Thursday, April 30, 2015

YCSO Seeks Public Help in Solving West Valley Burglaries (Photo)

YCSO SEEKS PUBLIC HELP IN SOLVING WEST VALLEY BURGLARIES (PHOTO)


News Release from Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: April 30th, 2015 4:40 PM
Downloadable file: Burglary 3
Downloadable file: Burglary 2
Downloadable file: Burglary 1
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 30, 2015

YCSO SEEKS PUBLIC HELP IN SOLVING WEST VALLEY BURGLARIES

The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance in locating stolen property and the suspect(s) responsible for two residential burglaries that occurred in the 33,000 block of Hwy 18B in Sheridan within the past few days. Both residences are located adjacent to one another and were unoccupied at the time.

The investigation revealed the suspect(s) broke a window to access the residences and had enough time to make multiple trips in and out for a period of a few days. Sheriff Deputies located stockpiles of stolen property from both residences in the backyards along with a vehicle that was stolen from one of the residences. The vehicle was recovered in a field behind the houses and appeared to have been abandoned after getting stuck in the mud.

Additional stolen property that has not been recovered: 2010 Dodge Ram 2500 Red with a black canopy bearing Oregon plate 461EUU, Ruger hand gun, .22 caliber rifles, Ruger model 11 30-06 rifle with Bushnell scope, 16' car trailer, a three rail motor cycle trailer with a trail 90 red colored Honda motor cycle, miscellaneous hand tools, televisions, plasma welder, camera, Corvette tires and wheels, chain saws, 12 speed bicycle, and an air compressor.

Sheriff Svenson said, "We are working with the home owners to obtain additional information that will assist in the recovery of the stolen property. We want to encourage all home owners to not only secure all valuables and firearms in their homes but to also keep a detailed list of that property in written form somewhere off site." A helpful form can be located on the following Yamhill County website titled YCSO Property Report http://www.co.yamhill.or.us/sheriff.

Any member of the public that has information concerning these break-ins is asked to contact Deputy Tim Casey regarding YCSO Case # 15-1078 and 15-1079 at 503-434-7506 or caseyt@co.yamhill.or.us.
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Beaverton City Library Offers Fact vs. Fiction: Science and Sci-Fi Programs in May

BEAVERTON CITY LIBRARY OFFERS FACT VS. FICTION: SCIENCE AND SCI-FI PROGRAMS IN MAY


News Release from City of Beaverton
Posted on FlashAlert: April 30th, 2015 3:54 PM
BEAVERTON, Ore. - Calling all science-lovers, tech whizzes, space cadets, and magicians--throughout the month of May, the Beaverton City Library is hosting a series of programs on science and science fiction. Discover truths about the world or explore what changes may come in the future. There are programs for all ages and interests, from science and technology to magic and fantasy.


"This spring, we're encouraging patrons of all ages to engage in hands-on learning about nature, taking time to better understand the world as we know it and the world as it could be," said Abigail Elder, library director.


All of these programs are free and open to the public. Please visit the library's website at beavertonlibrary.org/calendar to learn more.


UPCOMING PROGRAMS AT BEAVERTON CITY LIBRARY MAIN, 12375 SW Fifth Street


Free Comic Book Day
Saturday, May 2 | 1:30-3 p.m. | Cathy Stanton Conference Room & Meeting Room B |
Grades K-12
Celebrate Free Comic Book Day with Beaverton's own mini-comic con. The library will be hosting local comic creators and giving out free comic books while supplies last.


May the Fourth
Saturday, May 2-Monday, May 4 | All Day | Throughout the Library
Calling all Droids, Siths, Rebels and Jedis of all ages--come celebrate all things Star Wars. During three fun-filled days, participants can test their Star Wars trivia knowledge, compose odes to their favorite Star Wars moments and characters, create Star Wars-related art and check out books to fuel their research into the Empire, the Rebellion, and the hero in popular culture. Activities, trivia and fun will be taking place throughout the weekend.


Star Wars Party
Monday, May 4 | 4-5 p.m. | Meeting Rooms A&B | Ages 2-12
Celebrate May the Fourth with Star Wars crafts.


STEM Storytime
Monday, May 11 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | Storytime Room | Ages 2-6
Storytimes with a special focus on science, technology, engineering and math.


Magic Workshop with Bob Eaton
Wednesday, May 13 | 4-5 p.m. | Meeting Room B | Grades 2-5 | Registration Required
Dazzle friends with simple and amazing magic tricks.
Flower Power: Plant Science Night
Tuesday, May 26 | 7-8 p.m. | Meeting Rooms A&B | Ages 2-10
Learn all about the science of plants with a storytime, crafts and experiments.


UPCOMING PROGRAMS AT BEAVERTON CITY LIBRARY MURRAY SCHOLLS, 11200 SW Murray Scholls Place, Suite 102


Science Grossology
Thursday, May 7 | 3-4 p.m. | Grades 5-12
Evergreen Aeronautical Museum presents Grossology. Learn fun facts about how bodies react differently in zero gravity and while flying through the air at high altitudes and pulling multiple Gs.


STEM Storytime
Tuesday, May 26 | 10:15-11:45 a.m. | Ages 2-6 with family
Storytimes with a special focus on science, technology, engineering and math.


Bubble-ology
Sunday, May 31| 3-4 p.m. | Ages 3-10 with family
Join the library outside on the patio to explore the science of bubbles.


ABOUT THE LIBRARY
The Beaverton City Library serves more than 780,000 patrons a year at its main location and Murray Scholls branch. Each day, the library strives to improve the lives of children and families throughout the city. Last year, the library received a 92 percent approval rating from Beaverton residents. Funding comes from the City of Beaverton as well as from the WCCLS library levy renewal. WCCLS plays a key role in allowing the Beaverton City Library and all Washington County libraries to help the community learn and grow together.


For additional information regarding Beaverton City Library services, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org or call 503-644-2197. The Beaverton City Library is one of fifteen libraries in Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) that work communally to provide excellent countywide library service by sharing valuable resources and information with one another.


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May Day Events and Demonstrations Tomorrow in Downtown Portland

MAY DAY EVENTS AND DEMONSTRATIONS TOMORROW IN DOWNTOWN PORTLAND


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: April 30th, 2015 3:31 PM
On Friday May 1, 2015, there is scheduled to be a May Day celebration and march in Downtown Portland.

The May Day celebration, organized by the Portland Immigrant Rights Coalition (PIRC), is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. at Shemanski Park, located at Southwest Park Avenue and Main Street.

The attendees at the celebration are expected to begin a permitted march beginning at approximately 4:30 p.m. and are expected to wind through Downtown Portland along the following route:

Southbound on Park Avenue to Madison Street
Eastbound Park Avenue to 4th Avenue
Northbound 4th Avenue to Salmon Street
Eastbound Salmon Street to 3rd Avenue
Southbound 3rd Avenue to Madison Street
Eastbound Madison Street to 2nd Avenue
Northbound 2nd Avenue to Burnside Street
Westbound Burnside Street to Broadway
Southbound Broadway to Main Street
Westbound Main Street to Shemanski Park

The Portland Police Bureau will have officers assisting with the march so that there is minimal impact to Downtown commuters. Additionally, officers will be responding to any reports of disruptive activities or reports of criminal activity.

PIRC May Day activities are expected to end by approximately 6:00 p.m.

There is an unrelated event scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Portland State University Smith Memorial Center, located at 1830 Southwest Park Avenue, sponsored by Don't Shoot Portland.

Community members are asked to be aware of the celebration and marches as they may interrupt traffic.

As with all demonstrations and marches, the Police Bureau's goal is to ensure a safe, secure and orderly event for community members, minimize disruptions to traffic, and to protect property. If a member of the community is delayed by a demonstration march, we ask for your patience and understanding.

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Update: Pilot of Downed Plane Has Been Identified

UPDATE: PILOT OF DOWNED PLANE HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED


News Release from Linn County Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: April 30th, 2015 1:55 PM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that his office has learned the identity of the deceased body found in a recent plane crash that occurred on Mt. Tom.

On April 30, 2015, the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office advised the sheriff's office that through dental records, they have positively identified the deceased, as Lee Cheshire Leslie III, 41 years old from Vancouver WA.

The wreckage has been removed from scene and the FAA is still conducting their investigation as to the cause of the crash.


Downed Airplane Found In Linn County (Photo) - 04/24/15

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his Search and Rescue Team along with air assets from the Oregon Army National Guard have located a crashed airplane on Mt. Tom. Mt. Tom is located in southern Linn County just east of Harrisburg approximately nine miles.

The crash site is located on BLM property that is heavily wooded with rough terrain.

Since learning of a missing airplane from the Creswell Airport on Wednesday, Search and Rescue members have been searching the Mt. Tom area due to the planes last known radar contact.

Today, at about 1 p.m. a helicopter from the Oregon Army National Guard spotted a crashed plane. Upon relaying their coordinates to Linn County Search and Rescue ground support, SAR members found the airplane. One deceased body was found in the wreckage.

At the time of this release positive identification of the deceased and the plane have not been confirmed.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been advised and the investigation is continuing.
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Traffic Advisory: Spring paving to close lanes on SW Stark Street from SW Broadway to SW 10th Avenue from May 4-7

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: SPRING PAVING TO CLOSE LANES ON SW STARK STREET FROM SW BROADWAY TO SW 10TH AVENUE FROM MAY 4-7


News Release from Portland Bureau of Transportation
Posted on FlashAlert: April 30th, 2015 12:09 PM
The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SW Stark Street from SW Broadway to SW 10th Avenue from Monday, May 4 to Thursday, May 7, 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each work day.

The lane closures will allow crews to prepare the road surface and pave .39 lane miles. Crews will also refresh and repaint the green bicycle lane on that stretch of Stark.

Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. Lane closures are only in effect during project hours. Access will be maintained for businesses during the project.

One lane will be open at all times, and bicycles and motor vehicles may share that open lane during work hours or use alternate routes.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe lane closures and directions by flaggers, and use alternate routes.

This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City's transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation
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YCSO Seeks Public Help in Solving West Valley Burglaries

YCSO SEEKS PUBLIC HELP IN SOLVING WEST VALLEY BURGLARIES


News Release from Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: April 30th, 2015 10:28 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 30, 2015

YCSO SEEKS PUBLIC HELP IN SOLVING WEST VALLEY BURGLARIES

The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance in locating stolen property and the suspect(s) responsible for two residential burglaries that occurred in the 33,000 block of Hwy 18B in Sheridan within the past few days. Both residences are located adjacent to one another and were unoccupied at the time.

The investigation revealed the suspect(s) broke a window to access the residences and had enough time to make multiple trips in and out for a period of a few days. Sheriff Deputies located stockpiles of stolen property from both residences in the backyards along with a vehicle that was stolen from one of the residences. The vehicle was recovered in a field behind the houses and appeared to have been abandoned after getting stuck in the mud.

Additional stolen property that has not been recovered: 2010 Dodge Ram 2500 Red with a black canopy bearing Oregon plate 461EUU, Ruger hand gun, .22 caliber rifles, Ruger model 11 30-06 rifle with Bushnell scope, 16' car trailer, a three rail motor cycle trailer with a trail 90 red colored Honda motor cycle, miscellaneous hand tools, televisions, plasma welder, camera, Corvette tires and wheels, chain saws, 12 speed bicycle, and an air compressor.

Sheriff Svenson said, "We are working with the home owners to obtain additional information that will assist in the recovery of the stolen property. We want to encourage all home owners to not only secure all valuables and firearms in their homes but to also keep a detailed list of that property in written form somewhere off site." A helpful form can be located on the following Yamhill County website titled YCSO Property Report http://www.co.yamhill.or.us/sheriff.

Any member of the public that has information concerning these break-ins is asked to contact Deputy Tim Casey at 503-434-7506 or caseyt@co.yamhill.or.us.
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Oregon Health Policy Board to meet May 5 in Portland

OREGON HEALTH POLICY BOARD TO MEET MAY 5 IN PORTLAND


News Release from Oregon Health Authority
Posted on FlashAlert: April 30th, 2015 8:35 AM
The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold its monthly meeting May 5 in Portland. The meeting will be held at the OHSU Center for Health and Healing. The board will receive a legislative update. The Board will use this meeting as an organizational work session to develop a 2015-2016 work plan. Public testimony will be heard during the meeting, beginning at 11:45 a.m.

When: Tuesday, May 5, 8:30 a.m. to noon

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/2015-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

Agenda:
-- Legislative update;
-- Work plan development;
-- 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 the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Vancouver Police investigating robbery and assault (Update 1)

VANCOUVER POLICE INVESTIGATING ROBBERY AND ASSAULT (UPDATE 1)


News Release from Vancouver Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: April 29th, 2015 5:51 PM
*** UPDATE ***

Detectives from the Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit are continuing the investigation into this incident. No information related to the victim is being released at this time due to the unknown circumstances regarding the assault and burglary. No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Detective Neil Martin at (360) 487-7423 or at neil.martin@cityofvancouver.us.

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Vancouver, Wash. - On April 29, 2015, at approximately 3:00 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to the 3400 block of NE 138th Avenue for the report that two males entered a residence, assaulted the adult female resident, and burglarized the home. The victim was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Detectives from the Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit are investigating and no additional information is available at this time.


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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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Red Cross Assists Tent Fire Victims

RED CROSS ASSISTS TENT FIRE VICTIMS


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: April 29th, 2015 5:33 PM
On April 29th, 2015 at 2:30 pm, an American Red Cross disaster responder volunteer �met with 2 adults at the Red Cross office in Portland concerning a fire that occurred April 28th, 2015 on Sunnybrook and Matthews in Clackamas,
This tent fire affected 2 adults. Red Cross provided linens, and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services.
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Oregon City Police Arrest Babysitter for Izaak Gillen's death.

OREGON CITY POLICE ARREST BABYSITTER FOR IZAAK GILLEN'S DEATH.


News Release from Oregon City Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: April 29th, 2015 5:26 PM
Oregon City, Oregon (April 29, 2015, 5:00 pm): Oregon City Police have arrested 37 year old Sarah Elizabeth Martin, out of Oregon City, for causing the death of 7 month old Izaak Gillen. Investigators arrested Martin today, around 4:27 pm near her mother's house in Oregon City.
Martin was lodged in the Clackamas County Jail on charges of Manslaughter I. Her bail has been set at $250,000.

Oregon City Police Detectives have been investigating this case since they were contacted by hospital staff from Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel on the afternoon of April 6, 2015. Izaak Gillen died on April 7, 2015 from injuries he received, while he was at Martin's residence in Oregon City. Martin knew the Gillen family through church and been babysitting Izaak since December of 2014.

Martin is expected to be arraigned on her charges April 30, 2015.
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Detectives Have Not Identified Any Additional Victims of Deceased Sex Assault Suspect (Photo)

DETECTIVES HAVE NOT IDENTIFIED ANY ADDITIONAL VICTIMS OF DECEASED SEX ASSAULT SUSPECT (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: April 29th, 2015 3:44 PM
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On April 21, 2015, investigators in Deschutes County, Oregon, arrested 35-year-old Eben Kaneshiro in connection with sex crimes with a juvenile male victim that occurred in Deschutes County. While in the Deschutes County Jail, Kaneshiro took his own life on April 26, leaving behind some information for investigators.

That information was shared with Portland Police Bureau Sex Crimes Unit detectives, who have retrieved Kaneshiro's computer and related items for examination.

At this time, detectives have not identified or located any additional victims based on this information and investigation; however, computer forensic experts have not yet completed the examination of the computer-related items taken as evidence.

Kaneshiro ran a martial arts academy in Southeast Portland called the New Breed Jiu Jitsu Academy, located at 9213 Southeast Foster Road.

Detectives would like to hear from anyone with specific information about additional victims.

Anyone who was a victim of Kaneshiro's behavior should contact Detective Darrell Miller at (503) 823-0842, darrell.miller@portlandoregon.gov.

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Suspicious powder received at Oregon State Penitentiary determined not hazardous

SUSPICIOUS POWDER RECEIVED AT OREGON STATE PENITENTIARY DETERMINED NOT HAZARDOUS


News Release from Oregon Dept. of Corrections
Posted on FlashAlert: April 29th, 2015 3:08 PM
Emergency responders determined that a white powdery substance received Monday afternoon in an envelope at the Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP) mail room was not hazardous.

On April 29 at 1:05 p.m., the OSP mail room reported receiving the envelope with the unknown substance. The mail room area was secured. The Oregon State Police Hazardous Materials Unit, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Salem Fire and Rescue responded to evaluate the powder for any hazardous substances.

The mail room is located in a separate building on the grounds of OSP. One staff member had direct exposure and was taken to Salem Hospital. One other staff member was in the mail room at the time the substance was found, but had no direct contact. The institution is operating as normal.

OSP is a maximum-security prison in Salem that houses over 2,000 male inmates. OSP is surrounded by a 25-foot-high wall with 10 towers. The facility has multiple special housing units including death row, disciplinary segregation, behavioral health, intermediate care housing, and an infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care. OSP participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including the furniture factory, laundry, metal shop, and contact center. It provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, work-based education, inmate work crews, and pre-release services. OSP was established in 1866 and, until 1959, was Oregon's only prison.

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Longtime Cornelius Fire Chief dies peacefully at his home (Photo)

LONGTIME CORNELIUS FIRE CHIEF DIES PEACEFULLY AT HIS HOME (PHOTO)


News Release from Forest Grove Fire & Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: April 29th, 2015 2:42 PM
Downloadable file: Asanovic_passing_April_29_2015.pdf
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Forest Grove Fire & Rescue and the Cornelius Fire Department currently share one Fire Chief, this wasn't how it was always done however, and for many years the Cornelius Fire Department was proudly led by Chief Chris Asanovic. Sadly, Chief Asanovic passed away at his Cornelius home earlier this morning; current Fire Chief Michael Kinkade has issued the following statement in regards to the passing of our beloved longtime Chief. In response, all firefighters of these two departments will wear black mourning bands across their badges in honor of Chief Asanovic, the departments have also changed their social media profile photos to honor the Chief.


"It is with great sadness that I inform everyone that retired Cornelius Fire Chief Chris Asanovic died this morning at his home.

Chief Asanovic first started volunteering with the Cornelius Fire Department in November 1969. He told me about his first call with the department. He joined on a Monday and on Wednesday he was riding on a tailboard of a fire engine to a garage fire, hanging on for dear life. He had been given no training, had no idea what to expect, and a grizzled veteran rode next to him yelling "just do what I do" as they tore down the street.

He worked his way up the ranks to become the Training Battalion Chief. In 1981 he became the Fire Chief of the department and community he loved. He retired on December 31, 2010 after 41 years of service with the Cornelius Fire Department.

Our brother firefighter Chris was passionate about the fire service, his firefighters, and the community of Cornelius. He tirelessly supported the Cornelius Firefighter's Crab Feed every year, and was part of the founding committee that first brought this event to Cornelius. He was our Chief, our friend, and our brother, and we honor his service and friendship. Our hearts go out to his family, and especially his grandchildren, whom he adored. We shall miss his gentle gruffness and quiet humor.

Funeral arrangements will be announced soon.


Michael Kinkade
Fire Chief, Cornelius and Forest Grove Fire Departments



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Many Hands Make Garden Prepared for Another Growing Season (Photo)

MANY HANDS MAKE GARDEN PREPARED FOR ANOTHER GROWING SEASON (PHOTO)


News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: April 29th, 2015 1:02 PM
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Each year inmates and deputies with the Marion County Sherriff's Office garden some 5 acres of land, on the west side of our Jail campus. The small patch is used to produce beans, peas, tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, onions, lettuce and cucumbers.
The 10 to 15 thousand pounds of food that is grown, is donated throughout the growing season to the Marion Polk Food Share. This year our garden received some much needed help from the Iverson Family Farms in Woodburn, when they drove down in one of their massive John Deere, 8520 tractors.

The monster machine was used to plow our 5 acres in less than one hour, a job that can take our staff and their tractor more than two days to complete. Sergeant James Coleman with the Sheriff's Office was quoted as saying, "Iverson Farms is an excellent example of our community coming together and making a positive impact on those less fortunate than others! Thank you Iverson Farms for your generous donation of both your time and equipment."

If you would like to see our farm it can be viewed from 4000 block of Aumsville Highway, immediately west of our jail campus.
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Update: Arrest: Cowlitz Sheriff investigating: Man shoots girlfriends ex-husband in the leg.

UPDATE: ARREST: COWLITZ SHERIFF INVESTIGATING: MAN SHOOTS GIRLFRIENDS EX-HUSBAND IN THE LEG.


News Release from Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: April 29th, 2015 11:55 AM
Update #1 Weds, April 29th noon: Deputies arrested the home owner, Martin Anderson, for Assault 1st degree, Reckless Endangerment, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. He is booked in to the Cowlitz County Jail. Media questions regarding his court appearance need to be directed to Cowlitz Superior Court.

Detectives are returning to the scene today to serve a search warrant to collect evidence. More interviews are expected as well. It is an active on going investigation. Anyone who has any information should call Detective Sergeant Brad Thurman at 360-577-3092.

We have no update on Mr. Blood's Medical condition. He is 40 years and lives in the Castle Rock area.

The initial report that Mr. and Mrs. Blood are divorced is incorrect. They are still married but estranged.

We have no pictures to release.

Previous release __________________

Castle Rock Wash. Cowlitz Sheriff deputies are on scene at 371 Monahan road in Castle Rock where the resident, 41 years old, Martin Anderson shot his girlfriends ex-husband in the leg. The investigation is in the early stages and as a result the information in limit.

It start about 3:00 p.m. when Martin Anderson called 911 and reported that James Blood, 41 years of Castle Rock Washington was at his house threatening to kill him. Anderson reported blood had something in his hand but Anderson was not sure if it was, or was not a gun. Deputies responded and tracked Mr. Blood for a while in the woods but was not able to find him.

Later, about 8:30 p.m. Mr. Blood showed back up at Anderson's house. A dispute ensured (topic not clear at this point) and it resulted in Anderson shooting Mr. Blood in the leg.

The weapon (handgun) that Mr. Anderson used was taken as evidence. There is no evidence that supports that Mr. Blood was armed with a firearm. None was found.

Mr. Blood was transported to St. John Hosptial in Longview with a non-life threatening wound.

Deputies and Detectives are in the process of conducting interviews and collecting evidence.

There will not be any pictures released.

There will not be any further information provided tonight.
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Portland Fire & Rescue rescues injured man at Forest Park

PORTLAND FIRE & RESCUE RESCUES INJURED MAN AT FOREST PARK


News Release from Portland Fire & Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: April 29th, 2015 11:35 AM
Firefighters were dispatched to Forest Park (10:45A) to rescue a man that damaged his hamstring while hiking. Due to the narrow hiking roads, special utility vehicles from Station 22 (https://www.portlandoregon.gov/fire/article/56415) had to be used to reach the patient. The patient was transported to the hospital with non life threatening injuries.

Portland Fire & Rescue would like to remind all that when hiking:

1. Pay attention to natural landmarks around you as you walk past them, so you can recognize them if you need help finding your way.

2. Dress appropriately. This may not sound like a safety rule, but it will actually keep you safe and healthy if you do it right. Make sure you have rain gear and are dressed in layers, so you can adjust to the surrounding temperatures as they change.

3. Bring a first-aid kit along. Learn how to treat basic injuries and how to prevent dehydration and heat stroke or hypothermia.

4. Know where to get help. Most hiking trails have exit points that allow you to take a side path and reach a main road or a wilderness stop. Knowing where those side roads are can make a world of difference if you are seriously injured and alone.
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Vancouver Police investigating robbery and assault

VANCOUVER POLICE INVESTIGATING ROBBERY AND ASSAULT


News Release from Vancouver Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: April 29th, 2015 10:45 AM
Vancouver, Wash. - On April 29, 2015, at approximately 3:00 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to the 3400 block of NE 138th Avenue for the report that two males entered a residence, assaulted the adult female resident, and burglarized the home. The victim was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Detectives from the Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit are investigating and no additional information is available at this time.


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Portland Police Bureau and Portland State University Partner on New Crime Data Website (Photo)

PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU AND PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY PARTNER ON NEW CRIME DATA WEBSITE (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: April 29th, 2015 9:35 AM
Downloadable file: Gun_Crimes.jpg
The Portland Police Bureau's Strategic Services Division has partnered with the Criminology and Criminal Justice program at Portland State University (PSU) to create a new website designed to inform Portland residents of longer term crime trends; to show the geographic distribution of crime in the city; and to reveal temporal patterns in criminal offending. The overall goal of the project is to provide residents and visitors with the critical information needed to accurately assess their risk for victimization.

The website was developed by current and former PSU students, a Criminology Professor, and crime analysts from the Police Bureau. The project offers Criminology Master's degree students an opportunity to intern with PPB crime analysts and develop skills in GIS crime mapping and data analysis. The students will be updating the website annually to ensure that the public has access to the most recent data possible.

This website increases the transparency of police data by having it analyzed and reviewed by an external partner, said Sergeant Greg Stewart of the Portland Police Bureau. "At the same time, it allows us to better inform the public about crime trends and patterns in the city. From our perspective it is a win-win. The Police Bureau has a long-standing commitment to working with community organizations, and this project demonstrates the potential gains from such partnerships."

"People in our community often do not know that crime in Portland has declined considerably since the mid 1990's," said Dr. Kris Henning, Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice at Portland State University. "They turn on the local TV news, read our local newspapers, and watch crime-based reality shows and see a lot of crime. This makes it seem like things are more dangerous now in aggregate than ever before. The students and criminal justice professionals working on this project believe that access to better, more contextualized crime data is key to accurately assessing our risk and combating excess fear of crime. That is what we hope to achieve with the new website."

"Portland Police have been working with the community to increase transparency and accountability, and this is another tool in that toolbox," said Mayor Charlie Hales, commissioner in charge of the Bureau. "This is a tool for the public and the media to better understand how crime looks in our city so they have the information to hold us accountable. I don't quote Ronald Reagan very often, but 'trust but verify.'"

The public is invited to explore the website, found at: http://www.pdx.edu/crime-data/

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Red Cross Brings Free Smoke Alarms to the Community of Harbor on the Southern Oregon Coast (Photo)

RED CROSS BRINGS FREE SMOKE ALARMS TO THE COMMUNITY OF HARBOR ON THE SOUTHERN OREGON COAST (PHOTO)


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: April 29th, 2015 8:49 AM
Downloadable file: Trevor_and_LeAnn_B_-_Newport_HFPC.jpg
Downloadable file: Red Cross volunteer Nora Alvarez installs a free smoke alarm at a home fire preparedness event in Newport on April 11.
The American Red Cross and Harbor Volunteer Fire Department will install
free smoke alarms and provide fire safety education to residents on May 2.

April 29, 2015 - On Saturday, May 2, between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., trained Red Cross volunteers, along with members of the Harbor Volunteer Fire Department, will be canvassing homes in the 97415 ZIP code to inquire if there is a working smoke alarm in the home, to install smoke alarms free of charge, review a fire safety and home hazard checklist, and provide information about creating a fire escape plan. In addition, volunteers will share additional home fire and other emergency-preparedness information with residents.

Residents in the area also may pre-schedule an appointment by calling (503) 528-5783. A two-hour appointment window will be provided.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington responds to an average of two home fires every day. After these fires, residents had to face finding a place to stay, purchasing food and clothing, replacing lost possessions, notifying loved ones and navigating insurance. More importantly, more than 60 percent of fire deaths occur in homes without a working smoke alarm.

This is an excellent opportunity to save lives," says Chief John Brazil of the Harbor Fire Department. He encourages people to take advantage of this Red Cross outreach event "In just about 20 minutes and at no cost, a resident can have their existing smoke alarms checked, one or more smoke alarms installed and map out an evacuation plan," he says.

The American Red Cross has launched a national campaign to reduce the number of fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent over the next five years. This campaign is in conjunction with the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and suggests taking a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. 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.


About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrosscascade.

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Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign Comes to Southern Oregon Coast (Photo)

RED CROSS HOME FIRE PREPAREDNESS CAMPAIGN COMES TO SOUTHERN OREGON COAST (PHOTO)


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: April 29th, 2015 8:44 AM
Downloadable file: Trevor_and_LeAnn_B_-_Newport_HFPC.jpg
Downloadable file: Red Cross volunteer Nora Alvarez installs a free smoke alarm at a home fire preparedness event in Newport on April 11.
The American Red Cross and Harbor Volunteer Fire Department will install
free smoke alarms and provide fire safety education to residents on May 2.

April 29, 2015 - On Saturday, May 2, between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., trained Red Cross volunteers, along with members of the Harbor Volunteer Fire Department, will be canvassing homes in the 97415 ZIP code to inquire if there is a working smoke alarm in the home, to install smoke alarms free of charge, review a fire safety and home hazard checklist, and provide information about creating a fire escape plan. In addition, volunteers will share additional home fire and other emergency-preparedness information with residents.

Residents in the area also may pre-schedule an appointment by calling (503) 528-5783. A two-hour appointment window will be provided.
The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington responds to an average of two home fires every day. After these fires, residents had to face finding a place to stay, purchasing food and clothing, replacing lost possessions, notifying loved ones and navigating insurance. More importantly, more than 60 percent of fire deaths occur in homes without a working smoke alarm.

This is an excellent opportunity to save lives," says John Brazil of the Harbor Fire Department. He encourages people to take advantage of this Red Cross outreach event "In just about 20 minutes and at no cost, a resident can have their existing smoke alarms checked, one or more smoke alarms installed and map out an evacuation plan," he says.

The American Red Cross has launched a national campaign to reduce the number of fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent over the next five years. This campaign is in conjunction with the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and suggests taking a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. 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.


About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrosscascade.

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Police Bureau Releasing New Version of Children's Book (Photo)

POLICE BUREAU RELEASING NEW VERSION OF CHILDREN'S BOOK (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: April 29th, 2015 8:30 AM
Downloadable file: Childrens_Book_Cover.jpg
On Wednesday, April 29 2015, at 3:30 p.m., Chief Larry O'Dea will join with Officer Dave Thoman and Molly Thoman Walker to re-launch the Police Bureau's children's book, "Portland Police Bureau: A Kid's Guide to What We Do".

The book signing event will be at Woodmere Elementary School, located at 7900 Southeast Duke Street. Media and the public are invited to attend.

Youth Services Division Officer Dave Thoman, wrote the book with his daughter, Molly, a local elementary schoolteacher in 2010. The book is used by Portland Police officers when they visit classrooms or give tours. After reading the book, the officers give the books to kids to keep.

"In five years, our uniforms and vehicles have both changed," said Officer Thoman. "We wanted to re-publish the book, as it has been a popular tool for officers. For some kids, this will be the only book they can call their own."

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Cowlitz Sheriff investigating: Man shoots girlfriends ex-husband in the leg.

COWLITZ SHERIFF INVESTIGATING: MAN SHOOTS GIRLFRIENDS EX-HUSBAND IN THE LEG.


News Release from Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: April 28th, 2015 10:54 PM
Castle Rock Wash. Cowlitz Sheriff deputies are on scene at 371 Monahan road in Castle Rock where the resident, 41 years old, Martin Anderson shot his girlfriends ex-husband in the leg. The investigation is in the early stages and as a result the information in limit.

It start about 3:00 p.m. when Martin Anderson called 911 and reported that James Blood, 41 years of Castle Rock Washington was at his house threatening to kill him. Anderson reported blood had something in his hand but Anderson was not sure if it was, or was not a gun. Deputies responded and tracked Mr. Blood for a while in the woods but was not able to find him.

Later, about 8:30 p.m. Mr. Blood showed back up at Anderson's house. A dispute ensured (topic not clear at this point) and it resulted in Anderson shooting Mr. Blood in the leg.

The weapon (handgun) that Mr. Anderson used was taken as evidence. There is no evidence that supports that Mr. Blood was armed with a firearm. None was found.

Mr. Blood was transported to St. John Hosptial in Longview with a non-life threatening wound.

Deputies and Detectives are in the process of conducting interviews and collecting evidence.

There will not be any pictures released.

There will not be any further information provided tonight.
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Red Cross Assisting After Fires in Eugene, Beaverton

RED CROSS ASSISTING AFTER FIRES IN EUGENE, BEAVERTON


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: April 28th, 2015 10:16 PM
The American Red Cross Cascades Region is providing immediate emergency assistance in response to two residential fires on the afternoon of April 28.

A single-family fire in the 1400 block of Juhl Street in Eugene, Lane County affected one adult and one child. The Red Cross provided comfort kits, blankets, and information about Disaster Health and Mental Health services.

A single-family fire in the 16900 block of SW Blanco Place in Beaverton, Washington County affected two adults and one child. The Red Cross provided food, comfort kits, and information about Disaster Health and Mental Health services.
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Portland City Worker Rescued From Trench (4119 N Albina Ave.)

PORTLAND CITY WORKER RESCUED FROM TRENCH (4119 N ALBINA AVE.)


News Release from Portland Fire & Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: April 28th, 2015 4:16 PM
4/28/2015- This afternoon at 1:30 PM Portland Firefighters were called to 4119 N Albina Avenue. Reports indicated that a city worker had fallen from a large city truck into a 12' deep trench.

PF&R's technical rescue team responded to the scene along with firefighters from the nearest station. Firefighters used wood panels to prevent the trench walls from collapsing. Two rescuers then entered the trench to assess the patient and to prepare him for rescue from the trench. The man was placed on a backboard and hoisted out of the trench using a rope and pulley system.

The patient was taken by ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center and was entered into the Trauma System. Patients are entered into the trauma system when they have a high potential for severe traumatic injury.
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Gresham brings former NBA star Kevin Johnson back to the court

GRESHAM BRINGS FORMER NBA STAR KEVIN JOHNSON BACK TO THE COURT


News Release from City of Gresham
Posted on FlashAlert: April 28th, 2015 3:19 PM
GRESHAM, Ore. - City of Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis will host Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson - aka "K.J." the former three-time NBA All-Star - at the City's late-night basketball program on Friday, May, 1 at 6 p.m. at H.B. Lee Middle School, located at 1121 N.E. 172nd Ave. in Gresham's Rockwood neighborhood. Bemis and Johnson will talk about the importance of education and employment opportunities for youth, a priority for both hometown mayors.

Bemis and the City Council brought late-night basketball to Gresham in October 2014 as part of a state gang prevention grant. More than 500 local middle and high school students have been served so far through the program, which offers supervised games every Friday night through a partnership with Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center.

At 6 p.m., Bemis and Johnson will talk with students about their love of basketball - and how persistence, positivity and a focus on academic achievement can lead to success in sports, politics, and business. Michael Mangum, a Gresham gang outreach worker and POIC employee who works with students in the basketball program, will also speak. Bemis and Johnson will be available for brief media interviews before coaching two groups of players.

Gresham's gang prevention grant brought new counseling, mentoring and learning programs for at-risk youth, and Bemis has made providing educational and recreational opportunities to all children and families a focus for his next four years of service. Johnson, a former record-holding point guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns, is the first African-American mayor of Sacramento and founder of St. HOPE, a non-profit that offers afterschool programs, runs a charter school system and builds community development projects in Sacramento, as well as operates charter schools in Harlem in New York City.

Johnson is president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors; Bemis serves as chair of the Energy Committee and on the Advisory Board for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

The day of the event, reporters can contact Gresham communications staffer Tam Driscoll at 503-593-6901 with questions or for assistance.

For more information on Gresham's gang prevention efforts, see http://greshamoregon.gov/gangs/ For more information on Gresham's state gang prevention grant, see http://greshamoregon.gov/news/newstemplate.aspx?id=287054

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UPDATE 2: Central Precinct Officers Attempting to Talk to Man in Mental Health Crisis Hanging Out a Window (Photo)

UPDATE 2: CENTRAL PRECINCT OFFICERS ATTEMPTING TO TALK TO MAN IN MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS HANGING OUT A WINDOW (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: April 28th, 2015 3:08 PM
Downloadable file: BHU.jpg
Officers successfully talked the man into going to the hospital. He will be transported to a Portland hospital by ambulance on a police hold.

All traffic lanes are being reopened.

###PPB###

All lanes of West Burnside Street are closed both directions, 17th to 20th Avenues as officers continue to talk with the man in crisis.

###PPB###

###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

At 12:49 p.m. today, Central Precinct officers responded to the Morrison Apartments, located at 1959 Southwest Morrison Street, on the report of a male screaming inside an apartment. As officers were responding to the scene, additional information was broadcast that the man was hanging outside his sixth floor window.

Officers are at the scene and have requested medical personnel and firefighters respond to the scene to assist. The man has been in and out of his window and has been armed with a knife.

All eastbound traffic on West Burnside Street is closed for this incident.

Crisis Negotiators are being consulted and officers from the Behavioral Health Unit are at the scene.

Police are discouraging the public from gathering or attempting to talk with the man.

Updates will be provided as they become available.

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable.

The Multnomah County Mental Health Call Center is available 24 hours a day at (503) 988-4888.

If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please visit Cascadia or call (503) 963-2575. Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare has an urgent walk-in clinic, open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., 7 days a week. Payment is not necessary.

Lines for Life is also available 24 hours a day at (800) 273-TALK (8255).

Information about the Portland Police Bureau's Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) and additional resources can be found by visiting http://portlandoregon.gov/police/bhu

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*** Media Update *** Single Vehicle Fatal Crash on Highway 219 at MP33 - French Prairie Road (Photo)

*** MEDIA UPDATE *** SINGLE VEHICLE FATAL CRASH ON HIGHWAY 219 AT MP33 - FRENCH PRAIRIE ROAD (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon State Police - Statewide
Posted on FlashAlert: April 28th, 2015 3:08 PM
Downloadable file: IMG_0629.jpg
*** Update *** Name/Photo Added.

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are investigating a single vehicle crash near the intersection of Highway 219 and French Prairie Road near St. Paul.

Preliminary information from investigators indicates a green Ford Aerostar was northbound on Highway 219 near French Prairie Road when it failed to negotiate the turn and left the roadway striking a tree. The driver, identified as TODD A. DURRIN, 46, of Pacific City, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

OSP is continuing to investigate the crash and was assisted by the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation and the Woodburn Fire Department.

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UPDATE: Central Precinct Officers Attempting to Talk to Man in Mental Health Crisis Hanging Out a Window (Photo)

UPDATE: CENTRAL PRECINCT OFFICERS ATTEMPTING TO TALK TO MAN IN MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS HANGING OUT A WINDOW (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: April 28th, 2015 2:22 PM
Downloadable file: BHU.jpg
All lanes of West Burnside Street are closed both directions, 17th to 20th Avenues as officers continue to talk with the man in crisis.

###PPB###

###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

At 12:49 p.m. today, Central Precinct officers responded to the Morrison Apartments, located at 1959 Southwest Morrison Street, on the report of a male screaming inside an apartment. As officers were responding to the scene, additional information was broadcast that the man was hanging outside his sixth floor window.

Officers are at the scene and have requested medical personnel and firefighters respond to the scene to assist. The man has been in and out of his window and has been armed with a knife.

All eastbound traffic on West Burnside Street is closed for this incident.

Crisis Negotiators are being consulted and officers from the Behavioral Health Unit are at the scene.

Police are discouraging the public from gathering or attempting to talk with the man.

Updates will be provided as they become available.

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable.

The Multnomah County Mental Health Call Center is available 24 hours a day at (503) 988-4888.

If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please visit Cascadia or call (503) 963-2575. Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare has an urgent walk-in clinic, open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., 7 days a week. Payment is not necessary.

Lines for Life is also available 24 hours a day at (800) 273-TALK (8255).

Information about the Portland Police Bureau's Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) and additional resources can be found by visiting http://portlandoregon.gov/police/bhu

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Neighborhood Alert: Suspect Enters Child's Bedroom in Cully Neighborhood (Photo)

NEIGHBORHOOD ALERT: SUSPECT ENTERS CHILD'S BEDROOM IN CULLY NEIGHBORHOOD (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: April 28th, 2015 2:16 PM
Downloadable file: Burglary_Suspect.jpg
On Monday April 27, 2015, at 5:29 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to a residence in the area of Northeast Cully Boulevard and Killingsworth Street after the report that an unknown person broke into a child's bedroom and climbed into bed with the child.

Several officers responded to the area and contacted the child's family who told police that the suspect broke into the residence through a window and climbed into bed with an 11-year-old girl. The child awakened to the stranger in her bed, and the stranger ran away and fled the residence out the window of entry.

The suspect did not touch or injure the child.

Several officers checked the neighborhood but but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his mid-20s, 5'7" tall, medium build, piercings in both ears, wearing dark clothing. At the time of the incident, the child reported that the suspect smelled of alcohol.

A forensic sketch of the suspect is being released to aid with this investigation.

Anyone with information about this suspect is asked to contact Detective Joe Luiz, joseph.luiz@portlandoregon.gov.

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UPDATE - ARREST: Bank Robbery Investigation Underway in North Portland's St. John's Neighborhood (Photo)

UPDATE - ARREST: BANK ROBBERY INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY IN NORTH PORTLAND'S ST. JOHN'S NEIGHBORHOOD (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: April 28th, 2015 2:04 PM
Downloadable file: Scott_Anthony_Woods_47.jpg
On April 9, 2015, the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested 47-year-old Scott Anthony Woods in connection with the April 6 bank robbery at Key Bank in St. Johns. Woods was formally charged with Federal Bank Robbery on April 17, 2015. Woods remains in the Multnomah County Jail on this and other, unrelated charges.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On Monday April 6, 2015, at 1:33 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the Key Bank branch, located at 6815 North Lombard Street, on the report of a robbery.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted bank employees who told police that the suspect walked up to a teller and demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left the bank and was last seen walking northbound on North Heppner Avenue.

Several officers checked the area but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his late-30s, 6'2" tall, medium build, wearing a white baseball cap, red sweater and unknown-colored pants.

Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to contact Detective Brett Hawkinson at (503) 823-1080, brett.hawkinson@portlandoregon.gov; or, the Portland office of the F.B.I. at (503) 224-4181.

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UPDATE - ARREST: Bank Robbery Investigation Underway on Hayden Island (Photo)

UPDATE - ARREST: BANK ROBBERY INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY ON HAYDEN ISLAND (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: April 28th, 2015 2:00 PM
Downloadable file: Monty_Gene_Vermillion_52.jpg
On April 21, 2015, 52-year-old Monty Gene Vermillion was arrested by North Precinct officers after he was identified by police as the suspect in this bank robbery.

Vermillion was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a Federal Hold for Bank Robbery.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On Monday April 20, 2015, at 11:19 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a bank robbery at the Wells Fargo Bank branch, located at 12240 North Jantzen Drive.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted employees who told police that the suspect implied that he had a gun as he demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left the bank without further incident.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 40s to 50s, 6' tall, pale skin, wearing a tan and red shirt.

Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to contact Robbery Detectives at (503) 823-0405; or, the Portland office of the F.B.I. at (503) 224-4181.

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Central Precinct Officers Attempting to Talk to Man in Mental Health Crisis Hanging Out a Window (Photo)

CENTRAL PRECINCT OFFICERS ATTEMPTING TO TALK TO MAN IN MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS HANGING OUT A WINDOW (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: April 28th, 2015 1:26 PM
Downloadable file: BHU.jpg
At 12:49 p.m. today, Central Precinct officers responded to the Morrison Apartments, located at 1959 Southwest Morrison Street, on the report of a male screaming inside an apartment. As officers were responding to the scene, additional information was broadcast that the man was hanging outside his sixth floor window.

Officers are at the scene and have requested medical personnel and firefighters respond to the scene to assist. The man has been in and out of his window and has been armed with a knife.

All eastbound traffic on West Burnside Street is closed for this incident.

Crisis Negotiators are being consulted and officers from the Behavioral Health Unit are at the scene.

Police are discouraging the public from gathering or attempting to talk with the man.

Updates will be provided as they become available.

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable.

The Multnomah County Mental Health Call Center is available 24 hours a day at (503) 988-4888.

If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please visit Cascadia or call (503) 963-2575. Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare has an urgent walk-in clinic, open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., 7 days a week. Payment is not necessary.

Lines for Life is also available 24 hours a day at (800) 273-TALK (8255).

Information about the Portland Police Bureau's Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) and additional resources can be found by visiting http://portlandoregon.gov/police/bhu

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Gresham brings former NBA star Kevin Johnson back to the court

GRESHAM BRINGS FORMER NBA STAR KEVIN JOHNSON BACK TO THE COURT


News Release from City of Gresham
Posted on FlashAlert: April 28th, 2015 1:15 PM
GRESHAM, Ore. - City of Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis will host Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson - aka "K.J." the former three-time NBA All-Star - at the City's late-night basketball program on Friday, May, 1 at 6 p.m. at H.B. Lee Middle School, located at 1121 N.E. 172nd Ave. in Gresham's Rockwood neighborhood. Bemis and Johnson will talk about the importance of education and employment opportunities for youth, a priority for both hometown mayors.

Bemis and the City Council brought late-night basketball to Gresham in October 2014 as part of a state gang prevention grant. More than 500 local middle and high school students have been served so far through the program, which offers supervised games every Friday night through a partnership with Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center.

At 6 p.m., Bemis and Johnson will talk with students about their love of basketball - and how persistence, positivity and a focus on academic achievement can lead to success in sports, politics, and business. Michael Mangum, a Gresham gang outreach worker and POIC employee who works with students in the basketball program, will also speak. Bemis and Johnson will be available for brief media interviews before coaching two groups of players.

Gresham's gang prevention grant brought new counseling, mentoring and learning programs for at-risk youth, and Bemis has made providing educational and recreational opportunities to all children and families a focus for his next four years of service. Johnson, a former record-holding point guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns, is the first African-American mayor of Sacramento and founder of St. HOPE, a non-profit that offers afterschool programs, runs a charter school system and builds community development projects in Sacramento, as well as operates charter schools in Harlem in New York City.

Johnson is president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors; Bemis serves as chair of the Energy Committee and on the Advisory Board for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

The day of the event, reporters can contact Gresham communications staffer Tam Driscoll at 503-593-4210 with questions or for assistance.

For more information on Gresham's gang prevention efforts, see http://greshamoregon.gov/gangs/ For more information on Gresham's state gang prevention grant, see http://greshamoregon.gov/news/newstemplate.aspx?id=287054

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PF&R Urges Residents to be Prepared for Earthquakes (Photo)

PF&R URGES RESIDENTS TO BE PREPARED FOR EARTHQUAKES (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Fire & Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: April 28th, 2015 11:25 AM
Downloadable file: PF&R USAR Team
4/28/15 11:20 PM-As we watch the death toll from Nepal's recent earthquake climb (it's currently over 4600), we as responders feel a profound sadness. We are struck by the images coming out of this developing county and we want to be there providing aid to the injured and freeing those who are still trapped.

While we are fortunate in Portland to have many resources that aren't immediately available to the Nepalese people; from Urban Search and Rescue teams to better building construction. We must not become complacent. We urge you to prepare for a similar disaster. Preparation needn't be daunting, you can start small and slowly improve, something is better than nothing. Start with these three simple steps:

1. Sign up for emergency notifications. This will allow you to receive the most up to date information in a number of ways.

2. Make your home earthquake ready (ensure that water heaters and shelves are properly secured etc.)

3. Create an emergency disaster kit and have a plan (know what to do during and after a quake).

For more information on and to sign up for public alerts visit- https://www.publicalerts.org

For information on earthquake preparedness (including creating a kit and readying your home) visit- http://www.portlandoregon.gov/pbem/54418

For information on donating to Nepalese disaster relief efforts visit-
https://www.portlandoregon.gov/mayor/article/437622

Your emergency responders will be there for you when disaster strikes, but we need your help.
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Section of Grahams Ferry Road to be Closed Weekdays, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, to Construct Improvements

SECTION OF GRAHAMS FERRY ROAD TO BE CLOSED WEEKDAYS, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, TO CONSTRUCT IMPROVEMENTS


News Release from City of Wilsonville
Posted on FlashAlert: April 28th, 2015 11:02 AM
WILSONVILLE, OR -- A section of SW Grahams Ferry Road between SW Barber Street and Tooze Road, adjacent to the Villebois neighborhood, is scheduled to be closed weekdays, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, starting on Monday, May 11 through mid-June. During daytime construction hours, a detour route through the Villebois neighborhood is in place -- a map of the route is available online at www.ci.Wilsonville.or.us/RoadConstruction.

The street-improvement project widens Grahams Ferry Road, installs street lights, bike lanes and a sidewalk on the eastside of the road. The cost of the project is to be shared between a private developer, Polygon NW, and the City. The road closures and use of the detour route are planned to end in mid-June and the entire project is planned be completed by mid-July depending on weather.

During construction hours, traffic through the Villebois neighborhood is expected to increase and motorists are urged to slow down and use extra caution as they pass through the residential neighborhood.

The City regrets the inconveniences that this temporary road closure and detour causes local residents and businesses. For local homeowners access is being maintained, however, delays are to be expected. The road will be open on weekends and on weekdays for commuters before 8:30 am and after 4:30 pm.

For more information, contact Steve Adams, PE, Development Engineering Manager, at 503-682-4960; adams@ci.wilsonville.or.us.

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Crime Stoppers Featured Case #15-18 Assault in West Portland Park Neighborhood (Photo)

CRIME STOPPERS FEATURED CASE #15-18 ASSAULT IN WEST PORTLAND PARK NEIGHBORHOOD (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: April 28th, 2015 9:00 AM
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The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to identify a suspect who assaulted a 66-year-old man in Southwest Portland.

On February 5, 2015, at approximately 10:05 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of an assault in the parking lot of the Capitol Highway Deli Foodmart, located at 11102 Southwest Capitol Highway.

Officers arrived and spoke with the victim who told police that the suspect attacked the victim without provocation then fled the area in a white Toyota Prius. The victim's injuries were not life-threatening.

The suspect is described as a white male, 22 to 29 years old, 6'2" tall, 190 pounds, with bushy hair.

Surveillance images of the suspect are being released to the public to aid in this investigation.

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

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

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Additional charges for Vancouver massage therapist (Photo)

ADDITIONAL CHARGES FOR VANCOUVER MASSAGE THERAPIST (PHOTO)


News Release from Vancouver Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: April 28th, 2015 8:45 AM
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Vancouver, Wash. - The Vancouver Police Department has forwarded information to the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney's Office for fifteen (15) additional counts of Indecent Liberties against licensed massage therapist Valentin Delgado. The total number of charges in Clark County is 18, including the three which Delgado was arrested for on March 30, 2015. The new counts resulted from a multitude of calls to the Vancouver Police Department Tip Line from former massage clients who reported alleged inappropriate touching and conduct during the course of their massages, some dating back to 2013.

Four callers reported inappropriate contact during massages which occurred in Cowlitz County, these will be referred to the Longview Police Department for follow-up.

Valentin Delgado has not been located and there is currently a felony warrant for his arrest for Failure to Appear and three Counts of Bail Jump.

The Vancouver Police Department is cooperating fully with the Washington State Department of Health investigation, with the goal of permanently suspending Valentin Delgado's license to provide massage therapy.

The Vancouver Police would like to thank everyone who called to the Tip Line to make reports or share information in this case. If you were a client of Valentin Delgado and wish to make a report, please call (360) 487-7399 and leave a message for Detective Boswell regarding case number V15-3284.



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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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Monday, April 27, 2015

Red Cross Responds To Eugene Fire

RED CROSS RESPONDS TO EUGENE FIRE


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: April 27th, 2015 7:58 PM
On Monday, April 27, 2015, at approximately 6:00 PM, Red Cross volunteers

responded to a residential fire that occurred at 15:59 in the 1300 block of Hammock Street in Eugene, Oregon.

This multi-family fire affected 4 adults, 1 child, 1 infant, and a few cats. Red Cross provided lodging, comfort kits, stuffed animals, and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness: Get informed, make a plan, build a kit and review your family's plan if there is a fire in your home. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. This information and more is available at www.redcross.org or in a Prepare! Resource guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://redcross.org/1zq8XVV6.
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Fatal Longboard Accident

FATAL LONGBOARD ACCIDENT


News Release from Polk Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: April 27th, 2015 7:10 PM
On Monday, April 27, 2015, at about 12:19 p.m. the Polk County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to the 3100 block of Eagle Crest Road NW, Salem, where a reported longboard accident had occurred. The caller was a 17 year old boy who reported that his friend, 18 year old Joshua Robertson, was unconscious from the crash.

Joshua was transported to the Salem Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased around 2:10 p.m.

Investigation determined that Joshua was riding down Eagle Crest Road NW, traveling southbound. He lost control on a corner and fell backwards, striking his head. Joshua was not wearing a helmet or other protective equipment.

Joshua was a Senior at West Salem High School. The school will have additional counseling resources available this week for students and staff.
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Let's ride: Gresham celebrates National Bike Month

LET'S RIDE: GRESHAM CELEBRATES NATIONAL BIKE MONTH


News Release from City of Gresham
Posted on FlashAlert: April 27th, 2015 4:23 PM
GRESHAM, Ore. - The City of Gresham is celebrating National Bike Month throughout May by offering group rides, a helmet giveaway, a bike wash and lube workshop and more. The City is also taking part in the local Bike Commute Challenge and celebrating national Bike to Work Week, held May 11-15.

There are over 117 miles of bike lanes throughout Gresham, and popular bike routes include the Springwater Corridor, Gresham-Fairview Trail and Main City Park Spur Trail. Because of this extensive network, Gresham in 2010 was named a "Bicycle Friendly Community" by the League of American Bicyclists. Gresham also earned this honor by improving cycling infrastructure - such as adding bike lanes - and by providing activities for cyclists. In 2014, the League upgraded the City's status to silver level.

The Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce is also part of the East Multnomah County Bicycle Tourism Initiative, which brings together local governments, businesses and non-profits to promote bike tourism and boost the local economy by promoting routes, improving infrastructure and amenities and marketing the area to cyclists.

To encourage cycling, the City has several events planned:

* Gresham Bike Commute Challenge - Challenge your family, friends and co-workers to see who can commute the most days or the longest distance during May. Log your trips in the Bicycle Transportation Alliance's (BTA) website at BikeCommuteChallenge.com. A kick-off celebration will be held tomorrow, Tuesday April 28, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at The Hoppy Brewer, 328 N. Main Ave. in historic downtown with free pizza and prizes.

* Wash and Maintain Your Bike Workshop and E-Bike Test Rides - All the supplies you need to wash and lube your bike will be on hand Thursday, April 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the loading dock at City Hall, which is located at 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway. Also try out an electric bike.

* BTA Bike Commute Safety Workshop - This workshop includes safety instruction with free pizza and prizes on Wednesday, May 13 from Noon to 1 p.m. in City Hall's Liberty Room.

* Free Breakfast for Bikers - For Bike to Work Week, cyclists get free breakfast items on their way to work. Wednesday, May 13 from 7:00 to 8:30 a.m., at the City Hall loading dock and on Friday, May 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. at three locations: N. Main Ave at Springwater Corridor; Springwater Corridor at Pleasant View Dr.; Sandy Blvd. at the Boeing entrance (starts at 5:30 a.m.).

* Bike Helmet Give-Away, Safety Fair and Bike Rodeo - This event will be held on Saturday, May 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Rockwood at the Plaza del Sol, located at the corner on 187th and Stark. In partnership with the Oregon Nurses Association and the Boy Scouts, the City will give children free bike helmets and safety information and hold a bike rodeo and raffle.

* Group Bike Rides - A slow-paced, family-friendly 10-mile ride to Boring and back takes place Saturday, May 16 starting at 10 a.m. at Main City Park. A 25-mile ride for experienced riders through the Gresham/Troutdale/Sandy River area takes place on Sunday, May 17 starting at 10 a.m. at Main City Park.

For details, or questions, visit GreshamOregon.gov/BikeMonth or call 503-618-2816.

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Salem Firefighter Receives Awards (Photo)

SALEM FIREFIGHTER RECEIVES AWARDS (PHOTO)


News Release from Salem Fire Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: April 27th, 2015 3:39 PM
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Salem Firefighter Andy Grimmer was recently presented with the Volunteer of the Year award by the Salvation Army of Salem, Oregon. Additionally, the Salem Fire Department received the Volunteer Group of the Year, based upon the department's support of Salvation Army programs. Both awards were related to two of the Salvation Army's community outreach projects - Christmas Toys & Joy and Tools for Schools, and were presented to Andy Grimmer at the Salvation Army's Volunteer Appreciation Night on April 16.

Salem Fire's participation in the Salvation Army programs is managed and coordinated by members of Salem Professional Firefighters Local 314 under the long-term leadership of Andy Grimmer. The department has been an active supporter of the Toys & Joy program for nearly 20 years. As part of the program, collection barrels for toy donations are set up at multiple fire station locations across the community, allowing for convenient and secure drop-off points for community members to donate toys for those in need.

In addition to the annual Toys & Joy gift collection barrel coordination, Andy takes the lead role in coordinating off-duty firefighters at a toy collection event held each year at Shopko. Andy's work also includes coordinating the firefighter's involvement in the sorting and distribution of toys in our community. Combined, these two events represent more than 200 hours of volunteer work by off-duty and retired firefighters and their families each year. "Both programs are helping those with the most need in our community" said Andy Grimmer. "I am proud of the work our department has provided to benefit others."

Andy Grimmer is a 13 year veteran of the Salem Fire Department and serves as an apparatus operator/engineer and paramedic. He is also a member of the department's water rescue team, peer support team, and IAFF Local 314's benevolence team. Andy is a long time resident of the Salem/Keizer area and grew up in West Salem where he is also assigned at Fire Station 5, which is located on Glen Creek Road NW in Salem.


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