Monday, December 5, 2016

School Resource Officer Confronted Student on Rooftop, Weapons Found

SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER CONFRONTED STUDENT ON ROOFTOP, WEAPONS FOUND


News Release from Gresham Police Dept
Posted on FlashAlert: December 5th, 2016 7:05 PM
GRESHAM, Ore.-- On the evening of Dec. 3, Officer Jeff Culp confronted a suspicious person on the rooftop of Sam Barlow High School. Officer Culp, Gresham's full-time school resource officer assigned to Sam Barlow, was working at a school dance when students alerted staff about a person dressed in dark clothing standing on the roof near the student parking lot. Officer Culp immediately responded to the roof and confronted the person, identifying him as an underage student.

The student was cooperative and said he was there in a security capacity to ensure the safety of students attending the dance. During the investigation, the student was found in possession of two unloaded handguns and handgun ammunition. Both guns were seized as part of the investigation.

Although the student did not express a plan to hurt anyone, he was arrested for multiple weapon possession charges and lodged at a Multnomah County juvenile detention center per Oregon law. The high school and police department are working together as the investigation continues. No additional information is available at this time.

Anyone with information about this incident, including having had prior knowledge of this or any other student's plan to bring a weapon to the school, is encouraged to call Officer Jeff Culp at 503.258.4864.

Anyone made aware of a potential school-related threat is encouraged to call 911, the police non-emergency line at 503.823.3333, or the Gresham Police tip line at 503.618.2719.



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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Four People in Portland, OR

RED CROSS RESPONDS TO HOME FIRE AFFECTING FOUR PEOPLE IN PORTLAND, OR


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: December 5th, 2016 4:24 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on Monday, December 5, 2016, at approximately 2:00 p.m. in the 2700 block of N. Kerby Ave in Portland, Oregon. This multi-family fire affected four adults. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
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Storm damage closes road and trail at Ecola State Park

STORM DAMAGE CLOSES ROAD AND TRAIL AT ECOLA STATE PARK


News Release from Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: December 5th, 2016 3:14 PM
Cannon Beach -- Recent storms have caused significant damage to recreation facilities in Ecola State Park. Ecola Road from Ecola Point to Indian Beach and Indian Beach Trail leading north from Ecola Point day-use area are closed.

Park Manager Ben Cox says recent heavy rains damaged temporary repairs to Indian Beach Trail made after a series of 2015-2016 storms. Ecola Road from Ecola Point to Indian Beach also sustained heavy damage after last winter's storms. Last month's heavy rains caused additional sinking and sliding of the road surface and surrounding area, as well as erosion at the Canyon Creek culvert.

"Day-use parking at Ecola Point and Crescent Beach Trail remain open," said Cox. "We don't know how long it will take to repair Indian Beach Trail and Ecola Road, and the rainy season has just started, further hindering our work."

The road closure prevents access to the northern portion of the park, including Clatsop Loop Trail. The usual $5 day-use parking fee at Ecola State Park is waived temporarily until repairs are made and conditions are safe for visitors. The day-use fee will be reinstated without notice after the repairs.

Cox added that Tillamook Head Trail north trailhead near Seaside is open, but visitors should watch for possible trail damage.

He also asked visitors to drive cautiously and watch for sides and slumps on Ecola Road from Cannon Beach to Ecola Point. The road is open and park rangers are monitoring conditions. Please report road and trail damage to (503) 368-5943.
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UPDATE: Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to Two Early Morning Fires

UPDATE: PORTLAND FIRE & RESCUE RESPONDS TO TWO EARLY MORNING FIRES


News Release from Portland Fire & Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: December 5th, 2016 11:31 AM
PF&R's Arson Squad has determined that this morning's fire at 2743 N Kerby Avenue, Forgotten Realm Tent City, was caused by a camp stove that malfunctioned while being lit. It burned a larger temporary tent and displaced 2 families.

*** Original Message 12/5/16 ***

Firefighters were dispatched to a residential fire (4615 NE Crystal Ln.) at 5:31AM. Crews arrived to a recreational motor home fire, fully involved, that was starting to extend to neighboring homes. The heat was so intense that it melted the siding of a neighboring home. The cause of the fire is undetermined and primary damage was limited to the R.V. No one was injured during this incident.

Firefighters were dispatched an hour later (6:35AM) to a fire located on 2743 N Kerby Ave. This was an exterior fire that spread to an adjacent residence. Everyone had time to evacuate and no one was injured. A fire investigator has been called out to determine a cause.

Seconds count! You have less than 3 minutes to escape a house fire. All homes should have working smoke alarms.

- Install a smoke alarm inside every bedroom/sleeping area, outside every sleeping area (hallway) and on every level of your home, including basements.

- Having a working smoke alarm cuts the risk of dying in a home fire in half.

- More than 3 out of 5 home fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms.

- Teach children what your smoke alarm sounds like and what to do if they hear it: get out and crawl low under smoke.

- Contact PF&R's smoke alarm hotline at 503-823-3752 for more information about how to get smoke alarms for your home.
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Public's Help Needed to Locate Wanted Man (Photo)

PUBLIC'S HELP NEEDED TO LOCATE WANTED MAN (PHOTO)


News Release from Washington Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: December 5th, 2016 11:09 AM
Downloadable file: Benjamin J. Barber
December 5, 2016 -- The Washington County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating 31-year-old Benjamin J. Barber. Mr. Barber is wanted after failing to report to the jail to begin serving his sentence.

Mr. Barber was sentenced on December 1, 2016 to six months in jail after being convicted of five counts of Unlawful Dissemination of an Intimate Image (see original media release dated December 1, 2016). During his sentencing hearing, a Washington County Circuit Court judge ordered Mr. Barber to report to the Washington County Jail by 7pm on December 2, 2016 to begin his sentence.

Mr. Barber failed to report as ordered and a warrant was issued for his arrest. If you know his current whereabouts, please do not approach him. Instead, call 911 or non-emergency dispatch at 503-629-0111.
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PF&R's Arson Squad Releases the Cause of NW 23rd Explosion and Fire (Photo)

PF&R'S ARSON SQUAD RELEASES THE CAUSE OF NW 23RD EXPLOSION AND FIRE (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Fire & Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: December 5th, 2016 10:53 AM
Downloadable file: NW_23rd_Fire2.jpg
Downloadable file: NW_23rd_Fire.jpg
Portland Fire & Rescue's Arson Squad has determined that the cause of the explosion and subsequent fire, that occurred on the morning of October 19th at NW 23rd Ave and Glisan St, was started by a series of events that are all deemed to be unintentional in nature. The cause began when an excavator struck a steel gas line. The contact pulled the pipe out of a fitting that was further underground, which started the release of natural gas. The natural gas then traveled under ground near the pipe and entered the basement of 500 NW 23rd Ave. An unknown ignition source ignited the gas when it reached the flammable ignition percentage in that enclosed space. Because the power was on to that building and due to the number of possible electrical and other ignition sources in the basement, fire investigators are classifying the specific ignition source as unknown at this time.

Portland Fire & Rescue was assisted by Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms (ATF), Portland Police Bureau, Gresham Fire & Rescue Investigators, and Oregon State Police during the investigation.
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