Thursday, December 31, 2015

UPDATE - Vehicle flees police and crashes

UPDATE - VEHICLE FLEES POLICE AND CRASHES


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: December 31st, 2015 11:09 PM
Officers have taken all three suspects in this incident into custody. Rasool Islam, a 21-year-old male, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Burglary I, 2 counts of Trespass I, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Escape III and Criminal Mischief II. Adonis Thompson, a 22-year-old male, was booked on charges of Trespass II and Charles Lewis-Davis, a 27-year-old male, was booked on a Parole Violation . There are no outstanding suspects from this incident.

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Today, December 31, 2015 at 7:41 p.m., Officers attempted to stop a vehicle in the area of S.E. Main St. and S.E. 148th Av. The vehicle, a dark colored jeep, fled from police. The vehicle crashed shortly after thereafter, near S.E. 158th Av. and Main St.

Several male black suspects fled the vehicle. Two of the suspects were described as being thin and one was stocky. The vehicle caught fire and Portland Fire Units were requested. At the same time, officer began establishing a perimeter to locate the suspects. A K9 unit has responded and officers are checking the area for the suspects.

Traffic is being impacted from S.E. 158th Av to S.E. 162nd Av between S.E. Mill St and S.E. Main St. The investigation is ongoing.

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Red Cross Responds To Eugege Home Fire

RED CROSS RESPONDS TO EUGEGE HOME FIRE


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: December 31st, 2015 9:09 PM
On Thursday, December 31, 2015, at approximately 7:45 PM Red Cross disaster response volunteers Responded to  a residential fire that occurred in the 3500 block of Wood Ave in Eugene, OR.

This single-family fire affected 2 adults, 3 children, and one pet. Red Cross provided assistance for temporary lodging, assistance to address immediate basic needs, comfort kits, and information about recovery services.

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available atwww.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6. 

The American Red Cross provides hope and comfort to people affected by community disasters, helping disaster victims anywhere and anytime. Our work is made possible by the generous donations from our community. Donations are used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small -- providing food, shelter and relief supplies, emotional support and recovery planning. Click or call today to make a donation: www.redcross.org or 1-800-RED-CROSS.
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Vehicle flees police and crashes

VEHICLE FLEES POLICE AND CRASHES


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: December 31st, 2015 8:01 PM
Today, December 31, 2015 at 7:41 p.m., Officers attempted to stop a vehicle in the area of S.E. Main St. and S.E. 148th Av. The vehicle, a dark colored jeep, fled from police. The vehicle crashed shortly after thereafter, near S.E. 158th Av. and Main St.

Several male black suspects fled the vehicle. Two of the suspects were described as being thin and one was stocky. The vehicle caught fire and Portland Fire Units were requested. At the same time, officer began establishing a perimeter to locate the suspects. A K9 unit has responded and officers are checking the area for the suspects.

Traffic is being impacted from S.E. 158th Av to S.E. 162nd Av between S.E. Mill St and S.E. Main St. The investigation is ongoing.

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Independence man killed riding a bicycle on Hoffman RD (Photo)

INDEPENDENCE MAN KILLED RIDING A BICYCLE ON HOFFMAN RD (PHOTO)


News Release from Polk Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: December 31st, 2015 7:42 PM
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On December 30, 2015 at approximately 6:41 p.m. Polk County Deputies were dispatched to a reported vehicle versus pedestrian crash in the 9000 block of Hoffman RD, on the outskirts of Monmouth city limits. It was reported that CPR was in progress.

Due to the close proximity of the crash to both Monmouth and Independence, officers from each agency responded to assist. EMS personnel from Polk County Fire District No. 1 arrived at approximately 6:46 p.m. and the crash was determined to be a fatality shortly thereafter.

Law Enforcement arriving on scene closed Hoffman RD. between 16th Street N. and S. Hwy 99W. The roadway was closed for several hours while deputies conducted an investigation which included assistance from Oregon State Police personnel who responded to a request from the sheriff's office.

It was determined the deceased, 52 year old John Shapley of Independence, was struck from behind while riding a bicycle west on Hoffman RD., causing significant damage to both the bicycle and the involved vehicle driven by 40 year old Daniel Major of Falls City. It was believed Mr. Shapley was killed instantaneously upon impact. The investigation showed a secondary impact with Mr. Shapley's body by a separate vehicle had occurred but it was not thought to be a factor in his death. All parties remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.

No criminal charges have been filed as a result of the crash. Both the Polk County Medical Examiner's Office and the Polk County District Attorney's Office had personnel respond to the scene. Representatives from the Polk County Sheriff's Office advised that the incident has yet to be closed and their investigation is continuing.
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Detectives Arrest Accused Serial Arsonist (Photo)

DETECTIVES ARREST ACCUSED SERIAL ARSONIST (PHOTO)


News Release from Washington Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: December 31st, 2015 5:24 PM
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December 31, 2015--Washington County Sheriff's Arson Detectives arrested and charged a Portland man with arson. Detectives believe he targeted Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District (THPRD) properties in the spring of 2015. Sheriff's Detectives have been working with Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue (TVF&R) Deputy Fire Marshals in an attempt to identify the person responsible for starting the fires.

Five fires were intentionally started on the THPRD properties listed below:

Arson Date Arson Location
April, 22 2015 4950 NW Saltzman Road
April, 23 2015 4950 NW Saltzman Road
April, 29 2015 4950 NW Saltzman Road
May, 19 2015 20 NW 114th Avenue
May, 20 2015 20 NW 114th Avenue

The properties consisted of houses on small parcels of land owned by THPRD. TVF&R previously issued a press release (attached) at the time of the fires.

After months of investigation that included search warrants and interviews, on December 29, 2015 the case was presented to a Washington County Grand Jury. The Grand Jury returned an indictment charging John Michael Townsend, 24, from Northwest Portland, with five counts of First Degree Arson. Mr. Townsend was employed with THPRD as a park patrol security officer at the time all the fires were set. Detectives believe Mr. Townsend intentionally started the fires using road flares.

Today at 4:00 p.m., Mr. Townsend was arrested at the THPRD facility on NW Walker Road. He was lodged in the Washington County Jail and held on $250,000 bail.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office would like to thank TVF&R for their invaluable assistance with this case.

Detectives ask anyone with any information about this case to please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-846-2500.
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red Cross Respnds To large Residential fire In Beaverton

RED CROSS RESPNDS TO LARGE RESIDENTIAL FIRE IN BEAVERTON


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: December 31st, 2015 4:16 PM
On December 30th, 2015 at 9:00PM, Red Cross volunteer  disaster response team members  responded to a residential fire that occurred on December 30th, 2015 in the 14000 block of NW Cornell Road in Beaverton, OR.

This multifamily fire affected 3 adults and 1 child. Red Cross provided assistance for temporary lodging, assistance to address immediate basic needs, comfort kits, and information about recovery services.

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available atwww.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6. 

The American Red Cross provides hope and comfort to people affected by community disasters, helping disaster victims anywhere and anytime. Our work is made possible by the generous donations from our community. Donations are used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small -- providing food, shelter and relief supplies, to emotional support and recovery planning. Click or call today to make a donation: www.redcross.org or 1-800-RED-CROSS.
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Cannabis Research Task Force to meet January 8

CANNABIS RESEARCH TASK FORCE TO MEET JANUARY 8


News Release from Oregon Health Authority
Posted on FlashAlert: December 31st, 2015 1:58 PM
December 31, 2015

What: The Oregon Task Force on Researching the Medical and Public Health Properties of Cannabis -- the Cannabis Research Task Force -- is holding its second of three meetings. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda: Welcome, introductions; identify legal barriers to establishing laboratories that research medical properties of cannabis; identify legal barriers to use of institutional review boards for research on medical properties of cannabis.

When: Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, 3-6 p.m. A public comment period will begin at 5:45 p.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building (PSOB), 800 NE Oregon St., Room 1A (first floor). The next meeting will take place January 26 at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Details: For more information, contact the Oregon Health Authority's Office of the State Public Health Director at 971-673-1222 or health.webmaster@state.or.us, or visit the Cannabis Research Task Force website at healthoregon.org/mmjtaskforce.

Background: Senate Bill 844, passed in 2015, created the Cannabis Research Task Force to study and publish a report on the development of a medical cannabis industry that provides patients with medical products meeting individual patient needs. The task force consists of 15 members appointed by the Governor.

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Marijuana Rules Advisory Committee to meet January 11

MARIJUANA RULES ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO MEET JANUARY 11


News Release from Oregon Health Authority
Posted on FlashAlert: December 31st, 2015 1:57 PM
December 31, 2015

What: The regular meeting of the Oregon Health Authority's Marijuana Rules Advisory Committee. The meeting is open to the public. Topic: Serving sizes for medical and retail marijuana.

When: Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, 9 a.m. to noon. A public comment period will begin at 11:45 p.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building (PSOB), 800 NE Oregon St., Room 1B, first floor. The committee's next meeting will cover marijuana labeling and testing. It will take place January 25 at PSOB.

Details: For more information, contact the Oregon Health Authority's Office of the State Public Health Director at 971-673-1222, or health.webmaster@state.or.us, or visit the Marijuana Rules Advisory Committee website at www.oregon.gov/oha/mmj/Pages/RAC.aspx.

Background: The Marijuana Rules Advisory Committee was established after the passage of HB 3400 and SB 460 during the 2015 legislative session. The committee is reviewing rules for limited marijuana retail sales and residency; growers and processors; dispensaries; OMMP cards and registry; grow site registration; and labeling, concentration and testing.

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ODOT: Valley, No. Coast

ODOT: Valley, No. Coast: OR 22 is open five miles east with the intersection of OR 18 following a multi vehicle crash earlier today.

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Red Cross Responds to Longview Home Fire

RED CROSS RESPONDS TO LONGVIEW HOME FIRE


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: December 31st, 2015 12:21 PM
Red Cross disaster action team volunteers this morning responded to single-family fire that occurred in the 300 block of 20th Avenue in Longview, WA. This fire affected one adult and three children. Red Cross provided assistance to address immediate basic needs, assistance for temporary lodging, and information about recovery services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascadeshfpc to schedule an appointment.

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
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Missing McMinnville Man Jordan Boldt ***update 12/31/15*** (Photo)

MISSING MCMINNVILLE MAN JORDAN BOLDT ***UPDATE 12/31/15*** (PHOTO)


News Release from McMinnville Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: December 31st, 2015 11:57 AM
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We just received confirmation that Jordan Boldt was located in Southern California and is currently being attended to. His family has been notified and we consider the case closed at this time. Thank you for all of the information provided by outside sources and a special thank you to all of the partner law enforcement agenices for their work in finding Mr. Boldt.
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ODOT: PDX, Mt. Hood

ODOT: PDX, Mt. Hood: All lanes of U.S. 26 are now open east of the Oregon Zoo after a tree fell across the road Thursday morning, dragging down power poles and power lines and forcing full closure of the highway. Power crews are still working on the south side of the road so travelers should use extra caution in the area.

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3-alarm Marion County apartment fire errupts on Christmas evening, no injuries (Photo)

3-ALARM MARION COUNTY APARTMENT FIRE ERRUPTS ON CHRISTMAS EVENING, NO INJURIES (PHOTO)


News Release from Marion Co. Fire Dist. #1
Posted on FlashAlert: December 31st, 2015 10:59 AM
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**UPDATED 12/31/2015**

The MCFD1 Fire Marshal, Captain Paula Smith, has completed her investigation into the 3-alarm fire that occurred on Christmas, Friday, December 25th, 2015. Unfortunately, due to the extent of the fire damage she was unable to determine the cause of the fire. As a result, the fire has been deemed "undetermined".

FM Smith is estimating losses at approximately $325,000.00 including the structural damage and personal property loss from within the apartments.

MCFD1 does not expect to make any further media releases regarding this fire.




**PICTURES ATTACHED**


Well, unfortunately, our hope for a quiet Christmas evening has been dashed...

MCFD1 firefighters are just finishing up on scene of a working 3-alarm apartment complex fire this evening. At 7:35 PM, Engine 305 from our Chemeketa Station was dispatched to a report of a fire alarm at the La Palms Apartments located at 4025 La Palms Ln NE, Salem. Upon arrival, E-305 discovered a working apartment fire on the 3rd story and called for an upgrade to a 1st alarm. Despite the suppression efforts of the first crew, the fire quickly grew and began to extend to the attic. The fire was then upgraded to a 2nd alarm.

Shortly, additional units began to arrive and assisted with the suppression and evacuation efforts. In all, residents from 12 apartments were safely evacuated without injury. Unfortunately one cat died in the fire while a second cat is unaccounted for. Firefighters also assisted with the rescue of a number of reptiles from a neighboring apartment unit. These animals were all reported as uninjured. Tonight, displaced occupants are receiving housing assistance from the American Red Cross.

Given the size of the apartments, fire growth, and extensive salvage and overhaul needs, the fire was upgraded to a 3rd alarm. It took firefighters nearly 2 hours to bring the fire under control.

In all, MCFD1 received assistance at the scene from the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Portland General Electric, Salem Fire Department, Silverton Fire District, Woodburn Fire District, Turner Fire District, and Falck Ambulance. Additional district coverage was provided by Mt. Angel Fire District and Stayton Fire District.

The cause of the fire is not known and the MCFD1 Fire Marshal remains at the scene investigating the incident. Investigators will also return tomorrow to continue to investigate the cause. There is presently no estimate on damages, however, one apartment is expected to be a complete loss while others have extensive smoke and water damage.

We are so very thankful this incident didn't have a worse outcome and are hoping for a calmer evening! We wish everyone a good rest of your Christmas weekend.

Patrick J. Wineman
Incident Commander
Battalion Chief/Paramedic
Marion County Fire District No. 1
300 Cordon Rd NE * Salem, Oregon 97317
BC-32 Cellular: (503) 932-8359
District Office: (503) 588-6526
Fax: (503) 588-6537
Website: http://www.mcfd1.com
Email: patrickw@mcfd1.com
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Early Moring House Fire Damages Longview Home (Photo)

EARLY MORING HOUSE FIRE DAMAGES LONGVIEW HOME (PHOTO)


News Release from Longview Police & Fire
Posted on FlashAlert: December 31st, 2015 10:24 AM
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At 5:09 AM Longview Fire was dispatched to 315 20th Ave for a reported structure fire. Reports from a neighbor described thick dark smoke from the roof. While responding, fire units could see a diffused layer of smoke in the neighborhood.
Longview Fire arrived 3 minutes after the initial dispatch (0512 hrs) and reported flames visible from the front door and initiated a fire attack and search for possible victims. The initial fire on the first floor was quickly knocked-down, however, the home was filled with superheated fire gases and fire was still active in the upstairs and attic space. To further complicate extinguishment efforts, the staircase leading upstairs had suffered significant fire damage, requiring a ladder to access the upstairs bedroom.
The fire required vertical ventilation to release the superheated fire gases upstairs and in the attic. Fire crews from Longview Fire and Cowlitz Fire District #2 put the fire under control approximately 20 minutes after arrival, and were on-scene approximately 2 ?1/2 hours conducting salvage and overhaul of the deep seated fire.
The occupants of the single family residence were home at the time of the fire and were alerted by a neighbor pounding on the door. All occupants were able to self-rescue, including three children, and no injuries were reported.
Fire investigators believe the fire started from a space heater that was placed too close to combustible material (clothing etc). The home did not have any working smoke alarms. Longview Fire reminds everyone that "Space Heaters Need Space", and to keep space heaters and heating appliances at least 3' from combustible materials, including furniture, bedding, drapery, boxes, and clothing.
The structure received significant damage gutting the entire downstairs and causing considerable structural damage to the upstairs. The home in not habitable and has been turned over to the property owner.
The American Red Cross Cascade Region has been dispatched to evaluate the situation and provide assistance with the displaced family.
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Portland Fire & Rescue responds to a Residential Fire in SW

PORTLAND FIRE & RESCUE RESPONDS TO A RESIDENTIAL FIRE IN SW


News Release from Portland Fire & Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: December 31st, 2015 9:55 AM
Portland Fire & Rescue responded to a house fire at 8306 SW 3rd ave. at 9:25 AM. A fire on the stove had spread to the wall and the home owner evacuated and called 911. As crews arrived they saw light smoke coming from the front door. Firefighters entered the home and extinguished the fire that had spread to wall and cabinets. No one was injured on this fire.

Cooking is the #1 cause of home fires in Portland, and unattended cooking is the top contributing factor. Additionally, many cooking fire injuries occur when people respond to kitchen fires with inappropriate actions.

Observe the following "Do's and Dont's" to avoid these common fires and fire injuries.
DO:
-Attend to your cooking.

-Keep handles of stove top pots and pans turned in.

-Keep things that catch fire away from your stove top

If you have a cooking fire:

-Smother the fire by sliding a lid over the pan.

-Turn off the burner.

DON'T:

-Ever pour water on a grease fire!

-Ever discharge a portable extinguisher into a cooking pan -- it may spread the fire.

-Do not try to carry the pot or pan of grease outside, this can lead to scalds and burns.
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Traffic investigation results in arrest in serious hit and run crash

TRAFFIC INVESTIGATION RESULTS IN ARREST IN SERIOUS HIT AND RUN CRASH


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: December 31st, 2015 9:47 AM
On April 3, 2015 at 4:49 a.m., Ronald Galey of British Columbia was driving northbound on I-405 near the Burnside overpass when his Dodge Truck was struck from behind by a Ford Mustang. The truck spun off the road and rolled over. The crash caused Mr. Galey injuries of such a serious nature that they nearly proved fatal.

The Traffic Investigation Unit responded to investigate. They were able to obtain search warrants for the vehicle and other materials. Through this investigation they were able to determine that the suspect vehicle had been traveling northbound on I-405 at speeds in excess of 125 mph and was traveling over 100 mph when it collided with Mr. Galey's truck. They were also able to use DNA evidence.

Investigators were able to identify 30-year-old Jacob John Korfhage as the driver of the Mustang. On December 30, 2015 Korfhage turned himself in and was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Hit and Run - injury, Assault II, Hit and Run - property, Reckless Driving and Criminal Mischief II.
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ODOT: Valley, No. Coast

ODOT: Valley, No. Coast: OR 22 is closed in both directions about five miles east of the intersection with OR 18 in Yamhill County following a two vehicle crash that resulted in serious injuries. The road is closed indefinitely. A detour around the closure has not been set up yet. Travelers should avoid the area or expect long delays.

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Red Cross Assists at Skamania County Home Fire

RED CROSS ASSISTS AT SKAMANIA COUNTY HOME FIRE


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: December 31st, 2015 8:47 AM
Red Cross volunteers early this morning responded to a single-family home fire that occurred in the 200 block of Rakestraw Road in Carson, WA. The fire affected three adults and four pets. Red Cross provided assistance for temporary lodging, assistance to address immediate basic needs, disaster health services, and information about recovery services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascadeshfpc to schedule an appointment.

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
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ODOT: PDX, Mt. Hood

ODOT: PDX, Mt. Hood: All lanes of U.S. 26 are closed after a tree fell across the highway east of the Oregon Zoo exit.Travelers should d expect lengthy delays as crews address the power lines and power poles on the highway. There is no estimated time for re-opening.

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Highway 26 closed in both directions

HIGHWAY 26 CLOSED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: December 31st, 2015 8:19 AM
Today, December 31, 2015 at 7:45 p.m., a tree fell across a power line near Hwy 26 and the Zoo exit. Due to the fallen power line Hwy 26 has been closed both eastbound and westbound. Central Precinct and ODOT have responded and attempting to get motorist off the highway. There is no ETA on re-opening Hwy 26 at this time.

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Columbia Co. Rider Transit

Columbia Co. Rider Transit: Closed. US Hwy 30 is closed just south of Havlik Road in Scappoose due to a car crash that will cause route delays to Portland and PCC/Willow Creek.

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Officer vehicle struck by fleeing suspect vehicle

OFFICER VEHICLE STRUCK BY FLEEING SUSPECT VEHICLE


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: December 31st, 2015 5:54 AM
Today, December 31, 2015 at 5:19 p.m. a North Precinct officer was on patrol when he observed a early 2000's silver Honda Civic exceeding the speed limit in the area of S.E. 139th and S.E. Mill. The officer went to stop the vehicle. As the officer began the stop the vehicle quickly turned into a driveway, backed out and the accelerated into the officer's patrol car. This resulted in a head on collision.

The suspect vehicle then attempted to flee the area. The vehicle only made it a couple blocks before the driver fled the vehicle on foot. The driver appeared to be a male, white in his early 20's with a red pullover. The officer did not suffer major injuries and appears to be ok at this time.

Officers have established a perimeter and a K9 unit is responding. The investigation is ongoing at this time and the suspect is outstanding. The Major Crash Team is responding to investigate the incident which may have been intentional.

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ODOT: Valley, No. Coast

ODOT: Valley, No. Coast: U.S. 30 is closed just south of Scappoose at the Columbia-Multnomah county line by multi vehicle crashes at milepost 18 and 19. Travelers should avoid the area or expect delays.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Single Alarm Fire in Washington County Displaces Residents from Ten Apartments (Photo)

SINGLE ALARM FIRE IN WASHINGTON COUNTY DISPLACES RESIDENTS FROM TEN APARTMENTS (PHOTO)


News Release from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: December 30th, 2015 9:37 PM
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Just after 6:30 p.m. this eveni ng, firefighters responded to a fire in the StoneRidge at Cornell apartments. Initial callers reported fire coming from a wall and promptly evacuated. First-arriving firefighters from TVF&R's Oak Hills station performed the initial fire attack and discovered that the fire had breached the wall, extended to a back deck and threatened to spread into the attic space.

Additional firefighters worked to search affected apartments, evacuate residents and extinguish the fire which ultimately damaged three apartments in the ten-unit building. At one point firefighters had to exit an apartment where the floor had partially collapsed. It's unclear exactly how many residents are displaced, but none of the tenants will be able to return to their homes this evening. The American Red Cross is assisting one family. There were no injuries to residents or firefighters as a result of the fire.

The apartments had working smoke alarms, but did not have a fire sprinkler system. When a fire sprinkler system is present, the likelihood of injuries and costly damage is dramatically reduced. More information about fire sprinkler systems can be found at: http://www.tvfr.com/index.aspx?nid=144

The fire remains under investigation at this hour and there are no damage estimates available.

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Single Alarm Fire in Washington County Displaces Residents from Ten Apartments (Photo)

SINGLE ALARM FIRE IN WASHINGTON COUNTY DISPLACES RESIDENTS FROM TEN APARTMENTS (PHOTO)


News Release from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: December 30th, 2015 9:36 PM
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Just after 6:30 p.m. this eveni ng, firefighters responded to a fire in the StoneRidge at Cornell apartments. Initial callers reported fire coming from a wall and promptly evacuated. First-arriving firefighters from TVF&R's Oak Hills station performed the initial fire attack and discovered that the fire had breached the wall, extended to a back deck and threatened to spread into the attic space.

Additional firefighters worked to search affected apartments, evacuate residents and extinguish the fire which ultimately damaged three apartments in the ten-unit building. At one point firefighters had to exit an apartment where the floor had partially collapsed. It's unclear exactly how many residents are displaced, but none of the tenants will be able to return to their homes this evening. The American Red Cross is assisting one family. There were no injuries to residents or firefighters as a result of the fire.

The apartments had working smoke alarms, but did not have a fire sprinkler system. When a fire sprinkler system is present, the likelihood of injuries and costly damage is dramatically reduced. More information about fire sprinkler systems can be found at: http://www.tvfr.com/index.aspx?nid=144

The fire remains under investigation at this hour and there are no damage estimates available.

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Single Vehicle Fatal Crash on US HWY 101 - in Yachats - Lincoln County

SINGLE VEHICLE FATAL CRASH ON US HWY 101 - IN YACHATS - LINCOLN COUNTY


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: December 30th, 2015 6:27 PM
On December 26, 2015, at about 11:45 a.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a motor vehicle crash on US Highway 101 at milepost 162 in Yachats.

Preliminary information indicates that Allan Richard SCHMIDT, age 94, from Fortuna, California, was operating a white 2006 Chevrolet Colorado pickup and traveling southbound on US Highway 101 near milepost 162. For unknown reasons, the Colorado veered off the roadway into a ditch adjacent to the southbound shoulder and struck a utility pole. The Colorado then crossed over a private driveway and came to rest in thick brush west of the highway.

SCHMIDT was pronounced deceased at the scene. Air bags were deployed and SCHMIDT was not wearing a safety belt.

Oregon State Police is currently investigating the crash and was assisted by Yachats Fire and Rescue, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Lincoln County District Attorney's Office, Lincoln County Medical Examiner, and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

No photo will be released at this time.

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Portland Fire & Rescue Responds To Smoke in a High Rise

PORTLAND FIRE & RESCUE RESPONDS TO SMOKE IN A HIGH RISE


News Release from Portland Fire & Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: December 30th, 2015 6:10 PM
Portland Fire & Rescue responded to 222 SW Harrison St. at about 5:00 pm this evening to reports of smoke on multiple levels of the 25 story apartment building. Residents were advised to shelter in place while crews worked to locate the source of the smoke. A small fire was found in the buildings trash compactor at the base of the building. Smoke had traveled back up the garbage chute and onto several floors.

The fire was quickly extinguished leaving smoke removal from the structure as the main priority. Fortunately this building was recently renovated and is now equipped with specialized equipment to do just that. The air in the building was pressurized, forcing the smoke out and letting fresh air in.

Public transit was impacted while crews were working on scene.

An investigator is working to determine the exact cause of the fire.
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***Update-Names Released*** Triple Fatal Collision Involving Train and SUV South of Union - Union County (Photo)

***UPDATE-NAMES RELEASED*** TRIPLE FATAL COLLISION INVOLVING TRAIN AND SUV SOUTH OF UNION - UNION COUNTY (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: December 30th, 2015 2:11 PM
Downloadable file: Photo1
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The occupants of the blue 1998 Jeep Cherokee were Clayton Forrest COLPITTS, age 43, Penny Jo COLPITTS, age 40, from Union, and James Austin JOHNSTON, age 20, from Chiloquin. It is still undetermined who was driving the vehicle at the time of the crash.

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

***End Update***

Previously Released:
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Tuesday afternoon's fatal collision involving a train and SUV south of Union in Union County. The names of the three occupants will be released following confirmation of family notifications.

Preliminary information indicates that on December 29, 2015 at approximately 2:54 p.m., a Union Pacific Railroad train was traveling eastbound and approaching the Curtis Road and Miller Lane crossing when for unknown reasons, a blue Jeep Cherokee was traveling east on Curtis Road and turned left onto Miller Lane, in the path of the train. The train struck the Cherokee and all three occupants, as well as a dog, were ejected and pronounced deceased at the scene.

The rural area train crossing displayed crossing signs with a stop sign but did not have crossing gate arms. The train did not derail and no injuries were reported aboard the train.

OSP was assisted by Union County Sheriff's Office, Union Fire and Ambulance, La Grande Ambulance, and Union Pacific Railroad representatives.

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it becomes available.
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ODOT: Central Ore.

ODOT: Central Ore.: US97 has reopened 14 miles north of Klamath Falls (milepost 260).

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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire in Mount Hood Village

RED CROSS RESPONDS TO HOME FIRE IN MOUNT HOOD VILLAGE


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: December 30th, 2015 1:14 PM
Disaster action team volunteers with the American Red Cross responded to a disaster in the 68000 block of E Fairway Avenue in Mount Hood Village, Ore. This multi-family home fire affected 14 adults, nine children and one infant. The Red Cross provided assistance to address basic immediate needs and information about recovery services.

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.

The Red Cross provides hope and comfort to people affected by community disasters, helping disaster victims anywhere and anytime. Our work is made possible by the generous donations from our community. Donations are used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small -- providing food, shelter and relief supplies, to emotional support and recovery planning. Click or call today to make a donation: www.redcross.org or 1-800-RED-CROSS.
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Portland Parks & Recreation's Community Gardens program donates over 43,000 pounds of food to local hunger relief agencies (Photo)

PORTLAND PARKS & RECREATION'S COMMUNITY GARDENS PROGRAM DONATES OVER 43,000 POUNDS OF FOOD TO LOCAL HUNGER RELIEF AGENCIES (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Parks & Recreation
Posted on FlashAlert: December 30th, 2015 1:03 PM
Downloadable file: Smiles at a Lents Community Garden work party, with Hands On Portland and Produce for People volunteers. Photo taken November 21, 2015.
Downloadable file: Cindy Clemens at Centennial Park Community Garden, which donated 726 lbs to Birch Community Services. Photo taken in July 2015.
Produce for People reduces waste, provides healthy, organic produce

(Portland, OR) --

The Produce for People program (PFP), part of Portland Parks & Recreation Community Gardens, announces that Portland Community Gardeners have helped 42,000 pounds of organic, locally grown produce reach 24 hunger relief agencies in Portland. The fresh, nutrititious food was grown in 42 of the 50 Portland Community Garden sites across the Rose City, and harvested during the gardening season spanning November 2014 to October 2015.

The Produce for People program first sprouted in 1995 to help neighbors in need. Produce for People allows Portland's community gardeners to use their ability to grow healthy, organic food into an opportunity to fulfill the needs of hungry people in Portland.

"It is uplifting to see this grassroots effort thrive so well," says Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. "PFP is about people helping people, neighbors helping neighbors. I commend all the community gardeners across Portland, as well as our Community Gardens staff, for their continued efforts."

PFP allows gardeners to cut down on wasting perishable produce they aren't able to immediately consume, and to make new connections with members of their community.

"Our gardeners have so much pride for the food they grow, and love to share the bounty from their gardens with friends, family and people in their community," says Laura Niemi, Portland Community Gardens Program Coordinator.

The ability of gardeners to produce a wide variety of vegetables (as well as fresh herbs) is another benefit of the program, as it provides opportunities for access to fresh, culturally appropriate food to members of underprivileged communities.

"And we all need fresh, healthy food, grown as locally as possible," notes Portland Parks & Recreation Director Mike Abbaté. "Produce for People is right in line with our mission for 'Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland'. This is a real community success story."

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ODOT: Central Ore.

ODOT: Central Ore.: US97 closed at milepost 260, 14 miles north of Klamath Falls. ODOT crews enroute. Motorists encouraged to either delay travel or find alternate route.

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City Of Oregon City Thanks Community Support

CITY OF OREGON CITY THANKS COMMUNITY SUPPORT


News Release from Oregon City Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: December 30th, 2015 12:07 PM
Oregon City, Oregon (December 30, 2015, 12:00 pm): Following severe winter storms affecting our region, landslide concerns forced the evacuation of Forest Edge and Berryhill Park Apartments in Oregon City on Dec 20. With the support of Oregon City High School, the American Red Cross aided residents by opening a shelter at the high school, providing meals, child care, casework services, health and emotional support for evacuees. The City of Oregon City and Clackamas County Social Service agencies are committed to helping affected residents transitioning from the shelter to long term housing. The shelter is scheduled to close on January 3, 2016.

"This important transition process has been made possible with the help of multiple city and county agencies, local community and faith-based groups, and generous support from people in Oregon City and Clackamas County who have offered a wide range of service and support," says Wyatt Parno, acting City Manager.

American Red Cross and Clackamas County Social Services have been available at the shelter since it opened to connect residents with resources. Clackamas County Social Services will continue to work with residents and refer resources to those still working on relocation. Residents affected by the evacuations have been asked to contact the Clackamas County Social Services Hotline at (503) 650-5737, to access services.

Individuals wanting to help those who have been adversely affected by the slide evacuation are encouraged to make monetary donations to an established fund to assist residents with relocation costs. Tax deductible donations can be made in person or by mail at any Lewis & Clark Bank under "Oregon City Landslide Relief Fund."

Oregon City Landslide Relief Fund
Lewis & Clark Bank
1900 McLoughlin Blvd #67
Oregon City, OR 97045
503-212-3200

Donations to this fund can also be made using the link established by the Oregon City Rotary Club Foundation on the City's web page at www.orcity.org.
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ODOT: Central Ore.

ODOT: Central Ore.: US97 closed at milepost 260, 14 miles north of Klamath Falls. ODOT crews enroute.

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Children's Justice Center receives holiday donations (Photo)

CHILDREN'S JUSTICE CENTER RECEIVES HOLIDAY DONATIONS (PHOTO)


News Release from Vancouver Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: December 30th, 2015 11:06 AM
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Vancouver, Wash. -- Over the holiday season the Children's Justice Center received many donations to benefit youth in need. A donation of 130 bikes and 8t tike scooters from the Longshoremen of Vancouver International of Union Local # 4 brightened the holidays for many kids this year. Longshoreman Lacy Dyer and Troy Price have been the force behind coordinating this annual holiday bike drive for the past eight years. As in years past the Longshoreman teamed up with the Vancouver Fire Dep artment to make sure that every child receiving a bike also had a bike helmet. The local Longshoreman Credit Union filled 44 gift requests. One child who had recently been placed in foster care told her advocate that she was so happy to have a Christmas gift because, "Santa didn't know where she was this year." The Clark County Quilters group donated handmade stockings for children, so many of the bike gifts came with a stocking filled with gifts.

Children's Justice Center (CJC) Executive Director, Mary Blanchette said, "For some of our local children in need this year, the holidays can be especially bleak. Many of the children we serve have lost so very much and some of our local families are struggling to survive with scarcity. To have such caring community groups like these in our community to bring joy to our local children this season is a gift to the Children's Justice Center team and we are very grateful for their partnership in this important work."

The Children's Justice Center provides a safe and supportive place for child victims of abuse crimes. The center's multidisciplinary response team comes together from across a network of agencies, including mental health, medical, law enforcement, prosecution, advocacy and child protection services to work as a team providing coordination for safety, support, healing and justice for the child and non-offending family members.


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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.
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Woman and child rescued from Zollner Creek want to thank the firefighters in person

WOMAN AND CHILD RESCUED FROM ZOLLNER CREEK WANT TO THANK THE FIREFIGHTERS IN PERSON


News Release from Mt. Angel Fire Dist.
Posted on FlashAlert: December 30th, 2015 10:32 AM
Ref Marion County Sheriff news release from Dec 19, 2015:

"Quick Actions Save Lives in Watery Crash ***Update*** Time of Crash Added (Photo) - 12/19/15
Today's crash occurred at about 2:30 p.m.

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Michelle Schroll, 46 of Salem and her 11 year old grandson are alive thanks to her quick actions and fireman who made a daring rescue to save both of their lives. For reasons unknown Ms. Schroll struck a bridge abutment and then careened into Zollner Creek on Monitor McKee Road NE near Baron Road NE.

Ms. Schroll and her grandson were able to escape their fully submerged car and clung to a tree until rescuers with the Mt. Angel Fire Department arrived. Firefighters were able to get life preservers to both victims and then cantaleivered a ladder to hoist rescuers out over the water and down to Ms. Schroll and her grandson.

Ms. Scroll and her grandson have been taken to Salem Hospital and are expected to survive. Deputies are remaining on scene while Marion County Public Works examines the bridge. The road is expected to remain open and it is unknown at this time how or when the car will be recovered."

Ms Scroll wants to thank the members of Mt Angel Fire district by meeting with them at Mt Angel Fire Station, 300 Monroe St in Mt Angel. We invite members of the media to be present to interview the woman, fire fighters, and perhaps the child. This will be at approximately 7:00pm on Wednesday, January 13, 2016. This is our usual drill night so we anticipate approximately 30 minutes for this event.
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ODOT: Central Ore.

ODOT: Central Ore.: Bend Parkway southbound reopened at milepost 135.

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ODOT: Central Ore.

ODOT: Central Ore.: Bend Parkway closed southbound, both lanes, at milepost 135, near Empire. ODOT on scene.

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Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) Until Saturday January 2

ACTING PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER (PIO) UNTIL SATURDAY JANUARY 2


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: December 30th, 2015 9:00 AM
Sgt. Greg Stewart is the Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) through Saturday January 2, 2016, at 9:00 a.m.

Sgt. Stewart will be available by email or media-only pager to answer questions or respond to incidents with a clear need for immediate public notification due to community safety concerns.

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Oregon Health Policy Board to meet Jan. 5 at OHSU in Portland

OREGON HEALTH POLICY BOARD TO MEET JAN. 5 AT OHSU IN PORTLAND


News Release from Oregon Health Authority
Posted on FlashAlert: December 30th, 2015 8:58 AM
The Oregon Health Policy Board (OHPB) will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, Jan. 5 in Portland. The meeting will be held at the OHSU Center for Health and Healing. The board will hear updates on Oregon Health Authority (OHA) priorities and will review proposed members for the Healthcare Workforce Committee. The Joint ELC/OHPB Subcommittee's Child and Family Well-being Measures Workgroup will also share its final report. Public testimony will be heard during the meeting at 11:15 a.m.

When: Tuesday, Jan. 5, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Where: OHSU Center for Health & Healing, 3033 SW Bond Ave., third floor, Room 4.
The meeting will also be available via live web stream. A link to the live stream and a recording of the meeting will be posted on the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2016-OHPB-Meetings.aspx . Members of the public may also call in to listen by dialing 1-888-808-6929, participant code 915042#.

Agenda:
* Review of Healthcare Workforce Committee membership;
* Director's report;
* OHA priorities;
* OHPB discussion;
* Child and Family Well-being Measures workgroup report;
* Public testimony.

For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2015-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodation may request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations by calling OHA at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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7th Annual Z-Man Scholarship Wrestling Tournament This Saturday (Photo)

7TH ANNUAL Z-MAN SCHOLARSHIP WRESTLING TOURNAMENT THIS SATURDAY (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: December 30th, 2015 8:49 AM
Downloadable file: Z-ManPortrait.jpg
In an effort to build lasting and positive relationships among law enforcement and the community, and to encourage good citizenship in our youth, the Z-Man Scholarship Foundation is hosting its 7th Annual Wrestling Tournament this Saturday January 2, 2016.

The tournament is held at Liberty High School, located at 21945 Northwest Wagon Way in Hillsboro. Media is invited and encouraged to attend.

Opening Ceremonies begin at 9:00 a.m., and will include welcoming statements from Chief Larry O'Dea and several community members, as well as the singing of our National Anthem by Z-Man "Talent Within" 2015 Champion Madisen Hallberg.

Wrestling will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will run until 8:00 p.m.

The attendance and reach of this event grows each year. This tournament is now one of the largest in the state of Oregon. This year the event is expected to attract over 600 youth participants and their families from all over Oregon, Washington, Northern California, Idaho, and Alaska.

The tournament encourages sportsmanship and character growth in the athletes. Additionally it offers a rewarding interaction between police officers and the community. Over 100 uniformed police officers and first responders will be staffing this event. Funds raised benefit the Z-Man Scholarship Foundation. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

About Z-Man Scholarship Foundation

After the tragic death of Portland Police Officer Mark Zylawy in 2008; fellow police officers, private citizens and the business community came together to establish the Z-Man Scholarship Foundation to honor Mark's 17 years of police service to the community. The Foundation supports, through scholarships, economically disadvantaged high school students who have shown the determination and focus to be successful in school. The students who are selected have demonstrated a commitment to public service and leadership in their communities. Each of these students is matched with a mentor from the Portland Police Bureau or other law enforcement agency. In addition to academic scholarships, the Foundation supports the many activities of the Portland Police Bureau, Youth Services Division, including the Z-Man "Talent Within" talent competition and the Z-Man Student Police Academy.

For information about the tournament and the Z-Man Scholarship Foundation, please contact Executive Director Jenelle Clinton at 503-572-1187, jclinton@zmanscholarship.org.

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Gladstone Police Promoting Safe Driving During Holiday Weekend

GLADSTONE POLICE PROMOTING SAFE DRIVING DURING HOLIDAY WEEKEND


News Release from Gladstone Police
Posted on FlashAlert: December 30th, 2015 8:48 AM
The Gladstone Police Department will be providing enhanced patrols over the New Year's holiday weekend. Officer will be conducting DUII enforcement patrols beginning at 5pm on December 31st. Drivers are reminded to slow down, avoid distractions, wear their seatbelts and most importantly, not to drink and drive. TriMet is offering free bus and MAX light rail rides after 8pm or use a designated driver or call a taxi if you'll be drinking. Make smart and safe choice so you can enjoy your holiday celebration, get home safely and look forward to 2016.
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ODOT: East. Ore.

ODOT: East. Ore.: I-84 between La Grande and Pendleton is now open in both directions, and drivers are urged to be extra cautious because of backed up traffic, low visibility and hazardous winter conditions. UPDATE

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ODOT: East. Ore.

ODOT: East. Ore.: I-84 between La Grande and Pendleton is closed in both directions, all lanes, due to low visibility. Follow TripCheck.com for updates.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Portland Fire & Rescue responds to a Residential Fire in NW

PORTLAND FIRE & RESCUE RESPONDS TO A RESIDENTIAL FIRE IN NW


News Release from Portland Fire & Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: December 29th, 2015 11:04 PM
Portland Fire & Rescue responded to a residential fire at 2824 NW Santanita Terrace at 10:20PM this evening. First arriving crews arrived to fire showing from the front of the home in the garage area. Fire crews entered the home to extinguish the fire while simultaneously making sure everyone had evacuated safely. This particular home is located on a hillside and required a coordinated effort from crews on the street below the home and on Santanita Terrace. The fire was under control by 10:51PM. Everyone made it out of the house safely and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
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Triple Fatal Collision Involving Train and SUV South of Union - Union County

TRIPLE FATAL COLLISION INVOLVING TRAIN AND SUV SOUTH OF UNION - UNION COUNTY


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: December 29th, 2015 9:42 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Tuesday afternoon's fatal collision involving a train and SUV south of Union in Union County. The names of the three occupants will be released following confirmation of family notifications.

Preliminary information indicates that on December 29, 2015 at approximately 2:54 p.m., a Union Pacific Railroad train was traveling eastbound and approaching the Curtis Road and Miller Lane crossing when for unknown reasons, a blue Jeep Cherokee was traveling east on Curtis Road and turned left onto Miller Lane, in the path of the train. The train struck the Cherokee and all three occupants, as well as a dog, were ejected and pronounced deceased at the scene.

The rural area train crossing displayed crossing signs with a stop sign but did not have crossing gate arms. The train did not derail and no injuries were reported aboard the train.

OSP was assisted by Union County Sheriff's Office, Union Fire and Ambulance, La Grande Ambulance, and Union Pacific Railroad representatives.

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it becomes available.
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Red Cross Responds To Eagle Creek Home Fire

RED CROSS RESPONDS TO EAGLE CREEK HOME FIRE


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: December 29th, 2015 9:08 PM
Disaster action team volunteers with the American Red Cross responded to a fire in the 25000 block of SE Eagle Creek Road in Eagle Creek.
This single-family fire affected 2 adults, 3 children, and a variety of pets. Red Cross provided assistance for temporary lodging, assistance for immediate basic needs, disaster mental health services, disaster health services, and recovery information.

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available atwww.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6. 

The American Red Cross provides hope and comfort to people affected by community disasters, helping disaster victims anywhere and anytime. Our work is made possible by the generous donations from our community. Donations are used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small -- providing food, shelter and relief supplies, to emotional support and recovery planning. Click or call today to make a donation: www.redcross.org or 1-800-RED-CROSS.
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Discovery of Woman's Body Monday Now Being Investigated as a Murder/Suicide

DISCOVERY OF WOMAN'S BODY MONDAY NOW BEING INVESTIGATED AS A MURDER/SUICIDE


News Release from Hood River Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: December 29th, 2015 5:01 PM
HOOD RIVER, ORE - On December 29, 2015, just before 10 a.m., the Hood River County Sheriff's Office responded to a possible missing person with suspicious circumstances at a residence located at 4390 Wooded Acres Dr. in Hood River County. Reported missing was 48 year old Wendy Hildreth of Hood River. Investigators discovered Tuesday morning that she had not shown up for work and was known to be punctual.

Further investigation revealed that Ms. Hildreth had recently sought a restraining order from her husband, Michael Hildreth, 58, also of Hood River. Additionally, court records indicated that the couple was in the process of divorcing.

Detectives and deputies soon discovered blood outside of the residence. A search of the residence and surrounding property ensued. Michael Hildreth was found deceased of an apparent suicide in a detached shop building near the house.

Evidence recovered from the Family Man Staging Area scene, where the female's body was discovered on December 28, 2015, was consistent with evidence discovered at the home of Wendy Hildreth. A Subaru was located in a carport that had traces of blood both inside and out. Detectives could see that parts from the Subaru were missing. Investigators had recovered parts consistent with the missing parts at the Riordan Hill Drive crime scene Monday night.

The Sheriff's Office has now confirmed that the woman found at Family Man Staging Area was Wendy Hildreth. Following an autopsy Tuesday morning, in Clackamas, it was determined that Wendy Hildreth's death was a homicide due to blunt force trauma.

Late Tuesday afternoon, the Oregon State Police Forensics Lab was on site processing the crime scene at the Wooded Acres residence. The investigation is ongoing; however all evidence points towards a case of murder/suicide. The Hildreth's children have been accounted for and notified of the circumstances.

"This is an absolute tragedy for our community", said Sheriff Matt English. "Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to the Hildreth's children and family".

The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone that may have information about the murder or the Hildreth's recent relationship to contact the Hood River County Sheriff's Office Tip Line at 541 387-7077
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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire in Salem

RED CROSS RESPONDS TO HOME FIRE IN SALEM


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: December 29th, 2015 3:21 PM
Disaster action team volunteers with the American Red Cross responded to a disaster in the 4400 block of Essex St. SE in Salem, Ore. This single-family home fire affected
two adults and two pets. The Red Cross provided assistance to address basic immediate needs, information about recovery services and health/emotional health resources.

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.

The American Red Cross provides hope and comfort to people affected by community disasters, helping disaster victims anywhere and anytime. Our work is made possible by the generous donations from our community. Donations are used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small -- providing food, shelter and relief supplies, to emotional support and recovery planning. Click or call today to make a donation: www.redcross.org or 1-800-RED-CROSS.
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Oregon Health Authority's redeveloped rates receive approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

OREGON HEALTH AUTHORITY'S REDEVELOPED RATES RECEIVE APPROVAL FROM THE CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES


News Release from Oregon Health Authority
Posted on FlashAlert: December 29th, 2015 3:18 PM
December 29, 2015

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) received notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that its 2015 redeveloped rates for coordinated care organizations (CCOs), submitted in an actuarial certification dated August 28, 2015, meet all federal requirements. This is good news for Oregon Health Plan members, CCOs and Oregon.

Oregon's CCOs voiced concern that the original 2015 rates were flawed and were not created transparently. The state also received extensive questions from CMS. As a result of this feedback, OHA worked with CCOs and its actuarial contractor Optumas to redevelop 2015 rates.

Because continued health system transformation requires a stable and actuarially sound rate methodology that is supported by CMS, OHA engaged in a transparent and intensive process that included more than 100 meetings between CCOs, OHA and Optumas to successfully redevelop its rates. OHA used the same rate methodology to calculate 2016 rates.

"OHA's successful process leading to fair, actuarially sound rates is the direct result of communication, partnership and transparency between OHA's staff and Oregon's CCOs," said Lynne Saxton, OHA Director. To date, 15 of 16 CCOs have signed their 2015 rate amendments.

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***Update - Names Released*** Wrong Way Driver On Interstate 5 Crash Kills One, Seriously Injures Another - Douglas County (Photo)

***UPDATE - NAMES RELEASED*** WRONG WAY DRIVER ON INTERSTATE 5 CRASH KILLS ONE, SERIOUSLY INJURES ANOTHER - DOUGLAS COUNTY (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: December 29th, 2015 2:51 PM
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On December 29, 2015 at about 12:23AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a passenger vehicle versus a semi-truck on Interstate 5 at milepost 150 (just north of Rice Hill).

Preliminary information indicates a 2016 Honda sport utility was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of I-5 when it collided with a northbound 2016 Freightliner tractor head-on. The passenger, Deanna L TEAVEN, age 35, of Drain was pronounced deceased on scene by emergency personnel. The driver, Charles B JONES, age 39, also of Drain, was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center Riverbend for treatment of serious injuries.

The driver of the Freightliner, Ruben MACIAS SOLORZANO, age 23, of Santa Ana, California, was not injured. The truck, registered to England Trucking, was towing a box trailer loaded with powdered coffee creamer. After the impact with the Honda, it rolled over onto its side spilling the contents.

One northbound lane of I-5 was closed for over six hours. OSP was assisted by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Alcohol is being considered a contributing factor to the crash.

This is an ongoing criminal investigation. More information will be released when it becomes available.


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Previous Release:
On December 29, 2015 at about 12:23AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a passenger vehicle versus a semi-truck on Interstate 5 at milepost 150 (just north of Rice Hill).

Preliminary information indicates a 2016 Honda sport utility was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of I-5 when it collided with a semi-truck head-on. A 35 year old female in the Honda was declared deceased on-scene. The 39 year old driver of the Honda was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center Riverbend for treatment of serious injuries. The truck driver was not injured.

One northbound lane of I-5 was closed for over six hours. OSP was assisted by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Alcohol is being considered a contributing factor to the crash. This is a preliminary released and more information will be released once next of kin has been notified.
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Donations, volunteers needed for Toiletries for Teens Drive

DONATIONS, VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR TOILETRIES FOR TEENS DRIVE


News Release from City of Vancouver
Posted on FlashAlert: December 29th, 2015 2:15 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the City of Vancouver, Kaiser Permanente and Bridge Chiropractic are hosting a "Toiletries for Teens Drive" to give local teens a fresh start in 2016.

Donations of new, unopened toiletries will be accepted Dec. 31 -- Jan. 14 at 16 locations throughout the city. The donations will go to the Pantry Project, a program which provides non-perishable food and essential toiletries to nearly 12,000 high school students in the Evergreen Public School District.

Donation sites include nine City of Vancouver buildings, three Kaiser Permanente clinics and five Bridge Chiropractic offices. Visit www.cityofvancouver.us/Toiletries4Teens for donation locations and a list of the types of toiletry items being collected.

The City is seeking volunteers throughout the day on Friday, Jan. 15, to transport donations from the collection sites to the Firstenburg Community Center, 700 NE 136th Ave.

Volunteers are also needed to sort, weigh and package donated toiletries from noon to 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 18 at the Firstenburg Community Center.

To get more information, or to volunteer for this event, please contact Carrie Vogelzang with the City of Vancouver at carrie.vogelzang@cityofvancouver.us or 360-487-8325.

There are several other Martin Luther King Jr. Day volunteer opportunities happening across the city on Monday, Jan. 18. To learn more visit www.cityofvancouver.us/volunteercalendar.

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Red Cross Responds to Multi-family Home Fire in Vancouver

RED CROSS RESPONDS TO MULTI-FAMILY HOME FIRE IN VANCOUVER


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: December 29th, 2015 2:14 PM
Disaster action team volunteers with the American Red Cross responded to a disaster in the 3400 block of E. Evergreen Blvd. in Vancouver, Wash. This multi-family home fire affected
seven adults, four children and one pet. The Red Cross provided assistance to address basic immediate needs, information about recovery services and health/emotional health resources.

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.

The American Red Cross provides hope and comfort to people affected by community disasters, helping disaster victims anywhere and anytime. Our work is made possible by the generous donations from our community. Donations are used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small -- providing food, shelter and relief supplies, to emotional support and recovery planning. Click or call today to make a donation: www.redcross.org or 1-800-RED-CROSS.
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Homicide Investigation Underway In Klamath Falls

HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY IN KLAMATH FALLS


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: December 29th, 2015 10:24 AM
The following release is on behalf of the Klamath County District Attorney's Office:

On Tuesday, December 29, 2015, at approximately 4:11 a.m. the Klamath Falls Police Department responded to a 911 call in the 900 block of Oak Street in the City of Klamath Falls. Upon arrival the responding officers discovered a deceased individual.

Officer's have secured the location. The Klamath County Major Crime Team has been activated and the investigation is proceeding as a homicide investigation. The Major Crime Team will issue additional information as it becomes available.

The agencies involved in this investigation are the Klamath Falls Police Department, Oregon State Police, Klamath County Community Corrections, and Klamath County District Attorney's Office.
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**UPDATE** Inmate BACK IN CUSTODY from Mill Creek Correctional Facility work crew (Photo)

**UPDATE** INMATE BACK IN CUSTODY FROM MILL CREEK CORRECTIONAL FACILITY WORK CREW (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon Dept. of Corrections
Posted on FlashAlert: December 29th, 2015 8:39 AM
Downloadable file: Inmate Travis Riley
**UPDATE** INMATE BACK IN CUSTODY
RILEY WAS APPREHENDED BY STATE POLICE AT APPROXIMATELY 12:40 A.M. THIS MORNING. HE WAS FOUND IN AN ABONDONED HOUSE NEAR CHESIRE IN LANE COUNTY AND ARRESTED WITHOUT INCIDENT.


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An inmate walked away today from a Mill Creek Correctional Facility (MCCF) work crew off Highway 20 near Philomath. The work crew was being supervised by the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF). Oregon State Police are investigating.

ODF staff discovered inmate Travis Riley missing from a work crew at approximately 2:45 p.m., Monday, December 28. Riley is a 32-year-old Caucasian male, 6 feet tall, 210 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes. Riley was last seen wearing blue jeans with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled on the knee in orange, and a blue t-shirt with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled in orange on the front and back.

Riley entered DOC custody on May 26, 2015, on two counts of burglary in the first degree, two counts of felon in possession of a weapon, and one count of possession of methamphetamine out of Lane County. His earliest release date is January 29, 2019.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888.

MCCF is an unfenced, minimum-security prison in Salem that houses approximately 290 male inmates who are within four years of release. The facility concentrates on work opportunities, most of which are in the form of work crews contracting with state agencies, local organizations, and private industries within a 60-mile radius of Salem. MCCF opened in 1929 as the Farm Annex of the Oregon State Penitentiary, housing 50 adult male offenders. The Farm Annex provided all of the milk, eggs, meat, fruit, and vegetables for the Oregon State Penitentiary and the State Hospital. The main building (as well as many of the out buildings that made up the farm) still stands today and, at 81 years old, it makes for the second oldest prison in the state.


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