Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Public's Help Sought to Locate a Missing 62-Year-Old Man (Photo)

PUBLIC'S HELP SOUGHT TO LOCATE A MISSING 62-YEAR-OLD MAN (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2015 10:55 PM
Downloadable file: Reginald_Dean_Lewis_62.jpg
The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help to locate 62-year-old Reginald Dean Lewis, missing since approximately 3:00 p.m. today.

Lewis was last seen at a medical appointment at the V.A. Hospital at 11:00 a.m. this morning, then missed a 3:00 p.m. cab that was to drive him home in Southeast Portland.

Lewis has medical problems that, if left unchecked, could endanger his life.

Lewis is described as an African American male, 5'7" tall, 180 pounds, possibly wearing glasses, last seen wearing a dark gray matching sweatshirt and sweat pants. Lewis uses a red walker with a green bag attached and may use taxi cabs to get around.

Anyone seeing Lewis should immediately call 9-1-1. Anyone with non-emergency information should contact Detective Lori Fonken at 503-823-1081, lori.fonken@portlandoregon.gov.

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OSP Continuing Investigation Of Fatal Crash On Highway 18 - Yamhill County (Photo)

OSP CONTINUING INVESTIGATION OF FATAL CRASH ON HIGHWAY 18 - YAMHILL COUNTY (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2015 5:29 PM
Downloadable file: 20150930_105908.jpg
On September 30, 2015 at about 10AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway 18 and Red Prairie Road.

Preliminary information indicates a 1994 Ford Escort was traveling northbound on Red Prairie Road when it pulled out in front of a 2004 Peterbilt garbage truck traveling eastbound on Highway 18. The Peterbilt collided with the Ford and both came to rest on Highway 18.

The operator of the Ford, Mary E RICKARD, age 55, of Grande Ronde, was transported by air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center where she later died from her injuries. The driver of the Peterbilt, Antonio CHAVEZ, age 23, of McMinnville, was not injured and has cooperated with the investigation.

Initial investigation indicated RICKARD failed to yield the right of way to the truck. The highway was closed for over 3 hours for the investigation to be conducted (there was an established detour in place). OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Polk County Sheriff's Office, Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, and the Sheridan Fire District.

More information will be released when it is available.
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Governor proclaims October as Fire Prevention Month in Oregon

GOVERNOR PROCLAIMS OCTOBER AS FIRE PREVENTION MONTH IN OREGON


News Release from Oregon State Fire Marshal
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2015 4:46 PM
In support of the theme of National Fire Prevention Week, and at the request of the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, Governor Kate Brown has proclaimed October as Oregon Fire Prevention Month. Oregon's theme mirrors the national theme - Hear the beep where you sleep. Every bedroom needs a working smoke alarm.

"Responsibility for fire safety begins at home," said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "All adults should ensure they have working smoke alarms on every level of their home, inside each bedroom, and outside any sleeping area."

During October, the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, the American Red Cross, Bi-Mart, the Oregon Food Bank, and fire agencies statewide are teaming up to raise awareness of the importance of having working smoke alarms in the areas where you sleep. Most fire fatalities happen between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. when most people are asleep.

The OSFM's partnership with the Oregon Food Bank includes 10,000 smoke alarm education fliers to be placed in food boxes statewide. The Bi-Mart Corporation will distribute 6,000 smoke alarm fliers to customers who shop at any of their 60 Oregon stores. Additionally, Bi-Mart in-store ad center screens and their social media channels will share OSFM smoke alarm messaging.

Working smoke alarms provide an early warning to fire, allowing you vital minutes to escape, and increasing your chances of surviving. Additional fire safety tips:
* For increased protection, have working smoke alarms on every level of your home (including the basement), in each bedroom, and outside any sleeping area.
* Smoke alarms that are 10 years old or older should be replaced.
* Follow the manufacturer's recommendation for the type of battery to use in your smoke alarm.
o Smoke alarms with a non-replaceable (long-life) battery are designed to be effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps, immediately replace the entire smoke alarm.
o Never disconnect or remove batteries from smoke alarms for other uses.
* Smoke alarms are available for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing.

For a free smoke alarm check and installation, contact the American Red Cross at preparedness@redcross.org or 503-528-5783.

For more smoke alarm and fire safety information, contact your local fire agency or visit: http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/CommEd_SA_Program.shtml.
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PGE introduces new solar power option for just $5 a month; PGE customers can purchase output from new Oregon solar project

PGE INTRODUCES NEW SOLAR POWER OPTION FOR JUST $5 A MONTH; PGE CUSTOMERS CAN PURCHASE OUTPUT FROM NEW OREGON SOLAR PROJECT


News Release from PGE
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2015 4:00 PM
Downloadable file: Green Future Solar Fact Sheet
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland General Electric customers can now purchase output from a new, large-scale solar installation in Oregon under a renewable power option PGE announced today.

For just $5 a month, customers can purchase a 1 kilowatt block of Green FutureSM Solar from energy produced by a 2,935 kW solar installation just completed in Willamina, Ore. Blocks will be available until the capacity sells out.

"This renewable power option is the newest way PGE is helping our customers who want to support solar power," said Carol Dillin, PGE Vice President of Customer Strategies and Business Development. "Green Future Solar helps customers who've wanted to go solar, but couldn't because they rent their homes, installation costs are too high, or they just don't have a good spot available to install solar panels."

The new solar project is the largest solar facility in the PGE service area, one of the five largest solar installations in Oregon, and the first utility-scale solar project in Polk County. It contains 9,468 solar panels and covers approximately 10 acres. Revenue from the program will support the development of new renewable energy facilities in Oregon.

Each block of Green Future Solar equals 1 kW of solar power, about the same as 4 typical panels on an Oregon-based array, or about 14 percent of the average residential renewable energy customer's monthly energy use. At the end of the year, each customer enrolled in Green Future Solar will receive a report showing how much solar-generated electricity they contributed to the regional grid and the environmental benefits resulting from their participation. Starting in December, they'll also be able to track the project's solar output on a monthly basis.

PGE is ranked the top renewable program in the nation for number of customers enrolled and renewable energy sold by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory. More than 120,000 PGE customers are enrolled in one or more renewable power options, and PGE supplies them with over 1 million megawatt-hours of electricity per year. Green Future Solar joins the variety of renewable power choices available to PGE customers, including Clean WindSM and Green SourceSM.

To enroll or learn more about Green Future Solar and other PGE renewable energy options, customers can visit PortlandGeneral.com/Renewable or call PGE customer service at
1-800-542-8818.

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Photos and B-roll of the Green Future Solar installation are available to the media:

Photos (LINK) https://www.flickr.com/photos/portlandgeneralelectric

B-roll (LINK) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saE5OzzcArU&feature=youtu.be

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Now anyone can go solar - 1 kW blocks of solar power from this large installation in Willamina, Ore. are now available to individual PGE customers for just $5 per month through the new Green Future Solar power option. The recently completed array in Polk County contains 9,468 solar panels and covers approximately 10 acres.

Find PGE on Facebook at Facebook.com/PortlandGeneralElectric or on Twitter and Instagram at @PortlandGeneral.

About Portland General Electric Company: Portland General Electric, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a fully integrated electric utility that serves approximately 849,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon. Visit our website at PortlandGeneral.com.
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Sheriff's Detectives Search for Subway Restaurant Robbery Suspects

SHERIFF'S DETECTIVES SEARCH FOR SUBWAY RESTAURANT ROBBERY SUSPECTS


News Release from Washington Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2015 3:14 PM
September 30, 2015--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies are searching for two men after they robbed a Subway Restaurant.

On September 30, 2015, at 5:07 a.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to the 24 hour Subway sandwich restaurant at 10725 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway in the community of Raleigh Hills, concerning a robbery. Upon arrival, deputies learned there were two men that robbed the 22 year-old male clerk. Sheriff's Deputies, assisted by Beaverton Police Officers responded to the area to search for the suspects.

Sheriff's Deputies were told the robbery suspects came into the restaurant a minute prior to the clerk calling the Sheriff's Office and came to the back area. The clerk told Sheriff's Deputies that one of the men displayed an unspecified weapon and demanded the cash in the register. The employee gave the men a very small amount of cash and they fled on foot. The employee was not injured.

Sheriff's Deputies searched the area with the assistance of a Beaverton Police Department K9 and handler with no success. There was possibly a vehicle that was used to flee the area. Investigators are inspecting surveillance video and other evidence. The video is not releasable at this time.

The Washington County Violent Crime Unit Detectives were contacted and are continuing the investigation. The Washington County Forensic Science Unit assisted with crime scene processing. It was reported that the Portland Police Bureau was investigating a similar robbery that occurred in SE Portland about an hour prior. Both robberies had numerous similarities however it has not been confirmed they were committed by the same people.

Both men were described as dark skinned black males, 16-22 years old with thin builds. One was reported to be of medium height and the other was shorter. They both were reportedly wearing dark clothing and had cloths covering their faces.

Detectives are seeking the public's help regarding this case. If you have any information, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at (503) 846-2700.
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Single Vehicle Injury Collision

SINGLE VEHICLE INJURY COLLISION


News Release from Camas Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2015 2:42 PM
Camas, Washington --

On September 27th, 2015, at1:34 a.m., Camas Police and assisting agencies were dispatched to a single-car collision on NE Lake Rd. and NE Everett St. in Camas, WA.

Vincent J. Miser, 24, from Ridgefield, WA., was eastbound on NE Lake Rd., driving a 2012 Dodge Avenger. Miser went off the roadway, hitting trees and partially over an embankment on the north side of the road.

Miser had two passengers in the Dodge, Nicholas S. Keith, 22, of Stockton, CA and Joshua A. Saldana, 23, of Stockton, CA. Both passengers have recently been residing in Vancouver, WA.

All occupants of the vehicle suffered serious injuries and were transported to local hospitals for treatment. One passenger has already been released.

The investigation is on-going and Camas Police Department is thankful for the assistance and expertise of the Clark County Sheriff's Office Traffic Units.

No additional information at this time.


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Power Wheelchair Stolen in Southeast Portland's Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood (Photo)

POWER WHEELCHAIR STOLEN IN SOUTHEAST PORTLAND'S POWELLHURST-GILBERT NEIGHBORHOOD (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2015 1:48 PM
Downloadable file: Case_15-338862_Wheelchair.jpg
On Wednesday September 30, 2015, at 9:28 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to a residence in the 4800 block of Southeast 122nd Avenue on the report of the theft of a power wheelchair.

Officers arrived and spoke to the victim's caregiver and translator who told police that the wheelchair was stolen sometime over the weekend from outside the residence. There is no suspect information.

The power wheelchair is a Jazzy 600 ES costs several thousand dollars to replace.

Anyone with information about this theft or information on the whereabouts of the power wheelchair is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333, or provide information to CrimeTips@portlandoregon.gov.

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Shooting in Southeast Portland's Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood Injures One Man (Photo)

SHOOTING IN SOUTHEAST PORTLAND'S POWELLHURST-GILBERT NEIGHBORHOOD INJURES ONE MAN (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2015 1:26 PM
Downloadable file: PPB_Crime_Scene.jpg
On Wednesday September 30, 2015, at 12:05 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the 3700 block of Southeast 122nd Avenue on the report that a man had been shot near the location.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and contacted the victim, a 24-year-old male, who was suffering from a non-life-threatening injury. The victim was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment.

The victim told police that he was walking on Southeast 122nd Avenue near Powell Boulevard when he was suddenly hit in the hand with a bullet. The victim did not know who shot him or where the shot came from in the area.

A witness told police that a gunshot was heard in the area.

A crime scene was not located and there is no suspect information.

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

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Brooklyn Neighborhood Subway Shop Robbed at Gunpoint - No Injuries (Photo)

BROOKLYN NEIGHBORHOOD SUBWAY SHOP ROBBED AT GUNPOINT - NO INJURIES (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2015 1:16 PM
Downloadable file: PPB_Crime_Scene.jpg
On Wednesday September 30, 2015, at 4:01 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at the Subway Sandwich Shop, located at 1212 Southeast Powell Boulevard.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted the employee who told police that two suspects entered the shop, armed with handguns, and demanded money.

After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left the shop and were last seen walking West on Powell Boulevard.

Several officers checked the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspects descriptions.

The suspects are described as African American males in their 20s wearing dark clothing.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Robbery detectives at 503-823-0405.

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Early Morning Stabbing in Old Town Injures One Man - Suspect Fled the Area

EARLY MORNING STABBING IN OLD TOWN INJURES ONE MAN - SUSPECT FLED THE AREA


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2015 1:11 PM
On Wednesday September 30, 2015, at 2:36 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a stabbing outside the Greyhound Bus Depot, located at 550 Northwest 6th Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and contacted the victim, 54-year-old Rondell Travers, who was suffering from non-life-threatening injuries. He was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment.

The suspect was described as an older African American male, with gray facial hair, wearing a light blue hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and blue and white athletic shoes.

Officers checked the area but did not locate the suspect.

Anyone with information about this stabbing is asked to call Assault detectives at 503-823-0400.

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ODOT Grant Funds Help Enforcement Efforts In Lincoln County Safety Corridors

ODOT GRANT FUNDS HELP ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS IN LINCOLN COUNTY SAFETY CORRIDORS


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2015 12:49 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers have been enhancing patrol efforts in two Lincoln County highway Safety Corridors thanks to Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) grant funding.

Since February, OSP troopers have utilized ODOT grant funds to enhance patrol efforts on Highway 101 between Newport and Depoe Bay and on Highway 20 between Toledo and Chitwood. Both areas are designated Safety Corridors.

A Safety Corridor is defined as a stretch of state highway where fatal and serious injury traffic crash rates are at or above 110 percent above the statewide average for a similar type of roadway. Sections of state highway are designated by ODOT as Safety Corridors in an effort to reduce the number of fatal and serious injury crashes. Safety corridors may be eligible for enhanced enforcement and double traffic fines.

OSP enforcement efforts target traffic violations that data shows are associated with fatal and serious injury traffic crashes, such as speed violations, occupant safety violations, lane usage violations, impaired driving and distracted driving violations. The enforcement strategy is in addition to ODOT engineering work that is also helping reduce these crash types in the areas. Drivers traveling in Safety Corridors are encouraged to turn on headlights during the day, reduce speeds and refrain from passing.

For additional information regarding Safety Corridors, including other Safety Corridor locations in Oregon, visit:

http://www.oregon.gov/odot/ts/pages/roadwaysafety.aspx
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Health Policy Board to tour and visit Winding Waters Clinic in Enterprise October 4

HEALTH POLICY BOARD TO TOUR AND VISIT WINDING WATERS CLINIC IN ENTERPRISE OCTOBER 4


News Release from Oregon Health Authority
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2015 11:23 AM
September 30, 2015

Contact: Stephanie Jarem, 971-273-6844 (meeting information or accommodations)

The Oregon Health Policy Board will tour and visit the Winding Waters Clinic in Enterprise Sunday, October 4, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Board members will learn about the successes and challenges of the rural clinic and interact with clinic staff, patients, and community members. This visit is part of the board's trip to Eastern Oregon. The board's monthly meeting will be held Monday, October 5, in Pendleton.

When: Sunday, Oct. 4, 3:30-5 p.m.

Where: Winding Waters Clinic, 603 Medical Pkwy, Enterprise

Agenda:
Tour of clinic
Meet and greet in clinic lobby

For more information on the board's formal meeting on October 5, visit the board's meeting page at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2015-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. People who need alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical access, or other reasonable accommodations should call Stephanie Jarem at 971-273-6844 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Beaverton Expands Grant Programs for Redevelopment and Business Improvements

BEAVERTON EXPANDS GRANT PROGRAMS FOR REDEVELOPMENT AND BUSINESS IMPROVEMENTS


News Release from City of Beaverton
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2015 11:02 AM
BEAVERTON, Ore. - The City of Beaverton has launched three matching grant programs to enhance the performance and appearance of businesses and properties in the downtown area. The Beaverton Urban Redevelopment Agency (BURA) voted on September 22 to approve the pilot programs, all three of which are being funded in part with urban renewal revenues.


"We learned through our award-winning community vision program that people want to see the city invest in downtown improvements," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "These programs are intended to help our businesses thrive in Beaverton. I'm looking forward to the projects that will be undertaken."


Storefront Improvement Pilot Program. This revamped program will allow property and business owners in downtown Beaverton and on SW Allen Blvd to apply for assistance with exterior business enhancements. It is also funded by the city. Applications for the first round of funding are due November 6.


Tenant Improvement Pilot Program. This program will help attract new downtown restaurants and renovate or expand interiors of existing restaurants. Applications for the first round of funding are due November 6.


Development Opportunity Strategy Pilot Program. This program will help property owners and developers explore opportunities within Beaverton's urban renewal district. It is also funded by the city. This program has an open application, allowing projects to occur throughout the year.


The city will hold information meetings on all three programs for interested applicants during the week of October 12. For program guidelines, current timelines, and application materials, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/Incentives. For more information, contact Megan Braunsten at 503-526-2419 or mbraunsten@BeavertonOregon.gov.


ABOUT BEAVERTON
Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2015, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press for cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine and recognized as one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, recei ved a Silver Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov. Also follow Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.


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Medford Fire-Rescue Annual Open House This Saturday

MEDFORD FIRE-RESCUE ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE THIS SATURDAY


News Release from Medford Fire-Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2015 10:33 AM
Downloadable file: Open House Flyer
Fire Prevention Week is October 4-10. This year's theme is "Hear the BEEP Where You SLEEP...Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm". Medford Fire-Rescue is kicking off Fire Prevention Week by inviting the public to visit our annual Fire Department Open House this Saturday October 3rd 1:00-4:00 PM. This year's Open House will occur at Fire Station #5, located at 2124 Roberts Road.

Attendees will get the opportunity to meet Fire Department personnel, experience what Medford Fire-Rescue does on a daily basis, and learn about how to protect their families from fire. There will be fire engines, a vehicle extrication presentation, a side-by-side fire sprinkler/flashover live burn demonstration, fire safety presentations for all ages, and fun activities for children. Refreshments will also be provided.

For more information about this event and Fire Prevention Week, see the attached flyer or visit:

http://www.ci.medford.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=2166
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PGE Foundation grants $305,000 in third quarter 2015 (Photo)

PGE FOUNDATION GRANTS $305,000 IN THIRD QUARTER 2015 (PHOTO)


News Release from PGE
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2015 9:27 AM
Downloadable file: Graduates from the 2015 Marion-Polk Food Share Youth Farm program say participation in the program has given them the skills, experiences and knowledge to help shape their futures. The PGE Foundation is supporting the 2016 program that will serve 25 youth
Grants focused on education, the arts, cultural diversity and basic needs

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The PGE Foundation - Portland General Electric's corporate foundation - awarded 23 grants totaling $305,000 in the third quarter of 2015 to nonprofits across Oregon focused on STEM/CTE (science, technology, engineering, math and career technical education), the arts, bolstering cultural diversity and addressing food insecurity. About two-thirds of the Foundation's grants were awarded to educational programs that provide academically at-risk students the resources and instruction they need to succeed and access to hands-on and experiential learning opportunities through the arts and STEM/CTE.

Reynolds Education Foundation received $25,000 for Project Lead the Way, which provides professional development for teachers and brings engaging STEM programs to middle school students in the Reynolds School District; Portland Community College Foundation received $25,000 to provide academically at-risk high school youth in Multnomah and Washington counties with scholarship support and services to overcome barriers to success; and Better Together (High Desert Education Service District) received $25,000 to fund a portion of the 8+9 Project, which provides extra support to 400 at-risk students in Central Oregon to keep students on track for graduation.

"H.B Lee Middle School is excited to bring Project Lead the Way learning experiences to our students. This project will build pathways toward highly skilled, high-wage jobs for non-traditional STEM students," said Chris Greenhalgh, director of secondary education at Reynolds School District. "We are grateful to the PGE Foundation for helping bring this opportunity to the students at H.B Lee."

In arts education, $10,000 was awarded to Oregon Children's Theatre to increase free access for Title 1 schools and for programs like "Ticket to Read," which sends students to a play and gives them the book on which the play is based. Oregon College of Art and Craft received $10,000 to increase access to traditional and modern art education and provide access to college for Native American youth. Youth Music Project received $10,000 to support its music education program, which will help ensure Clackamas County children have access to high-quality music education regardless of their families' abilities to pay.

In addition, more than 30 percent of the Foundation's awards went to meeting basic family needs, including programs to support at-risk youth and others that address food insecurity, domestic violence and emergency services.

"We are focused on providing grants that make a positive difference for community partners who do so much to serve children and families through education, arts and culture and safety and health," said Kregg Arntson, executive director of the PGE Foundation. "In education, we're concentrating our investments on programs that improve students' academic success, provide skill-building opportunities through STEM/CTE and create pathways to rewarding careers."

Visit PGEFoundation.org to see the full list of grant recipients

About the PGE Foundation
The PGE Foundation, the corporate foundation of Portland General Electric, was established in 1997 as a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization with a permanent endowment. The Foundation's giving is separate from the corporate giving of PGE. Grants are awarded to local nonprofits located in areas where PGE has customers or power generating plants. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $19 million to help improve the quality of life for Oregonians by supporting programs and services that encourage safe and healthy families, provide educational opportunities, and encourage arts and cultural diversity. Gwyneth Gamble Booth is chair, Dave Robertson is president and Kregg Arntson is executive director. To learn more about the PGE Foundation, visit PGEFoundation.org.

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Photo caption: Graduates from the 2015 Marion-Polk Food Share Youth Farm program say participation in the program has given them the skills, experiences and knowledge to help shape their futures. The PGE Foundation is supporting the 2016 program that will serve 25 youth.
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Sheriff's Office invites teens to 'Drive with a Cop,' learn road safety Oct. 24; registration now open (Photo)

SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVITES TEENS TO 'DRIVE WITH A COP,' LEARN ROAD SAFETY OCT. 24; REGISTRATION NOW OPEN (PHOTO)


News Release from Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2015 8:00 AM
Downloadable file: Firefighters work to help teen victims of a crash on Pete's Mountain Road on June 8, 2014. 17-year old Maddi Higgins and 18-year old Hayden Soyk died in the tragedy.
Online event registration:
https://surge.wufoo.com/forms/x1fdzz9m0ytdun4/

Event release on CCSO website:
http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/pressreleases/2015-09-30-CCSOPR-DriveWithACop.html

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Impact, and the World of Speed Museum will team up with local teenagers Oct. 24 to teach students the importance of safe driving.

"Drive with a Cop" will be held Saturday, Oct. 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Grace Chapel (9600 SW Boeckman Rd., Wilsonville). The event -- in which teens will learn driving maneuvers while driving a safety course with Clackamas County Sheriff's deputies -- is part of National Teen Driver Safety Week, Oct. 18-24.

"A number of Clackamas County teenagers lost their lives in car crashes in the last two years," said Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts. "We want to do our part to keep kids safe, because one life is one too many to lose on the roads."

Motor-vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for U.S. teens. Fortunately, teen automobile crashes are preventable -- and proven strategies can improve the safety of young drivers on the road.

Carrie Higgins lived the statistic when she lost her daughter, 17-year-old Maddi Higgins, in a fatal car crash on Pete's Mountain Road in West Linn less than two years ago. Deputies say speed was a major factor in the crash.

"The hardest part for me is knowing Maddi's death was preventable," said Carrie Higgins. "I get up every day and focus on what I can do to help save lives."

Higgins will attend the first annual "Drive with a Cop" event at Grace Chapel in Wilsonville. In addition to driving with Sheriff's deputies, teen participants will also learn the effects of impaired driving when they put on "beer goggles" that simulate a .08 blood alcohol range.

World of Speed Museum in Wilsonville, a sponsor of the event, will have a display tent along with a drawing for free tickets to the museum.

Registration is now open for "Drive with a Cop" and will be open to the first 50 teenagers who sign up here: https://surge.wufoo.com/forms/x1fdzz9m0ytdun4/

Parents are welcome to attend.
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[Photo caption: Firefighters work to help teen victims of a crash on Pete's Mountain Road on June 8, 2014. 17-year old Maddi Higgins and 18-year old Hayden Soyk died in the tragedy.]

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Sheriff's Detectives Search for Missing Cornelius Man (Photo)

SHERIFF'S DETECTIVES SEARCH FOR MISSING CORNELIUS MAN (PHOTO)


News Release from Washington Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: September 29th, 2015 3:48 PM
Downloadable file: Matthew Pugh Photo
September 29, 2015-Detectives are searching for a missing man whose vehicle was located abandoned with the engine running. This case is being treated as suspicious due to several circumstances.

On September 27, 2015, a concerned family member contacted a Sheriff's Deputy, serving the City of Cornelius, to report Matthew Pugh, 25, from Cornelius had been missing since the day before.

On September 26, 2015, at about 3:00 p.m., a Sheriff's Deputy was called to the 32900 block of SW Plum Tree Court south of Hillsboro concerning a 1994 Ford Taurus that was left running, unoccupied and blocking a driveway with no one around. The Taurus was registered to Mr. Pugh. The Taurus ignition was "punched" requiring a screwdriver to start and stop the engine. There were personal items in the vehicle belonging to Mr. Pugh and another person.

The deputy contacted people that live with Mr. Pugh to gather any possible information concerning his whereabouts. It was learned that Mr. Pugh had previously damaged the ignition on his Taurus. The deputy was told that no one had seen or heard from Mr. Pugh since very early on September 26.

Matthew Pugh has not shown up for work and has not contacted anyone close to him. It is very unusual for him to be out of contact with his family and friends for this extended period of time.

Washington County Violent Crimes Detectives began assisting with the case. They are conducting extensive interviews to gather information that will assist in locating Mr. Pugh.

Matthew Pugh is described as 5'8" tall, 180 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. The clothing that he was wearing when he went missing is unknown. A photo of Mr. Pugh is attached.

Sheriff's Detectives are asking if anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of Matthew Pugh to please call 503-846-2700.
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Public's Help Sought to Locate Two Tricycles Stolen from Woman in Wheelchair (Photo)

PUBLIC'S HELP SOUGHT TO LOCATE TWO TRICYCLES STOLEN FROM WOMAN IN WHEELCHAIR (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: September 29th, 2015 12:46 PM
Downloadable file: Stolen_Tricycles.jpg
On Friday September 25, 2015, a 65-year-old woman called police to report that her two custom tricycles were stolen from the back porch of her Centennial Neighborhood home in Southeast Portland.

The victim told police that her tricycles were on the back porch of her home in the 2200 block of Southeast 145th Avenue and out of sight from the street. The suspect or suspects entered her locked backyard and stole both tricycles sometime during the night between Thursday September 24 and Friday September 25.

Both tricycles were custom made and allow the victim to transition from her wheelchair to the trike.

Anyone with information about this theft is asked to contact Detective Pandra Parks at 503-823-0414, pandra.parks@portlandoregon.gov, reference Portland Police Bureau Case #15-332712.

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Portland Fire & Rescue responds to a residential fire in SE.

PORTLAND FIRE & RESCUE RESPONDS TO A RESIDENTIAL FIRE IN SE.


News Release from Portland Fire & Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: September 29th, 2015 11:01 AM
Firefighters were dispatched to a house fire (525 SE 65TH Ave.) at 09:47AM. They arrived to flames coming from the back of the residence. The lone occupant was outside of the home and was uninjured. Firefighters were hampered by storage and boxes stacked throughout the house. The risks associated with fighting fires inside these conditions are increased due to the lack of room to maneuver, a larger fire load, and limited means of egress because the rooms are no longer able to be used for their intended purposes. No one was injured during this incident.

The fire originated in the kitchen. Remember:

Cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the U.S.

-Keep dishtowels, paper towels, pot holders, and combustible items away from stove burners.

-When cooking, stay in the kitchen and keep an eye on the stove.

-Don't wear loose sleeves over hot stove burners - they can melt, ignite, or catch on handles of pots and pans

-If a cooking fire starts, smother it with a pot lid. Never throw water on a grease fire, and do NOT try to pick up the pan.
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Beaverton Arts Mix Offers Show, Sale, Special Events (Photo)

BEAVERTON ARTS MIX OFFERS SHOW, SALE, SPECIAL EVENTS (PHOTO)


News Release from City of Beaverton
Posted on FlashAlert: September 29th, 2015 9:50 AM
Downloadable file: An artist participates in the 2014 quick draw event. The 2015 Beaverton Arts Mix (BAM!) will be held from Oct. 8 to 11 at Beaverton City Library, including a quick draw on Saturday, Oct. 10. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
Downloadable file: An artist draws Beaverton Bakery at the 2014 quick draw event. The 2015 Beaverton Arts Mix (BAM!) will be held from Oct. 8 to 11 at Beaverton City Library, including a quick draw on Saturday, Oct. 10. (Photo/ City of Beaverton)
Downloadable file: An artist draws a scene by Beaverton Civic Theatre at the 2014 quick draw event. The 2015 Beaverton Arts Mix (BAM!) will be held from Oct. 8 to 11 at Beaverton City Library, including a quick draw on Saturday, Oct. 10. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
BEAVERTON, Ore. - The City of Beaverton invites the public to attend the Beaverton Arts Mix (BAM!), a four-day, juried art show and sale. BAM! will be open daily from Thursday, Oct. 8 to Sunday, Oct. 11 at the Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW Fifth Street.


"BAM! is a great way to spend a fall afternoon with friends or family," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "The art community in Beaverton is thriving and the local talent we have is astounding. I hope you come to admire the collection of art that is on display."


This year's BAM! event will feature 77 artists and 120 works of art in a wide array of artistic media, a public reception, an outdoor "quick draw," evening productions of Beaverton Civic Theatre's Twelve Angry Jurors, and more. All included art will be on display for sale throughout the show.


The quick draw event on Saturday, Oct. 10, will take place at three locations in Beaverton. The library lawn will feature a staged scene from the Beaverton Civic Theatre's upcoming production of A Little Princess. Two other locations will encourage participants to discover art in the community, at City Park and the Beaverton Farmers Market, and along historic SW Broadway Street between Lombard and Watson. Artists are invited to preregister or register at the library on Saturday morning. Completed quick draw art will be for sale during the show.


Show Schedule
All events are held at the Beaverton City Library unless otherwise indicated.


Thursday, Oct. 8
10 a.m. to 9 p.m.: Art show and sale


Friday, Oct. 9
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Art show and sale
7 to 8:30 p.m.: Evening of Art public reception, featuring the music of Mbrascatu, www.mrascatu.com
7:30 to 10 p.m.: Twelve Angry Jurors, Beaverton Civic Theatre


Saturday, Oct. 10
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Art show and sale
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Quick draw
12 to 3 p.m.: Washington County Open Studio art demonstrations
(see www.washcoart.org for more information)
7:30 to 10 p.m.: Twelve Angry Jurors, Beaverton Civic Theatre


Sunday, Oct. 11
1 to 5 p.m.: Art show and sale
2 to 5 p.m.: Twelve Angry Jurors, Beaverton Civic Theatre


BAM! is sponsored in part by Reser's Fine Foods, VillaSport Athletic Club and Spa, New Seasons Market, The Oregonian, Apna Bazaar, Inc., M. Graham, Beaverton Civic Theatre, Gamblin Artist's Oil Colors, and Blick Art Materials.


For a complete list of participating artists and examples of their work, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/BAM.


ABOUT TWELVE ANGRY JURORS
From Oct. 2 to Oct. 17, Beaverton Civic Theatre presents Twelve Angry Jurors in the Beaverton City Library auditorium, 12375 SW Fifth Street. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets $15 adults; $12 students, groups, and seniors 55+; youth $5 (10 and under). Visit www.beavertoncivictheatre.org for more information.


ABOUT THE BEAVERTON ARTS PROGRAM
The city's arts program contributes significantly to the quality of life in Beaverton by presenting artistic and cultural events that celebrate community values and help connect residents to their artistic and cultural heritage. In recent years, the call for a performing arts center in Beaverton has grown. An arts and culture center in Beaverton would provide an inclusive gathering place where arts, culture and performances can flourish. To learn more about this project, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/ACC.


ABOUT BEAVERTON
Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2015, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press for cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine and recognized as one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, recei ved a Silver Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov. Also follow Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.


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Vancouver offers free leaf disposal coupon to help keep leaves out of streets (Photo)

VANCOUVER OFFERS FREE LEAF DISPOSAL COUPON TO HELP KEEP LEAVES OUT OF STREETS (PHOTO)


News Release from City of Vancouver
Posted on FlashAlert: September 29th, 2015 8:33 AM
Downloadable file: Leaves in the street clogging drain
Vancouver, Wash. - October is right around the corner, and that means falling leaves and more rain. City of Vancouver Public Works reminds residents that leaves should not be raked or blown into the streets, where they can create a slippery mess and clog stormwater drain catch basins. To prevent standing water in streets, residents are encouraged to rake, bag and take leaves to one of four local drop-off sites for free disposal, court esy of the City's Fall Leaf Coupon Program.

This year's free leaf disposal coupons for Vancouver and Clark County residents are good from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, which provides residents extra time to take care of fallen leaves, even during the holiday season. The coupons allow free disposal of up to 5 cubic yards of leaves only at the designated drop-off sites. Leaves must be emptied from bags at the disposal site. Branches and other yard debris, as well as mixed loads of leaves and other yard debris, will be charged at the regular disposal price.

Residents can find the coupons in a variety of sites: in the Recycling Refresher newsletter, sent to all households in Clark County; on the City's website at www.cityofvancouver.us/solidwaste, and at Vancouver City Hall and other various City offices. Please note: Leaf coupons will no longer be available at disposal sites so be sure to get your coupon before you go. This year's designated free leaf disposal sites include:

- City Bark, 2419 N.E. Andresen Road. Phone: 360-253-8461. Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, in October; and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, November/December. Closed Sunday, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Early closures on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

- H & H Wood Recyclers, 8401 NE 117th Ave. Phone: 360-892-2805. Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Saturday, in October; and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, November/December; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, all months. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Early closures on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

- West Van Materials Recovery Center, 6601 NW Old Lower River Road. Phone: 360-737-1727. Hours: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Early closures on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

- Triangle Resources, 612 S.E. Union, Camas. Phone: 360-834-7253. Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Closed Sunday, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Early closures on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

In Vancouver, property owners are responsible for managing the leaves from their trees. Vancouver does not pick up leaves nor charge special leaf fees. Deliberately raking or blowing of leaves into the street and leaving them there is unlawful.

Every year, Vancouver Public Works crews clean the City's 13,000-plus catch basins and storm water drains, removing hundreds of tons of leaves, sediment and other debris in the process. Street sweepers are generally no match for big, wet, heavy piles of leaves. The free leaf disposal program is intended to provide options for Vancouver residents with a lot of trees. Other options include subscribing to Waste Connections of Washington's yard debris collection services at www.wcnorthwest.com or by calling 360-892-5370.

View our video showing how citizens and the City of Vancouver work together to manage fall leaves: http://youtu.be/GnYLr6EpERs.

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Red Cross responds to multifamily home fire in Beaverton

RED CROSS RESPONDS TO MULTIFAMILY HOME FIRE IN BEAVERTON


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: September 29th, 2015 8:12 AM
Red Cross disaster action team volunteers responded to a multifamily residential fire Late Monday in the 6100 block of King Blvd. in Beaverton. The fire affected three adults, three children and a dog. Red Cross provided lodging, food, clothing, and stress management 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 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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TVF&R Firefighters Respond to Apartment Fire in Beaverton (Photo)

TVF&R FIREFIGHTERS RESPOND TO APARTMENT FIRE IN BEAVERTON (PHOTO)


News Release from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: September 29th, 2015 12:17 AM
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Downloadable file: King_2.jpg
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At 10:10 pm on September 28, 2015, firefighters responded to reports of a townhouse-style apartment on fire at 6155 SW King Blvd. in Beaverton. Multiple calls to 9-1-1 indicated that at least one of the four units in the building was fully involved in fire.

Upon arrival, firefighters found fire showing from the first and second floors of one of the units. Firefighters initiated an aggressive fire attack from the exterior and then transitioned to an interior attack to knock down the remaining fire activity and prevent the fire from spreading to the other three units in the building.

At the time of the fire, three of the four units were occupied and one apartment was vacant. A search of the units indicated that everyone escaped safely. One patient was evaluated at the scene by paramedics. The Red Cross is responding to assist one adult and two children who were displaced by the fire with alternate living arrangements. All four units are uninhabitable at this time - one due to significant fire damage and the other three due to smoke damage.

A fire investigator is currently on scene working to determine the cause of the fire and a damage estimate. The fire unit did not have working smoke alarms. Working smoke alarms nearly double your chance of surviving a fire. TVF&R recommends that you have smoke alarms on every level of your home and in each sleeping area, as well as a family fire escape plan.

For smoke alarm information and escape planning tips, visit www.tvfr.com.
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Monday, September 28, 2015

Stabbing Investigation Underway in Southeast Portland's Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood - One Person Injured (Photo)

STABBING INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY IN SOUTHEAST PORTLAND'S BRENTWOOD-DARLINGTON NEIGHBORHOOD - ONE PERSON INJURED (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: September 28th, 2015 10:11 PM
Downloadable file: PPB_Crime_Scene.jpg
On Monday September 28, 2015, at 9:22 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to Cartlandia, located at 8245 Southeast 82nd Avenue, on the report that a woman was suffering from a stab wound.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the victim, a 50-year-old woman, and transported her to a Portland hospital for treatment to potentially life-threatening injuries.

Officers learned that the stabbing occurred somewhere else in the area and that the suspect fled the area.

The suspect is described as a white female, 35 to 40 years old, long black hair, possibly accompanied by another female walking a white Boxer dog.

Officers are checking the area for the suspect and the crime scene.

Anyone with information about this stabbing is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333.

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Robbery and Shooting Investigation Underway at Northeast Portland Bar - No Injuries (Photo)

ROBBERY AND SHOOTING INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY AT NORTHEAST PORTLAND BAR - NO INJURIES (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: September 28th, 2015 9:09 PM
Downloadable file: PPB_Crime_Scene.jpg
On Monday September 28, 2015, at 8:25 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a robbery and shooting at the Be Van Sports Bar, located at 10834 Northeast Sandy Boulevard.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted employees who told police that the suspect entered the bar and demanded money. The witnesses told police that the suspect became impatient and fired a gunshot then grabbed the cash register and broke into it, taking an undisclosed amount of cash.

Witnesses told police that the suspect ran out of the bar and got onto a motorcycle and rode away in an unknown direction.

Nobody was injured in the shooting.

The suspect is described as a white male wearing a motorcycle helmet.

Anyone with information about this robbery investigation is asked to call Robbery detectives at 503-823-0405.

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Fire Damages Keizer Residence (Photo)

FIRE DAMAGES KEIZER RESIDENCE (PHOTO)


News Release from Keizer Fire Dist.
Posted on FlashAlert: September 28th, 2015 4:56 PM
Downloadable file: Fire at Spring Leaf Ct N in Keizer, OR
The Keizer Fire District responded to the report of a house fire shortly before 6:30 pm Sunday evening. Upon arriving at the house, firefighters observed smoke and flames coming from the front of the home.
The call reporting a house fire on Spring Leaf Ct N in Keizer was received at the Salem 9-1-1 center at 6:29 pm. The first unit arriving on scene reported heavy smoke and flames coming from the single family home.
One occupant had been asleep in the home at the time of the fire and had to escape past the fire in the living room, as she was unable to escape out the window.
Five engines, three medic units, one air rig, two duty officers and two fire investigators with 24 firefighters responded to the incident. Salem Fire and Marion County Fire District both assisted with the fire.
No injuries were reported in the incident. Damage is estimated at $150,000 for the structure and $30,000 for the contents of the home. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. There was not a working smoke alarm in the home.
District officials would like to remind residents that they should always check their smoke alarms to ensure they work properly and to have an exit plan for escaping their home in case of a fire.
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Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation Planned in Tualatin

PEDESTRIAN SAFETY ENFORCEMENT OPERATION PLANNED IN TUALATIN


News Release from Tualatin Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: September 28th, 2015 3:50 PM
Downloadable file: September Pedestrian Safety Enforcement
On September 29, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Tualatin Police Officers will be conducting a Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation at crosswalks in the area of SW Boones Ferry Road and SW Siletz, in Tualatin.

The primary focus of this detail is to raise awareness of the pedestrian safety issues and to reduce the number of auto/pedestrian crashes within the city of Tualatin.

Oregon law requires that drivers stop and remain stopped for pedestrians when pedestrians are:
* In the lane in which the driver's vehicle is traveling;
* In a lane adjacent to the lane in which the driver's vehicle is traveling;
* In the lane into which the driver's vehicle is turning;
* In a lane adjacent to the lane in which the driver's vehicle is turning;
* Less than six feet from the lane into which the driver's vehicle is turning.

Officers will be stopping vehicles that fail to comply with Oregon law regarding pedestrians within crosswalks and any other traffic violations that they witness. During the time that the vehicle is stopped, the officer will be providing drivers with information regarding their responsibilities as a driver as it relates to pedestrians which may include a citation being issued.

Pedestrians are encouraged to utilize marked crosswalks, cross only with applicable signals, and be extremely vigilant of the traffic around them.

No further information.
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Washington Man Dies After Motorcycle Crash - Jackson County (Photo)

WASHINGTON MAN DIES AFTER MOTORCYCLE CRASH - JACKSON COUNTY (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: September 28th, 2015 3:33 PM
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On September 27, 2015 at about 2PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a crash involving a motorcycle on Interstate 5 near milepost 6 (near Siskiyou Summit).

Preliminary information indicates a 2004 Yamaha motorcycle was traveling northbound on Interstate 5 negotiating a right hand curve when the rider lost control. The motorcycle first struck four orange construction barrels and then a concrete barrier.

The operator, William R LARSON, age 70, from Toledo, Washington was taken to Rogue Regional Medical Center by ambulance. LARSON was pronounced deceased upon his arrival at the hospital.

One lane of northbound was closed for two hours while the investigation was conducted. It is believed speed is a contributing factor. This is an ongoing investigation. More information will be releases when it is available.
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FBI Releases 2014 Crime Statistics for Oregon & SW Washington

FBI RELEASES 2014 CRIME STATISTICS FOR OREGON & SW WASHINGTON


News Release from FBI - Oregon
Posted on FlashAlert: September 28th, 2015 3:23 PM
Downloadable file: 2014 Oregon Crime Stats by City
Today the FBI released its annual Crime in the United States report for American cities. Nationally, the estimated number of violent crimes in the United States decreased by 0.2 percent in 2014 compared to the previous year. Property crimes decreased by a total of 4.3 percent, but, collectively, still cost Americans an estimated $14.3 billion in losses.

Approximately 18,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States voluntarily contribute information to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program. That program collects data on violent crimes (including murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault) and on property crimes (including burglary, larceny-theft and motor vehicle theft). In addition to the offenses listed above, the UCR Program also collects arrest data for twenty other offenses that include all other crimes except traffic violations.

***Northwest Highlights***
Some highlights from select cities in the Pacific Northwest with populations of more than 100,000 people are as follows:
?---? In Portland, there were increases in each statistical category except robberies and aggravated assaults, which remained unchanged.
?---? In Gresham, there were increases in aggravated assaults, larceny-thefts, and motor vehicle thefts. There was a decrease in murder and nonnegligent homicides, down from five in 2013 to two in 2014 as well as a decrease in rapes from 52 to 47.
?---? In Salem, there were increases in aggravated assaults and larceny thefts while there were decreases in all other categories.
?---? In Vancouver, there was an increase in murder and nonnegligent homicides in 2014, up from two to six. There were also increases in rapes and robberies, but there were decreases in aggravated assaults, larceny-thefts, burglaries and motor vehicle thefts.


**Portland**
Crime 2013 2014
Murder and nonnegligent homicide 14 26
Rape 234 262*
Robbery 917 847
Aggravated assault 1,776 1,776
Burglary 4,128 4,146
Larceny-theft 22,216 24,707
Motor vehicle theft 3,289 3,376

**Gresham**
Crime 2013 2014
Murder and nonnegligent homicide 5 2
Rape 52 47*
Robbery 275 215
Aggravated assault 279 285
Burglary 920 915
Larceny-theft 3,123 3,500
Motor vehicle theft 510 746

**Salem**
Crime 2013 2014
Murder and nonnegligent homicide 7 2
Rape 47 44
Robbery 138 103
Aggravated assault 328 356
Burglary 983 828
Larceny-theft 5,143 5,562
Motor vehicle theft 656 641

**Vancouver**
Crime 2013 2014
Murder and nonnegligent homicide 2 6
Rape 74 89
Robbery 146 151
Aggravated assault 371 331
Burglary 1,007 821
Larceny-theft 3,950 3,617
Motor vehicle theft 976 821

*NOTE: In 2013 the Summary UCR definition of rape was changed. Where indicated, the statistical data reflects the legacy (pre-2013) definition of rape. For a complete explanation of the change in definition please refer to the addendum in the UCR at https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2014/crime-in-the-u.s.-2014/resource-pages/rape-addendum

For specific information on cities within Oregon, please refer to the following link:

https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2014/crime-in-the-u.s.-2014/tables/table-8/table-8-by-state/Table_8_Offenses_Known_to_Law_Enforcement_by_Oregon_by_City_2014.xls

For specific information on cities within Washington, please refer to the following link:

https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2014/crime-in-the-u.s.-2014/tables/table-8/table-8-by-state/Table_8_Offenses_Known_to_Law_Enforcement_by_Washington_by_City_2014.xls

The FBI simply compiles the information as it is provided from local jurisdictions. You will need to contact those local jurisdictions for any analysis of the numbers listed above. Also note that the report features a prominent message cautioning against using the statistics to rank cities or counties. Such rankings can lead to simplistic or incomplete analyses, overlooking the many variables impacting crime and its reporting.

The FBI has been producing the Uniform Crime Report since 1930. View the entire 2014 report here: https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2014/crime-in-the-u.s.-2014
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FBI Releases 2014 Crime Statistics for Oregon & SW Washington

FBI RELEASES 2014 CRIME STATISTICS FOR OREGON & SW WASHINGTON


News Release from FBI - Oregon
Posted on FlashAlert: September 28th, 2015 3:11 PM
Downloadable file: 2014 Oregon Crime Stats by City
Today the FBI released its annual Crime in the United States report for American cities. Nationally, the estimated number of violent crimes in the United States decreased by 0.2 percent in 2014 compared to the previous year. Property crimes decreased by a total of 4.3 percent, but, collectively, still cost Americans an estimated $14.3 billion in losses.

Approximately 18,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States voluntarily contribute information to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program. That program collects data on violent crimes (including murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault) and on property crimes (including burglary, larceny-theft and motor vehicle theft). In addition to the offenses listed above, the UCR Program also collects arrest data for twenty other offenses that include all other crimes except traffic violations.

***Northwest Highlights***
Some highlights from select cities in the Pacific Northwest with populations of more than 100,000 people are as follows:
?---? In Portland, there were increases in each statistical category except robberies and aggravated assaults, which remained unchanged.
?---? In Gresham, there were increases in aggravated assaults, larceny-thefts, and motor vehicle thefts. There was a decrease in murder and nonnegligent homicides, down from five in 2013 to two in 2014 as well as a decrease in rapes from 52 to 47.
?---? In Salem, there were increases in aggravated assaults and larceny thefts while there were decreases in all other categories.
?---? In Vancouver, there was an increase in murder and nonnegligent homicides in 2014, up from two to six. There were also increases in rapes and robberies, but there were decreases in aggravated assaults, larceny-thefts, burglaries and motor vehicle thefts.


**Portland**
Crime 2013 2014
Murder and nonnegligent homicide 14 26
Rape 234 262*
Robbery 917 847
Aggravated assault 1,776 1,776
Burglary 4,128 4,146
Larceny-theft 22,216 24,707
Motor vehicle theft 3,289 3,376

**Gresham**
Crime 2013 2014
Murder and nonnegligent homicide 5 2
Rape 52 47*
Robbery 275 215
Aggravated assault 279 285
Burglary 920 915
Larceny-theft 3,123 3,500
Motor vehicle theft 510 746

**Salem**
Crime 2013 2014
Murder and nonnegligent homicide 7 2
Rape 47 44
Robbery 138 103
Aggravated assault 328 356
Burglary 983 828
Larceny-theft 5,143 5,562
Motor vehicle theft 656 641

**Vancouver**
Crime 2013 2014
Murder and nonnegligent homicide 2 6
Rape 74 89
Robbery 146 151
Aggravated assault 371 331
Burglary 1,007 821
Larceny-theft 3,950 3,617
Motor vehicle theft 976 821

*NOTE: In 2013 the Summary UCR definition of rape was changed. Where indicated, the statistical data reflects the legacy (pre-2013) definition of rape. For a complete explanation of the change in definition please refer to the addendum in the UCR at https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2014/crime-in-the-u.s.-2014/resource-pages/rape-addendum

For specific information on cities within Oregon, please refer to the following link:

https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2014/crime-in-the-u.s.-2014/tables/table-8/table-8-by-state/Table_8_Offenses_Known_to_Law_Enforcement_by_Oregon_by_City_2014.xls

For specific information on cities within Washington, please refer to the following link:

https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2014/crime-in-the-u.s.-2014/tables/table-8/table-8-by-state/Table_8_Offenses_Known_to_Law_Enforcement_by_Washington_by_City_2014.xls

The FBI simply compiles the information as it is provided from local jurisdictions. You will need to contact those local jurisdictions for any analysis of the numbers listed above. Also note that the report features a prominent message cautioning against using the statistics to rank cities or counties. Such rankings can lead to simplistic or incomplete analyses, overlooking the many variables impacting crime and its reporting.

The FBI has been producing the Uniform Crime Report since 1930. View the entire 2014 report here: https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2014/crime-in-the-u.s.-2014
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Metro Council Awards Funds for Wilsonville's Town Center Master Plan Proposal

METRO COUNCIL AWARDS FUNDS FOR WILSONVILLE'S TOWN CENTER MASTER PLAN PROPOSAL


News Release from City of Wilsonville
Posted on FlashAlert: September 28th, 2015 2:04 PM
WILSONVILLE, OR -- On Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, the Metro Council approved a $320,000 grant request to fund the majority of costs for the City of Wilsonville's Town Center master plan proposal. The City is matching the Metro grant with $100,000 to cover the long-range plan's total anticipated cost of $420,000.

This newly-funded project seeks to create a long-range plan and near-term actions for how the city's Town Center area can better serve the interests and needs of residents, workers and visitors. The plan seeks to develop strategies for how the Town Center area can evolve into a more walkable, attractive and commercially vibrant, mixed-use district capable of supporting a range of small businesses. The approximate 100-acre planning area encompasses the properties north of Wilsonville Road, within and adjacent to Town Center Loop, including Town Center shopping center, Fry's Electronics and the Regal Cinemas theatre.

Mayor Tim Knapp said, "Approval of this grant advances both the City's goal to produce a redevelopment plan for the area and Metro's goal of targeting investments in downtowns and main streets to spur economic development, and accommodate growth."

Currently the Town Center area is comprised of low-density, low-rise, auto-centric commercial retail and office uses. While located near the heart of Wilsonville, the area could benefit from having a stronger sense of place and better pedestrian circulation and by more fully realizing the area's potential to serve as the community's central hub and gathering space. A well-planned, attractive and more vibrant downtown district can better serve the needs of residents, workers and visitors to live, shop, dine and play in Wilsonville instead of traveling elsewhere. The Town Center's location with easy access to Interstate 5 makes the area attractive to private real-estate investors for redevelopment.

Work on the long-range plan is to begin in early 2016 and to be completed in 2017 for consideration and potential adoption by City Council. Creation of the plan is likely to be overseen by a local task force made up of community members, business owners other local leaders. Other community-involvement opportunities include public workshops, focus groups, visual preference surveys and online feedback tools.

Completion of a Town Center master plan is a 2015-17 City Council goal and is identified in the City's Urban Renewal Strategy and Tourism Development Strategy adopted by the Council in 2014.

The Town Center master plan grant award is the fourth long-range planning grant the City has won in the past three years that total over $1 million. Other planning grants from Metro include funding for the Frog Pond concept plan in the amount of $341,000 and another Metro grant shared with the City of Tualatin for the Basalt Creek concept plan in the amount of $365,277. The City also is the recipient of a Transportation Growth Management grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon Department of Land Conservation in the amount of over $80,000 for the Coffee Creek Industrial Area Form Based Code and Pattern Book.

Mayor Knapp said, "The City Council is most pleased that staff members are consistently presenting compelling grant requests to Metro and the State that cumulatively have won the City over a million dollars in planning assistance over the past three years."

For more information, contact Miranda Bateschell, Long-Range Planning Manager, at 503-570-1581; bateschell@ci.wilsonville.or.us.

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Lebanon Fire Responds To House Fire (Photo)

LEBANON FIRE RESPONDS TO HOUSE FIRE (PHOTO)


News Release from Lebanon Fire Dist.
Posted on FlashAlert: September 28th, 2015 1:54 PM
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Lebanon Fire District responded to a report of a house fire in the 300 block of Wendell St. on Sunday afternoon at approximately 4:30PM. Upon arrival crews found smoke showing from the eves of the home. Crews made an aggressive attack, with help from an off-duty firefighter who was in the area prior to LFD arrival, and managed to contain damage to the exterior siding and attic space. The cause of the fire was determined to be a cigarette discarded in a flower bed attached to the home.

Nine district apparatus responded and spent approximately two hours on scene. Damages were estimated at $4,000. No injuries were reported.
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Health advisory issued for Clackamas Cove portion of Clackamas River

HEALTH ADVISORY ISSUED FOR CLACKAMAS COVE PORTION OF CLACKAMAS RIVER


News Release from Oregon Health Authority
Posted on FlashAlert: September 28th, 2015 12:59 PM
September 28, 2015

High algae levels found at Clackamette Park in Oregon City

A health advisory is being issued today due to high levels of blue-green algae in the Clackamas Cove portion of the Clackamas River, located at Clackamette Park in Oregon City, Clackamas County.

Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae that can produce toxins. These algae levels are likely to be associated with dangerous cyanotoxin concentrations in the water that can be harmful to humans and animals.

Swallowing or inhaling water droplets should be avoided. Drinking water directly from Clackamas Cove is especially dangerous. Skin contact with the blue-green algae could cause skin rashes in some people.

Oregon Public Health officials advise recreational visitors that toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating the water with camping-style filters.

People who draw in-home water directly from Clackamas Cove are advised to use an alternative water source because private treatment systems are not proven effective at removing algae toxins. However, public drinking water systems can reduce algae toxins through proper filtration and disinfection. If people on public water systems have questions about treatment and testing, they should contact their water supplier.

Oregon health officials recommend that people who choose to eat fish from waters where algae blooms are present remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking, because toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues. Public health officials also advise that people not eat freshwater clams or mussels from Clackamas Cove and that Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations do not allow the harvest of these shellfish from freshwater sources. Crayfish muscle can be eaten, but internal organs and liquid fat should be discarded.

Exposure to toxins can produce symptoms of numbness, tingling and dizziness that can lead to difficulty breathing or heart problems, and require immediate medical attention. Symptoms of skin irritation, weakness, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and fainting should also receive medical attention if they persist or worsen. Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity.

The public will be advised when the concern no longer exists.

With proper precautions to avoid water contact, people are encouraged to visit Clackamas Cove and enjoy activities such as hiking, biking, picnicking, fishing and bird watching. Boating is safe as long as speeds do not create excessive water spray, which could lead to inhalation risk.

For local information, contact the Oregon City Public Works at 503-657-8241. For health information or to report an illness, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400.

OHA maintains an updated list of all health advisories on its Harmful Algae Blooms website. To find out if an advisory has been issued or lifted for a specific water body, visit www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "algae bloom advisories," or call the Oregon Public Health Division toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767.

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State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation to meet Oct. 9 in Salem

STATE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON HISTORIC PRESERVATION TO MEET OCT. 9 IN SALEM


News Release from Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: September 28th, 2015 12:22 PM
Downloadable file: 09-28_Advisory_Committee_meeting_announcement.docx
Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation will consider nominations to the National Register of Historic Places in a meeting on Friday, Oct. 9 in Conference Room 103 of the Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem. The session will begin at 1:45 p.m. and is open to the public.

The committee will review proposed nominations for the Art Rock Pictographs in the Prairie City vicinity of Grant County and the Arleta Library in Portland. The agenda and pdf copies of all meeting documents are available online at: http://www.oregonheritage.org/OPRD/HCD/NATREG/nrhp_sachphome.shtml.

Nominations recommended by the SACHP go to the National Park Service, which maintains the Register under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. Members of the Committee hold credentials in many historic preservation-related fields.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations for the meeting may be made by calling (503) 986-0655. More information about the National Register and Oregon properties listed in the Register is online at www.oregonheritage.org (click on "National Register" at left of page).


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Linn County Sheriff's Posse Holds Open House

LINN COUNTY SHERIFF'S POSSE HOLDS OPEN HOUSE


News Release from Linn County Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: September 28th, 2015 12:08 PM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley and the Linn County Sheriff's Mounted Posse are excited to announce an open house to celebrate nearly 70 years of dedicated service our posse has provided the citizens of Linn County.

There is rich tradition and history with the Sheriff and his posse. The Linn County Mounted Posse was formed in 1946 and is an all-volunteer organization that serves the Sheriff's Office and the county in several ways:

The posse perpetuates interest in Western Horsemanship as well as customs and traditions from the early days.

They participate in search and rescue missions.

The Posse provides mounted patrols at special functions, participates in charitable causes and community activities such as; providing horse rides for kids with special needs.

The open house takes place on Sunday, October 11, 2015 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Linn County Fairgrounds Conference Room A. Sheriff Riley, along with several retired Linn County Sheriff's will be on hand to share a few words. Many historical items will be on display for the publics viewing.

Come by, enjoy refreshments and see how the posse has grown over the years.
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