Monday, December 31, 2012

Fatal Traffic Crash - London Road in Lane County

News Release from: Oregon State Police
FATAL TRAFFIC CRASH - LONDON ROAD IN LANE COUNTY
Posted: December 31st, 2012 11:40 PM

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from the Springfield Area Command are continuing the investigation into a Monday afternoon fatal hit and run crash on London Road south of Cottage Grove near milepost 7 which resulted in the death of one person. The involved driver and vehicle were located a short time later and an arrest has not been made at this time.

According to Lieutenant Rob Edwards, on December 31, 2012 at approximately 3:18 p.m., a white 2000 Buick four-door was traveling southbound in the 74000 block of London Road when, for an unknown reason, it crossed the northbound lane and traveled completely off the roadway onto the east grassy shoulder of the roadway. The Buick stuck and killed RAMONDA J. BERG, age 60, from Cottage Grove. BERG was standing at the end of her driveway near her mailbox when she was struck and was later pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Buick failed to stop at the scene of the incident and continued south on London Road.

A short time later troopers developed information regarding the location of the suspect vehicle and its operator. Investigators located the involved vehicle and operator at a residence approximately 5 miles south of the crash site. The operator of the involved vehicle was identified as DIANA L. SMITH, age 63, from Cottage Grove.

Troopers are working with the Lane County District Attorney's Office and the investigation is continuing. The lead investigators are Trooper Ryan Hockema and Senior Trooper Blaine Hlebechuk. There is no evidence to indicate alcohol was a contributing factor of this crash.

OSP is asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash or who may have information pertaining to this incident to call OSP Detective Jamin Van Meter at 541-726-2536 x 241

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Lane County Sheriff's Office, Cottage Grove Police Department, Lane County District Attorney's Office, and South Lane Fire & Rescue.

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Update: Vehicle Crash Off Interstate 84 Into Columbia River Near Mosier

News Release from: Oregon State Police
UPDATE: VEHICLE CRASH OFF INTERSTATE 84 INTO COLUMBIA RIVER NEAR MOSIER
Posted: December 31st, 2012 9:54 PM

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers, with the assistance of local emergency responders, are at the scene of a traffic crash along the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 about a mile west of Mosier in which a vehicle reportedly lost control on ice, crashed through a guardrail and went into the Columbia River. A dive team from Skamania County Sheriff's Office recovered the body of a juvenile male approximately 5 hours after the crash from the submerged pickup the boy was riding in with his father. The names will be released Tuesday to allow family time for additional notifications.

Updated information indicates on December 31, 2012 at approximately 4:20 p.m., a pickup driven by a 40-year old male was westbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 69 when its driver lost control on icy road conditions. The vehicle crashed into a guardrail and continued over the railing down a rocky embankment into the Columbia River. The driver escaped the vehicle and swam to shore but wasn't able to save the boy. He was subsequently transported to a Hood River hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The boy's body was recovered at 9:30 p.m. The pickup was found by divers about 20 yards from shore in approximately 40 feet of water.

The right hand westbound lane was blocked for several hours. Icy conditions reported in the parts of the Columbia River Gorge. Traffic and road updates www.TripCheck.com.

OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command office are continuing the investigtaion. OSP was assisted at the scene by Hood River County Sheriff's Office, Skamania County Sheriffs Office, Hood River Fire Department, Wyeast Fire Department, Hood River Medic 2, and ODOT. Boats from both sheriff departments assisted in the recovery.

No other information for release at this time.

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Head-on Collision in Brush Prairie

News Release from: Clark Co. Fire Dist. 3
HEAD-ON COLLISION IN BRUSH PRAIRIE
Posted: December 31st, 2012 9:37 PM
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Clark County Fire District 3, Clark County Fire and Rescue, Vancouver Fire, and AMR responded to a head-on collision in the area of the 16300 block of State Route 503. Units arrived to find a two car head-on collision with three occupants trapped and two additional non-trapped occupants. All trapped occupants required heavy extrication equipment to remove them from the extensive wreckage. One occupant was pronounced dead at the scene while two were transported with life threatening injuries and two more with serious injuries. A total of 14 firefighters with 4 engines from the three fire agencies, and 4 AMR ambulances assisted in the extrication, treatment, and transport of the occupants. Life Flight was dispatched but was cancelled en-route. All of the patients were transported to Peace Health Southwest Medical Center. The Washington State Patrol is on scene investigating the incident. State Route 503 remains closed from 149 ST to 189 ST.

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Head-on Collision in Brush Prairie

News Release from: Clark Co. Fire Dist. 3
HEAD-ON COLLISION IN BRUSH PRAIRIE
Posted: December 31st, 2012 8:46 PM
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Clark County Fire District 3, Clark County Fire and Rescue, Vancouver Fire, and AMR responded to a head-on collision in the area of the 16300 block of State Route 503. Units arrived to find a two car head-on collision with three occupants trapped and two additional non-trapped occupants. All trapped occupants required heavy extrication equipment to remove them from the extensive wreckage. One occupant was pronounced dead at the scene while two were transported with life threatening injuries and two more with serious injuries. A total of 14 firefighters with 4 engines from the three fire agencies, and 4 AMR ambulances assisted in the extrication, treatment, and transport of the occupants. Life Flight was dispatched but was cancelled en-route. The Washington State Patrol is on scene investigating the incident. State Route 503 remains closed from 149 ST to 189 ST.

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Vehicle Crash Off Interstate 84 Into Columbia River Near Mosier

News Release from: Oregon State Police
VEHICLE CRASH OFF INTERSTATE 84 INTO COLUMBIA RIVER NEAR MOSIER
Posted: December 31st, 2012 6:44 PM

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers, with the assistance of local emergency responders, are at the scene of a traffic crash along the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 about a mile west of Mosier in which a vehicle reportedly lost control on ice, crashed through a guardrail and went into the Columbia River. A dive team is on scene searching the water for the vehicle to confirm if another person is inside after the driver escaped.

Preliminary information indicates on December 31, 2012 at approximately 4:20 p.m., a vehicle driven by an adult male was westbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 69 when its driver lost control on icy road conditions. The vehicle crashed into a guardrail and continued into the Columbia River. The driver escaped the vehicle and was subsequently transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The right hand westbound lane is blocked for an unknown period. Icy conditions reported in the parts of the Columbia River Gorge. Traffic and road updates www.TripCheck.com.

No other information for release at this time.

NOTE: The OSP PIO is in eastern Oregon and there is no pager service. Any updates will be done in a news release.

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ODOT: Central Ore. - MON 5:47pm

ODOT: Central Ore.: 1 lane closed at I-84 westbound at milepost 64 near Mosier, due to possible vehicle in river. Emergency vehicles on scene, Motorists urged to drive with caution. Extended lane closure due. UPDATE

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ODOT: Central Ore. - MON 5:32pm

ODOT: Central Ore.: ODOT in process of closing I-84, westbound at milepost 64 near Mosier, due to multiple crashes and possible vehicle in river. Closing westbound for emergency vehicles.

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Update #7: Information Shared During December 31st 3:00 p.m. News Conference - Investigation into Fatal Bus Crash

News Release from: Oregon State Police
UPDATE #7: INFORMATION SHARED DURING DECEMBER 31ST 3:00 P.M. NEWS CONFERENCE - INVESTIGATION INTO FATAL BUS CRASH
Posted: December 31st, 2012 4:25 PM

During Monday afternoon's news conference held at Umatilla County Justice Center, additional information was shared regarding the ongoing investigation into Sunday morning's fatal bus crash that resulted in the death of 9 people and injuries to 39 others. A review was given of the crash incident and ongoing investigation which may take several weeks to complete.

Investigators believe 48 people, including the driver, were on board when at approximately 10:05 a.m. the bus while traveling in the left westbound lane collided with the concrete barrier along the left shoulder of the two lane highway. The bus veered across both westbound lanes and struck a metal guardrail before going about 200 feet down a steep, snow-covered embankment. The first call to 9-1-1 was received about 10:09 a.m.

As of Monday morning, ten of the 39 people reportedly transported for treatment of injuries have been released from their respective hospitals. Nine people are confirmed deceased but their names are not being released at this time while investigators work with the State Medical Examiner to confirm identities and ensure next of kin are notified.

A list of the names being released at this time is shown below. Family members are asked to check the list confirm if someone they know was traveling on the bus. Anyone confirming a name on the list as one of their family members should call the hospital listed for further contact and information. If a name is not on the list, a family representative can call (503) 375-3555. Please note this is not a general information line or media inquiry line. A calltaker will obtain the caller's information, forward it to the Oregon State Police Pendleton Area Command office and it will be assigned for contact as soon as possible.

RELEASED CONFIRMED IDENTITIES
DECEMBER 30, 2012 - FATAL BUS CRASH - INTERSTATE 84 EAST OF PENDLETON

T&R - Treated and Released

Note: City of residence noted, if known. Will update list during week as information is confirmed. Some names withheld due to pending confirmation of identity and information.

CONFIRMED DECEASED - 9 (Names Withheld Pending State Medical Examiner Post-Exams, positive identification, and confirmation of next of kin notifications)
CONFIRMED TRANSPORTED FOR TREATMENT OF INJURIES - 39
CONFIRMED TREATED & RELEASED - 10

Pendleton, Oregon (St. Anthony Hospital: 541-276-5121)

* Haeng Kyu Hwang, age 54 (male -Vancouver, British Columbia) - BUS DRIVER
* Do Woo (Peter) Kim, age 16 (male)
* Hyoung Jin Yoo, age 23 (male) - T&R
* Young Hyun Yoon, age 14 (male) - T&R
* Seong Jun An, age 15 (male) - T&R
* Hyejin Kim, age 40 (female)
* Min Su Kim, age 15 (male - Korean passport) (T&R)
* Junichi Hanada, age 21 (male)
* Youn Bahn, age 66 (male)
* June Lee Seong, age 22 (female)
* Tae Woo Park, age 16 (male - Korean passport) (T&R)
* Soomin Kim, age 12 (female)
* Jimin Kim, age 7 (female)
* Yoon Kim, age 44 (male)
* Seongho Jo, age 18 (male - Korean passport)
* Eunsil Koh, age 47 (female - Cloverdale, British Columbia)
* Jong Hyun Chae, age 16 (male) T&R
* Byung Woo Yoo, age 25 (?) T&R
* 65-year old female (Name withheld pending confirmation family notified)
* Unidentified male, 20 - 25 years of age

La Grande, Oregon (Grand Ronde Hospital: 541-963-8421)

* Berlyn Sanderson, age 22 (female - Kelowna, British Columbia)( T&R)
* Rachel Sohn, age 53 (female)
* Yii Yeon Cho, age 73 (Sex to be determined)
* Jacmin Seo, age 23 (male - Korean passport)

Hermiston, Oregon (Good Shepherd Hospital: 541-677-3400)

* Kang SeoKwon, age 24 (T & R)
* Alysah Koh, age 21 (British Columbia) (T & R)

Seattle, Washington (Harborview Medical Center: 206-744-3300)

* 53-year old female (Name withheld pending confirmation family notified)

Portland, Oregon (Oregon Health & Science University: 503-494-8311)

* June Won Kim, age 46 (male - Vancouver, BC)
* Sungsup Kim, age 45, (male - Port Coquiitlam, BC)
* Michael Sohn, age 64, (male - Milwaukie, Oregon)
* 55-year old female (Name withheld pending confirmation)

Tri-Cities, Washington (Kadlec Medical Center: 509-946-4611)

* Yoonhee Choi, age 53 (female)

Walla Walla, Washington (St Mary Medical Center: 509-525-3320)

* Eun Sook Uhm, age 74, (female)
* Choon-Sook Yang, age 67 (female - Issaquah, Washington)
* Hee Eun Kim, age 46 (female - Burnaby, Canada)

Walla Walla, Washington (Walla Walla General Hospital: 509-525-0480)

* Victoria Huang, age 22 (female)
* Shelly Tu, age 23 (female)

Portland, Oregon (Legacy Emanuel Medical Center: 503-413-2200)
* Man Sun Kim, age 71 (male - Seattle, Washington)

Boise, Idaho (St. Alphonsus Medical Center: 208-367-2121)

* John Choi, age 56 (male)

No other information available for release at this time.

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Deputies Seek Public's Help in Locating Violent Fugitive

News Release from: Washington Co. Sheriff's Office
DEPUTIES SEEK PUBLIC'S HELP IN LOCATING VIOLENT FUGITIVE
Posted: December 31st, 2012 4:18 PM
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Case #12-518982

Deputies Seek Public's Help in Locating Violent Fugitive

On December 17, 2012, at about 12:51 p.m., Sheriff's deputies were called to a disturbance at The Shilo Inn located at 9900 SW Canyon Road, Portland, in the community of West Slope. Deputies arrived to find that a 31-year-old woman had been attacked by her estranged husband, 34-year-old Aaron Bryce Griffin.

According to witnesses, Mr. Griffin came to the hotel looking for his estranged wife and her male companion. He used a pry-bar tool to attempt to gain entry to the hotel room through a hallway door. He was unable to open that door and went around to an exterior door, which he was also unable to break thru. He then smashed out a window with the pry-bar tool and entered the hotel room.

Mr. Griffin attacked his estranged wife and her friend with the heavy steel pry-bar tool. Her friend was able to escape, but Mr. Griffin grabbed his wife by her neck and dragged her out of the hotel room. Outside, a bystander heard the commotion and saw Mr. Griffin dragging the woman along the pavement. The 23-year-old man said he saw Mr. Griffin dragging a woman across the parking lot and then try to force her into his car. He said he wasn't sure if Mr. Griffin was armed or not, but when an opportunity came for him to intervene he took it.

While Mr. Griffin was struggling with his wife, they fell to the ground. The Good Samaritan grabbed Mr. Griffin, held him down, and told the woman to run. Once she ran back into the building, he let Mr. Griffin up and backed away. Mr. Griffin got in his car and drove away. The woman sustained deep scrapes and cuts to her knees and elbows, and multiple bruises over her body.

Mr. Griffin stole the green 2003 Dodge Durango he was driving from the car dealership where he works. The Oregon license plate on the SUV is DA4029BS. In the last two weeks, deputies have not been able to locate Mr. Griffin. He has not returned to work and reportedly not contacted his family. Sheriff's deputies are asking the public's help in locating Mr. Griffin. He is currently wanted on several felony crimes, including Burglary, Assault and Kidnapping.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Aaron Griffin please call the Sheriff's Office at 503-629-0111 or 911 if you know his immediate location. You can remain anonymous.

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Burglary Suspects Arrested in Connection with Multiple Portland and Clackamas County Burglaries

News Release from: Portland Police Bureau
BURGLARY SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH MULTIPLE PORTLAND AND CLACKAMAS COUNTY BURGLARIES
Posted: December 31st, 2012 12:49 PM
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On December 28, 2012, at approximately 12:56 a.m., Portland Police officers assigned to East Precinct responded to a home in the 11100 block of Southeast Steele Street after the resident called 9-1-1 to report somebody trying to break into the home.

When the officers arrived, they located two men parked in a stolen car near the home. Officers learned that the car had been stolen during a burglary in Clackamas County a few days earlier.

Both men were arrested and investigators from the Portland Police Bureau and the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to continue the investigation.

19-year-old Jerry Kennis Anderson and 18-year-old Manu Konni Rodrigues were charged with four counts of Burglary in the First Degree, and one count each of Attempted Burglary in the First Degree, Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, and Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle.

During the investigation, two additional suspects were identified in burglaries that occurred in Portland and Clackamas County, 18-year-old Edward Douglas Martin and a 17-year-old male. Martin was charged with four counts of Burglary in the First Degree and one count of Attempted Burglary in the First Degree. The 17-year-old male is pending charges in Juvenile Court.

Anderson, Rodrigues and Martin were all booked into the Multnomah County Jail and will be arraigned this afternoon.

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Red Cross responds to Jackson Co. house fire

News Release from: American Red Cross - Oregon Region
RED CROSS RESPONDS TO JACKSON CO. HOUSE FIRE
Posted: December 31st, 2012 11:18 AM

Disaster Action Team volunteers of the American Red Cross responded to a disaster in the 100 block of Lincoln St. in Ashland,OR. This single-family house fire displaced 1 adult and 1 child. Red Cross provided assistance with food, lodging, clothing, comfort kits, and information about health and mental health services.

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Tips to Help You Ring in the New Year Safely from Portland Fire & Rescue.

News Release from: Portland Fire & Rescue
TIPS TO HELP YOU RING IN THE NEW YEAR SAFELY FROM PORTLAND FIRE & RESCUE.
Posted: December 31st, 2012 11:17 AM

Please celebrate safely this New Years Eve by following these guidelines provided by Portland Fire & Rescue.


Celebrating at Home
* Test your smoke alarms and ensure that you have one on every floor and in every sleeping area.
* Ensure that fire extinguishers are in good working order and familiarize yourself with their use by reading instructions.
* Anything that produces an open flame should be operated and monitored by a sober adult.
* Keep heat sources well away from combustibles, children and pets.
* Ensure that your guests are aware of your home fire escape plan.

Going Out
* Don't drink and drive. Create a transportation plan using a designated driver, public/private transportation or walk.
* Dress for the weather. Temperatures tonight are expected to be below freezing and lines may be long to get into the venue of your choice.
* When you arrive at the venue check to ensure that all exit ways are clear of obstruction and open to the exterior.
* Identify a safe place (outside of the venue) to meet in case of emergency.
* Locate the nearest exit to you and be prepared to use it. In an emergency, people often return to the place where they entered. The main entrance/exit can quickly become over-crowded.
* In the event of alarm or any indication of an emergency exit the building immediately, proceed to your safe place.

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Update #6: Media Advisor - News Conference to Update Investigation into Interstate 84 Fatal Bus Crash

News Release from: Oregon State Police
UPDATE #6: MEDIA ADVISOR - NEWS CONFERENCE TO UPDATE INVESTIGATION INTO INTERSTATE 84 FATAL BUS CRASH
Posted: December 31st, 2012 9:56 AM

A news conference to update the investigation and information regarding December 30th fatal bus crash along Interstate 84 east of Pendleton:

When:
Monday, December 31, 2012 @ 3:00 p.m.

Where:
Umatilla County Justice Center
Media Room
4700 NW Pioneer Place
Pendleton, OR 97801
off Exit 207 on west end of Pendleton)

No other information anticipaet to be released prior to news conference. Oregon State Police Public Information Officer will not be taking any interview requests prior to the news conference.

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Boring Fire Responds To An Early Morning Residential Fire

News Release from: Boring Fire Dist.
BORING FIRE RESPONDS TO AN EARLY MORNING RESIDENTIAL FIRE
Posted: December 31st, 2012 8:22 AM
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Shortly after 5:30 this morning Boring Fire Crews responded to the 32000 block of Compton Rd. on a report of a residential fire. Crews quickly arrived on scene to find heavy smoke coming from the eaves and fire in the bathroom of a mobile home. Crews quickly went to work extinguishing the fire. Boring Fire was assisted by Sandy Fire District and Gresham Fire Department moved up to cover the Boring Fire District during the fire.
The homeowner woke to the sound of his smoke alarms and was able to make it out of the house. He was taken to the hospital for cuts to his hands and feet. There were two dogs and a cat in the home at the time of the fire; they fled the home as well. Family members are searching for one of the dogs and the cat. The Fire Marshal remained on scene and the cause of the fire is under investigation at this time.
Boring Fire would like to remind people to have a working smoke alarm on every level of their home and outside sleeping areas.

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Portland Man Arrested For Firing BB Gun at Woman During Disturbance

News Release from: Gresham Police Dept
PORTLAND MAN ARRESTED FOR FIRING BB GUN AT WOMAN DURING DISTURBANCE
Posted: December 31st, 2012 8:14 AM

On December 30, 2012 at 11:58 p.m. Gresham Police responded to a report of a man shooting a gun in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 17300 block of NE Halsey. Initial reports were that the male was firing a gun at a female in the lot. The suspect was described as a black male with very distinctive clothing. Officers arrived a few minutes later and contacted the victim in the parking lot. One officer spotted a man matching the suspect's description in the lot. As officers tried to contact the man, he refused to speak to them and went into an apartment.

Officers tried to speak with the man on the phone, but the conversations were short and sporadic. Other officers from Portland Police Bureau and Multnomah County Sheriff's Office were called in to assist Gresham Police on this incident. Officers located the man, 45 year-old Albert Gerrard LeRay of Portland, in an apartment and took him into custody without incident. Detectives interviewed the man and the woman and determined that they had a domestic relationship at some point. Officers also located the gun used during this incident and learned that it was a BB gun. LeRay was lodged at MCDC on one count of Menacing, one count of Assault in the 4th Degree, one count of Criminal Mischief in the 2nd Degree and a warrant from an unrelated case. No other suspects are outstanding and there is no additional information to be released at this time.

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Crash Injures One South of Forest Grove

News Release from: Forest Grove Fire & Rescue
CRASH INJURES ONE SOUTH OF FOREST GROVE
Posted: December 31st, 2012 4:53 AM
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Earlier around 1:20am, Forest Grove Firefighters responded to an injury crash on SW Old Highway 47 near SW Etters RD. Crews arrived to find a Jeep sitting vertically against a power pole. Firefighters quickly extricated the patient, who had serious injuries and was transported by Metro West Ambulance to the trauma center at OHSU. Please contact Washington County Sheriffs Office for further details.

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Update #5: Fatal Bus Crash - Interstate 84 east of Pendleton

News Release from: Oregon State Police
UPDATE #5: FATAL BUS CRASH - INTERSTATE 84 EAST OF PENDLETON
Posted: December 30th, 2012 8:14 PM

The investigation and work to confirm names of all persons involved in Sunday morning's multi-fatality bus crash along Interstate 84 about 13 miles east of Pendleton will be ongoing. The Oregon State Police (OSP) does not anticipate any other information tonight other than what is listed below. A news briefing may occur early Monday afternoon in Pendleton, so if this does develop then an update release will be sent providing details.

The following is a tentative list of emergency responding agencies to this morning's incident:

* Umatilla Tribal Fire Department
* Pendleton Fire & Ambulance Service
* Pilot Rock Rural Fire Protection District
* East Umatilla Health District
* Milton-Freewater Rural Fire Department
* Walla Walla Fire Department
* Union County Ambulance
* Hermiston Fire & Emergency Services
* Life Flight
* Umatilla Tribal Police Department
* Umatilla County Sheriff's Office
* Oregon State Police
* Oregon Department of Transportation

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Update: Names & Photo - Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 84 east of Stanfield

News Release from: Oregon State Police
UPDATE: NAMES & PHOTO - FATAL TRAFFIC CRASH - INTERSTATE 84 EAST OF STANFIELD
Posted: December 30th, 2012 6:28 PM
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Sunday morning's single vehicle traffic crash along Interstate 84 east of Stanfield that resulted in the death of one person and non-life threatening injuries to the pickup's driver. The names and residence information released in this update.

On December 30, 2012 at approximately 6:45 a.m. a 2004 Ford F-350 pickup driven by TIMOTHY HANCOCK, age 26, from Hermiston, Oregon was eastbound on Interstate 84 in the left lane near milepost 192 when the driver lost control on an icy section of roadway. The pickup traveled into the center median and rolled before coming to rest on its top.

The pickup's passenger, FREEMAN GLENN THOMASON, age 69, from Post Falls, Idaho, was pronounced deceased at the scene. HANCOCK was transported by ambulance to Good Shepherd Hospital in Hermiston with non-life threatening injures. He was also using safety restraints.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, Hermiston Fire & Rescue, Echo Fire Department, and ODOT.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Update #4: Fatal Bus Crash - Interstate 84 east of Pendleton

News Release from: Oregon State Police
UPDATE #4: FATAL BUS CRASH - INTERSTATE 84 EAST OF PENDLETON
Posted: December 30th, 2012 6:16 PM
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(6:05 p.m.) Update #4: Photographs and additional info released:

* St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton, Oregon confirmed 26 patients transported there. Five of those patients were transported to a secondary hospital for treatment. The other 21 patients are still being treated there.
* Umatilla Cunty Office of Emergency Management has opened up the Convention Center in Pendleton for any bus occupants who are not hospitalized. The Red Cross will be helping at that location.
* Additional photographs from the scene provided in link with this update.
* If there is important information for release tonight, an update will be sent. Otherwise, no more information for release.

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(5:13 p.m.) Update #3: The following additional information is released:

* The charter bus company is Mi Joo Tour & Travel from Vancouver, British Columbia.
* All deceased victims and injured persons have been removed from the scene. No confirmation on total number of bus occupants.
* Investigators are still at the scene.

END

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(4:10 p.m.) Update #2: The following additional information is released:

* The confirmed number of fatalities has risen from 5 to 9 victims.
* We are continuing to try and confirm the total number of passengers and number of injured persons transported to area hospital or secondary locations due to severity of injuries. St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton confirmed 18 patients were brought to their hospital with a range of injuries. Some of those patients were transported by air to secondary hospital locations due to the severity of their injuries.
* The bus driver survived the crash but investigators have not be able to speak to this person because of severity of injuries and medical care.
* The name of the charter bus company is not expected to be released today. The bus reportedly was enroute on a return trip from Las Vegas, Nevada to Vancouver, British Columbia.
* Names and other information of the bus occupants will not be released today. Deceased victims' names will only be released after confirmation of next of kin notifications, and given the fact they are believed to be out of country residents this could may take an unknown length of time.
* Investigators are still on scene conducting the initial at-scene investigation. The cause of the crash is not known.

END

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(1:20 p.m.) Update #1 - On scene responders are confirming:

* Five (5) fatalities
* Approximately twenty (20) people have been transported to an area hospital with additional injured persons being prepared for transport
* Three (3) fixed wing medical aircraft standing by at Pendleton-area airport to transported any injured to out-of-area hospitals
* Personnel trained for rope rescues are on scene helping retrieve people from the crash scene back to the highway
* Emergency responders from multiple agencies in the Umatilla and Union county areas are on scene
* The charter bus appears to be carrying an estimated 40 people. No information regarding the charter bus company or where they were traveling from or to is being released at this time. Many details still being confirmed.
* Westbound lanes closed at La Grande area. ODOT will be coordinating info release on vehicle travel and updates can be viewed at www.TripCheck.com.

A photograph taken from the roadway showing emergency responding personnel at scene provided with this update news release. No other being released at this time.

END

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers and local emergency responders are on scene of a Sunday morning bus crash in which at least one person is confirmed deceased along the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 east of Pendleton. Westbound lanes are closed for an unknown period at milepost 228. The following brief details are being released at this time and updates will be provided as appropriate during the day via news releases.

Preliminary information indicates on December 30, 2012 prior to 10:30 a.m., a passenger bus carrying an unconfirmed number of people lost control on the snow/ice covered westbound lanes of Interstate 84 near milepost 227. The bus crashed through a guardrail and when down an embankment an estimated couple hundred feet before coming to a rest.

Initial information indicates at least one person is confirmed deceased. At this time there is no confirmed number of people on the bus, total fatality or injury numbers, and who the bus belonged to.

Multiple area emergency responding agencies are on scene and will be through the day. Information will continue to be released via news releases when confirmed and approved by scene incident command.

This is the second fatal crash in northeast Oregon this morning. Area roads are slick because of snow and ice. OSP and ODOT urge all drivers to go slow and safe for the road conditions where they are traveling. Up-to-date road and weather conditions are available on ODOT's website TripCheck.com.

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Update #3: Fatal Bus Crash - Interstate 84 east of Pendleton

News Release from: Oregon State Police
UPDATE #3: FATAL BUS CRASH - INTERSTATE 84 EAST OF PENDLETON
Posted: December 30th, 2012 5:13 PM
Photo/sound file: http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2012-12/1002/60539/123012.i84mp228.roadway.scene.jpg

(5:13 p.m.) Update #3: The following additional information is released:

* The charter bus company is Mi Joo Tour & Travel from Vancouver, British Columbia.
* All deceased victims and injured persons have been removed from the scene. No confirmation on total number of bus occupants.
* Investigators are still at the scene.

END

(4:10 p.m.) Update #2: The following additional information is released:

* The confirmed number of fatalities has risen from 5 to 9 victims.
* We are continuing to try and confirm the total number of passengers and number of injured persons transported to area hospital or secondary locations due to severity of injuries. St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton confirmed 18 patients were brought to their hospital with a range of injuries. Some of those patients were transported by air to secondary hospital locations due to the severity of their injuries.
* The bus driver survived the crash but investigators have not be able to speak to this person because of severity of injuries and medical care.
* The name of the charter bus company is not expected to be released today. The bus reportedly was enroute on a return trip from Las Vegas, Nevada to Vancouver, British Columbia.
* Names and other information of the bus occupants will not be released today. Deceased victims' names will only be released after confirmation of next of kin notifications, and given the fact they are believed to be out of country residents this could may take an unknown length of time.
* Investigators are still on scene conducting the initial at-scene investigation. The cause of the crash is not known.

END

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(1:20 p.m.) Update #1 - On scene responders are confirming:

* Five (5) fatalities
* Approximately twenty (20) people have been transported to an area hospital with additional injured persons being prepared for transport
* Three (3) fixed wing medical aircraft standing by at Pendleton-area airport to transported any injured to out-of-area hospitals
* Personnel trained for rope rescues are on scene helping retrieve people from the crash scene back to the highway
* Emergency responders from multiple agencies in the Umatilla and Union county areas are on scene
* The charter bus appears to be carrying an estimated 40 people. No information regarding the charter bus company or where they were traveling from or to is being released at this time. Many details still being confirmed.
* Westbound lanes closed at La Grande area. ODOT will be coordinating info release on vehicle travel and updates can be viewed at www.TripCheck.com.

A photograph taken from the roadway showing emergency responding personnel at scene provided with this update news release. No other being released at this time.

END

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers and local emergency responders are on scene of a Sunday morning bus crash in which at least one person is confirmed deceased along the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 east of Pendleton. Westbound lanes are closed for an unknown period at milepost 228. The following brief details are being released at this time and updates will be provided as appropriate during the day via news releases.

Preliminary information indicates on December 30, 2012 prior to 10:30 a.m., a passenger bus carrying an unconfirmed number of people lost control on the snow/ice covered westbound lanes of Interstate 84 near milepost 227. The bus crashed through a guardrail and when down an embankment an estimated couple hundred feet before coming to a rest.

Initial information indicates at least one person is confirmed deceased. At this time there is no confirmed number of people on the bus, total fatality or injury numbers, and who the bus belonged to.

Multiple area emergency responding agencies are on scene and will be through the day. Information will continue to be released via news releases when confirmed and approved by scene incident command.

This is the second fatal crash in northeast Oregon this morning. Area roads are slick because of snow and ice. OSP and ODOT urge all drivers to go slow and safe for the road conditions where they are traveling. Up-to-date road and weather conditions are available on ODOT's website TripCheck.com.

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ODOT: East. Ore. - SUN 4:55pm

ODOT: East. Ore.: I-84 Westbound freeway is now open between Baker City (MP 304) and MP 227 (20 miles east of Pendleton). The route was closed since before 10:30 a.m. due to tour bus crash near MP 227. Check www.TripCheck.com or call 511 / (800) 977-6368 for update conditions. Outside of Oregon, call (503) 588-2941. UPDATE UPDATE

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Update #2: Fatal Bus Crash - Interstate 84 east of Pendleton

News Release from: Oregon State Police
UPDATE #2: FATAL BUS CRASH - INTERSTATE 84 EAST OF PENDLETON
Posted: December 30th, 2012 4:24 PM
Photo/sound file: http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2012-12/1002/60539/123012.i84mp228.roadway.scene.jpg

(4:10 p.m.) Update #2: The following additional information is released:

* The confirmed number of fatalities has risen from 5 to 9 victims.
* We are continuing to try and confirm the total number of passengers and number of injured persons transported to area hospital or secondary locations due to severity of injuries. St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton confirmed 18 patients were brought to their hospital with a range of injuries. Some of those patients were transported by air to secondary hospital locations due to the severity of their injuries.
* The bus driver survived the crash but investigators have not be able to speak to this person because of severity of injuries and medical care.
* The name of the charter bus company is not expected to be released today. The bus reportedly was enroute on a return trip from Las Vegas, Nevada to Vancouver, British Columbia.
* Names and other information of the bus occupants will not be released today. Deceased victims' names will only be released after confirmation of next of kin notifications, and given the fact they are believed to be out of country residents this could may take an unknown length of time.
* Investigators are still on scene conducting the initial at-scene investigation. The cause of the crash is not known.


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(1:20 p.m.) Update #1 - On scene responders are confirming:

* Five (5) fatalities
* Approximately twenty (20) people have been transported to an area hospital with additional injured persons being prepared for transport
* Three (3) fixed wing medical aircraft standing by at Pendleton-area airport to transported any injured to out-of-area hospitals
* Personnel trained for rope rescues are on scene helping retrieve people from the crash scene back to the highway
* Emergency responders from multiple agencies in the Umatilla and Union county areas are on scene
* The charter bus appears to be carrying an estimated 40 people. No information regarding the charter bus company or where they were traveling from or to is being released at this time. Many details still being confirmed.
* Westbound lanes closed at La Grande area. ODOT will be coordinating info release on vehicle travel and updates can be viewed at www.TripCheck.com.

A photograph taken from the roadway showing emergency responding personnel at scene provided with this update news release. No other being released at this time.

END

***

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers and local emergency responders are on scene of a Sunday morning bus crash in which at least one person is confirmed deceased along the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 east of Pendleton. Westbound lanes are closed for an unknown period at milepost 228. The following brief details are being released at this time and updates will be provided as appropriate during the day via news releases.

Preliminary information indicates on December 30, 2012 prior to 10:30 a.m., a passenger bus carrying an unconfirmed number of people lost control on the snow/ice covered westbound lanes of Interstate 84 near milepost 227. The bus crashed through a guardrail and when down an embankment an estimated couple hundred feet before coming to a rest.

Initial information indicates at least one person is confirmed deceased. At this time there is no confirmed number of people on the bus, total fatality or injury numbers, and who the bus belonged to.

Multiple area emergency responding agencies are on scene and will be through the day. Information will continue to be released via news releases when confirmed and approved by scene incident command.

This is the second fatal crash in northeast Oregon this morning. Area roads are slick because of snow and ice. OSP and ODOT urge all drivers to go slow and safe for the road conditions where they are traveling. Up-to-date road and weather conditions are available on ODOT's website TripCheck.com.

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Red Cross responds to Baker City fire

News Release from: American Red Cross - Oregon Region
RED CROSS RESPONDS TO BAKER CITY FIRE
Posted: December 30th, 2012 2:43 PM

American Red Cross volunteers responded to a residential Fire in Baker City, Oregon at 1:09 AM this morning, it displaced three families residing in a single residence in the 2300 block of Church St. Baker City, Or. 97914. One person went to the Hospital. The individuals were provided food,seasonal clothing and temporary shelter.

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ODOT: East. Ore. - SUN 2:16pm

ODOT: East. Ore.: I-84 Westbound freeway closure has moved to Baker City where travelers will need to exit the freeway at Exit 302 or 304. The Westbound freeway has been closed since before 11 a.m. due to tour bus crash near MP 227. Use alternate routes if available. Expect closure / delays to continue for two or more hours. ODOT hopes to open the route before dark. Eastbound freeway is open. Check www.TripCheck.com or call 511 / (800) 977-6368 for update conditions. Outside of Oregon, call (503) 588-2941. UPDATE

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ODOT: East. Ore. - SUN 1:25pm

ODOT: East. Ore.: I-84 Westbound freeway remains closed at MP 265 in La Grande due to tour bus crash near MP 227. Use alternate routes. Expect closure / delays to continue for several hours. ODOT hopes to open the route before dark. Eastbound freeway is open. Check www.TripCheck.com or call 511 / (800) 977-6368 for update conditions. Outside of Oregon, call (503) 588-2941. UPDATE

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Update #1: Fatal Bus Crash - Interstate 84 east of Pendleton

News Release from: Oregon State Police
UPDATE #1: FATAL BUS CRASH - INTERSTATE 84 EAST OF PENDLETON
Posted: December 30th, 2012 1:18 PM
Photo/sound file: http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2012-12/1002/60539/123012.i84mp228.roadway.scene.jpg

(1:20 p.m.) Update #1 - On scene responders are confirming:

* Five (5) fatalities
* Approximately twenty (20) people have been transported to an area hospital with additional injured persons being prepared for transport
* Three (3) fixed wing medical aircraft standing by at Pendleton-area airport to transported any injured to out-of-area hospitals
* Personnel trained for rope rescues are on scene helping retrieve people from the crash scene back to the highway
* Emergency responders from multiple agencies in the Umatilla and Union county areas are on scene
* The charter bus appears to be carrying an estimated 40 people. No information regarding the charter bus company or where they were traveling from or to is being released at this time. Many details still being confirmed.
* Westbound lanes closed at La Grande area. ODOT will be coordinating info release on vehicle travel and updates can be viewed at www.TripCheck.com.

A photograph taken from the roadway showing emergency responding personnel at scene provided with this update news release. No other being released at this time.

END

***

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers and local emergency responders are on scene of a Sunday morning bus crash in which at least one person is confirmed deceased along the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 east of Pendleton. Westbound lanes are closed for an unknown period at milepost 228. The following brief details are being released at this time and updates will be provided as appropriate during the day via news releases.

Preliminary information indicates on December 30, 2012 prior to 10:30 a.m., a passenger bus carrying an unconfirmed number of people lost control on the snow/ice covered westbound lanes of Interstate 84 near milepost 227. The bus crashed through a guardrail and when down an embankment an estimated couple hundred feet before coming to a rest.

Initial information indicates at least one person is confirmed deceased. At this time there is no confirmed number of people on the bus, total fatality or injury numbers, and who the bus belonged to.

Multiple area emergency responding agencies are on scene and will be through the day. Information will continue to be released via news releases when confirmed and approved by scene incident command.

This is the second fatal crash in northeast Oregon this morning. Area roads are slick because of snow and ice. OSP and ODOT urge all drivers to go slow and safe for the road conditions where they are traveling. Up-to-date road and weather conditions are available on ODOT's website TripCheck.com.

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Fatal Bus Crash - Interstate 84 east of Pendleton

News Release from: Oregon State Police
FATAL BUS CRASH - INTERSTATE 84 EAST OF PENDLETON
Posted: December 30th, 2012 11:39 AM

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers and local emergency responders are on scene of a Sunday morning bus crash in which at least one person is confirmed deceased along the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 east of Pendleton. Westbound lanes are closed for an unknown period at milepost 228. The following brief details are being released at this time and updates will be provided as appropriate during the day via news releases.

Preliminary information indicates on December 30, 2012 prior to 10:30 a.m., a passenger bus carrying an unconfirmed number of people lost control on the snow/ice covered westbound lanes of Interstate 84 near milepost 227. The bus crashed through a guardrail and when down an embankment an estimated couple hundred feet before coming to a rest.

Initial information indicates at least one person is confirmed deceased. At this time there is no confirmed number of people on the bus, total fatality or injury numbers, and who the bus belonged to.

Multiple area emergency responding agencies are on scene and will be through the day. Information will continue to be released via news releases when confirmed and approved by scene incident command.

This is the second fatal crash in northeast Oregon this morning. Area roads are slick because of snow and ice. OSP and ODOT urge all drivers to go slow and safe for the road conditions where they are traveling. Up-to-date road and weather conditions are available on ODOT's website TripCheck.com.

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Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 84 east of Stanfield

News Release from: Oregon State Police
FATAL TRAFFIC CRASH - INTERSTATE 84 EAST OF STANFIELD
Posted: December 30th, 2012 11:25 AM

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Sunday morning's single vehicle traffic crash along Interstate 84 east of Stanfield that resulted in the death of one person and non-life threatening injuries to the pickup's driver. The names and residence information for the involved persons will be released later this afternoon.

On December 30, 2012 at approximately 6:45 a.m. a 2004 Ford F-350 pickup driven by a 26-year old male was eastbound on Interstate 84 in the left lane near milepost 192 when the driver lost control on an icy section of roadway. The pickup traveled into the center median and rolled 2 Â1/2 times before coming to a rest.

The pickup's passenger, a 69-year old male, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver was transported by ambulance to Good Shepherd Hospital in Hermiston with non-life threatening injures. He was also using safety restraints.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, Hermiston Fire & Rescue, Echo Fire Department, and ODOT.

Photograph(s) will be released later today with names.

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ODOT: East. Ore. - SUN 10:54am

ODOT: East. Ore.: I-84 Westbound freeway is closed at MP 265 in La Grande due to tour bus crash near MP 227. Use alternate routes. Expect closure / delays to continue for several hours. Eastbound freeway is open at this time. Check www.TripCheck.com or call 511 / (800) 977-6368 for update conditions. Outside of Oregon, call (503) 588-2941.

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Oregon State Police - SUN 7:23am

Oregon State Police: Fatal Crash I-84 EB MP 192 East Of Stanfield. One Vehicle Off Hwy. One Victim. Info To Be Released Later Today. Snow/Ice Conditions In Area. Traffic Updates TripCheck.com.

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Preliminary Information: Injury Traffic Crash - Interstate 84 near Dodson

News Release from: Oregon State Police
PRELIMINARY INFORMATION: INJURY TRAFFIC CRASH - INTERSTATE 84 NEAR DODSON
Posted: December 29th, 2012 9:02 PM

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers, ODOT and Cascade Locks Fire Department are on scene of Saturday evening's two vehicle traffic crash along the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 near Dodson that resulted in unknown injury to an adult female. One lane is blocked until the scene investigation is over and vehicles removed.

According to Sergeant Andy McCool, preliminary information indicates on December 29, 2012 at approximately 7:10 p.m., a vehicle became disabled due to a flat tire partially on the left westbound shoulder and left lane along Interstate 84 near milepost 36. A second vehicle stopped on the right shoulder to assist the disabled vehicle and its occupant got out to try to help. A third westbound vehicle swerved from the left lane to avoid the disabled vehicle and collided into the second unoccupied vehicle on the right shoulder.

An adult female passenger in the third vehicle was transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland for treatment of unknown injuries. No the injuries were reported.

No additional information or photographs anticipated for release tonight. OSP troopers were also initially assisted at the scene by Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

Traffic updates at www.TripCheck.com.

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Portland Police Bureau to Honor Officer Paul Meyer on Sunday

News Release from: Portland Police Bureau
PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU TO HONOR OFFICER PAUL MEYER ON SUNDAY
Posted: December 29th, 2012 8:34 PM
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On Sunday December 30, 2012, at 2:30 p.m., Portland Police Chief Mike Reese will present Officer Paul Meyer with his 20 Year Service Pin in a brief ceremony at Legacy Emanuel Hospital, located at 2801 North Gantenbein Avenue.

The ceremony will be held in the Lorenzen Conference Center at Legacy Emanuel Hospital. A map of the Emanuel Campus is attached to this release.

Media is invited to attend and asked to check in at the front desk of the hospital.

Officer Paul Meyer continues to recover from injuries he suffered while participating in ATV training on Monday November 19, 2012. Officer Meyer is paralyzed from the waist down and doctors do not believe that he will regain the use of his legs.

Officer Meyer and his family are very grateful for all the care and support extended to them from the law enforcement community and the citizens of Portland.

An account has been established at a local credit union to help Officer Meyer's family during this difficult time and during his recovery.

Contributions can be made in person or mailed to any Advantis Credit Union branch with the following information:

"Officer Paul Meyer Fund"

To find the nearest Advantis Credit Union branch, visit www.advantiscu.org.

Cards for Officer Meyer and his family can be sent to:

Portland Police Bureau SERT
Attn: Officer Meyer & Family
449 Northeast Emerson Street
Portland, Oregon 97211

Photo courtesy of the Portland Police Bureau Facebook page.

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Oregon State Police - SAT 7:37pm

Oregon State Police: Injury Crash I-84 WB MP 35 Near Dodson W/Partial Blockage. No more info for release.

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Update on victim and kayak recovered from Columbia River

News Release from: Vancouver Police Dept.
UPDATE ON VICTIM AND KAYAK RECOVERED FROM COLUMBIA RIVER
Posted: December 29th, 2012 4:20 PM

Vancouver Police, working with the assistance of several other agencies, have identified two individuals who are presently unaccounted for and presumed to be associated with the kayak and deceased female who were located in the Columbia River on 12-28-2012. A vehicle owned by one of these individuals has been located in Oregon at a location where people frequently launch kayaks. A yellow kayak owned by one of these individuals is missing from their residence. At this time no positive identification can be made pending further investigation and notification of next of kin.

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Portland Police Bureau Releases a Statement from Jaime Lyn Larson's Family

News Release from: Portland Police Bureau
PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU RELEASES A STATEMENT FROM JAIME LYN LARSON'S FAMILY
Posted: December 29th, 2012 3:04 PM

The Portland Police Bureau is releasing the following statement from the family of homicide victim Jaime Lyn Larson:

"The family of Jaime Lyn Larson wishes to thank everyone in the community for their ongoing support during this devastating time. Everyone's support is heartfelt and greatly appreciated.

"During this difficult time, Jaime's family is asking the community and media to please respect their privacy as they are trying to cope with the tragic loss of Jaime.

"This was a horrific crime that you never expect to happen to a family member, and losing a loved child on Christmas Day makes the loss especially painful.

"We also want to thank the Portland Police Bureau for their continued support and hard work in finding the person or persons who took Jaime Lyn from our lives and have faith they will find who did this and bring them to justice for this terrible crime.

"We would ask that anyone with information about Jaime Lyn's death or anyone recently in touch with her to contact the detectives on the case.

"An account has been opened at Banner Bank for donations to help with Jaime's funeral expenses. All donations are greatly appreciated.

"Donations can be made at any Banner Bank location under Jaime Lyn Larson.

"Please contact the family spokesperson Tim Hower at @ t2how21786@aol.com with any questions.

"Thank you so much for the ongoing support during this difficult time."

To maintain investigative integrity, detectives will not be releasing any additional information at this time.

Portland Police Bureau Homicide detectives are asking for anyone in the community who has information about her death, has seen Jaime Lyn Larson in days preceding her death, or has any information about suspicious activity in the neighborhood to contact Homicide detectives.

Anyone with information about this case should contact Detective Molly Daul at (503) 823-0991 or Molly.Daul@PortlandOregon.gov.

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Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to late night house fire

News Release from: Portland Fire & Rescue
PORTLAND FIRE & RESCUE RESPONDS TO LATE NIGHT HOUSE FIRE
Posted: December 29th, 2012 8:27 AM
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Fire crews were dispatched to a house fire (5815 S.E. Ramona)at 11:06 pm last night. Station 25 (Woodstock) arrived to "smoke and flames coming from the chimney". After verifying that all of the occupants were out of the house, firefighters worked their way to the fire and extinguished it. Getting to the fire was difficult because the house was filled with various items so space was limited. Fire crews had to move things out of the home just to have a path to get to the fire.

Engine 11 (Lents) and Engine 9 (Hawthorne) also also assisted with securing a water supply, removing smoke from the home, and making sure that the fire didn't spread to the roof. Firefighters also had to remove the security bars from the home upon arrival as these tend to trap emergency workers inside.

Fire Investigators have determined that faulty electrical wiring started the blaze and caused about $10,000 in damages.

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CCSO:Lost Skier located

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
CCSO:LOST SKIER LOCATED
Posted: December 29th, 2012 1:45 AM

On December 28, 2012 just after 8:00 pm, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office received a call regarding a lost skier on Mt Hood. The skier has been identified as Conor Roland-Chicvara, 22, of Portland, Oregon.

Conor had been skiing at Timberline today when he called his mother to tell her he was lost. She contacted the Timberline Ski Patrol who then contacted the Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Coordinators were deployed to the area. Using a GPS device Conor had with him and his cell phone they were able to determine his position in the Zig Zag Canyon. Timberline Ski Patrol went to the area and at approximately 1:30 am on December 29, 2012 they located Conor.

Conor was not reported to be injured and at this point they will asses the safest way to get him out of the area. There is an AMR Reach and Treat unit standing by in the area in case they are needed.

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Friday, December 28, 2012

One Vehicle Roll-Over in Brush Prairie

News Release from: Clark Co. Fire Dist. 3
ONE VEHICLE ROLL-OVER IN BRUSH PRAIRIE
Posted: December 28th, 2012 8:30 PM
Photo/sound file: http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2012-12/1566/60528/MVC12-28-12_014.jpg (Firefighter Craig Martinell secures the vehicle)
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Firefighters responded to a one vehicle roll-over in Brush Prairie this evening (12-28-12) at approximately 7:30 p.m. The GMC SUV was found on its side with two male occupants, in a field near NE 159 St. and NE Caples Road. The passenger extricated himself. The driver was extricated by Firefighters after securing the vehicle. Several passer-by citizens held the vehicle in place while Firefighters deployed Rescue 42 tools to stabilize the vehicle. The passenger refused treatment. The driver was transported to the hospital with apparent non-life threatening injuries. Fire District , Clark County Fire & Rescue, American Medical Response and the Clark County Sheriffs Office responded to the scene. CCSO is investigating the cause.

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TVF&R Crews Quickly Extinguish Fire at Tigard Residence

News Release from: Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue
TVF&R CREWS QUICKLY EXTINGUISH FIRE AT TIGARD RESIDENCE
Posted: December 28th, 2012 7:24 PM
Photo/sound file: http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2012-12/1214/60527/image.jpg (Tigard fire 12282012)

At approximately 5:15 this evening, a Tigard resident fled her home with her animals and called 9-1-1 from a neighbor's house to report a Christmas tree fire in her home.

Upon their arrival just a few minutes later, TVF&R crews heard smoke alarms sounding and discovered heavy smoke inside the residence. They were able to extinguish the fire quickly and limit damage to the home. Red Cross is on-scene and assisting the resident with shelter and immediate needs.

A TVF&R investigator has determined the cause to be an electrical short that occurred near combustible materials, including an artificial Christmas tree.

TVF&R reminds you to make sure your smoke alarms are working and you have a family escape plan that includes all your family members - including pets. For information on testing your smoke alarms and developing an escape plan, please visit www.tvfr.com/safetytips.

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PGE crew dispatcher raises funds for charity 1 burpee at a time

News Release from: PGE
PGE CREW DISPATCHER RAISES FUNDS FOR CHARITY 1 BURPEE AT A TIME
Posted: December 28th, 2012 4:25 PM
Photo/sound file: http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2012-12/101/60523/egc_infographic.jpg

- More than 1,700 PGE employees donate almost $1.7 million for local organizations -

YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygyr683VuT8&feature=youtu.be

PORTLAND, Ore. -- No matter where in the world Rod Haines is, he makes time for burpees. The PGE crew dispatcher does the full-body exercises every day to raise awareness and money for the local multiple sclerosis chapter as part of the annual PGE Employee Giving Campaign.
"On January 1, I did one burpee and on December 31, I will do 366 burpees," Haines explained, noting 2012 is a leap year. "Multiple sclerosis doesn't take a day off and I won't either."

Haines' motivation to pump out daily burpees comes from his mother diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 16 years ago. Friends and family support the longtime PGE employee with donations for every burpee he does.

Haines is one of more than 1,700 PGE employees and 140 retirees who donated almost $1.7 million this year, including PGE's 50 percent match, for their favorite charities.

"I'm very proud of what they've done and their generosity in this year's campaign is outstanding," said Jim Piro, PGE president and CEO. "Every year, especially during challenging economic times, we never know how much we are going to raise, but once again our employees have stepped up to support the organizations they care about."

A record 66 percent of PGE employees participated in this year's campaign benefiting more than 1,000 nonprofits and schools. Nationwide, the employee giving average is 35 percent.
During the campaign, PGE's 2,600 employees and 1,000 retirees can designate any charitable nonprofit or accredited school to receive their pledges, and PGE matches their contributions by 50 percent.

This year's top recipients include: Oregon Food Bank, Work for Art, Oregon State University Foundation, Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation, Providence Medical Foundation -- Providence Cancer Center, Emanuel Medical Center Foundation - Oregon Burn Center, Oregon Humane Society, Oregon Public Broadcasting, Dougy Center for Grieving Children, and Oregon HEAT.

Since the company match program began in 1999, PGE and its employees and retirees have contributed more than $15.8 million to their communities.

About Portland General Electric Company: Portland General Electric, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a fully integrated electric utility that serves approximately 829,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon. Visit our online newsroom for more information.

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Fire Damages Forest Grove Apartment

News Release from: Forest Grove Fire & Rescue
FIRE DAMAGES FOREST GROVE APARTMENT
Posted: December 28th, 2012 4:14 PM
Photo/sound file: http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2012-12/1797/60522/20121228_132138.jpg (Smoke Showing)
Photo/sound file: http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2012-12/1797/60522/Apartment_Fire_1920_Elm_St_%231_12.28.2012_002.jpg (Burned Area)
Photo/sound file: http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2012-12/1797/60522/Apartment_Fire_1920_Elm_St_%231_12.28.2012_008.jpg (Up the Stairs)
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Photo/sound file: http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2012-12/1797/60522/Apartment_Fire_1920_Elm_St_%231_12.28.2012_079.jpg (Down the Stairs)

Firefighters from Forest Grove Fire & Rescue (FGF&R) were dispatched to an apartment fire at 1:10PM on Friday December 28, 2012 located at 1920 Elm Street. Firefighters arrived just minutes after being dispatched to find a two story 4-unit apartment building with smoke coming from the back side of the building. Fire crews forced entry into the apartment and were able to quickly extinguish the flames that were located at the top of the stairs on the second floor.

No one was home at the time of the fire and was called in by an alert neighbor in the same building. Firefighters remained on scene for over an hour extinguishing hot spots. There is moderate smoke and heat damage throughout second floor, with a small area in the hallway with damage from flames. The first floor sustained only water damage.

At the time of the fire, the electricity was turned off to the specific apartment. There appeared to be extension cords that were coming from the outside and powering various items inside the apartment. After investigation, it appears that one of these extension cords overheated due to being overloaded and caught items near it on fire. The fire is initially estimated to have caused $15,000 in damage. No civilians or firefighters were injured at the incident.

Water service was also turned off to this unit which prevented fire sprinklers installed in the unit to work correctly. If the fire sprinklers were working, this fire wouldn't have caused as much damaged and would have been found sooner. American Red Cross was on scene assisting the tenant of the apartment.

Forest Grove Fire & Rescue wants to remind everyone that you should never over load extension cords with too many items. They can become overheated and catch fire.

FGF&R was assisted on scene by Cornelius Fire Department, Hillsboro Fire & Rescue and Gaston Fire District.

Response information:
4 - Engines
1 - Truck
1 - Chief
1 - Investigator

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Overturned Trailer Spills Produce Leading to Partial Closure of Highway 213 in Oregon City Area (Photo)

News Release from: Oregon State Police
OVERTURNED TRAILER SPILLS PRODUCE LEADING TO PARTIAL CLOSURE OF HIGHWAY 213 IN OREGON CITY AREA (PHOTO)
Posted: December 28th, 2012 3:47 PM
Photo/sound file: http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2012-12/1002/60521/122812.hwy213.mp2.JPG
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The driver of a pickup was uninjured after his vehicle and trailer loaded with produce rolled over Friday morning along Highway 213 near Beavercreek Road in the Oregon City area.

According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper Scott Kinch, on December 28, 2012 at approximately 10:42 a.m., a 1997 Ford Explorer sport utility vehicle driven by BYRON BRADY, age 61, from West Linn, was northbound on Highway 213 near milepost 2 when the trailer began to fishtail causing BRADY to lose control. The Ford and trailer overturned in the right hand northbound lane and came to rest on the shoulder. The trailer's load of produce spilled onto the highway and shoulder area.

BRADY was not injured. He was cited by OSP for Fail to Drive Within Lane.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Clackamas Fire District #1, and ODOT. The right northbound lane was closed about two hours to clean up the scene.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Clark County Sheriff's Office uses crime and traffic crash data analysis to direct high visibility deputy patrols.

News Release from: Clark Co. Sheriff's Office
CLARK COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE USES CRIME AND TRAFFIC CRASH DATA ANALYSIS TO DIRECT HIGH VISIBILITY DEPUTY PATROLS.
Posted: December 28th, 2012 3:40 PM
Photo/sound file: http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2012-12/1172/60520/DDACTS.pdf (DDACTS Brochure)

Clark County Sheriff's Office uses crime and traffic crash data analysis to direct high visibility deputy patrols.

In an effort to maximize the efficiency of patrol resources, and reduce instances of crime and traffic crashes the Clark County Sheriff's Office will be implementing the DDACTS model - Data Driven Approach to Crime and Traffic Safety. DDACTS utilizes statistical data from reported crime and traffic crashes to pinpoint predictable areas and times for the most effective deployment of law enforcement patrols.

DDACTS is based on local data collection and analysis to identify crime, crash and traffic related hot spots for efficient directed patrols. Drawing on the deterrent value of highly visible traffic enforcement and knowledge that crimes often involve motor vehicles, the goal of DDACTS is to reduce crime, crashes and traffic violations across the county.

DDACTS is a recognized strategy and operational plan for reducing crime and traffic crashes in urbanized communities. DDACTS is promoted by the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration along with the U.S. Department of Justice in partnership with local stakeholders and law enforcement. DDACTS uses an integrated approach to crime reduction and traffic safety combining activity analysis models to pinpoint likely locations and times with directed high visibility patrol enforcement. Drawing on the deterrent value of traffic enforcement and the knowledge that crimes often involve the use of motor vehicles, the goal of DDACTS is to reduce the incidence of crime, crashes, and traffic violations.


DDACTS Brochure- attached link

http://www.nhtsa.gov/DOT/NHTSA/Traffic%20Injury%20Control/Articles/Associated%20Files/811186.pdf

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Red Cross responds to house fire in Morrow County, Oregon

News Release from: American Red Cross - Oregon Region
RED CROSS RESPONDS TO HOUSE FIRE IN MORROW COUNTY, OREGON
Posted: December 28th, 2012 3:11 PM

Disaster Action Team volunteers of the American Red Cross responded to a disaster in the 69900 block of Kunze Lane in Boardman,Ore. This-single family house fire displaced 2 adults and 2 children. Red Cross provided assistance with lodging food, clothing, comfort kits, and information about disaster health and disaster mental health services.

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CCSO: Clackamas County Sheriffs Office deputies recover stolen car, driver and passenger arrested

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
CCSO: CLACKAMAS COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE DEPUTIES RECOVER STOLEN CAR, DRIVER AND PASSENGER ARRESTED
Posted: December 28th, 2012 2:20 PM

Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #12-38419

On December 28, 2012, at about 10:50 a.m., near Hwy 212 and Hwy 26, a Clackamas County Sheriffs Office deputy attempted to stop a white 1999 Volkswagen Passat after seeing the driver wasn't wearing a seatbelt.

The driver immediately sped off and attempted to elude the deputy. The driver of the car pulled into a driveway near SE Waybill Road and SE Orient Drive a short while later.

The driver and both passengers attempted to elude the deputy on foot running through the yard and into surrounding area.

The deputy learned the car was stolen out of SE Portland on December 12, 2012.

Responding deputies from the Clackamas County Sheriffs Office, officers from the Sandy Police Department, and deputies from Multnomah County, aided by a CCSO K9 deputy, searched the area and located the driver and one of the passengers.

The driver was identified as Trevor A. Freauff, age 22, of Clackamas. He was located by the K9 and was bit after refusing to comply with commands. He is being treated for dog bite wounds at a local hospital and will be transported to the Clackamas County Jail when released. Charges will include: Unauthorized use of a Motor Vehicle, Reckless Driving, and Reckless Endangering. There is a potential for other charges as the investigation continues.

The passenger was identified as Joshua N. Biggs, age 25 of Portland. He was arrested and will be charged with UUMV, and potential further charges as the investigation continues.

Deputies are still looking for the second passenger and he has been tentatively identified as Christopher Allen Freauff, age 27, of Clackamas. He is an adult white male, 5' 11", thin build, brown hair, wearing all dark clothing.

Booking photographs of both suspects in custody will be available at http://www.clackamas.us/safetyapp/inmates/ after they are processed.

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Vancouver Police Seek Information After Body of Kayaker is Located in Columbia River

News Release from: Vancouver Police Dept.
VANCOUVER POLICE SEEK INFORMATION AFTER BODY OF KAYAKER IS LOCATED IN COLUMBIA RIVER
Posted: December 28th, 2012 1:18 PM

On December 28, 2012 at approximately 9:30 a.m., Vancouver Police and Fire personnel responded to the 11900 block of SE Evergreen Hwy for the report of a body in the Columbia River, which was spotted by personnel from the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife who had a boat in the area.

The victim appears to be an Asian female in her early 50's who was dressed in outdoor clothing and wearing a floatation device. No identification was located.

Clark and Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Vancouver Fire boats began checking the area and located a kayak on the eastern tip of Government Island that was unoccupied. It appeared the kayak had previously possibly contained two passengers.

The Vancouver Police Department is requesting information from the public to determine if another individual is possibly missing and affiliated with the kayak.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Vancouver Police Major Crimes Sgt. Scott Creager at (360) 487-7424.

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Oregon Main Street welcomes new Transforming Downtown communities

News Release from: Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
OREGON MAIN STREET WELCOMES NEW TRANSFORMING DOWNTOWN COMMUNITIES
Posted: December 28th, 2012 12:45 PM
Photo/sound file: http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2012-12/1303/60514/12-28_Main_Street_Transforming_Communities.doc

Oregon Main Street announced the cities of Milton-Freewater, Newberg, and Salem have been selected for inclusion at the Transforming Downtown level of Oregon Main Street. Communities participating at this level have a high degree of commitment to organizing a downtown revitalization program using the Main Street Approach(R). The Main Street Approach(R) is a comprehensive downtown revitalization program that uses historic preservation as one of its most important tools. It is a practical program that helps communities build on their unique assets.

Sheri Stuart, Oregon Main Street coordinator, said she has seen increased interest in building a comprehensive downtown revitalization effort using the Main Street model and a renewed awareness of the link between local heritage and sustainable economic development across the state. Communities are developing dedicated local volunteers working together with a shared vision to create vibrant downtowns. In 2011 alone, communities participating at the Performing Main Street and Transforming Downtown levels saw 51 net new businesses, 435 net new jobs, 216 private sector building improvement projects representing $8.2 million of reinvestment.
Communities participating at the Transforming Downtown level must have a cohesive core of historic or older commercial and mixed-use buildings that represent the community's architectural heritage and may include compatible in-fill. They must also have a sufficient mass of businesses, buildings, and density to be effective, as well as be compact and pedestrian-oriented.
The primary emphasis of the Transforming Downtown level is to provide technical assistance to communities selected during their program's formative years. Acceptance into this level allows communities to participate in training, community assessments, technical assistance, the Oregon Main Street network, and receive local capacity building support. There isn't a fee to participate in the Oregon Main Street network.

The selection process included submitting an application that describes their community, downtown area, historical identity, goals, readiness, support, and funding commitments.

Currently, there are 80 communities in Oregon participating in one of the four levels of the Oregon Main Street Network: Performing Main Street, Transforming Downtown, Exploring Main Street, and Affiliate. While not a pre-requisite for acceptance at the Transforming Downtown level, all three of the newly designated communities were participating at the Exploring Downtown level of Oregon Main Street.

Oregon Main Street is administered by the State Historic Preservation Office, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, and is a designated coordinating program member of the National Trust Main Street Center. Oregon Main Street provides assistance to all communities whether they are just beginning to explore options for their downtown or are seeking recognition as an accredited Main Street(R) town.

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Update: Fire Heavily Damages Home near Forest Grove

News Release from: Forest Grove Fire & Rescue
UPDATE: FIRE HEAVILY DAMAGES HOME NEAR FOREST GROVE
Posted: December 28th, 2012 12:26 PM
Photo/sound file: http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2012-12/1797/60449/House_Fire_2370_SW_Dilley_Road_12.24.2012_042.jpg (Firefighters Working)
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Photo/sound file: http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2012-12/1797/60449/House_Fire_2370_SW_Dilley_Road_12.24.2012_030.jpg (Slightly Damaged Christmas Tree)
Photo/sound file: http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2012-12/1797/60449/House_Fire_2370_SW_Dilley_Road_12.24.2012_015.jpg (Damaged Kitchen)
Photo/sound file: http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2012-12/1797/60449/8.BMP (First Arriving)

An update to the fire on Christmas Eve, that caused heavy damage to a house on SW Dilley Road. Fire investigators have concluded their examination into the cause of the fire. At this time, an exact cause is undetermined due to extensive damage in the area of origin. But investigators have determined the fire started near a small 2-3 feet tall Christmas tree that was set up in the kitchen. A candle that was reported to be blown out was placed near the tree or Christmas lights on the tree are two probable causes. Also the tree had not been watered for at least 7 days and was dry which lead to the increased spread of flames. The fire is estimated to have caused $90,000 in damages to the house and contents.

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Firefighters from Forest Grove Fire & Rescue (FGF&R) were alerted to a house fire at 8:30AM on Monday December 24, 2012 located in the 2300 block of SW Dilley Road. Firefighters arrived shortly after being dispatched to find a single story house with large amounts of smoke coming from all sides of the house. Fire crews made entry into the house and were able to quickly find and extinguish the flames in the rear portion of the house.

Two adults as well as two children were home at the time of the fire and thankfully all made it out safely. One of the adults and the two children were evaluated on scene for smoke inhalation and were later transported by Metro West Ambulance to Tuality Hospital in Hillsboro for further treatment.

Due to the location being in a rural area, there was a slightly extended response time for the emergency crews to arrive on scene. Also with no fire hydrant near the house, water tenders were used to shuttle water into the scene to fight the flames.

Firefighters remained on scene for a couple hours extinguishing hot spots. There is heavy smoke and heat damage throughout the house, with very heavy fire damage in the kitchen. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but appears to have started in the kitchen. The fire is initially estimated to have caused around $50,000. The family was given assistance by the Cornelius Firefighters Association for replacing Christmas gifts possibly damaged by the fire.

Forest Grove Fire & Rescue wants to remind everyone that if a fire occurs in your house, never go back into the burning house for anything. You should never put your life at risk for things that can be replaced.

FGF&R was assisted on scene by Cornelius Fire Dept, Hillsboro Fire & Rescue and Gaston Fire District.

Response:
3 Engines
4 Water Tenders
2 Chiefs
1 Investigator
23 Firefighters responded.

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UPDATE: Portland Police Investigating a Stabbing in Southeast Portland's Centennial Neighborhood

News Release from: Portland Police Bureau
UPDATE: PORTLAND POLICE INVESTIGATING A STABBING IN SOUTHEAST PORTLAND'S CENTENNIAL NEIGHBORHOOD
Posted: December 28th, 2012 9:14 AM

Officers investigating last night's stabbing recovered evidence indicating that the 24-year-old woman's stab wound may have been self-inflicted. Officers at the hospital put a hold on her for a mental health evaluation.

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This evening, Thursday December 27, 2012, at 9:00 p.m., Portland Police responded to the report of a stabbing on Southeast 174th Avenue, just South of Stark Street.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the victim, a female in her 20s, suffering from a stab wound. The victim has been transported to a Portland hospital with what are described to be a non-life-threatening injury.

The victim told police that the suspect walked up to her and stabbed her without provocation.

The suspect is described as a female, unknown race, 5'7" tall, stocky build, wearing all dark clothing.

Officers, including a Police K-9 Unit, conducted an extensive neighborhood search but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Assault detectives at (503) 823-0400.

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