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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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(Updated with date/location below)

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.

End of Update


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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Food collected by students will reach more than 15 feet in Student Center

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No further information at this time.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Attached Media Files: Luis E Trybom

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Attached Media Files: Lorrie Hocker

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

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

Ways to prevent impaired driving:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Attached Media Files: Julian M Booker , Austen K Herrmann

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


The Oregon awards are part of national recognition by AARP to 100 lawmakers around the country who worked in a bipartisan way to support family caregivers.
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Deadline for Short-Term Rental License Renewals is December 31, 2017
City of Salem - 12/08/17 2:30 PM
Do you rent your home or rooms on a vacation rental website like Airbnb or Flipkey? Do you know someone who does? City code refers to these rentals as short-term and accessory short-term rentals. Please help us spread the word about the required December 31 license renewal deadline, and the requirement to be licensed to operate within the City.

-- City Council Adopted Changes in Summer 2017 --

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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


Case #17-25622



Attached Media Files: Anderson mug , Wallace mug

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-- POV --

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the Oregon Disabilities Commission:
The Oregon Disabilities Commission is charged by state statute to advise the Department of Human Services, the Governor, the Legislative Assembly and appropriate state agency administrators on issues related to achieving the full economic, social, legal and political equity of individuals with disabilities. ODC also acts as a coordinating link between and among public and private organizations services individuals with disabilities.

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

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

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

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

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

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

9809 NE 222nd Avenue, Vancouver WA 98682

Contact : Arnie Kuchta : (360) 901-7908

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



About the Oregon Historical Society

For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state's collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (www.ohs.org), educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon's history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon's cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.



Attached Media Files: Courtesy Oregon Historical Society Research Library , Courtesy Oregon Historical Society Research Library , Meier & Frank 1976 Christmas display , OHS Santaland Display

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

Both individuals were detained and arrested on the following charges:

Apollo Charles Biggs:

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

Sheryl Annette Loschiavo:

- Conspiracy
- Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine
- Attempted Burglary 1

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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



Booking Photos are attached

Video Available, at the link below

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Attached Media Files: Loschiavo, Sheryl , Biggs, Apollo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ways to prevent impaired driving:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Attached Media Files: Bolt , Cecilia L Bruinsma

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Attached Media Files: Gregory M Brown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

Date: December 11, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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


PROTECTING PETS IN WINTER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Join us in congratulating our many talented musicians!



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

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

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

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

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


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

Agenda

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

2:00 Adjournment


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

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

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

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

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

Agenda

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

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

1:30 p.m. Adjournment Bonebrake



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-- POV --

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the Oregon Disabilities Commission:

The Oregon Disabilities Commission is charged by state statute to advise the Department of Human Services, the Governor, the Legislative Assembly and appropriate state agency administrators on issues related to achieving the full economic, social, legal and political equity of individuals with disabilities. ODC also acts as a coordinating link between and among public and private organizations services individuals with disabilities.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release , Booking Photo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ESTACADA:

17-1999

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


SANDY:

17-2000

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

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

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

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

General Arnold Fields to Headline Celebration

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When: 06 December 2017

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

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

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


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

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


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

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



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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

Domestic Violence is among the most frequent and serious forms of violent crime investigated by police.  If you or a loved one are experiencing domestic violence or are concerned that domestic violence may be an issue, help is available.
 
Call to Safety, formerly The Portland Women's Crisis Line, provides access to advocacy services, including confidential peer support, information and referrals to community resources.  Call to Safety 24 hour crisis line can be reached at 503-235-5333? ?or 1-888-235-5333 or www.calltosafety.org
 
Additional web based resources are available from the Multnomah County Domestic Violence Coordinator's office: http://web.multco.us/dv
 
The Portland Police Bureau's Domestic Violence Reduction Unit (DVRU) provides officers and detectives with specialized training in the dynamics of domestic violence.  This unit also operates jointly with Multnomah County's Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team (DVERT) on "high-lethality" cases of domestic violence (those cases with warning signs associated with the most severe and life-threatening cases of domestic violence.).
 
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Attached Media Files: Justin L Fowler

The Salvation Army Red Kettles Raise $232,682 So Far, With a Total Goal of $750,000.00
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 12/06/17 6:00 PM
(PORTLAND METRO,OR) 06 December 2017 -- Because no child should go without a toy this Christmas, no family without food, and no person without a roof over their head. These are just many of the reasons you should give to a red kettle of The Salvation Army this season. As of December 2nd, 2017, The Salvation Army Red Kettles in Portland Metro are at just over $232,682, just 31% of the total amount needed to meet the goal of $750,000.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

People, and especially small children and pets, should avoid areas where the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish-red in color, if a thick mat of blue-green algae is visible in the water, or bright green cells are suspended in the water column. If you observe these signs in the water you are encouraged to avoid activities that cause you to swallow water or inhale droplets, such as swimming or high-speed water activities.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America's leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 11.3 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia, including more than 570,000 medical and 260,000 dental members in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, dentists, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical and dental teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

About PeaceHealth
PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a group practice with more than 900 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. The Sisters shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for healthcare in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission. Visit us online at peacehealth.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sgt. B. Wade Corbin

West Linn Police Department

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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



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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ESTACADA:

17-1980

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


SANDY:

17-1984

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

17-1987

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

17-1989

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

17-1990

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

17-1991

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

17-1992

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

17-1994

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

17-1996

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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