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Sat. 02/22/20
Vancouver Firefighters save family dog from burning house. (Photo)
Vancouver Fire Dept. - 02/22/20 12:19 PM

At 08:59 on 2-22-2020 the Vancouver Fire Department responded to the report of a house fire with people inside at 11020 NE 87th St. in Vancouver, WA.  Within five minutes Vancouver Fire Engine 4 arrived to find a 2 story house on fire.  Engine 4 quickly attacked the flames as additional arriving units aggressively searched the structure.  No people where home.  However, a dog was found and carried from the burning house and given to a neighbor.  A total of 25 personnel on scene from Vancouver Fire had the fire under control nineteen minutes later.  The fire is currently under investigation by the Clark County Fire Marshalls office. 

Attached Media Files: 2020-02/5157/131730/House_Fire_3.jpg , 2020-02/5157/131730/House_Fire_1.jpg , 2020-02/5157/131730/House_Fire_4.jpg

Man Seriously Injured in Stabbing, Suspect Outstanding
Portland Police Bureau - 02/22/20 12:11 PM
A victim was stabbed and seriously injured in the Buckman neighborhood this morning.

On Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 2:40a.m., Central Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a stabbing in the 700 block of Southeast 26th Avenue. When they arrived they located an adult male victim laying on the sidewalk with a stab wound to the back. He was alert and talking to officers. Paramedics arrived and transported the victim to the hospital for treatment. His injuries appear to be non-life threatening.

Officers began an investigation and learned that the victim was stabbed after a confrontation with a suspect. An unknown weapon was used. The suspect, a white female, left the scene before police arrived.

The case has been forwarded to Assault Detail detectives for follow-up. No other suspect information is being released at this time due to the open investigation.

If anyone has any information about this assault, they're asked to call police non-emergency at 503 823-3333 or e-mail crimetips@portlandoregon.gov. They should reference case number 20-61200.

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Lincoln County Sheriff's Office K9 Demonstration (Photo)
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/22/20 9:29 AM
K9 Bonni With Church Members
K9 Bonni With Church Members

On February 19, 2020 Canine Handler Deputy Zach Akin and his K9 partner Bonni provided a demonstration of canine use in law enforcement at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Waldport. The demonstration included a brief talk about the history of police canines, canine obedience, handler protection, and suspect apprehension. With the assistance of Deputy Jernigan acting as an agitator, Deputy Akin and K9 Bonni showed the group how they work together as a K9 Unit.

Deputy Akin concluded the presentation with a meet and greet where those who attended got to meet K9 Bonni.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is grateful for the opportunity to educate the citizens in Lincoln County on canine use in law enforcement. If you or anyone you know would like to have this opportunity please call or email Sergeant Karl Vertner 541-265-0681, tner@co.lincoln.or.us" target="_blank">kvertner@co.lincoln.or.u

Attached Media Files: K9 Bonni With Church Members

UPDATE: Identity of Person Run Over by Utility Truck Released
Portland Police Bureau - 02/22/20 7:52 AM
The deceased person is identified as Stacey A. Eaton, 42. His family has been notified of his death.

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The Major Crash Team (MCT) has completed its initial on-scene investigation into Friday night's fatal crash in the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood. Southeast 17th Avenue is reopened to traffic.

Initial information suggests that the truck was pulling into a convenience store parking lot when he ran over the victim. Investigators have not determined the exact position of the victim at the time of the crash.

The driver of the truck stayed on scene and cooperated with the investigation. Officers did not note any signs of impairment on the part of the truck driver. There have been no arrests or citations issued at this time.

The name of the victim will be released after next of kin has been notified.

Officer Chris Johnson ( Chris.Johnson@portlandoregon.gov ) is the lead investigator. This is the 9th MCT investigation and the 7th traffic fatality of 2020.

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This correction clarifies that Southeast 17th Avenue is closed between Southeast Tacoma Street and Southeast Nehalem Street. Southeast Tacoma Street is open to traffic.

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A person laying on the sidewalk was killed after being run over by a utility truck in the Sellwood-Moreland Neighborhood.

On Friday, February 14, 2020 at 7:23p.m., Central Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a crash on Southeast 17th Avenue just north of Southeast Tacoma Street. When officers and paramedics arrived they determined that the person was deceased. The driver of the truck remained at the scene.

The Major Crash Team (MCT) has been activated and is responding to assume the investigation.

Southeast 17th Avenue is closed between Southeast Tacoma Street and Southeast Nehalem Street. Southeast Tacoma Street remains open to traffic.

The PIO is not responding to the scene.

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Identity of Deceased Bicyclist in Goose Hollow Neighborhood Fatal Crash Released
Portland Police Bureau - 02/22/20 7:39 AM
The bicyclist killed in this incident is identified as Jerry M. Stites III, 37, of Portland. His family has been notified of his death.

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On Monday, February 17, 2020 at 12:28am, Central Precinct officers were dispatched to a crash at Southwest Vista Avenue and Southwest Park Place. When officers arrived they discovered a vehicle struck a bicycle. The bicyclist suffered a head injury and was transported to an area hospital and was listed to be in critical care. Later in the day, the medical examiner notified the police bureau the bicyclist did not survive.

Officers from the Traffic Division investigated the crash. The investigation preliminarily determined the driver of the truck was driving southbound through the intersection on a green light. The bicyclist entered the intersection with neither a helmet nor a light on. The driver of the vehicle was traveling at an estimated 25-30 miles per hour and was unable to stop before hitting the bicyclist. The driver of the vehicle was cooperative with police and was not determined to be impaired.

The deceased bicyclist is an adult male. His identification will be released pending notification of family.

This is the 8th fatal crash of 2020 in the City of Portland.

The Portland Police Traffic Division is committed to providing enforcement and raising awareness regarding traffic safety and vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. Each year, traffic officer respond to preventable collisions. These collisions can deeply impact those involved, their families and loved ones. Traffic officers' number one priority is to address behaviors of all road users that might lead to a collision, including speed, impairment, distraction, and disobeying signals.

You can help by doing your part to obey all traffic laws, whether you are in a vehicle, on foot, bike or scooter. To learn more visit:


Identity Released of Reckless, Eluding Driver in Stolen Vehicles (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/22/20 7:21 AM
Stolen Crash 1
Stolen Crash 1
The identity of the driver in last night's reckless driving and elude case is being released. Dylan M. Miller, 25 (photo), was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Attempt to Elude by Vehicle (2 counts), Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle (2 counts), Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle (2 counts), and some previous warrants.

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A suspect is facing numerous charges after officers attempted to get him to stop for over an hour in two states. Now, officers are hoping to hear from victims who were endangered by his reckless conduct.

On Friday, February 21, 2020 at 7:30p.m., two sergeants attempted to stop a reported stolen vehicle, a full size Chevrolet pickup truck, in the area of North Houghton Street and North Foss Avenue. The vehicle drove away at high speed and, due to policy and safety concerns, the sergeants stopped and did not pursue. A short time later, other officers in the area saw the vehicle driving at high speed, but they did not pursue either.

An airplane from Portland Police Air Support Unit joined to assist and followed the truck north on I-5 into Vancouver, east on Washington State Route 14 to southbound I-5, and back into Oregon. The driver went to Cascade Station mall parking lot, jumped out, and got into another previously reported stolen vehicle, a Honda Accord. Officers again attempted to stop him.

He drove that vehicle back to I-205 north into Vancouver. He was driving in excess of 100 miles per hour, so officers again backed off trying to get him to stop driving recklessly. He got back on southbound I-5, back into Oregon. He exited at Northeast Marine Drive and through several neighborhoods in North Portland. Despite no officers being in the area, he ran numerous red lights and drove into oncoming traffic. Officers were able to use spike strips on the tires as the vehicle went eastbound on Northeast Sandy Boulevard near Northeast 122nd Avenue. Despite having at least one deflated tire, the driver continued to drive 60-70 miles per hour and cross the center line into oncoming traffic. Another officer spiked the vehicle tires again near Northeast 185th Avenue. At 8:40p.m., the vehicle finally crashed off the road near Northeast 223rd Avenue in Fairview (photos).

The driver was arrested. He was not injured. His name will be released later after he is booked into jail. Northeast Sandy Boulevard was closed in the area for about an hour but is open now. PPB was assisted by law enforcement partners from Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Clark County Sheriff's Office, Vancouver Police, and Gresham Police.

There were no crashes or injuries reported. However, investigators are still compiling charges and are hoping to talk to anyone who was put in danger by his driving, especially those who were nearly hit head-on.

Because the sergeants involved in the initial stop are assigned to the Gun Violence Reduction Team, they're asking for tips to the GVRT tipline at 503-823-4106 or email information to GVRT@portlandoregon.gov. Callers should reference case number 20-60769.

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Attached Media Files: Stolen Crash 1 , Stolen Crash2 , Dylan M. Miller

Fri. 02/21/20
Couple displaced from afternoon house fire (Photo)
Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue - 02/21/20 11:18 PM

Cowlitz County, WA- Firefighters from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue and Cowlitz County Fire District #5 (Kalama) responded to a structure fire at 3:12 Friday afternoon in the 300 block of Ross Rd.  Neighbors and a school bus driver passing by called 911 reported a house on fire, possibly fully involved.  Reports from neighbors were that an elderly couple may still be inside.  Fire crews arrived reporting the home was ½ involved with fire and began attacking the fire with multiple hose lines and searched for occupants.  Three fire engines, two water tenders, a medic unit, a brush engine, and a Chief Officer responded to the fire.  A Cowlitz County Sheriff deputy and a Public Utilities crew also responded.  Later in the incident fire crews were relieved to hear, from family of the two elderly residents, that they were safe and out of the home at a doctor’s appointment.   Firefighters had the fire knocked down in 40 minutes after arriving.  The cause of the fire is under investigation; the two residents will be staying with family in the area.  The house is considered a total loss by fire officials.  No injuries were reported

Attached Media Files: 2020-02/3738/131727/1.jpg , 2020-02/3738/131727/3.jpg , 2020-02/3738/131727/4.jpg , 2020-02/3738/131727/5.jpg , 2020-02/3738/131727/2.jpg

Estacada School District Recognized Nationally As a Model Professional Learning Community
Estacada Sch. Dist. - 02/21/20 5:13 PM

 February 21, 2020 


CONTACT: Maggie Kelly 

Communications Coordinator 

Estacada School District 

503-630-6871 x 2911 


Press Release: Estacada School District Recognized Nationally As a Model Professional Learning Community 

One of About 200 Schools and One of 14 District in the US and Canada to Receive This Prestigious Honor 

 Estacada, OR—The Estacada School District was recently recognized by Solution Tree for its sustained success in raising student achievement. The district’s successful implementation of the Professional Learning Communities at Work™ process has been a major contributing factor in the improved achievement of its students. 

PLCs are schools and districts in which educators recognize the key to improved learning and outcomes for students is on-going, job-embedded learning for the adults who serve those students. The three big ideas of a PLC call upon educators to: 

1. Focus on learning. 

2. Build a collaborative culture. 

3. Create a results orientation. 

Responding to news of the recognition, district Superintendent Carpenter said, “We are thrilled to receive news of this award. This represents years of dedicated work from our teaching staff, and a constant focus on student-centered improvement.” 

Schools are recognized based on strict criteria, including demonstration of a commitment to PLC concepts, implementation of these concepts for at least three years, and clear evidence of improved student learning over that period. Once measurable results can be seen, the school must explain its practices, structures, and culture and submit its application for consideration by the PLC Review Committee. 

According to the Champions of PLC at Work™, educators in the schools and districts selected for this recognition have shown “a sustained commitment to helping all of their students achieve at high levels. They have been willing to alter the structure and culture of the organization to reflect their commitment. We applaud them and congratulate them for achieving this very significant milestone on the never-ending PLC journey.” 

Recognized model PLC schools are listed on allthingsplc.info. The Estacada School District is proud to be among the few districts throughout the country that have been recognized for their dedication to improved student outcomes through quality PLC work. 

ABOUT ESTACADA SCHOOL DISTRICT – The Estacada School District’s mission is to equip every student with the skills necessary to be competent, resourceful and successful. For more information, contact: Maggie Kelly at 503-630-6871 x2911. 


Attached Media Files: Press Release

Verdict returned in State of Oregon v. Jeremy Joseph Christian
Multnomah Co. District Attorney's Office - 02/21/20 4:39 PM

February 20, 2020

Verdict returned in State of Oregon v. Jeremy Joseph Christian

Today, a 12-person jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict on all counts in State of Oregon v. Jeremy Joseph Christian.

Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill issued the following statement upon the jury’s verdict:

“Our community continues to feel the profound impact from this violent and racist attack that happened more than two years ago. This verdict supports and upholds the state’s belief that Jeremy Joseph Christian acted intentionally when he committed these crimes. We thank the jurors for their dedication, diligence and swift deliverance of justice. While we are pleased with today’s verdict, we continue to focus our efforts toward helping the families of Ricky Best and Taliesin Namkai-Meche as well as Micah Fletcher, Demetria Hester, Wailo Mohamed, Destinee Mangum and Shawn Forde deal with the unimaginable and lasting trauma caused by Jeremy Joseph Christian.

I am proud and very appreciative of First Assistant Jeff Howes and Chief Deputy District Attorney Don Rees who represented the State of Oregon and presented the jury with a comprehensive and clear presentation of evidence in their unwavering pursuit of justice. I also want to recognize Multnomah County Deputy District Attorneys Rachna Hajari and Ashly Crockett both of whom provided instrumental contributions and assistance throughout this case. I recognize our Victim Advocates Chanel Thomas, Julie Jacobs and Emily Hyde for the dedicated support and advocacy they have and will continue to provide the victims in this case. Finally, I recognize District Attorney Investigator Steve Ober and Senior Legal Assistant Tammy Ruffing for their assistance during the pendency of this case.”

No additional information, statements or interviews will be provided by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office at this time pending sentencing.

This trial started January 21, 2020 with five days of jury selection.

The presentation of evidence, including the opening statements, state’s case in chief, defense case, the state’s rebuttal case and closing arguments lasted an additional 15 days and included an off-site jury view of a TriMet MAX train.

The jury in this case remains empaneled by court order. The sentencing phase, for the jury to determine, is scheduled to start Tuesday February 25, 2020.


  • Count 1 – Murder in the first degree

Guilty (12-0)

  • Count 2 – Murder in the first degree

Guilty (12-0)

  • Count 3 – Attempted murder in the first degree

Guilty (12-0)

  • Count 4 – Assault in the first degree

Guilty (12-0)

  • Count 5 – Intimidation in the second degree

Guilty (12-0)

  • Count 6 – Intimidation in the second degree

Guilty (12-0)

  • Count 7 – Unlawful use of a weapon

Guilty (12-0)

  • Count 8 – Menacing

Guilty (12-0)

  • Count 9 – Intimidation in the second degree

Guilty (12-0)

  • Count 10 – Assault in the second degree

Guilty (12-0)

  • Count 11 – Unlawful use of a weapon

Guilty (12-0)

  • Count 12 – Menacing

Guilty (12-0)



Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director 
Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office
Phone: 503.988.6567 | Email: Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us

Attached Media Files: 2020-02/5769/131723/PR-20-49-Verdict_returned_in_State_of_Oregon_v._Jeremy_Joseph_Christian.pdf

CCC offers children's spring break camps (Photo)
Clackamas Comm. College - 02/21/20 4:29 PM
Children can learn about nature at Clackamas Community College’s Environmental Learning Center spring break camps.
Children can learn about nature at Clackamas Community College’s Environmental Learning Center spring break camps.

OREGON CITY – Children can explore the outdoors and learn about nature’s movers and shakers during spring break at the Clackamas Community College Environmental Learning Center.

Nature is constantly on the move. Children will explore how plants and animals travel by engaging in hands-on activities, crafts and nature-based play in this spring break camp. Each day will focus on a different group of plants or animals and their adaptations of getting from place to place.

Camps are available for children in grades 1-2 and 3-5 and include:

March 23, Mammals in Motion

Explore the wetland and forest for track mysteries to solve.

March 24, Take Flight

Unlock the secrets to flight and design. Learn to build and launch inventions.

March 25, Creeping Critters

Discover how insects move in nature.

March 26, Swift Swimmers

Find wetland creatures that have adapted to life in the water.

“The Environmental Learning Center is a wonderful place for children to experience and learn about nature and the animals who live here,” Renee Harber, Environmental Learning Center administrator, said. “Campers will learn about the environment through hands-on, interactive activities that are both educational and fun.”

The Environmental Learning Center is a great place for children, families and adults to explore the outdoors and learn about watersheds through hands-on environmental education. The 5-acre site includes walking trails, an outdoor amphitheater and interpretative signage. The site serves as an important stormwater facility for the college campus and provides critical wetland habitat for resident and migratory birds, such as great blue herons, flickers and mallards.

Camps are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and located at the Environmental Learning Center, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City. The cost to attend varies by grade level. Grades 1-2 is $64 a day. Grades 3-5 is $69 a day. Before and after care is available at an additional cost.

For more information, visit www.clackamas.edu/elc/kids or email espycamps@clackamas.edu">naturespycamps@clackamas.edu.  To register, visit https://bit.ly/3c1lvee. Learn more about the Environmental Learning Center at www.clackamas.edu/elc.  


Attached Media Files: Children can learn about nature at Clackamas Community College’s Environmental Learning Center spring break camps.

CCHM Speaker Series: Women's Suffrage in Southwest Washington (Photo)
Clark County Historical Museum - 02/21/20 4:05 PM
Women's group wearing star banners. Credit: CCHM photo archives.
Women's group wearing star banners. Credit: CCHM photo archives.

Vancouver, WA – Clark County Historical Museum continues our 2020 Speaker Series at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, with Tracy Kelly’s presentation of “Women’s Suffrage in Southwest Washington.” From the beginning of the Suffrage Movement through Washington States’ ratification of the 19th Amendment and into contemporary time, women in Southwest Washington have long been a driving force in the changing political landscape of the region.

Join us as Tracy tells the story of the women who led the fight for Women’s Rights in Southwest Washington. She’ll introduce listeners to major suffragists, explain what was happening locally and nationally that enticed Susan B. Anthony to visit Vancouver, and explore why even after gaining the right to vote, women continue to fight for Equal Rights both locally and nationally.

According to Tracy, “It was a splendid opportunity to work with the staff and researchers of CCHM on this celebration of the Votes for Women Centennial of the 19th Amendment. Historians are passionate about detective work - and we’ve uncovered intriguing new stories about the women of Clark County using original source material. I am excited to share this original research with the community.”

Honored as a Woman of Achievement by the YWCA of Clark County and Clark College in 2008, Tracy Reilly Kelly is the retired Program Manager for Clark College Economic and Community Development. Before becoming Program Manager, Tracy spent 16 years teaching Health, Human Sexuality and Women’s Health,and Women’s Studies at both Clark College and Portland State University. Originally a history major who wrote a thesis in college of the history of La Center, Tracy received her B.A. in Human Services from Evergreen State College and an M.S. in Teaching Health Education at Portland State University.

The CCHM Speaker Series is sponsored by the Clark County Historic Preservation Commission. General admission is $5; seniors and students are $4; children under 18 are $3; and the evening is free for CCHM members, veterans, and active-duty military personnel. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the event will begin at 7 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early, as it is first-come, first-served seating.

For more information, contact the museum at 360-993-5679 or each@cchmuseum.org">outreach@cchmuseum.org.


Attached Media Files: CCHM March Speaker Series_PR , Women's group wearing star banners. Credit: CCHM photo archives.

PPB Investigates Noose at Benson High School -- Public's Help Sought
Portland Police Bureau - 02/21/20 3:46 PM
On Friday, February 21, 2020 at 9:17a.m., the Portland Police Bureau's Youth Services Division (YSD) responded to Benson High School located at 546 Northeast 12th Avenue on a report that a noose was located on school campus.

School Resource Officers (SRO) responded to investigate. The noose was discovered by a maintenance employee in a secure area within the school that was not in view of the student population. Officers consulted with the Portland Police Bureau's Bias Crimes Detectives and School Resource Officers are continuing to investigate the incident.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the non-emergency line at (503)823-3333 and reference case number 20-60092.

The Bureau investigates all reports of bias-motivated crimes and encourages any member of our community who is the victim of such crime to contact law enforcement. Under Oregon law, bias crimes are defined as any criminal act that targets a victim based on the suspect's perception of the victim's race, color, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or national origin. Detectives work to determine whether or not bias elements are present during the reported crime that align with Oregon law as defined in the Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS):

ORS 166.165 -- Bias crime in the First Degree - https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/166.165
ORS 166.155 -- Bias crime in the Second Degree - https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/166.155

If you have been the victim of a bias crime assault or you are witnessing one, immediately call 9-1-1. If you have been the victim of a different bias crime and the suspect is no longer present, such as vandalism or graffiti, please call the non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

To learn more about bias crime investigations and reported bias/hate crime statistics within the City of Portland, please visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/77066

Additionally, the City of Portland is a partner in Portland United Against Hate, which is a community initiated partnership of Community Based Organizations, Neighborhood Associations, concerned communities and the City. To learn more, please visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/72583


***UPDATE*** Marion County Fire District 1 responds to apartment fire (Photo)
Marion Co. Fire Dist. #1 - 02/21/20 3:43 PM
Apartment fire
Apartment fire


On February 17, 2020 Marion County Fire District #1 (MCFD1) responded to a two alarm apartment fire located at 2500 Lancaster Drive NE. First arriving units rescued one occupant who was transported to Salem Hospital. Sadly, the occupant who was rescued died at the hospital on Thursday February 20, 2020. Damage to the apartment building and contents is estimated at $400,000. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 




Today (2/17/2020) at 4:35 PM Marion County Fire District#1 (MCFD1) was dispatched to report of an apartment fire at 2500 Lancaster Drive NE in Salem.  Initial crews arrived and reported heavy smoke and fire in a two story apartment building with four units.  Fire was extending to two floors and into the attic. A second alarm was called to bring additional resources to assist. Crews made an aggressive attack on the fire while beginning to search each apartment for occupants. One occupant located in a ground floor apartment was rescued by firefighters. The occupant was unconscious and was transported to Salem Hospital and remains there in critical condition. The name of the occupant will not be released at this time. The remainder of the apartments had been evacuated prior to arrival of the fire department and no other occupants were located by crews assigned to search. MCFD1 responded to the fire with three engines, one rescue unit, 2 medic units, one Fire Marshal and a Battalion Chief.  The second alarm brought equipment from our neighboring departments including Salem Fire with one Engine, one Ladder and a Battalion Chief, Keizer Fire District with one engine, Woodburn Fire District with one engine and a Falck Ambulance . Aumsville Fire District and Silverton Fire District assisted with coverage for our stations during the fire. The fire severely damaged the apartment building and nine occupants of the four apartments were displaced. Red Cross is on scene assisting.  Fire Investigators were on scene this afternoon and evening and will return to do follow up investigation tomorrow. The fire remains under investigation and there is no cause determined at this time.  Other than the one occupant who was rescued there were no additional injuries to the public or to Firefighters.



Attached Media Files: Apartment fire , ***UPDATE*** Apartment fire

Police Station Transportation Improvements (Division Street NE and Liberty Street NE)
City of Salem - 02/21/20 3:41 PM

UPDATE:  Attached Project Area Map


Salem, Ore. — Beginning Monday, March 2, 2020, Liberty Street NE between Division Street NE and the Mill Creek bridge will be temporarily closed to all through traffic (see attached map). The northbound lane on Liberty Street NE will re-open in early April.  Pedestrians and motorists are asked to use caution and plan for some delays as traffic is re-routed toward High Street NE and Commercial Street NE. 

This street closure is necessary for the construction of streetscape and pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements adjacent to the new Salem Police Station. Additional street closures along Liberty Street and Division Street will occur in phases through June 2020 as follows:

  • Division Street NE and Liberty Street NE intersection (closed late March through early April),
  • Division Street NE and southbound Liberty Street NE between Division Street NE and the Mill Creek bridge (closed late March through early June). 

This construction will change the streets and traffic signals to improve access and traffic circulation in the area.  The work will provide additional on-street parking, landscaping, street lighting, sidewalks, and stormwater improvements. Kerr Contractors will be performing this work under the General Contractor, JE Dunn Construction. 

Street closure dates will be posted on digital signs in the project area prior to the closures. 

Attached Media Files: Project Area Map

Breakthrough Agreement Reached on Funding Measure for Regional Homeless Services
Portland Business Alliance - 02/21/20 3:04 PM

$250 million-a-year for homeless services expected to be referred to May ballot

For Immediate Release:
February 21, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, HereTogether coalition partners, regional elected leaders, and members of greater Portland’s business community reached a breakthrough agreement on funding options for a $250 million-a-year homeless services measure expected to be referred to the Metro regional ballot in May.

This agreement includes a 1% marginal tax rate on taxable income over $125,000 a year (individuals) or $250,000 a year (joint), and a business income tax for regional businesses that would exempt small business. Combined, the funding mechanism options are targeted to raise $250,000,000 a year, and would prioritize services for those currently experiencing chronic homelessness, as well as preventative services for our community members most at risk of becoming homeless. 

These priorities are based on HereTogether’s regional policy framework, which was developed over the past two years by a broad and diverse coalition. The framework prioritizes equity and leads with race.

The agreement also includes accountability measures, such as annual audits, a cap on administrative overhead, and an oversight committee that represents a multitude of voices from our regional community. The measure would require voter reapproval after 10 years. 

The Metro Council is scheduled to vote on the proposed agreement at a special meeting at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25. 

Additional details on the funding mechanism options and measure language will be posted in advance of Tuesday’s meeting. 


Statements from Regional Partners:

“This groundbreaking agreement makes it clear – everyone agrees that this issue is urgent and solvable,” said Metro Council President Lynn Peterson. “Through a marginal tax on high income earners, and a small tax on businesses that exempts small business, we can, and will, pay for the services needed to meaningfully address homelessness in greater Portland."

“This is what happens when we remain committed to coming together instead of letting things fall apart when it gets tough,” said Katrina Holland, HereTogether Advisory Committee chair, and Executive Director of JOIN. “We know what works to address this issue, and we only needed commitment to scale up what works. Now, we know how we’re going to make it happen." 

“This agreement represents countless hours of active engagement by our region’s leaders and provides a more resilient, progressive funding mechanism so that the measure does what it's drafted to do — help those who need it most,” said Andrew Hoan, president and CEO of Portland Business Alliance, greater Portland's Chamber of Commerce. "As the region's largest and most diverse business community, we are proud to be long-time collaborators with all those committed to solving chronic homelessness.”

“It is a rare moment when leaders from the region come together in a unified voice. We found that voice today and I look forward to our community’s future success in preventing and reducing homelessness.” said Clackamas County Chair Jim Bernard.

“Today’s historic agreement sets the table for an unprecedented — and compassionate — regional response to homelessness. The challenge before us cuts across county lines and city limits, and demands we come together to act. We now have total agreement on that response,” said Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury.

“If we don’t pass this funding measure, our region will forever lose what’s always made us so special,” said Kathryn Harrington, Chair of the Washington County Board of Commissioners. “This initiative will raise the funds we need in order to make an impactful change on this crisis. As a former Metro Councilor, I am confident that Metro’s track record of efficient, prudent management and effective oversight will ensure that this measure will be effective at helping those most in need.”

“This is a historic moment where different branches of government, businesses, service providers, and advocates have come together to partner on alleviating one of the biggest crises of our time: homelessness. No city, county, region, or state can do this work alone. By coming together, we send this message to our most vulnerable neighbors: you're not alone in your journey, we're here to help,” said Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler.

For more information about the HereTogether coalition and this campaign, visit: HereTogether.org


Additional resources:

HereTogether regional scope of homelessness

ECONorthwest Potential Sources and Uses of Revenue to Address the Region’s Homeless Crisis

State of Oregon homeless student count by school district (McKinney-Vento Act report)

Hockinson School District Board of Directors Regular Meeting
Hockinson Sch. Dist. - 02/21/20 2:35 PM

Date:               Monday, February 24, 2020

Time:               6:00–8:00 p.m.

Location:         Hockinson School District Office

Address:          17912 NE 159th St.; Brush Prairie, WA 98606

New Emergency Public Information Call Center
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/21/20 2:34 PM

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Public Health Department are releasing their new short video and information guide on the Lincoln County Emergency Public Information Call Center.

The video provides an interactive overview of when and how the call center can be utilized by those impacted by community disasters or emergency events. The information guide can be printed for work or home as a reminder of how and when to contact the call center.

Helpful tips related to the call center are:

Lincoln County Sheriff, Curtis Landers, and Public Health Director, Rebecca Austen, extend their sincere appreciation to our local community volunteers, over 120 trained, to be able to respond and staff the call center when needed.

  • Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Auxiliary Communications Service
  • Lincoln County Emergency Management Volunteers
  • Community Emergency Response Team Chapters of Lincoln County – Depoe Bay Fire District, Newport Fire Department, North Lincoln Fire and Rescue (North County), Central Oregon Coast Fire and Rescue (South County communities).

Fore more information go to the County Emergency Management Call Center Webpage at https://www.co.lincoln.or.us/emergencymanagement/page/lincoln-county-emergency-public-information-call-center



Respectfully submitted,

Virginia "Jenny" Demaris
Emergency Manager
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Emergency Management
225 W. Olive St.
Newport, Oregon 97365
is@co.lincoln.or.us" target="_blank">vdemaris@co.lincoln.or.us
(541) 265-4199 Office


Attached Media Files: Lincoln County Emergency Public Information Call Center Guide , Media Release - New Emergency Public Information Call Center , Media Release - New Emergency Public Information Call Center

Drug team's success works to ensure a safer Salem (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 02/21/20 1:54 PM
Seized Items
Seized Items

2019 was a busy year for the Salem Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit. With the primary duty of reducing street level drug sales, the team of one sergeant and seven officers made great strides in decreasing criminal activity related to the use and distribution of illicit drugs in our community.  In November 2019, the Street Crimes Unit was recognized by the United States Attorney for the Oregon District, Billy Williams, for the teams’ dedication and commitment to their mission. “

“These drug-related issues negatively impact the community and create a sense of fear and victimization within our area,” said Lieutenant Debbie Aguilar of the Investigations Division who supervises the unit. “With our ability to develop solid cases on individuals who chose to  operate in our community, the Marion County District Attorney’s Office, alongside our federal partners with the United States Attorney’s Office District of Oregon, have worked aggressively to pursue state or federal prosecution for cases involving dangerous career criminals.”

In 2019, the Street Crimes Unit seized:

  • 17.28 pounds of heroin
  • 33 pounds of methamphetamine
  • 2.47 pounds of cocaine
  • 200 + Fentanyl tablets
  • 60 illegal or stolen firearms
  • $80,529 in cash derived from illegal drug sales

Explained Aguilar, “Many of these investigations were long-term taking weeks, sometimes months of intense investigation to establish a prosecutable case.” The work the Street Crimes Unit was involved in resulted in 650 arrests on crimes ranging from Delivery of a Controlled Substance to felon in possession of a weapon. 

Investigations are routinely initiated with information provided by concerned citizens. The department has several methods for community members to submit tips about suspected drug activity. “Whether the tips are provided through the hotline or online, in 2019 our detectives investigated 72 drug activity complaints,” added Aguilar.

In addition to investigating criminal activity related to the distribution of narcotics, Lt. Aguilar noted the Street Crimes Unit also works as a dangerous fugitive apprehension team.  The team seeks out those who have active warrants for arrest, as well as those who are wanted in connection with dangerous crimes. “The members of the Street Crimes Unit have become very successful at locating those who are attempting to evade capture and arrest in the Salem area.” 

For more information about reporting suspected drug activity, visit the Salem Police page on the City of Salem website.


Attached Media Files: Seized Items

PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement and PacificSource Health Plans Commit $400k to Catholic Community Services
PacificSource Health Plans - 02/21/20 1:16 PM

(Springfield, Ore.) Feb. 21, 2020 The PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement and PacificSource Health Plans recently committed $400k in joint funding to support the Fostering Hope Initiative (FHI), from Catholic Community Services (CCS) of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast. The PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement provided $325k in grant funding with PacificSource Health Plans providing the remaining $75k.


FHI is a neighborhood-based, collective impact initiative bringing together partners to ensure every child and youth in every neighborhood lives in a safe, stable, nurturing home, is healthy, succeeds at school, and goes on to financial self-sufficiency. FHI works within high-poverty, high-need neighborhoods to connect families with wraparound supports and community partner networks.


“This grant helps ensure that community health workers who are bilingual, bicultural, and who really know the neighbors they’re serving will be able to continue their work on this important effort,” said Marian Blankenship, executive director of PacificSource’s Foundation for Health Improvement.


“We are proud to partner with the PacificSource Foundation to support the important work being done by CCS in the local community where our members live, work, and raise their families,” said Ken Provencher, president and CEO of PacificSource.


“The support from PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement and PacificSource Health Plans is a game-changer.  It allows us to expand crucial services aimed at strengthening families and communities with a prevention approach, ultimately reducing the need for high-cost health and human services for families in neighborhoods where help is needed most,” said Josh Graves, executive director of Catholic Community Services. “It will impact thousands of lives while also setting the stage for ongoing investment in cost-effective, place-based preventive services.”


Catholic Community Services has 80 years of experience providing social services to the most vulnerable residents in communities throughout the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast. Their mission is realized through 12 programs, reaching more than 5,000 individuals each year.



About PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement 

Founded in 1992, the PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement is an expression of our commitment to our communities. Its mission is to improve community health through the touchstones of better health, better care, and lower healthcare costs. The Foundation’s grants and partnerships focus on improving access to healthcare for vulnerable populations and promoting health excellence via innovative care and community health and wellness programs. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2yK92qF


About PacificSource Health Plans 

PacificSource Health Plans is an independent, regional, not-for-profit community health plan serving the Northwest. Founded in 1933, PacificSource has local offices throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana. The PacificSource family of companies employs 1,400 people, serves more than 500,000 individuals, and has 3,900 employer clients throughout the Northwest. For more information visit PacificSource.com.



Ridgefield Celebrates Youth Arts Month
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 02/21/20 1:15 PM

Friday, February 21, 2020 – Ridgefield, Washington – Ridgefield School District is celebrating Youth Arts Month in a big way this year, joining with local businesses, organizations, the city of Ridgefield and local artists to offer an abundance of opportunities for children and the Ridgefield community to discover their creative side through art and music throughout the entire month of March.

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

To celebrate Youth Arts Month, Ridgefield Community Education is offering a phenomenal array of classes for the community and for kids of all ages.  Many classes are free!  View the schedule of activities  brochure on the Ridgefield Youth Arts webpage at www.ridgefieldyoutharts.com and click on the Ridgefield Youth Arts Month picture located in the middle of the page.

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

A variety of classes in arts and crafts or music and dance are offered this year.  Students can take part in the Missoula Children’s Theater production of “Robinson Crusoe”, learn to play Native American instruments in Cultural Drum Circle, or discover fun dance moves in Disco Fever Boogie Down or Introductory Rhythm Tap Workshop.  Art classes are also being offered in its many forms, including ceramics, block carving, mural design, mosaic art, watercolor, and chalk art.  Youth Arts Month events include the District Art Show and musical concert performances scheduled throughout the month showcasing the talents of our amazing Ridgefield students.

This year, Ridgefield School District and the Ridgefield Lions Club will present “Dueling Grands” special benefit concerts by award-winning blind musicians, Mac Potts and Nick Baker, on stage together in two amazing shows on Sunday, March 8th at the Ridgefield High School Performing Arts Center.  A family-friendly matinee is set for 2:00 pm, and an evening concert will be at 7:00 pm.  Proceeds benefit Ridgefield High School’s scholarship program and Ridgefield Youth Arts Month.  Ticket pricing and additional information can be found at www.ridgefieldyoutharts.com .  Tickets are available online at https://ridge.revtrak.net under Events. 

Ridgefield School District is grateful to its title sponsor, The Modern Orthodontist  (www.themodernorthodontist.com).  Additional support is provided by the Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation, Ridgefield Art Association and Dance Fusion Northwest.

For more information on Ridgefield Youth Arts Month, contact Terri Cochran in Ridgefield Community Education at 360-619-1303 or via email at ri.cochran@ridgefieldsd.org">terri.cochran@ridgefieldsd.org.



Cryptosporidium Monitoring Update: Detections from routine monitoring in the Bull Run.
Portland Water Bureau - 02/21/20 12:54 PM

Customers do not need to take any additional precautions at this time.

Since 2017, the Portland Water Bureau has detected low levels of Cryptosporidium from routine monitoring. Monitoring results were received from the Bull Run Watershed intake for Cryptosporidium, a potentially disease-causing microorganism. In the 50-liters sampled daily, between Sunday, Feb. 16 and Wednesday, Feb. 19, one Cryptosporidium oocyst was detected in the sample collected on Feb. 16. Cryptosporidium was not detected in the samples collected on Feb. 17, Feb. 18 or Feb 19. Prior to these detections, Cryptosporidium was last detected from the Bull Run Watershed intake on Feb. 12, 2020.

The Bull Run watershed is Portland’s primary source of drinking water. The Portland Water Bureau does not currently treat for Cryptosporidium, but is required to do so under drinking water regulations. Portland is working to install filtration by September 2027 under a compliance schedule with Oregon Health Authority. In the meantime, Portland Water Bureau is implementing interim measures such as watershed protection and additional monitoring to protect public health. Consultation with public health officials has concluded that at this time, customers do not need 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.

The Environmental Protection Agency (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 Domestic 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.

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 Quality Line at 503-823-7525.

Attached Media Files: 2020-02/1240/131711/Crypto_Press_Release_022120.pdf

Government Information & Library Services Advisory Council Meeting, 2/24/2020
State Library of Oregon - 02/21/20 12:31 PM

Salem, Ore – The Government Information & Library Services Advisory Council will meet from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Monday, February 24, 2020 at the State Library of Oregon, 250 Winter Street NE, Salem, OR 97301.

Sign language interpretation will be provided for the public if requested 48 hours before the meeting; notice 72 hours before the meeting is preferred. Handouts of meeting materials may also be requested in alternate formats 72 hours before the meeting. Requests may be made to Jerry Curry at 503-378-5008 or ry.curry@state.or.us">jerry.curry@state.or.us


10:00 – Introductions & Approval of minutes from 06/25/2019 Meeting (10 mins/All)

  • Minutes Available for review HERE

10:10 – Review/Purpose of GS Advisory Council (15 mins/Agata & Curry)

  • Current Advisory Council By-Laws HERE

10:25 – State Library News & Updates (15 mins/Agata)

  • Recruitments
  • Patron Database Project
  • Strategic Plan

10:40 – Outreach/Embedded/Programming Efforts (15 mins/Curry)

  • Joint presentation with SORA @ Portland State Office Building
  • Visits at: DHS (6), HECC (2), DEQ, DPSST, OHA, Bd. Nursing, Bd. Pharmacy , Health Related Licensing Boards, PERS, Advocacy Commissions, DCBS, Employment, Revenue, DAS
  • Govt. Services Newsletter
  • Curriculum Review: Class Schedule Available HERE

10:55 – Round Robin (20 mins/All)

  • What is going on in your agency?
  • Short Session
  • Legislative Concepts for 2021 Session
  • Other News

11:15 – New Business & Action item Review (5 mins/Curry & Waddell)

  • Advisory Council Chair


Corbett Fire District Selects Award Winners (Photo)
Corbett Fire - 02/21/20 11:09 AM
Officer of the Yr
Officer of the Yr

See attachment for PR naming Volunteer Firefighter of the Year

Photo: 20200208-204300   Left to right   Anthony DeBlock..Joe Fahlman(Pres.of Corbett Vol. Assoc} Dave Selden

Photo 20200208-204442   Left to right  (Joe Fahlman Pres of Corbett Vol. Assoc)   ( Officer of the Yr). Troy Snelling

Attached Media Files: Press release , Officer of the Yr , Vol. of the Yr

Five Pets Die in Salmon Creek Fire (with video links this time)
Clark Co. Fire Dist. 6 - 02/21/20 10:53 AM

Clark County Fire District 6 Firefighters battled a fully involved house fire this morning in the Salmon Creek neighborhood. By the time smoke cleared they found the bodies of three dogs and two cats. 

No one was home on NE 127th Street when the fire broke out. The smoke attracted the attention of off-duty District 6 firefighter, Ashley Mitchum, who lives in the area and was first to call in the blaze at 8:38 a.m. (She also shot the video of which links are attached) All of District 6's fire engines were dispatched, along with several engines from Vancouver Fire. 

The fire was under control at 9:14 a.m. and the homeowners were called. There are two adults and one child that live at the residence and Red Cross was contacted to offer lodging and assistance. 

The cause and damage estimate of the fire will be investigated by the Clark County Fire Marshal's office.

The attached video files are courtesy of Clark County Fire District 6, and you have permission to use the images. The female voice you hear is Firefighter Mitchum.




David Schmitke/PIO

(360) 975-7162

WSU Vancouver to host summit for queer and trans teens
WSU Vancouver - 02/21/20 10:38 AM

Washington State University Vancouver will host the Queer and Trans Youth Leadership Summit from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 24 in the Firstenburg Student Commons. The free event is for teens in grades nine through 12. Register by March 6 as individuals or groups at bit.ly/QTYLS.

The summit provides a day for youth to connect with community, participate in workshops that draw on queer and trans cultural wealth, develop leadership skills, and engage in activities that will encourage further youth-led community action in the region.

Ace Schwarz, recipient of the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network 2019 Educator of the Year Award, will be the featured speaker. Schwarz teaches seventh grade science and manages an educational platform called Teaching Outside the Binary, which shares resources, blog posts and reading lists to help educators deconstruct the gender binary and support LGBTQ+ students through the creation of more inclusive educational environments. Schwarz will discuss LGBTQ history from the 60s to today and how history informs current opportunities for youth-led activism. 

As a committed leader for inclusion and diversity, WSU Vancouver’s goals include recruiting and retaining students who are reflective of the diversity in the region. For the past six years the university has offered the Queer and Trans Youth Leadership Summit to address both the college-going goals of queer and trans high school students in the area, and to develop leadership capacity that will support the continued development of Southwest Washington as a place where people of all genders and sexual orientations are not only welcome, but highly valued.  

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. Find a campus map at vancouver.wsu.edu/map. Parking is available at meters and in the Blue Daily Pay lot for $4 a day.

As one of six campuses of the WSU 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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FBI Seeking Information in Klamath Co. Electrical Substation Shooting (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 02/21/20 10:20 AM

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the shooting of a Mid-State Electric Cooperative Substation.

On June 1, 2019, unknown suspects using high-caliber firearms shot at a transformer and power regulators located at the “Mowich” substation. Approximately 1,000 customers lost power due to the severe damage, which is estimated at more than $400,000.

To date, no group or person has claimed responsibility.

The seeking information poster can be found on the FBI’s website at https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/seeking-info/shooting-of-electrical-substation.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the FBI at (541) 773-2942 in Medford or at (503) 224-4181 in Portland.

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Attached Media Files: 2020-02/3585/131704/5.jpg

State Library Board Meeting, 3/6/2020
State Library of Oregon - 02/21/20 9:48 AM

Salem, Ore – The State Library Board will meet from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2020 at the State Library of Oregon, 250 Winter Street NE, Salem, OR 97301. Ann Malkin of Bend will chair the meeting.

Sign language interpretation will be provided for the public if requested 48 hours before the meeting; notice 72 hours before the meeting is preferred. Handouts of meeting materials may also be requested in alternate formats 72 hours before the meeting. Requests may be made to Cory Horton at 503-378-5015 or y.horton@state.or.us">cory.horton@state.or.us


9:00 a.m.        Approval of the Minutes – January 2020 meeting                                               Malkin

9:05                 Reports of Board Chair & Members                                                                   Malkin     

9:45                 Report of the State Librarian                                                                          Patterson

10:05              Quarterly Performance Report                                                                        Patterson

10:15              Budget report                                                                                                   Patterson

10:25              2021-2023 Budget development update                                                          Patterson

10:35              Break 

10:50              Key Performance Measures                                                                            Patterson

11:50              Open Forum                                                                                                                     

12:00              Working Lunch

12:30              Staff Presentation: Census 2020                                                                        Westin

1:00                Strategic Plan Draft                                                                                         Patterson

2:00                 Appointment to Board Advisory Council                                                             Westin 

2:10                 360 Review Questions                                                                                    Patterson

2:45                April 29 meeting and OLA Conference                                                             Patterson

3:00                Adjournment                                                                                                          Malkin

Any person may address the State Library Board at this meeting on any topic.

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

PPB Gun Violence Reduction Team Seize One Gun (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/21/20 9:15 AM
Glock 17
Glock 17
On Thursday, February 20, 2020 at about 7:30 p.m., members of the Gun Violence Reduction Team, (GVRT) were proactively patrolling the area of Northeast 82nd Avenue and Northeast Killingsworth Street due to increased gun violence in this area. GVRT conducted a traffic stop at Northeast 87th Avenue and Northeast Sumner Street.

Once the vehicle was stopped two passengers jumped out of the vehicle and ran in opposite directions. The driver remained in the vehicle. One of the passengers that jumped out was detained by a GVRT officer after a short chase.

A perimeter was set up and a K9 was used to find the second passenger, Albert Goldsby, 19, who was found hiding behind a nearby resident's shed. GVRT officers re-tracked the path Goldsby took when eluding police and located a Glock 17 (Photo).

Goldsby (Photo) was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm in a Public Place, and Interfering with a Peace Officer.

The Gun Violence Reduction Team is continuing to investigate several incidents of gun violence citywide.

Anyone with information about gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at 503-823-4106 or email information to GVRT@portlandoregon.gov

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GVRT@portlandoregon.gov

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

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum $250 cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm and tipsters can remain anonymous.

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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Attached Media Files: Glock 17 , Goldsby

March 10 presidential primary ballots and instructions mailed to voters
Clark Co. WA Communications - 02/21/20 9:05 AM

Voters required to make party declaration for this election only

Vancouver, Wash. – Ballots for the March 10 presidential primary are in the mail to all registered voters in Clark County. Instructions for the primary also are included with the ballots.

For this primary, voters must mark and sign a party declaration for their votes to count. The major political parties require voters to make the declaration. Voters must then vote for a candidate from their declared party.

“Voters in the state of Washington are not required to declare a political party when registering to vote,” said County Auditor Greg Kimsey. “Only for the presidential primary that takes place every four years will voters be asked to make a party declaration.”

If a voter does not receive a ballot by Thursday, Feb. 27, please contact the Elections Office at (564) 397-2345 to request a replacement ballot. Replacement ballots also may be requested by mail, email, or in person at the Elections Office at 1408 Franklin St. Office hours are 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Electronic ballots are available online at www.clark.wa.gov/elections/accessible-voting.

Email requests should be sent to elections@clark.wa.gov. The mailing address is Clark County Elections Office, PO Box 8815, Vancouver, WA 98666-8815.

The last day to submit new voter registrations and voter updates to existing registrations online or by mail is 5 pm, Monday, March 2.

You may still register and update existing voter registrations after March 2, but you must do so in person by 8 pm Tuesday, March 10.

The process of entering the scanned ballot information into the ballot tabulation system will begin at 6 pm on election day, Tuesday, March 10. Results will be posted on clarkvotes.org around 8:30 pm.

An online voters’ guide and a sample ballot for this primary is available at the Elections Office website at clarkvotes.org.

$250,000 is the best anniversary gift (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 02/21/20 9:00 AM

A Harrisburg couple, on the drive home from the Oregon Coast after celebrating their ninth wedding anniversary, thought the day couldn’t get much better. That all changed when they realized they’d won $250,000 playing an Oregon Lottery Scratch-it.

“We stopped to get gas and noticed on a billboard that the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots all had a 4 in them,” Riley Ross said. “Then we looked on the mobile app and saw that Megabucks was at $4.4 million and decided we needed to get four of each.”

When they purchased their tickets, Ross said he spotted the $20 VIP Black Scratch-its and decided to get two.

“Normally we play twice a month and break even,” said Jerrica Ross. “We also take them home to play, but for some reason we decided to scratch them in the car. We couldn’t believe it when I scanned it with the app and it said that we’d won $250,000!”

Jerrica said after her tears stopped, the Harrisburg couple decided what they were going to do with the money.

“We are paying off all of our bills and our house,” Riley said. “It’s basically a reset for our finances. It’s a great anniversary present!”

The couple bought their winning ticket at the Shell Station in Monmouth.

During the 2018 fiscal year, more than $25 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education, Outdoor School, Veterans services and watershed enhancement in Linn County, where the Ross family lives. Since 1985, Oregon Lottery players have won more than $38 billion in prizes.

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

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more than $12 billion for economic development, public education, Outdoor School, state parks, Veterans services and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

Attached Media Files: 2020-02/4939/131700/OL_LOGO_VERT.jpg , 2020-02/4939/131700/OL_LOGO_HORZ.jpg , Jerrica and Riley Ross Lottery Winners

OnPoint Community Credit Union to Open First Branch in North Portland (Photo)
OnPoint Community Credit Union - 02/21/20 9:00 AM

PORTLAND, Ore., February 21, 2020 -- OnPoint Community Credit Union will open its first branch in North Portland on March 16, 2020. Located on North Lombard Street, the credit union's new location will be its 33rd branch in the Oregon and Southwest Washington region.  

"North Portland is a rapidly growing community and many of our members live in the St. Johns and Portsmouth neighborhoods," said Rob Stuart, President and Chief Executive Officer, OnPoint Community Credit Union. "Our first North Portland branch will provide our members who live and work in the area with expanded access to our services. We are excited to join this vibrant community and forge deep relationships with our new neighbors, area businesses and nonprofit partners."

OnPoint’s newest branch is located at 5262 N. Lombard St., Portland, OR 97203. It will offer North Portland a robust suite of financial services, including membership enrollment, consumer and commercial lending, mortgages, financial planning, ATM, coin machine and notarization; plus, it will be open on Saturdays. The branch will be led by manager Kevin Kelly, who has worked at OnPoint for almost 14 years.

"We are thrilled to expand our presence in the region and begin serving this wonderful area," said Kelly. "Our team looks forward to welcoming the community into the Lombard Branch and helping our neighbors achieve their financial goals."  

OnPoint invites the community, members and businesses to the Lombard Branch grand opening event and open house on Saturday, April 18, 9:00 a.m. -- 1:00 p.m. The event will feature refreshments, entertainment, promotions, and a $2,500 check presentation to the local nonprofit St. Johns Center for Opportunity. St. John's Center for Opportunity works to empower marginalized neighbors in the North Columbia area of Portland through community building, addressing basic needs and people-centered economic development.

"The Center for Opportunity is so grateful to OnPoint for this generous donation because it means that we can continue to successfully provide direct services to our North Portland neighbors," said Nina Nguyen, Interim Director, St. John's Center for Opportunity. "The Everyday Essential Program is our highest priority and OnPoint's contribution will allow us to continue providing our neighbors a clothing closet, hygiene supplies, direct workforce navigation support, and eventually access to food through our food pantry. Our work would not be possible without partnerships and support from folks like OnPoint. As we continue to build transformational relationships in the community, and with our partners, this partnership is a continued step towards uplifting our North Portland neighbors."

OnPoint's purpose is to help build strong communities, which is why it makes significant investments and forges deep relationships in the region it serves. In 2019 alone, the state's largest credit union donated $1,052,836 to local nonprofits and allocated 12,080 paid volunteer hours to its employees.


OnPoint Community Credit Union is the largest credit union in Oregon, serving more than 392,000 members and with assets of $6.3 billion. Founded in 1932, OnPoint Community Credit Union's membership is available to anyone who lives or works in one of 13 Oregon counties (Benton, Clackamas, Columbia, Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, Lane, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Washington and Yamhill) and two Washington counties (Skamania and Clark) and their immediate family members. More information is available at www.onpointcu.com or 503-228-7077 or 800-527-3932.


Attached Media Files: 2020-02/963/131690/OnPoint_Lombard_Branch_Interior.png

Portland Man Sentenced to Prison for Filing False Federal Income Tax Return
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 02/21/20 8:56 AM

PORTLAND, Ore.—U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams announced today that Mark Edward Staggs, 64, a resident of Portland, has been sentenced to six months in federal prison and two years’ supervised release for filing a false federal income tax return in 2011. Staggs was also ordered to pay more than $142,000 in restitution to the IRS.

According to court documents, from 2009 through 2019, Staggs owned a used office furniture business in the Portland area. During this time, he received all of his gross income from several large clients in Oregon and California, who paid him with checks. Staggs would travel from Oregon to California to cash the checks at a check cashing service in San Jose, California. His use of a false social security number prompted the check cashing service to file Currency Transaction Reports (CTRs) with the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). 

Staggs kept the cash he received and never deposited it into his business bank account or recorded it in his business records. When the check cashing service began refusing Staggs’ checks, he enlisted two acquaintances to cash the checks on his behalf. Staggs encouraged these acquaintances to lie if anyone questioned them about his scheme. In total, between 2010 and 2013, Staggs failed to report nearly $500,000 of income, resulting in tax loss of $142,583.

On April 9, 2019, Staggs pleaded guilty to one count of filing a false federal income tax return before U.S. District Court Judge Michael H. Simon.

This case was investigated by IRS-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) and prosecuted by Claire M. Fay, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office and IRS-CI remind Oregonians that tax day is Wednesday, April 15, 2020. For tips to assist taxpayers in choosing a reputable tax professional or preparing their own taxes, visit: https://www.irs.gov/help-resources.

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Attached Media Files: PDF Release

Gresham-Barlow School District makes today's learning come alive for tomorrow through its "Tomorrow Bus" (Photo)
Gresham-Barlow Sch. Dist. - 02/21/20 8:32 AM
Tomorrow Bus Collage
Tomorrow Bus Collage

Mobile innovation lab to bring STREAM learning opportunities to students district-wide

The Event:

Join us as the Gresham-Barlow School District unveils its new “Tomorrow Bus,” a mobile innovation lab designed to bring learning opportunities to students through the integration of advanced technology and old-fashioned creativity. In the Tomorrow Bus, students will experience hands-on, real-world activities to support innovation through STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and Math) labs. The Tomorrow Bus will roll to schools throughout Gresham-Barlow School District and beyond to supplement the instruction and enhance students’ awareness of the many and varied career pathways in the STREAM fields.  In short, the Tomorrow Bus will make today’s learning come alive for tomorrow.

Date: Friday, February 21, 2020

Time: 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm

Location: Gresham City Hall Parking Lot, 1333 NW Eastman Parkway, Gresham, OR 97030

At the unveiling, participants will:

-Learn about the industry and community partners, students and teachers making the Tomorrow Bus a reality

-Experience hands-on activities that will take student engagement to the next level

-Discover how this mobile innovation lab accelerates teaching and learning through project-based experiences and innovative technology

Student-Driven Innovation

The Tomorrow Bus will:

-Ignite students’ interests in STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, Math)

-Expose students to multiple career pathways 

-Provide hands-on exposure to new technology and timeless skills designed to inspire student-driven innovation

Attached Media Files: Tomorrow Bus Collage

Saturday: BPA hosts 29th annual regional science bowl
Bonneville Power Administration - 02/21/20 7:31 AM

PR 01-20                                                                                                             BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
                                                                                                                       MEDIA ADVISORY:
Friday, February 20, 2020
                                                                                                         CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140/971-207-8390
                                                                                                                                                                        or 503-230-5131

Saturday: BPA hosts 29th annual regional science bowl
Dynamic, Jeopardy-style competition features 52 teams from high schools vying for berth in National Science Bowl and nearly $160k in college scholarships


Portland, Ore. – Students from Catlin Gabel High School look to repeat their 2019 championship performance at the Bonneville Power Administration’s 29th annual Regional Science Bowl this Saturday at the University of Portland. Standing in their way will be five-time champion Westview High School and roughly 260 students from public and private high school teams across western Washington and Oregon, all vying for a chance to compete in the Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C.

The event, sponsored by BPA and the University of Portland, is the largest regional science bowl in the nation. The intense academic event uses a Jeopardy-style round robin competition that showcases students’ talents in science, technology, engineering and math. Beyond the prestige of winning and entry into the national competition, BPA and science bowl volunteers have worked to establish partnerships with 16 universities and colleges in the Northwest to offer members of the top three competing teams more than $150,000 in potential scholarships.

The event is fueled by volunteers, made up largely of BPA employees and previous competitors returning to the event to pay it forward to other young people. Among those volunteers are a cardiologist from Seattle, an MIT student and the architect for the Seattle Opera at the Center. BPA views this event as an opportunity to encourage students to consider STEM-based careers and build the future labor pool of scientists and innovators so critical to the energy industry.

Interested media are encouraged to attend and cover the event. BPA will help to facilitate interviews and collection of b-roll video footage and still imagery.



Where: Franz Hall, University of Portland, Portland, Oregon

When: Feb. 22, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

More info: www.bpa.gov/goto/ScienceBowl


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 Northwest 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 261 substations to 546 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity generated in the Northwest. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the nation, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and clean electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov



Thu. 02/20/20
Vancouver Police requesting assistance in identifying a suspect in theft & robbery incidents (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 02/20/20 8:40 PM

Vancouver Police Department and other local Law Enforcement Agencies are investigating a string of theft and robbery incidents at retail store locations in the Portland and Vancouver metro area. 

The suspect is focusing on a specific retail store chain, targeting fragrance merchandise.  There are (14) incidents so far involving the same suspect that occurred in our metro area in cities including but not limited to Vancouver (WA), Gresham, Portland, and Hillsboro.  

The suspect (pictured) appears to be an adult African-American male in his twenties, slim to medium physical build, goatee, and medium to light complexion.  

The suspect's actions have been escalating and he has threatened victim store employees at least twice during the (14) mentioned incidents.  

Investigators are requesting public's help in identifying the pictured suspect.  Citizens providing information CAN remain anonymous if they wish.

Citizens with information please leave a voice mail / text message at 360-518-4101 or contact Vancouver Police Department's West Precinct at 360-487-7355 (during business hours only).   

Attached Media Files: 2020-02/385/131696/2020-1404-STORE-20-Theft%201_19_2020.jpg , 2020-02/385/131696/stringbean_322.jpg

Update on human skull found at the Hillsboro landfill
Hillsboro Police Dept. - 02/20/20 7:13 PM

The Oregon State Police Crime Lab has examined the human skull found at the Hillsboro landfill and have determined that it appears to be a medical or teaching specimen that is decades old. 

Untested Sexual Assault Kit Project results in 6th conviction
Multnomah Co. District Attorney's Office - 02/20/20 6:04 PM

February 20, 2020

Untested Sexual Assault Kit Project results in 6th conviction

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that 37-year-old Jesse Moser pleaded guilty to one count of sexual abuse in the second degree and was put on 36 months of formal probation following an investigation conducted by the Portland Police Bureau’s Sex Crimes Unit and the District Attorney’s Untested Sexual Assault Kit Project.

“We are proud the victim in this case came forward to share her story. Mr. Moser’s actions had a significant impact on her and she showed tremendous courage throughout this process,” said Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Tara Gardner, who prosecuted this case. “This is a presumptive sentence under Oregon law. This case was heavily negotiated and the sentence takes into account Mr. Moser’s lack of criminal history, mitigating information provided by his defense attorney and it is consistent with similarly situated individuals.”

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office regularly communicated with the victim about this case and the pretrial negotiations. She is in full support of this resolution.

“You violated my trust, robbed me of the truth, and violated my body,” she said during the sentencing hearing, which took place on February 19, 2020. “I took my fire and used it to help other women get the closure I didn’t ever think I’d get.”

As part of his probation, Moser will have to obey all laws, comply with sex offender probation conditions that include having no contact with the victim, receiving treatment and registering as a sex offender. Moser must comply with any computer monitoring request and agree to GPS monitoring if either is determined to be appropriate by his probation officer.

This investigation started in December of 2013 when the Portland Police Bureau received information about a 17 year old female who may have been sexually abused. The Portland Police Bureau’s Sex Crimes Unit assigned a detective to the case and had an open investigation into the circumstances and contacted the victim who confirmed being sexually abused by Moser. At the time, Moser was 31 years old.

The PPB investigation remained open as detectives conducted investigative follow up.

In August of 2014, the victim contacted Oregon State Police in Hood River and provided additional information about her sexual abuse. She told detectives that she met Moser on a social media application. The two communicated online and then eventually met in person and had sexual intercourse multiple times.

After speaking with law enforcement for a second time about the incident, the victim told investigators she did not want any involvement in a criminal investigation.

The Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence kit in this case was tested under the District Attorney’s Untested Sexual Assault Kit Project. In March of 2019, law enforcement, using established trauma-informed protocols, contacted the victim who then indicated she wanted law enforcement to resume an investigation into her sexual assault.

Untested Sexual Assault Kit Project

In 2015, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill, along with the Portland Police Bureau, Gresham Police Department, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon State Police Forensic Laboratory collaboratively initiated a project to process thousands of untested Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence (SAFE) kits in Multnomah, Marion and Lane counties.

District Attorney Underhill and others quickly identified funding from the New York County District Attorney’s Office (DANY) and worked collectively with the Portland Police Bureau’s Sex Crimes Unit after the City of Portland received a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA) Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Grant Program.

DANY awarded the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office a total of $1,995,453 in September 2015. Using those funds, a coordinated effort involving local law enforcement and the Oregon State Police was launched to send SAFE kits, dated 2014 or older from Multnomah, Lane and Marion counties, to a private lab in Utah for testing.

Under the DANY grant, nearly 3,000 sexual assault kits from around the state were tested.

In 2018, Oregon became one of the first five states in the country to clear its backlog of Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) kits.

In Oregon, Senate Bill 1571, known as "Melissa's Law," was the Oregon Legislature's response to ensuring all sexual assault kits, except for anonymous kits, are sent to the Oregon State Crime Laboratory for timely testing.

The Portland Police Bureau’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Workgroup, which was created in 2015, is comprised of victim-centered and trauma-informed members of the Portland Police Bureau and the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office.

Results from the kits continue to be investigated and survivors of sexual assaults are being notified. The Portland Police Bureau’s Sex Crimes Unit encourages those who have had a SAFE kit collected prior to 2015 to contact the oseproject@portlandoregon.gov">roseproject@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-0125.

Current Multnomah County SAFE kit criminal cases (as of February 19, 2020)

  • State of Oregon vs Jihad Eldeen Moore - 18CR13996 – Convicted October 2018
  • State of Oregon vs Chanh Van Tran - 18CR25167 - Convicted in November 2018
  • State of Oregon vs Curtis Clint Williams - 17CR37474 - Convicted in June 2018
  • State of Oregon vs Steven Guy Tubbs - 17CR08640 - Convicted in August 2018
  • State of Oregon vs Jose Oscar Rosales - 17CR29317 - Convicted in February 2018
  • State of Oregon vs Ricky Alexander Harrison - 18CR59141 - Pending arraignment
  • State of Oregon vs Richard Timothy Ward – 19CR25495 - Pending trial
  • State of Oregon vs Jesse Ryan Moser – 19CR53575 – Convicted in February 2020
  • State of Oregon vs Donnie Michael Willis Jr. – 19CR55777 – Pending trial
  • State of Oregon vs Leslie L. Thornton – 11-11-34868 – Pending trial
  • State of Oregon vs Timothy Nathaniel Hogue - 11-11-34868 – Pending trial
  • State of Oregon vs Frank Domont Hall Jr. – 19CR77675 – Pending trial


Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director
Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office
Phone: 503.988.6567 | Email: Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us

Attached Media Files: 2020-02/5769/131694/PR-20-47-Jesse_Moser.pdf

Joel Beltran-Casillas Convicted on Multiple Counts in Child Sex Abuse Case (Photo)
Washington Co. District Attorney's Office - 02/20/20 4:56 PM

HILLSBORO, Ore.- On February 13, 2020, a Washington County jury convicted Joel Beltran-Casillas of first-degree rape, second-degree sexual abuse and third-degree sexual abuse. Senior Deputy District Attorney Allison Brown prosecuted the defendant in Judge Janelle Wipper’s courtroom.

In September of 2018, the victim sent a text message to 911 operators to report a sexual assault perpetrated by the defendant. Forest Grove Police officers responded to the scene. The victim was taken to Randall Children’s Hospital for medical treatment. Detectives began investigating and the child was seen at CARES NW for a forensic interview. Evidence was also submitted to the Oregon State Police Forensic Lab, which ultimately corroborated the child’s disclosure with the aid of DNA evidence.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office would like to acknowledge the work of the Forest Grove Police Department, Randall Children’s Hospital, CARES Northwest and the Oregon State Police Forensic Lab. This office also commends the victim for reporting the abuse.

A sentencing hearing for Mr. Beltran-Casillas is set for March 31, 2020 in Judge Wipper’s courtroom.

Attached Media Files: 2020-02/6208/131693/JOEL_BELTRAN-CASILLAS.pdf , 2020-02/6208/131693/BELTRAN-CASILLAS_JOEL.png

Josephine County Man Pleads Guilty for Threatening Mass Shooting at YouTube Headquarters
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 02/20/20 4:26 PM

MEDFORD, Ore.—William Gregory Douglas, 37, of Cave Junction, Oregon, pleaded guilty today for threatening to shoot YouTube employees at the company’s San Bruno, California headquarters after his account was removed for violating the video-sharing platform’s terms of service.

“Threatening a mass shooting is a serious crime whether or not an individual plans to act. This is a crime that undermines Americans’ fundamental right to live and work without fear,” said Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon. “We will continue to diligently respond to and prosecute criminal threats of violence to the fullest extent of the law.”

“Using social media outlets to threaten violence of any kind victimizes individuals and undermines the safety of our communities,” said Renn Cannon, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. “The FBI remains committed to working with our state and local partners to respond quickly to threats and keep our communities free from violence and intimidation.”

According to court documents, sometime on or before August 22, 2018, YouTube removed Douglas’ video channel for violating the platform’s terms of service. In response, on August 23, 2018, Douglas posted five tweets threatening violence against YouTube employees. In one of the tweets, Douglas threatened a “bigger mass casualty” event, appearing to reference a prior shooting incident at YouTube’s headquarters in April 2018 that injured three employees.

Later, on September 8, 2018, Douglas posted a tweet stating “Hey why do you guys keep ignoring me would it be better if I leave you with no other options like your [sic] leaving me…I’m beyond pissed…I wonder how I should deal with this frustration.” Finally, on September 17, 2018, Douglas tweeted a direct threat at one of YouTube’s senior leaders saying “…I’m coming for you today #pray.”

On October 4, 2018, a federal grand jury in Medford, Oregon returned a one-count indictment charging Douglas with cyberstalking. Later, on January 14, 2020, he was charged by criminal information with one count of making interstate communications with the intent to extort. Douglas pleaded guilty today to the latter charge.

As part of the plea agreement, Douglas has agreed to pay restitution in full to his victims as determined and ordered by the court at sentencing.

Douglas faces a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years’ supervised release. He will be sentenced on May 14, 2020 before U.S. District Court Judge Ann L. Aiken.

This case was investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Judi R. Harper, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

Anyone with information about real or perceived threats of violence should call the FBI at (503) 224-4181 or submit a tip online at https://tips.fbi.gov. For immediate threats to life and safety, please call 9-1-1.

The year 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the Department of Justice. Learn more about the history of our department at www.Justice.gov/Celebrating150Years.

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Attached Media Files: PDF Release

UPDATE: Sheriff's Office makes two arrests in 2009 murder case (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/20/20 4:17 PM

Please reference CCSO Case # 09-008715

Yesterday, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office detectives made two arrests in a 2009 homicide case.

In the fall of 2018, new information was developed in the March 2009 murder of Joseph Patrick Haley in the Willow Creek Apartments in unincorporated Clackamas County. (Our original 2009 release on this crime is below.)

Sheriff's Office Homicide and Violent Crimes Unit (HVCU) detectives, The Sheriff’s Cold Case Unit, the Clackamas County Inter-Agency Task Force (CCITF) and the Oregon Department of Justice worked for the next 16 months to develop and identify two suspects: Kevin Schwartz, 34, of Gresham and George Robins, 38, of Portland.

Detectives submitted a criminal case to the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office for review. The case was presented to a Grand Jury, and indictments were obtained against Schwartz and Robins.

Yesterday (Wednesday. Feb. 19), detectives and CCITF task-force members arrested Schwartz in the City of Gresham for Murder I. 

Detectives and CCITF task-force members also arrested Robins in Portland for Murder II. 

Both were booked at the Clackamas County Jail without bail. They were arraigned at the Clackamas County Courthouse this afternoon (Thursday, Feb. 20) at 3 p.m., and are currently being held without bail. Booking photos are attached.

"I am extremely proud of the all of the investigators' work on this case, and as a team we hope these arrests bring a measure of closure to Joseph Haley's family," said Sheriff's Office Detective Sgt. Jesse Ashby.

ADDITIONAL TIPS, INFO SOUGHT: Detectives continue to gather information on suspects Kevin Schwartz and George Robins. Anyone with information on Schwartz and Robins or this tragic crime is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at https://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/tip.

The original March 2009 release on this case is below.



News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: March 20, 2009, 4:57 p.m.

Sheriff's Office asks public for tips in March 20 home-invasion murder

On Friday, March 20, 2009 at 10:43 a.m., Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Patrol deputies responded to a reported shooting at the Willow Creek Apartments -- located at 3644 SE Westview in the Oak Grove neighborhood of unincorporated Clackamas County, just south of Milwaukie.

Responding deputies discovered one male adult deceased inside an apartment there. Two additional roommates of the deceased -- present during the fatal shooting incident -- were not injured.

These two roommates/witnesses -- a male and female -- told investigators that two male subjects came to the front door of the apartment, knocked on the apartment door and barged their way into this residence while armed with a firearm.

Only seconds elapsed before the deceased was shot and killed by one of these armed intruders inside the residence. The two suspects reportedly immediately fled the scene of the shooting and were not contacted by responding deputies.

The two suspects are described only as follows:

  • African-American male adults
  • 6' to 6'02" tall, with large builds
  • Wearing large white puffy jackets with hoods on their heads
  • At least one suspect armed with a firearm

The Sheriff's Office investigation into this shooting is ongoing. Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating and processing the crime scene with technicians from the Oregon State Police Crime Lab.

The deceased is identified as Joseph Patrick Haley, age 28. He resided at this residence with his two unidentified roommates, who are still conversing with investigators. Haley is believed to have relatives residing in the Silverton area.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 20, Joseph Haley was removed from the crime scene by the attending Clackamas County Deputy Medical Examiner -- who then transported the deceased to the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office for the pending forensic autopsy.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is seeking assistance from the public in its efforts to identify the suspects responsible for this crime. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Tip Line, using the online e-mail form or by calling (503) 723-4949.



Attached Media Files: 2020-02/624/131691/bookingphoto-KevinSchwartz.jpg , 2020-02/624/131691/bookingphoto-GerorgeRobins.jpg

Traffic Advisory: SW Boones Ferry Road lane closures start Feb. 24 for Tryon Creek bridge and restoration project; full road closure starts March 30 (Photo)
Portland Bureau of Environmental Services - 02/20/20 3:48 PM
Detour map
Detour map

(February 20, 2020) – The City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services advises the traveling public to expect intermittent lane closures on SW Boones Ferry Road near SW Arnold Street beginning Feb. 24 and continuing through March. SW Boones Ferry Road will be completely closed in both directions beginning March 30 for up to seven months.

The closures will allow Environmental Services contract crews to build a new bridge on SW Boones Ferry Road where it crosses Tryon Creek to create better connections for fish, people and wildlife. The new bridge will allow the creek to flow freely, replacing an aging culvert that blocks healthy water flow and native fish. Crews  also will build a pedestrian and wildlife trail under the bridge that connects to the area’s existing popular trail network.

Lane closures will occur intermittently through March 30 while workers prepare the construction site. One lane will remain open at all times. Lane closures may occur any time during work hours, which are from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and Saturdays as needed.

The public is advised to travel cautiously, expect some delays, observe directions of reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes when possible.

For the full closure, a recommended detour directs SW Boones Ferry Road travelers to use SW Stephenson Street and SW 35th to reach SW Terwilliger Boulevard. The full closure will be in effect all hours, all days, to all travelers, including non-motorized use.

See the project video and find more information at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/boonesferry. Photos may be found at Flickr.


Attached Media Files: Detour map

Oregon Board of Forestry meets March 4 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 02/20/20 3:39 PM

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Board of Forestry will meet in Salem on Wednesday, March 4 at 9 a.m. The meeting agenda includes:

  • A review and finalization of the 2020-2021 Board Work Plans.
  • An approval of the legislative concepts for the 2021 Legislative Session.
  • A presentation of the 2019 Forest Practices Operator of the Year Awards.
  • An update on the smoke management rule implementation.
  • A collaborative effort underway with the Department of Environmental Quality.
  • A presentation from the Oregon State University (OSU) College of Forestry (COF).
  • An update on the work of the fire finance oversight team.
  • A discussion on good governance.

The public meeting will be held in the Tillamook Room, Building C, at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters, located at 2600 State St. in Salem.

Public comment will be accepted on agenda topics, as well as during the start of the meeting for topics not on the agenda. A sign-up sheet will be available for public comment on a first-come, first-served basis. To ensure the Board has the opportunity to conduct all business on the agenda, public testimony will be limited to 30 minutes per agenda item. Written comments may be submitted to oardofforestry@oregon.gov">Boardofforestry@oregon.gov in advance of the meeting.

Meeting materials and a livestream option will be available for those who wish to view the meeting remotely. For more details, visit https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/BOFMeetings.aspx.

Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services, or assistance can be arranged by calling ODF’s Public Affairs Office at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting at 503-945-7200.

The Oregon Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Responsibilities include appointing the State Forester, setting management direction for state-owned forests, adopting rules governing timber harvest and other practices on private forestland, and promoting sustainable management of Oregon’s 30 million-acre forestland base. More information about the Board is available at https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/AboutBOF.aspx.

PPB Introduces the Narcotic and Organized Crime Unit's Newest K9 Niko (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/20/20 3:34 PM
Niko and Devlin
Niko and Devlin
On Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 10:00 a.m., the Portland Police Bureau held a meet and greet with the newest member of the Narcotics and Organized Crime unit (NOC), Niko the K9.

Officer Devlin has been a member of the NOC unit for 14 years. Niko joined the team about a year ago. Niko has been trained to find methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine. During the meet and greet Niko was able to demonstrate how he finds drugs with a training drug decoy.
The NOC unit is dedicated to getting drugs off the streets of Portland. With the help of their three dogs NOC is able to find more drugs and money than an officer without the assistance of a K9.

In 2019 the K9's helped NOC seize an estimated total drug value of $24,946,330.
In 2019, NOC also seized an estimated:
Cocaine/ Powder -- 7 pounds
Heroin -- 66 pounds
Methamphetamine -- 294 pounds
Dried Marijuana -- 1,000 pounds
Cash - $1,087,583

To watch the meet and greet with K9 Niko visit this link: https://youtu.be/ZCoZZRa9WI4

For more information regarding NOC, check out the "Talking Beat" podcast from the Portland Police Bureau which includes an interview with Commander Art Nakamura. The podcast can be located here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/735629
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 this case or any unsolved felony crime may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,500.

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

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)


Attached Media Files: Niko and Devlin

Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office - Pursuit, Theft Suspect Arrest
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/20/20 3:31 PM

On February 19, 2020 Cowlitz County Deputies located a gold minivan associated with a shoplift incident in Kelso, which had previously fled from police.  The vehicle was seen running red lights in Kelso.  When a deputy tried to stop the minivan, the vehicle fled Northbound in the Southbound lanes of I-5.  A deputy attempted to stop the vehicle from entering oncoming traffic but was unsuccessful.  When the vehicle exited at Milepost 48, a Castle Rock police unit pursued it Northbound on Huntington Ave.  The minivan was reportedly swerving at oncoming traffic and caused a pedestrian to jump out of the way to avoid being hit in a crosswalk.

As the vehicle approached I-5 near exit 49, Castle Rock police and a deputy attempted to stop it from again going Northbound in the Southbound lanes but were unable to stop the vehicle.  The minivan continued until approximately Milepost 51, where it wrecked next to the Toutle River RV Resort.  The driver fled on foot while a passenger was taken into custody on a warrant.  Deputies, Castle Rock Police and Washington State Patrol troopers searched the area with a K-9 and drone but were initially unable to locate the driver.

The driver was identified as 31-year-old Mark Garrett Hector of Kalama, who was later located by Castle Rock Police near I-5 milepost 52.  Hector resisted arrest and fled across all six lanes of I-5 until he was taken into custody by deputies.  Hector was booked into Cowlitz County Jail on charges of Attempting to Elude Law Enforcement Officer, Reckless Endangerment and Resisting Arrest.

The Sheriff's Office would like to speak with the pedestrian and other vehicles that encountered the suspect vehicle as it went through Huntington Ave in Castle Rock.  Anyone with additional information about this incident can contact Deputy Caity Neill at 360-577-3092. 

Please refer to Kelso Police Department regarding the initial theft incident.

Cumberland Holdings Purchases Salem's Sunnyslope Shopping Center (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 02/20/20 3:00 PM
Sunnyslope Shopping Center
Sunnyslope Shopping Center

Salem, OR (Feb. 19, 2020) - The Sunnyslope Shopping Center, located at Liberty Road S (north of Kuebler) is under new ownership. On Sept. 12, 2019, the property was purchased by West Coast investment firm, Cumberland Holdings. The company recently purchased and are renovating both the Historic Reed Opera House and 120 Commercial Street building. They also own Keizer Village on River Road N.

The Sunnyslope Shopping Center is a popular place for South Salem residents. It is anchored by Roth’s Fresh Markets and includes other businesses such as Snap Fitness, Love Love Teriyaki, Subway, and Nature’s Pet Market.

Scott Chernoff, company principal, stated that they were attracted to the potential of the South Salem area shopping center because of its growing community and the successful businesses already located there.

“We know that the South Salem community appreciates having Roth’s Fresh Market in its neighborhood. They have such a good reputation in Salem. Sunnyslope has a great mix of tenants and we want to keep that property updated and attractive for everyone in the community,” said Chernoff.

Pam Rushing of Coldwell Banker Commercial Mountain West Real Estate is the leasing broker for the property. “Sunnyslope is a popular location serving the South Salem residents with their grocery needs, eateries, fitness, and many other services,” Rushing said. “There are available spaces for offices, medical, fitness and more. Tenants can build to suit.”

The property will be managed by the Pennbrook Company.



About Sunnyslope Center: Built in 1982, Sunnyslope Center is a 94,000 square foot commercial center on Liberty Street in Southwest Salem. It has been anchored by Roth’s Fresh Market since the grocery store opened at that location in 1983. The center also houses a wide variety of other businesses including US Bank, Garlic Jim’s Pizza, Subway, LimeBerry, Snap Fitness, Nature’s Pet Market and Salem Geeks Computers.

About Cumberland Holdings: Cumberland Holdings is a real estate investment and asset management company that manages several properties on the West Coast. The investment team, Graham Chernoff and Scott Chernoff, both of whom grew up in Northwest Portland. They have a combined 45 years of experience in acquiring and operating real estate, with offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Bend, Oregon.

About the Pennbrook Company: Located in Oregon, the Pennbrook Company offers a full range of services for property owners.

About Pam Rushing: Pam Rushing is a principal broker at Coldwell Banker Commercial Mountain West Real Estate and leasing broker for 120 Commercial, Salem, Oregon. Since 1982, the professionals at Coldwell Banker Commercial Mountain West Real Estate have provided property owners with comprehensive commercial real estate services. www.CBCRE.com.

Attached Media Files: Sunnyslope Shopping Center

Nancy Stueber, OMSI President, Retires After 38 Years With the Organization - Chief Operating Officer, Erin Graham, Will Take On the Role as President (Photo)
OMSI - 02/20/20 2:08 PM
Nancy Stueber will retire from the position of president effective May 31, 2020
Nancy Stueber will retire from the position of president effective May 31, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) announced today that Nancy Stueber will retire from her position as chief executive officer and president of OMSI effective May 31. Chief Operating Officer, Erin Graham, has been appointed by the board as the new president and will assume the role upon Stueber’s departure.

“On behalf of the entire OMSI Board of Trustees, we thank Nancy Stueber for her exemplary service of more than 35 years and welcome Erin Graham to her new leadership role,” said Alistair Firmin, chair, OMSI board of trustees. “The board recently collaborated with human resource professionals and community partners to create a strategic leadership succession plan that envisioned this transition. We are now implementing that plan as we celebrate the strength of the OMSI organization that has grown under Nancy’s leadership and with Erin’s role in the development of the next five-year strategic plan. Nancy has led the institution she loves with a mission she lives and inspires each day, and she has navigated well through an amazing period of growth and transformation. The executive team she has developed is prepared to lead OMSI into the future, and the staff and numerous community partners look forward to OMSI’s continued success as Oregon’s leading statewide science museum.”

Stueber has spent most of her professional career at OMSI. She was hired in 1982 as a science educator and rose through the ranks to become Vice President of Exhibits in 1989 and President in 2000. Throughout her tenure, OMSI has benefited from Nancy’s science background, focus on students and visitor experiences, knowledge of effective STEAM programs that inspire young learners, world-class exhibits, robust partnerships, community engagement, successful fundraising, team development and exemplary leadership.

“Working at OMSI has been a rich and rewarding experience and it is something for which I am grateful every day. I have met and worked with so many wonderful people over the years – too many to count,” said Stueber, president of OMSI. “My husband and I are looking forward to some of the adventures that we’ve put on hold over the years. The timing of this decision is right; over the past 20 years, we have seen an amazing time of growth and transformation for OMSI. We’re now poised to take the next significant steps toward our 20-year vision. The board couldn’t have selected a better replacement than Erin Graham; she is fully equipped, uniquely positioned and ready to be president. The organization is in good hands.”

Graham has a solid track record of leadership success and has led the development of OMSI’s upcoming five-year strategic plan and long-range facilities plan. She served previously as VP of Development and led the capital campaign for the Coastal Discovery Center at Camp Gray. An employee since 2010, she is highly respected across the organization and is ready to lead OMSI into its next chapter.

“OMSI has flourished under Nancy’s leadership, and I am truly honored to be selected as its next president. Working closely with the OMSI board, staff, partners, and communities we serve, I’m looking forward to building on OMSI’s successes and embracing new challenges in this next chapter of the organization’s story,” said Graham, OMSI chief operating officer. “Nancy is an extraordinary person, and I could not have asked for a better mentor and friend in helping me prepare for this role.”

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

Attached Media Files: Nancy Stueber will retire from the position of president effective May 31, 2020

Sex Offender Notification
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/20/20 1:52 PM

Marion County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the following information pursuant to ORS163A.215, which authorizes Community Corrections to inform the public when the release of information will enhance public safety and protection.

The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of a sex offense that requires registration with the Sheriff’s Office. Additionally, this person’s criminal history places them in a classification level which reflects the potential to re-offend. This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather, it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public.


NAME: Harman, Corey Tyler
SID#: 16699206
DOB: 04/14/1993
RACE: W                   SEX: M
HEIGHT: 5' 10''          WEIGHT: 170lbs
HAIR: BRO                EYES: BLU



Corey Tyler Harman is on Post Prison Supervision for the crimes of: RAPE III, ESCAPE II

This person was granted supervision on: 01/28/2020
Supervision expiration date is: 01/27/2023, 01/27/2023


Special restrictions include:  [X] No Contact with Minor Children
                                             [X] May not go to places where minor congregate
                                             [X] GPS and Curfew restrictions

Attached Media Files: 2020-02/1294/131683/Harman_Corey_Tyler.docx

Police Looking for Witnesses of Injury Hit and Run
Gresham Police Dept - 02/20/20 1:11 PM

Gresham, Ore.— On February 15 around 7:25 p.m., Gresham Police responded to the report of an unconscious male lying on the side of the road near the 21500 block of SE Stark St. The adult male had injuries consistent with being struck by a vehicle. He is still in the hospital with critical injuries. Police are asking that anyone that may have driven by that location around that time to call our tip line at 503.618.2719.

UPDATE #2 - Oregon State Police Investigating Officer Involved Shooting in Silverton - Marion County
Oregon State Police - 02/20/20 12:50 PM

Correction - Years of service were switched and are now correct.

The names of the Silverton Police Department officers are being released:

  • Officer Jonathan Lamoreaux (38) - 6 years with Silverton Police Department.
  • Officer Tim Hein (31) - 9 years with Silverton Police Department. 

No more information is available to be released at this time.

The Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation into the OIS in Silverton.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that William Bluestone was in possession of a handgun at the time of the shooting.

The Silverton Officer was wearing a body worn camera and the incident was recorded.  It is unable to be released at this time as this is an open/active investigation.

The Oregon State Police and Marion County DA’s office understands the public’s desire to know immediate information when an officer is involved in a deadly use of force.  However in an effort to complete a fair and thorough investigation information needs to be withheld until after a Grand Jury can be convened to hear the facts of the case, as is Marion County District Attorneys standard practice.

No more information is available to be released at this time.

On February 14, 2020 at approximately 12:40 P.M., Silverton Police Department personnel responded to a reported domestic violence disturbance at 911 Reserve St. Apt.#3, in Silverton.

Shortly after arriving, officers located the involved man, William Bluestone (21) of Bend/Silverton, concealed in the bedroom of the apartment. Bluestone told officers he was armed with a handgun and barricaded himself.

Officers attempted to negotiate his surrender for more than an hour when shots were fired. Bluestone was pronounced deceased by medical personnel who arrived shortly thereafter.

This investigation is being led by the Oregon State Police with the assistance of the Salem Police Department, Marion County Sheriff's Office and Keizer Police Department. The Marion County District Attorney’s Office is overseeing the investigation and will release additional details when appropriate.

The involved officer was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation as per protocol.

All lanes of NB I-5 open again in Wilsonville
ODOT: PDX, Mt. Hood - 02/20/20 12:39 PM

Shortly after noon Thursday, ODOT reopened all northbound lanes of Interstate 5 in Wilsonille after an early morning crash forced closure of the northbound highway.

Oregon Teens Convene for Annual Youth Summit in Salem (Photo)
City of Happy Valley - 02/20/20 12:04 PM

Teens from around the state will gather at Willamette University on Friday, Feb. 21 for the 3rd Annual Oregon Youth Summit. Participating students are all members of Youth Councils affiliated with their respective cities.  Through interactive activities and guided discussions, the teens are encouraged to voice their ideas and share ways by which their Youth Council is making an impact in their local community. Topics include issues related to safety, health, and special initiatives the teens would like to see established in their community or are currently working on.

This year’s theme, The Sky’s the Limit: Let Your Leadership Soar will focus on engaging the group’s aptitude toward creating change and problem-solving challenges affecting their peers. Motivational speaker, Eric Post, will open the event and help kick off the day’s activities. Guest speakers will also include former athletes, Dan Devaney and Walter Bailey, who will talk specifically about addiction and mental health, two subjects the youth have indicated affect their communities. Students will also have the opportunity to tour the State Capitol and meet several representatives.

The Oregon Youth Summit was spearheaded by the City of Happy Valley Youth Council, which set out to work collaboratively with other Youth Councils from across the state to create a meaningful event to share ideas.  The Oregon Youth Summit has allowed students an opportunity to be more directly involved in state government and let their voices be heard.

“The Oregon Youth Summit provides the youth attending an opportunity to learn from one another and make new friends,” says Rob Drake, City of Cornelius City Manager. “Attendees at the Oregon Youth Summit can share what they have been doing as a Youth Advisory Council and take new ideas back to their local communities. The Oregon Youth Summit also offers students a chance to visit the State Capitol and see the Oregon Legislature in person.  For many, it will be their first time.”

For further information, please contact Steve Campbell, Director of Community Services and Happy Valley Youth Council Advisor.

Attached Media Files: 2020-02/2996/131679/Oregon_Youth_Summit_small_group_discussion.JPG , 2020-02/2996/131679/Oregon_Youth_Summit_group_activity.JPG , 2020-02/2996/131679/Oregon_Youth_Summit_2019_Group.JPG

Pacific University News Capsule
Pacific University - 02/20/20 12:01 PM

Greetings from Pacific University where our favorite hit song is "Sign, Shake and Ring."

Here's some of what's happening in our world:

Professor Coplen tells OPB how Pacific is working to help ease the access-to-care crisis with its dental therapy program

Soccer legend Jimmy Conway, who died this month, once coached at Pacific

Scott Korb will take over Pacific's MFA program

And here are some of the things coming up:

A Perception of Failure | Sculptures by Claire B. Jones
Feb. 20-24, 1-5 p.m. | Scott Hall, Cawein Gallery

The World Bank at the Social Innovation and Nonprofit Leadership Speaker Series
Feb. 20, 2:45 p.m. | Marsh Hall, Taylor Auditorium

JV Softball vs. Chemeketa Community College
Feb. 20, 5 p.m. | Sherman/Larkins Stadium

Dr. Amira Rose Davis to Speak at In Your Face Lecture
Feb. 20, 7 p.m. | Taylor Auditorium 216

Illumination Project Interactive Social Justice Theatre
Feb. 21, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Taylor Auditorium 216

JV Softball vs. Willamette University JV
Feb. 21, 5 p.m. | Sherman/Larkins Stadium

Women's Tennis vs. Highline Community College
Feb. 21, 5 p.m. | Holce Tennis Courts

Lunar New Year Celebration
Feb. 21, 5-8 p.m. | UC

Women's Basketball vs. Pacific Lutheran University
Feb. 21, 6-8 p.m. | Stoller Center

Men's Basketball vs. Pacific Lutheran University
Feb. 21, 8-10 p.m. | Stoller Center

Women's Lacrosse Play Day
Feb. 22, All Day | Hanson Stadium

Baseball vs. Lewis & Clark College
Feb. 22, noon | Chuck Bafaro Stadium

JV Softball vs. Blue Mountain Community College
Feb. 22, 1 p.m. | Sherman/Larkins Stadium

Vietnamese Student Association Culture Show | Pacific By Night Vol. 2
Feb. 22, 6-9 p.m. | MPR

Baseball vs. Lewis & Clark College
Feb. 23, noon | Chuck Bafaro Stadium

Adoptive Microaggressions, Identity, and Language: Using History and Theory to Transform Practice 
Feb. 24, 4:30-5:30 p.m. | Eugene

Parties, Primaries & the Electoral College: How to make your vote count in an election
Feb. 26, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Boxer Pause 216

Interprofessional Case Conference: Medical Improv for Communication
Feb. 26, 12:15 p.m. | Creighton Hall, Rooms 514, 516, Hillsboro Campus

SOLVE at Social Innovation and Nonprofit Leadership Speaker Series
Feb. 27, 2:45 p.m. | Marsh Hall, Taylor Auditorium

And you can always take a look at the complete university calendar.

— pacificu.edu —

Pacific University is a diverse learning community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment. Students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry. Located in Oregon, Pacific serves a diverse population of more than 3,900 students, with campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn, as well as healthcare clinics throughout the Portland area. Pacific is ranked the No. 1 private research university in the Pacific Northwest and is also committed to civic engagement, sustainability and interprofessional education as part of its core teaching philosophy.

PPB's Human Trafficking Unit Participates in National Initiative Focused on Commercial Sexual Solicitation (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/20/20 11:56 AM
NJSI mission message
NJSI mission message
The Portland Police Bureau's Human Trafficking Unit participated in the 19th National John Suppression Initiative (NJSI) organized by Cook County Sheriff's Office in Illinois. The operation had a total of 22 law enforcement agencies nationwide that aimed at targeting potential buyers to provide deterrence and disrupt the online activity for commercial sexual solicitation.

During the time frame of January 1, 2020 to February 2, 2020, the Portland Police Bureau made a total of 252 contacts with potential buyers via text messages and phone calls, which ranked 3rd nationwide behind New York City, New York and Tarrant County, Texas. The online decoy ads were monitored by Officers as well as with the assistance of artificial intelligence.

A total of 304 deterrence messages were sent out in response to an inquiry by a potential buyer. The end user received a message similar to the one attached. Portland Police Bureau members also made 6 arrests during this initiative, one of which was related to an investigation that started in February 2019. Since 2011, during the NJSI operational period, 10,000 buyers have been arrested nationally. The data gained from this collaboration aides in future investigations and deterrence efforts.

The six individuals arrested were all charged with Commercial Sexual Solicitation and were identified as:
-Brett Dye age 49 (Criminally cited)
-Peter Matzka age 48 (Booked in jail)
-Charlie Pham age 40 (Criminally cited)
-Nicholas Smith age 22 (Criminally cited)
-Anthony Creamer age 54 (Criminally cited)
-Ahtasham Mohammed age 35 (Booked in jail). Additional charges of two counts of Attempted Commercial Sexual Solicitation

If you know someone that you believe is being trafficked, please contact the Portland Police Bureau at (503) 823-3333 (non-emergency) or 911 (emergency). You can also send information directly to the Portland Police Bureau's Human Trafficking Unit at ppbhtu@portlandoregon.gov or submit a tip via the National Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888.


Attached Media Files: NJSI mission message

Two lanes now open at I-5 crash site in Wilsonville
ODOT: PDX, Mt. Hood - 02/20/20 11:42 AM

The left and middle lanes of northbound Interstate 5 have just reopened near Elligsen Road in Wilsonville after a Thursday morning crossover truck crash forced full closure of the northbound freeway.  We hope to reopen the right lane and the right shoulder Thursday afternoon.

Battle Ground High School senior wins regional Poetry Out Loud competition, advances to state (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 02/20/20 11:19 AM
BGHS senior Amy Eells reciting her poem at the school's competition in December
BGHS senior Amy Eells reciting her poem at the school's competition in December

Senior Amy Eells is establishing herself as Battle Ground High School’s preeminent poetry performance artist. After winning the school’s annual Poetry Out Loud competition for the second consecutive year, Eells advanced to the regional finals held at the ESD 112 on Jan. 22. 

At the regional finals, students recited works they selected from an anthology of more than 700 classic and contemporary poems. Judges evaluated student performances on criteria including voice and articulation, evidence of understanding, and accuracy. Eells once again impressed the judges with her recitation of “Mansplaining” by Jennifer Militello and was selected as one of two regional winners, joining Yeshi Berry of the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics. By winning the regional competition, Eells and Berry are two of only 12 finalists headed to the state competition in Tacoma on March 7.

“I’ve always enjoyed reading poetry, and I would sometimes try writing my own,” Eells said. “But there’s something uniquely empowering about performing poetry that really makes the words and their meaning connect. Poetry Out Loud has been a wonderful opportunity that has helped fuel my creative passion.”  

The competition, presented in partnership with the Washington State Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. More than 300,000 students nationwide took part in Poetry Out Loud last year.

“Poetry Out Loud is a wonderful tradition for Battle Ground Public Schools, where a very difficult academic endeavor is celebrated and enjoyed,” said event coordinator and BGHS teacher Heather Smithline. “We’re very proud of the success that Amy has had these past two years and know she’ll do an incredible job representing BGHS at the state competition.”  

Poetry Out Loud uses a “pyramid” structure that is very similar to how spelling bees work. Competitions begin at the classroom level, with each class’s winner advancing to a schoolwide competition. Winners then have the opportunity to compete in regional and state competitions, and ultimately to the National Finals in Washington, D.C. where $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be distributed.

“We are obviously proud of the students who put in so much work for this competition,” Smithline said. “We are also very appreciative of the judges, parents, teachers, principals, and students who make the event a huge success every year, as it could not happen without them.”

To learn more about Poetry Out Loud, visit www.poetryoutloud.org.

Attached Media Files: BGHS senior Amy Eells reciting her poem at the school's competition in December

DEA announces launch of methamphetamine initiative - Efforts will assist in combating record amounts flooding the Pacific Northwest
DEA Seattle - 02/20/20 11:02 AM

 SEATTLE – Drug Enforcement Administration Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon today announced that the DEA will direct enforcement resources to methamphetamine “transportation hubs” — areas where methamphetamine is often trafficked in bulk and then distributed across the country. While continuing to focus on stopping drugs being smuggled across the border, DEA’s Operation Crystal Shield will ramp up enforcement to block their further distribution into America’s neighborhoods.

DEA has identified eight major methamphetamine transportation hubs where these efforts will be concentrated: Atlanta, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Phoenix, and St. Louis. Together, these DEA Field Divisions accounted for more than 75 percent of methamphetamine seized in the U.S. in 2019.

Methamphetamine seizures in the Pacific Northwest are continuing to rise. In 2019, DEA seizures throughout the region were an all-time high of more than 3,200 pounds. Recent seizure amounts for the region are on pace to surpass last year. “The increased volume of high grade methamphetamine flooding our Pacific Northwest neighborhoods coupled with increased overdose rates is alarming,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Keith Weis.  He further added, “Operation Crystal Shield will further enhance law enforcement efforts in key distribution points throughout the Pacific Northwest linked to the identified transportation hubs in the southwest.”

Operation Crystal Shield builds on existing DEA initiatives that target major drug trafficking networks, including the Mexican cartels that are responsible for the overwhelming majority of methamphetamine trafficked into and within the United States. From FY 2017 to FY 2019, DEA domestic seizures of methamphetamine increased 127 percent from 49,507 pounds to 112,146 pounds. During the same time frame, the number of DEA arrests related to methamphetamine rose nearly twenty percent.  

“For decades, methamphetamine has been a leading cause of violence and addiction – a drug threat that has never gone away,” said Acting Administrator Dhillon. “With a 22 percent increase in methamphetamine-related overdose deaths, now is the time to act, and DEA is leading the way with a surge of interdiction efforts and resources, targeting regional transportation hubs throughout the United States. By reducing the supply of meth, we reduce the violence, addiction, and death it spreads.”

Virtually all methamphetamine in the United States comes through major ports of entry along the Southwest Border and is transported by tractor trailers and personal vehicles along the nation’s highways to major transfer centers around the country. It is often found in poly-drug loads, alongside cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl.

Information regarding illicit drug trafficking activities can be anonymously submitted at www.dea.gov

Visuals are available (local and national) – please contact Special Agent Jodie Underwood 

Oregon Historical Society Announces 2020 History Makers; Gala Celebration Set for October 4 (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 02/20/20 10:46 AM
2019 Oregon History Maker Medal Recipients Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Gale Castillo, Andy Bryant, and Colin O'Brady
2019 Oregon History Maker Medal Recipients Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Gale Castillo, Andy Bryant, and Colin O'Brady

Portland, OR – The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) is pleased to announce the 2020 recipients of the Oregon History Makers Medal. First awarded in 2009, the History Makers Medal is one of Oregon’s most prestigious honors, and the Society presents the award annually to individuals and organizations that are positively shaping the history, culture, and landscape of Oregon.

The 2020 Oregon History Makers Medal recipients are:

Lillian Pitt: Acclaimed artist

Lillian Pitt has created a lifetime of works in a variety of media, including clay, bronze, wearable art, prints, glass, and jewelry. Born and raised on the Warm Springs reservation, with ancestors who have lived in and near the Columbia Gorge for over 10,000 years, Lillian’s emphasis is on creating contemporary fine art pieces that honor the history and legends of her people. Her works are regularly exhibited throughout the Pacific Northwest, as well as nationally and internationally.

Punit Renjen: Visionary business leader

Born and raised in India, Punit Renjen came to Oregon in 1984 on a Rotary Foundation Scholarship to Willamette University. After receiving a master’s degree in management, he began his career at Deloitte. In 2015, he became the company’s global CEO, and the first Asian born person to head one of the world’s largest professional services firms. In 2018, Punit launched WorldClass, Deloitte’s global initiative to advance education and skills for communities at risk, beginning with girls and women in India.

Dr. Geraldine Richmond: Renowned scientist and educator

Dr. Geraldine Richmond is the Presidential Chair in Science and a chemistry professor at the University of Oregon. She has served on the National Science Board since 2012, and was awarded a National Medal of Science for her fundamental research on the chemistry and physics of complex surfaces and interfaces, which is relevant to energy production and environmental remediation. Throughout her career, Dr. Richmond has worked to promote women in science around the globe.

The Greenbrier Companies: International leader in the transportation industry

What began in 1919 as a wire wheel manufacturer, founded by brothers Chester and Alvin Gunderson, has since grown into a group of companies that is one of the leading designers, manufacturers, and marketers of railroad car equipment in North America and Europe, and one of the world’s foremost manufacturers of ocean-going barges. As the fourth largest publicly traded company based in Oregon, Greenbrier also boasts over 1,100 employees in Oregon and more than 16,000 worldwide.

“For over a decade, the Oregon Historical Society has had the pleasure of highlighting the accomplishments of the business leaders, philanthropists, artists, and cutting-edge thinkers that have shaped our communities,” said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk. “Oregon would not be where it is today without the individuals and organizations that continue to innovate and push boundaries across every industry.”

The Oregon Historical Society will present the Oregon History Makers Medals at a gala celebration at the Portland Art Museum on Sunday, October 4, 2020. Table sponsorships and individual tickets are available; for more information, please contact Ally Huffman at 503.306.5226 or ally.huffman@ohs.org.

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: 2019 Oregon History Maker Medal Recipients Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Gale Castillo, Andy Bryant, and Colin O'Brady , Rep. Bonamici at 2019 History Makers Dinner , 2019 Oregon History Makers Dinner

Revenue reminds businesses of requirement to register for Corporate Activity Tax
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 02/20/20 9:03 AM

As Department of Revenue representatives prepare for Corporate Activity Tax (CAT) update meetings in 13 cities across Oregon in March, the agency reminds businesses that that they have 30 days after eclipsing $750,000 in commercial activity for the year to register for the CAT.

Businesses that passed the $750,000 threshold in late January will need to register with the department by the end of February.

“Our CAT team will personally engage our taxpaying communities in March to provide important compliance information. Before those meetings, however, we want to remind businesses who have reached the threshold that the first step of compliance is registration,” said Nia Ray, director of the Oregon Department of Revenue.

Meetings on the March tour are planned in Bend, Ontario, La Grande, The Dalles, Klamath Falls, Ashland, Eugene, Gresham, Coos Bay, Lincoln City, Seaside, Keizer and the west side of the Portland metro area. The full schedule is available on the CAT page of the agency’s website.

More than 6,100 businesses have already registered for the CAT. During the 2019 session the Legislative Revenue Office predicted approximately 40,000 businesses would have to pay taxes under the CAT, which went into effect Jan. 1.

To register, individuals doing business in Oregon will need their name, and their social security number or individual taxpayer identification number. Businesses will need their entity’s legal name and federal employer identification number.
Businesses and individuals will need:
• Their mailing address;
• The date they exceeded or expect to exceed $750,000 in Oregon commercial activity;
• A valid email address or current Revenue Online login, and;
• Their Business Activity Code (Refer to the current list of North American Industry Classification System codes found with their federal income tax return instructions.)
Taxpayers don’t need a Revenue Online account to register for the CAT. Those who have Revenue Online accounts can’t be logged in to register for the CAT. Instead, they should go directly to the CAT webpage and click on the “Register for the CAT” link on the right-hand side of the page.

The ability to make online payments and apply for ACH credit are now also available through Revenue Online.

CAT registrants who want to make ACH payments must submit an ACH credit application for the Corporate Activity Tax (CAT). The application is available on the department’s website through Revenue Online by scrolling down to “Tools” and clicking “apply for ACH credit.”

Once their application is completed, taxpayers will receive a confirmation providing the routing and account number. Taxpayers should not use account numbers from other tax programs. First quarter estimated payments for the CAT are due April 30.

More information about the Corporate Activity Tax is available on the Department of Revenue’s website at www.oregon.gov/dor. It includes a list of frequently asked questions and a form to sign-up for email updates on the CAT. Stakeholders can direct questions or comments about the CAT via email to cat.help.dor@oregon.gov or call 503-945-8005.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; call 800-356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 800-886-7204.

Tip of the week for February 24, 2020 - Scammers Posing as IRS
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/20/20 8:53 AM

                                                            Scammers posing as the IRS


As we get into tax season, the IRS is reminding taxpayers to be on the lookout for scam e-mails aimed at tricking you into disclosing personal and financial information that could be used to steal your identity and financial assets.  IRS does not send out unsolicited e-mails asking for personal information.

The IRS has seen a recent increase in these scams, many of which originate outside the United States.  To date, investigations have identified sites hosting hundreds of IRS-related phishing scams.  These scam websites have been found to originate in at least 20 different countries.

Scammers claiming to be from the IRS, tell you that you are due a federal tax refund, and direct you to a website that appears to be a genuine IRS site.  The bogus sites contain forms or interactive web pages similar to IRS forms and web pages.

Don’t be fooled!  These sites and forms have been modified to request detailed personal and financial information from the e-mail recipients. E-mail addresses involving users in professional and educational communities seem to be heavily targeted.

The information obtained is then used to steal the taxpayer identity and financial assets.  Typically, identity thieves use someone’s personal data to empty the victim’s financial accounts, run up charges on the victim’s existing credit cards, apply for new loans, credit cards, services or benefits in the victim’s name and even file fraudulent tax returns.

The IRS does not send out unsolicited e-mails or ask for detailed personal information.  Additionally, the IRS never asks people for their PIN numbers, passwords or similar secret access information for their credit card, bank or other financial accounts. The IRS primarily uses the mail when they need to notify you regarding any tax-related matter. They do not phone you late at night, or text you.

 For more information on phishing (suspicious e-mails) and identity theft, visit the IRS Web site at www.irs.gov. For information on preventing or handling the aftermath of identity theft, visit the Federal Trade Commission Web sites at www.consumer.gov/idtheft and www.OnGuardOnline.gov (and click on Topics).

Please report the fraudulent misuse of the IRS name, logo, forms or other IRS property by calling the Treasury inspector General for Tax Administration toll-free hotline at 1-800-366-4484. 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.

Attached Media Files: 2020-02/5490/131670/022020_Scammers_posing_as_IRS.pdf

Deputies respond to dramatic morning crash in Clackamas; victim truck loses axle, suspect truck slams through fence into tree; video available (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/20/20 8:25 AM

Please reference CCSO Case # 20-003950


Yesterday morning, deputies responded to a dramatic crash in which a driver with meth and alcohol in his system collided with another vehicle, ran through a fence, and smashed into a tree. The victim driver in the other vehicle was injured, and the victim driver's truck was totaled, its axle separating from the vehicle. 

Video of the crash and crash scene is available, and the suspect driver was cited at the hospital.

Just after 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, deputies from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to the report of a traffic crash at the intersection of SE Johnson Rd. and SE Clackamas Rd. in Clackamas. The crash reportedly involved two pickup trucks.

When deputies arrived on-scene, they found debris from the collision scattered across the roadway and intersection. A brown-colored truck at the intersection had lost its rear axle, which was sitting behind the truck. (Photos are attached.) The driver of the brown truck had a non-life-threatening injury to his arm, and will seek his own medical attention.

The black Ford truck that caused the collision was found further to the east. It had traveled through a fence and into a tree after colliding into the rear of the brown truck. 

The black Ford truck had extensive front-end damage, including a fractured piece of wood that punctured the windshield and lodged in the truck. The black truck also struck a 35-mph speed sign and pinned it between the truck and a large Douglas Fir tree. (Photos are attached.)

The driver of the black Ford was still inside the truck and was not being cooperative with the first responders. The truck's suspect driver was later identified as Richard John Miller, 56, of Clackamas. He has some visible lacerations and appeared altered. Miller was holding the door shut and refusing to get out of the truck. 

Deputies, firefighters and paramedics reasoned with Miller for an extended period of time, and were able to eventually gain his cooperation and move him to a gurney that AMR paramedics had brought over. While placing him on the gurney, Miller began to yell. He was loaded into an AMR ambulance and transported to an area hospital for treatment. 

A deputy deployed to the hospital to conduct a DUII investigation of Miller as he was being treated. Alcohol and methamphetamine were found in Miller's system, and he was cited on DUII charges.

Meanwhile, deputies investigating the collision were able to secure video of the crash via cameras installed in a home on the corner. 

The video shows the victim's brown truck headed east on SE Clackamas Rd, slowing for the stop sign at the four-way stop intersection. Suspect Miller's black Ford truck was travelling at a high rate of speed eastbound behind the brown truck. As seen in the video, the black Ford was travelling in the oncoming lane and may have been attempting to pass the brown truck when it instead collided with it -- sending both trucks careening across the intersection. 

Video of the collision and crash scene can be downloaded from this Dropbox link:

While responding to this scene, deputies who were finishing their night shift believed they recognized the description of suspect Miller's black truck, which had been operated by a subject they'd dealt with earlier that night. When they arrived, they confirmed they had in fact been dealing with suspect Miller earlier at his residence.


At 2:20 a.m., before the 6 a.m. crash, deputies had responded to SE Kaslin Way in Clackamas due to an incomplete 911 call. The CCOM dispatcher noted what sounded like a physical struggle. Multiple deputies and a sheriff's K-9 responded to the address. They spent over an hour outside the residence. They could see Miller inside yelling and moving around the house. He was refusing to answer the door. Miller was acting strange and appeared to be trying to hide from the deputies. Authorities now believe Miller was under the influence. 

Through contact with a neighbor, deputies were able to obtain contact information for Miller's wife, who lives at the same location. She stated she was fine and had left the house to stay at a hotel earlier in the day because Miller was acting like this. Based on information deputies received from the wife and their observations, it did not appear anyone else was inside the residence and in danger, so they left. 

Shortly after we received the call of the 6 a.m. collision between the two trucks, a neighbor called 911 to report that Miller had left his house at a high rate of speed in his black Ford truck.

Clackamas Fire District #1 and American Medical Response assisted at the crash scene. Milwaukie Police assisted with the call on SE Kaslin Way last night. 



Attached Media Files: 2020-02/624/131669/SuspectVehicleTreeFence.jpg , 2020-02/624/131669/SuspectVehicleIntoTreeSpeedSign.jpg , 2020-02/624/131669/SuspectVehicle-WoodThroughWindshield.jpg , 2020-02/624/131669/CrashScene4.jpg , 2020-02/624/131669/CrashScene3.jpg , 2020-02/624/131669/CrashScene2.jpg , 2020-02/624/131669/CrashScene-VictimVehicle2.jpg , 2020-02/624/131669/CrashScene-VictimVehicle1.jpg , 2020-02/624/131669/CrashScene-CrushedSigns.jpg , 2020-02/624/131669/CrashScene-Axle.jpg

Man put on probation for discharging a pellet air rifle from 15th floor apartment (Photo)
Multnomah Co. District Attorney's Office - 02/20/20 8:07 AM

Media: This was intended to be distributed on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 at approx. 5:15 p.m. PST. Unfortunately, there appears to have been an error that resulted in the press release not being distributed correctly. As such, we are re-sending this press release with three attachments. If you have difficulty opening any of the attachments, please contact Brent Weisberg at 503.988.6567

February 20, 2020

Man put on probation for discharging a pellet air rifle from 15th floor apartment

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that 37-year-old Michael Erin Gorman received a probation sentence for shooting a pellet air rifle from his 15th floor apartment.

“From a distance, the pellet air rifle in question looked identical to an actual assault rifle capable of causing serious physical injury or death,” said Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Eric Palmer, who prosecuted this case. “The seriousness of this situation cannot be understated. What Mr. Gorman did was extremely dangerous. Pointing a pellet air rifle that looks like a real assault rifle from an elevated position on a busy weekend in Portland prompted fears of a potential mass shooter.”

After Gorman pleaded guilty, the court convicted him of one count of unlawfully discharging a firearm, which is a misdemeanor offense, and placed him on 12 months of bench probation. Gorman will need to complete 40 hours of community service. While on probation, Gorman must obey all laws and will be prohibited from being in possession of weapons. The court ordered that the weapon used in this incident be destroyed.

This investigation started on September 14, 2019 when Portland Police responded to an apartment complex located near Northeast 2nd Avenue and East Burnside Street after receiving information that a man, later identified as Gorman, was pointing a gun from the 15th floor and that it appeared he was pointing the gun toward people on the street.

Officers arrived and contacted a witness who said she heard several popping noises coming from above her. She looked up and saw the man with the weapon pointed down toward the street. The woman used her cell phone and took photos for police. Pursuant to Oregon’s public records law, a copy of an image taken by the witness is being included with this press release.

An officer assigned to the Portland Police Bureau described the photo as depicting “a white male, shirtless with a large tattoo on his left shoulder, shouldering a rifle, and pointing over the railing of a balcony."

Fearing a potential active shooter, the Portland Police Bureau deployed a quick reaction team, which includes officers who have received specialized training to ensure community safety in highly volatile situations.

Police quickly located and took Gorman into custody without any further incident and secured the firearm. A photo of the weapon is included with this press release.

The apartment complex where this incident occurred is less than a half mile from the Oregon Convention Center, which was hosting Rose City Comic Con during this incident.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office works closely with the City of Portland’s Office of Youth Violence Prevention and attends the bi-weekly Community Peace Collaborative meeting, which is a coalition of law enforcement, service providers and community members who are focused on encouraging people to take a stand against gun violence.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office recognizes the Portland Police Bureau and its Central and North precincts that responded to this incident to ensure community safety.


Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director 
Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office
Phone: 503.988.6567 | Email: Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us 

Attached Media Files: 2020-02/5769/131668/PR-20-48-Michael_Erin_Gorman.pdf , 2020-02/5769/131668/Gorman_-_2_-_19-318332.tif , 2020-02/5769/131668/Gorman_-_1-_19-318332.tif

NB I-5 lanes closed after crash in Wilsonville
ODOT: PDX, Mt. Hood - 02/20/20 6:58 AM

All northbound lanes of Interstate 5 are closed near Elligsen Road in Wilsonville after a trucked crossed over from the southbound lanes, causing numerous crashes and mutiple injuries. Crews are setting up a detour and working to clear the vehicles stuck in the closed lanes but we don't expect to reopen the northbound lanes until Thursday afternoon.  Travelers should expect lengthy delays in the area. 

Wed. 02/19/20
Monday, February 24, 2020 Regular Board Business Agenda
Parkrose Sch. Dist. - 02/19/20 7:30 PM

The Parkrose Board of Education of School District No. 3, Multnomah County, Oregon, will convene in a Regular Board Business Meeting on Monday, February 24, 2020 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 hear a presentation from the Associated Student Body and recognize Classified Appreciation Week and Black History Month. They will receive reports on equity, student success act, hiring for equity and student body audit/fees. The Board will take action on consent agenda items, recognition resolutions, inter-district transfers, mesd local service plan, 20-21 district calendar and the Superintendent’s contract. They will report/discuss items of Board Business including: regional equity work, OSBA board of directors, color caucus, educational foundation and give their legislative advocacy updates. Twice during each Regular Board Business meeting time is set aside to hear Citizen Comments, see policy attached to the agenda for further details. The agenda is posted on the Parkrose School District Website at: https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicAgenda.aspx?ak=1000205&mk=50351053  

Western Oregon University Board of Trustees pledges to keep tuition rates affordable
Western Oregon University - 02/19/20 6:05 PM

The Western Oregon University Board of Trustees discussed on Wednesday updates concerning a budget shortfall for the 2019-20 fiscal year and strategies for the 2020-21 university budget that address several universal higher education hurdles. President Rex Fuller reiterated his intention that the university remain affordable to Oregonians seeking a four-year degree.

“WOU is not immune to the challenges facing universities and colleges across the nation. Our enrollment is down at the same time state appropriations are not covering key, mandatory cost drivers,” Fuller said. “Despite those obstacles and our current budget shortfall, we will not be deterred from our goal to be the most affordable public university in Oregon.”

For the 2019-20 academic year, WOU had the lowest increase in tuition rates at 2.33%. It has not increased its housing rates for students in two years. Funding from the state came in at a lower level than anticipated. The FY20 shortfall is $1.3 million.

The university and its employees are collaborating to make budget reductions for FY20 that directly affect students as little as possible. Looking forward to fiscal year 2020-21, trustees on Wednesday discussed the university’s desire that neither tuition nor incidental fees should rise by no more than 5%. The board will finalize the FY21 budget at its June 10 meeting.

At the meeting, the board also:

  • Approved a new undergraduate minor in sustainability
  • Received a report on the 2019 Annual External Audit Report
  • Heard an update on legislative progress on several bills being addressed in the current short session. One of these is the statute that could allow Western, Eastern and Southern Oregon universities to offer professional doctorates
  • Received a report on recommendations for the procurement card program, including updates on policies, additional training and annual review

For additional information via the board docket, visit wou.edu/board

About Western Oregon University

Western Oregon University, founded in 1856 and located in Monmouth, is the state’s oldest public university. Serving approximately 5,000 students, WOU is a mid-sized, NCAA Division II institution with about 70 percent of the student population being from Oregon. A significant portion of attendees are members of under-represented groups, veterans or non-traditional students. WOU is Oregon’s campus of choice for those seeking a transformative education in a supportive, student-centered learning community where classes are taught by faculty. Together we succeed.

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OR204 (Weston-Elgin Highway) truck restriction to be lifted this afternoon, pilot car escorts remain (Photo)
ODOT: East. Ore. - 02/19/20 2:57 PM
erosion damage on OR204
erosion damage on OR204

The Oregon Department of Transportation is in the process of lifting all vehicle restrictions that were in place for travelers on OR204 (Weston-Elgin/Tollgate Highway). A single-lane work zone along the flood-damaged section between MP 26.7 at Andes Prairie and MP 37.4 at Summerville Road prompted the restrictions. Pilot cars are escorting traffic through this area with anticipated delays of 30 minutes to two hours, depending on weather conditions and construction activities.

Commercial truck restrictions will be lifted today at 3:00 p.m. Pilot car operations will continue with extended delays.

If chain requirements are in effect in the work zone, vehicles will be required to install chains prior to entering the 11-mile-long work zone and will be required to keep their chains on through the entire zone (there is no room in this area for chain install or removal).  If drivers in the pilot line were to stop to install or remove chains within the work zone it will cause extremely long wait times at each end of the work zone.

Motorists are reminded to plan extra travel time and be prepared for long delays as crews work to stabilize the road and prevent further damage. The pilot car operation is complicated by snow removal activities, contractor repair work, and a steep highway grade adjacent to Little Phillips Creek. Road rebuilding efforts will take place as soon as weather conditions improve. Due to heavy snow and other challenges along this highway mountain pass, the impacted section is not expected to open to normal two-lane travel until late spring or early summer.

Check TripCheck.com for update conditions or call 511 / 800-977-6368. Outside Oregon call 503-588-2941.

Attached Media Files: erosion damage on OR204

Street Crimes Response Team Serves Search Warrant At Lincoln City Residence (Photo)
Lincoln City Police - 02/19/20 2:43 PM
Daryl Donat
Daryl Donat

On February 6, 2020, the Street Crimes Response Team (SCRT) along with Lincoln City Police, Toledo Police, and McMinnville Police executed a search warrant at the residence located at 2333 NE 29th Street in Lincoln City. One of the residents, 60-year-old Daryl Donat, of Lincoln City, was arrested after many months of compiling evidence regarding his involvement in buying and selling illegal narcotics. Also arrested at the residence during the warrant service was 59-year-old Melody Goodmanson, also of Lincoln City.

During the warrant execution the SCRT seized quantities of suspected methamphetamine as well as other items including narcotics paraphernalia such as digital scales and plastic baggies. There were also two children living in Donat’s residence.

Donat was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail for, Delivery / Possession / Manufacturing of Methamphetamine and two counts of First Degree Child Neglect. His bail was set at $500,000.00.

Goodmanson was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail for Possession of Methamphetamine. Her bail was set at $15,000.00.

The Street Crimes Response Unit (SCRT) is a county-wide team designed to augment the Patrol Division.  This team specializes in the handling of community impact crimes, such as narcotics investigations, burglaries, and repeat offenders and does so by investigating these crimes thoroughly.

The SCRT is made up of members of the Newport Police and the Lincoln City Police Departments and routinely obtains assistance from the Toledo Police Department and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

LCPD would like to express our thanks to McMinnville Police drug-detection K9 Tucker and his handler, who assisted in this investigation.

The Lincoln City Police Department encourages citizens to report any suspicious activity they witness, as it may assist law enforcement. The LCPD Drug Tip Line is available at 541-994-9800.

Submitted By:   Sergeant Jeffrey Winn

Attached Media Files: Daryl Donat

36 projects addressing community needs through the arts receive $205,386 in Arts Build Communities grants awards (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 02/19/20 2:22 PM
The Delgani String Quartet will collaborate with DanceAbility International for Body of Sound in April.
The Delgani String Quartet will collaborate with DanceAbility International for Body of Sound in April.

Salem, Ore. – Using the arts as a means of addressing community need is at the heart of 36 projects awarded $205,386 by the Oregon Arts Commission’s Arts Build Communities grant program for FY2020. The Arts Build Communities program targets broad geographic impact and arts access for underserved audiences in Oregon.

Projects funded include “Anna & Abby’s Yard in Forest Grove,” an accessible playground with a culturally responsive design that supports inclusion for children with disabilities by Harper’s Playground; Cameras for Change, an Outside the Frame project offering film training and equipment access for youth experiencing homelessness in Portland; and “What I Know for Sure,” a writing/performance project featuring seniors from both the Klamath Basin Senior Citizens’ Center and EagleRidge High School in Klamath Falls.

“This program provides financial support to arts and other community-based organizations for projects that address a local community problem, issue or need through an arts-based solution," said Arts Commission Vice Chair Jenny Green, who led the review panel. “Local citizens employ creative thinking and collective response to identify a local need and provide an arts-based solution.”

The grants also spark and leverage many other investments and resources, serving as a catalyst for greater economic and civic impact, said Green.

In recent years Arts Build Communities projects attracted more than $600,000 in additional investment, much of it representing salaries paid to artists and others as well as products and services purchased in the funded communities.

Arts Build Communities grants are made possible through a funding partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

The FY2020 recipients are:

Applegate Regional Theatre Inc, Veneta: $3,276

To support a local history writing competition for youth in two local school districts resulting in a show celebrating seven winners. The award will fund printing flyers, performance advertising and a videographer as well as props, sets and costumes for the production.

Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, Portland: $5,832           

To create a cultural event series at the Orchards of 82nd (O82), a multi-use development comprising 48 units of affordable housing and APANO’s new community space. The series will include four to six events and be grounded in the recently-completed Orchards of 82nd Art Plan. Funds will be used for programmatic expenses such as artist fees and supplies. The primary audience will be O82 residents and neighbors in East Portland.

Bay City Arts Center, Bay City: $5,158   

To support the 2019-20 Youth Art Education Integration Project. Arts instructors provide art education at K-8 Central Tillamook schools with emphasis on math, science, social studies and humanities themed art projects. The grant award will support art instructor labor, art supplies and tools.

Boom Arts, Portland : $4,973         

To support the Acting Out Festival, a three-day festival with a mix of contemporary outdoor theatre, promenade and circus performances plus try-it-yourself workshops in partnership with The Circus Project and Portland Parks and Recreation. Funds will support artist fees and travel.

Cascade School of Music, Bend: $6,079

To support the continuation and expansion of the CSM Outreach Program. Funds will support the Awesome After School Orchestra program at three elementary schools, a Youth Enrichment class at Boys & Girls Club Bend, an intergenerational Kindermusik (ages 1-5) class at Mt. Bachelor Assisted Living & Memory Care and a bi-lingual Kindermusik class for the Latino Community.

Central Oregon LandWatch, Bend: $6,450

To support the second phase of #ProjectUnderpass to co-design and install a mural with Latinx students for the south pedestrian railroad tunnel of the Franklin underpass in Bend. Funds will support artist fees, paint and supplies, safety equipment, interpretation and/or translation services, facilitation and participant incentives.

Chinese Friendship Association of Portland, Tigard: $5,195

To support the 2020 Lunar New Year celebration Gala in Portland 5 (Keller Auditorium). The celebration included traditional Chinese arts and crafts typical of Chinese New Year, performances that demonstrate Chinese dance, song, martial arts and traditional Chinese instruments, Chinese fashion show, Chinese Opera singing and a magic show. The funds support artist fees, facility and equipment rental.

Delgani String Quartet, Eugene: $7,000

To support "Body of Sound," a statewide tour and collaboration with DanceAbility International, the world’s leading organization for mixed ability dance. “Body of Sound” will feature both classical and contemporary works for string quartet all choreographed for mixed ability dance; performances will take place April 3-7 in Portland, Bend, Ashland and Eugene. Grant award funds will support artist fees.

Deschutes Public Library Foundation, Bend: $4,293  

To support the Library’s community read program, “A Novel Idea.” Residents are encouraged to read, discuss, create and explore the selected book together. “A Novel Idea” broadens cultural, social, educational and economic areas of community life by ensuring wide access through partnerships with local artists, organizations and businesses. Grant award funds will be used to purchase books and to assist in paying the author’s honorarium.

Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras, Eugene: $6,003

To support the Orchestras’ String Academy project, which brings free and low-cost beginning strings classes (violin, viola, cello and string bass) to nine low-income schools in the Eugene 4J School district, giving children of all backgrounds the benefits of learning an instrument. Grant award funds will support project management and artistic staff, scholarships, instrument purchases and repairs.

Eugene Symphony Association, Inc., Eugene: $6,741

To launch “Vets Connect.” Through an enhanced partnership with the national nonprofit Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix), the Symphony will double its current offering of free tickets to 40 for every subscription concert for veterans and their family members, supplemented by opportunities for participation, music enrichment and social bonding. Grant award funds will help defray costs of free concert tickets, the Symphony Connect ensemble and a contracted music therapist.

Fishtrap Inc, Enterprise: $7,000

To support The Big Read, an annual event designed to bring communities together to celebrate one work of literature. This year's selection is "When the Emperor Was Divine" by Julie Otsuka, which tells the story of a Japanese-American family separated and incarcerated after the outbreak of World War II. Grant award funds will support free books for schools, libraries and community members in addition to guest lecturer fees, supplies, promotion and personnel.

Harper's Playground, Portland: $5,977

To support “Anna & Abby’s Yard in Forest Grove,” an accessible playground in Rogers Park, Forest Grove, with a culturally responsive design that supports inclusion for children with disabilities and benefits all children through access to outdoor activities, nature, and open-ended play. Grant award funds will support artist fees, signage and installation.

Hollywood Senior Center, Portland: $6,541

To support one year of Poetry Power, a therapeutic poetry writing program for older adult survivors of elder abuse. Poetry Power supports healing and growth through compassionate listening and facilitating creative expression in a safe and supportive environment. Grant award funds will support wages for key personnel, recruiting/training volunteer writing mentors, outreach to participants and materials for Poetry Power sessions.

Josephy Center for Arts and Culture, Joseph: $5,868

To support “Women Celebrate 100 Years of Voting & Art,” a multi-disciplinary six-week celebration of women through art, theatrical performances, music, history, current affairs and more. Grant award funds will support musical and theatrical performances; an historical exhibit that will be printed on special panels and an open call for the women’s art exhibit.

Klamath Basin Senior Citizens' Center, Inc., Klamath Falls: $3,000

To support “What I Know For Sure,” a writing/performance series featuring seniors from both the Senior Citizens’ Center and EagleRidge High School aimed at demonstrating the value of intergenerational relationships. Grant award funds will support fees for a project facilitator, a director and a videographer, as well as a facility rental fee and stipends for four senior citizen participants and seven high school seniors.

Lane Arts Council, Eugene: $7,000

To support “Celebrating Latinx arts and culture in Springfield and rural Lane County.” Grant award funds will support artist fees for community cultural events; promoting cultural events and expanding our community outreach; and connecting Latinx artists and organizations to much-needed resources, such as professional development opportunities, potential event venues and more.

Literary Arts Inc, Portland: $5,459

To support the Oregon Book Awards Author Tour, which will connect Oregon authors with small communities across the state. Grant award funds will support author travel and expenses.

Materials Exchange Center for Community Arts, Eugene: $4,382

To support the Object Afterlife Art Challenge, which uses the arts to solve an environmental problem. Artists receive a mystery material and two months to create fine art out of scraps; the event culminates in a public exhibition at Oregon Supported Living Center’s Lincoln Gallery in conjunction with Eugene’s First Friday ArtWalk. Grant award funds will provide scholarships and a venue rental while offsetting marketing, supply and reception expenses.

Miracle Theatre Group, Portland: $6,922           

To support a UNIDAD environmental arts residency for the Nixya’awii School and community in Pendleton. Grant award funds will support artist fees, transportation and curriculum development.

My Voice Music, Portland: $6,568

To support a 2020 Transition Age Artist Mentorship Program. The program will provide 25 young musicians (ages 18-24) with musical mentorship, teaching-artist training, paid internships and career counseling to help them realize their musical visions and successfully navigate independence. Grant award funds will support staff and artist fees, youth participant teaching wages and performance stipends.

Northwest Classical Theatre Collaborative, Portland: $7,000

To support the tour and West Coast premiere of Canadian poet and classicist Anne Carson’s modern language translation of “Antigone,” accompanied by live cello music, to culturally under-served populations in Multnomah, Clackamas, Umatilla, Marion, Coos, Washington, Wallowa, Yamhill and Lake counties. Grant award funds will support artist fees, transportation and lodging.

Open Hearts Open Minds, Portland: $5,083

To support “Theatre at Coffee Creek” at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. Two theater professionals will meet twice weekly with approximately 18 women inmates for dialogue groups and creative exercises. The women will adapt a play and write an original play to be performed in front of live audiences.

Oregon Children's Theatre Company, Portland: $6,827

To support production of “The Journal of Ben Uchida: Citizen 13559,” which tells the story of the imprisonment of Japanese American citizens during World War II. The show will run at Portland’s Winningstad Theater from Feb. 29 to March 20. Grant award funds will support wrap-around community engagement activities (including panel discussions, performances and historical/artistic displays).

Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport: $4,973

To support artist commission fees for scientific illustration and graphic production of murals for three indoor galleries. The murals will provide a visual narrative connecting Oregon’s coastal shores to ocean depths and will depict marine life for interpretation.

Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival Association, Newport: $4,268

To support Festival activities and expand the size and scope of its statewide music community. Grant award funds will support expenses (food, housing, etc.) for visiting high school students and teachers to ensure access for participants.

Outside the Frame, Portland: $7,000

To support Cameras for Change, an expansion of film training and equipment access for youth experiencing homelessness. Grant award funds will support film instructor fees, film supplies, youth meals, youth transportation and post-production expenses.

PlayWrite, Portland: $6,541

To support PlayWrite Youth Workshops. Grant award funds will support fees for coaches, actors and staff for four playwriting workshops as well as supplies, facility rental.

Portland Community College Foundation, Portland: $4,729

To support the 30th Annual Cascade Festival of African Films, the longest continuously running annual African film festival in the U.S. The Festival runs for five weeks around Black History Month, brining films from every region of the African continent to approximately 5,000 attendees free of charge. Grant award funds will support community outreach, community master classes with visiting filmmakers, speaker fees, and film screening fees.

Portland Lesbian Choir, Portland: $5,535

To support an open rehearsal for the Choir’s June concert: “A Roof and a Bed.” The June 7 concert will features two new commissions and three new arrangements and will be presented with video footage and narration relating the experience of being homeless with hope for change. Community partners will invite 200 homeless clients and 200 friends and donors to the event. The open rehearsal will take place on June 5.

Portland Taiko, Portland: $3,623

To support the "People of the Drum" concert featuring four percussion-based music and dance groups representing different ethnic and cultural traditions. Grant award funds will support artist fees, venue costs, project management and promotional materials.

Rogue Valley Chorale Association, Medford: $4,019

To support “Spring Sing,” three concerts performed by students for their peers to motivate them to seek out musical opportunities. Grant award funds will be support transportation, stipends for conductors and accompanists, and promotional materials.

The Circus Project, Portland: $6,670

To support the second year of the Voice Project, a recurring year-long program for youth from marginalized identities who create and perform an original ensemble circus performance focused on a social justice theme of their choosing. Grant award funds support classes and private lessons, production opportunities, participant stipends, athletic wear, food, bus tickets and access to showers and hygiene items.

The High Desert Museum, Bend: $7,000           

To support the “Natural Wanderment: Stewardship. Sovereignty. Sacredness” exhibition and an accompanying Native youth workshop series. Grant award funds will support the exhibition, which will explore Native identity through contemporary art, as well as artist fees and supplies for the workshop series, which will connect Native youth to professional Native artists and enable them to apply Indigenous methodology to contemporary art forms to construct positive self-identities.

University of Oregon Foundation, Eugene: $5,497

To support a Community Music Institute pilot outreach program in partnership with Chamber Music Amici. "Violin Instruction for Pre-K Students at Whiteaker Head Start" will provide chamber music performances and developmentally appropriate instruction to students and their families. Grant award funds will support the purchase of string instruments for in-class instruction.

Write Around Portland, Portland: $6,904

To support “Respect, Writing and Community: Empowering Youth Voices,” eight free 10-week writing workshops for 70 to 100 underserved youth in partnership with social service agencies. Following the workshops the youths' writing will be published in two anthologies and showcased during free public readings. Grant award funds will help expand the workshops’ reach, build new partnerships, train volunteers, provide materials and support the publications and readings.


The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of Business Oregon (formerly Oregon Economic and Community Development Department) in 1993, in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission’s expertise in grantmaking, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.  

The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature and with federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust. More information about the Oregon Arts Commission is available online at:  www.oregonartscommission.org.


Attached Media Files: The Delgani String Quartet will collaborate with DanceAbility International for Body of Sound in April. , Outside the Frame Youth during 2019 Pride Week in Portland , An example of the art that will be featured in Harper’s Playground’s Anna and Abby’s Yard in Forest Grove.

Rule advisory committee concludes meeting series on changes to Oregon's National Register of Historic Places program March 10 in Salem
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 02/19/20 2:04 PM

The Rule Advisory Committee—formed earlier this year by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) to review the agency’s proposed changes to Oregon Administrative Rules governing Oregon’s administration of the federal National Register of Historic Places

Program—will hold their final meeting 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. March 10 in the Dye House of the Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill Street SE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

On the agenda: reviewing and commenting on staff edits; fiscal impact of proposed changes; discuss outreach plan should the OPRD Commission open rulemaking.


The March meeting will be the third and final in a series of meetings held by the Committee. There were originally four public meetings planned—Jan. 28, Feb. 10, Feb. 25 and March 10—however the Feb. 25 meeting has been canceled.

Ian Johnson, associate deputy state historic preservation officer, says the Committee’s strong progress prompted the Feb. 25 cancellation.

“The Committee has been immensely helpful with their recommendations to refine our proposed rule changes,” said Johnson. “We need more time to consider their input, so we’ve decided to cancel the second February meeting and will present our updated changes March 10.”

Audio of the Jan. 28 and Feb. 10 meetings is on the ORPD administrative rules webpage: oregon.gov/oprd/PRP/Pages/PRP-rulemaking.aspx.

The Committee has considered several topics when reviewing OPRD’s proposed rule changes, including counting property owners and objections; how Tribal governments, state agencies and local jurisdictions participate in the nomination process; administrative functions like staff duties, public notices and hearing procedures; and determining circumstances that would exempt nominations from public disclosure, e.g., protecting culturally-sensitive information.

Committee members were appointed by OPRD and drawn from Tribal, state, county and local governments, preservation and natural resource organizations, and citizens with an interest in the National Register program.

After the March 10 meeting, OPRD will consider the committee’s final recommendations and present the proposed rule changes to the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission. If the Commission approves the proposal, OPRD will begin the public rulemaking process later this year.

More information about rulemaking is available on the OPRD administrative rules webpage: https://www.oregon.gov/oprd/PRP/Pages/PRP-rulemaking.aspx

The National Register of Historic Places was established as part of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and is maintained by the National Parks Service.

Individuals who require special accommodations to attend the meeting should contact Tracy Collis, OPRD executive support specialist, at least three days in advance by calling (503) 986-0690.

Clark County Medical Examiner's Office - MEDIA RELEASE
Clark Co. WA Communications - 02/19/20 1:59 PM

The following information is in response to a media request for information regarding recent death investigations by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office.


Date of death: 02/13/2020

Location: Vancouver, WA


Decedent Name: Take, Franson J.         

Decedent Age:  19 Yrs               

Resident of:  Vancouver, WA


The opinions listed on the death certificate are as follows:


Cause of death: Gunshot Wound of the Torso

Manner of death: Homicide

How injury occurred: Decedent was shot by another person(s).


Reports and records of autopsies or postmortems shall be confidential as per RCW 68.50.105. No additional information is available for release from the Medical Examiner’s Office. Refer all other inquiries to the Vancouver Police Department.



Nikki J. Costa

Operations Manager

Oregon OSHA cites Albany foundry for safety violations in 2019 explosion (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 02/19/20 1:49 PM
Site after explosion
Site after explosion

(Salem) – Oregon OSHA has fined an Albany foundry $27,500 for violating job safety rules designed to protect workers from serious harm or death. The citation against Selmet Inc. follows an investigation of a furnace explosion that injured two workers, one of whom suffered second- and third-degree burns to his body.

The division’s investigation of the Aug. 15, 2019, accident identified three serious violations by Selmet. Those violations included failing to account for employee safety in the layout and design of the foundry, and overlooking proper work clothing and equipment.

“There are concrete steps employers can take to make safety a meaningful part of the operation of a work site,” said Michael Wood, administrator for Oregon OSHA. “Neglecting such steps, as this case demonstrates, serves only to invite more risk and the severe consequences that frequently come with it.”

The worker who suffered severe burns was operating a furnace – powered by high-voltage electricity – to melt titanium. He was doing so in a part of the foundry that contains older furnaces and where employees use control panels that are near each furnace. The furnace experienced a system failure that leaked water used for cooling into a vacuum chamber. The reaction of molten titanium with water triggered the explosion. 

The blast, which blew the roof off part of the building, left the worker with multiple burns to his head, neck, arms, and chest. The force of the blast threw another worker, stationed at the operating panel of another furnace, into a parts table.

Oregon OSHA cited Selmet for failing to account for safety measures in the design, layout, and operation of the older furnaces. Such measures could include blast walls to protect against explosions, isolated control rooms, or removal of employees from the risk zone during operations. The company had installed such measures for newer furnaces, according to Oregon OSHA’s investigation.

That serious violation carries a $13,750 penalty. Oregon OSHA also fined Selmet $13,750 for two related serious violations involving a lack of appropriate work clothing and personal protective equipment for furnace operators.

The total proposed fine of $27,500 reflects a 10 percent increase in the base penalties assigned to the violations. The increase reflects Selmet’s negative history of nine reportable accidents in the last three years.

In addition to its enforcement activities, Oregon OSHA offers employers resources to help improve workplace safety and health.

Contact Oregon OSHA’s no-cost consultation services for help with safety and health programs:

Phone: 503-378-3272

Toll-free in Oregon: 800-922-2689

Field office locations and phone numbers: https://osha.oregon.gov/Pages/maps.aspx

Email: consult.web@oregon.gov

The agency’s technical staff members can answer questions about rules and how to apply them:

Phone: 503-378-3272

Toll-free in Oregon: 800-922-2689

Email: tech.web@oregon.gov

Online contact form: https://osha.oregon.gov/Pages/Contact-Technical.aspx

Visit Oregon OSHA’s A-to-Z topic page for more information about on-the-job safety and health: https://osha.oregon.gov/Pages/az-index.aspx


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

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


Attached Media Files: Site after explosion

Sex Offender Notification
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/19/20 1:42 PM

Marion County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the following information pursuant to ORS163A.215, which authorizes Community Corrections to inform the public when the release of information will enhance public safety and protection.
The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of a sex offense that requires registration with the Sheriff’s Office. Additionally, this person’s criminal history places them in a classification level which reflects the potential to re-offend. This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather, it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public.

NAME: Thorpe, Brian Michael
SID#: 15033331
DOB: 05/02/1985

RACE: W                                SEX: M
HEIGHT: 6' 02''                       WEIGHT: 225lbs
HAIR: BRO                             EYES: GRN



Brian Michael Thorpe is on Post Prison Supervision for the crimes of: SEX ABUSE II X2
This person was granted supervision on: 1/24/2020
Supervision expiration date is: 1/23/2023
Special restrictions include: [X] No contact with minor males or females
                                             [X] Sex offender treatment
                                             [X] Submit to polygraph
                                             [X] No places where minors congregate
Other: Thorpe’s victim pool includes adult and minor females known to him, as well as an adult stranger.

Attached Media Files: 2020-02/1294/131656/Thorpe_Brian.docx

Hillsboro Earns Tree City USA Recognition Again (Photo)
City of Hillsboro - 02/19/20 1:31 PM
Courtesy City of Hillsboro
Courtesy City of Hillsboro

For the second consecutive year, Hillsboro residents are living in a Tree City USA community.

The City of Hillsboro’s commitment to public tree care recently led the Arbor Day Foundation to announce that Hillsboro has earned Tree City USA status two years in a row. The 2018 and 2019 designations celebrate the City’s tree planting, maintenance, and preservation efforts that encourage cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings, and increased property values and commercial activity.

More than 29,000 trees were planted in Hillsboro in 2018, mostly at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve. In 2019, nearly 10,000 trees were planted.

The Hillsboro 2020 Vision & Action Plan and the Hillsboro 2035 Community Plan identified Tree City USA recognition as an important sustainability action item. The Hillsboro City Council made pursuit of the Tree City USA program a 2018 City priority. In both 2018 and 2019, the City of Hillsboro earned the Tree City USA designation by meeting four standards of sound urban forestry management:

  • Maintaining a tree board or department responsible for public tree care
  • Having a community tree ordinance
  • Spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry
  • Celebrating and proclaiming Arbor Day

To celebrate this achievement and Arbor Day, the City and the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce will partner to host a community event this spring. Further event details will be shared at Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/TreeCityUSA.

In alignment with the City’s Tree City USA recognition are tree care responsibilities for Hillsboro property owners, including:

  • Properly maintaining and caring for trees planted in the area between their property line and the curb or edge of pavement. This area is called the public Right-of-Way (ROW).
  • Before planting, major prunings, or removing a tree from within the ROW, obtaining a free ROW permit from the City.
  • Trimming trees to create an 8-foot clear zone over sidewalks and a 15-foot clear zone over roadways beside their property.

To learn more about Hillsboro’s commitment to a healthier environment through Tree City USA recognition, visit Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/TreeCityUSA.

Attached Media Files: Courtesy City of Hillsboro

Linn-Benton Alert Emergency Notification System Test
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/19/20 1:30 PM

Benton County Sheriff's Office would like to announce a test of the Linn-Benton ALERT system on March 7th 2020 at 2PM. The test will cover all of Benton County. All traditional land phone lines in our 911 database will receive the message. Those who have registered other devices, with the system, will also receive the test message. Recipients will be given the option to confirm receipt of the message on each phone or device.

The Linn-Benton ALERT Emergency Notification System is a mass notification system that allows public safety officials to provide rapid notifications to Linn and Benton County residents of emergencies, evacuations, and other urgent events. There will be no reason to call our office once you receive the message.
If you haven't signed up for Linn-Benton Alerts, we would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to do so to receive any emergency related notifications pertinent to your location.

If you would like to sign up for the Linn-Benton Alert System, please visit our website at

Jackie Konen Named Tualatin's 2019 Employee of the Year (Photo)
City of Tualatin - 02/19/20 11:36 AM
Jackie & City Manager Sherilyn Lombos
Jackie & City Manager Sherilyn Lombos

The City of Tualatin employs over 150 individuals for a myriad of functions. Some employees ensure residents have access to high-quality drinking water; others maintain the infrastructure in our parks. Regardless of position, there is an expectation that employees espouse shared principles including teamwork and respect. The City's Employee of the Year Program recognizes employees that excel in their positions, and in those shared principles.

Jackie Konen, Volunteer Program Manager, was selected as Tualatin's 2019 Employee of the Year. Jackie's work brings her into contact with many city departments and members of the community. Her colleagues say, "She is a true professional, providing expertise in liaising with our surrounding agencies and charitable organizations." Among her many duties, Jackie is responsible for recruiting volunteers to assist with tree plantings in various neighborhoods throughout the city. The Put Down Roots in Tualatin program invites people to get dirty, breathe fresh air, meet new people, get a sense of achievement, and affect our environment. A recent event on the Saum Creek Trail brought 175 volunteers together to plant 1,300 native trees, shrubs, and pollinator-friendly flowers.

Her colleagues say, "Jackie is constantly looking for ways to improve her work, even though she already does an outstanding job." The result of this is the regular reimagining of volunteer opportunities to best fit the city's needs and the volunteer's interests. It also means the city's volunteer program evolves to adapt to current trends in volunteerism. She finds a way to energize others with her encouragement, kindness, strength, and unflagging cheerfulness. She is a thoughtful mentor and inspires those around her to do their best.

City Manager Sherilyn Lombos said, "Jackie is one of those people that make a difference every day. She is determined, humble, and kind. She is a fitting recipient of this honor." The Tualatin City Council will recognize Jackie at their April 13, 2020 meeting.

Attached Media Files: News Release , Jackie & City Manager Sherilyn Lombos , Jackie Celebrates

BLM's sage-grouse plans put Western communities first
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 02/19/20 11:34 AM

Additional documentation highlights robust analysis

The Bureau of Land Management will publish six draft supplemental environmental impact statements (SEISs) on Friday for management of Greater Sage-Grouse habitat on public lands in seven Western states, highlighting the collaborative process undergone in 2019 to develop plans that reflected the needs of Western communities and Greater Sage Grouse habitat.  

The draft SEISs address issues identified in an October 16, 2019, order issued by the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho, which placed a preliminary injunction on the implementation of 2019 BLM sage-grouse plans in Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Nevada/northeastern California and Oregon.

"In March of last year, the Greater Sage-Grouse conservation plans were adopted with strong bipartisan support by the Western states, as the plans made important modifications that matched the input provided by the states and Western communities," said Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Casey Hammond. "The draft SEISs illustrate the hard look and robust analysis we performed in this collaborative process to balance our habitat conservation and enhancement goals in response to recent litigation."

The draft SEISs explain how the range of alternatives analyzed in the 2019 EISs was developed, the incorporation by reference of the effects analysis from the 2015 EISs, and how best available science was used. Reports by the National Technical Team and Conservation Objective Team were critical in developing the plans. The current draft SEISs also clarify the BLM’s approach to compensatory mitigation in authorizing various uses of lands that also provide habitat for the sage-grouse.

Suspending implementation of the 2019 plans has affected programs and projects across the BLM and in Western states from authorizations of renewable energy projects and oil and gas leases to grazing permit renewals and wildfire management. For example, in northeastern California, adaptive management measures to respond to changes in sage-grouse populations cannot currently be used because the data-model used in the 2015 plan is no longer the best available information.

In Wyoming, a land exchange that would increase public access and improve resource management cannot proceed and in Utah, court-ordered travel management planning has been slowed while routes are re-evaluated for conformance with the earlier sage-grouse plans. The impact to the states goes on, but the BLM is complying with the court’s order by conforming its actions to the 2015 plans while the draft SEISs undergo public review and comment.  

States primarily manage wildlife species, and federal agencies like the BLM manage wildlife habitat. The 2019 plans were adopted after months of close coordination and cooperation with state governments in the affected states. The goal was to better align BLM plans for managing habitat with state plans for conserving the species, including state plans for compensatory mitigation, while addressing the circumstances and needs of each individual state. 

The 2019 plans received bipartisan support from the governors who sought changes to the 2015 plans for their respective states.

The draft SEISs are now available online. The BLM will accept comments on the documents starting Friday, February 21, 2020, through April 6, 2020.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported 471,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals. 

Linn -Benton Alert System Test
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 02/19/20 11:32 AM

Linn County Undersheriff Paul Timm reports on Saturday March 7, between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00p.m., the Linn County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a semi-annual test of the Linn-Benton Alert system. 

Linn-Benton Alert is a system that can push out emergency notifications to Linn and Benton County residents of emergencies, evacuations or other emergency events.  Residents can sign up for the notifications by clicking on “Linn-Benton Alert” at the bottom right-hand corner of the Linn County Sheriff’s Office website at linnsheriff.org.  Residents can choose how and where they receive alerts including cell, home, and/or work phone, by text message or TTY (hearing impaired devices) and more.



Tualatin Recognizes Volunteers with 10+ Years of Service (Photo)
City of Tualatin - 02/19/20 11:27 AM
Library Volunteers Phyllis & Deb
Library Volunteers Phyllis & Deb

In late January, the City of Tualatin honored 43 volunteers who have each contributed over a decade of service to the city. This includes several volunteers with over 25 years of continuous service. The event brought together a distinguished group of volunteers who shared experiences, exchanged stories, and got to know each other as neighbors and friends.

According to Volunteer Services’ records, these volunteers contributed a total of 57,000 hours, which correlates to a $1.4 million contribution using the Independent Sector average wage for volunteering or 27 full time positions within the city.

“This is my hometown. I want to go where I’m needed – and I love it,” said Yvonne Addington, Former Tualatin City Manager and Heritage Center volunteer. Tualatin Volunteer Coordinators Jackie Konen and Margaret Gunther recruit volunteers for a number of purposes throughout the city including planting trees in the community, supporting Library circulation and programs, serving on advisory boards and committees, and assisting staff with major events like Viva Tualatin and Blender Dash.

Volunteer Coordinator Margaret Gunther shared, “This was our first time doing this event. Over the years, we have had many dedicated volunteers. We finally ran the numbers and saw the extent of the commitment.”

When asked why they continue to volunteer, answers differed. “It’s a way to connect with other people in the community that I may not otherwise know,” said Deb Keller, Tualatin Library volunteer. “I volunteer to keep the history alive,” said Christine Tunstall, Heritage Center volunteer. Molly Skeen, Friends of the Library said, “I really care about libraries. I want our community to have the best possible library.”

Those interested in volunteering can view current volunteer opportunities on the city’s website: www.tualatinoregon.gov. “We want to convey our deepest thanks to all of our volunteers,” said Jackie Konen, Volunteer Coordinator.

Attached Media Files: News Release , Library Volunteers Phyllis & Deb , City Councilor Valerie Pratt, Parks & Recreation Director Ross Hoover, Tualatin Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Linda Moholt, and Tualatin Heritage Center Manager Cindy Frost.

The Vancouver Police Department is requesting the public's assistance in locating two missing juvenile brothers. (Update: Located safe)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 02/19/20 11:13 AM


Both boys have been located and are safe.


The Vancouver Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in locating two missing juvenile brothers.  They were last seen at Cascade Park Apartments (14000 SE Cascade Park Dr) on 2-18-20 at about 2100hrs.


16 year old Caleb King is decribed as a W/M, dirty blonde hair, blue eyes, 505/120, wearing blue jeans, black hoodie with red rose on it, black Vans with white stripe.  He has a dark green/gray Jansport back pack with him.


12 year old Conner King is described as a W/M, 408/95lbs, blond hair, brown eyes, wearing black pants, black Seattle hoodie and black Vans shoes.


VPD case 20-3055.  The community is requested to call 911 if they know the whereabouts of the two brothers.

Temporary Delay Issuing Photo Enforcement Citations for Red-Light Violations in Tigard
Tigard Police - 02/19/20 11:12 AM

All photo enforcement cameras in the City of Tigard have been turned off until construction permit standards, required by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), are met. The systems will remain off and no citations will be issued until the photo enforcement contractor has completed the work necessary at each intersection. Once a final ODOT inspection has been completed and an intersection is authorized to go back on-line, the City will communicate further.

As a reminder, photo enforcement equipment has been installed at the following intersections:
• SW Pacific Highway (99W) and Hall Blvd
• SW Pacific Highway (99W) and 72nd Avenue
• SW Pacific Highway (99W) and Durham Road

For additional information on the photo enforcement program and for updates on our schedule, please visit https://www.tigard-or.gov/police/photo_traffic_enforcement.php

Tickets to the Free Clinic Sam Beall Breakfast On Sale Now (Photo)
Free Clinic of SW Washington - 02/19/20 11:01 AM

Tickets to the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington’s annual Sam Beall Breakfast are now on sale. Now in its 6th year, this fundraising breakfast raises money to help the Free Clinic live out its mission to provide and facilitate access to free, compassionate, quality health care for children and adults who are otherwise unable to obtain such services.  

Named in memory of one of the Free Clinic’s founders, Dr. Sam Beall, a local Vancouver physician, the Sam Beall Breakfast will be held on Thursday, April 23 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Warehouse 23 in Vancouver. This annual event provides the opportunity to enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast, win great raffle prizes, learn more about the Free Clinic, and visit with members of the health care and business communities. Tickets are $35 per person and are available for purchase online at freeclinics.org or by calling 360-313-1388. If you are unable to attend, donations to the Free Clinic can be made at freeclinics.org.

“This Sam Beall Breakfast has special meaning because it is taking place during the Free Clinic’s 30th anniversary year,” said Bill Lockwood, Free Clinic Board President. “Founded in 1990 by Dr. Sam Beall and Father Ed Rankin to address the needs of the underinsured and uninsured in Clark County, the Free Clinic has and continues to have a great impact in our local community. While we have consistently evolved in our efforts to ensure that every member of our community has access to health care, the Free Clinic’s vision of always providing compassionate care has remained the same.”

Vancouver Clinic is the presenting sponsor for the 2020 Sam Beall Breakfast. Other sponsors include Providence, Wells Fargo Advisors, Columbia Bank, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), and Patrick Hildreth Brand & Design. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Pam Knepper at pam@freeclinics.org or call 360-313-1388.


About the Free Clinic:

The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington is the largest walk-in, urgent care free clinic in the state of Washington. All of our care is provided by 500+ volunteers from the health care community. We receive no state or federal funding, relying on the donations of individuals, businesses, foundations, and special events. For more information about the Free Clinic, visit our website at freeclinics.org or check us out on social media at www.facebook.com/FreeClinicofSouthwestWA/ or https://twitter.com/FreeClinicSWWA.

Attached Media Files: 2020-02/1594/131646/Tulips_Croissant_Strawberry_Juice_Powidl_White_550428_1280x874.jpg

SAIF offering free emergency preparedness class in Wilsonville on March 2
SAIF - 02/19/20 10:25 AM

Do you know what to do when an earthquake hits? Do you have a plan for work and home? A kit with emergency supplies? We talk about earthquake and emergency preparedness, but what will make us take action?

Steve Eberlein was a witness to the Sri Lanka Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004 and is a global aid worker and workplace and community resilience advocate. SAIF will be hosting him in Wilsonville to provide a free overview of Oregon's Cascadia subduction zone risk and a discussion on the cultural barriers that prevent us from talking about emergency prep.

Steve will give tips and tools to prepare your workplace, home, and family for the worst-case scenario.

The event will be on Monday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the World of Speed Museum, 27490 SW 95th Ave., in Wilsonville.

Reservations are required, as space is limited. Register for the free events at saif.com/quake. For questions or to register by phone, call 541.857.4204.

Still overwhelmed? Start with these five emergency essentials to be better prepared—at work, at home, in your car, and at school. More resources are available at saif.com/prepare.

About SAIF

SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. Since 1914, 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.

Sheriff's Office announces plans for unified Clackamas County Search & Rescue Team
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/19/20 10:20 AM

Planning process underway; card-carrying SAR volunteers invited to apply by March 31

Sheriff's Office releases report detailing research behind formation of nonprofit, county-wide unified SAR team

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office has revealed plans to form a new nonprofit search-and-rescue (SAR) team for Clackamas County -- one that will include local search volunteers working together with Sheriff's Office employees under a single, unified banner.

SAR-card-carrying search-and-rescue volunteers are invited to apply by March 31 to join the planned nonprofit Clackamas County Search & Rescue.

"Our research says this is the right way to go -- it's a model that's raised the bar for search and rescue in other counties," said Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts. "We hope card-carrying volunteers all join the new unified team. These are valuable working relationships that have saved many lives. We look forward to bringing those volunteers under one umbrella and making those working relationships even closer and stronger. It's the right move for Clackamas County."

The plan for the new consolidated team comes in the wake of months of research and study, as well as interviews with other search teams successfully using the unified-team model.

"This reorganization is in line with state law that governs Search and Rescue in Oregon," said Oregon Office of Emergency Management State Search and Rescue Coordinator Scott Lucas. "It's considered best practices, as it follows the Sheriff's Search and Rescue Advisory Council guidelines."

"NORSAR is excited for the upcoming changes and reorganization of our search and rescue teams," said Stephen Korpi, President of North Oregon Regional Search and Rescue (NORSAR). "We feel that this change will provide improved structure, teamwork, and organized leadership to help improve our teams' effectiveness during trainings and searches."

Research, interviews and a study lead to decision

The formation of a single, unified search-and-rescue program for Clackamas County comes in the wake of recent litigation, at the recommendation of Clackamas County counsel, and following a comprehensive study that's now available for download.

By law, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is responsible for all search-and-rescue operations in Clackamas County. In the wake of litigation, Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts asked retired Undersheriff and former Sheriff's Office SAR-team member Matt Ellington to conduct a study of other search-and-rescue organizations to find ways to improve the Clackamas County model.

Ellington spent months studying SAR models and best practices throughout Oregon, Washington and California. He also interviewed a number of SAR leaders around the region to identify any recommendations they might have.

One of the key models studied: the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office's volunteer SAR program, which uses the unified-team model.

"At the end of the day, the Office of Sheriff is responsible for search and rescue," explained Deschutes County Sheriff L. Shane Nelson. "We have high expectations for how we deliver public safety and service and the people we hire to join our team. Given the fact these search and rescue operations can be emergency situations, high-profile events, and liability concerns, I want to make sure our team is supervised by our office, trained in a consistent manner by our office, and the equipment used is up to the standards of our office."

As this evaluation process continued, Sheriff Roberts also assigned Deputy Scott Meyers to SAR on a full-time basis, and assigned Lt. Brian Jensen as the new supervisor to oversee SAR. He also assigned human-resources staff to address the SAR volunteer background and selection process.

Meyers and Jensen also traveled to Deschutes County and Mono County, California (which underwent a similar restructuring of search-and-rescue operations) to study their SAR models.

In June 2019, Ellington turned in his report, which made recommendations on SAR best practices. You can download this report here:


Highlights in Ellington's report included the following recommendations:

  • Bring SAR volunteers under a single, unified Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue Team, with specialized teams operating under that banner.
  • Have all SAR volunteers go through detailed background checks and a selection process.
  • Have all volunteers train and abide by Sheriff's Office policies, while developing additional SAR-specific policies. 
  • Maintain records of all training to ensure compliance.
  • Create a non-profit 501(c)(3) for Clackamas County Search & Rescue.
  • Provide training and equipment.

After reviewing these recommendations and talking with key stakeholders statewide, Sheriff Roberts decided to move in this direction.

"The research says forming this team is the right move for Clackamas County residents," said Roberts. "Clackamas County search-and-rescue missions are rising. The county population has risen by over 43,000 people in the past decade. Local response times and communication will improve with a single, dedicated team.

"Search and rescue in Clackamas County involves much more than Mt. Hood -- it's demanding and complex, across wilderness and urban environments. If a major disaster happens here, this will allow the quick deployment of SAR resources dedicated to Clackamas County."

Planning now underway; full details, official launch date coming soon

Efforts are currently underway to establish the nonprofit Clackamas County Search & Rescue, as a workgroup finalizes plans for the new, unified team.

"The nonprofit will allow for public donations to buy new equipment and train volunteers," said Sheriff Roberts. "The power of pooling our resources is enormous."

Managing for Results, which collaborated with the county on its Performance Clackamas process, will work to develop a strategic plan, and the Sheriff's Office is seeking input from experienced search volunteers.

Organizational details and an official launch date for Clackamas County Search & Rescue will be revealed in the coming months as the workgroup's planning moves forward.

As planning and discussions move forward, the Sheriff's Office continues to work with area volunteer search organizations on missions across the county and region.

Application process now open to SAR-card holders; deadline March 31

Current Oregon State Sheriffs' Association (OSSA) SAR-card holders interested in becoming members of the new team are encouraged to complete a volunteer application and background-check process here: https://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/sarteaminvite.html . The deadline for this round of applications is March 31, 2020.

"All our search partners are encouraged to apply," said Sheriff Roberts. 

"Clackamas County is a great partner in the Search and Rescue community," said Lucas. "This reorganization will only improve the county's ability to respond when called to help those who are in distress or imminent danger."


Oregon Lottery Awarded Responsible Gaming National Certification (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 02/19/20 10:13 AM
Oregon Lottery logo
Oregon Lottery logo

The Oregon Lottery is one of three United States lotteries to receive the “Sustaining Level,” the highest responsible gaming verification standard in the U.S. Presented by the National Council on Problem Gambling and the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries, the Oregon Lottery earned that level of certification for its responsible gaming program.

To accomplish this designation, the Oregon Lottery’s responsible gaming program was reviewed by a panel of independent assessors with expertise in the field of responsible gaming.  As part of the review process, the Oregon Lottery was found to have demonstrated strong programs are in place that focus on employee training, retailer training, public education and awareness, product oversight, research and marketing and advertising programs.

“The Oregon Lottery was selected as a pilot lottery for the NASPL verification program in 2016 and achieved the highest level available at that time,” said Oregon Lottery Director Barry Pack. “Achieving the ‘Sustaining Level’ demonstrates the Oregon Lottery’s deep commitment to continuous improvement of responsible gaming programming.”

The new certification comes after the Oregon Lottery achieved a Level 4 certification distinction from the World Lottery Association in 2018.  This also is the highest level of certification achievable through WLA.

Additional information about the Oregon Lottery’s responsible gaming program can be found at https://oregonlottery.org/play-responsibly/


Attached Media Files: Oregon Lottery logo

February Enhanced Speed Enforcement
Newberg-Dundee Police Dept. - 02/19/20 9:23 AM

The Newberg-Dundee Police Department will wrap up the month of February with enhanced speed enforcement patrols through our area.  Grants made available by Oregon Impact and the Oregon Department of Transportation allow for increased staffing to address specific traffic issues during the year.  Traffic complaints, especially speeding, continue to be one of the top calls for service our agency receives.  

DOI Hosts Media Teleconference Call February19 at 3 p.m. EST to Greater Sage-Grouse Planning
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 02/19/20 8:59 AM

On Wednesday, February 19, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. EST, Acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Casey Hammond will hold a media teleconference to discuss the availability of supplemental environmental impact statements to the 2019 Greater Sage-Grouse conservation plans.  The SEISs respond to a 2019 preliminary injunction suspending implementation of the plans.

Who:  Acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Casey Hammond
What:  Media teleconference to discuss the Greater Sage-Grouse plans
When:  3:00 p.m. EST, Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Call details:  All credentialed news media are invited to participate. You must RSVP at BLM_press@blm.gov prior to the call to receive the call-in number and passcode for today’s teleconference.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported 471,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals.

March CAT update meetings set in Bend, Ontario, La Grande and The Dalles
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 02/19/20 8:49 AM

(Salem, OR)—The Oregon Department of Revenue (DOR) will host a series of meetings in the first week of March in central Oregon, eastern Oregon and the Columbia River gorge to provide information to business taxpayers and tax professionals about the administrative rules for Oregon’s new Corporate Activity Tax (CAT).

The meetings are being held in cooperation with the small business development centers at Central Oregon Community College (COCC), Treasure Valley Community College (TVCC), Eastern Oregon University (EOU) and Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC).

“Our CAT team will personally engage taxpaying communities again in March. We want to provide taxpayers with the information and tools necessary to comply with the law and will ask taxpayers to provide us with feedback on the temporary rules completed to date,” said Nia Ray, director of the Oregon Department of Revenue.

The date, time and locations of the meetings include:

  • Monday, March 2, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Room 190 in the Science Building at COCC, 2600 NW College Way, in Bend.
  • Tuesday, March 3, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Room 110 in the Weese Building at TVCC, 650 College Boulevard in Ontario.
  • Wednesday, March 4, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Room 101 in Zabel Hall at EOU, One University Boulevard in La Grande.
  • Wednesday, March 4, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Lecture Hall in Building 2 at CGCC, 400 Scenic Drive in The Dalles.

The meetings are part of a second statewide tour by the department’s CAT policy team. Department representatives used input collected from stakeholders during a 12-stop tour in fall 2019 in prioritizing and writing the rules. March’s meetings will include a presentation and discussion of the initial temporary rules.

The department does not provide tax advice, however, attendees will have a chance to ask questions about and share input on the rules and how they apply broadly to various business scenarios.

Additional meetings are planned in Klamath Falls, Ashland, Eugene, Gresham, Coos Bay, Lincoln City, Seaside, Beaverton, and Keizer. Visit the CAT page of the Department of Revenue website. to see the complete schedule. Stakeholders can direct questions or comments about the CAT via email to cat.help.dor@oregon.gov or call 503-945-8005.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; call 800-356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 800-886-7204.

The Oregon Clinic Announces New CEO (Photo)
The Oregon Clinic - 02/19/20 8:47 AM
The Oregon Clinic
The Oregon Clinic

Portland native Thomas Sanchez chosen to lead Oregon’s largest specialty physician medical practice


Portland, OR – February 19, 2020 — The Oregon Clinic today announced Thomas Sanchez as its next Chief Executive Officer (CEO). After conducting a nationwide search, the physician-led organization chose Portland native Sanchez based on his extensive experience in healthcare management and specialty medicine. As CEO, Sanchez will collaborate with TOC’s physician management team, including Dr. Richard Jamison, President and Chair of the Board at The Oregon Clinic.


“Tom is a strategic thinker with a clear understanding of healthcare operations. He’s experienced the unique needs of specialty care and understands the importance of physician leadership,” said Dr. Jamison, President and Chair of the Board at The Oregon Clinic. “I’m honored to partner with him in leading our organization.”


Sanchez has more than 20 years of experience in health care systems management and operations. Most recently, Sanchez has served as Vice President and CEO of the Renown Health Medical Group in Nevada, overseeing a large medical group with multiple locations and a variety of specialty and primary care physicians. Prior to Renown, Sanchez spent nine years at The Vancouver Clinic in several leadership roles, most recently as Chief Operating Officer. 


“The Oregon Clinic’s exceptional specialists and dedicated staff are highly respected throughout the region,” said Sanchez. “I’m looking forward to continuing The Oregon Clinic’s momentum and partnering with the physician leaders to make The Oregon Clinic the best it can be.”   


The Oregon Clinic is a physician-owned multi-specialty medical provider. With more than 270 providers, The Oregon Clinic sees more than 240,000 patients each year at more than 60 locations in the Portland-metro area. Specialties at The Oregon Clinic include cardiology, dermatology, gastroenterology, neurosurgery, radiation oncology, pulmonary and critical care medicine, urogynecology and much more. The Oregon Clinic celebrated it’s 25th anniversary last year.


Committed to being physician-owned and physician run, The Oregon Clinic has a unique organizational structure that depends on strong physician engagement and leadership throughout the organization. Physicians serve in leadership roles through an executive committee and board of directors. The Oregon Clinic’s shareholders recently voted on several leadership positions within the organization:

  • Dr. James Regan, Gastroenterologist, was elected as an Executive Vice President and will serve a three-year term. 
  • Dr. Jordana Gaumond, General Surgeon, and Dr. Roger Wobig, Otolaryngologist, were re-elected to two-year terms on the Board.
  • Dr. Matthew Solhjem, Radiation Oncologist, was elected to a two-year term on the Board.


Sanchez officially begins his role as CEO of The Oregon Clinic on March 16, 2020. 




About The Oregon Clinic: 

The Oregon Clinic is the largest private specialty physician practice in Oregon. More than 270 providers provide respectful, compassionate care in more than 30 specialty areas, resulting in more than 550,000 patient visits each year. Founded in Portland in 1994, The Oregon Clinic is committed to delivering the highest quality patient care, practicing evidence-based medicine, and providing leadership for the healthcare community. We collaborate with primary care physicians and use a team approach to address health conditions at more than 60 specialty clinic locations across northwest Oregon and southwest Washington. Call 503-935-8000 or visit www.oregonclinic.com for more information.

Attached Media Files: The Oregon Clinic

Robert Greene Homicide Remains Unsolved After Eight Years - Crime Stoppers Featured Case #12-09 (Photo)
Crime Stoppers of Oregon - 02/19/20 8:39 AM
The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for your help in solving a 2012 homicide that occurred in Southeast Portland.

On Sunday February 19, 2012, at 1:28 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting outside the Grand Central Restaurant and Bowling Lounge, located in the 800 block of Southeast Morrison Street.

Officers arrived and located a shooting victim, 30-year-old Robert Greene, suffering from traumatic injuries. Medical personnel arrived and determined that Mr. Greene was deceased. An autopsy conducted later in the day determined that Mr. Greene died of single gunshot wound. Mr. Greene was employed at the Grand Central Restaurant and Bowling Lounge.

The only suspect information at this point is that the shooter is a Black male. Investigators know that there were several witnesses outside at the time of the shooting but these eyewitnesses have not provided information to detectives.

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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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Attached Media Files: 2020-02/5183/131635/Victim_Robert_Greene.jpg

PPB's East Precinct NRT Officers Conduct Traffic Stop-Seize Drugs and Money (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/19/20 8:38 AM
Drugs and Money
Drugs and Money
On Tuesday February 18, 2020 at about 1:00 p.m. members of the East Precinct Neighborhood Response Team (NRT) conducted a traffic stop in the 10500 block of Southeast Stark Street. Officers had received a tip about a vehicle occupant involvement in drug activity.

During the stop, the officers discovered approximately 3.2 ounces of Methamphetamine and $1,605 which was seized as evidence (Photo).

The driver was arrested, however the drivers name and charges are not being released at this time due to the ongoing investigation.

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

Information about this case or any unsolved felony crime may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,500.

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

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)


Attached Media Files: Drugs and Money

Tue. 02/18/20
Two Car collision in Hazel Dell kills Washougal Woman (Photo)
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/18/20 11:32 PM

On 2/18/2020 at 7:31 hours, EMS and CCSO personnel responded to the 3600 block of NE 78th Street for the report of a two vehicle collision.  Upon arrival, EMS personnel attempted to resuscitate a driver at the scene, but were unsuccessful.

Scene evidence and witness statements revealed that a Ford Flex crossover, driven by Carolyn Clark-Bennett of Washougal, pulled out of the KIngsway School Parking lot onto 78th Street, making a left or eastbound turn.  The Ford Flex drove directly into the path of an westbound Dodge 2500 pickup, driven by Kierstan Cormican of Battle Ground.  The pickup collided with the driver's side of the Ford Flex, and Clark-Bennett, age 54 was killed.

Cormican and three passengers in the Ford Flex were transported to area hospitals with injuries.  Their conditions are unknown at this time.  Cormican has been very cooperative with law enforcement, and no charges have been filed.  This collision is under active investigation by the CCSO Traffic Unit.

Attached Media Files: 2020-02/1172/131633/78th_St_Crash.jpg

ICE Issues Subpoenas in Washington County
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/18/20 6:57 PM

ICE Issues Subpoenas in Washington County

Tuesday, February 18, 2020- The Department of Homeland Security issued Washington County Sheriff Pat Garrett two immigration enforcement subpoenas to produce records related to two different individuals in current custody of the Washington County Jail. The subpoenas, at issue, were signed by an authorized U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official and were properly served. The subpoenas are specifically authorized by federal law, 8 United States Code section 1225(d) and by the Code of Federal Regulations, 8 CFR 287.4. This administrative subpoena power has existed as part of the federal law for decades, and has been upheld by the US Supreme Court. See US v. Minker, 76 S Ct 281 (1955). 

Oregon law prohibits local police from sharing certain information for purpose of enforcement of federal immigration laws, except as provided by state or federal law (see ORS 180.805). The information sought in these subpoenas relates to information that local police are generally prohibited from sharing under Oregon law and failure to comply with these subpoenas may be punished by an order of contempt by a federal judge.

Sheriff Garrett swore an oath to uphold state and federal law. The information commanded by the subpoenas is required by federal law, and may be provided as specifically allowed by ORS 180.805(1); therefore, the requested information will be shared.  

Attached Media Files: 2020-02/1128/131630/MR200218_ICE_Issues_Subpoenas_in_Washington_County_31.pdf

PCC President Mark Mitsui elected to American Council on Education Bboard of Directors (Photo)
PCC - 02/18/20 4:36 PM
Mark Mitsui
Mark Mitsui

PORTLAND, Ore. – Mark Mitsui, president of Portland Community College (Portland, Ore.), has been elected to the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education (ACE), the major coordinating body for the nation’s colleges and universities. Mitsui’s term will run through March 2023. 

Mitsui is in his fourth year as PCC’s president after serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges within the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education for the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC. In this role, he worked to advance U.S. President Barack Obama’s community college agenda through partnerships with numerous federal agencies and national stakeholders. Prior to this, Mitsui was the president of North Seattle College in Washington state, from 2010 to 2013.

Since joining PCC in 2016, Mitsui has been named one of the 2018 “Executives of the Year” by the Portland Business Journal for his visionary leadership and progress made to create and realize opportunity and equitable student success for PCC students. In addition to ACE, he serves on boards of several other organizations including the Governor’s Workforce and Talent Development board; Portland Business Alliance; Greater Portland, Inc.; the Community College Baccalaureate Association; the Higher Education Steering Council for Second Nature; and the President’s Advisory Council for Phi Theta Kappa. Mitsui also co-chairs the Artificial Intelligence Taskforce, as part of the Governor’s Workforce and Talent Development board.

This winter, Mitsui attended the Conference of the Parties 25 in Spain, which served as the latest round of United Nations climate negotiations. There, he represented American community colleges and the nonprofit Second Nature as part of the “We Are Still In” movement, or WASI.

The American Council on Education (ACE) is a membership organization that mobilizes the higher education community to shape effective public policy and foster innovative, high-quality practice. It is the major coordinating body for the nation’s colleges and universities and has more than 1,700 member colleges and universities, related associations, and other organizations in America and abroad. 

ACE is the only major higher education association to represent all types of U.S. accredited, degree-granting institutions: two-year and four-year, public and private. It convenes, organizes, mobilizes, and leads advocacy efforts that shape public policy and helps colleges and universities serve their students and the community.

About Portland Community College: Portland Community College is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon and provides training, degree and certificate completion, and lifelong learning to nearly 70,000 full- and part-time students in Multnomah, Washington, Yamhill, Clackamas, and Columbia counties. PCC has four comprehensive campuses, eight education centers or areas served, and approximately 200 community locations in the Portland metropolitan area. The PCC district encompasses a 1,500-square-mile area in northwest Oregon and offers two-year degrees, one-year certificate programs, short-term training, alternative education, pre-college courses and life-long learning.

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

Attached Media Files: Mark Mitsui

Statement from West Linn Mayor Axelrod Regarding Fesser Case
City of West Linn - 02/18/20 4:36 PM

Statement from West Linn Mayor Axelrod Regarding Fesser Case

Planned to be read by the Mayor at tonight's 2/18/20 City Council Meeting

This has been an incredibly difficult week for our community. Like many of you, I am shocked and outraged at the treatment of Mr. Michael Fesser by members of our Police Department under former Chief Timeus as characterized in the press. Our city does not and will not tolerate discrimination in any form.

As Mayor of West Linn, I must apologize for the described conduct that has stained our community. Such actions do not reflect West Linn and our neighboring cities, and we will be vigilant to make sure that such conduct never occurs in the future.

Mr. Fesser:  I want to offer my sincerest apologies to you, your family, and everyone who has been hurt by this. The articles describe inexcusable racism and abuse of power at the hands of members of our Police Department. The pain, hurt, and fear that this caused you is unacceptable. I am deeply sorry.

I look forward to meeting you and your family, and learning from the courage you have to share your story and press for justice. I commit to doing my part to work together with all parties and community members on a journey of healing.

In order to heal, we must understand what happened, be fully transparent with our community about what we learn, and take steps to hold those within city government accountable, including ourselves.

Tonight, I want to share these concerns and the steps the City is taking. We also want to open the floor to hear from you. Our previously scheduled agenda items can wait if they need to.

Our Interim City Manager, John Williams, took on his role last month. He is here tonight, as is our current police Chief Terry Kruger, to listen to you.

First, an important note on the City Council’s role in this matter: our City’s vote-adopted Charter bars the City Council from getting involved in personnel decisions, including termination and discipline. Put another way: We cannot legally weigh in on an officer's employment status or be involved in discipline.

The City Manager is accountable to us, and it is our job to set policy for the City.


Since the described events more than two years ago, there have been significant changes to our Police Department:

  • Former Chief Timeus, the Captain and Lieutenant involved in this case no longer work in the department.
  • Sgt. Tony Reeves, then a detective and still a member of the West Linn Police Department, was disciplined in the initial wake of the Fesser case. Those decisions were made by the then-acting Chief, and the City Manager at the time.
  • The City, through a public engagement process, brought on a new police Chief, Terry Kruger who began the process of rebuilding the department:
    • Under this new leadership, our City and our Police Department has been working to reform our workforce, and hired staff to create a diverse workforce in alignment with ethical and unbiased policing and professional conduct.
    • Chief Kruger has also been instilling a new police department culture, including training around key goals such as equity, inclusion, implicit bias, and procedural justice.
    • Our city and the department are committed to continuous improvement, full transparency, and improving community trust.
  • Our Council and the City are committed to a culture embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion. This is integral to our Council goals, and we have been working with surrounding cities, school districts, and other groups—like the West Linn Alliance for Inclusive Community—to expand and integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion in everything we do.
    • This past year we co-sponsored the first Equity Summit for our region and I along with Councilors Walters and Cummings participated in that event as did many other councilors and elected officials, our staff and police department personnel and many community members and others. We are planning further events and activities in 2020 and beyond.

I am proud of the new diversity, equity, and inclusion focus/work the City and Police Department have accomplished so far. We must continue to work on espousing a community premised on diversity, equity and inclusion, and I will do everything I can to build this healthier community for everyone.

But it’s clear we have much more work to do.

The Council at this time does not know the full details of this case, and the insurance carrier did not ask for the City to decide the matter.

While we were not involved in the details of the case as noted, I hope that the settlement by the insurance carrier, and additional actions being implemented by the City, regional stakeholders and others to address this issue more broadly brings to Mr. Fesser a sense of justice.

In the week since the articles were published, investigations have been launched by several jurisdictions:

  • Clackamas County District Attorney John Foote has launched an investigation into the underlying facts of this case, and the actions of the officers involved. This investigation will also involve a review of the civil case record and the Multnomah County arrest and prosecution files.
  • Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill has initiated his department’s own review of this case, and Mr. Fesser’s initial indictment.
  • Governor Kate Brown directed the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training to conduct a full and thorough review.
  • Portland Police Chief Jami Resch has asked the Portland Police Bureau’s Professional Standards Division to look into the role Portland officers played in this case.
  • Chief Kruger has put Sgt. Reeves on administrative leave pending outcome of these investigations, and the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) has put former West Linn police officer Mike Stradley on administrative leave.

Many other leaders—including Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, Congressman Earl Blumenauer, State Sens. Lew Frederick and James Manning and Rep. Janelle Bynum, and Portland’s Mayor Ted Wheeler and Portland’s City Commissioners—have asked the Department of Justice to investigate. Thank you all, for holding us to account.

  • This Council joined that call last week, sending a letter to United States Attorney Billy Williams to ask for “a thorough outside review by the Department of Justice into the actions of the City of West Linn and the West Linn Police Department in this case.” In this letter, we pledged our commitment to transparency, and to providing any information required to complete a thorough investigation.

While we await the results of those outside investigations, our Police Chief, our Interim City Manager, myself, and members of our council have been reaching out to community leaders and regional partners—both to share our commitment to a full examination of the facts, and to hear advice on appropriate next steps. 

Tonight, I’d like to share a few of those next steps:

  • This case is complicated and concerning, and involves multiple decisions over the last three years that need to be fully evaluated. I am asking my fellow council members to join me in directing our Interim City Manager to launch an independent review of our City’s systems, procedures, and protocols regarding police conduct, accountability, and complaints. This review should look at how information and decisions about cases like these is managed and communicated, and any operational deficiencies we can address.
    • As members of the community share their thoughts tonight, I welcome your feedback.
  • There are difficult and important conversations ahead of us as a community, to better understand the impacts of institutional and systemic racism, and the white privilege and power that too often goes unchecked. It’s particularly important to me that we foster an environment where the people most impacted by this case—and the day-to-day impacts of racism in our culture—feel safe in sharing their stories, and are truly heard.
    • We are seeking additional DEI resources to help with this effort, and we are in the process of reaching out to NAACP and others to help guide our community engagement and healing process into the future.
    • I wish to thank NAACP Portland Chapter President Rev. E.D. Mondaine for taking my call, and graciously agreeing to meet later this week.
    • I would also like to acknowledge our Governor, our regional Mayors and legislators, and Rev Mondaine for the support and guidance I have already received.
  • Finally, in keeping with our commitment to full transparency, we will be posting information about this matter on a new page of our City’s website, including a link for emailing messages, questions, and concerns, which will be shared with the Council, Interim City Manager, and the Police Chief.

It is my hope that by addressing the concerns of our community through these investigations and immediate actions, we can begin to rebuild the trust that has been compromised by this case.

I want to thank my colleagues for your thoughtful and compassionate work on these important issues. I also want to thank members of our community and our partners across the region and state for demanding accountability.

I hope you will all continue to work alongside us, as we endeavor to be a community that fully lives its values of diversity, equity, and inclusion—a West Linn that welcomes all, and treats everyone with respect.

Thank you,

Mayor Russ Axelrod

PPB Serves Search Warrant on Suspected Drug House-7 Arrested (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/18/20 4:22 PM
Warrant House
Warrant House
On Tuesday, February 18, 2020, the Portland Police Bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) served a search warrant on a residence in the 1800 block of Southeast 92nd Avenue. During the past few months the East Precinct Neighborhood Response Team had received numerous complaints about drug activity connected to this residence. An investigation ensued, culminating in today's search warrant. The East Precinct Street Crimes Unit assisted with the warrant service today.

Officers arrested seven individuals at the location all but one were lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center:

Koch, Rick --66 year old-Criminally cited due to medical condition for a warrant and new charge of Frequenting a Place a Controlled Substance is Used
Turner, Lorie J -- 57 years old--Possession of a Controlled Substance, Frequenting a Place a Controlled Substance is Used and Warrants
Paxton, Wade M --48 years old- Frequenting a Place a Controlled Substance is Used
Hunt, Carleen M --42 years old- Frequenting a Place a Controlled Substance is Used
Mcclean, Gina --58 years old-Frequenting a Place a Controlled Substance is Used, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), Possession of a Controlled Substance (Heroin)
Smith Jr, George-46 years old -- PC Frequenting Frequenting a Place a Controlled Substance is Used
Studer, David J --38 year old-Warrant
(We are asking media to download their own mugshots due to the number of individuals arrested)

Officers observed hundreds of needles and other items consistent with drug use during the warrant execution. They recovered a stolen bicycle as well. Approximately 1.8 grams of methamphetamine and 2 grams of heroin were recovered.

"This is a great example of members of the community providing information about a suspected drug house and our East Neighborhood Response Team and Street Crimes Unit taking action," said Assistant Chief Mike Frome. "We are grateful to the investigators and the members from our Tactical Operations Division who assisted in the safe execution of the warrant."
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 this case or any unsolved felony crime may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,500.

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

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)


Attached Media Files: Warrant House , Bikes

Sandy Police Log 02-09-20 to 02-15-20
Sandy Police Dept. - 02/18/20 4:07 PM

See Attached Bulletin

Please be advised that the Bulletin does not include all calls for service to which officers respond.  Many calls do not require that a report be written; such as:

•Traffic Stops

•Advising/Referring a Person to the Proper Agency to handle their request

•Restoring the Peace

•Premise Checks

•Welfare Checks

•Flagged Down by Citizen

Attached Media Files: Bulletin

Health Evidence Review Commission and Value-based Benefits Subcommittee meet March 12
Oregon Health Authority - 02/18/20 4:03 PM

February 18, 2020

Media contact: Allyson Hagen, 503-449-6457, allyson.hagen@dhsoha.state.or.us

Program contact: Daphne Peck, 503-373-1985, c.info@dhsoha.state.or.us">herc.info@dhsoha.state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

Health Evidence Review Commission and Value-based Benefits Subcommittee meet March 12

What: Public meetings of the Health Evidence Review Commission (HERC) and its Value-based Benefits Subcommittee.

When: Thursday, March 12. Value-based Benefits Subcommittee meets 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by the HERC meeting 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Where: Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Training Center, Rooms 111-112, 29353 SW Town Center Loop E, Wilsonville. The public also may attend via a listen-only conference line at 888-204-5984, access code 801373; or by webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/3701763579796023053.

Value-based Benefits Subcommittee agenda: Items scheduled for discussion could include, but may not be limited to: biennial review 2022: reprioritization of foreign body in the ear and nose, reprioritization of surgical treatment of chronic pancreatitis, reprioritization of Meniere’s disease; external cardiac monitoring; bone marrow transplant for sickle cell disease; compression garments; peripheral nerve ablation; bone grafts; cranial electrical stimulation guideline entry update; acupuncture for cancer related pain; peer support for physical health conditions; guideline revision for telehealth, telemedicine, teleconsultation and online services; MRI of the knee; MRI of the shoulder; female genital mutilation repair; modify psoriasis guideline; various straightforward coding and guideline changes and corrections.

Topics that remain unresolved at the conclusion of the morning's VbBS meeting will not be heard by HERC until a later date. Public notice of tabled topics will be announced 28 days before the next scheduled discussion.

HERC agenda: The full committee will consider the following topics: Value-based Benefits Subcommittee Report from this day's meeting; subcommittee appointment to VBBS; conflict of interest requirements, forms and discussion: updates and Q&A. For more information about the meetings, visit the committee’s website at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/DSI-HERC/Pages/Meetings-Public.aspx.

The meeting agenda and materials will be available one week before the meeting.

# # #

Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Daphne Peck at 503-373-1985, 711 TTY or c.info@dhsoha.state.or.us">herc.info@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the event. Written comments are also welcome at c.info@dhsoha.state.or.us">herc.info@dhsoha.state.or.us.

CCO Metrics and Scoring Committee meets February 21
Oregon Health Authority - 02/18/20 3:52 PM

February 18, 2020

Media contact: Allyson Hagen, 503-449-6457, allyson.hagen@dhsoha.state.or.us

Program contact: Pete Edlund, 503-931-8873, .m.edlund@dhsoha.state.or.us">peter.m.edlund@dhsoha.state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

CCO Metrics and Scoring Committee meets February 21

What: The regular public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority’s CCO Metrics and Scoring Committee.

When: February 21, 9 a.m. to noon.

Where: Five Oak Building, Suite 775, Transformation Training Room, 421 SW Oak St., Portland. The public also may join remotely through a webinar at ttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/6785343942173754125 and listen-only conference line at 888-204-5984, access code 1277166.

Agenda: Welcome, consent agenda, and general updates; chair and vice-chair vote; public testimony (9:20-9:35); follow-up from January meeting: current and developmental measures against framework for health equity, quality improvement summary, review current measure selection criteria; finalize recommendations to HPQMC regarding 2021 aligned measures menu: program and measure history, discuss equity and obesity measures presented last month; adjourn.

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

# # #

Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Pete Edlund at 503-931-8873, 711 TTY, .m.edlund@dhsoha.state.or.us">peter.m.edlund@dhsoha.state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

MEDIA ADVISORY WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19 @ 7:30 A.M. - New report highlights historic economic expansion and housing affordability in the region
Portland Business Alliance - 02/18/20 2:58 PM

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19 @ 7:30 A.M.

(Please RSVP to news@portlandalliance.com)

New report highlights historic economic expansion and housing affordability in the region

Portland, Ore. – On Wednesday, Feb. 18, the Portland Business Alliance and ECONorthwest release findings on a new Value of Jobs report, the 2020 State of the Economy. This new report examines economic trends throughout the greater Portland region with a special focus on the impacts of housing affordability.

WHEN:                   7:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 18

(Editors: Program begins at 7:55 a.m. & concludes at 8:30 a.m. Interviews available at 9:00 a.m. Contact Rachael Arnold: 503-521-6401)

WHERE:        Sentinel Hotel, 614 SW 11th Ave.

WHAT:          2020 State of the Economy & Housing Affordability report release

The event will begin with a report presentation from John Tapogna, president of ECONorthwest, and conclude with a discussion with Andrew Hoan, president and CEO of the Portland Business Alliance.

Embargoed copies of the report can be found at: http://ValueofJobs.com/2020.

This report is made possible through generous support from Bank of America.




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OMSI to Host Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life: Special Exhibit Reveals the Marvel of the Human Body from Birth to Old Age
OMSI - 02/18/20 2:56 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. – On Mar. 7, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) will host the Pacific Northwest debut of Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life, a new presentation of the groundbreaking anatomical exhibition series BODY WORLDS that has been seen by more than 50 million people globally. 

The opening in March will mark the third time a BODY WORLDS exhibit has been featured at OMSI. In 2006, BODY WORLDS 3: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies became the most popular exhibit in the museum’s history. 

The 10,000-square-foot exhibit, designed by BODY WORLDS’ creative and conceptual designer Dr. Angelina Whalley, is different from the two previous BODY WORLDS exhibits at OMSI. It focuses on the human life cycle, capturing the body at every stage—at its most healthy, as it changes, grows, matures, and finally wanes. 

“We are thrilled to once again bring BODY WORLDS to the Pacific Northwest. This extraordinary exhibit will offer our visitors a unique experience and spark conversations about the many changes experienced during each phase of life and highlight the steps we can all take to remain fit, healthy, and active,” said Nancy Stueber, OMSI president. 

In addition to showcasing the wonders of human development, the exhibit’s numerous specimens demonstrate the complexity, resilience, and vulnerability of the human body when in distress, when stricken by disease and when in optimal health. All specimens presented in the BODY WORLDS exhibitions are preserved through plastination, a scientific process invented by pioneering anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens.

Highlights of BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life include:
    More than 100 specimens specially curated for this exhibition. Visitors will see individual organs and systems, as well as full-body plastinates in various poses including football players, gymnasts and more.
    A stunning look at conception and prenatal development, which features a multimedia display on cell division and a remarkable collection of plastinates acquired from historical anatomical collections. 
    The Artists’ Gaze – an exploration of the sight and vision of artists Claude Monet and Edgar Degas, who suffered from cataracts and retinal eye disease. 
    Centennial Village – a feature on findings from geographic clusters around the world that are home to the longest living people on earth, from Okinawa, Japan, to Ovodda, Sardinia, to the Hunza region of Pakistan. These people, who defy what longevity means, have been found to share common traits and lifestyle practices that are worthy of attention.

The BODY WORLDS series was originally conceived to educate the public about the inner workings of the human body and to reveal the long-term effects of both healthy and unhealthy lifestyles. BODY WORLDS is the first exhibition of its kind to inform the visitor about anatomy, physiology and health by viewing real human bodies donated to the Institute for Plastination, established by Dr. von Hagens in 1977. 

"Dr. von Hagens originally developed plastination as a way to teach people about the human body and show its full potential,” said Dr. Angelina Whalley, director of the Institute for Plastination. “Today, BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life is the perfect way to use this science to showcase the beauty of the human body and reveal the secrets of vitality, longevity and well-being."  

BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life opens at OMSI on Mar. 7 and will remain on exhibit through Sep. 13. Tickets to this exhibit, which include general museum admission, are $26 for adults, $18 for youth (ages 3-13), and $22 for seniors (ages 63+). Prices for OMSI Members are $12 for adults, $10 for youth, and $11 for seniors. Guests can purchase tickets online at omsi.edu, via phone at 503.797.4000, or in person at the museum starting Feb. 17. Due to tremendous public interest, advance ticket purchase is recommended. 

Invented by Dr. Gunther von Hagens in 1977, the plastination process replaces the natural fluids in the specimen with liquid reactive plastics that are hardened and cured with gas, light, or heat. Before hardening the plastic in the specimens, the plastinates are fixed into extraordinary, lifelike poses, illustrating how our bodies internally respond to everyday movements and activities. Plastination provides the flexibility and strength needed to display and preserve the specimens in their true-to-life form, without the use of glass barriers or formaldehyde. Dr. von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS exhibitions stem from an established body donation program that relies on donor consent. The specimens on display, excluding a small number of acquisitions from anatomical collections and anatomy programs, stem from a body donation program that was begun in the early 1980s by Dr. von Hagens.

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

PPB Investigating Shooting Incident in East Portland-1 Adult Male Shot in Leg
Portland Police Bureau - 02/18/20 2:55 PM
On Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at 1:05 p.m., East Precinct Officers responded to the report of a subject with a gunshot wound in the area of the 11800 block of Southeast Ankeny Street.

Officers arrived and located the male adult and applied a tourniquet to his leg. He was transported to an area hospital with what are believed to be non-life threatening injury.

The shooting was reported to have occurred near the 11700 block of Southeast Ankeny Street and the male was reportedly shot at by another person.

If anyone has information about this incident, contact (503) 823-3333 and reference case 20-56544. Investigators with the Gun Violence Reduction Team will be following up on the case.


Free Repair Program expands service to north county residents (Photo)
Columbia Springs - 02/18/20 2:30 PM
Repair Clark County volunteers Fred Davis, Les McKown and Zach Thomas sharpen dull knives and tools at the January repair event.
Repair Clark County volunteers Fred Davis, Les McKown and Zach Thomas sharpen dull knives and tools at the January repair event.

Repair Clark County program branching northward


[VANCOUVER, WA, February 18th, 2020] The Repair Clark County program is holding its first ever event in Woodland.


What: Repair Clark County event, where you can bring your broken household items to be fixed, for free

When: Thursday, March 12th, 5-7 PM

Where: Woodland Community Center, 782 Park Street, Woodland, WA 98674


Conservation Through Repair. That is the goal of Repair Clark County, a traveling program of Columbia Springs. This program moves around to various venues throughout Clark County and holds 2 hour “repair fairs” where the public can bring in broken items and have them repaired for free, by skilled volunteer “fixers.” 


In March, the program is stretching farther north than ever before. “We wanted to make sure we were serving our north county residents.” said Terra Heilman, the program coordinator. “We’ve only ever been as far north as Battle Ground and I suspect we’re missing a lot of people who could use our services.” 


Pretty much anything that is broken can be repaired at the events. “We’ll take a look at just about anything.” says Heilman. “Our only restrictions are gas engines and microwaves. Otherwise, it’s fair game and we’ll at least take a look and give it our best shot.” Another rule of thumb is to bring items that can easily be carried by one person. Multiple items are welcome, but clients must wait while each item is being looked at and then fill out a new repair ticket for additional items.


The Repair Clark County program regularly fixes hundreds of items in the categories of; sewing projects, sharpening dull knives, blades and tools, electronics, small appliances, bicycles, jewelry and household decor. The March repair event takes place at the Woodland Community Center on Thursday, March 12th, from 5-7 PM. Co-hosted by the Woodland Community Library, this event is a great example of collaboration by local organizations. It provides an opportunity to connect with your neighbors as well as giving some of your personal items an extended life.



About Columbia Springs: 

Located on a 100 acre natural area in the City of Vancouver, Columbia Springs is dedicated to providing outdoor recreation and science education close to home. The Repair Clark County program is primarily an “off site” program for the community, offering free fixing events, repair skills workshops and other waste reduction programming throughout Clark County. 



Contact: Terra Heilman, Repair Clark County, Columbia Springs

Phone: 360-882-0936 X 224

Email: repair@columbiasprings.org



Attached Media Files: Repair Clark County volunteers Fred Davis, Les McKown and Zach Thomas sharpen dull knives and tools at the January repair event. , Repair Clark County volunteer, Celia Cruz, working on a sewing project at the January event. , A happy client rings the bell for a successful repair at the January Repair Clark County event.

PacificSource Community Solutions Announces New CCO Directors
PacificSource Health Plans - 02/18/20 1:50 PM


(Springfield, Oregon) Feb. 18, 2020—PacificSource Community Solutions, the Medicaid division of PacificSource Health Plans, has announced the directors who will lead the Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) that provide Medicaid services in Lane County, Marion and Polk Counties, the Columbia Gorge, and Central Oregon. Additionally, PacificSource and its partner Legacy Health will provide support as an Integrated Delivery System within Health Share of Oregon, which manages the Portland CCO.

“The directors serve as a critical link between the health plan, the community, and the CCO governing boards,” said Lindsey Hopper, vice president of Medicaid for PacificSource. “Their commitment to supporting the communities where they live and work will serve our members well.”

Elke Towey will serve as the director of the Columbia Gorge CCO, serving Hood River and Wasco Counties. She most recently served as PacificSource’s Columbia Gorge CCO program manager.


Alexa Galluzzo will serve as the director for Legacy Medicaid Portland, serving Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties. Galluzzo most recently served as a managing consultant for The Partners Group, and prior to that as the director for PacificSource’s Healthy Life program.


Brian Laing will serve as the director for the Lane County CCO. He most recently served as health plan planning and execution manager for Cambia Health Solutions.


Josie Silverman-Méndez will serve as director for the Marion County and Polk County CCO. She most recently served as the implementation lead for the Cover All Kids program for the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).


Leslie Neugebauer will remain in her current role as director for Central Oregon’s CCO, serving Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, and Northern Klamath Counties.


PacificSource Community Solutions has served as the Columbia Gorge’s and Central Oregon’s CCO since 2012. In 2019, the OHA renewed those contracts and awarded PacificSource Community Solutions additional contracts to provide CCO services in Lane, Marion, and Polk Counties, beginning in January 2020. Trillium Community Health Plan also provides CCO services for members in Lane County.

About PacificSource Community Solutions:

PacificSource Community Solutions is part of the PacificSource family of companies serving Oregon’s Medicaid population. PacificSource Health Plans is an independent, not-for-profit community health plan serving the Northwest. Founded in 1933, PacificSource has local offices in Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Washington. The PacificSource family of companies employs more than 1200 people, serves more than 490,000 individuals, and has 3,900 employer clients throughout the Northwest. For more information visit PacificSource.com.

Clark County Suspicious Circumstance Injury
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/18/20 1:19 PM

At 1:30 am on Saturday February 15, 2020, Deputies from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office as well as East County Fire and Rescue responded to a call of a suspicious circumstance.  A motorist had located an injured male on the 38500 block of SE Gibson Road in rural east Clark County.  The male had been located on the shoulder of the roadway with significant injuries and was transported to an area hospital for treatment.  Clark County Major Crimes Unit is investigating.  The victim's family is requesting privacy at this time.  If you have direct information related to this incident contact Detective Justin Messman at 360 397-2051. 

No further at this time.

UPDATE: Unknown Male in Tow Yard Assault Case Identified and Arrested (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/18/20 12:36 PM
Both Suspects Close up
Both Suspects Close up
The male suspect in the North Portland tow yard assault has been arrested and identified. The involved white van has been located and towed. All involved suspects and vehicles have been located.

On February 17, 2020 at about 3:00pm a community member in the Centennial neighborhood called 911 when they observed the white van of interest in the tow yard assault case. Portland Police Bureau officers arrived to the location and found the van matching the description.

Officers soon learned the owner of the van, the male suspect involved in the incident, was inside a nearby home. He came out of the home and officers took him into custody.

Kenneth Jett, age 64, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on a charge of Criminal Mischief II. (PHOTO)

"This case highlights how criminals can be identified and captured to increase public safety when our investigators work in tandem with community members," said Chief Jami Resch. "I am grateful for community members who came forward with information and detectives who worked diligently to apprehend those involved so quickly."



This update adds the suspect's mugshot.


The female suspect in the case of truck theft and assault at a North Portland tow yard has been arrested and identified. The stolen truck was also recovered. However, detectives are still looking for the possibly involved van and male suspect.

On Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 5:23p.m., an employee of the involved tow company came across the stolen Ford truck with license plate 628JPG near Northeast 6th Drive and Northeast Middlefield Road. The driver hooked it up to his tow truck to make sure no one could drive it away and called police. A North Precinct officer responded and had the truck seized as evidence.

Then at 9:28p.m., an East Precinct officer was dispatched to a house in the 1600 block of Northeast 128th Avenue. An anonymous caller said he/she saw the video of the assault on the television news and believed the suspect was there. Officers responded and saw the suspect. She ran from officers but was captured and arrested. Detectives responded to interview her.

Nicole O. Penagos-Clare, 24, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Robbery in the First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, and Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver-Injury (C Felony).

Detectives are still asking for the public's help to identify and locate the other suspect, a white male, 60-70 years old with white hair. They also want to locate a van that was possibly used by the suspects. An updated photo shows the van more clearly (see attached).

If anyone has information about this case, contact Detective Nathan Moore at (503) 823-0693 or Nathan.moore@portlandoregon.gov or Detective Jeff Sharp at (503) 823-9773 or jeff.sharp@portlandoregon.gov .

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The correct plate is 628JPG. The license plate of the stolen Ford truck was incorrect in the original releases.

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On Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at 2:38 a.m., North Precinct Officers responded to a call at 8510 North Kerby Avenue regarding a subject who broke through a gate at a business. Updated information provided to dispatch was that an employee was run over.

Officers arrived and provided medical assistance to the victim. The victim, an adult male, was transported to an area hospital with significant, but non-life threatening injuries.

The involved suspects, a male and female, fled the scene and have not been identified or located. The male is described as a White male, 60-70 years old with white hair; the female is described as a White female, 20-30 years old.

Assault Detectives are releasing photographs and video footage of the involved persons and vehicles and ask for the public's help in identifying those involved. (PHOTOS)

It is believed that the suspects arrived in a white work van with lettering on the side (PHOTOS). One of the suspects stole a 2016 Ford F150, charcoal in color, with matching canopy, bearing Oregon license plate 628JPG. Investigators are trying to locate the vehicle. It is believed to have substantial front end damage and no front license plate.

If anyone has information about the current location of the involved vehicles, call 9-1-1 and reference case 20-48998.

The video can be found at this link: https://youtu.be/x-ikwCpxK_s

If anyone has information about this case, contact Detective Nathan Moore at (503) 823-0693 or Nathan.moore@portlandoregon.gov or Detective Jeff Sharp at (503) 823-9773 or jeff.sharp@portlandoregon.gov


Attached Media Files: Both Suspects Close up , Both Suspects , Female Suspect , Van Rear , Van , Suspect Van update , Nicole Penagos-Clare , Jett Photo

Jason Stewart pleads guilty for attacking two women in the Pearl District
Multnomah Co. District Attorney's Office - 02/18/20 12:00 PM

February 18, 2020

Jason Stewart pleads guilty for attacking two women in the Pearl District

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that 37-year-old Jason Stewart changed his plea and admitted that he attacked two women in the Pearl District.

This case was prosecuted by Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Melissa Marrero.

Stewart pleaded guilty to one count of kidnapping in the second degree, one count of burglary in the first degree and one count of coercion.

According to court documents, Stewart is expected to receive a 120 month prison sentence when he is formally sentenced on May 18, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. in Multnomah County Circuit Court. As part of his sentence, he will have to register as a sex offender.

This investigation started on January 6, 2019 when police received information about an in-progress disturbance in the 1500 block of Northwest 14th Avenue in Portland, Oregon. When police arrived, they contacted an adult female who told them that a stranger, later identified as Stewart, attacked and kissed her as she entered her apartment building after smoking a cigarette.

Stewart then followed the woman inside the apartment building, pulled her from her actual apartment unit and then dragged her down the hallway. According to court documents, while being attacked, the woman screamed for help when another resident stepped out of his apartment with a baseball bat. Stewart ran from the scene, but was located after police arrived.

During the investigation, law enforcement learned that Stewart approached another female and grabbed her face and neck while she entered the same apartment building.

By pleading guilty, Stewart admits that he unlawfully entered or unlawfully remained in the victim’s residence with the intent to commit the crime of sexual abuse therein; that he intentionally and substantially interfered with the victim’s personal liberty by moving her from one place to another; and that he – with the threat of physical violence – compelled and induced the other female victim into engaging in conduct for which she had a legal right to abstain.

No additional information can be released by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office at this time pending sentencing, pursuant to the Oregon Rules of Professional Conduct.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office communicated with both victims about the pretrial negotiations that occurred in this case to ensure they were fully informed.


Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director 
Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office
Phone: 503.988.6567 | Email: Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us 

Attached Media Files: 2020-02/5769/131615/PR-20-46-Jason_Stewart.pdf

PPB K9 Locates Significant Amount of Methamphetamine (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/18/20 11:50 AM
K9 Niko
K9 Niko
On February 13, 2020, The Portland Police Bureau officers assigned to the Narcotics and Organized Crime (NOC) unit arrested a subject in Portland carrying approximately thirty-three pounds of methamphetamine. Portland Police Officer Chris Devlin and his K9 partner Niko were essential in locating the methamphetamine.

The investigation determined the methamphetamine was intended for distribution in the Portland metropolitan area. This is an estimated 300,000 dosage units valued at over $750,000.

As this investigation is ongoing, further details will not be released at this time.

Information about the Portland Police Bureau Narcotics and Organized Crime unit can be located at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/30560

"This case highlights the important work our K9 teams do to increase public safety," said Assistant Chief Andrew Shearer. "Methamphetamine is a dangerous narcotic that destroys and takes lives. The work of the Narcotics and Organized Crime unit is critical to interdict drugs before they flood our community."


Attached Media Files: K9 Niko

Tualatin Valley Water District Board of Commissioners Meeting Notice -- February 19, 2020
Tualatin Valley Water Dist. - 02/18/20 11:41 AM

The February Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD) Board meeting will be held Wednesday, February 19, 2020, at 7:00 p.m.  UPDATE on 2/18/2020 - Prior to the public meeting, there will be an Executive Session.

Location: Tualatin Valley Water District Board Room, 1850 SW 170th Avenue, Beaverton, OR 97003

The Board meeting agenda and packet and additional information regarding TVWD are available here.

About TVWD

TVWD serves about 215,500 customers in parts of Washington County, Oregon. Our service area covers more than 44 square miles including portions of Beaverton, Hillsboro, Tigard and unincorporated Washington County.

TVWD is the managing agency for the Willamette Water Supply System (WWSS), an additional water supply for the region which is being constructed in partnership with the City of Hillsboro and the City of Beaverton. The WWSS includes intake facilities, over 30 miles of pipes, a water treatment plant and two storage reservoirs. The system will deliver fresh, high-quality, treated water from the Willamette River to 400,000 Washington County residents and businesses, and is being built to the highest seismic safety standard to recover quickly after a major earthquake. The investments in the system will provide reliable, quality drinking water for generations to come.

Pink Lemonade Project Provides Financial Assistance to 23 Local Survivors through Holiday Glow
Pink Lemonade Project - 02/18/20 11:33 AM

Vancouver, WA – The Pink Lemonade Project (PLP) has quietly been lending practical support to breast cancer patients in need of a boost. Last fall, PLP provided financial assistance to 23 local survivors through the Holiday Glow program.

"Pink Lemonade Project was able to provide financial assistance to each and every one of our applicants," shared board member Don Stose. “Behind each application received there is a struggling fighter with their own unique story and needs. Some have families which they are trying to financially support, others are alone on their journey. The common thread being that they are all digging deep within to find strength, hope and courage.”

Several Holiday Glow recipients were so incredibly grateful for the assistance, that they wanted to share the positive impact it has had on their holiday season; two such stories are shared below.

• One of our metastatic recipients said that the unexpected assistance from Holiday Glow allowed her and her family to truly celebrate Christmas for the first time in several years. A home cooked Christmas dinner was in their plans, along with an exchange of a few gifts. She stated that sometimes she feels alone in her battle with breast cancer, and at times questions if anyone truly cares. With a shaky voice and holding back tears, she said, “The Holiday Glow program has given me a renewed sense of hope and is proof that there are people who truly do care.”

• Another metastatic recipient explained, in a tone of defeat, that she had just received notification that she has been denied disability income and that her savings has dwindled to nearly zero due to essential household bills and expenses. With hope in her voice, she shared “The Holiday Glow Program’s assistance provided an opportunity for me to set my financial worries aside long enough to enjoy the holiday season.”

Both recipients repeatedly expressed deep gratitude for the assistance they received. 

“As we move through a new year and renew our focus on gratitude, caring and sharing, the board of directors of the Pink Lemonade Project is excited that together as a community we can recognize the power of igniting hope,” commented board chair Lisa Nisenfeld. “We are committed to bringing real resources to those who are up against this greedy disease. It is one of our top priorities.” 

To learn more about the Pink Lemonade Project and its Pink Practicalities program, visit www.pinklemonadeproject.org.

About Pink Lemonade Project

Founded in 2010 by Drs. Allen and Cassie Gabriel, Pink Lemonade Project (501c3) was created to provide critical support to breast cancer survivors who struggled with the many emotional and psychological aspects of breast cancer diagnosis and recovery. Within the breast cancer community itself, Allen and Cassie noticed a dangerous lack of information, such as when someone should get a mammogram (with or without a history of breast cancer), as well as the rights and options available for restoration after a mastectomy or lumpectomy.

Initially providing a retreat for 14 brave women, PLP expanded in 2011 with the offering of singles and couples’ retreats. Today, PLP improves the lives of many through four vital programs: Revive Retreats which offer a healing three day escape for survivors; Pink Link, offering unique educational and social gathering opportunities; one on one peer mentorship for women newly diagnosed and in treatment; and our support groups, facilitated by oncology social workers and designed to give women cancer survivors an opportunity to talk with others who are facing similar challenges in a safe, welcoming environment. Learn more at pinklemonadeproject.org.


PeaceHealth invites community to Union Station Clinic open house (Photo)
PeaceHealth - 02/18/20 10:00 AM

PeaceHealth is hosting a public open house and dedication of its newly opened primary care and walk-in clinic in Camas on Friday, Feb. 28 from 4 – 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend, meet the health care team, tour the clinic, and enjoy refreshments.

"We are pleased to offer primary care services for the whole family, as well as same-day and walk-in appointments at our new Union Station Clinic,” said Chris Wheelock, M.D., Vice President and Medical Director for PeaceHealth Medical Group in Vancouver. “Our focus is on providing convenient, quality care for the community.”

Clinic appointments are available through online scheduling or on a walk-in basis. Hours are 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The clinic is located at 315 NE 192nd Ave., Building 3, Suite 310, Camas, WA 98607.

The public is encouraged to drop by at any time between 4-6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28. More information about the clinic and open house is available at www.peacehealth.org/unionstation.

About PeaceHealth: PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. It 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.

Attached Media Files: UnionStationClinic

Overdue Snowboarder Found Deceased at Meadows
Hood River Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/18/20 9:42 AM

Mount Hood, Ore. – On February 17th, 2020, the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a possible missing person, last seen at Mount Hood Meadows Ski Resort. After verifying that his vehicle was still on site, Meadows Ski Patrol conducted a search, locating the body of 47-year-old Tim Bauters of Sunnyvale, California.

At approximately 1:45 PM on February 17th, 2020, HRCSO was notified of a possible missing person. Family of Tim Bauters called advising that he had been in Oregon for an extended work trip and failed to arrive back in California as planned. The last known communication had placed him at Mount Hood Meadows on Friday, February 14th, 2020. He was believed to be snowboarding alone, was reportedly in good shape, and had gone to Meadows multiple times while on his work trip. Meadows security was able to verify that his rental vehicle was still on site, and a record of Bauters’ lift scans narrowed down a last known time and location.

The HRCSO Search & Rescue aircraft was launched, while at the same time Meadows Ski Patrol began searching the likely area. At approximately 6:15 PM HRCSO received a call from Meadows that the body of Tim Bauters had been located in the Heather Canyon area. Deputies responded to Meadows and the Medical Examiner was advised. Notification to the family was made by local law enforcement in California. No further information is available at this time.

State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation meets February 27 and 28 in Portland
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 02/18/20 9:40 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. – The State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation (SACHP) will meet February 27 and 28 at the Nordic Northwest Nordia House for a tour and to consider nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. Both meetings and the tour are open to the public.


Thursday, February 27: SACHP will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Nordic Northwest Nordia House, 8800 SW Oleson Road, Portland to consider nominations to the National Register. Following, a tour will depart at 9 a.m. from the Nordic Northwest Nordia House for a tour of the Albina Neighborhood. The first stop on the tour will be the Billy Webb Elks Lodge, 6 N. Tillamook St., Portland. The tour is expected to conclude by 12 p.m. Following the tour, the SACHP will begin their consideration of nominations to the National Register.


Friday, February 28: SACHP will meet at 9 a.m. at the Nordic Northwest Nordia House, 8800 SW Oleson Road, Portland. A walking tour will depart at 9 a.m. of the Fogelbo House within the Nordic Northwest property grounds. At 9:45 a.m. the SACHP will resume consideration of nominations to the National Register.


Thursday’s meeting agenda: hearings of two proposed nominations. Friday’s meeting agenda: hearings of three proposed nominations. For specific hearing times, refer to the online agenda:

www.oregonheritage.org (click on “Commissions & Committees” at top of page).


The committee will review five proposed nominations: Buena Vista Social Clubhouse, Oregon City; D. H. Sphier Building, Bend; Fogelbo House, Portland; African American Resources in Portland Multiple Property Document, Portland; Williams Avenue YWCA, Portland.


Nominations recommended by the SACHP go to the National Park Service, which maintains the Register under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.


The SACHP is a nine-member governor-appointed citizen commission with credentials in many historic preservation-related fields.


The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations for the meeting may be made with at least three days of advance notice by calling (503) 986-0690.


More information about the National Register of Historic Places process is online at www.oregonheritage.org (click on “National Register” at left of page).

Attached Media Files: Agenda , Press Release

Yamhill County Sheriff's Office Arrests Yamhill Resident On Multiple Counts of Sex Abuse (Photo)
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/18/20 9:32 AM

On Friday, February 14th, the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit received a cyber tip from the Oregon Department of Justice regarding suspected sex abuse occurring in Yamhill County.  The criminal activity was believed to be occurring in the 400 block of East Main Street in the City of Yamhill.  Investigation led to probable cause to obtain a search warrant.

Just before midnight that same date, Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Yamhill Police Department, executed that warrant at 465 East Main Street in Yamhill.  Located and detained inside the house was resident Jacob Vernon Olive, 34 years of age.  Digital and other evidence supporting sex abuse charges was located and seized. 

Olive was lodged into the Yamhill County Jail on the following charges:

2 counts of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the First Degree

2 counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree

5 counts of Using a Child in Display of Sexually Explicit Conduct

10 counts of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the First Degree

He is currently being held on $500,000 bail. 

Attached Media Files: 2020-02/1838/131609/Olive.jpg

OnPoint Community Credit Union Now Accepting Prize for Excellence in Education Nominations (Photo)
OnPoint Community Credit Union - 02/18/20 9:00 AM
OnPoint's President and CEO Rob Stuart with 2019 OnPoint Prize Educators of the Year and Finalists. From left to right: K-8 Finalist Nadia Boria, K-8 Educator of the Year Francesca Aultman, Rob Stuart, 9-12 Educator of the Year Tori Sharpe, and 9-12 Final
OnPoint's President and CEO Rob Stuart with 2019 OnPoint Prize Educators of the Year and Finalists. From left to right: K-8 Finalist Nadia Boria, K-8 Educator of the Year Francesca Aultman, Rob Stuart, 9-12 Educator of the Year Tori Sharpe, and 9-12 Final

PORTLAND, Ore. February 18, 2020—OnPoint Community Credit Union today announced the kickoff of its 11th annual OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education. The campaign will award up to $100,000 this year to outstanding public or private K-12 teachers and schools, including paying the mortgage of the two winning teachers for one full year. The nomination period opens today, February 18, and concludes on April 14. Click here to nominate an individual or special project.

“OnPoint was founded in 1932 by 16 schoolteachers and we honor their legacy today through our continued investment in quality education for the communities we serve,” said Rob Stuart, President and Chief Executive Officer, OnPoint Community Credit Union. “We recognize our region’s talented educators each year to not only celebrate our roots, but also to showcase the impact of a great education.” 

OnPoint has awarded more than $370,000 in prizes to 260 local educators and schools since it began the Prize for Excellence in Education in 2009. Winners will be announced on Thursday, May 28, 2020 at a reception with live KGW coverage. This year’s prizes include: 

  • Educators of the Year:
    • Grand Prize: Two teachers (one K–8 and one 9–12) will have their mortgages paid for one full year and $2,500 donated to their schools.
    • Finalists: Two teachers (one K–8 and one 9–12) will each receive a $5,000 cash award and $1,500 for their schools.
  • Circle of Excellence: Six additional teachers will be named to the Circle of Excellence and will each receive a $1,500 cash award and $1,000 for their schools.
  • Community Builder Awards:
    • Four schools will receive $2,000 for a special project of their choice.
    • A fifth school, selected by community votes, will receive $5,000.

Last year’s winners of Educators of the Year were Francesca Aultman, 5th grade teacher at Gilbert Heights Elementary School in the Portland Public School District, and Tori Sharpe, English, AVID and ELL teacher at Skyview High School in the Vancouver School District.  

Aultman is described as a “beacon of equity” for her students. She was recognized by OnPoint last year for helping students overcome their struggles, build confidence and achieve their goals.  

“Winning the OnPoint Prize has alleviated so much financial pressure on my husband and me; he is also a teacher,” said Aultman. “This award has made everything a little bit more manageable and has allowed us to make real progress on our financial goals – a huge gift. Thank you OnPoint for your support of my family and the region’s education community.”

Sharpe inspires learning and creativity in her class and her entire community. She engages her students in the way that is best for them, whether it be through pop culture, stories, music or other creative teaching tools.    

“The OnPoint Prize has changed my life,” said Sharpe. “It freed me up to do some of the charity work I’ve been wanting to do for quite some time. Courts for Kids is an organization that builds courts for kids in underprivileged areas around the world that eventually become community spaces. Because they’re international trips, they’re quite expensive. When I won the OnPoint Prize, it became a real possibility.”

Bridger Elementary School’s Scholars Program was selected by the community last year to receive OnPoint’s $2,000 Community Builder award. In addition, OnPoint selected four additional schools to receive the $1,000 Community Builder award. Last year’s winners include Molalla High School for its Friendship Courtyard, Prescott Elementary School for its SUN School Homework project, Tucker Maxon School for its Special Needs Projector and Sound System, and Vose Elementary for its Ballet Folklorico After School Club.

Information about the OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education and nomination forms are now available at www.onpointprize.com. Anyone can nominate an educator, and educators may also nominate themselves. Applicants must be a full-time or job-share classroom teacher, counselor or librarian of grades K-12 in an accredited public, private or charter school located within any county that OnPoint serves (Benton, Clackamas, Columbia, Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, Lane, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Washington and Yamhill counties in Oregon, and Clark and Skamania counties in Washington). For information about the campaign, additional qualifications and contest rules, please see www.onpointprize.com.

In addition to the Prize for Excellence in Education, OnPoint supports regional education in many other ways, including:

  • Helping De La Salle North Catholic High School students gain valuable real-life work experience
  • Collecting school supplies and cash donations at branch locations for Schoolhouse Supplies; and
  • Supporting Babies With Books, where student leaders to give out books and share the value of reading in Randall Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

OnPoint also partners with Financial Beginnings, Junior Achievement, and Portland Workforce Alliance to provide financial literacy and workforce development education. In 2019, OnPoint employees used 485 paid volunteer hours for financial education efforts, impacting 3,500 students.


OnPoint Community Credit Union is the largest credit union in Oregon, serving more than 392,000 members and with assets of $6.3 billion. Founded in 1932, OnPoint Community Credit Union's membership is available to anyone who lives or works in one of 13 Oregon counties (Benton, Clackamas, Columbia, Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, Lane, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Washington and Yamhill) and two Washington counties (Skamania and Clark) and their immediate family members. More information is available at www.onpointcu.com or 503-228-7077 or 800-527-3932.



Attached Media Files: OnPoint's President and CEO Rob Stuart with 2019 OnPoint Prize Educators of the Year and Finalists. From left to right: K-8 Finalist Nadia Boria, K-8 Educator of the Year Francesca Aultman, Rob Stuart, 9-12 Educator of the Year Tori Sharpe, and 9-12 Final

Oregon FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense With Passwords (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 02/18/20 9:00 AM

The FBI has launched the “Protected Voices” initiative to help 2020 political campaigns and American voters protect against online foreign influence operations and cyber security threats. The Protected Voices campaign includes information and guidance from the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

This FBI Portland Tech Tuesday report is adapted from the Protected Voices initiative with a focus on providing cyber security information to political campaigns as well as businesses and individuals in Oregon. More information on all aspects of the initiative, including video downloads, can be found at www.FBI.gov/ProtectedVoices.


Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. This week: building a digital defense with passwords… or rather passphrases.

We all use passwords. We use them for our phones, our computers, our email, and just about every other kind of personal account.

Unfortunately, many of us use simple passwords, such as Password1 or 1234, because they’re easier to remember. Some of us even reuse the same simple password for multiple accounts. 

If you use a simple password or pattern of characters, it’s considerably easier for an adversary to crack. Many businesses and sites require that passwords include uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. However, recent guidance from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST, advises that password length is much more important than password complexity. 

Instead of using a short, complex password that is hard to remember… consider using a longer passphrase. This involves combining multiple words into a long string of at least 15 characters. The extra length of a passphrase makes it harder to crack while also making it easier for you to remember.

For example, a phrase such as VoicesProtected2020WeAre is a strong passphrase. Even better – a passphrase that combines multiple unrelated words such as “director month learn truck.”

Here are the recommendations from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for your organization:

  • Require everyone to use longer passwords or passphrases of 15 or more characters without requiring uppercase, lowercase, or special characters.
  • Only require password changes when there’s a reason to believe your network has been compromised.
  • Have your network administrators screen everyone’s passwords against lists of dictionary words and passwords known to have been compromised.
  • To help prevent a denial of service attack against your email service, don’t lock a user’s account after a certain number of incorrect login attempts. That way, even if an adversary floods your network with purposefully incorrect login information, your users won’t be locked out of their accounts.
  • Don’t allow password “hints.”

Finally, some people use password keeper programs. These programs store all of your passwords in one place, sometimes called a vault. Some programs can even make strong passwords for you and keep track of them all in one location, so then the only password or passphrase you have to remember is the one for your vault.

The downside of using a password keeper program is that if an attacker cracks your vault password, then he or she knows all of your passwords for all of your accounts. But many IT professionals agree, the benefit of a password keeper program far outweighs this risk. A little research should help you get started. 

Remember your voice matters, so protect it. Go to www.FBI.gov/ProtectedVoices for more information.


Attached Media Files: 2020-02/3585/131601/PVPasswords-TT-FBI.mp3 , 2020-02/3585/131601/TT_-_PV_passwords.jpg

Mon. 02/17/20
Fatal Crash on Hwy 101 - Curry County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/17/20 6:34 PM

On Monday, February 17, 2020 at approximately 3:00 P.M., Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle crash on Hwy 101 near milepost 323.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a red Ford Ranger pickup, operated by Jerry Vanhoosen (70) of Kerman, CA. had been northbound on Hwy 101 when it left the roadway, impacted a tree, and came to rest in a ravine.  

Vanhoosen was pronounced deceased. 

Vanhoosen had been reported missing to the Brookings Police Department on February 11 and it is believed the last known contact with Vanhoosen was on February 8.

Brookings Police Department had been actively looking for Vanhoosen with assistance from the Curry County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue.


Attached Media Files: 2020-02/1002/131602/20200217_161935.jpg , 2020-02/1002/131602/20200217_143419.jpg

Snowboarding Death at Meadows
Hood River Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/17/20 3:24 PM

Mount Hood, Ore. – On February 16th, 2020, the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office responded to a snowboarding accident at Mount Hood Meadows. Following a snowboarding fall and subsequent life-saving efforts, 45-year-old Ryan Zeitner of Portland was pronounced deceased by medical personnel.

On Sunday, February 16th, 2020, the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched at approximately 11:17 AM to an unattended death at Mount Hood Meadows. Medics had been dispatched to Meadows following a snowboarding fall, but the male involved in the fall was pronounced dead by medics shortly after their arrival. The Medical Examiner’s office responded, and interviews were conducted by HRCSO deputies. No further information is available at this time.

PPB Seeks Additional Information Regarding the Demonstration Event Downtown on February 8th (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/17/20 2:15 PM
Suspects 1 and 2
Suspects 1 and 2
The Portland Police Bureau is continuing to investigate criminal activity that took place during the demonstrations on February 8, 2020 in about a 2-block area of downtown Portland. Today, PPB is sharing additional photos of suspects who were involved in those crimes in an effort to identify those suspects.

During this event, metal-tipped umbrellas were used to jab toward people and chase them down the street, and objects (including rocks, concrete, batons, cans, and food) were thrown at community members and police. There were at least two community members who were targeted by individuals with pepper spray. These community members were provided treatment by Portland Fire and Rescue medics assigned to the PPB Rapid Response Team (RRT) and assisted from the scene.

Suspect #1: White male, unknown age, wearing a black helmet with "161" painted in red on front, face mask, goggles, black Adidas zip up hoodie with white zipper on left arm, black gloves, seen carrying a can with orange lid.

Suspect #2: White male, unknown age, wearing a red/orange ski mask, black zip-up hoodie under a black coat with red-and-black plaid liner, black backpack with "Nike" printed on it.

Suspect #3: White male, unknown age, all black, wearing black-with-white shapes bandana over face.

Suspect #4: White male, unknown age, black beanie hat, black glasses, black handkerchief over face, black puffy jacket, black pants.

If anyone has knowledge of the unknown suspects' identities, or more photos or videos of these or any crimes that took place during this event, please send the information to CrimeTips@portlandoregon.gov .

If anyone was a victim of a crime and has not reported it to officers, they are encouraged to call police non-emergency dispatch at 503-823-3333 and make a police report.

Anyone with information about individuals planning to commit criminal activity at any events is asked to share that information with the Portland Police Bureau. Information can be sent via email to CrimeTips@portlandoregon.gov .

For persons requiring anonymity, information may be submitted to Crime Stoppers of Oregon.
Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime. Tipsters can remain anonymous. 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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Attached Media Files: Suspects 1 and 2 , Suspect 1 helmet , Suspect 4 , Suspects 2 and 3 , Suspect 1 side

CORRECTION: Patrol Vehicle T-Boned By Hit-and-Run Driver (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/17/20 1:43 PM
Crash Pic 2
Crash Pic 2
This update corrects the location of the crash to Southeast 2nd Avenue and Southeast Morrison Street. The original release had the incorrect street.


A Portland Police Bureau officer is being treated at a hospital for non-life threatening injuries after being T-boned by a hit and run driver in a stolen truck in the Buckman Neighborhood.

On Monday, February 17, 2020 at 12:00a.m., a Central Precinct officer was on patrol northbound at Southeast 2nd Avenue and Southeast Morrison Street when he was struck in the passenger side by a driver of a pickup truck going westbound. The driver of the truck got out and ran, leaving the truck behind.

The officer was treated at the scene by paramedics but was not transported by ambulance. He was later driven to a hospital by another officer.

Other officers responded to assist and looked for the suspect using a K9 unit, but the suspect has not been located yet.

The truck, a Ford F350, was stolen out of Vancouver on February 1, 2020. It was seized as evidence. No description of the suspect is being released at this time.

If anyone has information about this incident or the driver of the truck, please call non-emergency line at 503 823-3333 and reference case number 20-54823.

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Attached Media Files: Crash Pic 2 , Crash Pic 1

PPB Expands Online Reporting System (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/17/20 12:12 PM
Online Reporting page
Online Reporting page
The Portland Police Bureau is expanding the online reporting system to allow members of the community a more convenient way to report crimes and free up officers to respond to emergency calls.

Previously, community members could report only a select number of crimes online, including thefts, hit and runs, and vandalism, where there was no suspect information. Now we are expanding that to additional call types:

Fraud/Identity Theft (where there is no suspect):
-Identity Theft -- under $5,000
-Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card
-Forgery, including forged checks
-Telephone scams

-Shoplifts where no suspect is in custody
-Mail Theft (unless a government partner or business is the complainant)
-Theft of Bicycle (under $10,000 value)
-Non-felony level thefts where there is no suspect info (except for theft of drug calls such as prescription medication)

-Illegal Dumping
-Burglary to unoccupied detached garages, sheds, storage units

The ability to report more crimes online has numerous benefits to the community:
-Victims can choose a convenient time for them to report the crime, rather than wait for an officer to respond.
-Victims can get a copy of their police report directly to their e-mail much quicker, usually within 2 business days.
-This will allow officers to focus on higher priority calls and community policing by reducing the time spent taking theft calls.
-It uses technology to help PPB work more efficiently in the midst of a staffing challenge.
-The increased convenience is expected to result in more low-level crimes being reported, which will help investigators connect more criminal cases, and keep more accurate crime statistics.

"The Police Bureau is proactively considering several approaches to increase efficiencies and improve customer service," said Portland Police Chief Jami Resch. "Empowering community members to submit an online report will save the victims significant time. It will save officers' time too, which allows us to redirect resources to focus on other priority areas, and displays the Police Bureau's stewardship of public dollars."

Chief Resch added, "It is important for victims to know these crime reports are important to us, whether they are made in person or online. Every online report will be reviewed by a sworn officer. At times, officers and detectives discover crime trends while reviewing reports and can connect cases together that can lead to arrests, convictions, and the return of stolen property to victims. But they can only do that if victims take the time to report."

Additionally, PPB uses crime data from these reports to direct resources and improve crime reduction strategies.

Online reporting is an additional service to the public and is not mandatory. We recognize that not everyone has access to a computer, smartphone, or Internet-connected device, and online reporting is not available in all languages. Victims can still call the police non-emergency line, 503-823-3333, and an officer will respond in person when available.

To initiate an online report, or see if a situation meets the criteria for online reporting, visit www.portlandpolice.com and select "Police Report: Submit Online." In some cases, though some crimes may be included in the online reporting, there are incidents that may have factors that require the victim to talk to a police officer either in person or on the phone.

Additionally, community members can call 1-800-827-5058 to have a text message sent to a cell phone with a link to make the report from a smart phone.

If it is an emergency, community members should call 9-1-1. The non-emergency line is (503) 823-3333.

Additional information:
When priority call load is heavy, non-emergency call response times can be up to a few hours. By expanding the PPB's online reporting guidelines, victims do not have to wait for an officer to respond. Victims can choose when they want to report the crime.

To obtain a copy of the official police report where an officer has responded in person, it can take up to 20 business days. With online reporting, an official police report is sent to the victim's e-mail within about two business days. Once they have this e-mail, the victim can print off the report as often as they need and they can electronically send it to anyone who might need it, such as an insurance company.

In 2019, officers responded to more than 8,000 calls regarding thefts. Responding to these calls amounted to about 6,000 hours of officer time. Therefore, the Bureau looked to online reporting as an alternative and something that would be more effective for both community members and officers.

The Police Bureau continues to review technology and innovative ideas while it addresses its staffing challenges. The Bureau has over 100 officer vacancies now, with more than 130 sworn personnel eligible to retire by January 2021. While the Portland Police Bureau wants to respond to as many calls for service as possible, current staffing levels drive the need to find ways to more efficiently serve the public.

The Portland Police Bureau is hiring. To learn more or apply, go to https://www.joinportlandpolice.com.

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Attached Media Files: Online Reporting page

Oregon Lions Foundation helps kids get the vision treatment they need (Photo)
Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation - 02/17/20 11:32 AM
Sprague High School Health Occupations student screening at Liberty Elementary in Salem.
Sprague High School Health Occupations student screening at Liberty Elementary in Salem.

By Ian Rollins
Contributing writer

It takes 15 seconds to check a child’s vision, to determine if the child needs glasses or further eye care.

That 15 seconds can change a child’s life. Without the screening, a child with vision problems will likely struggle in school, possibly becoming one of the nearly 20 percent of high school students across Oregon who don’t graduate. In fact, a student who can’t read at grade level by the end of third grade is 13 times less likely to graduate from high school.

With the screening, the child has a much greater chance to get the vision help that he or she needs, which can lead to success in school. That can lead the child beyond high school graduation to advanced degrees and successful careers, and it can set the child up to become one of your community’s future leaders.

The Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation can do this screening in 15 seconds with vision-testing equipment. In fact, the foundation and its partners can screen an elementary school with 450 students in two hours. But the foundation needs help to screen every student across the state.

The Oregon Legislature has mandated that every elementary school student through age 7 across the state have a documented vision screening. The Legislature has incorporated funds within the Oregon Department of Education budget to cover screening for students up to their senior year in high school, with funding priority given to students pre-kindergarten through third grade.

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) has $2 million per year for the 2019-2020 and 2020-21 fiscal years for the screenings. The funds cover almost half of Oregon’s students through 12th grade, which means the Foundation needs further support from the communities it serves across Oregon.

Colt Gill, ODE Director, participated in a recent vision screening in Salem and noted, “Based on the results, some of the students will be heading to the eye doctor. That will set them on a path to learning and being successful in school so I really appreciate the work.”

"Support for vision screening of Oregon students is basically joining the alliance of those working to improve our high school graduation rate here in Oregon,” said Doug Thompson, executive director of the foundation. “This is our future workforce so let's equip them now with the tools needed to be successful in life."

The recent Foundation screening at Liberty Elementary School in Salem showcased what the Foundation can do for elementary school students. Each class took their turns getting screened, with five Health Career students from Sprague High School using the hand-held screening machines to check the kids’ vision. Members of the South Salem Lions Club directed traffic, which moved quickly between the 15-second screenings.

The Foundation will report the results back to the Salem-Keizer school district which will work with the parents to get eye care to the students who need it.

Lynn Oehler, lead nurse for the district, said the machines can detect with 13 measures up to 8 conditions in each eye.

“We have a pretty high rate of referrals for further care, but it’s mainly for conditions like astigmatism and other conditions that can be easily corrected,” Oehler said. “When we catch these conditions at a younger age, it absolutely helps the student’s learning process.”

“And it’s so much more efficient with the new technology,” said Eric Richards, director of student services for the Salem-Keizer School District. Prior to the handheld machines, the foundation used eye charts, which don’t allow for testing of nearly as many conditions.

“This is a wonderful service and an important partnership with the Foundation,” Richards said.

Brad King, one of the Foundation’s screening coordinators, said the Foundation is planning to screen an entire Portland-area high school with more than 2,800 students. He anticipated it will take an entire day but will be worth it to make sure any students with vision problems are identified.

With local financial support and partnership, the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation can reach every student in the state. The Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit, with a four-star ranking from Charity Navigator, and due to all administrative expenses being covered by its own long term investment fund every dollar raised by the organization directly supports its sight and hearing services.

OLSHF maintains a yearly review with the Better Business Bureau. The organization meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a BBB Accredited Charity. 

The Foundation can screen a child for $3.20, which is about 10 percent of the cost in an optometric office. The Department of Education’s budget for screenings is enough to cover more than 281,000 students per year, kindergarten through 12th grade, not enough to cover all of Oregon’s 582,000 students.

“Your support of the screenings would be used to offset any costs not covered by the state for screenings in your community,” Thompson said. “It would also assist with the costs associated with helping the students referred as needing a follow-up exam and new eyeglasses, to receive them.”

For more information, please contact Doug Thompson at DougT@olshf.org or call the Foundation at (503) 413-7399.

Attached Media Files: Sprague High School Health Occupations student screening at Liberty Elementary in Salem.

Salem's Water is Clean and Safe to Drink
City of Salem - 02/17/20 11:22 AM

Salem’s water continues to be clean and safe to drink.  The North Santiam River is Salem’s source of drinking water.  There is no risk to the City’s drinking water from the fuel spill which occurred on Sunday, February 16, 2020 when a tanker truck overturned on Highway 22 about 70 miles east of Salem.  The location of the spill is up river from the dams on the North Santiam, which are up river from Salem’s Stayton area water treatment plant. 

In addition to a team of City Fire Department’s hazardous materials team and Public Works Environmental Response team, officials from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and from Oregon Department of Transportation were immediately on-site to contain the spill.  Clean up has continued into Monday.

The location of the spill allowed Salem’s water treatment staff to adjust treatment procedures at the water treatment plant to ensure the drinking water remains safe for Salem residents and customers.  Salem has stored river water for these situations.  The City’s reservoirs have enough treated water to meet Salem’s water customers during short duration events.  The City’s new ozone treatment facility, which will remove contaminants including fuel, will be on-line in 2021.

Keep track of Oregon Department of Environmental Quality clean up process here: https://www.oregon.gov/newsroom/pages/Agency.aspx?page=0&pageSize=10&agency=DEQ

For updates on road conditions, consult Oregon Department of Transportation’s Trip Check https://www.tripcheck.com/ before you travel.

Missing Autistic young adult (Update: Located safe)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 02/17/20 10:27 AM


Alex has been located and is safe. He will be reunited with his family shortly. 

The Vancouver Police are seeking the publics assistance in looking for Alex Huynh, 22 years of age who is autistic. Alex was last seen wearing a white tee shirt, blue or dark colored sweat pants with stripes down the side and flip flops. (as depicted in the photos) Alex is 5"10 200lbs he has minimal verbal skills and may be difficult to approach. If anyone happens to see Alex do not approach and call 911. Family is the best to approach and to get him back home. His last known location was East Vancouver off of 49th st and 136th ave moving West.  911 Cresa will coordinate the family response  

Vancouver Police investigate stabbing
Vancouver Police Dept. - 02/17/20 10:12 AM

Vancouver, Wash. –On February 17, 2020, at approximately 4:37 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to an assault at 13th/Main Street. When officers arrived they located an adult male with a stab wound. The victim was transported to an area hospital for his injuries and he is currently in stable condition. The suspects were described as two Hispanic males. A search of the area, including a K9 track, was unsuccessful in locating the suspects.

Traffic in the area of 13th/Main was shut down for several hours while police were on scene. Main Street has since been reopened.

Detectives from the Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit are investigating. It is unknown at this time if the suspects and victim were known to one another or what precipitated the assault.

Nothing further is releasable at this time.




Friends of the Carpenter to Host Annual Meeting on February 24; Farewell Reception for Retiring Executive Director, Tom Iberle
Friends of the Carpenter - 02/17/20 6:00 AM

Vancouver, WA – Friends of the Carpenter (FOC) will host their annual meeting on Mon. Feb. 24, 7:00 p.m. at the Friendship Center, 1600 W 20th Street. Following the meeting, board and staff will celebrate Tom Iberle’s 10 years of ministry at the Friendship Center and welcome new executive director, Art Edgerly.

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

The annual meeting will include a presentation of the 2019 Annual Report. A question and answer period will be provided, in addition to tours of the Friendship Center as well as light refreshments.

Iberle, who served as executive director of Friends of the Carpenter (FOC) for the past six years, will be succeeded by Art Edgerly. Prior to being named executive director, Iberle served for over three years as the Volunteer Manager at Friends of the Carpenter, and for the past 25 years has worked in Social Ministry as a volunteer with the Society of St. Vincent dePaul, Share, Catholic Community Services and other community organizations.

About Friends of the Carpenter

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


Sun. 02/16/20
UPDATE - News Release: Missing Person Alert (Photo)
Woodburn Police - 02/16/20 7:54 PM
Wayne Elliott
Wayne Elliott

Update Mr. Elliott has been found and is home safe.


Sunday, February 16, Woodburn, OR -The Woodburn Police Department is asking the public’s help in locating Wayne Norman Elliott. Mr. Elliot walked away from a memory care facility in Woodburn, Oregon and is considered endangered due to medical and memory diagnoses and may appear confused or disoriented.

Mr. Elliot was last seen on 2/16/20 at about 3:32 p.m., in the area of Newberg Hwy at Boones Ferry Rd., in Woodburn. He was last seen wearing a tan-colored golfer or fisherman-style hat, glasses, a maroon jacket or red and black checkered flannel shirt and jeans.

If you have any information about Mr. Elliott’s current whereabouts contact your local police or the Woodburn Police Department at 503-982-2345, reference WPD Case #20-1760.


Attached Media Files: Wayne Elliott

UPDATE: Suspect Arrested and Charged in Stabbing Case (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/16/20 5:54 PM
Devante G. Santos
Devante G. Santos
Assault detectives have made an arrest in the stabbing case in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood. Devante G. Santos, 26 (photo), was booked in the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Assault in the Second Degree and Domestic Violence Assault in the Fourth Degree.

The victim, who was a person known to the suspect but not a family member, remains in the hospital with what are believed to be non-life threatening stabbing injuries.

The separate domestic violence assault charge was a result of Santos assaulting a family member causing a physical injury. Detectives are continuing to investigate and additional charges are possible.

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A victim is in the hospital with stab wounds after a fight in a home in the Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood.

On Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 11:07a.m., East Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a disturbance in the 5300 block of Southeast 136th Avenue. As officers were responding they were advised that there could be a gun and/or a knife involved. The first arriving officers could hear the fight continuing and encountered the two men involved still physically fighting in a stairwell. They challenged them and stopped the fight.

Paramedics were summoned and treated a man for multiple stab wounds. He was transported to the hospital by ambulance. At this time his wounds are believed to be non-life threatening.

Officers have detained an adult male. Assault detectives are responding to assume the investigation. A knife has been seized as evidence. It's unclear if a gun was ever involved.

The PIO is not responding to the scene.

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Attached Media Files: Devante G. Santos

Warrant Served on Multi-State Burglary Ring; Guns, Cash, Drugs Seized (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/16/20 2:55 PM
Burglary Warrant 2
Burglary Warrant 2
Investigators assigned to the Narcotics and Organized Crime Unit (NOC) have made a significant seizure of guns, drugs, and money as they work to break up a highly sophisticated burglary ring.

On February 14, 2020, NOC served a warrant in Salem based on investigations into multiple burglaries of marijuana businesses throughout Oregon and southwest Washington.

See attached photos. During service of the warrant, officers recovered:
-Sixteen (16) firearms
-$33,000 in U.S. Currency
-Thirty (30) pounds of Marijuana
-Six (6) pounds of Butane Honey Oil (BHO)
-Three (3) pounds of burglary tools
-Clothing and products taken from several of the affected businesses.

Arrests have not been announced at this time because the investigation is ongoing and further charges are anticipated as officers process the evidence seized. The exact location of the warrant service is also being withheld due to the ongoing investigation. NOC was assisted by the Salem Police Department Street Crimes Unit and SWAT team.

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Attached Media Files: Burglary Warrant 2 , Burglary Warrant 1

UPDATE: Arrests Made in Fight Involving Gun at Convenience Store (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/16/20 11:01 AM
Larson Gun
Larson Gun
Two men were arrested after a fight outside of a convenience store in the Portsmouth Neighborhood.

After a GVRT investigation, officers determined that the two men involved knew each other and began to physically fight outside the store. One of the suspects, Brandon J. Larson, 32 (photo), had a gun in his pocket that fell out onto the ground. They fought over the gun and three rounds were fired. One of the rounds struck Larson in the foot. He was transported to the hospital by ambulance, treated, and released into police custody. Officers also arrested Steven M. Robinson, 43 (photo). He was not injured.

The gun, a .380 Sig Sauer semiautomatic handgun (photo), was seized as evidence. There were no other injuries or property damage as a result of the shots.

Both were booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center. Larson was charged with Possession of a Loaded Firearm in a Public Place (city code), Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Reckless Endangering, and Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree. Robinson was charged with Assault in the Fourth Degree and Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

The Gun Violence Reduction Team is continuing to investigate several incidents of gun violence citywide.

Anyone with information about gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at 503-823-4106 or e-mail information to GVRT@portlandoregon.gov .

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GVRT@portlandoregon.gov .

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

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum $250 cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm and tipsters can remain anonymous.

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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A man is being treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound after a fight involving a gun in the Portsmouth Neighborhood.

On Friday, February 14, 2020 at 8:14p.m., North Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a disturbance at a convenience store in the 6100 block of North Lombard Street. When officers arrived, they located a man with a gunshot wound to the foot. Paramedics responded and transported the victim to the hospital by ambulance. His wounds are believed to be non-life threatening. Another man involved in the disturbance remained at the scene and there are no suspects believed to be outstanding.

Officers have closed the area to investigate. The Gun Violence Reduction Team (GVRT) is responding to assist. Traffic is not impacted.

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Attached Media Files: Larson Gun , Brandon J. Larson , Steven M. Robinson

Three Shot in Two Vehicles, GVRT Requests Information From Public
Portland Police Bureau - 02/16/20 7:34 AM
Three men are recovering from gunshot wounds after a shooting, and the Gun Violence Reduction Team (GVRT) is seeking help from the public to obtain more information.

On Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 1:41a.m., East Precinct officers were dispatched to a report that someone had a gunshot wound in the 10200 block of Northeast Knott Street. While officers were responding, another call came in from a hospital that two other victims, adult males, walked in with gunshot wounds.

When officers arrived at both locations they located the three victims. The victim at Northeast Knott Street had a gunshot wound to the arm, so officers applied a tourniquet. Paramedics arrived and transported the victim by ambulance.

At the hospital, one victim had a gunshot wound to the leg and another victim had a gunshot wound in the abdomen. All of the patients are believed to have non-life threatening injuries.

Officers located two vehicles, both 4 door sedans, with evidence of gunfire. Upon initial investigation, the evidence suggests that the shootings happened elsewhere and involved occupants of the two vehicles. No arrests have been made.

GVRT responded and has assumed the investigation. Detectives believe the shooting happened somewhere near the intersection of Northeast Glisan Street and Interstate-205. But at this point investigators have not located a crime scene, and are asking for help from the public. If anyone heard shots, witnessed this shooting, finds evidence of a shooting, or has photographic or video evidence of the shooting, they're asked call 503-823-3333. Please do not move or touch evidence.

If anyone has any other information about the shooting, they're asked to notify GVRT either directly or anonymously through Crime Stoppers. The case number is 20-53816.

Anyone with information about gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at 503-823-4106 or email information to GVRT@portlandoregon.gov .

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects.

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

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum $250 cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm and tipsters can remain anonymous.

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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Sat. 02/15/20
Vancouver Police seek public's help identifying assault suspect (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 02/15/20 9:45 PM

The Vancouver Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying an assault suspect. On February 15, 2020 a youth basketball tournament was being a held in the gymnasium of Hudson’s Bay High School. A patron of the game became disruptive and was asked to leave. The patron responded by punching the victim and fleeing the scene. Numerous witnesses in attendance at the game were questioned and were unable to provide information as to the suspect’s identity. If you have any information regarding the identity of the photographed suspect please contact the Vancouver Police.

Attached Media Files: 2020-02/385/131582/IMG_0521.JPG , 2020-02/385/131582/IMG_0520.JPG