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Fri. 12/15/17
Red Kettle Campaign Needs $750,000 By Christmas to Reach Program Goals
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 12/15/17 1:00 AM
(PORTLAND METRO) 15 December 2017-- Because no child should go without a toy this Christmas, no family without food, and no person without a roof over their head. These are just many of the reasons you should give to a Salvation Army red kettle this season. They're in locations all across the area making it easy for the community to make a difference in the lives of their neighbors in need. With just 08 days of bell ringing this season, The Salvation Army needs to raise $750,000 to keep critical programs alive and serving those in the most need. So far, as of 12 December 2017, the kettles are at just 52% of the needed funds with $389,500 raised.

"We are so grateful for the community's support throughout the year, and right now, we are asking that everyone dig a little deeper and give a nickel, quarter, dollar or more at the next kettle they see," says Captain Marcos Marquez, Corps Officer at The Salvation Army Portland Moore Street Corps. "Your donations can literally change lives. We know that people see the needs of this community, and we are confident that they will respond generously."

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

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

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

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

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


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Sweatshirts for Sheltered and Homeless Veterans
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 12/15/17 1:00 AM
Who: Sheltered Veterans and their families, Integrity Staffing and associated organizations, The Salvation Army -- Veterans and Family Center

What: Integrity Staffing, Inc. has chosen The Salvation Army Veterans and Family Center to be the recipients of their 2nd annual Sweater Drive; and they will be delivering them to the center on Friday, December 15th at 9:00a.

When: Friday, 15 December 2017 at 9:00a

Where:
The Salvation Army Veterans and Family Center
14825 SW Farmington Rd, Beaverton, OR 97007

Why: As the cold weather has hit Portland Metro, the need to keep warm is imperative; especially for those who are on the streets. Through the generosity of 37 companies who contributed to the 2nd annual Integrity Staffing Sweatshirt Drive, many sheltered Veterans and their families, as well as those who are still on the streets, will be able to stay warm this winter.

Contact:
For more information: please contact Captain Jared Arnold at The Salvation Army at 503.567.9938 or 480.283.4310. Or by e-mail at: jared.arnold@usw.salvationarmy.org

Media is invited and encouraged to attend this event

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(Portland, OR) December 15, 2017 -- It's a wonderful thing when groups, looking to do good in the community, come together during the Holiday season. Helping those who are less fortunate and making a difference. With more than 80 deaths occurring last year due to cold weather conditions, it's necessary to make provisions for those who might not have shelter available to them. Through contributions by companies such as Rugby Arch, PGE, Connexus Ind. and many others, the 2nd annual Integrity Staffing Sweatshirt drive is a resounding success; and who better to be the recipients than those who have served this country; who have found themselves facing difficult times, but are being supported by The Salvation Army.

"The goal of The Salvation Army Veterans and Family Center is to help Veteran's and their families, no matter who they are; and while we might not have the capacity to shelter every Veteran experiencing homelessness, we do know how important it is to keep them warm during the winter months. Having these sweatshirts available to distribute to our clients who are not yet sheltered is one way in which we can meet their needs. We are always working on making available space for new clients, but in the meantime, we still want to help those in need with the resources we have." -- Captain Robert Steiner, Portland Metro Coordinator, The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army Veterans and Family Center, located in Beaverton, Oregon, provides shelter and services for hundreds of Veterans every year. The shelter program houses not only the veterans, but their families as well; making it the only center of its kind in Oregon. In addition, the center provides services to those veterans who are still experiencing homelessness, or who are experiencing difficulty with their current circumstances.

If you are with the media and would like to cover this, please contact Captain Jared Arnold Community Relations Officer at 503-567-9938 or 480-283-4310 or by e-mail: jared.arnold@usw.salvationarmy.org. Media is encouraged and welcomed at this event.



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About The Salvation Army

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


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Portland Downtown Rotary Club Taking Over Downtown Portland
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 12/15/17 1:00 AM
Who: Portland Downtown Rotary, The Salvation Army

What: Portland Downtown Rotary Club will be taking over downtown Portland, for their 89th annual Red Kettle bell ringing for The Salvation Army! Starting at Pioneer square and spreading out more than six square blocks.

When: Friday, 15 December 2017 from 12:00-01:00p

Where:
Pioneer Square and surrounding area

Why: The motto of Rotary is: "Service over Self;" and the ethos of The Salvation Army is: "Serving Others;" so it seems like a perfect match to have these two service organizations come together and raise funds for those in need in the Portland community. With only 8 days of ringing left for this year, the need for volunteers and volunteer groups is highly needed and appreciated. The Downtown Rotary Club understands this and is doing their part.

Contact:
For more information: please contact Captain Jared Arnold at The Salvation Army at 503.567.9938 or 480.283.4310. Or by e-mail at: jared.arnold@usw.salvationarmy.org

If you are with the media and would like to cover this, please contact Captain Jared Arnold Community Relations Officer at 503-567-9938 or 480-283-4310 or by e-mail: jared.arnold@usw.salvationarmy.org. Media is encouraged and welcomed at this event.



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(Portland, OR) December 15, 2017 -- The Salvation Army has been serving the people of Portland since 1889, and it relies heavily on volunteers and partnerships with others who wish to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. The Downtown Rotary Club of Portland has long been a supporter of the work of The Salvation Army. Having participated in bell ringing for The Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign for 89 years. The Downtown Rotary Club of Portland demonstrates their continued desire to help those in need.

The Salvation Army is grateful to The Downtown Rotary Club and all those who volunteer to ring for them. There is still time to volunteer to ring for The Salvation Army. With a little over a week left until Christmas, your time is worth a lot to those who have little. Make it a new holiday tradition! Ring with friends, family, or your club. It's a fun way to give back to the community this season. To sign-up to ring for The Salvation Army, go to ringportland.org or call 503-794-3242.

About The Salvation Army

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


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Thu. 12/14/17
Second arrest in methamphetamine distribution investigation (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 12/14/17 8:40 PM
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Vancouver, Wash. -- On December 13, 2017, the Lewis County Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team (JNET), DEA and the Safe Streets Task Force served a search warrant at the residence of Santiago Carrillo-Piz located at 9501 NE 5th Street in Vancouver Washington. During this investigation it was learned Santiago Carrillo-Piz came to Vancouver to take over a methamphetamine distribution business after his brother, Martin Carrillo-Piz, was arrested in September 2017 (see information below for information on that investigation and arrest). The current investigation resulted in the recovery of approximately 22.5 pounds of methamphetamine and over $15,000 United Stated Currency from 9501 NE 5th Street. Santiago Carrillo-Piz was arrested and is in federal custody.

On September 15, 2017, the Safe Streets Task Force served a search warrant at the residence of Martin Carrillo-Piz located at 9411 NE Pinecreek Street in Vancouver Washington. During this investigation, the Safe Streets Task Force seized 30 pounds of methamphetamine and $35,304 United States Currency. Martin Carrillo-Piz, 41, the subject of this investigation, was arrested and is in federal custody related to a variety of controlled substance related crimes. Information was developed that every month approximately 200 pounds of methamphetamine and 40 pounds of heroin were being distributed from the Pinecreek residence over the past year.

The investigation is ongoing and nothing further is releasable 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.



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Red Cross Responds To McMinnville Residential fire Affecting Family Of Three
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/14/17 8:11 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on  Thursday December 14, 2017 in the 1500 block of SW Baker St. in McMinnville. This 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 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

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Responds to Shots Fired Near SE Foster Rd and SE Richey Rd
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/14/17 6:26 PM
On Thursday, 12/14/2017, at approximately 12:09 PM, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a report of shots fired in the area of SE Foster Rd and SE Richey Rd. There were two vehicles, one red and one blue that may have been involved with the incident. MCSO detectives were notified and are conducting an investigation. No further details are available at this time.

We are seeking the public's assistance. If you have information that could be related to this incident, please call the MCSO Tip Line at 503-988-0560.

Off-Duty Tigard Officer Injured In Overnight Crash (Photo)
Tigard Police - 12/14/17 5:49 PM
Tigard Police Officer Matthew Barbee
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An off-duty Tigard Police Officer was seriously injured on December 14, when a suspected intoxicated driver slammed into his vehicle. The crash occurred at approximately 1:35 a.m. on Highway US 26 in Hillsboro near the Cornelius Pass exit.

Officer Matthew Barbee was driving home alone after concluding his patrol shift in Tigard when he began to experience vehicle problems. Barbee pulled-off the highway onto the shoulder and called for assistance. While Barbee remained in his vehicle awaiting help to arrive, a motorist slammed into the rear of his vehicle. Barbee sustained serious injuries and was transported by helicopter to a Portland area trauma center and continues to receive care.

The driver responsible for the crash remained at the scene. The Hillsboro Police Department and Washington County CART are investigating the crash. Charges are pending while the investigation continues



Attached Media Files: Tigard Police Officer Matthew Barbee

Sheriff's Office Employee Arrested for Sexual Misconduct
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/14/17 5:37 PM
December 14, 2017 -- A Washington County Sheriff's Office employee was arrested for alleged sexual misconduct against a co-worker. He was booked at the Washington County Jail.

On Wednesday, December 6, 2017, a Washington County Sheriff's Office employee reported ongoing sexual harassment by a co-worker. The employee alleged of misconduct, Kevin J. Kearns, was placed on administrative leave and an investigation began.

Detectives from the Sheriff's Office were assigned to conduct a criminal investigation into the alleged misconduct. Detectives investigated concerns of behavior which began with Mr. Kearns making sexual comments to the victim. The behavior escalated into unwanted sexual touching of the victim on more than one occasion. The conduct occurred in the jail while both employees were on duty.

Earlier today, detectives arrested Mr. Kearns, 45-years-old of Cornelius, and charged him with sexual abuse in the third degree and harassment. He was booked at the Washington County Jail.

Mr. Kearns has been employed with the Sheriff's Office since 2006 and is a corporal assigned to the Jail Division.

The Sheriff's Office will be conducting an internal investigation.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office takes allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace very seriously. Such conduct is not tolerated in any form. Employees are mandated to report sexual harassment to supervisors and every report is thoroughly investigated.

Suspect Nicknamed "The Palpatine Bandit" Robs a Northeast Portland Bank (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/14/17 5:27 PM
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On Thursday December 14, 2017, at 1:00 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a bank robbery at the U.S. Bank branch located at 12203 Northeast Glisan Street.

Officers arrived in the area and spoke with employees who told police that the suspect approached the bank teller, displayed a note demanding money, and obtained an undisclosed amount of cash. After obtaining the cash, the suspect left the bank without incident. No weapons were seen or implied during the robbery.

The suspect is described as a white male, 50 to 60 years old, wearing a dark-colored hooded jacket, blue jeans and sunglasses.

Surveillance images from the bank are being released to the public to aid in this investigation.

Robbery detectives have nicknamed the suspect "The Palpatine Bandit" due to the resemblance to Star Wars movie franchise character Emperor Sheev Palpatine, also known as Darth Sidious.

Anyone with information about this suspect is asked to contact Detective Brett Hawkinson at 503-823-1080, brett.hawkinson@portlandoregon.gov.

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Friends of the Carpenter and Outsiders Inn to Host Memorial for the Homeless on Dec. 21
Friends of the Carpenter - 12/14/17 4:54 PM
Vancouver, WA -- Friends of the Carpenter and Outsiders Inn will host a Memorial for the Homeless on Thurs. Dec. 21, 5:45 to 7 p.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1309 Franklin St. At least 12 people with local connections who died while homeless this year will be remembered.

"This a solemn event, a remembrance of those who had little in material terms to call their own. This is our chance to honor them and give thanks for their time on earth," said Tom Iberle, executive director. "We must continue to speak out about the struggles of those who experience homelessness and poverty. As a community, we must all work together to expand effective solutions and build a truly just society for all persons."

The program will include representatives from the faith community and remarks by Ty Stober, Vancouver City Councilmember and others.

Memorials for the homeless are held in cities throughout the country on Dec. 21, the first day of winter and the longest night of the year. The collective goal is to commemorate the lives of the mothers or fathers, sons or daughters who died on the streets or in emergency shelters from illness or conditions directly related to their homelessness. In many cases, these services will be the only commemoration of their lives.

About Friends of the Carpenter
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 vulnerable members of our community through woodworking events scheduled around the area and which, today, are mostly 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.

About Outsiders Inn
OutsidersInn uses a multi-pronged approach to tackling the problem of homelessness, separation and discrimination through advocacy, awareness and support. Learn more at outsidersinn.org

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Robbery in rural Clark County
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/14/17 4:31 PM
On December 14, 2017 at approximately 12:45 pm deputies with the Clark County Sheriff's Office, Skamania County Sheriff's Office, and Officers with the Washougal Police Department responded to an attempted robbery at mile post 7.5 of the Washougal River Road. Deputies found that a package delivery driver pulled to the shoulder of the road to arrange items within his vehicle for delivery when two males pulled behind the driver in what was described as a silver Mazda sedan.

The driver of the delivery van was assaulted by both suspects in attempt to steal packages from his vehicle. The victim sustained minor injuries and was treated by medical personal at a local hospital. This investigation is currently active and being investigated by the Clark County Major Crimes Team.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Detective Schultz at Lindsay.Schultz@clark.wa.gov.

Former Portland Police Officer Charged, Convicted, and Sentenced for Official Misconduct (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/14/17 4:23 PM
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On Thursday December 14, 2017, 46-year-old Christian Robert Berge resigned as a Portland Police officer and pled guilty in Multnomah County Circuit Court to one count of Official Misconduct in the First Degree. Berge was sentenced to 18 months of probation and 120 hours of community service.

Berge's resignation and guilty plea came after a Portland Police Bureau investigation into criminal conduct committed by Berge while on-duty.

Berge was a Portland Police officer for 10 years prior to his resignation and conviction.

The Portland Police Bureau takes allegations of officer misconduct very seriously. To file a complaint about an officer's conduct, visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/ipr/52031

The Bureau is completing an internal review of the entire incident and the case will go before the Police Review Board (PRB), which is comprised of community members, Bureau members and representatives from the Independent Police Review Division. This process will be followed even though Berge has resigned from the Police Bureau.

Requests for investigative materials connected to this investigation should be filed as a Public Records request at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/prr

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Determination of severe weather event concluded
City of Longview - 12/14/17 4:16 PM
City Manager Dave Campbell has determined that the severe weather event designated on December 4 has concluded. The weather forecast now indicates that low overnight temperatures in Longview will be consistently above freezing (32 degrees) for the next few days.

One emergency shelter was issued a temporary use permit to operate during this event -- for the Love Overwhelming building at 618 14th Avenue -- and pursuant to LMC 7.30, they may continue to provide emergency shelter services for up to but not beyond two more days.

For more information on permitted severe weather shelters, please contact the Community Development department at 360.442.5087.

Clackamas Federal Credit Union Announces Leadership Transition (Photo)
Clackamas Federal Credit Union - 12/14/17 3:56 PM
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Milwaukie, Ore. -- December 14, 2017 --Clackamas Federal Credit Union (Clackamas) announced today that Mary Greco, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), will be retiring effective January 5, 2018. The Board of Directors has appointed Aaron Goff, previously CEO of Greater KC Public Safety Credit Union, to succeed Mary.

Under Mary's leadership Clackamas has seen significant growth reaching more than $350 million in assets with over 30,000 members while always retaining a strong capital ratio. The staff of 105 employees is committed to providing excellent service for members, due in large part to Mary's commitment to staff development. Under Mary's oversight, Clackamas opened two new branches and moved another branch to a more convenient location. Clackamas is well positioned for future growth and ready to meet the diverse financial needs of its members.

During an impactful career spanning 38 years at credit unions in Arizona, Nevada, and Oregon Mary has served on numerous industry boards and advisory groups and has been active in many community organizations. Driven by her passion for financial education, Mary developed a partnership with Clackamas Community College to implement onsite financial training as well as a program to assist low income students with Matched Education Savings Accounts through the Northwest Credit Union Foundation. Her commitment to the credit union movement and our local community will be missed. The Board of Directors, management team, and staff extend heartfelt thanks to Mary for her service and wish her the very best in her retirement. To honor Mary and her passion for education for the underserved, Clackamas will donate $5,000 to benefit scholarships at Clackamas Community College in her name.

Effective January 2, 2018 Aaron Goff will begin as new CEO. Aaron has a distinguished career in the credit union industry of over 20 years, most recently as CEO of Greater KC Public Safety Credit Union in Kansas City, Missouri where he served for the past 14 years. During his tenure as CEO he increased credit union assets by 37% and spearheaded a rebranding and field of membership expansion to clear the path for increased credit union growth.

Aaron is not new to the Pacific Northwest. After graduating from University of Missouri -- Columbia in 1992, he began his credit union career in Albany where he served as the Information Technology Manager at Central Willamette Community Credit Union. Aaron's wife and family are excited to make the move back to Oregon and re-establish their home here.
Aaron is deeply committed to community service and organizations supporting the credit union membership. He has served on the Board of the Missouri Special Olympics and is active in organizations supporting first responders in the Kansas City area.

About Clackamas Federal Credit Union

Clackamas Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit, financial cooperative open to membership for people who live, work, worship, or attend school in Clackamas County, Ore. Branches in Oregon City, Milwaukie, Canby, Molalla, Sandy, Happy Valley, and West Linn have been helping members achieve their financial goals since 1957.

100 percent member-owned, Clackamas aims to help members succeed, working tirelessly to provide personal service and exceptional solutions that can't be found at national banks. Careful administration of member funds have kept Clackamas well capitalized, assuring the safety of members' deposits and continuing Clackamas' member-focused programs like free checking. To learn more, please visit www.clackamasfcu.org.

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Vancouver Police Seek Public's Help in Locating Missing Person (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 12/14/17 3:55 PM
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Update:

Vancouver PD would like to request the public in the Vancouver-Portland area to please remain on the lookout for Kurt Pahl and his vehicle.

On 12/13/2017 the WSP Patrol approved a "Silver Alert" message to be displayed on WSDOT highway message boards throughout the state.


Kurt Pahl, who was last seen before noon on 12/11/2017, suffers from a number of serious medical conditions, and may be in need of medical aid. He has a love for the outdoors, and may have gone to visit area trails, scenic spots, or other natural areas.

If you have information about the location of Kurt or his vehicle, please call 911.



Edit: Additional photo added. Also, he was last seen at home on 12/11, not 12/12 as previously reported.



The Vancouver Police Department is seeking the public's assistance with locating 77 year old Kurt Pahl. He is described as a white male, 5'8", 195 pounds, with gray hair and blue eyes. Pahl was last seen at his residence on December 11th before leaving in his vehicle, a tan four door 2001 Buick Regal with Washington license plate 259VTK. He has not been seen or heard from since.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts are encouraged to call 911.



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OSP Responds to two crashes on Hwy 58 within a short time period (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 12/14/17 3:54 PM
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The first crash occurred on December 14th at approximately 9:30AM and involved a commercial motor vehicle towing an empty tanker on Hwy 58 near milepost 60 east of Oakridge. No hazardous materials were released. The driver stated he lost control on the icy road and left the roadway, damaging a substantial amount of guardrail. He was uninjured

While investigating this crash, OSP was dispatched to another single vehicle, rollover crash at 10:40AM less than a mile from the first crash near milepost 59. This crash involved an SUV that had been operated by a female driver, who was the sole occupant, who also indicated she had lost control on the icy road and rolled over. The female was entrapped and extricated by fire personnel. She suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported by ground ambulance to the hospital for treatment.

OSP was assisted on scene by ODOT, the Oakridge Fire Department, Northwest Hazardous Materials, and Dowell's Towing on these crashes. Traveling at speeds too fast for conditions was a contributing factor in both of these collisions which occurred within a short time of each other. We ask the public to be cognizant of the road conditions for the area you are traveling in and slow down. The posted speed may not be the appropriate speed for the road conditions at the time.



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New taxes going into effect in 2018
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 12/14/17 3:16 PM
SALEM, Ore.--The Oregon Department of Revenue is reminding Oregon businesses and employers, out-of-state businesses with employees or customers in Oregon, and vehicle and bicycle buyers to make sure they're ready for four new taxes starting in 2018.

The 2017 Legislature created four tax programs to help fund a statewide transportation package: the bicycle excise tax, the vehicle privilege tax, the vehicle use tax, and the statewide transit tax.

"We're communicating directly with affected sellers about new taxes relating to some bicycles and vehicles, which begin January 1, 2018," said Eric Smith, Business Division administrator for the department. "There will be more outreach to employers about the new statewide transit tax as we approach its start date of July 1, 2018," he said.

Bicycle excise tax

Oregon's bicycle excise tax is a flat tax of $15 paid by the consumer at the point of sale. To be taxed, a bike must meet all of the following criteria:

Be a new bicycle.
Have two or more wheels that are 26 inches or larger.
Be exclusively human powered and designed for use on the ground.
Have a retail purchase price of $200 or more.

Sellers must provide an invoice, receipt, or other proof-of-sale document that has a separate line showing the amount of tax paid by the consumer. They must also report and remit the taxes collected from sales of taxable bicycles to Revenue at the end of each calendar quarter. The first return, covering sales from January through March, will be due by April 30, 2018. Consumers who don't pay the tax at the time of purchase must report the purchase and pay the tax directly to the Department of Revenue by the 20th of the month following the month of purchase.

Vehicle privilege tax

Oregon's vehicle privilege tax applies to dealers selling new vehicles in Oregon. The tax is on the privilege of selling and equals one-half of one percent (.005) of the retail sales price of the new vehicle. Sales of new vehicles, which must not have been previously registered in Oregon, include:

Vehicles with 7,500 miles or fewer and a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 26,000 lbs. or less.
Recreational vehicles and motorcycles.
Lease sales of new vehicles.

Dealers must report and pay the tax based on their sales at the end of each calendar quarter. The first return, covering sales from January through March, will be due by April 30, 2018. Although a lawsuit has been filed in relation to distribution of the vehicle privilege tax, it doesn't change a dealer's responsibility to report and pay the privilege tax on their sales beginning January 1, 2018.

Vehicle use tax

Oregon's vehicle use tax applies to vehicles purchased outside of Oregon by Oregon residents or for use in Oregon. It applies to any vehicle which, if purchased in Oregon, would qualify for the vehicle privilege tax. The tax may be paid by the out-of-state dealer or the consumer, and it equals one-half of one percent (.005) of the retail sales price of the taxable vehicle.

Only some out-of-state dealers will be required to collect and remit the use tax. Others will choose to do so. If a dealer doesn't collect the tax from the consumer at the point of sale, the consumer must report and pay it directly to Revenue. Upon payment, the consumer will receive a certificate showing they paid the tax, which the DMV will need to register or title the vehicle in Oregon. The deadline for reporting and paying is the 20th day of the month following the month of purchase. Dealers who collect the tax must report and remit it at the end of each calendar quarter. Their first returns, covering sales from January through March, will be due by April 30, 2018.

Statewide transit tax

The statewide transit tax takes effect on July 1, 2018. It will be one-tenth of one percent (.001) of the wages of Oregon residents--regardless of where they're working--and non-residents who work in Oregon. Payers of annuities and other periodic payments under ORS 316.189 also must withhold one-tenth of one percent (.001) of these payments. Employers who fail to deduct, withhold, and remit the tax to the department will be subject to standard penalties. In addition, employers who knowingly fail to deduct and withhold the tax are subject to an additional penalty of $250 per employee, up to $25,000. Oregon residents working for certain out-of-state employers must self-report and pay the tax when they file their personal income tax return, if their employer chooses not to withhold it.

All new taxes

More information about the transportation-related taxes can be found at www.oregon.gov/dor.

Affected sellers and employers can register, report taxes, and make payments through the department's new web application, Revenue Online. They can visit www.oregon.gov/dor for more information and to sign up for a Revenue Online account.

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PeaceHealth Southwest announces $10 million cancer fundraising campaign; renaming of hospital's oncology infusion center (Photo)
PeaceHealth - 12/14/17 3:00 PM
Don Heimbigner and PeaceHealth Board Chair Sister Andrea Nenzel tour the newly-named Elaine & Don Heimbigner Oncology Infusion Center
Don Heimbigner and PeaceHealth Board Chair Sister Andrea Nenzel tour the newly-named Elaine & Don Heimbigner Oncology Infusion Center
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PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center has announced the kickoff of an important fundraising campaign to enhance cancer services in our community, along with the re-naming of the hospital's Oncology Infusion Center.

At a Dec. 6 ceremony, PeaceHealth leaders shared details of plans to expand and strengthen the hospital's cancer program, and celebrated the newly-named "Elaine and Don Heimbigner Oncology Infusion Center." The name honors Elaine Heimbigner, who lost her battle with cancer in early 2016.

"Nearly 40 percent of us will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in our lives," said Sean Gregory, Chief Executive of PeaceHealth's Columbia Network. "PeaceHealth Southwest is extremely grateful to Don Heimbigner and his family for their vision and generosity. Their $1.2 million donation is a critical first step in this campaign, which will allow us to move forward in providing the best cancer care in our growing region."

The Elaine and Don Heimbigner Oncology Infusion Center has a strong track record to build on. "Our patients experience higher-than-average five-year survival rates," said Lance Welch, Director of Cancer Services at PeaceHealth Southwest. "Beyond great results, we are also pleased that our patients give us outstanding satisfaction scores."

The Heimbigner contribution is the first major gift to PeaceHealth Southwest's recently launched $10 million Cancer Care Campaign. The campaign will:

Raise funds to renovate the hospital's inpatient cancer unit on the third floor of the hospital's Mother Joseph building.
Create a charity fund to assist cancer patients with treatment-related expenses.
Co-locate the Heimbigner Oncology Infusion Center with the Oncology Radiation Center.

The Cancer Care Campaign is chaired by longtime PeaceHealth supporter and volunteer Ron Prill. For more information about the Campaign, contact Dawn Johnston in the PeaceHealth Southwest Foundation at 360-514-3656, or via email at djohnston@peacehealth.org.

About PeaceHealth Cancer Services:
PeaceHealth Southwest provides a fully integrated oncology services program, including medical, infusion and radiation cancer care.

About PeaceHealth Southwest
The region's health care leader and steward for 155 years, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center is a community-owned, not-for-profit, 450-bed, medical institution located in Vancouver, Washington. Repeatedly recognized nationally as a 100 Top Hospital, PeaceHealth Southwest provides a full range of outpatient and inpatient diagnostic, medical, and surgical services to Clark County residents. PeaceHealth Southwest is also one of Clark County's largest employers with 3,400 employees and 600 active medical staff members that help support dozens of medical specialty services and programs, including cancer, heart, emergency, trauma, neuro-musculoskeletal, family birth, and primary care. For more information visit http://www.peacehealth.org/southwest.



Attached Media Files: Don Heimbigner and PeaceHealth Board Chair Sister Andrea Nenzel tour the newly-named Elaine & Don Heimbigner Oncology Infusion Center

Crime Stoppers Tip Leads to Arrest of Murder Suspect in Northwest Portland (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/14/17 2:18 PM
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On Thursday December 14, 2017, Portland Police Bureau Central Precinct officers arrested a wanted murder suspect after an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers of Oregon led police to find the suspect in Northwest Portland.

The suspect, 30-year-old Tyler Wayne Nees, was arrested near Northwest 23rd Avenue and Lovejoy Street. After the arrest, officers discovered Nees was in possession of a realistic-looking replica firearm in his waistband.

Nees was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Murder and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Nees is also being held on a charge of Possession of Methamphetamine (felony) and a parole violation. Nees will be arraigned on Friday in Multnomah County Court.

This investigation started on Saturday December 2, 2017, at 1:55 a.m., when East Precinct officers responded to the report of a stabbing in the area of Southeast 72nd Avenue and Woodstock Street.

Officers and medical personnel arrived in the area and located the victim, 64-year-old Brian Nees, suffering from traumatic injuries. Brian Nees was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment. Brian Nees died several hours later as a result of his injuries.

Homicide detectives investigating the case determined that Tyler Nees, Brian's son, was the suspect in the homicide and obtained an arrest warrant several hours after the initial call to 9-1-1.

Anyone with information about this case should contact Detective Brad Clifton at 503-823-0696, brad.clifton@portlandoregon.gov; or, Detective Todd Gradwahl at 503-823-0991, todd.gradwahl@portlandoregon.gov.

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

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

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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Oregon Hosts International Association of Chiefs of Police Women's Leadership Institute (Photo)
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 12/14/17 2:13 PM
IACP WLI @ DPSST
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The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), in partnership with the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) and the Oregon State Sheriff's Association (OSSA) are proud to host the International Association of Chief's of Police (IACP), Women's Leadership Institute (WLI) in Salem. The class began on Sunday evening, December, 10 and will end on the afternoon of December 15, 2017.

The IACP's Women's Leadership Institute (WLI) is a 40-hour course, focused on the unique challenges facing women leaders in law enforcement. The course develops current and future leaders, the curriculum focuses on enhancing the business, leadership, and personal effectiveness skills of female leaders.

This interactive program uses senior women instructors and mentors from United States and Canadian law enforcement agencies and operates in an intensive, experiential learning environment. It is open to female and male, sworn and non-sworn personnel serving in supervisory positions, and senior patrol officers aspiring to become supervisors. The week-long class hosted at DPSST's Oregon Public Safety Academy had 52 participants from 25 law enforcement agencies in Oregon.

The IACP has offered the WLI around the nation and since the program's inception in 2013 this class has been offered by IACP at 36 locations around the nation and also in Kathmandu, Nepal and Cape Town, South Africa. This delivery of the WLI class is unique as its the first-time a state has hosted the class with all participants from city, county, and state agencies from the hosting state.

The WLI curriculum includes the following topics: Individual Differences; Motivating Success; Leading Teams; Organizations and Change; Crucial Conversations and Counseling; Strategic Career Planning; Fair, Impartial & Ethical Policing; Understanding Human Bias; Leadership and Wellness; Financial Management; Networking and Mentorship; etc.

Two seasoned instructors delivered the class. The first, the California Highway Patrol's (CHP) highest-ranking female officer, Assistant Commissioner Ramona Prieto, who retired from the CHP after 36-years of service. The second, Deb Campbell, a 30-year veteran of the New York State Police who retired in 2015 holding the rank of Colonel. Local women in leadership roles in Oregon law enforcement agencies participated in the program in both panel discussions and as mentors.

As city, county, tribal, state and university law enforcement agencies look to fill more than 1,000 vacancies statewide that are expected over the next two years as seasoned employees get ready for retirement we encourage interested applicants to look at www.OregonPoliceJobs.com.

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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

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



Attached Media Files: IACP WLI @ DPSST , IACP WLI @ DPSST , IACP WLI @ DPSST

K9 Blazer (Photo)
Hillsboro Police Dept. - 12/14/17 1:57 PM
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Hillsboro Police Department's K9 Blazer to get body armor

Hillsboro Police Department's K9 Blazer will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Blazer's vest is sponsored by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

Blazer is a three year old Belgian Malinois. The Hillsboro Police Department purchased Blazer in late December of 2016. Blazer has been in Police service for approximately one year and is a certified patrol dog through the Oregon Police Canine Association. K9 Blazer is assigned to Officer Matt Schmidt.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,600 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 2.1 million dollars.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 -- $2,283 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.



Attached Media Files: Blazer

Fatal Crash on Bald Peak Road in Rural Yamhill County- Driver Identified (Photo)
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/14/17 12:32 PM
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On December 13th at about 1:20 p.m. Yamhill County Deputies were dispatched to a single vehicle crash in the 19000 block of Bald Peak Road in rural Yamhill County. Deputies responded and found a 2003 Mercury Sable in the ditch that had left the road surface and crashed into a tree. The driver was the sole occupant of the vehicle and was found to be deceased. She was identified as Betty C. Jones, 80 years of age of McCormick Hill Road in rural Hillsboro.

Initial investigation indicates the Mercury was travelling west bound on Bald Peak Road when it went into the ditch and struck a tree with substantial force. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation by the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office.



Attached Media Files: crash

Grand Jury Determines Officer's Use of Deadly Force Justified in Non-Fatal Shooting in North Portland (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/14/17 12:00 PM
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On December 13, 2017, a Multnomah County Grand Jury determined that a Portland Police Bureau officer was justified in the use of deadly force in the non-fatal officer-involved shooting of 25-year-old Chase Arnae Peeples that occurred on October 25, 2017. The grand jury determined that the use of deadly force by Officer Ryan Reagan against Peeples was a lawful exercise of self-defense under Oregon law.

This investigation started on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at 1:27 p.m., when North Precinct officers responded to the report of a bank robbery at the U.S. Bank, located at 3233 North Lombard Street.

As officers responded to the bank robbery, U.S. Bank employees provided emergency dispatchers a description of the suspect, a black male in his 20s, wearing a dark baseball hat and dark clothing. The description was broadcast to responding officers.

At the time of the U.S. Bank robbery, officers were also investigating a robbery at Ace Check Cashing, located at 2722 North Lombard Street. Employees at Ace Check Cashing called 9-1-1, at 1:16 p.m., and reported that a black male in his 20s, wearing a dark baseball hat and dark clothes robbed the business.

In both robberies, the described suspect entered the location, demanded money, produced a note, obtained an undisclosed amount of cash, and left the locations.

Officers searched the nearby neighborhood for the suspect involved in the U.S. Bank and Ace Check Cashing robberies.

Officer Ryan Reagan, a 19-year-veteran, and his partner officer encountered the robbery suspect (later identified as Peeples of Tacoma, Washington) at North Oatman Avenue and Saratoga Street. The officers were approximately 50 to 60 feet from him as they gave Peeples commands to put his hands in the air. Peeples did not follow the officers' commands, turned toward the officers and advanced towards them as he reached into his pocket. Officer Reagan fired six shots from his handgun, striking Peeples three times -- once each in the upper right arm, lower left abdomen, and right foot. After Peeples was down on the ground, additional officers arrived and approached Peeples, provided immediate medical aid, and called for an ambulance to respond to the scene. Peeples was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No weapons were recovered at the scene.

Peeples was released from the hospital on November 21, 2017, and lodged in the Multnomah County Jail where he remains in custody on a Federal hold.

As part of the internal use of force review process, the Bureau will conduct an internal review of the entire incident and the case will go before the Police Review Board (PRB), which is comprised of community members, Bureau members and representatives from the Independent Police Review Division.

Once there is an adjudication in the criminal cases against Peeples, investigative reports, along with any available grand jury transcripts, will be posted on the Bureau's Open Data page at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/52175

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CCC president finalists announced
Clackamas Comm. College - 12/14/17 11:58 AM
OREGON CITY -- During its Dec. 13 regular meeting, the Clackamas Community College Board of Education announced the finalists for the position of the next college president, which will be vacated this spring when Dr. Joanne Truesdell retires.

In October, the CCC Board of Education approved the members of an Expanded Search Advisory Committee, whose charge was to review president applications, conduct initial interviews and make a recommendation of finalists to the Board of Education.

The finalists are:

Tim Cook -- Clark College vice president of instruction, Washington
Cook has been at Clark College since 1997 and has served in many positions, including counseling faculty, division chair and acting dean of student success and retention. He has an education doctorate in higher education administration, with an emphasis in community college leadership, from Oregon State University.

Chris Haines -- Phoenix College interim president, Arizona
At Phoenix College, Haines has held positions as interim vice president and dean of student affairs. Prior to joining Phoenix College, she served as interim associate dean of enrollment services at South Mountain Community College, Ariz. Haines has a master's degree in educational counseling from Northern Arizona University and is working on her doctoral degree in educational leadership/higher education at Northern Arizona University.

Jessica Howard -- Portland Community College Southeast Campus president, Oregon
Howard has been PCC's Southeast Campus president since 2012. Prior to this role, she served as vice president of academic affairs at San Antonio College. Howard holds a doctorate in performance studies from New York University. Prior to her administrative experience, she taught music and humanities at the high school, community college and university levels.

J Michael Thomson -- Cuyahoga Community College Eastern Campus president, Ohio
Thomson came to Cuyahoga Community College from Northern Kentucky University in 2005 when he was hired as the dean of academic affairs at its Western Campus. At Northern Kentucky, he served as political science faculty and department chair. He earned a doctorate in political science at the University of Kentucky.

The finalists will be invited to Clackamas Community College at the end of January to tour the CCC campuses, to meet students, staff and faculty, and to participate in public forums. The community will be invited and encouraged to participate in select forums.

For more information on the president search process, visit www.clackamas.edu/PresidentSearch. If you have questions regarding the search, contact Amanda Coffey at amandac@clackamas.edu.

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Tip of the Week December 18, 2017 - STOPPED BY THE POLICE
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/14/17 11:30 AM
OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF
Sheriff Curtis L. Landers
225 W. Olive Street
Newport, Oregon 97365
Phone: (541) 265-4277
Fax: (541) 265-4926

TIP OF THE WEEK - - - - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: December 18, 2017

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

WHAT TO DO WHEN STOPPED BY THE POLICE

When you are signaled to pull over by a police officer, you need to understand this can be a very dangerous time. Do not assume the officer knows you are a law-abiding citizen; officers must be cautious at all times. Follow these recommendations:

Pull over as far to the right as safely possible.
Turn on the interior light if the stop occurs at night.
Place your hands on the steering wheel until the officer can make a safety evaluation of you, your passengers and your car.
Avoid making any sudden or reaching movements.
Remain in your vehicle unless advised by the officer to exit your car.
If you are carrying a weapon, inform the officer about the weapon and its location without reaching for it or handling it.
Always follow the officer's instructions.

Stopping at night, especially along a dark stretch of road, can heighten the tension for you and the officer. Officers do not object to a driver proceeding to the nearest well-lit area. Simply acknowledge the officer by turning on your flashers and driving at a reduced speed.

If you are concerned the person stopping you may be impersonating a police officer, contact the non-emergency dispatch line or call 911. Ask the officer for the name of his agency and tell them you are calling the police. A real officer will not object to you verifying his or her identity and the stop location.

If you are asked to exit your car, walk to the rear of your vehicle to the side away from traffic, or as directed by the officer. Use the vehicle as a barrier between you and oncoming cars.

The officer will generally ask for three pieces of information: your driver license, proof of liability insurance, and vehicle registration.

Once the traffic stop is finished, walk carefully back to your vehicle keeping an eye out for traffic. When an opportunity exists, carefully merge back into the flow of traffic.

Being stopped by a police officer is not always an unpleasant experience. Remember that many times only a warning or other beneficial safety information is shared with a driver.

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

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



Attached Media Files: 2017-12/5490/110443/121817-Stopped_by_the_Police.pdf

Accident Hwy 26/Cornelius pass
Hillsboro Police Dept. - 12/14/17 10:46 AM
Additional:

We are confirming that the driver who was severely injured in this incident was Mathew Barbee. Barbee is a 11 year veteran with the Tigard Police Department. Barbee had completed his shift and was heading home when the incident happen.

This case is still under investigation. Charges against the other driver will be determined once the investigation is concluded.

We are looking for help from the community to locate a (Photo)
Beaverton Police Dept. - 12/14/17 10:16 AM
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We need your help to locate Felipe De Jes Jimenez-Interian who is wanted on charges of
Rape 1 and multiple sex abuse charges that were reported on October 16, 2017. He is 30
years old, 5'6", 126 pounds, brown hair and green eyes. He was last seen on November
29, 2017, when he walked away from Washington County Restitution Center and never
returned.
The victim of these crimes is 16 years old female. We are concerned that Jimenez-Interian
might victimize another child if he is not located and arrested. He has been known to go
by Ceasar and Martin Jimenez-Interian.
If anyone has information on Jimenez-Interian's current whereabouts, they are asked to
call the Beaverton Police Department at (503) 629-0111.



Attached Media Files: Press Release , Jimenez-Interian

SAR Seeks Tips on Missing Woman *Update* (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/14/17 9:59 AM
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UPDATED 12/14/17 at 10:00am:

Dayna was last seen wearing a camouflage jacket, a black Puma t-shirt, blue jeans, and black/white Nike shoes. Her hair was pulled back into a ponytail and she was wearing the same necklace seen in the photo attached to this release.

Today (Thursday), search and rescue teams are searching roadways and off-road areas in the rural Ashland area.

Original Post 12/13/17:
Jackson County Search and Rescue officials are asking for the public's help in locating a missing Ashland woman. Dayna Foster, 47, was last seen at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 12, in Talent. She was driving a green 1998 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 pickup with Oregon plate 469HZF.

Anyone who has seen Dayna or the vehicle should call dispatch immediately at (541) 776-7206.

Case #17-25958



Attached Media Files: 17-25958 Dayna Foster , 17-25958 Similar vehicle

Gary Bettencourt, Gilliam County Sheriff 2017 Sheriff of the Year (Photo)
Clatsop Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/14/17 9:42 AM
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Gary Bettencourt has proven to be a leader within OSSA. He took on the leadership role at OSSA by going through the elected positions to become president of the organization. He has always been involved with OSSA from the start of his career as an Oregon Sheriff, which is not the easiest thing to do when you come from a smaller county. He does not have the resources that larger counties have, including personnel, so for him to be involved to the level he is, shows true dedication to our organization.

Gary has consistently been involved over the years and that is what it truly takes to be a leader. He understands and is committed to mental health issues around the State and represents OSSA on numerous committees, and again, has been involved from the beginning.

Gary helped start several activities for OSSA. He donates his time and effort to make these a success in our organization. Over the years, our injured deputies and their families have benefited from his involvement. Gary is involved with the Western States Sheriffs Association, and understands the relationships between our State and other Western States and the importance of a consolidated voice when it comes to issues with federal entities and travel management plans.

Gary demonstrates high moral ethics, integrity, and credibility in his daily life and sees the bigger picture of being a Sheriff through his daily actions. He is one of our unsung heroes of the Oregon State Sheriff's Association.



Attached Media Files: Sheriff Bettencourt

City of Salem Projects will Save Enough Electricity to Power 975 Homes for a Year (Photo)
City of Salem - 12/14/17 9:00 AM
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The City of Salem is on track to save more than 8.75 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity annually thanks to recent and ongoing projects to improve energy efficiency. According to the Environmental Protection Agency's Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator; this is enough electricity to power roughly 975 average homes for an entire year!
The combined savings come from upgrades to Salem's streetlights, updates to systems at the Willow Lake Wastewater Treatment Facility, and the replacement of the chiller that cools both the Salem Public Library and City Hall. Once all projects are complete, the energy efficiency enhancements will save the City an estimated $834,000 a year. The savings will help offset some of the increasing cost to operate and maintain city infrastructure and services.

Projects:
Streetlights
In February 2017, the City began the process of switching its streetlights from high pressure sodium lamps (HPS) to more energy efficient LED lights. The City worked with Portland General Electric and Salem Electric to complete the project last November. The new LED lights use roughly 50 percent less energy, 4.51 million kWh annually, than the older HPS lamps. They are also more reliable and last four times longer.

Willow Lake Treatment Facility Upgrades
In September 2017, the City announced on its website that it received a $3 million grant from Portland General Electric's Renewable Development Fund to update the cogeneration facility at the Willow Lake Wastewater Treatment Facility. For 30 years this clean, energy generation system has powered a portion of the wastewater treatment facility. Once upgrades are complete in 2019, the cogeneration facility will create an additional 2.66 million kWh annually. This is enough to power 50 percent of the wastewater treatment facility.

Another notable energy saving improvement at Willow Lake is the upgrade to a more energy efficient blower system that provides oxygen for microorganisms critical to the wastewater treatment process. The new blower was installed in February 2017 and will save the City more than 552,000 kWh annually.

Salem Civic Center Chiller Replacement
On December 1, 2017, the City began the process of replacing the chiller that cools the Salem Public Library and City Hall. Rated to last 16 years, the old system was well into its 17th year of service and due to frequent breakdowns, was only operating at 60 to 70 percent efficiency. The new system uses roughly 40 percent less power than the old system and has a rated service life of 25 years. Once the replacement is complete in March 2018, it will save more than 1.02 million kWh annually.

To learn more about the City of Salem's environmental stewardship please visit: cityofsalem.net/Pages/environment-and-natural-resources.aspx.



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State fines Florida resident for million dollar investment scheme
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 12/14/17 8:30 AM
Salem -- The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, Division of Financial Regulation issued a cease-and-desist order against a Florida woman and her company for violating Oregon securities law as part of a nationwide investment fraud scam. The division fined Judith Jackson and her company -- Becker, Jackson and Reed (BJR) -- $60,000 for illegally selling shares of stock in a company called Alpine Family Entertainment Parks.

The scheme used high-pressure sales to obtain more than $1 million from victims across the U.S., including $150,000 from one Oregon resident. Victims were pressured into purchasing shares of stock in Alpine Family Entertainment Parks for the development of a new amusement park in San Diego. There were no plans to develop an amusement park.

The investigation revealed that 80 percent of investors' funds were routed to bank accounts in Mexico while the remaining funds were used to maintain the investment scam. Oregonians should beware that Jackson and BJR may still be soliciting investments.

"Do your homework before making investment decisions, no matter how urgent the opportunity seems," said Jean Straight, acting DCBS Director. "One of your first steps should be checking the license of any company offering investments to Oregon residents."

The division encourages residents to check the license (http://dfr.oregon.gov/gethelp/Pages/check-license.aspx) and recognize the signs of investment fraud:

High rate of return, especially better than similar investments
Guarantee that investment will not fail
Pressure to invest immediately

Your best defense to avoid an investment scam is to ask a lot questions and contact the Division of Financial Regulation at dfr.oregon.gov or call 866-814-9710 (toll-free in Oregon) for more information.

To view the cease-and-desist order: http://dfr.oregon.gov/AdminOrders/enf-orders-2017/20171129-alpinebjr-s-17-0135.pdf
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The Division of Financial Regulation is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov and www.insurance.oregon.gov.

Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 12/13/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 12/14/17 8:21 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 12/13/2017

ESTACADA:

17-2024

On 12/13/2017 at about 1409 hrs., police responded to a traffic crash in the 500 block of Main Street. A report is pending (CAD).

17-2027

On 12/13/2017 at about 1836 hrs., police responded to a disturbance on the 700 block of NE Edgehill Drive. The scene was found to be calm. The case will be referred to Clackamas County Behavioral Health. 

SANDY:

17-2022

On 12/13/2017 at about 0943 hrs., police received a report about an assault that occurred in the 17000 block of Bluff Road. A report is pending (CAD).

17-2023

On 12/13/2017 at 1342 hrs., police received a report about theft of two cellphones from a business in the 17000 block of Bluff Road. A report was taken.

17-2026

On 12/13/2017 at about 1402 hrs., police received a report about theft of a check in the 28000 block of SE Haley Road in Boring. A report is pending (CAD).

17-2025

On 12/13/2017 at about 1502 hrs., police responded to the 39000 block of Cascadia Village Drive regarding a suspicious vehicle in the area. A report is pending (CAD).

Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) Through Wednesday, December 20 at 8:00 a.m.
Portland Police Bureau - 12/14/17 8:00 AM
Sergeant Pete Simpson will be the Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) until Wednesday, December 20, 2017, at 8:00 a.m.

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

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Red Cross Responds To Salem Residential Fire Affecting Family Of Four
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/14/17 7:30 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on Thursday December 14, 2017 in the 2000 block of Hazel Ave NE in Salem, OR. This single family fire affected 3 adults, 1 child, and pets.
The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.
The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Date Update - SantaCuts - Bombas Socks - Christmas Head to Toe
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 12/14/17 7:17 AM
Who: Underprivileged youth, The Salvation Army, Hands of Favor, Bombas Socks

What: The Salvation Army and Hands of Favor are providing FREE haircuts to underprivileged youth, ages 0-18, in the community for Christmas. Additionally, there will be free hair products, hair care education, and a visit from Santa Claus! If that's not enough; through a generous donation from the Bombas Company, LLC, each child will be leaving with a pair of brand new Bombas socks! They will literally be ready for Christmas, from "Head to Toe."

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

Where:
The Salvation Army Moore Street Community & Worship Center
5325 N. Williams Ave.
Portland, OR 97217

Why: For some families, giving their kids, a great haircut is a treat that may happen a couple times a year. For some, they've never had a good cut or style because it is too expensive. Every child deserves to feel special at Christmas, and a new haircut makes you feel like a whole new person! The Salvation Army is blessed to be able to partner with local stylists to give these kids confidence and this special treat; and just in time for Christmas photos; and as an additional bonus, each child will receive a brand-new pair of Bombas socks, provided by a generous donation from the Bombas! For every pair of Bombas socks that are purchased a pair are donated for someone in need. To date, they have sold over 5 million socks!

Contact:
For more information: please contact Captain Jared Arnold at The Salvation Army at 503.567.9938 or 480.283.4310. Or by e-mail at: jared.arnold@usw.salvationarmy.org

Media is invited and encouraged to attend this event

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(Portland, OR) December 16, 2017 -- Christmas is a special time to create memories and to share in the joys of the season, but for some people, even a haircut for Christmas festivities is a strain on the pocketbook. This year, "Santa Cuts" is back at The Salvation Army Moore Street Community & Worship Center to help give local children ages 0-18 a fresh haircut for FREE before Christmas. On Wednesday, December 14, 2016, local non-profit Hands of Favor will be providing the haircuts from 10am -- 2pm, and it is first-come, first-serve. In addition, youth and families will receive free hair care products and hair care education -- and have the opportunity to visit with Santa Claus!

"The transformation that happens in a stylist's chair is amazing," says Captain Marcos Marquez, Corps Officer at The Salvation Army Moore Street Community & Worship Center. "It's not only a physical change -- it's an internal change. It brings confidence and joy to kids, many of who have never had a real hair cut before. We are so thankful for Hands of Favor for making this possible for these kids and their families."

Something as simple as a haircut can leave a lasting impact on a family. It's no surprise that there are many people are struggling to stay in their homes or put food on the table right now. This Christmas, The Salvation Army and Hands of Favor plan to make the holidays a little extra special and a Christmas that they will remember for years to come.

It is estimated that these children will be receiving over $1,500 in free services and goods thanks to the support of these local hair stylists.

"Santa Cuts" will be held at The Salvation Army Moore Street Community & Worship Center, located at 5325 N. Williams Ave., Portland, OR 97217.

If you are with the media and would like to cover this, please contact Captain Jared Arnold Community Relations Officer at 503-567-9938 or 480-283-4310 or by e-mail: jared.arnold@usw.salvationarmy.org. Media is encouraged and welcomed at this event.



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About The Salvation Army

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


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Shooting Investigation Underway on SE Division St - One Person Injured
Portland Police Bureau - 12/14/17 5:58 AM
On Thursday, December 14, 2017, at 4:21 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to Portland Adventist Hospital, located at 10123 Southeast Market Street, on the report of a gunshot victim being treated in the emergency department.

Officers responded to the hospital, and learned the adult male gunshot victim arrived at the hospital by private vehicle with what is believed to be a non-life-threatening injury. As officers contacted several people at the hospital, they learned the shooting occurred near a residence in the 11300 block of Southeast Division Street. Officers responded to the area where the shooting reportedly occurred and located evidence of gunfire on the sidewalk.

Officers performed a neighborhood search for a suspect, but no suspect has been located at this time. Based on information learned in the investigation, it is not believed their is an immediate threat to the public related to this shooting.

At this time there is no suspect description to share with the public.

The victim has been transported by ambulance from Portland Adventist Hospital to a trauma hospital in the Portland area for continued medical treatment of his injury.

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

Anyone with information about this shooting should contact the Assault Detail at 503-823-0479.

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Accident Hwy 26/Cornelius pass
Hillsboro Police Dept. - 12/14/17 5:15 AM
12/14/17
At approximately 1:34 a.m. the Hillsboro Police Department responded to an accident at the north bound Cornelius Pass exit and Hwy 26.

Two vehicles were involved. The driver of the first vehicle was exiting Hwy 26, west bound, when the vehicle experienced mechanical issues. It appears that the driver pulled over onto the shoulder of the exit ramp. The driver of the second vehicle drove into the rear of the first vehicle.

The driver of the first vehicle suffered serious injuries and was taken to Emanuel by Life Flight. The Driver of the second vehicle remained on scene and suffered minor injuries.

Washington County CART was paged out and is conducting the accident investigation.

This case is still under investigation.

Local Celebs and CEO's Ringing and Singing for The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 12/14/17 1:00 AM
Who: Local Celebrities, CEO's, The Salvation Army

What: Ringing bells for The Salvation Army, singing a little Karaoke and having a good time while doing some good for those in need.

When: Thursday, December 14, 2017; 10am -- 2pm

Where: Corner of SW Park Ave and SW Yamhill at the Fox Tower

Why: Many of the Celebrities and CEO's who will ringing for The Salvation Army tomorrow will be doing so because they realize the importance of helping others, and that no one is ever too busy this Christmas season to make a difference. People like Brett Reckamp from Alpha Media, Lloyd Neal from the Portland Trailblazers, and even Miss Oregon and Mrs. Clackamas (Jaycie Forrester and Tawnya Landis,) just to name a few, will be out ringing and singing at the Red Kettle outside the Fox Tower.

Contact:
For more information: please contact Captain Jared Arnold at The Salvation Army at 503.567.9938 or 480.283.4310. Or by e-mail at: jared.arnold@usw.salvationarmy.org

Media is invited and encouraged to attend this event

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(Portland, OR) December 16, 2017 -- Christmas is a special time to create memories and to share in the joys of the season, but for some people, even a haircut for Christmas festivities is a strain on the pocketbook. This year, "Santa Cuts" is back at The Salvation Army Moore Street Community & Worship Center to help give local children ages 0-18 a fresh haircut for FREE before Christmas. On Wednesday, December 14, 2016, local non-profit Hands of Favor will be providing the haircuts from 10am -- 2pm, and it is first-come, first-serve. In addition, youth and families will receive free hair care products and hair care education -- and have the opportunity to visit with Santa Claus!

"The Salvation Army invites everyone to come see your favorite local celebs and CEO's ring the bell, have some fun and do a little Christmas karaoke singing. The event will be going from 10a to 2, at five different kettles located outside the Fox Tower in downtown Portland.

"It's great to see these very busy people, take time out of their day and share some holiday joy with the community and have some fun doing it." -- Captain Robert Steiner, Portland Metro Coordinator -- The Salvation Army.

From athletes to business persons, media celebs to pageant winners; every hour on the hour there will be a new lineup and a new opportunity to come and give. With the addition of Karaoke to add to the mix, it's sure to be a good time and memorable one at that.

If you are with the media and would like to cover this, please contact Captain Jared Arnold Community Relations Officer at 503-567-9938 or 480-283-4310 or by e-mail: jared.arnold@usw.salvationarmy.org. Media is encouraged and welcomed at this event.



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


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Wed. 12/13/17
Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program graduates 54th class (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 12/13/17 8:31 PM
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REDMOND, Oregon - The Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (OYCP) graduated its 54th class on Dec. 13, 2017, at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center in Redmond, Oregon. The ceremony drew hundreds of family members, friends and community supporters of the graduating cadets from across the state.

OYCP is a statewide, accredited alternative high school that serves all of Oregon. The program, which is operated by the Oregon Military Department out of Bend, Ore., helps students who are struggling in school or have dropped out to recover their credits through a rigorous military style residential program. In addition to academics, the students learn other core strengths such as personal fitness, good citizenship, job skills and self discipline. The students will return home and continue with one year of active mentorship following their graduation.

About OYCP:
OYCP is one of 37 nationwide National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Programs and has been recognized as one of the premier programs in the country. The OYCP program is cost-free to cadets and their families and has successfully graduated more than 4,600 cadets since its inception in 1994. The voluntary, 17-and-a-half-month program provides youth who are at risk of not completing their high school education, both male and female, ages 16 to 18, from urban and rural areas of Oregon, with another opportunity to succeed.

Cadets work through a two-phase program, beginning with an intensive five-and-a-half-month residential program during which they develop life-coping skills, perform volunteer community service work and attend academic classes. While in the program, cadets continue their education, develop life skills and create a plan, outlining clear and organized steps to keep them along the path of success following graduation. The second phase of the program consists of one year of mentorship. During this phase, cadets receive encouragement and support as they implement their plans to re-enter their home environments.

Details about the Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program are available at www.oycp.com.

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Dave Stuckey, Deputy Director of the Oregon Military Department, conveys his pride in the Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (OYCP) and the students' accomplishments during a graduation ceremony in Redmond, Oregon, on Dec. 13, 2017. The OYCP program, which is run by the Oregon National Guard, helps students recuperate high school credits and learn valuable life skills in a military training environment. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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The Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (OYCP) drill team performs with their rifles during a graduation ceremony in Redmond, Oregon, on Dec. 13, 2017. The OYCP program, which is run by the Oregon National Guard, helps students recuperate high school credits and learn valuable life skills in a military training environment. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Cadet Ali Alhejab, gives a before and after picture of his life and the difference the Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (OYCP) has made during opening remarks at the graduation ceremony in Redmond, Oregon, on Dec. 13, 2017. The OYCP program, which is run by the Oregon National Guard, helps students recuperate high school credits and learn valuable life skills in a military training environment. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)



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MCSO hosts annual Community Transitional School Holiday Party (Photo)
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/13/17 7:54 PM
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The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is honored to host the 2017 Community Transitional School Holiday Party. This year's festivities take place Thursday, December 14, 2017 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Multnomah County Inverness Jail (12240 NE Inverness Drive, Portland, OR).

The Community Transitional School is committed to provide at-risk children from Portland and East Multnomah County with a stable educational environment that promotes academic and personal growth. During the holidays, the School provides services and resources for gifts to families that may not otherwise receive them. Members of the Sheriff's Office generously provide gifts for the students to open during the party. Other highlights of the party will also include; caroling with Sheriff's Office staff, a clown act, a pizza lunch, and a special visit from Santa!

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office proudly partners with the Wilson High School Leadership Group, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Management Association, Multnomah County Corrections Deputy Association, Multnomah County Deputy Sheriff's Association, AFSCME Local 88, Multnomah County Corrections Health, Multnomah County Judges, and Aramark to provide this wonderful experience for children in our community who are in need during the holidays.

Media is cordially invited; those interested in attending are encouraged to arrive by 9:30 a.m., check in at the public entrance of the Inverness Jail, and ask for Lt. Marc Shrake.

More information about the Community Transitional School can be found at https://www.transitionalschool.org/ .

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(UPDATE) Two-alarm fire displaces family of three (Photo)
City of Seaside - 12/13/17 5:53 PM
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THIS RELEASE UPDATES INFORMATION SENT OUT EARLIER TODAY

Seaside, Ore. -- December 13, 2017 -- At approximately 1:33 p.m. on Wednesday, December 13, Seaside Fire and Rescue responded to a two-alarm structure fire at 719 Avenue S in Seaside. The two-story, single family structure was fully engulfed in flames when crews arrived on scene.

A mother and her young son were present at the time of the fire and escaped unharmed. Prior to evacuating the home, the mother noticed smoke coming from the main floor. After attempting to contain the initial flames, the fire moved to a nearby wall and the occupants exited the premises immediately.

While the cause is still under investigation, the fast-burning fire moved quickly to the second floor where fire crews required aerial apparatus to manage the flames. As of 5:30 p.m. the fire had been contained and crews were beginning to clear and clean the scene. The American Red Cross responded to the scene and is providing resources to the displaced family.

Seaside Fire and Rescue was supported by crews from Cannon Beach Fire & Rescue, Gearhart Volunteer Fire Department, Warrenton Fire Department and the Hamlet Rural Fire Protection District. Additional Clatsop County resources were also utilized for coverage in the county. Updates on the cause of the fire will be made as information becomes available.

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Original Below

Seaside, Ore. -- December 13, 2017 -- At approximately 1:33 p.m. on Wednesday, December 13, Seaside Fire and Rescue responded to a two-alarm structure fire at 719 Avenue S in Seaside. The two-story, single family structure was fully engulfed in flames when crews arrived on scene.

A mother and her young son were present at the time of the fire and escaped unharmed. Prior to evacuating the home, the mother noticed smoke coming from the main floor. After attempting to contain the initial flames, the fire moved to a nearby wall and the occupants exited the premises immediately.

Seaside Fire and Rescue is currently supported by crews from Cannon Beach Fire & Rescue, Gearhart Volunteer Fire Department, Warrenton Fire Department and the Hamlet Fire District. Additional Clatsop County resources are also being utilized for coverage in the area. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
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Shooting Investigation in Portland's Kerns Neighborhood - No Known Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 12/13/17 5:34 PM
On Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at 2:51 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of gunfire near Northeast Grand Avenue and Northeast Everett Street.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted several people who were in the area at the time the gunfire was heard.

During a canvas of the area, officers did not locate anyone with injuries or any property damage as a result of the reported gunfire. There are no reports of anyone arriving at area hospitals with injuries as a result of this shooting.

Officers located evidence of gunfire in the area and contacted several person in connection with the shooting but at this time no suspects have been located.

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

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Bend Man Loses his life in two-vehicle crash on Hwy 20 near Hamby Road east of Bend (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 12/13/17 4:55 PM
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On December 13, 2017 at approximately 9:35AM, OSP responded to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Hamby Road and Highway 20 just east of Bend. Preliminary investigation revealed a 2006 GMC Sierra truck was westbound on Hwy 20 when eastbound 2017 Ford Transit van turned into its path as it attempted to turn onto Hamby Road.

The driver and sole occupant of the GMC truck was identified as 59 year old Michael Francis DELEONE from Redmond who was uninjured. The driver and sole occupant of the Ford van was identified as 48 year old Mark Douglas PRICE from Bend who was deceased as a result of the crash. Both drivers were properly utilizing their safety restraints and the airbags deployed in the GMC truck.

PRICE failed to yield to oncoming traffic and is the contributing factor in this crash. DELEONE is cooperating with the investigation and is not suspected in any wrongdoing. Hwy 20 was shut down or limited to one lane of travel for nearly four hours while this investigation was completed. OSP was assisted by ODOT, Bend Fire and Rescue, the Deschutes Medical Examiner, the Deschutes District Attorney's Office and the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office.



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PPB Partners with Target to Host "Heroes and Helpers" (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/13/17 4:44 PM
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The Portland Police Bureau's Youth Services Division, Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT), and Target will co-host "Heroes and Helpers" on Friday, December 15, 2017, at the Jantzen Beach Target, located at 1555 N Tomahawk Island Drive, from 6:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.

Members of the Youth Services Division will partner with pre-identified youth to assist them as they select clothing, school supplies, or toys for Christmas.

Officers assigned to the Youth Services Division chose youth whose families are in need of assistance this holiday season. Each of the selected youth will receive a $100.00 Target Gift Card to spend on a gift that they otherwise would not have been able to give or receive.

The Youth Services Division works with community partners to ensure Portland area youth remain safe. Ensuring school safety is the highest priority for the Youth Services Division. The Youth Services Division's main mission is to provide a school environment that is free of crime, the fear of crime, intimidation and disorder, so that school staff and students can achieve their education goals without distraction.

School Resource Officers work closely with school staff, students and parents. The primary activities of SRO are problem solving, education, mentorship, and crime prevention.

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Police Seek Help Locating Missing Gresham Man (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 12/13/17 4:38 PM
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GRESHAM, Ore.-- Police are looking for a missing Gresham man who has not been heard from since Nov. 24. Tyler Krell, 29, is described as a Caucasian male with red hair and green eyes. He is 6 feet 1 inches tall and weighs approximately 175 pounds. He is known to frequent both Portland and Vancouver.

Anyone who has information about Krell's whereabouts is encouraged to call the non-emergency police dispatch line at 503.823.3333.



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Hillsboro School District Announces School Board Vacancy
Hillsboro Sch. Dist. - 12/13/17 4:30 PM
Director Clift's resignation from the Board leaves a vacancy that will be filled by appointment through June 30, 2019

December 13, 2017, Hillsboro, OR --The Hillsboro School District's Board of Directors has announced a vacancy that will be filled by appointment through June 30, 2019. At the end of the regular session on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, Director Wayne Clift announced his intention to resign his seat, effective after the meeting on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, in order to pursue a teaching position with the District.

At the work session on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, Board members discussed a proposed timeline and process for appointing Mr. Clift's replacement. The timeline and process were then approved during the regular session. Highlights are below:
?--?Applications for the open position will be accepted between December 13, 2017, and January 16, 2018, at 5:00 p.m.
?--?Board members will discuss interview questions at the work session on January 9, 2018.
?--?Board members will individually screen applications between January 17 and 23, 2018.
?--?Board members will finalize the interview questions, discuss the screening scores, and identify the applicants to be interviewed at the January 23, 2018, work session.
?--?Board Secretary will contact the applicants with the Board's decision and will schedule interviews with those selected to move forward in the process on January 24, 2018.
?--?Board members will conduct interviews, vote to select the candidate, and appoint and administer the oath of office to the new Board member at the February 13, 2018, work session.
?--?New Board member will fill position 7, with a term that ends on June 30, 2019.

To be considered for the appointment, applicants must be legally registered voters and residents within the Hillsboro School District's attendance area for at least one year immediately preceding the appointment. Applicants cannot be current Hillsboro School District staff members.

The timeline and application can be found on the District's website in both English (timeline, application) and Spanish (cronograma, solicitud) under About Us/Board of Directors/Get Involved.

Questions about the application process may be directed to Board Secretary Val Bokma at 503-844-1789 or bokmav@hsd.k12.or.us.

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***Update - Public's Assistance Needed*** Two-Vehicle Crash Takes the Life of a Bend Man on Highway 97 at Milepost 151 - Deschutes County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 12/13/17 4:29 PM
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OSP is asking for the public's assistance with the investigation that killed a Bend man last week. Shannon ROGERS, from Goldendale, Washington, is believed to have been driving in a reckless manner prior to the crash that took the life of a Bend man.

Investigators believe ROGERS was traveling from Fresno, CA to Goldendale when the crash occurred. Any persons who may have witnessed the vehicle in the attached photographs driving in an unsafe manner is urged to contact Senior Trooper Toni Raugust at 503-375-3555.

ROGERS is still at Saint Charles Bend receiving medical care. No further information at this time.

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Previous Release:
On Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at about 10:15 a.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 97 at Milepost 151 (near Sunriver).

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

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

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

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



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Commission on Aging Dec. 19 meeting canceled
Clark Co. WA Communications - 12/13/17 4:15 PM
Vancouver, Wash. - The Dec. 19 meeting of the Commission on Aging has been canceled.

The commission's next meeting is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in the sixth-floor hearing room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. The meeting is open to the public.

Commission members will meet with the Board of County Councilors. No outside speaker is scheduled.

The Commission on Aging, supported by the Clark County council, is a nine-member volunteer group that implements the 2012 Aging Readiness Plan and provides leadership addressing needs of aging community members. For more about the commission, please visit www.clark.wa.gov/community-planning/commission-aging.

Commission meetings are carried live on CVTV Channel 23 and online at www.cvtv.org. To see replay times, go to www.cvtv.org.

Suspect arrested in connection with Sauvie Island shooting (Photo)
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/13/17 3:58 PM
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MCSO detectives identified and arrested the suspect in yesterday's shooting incident on Sauvie Island.

ANDRE, BRETT KAGE, age 28, was arrested and booked at the Multnomah County Detention Center on the following charges: Attempted Murder, Assault I, Assault II, Robbery I, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

MCSO detectives were assisted by teams from Portland Police Bureau and Gresham Police Department.

Detectives are still investigating this incident, and no further information is available at this time.

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Vaccinations urged as Public Health sees flu activity spike in Clark County
Clark Co. WA Communications - 12/13/17 3:58 PM
Vancouver, Wash. - The flu positivity rate in Clark County has risen to 21 percent, well above the 10 percent threshold Public Health uses to mark high flu activity, according to Public Health's Influenza Surveillance Update for the week of Dec. 3. The positivity rate is based on data from local laboratories that test for flu.

"Flu season is ramping up but it's not too late to get vaccinated," said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County Health Officer. "By getting vaccinated now, you'll be more likely to celebrate the New Year in good health. It can take up to two weeks for protection to be effective, so we urge people to get vaccinated right away so they'll be less likely to catch the flu or spread it to friends and family over the holidays."

For millions every season, flu can mean a fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, fatigue and miserable days in bed. Worse still, 200,000 people are hospitalized and 3,000-49,000 people die of flu complications each year in the U.S.

Fortunately, the flu vaccine can reduce flu illnesses, doctor visits and missed work and prevent flu-related hospitalizations and deaths. Everyone six months and older should get vaccinated. While flu vaccine effectiveness can vary year to year, vaccination is the best way to prevent flu illness and serious flu complications, even in years of reduced vaccine effectiveness.

"We can't predict which flu strains will predominate this season, but flu vaccine is still likely to provide widespread protection against severe illness," said Melnick. "Getting vaccinated is the most important thing you can do to protect yourself and your family from flu."

To get vaccinated, call your health care provider or pharmacy. If you don't have health insurance, call Sea Mar Community Health Centers at 360.852.9070 or the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington at 360.313.1390 to make an appointment for a low-cost flu shot.

In addition to flu shots, you can reduce your chances of catching or spreading disease by covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands often, and staying home when sick. For more information about flu, see www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/index.htm.
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Police Seek Help Locating Gresham Woman (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 12/13/17 3:31 PM
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GRESHAM, Ore.-- Police are looking for a missing Gresham woman who has not been heard from since Sept. 13. Monica Gibson, 53, is described as a Caucasian female with white hair and brown eyes. She is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds. Gibson has no family in the area, no vehicle, and does not use public transportation.

Anyone who has information about Gibson's whereabouts is encouraged to call the non-emergency police dispatch line at 503.823.3333.



Attached Media Files: Gibson

Construction safety summit coming to central Oregon
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 12/13/17 3:31 PM
(Salem) -- The safety and health of workers in the residential, commercial, and industrial construction industries will take center stage during a two-day training conference in central Oregon.

Topics covered during the Jan. 29-30 Mid-Oregon Construction Safety Summit will include ladder safety, excavation rules, electrical safety, construction-related health hazards, and elimination of fall hazards.

Oregon's Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA), a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, encourages employers and workers to attend the 17th annual summit at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes Convention Center in Bend.

The summit's keynote speaker is Russ Nicolai, safety director for Snyder, a commercial roofing contractor with offices in Oregon and Washington. During his Jan. 30 presentation, "Changing One's Perspective," Nicolai will discuss how innovations can create successes in protecting workers and boosting company performance.

The summit also offers opportunities for attendees to earn continuing education credits through Oregon's Construction Contractors Board and Landscape Contractors Board. Moreover, certification and re-certification will be offered for first aid personnel and workzone flaggers.

The two-day summit's other workshops include:
Construction A-Z. This session reviews the many hazards found in construction and demolition, and the best practices -- and requirements -- for correcting them.
General excavation safety.
Electrical safety and you.
Understanding and implementing the new silica standard for construction.
Defensive driving strategies for central Oregon.
Hand/power tools and personal protective equipment.

Registration for pre-conference workshops (Monday, Jan. 29) is $50. Conference registration (Monday, Jan. 30) is $85. Registration for the OSHA 10-hour training for construction is $140 for both days.

To register, go to http://safetyseries.cvent.com/events/2018. If you have questions or need help registering, call the Oregon OSHA Conference Section, 503-947-7411.

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

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

Local Attractions Offer Reciprocal Admission to Members in 2018 (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 12/13/17 2:57 PM
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Portland, OR -- Back by popular demand, museums and attractions in the Portland metro area and beyond have teamed up to offer a reciprocal membership program in 2018. Created by members of the Portland Attractions Marketing Alliance (PAMA) in 2015, this special promotion was initiated as a way to show appreciation for each attraction's loyal members, as well as to highlight the important role that cultural attractions play in the community.

PAMA is excited to announce the addition of four new attractions to the reciprocal membership program. The Architectural Heritage Center, Clark County Historical Museum, Columbia River Maritime Museum, and Oregon Coast Aquarium join the Oregon Zoo, World Forestry Center, Oregon Historical Society, Lan Su Chinese Garden, Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks & Minerals, Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, Washington County Museum, & Deepwood Museum & Gardens in offering its members free admission for up to four people during the months listed below:

January: Oregon Zoo
4001 SW Canyon Road
Portland, OR 97221
oregonzoo.org

February: Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
ohs.org

March: Deepwood Museum & Gardens
1116 Mission Street SE
Salem, OR 97302
Parking on 12th & Lee
deepwoodmuseum.org

April: Lan Su Chinese Garden
239 NW Everett Street
Portland, OR 97209
lansugarden.org

May: Architectural Heritage Center
701 SE Grand Avenue
Portland, OR 97214
visitahc.org

June: Columbia River Maritime Museum
1792 Marine Drive
Astoria, OR 97103
crmm.org

July: World Forestry Center
4033 SW Canyon Road
Portland, OR 97221
worldforestry.org

August: Clark County Historical Museum
1511 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98660
cchmuseum.org

September: Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks & Minerals
26385 NW Groveland Drive
Hillsboro, OR 97124
ricenorthwestmuseum.org

October: Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way
McMinnville, OR 97128
evergreenmuseum.org

November: Oregon Coast Aquarium
2820 SE Ferry Slip Road
Newport, OR 97365
aquarium.org

December: Washington County Museum
17677 NW Springville Road
Portland, OR 97229
washingtoncountymuseum.org

Members must present a valid membership card from one of the participating organizations to receive free admission. Free admission is valid for up to four individuals, regardless of membership level.



About the Portland Attractions Marketing Alliance

The Portland Attractions Marketing Alliance (PAMA) is a professional organization consisting of marketing representatives from major attractions in Portland and beyond the metro area. The group meets bi-monthly and explores partnership opportunities, ideas for cross-promotion, and collaboration with Travel Portland.



Attached Media Files: Oregon Historical Society , Lan Su Chinese Garden , Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum , Deepwood Museum & Gardens , Architectural Heritage Center Minor White Gallery - credit Nina Johnson Photography , Architectural Heritage Center Minor White Gallery - credit Nina Johnson Photography

Sheronne Blasi appointed to head the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs (Photo)
Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs - 12/13/17 2:43 PM
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Gov. Kate Brown announced today the appointment of Sheronne Blasi (pronounced "Share-ON Blaze-ee"), a 14-year Navy veteran, to serve as the next director of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs, pending Senate confirmation in February. Once confirmed, Blasi will become the first woman veteran to head the agency in its 72-year history.

Prior to joining ODVA as its assistant director of Statewide Veteran Services in 2017, Blasi worked as a performance auditor for 15 years with the Secretary of State Audits Division. She managed performance audits which looked at the efficiency and effectiveness state agencies and their programs, and made recommendations for improvements to programs and services for Oregonians.

Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Blasi served 10 years as an enlisted sailor before accepting a commission as a Supply Corps officer through the Enlisted Commissioning Program. Upon leaving active duty, she earned a Master of Public Administration from Portland State University.

Blasi replaces Cameron Smith, who has served as director of ODVA since 2013 and was appointed the new director of Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services.

"Cameron Smith's tenure as director has been a very transformational period in ODVA's history," Blasi said. "Under his leadership and with the passion and dedication of the ODVA team, the agency has reinvigorated and expanded its core programs and mobilized broad community partnerships to assure our veterans' health, education and economic opportunity. I am honored to continue building upon our work and the trust placed in me by Governor Brown, the ODVA team and the veteran community in Oregon."

Blasi is a longtime resident of Salem, where she is very active in the community. She serves on the Salem-Keizer School Board, the Salem Planning Commission and is a board member for the Mid-Valley Habitat for Humanity. She also co-founded a nonprofit that throws birthdays parties for children living in local homeless shelters.

"It has been a privilege and honor to serve Oregon's veterans and to work with the amazing team at ODVA for the past four and a half years," Smith said. "Sheronne Blasi is a proven leader and a tremendous advocate for veterans and their families, and she has my and our Advisory Committee's full confidence and support to lead our team and mission forward."

Blasi's first day as acting director of ODVA will be Dec. 21, 2017.



Attached Media Files: Sheronne Blasi

**update**Linn County Sheriff's Office Investigates Crash Involving a Pedestrian
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 12/13/17 2:24 PM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports on Tuesday, December 12, at 3:28 a.m., his deputies responded to a call of a female with injuries lying along the side of Old Salem Road, near ATI, Millersburg.

Through their investigation, deputies learned the female victim, Rachele Ann Bowes, 38, was struck by a vehicle causing her life threatening injuries. Bowes is thought to be a transient of the Albany area.

Through the investigation detectives have reason to believe the vehicle that struck Bowes was a dark blue 1999-2005 Volkswagen. The vehicle will most likely have front end damage. If anyone has information about this vehicle or the hit and run, please contact Detective John Lovik at (541) 967-3950.

Linn County Sheriff's Office Investigates Injury Crash Involving a Pedestrian
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 12/13/17 2:15 PM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports on Tuesday, December 12, at 3:28 a.m., his deputies responded to a call of a female lying along the side of the road with injuries.

Through their investigation, deputies learned the female victim, Rachele Ann Bowes, 38, was struck by a vehicle causing her life threatening injuries. Bowes is thought to be a transient of the Albany area.

Through the investigation detectives have reason to believe the vehicle that struck Bowes was a dark blue 1999-2005 Volkswagen. The vehicle will most likely have front end damage. If anyone has information about this vehicle or the hit and run, please contact Detective John Lovik at (541) 967-3950.

Suspect Charged with Murder After Nail Salon Victim Dies
Corvallis Police - 12/13/17 1:35 PM
On December 5th, 2017, at 8:13pm Corvallis Police Department Officers responded to the Corvallis Nails and Spa, at 2321 NW Kings Blvd for an assault that had just occurred. The victim, Mitch Dong was assaulted by 49-year-old Than Kim of Albany. Dong was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis where he later died on 12-12-17. Kim, who was initially arrested on numerous charges including Attempted Murder, has been charged with Murder and is currently lodged at the Benton County Jail on $3,000,000 bail.


https://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/inmate_detail?inmate=1700001920

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Responds to a Shooting on Sauvie Island *Update*
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/13/17 1:06 PM
Update 2

MCSO is following up on information related to last night's shooting incident on Sauvie Island.

Detectives have identified and located persons of interest in the area of the 9500 block of NE Sacramento Street. The persons of interest are being interviewed to determine what level of involvement they may or may not have. The names of the persons of interest will not be released at this time.

Detectives are still investigating this incident and we will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.


Update

On Tuesday, 12/12/17, at approximately 7 p.m., the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office received a report of a shooting on Sauvie Island near the Sauvie Island Community Church. MCSO deputies and emergency medical first responders arrived at the church and located the victim, who was immediately transported to an area hospital.

MCSO detectives responded and learned that the victim made his way to the church for medical assistance from a nearby field. The victim is not a member of the Sauvie Island Community Church and the Church's only association to the victim was an initial point of contact with good Samaritans that provided medical aid and called 911. The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries and is in stable condition. There appears to be no threat to the public.

MCSO detectives are actively investigating this shooting and no further details are available at this time.

We are seeking the public's assistance. If you have information that could be related to this shooting, please call the MCSO Tip Line at 503-988-0560.


Original release below:
On Tuesday, 12/12/2017, at approximately 6:55 P.M. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a report of a shooting on Sauvie Island. One victim has been transported to an area hospital with a gunshot wound.

MCSO detectives were notified and are conducting an investigation. No further details are available at this time.

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Portland Children's Museum to Open New Exhibit (Photo)
Portland Children's Museum - 12/13/17 12:37 PM
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(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- Portland Children's Museum will open Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival on February 9, 2018, a new exhibition to promote understanding of Vietnamese culture. Children and their caregivers will delight in the opportunity to discover the beauty, sights and sounds of Vietnam through its most important celebration of the year, Tet.

Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival showcases traditions, customs and values exemplified by the annual celebration of Tet. Through interactive exhibits, families will immerse themselves in Vietnamese culture, gain appreciation for traditions, values, and daily experiences of people who live in Vietnam, and discover similarities and differences between their lives in the U.S. and the lives of children in Vietnam.

Visitors will be welcomed into the exhibit through the New Year gateway, and transported to the Tet Festival in modern day Vietnam. The immersive Marketplace experience is the perfect place to select traditional flowers and faux food items to prepare for the celebration. Back in the Home section of the exhibit, families can pose for interactive family photos, dressing up in customary Ao Dai. Children can try on a giant Lion Dance Mask and engage with the parades, games, and music that allow families to share the festivities with others. It is perpetually midnight in the Courtyard area of the exhibit where the visitor-created Fireworks burst in the night sky and signal the coming of the New Year.

Funded through a highly competitive national initiative by the Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series, and developed by Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose, the Voyage to Vietnam exhibition is traveling to nine children's museums as part of a national tour. Through the initiative, Portland Children's Museum was selected as one of the nine museums nationally to be funded to host Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival for a three-month period. The Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series is funded by the Freeman Foundation, and administered by the Association of Children's Museums.

"The award from The Freeman Foundation made it possible for Children's Discovery Museum to share our commitment to building global awareness and understanding with children and families throughout the U.S.," said Children's Discovery Museum Executive Director Marilee Jennings. "We are extremely grateful for the generosity of The Freeman Foundation and for the enthusiastic support we received from our local Vietnamese Advisory Committee members, who helped us to learn about Vietnamese culture and the importance of Tet. Their commitment to sharing their stories and traditions enabled us to create an exhibit that met the cultural goals of The Freeman Foundation, and will also capture the imagination and hearts of thousands of family visitors around the nation."

"Portland Children's Museum is honored to be selected as a host for Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival," said PCM Executive Director Ruth Shelly. "This exhibit advances our Museum's commitment to inclusion and global understanding as we learn about the similarities and differences of family celebrations. My hope is that seeing Vietnam through the eyes of children will make us all more empathetic and appreciative of the rich cultural diversity within our own community."

Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival will be open at Portland Children's Museum from February 9 to May 6, 2018.

About Portland Children's Museum
Through the Museum's learning approach of "playful inquiry," we provide a place for children and their families to have fun, educational experiences. We make visible the ways children think, imagine, and create when given the opportunity to express themselves using the tools of the arts and sciences. We use familiar (and unfamiliar) materials, activities, and exhibits that craft opportunities for children to learn through play. Our approach is inspired by the early childhood schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy; built on inquiry-based learning strategies; and influenced by a strong image of the child as intelligent, creative, and resourceful.

About Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose
With more than 150 interactive exhibits and programs, Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose (CDM) is one of the largest museums of its kind in the nation. Since opening its doors in 1990, CDM has welcomed more than 7 million visitors and has offered new exhibits each year that respond to children's diverse educational needs. The striking 52,000 square foot purple building was designed by Mexico City-based architect Ricardo Legorreta and is a beacon of discovery. CDM inspires creativity, curiosity and lifelong learning through hands-on experiences inviting self-directed, open-ended exploration. For more information about the Museum, visit www.cdm.org.

About The Freeman Foundation The Freeman Foundation was established in 1993. This private foundation is committed to increasing and strengthening the understanding of nations in East Asia. A project timeline, an executive summary of Increasing U.S. Children and Families' Understanding of Asian Cultures: A Final Report, and additional information about the initiative can be found on the ACM website, www.ChildrensMuseums.org under the Professional Development tab.

About Association of Children's Museums (ACM)
In an increasingly complex world, children's museums provide a place where all kids can learn through play and exploration with the caring adults in their lives. There are approximately 400 children's museums around the world, which annually reach more than thirty-one million visitors. ACM provides leadership, professional development, advocacy and resources for its member organizations and individuals. To learn more about ACM and to find an ACM-member children's museum near you, visit www.ChildrensMuseums.org.

HOURS 9 a.m.--5 p.m. daily | Target Free First Friday on first Friday of every month from 4--8 p.m.
ADMISSION Museum members: Free | Under age 1: Free | Ages 1--64: $10.75 | Over 65 & military: $9.75
CONTACT 503.223.6500 | portlandcm.org | facebook.com/portlandcm
For more information about this exhibit please contact mbeebe@portlandcm.org.

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Heroin Bust (Photo)
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/13/17 12:25 PM
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CORVALLIS, Ore. -- On Friday, December 1, 2017, Detectives with the Benton County Sheriff's Office -- Corvallis Police Department Street Crimes Unit, stopped Kyle Lebar, 27, after he was observed engaging in suspected drug transactions near NW 14th and Monroe Avenue in Corvallis.

Lebar, who exhibited signs of having recently used controlled substances, was arrested after a pat-down for weapons yielded a syringe, which Lebar admitted contained Methamphetamine residue.

A search, incident to a lawful arrest, was conducted of Lebar's person and backpack. It yielded Suboxone (a controlled substance), multiple double edged throwing daggers (restricted weapons), a digital scale, and over four and a half ounces of Heroin. The estimated street value of the Heroin is approximately $5,000.

Lebar was booked and lodged at the Benton County Jail where he was charged with Unlawful Delivery of Heroin, Unlawful Possession of Heroin, Unlawful Possession of a Schedule III Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, and being a Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon (x4).
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Portland man wins $1,000 a week for life
Oregon Lottery - 12/13/17 12:00 PM
Dec. 12, 2017 - Salem, Ore. -- Cyril Osborne had a little fun before claiming his Win for Life win.

Osborne, from Portland, matched all four numbers on his Win for Life ticket to win the game's top prize of $1,000 a week for life.

However, Osborne has a history of playing pranks on his wife of 47 years. So when he told his wife he won, she wouldn't believe him.

"I didn't tell her when I first got home. I just smiled a lot. She knew something was up. When I told her, she thought I was playing around," he said. "I had to get my iPad out and show her the numbers on the website before she would believe me."

Osborne purchased his winning quick pick ticket at the Safeway on Highland Drive in Gresham.

"I do the grocery shopping and I pick up a ticket every so often," Osborne said. "I bought the Win for Life because it has more numbers than other tickets. When I went back to the store, I realized I won the top prize!"

Osborne opted to take $52,000 per year as an annual payment, rather than the $1,000 a week option. He also said the money was going toward his retirement.

"That $2 ticket is paying out rather handsomely!" he said.

Proceeds from Oregon Lottery sales help fund public education, parks, economic development and watershed projects. During the 2015-17 biennium, more than $22 million of Lottery dollars went to economic development projects in Multnomah County.

The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 are advised to contact the Lottery office and schedule an appointment to claim their prize.

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

Extra DUI Patrols in Cowlitz, Lewis, and Wahkiakum this Holiday Season!
Clark Co. Traffic Safety Task Force - Target Zero - 12/13/17 11:09 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 6, 2017

Contact:
Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office, Charlie Rosenzweig, Chief Criminal Deputy, 360-751-8103
Lewis County Sheriff Office, Captain Curtis Spahn, 360-740-1303
Wahkiakum County Sheriff, Sergeant Mark Hake, 360- 795-3242
Washington Traffic Safety Commission: Mark Medalen -- 360-280-8008
Washington Increases DUI Patrols this Holiday Season to Reduce Injuries and Deaths
Fatal crashes involving drivers impaired by two or more drugs or combination of alcohol and drugs
have more than doubled in six years

OLYMPIA, WA -- Law enforcement agencies across Washington are increasing DUI (Driving Under the Influence) patrols from Dec. 13 through Dec. 31, to increase safety and keep impaired drivers off the roads this holiday season. Alarmingly, more than 100 people are arrested for driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol each day in Washington between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day.
With the support of the Lewis County, Wahkiakum County and Cowlitz County Target Zero Task Force, the Washington State Patrol will partner with police departments and sheriff's offices from Lewis County, Centralia, Chehalis, Toledo, Morton, Cowlitz County, Longview, Castle Rock, Kalama, Woodland, and Wahkiakum County to deploy extra DUI patrols during the holiday season.
Under Washington law, impaired driving includes driving while under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs and other substances that can impair driving such as over-the-counter cold medications, and medications for sleep, allergies and pain. Last year, impaired driving killed 278 people and seriously injured 371 more on Washington roadways.
"The unfortunate truth is that there will be empty seats at family tables this holiday season due to loved ones killed by impaired drivers," said Darrin Grondel, director of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. "We call upon all residents to plan ahead to prevent these tragedies by avoiding driving after drinking, or using marijuana and other drugs."
While alcohol most frequently comes to mind with the mention of impaired driving, Washington is seeing an alarming trend of increased fatal crashes with drivers impaired by two or more drugs or a combination of alcohol and drugs--from 78 fatal crashes in 2011 to 171 last year. Misconceptions about marijuana use and driving could be a factor in this trend. A statewide roadside survey in 2015 found that 72 percent of Washington drivers did not think marijuana made any difference in their driving ability and 14 percent of those who admitted to driving after marijuana use felt that driving while high actually made them a better driver.
"Driving drunk or driving high is never acceptable. We want to ensure everyone makes it home safely from their holiday gatherings," said Grondel. "If you can't be a designated driver, choose to be the designated planner. There are so many options for planning to arrive home safely, from taxis, ridesharing apps and public transportation to arranging to stay overnight. Just a few minutes of advance planning can prevent a terrible tragedy and a costly arrest."
Drivers convicted of DUI in Washington face a suspended license, a $5,000 fine and up to one year in jail.
For more information and driving alternatives visit wadrivetozero.com/DUI or download the NHTSA's SaferRide mobile app.
ABOUT WASHINGTON TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMISION
The Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) is the state's designated highway safety office. We share a vision with numerous other state and local public agencies to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries to zero by 2030. The WTSC Director is the Governor's Highway Safety Representative, a designated position required state by state to qualify for federal traffic safety funding. Our Commission is made up of 22 employees and ten Commissioners chaired by Washington's Governor Jay Inslee.

Portland Business Alliance announces 2018 class for Small Business Scholarship Program; Twelve small business owners join program to grow jobs and fuel local economy
Portland Business Alliance - 12/13/17 11:00 AM
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Today, the Portland Business Alliance announced the 2018 class for the Advanced Small Business Management Scholarship Program. The 10-month training program, administered by Portland Community College's (PCC) Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and generously sponsored by Bank of America, is designed to help experienced small business owners increase revenue, improve operations and hire great employees.

"Now in its eighth year, this program provides a unique opportunity for small business owners to expand and add more jobs in the region," said David Thompson, chief operations officer and general counsel at the Portland Business Alliance. "Giving participants the time to take a step back and look at their business with fresh eyes allows them to rethink strategies and adopt innovative ideas for growth."

"Bank of America is proud to continue its tradition of helping small businesses in the region find the tools to be successful," said Craig Christenson, senior vice president and manager of small business banking in Oregon and SW Washington at Bank of America. "This program not only supports the small businesses that help our region thrive, it sets up a strong path for future success and ultimately enhances our local economy so everyone wins."

The 2018 class includes:
Framework IT
Wellness Collaborative
To the Point Collaborative
New Horizons Wellness LLC
Billy Inc.
Choi's Kimchi
Getty-Dubay Productions LLC (Handwriting Success)
Compass Rose Video
Varga Consulting
Twist Yoga
Wildwood Adventures
Haute Candles

PCC reports the 2017 graduating class created five part-time jobs, 12 full-time jobs and net sales increase of $2,270,840 over the prior year. The total impact of the program, including job value and increase in sales, equals $2,533,440.

Program participants are selected through a competitive, three-stage application process. The 12 participants included in the 2018 program were selected among more than 20 small business owners that applied. The program begins Feb. 7, 2018, with classes on the first Wednesday of each month through December 2018, as well as a monthly one-on-one advisory session during the 10-month period.

If you are interested in learning more about the program, please contact Rebecca McCulloch at rmcculloch@portlandalliance.com or 503-552-6759.

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About the Portland Business Alliance
The Portland Business Alliance is Greater Portland's Chamber of Commerce. With nearly 1,900 members, the Alliance strives to promote and foster an environment in the Portland region that attracts, supports and retains private-sector jobs, spurs economic vitality and enables quality educational opportunities for the region's residents. Learn more at www.portlandalliance.com.

About the Portland Community College Small Business Development Center
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Portland Community College is one of 19 in the state of Oregon, offering growth and development opportunities for small business owners throughout the PCC district. Learn more at www.pcc.edu/climb/small-business.

Ridgefield School District's Boundary + Start Time Committee Sets First Parent/Community Forum
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 12/13/17 10:50 AM
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 -- Ridgefield, Washington -- Ridgefield School District's Boundary + Start Time Committee will hold its first Parent/Community Forum on Monday, January 22, 2017 from 6:00-7:00 pm at the Ridgefield High School Commons.

Parents and community members are invited to learn about the committee's work in exploring possible adjustments to elementary school boundaries and school start times in preparation for continued growth and the opening of new schools in Fall 2018.

This will be the first of two community forums scheduled by the committee.

In September, parents and staff participated in a district survey regarding school attendance and boundaries. The results of the survey helped provide the committee with valuable feedback in its work.

For survey results, meeting minutes, and more information, visit the Boundary + Start Time Committee's webpage on the district website at http://www.ridgefieldsd.org/boundary-start-time-committee .

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Longview Kitchen Fire Quickly Spreads (Photo)
Longview Police & Fire - 12/13/17 10:37 AM
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At 5:51 PM Longview Fire and C2FR were dispatched to a reported structure fire locate at 467 20th Ave. Initial reports indicated the fire started on the stovetop and was spreading.

After a very fast three-minute response Longview Fire arrived and saw the homeowner outside the structure and the front door of the home was left open. Smoke was pouring from the front door and a glow was visible inside, in the area of the kitchen.

As fire crews were pulling hose readying for an interior attack the interior of the structure 'Flashed Over' and the side window of the home broke open with a fireball venting towards the neighboring home.

The fire was quickly extinguished; however the home suffered extensive smoke and heat
damage throughout the 800 square foot residence, rendering the home uninhabitable.

The resident stated he had been cooking and was away from the kitchen for a short break when he heard crackling and popping coming from the kitchen. He went to investigate and discovered fire extending from the stove top into the cabinets and walls of the kitchen. Wisely, he left the house to go to a neighbor's home to call 911.

There were no injuries reported and investigators concluded the fire was caused by unattended cooking.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) unattended cooking fires represent 33% of all kitchen fires and attribute to 43% of all kitchen fire fatalities and 45% of all injuries.

This fire serves as a great reminder to never leave stove-top cooking unattended, and always Cook With Caution:
Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don't use the stove or stovetop.
Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
Keep anything that can catch fire -- oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains -- away from your stovetop.



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Joey Yourchek Becomes a GVCC Ambassador (Photo)
Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce - 12/13/17 10:34 AM
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(VANCOUVER, WA) -- The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) has expanded their red coat Ambassador team to include Joey Yourchek, General Manager of Elfin Services. Yourchek will help the GVCC by representing the business community at groundbreakings, ribbon cuttings, and workshops/training events. This high-profile responsibility is shared with 22 other member business owners and representatives, across a variety of industries that make up the GVCC's 1,100 business membership base.

Joey's background is in guardianship and trust administration, as he worked as a Fiduciary for almost 12 years, specializing in complex financial situations, administering estate plans, and utilization of resources to benefit client's needs. He followed his passion to work directly with individuals and creating care plans that ensure the best quality of life. He continues to manage guardianship cases, while overseeing the overall processes and operations of the In-Home Care and Care Management agency.

Joey is an active member of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, recently becoming an Ambassador (red coat), he also serves on the Southwest Washington Elder Abuse Prevention Coalition Board (SWEAP) as the Fundraising Chair, is a member of the Washington Home Care Association (WAHCA), and is a regular volunteer for the Arthritis Foundation and Alzheimer's Association. Joey has a passion for what he does and actively pursues opportunities to expand not only his own knowledge, but also assist with and encourage others toward this same goal. He lives in SE Portland with his partner of 15 years and his beloved pets, Toby, Miss and Lyon.

Joey has an Associates of Arts degree from University of Phoenix (July 2012) and attended the University of Washington Certification in Guardianship (completed July 2013). He was approved by the Certified Professional Guardians Board and Washington Superior Court as a Certified Professional Guardian in October 2013, followed by Certification as a National Guardian, by the Center for Guardianship Certification in January 2014.

About the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC):
Founded in 1890, the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) is a non-profit organization aimed at advancing and strengthening the regional business community through member services, public affairs advocacy and community building. The Chamber is a supportive alliance of diverse member businesses, individuals and organizations, working together toward long-term business prosperity. The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce is the heart of Clark County's business community, advocating for sound, sensible and dynamic policies that ensure a vital economic climate while improving Vancouver's infrastructure and quality of life. For more information, please visit www.vancouverusa.com.
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Chess for Success celebrates 25th anniversary
Chess for Success - 12/13/17 10:22 AM
The mission of Chess for Success is to help children develop the skills necessary for success in school and in life through learning chess. In 1992 Dick Roy, Phil Margolin, and Frank Eiseman saw a need in our community for chess programs for vulnerable students. They knew from experience that chess teaches critical thinking, perseverance, and concentration among other skills. It improves behavior and school attendance, because children want to go to school so they can go to chess club. Through chess, children learn skills that help them become college and career ready.
With this goal in mind, Chess for Success was born. Chess for Success sponsors after-school chess clubs in high-poverty schools. A teacher is hired from within the school and provided curriculum and support. To promote club unity, every student in the program receives a t-shirt their club designs. The students receive free entry into all Chess for Success tournaments. At the end of the year, they get a chess set. By giving students the opportunity to learn an engaging game while learning important life skills, Chess for Success is at the forefront of developing our next industry leaders.
This year Chess for Success is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The program started at nine elementary schools in the Portland Public School District: Applegate, Beach, Boise-Eliot, Brooklyn, Clarendon, Humboldt, Peninsula, John Ball (now Rosa Parks), and Vernon. Now, our reach stretches over 70 clubs across the state from Hermiston to Grants Pass, and one club in Vancouver, Washington. There are programs in therapeutic schools for students who struggle in a standard school setting, and schools for incarcerated youth. Currently, over 30% of program participants are girls, an unusually high number for a chess program. During the last 25 years, Chess for Success has reached 45,600 students, supplied 114,000 chess sets, and provided 1,824,000 hours of after-school chess lessons.
Chess for Success is grateful our community has risen to the occasion to help students reach their full potential through chess. We would like to thank our coaches, volunteers, donors, and advocates as well as the families of our participants. You are the unsung heroes of the program, and we are successful because of you.
Research found that students involved in Chess for Success had higher math and reading test scores than their peers. Participation in chess club led to an increased interest in STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) for boys and girls. Our nation is facing an increased need for people in STEM careers. Encouraging children to play chess puts many of them on the path to STEM careers, an opportunity many need.
We are committed to our mission. I encourage you to support Chess for Success. There are programs in 22 school districts across 10 counties, and tournaments are held around the state from January through March. I invite you to visit a club to watch the joy chess brings to our participants. There is nothing like it.

www.chessforsuccess.org

Enhanced DUII Enforcement through the New Year (Photo)
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/13/17 10:00 AM
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The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will be participating in enhanced DUII enforcement through the New Year. Funding for this effort is provided by the Oregon State Sheriff's Association (OSSA) and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

As the holidays approach and we see an increase in travel and traffic, MCSO reminds you to drive sober.

MCSO and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) want to remind you that any time you drive under the influence of alcohol, you put everyone in danger, including yourself and your passengers. There were 10,497 deaths from alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in 2016. Help us spread this lifesaving message: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.

Today through New Year's Day, MCSO is adding enhanced DUII patrols and enforcement throughout the county including a dedicated safety mission on New Year's Eve.

MCSO, ODOT, OSSA, and NHTSA remind you to have a plan and commit to making our roads safer. If you're drinking, do not drive.
Designate a sober driver
Call a taxi or ride-sharing service
Use public transportation

Support zero tolerance for impaired driving. If you see a drunk driver, call 9-1-1. If you know someone who has been drinking and plans to drive impaired, take the keys and make arrangements for a safe trip home.

Commit to only driving 100-percent sober. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

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Washougal School Board Approves Two-Year Contract with Public School Employees Association
Washougal Sch. Dist. - 12/13/17 9:55 AM
On December 12, 2017, the Washougal School District Board of Directors approved a two-year agreement between the Washougal chapter of the Public School Employees (PSE) association and Washougal School District.  Members of PSE voted to ratify the contract on November 27, 2017.  
 
This agreement is for 2017-19 with a re-opener on salary only in 2018. The agreement calls for a 2.7% across-the-board salary increase applied in addition to the 2.3% State Cost of Living Allowance (COLA), resulting in a total salary increase of 5.0%.
 
The new agreement allows spouses who are both in the employee group to pool insurance allocations and provides specific job-title pay increases for para-professionals, warehouse person, dispatchers and early learning staff over a two-year period.

"The school district appreciates the support all PSE members provide to students, staff and families throughout the school year," said Superintendent Dr. Mike Stromme. "Their commitment to educating all Washougal children and supporting teachers and families is evident as they are often the first to greet students in the morning, support teaching and student learning throughout the school day and are often the last to see students as they head home." 

Salem Health hosts 'Longest Night' vigil Dec. 21 (Photo)
Salem Health - 12/13/17 9:46 AM
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Grief and depression can hit hard during the holidays, especially if you've lost a loved one -- whether it was recently or years ago.

The Salem Health Foundation will host its second annual Longest Night of the Year, A Candlelight Vigil of Remembrance on Dec. 21 (Winter Solstice) from 7 to 8 p.m. in the courtyard between Buildings A and C on the Salem Hospital campus. The free outdoor event features readings, music and a candle-lighting ceremony. All are welcome and should dress for cold weather.

"While everyone experiences grief differently, healing happens best in community," said Salem Health Spiritual Care Supervisor Ken Morse. "This event will bring us together in healing and remembrance, as a gift to our community."

The Community Health Education Center (CHEC) library has many resources to help with holiday depression and grief. Explore library resources (http://salemhealth.org/community-health-education-center/library), learn about bereavement support groups (http://salemhealth.org/community-health-education-center/group-meetings/support-groups/bereavement-support-groups) or call 503-814-2325 (CHEC) for more information.

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



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Consumer Warning: As Health Care Enrollment Ends, Beware of Non-Traditional Health Plans
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 12/13/17 9:46 AM
Media Alert:
Consumer warning: As health care enrollment ends, beware of nontraditional health plans that are not available on HealthCare.gov

Complaints are on the rise from Oregonians being lured into purchasing nontraditional health insurance plans.

As the enrollment deadline nears, consumers are encouraged to purchase their health coverage only from a trusted source.

Nontraditional plans typically offer low-cost coverage, but are not available at HealthCare.gov. These plans often lead to high cost of care and a high tax penalty.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services encourages consumers to:
Beware of cold calls offering low-cost health coverage
Purchase health insurance only from a trusted source, such as an agent you trust or HealthCare.gov.
Do not sign any document stating the policy is not subject to Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements

If you believe a low-cost, time-sensitive policy will meet your specific health care needs, follow the steps above, carefully review the exclusions under the policy, and understand your own financial risk.

For more information about ACA-compliant plans available in Oregon, visit OregonHealthcare.gov.

Man loses life from a medical emergency on Hwy 20 east of Bend while driving
Oregon State Police - 12/13/17 9:17 AM
On December 12, 2017 at approximately 8:00PM, OSP Troopers from Bend responded to the report of a non-crash related medical emergency on Highway 20 near milepost 47, east of Bend. The initial report indicated a 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser was eastbound when the 70 year old male driver, identified as Larry Wayne HOPKINS of Burns when he suffered a medical emergency, crossed into the oncoming lane and stopped. A male passenger was able to put the vehicle into park and with the assistance of a Good Samaritan was able to remove HOPKINS from the vehicle and begin CPR. Another passenger, who is related to HOPKINS, called 911.

The responding OSP Sergeant and Trooper arrived and relieved the Good Samaritans and continued CPR. An air ambulance had been dispatched and medics from Bend Fire and Rescue arrived a short time later and attempted life saving measures. Shortly after the air ambulance arrived, medics pronounced HOPKINS deceased. The family member on scene reported HOPKINS had a history of heart problems and was taking medications.

Hwy 20 was closed for nearly an hour and OSP was assisted by ODOT and Bend Fire and Rescue.

Evergreen School Board newly elected members sworn in; elects officers for 2017-18 (Photo)
Evergreen Sch. Dist. - 12/13/17 8:46 AM
Julie Bocanegra (l) and Ginny Gronwoldt (r) are sworn in as Evergreen Public Schools board directors by Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey.
Julie Bocanegra (l) and Ginny Gronwoldt (r) are sworn in as Evergreen Public Schools board directors by Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey.
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Vancouver, WA: Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey administered the oath of office to Julie Bocanegra and Ginny Gronwoldt at last night's Evergreen Public Schools Board meeting. Bocanegra is beginning her second full term as a District 1 school board director. Gronwoldt was elected to her first term as District 5 director.

District 4 director Todd Yuzuriha was then elected School Board President, moving from his position as Vice-President, and District 2 director Rob Perkins will move into the role of Vice-President for the 2017-18 school year. Yuzuriha joined the school board in June 2008, and Perkins in March 2014.

Julie Bocanegra will serve as the representative on legislative matters. School Board directors Victoria Bradford and Ginny Gronwoldt will serve as liaisons to other boards and committees.

Established in 1945, Evergreen Public Schools (Evergreen School District 114) is the fifth largest school district in the state of Washington. The district is home to 37 schools, serving the educational needs of nearly 27,000 students. With 3,200 employees, Evergreen Public Schools is the third largest employer in Southwest Washington.



Attached Media Files: Julie Bocanegra (l) and Ginny Gronwoldt (r) are sworn in as Evergreen Public Schools board directors by Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey.

Ridgefield School District Honors December Employee and Students of the Month (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 12/13/17 8:42 AM
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017 -- Ridgefield, Washington -- On December 12, Ridgefield School District officials recognized the December Employee and Students of the Month at the regular Board of Directors meeting.

The Employee of the Month is Kathryn James, science teacher at View Ridge Middle School. Kathryn "Katie" James is deserving of this honor for her unwavering belief in all of her students' capacities to learn. Katie's daily work with students of all skill levels and her productive collaboration with her fellow staff is what truly distinguishes her for this recognition.

At the beginning of the school year, Katie discovered class rosters with significant loads of struggling students. Many teachers would have resisted the challenge to resolve the situation, but Katie, though a big overwhelmed, collaborated with the principal, a Special Education teacher and a paraprofessional to brainstorm and implement the solutions required to help improve the learning experience of these students. Her determination provided the students with the opportunity to learn at the high levels at which she was confident they could achieve.

In addition, Katie supports her fellow teachers in a variety of ways. As a member of the middle school's science team, Katie has led exemplary work in reviewing common assessment data to guide instructional planning. In addition, she created a poster explaining the school's new grading system; developed a peer evaluation form for staff to use in the school's Passion Project Excel course; serves as advisor for the National Honor Society; and serves as safety team representative.

For all that she does for View Ridge Middle School, it is with pride that we congratulate Katie James as December's Employee of the Month.

Students of the Month

Kinnley Veitenheimer, a first grader, is December's Student of the Month at South Ridge Elementary School. Kinnley is a positive young lady who demonstrates helpfulness in class and beyond. She recently donated a walking stick to her classroom so that other students could enjoy observing how this insect thrives. She is kind, thoughtful and respectful, and by eagerly following directions, demonstrates responsibility as well. South Ridge Elementary proudly recognizes Kinnley Veitenheimer as its December Student of the Month.

Ava Gillett, a fourth grader, was selected at Union Ridge Elementary. Ava takes ownership of her learning by challenging herself on class assignments and emailing her teachers about her school work even when she is away from school. She's thoughtful, kind, respectful, and takes care of things without being asked to do so. She also cares about safety in school and in the classroom. Ava is an exemplary role model for all students at Union Ridge Elementary School. It is proud to name Ava Gillett as its Student of the Month for December.

Uruwa Abe, a seventh grader, was selected from View Ridge Middle School. Uruwa is a hard-working student and always completes high-quality work. In class, she asks great questions and leads by example. Uruwa is also an amazing team player, demonstrating leadership among her peers as she facilitates group activities. View Ridge Middle School is pleased to recognize Uruwa Abe for Student of the Month honors for December.

Kyera Jones, a freshman, was chosen from Ridgefield High School. Kyera has been nominated three times this school year for this honor. Her teachers describe her as a model student--dedicated, studious, and focused, with an amazing work ethic. They also describe her as helpful, polite and respectful, adding that she works well in group settings, and contributes good ideas in class discussions. Kyera is an excellent representative of the outstanding students at RHS. It is without question that Kyera Jones is worthy of December Student of the Month honors for Ridgefield High School.

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

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Attached Media Files: Kathryn James , Kinnley Veitenheimer , Ava Gillett , Uruwa Abe , Kyera Jones

Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 12/12/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 12/13/17 8:11 AM
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ESTACADA:

17-2020

On 12/13/2017 at 0328 hrs., police responded to a disturbance call at NE 6th Avenue and NE Main Street. One of the involved individuals was arrested for DUII and Driving While Suspended-Misdemeanor. The second individual is being sought for questioning.

SANDY:

17-2017

On 12/12/2017 at about 1235 hrs., code enforcement ordered a tow for a vehicle abandoned on Dubarko Road near 362nd Drive.

17-2018

On 12/12/2017 at about 1605 hrs., police responded to the 18000 block of Davis Street regarding a complaint about possible utility theft or tampering. Officers arrested Alexander J. Hansen (25, transient) on a failure to appear warrant (FTA for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle). He was lodged at Clackamas County Jail on $20,000 bail. Two stolen vehicles were recovered from the area.

17-2019

On 12/12/2017 at 2203 hrs., police received a report about fraud in the 39000 block of Evans Street. The victim reported that an unknown person called her several times, then appeared to have taken money from her bank account. There are no suspects at this time.

Red Cross Responds To Multi Family Fire Affecting Fifteen in Fairview
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/13/17 6:32 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a multi family  fire disaster on 
December 13, 2017, in the 2600 block of NE 205th Avenue in Fairview, OR.

This multi-family fire affected 13 adults, 2 children and pets. 

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.
The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

UPDATE: Fire Crews Fight Second Alarm Warehouse Fire (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 12/13/17 5:14 AM
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UPDATE: At 0147am fire crews returned to the scene after patrol officers in the area reported seeing flames through the roof of the building. On arrival firefighters found heavy fire conditions in the same building as the earlier fire. Fire crews initiated a defensive attack with large master stream hose lines and worked to control embers and prevent the spread of the fire to other nearby buildings. Fire crews remain on scene at this time extinguishing hotspots. Investigators will work to determine the nature and circumstances surrounding the rekindle of the building.

This evening at 6:43pm fire crews were dispatched to the 6100 block of SE 111th Ave. On arrival, responders found smoke in the industrial park and further investigation revealed a fire in one of the metal clad buildings. As crews worked to get hose lines to the seat of the fire, the fire burned through the roof of the building. At 6:57pm the incident commander called a second alarm to get additional resources. During this incident, several challenges arose for firefighters, the first was when a fire hydrant located near the fire building failed to operate. Fire crews had to back track and connect to a different hydrant located outside the industrial park and stretch hose lines approximately 500 feet to the area of the fire building. The second challenge occurred when a large communication line burned through and dropped to the ground. At fire scenes, all downed wires are treated as live power lines until the power company can confirm they're de-energized and safe.

Fire attack crews were able to locate the fire in an interior bathroom and, once found, quickly extinguished it. Fire Investigators determined the fire was started by a faulty exhaust fan in the ceiling of the bathroom. There were no injuries as a result of this fire. Preliminary damage estimates are approximately $60,000 to the building and its contents.

The fire building contained the business offices for Green Earth Dispensary, however, there was no marijuana production or processing occurring in the fire building, it was just office space.



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Fire Crews Fight Second Alarm Warehouse Fire (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 12/12/17 11:05 PM
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This evening at 6:43pm fire crews were dispatched to the 6100 block of SE 111th Ave. On arrival, responders found smoke in the industrial park and further investigation revealed a fire in one of the metal clad buildings. As crews worked to get hose lines to the seat of the fire, the fire burned through the roof of the building. At 6:57pm the incident commander called a second alarm to get additional resources. During this incident, several challenges arose for firefighters, the first was when a fire hydrant located near the fire building failed to operate. Fire crews had to back track and connect to a different hydrant located outside the industrial park and stretch hose lines approximately 500 feet to the area of the fire building. The second challenge occurred when a large communication line burned through and dropped to the ground. At fire scenes, all downed wires are treated as live power lines until the power company can confirm they're de-energized and safe.

Fire attack crews were able to locate the fire in an interior bathroom and, once found, quickly extinguished it. Fire Investigators determined the fire was started by a faulty exhaust fan in the ceiling of the bathroom. There were no injuries as a result of this fire. Preliminary damage estimates are approximately $60,000 to the building and its contents.

The fire building contained the business offices for Green Earth Dispensary, however, there was no marijuana production or processing occurring in the fire building, it was just office space.



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Restaurant Robbed at Gunpoint in Portland's Montavilla Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 12/12/17 8:20 PM
On Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at 7:49 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at the Domino's Pizza, located at 453 Northeast 70th Avenue.

Officers arrived in the area and spoke to employees who told police that the suspect displayed a handgun while demanding money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left the restaurant without incident.

The suspect was described as a white male in his late 40s, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 140 pounds, with gray hair, and armed with a handgun.

Several officers, including a Police K-9 Unit, checked the area but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

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

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

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Armed Robbery in Orchards, WA
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/12/17 8:07 PM
On 12/12/2017 just before 7pm an employee of the Brewed Awakenings located at 6500 NE 117th Ave called 9-1-1 to report that they had just been robbed at gun point.

The suspect entered the business, right before closing. He pointed a handgun at the employee and demanded all the money from the register. The victim complied, and the suspect left the business.

The suspect is described as:
White Male, late 30'S to 40'S
5'8- 5'10 - Heavy Build -
Yellow snowboarding style jacket with a hood -
Black gloves -
Long beard -

The suspect was armed with what was described as a dark colored revolver.

A K-9 track was conducted, but the suspect was not located.

There are no suspects at this time.

Prepared by:

Sgt. Chad Rothenberger

Tigard Police Investigating a Pair of Robberies (Photo)
Tigard Police - 12/12/17 5:59 PM
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At approximately 6:55 p.m. on Saturday, December 9, an employee of the Elmer's Restaurant located at 14055 SW Pacific Highway in Tigard reported being robbed. The robbery occurred inside the video poker and lottery lounge, located within the restaurant. The employee sustained minor injuries during the ordeal.

Within minutes of the 9-1-1 call, Tigard Police was setting-up containment in the area and checking the surrounding neighborhoods near the business. Tigard investigators learned that a lone adult male entered the lounge area and presented a lottery payout ticket to an employee. The suspect then pushed the employee to the floor, grabbed the till and fled through the restaurant. A witness observed the suspect depart in a vehicle as it sped out of the parking lot.

The suspect is described as average height and weight, in his 20s. No weapons were observed. The suspect got away with an undetermined amount of money.

Photos of the robbery suspect are provided. Anyone with information is urged to contact Tigard Police at 503-718-2717 or via email at: tips@tigard-or.gov

Tigard investigators believe the same suspect is also responsible for a second robbery that occurred the following day in Tigard at the Gino's Deli. The restaurant and video poker business is located at 11945 SW Pacific Highway. On Sunday, December 10, at approximately 1:45 p.m., an employee of Gino's Deli, called 9-1-1 to report the robbery. Tigard Police scoured the area in search of the suspect with negative results. In that incident, the suspect once again approached the cashier area and grabbed the till when an employee was presented a lottery payout ticket. The suspect again fled the business with an undetermined amount of money. No one was injured during the incident.



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Redmond, Oregon Couple Wins $25,000 Dream Backyard Giveaway
StingRay Communications - 12/12/17 4:40 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 12, 2017

Redmond, Oregon Couple Wins $25,000 Dream Backyard Giveaway
Of more than 6,000 entries, Brett and Bibiana Limbeck randomly chosen to win grand prize

(Redmond, Ore.) -- Christmas arrived early for Redmond, Oregon residents Brett and Bibiana Limbeck. The Limbeck's thought they were doing a construction walkthrough with their real estate broker when they were surprised by an entourage of people as Hayden Homes announced them winners of the $25,000 Dream Backyard Giveaway.

The Limbeck's purchased a home in the Hayden Homes' Obsidian Trails Community in September 2017. They entered the drawing along with 6,000 people who visited Hayden Homes' model homes in Washington, Oregon and Idaho neighborhoods and the company's website during the summer $25,000 backyard giveaway promotion.

"This is unbelievable," Bibiana said. "It's something you dream about but never think will happen to your family."

Brett works at a water and waste water treatment facility and Bibiana owns a cleaning company and teaches Zumba at Redmond Athletic Club. The Limbeck's have four children, Anthony, Kevin, Brandon and Maddison. Their home will be completed in March 2018.

The Limbeck's are already looking forward to their first design meeting to take place with Hayden Homes' Chief Executive Officer, Dennis Murphy, in January. All plans will be finalized in time for the installation of the new backyard in summer 2018.

Learn more about this year's giveaway.

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About Hayden Homes
Hayden Homes provides high-quality, value-driven homes throughout Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Established in Redmond, Oregon in 1989, Hayden Homes has built more than 14,000 homes in over 300 new home communities. Hayden Homes continues to be the largest privately owned new home builder in the Pacific Northwest.

With a commitment to building strong communities together, Hayden Homes has contributed $2.5 billion to local economies and creates more than 5500 jobs annually. Hayden Homes supports philanthropic efforts in the communities in which they build and have contributed more than $13.3 million in charitable donations with the flagship of their giving through the 501C3 nonprofit, First Story. To date, First Story has provided 69 workforce families throughout the Pacific Northwest with an affordable home ownership opportunity and a first step toward financial freedom. The Hayden Homes brand family of companies includes Simplicity by Hayden Homes, Wise Size Homes and Hayden Homes, all providing an unparalleled selection of opportunities for those looking to purchase a new home.



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Mascots for Kettles Today -- Darth Vader, Winterhawks, Hillsboro Hops, University of Portland & Oaks Amusement Park Bell Ringing (Photo)
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 12/12/17 3:00 PM
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Who: The Salvation Army Red Kettle

What: Darth Vader will be stepping away from the dark side (and his promotions for his upcoming movie) to join a force for good this afternoon to bell ring for The Salvation Army. He will be joined by four other mascots and personalities: Tom-a-Hawk and the Rosebuds from the Portland Winterhawks, Barley of the Hillsboro Hops, Wally Pilot of the University of Portland, and Chipper from Oaks Amusement Park tonight.

When: 12 December 2017

Where: Hollywood District Fred Meyer at the Grocery Door (3030 NE Weidler Street, Portland, OR 97232), from 5pm-7pm.

Why: The Salvation Army is able to serve over 80,000 individuals throughout the year because of the donations we receive at the Red Kettle. This Christmas we will serve 3,500 families because of our community's generosity. By bell ringing at the Red Kettle these Mascots are bringing us closer to reaching our 2017 goal of $750,000.

Contact: Captain Jared Arnold, Community Relations Officer, 503.567.9938, jared.arnold@usw.salvationarmy.org


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Portland, OR) December 12, 2017 -- Darth Vader will be stepping away from the dark side (and his promotions for his upcoming movie) to join a force for good this afternoon to bell ring for The Salvation Army. He will be joined by four other mascots and personalities: Tom-a-Hawk and the Rosebuds from the Portland Winterhawks, Barley of the Hillsboro Hops, Wally Pilot of the University of Portland, and Chipper from Oaks Amusement Park. They are bell ringing today, December 12, 2017, at the Hollywood District Fred Meyer (3030 NE Weidler Street, Portland, OR 97232), from 5pm-7pm. Stop by the grocery door to meet them, and make sure to show your support by making a donation to their kettle. Shoppers and fans will be greeted by these well-known mascots and a Salvation Army brass band playing holiday favorites.

The Salvation Army raises over 50% of its operating funds for the entire year during the months from October through December. This is why it is so important to have a successful kettle season.

If you can't make it to the Mascot Bell Ringing Day, you can make a donation to The Salvation Army Kettle Campaign by dropping in coins or cash at your local kettle. Or you can also visit portland.salvationarmy.org to make a secure donation online.

If you are the media, and wish to do an interview with Captain Jared Arnold, please contact him at by calling his cell at 503.567.9938 or through e-mail: jared.arnold@usw.salvationarmy.org


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


Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/salarmypdx/
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Economic impact of Oregon State Parks tops more than $1 billion per year
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/12/17 2:30 PM
Visitors to Oregon state parks in 2016 contributed $1.1 billion to the state's economy and supported 16,000 full- and part-time jobs, according to a report released today by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD).

The report, Economic Activity from Recreation Use of Oregon State Park Properties -- System Report, measures how communities near parks benefited economically from the 54 million-plus visits to state parks in 2016. Visitor spending supported 16,000 full-and part-time jobs statewide, equating to a combined salary of $550 million.

"The report clearly shows that Oregon's state parks are more than great places to visit, but also a vital economic engine for local economies across the state," said OPRD recreation planner Terry Bergerson.

OPRD's analysis of the report found that each dollar invested in the Oregon State Parks system generates $30.50 in related economic activity.

OPRD commissioned economist Eric White, a research social scientist with the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, to prepare the report at a cost of $45,697 over a six year period. White analyzed survey responses from more than 18,000 visitors from 84 park properties. OPRD conducted the surveys from 2011-2016.

"We wanted to measure the economic benefits state parks bring to the state," said OPRD Director Lisa Sumption. "The findings are clear: when state parks succeed, so do Oregon communities. We want to keep it that way, so we continue to look at what we can do to improve visitors' experiences."

The report provides information by region and by park. Coastal parks had the greatest number of visits and slightly higher levels of average spending, accounting for about half of the total statewide spending.

Silver Falls State Park provided the largest economic boost, with 1.4 million visits contributing $58.4 million to the local economy. Fort Stevens State Park followed with $40.1 million, and Yaquina Bay State Recreation Site with $34.8 million.

"State parks are also an important side trip during many recreation outings," White said. "We estimate visitors spend about $245 million in local communities during those side trips."

Other key findings include:

>> Visitors spend an average of $25 for a day trip within 30 miles from home to $390 for an overnight camping trip more than 30 miles from home.

>>Visitors most often spend money on gasoline, groceries and purchases in restaurants and bars.

>> More than half ($619 million) of visitor spending across all state parks was generated by visitors who traveled more than 30 miles from home, and who stayed overnight on the property or in a nearby community.

The full report is available at http://bit.ly/OPRDRecreationEconomicReport.

Alex Strogen to join Port of Vancouver USA as Chief Commercial Officer
Port of Vancouver - 12/12/17 2:18 PM
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- The Port of Vancouver USA has hired Alex Strogen as its Chief Commercial Officer. Strogen joins the port Jan. 16, 2018.

Strogen has extensive global maritime experience, including the sourcing of ocean transport and port operations; business development across the U.S., Middle East, Pacific, Atlantic and Latin American regions; and managing various aspects of marine terminal activities, including vessel planning and stevedoring.

"Alex brings a wealth of experience to the Port of Vancouver. He's been on both sides of the table as a customer and a sales manager, so he really understands the needs of both and how to navigate those relationships," said port CEO Julianna Marler.

"He also shares our dedication to industry leadership, stewardship and exceptional partnership. He's a great addition to the team, and we look forward to welcoming him to our port and community in January."

Strogen's responsibilities will include planning and implementing short- and long-range maritime marketing strategies, objectives and programs to promote domestic and international trade; planning and directing the marine cargo development program; guiding industrial recruitment and customer service; and developing and maintaining relationships to promote utilization of the port.

Prior to joining the port, Strogen served for six years as a Senior Global Category Leader for General Electric Global Operations. He has also held positions with major ocean carriers, including American Roll On Roll Off Carrier, APL and Maersk Line.

Strogen is a graduate of Texas A&M University at Galveston and holds a Bachelor of Science in Maritime Business. He has also completed executive education programs at Kings Point Federal Maritime Academy.

Strogen replaces Alastair Smith, who has led teams in sales and marketing and operations since he joined the port in 2003. Smith retires in March 2018 after 45 years in the maritime industry.

-- POV --

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

Missing Dementia Patient Located with Use of YCSO Project Lifesaver Tracking Equipment (Photo)
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/12/17 1:58 PM
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This morning, at approximately 9:00 a.m. Yamhill County Deputies, Yamhill County Sheriff's Office Volunteers, and the McMinnville Police Department responded to a report of a missing 60 year old male suffering from dementia. The patient had been last seen at a residential facility the night prior and his whereabouts were unknown. The extremely low temperatures made this situation more dire and emergent.

Because of the dementia related issues, the man was in possession of a "Project Lifesaver" wrist band, which is maintained by the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office. These wrist bands, which are used for dementia and Alzheimer's patients as well as some spectrums of autistic children, emits a radio frequency allowing it to be tracked by YCSO personnel using specialized equipment.

At about 11:30 a.m., after several hours of searching, one of the five YCSO members using a Project Lifesaver locating system began receiving a signal from the wristband. The missing subject was tracked and eventually located near the intersection of 2nd and Davis Streets in McMinnville. The subject was evaluated by medical personnel on scene and transported to the Willamette Valley Medical Center where he was treated for his exposure.

"The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office is one of eight agencies in the State of Oregon involved in the Project Lifesaver Program" said Sheriff Tim Svenson. "Situations like this, which occur in extreme temperatures, really reinforce how accurate the name of the program is. It truly can be a lifesaver".

More information regarding Project Lifesaver can be found at: https://projectlifesaver.org/



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OSP Seeking Public Assistance in Identifying Suspect(s) throwing Objects at Vehicles on I-5 near the I-205 NB Interchange (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 12/12/17 1:28 PM
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Since early September, OSP has responded to ten (10) separate reports of a variety of objects being thrown at passing motorists by unidentified individual(s) from a walkway adjacent to I-205. The area in questions is the Exit 289 I-5 SB which curves, goes underneath I-5, and becomes I-205 NB. The exit ramp is adjacent to a footpath that travels behind the Martinazzi Village apartments in Tualatin. There are multiple paths connecting to it which gives access to I-205 and I-5.

The items being thrown have ranged from apples, rocks, branches, logs and pumpkins. The descriptions of the individual(s) responsible have ranged from early teens to early twenties in age with a variety of different clothing descriptions. The items being thrown have hit passing vehicles causing damage, most recently as of today, with a large rock hitting the windshield of a motorist. To date, none of the victims have been injured and these incidents have not caused any crashes. On several of the incidents the suspect(s) were seen fleeing the area into nearby trees and/or up a hillside and out of sight.

Anyone with knowledge of these suspect(s) is encouraged to call the Oregon State Police NCC dispatch center at (503)375-3555 or (800)452-7888.



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North Clackamas Schools Seeking Names for Two Schools
North Clackamas Sch. Dist. - 12/12/17 12:31 PM
Community Input Sought for new Elementary & High School

Resulting from the passage of the $433M capital construction bond in 2016, North Clackamas Schools (NCSD) will be constructing a new elementary school, and creating a fourth comprehensive High School. Both of these schools will need names, and NCSD is seeking suggestions from the community.

NCSD has created an advisory committee consisting of community members, students, staff, and an historian, to consider the suggested names. The School Board decided the potential names should be related to a geographic location, an historic event, or a local, state, national or international person, who has made a contribution to humanity. Additionally, if the committee advances the name of an individual, the School Board has encouraged the committee to consider women, people of color, or members of other historically underrepresented groups.

In addition to helping NCSD usher in a new era of growth, "The opportunity to name two new schools in this district provides a chance for me and my children to learn more about the people, places, and events that make this district special. I'm particularly eager for my children to learn about the contributions made by people whose voices are not often heard often enough," said Kristin Lunceford, Duncan Elementary School parent and Member, School Naming Committee.

The period to suggest new names begins December 11, and ends January 23, 2018. Suggested names can be submitted electronically at www.nclack.k12.or.us/new-school-naming, or in person at any NCSD school, or at the District Office at 12400 SE Freeman Way, Milwaukie, OR 97222.

Southern Oregon Man Arrested for Sexually Abusing Disabled Teen (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/12/17 12:13 PM
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Southern Oregon Man Arrested for Sexually Abusing Disabled Teen

December 12, 2017 -- A southern Oregon man was arrested for sexually abusing two teenagers in Washington County. One of the teenagers is developmentally disabled. Detectives believe there may be additional victims and are asking for the public's help.

In June 2017, deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Office received information that an adult male had sexual contact with a developmentally-disabled girl he met on social media.

Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit began investigating and located another teenage girl who also had sexual contact with the same male. During the course of the investigation, detectives were able to identify the male as Rusty Hendrickson, 38, of Sutherlin. Investigators obtained a warrant for his arrest.

On December 9, 2017, Mr. Hendrickson was arrested and lodged at the Douglas County Jail for three counts of sexual abuse in the second degree and three counts of sexual abuse in the third degree. He has since posted bail and has been released. Mr. Hendrickson will be prosecuted in Washington County.

Detectives believe there could be additional victims. If you have any information, please contact the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-846-2700.



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Housing Stability Council - Special Meeting - Thursday, December 14, 2017 from 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 12/12/17 11:44 AM
MEETING LOGISTICS:
Thursday, December 14, 9-10 a.m.
Teleconference only: Call-In: 1-877-273-4202; Participant Code: 4978330

AGENDA:
9:00 a.m. - Meeting called to order - Roll call taken
9:05 a.m. - Multifamily Funding Decision
- River Place, Parcel #3
10:00 a.m. - Meeting adjourned

All times listed on this agenda are approximate and subject to change. Agenda items may also be taken out of order and addressed at different times than listed. The agenda may be amended by the Council at the time of the meeting.

VA "Meet the Directors" Community Meeting and VBA Claims Clinic (Photo)
VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) - 12/12/17 10:20 AM
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Veterans, family members, interested community members, and media are invited to meet with VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) & Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Portland Regional Office Directors personally in an informal environment to share ideas on how to improve VA services, ask questions, & address concerns.

VBA representatives will be on hand to discuss Veteran's benefits claims, answer questions, and address specific concerns.

Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, 5:00--7:00 p.m.
Portland VA Vancouver Campus
1601 E. 4th Plain Blvd. Vancouver, Wash. 98661
Building 11, 3rd Floor Columbia Room

The following VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS)services will have staff members who will be on hand to talk with attendees;
- Suicide Prevention team;
- Transition & Care Management;
- MyHealtheVet (who can help YOU sign up for MyHealtheVet secure communication)
- Patient Advocates
- Enrollment Services (who can answer questions about eligibility & how to enroll)

Those interested may stop by anytime between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. There will be no formal briefings.

Please share this event on Facebook at...
https://www.facebook.com/events/168628313878415/

Questions?
Please contact VAPORHCS Public Affairs Office at (503) 402-2975 or
VHAPOR-PublicAffairs@med.va.gov



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FBI Tech Tuesday - Building a Digital Defense Against the Internet of Things (IoT)
FBI - Oregon - 12/12/17 10:00 AM
Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. This week, building a digital defense against "Internet of Things" - or "IoT" attacks.

If you were thinking about asking Santa for something from the "Internet of Things" world this year -- you have plenty of options. The possibilities include everything from devices that control your lights and thermostat to security systems to gaming systems and music players. There are wearables such as fitness trackers and tech-connected clothes. Or, how about a new Internet-enabled fridge or stove?

Once you get your wish list together, don't forget to ask for a hub to control all of your other "things" through a single app on your phone. We will all be living like the family of the future in no time! In fact, the FBI estimates that the number of "Internet of Things" or "IoT" devices will increase from 5 million last year to anywhere from 20 to 50 million in the year 2020.

But, before the sleigh and eight tiny reindeer show up on your roof, make sure you are ready for the reality of what you are bringing into your home.

Bad actors have been taking advantage of the lack of security, manufacturers' difficulty in patching vulnerabilities, and consumers' inexperience to exploit these devices. In many cases the devices are just using default usernames and passwords, which make them easy targets for the cyber thieves. Criminals can use that open door to force your device into service as part of a botnet -- or to access other connected systems that have sensitive personal or business info.

It can be difficult to know if your IoT device has been compromised, but there are simple steps you can take to help secure your things:

Change default usernames and passwords. Many default passwords are collected and posted on the Internet. Do not use common words and simple phrases or passwords containing easily obtainable personal information, such as important dates or names of children or pets.

If you can't change the password on the device, make sure your wireless Internet service has a strong password and encryption.

Invest in a secure router with robust security and authentication. Most routers will allow users to whitelist, or specify, which devices are authorized to connect to a local network.

Isolate IoT devices on their own protected networks.

Turn off devices off when not in use.

Research your options when shopping for new IoT devices. When conducting research, use reputable Web sites that specialize in cyber security analysis and provide reviews on consumer products.

Look for companies that offer firmware and software updates, and identify how and when these updates are provided.

Identify what data is collected and stored by the devices, including whether you can opt out of this collection, how long the data is stored, whether it is encrypted, and if the data is shared with a third party.

Ensure all IoT devices are up to date and security patches are incorporated when available.

Santa may want to give you the future at your fingertips -- just make sure you are ready for it. For more tips about IoT devices, check out the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.

Coming up next week: how to protect your kids when Internet-connected toys show up under the Christmas tree.



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Two women lose their lives in a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 38 east of Reedsport (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 12/12/17 8:58 AM
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Updated Information

As this investigation continues to develop, investigators learned the the information regarding the direction of travel for both vehicles was erroneous. It has been determined that the white 2009 Kia Rio was in fact traveling eastbound and the white Jeep had been westbound at the time of the crash. The previous press release has been updated to reflect this new information.

The investigation is continuing and future press releases will be coordinated with the Douglas County District Attorney's Office.

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On Monday December 11, 2017 at approximately 7:26 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on State Route 38 near milepost 12.

The investigation revealed that a westbound white 2015 Jeep Cherokee crossed the centerline and crashed into an eastbound white 2009 Kia Rio operated by Lisa OSWILL, age 48, of Tigard head-on. The passenger in the Kia was identified as Carly Renee WILLIAMS-OSWILL, age 21, from Wedderburn, Oregon. Both were pronounced deceased at the scene. The two occupants of the Jeep were identified as Lacy Little Deer SANTOS, age 37 who was the driver and Kylee Louise SANTOS, age 15 both from Scottsburg, Oregon. Lacy SANTOS was transported by ground ambulance to a hospital in Eugene for serious, but non-life threatening injuries. Kylee SANTOS was transported by ground ambulance to a hospital in Reedsport also for serious, but non-life threatening injuries. All occupants from both vehicles were properly utilizing their safety restraints and both vehicles' airbags deployed.

Speed and icy roads are being considered factors in this crash. SR 38 was closed for approximately three hours following the crash. OSP was assisted by Douglas County Sheriff's Dept., Scottsburg Fire and Medical, Reedsport Fire Dept. and ODOT.



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SAIF hopes for fewer falls and more fa-la-las this season [videos]
SAIF - 12/12/17 8:55 AM
Summary: New "Spot the Hazards" videos make holiday safety as fun and warm as an ugly sweater.
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'Tis the season for holiday hazards--from chestnuts roasting on an open fire to walking in a winter wonderland, safety risks are everywhere this time of year.

That's why SAIF has released two 360-degree videos today to help remind Oregonians about small things that can add up to big trouble. The videos, where viewers try to spot holiday hazards, highlight home holiday safety risks (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVgkKWf9CsM&feature=youtu.be) and work holiday safety risks (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAGekhhO46M&feature=youtu.be).

"Most people know not to step on the top part of a ladder, or to remove tripping hazards," said Leigh Manning, senior safety consultant at SAIF. "But when you're on deadline for holiday parties and workplace projects, it's easy to take the risk."

In addition to the videos, Manning offers the following tips to stay safe and have a happy holiday season, both at work and home:

Remember ladder safety. Make sure you have the right ladder for the job. Do not overreach or lean too far to one side on the ladder, and always face the ladder when climbing up or down. Keep in mind, you have climbed too high if your knees are above the top of the stepladder.
Don't overload circuits. Too many plugs can overload a circuit, leading to a power outage or an electrical hazard.
Remove trip hazards. Decorations and extension cords can be tucked to the side so they don't cause a hazard.
Avoid heavy loads. Carrying too many gifts or packages can be bad for your back.
Reduce sweets. Holiday treats are fine in moderation, but consider bringing healthy snacks to workplace potlucks or holiday parties.
Manage stress. It's easy to get stressed this time of year, but too much stress can lead to poor health. Visit www.saif.com/relax for tips on how to manage it.

"We hope people will speak up with their friends, family, and co-workers," says Manning.

More information, including tips for other safety hazards, can be found at www.saif.com/safetyandhealth.

About SAIF
SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. For more than 100 years, we've been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work. For more information, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com.

Red Cross Responds To Hillsboro Home Fire Affecting Two.
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/12/17 8:23 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on December 11, 2017, in the 100 block of SE Maple St in Hillsboro, Oregon. This single family 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.

Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 12/11/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 12/12/17 8:22 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 12/11/2017

ESTACADA:

No new crimes were reported yesterday in Estacada. Woo hoo!


SANDY:

17-2012

On 12/11/2017 at about 1119 hrs., police received a report about a hit & run collision that occurred in the 39000 block of Pleasant Street. An unknown vehicle caused damage to a vehicle while parked.

17-2013

On 12/11/2017 at 1221 hrs., police responded to a residence located in the 17000 block of Van Tassel Avenue regarding a welfare check. No immediate concerns were apparent. A report will be forwarded to appropriate authorities for follow-up.

17-2016

On 12/11/2017 at 2128 hrs., police were dispatched to an assist agency call in the 39000 block of Gary Street. A resident there, admitted to stealing registration stickers from another vehicle and placing them on her own. The resident will be charged with Theft III by the Sweet Home Police Department.

Red Cross Responds To Salem Home Fire Affecting Three.
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/12/17 8:20 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on December 11, 2017, in the 4400 block of Janice Ave NE in Salem, Oregon. This single family fire affected 3 adults and numerous pets, 1 pet perished in the fire 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.

Join your neighbors in supporting a welcoming space for wildlife and the wild at heart! (Photo)
Columbia Springs - 12/12/17 8:00 AM
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VANCOUVER, WA (December 12, 2017) -- What could warm your heart this winter more than joining your community in supporting a program that reaches over 6,000 students and 16,000 people each year? In 2017, Columbia Springs once again saw record numbers of participants for our science-focused field trips, nature festivals, guided walks, volunteer events, and sustainable living workshops; this doesn't include the countless many that come to walk our trails and enjoy a bit of nature-time. We need you to join our community of supporters who, like you, believe in the importance of nature, education, and recreation in our lives. In order to keep our programs and events free or low cost, while continuing to meet increasing demand for our services, we need your help.
Your support helps us to create more positive experiences, like those had by these visitors: "This is an amazing gem in Vancouver... Definitely recommend you to visit,"; "These [Columbia Springs workshops] have been my favorite part about moving to Washington,"; "Of all the summer camps my daughters have tried, this is their absolute favorite. It is a beautiful place, offers hands-on education in nature, with a warm and enthusiastic staff!" To ensure everyone has equal access to have experiences like these, we need your support to keep our programs free or low-cost and to offer scholarships for those with the inability to pay. You can support our work by going to columbiasprings.org/donate; every donation helps us make 2018 another record-setting year! As a "thank you" for donating, we can send you a shirt, hat, or other Columbia Springs gifts so that you can wear your pride around town!
Columbia Springs provides our community a unique setting where educational experiences foster greater awareness of the natural world, inspiring stewardship. We envision a community of lifelong learners sharing the bond of responsible care of the natural world, helping to preserve our quality of life. Columbia Springs is located at 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy in Vancouver.



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Shooting Investigation Monday Evening in Portland's Hazelwood Neighborhood -- No Known Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 12/12/17 7:37 AM
On Monday, December 11, 2017, at 7:37 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of gunfire in the 12000 block of East Burnside Street.

Officers arrived and located several witnesses and evidence of gunfire. As officers searched the area, they located a maroon Mitsubishi sedan with a bullet strike.

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

Based on information learned at the scene, the Gang Enforcement Team is responding to conduct an investigation into the shooting. Criminalists with the Forensic Evidence Division also responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Tactical Operations Division at 503-823-4106.

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

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

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

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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Jesuit High School's 49th Annual Food Drive Aims to Help Hundreds of Local Families During the Holidays (Photo)
Jesuit High School - 12/12/17 6:55 AM
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- On Thursday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 a.m., the Jesuit High School Student Center will become a food sorting and distribution center, with canned food that reaches the ceiling, just more than 15 feet. The JHS student body will bring all of the food that has been collected over a two-week period and begin compiling food boxes for 374 families in the Portland area. Last year, enough food was pledged by first period classes for 600 families. Students have committed to the same amount this year.

The JHS food drive is in its 49th year and has seen a huge increase in participation over the years. In its first year, 1969, roughly 40 families benefited from the project and just a little more than $350 was raised.

"As Jesuit High School has grown, so has its food drive. The drive not only helps families during Christmas, but also provides non-perishable foods for local food banks as well. We are seeing more multigenerational families, families pooling resources to try and make ends meet. The need is tremendous," said Scott Powers, food drive coordinator.

Students, faculty, and staff will volunteer through the night of Dec. 13 sorting and preparing the food for delivery on Thursday, Dec. 14, beginning at 12:00 p.m. "Not only are we collecting food these two weeks, we are raising awareness about hunger in Oregon. We hope students will realize hunger is not a once-a-year issue. It is year-round," said Powers.

The families are pre-selected through St. Vincent de Paul and Lifeworks Oregon. Students will deliver all of the food that has been collected at Jesuit High School over the prior two weeks.

In addition, alumni of Jesuit High School will host their own food drive the weekend of December 14-16. Alumni will deliver to over 1,500 families and 30 local shelters.
"The Alumni Food Drive brings our community together to continue our mission of being men and women for others," said Kathy Baarts, Alumni Director. "The need for food continues to increase and we have continued to grow in the number of boxes we are able to provide and the agencies we are able to serve." Packing begins on Thursday, Dec. 14, immediately following the conclusion of the student drive mentioned above.

If you are interested in delivering food (all are welcome to participate) on Saturday, December 16, or helping prepare food boxes on December 14 or 15, please contact the JHS Alumni Office at 503-291-5414 or kbaarts@jesuitportland.org.

Food Drive Schedule (VIDEO & PHOTO OPPS.):

Wednesday, Dec. 13 @ 2:10 pm -- Food collection in student center (Jesuit HS)
Thursday, Dec. 14 @ 8 am or 12 noon -- Student delivery begins
Saturday, Dec. 16 @ 8:00 a.m. -- Alumni food drive with pancake breakfast and delivery


About Jesuit High School: Founded in 1956 by the Society of Jesus, Jesuit High School is Oregon's only secondary school in the Ignatian tradition of excellence in education. Our 1,269 students represent a diverse mix of young men and women from the Portland metro area and southwest Washington.

Jesuit High School's mission is to educate "men and women for others." Our graduates are leaders who are religious, loving, intellectually competent, committed to doing justice, and open to growth. Jesuit is the recipient of two U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Awards, a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Award for its sustainability efforts, and 13 Oregonian Cup Awards for outstanding achievement in academics, school activities, athletics, and sportsmanship. More information can be found online at www.jesuitportland.org.



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More Beds Available Starting Tonight for Homeless Women
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 12/12/17 1:00 AM
Who: The Salvation Army Female Emergency Shelter (SAFES)

What: Thirty-one additional spaces will be available for homeless women beginning tonight.

When: 11 December 2017

Where: 30 SW 2nd Ave., Portland, OR 97204

Why: Temperatures have been dropping below freezing temperature, which are dangerous conditions for people who are living on the street. People experiencing homelessness in Portland need a place that is warm to go at night. The 2017 Point-in-Time report published 4,177 people are on the streets each night in Multnomah County. Beginning tonight SAFES will be expanding by 25% to meet the needs of the homeless population in our community, which is 35 more spaces.

Contact: Captain Jared Arnold, Community Relations Officer, 503.567.9938, jared.arnold@usw.salvationarmy.org


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(Portland, OR) December 11, 2017 - It's not news to anyone that it is cold in Portland this weekend. Many of us have a safe and warm place to call home each night. For the homeless, these are very dangerous conditions. With six programs in the Portland Metro area, The Salvation Army is one of the largest overnight shelter providers in the area. Tonight, The Salvation Army Female Emergency Shelter will be expanding by 25% to meet the needs of the homeless in our community. Thirty-five additional spaces will be available for homeless women beginning tonight. These beds will remain available throughout the cold weather season. This brings the total to 174 spaces at SAFES.

"It's our job to keep our community safe and warm, especially when temperatures start to drop below freezing. We're fortunate to have the space and the partnerships to increase our space to serve more individuals. And we will continue to do all that we can to shelter and keep as many women safe, with the resources available to us. With this increase, the public can help us by donating hygiene supplies, women's undergarments, towels, toilet paper, new scarves, coats, gloves, blankets or make a monetary donation at portland.salvationarmy.org," says Captain Robert Steiner, Portland Metro Coordinator for The Salvation Army Cascade Division.

SAFES also operates a day shelter and it is open for women to come in during the day to get out of the cold. The shelter is located at 30 SW 2nd Ave., Portland, OR 97204. The number there is 503-227-0810. Please call or stop in to the shelter to find out about bed availability. Staff will work to help as many women as possible.

The Salvation Army also suggests calling 211 for any other updates on available warming shelters because it is important to get people off the streets in this cold weather.

If you are the media, and wish to do an interview with Captain Jared Arnold, please contact him at by calling his cell at 503.567.9938 or through e-mail: jared.arnold@usw.salvationarmy.org


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


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OSP Search warrant reveals clandestine drug lab north of Madras. (Jefferson County) (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 12/12/17 12:38 AM
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On the afternoon of Monday December 11th, 2017, Troopers with the Oregon State Police executed a search warrant at a residence on Northwest Columbia Drive, located north of Madras in Jefferson County. OSP had conducted an initial investigation of property crime and obtained a search warrant to seize evidence at the residence of 28 year old Madras resident, Joshua Joseph. The search warrant was executed and in addition to the expected evidence, Troopers discovered a clandestine drug lab along with other drug related evidence. The Oregon State Police Drug Enforcement Section responded to process the illegal drug lab and all discovered hazardous materials were properly collected.

Joshua Joseph was taken into custody without incident and he was lodged at the Jefferson County Jail on the following charges:

Forgery in the 1st Degree
Possession of a Forged Instrument in the 1st Degree
Theft by Deception
Possession of a Stolen Vehicle
Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle

Additional drug related charges are anticipated following a referral to the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office. The Oregon State Police were assisted by the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team (CODE), the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County District Attorney's Office and the Jefferson County Fire District.



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Mon. 12/11/17
Two Safely Escape Hillsboro Trailer Fire (Photo)
Hillsboro Fire and Rescue - 12/11/17 10:04 PM
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Just after 8:30 Monday night Hillsboro Fire Station 1 was dispatched to a residential fire at 633 SE Maple Avenue.

Firefighters on Engine 1 arrived to find a single wide trailer with heavy smoke and flames breaching the windows and door. Within 10 minutes of their arrival, firefighters had the fire extinguished and were ventilating smoke from the structure. Unfortunately, the trailer is a total loss.

Fire investigators learned that the owners were home when the fire break out. The husband reported that he was alerted to the fire by the sound of the smoke alarm in the hallway between the living room and the bedroom. When he went to investigate he found active fire in the bedroom. He attempted to put the fire out by smothering it with a blanket. His efforts were unsuccessful and he received minor burns to his hands in the process. Metro West Ambulance treated him of the scene, he was not transported for further treatment.
Red Cross has been contacted to assist the man and his wife with temporary housing.

A total of 19 firefighters responded to the fire. No firefighters were injured.
The Hillsboro Fire Investigator is currently working through the trailer interior to determine the cause of the fire.

Hillsboro Fire reminds everyone to make sure that smoke alarms are installed and working.
Check them each month by pressing the test button.
When the smoke alarm sounds, immediately evacuate and call 911 once safely outside.



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Restaurant Robbed at Gunpoint in Portland's Arbor Lodge Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 12/11/17 9:54 PM
On Monday, December 11, 2017, at 8:29 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at the Papa Murphy's Rosa Park, located at 2004 North Rosa Parks Way.

Officers arrived in the area and spoke to employees who told police that the suspect displayed a handgun while demanding money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left the restaurant without incident.

The suspect was described as a white male in his 50s, thin build, with gray hair, armed with a handgun.

Several officers, including a Police K-9 team, checked the area but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

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

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

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UPDATE: Suspect Arrested in Connection with December 3rd Shooting
Portland Police Bureau - 12/11/17 9:27 PM
On Monday, December 11, 2017, at 6:52 p.m., officers and detectives assigned to the Portland Police Bureau's Gang Enforcement Team arrested a 16-year-old male in the parking lot of the Clackamas Square Shopping Center, located at 11318 Southeast 82nd Avenue. The juvenile male was arrested in connection with a December 3rd shooting in the 11600 block of Northeast Knott Street.

Members of the Gang Enforcement Team with the assistance of the Oregon State Police and Clackamas County Sheriff's Office performed a traffic stop on a vehicle occupied by the 16-year-old male. Officers observed the 16-year-old male in the 13400 block of Southeast Holgate Boulevard. The suspect entered a vehicle which officers followed and stopped at the Clackamas Square Shopping Center.

Based on information learned during the investigation of this shooting, Gang Enforcement Team detectives believe the 16-year-old male was involved in the shooting in which an occupied home was struck by gunfire. There have been no reported injuries as a result of the shooting.

Detectives believe a stolen black Honda Pilot, located in the 13400 block of Southeast Holgate Boulevard, was used during the December 3rd shooting. The vehicle has been seized as evidence.

Anyone with information about this shooting should Gang Enforcement Detective Jeffery Pontius at 503-823-2081 or Jeffery.Pontius@portlandoregon.gov

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On Sunday December 3, 2017, at 10:45 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of gunfire in the 11600 block of Northeast Knott Street.

Officers arrived and located several vehicles and an occupied home struck by gunfire. No gunshot victims were located at the scene or have arrived at any area hospitals.

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

Based on information learned at the scene, the Gang Enforcement Team is responding to conduct an investigation into the shooting.

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

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

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

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

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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Wreaths Across America Receives Gift to Honor 5100 More Veterans at Willamette National Cemetery
Oregon Civil Air Patrol - 12/11/17 7:29 PM
Portland, OREGON and Columbia Falls, MAINE -- Dec. 16, 2017 -- Each December, Americans from all walks of life join together across the country to honor the service and sacrifices of their local veterans by participating in National Wreaths Across America Day -- this year, it will be held at more than 1,300 locations on Saturday, Dec. 16. Locally, at Willamette National Cemetery, there are more than 140,000 headstones, each with name engraved of a person who fought for the freedoms we all enjoy today. To date, only 350 remembrance wreaths have been sponsored for placement each year. However, the volunteers heading up the project locally were notified today an additional 5100 wreaths are being sent to the location from Wreaths Across America headquarters.

Both wreath sponsorships and the donation of volunteer time make the annual event a success. The national theme for the 2017 National Wreath Remembrance Day is 'I'm an American. Yes, I am!' which was inspired by a song of the same title, written by Maine native Rick Charette. The song and theme represent the sense of community and common ground that is fostered when people work together to support the military and their families.

"National Wreaths Across America Day is an opportunity to pause and say thank you during the busiest time of year, when so many are missing their loved ones even more. Placing a wreath and reading each name out loud keeps the memory of our veterans alive and represents a chance for the local community of Portland, OR, to honor local veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for us all," said Karen Worcester, executive director, Wreaths Across America.

National Wreaths Across America Day began as a pilgrimage by a Maine wreath maker in a single truck delivering 5,000 donated wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery in 1992. Since then, the wreath laying has become an annual day of remembrance that honors fallen military and their families across the country.

Volunteers are needed to help place the wreaths at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, OR. Please visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org to find details about the local event or email h.perkins@orwg.cap.gov if you would like details on how to volunteer.

National Wreaths Across America Day is a free event and open to all people.

About Wreaths Across America
Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. The organization's mission -- Remember, Honor, Teach -- is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, as well as at hundreds of veterans' cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. For more information or to sponsor a wreath please visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.

Pursuit and Attempted Assault
Bend Police Dept. - 12/11/17 4:59 PM
Date: Monday, December 11, 2017

Case # 2017-380643

Date & Time of Incident: December 11th at 07:50 am

Type of Incident: Suspicious activity

Location of Incident: 610 SW Powerhouse; 2500 NE Neff (St. Charles-Bend)

Victims:

Multiple victims throughout Bend

Suspect:

Christopher Van Wambeke Ward 30 year old Bend resident

Narrative:

On December 11 at 7:50 am, Deschutes County 911 received information that an unidentified male was running around the area of the Old Mill District. The male had mentioned he was "stabbed" and had a non-life threatening injury to his leg. Bend Police Officers responded to the area and eventually found the male at the Round-a-Bout located on Reed Market and SW Bond. The male was identified as Christopher Van Wambeke Ward. Ward admitted the injury to his leg was self-inflicted. Based on the circumstances of this investigation, Ward was transported to St. Charles-Bend for evaluation.

Bend Police were on-scene at St. Charles Emergency Department with Ward, at which time Ward ran out of the emergency room. Ward ran through locked doors at the emergency department, ran under a fence and got into a Tomco Electric box style van. Ward stole the van and raced out of the parking area around St. Charles-Bend. Ward drove through a temporary fence in place for the construction at St. Charles-Bend. When Ward drove through the fence he caused damage to several vehicles belonging to employees at St. Charles-Bend.

As Ward was driving out of St. Charles parking lot, he nearly struck a Bend Police Officer with the vehicle.

During a search of the immediate area, Bend Officers located the stolen van and attempted to stop the van Ward was operating. Ward did not yield to officers and drove in an erratic and treacherous manner, putting several community members at risk. Bend Police discontinued the pursuit of the vehicle but set up in areas where Ward has been known to frequent.

Deschutes County 911 received several driving complaints from concerned citizens regarding the van Ward was operating. Ward caused damage to the property at 61691 SE 27th Street (Church of Christ) during this time.

Shortly after Ward eluded officers, he was located within the perimeter where Bend Police had been set up. Ward again eluded Bend Police and eventually parked the stolen van in a business on American Loop. Ward attempted to steal a second vehicle (a red Subaru), but eventually left the vehicle without stealing it.

Ward walked west on Reed Market, crossed the empty canal and entered a third vehicle. This residence is located in the 600 block of SE Reed Market. Bend Police, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon State Police made contact with Ward inside this vehicle. Ward was taken into custody without incident at 12:45pm.

Silver Rail Elementary School was placed on a brief "Lockout" during this incident.

Ward was taken back to St. Charles for clearance as he sustained new non-life threatening injuries. Ward was transported to the Deschutes County Jail at 4:30pm and lodged on Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle (2 counts), Attempted Assault 1 on a Public Safety Officer, Reckless Driving (2 counts), Criminal Mischief 1, Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver, Criminal Trespass II.




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Deputies Are On Scene of a NON INJURY Traffic Crash involving a school bus full of kids ** PHOTO ATTACHED ** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/11/17 4:45 PM
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Today at about 3:30 PM, Marion County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the 11400 block of Sunnyview Rd NE regarding a traffic crash. This crash involved a school bus full of kids, all of which are ok, and a smaller ford pickup. The investigation has determined icy road conditions to be the cause. The driver of the pickup lost control and crossed the center line and hit the bus head-on.

Parents are responding to the scene to pick up their children and there are no reports of injuries. The roadway is expected to be blocked for the next hour. This particular area doesn't get much sunlight due to being covered by trees.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office would like to caution commuters when driving in the recent cold/icy conditions we have had and to consider the following:
- Accelerate and decelerate slowly.
- Drive Slowly
- The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds.
- Know you brakes.
- Don't power up hills and Don't stop going down hills.
- If necessary stay at home.



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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Two in Keizer
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/11/17 3:32 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on December 11, 2017, at approximately 1:30 p.m. in the 1100 block of Suzan Court NE in Keizer, OR. The fire affected two adults and pets. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

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

Officers Assist People During Extreme Temperatures
Portland Police Bureau - 12/11/17 3:24 PM
As freezing temperatures continue, Portland Police officers will be actively looking for and checking on vulnerable people and facilitating transportation to warming shelters as needed.

Warming centers are open in Portland and Gresham with capacity during day and night. Call 211 in Multnomah County at any hour for the latest information about open shelters. Calls are answered in over 150 languages. You can also visit 211's website at http://www.211info.org for updated information and sign up for emails or texts about updated warming center locations. Severe weather centers will accommodate individuals and couples, pets and belongings, and do not require identification or any other documentation. Families with children seeking shelter should also call 211 and will be directed to a shelter that can accommodate children.

During extreme cold weather there is increased risk of exposure-related injuries for unsheltered people who do not have sufficient gear, such as coats, hats, gloves, footwear, tarps, sleeping bags and blankets. For information about what and where to donate, please contact 211info by dialing 211 or by visiting their website.

If you see someone outside, unsheltered whose life appears to be in danger or is in an apparent medical crisis, call 9-1-1. Otherwise, if you see someone about whom you are concerned, such as not being dressed for the weather conditions, call police non-emergency 503-823-3333 and request a welfare check for that person. To assist someone in locating shelter and transportation to shelter, please call 211.

For additional information on the dangers of cold including: hypothermia, carbon monoxide hazards and important information on the use of alternative sources of heat, please visit - https://multco.us/multnomah-county/news/dangers-cold

Though snow is not in the forecast currently, this is a good reminder that as the cold weather continues, drivers need to be properly prepared for the weather with a full tank of gas, traction devices or snow tires and extra food and water. Also be aware of black ice and slippery roads once the moisture returns.

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Update on Oregon strike teams assisting with the California wildfires
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 12/11/17 3:00 PM
The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, activated its Agency Operations Center Wednsday, December 6th and deployed 15 strike teams with equipment and personnel who are now actively engaged in assisting with the wildfires in California.

All Oregon resources are assigned to assist with the Thomas Fire burning near Ventura, California. The California Office of Emergency Services reports that the Thomas Fire is at 230,500 acres and is 15% contained.

"Oregon resources are doing great work and their morale is good," said Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple. "We continue to be proud of our firefighters professionalism and effective intergration with California resources during these difficult fires."

In addition to OSFM's deployed resources, the Oregon Department of Forestry has also deployed 60 personnel and 25 engines to assist with the California wildfires.

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

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

Anglers remove 191,000 salmon-eating pikeminnow from Columbia and Snake rivers
Bonneville Power Administration - 12/11/17 2:46 PM
Portland, Ore. -- The numbers are in and they're impressive. In 2017, anglers caught and removed more than 191,000 northern pikeminnow from the Columbia and Snake rivers, protecting young salmon and steelhead from predation.

Approximately 1,100 people registered to be part of the Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Program. All together anglers removed 191,483 of the salmon-eating predators from the two rivers, and were paid nearly $1,542,000 for their efforts. The program, funded by the Bonneville Power Administration, runs from May 1 through Sept. 30.

The anglers' successes mean BPA is also successfully meeting its program goals.

"The program's goal is to reduce the number of pikeminnow that prey heavily on juvenile salmon," said Makary Hutson, BPA project manager. "Annual harvest rate estimates, which are calculated using data from tagged fish caught by anglers, indicate the 2017 season met our program targets, which directly benefits juvenile salmon making their way to the ocean."

The reward program pays registered anglers $5 to $8 per fish, nine inches or longer. The more fish an angler catches during the season, the more each pikeminnow they reel in is worth. State fish and wildlife biologists also release more than 1,000 specially tagged northern pikeminnow, each worth $500.

This year the top 20 fishermen registered with the Sport Reward Program earned an average of nearly $30,000 each. The top angler earned nearly $84,000, reeling in more than 10,000 fish over the five-month season.

Northern pikeminnow are voracious eaters, consuming millions of young salmon and steelhead every year. Since 1990, anglers paid through the program have removed more than 4.8 million pikeminnow from the Columbia and Snake rivers. The program has reduced predation on young salmon and steelhead by up to 40 percent since it began.

The BPA-funded program is administered by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. The 2018 season is scheduled for May 1 through Sept. 30, 2018. For more information about the program call 800-858-9015 or visit www.pikeminnow.org.

About BPA
The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 143 electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 260 substations to 511 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region's high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and carbon-free electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov

MESD Board Legislative and Communications Committee meeting 12/12 at 5:00 p.m.
Multnomah ESD - 12/11/17 1:55 PM
The Multnomah Education Service District Board Legislative and Communications Committee will meet on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at the main headquarters, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon 97220.

DUII Enforcement Grant (Photo)
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The Lincoln City Police Department is pleased to announce they have recently been awarded a traffic safety grant for DUII Enforcement. The $3080.00 DUII Enforcement Grant funds will be utilized to put extra patrol officers on patrol during dates and times when higher numbers of impaired drivers are likely to be on the roadways.

The Lincoln City Police Department plans on using the first of these grant funds during the Christmas / New Year's holiday season. This time period is part of the national "High Visibility Enforcement" event time period which runs from December 15, 2017 through January 1, 2018. The national High Visibility Enforcement events are designed to increase the number of patrol officers on the streets nationwide with an emphasis on seeking out drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs and removing them from the roadways. DUIIs continue to be a leading cause of motor vehicle crash deaths and injuries throughout the nation. The Lincoln City Police Department is pleased to be joining forces with other law enforcement agencies to crack down on impaired drivers. Our goal is simple: to save lives. Drunk driving is simply not worth the risk; if you drive drunk, you will be arrested.

DUII Enforcement Grant funds from the previous grant allocation were last used during the 2017 Labor Day weekend time period. The results of two enforcement operations include one driver being arrested for DUII, one Felony warrant arrest, one Misdemeanor warrant arrest, as well as five other traffic citations being issued.

The members of your Lincoln City Police Department are committed to the safety of our citizens and visitors and these grant funds are a valuable resource that assist us in improving the traffic safety in our community. These grant funds were made possible through Oregon Impact and the Oregon Department of Transportation.



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Classroom Volunteer Arrested for Sex Abuse (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/11/17 1:00 PM
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WHITE CITY -- A Medford man is in jail on charges related to the sexual abuse of a kindergarten student in White City. On Friday, December 8, 2017, Jackson County Sheriff's Office detectives arrested Jerry Duane Lodge, 72, of the 700-block of Crater Lake Avenue. The investigation showed Lodge sexually touched the 5-year-old girl while volunteering at Lower Table Rock Elementary School.

Lodge was in the classroom through the Foster Grandparent Program facilitated by Community Volunteer Network, a division of Pacific Retirement Services (PRS). The program places senior volunteers in classrooms throughout the Rogue Valley. Participants must pass a criminal background check.

Detectives say once the abuse allegations surfaced on December 6, officials with Jackson County School District #9 and PRS prevented Lodge from having any further contact with children and cooperated fully with the criminal investigation. Today, school officials are sending a notice to all parents in the child's classroom. It includes guidelines to help parents speak with their children, as well as information about how to make a report in the event their child discloses abuse. The school district will also offer an opportunity for those parents to meet with school officials and detectives later this week.

During the investigation, detectives learned that Lodge volunteered in classrooms at McLoughlin Middle School and Kids Unlimited in Medford during the 2017 calendar year. No allegations of abuse by Lodge have been reported at those locations.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Detective Jason Penn at (541) 770-8925.

Case #17-25514


Note: For information about talking to children about body safety, detectives recommend the following reference: https://www.d2l.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Talking-to-Kids-About-Body-Safety-10.19.15.pdf



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Yamhill County "Shop With a Sheriff" Event Ends Up With Big Smiles (Photo)
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/11/17 12:30 PM
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There were many smiles on Sunday, December 10, 2017, when the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office held their second annual Shop with a Sheriff event at the McMinnville Walmart. 67 children shopped with one of the Sheriff's deputies and staff, volunteer group members, or members of sister county law enforcement agencies (Carlton PD, Yamhill PD, and Yamhill County DA's Office) who volunteered their time to attend the event. The children who benefited were identified through the administration of the participating schools - Amity Elementary School, Amity Middle School, Amity High School, Dayton Grade School, Dayton Junior High, Dayton High School, Faulconer-Chapman School, Sheridan High School, Willamina Elementary School, Willamina Middle and High School, Yamhill Carlton Elementary School, Yamhill Carlton Intermediate School, Yamhill Carlton High School, and Wascher Elementary. In addition, this year we were able to extend the program to nearly a dozen children through the Marion Polk Yamhill Foster Parent Association. Each child was given a $100 Walmart gift card to purchase items for their families and from their own wish lists. After shopping, children munched on Subway sandwiches while helpers wrapped presents. There was lots of laughter, lots of joy, and lots of wrapping paper used to hide their special presents for Christmas morning.

"Our deputies and staff, along with volunteers from other county agencies, had a great time. The kids are so excited about being able to buy things for their families, and we enjoy watching their faces light up when we remind them to pick out something for themselves too." said Sheriff Tim Svenson. "A lot of our deputies get into law enforcement because they want to serve their communities. This is a different way of doing that. It was a great way to engage with kids and families that may not have much interaction with us and we got stopped by several shoppers who thanked us for our service -- always a nice bonus for our staff!"

The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the staff of McMinnville Walmart for their assistance in coordinating this event and the McMinnville Subway for their generous donation and assistance with providing the shoppers' meals. In addition, the Sheriff's Office would like to thank our patron-level donors for their generous contributions. Our Deputy Patrons: John Bowen, Dennis and Susan Brown, Gayle Jensen, Betty and Jim McWhorter, John and Mildred Reppeto, and Patrick Rogers; our Sergeant Patrons: John and Lynné Svenson; and our Sheriff Patrons: The Lester Family and Mark and Laura Tschabold. Those who would like to donate to future Shop with a Sheriff events are asked to make checks payable to "Yamhill County Sheriff's Office" and write "Shop with a Sheriff" in the check's memo line. Checks should be mailed to: Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, Attn: Shop with a Sheriff program, 535 NE 5th Street, Room 143, McMinnville, OR 97128. Donations to this program are tax deductible as a charitable contribution, and 100 percent of the money raised goes toward supporting the program; no tax dollars are used for this program.



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Southwest Washington Regional Health Care Advisory Committee to meet Dec. 14
Clark Co. WA Communications - 12/11/17 12:23 PM
Vancouver, Wash. - The Southwest Washington Regional Health Care Advisory Committee will meet from 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, in the sixth-floor hearing room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. The meeting is open to the public.

The meeting will include presentations by policy and behavioral health representatives of Health Care Authority, Legacy Health Systems, PeaceHealth and Beacon Health Options.

A public comment period is scheduled after the presentations.

The Health Care Advisory Committee consists of a member of the legislative body for Clark and Skamania counties, a state senator and a state representative from each county, a representative of any local tribe and a consumer representative from the regional Behavioral Health Advisory Board.

The committee meets up to three times a year to help ensure the region's integrated health care system continues to meet the needs of the most vulnerable after physical and behavioral health services were absorbed by Medicaid managed care.

With integration, the financial risk for behavioral health services moved to managed care organizations overseen by the Washington State Health Care Authority. Counties retained some financial risk and full responsibility for services offered through the local criminal justice systems, Public Health and 10-year homeless plans.
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Salem Health aims to top 2,000 toys for police toy drive
Salem Health - 12/11/17 12:06 PM
Salem Health Medical Group has built a tradition of collecting and donating new, unwrapped toys to children through Salem Police Department's annual toy drive. In 2016, SHMG donated over 2,000 toys. This year, SHMG is teaming up with the rest of Salem Health to make the toy drive an even bigger success.

"It's thrilling to be a part of bringing joy to a child during the holidays," said SMHG Associate Chief Medical Officer Michelle Rasmussen, MD. "At the medical group, we've always been excited to come together to help these kids. With the full weight of Salem Health behind us, we're excited to see the results."

Salem Health and SHMG have been gathering the toys for the past two months. On Dec. 14, the toys will be loaded up onto Salem Health's holiday float and transferred to a Salem Police SWAT van before they are wrapped and delivered to families.

"The holidays can be especially tough for children in need," said Julie Jordan, executive assistant to Salem Health COO and Salem Health Medical Group Vice President Bahaa Wanly.

Jordan has been instrumental in the toy drive coordination between Salem Health and the medical group.

"At Salem Health, we love serving everyone in Marion and Polk counties, and children are no exception. This toy drive is just one way we can give back, and we're happy to do it," she added.

The 31st Annual Salem Police Toy Drive started Nov. 17, 2017 with the same commitment and enthusiasm police officers had back in 1986. Toys will be accepted through December 13 at the Salem Police Department and a number of alternate locations listed on the SPD's website. With donations from the public, the toy drive gives toys to approximately 250 families each year.

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

Target Zero Heroes Award ceremony followed by regional DUI emphasis
Vancouver Police Dept. - 12/11/17 11:57 AM
Vancouver, Wash. --On December 15, 2017, the Target Zero Task Force will be holding its 26th annual awards ceremony, formerly known as The Night of 1000 Stars. Although this year the event has a new name, the mission remains the same; to recognize those law enforcement officers who excel in performance in traffic safety as well as the community partners who support these efforts.

Date: December 15, 2017
Time: 8:00 PM (doors open at 7:00 PM)
Location: Washington State Patrol Headquarters (11018 NE 51st Circle, Vancouver, WA)

In 2017, SW Washington was the recipient of two significant grants from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) in support of both pedestrian safety and DUI enforcement. Additionally, Battle Ground resident Jack Fletcher, was featured in a statewide public service and speaking campaign sponsored by the WTSC . In 2016, Jack was seriously injured when he was hit head-on by a drunk driver. He was selected by the WTSC share his inspirational story with audiences across the state and the task force is honored that Jack will be the keynote speaker at this year's Target Zero Heroes event.

As in year's past, the award ceremony will be followed by a regional, multi-agency, DUI emphasis.

Members of the media are invited to attend the award ceremony, which promises to provide great visuals as well as ample interview opportunities. Ride-along's during the post-awards ceremony DUI enforcement will also be available to members of the media. Members of the media who would like to participate in a ride-along are asked to contact Target Zero Manager Hilary Torres at targetzero@hilarytorres.com for information on pre-registering for a ride-along.

Target Zero is Washington State's strategic highway safety plan, and calls for reducing highway deaths to zero by the year 2030. The entire plan can be found at www.targetzero.com.


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Recent Tualatin Monitoring Results Found Elevated Levels of Lead in Tests at Some High-Risk Homes
City of Tualatin - 12/11/17 11:36 AM
The City of Tualatin tests for lead in the water every six months. In October 2017, water samples from 70 high-risk homes in the city were tested for lead and 8 homes came back with higher than the EPA action level of 15 parts per billion. When more than 10 percent of these homes are above the action level, the City of Tualatin is required to notify the public and implement corrective actions. To help the Tualatin community reduce risk for lead exposure, the City of Tualatin is providing public education.

What is the City doing to lower risk for lead exposure from the drinking water?

The City of Tualatin purchases its water from Portland. The Portland Water Bureau is in the process of improving Corrosion Control Treatment that will be in place no later than Spring 2022.

The City's water system does not contain lead parts. Lead in water is mainly from home or building plumbing, such as lead solder or leaded brass fixtures. When water stands for several hours or more in plumbing systems that contain lead, the lead may dissolve into your drinking water. Homes at risk for the highest levels of lead are those built prior to 1985.

What Are the Health Effects of Lead?
Lead can cause serious health problems if too much enters your body from drinking water or other sources. The greatest risk of exposure is to infants, young children and pregnant women. Scientists have linked the effects of lead on the brain with lowered IQ in children.

How Can I Reduce My Exposure to Lead?
Run your water to flush out lead
Before using water for drinking or cooking, run the water for 30 seconds to 2 minutes, or until it becomes colder from each tap when it has not been used for several hours. This flushes water which may contain lead from the pipes.

Use cold, fresh water for cooking and preparing baby formula
Do not cook with or drink water from the hot water tap; lead dissolves more easily into hot water. Do not use water from the hot water tap to make baby formula.

Test your water for lead
The Lead Line provides a no-cost, in-home lead in water sample kit for residential customers along with additional information about reducing exposure to lead. This is available through the Multnomah County Health Department to all Portland Water Bureau wholesale water customers, including the City of Tualatin. If you would like to have your home tested for lead, visit www.leadline.org or call 503-988-4000.

Consider using a filter
If you have elevated levels of lead in water, you may consider purchasing a water filter to remove it. Be sure it reduces lead - not all filters do. Always maintain and replace a filtration device in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions to protect water quality.
Do not boil water to remove lead
Boiling water will not reduce lead.

Test your child for lead
Ask your physician or call the Leadline to find out how to have your child tested for lead. A blood lead level test is the only way to know if your child is being exposed to lead.

Regularly clean your faucet aerator
Particles containing lead from solder or household plumbing can become trapped in your faucet aerator. Regular cleaning every few months will remove these particles and reduce your exposure to lead.

Consider buying low-lead fixtures
As of January 2014, all pipes, fittings and fixtures are required to contain less than 0.25 percent lead. When replacing plumbing fixtures, look for those with the lowest lead content.

Resources
Call us at 503-691-3095 or 503-783-0191, email Water Manager Terrance Leahy tleahy@tualatin.gov, or visit our website at www.tualatinoregon.gov. For more information on reducing lead exposure around your home/building and the health effects of lead, visit EPA's website at www.epa.gov/lead, or contact your health care provider.
?,? City of Tualatin Water Quality Program: E-mail tleahy@tualatin.gov | 503-691-3095 or 503-783-0191
?,? Request a testing kit or for more information: Lead Line Website- www.leadline.org | Lead Line Phone Number: (503) 988-4000
?,? National Lead Information Center: (800) 424-LEAD (800-424-5323)



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Oregon Department of Forestry engines and personnel are helping wildfire suppression efforts in Southern California
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 12/11/17 11:30 AM
SALEM, Ore. -- Some 25 engines and over 60 firefighting personnel from Oregon Department of Forestry districts and forest protective associations are in Southern California helping battle the 230,500-acre Thomas Fire.

The Oregon firefighters traveled from various points around the state to California on Friday and Saturday. All arrived over the weekend at the California Southern Region Prado Mobilization Center in Chino, about 35 miles east of Los Angeles.

The ODF firefighters are assigned to the Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara County. As of this morning, Cal Fire was reporting that close to 6,400 firefighters and more than 850 fire engines were engaged in fighting the fire, which is threatening a number of communities.

The five ODF task forces, each made up of five engines, were requested by California fire officials through an interstate resource-sharing system known as ROSS (Resource Ordering and Status System). They are in addition to over 300 other Oregon fire service personnel sent to fight Southern California fires by the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office and fellow entities.

"California and Oregon have a longstanding relationship with mutual reciprocation when suppression resources are needed," said Oregon State Forester Peter Daugherty. "California was there for us during our challenging fire season this year and Oregon is fortunate to have the opportunity to return the favor."

Severe fire weather is expected to continue, promoting significant fire growth in Santa Barbara County, where a number of communities are under mandatory evacuation orders. For the latest information about the Thomas Fire, visit Cal Fire's incident information page at http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents.
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Wells Fargo branches in Oregon and S.W. Washington collecting food and toy donations for those in need (Photo)
Wells Fargo - 12/11/17 11:14 AM
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Wells Fargo bank branches throughout Oregon and S.W. Washington are helping out those in need by collecting donations of food and toys this month.

All of the donations made at each branch will stay in the community where they were given to support local residents.

The company's annual toy drive in Oregon and S.W. Washington is taking place now through Friday, Dec. 15. Members of the public are welcome to drop off a new, unwrapped toy at any Wells Fargo branch.

Wells Fargo will give the donated toys to local nonprofits for distribution to children from low- and moderate-income families.

Food Drive Runs to Dec. 30
This year Wells Fargo branches in this region are also participating in the company's first-ever national food drive now until Dec. 30. All of the non-perishable food collected from the public will be donated to local nonprofit groups.

To help in the effort, Wells Fargo has also created four "mobile pop-up food banks" that are currently traveling throughout the nation to collect food donations. One of the pop-ups will make a number of appearances in Portland, Beaverton and Tigard this month.

The mobile food bank will appear:

Outside the Moda Center before Trail Blazer games Dec. 20, 22 and 28;

At the Beaverton Town Square shopping center Dec. 21 and 23;

At the Washington Square Mall Dec. 27 and 29.

Deploying approximately 5,900 bank branches and 268,000 team members, the national food drive encourages customers, communities and Wells Fargo employees to give food at its branches, donate money to United Way and volunteer with hunger-related organizations.

"The winter holidays are a time for coming together in fellowship with friends and family," said Wells Fargo Region Bank President Tracy Curtis of Portland. "Yet one in seven American families depends on the kindness of others to partake in meals during this season."

"And so many children go without gifts during the holidays because their families can't afford them," added Wells Fargo Region Bank President Cindy Johnson of McMinnville. "The Wells Fargo toy and food drives are two great ways we can use our branch network and other company locations to help those neighbors and friends who need our support."

$5 Million Donation
Working with United Way Worldwide to create a long-term, high impact program that will support hunger-related causes in our local communities, Wells Fargo donated an additional $5 million grant to the United Way in support of this effort.

"This donation from Wells Fargo will support local United Ways' fight to address hunger in communities and provide families with vital resources to live healthier lives," said Brian Gallagher, United Way Worldwide President and CEO. "Wells Fargo's strong relationship with United Way is a critical part of our fight to tackle our nation's toughest challenges and create solutions that strengthen the quality of life for individuals and families."

Volunteering 5,000 Hours
Wells Fargo has also committed to volunteering 5,000 hours nationally during the food drive and is encouraging its employees to support food-based nonprofit organizations in their local communities throughout the holidays.

Serving the Pacific Northwest since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. The company provides banking, insurance, investment, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance services. The Chronicle of Philanthropy ranked Wells Fargo third on its most recent list of the top corporate cash philanthropists. Last year Wells Fargo donated $281.3 million to 14,900 nonprofits and Wells Fargo team members volunteered 1.73 million hours with 50,000 nonprofits.



Attached Media Files: graphic image of Wells Fargo's food survey results. , Wells Fargo branches are collecting food donations now through Dec. 30. , A Wells Fargo mobile food bank will appear in the Portland metro area this month.

Plan a Sober Ride This Holiday Season
Beaverton Police Dept. - 12/11/17 11:04 AM
This holiday season, the Beaverton Police Department is teaming up with the U.S. Department of
Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to remind all drivers about the
dangers of drinking and driving. With the holiday festivities and extra office parties taking place, it's essential to plan a sober ride home before ever leaving for the event. This holiday, as you head out for a night of merrymaking.

According to NHTSA, 37,461 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2016, and 28
percent (10,497) of those fatalities occurred in crashes during which a driver had a blood alcohol concentration over the legal limit of .08. The holidays prove to be extra dangerous to drivers as more people--drivers and pedestrians alike--are out on the roads.

Remember these tips for a safe night on the roads:
First: Plan ahead. You know whether you'll attend a party. If you plan to drink, plan for a sober driver to take you home. Is it your turn to be the designated driver? Take that role seriously--your friends are relying on you.

Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you've only had one alcoholic
beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation to get home safely.

If you see a drunk driver on the road, call 911.

See someone who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements
to get them home safely. Don't worry about offending someone--they'll thank you later.

The Beaverton Police Department will have extra officers out during the month of December
specifically looking for impaired drivers. Drinking and driving should never be combined. It's essential to plan a sober ride in advance if the holiday celebration will include alcohol. The alternative could change your life, not to mention the lives of your passengers, or of other pedestrians or drivers and passengers nearby.

Remember to play it safe this holiday season and always plan your sober ride before the festivities begin. If you are buzzed, do not drive. Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.
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WSU Vancouver invites participants to a statewide conference on civility
WSU Vancouver - 12/11/17 11:00 AM
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- High school and college students, and faculty are invited to participate in "Revitalizing Dialogue: Strategies for Engaging in a Polarized Society." The conference is sponsored by Washington State University Vancouver's Initiative for Public Deliberation. It will be held Feb. 26 -- 27 on the WSU Vancouver campus. Registration $25 and includes meals, parking and conference materials.

In these polarized times, schools and universities have the opportunity to become centers of healthy deliberation, where divisive issues are discussed and common ground is identified. This conference will equip participants with the skills and knowledge to become civility champions.

Over two days, participants will learn how to promote civility in their communities through civil dialogue around contentious issues. Martin Carcasson, founder and director of the Center for Public Deliberation at Colorado State University, will give plenary remarks. Learn and practice the skills required to become an IPD Civility Fellow including deliberative democracy, cultural competency, facilitation skills, how to guide conversations and ways to foster understanding.

Every participant will be trained to facilitate difficult conversations and will have the opportunity to practice those skills at a real community forum centered on the opioid epidemic.

Registration is open through Feb. 9 at both of the following links:

bit.ly/IPDconference
facebook.com/ipdwsu/

About the Initiative for Public Deliberation
The Initiative for Public Deliberation is a collaborative effort of WSU Vancouver and the Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service. It was established in spring 2015 "to strengthen democratic government by replacing rigid partisanship with listening and conversation." An impartial resource for the Southwest Washington community to assist in community problem-solving, IPD analyzes issues, designs public participation events, hosts forums that students facilitate, and prepares reports on key issues while working with a wide variety of institutions, including local and state government, school districts and community organizations.

About WSU Vancouver
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. Registered participants will receive an email with a parking permit valid in all Orange lots.

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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Holiday planning needs to include fire prevention and safety
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 12/11/17 10:18 AM
With the holiday season in full swing, State Fire Marshal Jim Walker urges citizens to remember fire prevention when decorating and entertaining.

From 2012 through 2016, Oregon fire agencies reported there were 3,510 residential fires during the holiday period from November 22 through January 15. These fires were reported to have resulted in 14 deaths, 194 injuries, and more than $61.2 million in property loss.

"This season is a busy and exciting time of year, but don't let that distract you from keeping your family and friends safe from fire," says Walker. "By following a few important prevention tips for Christmas trees, decorations, and candles, you can help ensure your holidays remain happy."

Tree care and decorating tips:
Choose a fresh, healthy tree with a deep-green color and flexible needles.
When you get the tree home, cut off the bottom two inches of the trunk. This creates a fresh, raw cut for the tree to soak up water.
Water your tree daily. A tree may consume between a quart and a gallon of water per day.
Place the tree at least three feet away from any heat source such as a fireplace, woodstove, space heater, heating vent, baseboard heater, or radiator.
Use only noncombustible or flame resistant materials to trim a tree.
Always unplug tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
If using a woodstove or fireplace, keep it screened at all times. Keep ribbons, boughs, and other decorative materials at least three feet away.
After the holiday season or whenever your tree dries out, promptly dispose of it and other dry greenery. Burning a tree in a stove or fireplace is extremely dangerous; proper disposal includes recycling or pick-up by a disposal service.
Never burn wrapping paper in the fireplace or wood stove. Wrapping paper burns at higher temperatures than wood and can cause a chimney fire.

Electrical safety
Maintain your holiday lights. Inspect holiday lights each year for frayed wires, bare spots, and broken or cracked sockets.
Do not overload electrical sockets. Do not link more than three light strands, unless the manufacturer's directions indicate it is safe.
Protect electrical cords from damage. To avoid shock or fire hazards, cords should never be pinched by furniture, placed under rugs, located near heat sources or attached by nails or staples.
Make sure all extension cords and electrical decorations used outdoors are marked for outdoor use.

Candle safety
Consider using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look and smell like real candles.
Never leave a burning candle unattended. Extinguish candles when you go to bed, leave a room, or before leaving the house.
Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn. Keep candles at least one foot from combustibles including clothing, curtains, upholstered furniture, greenery, and decorations.
Always use a sturdy non-combustible (metal, glass, or ceramic) candleholder. If a sturdy non-combustible candleholder is not available, the candle can be placed on a non-combustible plate.
Place candles out of reach of small children and pets.
Avoid candles with items embedded in them such as twigs, flowers, or leaves. These items can ignite or even explode.
Always use a flashlight -- not a candle -- for emergency lighting.

General fire safety
Keep combustibles at least three feet from heat sources.
For increased protection, have working smoke alarms on every level of your home (including the basement), in each bedroom, and in the hallway outside each bedroom.
Make a home fire escape plan and practice it with your family and any overnight guests.
Keep escape routes clear of clutter so you can escape quickly in case of fire.

For more information on fire safety visit: http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/pages/com_ed_section.aspx

Final five days: the HealthCare.gov deadline is this Friday
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 12/11/17 9:57 AM
(Salem) -- Friday, Dec. 15, is the last day to get 2018 health insurance during open enrollment. Oregonians who do not get coverage through their job or another program should go to HealthCare.gov and choose a plan before time runs out. HealthCare.gov is the only place to get help paying for coverage.

"People who need coverage and haven't enrolled at HealthCare.gov could be leaving money on the table," said Chiqui Flowers, administrator of the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace. "They should go to HealthCare.gov by Friday and see if they qualify for financial assistance."

In 2017, more than 70 percent of Oregonians using HealthCare.gov qualified for financial assistance, and they received an average of $346 per month to help pay for coverage. This year, individuals making less than about $48,000 annually or families of four making less than about $98,000 annually may qualify.

A recent analysis estimated that many Oregonians who were eligible to use HealthCare.gov and receive financial assistance did not enroll last year, including more than 78,000 men and more than 33,000 people ages 25 to 34.

"Enrollment this year has been strong so far, but as the deadline approaches, it's essential to take action if you need coverage or, if you've already signed up, remind your friends and family that it's time to enroll and see if they can get help paying for coverage," Flowers said.

To start shopping for plans, visit HealthCare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 (toll-free) (TTY: 1-855-889-4325).

After the Dec. 15 deadline, people will be able to get 2018 coverage only in special circumstances, like when they move or lose job-related coverage.

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The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. DCBS houses both the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace and the Division of Financial Regulation, among other divisions. For more information, go to dcbs.oregon.gov.

Cryptosporidium Monitoring Update: Detections from routine monitoring in the Bull Run. Coordination with health officials continues.
Portland Water Bureau - 12/11/17 9:45 AM
The Portland Water Bureau received additional results from ongoing monitoring from the Bull Run Watershed intake for Cryptosporidium, a potentially disease-causing microorganism. Between Sunday, Dec. 3 and Wednesday, Dec. 6, three Cryptosporidium oocysts were detected from three separate 50-liter samples collected on Sunday, Dec. 3, Monday, Dec. 4, and Tuesday, Dec. 5. Cryptosporidium was not detected in the sample collected on Wednesday, Dec. 6. Prior to these detections, Cryptosporidium was last detected from the Bull Run Watershed intake on Nov. 28, 2017.

The bureau continues to use the Bull Run as its primary source of drinking water. The Portland Water Bureau does not currently treat for Cryptosporidium, but is required to do so and is working to install treatment. The Portland Water Bureau continues to consult with OHA and local health officials regarding these detections. At this time, customers are not being asked to take any additional precautions.

Exposure to Cryptosporidium can cause cryptosporidiosis, a serious illness. Symptoms can include diarrhea, vomiting, fever and stomach pain. People with healthy immune systems recover without medical treatment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people with severely weakened immune systems are at risk for more serious disease. Symptoms may be more severe and could lead to serious or life-threatening illness. Examples of people with weakened immune systems include those with AIDS; those with inherited diseases that affect the immune system; and cancer and transplant patients who are taking certain immunosuppressive drugs.

EPA has estimated that a small percentage of the population could experience gastro-intestinal illness from Cryptosporidium and advises that customers who are immunocompromised and receive their drinking water from the Bull Run Watershed consult with their healthcare professional about the safety of drinking the tap water. The Portland Water Bureau and Burlington, City of Gresham, City of Sandy, City of Tualatin, Green Valley, GNR, Hideaway Hills, Lake Grove, Lorna Portland Water, Lusted, Palatine Hill, Pleasant Home, Raleigh, Rockwood, Skyview Acres, Tualatin Valley, Two Rivers, Valley View and West Slope Water Districts receive all or part of their drinking water supply from the Bull Run. To learn if your drinking water comes from Bull Run, please contact your local drinking water provider.

Public health surveillance during and after a similar series of low-level detections from January through March of this year did not see an increase in Cryptosporidium-related illness.

The public and the media are encouraged to view all sampling results posted to the
City's website at portlandoregon.gov/water/cryptoresults. The bureau will notify the media and public immediately should further test results indicate a risk to public health and precautions are necessary.

Customers with questions regarding water quality can call the Water Line at
503-823-7525.



Attached Media Files: 2017-12/1240/110326/Crypto_Press_Release_12-11-17.docx

Free Child Safety Seat Clinic
Beaverton Police Dept. - 12/11/17 9:39 AM
Every day in America, too many children ride in car seats that have been installed incorrectly or are riding in the wrong car seats for their ages and sizes. Even worse, many other children ride while completely unbuckled. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), two out of three car seats are misused.

To help combat this issue, the Beaverton Police Department, in partnership with Safe Kids Coalition Washington County and the Kuni Auto Center, will be offering a free child car seat clinic. The clinic will be held on Saturday, December 16, 2017, at the Kuni Auto Center located at 3275 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. Beaverton OR, 97005. The clinic will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

For more information on how a seat belt properly fits a child, please visit
https://www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/car-seats-and-booster-seats

A certified technician will help parents and caregivers learn to install and use their child safety restraints properly. No appointment is required -- just drop by during the event. Each car seat check will take about 30 minutes. Please note that the last car will be accepted at
11:30 a.m.
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Attached Media Files: Press Release

Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 12/07/2017-12/10/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 12/11/17 8:40 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 12/07/2017-12/10/2017

ESTACADA:

17-2003

On 12/07/2017 at 1129 hrs., a citizen in the 1000 block of Lake shore Drive reported a theft from his vehicle. The vehicle was not locked, and the incident occurred sometime overnight.

SANDY:


17-2001

On 12/07/2017 at 0828 hrs., Police responded to a business located in the 37000 block of Bell Street on a report of Possession of Marijuana by a juvenile. The juvenile was taken into custody and was transported to the Clackamas County Juvenile Reception Center. The case is being referred to the Clackamas County Juvenile Department.


17-2002

On 12/07/2017 between 0000 hrs. and 0900 hrs., an unknown suspect(s) burglarized a business near the 16000 block of 362nd Drive. A report was taken.


17-2005

On 12/07/2017 at 1721 hrs., police responded to a two-vehicle crash in the area of Highway 26 and University Avenue. A report was taken.


17-2006

On 12/07/17 at 1749 hrs., officers were dispatched to a vehicle vs. pedestrian crash at the intersection of Highway 26 & Ruben Lane. The investigation revealed the pedestrian unlawfully sprinted through an intersection and directly into the path of a vehicle that was turning. The pedestrian had no obvious injuries and was not transported to the hospital.


17-2007

On 12/08/2017 at 1515 hrs., police responded to the area of Proctor Boulevard and Meinig Avenue regarding a three-vehicle crash. None of the parties involved complained of serious injuries, and a report was taken.


17-2008

On 12/08/2017 at about 1616 hrs., police received a report about an assault from the 16000 block of 362nd Avenue. A report is pending (CAD).


17-2009

On 12/09/2017 at 1448 hrs., a Sandy resident reported a hit and run near the 16000 block of 362nd Drive. An unknown person struck their parked vehicle and left the scene without leaving their information. A report crime report was taken.


17-2010

On 12/10/2017 at around 0026 hrs., police responded to a disturbance in the 37000 block of Highway 26. After investigation, Marc W. Closner (48, of Rhododendron), was arrested for DUII. He was cited and released from the Clackamas County Jail, and his vehicle was impounded.


17-2011

On 12/10/2017 at 1743 hrs., police received a report about a stolen purse from the 37000 block of Highway 26. A report was taken.

PPB Sunshine Division to Deliver Holiday Cheer and Food to Portland Families (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/11/17 8:30 AM
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The Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division, with the help of community members and Police Bureau members, will pack 3,800 holiday food boxes, Monday, December 11 and Wednesday, December 13 from 6p.m.-9:00p.m. at their 687 N Thompson Street location in Portland. Holiday food boxes are already accounted for and will be home delivered on Dec. 16, 2017, with the help of hundreds of volunteers and three Portland Police Bureau precincts.

Holiday food box pack nights are fully staffed with volunteers, but media is invited to attend at the Sunshine Division's 687 N Thompson Street warehouse on the following dates:

Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 from 6-9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 from 6-9:00 p.m.

Delivery Day is Saturday, Dec. 16 from 8:30 a.m. --noon at four locations. Volunteers begin loading cars at 9:00 a.m. RSVP's are required to volunteer and are already fully staffed with volunteers.

The holiday food box program is supported by food and funding donations through Albertsons Safeway, the OCF Eddie Wilson Fund, Botsford & Goodfellow Inc., Ventura Foods, Franz Bakery and Shari's Cafés & Pies. Significant support through select Albertsons Safeway stores' "Turkey Bucks" and "Santa Bucks" in-store promotions, along with additional individual, foundation, and corporate food and funding, have supported the 95-year program and Portland tradition.

"This program has impacted hundreds of thousands of families in the Portland area over the years. We really couldn't do this without the support of the community. Safeway and Botsford & Goodfellow Inc.'s generosity has allowed us to continue to improve the quality of food offerings to families each year" said Officer Matt Tobey, Sunshine Division's assigned Portland Police Bureau officer.

The Sunshine Division was unofficially started in 1922 when the economy dipped and the City of Portland had to lay off some 40 police officers. To compensate for this loss, volunteer civilians gathered to serve in emergency situations -- a group eventually called the Portland Police Reserve. The Reserves found themselves responding to widespread poverty in Portland by collecting food to fill Christmas baskets that were delivered to Portlanders in need. Their efforts started an annual tradition that later formed a division of the police called the "Sunshine Division."

Nine decades later, the Sunshine Division provides year-round free food and clothing support to struggling Portland families, seniors, veterans, and the disabled through a variety of programs. While still closely partnered with the police, a civilian staff works with law enforcement to implement the nonprofit organization's year-round food and clothing assistance programs.

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Red Cross Responds to Single Family Fire Affecting Four Adults in Portland
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/11/17 7:55 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a single-family home fire disaster on Dec. 10, 2017 at approximately 9:00 p.m. in the 16000 block of SE Taylor Street in Portland, Ore. The fire affected four adults and their pets.

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

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

Firefighters Contend with Fourth Fire since August Involving New Housing Development in North Bethany (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 12/11/17 5:55 AM
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At 12:39 a.m. this morning, a Washington County Sherriff's Office patrol deputy spotted a fire in a home under construction at 7864 NW 169th Avenue in unincorporated Washington County (also known as North Bethany). He also reported smoke coming from the home next door at 7888 NW 169th Avenue.

First-arriving firefighters from Station 64 started to fight the primary fire at 7864 NW 169th Avenue from the outside. Additional fire crews protected exposures and began to suppress the fire from the inside of the adjacent home at 7888 NW 169th Avenue.

At 1:02a.m., the incident commander called a second alarm to bring more firefighters to the scene. Two aerial ladder trucks were used to spray water onto the primary fire unit. Firefighters were able to control the fires within 40 minutes and keep them from spreading to additional homes. In addition to the fire hazards, responders dealt with slick surfaces as water from the fire fight froze.

The home located at 7864 NW 169th was in the final stages of construction, and is considered a total loss. Minor fire, smoke and water damage occurred to the home at 7888 NW 169th Avenue. TVF&R fire investigators fear the fires were intentionally set and will continue working with arson detectives from Washington County Sheriff's Office.

In addition to this morning's fire, three others have occurred:
The first fire was on August 16 at Northwest 169th & Trillium.
The second fire was a block away on August 27 at Northwest 169th & Madrone.
The third took place on November 21 near the intersection of NW 167th and NW Catalpa St.
In all cases, firefighters from Station 64 were first to arrive and were met by a large amount of fire.

TVF&R was assisted this morning by Hillsboro Fire Department, Portland Fire and Rescue and Washington County Sherriff's Office. Metro West Ambulance also provided a standby unit in case injuries occurred.

Anyone with information related to this incident or other fires occurring in the area should call the Sherriff's Office at 503-846-2700. WCSO has provided extra patrols to the area since August. Property developer Noyes also hired a private security company to monitor the area.



Attached Media Files: 2017-12/1214/110322/Bethany_Fire_on_169.jpg

Tree into a house in Corbett sends one to the hospital (Photo)
Corbett Fire - 12/11/17 2:42 AM
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Around 11:30 pm Corbett Fire responded to a tree into a house. Crews were told a tree had fallen into the house with a branch impaling a 65-year-old female and she was still inside.
Crews arrived and located the female in the house she was alert, conscious, and had a limb in her lower torso. Crews were able to secure the limb and extricate the patient she was transported to Emanuel hospital. All other occupants made it out safely including pets.The structure has extensive damage. AMR, Multnomah County Sheriff, and Gresham Fire assisted.



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ODOT Closes Parts of the East Historic Columbia River Hwy Due to High Winds
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/11/17 1:59 AM
ODOT has closed the East Historic Columbia River Hwy from Larch Mountain Road to Bridal Veil due to high winds and the potential tree danger in the burn zone.

The east winds have already caused trees to fall along Corbett Hill Road and soon after 11 PM, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office along with Corbett Fire, responded to East Knieriem Rd on a report of a tree into a house. A 65 year old female was injured when a branch impaled her. She has been transported to a local hospital.

Vancouver Police Department Detectives investigating a shooting ( UPDATE )
Vancouver Police Dept. - 12/11/17 12:10 AM
( UPDATE TO LAST RELEASE )

Attached photograph is not related to the release. Photograph is of a person who was reported missing earlier in Vancouver tonight but found prior to the release being sent to the media. Please disregard the attached photo. Thank You.

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On 12-10-17 at approximately 8:50 pm Vancouver Police patrol units responded to report of a shooting at 3300 block of F St in Vancouver. Arriving officers located a seventeen year old female subject suffering from a gunshot wound.

Suspect of the shooting had fled the scene prior to arrival of police units.

Victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Her injuries are not classified as life threatening at this time.

Vancouver Police Department's Major Crimes Unit Detectives are currently on scene and investigating the incident.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The investigation is continuing.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Attached Media Files: Tusitala Toese

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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