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A24-14423 Death Investigation - Toutle, WA
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/18/24 7:09 PM

PRESS RELEASE
A24-14423 – TOUTLE DEATH INVESTIGATION
JULY 18, 2024


At about 0333 hours of July 17, 2024, Cowlitz 911 received a report of a fire in the 700
block of Sightly Rd in Toutle, Washington.  Firefighters with Cowlitz County Fire
District 3 responded to the scene and found multiple vehicles on fire.  After firefighters
put out the fire, they discovered a deceased subject inside one of the vehicles.  The
Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office responded to conduct a death investigation with
assistance from the Cowlitz County Coroner’s Office and Cowlitz County District 2 Fire
Investigators.


Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office were able to determine that the occupied vehicle, a
truck, had been parked uphill from other vehicles.  The truck appeared to have rolled
downhill and then collided with other parked vehicles.  A fire is believed to have started
near the engine compartment, heavily damaging multiple vehicles.


Detectives have presumptively identified the deceased subject but are awaiting formal
identification protocol from the Coroner’s Office.  An autopsy has been conducted by the
Coroner’s Office.  The autopsy report and toxicology results are pending.


There are no further details available for release at this time.

 




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Benton County Sheriff's Office Seeks Assistance for Public Indecency Case (Photo)
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/18/24 4:43 PM
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CORVALLIS, Ore. – Benton County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) is seeking assistance with a public indecency case involving 49-year-old Stephen Michael Lea, of Junction City, OR. 

BCSO arrested Lea on June 26, 2024, after he made online arrangements to meet an undercover deputy to make a sexually explicit video in a Corvallis park near a playground.

Lea has been convicted of public indecency in the past and BCSO believes there may be similar cases that have gone unreported in Benton, Linn, and Lane Counties going back to 2021.

If you have information related to the investigation of public indecency, to include masturbation, nudity, and/or sexual activity in public by who you believe to be Lea, please email entonCoSheriff@bentoncountyor.gov">BentonCoSheriff@bentoncountyor.gov or call the BCSO tip line at 541-753-TIPS (8477) and reference case #202401630.

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County council establishes Accessible Community Advisory Committee
Clark Co. WA Communications - 07/18/24 3:47 PM

Volunteers needed for committee that will advise on needs of persons with disabilities.

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Council this week approved an ordinance establishing the Clark County Accessible Community Advisory Committee or ACAC. The advisory committee will be tasked with advising policy makers on the needs of persons with disabilities both in general and in emergency planning. 

The council is seeking at least five volunteers to serve on the committee. The majority of members must be persons with disabilities living in both urban and rural areas in the county. The council is looking for individuals with a diverse range of disabilities who are knowledgeable in identifying and eliminating barriers encountered by persons with disabilities. Parents of children with disabilities also are encouraged to volunteer to serve on the ACAC. 

For the initial 2024 appointments, terms are staggered with two members appointed for four-year terms, two members for three-year terms, and the balance for two-year terms.

“There are many benefits in having a committee like this,” said Council Chair Gary Medvigy. “This will provide the county with a different perspective and help us in prioritizing our limited resources.”

Councilor Karen Bowerman worked closely with an organizing committee to help establish the ACAC after several individuals reached out to the council earlier this year asking for its creation. 

“It is my pleasure to have been supporting the formal development of this group,” said Bowerman. “Establishment of the ACAC is integral to bringing issues to the attention of policymakers for improvement of accessibility for disabled persons in our community.”

Lilly Longshore, a member of the organizing committee said, “The Clark County ACAC will give us the opportunity to obtain grant money to educate and do a variety of activities and projects that promote awareness of disability issues, resolve issues, and altogether can make our county healthier.”

The ACAC responsibilities include:

  • Advising policy makers on access to programs, services and activities, new construction or renovation projects, sidewalks, other pedestrian travel, and disability parking enforcement.
  • Applying for grants to fund projects that will improve awareness, acceptance, inclusion and access for people with disabilities. 
  • Developing local initiatives and activities to promote greater awareness of disability issues and acceptance, involvement and access for persons with disabilities. 

Anyone interested in volunteering to serve on the ACAC should submit a brief letter of interest and résumé to Michelle Pfenning, County Manager’s Office, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000 or email at michelle.pfenning@clark.wa.gov.

Application deadline is 5 pm Friday, Aug. 16, 2024.

Read the establishing ordinance and find more information on the ACAC on the county’s website at https://clark.wa.gov/councilors/clark-county-council-meetings under the July 16, 2024, public hearing. 


Ayude a celebrar a los voluntarios de la comunidad de Salem
City of Salem - 07/18/24 2:00 PM
  • Miles de voluntarios trabajan para hacer Salem  mejor cada año.
  • Presentar las nominaciones de reconocimiento a los voluntarios antes del 5 de agosto.

Salem, Ore. – ¿Conoce a un vecino o amigo/a que es voluntario y  tiene un impacto positivo en la comunidad? La ciudad de Salem está buscando nominaciones para premios de reconocimiento a voluntarios cuyos proyectos y acciones apoyen la misión, visión y valores de la ciudad de Salem. 

Los voluntarios hacen una contribución significativa para mejorar la comunidad de Salem. La Ciudad depende de las habilidades, la energía, el tiempo y el talento de los voluntarios que trabajan con personal de la ciudad y representantes electos en temas y proyectos que benefician a la comunidad.

Las nueve categorías de premios de la Ciudad honran una amplia gama de servicios, que incluyen, entre otros:

  • Alianzas entre empresas y gobiernos
  • Juventud
  • Servicio vecinal
  • Proyectos especiales
  • Trabajo en áreas específicas de servicio (educación, trabajo con personas sin refugio)
  • Servicio  prolongado

Ahora, más que nunca, la Ciudad quiere celebrar a nuestros miles de voluntarios comunitarios. Por favor, considere nominar a un voluntario o grupo de voluntarios sobresaliente para una de nuestras nueve categorías de premios.

La Celebración de Reconocimiento al Voluntario, que incluye una entrada con alfombra roja, está programada para el domingo 20 de octubre a las 2 p.m. en el Auditorio Loucks en la biblioteca de Salem

¡Nomina a un voluntario que lo merezca hoy! Envíe las nominaciones en línea antes del 5 de agosto.

Si desea presentar su nominación de otra manera, comuníquese con Daniel Balm en la Oficina del Administrador de la Ciudad, alm@cityofsalem.net">dbalm@cityofsalem.net o 503-588-6255.


Help Celebrate Salem's Community Volunteers
City of Salem - 07/18/24 2:00 PM
  • Thousands of volunteers work to make Salem better every year.
  • Submit volunteer recognition nominations by August 5.

Salem, Ore. – Do you know a neighbor or friend who volunteers and makes a positive impact on the community? The City of Salem is seeking nominations for volunteer recognition awards whose projects and actions support the mission, vision and values of the City of Salem. 

Volunteers make a significant contribution toward making the Salem community better. The City relies on the skills, energy, time and talent of volunteers who work with paid staff and elected representatives on issues and projects that benefit the community.

The City’s nine award categories honor a wide range of service including among others:

  • Business-government partnerships
  • Youth
  • Neighborhood service
  • Special projects
  • Work in specific areas of service (education, working with unsheltered people)
  • Longstanding service

Now, more than ever, the City wants to celebrate our thousands of community volunteers. Please consider nominating an outstanding volunteer or volunteer group for one of our nine award categories.

The Volunteer Recognition Celebration, including a red-carpet entrance, is set for Sunday, October 20, at 2 p.m. at Loucks Auditorium.

Nominate a deserving volunteer today! Please submit nominations online by August 5.

If you would like to submit your nomination in another way, contact Daniel Balm at the City Manager’s Office, alm@cityofsalem.net">dbalm@cityofsalem.net or 503-588-6255.


Stolen vehicle investigation leads to four arrests--UPDATE: Additional arrest, second motorcyclist now in custody (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 07/18/24 1:55 PM
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE              

Update 07/18/2024 | 1:55 p.m.

Stolen vehicle investigation leads to four arrests

Additional arrest, second motorcyclist now in custody

On July 17,  Felony Crimes Unit detectives arrested the second suspect in a shots-fired incident that occurred last week.

Brian Lee English, age 28 of Salem, was arrested for his involvement in a shooting incident on July 11. That day, while detectives were conducting a motorcycle theft investigation at a storage facility in the 1800 block of 22nd ST SE,  two motorcycle riders drove up near the business and one of the men fired a gun into the air in plain view of the officers.

The motorcyclists then fled the scene. One rider, Zayn Free Bristow, age 25 of Mill City, was apprehended after a p pursuit ensued when Bristow was located. Bristow was arrested; however, the second motorcyclist, English, escaped.

On Wednesday afternoon, detectives located English outside a residence in the 1500 block of B ST NE. English tried to flee but was apprehended a short time later with the assistance of a Marion County Sheriff’s Office K9 Team. A backpack was located near where English was hiding and was seized. A search warrant was obtained for the backpack, and a handgun was found inside. English is now lodged at the Marion County Jail on the following charges:

  • Unlawful use of a weapon, a firearm
  • Felon in possession of a firearm
  • Menacing
  • Reckless endangering

English will be arraigned today at 2:30 p.m. at the Marion County Criminal Court Annex.

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Originally published 07/11/2024 | 8:55 p.m.

Stolen vehicle investigation leads to four arrests

Salem, Ore. — The Felony Crime Unit investigators arrested several individuals today as part of two separate investigations involving stolen motorcycles.

The overall investigation led the detectives to a storage facility in the 1800 block of 22nd ST SE. Detectives located one of the stolen motorcycles and three suspects, two adults and a juvenile. They attempted to escape in a vehicle but were apprehended. The service of a search warrant for the involved vehicle and the storage unit resulted in the seizure of a short-barreled shotgun, a handgun, body armor, and several pieces of stolen mail. 

At approximately 10:20 a.m., while detectives were still at the scene, two motorcycle riders arrived in the area in plain sight of the officers. One of the riders fired multiple gunshots into the air, then the two fled at a high rate of speed. 

The suspects were spotted about 15 minutes later near State ST and Lancaster DR, and a pursuit was initiated with one of the suspects. The pursuit ended near Lancaster DR and Rickey ST SE when the fleeing suspect hit the curb and crashed the motorcycle. The suspect was quickly apprehended. The second suspect on a motorcycle was not apprehended.

Arrested at the investigation scene were Zakiry Davis, age 18 of Salem, and Natalie Genene Hefley, age 32 of Mill City. The pair were lodged at the Marion County Jail, each on motor vehicle theft charges. A 15-year-old boy involved in the incident was also detained and transported to the Marion County Juvenile Department.

Zayn Free Bristow, age 25 of Mill City, was also lodged at the Marion County Jail on the following charges:

  • Unlawful use of a motor vehicle, two counts
  • Possession of a stolen vehicle, two counts
  • Felon in possession of body armor
  • Elude
  • Reckless driving
  • Mail theft
  • Identity theft

Arraignment follows for Bristow on Friday, July 12, at 2:30 p.m. at the Marion County Criminal Court Annex.

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Assault Suspect Arrested out of Tualatin River (Photo)
Tualatin Police Dept. - 07/18/24 1:17 PM
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On Thursday, July 18, 2024, at approximately 6:05am, Tualatin Police responded to a report of an assault taking place on the railroad tracks, near 19605 SW Boones Ferry Rd, in Tualatin. It was reported that an adult male was assaulting an adult female.

When officers arrived, they witnessed the suspect, identified as Troy Dwayne Tedtaotao, 33 years of age, of Tualatin, running from the scene. Officers chased after Mr. Tedtaotao as he led them towards the Tualatin River, near Tualatin Community Park. Mr. Tedtaotao proceeded to jump down an embankment and enter the river.

Tualatin Police, with the assistance of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO), Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO), Tigard Police Department, Washington County Tactical Negotiations Team (TNT), and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (TVFR) were able to coordinate efforts using boats, drones and police K9s to track and contain Mr. Tedtaotao until he was safely taken into custody.

Mr. Tedtaotao is charged with Second Degree Domestic Assault and is lodged at the Washington County Jail. 

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Investigation into Illicit Massage Businesses leads to Arrests
Newberg-Dundee Police Dept. - 07/18/24 12:04 PM

During the month of June 2024 Newberg-Dundee Police detectives learned through tips from community members that there were potentially two illicit businesses in the City of Newberg where sexual acts were being exchanged for money.  These two businesses are Amber Massage and Lavender Foot Spa.  Both businesses are located along Portland Road in the City of Newberg and at least one of the businesses advertise “Asian Massage” on the store front along the roadway.  

Detectives contacted members of the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists to report the potential illegal activity.  Investigators from this special division conducted their own undercover operations at both massage parlors and were propositioned in both businesses for sexual acts multiple times on multiple days, confirming the original reports from community members.  

On July 17th, Newberg detectives, along with detectives from the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office and McMinnville Police, executed search warrants on both businesses.  They were accompanied by the special investigators from the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists.  Both locations were found to be in possession of fraudulent massage licenses displayed inside the business.  Neither business was registered with the State of Oregon as a legitimate massage business.  In addition, three arrests were made for charges related to promoting prostitution and prostitution.  This investigation is ongoing and may lead to additional arrests as more suspects in this criminal enterprise are uncovered.  

It is important to note that many of the women involved in these illicit businesses are the victims of human trafficking.  During the service of these warrants, the Newberg-Dundee Police were accompanied by advocates from the Yamhill County Crime Victim Assistance office, to ensure that any potential victims were connected to services as soon as possible.  The CVA’s were able to offer potential victim’s medical treatment, housing, and other emergency services to assist with the complicated aspects of being a victim of human trafficking.  At least one person associated with the Lavender Foot Spa was transported to the hospital for medical care.

The Newberg-Dundee Police Department would like to thank the following agencies for their assistance in this operation, the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists, The McMinnville Police Department, the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, and the Yamhill County District Attorney’s Office.  Additionally, we would like to thank the FBI linguists stationed in Las Vegas who helped with translation during interviews.         

 

 

 


Recreational use advisory issued for Fairview Lake July 18
Oregon Health Authority - 07/18/24 11:30 AM

July 18, 2024

Media contact: Jonathan Modie, PHD.Communications@oha.oregon.gov

Recreational use advisory issued for Fairview Lake July 18

PORTLAND, Ore.—Oregon Health Authority (OHA) issued a recreational use health advisory today for Fairview Lake due to the presence of a cyanobacteria bloom. The lake is in Multnomah County.

People should avoid swimming and high-speed water activities, such as water skiing or power boating, in areas of the lake where blooms are present, as the major route of exposure is ingestion of water. Toxins are not absorbed through the skin. However, those with skin sensitivities may get a puffy red rash.

OHA encourages people to visit Fairview Lake and enjoy activities such as fishing, camping, hiking, biking, picnicking, bird watching, canoeing and kayaking. Boating is safe as long as speeds do not create excessive water spray. Sprays could lead to the risk of inhaling cyanotoxins.

Drinking water

Drinking water directly from areas of the lake affected by a bloom is especially dangerous. Toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating water with camping-style filters. Contact park management or the local health department with questions about water available at nearby day use areas.

Not all private treatment systems are effective at removing cyanotoxins. People who do not use a well or public water system and draw in-home water directly from an affected area are advised to use an alternative water source.

Children and pets

Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity. Dogs can get extremely ill and even die within minutes to hours of exposure to cyanotoxins by drinking the water, licking their fur or eating the toxins from floating mats or dried crust along the shore. This is regardless of a recreational use health advisory in place.

Dogs can become ill and die from water intoxication after drinking excessive amounts of water while swimming or fetching objects for long periods of time. Intoxication is a potentially fatal disturbance in brain function resulting from an imbalance of electrolytes in the body. Water intoxication and heat stroke can cause similar symptoms as exposure to cyanotoxins.

Symptoms

Exposure to cyanotoxins can be serious and cause a range of symptoms. Symptoms may be similar to food poisoning such as stomach cramping, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Symptoms may also be more serious, such as numbness, tingling, dizziness and shortness of breath. These symptoms may require medical attention.

Dogs can experience weakness, difficulty walking, seizures, lethargy, loss of appetite and more. If a dog exhibits symptoms, veterinary treatment should be sought as quickly as possible.

Fishing

Fish caught from areas where cyanobacteria blooms are present may pose unknown health risks, so OHA recommends not eating fish from those areas. Those who decide to eat the fish should remove fat, skin and organs before cooking or freezing. Toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues. Fillets should also be rinsed with clean water.

For health information or to report an illness, contact OHA at 971-673-0482, or visit OHA’s Cyanobacteria (Harmful Algae) Blooms website.

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PUC Seeking Public Comment on PGE's CPCN Application for Transmission Project
Oregon Public Utility Commission - 07/18/24 11:14 AM

PUC SEEKING PUBLIC COMMENT ON PGE’s CERTIFICATE OF PUBLIC CONVENIENCE AND NECESSITY APPLICATION FOR TRANSMISSION PROJECT
Application approval impacts securing of land along proposed transmission line

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) is hosting two events to provide opportunities for the public to comment on Portland General Electric’s application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity (CPCN). PGE’s request is part of its proposed construction of a transmission line that would connect the Rosemont and Wilsonville substations known as the Rosemont-Wilsonville Line. 

PGE has asked the PUC to issue a CPCN for this project. If granted, PGE would use this certificate in court proceedings where it seeks to condemn an interest in land along the transmission line’s path. The certificate would demonstrate to the court that the transmission line is a public use and necessary for public convenience. View the proposed path for the transmission line below.

 

Ways to Comment

Interested individuals may participate in the multiple ways. Individuals may attend one of two live events listed below to provide verbal comments to the Commissioners and the Administrative Law Judge presiding over this case. Individuals may also submit written or verbal comments. 

Comment via Zoom or phone

When: Tuesday, July 23, 2024, from 6-7 p.m. PDT 
This meeting may go beyond the scheduled end time to allow more people to comment, so please log in before 7 p.m. PDT.

Access the Zoom link and phone-in details at: https://bit.ly/3Wd0xSq   

Comment in person - Tualatin, Oregon 

When: Tuesday, July 30, 2024, from 6-7 p.m. PDT
This meeting may go beyond the scheduled end time to allow more people to comment. The Commission will attempt to accommodate all individuals arriving before 7 p.m. PDT. This event will not be livestreamed.

Where: Century Hotel, 8185 SW Tualatin-Sherwood Road, Tualatin, OR 97062

Other ways to submit comments 

Please submit comments by August 28, 2024, to be reviewed and included in opening testimony. Comments will be accepted throughout the proceeding. Comments filed by November 4, 2024, will be included in testimony later in the case. Any later filed comments will be posted to the docket.

Stay Informed

To stay informed throughout this process, individuals may request to be added to the distribution list to receive publicly available documents. Submit requests by email to ings@puc.oregon.gov">puc.hearings@puc.oregon.gov or by calling 503-378-6678. Please specify docket PCN 6 in the request.

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The PUC regulates customer rates and services of the state’s investor-owned electric and natural gas utilities, including Portland General Electric, Idaho Power, Pacific Power, Avista, Cascade Natural, and NW Natural. The PUC also regulates landline telephone providers and select water companies. The PUC’s mission is to ensure Oregonians have access to safe, reliable, and fairly priced utility services that advance state policy and promote the public interest. We use an inclusive process to evaluate differing viewpoints and visions of the public interest and arrive at balanced, well-reasoned, independent decisions supported by fact and law. For more information about the PUC, visit oregon.gov/puc           


State Government Artificial Intelligence Advisory Council Will Meet
State of Oregon - 07/18/24 10:51 AM

Salem, Oregon - The State Government Artificial Intelligence Advisory Council will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 24, 2024. The meeting will take place remotely via the internet on Microsoft Teams and is open to the public. The agenda and handouts will be posted on the Council’s website.

  • What: Meeting of the State Government Artificial Intelligence Advisory Council  
  • When: Wednesday, July 24, 2024, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • Where: Join a Microsoft Teams Meeting by ID | Microsoft Teams 
  • Meeting ID:292 921 162 985 Passcode:njbMxw
  • Phone: +1 503-446-4951 Phone conference ID: 514 433 257#
  • Who: State Government Artificial Intelligence Advisory Council 

The State Government Artificial Intelligence Advisory Council is established by Governor Kotek’s Executive Order 23-26, Establishing a State Government Artificial Intelligence Advisory Council

The purpose of the Council is to recommend an action plan to guide awareness education, and usage of artificial intelligence in state government that aligns with the State’s policies, goals and values and supports public servants to deliver customer service more efficiently and effectively. The recommended action plan shall include concrete executive actions, policies, and investments needed to leverage artificial intelligence while honoring transparency, privacy, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Meetings of the State Government Artificial Intelligence Advisory Council are open to the public. 

Public comment may be made during the meeting. Sign-up for public comment is required as spots are limited. Sign-up closes Monday, July 22 at 1:00 p.m. Written comment will also be accepted. Written comment can be submitted by mail to the Council Support Office, 550 Airport Rd SE Suite C, Salem, OR 97301 or online via the office form.

Accommodations can be arranged for persons with disabilities, and alternate formats of printed material are available upon request. Please contact Enterprise Information Services at 503-378-3175 at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting to request accommodations. Closed captioning is included on the Microsoft Teams meeting.

 

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Recreational use advisory issued for Turner Lake July 18
Oregon Health Authority - 07/18/24 10:41 AM

July 18, 2024

Media contact: Jonathan Modie, PHD.Communications@oha.oregon.gov

Recreational use advisory issued for Turner Lake July 18

PORTLAND, Ore.—Oregon Health Authority (OHA) issued a recreational use health advisory today for Turner Lake due to the presence of a cyanobacteria bloom. The lake is in Marion County.

People should avoid swimming and high-speed water activities, such as water skiing or power boating, in areas of the lake where blooms are present, as the major route of exposure is ingestion of water. Toxins are not absorbed through the skin. However, those with skin sensitivities may get a puffy red rash.

OHA encourages people to visit Turner Lake and enjoy activities such as fishing, camping, hiking, biking, picnicking, bird watching, canoeing and kayaking. Boating is safe as long as speeds do not create excessive water spray. Sprays could lead to the risk of inhaling cyanotoxins.

Drinking water

Drinking water directly from areas of the lake affected by a bloom is especially dangerous. Toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating water with camping-style filters. Contact campground management or the local health department with questions about water available at nearby campgrounds or day use areas.

Not all private treatment systems are effective at removing cyanotoxins. People who do not use a well or public water system and draw in-home water directly from an affected area are advised to use an alternative water source.

Children and pets

Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity. Dogs can get extremely ill and even die within minutes to hours of exposure to cyanotoxins by drinking the water, licking their fur or eating the toxins from floating mats or dried crust along the shore. This is regardless of a recreational use health advisory in place.

Dogs can become ill and die from water intoxication after drinking excessive amounts of water while swimming or fetching objects for long periods of time. Intoxication is a potentially fatal disturbance in brain function resulting from an imbalance of electrolytes in the body. Water intoxication and heat stroke can cause similar symptoms as exposure to cyanotoxins.

Symptoms

Exposure to cyanotoxins can be serious and cause a range of symptoms. Symptoms may be similar to food poisoning such as stomach cramping, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Symptoms may also be more serious, such as numbness, tingling, dizziness and shortness of breath. These symptoms may require medical attention.

Dogs can experience weakness, difficulty walking, seizures, lethargy, loss of appetite and more. If a dog exhibits symptoms, veterinary treatment should be sought as quickly as possible.

Fishing

Fish caught from areas where cyanobacteria blooms are present may pose unknown health risks, so OHA recommends not eating fish from those areas. Those who decide to eat the fish should remove fat, skin and organs before cooking or freezing. Toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues. Fillets should also be rinsed with clean water.

For health information or to report an illness, contact OHA at 971-673-0482, or visit OHA’s Cyanobacteria (Harmful Algae) Blooms website.

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Clark County Medical Examiner's Office - MEDIA RELEASE
Clark Co. WA Communications - 07/18/24 10:31 AM

The following information is in reference to a death investigated by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office. This investigation is related to a stabbing incident in Vancouver on July 7, 2024.

 

This individual died on 07/09/2024 in Vancouver, WA.

The name of the decedent: Kasiano, Starsky  Age: 45 years

The decedent was a resident of (city/state): unknown

 

The opinions listed on the death certificate are as follows:

Cause of death:  Sharp force injuries of the neck

Manner of death:  Suicide

How the injury occurred: Cut own neck with a knife

Place of injury: Outdoors – apartment common area

 

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 Vancouver Police Department.

Media release issue date: 07/18/2024


City of Battle Ground Earns Clean Audit Reports
City of Battle Ground - 07/18/24 10:29 AM

The office of the Washington State Auditor (SAO) recently completed its financial, federal program, and accountability audits of the City of Battle Ground. The city received clean audit reports with no issues reported. 

The independent audits covered the city’s 2023 fiscal year ending December 31, 2023. The accountability audit examines and reports on how the city manages, uses, and safeguards public resources. The financial statement audit examines and reports on whether the city’s financial statements are accurate and complete and comply with provisions of laws, regulations, contracts and grant agreements. The federal single audit ensures the City is following federal regulations and grant agreements.

“We are proud to receive a clean audit report which validates our city’s ongoing commitment to operate with integrity, transparency, and efficiency,” said Interim City Manager Kris Swanson.  “This achievement reflects the dedication and hard work of our staff, management team, and City Council and our ongoing commitment to accountability and fiscal responsibility while serving our community with excellence.” 

The SAO’s audit reports for the City of Battle Ground as well as the city’s 2023 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, are available on the Financial Reports page of the city’s website.


Operation Ship Shape Enhanced Patrols, Round II (Photo)
Oregon State Marine Board - 07/18/24 10:00 AM
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The Oregon State Marine Board, in partnership with 31 county sheriff’s offices and the Oregon State Police, will be looking for expired boat registrations and required equipment compliance on state waterways as part of a second round of “Operation Ship Shape.” 

“The agency leverages technology to improve boating safety as we can see boater compliance geospatially in real-time where our marine law enforcement partners are patrolling,” says Brian Paulsen, Boating Safety Program Manager for the Marine Board. “This data helps the agency work with our law enforcement partners for enhanced patrols in locations where there’s low compliance. Make sure you’ve renewed your registration and put the decals on your boat correctly, or you could face a $265 citation.” 

Any boat powered by a motor – electric, gas, diesel, and all sailboats 12 feet and longer must be currently registered when on the water, even when docked or moored. This includes any kayaks and drift boats with an electric motor. Paulsen added, “Each current boat registration brings in additional funding beyond the registration dollars which go back to boaters in the form of services such as life jacket loaner stations or boat ramp access improvements.” 

Paddlers with boats 10 feet and longer must carry a Waterway Access Permit. Three permit options are available: One week for $5, one calendar year for $17, and two calendar years for $30. Permit revenue goes into a dedicated fund for grants to eligible applicants to develop or improve nonmotorized access and on-water education programs specific to paddlers’ needs. 

Marine officers will also be looking for the required safety equipment. “Life jackets are the most important safety equipment boaters must carry, and there must be enough on board that properly fit every passenger,” Paulsen adds. “Looking at the boating fatalities so far this year, almost all the victims were not wearing a life jacket. Even though life jackets are required to be worn for kids 12 and younger, if everyone wore one, we’d see significantly fewer recreational boating deaths.” In 2023, 11 out of 13 victims were not wearing a life jacket. 

Boaters can renew their registration or purchase Waterway Access Permits through the agency’s Boat Oregon Store for the fastest service. After completing their online transaction, boaters with motorized boats can print off a temporary permit. Waterway Access Permits can be printed directly after purchase. Multiple purchases can be made under one online transaction. The agency’s online store has a $1.50 portal provider fee. If you need assistance online, please contact the Marine Board at ine.board@boat.oregon.gov">marine.board@boat.oregon.gov or call 503-378-8587. There's also an online help page acclimating new users to the store. 

For any titling and registration questions, visit Boat.Oregon.gov and click on the Title & Registration tab at the top of the page.




Attached Media Files: Expired motorboat registration stickers

County Climate Project Community Advisory Group to meet July 24
Clark Co. WA Communications - 07/18/24 10:00 AM

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Climate Project Community Advisory Group will meet at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, July 24. 

The Community Advisory Group (CAG) is made up of 20 county residents who were appointed by the county manager. The group is helping the county develop policy recommendations to implement new state climate change planning legislation for the Planning Commission and County Council to consider. The legislation emphasizes that planning and policy decisions related to climate change do not impact us all in the same way. The CAG is one of three advisory groups supporting the county’s Climate Project.

Community Advisory Group meetings are held at 5:30 pm the fourth Wednesday of the month. 

Meetings are in a hybrid format with both in-person and virtual participation options. Attend in Room 680 of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., or join virtually through information provided at: https://clark.wa.gov/community-planning/community-advisory-group.

The meeting is open to the public and includes a brief public comment period. A recording of the meeting will also be available for viewing afterwards.

To learn more about county climate planning, sign up for project updates, submit a comment, review meeting recordings, or learn about future community advisory group meetings, please visit the project website at https://clark.wa.gov/community-planning/climate-change-planning.

The county’s Climate Project is being funded by a state grant. The Washington Department of Commerce climate planning grant is supported with funding from Washington’s Climate Commitment Act (CCA). The CCA supports Washington’s climate action efforts by putting cap-and-invest dollars to work reducing climate pollution, creating jobs, and improving public health. Information about the CCA is available at www.climate.wa.gov.


Tip of the Week for the week of July 22, 2024 - Summer Scam Reminder (Photo)
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/18/24 10:00 AM
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SUMMER SCAM REMINDER

Summer can be a time for relaxation, adventure, reconnecting with loved ones, and time for taking those anticipated summer vacations. Even with the nice weather, scammers aren’t taking time off. This means you have to be aware and cautious throughout the year. Here are some common summer scams to watch for and tips on how to avoid them:

1. Law Enforcement Scams:

  • Scammers pose as law enforcement agencies and claim you missed jury duty, owe fees, or someone needs bail money. They urge you to pay the “fees” quickly to avoid serious consequences and accept bitcoin, gift cards, or other non-traditional payment forms.
  • Scammers pose as animal shelters or rescue organizations and claim they can reunite you with your lost pet for a large fee.
  • Prevent these by scams by
    • Verifying information is coming from an official source. When in doubt, hang up, look up the agency’s contact information and call or stop by their office to verify someone is trying to contact you. 
    • Save our contact information to quickly verify information is coming from the Sheriff’s Office:

2. Vacation Rental Scams:

3. Home Improvement Scams:

  • Contractors offer very low-cost services such as driveway repaving, house painting, etc.
  • Contractors claim repairs are urgently needed and encourage you to act quickly to avoid further damage or before prices increase.
  • They may take your money without completing the work, work without proper permits, or do low quality work.
  • Prevent this by avoiding unsolicited offers, getting multiple referrals or bids, and researching companies and contractors.

4. Employment Scams:

  • Scammers exploit job seekers by offering fake summer jobs.
  • Scammers post opportunities that promise high pay for minimal effort.
  • Prevent this by verifying job postings, researching organizations, and avoid sharing personal information until you have verified the company and posting is legitimate.
     

5.Travel Scams:

  • Beware of unsolicited travel deals or sweepstakes claiming you’ve won a free vacation.
  • Prevent this by verifying offers and information before sharing your personal information or payment.

6. Ticket and Event Scams:

  • Scammers sell counterfeit tickets to concerts, festivals, sporting events, and other activities.
  • Prevent this by purchasing tickets from authorized sellers and verifying websites or vendors before purchasing.

Staying informed, being cautious, and helping family and friends learn how to spot scams can help protect everyone throughout the year. 

For more information and tips visit our website at www.lincolncountysheriff.net and like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon. 



 

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County to hold Aug. 1 open house on Northeast 182nd Avenue, Risto Road project
Clark Co. WA Communications - 07/18/24 9:58 AM

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Works will replace the stop-sign-controlled intersection at Northeast 182nd Avenue and Northeast Risto Road with a roundabout. Other improvements will include reducing the slope at Northeast 199th Street/Northeast Risto Road and Northeast 176th Avenue  resurfacing Northeast 199th Street/Northeast Risto Road from Northeast 167th Avenue to the Salmon Creek bridge at Northeast 182nd Avenue. These changes will increase the safety and reliability of travel along this route and reduce traffic congestion. 

Residents are invited to learn more about the project at an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1. At the open house, staff will share the draft concept during a presentation from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Before and after the presentation, residents are invited to review and discuss the plan with staff. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Residents can attend in person or online. The in-person open house will be in the Fire District 3 station, 17718 NE 159th St. The presentation portion of the open house will also be streamed online. A meeting link is available on the project webpage. While registration is not required to attend online, anyone can use the registration link on the webpage to receive an email with the meeting link 15 minutes prior to the open house.

Meeting interpretation, additional translation and other accommodations can be requested by contacting Scott Fakler, project manager, at scott.fakler@clark.wa.gov or 564.397.4648. 

More information about the project can be found on the project webpage at clark.wa.gov/public-works/northeast-182nd-avenue/northeast-risto-road.

For information about road and park projects, closures, opportunities for community input, and more, residents can follow Public Works on X (formerly known as Twitter), Facebook and Instagram and view information on Nextdoor. 

Go to clark.wa.gov/public-works/news to read this information in another language. Click the button in the top right of the page that says “Change language” next to a globe icon and choose your preferred language. 

Vaya a clark.wa.gov/public-works/news para leer esta información en español. Haga clic en el botón en la parte superior a la derecha de la página que dice "Change language " junto al icono de globo terráqueo y elija su idioma preferido.

Чтобы прочитать эту информацию на русском языке, зайдите на сайт clark.wa.gov/public-works/news. Нажмите на кнопку Change language (“Изменить язык”) в правом верхнем углу страницы рядом с символом земного шара и выберите свой язык.

Перейдіть на сторінку clark.wa.gov/public-works/news, щоб прочитати цю інформацію українською. Натисніть кнопку Change language (Змінити мову) зі значком глобуса у верхньому правому куті сторінки та виберіть потрібну мову.


Telecommunications Policy Committee Meeting Scheduled (08/07/2024)
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 07/18/24 9:58 AM

TELECOMMUNICATIONS POLICY COMMITTEE

MEETING SCHEDULED

 

Notice of Regular Meeting

The Telecommunications Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting on August 7, 2024, at 9:00 a.m. in the Governor Victor G. Atiyeh Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. For further information, please contact Juan Lopez at (503) 551-3167.

Effective Jan. 1, 2024, the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training will be live streaming all public meetings via YouTube. Meetings will no longer be streamed on Facebook. To view the Telecommunications Policy Committee's live-stream and other recorded videos, please visit DPSST’s official YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/@DPSST.

Amended Agenda Items

1. Introductions

2. Approve May 1, 2024, Meeting Minutes

3. Administrative Closures Consent Agenda (The following items to be ratified by one vote)

     Presented by Melissa Lang-Bacho

     a. Tabetha Daugherty; DPSST No. 53558

     Basic Emergency Medical Dispatcher and Basic and Intermediate Telecommunicator Certifications

     b. Cassandra Griffith; DPSST No. 43266

     Basic Emergency Medical Dispatcher and Basic, Intermediate, Advanced and Supervisory Telecommunicator Certifications

4. Agency Updates

5. Next Telecommunications Policy Committee Meeting: November 6, 2024, at 9:00 a.m.

 

Administrative Announcement

This is a public meeting, subject to the public meeting law and it will be recorded. Deliberation of issues will only be conducted by Telecommunications Policy Committee members unless permitted by the Chair. Individuals who engage in disruptive behavior that impedes official business will be asked to stop being disruptive or leave the meeting. Additional measures may be taken to have disruptive individuals removed if their continued presence poses a safety risk to the other persons in the room or makes it impossible to continue the meeting.


UPDATE: Man Killed in Northeast Portland Shooting Identified (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/18/24 9:45 AM
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The man killed in a shooting in the Rose City Park Neighborhood on July 14, 2024, has been identified as 30-year-old Aaron McInnis. His family has been notified of his death. They are requesting privacy at this time, but they did provide the attached photograph for public release.

The Medical Examiner determined McInnis died of homicide by gunshot wounds.

Anyone with information about the case, who has not spoken to investigators, is asked to contact Detective Shaye Samora at Shaye.Samora@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0768 or Detective Mike Schmerber at Michael.Schmerber@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0991 and reference case number 24-175937.

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There has been a change to the listed investigators for this incident. If anyone has information about this, they are asked to please contact Detective Shaye Samora at Shaye.Samora@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0768 or Detective Mike Schmerber at Michael.Schmerber@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0991. Please reference case number 24-175937.

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A man has been shot and killed in the Rose City Park neighborhood.

On Sunday, July 14, 2024, at 11:30 p.m., officers from the North Precinct, East Precinct, and the Focused Intervention Team responded to the intersection of Northeast 55th Avenue and Northeast Hassalo Street on reports of a shooting. Prior to officers arriving at the location, it was reported that a person was shot. When officers arrived at the location, they found a male victim who was suffering from life-threatening injuries. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he died.

No arrests have been made and no suspects have been detained.

Portland Police Bureau Homicide detectives are responding to the scene to investigate. If anyone has information about this incident, they are asked to please contact Detective Sean Macomber at Sean.Macomber@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0404 or Detective Tony Harris at Tony.Harris@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0441. Please reference case number 24-175937.

During the investigation, Northeast Hassalo Street will be closed between Northeast 55th Avenue and Northeast 57th Avenue. Additionally, Northeast 55th Avenue will be closed between Northeast Hassalo Street and Northeast Irving Street.

The identity of the victim will be released after the Medical Examiner has confirmed the cause of death and after family members have been notified. The PIO is not responding to the scene. More information will be released when appropriate.

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Draft wildfire hazard maps posted for public comment
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/18/24 9:00 AM

SALEM, Ore. — Draft versions of the statewide wildfire hazard and wildland-urban interface maps are available to the public for review and comment starting today on Oregon State University’s Wildfire Risk Explorer website. 

The wildfire hazard map's purposes are to:

  • Educate Oregon residents and property owners about the level of hazard where they live.
  • Assist in prioritizing fire adaptation and mitigation resources for the most vulnerable locations.
  • Identify where defensible space standards and home hardening codes will apply.

A series of open houses about the state’s new community wildfire risk reduction programs were held from June 3 to July 1 throughout Oregon. It was an opportunity to learn about wildfire hazard assessments, new defensible space and home hardening programs and standards, insurance concerns, and statewide wildfire policy. 

"Defensible space around your home and property is just one of the ways Oregonians can be better prepared for wildfire," Oregon State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple said. "No matter where you live, the simple actions you take to limit where an ember can land and catch fire can make all the difference, saving your home and protecting your community."

“Home hardening standards are extremely important because they help reduce the risk of ignition to the most vulnerable parts of a home by the embers of a wildfire,” said Andrew Stolfi, director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services. “Once the map is finalized, we will then initiate rulemaking to adopt the home hardening standards, which will be followed by a six-month phase-in period for education and outreach. Importantly, the standards will not apply retroactively. They will be required only in new construction, major additions, and such things as replacing a roof or siding if the home is in both a high wildfire hazard zone and the wildland-urban interface.”

Representatives from OSU, ODF, Oregon State Fire Marshal, Department of Consumer and Business Services Building Codes Division and Division of Financial Regulation, and the Wildfire Programs Advisory Council addressed hours of questions at the events and engaged with over 500 community members. 

“The level of engagement at these community meetings was impressive. I attended them all and hundreds of Oregonians had their questions addressed about community wildfire risk reduction programs and how the map supports protecting Oregon’s communities at highest hazard of experiencing wildfire,” said Dave Hunnicutt, Chair of the Wildfire Programs Advisory Council.

At those meetings, early maps depicting wildfire hazard were available, but property tax lot level maps were not yet available. However, draft maps are now ready for Oregonians to see the hazard designation of their specific address, and whether they’re in the wildland-urban interface.

“The maps are still drafts,” said Andy McEvoy, wildfire research scientist at Oregon State University. “The maps won’t become final until we receive input from counties on potential local anomalies, administrative rules are adopted by the Board of Forestry, and we evaluate input from the public.”

The draft maps reflect revisions from the last two years based on input received in 2022 from county governments and the public. Updates include:

  • Adjustments for hay and pasturelands.
  • Adjustments for northwest Oregon forest fuels.
  • Changes based on draft rules to include irrigation of agricultural crops as a mitigating factor in wildfire hazard assessments. Final maps will reflect rules as adopted by the Board of Forestry.

“Work on the wildfire hazard map hasn’t ceased over the last two years,” said Kyle Williams, Deputy Director of Fire Operations at ODF. “ODF and our partners at OSU have worked diligently to evaluate and address concerns about the accuracy of the map. These drafts are still based on the core principles of wildfire science but have been pored through to address expressed concerns. With one more round of public input, we will be well situated to finalize a hazard map that will contribute to advancing wildfire protection in Oregon as the Legislature intended.”

Comments can be sent to dmap@odf.oregon.gov">hazardmap@odf.oregon.govFind more information on ODF’s wildfire hazard web page.


Revenue Task Force Moves Closer to Funding Strategy for Key City Services
City of Salem - 07/18/24 8:51 AM

In January 2024, 27 members of a City Council appointed Task Force began discussion of more than 40 options to raise the revenue necessary to fund services that do not have a dedicated revenue stream. At their final meeting in June 2024, the Task Force unanimously agreed to present eight options to City Council. Four members of the Task Force; Becky Beaman, Russ Beaton, Scott Cantonwine, and TJ Sullivan presented the recommendations to City Council Monday, July 15. 

Early in the process, the Taskforce identified key considerations that they used to evaluate revenue options including;

  • Equity – consider impacts to lower income community members,
  • Sustainability – work toward a long-term solution,
  • Sequencing – consider near term options that could provide a bridge to long term solutions,  
  • Minimizing Local Economic Impact – take a thoughtful approach to burdens placed on the business community,
  •  Financial Management – share accounting practices and audits, build trust and address skepticism, and
  • Public Input and Education– bring the community along, create a transparent and inclusive process.

The Task Force members were unified in their commitment to do what was right for the City of Salem. The Task Force represented a wide range of perspectives and opinions on the right approach to addressing the revenue challenges. Ultimately, they agreed that their recommendations represented a solid menu of options that give City Council a variety of paths to take forward. They were clear that it is now up to City Council to determine what is politically feasible and right for the City of Salem. 

The Task Force revenue options list includes (see full Task Force Report for details):

Near-term (1-2 years): 

  • business license fees
  • franchise fee increase
  • increase to urban renewal frozen base

Medium-term (2-5 years):

  • local option property tax levy
  • personal income tax

Long-term:

  • payment in lieu of taxes
  • intergovernmental agreements and entities
  • tax reform/restructuring

City Council will discuss the Task Force recommendations at a work session on Monday, August 19 at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers. 

We are committed to supporting the leadership and authority of the current and future City Council members and will work to ensure that everyone has clear, consistent and accurate information as we proceed through this process. 

Background

The City of Salem budget problem is the result of a structural imbalance where our expenses are growing faster than revenues. The City does not have the revenue to pay for expenses in key service areas. 

This revenue problem impacts the General Fund –police, fire, parks, libraries, code enforcement, court, and services for our most vulnerable populations including elders, youth, low-income and homeless community members. 

Our general fund has a systemic imbalance because our property tax system is broken.  The impact of tax limitation Measures 5 and 50, approved by voters in the 1990s, has continued to increase over time. The enduring impact of these measures is that they limited the growth of the taxable value of property and set permanent tax rates that limit revenue collections.  

The City of Salem cannot increase property taxes to keep pace with population growth and escalating costs. Property taxes make up 50% of Salem’s General Fund revenues.  The property taxes collected only pay for 77 % of Police and Fire services. The greatest portion of costs associated with police, fire, parks, libraries, and services to our most vulnerable populations including elders, youth, low-income and unsheltered community members are due to staffing. 

Without a revenue source that keeps pace with escalating costs, we cannot continue to deliver services at the same level. In fact, service levels have already been reduced in response to growing demands and limited revenues. 


Northwest Association for Blind Athletes Kicks Off Camp Spark for Oregon's Blind and Visually Impaired Youth
Northwest Assn. for Blind Athletes - 07/18/24 6:28 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: 
Billy Henry, Founder & CEO – henry@nwaba.org">bhenry@nwaba.org
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes
703 Broadway, Ste 600 • Vancouver, Washington 98660
Local Phone: 1-360-448.7254 Toll Free: 1-800-880-9837
http://www.nwaba.org
media@nwaba.org

 

Northwest Association for Blind Athletes Kicks Off Camp Spark for Blind and Visually Impaired Youth

 
Vancouver, Washington—July 18, 2024—The Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) is thrilled to announce the return of our Camp Spark program to Linfield University in McMinnville, Oregon. This summer camp session is dedicated to Oregon youth who are blind or visually impaired. Now in its ninth year, Camp Spark has seen remarkable growth, increasing from 18 campers in 2016 to 30 campers this year. The week-long camp is tailored to meet the unique needs of each camper, offering adapted sports and activities such as tandem biking, swimming, and goalball. Campers are paired with counselors to ensure they are actively learning and developing new skills. Camp Spark also emphasizes social interaction and community, providing campers with opportunities to engage with their peers in exciting and innovative ways in a residential camp setting. This session of Camp Spark ends on Friday, July 19, 2024.

Camp Spark is a comprehensive overnight sports camp for individuals ages 8 to 16, who are blind and visually impaired. This unique model uses sports, physical activity, and orientation and mobility as a catalyst to encourage leadership, independence, advocacy, and daily living skills that contribute to overall greater quality of life. The campers vary in socioeconomic status, ethnic background, and level of skills and abilities and NWABA offers camp free of charge to youth and their families. 

NWABA will host a total of five additional week-long summer and winter camp sessions in Oregon and Washington in 2024-2025, each with different eligibility requirements, such as age and residence, and will provide different sports opportunities based on the varying seasons.

"Our Board of Directors is extremely excited to offer these truly transformational programs to children and youth with visual impairments. Camp reaches far beyond participating in sports, and acts as a catalyst to help campers gain the confidence, self-esteem, friendships, and independence they need to achieve success in all areas of life.” said Founder, President & CEO, Billy Henry.

Camp Spark is partially funded by the generosity of our individual donors, foundations, state grants and corporate partners; however, additional support is critically needed to deliver a successful camp. Donations to support Camp Spark can be made online at www.nwaba.org/donate or by mailing a check to PO BOX 61489, Vancouver, WA, 98666. For more information on Northwest Association for Blind Athletes, please contact Billy Henry, CEO & Founder, henry@nwaba.org">bhenry@nwaba.org or 360.448.7254.

About NWABA: 
The mission of Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) is to provide life-changing opportunities through sports and physical activity to individuals who are blind and visually impaired. A group of students who were visually impaired formed the association in 2007 to ensure that people who are blind were participating in sports and physical activity. Today, NWABA is a rapidly expanding 501(c)(3) charitable organization that delivers more than 5,000 program and service interactions annually to children, youth, adults and military veterans with visual impairments tailored programming which improves self-confidence and self-esteem, promotes independence, creates an inclusive community of supporters, and builds the skills necessary to succeed in all areas of life including school and employment.

For information: http://www.nwaba.org or

Contact: Billy Henry, Founder & CEO, henry@nwaba.org">bhenry@nwaba.org 

Phone:  1-360-448-7254

 

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Traffic #ALERT: 1 Deceased After Single Vehicle Crash I-5 at Hayden Island Exit
Portland Police Bureau - 07/18/24 1:29 AM
A man is deceased after a single vehicle crash on the exit from I-5 Northbound to Hayden Island.

On Thursday, July 18, 2024 at 12:21a.m., Portland Police officers assigned to North Precinct responded to a crash on I-5 Northbound at Exit 308 (Jantzen Beach). When they arrived they found a single vehicle crashed. The adult male occupant was deceased at the scene.

The Portland Police Traffic Division Major Crash Team is responding to the scene to investigate the crash. During the investigation, the ramp from northbound I-5 to Hayden Island (Exit 308) is closed, and the ramp from Hayden Island to northbound I-5 is closed. The lanes of the freeway are still open.

If anyone has information about the crash and has not already talked to police, please e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov attn: Traffic Investigations Unit and reference case number 24-178890.

The PIO is not responding to the scene. Additional information will be released as appropriate. This is the 36th traffic related fatality this year in Portland.

The Portland Police Traffic Division is committed to providing enforcement and raising awareness regarding traffic safety for vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Each year, traffic officers 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.

The Traffic Division works in partnership with the Bureau of Transportation on making streets safer for all users. 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:
https://www.portland.gov/transportation/vision-zero

For more on the Traffic Division, visit:
https://www.portland.gov/police/divisions/traffic-division

To report a road or area that you believe should have additional traffic enforcement, call (503) 823-SAFE.

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Wed. 07/17/24
Conflagration invoked for Umatilla County wildfires, OSFM mobilizing firefighters, incident management team
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 07/17/24 11:17 PM

SALEM, Ore. – On Wednesday night, Oregon Governor Tina Kotek invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act for a series of fires in Umatilla County near Pilot Rock. The OSFM is mobilizing its Green Incident Management Team and three structural task forces from Benton, Marion, and Polk counties. One of those task forces was sent earlier in the afternoon through Immediate Response along with a type 1 helicopter.  

Significant lightning storms moved through Umatilla County Wednesday afternoon and have kept local fire agencies busy responding to wildfires. Gusty winds and dry conditions caused some of these fires to grow exponentially and threaten life and property.  

“The conditions our firefighters are up against are extraordinarily challenging and we are working to provide the needed resources to protect our communities from many wildfires burning across the state,” Oregon State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple said. “I can’t stress enough the importance of preventing any new fires and being prepared in case you need to evacuate.” 

The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office has Level 3 (Go Now) evacuation notices in place. For the latest on evacuations, please follow the Umatilla County Sheriff on Facebook. Shelters are set up at the Pendleton Convention Center, 1601 Westgate in Pendleton, and Grant Union High School, 911 S Canyon Blvd in John Day.  

For information on being prepared for wildfire visit https://wildfire.oregon.gov/prepare 

The Emergency Conflagration Act allows the state fire marshal to mobilize state resources to protect life and property. Following ORS 476.510-476.610, Governor Kotek determined that threats to life, safety, and property exist because of the fire, and the threats exceed the capabilities of local firefighting personnel and equipment. 


PF&R responds to fire at metal recycling facility. (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 07/17/24 7:08 PM
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PF&R responds to fire at metal recycling facility.

At just after 1 PM, Portland Fire & Rescue responded to a reported fire at Radius Recycling affiliated with Schnitzer Steel with reports of a fire in a scrap metal pile. This large mixed metal pile filled with smashed cars, appliances, and other large metal objects was scheduled to go through the industrial shredder located adjacent to this large pile. The fire was eventually raised to a 4th alarm assignment with engines, trucks, fireboats, and other personnel from all over the city to address the large fire. Four hours after the first alarm was sent, the command officer considered the situation under control and called for a recall of the incident with all companies assigned to continue working. There were no reported injuries to responders or plant personnel.

The location of this incident was a dense industrial area in N. Portland to the east of the Willamette River with the property being bordered on the west and north by waterways. The large pile was showing signs of significant fire upon arrival and the command officer directed crews to prepare for a “surround and drown” operation where crews attach to a fire hydrant and pump to a ladder truck with their aerial ladders extended so 1200 to 2000 gpm of water can flow from the tips of these elevated nozzles and apply a large volume of water on the fire. Yard hydrants not affiliated the main city grid provided ample volume and pressure of water for all in use. In addition to using fire hydrants located on the property, two different fire boats were captained to the location and acted as a pumping vessel by pulling water directly from the river and into large diameter hose to aid in the water supply needed to suppress the fire. 

Plant personnel assisted in reducing the size of the fuel pile by using large articulating claws to reach into the pile, pull out a full load and deposit it away from the burning material. To prevent fire spread, crews used handheld nozzles and directed the stream at each claw load to prevent this new material from igniting the ever-growing spoil piles as the material was being relocated. 

This type of a fire is heavy on the need for equipment and less intense on human operations and activity. The 4th alarm requested was to continue to have available tools and engines needed to access water and produce the pressures required to move the volume of water through all hose lines used to reduce the flames. Just before 5 PM, the command officers began to implement a plan to release companies who were not committed to performing work nor was their equipment involved in the transfer and application of water. With nearly 100 firefighters on scene, crews from across the city were strategically moved to best cover the city with companies traditionally operating out of Argay Heights in outer NE Portland relocated to the University Park Neighborhood. Additionally, there were stations on the periphery of the city staffed by members of our mutual aid partners from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue aiding in the coverage of the SW part of town. 

PF&R EOPS Division would like to recognize the work performed by the Emergency Vehicle Technicians and other PF&R Logistics Section personnel during this event. They responded to the scene to evaluate the working rigs to be certain the extended operation would be successful along with providing fuel for the apparatus in use and food for the personnel on scene. The EVT’s are an essential, and often invisible, portion of our success day in and day out. Portland Fire would like to also thank the crews that responded to the fire from Vancouver Fire to help us at the location for the first few hours. Lastly, with 3 different fire channels being used at one point in this fire, PF&R would like to acknowledge the assistance provided by the emergency dispatch center in this greater alarm fire. 

All water used in this incident was captured by the on-site water collection system which will capture the water, strain out the particulates, and run it through the onsite purification process reducing the concerns of contaminated run off entering the watershed. PF&R recommends that if you are within the downwind pathway of the smoke from this, and any other fire, that you close your windows and shelter in place to reduce the harmful effects of the smoke on your respiratory system.

The companies on scene 6 hours after this incident began are beginning to be replaced by fire watch crews as the command staff is putting plans in place to have enough equipment in operation on scene to continue to extinguish the fire while releasing as many members as possible back to their home stations. Fire watch crews are planned to be at the site until midnight and will continue until the fire is completely extinguished.

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After 30 years, one of Oregon DOC's Most Wanted Fugitives has been arrested in the state of Georgia (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 07/17/24 5:15 PM
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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody who fled from a work crew in 1994 is back in custody. Steven Craig Johnson fled from a work crew at the Mill Creek Correctional Facility (MCCF) in Salem on November 29, 1994. 

Johnson was arrested in Macon, Georgia by the U.S. Marshals Service, Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force (USMS SERFTF) on July 16, 2024. He was booked into the Bibb County Jail and is awaiting extradition back to Oregon. 

According to the USMS Steven Craig Johnson aka “William Cox,” 70, was taken into custody by the USMS SERFTF on July 16, 2024, at approximately 2:00 p.m. at an apartment complex located at 2087 Vineville Ave. in Macon. Johnson had been a resident there and living under the alias of William Cox since 2011. Johnson was wanted on an Oregon arrest warrant for escape. A copy of the USMS press release is attached. A copy of the DOC wanted poster is also attached.

MCCF was a minimum-security prison located five miles southeast of Salem on 2,089 acres. The facility was unfenced and housed approximately 290 adults in custody who were within four years of release. MCCF opened in 1929 as the Farm Annex of the Oregon State Penitentiary. The prison closed June 30, 2021, by order of Governor Kate Brown.

DOC is responsible for the care and custody of approximately 12,000 individuals who are incarcerated in 12 institutions across the state. 

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Summer EBT is available for a limited time, thousands of families may be eligible but must apply (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Human Services - 07/17/24 5:15 PM
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(Salem) – Having enough to eat is crucial for good health and well-being. Yet hunger is a persistent problem across the country and here in Oregon. Feeding America reports that 1 in 6 children in Oregon face hunger. To help children get the food they need to thrive, the Oregon State Legislature approved the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to offer Summer EBT this year. 

With support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), Summer EBT provides eligible families $120 per child for groceries when school is out, and children lose access to food programs offered at schools. Help us spread the word—thousands of families may be eligible for this new benefit and not know it.

Thirty-seven states, all five U.S. territories, and two tribes have committed to making Summer EBT available to kids and families in their communities this summer. This initiative is backed by a decade of demonstration projects and rigorous evaluation showing that it works to reduce child hunger and support healthier diets, including increased consumption of whole grains, dairy, fruits, and vegetables and decreased consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. Summer EBT works in tandem with other nutrition programs like the USDA Summer Nutrition Programs, Summer Food Oregon and Oregon Food Bank’s Food Finder.

At a July 17 media event, representatives from ODHS, ODE, the USDA, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Salem, Marion, and Polk Counties and the Oregon Food Bank spoke to raise awareness about the new Summer EBT program. The Boys and Girls Clubs offer summer meals to children. 

"Driven by the ongoing economic fallout of COVID-19, the end of pandemic safety nets and the rising cost of food and housing, we are in an ongoing hunger crisis,” said Sammi Teo, Public Policy Advocate at the Oregon Food Bank. “Last year, we saw 1.9 million visits to food assistance sites through the Oregon Food Bank Network — a 14 percent increase from the previous year and a record number of visits. For families facing food insecurity, June has long marked a time when kids no longer have easy access to breakfast and lunch at school. Many parents and caregivers must come up with at least 10 additional meals per week, per child. Summer EBT helps bridge the hunger gap during the summer. By having Summer EBT on a card that families can use when grocery shopping, they can better accommodate dietary needs and cultural preferences.

“There are many people who still don’t know about the program. There is a short window to apply, and there is a short window to use the benefits,” said USDA FNS Western Region Administrator Jesus Mendoza, Jr. “While it’s a new program nationwide, this program has been tested here in Oregon. We learned that this program does help address food insecurity for children during the summer months.”

ODE Director Dr. Charlene Williams said, “Just like Summer Learning addresses unfinished learning between school years, accelerates academic achievement and strengthens student well-being, Summer Meals keep students connected to proper nutrition so they can stay active and engaged while classes are out. And its why Oregon jumped at the chance to provide Summer EBT to eligible families this year. Giving our families more access to groceries during the summer means students will show up for the first day of class ready to learn."

ODHS Director Fariborz Pakseresht said, “On June 28, 2024, more than 321,000 children were automatically enrolled in Summer EBT because they participate in other programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or receive services through Medicaid. So far, 322,500 children have received Summer EBT. This adds up to $38.7 million in federal funds that families are spending at grocery stores and farmers' markets in their communities.”

ODHS estimates another 30,000 children in Oregon may be eligible for Summer EBT if they apply. To be eligible, children must:

  • Attend a school participating in the national school lunch or breakfast programs.
  • Be in households with incomes at or below 185 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.

ODHS encourages families to visit the Summer EBT website in English and Spanish to review eligibility criteria. If a family believes their children may be eligible, please call the Summer EBT Call Center to verify that they need to apply. The Summer EBT Call Center number is 833-673-7328 and can provide customer service in many languages. 

Families that need to apply can do so online in English or Spanish, or by email or regular mail in multiple languages. 

Don’t delay—the deadline to apply is Sept. 2, 2024. Families have 122 days from the day they received Summer EBT food benefits before they expire. For example, if benefits were issued on June 28, 2024, families have until Oct. 28, 2024, to use Summer EBT benefits. 

Speakers from the event:

  • Sue Bloom, CEO, Boys and Girls Clubs of Salem, Marion and Polk Counties
  • Sammi Teo, Public Policy Advocate, Oregon Food Bank (she, her)
  • Jesus Mendoza, Jr., USDA FNS Western Region Administrator
  • Fariborz Pakseresht, ODHS Director (he, him)
  • Dr. Charlene Williams, ODE Director (she, her)

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Update: Body of Drowning Victim Recovered (Photo)
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/17/24 4:56 PM
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CORVALLIS, Ore.This morning, July 17, 2024, at about 10:00 am, the deceased body of Naomi Pomeroy was located on the Willamette River about a half mile upstream of Hyak Park between Corvallis and Albany.

People canoeing on the river spotted a body and called 9-1-1.

BCSO marine deputies arrived shortly after, located a deceased female on a shallow section of bedrock near the middle of the river with about one to two feet of water.

According to the victim’s description, the female was identified as Naomi Pomeroy, missing since July 13, 2024.

Deputies released Naomi to a funeral home and notified her family of the recovery.

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CORVALLIS, Ore. – Benton County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) continues search efforts for their first drowning victim of the year, 49-year-old Naomi Pomeroy, of Portland, OR

On Saturday, July 13, 2024, at about 8:25 pm, Naomi drowned in the Willamette River near river mile 132 in Corvallis, about 100 yards upstream from the Mary’s River.  

An investigation by BCSO determined three floaters on tubes and a paddle board, secured together, were caught on an exposed snag in the water. One of the floaters, Naomi, was pulled under the water and held by the paddle board leash. 

Corvallis Fire Department was first on scene with a boat and was unable to recover Naomi. BCSO responded shortly after and quickly began searching downriver from the incident site, both by land and water.

Corvallis Fire Department personnel recovered the two other floaters on the shore and safely transported them to a boat launch.

BCSO deputies searched the area using all available tools, including sonar, underwater cameras, and drones, but were unable to locate any signs of Naomi in the area due to heavy debris.

After all usable daylight diminished, search efforts were suspended due to boat safety and dive teams not being able to respond or deploy due to conditions.  

A BCSO boat has been on the water every day since Saturday to recover Naomi and plans to continue search.  BCSO will continue to re-assess the recovery mission daily. 

The public can assist by keeping an eye out for Naomi’s body and are encouraged to wear a life jacket and follow other boating laws and safety precautions. If located, immediately call 9-1-1 dispatch; do not attempt recovery efforts.

 “I am dedicated to locating Naomi to bring her home to her family and loved ones”, said Sheriff Van Arsdall. “I want to thank all involved in the search and recovery mission and support during this difficult time.”

Rivers are inherently dangerous with current and hazards. Know and/or scout rivers before you go at https://willamettewatertrail.org/plan-your-trip/

If you float rivers, do not tie yourself to a paddle board unless you have a quick release leash. Also, do not tie two or more inner tubes together; this requires you to have a life jacket for each person. Kids 12 and younger must wear life jacket. BCSO continues to remind paddlers of all laws at https://www.oregon.gov/osmb/pages/propulsion-landing-pages/go-paddling.aspx

BCSO would like to thank the Corvallis Fire Department, Corvallis Police Department, Linn County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team and Albany Fire Department for their assistance. 

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Fourth Confirmed Measles Case in Marion County
Marion County - 07/17/24 4:39 PM

Salem, OR – Public Health officials have confirmed the fourth case of measles in Marion County since June 17, 2024.  The most recent case involves an unvaccinated child who was diagnosed on July 16, 2024.  Marion County Public Health officials are in the process of contacting those who may have been exposed. There is no known public exposure and there are currently no known connections between this case and the three other recently confirmed measles cases in Marion County. 

Measles is a highly contagious disease that spreads through the air when an infected individual coughs or sneezes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the virus is so contagious, that if one person has it, up to 90 percent of the people in close contact will become infected if they are not protected through vaccination. 

Symptoms of measles include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Red eyes
  • Rash that starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body

Complications of measles can be severe and include ear infections, pneumonia, and in rare instances, swelling of the brain.

Most people have received the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine as children, and have a low risk of getting measles. Those vaccinated against measles as children with the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine. The risk is much higher for unvaccinated individuals who are exposed to the disease.

Individuals are considered immune to measles if any of the following apply:

  • Born before 1957.
  • Have been diagnosed with measles at any point in their life.
  • A blood test proves that they are immune.
  • They have had two doses of measles vaccine

If you think you have measles, or have been exposed to it, do not visit a medical office without calling ahead. This is to prevent the spreading of the virus to others. Call your provider or urgent care center to provide a plan for your visit. 

For more information about measles, visit       https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/DISEASESCONDITIONS/DISEASESAZ/Pages/measles.aspx


Rider Dies 11 Days After Bicycle Crash
Portland Police Bureau - 07/17/24 4:04 PM
A bicyclist died this morning, 11 days after falling off his bike in the Multnomah Neighborhood.

On Saturday, July 6, 2024 at 6:50a.m., emergency medical services were called to Southwest Capitol Highway and Southwest Florida Street for the patient, who was injured falling off his bicycle. The Portland Police Bureau was not called to respond at the time as there was no indication of a crime or traffic crash involving anyone else.

The Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division was notified that the bicyclist died at the hospital this morning. He is identified as Gad Alon, 74, of Portland. His family has been notified of his death.

TIU is investigating. At this point, there is no indication that any drivers were involved. The cause and manner of death will be determined by the medical examiner.

If anyone has information about this incident, please e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov attn: Traffic Investigations Unit and reference case number 24-178154.

This makes the 35th traffic related fatality for 2024 in the City of Portland.

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NWABA Welcomes New Director of Philanthropy (Photo)
Northwest Assn. for Blind Athletes - 07/17/24 4:01 PM
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: 
Billy Henry, Founder, President & CEO
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes
703 Broadway, Ste 600
Vancouver, Washington 98660
Local Phone: 1-360-448-7254
Toll Free: 1-800-880-9837
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NWABA WELCOMES NEW DIRECTOR OF PHILANTHROPY

Vancouver, Washington—July 17, 2024—Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) is pleased to announce that Kim Hash has joined the organization as the new Director of Philanthropy. With an extensive background in nonprofit fundraising and a deep personal connection to the mission, Kim brings a wealth of experience and passion to the role.

“I have long admired the impactful work of NWABA. I first became aware of the organization 17 years ago and have followed the incredible growth and expansion of their programs and services with awe. Having been raised by a mother who was legally blind, I have extra appreciation for the empowerment that NWABA provides through sports and physical activities. I am honored to join the team and support this important work,” said Kim Hash, Director of Philanthropy, Northwest Association for Blind Athletes.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kim to our team. Her extensive experience in philanthropy and her personal connection to our mission will be invaluable as we continue to grow and expand our services for individuals who are blind or visually impaired,” said Billy Henry, Founder, President & CEO, Northwest Association for Blind Athletes.

Kim Hash will lead NWABA’s development efforts across Southwest Washington and Oregon, focusing on expanding the organization’s donor base, building strategic partnerships, and securing the necessary resources to advance NWABA’s mission of providing life-changing opportunities through sports and physical activity to individuals who are blind and visually impaired.

About NWABA: 
The mission of Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) is to provide life-changing opportunities through sports and physical activity to individuals who are blind and visually impaired. A group of students who were visually impaired formed the association in 2007 to ensure that people who are blind were participating in sports and physical activity. Today, NWABA is a rapidly expanding 501(c)(3) charitable organization that delivers more than 5,000 program and service interactions annually to children, youth, adults and military veterans with visual impairments tailored programming which improves self-confidence and self-esteem, promotes independence, creates an inclusive community of supporters, and builds the skills necessary to succeed in all areas of life including school and employment.

For information: http://www.nwaba.org  or
Contact: henry@nwaba.org">bhenry@nwaba.org
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Jeffery McNeill Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison for 2022 Stabbing Death
Multnomah Co. District Attorney's Office - 07/17/24 3:10 PM

Jeffery McNeill Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison for 2022 Stabbing Death

Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt today announced that a Multnomah County Circuit Court judge sentenced Jeffery Joseph McNeill, 27, to 18 years in prison for the 2022 stabbing death of Nickolas “Nick” Henderson in northeast Portland.

Incident

On Friday, November 4, 2022 at 11:25 p.m., Portland Police Bureau officers were dispatched to a welfare check at a parking lot in the 2200 block of Lloyd Center. When officers arrived they found an adult male deceased, who was later identified as Nickolas “Nick” Henderson, 33, of Portland. The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office concluded that Henderson died of homicide by stab wounds.

The PPB Homicide Unit investigated the case, which led them to a person of interest, Jeffery Joseph McNeill, 26, of Alaska. After identifying McNeill, detectives learned he was in the custody of Clackamas County Jail on unrelated charges. Detectives, working with the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, were able to obtain an arrest warrant for him, and on December 1, 2023, he was transferred to custody in Multnomah County.

Plea & Sentencing

Deputy District Attorneys Sam Wilton and Kristen Kyle-Castelli represented the state in this case, which resulted in a negotiated plea agreement with the defendant and his counsel. Judge Christopher Marshall accepted the plea on July 17, 2024, and sentenced McNeill to 18 years in prison for one count of Manslaughter in the First Degree and one count of Attempted Robbery in the First Degree. 

McNeill is currently in custody in Multnomah County and will be transported to the custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections to serve his sentence.

The DA’s Office wishes to thank the Portland Police Bureau officers and detectives who assisted with this case, in particular Detective Ryan Foote for his diligent work in pursuing justice for Mr. Henderson and his family.

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Vancouver Police Chief Jeff Mori announces forthcoming retirement (Photo)
City of Vancouver - 07/17/24 2:30 PM
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Vancouver, Wash. – Police Chief Jeff Mori will be retiring from his position with the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) effective Oct. 11. Mori, sworn in as VPD’s chief in June 2022, will be departing after more than five years with the department and more than 31 years working in law enforcement.

His reasons for retiring are personal, including his desire to take a step back from the inherent pressures that come with leadership duties and responsibilities of his position, to re-evaluate his work-life balance and to spend more time with family. 

“I have cherished my time with VPD, so my decision to step down was extremely difficult. It has nothing to do with the pending change of leadership at City Hall,” said Chief Mori. “A Police Chief must be resilient and emotionally healthy. In the past 12 months, repeated experiences of trauma, emotion, tragedy and constant worrying have worn me down. After each of these events, as much as I tried to compensate, I lost some resiliency.” 

Mori’s accomplishments as VPD chief include:

  • Working with the City Manager’s office on development of a police and public safety levy (Proposition 4), which this week City Council placed on the ballot for the Nov. 5 election
  • Overseeing the rollout of the VPD camera program
  • Working to boost diversity among VPD staff and improve community engagement
  • Overseeing the recruitment and hiring of 75+ VPD officers and staff
  • Playing a pivotal role in advocating for and supporting the establishment of a SW Washington regional Criminal Justice Training Academy
  • Expanding the overall use of technology to enhance the effectiveness of police services

“Chief Mori has been a strategic and thoughtful leader for the VPD. I thank Chief Mori for his service, work and dedication to the entire community,” City Manager Eric Holmes said. “During the last two years, he has been a steady and compassionate leader, committed- to working with the community to increase transparency, accountability and equity while improving police and community relations.”

City Council will soon be selecting Vancouver’s next city manager to replace Eric Holmes who is retiring in October. Holmes intends to closely consult with his successor to determine how they wish to select the next police chief for Vancouver.

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Tagger Arrested After I-84 Graffiti Clean-up
Portland Police Bureau - 07/17/24 1:51 PM
A teenager was arrested and charged with a felony after he was caught spray painting a retaining wall.

On Wednesday, July 17, 2024, at approximately 1:30 a.m., officers assigned to the Portland Police Bureau’s North Precinct responded to reports of suspicious activity in the area of Northeast Broadway and Northeast 33rd Avenue. When they arrived at the scene, officers saw people spray painting a retaining wall on private property. Officers detained two people and ultimately arrested one of them. He is identified as Asher Bengston, 18, of Portland. Before Bengston was transported to the Multnomah County Detention Center and booked on the charge of Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, officers searched his bag and found bottles full of paint.

The arrest came at a time when officers were actively patrolling the streets around I-84, an area targeted for graffiti clean-up as recently as this past weekend. PPB remains committed to stopping vandalism as it negatively impacts livability.

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Clark County Medical Examiner's Office - MEDIA RELEASE
Clark Co. WA Communications - 07/17/24 1:21 PM

The following information is in reference to a death investigated by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office. This investigation is related to an incident in a parking lot on Northeast Leroy Haagen Memorial Drive on July 9, 2024.

 

This individual died on 07/09/2024 in Vancouver, WA.

The name of the decedent: Goodroad, Sundance Rainbow   Age: 46 years

The decedent was a resident of (city/state): unknown

 

The opinions listed on the death certificate are as follows:

Cause of death:  Blunt force injuries

Manner of death:  Homicide

How the injury occurred: Pedestrian run over by a recreation vehicle

Place of injury: Community park parking lot

 

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 Vancouver Police Department.

Media release issue date: 07/17/2024


County seeks applicants for Community Action Advisory Board
Clark Co. WA Communications - 07/17/24 12:33 PM

Vancouver, Wash. – The county manager is seeking applicants to fill the position of a community representative from the county’s second district on the volunteer Community Action Advisory Board.

The opening is for an unexpired three-year term which begins immediately and ends Dec. 31, 2026. Incumbents have the opportunity for re-appointment to two additional three-year terms. 

The fifteen-member board makes recommendations about local government funding for basic needs, self-sufficiency, and housing programs. Members also advocate for services supporting low-income communities, families and persons at local, state and federal levels. 

Clark County is looking to diversify the board composition and encourages people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives to apply, especially people of color and from historically oppressed or under-resourced communities. 

Interested residents must submit an application and résumé to Abby Molloy, Clark County Community Services, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000 or by.molloy@clark.wa.gov">abby.molloy@clark.wa.gov

Application information can be found at https://clark.wa.gov/community-services/caab-community-action-advisory-board or by calling Abby Molloy at 564.397.7832. A county district map is available on the county website.

Applications deadline is 5 pm Friday, Aug. 16.


Delivery of Narcotics/Search Warrant
Newport Police Dept. - 07/17/24 12:21 PM

On July 17th, 2024 at 0400 hours, Newport Police, with the assistance of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and the Tactical Response Team (TRT), served a narcotics-related search warrant at 769 SW Buford Avenue in Siletz, Oregon. 

Through their investigations, Officers had received information that the occupants of the residence were currently involved in selling narcotics to others in the Newport and Lincoln County area. Further information was developed that the occupants were possibly in possession of firearms. The Tactical Response Team (TRT), which consists of members from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, the Lincoln City Police Department, and the Newport Police Department, was activated to assist with the warrant. 

At 0400 hours TRT served the search warrant at the residence and detained multiple occupants. A thorough search of the residence and property was conducted and evidence of Narcotics Delivery, Manufacturing, and Possession was located, along with a firearm. 

The incident remains under investigation.  If you have any information regarding this case, contact Officer Cicerone of the Newport Police Department at 541-574-3348. The Newport Police Tip Line is available at 541-574-5455, or Text-a-Tip at 541-270-1856 or tipline@newportpolice.net.

Information Released By: Lieutenant Haynes, 541-265-4844


Southwest Washington's Lemonade Day Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Named by Greater Vancouver Chamber (Photo)
Greater Vancouver Chamber - 07/17/24 11:03 AM
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           
JULY 17, 2024

SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON'S LEMONADE DAY YOUTH ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR NAMED BY GREATER VANCOUVER CHAMBER

Tatum Talbert was recognized for her exceptional achievement and creativity in the GVC’s 2024 Lemonade Day program.

 

Vancouver, WA – Tatum Talbert, a 10-year-old from Camas, WA who owns Tatum and Her Gnomies, was named the 2024 Southwest Washington Lemonade Day Youth Entrepreneur of the Year by the Greater Vancouver Chamber (GVC). Tatum was recognized for her exceptional entrepreneurial spirit, outstanding achievements and commitment to excellence.

"Being named Youth Entrepreneur of the Year is an honor and the culmination of five years of hard work,” said Talbert. “Lemonade Day has been an incredible program for learning about entrepreneurship, setting financial goals, and perfecting my business plan. I encourage other kids to pursue their ideas, have fun, and enjoy the journey!"

Lemonade Day, an initiative led by the GVC and presented by Main Squeeze OnPoint Community Credit Union, provides children ages six to 16 with hands-on experience running a small business. The program culminates at the GVC’s Junior Market, where Talbert stood out for her business acumen, creativity, dedication to her craft and for exemplifying the valuable lessons learned from Lemonade Day.

"The most exciting part of the Junior Market is meeting my customers and sharing my products with them," continued Tatum. Her charming sales pitch, "Welcome to Tatum and Her Gnomies, where every gnomie gets a homie, and you are that homie," never fails to captivate visitors.

Tatum’s Gnomes Capture Hearts and Sales

Talbert’s entrepreneurial journey began in 2019 when she was just five years old, selling a diverse range of handcrafted items. Talbert’s unique line of decorative gnome dolls were her hottest item, so she focused her efforts on expanding the product line to include seasonal designs and new themes. Her latest collection, "Gnomes around the World," showcased her heritage with Japanese, Irish, Guatemalan, and American-themed gnomes.

"Tatum truly embodies the essence of Lemonade Day's mission to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs," remarked GVC President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) John McDonagh. "Her growth and dedication to perfecting her business year after year is commendable."

In recognition of her achievements, Tatum received a prize package from GVC and OnPoint Community Credit Union. The package included a $100 cash prize, an Amazon Fire Tablet and an official winner certificate. OnPoint matched her prize, providing an extra $100 to fuel her business dreams.

“Building up our next generation of entrepreneurs is critical to their futures and the future of our community as a whole,” said Tim Clevenger, Senior Vice President/Chief Marketing Officer, OnPoint Community Credit Union. “Tatum is an incredible example of what young minds can achieve with the right support and resources.”

Young Entrepreneurs Thrive at the 2024 Junior Market

The 2024 Junior Market was a resounding success, attracting approximately 14,000 visitors and generating $40,000 in sales from over 300 young entrepreneurs. The success of the GVC’s Junior Market would not have been possible without Main Squeeze and Presenting Sponsor OnPoint Community Credit Union and the additional support of proud partners: Chick-fil-A Cascade ParkColas ConstructionPalm Beach TanBurgervilleWaste ConnectionsPerkins & CoThe ColumbianColumbia Credit UnionPort of Vancouver USAGlacier Northwest; a Cal Portland CompanySecurus SystemsRivermark Community Credit UnionBridgeview Resource CenterUrban Air Adventure ParkWhen the Shoe FitsWHY Racing EventsVancouver Wellness StudioVancouver Farmers MarketGrassaPepsiCoOpsahl DawsonLifetime ExteriorsANC MoversFort Vancouver Regional LibrariesCrumbl CookiesBattle Ground CinemaBig Al’sNothing Bundt Cakes, and The Old Spaghetti Factory.

For further information about how to get involved in My Lemonade Program or the Junior Market, please visit https://www.vancouverusa.com/lemonadeday.

 

About Lemonade Day Greater Vancouver

Since its inception in 2021, Lemonade Day Greater Vancouver has been rooted in entrepreneurial spirit. Engaging over 3,500 young minds across Southwest Washington, kids ages 6-16 have been learning the essential ABCs of business skills, fueling their creativity, and fostering their understanding of entrepreneurship. We take pride in the fact that 35% of our participants hail from diverse backgrounds, reflecting our commitment to inclusivity and community empowerment. Our initiative has made a SPLASH, generating a whopping $90,000 in sales, directly benefiting charities, and lining the pockets of these budding CEOs! We are more than just a program - we are making a difference one junior-business at a time. For additional details, please visit https://www.vancouverusa.com/annual-events/lemonadeday/.

About the Greater Vancouver Chamber

SW Washington’s largest business organization, the Greater Vancouver Chamber (GVC), with nearly 1000 members, has been Moving Business Forward in southwest Washington for over 130 years through business advocacy, community building, education, and creating visibility for our members. The Chamber is a supportive alliance of diverse member businesses, individuals, and organizations, working together toward long-term business prosperity. The GVC is the heart of Clark County’s business community, advocating for sound, sensible and dynamic policies that ensure a vital economic climate and prosperity for all. For more information, please visit VancouverUSA.com. 

 

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Official Program Link
https://www.vancouverusa.com/annual-events/lemonade-day/

My Lemonade Day Participant App, iOs
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/my-lemonade-day/id1465714143

My Lemonade Day Mentors App, iOs
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/lemonade-day-mentors/id1326900393

My Lemonade Day App, Android
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.lemonadeday.mylemonadeday&hl=en_US&gl =US

Lemonade Day Video | Presented by Main Squeeze OnPoint Community Credit Union
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Salem Begins Invasive Plants Treatment in the Oxbow Slough
City of Salem - 07/17/24 11:00 AM
  • Starting July 22, Oxbow Slough in Minto-Brown Island Park will be closed periodically for herbicide treatments to remove invasive Ludwigia.
  • Ludwigia forms as a dense mat reducing habitat for wildlife.
  • Learn more at Restoring the Willamette River

Salem, Ore. — This summer, Oxbow Slough in Minto-Brown Island Park will undergo treatment to remove the invasive plant, Ludwigia hexapetala, as part of a new five-year partnership with Willamette Riverkeeper. This effort mirrors the successful project previously completed in Willamette Slough over the past four years.

Treatments are scheduled to begin Monday, July 22, through Friday, August 2, with a second series of treatments scheduled Monday, August 26 through Friday, August 30, weather dependent. This marks the first year of a five-year treatment cycle aimed at reducing Ludwigia hexapetala, also known as Uruguayan water primrose, from Oxbow Slough.

Visitors to Minto-Brown Park are advised to stay out of the slough during treatment times to avoid possible exposure. Treated plants will be marked with a blue-green dye to show areas treated. While the herbicide is taken up by the plants within 24 hours, blue dye may be visible for up to two weeks.

Ludwigia forms in dense mats that limit recreation and reduce habitat for wildlife. While the plant may appear attractive with its yellow flowers, it poses significant ecological threats to the Willamette River by choking waterways, degrading water quality, and harming native fish and wildlife. 

Learn more about the efforts to restore Oxbow Slough and similar projects in the Willamette Slough by visiting the City of Salem’s website Restoring the Willamette River.


Benton County Appoints April Holland as Health Department Director (Photo)
Benton Co. Government - 07/17/24 10:52 AM
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Benton County is pleased to announce that April Holland has been officially appointed as the Benton County Health Department Director, effective today, July 17, 2024.

Holland has been serving as the Interim Health Department Director since March 2023, maintaining operational stability, and supporting leaders across various health sectors. She is known for her relationship-oriented leadership and commitment to a healthy workplace culture. With a background in epidemiology, Holland focuses on using data to improve health outcomes.

Her immediate plans include working with Community Health Centers Executive Director Lacey Mollel to finalize the Health Services structure and engage staff in defining a shared mission and strategic priorities.

Holland joined Benton County as the Deputy Director of Public Health in December 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic. She led the community through the pandemic and other emergencies with effective collaboration.

Previously, Holland has managed Epidemiology, Communicable Diseases, Immunizations, Vital Statistics, and Public Health Preparedness programs. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from Oregon State University and has extensive experience in public health operations and policy.

The mission of the Benton County Health Department is to protect and improve the health of underserved individuals and the community with a vision to have engaged communities and blended services to achieve better health.

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Benton County is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to our programs, services, activities, hiring and employment practices. This document is available in alternative formats and languages upon request. Please contact Cory Grogan at 541-745-4468 or pioinfo@bentoncountyor.gov.https://rss.com/podcasts/bentonpublicpodcast




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Missing child alert -- Lance Oyler is still missing and is believed to be in danger (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Human Services - 07/17/24 10:41 AM
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(Salem) – The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), Child Welfare Division, asks the public to help find Lance Oyler, age 14, a child who went missing from Hillsboro on June 2. Lance is still missing and is believed to be in danger, ODHS is searching for him to assess his safety.

ODHS asks the public for help in the effort to find Lance and to contact 911 or local law enforcement if they believe they see him.

Lance is suspected to be in Hillsboro, Beaverton and Portland area. He may have an injured arm. 

Name: Lance Oyler 
Pronouns: He/him 
Height: 121 pounds
Weight: 5-foot-4
Date of birth: Nov. 18, 2009 
Eye color: Brown and green
Hair color: Light Brown 
Hillsboro Police Department case #24-0010898
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children #2023214

Sometimes when a child is missing they may be in significant danger and ODHS may need to locate them to assess and support their safety. As ODHS works to do everything it can to find these missing children and assess their safety, media alerts will be issued in some circumstances when it is determined necessary. Sometimes, in these situations, a child may go missing repeatedly, resulting in more than one media alert for the same child.

Report child abuse to the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline by calling 1-855-503-SAFE (7233).  This toll-free number allows you to report abuse of any child or adult to the Oregon Department of Human Services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. 

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SAIF promotes Rachel Shepherd to vice president of premium audit and underwriting services (Photo)
SAIF - 07/17/24 10:39 AM
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Rachel Shepherd is SAIF’s new vice president of premium audit and underwriting services, as of July 1. Shepherd joined SAIF in 2022 as the director of project and change management. 

“Rachel has proven herself to be an empathetic and effective leader, with an ability to connect with people,” said Todd Graneto, chief financial officer at SAIF. “She has a history of building and improving programs and processes, which she will bring to this new role.” 

Shepherd has more than 15 years of experience across multiple organizations, including the Oregon Lottery. She holds a bachelor's degree in management and organizational leadership from George Fox University, as well as a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Colorado State University Global, both with honors. She has professional certificates in customer experience, project management, and change management. 

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 on saif.com.




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Finalists for Vancouver City Manager position named (Photo)
City of Vancouver - 07/17/24 10:24 AM
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Vancouver, Wash. – Three candidates have been selected as finalists to interview for the City of Vancouver’s City Manager position. The finalists were chosen following a national search, community input, and preliminary screening interviews. In alphabetical order, the candidates are:

  • Nancy Newton, City Manager, City of Springfield
  • Lon Pluckhahn, Deputy City Manager, City of Vancouver
  • Jonathan Young, City Attorney, City of Vancouver

Candidate bio summaries can be found at Recruiting Vancouver’s Next City Manager

“After an extensive national search, we are pleased that we have three strong finalists to consider for this critical role,” said Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle. “The Council has invited leaders of several organizations to help us interview the finalists this week. These panel interviews will help us hear different voices and perspectives that represent our community.

In addition to panel interviews, the finalists will participate in Community Q&A Sessions July 18 and 19. During these moderated discussions, candidates will share their thoughts on Vancouver’s future, be asked about community priorities, and answer questions submitted by community members. Questions can be submitted at Questions for the Next City Manager | Be Heard Vancouver. Written questions will also be collected from audience at the events. Community feedback from these forums will be summarized and delivered to City Council for their consideration as they complete final interviews on July 22.

Community Q&A schedule

Community Q&A Session One

Co-sponsored with Southwest Washington League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the Vancouver Chapter of NAACP

Thursday, July 18

Doors: 6 p.m.

Event: 6:30 to 8 p.m. 

Location: Firstenburg Community Center, 700 N.E. 136th Ave.

Please RSVP to the July 18 session

Community Q&A Session Two

Friday, July 19

Doors: 8 a.m.

Event: 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Co-sponsored with the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce and Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber

Location: Hilton Vancouver Washington, 310 W. 6th Street, Pine/Spruce Room

Please RSVP to the July 19 session

The City has contracted with Bob Murray and Associates to help manage the national recruitment and hiring process. Find the latest information about the recruitment process, including the position description, at Recruiting Vancouver’s next City Manager.

The City is seeking its next City Manager due to the recent retirement announcement from current City Manager Eric Holmes. Holmes is working with the City Council to ensure a smooth transition before his retirement date of Oct. 11.

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