin installing coin-only parking meters in certain congested areas of Uptown Village, including Main Street, in direct coordination with the Uptown Village Association. The hourly parking rate at these meters will be $.50/hour. The City also will begin conducting active parking enforcement in this area at the same time.

Starting later this year, the City will begin exploring providing a mobile parking payment app option in more areas of downtown. The app will allow people to pay for parking and add money to their meter from any mobile device or computer using a credit or debit card.

For more information about parking in downtown Vancouver, please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/DowntownParking.

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Quest Diagnostics and PeaceHealth to Increase Access to Innovative, High-Value Laboratory Services in the Pacific Northwest
PeaceHealth - 02/15/17 12:06 PM
Quest to acquire PeaceHealth Laboratories' outreach lab services and assume management of labs located within PeaceHealth's medical centers in three states

MADISON, N.J. and VANCOUVER, Wash. -- February 15, 2017 -- Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX), the world's leading provider of diagnostic information services, and PeaceHealth, a mission-based not-for-profit healthcare system, have formed a two-part arrangement to enhance the delivery of laboratory services to communities in Oregon, Washington and Alaska.

Under a definitive agreement, Quest Diagnostics will acquire the outreach laboratory services operations of PeaceHealth Laboratories. Under a professional laboratory services agreement, Quest will manage 11 laboratories, which PeaceHealth will continue to own, serving PeaceHealth's medical centers in the three states.

These agreements are designed to improve access to innovative, convenient and high-value laboratory diagnostic services for people in the Pacific Northwest. Physicians and patients will benefit from an enhanced test menu, which includes advanced diagnostic capabilities, and an expanded network of conveniently located patient service centers and other specimen collection sites.

"PeaceHealth is committed to delivering quality, community-focused care that is both accessible and sustainable," said Liz Dunne, PeaceHealth president and chief executive officer. "In our current healthcare landscape, that sometimes means collaborating with organizations that offer the data, tools and resources necessary to stay ahead of the curve in specialized services. After thorough and thoughtful consideration, it became clear that Quest Diagnostics offers the expertise to enhance our services and increase convenient access to care in our communities."

The two organizations also cited their shared values and vision for the future of healthcare as a major factor in the decision.

"PeaceHealth is an innovative health system dedicated to providing outstanding healthcare. Their choice of Quest Diagnostics to deliver diagnostic information services to their communities underscores our value in enabling health systems to optimize their lab strategies in and outside of the hospital setting," said Steve Rusckowski, Quest Diagnostics chairman, president and CEO. "It also delivers on our strategy to accelerate growth and drive operational excellence through strategically aligned, accretive acquisitions. We look forward to extending our expertise, innovations and commitment to empowering better health with diagnostic insights in the Pacific Northwest."

Quest Diagnostics and PeaceHealth expect to complete the transaction in the second quarter of 2017, following customary regulatory review. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

About Quest Diagnostics
Quest Diagnostics empowers people to take action to improve health outcomes. Derived from the world's largest database of clinical lab results, our diagnostic insights reveal new avenues to identify and treat disease, inspire healthy behaviors and improve health care management. Quest annually serves one in three adult Americans and half the physicians and hospitals in the United States, and our 43,000 employees understand that, in the right hands and with the right context, our diagnostic insights can inspire actions that transform lives. www.QuestDiagnostics.com.

About PeaceHealth
PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a group practice with about 900 providers, a laboratory system, and 10 medical centers. PeaceHealth was founded in 1890 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace to fill a need for health care services in the Pacific Northwest. The Sisters shared financial and personnel resources to open new hospitals. They shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for health care in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of collaboration and stewardship in fulfilling its mission. This is The Spirit of Health.

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Update: Homicide Suspect Arrested in Vancouver
Gresham Police Dept - 02/15/17 11:41 AM
GRESHAM, Ore. -- On Feb. 14, Portland resident Demarco "Buddy" Streeter, 30, was arrested for the shooting death of Harry Deonte Brogdon Jr. The shooting occurred on Nov. 23, 2016, in the 18500 block of S.E. Stephens Circle, Gresham.

While following up on information and tips on Streeter's whereabouts, The United States Marshals Taskforce identified a residence in 2400 block of E. 29th Street, Vancouver, Wash., where they believed Streeter was hiding. With the assistance of the Vancouver Police Department, Vancouver Police Detectives and Southwest Washington SWAT Team, a search warrant was executed on the residence and Streeter was taken into custody without incident. A search of the residence also turned up evidence related to the homicide.

Streeter was booked into the Clark County Jail on his outstanding Oregon arrest warrant for Murder, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Felon in Possession of a Weapon.
Corrections Deputies and Officers to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 02/15/17 11:29 AM
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of Basic Corrections Local #BCL025 on Friday February 24, 2017 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon.

We would like to invite you to join us in observing the ceremony and congratulating Basic Corrections #BCL025 on their successful completion of basic training.
The event will begin at 11 am with a reception to follow after the ceremony. Captain Dan Penland of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office will be the guest speaker.

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.

Members of Graduating Class BCL025:

Deputy Sheriff Shanna Abraham
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Corrections Officer Sara Aryanfard
Warm Springs Police Department

Deputy Sheriff David Bock
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Andrew Brooks
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Marilyn Brooks
Marion County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Karrie Call
Northern Oregon Correctional Facility

Deputy Sheriff Charles Carlin
Marion County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Terry Chocktoot
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Keith Courtin
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Benjamin Fleming
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Thomas Geertsen
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Bryan Glascoe
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Dylan Hamilton
Union County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Oliver Howe
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Ross Krafve
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Paul Lancaster
Benton County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Stephanie Larson
Marion County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Chad Mathews
Jackson County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Evan Meyers
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Caitlyn Mittan
Jackson County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Cameron Moore
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Donald Moore
Josephine County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Travis Owsley
Clatsop County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Derrick Peasley
Malheur County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Joseph Peterson
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Ashley Pfeifer
Marion County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Jeff Reichle
Umatilla County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Sarah Rohman
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Taylor Ross
Marion County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Anthony Scott
Umatilla County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Karissa Shiflet
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Chezarae Simien
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Eric Skipper
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Corrections Officer Jordan Sumner
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Michael Tomei
Josephine County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Samir Vejo
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Travis Ward
Josephine County Sheriff's Office

Corrections Officer Dallas Wilson
Warm Springs Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Nathan Witherspoon
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

Corrections Officer Daniel Zitani
Washington County Community Corrections


## Background Information on the BPSST and 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.
Deputies Arrest Man for Menacing Women with a Bat and Resisting Arrest (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/15/17 10:12 AM
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PRESS RELEASE

Deputies Arrest Man for Menacing Women with a Bat and Resisting Arrest

February 15, 2017 - Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested a man after he menaced three women with a baseball bat, assaulted one and resisted arrest.

On February 14, 2017 at 9:35pm, sheriff's deputies were called to the Country Haven Mobile Home Park at 23585 NW Jacobson Road on a report of a man, 33-year-old Darnell J. Labossiere, threatening people with a baseball bat. It was initially reported that the man struck an adult female resident with the bat.

When deputies arrived on scene, Mr. Labossiere was uncooperative and fought with them as they tried to take him into custody. During the struggle, he punched a sergeant in the head. Deputies finally used a Taser to help subdue Mr. Labossiere. Neither the sergeant nor Mr. Labossiere was injured.

The investigation revealed that Mr. Labossiere had threatened three adult females with the bat. He also physically assaulted one of the females, though not with the bat. There were no serious injuries to any of the victims.

Mr. Labossiere was charged with Assault IV, Unlawful Use of Weapon (three counts), Menacing (three counts), Resisting Arrest and Harassment. He is currently lodged in the Washington County Jail, with bail set at $250,000.


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Free Child Safety Seat Clinic
Beaverton Police Dept. - 02/15/17 10:09 AM
The Beaverton Police Department would like to invite you to our next free child safety seat clinic on February 18th, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary so just drop by during the event. The last car will be accepted at 11:30 a.m. unless demand necessitates an earlier cut off time.

Because parents and caregivers have different levels of confidence when it comes to using and installing child safety seats this clinic has something for everyone. The 30 minute child safety seat check is intended to be an interactive learning experience from a certified technician so parents and caregivers can feel more comfortable installing and using their car seats.

Feeling confused and uneasy about your child safety seat? Stop by our clinic and we help you install your child safety seat in your vehicle and show you best practices in regards to its use. Even if you feel like a professional at installing and using child safety seats we encourage you to stop by our clinic and get your seats checked.

The Beaverton Police Department will be partnering with Safe Kids Coalition-Washington County and the Kuni Auto Center to bring you this free child safety seat clinic.

The clinic will be held at the Kuni Auto Center located at 3275 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. Beaverton OR, 97005.

As a parent, you are your kids' strongest influence when it comes to modeling safe driving practices, including buckling up every time you get in the car. Teach your family that safety is the responsibility of all passengers as well as the driver.

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Reward Offered in Assault Case - Crime Stoppers Featured Case #17-05 (Photo)
Crime Stoppers of Oregon - 02/15/17 10:00 AM
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The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve an assault.

On December 30, 2016, at approximately 8:15 p.m., a 47-year-old male was assaulted near the 3500 block of Southeast Belmont Street in Portland. The victim's injuries were not life-threatening but he has no memory of the incident.

Detectives investigating this case have little suspect information, other than the suspect was wearing all dark clothing.

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

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

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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

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Update: Automobile Pedestrian Crash On Hwy 26
Beaverton Police Dept. - 02/15/17 9:14 AM
Beaverton Police Officers identified the deceased pedestrian as 50 year old Johann Young.


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Sheridan Fire come to career week
Sheridan Fire Dist. - 02/15/17 9:00 AM
Sheridan, OR [February 9th 2017]: Sue Buell Elementary School and Discovery Zone each invited Firefighters from the Sheridan Fire District to come and talk with them last Thursday as part of a focus on careers and the community. The idea was to learn about what firefighters do, how do they help the community and what do you need to do to become a firefighter.

The Kindergarten classes at Sue Buell were the first stop for the crew. We talked to them about what a typical day is like for a firefighter, how some firefighters are working at the fire station while others respond from home or work. We also talked about how firefighters need to graduate from high school and that they don't stop learning how to be firefighters. Then we showed them our structure fire gear and let them ask questions about being a firefighter. It was very fun getting to talk with the kindergarteners and see how excited they were to hear about our career.

Our next stop was up at Discovery Zone where we talked with preschool students. We showed them our gear and helped them to see that firefighters are not scary people. We also talked about fire safety, what to do when the fire alarm or smoke detector goes off and practiced our "STOP DROP and ROLL." The children were very well behaved and we were glad to help them and teach them about fire safety.

The Fire District really enjoys doing these kinds of activities out in our community. We think it is very important to teach our youth about fire safety and about what firefighters actually do. We would like to thank Discovery Zone and Sue Buell Elementary for inviting us to come put on our presentations.
Ridgefield School District Honors February Employee and Students of the Month (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 02/15/17 8:32 AM
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017 -- Ridgefield, Washington -- On February 14, 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 Chris Poppert, Director of the Ridgefield Family Resource Center (RFRC). Chris joined the district as a paraprofessional at Union Ridge Elementary School in 2011, and over the years, has proven to be an incredible addition to the staff. She is described as compassionate, caring, thoughtful, hard-working, energetic and enthusiastic -- a team player, with a unique ability to take the initiative in helping to get things done on time and in a professional manner. She is friendly, with a quick, warm smile and a keen sense of humor that endears her to everyone she works with.

Above all, her commitment to children is unmatched. Students respond positively to her and enjoy working with her. Currently, as Director of the RFRC, she uses these special qualities and her background in youth counseling, mediation and crisis intervention to work with social service agencies, public and private, to coordinate the valuable resources necessary to enable all Ridgefield students to be successful in school.

Ridgefield School District is pleased to honor Chris Poppert as February's Employee of the Month for her experience, commitment and dedication to Ridgefield's students and their families.

Students of the Month

Trenton Wagner, a fifth-grader, was chosen at South Ridge Elementary School. Trenton is described as a hard-working, excellent student. He is a model of good citizenship in the classroom. Whenever other students need assistance, he readily steps in to help. South Ridge Elementary is proud to name Trenton Wagner as their February Student of the Month.

Danica Allen, a fourth-grader, was selected at Union Ridge Elementary for her willingness to help others and completing tasks asked of her. In all areas of the school, she is courteous and shows respect for others. In addition, Danica demonstrates great leadership working in groups with her classmates. By being safety-conscious and taking the initiative to help out without being asked, she sets a good example for other students. Union Ridge Elementary congratulates Danica Allen as their Student of the Month for February.

Adriana Garcia Gonzalez, an eighth-grader, was selected from View Ridge Middle School because she is a wonderful example to her peers. In addition to ensuring that her work is completed to the best of her ability, she is always friendly and helpful. She makes her school's learning community a better place to be. Adriana demonstrates perseverance, curiosity and concern for her classmates and sets a good example that is reflective of all View Ridge Rebel students.

Caitlin May, a senior, was chosen from Ridgefield High School. An excellent student, Caitlin is kind to others, is cheerful, helpful and enthusiastic. She is involved in yearbook, school photo club, theater, and also serves as a mentor at RHS. In her spare time, Caitlin volunteers for the Boys and Girls Club in Vancouver, helping to tutor youth with their school work. Ridgefield High School proudly congratulates Caitlin May for being an outstanding representative of the many fine students at RHS.

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 third year that Hurd has provided funding to support the district's recognition program.

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Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 02/14/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 02/15/17 8:16 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 02/14/2017

ESTACADA:

1C 2017-276

On 02/14/2017 at about 0316 hrs., officers responded to a domestic disturbance in the 400 block of SW Ivy Rd in Estacada. Upon interviewing both involved parties, it was determined no crimes occurred. One of the parties agreed to leave the residence for the evening to calm the situation.

SANDY:

18 2017-275

On 02/14/2017 at about 0035 hrs., a subject was stopped near the intersection of Strauss Avenue and Pioneer Boulevard. The subject was taken into custody for a probation violation and PCS-Meth. This subject is being held on no bail. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-277

On 02/14/2017 at 0355 hrs., police were dispatched to a Disturbance call at the intersection of Dubarko Road and Langensand Road. The caller reported four men fighting in the street. Officers located the related vehicle at McCormick Drive and Van Fleet Avenue. It was determined that the occupants of the truck, who were friends, had gotten into an argument with each other, and had since settled things. One was checked by medical personnel, and another was cited for misdemeanor Offensive Littering.

18 2017-278

On 02/14/2017 at about 1452 hrs., police responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash in the 37000 block of Highway 26. A report was taken.

18 2017-280

On 02/14/2017 at 2154 hrs., officers were dispatched to a Trespass call in the 38000 block of Pioneer Boulevard. They found three juveniles, one of which was a runaway from Gresham, and one 18 year old. The juvenile was returned to her family, and one of the other juveniles was transported to the Juvenile Detention Center.
Report to physicians: 'Engage in the practice of medicine' when recommending medical marijuana
Oregon Health Authority - 02/15/17 8:04 AM
February 15, 2017



Report to physicians: 'Engage in the practice of medicine' when recommending medical marijuana

New clinical guidelines say it should be done 'within the context of a bona-fide physician-patient relationship'

PORTLAND, Ore.--Physicians should provide medical marijuana patients a level of care that, at minimum, includes a full evaluation, treatment and follow-up plan, with documentation in the patient's medical record, when recommending the drug's use, according to a new Oregon Health Authority report.

A report presented this month to the Oregon Legislature, HB 4014 Clinical Guidelines Work Group: Guidelines for Attending Physicians When Recommending the Medical Use of Marijuana, provides recommendations to physicians on appropriate care of a patient diagnosed with one or more debilitating conditions for which the physician is recommending the medical use of marijuana.

Qualifying debilitating conditions include cancer; glaucoma; a degenerative or pervasive neurological condition; positive HIV or AIDS status; or a side effect related to treating these conditions. Also qualifying are a medical condition or treatment for a condition that produces cachexia; severe pain; severe nausea; seizures; persistent muscle spasms; or post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Clinical Guidelines Work Group, created when the Legislature passed House Bill 4014 in 2016, developed the guidelines with the principals that physicians who recommend medical marijuana to a patient engage in the practice of medicine and do so within the context of a bona-fide physician-patient relationship.

"What this report is saying is that patients for whom medical use of marijuana is recommended deserve the same minimum level of care as those prescribed any medication to treat a debilitating condition," said Andre Ourso, manager of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program at the OHA Public Health Division.

The work group consisted of 10 allopathic and osteopathic physicians and a patient advocate, as well as Ourso and state health officer Katrina Hedberg, MD, as ex-officio members.

Patient evaluation includes obtaining a comprehensive medical history, and performing a complete physical examination appropriate to the patient's debilitating medical condition and medical history, the report states. The physician should develop a written treatment plan, including documentation of informed consent, and discuss risks and benefits. The physician should follow up with the treatment plan, conduct ongoing evaluation and treatment, and properly maintain and document health records.

The report also notes that the work group "strongly opposes the smoking of marijuana as a means of therapeutic delivery" because of harms associated with inhaling any kind of smoke, and that several other delivery options are available that pose less risk to patient health.

"Marijuana smoke, like smoke from a cigarette or a wood-burning stove, contains particulate matter, much of which is potentially bad for the lungs, so we do not recommend a patient consume marijuana by smoking it," Hedberg said.

In addition, physicians should advise patients to consume the lowest possible amount of marijuana to achieve discussed treatment goals, according to the guidelines. They also recommend physicians consider the potential negative health effects of using marijuana while also using opioids, and it refers physicians to Oregon's Opioid Prescribing Guidelines.

The report is available at http://healthoregon.org/marijuana under "Publications."

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Direct link to the report: http://public.health.oregon.gov/PreventionWellness/marijuana/Documents/OHA-9262-Attending-Physician-Guidelines.pdf
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Suspect Arrested After Stealing Police Car (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 02/14/17 5:53 PM
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A Salem woman is in custody on multiple charges following an incident where she was able to manipulate her restraints and steal a Salem Police patrol vehicle.

The incident began at approximately 3:15 pm when Salem Police officers contacted 25-year old Rebecca J Payne of Salem. She was at a motel in the 1400 block of Hawthorne Ave NE and had valid warrants for her arrest.

At the time Payne was being taken into custody, she was complaining of severe pain due to the physical nature of her body. As a result, the officers took measures to alleviate her discomfort as much as possible and modified the application of the handcuffs on her. They also opened the vehicle windows in order to further minimize her discomfort.

As the officers were addressing other subjects at the scene, Payne was able to manipulate her handcuffs to the point that she escaped from the rear seat of the patrol vehicle, then got into the driver's seat and drove off with the vehicle. Other Salem officers pursued Payne for a short distance, but her erratic operation of the patrol vehicle caused officers to discontinue the pursuit out of concern for public safety. However, officers were able to monitor the location of the patrol vehicle and continued to follow in a safer manner.

The vehicle was located a short distance away, crashed into some landscaping materials at Sunnyview Rd NE and Childs Ave NE. Payne was located by a police canine hiding a short distance away and taken into custody without further incident.

There were no injuries in the incident and the patrol vehicle suffered moderate damage.
Payne is being booked into the Marion County Corrections Facility on a warrant for Parole Violation as well as charges of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Attempting to Elude an Officer, Reckless Driving, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Criminal Mischief and Escape.

This incident remains under investigation and further charges are possible.


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Guilty Verdict Stemming From 1999 Homicide (Photo)
Tigard Police - 02/14/17 5:16 PM
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After a lengthy investigation led by Tigard Police, a Mexican man was sentenced to life imprisonment for the stabbing death of Maria Garcia Leonardo, outside a Tigard fast-food restaurant in 1999. In the weeks immediately following the homicide, Tigard investigators had issued a murder warrant identifying Efrain Sanchez Diaz, who at the time was known as Luis Hernandez Diaz as the primary and only suspect. After months of searching, it became apparent that Diaz had likely fled to Mexico where he remained out of reach for over a decade. In subsequent years there were several attempts to locate and arrest Diaz, however governmental roadblocks suggested little hope of resolving the case in Oregon.

In 2007, the investigation dialogue between the United States and Mexico took a dramatic shift which resulted in Tigard Police successfully filing an affidavit in support of a Mexican Provisional Arrest Warrant (PAW) for the arrest of Efrain Sanchez Diaz for the crime of murder. In 2013, six years later, Mexico ultimately issued the warrant. The search for Diaz ended in 2015 when he was located and arrested in Acapulco. Ten months later and lengthy court hearings by affidavit, Diaz was extradited to the United States, carried out by U.S. Marshalls. The case was quickly set for trial in Washington County.

On February 9, 2017, the trail concluded with a jury unanimously finding Diaz guilty of murder. A Washington County judge sentenced 47 year-old Diaz to life in prison. Although the 18 year-long investigation was riddled with delays and complexities as a result of unexpected bureaucratic obstacles; Tigard Police investigators remained focused. The investigation also revealed remarkable dedication and professionalism by numerous law enforcement and criminal justice personnel. Adding to that was the impressive response from the Tigard community who not only stepped forward after the crime to share information with authorities, but also eighteen years later many remained committed in their reach for justice surrounding the case. Tigard Police would like to acknowledge and thank everyone involved with the investigation. Additional information regarding the prosecution can be found at: http://www.co.washington.or.us/DistrictAttorney/News/man-held-accountable.cfm


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Non-injury School bus collision - No students on board (Photo)
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/14/17 4:12 PM
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Case 17-1417 About 1:30 PM today, 02/14/2017 a Vancouver School District bus was S/B on NW 11th Avenue turning E/B on NW 139th Street. Only the bus driver was on board, no students. A mid-size sedan, operated by an adult male (no passengers) was W/B on NW 139th Street turning S/B on NW 11th Ave when both vehicles collided in the intersection. Both the bus and the car were towed from the scene. No injuries, no citations issued.


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BGHS, Chief Umtuch bands enjoy success at the West Salem Jazz Festival (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 02/14/17 3:56 PM
The Battle Ground High School Jazz Band earned top honors at the West Salem Jazz Festival
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Jazz Bands from Battle Ground High School and Chief Umtuch Middle School participated in the Fifth Annual West Salem High School Jazz Festival over the weekend, bringing home many awards.

The festival offers a unique format that provides participating bands with a positive experience by grouping them into comparable classifications for the competition. The high schools were organized into Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, and Heavy programs, while middle school bands were divided into Novice and Advanced groups. There were also competitions for Jazz Combos. Each group competed in a 30-minute period that included an on-stage clinic by one of the festival's adjudicators.

Battle Ground High School placed first overall in the "Heavy" Division; took first place in the Jazz Combo competition, and placed third in the Intermediate Division. Battle Ground High School was also awarded the Outstanding Trumpet and Outstanding Sax Section awards in the Advanced Division competitions.

Top soloists in the High School Heavy Division were: Owen Lantz, clarinet and tenor sax; Shane Walz, alto sax; Madelyn Breaux, vocals; Riley Brown, trombone; and senior Cade O'Haver, piano, who also received the most "Outstanding Soloist" award for the entire festival! Top soloists in the High School Advanced Division were: Alex Forstrom, trumpet; Mallory Meyer, trombone; Erika Moody, baritone sax; and Ian McDougal, drums. In the High School Intermediate Division, Katelyn Vaile received a soloist award for alto sax.

Chief Umtuch placed second overall in the Middle School Advanced Division, and soloist awards in the category were given to Dominic Mendoza, bass; Alex Forstrom, trumpet; Mallory Meyer, trombone; and Ashton Hemming, tenor sax. In the Middle School Novice Division, Chief Umtuch students Josh Ferguson, tenor sax; Laila Ronning and Sabrina Prill, alto sax; and Austin Cloke and Ann McCready, trumpet received soloist awards.


Attached Media Files: The Battle Ground High School Jazz Band earned top honors at the West Salem Jazz Festival
Julianna Marler becomes first female CEO in Port of Vancouver USA history (Photo)
Port of Vancouver - 02/14/17 3:21 PM
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VANCOUVER, Wash. -- The Port of Vancouver USA Board of Commissioners today voted 2-1 to approve terms of employment for Julianna Marler, officially installing her as CEO/Executive Director.

Marler is the first female CEO in the port's 105-year history and one of just a handful of female port CEOs in the U.S. Her employment agreement includes a $202,801 annual salary, $500 monthly car allowance and deferred compensation totaling 15 percent of her salary for a term of four years.

"I'm excited about where the port is going and honored to lead this great team," Marler said. "I look forward to working with our commissioners to ensure the port continues to be an economic engine and a good partner in building a strong and vibrant community."

Marler's priorities as CEO include:

Completing the port's $275 million West Vancouver Freight Access project in early 2018.
Completing the 125,000-square-foot Centennial Industrial Building this summer and leasing space to new or growing employers.
Continuing to move Terminal 1 forward to realize the port's vision for its historic waterfront property.
Creating a new strategic plan that incorporates the vision of the port's commissioners, community and staff.
Building strong relationships with community and business partners.
Connecting with the community to continue sharing the port's purpose, projects and accomplishments.
Ensuring the port continues to be a good steward of public dollars through financial sustainability and responsible growth.

Marler's credentials include a diverse background in logistics, sales, procurement and contracts, and leadership in finance and administration. In her role as the port's Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, Marler was instrumental in ensuring the port remained cohesive during significant organizational growth and business expansion. Marler managed and progressed the port's business practices, built cross-functional teams and oversaw strategic programming to help the port move forward with its mission and vision in an organized, transparent and efficient manner.

Marler was appointed interim CEO by the port's commission after the departure of Todd Coleman in May 2016. She led the port in dual roles as CEO and CFAO before being selected through a rigorous recruiting process that included an international search and interviews with port staff, community stakeholders and commissioners.

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


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Firefighters Respond to Possible Exposure at Tualatin Semiconductor Equipment Manufacturing Facility (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 02/14/17 2:38 PM
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Building has been deemed safe and work has resumed in all areas of the facility

Just before 4 a.m. this morning, TVF&R's Hazardous Materials Team, along with firefighters and medical units at nearby stations were dispatched to a possible chemical exposure at Lam Research in Tualatin. Several employees had noticed they simultaneously started reporting cold-like symptoms, which instigated the call to 911.

Upon the firefighter's arrival, Lam Research's Emergency Response Team (ERT) had already evacuated the 100 employees that were in the building working. Firefighters evaluated six employees and had them transported to local area hospitals as a precaution for further evaluation and treatment. Remaining employees were moved into another building on campus and closely monitored in the event anyone else started reporting similar symptoms.

The Hazardous Materials Team entered the building to monitor air quality and determine the source of the possible exposure. After their investigation, they confirmed that the workers were not exposed to a toxic chemical. All six patients were released from the hospital within a few hours of their admission.

Both the Fire Department and Lam validated that oxygen levels on all floors and work spaces were at safe levels. Following the incident, Lam also validated that all equipment was running within specifications at the time of the incident. The company has received independent reports of a strong sulfur smell external to the facility. Since the air source of the room's ventilation is external, the company is currently identifying the external smell as the likely cause of employee discomfort. Lam has confirmed that the odor is not coming from their facility and is currently working with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to investigate the source of the smell.

Battalion Chief Dan Griffin stated that "staff at Lam Research followed exact protocols for a possible chemical exposure based on the quick onset of symptoms of multiple workers in the same vicinity. They performed a well-orchestrated evacuation of personnel and contacted 911 in a timely manner. The organized evacuation and assistance their ERT provided to our crews allowed us to quickly respond in order to narrow down a possible cause. The ERT holds regular training drills for instances similar to this and it was reflected in how well today's incident played out. While fortunately it was not a toxic chemical exposure, it is critical to take all precautions to ensure the safety of the workers, facility and surrounding community."


Attached Media Files: HazMat Response
Saddle Mountain State Natural Area closed
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 02/14/17 2:33 PM
Saddle Mountain State Natural Area in the North Coast Range is closed because large trees have fallen across and blocked Saddle Mountain Road leading into the park. Park Manager Ben Cox said rangers have been working to cut through the trees, but work is stopped because of forecasted high winds on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Weather conditions permitting, work will resume removing the trees Thursday, Feb. 16. The road will reopen when it is safe to do so.
***Update #2 Reward Increase *** OSP Seeking Public's Assistance With Moose Poaching Case - Wallowa County (Photo)
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OHA increases TIP reward to $6,850 for information on poached Moose in Wallowa County

Statement from Oregon Hunters Association

"This particular poaching case has outraged hunters across the state," said OHA Conservation Director Jim Akenson, who is based in Wallowa County where the moose poaching took place. "We have a small moose population we're working hard to nurture, and now there's one less moose in Oregon as a result of this senseless act." This case prompted 11 OHA chapters across the state (Baker County, Clatsop County, Hoodview, Josephine County, Ochoco, Pioneer, Rogue Valley, Tualatin Valley, Umpqua, Wallowa County, Yamhill County) and the Traditional Archers of Oregon to pool their resources to add additional money to the TIP reward of $1,000 to bring the total TIP reward to $6,850.

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Reward Increase

The OSP Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing of a cow moose in Wallowa County.

The Oregon Hunter's Association has increased the reward to $6,250 for information leading to an arrest or citation in this case. The reward is offered by the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-In-Poacher (TIP) program.

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On December 2, 2016, OSP was notified of one dead cow moose approximately 20 yards off of Coal Docks Road, which is located northwest of Wallowa in Wallowa County. OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers responded and found a cow moose had been shot and some of the meat left to waste. The subsequent Investigation revealed the moose was most likely shot in the late evening hours of December 1, 2016 or early morning hours of December 2, 2016. Evidence was collected at the scene.

There are no lawful hunts that allow the harvesting of moose in Oregon.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact OSP Senior Trooper Brian Miller through the TIP hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or email at Brian.Miller@state.or.us.
Information on the T.I.P. Reward Program:

The T.I.P. reward is paid for by the Oregon Hunter's Association, for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) for illegal possession, killing, or taking of bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, elk, deer, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, furbearers and/or upland game birds and water fowl. T.I.P. rewards can also be paid for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of game fish, and/or shell fish, and for the destruction of habitat.

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


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Vancouver PAL hosts literacy event
Vancouver Police Dept. - 02/14/17 2:25 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- The Vancouver Police Activities League hosts literacy events each month during the school year in elementary schools in both the Vancouver and Evergreen School Districts throughout the county. These events provide free books to kids, encourage reading, and create positive connections between kids and cops. Vancouver PAL will host the next literacy event:

Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Lincoln elementary (4200 NW Daniels St.)

This school year, Vancouver PAL literacy events will focus on youth in the second and third grades. Each literacy event includes a safety presentation from the Vancouver Police Department, or Clark County Sheriff's Office, (depending on the location of the school), time for kids to pick out a free book, reading time with police officers, and a tour of specialty police vehicles. These literacy events are fun for both the officers and the kids. Literacy is one of the key educational programs the Vancouver Police Activities League focuses on.

Members of the media are always invited to attend any PAL events to see first-hand the positive impact that programs such as PAL can have on a community. Members of the media who want to attend a literacy event should check in at the school office to receive a visitor badge. Be prepared for great visuals and high energy!

For more information on the Vancouver Police Activities League visit www.vancouverpal.org.



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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.
Kelso School District Begins Facilities Planning Process
Kelso Sch. Dist. - 02/14/17 2:18 PM
The Kelso School District is beginning to examine the long-term structural needs of the schools and related facilities. A Facilities Improvement Team has been convened to guide the process of determining how well the facilities provide adequate space, infrastructure and safety to support the best learning environment for students.

The team is made up of nearly twenty people and includes school board members, teachers, administrators, community members and members of the district's support staff. The process will be open and transparent from beginning to end. The team's meeting schedule, meeting minutes, and other information about the process can be accessed from the district website's home page or at bit.ly/KSDfacilities.

Community participation in this process is invited and encouraged. The district is using Thoughtexchange, an online community engagement platform, to gather input. People can register now to be included in the process by going to signup.thotex.com/kelso/33c. Those who signup will be invited to share their thoughts from February 17th through February 27th. Then they'll be invited to prioritize the ideas they like best between March 7th and March 19th. Reports and results of the community's input will be shared mid-April.

The public is also welcome to email facility.input@kelsosd.org for more information or questions relating to the process.
Land Board approves modification to potential sale of Elliott State Forest
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 02/14/17 2:08 PM
Governor asks State Lands staff to consider public ownership option

Salem -- The State Land Board today voted to continue with the Protocol for selling the Common School Lands within the Elliott State Forest. With Secretary of State Dennis Richardson and State Treasurer Tobias Read voting yes, and Governor Kate Brown voting no, the board approved a motion put forth by Treasurer Read:

- Continue working with Lone Rock Timber Management Company and their tribal partners (Elliott Forest LLC) on developing a purchase and sale agreement for 82,500 acres within the Elliott under the Protocol.

- Amend the Protocol to include: 1) a provision whereby the state may buy back up to $25 million worth of acreage devoted to conservation; 2) incorporate Forest Stewardship Council principles into the agreement; and 3) give rights of first refusal to the five federally recognized tribes in western Oregon on any lands that are put up for sale after the transfer to Elliott Forest LLC.

At the end of the meeting, Governor Brown directed Department of State Lands director Jim Paul to investigate public ownership options for the forest, and report back to the Land Board at a future public meeting.


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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OSBA applauds State Land Board action on Elliott
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 02/14/17 2:01 PM
The Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA) supports and applauds the State Land Board today for its action on the Elliott State Forest. Both new members of the State Land Board, State Treasurer Tobias Read and Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, clearly understand their fiduciary obligations as trustees of the Common School Fund. Both spoke about the need for them as State Land Board members to have an undivided loyalty to the current and future schoolchildren of Oregon. The action taken today moves the Elliott Forest process forward.

OSBA's Executive Director Jim Green praised the steps taken today, saying "Treasurer Read's action in making sure the sale of the Elliott can move forward is encouraging, and we greatly appreciate his efforts. The Elliott State Forest has caused a loss in value to the Common School Fund for several years and to allow that to continue would violate the State Land Board's duty. While this is simply another step in the process, OSBA supports it. We will continue to monitor this process as it moves forward, and OSBA will take all necessary action to ensure that the Common School Fund remains whole and the fund's assets are used for the benefit of Oregon's schoolchildren."

OSBA is a member services organization for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
Police Investigate Centennial Middle School Burglaries
Gresham Police Dept - 02/14/17 1:55 PM
GRESHAM, Ore.-- Police are investigating several early morning burglaries at Centennial Middle School, 17650 SE Brooklyn St., Portland, where electronics were targeted. Investigators say the school was burglarized three consecutive nights, beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 8. In these three burglaries, officers were dispatched to the school after employees arrived to find the school had been broken into. It was determined in all three cases that the suspects gained entry into the building after prying or breaking exterior windows. Police believe at least three suspects are involved in these burglaries.

Centennial School District has hired private security to patrol the middle school campus during the evening hours. They are also offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspects.

Police are asking anyone with information about recent burglaries to contact the Gresham Police tip line 503.618.2719.
Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 02/14/17 1:50 PM
Notice of Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors. February 21st 2016 at 6:30 P.M.
1-88-824-5783 ext 90095991# and via Blackboard Collaborate http://tinyurl./boardORVA


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Honor Women's History Month at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 02/14/17 1:25 PM
Over nearly 200 years of history, many strong women have made their mark on Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. In the month of March, the national park will honor their achievements and contributions to local history through exhibits and special programs.

Women important in the history of this area will be honored in a special exhibit by local artist Hilarie Couture, called "Founding Mothers: Portraits of Progress." The exhibit will be on display at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center for the entire month. Couture is an accomplished portrait artist, and the exhibit will feature several portraits of local women, including the debut of new works honoring women of Fort Vancouver. Couture will give a short presentation to officially open the exhibit on Saturday, March 4, at 1 pm in the Visitor Center.

At two upcoming lectures, the public is invited to explore the history of two women of Fort Vancouver: Marguerite McLoughlin, who was the wife of the fort's Chief Factor, and her daughter, Eloisa. Assistant Curator Meagan Huff will discuss the fascinating lives of these women, who had front-row seats for the rise and fall of a fur trading empire. This program will take place on Wednesday, March 15, at 7 pm, at the Visitor Center. A second engagement will take place on Friday, March 31, at 1 pm, at the McLoughlin House in Oregon City.

The McLoughlin House in Oregon City is one of the oldest homes in Oregon, and is a unit of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. This unit of the national park also includes the Barclay House, which was owned by the family of Forbes Barclay, who served as Fort Vancouver's doctor for several years. For the month of March, a mid 19th century dress owned by his wife, Maria Pambrun Barclay, will be on display. The dress was recently acquired for the national park's museum collection.

"The historical record can be lacking when it comes to the lives of women at Fort Vancouver," said Huff, "but with the research that we have done, and through our exhibits and public programs, we are working to highlight the very important roles they played here. We want their stories to be a part of the overall history we share."
Oregon Lottery to Present US Market 104 with $10,000 Selling Bonus Check
Oregon Lottery - 02/14/17 1:06 PM
WHO: Oregon Lottery officials

WHEN: 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017

WHERE: US Market 104, 1445 N Coast Highway 101, Newport, OR 97365

WHAT: Oregon Lottery officials will present a $10,000 bonus check to employees of the US Market 104 for selling a $1 million Mega Millions ticket.

BACKGROUND: Joemel Panisa found his winning $1 million Mega Millions ticket while he was cleaning his office during one of the January snow storms. Lucky for Panisa, he found it just eight days before the ticket expired! Last year when he purchased the ticket, he put it in an envelope and then promptly forgot it.

VISUALS: Oregon Lottery officials will present an over-sized ceremonial check to US Market 104 employees and will also distribute a limited amount of Lottery tickets to patrons of the store. Panisa will not be attending the event.

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

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Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana designated an Oregon Heritage Tradition (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 02/14/17 12:57 PM
Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana, 2016; Photo Courtesy of City of Woodburn
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The Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana, a volunteer-powered city-wide event, marks its upcoming 54th year with an Oregon Heritage Tradition designation by the Oregon Heritage Commission.

Other Oregon Heritage Traditions include the Oregon State Fair, Medford's Pear Blossom Festival, the Pendleton Round-Up, and the Portland Greek Festival.

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

The Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana started in 1964 to mark the end of the harvest season and to express gratitude from the community to its farmers and workers. Held annually during the first weekend of August, the Fiesta has grown over the years to include a Queen and Court coronation, world-class entertainers, a soccer tournament, classic cars, and a community parade.

Tens of thousands of locals across the Willamette Valley participate in the three-day long festivities that take place in the heart of downtown Woodburn. As the city's longest tradition, the Fiesta shares the rich variety of Latino or Hispanic cultures through food, dance, and the arts. It also acknowledges the critical role community members have had in this region for decades.

"We're really pleased to learn that the Fiesta has earned this prestigious designation, which is only held by fifteen other long-standing events in Oregon," City of Woodburn assistant city administrator Jim Row said. "It is a recognition of the efforts that many people have dedicated to the Fiesta over its 53 year history."

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

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


Attached Media Files: Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana Oregon Heritage Tradition designation , Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana, 2016; Photo Courtesy of City of Woodburn
Couple Arrested for Burglary - Public's Help Needed to Return Jewelry to Rightful Owners (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/14/17 11:41 AM
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PRESS RELEASE

Couple Arrested for Burglary -- Help Needed to Return Jewelry to Rightful Owners

February 14, 2017 - Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies recently arrested a couple for forcing entry and burglarizing an occupied home. Now, detectives need the public's help to identify seized jewelry in order to return it to its rightful owners.

On February 10, 2017, just after 1pm, a female homeowner in the 7100 block of SW 209th Avenue in Aloha called 911 after a man forced open the front door to her home and stole some valuables. Deputies were on scene within three minutes and stopped a vehicle leaving the woman's driveway.

Their investigation revealed that a woman inside the vehicle approached the house and knocked on the door. When the homeowner didn't answer the door, the male exited the vehicle and forced open the home's front door. The male entered the home and stole valuables.

Deputies arrested Nelson W. Pettis, Jr. and Katherine L. Hauser. Mr. Pettis, 41, of Vancouver, Washington, was charged with Burglary I and Theft III. Ms. Hauser, 35, of Newberg, was charged with Conspiracy to Commit Burglary I and Theft I by Receiving. Both remain lodged in the Washington County Jail.

Deputies searched the car used by Mr. Pettis and Ms. Hauser and found over 100 items of jewelry they believe might have been stolen during other burglaries. Detectives would like to return the jewelry to its rightful owner(s) and need the public's help.

If you recognize any of this jewelry or have other information about this investigation, please contact Detective Tony Bass at 503-846-6093.


Attached Media Files: Media Release , Seized Jewelry 7 , Seized Jewelry 6 , Seized Jewelry 5 , Seized Jewelry 4 , Seized Jewelry 3 , Seized Jewelry 2 , Seized Jewelry 1 , Pettis Mugshot , Hauser Mugshot
**Media Reminder** Criminal Justice Commission to host Justice Reinvestment Summit
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 02/14/17 11:38 AM
Update MEDIA ADVISORY - ONE DAY LEFT TO RSVP

Who: Oregon Criminal Justice Commission

What: Justice Reinvestment Summit

When: February 16 -- 17, 2017, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Where: Salem Convention Center, 200 Commercial St. SE, Salem

Contact Information: Tiffany Quintero, Tiffany.Quintero@oregon.gov, (503) 866-1006

Additional Information: Members of the media are invited to the Summit. Media arriving on the Salem Convention Center will be directed to the registration area. Members of the media may check in as early as 6:00 a.m. and will be issued a press badge. Further instructions will be given at check in. Members of the media must RSVP no later than February 15, 2017, at 12:00 p.m. via email or phone.


The Oregon Criminal Justice Commission's Justice Reinvestment Summit and What Works in Public Safety Conference will be held on February 16 and 17 at the Salem Convention Center, 200 Commercial St. SE, Salem. This year's event will focus on a wide range of programs and solutions that address justice reinvestment, including the intersection of mental health and criminal justice, trauma-informed approaches, re-entry and diversion programs, and more.

Justice Reinvestment Summit - Governor Kate Brown will kick off the event, followed by a keynote address from Wisconsin District Attorney, John T. Chisholm, on Justice Reinvestment from the Prosecutor's Perspective. There will be numerous presentations on successful strategies and innovative ideas from local and national experts. With currently 875 registered, the event is Oregon's largest gathering of local and state public safety stakeholders. The summit is free and open to state government agencies, Oregon's Local Public Safety Coordinating Council (LPSCC) members, and public safety officials.

What Works in Public Safety Conference - in its 10th year, this annual forum provides a rare opportunity for local, state, and regional policy makers to convene and discuss proven, effective strategies for creating safe communities. This year's conference will serve as an official joint hearing of the Legislature's Judiciary and Health Care Committees, allowing Oregon legislators to become informed about the national movement to reform drug policy, as well as what reforms might be possible in Oregon.

What is Justice Reinvestment?
Oregon values and relies on research findings to guide public safety investment decisions that demonstrate cost-effectiveness and derive benefits for local citizens. Justice reinvestment is Oregon's proactive approach to controlling prison operations costs. Passed in 2013, Justice Reinvestment legislation (HB 3194) included modest sentencing reductions combined with an initial investment of $15 million by the legislature in order to provide funding for counties to invest in community-based sanctions, services, and programs. State funds were increased to $40 million for the 2015-17 biennium to enhance the ability for counties to expand their community-based efforts. Participating in justice reinvestment means garnering commitment from legislative leadership and criminal justice authorities in the state, developing or improving information sharing capabilities, collecting and analyzing criminal justice data, developing policy options and strategies based on that data, and enacting evidence-based policies that increase public safety. All counties are participating in the justice reinvestment grant program.

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Kelso School Board Selects Grafton to Fill Vacant Seat (Photo)
Kelso Sch. Dist. - 02/14/17 11:34 AM
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Karen Grafton was chosen to fill the vacant seat on the Kelso School District Board of Directors. The Board selected Grafton unanimously after interviewing two candidates Monday evening. The other candidate interviewed was Kuyler Devine. Both candidates have children in the Kelso School District. A third candidate, David Matney, withdrew himself from consideration on Monday morning.

Kelso School Board President Bob Lucas commented, "We are thrilled to have Karen join us on the Board and delighted to have had two highly qualified candidates to choose from. We believe Karen will help us move forward in our work to serve our students, staff and community."


Attached Media Files: Karen Grafton
Reward Offered for Arrest of Fugitive - Crime Stoppers Featured Case #17-04 (Photo)
Crime Stoppers of Oregon - 02/14/17 10:42 AM
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The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to locate a fugitive.

46-year-old Anthony Paul Arnold is described as a white male, 5'7" tall, 160 pounds, brown hair, and brown eyes. Arnold has a tattoo on his abdomen.

Arnold has a felony warrant for a parole violation and is on parole for Robbery in the First Degree.

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

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

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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

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PCC names aviation hangar after foundation benefactor (Photo)
PCC - 02/14/17 10:32 AM
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NORTHWEST PORTLAND, Ore. -- One man's love of flight will help others soar in their own academic pursuits.

The Portland Community College dedication of the Michael D. Reese Hangar on Saturday, Feb. 11 meant much more than a new name on a structure. Reese's widow Patricia and family wanted to honor his legacy and create opportunities for Aviation Maintenance Technology students. Their $270,000 donation to the PCC Foundation will create an endowment, which will fund two full-ride scholarships each year.

"It excites me that this philanthropic naming represents a first for PCC," said Foundation Board President Marion Levitan. "The naming of the East Hangar will serve as a powerful symbol of the impact private donations have on public education."

The naming affects the East Aviation Hangar in Building 6 at the college's Rock Creek Campus (17705 NW Springville Rd.). On hand were generations of the Reese family along with friends and representatives of the college's aviation programs. Among aging Beechcraft and Cessna aircraft, the Reese family talked about how Pat was excited to have the hangar bear her late husband's name and be able to create pathways to success for the students who train in it.

"She wants the money to go to where the need is," said her daughter Susan Chizum, a retired school teacher who spoke on her mother's behalf of the reasons why she made the donation. "She wants it to change the directions of students' lives, give them hope and opportunities through scholarships, and to honor our dad."

Michael Reese began his career with Standard Oil and opened his own service station in 1956. He expanded his businesses to include German Auto Parts, Gateway Body Shop, various real estate acquisitions, and Western Wrecker Sales, which he continued to operate until his passing in 2010.

In his spare time, Reese picked up the hobby of flying at an airpark in Sandy. Once he earned his pilot license and various ratings, he purchased a variety of aircraft like a Piper Tri-Pacer, two Super Cub seaplanes, a Twin Aztec, a Super Stinson on floats, A36 Bonanza, two Beechcraft Barons, a Bucher, a Widgeon, a King Air, a Cessna 172, and a helicopter.

The money from the donation is needed for the students studying and training inside the hangar. The total cost for the eight terms required to complete the Aviation Maintenance Technology program is about $16,000. The program is the only one of its kind in Portland and helps supply the region's aviation maintenance workforce, like at nearby Hillsboro Aero Academy. It operates in a modern, 26,000 square-foot, two-hangar complex with 15 aircraft used exclusively for instruction, including five helicopters.

Beaverton's Joe Adams is a PCC aviation maintenance student who recently earned his airframe and power plant certificate. Adams, who also has his pilot's license, hopes to use his new aviation maintenance skills to join humanitarian missions around the world.

His story illustrates why donations by benefactors like the Reese family are so important for students to succeed in college. Adams needed three different PCC Foundation scholarships to earn his certification from the program. The money helped him not only pay for classes but buy critical tools he needs to be an aviation mechanic. And, thanks to the scholarship money, Adams didn't need to work longer hours at his job to make ends meet.

"This program requires a substantial time commitment," said Adams. "It's a FAA hours-building program where we're required to be here in class five hours a day. If we miss one day in a four-week period we cannot pass the class. It's been a great thing to receive these scholarships because they take the pressure off financially and have allowed me to spend more time with my family."

Adams' speech put a big smile on College President Mark Mitsui's face.

"The pathway of opportunity runs right through Portland Community College," he told the crowd. "For generations, we've helped students achieve a better life and communities thrive."


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

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


Attached Media Files: Michael D. Reese Hangar , PCC President Mark Mitsui with Pat Reese , From left, Aviation Science Chair Larry Altree, Aviation Maintenance Graduate Joe Adams and Aviation Maintenance Chair Marshall Pryor , From left, Doug and Debra Reese, Pat Reese, Susan and Phil Chizum
Congress Votes to Take Away Protections for 4 Million People Who Rely on Title X
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon - 02/14/17 10:26 AM
The House of Representatives is poised to vote today to overturn a rule that protects health care for more than 4 million people who rely on Title X, the nation's family planning program, first established more than 40 years ago under President Nixon.

The rule reinforces that it is against the law for state politicians to block people from accessing care under Title X at their preferred health center - including Planned Parenthood and other reproductive healthcare providers - because the organization also provides safe, legal abortion. It is already illegal to bar Title X patients from accessing care at family planning providers, as a court in Florida found just this past summer. To date, every court to consider the issue on the merits has ruled that state politicians cannot block access to care at Planned Parenthood through Title X.

Statement from Mary Nolan, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon:

"This rule made clear that states cannot prevent women from accessing health care from the most qualified providers under the Title X program. For many people, not being able to get care at their trusted healthcare provider means that they don't get care at all. The past few weeks have shown that the people in Oregon will not stand for this kind of attack on patients' access to Planned Parenthood health centers. Every person deserves access to quality, compassionate, affordable health care."

Statement from Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America:

"Extremists in Congress are trying to make it easier for state politicians to take away people's health care, specifically, the 4 million people who rely on Title X for birth control and other care. This is wrong, and it's not what the American people want. When Congress goes home next week, they can count on hearing from people at their offices, the corner store and every town hall."

Title X, the nation's family planning program, is meant to ensure that every person - regardless of where they live, how much money they make or whether they have health insurance - has access to basic, preventive reproductive health care. The rule ensures those most in need - those who have very low incomes or still lack health insurance - have access to lifesaving care, such as cancer screenings, birth control, STI testing and treatment, and well-woman exams.

People with low incomes and communities of color are two groups that have historically faced systemic barriers in accessing quality health care, that are less likely to have health insurance and that benefit most from these protections. Nationwide in 2014, 15 percent of Planned Parenthood patients were black (more than 360,000 people), and 23 percent of Planned Parenthood patients were Latinos (more than 575,000 people). About 75 percent of Planned Parenthood patients have incomes at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level. The idea that other providers could absorb Planned Parenthood's patients has been resoundingly dismissed by experts; in fact, the Executive Director of the American Public Health Association called the idea "ludicrous."

Planned Parenthood health centers care for approximately 1.5 million patients through Title X - roughly one-third of the more than 4 million people served by the program. More than half of Planned Parenthood's health centers are in rural and underserved communities. For many patients across the country, reproductive healthcare providers are the only places they can turn to for health care.
Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee Executive Team to meet Wednesday, February 22 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 02/14/17 10:24 AM
The Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee Executive Team meets Wednesday, February 22 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 164, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include announcements, public comment, old business, membership, secretary position, Deaf cultural training, new business, roadmap of long-term plan, and agenda items for next meeting.

For those who can't attend in person there is a toll-free phone number: 1 888-808-6929; Participant Code: 4517555.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Jeffrey Puterbaugh at 503-947-1189 or Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.

For questions about this meeting, please contact: Theresa Powell theresa.a.powell@state.or.us.
About the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee:
The committee assists the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Program (ODHHSP) by providing information and expertise on issues affecting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Downtown Camas Burglary Spree (Continued)
Camas Police Dept. - 02/14/17 10:02 AM
Camas, Washington --

In the early morning of February 13, 2017 suspect(s) burglarized several businesses in the downtown Camas area. The suspect(s) forced entry to the businesses by smashing out windows and once inside stole cash, credit cards, electronics and food items.

The businesses that have been identified so far are;

?NLG~ Artkana 415 NE 4th Avenue
?NLG~ Cake Happy 340 NE 4th Avenue
?NLG~ Dance Evolution 334 NE 4th Avenue
?NLG~ Journey Community Church 304 NE 4th Avenue
?NLG~ Wild Hair 418 NE Cedar Street
?NLG~ Happy Island Restaurant 419 NE Cedar Street
?NLG~ Attic Gallery 421 NE Cedar Street
?NLG~ Straub's 325 NE 3rd Avenue

At approximately 0020 hours on 2/14/17, Camas Police were advised that Washington County Sheriff Deputies had been in a vehicle pursuit in the Beaverton area. During the pursuit, Deputies lost site of the vehicle but found it a short time later after it had been involved in a collision. The occupant(s) fled and were not located. Inside the car was evidence of the burglaries that occurred in several downtown Camas businesses. The vehicle had been reported stolen out of Vancouver on 2/6/17.

Camas Police investigators are currently examining all of the evidence and following leads. No additional information can be release at this time. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Camas Police Department at (360) 834-4151.
Citywide Upgrade to LED Street Lights Beginning in February
City of Salem - 02/14/17 9:33 AM
Next week, the City of Salem will begin upgrading its High Pressure Sodium (HPS) street lights to more energy efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights. These new lights will save the City about $500,000 a year in operating and maintenance costs according to initial estimates. The new LED lights use roughly 50 percent less energy than HPS lights, are more reliable, and last four times longer. It will take about six months to upgrade all of Salem's street lights.

The City worked with Portland General Electric and Salem Electric to determine the best LED street lighting system. EC Electric was contracted to replace the existing HPS lights, and Salem Electric will begin converting lights in West Salem starting this spring.

The City has used HPS lamps to light its streets since the 1970s according to City of Salem Traffic Engineer Kevin Hottmann. The LED conversion project is funded by the Streetlight Utility Fee and will cost about $2.1 million.

To ensure the upgrades can happen as quickly and efficiently as possible, current streetlights will not be repaired until they are switched to the improved LED system. The City thanks Salem residents for their patience and understanding.
Portland Teens Receive Personal Finance Skills with JA of Oregon and SW Washington and AT&T Contribution offers at-risk schools the opportunity to implement JA Finance Park(R) program, giving students opportunity to make real-life financial decisions
Junior Achievement of Ore. & SW Wash. - 02/14/17 9:16 AM
NEWS RELEASE - For Immediate Release

For More Information, Contact:

Gina Huntington, Senior Director of Programs
Junior Achievement of Oregon and SW Washington
971-255-4957
ghuntington@ja-pdx.org


Portland, OR, February 14, 2017 -- Junior Achievement is pleased to announce an innovative educational program connecting classroom learning to the real world at Camp Withycombe, February 21-24, 2017. They are bringing important financial literacy lessons to at-risk students in the Portland metro area as part of a contribution from AT&T through its AT&T Aspire initiative. JA Finance Park is a ground breaking financial literacy program designed for middle and high school students that will help meet core financial literacy standards. 8th grade students at Scott K-8 School will experience this excited program on February 21, 2017.

JA Finance Park(R) begins in the classroom, with teacher-led lessons about topics like income, saving and debit and credit. The program culminates in a "real-life" simulation which is constructed as an 8,000 square foot business park with mini businesses that correlate to 20 household budget lines. This is combined with use of a custom-designed, state-of-the-art app run on iPads on which the students will manage their budget decisions and future goals. The reality-based simulation gives students the opportunity to apply classroom learning by creating a family budget based on hypothetical life situations assigned to the students, such as job, salary, and family situation.

This local version of JA Finance Park is unique. Unlike similar JA Finance Park programs in operation elsewhere in the United States, this one is portable. Rather than students having to come to a region center to participate in the program, the set up will travel from community to community throughout Oregon and Washington. This year alone, over 6,000 students will experience the mobile unit.

"So many of our teens haven't learned how to properly manage their finances, either because they haven't had those conversations with their parents or haven't had access to financial literacy programs in school" says Gina Huntington, Senior Director of Programs. "With JA Finance Park(R), we aren't just telling students how to manage budgets; we're putting them into the situation and asking them to make tough decisions."

At JA Finance Park(R), the students assume "real-life" personas and learn how to develop and balance a personal budget that includes such expenditures including housing and food, savings, transportation, entertainment, health care, child care, utilities, clothing and education.

"It is important to give every student an equal opportunity to learn basic financial skills like budgeting, managing credit and understanding a salary," says Stephanie Robertson, Area Retail Sales Manager. "Watching that moment when it 'clicks' for a student is what makes this such an important investment -- seeing when they understand the trade off for buying those basketball season tickets is that their family may not be able to buy groceries that month. Students walk away with a much better understanding of what sacrifices their parents make for them and what it means to be a financially responsible adult."

Established in 2003, JA Finance Park(R) is one of Junior Achievement USA's most successful programs, and more than 1 million students across the United States have gone through the experiential learning program since it first began.

The collaboration between JA of Oregon and SW Washington and AT&T is a continuation of their joint commitment to provide supplemental learning experiences that help young people in the community develop the competence, confidence and character to make smart academic and economic decisions. AT&T volunteers assist in the delivery of JA Finance Park(R) by connecting with students to help them discover their passions and potential. This collaboration is part of AT&T Aspire, the company's signature philanthropic initiative to promote student success in school and beyond.

See what students and executives are saying about JA Finance Park(R): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaPFDYRdSVY

More information is available on the Junior Achievement of Oregon and SW Washington website -- www.jaorswwa.org

About Junior Achievement USA -- Established in 1919, Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, Junior Achievement provides in school and after school programs for students which focus on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Today, 120 individual area operations reach more than four million students served by operations in almost 120 countries worldwide.

Junior Achievement of Oregon and SW Washington is an affiliate of JA USA established in 1950. It partners with local K-12 schools and businesses to provide programs that will reach more than 40,000 students this school year. It is consistently recognized as a top performing JA operation in the nation.


About Philanthropy & Social Innovation at AT&T
AT&T is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. AT&T Aspire is AT&T's signature philanthropic initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism, and mentoring. Through Aspire, we've passed the $250 million mark on our plan to invest $350 million in education from 2008-2017.
Deputies Pursue Vehicle Related to Camas Crime Spree (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/14/17 8:46 AM
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PRESS RELEASE

Deputies Pursue Vehicle Related to Camas Crime Spree

February 14, 2017 -- Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies pursued a stolen vehicle related to multiple burglaries in Camas.

On February 13, 2017, just before 11pm, a patrol deputy tried to stop a speeding vehicle near SW Canyon Road x SW Walker Road. The vehicle eluded the deputy. Other deputies came into the area to search for the car.

At 11:15pm, a deputy located the vehicle in a ditch near Cedar Park Middle School. No one was inside. A sheriff's office canine team was used to search for the suspect, but the suspect was not located.

Deputies learned that the car, a black 2002 Nissan Altima, had been reported stolen in Vancouver, Washington, on February 6th. During a search of the car, deputies located a cash register believed to be from the Liberty Theatre in Camas, as well as items from other locations in Vancouver and Camas. They contacted the Camas Police Department and learned about several recent burglaries in Camas.

Please contact the Camas Police Department for more details on their burglaries.


Attached Media Files: Media Release , Stolen Car
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 02/14/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 02/14/17 8:20 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 02/14/2017

ESTACADA:

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On 02/13/2017 at about 1540 hrs., police were dispatched to a drug complaint outside of a business on the 200 block of SE Highway 224. Officers located a male subject who had a warrant. Timothy D. Peden (53, of Estacada) was taken into custody on the warrant. Peden will also be charged with PCS Methamphetamine due to an item that was in his possession at the time of his arrest that tested positive for methamphetamine.

SANDY:

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On 02/13/2017 at about 0742 hrs., police responded to the intersection of Highway 26 and 362nd Drive regarding a motor vehicle crash. A report is pending (CAD)

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On 02/13/2017 at around 1019 hrs., officers attended to a raccoon problem. A report is pending (CAD).

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On 02/13/2017 at about 2244 hrs., William R. Shumway (33, of Sandy) was found to be leaving a bar, admitted to consuming alcohol and being in possession of marijuana. Additionally he was in the company of a known heroin user. All of these factors were known to be violations of the conditions of Mr. Shumway's felony probation. His probation officer was contacted, and they issued a detainer for his arrest. He was transported to the Clackamas County Jail, where he was lodged without bail.
Coalition of Linn County Agencies Brings Livesaving Technology to Region via 9-1-1 Integrated Smartphone App
Albany Fire Dept. - 02/14/17 7:31 AM
The Linn County Sheriff's Office, Albany Fire Department, Tangent Fire District, and Samaritan Health Services are pleased to announce the availability of a powerful lifesaving tool. The PulsePoint smartphone app empowers residents to take action during a cardiac event, while awaiting response by EMS professionals. The launch of PulsePoint Respond, which alerts CPR-trained citizens of nearby cardiac arrest incidents and emergencies requiring CPR, is slated for February 14th. Our hope is that Valentine's Day will also give awareness to the health of our hearts.

The app notifies users of the closest available Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Early application of bystander CPR and rapid defibrillation from an AED have proven to be crucial in improving a person's chance of surviving sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). PulsePoint is not limited to emergency responders or those with official CPR certification. It can be used by anyone who has been trained in CPR.

Linn County residents will find eight Linn County community Fire Departments and Districts are PulsePoint participants: Albany Fire Department, Brownsville Rural Fire District, Harrisburg Fire District, Halsey-Shedd Rural Fire Protection District, Lebanon Fire District, Tangent Fire District, Sweet Home Fire District and Scio Fire District.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office answered 60,834 calls for 9-1-1 assistance in 2016. "When you call 9-1-1 for help in Linn County, someone at the Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center answers the other end of the line," said Sheriff Bruce Riley. "From there, we may transfer that call to another agency, or dispatch units to respond. Most people may not realize the Sheriff's Office works closely every day with our Fire and EMS partners, because we dispatch all Fire/EMS agencies in Linn County, as well as our own deputy sheriffs. Today, with PulsePoint, we've taken that partnership to another level, and we're very excited to leverage advancing technology to help save lives."

"PulsePoint has the capability to save lives in our community and the Albany Fire Department is thrilled to play a part in making it available", said Chief John Bradner. "The chances of surviving a cardiac arrest event increase significantly with early notification of 9-1-1 and rapid intervention of bystander CPR before paramedics arrive. With PulsePoint, the public can now play an active part in saving lives in Albany and throughout Linn County."

The PulsePoint app also provides users with a display of your local Fire Service's active and recent incidents county-wide. On average, Albany Fire responds to 35 daily calls for service; more than 85 percent are for emergency medical services.

"The project expands PulsePoint coverage to over 118,000 citizens of Linn County over an area of 2,290 square miles," said Sandy Roberts, Albany Fire's PIO. "PulsePoint is a powerful new tool for us to engage with our community to improve cardiac arrest survival rates."

The free PulsePoint app is available for iPhone and Android and can be downloaded from the iTunes Store and Google Play.

For additional information, please contact Lieutenant Micah Smith of the Linn County Sheriff's Office at msmith@linnsheriff.org or at 541-990-1555, and visit www.LinnSheriff.org.
Coalition of Linn County Agencies Brings Lifesaving Technology to Region Via 9-1-1 Integrated Smartphone App
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 02/14/17 6:01 AM
The Linn County Sheriff's Office, Albany Fire Department, Tangent Fire District, and Samaritan Health Services are pleased to announce the availability of a powerful lifesaving tool. The PulsePoint smartphone app empowers residents to take action during a cardiac event, while awaiting response by EMS professionals. The launch of PulsePoint Respond, which alerts CPR-trained citizens of nearby cardiac arrest incidents and emergencies requiring CPR, is slated for February 14th. Our hope is that Valentine's Day will also give awareness to the health of our hearts.

The app notifies users of the closest available Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Early application of bystander CPR and rapid defibrillation from an AED have proven to be crucial in improving a person's chance of surviving sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). PulsePoint is not limited to emergency responders or those with official CPR certification. It can be used by anyone who has been trained in CPR.

Linn County residents will find eight Linn County community Fire Departments and Districts are PulsePoint participants: Albany Fire Department, Brownsville Rural Fire District, Harrisburg Fire District, Halsey-Shedd Rural Fire Protection District, Lebanon Fire District, Tangent Fire District, Sweet Home Fire District and Scio Fire District.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office answered 60,834 calls for 9-1-1 assistance in 2016. "When you call 9-1-1 for help in Linn County, someone at the Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center answers the other end of the line," said Sheriff Bruce Riley. "From there, we may transfer that call to another agency, or dispatch units to respond. Most people may not realize the Sheriff's Office works closely every day with our Fire and EMS partners, because we dispatch all Fire/EMS agencies in Linn County, as well as our own deputy sheriffs. Today, with PulsePoint, we've taken that partnership to another level, and we're very excited to leverage advancing technology to help save lives."

"PulsePoint has the capability to save lives in our community and the Albany Fire Department is thrilled to play a part in making it available", said Chief John Bradner. "The chances of surviving a cardiac arrest event increase significantly with early notification of 9-1-1 and rapid intervention of bystander CPR before paramedics arrive. With PulsePoint, the public can now play an active part in saving lives in Albany and throughout Linn County." 

The PulsePoint app also provides users with a display of your local Fire Service's active and recent incidents county-wide. On average, Albany Fire responds to 35 daily calls for service; more than 85 percent are for emergency medical services.

"The project expands PulsePoint coverage to over 118,000 citizens of Linn County over an area of 2,290 square miles," said Sandy Roberts, Albany Fire's PIO. "PulsePoint is a powerful new tool for us to engage with our community to improve cardiac arrest survival rates."

The free PulsePoint app is available for iPhone and Android and can be downloaded from the iTunes Store and Google Play.
Mon. 02/13/17
Automobile Pedestrian Crash On Hwy 26
Beaverton Police Dept. - 02/13/17 11:26 PM
On February 13, 2017 at 9:28 PM Beaverton Police Department responded to westbound Hwy 26 at the Cornell Road exit regarding an automobile striking a pedestrian. Officers arrived on scene and learned the pedestrian was deceased. The driver of the vehicle who struck the pedestrian stayed on scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

Officers are investigating the circumstances that led up to the crash. Westbound 26 is closed to vehicular traffic at NW Cornell. Traffic is being routed off the freeway at NW Cornell and then back onto Hwy 26.

We do not expect to release the victim's name until tomorrow. Traffic will be disrupted for the next couple of hours until the investigation is complete.

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Scholarships Offered Through YWCA's Young Women of Achievement Awards (Photo)
YWCA Clark County - 02/13/17 6:24 PM
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Applications are now being accepted through March 13th for the Young Women of Achievement Awards. Four scholarships will be offered to female students in the 12th grade. Students must be enrolled in a Clark County school.

The scholarship awards align with YWCA Clark County's mission to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Top candidates will demonstrate:
outstanding achievement in volunteer and school leadership roles
community involvement (in addition to community service required by school)
service as a role model
commitment to YWCA Clark County's mission

Students interested in applying can visit ywcaclarkcounty.org/ywoa for more information and to download an application. Questions? Call 360-695-0501 or email info@ywcaclarkcounty.org.


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Downtown Camas Burglary Spree
Camas Police Dept. - 02/13/17 4:49 PM
Camas, Washington --

In the early morning of February 13, 2017 suspect(s) burglarized several businesses in the downtown Camas area. The suspect(s) forced entry to the businesses by smashing out windows and once inside stole cash, credit cards, electronics and food items.

The businesses that have been identified so far are;

?NLG~ Artkana 415 NE 4th Avenue
?NLG~ Cake Happy 340 NE 4th Avenue
?NLG~ Dance Evolution 334 NE 4th Avenue
?NLG~ Journey Community Church 304 NE 4th Avenue
?NLG~ Wild Hair 418 NE Cedar Street
?NLG~ Happy Island Restaurant 419 NE Cedar Street
?NLG~ Attic Gallery 421 NE Cedar Street
?NLG~ Straub's 325 NE 3rd Avenue (attempted only?)


The case is currently under investigation and police have several leads in which to pursue. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Camas Police Department at (360) 834-4151.
Clark County Medical Examiner's Office MEDIA RELEASE
Clark County Public Information & Outreach - 02/13/17 4:34 PM
The following information is in reference to a death investigated by the Clark County Medical Examiner's Office.

The name of the decedent: Burton, Justin A. Age: 25 Yrs

This individual died on 2/10/2017 in the in Vancouver, WA.

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

The opinions listed on the death certificate are as follows:

Cause of death: Gunshot Wound of the Chest

Manner of death: Homicide

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


Media release issue date: Prepared 02/13/2017

Nikki Costa
Operations Manager
Photo Op: UP Students say "Shout Something Nice!" for Valentine's Day (Photo)
University of Portland - 02/13/17 4:01 PM
UP Students are Shouting Something Nice for Valentine's Day
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(Portland, OR) -- Looking for a fun Valentine's Day story? University of Portland students have one for you!

Everyone appreciates a kind word these days! This Valentine's Day, University of Portland students will be shouting out positive vibes to their fellow Pilots.

From 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m., students can step up to a podium in front of Franz Hall on the Academic Quad, grab a megaphone, and spread some love and appreciation across the campus.

Media is welcome! Call 503-943-8422 for more information.

What: "Shout Something Nice!"

When: 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, February 14

Where: South entrance, Franz Hall, University of Portland, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Portland

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Attached Media Files: UP Students are Shouting Something Nice for Valentine's Day
A small group of Woodland High School students uses Instagram to promote individuality and combat cyber-bullying (Photo)
Woodland Sch. Dist. - 02/13/17 4:00 PM
Principal John Shoup knows the students behind the page, but has agreed to maintain their anonymity because it contributes to the account's success.
Principal John Shoup knows the students behind the page, but has agreed to maintain their anonymity because it contributes to the account's success.
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Monday, February 13, 2017-Woodland, WA-Earlier this school year, a mysterious Instagram account appeared created with the mission to combat cyber-bullying. Each day, the account spotlights a different Woodland High School student with photos taken from their social networking accounts and touching personal descriptions of who the student is and what makes them unique and wonderful.

In just a few months, the Instagram account, named @WoodlandHSStars, has put the spotlight on more than 100 students garnering nearly 300 followers. The page's description offers no clues to its authors, simply featuring its mission statement: "Every one of you is unique and beautiful, and we want to recognize you for all your awesomeness."

Principal John Shoup started following the account on Instagram after hearing about it from a community member, and eventually tracked down the students behind it. "I was amazed we had kids at the school doing this, but I did have a little trepidation, too, as I wanted to make sure they were sincere," he explained. "After I learned who was involved, any concern I had subsided as these are great kids doing an amazing thing for our school and our community!"

Even though Principal Shoup knows the students involved and helps them identify random students to spotlight, the group asked to remain anonymous. Even the parents of the group's members don't know who's behind the page. "Being anonymous preserves the humility of the project," explained one of the students involved. "This account is coming from everybody; it's not about us." Another added, "Why put the spotlight on us when it can be about everyone else?"

The group started the account so they could acknowledge the great things their classmates do as people, not just as outstanding academic scholars or successful student athletes. "Some kids are noticed for academics or sports, but this account is about character," explained one of the founders. "We wanted it to be about more than just popularity," agreed another. "The goal of the account is to reinforce the importance of being good and nice to others when you think no one is watching or paying attention."

Researching, observing, and writing each day's spotlight entails quite a bit of effort and work, however the group divides the duties evenly. "We work together to pick students to spotlight, and then go on social media to find pictures, communicating with one another, and editing each other's writing to make sure it's good," explained one of the students. "Posting has never been a chore for us," explained another student. "It doesn't feel like 'I have to post today,' the feeling is 'I get to post today,' and seeing the spotlighted student react the next day is just an awesome experience."

The page receives overwhelmingly positive response both in terms of online comments as well as students discussing it throughout the school day. "We get tons of positive comments and hear kids in the halls talking about the page," said one group member. "Everyone talks about how the post made their day." Although the page hasn't received any negative commentary, the students moderate the page by regularly replying to positive comments and deleting any negative comments.

Principal Shoup couldn't be prouder of the students behind the account. "The spotlighted kids feel noticed and special which is outstanding and demonstrates a real positive use of social media," he explained. "In a climate that seems riddled by cyber-bullying, seeing something like this organically developed by kids who are so sincere and genuine is something every school should have."

The dedicated students plan to continue maintaining the site well into the future, even developing ideas for how to recruit new students to maintain the page when those involved eventually graduate. "We want to keep this page going as long as we can, but we need to be careful who we recruit to take it over," explained one of the founders. "The page is a powerful tool to help make people feel great and we want to make sure it stays that way."

Anyone can look at the page by searching for WoodlandHSStars on Instagram or visiting https://www.instagram.com/woodlandhsstars.

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Attached Media Files: Principal John Shoup knows the students behind the page, but has agreed to maintain their anonymity because it contributes to the account's success. , The Instagram account spotlights students based on their character, not just their academic success or athletic prowess. , The students behind WoodlandHSStars intend to eventually spotlight each and every student at Woodland High School. , An Instagram account named @WoodlandHSStars spotlights random students at Woodland High School with photos and messages of what makes each student awesome.
Deputies Seek Public's Help in Locating Robbery Suspect (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/13/17 3:47 PM
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This morning around 10:40 a.m., deputies were called to Santana Village Park in south east Salem, after a victim reported being robbed at gun point. The victim who was walking his dog at the time of the robbery stated, he was approached by an adult male who produced a handgun and demanded money.

The suspect is a white male adult, 6' tall, thin, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with red trim, black baseball hat and blue jeans. The male made away with an undisclosed amount of cash. He fled the area on foot, to the north, through the park. Anyone with information regarding the robbery is asked to contact our tip line at 503-540-8079 or you can text your tip to TIPMCSO at 847411, you may remain anonymous.


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DHS launches safety website. Asks Oregonians for ideas.
Oregon Department of Human Services - 02/13/17 3:44 PM
Department of Human Services announced today the launch of the Unified Child and Youth Safety Implementation Plan (https://www.oregon.gov/DHS/ABOUTDHS/Child-Safety-Plan/Pages/index.aspx) website. The website is designed to transparently share information on The Unified Child and Youth Safety Implementation Plan and promote safety for Oregon's children and youth.

Following the completion of the independent review of child safety in substitute care ordered by Governor Brown and DHS Director, DHS recognized critical improvements needed to keep Oregon's children and youth safe. Implementation project work will cross the department and seeks to cultivate responsibility for children and youth safety beyond the Child Welfare Program.

Based on input from DHS partners in child and youth safety, the new user friendly website provides resources and information that features:
The Unified Child and Youth Implementation Plan
Consistent updates on the progress of the work from the plan
Family of origin and foster parent resources
How to report abuse and neglect
Children and youth resources, and
Child welfare legislation and policy information.

We welcome your feedback and ideas for content that helps support child and youth safety. Please send your feedback to child.safety@state.or.us.

Subscribe to our Child Safety listserv (https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/ORDHS/subscriber/new?topic_id=ORDHS_599) to stay informed on the latest Unified Child and Youth Safety efforts and how you can stay engaged with us.
Portland Water Bureau Announces Activation of Groundwater Supply
Portland Water Bureau - 02/13/17 3:24 PM
Today, Feb. 13, the Water Bureau will begin delivering 100 percent groundwater from the Columbia South Shore Well Field.

The bureau is taking this step out of an abundance of caution in response to recent low level detections of Cryptosporidium in the Bull Run. This action is not required. "The recent detections do not pose an increased health risk. After a series of very low level detections, we are proactively activating our secondary source while we collect more data," said Water Bureau Administrator Michael Stuhr. "The City continues to be in compliance with the treatment variance issued by the Oregon Health Authority."

The Columbia South Shore Well Field is a high-quality water supply which meets or surpasses all federal and state drinking water regulations. It may take up to two weeks, depending on location, for groundwater to make its way through the distribution system to homes and businesses. The well field is used as a secondary source for the Bull Run Watershed, most often in the summer when the region's demand increases.

The bureau will continue to sample the Bull Run for Cryptosporidium and gather information about these detections. With additional information, and in consultation with public health officials, the bureau will decide when to re-activate the Bull Run supply.

Public notification is not required but the Portland Water Bureau informs the media and sensitive water users, as a practice, when it activates groundwater and when it has significant operational changes. The bureau will continue to provide public notice as decisions are made.

Portland is fortunate to have access to the two largest supplies of drinking water in Oregon, which allow the bureau to be prepared to meet the range of conditions that occur in the Portland water system. Customers with questions are encouraged to call the Water Line at 503-823-7525.
New Statewide Survey Shows Cell Phone Use Greatest Cause of Distracted Driving
Clark Co. Traffic Safety Task Force - Target Zero - 02/13/17 3:11 PM
OLYMPIA, WA -- The Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) released the results today of a first-ever statewide observational survey of distracted drivers. The survey found that cell phone use is the most common type of distraction, with 71 percent of distracted drivers engaged with their phones while operating their vehicles. Statewide, nearly 1 out of 10 drivers in Washington State are distracted while driving, representing a distraction rate of 9.2 percent. Fatalities from distracted driving increased by 32 percent from 2014 to 2015 in Washington.

"Our goal is to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries on Washington's roadways to zero by the year 2030; we call this Target Zero," said Angie Ward, program manager at the WTSC. "With fatalities from distracted driving increasing, and with drivers engaging in the riskiest type of distracting behavior -- cell phone use -- reducing distracted driving must become a higher priority."

More than 22,300 vehicle drivers were observed in the WTSC survey, in 23 counties across the state. While cell phone use was the most frequent distraction, other distractions observed (29 percent) included behaviors such as eating, tuning a radio, or attending to pets or children.

Other research has shown that cell phone use has been found to increase the risk of crashes by three times. Entering text into a cell phone can increase crash risk by up to 23 times.

Cell phone use is particularly risky because it causes what experts refer to as "inattention blindness." One study by AAA found that it can take a driver 27 seconds to refocus on the road after using a cell phone -- in which time a car moving at 25 mph can travel the length of three football fields. Says Ward, "Research shows that cell phone use causes poor driving more than any other potential distraction. Choosing to use your cell phone while driving is one of the riskiest things you can do. Unfortunately, our study shows that too many drivers are putting themselves, their passengers and others at risk."

Ward also pointed to an AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety Study that showed while two-thirds of drivers support restrictions on cell phone use while driving, 70 percent of these same drivers admit to doing it themselves.

In addition to pending legislation to confront the issue of distracted driving, the issue is also being addressed by the WTSC through its Target Zero programs, and by state law enforcement agencies, who are working toward eliminating distracted driving behaviors through enforcement and education efforts, including a coordinated, statewide distracted driving patrol scheduled for April 2017. The WTSC also promotes awareness of distracted driving dangers through high school education programs.

This distracted driving observational survey will be conducted biennially by the WTSC so that the Commission can track statewide efforts to reduce distracted driving behaviors. The goal of the WTSC is to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries on Washington's roadways to zero by the year 2030 (Target Zero). More information about Target Zero can be found at www.targetzero.com<http://www.targetzero.com/>.

The full report is available at http://wtsc.wa.gov/download/5986/
Local Red Cross Sends 16 Disaster Responders to Help Thousands of People Evacuated Near Oroville Dam (Photo)
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/13/17 2:48 PM
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Sixteen Red Cross disaster responders from Oregon and Southwest Washington have deployed to California to help the thousands of people evacuated because of a possible dam breach.

PORTLAND, Ore., February 13, 2017 -- American Red Cross disaster responders from Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) deployed to California to help the 188,000 people who have been evacuated from their homes because of a possible breach of the Oroville Dam.

Responders from Portland, Dallas, Medford, Silverton, Bend, Wood Village, Salem and Newberg, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington, will staff shelters set up for evacuated residents and deliver food and other supplies in anticipation of the possible dam breach.

Mike Williams, a Red Cross volunteer from Salem, is driving one of three Emergency Response Vehicles deployed from Oregon and Southwest Washington to aid in the Oroville Dam response.

"I saw the news coverage last night and started packing my travel bag," Williams said. "I knew I needed to help and when I received the call this morning asking if I could go, I was ready. The folks who have been evacuated need us."

Nearly 4,000 residents were in Red Cross and community shelters as of Monday morning, and the Red Cross is preparing to shelter and feed thousands more in the upcoming days. The evacuation orders came on Sunday night in Butte and Yuba counties, Yuba City and Marysville, as damage was discovered to the Oroville Dam, the nation's highest dam. The dam currently remains intact, but the emergency spillway is eroding. The governor of California has declared a state of emergency and substantial search and rescue help is being deployed, including the California National Guard and Highway Patrol, along with swift water rescue teams.

There are nearly 100 Red Cross workers on the ground, with more on the way, working with state officials and community organizations to provide comfort and care to shelter residents. There is no word yet on when people will be allowed to return home, but the Red Cross is preparing to help them for as long as needed.

MAKE A DONATION: The priority of the Red Cross is to get those affected settled at emergency shelters, and to provide supplies to meet immediate needs. Right now, the best way to help is through a financial donation. Help people affected by disasters like floods and countless other crises by making a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small across the United States. Visit redcross.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS to make a donation.

DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY APP: Everyone should download the Red Cross Emergency App to have safety information available on their mobile device, including emergency weather alerts, safety information and open shelter locations. Red Cross apps are available in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.

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 Twitter at @RedCrossCasc.


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Vancouver's mobilization of resources earns national award (Photo)
Vancouver Sch. Dist. - 02/13/17 2:44 PM
Vancouver Public Schools' mobile Family-Community Resource Center
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Taking outreach services on the road has earned Vancouver Public Schools a Magna Awards 2017 Grand Prize given by the National School Boards Association. The award, one of three in the nation, recognizes the district's mobile Family-Community Resource Center van for mobilizing resources to remove barriers that impede student success.

Approximately 50 percent of VPS students live in poverty. Mobility, inadequate medical and dental care, mental health issues, lack of affordable housing, homelessness and unmet basic needs are just some of the barriers to learning that thousands of VPS students face. Students living in poverty often experience chronic absenteeism, hunger, medical and dental problems and lack of clothing and hygiene items. Those students typically suffer from chronic stress, reducing their ability to focus on learning. Parent involvement also is diminished. To address the issues of poverty and increase family engagement, VPS has created a network of Family-Community Resource Centers (vansd.org/fcrc/), which now are located in 18 of the district's 35 schools.

The mobile FCRC serves students at the other 17 district schools without onsite FCRCs. Working with school counselors, teachers, building administrators and community partners, mobile FCRC coordinator Nicole Loran-Graham collects and deploys resources to meet needs when and where they're needed. Community partners including non-profit agencies, the faith community and other service organizations generously provide needed donations and services.

Loran-Graham is expanding FCRC resources to reach children and youth at the schools they attend. She is establishing monthly fresh food pantries; setting up clothing and personal hygiene closets with donations from faith-based partners, local fire departments and social service organizations; referring families to Vancouver Housing Authority Section 8 program, which gives preference to VPS families; and hosting FCRC pop-up shops, inviting school personnel to shop for items they need for their students (e.g., school supplies, back packs, clothing, hygiene items, cleaning supplies).

The mobile FCRC van also is equipped with Wi-Fi, providing online access to assist families in searching for housing, job opportunities, childcare, medical providers and other resources.

"We can't do this work alone," said Dale Rice, Vancouver Public Schools' board president. "On behalf of the school board, I'm incredibly grateful to the hundreds of partners, volunteers and organizations who are committed to the success and wellbeing of our community's children. Together, we can transform lives."

Poverty and mobility have a profound effect on student success. In Vancouver Public Schools leaders have responded with a grassroots effort--directing more support to struggling schools and engaging community partners to remove barriers to learning. Vancouver's "it takes a village" approach is transforming student lives. Achievement gaps are closing, mobility is stabilizing and graduation rates are rising (64 percent in 2010 to more than 80 percent in 2016). The community schools model, which the mobile FCRC helps facilitate, engages local partners in a shared vision that all students can succeed.

The award will be formally announced at the National School Boards Association conference in March.


Attached Media Files: Vancouver Public Schools' mobile Family-Community Resource Center
2016 Sheridan Fire District Annual Awards Banquet (Photo)
Sheridan Fire Dist. - 02/13/17 2:40 PM
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Sheridan, OR [February 11th 2017]: As the Fire District members arrived to the Monroe Event Center they prepare themselves for another night of delicious food, awards and entertainment. 2016 was filled with great memories, community events and some great training opportunities. We also saw the passing of our retired Chief Larry Eckhardt, who we will all miss dearly.

Dinner was catered by Uncle Jack's Bar-B-Que. They prepared a tasty dinner of brisket with three tasty salads, baked beans, rolls and for desert an assortment of cake. The Fire District and Volunteer Association would like to thank the wonderful people from Uncle Jack's for making us such a great dinner, it really added to our night.

After dinner we had the awards portion. The 2016 recipients were: Probationary Firefighter of the year Christopher Hoopingarner, EMS Volunteer of the Year Jackson Ryan, Fire Volunteer of the Year Tricia Young, Resident Volunteer of the Year Bailey Black, Chief's Firefighter of the year Award Cody Coonrod, Chief's EMS of the Year Award Jakob Sessa, John Fancher Memorial Award for Fire Tricia Young and Cody Coonrod, 5 years of service award Shane O'Connell and Cody Heidt, 10 years of Service Wesley Rolfson, 15 years of service Rebecca Prevett, 55 years of service Donald Cooley.

We also had some entertainment put on by Wesley Rolfson. He gave out awards for to the members in recognition of the silly and amazing things individuals had done throughout 2016. Some of the highlights from these "Paper plate" awards include an award for best mustache, going above and beyond during a medical call, and recognizing someone for their commitment to helping others. We ended the night with another amazing video presentation created by Wesley Rolfson highlighting the various activities, incidents and memorable moments for the members of the fire district.

The fire district would like to thank all those who helped put on the banquet this year. We would also like to thank our members for all their hard work and dedication to this community. Without our volunteers and career staff we would not be able to accomplish so much and help so many people in our community. We would also like to thank the families of our members for allowing our members to come down and respond to emergency calls, attend community events and give up their Wednesday nights so our members can attend weekly training.


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State Employees' Charitable Fund Drive raises $868,000
State of Oregon - 02/13/17 2:21 PM
- State agency employees raise $33,000 more than 2015
- State and university employees donate more than $850,000 annually to Oregon charities

State and University employees throughout Oregon showed a strong commitment to their communities and the nonprofits that serve them this year. The State of Oregon Employees' Charitable Fund Drive raised $868,000 for Oregon nonprofit organizations -- an impressive sum, donated by more than 2,500 individual employees.

Final tallies are wrapping up this month, but the totals already show an increase over the previous year's giving -- up more than $33,000 from 2015.

State agencies that raised the most donations received special awards:
Department of Transportation (agencies with 4,000 or more employees)
Department of Justice (agencies 1000 -- 3999 employees)
Department of Environmental Quality (agencies 500 -- 1000 employees)
Public Employee Retirement System (agencies 100 -- 499 employees)
Department of Energy (small agencies, 100 or fewer employees)

The Charitable Fund Drive has raised more than $26.8 million since 1989. The Fund Drive gives State employees access to charitable giving through a payroll contribution; 100% of all employee donations are passed on to umbrella nonprofit organizations.

The umbrella organizations (together representing more than 800 charities) in the 2016 Charitable Fund Drive are: Black United Fund of Oregon, Children's Trust Fund of Oregon, Community Health Charities, EarthShare Oregon, Equity Foundation (now Pride Foundation), Habitat for Humanity of Oregon, Local Independent Charities of America, MRG Foundation, Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, Work for Art, and 16 United Ways and United Funds throughout Oregon. Expenses are less than 10% of the funds raised, and those costs are paid by the umbrella organizations in the Fund Drive.
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Two People in Troutdale
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/13/17 2:03 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on Monday, February 13 2017, at approximately 11:15 a.m. in the 700 block of NW Dunbar Ave in Troutdale, OR. The fire 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.
180 Affordable Apartments Coming to Salem
City of Salem - 02/13/17 2:00 PM
The City of Salem is working with local nonprofit Community Resource Trust and a local developer to bring 180 new affordable apartments to the community. The City has committed roughly $1.15 million in HOME grant and urban renewal funds toward construction. These funds have been leveraged to bring in an additional $22 million in investment, making the addition of these much-needed homes possible. Oregon Housing and Community Services recently recommended allocation of $4.8 million toward the Portland Road Apartments, which was approved by the Oregon Housing Stability council on January 6, 2017.

Mountain West Investment Corporation is the developer for the project.

Residents in the Portland Road Apartments will have access to on-site services designed to help them achieve self-sufficiency. Because the apartments are primarily intended for families, most of the units will contain two or three bedrooms.

"We are working constructively to address our housing needs," says Mayor Chuck Bennett. "The City of Salem supports the efforts of the Community Resource Trust and developers who are willing to work with us to bring more affordable housing to Salem. We are committed to working on practical and realistic ways to fix our housing needs."
New Transit Director Named for South Metro Area Regional Transit
City of Wilsonville - 02/13/17 1:53 PM
WILSONVILLE, OR -- The City of Wilsonville's public-transit agency, South Metro Area Regional Transit (SMART), announces the hiring of Dwight Brashear as the City's new Transit Director, assuming the agency's leadership position held by Stephan Lashbrook who is retiring on Feb. 28.

Dwight Brashear is a seasoned transportation professional with over 30 years of experience in the industry. Most recently he co-managed a large paratransit operation in Chicago with a fleet of 500 vehicles and a budget of $53M focused on transportation services to medical appointments for people with disabilities.

Previously, Dwight held numerous executive leadership positions with several transit organizations. He served for four years in executive-level positions in management and business development for passenger-transportation services firm Keolis Transit America in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. He also worked in management for a large transportation firm providing paratransit, fixed route, shuttle and commuter-bus transit services, as well as CEO of the public-transit system serving the Baton Rouge, LA, metropolitan region.

Dwight began his career in public transit in 1985 as a part-time transit driver for San Diego Transit Corporation and over a 17-year period he worked his way up to the position of Manager of Transportation where he managed a fleet of 340 vehicles and a staff of 750 transit professionals.

Dwight earned a Bachelor's degree from Azusa Pacific University with an emphasis in Business and Management. He has also earned numerous awards including a "Hero's" designation from then-Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco for his role as State Transportation Coordinator for the evacuation of the City of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, which struck the Gulf Coast in August 2005. In 2006, he was recognized by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) when he was presented with APTA's first-ever Special Award for Extraordinary Leadership. Dwight is also a graduate of APTA's Elite Leadership Program.

Assistant City Manager Jeanna Troha states, "Dwight has significant experience in all aspects of public transportation. He has an innovative and collaborative leadership style and brings a passion for making a difference in a community. We are excited to have Dwight join our team as the new SMART Transit Director."

Dwight explains, "I couldn't be more excited to be coming to Wilsonville and to be a part of a thriving community that really values high-quality public transit. I look forward to working with all stakeholders, including residents and businesses, to ensure that SMART lives up to its core values and provides safe, reliable and cost-effective transit services."

In his free time Dwight enjoys once-a-week date nights with his wife Synthia, classic cars, quiet time and he is an avid reader and writer.
Two Arrested For Using Ladder to Break Into Apartment
Corvallis Police - 02/13/17 1:50 PM
On February 7, 2017, at approximately 12:35am, Corvallis Police Officers responded to a report of suspicious activity in the 200 block of NW 26th ST. A caller reported seeing two males in the alley with a ladder climbing to a second story window of an apartment. When officers arrived, they observed flashlights inside the apartment and were able to contact the apartment owner by phone, who advised no one should be inside the apartment.

Officers surrounded the apartment and were able to see two males dressed in dark clothing hiding inside. The suspects, identified as 35-year-old Kalvin Ellis and 39-year-old Richard Zib, both of Corvallis, were ordered out of the apartment and were taken into custody without incident. Both males were arrested and stolen property was recovered. A search warrant was obtained for Ellis's residence where additional stolen property was located from previous thefts. During the search warrant, numerous items related to methamphetamine use were located, and another female, identified as 27-year-old Kristina Hass of Corvallis, was arrested on charges of Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Burglar's Tools, as well as an outstanding Benton County Circuit Court warrant.

Ellis was charged with Burglary I, Theft I, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, and Unlawful Manufacture of Marijuana.

Zib was charged with Burglary I, Theft I, Identity Theft, Possession of Burglar's Tools, and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine. Zib also had an outstanding Benton County Circuit Court warrant.

All three were lodged at the Benton County Jail.

Below is a link to their booking photos:
https://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/inmate_detail?inmate=1700000219
https://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/inmate_detail?inmate=1700000218
https://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/inmate_detail?inmate=1700000223
Linn Deputies Investigate Possible Animal Neglect
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 02/13/17 1:27 PM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that over the last week his deputies have responded to, two possible animal neglect complaints on Riverside Drive, Albany, Oregon. The complaints consisted of underfed, skinny horses and a dead goat.

On February 3, a deputy from the Linn County Sheriff's Office Animal Control who specializes in animal abuse and neglect cases, responded and spoke with the owner. The deputy noted several horses all eating from an available bale of hay. One 30-year-old horse in particular was very skinny and according to the owner has lost weight. The owner provided documentation that within the last few months their Veterinarian had checked on the horse.

The deputy also saw two goats on the property; one was in good health and the other, according to the owner, had died of bloat.

On February 10, deputies were called again to the residence in response to additional complaints. The horses were found to be eating and had appropriate care.

This case is still under investigation and the Sheriff's Office is continuing to monitor the situation.
Otis couple arrested for Animal Neglect
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - 02/13/17 12:54 PM
On January 15, 2017 at approximately 1:45 P.M. Animal Service Deputy Sara Wynveen investigated a report of a dog in poor physical condition at the Lincoln City Veterinary Clinic. The dog was reportedly found tied to a tree on a remote logging road in Otis. When deputies arrived they learned that the dog, Chief, had been identified through a microchip implant.

Chief was examined by veterinarians and was found to be suffering from a long term skin condition and ear infections that had gone untreated. Chief was taken at the Lincoln County Animal Shelter for further care.

On January 20, 2017 deputies contacted Chief's last known owners Douglas C. Rathburn,age 74, and Georgia C. Rathburn, age 70, of Otis. The Rathburns voluntarily surrendered Chief to the Lincoln County Animal Shelter.

On January 21, 2017 Douglas and Georgia Rathburn were issued citations for Animal Neglect II, a class B misdemeanor, with bail set at $10,000.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office would like to remind pet owners, resources are available if your pet needs veterinary care that you cannot afford. Please contact the Lincoln County Animal Shelter at 541-265-6610 ext. 6 for more information.

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Submitted by

Karl Vertner, Patrol Sergeant
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
225 W. Olive Street
Newport, OR 97365
Phone: 541-265-0681
Fax: 541-265-4917
kvertner@co.lincoln.or.us
Portland Water Bureau Announces Activation of Groundwater Supply
Portland Water Bureau - 02/13/17 12:53 PM
Today, Feb. 13, the Water Bureau will begin delivering 100 percent groundwater from the Columbia South Shore Well Field.

The bureau is taking this step out of an abundance of caution in response to recent low level detections of Cryptosporidium in the Bull Run. This action is not required. "The recent detections do not pose an increased health risk. After a series of very low level detections, we are proactively activating our secondary source while we collect more data," said Water Bureau Administrator Michael Stuhr. "The City continues to be in compliance with the treatment variance issued by the Oregon Health Authority."

The Columbia South Shore Well Field is a high-quality water supply which meets or surpasses all federal and state drinking water regulations. It may take up to two weeks, depending on location, for groundwater to make its way through the distribution system to homes and businesses. The well field is used as a secondary source for the Bull Run Watershed, most often in the summer when the region's demand increases.

The bureau will continue to sample the Bull Run for Cryptosporidium and gather information about these detections. With additional information, and in consultation with public health officials, the bureau will decide when to re-activate the Bull Run supply.

Public notification is not required but the Portland Water Bureau informs the media and sensitive water users, as a practice, when it activates groundwater and when it has significant operational changes. The bureau will continue to provide public notice as decisions are made.

Portland is fortunate to have access to the two largest supplies of drinking water in Oregon, which allow the bureau to be prepared to meet the range of conditions that occur in the Portland water system. Customers with questions are encouraged to call the Water Line at 503-823-7525.


Attached Media Files: 2017-02/1240/101817/Media_Release_Groundwater_021317.docx
Siletz man arrested for stolen vehicle
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - 02/13/17 12:40 PM
On February 11th, 2017 at 6:14 P.M. Lincoln County Sheriff Deputy Andrew Parsons initiated a traffic stop near Gwee Shut Rd in Siletz for a minor traffic violation. During this traffic stop Deputy Parsons learned the vehicle was stolen from Silverton, OR on February 9th, 2017. Deputy Parsons subsequently arrested the driver, Jeremy Sweet age 26 of Siletz, for unauthorized use of a vehicle, unlawful entry into a motor vehicle, unlawful possession of methamphetamine, felon in possession of a restricted weapon, and theft by receiving. Jeremy Sweet was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail with a bail of $180,000.

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Submitted by:

Karl Vertner, Patrol Sergeant
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
225 W. Olive Street
Newport, OR 97365
Phone: 541-265-0681
Fax: 541-265-4917
kvertner@co.lincoln.or.us
Patron Tour explores Battle Ground Public Schools' Career and Technical Education programs
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 02/13/17 12:12 PM
Community members and parents of 8th graders are invited to the annual patron tour of Battle Ground Public Schools' Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes on Friday, March 3. The tour will visit three schools where visitors will see firsthand what students learn in CTE classes such as welding, culinary arts, early childhood education, video game design and agriculture. Patrons will tour CTE classes at Battle Ground and Prairie high schools as well as the Center for Agriculture, Science and Environmental Education (CASEE).

"Career and Technical Education classes help prepare students for the future," said Cindy Arnold, director of CTE. "No matter whether they're planning to enter the workforce right out of high school or continue their education in college, these classes provide our students with the necessary skills to be successful, and we look forward to sharing what they're learning."

At Battle Ground Public Schools, more than 200 CTE classes are taught each semester in 36 content areas by teachers who have worked in the industry they are teaching. Many of the district's CTE programs have agreements with local community colleges that let students receive college credit for some of the high school classes.

The tour offers parents and members of the business community an inside look at the classrooms and students in action. It's a great way for parents of eighth graders to learn more about the classes and CTE programs that students in the Battle Ground Public Schools district can take at Prairie and Battle Ground high schools.

The Career and Technical Education Patron tour will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 3. It will begin at Battle Ground High School, continue to Prairie High School, and then end at CASEE. Transportation will be provided between campuses. Please RSVP by Feb. 23 to the CTE program by calling (360) 885-5359 or emailing adams.kathy@battlegroundps.org.
Broken jail cell window prompts facility lockdown
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/13/17 12:01 PM
UPDATE: An investigation following the discovery of a broken window at the Clark County Jail has determined that the window was broken as part of an escape attempt by inmate Brent Ward Luyster. The Clark County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit is conducting the investigation and will forward the case report to the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

The escape attempt was interrupted by an alert corrections deputy who was conducting a routine perimeter security check of the jail facility.

"The jail facility is currently in lock down status," said Undersheriff Mike Cooke. "The jail will remain in lock down until we've had a chance to assess the security of the entire facility. We need to make sure this escape attempt was isolated to this one inmate and does not involve other inmates or other areas of the jail facility."

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07:42 Hrs - Just after 9 pm, Sunday, February 12th, 2017 Corrections Deputies discovered an exterior cell window had been broken out at the main jail 707 W. 13th Street. Due to the possibility that weapons or contraband might have been introduced into the jail, the facility was placed into lockdown. Vancouver Police, Clark County Enforcement Deputies and on-duty SWAT team members assisted Correction Deputies with clearing the jail cell and the search for possible contraband.
Detectives with the Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit are investigating the circumstances of the broken window. There was no escape of any inmate in our custody.
The Sheriff's Office does not provide comment on the movement of inmates within the jail facility nor do we comment on the seizure of contraband. Jail operations have returned to normal.
No further information will be released at this time.
Friends of the Carpenter to Host Annual Meeting on Feb. 21
Friends of the Carpenter - 02/13/17 12:00 PM
Vancouver, WA -- Friends of the Carpenter will host their annual meeting on Tues. Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m. at the Friendship Center, 1600 W 20th Street.

"The Board and I are gratified that Friends of the Carpenter continues the organization's heritage 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 2016 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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Vancouver Police Officer involved in shooting identified
Vancouver Police Dept. - 02/13/17 11:49 AM
Vancouver, Wash. -- On February 10, 2017, Vancouver Police responded to a suspicious circumstance in the 4500 block of NE 66th Avenue. According to the caller, a vehicle crashed into a parked van at a retirement community parking lot and the suspect entered the lobby of the complex before fleeing on foot through the complex and into a neighboring apartment complex. Vancouver Police responded and located the suspect, who had been involved in a robbery theft of an automobile in the county minutes earlier. The suspect entered a second floor apartment that was occupied by a male and his four children. Based on the circumstance, officers forcefully entered the apartment and a Vancouver Police officer located the suspect in a bedroom and fired at the suspect, who was armed.

The Vancouver Police Officer involved in in the shooting is Ed Letarte, 53. Officer Letarte has been employed with the Vancouver Police Department since September 29, 1998 and was previously with the Honolulu Police Department from July 1991-September 1998. He was assigned as a Detective in the Domestic Violence Unit from January 2011- January 2015. Officer Letarte has been a member of the SW Washington Regional SWAT team since December 2005. Officer Letarte is currently assigned to West Precinct Patrol.

Following standard department protocol, Officer Letarte is on critical incident leave.

The investigation by the Regional Major Crimes Team is continuing. No further information on the investigation is available at this time.



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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.
Oregon City Police arrest suspected car thief after short vehicle and foot pursuit (Photo)
Oregon City Police Dept. - 02/13/17 11:48 AM
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On February 9, 2017, just before 10:30 pm, Oregon City Police tried to stop a 1996 Honda with no license plates near 9th St. and John Adams St. After a short vehicle pursuit the male driver, who was identified as 20-year-old Oregon City resident Monte Wes McMullen, abandoned the vehicle on 10th St. McMullen fled on foot towards a nearby residence. Officers on scene determined McMullen ran into his house located in the 1500 block of 9th St. Oregon City Police, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, and Gladstone Police set a perimeter on the house. Other occupants at the house were evacuated. Officers then loud hailed into the residence and McMullen came out of the house and surrendered without a confrontation.

Oregon City Police determined the vehicle McMullen was driving was recently stolen from Portland. McMullen was taken to the Clackamas County Jail where he was lodged for:

811.540 - Attempt to Elude (Felony) - $10,000 bail
164.135 - Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle (Felony) - $10,000 bail
811.540 - Attempt to Elude (Misdemeanor) - $2,500 bail
811.182 - Driving while suspended (Misdemeanor) - $2,500
Probation Violation (Felony) - Multnomah County -- no bail

Reference OCPD Case number 17-448


Attached Media Files: 2017-02/1388/101813/Monte_Wes_McMullen.jpg
Public Alert: Unidentified Male Offering Money to Lure Children into Car in Northeast Portland
Portland Police Bureau - 02/13/17 9:56 AM
The Portland Police Bureau would like to alert the public about two reports received about a man offering money to children to lure them into his vehicle.

On Sunday February 12, 2017, at 2:31 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to Khunamokwst Park (pronounced KAHN-ah-mockst), located at 5200 Northeast Alberta Street, on the report that a man offered two young girls money to get into his car.

Officers contacted the 10 and 11 year old girls at one of their homes in the area. The girls reported to police that they were walking home on Alberta Court from the park and noticed a man driving behind them. The girls told police that the man waved money at them and asked them to come to his car. The girls ran away, told one of their mothers and called police.

The girls described the man as a black male, 34 years old, medium brown skin, beard, heavy set, wearing black clothing and smelling of marijuana. The girls described the vehicle as an older, beat up, dirty silver car missing lights on the rear, no license plates, and driver's side door damage.

While officers were taking this report, they received a second report from a 9-year-old girl in the area stating that she was approached by a man offering her money out his car window, near a church at Northeast 56th Avenue and Alberta Street. She described the man as a black male in his 20s, thin build, short curly hair, wearing a baseball cap. The car was described as an old white car, with plastic tape over a back window.

Officers learned a fourth person, a 55-year-old woman, was approached in a similar fashion as she walked her grandchildren home. The woman told police that the man waved money out the window as he licked his lips. She described the suspect vehicle as an older gray Honda.

At this point, no suspect or suspects have been identified and it is not certain that all three incidents are the same person, although the neighborhood and activity is very similar.

Anyone witnessing a luring-type incident is asked to immediately call 9-1-1 and provide as much information as possible. If any residents in the area of this incident have residential surveillance cameras, investigators are asking them to check recordings for any possible images of the suspect.

The Portland Police Bureau would like to remind parents to talk to their children about "stranger danger" to keep them safe.

Some excellent tips from the National Crime Prevention Council about stranger danger are available at https://www.ncpc.org/topics/violent-crime-and-personal-safety/strangers

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

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

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Hood River Photographer Peter Marbach Presents Lecture and Slide Show on the Columbia River (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 02/13/17 9:46 AM
Peter Marbach straddles the headwaters of the Columbia River in Canada
Peter Marbach straddles the headwaters of the Columbia River in Canada
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Portland, OR -- February 13, 2017 -- Photographer Peter Marbach will share stories and imagery from his current project documenting the landscapes and culture of the entire 1,250 Columbia, from its humble beginnings in Canal Flats, British Columbia, to the two-mile-wide confluence with the Pacific, at a free public lecture and slide show on Wednesday, February 15 at 7pm at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland). At this program, entitled "River of Hope: The Columbia River -- From Source to Sea," Marbach will discuss the importance of the current Columbia River Treaty re-negotiations and its implications that may lead to the eventual return of Pacific Salmon all the way to the headwaters.

The Columbia River flowed for thousands of years in a natural state of astounding beauty and was the place of a miraculous, ancient migration of Pacific Salmon. The era of dams brought great contributions including clean hydropower, flood control, and irrigation that created a rich agricultural bounty for the Northwest. In 1964, the U.S. and Canada enacted a 50 year treaty that focused on these benefits but did not address the restoration of ecosystems and the impact on tribal nations. The Columbia River Treaty is now being re-negotiated. Thanks to persistent efforts lead by First Nations in Canada and numerous tribes in the United States as well as other key stakeholders, we now have a once in a generation opportunity to ensure that language is adopted to include ecosystem restoration and the eventual return of Pacific Salmon into Canada.

Peter Marbach's evocative landscapes reflect time spent working with light at the edges of day. He has produced six photo essay book projects and has had a diverse list of clients, from National Geographic to Travel Oregon. His work is part of a permanent collection at Oregon State University, and a selection of his photography is currently on display in the Oregon Historical Society exhibit The Columbia River: From Source to Sea.

Following the talk, Marbach will moderate a Q&A session featuring Bill Bradbury, Northwest Power and Conservation Council; Tom Shearer, President of Sales and Marketing for Whoosh Innovations; and Stephen Smith, representing Upper Columbia United Tribes. This program is supported by the Upper Columbia United Tribes.


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: Peter Marbach straddles the headwaters of the Columbia River in Canada
Give Your Wallet Some Love This Valentine's Day
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 02/13/17 9:45 AM
Join an Oregon Credit Union and Ditch Those Annoying Fees!
TIGARD, OR --Fretting over the high price of roses and chocolates? Those treats might be more affordable if you avoid annoying bank fees and join a local credit union.

How would you like to save over $120 a year in interest on your car loan? Want free checking? How about using an ATM when you travel and not paying a fee for it? Wouldn't you love a credit card with lower interest--up to 6 percent lower? Those are the benefits 2 million Oregonians are enjoying, 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, usually free checking accounts, and higher interest on your savings are just some of the benefits of credit union membership.

Nearly all Oregon residents are eligible for credit union membership. Own your money. To find a credit union that's convenient for you, please visit www.asmarterchoice.org.
" Benefits of Membership," Credit Union National Association report based on Informa Research, NCUA and CUNA comparison of bank and credit union rates, Sept, 2016.


The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association representing over 180 credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, and their 6 million consumer members. Northwest Credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives, owned by their members. Credit unions help members achieve their financial goals. All earnings in excess of operating expenses and required reserves are returned to members in the form of better loan rates, lower fees and higher interest paid on savings. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org.


Attached Media Files: 2017-02/4992/101807/Oregon_q3_2016.pdf , 2017-02/4992/101807/Give_your_Wallet_Some_Love-Oregon.docx
Give Your Wallet Some Love This Valentine's Day
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 02/13/17 9:41 AM
Join a Washington Credit Union and Ditch Those Annoying Fees!
SEATAC, WA --Fretting over the high price of roses and chocolates? Those treats might be more affordable if you avoid annoying bank fees and join a local credit union.

How would you like to save over $125 a year in interest on your car loan? Want free checking? How about using an ATM when you travel and not paying a fee for it? Wouldn't you love a credit card with lower interest--up to 6 percent lower? Those are the benefits 3.5 million Washingtonians are enjoying, 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, usually free checking accounts, and higher interest on your savings are just some of the benefits of credit union membership.

Nearly all Washington residents are eligible for credit union membership. Own your money. To find a credit union that's convenient for you, please visit www.asmarterchoice.org.
" Benefits of Membership," Credit Union National Association report based on Informa Research, NCUA and CUNA comparison of bank and credit union rates, Sept, 2016.

The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association representing over 180 credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, and their 6 million consumer members. Northwest Credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives, owned by their members. Credit unions help members achieve their financial goals. All earnings in excess of operating expenses and required reserves are returned to members in the form of better loan rates, lower fees and higher interest paid on savings. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org.


Attached Media Files: 2017-02/4992/101806/Washington_Q3_2016.pdf , 2017-02/4992/101806/Give_Your_Wallet_Some_Love-Washington.docx
West Linn Police to focus on DUII drivers in February
West Linn Police Dept. - 02/13/17 9:33 AM
The West Linn Police Department will be deploying extra patrol cars to search for intoxicated drivers this month, thanks to funding through Oregon Impact. Here are some sobering facts about DUII drivers (via MADD):

50 to 75 percent of convicted drunk drivers continue to drive on a suspended license.

An average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before their first arrest.

The rate of drunk driving is highest among 21 to 25 year olds (23.4 percent).

Every two minutes, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash.

On average, two in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime.

In 2012, 29.1 million people admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol-that's more people than the population of Texas.

In the United States, the number of drunk driving deaths have been cut in half since MADD was founded in 1980.

Be safe, drive sober.
UPDATE #3: SERT/CNT Responding to Assist with Search for Carjacking Suspect (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/13/17 9:15 AM
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The person detained early Sunday was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Robbery in the First Degree and Unlawful Use of a Vehicle. The suspect, 27-year-old David Alexander Mellis, also had outstanding charges of Burglary in the Second Degree and Unlawful Use of a Vehicle.

One person has been detained and Robbery detectives will be continuing the investigation. The search effort is over and police resources will be leaving the area shortly. No gun or knife has been located.

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The search for the carjacking suspect is continuing in the area of Northeast 74th Avenue and I-84 along the railroad tracks.

At 3:48 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a carjacking at Southeast 72nd Avenue and Lexington Street. The victim initially told police that the suspect was armed with a handgun and a knife as he stole the victim's white Subaru Forester.

The stolen car was spotted by police in the area and the driver led officers on a traffic pursuit northbound I-205 to westbound I-84. The suspect crashed east of 74th Avenue and the suspect ran from the vehicle and jumped down to the railroad/MAX track to the North of the freeway.

Based on information the suspect was armed with a handgun and a knife, SERT and CNT were activated to assist with the search for the suspect.

MAX is now moving through the area but railroad traffic will continue to be restricted due to the ongoing search, which is concentrated along the railroad tracks. Freeway traffic is not affected.

Updates will be provided as they become available.

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The Portland Police Bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team (CNT) and Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) are responding to Northeast 74th Avenue over I-84 to assist officers with a search for an armed carjacking suspect.

MAX and railroad traffic have been stopped due to the search. The suspect ran after crashing a vehicle on I-84 at 74th Avenue. The suspect is described as a light-complected male wearing dark clothing.

Interested media should stage on 74th Avenue to the South of the command post. The Public Information Officer (PIO) is responding to the scene and will provide updates when they become available.

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UPDATE: Canine Search Leads to Three Burglary Suspects' Arrest Early Friday Morning (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/13/17 9:08 AM
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Later Friday afternoon, Gang Enforcement Team officers located the suspects' firearm in some bushes in the neighborhood after searching in the daylight hours.

Investigators do not believe there are any additional firearms outstanding.

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On Friday February 10, 2017, at 12:46 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report that three men were seen approaching a residence in the 500 block of Northeast 81st Avenue and that one of the men was armed with a handgun.

Officers arrived in the area and saw one of the suspects walking out to the street holding a bin of property. The suspect saw the officers, dropped the property and ran into the neighborhood out of sight of the officers.

Officers established a neighborhood perimeter and began to search the area, assisted by a two Canine Units, "Jasko" and "Bravo." The residence was found to have been forcefully entered and ransacked. Nobody was home at the time of the burglary.

During the neighborhood search, all three suspects were located and arrested. No firearm was found during the initial search.

32-year-old Warren Stanton, 25-year-old Antonio Young and 22-year-old Shakor Holiday were arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Burglary in the First Degree. Holiday was also held on a parole violation.

Anyone with information about this case should contact Detective Pandra Parks, 503-823-0414, pandra.parks@portlandoregon.gov.

Community members and businesses 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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Body of Brianna Judge Recovered from Nehalem River
Clatsop Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/13/17 9:04 AM
On 02/11/2017, at approximately 1745 hours, the body of Brianna Judge was located and recovered from the Nehalem River, near Riverbend Road, in rural Clatsop County. Judge was the subject of a missing person's case, since she walked away from her home on or near January 10th, 2017. Several large searches were conducted, including waterborne searches and searches from the air, since mid-January. Extreme inclement weather and flooding hampered the searches and unfortunately, all searches were unsuccessful.
The Clatsop County Medical Examiner arrived to the scene and no obvious signs of foul play were found. Judge's body has been scheduled for an autopsy to determine cause of death. Assisting with the recovery were the Clatsop County Marine Patrol and Oregon State Police. The investigation into Brianna Judge's death is still ongoing. More information will be updated if and when it becomes available.

For more information, please contact Clatsop County Sheriff Tom Bergin (503-791-0072) or Sgt. Jason Hoover (503-325-8635).
CORRECTION - Shooting Investigation Overnight in North Portland - Suspect in Custody (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/13/17 9:03 AM
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The suspect's name is Dennis Ray Howie, not Danny as originally released.

The Bureau regrets the error.

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On Monday February 13, 2017, at 12:00 a.m., North Precinct responded to the report of a shooting in the 2500 block of North Williams Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the victim, a male in his 50s, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. The victim was able to provide suspect information before being transported to a Portland hospital for treatment. He is currently in serious condition.

Officers quickly located the suspect driving out of the area and stopped the suspect in his vehicle at Northeast Sacramento Street and Rodney Avenue. The suspect was taken into custody without incident.

Detectives learned that the suspect and victim knew each other prior to the shooting.

The suspect, 63-year-old Dennis Ray Howie, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Assault in the First Degree. Howie will be arraigned on Tuesday.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstance of the shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Jeff Sharp at 503-823-9773, jeff.sharp@portlandoregon.gov.

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Rose Festival Half Marathon Registration Now Open (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 02/13/17 9:00 AM
For the next three weeks, Beaverton residents can get a discount when they register for the 6th Annual Rose Festival Half Marathon by March 3. Use code “BEAVERTON” to get the $10 discount. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
For the next three weeks, Beaverton residents can get a discount when they register for the 6th Annual Rose Festival Half Marathon by March 3. Use code “BEAVERTON” to get the $10 discount. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
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-Beaverton residents to get discount for next three weeks-

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- From Feb. 13 to March 3, Beaverton area residents can get a $10 discount for registration using code "BEAVERTON". Registration for the 6th Annual Rose Festival Half Marathon is open now for runners who would like to join the race on its new course in Beaverton on Sunday, May 28, 2017.


Register now at: www.rosefestival.org/event/rose-festival-half-marathon


A reveal of the Half Marathon course is coming soon, but in the meantime, racers can take advantage of the lowest registration rate possible by signing up early. The introductory rate of $85 is available for a limited time. Participants will receive:


Finisher t-shirt
Finisher medal
Collectible coin
Virtual goodie bag
And, more!


The half-marathon is the culmination of a new partnership between the Portland Rose Festival Foundation, Beaverton School District, Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District, and the city. With a route starting at Southridge High School and weaving through the heart of our city, the half-marathon delivers on the Beaverton Community Vision Plan to provide more active, vibrant events in our residential areas.


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


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


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Attached Media Files: For the next three weeks, Beaverton residents can get a discount when they register for the 6th Annual Rose Festival Half Marathon by March 3. Use code “BEAVERTON” to get the $10 discount. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 02/09/2017-02/12/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 02/13/17 8:44 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 02/09/2017-02/12/2017

ESTACADA:

1C 2017-240

On 02/09/2017 at about 0009 hrs., police responded to the 100 block of SE Currin Street regarding a domestic disturbance. A report is pending (CAD).

1C 2017-249

On 02/10/2017 at 1158 hrs., police were contacted regarding a vehicle hit and run that occurred in a parking lot in the 300 block of NE 6th Avenue. The reporting party stated the incident occurred about 1600 hrs. on 02/09/2017. Damage to the rear of the vehicle was reported. There is no suspect information at this time.

1C 2017-256

On 02/10/2017 at about 2332 hrs., police responded to a burglary at a building on the 300 block of NE 2nd Avenue. Officers determined that entry into the building had not been made. The building was secured and the damage was photographed.

1C 2017-261

On 02/11/2017 at about 2356 hrs., police responded to an assault that occurred in the area of SW Lake Shore Drive and SW Elm Road. Officers arranged for a transport to the hospital for a visible injury. The individual did not want to press charges.

1C 2017-267

On 02/12/2017 at about 2124 hrs., police responded to a request from a citizen on the 400 block of SW Elm Road for a mental health welfare check. The individual accepted a ride via ambulance to a location where professionals could assist.

SANDY:

18 2017-242

On 02/09/2017 at about 1245 hrs., Larry Y. Zhu (30, of Sandy) was arrested in the 38000 block of Proctor Boulevard on a warrant issued by the State Parole Board. Zhu was taken to the Clackamas County Jail, where he was held without bail on a parole violation.

18 2017-244

On 02/09/2017 at about 1515 hrs., Henry J. Yahtin (47, transient), was arrested for Theft in the Third Degree. Employees of a business in the 37200 block of Highway 26 followed Yahtin out of their store to confront him about theft. He dropped some of the items but was found with more during his arrest. Yahtin was trespassed from the store and taken to the Clackamas County Jail, where he was held on $1,500 bail.

18 2017-248

On 02/10/2017 at about 1000 hrs., two juveniles were taken into protective custody after they were found to have just consumed marijuana and were in possession of a used marijuana pipe. The juveniles were released to parents. This report will be referred to the juvenile department.

18 2017-250

On 02/10/2017 at 1241 hrs., police responded to a non-injury crash near the 37000 block of Highway 26. The at fault driver had pulled out in front of another vehicle while entering the highway causing major damage to both vehicles. No citations were issued.

18 2017-251

On 02/10/2017 at about 1256 hrs., a man living in the 18200 block of Wewer Avenue reported a theft from his vehicle that had occurred the previous week. There are no suspects at this time.

18 2017-252

On 02/10/17 at 1320 hrs., police witnessed a three car motor vehicle crash near the 37000 block of Highway 26. One driver was transported to the hospital.

18 2017-253

On 02/10/2017 at 1345 hrs., police received a call of unwanted subjects in the 17000 block of Meinig Avenue. Two juveniles were contacted and given notices of exclusion from the business.

18 2017-254

On 02/10/2017 at about 1430 hrs., a citizen called to report a hit and run crash that had occurred on 01/14/2017. An unknown vehicle hit the front of the citizen's car while it was parked on Hoffman Avenue between Proctor Boulevard and Pioneer Boulevard, causing damage to the front bumper.

18 2017-255

On 02/10/2017 at 1428 hrs., police responded to a non-injury motor vehicle crash near the intersection of Highway 26 & Industrial Way. Both vehicles sustained
minor damage. The crash was a rear-end type crash. The at-fault driver was cited for DWS-Violation.

18 2017-257

On 02/11/2017 at around 0012 hrs., police stopped a vehicle in the area of Proctor Boulevard and Meinig Avenue. The driver, Alex D. Murray (23, of Rhododendron), was arrested for possession of heroin and methamphetamine. The passenger, Jenna L. Hollingshead (24, of Sandy) was arrested for possession of heroin. Both were transported to the Clackamas County Jail where they were booked on $30,000 and $10,000 bail respectively.

18 2017-258

On 02/11/2017 at about 1527 hrs., police received a report about property recovered from an attempted shoplifting. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-259

On 02/11/2017 at 1629 hrs., Brandon D. Hatcher (41, of Sandy) was arrested near the intersection of SE Orient Drive & SE Crescent Road as he had two warrants for his arrest. The warrants were for PCS Heroin and Failure to Appear on Trespass II, both out of Clackamas County, with a total bail of $55,000.

18 2017-260

On 02/11/2017 at about 2215 hrs., police arrested a subject on warrants and transported same to Clackamas County Jail. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-262

On 02/12/2017 at 1232 hrs., police were dispatched to a criminal mischief call at the intersection of Tupper Road & Strawbrdige Parkway. An unknown person had spray painted the letters "FTP" on an electrical box. It was estimated to cost $50 to cover the graffiti.

18 2017-263

On 02/12/2017 at 1300 hrs., officers contacted a group of minors in Meinig Park. One of the minors (14) was seen smoking and the other (17) was found to be in possession of marijuana. Both were excluded from all city parks for the next 30 days and the report will be referred to the Juvenile Department.

18 2017-264

On 02/12/2017 at 1435 hrs., police were dispatched to a strong-arm robbery that occurred at a business in the 37000 block of Highway 26. The reported party
stated an unknown male and female had left the business with $60 of merchandise without paying. One employee chased the male suspect out of the store and was tripped by his female accomplice. Unknown suspects at this time.

18 2017-265

On 02/12/2017 at 1703 hrs., police received a call of 8-10 juveniles smoking marijuana in the 38000 block of Hood Street. This group was contacted a short time later near Hood Street and Strauss Avenue. Two juveniles were found to be in possession of marijuana. They were cited for Minor In Possession of Marijuana into Clackamas County Juvenile Court and released to their parents.

18 2017-268

On 02/12/2017 at 2209 hrs., police were dispatched to an Unwanted Person call in the 38000 block of Galway Street. A couple with a young son were arguing and the female half was banging on the door of the home, where the male half was inside with relatives. The mother was asked to leave with her son to get him to a safe place for the night. This report will be forwarded to DHS.
Red Cross Responds to Home Disaster Affecting Four People in Hillsboro
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/13/17 1:13 AM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster at approximately 8:00 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017 in the 100 block of Woodsong Road in Hillsboro, Washington County, Ore.

The single-family fire affected four adults.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services.

Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

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

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Sun. 02/12/17
One Person Injured in 1-Alarm Fire in Hillsboro (Photo)
Hillsboro Fire and Rescue - 02/12/17 11:49 PM
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(Hillsboro, Oregon) A Hillsboro man suffered burns following a fire at his home on NE Autumnwood Terrace Sunday evening. The one alarm fire broke out about 9:30 pm as the homeowner was working on the fuel system of a car in his enclosed garage. The fire spread from the garage into two bedrooms above. When firefighters from Hillsboro's Ronler Acres station arrived, they found heavy fire extending up the two-story home and into the attic. It took more than 20-firefighters 21 minutes to bring the flames under control.

The homeowner told investigators he attempted to fight the fire and suffered significant burns to his hands. He was transported by Metro West Ambulance to Emanuel Hospital Burn Center. His injuries are not life-threatening.

At least two other members of the man's family were at home at the time and escaped unharmed. The damage estimate is placed at $125-thousand. The losses include two Corvette sports cars and an SUV. The American Red Cross will be assisting the family.

Hillsboro Fire Department recommends plenty of fresh air when working on the fuel system of a car, other vehicles, or motor-driven tools. Fuel vapors in an enclosed area can be ignited by light switches, water heaters and furnace pilot lights. Additionally, if a fire breaks out in your home, get everyone out as quickly as possible and call 9-1-1 from outside the home. For more fire and life safety information, visit www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/departments/fire or call 503-681-6166.
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Pilot Program Leverages Off-Duty Professional Firefighters, Technology and Defibrillators to Save Lives
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 02/12/17 10:49 PM
See attached press release for links to B roll.

Each year, approximately 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside a hospital setting in the United States. Nearly 90 percent of these events prove fatal, and the chance of survival decreases by 10 percent with every passing minute without CPR.

Though survival rates in the Pacific Northwest exceed the national average, a coalition of professional first responders, clinicians, researchers and a leading medical equipment manufacturer aim to make the region the frontrunner in cardiac arrest response and survival.

The PulsePoint Foundation, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, International Association of Firefighters Local 1660 and automated external defibrillator (AED) manufacturer Philips Healthcare have partnered to launch the Verified Responder Pilot Program that will activate off-duty professional firefighters to respond to cardiac arrest calls in public and private settings. Participating professional firefighters are also certified emergency medical technicians or paramedics who receive background checks in the state of Oregon.

Philips Healthcare is loaning every participating firefighter an AED so that if they respond, they can employ the same technology that is used by emergency medical responders and physicians to restart a heart that has stopped beating. The effort will gather important data from the pilot and combine it with existing technology and clinical insights to inform future lifesaving strategies and products. During the pilot, King County EMS (Wash.) will be assisting in programmatic evaluation for potential expansion to additional communities. King County currently leads the nation in survival rates for cardiac arrest victims.

Media are invited to learn more:
What: Unveiling of PulsePoint Verified Responder Pilot Program and AED
distribution to firefighters
When: Tuesday, February 14, at 10 a.m. (February is American Heart Month)
Where: TVF&R Training Facility, 20665 SW Blanton Street, Aloha 97078
Activities: Unpacking and distribution of Philips defibrillator to firefighters
Interviews with emergency medical professionals, firefighters and cardiac
arrest survivors
Demonstration of PulsePoint Verified Responder technology
Video Clips: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/u4c7uwi620s84ml/AACV3DErRelsGOqWZmFgygtja?dl=0
(B Roll)Cardiac arrest simulation
Firefighter training
Survivor testimony


Attached Media Files: 2017-02/1214/101790/PulsePoint_Verified_Responder_Pilot_Program.pdf
Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Collison 6203 NE Highway 99 (Muchas Gracias)
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/12/17 8:44 PM
On 02/12/17 at approx. 0150 hours, A vehicle vs pedestrian collision occurred at 6203 NE Highway 99 (Muchas Gracias). The vehicle struck the passenger which had exited the vehicle, then struck the building and came to rest against the back fence. An altercation between the driver, Jessica Mill (29), and the passenger, Jameshia Carter (29), preceded the collision. The driver and passenger are related. The passenger was transported to Southwest Washington Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The driver was transported to Legacy Salmon Creek hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Drugs and/or alcohol may be a factor in the collision. This case is being investigated by the Clark County Traffic Investigation Unit. No further information to follow.